Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Cruise comforts after tumor fight

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Eagle Scout built benches

Andrew Waymouth of Troop 482, sponsored by Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, has achieved the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle. For his community service project, he built 12 park benches for Fort Ancient Indian Burial Mounds.

The son of Lynda and Mark Waymouth of Mason is studying biomolecular sciences and physical therapy at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.


Laura Dickman, a recent McAuley High School graduate, was a recipient of a 2004 GE STAR Award of $2,500. The award, given by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the GE Foundation, recognizes her extracurricular activities and service, as well as her academic achievements. The daughter of Jan and Bruce Dickman of White Oak plans to major in pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.

Laura's chemistry teacher, Shirley Frey, also received a $500 award from the GE Foundation. The money will be used by the science department to update computer-based lab machines.

Wins scholarship

Julie Wlotzko, a 2004 graduate of Ursuline Academy, was awarded a $2,000 Best Buy Children's Foundation scholarship based on her volunteerism in the community, academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

The daughter of Marti and Mike Wlotzko of South Lebanon will major in early childhood development with a minor in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Jessica Elam goes about her days just like any 10-year-old. Her main concern right now is getting back on track with her ice skating.

Jessica and her family - father, Jeff; mother. Amy; 16-year-old brother, Zach; and 6-year-old sister, C.J - recently returned from an eight-day trip aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

The vacation was sponsored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which made the trip possible after Jessica underwent radiation treatments and surgeries to remove tumors in her brain and lower back.

The first set of 30 radiation treatments came after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2001.

"After the treatments, followed by surgery to remove the tumor with minor side effects, she was back to normal,'' said Jeff Elam.

But Jessica began experiencing severe back pain in September 2003, and tests showed a tumor growing at the base of her spine.

"In December 2003, the tumor was successfully removed - another miracle,'' Jeff Elam said.

On Sept. 12, family, friends, classmates and residents of Liberty Township gathered at Liberty Park for a picnic in Jessica's honor.

"The picnic was to celebrate what she had been through. We wanted to bring all the people together who were concerned and involved to show what prayer can do,'' said Jeff Elam. "She is doing fantastic now and is back to her ice skating.''

Before falling ill, Jessica took part in ice-skating competitions at Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Road.

"She is not exactly back where she was ice skating, because doctors don't want her to make too many moves. But her life is just about back to normal,'' Jeff Elam said.

Cemetery cleanup

Friends of Wesleyan Cemetery, Northside, have a new reason to be proud.

Helen Fornash, a trustee of Friends of Wesleyan Cemetery, said Ground Masters brought in workers and equipment to give the cemetery a cleanup.

"All day long on Sept. 11th, workers cut tall weeds and grass, trimmed trees and removed dead trees. The cemetery looked the best it ever has,'' Fornash said. "Everyone who has loved ones interred there is grateful.''

Beanie Babies to rescue

Students at Amelia Middle School have donated 1,879 Beanie Babies that will be sent to the troops in Iraq to give to Iraqi children.

Alzheimer's center awarded

The Alois Alzheimer Center in Greenhills has received a National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. The center was recognized for its commitment to performance excellence.

Representatives from the center received the award during American Health Care's Annual Convention and Exposition in Miami, Oct 3-6.

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