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In the Jan. 21 issue of The Bethel Journal, the Bethel-Tate Tigers boys basketball team was reported to have a 10-1 record overall for the season. They are undefeated. With two more games last week, the team continues it’s winning ways, remaining undefeated, 12-0, with wins over Blanchester, 87-65, and Williamsburg, 73-46.

Proud travels to Middle East

Those who know Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud have a certain image in mind – someone who takes military personnel out to lunch, is an active Christian and likes birds. What they probably don’t know is that Proud also enjoys a good whirling dervish, a little dune bashing and is a master at bargaining in oldest market in Egypt. FULL STORY, B1

Bethel schools accepting bids

After unsuccessfully trying to sell the old board office at auction and through a Realtor, the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education has to put the property up for bid. “We’ve tried auction and we’ve had it with a Realtor, but it hasn’t worked. This is a way to save some money by not having to pay a Realtor and to see if we can sell the thing,” said Superintendent Jim Smith. FULL STORY, A2

Republicans endorse Wilson

Archie Wilson, a Batavia Township trustee and businessman, has secured the endorsement from the Clermont County GOP in his race for Clermont County commissioner. FULL STORY, A2

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‘09 Traffic fatalities decline

By John Seney



Traffic fatalities in Clermont County took a steep decline in 2009, with only a third as many people dying on the roads compared to the previous year. There were eight crashes involving fatalities in 2009, with nine people killed in those crashes, said Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia post. In 2008, there were 23 fatal crashes, with 27 people killed. McElfresh said last year’s total of nine fatalities was the lowest number recorded in Clermont County since the highway patrol has been keeping the statistics. Clermont County usually ranks in the top 10 counties in the state in fatalities, he said. The highest total recorded for the county was in 1995, with 36 deaths in 34 crashes. The highway patrol had set a goal of keeping the fatalities in the

county below 20 in 2009. “One is too many,” McElfresh said. “But if we hit 20 or less we feel we have accomplished someMcElfresh thing.” The goal for 2010 again is 20 or fewer fatalities, McElfresh told those attending the Safe Communities Coalition meeting Jan. 21. He said in the past a low year often is followed by a year with high fatalities. In 2007, the number of fatalities was 11. McElfresh said among factors that could have caused the decline in fatalities are safer cars and more widespread use of seat belts. He said the economy may also be a factor with people not being able to afford to drive around as much. Of the fatal crashes in 2009, only one involved alcohol. Two people were killed in that crash.

Clermont County fatalities by age Age 2009 2008 2007 0-16 . . . .1 . . . . . . .1 . . . . . . .2 17-24 . . . .5 . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . .3 25-34 . . . .0 . . . . . . .3 . . . . . . .1 35-55 . . . .1 . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . .2 56+ . . . .2 . . . . . . .9 . . . . . . .3 Total . . . .9 . . . . . .27 . . . . . .11 Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol, Batavia Post McElfresh said about a third of fatal crashes typically involve alcohol. Four of the nine fatal crashes in 2009 were blamed on unsafe speed. Breaking the 2009 fatalities down by age groups, the 17 to 24 age group had the most with five, followed by the 55 and over age group, with two. McElfresh said those two age groups are usually the highest. Tuesday was the most danger-

ous day of the week in 2009, with three fatal crashes occurring on a Tuesday. Joe Glinski, a safety programs engineer with the Federal Highway Administration based in Columbus, said official fatality totals for Ohio have not been released, but preliminary figures show a decline statewide for 2009. He said fatalities statewide have steadily declined over the past 14 years. Because of this decline, “we’re now saving a life a day on Ohio roadways,” Glinski said. Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said he was “glad to see that the fatalities have gone down.” He said efforts to educate young people and the public about the dangers of drinking and driving have contributed to the decline. Proud also praised the Safe Communities Coalition for “thinking outside the box” in educating the public about safer driving practices.

