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-i2: i-vt'i: -j-Mi- Editor: Ronnie Agnew Tuesday, October 1, 1991 1 i J A jianiw.iMWamwi mmi'm WMoM mrttrmnvj A V ffi-T'tr W O Military notes4 Sports news & digest4 Community government notes2 ' l AO U Po h 860-5180 i f Central East X r - J central I I ? r IT n r -A U 2. J I w 7 h...,,.i,. i, ,, J West-side condo building plans on hold John Eckberg .... '" V- BY LYNDA HOUSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer A west-side developer's plans to build a hillside condominium project near Delhi Township will undergo more scrutiny after a vote by Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday. After receiving complaints from west-side environmentalists that developer Robert Vonderahe was clear-cutting a 10-acre wooded hillside parcel he owns on Anderson Ferry Road, council voted to make the land an interim development control (IDC) district for 60 days, and possibly up to a year. The designation will allow city planners to study Vonderahe's plans and how they would affect the hillside, said Councilman Peter Strauss, chairman of council's community development, housing and zoning committee. "I just think this is an obvious precaution, and we shouldn't let development go willy-nilly without addressing problems of the hillside," Strauss said. "We'll look at where he would build and what he would build." Vonderahe is planning to build Palisades Point 84 condominium units in five buildings, two of which are to be built on the slope of the hillside property, zoned for multifamily use. The property, which lies within Cincinnati limits and abuts Delhi Township, is at Anderson Ferry Road and Palisades Drive. The parcel, environmentalists say, is not only unstable, it is also a link in the Western Wildlife Corridor, a relatively undeveloped hillside stretching 20 miles from Price Hill to southeastern Indiana that allows free roaming for wildlife. The hillside, they say, is susceptible to landslides and should be protected by the city from improper development. "My feeling is, the way he (Vonderahe) went in and clear-cut means that he doesn't appear to be sensitive to the environment at all," said Jim Schenk, member of the Western Wildlife Corridor (Please see DEVELOPER, Page 5) Hollywood movie parallels memories of ex-big leaguer M ill, - "" 4 " . ' . ... ff v r! BY BOB ELKINS The Cincinnati Enquirer Since 1988, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. has displayed a ball autographed by Marie Wegman. But when given a second chance at fame this summer, the Price Hill resident said no thanks. Wegman was a ballplayer, not an actor, so when Columbia Pictures invited her to audition for their upcoming movie A League of Their Own, she stayed at home. The movie tells the story of a former major leaguer (Tom Hanks) unhappy with his job as manager of the Racine (Wis.) Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which Wegman belonged to for four years after World War II. "They called me to audition, but I didn't go," Wegman said. "I heard they gave the (original) players numbered shirts and had them standing around for about two hours, then took their pictures. They were looking for young look-alikes. Besides, I saw myself in a television interview and I decided they wouldn't want me." A League of Their Own, which also stars Geena Davis and Madonna, was filmed in late summer in the Evansville, Ind., area and is scheduled for spring release. Penny Marshall is the executive producer. Wegman's baseball career began when she was in Cleveland for a softball tournament in 1947. A talent scout approached her and (Please see BASEBALL, Page 6) No breaks for women ballplayers Short hair, slacks and pants were forbidden. And in the early years, women in the All-American Professional Baseball League attended charm school. On the field, they wore uniforms that did little to protect them from suffering injuries common to all ballplayers, male and female. "We wore spikes, long socks to the knee, shorts with padding, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a belted dress that covered the shorts," Wegman said. "The sliding padding was on the sides of the shorts, not where you hit the ground. The socks didn't protect our legs either. They were constantly getting banged up." Otherwise, the women's game was a lot like the men's. Gloves had no padding, so in spring training, Wegman wrapped a steak inside her hand with gauze to protect against bruises until the hand toughened. "We had bruises from being hit by the ball and sometimes you could see the seams," said Wegman, who once spent time in a hospital and on crutches after being spiked in the knee by a sliding opponent. BOB ELKINS Grand garden for Price Hill is worthy idea A Victorian garden suggested for the site of the old Whittier School in Price Hill is today more vision than proposal. But it's a vision that warrants a cash commitment from city and county park providers because ideas like this one can turn around distressed urban areas can rejuvenate a neighborhood. Familiar obstacle: money The plan, as conceived by students in a night class taught by Sanford R. Kahn, associate professor of accounting at the University of Cincinnati, is to make this abandoned hilltop slab of asphalt and weeds a meandering array of flowers, shrubs, paths and trees. The idea from a class on business ethics and decisions is to bring an ornamental oasis similar to New York City's Gramer-cy Park to blue-collar Price Hill. The hurdle is a common one: no public agency in these tight budgetary times has money to pay for the conversion. The price is admittedly steep as much as $1.5 million. But Kahn believes it's warranted because half would go to an endowment for maintenance. It was formerly Whittier School, a four-story brick building demolished after a fire sparked by lightning June 13, 1958, only hours after school was let out for the summer. The fire was a blessing for the neighborhood. It forced the school to be demolished. Redevelopment opportunity , Elsewhere in urban Cincinnati neighborhoods, ancient and deserted schools, expensive to heat and outdated, stand as monolithic eyesores, reminders of a changing society. Families in the 1950s left urban Cincinnati for the suburbs. Schools lost enrollment and were eventually closed. Camp Washington, Northside and North Fairmont are among neighborhoods with empty buildings