Wednesday, October 20, 2004

St. William lab dedicated today

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

At 9:30 a.m. today, the $100,000 science lab at St. William Grade School in Price Hill will be dedicated.

Students, teachers, parents and volunteers who worked to get the lab renovated are hailing it as a state-of-the art teaching tool.

Jeffrey Finke, St. William principal, said all the work on renovating the lab was provided by volunteers.

"The new lab has been a focal point of the excitement we feel about St. William,'' said Finke. "We have done many improvement projects, but this lab project has brought together a broad cross section of teachers, parents and alumni to make it happen. It symbolizes for me the can-do attitude and the kind of cooperation that makes St. William such a great place to learn.''

Fifth-grader Kelsey Sperveslage and fourth-grader Mary Sunderhaus work on a project at St. William Grade School in Price Hill. The school's new science lab will be dedicated today.

The new lab has six work stations with seating for 30 students. The stations house such scientific equipment as microscopes, beakers, test tubes, dissection equipment and safety gear.

In a multimedia center, there are DVDs , CDs, VCRs, a wireless computer, LCD projectors, four sinks, a terrarium, dry-erase boards and hand-crafted wooden storage cabinets.

Students in grades 4-8 use the lab daily. Lower grades participate in Crystal Clear Science Camp, an after-school enrichment course which meets once a week for six weeks in the fall and spring.

Kelly Wenzel, fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher and Crystal Clear science coordinator, said the lab has revolutionized the way she teaches.

"The new lab has created a wealth of enthusiasm in both the students and the staff. We are covering so much more material because of the convenience and organization of the lab materials,'' Wenzel said.

Indradhanush 2004

Dance drama featuring live music and several dance styles, such as classical and folk Indian, ballet, yoga and gypsy, will be on display at Indradhanush 2004, starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kresge Auditorium at University of Cincinnati.

Admission is free, but reservations are required by e-mail to

Indradhanush is the word for rainbow in Hindi.

The event is presented by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for India's Development.

It is a nonprofit organization that supports development projects in India in education, health, women's empowerment, rural development and emergency relief activities.

From Indiana to Iraq

Students in grades 4-8 at the South Dearborn Middle School in Aurora have collected items for Iraqi children.

The fifth-grade class of teacher Jane Buschur won the competition among the classes by collecting 773 items donated by students.

Principal Todd Bowers said the total items collected came to 3,322. They will be sent to American soldiers to disperse to Iraqi children around Christmas time .

The fifth-grade class will be given a pizza party by the school.

The items included toys, snack and nutritional bars, coats, hats and gloves and hard candy.

Police, firefighter awards

LEBANON - A Warren County Sheriff's deputy and a Deerfield Township fire captain were among the Warren County police and fire officials honored at the first annual Errol D. Butt Law Enforcement and Firefighter Awards ceremony Sept. 11 at the Warren County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

Warren County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Day was recognized for saving the victim of a vehicle accident on Interstate 71 in June 2003.

Day arrived at the crash to find one of the vehicles engulfed in flames and its driver lying on the ground on fire. Day put out the fire on the driver and dragged him to safety, officials said.

Deerfield Township Fire Capt. Doug Wehmeyer was honored for his work on an aggravated arson case that was successfully prosecuted in Warren County Juvenile Court.

Wehmeyer's report on the suspicious fire included a summary of the condition of every room in the burned structure, more than 100 photographs and transcripts of interviews with the suspect and witnesses.

Danny Schweitzer and Dwight Aspacher, both undercover agents with the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force, were honored as outstanding investigators.

Detective Denny Luken of the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force and Turtlecreek Township Fire Chief William Stevens both received awards for outstanding service.

About 300 police officers and firefighters were also honored for their years of service.

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