Monday, March 10, 2003

Good News


Campaign talks trash on litter

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As the snow and ice start melting away, downtown boosters are hoping to keep springtime streets clear of manmade litter, said Linda Holterhoff, executive director of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

She said KCB is kicking off its "Don't Trash the 'Nati-Keep Cincinnati Beautiful" public awareness campaign. During the campaign, KCB will display its award-winning billboard sign: "Don't Trash the 'Nati."

This year, the campaign will try a little parody, using a basketball theme to emphasize awareness of keeping the inner city clean.

One display is a sign, labeled "Score," which shows a trash can connected by a dotted line to trash lying nearby. "The point here is to remind people that everyone wins when we put trash in its proper place," Holterhoff said.

Another sign is labeled "It ain't no game." It shows a close-up of a broken bottle on a basketball court. Holterhoff said the ads target teens and young adults, which research has shown is the age group most likely to litter.

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The American Association of University Women is sponsoring a seminar at 5 p.m.March 25 to give information to women who wish to return to school to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree.

The seminar is part of a nationwide effort to help women overcome some of the obstacles nontraditional students face, such as financial issues, balancing work, family and school.

The seminar will be held at Union Institute, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

Alethea Bennett, a Union Institute faculty member, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, call 321-4497.

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Paul Zimmerman, senior market researcher at Procter & Gamble, has been named by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America as its 2002 Volunteer of the Year.

The award was presented to Zimmerman this week at the CADCA's National Leader Forum in Washington , D.C.

Zimmerman, vice president for coalition programs at P&G, has volunteered for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati since it was started in 1996.

A field-tested personal drug use survey Zimmerman designed has been used to collect data from more than 70,000, seventh- through 12th-graders in Greater Cincinnati.

U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, chairman of the coalition, said use of Zimmerman's survey has shown a 16 percent drop in tobacco use, a 19 percent drop in alcohol use and a 20 percent drop in marijuana.

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 ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.




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