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WESTERN HILLS PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Addyston, Bridgetown, Cheviot, Cleves, Covedale, Dent, Green Township, Mack, Miami Township, North Bend, Westwood 75¢ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 A HERO B1 Honoring a fallen firefighter BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Chorus sings for final time at high school By Kurt Backscheider Smigielski said the interchange construction and the work at North Bend and West Fork should be finished by the end of October or early November. North Bend — Members of the Taylor High School Alumni Chorus are preparing to bid a fond farewell to the high school’s stage. Each spring the chorus performs a fundraising variety show at Taylor, and with the school district’s new building set to open later this summer, this year’s show marks the group’s final production at the high school. “We’re really hoping to get a full house,” said chorus member Diana Sullivan. The alumni chorus will present its annual benefit show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in Taylor’s auditorium, 36 Harrison Ave., North Bend. Chorus member Martha Seymour, who also serves as the show’s music director, said the group decided to title this year’s concert “Solid Gold Memories” as a tribute to their final year at Taylor. “It’s kind of a reunion show,” she said. “Everyone is coming back to the old school one last time.” She said the show will feature a lot of early rock ‘n’ roll tunes, and one signature dance number. There are roughly 30 members of the chorus, and Seymour said they’ve been rehearsing since September. “It’s really a great group to be involved with,” she said. “They all work hard and we have a lot of fun.” See WORK, Page A2 See CHORUS, Page A2 Work on the intersection improvement project at North Bend Road and West Fork Road in Green Township should resume within the next couple of weeks. The project was on hold for the winter. Work is expected to be finished by this fall. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Road work to resume in Monfort Heights Crews coming to fix finish intersection By Kurt Backscheider Green Twp. — Crews will soon return to work at the intersection of North Bend and West Fork roads. The Ohio Department of Transportation is improving the intersection, and work has been on hold for the winter. “We’re starting to gear up again with our construction season,” said Sharon Smigiel- ski, spokeswoman for ODOT’s District 8 office in Lebanon. “The project manager expects work to begin there in the next week or two.” The North Bend/West Fork Intersection Improvement project involves the addition of right-turn lanes at all four corners of the intersection. Space has been made on North Bend and West Fork for the turn lanes, and the new curbs and sidewalks at the corners of the intersection are already finished. Smigielski said an underground drainage issue along West Fork Road in front of the Speedway gas station was also resolved. When crews return, she said they’ll finish the foundations for the intersection’s new utility poles and install the new poles. ODOT will also begin work to upgrade the ramps at North Bend Road and Interstate 74 this construction season. The ramp to eastbound I-74 from northbound North Bend Road, in front of St. Ignatius Church, will be extended farther south from its current location. On the west side of North Bend Road, additional capacity will be provided on the I-74 east and west off-ramps. The interchange improvements will increase capacity on the overpass from three lanes to four lanes. Hospital road work almost done Spotlight Community Theater makes its West Side debut By Kurt Backscheider Westwood — Kevin Dunaway said it feels good to be home on the West Side. The Green Township resident and founder of Spotlight Community Theater has found a stage in Westwood for his group’s performances. “I’m excited about the new space,” he said. “It’s a completely new stage for us, and I think it will be really cool.” Dunaway, a 2004 Western Hills High School graduate, said he founded Spotlight Community Theater in 2010 after the theater company where he was working as a youth theater director decided to end its junior program. He couldn’t give up his love of theater, so he decided to FAMILY WALK Elder faithful walking the neighborhood. See story A3 start his own group. “I’ve always liked being in choir and performing,” Dunaway said. “My real impetus for doing theater started when I participated in the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre (at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts) when I was 16.” That experience led him to study theater at Northern Kentucky University, where he performed in shows and also directed some productions, he said. As a new theater group without a home, he said Spotlight put on three shows each year at East Central High School in Indiana. “We started out as a youth theater organization, but now we’re putting on shows starring performers of all ages,” he said. “We’re a family-friendly community theater.” And now they have a performance venue on the West Side – Westwood Town Hall. Dunaway said Spotlight’s first production in their new space is a cabaret-style performance featuring songs from a variety of musicals. “A Little Bit of Broadway: Broadway Through Time” tells the history of the world through Broadway music, he said. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, April 12; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the town hall, 3017 Harrison Ave. Lisa Dunaway, Kevin’s mother, said she thinks it’s great her son has worked hard to start his own theater group. RITA’S KITCHEN Recipes for chili, corn brad. See story B3 See THEATER, Page A2 Spotlight Community Theater performers Alli Ruberg, left, and Maggie Ahrens rehearse a scene from the group’s upcoming production, “A Little Bit of Broadway: Broadway Through Time.” The show is Spotlight Community Theater’s first production on the West Side. The group now performs at Westwood Town Hall. THANKS TO ANGIE RUBERG Contact The Press News .........................923-3111 Retail advertising ............768-8357 Classified advertising ........242-4000 Delivery ......................853-6263 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 85 No. 21 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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