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NORTHWEST 50¢ Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. One of our holiday traditions is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. E-mail your nomination to with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include information about how to contact your nominee, a photo if you have one and your name, community and contact information, including a day-time phone number. Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14. PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Firehouse Subs comes to Stone Creek By Jennie Key Checking In Check out Checking In, a daily online feature that gives you the scoop about what’s going on in the community every morning. You can also get Colerain Township news delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe at, and each day at 8 a.m. you’ll receive an email listing the latest township news. Wilkommen! Do you know where this is? Maybe you drive past it everyday. It's somewhere in the community, but where? Send your name and your best guess to or call 853-6287 and leave your name and guess. Deadline is 3 p.m. Friday. If you're correct we'll publish your name in next week's newspaper along with the correct answer. We straighten out the past two weeks of scavenger hunt this week on B4. Contact The Press News .........................923-3111 Retail advertising ............768-8196 Classified advertising ........242-4000 Delivery ......................853-6263 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 90 No. 43 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Ron Herrmann was never a big fan of sub shops. Now he owns one. He and his wife Sandy are opening a Firehouse Subs restaurant in the Stone Creek Towne Center at 3659 Stone Creek Blvd. on Dec. 6. “I was never a customer of this kind of restaurant,” he said. “After I had Firehouse Subs, that changed.” A convert, he praises the “hearty” oversized portions of hand-sliced meats and cheeses, steamed, then piled high with fresh produce onto a toasted sub roll. The menu features 10 specialty subs, and you can also build your own. It also offers with chili, chips and a state of the art Coca Cola Freestyle machine that allows customers to select up to 102 combinations of flavors on its touchscreen. Firehouse Subs was founded in Jacksonville, Fla. by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen. It’s a firefighter-themed, casual food restaurant chain with more than 460 restaurants. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage of the founding family’s 200 years of firefighting service. In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders. Through the non-profit foundation, Firehouse Subs has given more than $2.6 million to hometown heroes, impacting 225 communities. Herrmann says he’s Firehouse Subs manager Eric Herndon with Stone Creek location owners Sandy and Ron Herrmann in front of the mural depicting the Colerain Township Fire Department's Galbraith Road station. The restaurant was set to open Dec. 6. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS been meeting with members of the Colerain Township Fire Department to talk about how the foundation can help the department get needed equipment. The Stone Creek location is the fifth Firehouse Subs restaurant in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information about Firehouse Subs, visit, or follow on Twitter at @firehousesubs. Colerain Township Economic Development Director Frank Birkenhauer said the restaurant is unique to the area, and he expects it will do well at Stone Creek. “I think with the tradition we have with our fire department in the community, Firehouse Subs will be a good fit here,” he said. “We are happy to have them set up shop in Colerain Township.” Mt. Healthy going to voters in March for levy By Jennie Key The Mount Healthy City School District has its work cut out for it as board members decide to go to voters in March with a fifth bid for a levy. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes certified the tax valuation has remained the same, meaning the levy amounts stay the same, as well. The district is seeking a 7.65-mill levy that would generate an estimated $2.75 million annually. The levy would cost the owner of a $50,000 home about $114 annually and the owner of a $100,000 house about $228 per year. A similar levy request failed in November of 2010, and in February, August and November of this year. Board members took a final vote Nov. 28 to put the levy on the March 6 ballot, but the vote was not unanimous. Board member Emmett Kilgore voted no, saying he favors asking for a smaller amount, since voters have said no to the levy so many times. Board member Steve Harness Handler said there is no point to lowering the amount. “It’s what we need,” he said. “We have three chances in 2012 and we won’t see the money until 2013. If we ask for less, we will have to make deeper cuts than if the levy passes.” Kilgore said he sees that, but the district will have to make even deeper cuts if voters say no again. “I just thought maybe we should try something different this time.” The district cut $1.9 million from its budget for this school year after the series of levy failures. Board members had hoped to reinstate high school transportation had the most recent levy request passed. The high school busing cut, which is part of the $1.9 million, saves the district about $300,000 annually. The district will have to make cuts even if the March levy passes. If the district can’t pass the levy in 2012, Handler said the district will have to make $3 million in cuts for the 2012-2013 school year to stay in the black. The district’s five-year forecast now shows a potential deficit, and the district must submit a plan to the state to show how it will be avoided. Asked how he feels about going back to the voters so soon, long-time board member Don Wolf says his feelings are irrelevant. “It’s not a matter of what I feel, it’s a matter of what we need,” he said. “We have been honest with the voters and we provide a good program. This is what it costs to do that.” COLERAIN URGENT CARE We’re here when your doctor may not be... FLU SHOTS 20 • CDC recommends everyone 6 months & up receive flu shot. CE-0000488605 • DOT $55 *SHOT INCLUDES H1N1 VACCINE 3645 Stone Creek Blvd., Suite D, Cincinnati, OH 45251 513.923.2300 • 513.923.2301 COLERAIN URGENT $


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