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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Merge Wright Pink-a-licious
ane Chance Don Elementary Wright school just across I-75 in Miami Township, had a father/daughter dance last Friday night entiColumnist tled “Pink-a-licious.” Springboro Sun I kind of sensed the daughters probably came up with that title. I had the wonderful task of being their music host for the event which turned out perfect. To see all those young girls ages 5 to 11 with their dads was beautiful. Slow dancing to “My Little Girl.” “I Loved Her First,” “Daughters,” and “Beautiful In My Eyes,” was endearing to say the least. There were moments of great fun with the “Chicken Dance,” “YMCA,” the “Cha Cha Slide” and a lot of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson songs that kept the dance floor in fun overflow. One dad with three daughters had trouble keeping up, but he gave it his best. I love taking requests from little 5 year olds asking for a Disney song they love or a 7 year old that wants more Justin or a 10 year old that wants to hear Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing.” When I was five did I think that more than half a century later I’d be entertaining 5 year olds? Yeah, I think I did. The soul of your childhood never really leaves. Two weeks from this morning on May 26, at 7:15 a.m. I’d like to invite you to join the Springboro Optimist Club at Heather’s Coffee and Café 505 S. Main St., in the barn or on the patio depending on the weather for our guest speaker Sterling Gardner, the proprietor of the Jonathan Wright homestead bed and breakfast. Sterling will be giving the history of the home dating back to 1815 and some of the wonderful guests that have come from across oceans and continents to learn of the history of Springboro, the underground railroad and more. You order off the menu, enjoy coffee, tea or soft drinks and will meet some wonderful people that are helping children in our community. Just reply to the email address at the end of this column with the number of people in your party and we’ll see you on the 26th. No fees, no requirements, we won’t be selling anything just come, listen and enjoy. Puns for educated minds. That would include everyone in Springboro I’m guessing. King Robert, a former member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, sent me these extremely well-written pieces about a week or so ago. Enjoy. 1. The fattest Knight at King Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan Island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. No matter how much you push the envelope it’ll still be stationary. 6. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 7. The midget fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. If you’re still in junior high you might want to save these for later in life when they will mean so much more. LOL. The May/June edition of Springboro 45066, the TV newsmagazine of our community will be airing on Time Warner Cable at the following days and times: I Thursday, May 12, at 3 p.m. I Wednesday, May 18, at 10:25 p.m. I Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. I Friday, May 20, at 10:15 p.m. I Saturday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m. I Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. The show airs 30 times during its two month run. It is also available on the internet 24/7 at www.springborooptimist.org click on 45066 and enjoy the show. The new show features eight segments in 30 minutes including the Springboro High School choir that went to Ireland and Scotland during spring break, a chat with the state champion wrestler from Springboro Cody Shivener and many others. Set your DVR now or hop on the internet and watch it now. Merge Wright’s email address is: mergewright@yahoo.com

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Last year’s Relay for Life was well-attended by Springboro residents.

Relay for Life scheduled May 21
The 13th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Springboro is set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 through 8 a.m. Sunday, May 22 at Springboro North Park. Relay For Life is a celebration of cancer survivorship and a fun way to raise the vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. The event will celebrate the lives of hundreds of local residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Some 440 walkers are planning to raise over $60,000 to benefit the Cancer American Society. “The event will begin with the Survivors Lap where more than a hundred cancer survivors and their caregivers will take a victory lap around the track. The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment. We invite all the cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend” said Julie Bolton, Event Chair for the American Cancer Society. A luminaria lighting ceremony also takes place to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against this disease. The luminaria lighting will begin on Saturday, May 21 at about 9 p.m. and will shine all night long. Luminaria for the ceremony can be purchased at the event for a donation of $10. Relay For Life is an overnight community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods and businesses — all with the same goal of conquering cancer. Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, team fundraising activities, fun theme laps, and contests all night long. The Springboro event website has information on all the activities. Go to www.RelayForLife.org/ Springboro for additional information. Relay For Life is a handicapped-accessible event. Funds raised during Relay For Life help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Finding cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. The Society helps you take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest and provide the most up-to-date information about how to reduce your cancer risk by healthy lifestyle choices. Contact 1-800227-2345 or cancer.org for more information. Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. The Society is in your corner, around the clock to guide you through your cancer experience. The Society can help patients and their families make informed decisions about care, find moral support from others who have been there and offer practical solutions to daily challenges. The Society funds and conducts groundbreaking research that helps scientists understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it. The Society is the largest private funder of cancer research. Cancer is not just a health issue, but a political issue. The Society advocates for people to have access to critical cancer screenings and followup treatment – regardless of income. examples Some include: increasing government funding for cancer research, establishing smoke-free policies and healthy lifestyles, and improving access to affordable, quality healthcare. Relay For Life, the American Cancer signature Society’s event and the most successful national fundraiser, is evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call (800) 227-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit cancer.org.

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Tamarack Swim Club seeks members
Tamarack Swim Club, located at the corner of Clearcreek-Franklin Road and Tamarack Trail in Springboro, is accepting membership applications for the 2011 season. Memberships are open to residents of Springboro and surrounding communities, and are priced at $375 for families, $275 for couples, and $175 for singles. Add a babysitter pass to a family membership for just $75. A 14-day Staycation pass is available for $66. Tamarack Swim Club accepts credit card payments via the website: www.tamarackswimclub.com. The swim club features a heated 25-meter pool with diving board, fenced toddler pool and play area, covered picnic tables, snack bar, and playground. Lifeguards are fully certified, and the club has a perfect health and safety record for more than 20 years. Individual and small-group swim lessons are available to members and nonmembers. Tamarack Swim Club is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Youth Fun Nights are open to members and the public. Pizza, pop, pool and prizes are included with the entry fee. Members and their guests enjoy music, activities, food and prizes on monthly Family Fun Days, and enjoy free hot dogs each Sunday, courtesy of local sponsors. Adult evenings and other fun events are also planned throughout the season.