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c bditor: Ronnie Agnew, 860-5180 Sunday, April 4, 1993 s u Sports7 Business news8 Police reports9 East U , Central 1 ri Vi. .. Jf t,j ' ' MmJ V mi i J D L1A V EZJ o p . D 1 JAJ L3 Co E CT J yaffw ywt"y y 4 . ', L central A , J J West 1 V Clermont fmmm, E51 your t 77 Hm4 town sl a i j mot a Eightmare - yet Road being rebuilt, not just repaired BY PATRICK CROWLEY The Cincinnati Enquirer ANDERSON TOWNSHIP When the Interstate 275 project is completed in September, motorists won't be getting just an improved highway. They'll be getting a new highway. At least four miles of one. Rather than simply tearing up the old road and putting new pavement down, the 1-275 project calls for the highway to be completely rebuilt, said Danny Harrison, project supervisor for Complete General, the general contractor on the project. Rebuilding in lieu of just re-paring and repaying will add eight to 13 years of life to the highway. "Other than just some minor repairs, major work won't have to be done on the highway for 25 to 30 years," Harrison said. "If you don't rebuild and just repair, .you normally have to go back after 17 to 18 years." Complete General will also add 3 inches of concrete to the pavement a total of 12 inches compared to the 9 inches now on the highway and improve the drainage system beneath the highway. "Water getting under a highway and not draining out will do more to tear up a highway than just about anything else," Harrison said. "We're going to make sure we won't have any problems with the new road we're putting down by improving the drainage that's already there." Right now, about 70 workers are demolishing the interstate's westbound lanes between Asbury and Four Mile roads. Traffic has been diverted onto the eastbound lanes, where vehicles travel in both directions. Harrison said that by July, the new westbound lanes should be completed and the work will shift over to the east side. "Right now, we're on schedule. If all goes well, we should be finished on time in late September," he said. Reconstruction to hinder traffic over summer BY PATRICK CROWLEY The Cincinnati Enquirer ANDERSON TOWNSHIP The worst nightmare of east-side commuters has failed to materialize. Now, one month into the $11 million reconstruction of Interstate 275, traffic has remained mostly problem free. Township officials, emergency services personnel, state transportation experts and motorists had dreaded the massive reconstruction. Planners had predicted traffic could back up for miles at a time, plunging east-side commuters into a seven-month highway nightmare. But other than five minor accidents, the construction area has seen only minor rush-hour backups and sporadic longer delays. "We just haven't had the problems we expected," said Anderson Township Fire Chief George Faske. "We haven't had a single emergency call in the construction area. It's gone very well so far." During a township trustees meeting last week, Sgt. Charles Stein of the Hamilton .. County sheriff's department reported a few minor backups. "But for the most part, traffic is moving quite well during the morning and evening rush hours," he said. "We've only had five accidents since the project started," Stein said. Theories on why the project hasn't snarled traffic are varied: Gawkers can't see the construction work, so they're not slowing down for it. Many drivers are taking alternate routes. Fewer slow-moving trucks are on the highway. Danny Harrison, project supervisor for Complete General, the Columbus-based general contractor on the reconstruction, i s i x .J 4k N 4 Chamber offers debate ANDERSON TOWNSHIP The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and Anderson Community Television are attempting to schedule a televised debate between the candidates running in the May 4 Second District congressional race. Neither Republican Rob Portman nor Democrat Lee Hornberger have responded to the invitation for the debate, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 20. Chamber member Maury Tepper, who will monitor the debate, said it would "give the people in Anderson a chance to learn about the issues." The debate will air live on the Anderson public access channel 7, Tepper said. He will ask the candidates a series of questions, and viewers can call in with questions. The program would be replayed several times before the election. Health Fair planned ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Free health screenings for adults and children will be available at the Mercy Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Mercy Hospital Anderson, 7500 State Road. Free screenings will be offered for vision, pulmonary function, glaucoma, color blindness, hearing, oral cancer and blood pressure. Free counseling for nutrition, breast self-examinations and foot health will also be available. Staff pharmacists will conduct medication counseling, so participants should bring all medication they take. Comprehensive blood tests for total cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, kidney and liver functions will be given from 8 a.m. until noon for $20. Twelve-hour fasting before the blood test is required. Blood screenings for prostate cancer will also be given until noon for $35. Fasting is not required, and test results will be mailed to participants. