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The Felicity-Franklin Fire Department will continue to provide service while talks continue on a new contract with township trustees. Fire department officials and township trustees have been negotiating a new yearly contract and possible merger between the privately run fire department and the township-run life squad. Fire Chief Rick Weber told residents and firefighters attending a meeting at the high school Dec. 27 the two sides are “trying to work toward an amicable contract.” The present contract between

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the department and township expires Dec. 31. “Even if a contract can’t be worked out by Dec. 31 we will continue to provide fire service,” Weber said. “As long as we’re talking we will not leave anyone high and dry.” Weber said negotiations also are continuing on a possible merger. “I am not opposed to a merger,” he said. “We have talked to the township about merger for two years. By merging we can provide better service. Merging is something we always wanted to do.” Township resident Charles Atkins said he feared a merger would result in the fire department becoming a public entity. This would result in higher taxes and higher insurance pre-

miums, he said. “The present situation represents a sea change in how the township and village will receive fire protection,” Atkins said. “This fire department has done a good job for this community.” Firefighter Danny Redden said he feared a merged department would result in 24/7 staffing, which would cause costs to go up. “Where is the money coming from?” he asked. Township Trustee Terry Dunaway said a merged fire department and life squad “will operate more efficiently long-term.” Dunaway said a merged department would give firefighters and life squad members an opportunity to cross-train. “Overall, it will mean better service for the community,” he

Franklin Township resident Charles Atkins, right, talks about the Felicity-Franklin Fire Department at a meeting Dec. 27. Sitting at the table from left are Fire Chief Rick Weber and firefighters Danny Redden and Mike Brill. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

said. Dunaway said he did not want to discuss specifics of the contract or merger while negotiations are still going on. Weber said his department consists of 30 members, mostly volunteer. There are two parttime firefighters who work a 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift Monday to Friday. He said the fire department has saved about $700,000 and plans to build a new fire station.

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BETHEL — The village’s new mayor was sworn into office Dec. 27 on the front steps of the Grant Memorial Building as a light snow fell. Mayor Alan Ausman repeated the oath of office read by Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud as Ausman placed his hand on a Bible held by his wife, Sharon. About 40 people stood outside the Grant Memorial Building to watch the ceremony. “With privilege comes responsibility,” Proud told the new mayor. Proud said he and Ausman are second cousins, although they didn’t know that until a couple of years ago. “We knew each other long before we knew we were cousins,” Proud said. “I’m looking forward to getting started in January,” Ausman said. He was elected Nov. 8, defeating fellow village Councilman Rus Whitley The first council meeting Ausman will preside over as mayor is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the municipal building, 120 N. Main St. The council will include two new members, with a third to be appointed. Elected to seats on council as write-in candidates were Lucy Shepherd and Jeremiah Hembree. Because Ausman was elected mayor, his council seat is open. The new council is expected to appoint someone to complete Ausman’s council term, which ends in 2013.

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Amelia skate park is closed while ramp alterations are investigated By John Seney

AMELIA — The village’s skate park is closed because vandals are taking apart the park’s ramps. At the Dec. 5 village council meeting, Mayor Le-

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roy Ellington said unknown persons are using tools to take apart the pieces that make up the ramps. “We keep repairing it, but they do it again,” he said. The ramps are not being damaged or stolen, just re-

configured, he said. Ellington said closing the skate park, which is part of Groh Park on Huntsman Trail, is a temporary measure until village officials determine how removing some of the parts affects the structural

Rowland recommended removing the piece. Resident Leland Hamersley, who lives on Quail Brace Court near the park, said he would like to see the facility reopened. “When the weather is good, there is always some-

one using it,” he said. “If it’s closed, it gives kids less to do and results in more kids getting into mischief.”

Recycle your Christmas tree this year By Emily Sullivan

CLERMONT CO. — Live Christmas trees are a tradition in many homes, but after the holidays they often end up in land fills or dumped on the side of the highway. This year there are many opportunities for trees to be dropped off or


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picked up for recycling throughout Clermont County. Matt Taylor, service director for Union Township, said, “In general, the service is offered after Christmas through Jan. 31. The trees are recycled into mulch, which Bzak Landscaping recycles at no cost to residents. It’s a great way to keep the trees out of landfills and off of the side of the road.” In order to participate in the program, trees must be cleared of all ornaments, lights, tinsel and other decorations. Trees not meeting

these requirements may not be accepted. The following is a list of where and how to recycle Christmas trees in Clermont County. Loveland: Pick-up and drop off options are available. Residents should call the Public Works Department for disposal drop off options, or call 683-0150, ext. 1439, for pick-up. Trees will be collected through Jan. 9. Miami Township: Residents can drop off Christmas trees to Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows seven days a week during daylight hours through

Jan. 31. Milford: Curbside pickup is available every Wednesday in January 2012. Pierce Township: Residents can drop off trees at the Pierce Township Hall any time after Dec. 25. The last day for drop off is yet to be determined. The drop-off area is the parking lot closest to the ball fields, which will be clearly marked. Stonelick Township: Residents can drop off trees at the Clermont County Fairgrounds near the horse barns through Jan.

25. Signs will be posted. Union Township: Union Township residents can drop off trees behind the Service Department Complex at 4312 Glen EsteWithamsville Road anytime to Jan. 31. During normal business hours, a township employee will be available to assist with drop off. Pattison Park, Clermont County Park District: County residents can drop off trees lakeside at Pattison Park, through Jan. 15.

Crime was topic of chamber luncheon By Lisa J. Mauch

CLERMONT CO. — Crime in Clermont County is different than what police see in Cincinnati. While gangs are not a problem here, law enforcement officers do see the same crimes taking place across the county. Local and regional crime was the topic of the Nov. 18 luncheon hosted by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce at Receptions Conference Center East. Guest speakers were

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integrity of the ramps. Public works supervisor Rick Rowland said the manufacturer of the equipment informed him the piece the vandals keep removing either needs to be anchored more securely or removed.

Twenty Glen Este High School student council officers and student representatives were sponsored by Huntington Bank so they could attend the Nov. 18 Clermont County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. From left in front are: Ryan Stroup, Brent Dapper from Huntington, Huntington Vice President Dan Straub, Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg, Capt. Gary Lee, Joe Randazzo. Second row: Kendra Musgrave and Patricia Goins, of Huntington, Sarah Thomas, Kaitlyn Sturgeon, Brianna Cole, Ashley Keith, Kristi Merritt, Jamie Thomas, Olivia Knodel, Jessamine Paurilla, Morgan Gibson, Amanda Adams, Ashley Belanger, Sophia Hines. Back row: Katie Hudson, Gage Thompson, Aatur Shah, Matt Burchfield, Nich Renier, Alex Hunter. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg and Captain Gary Lee, who filled in for Cincinnati Police Chief James E. Craig. “Our problems are somewhat different and probably in some aspects not as severe,” said Rodenberg, comparing rural crime with urban crime. “Drive-by shootings are non-existent. The people we have to fear are family and friends.” He said the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office investigates a number of domestic violence cases each year, between 30 and 40 a month. He said the cases now involve parents or grandparents and children along with husbands and wives. “I wouldn't call it an epidemic, but it’s definitely a problem we have out here,” said Rodenberg. Another problem he cited is the thefts of items

