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TRI-COUNTY PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Evendale, Glendale, Sharonville, Springdale, Wyoming 50¢ WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS House safe after fireworks stockpile discovered Chief: Homeowner was former Rozzi employee By Kelly McBride SHARONVILLE — A Creek Road residence has been declared safe after a stockpile of fireworks was discovered inside a house April 24. Emergency workers responding to a call from the homeowner’s friend discovered the explo- sive materials, which were disposed of that night and the following morning. Homeowner Donald Rowe was dead when firefighters arrived, according to Fire Chief Ralph Hammonds. His death is not related to the fireworks, Hammonds said. The fireworks materials were discovered in jars and bins throughout the house owned by the longtime employee of Rozzi Fireworks. Hammonds said Rowe had developed fireworks for Rozzi. “We don’t feel there was any ill intent, or any criminal activity,” Hammonds said. Fire, police and public works departments, along with the Ohio bomb squad, FBI and EPA officials, worked together to clear the house. “Some of it was disposed of in a controlled detonation on site,” Hammonds said, and some was burned on city-owned property. Deputy Safety Service Director Christine Thompson said that because the house was next to the Community Center, that building was evacuated for a short time and a portion of Creek Road was closed Wednesday morning during the removal and disposal of material. “We mitigated the situation in a reasonable timeframe to make everything safe for the community and residents,” Hammonds said, “and for anyone who would enter the house now.” For more about your community, visit Get regular Sharonville updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit Project roots: Ecology, education Wyoming students beautify courtyard By Kelly McBride WYOMING — A courtyard cleanup to pull weeds and tidy up the parking lot area at Wyoming High School has blossomed into a multi-purpose project. “It had fallen into neglect and became a giant weed patch,” English teacher Alli Wischer said in a presentation to the Wyoming Board of Education. After the cleanup, perennial plants and knock-out rose bushes were planted. “We thought our work was finished,” she said of the courtyard. “But the students were so motivated, they took this to another place,” she said of the expanded project. That led to the creation of Campus Renovation for an Ecofriendly Wyoming, or CREW, which combined several student groups. Intervention specialist Victoria Haygood has paired typical students with special needs students, which benefits both partners. “We paired the students to teach them skills they can transfer into work opportunities, like groundskeeping and landscaping, as well as to provide role models to establish relationships,” Haygood said. Daniel Gilbert was paired with special needs student Steven Meier. By Kelly McBride SPRINGDALE — The Springdale Senior Citizens Club will explore several locations along downtown and the riverbank. The Heritage Tour, conducted with a guide from the Cincinnati Museum, will include stops along the banks of the Ohio River, Over-theRhine, overlook sites, Mount Adams, Eden Park, the Suspension Bridge and northern Kentucky’s historic district. Seniors are encouraged to bring their cameras on the tour, which lasts about twoand-a-half hours. Lunch will follow at Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant. The Washington Platform restaurant, established in 1875, was one of the stops along the canal that once flowed through Cincinnati along what’s now Central Parkway. When it reopened in 1986, Washington Platform included a “Canal Room” to honor its history. The tour, Friday, June 15, costs $48. It includes trans- See SENIORS, Page A2 Steven Meier, left, and Daniel Gilbert, both wearing Wyoming's school colors, were paired by Victoria, second from left, for the project. Student Body President Allanah Jackson, right, addresses the Board of Education about the courtyard renovation, which includes groups such as the Future Business Leaders of America. Otto Warmbier, second from right, is vice president of Wyoming High School's FBLA. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Knock-out rose bushes, annual plants and perennials such as coneflowers were planted after weeds were cleared out. PROVIDED “I have created a relationship with Steven that’s not only good for him, but for me,” Gilbert said of the pairing. The newly established Future Business Leaders of America got involved, too. “We were interested in the economic, management and sales side,” said Otto Warmbier, vice CRUISE CONTROL WITHIN REACH B1 Wyoming High School’s prom departed with a “Titanic” theme. Seventh-graders at St. Michael School learn how a little bit of outreach can make a big difference. See Schools, A4 CE-0000508566 Seniors plan Heritage Tour president of the group. “That’s what the project was missing.” The FBLA wrote sales pitches, made order forms and created a Facebook page. Titled Wyoming High School Courtyard Renovation, the Facebook page chronicles the progress and provides details of the project. FBLA members also called vendors and canvassed local businesses for support. 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