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Bethel-Tate looking for superintendent By Kellie Geist-May


Clermont County Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael J. Voris pounds the gavel in his courtroom Dec. 29. He is retiring after 28 years as a judge.

Saved on Christmas

Firefighters worked on Christmas to rescue a chocolate Labrador from a frozen pond. The dog is back with its owners. – FULL STORY, B6

Fiscally looking

Bethel officials are reviewing resumes for a new fiscal officer. The new officer will have to help lead the village out of a fiscal emergency. – FULL STORY, A2

Education stem

Bethel-Tate and Williamsburg school districts are joining to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics gifted instruction. The Clermont County Educational Service Center helped Bethel-Tate get grant money to build a STEM lab at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School. – FULL STORY, A4

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Judge leaves mark in court By John Seney

Judge Michael J. Voris is proud of the programs he set up to help children and parents cope with the problems of divorce. “Kids often get caught in the middle,” he said. “Knowing I’ve helped children get through the process is very important.” Voris retired at the end of 2010 after 24 years as judge of the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court. Before that he served four years as a judge of the County Court (now Municipal Court.) Friends, family and co-workers of the judge gathered Dec. 29 for an open house at the court to say goodbye. J.D. Gallivan, a bailiff in Voris’ court for nine years, said the judge “has been a pleasure to work for. I like the way he does things. He’s always kept an open mind. He’s

“The one thing better than a happily married family court judge is a retired happily married family court judge.”

Michael J. Voris Retired Clermont County Domestic Relations Court judge

always looking to improve the court.” Dennis Murphy, a bailiff for eight years, said Voris was “fair and caring about family issues. He has a good reputation throughout the state.” Voris said he goal as a judge was to avoid contested custody fights between parents. “All studies show if the parents are fighting, the children don’t do so well,” he said. He implemented educational programs for the parents that were

mandatory rather than voluntary, he said. “When it’s voluntary, not many go through it,” he said. Voris said the court is being left in good hands with his replacement, Kathleen Rodenberg, who was elected to a six-year term in November. She took office Jan. 1. “I think she’ll do very well,” he said. Voris said his plans for retirement include “learning new skills like mopping and dusting.” He and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 44 years and live in Union Township. They are planning a trip to China later this year to attend the wedding of a grandson. “The one thing better than a happily married family court judge is a retired happily married family court judge,” he said. For more about your community, visit

Surveys going out Jan. 14 By Mary Dannemiller

After months of planning, a mailing date has been set for a Bethel community survey. The survey will be sent out Friday, Jan. 14, to every home in the village and to every business from West Street to East Street, said Mayor James Dick. Supplies and postage costs for the surveys were paid by the Burke Trust Commission. “This is something the planning commission has been working on going back a couple of years, but our financial situation put it on hold,” Dick said. “I’m glad to see it’s actually coming to fruition thanks to the Burke Trust coming through and paying for it.” The mayor also said it’s important to get community input before any changes are made to the zoning code or master plan for the village. “These are our first steps in doing the revitalization project,” he said. “It’s not good for a small group of people to decide some-

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“This is something the planning commission has been working on going back a couple of years, but our financial situation put it on hold. I’m glad to see it’s actually coming to fruition, thanks to the Burke Trust coming through and paying for it.”

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thing as broad based as changes in zoning and then put those changes forward in a regulatory fashion without input from your citizens.” Village Administrator Travis Dotson said residents are being asked to return the surveys by

Sunday, Jan. 30. “Planning commission is hoping to gain valuable insight into the direction the residents would like to move in regards to the future growth of the village,” he said. The last time village officials put together a master plan was in 1988, Dick said. “The administrator will be able to put together some sort of database and the planning commission can take a look at that,” the mayor said. “It’s a tool we can use to see if our economic development is where it should be and how it compares to what the residents want.” The survey also will be anonymous, which is why it’s not being e-mailed to residents, Dick said. “It’s postage paid so the residents can just drop it in the mailbox,” he said. “It’s not centered around who the individual is, we just want to know what survey respondents would like to see.” For more information about your community visit www.

The Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education is gathering guidance from the community and school staff before hiring a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Jim Smith announced in the fall that he would retire at the end of this school year. He has been with the district for 13 years. Board President Mark Rose said the school board is faced with an important decision. “I think we all realize the gravity of the decision we’re going to make. It will probably be the biggest thing most of us will Smith come across during our terms on the board,” Rose said. The board started the search for the new superintendent in midfall. They wanted to get a jump on the process because district Treasurer Amy Wells will be on maternity leave in the spring. As part of the search, the board asked members of the community to take an online survey and for school staff to meet and discuss what qualities they are looking for in the next superintendent. “We wanted to get everyone involved because the superintendent is an integral part of our community – he or she will be figurehead of our school. That person will interact with the staff and community, so we want to know what qualities those people are looking for,” board member David Brannock said. “I think we’re a small enough community that our superintendent has a big impact. It behooves us to look at the input and see what the community, teachers and staff want,” he said. When the staff members met in November, they said they were looking for someone with integrity who is honest and trustworthy. They also said they wanted someone who is good with people and who would be willing to build relationships both inside and outside of the school district. Rose said the community survey seems to echo that. “We haven’t had a chance to go through all the surveys, but they seem to be similar to what came out of our meeting with the staff,” he said. “The problem is that it’s hard to measure things like integrity and fairness in an interview.”

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Search for Bethel fiscal officer begins By Mary Dannemiller

As Bethel officials begin reviewing resumes for a new fiscal officer, there’s one thing they’re looking for more than anything else: Familiarity with the state auditor’s office. Auditor of State Mary Taylor placed the village under fiscal emergency in August because the general fund is in debt to the enterprise fund. Previous administrators and council members allowed money in reserve enterprise funds to be spent on general fund line items, said Bethel Mayor

James Dick. Fiscal Officer Angel Burton resigned Monday, Dec. 13, to take a finance director position with the city of Harrison. She began working for the village in 2008. Council members and the mayor already have met with representatives from the auditor’s office, are working on a recovery plan and need a fiscal officer who can help guide the village through that recovery, Dick said. “I’m looking if they have experience doing fiscal officer work and working with the state auditor’s office,” he said. “We are in a

fiscal emergency and we need someone who is not intimidated by that.” At the beginning of the year, the general fund owed about $326,000 to the village’s water and electric funds, but as of Tuesday, Nov. 30, the general fund owed about $171,000, Burton said. “A strong replacement for Angel would allow us to continue the progress we’ve made toward getting out of fiscal emergency,” said Vice Mayor Donna Gunn. “We all feel that we’ve come a long way toward getting the gen-

eral fund back in the black. A strong fiscal officer will help keep us on track to achieve that goal.” Aside from not being intimidated by the fiscal emergency status, the new fiscal officer shouldn’t be scared to turn down department heads when they ask for funds, Dick said. “This person will be the financial authority in the village and needs to be able to say no to other department managers and tell them when we do not have the funding for certain projects and when things just aren’t feasible,” the mayor said.

