Thursday, May 15, 2003

Some Good News

Bigg's store honored for service


For its commitment to the Partner in Education Programs, the Skytop Bigg's store, 5280 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, has been selected large Business of the Year by the Anderson Chamber of Commerce.

The 3-year-old supermarket is the main tenant in the Skytop Pavilion shopping mall.

Chad Sanders, store manager, said the store has been involved in the partnership with Mercer and Mount Washington schools.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded this honor," Sanders said. "Our employees spend a lot of time at the schools, tutoring in the classrooms.

"We have also provided money to get parents to volunteer to come into the classrooms to help tutor, and we have supplied material and products for fund raisers for the schools."

The store was recognized for charitable contributions to the Anderson community in 2002, with emphasis on participating in the Partner in Education Program.

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Workshops to bring people together to promote youth development will be part of the Assistance for Substance Abuse Preventive Center's program from 2 to 5 at the Montgomery Inn Conference Center, 601 Pete Rose Way, downtown.

Keynote speaker is Peter Benson, of the Search Institute, who is a leader in the national movement that seeks to approach the problems young people experience.

A local panel will include representatives from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Butler County Family and Children First, the Indiana Youth Institute, Kentucky Child Now, the Ohio Resource Network and the Winton Woods Community Coalition.

For more information, call 458-6606 or 458-6640.

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Students at Bethel-Tate High School have raised $1,000 to support Jill McOwen in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Saturday and Sunday.

Jill McOwen is the wife of Tom McOwen, a teacher at the school. She is participating to honor a college friend who had breast cancer.

The students are still collecting money. Tom McOwen said no extra credits go with the students' efforts; it's just something they wanted to do.

The walks start at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium, and again at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Music, art, theater and poetry are offered free to children at the Great Miami Arts Jam from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton.

The event is put on by WGUC's Classics for Kids program and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.

Sponsors include Time Warner Cable, the Ohio Arts Council, Lane Library and Louis Trauth Dairy.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday through Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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