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MUSIC IN GREENHILLS B1 Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township Email: Website: We d n e s d a y, J u n e 2 2 , 2 0 1 1 Temperatures in the 90s didn’t deter folks from enjoying the second in the summer series of Concerts on the Commons in Greenhills. B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Greenhills hosting swim tourney By Heidi Fallon Volume 74 Number 20 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tops in sports The sports department of Community Press newspapers is proud to present the winners of the 2011 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest in this week’s issue. The Hilltop Press winners, as voted online by readers, can be found on A5. Voters cast more than 265,000 votes for around 190 nominees. The 35 winners determined will receive a pair of field-box tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds. For a complete list of winners and their inspiring stories, please visit your community page at cincinnati. com/(your community’s name). Making soup Mount Healthy author Pamela Durham is like a modern-day Mary Poppins. Her life inspired her to write an essay “The Magic Purse” that is in the new book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers.” – SEE STORY,, A3 Online community Find your community’s Web site by visiting Cincinnati. com/local and looking for your community’s name in the “Ohio (or Kentucky) communities” menu. 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. Greenhills is getting ready to host the July 18-19 Northern Suburban Swim League championships. Megan Kenny, manager of the village pool, said the eight-team competition will bring thousands of people to Greenhills for the twoday event. “We’ll probably have 2,000 people here throughout the two days,” she said. Along with the Greenhills Gators, teams competing will be Evendale, Wyoming, Springdale, St. Bernard, Reading, Sharonville and Norwood. The 750 swim team members range in age from 3-18 and will compete in both relay team and individual categories. Kenny, 24, a Gator coach and former team member, said the village last hosted the championship in 2003. “It’s hosted on a rotating basis and it’s a huge job to organize the event,” she said. “We have wonderful parent support, but can use all the volunteer help we can get.” Kenny’s sister, Katelin, will be both helping and competing. It will be the 18-year-old’s last meet since rules limit team participation after high school graduation. Village Mayor Fred Murrell said the swim meet will be an opportunity to show off a bit and is urging residents to spruce up to make a good impression. “The swim meet will bring so many people to Greenhills who may be visiting for the first time,” Murrell said at a recent council meeting. “We want to show off what we have and, hopefully, folks will want to come back.” Kenny said volunteers have been helping get the ready, planting flowers around the pool facility. “We’re proud of our pool,” she said. “We’re tucked away back here and people might not even know the pool is here. The meet will allow us to show off our green areas and golf course and all that Greenhills has to offer.” With the demise of other community pools, the Greenhills facility is attracting more families. “We’re seeing more people every summer and I think we’re the only pool in the immediate area,” she said. She said the pool still has family and individual passes available. The meet also gives the Gator team its opportunity to raise funds with the Gator Grill concession stand. Kenny’s father, Rob, said he’ll be helping as will a roster of volunteers. Admission to the meet is $2 and it is open to the public with plenty of parking available in the shopping center, the old Johnny’s Toys and the adjacent Community Building. The Community Building will be where folks will retreat if the weather doesn’t cooperate during the championships. Rain won’t stop the competition, but thunder and lightning will. For more information about the pool or the swim meet, call the village pool at 825-0288. Finneytown makes school board appointment By Heidi Fallon A former school board member has been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Finneytown Local School District Board of Education. David Hasler takes the appointment due to the resignation of Albert Brown, who resigned effective May 1. Hasler’s term ends on Dec. 31, 2011. He previously served on the board in 2009. “Mr. Hasler brings a unique set of skills and expertise to the position and I am confident he will help move the district forward,” said Laura Horn, board of education president. Hasler has been an active supporter of Finneytown Schools for more than 20 years. He has been involved in Hasler numerous formal and informal athletic coaching roles, participated in studies for maintenance procedures and priorities for the school district committees, and has volunteered as a tutor. He has been a district resident since 1985. Hasler and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons who are graduates of Finneytown High School. “I have a high interest that the Finneytown education programs are continually being improved,” Hasler said. “And each student has access to structured tutoring outside the formal school programs, and teachers are adequately rewarded for excellence.” For more about your community, visit Township undecided on federal money agreement By Heidi Fallon To place an ad, call 242-4000. HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Katelin Kenny, left, helps her sister, Megan, sort through information about the championship swim meet coming to the Greenhills pool July 18-19. Megan Kenny is the village pool manager and a coach of the Greenhills Gators swim team. Springfield Township trustees are weighing their options on renewing township participation in the federal Community Development block grant program. 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