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Residents claim zoning hearing was unfair By Keith BieryGolick

TATE TWP. — Township residents claim a recent Board of Zoning Appeals hearing was unfair, and its result is invalid. They argue officials did not give proper notice of an appeal hearing. It started in 2011 when the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle infested Clermont County. Trees and other wood materials in parts of Batavia, Tate, Monroe, and Stonelick townships are quarantined. So once infested or high-risk trees are cut down they are taken to a yard on 2896 state Route 232 where they are ground into mulch that is acceptable for use. A group of residents who live close to the yard, operated by Bzak Landscaping, want it shut down because they said it is a nuisance, and some claim it is a health problem. Joel Monteith, who lives on 2887 state Route 232, wrote a letter Oct. 15 to the Tate Township Board of Trustees and Zoning Commission asking officials to move the yard elsewhere. “For the people who live here it’s really ugly — it’s not a desirable thing,” Monteith said. “I’m not going to say don’t cut the trees down, that’s not my thing. My issue is you’re creating a

These Tate Township neighbors are part of a group of residents trying to get a marshalling yard shut down because of noise, health and other concerns. The yard grinds down trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle. Holding a petition sent to township officials, they are, from left, Nancy McCarthy, Barbara Mustoe-Monteith, Matthew Monteith, Joel Monteith, Mike McCarthy and Dirk Smits.KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

public nuisance (with the yard).” He gathered signatures from nine nearby residents that agreed. At first, it seemed like the township did too. Township Zoning Inspector George Eckert sent Bzak Landscaping and Richard Carmasino, the owner of the property, a violation notice Nov. 12. The property, which is zoned industrial “I-1,” violated the Township Zoning Resolution’s permitted uses, according to the notice Eckert filed.

Permitted industrial uses are, “Any industrial or manufacturing activity which can be shown not to emit noise, smoke, dust, vibration, heat, bright light, order (sic) or other obnoxious effects beyond the limits of its lot.” Michael Bieszczak, president of Bzak Landscaping, appealed the violation Nov. 26. “First of all, the marshalling yard ... has been at this same site since the fall of 2011, with no complaints or ‘violations,’” Bieszczak wrote in the ap-


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peal. “We are operating the exact same type of equipment using the same methods and hours of operation as has been done from the inception. Why this has become a new problem is beyond our comprehension.” Bieszczak said in the appeal his operation’s dust emissions are in compliance with Ohio Administrative Code, and a 2012 visit from the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency found dust to be “minimal.” In pointing that out, Bieszczak contradicted his previous statement about receiving no complaints. In fact, it was a complaint to the Environmental Protection Agency that initiated the air quality agency’s visit. After hearing nothing about the case for more than a month, Monteith and his wife left town for a Christmas vacation to Las Vegas. They returned around midnight Dec. 30 to a letter notifying them of a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing that already happened and multiple voice mail messages asking if they heard what officials did. Nine residents signed Monteith’s October letter, but only one of those residents attended the hearing, where officials unanimously overturned the violation. “This had to be cooked,” Monteith said.

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ceived was postmarked Dec. 26, which could be a violation of the township’s zoning resolution because the public hearing was conducted Dec. 30. The zoning resolution states, in part, “The board of zoning appeals shall ... give at least 10 days’ notice in writing to the parties in interest.” At least two residents received notification postmarked Dec. 26, which is only five days notice. Eckert couldn’t confirm when the letters were sent out, saying he was unable to contact his secretary who mailed them. The one resident, Dirk Smits, who argued against Bzak Landscaping at the hearing emailed a picture of his notification letter to the Community Press, confirming it also was postmarked Dec. 26. Smits lives on 2901 state Route 232. The zoning inspector said legal notice for the hearing was put in the Dec. 19 Bethel Journal. Notification letters to adjoining property owners were mailed as a courtesy, Eckert said, stating it was his intention to mail them around the same time as the newspaper notice. Even if the letters weren’t postmarked 10 days before the hearing, Eckert said that wouldn’t change anything. In this case, the “parties in interest” were the property owner and Bzak Landscaping — no one else, Eckert claimed. But Eckert said the township usually sends out notice to adjoining property owners no matter what the Board of Zoning Appeals is deciding. That set a precedent, which is important in determining if officials did anything wrong by sending out notification too late, according to Menelaos Triantafillou, an associate professor of planning in practice at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Triantafillou has worked in planning — including extensive work with zoning codes — for 35 years in Clermont County, Hamilton County, Indiana and Kentucky. He said everyone who See ZONING, Page A2

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Board of Zoning Appeals member Lockwood Doench said the lack of outcry at the hearing against Bzak Landscaping factored into his decision. “The original letter sent to trustees had like a dozen people sign (it) ... and only one person comes, that has some affect on our decision,” Doench said. “When other zoning issues come up and a lot of neighbors speak I ... personally listen to what they have to say, but when no one comes and voices an opinion what would you think?” Another resident attended the hearing to say the noise from Bzak Landscaping was less obtrusive than the operation that was there before, Doench said. Doench argued Bzak representatives showed that noise coming from the property was not a huge issue. Doench lives next to a farm, and his neighbor’s equipment runs all night when he is bringing crops in. “I think one has to accept a few things, that was my opinion. I didn’t think (the noise from the property) was offensive,” he said. Eckert was surprised more people didn’t attend the hearing. “I kept thinking ... they would walk in (at) any minute,” he said. They never did. Monteith says that’s because adjoining property owners weren’t properly notified of the meeting. “So far we’ve had no representation,” said Nancy McCarthy, who lives on 2609 Swings Corner Road. McCarthy says she has seen her 35-year-old son, who breathes through a tracheotomy tube and cannot move his arms and legs as a result of a work accident, deteriorate in health since the treegrinding operation started. “It’s more than coincidental,” she said. McCarthy was not mailed a notice because she does not live close enough to Bzak Landscaping, Eckert said. “It’s obvious (Tate Township officials) didn’t want anyone to attend (the hearing),” McCarthy said. The letter Monteith re-

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens in Pierce Twp. Gannett News Service

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a fast-casual chain specializing in pit-smoked Texas barbecue, has opened a new location in Pierce Township, 1227 Ohio Pike, next to Pierce

Point Cinema. Meats, which include beef brisket, pork ribs and turkey breast, are seasoned and slow smoked on site. There are classic barbecue sides, such as green beans with bacon, coleslaw, and mac


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and cheese, plus a few less typical ones, such as jalapeno beans. Baked potatoes and salads can be topped with barbecue. Meals come with rolls and free ice cream, and kids eat free on Sundays. Though it’s the first local store, the Dallas-based franchise has been in business for 72 years and has more than 350 locations in 43 states. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. For more information call 802-2700 or go online to

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Council veteran reappointed

Bethel Village Council unanimously voted to ap-


point Amy Sparks to its open council seat. Sparks did not run for re-election this November, but was nominated by council member Jeremiah Hembree at the village’s first meeting of the year. Janice Ireton , Priscilla Johnson and Jim Rees also were sworn in after they ran unopposed for re-election.

