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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - December 27, 1977, Cincinnati, OhioVol. 17 to. 41 december 27, 177 of to copy 15c 14th first baby contest now on it s time once again for the journals annual first baby of the new year contest. The first baby bom in 1978 whose pm Rente Are residents of Clermont county Anderson township it. Washington Newtown a or California will be showered with gifts from scores of the areas leading businesses. The Winner will be announced in the journal Early in january. Parents whose children Are born after Midnight saturday dec. 31, need Only to advise the journal in writing. Included must be their name address Telephone number As Well As the baby a name Date hour and minute of birth and where he or she was born with the signature of the attending physician. Entries must be in the offices of the journal by 9 . Wednesday Jan. 4. Winners must claim prizes within 30 Days from the announcement of the Winner. Meanwhile the 1977 first baby celebrated new years Day with her own birthday. Amy Elizabeth Lawson was born to David and Rebecca Lawson 6530 Coffey St. It Washington at 3 04 ., Jan. 1 at our lady of mercy Hospital. She weighed 9 la. 64 of. And was 294 inches Long. The Lawson a have one other child David 3. The participating businesses and their donations Are a $5 gift certificate for baby food from Lucas Fine foods a $20 gift certificate from Shillito a $5 Bank account for the new baby at Beechmont Ford baby a first prescription filled free at Kunkel apothecary fruit Basket from p amp j fruit Market two free car washes at Beechmont car Wash. Baby ring from Mcalpin a West clock transistor radio from Salem hardware $5 gift certificate from Roy. Rogers $5 savings account from Southern Ohio Bank $5 gift certificate from Andres Supply a birth announcement Candle from Windy a $5 gift Cert Cate from Sherlock Security two dinners from Long John Silver Silver set from custom jewellers nightlight with stand from the lighting Center. One year free membership in the Beechmont Racquet club infant love seat from Queen City Chevrolet baby s cup spoon and Fork from Smith jewellers $5 savings account from ban Ohio $5 gift certificate from Green Valley diaper bag from Woolworth a. Dinner for parents at Tarosas 20 percent off at Amelia carpet Center engine tune up at Eastern Hills tire Center $10 Worth of baby food at Sheatzley a $10 gift a certificate from. Pride Highlander laundries and dry cleaners a Plant arrangement from Cowperthwaite Florist. Three month membership at Beechmont Nauta ius baby diary from medic enter pharmacy contour Cut and set. For the Mother from hair plus and a free service Call for a television stereo or microwave oven from uni Dyne. By Anderson trustees additional firemen to be considered Anderson township trustees will hold a special meeting dec. 29 at 7 30 To consider requests from fire chief Edward Stagnaro for additional manpower. Stagnaro has asked that two new men tee hired to work a on 24 hour off 48 hour shift John of Brien chairman of the trustees said. The chief also asked that four men currently working eight hour shifts be reassigned to 24 hour shifts followed by 48 hours off. One a vacancy in the department is also to be filled by trustees. At a special meeting last week trustees approved the appointment of Frank Dumont David Hausterman and Charles Zech As Volunteer firemen for a six month probationary period. Trustees also agreed to have the townships land behind the firehouse on Beechmont ave. And some adjoining land appraised of Brien said. Cincinnati metro is considering moving their Sun run parking lot from the Beechmont mall to behind the firehouse. The owners of Beechmont mall want Sun run parking out of their lot of the end of next year of Brien explained trustees Hope to use the value of the land behind the firehouse or other land they May acquire to make up their share of a Matching Federal Grant to build a new lot. A Little girls Delight in new clothes for Christmas is reflected in the face id a Volunteer who helps the youngster select the right size and color. It. Carmelo a american legion Post 72 took 36 children to Mcalpin a last week for new clothes and a Christmas toy from Santa Claus. Journal photo Bauer. Legion treats kids to shopping spree the it. Carmel american legion Post 72 made the holidays merrier for 36 children last week by treating them to a pre Christmas shopping spree for new clothes at the Cherry Grove Mca pins. The children arrived at the legion Post Early in the morning for hot chocolate and donuts. Next they were taken to Mca pins where store employees donated their time to open die store Early and along with 28 volunteers help the kids select $75 Worth of warm new clothes for school. The Money comes from the legion and contributions from the huts annual Christmas party. When the shopping was finished the kids trooped Down to the employees lounge to sing carols and Chat with Santa Claus who handed out Candy and a toy for each child donated by a Mcalpin a employee. July 4 Parade returns to Anderson township the third annual Anderson township recreation festival will be held this year Over tire july 4 Holiday the festival will Span two Days Only with a Parade on Beechmont Avenue tentatively scheduled for monday evening july s the Anderson Hills recreation foundation will again sponsor the Overall festival and. Will open the1 sponsorship of individual Booths to the organizations in the Anderson township area. At last years May recreation