Charlene Calhoun, a volunteer with the Talbert House, will get to meet President Bush when he arrives in Cincinnati today.
Since January 2002, Bush has met with hundreds of volunteers from around the country as part of USA Freedom Corps. For 14 years, Calhoun, a part-time emergency room chaplain at University Hospital, has volunteered as a chaplain to the men and women in Hamilton County's drug court program. Calhoun also works with Heart to Heart, a quilting program for women in Talbert House. She also works closely with individuals and families recovering from the effects of substance abuse.
Drug treatment center remodeled
The St. Luke Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Falmouth, the only inpatient hospital-based program in the Cincinnati area, has been remodeled with the help of a $165,500 donation. The St. Luke Hospital East Auxiliary raised the money from fund raising and gift shop sales. Areas of the center renovated included patient rooms, hallways, the lobby, an outdoor shelter and recreation area, a group room and the nurse's station and administrative area.
Exhibits welcome at county fair
The Hamilton County Fair, which attracts more than 65,000 visitors during its five-day run, is accepting applications for exhibitor space for this year's event, which runs from Aug. 4-8. The average 10-foot booth costs about $380. There are more than 25 categories for exhibits, such as grain and vegetables, antiques, homemade beer and wine, dairy cattle and photography. The Hamilton County Fairgrounds is located near Vine Street and Paddock Road in Carthage. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 per person. Information: 761-4224.
Donate old phones and computers
The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District will be accepting computer equipment, related components and cell phones at a free recycling event set for Aug. 26-28 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds near Vine Street and Paddock Road in Carthage. The donated equipment is either refurbished or used for parts. To participate, you must register by July 30. Registration forms are available online at www.hcdoes.org or by calling the district office at 946-7734.
Watch for work crews as major widening of Interstate 275 between U.S.42 (Reading Road) and U.S.22/Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) continues. Other work includes addition of an auxiliary lane in westbound I-275 and the widening of the Reed Hartman Road bridge over I-275.
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