September 23, 2014

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McDonald’s worker retires after 35 years PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:17 AM

Harrison resident Cathy Harper recently retired from McDonald’s after 35 years with the fast-food restaurant.

As an employee of the Cummings and Heimkreiter organization, Harper started her career at the Lawrenceburg location.

She also worked at the McDonald’s in Harrison and the McDonald’s in Biggs.

She finished her career with 14 years at the Bright location.

About 75 people, including Ronald McDonald, attended a surprise celebration to honor Harper for her dedication and service.

At the conclusion of the party, Harper and her family went by limousine to lunch in downtown Cincinnati.

“Our people are very important  to us. Cathy Harper represented us, and the McDonald’s brand to perfection. It was a privilege to honor her commitment. She will be missed,” said supervisor Karen Heimkreiter.

Youngster takes third in Junior Olympic track PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:16 AM

Long-jumper Lylla Kovacs, 9, Harrison, recently finished third at the Regional Junior Olympic Track and Field Meet, which qualified her to participate in the nationals in Houston.

During the regional meet in Charleston, W.V., Kovacs jumped 3.05 meters.

The Harrison Elementary student joined the Cincinnati All Stars Track Club this year, running in just one meet, before heading to Cedarville University, where she competed in the long jump, 100-meter dash, and 200-meter dash in the 9-10-year-old division.

At that meet, Kovacs finished fifth in the long jump at 2.95 meters. She took second in her heat for the 100 with a time of 16.69 seconds in the finals. She was ninth out of 24 girls, missing the regionals in the 100 by one spot.

During the nationals in July, she competed against 48 girls from throughout the country. She jumped 3.21 meters, good enough for 42nd place.

This year marked the first time Kovacs competed in track and field. She looks forward to competing next year, and making the nationals in Jacksonville.

Girl Scouts roll out stats to prove program’s success PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:39 PM

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is encouraging girls and adults to start off the school year by joining and volunteering for Girl Scouts.

As the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, research shows that girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more successful in school and get better grades, said GSWO Chief Executive Officer Roni Luckenbill.

“Girl Scouts give girls and adult volunteers a positive, life- changing option. And that’s not just talk. We have statistics that show our girls excel for years to come following their Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Luckenbill.

Results of a recent survey conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts show positive effects on members of all ages.

Ninety-seven percent of parents agreed their daughter’s experience was a positive activity. In addition, more than 90 percent reported their daughter learned or tried something new, and participated in fun and exciting new experiences.

Many also reported 94 percent of girls feel special, 95 percent have more friends, and 89 percent are happier.

Girl Scout volunteers benefit as well. In all, 94 percent made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer, and two-thirds believe their experience has helped them professionally.

Ninety-five percent are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better, said Luckenbill.

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character. Girls explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements. They cultivate cooperative and self-directed learning through hands on activities and reflection.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, including those with mental and developmental disabilities. Volunteers must be over 18 and submit to a background check.

To sign up, visit

In partnership with more than 12,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio serves nearly 45,000 girl members in 32 counties throughout western Ohio and Southeastern Indiana.

For more information, call 888-350-5090, visit

Hubert awarded Green Building certification PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:38 PM

The Hubert Company’s Harrison Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center has been awarded a LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

USGBC is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“Combined with our Energy Star certification last November, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” said President and CEO Bart Kohler.

Hubert improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

Since May 2012, Hubert has offset greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of 17,744 light bulbs, 55,956 trees, 2,232 tons of carbon dioxide and 251,806 gallons of gasoline.

More than 44,000 projects are participating in the commercial and institutional LEED® rating systems in all 50 states and 120 countries.

Hubert is a worldwide leader in providing merchandising solutions to the food retail and foodservice industries. Headquartered in Harrison, Hubert has locations in Canada, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland and China.


Window cleaners named Rising Stars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:38 PM

Tim and Sandy Carver, owners of the local Fish Window Cleaning, recently were named Rising Stars at the annual Fish Window Cleaning Convention in St. Louis.

The Carvers were recognized for their outstanding sales, production, management and good neighbor relations with other franchisees during 2013. The award is given to one franchisee from each district by the district manager.

They also received the Navigator Award for their work with prospective franchisees.

The Carvers’ office provides service to commercial and residential customers in the Tri-State. The Carvers opened their business in 2012.

Fish Window Cleaning was founded in St. Louis in 1978, and now is the nation’s largest window cleaning franchise with more than 250 locations.


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