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Projects funded with FFA grants By Roxanna Blevins

FELICITY — Two students recently received $1,000 grants from the National FFA Organization. Alexandria Bedford, a freshman at Felicity-Franklin High School, and Bobby Pemberton, a junior at Grant Career Center, won the grants to fund Student Agricultural Experience projects. The Student Agricultural Experience is a graded project which requires students to apply classroom instruction through entrepreneurship, job placement, research and experimen-

tation or career exploration. Felicity-Franklin FFA Adviser Holly Jennings said students participate in projects ranging from raising tomato plants to taking on agriculture-related internships. “It gives them a sense of ownership,” Jennings said. Participating in a Student Agricultural Experience helps motivate students and teaches them lessons in goal-setting and work ethics, she said. Bedford, who plans to use the money to raise four goats, said she does not think she could have done her project without the grant. She received a letter Dec. 24, which informed her she

had been selected. “I was really excited because I knew I could do what I wanted, and I didn’t have to change my mind,” Bedford Bedford said. She said if she had not received the grant, she probably would have done a plant-based project. “I’ve always loved animals, and I cannot grow a thing, so it was my best bet,” she said. She also has experience working with goats. Last year, a friend of hers let her have a goat

to show at the Clermont County Fair. For her project, she plans to show and sell two of the four goats at the fair. She will use the other Pemberton two as breeding goats to continue her Student Agricultural Experience throughout her high school career. Pemberton was unable to be reached for comment, but Jennings said he plans to use the money to purchase a greenhouse kit to build. “(He) received the grant last

year, so we were surprised he won it again,” Jennings said. According to an article by Felicity-Franklin FFA reporter Alexis Christensen, Pemberton used the money from the previous grant to expand his fruit and vegetable garden to sell his products. He was the first student from Felicity-Franklin to receive the grant. He and Bedford were two of three students in Ohio to receive it this year. Applicants must be current FFA members between seventh and11th grade. Students may apply for multiple grants, but they can only receive one grant per year.

Bethel council sets fees for use of village facilities Rate for residents remains the same By John Seney

BETHEL — Council members approved a new fee schedule for the rental of village facilities that sets higher rates for non-residents. The new fee schedule was passed as an ordinance Oct. 11 and went into effect immediately. Village Administrator Travis Dotson said the ordinance did not change any rental fees for residents. The only change in fees was new, higher rates for non-residents, he said. The ordinance also sets policies and procedures for the rental and use of village facilities, including the community center, Burke Park and the Grant Memorial Building. At the community center: » The half day rental fee is $50 for residents and $85 for non-residents. » The full day rental is $100 for residents and $170 for non-residents. » An additional security deposit of $50 for both residents and non-residents is required. The security deposit will be refunded if the building is left in the same or better condition than it was found. For Burke Park:

Jake Winter, left, and Madison Winter of Bethel draw with chalk on the sidewalk at the 2012 BAMFest. FILE PHOTO/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Scholarship winners to take active role in BAMFest By John Seney

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BREAKING THROUGH An ordinance passed by the Bethel Village Council sets fees for the rental of the shelter house at Burke Park. JOHN SENEY/THE

Felicity-Franklin High School senior Bradlee Prather runs by a Goshen defender on a fast break Friday night. But the break was not enough as Felicity-Frankliln was upended by Goshen 54-32 and picked up a crucial conference. BRANDON

BETHEL — Scholarship recipients at this year’s annual Bethel Art & Music Festival will have the opportunity to participate in the festival. Judi Adams, one of the organizers of BAMFest, said last year was the first year the festival committee awarded scholarships. Two scholarships were awarded. Once again scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who will be going on to pursue a career in the fine arts or music, Adams said. This year’s BAMFest will be Saturday, May 11, at Burke Park and other locations around the village. To apply for the scholarships, students must be a senior attending BethelTate High school, Grant Career Center or be a resident of Tate Township or Bethel who attends a private school or is being home schooled. They also must be an active participant in the festival. “This is something new this year that we added to the criteria’” Adams said.


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Bethel ready for winter homecoming

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By Roxanna Blevins

Clermont County is partnering with the townships, villages and cities to update the AllHazard Mitigation Plan. Each jurisdiction is required to update the plan every five years to remain eligible for predisaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs. Residents of Clermont County are invited to provide feedback. Comments can be submitted through: the EMA webpage, email or by fax at 735-8546; completing a form at a library branch or attending the public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive. The review and comment period will be open through Feb. 22. Go to

BETHEL — Bethel-Tate High School’s winter homecoming game broke from tradition and was during the week, this past Tuesday against against Felicity-Franklin High School. While the district generally holds its homecoming games on Fridays, Student Government Adviser Cindy Shepherd said the game against Felicity-Franklin was the best option this year. “Felicity always brings a big crowd,” she said. The homecoming king and queen was crowned between the junior varsity and varsity games. But the homecoming dance will be this Saturday, Jan. 12, in the gymnasium of Bethel-Tate High

The Bethel-Tate Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Felicity-Franklin High School Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Bethel-Tate High School. The court also will be recognized during the Bethel-Tate Winter Homecoming dance, Saturday, Jan. 12. Back row, from left, seniors Brian Carter, Ashton Hutchinson, Austin Iker and Nick Taggert, juniors Miranda Poklar, Liz Neal, Jenna Armstrong, Chess Banks, Kyle Bastin, Jared Iding and Cole Shepherd. Front row, from left, seniors Nick Marshall, Taylor Williams, Lindsey Gillespie, Taylor Atkins, Courtney Riley, Madison White, Sara Benjamin, junior Dillon Utter, senior Brodey McConnell and junior Blake Norris. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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use the money generated from the winter homecoming dance to help cover the cost of after-prom. Although students have to pay for prom tickets, they do not have to pay for after-prom. “It gets expensive,

“I’m not going to purchase a lot of items,” Shepherd said. She said the dance will not have a specific theme, she said. The dance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and will end at 11 p.m.

