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Church to raise funds to fight malaria in Africa Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com


Cutting the ribbon in 2015 marking the beginning of the new Mount Lookout Business District recycling program are, from left, Kim Rice of Keepsake Photography, Laure Quinlivan, Andy Park and Matt Johnson, all of the Mount Lookout Community Development Cooperation.

GREEN IS AS GREEN DOES Promoting environmentallyfriendly communities takes planning, teamwork Community Press Staff Report

Green efforts can be found in all communities throughout the eastern corridor and beyond and can vary widely among communities. While some some communities work to assure recycling is widely available for residents, others staff arborists and laborers to care for green spaces and public places, and engage the talents of residents on committees.

Anderson Township Anderson Township is a community that clearly takes planet stewardship responsibilities seriously and took the lead on community green efforts in the early 1990s in becoming the first “Greenspace” township. During their campaign for office and shortly after they were first elected, former Anderson Township trustees Peggy Reis and Mike Walton pursued legislation allowing townships to acquire property in order to preserve it in its natural state, Anderson Township Administrator Vicky Earhart said. House Bill 717, which became effective in June 1990, permitted Ohio townships to do just that. “The township currently owns nearly 700 acres of property that will, by law, remain in a natural state,” she said. “The


HYDE PARK – A local church youth group is taking steps to combat malaria. The youth group at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has organized a 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 16, at Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike, to raise money for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Check in will be at 8 a.m. The race will be at 9 a.m. “I like the 5K because it’s a healthy alternative and a chance to build community,” said Ken Miller, director of student ministry at the church. Miller said planning for the fundraiser began in January. “Our church was asking groups in the church to think creatively on how to support this cause,” Miller said referring to the Imagine No Malaria ministry. Imagine No Malaria is a nationwide Methodist ministry geared toward ending malaria deaths in Africa through prevention, education, communication and treatment. A goal of the initiative is to raise at least $75 million. Miller said the church’s youth group came up with the

IMAGINE NO MALARIA 5K RUN/WALK » Saturday, April 16. Check in at 8 a.m. Race at 9 a.m. » Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike

idea for the 5K. He said several of the members participate in cross country and track. “The 5Ks are definitely growing in popularity,” Miller said. “We’ll be able to attract people who may be interested in helping.” He said the 5K will be for all ages and skill levels. The cost for those preregistering by Tuesday, April 12, is $20. Registration the day of the race will be accepted, but preregistration is recommended. The cost for registration the day of the 5K is $25. T-shirts are available for $10. Registration forms can be dropped off or mailed to the church, 1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati 45208. Registration forms can be printed out from the online site at www.hydeparkchurch. org/imaginenomalaria. For information, call 9798179.

Earth Day is April 22. In what “green” efforts do you partake? Email responses to rmaloney@communitypress.com.

Greenspace Advisory Committee takes the lead in acquiring and protecting the township’s greenspace properties.” Anderson Township also has an active, volunteer Street Tree Committee and Betterment and Beautification Committee. The Street Tree Committee’s 2015 plans include an Arbor Day observance, street tree plantings and tree giveaway for school children, Tree Committee member John Halpin said. The activities involving trees and the activities of the See GREEN, Page 6A



Ken Miller, director of student ministry at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, and the youth group at the church have organized a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for malaria relief in Africa. The event will be April 16 at Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex.

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