Friday, January 2, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Stonelick Park to hold lottery for campsites

WAYNE TWP. - Stonelick State Park, in the northeastern Clermont County area, will hold a lottery for six seasonal campsites.

The lottery will be Feb. 1, and interested campers are urged to send a postcard with their name, address, and phone number to the park office, 2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain, Ohio 45162.

Park staff will notify winners.

Stonelick's campground offers "family friendly" camping with 115 sites. In 2004, campsite reservations will be taken by telephone or online. The season begins May 1.

The park also has a camp store, bike and boat rental, movies for children, and many special events including Saturday evening entertainment.

Park supporters also help by holding fund-raising dinners and a pancake breakfast. The proceeds of these events pay for improvements at Stonelick.

For more information about the lottery or the park, call Stonelick State Park, 625-7544 or reach the park at online.

Franklin gets fire training simulator

FRANKLIN - With the help of a federal grant, the city's fire department has a new training simulator.

The $132,600 Symtron T-4000simulator recreates the look and feel of a structure fire to help firefighters practice their entry, ventilation and search and rescue techniques.

Fueled by LP gas, the 20-foot simulator looks from the outside like a shipping container, according to Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf. Inside, the trainer has moveable walls and the ability to create a "flashover" or "rollover" effect, when fire rushes across surfaces reaching temperatures upwards of 1,100 degrees.

Westendorf said the simulator would be open for other community departments to practice with as well.

Don McLean headlines Mason July 4th fest

MASON - Another chart-topping singer and songwriter will headline the city's Fourth of July event.

Don McLean, best known for songs "American Pie" and "Vincent 'Starry, Starry Nights,' " will entertain the 5,000 to 7,000 people expected to attend the 2004 Red, Rhythm & Boom. The event, scheduled for July 3, 2004, will also include a climbing wall, children's entertainment and fireworks.

Lebanon forming men's basketball league

LEBANON - The city is forming a men's basketball league.

Playing at Berry Middle School gymnasium, the 10-game schedule and following tournament uses licensed officials for all games.

Registration is $400 per team or $40 per individual and is due by Jan. 31. If you aren't on a team, the city will try to place you on one.

For more information, call Randy Duff, superintendent of the recreation department, at 228-3730.

Registration open for youth football season

LEBANON - Open registration for the Lebanon Warrior Youth Football League for the 2004 season will be held on Jan. 10 and 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the high school's field house.

The league, open to all entering grades one through six in the 2004-05 school year, includes both football and cheerleading.

Online registration is also available at Web site.

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