Friday, March 7, 2003

Some Good News


Medical pioneer honored

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Elizabeth Blackwell, who fought prejudice at every turn, suffered through catcalls and jeers on the streets of Geneva, N.Y., while becoming the first woman in the United States to graduate from medical school, will have a historical marker dedicated to her at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the YWCA downtown.

The marker will be placed on the facade of the building.

Blackwell was born in Bristol, England, and moved to Cincinnati in 1838. She was accepted in the Geneva Medical College in New York after being denied admission by several colleges. She received her medical degree in 1849 and provided free outpatient care to women and children. In 1857 she opened the New York Infirmary, a full-scale hospital for women and children.

She founded the Women's Medical College at the infirmary and is credited with opening the medical profession to women. She was the first woman to be listed in the Medical Register of Great Britain.

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Two scholarships are being offered by the Forest Park Chapter of the Zeta Beta Sorority for college-bound female students.

An application package must be submitted by March 30. The application mustbe in black ink or typewritten, and the package must include a transcript with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and letters of reference from two people such as counselors, teachers, principals, supervisors or community leaders.

Applications are available through high school counselors or by calling the sorority at 956-1799. Scholarships are worth $1,000 and $500.

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Operation Cookie Connection is a drive by the Girl Scout Service Unit 661 and the Communication Co. to collect Girl Scout cookies to be shipped to soldiers overseas.

Unit 661 is made up of Girl Scouts from Colerain and Houston elementary schools, St. John the Baptist School and St. Bernard Elementary, Peach Grove.

The latest time for other troops to drop off donations is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist, 5375 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township.

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John Geyston, head instructor of East West Karate in Florence, is offering a month of free martial arts classes to any child whose parent has been called to military duty.

To schedule a class, call (859) 283-1334 and mention "Operation Activation."

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Even though the cold and wet winter has delayed the $19 million renovation of the Taft Museum of Art, it will reopen in January. Among the many new features are 700 works to be installed, using a new chronological storyline to illustrate the evolution of Western and Chinese art from the Medieval period through the Industrial Revolution.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com, or by fax at 768-8340.




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