BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT B1 The Turn-Around Boutique Consignment Shop Your Community Press newspaper serving Miami Township and Milford E-mail: email@example.com Vol. 30 No. 35 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Cutest pet photo contest Submit your best picture of your furry friend and you could have the chance to win a $250 money card. To enter, visit the Contests page on CincinnatiMomsLike Me.com and upload your photo to the “Pet Photo Contest.” Contest starts Wednesday, Sept. 8, and deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 20. Administrators receive raises Principals, assistant principals and other supervisory personnel in the Milford Exempted Village School District have received two percent raises. The Milford board of education approved the raises Thursday, Aug. 19, in a 4-2 vote. Members Gary Knepp and Andrea Brady voted against the raises, saying they wanted to wait until they had a clearer picture of what the district’s 2011 budget would look like before considering employee raises. FULL STORY, A2 Ohio report cards See the numbers behind the excellent and effective report cards received by the nine public school districts in Clermont County. GRAPH, A7 Fire shuts down Hana Tokyo A popular sushi bar and Japanese restaurant in Miami Township is closed after its kitchen caught fire Sunday, Aug. 29. Hana Tokyo, 1067 Ohio 28, opened earlier this year and suffered severe structural damage as a result of the fire, said Miami Township Fire Chief Jim Whitworth. FULL STORY, A2 We d n e s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 8, 2010 ADVERTISER Web site: communitypress.com B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Cemetery rates increase By Kellie Geist firstname.lastname@example.org It will be slightly more expensive for people to buy lots and be buried at Milford’s Greenlawn Cemetery. Milford City Council voted Tuesday, Aug. 17, to raise the rates at Greenlawn Cemetery. “We review the rates every two to three years to stay in line with other communities,” said City Manager Loretta Rokey. The service department and city staff look at a rate survey led by Symmes Township and then make comparisons to the rates at Greenlawn. The last cost increase was in 2008, Rokey said. The new prices for residents are $560 for a lot and $60 for a cornerstone, up from $550 and $55. For a non-resident, the new costs are $860 for a lot and $60 for a cornerstone compared to $850 and $55. Other costs, including opening and closing fees, infant burial, disinterment, also increased. For a complete list, visit www.milford ohio.org. Even with the increase in cost, the city still uses some general fund money to operate the cemetery, Rokey said. For example, in July, the city paid $1,640 to A&A Landscape to catch up on mowing and weed removal. “For the last two years we haven’t been able to hire any summer help and we haven’t been able to replace people we’ve lost ... My budget is very tight, but this was a godsend in terms of keeping up with complaints,” said Service Director Mike Haight. Haight said the city is looking at proposals to have a landscaping company take over the mowing and weeding at the cemetery fulltime. No decisions have been made. The service department currently has seven employees, two of which are in the cemetery fulltime. Haight said contracting with a company for the maintenance would mean those employees could spent time on their other cemetery duties and help with general service department needs. He said they also could help cover sick days and vacations. “There are definitely things we need those two people for. It would make a world of difference in the department to contract (for the mowing and weeding),” Haight said. No cuts or layoffs are being discussed, he said. Earlier this year, the Wayne Township Trustees decided to contract out the cemetery maintenance. Paul Ritchey, the trustee in charge of the cemetery, said having an outside company do the maintenance has worked well this summer. “It’s cheaper to contract it out than to do it ourselves. It also frees up time for our maintenance (employees) to work on the roads and other projects,” he said. Battle for the ball Milford High School junior defender James Hammond, left, battles Fairfield’s Matt Feller for the ball during their game at Fairfield Aug. 31. Fairfield was up 3-1 with 24 minutes left, but Milford came back to tie the game, 3-3. Since that game, the Eagles beat Walnut Hills 2-1, and played Princeton Sept. 7, after deadline. They next play Wilmington Sept. 9 at home. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/STAFF Art Affaire to feature artisans, alpacas By Kellie Geist email@example.com Lytle’s birthday also was unveiling Members of the Harmony Hill Association in Williamsburg hosted their annual birthday party for Major Gen. William Lytle, who is considered the “founder” of Clermont County. Part of the celebration were the many exhibits in the new Carriage House, that will be used for a variety of activities. FULL STORY, B1 To place an ad, call 242-4000. This year’s Greater Milford Area Historical Society Art Affaire will have something a little different for visitors to check out – alpacas. The New Richmond Alpaca Farm owner and manager are bringing live alpacas as well as alpaca yarn and alpaca wearables made by Peruvian artists to the Art Affaire. Greg Wahl, New Richmond Alpaca Farm manager, said most people don’t know the benefits of wearables made from alpaca fleece. “The garment industry compares alpaca fleece to cashmere. It has no lanolin so it’s very soft and it’s very warm,” Wahl said. “If we’re doing an outdoor show, and we can take two or three animals with us, it tells an incredible story,” Clothing made out of alpaca fleece takes half the amount of Entertainment at the Art Affaire Entertainment in the gazebo begins at 12:30 p.m. with a vocal performance by several students from the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, including Milford’s Joe Moeller. Honeysuckle Sounds will play period folk and Celtic music at 1:30 p.m. and Altissimo Strings from Mariemont High School will follow at 2:30 p.m. The Roaring ’20s Barbershop Quartet will finish the day with traditional ballads, gospels and pop tunes. yarn to be as warm as clothes made from wool, Wahl said. That means alpaca wearables are very lightweight. The New Richmond Alpaca Farm is one of the more than 12 artisans who will be at the Art Affaire. Visitors also can check out pottery, knitted and woven textiles, wood carvings, jewelry, stained glass and more. The Art Affaire will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Promont House Museum, 906 Main St. in Milford. This art show is a fundraiser for the Greater Milford Area His- torical Society. The proceeds will be used for the society’s High School Scholarship Fund as well as landscaping projects and general operating costs. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it supports a lot of things ... Like a lot of other museums and organizations, we’ve lost lots of funds. We need every penny we can get just to keep the doors open,” said Tracy Lanham, Art Affaire chair and Greater Milford Area Historical Society volunteer. Lanham said the quality of the artisans and the ambiance is real- LOL is ... Local bloggers writing from your perspective on cooking, wine, romance and more! Visit: Cincinnati.Com/LOL or search: living ly what makes the Art Affaire different from other shows. “More than anything it’s just the whole ambiance of the event. It’s on such beautiful property and we have period style entertainment. It’s just delightful,” she said. “It’s not a festival, it’s an affaire of the arts.” Lunch will be available on the verandah throughout the afternoon and a garden show will be held inside the museum. In honor of Patriots’ Day and Sept. 11, 2001, a moment of silence will be observed at noon and a military exhibit will be displayed. Handicap parking is the only on-site parking available. Visitors should park at the Little Caesars’ lot or the spaces in the Kroger complex closest to Ohio 28. The parking lots will be marked and a continuous shuttle bus will run from the lots to the Art Affaire. For more information, visit www.milfordhistory.com or call 248-0324.