Monday, July 19, 2004

Resource center building sets for cornhole fest

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Some physically challenged individuals are learning employment skills by pitching in to help the Work Resource Center in Walnut Hills.

The job trainees are creating 80 cornhole platforms for the Cincinnati Cornhole Fest. The event is a double-elimination cornhole tournament, Aug. 21 at Lunken Playfield, 262 Wilmer Ave., Linwood.

"We will use the tournament as a fund-raiser for WRC," said Amanda Harper, communication manager for the resource center. "The cornhole sets are being constructed from building materials rescued from a landfill through Building Value, which is a job-training enterprise of WRC that salvages good condition building materials."

The Work Resource Center is a nonprofit agency that helps people overcome disabilities so they can become self-sufficient through work. It is at 2901 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills.

To register for the tournament, call Harper at 281-2316 or find a registration form at

Scholarship from RPI

Brian Holcomb, a 17-year-old senior at Princeton High School, has been recognized for his many activities at the school, but none as big as his latest honor.

He has been singled-out as the school's single most promising science and math student by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

With the recognition goes a $60,000 scholarship to attend the Institute.

"This was big," said Brian, who plans to attend the Institute and study mechanical and electrical engineering.

"None of the other honors I have receive meant as much to me as this."

Brian is ranked fourth in his class. He is junior class vice president and Key Club treasurer-elect.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, the marching band, the Spanish National Honor Society and is the first percussionist in the Symphonic Band.

The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to 2,700 secondary schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. To be honored, a student must be a junior and possess exceptional abilities in math, science and technology.

Brian is the son of Alan and Jean Holcomb of Sharonville.

Classic College Fair

Four $1,000 scholarships will be given to high school students by the Fifth Third Foundation during a Classic College Fair noon-4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Westin Hotel, downtown.

The College Fair is part of the Procter & Gamble Ohio Classic, which is a four-day celebration featuring a football game between Bethune-Cookman College and Grambling State University Sept 18 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Fifth Third is sponsoring the Jammin' For Education seminar in which students in the End Zone Club can network and participate in classroom instruction.

GIVING BACK: Blood donors honored

Twenty people have been honored by the Hoxworth Blood Center for achieving milestones from June 30 to July 13 in donating blood and platelets. Those honored have now donated at least 10 gallons.

Leading the list was Carl J. Heck of Cold Spring, who reached the 25-gallon level.

Others honored:

David M Keller, Mariemont, 23 gallons; Daniel E. Baker, Harrison, 22; and Serman L. Peeno, Glendale, 21.

Harold E. Pietz, Forest Park, and Paul N. Bauer, 18. Arthur V. Tucker, Fairfield; William H. Miller, Loveland; and James W. Hartman, Springfield Township, Hamilton County, 16.

Gary R. Glassmeyer, Reading, 15; and Gregory A. Agricola, Springfield Township, Hamilton County, 14.

Jim F. McGinnis, Norwood; Louis J. Branno, Colerain Township; and James J. Achberger, Milford, 13.

Gary J. Woebkenberg, Amberley Village, 12.

Sara C. Payne, Fairfield, and Michael G. Laugle, Colerain Township, 11.

Robert J. Geis, New Richmond;Elizabeth F. Horn, North College Hill; and William E. Stanforth, Mason, 10.

Blood donors now have a chance to win a $2,500 professional grill from Frontgate Outlet Center and Hoxworth.

For information about donating, call (513) 451-0910 or go online at

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