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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Cincinnati, OhioPaper project ? a a my 17th ave. A but Ohio 4321 vol. 14 no. 41 100% coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington a Newtown a California by . Mail 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244wednesday february 26, 1975 4 sections 24 pages group to coordinate Bicentennial Celebration clubs pledge to work together at june primary election it. Washington representatives from area organizations have agreed to coordinate their efforts and support each others efforts for the Bicentennial Celebration. Delegates from a dozen organizations met at the american legion Post last week to begin coordination of plans for the Bicentennial. Bob Schmidt who is in charge of the posts Bicentennial plans presided Over the meeting. Attending the meeting were representatives from. My Washington and Anderson township organizations including the it. Washington girl scouts my Washington women a club Peoples Bicentennial committee Beech Mont squares it. Washington juniors it. Washington civic club Post 44 auxiliary Ohio state historical society and the Anderson township historical society. The two dozen people brought up several ideas and agreed to meet again on april 17, bringing with them Concrete plans of their organization. The people agreed that the Best approach would be for each organization to decide kind and Date of its plans if they wanted to participate in a major project to involve the whole Community and if they wanted to have a fund raising event for that project. The first priority the group agreed was moral support of each others projects. The second was physical support each doing what he or she could to help make the project a Success. Third priority the group agreed was financial support. A we want to work with you and want you to work with us a one Post member noted. The committee seemed to like the idea of one lasting project for the Community. Fund raising for the project was not a problem a Post member noted. The Post could raise the Money needed but he added anyone who would like to raise funds could use the american legion Hall for that activity. A a the group agreed that they could not choose a chairperson from among themselves because each already had responsibilities in his or her organization. The group Hopes to select a chairperson to it coordinate the Bicentennial plans at the next Joel named principal at a 3 a i i x sister Joel Rusche sister Joel Rusche has been appointed principal of guardian Angels school in it. Washington. She replaces sister Janet Roesener who will leave at the end of the school new principal is not new to the area. The daughter of or. And mrs. Joel Rusche of Anderson township has attended St. Thomas More school in Withamsville and my Nicholas High school in it. Washington. She became a religious in the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1964 and has taught at guardian Angels immaculate heart of Mary in Forestville and St. Thomas More. Sister Joel is currently coordinator of religious education at guardian Angels commenting on the appointment sister Joel said she is a looking Forward to it and is a a enthusiastic a amt it. A i believe very strongly in Catholic education a she said. A i think this is the place where we can re enforce what is being taught in the Home. We have a real Opportunity to enrich the child by presenting the Faith to the sister Joel feels the program at guardian Angels under sister Janet is a very Good in a following a very Good she added Toat she will wait until she has been in the position a while before deciding on program adjustment. Post announces plaits the second biggest Flag in the world will bang from the it. Washington Waterpower for the Bicentennial Celebration. A group from the american legion Post the Betsy Ross sewers is working on a 156 foot by 75 foot Flag for the Tower. The Flag is Only one of several projects the Post is working on. Others include lights for the bal Fields in it. Washington drawing contests in the schools and a Monument of a 75 Caliper howitzer. John Wurster representing the people s Bicentennial commission asked one of the persons at the meeting if he would have been a tory or a revolutionary 200 years ago. Wurster acknowledging that it was an unfair question answered it himself saying he would no doubt have been a tory because he a 57 years old and too scared to fight. He turned to another person a woman and asked her if die would have signed the declaration of Independence. He withdrew the question noting that women did no to sign the declaration of Independence nor Blacks indians or tories. It Quot they had a saying Back then a America love it or Nova Scotia a Wurster said. A and they Are still up there the Point he continued was that the revolution is an ongoing thing the revolution was maintaining the Freedom As wrested from the tyrannical Powers. Wurster concluded his remarks by asking that the committee seriously consider what the Bicentennial was about and avoid capitalizing on it a would we merchandise our religion he asked. One Post member disagreed with Wurster saying he would love to have a Mug to remember the 200th Bicentennial Celebration. A and id like to have a copy of the tablets Given to Moses a Wurster countered. A its