Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Warren Co. pays more for intersection work

LEBANON - Warren County is kicking in more money to improve the Ohio 48 and Lower Springboro Road intersection in Ridgeville.

Commissioners recently approved spending $100,180 on the construction, which starts this spring.

The amount is higher than initially expected because original project estimates did not include lining up the roads, County Engineer Neil Tunison said. Additional drainage work will also need to be done.

The state is partially funding the project. Warren County already spent money on engineering plans as well as buying and tearing down a house there.

Nature center plans to host harvest festival

GOSHEN TWP. - The Cincinnati Nature Center will celebrate fall this weekend by carving pumpkins, navigating meadow mazes, climbing a 28-foot ear of corn, and eating backyard barbeque.

Saturday and Sunday mark the Cincinnati Nature Center's first Harvest Days weekend, a fall harvest celebration held both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cincinnati Nature Center's Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road in Goshen Township, near Loveland.

Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 through 12. Admission is free for members. For more information, visit or call (513) 831-1711.

Cause of King's Island FearFest fire unknown

MASON - Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire at one of Paramount's Kings Island's haunted attractions

Some rope netting, used as decoration for the wooded trail PsychoPath, caught fire Saturday evening.

All park guests were escorted out of the FearFest attraction safely, said Kings Island spokesman Jeffrey Siebert.

The fire was small, and PsychoPath was open Sunday. Some people reported seeing smoke throughout the park, but park and fire officials said that was actually from the fog machines used for FearFest.

Anyone with information should call the Mason Fire Department at (513) 229-8540.

Fairfield health fair won't feature flu shots

FAIRFIELD - The Diabetic Health Fair today at the Fairfield Senior Center today will not provide flu shots.

Because of a serum shortage, the Butler County Health Department will not offer vaccines as previously announced, said Steve Schnabl, executive director of Senior Citizens Inc., which operates the center.

Blood sugar testing and information about diet, foot health and medications will be available during the health fair, 1-2:30 p.m. at 536 Patterson Boulevard. For more information, call (513) 867-1998.

Loveland seeks next year's Valentine Lady

LOVELAND - The search is on for next year's Valentine Lady, as well as the design that will grace the annual commemorative valentine card for Loveland.

Nominations for Valentine Lady should include women who have distinguished themselves in the community, schools and in their families. They must live in the area with the ZIP code 45140 and be able to work with the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce Jan. 8 through Feb. 14 stamping valentines and visiting area community organizations.

Nominations must be sent by Nov. 19 to the chamber, P.O. Box 111, Loveland, OH 45140 or fax to (513) 683-5449.

Nov. 19 also is the deadline for entries for the valentine card design contest. This year's theme is Love in Bloom.

For more information, call 683-1544.

Contributors: Erica Solvig, Reid Forgrave, John Kiesewetter, Sheila McLaughlin

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