Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Businesses pass half-century test

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

The Bond Hill Cafe, Bond Hill, and Johnny's Barbershop, Evanston, can boast about a rare accomplishment.

Each neighborhood business has been operating for half a century.

Bond Hill Cafe celebrated its 50th year on Saturday night with a party at the cafe, 1325 California Ave.

"We had a good old time," said Dan McMahon, owner. "We had a lot of old-timers and a lot of newer customers."

Dan McMahon is owner of Bond Hill Cafe, a family-owned business since 1954. The business dates to 1895.
McMahon is very much a part of the neighborhood, having grown up in a house behind the cafe.

The McMahon family has owned the business since 1954, but the business dates to 1895.

"It is great being in business here and being a part of the neighborhood. I don't like that so many businesses have moved out and this has been declared a depressed area, which makes insurance so high," McMahon said.

John Wright will hold his 50th year celebration later.

"I have seen a lot of changes in the neighborhood and in hair styles since I started the barbershop business at age 27," said Wright, 77. "I have gone through the processed hair styles, afros, fades, heavy to right, and to now where people just want plain haircuts."

Wright said he has watched and listened to half a century of changes from behind his barber chair.

He has even written a book, Observations from Behind the Chair.

"The interesting thing is, women think that they are a main topic of conversation in a barbershop, but they are not. I would say that they are about eighth on the list, behind politics, sports, cars, betting, religion, the economy, families."

Sycamore grad honored

A Sycamore High School graduate will be among 16 students nationwide to be honored in Washington today, each receiving the Davidson Fellows scholarship.

April Wang, 17, who was a finalist in the 2004 Ernest Hemingway Writing Awards, will receive a $25,000 scholarship for her literary portfolio that includes fiction, nonfiction and poetic works based on her life.

She also will meet with Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich.

The awards ceremony will be in the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a nonprofit foundation, founded in 1999.

She is the daughter of A.J. and Mei Wang, Montgomery.

Grass-roots presentation

The GrassRoots Leadership Academy will get a piece of grass-roots knowledge when it presents John William Templeton, author and publisher, at the group's leadership conference at Xavier University's Cintas Center Thursday.

Templeton will speak at the Faith-based Organizations Financial Training Conference.

Retiring from Army

Sgt. 1st Class Willie Peoples Jr. has retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years. He was a command financial adviser assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

The Aiken High School graduate is son of Rose Peoples of Winton Place.

Air Force promotion

Roger Loesch has been promoted to technical sergeant in the Air Force. He is a weapons load crew chief assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, Ariz.

The Middletown High School graduate is son of Pat and Ray Loesch of Middletown.

Basic training graduates

These airmen have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:

Morgan Devers, Scarlet Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development graduate and daughter of Kristen Devers of North College Hill; Monica Lewis, Princeton High School graduate; Robert Bannister III, son of Beverly Williams of Lincoln Heights and Robert Bannister Jr. of Chicago; Joshua Lacey, Milan High School graduate; Jarrod Reed, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy graduate and son of Eileen Reed of North Avondale; Phillip DeBrosse, Middletown High School graduate and son of Beth Fitzgerald and Pierre DeBrosse, both of Middletown; Amanda Deller, Oak Hills High School graduate and daughter of Pamela and Donald Deller of Delhi Township; Holley Mathews, Roger Bacon High School graduate and daughter of Catherine Mathews and stepdaughter of Gary Stevens of Cumminsville; and Nicholas Braun, Amelia High School graduate and son of Linda and Gerald Braun of Withamsville.

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