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The Bethel Business Association is conducting an awards luncheon 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, at the Grant Career Center’s conference center. Guest speakers include Chris Smith, economic development consultant for Clermont County, and George Brown, project manager for the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, Feb. 20. Reservations for nonmembers are $18 and $12 for members. Visit for more information.

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signed Monteith’s original letter should be considered a “party in interest.” “If, in the past, (township officials) have invited more people (than just those who appealed) then there is precedence ... that they are breaking so there

Man found guilty of rape

Michael Scott Richardson, of Union Township, was convicted Jan. 13 of eight counts of rape, four counts of gross sexual imposition and three counts of felonious assault. The charges stemmed from sexual conduct that took place between Richardson and three of his nephews. The victims were 4, 7, and 10 at the time of the sexual abuse. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, six of which carried life sentences. Richardson will be sentenced on Feb. 13 by Judge Richard Ferenc.

Art show now accepting artists

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society is accepting artists for the ninth annual Art Affaire. This art and fine craft outdoor show will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the grounds of Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Milford. Art Affaire is a juried show featuring exhibits in the following areas – painting, drawing, photography, paper, print making, clay, glass, could be foul play there,” Triantafillou said. Monteith, and other residents who signed the letter, say they want another hearing. Triantafillou says that’s exactly what they should get. “(Monteith) certainly expressed interest, he has a written letter to prove this. This is America, he can go to them and say,

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Deadline nears for home sewage repair

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‘What the heck did you do here?’” Triantafillou said. “I think unless the township completely disregards any of that it doesn’t make sense to proceed. It’s just bad (public relations) and bad politics. This is not how you deal with your constituents.” In his opinion, “they have to redo it, the hearing is null and void.”

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More lane closures in Eastgate Mall area By Jeanne Houck

UNION TWP. — Lauren Price has learned to roll with the punches as road construction in the Eastgate Mall area rolls out in phases. When necessary, the Union Township resident takes back roads in her frequent trips to Eastgate Boulevard businesses such as Hobby Lobby and Sonic Drive-In, although she admits she’s missed a few traffic signs and ended up having to backtrack to her destination. And, she has a secret weapon. “Every morning I ask my husband, ‘What’s happening with Eastgate Boulevard today?’ ” Price said. State and local transportation officials are using press releases and websites ( d08 and

Union Township resident Lauren Price has learned to roll with the punches as road construction in the Eastgate Mall area proceeds.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

to keep motorists up to date on how construction projects could affect travelers. The latest? Workers recently began demolishing the existing Eastgate Boulevard bridge. That will mean nightly lane closures on eastbound and west-

bound state Route 32 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roughly two weeks. Officials with the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District say the $10 million project underway now includes: » Reconstructing and widening the Eastgate Boulevard

bridge over state Route 32. » Relocating the existing westbound state Route 32 entrance and exit ramps from Eastgate Boulevard to Eastgate North Drive. » Reconstructing the westbound loop ramp from Eastgate Boulevard to state Route 32. Transportation improvement district officials say moving ramp traffic from Eastgate Boulevard to Eastgate North Drive will benefit the community by eliminating the existing ramp intersection along Eastgate Boulevard and providing improved levels of service along the boulevard. It is slated to be completed in the fall. Once the work is complete, Eastgate Boulevard will have one lane of traffic in each direction and a left turn lane to the ramp to eastbound state Route 32, Ohio Department of Trans-

portation officials say. Southbound traffic will have access to one right turn lane into Best Buy on Eastgate Boulevard, one through lane and one left turn lane to southbound Eastgate Boulevard. Northbound traffic will have dual left access into Eastgate Mall, one through lane and one right lane to Frontage Road. Asked whether she thinks the traffic changes will be worth the trouble of construction, Price said, “I hope so. “They’re spending a lot of money and time to do it.” For more about your community, visit UnionTownship. Get regular Union Township updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Village mulls future of wooly mammoth tusk By Jeanne Houck

NEWTOWN — The village has a problem of the prehistoric sort. There are a number of Native American artifacts and reproductions in the American Indian Education Center that Newtown recently opened in the village’s new town hall at 3537 Church St. But it’s a wooly mammoth tusk that’s long been displayed in the old town hall across the street at 3536 Church St. that is causing a fossil fuss. The 7-foot-3-inch tusk was donated to Newtown

Newtown officials are trying to decide what to do with this wooly mammoth tusk.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

after it was found in Camp Dennison in 1967. “It has been in our dis-

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Batavia High School will be Freezin’ for a Reason Batavia High School students, teachers, administrators, and board of education members will be Freezin’ for a Reason on Saturday, Feb. 1, as they once again participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. They have set a goal to raise $10,000 by the end of January. The plunge will take place at Joe’s Crab Shack in Newport, Ky., beginning at 11 a.m. Senior Bailey Schultz said, “This is a great opportunity to support Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes and we are asking for the communities help to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000.” That may sound like a lot of money, but over the past three years this team has donated over $18,000 to Special Olympics. This year’s 102 member team is determined to reach their goal. To sponsor a student, visit the Ohio Special Olympics website at and follow the links to the Feb. 1 Polar Plunge. The team name is Batavia High School - Business Professionals of America (BPA). A secure donation can be made by clicking on the team’s link. Donations to specific team members can also be made by clicking on their name. All donations are tax deductible. Business Professionals of

Batavia High School students are raising money for Special Olympics by Freezin' for a Reason. THANKS TO ANGIE KOVACS

America is the leading student organization for members pursuing careers in business, in-

formation technology and other related careers. BPA members are in the Great Oaks Le-

gal Management and Support satellite program at Batavia High School. For more infor-

mation, contact chapter adviser Angie Kovacs at


Lindsey Berning of Batavia, was one of eight students to receive the 2014 Bob and Barbara Williams Leadership Scholarship through Miami University’s Paper Science and Engineering Foundation. Berning is a 2011 Clermont Northeastern High School graduate, is a junior chemical engineering major with a concentration in paper science. Berning’s contributions to Miami include serving as an officer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering at Miami and a leader of an engineering bible study. She is also a member of Student Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries and has completed an internship with the U.S. Playing Card Company. Graduates

Kurt Gaertner will graduate with a master of arts in zoology. Since joining the master’s program in 2011, Gaertner has explored conservation and education in Belize, Mongolia and Costa Rica, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the area. Gaertner works at Cincinnati Nature Center. Darik Wells of Batavia, will graduate with a master of arts in zoology from Miami University, as a member of the most recent class of graduates from the Global Field Program. Wells works at Clermont Northeastern Local Schools. Since joining the master’s program in 2011, Wells has explored conservation and education in Amazon, Baja and Mongolia, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the Batavia area. Miscellaneous

Matthew Weinstein has been

awarded the Carleton Social Justice Internship and has been elected to the Mortar Board honor society. Weinstein is the son of Michael Weinstein and Elizabeth Glenn and is a graduate of Glen Este High School.

