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Editor: Leisa Richardson f h 860-5180 r-sMBM mmmr - - - - . hJgSb- r Tuesday, October 22, 1991 Community events calendar2 Election previews2, 3 D l iL J L.J I J p Sport "'" gpP "'"W"1"' pill IMI ' 'W(jpi" '"""JlJf" mm m''m"lmm9 s news & notes4 n I v-i r-i r- o rl n i n 1 " r A ri . ' la v I west L y -&r I , . 1 Anderson Twp. 3 Walt Schaefer Big on pumpkins 07 T J ? 1 s : w-v-v i .ft.,- I - 1 j- . v- ' "i -:'"M delays decision on Clough Pike Shops give new life to 'old' Milford Hamilton County proposal sparks residents' pros, cons .1 11 A m r . 1 S 1 i lit make the decision, we only give them our recommendation." Walton was trying to stress the trustees' limited role in the process to several residents who came out Thursday to let them know their opinions on the project. "I have a child who catches the school bus out there and I'm scared to let him onto the sidewalk alone," said Melissa Underwood, a Clough Pike resident. "The traffic is already fast and if you give them another lane they're going to take advantage of it and go faster." Matthew Van Sant appeared as a spokesman for the YMCA, which is on Clough, between Nagel and Eight Mile Roads. Van Sant said a large volume of the Clough traffic comes from the 6,000 YMCA patrons and that widening Clough would be a good move. "We are not disregarding the concerns of the residents," he said. "But we are concerned for our membership. We have a tremendous problem with left turns in and out of our lot. We firmly believe improvement of the road would be a good thing." Lisa Ruber, a township resident who said she regularly travels on Clough, agreed. "At 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon I counted 17 cars behind me waiting to make a left turn at Clough and Nagel," she said. "And that's not even rush hour. There's no way to get out now." " Ruber said she also saw an ambulance driving on lawns to get to an accident on Clough because of the traffic volume. (Please see CLOUGH, Page 2) BY STEPHANIA H. DAVIS The Cincinnati Enquirer Ilthough the Hamilton Coun-L ty commissioners are m mwaiting for their recommendation, the Anderson Township trustees delayed making a decision on the widening of Clough Pike, possibly until next month. The project, proposed by county engineer Donald Schramm, would widen Clough to three lanes between Nagel and Eight Mile roads to make room for a left turn lane. Eight Mile also would be widened on both sides of the intersection with Clough. If commissioners approved the $750,000 plan, construction could begin next year. An August traffic study determined that more than 18,000 cars travel daily on Clough between Nagel and Eight Mile. At the trustees' monthly meeting Thursday, president Michael Walton said they would "take the issue under advisement" before announcing their opinion on the proposal. The commissioners delayed their vote on the proposal Oct. 9 until they received the trustees' opinion. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on the widening Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hamilton County Administration Building on Court Street. ,.. Walton said the trustees would "announce their decision at their Nov. 21 meeting. "If they (the commissioners) need our decision before the 23rd, then we'll have to call a special meeting before then to decide," he said. "But keep in mind, we do not As you stroll down old Main Street in Milford you pass a hodgepodge of shops. The array ranges from a magic-supply shop to Pottery Millworks. You can browse gift shops like The Bear Trap and One Hundred Main Street. The Row House Gallery offers rooms of art, and ladies can discover charm and service in a small dress shop called The Ginabea Shoppe. Antique shops are sprinkled in the mix. Over the past two decades, "old" Milford has changed. The former mainstays the grocery stores, pharmacies and five-and-dime have moved out of the old downtown, up the hill closer to Interstate 275; or they have closed. Surviving the change In some towns, such an exodus of business would gnaw at the community's economic health. Old business districts become avenues of empty storefronts where paint peels and windows are shattered. Not so in Milford. Entrepreneurship is alive and well. People from far away are discovering "old" Milford. People walk the street to browse specialty shops in the historic buildings dating to the 1830s. The successes of the first specialty shops in the 1970s fostered new ones. Some business owners today pray that "old" Milford expands down the side streets to the banks of the Little Miami River. They dream of the town evolving into a Metamora or Nashville in Indiana country towns thriving on specialty shops and catering to those who still take country rides on the weekends. Others fear such growth will destroy the ambiance of the old street and the tranquility of small town life still felt on residential streets a block away from Main. 'A good mix' ,1 1 , ' A .A Pfsv A A.ttu iinflhiifiiiiii44rriiii-ik i The Cincinnati EnquirerDick Swaim Four-year-old Anthony Bowen of Newtown shows off the pumpkin he picked out during a tour of the Burger Farm in Newtown last week. Mechanized, custom-painted pumpkins and hayrides are among the farm's annual Halloween offerings. See story, Page 2. Despite the debate over growth versus status quo, the people of Milford have kept an old street bustling. What is their Students make classic case for Latin rebirth secret? LUVVJUMl "We have a good mix of old fashioned village businesses along with a good mix of specialty shops," said David Spinney, city manager. The corner barber shop and fi r , I" 1 Latin's rising popularity is shown in membership numbers of the National Junior Classical League. neighborhood hardware thrive on Main ;- mm,Jfr"-J - 1 Win- Street, too, he said. t r 1 ''' 1 V, I . i Years ago, "it almost did die out as far as retail was concerned, said Ginnie Of Chaffin, owner of The Bear Trap. The specialty shops filled in. As they did, V' ..ft-iV:'. owners began to work with each other, "We advertise together," Chaffin said. The croup promotes a Christmas Walk .... .I w ' 'V'i Vf yLL. " f r, Antique Walk and Strawberry Festival. They advertise regionally to bring people in from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, she 78 : j 29,010 In thousands 79 131,152 '80 1 32,026 8i'3!2l '82 '83 ., mI1! 