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Sunday, February 27, 1994 Editor: Nancy Berlier. 768-8395 k. rx East Lf Central I BlMl A Things to do2 School news3 in ufly uUUuOP Poce reports5 uermoni pr Turbulent memories stir quake relief the tornado struck Harrison. He remembers how the Red Cross came around with bologna sandwiches and cheeseburgers. The teens are continuing to accept donations for earthquake victims.

They may be sent to Wappelhorst at 110 N. Hill Harrison, 45030. "I'm just ecstatic," Regina Oberjohann said. "I'm very, very proud of the kids. I told my husband that you know they always have on the news about this teenager shooting that teen-ager.

I said, 'You know, this is the kind of stuff the kids need to hear: that they can make a because my family was affected by it out there," said Ron's mother, Regina Oberjohann. The youth group members solicited food and door prizes from area businesses. The Knights of Columbus Hall donated its facilities for the event, themed "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Money raised will be sent to the American Red Cross in two Southern California counties. "Our original goal was to raise whatever we could whether it was $10 or $1,000," Wappelhorst said. "I think we'll come close to raising $1,000 or $2,000." Ron, 17, was a seventh-grader when God, Ronnie, we just had the Big One.

Let me talk to your "We watched the news all day," Ron said. "I said, 'We've got to do something for the earthquake Ron called Joe Wappelhorst, the youth minister at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. They recruited about 20 members from the church's two youth groups including Ron's sister Rachelle, 19. It was too cold for a car wash, so they decided to have a dance, which was held Saturday night.

"They're really putting a lot of heart and soul into it because they're relating BY BETH MENGE The Cincinnati Enquirer HARRISON When the earthquake rocked southern California last month, Ron Oberjohann recalled the helplessness he felt and the help he received after a tornado struck Harrison in 1990. The Harrison Hirfi School junior knew he had to do something for the victims, which included his relatives. "We were off school that day because it was Martin Luther King Day," Ron said. "My Aunt Carol lives in Southern California, and she called and she goes: 'Oh, my Benches homegrown in Gleves Village employees give neighbors places to rest BY RAY SCHAEFER Enquirer Contributor CLEVES John Booth and Kenny Clifton noticed residents had no place to sit after walking the village sidewalks. So they did something about it.

Booth, the village's street superintendent, and street foreman Kenny Clifton have been making concrete-and-wood park benches and placing them around town for about 18 months. Clifton said residents and not just the senior citizens seem to like the benches. "You get out there in the summertime, and everybody's sitting on them," Clifton said. "Young folks, everybody." As Booth pointed to the bench in front of Village Hall on North Miami Avenue one recent evening, he said he's not only saving residents' feet, he's saving their money. 1 "We've got approximately $50 tied up in this bench," he said.

"You go to buy one of these benches, they're $150, $175." Roy Buchwald, an 84-year-old resident of East State Road in Cleves, has made similar benches for neighbors and friends for years. Buchwald said Booth got the idea for building the benches from him. "(Booth) was sitting on one of the benches, and he asked me where I got them," Buchwald said. "I told him I made it. He said he wanted to make them." Buchwald gave Booth a cardboard copy of the form used to make the concrete ends of the benches.

Booth modified the pattern slightly, made a wooden form and began constructing his benches at the village maintenance shop. Booth said he makes benches only when there aren't any other jobs to be done. "We don't spend a lot of time on this," he said. "When it's a rainy day, we can put a little time into these, then we put them together." It takes about 2V4 hours over two days to make one bench. Booth and Clifton pour half the concrete into the wooden form and add rebar, the same type of steel used i Kenny Clifton, left, and John Booth made rainy days when village worK is siow, me to reinforce streets and building foundations.

Then they pour the rest of the concrete. When the concrete has hardened two days later, Booth attaches the wooden boards and stamps "Cleves" on one. Booth said there is one major problem with the benches vandalism. He said only five of the original 15 benches are still standing. "The kids have flat abused them," (i i jur vni ID TOWN jn Street repair work slated COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Two more street repair projects are expected to have drivers scrambling for alternate routes.