Dean’s list

Wright State University fall semester - Rachel Rees Heather Daugherty of Bethel received word while she was home on Christmas break from Lake Erie College that she had been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester 2013. The letter from Dale Sheptak, Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies at Lake Erie College, went on to say “that this distinction is reserved for students who have earned at least eight semester hours (Heather earned 18) at the college during a single academic term and achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher. The dean’s list is noted on your college transcript in the semester in which it was attained”. His letter to her ended by saying “Congratulations on your academic achievement! high aspirations and clear goals are marks of excellence. Your sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction is well deserved. Heather is studying early childhood education and hopes to be an elementary school teacher upon graduating. Heather is a resident assistant at Lake Erie College and also works at the nearby country club. Heather graduated from Bethel-Tate High School in 2011and is the daughter of Amy Daugherty and the late John Borgerding. Grand parents are Howard and Terri Daugherty.


The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2013-


Freshmen Honor Roll Rachel Bowman and Lindsey Rehmer.

Sophomores Honor Roll - Maya David and Megan DiSalvo.

Juniors First Honors -

Allison Brady and Jennifer Little.

Seniors First Honors Emma Mullins

St. Bernadette Girl Scouts inside St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, front row: Mary Otto, left, Kate Brokamp, Claudia Millinovich, Sophia Cenci and Maria Tucker. Back row: Ella Brokamp, left and Becca Smit. THANKS TO ANGIE TUCKER

CATHEDRAL VISIT St. Bernadette Girl Scouts - Fanning Faith’s Eternal Flame: A first of it’s kind prayer service and reception was held at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral celebrating the partnership between the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and the Archdiocese

of Cincinnati. The girls celebrated their Catholic faith with hundreds of other girl scouts within the Archdiocese. Each scout received a special blessing from Bishop Binzer and received a patch to celebrate this special occasion.





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McNicholas junior guard’s deep into distribution By Mark D. Motz

Senior Serena Spaulding (with ball) gets roughed up inside as she’s guarded by Allison Poe Dec. 2 at Bethel-Tate. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Felicity-Franklin girls basketball keeps momentum By Scott Springer

FELICITY — If you were to put statistics on a chart, it wouldn’t take a certified public accountant to verify that Felicity-Franklin High School’s girls basketball team is trending up. The Lady Cardinals went from 3-17 two seasons ago to a 16-9 mark just a year ago that included a pair of postseason wins. That team featured all-everything athlete Arica Stutz and some fresh faces that sparked the turnaround. For those who thought Stutz’s departure would lead to an off year: Guess again. Going into the middle of January, Felicity-Franklin had won eight of their first nine games as the ladies in red posted results in the black. “I’m not really shocked, honestly,” coach Kerry Stamper said. “We have a good group of girls. We’ve been getting stronger every day and playing great defense. That definitely helps.” Taking over the bulk of the scoring has been sophomore Ashley Moore at around13 points per game; up slightly over her freshman numbers. From there, sophomore Brittany Drake, junior Paige Kessen and Kelsey Arkenau, Brooke Corbin and Heather Collins are part of a fairly even group that appear in the nightly box score. “That’s what I tell them every day,” Stamper said. “We do better the more everybody scores. The more even scoring we have, we’re definitely going to have a

Felicity-Franklin’s Kelsey Arekenau is one of just four seniors on the Lady Cardinals’ squad. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

better game.” Drake is second on the team in scoring and clears the glass as good as any housekeeper with a bottle of Windex. With Stutz moving on to Northern Kentucky University for track, Drake has often battled much taller opponents. “She’s doing a lot with rebounding and she’s quite good at defending,” Stamper said. Assisting Drake in the dirty work has been Paige Kessen. “She’s been surprisingly impressive under the basket,” Stamper said. “We don’t have a lot of height. She holds her own under there even though she’s about a foot shorter than everybody else. She’s become a really good post player.” Stamper’s four seniors are Arkenau, Collins, Corbin and Serena Spaulding and all have con-

tributed in some measure. Arkenau and Collins assist Moore at guard, Corbin’s a swing player and Spaulding provides relief in the paint. The multifaceted Moore not only scores buckets for the Lady Cardinals, she’s also the leader in assists, steals and free-throw percentage. “I think she’s improved very much,” Stamper said. “They play really good team ball. As long as they keep clicking and communicating, I think they’re going to go a long way.” Already in her young career, she’s beaten cross-county rival, Bethel-Tate twice in two seasons. The Lady Tigers don’t take that lightly and a Bethel Journal story documenting this season’s loss is hung for motivation on a bulletin board outside of the Bethel-Tate gym. “There’s a a bit of a rivalry there,” Stamper said. “I’m just glad to beat a higher division school. It’s great for our record, so that’s always good.” As always, with success, there’s a price. Bigger and better schools loom ahead on the schedule. “We have Georgetown again and we have CHCA, who’s playing pretty well also,” Stamper said. “We have our work cut out for us for awhile. We just need to stretch somebody. Hopefully, our quickness before it gets to the basket will help us out.” Felicity-Franklin is at Clermont Northeastern Jan. 23 before returning home to host Blanchester in a 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, matinee.


