Friday, October 3, 2003

Good Things Happening

Heart recipient in marathons

Allen Howard

Greg Osterman of Loveland believes he has a debt to pay to the young woman whose heart saved his life.

Running in two marathons this month is part of the way he's doing that.

Osterman, 48, a Loveland plumber, plans to participate in the 199-mile Providian Relay Oct. 11-12 in California, and the Casino Niagara International Marathon Oct. 24-26 in Canada. Both events promote organ donation.

[IMAGE] Transplant patient Greg Osterman has medals from six marathons and two mini-marathons. He received a donor heart in 1992.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
Osterman received the heart of a teen-age auto crash victim in October 1992. He wants to run 18 marathons, each one representing one year of the life of the 18-year-old girl.

"There have been so many people who have helped me through my dark days to where I am now," Osterman said. "I want others to have a second chance at life through donation of an organ."

They write for teens

Teen Read Week, Oct. 19-25, will feature two renowned authors,

Ellen Schreiber of Oakley will appear at Mount Washington Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, and at Covedale Branch at 4 p.m. Oct. 23.

She is the author of Teenage Mermaid.

Angela Johnson, who won the Coretta Scott King Award for her book When I Am Old With You, will appear at the Main Public Library downtown at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Oct 22.

Kings grateful

Tonight may be the biggest homecoming ever for Kings High School as the team plays Goshen.

A banner at the entrance of Galbreath Field and one in the end zone express appreciation to Great American Insurance for letting the team use the field, said Cathy Dern, a volunteer for the school booster club. "We have had one crisis after another and we are appreciative of getting through them."


More scholar

Timothy Eagan is the recipient of a four-year Thomas More Award and the Alumni Scholarship to attend Thomas More College.

The Elder High School graduate is the son of Carole and Tim Eagan of Covedale.

Sorority awards

The Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. has awarded scholarships:

Graduating High School Seniors Scholarship: Karla Ball, Finneytown High School; Martina Black, Hughes Center; Kathy Dees, Winton Woods High; Ebony Duncan and Melva Holland, Princeton High School; Carrie Jones, Western Hills High School; La'Trice Montgomery, Walnut Hills High School and Raven Chambers, Shannon Grissom and Tylin Hill, School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Collegiate Study Scholarship: Frenika Mudd, a junior at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa.

Graduate Study, Vera Blackstone Scholarship: Marla Taylor, Miami University.

To submit an item, call 755-4165.


Her first CD

Amy Fitzgerald's first CD contains music that describes her life, music for comfort, and music with advice.

The 17-year-old senior at Cincinnati Christian School used her talent to give advice and comfort to a childhood friend who moved to a new neighborhood.

"The song is titled 'Lori's Song,' " Amy said. "I wrote it for my friend Lori Jones, who was moving from Hartwell to Sycamore Township. We had grown up together and she was faced with going to a new neighborhood, new school with new friends. The song is about adjusting to new situations and moving on in life."

Amy's CD is titled Song of Life.

"It is about different things that have happened in my life," she said.

Amy is part of the Praise & Worship team at Cincinnati Christian School. She is the daughter of Mike and Sherri Fitzgerald, Hartwell.

The CD is available at Family Christian Book stores in Tri-County and

Evendale and at Inner Blessing Book Store, Cheviot, or by e-mailing Web site

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