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Madeira says ‘no’ to medical marijuana Marika Lee mlee1@communitypress.com

No medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed within the city of Madeira. Madeira City Council passed an ordinance by emergency to prohibit the sale of medical marijuana within the city at its April 10 meeting. “Medical marijuana may or may not have its merits but I

don’t think Madeira would be ... appropriate for a dispensary to be located,” said Councilman Scott Gehring. Council passed the ordinance by emergency, meaning it will not need additional readings and goes into effect immediately. The state laws regulating medical marijuana go into effect on Sept. 8. Madeira approved a mora-

torium on medical marijuana dispensaries within the city in August. Law Director Brian Fox advised against continuing the moratorium and drafted the legislation for the prohibition. He also drafted legislation to limit dispensaries to certain areas, but all seven members of council supported the prohibition. “I am not outright opposed

to medical marijuana dispensaries and the possibility that we might have residents that would very much appreciate and value having close access to that. But it seems that there are still a lot of unknowns in how this will be enforced and what that would mean,” Councilwoman Nancy Spencer said. Mayor Melisa Adrien also said she would like to see how dispensaries operate in other

communities before allowing them in Madeira. “I hope council will revisit this down the road, to evaluate and collect data to see if there is interest in having access to these facilities once we have a better handle on how we can manage them,” Spencer said. Want to know more about what is happening in Madeira? Follow Marika Lee on Twitter: @ReporterMarika

Sycamore approves summer improvements Marika Lee mlee1@communitypress.com

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Wine Down Wednesday supports student mentoring.

Greenacres schedules Oyler school benefit for April 26 Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

By just about any measure, it’s a long way between Indian Hill – one of Greater Cincinnati’s most affluent communities – and Lower Price Hill, where many children live in poverty. The Greenacres Foundation of Indian Hill has for years endeavored to bridge the educational divide by hosting “Wine Down Wednesday,” an annual fundraiser benefiting K-12 students at the Oyler Community Learning Center in Lower Price Hill. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised at Wine Down Wednesdays – this year set for April 26 – to provide Oyler’s students with things such as biology class supplies, incentives for academic accomplishments, mentors, online high school, after-school programs, field trips to Greenacres for its educational agriculture, environment and arts programs – even clothing and proms. Greenacres presents Wine Down Wednesday, an evening of food, drinks and entertainment, in partnership with the Hatmaker Foundation, a group dedicated to giving Oyler students what they need to reach their academic potentials. In fact, it was members of the Hatmaker Foundation who came up with the idea for Wine Down Wednesday – and its name. Here, Meredith Leslie of Newtown, a member of the Hatmaker Foundation Board of Directors, discusses Wine Down Wednesday and explains that it all began with an idea pitched by fellow board member Rick

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Chouteau of Cleves. How did Wine Down Wednesday get off the ground – and get its name? Eight years ago when Rick Chouteau had an idea that he wanted to raise more funds for Oyler school, he reached out to (other members of the Hatmaker Foundation Board of Directors) for help. After brainstorming, the team determined their passion for wine coupled with a silent auction and a beautiful venue would make the perfect fundraiser. After reaching out to (president) Carter Randolph of the Greenacres Foundation and partnering with Evelyn Ignatow of Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, they decided to host the event on a Wednesday evening to avoid competition with weekend fundraisers as well as entice more wine distributors and makers to get involved. How many years has Greenacres been hosting Wine Down Wednesday? This will be the eighth year. Every year, the event has been held at Greenacres. Greenacres is a critical partner to the Hatmaker Foundation and Oyler school, and provides the most beautiful setting for the event. Greenacres also hosts Oyler students many times throughout the year for free field trips that align art enrichment activities to school curriculum, helping to expand the students’ knowledge and experiences. Does all the money raised go to the Oyler Community Learning Center and what is the Hatmaker Foundation’s formal

Sycamore Community Schools will be seeing new roofs, upgraded transportation and repaired pavement next school year. The Sycamore school board approved more than $900,000 in summer improvements. The majority of the funds will go toward roofing repairs, Director of Business Operations Chad Lewis said. “There are two main roof sections of the high school that are original from 1973-74 that need to be replaced. There is a little bit of work at each of the elementary schools,” Lewis said. The district will pay $646,400 for roofing repairs, mostly at Sycamore High School. The roof at Maple Dale Elementary School is of the old gymnasium, which was built in 2001. It was the only part of the old school to remain when it was rebuilt in 2014. The board also approved district paving projects. Roberts Paving, which also did the work

last year, was awarded the bid of $171,419. The board also approved alternates for work on a concrete path at Maple Dale and replacement of an asphalt path at the high school. The district is also purchasing GPS equipment for three years for its vehicles for $38,165. Lewis said the GPS equipment will help the district track bus routes and better manage transportation operations. “With this system, we will be able to alert parents at a moment’s notice if a bus is running late,” Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel said. Lewis added the price will drop to about $10,000 for the second two years of the contract. The district is trading in two vans and purchasing two vans from Beechmont Ford for $46,704. Lewis said the vans are used for student transportation, mostly for work studies and smaller teams. All the purchases are funded See SCHOOLS, Page 2A

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Sycamore Community Schools will add GPS equipment to its bus fleet as part of its summer improvements.

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