MT. WASHINGTON — Take heart. Children do listen to their parents. Greg Kent lifted his right arm - elbow cocked, wrist bent forward - and proved it. “My dad taught me that, to goose neck it, to follow through,” Kent said of his earliest basketball memories. “I started playing at the YMCA when I was 4 or 5 and my dad was my coach.” A dozen years later the Anderson Township resident and Immaculate Heart of Mary alumnus is a junior point guard at McNicholas High School in his first season starting for the Rockets. While he was taught to shoot as a tyke, Kent is making a name for himself as a passer. He leads the Greater Catholic League Coed in assists at 4.6 per game, including a season high nine in a league game against Hamilton Badin Jan. 10. “I’m looking to pass,” Kent said. “As a point guard I’m looking to get my teammates involved as much as possible. “When I’m driving I always look for somebody to get the ball to. When they collapse, I can kick it outside. When they come out on me, I look to the post. If they don’t do anything, then I can go to the basket.” Head coach Tim Monahan said that’s impressive early in his varsity career. “We knew he could be a very special player. It’s been nice to have a point guard who distributes like he does, but he can score and he can defend, too. “He’s got those big shoulders and he’s physical. He uses his body well. He can get to the rim, but he can shoot the three, too, if we need him to do that. We stress patience and he usually makes pretty good decisions with the ball.” Kent – who also pitches and plays outfield for the McNick baseball team – said his favorite basketball memory was winning a CYO city title as an IHM fourth-grader. On the high-school level, he hit a halfcourt shot as a garbage-time sub in a losing effort against


Taft as a sophomore, but believes better memories lie ahead. Heading in to the second half of the basketball season, he’s learned a few lessons from McNick’s three losses. “When things get tough you have to keep your composure,” he said. “If I’m not in control, my team can’t be in control.” The Rockets were eighth in the Jan. 13 Enquirer Division II-IV coaches poll and owned a 7-3 record following a 72-37 home win over Seven Hills Jan. 14. Monahan is mostly happy with the progress of his team. “A lot of teams key on Danny, but with Greg and with the other juniors shooting so well, they’re making that harder to do,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who have stepped up. Our motto this year is ‘earned, not given’ and we chart everything in practice and show them how they can earn the chance to play. They’ve responded to that. Our goal is just getting better every game.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

The Felicity-Franklin varsity boys basketball team wins the crosstown shootout against arch rival Bethel-Tate Saturday, Jan. 4, at Felicity in a 62-48 victory. Felicity Cardinal team members include Marke Drake, Clinton Liming, Trendon Young, Dillon Utter, head coach Bobby Sandker, Jordan Utter, Trevor Barrons, Louis Quiles, Chris Whitt, Austin May, Jeremy Collins, Kevin Arkenau, Brad Elkins, Cody Green, Logan Hatfield, assistant coach Jerod Jodrey and assistant coach Jeremy Sponcil.

McNicholas High School junior Greg Kent dishes off during a 72-37 home win against Seven Hills Jan. 14. Kent leads the Greater Catholic League Coed in assists. MARK D. MOTZ/THE

» Bethel-Tate lost to Fayetteville 72-41 on Jan. 14. Samuel Price led the Tigers in the defeat with 11 points. The Tigers lost to Batavia 55-34 on Jan. 10. Sophomore Evan Iding hit for 11 points. » Felicity-Franklin lost to Norwood 67-42 on Jan. 17. Jordan Utter led the Cardinals with a game-high 17 points. On Jan. 18, the Cardinals lost to Mariemont 69-36. Junior Trevor Barrons topped Felicity-Franklin with 12 points. » McNicholas High School beat Seven Hills 72-37 Jan. 14; Danny Byrne scored 20 on 8-11 shooting to lead the Rockets.

The Stingers dropped to 3-5.

Girls basketball

» Felicity-Franklin lost to Norwood 48-44 on Jan. 16. Sophomore Brittany Drake had 21 points in the defeat. The Lady Cardinals fell to Mariemont 54-45 on Jan. 18. Sophomore Ashley Moore led Felicity-Franklin in the loss with 22 points. » McNicholas lost 59-37 at Mercy Jan. 11, but bounced back with a 58-29 road victory at Chaminade Julienne Jan. 15. Hannah Taylor scored 13 and Payton Ramey added 10 to lead the Rockets, who improved to 10-5 (5-1 GGCL Coed).


» McNicholas lost 2,2052,240 against the Glen Este boys Jan. 15; Mathew Massie rolled a 403 series for the Rockets.





Editor: Eric Spangler,, 591-6163


Get active and prevent a fall As families cherish memories of events from the recent holidays, a daughter sits in a hospital at her father’s bedside; both overcome with anguish, while the doctor explains the severity of injuries her father sustained from his recent fall. As most of us eagerly make New Year’s Resolutions, a son and his mother agonize over her loss of independence, due to a momentary loss of balance that resulted in a trip to the emergency room. As many of us anticipate the treasures that 2014 will bring us, many older adults are hoping only for continued independence. According to the Center for Disease Control (, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among

older adults. Additionally, one in three adults (age 65 and older) falls each year. These falls Pam may cause Burton adults to be COMMUNITY PRESS forced to limit GUEST COLUMNIST their activities, which contribute to the loss of mobility and overall physical fitness, increasing the likelihood of additional falls. The participation in fall prevention programs and sustained efforts to increase physical fitness is critical for seniors. Several programs offered locally can help older adults improve their overall fitness levels. One such program is called Moving for Better


Balance. This research-based program uses the principals and movements of Tai Chi to improve balance, flexibility, and confidence in performing daily

routines. SilverSneakers® is another older adult fitness program offered in Clermont County through several organizations. This national program includes classes with a focus on maintaining independent lifestyles and lessening the likelihood of a fall. In class, exercises and activities are designed to improve five skill related

components of exercise agility, balance coordination, power and speed. The classes are fun and members report noticeable improvement in many areas. Many participants have never exercised in a class or fitness center before! According to Robert E. Sallis, M.D., faculty member of the American College of Sports Medicine and chair of the Exercise is Medicine initiative, “Everyone should start or renew an exercise program now as an investment in life-long health. Every person, regardless of age or health, is responsible for his or her own physical activity. There are far more reasons to exercise than excuses not to.” Additionally Dr. Sallis states, “While there are numerous reasons for soaring

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Do you think school officials made the right decision recently by canceling classes because of cold temperature? Why or why not?

“Yes, I work in a school district that has cut busing so students would have to walk two miles to school. Those same students are often underdressed without proper coats, hats, or gloves. Two days without school for safety is not that awful.” K.S.

“I have every confidence in CPS to make the right call. There are so many moving parts in that decision it is wrong to second guess. I know I didn’t want to be out in that dangerously cold weather.”

Terry Garvin

“Yes. Some children ride the school bus or walk to school, and it was so cold that within 15 minutes there was a chance for frostbite. Not worth risking injury to have our little ones outside when it is that cold. “Also, older children often are underdressed for the weather, and some may not even have appropriate coats, hats or gloves. I was happy to see that even the universities kept the students inside on those days.”

days up when the weather is better - kids first!!”

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days. “I know there are students who have to wait outside for the bus, walk to school, or walk across big campuses – and this may lead to frostbite; and schools also had problems with burst pipes and boilers not coming on to heat buildings. “It ends up a judgment call; in that case, the school authorities err on the side of caution for students’ perceived safety; and they always will, so they don’t get sued.” TRog


“I don't think kids today are as tough as kids in the old days so I see why they closed the schools. “Personally I have a granddaughter in the third grade and I am glad she wasn't out in the this weather. If they miss too many days these days will be added to the end of the year so it is really no big deal.”

