Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Timely bit of history dismantled, restored

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Posing with a clock made in Munich, Germany around 1907 by Sigmund Riefler are (see Zoom view, from left): Gary Richards, Director of Development with the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute and Educational Library and Museum Charitable Trust; Laurie Penman, Clock Instructor at AWI; Jim Lubic, Executive Director of AWI; and John Ventre, Cincinnati Observatory Center Historian.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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They were as dependable as the old lamplighter.

Four clocks that local astronomers at the Cincinnati Observatory Center used to set the time for this region have been restored and will be brought back to the center on Oct. 4.

"They were state-of-the-art timepieces," said John Ventre, historian at the observatory center. "The clocks were taken to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute in 2001 for restoration. They have been dismantled and restored to near original condition."

The clocks, built between 1840 and 1908, will be on display during ScopeOut 2003, a telescope fair at the center.

Ventre said people also can see astronomical equipment offered by local and national vendors at the fair. Information: 321-5186.

And with a little luck, it should all go off like ... clockwork.

She shows she cares

When Ila Rubin works with the elderly suffering from dementia, there are joyful moments when she digs into their minds and brings back pieces of their memory.

"Sometimes their long-term memory is still intact and they can talk about things that happened a long time ago," Rubin said.

For her work as team manager of the Memory Support program at the Deupree Community of the Episcopal Retirement Homes, Rubin has received the Ann Schmidt Luggen Award.

"I am excited and honored to receive this award. However, my greatest reward is working with residents and their families," Rubin said.

She earned a degree in psychology from Ohio State University in 1993, and her RN from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1995.

Give a kid a book

Glendale Elementary School teacher Angela Edwards is leading her classroom into reading 100 books by Dec. 31 as part of the Classroom Care: Reading is Giving project.

The prize: 100 books donated to kids who don't have them by Scholastic Book Clubs.

The group plans to donate 2 million books to Save the Children, Reach Out and Read, First Book and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

Academic all-stars

Gets Ashland award

William Henry Harrison High School graduate Amanda Garrison has been named an Ashland Scholar and will receive a yearly, $2,000 renewable award for educational expenses.

She was one of 20 students judged on scholastic achievement, leadership ability and college potential whose parent or guardian is a full-time employee of Ashland Inc.

The daughter of Melissa and Steven Garrison of Harrison will study pre-dentistry at Bowling Green State University.

Makes dean's lists

Second-year English major Lauren Campbell was named to both the fall and spring semester dean's lists at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Madeira High School graduate is daughter of Diana and Tom Campbell of Madeira.

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Behind the badge

It was, as Trooper Barbres A. Jones said later, an experience that gets your heart thumping.

Last April, she and Trooper Richard Noel were on patrol on South Gilmore Road in Fairfield when they saw dark smoke.

They quickly found its source: a three-story apartment building on fire, and at least 40 people still inside.

After notifying the fire department, they began going door to door, telling people to get out. Many of those in the building spoke only Spanish, "and it was a little hard getting them to understand. Luckily, it worked out," Jones said.

Everyone in the building was evacuated safely.

"This was something that will get your heartbeat up," Jones added.

Noel and Jones were honored recently at the Hamilton Post, where they are based, for the way they handled the situation.

Noel, a resident of Harrison, started with the post in 1994. He worked in the Eaton Post in 1997, but returned to Hamilton in 1998. He is the father of two girls, daughters Brittani and Jada.

Jones lives in Westwood with her husband, Ronald, and son, Robert.

She worked with the Lebanon Post and the Office of Recruitment and Training at the Patrol Academy before transferring to Hamilton.

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