Saturday, June 01, 2002

Around town

Tours of Amish area planned

        Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, in Butler County's Madison Township, will offer a self-guided tour of the local Amish Mennonite community next year.

        The group will distribute 200 free copies of “Once Upon a Farm: A Driving Tour of the Historic Amish Mennonite Community of Butler County,” a map and illustrated guidebook.

        The Madison Township site consists of an ornate old farmhouse, a large, historic barn and the farm.

        Anne Jantzen, president and director of the project, said the illustrated informational booklet with a map will help guide visitors through the various farmsteads, businesses, cemeteries and other sites in the old Amish Mennonite community around Trenton.

        “As the State of Ohio prepares to enter its third century, this project aims to transform a piece of local history into a unique opportunity for participation and learning,” Ms. Jantzen said.

        The project will be completed early next year and introduced to the public at a special Inaugural Bicentennial Tour and Symposium in June 2003, she said.

        Exploration of the 17-20 sites will allow participants — from the casual weekend family visitor to the scholar — to take as much time as needed.

        Each stop has its own history. Chrisholm was established by Christian Augspurger, an Alsatian farmer who led a group of Amish families to the area in 1819. The village of Woodsdale developed there.

        Information: Anne Jantzen, 513-726-5265, or by e-mail at


        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Bat Basics, a slide program made by Bat Conservation International, will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Colerain Avenue and Poole Road.

        After the show, a naturalist will show how to build a bat house for $10.

        LEBANON — File for Life cards are available to city residents at the police station.

        The emergency medical cards, which can be carried in a wallet or purse, include information about known allergies, medicines you take, your physicians, etc.

        Information: Patrolman Robb White, 932-2010.

        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — The Wall that Heals, a traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, will stop in Lawrenceburg June 6-9.

        Ceremonies will start each night at 7 p.m. at Lawrenceburg High School.

        It will be available for viewing 24 hours a day. Volunteers will help people to find the names of veterans on the wall.

        WILLIAMSBURG — The summer reading program will be kicked off at 2 p.m. today at the Clermont County Public Library's Williamsburg Branch, 594 Main St.

        Please pre-register. Information: 724-1070.

GREENHILLS — The Stacey Memorial Gazebo has been dedicated and is ready for use on the Village Commons.

        The $100,000 gazebo, named in honor of Edward and Joanne Stacey, is for summer concerts and festivals and even weddings, said Councilman Fred Murrell.

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



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