An interim fiscal officer will be appointed soon and Dick said he’d like to hire a permanent replacement by the end of January. Gunn said, “The least amount of time without a permanent person in the position the better. Having gaps in coverage can lead to mistakes and we’ve all had to deal with our share of those situations.” To apply for the job as Bethel’s fiscal officer, contact Village Administrator Travis Dotson at 734-2243. For more information about your community, visit

Rumpke to test recycling in Bethel By Mary Dannemiller

Bethel Village Council members have approved a waste removal services contract with Rumpke which includes a one-year recycling program. The contract was approved Monday, Dec. 20, and will not require residents to pay an increased trash fee. Bethel has contracted with Rumpke since 1996, but in light of the village’s fiscal emergency council members decided to explore options before renewing. “We’ve had a relationship with Rumpke and everyone in town are used to them and their collection

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times,” said B e t h e l Mayor James D i c k . “Financially, the numbers are the same so there isn’t Dick an issue with an increase, but we’re getting that added benefit of recycling. It’s a great move that allows us, without any increase, to try this and see if citizens like the service or not.” Rumpke spokeswoman Molly Yeager said the cost for the recycling program is built into what the village pays, but is not passed on to village residents. Recycling will be picked


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up once a month on the same day of the week Rumpke picks up garbage, she said. “Every resident that opts into the program will have to call Rumpke directly to participate and they will be provided with a 96-gallon recycling cart which will be picked up once a month on the first Monday of the month,” Yeager said. The carts will be delivered in January, with the first collection scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, Yeager said. “(The carts are for) common, everyday household items like plastic bottles and jugs, but I like to clarify that those are milk jugs, water bottles and anything where the top is smaller than the bottom,” she said. “No butter tubs or Cool Whip containers.” Other recyclable items include glass jars, steel cans, paper bags, junk mail, envelopes, newspapers and pizza boxes, as long as grease and food residue is removed, Yeager said. At the Monday, Nov. 22, council meeting, Rumpke

representative Brett Gaspard said the year-long trial will help determine whether the company should expand curbside recycling in other areas in the county. “I’ve been working with (Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality Director) Paul Braasch on this new pilot program to try in Bethel for one year to see if you like recycling, if residents like recycling,” he said. “We’ll see the feasibility of once a month curbside recycling and reducing the reliance on those drop bins.” Currently, the village pays about $10,000 a month for waste removal at 725 units, with residents paying $14.50 a month, said Fiscal Officer Angel Burton. Residents have until Saturday, Jan. 15, to sign up for the recycling program. Anyone interested should call 1-877-7867537 or e-mail southeast. For more information about your community, visit


Very Merry Christmas

The Bethel-Tate Middle School seventh-grade and eighth-grade choir sang “A Very, Very Merry, Merry Christmas” while Katie Vance played the flute for the holiday concert Monday, Dec. 20.

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YMCA director likes Clermont Co. By John Seney

One of Sheila Hinton’s first duties when she took over during the summer as director of the Clermont Family YMCA was to attend the Clermont County Fair. “I grew up on a dairy farm in eastern Ohio. The fair reminded me of the county fairs back home. I felt like I was back home,” she said. The YMCA had a booth at the fair, so Hinton got to meet a lot of people. So far, it is the most memorable experience of her new job. “That event was great,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting the people. It’s a nice community.” She has tried to become more involved in the community since being named to the job in July, including joining the Rotary Club.


Sheila Hinton, director of the Clermont Family YMCA, visits the fitness room. Hinton has worked for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for 20 years. Before coming to Clermont County she was asso-

ciate director at M.E. Lyons branch in Anderson Township. She also worked at branches in Springfield Township and Clifton.

Because the M.E. Lyons branch often partnered with the Clermont YMCA on programs, she was familiar with the branch and the area. “I love it. It was an easy transition. The members are great and we have a great staff,” she said. Every YMCA branch is a little unique, she said, but the basic programs are the same. Child care is a big part of the Clermont YMCA, she said. The branch also offers a gymnasium, running track, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness rooms and summer camps. “There are great things happening here,” Hinton said. A new program being offered is Fun to be Fit, in cooperation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The program is aimed at

fighting childhood obesity, Hinton said. Children referred by a family physician or school nurse work out at the YMCA twice a week. Hinton said her main goal as director is to reach out and partner with other agencies to offer more services to the community. Bill Powell, director of the M.E. Lyons branch, said Hinton was a good choice to lead the Clermont branch. “I think Sheila represents a true Y employee,” he said. “She is committed to the mission of the Y and committed to making a difference in the communities she has worked in.” “It will be a real asset to Clermont County to have Sheila out there,” Powell said. Hinton got her degree in elementary education from the University of Cincinnati. After working briefly as a

substitute teacher, she went to work for the YMCA and “fell in love with what the Y does.” “I decided the Y is where I wanted to be,” she said. Hinton said she majored in education because she wanted to work with children, but the YMCA gives her the opportunity to see the whole family. She lives in the Hamilton County community of Silverton. Her interests outside of work include reading and travel. “I am a huge reader for pleasure,” she said. The Clermont Family YMCA is at 2075 James Sauls Sr. Drive in Williamsburg Township. For more information call 724-9622 or go to www. For more about your community, visit www.

Plumbing firm adds service to survive By John Seney

When Aztec Plumbing in Batavia was founded about 20 years ago housing was booming and owner Jerry Blanchard specialized in new construction only. Blanchard’s daughter, Katrina Hess, who is corporate secretary at Aztec, said at one time the business had about 30 employees. In the last several years, new construction has declined and the work force at Aztec has shrunk to about seven. The focus of the business also has shifted to offering residential repair services and septic system service. “We have had to adapt to the times,” said Billy Hess, who is Katrina’s husband and in charge of the new septic service division. “There are not a lot of houses being built.”

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Billy Hess with some of the plumbing supplies at Aztec Plumbing in Batavia. Hess is in charge of the new septic division at the business. JOHN SENEY/STAFF

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he said. Free septic system inspections are offered and Aztec employees will go anywhere in Clermont County, he said. Katrina Hess said her father retired about a year ago from running the business full-time, but remains active in overseeing the operations. She said many people think Blanchard chose Aztec as the name of the business because he is part American Indian. But the real reason, he

Jungle Jim’s to manage mall By Kellie Geist-May

When Jungle Jim’s opens in Union Township it will be responsible for the rental spaces in Bigg’s Place Mall. As part of the agreement signed Oct. 7, Jungle Jim’s will keep the rental income and revenues from the spaces at Bigg’s Place Mall and will be responsible for all the property maintenance, management and taxes. “Jungle Jim’s is going to pay for everything and is going to run everything. It’s just that simple,” said Township Administrator Ken Geis. Bigg’s Place Mall is currently at 63 percent capacity with businesses such as Danberry Cinemas, Hobby Lobby and Receptions in the larger spaces and Fashion Nails, Original Mattress Factory and Eagle Financial in the smaller interior

spaces. “I believe Jungle Jim’s is talking to those folks about continuing to be in the (Bigg’s Place) Mall,” Geis said. The rental income at current capacity is about $1.11 million per year. Should the Bigg’s Place Mall be at full capacity and if all the rent for each square foot of space is equal, Jungle Jim’s could make about $1.74 million in rent a year. Jungle Jim’s annual lease cost will be $895,000 for the second year, followed by $1.46 million for the third, fourth and fifth years and $1.64 for the sixth, seventh and eighth years. There also will be a $500,000 option to buy, according to the contract. There will be no rent for the first year because it is expected to take about a year for Jungle Jim’s to open. Trustee Tim Donnellon

said it just made sense to have Jungle Jim’s manage the property. “Our purpose for being involved is just to provide the financing for Jungle Jim’s. If we were controlling the rental income then we’d be the ones who would have to attract the businesses and worry about whether or not they are successful,” he said. In addition to the spaces currently available in the Bigg’s Place Mall, the trustees approved a zoning change that allows for Jungle Jim’s to build a minimum of four outlot buildings, a total of 49,600 square feet, in the parking lot. Donnellon said those outlot businesses could bring additional revenue and jobs to the township and make that area more attractive for additional development. For more about your community, visit

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Multi-school program focuses on STEM education By Kellie Geist-May

The Bethel-Tate Local School District and the Williamsburg Local School District have joined forces to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) gifted instruction. “We’re trying to pull our resources to provide more services for our students,” Bethel-Tate teacher Fay Wagner said. “We are concentrating on STEM education.

