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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - March 7, 1978, Cincinnati, OhioVol. 17 no. 51 March 7, 1978 single copy 15c could be on november ballot Small Bond Issue to upgrade schools Likely by de Wrightjr. Editor Forest Hills schools May be asking voters of the District for approval of a a a Small Bond Issue for improvements to some of the District schools. Gial Fritz clerk treasurer of the Board and director of business affairs said a look will be made at All the districts schools by the individual school principals and building maintenance personnel. A by the first of april we should have a pretty Good idea of what is needed a Fritz told the journal. He said the last three weeks of March will be used for the assessments of the individual building needs. Cost will not be known until after needs Are established. If the Board decides a Bond Issue Wilson sets us Barrett in double wins is needed he added it is probable that it would be on the november ballot at the earliest. No decision will be made in time to put it on the june primary ballot and he feels the District would not want to add to the Cost by paying extra funds to have a special election. Oldest buildings in the District Anderson Middle school Anderson High school Newtown and Wilson element Aries Are expected to get the most attention in review of needs Fritz said. The Middle school is the oldest and did not get the repairs originally expected As part of the 1971 Bond Issue he added. William k. Memke president of the District Board of education has asked the administration to Check out the building facility needs according to Fritz. District officials plan to look at possibly finishing athletic facilities and adding an auditorium at Turpin High school both facilities were dropped after a 1973 Bond Issue did not provide the funds. Costs for the school were seen As $24 to $25 per Square foot and to be sure officials thought they �?ohedged�?T1 inflation by listing Cost at $28 a Square foot. Turned out this was not enough Fritz said. The District earned $175,000 interest from the Bond Issue Money. Without these added funds More would have had to be Cut from the school Fritz said. The 1971 Bond Issue to construct Turpin Middle school and Ayer elementary was to include improvements at both Newtown elementary and Anderson Middle school. Quot however according to Fritz. Newtown got the Lions share of improvement Money. Both Memke and member Jack Dacey members of the boards facilities committee will have input on the decisions made by uie admit administration said Fritz. He said Robert Wolf in his capacity As superintendent would make the recommendations to the Board for members consideration. He could not give a time when this would be done decision is expected to be made by the fall deadline for issues on the november ballot. Amount of work to be done will depend upon the entire list of needs of All the schools Fritz said. Principals will make their recommendations to Wolf and maintenance personnel to Fritz. The new est buildings in the District Are going to be checked but Are not Likely to need much repair since they Are More modern and have had less use. He added Bob Williams stepped in to coach Anderson highs boys at the last minute last fall so there would be a team. The season finish was a once in a lifetime affair. The Anderson Middle school teacher is glad he did. So Are others. His mermen came Back saturday night the happiest possible. The team finished fourth in the state meet while Dave Wilson a Junior captured a National High school record at the Canton finals. To add to the Forest Hills school District honors Turpin highs Bill Barrett accompanied Wilson and St. Xavier a Jay Frentsos in double wins. The elated Williams said that Wilson had a Good Chance of setting the National record in the Butterfly event but surprised with the record in the backstroke. He shattered the us record in the backstroke by 25 hundredths of a second at 51.37. Wilson credited the record to a push by Allen Berliant of St. X. He did concede that a training and in a getting bigger May Nave been factors which contributed to slicing the Mark. He noted the Pool was a lightning Barrett was cheered As he stood on the blocks for the 50-Yard freestyle. His 21.05 broke his own state Mark in the event but was a half a second Short of the National Mark. Quot in a glad its All Over i wanted the National record. I have to say in a disappointed. I think they times could have been Only . Records not held by Wilson and Frentsos Are held in californians. Wilson won the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 49.43 to set a new meet record shattering the old time of 49.93. Barrett took the 100 freestyle with a 45.95 time Anderson was second in the 200-Yard Medley relay with a time of 1 39.43. Brian mag Narina freshman at has. Finished sixth in the continued to Page 12 blast shooting mar it. Washington weekend double tragedy hits the past weekend will go Down in it. Washington history As a weekend of tragedy. An elderly woman was in serious condition at general Hospital after her Home was destroyed in a blast Friday night. She had second and third degree Bruns Over most of her body. While investigators the next