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June 29, 2011

Northwest Press

Green Twp. man pens community’s history By Kurt Backscheider

Joe Flickinger said it’s important people know about the history of the community in which they live. “It’s just neat to be able to see everything, and understand how things have changed and how, in some cases, things have stayed the same,” he said. The lifelong West Sider has written a book to help his fellow Green Township residents learn more about the history of the township. Flickinger, who grew up in Bridgetown and graduated from Oak Hills High School, recently published “A Bicentennial History of Green Township: Uncovering a Jewel in the Crown of the Queen City.” “It was definitely a labor of love,” said Flickinger, who teaches history at Northwest High School and lives in Bridgetown with his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Erin. “There were a lot of late nights for me when I was writing it.” He said he was inspired to write the book after reading a book Green Township resident Jeff Lueders released in late 2006 titled “Hamilton County’s Green Township,” which gave a history of the township through photographs and short vignettes. “That was the thing that made me say, ‘What else happened,’” Flickinger said. “What was the full story?” Like Lueders, Flickinger said he worked closely with Paul Ruffing of the Green Township Historical Society, researching old documents, photo-


Green Township resident Joe Flickinger, who is a history teacher at Northwest High School, has published a book about the history of Green Township. The book chronicles the more than 200year history of the township. graphs and newspaper clippings. Flickinger said it took about two and half years to research and write the book. “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I think it’s great finding out where we came from and how the community was shaped.” He said one of the most interesting things he learned while writing the book is that Green Township once had an airport – located in the area where

Eyrich and Neiheisel roads are now. “That was one of the big things that surprised me,” he said. He said the airport, called Frank Airport, was an airstrip with two runways that opened in 1929. Its use decreased when World War II started, and he said it closed in 1945. “Probably the biggest action the airport ever saw is when it served as a staging area during the flood of 1937,” he said. Flickinger said he hopes his book will give residents a sense of where they live. He said the book, which is filled with photographs and even delves into the meaning of the word “Kuliga,” celebrates the history and heritage of Green Township and its journey from an isolated frontier wilderness to being one of the largest townships in the state. “My biggest goal for this book is for people to have it on their coffee tables and be able to tell their friends, relatives, children and grandchildren about Green Township,” he said. Published by Heritage Books, it is available online at, or It is also available at Bridgetown Finer Meats and Dragan Barbering & Styling. For more about your community, visit

La Salle assemblies REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK new leadership team By Mark Schupp

Don Ruberg Jr. is the new executive director and Greg Tankersley is the new director of community development at La Salle High School. Under the direction of and in cooperation with Principal Thomas Luebbe, Ruberg and Tankersley will join a newly designed leadership team a La Salle. Luebbe will retain his position as principal, and maintain overall responsibility for the entire school with a main focus on school operations, specifically academics, student life, spirituality, technology and co-curricular activities. Ruberg’s responsibilities will include managing and enhancing business operations of the school and advancement. Tankersley will report to Ruberg and coordinate admissions, community/public relations, marketing and tuition assistance. “Don and Greg provide La Salle an infusion of innovation and business experience that will strengthen our school’s ability to provide an even more outstanding Catholic, Lasallian education for our current and future Lancer students. Our recent restructuring presented a timely opportunity to have these two individuals join our team while maintaining our fiscal responsibility,” according to Luebbe, principal since 1999. Ruberg graduated from La Salle in 1972. He was most recently president and CEO of FASCOR Inc. “Don represents the tradition of La Salle and also brings a new perspective with his business experience. He has the ability to communicate the Lasallian philosophy from his past experience with the school,” Luebbe said. He is a co-chairman of the La Salle High School Advancement Board, a member of a CEO Roundtable within the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Laureen live in the Monfort Heights-White Oak commu-

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Ruberg Tankersley nity and are the parents of three La Salle graduates: Tony, 1999, Andy, 2002, and Ray, 2004, and Ladaisia who attends St. Ignatius. They have also been active foster parents for the past 10 years. Tankersley has served on the board of Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, the Hyde Park Blast and as chairman of the Cincinnati USA Regional Business Retention Committee. Most recently he was involved in the formation of the Greater Catholic Youth League and serves as an Executive Committee Member.

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