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“We hope that by requiring the student participation, they will become more aware of the type of planning and organization that is involved with putting on an event like BAMFest. It will not only encourage them to become a volunteer, but promotes teamwork and respect for other people’s abilities and talents. “The committee puts a lot of tireless hours and talent into making this a success,” she said. “We hope to inspire these students to use their determination and capabilities to


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talk to their school’s guidance counselor. Adams said the amount of the scholarships may vary from year to year depending on the amount of funds available from the

profits of BAMFest and how many qualified applications are received. For more information about BAMFest see the website


is $50 for each facility for village residents and $85 for each facility for nonresidents. » The rental fee for all three facilities is $150 for residents and $255 for non-residents. » Concerts require the rental of all three facilities. All reservation fees are non-refundable. Grant Memorial Building: » Upstairs room rentals will be for the time slot of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The half day rental fee is $25 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. For a full day,

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GOP suggest 3 for judgeship Governor to make selection By John Seney


The Clermont County Republican Central Committee will recommend three people to Ohio Gov. John Kasich as candidates to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Stephanie Wyler. Tim Rudd, Clermont County Republican chairman, said Kasich wants the Central Committee to present him with three candidates for possible appointment without any ranking or preference. “The governor’s office is also requesting the three successful candidates submit resumes and fill out a questionnaire. The governor’s office will conduct a background check, conduct interviews and choose the successful candidate for appointment,” Rudd said in a letter to committee members. The central committee will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., to choose the three candidates for gubernatorial review. Rudd said the candidates will have a chance to address the meeting and Central Committee members will be able to question the candidates. The Central Committee members will be provided a ballot on which they can vote for three of the candidates without listing the order of preference, he said. The names of the three candidates with the most votes will sent to the governor. Rudd said he is checking Ohio law to see if the meeting has to be open to the public and the media. If it is not required to be open, he said he is leaning toward closing the meeting. “When you close it, it allows the candidates to be freer,” he said. Rudd said those who initially expressed interest to him in the opening were Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James Shriver; Woody Breyer, a former Clermont County assistant prosecutor; Assistant Prosecutor Mary Lynne Birck; Milford attorney





David Hunter; and Amelia attorney William Rapp. He said the list of candidates could change before the meeting. Shriver said he has served 18 years on the municipal court. “I have developed a great depth of wisdom, knowledge and experience in dealing with individuals involved in the criminal justice system,” he said. As municipal court judge, he said he has targeted crimes committed by the 18- to 25-year-old age group. “What an individual does in youth will have great bearing on how he lives the rest of his life,” Shriver said. He said his experience would carry over to the juvenile court job. “I look forward to implementing a number of evidence-based practices

in juvenile court that builds on the success we’ve seen in municipal court,’ he said. Before becoming a judge, Shriver said he handled juvenile cases as an assistant prosecutor for Clermont County. Birck has been an assistant prosecutor in the civil division of the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office since 1995. In that capacity she has represented county agencies that deal with children and young people, including Children’s Protective Services. “My entire legal career has been in the public sector,” Birck said. Before going to law school, Birck worked as a high school teacher for three years. “The problems of youth are not foreign to me,” she said. Birck said she would bring a number of is qualifications to the job. “I’m deliberative, I have perspective and I have the energy to give to it,” she said. Hunter is an attorney and former mayor and council member of Milford. He said he had been looking into running for a judgeship in two years, so when Wyler retired, he decided to add his name to the list of candidates. Hunter said that after graduating from law school, he worked as an assistant prosecutor in

Brown County assigned to the juvenile court. In his private practice he has handled cases in the juvenile and probate courts, he said. “The job really needs somebody who understands what it take to practice there,” he said. Until November, Hunter also was a part-time magistrate in the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court. Rapp, who practices law in Amelia, said he has decided not to seek the judgeship. “I am going to openly support Judge Shriver,” Rapp said. Breyer said although he had at first expressed interest in the opening, he also has decided not to seek the judgeship. Wyler had presided over the juvenile and probate courts for almost 22 years when she announced her retirement Dec. 11. Her retirement was effective Dec. 31, but she said she will continue to serve in the position as a visiting judge until Kasich names a successor.

Breakfast with Santa was a ‘huge’ success The fourth annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 15 was a huge success. UC Clermont College hosted about 350 guests and served 600 pancakes – the largest number to date for the breakfast. This event was sponsored by UC Clermont Student Organizations and included a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa, a craft corner and a goodie bag for the kids. The event was free to the college and surrounding Clermont community. Volunteers included: James Syphax, student

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Grant offers new winter classes

To meet the increasing needs of the community, Grant Career Center in Bethel is offering a variety of new classes in addition to the usual evening classes. In the Information Technology area, there are two new classes offered. Introduction to Inventor 2013 is a seven-week class in learning a 3-D CAD modeling software currently being used in the engineering field. The classes will be held Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

beginning Jan. 8 for a cost of $160. How to Repair Your Computer is a three-week program also offered Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 8. Having trouble with your computer? Do you need more storage space? Is your computer slowing down to a snail’s pace? This program will allow you to bring in your computer and discuss the problems with your instructor. The instructor will suggest ways to remedy the problem by pur-

chasing software, anti-virus programs or hardware updates. This program is offered for $50. Two, four-week Golf Clinics will be offered in the spring at Friendly Meadows Golf Course in Bethel. A professional golfer will help you improve your swing, teach golf etiquette and review the basic rules of golf. Clinics will be Thursdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $40. No discounts will be offered for this class.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Classes will be a “crash course” in landscape design, installation and maintenance flowers and shrubs, and caring for your garden. Steve Boehme, owner of Goodseed Farm Nursery & Landscape will teach four classes at Grant Career Center beginning Tuesday, March 5. For those who attend all four classes, there will be a free bonus class on pruning at Goodseed Farm in Peebles. These classes will be of-

fered Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 5 for $49 for the whole series. Winter is a great time to learn about your computer, make beautiful flower arrangements, learn to quilt, exercise away the holiday pounds or meet new friends in an evening class. For additional information, go to or call 513-734-6222, ext. 3105. Brochures are available at the local library.

Knights of Columbus give back with grant Larry Bush and Tom Craver from the Amelia Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gerdes Council #3123 presented a check from their Measure Up Grant to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The check for $3,867.06 is for the Thomas A. Wildey School and Adult Services Program. For several years, the Knights of Columbus have collected money in public areas, sold raffle tickets, and organized other fund-raising events for CCDD and its affiliated programs. This year’s donations came primarily

from the donations of shoppers at the Amelia Kroger and Catholic churches in Clermont County. “We met some very generous people this year,” said Bush, Grand Knight. “We collected over $600 in change alone.” The Measure Up Grant is a main charitable event for the Msgr. Gerdes Council and takes place with the help of many council members. Craver and his daughters spent many volunteer hours asking the public to make a donation. For more information, call 797-8868.

