Thursday, June 26, 2003

Some good news

Church festival expands

Allen Howard

In 10 years, the Revelation Baptist Church's "A Taste of Christianity Outreach Community Festival" has blossomed into a neighborhoodwide event, bringing in policemen with horses for kids to pet and ride, and firefighters with engines for kids to see.

The free event is from noon to 7 p.m. July 12.

"It attracts people from the West End, Over-the-Rhine and surrounding communities," said Sandra Smyth, one of the coordinators. "We usually get about a thousand people attending. This just shows that a Christian group can get together and have fun."


She said they usually block off John and Liberty streets near the church.

"The primary focus is on alcoholism, drugs and other important health issues, but we also give away food, clothing and information," Smyth said. "This is a way of getting different neighborhoods involved in a spiritual setting."

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Homeless people at the Middletown House of Hope for the Homeless will get help from a beer company.

The agency is among eight local organizations that received grants from the Miller Brewing Co. totaling $65,000 for services related to economic development, environment, diversity and hunger relief.

"We are very grateful for being one of the recipients," said Fay Smillie, chairman of the board of directors of the agency. "This will go a long way in helping us meet the needs of our clients."

The agency received $5,000 from Miller.

She said the funds will help continue shelter operation for 40-48 people daily.

Other recipients were: Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton and Cincinnati, each getting $7,500; Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, $15,000; Economics Center for Education Research at the University of Cincinnati, $10,000; Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, $10,000; South Community Association of Cincinnati, $5,000; and Three Valley Conservation, $5,000.

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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