A lot of the instruction is focused on problem solving and engineering design.” The Clermont County Educational Service Center helped Bethel-Tate get grant money to build a STEM lab at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School. Students from Williamsburg Middle School and Bethel-Tate Middle School bus to Hill Intermediate once every three weeks to use the lab, which includes 23 laptops with wireless Internet as well as other technolo-

gy such as a digital microscope and botany center. The students at Hill Intermediate also are involved in the STEM program. Wagner said the students use an online program for weekly instruction while at their home schools. Williamsburg Middle School Principal Kevin Dunn said the program has worked well for the school and the students. “I think this broadens the students’ perspective and builds a sense of community between the

two school districts. We’ve created a gifted network where these students are stepping out of their comfort zones and meeting with peers of similar academic standing,” Dunn said. “I think it’s really helping these students grow.” Wagner said the STEM program replaces the gifted program the school offered previously. Having the instruction relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in is line with

the state’s educational goals, she said. The students in all three schools seem receptive to the program Wagner and Dunn said. “Kids in the gifted program are on the college prep track and this type of a program prepares them for the future,” Dunn said. “And the students are always excited when they get to go to Bethel. We have dynamic teachers and the students have really made a lot of friends.”

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The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2010-2011.


Lane Bruan, Robert Freeling, Desiree Hall, Jamie Hull, Ethan Jones, Trina Paynter, Peyten Plymesser, Caleb Roehm, Andrew Sharp, Eva Shepherd, Jaden Smith and Nick Yauger.

First grade

John Armacost, Nathan Baker, Michaela Barnes, Nathaniel Behymer, Alisha Boone, Skylar Brandenburg, Kaleb Carnahan, Garrett Conley, Trinity Edwards, Emily Hard-

ewig, Jacob Hayslip, Cameron Helton, Chase Jarman, Luke Jennings, Evan Louderback, Jordan Lowe, Ashley Lykins, Jeffrey McCoy, Maddie Mcmillin, Tristan Ott, Audrey Pinger, Garrett Pinger, Chloe Quatkemeyer, Alex Rothwell and Garrett Taulbee.

Second grade

Ashley Baker, Piper Blake, Kiersten Chandler, Luke Dunaway, Rachel Foley, Noah Hall, Hannah Lewin, Ally Perry, Seth Roehm, Gabe Shepherd, Paul Smith, Makenna Spivey, Colton Stamper, Will Taggart, Hunter Webb, Logan Wehrum, Gary Wooten and Zander Zinke.

Third grade

Tate Ackerman, Madison Baird, James Baker,

Dale Bowles, Harlie Brandenburg, Bryttin Bullock, Logan Clarkson, Cheyenne Cummins, Cayleigh Donovan, McKinsey Dozier, Brendan Franklin, Amanda Holbrook, Ellie Hoog, Morgan Legner, Emma Lewin, Cassidy Louderback, Maddy Moore, Connor Paul, Destiny Paynter, Riley Pinger, Bryce Reeves, Will Smtih, Mallory Taulbee, Christian Wile and Becky Yauger.

Fourth grade

Kylie Belt, Nathaniel Buckler, Ceirra Bush, Sierra Crawford, Tony Edwards, Trenton Edwards, Clayton Griffith, Jared Hamilton, Christian Leggett, Bailey Lowe, Alley Moore, Kennedee Pemberton, Thresa Perkins, Austin Perry, Will Thomas, Max Turner and Ashlie Wilson.


Batavia Middle School teacher Melissa Copestick, center, was recognized at the Dec. 20 Batavia school board meeting for achieving certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. With her are Board President Mark Ewing, left, and Superintendent Jill Grubb.

Bethel woman earns national educator certification By John Seney

A language arts teacher at Batavia Middle School has earned national certification as an educator. Melissa Copestick was notified in December by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards of the accomplishment. “It’s a goal I’ve always had,” she said. “To be the best teacher I can.” She said it involved about 100 hours of work getting together all the paperwork necessary to apply for the certification. “Completing the National Board Certification was a challenging yet fulfilling experience. During the year-long process I was able to confirm my strengths as a teacher as well as become more cognizant of the areas that needed improvement,” she said. “For more than a decade, National Board Certified Teachers have been transforming our nation’s schools by demonstrating effective teaching practice,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“I am proud that Melissa Copestick is among a select group of excellent teachers nationwide who have achieved National Board Certification. These outstanding educators are making a positive difference in the lives of students.” “Like board-certified medical doctors, National Board Certified Teachers have met high standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review,” Aguerrebere said. Susan Hakel, principal at the middle school, said, “She is topnotch. We are so lucky to have her.” Hakel said Copestick is one of 81 teachers in Ohio this year to receive the certification. Copestick has been at teacher at Batavia Middle School for 15 years. Before that she taught in the Bethel-Tate school district. In 2009, she was named Teacher of the Year at Batavia Middle School. Copestick earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. She lives in Bethel with her husband and two children. For more about your community, visit


Holiday program

Students of the Precious Resources Child Care in Felicity welcomed parents and family to their annual holiday program Dec. 10. This is the pre-kindergarten class.

Residents asked to set up rain gardens “Rain gardens are so easy to create and beneficial to the environment, there should be one in every yard,” said Clermont County Storm Water Management Program Manager John McManus. “In an effort to encourage more citizens to plant rain gardens, our office is partnering with Miami University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences to develop a plan to expand the infiltration technique,” he said. Rain gardens capture water in an area that features native plantings. The water has a chance to slowly filter into the ground, rather than run off into the storm sewer. “They remove standing water in your yard, recharge local

groundwater, improve water quality, serve as a filter for runoff pollutants and help protect rivers and streams,” said McManus. “We want to discover what barriers exist when citizens consider planting a rain garden, and come up with solutions to overcome those barriers,” he said. “We are really excited about having the chance to promote community participation in Clermont County,” said Jessica Buttler, one of the Miami students working on the project. “Small changes people make, like installing a rain garden or rain barrel in their yard, can have a very positive impact not only on their neighborhood, but on an entire watershed,” she said.

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As a first step to the project, a survey designed by the team of graduate students from the Institute of Environmental Sciences will be randomly sent to Clermont County citizens in early January 2011. The survey will determine how much citizens know about the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels. It also will ask whether an incentive could increase the use of these environmentally-friendly tools. “One citizen who fills out a survey will be selected to win a free rain barrel,” said McManus. For more information about the survey, contact McManus at or call 732-7880.


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Felicity-Franklin High School junior Montana Wear, then a sophomore, throws against East Clinton this past spring. Wear had 20 wins and 302 strikeouts for the Cardinals, which went 21-2.



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Felicity-Franklin junior Trevor Shouse, then a sophomore, emerged as a key contributor for the Cardinals during the 2009-10 season. He is one of their top scorers this year.


Felicity-Franklin junior Hillary White, then a sophomore, hit over .400 last season.

2010: A great year for Bethel and Felicity sports


Felicity-Franklin senior Matt O’Brien, then a junior, drives to the hoop against Bethel-Tate in January. O’Brien, who finished with 15 points in the loss, averaged more than 13 points per game last season.


Bethel-Tate graduate Autumn Schellenberger runs the hurdles at sectionals in May. She runs hurdles and pole vaults for Bucknell University.


Bethel-Tate senior Brooke Kenneda, then a junior, throws to first base during a 3-2 road loss against Blanchester in April. Kenneda had eight wins, 126 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA for the Lady Tigers, which went 8-12 last season.



Bethel-Tate High School graduate Louie Schaljo goes up for a shot against Western Brown in February. Schaljo, who matched a season-high with 37 points in the 72-55 win, averaged more than 22 points and eight rebounds per game in leading the Tigers to a perfect 20-0 regular season as a senior.


Bethel-Tate senior Tyler Bullock, then a junior, dunks home two of his 20 points in a 68-63 win over Finneytown in February. Bullock averaged more than 16 points per game last season.