The official portrait painting of outgoing Ohio Senate President Thomas E. Niehaus was unveiled at a ceremony in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 11. From left are Niehaus, his wife Emily and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. PROVIDED

Portrait of Niehaus unveiled

Following decades of tradition, the official portrait painting of outgoing Ohio Senate President Thomas E. Niehaus (R–New Richmond) was unveiled at a ceremony held in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 11. Painted by internationally exhibited artist Leslie Adams, the portrait will be on display in the Chamber of the Ohio Senate for the remainder of the 129th General Assembly, after which

it will be permanently installed in the Ohio Senate Office Building. Adams’ work includes the official portraits of former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris, former Ohio Governors Bob Taft and Ted Strickland, and members of the Ohio Supreme Court. Niehaus’ term as Senate President ends Jan. 7 when the 130th General Assembly officially begins. He has served in the Ohio General Assembly

since 2001 when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. He has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2005. Among those speaking at the event were Ohio Governor John Kasich, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels and portrait artist Leslie Adams. During the program, Niehaus was described as a true statesman, a unifier and a faithful friend.

Tom Craver, left, and Larry Bush from the Amelia Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gerdes Council #3123 presented a check from their Measure Up Grant to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The check for $3867.06 is for the Thomas A. Wildey School and Adult Services Program. From CCDD are Ronika Caseltime, sitting, and Jeanette Lorentz. PROVIDED

Students prepare for music festival By Roxanna Blevins

CLERMONT COUNTY — Honor band students from Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland Counties are tuning up for the annual Land of Grant Festival. During the festival, middle and high school students from the four counties will combine their musical abilities for three days to practice and perform a concert together. The event begins Friday, Jan. 18, when 48 middle school and 70 high school students will gather at Hillsboro High School. The students Jan. 18 and 19 will practice in preparation for a concert Sunday, Jan. 20. “It gives kids an awesome opportunity to work with college band directors,” said Batavia High School band director David Smith, who has been running the festival for the past three years. UC band director Terren Frenz will direct the high school honor band, while former UC assistant band director David Martin will direct the middle school students.

Smith said he tries to find guest conductors who are retired directors from the area or college band directors from southwest Ohio White and northern Kentucky. “A lot of the students will be going to UC or UC Clermont after graduating,” he said. Bethel-Tate High School junior Bethany Ziggas said in past years she enjoyed meeting and connecting with the conductors. Ziggas, a clarinetist, said her favorite part of the festival is usually the first day. “You get to meet so many new people, and you get to connect with the conductor,” she said. Ziggas has been playing clarinet since fifth grade and participated in the Land of Grant Festival for three years. She has been in the top three chairs each year. Still, she was surprised to be chosen for first chair this year despite being ill and running a fever during her


audition. While it gets tiring practicing for an hour nearly every day, she said she likes the mental and physical challenges of playing the music se-

lections. Amelia High School senior Jennifer Brees also has been playing clarinet since fifth grade. She said she has always wanted to participate in the festival, but this is the first year she has had transportation to the practices and performance. She said she is excited to play the music, which includes a medley of songs from the Tim Burton movies “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” She said she practiced once or twice per week for a month or two prior to auditions. Her total number of hours practiced was about 15 to 20, she said. “I’m really excited to meet new musicians who are serious

about the music,” she said. Batavia High School senior Bekah White, who participated in Land of Grant last year, said the experience makes her feel more prepared. However, she still put in about a week and a half of practice in preparation for the auditions. Like Ziggas, White, who is a percussionist, said she looks forward to playing the music selections. “Although it is really challenging, when you play in the concert and listen to it later on CD it’s really cool to hear it and know you were a part of it,” she said. The biggest challenge for her last year was “having the nerves” to play her part by herself in front of strangers and directors who she hoped to impress. Despite the challenges and time spent practicing, White said by the end of the festival, the hard work pays off. “It’s a great experience,” she said. “Even though it’s intimidating, it’s really cool to see the outcome of all these people with all these different talents coming together.”

Zumbathon benefits foster care, adoptions Jes Stone and Jen Abbott, zumba instructors at CIA of Cincy in Mt. Carmel, recentlyheld a zumbathon benefiting Clermont County’s Foster Care and Adoption program, “Clermont for Kids.” Participants were asked to donate toys and coats. “We were so excited to have partnered with Clermont for Kids, and we plan on making this an annual event,” said Stone. “We have been teaching over a year and a half now and we put on and participate in fundraisers throughout the entire year ranging from local people or families to cancer research.” For more information about Clermont For Kids – or if you are interested to learn more about becoming a foster parent, contact Clermont for Kids at 732-7765.



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Tiger grapplers take on 2013 By Scott Springer

The Felicity Franklin cheerleaders stand at attention for the National Anthem at Goshen. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Cards, Warriors bounce in New Year

Senior Shane Reese of Felicity-Franklin puts up a shot against the Warriors. BRANDON


Felicity-Franklin boys lost their 2013 debut Jan. 4 at Goshen as the Warriors won 54-32. Bradlee Prather paced the Cardinals with 10 points in the loss. After the Bethel-Tate game Jan. 8, the Cardinals host Amelia on Jan. 11.

Photos by Brandon Severn/For The Community Press

BETHEL — Bethel-Tate High School wrestling brought in the new year with a tri-meet against Wyoming and Blanchester Jan. 2. Coach Tom Donahue’s crew defeated Wyoming 64-18, but lost a close one to the “boys from Blan,” 42-34. “We lost some key matches in the middle weights against a solid Blanchester team,” Donahue said. “Anyone of those six matches fall our way - in two of which we had the lead - then we win the dual meet.” The upside was the Tigers had a quick rematches with the Wildcats at the Jan. 4-5 Madeira Invitational. “All in all, our guys keep improving to make a run in the post-season,” Donahue said. “At this point in the season, a couple injuries to key seniors have hurt us a little, but as we finalize our starting line-up with a few people moving weight-classes, we hope to be full strength for home stretch of the season.” Bethel-Tate has been led by seniors Chip Ratcliff (132 pounds) and Brian Carter (138) and sophomore Aric Peters (126). Ratcliff is chasing the school record of 142 wins and Carter is nearing the century mark for the Tigers.