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Mercy Mini-ochool of Good Health for children will offer hearing testing, posture analysis, games and prizes. The event is co-sponsored by Society Bank. Information: 624-4676. Reds event set for July 20 ANDERSON TOWNSHIP "Anderson Night" at Riverfront Stadium has been scheduled for July 20, when the Cin-'cinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs. " The event is being organized by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Information on ticket sales and locations will be announced later this spring, chamber President Mike Monahan said. Monahan said the event will be tied in with Anderson's bicentennial celebration. Xwo local families will be chosen to take part in pregame festivities that will include honoring Reds coach Ron Oester, an Anderson Township resident. " ." I Tne Cincinnati EnquirerFrea Straub The $1 1 million reconstruction of Interstate 275 hasn't caused as many traffic problems as expected. But motorists may encounter snarls this summer, when the Beechmont Viaduct closes. because there are clearly fewer trucks on the interstate," he said. Dorsey agrees that motorists are using the alternate routes, especially Eight Mile, Five Mile, Four Mile and Asbury roads, though at times some of those roads experience tie-ups. "I sat in about a 10-car backup the other day on Old Five Mile at Kellogg, but that was because somebody was turning left. Most of the people wanted to go right and take Kellogg down to the interstate," he said. The Hamilton County Engi- (Please see 1-275, Page 4) Anderson Township Zoning Administrator Harry Von Busch thinks motorists, including trucks, are avoiding 1-275 and taking the suggested alternate routes. "The traffic on Beechmont has definitely picked up," Von Busch said. "I'd say it's up at least 10 and may be as high as 15 to 20. People are also using the alternates, like Eight Mile, to avoid the construction." Von Busch said he also has noticed fewer trucks on 1-275. "The trucks must be heading out 275 west through Indiana said he thinks traffic hasn't snarled because motorists can't actually see the work being done. "People always slow down and watch us work," Harrison said. "They can't help it. It's human nature. But on this project, at least right now, they can't see us. We're up on a hill working on the west-side lanes, and we've moved all the traffic over to the east bound lanes," he said. Harrison said the only real tie-ups have emerged "when a slow moving truck is heading up the hill. Other than that, rush hour has been pretty good." Readers criticize naming highway for Reagan tmofthetowu , 'Tift umi thinlf Ifinnc v r fry r v.V J Island was right to ban J hoop mIoc of mnct citac UbVl OUIOvJ U I IllUdl Wl IWJ in the park?" A selection of answers to this question will be published next V Vol. r- "V CITIZENS CALENDAR BY LYNDA HOUSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Just don 't do it. That was the consensus of readers who called Enquirer EXTRA about naming Cross County Highway after former president Ronald Reagan. EXTRA'S phone poll last Sunday is admittedly unscientific. Frankly, anyone who wants to may to call may do so. On this issue, 198 people did. Many callers criticized Hamilton County commissioners for approving the $15,000 project. (The Ohio Department of Transportation will contribute $12,000 for new signs.) Many said they disagreed with naming a highway after a living person. Some callers suggested naming Cross County Highway after Cincinnati icons they think are more worthy of the honor than Reagan. Among those: The late Dr. Albert B. Sabin, inven- Bengals general manager. And several callers just like the name Cross County Highway. "Why should taxpayers be burdened with additional expense with all the new signage required," said Walt Ernst of Anderson Township. "I think the name it has now depicts what it's all about a cross county highway let's leave it at that." Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin, who proposed the Reagan name, wondered why, if so many were against the decision, they didn't speak up sooner. "We have made the decision, and we made it after it was well-publicized," he said. "It doesn't sound as if (readers who responded) were sufficiently against it to take the time to write to us or attend our public hearing." A selection of reader responses to Talk of the Town, Page 2. n. Qnnrlaw Tn ancuor rail 3R1-9RrM f then enter 8004. An electronic Readers said they would rather rename Cross County Highway after the late Ruth Lyons, left, or former mayor Theodore Berry, right. tor of the live polio vaccine. The late Ruth Lyons, entertainer and Children's Christmas Fund founder. Theodore Berry, Cincinnati's first black mayor. The late Paul Brown, Cincinnati 1 "voice mail" system will record V your answer. (You may fax your answer to 860-51 90 if the 5 1 35-message phone bank is full.) H Leave your name, neighborhood i and a daytime phone number. We welcome suggestions for ij future Talk of the Town questions. 