Bethel-Tate running back Zach Mullins earns some hard-fought yards during a 41-12 loss to Mariemont in August. Mullins was one of the Tigers’ top ground weapon this past season.


Bethel-Tate’s Logan Stephens drills a threepointer against McNicholas during a 45-44 playoff loss in March. It was the Tigers’ only loss of the season.


Bethel-Tate graduate Paschal Lanigan, top, takes control of New Richmond’s J.R. Forsee in sectional action in February. A pin gave Lanigan the sectional title.



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Dementia is not the same as forgetfulness In today’s high-tech world most of us find ourselves with an overload of information. I can barely remember my own phone numbers (I have three), much less anyone else’s. Home phones, work phones, cell phones. Now we even have to remember area codes, not to mention the extra numbers on zip codes. What happens when we are drowning in information overload? We forget things. Who hasn’t forgotten an appointment or to run an errand, or where they placed their keys or if they locked them in the car? In spite of all the information that is available now, there are many people who still believe that simple forgetfulness is a form of dementia, and that dementia is synonymous with Alzheimer’s

Disease. Usually these are just normal glitches in how our memories work. Forgetfulness is part of the normal aging process. It can be Linda Eppler caused by stress, fatigue, grief or an Community overload of inforPress guest mation. It is not a columnist sign of, nor does it lead to, dementia. The problem is usually with recall, not memory. Healthy people, in fact, experience just about every warning sign sometime in their lives and increasingly as they age. Dementia, on the other hand, is the result of a disease process. It is more common with advancing

What did Jesus really say? “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1 ESV) Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:11 ESV) While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. (John 12:36 ESV) Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27 ESV) Through the Christmas season, Jesus was once again be the subject of much discussion in churches and the media. The so-called “Culture Wars” are still waging strong and discussions will lead to whether or not to say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” An actual “War on Christmas” or not, the times call for us to think soberly about what Jesus actually said. The above verses make it clear that Jesus expected people to believe in him and to believe all that he said. Most people actually do believe in Jesus, but seem to run into disbelief over his words. Why does he expect people to believe him? The reason he wants us to believe him is that our condition is anxious. We are worried. We are worried about the future. The reason we are worried is because we see things changing that we cannot control.

Another reason is that we do Stewart not understand or Clarke believe God. The events Community that are retold Press guest during Christmascolumnist time are very relevant to our current situation. God spoke and moved in history in sending His Son, the man Jesus Christ. He calls us to believe him because of our need for a Savior. Most everyone is familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son …” But few understand why he gave his only begotten Son. Some feel that Jesus came only as an example of how we are to live and treat others. But the words of Jesus are much more significant than a mere example. For example, Jesus says, “I am the good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11). Jesus also claims to have given his life as a “ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) and “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). To believe in Jesus is to believe what he said, his words. He tells us, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37) and that “Whoever receives me, receives him who sent me” (Matthew 10:40). Jesus expected to be received and to be believed. As one must drink water so one also must, in a sense, “drink” Jesus by receiving him and believing. Stewart Clarke is pastor at Bethel Baptist Church.

age, but it is not a normal part of growing older. How can normal events be distinguished from Alzheimer’s warning signs? It’s a matter of degree and frequency and awareness. It’s important to look at the functional consequences of what someone can’t remember. If your mom forgets where she parked her car, that’s not abnormal. But if she walks home from the mall because she forgot she took her car, that is abnormal. Family members, friends and co-workers are usually the first to notice the warning signs. The affected person may or may not be aware of any changes. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a person should see a doctor if they are exhibiting several of the following symptoms:

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Show your pets love with homemade treats Looking for something fun to do? Try your hand at making homemade treats for your pets. It’s a great family-friendly activity and they make great presents. Here are three recipes that I’ve made in my own kitchen. They’ve all been taste-tested by furry and feathery experts and always get rave reviews.

Nipper’s Favorite Dog Cookies

Makes about two dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter.


2 cups flour 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 ⁄2 cup wheat germ 1 ⁄2 cup yellow cornmeal 1 egg 1 ⁄2 cup of the water you used to boil the chicken livers 2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1 cup chicken livers Non-stick cooking spray Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, wheat germ, yellow cornmeal and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly together with the oil. Add egg and oil slowly to dry mixture; then add broth from the chicken livers. Stir together. Remove chicken livers from water. Pat dry on paper towels and mince very fine. (I used cooking shears.) Fold into dough. Mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a firm ball.

Roll dough out to 1⁄2 inch thickness and cut into shapes with a bone shaped cookie cutter. (I suggest you use a small one.) Place on cookie Marsie Hall sheets that you Newbold have coated with cooking Marsie’s non-stick spray. Menagerie Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator.

Katnip Krisps

Makes about 2 dozen.


1 cup whole wheat flour 1 ⁄3 cup all purpose flour 1 ⁄3 cup whole milk 1 ⁄4 cup dry milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons bran cereal 2 tablespoons pure honey 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried catnip Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Place whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, whole milk and dry milk in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out thinly with a rolling pin. Cut the dough into small squares and put them

CH@TROOM Last week’s question: Do you think the economy will improve in 2011? Why or why not? “Yes for several reasons: “1. Favorable business and individual tax policy. “2. Low interest rates. “3. An accommodating Federal Reserve. “4. Divided government. “5. Stable/slight improvement in employment.” B.L.

“I am an optimist, so I think it will improve gradually in 2011. Obama should have put more focus on jobs/the economy and less time worrying about passing: DADT, the outdated Russian Treaty, health care, the Dream Act, Guitmo … apparently he isn’t listening.” C.A.S. “I think it will improve. I feel with the new congress about to take office government spending will finally come under control.” L.S.

“No I believe we will stay at 9 percent to 10 percent unemployment. Businesses will choose to not hire because there is serious uncertainty in the future. The two year extension on Bush tax cuts is a Band-Aid but it does not stop the bleeding. Businesses will not think long term because the government does not think long term. It is al a big fat joke on the middle class!” L.D. “With the unemployment rate going down and better sales during the 2010 Christmas season, I


on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the catnip cookies for 20 to 25 minutes until they turn light brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Blueberry-Banana Birdie Waffles

From Anne Crone of The Bird Shoppe. Makes about six waffles.


2 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 3 teaspoon baking powder 3 large eggs 11⁄2 cups milk 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 1 cup mashed ripe bananas 1 ⁄2 cup fresh blueberries Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add milk, oil and mashed bananas. Combine wet with dry ingredients in large bowl and fold in blueberries. Place non-stick spray on waffle iron and make waffles as usual. Note to all: I am not a veterinarian or an animal dietitian. Please ask your personal vet if you are concerned about any of the ingredients listed above. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

Next question Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you actually kept? What was it? How did you accomplish it? Every week The Bethel Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. believe there will be a significant improvement in our economy during 2011. “The media is a big influence on spending in our country. Negative remarks on TV and in the newspaper day after day give the impression that the consumer should hold back on spending. Lately, there has been more positive feedback in the

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And don’t communicate your fear to your loved one. More than 100 reversible conditions can mimic dementia. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they may become irreversible. Linda Eppler is the director of Communications and Lifelong Learning at Clermont Senior Services.

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news giving people more confidence in our economy. “Hopefully the stock market will continue to make progress. During the last several months I have not been reluctant to open my 401K statement. By any means, I did my share to help boost the economy during this Christmas season!” K.K.


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The vocal group West Clermont By Request performed holiday music at the literacy council’s auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. West Clermont By Request also won Warm 98’s Christmas Glee competition. Check out 98.5 FM to hear their version of “Holly Jolly.”