Felicity mayor resigns By Kellie Geist

Jerry Ross, long-time mayor of Felicity, resigned effective Jan. 1. He had been mayor for about 10 years and his term was set to expire at the end of 2011. Ross said there were a number of reasons for his resignation, but most of them had to do with the mayor’s lack of power. “I had no power whatsoever because of the way the ordinances are written,” Ross said. “To me, it’s a waste of my time and of taxpayer money to have a mayor who can’t do anything but be a tie-breaker.” Ross also cited disagreements with council as another reason for leaving. One of the biggest disagreements was that Ross wanted to institute mandatory drug tests for village employees. “We get a lot of accusations about people doing drugs, but before you can stand up for someone, you have to know the truth,” Ross said. While drug testing could bring down workers compensation fees, Ross said council was against the idea because of the cost. However, the village recently spent $5,000 on a police cruiser, Ross said. In Felicity, the mayor position is elected by popular vote, but Vice Mayor Randy Myers has been appointed to serve the remainder of Ross’ term and Grace Wagner has been selected to be vice mayor. Council also will appoint a new council member to fill Myers’ seat. Ross said he hopes Myers and village council continue work on many of Ross’ projects, including keeping drug dealers and loiterers off the streets and creating more activities for the community. Ross also said he would like to see the Gourd Festival come back to Felicity.


Brushing up

Hannah Cooper and Jamie Raleigh, both in first grade, chat while working on painting their snowmen in art class.

Bethel council considers zoning fee hike By Mary Dannemiller

Zoning permits and appeals could soon be more expensive for Bethel residents and prospective business owners. Bethel Village Council members are considering the approval of a new zoning fee schedule which contains several large increases, including a jump from $30 to $250 for a single family home appeal to the board of zoning appeals. The council recently held a public hearing to discuss the proposed increases with village residents, but no residents spoke either for or against the fees. If approved by the council, this would the first time zoning fees have been adjusted since 2000, said Zoning Administrator Ron Dunn.

“We revised the code a decade ago,” Dunn said. “I compared Bethel to Williamsburg, New Richmond, Owensville, Moscow and Amelia and came up with the numbers presented to council. The jump you see is pretty typical of what other municipalities had across the board so we’re bringing ourselves in line with them.” According to Fiscal Officer Angel Burton the new fees would increase zoning revenue by about 30 percent, which would help the village’s ailing general fund, but Dunn said the proposed adjustments were in the works long before the village’s financial problems came to light. “When this process started in 2008, the focus was not revenue enhancement,” Dunn said. “Instead, it was looking at where we are and where we should be.”

Dunn also said he hoped village residents would not be upset by the proposed changes. “People might look at them with an unfavorable view or think that we’re doing this as a way to raise money, but that’s not the intention,” he said. Because several of the current council members were not on council while the village’s planning and finance committees worked with Dunn to set the new fees, the fee schedule could be sent back to those committees for review. “Council will make the final decision as to whether or not there will an increase,” Dunn said. “They can reject the fees, accept them or accept them with a condition that some of the fees will be sent back to committee. That’s council’s prerogative.”


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Bethel-Tate school board puts old district office up for bid By Kellie Geist

After unsuccessfully trying to sell the old board office at auction and through a Realtor, the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education has to put the property up for bid. “We’ve tried auction and we’ve had it with a Realtor, but it hasn’t worked. This is a way to save some money by not having to pay a Realtor and to see if we can sell the thing,” said Superintendent Jim Smith. The building and property at 112 North Union St. will be sold as is. The building was used as the district office until the

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district moved into the old Holman Motors building, 675 West Plane St., in 2008. Smith said the district purchased the Holman Motors building because the old location was becoming a burden, mostly because of asbestos. “If we were going to remove the asbestos and remodel the building, we were going to have to bring it up to code, which included making it handicap accessible and putting in an elevator,” Smith said. “To put that much money into an old building just didn’t seem viable.” School board president Mark Rose said the building also was too small for the

district office. “We felt it was our duty to get our employees into a safer work environment and the district had outgrown the square footage of that building,” Rose said. “That building was not built to be an office building and it just wasn’t working out.” The district did receive two offers for the building late last year, Rose said, but both were rejected. Smith said the prospective buyers to all seemed to want to gut the property, which previously had been used as a post office, company offices and had upstairs apartments. Currently, the district is spending a few hundred

dollars a month to keep the gas and electric running in the building. For more information on the building, call 734-2271, ext. 1002. Bids for the building can be submitted to district Treasurer Amy Wells at 675 West Plane St. in Bethel. All bids must be submitted by 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Bids will be opened at that time. Action is expected to be taken at the school board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the Bethel-Tate Middle School Library, 649 West Plane St. The school board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Wilson receives endorsement Archie Wilson, a Batavia Township trustee and businessman, has secured the endorsement from the Clermont County GOP in his race for Clermont County commissioner. “I am humbled to have the Republican endorsement. The voters in the Republican Party in Clermont County have spoken that they are ready for change, strong leadership and open government,” Wilson said. “To win a sound majority for endorsement over an incumbent elected official of this party says a lot.” Wilson won the endorsement over Clermont County Commissioner Scott Croswell. Croswell is expected to run for re-election without the endorsement. Croswell could not be reached for comment.

