Thursday, October 2, 2003

Good Things Happening

Cornhole keeps builder busy

Allen Howard
Clermont County's Union Township Fire Department members can now get exercise tossing beanbags into a little round hole. That's because Blake Murray built and donated a cornhole game to firefighters.

Murray started building the sets in his Union Township garage this spring.

He still thinks the cornhole game is a west-side craze, but he has lots of requests from east-siders.

[IMAGE] Blake Murray makes cornhole games in his garage near Eastgate.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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"I would like to get a little rivalry going,'' Murray confided.

He may already have a little rivalry between Union Township police and firefighters. He has given a set to the police.

Walking and talking

Patricia Stewart Adams will lead a group to 800 homes in the West End, Millvale, Mount Auburn, Price Hill and Westwood on Oct. 25 to talk with parents about a plan to get their kids through college.

"We are going to do a Walk for Success, which is a door-to-door home visit campaign to get parents involved in their child's education,'' Adams said.

She will talk about Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), which concentrates on about 2,010 students from Heberle, Millvale, Taft, Whittier and Western Hills University High School.

Adams is executive director of Project GRAD.

"We will tell them about the requirements the students must meet to be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship," Adams said.

The walk is from 8:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 241-5815.

Used glasses wanted

The Lodge Retirement Community is a collection site for used eyeglasses. They will be donated to a program for the needy, sponsored by LensCrafters and Lions Clubs.

Until Oct. 31, used glasses can be dropped off at 12050 Montgomery Road or call 683-9966.


Nursing grads honored

Graduates of the 2003 Miami University Middletown nursing class received awards:

Joyce Ball of Hamilton received the Ruth Ann Busald Award for academic excellence and leadership potential; Donna Hoskins and Deanna Campbell, both of Middletown, were recipients of the Nightingale Award; and Jennifer Hyrne of Springboro, Lisa Howard of Middletown, Kelly Milburn of West Chester Township and Molly Richard of Trenton were awarded Clinical Achievement Awards for receiving excellent ratings on their ability to exercise nursing judgment in clinical situations.

Hirtle attends forum

Grace Hirtle participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Atlanta this summer. She learned from medical professionals about medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and other related subjects.

Grace, a student at Finneytown High School, is the daughter of Diana Trapp and Elvin Hirtle of Finneytown.

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At the end of each quarter, Ricky Hunter, defensive tackle for the Princeton High School football team, rushes to the sidelines to take his blood count and reconnect himself to an insulin pump.

The insulin pump helps to maintain and control his blood glucose level. When the break is over, Ricky disconnects the pump and goes back on the field.

Ricky, 15, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 5, but it hasn't stopped him from playing football, basketball, baseball and, most importantly, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

"When he first started playing football for the Tri-County Eagles Youth Organization, I became part of the coaching staff to help him maintain his blood sugar level,'' said his mother Latrice Hunter, of Glendale. "He received the insulin pump in June, this year. This has helped him to live a more normal life.''

Her biggest scare came on Father's Day 2002, when Ricky went into a diabetic coma. "I actually lost my son, but thanks to the life squad, he was revived,'' Latrice Hunter said. "When he came to he could not remember what happened.''

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