the same things a another Post member said he Felt that if it takes badges and banners or an ice Cream party to get people motivated then it was Fine with him Wurster read a quote from Thomas Jefferson encouraging people to celebrate with games and sports. A but keep the commercialism out of it please a he added. One woman said she thought that the group essentially agreed with him on that Point. The bulk of the meeting was spent brainstorming on ideas. What follows Are some of the ideas presented keep the committees work As close geographically to the it. Washington Community As possible the it. Washington juniors Are planning an expanded 4th of july Parade for 1976 the Community should work together rather than spreading out and trying to compete there could be five different activities from january 1976 to May 1976, with an additional event or two around july 4 there could be one Large project for the Community in Honor of the Community of a permanent nature. Two suggestion were lights for the it. Washington school playground and a Lack in Stanbery Park with a Statuette committee could focus on historical society will Honor Stephen Smalley Stephen b. Smalley longtime journal historian will be honoured by the Anderson township historical society at 6 30 . March 5, at it. Washington presbyterian Church. Day is on the event of his recent 75th birthday and a in appreciation of the Many generous contributions he has made to society and to our Community a said a society spokeswoman. Event is a covered dish supper. Reservations May be made through Amy Lowery 2315169. Each member is asked to bring an item of interest to the meeting to share with the group. It will he the society a version of a show and Tell a said the spokeswoman. Officers will be elected and nominations accepted from the floor. Meeting is for members Only. Activities for 1976 because other groups May a shoot their Wade in 1975 the american legion Post is available to any group that we add like to use the facilities to raise funds for the Bicentennial the Community could find something to focus on such As the veterans of the revolution who Are buried in the area. Local materials could be used As a focal Point to relate to the revolution Start with the idea of rolling Back the clock a half at a time half tote year and Back to 1776 next year the committee could be called the Bicentennial co operation with each organization helping each other on the different events. Also the co operation would prepare a Calendar of events so As not to have conflict at the conclusion1 of the meeting Joe Doyle District manager of Niehaus foods presented Schmidt with a. Plate commemorating the signing of the declaration of Independence. Fire Levy Likely on Anderson ballot Anderson township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 7 30 . Thursday feb. 27 at the Beechmont firehouse to discuss putting a fire Levy on the june primary ballot it appears trustees Are in agreement that a Levy is needed what is not agreed upon is the amount. Trustees have not finalized their thinking on budget priorities. Trustee president John of Brien brought up the subject at the end of the regular february meeting last thursday. He said the state auditor has suggested there be additional millage for the fire department. He said any Resolution must be Given to the Board of elections by about March 3 to get it on the june 3 ballot. Paul Schuch. Attorney for the township furnished to the trustees resolutions for the election Board with the amount left Blank. Tom Taylor newest trustee suggested the special meeting since trustees needed to a do Homework on budget priorities and then get together. Other expenses of toe township have to be resolved in conjunction with any fire Levy they indicated. For the past several years trustees have had to take Money out of the general fund to bolster the one Mill fire Levy fund and keep the fire department operating fire chief de Stagnaro told the journal township would have More Money for other expenses if it did not have to use general funds for the fire department operation he notes Stagnaro has been Able to keep expenses Down to a minimum for these past years trustees realize township has been operating the fire department on a one Mill Levy since 1948. Since then it has been renewed every five years when it comes before the electorate. Constant growth rate of the township and inflation have taken their toll on use of this Money it was explained. R. Turpin Fisher Newtown councilman told the trustees a the offer from Newtown is still o Brien thanked him. It was not known if Fisher was talking about a offer that Village made several years ago and was turned Down or a different one. Forest Hills financial picture brighter financial picture for the Forest Hills schools looks brighter now than it did about a year ago according to clerk treasurer gait Fritz. He told the journal the $338,140 the District will get from the state in even Quarter instalments in March through june of this year in the $91.3 million supplemental appropriation Bill for Public schools will a take the heat off us considerably As far As Calendar year 1975 is concerned. Fritz does no to expect any More financial information coming from the state until about july when he expects the legislature to have some kind of education financing Bill for the new