Literacy Council’s annual benefit auction a hit By Kellie Geist-May

Although fundraising was down this year, Susan Vilardo, executive director of the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, said the council’s benefit auction was a still a hit. “I was very pleased with the attendance and the overall execution of the event. I thought it went smoothly with the help of all the wonderful volunteers,” she said. Susan said her family – especially her dad, apprentice auctioneer R.J. Vilardo – were also very helpful at the auction. However, the fundraising at the auction was down more than half from last year. Susan said the council hasn’t gotten the numbers together yet, but the profits

are down more than half. “This is probably the least we’ve made at an auction, but I think we’re feeling the economy just like every other not-for-profit organization. I really appreciate everyone who did bid,” she said. “I also want to thank the community, the Milford firefighters, Keith (Burkhart) of Milford Skyline and my father and the auctioneers,” Susan said. “I really appreciate everything everyone did.” The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties is still looking to raise money for their 2011 operations. To make a donation, call Susan at 943-3741. The council can accept cash, check and credit card donations. For more about your community, visit


Ruth Frank, right, and Melinda Voris of Amelia look through a box of jewelry available at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Apprentice auctioneer R.J. Vilardo looks for bids on a package of sweets during the benefit auction for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Jeannee Saunders of Owensville helps Newtown residents Cheryl McConnell, left, and Eileen Baumgartner sign in at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. Saunders is a literacy council board member.


Literacy council board member Don McLaughlin of Anderson Township and Marie Harrington of Hyde Park take a look at the literacy council auction items Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Doug Ackermann and his mother, Jean Ackermann, look through the list of available auction items during the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Ava Vilardo, front left, and Marissa Vilardo help Rick Krieger of Anderson Township and literacy council board member Meredith Delaney of Hyde Park look through the items in the flea market at the benefit auction for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Larry Chaney of Amelia takes a look at some of the art available at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8.


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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Ages 21 and up. $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.

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AUDITIONS Inhumanwich! Cast Auditions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Seeking large, diverse volunteer cast for sci-fi horror comedy film. Must be available to shoot most weekends Feb. 12-April 24, in Cincinnati and surrounding suburbs. Free. Presented by Argo One Productions. 237-4220; Union Township. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Weight Loss Challenge, 5:45 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 445 Craig Road, Twelveweek program. Includes advice on proper nutrition, food choices, exercise, hydration, protein, etc. Family friendly. $35. Registration required. Presented by Weight Loss Challenge by Herbalife. 528-0386. Mount Carmel.


Considering Catholicism?, 7-8:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Informational meeting to discover how to become Catholic or how to rediscover your Catholic faith. Free. 3884099; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 7


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Baby Adventurers, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Weekly through Feb. 25. Discover wonders of nature with your child using simple sensory experiences and indoor and outdoor play. For parents and their children ages 1-2. $66, $48 members per eight week session. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Nature at Night, 6 p.m., Shor Park Nature Trails, 4659 Tealtown Road, Explore sights and sounds of newest park within the Clermont County Park District. Listen for owls, coyotes and other nocturnal creatures. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Milford.

Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, Ages 21 and up. Free. 233-9888; Anderson Township.

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Snowbirds, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn about the birds that call Ohio home all year. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Cin City Reptile Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, supplies and feeders; at or below wholesale prices. $4, free ages 10 and under. Presented by Cin City Reptile Show. 910-0900; Union Township.


Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, With Darlena Graham. Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $5, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Raptor Encounter, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet local birds of prey species. Cameras welcome. Free, vehicle permit required.521-7275; Anderson Township.


Lights Out Seminar, Noon-4 p.m., Big Show Gym and Fitness, 4601 Eastgate Blvd., No. 200, Learn the secrets to Standup by one of UFC’s best knock out artists. Train and learn from Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. $50. Presented by Big Show Entertainment Company. 2583545; Union Township.


Volunteer Exploration Sessions, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Discover many volunteer opportunities available at CNC. Family friendly. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. S U N D A Y, J A N . 9


Guys and Dolls, 2-5 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St., Please prepare a song that showcases your vocal range. Accompanist will be provided or you can audition using your own music on CD. 683-9687; Loveland.


Winter Travel Series, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, “Nepal, Abode of the Gods” with Al Klee. View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. Ages 18 and up. $5, $1 children, free for members; Jeff Alt’s program is free. 8311711; Union Township.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Applebee’s, 4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, 7520700; Union Township.

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AUDITIONS Guys and Dolls, 7-9 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, Free. 683-9687; Loveland. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Mike Ladrick, genealogist and researcher, presents program on how to prepare for your visit to the local Latter-Day Saints Libraries in Cincinnati. Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.


A Bird Walk with Darlena Graham will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Participants should meet Graham in the parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Beginners are welcome. Family friendly. Cost is $5; free for members. For more information, call 831-1711 or visit W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 1 2


Clermont County Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Clermont County Board of Health, 2275 Bauer Road Suite 300, 7327499.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 1


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


Little Adventurers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Weekly through March 1. Ages 3-5. Family friendly. $130, $100 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


CNC Members’ Astronomy Club, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center lobby. With naturalist Sheila Riley. Ages 12 and up. Free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


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


Winter Feast on Film Series, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, “Food, Inc.” Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes underbelly of America’s food industry. Take closer look at creation, preparation and consumption of food today. Ages 18 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Little Adventurers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Weekly through March 3. $130, $100 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Rediscover Your Catholic Faith, 7-8:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., No-pressure atmosphere where you can ask any question about Catholic faith. Free. 388-4099; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 1 4


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6 and up. 575-2102. Milford.


Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., LaDonna’s Cafe, 1340 Ohio Pike, 752-1461. Batavia Township.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 5980 Meijer Drive, Free. 965-8240. Milford.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 5281622; Mount Carmel. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 1 3


The Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit “Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns,” shows the evolution of the wedding gown from a symbol of purity to a vehicle for displaying wealth. It is through Jan. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free. Call 513-639-2995 or visit Pictured is Christian Dior, “Wedding Ensemble: Dress, Crinoline and Headpiece,” 1954, Gift of Countess de Rochambeau, 2008.

AUCTIONS Quarter Auction benefiting Teen Challenge, 7-9 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Refreshments available. Splitthe-pot and Queen Paddle for free bidding all night. Items from vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, lia sophia, Avon, Arbonne, Tupperware, Gold Canyon and more. Benefits Teen Challenge. $2. Presented by Cincinnati North Networking Group. 965-1806; Loveland.


Comedian Brian Regan comes to the Taft Theatre Friday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Known for his specials on Comedy Central and DVDs, Regan also makes frequent appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


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January 6, 2011


Is there a reason why these years are given to me? As any new year begins, two opposing complaints can be heard. For a few, eager for an awaited goal, it is that time moves too slowly. The more frequent complaint is that it moves too fast. Its speed stuns us. On some rare occasions we surprise ourselves ready to date some paper with 1990-something rather than 2011. Whichever way time appears to us, the life we’re living makes it so. Watching the second hand of a clock is proof enough that time maintains a stead pace. Life’s rule of thumb is: Time passes at a speed relative to the intensity of the life that is lived and the quality of life that is experienced. Author Henri Boulad says, “Perhaps there are people of ninety who in fact have readily lived for only three years of their lives. Why? Because their lives were so empty, so hollow, so inconsistent

that they amounted to a few days or years. These people have not lived. They have lasted.” This is not to encourage Father Lou hyperactive livGuntzelman ing. For it is our Perspectives fast-paced lives and absorption with technology that causes the illusion of speed and leaves too many days hollow. Multitasking is a friend of business, not of the psyche and soul. Neither speed nor length is what makes a life significant. It is our hearts which determine how old we are and how well we’ve lived. As we take stock of time that is past, the future we hope to have, and the specter of our passing in death, consider this essential

question. Write it down and take it with you into your quiet times. Reflect on it until you’ve come up with your personal and finest answer. It was written by Admiral Byrd in the wastes of the South Pole. If you were alone, a thousand miles from every other person, possessing no form of communication, and it was fifty degrees below zero and you were dying. What would have had to have happened in your life to allow you to die with integrity and a sense of fulfillment? What a revealing question if we consider it honestly! Doing so shows us the meaning we find in life as well as the direction our choices are leading us. We are the sole evaluator of our motives and goals. It’s also one of those questions