afternoon were at the scene checking the cause of the blast a Man shot his estranged wife and killed himself after holding a number of persons hostage Only blocks from the blast scene. Never in the modern record of the suburb has there been such a siege of major tragedies. Newtown planning commission reviewing vehicle ordinance by Julie Purnhagen journal contributor the proposed ordinance to rid the streets of commercial vehicles is being reviewed by the planning commission said Council member Steve Russell at the feb. 28 Newtown Village Council meeting. The original ordinance brought before Council by Russell was rejected and sent Back to the planning commission for further research. A we spoke about the ordinance at the last planning commission meeting and one of the members is researching another ordinance a Russell said. Russell expects to have the ordinance revised by the next meeting. In other business Council member Steve Kline announced that $4,100 was spent on replacing fire plugs. Kline said that he intends to Call the Academy of Medicine to replace the doctors that left Newtown. Council discussed creating a position of Community coordinator in Newtown. This person would write Grants and perform other Village functions. Research is being done to better define the position and duties. Police chief Ben Joehnk announce the hiring of a new patrolman Terry Lange. Greg Deimling clerk of court decisions coming for $1 million Grain depot Here an official with Queen City Grain inc., Tom Bobb has estimated the Grain storage and loading facility proposed for the Ohio River to Cost $1 million to construct. The firm purchased the seventh Ward tavern about 18 months ago from George Allendorff. Bobb said a River re. Facility stopped operating a couple of years ago when the first sold to Indiana Grain cooperative Indianapolis ind. Bob estimates the facility would probably employ about 10 persons. The $1 million Price includes the average that includes 600 feet of frontage along the Ohio River. Land does not extend to Kellogg ave., said Bob. He denies there would be traffic problems As township trustee John of Brien alleged in a feb. 28 journal Story. B ibb plans to attend a meeting Lomga of the township planning and zoning committee to give officials idea of his firms plans. First Contact Bobb a it. Washington resident had with township officials came after he read the feb. 28 journal Story. Journal furnished names and phone numbers of the trustees. Trustee Bob Dorsey and possibly Tom Taylor plan to attend the a amp a meeting at 7 30 . At Beechmont firehouse of Brien said he had a schedule conflict. A a in a not looking to be a millionaire. In a just trying to make a living a Bobb told the journal. Bobb said Washington Marina located next to four acres property and a few others attended a zoning hearing a few years ago he indicated there was Little opposition at that time. The Grain firm official said the firm u its to reenter the Cincinnati Market on the East Side of town because t would be More Access ble to i Armen a Farmers hate City traffic a he said. Farmers used to have to drive from East of Cincinnati through City traffic to get to the River re. Operation. Announced that $592,443 had been appropriated to Newtown. Council approved a motion to allow Kef to do the storm 80 w1 01 inspection. A committee was formed to review All past ordinances to see if they Are workable. If they Are not usable the ordinance will be Elim i rated or amended. Marlene Bowen and Ron Kidwell will serve on the committee. Newtown villager Loraine myster. Thanked Council for seeing the Monongahela and Scioto streets were cleared of ice. Quot i represent the concerned citizens committee tonight a said myster. A i have a suggestion that now while the Snow is melting citizens should take a note where the drainage on their Street is located. Next time it snows it would be helpful if citizens cleared the top of sewers of Snow. A Newtown youths asked Council to consider having a teen Center in Newtown. A we done to have anywhere to go Quot said a teen. They also complained of the vandalism alcohol and drugs that exists at the mini Park. Mayor r. Turpin Fischer told youths to report names of delinquents to police if they wanted constructive results. Cd Grants of Likely by county Bobb said Kirifi plans to handle 8-10 million bushels considers this comparison operations. Continued to Page 12 a year. He a not real big in to other such reluctant hero Frank Klahm longtime owner of my Washington garage has known Forest and Nellie Brooks for 53 of his 59 years. The next door neighbors at 2312 Beechmont ave. A Are like my Mother and father a said Klahm a my parents Are both dead. They were like family to he walked into the Brooks 109-Vear-old House and ripped from the 87-year-old woman her clothes that were on fire cover her with jackets and helped others carry her to safety. Forest 91, was released at general Hospital after being treated for minor injuries. Cause of the blast had not been a mined saturday but the Gas leak was repaired. At about 7 40 . A customer at Klahm a garage saw Gas bubbling from a main. Klahm told him to Call the fire department and Klahm. He raced to the House at 2312 Beechmont just after the big Boom saw or. Brooks