Saturday, June 12, 2004

Oldiesfest returns, Freedom Fest won't

Neighbors briefs

Staff reports

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Oldiesfest comes to Union Centre this summer, but Freedom Fest won't be back.

WGRR-FM's popular oldies concert, held at Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton the last four years, will be part of the expanded three-day Union Centre Bash August 13-15

The Downtown Council, a division of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, will book the Sunday Oldiesfest acts, says Peter Zolnowski, WGRR-FM (103.5) program director. The Downtown Council also will hire the Saturday night rock headliner.

While Union Centre Boulevard rocks, the township has canceled the annual two-day Freedom Fest and fireworks at Voice of America Park because of budget constraints and a lack of sponsorships. It's too late to find $30,000 in underwriting, even if the festival were moved to late summer, said Catherine Stoker, trustees president.

"We've lost too much time," she said.

Princeton schools host summer lunch program

LINCOLN HEIGHTS - Princeton City School District is sponsoring a summer lunch program at two of its elementary schools, Heritage Hill and Lincoln Heights, beginning Monday. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., not 12:45 p.m., as previously stated.

The program will run Monday-Friday, with breakfast served 8:30-9:15 a.m. It will conclude July 23 at Heritage Hill Elementary School and Aug. 13 at Lincoln Heights Elementary.

Motorcycle ride today aids leukemia society

MASON - A benefit motorcycle ride at 11 a.m. today begins at Aces & Eights, 2383 Kings Center Court, and ends in Fairborn. World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Al Snow has organized the ride in memory of his sister, Donna, who died from leukemia. All proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Registration is $20 per person or $25 per couple. Riders will have the opportunity to win prizes including floor seats to the Bad Blood pay-per-view Sunday in Columbus, as well as Harley-Davidson products and WWE merchandise. Information: 459-1777.

Springboro board meeting canceled

SPRINGBORO - The city's Main Street Springboro Board meeting scheduled for Monday has been canceled. The next regularly scheduledboard meeting will be at 4 p.m. July 12 at SureCare Medical Center Community Meeting Room, 360 W. Central Ave.

The city's planning commission meeting, postponed June 9, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Springboro Municipal Building in council chambers, 320 W. Central Ave.

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