Tuesday, August 3, 2004

OSU history major knows war stories

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Matt Luby, a history major at Ohio State University, has spent most of his summer listening to war stories.

As a volunteer for the Jewish Community Center, Luby is collecting the stories to be sent to the Library of Congress. He said he is enjoying the journey into history and doesn't find war stories that took place half a century ago at all boring.

"I am having fun with it and learning a lot about history,'' said Luby, 19, of Kenwood. "For a person like me, listening to veterans tell their stories of war is ... fascinating. I have heard fantastic tales of North Africa, Italy, the South Pacific and military bases across the nation.''

He said he has heard happy and sad stories while interviewing veterans for the national Veterans History Project.

The center is collecting these wartime stories of ordinary people. Former U.S. military personnel as well as civilians, such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers and others are invited to participate.

Tsippy Gottlieb, the center's director of senior adult services, initiated the center's partnership with the national Veterans History Project.

"We started interviewing about a month ago and the response has been tremendous,' Gottlieb said. "We have people from out of town calling and some have sent in material. I observed several of the interviews and saw how emotional people get in telling their stories. Some of them said this is the first time anybody ever asked them about the war.''

The stories will be forwarded to the Library of Congress, where they will be preserved, catalogued, and shared.

The Jewish Community Center will keep copies on file at its office, 7420 Montgomery Road, Silverton.

Benefit for children

British rocker John Waite will headline "Groovin' at the Grove,'' at Coconut Grove, in Newport at 8:15 p.m., Aug 11.

The event is a benefit concert for FamiliesForward hosted by General Revenue Corp.

Other performers will be Cincinnati's Soul Pocket and hip-hop artist Tocka.

General Revenue Corp., headquartered in Cincinnati, is a member of the Sallie Mae family of companies. FamiliesForward is a local nonprofit organization that provides services to more than 1,200 Cincinnati children and families through a school-based, family-centered program.

For more information, call 562-4949.

Health initiative begins

Jewish Hospital has joined Yavneh Day School in a "Got Health'' initiative to begin this school year.

The hospital will supply every K-8 student, teacher and staff member with pedometers.

Yavneh plans to incorporate a two-year curriculum that will integrate health awareness throughout the school community, from the lunchroom, classroom and gym into the home and community.

POSITIVELY KIDS: Essay takes top prize

Anthony Auciello received this year's Robert J. Yeager Scholarship from the Sharonville Fire Department Club. His essay on "Service to Mankind" earned him the $2,500 award.

The Moeller High School graduate plans to attend Colorado State University and major in natural sciences and/or education. He is son of Mary and Denny Auciello of Sharonville.

Scholarships awarded

The Best Buy Children's Foundation has awarded scholarships to students based on volunteerism in communities, excellence in academics and participation in extracurricular activities. Up to three students in every U.S. Congressional District and the District of Columbia received scholarships valued from $1,000 to $2,000.

These local 2004 graduates are recipients:

Jacob Lee, a graduate of Sycamore High School and son of Claire and Matthew Lee of Blue Ash. Jacob, who received $1,000, plans to attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Meera Ramamoorthy, a graduate of Ursuline Academy and daughter of Suriya and P.A. Ramamoorthy of Kenwood. Meera, who was awarded $2,000, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati.

Leadership studied

Karl Skare, a senior at Loveland High School, was selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington. The leadership development program provides students the opportunity to study, experience and develop the traits that define and identify a leader.

Karl, also selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars, is son of Julie and Kevin Skare of Loveland.

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