festival there were More than enough groups who volunteered to find the people necessary to run the Booths for two Days. The Eastern Hills Jaycees Are actively considering the sponsorship of the Parade the largest fourth of july Parade in the history of Anderson township Back at the legion Hall in it. Carmel the kids enjoyed lunch Courtesy of papa Gino a and went Home to show off their Early Christmas presents. Florence masters of the legion noted that the Christmas time shopping trip has been part of the legions Holiday Observance for Over 10 years. The legion used to take the children shopping on sundays before most stores were opened on sunday. Children a names Are submitted to the legion by schools individuals and Community agencies mrs. Masters explained. There is a screening process to make sure Only eligible children Are selected. Although the legions efforts for the children Are most visible around the Christmas season clothes and shoes Are provided year round whenever the need is discovered mrs. Masters added. Collection time if you receive the journal by Carrier. Its collection Lime again. Your Carrier will be knocking at your door in the next few Days. Remember to ask him for your receipt and do not pay if you Don t receive one. It is Worth is .00 please remember that payment is voluntary and that you Are rewarding your Carrier for Good service. I Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 100% coverage of Anderson township my Washington Newtown California every tuesday y Forest Mills journal december 27, 1977. Published weekly on tuesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati of to 45244. Circulation audited by Cem was during the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976 a area residents greeted the Parade july 3. 1976 with overwhelming numbers and enthusiasm in 1977 Many residents expressed their disappointment that there was no Celebration Over the fourth. Numerous people drove to the festival grounds in 1977 expecting to see the fireworks display on july 4. It is for this reason that the Harf and other organizations Are planning the recreation festival for the two Day fourth of july Holiday a stated Tom Taylor. President of the Harf festival meetings will begin in february 1978 for the july 4, 1978 festival. Past festival earnings will he announced and festival planning will begin in Earnest. The Bicentennial was a huge Success. Taylor said. The Hamilton county sheriff s patrol estimated that the july 4 attendance for the Kings Island Clown band performance and the fireworks display numbered 29,900." the first Day of the May recreation festival was comparable to the Bicentennial in monetary terms. But due to the rain for most of the second Day the 1977 festival was not As successful As 1976. A after two years the sponsors of the festivals Are now experienced in festival management. Therefore the 1978 festival will be better than the Bicentennial because we have Learned that the residents want and expect a Celebration Over the fourth of july Holiday a a Harf spokeswoman said for further information about the festival plans please Call 232-3614 journal deadlines Advance because of Holiday in order to give journal employees the Opportunity to celebrate the new years Day Holiday with their families deadlines for the tuesday Jan. 3 journal will he stepped up a Day. Following Are the deadlines for the Jan. 3 journal a All news 9 . Wednesday dec. 28. All display advertising 4 Wednesday dec. 28. All classified liner ads 10 . Thursday dec. 29. All a too late to classify ads 10a.m. Friday dec. 30. The journal appreciates the cooperation of All in observing these deadlines. Thank year May be a most even lit note Kenneth furrier director of Community services in the Forest Hills school District in this article takes a look at what 1978 holds for students and educators i the next twelve months May be the most eventful in the two decade history of the Forest Hills school District. Issues As fundamental As who controls education who will finance education and who will determine what is taught and How it is taught will result in decisions that will affect the Quality of education both in Forest Hills and throughout the entire state. The recent common pleas court decision invalidating the current method of finance g education in Ohio will undoubtedly bring Long term and lasting changes in the very nature of education in the Tate. Even though the court decision is being appealed few believe the financial status of Public education will remain unchanged. While increased state funding and reduced Reliance on the property tax As a major source of Revenue May be welcomed in Many areas of Ohio this is bound to result in an increase in state control. Decisions concerning what is taught How it will be taught and who will teach it May be made by Columbus and not by a locally elected Board of education a if Columbus pays the Bills. Columbus will demand control Over How funds Are spent a commented one local educator. While the present financial situation in Forest Hills is Good anticipated increases in operating costs based larely on inflation and a projected stabilization in income May result in a financial a a crunch within the next two to three years. With a projected decline in enrolment reappraisal of property and a possible adjustment in state Aid Forest Hills May have to reassess both programs and personnel in the years to come. In a recent Gallup poll on education the Back to basks movement received support from 8 out of 10 individuals. In evaluating the