Friday, September 26, 2003

Good Things Happening

Paint enhances Taft woodwork

Allen Howard

John Canning Painting & Conservation Studios will use trompe l'oeil (French for "fool the eye") techniques to create the illusion of dimensional wood panels at the Taft Museum of Art.

His crew is repainting the arches, door panels and moldings of the museum's Duncanson Foyer to look like mahogany and walnut wood grain.

[IMAGE] John Canning uses paint to simulate a mahogany woodgrain on the front door of the Taft Museum Thursday.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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"Our studio specializes in restoration of historic buildings," said John Canning, president of the Cheshire, Conn., company. .

The $19 million makeover will double the museum's size and erase centuries of grime.

Bringing out the artist

Barbara Streff believes that every student has a talent. She teaches art at Seven Hills School's Doherty campus in East Walnut Hills.

"The talent is not always obvious, but I have the advantage of working with them from kindergarten through the fifth grade," Streff said. "By that time, the talent is discovered."

Streff, of Deer Park, holds the school's Elise Eaton Allen Faculty Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts, in recognition of her excellence in teaching.

"Barbara Streff's talent as an artist is matched only by her passion for teaching," said Patti Guethlein of Seven Hills Doherty.

Pretty properties

The 2003 Beautification Award winners have been selected by the Montgomery Beautification and Tree Commission.

Homes included those of David and Susan Brainer; Ed and Sheila Freeman; Helen and Carroll Grimes; Chuck Hong and Lindy Miller; Jill Koehne and Jerry Doughman; Wendell and Mickey Mettey; Dick and Maureen Todd; and Rick and Allison Yeager.

A most improved award went to Judy Faeth.

Tom and Sharon Hattersley won the Landmark award, Ohio National Financial Services won the business award. Mayfair of Montgomery Apartments was the apartment winner, and Reserve of Montgomery won for subdivisions.


Princeton award

Princeton High School graduate Michelle Teufel has received the school's Academic Excellence Award and a Tomorrow's Teacher Scholarship from Ohio State University.

The daughter of Mary and Mike Teufel of Evendale will pursue a five-year double-major of child psychology and elementary education with a master's degree at OSU.

Dean's list

Kira Rehn, a sophomore attending the University of Maine at Machias on a four-year scholarship, has been named to the National Dean's List. She had a 4.0 grade point average her freshman year.

The Harrison High School graduate is the daughter of Carol and Fred Rehn of Harrison.

Grad begins career

Tracy May graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications from Ohio University and has accepted a position with USA Today. She is the daughter of Kathy and Ron May of Eastgate.

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For his exceptional academic record and classroom leadership, Craig Forsberg was chosen by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, to serve three weeks this past summer as a congressional page.

Craig, 17, a senior at Mount Healthy High School, said he enjoyed his duties, such as delivering official documents to various offices and to the House floor.

"I had to walk to the congressmen after they finished their speech, ask if they had a statement," Craig said.

"If they had a statement, I had to take it to the front of the House floor to be put in the daily records."

He competed for three years in the American Legion's oratory contest on American government.

Craig is the son of Rudy and Cynthia Forsberg of Bevis.

But sorry, Mr. Chabot, Craig doesn't plan to join you on the hill.

He wants to be a judge.

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