Monday, February 24, 2003

Good News

All come for birthday, library says

Library officials want the public to help say happy birthday and share their memories as they celebrate 150 years of service for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County at a March 15 party.

Children and adults are is invited. Memories and birthday wishes for the library will be displayed at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown.

Children can pick up a happy birthday card at any library and write and draw their birthday wishes on the inside. Cards will be displayed at the March 15 event, and there will be activities, games, music, cake and ice cream from 1-4 p.m.

Also the library would like the public to share memories by picking up a Free & Public: Share Your Memories survey at any branch or the Main Library downtown.

Memories might include: favorite childhood book, first library visit and where, how old you were on first visit, who you went with, or a favorite librarian's name.

Among the rush to get to work and find parking, a small group, called Transformations, gathers at 901 Elm St. downtown to pray. It is called a praise and worship service. It is non-denominational, interracial and intergenerational.

"All are invited," said Sandy Faith Hall. "If you cannot join us, we are there, pray during that time for changes that only God can perform."

Hall, of Deer Park, said the city of Cincinnati continues to spiral downward. She said the city needs help in solving violence, for the government and for children.

The group gathers at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. and noon Wednesdays; 9 a.m. Thursdays; and noon on Saturday.

Another group of students has reported their efforts to collect money for the Pennies for Patients program.

For three weeks, the Peer Mediators and Pride members at Hopewell Elementary School, 8300 Cox Road, West Chester, collected spare change for a total of $2,150. The group used the collection as a school service project.

The money will go to the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Teens from Monroe, Middletown and Jacksonburg participated in the World Vision 30-hour Famine this weekend.

The idea is to learn more about what it is like in other parts of the world where children don't have enough to eat.

Families and friends were asked to sponsor the teens as they go without food for 30 hours.

The Kenwood Woman's Club will award four $2,000 scholarships and one $1,500 scholarship this year. The group also gives two $1,000 scholarships to women who need education to re-enter the work force.

For more information, call Rita Remmell, 793-8430.

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 or by fax at 768-8340.

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