“People who know me in business, government or in my personal life know me to be a man of my word,” Wilson said. “Personal integrity and core values have always guided me, and I will bring these values with me as a county commissioner.” Wilson said he decided to run for commissioner because he wanted to make a difference. “Several years ago when my wife and I became grandparents, I was struck with the notion that I wanted to make sure that the America our grandchildren grow up in is at least as good, hopefully better, than it is now,” Wilson said. “If I can’t make a difference across the country, I can sure roll up my sleeves and see that Clermont County is a better place for all our chil-

dren and grandchildren.” Wilson and his business partner, Gene Hehenmann started Midwestern Plumbing Service in 1978. Wilson said his experience as the coowner of a company with more than 60 employees has prepared him to help run county government. “I am familiar with hard work and I know during hard times you have to put in overtime. I can assure you that during these hard times I will work as much and as long as necessary to make this county a better place to live,” Wilson said. Wilson, who lives in Batavia Township with his wife Sandy, has been a Batavia Township trustee since 2001.

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Felicity-Franklin – National Honor Society will conduct the Pasta for Pennies campaign to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Feb. 1 through Feb. 19. The funds raised change the lives of local patients and their families and educate the students about blood cancers, like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The top fundraising class wins a pasta lunch provided by Olive Garden. Students in grades 5 through 12 will be contributing their spare

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Blood drive

Felicity-Franklin – National Honor Society members will host the winter blood drive to benefit Hoxworth Blood Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the elementary gymnasium. This is a change of location from previous years. Enter the doors by the alumni hallway and follow the arrows to the gymnasium. Call 513-876-2113, ext.


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Felicity FFA Ag Communications team places ninth in the state Five members of the FelicityFranklin FFA chapter participated in Agricultural Communications CDE that took place Nov. 16 at Butler Tech High School. The team developed a Agricultural Communications Project called “Project Clean and Green” that proposes ways the community could help clean up hazardous household wastes in the environment. The team also took a general knowledge test on agricultural communications, completed an editing exercise, presented “Project Clean and Green” to a panel of judges, and each completed a different practicum from a press conference. The team placed second and qualified to participate at the state event which was held Dec. 5 at the Ohio State University. At this contest the team placed ninth overall in the state. Alex Stevenson placed 13th as an individual for Felicity FFA. Other team members included Laura Buckler, Ian Woodmansee, Laura Freeman, Kayla Kelly and alternate Travis Smith. The Ohio FFA Association will present the team with a plaque for their accomplishments. Submitted by Tracey Wheeler, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter


The Felicity-Franklin FFA Agriculture Communications Team placed ninth in the competition in Columbus. From left are Kayla Kelly, Laura Freeman, Alex Stevenson, Laura Freeman and Ian Woodmansee.

ACT class offered at CNE Clermont Northeastern High School is offering an ACT preparation class. The school is offering the class in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions. The class will prepare students for the April ACT college admis-

sions test and be taught by a Kaplan ACT instructor. The class begins Jan. 31 and runs through March 27. For more information or to enroll, call the Cincinnati Kaplan Center at 731-8378 or visit


The Felicity-Franklin FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team recently competed at the district competition. The team consisted of sophomores, juniors and seniors including, from left, in front: Shayla Baker, Sam Manning, Kayla Kelly and Kelsey Bailey. In back: Brandon Kirk, Sally Wheeler, Loren Shutzius, Tracey Wheeler, Alex Stevenson and Laura Buckler.

Felicity FFA learn parliamentary procedure The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter participated in the district Parliamentary Procedure contest at Western Brown High School Dec. 3. Members of the team held a mock meeting using correct parliamentary procedure based on Robert’s Rules of Order. The team practiced daily for five weeks preparing

for this contest. Although this was the first time in many years the Felicity FFA had advanced to the district event, the competition was very tough and they did not qualify for the state contest. Submitted by Tracey Wheeler, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter

Students of the month

Felicity-Franklin Elementary’s students of the month for December are, from left: First row, Logan Clarkson, Nathan Peace, Jared Hamilton, Harlie Brandenburg, James Baker, Charity Taylor, Dillon Sack; second row, Braden Blackburn, Garrett Pinger, Skylar Brandenburg, Hannah Lewin, Emily Hardewig, Wyatt McElfresh, Gage Smith; third row, Derick Henderson, Hannah DeAtley, Trinity Downing, Jessica Davis, Charlena Spaulding, Reanna Meyer and Mallory Obermeyer. Not pictured, Savannah Hill. PROVIDED.


