BIRD’S EYE VIEW B1 HILLTOP PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 Cincinnati Zoo Bird Trainer Eddie Annal tells students about sulfur-crested cockatoo as the bird is perched on his hand. Students at Winton Woods Intermediate School were treated to some exotic visitors who spoke to them before flying around the gymnasium. Know a sportsman? The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is under way. Readers can nominate any junior or senior athlete by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on cincinnati.com/ preps, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Western Hills Press. 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Haskins has been fascinatphaned pioneer cemetery called ed by the cemetery since she was a God’s Half Acre that has suffered child growing up in in Springfield badly from neglect may be blessed Township. after all. “We’d always go up there and A Disabled American Veterans look at the headstones,” she said. chapter in North College Hill “We’d even have picnics there.” wants to adopt the cemetery on David Bean, a retired FinneyWinton Ridge Lane that no one town teacher, had researched the owns and become its permanent cemetery’s history and had been care-takers. Three Revolutionary involved in cleaning up the cemeWar veterans – including Finney- tery. He has provided Hasler with town’s founder and namesake, a list of the 59 people buried in Ebenezer Ward FinGod’s Half Acre – ney – and five veter- “The people who all between 1799 ans of the War of and 1882. The first 1812 are buried are buried there person was buried there. there in 1799 and are founders of “The people who the last, in 1882. are buried there are this area as well The list will help founders of this as veterans.” volunteers figure area as well as vetout exactly where erans,” said Rich- RICHARD BLUE everyone is buried. ard Blue, adjutant Adjutant for DAV Ohio Some of the tombfor the DAV’s Ohio Chapter 115 stones are illegible; Chapter115 in North others are out of College Hill. “It’s our history.” place or missing. The DAV and several other volJoseph Prell, a direct descendunteers have offered to help clean ant of Ebenezer Ward Finney and up and care for the cemetery since of David Sprong, a Revolutionary an Enquirer story and photos last War veteran buried at God’s Half month revealed the cemetery’s Acre, is delighted that the DAV poor condition. chapter and others want to clean A large tree that had fallen up and care for the cemetery. He damaged at least five gravestones. found out he was related to both Another fallen tree smashed a sec- Finney and Spring in 1996 but tion of a small wrought-iron fence didn’t find out where they were surrounding the cemetery. Volun- buried until 2002. teers have removed both fallen The unmarked cemetery was trees since the Enquirer story ap- so overgrown with weeds and peared. shrubs at the time that, even with a Dave Hasler, a 25-year resident map, it took him a while to locate it. of Springfield Township, is trying “I drove by it several times before to help get a group of volunteers I finally found it,” said Prell, a together to assist the DAV chapter Symmes Township resident. “It in cleanup and fundraising for the was so frustrating.” cemetery’s perpetual care. “ProHe arranged for the cleanup of gress will go pretty fast once we the cemetery and for the replaceget in and do the main cleanup,” he See HELP, Page A2 said. A large tree has fallen inside of God's Half Acre cemetery in College Hill damaging several headstones and grave sites. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS A head stone is seen broken in pieces inside of God's Half Acre cemetery in College Hill. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Forest Park buys house for redevelopment By Rob Dowdy email@example.com FOREST PARK — It’s a buyer’s market, apparently, as Forest Park recently purchased a house on Elkwood Drive. Forest Park City Council voted to allow city officials to purchase the house at 11706 Elkwood Drive for $22,500 in order to tear it down and make the site presentable to potential developers. City Manager Ray Hodges said the property has become an eyesore and is bringing down the value of neighboring homes. “It’s unsafe but it also represents a drain on the neighborhood,” he said. Community and Economic Development Director Chris Anderson said the home has been vacant for two years and vandals have removed all copper wiring Forest Park is purchasing a home on Edgewood Drive that’s been vacant for two years. The city plans to demolish it in hopes of making the property more attractive to potential developers. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS as well as the heating and air conditioning units. Hodges said the city seeks out those homes that are below city standards and are unlikely to be purchased and renovated by a home buyer. He said with the city buying the home, it will be demol- ished and the property will be cleared to entice a homebuyer to build a home on the lot. Anderson said the neighborhood is an “area of focus” for Forest Park. He said while many of the homes along Edgewood are in good shape, several are in disre- pair and foreclosures are higher on that street than in any other street in the city. Anderson said the city “can’t make people sell” their homes, but when the price is right and the home has become an issue for neighbors, Forest Park has set aside money to redevelop those sites. “When we get the opportunity, we’d like to take it,” he said. The cost of demolition ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on the materials within the house and the effort it takes to remove the debris from the site. Hodges said the city will take responsibility to mow and maintain the site until it’s sold. Forest Park’s redevelopment fund for 2012 contains $150,000 for such projects. Anderson said the fund is reevaluated each year.