The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 25, 1991 · Page 71
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Friday, October 25, 1991
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She said key issues for Lincoln Heights are increasing job opportunities, eliminating the drug problem, securing contracts for new housing and improving recreation. She added that continued officials demanded and got a recount, it was discovered that a few residents had been overlooked. "It is important for Lincoln Heights to be a city," Mobley said. "We've been recognized as the largest all-black city (in the country) and that's important." But Gray, 42, said the village has more pressing issues to tackle. "Lincoln Heights has very little business and industries to create jobs for residents," Gray said. "It has always been my feeling economic development is crucial if the village is to solve its problems, particularly drug abuse. "Making sure jobs are available will also decrease drug problems in the community," she said. "Additional tax revenue from businesses in 1992 would be used to increase the police and ; service department staff." Mobley, president of council,', mayor and thencity manager ; from the early 1970s until 1986, ; (Please see LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Page 2 census," he said. Lincoln Heights reverted to a village summer, when U.S. Census results revealed its population fallen below the 5,000 for city status. said the 1970 census similar finding, but when .in. v-anmni - ."a.. ta.ttii:-. . I - lL r . ..... ......... r:r. 1 : BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER : The Cincinnati Enquirer ... . ; Former mayor and city manager James E. Mobley has some unfinished business in Lincoln Heights, but not if incum, bent Mayor Jennifer Gray has her ; way Nov. 5. :.. 3" l';;- - Candidate Mobley, 61, a crew leader in the receiving department of Jefferson Smurfit Corp., said among the key issues is regaining Lincoln Heights' city status. "We must wOrk to overturn Weekend of goblins, monsters and parties The St. Rita0.1 02 Haunted House will be at St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road at Interstate 75 in Evendale. Hours: 7-1 1 p.m. today and Saturday, otherwise 7-10 p.m., through Halloween. Admission: $2. There will be a special children's matinee for ages 10 and under from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: 50$. Concessions available. Boy Scout Troops 393 and 27 and the Madonna Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a haunted hall today, Saturday and Sunday at 7700 Seward Ave. in Mount Healthy. Hours will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. The $2 admission includes a chance to win free lodging at two downtown hotels. Free parking is available at Duval School, 1411 Compton Road. The W.J. Williams YMCA branch, 1228 E. McMillan Street in Clifton, will hold a 5K "Monster Dash" at 9 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Mound Park. Walkers, as well as runners, are welcome. Costumes encouraged. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Sustaining Fund Drive, which helps send children from low-income families to summer camp. The park-is located north of U.S. 52 oh the-ClermontHamilton County border. Information and registration: 961-7552. Corpus Christi Boy Scout Troop 603 is sponsoring its eighth annual haunted house this week and next in the church's scout house at Springdale Road and Hamilton Avenue in Mount Healthy. Hours: 7-11 p.m. today through Wednesday. Admission: $1.50. Parham Elementary, 1835 Fairfax in Evanston, is holding a haunted house 6-9 p.m. today . Food, games and movies will be featured. Admission: $1 in advance, $1.50 at the door. Information: 281-1121. Proceeds benefit the Parham School Association. Halloween film program, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave. Information: 521 -6381 . Mount Healthy Branch Library Halloween Party for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7618 Hamilton Ave. Sign up at desk. Come in costume. Information: 521-6381. (the) state this Bureau had required Mobley made a 'If ! ' 1 he Cincinnati EnquirerPhaeSstnoelis year. It t$"open1tQnfght thf0TJg $2 seniors and $1 children. Information: 563-9484. Horseshoe Valley's haunted trail, 7:30-10 p.m. through Oct. 30, 2359 Miles Road, Mount Healthy. $2.50 admission. Talk to Count Dracula and Freddy Krueger. Information: 521-5125. "Batty Bash" fund-raiser, 7 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Natural History at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave. Costume con- . test, magic, horror movies, zoo animals, dinner. Music by Route 66. $80 a person. Black tie or costumes. Information: 287-7020. Magic Forest Halloween Hike for ages 3-8, 7-9 p.m. today and Saturday, Caldwell Park on North Bend Road in Hartwell. