The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 4, 1991 · Page 81
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 81

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Friday, October 4, 1991
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Friday, October 4, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER EXTRAEaSt Central 3 Community meetings ICRC: Customers' channel to cable TV Communities to study Warner service, compare promises to what was delivered Tuesday Loveland: 8:30 p.m., 120 W. Loveland Ave. Deer Park: 8 p.m., 4250 Mat-son Ave. Sharonville: 8 p.m., 10900 Reading Road. Thursday Blue Ash: 7:30 p.m., 4343 Cooper Road. COMMUNITY COUNCILS Monday East End: 7 p.m., 3806 Eastern Ave. Tuesday Hyde Park: 7:30 p.m., Michigan and Observatory avenues. CITY COUNCILS Monday Madeira: 8 p.m., 7141 Miami Ave. ifcex.' V ' : 1 c STOP! Princeton School District communities. Initially we had 36 communities involved in our study. We decided to go with Warner." Havlik became the first full-time ICRC administrator in 1983. She said that while ICRC has no legal clout, it performs a critical role. "If, for example, there are problems about wrong customer billing, installations, repairs, picture quality or service being off for days, we are there to negotiate solutions for our subscribers with Warner." Swartz said some public-access cable shows turn out well. "We are not the ABC network, but we also are not Aunt Jane's camcorder either. Our people produce quality programs," Swartz said. Havlik said ICRC joins with a community by request. "If you live in a community that has no ICRC contract and you want one, the first thing to do is talk to your community city council or trustees," Havlik said. No need to travel further . . . Classified fills all of your needs . . . Buying? Selling? Servicing? Traveling? Hiring? Job Seeking?- Cincinnati's market place reaching the total market Call Classified 421-6300 The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Community Programming Manager Rod R. Swartz: "We are not the ABC network, but we also are not Aunt Jane's camcorder either." vi iivnwv i vii w vi iv 1 i in vi NOVEMBER 22 24, 1991 ICRC at a glance Sell it today with a classified ad In The Enquirer Call 421-6300 Motorcoach Transportation, City Tour 2 NTS. al the Palmer House ifl rfe 2 Dinners & t Show $220. ppHaI 1053 Ebenezef 941 -TRIP ffff).1..eM..i.limUiiIM i ) FT MV?5 L C0LjMBUS $15,000 annually to area schools to buy equipment for production of educational access programming. ICRC supervises selection, installation and operation of equipment awarded to students and staff. Focus: ICRC represents residential cable subscribers daily. It also maintains contacts with local, state and national elected officials concerning cable legislation. ALICE HORNBAKER Location: 2492 Commodity Circle, Sharonville. Telephone: 772-4272. Television production classes: First Tuesday of each month on use of VHS camcorder with half-inch tape; U-Matic Portapak camera with three-quarter-inch tape; basic and advanced editing. Workshop hours: 6 p.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. Also schedules workshops in community centers and for police and fire departments. Grants: ICRC provides BY ALICE HORNBAKER The Cincinnati Enquirer The window is open. For the remainder of this year, 26 communities from Harrison Township to Milford who belong to the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission (ICRC) of Southwest Ohio will look at services promised and provided by Warner Cable Communications. Warner has a 15-year contract with each community. The nonprofit ICRC acts as liaison between Warner and its 26 subscribers. "This window was created by the Cable Act of 1984. It mandates that each local community evaluates its cable franchise contract three years before it ends," said Aaron Mackey, ICRC president. Mackey said ICRC members are working on a sort of "report card" on "what was promised in the contract vs. what Warner delivered." An ICRC committee was appointed this year to work with each community to document any contract violations and negotiate solutions with Warner, Mackey said. "We also have ordered an audit of Warner to determine exactly the status of their financial health," the president said. Patricia J. Havlik, ICRC administrator, said the Sharonville-based group is growing. "We have five subscriber proposals out now to other new communities." Although ICRC has been in business more than a decade, Havlik said, few people are aware of what it does. "We have two main functions," she said. "We train volunteers to produce their own public-access cable television shows, and we also act as our subscribers' advocate with Warner." ICRC's annual budget, approximately $325,000, comes as part of a fee Warner pays each community to be its cable provider. That fee is 5 of each customer's monthly bill, and about 40 of that fee goes to ICRC. "If a subscriber pays $30 a month for cable, about 60$ of that bill goes to ICRC," Havlik said. Rod R. Swartz of Roselawn, ICRC community programming manager, and his staff offers free training monthly to volunteers to help them produce their own shows. The ICRC staff teaches the volunteers how to use a camcorder, edit videotape, produce and direct shows. After the shows are vvn Cincinnati y OUTLET MALL 2430 E. KEMPER RD. 1 MILE EAST OF TRI-COUNTY OHIO RIVER I LEXINGTON CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS CONTINUE! HAVE FUN WITH MR. ROY, THE MAGICIAN! SAT. 1 1 :00 AM to 2:00 PM. THE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL - TIME NOW FOR HOLIDAY PREPARATIONS!! LET US HELP YOU SHAPE UP YOUR BUDGET WITH SAVINGS FROM THE MALL produced, Swartz takes them to the cable company to broadcast on public access cable channels. Volunteer Richard Anderson, who produces public access dance recital shows from his wife's studios in Colerain and Groesbeck, said ICRC classes worked for him. Since 1988, Anderson said, he has produced four dance recital shows that feature dancers from 3 years old to adulthood, students of the Robin Brandenburg Dance Studios. "It's great exposure for the dancers," he said. "And I'm amazed how many times the shows repeat on public access channels." Jill Dahmann of Evendale, a Girl Scout leader of Troop 1603, used her television training skills to help her teen-age scouts earn merit badges in video production and services. "Our sophomore and junior scouts produced a show by themselves. It was designed to encour age sixth-grade Girl Scouts to remain in scouting," Dahmann said. ICRC training gives teens valuable media exposure, too, said Tom Dean Gay, assistant superintendent of Kings Local School District. "We wanted to investigate public access TV as another means of communication for our own television classes. ICRC helped us facilitate that need," Gay said. Dan Howard of Milford used skills gleaned from ICRC classes to become an educator on weightlifting via video. "My main message was, 'Consumer beware.' I guess I consider myself the Ralph Nader of weightlifting." ICRC began in 1978 when Mackey was on the Sharonville City Council. He brought interested community leaders together to discuss creating a commission to "make sure that only one cable company would represent all There's Always Something New At OLD MILL - 40 OFF 100 Of The Time. POLLY FUNDED Get Ready for The Holidays! Velvets at 25 Off Fall Dresses 40 off Fall Party Pants 25 off Spring Dresses 50 off Sizes newborn thru size 14. 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Take an additional 25 off on purchases of $25 or more. 771-5550 Fall Decorating Fall Fertilizing SHIP Composting 1 Holland Bulbs Fall Planting Something Special Restaurant Join in the fun: Visit with Cincinnati Zoo animals $7.99 buys all the pumpkins you can carry in our Pumpkin Pandemonium . See the winners of our elementary school drawing contest Search for pumpkins in our Mini- Pumpkin Hunt for kids Have your face (or a pumpkin) painted with "The Ohio Nurseryman" Fred Hower Plus a special demonstration by Wesley Furumoto of the Omni Netherland on making creative fall garnishes. Snacks Salads Soups Sandwiches You Deserve The Million Dollar Look! We've Got It At OUTRAGE affordable excellence in hair design Cuts 9 Perms 29 Highlight $25 Ask about our happy hour! Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 9pm Sat. 9am - 6pm Closed Sun. Valid thru 10-13-91 wcoupon. 771-8411 JB Doll Fashions Shop early for the holidays! 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