that inevitably lead to ask ourselves further questions. “Is my goal a worthy one?” “Is my life proceeding toward or away from my overall goal and who I want to be?” “Are there any changes I must make in my life to better lead me to that final sense of satisfaction?” And … “Will God be pleased with my life according to what he intended when he created me?” We humans are the only animals with rationality and will; we know that we are born and know we will die; we are conscious that we have begun this cycle and that our leaving is only a “matter of time,” Why did God create me and place me in time? If God intended that I come to the end of my earthly time as a Z, why didn’t he create me at Z instead of at A? Could it be that God actually wants me to participate with him

in my own creation? From the fact that I can consciously contemplate my own life and recognize its growth, does that affirm in some way that I am beyond my physical life and therefore beyond my death? In some respects our death in passing from time is seen as a catastrophe. In other respects it is a consummation and fulfillment of being a rational human called to growth. As Father Maurice Zundel comments: “Physical death thus coincides with the explosion of an inner life which has achieved its full maturity and is totally freed from time, so that it now surpasses it’s own limits.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Learn how your insurance claims will be paid It’s generally recommended you buy replacement cost insurance to cover items in your home should they be lost in a fire or theft. But, it’s also important to know how you’ll be paid if you ever have to file a claim. That’s what Daphne Godfrey learned after items were stolen from her Western Hills basement locker. “I went down to do laundry and noticed my storage unit had been broken into and I had been completely cleaned out,” Godfrey said. The locker was fully enclosed so you couldn’t see inside, and she put her own lock on the unit but it was broken into anyway. “Most of the stuff was my daughter’s toys. She had three large dollhouses, and her bike. They also took the

Christmas tree ornaments, Disney duffle bag, and I had some of her stuff in big bags,” Godfrey Howard Ain said. GodHey Howard! frey said the loss amounts to about $1,600. Although she has a $500 deductible, she says she was surprised to get an insurance check for only $124. “I thought if anything ever happens I’ll turn it over and they’re going to send me my check, and I’ll go replace my stuff. Then, hopefully, nothing else will happen,” she said. Godfrey said she’s surprised to learn that’s not

how her replacement cost insurance policy works. Her $124 check represents the depreciated value of her stolen items. Although she has receipts for most of them, they were bought about a year and a half ago. The insurance company will depreciate all items more than one year old. It will only pay to the replacement value after the items are replaced and new receipts are sent to the insurance company. Independent Insurance Agent Steve Wheeler said Godfrey’s insurance policy is actually quite typical. “The premise of the property insurance is to make you whole again, put you where you were before the loss occurred,” he said. “You are responsible for

going out and replacing the items and then that triggers the replacement cost coverage and they’ll make that payment to you.” If you fail to replace any items, all you’ll get is the depreciated value. Godfrey said now she’ll have to get the money together to start replacing the stolen items. This is the way it works with most homeowners replacement cost policies. So it’s important to take pictures of all the items in your home as proof of what you owned. Go through your drawers taking pictures or video of everything, and then keep the photos elsewhere for safekeeping. Put them in a safe deposit box or give them to a friend or relative – just as long as


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack. Tools provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 324-2873 or e-mail, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit E-mail League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-

older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationallyrenowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which

provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Individuals 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 9313057, or at


Anderson Senior Center – Computer Instructors and Assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered 3-4 times per year. Classes are held Monday-Friday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550

Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors. The class meets from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. Contact Gina Burnett at burnett.gina@ or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail melittasmi@


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January 6, 2011

Start new year out right with healthy yogurt treat Every year when I see the coming food trends, I have to chuckle. And, yes, pat myself on the back. For the most part, I’ve been ahead of the curve for a long time. Home canning is gaining popularity for both economy and health. One of the most fun classes I taught at Jungle Jims this year was on canning. Yogurt, both regular and frozen, continues to be “in,” and Greek yogurt reigns supreme, due to its high protein and calcium content, along with being unbelievably rich and creamy. Use it in place of sour cream. One of our favorite desserts is frozen Greek yogurt. I expect pies to edge out cupcakes this year, too. Though judging from the desserts I’ve seen at parties lately, cupcakes and “cake on a stick” are holding strong. Mom-and-pop restaurants are coming back, too.

And that’s something dear to my heart, as my own mom and dad, Mary and C h a r l e s Rita Nader, had a Heikenfeld restaurant at corner of Rita’s the Cambridge kitchen a n d Plainville in Madison Place. I loved helping her after school, and will never forget the time I got a 75-cent tip for serving her legendary deep-fried seafood along with her equally famous chocolate pie. Pimiento cheese, Korean food and gourmet popsicles are on the list, too. There’s nothing better or healthier than a popsicle made with freshly squeezed grape or orange juice with a little honey added for sweetness. And guess what else? Foraging for wild edibles,

like wild nuts, berries and wild violets. I love foraging! I still have a couple of jars of wild violet jelly and jam in my old pie safe. Pop-up restaurants, like food trucks, are in every big city. Food stalls with specialty products, like artisan breads, produce and homecured meats are a common site at neighborhood markets and our own Findlay Market. The reasons? Good food at a good price from people who are passionate about their craft. Growing your own produce, whether in the ground or in containers, continues to gain fans. And I think you’re going to see more recipes using whole and unusual grains, like quinoa and bulghur wheat. So if you want to jump on the trend wagon, here are some recipes to get you started.

Frozen yogurt like Yagööt’s

Here’s my clone and it’s

creamy and delicious. It’s important to use the best quality yogurt here to get a creamy texture. 2 cups strained full fat Greek yogurt 1 ⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup sugar or more to taste. Mix yogurt and sugar. Stir it for about five minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, then put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Freeze in your ice cream maker. Vanilla yogurt: add 2-3 teaspoons vanilla to the yogurt before mixing. Tip: You either have to buy 4 cups of yogurt, strain it in cheesecloth set in a strainer for 12 hours or so in the refrigerator – that will reduce down to 2 cups) or buy the Greek yogurt already strained.

Bulgogi (Korean beef)

Here’s my version of this popular dish. Leave out the honey and you have simple

stir-fried beef. 1 pound flank steak, sliced very thin 1 ⁄4 cup high quality soy sauce or to taste 2-3 teaspoons corn starch 1 tablespoon sesame oil or to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons honey Pepper to taste Handful or so shredded carrots 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, both white and green parts Shredded carrots to taste (opt.) Tomato quarters for garnish Combine soy, sesame oil, garlic and honey. Mix with meat and veggies. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Film a pan with peanut or canola oil. When it gets hot, put in beef and veggies. Stir fry quickly, adjust soy

and sesame oil to taste, and serve over hot rice and a couple of tomato quarters.

