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2 EXTRAEast Central THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October 4, 1991 Junior Fire Chief Contest teaches children about fire safety BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer program was so successful, he started it in the township in 1978 after going to work there. Lessons learned young "When you want to emphasize fire safety and prevention, the best place to reach a lot of people and reach them while they're young, is in the schools. Then they'll carry it with them through life," Benz said. "Since starting this program, there doesn't seem to be many problems with kids starting fires with matches and lighters and that type of thing. So something must be working," Benz said. Based on his own experience with the more Township schools are expected to enter this year's contest, which began Sept. 27. All of the 5,000 students in seven elementary schools in the township are eligible, he said. Entries should be submitted to the school by Oct. 11. Design an escape route Participants must submit a fire escape plan of their home showing all possible exits and a slogan relating to fire prevention, Benz said. There will be a fire captain chosen from each school. One of those students will be named the top winner and become a junior fire chief. The second-place overall winner will be named junior assistant fire chief. The school having the largest percentage of entries will win $100 for the school. The winners from each school and their parents and principal will be featured at an awards banquet at noon Oct. 23 at the Harley Hotel on Montgomery Road, Shearer said. Winners will share $600 in prizes furnished by Safeco Insurance Co., McAl-pin's, township trustees, Sycamore Montgomery Fire and EMS Company and the Rossmoyne Fire Department, Shearer said. Additionally, this year Dirk the Great, a clown magician, will visit all the schools and use magic tricks to help teach the principles of fire safety, Benz said. Sycamore Township im Shearer was just a boy when he first heard Fred Benz talk to youngsters about fire safety and preven program, and how Benz's teaching stuck with him, Shearer is confident of its value. "I was in the fourth grade in Norwood at Williams Avenue Elementary School when I first heard Fred talk about fire safety, and I still remember it," Shearer said. "I remember his dog Sparky. And I remember going home and talking with my parents about how we'd escape if there was a fire in the house and where we'd meet. Then I drew up my fire escape plan." More than 2,000 youngsters in Syca tion. Now Shearer, as Sycamore Township administrator, is helping Benz, chief of the township's bureau of fire and life safety, spread the word about the 13th Annual Sycamore Township Junior Fire Chief Contest. "The goal is to teach youngsters about fire safety," said Benz, who originated the program in Norwood schools when he was assistant fire chief there in 1955. The Network: U2N2 offers education, advice, second chances TTT 4V I to Hydrants to be flushed Mason: Check this schedule BY ALICE HORNBAKER The Cincinnati Enquirer nn 4 Mi ason residents who don't want rust-stained clothes on wash day should check the dates in October when fire hydrants in their neighbor hoods will be flushed and repaired. Jim Fox, Mason public utilities superintendent, said October is maintenance and repair time for the city's hydrants. He has issued a schedule of when and where flushings will occur in each neighborhood. "Sometimes rusty water develops in the water from iron deposits. It could stain clothing if someone is laundering at the same time the flushing is being done. So we Urge everyone to note the time the hydrant on their street will be flushed," he said. In the past year, Fox said, 152 worker-hours were spent maintaining and repairing 76 city hydrants. There are about 600 hydrants in the system. It takes only a few minutes to flush each hydrant. Any questions residents have about the flushing program should be directed to Fox at 398-8010. October flushing schedule: Oct 1-4: East and West Main Street, Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason Meadows, Church Street, downtown, U.S. 42 north, Ohio 741 and Crooked Tree. Oct 7-11: Mason Heights, Hanover Drive, Kings Mills Road, Mason Hills, Oak Hills, the Greenery. Oct. 14-16: Manhasset, Winding Creek, Snider Road, Western Row Road east of U.S. 42 and Tylersville Road. Oct. 21-23: Willow Dell, Burr Hills, Walnut Farms, Baymeadows, Finsbury Pointe and Butler-Warren Road. - - -- ' The Cincinnati EnquirerJohn Curley U2N2 accepts students with as little as a third-grade education from anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area. They study for the GED in a large room at Salem Community Church in Norwood. ll' l : ' : : I 41 ; ' ,vJ Si"' f . M y ; 0(V., h j ' ' CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 association continues to sponsor it, but some of the start-up fees the group received are drying up. "We're in constant search of monies," Souza said. Souza, who receives an annual salary, and Miller, who is paid by the hour, have gone without parts of their paychecks when money has been tight. "We're determined to have a success out of our programs," Souza said. Part of the group's purpose, as determined by the constitution written by the board, is "to face common issues and concerns." To this end, U2N2 has had experts speak to low-income people about solving problems and making decisions, Souza said. The board had doctors come in to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of different types of health coverage. Other speakers have come from CG&E and the welfare department, she said. "Another thing we discovered is the lack of education. So then that's when we (the board members) got together and decided that we should open a community school." With the donation of a large room in Salem Community Church and the financial help of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Charles Moerline Foundation, the school opened in September, 1990. Since then, people of diverse backgrounds, like Edna McKenzie and Michelle Modaffero have been coming to U2N2 to learn. U2N2 accepts students with as little as a third-grade education from anywhere in Greater Cincinnati. McKenzie is on the 10-member board of U2N2, but she also goes to school there. She's a 35-year-old single mother of three and an advocate for the homeless. She's opened her home to a homeless family and is helping to plan a rally to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Norwood tonight at 7:30 p.m. Marchers will walk by candlelight from the Norwood Plaza and the White Castle on Montgomery Road. McKenzie hopes to earn her GED and go on to college to become a dental assistant or emergency medical technician. Modaffero, a 29-year-old Norwood resident, is working toward her GED and perhaps studies in law or electronics. Richardson, 28, is working toward her GED, but she says her real goal is to "feel better about myself." Earl Jones, a U2N2 staff member the others call their "math whiz," gives her plenty of encouragement. "You've been giving me right answers for three days before you even knew what you were doing. Yeah, you're going to have a blast when you get into algebra." Jones was unemployed when he began teaching at the school six months ago, but has worked as a sheet metal technician, maintenance foreman, mechanic, and even dabbled in professional race car driving. Jones said he's been teaching since he was a 6-year-old, showing his bud- Births dies his dad's fishing trick, but until now, he never thought of it as a careen "This is the first one I've had that I actually felt like I was doing something worthwhile and I can actually see a worthwhile contribution to society. . . . And I love it. It's great," Jones said. Rhonda Martin, 32, of Norwood, was failing when she quit the 10th grade. She had a job through the school's Occupational Work Experience program and decided that was all she needed to get by. But now she has something else. "I've got a 3-year-old son. He's my only child. I've got to take care of him," she said. "I wanted to complete my education something I didn't get to do before and I got a second chance at it. And I'm going to do it; I'm going to do it." There's a domino effect among these people. When one shows a fight for a better life, others follow. Martin earned her GED in June and started toward an associate degree in electronics at Cincinnati Technical College last month. Now, four of her friends are following her example and working on their GEDs. Martin didn't leave the school forever. She'll be back when the math gets harder, and Jones, Miller, Souza and others will be there to help. Jim - j Enquirer EXTRA prints birth-announcement information provided by some area hospitals. Relatives should wait at least three weeks before contacting The Enquirer; announcements take about that long to reach EXTRA following release by hospitals. Questions? Call Jay Lidington at 576-1409 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. MERCY ANDERSON Mary Elizabeth Dickert, born Sept. 13 to Mary and Thomas Dickert, Sycamore Township. John H. Clark III, born Aug. 30 to Frances and John Clark Jr., Hyde Park. Kayla Kristen Rose, born Sept. 17 to Nancy and Mark Rose, Loveland. Randall William Gordon Keller, born Sept. 8 to Mary Carolyn and Robert Edward Keller, Pleasant Plain. Kimberly Ann Hill, born Sept. 18 to Diana Sue and Michael Allan Hill, Loveland. GOOD SAMARITAN Mary Kathryn Vetter, born Sept. 10 to Patricia A. and Joseph M. Vetter, Deer Park. Christopher Allan Swormstedt, born Sept. 8 to Kathleen Marie and Jeffrey Allan