Saturday, November 22, 2003

Good Things Happening

Sisters provide butterfly count

Allen Howard

Every school kid should have an assignment like this: Volunteer as a lepidopterist, counting butterflies every day.

Haley and Olivia Fitzpatrick of Batavia spent seven months at it in East Fork State Park with their father, Tim Fitzpatrick.

"It was a lot of fun," said Haley, 11. "My favorite was the Pipe Vine Swallow Tail, which is purple and blue."

Olivia, 8, said her favorite was the Red Admiral.

[IMAGE] East Fork State Park ranger Linda Romine with Tim Fitzpatrick and his daughters Haley, 11, and Olivia, 8.
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"We live near the park and I spend a lot of time there as an amateur bird watcher," said Tim Fitzpatrick. "We saw as many as 17 different species in one day. This kind of information is helpful to the park. To see how the population of butterflies changes through the summer can help park officials understand population trends and protect wildlife."

The sisters, who are home-schooled, reported their findings to Park Ranger Linda Romine.

Volunteer award

He logged nearly 5,000 hours as a mailman, office assistant and tour guide at Shriners Hospital for Children in Avondale. For that, Whitey Rowland has received the 2003 Henry Johnson Sr. Memorial Volunteer Award.

Jackie Cornelius, a hospital purchasing agent who works with Rowland, said the honor reflects Rowland's commitment to his volunteer service at Shriners, which serves children with burns.

"Whitey is a true inspiration to all of us at Shriners,'' Cornelius says. "His smile can make you have a good day.''

Rowland of Price Hill has volunteered at the hospital since 1988.

Donations for diabetes

Zoe LaRocca, chairman of the CMH Auxiliary's Third Annual Diabetes Event, said the event raised $17,000 for the group's foundation fund to fight the disease.

Academic All-Stars: Scholarships given

The Franklin M. Shands Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to these students in honor of the former teacher and coach at DePorres, Purcell Marian, Princeton and Winton Woods high schools:

Ashli Dees, a senior at Purcell Marian High School; Brandon S. Lindsay, a member of St. Martin De Porres Church and a freshman at St. Xavier High School; and Megan Poulelis and Anne Coale, graduates of Princeton High School.

Art awards

The Art Institute of Cincinnati has awarded scholarships to these students:

The John Harris Scholarship - Angela Koncelik of Mason.

The Ron Long Scholarship - Chris Esz of Florence.

Founders Scholarships - Courtney Gilbert of Liberty Township; Renee Cifuentes of Hamilton; and Jennifer Rasmussen of Colerain Township.

Faculty Scholarships - Dan South of Hamersville; Moriah Lawson of Jacksonburg; Brittany Lawson of Oxford; Rachel Desenberg of Fairfield; Jamie Runyan of Blanchester; and Kristen Ratcliff of Union.

To submit an item, please call 755-4165.

Our Kids

A positive attitude, leadership, thoughtfulness, neatness and extraordinary efforts in the classroom: Those are the reasons why two Miami Valley Christian Academy students won the school's headmaster award.

The honor went to eighth-grader Matthew Ferguson and second-grader Annie Rose Sherwood.

The students were treated to lunch by Headmaster Dr. Gary Sallquist and Principal Dody Staker.

"Students at the academy are nominated for Headmaster Award based on various criteria," including Christian character, academics, academic improvement and superior study skills, Sallquist said.

Matthew is the son of Steve and Jennifer Ferguson, New Richmond. Annie Rose is the daughter of Tom and Tamera Sherwood, Mount Washington.

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