A Monroe church's recent mission trip to Honduras brought light and electricity to schoolkids in a crowded, two-room schoolhouse.
It also served to enlighten one family about the many blessings we have living in America.
Butler County Area III Court Judge Bob Hendrickson, his wife, Sharon, and two children, Robby, 15, and Cassie, 12, worked eight days during July to install a solar panel system.
Besides helping the poor, the judge said, he wanted his kids to see "that not everybody lives the way we do."
The family will give a report to their church, Monroe Presbyterian, at 10 a.m. today during a hog roast at the church, 57 W. Elm St., Monroe.
Council honors Waits
Cincinnati City Council honored 83-year-old civil rights leader Ernest J. Waits of Paddock Hills Wednesday with a resolution recognizing him as "a leader in the ongoing campaign for racial equality."
The resolution singled out his work to desegregate Cincinnati theaters and restaurants as early as 1939.
Waits has been given similar accolades by the Cincinnati Board of Education and former Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who gave him the "Mayor's Hometown Hero" award in 1997.
Councilwoman Laketa Cole said that doesn't mean Waits should stop getting awards.
"I'm a big believer that we should give people their roses while they can smell them," she said.
Waits said he just does "what comes natural" and promised to keep holding city officials' "feet to the fire."
3 on dean's list
Achieving 4.0 grade-point averages and being named to the spring term dean's lists at their college or university were:
Juliet Manto, a senior music major at Hillsdale College, Mich. The home school graduate is the daughter of Janice and Peter Manto of Greenhills.
Erin Whitaker, a sophomore attending Bowling Green State University. The Lakota East High School graduate is the daughter of Dena and Harold Baxter of Liberty Township.
Steven Ruebel, attending Southern Ohio College. He is the son of Debbie Steiner of Springfield Township and Mike Ruebel of Wyoming.
4 at conferences
Four seniors attended National Student Leadership Conferences this summer in Washington:
Megan Hoffmann of Sycamore Township, who attends Seven Hills School, attended the conference on medicine and health care.
Melissa Boudreau of Loveland participated in the conference on business and commerce.
Samantha Buyniski of Hyde Park, attended the conference on law and advocacy.
Kevin Heasley of Anderson Township, a student at Turpin High School.
Angela Wright will attend Berea College, Ky. as the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship based on academic achievement, community service, leadership potential and financial need.
The Hughes Center graduate is the daughter of Melissa and William Wright of Mount Washington.
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Jasmine Larry started going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cincinnati at age 6.
She liked it so much she started volunteering there at age 14.
Now 17 and a senior at Western Hills High School, she spends most of her time at the club in Over-the-Rhine, working with younger children.
Her mother, Sharon Montgomery, is director.
"It is very good working here, helping to serve meals and helping children getting ready for swim classes," Jasmine said.
She has been selected as one of the local club's "Youth of the Year."
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