Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Charity walkathon helps guide dogs

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Paula Jordan and her guide dog, Tex, will join other pets and their owners in the 12th annual Charity Dog Walkathon set for Sunday in Central Park in Union.

Registration is 11 a.m. to noon. Walkers will gather at the first shelter in Central Park and then walk the 5K route on trails through the park.

"It is an easy walk. I did it last year," said Jordan.

She is blind and a music therapist and intervention vision specialist for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind.

Tex was trained by Pilot Dogs Inc.

Paula Jordan of Price Hill and her guide dog, Tex , will walk in the Charity Dog Walkathon Sunday to raise money for scholarships for blind people to get trained guide dogs from Pilot Dog Inc. The 5K walkathon is in Central Park in Union.
Joan Arnold, coordinator, said people can walk it at their own pace.

"It is safe because it is done within the confines of the park," Arnold said.

The Walkathon is sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Veterinary Medical and Technician Associations.

"Those who wish to participate may fill out an application. They may pay a fee to sponsor themselves or get sponsors.

"Funds will be used to sponsor a person to receive a guide dog from Pilot Dogs Inc."

Pilot Dogs, of Columbus, is a nonprofit Lions Club organization that trains and furnishes guide dogs to help the blind at no cost.

For information, visit Web site

Marcus honored

The legacy of the late Jacob Rader Marcus in preserving the history of Jewish life in North America lives on.

Marcus, founding director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, was posthumously awarded the Society of Ohio Archivists' Award for 2004 Thursday in Columbus.

Professor Gary P. Zola of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion said Marcus created a premier research institute and documentation center of American Jewry.

Zola is director of the Marcus Center on the Hebrew Union College campus.

Marcus became a faculty member at Hebrew Union College in 1920. After leaving and getting his doctorate in German history at the University of Berlin, he returned to Hebrew Union in 1926 and remained there until his death in 1995.

Firefighter honored

GREEN TOWNSHIP - Firefighter Michael Scherer recently received the Syrian Shrine Firefighter Award in Prevention.

The Syrian Shrine Firefighter Awards, established in 2001, recognize the work that firefighters do daily in the community.

Since becoming a full-time Green Township firefighter in 1996, Scherer, a Liberty Township resident, has taken a key role in fire education and fire prevention programs. He coordinated the community American Red Cross training, career day presentations, Cub Scout programs and smoke-detector giveaways for the Green Township department.

Scherer received the award at the Shriners Burns Institute in Corryville. The 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children provide advanced medical care to children up to their 18th birthday without cost.

The Cincinnati hospital is a 30-bed hospital offering medical care to children with burn injuries.

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