Sunday, December 7, 2003

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Initiative reduces waste, creates jobs

WALNUT HILLS - A new initiative of the Work Resource Center will rescue landfill-bound building materials and employ 30 disadvantaged and disabled workers.

According to WRC officials, Building Value will divert at least 300 tons of waste from Cincinnati landfills each year. WRC employees, who are training for employment in the construction industry, will remove salvageable but surplus building materials from construction or demolition sites. The materials will be sold at Building Value's new discount store.

"WRC's new enterprise is that most unique of environmental programs: one that reduces waste and supports job creation," said director of development Pamela Green.

Building Value, a for-profit arm of the nonprofit agency, will occupy 16,000 square feet at WRC headquarters, 2901 Gilbert Ave. It is to open in early spring.

For information call 281-2316.

Service brings vet right to your door

BETHEL - Clermont County has a new mobile veterinary service.

East Fork Mobile Veterinary Service specializes in the care of livestock, horses, llamas and alpacas but can provide treatment for any pet who needs at-home attention or who cannot travel to a vet's office. The practice consists of Brenda Specht, DVM, a graduate of Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Cathy Carlson, a registered veterinary technician.

East Fork Mobile Veterinary Service covers all of Clermont County and parts of western Brown and Highland counties. Specht provides 24-hour emergency farm call service and can administer euthanasia when necessary.

Specht and Carlson also work with 4-H and FFA participants and their animal projects.

For information call 550-0328 or in an emergency call 343-0986.

Web site details customized clothes

SYCAMORE TWP. - Apparel Impression, Inc., which creates and sells embroidered and printed clothing items, has a new Web site to support its Thanks Mom Designs brand. The brand's child-inspired products all bear the same "thank you" message in colorful lettering, but are available with seven different names.

"In each of our categories, Grandma, Nana, Mom, Dad, Papa, Grandpa and Mamaw, we offer aprons, bibs, coffee mugs, embroidered long sleeve denim shirts, embroidered sweatshirts, printed sweatshirts and T-shirts," said Greg DeVita, president.

Every T-shirt comes with a bottle of fabric paint so a handprint or footprint can be added.

The Web site, which simplifies shopping and ordering, is at . Information: (800) 231-3031.

Local SCORE in line for award

DOWNTOWN - The national Service Corps of Retired Executives organization recognized the Cincinnati SCORE chapter as one of several finalists for the Chapter of the Year award.

"The SCORE Chapter of the Year recognizes those chapters whose volunteer counselors have exceeded high standards for counseling small-business clients," explained Cincinnati SCORE spokesman Joe Neri.

"The volunteers at Cincinnati SCORE have displayed an extraordinary commitment to the success of small business in their community and to the growth of SCORE," said Ken Yancy, national CEO.

SCORE, formed in 1964, is a nonprofit association composed of business executives, most of whom are retired.

They share their expertise on a volunteer basis with small-business owners and individuals who want to start their own business.

Information: 684-2812 or

Golf outing raises $1,270 to battle MS

MASON - When one of its managers was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Tabby's American Grill and Bar decided to show its support. Owner Jerry Stinnett and the staff of the Tabby's two locations organized a charity golf outing this fall that raised $1,270 for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Casey Barr, manager of Tabby's at 5524 Parkside Drive, learned about four months ago that he had MS.

Tabby's second location is at 2920 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3.

For information call 459-7223.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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