“As a school teacher, I hate having snow days because it really messes up what I have planned to teach any given week. “However, with our overly paternalistic society in which kids are rarely never made to deal with any personal challenges not on the athletic field, it seemed pretty ridiculous to cancel school because of the polar vortex driving wind chill below zero for two

“Yes, this was the right decision. Most parents, myself included, longed to see the end of Christmas break as the kids were starting to bounce off the walls at home. However, we were approaching record lows. “If frostbite or worse were to occur as kids waited for buses school administrators would have had a heavy burden to shoulder. Make the

Dave D.


“This time I agree with what they did for the sake of the kids. I know there will be a lot of people that will say they had to walk to school in zero degree or less temps., but even back in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s there were schools cancelations. “I'm sure that when the winters of 1977 and 1978 hit their little butts were warm at home because everything closed down. Now don't lie, even the expressways were shut down. “Oh yes, more than 10,000 people claimed that they walked on the Ohio River and more than 100,000 claims that they attended the great 'Freezer Bowl' in a stadium that held 50,000 plus. “Give the kids and teachers a day off for the adverse weather as I'm sure it will not make a big change in the students grade, but I'm sure the teachers will want their pay plus the extra days for the make-up days, if they occur. “My only gripe is – where were the kids when the snow fell and neighbors needed their driveways and walks shoveled. Oh yes, I forgot, our parents bought us an iPad, iPhone, etc. for Christmas so we can sit on our butts and talk to our friends in the warmth of a home by the fireplace.” D.J.

“It was a great idea! Not for only the students, but for the opening and closing doors on school buildings stressing the heating system, less wear and tear on school buses, personal vehicles, and not to mention road conditions.” O.H.R.

“As a 37-year-old I don't think I should be saying back

when we were kids...but we did not get school called off because it was cold. (And we went to school during the last -30 freeze out.) Or tomorrow morning it MIGHT snow let's call school at 4 p.m. the day went to school every single day. “We also did not have a minivan caravan at the end of every street to stay warm. You learned to dress appropriately for weather and if you stayed home you may have missed a test, things didn't change because of the weather. These kids and people making the decisions need to toughen up.”

Angie Nordheim

“This wasn't just 'cold temperature' that arrived in the Tristate, it was severely dangerous for any warm-blooded being to be exposed for even a few minutes. “Having been in the education business for over 30 years, I have witnessed firsthand the countless times large numbers of students arrive to school in the middle of winter not properly dressed for the weather. “The fault of the parents? Sometimes, but children, no matter the age, will wear what they like, what is in fashion, and not what they need to keep from experiencing severe cold and possibly frostbite. Often, those winter hats, coats and gloves will find their way to a backpack, as soon as the parents turn away. “Not everybody can afford to drive their kids to school, not every child has warm enough clothing, so every effort must be made to keep them safe. The schools made the correct decision to close the schools, and surely would have faced lawsuits had any child come to harm because of the inclement weather.” J.B.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disappointed about sports story

I would like to comment on the article, “Bethel-Tate's Sister Act Back to full strength,”

in Jan. 9, 2014, Bethel Journal sports section. While perhaps an oversight, I was disappointed to note that Abbie Shinkle, a senior on the team, was not even



A publication of

mentioned. This is in spite of the fact she has consistently “rounded out Bethel-Tate's starters” in the 2013-14 season. Abbie has always been and continues to be a team player

on and off the floor. She adds to the talent of the Bethel-Tate Lady Tigers, a team I wish all the best.

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

Linda Johnson

health care costs, one undeniable explanation is the poor physical health of so many Americans. Exercise is something every person can do to control the rising costs of health care and improve quality of life.” Let us heed the advice of Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” Lessen the likelihood of becoming one of the aforementioned statistics; enroll in a program today that will bring you or someone you care about closer to the goal of continued independence and improved health for 2014. Do something good for yourself to start the New Year: get active and prevent a fall.

Pam Burton and Victoria GlaugClermont YMCA.

ELECTED OFFICIALS Ohio Rep. Doug Green 66th House District

Phone: 614-644-6034 Email: Address: State Rep. Doug Green, 77 S. High St., 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. District: The 66th House District includes the villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Neville, New Richmond, Williamsburg; the townships of Batavia, Franklin, Jackson, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Tate, Washington and Williamsburg as well as all of Brown County.

Ohio Senator Joe Uecker - 14th District

Phone: 614-466-8082 Email: uecker/contact Address: 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 District: The 14th Senate District includes all of Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto and part of Lawrence counties.

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup 2nd Congressional District Phone: 513-474-7777 or 202-225-3164 Email: contact/ Address: 7954 Beechmont Ave., Suite 170, Cincinnati, OH 45255, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Washington, D.C., office: 1223 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

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Joe Weinheimer of Western Hills cuts chicken with a special knife and cutting board that attaches to his wheelchair. Weinheimer is in the adult program at Stepping Stones. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

Stepping Stones expands programs

for adults with disabilities


tepping Stones will expand its programs for adults with disabilities in the new year as part of the merger of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati with Stepping Stones. The new programming will include computer technology, art programs including painting, weaving and photography, and expanded community exploration outings where adults with disabilities can interact in the community. The expansion is the result of combining resources of both agencies, said Stepping Stones Manager of Adult Services Amanda Kay, of Withamsville. The larger Stepping Stones now has three program locations: Indian Hill, Batavia and the newly renovated United Cerebral Palsy site in Norwood. Stepping Stones and United Cerebral Palsy are both United Way partner agencies and merged in November, recognizing their common mission to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Stepping Stones continues to serve children, teens and adults in day and overnight camps, respites and educational programs at the Indian Hill and Batavia sites. In January, the adult day programs at Indian Hill will move to the Norwood site, where United Cerebral Palsy has conducted a similar program. “This is an exciting move,” said Kay. “The new building is specifically designed for the type of programs we offer. We now have an art studio with lots of natural light and color and space.

