Sunday, October 24, 2004

High school raises $700 for research on breast cancer

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Staff members at Holmes High School who paid $5 to wear blue jeans to school helped raise about $700 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

The Oct. 7 blue-jeans initiative was put together by English teacher Leslie Miller at the Covington school.

"We wanted to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research,'' said Miller, who teaches students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. "Breast cancer has not affected me ... but I have a close friend who is battling the disease. I consider what we did here was for a worthy cause because breast cancer is one of the leading killers.''

Holmes staff members (back row from left) Sandra Huber, Diane Minnix, Carla Egan, Phyllis Jennings, Karen Adams, Ann Maki, Angie Brummett, Joan Gregory, Cathy Frazier, Monique Wise, Libby Beene, Connie Lopez, Mary Baker; (middle row) Jamie Emery, Denise Rich, Patty Holland, Cindy McQuillan, Yvonne Burkart, Trisha Brundage, Trudy Lillard, Jill Grimm; (front row) Peggy Browning, Paige Browning (in lap), Dolores Beebe, Kim Terry, Mary Alice Parrish, Beth Frazier, Leslie Miller, Michele Hellmann, and Kyle Huelsman, running from group.

More than 80 faculty and staff at Holmes bought passes to wear blue jeans to work for a day. Blue jeans are ordinarily not allowed.

The event coincided with National Breast Cancer Month.

Goodwill in Bellevue

The Bellevue business district will grow this week.

A 13,000-square-foot Goodwill Industry retail store and donation center opens Tuesday at 15 Donnermeyer Drive.

The store will feature more than 18,000 clothing items and will accept donated clothing, furniture and household items during store hours, George D. Palmer, director of public relations and marketing for the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, said.

The store will be open 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

"The city of Bellevue supports and encourages new business such as Goodwill to join the Bellevue family,'' Mayor John D. Meyer said.

NKU assistant named

Kimberly A. Luse, formerly manager of clinical research for Proscan Imaging Inc. in Columbia Township, has been named executive assistant to Northern Kentucky University President James Votruba.

Luse is secretary to the Board of Regents. Her appointment became effective Oct. 1.

"I am excited to be joining NKU at a time of such tremendous growth and advancement.''

She received an associate's degree in 1985 and a bachelor of science degree in 1994, both in radiologic technology. She received a master's degree in executive human resources and development from Xavier University in 1998 and a doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati in 2002.

Students' art wins awards

Two Northern Kentucky students won awards in a national art contest for their depictions of a bobcat and a wolf.

Claire Kolkmeyer, 8, won third place for her drawing of a bobcat; and Delaney Bagley, 11, won honorable mention for her depiction of a wolf in the National Rifle Association's 2004 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

Judging took place Oct. 4 in Fairfax, Va., at the group's headquarters. The students are in The Artistry, an extracurricular art program taught by Alison Thiessen of Union.

"We are pretty proud that we had students among the winners," Thiessen said. "We had about 12 entries. They had to do a lot of research to come up with a suitable subject."

The entries could portray any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and nongame animals were not eligible subjects.

Claire is the daughter of Mike and Laurie Kolkmeyer of Union. Delaney is the daughter of John and Teri Bagley of Florence.

Almost 400 entries were submitted.

Scouts get their day

Two Eagle Scout candidates had their day in Fort Wright last month.

Fort Wright's City Council proclaimed Sept. 9 as Brandon Schamer Day and Sept. 10 as Tommy Vollmar Day.

The honors recognized the two Eagle Scout candidates for building a timber shelter and a serpentine-shaped rock wall at the Fort Wright Nature Center off Highland Pike.

The area will be used for outdoor education for Scouts and other groups. Both boys are members of Troop 717 of the Lakeside Christian Church, Lakeside Park.

Brandon is the son of Matt and Kim Schamer, Fort Mitchell, and Tommy is the son of Tom and Linda Vollmar, Villa Hills.

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