Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Good things happening


Cat's adventures remain his secret

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Buddy, the stealthy feline object of affection at the Price Hill Community Center, can't decide if he wants to be a house pet or an alley cat.

He's been hanging around the center for more than a decade, but occasionally gets the urge to prowl. His last adventure lasted a year and staffers thought he had been stolen, or maybe met with a bad end.

But it turns out he hadn't used up his nines lives. He showed up at the center Thursday, climbing right back into the hearts of staffers and children who attend the center.

"I wasn't here on Thursday, but I had heard he was back," said Peggy Steins, coordinator of senior activities. "When I walked in Friday morning, there he was."

The center is planning to buy a cat tower, hoping to stop Buddy's prowling urges.

Tradition continues

As the new president of Mount Notre Dame High School, Sister Rita Sturwold says it's a crucial time for Catholic schools.

"Mount Notre Dame has made tremendous progress over the last decade," she said. "It is a privilege to help strengthen its 144-year tradition of success in educating young women."

Sister Rita was installed Saturday during a Mass in the school's Student Activities Center. She had assumed the duties July 1.

Ride planned

If you are a motorcycle rider, Rhonda Kuhlmann and Kelly Flowers of the Beckman Adult Center would like to talk with you about a unity ride fund-raiser they are planning at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Adult Center, 2600 Civic Center Dr., Colerain Township.

They are trying to raise at least $35,000 to buy a lift van for adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities who are served by the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

"We plan to hold car washes if the ride doesn't raise enough," Flowers said.

To participate, call 742-1576

Library gets marker

An Ohio Historical Marker will be presented to one of the oldest libraries in America at 10 a.m. Oct. 4.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County started March 14, 1853.

The event will be held at the library, Eighth and Vine. It is in celebration of the its 150th anniversary and Ohio's Bicentennial. The public is invited.

Hey, Montgomery!

The Cincinnati Enquirer is continuing its monthly special sections that profile area neighborhoods, and next month, we're putting the spotlight on Montgomery and Sycamore Township.

But we need your help. Readers, what are the important issues facing these communities? What are neighbors talking about? Are there questions you'd like to pose to your elected officials? Problems you feel are not being addressed?

We'll cover topics that readers suggest in the Montgomery-Sycamore Great Neighborhoods section Oct. 7.

E-mail your question or concern to: Dave Hofmeister at dhofmeister@enquirer.com, or mail them to The Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Or, call 755-4145.

Our kids

Blair Glasgo is convinced that the better kids can read, the more likely they are to stay in school.

Blair, 18, will spend 50 hours at the West End Health Center, helping to boost a Reach Out and Read program. She will work with other volunteers to read to children while they are in waiting rooms at the center.

"Being read to is a very important part of learning to read," Blair said. "Kids who are read to have a smaller chance of being illiterate and less chance of dropping out of school."

She hopes the project will help her earn a Girl Scout Gold Award.

Blair, a senior at East Central High School, St. Leon, Ind., said she is looking for volunteers to help. She can be contacted at 812-487-2905.

She is the daughter of Phil and Dana Glasgo, Guilford, Ind.

Academic all-stars

Engineering graduate

Chris Hoeffer of Monfort Heights graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

A member of the track and field team specializing in the 800-meter run, he received the TopCat Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Jimmy Nippert Award at UC's annual Academic Recognition Banquet.

Awarded scholarship

Incoming freshman Perry Pink has been awarded a Joseph D. Blickle Educational Scholarship by the department of food, agricultural and biological engineering at Ohio State University.

He is a graduate of St. Xavier High School from Montgomery.

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