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l jjMaiiji jjiiLizuiL miwm wim. juvimm -mkw.. -wrfr-. wh. .,11. .yy j Editor: Ronnie Agnew, Tuesday, September 24, 1 991 Over-the-Rhine renovation2 Mt. Airy's lieht fantastic4 D U O 3 0 SPrts news & di8est7 J V "l 860-5180 r , ,., ' -. (7 n . o nn-ffin K...y p -7 aD - - Tf , , , J 1.,. ii.1,i . . , " ""i -mi iiiiiii-ni,,..... 111 - in..,.,, 1 ,i. iiiiiiniiii 1 mn.a.Mi, "31JEcKerg MotllCF aind necessity invent jobs Glendale teen finds work and freedom Lead in forest is troubling for all citizens BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer t r. v w As Mike Carlton slid into the chair, he nervously ran his fingers through his sandy-blond hair, won dering why anyone would be interested in him. "I don't know what all the fuss is," the Glendale resident said in his usual shy, soft-spoken voice. Outwardly, the 17-year-old Princeton High School junior is as typical as any teen-ager he has a car, plays saxophone for the Vikings marching band and has a part-time job. But to some, he is the model student and businessman. He's become the envy of friends and has gained trust and respect from adults, in the almost four years he's operated "MC watch," a one-person company that offers pet care, yard work and house-sitting. The money-making venture happened naturally, he said, as part of an experiment begun by his mother to gradually introduce him into a world of independence. As part of that lesson, Mike has packed his lunch and washed and sorted his laundry since first grade. And when a weekly stipend to finance school lunches and entertainment ceased in seventh grade, Mike knew he was on his own. He pondered the possibility of being-without money to buy gadgets for a beloved and expensive hobby: remote control cars and planes. He also knew that he'd need to find a way to to pay for a . The Cincinnati Enquirer'Dick Swaim Michael Carlton, right, helps Jim Kelley with a physical exam at the Springdale-Glendale Veterinary Center. longtime goal flying lessons. But always the entrepreneur, Mike persevered. "I needed money, and mom wasn't going to pay allowances anymore," said the junior at Princeton High School. "We sat down together and came up with the idea. We made up fliers saying that I'd take care of pets." Business quickly grew to include "major yard work," Mike said, "and then spending the night, watching houses." On a given day, Mike has in his possession the keys to a number of Glendale homes. He's also turned a hobby airbrush art into a second successful money-making venture. He paints designs on jeans, T-shirts and just about everything else, for a fee, for friends and classmates. "It makes me feel like I have a good reputation out there," he said with a smile. "A lot of them know my mom, and they respect her. So I guess that helps." Mike relies mostly on word of mouth for business. "He has so many clients that he doesn't have to do a lot of advertising," said his mother, Margaret Carlton. "The police all know him because he takes care of so many houses." Cathy and Todd Stegman don't know (Please see MC WATCH, Page 2) Almost daily last year, through winter, summer, spring and fall, geologist Susanna Tong trekked from her office on the University of Cincinnati campus to Mount Airy Forest to dig at the forest floor. What Tong found should concern all Greater Cincinnati residents, because it points out that even seemingly pristine places can be contaminated. While the trees showed no apparent sign of damage, the soil beneath the trees was contaminated by heavy metals lead, copper or cadmium. Contamination is serious, particularly in the winter when leaves can't capture air-borne pollution. Tong's study of Mount Airy is significant enough to be published in two national scientific journals. She is now studying Winton and Sharon Woods and Eden Park. The dangers of lead What Tong learned in the Mount Airy study is evident to any nature lover: "Trees are very beneficial," she said. "They act like a reservoir for heavy metals, filter off dirt, soot and pollution." Tong has concentrated on lead because it can cause brain damage among the young. Levels are surprisingly high. Most lead came from gasoline that type is now outlawed but some still arrives from combustion of fossil fuels. On the average, in Cincinnati dirt, lead is found at levels of 1,000 parts per million. Put simply: In a box of pingpong balls about 13 by 13 by 13 inches, one ball will be composed of lead and the others of some other compound. How bad is that? Since 500 parts per million of lead about half a pingpong ball in the 13-inch cube is regarded hazardous waste and could trigger cleanup orders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it's pretty bad. Prevention is key So the sky is falling? No. Lead ingestion is the critical concern, and ingestion often means hand-to-mouth. Preventing contamination needs no scientific study, only a little common sense. "People, children particularly, should wash their hands before they touch food if they've been outside," Tong said. "But a lot of kids play in the family yard, and people think it's their personal property and nothing is wrong there, so they don't pay much attention to it." What her most recent study found, that the Mount Airy Forest floor two inches deep is far less polluted than city streets, is somewhat reassuring but certainly predictable. Still, lead contamination is widespread, and that is disturbing. In a previous report, Tong sampled roadways three years ago from Montgomery and Blue Ash in the east to Fairfield and Riverside and found that no community is immune. 'Nobody loses' with more trees The solution is as plain as a maple in a field of wheat. More trees are needed. ).'. ;v f .Off. .). -.