Monday, July 19, 2004

Neighbors notebook

Allen Road closed for bridge work

The Enquirer

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Allen Road between Windisch Road and Schumacher Park Drive will close for one week starting today so crews can strengthen an old steel truss bridge that now won't be replaced until next year.

The bridge deck bounces because of heavy truck traffic in the area, said Scott Bressler, operations deputy for the Butler County Engineer's Office. A 20-ton weight restriction was placed on the bridge in December.

The engineer's office had announced a new $930,000 bridge would be installed starting in August. However, design delays have pushed the project back to next spring, said Mark Fitzgerald, township services director.

Fireworks highlight Union Centre bash

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Fireworks will light the skies during opening night of the second Union Centre Bash Aug. 13.

Township trustees last week authorized spending $10,000 for fireworks during the Union Centre Boulevard music and food festival, which has expanded to three days this year.

The pyrotechnics will be launched at the conclusion of the Rusty Griswolds concert, said organizer Cynthia Oxley.

Earlier this year, trustees canceled the annual June Freedom Fest - which had included a fireworks display - due to a budget cut.

Glendower ownership transfer considered

LEBANON - The Ohio Historical Society is seeking comments about transferring ownership of Glendower State Memorial from the state to the Warren County Historical Society.

The public meeting will be held at the society's museum, 105 S. Broadway, at 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

The county historical society has managed the site since 1982, but the state provides an annual subsidy. Transferring ownership would require approval from state lawmakers.

Vial of Life program available in Warren Co.

The Warren County American Red Cross, along with county fire departments and emergency management services, is participating in the Vial of Life program.

The clear plastic tubes can be picked up at all Warren County fire departments.

Inside each vial is a paper that includes physicians' phone numbers, medications, insurance information and if a patient has a do-not-resuscitate order.

Residents should put the vial in the upper right hand side of the refrigerator and put the provided magnet on the outside of the refrigerator door to notify emergency responders.

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