Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Loose horse caught, owner being sought

ROSS TWP. - Authorities caught a runaway horse Tuesday and are trying to reunite the animal with its owner - but first they need to learn who the owner is.

Around 10:30 a.m., a motorist called 911 to report that he had almost struck a horse running loose in the 1700 block of Smith Road near Ohio 128 in this southwestern Butler County community.

Butler sheriff's deputies stopped traffic for about 10 minutes while Julie Flanagan, deputy dog warden, and others corralled the horse.

The animal is a black male gelding Tennessee walker. Someone volunteered to care for the animal until its owner can be located, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the county dog warden's office at 785-6542.

Loveland re-evaluating contaminant at park

LOVELAND - The city will pay $28,000 to $30,000 to environmental engineering firm ATC Associates to re-evaluate Veterans Memorial Park because petroleum compounds there aren't breaking down as expected.

The Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations notified the city last month that contaminant levels had decreased at the property, the former site of a dry cleaning business and service station. However, the city's efforts had not met state cleanup standards in a reasonable amount of time.

City officials said monitoring showed that petroleum had not migrated off the property. The city bought the property in 1992 and later developed it into the park.

TriHealth among nation's 'most wired'

The TriHealth hospital group was named one of the nation's 100 "Most Wired" health systems by the trade publication Hospitals & Health Networks.

This is the first time a local hospital had been included on the list, which has been published annually for six years. TriHealth, which includes the Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals, joined Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus and the ProMedica system in Toledo as the only Ohio hospitals listed.

The list ranks hospitals on information technology advances, including adopting electronic medication ordering systems, providing more online customer services and conducting more business online with insurers and suppliers.

TriHealth's listing reflects several years of work to expand its information technology plan, said Rick Moore, chief information officer for TriHealth.

Mason presents concepts for parks

MASON - Anyone wanting to get a glimpse at what the city's future parks could look like has a chance Aug. 12.

Concept plans for about 240 acres of undeveloped, city-owned land will be presented at the 7 p.m. park board meeting. Residents will have a chance to view the ideas and offer comments on the plans, which incorporate the public comment from the "plan your parks" workshops last May.

The meeting is at the municipal center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road.

The park board is serving as a steering committee for developing a master plan. The final proposal, as well as cost estimates, will be presented to City Council this fall.

Recreation center registration Sept. 1

BLUE ASH - The Blue Ash Recreation Center will hold registration for its autumn classes Sept. 1. Blue Ash residents and business members can register 8 a.m. to noon, and registration will open to the public at noon.

Classes offered this fall include tai chi, pilates, yoga, jazzercise, art classes for children and cheerleading. For information, call 745-8550 or stop by 4433 Cooper Road.

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