Saturday, March 1, 2003

Neighborhoods


New trails will link rivers

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Hiking and biking trails are connecting our communities like spiders' webs.

Recently, I heard about new projects in Anderson Township, which hopes to eventually connect its trails to Terrace Park.

Now come Butler and Warren counties with the Miami-2-Miami Connection, a series of trails between the Great and Little Miami rivers.

The feasibility study is complete, and now the communties are waiting for grant money to become available.

"The Mami-2-Miami Connection continues to be a great collaborative effort of communities and agencies," said Bill Zerkle, director of parks and recreation in West Chester Township. "It is truly representative of what can be accomplished when we all work together. Residents will ultimately benefit from this collaboration with a bike path that provides wonderful opportunities for recreation, exercise and transportation."

Planning for the Miami-2-Miami Connection started with $61,500 from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The Miami-2-Miami Coalition is made up of many groups, including West Chester Township, the Butler County Canal Coalition, the Butler County engineer, the Izaak Walton League, Lebanon, Mason, MetroParks of Butler County, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments and the Union/West Chester Historical Society.

Their ultimate goal is to promote bike paths, which the group calls proven protectors of the environment and a way to improve the quality of life in host communities.

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MILFORD-The Greater Milford Area Historical Society is selling a lighted porcelain scale model of Promont House Museum, built in 1865-67 and later the home of John M. Pattison, Ohio's 43rd governor.

It will be available for delivery in late spring for $50, but you can order it now for $45. Make checks out to GMAHS. Send to GMAHS, 906 Main St., Milford OH 45150. View pictures at 45150.com/promont.

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CROSBY TWP.-The Crosby Township Fire Department in Hamilton County will hold a fish fry and fund-raiser from 4-7 p.m. March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Crosby Township Senior Center, 8910 Willey Road.

Eat there or carry out. Adults $7, children $4.

Profits will be used to buy a thermal imaging camera.

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LEBANON-The Warren County United Way could use volunteers.

Contact Denise Uchmanowicz or Jerri Langworthy at the Volunteer Resource Center in Lebanon, 932-3987.

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WESTWOOD-Earl W. Clark Jr. of Westwood in Hamilton County will present a program on the history of Ohio's railroads and interurbans to the Cincinnati Railroad Club at 7:30 p.m. March 6.

It will be held in Tower A of the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati. The public is invited.

"The program," said spokesman Sheridan E. Yelliot, "will sustain the club's interest in the formation of the early railroads and their development that aided the Buckeye State."

Information: 651-RAIL.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester OH 45015. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4155. E-mail Rmcnutt@enquirer.com.




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