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. Cost: $1. Reservations required. Information: 751-3679. Halloween hours by community, Page 4. ""V Jt, TTHe haMnteftvoyse at $t jftitaSjCfipbl forlhe QpaiiaEyendala qlraws a Cfpwd every Jail's demise wags tall tale of legendary rat Tony Allan saw Willard once, and once was enough. At the time, Allan was living at the Community Correctional Institution (CCI, the old workhouse) where he was a trustee-inmate. Allan had gotten himself into a bit of trouble about a decade ago and was doing his time. Because Allan is talented in a handy-man-kind-of-way, he had the run of the place. He was working on plumbing when he first saw Willard. "I was down in the basement and I saw him coming along a pipe toward me. I thought it was a tomcat," Allan said. "So I go 'Here kitty, kitty, kitty . . . Here, kitty, kitty, kitty . . . ' " But this was no cat. This was Willard, a CCI rat of more than a little notoriety, a rat that some even to this day thought was mythical. "Oh, yeah. I heard about him," said Capt. Patricia Gibson, the last commander of the jail. "I think he was a figment." Not the inmates. They gave him his nickname for the rodent star of a popular movie a few years before. Some called him Willie. All gave him respect. He was quite a rodent, too, Allan said. Descriptions predictable Allan spread his hands into that familiar cliche used to describe rodents and fish: maybe 2 feet apart. "He was every bit of that," Allan said while recently waiting in line at a Northside hardware store. The next description was also predictable. "As big as a cat," Allan said, eyes wide, brow furrowed. The average American rat is truly phenomenal: he can jump 4 feet flat-footed, can tread water for three days and eat through concrete. A tomcat that roamed the basement of CCI once mixed it up with Willard, swatting the rodent across the room and up a wall. Willard just scurried away, Allan said. Bill Dickhaus, owner of Ace Hardware in Northside, has no doubt that Willard and other rats like him are cruising Camp Washington and maybe Northside and Clifton because of the recent CCI demolition. For a while late this summer, he was sold out of rat poison, and that's unusual, Dickhaus said. "One guy I know in Camp Washington has come back three times for poison," he said. Rats go way back Jim Price, president of the Camp Washington Community Council, said he would not be surprised if demolition rooted 'out a CCI rat colony. "Sure there's a lot of rat problems now but we had a former dump, and then there's the slaughterhouses," Price said. "Rats have been an ongoing problem." Whether Willard still lives is anybody's guess. Mike Campbell, superintendent of buildings for Hamilton County, said exterminators visited CCI monthly until it was demolished earlier this year so there couldn't have been many. Hidden threat , Jane Simpson, a Cincinnati Health Department receptionist, said she has recently fielded lots of calls from the neighborhood although supervisors report nothing out-of-the-ordinary. 1 Harold Drew, Health Department supervisor, warned that no rat sightings does not necessarily mean there is no problem: "You could have a large rat population and never see it ... the rats probably are scattering." So Willard's moving on. Keep an eye out but don't expect to see him. Drew said the only rats people see are, the wimps those forced out. If Willard ever surfaces, it means he's been kicked but. And if Willard has been kicked out, imagine the size of the rat doing the booting. . Tuesday's EXTRA will be filled with nothing but information on candidates and issues that will go before the voters Nov. 5. On the cover of the next EXTRA, our reporters will summarize the most crucial election issues, especially council races and school levies. Inside the section, we will list other ballot Issues and display short profiles on candidates in your neighborhood. ' " C.'.ry.T'"' Toys-R-Us Halloween Happenings at the Zoo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cincinnati Zoo. Costume contest for pre-registered children 12 and under. Hay rides and pumpkin picking. Free with Zoo admission ($6 adults; $3 children under 12 and seniors). Information: 281-4701. Halloween at Forest Fair Mall: Monster Bash arts and crafts, 6-8 p.m. today; Wayne Martin Puppets, Drac's Back show in Center Court, 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday; Count Magicula Magic Show, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday In Center Court and 2:30- and 3:30-4 p.m. throughout the mall; Face painting, costume contest, trick-or-treating throughout the mall and more, Thursday. Information: 671-3993. Sharon Woods