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FALL JAMBOREE B1 Russ Childress acts as caller during the “Fall Jamboree” fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori. Volume 75 Number 43 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Your Community Press newspaper serving Columbia Township, Columbia-Tusculum, Fairfax, Hyde Park, Madisonville, Mariemont, Mt.Lookout, Oakley, Terrace Park E-mail: We d n e s d a y, D e c e m b e r 1, 2010 JOURNAL Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Shopping spirits bright in Oakley By Forrest Sellers Holiday music The churches of the Madisonville area will offer up a Holiday Songfest Celebration. The program will include holiday and gospel music, praise dancing and a hand bell performance. SEE STORIES, A2 Seasonal celebration Legend Community Church will once again be spreading holiday cheer in Oakley with a variety of holiday-themed events throughout the month of December. Wilcoxon SEE STORIES, A3 The mood of Oakley shoppers and business owners was anything but “black” on Black Friday. “It’s been surprisingly wonderful,” said Renee Dustman, owner of the Spotted Goose Co. “People are supporting local business“People are es this year. “ We ’ v e supporting been super local busy.” businesses The mood was upbeat this year. compared to We’ve been last year when construction super busy.” Renee along Madison Dustman Road impacted holiday shopOwner of the ping in Oakley Spotted Goose Square. Co. in Oakley This year construction on Madison Road in Oakley is halted until after the holiday season. “We are having a better November than last year,” said Miles Altman, owner of King Arthur’s Court Toys. “Business has been very good today.” FORREST SELLERS/STAFF Andrea Grimm, left, and her mother, Malia, of Monfort Heights, try out a few of the toys at King Arthur’s Court Toys in Oakley. They were among those who shopped in the Oakley business district on Black Friday. Altman said temporarily suspending construction has helped. “It makes it easier to get through here,” he said. However, Pleasant Ridge resident Jill Buehler said she would have shopped in Oakley Square regardless of the construction. Two seniors will lead the Cincinnati Country Day wrestlers on the mats this year. The team will be young, but are eager for the season to begin SEE STORIES, A6 Find your community, online Motorists and pedestrians concerned a Cincinnati project will impact Hyde Park Square during the holidays can breathe a sigh of relief. Water main replacement work along Erie Avenue will not begin in Hyde Park Square until after the first of the year, according to Michele Ralston, a spokeswoman for Greater Cincinnati Waterworks. Water main work along Erie has begun at the intersection of Erie and Michigan avenues as well as along Erie Avenue from By Rob Dowdy ROB DOWDY/STAFF Monteith to Paxton avenues. Ralston said water main replacement work will continue along Erie Avenue east of Michigan Avenue during the next few weeks. “We are in the process of upgrading and repairing aging water mains,” said Ralston. “We are currently replacing a six-inch water main with a new 12-inch water main.” She said replacement of the mains improves water flow and Mariemont senior Haley Fallon stacks donated food items from the school’s Key Club donation drive. The Mariemont High School Key Club heard the call, and once again stepped up in a big way. Inter Parish Ministry in Newtown is always looking for more donations for its food drive, but more so during the holiday season. The key club made a contest of the food drive, which took place over the course of a week and netted about 4,200 cans for the local food pantry. Julie Bell, key club advisor, said the food drive is the biggest philanthropic effort for the club each year. “The kids have a way of com- ing through,” she said. Key club member Kate Hassey, a Mariemont junior, said this is the school’s 15th year hosting a food drive for Inter Parish Ministry. She said the club put up signs, reminded teachers and made announcements to build anticipation for the food drive, which doubled as a contest among first bell classes. Inter Parish Ministry food pantry coordinator Chuck Swanson said the Mariemont High School food drive is just one of many the food pantry needs to keep its doors open to needy local families. He said several schools, local businesses and charitable organizations are working on food, SHOP MADEIRA Saturday, Dec. 4 • 10AM-6PM CE-0000431121 For more about your community, visit also insures residences and businesses have a proper supply of water. Replacement of the mains along Erie Avenue began in July. Water main replacement in the square will begin in January. Ralston said the water main replacement project in Hyde Park should be completed by the end of winter. For more about your community visit Club ‘key’ to holiday food drive Find your community’s website by visiting and looking for “Community News” near the top of the page. You’ll find local news, sports, photos and events, tailored to where you live. You can even submit your own articles and photos using Share, our online submission tool. To place an ad, call 242-4000. “We love coming to Oakley to shop,” she said. “The traffic deterred us from going to the mall. “The traffic and parking here was easy.” Water main work hits Square in 2011 By Forrest Sellers Experience helps “I think anywhere you go is busy, so it wouldn’t have stopped me,” she said. This sentiment was echoed by East Walnut Hills resident Brigid O’Kane, who was walking along the Square with her five-year-old daughter Alexi. FUN DINING STYLE and MORE! ROB DOWDY/STAFF Members of Mariemont High School’s Key Club form a line to bring more than 4,000 donated cans to Inter Parish Ministry in Newtown. clothing and toy donation drives as Christmas and cold weather approaches. “We’ve been blessed,” Swanson said. To read more on your community, visit • Shopping • Light up Madeira 6pm • Free Carriage Rides 10am-6pm


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