such as TVs, computers, cell phones and golf clubs throughout the county. In particular he mentioned the thefts of air conditioning units for their precious metals. “AC units are being removed from homes, are being completely cut out. We’ve had a few taken off the roof,” said Rodenberg. “They’re getting them to take the metals out for scrap. To get a fair amount of money you have to steal a lot of weight so they’re taking more.” In attendance at the luncheon were 20 students from Glen Este High School involved in student government, sponsored by Huntington Bank. Rodenberg spoke to them directly when he said, “We're looking for good people. We have a license to kill. There’s nothing more significant than that. People have to be top shelf for

that kind of job. And that’s the type of people businesses are looking for, too.” Lee spoke about a situation he dealt with in Walnut Hills where a gang was intimidating businesses and selling drugs. He said they worked with the local people to take back their neighborhood. “In today’s society, crime is not a police problem. Crime is a community problem,” said Lee. “For way too long, we’ve sat back and said this is somebody else’s problem. If you want to change crime in your community, you have to take an active role in that responsibility.” He also addressed the students present. “To the young people, I would urge you to find out where your gifts are. Whatever you decide to do, do it with conviction.”

Career center offers job help for veterans By John Seney

UNION TWP. — The veterans’ organization AMVETS has opened an office in Clermont County intended to help veterans find jobs. The AMVETS Career Center recently opened at 1141 Old Ohio 74, said Vicki Ruiz, who runs the center. It is the first AMVETS Career Center in Clermont County. Another career center opened in Cincinnati in September, said Brooke Chaddar, public relations/media specialist at

AMVETS offices in Columbus. Chaddar said the organization has career centers in other parts of Ohio, but just recently moved into Southwestern Ohio. “We’re trying to expand into the Cincinnati area,” she said. “We want to serve as many veterans as possible.” Ruiz said the center will offer online courses, workshops and help with resumes and job searches. “We’re trying to match veterans to jobs,” she said. The center is open to all honorably discharged vet-

erans at no cost. It will help pay the cost of some testing and certification programs required for jobs, Ruiz said. “It’s a phenomenal thing for veterans,” she said. Chaddar said AMVETS Career Centers Inc. in Ohio is a non-profit organization funded by contributions from local AMVETS posts. There are more than 60 career centers throughout the state, she said. For more information on the Clermont County center, call 716-5627.



Chamber of Commerce seeks Salute to Leaders nominations By Lisa J. Mauch

CLERMONT CO. — December was a time of feelgood stories and helping hands. But what about the people in your community giving back all year and not just during the holidays? That's what Salute to Leaders is all about, recognizing the people across Clermont County making a difference every day. And the Salute to Leaders event coordinators are asking you to take time this year to nominate them. Originally started by Clermont 20/20 founder

Bill Over, the event is in its 23rd year and is now being hosted by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. According to Chamber of Commerce President Matt Van Sant, the foundation was formed in 2011 to deliver activities on leadership development, organizational development and asset development. He said the Salute to Leaders event was a good fit for the foundation. “Salute to Leaders is the premier event that recognizes the good deeds of individuals and organizations and advances the

overall quality of life in Clermont County,” said Van Sant. “It's important individuals and organizations take a moment to review the successes of the past year and then nominate those who have made a major contribution.” Nominations are due Monday, Jan. 9, and can be made online at The awards ceremony will be held March 13 at Holiday Inn Eastgate. “It's such a worthwhile event,” said Sue McHugh, project manager for Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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“The chamber foundation said we don't want to let this disappear because it really does honor the unsung heroes in the community.” Event Chairperson Cyndy Wright said, “Even though 20/20 had to dissolve, we were so lucky the chamber foundation came along beside us to make this event. We're not going to lose this tradition.” For more information about the Salute to Leaders event or to become a sponsor, call 576-5000. For a list of the nomination categories, visit

4-H club donates toys to shelter Lisa J. Mauch

OWENSVILLE — A local 4-H club helped Santa out recently by donating several toys to the James Sauls Homeless Shelter in Batavia Township. Members of the 4-H Survivors placed boxes inside area businesses asking for toy donations. They delivered them to the shelter Dec. 20. “It's kind of like our prayers were answered,” said Jodie Tracey, case manager at shelter “It's solely donations that provide Christmas for the kids that are here.” She said the shelter had around a dozen children over Christmas that received toys from the 4-H group. “I think it's fantastic

these kids want to donate,” Traceysaid. “It shows their character as little people and it will only get better as they grow.” There are 29 members in 4-H Survivors ranging in age from 8 to 19 said Scott Cangro, 4-H youth development program assistant at the Ohio State University Extension Office, “I think it's a great idea,” he said of the club taking the initiative to collect toys. “I think sometimes part of the population forgets the need of charity. I think they assume it's the government's role or someone else's role to take care of it. I think with 4-H, they realize that one person, one club can make a difference,” said Cangro.

Brooklyn Williams, 8, was one of the members of the Owensville 4-H Survivors club who collected toys to donate Dec. 20 to the James Sauls Homeless Shelter in Batavia Township. PROVIDED

Seven-year-old Aidan Younger helped deliver toys to the James Sauls Homeless Shelter in Batavia Township Dec. 20. The toys were collected by his 4-H club, 4-H Survivors, based out of Owensville. PROVIDED

BATAVIA — Clermont County officials are preparing to advertise for proposals on a $10 million overhaul of the county’s voice communications system. Steve Rabolt, director of the office of technology, communications and security, told county commissioners at an informal session Dec. 14 he expected to go forward with a request for proposal sometime in January. A request for proposal is different than a request for bids, he said, because it will give county officials the ability to negotiate the final cost and details of the contract with the vendor after the vendor is selected. “For a big, complicated project like this, it’s the ideal way to go,” he said. Rabolt said Warren County recently sought a request for proposal on a communications upgrade and decided to enter into negotiations with Motorola. He said Warren County officials expected to finalize negotiations on a contract by Jan. 1. “By delaying until January we’ll know a lot more,” Rabolt said. Rabolt said having the information from the Warren County contract will provide Clermont County with several advantages: » It will give officials a better feel for the market. » It will provide the opportunity to make changes to the request for proposal. » It may be possible to piggyback on Warren County’s contract. County Administrator

David Spinney, who is retiring Jan. 1, said an request for proposal could give the county flexibility to use vendor-owned equipment, rather than buying its own equipment. This would avoid the problem of equipment becoming obsolete, he said. “I think we’re on the right track and will end up with a great system that will lead us into the future,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said. The voice communications system is used by public Rabolt safety agencies throughout the county, including the sheriff’s office and police and fire departments. It also is used by the Clermont Transportation Connection for the bus system and the engineer’s office for communication with snow plow operators, Rabolt said. The system needs to be upgraded because it is about 12 years old and becoming outdated, he said. Rabolt said the county is looking at a bond issue to pay for the estimated $10 million cost of the project. A separate project to upgrade the county’s pager system is expected to cost between $600,000 and $800,000, Rabolt said.

Zuk to be write-in for judicial race By John Seney

BATAVIA — Ken Zuk has

filed to be a write-in candidate for judge on the March 6 Democratic Party ballot. Zuk filed to run for the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas seat now held by Jerry McBride, said Judy Miller, director of the Clermont County Board of Elections. McBride is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Because Zuk is the only candidate running in the Democratic primary, all he needs is one vote to win, Miller said.

