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D ELHI PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Delhi Township and Sayler Park 75¢ CIVIL WAR B1 Nuns host commemorative service WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Like mother, like daughter Delhi duo both win same college scholarship, 32 years apart By Monica Boylson Delhi Twp. — Xavier University has a special place in the Murphy household. It was where Dan Murphy met his wife Julie in1981. They both graduated in 1985, were married in Xavier’s Bellarmine Chapel in 1988 and raised two children to be life-long Muskies fans. “We’ve been season ticket holders since we graduated,” Julie Murphy, 50 said. “When the kids came along we added two more for our season tickets.” So when their oldest child Kelsey Murphy, 18, was awarded Xavier University’s St. Francis Xavier scholarship, the two said they were thrilled. “We could not be more proud of her,” Julie Murphy said. “We’re glad that she was rewarded for all her hard work.” Kelsey was one of just 10 incoming freshman to receive the four-year full-tuition scholarship to Xavier. Even more unique, her mother received the same scholarship when she graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1981. “I think it’s amazing that we won the same scholarship,” Kelsey said. “My mom has lived a life worth emulating and the fact that I’m following in her footsteps makes me feel really proud.” Xavier University Director for Strategic Communications Kelly Leon said the Murphys share something rare by earning the same scholarship. “This is not something that I hear everyday,” she said. “I think this is pretty exciting for Schools welcome funding, wanting more By Kurt Backscheider major in marketing and finance, with a minor in entrepreneurship, advertising or both, she said. Her high school grade-point average was 3.98. She said she considered several colleges including Miami University and University of Cincinnati. She was offered the full-tuition Lindner Honors-Plus scholarship at UC, which she said made picking a college very hard. “I was sitting in my living room working on homework when I saw the email from UC pop up in the corner,” she said. While school districts appreciate Ohio increasing the amount of money it will allocate to public education in the next two years, area school officials say it’s not enough to restore programs or personnel cuts made in recent years. The biennial state budget signed by Gov. John Kasich June 30 provides $94 million more to schools in the Greater Cincin- Furniss nati region than the previous biennial budget. » The Oak Hill Local School District will receive an additional $265,000 in state funding for fiscal year 2014, and Johnson $440,000 in fiscal year 2015, according to Oak Hills schools superintendent Todd Yohey. He said that while they are receiving additional state funds, Oak Hills is losing federal aid for programs in the district. “We learned that the federal sequestration will reduce federal funding for Oak Hills by approximately $215,000,” Yohey said. “It’s like riding a roller coaster.” Oak Hills schools Treasurer Ronda Johnson said the district See DAUGHTER, Page A2 See FUNDING, Page A2 Delhi Township residents Julie Murphy, 50, left, and her daughter Kelsey, 18, were both recipients of Xavier University’s St. Francis Xavier scholarship. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS this family who has so many ties to Xavier to share this scholarship and legacy with Xavier.” Dan Murphy, 49, said he is proud of both his daughter and wife. “I am so excited by the dynamic duo; like mother, like daughter,” he said. “The odds that both would earn the exact scholarship some 32 years apart are astronomical.” Julie said she was floored when she found out they could share something so special in common. “It seems almost improbable that mother and daughter would be selected for this same prestigious award 32 years apart,” she said. “I know receiving this scholarship in 1981 was truly life changing for me.” She said she has high hopes for her daughter’s college career. “As I think about Kelsey’s future, I’m eagerly anticipating how receipt of this scholarship and attending Xavier University will enable her to make an impact during her lifetime,” she said. Kelsey graduated from Seton High School in May and will attend Xavier to double Learn how to utilize solar energy By Kurt Backscheider Price Hill — The Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage is working to teach residents how they can capture and use the sun’s energy. Solar energy can be utilized to generate electricity and heat water, and sunshine is also important for growing successful gardens. Through the recently launched Solar Community Project, the ecovillage is showing homeowners how they could benefit from embracing solar energy. “It’s an educational opportunity for folks who want to learn how to take control of their own energy production,” said Dan- iel Divelbiss, an ecovillage resident who is helping coordinate the project. He said the ecovillage decided to start a solar project last fall to encourage people to consider solar energy. In addition to being a clean energy source, he said people who use solar energy systems realize economic benefits from generating their own energy. As part of the project, Divelbiss conducts solar assessments for residents interested in solar energy. Ecovillage resident Deborah Jordan said the assessment service is designed to help residents make informed decisions regarding renewable energy installations, home improvement projects like green- PLANT FOOD RITA’S KITCHEN Couple has edible garden See story A4 Readers share recipes See story B3 houses or solariums and garden placement. “The goal of the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage’s Solar Community Project is to empower Price Hill homeowners to recognize and utilize our abundant solar resource by providing affordable and professional solar assessment services,” Jordan said. Divelbiss said the ecovillage purchased a tool called the Solar Pathfinder to use during the assessments. The tool helps the assessor determine a property’s solar irradiance potential. “We’re able to calculate the number of sun hours that come to a specific spot, and deterSee SOLAR, Page A2 Dave Rudemiller, front, and Dave Hill prepare soil beds for planting in one of the backyard gardens in the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage. Sunlight is vital to a successful garden, but the sun’s light can also be used to generate electricity and heat water. The ecovillage has a Solar Community Project to teach residents how they can use solar energy. 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