Saturday, January 31, 2004

Project teaches music to kids

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His music and his memory is keeping pace with the music beat in Over-the-Rhine, Lower Mount Auburn and the West End.

The scholarship fund set up for Michael Bany, the popular musician who was slain in Over-the-Rhine in 1995, is launching a new project called Cincinnati Song.

"We are trying to reach underprivileged children in depressed areas and give them a chance to learn music by providing instruments and training,'' said Rick Harrington, a member of the scholarship board.

"We are basically concentrating on inner-city youth for this pilot project.''

The Michael Bany Memorial Scholarship Fund was started in 1996 by a four-man scholarship committee, consisting of his younger brother, Mark Bany, and Mickey Foellger, Dave Matre and Marc Stout.

The purpose is to further music education and help young musicians make the most of their talents.

"I am getting instruments and teachers lined up,'' said Mark Bany, president of the scholarship fund. "We expect to launch Cincinnati Song in about a month."

To volunteer or donate to the project, call 885-9872, 482-4702, 677-8393 or 779-6767.

CD benefits hospital

On her way to developing a career in music, Lauren Faulkner, a Sycamore High School senior, has used her talent to raise money for charity.

Her first CD, made in 2002, generated $1,500 for StarShine Hospice of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"Last month, she made a second CD, A Christmas Memory", said her mother, Terry Faulkner. That CD has generated $3,500 for Hospice.

The public can help carry on efforts like Lauren's by attending StarShine's fifth annual gala, a casino night benefit, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Paul Brown Stadium

River Sweep poster winners

Two students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington, Ky., won first and second place in the 10th annual River Sweep poster contest.

River Sweep is an annual cleanup held along the Ohio River and its major tributaries. The poster contest among 1,800 students is used to promote the cleanup.

The top two finishers were Katie Keller, a fourth-grader, and Amanda Wagner, an eighth-grader.

Keller will receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond as grand prize winner. As grand prize runner-up, Wagner will receive a $250 U.S. savings bond.

Andrew Boan, an 11th-grade student at Beallsville High School, Jacobsburg, Ohio, was the T-shirt design winner and will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond.

First-place winners in each grade level, from kindergarten to 12th grade, will receive $100 U S. savings bonds.


Yes, there are still stay-at-home moms.

Jennifer Brettschneider heads a group of 50 of them and their children.

Brettschneider is president of the Moms (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Cincinnati-Green Township.

"Moms Club is an international non-profit organization specifically for mothers who have chosen to stay home to raise their children,'' Brettschneider said "In addition to serving our members, we volunteer to do a variety of service projects.''

One of the group's projects took place Friday. It was a preschool fair.

"This is the first time we have given a preschool fair,'' Brettschneider said.

The fair lasted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Faith Fellowship Church, 6734 Bridgetown Road, Mack.

"The purpose was to acquaint mothers with the issues facing preschoolers,'' Brettschneider said.

The group has also been involved in raising funds for charity. The chapter put together a cookbook, called Cooking with Moms.

"Profits from sale of the book went to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation,'' Brettschneider said. To order the book, call 941-0252.

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