Pimiento cheese spread

Go to taste on ingredients here, especially the pimientos. This makes a lot, so go ahead and divide the recipe in half if you want. Just put everything in the food processor or mixer and mix until smooth. This is good with crackers. 1


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⁄2 pound Velveeta, cubed ⁄2 small jar pimientos, undrained 2 teaspoons or so grated onion 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 cup mayonnaise or more if needed Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2 48-7130, ext. 356. 1

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iced tea. The Kinner kids had brought George some of their Rooks Christmas items with Ole them. Ethan Fisherman had an airplane that would fly. While flying it, it landed on top of our garage. The roof is covered with snow so he was worried about getting it. We got a cane pole, put the ladder up so dad could reach the plane and knock it off the roof, that was the end of flying the plane. We enjoy watching the birds. While I was looking at the bird book, the white breasted nuthatch it showed it, feeding, hopping head first down the tree trunk, to see insects, birds miss feeding on insects now that it is cold. It is so amazing how quick Mother Nature and the Good Lord can close everything down. Like the big snow on the east side of the country. In 1950, we had a stopper snow and again in 1978 when we had the blizzard. Now do you remember how hot the summer was? And now the fall was warm then went drastically into this cold and snowy and how many blessing you had over the year. We hope you had a good Christmas Eve at your church. The Bethel United Methodist Church had two services one at 6 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. A young lady sang a solo “O Holy Night” at 6 and another lady sang at 11 “Born in Bethlehem.” Also at the 6 a little girl, Jill, sang “Happy Birthday Jesus.” It was wonderful! Now if you make any New Year’s resolutions be sure you can live up to them, don’t make any unrealistic ones like me. Happy New Year. The Monroe Grange Card Party will be Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the good Lord, and give Him thanks. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

On the record Catherine E. Milton

Catherine E. (Masters) Milton, 90, of Bethel died Dec. 24. Survived by children, Richard (Barb) and Mickey (Mary) Milton; three grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by husband, Howard E. “Whitey” Milton. Services were Dec. 30 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: New Hope United Methodist Church, c/o Pastor Mark Garbett, 11949 New Hope-White Oak Station Road, Georgetown, OH 45121.

Debra F. Rutherford

Debra F. (nee Vanhooser) Rutherford, 55, of Bethel died Dec. 9. Survived by husband, Steven R. Rutherford; children, Clinton L. Rutherford and Ryan G. Rutherford; parents, Milton and Arrean (nee Smith) Vanhooser; brother, Greg Vanhooser; and nine grandchildren. Services were Dec. 13 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel.

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JoAnn R. Stober

JoAnn R. (nee Helms) Stober, 84, of Bethel died Dec. 26. Survived by children, Diane Montag, Keith (Marbella) Stober, Chris (Blanche) Stober, Dan (Maria) Stober and Scott (Cherie) Stober; 13 grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Lloyd G. Stober. Services were Dec. 29 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: Bethel Baptist Church, 211 E. Plane St., Bethel, OH 45106; or, Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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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. Roberta Brown, 0.4590 acre, $110,500. 3021 S. Bantam Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Jeff Mahaffey and Faith Sweet-Mahaffey, 8.0000 acre, $70,251. 2921 Saltair-Maple Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to David and Darlene Black, trustees, 1.0000 acre, $45,000.


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BETHEL OBSERVER Happy birthday to

Jan. 1 – Auggie Foreman, Kylie Wright, Hazel Barnes, Amber Gray, Trish Hammock, John Reinert, Edith Hays, Lita Swartz Jan. 2 – Patty Pelfrey, Shawn Marlowe, Evelyn Hitchcock, Larry Cooper (In Memory). Jan. 3 – Velma Jackson, Jeff Coulter, Amy Moss. Jan. 4 – Rick Brumagem, Lee Mercer, Dee Jaskowiak, Bradley Potts, Tris Rorick, Andrew Trout, Scottie Crabtree, Jackie Bradshaw, Bob Vonderwoude, Kayla Pride. Jan. 5 – Kim Wilkerson, Andy Ninichuck, Bob Yinger, Mark Fisher, Jim Hudson, Kathy Flaugher, Susan Wells, Nancy Parton. Jan. 6 – Carol Caudill, Joyce McKee. Jan. 7 – Bill Pribble, Lawrence Parlier, Bradley Scott, Dan Franklin, Shanda Douglas, Bonnie Nuhn, Dr. Terry Frost. Jan. 8 – Tina Jones, Douglas Meade, Charlotte Moore, Gary Cooper, Steve Schulte, Linda Brumagem, Brett Davidson, Kelly Minarchek, Mike Stanforth. Jan. 9 – Debbie Wilkerson, Barb Carnahan, Brian Chandler, Jerry Block, Barb Lindsey, Chris Rector, Gina Roll. Jan. 10 – Richard Bissantz, Frances Frazee, Holly Dyer. Jan. 11 – Ruth White, Angie Bowen, Pat Shreve, Kathy Parsons, Darrin Schneider, Adam Smith, Brandy Swartz, Mary Hayes. Jan. 12 – Reed Phillips, Karla Houchen, Carroll Morford, Kathy Menard. Jan. 13 – Joyce Short, Jason Rothwell, Jenny Grisham, Jeanette Harris, Kim Hounshell, David Sipple, Larry Craycraft (In Memory). Jan. 14 – Jackie Martin, Richard LaPere, Niki Huedepohl, Jerrod Wilson, Phillip Henize. Jan. 15 – Nicole Gordon, Beverly Meeham, Kathy Fiscus, Rhonda Linville, Shannon Szeghi, Marjo Birdsall, Matthew Reynolds, Diana Collins, Christopher Taylor, Dylan Dotson. Jan. 16 – Tommy Farmer, Jim Flaugher, Melissa Murphy, Judy Hudson, Kathy Daley, Jean Herald, Kathy Balser, Virginia Ely, Melissa Young. Jan. 17 – Martha Dorsey, Brandon Shebesta, Junior Meader, Sheila Butler, Megan Sutherland. Jan. 18 – William Gaskins, Jim Mal-

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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 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

BAPTIST 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

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


3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189 Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm Wednesday Youth Group...............7:00pm

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041 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


MARRIAGE LICENSES Timothy Hively, 45, 1884 Ohio 133, Bethel, construction and Mary Witt, 49, 171 Spring St., Batavia, practical nurse.

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

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


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


Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

BROWN COUNTY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson)


Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM (Wed) Thomas J. Trunnel, Pastor

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

9:30am 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:




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

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite III 11:15am Choral Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided


176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship..... 9:00am Sunday School.................10:00am Traditional Worship..........10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

“Room for the Whole Family”


Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Dec. 24.....9pm Christmas Eve Eucharist Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am

Pastor Mike Smith





You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am



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

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES Morning Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. High Voltage Youth 6 p.m.


4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 Pastor, Troy P. Ervin

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


638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Joseph Jung Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: E-mail:

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Christmas Eve Services 5, 8, & 11:00 p.m. Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262

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

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor


Trinity United Methodist

19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

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

Something for children at each service


101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

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

10:45 a.m.

Bethel Nazarene Church

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today!

513 831 0196

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


WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

Worship Service

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

Classes for every age group

844 State Rt. 131

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


Amelia United Methodist Church

Happy anniversary to

Jan. 1 – John and Shannon Bowling Jan. 4 – Dennis and Vicki Boggs. Jan. 7 – Andy and Pam Ninichuck Jan. 8 – Greg and Jackie Bradshaw Jan. 9 – Dale and Shirley Lykins Jan. 11 – Kenneth and Kathy Canter Jan. 12 – Donald and Rosalie Hiler, Robert and Evangelyn Glasing




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


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176



January 6, 2011

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


Bethel Journal


January 6, 2011

Firefighters save family’s dog Christmas Day By Kellie Geist-May

You might call it a Christmas miracle. Less than 72 hours after being trapped in a mostly frozen pond a chocolate Labrador retriever named

Meghan is back with her family and doing great. The Union Township Fire Department was dispatched to Terrace Ridge Drive around 9 p.m. Christmas Day to help rescue a dog that had fallen into a freezing pond.

