Monday, September 1, 2003

Good things happening

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer


Irma Flickner loves her volunteer job of managing a local food pantry. But at age 84, she's thinking about retiring - in a decade or so.

The feisty Mount Washington widow thinks nothing of driving the few miles to the Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry (SEM) pantry at least three days a week and putting in a solid five hours.

She doesn't let a little bad weather or physical ailments, such as hands crippled with arthritis or back problems, stop her.

Flickner said she used to love to quilt, sew and garden, but the arthritis has put an end to those things.

But she's determined not to let anything get in the way of her work at the pantry, which serves from Mount Washington into western Clermont County.

Bob Bridges, chairman of SEM, called Flickner their "awesome octogenarian. Irma's just unbelievable."

Flickner, mother of three and grandmother of eight, said she couldn't do the job without her many wonderful volunteers.


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Simple farm atmospheres, like those spread over parts of Appalachia and the northeastern region of Kentucky, can foster spiritual consciousness, Moeller High School students learned this summer.

Six students and a chaperone visited Glenmary Farm in Lewis County, Ky., this summer. Glenmary is a Catholic society of priests and brothers dedicated to service.

"It was an interesting mission trip and it gave us an opportunity to experience a different culture with different people,'' said Ben Michaels, a senior at the Kenwood school.

The program was started in 1972 to interest young men in joining Glenmary as priests or brothers.

Brian Day, 17, also a senior, has not planned his major yet but found the Glenmary Farm experience enlightening. "It was really a good chance to learn," Day said.

Hillary's new intern

Sean T. Parker, a Walnut Hills graduate and a sophomore at Howard University in Washington, D.C., will start an internship with Sen. Hillary Clinton next month.

"This is a big plus for me because I have been trying to get a congressional internship since I have been here," Parker said. "I think I sent out about 10 applications."

He said he has an interest in politics and is working on a journalism degree.

Parker worked on Cincinnati Vice Mayor Alicia Reece's campaign. "Being involved in that campaign, really inspired me. I think I came away dreaming of being the first black president of the United States," he said. Parker is the son of John and Dovie Parker of Silverton.


On dean's list

Freshman pharmacy major Brian Tittermary was named to the spring semester dean's list at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

He also has been inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which recognizes undergraduates who excel academically and demonstrate responsibility in service and leadership.

The Mason High School graduate is the son of Sue and Rich Tittermary of Mason.

Journalism awards

The following high school journalists won awards in the 2002 high school journalism contest administered by Ohio Professional Writers.

From Lakota East High School: Sara Thomas placed first and Scott Sode third in Opinion; Lauren Sorrows placed first, Sara Thomas third and Heiko Young received honorable mention in News.

From Sycamore High School: Zach Fox placed first in Graphics, and placed third and received an honorable mention in Editorial; David Bailey placed third and Tony Burzotta received honorable mention in Sports. Tony also placed second in Sports Photo; Dan Love placed second in Column; Jason Butler placed first in Cartooning; Chris Jones placed second, Aaron Schepers third and April Wang fourth in Reviews; David Bailey placed first and received an honorable mention, Ali Newton placed second and Jenny Grubbs third in Single-Page Layout.

The work of first-place finishers has been submitted for national competition through the National Federation of Press Women.


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