Zuk has served as a judge on both a Common Pleas and Municipal courts. Except Zuk for some party central committee races, Zuk was the only candidate to file as a write-in candidate by the Dec. 27 deadline, Miller said. Bob Turner of Miami Township, who was the Republican-endorsed candidate to run as county commissioner against Ed Humphrey, withdrew his name from the ballot Dec. 19 after he learned he did not

have enough valid signatures to qualify. Turner had not filed as a write-in candidate by the deadline, Miller said. Humphrey, the incumbent, is the only candidate for his seat on the March ballot. Charles Collier of Goshen Township filed to run in the 14th Ohio Senate District, but withdrew after he learned he did not have enough valid signatures. He did not file as a write-in. Miller said candidates still can file as independent candidates for the Nov. 6 general election. The deadline to file as an independent is Monday, March 5.

UNION TWP. — Total Quality Logistics recently was named winner of a “Best Places to Work” award for employers of 1,000 or more. The award was announced by the Cincinnati Business Courier in November. Over 100 Cincinnati-area public, private and non-profit organizations were included in the competition. The Courier teamed with market research firm Quantum Workplace to conduct the competition. Quantum has performed workplace surveys for thousands of companies in 40 U.S. cities. The award is based on feedback from employees of each of the competing companies.

“What makes us excited about this kind of award is that voting is based on feedback from them,” said Kerry Byrne, executive vice president at TQL. “We can’t ask for a better barometer of progress than that. We’re very honored.” Progress has been fast for the 14-year-old company with 11 offices in eight states, including its headquarters in Union Township. With 10 satellite locations in Illinois, Colorado, South and North Carolina, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky, TQL already employs more than 1,600 people. By expanding locations and workforce growth, the company plans to create 1,000 new job opportunities over the next three years. “We invest in people and technology,” Byrne said.

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Felicity-Franklin FFA students compete at state By Alexis Christensen Chapter Reporter

Three Felicity-Franklin FFA American Degree recipients will be added to the elite list of Felicity-Franklin FFA members that have earned the highest degree possible in the FFA. Receiving their awards in Indianapolis are, from left, Samantha Manning, Kelsey Bailey and Kayla Kelly. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN

FELICITY — The FelicityFranklin FFA agricultural communications team Dec. 3 visited the Ohio State University for the State FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development event. The contest involves a proposal upon the given topic, which was chapter recruitment this year. Alexis Christensen, Brooke Howerton and Tiffany Lawson were on the Felicity-Franklin team. The team placed eighth overall at the state contest.

Felicity-Franklin FFA students, from left, Alexis Christensen, Tiffany Lawson and Brooke Howerton traveled Dec. 3 to the Ohio State University for an agricultural communications event. PROVIDED

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FELICITY — At the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter had three American Degree recipients. The American Degree is the highest possible degree that one can earn in the FFA. These three recipients had to meet multiple requirements including earning and

productively investing at least $7,500 with their FFA projects. This degree is recognized at the national level. The award was presented Oct. 22. The three American Degree recipients were Kelsey Bailey, Samantha Manning and Kayla Kelly. The three will be added to the list of American Degree recipients totaling seven from the Felicity-Franklin FFA.

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FELICITY — This year the Felicity-Franklin FFA was recognized for being a two-star chapter at the 84th National FFA Convention. The chapter first was recognized for this accomplishment at the Ohio FFA Convention in May, then at the National FFA Convention in October. The chapter had to meet multiple requirements to be able to receive this honor. This was one of few times that the chapter has been acknowledged at the national level.

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Catching up with college athletes Area students home for the holidays have elevated their games by leaving their mark on the collegiate sports landscape. The following were submitted by friends and family.

Michael Ian Jarman, track, UC and Loyola

Michael Ian Jarman accepted his White Coat and a Humanism in Medicine pin during the University of Cincinnati’s 16th annual White Coat Ceremony Aug. 12 at Music Hall. This ceremony was held to officially welcome medical students of the class of 2015 into the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After taking the Oath of Professionalism, a recep-

tion was held for the new students. The 2005 Felicity-Franklin High School graduate played on the basketball, track and golf teams while there. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in June 2009. While there he was a member of the track team and set several records. He holds the freshman hammer throw record, the 35 lbs. weight throw record (63 ft. 6 in.), and the record for the farthest hammer throw in UC history (203 ft. 0 in.). He was the only UC athlete to ever place first at the Penn Relays. Ian was a scholar athlete

and held the distinction of Academic All-American three times. Ian then attended Loyola University Chicago in Illinois and earned a master of arts in medical sciences in June 2010. He was a member of their track team and was the only student athlete ever admitted to the medical sciences program due to the rigorous schedule required for that academic degree and for the time required for track participation. He set several indoor track records while there and holds the record for the farthest weight throw (65 ft. 0 in.) and the third farthest shot put throw in Loyola history (49 ft. 11.75 in.). Ian placed first in the weight throw at the Horizon League Champion-

Michael Ian Jarman takes part in the White Coat Ceremony with Thomas Boat, MD, the dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. THANKS TO MARY ANN JARMAN ships. Ian is the son of Paul and Mary

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Schaljo enjoying the college crew By Scott Springer

BETHEL — After averaging 22.8 points and 9.3 rebounds a game and scoring more than 1,600 points in his Bethel-Tate basketball career, Louie Schaljo drew plenty of college interest two years ago. Playing on an undefeated team and owning a 4.3

GPA garnered him Ivy League offers and some Division III feelers. However, Schaljo wanted to try to make it at a bigger program and had family in Michigan, so he went off to Ann Arbor with the hopes of using his 6-2, 205pound frame as a Wolverine athlete. While he didn’t succeed as planned, he has succeed-

When he played in high school, Bethel Tate's Louie Schaljo, right, scored on this play in the Division II sectional basketball game at Mason High School against McNick. FILE PHOTO

ed. “I was working for the basketball team and trying to walk-on, but that didn’t work out,” Schaljo said. “I had a friend on the rowing team, so I went down to practice and things kind of worked out well.” For a guy that never rowed a boat on nearby East Fork Lake, Schaljo immediately made his mark on the Michigan club crew team. Using the athletic skills that helped him letter in seven sports at BethelTate, Schaljo turned out to be quite the oarsman. “All of our testing is on an ergometer where they test how fast we are,” Schaljo said. “I broke the freshman record. That was pretty cool.” Considered a decentsized basketball forward by Southern Buckeye Conference standards, Schaljo said many of the Michigan rowers in the top boat are actually a couple inches taller. However, his muscular build has come in handy. “The sport’s mostly in the legs and quads,” Schaljo said. “It can be pretty grueling repeating the stroke over and over again.” Michigan has won the American Collegiate Rowing Association title four years running and Schaljo was on the all-rookie team. His most memorable fall event came this past Octo-

