Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Good things happening

Kidney donor cited for saving life of co-worker

One of her kidneys helped Betty Jo Wade achieve a Wall of Fame honor. It also saved the life of a co-worker.

Wade, a lounge bartender at Embassy Suites, Blue Ash, was given a plaque Monday for donating a kidney to Ronald Durrett, assistant manager of the hotel. The plaque was placed on the hotel lobby Wall of Fame. Employees at the hotel and the parent company, Windsor Hospitality Group of Los Angeles, celebrated Monday, six months after the kidney transplant.

Both employees returned to work a month after the transplant, which was done May 17.

Employees of the hotel raised $18,000 for a Wade and Durrett fund.

"It has been a warm, fuzzy experience that has all gone really well," said Gary Porteous, general manager of the Blue Ash hotel.

Dr. Wuest to be roasted

Mention the name Dr. J. Richard Wuest in Indiana, Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, and you're likely to hear what a tremendous impact he's had on many lives.

Dr. Wuest will get a little recognition for this at 6 p.m. Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium - in the form of a roast.

Wuest retired from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2001. He lives in Cheviot and is an Elder High and UC graduate.

The roast is a chance to get in a few digs on Wuest and raise money for an endowment fund to help the College of Pharmacy.

To make reservations, call 558-0717

Teen center to open

Come Thursday, the first of five planned teen centers for the LeBlond Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati will open at 1621 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine.

Amy Leroux, associate director of community affairs at the clubs, said the center will provide full-time staffing and specialized teen programming. The grand opening is from 5-7 p.m., and the public is invited.

Academic all-stars: Cadet makes dean's list

Cadet Scott Pfirrman was named to the dean's list and got the Gold Star and Wreath for earning an academic performance score of 3.67 or greater and excellence in the academic, physical and military programs at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

The Elder High School graduate, studying civil engineering, will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army upon graduation. He is the son of Linda and James Pfirrman of Covedale.

In honor society

Tonya Schwegmann, attending Wright State University, has accepted membership in Golden Key International Honour Society, which provides academic recognition to college juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class.

She is the daughter of Cindy Schwegmann of Fairfield.

Handwriting ace

Katie Reist, a seventh-grader at Immaculate Conception Academy in Norwood, was the state winner in the 2003 Zaner Bloser Handwriting Contest. Zaner Bloser is an educational publisher of handwriting, writing and phonics textbooks.

To submit an item, call 755-4165.

Behind the badge: Troopers lauded

WILMINGTON - Three Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers recently received certificates of recognition for commitment to criminal investigations.

They are:

• Trooper Kenneth J. Mullis of the patrol's Cincinnati Operations, for initiation of 10 felony investigations that resulted in the arrest of 10 suspects during 2003.

• Trooper Shawn M. Simms of the patrol's Cincinnati Operations, for initiation of nine felony investigations that resulted in the arrest of 15 suspects during 2003.

• Trooper James D. Williams of the patrol's Xenia post, for initiation of seven felony investigations that resulted in the arrest of 11 suspects in 2003.

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