Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Good things happening

Program results in friendships

WALNUT HILLS - Elizabeth Gallagher and Dyleasha Mills both come from big families.

But that's about all they had in common when they met. Now, through the Bulldog Buddy program, the St. Ursula Academy senior and the Windsor Elementary third-grader are spending a lot of time together and learning about each other.

"It's really neat, because she gets to have someplace to come to, and someone to talk to after school other than her baby sitter," Gallagher said.

Each Monday Gallagher, of Western Hills, along with about 25 other students from St. Ursula, tutor Dyleasha and her classmates. The girls also participate in social events together.

Windsor is looking for a boy's school to form a similar partnership, said Principal Leniese Fuqua.

Media company honored

Volunteers and staff from Waycross Community Media earned the award for best overall Public, Education and Government access center at the 2003 Philo T. Farnsworth Access Awards. The media company, which coordinates community access television and Internet services for Forest Park, Greenhills and Springfield Township, received two first-place awards.

Grant awarded

The Tony Yates Junior Golf Academy received a $7,500 grant from the Professional Golf Association's Growth of the Game program. Last year, the academy trained 206 children with six PGA professionals and 56 volunteers. The grant is designed to allow the academy to conduct the training session again.

2 get scholarships

Alison Bauer and Sharon O'Hara, both of Springdale, are recipients of $1,000 scholarships awarded by the PTA of Springdale Elementary School. Both girls had attended Springdale Elementary before graduating from Princeton High School.

Alison will major in psychology at Ohio State University, and Sharon will study the arts or environmental science at Lexington Community College, Ky.

Barnes on dean's list

Ryan Barnes, a junior international relations major who studied abroad in Spain and made the spring quarter dean's list at Ohio University. He has been named to the dean's list all quarters attended.

The Archbishop McNicholas High School graduate is the son of Sharon and Don Barnes of Anderson Township.

Bureau grant is $1,000

The Cincinnati Better Business Bureau has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Lauren Creditt, a senior at Glen Este High School. The scholarship honors high school students who demonstrate a commitment to ethical behavior.

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Administering CPR

BATAVIA - Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Douglas S. McKinney recently received a certificate of recognition for quick work that saved the life of an elderly woman.

Sgt. McKinney was called to an auto crash in Union Township on Aug. 19, when a woman approached him and said her grandmother was having a heart attack. He called for emergency medical service and found an unconscious woman in a vehicle.

After checking the woman's pulse, Sgt. McKinney placed her on the ground and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He continued his efforts for four minutes until emergency medical personnel arrived, and the woman had a pulse and was breathing on her own.

Sgt. McKinney joined the patrol in 1981. He lives in Batavia.

Safety award

HAMILTON TWP. - The Hamilton Township Fire Department has received its sixth consecutive annual Life Safety Achievement award from the Residential Fire Safety Institute.

The department was recognized because it recorded no fire deaths in structures during 2002.

"The Life Safety Achievement award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve those efforts," said Roy L. Marshall, director of the Residential Fire Safety Institute.

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