Monday, October 25, 2004

Volunteers encouraged to pack care packages


News briefs

The Enquirer

UNION TOWNSHIP - Volunteers are encouraged to join organizers of the Military Support Connection Web site to help put together Thanksgiving packages for the troops. They will gather at 6:30 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Glen Este, 1034 Old State Route 74.

Volunteers will pack boxes and write letters to military personnel overseas. The goal is to send an entire meal to as many units as possible.

Donations are still needed to fill boxes. High priority items include: Sam's Club Makers Mark Chicken, desserts, cooking spray, butter buds, canned green beans, canned corn, cranberry sauce, yams, brown sugar, marshmallows, drink mixes, plastic cups, and fall decorations.

Items can be dropped off at the First Baptist Church of Glen Este, the Batavia Post Office, the Eastgate Biggs, the Loveland Post Office, Burlington Baptist Church in Northern Kentucky, the Coldwell Banker office in Crestview Hills, the Clermont County Juvenile Probation Department, or the Clermont County Law Library. Donations will be accepted at the event.

Organizers also need funds for postage. Checks can be taken directly to the post office. For information, visit www.militarysupportconnection.com and click on current projects.

South Lebanon agrees to reinstate credit

SOUTH LEBANON - At a time when many municipalities want voters to increase their income tax, officials in this Warren County village have agreed to reinstate a half-percent credit for residents who pay in other communities.

Village council voted to approve the credit during a special meeting Thursday - two years after it was taken away in an effort to replenish the general fund.

The credit will go into effect Jan. 1. Individuals who live in South Lebanon, but work and pay income tax to another municipality, will benefit. South Lebanon has a 1 percent income tax.

Residents sought to review zoning

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Township officials are looking for residents interested in reviewing requests for zoning variances and interpreting the zoning map.

Volunteers for the five-year term on the township's Board of Zoning Appeals must apply by Nov. 30. Candidates should send a letter to Brian Elliff, director of planning and zoning, 9577 Beckett Road, West Chester, OH 45069.

Information about the zoning appeals board authority is available at www.westchesteroh.org, under Article 8 of the West Chester Township zoning resolution. For more information call Elliff at (513) 777-4214.

Northside celebrates voting with festival

NORTHSIDE - The neighborhood will host its "Northside Celebrates Voting" festival from noon to 10 p.m. Election Day at Hamilton Avenue and Lingo Street with music, banners, food and drink.

In keeping with the neighborhood's diversity, 10 bands will play a broad spectrum of music, including blues, classic rock, Celtic, hip-hop, alternative, folk, pop and reggae. Comedian Tim Jones will serve as master of ceremonies.

Businesses will decorate with red, white, and blue and Northside clubs, pubs, and restaurants will stay open late to celebrate.

Sponsors of the event include Heidelberg Distributors, Health Alliance and Cinergy Foundation.

Information: www.northside.net.

Contributors: Karen Andrew, Reid Forgrave, John Kiesewetter, Perry Schaible




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