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Saint Martin to have alternative to summer festival Forrest Sellers

CHEVIOT – Saint Martin of Tours will not have its traditional summer festival this year. However, in November it will launch a brand new event called Martinfest. For many years the parish had a festival the first weekend after Independence Day. It was eventually rescheduled during Father’s Day weekend to avoid conflicting with other parish festivals in July. However during the last few years attendance at the festival has seen a decline, said Donna Broerman, development administrator for Saint Martin of Tours. Additionally, the revenue generated from the festival did not reflect the significant amount of time that went toward planning and execution of the festival, she said. Parishes in general are struggling to make money from the festivals, Broerman said, adding that each consecutive year the Saint Martin festival saw a decline in profits.

She said the St, Martin festival in 2016 generated from $5,000 to $7,000 less than previous years. “We believe that it (was) time to take a new direction,” she said. That new direction is the appropriately named Martinfest, which will be Nov. 11. Martinfest will be geared for adults and feature craft beers. Broerman said Martinfest would likely appeal to those attending the traditional summer festivals. Craft beers are very popular and this seemed like a good opportunity to try something unique, she said. Broerman said at this stage four breweries are expected to participate, each of which will bring three or four different craft beers. Even though this event is specifically for adults, Broerman said the parish will continue to sponsor a variety of events geared for families including its annual Halloween festival and parish picnic. Additional details on Martinfest will be provided in the coming months.


Youngsters enjoy a ride at the Saint Martin of Tours summer festival. Because of declining attendance and other factors, this year’s summer festival has been canceled. However, the church has come up with an alternative event in November that will feature craft beers and be geared for adults.

Sister Harrington remembered for ‘accomplishing the impossible’ and dancing along the way Kate Murphy


Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jean Patrice Harrington, former president of the College of Mount St. Joseph, died July 1 at the Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility. She was 94.

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Education was her ministry, but, boy, did Sister Jean Patrice Harrington love to dance. She danced as the president of the College of Mount St. Joseph as the bread and wine were brought up at Mass. She danced at parties with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Dancing with Denver Grand Opera Company was one of the highlights of her life. And a pair of pink ballet slippers will be on the cover of the program at her funeral where the “Lord of the Dance” hymn will be played. Sister Harrington died July 1, in the company of her sisters

at Mother Margaret Hall. She was 94. It was the sisters’ willingness to serve, free spirits and Harrington friendliness that attracted her to the congregation 76 years ago. She then committed her life to service as a determined leader, woman of deep faith and premier, innovative educator. Sister Harrington came to Cincinnati for a bachelor’s degree, which she earned from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1953. She returned decades later to serve as president of the institution, which is now

Mount St. Joseph University, where she ministered from 1977 to 1987. Sister Annette Muckerheide taught in the biology department at The Mount under Sister Harrington. She said she found out early on that she could get into some serious fights with her boss. The strong words didn’t ruin their friendship, though, because it was “OK to disagree.” “She didn’t just do what people wanted her to do, but listened to them,” Sister Muckerheide said. “She took pieces of it that she could see fit into her overall picture. And that’s how she accomplished the impossiSee SISTER, Page 2A

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