Union-Liberty Journal (Newspaper) - March 2, 1976, Hamilton, Ohio Union Township park Is no longer o dream ft. John S. Keehner (seated, far left) looks on as trustees, attorneys, and natural resources representative complete the purchase of 123 acres to be used for creation of Union Township's Keehner Park. Keehnor's donation of 23 acres to the township helped make the park possible. Journal photo by Chuck Elliott. By BECKY CHAMBERS The Union Township trustees discussed everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at their meeting Feb. 24. The potpourri of topics included the new park, road repairs, a police levy, Girl Scout Week, zoning violations, speed limits, new employees, and the bicentennial. In all, there were 27 items on the agenda. Most centered around administrative details concerning the township departments, but there were signs of important future developments in the discussions. Major changes may be in the offing for the fire department. Fire depart- ment members are currently studying equip- ment needs and have made several visits to neighboring cities to study their equipment. Purchase of a new fire engine, possibly an aerial tower, heads the list of potential purchases. Establishment of a Fire Safety and Inspection Bureau in the township may also be in the works later this year. In the meantime, volunteers are still needed for daytime duty. Police Chief Paul Arthur asked trustees to include a police levy on the June 8 primary ballot. Millage of the levy has not yet been determined, but the money would be used to add patrolmen and update equipment. Arthur has said that he hopes to be able to provide additional man- power for criminal in- vestigations. A juvenile liasoh officer is also one of the chiefs major goals. In his road department report, Superintendent Bob McGuire told the trustees that the wild variations in the temperature this winter have been hard on the township reads. "This type of winter requires a lot of McGuire said. The annual road inspection tour last week revealed 33 roads which need repairs. According to McGuire, "Due to financial con- siderations, we won't be able to do all the work necessary." The week of March 7-13 has been declared Girl Scout Week in Union Township. Eight Girl Scouts from Troop 785 and their leader, Mrs. Marilyn Fredericks, attended the meeting and led the Pledge of AHegience. The Scouts queried trustees about the lack of a stoplight at the intersection of Dimmick Road and Ohio 42. This led to other questions and complaints from audience members. A subdivision zoning violation on Meadowview Drive and blocked view at the interstcclion of Tyler1 svillc Road and Cox Hoad drew fire from the audience. Trustees explained that they lacked jurisdiction on the problems. In other business, the trustees: -hired Phil Perkins to fill a vacancy in the road department. -voted to request that the county establish speed limits on Kingsgalc Way and Fountains Boulevard. -established grievance procedures for full-time, part-time, and volunteer township employees. -announced that ap- plications for police patrolman and clerk arc (icing accepted from CETA- cligiblc persons. Tuesday, March 2, 1976 Vol. 4 No. 15 P.O. Box 107, Maud Ohio 45069 777-1518 12 Pages Monroe meets Northwest Saturday, 7 p.m. By CHUCK ELLIOTT Lakota cagers AAA Basketball Tour- nament' Monday night at Millett Hall, found the range during the The Northwest victory third quarter to overcome a came before an almost six point Lakota halftime empty house and the sound margin and rolled to a 75-66 of bouncing basketballs victory in the Oxford Class echoed in the nearly empty Monroe grad wins Miss Miami crown 1976 contest winner and runner- Miami University "Miss up in the Ohio Junior Miss Miami" title was awarded to a former Butler County' The Lemon Monroe High Junior Miss after final School graduate is a senior judging Saturday night in majoring in biological in the School of the University Center. The recipient of the title, Susan Yvonne Perkins, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Perkins, 4420 Shawnray Drive, Mid- dletown. She is a former Butler County Junior Miss science Education. The llth annual "Miss Miami Pagenat" was sponsored by the University Center Program Board, a student activity planning organization. seat Miami University basketball court. The loss eliminated the Thunderbirds from the 1976 basketball wars but, while the team went out fighting, several youthful Lakota fans used the game as an excuse to practice shouting obscenities. Northwest, which ended the regulation schedule with a 3-15 record, will try to gain a quarterfinal berth Saturday in the? p.m. game against a highly touted Monroe quintet. The Hor- nets will take a 14-4 record into the meeting. The game opened as a classic tournament contest with neither team earning a clear advantage. During the first eight minutes, the lead changed hands or the score was tied 15 times with the Knights finally opening a 22- 17 lead at the buzzer. But Lakota wasn't to be intimidated by the Hamilton County crew and the T-Birds put together an attack to outscore Northwest 11-2 during the closing of the half. But Coach Dave Raab's halftime talk must have had shades of the immortal Knute Rockne because his Knights outscored Lakota, 20-8, during the third stanza and continued to dominate during final eight minutes. The best comeback effort by Lakota was within five points, 69-64, with remaining in the game. "Good team said Raab in a post game in- terview. And that "good team play" may have made the difference in the game because the Knights' star forward, 6-3, 210-pound Mark Staples, who has been averaging 19 point s a game, was sidelined earlier in the day with a 105 degree temperature. A dejected Lakota Coach Fred Davies had little to say after the game except "They beat us. They don't look much like a 3-15 team." The scoring honors went to Northwest's 5-10 forward Jim Braun who pushed through 28 points. Three Lakota players cracked the double figures paced by Jeff i Stamper and John Prather with is'each. Randy Smith hit for 10 points. j jJB.lt, Florence Sigg celebrated her 10-ith birthday Wed- nesday. She said birthday cakes are "fattening" but ate a generous portion anyway. 