Saturday, July 06, 2002


Saving lives on and off the job

        Thanks to veterinarian Jeff Grady, many dogs will be saved in Hamilton County.

        Dr. Grady has offered the use of two air-conditioned buildings in Springfield Township to the Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

        “Jeff said if we resurrected the buildings, we could use them,” said Harold Dates, SPCA executive director. “We took 65 adult dogs up there right away and moved into one building. That freed up considerable space at our our main facility on Colerain Avenue. The animals there seem more comfortable.”

        Additional space translates into something important: dogs may be kept longer.

        “One thousand adult dogs could possibly be placed because of this,” Mr. Dates said. “Saving even 100 would be worth it.”

        The new SPCA center on Compton Road has a “get-acquainted area” for people to visit with prospective pets in a quiet place.

        “A lot of people have said, "Gee, it's good that you've opened up another place,'” Mr. Dates said. “It's convenient and it's already been a positive factor. To do our job properly, we need 60,000 square feet. We have 26,000 square feet on Colerain and 12,000 on Compton. So we're getting there.

        “The Compton site also gives our vets more leeway. It also gives us the luxury of doing some things we couldn't do only on Colerain. For example, we can keep dogs with skin disorders in the basement of the new building.”

        Eventually, the SPCA hopes to take over the second building, too.

        “Jeff is following in his father's footsteps in being benevolent,” Mr. Dates said.

        LOVELAND — The Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, will present its 10th annual Herbal Delights Day at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5.

        Speaker Bunny Snow will discuss landscape diversity and interplanting with herbs. A buffet herbal luncheon will be served at noon.

        Donation: $10. Reservations: 683-5692.

        ST. CLAIR TWP. — Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road in Butler County, will present its annual musical patriotic salute at 7 p.m. Sunday.

        The 122nd Army National Guard band will perform at the park amphitheater in a free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket.

        In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Hamilton Sports Arena.

        Information: 868-8336.

        MILFORD — Promont House Museum, 906 Main St. (Ohio 28), is open from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday or by appointment.

        The house is operated by the Milford Area Historical Society.

        Promont was the home of John Pattison, Ohio's 43rd governor.

        Information: 248-0324.

        HAMILTON — The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ambassador Awards for the Arts program is July 15.

        The program, presented by the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, recognizes outstanding dedication to the arts in Butler County.

        Information: 863-8873.

        Randy McNutt's community column runs 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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