Michigan's rowing squad participated in the Head of the Eagle competition in Indianapolis this fall. Pictured is the winning Open 8 A crew who posted the fastest time on the course of the day: David Caldwell, Stephen Lanham, Louis Schaljo (third from back), Alex Crawford, Matt McCormick, Frank Sedlar, Riley Hall, Greg Dedow, and coxswain Remi Taibleson. THANKS TO WWW.MICHIGANROWING.ORG ber. “I went to Boston for the Head of the Charles,” Schaljo said. “It’s like the biggest fall race in the country. I was in the top boat and the only sophomore. Harvard and Cal were there, the German national team, and the U.S. Olympic team.” At Bethel-Tate, Schaljo lettered in golf, cross country, football, soccer, basketball, tennis and track. Like many current Tigers, he often participated in two sports in the same season. Basketball is where Schaljo made his mark


though. “I mostly miss the team I had my senior year and the chemistry we had,” Schaljo said. “We went 20-0 and then lost to McNick in the tournament. That won’t happen again for awhile I don’t think. Basketball was my sport. It’s what I put all my time into.” Now, Schaljo’s only dunks come after successful runs with the Wolverine crew team. Merrily, life has been but a dream. “We always get along,” Schaljo said of his teammates. “I’m in the engineer-


» Bethel-Tate defeated Western Brown in a dual meet Dec. 21. Brian Carter (132), Spencer Ireton (152) and Austin Kinnard (160) all had pins for the Tigers. Bethel-Tate hosts a Super Tri-meet with Wilmington, Blanchester and Wyoming Jan. 4.

» Felicity-Franklin lost to Amelia 48-30 Dec. 17. Junior Arica Stutz led the Lady Cardinals with 15 points. On Dec. 20, the Lady Cards racked up a win against St. Bernard 53-41. Junior Whitney Grooms hit for 16 points. » Fayetteville beat Bethel-Tate Dec. 19, 65-47. Carolin Baker lead the Lady Tigers in the loss with 15 points.

Girls basketball

Boys basketball

By Scott Springer


» Senior Carolin Baker had 18 points as BethelTate dumped Deer Park Dec. 27, 59-24.

The Bethel Firehawks won the Clermont County Soccer Association tournament for the U12 division. In front are Andrew Robinson, Jacob Phillips, Chase Leonard, Jacob Wardlow, Tyler Baker and Tony Cecil. In second row are Eric Davin, Brady Kinnard, Tyler Buschard, Jonah Blankenship, Jackson Coates and Caleb Brink. In third row are coaches Chad Leonard, Jeff Blankenship and Ryan Wardlow. THANKS TO CHRIS BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY

ing program here and our team is like 70 percent engineers. I don’t know where it’ll end up taking me, but I like my potential. Our team has produced three Olympians. I’m still just learning the sport.” The sport has also allowed Schaljo to experience venues that many basketball programs don’t visit. “This summer we’re going to England,” Schaljo said. “We’re racing at the Royal Henley on the Thames. That’ll be cool.” That’s quite a long paddle from East Fork Lake.

» Blanchester beat Bethel-Tate 74-49 on Dec. 20. Matt Small led the Tigers in the loss with 17 points.

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UW offers free tax preparation Educator busy

United Way of Greater Cincinnati is supporting area hardworking area families by helping them determine whether they can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), as well as receive free help preparing their tax returns. The sites are: • Workforce One, 756 Old Ohio 74. Check Billie Kuntz back at COMMUNITY PRESS www.makeGUEST COLUMNIST for dates and times. • Clermont County Community Services, 3003 Hospital Drive, Batavia, by appointment only, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 through April 13. Call 735-8807. Those interested in the service should bring the following to their tax preparation site:

Volunteer to help Income is one of the building blocks for a good quality of life, yet as many as one-third of working Americans don’t earn enough to meet their basic needs. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Initiative is just one way United Way helps families begin to build assets and financial stability. As a volunteer tax preparer, you’ll help ensure families claim all available tax credits while saving them from paying tax preparation fees. No experience is necessary, all training is provided. Volunteer days, nights or weekends at one of 30-plus tax preparation sites. Training at Workforce One of Clermont County, 756 Old Ohio 74, will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25. Sign up to help at

• Valid picture I.D. • Social Security cards for all individuals listed on the return. • A copy of last year’s tax return. • Form 8332 for non-custodial parents claiming a child. • All income statements. • Self-employment records and any documents showing taxes withheld. • Child/dependent care pro-

vider’s tax number, if applicable. • Student loan interest/college tuition expenses paid. • Proof of account at financial institution for direct debit or deposit (i.e. canceled/ voided check or bank statement). • Additional documentation to claim possible tax credits, such as first-time home-buyer credit.

Billie Kuntz is executive director of Clermont Community Services.

Help available for owners

High unemployment and reduced home values have pushed mortgage foreclosure rates to unprecedented levels in Ohio with one in every 518 housing units in foreclosure, according to data from Realty Trac. The “shadow inventory” of loans currently in foreclosure and properties now owned by lenders clouds the hope of recovery. With just 100,980 home sales in 2010, the market has shrunk almost 30 percent from its peak in 2005 according to the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR). Nonetheless, there is a silver lining to the state’s housing woes. The September Housing Scorecard recently released by the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Treasury found that the nation’s housing market showed an improvement in home prices for the fourth consecutive month despite the continued strain from foreclosures and distressed sales. The scorecard also found that mortgage defaults and foreclosure completions continued to

decrease as more homeowners received mortgage relief assistance. One such relief program is Ohio’s Restoring Stability initiative. Douglas A. More than Garver COMMUNITY PRESS 2,900 homeowners have been GUEST COLUMNIST assisted through Ohio’s statewide foreclosure prevention program, Restoring Stability: A Save the Dream Ohio Initiative. Launched on September 27, 2010, the program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) recently reached its one year anniversary. Restoring Stability helps homeowners with financial hardships such as unemployment, reduced wages or hours, death of a spouse, increased medical expenses or divorce to avoid foreclosure. Qualifying homeowners

may get help bringing their mortgage current, paying their monthly mortgage payments during a period of unemployment, reducing their principal balance in connection with a loan modification or transitioning out of homeownership through a short sale. OHFA has developed agreements with more than 200 mortgage servicers and has distributed more than $23 million in mortgage payments, making Restoring Stability one of the largest programs in the nation. Homeowners may apply for the program through an online application and work with a trained housing counselor to complete the process. For more information on the Restoring Stability program, visit or call the toll-free hotline at 888404-4674.

Douglas A. Garver is the executive director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and oversees the lead Agency for affordable housing in Ohio.

Controlling Ohio’s premature birth rate The report card is in. Ohio gets a “C” for its rate of premature births. The report was recently released by the March of Dimes. Even though preterm birth rates improved in almost every state between 2006 and 2009, the report card shows grounds for improvement. Ohio moved up from last year’s grade of “D.” There was a decrease in the number of late preterm births but no change in the number of uninsured women and an increase in the number of women smoking. Premature birth, which is birth before 37 weeks gestation, is a serious health problem that is the leading cause of infant death. Babies who do survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges, such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and other consequences. Health improvement initiatives can go a long way toward controlling the prematurity problem. Moms-to-be must take steps like these to positively influence the term of pregnancy. » Get regular prenatal care. These visits can help your healthcare provider monitor you and your baby’s health.

