Saturday, September 20, 2003

Toast a ghost on Lebanon tour


Randy McNutt

LEBANON - Popular Warren County historian Dennis Dalton will add a new program this year, "Toast Your Ghost," a walking tour of the Cedar City's most haunted places.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, tours will start in front of the Best Cafe on Mulberry Street. After walking around town and hearing tales, you will return to the cafe to toast your favorite ghost with beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

If you can't get enough (it's understandable), sign up for his "Not So Dearly Departed Tour" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. It meets in front of the Cobblestone Cafe at North and Main streets in Waynesville.

Billed as "Ohio's most popular ghost stories tour," it features 13 haunted sites along the old streets of Waynesville. Dalton, the county's town crier, will be dressed in Victorian costume.

His one-hour tours are limited to 30 people. Rain cancels them. Arrange by appointment. For fees and other information, call Dalton at 228-0186.

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CHILO - Rick Crawford will present "A Night of Clermont County Ghost Stories" at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Chilo Park.

Bring hot dogs and marshmallows to roast in the bonfire at this free event. Families are welcome.

Crawford, a local author and the county historian, has researched ghostly local happenings, including the story of Utopia's Ohio River disaster.

The free event is open to the public.

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FAIRFIELD TWP. - The Vietnam Wall Experience will make its first appearance in Butler County Sept. 23-28 when it comes to Rose Hill Burial Park, 2565 Princeton Road.

The wall is a three-fourths scale, traveling replica of the most visited of national monuments in Washington, D.C.

About 289 names on the wall are from Butler County. Eleven soldiers who died in Vietnam are buried in Rose Hill, and they will be honored during a program at the exhibit.

The nationally touring Quilt of Tears will be displayed on site at Kowalk Funeral Home Sept. 27-28. The quilt was made by Jennie LeFevre as a memorial and tribute to the victims of Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam.

Because the wall lists only the soldiers killed in battle, she made the quilt to credit to those who also gave their lives. Her husband died of cancer after exposure to chemicals in Vietnam.

Information: Dean Langevin, 942-0202.

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MONTGOMERY-This Hamilton County city's Beautification and Tree Commission will host its fifth annual Fall Plant Swap 9-11 a.m. Sept. 27 in the city hall parking lot.

You can find new homes for your divided perennials and obtain new varieties for your garden.

Participants should bring bags or containers.

Information: 792-8329.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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