July 31, 2014

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Letters to the Editor
Barrett was a champion, advocate for the community PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Dietz   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:22 PM

With the passing of Maynard Barrett last month, the Dearborn County community lost a great champion and advocate. Not only was Maynard a Dearborn County Councilman for seven years, but he was an active member of the Dearborn & Ohio Counties United Way Action Council since 2008.  
Maynard served as the United Way Chairman for Community Monitoring and Investment from 2011 to 2013.  This position involved visiting local partner agencies to oversee that donation dollars were spent appropriately.  In addition, Maynard travelled to meetings at Cincinnati area United Way to promote the Dearborn County area.  
Maynard always jumped in to help!
He manned the United Way booth for Music on the River, he flipped burgers for the Dearborn County campaign event, and he was the chief server for the Wine & Walk at the United Way office.
Maynard will be sorely missed.  Maynard truly knew how to “Live United!”

Julie Dietz
Action Council President
Dearborn & Ohio Counties
Chapter of United Way

Watch for kids playing outside in summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by James McDaniel   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:34 PM

In the beginning of summertime school is out and children are attending activities, camping, swimming, etc.
Whether in large cities of small towns, this seems to be the case. In my experience small kids like to ride bikes, scooters and play in the streets. Naturally parents are close by and watching.
As responsible adults, we should drive safely and pay attention to information signs showing speed limits, children playing and stop signs.
I’m writing about these facts as I see them, remember “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Drive Safely!

James McDaniel

Training room should be named after Furney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Sturgeon   
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:36 PM

At the completion of this school year, 2013-14, Mr. Ray Furney, athletic trainer and teacher for Lawrenceburg Community Schools, will be retiring. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Furney for all his help, expertise and compassion with my sons and the thousands of other Lawrenceburg students and their families that he touched and interacted with during his time at Lawrenceburg Community Schools.

Mr. Ray Furney has been a dedicated teacher and athletic trainer for the past 36 years. Whenever a student, parent, staff member or coach had a question or a concern over an injury, he was always there to help them understand the injury and what they could consider doing about it. Mr. Furney was always willing to work closely with the athlete’s doctors too. He always treated everyone like they were the most important person when they were injured.

He always went about his many responsibilities at the school during the daytime, nights and weekends showing compassion to everyone. Since athletic events are scheduled on so many different days and at so many different times, he had to be available almost all of the time. I’m sure that there were many times when Mr. Furney was out in the public that concerned parents stopped him to ask questions. Whether he had the time or not, he would stop and take the time to answer their concerns about their child.

During his career, Mr. Furney had to deal with minor as well as major injuries as he was the first on the scene to evaluate the injured athlete. In his position, he has had to have the ability to stay calm, be a quick thinker, be quick to react, and be a strong listener to the athlete and his/her parents. He has, also, had to be persistence in helping the athlete get through their individual therapy while he helped the athlete deal with the frustrations of not being able to participate in their sport.

Throughout the years that my three sons played sports, he was always there whenever they or I needed him. My sons and I were glad that Mr. Furney was there serving as the athletic director as they experienced injuries throughout their years of playing in different sports.

Since I believe that Mr. Ray Furney will be greatly missed when he retires at the end of this school year, I would like to suggest to the Lawrenceburg Community School Board that the new training room be named after Mr. Ray Furney in recognition for the 36 years of dedication that he has shown to the athletes and their families in the Lawrenceburg Community School District.

Sharon Sturgeon

Local VA more than caring & competent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Charles McKinley   
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:16 PM

I am writing this letter in support of our Veterans Administration facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio area.

I have been a patient of our VA hospital, for several years and have learned our VA people to be caring, concerned, capable, and competent.

I have never had to wait for appointments, and they have been prompt and at my convenience.

I have been treated with compassion by everyone involved in my treatment. I had a massive stroke in 2006, in which I was paralyzed on my right side.

I was in the hospital for 30 days, and in the Fort Thomas, Ky., VA nursing home for 31 days.

There were times I felt like I was the only one there, in both facilities.

I know God does the healing, but good treatment and our VA people are the greatest people and the most canng.

Their knowledge of our needs are excellent, and shows how their hard work are a great benefit for all Veterans our thanks to them can never be enough.

Rev. Charles McKinley
Moores Hill

Athletic fields asset for G’dale, Lawrenceburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Seymour   
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:16 PM

Thanks to the continuing support from the Lawrenceburg Conservancy District, Lawrenceburg Community Grant Program, City of Greendale, City of Lawrenceburg the Community Athletic Park adjacent to the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds we now have a new concession stand and restroom building in the back of the park to service the other fields.

This was a very good project with a lot of cooperation from our local organizations and community leaders. This project used all local suppliers and contractors. It is great to see how the park is being used by the communicy, and also how committed the LCD is to maintaning the park.

We also need to give thanks to Hollywood Casino for all of the projects that have taken place in our community thanks to the partnership they and Lawrenceburg have. I wish them well in their future business.

Paul Seymour
Community Athletic