» Eat healthy foods. During a pregnancy, women need more folic acid, calcium, iron, protein and other esRobert Flora sential nutriCOMMUNITY PRESS ents, and a daiGUEST COLUMNIST ly prenatal vitamin. » Manage chronic conditions. Uncontrolled diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes increase the risk of preterm labor. » Follow your health care provider’s guidelines for activity. If you develop signs or symptoms of preterm labor, your healthcare provider may suggest working fewer hours or other ways to limit activity. » Avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs. They are all off limits, and even overthe-counter supplements and medications deserve caution. » Ask your healthcare provider about the safety of sex and limit stress. » Take care of your teeth. Some studies suggest gum disease may be associated with preterm labor and premature



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birth. There are other ways health care providers and their patients can tackle the problem of prematurity, such as providing progesterone treatments for women who are medically eligible, avoiding multiples from fertility treatments and avoiding elective C-sections and inductions of labor before 39 weeks of pregnancy, unless medically necessary. Additionally, there are great incentive programs available to help moms-to-be stay on the right health track. Buckeye Community Health Plan’s Smart Start for Your Baby program even offers patients cash incentives for going to pre-natal, post-partum and well-baby visits for the first 15 months of life. A program to help stop smoking also is available for pregnant women. There are so many ways Ohioans can proactively influence the health of their unborn babies. If we all work together we can improve the grade for the next report card. Robert Flora is the chief medical officer for the Buckeye Community Health Plan.

learning Clermont County I am involved in a Conservation Improvement Grant (CIG) collaborating with Clermont County Soil & Water and NRCS. Learning by doing is one of the things I stressed to my students, so out to the field I went to help them collect soil samples and conduct other test for the CIG program. Proving that soil sampling, is not just gathering soil, but checking density, infiltration, counting worms, etc. I attended the annual soil and water meeting and program in late October. I’ve been busy learning about the Master Gardner program and have attended the Master Gardner meeting in October. I am working with the president to help with the volunteer program to enhance its livelihood in Clermont County. The Master Gardners will be working on training sessions in early 2012, so keep watching our website and newspapers for information. Perennial school is set for April 12 with other programs being planned. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardner volunteer, visit http:// to learn more about the program and to fill out the application. Speaking of applications, the Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation “Educational Excellence

Competitive Grant” is now available for eligible applicants to receive up to $7,500. A slight change to the application this year is that anyGigi Neal COMMUNITY PRESS one who has a Farm Service GUEST COLUMNIST number on record as of July 1, 2011, and resides in the 22 counties the foundation serves is eligible. Please note this was formerly for tobacco quota owners/growers/tenants only, it is no longer. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution and seeking a bachelor degree and is a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in the 2012-2013 school year to be eligible. Applications are available in our office and online at http://, but must be postmarked or hand delivered between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, to the SOACDF office. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Asian longhorn beetle irradiation program you need to contact 855-2526450.

Gigi Neal is the new agriculture and naturalresources educator at theClermont County office of the Ohio State University Extension Service.

Homes should be tested for radon levels

Did you know that one in every two homes in Ohio have elevated levels of a dangerous carcinogen that can easily be tested for and remedied if found? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Exposure to high levels of radon – a colorless, odorless gas found in rock, soil and water naturally through the breakdown of uranium – is the leading cause of 21,000 cases of lung cancer in nonsmokers per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While radon levels pose a low threat to human health outdoors, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels indoors. During the month of January, the EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have partnered with the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals to sponsor National Radon Action Month, urging all homeowners to test their homes for radon concentrations. Testing for radon in a home or business is relatively inexpensive. Radon test kits are available through the Ohio Department of Health, local home improvement stores and by state licensed radon professionals.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measure of radioactivity. Know your number! If levels are Tracey above 4 pCi/L, Capuano mitigation is COMMUNITY PRESS recommended. GUEST COLUMNIST A reading of 4.0 pCi/L is equal to the radiation of 200 chest rays per year or 8 cigarettes per day. Radon does not discriminate between old or new homes or those with or without basements, and testing is the only way to know your number. For more information mention the Ohio Department of Health at for low cost test kits and licensed testers in your area or check with your local county health department for test kit coupons. Tracey Capuano is president of the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals and owner of Radon Protection LLC in West Chester.

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Holiday Hoop-la Bethel-Tate High School basketball coach Craig Stork had his second Holiday Hoops Camp last week. He said he holds it during

the holiday break because “it's a time when kids are off (school) and what better way to spend it than at the gym.”

Lauren Gilmore, 12, along with her parents Blake and Kristi Gilmore, watches her younger brother Brennan during the Holiday Hoops Camp Dec. 27. Little brother Brohdi watches from his carrier. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Ten-year-old Sean Fallis makes a shot during the Holiday Hoops Camp Dec. 27. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Coach Craig Stork talks to his Holiday Hoops campers Dec. 27. The camp is open to students in third through eighth grades. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Camp assistant Tyler Atkins, 17, makes a shot during Holiday Hoops Dec. 27. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Caleb Brink, 11, takes a shot while behind him Chris Altmayer, 10, waits his turn during Coach Craig Stork's basketball camp in Bethel. LISA

Ten-year-old Chris Altmayer practices his shot during Coach Craig Stork's Holiday Hoops Camp Dec. 27. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY

Fifteen-year-old Blace Haviland helps out at the Holiday Hoops Camp in the Bethel-Tate High School gym Dec. 27. LISA MAUCH/THE




Eleven-year-old Caleb Brink (left), 9-year-old Owen Mattes, 8-year-old Dylan Anderson and 10-year-old Gavin Price take a water break during the Holiday Hoops Camp. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

This is the second year Craig Stork, head coach for Bethel-Tate High School, has held his Holiday Hoops Camp. He said he holds it during the holiday break because "it's a time when kids are off (school) and what better way to spend it than at the gym." The camp was held Dec. 27-29. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Eleven-year-olds Tony Cecil, left, and Brennan Gilmore get ready to start a layup practice Dec. 27 during the Holiday Hoops Camp. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bill Palmer, junior varsity coach for Bethel-Tate, demonstrates how to make a left-handed layup during the Holiday Hoops Camp. Camp assistant Adam Shinkle, 14, looks on. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 5 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 Music - Benefits CSO Gala, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Auditorium. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra takes stage with 70 students from Anderson and Turpin high schools. CSO performs works by Schumann and Prokofiev. Benefits Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association. $20, $10 students. Presented by Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association. 232-2346; Anderson Township.

Music - Rock The Gamut, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777. Milford.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age 1. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, thirddegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

Nature Long Winters Nap, 1 p.m.,

Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Discover who hibernates and how other animals survive cold weather. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. Single adults ages 21 and up welcome to share love of dogs with other single adults. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Clubs & Organizations Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Mike Ladrick, active researcher and genealogist, presents “Ancestors and Descendants … Where Do You Stand?” Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Exercise Classes Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Milford Martial Arts Academy, 1053 Ohio 28, Intense workout to burn calories. Ages 18 and up. $60 per month for eight classes, $10 walk-in. 3838339; Milford.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and

up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Dining Events Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, coleslaw, tossed salad, apple sauce, cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carryout. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 289-9713. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Music - Classic Rock

The Winton Woods Riding Center is taking registrations for the 2012 winter session, which runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 26. Both Western- and English-style lessons are available. The cost for one-hour group lessons is $175. Registration is available online at or at 931-3057 until the session begins. PROVIDED planetarium to learn what objects and constellations are visible this time of year. There also will be hands-on discovery stations. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

The Foxx, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., 827-9146. Anderson Township.



