SUPPORT TEAM B1 Karen Martin of Loveland, Sally Kurz of Loveland, Tom Young of Symmes Township, Stephanie Quehl of Loveland and Jennifer Homer of Loveland enjoy some shopping at Saks to raise money for The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE LOVELAND HERALD WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 EIFERT Your Community Press newspaper serving Loveland, Miami Township, Symmes Township BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Cutting police costs could be in townships’ futures How will you remember 2011? From a wet and cold beginning to a ... wet and cold ending, 2011 looks much the same going out as it did coming in. In between, however, we had our share of laughs and cries, joys and heartbreaks. What will you most remember about 2011? And to what are you looking forward in 2012? E-mail your thoughts to loveland @communitypress.com, with “2011 memories” in the subject line. Please include your name, community and a way to contact you. Happy New Year. By Leah Fightmaster firstname.lastname@example.org Helping assemble sleeping bags at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School were, from left: Leah Penecost, Emma Galvin, Colleen Johnston and Claire Messer. PROVIDED Sleeping bags to warm homeless From the grapevine Children's Meeting House Montessori School (CMH) began a new winter tradition that celebrates the school's diversity and the beauty of the natural world. See Schools, A4 Hillsdale's Isaac Spence Catch up with college students Ever wondered how some former high school sports stars are doing in college athletics? Check out the sports section this week to see how several local standouts, including Loveland’s Matt Eltringham and Isaac Spence, have fared. Sports, A5 Contact us News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 93 No. 44 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MIAMI TWP. — Parishioners from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Milford and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Miami Township gathered Dec. 10 to make sleeping bags for the homeless. The event, in Seton’s cafeteria, was organized by a group called Project Sleeping Bag. Families, confirmation groups, teens working on service hours and other individuals wanting to help those in need assembled 26 sleeping bags. Project Sleeping Bag is part of a nationwide group which was started in 1985 by Jim and Flo Wheatley of Pennsylvania. The national program is called My Brother's Keeper. This program provides simple sleeping bags made from recycled materials free to homeless people. My Brother’s Keeper was the inspiration for Mary Schutte of Milford and Rae (Matre) Bruns of Blue Ash to provide sleeping bags for the homeless in the Cincinnati area. Leah Pentecost, Emma Galvin and Claire Messer stitch together a sleeping bag. PROVIDED One hundred and seventy five sleeping bags have been assembled by the local group since 2008. Most of the bags have been distributed to the Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, the Clermont County Homeless Shelter and the City Gospel Mission. Bags also have been provided to individuals who do outreach for the homeless in this area. These individuals who work with the homeless distribute bags whenever they see the need. A few bags also are on hand in the food pantry of St. Andrew Parish’s Society of St. Vincent DePaul. For more information about the project, see the website: www.projectgoodworks.com and follow the link to Project Sleeping Bag. By Leah Fightmaster email@example.com Symmes Township recently finished an important improvement to fire safety in one of its neighborhoods. The project, which was started Nov. 16, involves a looping water system to improve the water flow volume throughout the Camp Dennison area. The increased volume assists with fighting fires by pumping more gallons of water per minute, and AT WARDS CORNER CE-0000492133 Although both Symmes and Sycamore Townships have contracts with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for patrols provided, budget changes in the sheriff’s office might force trustees to review their agreements. Each township the sheriff’s office provides patrols to contracts a certain number of officers to patrol its streets. The township pays the sheriff for those cars, but also receives cars that are not under contract. If the sheriff’s office is forced to make cuts to its budget, townships could end up paying more for their current services. Symmes Township has 12 cars under contract, voted on by the residents of the township and paid for by the safety levy. The contract between the township exchanges 12 full-time-equavalent services of deputies for just less than $1 million. Symmes’ Board of Trustees recently approved the contract of 12 deputies, maintaining that its residents’ safety was a priority and did not want to decrease the number of patrols within the township. To maintain the number of patrols not under the contract, the township might have to pay more or consider other options, said John Borchers, fiscal officer for Symmes Township. “If the county (makes cuts to the budget), we’ll have to organize a plan to pay for the officers,” Borchers said. “We haven’t looked at it yet, but it would be up to the trustees to come up with a plan for how to address it.” Sycamore Township will also have to review their costs. With 17 contract cars from the sheriff’s office, a contract valuing $1.7 million, the township also See POLICE, Page A2 Water project finishes on schedule also maintaining a flow of water in the case of damage to a pipe, said Brian Elliff, Symmes Township administrator. A water looping system, considered to be a better way to operate a water system, connects, or “loops,” pipes and eliminates dead ends. If a pipe is damaged or there is an emergency, water will continue to flow and water power will be more efficient. The system also adheres to fire codes, which require a certain number of gallons to be pumped through a fire hydrant per minute. A study showed some hydrants in Camp Dennison were pumping only 500 gallons per minute, while now that amount has increased to 1,000 gallons or more a minute, Elliff said. “Our main focus was to improve water flow,” Elliff said. Although the township asked Indian Hill and Hamilton County for financial assistance for the project, both declined, but helped with inspections for the project. START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT!! 513-583-8900 520 Wards Corner Rd Loveland, OH 45140 50¢ www.allaboutkidslc.com/wardscorner Enroll TODAY!!! JOIN US FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Call about our January Enrollment Special! ENROLL IN JANUARY AND RECEIVE 1 WEEK FREE!!! “We needed to serve our citizens,” said John Borchers, Symmes Township fiscal officer. Borchers added the only opposition the project encountered from the community was from residents who did not want to give up property. While the project was assigned a $126,000 budget, it was completed well below at about $80,000 and finished on schedule a few weeks ago. Elliff said the only detail left to finish is replacing topsoil.