Written by Chris Brown
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:55 PM
As we enter the final weeks for the holiday season, it is time to hold tightly onto your family traditions.
In addition to your family traditions, our community is blessed with a number of area-wide traditions including the holiday parade, high school band/chorus concert, and the elementary school programs just to name a few.
The Harrison Mayor’s Fund is one of the greatest local traditions to which our students and the entire community have given commitment.
This is a very worthwhile endeavor and during the past year alone, our students and families have donated over 6,000 canned goods and perishable items.
I thank all the churches, businesses and individuals who have contributed to make the holidays special for those less fortunate.
The generosity of this community is a tradition of which we can be proud.
This year, as many face difficult economic times, the family traditions are more important than ever.
Traditions help us all feel a part of something special, something bigger than ourselves.
Family traditions are what make each family unique and important to the individual members.
It does not matter whether you spend time at your grandparents’ home, attend church at a certain day and time, open presents on one day versus another, or even a specific food that you prepare for the holidays, keeping these traditions is important.
Our children need to know that traditions are in place and that no matter what negatives we are faced with, the customs will continue to occur.
Ask yourself, what do you remember about the holidays?
It is usually not a special gift you received, but the time with family and the traditions you have established over the years that make this time of year so special.
From the entire Southwest Family, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and safe holiday season. All the best to you and your family in the upcoming year.
Chris Brown is superintendent of the Southwest Local School District.
Last Updated on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:10 PM
Written by Joe Awad
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:54 PM
The snow is on the ground but don’t let the cold and crunch derail your plans of contributing toward renovating several outdoor sports facilities at Harrison High School.
Ground recently was broken to transform cornfields into practice fields as part of the effort dubbed A Century of Excellence.
The program pivots on the theme that Harrison High School sports have been in existence for 100 years.
What better time to launch a campaign to make overdue improvements to the football field lighting equipment, and several other facilities?
Phase one, however, calls for two practice fields.
Irrigation pipes will be installed and the ground seeded. In addition, a high-volume pump and well will be installed to consistently provide water for all fields.
The initial phase will continue through winter, reports Harrison Junior School Assistant Principal Mark Meibers.
As assistant athletic director, Meibers is heading up the effort to raise $400,000 to upgrade the facilities.
Hard work and a generous school board catapulted the drive to the halfway point quickly but the heavy lifting remains.
The program was off to a gargantuan start when the Southwest Local School Board approved $100,000 for improvements.
The cash came from Mercy Hospital, which donated the money in early fall to the school corporation for exclusive advertising rights in SW gyms and other venues.
Since then, Meibers and the other Century of Excellence team members have raised $100,000. Nice work!
Meanwhile, the Century team and Harrison Athletic Boosters have posted a Web site - http://www.centuryofexcellence.org/ - to keep folks abreast of the campaign, and to explain the various ways to donate.
The campaign is divided into individual and corp donations. The corp donations will play out first, then the drive will be in your hands.
You can donate as little as $25 annually or you can take the Platinum plunge for $10,000.
Why should you care? That, my friends and others, comes down to community pride. These are tough times to contribute to anything. Cash is lean and jobs sporadic.
Still, it is incumbent on community businesses, big and small, and residents to make Harrison a top-notch Hamilton County city. The school district, and its athletics, is part of that image.
Here is something to ponder: Sans Cincinnati Public Schools, Southwest is the oldest school district in Hamilton County. That speaks volumes about the area’s pride, individualistic instincts and competitiveness.
This area is different because its origins are different. Unlike most Greater Cincinnati communities, it did not sprout out of the Porkopolis experience.
It was settled and developed exclusive of Cincinnati. Greater Harrison is more than just a Hamilton County appendage. It is a unique network soaked in Ohio culture and tinged with Hoosier flavors.
Harrison folks are fearlessly competitive and righteously proud of their accomplishments.
The school district’s upkeep and modernization are inarguably part of the tradition.
Cash is king in this strapped economy, and it’s hard to make contributions, but at least think about it. Visit www.centuryofexcellence.org.
Joe Awad is editor of The Harrison Press.
Written by Jim Robertson
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:53 PM
I know that the staff members and columnists here at the paper haven’t had time to send Santa their Christmas lists.