Swormstedt, Sha-ronville. Sara Ann Gibbs, born Sept. 11 to Ann and Donald Gibbs, Sharonville. JEWISH Lindy Amanda Zeff, born Aug. 20 to Andrea and Lawrence Zeff, Sycamore Township. UNIVERSITY Candice Marie Willis, born Sept. 8 to Ricky and Deeann Willis, Oakley. $t -1 - ""f it Donations for U2N2 can be sent to Ss. Peter & Paul Church of Norwood, 2420 Drex Ave., Norwood, OH, 54212. To volunteer or for more information, call 631-6637. The Cincinnati EnquirerJohn Curley Director Pat Souza, right, does paperwork while board memeber and GED teacher Carol Miller fields telephone calls. U2N2 teaches parenting skills and frugal shopping, and offers a hot meal at the end of the month. Our Town CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The biggest hurdle to being a student and an actor is juggling time with acting, school and homework. Our Town performances are Tuesday through Sunday with gle evening performances on weekdays and two performances matinees and evenings on Saturdays and Sundays. The play runs through Oct. 20. One week, rehearsals meant missing three days of classes. "I don't get to do other things much anymore," Mike said. "We knew it was going to be a strain. But Michael is very bright," said his mother, Jamie. "He doesn't need a lot of time to learn things. He's all A's." 'Something inside of you' So what's the key to being a good 11 -year-old actor? "Part of it is saying the things the way the director wants you to say them. Then there's something inside of you. I think you can teach people some of the tricks of acting, but you have to have some natural ability," Mike said. His father said: "I think Michael has two important attributes going for him. He can be focused. When he's off the set, he can be playing around, but when the director says, 'I'm ready,' he's ready no goofing off. And he's not inhibited. I think he really becomes his character." The Ingrams want to move to Los Angeles. Mike's sister, Emily, 14, has extensive credits, too. Mark and Jamie Ingram want to see their childrens' talents used. If Mark had landed a job last year.the Ingrams would be living in Los Angeles today. Mark works in a food-company warehouse. "When we were in California, we saw an (acting) manager who asked Michael to read a script from ET," Jamie said. "He read the script, and Emily read, too. She said, 'Why haven't I seen these kids before?" Instead of suggesting acting school or classes, she sent them straight to auditions. They don't do that unless they think you're really good. "We love Cincinnati," Jamie said. Jamie and Mark are Madeira natives. "But now it's frustrating living here because we know how good our children are." Added Mark: "We were in California long enough to know it's not just a parental prejudice thing. We had enough people in the (acting) business out there tell us Michael is that good. In two months, he got 15 call backs (for second looks). He's that close." EAST CENTRAL ZONE Reaching us General Information........ ...............721 -2700 Advertlsing..........................,......M..........369-1781 EXTRA news.... ...860-5180 Circulation ......................651-4500 Reader editor...................i.....................369-1851 Submissions . Calendar Items for 77)9 Enquirer EXTRA must be received one week prior to publication. Other items for Tuesday's EXTRA must be recieived by 2 p.m. trie preceding Thursday; other items for Friday's EXTRA are needed by 2 p.m. the prevlousTue&day. Items should be typed and include a description of the event, person or award with name, address, phone, date, place, time and oost, if applicable, include a black-and-white glossy photograph if possible. Hospice offers speakers THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Hospice of Cincinnati Inc. speakers bureau has volunteers to speak for free at meetings in the Cincinnati area. Hospice's nurses, physicians, social workers, clergy and volunteers provide home care and inpatient care for terminally ill patients and their families in Hamilton and Clermont counties. Pain and symptom management and emotional support are key components of the program, founded in 1979. Volunteers are available to discuss all aspects of hospice care. Call 569-5100 for more information. Montgomery Mount Lookout Oakley Plainville Pleasant Plain Pleasant Ridge Rossburg Rossmoyne Salem Township Sharonville Sllverton Soclalville Sycamore Township Symmes Township Terrace Park Twenty Mile Stand Union Township Woodvllle Zoar Send to Enquirer EXTRA, 4820 Business Center Way, Cincinnati 45246. Publication is at the discretion of The Enquirer. Items may be edited for space considerations. Letters . The Enquirer EXTRA welcomes letters from Its readers. Letters should be written expressly for EXTRA and should not be copies of letters sent to others. 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