84 r'ggg as TEEjli 86 SilEl! 87" mm 88 $m 89 . ' ; Bag said. Shop owners work together BY STEVE KEMME The Cincinnati Enquirer When Lori Palmer decided to take Latin last, year, some of her friends acted as if she were about to walk into a torture chamber. "A lot of people said to me, 'Latin! Why Latin? You can't speak it and it's hard,'" said Palmer, a sophomore at Milford High School. But she persisted, did well in Latin I, and is in a Latin II class. "You have to work at it," Palmer said. "It's not an easy 'A.' But if you keep up with the class, you can do all right." Anderson, Milford numbers up In recent years, a lot of other students have discovered that Latin isn't so bad, after all. In the 1970s, many considered Latin to be a dead language. Enrollment in the nation's public high school Latin classes plummeted and' more students opted for modern European languages. But now, students nationwide are signing up for Latin faster than you can say, Veni, vidi, vici. Latin enrollment at Anderson High School has been rising steadily in recent years and now stands at 82, said Nancy Tigert, who teaches Latin at Anderson and Turpin high schools. Milford has 35 Latin students, at least 50 more than last year and 75 more than two years ago, said Bob Roesbery, Susan Christin-Foy, co-owner of the newest business on the street the The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Straub Lavender Stick, a florist shop said she located in "old" Milford "because it's a quaint little downtown. We like the charm Milford High School has 35 Latin students, at least 50 more than last year and 75 more than two years ago, said Latin teacher Bob Roesbery, here with junior Niki Potts. "I think it's going to continue to increase in the "90s," Roesbery said. We have no complaints about business. 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 Milford Mayor Fred Gatch said Main Street DrosDers because "the business traditionally was viewed as a somber owners are friendlv. cooperative and neb ful. You can browse with no pressure to buy. That s true. Whether "od Miford expands or many factors: colleges' tougher foreign language requirements, the back-to-the-basics education movement, and more lively teaching methods. Today's Latin teachers haven't abandoned the dreaded vocabulary and grammar drills, but they spend more time on Roman history, culture and mythology and on Latin's influence on the English language. They try to inject some fun into what changes very little, the people of Milford can be proud. In a time when many other old Main streets have disintegrated, their Milford's Latin teacher. "I think it's going to continue to increase in the '90s," he said. "Notjust here, but all over the United States." , "There's a more positive attitude about it," said Tigert. "School administrators and parents began to feel that something was "missing from the kids' education. They needed that Latin background." Latin teachers attribute the revival to Modern methods it make fun Tigert makes students wear togas when they leave her classroom to go to the restroom. "Other kids in the school get a kick out of it, too," she said. Her students play Latin board games, (Please see LATIN, Page 2) old Main street has endured. Walt Schaefer is a general assignment reporter for Enquirer EXTRA. o IU rJhr 1 U4 1 J IT 1 t H I v I I II I 1 1 1 I II J city council candidates will be conducted at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Milford branch library, 934 Lila Ave. The event is sponsored by the Clermont County Public Library and the Clermont League of Women Voters. Moderator will be Edith Martin. The course will include instruction on the camera and improving photographic skills. The course will also include a constructive critique of slides shot by students. Fee: $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Registration required. Information: 831-1711. If your public event or activity needs a bit of promotion, submissions are welcome. Mail or deliver to: Enquirer EXTRA, 200 Technecenter Drive, Suite 206, Milford, Ohio 45150. They should be received at least two weeks in advance. LOVELAND A "kids conservation day," teaching young people age 17 and under about conservation, fishing, gun safety, shooting and duck calling, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Pineview Farm, 890 Wards Corner Road. Food will be served. Cost: $10, including a Ducks Unlimited Greenwing program membership; adults, $5. Information: 232-1741. UNION TOWNSHIP, Clermont County Eastgate Retirement Village, 776 Old State Route 74, will have HISTORICAL SOCIETIES around Cincinnati are hard to clas-. sify. Some have large memberships and nice buildings; others are small groups operating out of filing cabinets. Bob Elkins reports. HALLOWEEN MEANS haunted houses, and there are plenty in the works. But so you won't forget all the other spooky and just plain fun things to do this week, news assistant Jay Lidington has compiled a list of Halloween happenings. a crafts bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Crafts at the sale, including hand-knitted afghans, are made by residents of the village and the surrounding community. The bazaar will include a bake sale. Information: 753-4400. UNION TOWNSHIP, Clermont County The Cincinnati Nature Center will hold a four-session workshop on single-lens reflex (SLR) photography starting Oct. 30 at the center, 4949 Tealtown Road, off Round Bottom Road and U.S. 50. MILFORD A public forum with a

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