awaiting redevelopment. - The fire was a spectacular sight, seen throughout the city by thousands of onlookers. At one of the highest spots in the city, Old Whittier would indeed be a dramatic site for an ornamental garden. To the west, the steeple of St. Lawrence reaches above the green hills and valleys of Price Hill. To the east is the rest of the city. ' The neighborhood has paid a stiff price: "For more than 30 years it's been vacant, filled with weeds, crushed pop bottles, a tremendous blight," said Kahn. ' In an odd way, this block of dereliction at Kensington Place and Woodlawn and Osage avenues has offered a vantage for the way things were. These were once expansive homes owned by the west-side well-to-do, magnificent architecture. It was a neighborhood with influence. It could be that again. New York City's Gramercy Park served as a catalyst for residential development. This could do the same for Price Hill. Why not a county park? The next step, Kahn said, is to create a model to show foundations what is possi-. ble. Another funding source ought to be the Hamilton County Park District, which annually gets $3.8 million in property taxes from city residents and businesses but has yet to spend a dime on so much as a single begonia within the city limits. The garden should be the first project . of what ought to be regular county park district spending in Cincinnati, which is, of course, part of Hamilton County and occupies about a third of the geographical area of the county but has no county park within its boundaries. In the meantime, on this potential site for an ornamental garden, green weeds grow. And neighborhood activists plan for .what could be. The Cincinnati EnquirerDick Swaim Marie Wegman, who played pro baseball after World War II, reminisces about her career. Theater closing makes activist of fourth-grader "and you feel safe leaving them (children) there." In an effort to see the films roll again, Anthony recently circulated a petition urging Bauer to reopen. "I asked my dad what I could do about the problem," Anthony said, "so I have (the names of) 252 students plus teachers on it. Most of the teachers signed it." When asked about the petition, Bauer looked at the building's peeling gray paint and said, "I'm considering it." Parkland's closing would also affect 67-year-old Barney Oldfield, a Sayler Park resident who had run the movie projector there since 1942. "It was more or less a hobby," Oldfield said, "and I did it for the kids. Me and my wife worked for practically nothing, and we cleaned the show and took care of business. If it closes I'll have to retire. I guess I've run enough movies." 50-50. If it opens as a theater, maybe my kids will run it." Bauer said a business dispute with theater operator Dennis Clark also contributed to the Park-land's closing. , Clark, who leased the theater, did not renew this year because he said he and Bauer disagreed on the need for repairs to the building. But on this sunny fall afternoon, Anthony wasn't concerned with the whys. He wanted to know when the theater would open again so he and his friends could congregate for films, from Spaceballs to Spaced Invaders. For several years the vintage building on Parkland Avenue has been a baby sitter for area parents who often drop off their children on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons for a $2 movie, dime-store popcorn and refreshments. "It's so reasonable," said Anthony's mother, Joann Trimpe, BY LYNDA HOUSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Nine-year-old Anthony Trimpe stood outside the Parkland Theater in Sayler Park, looked up at the tall man, and asked if there was anything he could do to save the movie house. "Yeah," Bill Bauer replied. "Get me more kids in here." Anthony, a fourth-grader at St. Aloysius on the Ohio School in Sayler Park, seemed just as eager as theater owner Bauer to reopen the place that offers second-run movies at low prices. The weekend after Labor Day, when the theater was to start another season, its doors remained locked. Bauer said the closing boiled down to his failing struggle to make a profit in an era of VCRs and video games. "Theaters like this are dying," he said. "The chances of this one opening are L imim ib . i I --" " The Cincinnati EnqulrerDIck Swaim Anthony Trimpe has circulated a petition urging the reopening of the old Parkland Theater. for Elder High School's main fund-raising event of the year, "Elderama," on Oct. 19. This year's theme is "Elderama Touches the Orient." The main event Is a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and an oral auction at 8 p.m. conducted by Lance Walker. Items In the auctions range from $20 to $10,000 in value, and include jewelry, vacations, televisions, appliances, arts and crafts, and shopping sprees. Tickets are $50 per person. Reser vations can be made by calling 922-1828 or 922-5717. WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP Children's musician Sue Ribaudo will play for children and adults at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center. Ribaudo combines traditional American music with an environmental message. Tickets are $2 and must be purchased in advance. Send check or money order to MWF Concert 1012, Hamilton County Park District, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati 45231. THREE RIVERS SCHOOLS' SOS group had until today to raise $50,000 for after-school activities. Did they reach their goal? Lynda Houston reports. THREE LOCAL YOUNGSTERS nave roles in Our Town, now performing at Playhouse in the Park. The play features all local actors, in keeping with the title. Walt Schaefer profiles the kids. WESTWOOD Our Lady of Lourdes Church opens its Craft Closet '91 from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, Glenway Avenue and Muddy Creek Road. There will be 68 tables with crafts for sale. Admission is $1 for adults and 50$ for children, who can spend time in the pumpkin patch. Refreshments will be available. ADDYSTON The Cleves Fire Department will hold a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Addyston " t ' VFW hall, 140 Main St. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Top price at a drawing will be a 12-gauge shotgun. Money raised will help buy fire equipment. For information, call the fire departmental 941-1111. PRICE HILL Tickets are on sale

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