Sunday, April 27, 2003

Some Good News


Turning 100 just another success

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Last month Sarah Marvin of Kenwood reached that 100-year milestone, a feat that is becoming commonplace. But even she is amazed that the body, mind, emotions and fears she has had all these years are still here.

She is able to sit in her comfortable room at the Seasons Retirement Community and flip through pages of history in her mind -two world wars, numerous floods, the first scratchy voices and music she heard on the first radio to today's boom boxes, the narrow-screen black-and-white television sets to today's wide-screen, giant color models.

Reaching 100 seems like a cakewalk for Marvin when you listen to how she grew up in orphanages at St. Joseph and Sisters of Mercy, and how she had to leave at age 16 before she could finish high school.

She went to Pittsburgh and started teaching music. She eventually graduated from the Paris Conservatory of Music and began a 75-year career of teaching piano.

She still gives piano lessons to students who come to her apartment at Seasons. Besides giving lessons, she said she keeps her mind busy by talking to anyone who will listen.

She likes to boast a little about how she took a condemned building in Hamilton and turned it into a music studio and a hotel.

"I ran the hotel and the studio for 25 years and made a fortune," she said. "I had studios in Hamilton and Cincinnati with 300 students and 14 teachers."

She said she was married twice, but never had children, chuckling that her late brother, Leo Kellner, had 10, which was enough for both of them.

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts, which she helped to finance, sponsors Xavier University's Piano and Guitar Series.

"At 100 years old, she is still a remarkable and wonderful woman," said a nephew, Jerry Kellner of Loveland.

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Award-winning Summerfair posters from 1977 to the present will be on display at the Summerfair Fine Arts and Craft Festival May 3-31 in the gallery at University of Cincinnati Clermont College.

Kevin Reynolds, Summerfair Inc. administrator, said the "Best of Show" pieces SFI has purchased in the last 12 years will also be on display.

The exhibit showcases national and local artists.

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Volunteers for the March of Dimes will be honored today during the kickoff of National Volunteer Week, which runs through May 3.

John Banchy, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division of March of Dimes, said 7,000 have registered to participate in the March of Dimes marathon, beginning at Sawyer Point.

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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