Program Coordinator Katie Brenner, of Northside, left, helps Sherri Gillum of Carthage set up the loom in the art studio at Stepping Stones. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

Cherri Anterum of Mason, technology trainer, works with Vernon Kendricks of Bond Hill in the computer lab at the Stepping Stones adult program.THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

“We have 14 computer stations with easy vision keyboards and special adaptations that can adjust the desk height and move or tilt keyboards and screens,” said Kay. The new building also has a kitchen designed for people with mobility challenges and large accessible individual restrooms with special lifts to help people who use wheelchairs or have mobility challenges. In the expanded Adult Services Program, participants can choose from five interest areas: Computer Technology, Art,

Continuing Knowledge; Recreation and Community Outings. All individuals participate in Health and Wellness, which includes exercise and nutrition, health education with community health professionals, safety and personal responsibility. Stepping Stones will continue its Adult Services program at the Batavia site. Participants of both programs will have access to the Norwood facility’s amenities. Adult programs run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and are designed to help adults

with disabilities build confidence and independence, improve health and fitness, and recognize and celebrate their abilities, said Kay. “Many people go to workshops. We want to be an alternative to a workshop. The fun place, offering recreation and social activities,” Kay said. Some participants come five days a week. Others may split the week between Stepping Stones and a workshop or other activity. “When people come here, I see them light up socially. We have a laid-back pace that invites people to participate in fun programs,” said Kay. “People who otherwise might feel shy or reserved feel comfortable making relationships. They find their way to fit in.” A key component of every activity is choice. The art program is a dramatic example. “Art is not only a way to com-

municate and express your feelings,” said Art Program Coordinator Katie Brenner of Northside. “The whole process is making decisions and choices – what color to use? What do I want on this side? Is it finished? They are in control. So many of the people we serve rely on a lot of other people to do things for them. Here they can make their own decisions,” said Brenner. Some art activities will result in a finished piece, others are about the art experience. “We might put paint in a salad spinner and see what happens. We’ve taken Matchbox cars and driven them through the paint to create patterns.” Every activity in the Adult Services program expands experience, which builds confidence and independence, said Kay. For more information, visit or contact Amanda Kay, 221-4606.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 23 Art & Craft Classes Teen Craft, 4 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Make a fleece pillow. Ages 12-18. Free. 3694476. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Visual artist displays selections of his artwork. Using oils, acrylics and water colors, his African-American spirit paintings tell detailed storylines with titles such as “The Market Place,” “The Soap Box Derby,” “Jazz Metamorphosis.” Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Drink Tastings Deep Winter Wines: Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Featuring wine specialist Cliff Roahrig of Bowling Green Beverage, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Tracy Walker. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Union Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, 4421 Aicholtz Road, Pool Room. All levels welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Eastgate.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Walgreens Milford, 1243 Ohio 28, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-8190127; Milford.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, JAN. 24 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dining Events 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 coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 26. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and

standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

Nature Nature Preschool Open House, 3-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Director Tisha Luthy and lead teacher Kristen Kleintop teach about naturebased classroom including how outdoor experiences and classroom materials support learning. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

Schools Open House, 2-4 p.m., Children’s Meeting House Montessori School, 927 O’Bannonville Road, Prospective parents tour eightacre campus and visit classrooms. Teachers available to answer questions, discuss handson classroom materials and talk about Montessori method. Free. 683-4757; Loveland.




Dining Events

Charity Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., Butterbee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4022 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Different charity picked each month. Free admission. Presented by Reps for Charity. 252-5343. Union Township.

Robert Burns Dinner, 6 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Celebrating life and works of Scotland’s beloved poet. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Special guests: Maiden’s IV. Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers, bonnie knee contest, haggis toss, Scottish Ancestry Map, raffle, country dancing and more. Benefits The Caledonian (Scottish) Society of Cincinnati. $30, $15 children’s meal, free ages 5 and under. Reservations required. Presented by Caledonian Society of Cincinnati. 574-2969; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.

Nature Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Spend morning looking for birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Hike with the Director: Winter Hike, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Hike the Red Wing Trail. With chief naturalist Bill Creasey. Distance: five miles. Terrain: moderate. Includes specially catered lunch. Ages 18 and up. $35, $25 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Paper Making for Families, 1-2:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet in Outdoor Learning Center. Venture out to collect natural materials to add to handmade paper, or bring seed pods, berries and dried leaves with you. Then, create nature paper. $11, $6 children; $3 all members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Survival 101, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Discover basic survival skills and practice making shelters, followed by short hike. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

Religious - Community Swing-Along: Music from the Big Band Era, 7-9 p.m., Locust Corner United Methodist Church, 917 Locust Corner Road, Performed by Annie Takeuchi Lanzone on keyboard. Light refreshments provided. For seniors. Free. 752-8459. Pierce Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mt Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. Through March 2. 652-0286. Union Township.

Exercise Classes

River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, in Loveland, will host a free Anthony Stollings Art Show from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Feb. 9. Stollings paints with detailed story lines using oils, acrylics and watercolors. For more information, call 677-7600 or visit Stollings is pictured with his first-place award for painting/drawing at the Milford Art Affaire.PROVIDED Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. 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. SilverSneakers, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Bethel.

Art Exhibits


Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dance Classes Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smoothsoled shoes. Class registration closes after third week. $5, first class is free. Through Aug. 26. 929-2427; Milford.

Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9:30-10:40 p.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Union Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. 683-0491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646

Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. Through May 14. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.


Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, $5. 240-5180. Eastgate.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Tree I.D. for Homeschoolers, 11 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Join naturalist as you discover how to identify winter trees. $4. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6$6.50. 575-2102. Milford.

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Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger Mount Carmel, 550 Ohio 32, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Mount Carmel.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. 237-4574. Amelia.

Nature Backyard Maple Sugaring: A Hands-On How-To Workshop, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Advice for those wishing to make syrup on small scale. Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage and boiling as well as finishing and canning syrup addressed. Ages 18 and up. $16, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Tracks Hike, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Take hike and look for clues left behind by winter wildlife. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 732-2977; Owensville.

Pets Puppy Social, Noon-1 p.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

Nature A Taste of Nature: Great Grains, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Local experts provide brief program full of easy-to-digest factoids followed by theme-based foods

from caterer Elegant Fare. Dr. Kent Harrison from Ohio State University talks about Great Grains. Samples of breads and toppers. Ages 21 and up. $16, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

MONDAY, FEB. 3 Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180. Bethel.

Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1117 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Doors open 4:30 p.m. Free. 248-2999. Milford.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Members of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra share music for Flute and Strings. Beethoven Serenade for flute, violin and viola; John Harbison “Six American Painters” for flute quartet and String Quintet by Dvorak. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dance Classes Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, $5, first class is free. 929-2427; Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, $5. 240-5180. Union Township.