Dining Events

Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Kids and adults can join the naturalist inside the traveling indoor

All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

MONDAY, JAN. 16 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, $5. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 Exercise Classes Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Milford Martial Arts Academy, $60 per month for eight classes, $10 walk-in. 383-8339; Milford.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes

Literary - Libraries

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Happy Birthday Martin, 3-4 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Find out about Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate his birthday with songs, story and birthday cake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland.

Music - Classical The Beechmont Squares will host square dancing lessons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive in Withamsville. For more information, call 871-6010. PROVIDED

bration of 35-year anniversary of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano Trio. With Michael Tree, violist; Harold Robinson, bassist. World premier quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Cele-

Health / Wellness

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.



Trendy food items for 2012 I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave enough to wear a short sweater dress over tights with boots), but I can say that I’m pretty much at the top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real punch to foods, and their

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

Pasta fagioli made with whole-wheat is a great way to start off the new year healthy. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown! Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr. Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to


know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend Savory is a great substitute for salt and is called the bean herb in Germany since it helps digest beans. Combine:

⁄3 cup garlic powder ⁄3 cup onion powder 1 ⁄3 cup oregano 2 tablespoons thyme 3 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons savory 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1


Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

Keep ‘people food’ away from pets Rita Heikenfeld RITA’S KITCHEN

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled 8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained: Cannellini, kidney, chick peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc. Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling, heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


Marsie Hall Newbold MARSIE’S MENAGERIE

“What’cha eating?” Nosey, my basset hound asked, plopping down in front of me, an expectant look on her face. “Grapes,” I replied. “Can I

have one?” “It’s 'may' I have one and the answer is no. Grapes are bad for dogs.” “Oh, c’mon, just one won’t hurt,” she sighed, a tiny dribble of drool beginning to form at the side of her mouth. “No way,” I said firmly. “I’m a responsible pet owner and besides, I’m not in the mood to drag out the carpet cleaner to clean up the results.” She made a few growly noises under her breath as she trotted into the kitchen to see what was in her bowl. That little stinker was cussing at me and I don’t care. I’m not giving her grapes or anything else that I know is bad for dogs and this is the time of year when pets are most vulnerable to ingesting things that are bad for them. Dr. Joseph Bruner of Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services knows this firsthand. The first thing that Bruner cautions owners against is feeding their dogs and cats table scraps. “If you want to give them

something special, give them a pet treat like a Milk Bone. It doesn’t matter what they are getting, just that they are getting something from you. What we really need to protect our pets from can be divided into two categories: foods and decorations. For example, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause upset stomachs and even death. The worst offender, according to Bruner, is baker’s chocolate. As small an amount as one square can be deadly. Another is foods that contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol, most commonly used in sugar-free chewing gum. It is very toxic to dogs and cats, causing life threatening hypoglycemia, so keep all sugar free candies in a safe place. Other foods that are known to be harmful are grapes and raisins, which can damage the kidneys. That means that fruitcake is definitely off limits! The second category of “stuff” we need to be mindful of is ornaments and decorations. Cats in particular love houseplants, and poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are toxic. So keep them out of reach or, better yet, go with artificial plants just to be safe. For more pet care tips, visit If you have ideas for future columns, please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at



Gold and Silver Coins Selling for Highest Prices in Over 30 Years Due to Weak Economy and It’s Happening Right Here in Erlanger! By DAVID MORGAN STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If you’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM CE-0000491309

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1970, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


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Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.




Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.


Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc.


Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling.









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IN THE COURTS The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.

Filings Angela Dietrich vs. Tabitha Bunn, et al., other tort. Troy D. Fite vs. Dwight D. Ratliff, et al., other tort. Krystal Baugus vs. Frederick Spiller, other tort. Debora Beach, et al. vs. Willie Watson, et al., other tort. Jewell Daniel vs. Lesley Kilgore, et al., other tort. Jacob Lemke vs. Youthland USA Inc., et al., other tort. Brookbend Ferris vs. Meijer Inc./Stephen Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Danny G. Yates vs. Globe Office Equipment and Supplies Inc., worker’s compensation. Thomas J. Fussnecker vs. Utter Construction Inc., et al., worker’s compensation. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. vs. Tina R. Kissee, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Nora G. Bailey, et al., foreclosure. PNC Bank NA vs. Catherine Clark Wolters, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA as trustee vs. David C. Kelly, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Benjamin Sublett, et al., foreclosure. Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Joseph Henry Hollon, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Company

vs. Deric B. Gibson, et al., Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Harley W. Riddle, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Mark E. Boggs, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Erin L. Petty, et al., foreclosure. Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Donald Carpenter, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Walter I. Cunningham, et al., foreclosure. Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association vs. Shawn Michael Lawson, et al., foreclosure. Third Federal Savings and Loan Assoc of Cleveland vs. Rebecca L. McKinzie, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kevin Bosco, et al., foreclosure. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Tony A. Mounce, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Lloyd E. Fawley Jr., et al., foreclosure. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. vs. Joshua M. Brierly, et al., foreclosure. Cooks Grant Condominium Unit vs. Ruthanne Z. McKeever, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas vs. Phillip Wilson, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kevin Gilhooley, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Geoffrey Lewis, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Dustin Nelson, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Archie S. Thomas, et al., foreclosure.

CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Jason M. Cooper, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas vs. Wade R. Carden, et al., foreclosure. Mount Washington Savings and Loan Co. vs. Patrick H. Clark, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Robert Kruthaup, et al., foreclosure. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. vs. Steven E. Davies, et al., foreclosure. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. vs. Carl P. Mills, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kevin Gilhooley, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Archie S. Thomas, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Jason M. Cooper, et al., foreclosure. James B. Nutter and Co. vs. Raymond K. Wells, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Connie S. Blevins, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Mervin Senters Jr., et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. James Burchfield, et al., foreclosure. Miami Woods Owners Association Inc. vs. Bradley Bolton, et al., foreclosure. MorEquity Inc. vs. Paul A. Rostetter, et al., foreclosure. River Hills Bank vs. The Unknown Heirs Devisees Legatees Executors State of Ohio Estate Tax Division, foreclosure. Wells Fargo Financial Ohio 1 Inc. vs. The Unknown Heirs Devisees

ABOUT COURT NEWS These cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts. Legatees Executors State of Ohio Estate Tax Division, foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Sara Jeanne Brown, et al., foreclosure. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. National vs. Rayshawn S. Hudson, et al., foreclosure. The Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of vs. Melodie R. Goodnough, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. John Doe any successor trustee of Terry Knight, Dorothy M. Meister, Lillian Hoffman, Walter H. Sarver, Ruth L. Pierson, Helen L. Sarver, Darrell E. Sarver, Robert V. Sarver, Eldred G. Sarver, Terry Knight, Edgar A. Friedrich, Terry Knight, Kathy Steioff, Florence Briggs, Mark Freidrich, Ernie Friedrich, foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Vicky L. Dale, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. William K. Slusher, et al., foreclosure. MorEquity Inc. vs. Bridgette Sandy Dunbar, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Marshall Hubbard, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Todd D. Lang, et al., foreclosure.

