Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Good Things Happening

Halloween help from students

Allen Howard

About 90 students at Immaculate Heart of Mary school in Anderson Township decided to help others at their Halloween party last week.

The students in Birdie Lewis, Carol Hirschauer and Kathy Hellmuth's fourth-grade classes each collected school supplies for students at Vine Street Elementary School downtown.

[IMAGE] Fourth-grade students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Anderson Township decorate bags to be sent to Vine Street Elementary School in Cincinnati.
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And instead of having a traditional Halloween party Friday, the students each decorated a bag to send the supplies to their Vine Street counterparts.

"We emphasize service projects. This was the students' way of giving back," said Principal Mary Hedger.

Leadership award

Peggy Reising, president of the Warren County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, received the "Leadership Award for Parents" from the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.

She and her husband, Chip, of Maineville, are the parents of triplets, one of whom has Down syndrome.

Reising, a nurse, became an advocate for people with disabilities and became involved with Residential Group Homes Inc., a non-profit agency that provides residential services to people with disabilities.

Reising also worked on the board of Warren County's MRDD to pass a much-needed levy, and was elected president of the board in January.

Home donated

Fisher Homes has donated a 2,700-square-foot home to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to be auctioned off.

The home, in the Orleans subdivision in Florence, has four bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a study with French doors and a two-car garage.

Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and can be purchased at local Meijer stores or by calling (800) 537-1735.

The house is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 16, and will be auctioned off live on WCPO Channel 9 Nov. 24.


Donation fights cancer

Eight Loveland children collected $375 for cancer research with a "haunted basement."

Max Flannery, 9, who played a zombie in the fund-raiser, said he liked raising money for the cause.

"Everybody likes helping out," he said.

This was the second year for the event, and the children raised twice as much as last year for CancerFree Kids.

Max's parents, Sam and Ellen, are founders of the non-profit, which makes grants for children's cancer research.

The other children who participated were Shayna Flannery; Brianna, Garrett and Ryan Lechner; Matthew and Eddie Walton and Jonathon Bloss.


Fuller commands 89th

Lt. Col. Frank Fuller of West Chester Township has assumed command of the 89th Airlift Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Lt. Col. Fuller is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours. Since the unit activation this year for Operation Iraqi Freedom, he had been commander of the Contingency Support Center supporting C-141 missions flying out of Wright-Patterson.

Lt. j.g. Heil gets wings

Lt. j.g. Adam Heil was designated a Naval Aviator and received his "Wings of Gold."

The Air Force Academy graduate is stationed in Norfolk, Va.

An Anderson High School graduate, he is the son of Pat and John Heil of Anderson Township.

Ellis becomes 2nd Lt.

Luke Steffen Ellis has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army. A six-year veteran of the Army reserve, he successfully completed all ROTC requirements and received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Cincinnati.

The Lakota West High School graduate is the son of Ima and Wayne Ellis of West Chester Township.

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