Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Good Things Happening


Buy birdseed, help habitats

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Looking to lay in a supply of birdseed for the cold months ahead? Audubon Miami Valley would like to help; you'll be helping them, too.

For 25 years, Audubon Miami Valley, formerly the Oxford Audubon Society, has sold birdseed to raise money for the Butler and Preble County Conservation Project.

The group completed this year's sale Sunday. But orders can still be taken, said member Debra Bowles. Order blanks may be picked up at Whistle Stop, 304 W. Collins St. in Oxford, Bowles said. Or visit the group's Web site: www.orgs.muohio.edu/AudubonMiamiValley.

Volunteer award

For her volunteer leadership, Dee Shaffer, who served as chief financial officer for CET for 34 years, has been given the Charles W. Vaughan Award.

The award honors people who have made contributions to the community and to public television. Shaffer, of Forest Park, is the first employee at CET to receive the award. She works for Speaking of Women's Health.

RASKALly doings

The spirit of the RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors) is spreading.

About 200 volunteers are needed by Friday to participate in the group's fall project of yard work and window washing, said Pam Long, a marketing specialist with Senior Citizens Inc.

Client and volunteer forms are available at senior citizens centers in Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester.

Golden Galaxy Finalists

The winners of the annual Golden Galaxy Awards will be announced Oct. 22. Good Things Happening is profiling all 55 finalists.

Name: April Hoang-Ngoc Yee

Age: 16

School: Cincinnati Country Day School

Community: Sharonville

Category: Journalism

Parents: Leslie M. and Kim Yee

April has written for the school newspaper, The Scroll. She also had stories published during an internship with the Cincinnati Post. She is a co-founder of SEEK (Students Educating and Empowering Kids)

Name: Claire Elizabeth Keys

Age: 17

School: Mariemont High School

Community: Terrace Park

Category: Journalism

Parents: Michael and Alice Keys

Claire is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Warpath. Her volunteer work includes the Salvation Army and Hospice of Cincinnati.

Name: Ajay Kumar

Age:16

School: St. Xavier High School

Community: Liberty Township

Category: Journalism

Parents: Ganesh and Anita Kumar

Ajay is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Blueprint. He wrote an editorial denouncing anti-Islamic sentiment after the Sept. 11 attacks. He has volunteered at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and the Cincinnati Drop-Inn Center

Academic All-Stars

Kevin Frasure has been named a national scholarship winner in the Arts and Humanities Studies category of the 2003 Discover Card Tribute Award program.

He won a $2,500 state award and then the $25,000 national award.

He is a junior at Lakota East High School.

Nursing major Rishae Wood was named to the dean's list both semesters of her sophomore year at Gannon University, Erie, Pa.

She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the women's Varsity Water Polo Team.

The Milford High School graduate is the daughter of Coletta and Randy Wood of Union Township, Clermont County.

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