Monday, September 20, 2004

Indoor water park, resort to be discussed

Neighbors news briefs

The Enquirer

MASON - City council will discuss next month the indoor water park resort that Great Lakes wants to build on Paramount's Kings Island's campground.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Oct. 11 at the municipal building, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road.

The proposed Great Wolf Lodge includes a 60,000-square-foot conference center, 74,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 401-suite hotel as well as an arcade, spa and restaurants.

Planning commission recommended council rezone the property and approve the proposed development, but added some conditions such as signs to the plans.

How seniors can cope with poor vision

WALNUT HILLS - Seniors who have lost so much vision that glasses aren't helping anymore can learn more about how to live with low vision at a free seminar from the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The registration deadline is Oct. 1 for the 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 event, to be held at the association headquarters, 2045 Gilbert Ave. Information, (513)221-8558.

Slots on township boards are filled

DEERFIELD TWP. - Township trustees have appointed residents to fill vacancies on the zoning commission and storm water board.

Leo Massaro, a township resident for four years, will serve as alternate to the zoning commission until his term expires in 2009. He fills the seat vacated by John Rickert, who is moving.

Jeff Thomas will serve on the Deerfield Regional Storm Water District Board, filling the spot that Bill Morand resigned from. Thomas previously worked for the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

State grant funds suicide prevention plan

LEBANON - Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties is going to develop a suicide prevention plan, thanks to a $10,000 state grant.

The grant, recently awarded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, also will provide more training opportunities for the board and its partner agencies.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people ages 15 to 24.

Questions answered online and any time

MIDDLETOWN - The Middletown Public Library District now offers a 24/7 virtual reference service. Accessed at, the service is funded by a grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"Adults and children may access the site and ask questions on a variety of topics, chat live with a librarian, get help with homework and find answers to their questions. There will be librarians from all over the state ready to help those who use the service," said Stella Tompoulidis, information reference team leader for the library.

Resources include such topics as business, finance, health, medicine, science, technology and genealogy. Homework assistance is available from 2 to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Information: (513)424-0569.

Christmas Walk gets help from township

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The township will once again help fund the Olde West Chester Christmas Walk.

Township trustees agreed last week to donate $9,000, the same amount as last year, for the event.

Several business owners in the historic district have been working for years to revitalize the area and trustees said their efforts are working.

"It's a fabulous renaissance that we've had there," said Trustee Jose Alvarez.


Contributors: Sheila McLaughlin, Tim Bonfield, Erica Solvig, Perry Schaible.

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