results of the poll Gallup pointed out that Many who approve of the movement do not think of it in terms of specific subjects or courses such As English or math but to the educational process itself. For Many Back to the basics refers to a respect for teachers a a Good manners a or the a old Way of it May also be True that Many people define a Basic education As a less expensive who determines Basic teaching methods and course Content the professional educator or the general Public must be resolved not Only in Forest Hills but throughout the United states. While the Forest Hills Community appears to be generally satisfied with the educational programs found in the District specific areas of disagreement have existed in the past and will Likely exist in the future. By keeping the Public informed and involved the1 District has been Able to resolve these differences to the satisfaction of the majority this ability will be tested in the next 12 months with a variety of proposals. Education for the handicapped title in provisions interscholastic athletics special programs for special students Are just a few of the areas that might cause conflict and or disagreement within the school District in the future. During the decade of the 1950�?Ts and 60�?Ts, most suburban school districts witnessed dramatic increases in enrolment. Based i the flight to the suburbs and a relatively High birth rate most suburban school districts faced problems of finding enough qualified teachers and building enough facilities to House and educate the growing number of students. Forest Mills was no exception. Statements Suchias a a new school building every two years and projections of three High schools seven Middle schools and ten elementary schools were common in the late 1966�?Ts and Early 70s. In less than a decade. Forest Hills like most school districts is faced with a substantial enrolment decline. The District currently projects a 13 percent decline in enrolment Over the next five years. Building permits birth rates and private school enrolment Are just a few erf the factors that influence the future enrolment in the District while it is unwise to project any figure present thinking is that enrolment in Forest Hills will at Best stabilize and at the worst decline by a significant figure. Declining enrolment does no to just mean empty classrooms fewer teachers fewer special services and less state financial support. School districts that Are forced to make significant reduction in staff size usually Are forced to let the younger less experienced teachers go thus resulting in an aging and More conservative staff Itie effect of this on innovation and change in education already a slow process has yet to be resolved. Up to this Point Forest Hills has not had to face the problem of a significant reduction in the staff size. This is an Issue that cannot be postponed forever 1978 and 1979 May be the years in which this Issue will have to he studied and resolved. While the District May have fewer teaching positions to fill the number of applicants for each available Job increases each year. During the 1976-77 school year the District interviewed 500 applicants for fewer than 50 positions. The Challenge erf securing the Best person possible for each available position will remain a goal of the District. No Issue has created More controversy among professional educators during the last few years than legislatively mandated competency testing. Forty nine state have initiated action or Are considering action requiring a competency testing program to find out How much students have Learned during their school careers. Charges that students a a can to write can to read and can to do simple maths Are common with the decline in College admission test scores contributing to the controversy. While test scores in Forest Hills Ion the elementary and Middle school level indicate student achievement is consistent with ability and the College admission test scores and the level of College achievement of Forest Hills High school graduates is consistently above average the District May have to develop some form erf competency testing to determine the level of achievement erf High school students whether such tests accomplish what the proponents of competency testing Promise is debatable. A recent Survey conducted by the new York times indicated that control of suburban schools in the new York area a is passing from parents and local boards of education to agencies erf the state and Federal governments and the teachers the tires continued a the trend is widely regarded As inevitable and therefore must be passively Fred Hechinger of the times raised the question a must it be it a though numerous problems and issues face education i Ohio perhaps the most important Issue is to what degree the people of Ohio wish to retain direct local control Over the education of their children in 1976, it was stated that a the real problem facing Forest to develop an effective education program that meets the individual needs of the students As Well As the collective needs of the perhaps the real problem facing the Forest Hills Community in 1978 is who will have the deciding voice in developing this program a locally elected Board of education or a state or Federal Agency. A to quote or. Hechinger. If the political demand a to give the government Back to the people is More than an exercise in hypocrisy the Way to prove it is to Stop the Rush to take education a governance away from the people a

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