Saturday, June 14, 2003


Signs mark scenes from Howells' life

HAMILTON - Twelve signs now stand near downtown to point out the places where writer William Dean Howells lived and played.

You can find the locations in the brochure "William Dean Howells, Resident of Hamilton Ohio."

It is available at the Butler County Historical Society and Museum, 327 N. Second St.

"He was a giant - 35 novels written," said Dick Haid, a Hamilton resident who is promoting the sites for a Howells driving tour.

"It's great for a town the size of Hamilton to have a tour for a writer of his stature."

The brochure features a map that is numbered according to the eight Howells sites, including the new bicentennial marker that recognizes him for his literary career.

To further honor the author, the Miami University libraries recently published William Dean Howells, 1837-1920, A Selected Bibliography. It includes his books April Hopes, A Boy's Town (recounting his Hamilton days) and The Rise of Silas Lapham.

Some of Howells' works are available in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, 365 King Library, Oxford. These items do not circulate.

The famous author spent his boyhood in Hamilton, and was recently remembered by the city for his achievements as editor of the Atlantic Monthly and other publications. He died in 1920.


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LEBANON - Lee Greenwood will perform at the Warren County Fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 as a part of the county's bicentennial event.

He will sing his hit "God Bless the U.S.A."

A dinner and dance will also be included in the celebration.

The dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight, with Eddie's Swing Band.

For information, call the Warren County Bicentennial Commission, 695-1250.

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WOODLAWN - The recent Adopt-A-Park event at Glenwood Gardens park was a quantitative success.

Thirty-nine volunteers worked 156 hours to plant trees and improve the environment.

The group planted 285 native trees along the Wetland Loop Trail, and also planted 285 shrubs and 150 herbaceous perennials.

Glenwood Gardens is 335 acres dedicated as space for passive recreation and enjoyment of natural space.

A new feature in the park, the Legacy Gardens, recognizes people who have donated trees to the Legacy Groves at the park.

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MASON - The Warren County bicentennial bell will be displayed at the Mason Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.

The purpose of the visit is to honor our country and celebrate the opening day of the children's summer reading program, "Celebrate Ohio."

The 250-pound bell, cast May 2-3, will travel around the county this summer on a specially designed float.

Ohio and Warren County turned 200 years old this year.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester OH 45015. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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