Saturday, March 02, 2002

Warren County

Franklin on time for 2003

        Franklin is marking time productively — by repairing the historic town clock for Ohio's bicentennial.

        In fact, the city leads about every small town in the number of planned bicentennial projects — five.

        “Franklin isn't known so much for its involvement, but the town has really responded for the bicentennial,” said Bob Ehlert, of the Franklin Bicentennial Committee.

        Other projects include painting a transportation scene on a wall downtown, issuing a homecoming booklet that shows Franklin's development, and revitalizing Harmon Field as a children's park (a project already finished).

        But the clock is the biggest project. “It has been in and out of use for years,” Mr. Ehlert said. “It would stop every 28 years.”

        Cost of repairing the clock, which sits atop a building on Main Street, is about $20,000, he said.

        The town's transportation painting will be by Scott Hagan, the artist who paints the bicentennial logo on barns across the state.

        “He's known throughout the country, and we're lucky he's a native of Franklin,” Mr. Ehlert said.

        Named for Benjamin Franklin, the city was founded in 1796 by Gen. William Schenck.
        MIDDLETOWN Miami University Middletown has a new Campus-Community Chest Fund to boost volunteerism.

        The first projects: repairing a bridge on the Miami-Middletown Nature Trail, starting CPR training on campus and buying a defibrillator for Thesken Hall.

        Money for the Campus-Community Chest will come from unrestricted gifts to MUM. Funding may be requested for a range of ideas and projects, but they must show a link to the regional community, said Sherry Pieratt, MUM's director of development.

        Grants will range from $250 to $1,000.
        COLERAIN TWP. — Volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Northgate Mall Used Book Sale, to be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 8-9 and noon to 5 p.m. March 10.

        Thousands of used books, records, compact discs, videos and cassettes will be sold in front of Lazarus, inside the mall.

        Proceeds will help provide for children's and adult programs, support a summer reading club and buy items for the collection.

        Information: Friends of the Library, 369-6035.

        BETHEL — The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will perform at 2 p.m. June 29 at Edmond G. Burke Bicentennial Pavilion in this southern Clermont County village.

        Additional details will be released later, but Vice Mayor Walter Carter said he hopes that some sort of celebration can be planned around the performance.

        Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:


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