Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Good Things Happening

Beloved horse ready to retire

Allen Howard

No more festival work for Shadow. He's headed out to pasture, literally.

"I have used him for practically everything since 1996," said Park Ranger Joe Williams.

He has marched in parades, festivals and mounted patrols; he even pulled a carriage in a wedding, and a plow, tilling a garden.

"One day, 500 kids climbed on and off the horse at the Pumpkin Patch Festival," Williams said. "If you multiply 500 by the number of times he was used at festivals, you can imagine just how many kids had a chance to enjoy the horse."

[IMAGE] Fairfield Park Ranger Joe Williams talks with his horse, Shadow, in the yard of his home Tuesday.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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But now, it appears, Shadow may be headed for retirement.

Shadow has developed ringbone, a common but incurable ailment.

"It is a new bone that has grown in his left front leg and has caused him to become lame," Williams said.

Pottery for a cause

Three local pottery studios helped raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

Carolyn McGowan, co-owner of The Pottery Place in Fairfield with Taunya Hughett, said they chose to help the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which does research on breast cancer, because the majority of studio owners are women.

"Cancer can touch the lives of our entire industry," McGowan said.

Other local studios that helped raise $15,000 for the foundation by donating hand-painted ceramics for an auction were The Mad Potter, Madeira, and the Kiln, Hyde Park.


The winners of the annual Golden Galaxy Awards will be announced Oct. 22. More than 300 students from 58 high schools were nominated.. Good Things Happening is profiling all 55 finalists.

Name: Tara Becker

Age: 17

School: Ursuline Academy

Community: Fairfield

Category: English/Literature

Parents: Gary and Lori Becker

Tara has won the Outstanding Service Award at Ursuline Academy for her work on community service boards.


Name: Megan McMahon

Age: 17

School: Ursuline Academy

Community: Hyde Park

Category: Science

Parents: Jerome and Kate McMahon

Megan has been a tutor in science and math, and has been a Big Sister.


Name: Shannon Turney

Age: 17

School: Notre Dame Academy

Community: Park Hills

Category: English/Literature

Parents: Michael and Rebecca Turney

Shannon won the Cincinnati Arts Association "Overture Award" in creative writing for a story about incorporating Irish history with a critique of the socioeconomic status of the Irish under British rule.


John Foley, of Troop 598 at Evendale Community Church. For his community-service project, he and his crew built a bridge in Ault Park. The Seven Hills Upper School graduate is a freshman attending the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the son of Kathy and Steve Foley of Evendale.

Christopher Platek, of Troop 820 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. He extended an existing "Christian Walk" at the First Church of Christ, in Burlington, to include handicapped access. The Calvary Christian High grad is majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He is the son of Roxanne and Frank Platek of Independence.

Joseph Brugger, of Troop 640 at Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church. He organized the installation of a new, illuminated sign for the church, and organized the repainting of the church nursery room. The Northwest High School grad has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Bonnie and John Brugger of Colerain Township.

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