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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - May 28, 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio project she historical society 1-71 and 17th ave. Columbus 0hio432 a vol. 15. No. 2 wednesday. I amp a 28, 1975 single copy 15 in so i a o o 10% coverage of anger amp on township a it Washington a Newtown a California by . Mail 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244fire Levy on ballot tuesday june 3 editorial vote yes on fire Levy Anderson township has not had an increase in its tax Levy for operating the fire dept since 1948. It seems almost unbelievable that so Forward a Community has been Able to operate strictly on the increase of tax duplicate. However All Good things seem to come to an end. And on june i von will be asked to go to the polls and vote Tor an additional i null Lor. The operation of the fire department we heartily endorse this vote and we strongly urge an overwhelming vote in favor of the Issue Anderson s fire department is acknowledged in All quarters As one of Ohio s Best. It is difficult to understand How they have held such High ratings with so Little funds the answer is that the trustees have had to Supply the department with monies from the general fund this is draining on the township operation and it is time that the lire department get additional funds of its own there is Only a single Mill at the present time for operation Ihus second Mill will give them the Chance to get needed equipment better salaries and a multitude of necessary items. If you own a $45,000 Home the Cost of the Levy to you and your family is less than 5 cents per1 Day we think this is one Heck of a bargain to insure the safety of your loved ones. In. The event of fire. The Levy must have 55 per cent majority vote for. So Don t wait for the other Guy to do it get out and cast your ballot Early. Back your firemen they sure do you largest class to graduate from has some 566 students 285 boys and 281 girls Are candidates for june 1 graduation of Anderson High school. The schools 45th ceremony is at 3 15 . At Cincinnati music Hall downtown. This is the largest class Ever to graduate from the school. Graduates numbered just Over 60 20 years ago. Ten years ago 279 graduated and five years 367 graduated. This is the first class that has had some graduate earlier than the usual Spring commencement ceremony. At the end of the first school Quarter nine received diplomas and seven were Given their degrees at the end of the second Quarter. Inside ti1k journal bridal news 19 business it 19 Church 16 editorial 4 Foley 24 gardening t Harvey 4 Smalley 4 Public forum 4 weightings 4 Forest Hills journal May 27, 1975. Published weekly on tuesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244. Controlled circulation postage paid at Cincinnati Ohio. Of the candidates for graduation at the end of the third Quarter 11 completed requirements at the end of the first Quarter 44 at the end of the second and there is one deceased. Some 511 were in attendance full year. Presenting the diplomas will b w. Kenneth Memke president and William m. Kaiser vice president of the Forest Hills Board of education. Paul Hamilton and Richard Somin senior Counselor will give the class Roll cell. The Rev. James d. Schimmel of Anderson Hills Christian Church will give the invocation and Benediction. Chris Stefan principal of the school will Tell about the Gass of 1975. Robert c. Wolf superintendent of the school District will present the class of 1975. George Donald Moon will give greetings from the Gass of 1.975, Loren sue Haas will Tell of a journey from the past and Jeffrey Scot Hovis of a your future dreams and responsibilities Anderson High orchestra will play As will the senior ensemble and. Joan Lynne Deller a flute Solo. Forest Hills schools set town meeting set interest topics although the school year is win educational resources has sept. 18 at Anderson High school. Anderson township voters will be going to the polls at a special dec Tion tuesday june 3 to decide the Fate of the five year one Mill fire Levy for continued operation of the township be department. Polls will be open 6 30 . To 7 30 that Day. Eligible voters Are to vote at their regular precincts. A committee known As the committee for the continuance of Good fire Protection has been formed to explain the need for the Levy. A this is the first fire Levy sought since 1948. For the past 27 years the township has been operating on the Revenue produced from this Small Levy. The Levy passage has been endorsed by a Large Cross Section of groups and organizations interested in the welfare of the township. They include the Forest Hills journal executive Council of the Anderson township civic associations Anderson area chamber of Commerce Anderson menus and women a Republican club Anderson township democratic club. Also individually endorsing the need for the Money Issue Are the boards or trustees of Turpin Hills Sherwood area Summit civic associations and the fruit Hill interested citizen Assn. A 55 per cent majority is needed for passage of the Issue because it is up at a special election according to the Hamilton county Board of ejections. A committee members maintain that although the tax duplicate has grown since 1948 the increase in residential density has increased much More than the Industrial tax base. A because of this Type of questions answers on fire Levy Down,.the Forest mils Assn., of a town meeting on schools for program is designed to enable citizens to have their questions about the Forest Hills school District answered by those with the most expert knowledge in the various areas of interest. In addition it will provide a a feedback to the schools and to Fhaner about the Community a attitudes and interests relative to the