Sunday, January 11, 2004

Students ace geography bee

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Winning the geography bee as a fourth-grader at Yavneh Day School, Kenwood, wasn't enough for Seth Rau.

He also has won the contest as a sixth-, seventh-, and Wednesday, as an eighth-grader.

"I enjoy the study of geography,'' Seth said. "I know a lot about the Middle East, the relationship of the countries to one another and to the U.S., the causes of terrorism and where it takes place.''

Other winners were Harlan Dannenberg, sixth grade, second place, and Sarah Perlman, seventh grade, third place.

Seth is the son of Allen and Edie Rau, Symmes Township; Harlan is the son of Larry and Betty Dannenberg, Montgomery; and Sarah is the daughter of Scot and Amy Perlman, Symmes Township.

Mitch Flatow, Spanish and math teacher, said the students excel in geography because of their familiarity with languages, including Hebrew, Spanish and Latin.

"The middle school class trips to Washington, D.C., New York and Israel provide the students with a world context in which to learn about historical and current events,'' Flatow said.

Fans remember late DJ

More than 100 fans of the late Betty Henley, a nightlife DJ at Sonny's Lounge in Bond Hill, attended a memorial service in her honor a week ago and raised $2,000 to benefit her family.

Henley, known popularly as "Red Rooster,'' was found dead in her apartment in Bond Hill just before Christmas. She was 53. Her body was transported to Macon. Ga., where she grew up.

"She took playing music to a higher level,'' said Meredith Smith, a neighbor, fan and friend. "She always took time to study her audience, their age level and was able to play the kind of music they liked. She specialized in playing rhythm and blues, blues and jazz.''

In an Enquirer article published Nov. 20, 2000, Henley said: "Part of my job as the club DJ is making everybody happy. People come in here with all kinds of problems.''

$1,000 raised for injured child

Employees and management at Next Dimension Studios, Covington, have raised $1,000 for a fellow employee coping with a tragic accident.

The drive was for John Lackey, 38, a picture framer at the studio. Lackey's 9-year-old daughter, Johnneka, is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident Dec. 21.

She is a patient at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"The employees collected money and management matched it,'' said Todd Holifield, plant manager.

Lackey said the accident occurred at Reading Road and Ridge Avenue in Avondale while Johnneka was riding with her mother, two sisters and a brother.

To help, call 859-491-1225.

Buddhists welcome visitors

WINTON PLACE - Jackie Young, 42, of Winton Place, wasn't raised a Buddhist, just like the other 25 to 30 regular attendees at the Gaden Samdrup-Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Winton Place.

But she's found a place there.

"It's a wonderful spiritual home, and that's what I was looking for," said Young, who lives at the monastery at 4529 Mellwood Ave.

And it's a place where people unfamiliar with Buddhism can feel welcome.

"It isn't like walking into a room with people who have been practicing their entire lives," Young said. "It's a very welcoming and open place."

The monastery offers classes about Tibetan Buddhism every Tuesday at 7 p.m. The sessions are taught by a Tibetan monk, Geshe Lopsong Sopa, and a translator from the Dagom Gaden Tensung-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, Ind. The Winton Place center also has weekly meditation at 10 a.m. every Saturday.

"I recommend people who are interested come on Saturdays, talk to people and ask questions," Young said.

For more information, contact the center at 542-7116 or e-mail Young at Or to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and the DGTL Monastery, visit Web site.

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