Food for thought

The Felicity-Franklin FFA Food Science team recently earned 10th place in the State Food Science Food CDE event held at the Ohio State University. Team members are, from left, Loren Schutizus, Sydney Snider, Sam Manning and Carley Snider.

HONORS Felicity-Franklin Middle School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

Fifth grade

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Ethan Brown, Cody Green, Addams Hobbs and Justin Mounce.

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Carly Bruan, Matt Cornelison, Jessie Lawson and Jakob Spencer.


This week in basketball

• Bethel-Tate High School boys beat Felicity-Franklin High School 55-44, Jan. 15. Bethel’s top-scorer was Louie Schaljo with 27 points, including one three-pointer. Felicity’s top-scorer was Matt O’Brien with 15 points. • Bethel-Tate girls lost to Blanchester High School 5424, Jan. 16. Bethel’s top-scorer was Brooke Kenneda with six points. • Williamsburg girls beat Bethel-Tate High School 5240, Jan. 19. Bethel’s top-scorer was Emily Vanderpool with 17 points, including three 3pointers. • Felicity-Franklin boys lost to Western Brown 64-44, Jan. 20. Felicity’s top-scorer was Chris Shouse with 16 points. • McNicholas High School boys beat Loveland High School 41-38, Jan. 20. McNick’s top-scorer was Chris Bresler with 14 points. • Turpin girls beat McNicholas 65-59 in overtime, Jan. 20. McNick’s top-scorer was Lauren Mazzaro with 20 points, including two threepointers. • Williamsburg girls beat Felicity-Franklin High School 48-31, Jan. 21. Felicity’s topscorer was Marisa Stutz with 15 points.

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January 28, 2010

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Felicity girls hoops show improvement By Mark Chalifoux

Other hoops happenings

The Felicity-Franklin High School girls’ basketball team is 0-12 a little more than halfway through the season, but that doesn’t mean the Cardinals have given up yet. “A lot of coaches come to me at the end of games and say ‘Man, those girls never give up,’” head coach Toby Lewin said. “Our focus has been there, it just hasn’t gotten us over the top yet. We’re a second-half team, and if these girls were going to give up, then that couldn’t happen.” The Cardinals have played much better in the second half of games, but it hasn’t been enough yet to overcome the first half. Felicity-Franklin has also had to deal with losing one of its standouts, Sadie Mullins, for the season with a knee injury. If there was any bright spot in the injury to Mullins, it’s been freshman Arica Stutz. Stutz was brought up from the JV team to play one

While Chris Shouse leads the Felicity-Franklin boys’ team in rebounds and scoring, Matt O’Brien and Tyler Carter are also having productive years. O’Brien and Carter are also top three on the team in rebounding and scoring. Felicity-Franklin plays next Jan. 29 at New Richmond.

This week in wrestling

Bethel-Tate High School placed fourth with a score of 145 in the Charlie Moore Invitational, Jan. 16. Bethel’s Chip Ratcliff beat Centerburg’s Thatcher in a 15-3 major decision.


Felicity-Franklin’s Brittany Sowers collects a rebound and goes up for a shot against Williamsburg.

This week in swimming

• McNicholas High School boys placed 23rd in the Southwest Ohio Swimming and Diving Classic, Jan. 18.

Soccer players sought

The Beechmont Soccer Club U13 boys select soccer team is looking for players for the spring season. Contact Coach Dave Galus at 543-7144.

MASC alumni game

Have you played in the Mid-American Soccer Classic (MASC), one of the largest soccer tournaments in the region? As part of the tournament’s 25th anniversary, the MASC volunteers are sponsoring alumni games. The tournament, which last year had more than 590 teams from seven states and Canada participate, is sponsored by the Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club and the Optimist Club of Fairfield. There will be a women’s game Friday, April 9, just before the girls’ weekend, and a men’s game Friday, April 16, before the boys’ weekend begins. Contact Kelly Farrell at for details.