5 See Page 2 (or responses to last Sunday's question. Regularly scheduled meetings of city, village and community councils, township trustees and school boards. TUESDAY Union Township trustees: 7:30 p.m., 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. THURSDAY Mount Washington Community Council: 7:30 p.m., 21 10 Beechmont Ave. Merchant's gift to sons like a Tindlay Market East' 1. 1.. mm , i" x I John 4 Eckberg :U&&,bJ.i ki ll .. 4.; t-'l from kids hawking shopping bags and folks perusing prices on greens and kiwis in Over-the-Rhine. "If I would have been in business and my sons had not joined me, I wouldn't have come out here because of age and health and the ramifications that go with older years," said Albert Silverglade, who still runs the Findlay Market stand his father opened in 1922 and now spends days at the Clough Pike store. "But you want to leave something for your sons." Plans under consideration for Findlay Market should take it firmly into the 1990s as well. Some merchants will be selling crafts in the months to come. Also, the Findlay Market Association hopes to buy tables for outside seating. With artsy-craftsy displays in the works and dining tables planned, then the bellwether of life in the 1990s, a cappuccino machine for croissant dunking, can't be far behind for one of the oldest open-air markets in the nation. That would make the transition complete. ence to the suburbs came to the Silverglade family about two years ago. And today, the 8,300-square-foot store on Clough Pike is a casserole of funk and chic. The Silverglades sell tomatoes from Newtown and Thai chicken sausages from California. Coffee comes from Scandinavia and beer from San Francisco. There are robust andouille sausages with the heat of a Mexican siesta, and those oddly eternal German favorites goetta and head cheese. How about a nice slab of blood tongue lunch meat on pumpernickel rye washed down with a raspberry soda? Across the long case are desserts such as Tiramisu cake, an ambrosia of chocolate cake, heavy creamed topping and a cheese called mascarpone. For those compelled to clog arteries, this does the trick. Bread is fresh-baked here the music, interesting. Steely Dan, Yanni, Harry Connick Jr. and Spyra Gyro rolls out of the sound system. The Bangles lament about manic Mondays. This store is a long way If suburban shoppers of the 1990s won't regularly come to an open-air market straight out of the 1920s, then why not take the same goods to the suburbs to, say, a place like Anderson Township? "That's exactly what we thought when we came out here," said Michael Silverglade, who co-owns Silverglade and Sons of Find-lay Market with a brother, Craig, and his father, Albert. For IV2 years, the Silverglade family has operated a food store on Clough Pike that marries the 1920s ambiance of Findlay Market with the 1990s feel of an uptown Manhattan grocery. Monday, thousands will gather along a downtown parade route to celebrate Opening Day, a new season of baseball and the historic market at Elder and Race Streets in Over-the-Rhine, where the parade will begin. For at least one day, the entire community gets to hear something positive about Findlay Market, one of Cincinnati's most unappreciated assets. Yet the attention will also unintentionally focus on something J" merchants here have kuown for years. One good day of business each week is not enough to balance the books, not enough to feed and clothe a multitude of families, nor provide a business base for groceries in the central city. While Findlay Market is clogged on Saturday mornings and afternoons with folks looking for the best prices on some of the community's freshest foods, the market is anything but crowded on the other two days it is open: Wednesday and Friday. On those weekdays, shopping is sporadic. It is anything but busy. On one recent Friday morning, only a few walked through the block-long building of dozens of merchants selling fresh meat, baked breads, cheeses, yogurt, infm 0tnm 1 The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Strau Craig Silverglade, left, and his brother, Michael, own a Clough Pike grocery with their father, as well as a Findlay Market stand. as economically and culturally diverse as the average meat case: from the $5.99 per pound filet mignon to the $1.59 ground chuck. ..The notion to take that same ' Findlay Market shopping experi seafood, even cookies. By Friday afternoon, the place is pretty much cleared out. Though crowds are sparse on weekdays, the mix of shoppers on weekdays and weekends remains i

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