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6 EXTRACentral THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 8, 1991 SPORTS PAID ADVERTISEMENT Handymen pick work over play , ' J ', . SPRINGDALE-Two nhones - rather than coif clubs Marvin Belkin, of Wyoming, and Arthur Neuman, of Fairfield, started the "Handyman Connection" last November. Their business, based in Springdale, provides low-cost home repairs throughout ill Greater Cincinnati. Both men said they enjoy working as much as leisurely retirement activities. "Retirees sometimes become prima donnas," and feel that they deserve to rest, Belkin said. "But Arthur and I feel differently because we're still vital young men - we don't feel like old men," Belkin said. Neumann agreed that their ages don't limit their ability to run the business. "When you're geared up, you're active your whole life," Neuman said. "And if you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?" As well as working five or six days per week, the men also Manrm Btlkii watches it Arthur Newma wrrtei another work order at Naadyma Connectioa, their home-repair butiaeu bated M spnnioale. walk, play tennis and ride a stationary bicycle in the office. Neither would reveal their age. The men started Handyman Connection after Neuman, who was in charge of his condominium's maintenance committee, noticed that many people couldn't find workers for small home repairs and odd jobs, like hanging a curtain rod. Neuman and Belkin gathered a group of skilled retirees - people who can work do plastering, wallpapering, plumbing and electrical wiring. In addition to home repairs like fixing leaky faucets and laying hardwood floors, the workers' jobs have included wiring a dollhouse and assembling a train set, Neuman said. The men keep costs low by reducing overhead costs-they have no trucks, uniforms or secretaries-and eliminating the standard $30-$50 charged by other business just to come in the home, Neuman said. ' Belkin and Neuman man the phones and assign jobs to the workers, who are paid by the job, not by the hour. Since starting the business with four full-time repair workers last November, Handyman Connection now employs 18 full-time craftsmen, - a staff that includes retirees and younger men. They are looking for more help. Also, they plan to soon sell Handyman Connection franchises in other cities, Belkin said. Belkin and Neuman say they plan to continue running the business for a while. "We're having too much fun to give up ... and then making money besides," Belkin said. CALL 771-1 122 The Cincinnati EnquirerDick Swai-n Dean Mink and his two cars that came from the Chrysler factory equipped for racing a 1965 Dodqe Coronet, foreground, and a 1 968 Plymouth Barracuda. Life's no drag for Reading man 36-year veteran cuts back on races, but keeps on winning local men chose work orders and ringing or card games - to till their retirement. Pti ex?iti! Somwsmm BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer Dean Mink began drag racing in 1955, and these days he only competes in a few contests each year. But then, he tends to win most of the races he enters. Mink, a 56-year-old body shop owner from Reading, has been one of the dominant forces in National Hot Rod Association Super Stock class racing. For 1991, he entered four national events and won his class in all four. "I missed the (Springnationals) race in Columbus (Ohio) because I was recovering from surgery," Mink said as he leaned against his red-and-black 1968 Plymouth Barracuda race car. "But I felt better by Indy (U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis) and I won my class there." Mink, who was a regular competitor for years at Edgewater and Tri-State drag strips locally, races his Barracuda in NHRA's Super StockA Automatic (SSAA) class, one of the toughest classes in sportsman (amateur) drag racing. "These days I only run races where there is some contingency (manufacturer) money available," he said. "I can't afford to take a chance and race this car every week, to wear out the parts, because they're so hard to find. So I just run national events." Mink's Barracuda and another race car he occasionally runs, a ft . J 0lestfa .Famas i '5 various stock classes compete. Handicap starting system NHRA uses a handicap starting system, which pits cars of different classes by their national class record elapsed time (the time it takes to cover the quarter mile from a standing start). That time is coded by computer in the "Christmas tree" starting light system at the track. A slower car gets a green light sooner than a car with a quicker elapsed time. If either car runs more quickly than the record for the class, that car is disqualified. "It's hard to win in the eliminator," Mink added. "Some drivers have barometers, air gauges and other weather equipment to try to guess how to set up the car for each run, because heat and humidity affect the way the car runs and the track surface. "But most of it is still luck. Sometimes you guess right, sometimes you don't." After 36 years of drag racing, Mink said he still gets a kick out of beating the other driver to the finish line. "I like to keep winning with the same engines, to see how much more I can make them do," he said. "I'll probably keep doing it (racing) as long as I can see." Sports digest Springdale woman bowls 715 series Kim Knapt recently bowled a three-game 715 series at Princeton Bowl, Springdale. Her games were 235, 224 and 256 in the Wednesday morning Princeto-nettes four-ladies