April 19, 2014

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  • Opening Day Holiday

    Happy New Year, Harrison!  Another Opening Day is in the books.  Opening Day is always special in the Menninger household. A recognized Family Holiday. My 36th Opening Day was no different. The day began early with preparations for the traditional “ke...
  • Don’t get on the Internet if it doesn’t suit you

    Perhaps one of the most revolutionary byproducts of the digital age is that it has changed forever the way we communicate. Spoken and written communication, whether between people in the same house or separated by oceans, has been made easy, inexpensive ...
  • To ponder the improbables ...

    Time to ponder the imponderables. Things that have you scratching your head. Like I got a new phone. It came with a very good protective case. However the instructions for opening it and installing it on the phone were enclosed inside the case when I too...
  • Why others’ misfortunes seem hilarious

    Much of what we find humorous in the world is based on the woes of others. Case in point: last Saturday afternoon I was taking a walk along the trail in the Bright Park. As I walked alongside the football field, a young man, maybe in his early teens, was...
  • Baseball season begins

    Raining cats and dogsA pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday were rained out. The Cats were hoping to salvage the trip with a doubleheader on Monday before returning home for three games at home this week. Sowders has established who his four star...
  • Glindmeyer receives recognition

    Harrison High School Psychologist Melissa “Missy” Glindmeyer received the “Top 10 Greater Cincinnati Teachers of Excellence” award from Cincinnati Christian University. Local principals and assistant principals were asked to nominate a teach...
  • A look at life in New Orleans

    New Orleans is the land of B’s. You’ve got beads, beignets, the bayou, and Bourbon Street. They’ve also got a lot of attitude—with a capital A. I just made my first trip there and it didn’t take long for me to have what I’ve heard is one of t...
  • Getting you money’s worth on cable

    For over 60 years my wife has wrote the checks for our routine bills. Since I trust her I seldom see the amounts of the bills. Couldn’t believe itRecently I saw the monthly Time Warner Cable bill for $90.76 and couldn’t believe it. The monthly bills ...
  • The Voice of America

    I recently began a new job at the National Voice of America Museum.  For many, myself included, the Voice of America is one of those institutions that we had heard about but have a very fuzzy understanding of what it is. The very beginnings of the organ...
  • Ohio residents lend a helping hand to neighbors

    Five years ago this month – during the height of the economic downturn – Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others. Five years later and Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve...
  • Cabin fever, deep freeze

    Wow, what a winter here in Harrison! The snow, the wind, the grey skies, and the bitter cold. Even a new John Deere snow blower did not make our recent winter bearable. Brrrrrrrrr! When we are hit with such inclement weather, one has to restrict their j...
  • Improvements to come for track

    Heavy rains and temperatures in the low 40s are not conducive to optimal athletic performances, so last Saturday’s season-opening track meet, the Harrison All-Comers, was canceled. Instead, Harrison will open the season on Thursday with a meet at Fairfi...
  • Wildcats swing into baseball season

    The high school baseball season gets underway the weekend of March 29, as the Harrison Wildcats head to Somerset, Ky., for some games against Kentucky high school teams and a little team bonding. It shouldn’t be hard for this group to bond as a unit si...
  • Season strategies

    The Harrison Ladycats are talking strategy as they enter the 2014 softball season. With solid pitching from junior Erin Engstrom, the key for the Harrison Ladycats softball team will be defense. Engstrom’s past indicates she doesn’t strike out as man...
  • Track and field at the starting line of a solid year

    While the Harrison girls’ track team is up to 31 members, only two dozen guys chose to participate in track this spring, according to coach Scott Menze. “Track is a big commitment,” said Menze. “You have to go out there and do the work. It is goi...
  • More snow/sleet this week; take that all you global warming creeps

    With the recent below freezing temperatures, I wonder what the global warming creeps, including Al Gore, have to say about these really cold winters that come around every few years. To tell the truth, I would have liked to see some global warming during...
  • Youths improve reading through tutors

    School psychologist Jeannine Rice, who works at Harrison Jr. High and Harrison Elementary, has found a proven method to help third-graders improve reading fluency.  Project More, a state initiative created at Bowling Green University, Ohio, is in its se...
  • Harrison computer ace headed to state competition with Diamond Oaks peers

    Stephen Ulm, Harrison, is among 11 Diamond Oaks students headed to state competition for computer service technician and networking. Diamond Oaks students participated in the 2013-2014 Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Conference. El...
  • Girl Scouts receive Gold Award for mega projects

    Twenty local Girl Scouts, including Amanda Pack, Harrison, and Megan Amberger, Sunman, received the esteemed Gold Award from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio this year. The Girl Scout Gold Award ceremony, which was  Sunday, March 9, at the University of Dayt...
  • French toast and the Holy Ghost

    I occasionally like to write about my late, strong-willed mother. You know, Theresa with an “h.” I recently had a discussion with a colleague about lent, Vatican II, why the name was changed from Holy Ghost to Holy Spirit, and eating fish on Friday....