Saturday, October 05, 2002

Glendale's history safe and protected

        GLENDALE - It's official: Glendale's standing as a National Historic Landmark has been elevated from the “watch” status to the highest favorable “no threat” status.

        This is good news, considering Glendale is a Hamilton County and Tristate treasure.

        “It is the collective opinion of the mayor, council, planning commission and the Glendale Heritage Preservation that Glendale is in satisfactory condition and under little or no threat, much owed to our recent actions,” Village Administrator Walter W. Cordes said this week.

        The community has done a lot this year to “preserve Glendale's Historic Landmark integrity and status,” said John N. Murray, president of the Heritage Preservation group.

        Because local people have worked hard to improve the town's architectural heritage, the National Park Service upgraded Glendale's Landmark status.

        On Sept. 25, village officials were notified that the town had been removed from the “watch” status, which was, in effect, because of property development without an updated village master plan. So Mayor Tom Todd, the staff and many volunteers worked to improve the existing plan.

        Mr. Cordes said he and Mr. Murray jointly submitted a comprehensive report to the Department of the Interior in June and reported “all that has taken place to update the village plan and to greatly protect this National Historic Landmark treasure. The United States has approximately 2,500 (other) Historic Landmarks that include sites such as the Statue of Liberty and the Alamo.”

        Glendale, population 2,283, is Ohio's only community that is a Historic Landmark, registered in 1976. As Ohio's first planned community in 1855, Glendale was designed with large homes, parks, lakes and winding roads.

        In 1974, the Heritage Preservation group was formed to protect the village from inevitable development. The group photographed and surveyed homes and buildings and “created the largest historic district deemed acceptable to Washington at the time.”

        OKEANA - “Welcome to the Farm Tour 2002” will be 1-6 p.m. Oct. 12-13 in Morgan, Reily and Ross townships in western Butler County.

        You can drive on the tour yourself, stop at your leisure and spend as much time as you want at each farm. Tour maps and information will be available at each stop.

        The idea of the tour is to inform people about farm life.

        Seven stops will include Springhill Farms, where the family of Eula Bowling work 15 hours a day to raise cattle and quarterhorses; Gov. Bebb Park, Okeana, which features a covered bridge; P&S Wendel Farms, Brookville, Ind., where the owners raise animals and 3,150 garden mums; and the Herrmann Farm, Oxford, one of the last independent hog producers in the area.

        For information, call 887-3722 or write to Tour Committee, P.O. Box 58, Hamilton, OH 45012.

        LEBANON - The Volunteer Resource Center of the Warren County United Way will sponsor its 13th annual Toy Drive this year and its “Visit With Santa Night.”

        The group needs toys for kids through 18 years old - and toy wrappers.

        For more information, call Denise or Jerri at 932-3987 or e-mail

        OXFORD - Former British Prime Minister John Major will speak on “Global Terrorism: The Enemy of Our Time” at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in Miami University's Millett Hall in Butler County.

        The lecture is free and open to the public.

        Information: 529-3631, or e-mail

        GOSHEN - Mike Lykins, a local collector of Wizard of Oz material, will share his large memorabilia collection at 1 p.m. today at the Clermont County Public Library's Goshen Branch, 6678 Ohio 132.

        You may bring your camera.

        The discussion is free and open to the public. Munchkins allowed.

        Information: 722-1221.

        HAMILTON - Eddie Brater III will discuss “Urban Archaeology” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Ritchie Auditorium of the Butler County Historical Society.

        His excavation of 100-year-old outhouses has yielded bottles, china, bisque doll heads, ivory toothbrushes and other items we probably don't want to know about.

        Some of his better items will be displayed.

        Information: Historical Society museum, 896-9930.

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


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