league. Knapt, 36, a Springdale resident, had a previous high series of 702 at Madison Bowl in 1986 where she also posted her best game, 265. She has a 187 average, a shade below her best season of 201. BASKETBALL CLINIC: Bob Huggins, University of Cincinnati basketball coach and Joby Wright, Miami University coach, headline the speakers for the 1991 Northwest Basketball Clinic on Sunday at Northwest High School, 10761 Pippin Road. Registration fee for high school and college coaches is $15, Catholic Youth Organization and athletic club coaches $10 and entire coaching staffs $40. For information, call 851-7300. CRAPPIE CHAMPIONSHIP: The 1991 Hamilton County Park District's crappie fishing championship is set for Oct. 20, but crappie enthusiasts have another tuneup 7 a.m., Saturday at Miami Whitewater Forest Lake. Weigh-in is at noon. Entry fee: $15 per two-person team. For information, call 367-9632. The crappie championship is scheduled for Winton Woods Lake Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding with the noon weigh-in. For more information: 521-PARK. Call Steve Hoffman at 733-1984 or Terry Flynn at 860-7103 with your neighborhood sports news. 1 . i WW (-' JHCt 1965 Dodge Coronet two-door sedan, are rare birds even in drag racing circles. Both originally came from Chrysler as factory race cars. "Back in the '60s, Chrysler sold these cars to serious racers," Mink said. "They were much lighter than street cars, and were ready to race right from the factory with the 426 (cubic inch) Hemi engines. They were sold with a bill of sale rather than a title, and the factory sent along a letter that these cars were not to be driven on the street." Premium prices Today, these factory hot rods command tremendous prices from collectors. Mink bought the Barracuda in 1975 for $4,500, but he said on today's market it is probably worth $50,000 to $75,000. "The Coronet is another factory race car," he said of the bright blue Dodge with which he set several national Super Stock records a few years ago. "They dipped the fenders and bumpers in acid to make them thinner (and lighter), and the hood is made of fiberglass. Except for the windshield, all the windows in these cars are very thin Corning glass instead of safety glass." Mink's most recent SSAA class victory at Indianapolis over the Labor Day weekend earned him a spot in the Stock Eliminator competition, where winners in all the goalie before. After a 4-1 loss to Anderson, Techau came back with eight consecutive shutouts. Sheehan said he feels the midfield is St. Ursula's strength. "We have some of our best players at midfield, and we have built around them. We only have 17 players, so depth is a bit of a problem. But that's where conditioning comes in. We like to think we're in a little better condition than some teams." Hartoin credits "a lot of hard work and some long, hard prac tices with putting St. Ursula where it is in soccer. "Late in the game, we feel we can do a lot of things because we're in good condition," she said. "This is a young team," said Ross, "but we don't seem to be that far apart s ' " "f in age. Everyone gets along well. The older players don't look down on the young ones." The team gets together before almost every game at a player's house for a team meal. "Because we have players from all over town, we usually have someone who lives near where we're playing a game," Hartoin said. "And the team is close in school and on the field." Ross said one of the reasons for strength at midfield is "there hasn't been a lot of change in personnel at midfield this season. Everyone knows what to expect." 1 St. Ursula's attitude key to soccer success 4 Va HIM First BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer There are no superstars on the St. Ursula Academy soccer team; just a group of girls who try a little harder and win a lot. St. Ursula, with just two seniors on head coach Bob Shee-han's squad, has become the class of the Girls Greater Cincinnati League, clinching a tie for the regular season league title last week with a 3-0 shutout of McAuley. "We have a lot of young players, but in terms of attitude and togetherness, this is an excellent team," said Sheehan, in his eighth season as the head coach and savoring his 100th career victory following the McAuley game. if A hum s J jJJ The Cincinnati Kelly Hartoin of hits a header for Rem-Me Car Phones! EnquirerVErnest Coleman Delhi Township St. Ursula. TESIdRMOWlOYlRmS! 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Just bring your purchase agreement and this ad in person to the First Southwestern office nearest you and we'll give you an answer on your loan application within an hour. But hurry, this is a limited time offer available only through First Southwestern. So if you're in the market for a new auto. . .think quick. . . think First Southwestern for a great loan and a cellular phone! St. Ursula's senior leadership comes from stopper Kelly Hartoin of Delhi Township and midfielder Nikki Ross of Anderson Township. "They've both been on the varsity for four years, and they know it's their turn to take over," Sheehan said. After 13 games, St. Ursula had an 11-1-1 record despite some early problems with injuries and changes at the goalkeeper position. Emily Donovan started the year at goal, but fractured a finger and had to step out. Kiesha Techau (of Landen) took over for Donovan. She was a fullback and had never played FIRST NATIONAL BANK of Southwestern Ohio h

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