The Journal News from Hamilton, Ohio on October 31, 2005 · 1
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By Bob Dart COX NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — The earthly remains of Rosa Parks rested in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday night — honored by President Bush and congressional leaders after arriving at this select station of American heroes in the front of a procession of buses. Nearly a week after her death at the age of 92, the mother of the civil rights movement became the rst of her gender to lie in honor in the Capitol — a privilege granted by Congress only 29 times previously. As a brilliant autumn afternoon faded into darkness, thousands of Americans, black and white, waited hours on Capitol Hill to pay homage to the quietly de ant daughter of a segregated South whose historic act of courage changed America. On its way to the Capitol, the hearse was followed by buses draped in black bunting to symbolize how the black seamstress from Alabama changed the course of race relations by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white passenger in 1955. Risking a beating or jailing or even death for this simple act, Parks “ignited a movement that aroused our national conscience,” Senate chaplain Barry Black said in a prayer in the packed Rotunda. Laying wreaths in the hushed Rotunda, Bush and rst lady Laura Bush and leaders of the House and Senate led the march of mourners, which began with members of Congress but soon became a stream of ordinary Americans who had waited patiently for their time to climb the marble steps into the West Front of the Capitol. Bush ordered that ags be own at half-mast in Parks’ honor. Joan Cunningham, a teacher in DeKalb County, Ga., ew to Washington Saturday with her husband, Robert, and their grown daughter, Nicole, and four grandchildren, who live in Macon. “Rosa Parks was an important woman in our history. She represents bravery. I wanted my grandchildren to know that,” said Cunningham, who sat surrounded by the kids - Edward, 7, Nicholas, 5, Lea, 4, and Dana, 2, who dozed in her mother’s lap. The Georgia family arrived at Capitol Hill around 11:15 a.m. and walked around awhile before taking their place in line, said Cunningham, who lives in Stone Mountain and teaches a special course in speaking and writing standard English. Journal News M ONDAY , O CTOBER 31, 2005 Bengals hand loss to Packers SPORTS | B1 50¢ HAMILTON Lindenwald forms neighborhood watch Mounting concerns over what has been described as a rash of breaks-ins, vandalism and drug activity in Hamilton’s Lindenwald area has led residents to form a neighborhood watch group. LOCAL | C1 HAMILTON District searches for sites for schools Hamilton City School administrators have of cially started their search for sites on which to build new elementary schools. Construction could begin as early as 2007. LOCAL | C1 HAMILTON Artist preserves his pumpkin treasures Rather than letting his works of art rot every year, pumpkin carver Wayne Hamilton has used arti cial carving pumpkins to build a collection of more than three dozen jack-o-lanterns. LOCAL | C1 Advice A7 Classified C4–10 Comics D4 Lifestyle D1-2 Local C1 Lotteries A2 Nation A3-4 Obituaries C2 Opinion A8-9 Region/State C3 Sports B1–4 TV D3 Weather A2 World A3-4 Printed with soy inks on recycled paper. Vol. 85, No. 304 28 pages, four sections plus supplements ONLINE • INDEX � ��������� � � Today’s news IN GREATER HAMILTON daily planner • PARTLY SUNNY: High 65, low 47. weather INSIDE TODAY Cold weather comfort comes in a bowl As winter approaches and temperatures drop, a hot serving of soup, such as corn-potato soup (pictured above) is perfect for keeping warm. FOOD | D1 Amtrak makes last stop to - By Lisa A. Bernard JOURNALNEWS HAMILTON — Amtrak will stop serving Hamilton customers today, a move the federally subsidized rail service has made as a result of poor station conditions and low rider - ship at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard hub. A letter sent to city of cials in August suggests that Amtrak is willing to restore service to Hamilton if improvements to the waiting station are made. “As you know, poor station conditions, uneven platforms, lack of parking facilities and low ridership leave us with little option,” stated the letter signed by Joe McHugh, vice president of government affairs for Amtrak. “I certainly appreciate the nancial climate we all nd ourselves working in right now and it is my sincere hope that we can restore service to Hamilton with an upgraded station.” With an average of 1,450 customers per year, Hamilton has the lowest ridership of Ohio’s 11 Amtrak stops. The rail service stops in Hamilton three days a week at 4 a.m. en route from New York and Chicago. Of cials with Amtrak did not return calls seeking comment on the issue. Hamilton City Manager Mike Samoviski said of cials in the public works department are seeking grant money for station upgrades. “They are working to nd funds that might allow us to create a new station and waiting platform that meets Amtrak’s standards,” Samo - viski said. A time frame for when such funding could be available was not known Friday. Hamilton Mayor