Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Family seeking Down awareness

Brian and Teresa Eve and their family know that children with Down syndrome are a wonderful addition to families.

They've formed "Brennan's Big Believers" as a tribute to their daughter, Brennan, 7, who was born with Down, which can lead to mental retardation.

They'll be among more than 1,000 people marching Saturday in the Buddy Walk, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at Newport on the Levee, sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.

"We are walking to bring awareness to people who don't know about Down syndrome," said Teresa Eve. "We started the Brennan's Big Believers, an idea that has spread throughout the schools where our children attend."

Brennan goes to Brent Elementary in Finneytown. Her sisters Brianna, 13, and Blake, 11, are students at St. Vivian School. The girls started a letter-writing campaign urging support for Brennan's Big Believers.

For information on the walk: 761-5400.

Hall of Fame coach

For 50 years, Andy Mack taught more than a thousand kids in Colerain Township to play sports.

Now 82, the retired postal worker has been elected to the Northwest School District Hall of Fame.

"I consider it a great honor," said Mack, a baseball catcher during his playing days at Colerain High School.

"Andy has probably coached more youngsters in baseball, football and basketball than any other person in Cincinnati," said Homer Bruce, a friend.

Helping disabled children

Tom Grampke, founder of LoveQuest Children's Foundation, said the agency has received $35,000 to help provide disabled children and adults with therapeutic horseback riding and animal care. A golf outing sponsored by General Revenue Corp., a subsidiary of Sallie Mae, raised the money for the foundation.

The outing was held last week at Wetherington Country Club, West Chester.

Behind the badge

Ohio Patrol best dressed

We don't know if it will help you next time an Ohio state trooper pulls you over for speeding, but you may want to compliment the officer's wardrobe.

That's because the Ohio State Highway Patrol is considered among the nation's sharpest dressers in law enforcement circles.

The patrol today will receive the grand national winner award in the 2003 Best-Dressed Police Competition, state division. There were about 20 entries in that category.

Col. Paul McClellan, patrol superintendent, couldn't be happier.

"Troopers are proud of their image, and the uniform projects this image every day," he said.

The National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors sponsors the competition. The award will be presented at the Patrol Academy in Columbus.

Fire captain graduates

DELHI TWP. - Fire Capt. Jesse Moore recently graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive program, an intensive, 21/2- year leadership skills education program.

"It's a program to train chief officers for the fire service in Ohio," Moore said.

Moore has been with the Delhi Township department since 1988 and a captain since 1995.

Academic all-stars

UD scholarship

Michael Cooper has received a President's Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement to attend the University of Dayton, where he will study pre-med. The McNicholas High School graduate is the son of Sandi and Michael Cooper of Anderson Township.

Honors at Miami

Bethany Glass was named to the first and second semester president's lists of her freshman year at Miami University. She was also initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and accepted membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The Fairfield High School graduate is the daughter of Linda and Bob Glass of Fairfield Township.


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