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Jeffrey R. Wilzbach, et al., foreclosure. Fannie Mae vs. David A. Farley, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Barbara Lewis, et al., foreclosure. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. vs. Charles D. Hinkston, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Thomas Kirklin, et al., foreclosure. John Stephen Mikita, et al. vs. JoAnn Gazia Mikita, et al., other civil. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. David Mentzel, et al., other civil. Citibank NA vs. Lynn S. Hummel, other civil. Herminio Camejo vs. Anarchy Moco LLC, et al., other civil. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-1 vs. Lillie Sevier, other civil. Citibank NA vs. Stacy A. Whitman, other civil. Mary Lipps vs. William Roy, et al., other civil. Rose Sellers vs. Walmart Inc., et al., other civil. State of Ohio Department of Health vs. McNamaras Irish Pub LLC, other civil. Nathan Beatty vs. Paul Ferro, et al., other civil. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. David

Cincinnati community bank. Prior to joining Mt. Washington Savings and Loan, she was vice president/director of lending at Community Savings Bank in Bethel. “Rachel Kerr has an im-

pressive depth of knowledge of residential mortgage lending and will be a true asset as our new director of lending,” said Ben Buerger, president of Mt. Washington Savings and Loan. “Equally notable are

her relationships with customers, builders and other real estate professionals.” Kerr is a graduate of the ABA Stonier National School of Banking in Philadelphia.

Divorce Jenny E. Navas vs. Ricardo G. Navas Shane Watson vs. Netha Watson Jill Oetzel vs. Joshua Oetzel Brandon Purden vs. Constance Purden Michele E. Wellman vs. Robert A. Wellman Rhonda Hitt vs. Daniel Hurdle Frank H. Chapin vs. Peggy L. Chapin Deah J. Hogle vs. Donald T. Hogle Jennifer M. Baeza vs. Jose G. Baeza Michelle J. Wheeler vs. James W. Wheeler Brenda Coburn vs. Edgar Coburn Lisa Cooper vs. Patrick S. Cooper


Rachel Kerr moves to Mt. Washington Savings and Loan as director of lending BETHEL — Rachel Kerr has joined Mt. Washington Savings and Loan as vice president, director of lending. Kerr brings 20 years of residential mortgage lending expertise to the historic

Mentzel, et al., other civil. CACH LLC vs. Randi D. Seaman, other civil. John Soliday Financial Group LLC vs. Jeffrey Jay Jones, other civil. FIA Card Services NA vs. Eric V. Meyer, other civil. J. Allen Fay vs. Ford Motor Co., other civil. Ohio Receivables LLC vs. Judy I. Jackson, other civil. First National Bank Of Omaha vs. Paula S. Meyers, other civil. Citibank NA vs. Kimberly A. Fulmer, other civil. OneMain Financial Inc. vs. Rick Ehemann, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. Frank Schimpf Jr., et al., other civil. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., et al. vs. Bruce R. Lintz, other civil.


Christopher Luck, 30, 153 Ruth Lane, Bethel, trucker, and Angela Malik, 35, 153 Ruth Lane, Bethel, paralegal. Cameron Hopson, 23, 4808 Powderhorn, Cincinnati, welder, and Heather Ramsey, 25, 2425 Pin Hook Road, Hillsboro, L.P.N. Jesse Carter, 20, 128 S. East St., Bethel, construction, and Samantha Fields, 19, 128 S. East St., Bethel, cashier.

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Sharing makes holiday sweet Howdy Folks, Christmas is over and a bunch of memories linger of lots of activities. Ruth Ann and I went to the Bethel Friendship Senior Center on Tuesday for their Christmas dinner. There was a group of men that entertained called the Harksters. They had a lovely lady playing a keyboard for them and she was good. Everyone enjoyed the music. Kathy sure does a good job at this center, thanks for the invitation. There were about 40 people there. I wrote about the new cat we have, if I go to get the mail she goes with me. If I go to the carpenter shop she goes with me. If I go to the garage, she goes with me. She will eat almost anything we do, we sure enjoy Chessy the cat. On Tuesday we made four batches of homemade

noodles, some for Christmas presents and of course some for us. When Ruth Ann cooks George them for us Rooks she will OLE FISHERMAN make cornbread with cracklins in it, by golly they are good. Thursday morning Ruth Ann and I went to the other side of Goshen to get some honey bees that are in the big knot of an Oak tree. The tree was dead. It was a big one the feller cut the tree back in the summer, so they could have some good firewood for winter. Then discovered the honey bees. This feller wanted to start cutting the rest of the tree so here are the bees! So they called us and we went

over early in the morning and got the big chunk with the bees in it, the bees seem to be O.K. Thanks! We now have two big chunks of a tree with bees in each of them. The first one we got we are feeding them and they seem to be doing all right. Hopefully they will be fine till April then we will put them in a hive. The church on Bauer Road close to Owensville has sure done a super job of sharing. They told us they wanted to collect money to give 40 children Christmas presents this year. By Golly they passed that mark. They ended up giving 65 children presents. What a blessing that church has done. They started by putting a two gallon bucket out that folks could put their change in each Sunday along with bigger donations.

The Dollar General Store in Owensville put a barrel in the store for people to put toys and other items in for these people along with the chief of police. What a wonderful heart-warming service these folks have done. The church went to the C.N.E. school to get information on the needy children. The school's acting superintendent and school nurse were there along with the manager from the Dollar General Store. We thank them for the invitation to see this, along with their parishioners, who helped pass out the gifts. For a small church to accomplish this is a wonderful event. The minister was overjoyed that their church could get something like this done, God Bless all of you. The church is the Faith Tabernacle Church on

Bauer Road. On Christmas morning Ruth Ann and I always go to our daughter's house (Deb's) for breakfast then watch their children open their Christmas gifts. This year there is a little angel there to help open the gifts. They all go to Bobby's family then to eat dinner. Then come back to Deb's house for all of our family, with Pauline and Ralph and their family to get together eat supper and gather in the basement to open gifts. There is a lot of entertainment by our great granddaughter. She sure enjoyed her gifts Santa left for her. She always enjoys helping open other folks presents. What a family the Good Lord has blessed Ruth Ann and I with. I was a little ahead of myself, we went to the Christmas Eve service at

our church, the first service was at 6 p.m. with a full house, the second one was at 11 p.m. and they had a great crowd too. We entertained the Kinner family on Monday for a noon meal, then played a game in the afternoon. We forgot to congratulate them earlier this month for their fifth year anniversary of having the Riverside Coffee Mill open. Congratulations Jamie, and Mike. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later.









BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm

Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM

RIVER OF LIFE Assembly of God 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Ohio 45153 Pastor: Ralph Ollendick Sun. Contemporary Service SS -9:45am,Worship 11:00am Wed.- Informal Biblestudy 7-8pm Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer Service 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services/ Youth & Children’s Programs


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121 MONUMENTS BAPTIST CHURCH

Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

ROMAN CATHOLIC Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00

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Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30am Bible Study: 9:30am & 6:00pm Youth Groups: 6:00pm

770 South Riverside, Batavia OH 45103 Raymond D. Jones, Pastor 732-2739

Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm; Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY 212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

Sunday School Sunday Worship Sunday Eve. Childrens Mission Sunday Eve. Adult Discipleship Sunday Eve. Worship Wed. Eve. Adult Bible Study

9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223


A fellowship where God changes people for life. Come visit us! 2545 Highway 50 Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-2324 Sunday School 9:00am Childrens Church 10:00am Worship 10:00am Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.


Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 Pastor Tim McGlone Service Schedule Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 10:45am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Youth Service 7:00pm Saturday Service 7:00pm

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible


Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041

Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon

Saint Mary Church,Bethel

2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN



5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770


Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am


Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140

All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412 Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available

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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

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Owensville United Methodist Church


Located at 2580 US Hwy 50 (next to the library) or (1mile east of Owensville on 50)


509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052


3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 797-4189

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith



George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Trinity United Methodist Christmas Eve Services 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm & 11:00pm Christmas Day Services 10:00 am

5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)




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Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

Sunday Morning Schedule: 9AM - Worship: Traditional 10AM - Classes & Groups 11AM - Worship: Contemporary Nursery care provided

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song info: 753-3159 Pastor: Michael Fite c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan


NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

9:30am 10:30am


A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School ......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 • 10:30am

7:00pm 7:00pm

S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:


PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525

Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided


Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M.

Worship:10:30A.M.(SupervisedNursery) PRESCHOOL: Tues, Weds, Thurs

WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”



REAL ESTATE Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley.


891 Hopewell Road, Nora Clark to Ernest & Dorothy Hatfield, $375,000. 3564 Ohio 774, Joseph & Holly

Broemsen to Ralph & Karen Roeper, 3.0700 acre, $118,500. 1001 Painter Fork Road, RiverHills Bank to Jeanne Murphy & David Thurman, 5.0100 acre, $70,000.


77 Elizabeth St., Mary Ann Mattox, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.2160



acre, $23,333.34.


1858 Ohio 774, Robert & Beth Baker to Richard Baker Sr., et al., 3.7500 acre, $16,000. 3706 Sodom Road, Timothy Rutherford, et al. to Liberty Savings Bank, FSB, 5.1860 acre, $83,334.

Bear Creek Road, Alan & Pamela Motta to City of Hamilton & American Municipal Power, Inc., 5.0050 acre, $25,000. Bear Creek Road, Alan & Pamela Motta to City of Hamilton & American Municipal Power, Inc., 5.5100 acre, $25,000.

Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information. Bear Creek Road, Alan & Pamela Motta to City of Hamilton & American Municipal Power, Inc.,

5.5100 acre, $25,000.

DEATHS Orvill Bradley Orvill Milford Bradley, 79, Bethel, died Dec. 25. Survived by wife Gloria Bradley; children Silvia, David (Anna), Jeff (Rita) Bradley; granddaughters Tabitha (Jason) Duffey, Michelle (Ian) Dickhaus; greatgrandchildren Brycen, Hailey Dickhaus; siblings Jesse, Sanford, Gail, Elmo, Lodis, Catherine. Preceded in death by siblings George, Rosco, Adele, Lee, Marvin, Ora, Tiny May.

Services were Dec. 28 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bible Baptist Church of Mount Orab, 990 W. Main St., Mount Orab, OH 45154.

Ruby Chadwick Ruby Lee Chadwick, 93, Bethel, died Dec. 25. Survived by children James Chadwick, Joyce Wilson; six grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Jessee, Mae

Underwood, siblings Pearl, Lilly, Nellie, Bessie, James. Services were Dec. 28 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

William Dean Sr. William J. Dean Sr., 80, Hamersville, died Dec. 22. Survived by son William (Elizabeth) Dean Jr.; three grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Rosie Dean. Services were Dec. 29 E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7134 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. to: Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Association, P.O. Box 435, Georgetown, OH 45121.

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husband Thurman Pingle, parents Adam, Mattie Schadle. Services were Dec. 29 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Hope Ohio Balley, 215 Hughes Blvd., Mount Orab, OH 45154.

Mary Lee Pingle, 85, Bethel, died Dec. 25. Survived by sister Wilma (Elmer) Bailey; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by

RELIGION Epiphany United Methodist Church

Applications for the one bedroom waiting list are for the Bethel Woods elderly designated units. Applicants must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Applicants may fill out an application online at the Authority’s website Applications are no longer accepted at the Authority’s Administrative Office. Applications must be properly completed to be accepted and only if the composition and income is within the HUD guidelines. If you have any questions, please call the Administrative Office at 513-732-6010 or for the hearing impaired call TDD 732-6010. Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity



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Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

Loveland United Methodist Church

The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Mercy Health announces Eastgate Medical Center Mercy Health is providing a new option on the east side for surgery and other health care services. The Mercy Health Eastgate Medical Center offers easy access to outpatient surgery and a wide

range of specialists on Aicholtz Road, just off Ohio 32 and Interstate 275. The practice was formerly known as the Surgery Center of Cincinnati. The center features four operating rooms and

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO CASE NO. # 2011 CVE 1929 Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for LSF6 Mercury REO InvestPlaintiff Unments Series 2008-1, vs known Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold, et al. Defendants Unknown Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold, whose last places of residence were unknown and whose present places of residence are unknown, will take notice on October 27, 2011, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for LSF6 Mercury REO Investments Series 2008-1 filed its Complaint in Case No. 2011 CVE 1929 in the Court of Common Pleas Clermont County, Ohio alleging that Defendants, Unknown Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold have or claim to have an interest in the real estate described below:

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P.P.N, 47-34-03G-057 3204 Ernies ADDRESS: PROPERTY Drive, Pleasant Plain, Ohio 45162 A Copy of the full legal description may be obtained from the County Auditors Office. The Petitioner further alleges that by reason of default of Joetta M. Arnold in the payment of a promissory note, according to its tenor, the conditions of a concurrent mortgage deed given to secure the payment of said note and conveying the premises described, have been broken, and the same has become absolute. The Petitioner prays that Defendants named above be required to answer and set up their interest in said real estate or be forever barred from asserting the same, for foreclosure of said mortgage, the marshalling of any liens, and the sale of said real estate, and the proceeds of said sale applied to the payment of Petitioner’s claim in the proper order of its priority, and for such other further relief as is just and equitable. DEFENDANTS NAMED ABOVE ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER ON OR BEFORE THE 16th DAY Of February 2012. BY: Keith D. Weiner & Associates Co., L.P.A. , Stan C. Cwalinski (0078189) 75 Public Square, 4th Floor Cleveland , OH 44113 Tel: (216) 771-6500 1001682668

hospitals, Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital and Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital, are again rated among the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters. The Mercy Health – Eastgate Medical Center will include physician offices and eventually will add physical therapy care, occupational health, and urgent care. All procedures or appointments scheduled at the center prior to the acquisition by Mercy Health will continue as scheduled. Visit or call (513) 947-1130.


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Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes. The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12thgrade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;; and on Facebook.


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A kid-friendly event to celebrate Epiphany is planned for Friday, Jan. 6. A sloppy joe and hot dog dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by fellowship and a worship service with participation by the children. The story of the wise men coming to visit the baby Jesus will be told and the children will bring their offering boxes to the altar. The community is invited. Call 793-3288 for more information. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

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