104 years young ByLOISCOCKERHAM "I'm on she asked. "I never expected anything like this! I'm too old for this sort of she protested. But Florence Sigg, (Aunt wasn't too old to enjoy a piece of birthday cake during her 104th birthday party Wednesday at Mt Pleasant Nursing Home in Born Feb. Florence spent her entire life in the family home on Main St. (where the First National Bank parking lot is now located) until the home was destroyed by a tornado hi 1968. She was the youngest: of five children, the only daughter, and graduated from Monroe High School in 1891 in a clask of seven. She never traveled far, from Monroe. For a time, she clerked in a shoe store there, operated by her father, a Swiss immigrant. As a part of her 100th birthday celebration, Florence received a framed commemoration from former President Richard Nixon, and a plaque from Gov. John Giliigan. Yesterday, she had forgotten all about those not about birthday cakes. "They're fat- she agreed, eating hers anyway. A number of home residents, staff members and friends were in at- tendance at the birthday party, including a niece, Mrs. M.A. Boyd of Middletown. "She's always been one to do things for Mrs. Boyd said. "Until a little over a year ago, she got around by herself. Now she needs help, however. "She's a sensible surprisingly alert for one her the niece continued. "I recall a few years ago, Aunt Flo said to me with a sigh, 'I feel like I'm 100 years Thinking about that for a moment, she continued, am 100 years While flashbulbs popped, Aunt Flo listened as her friends sang "Happy Birthday." At the conclusion, she clapped along with the rest, and said, very softly "thank you." Journal Athletic of the Week.......5 Church Directory.........8 Classified.............10-12 Letters to Journal........10 News Briefs..............10 Obituaries...............10 School Menus.............2 Sports....................5 Women...................2 Arts-Science Show Sunday Doug Stacy, chairman of the Lakota District Arts and Science Fair, surveys some exhibits which will be on public display at Sunday's event. The fair will be held at Lakota High School, March 7, from p.m. Bicentennial in theme this year, and now in Us second year of existence, the idea for a district- wide showcase of talent, originated with the Lakota District Music Organization, current sponsors, who "thought it would be nice to see what youngsters in Lakola Schools arc accomplishing." Along with science displays, art exhibits, posters, and folk dances, there will he continuous band and chorus presentations in the gym and food on sale by the Lakota Boosters Organization. Lengthy agenda spotlights Union trustee meeting By BECKY CHAMBFRS The people of Union Township became the owners of 123 acres of park land park during ceremonies Wednesday marking completion of the land acquisition. Purchase of the park land ton Barrett Road is the culmination of three years of efforts by township trustees, park committee, members, and residents who approved the park levy several years ago. The township was able to purchase the park in large part due to the generosity of John S. Keehner, who donated 23 acres of the land to the township. The park will be named in his honor. Keehner, a lifetime farmer, indicated that the township park is a lifelong ambition; He has been actively in- volved in youth all his life, participating in scouting for the past 40 years. When developed, Keehner Park will tentatively include a shelterhouse, camping areas, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and nature areas. Members of Wally Schulze named Citizen of month Wallace (Wally) Schulze, 6230 Allen Road, received the Lakota-West Chester Kiwanis Citizen of the Month Award for February, according to Kiwanis President, Art Baird. The award, presented by Mel Wilson, cited Wally's contributions to his church (West Chester United and his dedication as a former member of" the Lakota School Board. "The presentation came as a complete surprise to Baird said. "The name is announced and it wasn't until the recipient was listed as a father of Hi that Wally knew the award was intended for him." Speaking in praise of Schulze, Lakota Superin- tendent, Herb Henderson said "Wally was a smart man to have on the school the Boy Scouts and park committee members nave identified over 30 varieties of trees in the park area. Funds for the park land purchase .have been made available through Ihe park levy'and grants from the federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Normal procedure for receiving the federal funds is on a pay- back basis. The township would make the purchase and then be reimbursed by the federal'government for 50 per cent of the price. Union Township was short of the funds required to buy the land in one purchase, and last month the purchase details looked a little shaky. A breakthrough came last month when trustee president Ray Rosenberger met in Columbus with government representat- ives, arranging prepayment by the federal government. Trustees Rosenberger, David McGinnis, and Marcellus Osner attended the Wednesday ceremonies at Beckett Ridge clubhouse. Keehner was accompanied by three of his sons, John, Bob, and Lee. Represen.- tatives of the park com- mittee, headed by Cliff Choate; the Bicentennial Committee, headed by Dale Boehm; township police chief Paul Arthur; road superintendent Bob, McGuire; Ohio Department of Natural Resources grants coordinator Mike Cook; and representatives of other local groups attended the lunch meeting. Development of the park will begin as soon as funding from the Department of Natural Resources becomes available. A grant request for development was recently turned down because of lack of money available. The proposal was to be resubmitted March 1. Lecture reservations Monday for ESP talk WALLY SCHULZE board." Henderson also commended Schulze for the KNOW YOUR SCHOOLS articles, published by this newspaper, authored by Schulze. f Janet Tubbs, parap- sychologist, will appear in the Home Federal Building Community Room, Wed- nesday, March 10, for a lecture on ESP and parapsychology, beginning at p.m. Tickets are limited and sell for each. Reser- vations nrv be placed by calling Betlie McGinnis, 777- 5376, or Karen Rammingcr, 777-2328. Checks should be made to the Union Township Bicentennial Fund and mailed to 9234 Pilgrim Court, West Chester, 45069, Deadline for reservations is Monday, March 8. If space permits, however, tickets will be sold at the door, according to Mrs. McGinnis. Mrs. Tubbs instructs 'a course in parapsychology at the Raymond Wallers Branch of UC. She em- phasizes that she does not delve into the occult. Her prime interests lie in areas of research which are being conducted throughout the world in the development of inate psychic ability.