Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Some Good News

Valentine Lady begins love reign

        Pat Furterer, former director of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, has been selected to represent Loveland as the 2002 “Valentine Lady.”

        Mrs. Furterer is a 25-year resident of Loveland. She was director of the chamber from 1991-1999.

        Her job as Valentine Lady will be to visit area schools, nursing homes, senior centers and other organizations.

        “She will be the goodwill ambassador for the city,” said Karen Bender, executive director of the chamber.

        “She will be spreading the message of love and promoting the Loveland community as the "Sweetheart of Ohio' during the months of January and February.''

        Mrs. Furterer said she was honored to finally be chosen as Valentine Lady.

        “As chamber director, I have crowned eight Valentine Ladies,” she said. She said she has already been scheduled to appear at four schools.

        “I will go and spread some love,” Mrs. Furterer said. “There is never enough love to go around.”

        Doris Pseister, a former director of the chamber, started the Valentine Lady program in 1972 and created a special postmark for Valentine's Day. She became known as the Valentine Lady.

        After she left the chamber, a committee decided to select a Valentine Lady each year.

        The chamber also produces an annual commemorative Valentine's Day card, designed by a local artist. The card is on sale for $1.

        Ms. Bender said the Valentine Lady will stamp Valentine cards with the Loveland postmark as she visits schools and other organizations.

        Valentines lso may be stamped by sending them to: The Valentine Lady, P.O. Box LOVE, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.

        “This is offered at no charge,” Ms. Bender said.

        “Just send already addressed Valentine's cards with the correct postage affixed to the envelope inside a larger envelope.”

        The Valentine Celebration will end on Feb. 14 with a breakfast from 8-9 a.m. at the JoAnn Richardson History House in the Loveland Historical Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Loveland. Reservations for the breakfast may be made by calling, 683-1544.
The memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated with a march starting at 6:06 p.m. Friday at the the University of Cincinnati's African American Cultural and Research Center on campus.

        The march is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a Greek letter organization to which Dr. King belonged.

        Donald Brown, director of the office of African- American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Student Programs at Boston College, will discuss, “Are We Living Out the Dream?” at UC's Events Pavilion, following the march.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions about special achievements or random acts of kindness, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.


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