Bruce McClain of the Colerain Town- ship Public Works Department said the first project, at the intersection of Banning and Pippin roads, begins Tuesday. The intersection, expected to be finished by March 31, will be widened, giving Banning and northbound Pippin an extra lane. The second project begins April 1 and involves the reconstruction of Galbraith Road from Colerain Road to the township line just east of Pippin Road. McClain said Galbraith will be westbound on that stretch, while eastbound traffic will be de-toured to Banning or Compton roads. The Galbraith Road work should be completed in September, McClain said.

Swim club shows fashions WESTWOOD The Cincinnati Syn-chrogators Swim Club will raise money for the non-profit group of 60 synchronized swimmers at a fashion show March 10 at Western Hills Country Club. Dinner will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the fashion show follows. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling Rebecca Born at 941-8377. The Synchrogators consistently place in the top 10 in the country and are currently the National Junior Olympic Champions.

The swimmers travel throughout the United States and internationally to compete. Lakes stocked for opening Fishing lakes at local Hamilton County parks are being stocked in advance of their Saturday openings, parks officials said. Lake Isabella in Symmes Township is being stocked with 2,000 pounds of adult rainbow trout, Miami Whitewater Forest Lake with 1,000 pounds. The park district will stock the two lakes and Forest and Sharon Woods lakes with more than 55,000 pounds of fish during the fishing season. Species include rainbow trout and channel, blue and shov-elhead catfish, panfish, northern pike and carp, as well as fingerling bass.

Miami Whitewater and Sharon. Woods lakes open March 12. Fishing at the 28-acre Lake Isabella is by boat or from piers or shore. The 85-acre Miami Whitewater Forest Lake fishing is by boat or from designated areas. Sharon Woods Lake permits fishing by boat only.

Lake Isabella is run by the district as a pay lake. No fishing license is required. Fishing licenses are available at the other district boathouses. For more information on stocking, fishing conditions and tournament dates, call the district's fish-: ing hot line: 791-3872. CALENDAR Regularly scheduled meetings of city, village and community councils, township trustees and school boards: MONDAY Crosby Township trustees: 7:30 p.m., 9139 Baughman Road.

Green Township trustees: 4:15 p.m., 6303 Harrison Ave. North Bend Village Council: 7:00 p.m., 21 Taylor Ave. Northwest school board: 7:30 p.m., Wei-gel Elementary, 3242 Banning Road. Oak Hills school board: 7:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road. TUESDAY Addyston Village Council: 7:30 p.m., 235 Main St.

Cheviot City Council: 7:30 p.m., 3814 Harrison Ave. Harrison City Council: 7:30 p.m., 300 George St. TALK OF THE TOWN "Has UC handled the radiation treatment controversy appro- I priately? How would you have handled it?" A selection of answers to this niipstinn will he nnhlished next Sunday. To answer, call 381-2800 then enter 2001. Or fax your answer to 860-5190 if the phone bank is full.

Leave your name, community and daytime number. Sm Page for responses to last Sunday's' question I rrl Tug-of-war pits city, township Forest Park wants plot; Colerain won't yield BY RAY SCHAEFER Enquirer Contributor COLERAIN TOWNSHIP It's only six undeveloped acres near the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Crest Road. But leaders in Colerain Township and neighboring Forest Park see a dispute over the land as a test of will. Hamilton County commissioners will pick a winner Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. in Room 603 on the 6th floor of the county administration building, 138 E.

Court St. Forest Park is asking the county to allow it to annex the 6.7-acre parcel so it can widen the intersection of Hamilton Avenueand Crest Road and install a traffic light. Colerain Township is protesting the move because it doesn't want to lose control of even the smallest section of its land. It's the second time Forest Park has tried to annex land near the two roads. The city was unsuccessful last year because a petition was improperly filed.

Forest Park Mayor Catherine Barrett said the city wants residents in an apartment complex on Reliance Road to have better access to Hamilton Avenue. "Our residents are the ones who are suffering because they can't get out of Reliance Road onto Hamilton Avenue," Barrett said. "We're looking for the best interests of residents. We need to protect our residents." Colerain officials acknowledge that losing the land won't cost them much in terms of tax revenue. But trustee president Patricia Clancy said the dispute is more about principles than purse strings.