LEGAL NOTICE ORDINANCE 1642 SETTING THE FEES FOR THE RENTAL OF THE VILLAGE OF BETHEL FACILITIES AND REPEALING ORDINANCES 1410, 1411 AND 1509, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Complete Council. details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton 3264745/1613811

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Separate sealed bids for the construction of The Union Township Branch Library within Union Township; Clermont County, Ohio will be received by the Clermont County Public Li brary; 326 Broadway Street; Batavia, Ohio 45103 until 12:00 P.M., Local Time on FebruLEGAL NOTICE ary 5, 2010, and then at said office publicly ORDINANCE 1644 opened and read aloud. Bids shall be submitSETTING RENT ted in a sealed envelope, addressed to the FOR THE ELECTRIC Clermont County Public Library at the above AND WATER noted address. Envelope shall be clearly D E P A R T M E N T S , marked: "BID FOR UNION TOWNSHIP REPEALING BRANCH LIBRARY." AND

ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Complete Council. details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton 3264745/1613815

LEGAL NOTICE ORDINANCE 1643 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton 3264745-2/1613813

Work under this contract is generally defined as the addition to and renovation of a branch library to be constructed on real estate owned by the Clermont County Public Library located at 4450 Glen-Este Withamsville Road. The Owner expects to proceed with the construction under the contract immediately after satisfactory acceptance and award of the construction bid and execution of the contract. A combined contract or separate prime bid contracts will be awarded for General Construction, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection. The information for Bidders, Form of Bid, Form of Contract, Plans, and Specifications including Forms of Bid Bond, PerformancePayment Bond, and other Contractor Documents may be examined at the following Locations: Clermont County Public Library 326 Broadway Street Batavia, Ohio 45103 KBA, Inc. Architects 4357 Ferguson Dr. Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45245

Beginning January 10, copies of the Plans and Specifications, etc., may be obtained during normal business hours at the office of Queen City Reprographics; 2863 E. Sharon 125 STORAGE Road; Cincinnati, Ohio 45241; (513) 3261958 OHIO PIKE 2300 upon payment of $115.00 for each set AMELIA, 45102 of full sized plans and specifications, none of (513)797-8515 BARBARA BAILEY- which is refundable.


Each bidder must deposit with his bid, security in the amount of 100% of the bid if in the form of a Combination Bid and Performance Bond with a surety satisfactory to the aforesaid Clermont County Public Library, or in the amount of not less than ten (10%) percent of the bid if in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check for and subject to the conditions provided in the Information for Bidders and pursuant with Ohio Revised Code Section 153.54. Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to safety regulations, conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the Contract. All bids must comply with the General Instructions to Bidders in addition to the requirements set forth in the Specifications Documents referenced herein in order to be considered. Bid bonds must be filed with original signatures. Facsimile and electronic copies of the bid bond and Power of Attorney of the Surety will be deemed non-responsive. Contractor must comply with the prevailing wage rates as determined by the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations and the Federal Labor Standards Provisions and Davis-Bacon Wages. A Pre-Bid meeting will be held on site on January 14, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. Local Time.

“The residents at the home with the pond said they heard noises and they thought it was a coyote. They turned off their TV and found that it was a dog stuck in the pond,” Fire Chief Stan Deimling said. He said the pond has a

LEGAL NOTICE ORDINANCE 1642 SETTING THE FEES FOR THE RENTAL OF THE VILLAGE OF BETHEL FACILITIES AND REPEALING ORDINANCES 1410, 1411 AND 1509, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton ORDINANCE 1643 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton

fountain in the center, so the shallow areas had frozen over, but the deeper middle had not. Meghan, a chocolate lab belonging to a neighbor down the street, had fallen in the center and couldn’t pull herself back up onto the ice. “When we got there, she was struggling to keep her nose above water,” Lt. Matt Green said. “We got the dry suit and (Kenny Reardon) went out into the water to get her.” Green, Reardon and Chris Butler took the dog inside, put her in front of the fireplace and covered her with blankets. Meanwhile, the Huffsteder family was wrapping up a Christmas party at their house. Someone had let Meghan outside and she was no where to be seen. “Usually when that happens she comes right back,” said Mike Huffsteder. “We were out calling for her and circling the neighborhood, but we hadn’t found her. When I saw the fire truck down the street I just knew.” When he arrived, he found the family’s 8-yearold dog in front of the fire-


The Huffsteder family stopped by Union Township Fire Station 50 to thank the firefighters who saved their dog, Meghan, from a frozen pond. From left are Lauren, Robin and Sarah Huffsteder, Union Township firefighter Matt Green, Fire Chief Stan Deimling, and Meghan, Mason and Mike Huffsteder. place. They rushed her to the MedVet emergency clinic in Cincinnati for treatment. “When we got there they took her right back. Meghan’s body temperature wouldn’t register for 45 minutes, and when it did it was only 89.2 degrees,” Huffsteder said. “They gave her (warming) IVs, heated blankets and were running hair dryers.” After a long night, Meghan pulled through and was able to return home

Dec. 26. The Huffsteders brought Meghan to reunite with her rescuers Tuesday, Dec. 28. “We just want to say thank you,” Robin Huffsteder said. “We are so glad to have her back. It’s a blessing.” Deimling said saving Meghan was all in a day’s work. “Don’t ever hesitate to call the fire department, this is one of the reason’s we’re here,” he said. “I’m glad this one had a happy ending.”

ORDINANCE 1644 SETTING RENT FOR THE ELECTRIC AND WATER DEPARTMENTS, AND REPEALING ALL CONadopted ORDINANCES, FLICTING 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton ORDINANCE 1645 AUTHORIZING THE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER MONEY FROM THE WATER OPERATING FUND TO THE WATER MORTGAGE FUND, REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton ORDINANCE 1646 AUTHORIZING THE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER MONEY FROM THE WATER REVENUE FUND TO THE WATER EXTENSION AND REPLACEMENT FUND, REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton ORDINANCE 1647 AUTHORIZING THE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER MONEY FROM THE ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND TO THE ELECTRIC EXTENSION AND REPLACEMENT FUND, REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton


Three members of the Union Township Fire Department saved the Huffsteder's dog, Meghan, front, from a freezing pond Dec. 25. Front, from left, are: Mason, Meghan and Lauren Huffsteder. Back row, from left, are: Fire Chief Stan Deimling, Mike Huffsteder, firefighters Kenny Reardon, Dennis Dick and Matt Green, and Robin and Sarah Huffsteder.

ORDINANCE 1648 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH RUMPKE WASTE MANAGEMENT, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick, Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton 3832 NOTICE OF PUBLIC


No Bidder may withdraw his bid for a period HEARING ON TAX ORDINANCE 1645 of 30 days after the actual date of the opening BUDGET AUTHORIZING THE thereof. Two copies of the tax FISCAL OFFICER

budget as tentatively TO TRANSFER

Contract award shall be made to the lowest adopted for the Wil- MONEY FROM THE and best bidder, and award may be subject to liamsburg Local WATER OPERATapplicable funding agency approval. School District of Wil- ING FUND TO THE The Clermont County Public Library, reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. The right to negotiate with the apparent qualified low Bidder to such extent that should be necessary is reserved by The Clermont County Public Library. 3277134/1613884

liamsburg for Clermont County, Ohio are on file in the office of the Treasurer of said school district. These are for public inspection; and a public hearing on said budget will be held at the Williamsburg Middle/High School, 500 South Fifth Street, Williamsburg Ohio, on Monday the tenth of January, 2011 at 5:30 P.M. 1001613734

MORTWATER GAGE FUND, REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, adopted 12/20/2010 by the Bethel Village Council. Complete details of the legislation are available upon request at the Municipal Fiscal Office, 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106. Mayor James T. Dick Fiscal Officer Angelina Burton 3264745/1613818


Union Township Fire Department Lt. Matt Green helps firefighter Kenny Reardon into a dry suit at Fire Station 50. Reardon wore the dry suit to rescue Meghan, a chocolate lab, from a freezing pond.


Robin Huffsteder puts a Union Township firefighter badge on Meghan, the family’s chocolate lab. The Union Township Fire Department saved Meghan after she fell into a mostly frozen pond on Christmas. Also pictured are Sarah and Mason Huffsteder.


Bethelofficialsare reviewingresumesforanew fiscalofficer.Thenewofficer willhavetohelpleadthe villageoutofafiscal emergency. –F ULLSTORY ,A2...

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