Saturday, November 9, 2002


Hamilton monument 100 years old


HAMILTON - Veterans Day should have special meaning this year in Butler County.

Besides Monday's holiday observances, on Nov. 27 residents will celebrate the centennial of their Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument on the Great Miami River.

It's well worth the trip to Hamilton to see the museum for the building is a different piece of architecture, one conceived and constructed mainly by Hamilton people as a tribute to their war heroes.

Although the cornerstone was laid a century ago, the building didn't open until 1906. Veterans' names were chiseled on the marble walls inside. The building still houses a sizeable collection of Civil War artifacts - and ones from other wars.

(For information on the museum's collection and hours, see the building's Web site.

On Wednesday, two replicas of the 93rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry's battle flag - underwritten by the Michael J. Colligan Fund - will be unveiled at the open house.

Mr. Colligan, a Hamilton funeral director who died in 1994, founded the Capt. John P. Bruck Unit of the Sons of Union Veterans. The unit was named in honor of Mr. Colligan's ancestor, who commanded the Jackson Guards, which became an early group to enter the Union Army in the Civil War.

The war helped set the tone for construction of the Memorial Building, as it is commonly identified. It is at Monument Avenue and High Street, on ground that housed Fort Hamilton in the 1790s.

"We have two big flags - one is 6 by 6 feet, and it will hang on a wall," said Bill Craig, assistant curator. "Another, 3 by 4 feet, will be used in parades.

"The 93rd consisted of about 300 Butler County men who served in some major battles. We're proud to have copies of their flag."


WAYNESVILLE - To better interview for the Veterans Oral History Project, the Mary L. Cook Public Library has become an official partner with the U.S. Air Force Museum near Dayton.

The library was the first in the nation to join with the Library of Congress as a partner on the project, and the Cook Library is still the first one to do so in Southwest Ohio, said spokeswoman Linda McMaken.

"To date we have collected the interviews and memorabilia of over 60 veterans," she said. "The Air Force Museum is the largest and oldest military aircraft museum in the world and will be a very integral partner in our interview gathering."

Information: Mary L. Cook Public Library, 381 Old Stage Road, Waynesville OH 45068, or call 897-4826.


LOVELAND - The Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, will sponsor its annual fall festival fund-raising event, the Victorian Harvest Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Visitors will find items such as sewn aprons, vests, pillowcases, herbal vinegar, hand-made jewelry, Christmas ornaments and handcrafted baskets.

Information: 683-5692.


MASON - Paramount's Kings Island is looking for 100 volunteers to ride the Tomb Raider and be filmed for the Discovery Channel.

Kings Island asks volunteers to come to the park at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. Lunch will be provided and volunteers will receive two tickets for the 2003 season.

The TV segment is called "Extreme Rides."

Information: 754-5800.


MILFORD - Marketing education students at Milford High School will sponsor a Milford Community Night with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks hockey team at 7:35 p.m. today at the Cincinnati Gardens.

The Ducks will play the Cleveland Barrons. Tickets are $12 and benefit:

Mary Miller Fund Drive, a program that assists the needy in the Milford area

THE HANDS' (Teens Helping Elderly, Handicapped, Adolescent, Needy Deserving Souls) Giving Tree project, which collects and distributes Christmas gifts to needy kids in Clermont County

Milford and Miami Township police and fire programs

Operations of the MHS DECA chapter, a nonprofit group for students interested in marketing, sales, management and entrepreneurship

Information: Ed Pregitzer, teacher and adviser, at 576-2249, or


HAMILTON - The Riverbank Poetry Project will start its new poet-in-residence program Nov. 12.

Pauletta Hansel will conduct poetry workshops in elementary schools and speak at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts at 7 p.m. Her session will feature an open-microphone segment.

The Poetry Project, held by the Fitton Center, is conducted by Ms. Hansel, whose Diving was published this year by WovenWord Press.

Information: 863-8873 or


BATAVIA - Clermont Area Hikers and Walkers will tackle Buzzards Roost Rock in Adams County today (rain date, Nov. 16). Meet in front of Batavia Elementary School at 10 a.m. Information: (937) 544-2188.

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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