-7, vcsfe The Cincinnati bnquirerDick Swaim Golf Manor may drop panel on civil service BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer If some Golf Manor officials have their way, the Civil Service Commission will be gone next year. Voters will be asked to approve an amendment Nov. 5 to remove the 20-year-old commission from the village charter. The amendment was approved in July by council, said Stephen Tilley, village administrator. Tilley said the issue is a "housekeeping measure" that should have been done 10 years ago, when Golf Manor reverted to village status. "Golf Manor is probably the only village that still has a Civil Service Commission," Tilley said. The commission handles Wrings and dismissals of employees in the police department, and of the fire chief. Councilwoman Ethel Mitzman said the commission is no longer needed because the police department isn't big enough to warrant one, and the fire department is made up of volunteers. She added that finding residents to serve on the commission had become difficult in the past few years because of a misconception that a commission seat was too time-consuming. "People always ask, 'Am I capable of being on that group?' People think they have to know everything to be on it," she said. Could hire leaders from outside Eliminating it also will free the village from an obligation to promote from within, Mitzman said. "If at some point we want to hire a captain or a lieutenant, then we don't have to say, 'Well, you're next in line,' " she said. Councilwoman Donna Faulk agreed. "We have good people in here, but you might find someone with more qualifications," Faulk said. "We have a lot of young people that maybe aren't ready to take a big challenge on." Should the issue be approved by voters, those hired under civil service will remain protected by commission regulations, Faulk said. Rose Herndon holds her daughter Elana, 2, behind her Wyoming home as a CSX coal train rumbles by. Neighbors see railroad tracks as romantic, but safety worry "It's an inexpensive yet valuable means of air purification, Tong said. Trees will also likely play an indirect role in cleaning up pollution in Eastern Europe, where Tong toured this month as part of a 12-member delegation from the American Association of Geographers. wood Place, railroad tracks ran just beyond her front yard. Two years ago, she moved to a house on Van Roberts Place in Wyoming, with railroad tracks about 90 feet from her back yard. "I moved from one set of tracks to another," she said, laughing. "You adjust. Sometimes it's cheaper to live by the tracks." Sentiment as much as low housing costs caused Curtis Fields II to buy a home five years ago in the same block as Herndon, right in back of the tracks. He grew up on Van Roberts Place, moved away, but then bought the house of a former neighbor he felt (Please see TRAINS, Page 2) "We didn't have any trouble adjusting to the noise from the trains," Ralph Lutes said. "The noise from the traffic on River Road is probably worse than the noise from the trains." Barbara Lutes said the river more than compensates for the trains. "There's a lot of romanticism to the river," she said. "The view of sunrise over the river is beautiful. The aesthetic values outweigh the noise and the dirt." But for a lot of people, the idea of living next to railroad tracks holds as much appeal as living on the edge of an airport runway. Others learn to ignore the noise. When Rose Herndon lived in Elm- BY STEVE KEMME The Cincinnati Enquirer Every once in a while, the windows of Ralph and Barbara Lutes' brick house begin to rattle. They don't panic. They know it's not a storm or an explosion. It's just a train going by. Day and night, trains rumble along the tracks between River Road and the Ohio River, less than 50 yards from many houses in Sedamsville. Although the trains sometimes block their view of the river or wake them at night, the Luteses said they don't regret moving here 15 years ago. People cannot expect urban forests to greatly reduce pollution, particularly when compared to what mechanical devices can do. Still, Tong found, reforestation can help. In that respect, the message she delivered to Czechoslovakia and Cincinnati is the same: "Nobody loses by planting more trees." B;fc.iHliHiniiiiTfiiMi n CINCINNATI NEEDS AN aquar COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Instructors from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will teach a course in boating safety on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 in the Northgate Mall meeting room, 9501 Colerain Ave. The two-hour sessions will include boater's language, legal requirements, anchoring and boat navigation. The courses are free; textbooks will be available at a nominal cost. For information, call Ed Schon at 738-3103 or Steve Harness at 634-7746. READING Mount Notre Dame High School holds its second annual "Night of Distinction" Oct. 5. "Opening Night," this year's theme, is a benefit auction and dinner. Items range from toasters and clock radios to a car and a boat. Cost is $40 per person which includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a midnight brunch. Reservations are recommended. Call Jennifer Kappler at 821-8865. WALNUT HILLS Workforce 55 is sponsoring a job fair for Cincinnati WINTON PLACE Cincinnati City Council candidates will speak at a public forum, 7:30 p.m. today at Win-ton Place Veterans Hall, Winton Road and Circle Avenue. Incumbents and challengers will answer submitted questions. Submissions for this column are welcome. Mail or deliver to: Enquirer EXTRA, 4820 Business Center Way, Cincinnati 45246. They should be received at least two weeks in advance. ium, columnist John Eckberg says, but until it gets one, fish lovers can find contentment in the colorful, gurgling atmosphere of a mammoth west-side fish store. NORTH COLLEGE HILL officials say the pay-as-you-throw system of garbage collection has saved the city $144,000. But there's some disagreement over how to use that savings, or even whether it still exists. Gina Gentry-Fletcher reports. residents 55 and older from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Bush Recreation Center, 2640 Kemper Lane. There will be several mini-seminars on topics such as job hunting techniques and the need for mature workers. Refreshments will be served. Free transportation can be arranged by calling 352-3504. i

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