biennium beginning july 1, the education review committee proposal of Radical change in the state formula will be accepted by legislators in part on a non partisan basis. Fritz believes. A How much change is the question a he said. The deficit for Forest Hills had been estimated As High As $348,000. The districts part of the state surplus $338,140, along with some contingency Money will be used to wipe out toe deficit Fritz said. The districts Board of education will review the budget atthe March 3 work session and probably will adopt the budget at the March 17 regular monthly meeting the clerk treasurer told the journal. Next Large financial matter for the District is the projection of Calendar 1976 needs. Taken into consideration will be expected changes in state Aid at the end of the fiscal year ending in Jude 1976. In september of that year the new Turpin High will open and there will be a Start up expenses connected with that. Enrolment is trailing off and District officials Are watching that Fritz noted. The surplus Money Bill became Law feb. 19 when gov. James a. Rhodes did not sign the democrats Bill calling for a Flat $40-per-Pupil. Rhodes did not. Sign the supplementary appropriations Bill he said because he favored his own plan of using $109 million Worth of surplus funds to make a Bonus payment of $650 to each Public school teacher in Ohio $300 to each professional employee and $375 to each nonprofessional employee. On the other hand the governor added he did not veto the Bill a because it would have worked a partisan hardship on our schools. A Early in 1974 the Forest Hills District had forecast a deficit of More than $1 million at the end of 1975 Calendar year. The District voters did not pass two operating levies that were asked for. The unexpected $20 per Pupil $156,000 granted by toe legislature earlier this school year along with the $40-per-Pupil that just became Law along with a number of cutbacks locally went together to erase the projected deficit the school people said. Reductions included $263,000 reduced staff $114,150 delaying opening of Turpin High school from 1975 to 1976 $20,000 cuts in educational program $43,500 co curricular programs $10,900 House Bill 1375 adjustment $6500 elimination of september special election $15,000 in retirement of staff. Cincinnati. Schools will get $2.7 million. This Money and another $1 million surplus will be used to pay teacher and staff salaries according to mrs. Virginia Griffin Board president Judd resigns As Newtown mayor mayor William f. Judd of this of in Vic not or for him Rov Quot Village has submitted his resignation As mayor effective March 1. Judd told the journal the reason is the a press of my personal business affairs is consuming so much time that there is no longer the Opportunity to adequately serve the Boh Fischer will assume the Mayo ship As of March 1. He has year the mayors Job is about a full time Job. Judd said. Adding he just does no to have it. He has been on Council since 1963. Judd has been the mayor since 1970. All the Council members have been notified of the resignation. It will leave a vacancy on Council expected to be filled As soon As possible. Planning commission could make decision on Spud this Friday to test sirens Quot civil defense sirens will sound their test signal throughout Hamilton county at noon March 5. The. Cincinnati planning commission could make a decision this Friday concerning the Spud single family planned unit development overlay for property on Wayside Avenue. The staff of the planning commission is expected to make it recommendation today wednesday. The commission will discuss the zone modification request at its regular Friday meeting. A decision 6ould be made at that time. A Spud zoning has been requested for a 100 acre tract of land on Wayside Avenue. The Developer Salem Landing Ltd. Has proposed a 274 unit condominium project for the site. Last week two members i the commission visited two Spud projects in Connecticut. Peter Swenty told toe journal that he and William Ennis visited heritage Village and heritage Glen. The first project has 2580 condominium units on 1000 acres. The project includes lakes and a Golf course. The architectural style was basically the same As that proposed for Salem Landing on Wayside. It is basically a retirement Village Swenty noted with units owned by older people. The average age was 66 years. The one two and three bedroom units sell for $34,000 to $70,000. It was built in sections starting in 1968. Only 118 units Are left for Sale. Heritage Glen has 129 units on 21 acres. The same architect and builder did both projects. This project was built in 1967-68 As an apartment Complex. Two years ago it was converted to condominiums. There Are 21 left to sell. Swenty said the problem was that there Are people who want to buy them but who Are unable to sell their present Tome. Swenty said be a liked what i saw but added that a that was in he liked the architectural style which he noted did no to lode like anything seen around Here. Asked if the slides shown at the two Public meetings coincided with the projects Swenty said the projects Are even prettier than the slides portray. The 129 unit project on 21 acres was a not at ally congested because of the Way it was built Swenty said. He added that they were impressed by the Way they were built. A they