"Any annexation will eliminate part of (Colerain's) tax base," Clancy said. "Quite naturally, we don't want that to happen." "That land does not have any tax value," Barrett, said. Trustees Tuesday fired a verbal salvo. They approved a resolution accusing Forest Park of cross-boundary raids by one political subdivision against its neighbor "I take that lightly," Barrett said. "I guess they're trying to be strong on their point." Driving as much as Bolte, a person gets some idea of the habits of other Southwestern Ohio drivers, particularly the bad habits.

He has a few peeves: People who plan to make a left turn but refuse to enter the intersection on a green light and wait. Instead, they hang out back at the crosswalk. "If the guy goes into the intersection, then there's enough room for me to follow," he said. People who don't know where they're going. "They put their turn signal on to turn right and they turn left," he said.

"I've seen that plenty of times." Drivers who sit at traffic lights. "He sits there too long, I might hit my horn," Bolte said. "But I guess that's their prerogative. It's like on a golf course somebody wants to play slow, what are you gonna do? He paid same amount as you paid." Bolte is semi-retired and works two days a week. "It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't three days a week of 'honey-do he said.

One thing Bolte doesn't do in his free time is drive. "Somebody'll say 'Let's go for a I say I just got done driving all week. I'm not going to go driving some more." He apparently has faith in his ability to avoid accidents: Bolte doesn't wear a seat belt. Who can blame him? X'- i Kv v) The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Straub a wooden form to shape concrete. On iwu humj mimics Booth said.

"They've picked them up, they've thrown them down and busted them up." Booth also said some merchants have complained about having to pick up trash around the benches. But he said he's not going to quit building them. "It's there for anybody that is walking the village that does get a little breathless to sit down and take a break," Booth said. "And it's beautification." "He sits there too long, I might hit my horn. But I guess that's their prerogative.

It's like on a golf course somebody wants to play slow, what are you gonna do? He paid same amount as you paid. Truck driver Jack Bolte on drivers who sit at traffic lights some stuffed peppers. He didn't like being interrupted to unlock a door. There was rice for the stuffing going in a frying pan in back, a bunch of bright green peppers on the counter ready for dissection. He called Bolte "Dump-truck Jack." It had to do with the way Jack supposedly left meat products in a stack in the center of the cooler, which was, of course, the only place to put away a dolly full of boxes of pork ribs.

Fennen was joking, of course. Sit back and relax when Jack's at the wheel 'v John Jf Eckberg Trucker Jack Bolte, 65, has a tough time remembering his last wreck. He thinks it happened about 25 years ago. It doesn't even classify as a wreck by fender-bender standards. Bolte, driving west on Beechmont Avenue, was about to turn south onto 1-275.

"A guy was in front of me and the light turned yellow, he was going to go ahead and all-of-sudden he stopped," Bolte said. The guy was entering 1-275 Anderson Township style: slow and sure. "I got his right rear bumper. It hardly damaged his car. Hardly damaged the truck," Bolte said.

He was driving an Ed-elman's truck then, a truck that was full of sausage. That two-decade-old fender-bender aside, Bolte, an employee of Humbert Markets Inc. has been named "Best Driver in the Western Hemisphere" by Truck-way Leasing and Rentals. Actually, the honor was Driver of the Year for Southwest Ohio, but Western Hemisphere has more pizazz and may be closer to the truth. What's the secret of his fantastic driving record over an estimated 1.3 million accident-free miles? Bolte, a man of many gearshifts, is also a man of few words: "Keep alert at the wheel, your eyes on the road and not on the girls," said Bolte, of Delhi Township.

The view from the cab of the truck that Bolte drives, a 2V2-ton International behemoth with six speeds and a crazy howling dashboard because of a loose connection somewhere, is a regal one. "Yep," he said as he wheeled right off Delhi Pike onto Anderson Ferry Road, bound for Humberts' Meats over on Rapid Run Road. "You're way up high. You can see everything that's going on." The mileage logged is substantial: It equals nearly three round trips to the moon. It's about 52 trips around the world at the equator.

It's like going from the Zip Dip on Harrison Avenue to Doris and Sonny's Homelike Inn in Miamitown 216,666 times. "Lots of hills out here," Bolte said as the truck churned up Anderson Ferry. At Humberts' Meats on Rapid Run Road, he was greeted at the back door by Fred Fennen. Fennen was working on.

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