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Alex Stevenson looks to pass against Williamsburg.

quarter of varsity a game to help fill the void left by Mullins. Stutz has since worked her way into the starting lineup and is now playing four quarters a game for the Cardinals. Stutz has been a difference-maker for FelicityFranklin as she has scored in double figures most of the games she’s played in and also leads the team in rebounding and blocks. “She’s been a pleasant surprise,” Lewin said. “She’s been very productive for us.” Junior guard Alex Stevenson is another key player for the Cardinals. Stevenson was a strong outside threat for the Cardinals


Felicity-Franklin guard Ashley Davis drives against Williamsburg. last year and Lewin thinks she will be a very productive scorer for the Cardinals eventually. “We’re still looking for big things from her,” Lewin said. Sophomore Megan Obermeyer is another player who has shown flashes of brilliance as well. The problem for the Cardinals has been consistency. “We’re good on a spurt and can shut someone down,” Lewin said. “We just

haven’t been able to keep that consistent.” Part of the reason may be the team’s youth, as Felicity-Franklin has seven underclassmen on its roster of 10 players. While the Cardinals can’t be a .500 team this season, with Stutz, Obermeyer, Stevenson and a healthy Mullins back next year, Felicity-Franklin could be a much-improved squad. Lewin said the eighth-

grade team is having a great season and should add more talent to the program next year as well. Lewin also said it would be important for the Cardinals to finish on a positive note and he said he thinks the team can win four of the final seven games of the season. “That would be a big boost going into the offseason,” he said. “It would be really positive.”

Luehrmann leaving legacy at McNick By Mark Chalifoux

A state title would be a nice way for McNicholas High School swimmer Matt Luehrmann to finish his high school career, but even without it, he’s leaving behind quite a legacy. The senior, who lives in Clermont County, is one of the top swimmers in the state and holds nearly all of the Rockets’ records. “It’s pretty sweet,” Luehrmann said about being able to hold so many swimming records. “Some of those records were 15 years old when I got them, and hopefully they will stand for a long time.” McNick head coach Cindy Weeks said she thinks it will be awhile before the Rockets have another swimmer who can come in and rewrite the record book. “The thing about Matt is that he’s so good at multiple strokes,” she said. “He’s not just good at one; he can do them all really well.” The senior standout has his eyes on a state title after finishing second in the state in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle as a junior. “That was pretty intense,” Luehrmann said. “I knew the kid who won was probably going to

beat me, and I just wanted to beat the rest of the field. A lot of them are faster this year, and I got faster so it should be pretty cool at the state meet this year.” Weeks said the key to his success has been his hard work. Luehrmann practices mainly with his club team, the Anderson Barracudas, but also goes to McNick’s practices as much as he can. “He’s very driven and a talented swimmer but he’s also very humble about his talent and that’s so refreshing,” she said. “He does a great job working with the new swimmers and helping them learn strokes. He’s very helpful and overall is just a great kid.” Luehrmann said he wants to go to the University of Kentucky for college to study architecture and, if it’s possible, continue his swimming career at the next level. “Collegiate swimming is something I want to do pretty bad. I’d like to get into Kentucky’s architectural program and also get on the swim team, but if that’s something I can’t do then I could come to terms with dropping it.” Luehrmann isn’t the only success story for the McNick swim team. The boys will try to defend their Greater Catholic League title and Weeks thinks the girls have a


McNicholas High School’s Matt Luehrmann swims to a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle during the finals of the Division II Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Swimming and Diving Championship in 2009. shot at winning the Girls Greater Cincinnati League title. She’s also hoping several relays move on in the postseason. “Last year we had two boys relays make it to districts so hopefully we can get relays from the boys’ and girls’ team there and then maybe to state,” Weeks said. Other standouts for the boys’

team include Patrick Rehl and Luke Custer. For the girls, Michelle LeMaster and Haley and Olivia Fitzpatrick of Batavia Township lead the way. “We have a lot of talented kids and the season has been going really well,” Weeks said. “Hopefully it’s all capped off by Matt winning at state.”



