September 21, 2014

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Letters to the Editor
Heart of Crosby tradition was home-cooked meals for 61 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anita K. Jacobs-Ficke   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:04 PM

I’ve just learned that a 61-year tradition has come to a close. Well, it will still be going on but the heart of the functions is now dead. As of this year, the Crosby PTA Ham and Turkey Dinner will no longer be supplied with food from the parents and local businesses of the area. Now it will be a catered function.

In 1952, when my grandmother, along with other parents, started this fundraiser, all food was donated by the families. Back then, the dinner did not cost one red cent because people donated from their own wallet to support the cause.

Families volunteered and worked long and hard to help raise money for Crosby Elementary. Times have changed and three generations of my family have volunteered at the function over the past six decades. I was proud to know that my grandmother,

Mrs. Rose J. Jacobs, was one of the founding parents who organized this function that has been going on since my mother was a child at Crosby.

Why would the PTA decide to take a meal that is prepared  there on the site and go “fast food?” Why would it take recipes that have been loved for over 60 years and throw them aside for a “fresh from the can and heated up” meal?

I was given the old, “Ohio regulations, use of school kitchen,” and “lack of volunteers” excuse. The last one really sticks in my crawl. “Lack of volunteers.” For 61 years, the community has supported, worked and volunteered for this function.

For 61 years, parents, kids and people who didn’t even have a direct connection to the school came together to work for a common good  - the school.

It is not likely Crosby Township has lost value over the past 60 years. Homes that are more than six times the cost of what homes cost in 1952 are flooding Crosby Township (or well, parts that used to be Crosby Township) and yet we cannot support a one-day function of cooking food?

I guess people don’t care. Maybe they are just too lazy to work a day to support their kid’s school and the largest fundraiser Crosby has.

Where has the pride gone in doing something yourself? “Write them a check. Let an outside source do all the cooking. I don’t want to get my hands dirty but I sure do want all the credit for all the money we made,” seems to be the new “norm” in our area. Guess this is what happens when the “city” moves to the country. Sad.

Thank goodness my grandmother didn’t live to see this end to her function. Thanks to everyone out there who ever made a pot of green beans, sold tickets or cleaned off a table for the next family to come sit down and  enjoy a home cooked meal.

Anita K. Jacobs-Ficke
9016 New Haven Road
Harrison Ohio 45030

Marching in step PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jean Wilson   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:02 PM

The Harrison Recreation Committee thanks everyone who participated in the Harrison July 4th Parade. We had over 50 entries, and many more people marching down the streets of Harrison to help celebrate our nation’s birthday.
The committee congratulates the Coffee Peddler, awarded the Grand Marshall’s Awards, 4-H received the Mayor’s Choice, and Franklin County Antique Tractor was awarded the Harrison Recreation Committee Award.
Many people visited the Harrison Community Center later to enjoy many events from clowns to the magician, and had lots of great choices from many food and drinks vendors.
Music filled the air by Gen-X, who did a great job keeping everyone entertained until the fireworks by Rozzi topped off our evening.
I thank everyone who participated in our activities, and I especially thank the members of the recreation commission: Tom Pack, Mary Faith Roell, Kim Vogelgesang, Kandi Jaeger, Sally Kerr, Patty VanCleve, Kenny VanCleve, Ryan Grubbs and Jim Robertson.
Time after time, they give everything they got to make sure quality fun events come to our community.
I hope everyone had a great time, and here is a tidbit for the Christmas Parade: the theme this year will be The Sounds of the Season. The parade will be Saturday Dec. 6.

Jean Wilson,
Harrison Recreation
Committee Director

Summer Fun program takes many people and supporters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:06 PM

Another Summer Fun session of Harrison Recreation has ended. It was a lot of work to put together six weeks of fun for so many children.

We had more than 100 children, from 5 to 10 years old, sign up this year.
I try hard to make it fun and interesting, and for the children to learn something while on summer


This year, I had much help from 14 councilors and four volunteers who came each day to see that everyone had fun, did interesting things and make new friends and memories.

I have many people to thank who contributed to the success of the program. Among them: Harrison Police Chief Chuck Lindsey, Dare Officer Joe Willing, Beth Siebert and Debbie of Franklin County National Bank, Niki Marengo of Hamilton County Soil and Conservation, City Councilman, Jim Robertson,  Ron Lindsey of Lindsey Shaved Ice, Anna Gray and Binny of Rumpke Recycling, Lisa Soper of the Harrison Branch Library, Harrison City Council, Harrison Township trustees, and Harrison Mayor Joel McGuire.

Jean Wilson
Harrison Recreation

The Simmonds Family Dog Park: thanks to local generosity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joseph C. Seta   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:12 PM

Recently, Great Parks of Hamilton County opened the region’s largest off-leash dog area - The Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest.

The Saturday, June 14, grand opening was a big day with more than 1,000 people and their pets in attendance.

But an 11-acre dog park doesn’t just appear overnight. Its development was a result of many generous individuals and families from Hamilton County.

Starting with the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Simmonds Jr., whose bequest of their 230-acre farm nestled along the Great Miami River created the perfect location for this project.
Then by members of the Simmonds family who, along with Mr. Jerry Lotz, made lead financial gifts for the facility’s development.

Guided by the leadership of the Great Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, more than $900,000 was ultimately raised to see this project fulfilled.

The Foundation will manage the newly created MABLOTZ Fund, established by Mr. Lotz for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to Great Parks of Hamilton County in the maintenance and care of the Simmonds Family Dog Park.

Everything about the Simmonds Family Dog Park is a testament to what true public-private partnerships can accomplish.

Because of the extraordinary generosity of our community, a fantastic new facility now is available.

On behalf of Great Parks of Hamilton County, I thank the Great Parks Foundation and all the many generous contributors who made this project possible.

Joseph C. Seta
President, Board of Park Commissioners
Great Parks of Hamilton County

LOV-S, Men’s Auxiliary mission at Harrison VFW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Monday, June 30, 2014 11:38 AM

It has come to our attention that our community is not aware of the mission of the Harrison VFW along with our ladies LOV-S group and Men’s Auxiliary.
We assist veterans along with helping the local community.
LOV-S volunteers oversee our care package program for deployed soldiers.
Packages are sent on a regular basis and a large mailing to several troops is sent around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday.
Our members donate items and money; over the past 5 years, our packages have affected over a thousand soldiers.
If you know a local soldier who is deployed, pleased contact Bev at (513) 325-6182.

Robert Ostertag, Commander
VFW Duwel Post 7570