Sunday, November 30, 2003

News briefs

Officials moving into Blue Ash firehouse

BLUE ASH - The city's new $6.5 million firehouse, beset by cost overruns and delay, will get its first tenants Monday.

The department's top officials will move in first, and firefighters will begin making emergency runs from the new Kenwood Road station in mid-December, Chief James Fehr said.

Meanwhile, construction workers continue to put the finishing touches on the interior. An open house for the public is expected early next year.

Seven firefighters will be on duty daily at the new house, which was built to serve the growing north section of town. Ambulances will be stationed at the house because it is more centrally located, Fehr said. The south station on Cooper Road will remain open, but with about half the staff.

Blue Ash broke ground on its second station more than a year ago with expectations that it would open about four months ago. Inclement weather and project management glitches were responsible for $450,000 in overruns and construction delays, city officials said.

Evendale to swear in mayor, 3 for council

EVENDALE - The village's new mayor, Don Apking, and three council members will be sworn in Monday.

The ceremony will take place 8 p.m. at the municipal building, 10500 Reading Road.

Apking, who had been mayor for 13 years and a member of council for seven years, will replace Doug Lohmeier as Evendale's top elected official. Apking defeated Lohmeier in the election.

Bill Puthoff Jr., Carolyn Smiley-Robertson and Christian Schaefer won spots on council as the top three vote-getters. Smiley-Robertson and Schaefer are council newcomers.

Middletown trying to finish up budget

MIDDLETOWN - Middletown City Council will continue budget discussions at its 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting in council chambers, One City Centre Plaza.

Council hopes to approve the budget in December, and if a decision is not made Tuesday, talks will likely continue at the Dec. 16 meeting. A special council meeting could be called to finish budget work, if necessary.

Tasty treats for Milford holiday

MILFORD - More than 400 people are expected to attend the 12th annual Taste of Christmas Open House on Wednesday. The free event features 15 restaurant and food vendors and is produced by the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce.

"It began as an opportunity for area restaurants to feature their holiday dishes, and it's just grown from there," said Sara Arseneau, executive director of the chamber.

The event, from 5-8 p.m. at the Milford Firefighters Community Hall, 1005 Lila Ave., includes a silent auction with items from gift baskets to vacation time-shares. The auction benefits the Maryanne Partin Scholarship Fund, which helps a Milford High School graduating senior each year.

Senior citizens center offers soup lunches

MASON - The city's senior citizen center is offering soup lunches on Wednesdays in December.

The $5 cost gets patrons a soup of the day, salad, drink, roll and dessert. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Bridge, located inside the Mason Community Center at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.

Organizers ask that people call 229-8555 and register by the Monday before the meal so enough food is prepared.

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