Friday, January 18, 2002

Some Good News

Vernon Manor makes list

        The Vernon Manor Hotel, an Avondale landmark for 78 years, has been listed in the 2002 directory of Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.

        The hotel, at 400 Oak St., was built in 1924. It was modeled after the Hatfield House (1611) in Hertfordshire, England, sporting an English Renaissance Revival architectural style.

        “It is an honor to be on the list,” said Robert Louis, manager. “A hotel has to be over 50 years old and qualify for the National Register of Historic Places to be listed in the directory.”

        The Vernon Manor was built as a retreat for wealthy Cincinnati residents. Now it is a favorite for conventioners, students, out-of-town college basketball teams, banquets and conferences.

        It has 177 guest rooms, 58 suites, a fitness room and business center, and 14 meeting and banquet rooms. It overlooks downtown Cincinnati and parts of Northern Kentucky.

        The Syrian Shriners and Shriners Burns Hospital are accepting nominations for firefighter awards to be presented during National Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 3-9.

        Awards will be presented in three categories: burn prevention, leadership and heroism. A ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Avondale.

        “For almost 80 years, Shriners have supported children who are injured by fire, and this is our way of saying thank you to all those firefighters who put their lives at risk to help others,” said Gary Caudill, Syrian Shrine potentate in 2002.

        Nomination forms are at, or call 872-6383 during business hours.

        An open house ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 for Dr. Kathryn Hellweg, new superintendent of the Northwest School District.

        The open house will be hosted by the Northwest Board of Education and administrative staff in the boardroom, 3240 Banning Road, Springfield Township.

        Bearcat and Musketeer fans will initiate a crosstown event Feb. 2 a little different from the Crosstown Shootout between the two basketball teams.

        The fans will have a Crosstown Helpout. About 550 alumni, staff and friends from both universities will split into teams and will paint, plaster walls and build bookshelves from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

        “It carries the spirit of the Crosstown Shootout into the community, providing needed assistance to many area schools,” said UC basketball coach Bob Huggins.

        Xavier basketball coach Thad Matta said the Crosstown Helpout shows how fans can unite to support the city.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs daily except Saturdays. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are performing acts of kindness, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.


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