Rita shares her updated goetta recipe A couple of weeks ago, Linda Vaccariello of Cincinnati Magazine called and asked if I would share some tips on making goetta for an article she was writing. I told her I had just made a batch since I wanted to Rita share my Heikenfeld latest reciRITA’S KITCHEN pe with you. Goetta, as many of you know, is a Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky specialty. Goetta has Germanic origins, but most people who live in Germany have never heard of it. Inge, my German daughter-in-law who grew up in Germany, said she didn’t have a clue until she moved to Cincinnati. Yes, it’s definitely a Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky “thing.” A possibility about the name is that it comes from the German word “gote” or “gotte,” which means peeled grain. The word became Americanized to mean “goetta,” since the ingredient you cannot do without for authentic goetta is pinhead oats (also called steel-cut oats). Dorsel’s and Bob’s Red Mill are common brands. Goetta is a “hand-medown” recipe and each family’s is a bit different. It’s a ritual in my family and I even use my mother-in-law Clara’s special long-handled spoon that she inherited from her mother. Jon Peters, a Western

Hills reader, makes his father-in-law Bill Sanders’ recipe. “I even use his pan and really enjoyed making it this year. There’s something special about using a family recipe and making a big batch that you’re going to share with family and friends,” he told me. Jon and Ellen’s kids get to help, as well. Jon calls his loaves of goetta “bricks,” and his family’s recipe is on my blog.

Rita’s goetta

I’ve been making my mother-in-law Clara’s goetta for years with pork shoulder, just as she made it when they slaughtered hogs in autumn. I used to cook goetta from start to finish on top of the stove, but my sister-in-law, Claire Yannetti, gave me this tip: Cook meat and veggies on top of the stove and cook oats in the slow cooker. Much easier! Stovetop cooking requires frequent stirring and careful watching so oats don’t stick. Here’s my latest and, I think, best version. 3 pounds fresh pork shoulder, bone-in if possible, cut in half to fit pan 3 cups each: chopped onions and celery (include celery leaves) 4 dried bay leaves 2 tablespoons salt, or more to taste 1 tablespoon black pepper, or more to taste 8-10 cups water or more if needed 5 cups pinhead oats

Put meat, onions, celery, bay, salt and pepper

Rita’s latest goetta recipe features oats cooked in a slow cooker.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

in large stockpot. Cover meat with water by about an inch or so. Bring to a boil, cover, lower to a simmer and cook until meat falls from bone, 3 hours or so. Add water if necessary to keep meat just under liquid. Remove meat and let cool before chopping finely. Save liquid. (You could also cook meat and veggies in slow cooker and you probably won’t need to add more water). Spray a 6-7 quart slow cooker and turn on high. Put liquid in and add oats, stirring to blend. Put lid on and cook two hours or so, stirring occasionally, until oats are thoroughly cooked and tender, and mixture is very thick. If necessary, add more water as oats cook, but be careful. The mixture,

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when cooked, should be thick enough for a spoon to stand up in without falling over and be difficult to stir. Add meat and continue to cook, covered, for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more salt and pepper if you want – don’t be shy about adding them. Remove bay leaves. Line bread pans with wrap or foil. Put goetta in pans, smoothing tops. Let cool, cover and store in refrigerator for 12 hours or so to set up. Store in refrigerator a week or several months in freezer. To serve: Fry with bacon until both goetta and bacon are crisp on

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DEATHS Ron Davis Ron “Biggin” Davis, 56, Felicity, died Jan. 11. Survived by sons Zach (Meghan), Josh (Brittany) Davis; grandchildren Zoe, Rowen, Eli, Mason Davis; siblings Randy Spurlock, Lisa Mundy, Debbie Wayman, Gayle Conley, Mary McAllister, Missy Hall; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Kathy Davis. Services were Jan. 15 at Felicity Cemetery. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

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70 members of the Felicity-Franklin FFA attended their annual Christmas party held in the agricultural education facility at Felicity-Franklin High School. THANKS TO MATTHEW CORNELISON

Felicity FFA hosts Christmas party The Felicity FFA Chapter recently celebrated the Christmas holiday by hosting its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 19. The party took place in the agricultural education shop after school.

Members decorated the shop with lights, wreaths, garland, and other various Christmas decorations. Lee’s Chicken catered the party with chicken, various sides, and sweet tea. There were many ac-

tivities for members to participate in including corn hole and karaoke. Clinton Liming said “I had a great time at the party. The shop was very nicely decorated with all the colorful lights and decorations.

The chicken was also very good!” All of the FFA members received a sweatshirt as a gift from the chapter for all of the hard work that the members do each and every day of the year

Eugene “Gene” Vernon Moore, 80, formerly of Bethel, died Dec. 15 in Sun City, Ariz. He was a Sohio fuel oil distributor for 30 years, and owned Moore Hardware Store and a Sohio gas station. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Shirley Moore “Bee” Moore; children Greg, Jay (Karen) Moore, Amy (Rick) Crowley; siblings William Moore, Marlene Buehler Paulding; grandchildren Anna (Chad)

Stearns, Evan Moore, Adam, Tanner Bunton, Cooper Crowley. Preceded in death by parents Volney, Esther Moore, siblings Rex, Volney Jr. Moore, Eloise Winemiller. Services were Dec. 20 in Arizona. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Hillis Parks Hillis Parks, 85, Monroe Township, died Jan. 10. He worked for the Hilton Davis Chemical Company. He was an Army veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Jearldean “Jewell” Parks; children Eddie, Pamela, Glen (Kimberly) Parks; grandchildren Sharon (Joe) Reed, Jeremy (Jacqie), Nate Parks, Jason (Auree), Justin (Crisjin), Emily Senior; greatgrandchildren Hannah Stappe, Caleb Reed, Jordyn, Jaxson, Justin Parks, Lyndon Senior; siblings Mizie (Shirley), Manuel (Charlotte) Parks, Fern Collett, Diane (Darrell) Mann, Ruth (Don) Riley. Preceded in death by sons Dallas, Dewayne Parks, siblings Jessie Parks, Donald Parks, Rogers Parks and Flossie Banks. Services were Jan. 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Saint Mary Church,Bethel

Trinity United Methodist

3398 Ohio SR 125

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Phone 734-4041 509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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

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


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am AWANA Ministry Wednesday 6:45 - 8:15pm Bible Study 7:00 - 8:00pm Youth grades 6-12 7:00 - 8:00pm Nursery provided for all services



2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 SS 9:30AM, Sun Worship 10:45AM Wed. Prayer Service 7:00PM Childcare Provided for All Services Growing in Faith Early Learning Center NOW ENROLLING 513-427-4271 growinginfaith


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 FELICITY 212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

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

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

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

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

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

UNITED METHODIST Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

Contemporary Worship.........9:30am Sunday School......................9:30am

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

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




Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

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


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


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

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 (except summer)

Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director Sunday Morning Service Times are: 8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am Sunday Night Service Time at 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center)


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services

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

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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm

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

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Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Troy P P. Ervin, Ervin Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

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

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A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