standing where a Wall formerly was. He saw mrs. Brooks inside with her clothes on fire. He ran in tried to get her out. Klahm did get her Down on the floor and started tearing her clothes off. Someone came and threw the garage owner a jacket to put on her and Tny two carried her out. Fire and police departments arrived quickly but Klahm was there first. A i just wait. Someone needed to help. People were in trouble a he was quoted. Klahm suffered Burns on both hands but he was not treated at a Hospital. He did see a doctor saturday. hands Are calloused. There a no problem there he said. A son Charles is a lieutenant with the Cincinnati fire dept but he did not make the i in to Beechmont ave. Friday night. Klahm decided to Fly to Mexico today for a vacation. A sometimes you have to hide a he told. Damage High Only two Walls of the two Story House remained standing after the blast which caused an estimated $25,000 damage. About $3000 to $10,000 damage was done to the ceiling and roof of a neighbouring House at 2314 Beechmont. That Home owned by James Pringle was declared Ullh Able by fire official. Red Cross was aiding pringles who were staying with neighbors. Fireman said the Brooks House literally collapse and caught fire Community development funds for storm sewer construction in Newtown and for improvements in the Forest Park subdivision and a study of old fort and Myca re. Areas Are expected to be approved by the Hamilton county com missioners wednesday. Commissioners anticipate a Grant of $4.02 million from the . Department of housing and Urban development for the funding year beginning this july. The local Grants must still pass checkpoints at the regional state and Federal level before funds Are authorized. Forest Hills journal 544 Batavia Pika Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 100% coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington Newtown California a vary tvs tiny. Circulation audited by this is All that remains of the Home of Forest and Nellie Brooks. 2312 Beechmont ave. In it. Washington following a Gas explosion and fire Friday evening. Mrs. Brooks 87, is in critical condition at general Hospital. Or. Brooks is staying with friends in it. Washington. Jour Nal photo Wright. After the explosion. It is cond sered a highly probable that the blast was caused by Gas leaking into the Home from a main outside the House said assistant fire chief Charles Collini. Gas might has seeped into the House through air space around the Gas line or entered through a sewer connection. Klahm said he smelled Gas and called officials about 10 to 15 minutes before the Boom. A cd amp a Crew was on the Way to the area to investigate when the explosion hit Utility officials noted. Traffic blocked traffic was detoured around the area at or 32 and Corbly until about 4 the next morning. A Gas station attendant at the Mobil Oil station across the Street said the whole Side of the Brooks House blew up. All the Glass came across the Street a he commented or. Brooks is Saui to be a retired employee of the Merrill co., a Cincinnati pharmaceutical firm the couple members of the it. Washington presbyterian Church have grown children living in Evansville. Ind and Texas said a neighbor the Brooks lived in the House for More than a half Century. Home was honoured furing the 1976 Bicentennial with a plaque because of its age. A similar explosion occurred on Beech mar about a half mile away in cold weather about a year ago. Continued to Page 12 Klahm called before blast Forest Hills journal March 7, 1978. Published weekly on tuesdays at .564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244. In a saturday morning journal interview with Frank Klahm owner of the it. Washington garage just East of the Brooks Home he acknowledged that he had phoned cd amp a about 15 minutes prior to the explosion of Friday night. He said that another party had pointed out the bubbling at the curb and both smelled Gas. When the explosion of cured Klahm and the other party were in the garage. Klahm said a i hurried As fast As i could to get to them and the other party called the fire department. He said a it was just like someone had taken the Side off a doll House and everything inside was All messed up i tried to get mrs. Brooks out of the House As she w As afire and i wanted to put her in the Snow but i get through for All the litter and stuff piled in our Way so i Laid her on the floor and Tore about eighty percent of her clothing from her body. He added a the clothing was All burning. Just then some party came in and put his overcoat Over her to extinguish the fire we wrapped her in the coat and then the police rushed her to the Klahm said the fire department arrived extremely fast and began the Job of extinguishing the fire which resulted. Klahm said that or Brooks was dazed from the Frank Klai m explosion and his Burns were not severe. He said a a in be known mrs. Brooks since i was 6 and they seemed just like my own Klahm s father owned the garage for Many years prior to his son taking it Ever damage was d me to the Home next of the books As a result of fire. The it. Washington garage had a number of windows blown out on saturday was not in use As a result of no heat

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