Saturday, October 12, 2002

Parks damaged

How to control the deer?

To discuss deer overpopulation, the Hamilton County Park District will host a Deer Open House from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods.

Over the last three years, Hamilton County has led the state with an average of 703 accidents involving deer and vehicles.

Shawnee Lookout and Mitchell Memorial forests near Cleves and Miami Whitewater Forest near Harrison have “suffered significant habitat damage” from deer, said John Klein, the Park District's land manager.

At the meeting, Park District representatives will discuss options to reduce and maintain the deer population.

Plans for a deer-management program will be submitted to the Board of Park Commissioners Nov. 7.

Unfortunately, relocation, birth control and fencing won't do the job. That leaves another option - professional sharpshooters.

“Culling is a humane method and the deer do not suffer,” Mr. Klein said. Venison would be given to local food banks.

Concert, gala

LEBANON — The Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will start its 2002-03 season Sunday with a salute to the Lebanon Bicentennial.

The concert will be 3 p.m. in Lebanon High School's auditorium.

Joining the band on stage will be the Lebanon High School a Capella Choir.

Also featured: Lebanon pianist Wade Cummins, a local music teacher.

In addition, the Bicentennial Gala, co-sponsored by the Warren County Historical Society and the Lebanon Symphony, is 7-10 p.m. today at the Warren County Historical Society Museum, 105 S. Broadway. Open to the public.

Area artists will display their works and music will be performed. Admission, $10.

Concert information: 932-7376 or Historical society: 932-1817.

Forest festival

MOUNT AIRY-Mount Airy Forest Festival, celebrating the fall, trees and Ohio heritage, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Mt. Airy Forest's Oak Ridge Lodge.

The Mount Airy Civic Club has a pancake breakfast ($5). The Hank Peters Lumberjack Show will present clogging, dulcimer musicians, hayrides, wood crafts, and a living history re-enactment village.

Parking available at the park, 5083 Colerain Ave. Shuttle service provided from Mt. Airy School, 5730 Colerain Ave.

Information: 352-4080.

Writers workshop

FAIRFIELD — The second in a series of Adult Writers Workshops will be 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Fairfield Lane Library, 1485 Corydale Dr.

Nonfiction writer Cary Wall will discuss her new book, The Scented Veil: Using Scent to Discover Soul.

Information: 894-6557, extension 103, or

Contact Randy McNutt at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4155. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail

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