schools. The program is planned to have a two part format. First an expert panel will answer questions submitted by citizens in Advance Man this Way answers can be properly researched and answered by the panellist with the greatest expertise in the area concerned. This panel discussion will be before the full audience. $ the second part will be a series of smaller specialized panels that will answer questions presented by the audience. There will be about ten of these panels going at once and citizens will be Able to move from one to another to obtain answers to questions on different subjects. To provide citizen participation and to organize the specialized panels to reflect Community interest anyone interested is asked to Mark the ten topics of greatest interest in order and mail to j. Thomas Markham 2890 Saddleback drive Cincinnati 0.45244. Finance budget and taxes Community concerns . Smoking discipline dress code drugs alternative schools what Are they ? Fhaner. What is it what does it do vocational education homogeneous is. Heterogeneous groupings a Long Range planning a athletics and physical education i How Good Are our schools a a a to school attendance areas who goes to which school ,. Curriculum operations . Transportation cafeteria Community use of schools counselling and guidance _ open schools _ extra curricular activities ,.school growth. Grading policy adult education Quarter system testing programs music and Fine arts the sub committee of Haers Community relations committee organizing the town meeting is made up of Debbie Trowbridge Jim Wuenker Tom Markham and Ken furrier. A. V a 1 v the committee for the continuance of Good fire Protection has prepared the following questions and answer a. Leaning the 1 Mill fire Levy. Editor q Why do we need an additional i Mij for fire Protection a i in order that we May cover our current operating expenses and keep our fire department s services at the level needed by our growing Community. Actual costs versus Revenue for the period of 1972 to 1974. In 1972, Revenue $142,000 00, department costs $146,660.10, deficit $6,660.10 and exceeded Revenue by 2.8%. In 1973revenue $.142.000.00, department costs $170,920,. 44, deficit$36,920.44 and exceeded Revenue by 26%, in 1974, Revenue $142,588.35, department costs $207,804.82, deficit $65,216 47 and exceeded Revenue by 45%. Revenue is generated from a-1 Mil .001 tax which was originally passed in 1948. This tax must be renewed every 5 years., there has been no new taxes proposed for a fire Protection since 1948. To Calco late Revenue simply multiply001 times your tax duplicate which is the total of All real estate evaluation in the township through 1974 approximately $142,000,000. Therefore .001 x $142,000,000 equals $142,000 Revenue. Q in t our tax duplicate going to in crease in 1975? it it does won t this provide us with the needed funds to run the department a it is Felt the tax duplicate will increase to $150,000,000 in 1975. Our Revenue would be $150,000 and if our department costs were to remain the same we would still exceed our Revenue by 38% we Only receive an additional $1,000 for every $1,000,000 of property evaluation. Taking an average House Cost of $50,000 in the township that Means the fire department must cover an additional 20 houses for every additional $1,000,000 of property evaluation. Q How have we paid for our fire department s services not covered by the current tax Why can t we continue to pay a or it this Way a the fire department deficit has been paid from the general fund and the Revenue sharing , funds which could have been applied to other areas such As police Protection and recreation. Revenue sharing will either end or be reduced in 1976 and the surplus in the general fund which was created by a Windfall inheritance tax in 1971 of $3000,000 will be depleted by the end of this year. Q Why can t we reduce fire department services a Anderson township is primarily a residential Community and because of a High residential density we have a greater potential or probability of several fires at one time in isolated areas. We must maintain the capability to cover such an incident insurance companies recognize this and in some instances where communities have reduced services fire insurance premiums have been increased. An insurance Premium increase could exceed that amount paid for an additional 1 Mil tax. Q if the 1 Mil tax does pass this Means our fire department will be receiving approximately $300,000 per year in Revenue. Since our department costs Are. Not currently that High where will these additional funds be used a. First costs Quot of supplies maintenance and labor is increasing every year. Based on the current state of the Economy we estimate this at 10% per year. Over 5 years this could amount to approximately $122,542. Second we need to replace equipment either obsolete or beyond repair. We have a 1951 auxiliary pumper which would Cost approximately $50,000 to replace. Other department requirements such As clothing Hose training equipment will total apr proximately $25,000 in the next 5 years. Third we need to consider additional equip nent to improve our capacity in order to handle the types of fire situations we could have with Many of the new business structures being built in our Community. One such item would be an Aerial platform continued to Page 7 growth our department has had to expand proportionately in order to maintain service to said Anderson township trustee Tom Taylor committee co chairman. A however we have now reached the Point that if we Are to sustain this same Quality of will need additional tax Revenue the committee said the depart ment costs have exceeded the fire fund the last three years Taylor maintains that in 1974 the one Mill tax generated about $142,100 while the department Coste Quot were