PERSON 2 PERSON B1 Your Community Press newspaper serving Evendale, Glendale, Sharonville,Springdale, Wyoming 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 PRESS 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¢ Liz Trombley Volume 26 Number 12 © 2009 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHARONVILLE Letters to Santa 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 email@example.com. 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 photogaph (or JPG image) that may appear with your letter. Letters and photos are due no later than Friday, Nov. 13. Volumes of volunteers Thanks to a remarkable group of women, the Glendale Community Library resides in the Harry Whiting Brown Community Center on Sharon Road. It is a lending library, open to residents from all communities. At one time, a library was in the front and nurses gave tetanus and polio shots in the back of the building. SEE LIFE, B1 GLENDALE Donna Loudon said she supports the gas aggregation issue on the Glendale ballot. “It’s a good thing to be looking into.” By Kelly McBride Reddy Inside firstname.lastname@example.org & Amanda Hopkins email@example.com A familiar face will be back on Evendale Village Council as Chris Schaefer earned the majority vote to earn one of the three open seats. Incumbents Stiney Vonderhaar and Doug Lohmeier round out the open seats, with Lohmeier defeating incumbent Jeff Albrinck in the unofficial results by only two votes. Schaefer had previously served on Evendale Council from 1983 to 1990 and from 2003 to 2007. He also served as village solicitor from 1990 to 2002. Schaefer said margins are usually pretty slim, but he had never seen this close of a vote count. Lohmeier, who has been active in Evendale council since 1993 and served as mayor from 1999 to 2003, said his decision to not put up yard signs may have had an impact on the election. “They do serve a purpose,” Lohmeier said of the signs, adding that they help voters with name recognition when they go to the polls. To place an ad, call 242-4000. Lisa Holloway came to the polls mainly to vote on the issues. Though Springdale had a contested council seat, “I wasn’t familiar with either candidate,” she said. WYOMING Bridget Glover, center, brought her 6-year-old twins, Natalie, left and Molly, with her to vote in Wyoming. “I didn’t vote for all seven,” she said of the city council candidates. “I voted for the four I want on the council.” What gas aggregation means to Glendale residents, A2 A look at other local races, A2 Final unofficial results, A2 With a small margin separating Albrinck and Lohmeier, the vote count is subject to change in the next few weeks. Sally Krisel, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said they have 21 days to certify official results. She said there are still provisional, unscanned and absentee ballots to factor into the vote count. Absentee ballots are counted in the 10 days following the election if they have been postmarked on or before Nov. 2, the day before the election. “Whatever the outcome is, it is not going to change what I do,” Lohmeier said. He said he will continue to do his job as an elected official until his term is up. Schaefer, looking ahead to his four-year term, said he has worked with all current members of council in some capacity and that his return to council does not require becoming acquainted with the other members. His main goals are to examine the budget to limit spending, but also to keep public safety services and other services through Gorman Heritage Farm at their current level. “I’m looking forward to overcoming economic hurdles, spur some greater development,” Schaefer said. Council is scheduled is scheduled to swear in the new and reelected members at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the council chambers.Wyoming City Council will look the same for the next two years, though other areas’ governing bodies will be slightly changed. Glendale Village Council Brian Messmore unseated Alan Hoeweler. He will be joined by incumbents Debbie Grueninger, Monica Alles-White and William Aronstein. Springdale City Council Julie Matheny won’t be joining her father, Mayor Doyle Webster, in city hall as Holly McQuillanEmerson defeated her, 57 percent to 43 percent, in the city’s only contested Council race. Emerson challenged Matheny’s ability to remain objective as a councilwoman. Other councilmembers re-elected were Tom Vanover and Marjorie Harlow. Lawrence Hawkins was elected as an uncontested newcomer to council. Lisa Holloway’s focus was ballot issues, not the council race. “I wasn’t familiar with either candidate,” she said. Wyoming School Board Three current members of the Wyoming School Board were met with a couple of challengers. A married couple, Vernon and Jennifer Etler, joined the race, but were defeated in the election. Bridget Glover said the fact that the Etlers were married, or the lawsuit that Vernon Etler had filed against the school board for which he was running, wasn’t a factor for her. “I knew who I was voting for,” she said. It bothered Steve Bonnell. “That has to be settled first,” he said of the lawsuit and Etler’s candidacy. “That’s a conflict of interest.” Scout center opening quite an achievement By Amanda Hopkins Students in Evendale Elementary’s second-grade celebrated the life and times of Johnny Appleseed. SEE SCHOOLS, A5 SPRINGDALE A whisper of change in local results firstname.lastname@example.org Johnny on the spot Patty Taylor considers voting a privilege. “I don’t care if there’s just one person on the ballot,” she said. “I will vote.” Her husband, Bob Taylor said an whether a race is uncontested doesn’t matter. “Everybody and their brother could have filed.” The Dan Beard Council Scout Achievement Center has been open since July 13, but was finally able to celebrate a grand opening Oct. 17. The event included many Scout-related activities including outdoor Scout cooking, a pumpkin patch, a mock jamboree campsite and other activities. Marketing and district executive for the Dan Beard Council, Ken Brunner, said the event brought in around 1,500 people that were able to join in the fun and get a look at the new facility at 10778 Reading Road. Brunner said that the new location in Evendale is “ideal” and “It’s a real resource to the community not just the scouts.” ∫Ken Brunner Marketing and district executive for the Dan Beard Council gives the 33,000 Scouts within the Dan Beard Council a centralized location for meetings and activities. The building is oriented to both Scouts and administration, with a Cub Den Rooms for Scout meetings, conference rooms for board meetings, an activity center as well as administrative offices. A Scout shop full of different supplies and displays is also on site along with a treehouse that overlooks that the lobby that AMANDA HOPKINS/STAFF Ken Brunner, marketing and district executive with the Dan Beard Council, helped to organize the grand opening of the Scout Achievement Center at 10778 Reading Road in Evendale. scouts can climb in and have their own meetings. Brunner stressed that the building is not just for administration but also for use by Scouts for different events, including teaming up with neighboring Gorman Heritage Farm. Brunner said other groups in the village of Evendale have been able to utilize some of the rooms for their organization’s meetings. “It’s a real resource to the community not just the Scouts,” Brunner said. 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