Here are Bethel-Tate’s winners from Jan. 2:

Ethan Rudd attempts the putback for the Cardinals in their loss at Goshen Jan. 4. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Joe Ott of Felicity-Franklin warms up with a few jumpers as the Cardinals played at Goshen Jan. 4. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY

Nick Messer of Goshen tries to muscle his way to the hoop with Shane Reese (42) coming from behind and Christopher Smith (23) of Felicity-Franklin to his right. BRANDON



Dragon roars but rowers and runners triumph

The Head of the Hidden Dragon was challenged by the weather effects of Hurricane Sandy, but rowers and runners from around the tristate prevailed. The second-annual Head of the Hidden Dragon Regatta and 5K Run at East Fork State Park took place during dropping temperatures and brisk winds from a cold front and the approaching Hurricane Sandy. More than 400 rowers and runners from Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania participated in the event, doubling the number of competitors from last year’s event. “We’re pleased to see the Head of the Hidden Dragon continue to grow as we attempt to draw more and more folks to Clermont County and the wild and wonderful natural beauty

of East Fork State Park.” said event organizer Leila Spriggs of Batavia Township. “The weather changed from sunny temperatures around 80 on Thursday, to windy and rainy temps in the 40’s on Saturday morning,” Spriggs said. “But the rowers are used to competing in challenging conditions and stuck in there.” Rowing crews from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dayton and other locations, including Cleveland and Pittsburgh raced in 45 different events during the regatta. High winds in the morning from the cold front and the hurricane postponed some of the races for smaller boats, but organizers and officials were able to alter the schedule to accommodate all the events. The Indianapolis Rowing

Club brought more than 100 rowers for the competition and won14 medals, including 8 gold medals. The crew from Greater Dayton Rowing had the second highest medal count, and the Clermont Crew, based at East Fork’s Harsha Lake was third in the medal count. Among the six collegiate teams that competed, the rowing crews from Case Western University and the University of Dayton tied with four gold medals a piece and nine overall, while the crews from Butler, Wittenburg, Denison, Xavier, and the University of Cincinnati all brought home medals as well. The 5K run began at the beach on the southside of Harsha Lake, wound up and down hill through the park before returning to the beach for the fin-

ish. The 5K row began at the Bethel boat ramp, snaked through the twists and turns of the lake and was supposed to finish at the beach. Due to the wind and choppy waters, the rowing course was shortened to 4,000 meters and the finish line was the Tate boat ramp. “The rowers loved seeing the parts of Harsha Lake they had never seen before,” according to Spriggs, “and all were looking forward to coming again next year. I’m hoping we’ll double the number again!” The 3rd Annual Head of the Hidden Dragon Regatta and 5K Run is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 26. Information can be found at or by contacting Leila Spriggs at spriggs7perzel@

120 – Travis Bee (Bethel-Tate) pinned Jena Robison (Wyoming) 126 – Aric Peters (BT) tech fall Adam Frankel (W) 23-8 132 – Chip Ratcliff (BT) won by forfeit 138 – Brian Carter (BT) tech fall Asa Palmer (W) 16-0 145 – Jake Phillips (BT) won by forfeit 152 – Jeffrey Botts (BT) pinned Justin Shields (W) 160 – Tyler Krekeler (BT) pinned Luke Kremzar (W) 170 – Travis Kinnard (BT) won by forfeit 182 – Ross Herbolt (BT) pinned Dylan Kripal (W) 195 – Philip Kinnair (BT) pinned Hogan Baird (W) 285 – Kian Mollette (BT) pinned Ethan Padnos (W)

Against Blanchester:

120 – Aric Peters (Bethel-Tate) pinned Chris Furber (Blanchester) 126 – Travis Bee (BT) pinned Simon Latchford (Blan) 132 – Chip Ratcliff (BT) tech fall Gage Egnor (Blan) 17-0 138 – Brian Carter (BT) tech fall Trisdo Lillich (Blan) 17-1 152 – Jeffrey Botts (BT) pinned Dan Peters (Blan) 285 – Kian Mollette (BT) pinned Jed Turpin (Blan) On Jan. 5 at the Madeira Invitational, Bethel-Tate gained a measure of revenge on Blanchester by finishing third, one spot ahead of the Wildcats. Winning championships for the Tigers at Madeira were Aric Peters at 120 pounds, Chip Ratcliff at 132 and Brian Carter at 138.


Boys basketball

» Bethel-Tate lost to Amelia 54-35 on Dec. 21. Tyler Atkins led the Tigers’ effort with 19 points. On Dec. 28, the Tigers

notched their first win over Taylor 44-41. Atkins had 15 points. Bethel-Tate defeated Deer Park 58-54 on Dec. 29. On Jan. 4, the Tigers lost to Georgetown 69-43. Tyler Atkins had 18 points in the defeat. » Williamsburg beat Felicity-Franklin 66-52 on Dec. 21.

Sophomore Jordan Utter led the Cardinals in the loss with 13 points. The Cardinals lost to Mariemont 63-34 on Dec. 22. Senior Shane Reese led in the loss with 12 points. Felicity-Franklin lost to Goshen 54-32 on Jan. 4. Top scorer for the Cardinals was Bradlee

Prather with 10 points.

Girls basketball

» Bethel-Tate beat Amelia in overtime 40-39 on Dec. 20. Julia Jenike led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. Georgetown beat BethelTate 66-52 on Jan. 3. Brooke Jenike had17 points in the Lady Ti-

gers’ loss. » Felicity-Franklin beat Williamsburg 46-28 on Dec. 20. Arica Stutz led the Lady Cardinals with 16 points. Felicity-Franklin beat Goshen 55-50 on Jan. 3. Freshman Ashley Moore led the Lady Cardinals with 23 points.





Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128


Be active, eat smart for a good start

The Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (CAN) wishes everyone a happy, healthy new year. A new year means new resolutions. Some of us choose to read more books, learn how to knit or call our friends more often. But more commonly we choose to lose those extra pounds we put on over the holidays and get to the gym more often. If your resolutions are in the latter category then congratulations, you’ve taken the first steps to that happier, healthier life you deserve. Here are some simple tips to help make your 2013 resolutions succeed. Make physical activity a family affair. Build it into your

daily routine. While going to the gym is great, if you can’t go then taking a walk with your family is also Marty great. Bundle Lambert up and go out COMMUNITY PRESS for walks or GUEST COLUMNIST maybe even have a snowball fight. If you don’t like the cold, try the mall. If you live alone, find a partner or better yet, get a dog. Dogs will walk with you rain or shine and will never complain about it. If you have physical limitations, swimming or chair exercises

can be good options. Make sure you are active at least 2.5 hours each week If your resolution involves weight loss then healthy eating is a part of your plan. Forget the crazy diets and make simple changes to the way you eat. Healthy eating is all about balance. It’s really hard to deny yourself your favorite highcalorie foods forever so be realistic. Cut back on the number of times you eat them and try half the amount you would usually eat. You might even try a lower calorie version of your favorite food substituting lowfat ingredients when possible. Chose healthy snacks like carrots, fruits or nuts and

make sure you don’t have cookies and chips in easy reach. Pay attention to what you drink. A regular can of soda or a small sweet tea represents 150 calories. Substituting diet soda or unsweetened tea one meal each day of the week represents a whopping 1,050 calories. Remember, when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime, the bottom line is - calories count. Weight management is all about balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body “burns off.” In order to lose weight, the calories going in must be less than the calories used whether your calories

