The event will take place on The Square at Union Centre and is free to attend.
During “Touch A Truck,” children can climb through fire trucks, police cars, snow plows, military vehicles, helicopters, rescue boats, street sweepers and more while learning about them and the men and women who operate the vehicles on a daily basis.
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The fourth annual Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta is scheduled to take place July 20 at Voice of America Park in West Chester Township.
This event, which attracts thousands of onlookers, involves participants building a cardboard boat and then racing them in the lake at VOA Park. Last year, awards were given to the best show boats, fastest boats, as well as the people’s choice, judge’s choice, best theme, best sinking, most entertaining and for the craziest boats.
To register a boat, the cost is $20 for community members and $40 for organizations.
Currently, the event is offering sponsorship opportunities to local businesses.
“Sponsorship packages are designed at various levels of support to provide businesses with a wide variety of opportunities to promote their company and products, while supporting the community they serve.” said Kelly Barkley, Community Relations Coordinator for MetroParks.
Barkley and her team are also looking for volunteers. Last year, nearly 100 helped with the event.
For sponsorship, volunteering or boat building opportunities, visit www.yourmetroparks.net or call MetroParks at 513-867-5835.
Leading up to prom last Saturday, Lakota West High School did various activities to promote safety. One of those activities included a mock crash, where students acted out a fatal car crash that involved a drunk driver.
The scene included a dead student and others who were seriously injured.
“We want our students to understand that we care about them and the importance of being safe,” Lakota West principal Elgin Card said. “If the mock crash can make at least one student think before they make a possible life changing decision then it is well worth it.”
Tony Jones of The Cincinnati Enquirer was at Lakota West last Thursday to capture (photos above) the mock crash.
Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association welcomes Olympic gold medalist
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Shannon Russell reports:
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts planned to end her illustrious soccer career after the 2012 Games in London, but discovered she couldn’t quite walk away from the sport.
Her ailing body finally convinced her to retire just last month.
“I had every intention of being done after the Olympics, but I just still loved playing. I wanted to start a family, but I also wanted to continue playing until that happened,” said Mitts, 34. “I went to (U.S. National Team) camp in March and had a slew of injuries. I thought, ‘OK, this is my body’s way of being done.’”
Mitts and her husband, former NFL quarterback A.J. Feeley, are now both retired and living in Philadelphia. But the St. Ursula Academy grad and recent University of Florida Hall of Fame inductee will be back in her hometown Tuesday as the keynote speaker at the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association’s 20th anniversary awards dinner in West Chester.
Other area Olympians and Paralympians will be honored at the banquet, including Jenny Kemp (swimming), Barbara Weinstein McGrath (diving), Mary Wineberg (track), Keli Smith Puzo (field hockey), Emmy Kaiser (tennis) and April Kerely (swimming). Event officials will present awards to 26 local athletes, coaches, sponsors and administrators.
“I’m happy to be the speaker at the 20th anniversary awards dinner. It’s a great honor,” Mitts said. “I’m excited to meet other Olympians, too.”
Mitts said her retirement thus far feels like a long vacation with great opportunities, like the sports banquet and the two Philadelphia Union soccer matches she worked as a sideline reporter. She’ll conduct her annual CBTS Heather Mitts Soccer ProCamp at Lakota West Aug. 3 and 4, and for the first time will also have an evening-session elite camp for high schoolers.
Mitts’ retirement means she won’t compete in the new National Women’s Soccer League, but the former defender is optimistic that the fresh foray into women’s professional soccer will take root. Unlike previous short-lived leagues – the Women’s United Soccer League and Women’s Professional Soccer – the eight-team NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football.
“Because of the fact that (U.S. Soccer) is taking the initiative to be involved, I do think it will succeed longer than leagues of the past. And by investing in a women’s professional league in the U.S., our players can train here on a daily basis,” Mitt said.
Mitts said it was bittersweet to finish her own career in London but “couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out.” Asked if she envisioned a return from retirement, Mitts promptly laughed.
“I will not be pulling a Brett Favre or Michael Jordan,” she said. “I want to start a family, and hopefully that happens here sooner rather than later.”
Tony Jones recently took photos of the Whiz Kids tutoring program, which recently visited Hopewell Elementary. The program is a literacy-based, one-to-one tutoring and mentoring program.
The program reaches 1,300 at-risk youth in 64 tutoring sites throughout Greater Cincinnati. Whiz Kids partners with more than 80 local churches and 70 public elementary schools, reaching at-risk youth from Over-the-Rhine and Madisonville to West Chester and Milford to Florence, Ky., and Middletown.
Whiz Kids has been offered for the past six years and consists of volunteers from the City Gospel Mission, whose headquarters is in Over-the-Rhine.