Village Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Haunted houses, pumpkin painting, tours. Make your own scarecrow. Admission is $3 adults; Haunted house for ages 5-12, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Park Branch Library,-' 810 Ezzard Charles Drive in the West End. Come in costume. Information: 369-6026. " Halloween parry for ages 3-9, 2 p.m.''' Saturday, Cumminsville Branch Library, " 4219 Hamilton Ave. Information: 541-0630. Halloween story hours will be offered at the Main Public Library and various branches of the library this month. All pro- grams are free and open to the public. Con-' tact the children's librarian at the branches. Information.: 369-6960. ' , Clifton Branch Library Halloween par-" ty for all ages, 7 p.m. Wednesday, 351 Ludlow Ave. Information: 221-6832. All Hallows Eve, a collection of Halloween stories by the Wyoming Players, 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Fay Centennial Auditorium, Wyoming Middle School, Wyoming Ave. Tickets $5 at the door. Area archivists dig history Loosely-knit societies keep track of suburbia's past; J L I I u '--acf, BY BOB ELKINS The Cincinnati Enquirer lorth College Hill will observe its 75th anniversary this year but has little in the way of historic documentation or a cen Almost all volunteer-run, the historic socie-' ties sponsor activities that range from support-" ing a museum, as does the Greater Loveland, Historical Society, to presenting short plays; about the late 1880s, as does the Delhi Town- ship Historic Society. I Dunn, a professor of English at Miami Uni-i versity's Hamilton campus, keeps most of North ' College Hill's artifacts in two drawers andi several shelves at his home. He said a white box that holds some items "may be the world's ! smallest historical archives." The College Hill Historical Society, headed! by Fred Smart, specializes in preparing booklets ! about the hilltop neighborhood. It has a speak-; ers bureau and also pursues cemetery restora- ; tion. ! Carolyn Madison, a director, said the mem-! bership of more than 400 leads historic house ! tours and takes toursNnitside Cincinnati. . j tral source that might help uncover its past. Still Thorn Dunn, chief archivist and research coordinator for the North College Hill Historical Society, has written a thumbnail history of North College Hill that appears on a plaque outside city hall. "That's the closest we come to a document about the city," he said. There are at least 16 historical societies in Hamilton County, each mining facts and antiques from its own community. None report to or have the support of a county umbrella group. The Miami Purchase Association can supply information on historic architecture but on the events that shaped community Thorn Dunn, of the North College Hill Historical Society, holds the white box he calls "the world's smallest historical archives." Cincinnati 'KquIrerTBIckSwaim SI sic by Mark Dorris immediately follows the ceremony. Tickets are $15 per person, and can be ordered by calling Clara Davis at 771-6537. ST. BERNARD Wilson Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. detailed has nothing history. Saturdav at the St. Bernard MuniciDal Building, 110 Washington Ave. Baked goods and craft and holiday items will be on sale. Lunch will be available. ST. BERNARD The Cincinnati Community Orchestra will give a free concert of popular and well-known classical music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Cincinnati Metropolitan College, 4320 Bertus Ave. WALNUT HILLS The Talbert House Victim Service Center and Xavi- er University are co-sponsoring a per-v sonal protection seminar conducted by! Survive Institute at 7 p.m. Monday at; the University Center Theater. ; Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call 241-4484 for more information. i WYOMING The Wyoming Play-! ers promise a scare when they present All Hallows Eve at the Fay Centennial Auditorium at Wyoming Middle School,; 17 Wyoming Ave. Shows will be at 8 p.m. todayand Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door. SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP The civic association of Hollydale will spon sor its nrst ceieDraxion us rounding with a dinner-dance from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Festivities will include a full-course meal at Northland Hall, 630 Northland Blvd. in Forest Park. Roast beef, honey glazed chicken, rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, green beans almondine, beverages and dessert will be served. The association will honor Edward Jacobs, former Cincinnati Mayor Theodore Berry Sr., Corbett Harvey and the late Charles Sykes, who founded the subdivision in 1958. A dance with mu- ,1 )

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