Complete College Ohio falls short

As an educator and career development professional, I find Complete College Ohio to fall woefully short on many levels. The report consists of the suggestions developed by a task force convened by Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, to “develop a set of strategic recommendations for increasing the percentage of Ohioans with college degrees.” According to Petro’s message at the beginning of the report, his mission as chancellor also includes increasing the number of Ohioans with “other meaningful credential(s).” Following are some of the caveats in the task force’s analysis and suggested remedies: First, it is necessary to call attention to one glaring omission: While the board of regents is scrambling to find ways to improve the college graduation rate - financial incentives and higher academic requirements, for example, - it neglects to recognize an important factor that research shows increases college success: Career maturity. In my profession as a career specialist, we stress to high school students the importance of having a clearly defined career plan. One cru-

cial measure of career maturity is the ability to answer three questions: Who am I? Where am I Christina going? How Conover will I get COMMUNITY PRESS there? AcGUEST COLUMNIST cording to Kenneth Gray in his book, “Getting Real,” there are two indicators of post-secondary success in college: Academic ability and career focus. Although Petro’s report addresses academic ability, it scarcely touches upon the equally important factor of career focus. Secondly, Petro claims that his mission includes increasing “other meaningful credential(s),” but in reality, the board of regents is primarily concerned with higher education. Complete College Ohio, as the name implies, centers almost exclusively upon college completion. It is also important to realize that colleges do not promote the idea of career focus. Instead, they urge students to enter college and “figure out” their major after they begin the college experience. This is poor advice that helps lead to the

problem of abysmal drop-out rates. Furthermore, many students who do graduate from college are oftentimes under-employed, making it even more difficult for a vast number of them, as well as their classmates who do not complete college, to pay back the crushing debt they have accumulated during their college careers. Finally, there are not enough jobs in the labor market to support everyone earning a college degree. Right now, for instance, there are enormous skills gaps in the trades’ areas - for machinists and welders to cite two examples. For an interesting commentary on the need for

skilled trades’ workers in this country, go to YouTube and view Mike Rowe’s testimony to the U.S. Senate on the need for skilled workers. Perhaps instead of promoting college to all of our students, we should encourage them to pursue the areas where they show the most aptitude, interest and passion. At the same time, and as Petro’s report mentions, it is vitally important to teach them to glean relevant information about the realities of the labor market.

Christina Conover is a career specialist at the Butler Technology and Career Development Schools in Hamilton. She lives in Miami Township, Clermont County.

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Is it time to refinance your mortgage? Looking to lower your monthly payments? Are you looking to consolidate debt? In today’s recovering economy, these questions are top of mind for many borrowers. Millions of Americans are “underwater” or faced with the challenge of owing more on their mortgages than their homes may be worth and are struggling to make monthly payments. With extended government programs and currently low mortgage rates, refinancing may be a simple and beneficial option to help you and your family save money and stay in your home. In the simplest terms, refinancing your home mortgage allows you to apply for a new term and interest rate to help you pay off an existing loan. By taking advantage of a lower interest rate, you may be able to reduce your monthly payments and lower your overall mortgage costs. This can be especially helpful for

underwater borrowers struggling to make current loan payments due to a change in a financial situaBob Lewis tion or when COMMUNITY PRESS faced with GUEST COLUMNIST other significant expenses. Money saved through refinancing also may increase your individual cash flow and help you pay off or consolidate other debt, including credit cards. Refinancing also may allow you to shorten the length of your mortgage term. If you have additional funds available, you may be able to adjust your loan to a shorter term with a lower interest rate, which can ultimately help you pay off your mortgage loan faster. Many homeowners may be eligible for the government’s



A publication of

enhanced Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which was designed in 2009 to help underwater borrowers refinance. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced significant modifications to this program, called HARP 2.0, which has been extended until December 2013. This program continues to change, and some borrowers who were not qualified under the former program may qualify under HARP 2.0. The HARP 2.0 program can benefit borrowers, who are current on their mortgage payments and have not had a late payment in the past six months and no more than one late payment in the past 12 months. This program is designed for borrowers whose existing loan has been sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009. HARP 2.0 also benefits borrowers who are not currently

paying private mortgage insurance (PMI) or are insured through national mortgage insurance providers involved in the HARP program including Radian, Genworth and MGIC. To help you understand if refinancing is right for you, you should contact your current mortgage lender or another financial institution to review your available options. As a financial institution focused on helping borrowers achieve homeownership and stay in their homes, Fifth Third can provide additional information about refinancing by calling (877) 841-7513. If you are not sure if your loan was sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you can see if your mortgage qualifies for the HARP 2.0 program by visiting Bob Lewis is senior vice president and head of Fifth Third Mortgage Company.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

come from carbs or protein, sodas or sweets. If your new year’s resolution includes healthy eating or increased activity then let Clermont CAN’s simple vision be your guide: Be Active, Eat Smart and you’ll be off to a good start. You’ve already taken the most important step and that’s getting started. Now just stick with it. You “CAN” do it.

Marty Lambert is the health commissioner for Clermont County and an active participant in Clermont CAN. For more information go to and click on the CAN logo in the upper left hand corner.

Social Security has ‘gold’ online services Millions of Americans followed the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. If there was an Olympics for customer services available online, the services at would be the Michael Phelps of that competition. Over the years, Social Security’s online services have been rated the best in government and the best in all industries. When it comes to independent customer Sue Denny COMMUNITY PRESS satisfaction scores, SoGUEST COLUMNIST cial Security’s online services consistently bring home the gold, silver and bronze. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) tracks customer satisfaction and rates websites for their performance. Out of all online services provided by 101 federal agencies in the running, Social Security took all of the top three spots again in the latest survey. In third place, the application for Extra Help with Medicare Part D prescription drug costs is rated 89. Bringing home the silver, in second place, the Retirement Estimator scored a 91. And the top-rated online service in government is the online application for Social Security benefits, with a satisfaction score of 92. It’s worth noting that even our newest online service is already scoring high praise. Since being launched in May, the online Social Security Statement is rated 88, giving this new service one of the highest ratings in government. Whether you want to plan for or apply for your retirement, look into other benefits available, or learn about the history of the program, you can do it all at Social Security’s website. Visit the Olympian of online services at

Sue Denny is the Social Security public affairs specialist in Cincinnati.