had really done a Job a he said adding that there were Large Trees four five feet in diameter standing within five or six feet of the buildings. Swenty said he was convinced that this Type of development if placed in the proper setting would be an asset to Cincinnati. The planning commission member added that there Are three things he will look at before reaching his decision on the. Spud overlay the density of toe project the Quality of the development and the traffic in that order. Swenty said he was surprised that no one concerned about the project attended the planning commission meeting last Friday at which he and Ennis presented their report on their trip to Connecticut. He added that the commission had a a free Wheeling discussion. One. Thing that Hasni to been stressed enough Swenty feels is the amount of control that the planning commission has Over the actual development to be built. Each tree each Cluster the architectural style All has to be approved by the commission he noted. Also the Spud ordinance provides that the Developer pay to the commission $1� for each unit. The commission will then hire an architect to supervise the development to make sure that what goes up is the same As the approved plan. Resident in the area of Wayside have been vocal in their opposition to the. Proposed development on Wayside. They site neighbourhood incompatibility inadequate traffic facilities and inadequate services As their main reasons for opposition. Inside the journal automotive 7 editorial 24, 11 business 11 Foley t chess 11 gardening 14 Church 14,14 weightings 11. Forest Hills journal february 26, 1475. Published weekly on wednesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cin Virmati Ohio 45244 controlled circulation postage paid at Cincinnati Ohio. 2.33 inches of rain Means floods for area a number of persons were evacuated from their Homes along the utile Miami River last sunday As the Rains dumped 2.33 inches on the Cincinnati area forty seven persons were housed by the red Cross others were undoubtedly housed by relatives and friends As a result of the Flash flooding. The rain began saturday afternoon following a sunny morning. By sunday morning reports of basement flooding and the possibility of Flash floods were coming in. Around the journal area there were reports of streets being closed due to High water and families being evacuated because of the rising water. In Loveland a few streets were closed due to flooding i sunday but were open to traffic m onday morning. Those streets included twight Weed Road Loveland Madeira Road and Taylor Street there was one life squad run sunday not related to the storm the vehicle had no problem with the roads. In the lower end of the City near the Little Miami River a few people had to move belongings to the second floor of their Homes to avoid the rising Waters according to someone at the Loveland town Hall. The River came within three feet of the top of the levee in Loveland. The department of Commerce River information service predicted that the Little Miami River would Rise above flood stage sunday was measured at 18.9 feet .01 of an Inch below flood stage. In Anderson township toe fire department reports that Quot there were Many Calls for help in pumping water out of flooded basements. Calls began to come in around noon sunday and were still coming in monday morning. Also in Anderson the bridle Road Bridge Over the eight mile Creek at eight mile Road was washed out. Water was a foot deep of Sutton Avenue North of Kellogg. Us. 52 near River Downs was flooded in parts. Bass Island near Newtown was evacuated because i the Flash floods. One resident it was reported refused to leave and was finally taken from the Community at 3 . Sunday morning a at the risk of Many Bass Island is one of the first places Likely to be stricken when Waters Rise. Newtown reported no problems. Newtown Road War Bass Island was closed for a while. Evacuations were reported along Roun Bottom Road and 50 near Milford. The rest of Clermont county suffered mint problems. 5r 222 near the East Fork of the Little Miami River was closed sunday morning and re opened monday morning. Elk lick Road War the East Fork Reservoir was also closed during that time. There was no danger of the rising water overflowing the dam now under construction. Seven families were isolated near the Binning and Stonelick Olive Branch roads intersection. The sheriff s department arranged to have them rescued by men in boats. Throughout the storm. Fire departments were called to pump out flooded basements. They included Day Heights Goshen Wayne township. Batavia and mop. One Goshen resident reported that a half acre of his land was under water and the creeks were 30 feet wider than Normal. Ohio 131 was closed by water in Brown county just East of the Clermont county line one Bright spot in the rain was a report from Williamsburg two Crooks were Blooming at one residence. Columbia Parkway posed a problem for motorists at 10 . Sunday the Road was dosed from William Howard Taft to Kemper Road As a result of a landslide just East of Kemper the Parkway was reopened for westbound traffic monday morning at amp . And was closed at 9 . So the traffic engineering department could Complete their work on the slide a i a my continued to Page 15

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