CLEANING UP B1 Your Community Press newspaper serving Delhi Township and Sayler Park E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We d n e s d a y, N o v e m b e r 1 1 , 2 0 0 9 Lauren McDonald and Jake Boyer Volume 82 Number 46 © 2009 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRESS B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S W e b s i t e : c o m m u n i t y p r e s s . c om 50¢ Youngsters to shop with a cop By Heidi Fallon email@example.com Written in stone Where in the world of Delhi is this? Bet we got you this week. Send your best guess to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 853-6287, along with your name. Deadline to call is 3 p.m. Friday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See who guessed last week’s hunt correctly on B5. Share your news Have a great photo from your kid’s latest field trip? Trying to drum up publicity for your group’s event? Visit Cincinnati.com/Share to submit your photos, news and events. It’s a one-stopshop for submitting information to The Community Press, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com and many other publications and Web sites. Delhi Township youngsters will be getting a special helper to make their Christmas wishes come true this season. For the first time, the township police department and Skirt Game Committee are having a Delhi Shop with a Cop program. Clyde Kober, Skirt Game vice president, said helping township families at the holidays isn’t new. While a lot of people think only of the Skirt Game’s financial assistance after the annual August softball game, Kober said helping is a year-round effort. “Because of the fantastic support of the community over the last 32 years,” he said, “we are able to help people throughout the year. We’ve helped families at Christmas, but this year we are able to formalize the Shop with a Cop.” Police Chief James Howarth said he and his officers are eager to help for several reasons. Mainly, he said, it will give children a positive experience with a police officer. “Too many times, a child’s only interaction with police is a negative one and this is a way to change that. “Secondly, it will be fun and a way to bring joy to a child at Christmas.” Officers will volunteer their time to shop for several hours Dec. 12 and 13 with children selected through a screening process by Skirt Game Committee members. Families will be referred to the committee through the two elementary, two middle schools and two parochial schools in the township. Kober said the group has earmarked $5,000 and is hoping for donations from residents, businesses and other organizations to HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Making a list and checking it twice as they plan for the Delhi Shop with a Cop project are, from left, Delhi Township Police Chief James Howarth and Delhi Skirt Game Committee Vice President Clyde Kober with police officers Bill Hunter and Rob Buhrlage, standing. help fund the shopping spree. “We really want to make this a true community event, not just the Skirt Game,” Kober said. Along with the gifts children will be buying, each family will receive a food basket with all the trimmings for a holiday dinner. Police Officer Bill Hunter said he plans on using his off day to participate. Voters put incumbents back in charge of township By Heidi Fallon email@example.com Hey kids! It’s time to start writing your letters to Santa and send them in to the Community Press, where they will be published on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Please send your brief letter to Santa to Melissa Hayden, Santa’s Helper, 394 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, OH 45140 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your child’s name, age, the community you live in and the Community Press paper you read, as well as a telephone number we can use to contact you if we require additional information. You may also include a nonreturnable photograph (or JPG image) that may appear with your letter. Letters and photos are due no later than Friday, Nov. 13. TONY JONES/STAFF Autumn walk Marlene and Jim Benz of Delhi Township was out taking their dog Sandy out for a walk at the Fernbank Park Nov. 6. he weather was sunny and cool along the Ohio River. For the Postmaster Round them up To place an ad, call 242-4000. Delhi Township was well represented at the Regional Truck Roadeo recently in Dayton. Public Works foreman Ron Ripperger finished first and Ray Fern finished fourth in the competition which featured the top drivers from multiple jurisdictions throughout southwestern Ohio. More than 50 drivers took part in this regional event designed to test the driving skills of the participants by requiring them to operate their dump trucks, with snow plows attached, on a timed route through a road course containing various obstacles. Published weekly every Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 USPS 006-879 POSTMASTER: Send address change to The Delhi Press 5556 Cheviot Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 $30 for one year “I think it will be a lot of fun and a great way to give a child a positive experience with police,” Hunter said. Anyone wanting more information can go to email@example.com. Donations can be sent to the Delhi Township Police Department with checks made out to the Delhi Skirt Game and mailed to 934 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233. It was a loss that Mary Brigham is thrilled with. Brigham lost by an unofficial 198 votes in her bid for Delhi Township trustee. Incumbent Jerry Luebbers garnered 3,753 votes while fellow incumbent Mike Davis topped the vote tally with 4,615. “Only 198 votes separated me and Jerry and he’s been in politics 40 years and this was my first run for public office,” Brigham said. “I’m thrilled with the vote.” Brigham led the four candidates challenging Luebbers and Davis including Marijane Klug in her first bid for public office and Kevin Rhodes making his fourth attempt for a trustee seat. Klug, who received 2,851 votes – 704 behind Brigham – said she already is planning for her next trustee campaign. “I am not disappointed,” she said. “I got into the race late with limited resources and showed up well in a six-person race.” “I had a lot of support, learned a lot and I will be running again.” While unsuccessful in his fourth try for trustee, Rhodes said he plans on staying active in the township. “I’m not going to sit back,” he said. “I’m interested in what’s going on in Delhi Township and I will remain active.” Rhodes said it was too soon to predict whether he’d make a fifth try. He said he funded his campaign “out of my own pocket and it gets terribly expensive.” Brigham’s slim margin was not lost on Luebbers. “Mike won handily, but I think this is one of those years when we had high quality candidates which helped to draw a lot more people out to vote,” Luebbers said. “The candidates, many of them making their first run for township office, had a lot to offer and made it a hard decision for voters.” Calling it an “issue-less campaign,” Luebbers said he didn’t feel there was a lot of disagreement on issues leaving it to candidates “to promote themselves with their talents and backgrounds.” Davis said he views his overwhelming win as a vote of confidence from voters “in my ability to continue effectively governing the township the next four years.” While Davis and Luebbers have been at odds on the Delhi Road project, both trustees said they view that issue as one that’s been decided and both said they will move forward. Both said the 2010 township budget is their top priority as they move into new terms of office. “We need to address the budget needs and determine what needs to be trimmed during these difficult economic times,” Davis said. “Township finances set the table for all we do.” Luebbers echoed that view, saying trustees “have to be very careful to protect our precious tax dollars.” HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Hoping to secure voted for candidates and issues outside a Delhi Township poll on Neeb Road are, from left, Shari Jewell, Sarah Williams, Jill Eichhorn, Steve Bartholomew and Chris Voynovich.