Thursday, February 13, 2003
Some Good News
Essay on grandma pays off
Do you have a real cool grandma - maybe one who bungee-jumps off a 200-foot bridge at age 60?
Diana Jennings Campbell, 10, of Indian Hill, has one. She wrote a 200-word essay about her, and they are the Ohio winners of the seventh annual Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel's Way Award, a nationwide essay contest paying tribute to outstanding senior citizens.
Diana is a fifth-grader at Indian Hill Elementary School. Her grandmother, Angela Campbell Meeske, also lives in Indian Hill.
"She is real cool," Diana said. "She does a lot of cool things, and she has traveled a lot. I would like to do some of the things she has done."
Diana is the daughter of John and Janet Campbell.
"She was pretty excited about winning the essay contest," Janet Campbell said.
KFC is 50 years old this year. The award encourages children 13 or younger to honor outstanding seniors, 50 or older, who have made a positive impact on their lives.
The award was established in honor of Col. Harland Sanders, who opened his first restaurant at age 62.
Diana and Meeske were each awarded $200 cash and $25 in KFC gift checks.
Two seniors who have passed the century mark said happy birthday to each other from a distance as they celebrated this month.
Nell Brownstead, a resident of the Norwood Healthcare Center, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday with family and friends, while Marguerite Ballew turned 106 four days earlier.
Ballew is a resident of the Lincoln Crawford Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Walnut Hills. She celebrated with friends Saturday.
Brownstead has survived 10 brothers and sisters, two husbands and a son. She has fought off typhoid fever, cancer, a broken hip and a serious heart attack three weeks ago.
"I think she was determined to make it to 100 years,'' said her granddaughter, Lora Rose of Kenwood. "What a woman.''
Ballew said her longevity is based on being an herbalist for years, believing in God and, oh, yes, having a little taste of bourbon every now and then.
Artists are welcome to display and sell their works at the Palmer Cosmetic Dentistry Art Gallery, 340 Thomas More Parkway, suite 130, Crestview Hills, as long as they donate 10 percent of all sales to The Women's Crisis Center.
Artists should send slides and a resume to Katie Caccavaria at the gallery.
The Women's Crisis Center has walk-in centers in Covington, Florence and Williamstown. It helps adults and children who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse or rape. The agency provides crisis intervention, counseling and shelter.
Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at email@example.com or by fax at 768-8340.
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