Sunday, May 11, 2003

Some Good News

New Mason keeps family tradition alive


Like grandfather, like father, like son.

When you unscramble that, it means that William Reed Jr. is carrying on a Masonic tradition started by his grandfather, Myron Reed, three decades ago.

Young Reed, 23, just became a member of Batavia Masonic Lodge 104, becoming the first third-generation to belong to the lodge.

"I am glad to carry on this tradition," William Reed Jr. said. "I watched my father (William Reed Sr.) and grandfather in this organization and I always wanted to become a part of it. I think it is a great group; lots of spirit and it does lots of community work."

And there will be a fourth generation, if Reed Jr. gets his way.

He just got engaged.

"I would love to have a son to carry on the tradition," said Reed Jr., a road crew supervisor for Clermont County.

That is also fine with Reed Sr., a 32nd-degree Mason.

"This just sort of happened naturally. I followed my father, who was a past master of the New Richmond Masonic Lodge before joining this lodge," Reed Sr. said. "I can't think of a better organization to be a part of to carry on this kind of family tradition."

Grand master Martin Ely said the lodge is 166 years old and has 185 members.

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A group of churches that work together to promote a community-wide Christian fellowship will sponsor the Second Annual Winton Place Community Fest 3-7 p.m. June 21.

The fest will be in the Winton Place Business District, 4624 to 4648 N. Edgewood Ave.

The fest is sponsored by St. Bernard Church in Winton Place, Matthew United Church of Christ, Winton Community Free Methodist Church, Mother of Christ and New Jerusalem Community Church.

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Mary Campbell, director of the Queen City-Mitchell Inc. agency of the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board, will receive the Marshall A. Ginsburg Humanitarian Service Award at the annual meeting of the board 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The award is being given to Campbell for her many years of helping people with severe mental illnesses.

Others honorees are Mary Anne Christie, member of the Talbert Board, who will receive the VIP (Volunteering is Phenomenal) Award; Tom Neyer Jr., former county commissioner, Community Friend of Mental Health Award; Violette P. Selzer, Health Resource Center, Leadership in Service Award; Barb Valerius, board member, National Association of Mental Illness, Leadership in Consumer Advocacy Award, and Dr. Jon Garrison, Center for Children and Families, Leadership in Psychiatry Award.

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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