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

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

Epiphany United Methodist Church

A new grief support group is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays in Meeting Room 1. To be a part of this group, call the church office. The church offers three worship services – two contemporary and one traditional. Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. are contemporary services and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. All services have Sunday school and a professionally staffed nursery available for infants through 3-year-olds. For more information, call the church office. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;www.epiphany

First Baptist Church

Sunday worship services are 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Brother Chet Sweet. The church is at 213 Western Ave., New Richmond; 553-4730.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Tender Years Cooperative Preschool enrollment dates for the 2014-2015 school year are as follows: Jan. 6-12: current members Jan. 13-19: alumni Jan. 20-26: Loveland Presbyterian church members Jan. 27: open registration begins at 7 p.m. Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;;

Loveland United Methodist Church

At 9 a.m. Sundays, the church offers Classic Tradition, a traditional worship experience where persons can connect to God through a Biblically-based mes-

sage, times of prayer and beautiful choral music. At 10:30 a.m. Sundays is Engage, a “contemporary praise and worship experience” leading persons into God’s presence through powerful and uplifting music, a relevant message based on God’s Word, and the joyful welcoming of the Holy Spirit. Engage is a full Sunday school program for children up to sixth-grade. High school students lead to Sunday school after the praise band’s opening set. To find out about all of the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC, visit the church website, follow on Facebook, or call Pat Blankenship, director of ministry operations, at 683-1738. Explore small groups, Bible studies, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adults ministry, senior’s ministry and “Hands On / Off Campus” mission/outreach opportunities. The church also offers opportunities to connect in various worship arts ministries such as music, drama, video, sound and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 6831738;www.loveland

Milford First United Methodist Church

WAVE Free Community Dinners are 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14, No church service is attached, no reservations are needed and all are welcome to these family-friendly meals. The meals are free; donations are accepted. Call 831-5500, or visit the church website for more information The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500;www.milford

Trinity United Methodist Church

Weekly Sunday services are: Traditional at 8:15 and 11 a.m. with contemporary worship (and children’s Sunday school) at 9:30 a.m. Trinity at 5767 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262;www.trinity .

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Pruning season is just around the corner other cat in there; boy did he prance around and attack that cat. He was pawing at the other cat in the mirror then he’d go outside the door trying to find the cat. I could hear Ruth Ann laughing and when she came out she told me what had happened with Chester; that is so funny! Ruth Ann is crocheting an afghan and Chester was not helping by grabbing the yarn and rolling around on the ball of yarn. Ruth Ann would put him off then he would jump off the chair and run to get his toy then in a little while comb back and jump on the ball of yarn. He is so playful and we enjoy him so much. Last week after shopping we stopped at Red Lobster for lunch. The waitress asked if we were celebrating anything. We told her on the 16th we would have our 55th wedding anniversary. So when she brought the bill, she also brought a card signed by all the folks that were working there; that was great! Now is the time to start pruning the fruit trees, blackberry, raspberry and other berry bushes and get them ready for spring. About March put some fertilizer on them or nitrogen. This is only January, but as fast as time is going it will be spring before we know it. I am hopeful of being able to take care of the garden better this year than last.

Howdy Folks, As a friend always said, ‘I tella you boys’, that cat we have, Chester is something. He will grab something and roll over. He is over three months old and eats a can of canned cat food, beGeorge sides some Rooks dry food OLE FISHERMAN each day. He sleeps with us each night. While we are reading the paper each morning he will set on a foot stool and watch the television. Ruth Ann said the other morning to look at Chester watching the television. He is such a joy; he is still a kitten and likes to bite and claw. When he is six months old we will have him neutered. We have a big yellow cat that comes here at least once a week and Ruth Ann gives him some food; he is so loving. It seems he divides his time between a couple places. Between us and a couple other houses up the road where some folks have cats. Last week Ruth Ann was in the bathroom combing her hair and Chester was in there with her. We have a full length mirror on the back of the door. Ruth Ann pushed it shut and the cat saw an-

It seems the meetings have started for us. We attended the Bethel Business Association meeting last Monday. Monday evening we attended the Northeastern Lions Club meeting to schedule a Lions Zone meeting in February. On Tuesday we go to the Senior Services Day Care Center. I talk to them and try to talk about things that happened in their younger days as youngsters or teenagers, for about an hour. Wednesday we have a Public Employees Retirement Inc. meeting, at the Batavia Township Hall then a trip to a lady to have my hearing aids worked over. In the evening we have a meeting to do some planning for the Bethel Lions Club’s 70th anniversary. On Thursday we are going with friends of our to the U.S. Grant Vocational School Sports Gallery for lunch to celebrate our anniversary. That evening choir practice at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Friday night will be the Grange meeting at Nichollsville. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. 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.

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Robert Herschel Messer, 35, 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, criminal damaging/endangering, Jan. 8. Harry V. Fancher, 34, 3712 Coon Ave, Williamsburg, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Jan. 9. Jason Dale Peacock, 34, 2046 Ginn Road, New Richmond, possessing drug abuse instruments, Jan. 9. Christopher Alan Halcomb, 24, 101 Clarks St., Bethel, driving under ovi suspension, driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, speeding, Jan. 9. Casey Rashel Broach, 22, 529 S. Charity St., Bethel, possession of drugs - marijuana, Jan. 10. Brian M. Myers, 21, 2616 Ohio 232, New Richmond, possession of drugs - marijuana, Jan. 10. Jason R. Souder, 30, 114 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Jan. 9.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering At 3031 Macedonia Road, Bethel, Jan. 8. Criminal simulation At 617 Market St., Felicity, Jan. 6.

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At 806 Market St., Bethel, Jan. 6. Criminal trespass At 2234 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 2354 Haul Lane, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 3586 Sodom Road, Hamersville, Jan. 6. Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles At Franklin Road, Felicity, Jan. 7. Driving under ovi suspension At Ohio 125/ Kelli Lane, Bethel, Jan. 10. Driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs At Ohio 125/ Kelli Lane, Bethel, Jan. 10. Endangering children At 2903 Ohio 232, Bethel, Jan. 3. Forgery At 617 Market St., Felicity, Jan. 6. At 235 Mulberry St., Felicity, March 26. At 3088 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 12. Identity fraud At 2909 Oak Tree Lane, Bethel, Jan. 9. Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor create/produce material At Franklin Road, Felicity, Jan. 7. Possessing drug abuse instruments At Walnut/Market St., Felicity, Jan. 9. Receiving stolen property At 3088 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 12. Speeding At Ohio 125/ Kelli Lane, Bethel, Jan. 10. Theft At 2234 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 235 Mulberry St., Felicity, March 26. At 2354 Haul Lane, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 3088 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 12. Violate protection order or consent agreement At 302 Myrtle Ave, Bethel, Jan. 8.


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