Saturday, May 11, 2002


Butler Co. celebrates its history

        The old Indian Creek Church still stands as a tribute to hard-working volunteers who decided years ago that it was worth saving.

        At 2:30 p.m. May 19, they will gather again to celebrate Butler County's early history at the church and its burial ground in rural Reily Township.

        The annual event will include appearances by the Old Time Music Group (makers of traditional Appalachian music) and the Talawanda Long Rifles.

        Doug Ross, an Oxford councilman and auctioneer whose family has lived in the area for 170-some years, will talk on the subject of “Times Are Rough.”

        Built in the 1830s, the church is one of Butler County's most historic sites — and one of the oldest church structures still standing in Ohio.

        “It was badly in need of repair when deeded to the Butler County Park District in 1960,” said Holly Wissing, who has long been interested in the site. “A grassroots effort was launched by the Indian Creek Committee, and eventually, with the cooperation of the park district, the church and burial ground were returned to their present well-kept condition.”

        The public is invited to the ceremony, which will honor the settlers of the Northwest Territory.

        The park is on Indian Creek Road, south of Oxford. For directions and information, call Butler County MetroParks at 867-5835.

        LEBANON — To celebrate the city's bicentennial this year, gardens and homes will be shown to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22-23.

        The Historic Home and Garden Tour is sponsored by the Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs and the Lebanon Conservancy. The tour will feature 5 gardens and 11 specially designed bicentennial homes.

        Tickets can be purchased ($5, garden tour; $15, home tour; $20,both tours) at the Gerald Miller Co., 3 S. Broadway, and the Good Housekeeping shop, 9 N. Broadway.

        MILFORD — Three members of Milford High's DECA chapter (marketing education) received national honors in Salt Lake City.

        Out of 180 entries, Mark Gudmens won first place for a research project on customer satisfaction and loyalty. His paper will be published as a manual in July.

        In addition, Mark Hughes and Corey Schoo placed second with a paper on written retail marketing research, said adviser Ed Pregitzer.

        SHARONVILLE — The Student Chapter of the North American Veterinary Technicians' Association will hold a walkathon today at Sharon Woods to raise money for local chapters of two animal-support groups.

        Spokeswoman Laura Benter said proceeds will benefit the Save the Animals Foundation in Blue Ash and the League for Animal Welfare near Amelia.

        Information: Ms. Benter, 851-5176.

        MASON — The Friends of the Mason Public Library will present Gerald Riley, of the Wheatfield Theatre Co., performing a one-man show on Harry Truman. Give 'Em Hell Harry will run 7:30-9 p.m.Wednesday at the Mason Christian Village Chapel, 411 Western Row Road.

        Information: 398-2711.

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



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