More than $207,000. A. Deficit of 45 per cent., As a result he explained trustees have had to Transfer Revenue from the general fund and Revenue sharing to cover this deficit. A however Federal Revenue sharing will either end or be sharply reduced in 1976 and the surplus which existed in the general fund will be depleted by the end of 1975. Therefore we will be unable to cover such a deficit in the future from these additional Revenue that would be derived from passage of the one Mill Levy would enable the department a to cover current operating expenses and maintain the department growth needed to keep Pace with our growing Community a the trustee said. It is estimated that a one Mill tax would Cost a Homeowner $18 per year or less than five cents per Day if their House is valued at $45.000. The committee and firemen has been conducting a walking Campaign. Going door to door in the township explaining the need for passage of the Levy. Another Milestone this weeks paper Marks another Milestone in the 14-year history of the Forest Hills journal. Shown Here is Susan Weston As she fastens a Quot copy of today a paper to a front door Knob. This picture will be repeated some 15,000 times today As the 126 boy and girl carriers of the journal Start out to cover the area. We Hope that everyone who has been receiving the paper in the past will continue to receive it. We believe that with the cooperation of the . Postal service we have planned to do just this. Some folks will still get their paper by mail but a Large majority will receive it from one of their neighbor youngsters who is now in business., carrying the Forest Hills journal photo Rea it. Washington woman has a unique Hobby a a it a the first thing in be Ever done a Nellie guess said of her Dollhouse creation. What started out with two 4 by 4 pieces of Wood the it. Washington woman said just kept growing and growing until three months later there stood a two Story White doll House with four White columns in the front. Mrs. Guess built the Wei Ole thing from the hinged doors Down to the a smallest details in the six room two Bath House. After her fourth heart attack mrs. Guess needed something to do with her time. She had lost her sight in one Eye for two and a half weeks and was just getting it Back. Reading and television were out. As mrs. Guess relates she was sitting on the co sch when the word a Dollhouse came to her. She credits the inspiration to a person she Calls a Mother Superior a religious person whom she said visited Ter briefly after a particularly painful test in the Hospital. A so mrs. Guess went to work on her project. The House is White with Green shutters on the Cross latched windows and Blue and Green plants in the front. The double front doors open to reveal a tiled hallway with Copper Flower vases on either Side and stairs to the upper level. Two Giris Mas tree lights provide the lighting for the House the entire Back Wall of the House also on hinges unlatched to allow Complete Access to the Interior of the House. The living room which runs along the entire right Side of the House was fashioned after her own mrs. Guess said. Besides the Standard furniture Couch chairs Bookcase and piano mrs. Guess added a cat on the Green Rug a bowl of Flowers on the Coffee table and a Mirror flanked by two candles on the Wall. The bowl for the Flowers was once a bottle Cap. The bases of the twin lamps for the end tables Are knobs from drawers and the shades Are Caps from perfume bottles. 4 i % my a in i 11 Ite v a in 1 Toft n a my a j f f met i Nellie guess and her creation a its the first thing in be Ever a. Den and Nursery on the left Side of the House and a Kitchen in the Back Complete the downstairs layout. The tiny hinged doors to the Den open up to reveal a comfortable seating area with a desk Chest of drawers television and several chairs. The drawers in the desk and Chest open she noted. The red rugged Den joins the Nursery with its twin cribs double Beds High chair and stroller. The Kitchen has real tile on the Walls mrs. Guess pointed out. It is completely equipped with a refrigerator. Stove sink table and chairs and Hutch. The upstairs is one Large a shaped room except for two bathrooms at either Side at the Back of the House. The entire Hack Wall of the House swings open to allow Complete Access to the Interior. One of the a room has two Navy studio Beds with White curtains the other Side has one bed. And a Floral chair that matches the drapes mrs. Guess estimates she spent More than $100 on the House and said she had an offer of $300 for it. She turned Down the offer and is giving it to her neighbor. A i done to think i Ever could duplicate it a mrs. Guess commented about her creation. �?o1 done to know How i Ever did there a a Story behind her inspiration she continued. The Hospital personnel said there is no such religious at the Hospital like the one mrs. Guess said she saw. The encounter was Brief she recalls. Mother Superior Only asked. The name of the doctor who put mrs. Guess a through such horror a and then left the room. She firmly believes Mother Superior has been inspiring her since the episode and it was Only through her inspiration that the Dollhouse was completed a she helped me All the Way through a the it. Washington woman maintains. Mrs guess who is protestant feels the House is something special As a Resu to and will therefore not sell it. It is being Given to her neighbor for and with love. A people have forgotten the word a love a mrs. Guess said. A i have a lot of Faith. Without Faith i done to think life is she openly admits her Story sounds a Little strange but added. A i done to care who knows it because they Haven to experienced a where i sit from now 1 really done to know what its All she concluded

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