Bethel Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Pearl Harbor survivor shares stories New England Club breakfast open to all veterans By Lisa Wakeland

It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday, and Joe Whitt had just finished his breakfast. He was below the deck of his ship learning to play guitar when one of the worst attacks on the United States began. “We don’t see (the Japanese) coming, we don’t hear them coming, and all of a sudden, they’re on top of us,” Whitt told fellow veterans. The Bethel resident was stationed on the USS San Francisco, which was anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. He relayed his story to about 25 veterans from different eras gathered for breakfast at the New England Club in Anderson Township. Whitt was the featured speaker for the monthly get-together, and the veterans

in the room were captivated as he talked about his experience. Whitt said he and his remaining comrades on the ship – many were on weekend liberty – heard the explosions, but had no idea what was happening until a command came over the intercom and ordered everyone to their battle stations. The problem was, Whitt said, that the USS San Francisco was awaiting dry dock repairs, and most of the ship’s guns and ammunition were put away. So they grabbed what they could and headed up to the deck bracing for another sweep by the Japanese pilots. “We had no guidance, we had nobody to tell us (what was happening), and we were pretty much on our own,” he said. “The torpedo planes had left, but the plane that’s coming now is dropping bombs and (firing) machine guns. Then I look up and there are these battleships – and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life – they’re on fire. They’re burning.” Whitt said there were about

Lisa Ruberg of the New England Club with veterans Bill Harris, left, Danny Wiot and Jim Robinson. They, along with the Club's activities director Kim Wier (not pictured), help coordinate a monthly breakfast for area veterans. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

seven or eight guys with him, and five of them got hit by machine gun bullets that bounced off the deck, but he was never touched. Whitt, now 89, was 17 years old when he joined the Navy and was in the service for just under a year when Pearl Harbor happened. He served throughout World War II and fought in 17 major battles, including the

Battle of Guadacanal and the Battle of Iwo Jima. He also wove in tales of military structure and life in the Navy, and many of the men and women chuckled about those anecdotes as they remembered what their time in the service was like. “We’re all brothers, in a way, no matter what period of time we served,” said Bill Harris, a

Korean War veteran who helped organize this group. “You often read about these things but don’t really understand until you get to hear from someone who was actually there.” World War II veteran Jim Robinson said it means a lot to him to get together with other veterans, hear these stories and build camaraderie. Robinson said he worked with New England Club activities director Kim Wier to start the group because there were about 50 veterans living there and she wanted a special program for them. Harris added they try to bring in speakers from different periods and with different experiences to talk about a wide variety of topics. The free, monthly breakfast is open to all veterans in the surrounding area. It begins around 9 a.m. the second Thursday of every month at the New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave. “We don’t care what branch you were in because we all become brothers and have been there,” Robinson said.

Joe Uecker, right, is sworn in Dec. 28 to the Ohio Senate by Judge Robert Ringland of the 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. Holding the Bible for Uecker is his wife, Patti. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, left, Dec. 28 swears in John Becker to the Ohio House of Representatives. Becker’s wife, Dottie, right, holds a Bible. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Four officials sworn in for new terms

UNION TWP. — Four elected officials were sworn into office Dec. 28 in a ceremony attended by several hundred people at Receptions Eastgate. Joe Uecker of Miami Township was sworn into the Ohio Senate by Judge Robert Ringland of the Ohio 12th Circuit

Court of Appeals. Uecker will represent District 14 in the Senate. John Becker of Union Township was sworn in as the representative in District 65 in the Ohio House of Representatives. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy swore in Beck-


Jeff Hardin of Miami Township was sworn in by Ringland to a new term on the Ohio School Board. Ed Humphrey of Miami Township was sworn in by Ringland to a new term as Clermont County Commissioner.

Judge Robert Ringland, left, of the 12th Circuit Court of Appeals, Dec. 28 swears in Jeff Hardin to the Ohio School Board. Hardin’s wife, Jennifer Smith, holds a Bible. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Judge Robert Ringland, left, of the Ohio 12th Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 28 swears in Ed Humphrey to a new term as Clermont County commissioner. Humphrey’s wife, Janice, holds a Bible for the ceremony at Receptions Eastgate. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Boy Scouts from Troop 244 in Milford presented the colors at the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 28 at Receptions Eastgate. From left are Connor Brumagen, Jordan Dean and Donald Carter. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 10 Drink Tastings Wines for the New Year Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, With wine specialist Annie Rusin of Tramonte and Sons. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Richard Goering, jazz guitar. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 LindaleMount Holly Road, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Peacock Stage. Try out new originals or play old classics. Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Lectures Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture, 3-4:30 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar John Kampen presents “Modern Research on Ancient Texts: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” To add context to exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center. Presented by Methodist Theological School in Ohio. 740-362-3322. Anderson Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 14 Exercise Classes

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.



Business Classes

Farmers Market

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. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

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

Music - Blues The Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Township Fields and Tavern, 4575 Mount Carmel Road, 831-0160; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Health / Wellness One Amazing Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Weight Watchers, 7466 Beechmont Ave., Suite 415, Celebrate 50th anniversary. Hear success stories from members and get free introduction to new Weight Watchers 360 program. Special offers and prizes. Anderson Township.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, 106 E. Main St., Each week, Jo-El or Jason Griffin take stage as Elvis. Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson

Dining Events

Exercise Classes

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Music - Blues

Mandalas for a New Year: Meditative Writing and Art, 2:30-5 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Led by Grailville’s Amy Tuttle, artist, and Pauletta Hansel, poet and facilitator of Practice of Poetry programs. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Certified Zumba instructor Kim Coniglio of Bethel leads a Zumba class in the community center. Congilio’s class, held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., is just one area exercise/fitness class that can help you meet those New Year’s resolutions. For more information, call 240-5180 or visit Also pictured are Bethel residents Ann Stamper, Wilma Green, Christina Cummins, Taylor Helton and Stephanie Bohrer. FILE PHOTO Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Music - Benefits Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Community Concert, 7:30 p.m., Loveland High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Auditorium. Opening work featuring the Loveland High School Symphony Orchestra. Meet-and-greet post concert. Benefits Loveland High School instrumental music program. $20, $10 students. Presented by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 683-1920, ext. 3715; Loveland.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.



Business Classes

Dining Events

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

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 Art & Craft Classes The Wonderful World of Wool: A Felting Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, With Susan Gilbert of Heartfelt Handworks. Utilizing felting needle and wool fiber, participants learn to embellish woolen garments as well as create three-dimensional figures upon wire armature. $35. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Nature Winter Hiking and Survival Skills, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Learn basic survival skills and practice shelter-making abilities. Meet at picnic shelter. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.


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Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Nature Winter Hike, 1 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Moderately strenuous three-mile hike through Sycamore Park and Wilson Nature Preserve. Meet at bridge. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Batavia.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 22 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Miami Township, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.



Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, Amer-

Music - Acoustic

Art & Craft Classes Pinterest-In-Person Craft Time, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave.,

Time for creative people to get together to craft and share ideas. Tables and chairs available. Bring supplies. Free. 4740123; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings California Winemaker Stars, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Paired wine tasting featuring Hadley Corpus of Vanguard Wines. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Ed Oxley, jazz violin. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Registration required. 888-2880668; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

Nature Homeschool Program: Winter Plant Identification, 10 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, For homeschool groups. Learn winter tree and plant identification skills. Meet at park lodge. Free. Registration required by Jan. 22. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 976-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Music, poetry, etc. All material must be familyfriendly. Free. 474-0123. Anderson Township.

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Robert Burns Dinner, 5:30-11 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Celebrating life and works of Scotland’s beloved poet. Traditional haggis ceremony. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Entertainment by Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Cincinnati Scots, Cincinnati Highland Dancers and the Royal Scottish Country Dancers and more. $24, $12 ages 12 and under. Reservations required. Presented by Caledonian Society of Cincinnati. 574-2969; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Music - World Lagniappe, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Anna Ree’s Andouille, 1329 U.S. 52, Cajun. 699-4102; New Richmond.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Winter Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Quiet prayer and reflection. Take advantage of hiking trails, outdoor labyrinth and peaceful environment. $20. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27 Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.



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Batavia Township resident Bill Dowdney of Paramco, Inc. is now a sales representative for Starlinger plastic recycling equipment. Privately owned and headquartered in Vienna, Austria, they also have a US office in Greenville, S.C. In January 2013, they will break ground in S.C. to build a tech center to demonstrate their equipment.

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Total Quality Logistics (TQL), the nation’s second largest freight brokerage, was named to Inc. Magazine’s inaugural list of the top 100 privately-held businesses that are adding jobs and rebuilding the economy. TQL was ranked 15th on the magazine’s “Hire Power Awards” list. TQL created 787 jobs between 2008 and 2011. TQL is actively recruiting and hiring for its nationwide offices, particularly in Cincinnati, Chicago and Tampa, Florida. Interested candidates should visit the company’s web site at

Chicken corn chowder can help keep you warm this winter. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

sium, which helps the body process sodium and lower blood pressure.

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My husband Frank likes a drizzle of red wine vinegar to finish off the soup. My colleague Matt Swaim, producer at Sacred Heart Radio, feels like taking a nap after enjoying this soup. So now you’re forewarned! As I always tell you, adjust the seasonings to taste. 6 strips bacon, cut up 2 cups chopped onion 1 tablespoon garlic 1 pound mushrooms, sliced (I used cremini) 1 scant tablespoon tomato paste 1 quart beef broth plus about a cup of water, if necessary 1 cup quick-cooking barley 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Sauté bacon until crisp. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is starting to brown. Add mushrooms and cook until tender and pot is beginning to get dry. Stir in rest of ingredients and

bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

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I like adding a bit of tomato paste to some soups and stews. Freeze leftover paste in a baggie, smoosh the air out and lay it flat. When you need some, you can push out the frozen paste.

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11⁄4 cups chopped onion or more to taste 2 10.5 oz. cans chicken broth or more, if needed 1 pound corn, thawed if frozen or drained if canned 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (deli chicken is good) 1 10.5 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 ⁄2 cup orzo 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 1 cup milk 11⁄2 tablespoons flour Salt and pepper to taste

For the reader who had a similar soup at a luncheon. The hostess would only divulge ingredients. “The recipe is secret,” she said. If this is similar to what the reader ate, the secret’s out! Substitute dried basil, rosemary and thyme for Italian seasoning if you want.

Heat oil in soup pot and add mushrooms and onions, and cook over medium high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, corn, chicken, soup, orzo and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until orzo is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir together milk and flour in a small bowl; gradually stir into chowder and cook until hot throughout.

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Summerfair taking applications Summerfair Cincinnati is now accepting exhibitor applications for the 46th Summerfair, scheduled for May 31, June1and June 2 at Coney Island. The fair features more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from across the country. Artists exhibit and sell works in 10 categories, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber and mixed media. A youth arts entertainment area and a variety of gourmet arts round out the experience for visitors and art aficionados. “Summerfair is a wonderful opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “We not only received recognition from ‘Sunshine Artist’ magazine as one of the top art shows in the country, we also experienced recordbreaking crowds at last year’s Summerfair. We’re anxious to see what talent and creativity this year’s artists will bring.” Exhibitor applications are being accepted until Feb. 8. Applicants must apply online through ZAPP at All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, comprised of artists and art educators with backgrounds in the categories offered at

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Ruby Tuesday’s biscuits for Rose, who wants to know if anybody has figured out how to make a similar one. Rose must really want the recipe, since she told me she’d give her eyetooth to make biscuits so tasty.

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Friendship Bread yeast questions: Debbie Wilson, along with others, questioned the use of yeast in the starter. Some older starter recipes don’t call for any yeast. I have used those starters and they do work, but the yeast gives the starter a “boost” or assurance that I like. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.





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It’s definitely a soup day. The snow has just about disappeared (and it was just the nicest snow for sledding and building snowmen) but the temperature continues to drop. It registered a fingerfreezing 12 degrees when I went out to feed the chickens last week. Rita After Heikenfeld the glut of RITA’S KITCHEN holiday eating, a steaming hot bowl of soup is just perfect for supper. Barley is in the news for its healthgiving qualities and downright earthy flavor. Interestingly enough, barley was one of the grains people of a generation or two ago used frequently. Back then, it was long-cooking barley. Today we have quickcooking barley, as well. When my kids were infants and lost their appetites when they were sick, my mom would make barley water. I know it sounds weird, but she cooked pearl barley in water, strained it, then added honey and lemon. It wasn’t the most appealing drink, looks-wise, but they liked it and it helped them get well. Mom said it was nourishing. I just took her word for it and it was years later that I found out barley’s a good source of vitamin E/ antioxidants, fiber and niacin, and it helps digestion. It’s a great grain for the heart. Mushrooms, too, are good for you. They’re low in calories, carbs, fat and sodium. Plus they’re high in water and fiber and an excellent source of potas-


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Final week of year a time for friends Howdy folks, I am writing this column some of it, the last day of 2012, this has been a good year for us. The Good Lord has been very good to us the tests Ruth Ann has had for the cancer she had on her leg is doing good. Our health has been good; the garden was good, even with to the drought, and the cat Chessy, has been a blessing to us. There has been lots of tragedy, like the tornado that hit Moscow and Tate Township areas. The different kinds of organizations that were there to help folks was great. The Lions Clubs furnished

money to help the folks that were in the tornado and Ruth Ann and I spent several George months Rooks delivering OLE FISHERMAN cards. The district governor for the Lions Club, John Tolos, called us, and Ruth Ann and I delivered cards for Kroger, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Home Depot. The two ladies at Moscow, Susan and Sandy, did a super job for the town, They worked in a small trailer and when

