Sunday, December 14, 2003

Ohio's 100th year a smash

Bicentennial Notebook

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

As Ohio's bicentennial year ends, it's time to reflect on some achievements.

Since 2001, the Ohio Bicentennial Commission has cast 88 bells (one in each county). Its representatives have traveled 35,000 miles and used 17.5 tons of bronze, 132 tons of sand and 220 million BTUs of propane.

Fifty-four of the 88 bells were cast at street fairs and festivals "that celebrated everything from washboards to peonies to wild turkeys," said Lee Yoakum, a spokesman for the commission.

The commission visited 34 county fairs, 54 street fairs and festivals and honored 10,000 veterans. About 250,000 people, including 4,000 children, attended the bicentennial's local bell-making events.

Thank you, heroes

HAMILTON - Butler County will honor its World War II veterans at Operation Heroes, a bicentennial event hosted today by the Butler County Commissioners and the Veterans Service Commission.

It will be 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hamiltonian, 1 Riverfront Plaza.

Reservations: (513) 887-3437. Non-veterans must pay $10.

First glass oven door

The Ohio Bicentennial Commission will place a historical marker at 2701 Spring Grove Avenue to commemorate the invention of the first glass oven door - a technological breakthrough in 1909.

The dedication will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the northwest corner of Spring Grove Avenue and Straight Street. The event will be held in cooperation with the Cincinnati Preservation Association.

Barn again

MIAMI TOWNSHIP - A motorcycle group, Greater Cincinnati BMW Club, wanted to see Ohio. So its members started a contest.

"With a bicentennial barn in every county, this would get us out to see parts of Ohio we would have never seen," said contest coordinator Mike LaBar of Miami Township in Clermont County

The group has posted the locations of all 88 barns on its Web site,

Remarkable women

CHILLICOTHE - Achievements of 200 remarkable Buckeye women are discussed in a new book, Profiles of Ohio Women, 1803-2003, which was released Dec. 6 at a special ceremony at the Lucy Webb Hayes Birthplace in Chillicothe.

The book was written by Jacqueline Jones Royster, a professor of English at The Ohio State University.

The book, $39.95, may be ordered by calling (740) 593-1154.

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