Thursday, January 29, 2004

Mount Healthy cheerleaders win at nationals

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

The coed cheerleading squad at Mount Healthy High School started the new year in the victory column.

The squad won first place in the Jamfest New Year's Eve Cheer & Dance Open Nationals held in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The school competed with more than 304 teams, placing fifth overall out of 14 varsity teams and first in the intermediate coed division.

The group received national champion T-shirts, backpacks and a first-place banner to hang in the school's gymnasium.

Squad members include Shelly Mackin, Amy Cain, Alicia Cass, Elizabeth Fehrenbach, Danielle Tumulty, Amber Powell, Nicole Jordan, Angela Fox, Kayla Corner, Jessica Denhart, Ashley Hatley, Katie McGriff, Jonathan Casey, Adam Maker, Gracelyn Pope, Becky Peterson and Jenny Black.

Teen earns Award of Merit

Emily Mustard - who hasRed Cross certifications in CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator - has received the Presidential Award of Merit from President Bush.

Emily, 17, a student at Ursuline Academy, put her Red Cross training to good use this summer when she saved her grandmother's life.

She said she was working on a project at their Pleasant Ridge home when her grandmother, Jo Ann Neyer, had trouble breathing and collapsed to the floor.

Emily administered CPR until an ambulance took Neyer to the hospital.

Benefit to raffle car

Among the big-ticket items that were donated to the Helping Hands benefit tonight is a 1967 Chrysler Newport to be raffled.

The benefit is to raise money for a bone marrow transplant for Brian Maltry, who is battling leukemia.

The benefit will be 7 p.m. at Annies, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Columbia Tusculum.

Contributions may be made to the Hope For Cure Trust Fund at any Fifth Third Bank, account number 70648099. Or call 891-4447 or 561-7977.

Thank-a-Thon back on

It may sound a little like telemarketing, except in this case the caller will be selling a simple "thank you."

The calls to 1,776 volunteer mentors and tutors of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative during a Thank-a-Thon scheduled for Tuesday were canceled because of the weather.

"We will reschedule the Thank-a-Thon because we want our volunteers to know how much we appreciate them,'' said Marc Johnson, vice president of the CYC Mentoring program.

"We are reaching 41,000 students, helping them to graduate and to pass the efficiency tests.''

Johnson said that CYC hopes to add another 1,000 mentors and tutors this year. To volunteer, call 475-4148.

Giving her a lift

When Millie Bucher learned that transportation to get 28 days of radiation treatment for breast cancer would cost her $100 a week, she decided her tight budget could not afford it. She decided not to take the treatment.

She related her situation to the Dunham Charoliers, a non-profit seniors group that performs at nursing homes and senior centers at no cost.

"I was a charter member of the group," said the 86-year-old Covedale woman. "To my surprise, they told me not to worry about the transportation. They would take care of it. Even during the busy holiday season when they were giving a lot of performances, they took turns taking me to get my treatment. I was overwhelmed by these acts of kindness because I didn't have anybody to turn to since my husband died."

The Dunham Charoliers is made up of 40 seniors with an average age about 70.

After learning of Bucher's situation, the group drew up a calendar for members to sign up for transportation duty.

"I knew that all of them could not be involved, but the ones that could made sure I was able to get to all the treatments. Thanks to them, I am doing OK, and I don't have to see my doctor until another three months," Bucher said.

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