David Seyer, executive director of the A Special Wish Foundation of Dayton and Southwestern Ohio, said the foundation was honored and touched to be a positive part of Beckett’s treatment.

The organization granted Beckett’s wish to go to Walt Disney World on Tuesday at Panera Bread in Washington Twp., Montogmery County.

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Free ‘Movies in the Park’ back after two-year hiatus due to COVID-19

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Alyssa McGuire, 3, and Acasia McGuire, 2, wave their American flags as some military vehicles pass by during the Memorial Day Parade Monday morning in Middletown. Behind the children are Kevin and Jamie McGuire. NICHOLAS S. GRAHAM

Alyssa McGuire, 3, and Acasia McGuire, 2, wave their American flags as some military vehicles pass by during the Memorial Day Parade Monday morning in Middletown.  Behind the children are Kevin and Jamie McGuire.  NICHOLAS S. GRAHAM
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Alyssa McGuire, 3, and Acasia McGuire, 2, wave their American flags as some military vehicles pass by during the Memorial Day Parade Monday morning in Middletown. Behind the children are Kevin and Jamie McGuire. NICHOLAS S. GRAHAM

Two Middletown staples, holiday parades and free summer movies, return this year thanks to an army of volunteers and community sponsors.

Event organizer Jeri Lewis made a presentation at last week’s council meeting, and members thanked her and the volunteers for their continued efforts.

The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on May 30 from Smith Park, descends Verity Parkway and ends at Woodside Cemetery where a ceremony will be held. Kenneth Baldwin, a Vietnam veteran who retired from AK Steel after 33 years, was selected to serve as grand marshal.

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Frontline heroes: award-winning local school nurses portrayed as pandemic warriors

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Fairfield Schools head nurse Pam Buehler, seen here caring for a sick student, is among many local school nurses who are now being praised for their hard work in the first school year – 2020 and beyond – after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local school officials say nurses have been heroes in keeping thousands of students and school staff safe during the deadliest days of the now-fading pandemic. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield Schools head nurse Pam Buehler, seen here caring for a sick student, is among many local school nurses who are now being praised for their hard work in the first school year - 2020 and beyond - after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  State and local school officials say nurses have been heroes in keeping thousands of students and school staff safe during the deadliest days of the now-fading pandemic.  CONTRIBUTED
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Fairfield Schools head nurse Pam Buehler, seen here caring for a sick student, is among many local school nurses who are now being praised for their hard work in the first school year – 2020 and beyond – after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local school officials say nurses have been heroes in keeping thousands of students and school staff safe during the deadliest days of the now-fading pandemic. CONTRIBUTED

It’s not like school nurses had an easy job before the 2020 onset of America’s most dangerous pandemic in more than a century.

They did not do it.

From allergies, colds, the flu to injuries on the playground, every school day has seen a steady line of youngsters and teenagers waiting for care and first aid before COVID-19 emerged in March 2020.

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New library bench commemorates Talawanda teacher and volunteer

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Members of the late Shari Farmer’s family gathered for the dedication of a bench at Oxford Lane Library last Sunday placed in the vestibule in her memory. CONTRIBUTED

Members of the late Shari Farmer's family gathered for the dedication of a bench at Oxford Lane Library last Sunday placed in the vestibule in her memory.  CONTRIBUTED
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Members of the late Shari Farmer’s family gathered for the dedication of a bench at Oxford Lane Library last Sunday placed in the vestibule in her memory. CONTRIBUTED

OXFORD — A bronze bench placed in the local Lane Library honoring the memory of a college language arts teacher and book lover was officially dedicated last Sunday.

The bench was donated to celebrate the life of Shari Farmer who taught at both Stewart Junior High and Talawanda Middle School in the Talawanda School District and retired after also serving as an Intervention Specialist. After her retirement in 2005, she kept busy working with donated books for Friends of the Library sales and helping Patricia Gifford with her business, Swittens.

“It was donated to Oxford Lane Library by the library friends of Lane and Swittens to celebrate the life of Shari Farmer. Shari touched many young lives as a language arts teacher at Talawanda College for 30 years. In retirement, she found a passion for creating beautiful woolens, especially mittens, from upcycled sweaters with my local business, Swittens. She was also a leader in sorting and preparing donated books for resale through Friends,” Gifford said.

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Family day on the farm: Niedermans organizes an event for children to see animals

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Photos from The Power of the Purse wine tasting at Niederman Farms at Liberty Twp. Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

Credit: Greg Lynch

Photos from The Power of the Purse wine tasting at Niederman Farms at Liberty Twp.  Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

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Photos from The Power of the Purse wine tasting at Niederman Farms at Liberty Twp. Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

Credit: Greg Lynch

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TWP FREEDOM. — Families will have the opportunity to make memories and have a fun day at Niederman Family Farm.

“Everyone is looking forward to a stress-free, laid-back, fun activity for the kids and creating a memory, and we know that creating memories is so important. In the past two years, that’s something we’ve lost, c It’s our ability to create memories with our families, so we’re thrilled to be back to be able to create those memories,” said Bethann Niederman, who is Director of Fun at Niederman Family Farm.

The family day on the farm will take place two Saturdays in a row.

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The 80s Block Party in Hamilton to raise money for the area animal adoption organization

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Here are some of the pets for adoption at the Animal Adoption Foundation at 2480 Ross Millville Road in Hamilton. The nonprofit organization is hosting a fundraiser at Municipal Brew Works on May 14, 2022.

Here are some of the pets for adoption at the Animal Adoption Foundation at 2480 Ross Millville Road in Hamilton.  The non-profit organization is hosting a fundraiser at Municipal Brew Works on May 14, 2022.
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Here are some of the pets for adoption at the Animal Adoption Foundation at 2480 Ross Millville Road in Hamilton. The non-profit organization is hosting a fundraiser at Municipal Brew Works on May 14, 2022.

HAMILTON — Adoptable pets are the focus of this weekend’s “80s Party” at the Municipal Brew Works in downtown Hamilton.

The Animal Adoption Foundation will promote its cause with an 80s-themed community fundraiser at the popular brewery, which has outdoor seating and allows patrons to bring their dogs on leashes.

“It’s a way for us to get out into the community and let everyone know that we’re here, and we’re having fun, and we’d like everyone to be a part of what we do and what we do. are trying to raise funds so that we can continue to rescue animals that have been abandoned, neglected or abused,” said Lacy Olander, deputy director of the Animal Adoption Foundation.

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