Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Friendship park wins design award


Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Earth, wind, fire and water are the four elements used in the design and development of the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park on a 22-acre site on the Ohio River downtown.

Mixing those elements with art, the Human Nature Inc. architectural firm in Walnut Hills, working with EDAW of Alexandria, Va., produced an award-winning design in the landscape architectural category of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects contest.

The award was presented May 7 at the Columbus Athletic Club in Columbus.

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Christopher Manning, landscape architect with Human Nature, a design firm in Walnut Hills, stands in the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, for which the firm won an award.
The Cincinnati Enquirer/STEVEN M. HERPPICH
"This is a great award for us and for the city of Cincinnati,'' said Christopher Manning, a co-owner of Human Nature. "The park was developed around friendship bracelets, showing where the path of man meets with the path of nature. Throughout the park we designed gardens of different countries to emphasize the concept of friendship.''

Meisner + Associates/Land Vision, O'Bryonville, won in the Landscape Planning and Analysis category for its design of the Eastern Corridor Land Use Vision Plan in Hamilton and Clermont counties and for its design of the Crest Hills Country Club, Amberley Village.

ASLA, founded in 1899, has more than 12,000 members and 47 chapters across the country

School to honor ex-Bengal

Former Cincinnati Bengal Johnathan M. Holifield will be honored by his alma mater during commencement exercises Sunday.

The Department of Political Science at Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University will present Holifield with the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Holifield received a bachelor's degree from the college in 1988 and lettered three seasons with the WVU Mountaineer football team, serving as team captain in 1986.

He played for the Bengals from 1989-90.

After receiving M.Ed. and law degrees from the University of Cincinnati in 1996, he worked as an assistant civil prosecuting attorney for Hamilton County and an associate with the firm of Manley Burke & Lipton.

He was one of the founders of CincyTechUSA in 2000 and served as its executive director until a month ago.

"This was a surprise and a terrific honor,'' said Holifield, who said he is now exploring future opportunities.

Tops in training class

Second Lt. Bailyn Beck has completed his T-6 pilot training, receiving the "Top Stick" award for graduating first in his class, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Lt. Beck ranks among the top 5 percent of pilots to have trained at Moody.

The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate is in T-38 fighter-squad training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. He is the son of Peter Beck of Mason.

Chosen for Air Force program

Cadet Major Matt Taylor, a junior in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp at Miami University, was selected for a position in the Air Force Pilot Training Program. Upon graduation, he will be assigned to an Air Force training base.

The son of Cathy and Bill Taylor of Loveland has also earned dean's list recognition his past four semesters at Miami.

Airmen graduate

These airmen have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:

Angie Hepworth, an Amelia High School graduate and daughter of Chanel and Billy Hepworth of Amelia; Ryan Ormond, St. Xavier High School and Ohio University graduate and son of Susan and Dennis Ormond of Anderson Township; Seth Bollinger, Northwest High School graduate and son of Beatrice and Douglas Bollinger of Pleasant Run; Kenneth Williams, Life Skills Center of Cincinnati graduate and son of Evelyn Roberson of Westwood and Kenneth Williams of Hartwell; Vincent Bockhorst, Walnut Hills High School graduate and son of Peggy Kiely and Steve Bockhorst, both of Price Hill; Erik Hammond, Norwood High School graduate and son of Connie Hammond of Norwood; Daniel Cox, Central Baptist High School graduate and son of Sarah and Steve Cox of Westwood; Michael Duncan, Norwood High School graduate and son of Sharon and Michael Duncan of Norwood; and Brandon Hardewig, Reading High School graduate and son of Sherri Hardewig of Springdale and Michael Hardewig of Reading.

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