Friday, March 7, 1997
Club's show will go on,
for flood donations

COLD SPRING - The flood means an automatic encore for St. Joseph drama club's production of From Sea to Shining Sea.

The musical comedy, written and directed by Cold Spring native Kevan Brown, has been extended a week to raise relief funds for flood victims.

''We're hoping to raise $11,000,'' he said.

The additional show will be at 8 p.m. March 14 at St. Joseph's Memorial Hall, 4011 Alexandria Pike. Tickets are $20 and will benefit flood victims through the American Red Cross. Call 635-3252 or 781-4179 for reservations.

Dozens of callers trying to reach the Falmouth, Ky., police - who have one of the few working phone lines in town - ended up talking to the Greene County Farm Service Agency in Xenia, Ohio, Thursday.

''Somehow the lines have gotten crossed. We didn't get flooded, but we're getting a flood of calls,'' said agency spokeswoman Jean Doughty.

Cincinnati Bell spokesman said the crossed signals were ''a temporary software problem'' that's been fixed.

Miller Brewing Co.'s brewery in Trenton, Ohio, plans to ship a tractor-trailer rig full of water, about 1,900 cases, to flood victims in and around Falmouth, Ky. The area hasn't had any running water all week.

Mike Murphy of Fort Thomas, a sales representative with distributor Miller Brands of Northern Kentucky, said the water will be delivered to Northern Elementary School in Butler, Ky., just north of Falmouth this afternoon or Saturday.

''They're going to put the water right in beer cans,'' Mr. Murphy said. ''Right now, the only problem they're having is finding some labels to put on the cans.

''We don't want people to think we're handing out beer to the flood victims.''

SPRINGDALE - A police department janitor, a Springdale police sergeant and six teen-age Police Explorer volunteers went door-to-door in the suburbs this week collecting all they could carry for flood victims.

Donors flooded a department hallway with everything from hams to diapers.

''We think we've got it bad, but we've got dry land and electricity,'' said Brad Miracle, 19, a volunteer from Hamilton. ''We've got to put ourselves in their shoes.''

''Any time I can help, it makes me feel good,'' said C.J. Nichols, 60, the janitor.

Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey cautioned city residents Thursday to watch out for scam artists.

Apparently, someone is calling families and claiming to be part of a city hall relief effort for flood victims. If you field such a call, hang up and put away the checkbook.

''We may have some con artists at work out there trying to scam people out of some money,'' Mr. Shirey said.

NEW RICHMOND - More than 1,400 area students from 53 local schools will have to wait another week to engage in creative problem-solving at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition.

The event was to occur Saturday at New Richmond High School, 11231 Bethel-New Richmond Road, but the building is being used as a shelter for families rendered homeless by flooding.

Teams of students will have the opportunity to showcase their work March 15 at the same New Richmond location. All event times remain the same.

AURORA - Robert and Beverly Nusekabel were so busy preparing their home for the flood, moving out and then watching the rising water helplessly, that they forgot an important family event.

By early afternoon Thursday, Mr. Nusekabel realized it was his 39th birthday. Later Thursday, the couple and friends gathered on Fourth Street at the water's edge for some beer and an impromptu party.

''I can't party in my house, so I figured I'd have a drink out here,'' Mr. Nusekabel said.

Mrs. Nusekabel said she hopes her husband's 40th birthday arrives under better circumstances.