Don Ryan said he was looking into the issue. “We believe in public transportation, and we certainly want that option available to our residents,” Ryan said. “I have some questions to ask about what is being done.” Service may return if city improves station Budget big concern in New Miami race election 2005 By Ken-Yon Hardy JOURNALNEWS HAMILTON — The race for four open seats in the Village of New Miami is starting to heat up. The seven candidates who will vie for the four open seats on the New Miami Village Council say they care about the community and straightening out the village’s budget. Current Village of New Miami officials have been struggling to find out how much money is in their budget to operate on — an issue that culminated with the resignation of the community’s fiscal officer. On Oct. 14, the village council appointed Linda Hicks to a part- time administrative assistant post to temporarily ll the role vacated by Gail Livelsburger on Oct. 7. In a letter dated Oct. 8, and signed by Mayor Kenneth Cheek, the village sent out a plea for Auditor of State Betty Montgomery’s office to step in. Current council member Emma Jean Butler — who also is run - ning for a new term — said the future council has to be able to co-exist with one another. “The books need to be straightened out,” she said. “That is one of the problems, (but) we have to work together.” Hopeful council member Patti Hanes said it is necessary for new council members to make sure the village’s finances are in order and be a voice for the people. “(We need to) work together with one another and the appropriate departments in the village to issue citations for violations of village ordinance, and resolutions,” she said. “(We must) follow up with some community action. Get out in the community and see hands-on the problems. (We need to) get resolutions, get the community involved.” Next term’s council will inherit village’s financial troubles PLEASE SEE VILLAGE | A6 PLEASE SEE AMTRAK | A6 SUBMITTED PHOTO FAIRFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER DIANE CALLAHAN, center, was recently chosen as one of three Ohio teachers to receive the National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Callahan was presented with the award at an assembly on Thursday by Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction, left, and Lew Solmon, executive vice president, education, Milken Family Foundation. By Linda Ebbing JOURNALNEWS FAIRFIELD — To be a teacher, says Diane Callahan, you have to have a passion, you have to have a love for your subject and your kids, and you have to be able to have fun. Students and peers say the Fairfield Middle School science teacher has all that and then some, so it came as no surprise to anyone when she was chosen as one of three Ohio teachers to receive the National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. “She’s not just a teacher, she’s an educator,” student Jeff Heidelberg said. “She actually cares about us. She’s really passionate about science. She wants to get the point across, she wants to teach us the subject and teach it on the mark with flying colors.” Callahan was presented with the award at an assembly on Thursday by Lew Solmon, executive vice president, education, Milken Family Foundation. Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction, was a co-presenter. “I was totally shocked,” Callahan said. “I had no idea.” In addition to the unrestricted financial award of $25,000, she received an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual Milken National Education Conference in May. An educator for 27 years, seven at the Fairfield Middle School, Callahan said she loves teaching. “I love to see the kids’ eyes light up when they have learned something. I love to sit there and feel like I am an in uence on their lives.” And students will tell you she has made an impact — a lifelong impact. An inspiration to her students, local educator wins ‘Oscar of teaching’ “I love to sit there and feel like I am an in uence on (students’) lives.” DIANE CALLAHAN | Fair eld 8th-grade teacher and recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award PLEASE SEE AWARD | A6 TO-DO LIST • Trick-or-treat: Beggar’s Night will be observed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight in Oxford; and from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Hamilton, Liberty Township, Fairfield, New Miami, and Milford Township and St. Clair Township. History will remember her M OTHER OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT LIES IN HONOR rosa Parks | 1913 – 2005 PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE CASKET OF ROSA PARKS lies in honor Sunday night in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. President Bush, center, and first lady Laura Bush were among the mourners paying their respects. Parks is the first woman and second black American to have this honor. She made history by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, an act of defiance that some say jump- started the civil rights movement in the 1950s. Leaders, Americans of all walks of life pay respects at Capitol PLEASE SEE PARKS | A6

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