Channel 12's “Grilling with Tim” was there, Ruth Ann and I were given a guest invitation. The Bethel Lions Club have paid for several eye exams and glasses and have been involved with the school, giving out trees to the fifth-grade students, and book backpacks and foodpacks. The Monroe Grange made and donated child print pillow cases for the Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati for the children with cancer, and food for the food pantry and much more too. The volunteer organizations do a lot of great things. For breakfast on New

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DEATHS Robert Hughes

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Robert Hughes, 85, Bethel, died Dec. 24. Survived by wife Aileen Blanton; children Gloria (Thurman) Griffith, Kathleen (James) Haustetter, Dennis (Kerry) Hughes; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Francis Hughes, son Ed (Bev) Hughes. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

Eunice Helton Lynch, 91, Bethel, died Jan. 1. Survived by daughters Lois, Mollie Smith; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and greatgreat-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Elmer Lynch, daughter Helen Cochran. Services were Jan. 7 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Thomas N. Smith, 52, Bethel, died Dec. 24. Survived by wife Laura Smith; sons Steven, Caleb, Trenton Smith; mother Shirley Smith; siblings Kathy Adams, John, Danny, Gary Smith. Preceded in death by father Onvey Smith. Services were Dec. 28 at Bethel United Methodist Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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POLICE REPORTS CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/Citations Nicholas Hackney, born 1980, 5776 Ohio 132, Goshen, Theft without consent at 6730 Edenton-Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Dec. 21. Christopher Ray Bingamon, born 1971, 81 Sierra Court, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 81 Sierra Court, Batavia, Dec. 17. Juvenile, born 1997, 2780 Lindale-Mt. Holly, Amelia, assault at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 18. Nathan Joesph Robinson, born 1992, 102 Ben Houser Court, Mt. Orab, assault at 25 Rose Lane, Amelia, Dec. 18. Larry D. Williams, born 1971, 2745 Ohio 132, New Richmond, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2745 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 18. Brandon Michael Campbell, born 1990, 3003 Hospital Drive, Batavia, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at 1717 Ohio 749, Amelia, Dec. 19. Juvenile, born 1995, 717 McCormick Lane, Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons at 1351 Cough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 19. Juvenile, born 1998, 3954 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, disorderly conduct at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 20. Juvenile, born 1999, 2911 Old

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Bethel Journal publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Bethel, Chief Mark Planck, 722-6491 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 Ohio 32, Apt. 25, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2911 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 20. Tyler James Quigley, born 1989, 364 St. Andrews Drive, Cincinnati, vandalism - government entity at 4700 Filager Road, Dec. 21. Juvenile, born 1998, 256 Seton Court, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 21. Juvenile, born 1998, 3315 Foozer Road, Amelia, assault at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 21. Jamie Lyn Birkhimer, born 1979, 343 Clark St., Apt. 11, Batavia, theft at 2199 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 22. Donald Gerald Horne, born 1980, 76 Scenic Drive, New Richmond, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 23. Donald Gerald Horne, born 1980, 76 Scenic Drive, New Richmond, violate protection order or consent agreement at

2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 23. Sean Paul Tunstall, born 1977, 8 Montgomery Way, Apt 4, Amelia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm at 8 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 23.

Incidents/Investigations Aggravated menacing At 40 Sioux Court, Batavia, Dec. 19. Arson At 5300 Rapp Lane, Batavia, Dec. 23. Assault At 2908 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 17. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 18. At 25 Rose Lane, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 20. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 21. Attempt - use for ORC arrest offense code only At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. Breaking and entering

At 2616 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Dec. 22. At 3458 Virginia Drive, Amelia, Dec. 22. Burglary At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 1907 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 846 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, Dec. 21. At 3405 Twin Bridges Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 22. At 7 Berrypatch, Amelia, Dec. 22. Criminal damaging/endangering At 1415 Gumbert Drive, Amelia, Dec. 17. At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 24 North Look Court, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 2616 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 3718 Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 20. At 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Dec. 22. Criminal mischief At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 20. Criminal trespass At 3118 Pennington Lane, Williamsburg, Dec. 17. Disorderly conduct At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 20. Domestic violence At 2745 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 18.

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Benjamin Martin, 23, 333 N. Ash St., Bethel, USMC, and Megan Rossi, 21, 2605 Moore Road, Bethel.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX BUDGET Two copies of the Tax Budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 as tentatively adopted for the Felicity-Franklin Board of Education in Clermont County, Ohio, are on file in the office of the treasurer. These are for public inspection; a Public Hearing on said Budget will be held at the Felicity-Franklin Local School District, Board Conference Room, 415 Washington Street, Felicity, Ohio 45120, on Thursday, the 10th day of January, 2013, at 1:00 o’clock p.m. Christina L. Laubach 1743194 Treasurer/CFO LEGAL NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF STATE LAW,THERE BEING DUE AND UNPAID CHANGES FOR WHICH THE UNDERSIGNED IS ENTITLED TO SATISFY AN OWNERS LIEN OF THE GOODS HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED AND STORED AT UNCLE BOB’S SELF STORAGE, LOCATED AT; 1105 OLD ST.RT.74,BATAVIA, OH. 45103 (513)7528110, AND DUE NOTICE HAVING BEEN GIVEN, TO THE OWNER OF SAID PROPERTY AND ALL PARTIES KNOWN TO CLAIM AN INTEREST THEREIN,AND THE TIME SPECIFIED IN SUCH NOTICE FOR PAYMENT OF SUCH HAVING EXPIRED,THE GOODS WILL BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION AT THE ABOVE STATED LOCATION(S) TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF ON MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 at 3PM Joseph Collins 192 Cardinal Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244 Household Goods, Boxes, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Lisa Furnish 4328 Long Lake Dr. Apt 4209 Batavia, OH 45103 Furniture, Boxes Nicholas Johnson 1408 Locust St. Apt 6 Cincinnati, OH 45206 Furniture Chris Myers 643 Charwood Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244 Furniture, Boxes Dawn Hatfield 4430 Eastwood Dr. Apt. 8202 Batavia, OH 45103 Boxes, Appliances, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Charles Fribourg 306 Sweetbriar Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Appliance, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Danielle Dailey 704 Stonelick Woods Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes Robert Schmitt 4126 Otter Creek Dr. Amelia, OH 45102 Household Goods, Furniture

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