So don’t worry, I’m going to help them out because I know the big guy in red pretty well.
What to wish for? For the editor of this fine publication, I am asking for a social secretary so that he will know when to show up for all the events that call upon him for pictures.
For Patricia, our new writer, perhaps a dogsled that will enable her to get to the office when the winter storms are howling in Franklin County.
For Donna, the guru of sales, some well-heeled customers so that she can spend her time creating cutting edge ads.
For Mary, a special indicator that will alert her when a caller is calling to scream at her, generally for something that the home office did.
For Bob Hyle, the venerable writer of all things sports, a new copy of Hoosiers. I’m sure his copy has been played so much that he can read his column through it.
For Jack Dominic, the latest electronic gadget that he will have to have explained to him by an 8-year-old.
For Terry Viel, a magic camera that takes pictures that make the subject of the photo look like it did many years ago.
For Bill Baird, what can I say? His world of dreams is better than anything Santa could bring him.
Have you started yet?
With just a week to go, have you started your shopping yet, mailed some Christmas cards, baked some cookies, put up your decorations or trimmed the tree?
I stopped putting up a tree years ago mainly because I’m never there to enjoy it.
My holiday schedule keeps me going out with the Harrison Senior Chorus, making appearances in a red suit, dealing with city things that tend to come up at the end of the year.
So, I probably won’t bake anything until Christmas Day.
Got a few cards to send out so I probably will get those done in time to reach my friends.
Don’t have much shopping to do, so I probably will get that done. I generally take it pretty easy on Christmas Day because I am resting up from my rounds on Christmas Eve.
Anyway, I hope you get what you want this year, although I know which list you are on.
Remember, I know the man in the red suit. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Since our last regular meeting of the year was Tuesday night, I want to thank Deb Acra for 20 years of service as a council member.
She was my best friend on council, and I certainly will miss her. Best wishes to her as she follows her career at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
Jim Robertson is a longtime Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.
Written by Bob Hyle
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:49 PM
I’ve lived in my palatial manor on lovely Banberry Drive for 26 years and there’s just one problem with living there: the address keeps changing.
We received notice last week from the Dearborn County Planning Commission that we are about to get our fourth address.
Our home started off as 110 Banberry Drive. I’m dating myself here, but with the advent of 9-1-1, the county decided to change addresses to make it easier for first responders to find the right home.
Only they did it the wrong way. We were given the address of 2310 Banberry Drive, but six
months later we received notice that the even numbered houses should be on the opposite side of the street from our house, so our address was changed to 2301 Banberry Drive.
Normally, communities start with the number one as the first house on the block, but no, we’re the third house, so just to be safe, I attached our numbers to the mailbox.
I could live with those changes. After all, getting to the right house is a pretty crucial part of the whole 9-1-1 philosophy. I should have realized something was wrong, though, and our address was about to change.
One night several months ago, I was coming home and saw an ambulance was crossing Stateline Road from the other end of Banberry Drive to my side of Banberry Drive.
The ambulance then pulled into the driveway of one of my neighbors.
Two things popped into my mind immediately. One, I was hoping that whatever caused the neighbors to call the ambulance wasn’t life threatening (it wasn’t and aren’t you proud of me for thinking that first) and two, I thought that time was being wasted when the ambulance went in the wrong direction.
So now, I am the proud resident of 2301 West Banberry Drive, which sounds pretty fancy for an unincorporated portion of Dearborn County. At least I’m on the west side of Banberry, which, like most things in the Cincinnati area, is much cooler than the east side.
Still, it is a pain to have to notify people and businesses of my address change (and for those of you who are close personal friends - I’m looking at you Donna Hinssen - this is your official notice). Back when we first switched from 2310 to 2301, I found out late that an invitation to a wedding had been returned to sender because the envelope was addressed to 2310.
Never mind that the other mail being delivered had the same last name and that there was no such address as 2310 Banberry Drive.
I take address changes seriously, even if there are only a dozen houses on the west side of Banberry Drive.
I’m no scofflaw. Living by the rules is important to me. Besides, I don’t want to miss out on any party invitations. The west side of Banberry parties hard.
Bob Hyle covers sports and writes a weekly column for The Harrison Press. He lives in Bright.