Saturday, December 13, 2003

News briefs

Warren clerk to head state organization

LEBANON - The Warren County Clerk of Courts has been chosen to head a state organization.

At a conference in Columbus last week, James L. Spaeth was installed as president of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association.

Spaeth said the association continues to help clerks find better ways to serve the public, while advancing their issues through the Ohio Legislature.

Free horse-drawn rides offered in Sharonville

SHARONVILLE - For those whose feet need a rest from holiday shopping, Sharonville businesses are offering free horse-drawn carriage rides today and next Saturday.

The rides, from noon to 5 p.m., highlight downtown events that include a petting zoo for children, a live nativity and strolling characters and holiday karaoke.

Next Saturday will also include choir singing, a puppet show, pony rides and a visit from Santa.

Carriage rides leave from Depot Square. For more information, call 563-2895 or go to and link to recreation, special events.

Reading to light its Christmas tree Sunday

READING - The annual lighting of the city's Christmas tree - a 30-year tradition - will occur at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Reading IGA, Reading Road and Columbia Avenue.

About 100 Girl Scouts will participate in the ceremony.

After the tree is lit, the Girl Scouts and their families will decorate it with hand-made ornaments and start a caroling procession.

Other activities include luminary lighting , which starts at 6 p.m. along Benson Street and Reading Road and caroling at the Nativity scene will begin at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank at Benson Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Cookies and refreshments will be provided at St. John's United Church of Christ which is across the street from the Nativity scene.

Santa to arrive for church breakfast

WESTWOOD - A breakfast with Santa will be today at St. Peter and St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3001 Queen City Ave. .

The breakfast - a tradition for more than a decade - takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The cost to participate is $4 per person, including children.

Enjoy a pioneer-type holiday at Keehner

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Families can experience a pioneer Christmas from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Keehner Park log cabin on Barrett Road.

Deer chili, duck sausage, buffalo, cider, sugar and molasses cookies and other pioneer foods will be served at the 1833 cabin.

Children may also visit with Santa Claus and hang ornaments on a Christmas tree.

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