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Felicity mayor resigns

I, Jerry Ross, do regretfully give my notice of my resignation effective Jan. 1, 2010. Under the circumstances, I can no longer serve as mayor for the village of Felicity. Due to problems that are beyond my control within the village and the police department, I have no authority or support from council to correct the areas of concern and issues. I no longer feel that I am able to serve the village of Felicity, and correctly do my job until these issues can be resolved between the council, Chief Hesler and I. I understand that council is not able to do this, therefore my resignation will take effect immediately Jan. 1, 2010. Jerry Ross Minor Street Felicity

Wilson takes endorsement

January 28, 2010

know it’s time for real change. I’m proud of our Republican central committee for the endorsement of Mr. Wilson for Clermont County commissioner. With this endorsement the liberals will be infuriated. Many leftwing radicals will be confused. Do not be surprised in upcoming days to see the liberals lies in print. Mr. Wilson is a person for the people that will work hard and “show up for work” unlike what we have been used to by some commissioners. Mr. Wilson for the people for the county will get my vote come Election Day. You should consider real change and vote for Mr. Wilson as well. This is Clermont County’s victory. Lloyd Acres Red Fox Drive Union Township

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For which team will you root in the Super Bowl? Why? Every week The Bethel Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. can Idol,’ so Cowell’s departure means nothing to me. Our household watches PBS almost exclusively, except for sporting events.” M.P.B. “Sure, I’ll still watch American Idol after Simon leaves. I don’t watch the show to see the judges; I watch to see the talent or lack of it.” M.K.T.

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What have been the biggest accomplishments and biggest failures during the first year of the Obama Administration? “I am not one to start harping on the negatives right from the bat ... the big but ... the way the healthcare reform has been handled late night and behind closed doors with bribes written into the program to get the ones dragging their feet to come along in a word: disgusting! He promised to be a ‘leader,’ then dumps the problem on Congress and now this is the only thread of news I constantly read up on and try to stay current. It is like a soap opera. “Also, this does not address the problem of the millions without medical insurance. Just like auto insurance when it went into law - there are people on the roads today taking the risk. Just because they say we have to have medical insurance does not mean that the people can afford it. Also, this does not address the fact that there is almost monopolies of insurance companies that control big sections of the country's healthcare. They say you can ‘buy anywhere,’ but when the only one offering is subsidiary of just a very small few big medical insurance companies then – that is no choice at all! This is a sure fire bet on getting costs of medical care even higher than it is today.” L.A.

critical, and I am so proud to have this endorsement. The outcome of the 2010 elections is vitally important to the future of our state. I believe through my service and accomplishments as a state representative, Speaker of the Ohio House, and now as a state senator, I have shown that together we can make Ohio a better place to live, work and raise our families. I continue to be grateful for the support I have received so far, and the welcome reception I have received from the region’s voters. I do not take this support of my candidacy lightly. I will continue to work as hard and as smart as I can to be victorious, and be a partner with Ohio’s voters in the preservation of free and fair elections of which we can all be proud. Jon Husted State Senator, 6th District Candidate Ohio Secretary of State Sherbrooke Drive Kettering

Wood should be fired

As a horse owner, I am

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Ole Fisherman proud to be a Lion Howdy folks, Ruth Ann and I attended the Lions Club zone meeting at Northeastern Lions Club Jan. 11 at the Jackson Township Hall. It was a good meeting and there was a good attendance. The information the district governor and other officers gave was very good. The District Governor is Don Kring, one of the past District Governors. Ron Hutchinson gave a very interesting talk on Lionism and how the club can help the community. One of the Northeastern members made the chili and by golly it was very good. I noticed some of the folks had one, two and maybe three bowls. The zone chairman, Betty Zude, did a fine job and all of the Lions Clubs thank her for the effort she puts into the job. Last Thursday we had our granddaughter, Jennifer and grandson-in-law Jason and their little dog Lily, here for the noon meal for Jason’s birthday. The menu was Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, homemade bread and black raspberry pie, coffee and iced tea. Everyone sure enjoyed the meal. Lily loved going outside and playing in the snow. They have a cat that sets on a chair and watches the fish in the aquarium. We were watching a program one evening about hummingbirds, one of my favorites. Our cat Dixie was sitting on the floor watching the birds. He sat for a long time until a commercial came on, then he got on Ruth Ann’s lap and went to sleep. Last Saturday we celebrated our anniversary. It was 51 years. There have been some lean years over the time, the same as lots of you older folks. We both have lost our parents, but have a beautiful

family two daughters, two sons-inlaw, four grandchildren and a grandson-in-law. We are so blessed. We got a blessing the sixth of this George month. Ruth Ann Rooks doesn’t have to Ole take the blood she has Fisherman thinner been on since July for the blood clots in her lungs. We thank the Good Lord for this. We went down to the Riverside Coffee Mill to have the noon meal Saturday and since Ruth Ann can eat the green vegetables again we had a Spillway Salad. We both like salads, so this is one of our favorites. If you get down there, try the salad along with a smoothie drink, that is goooooood. We lost another wonderful friend last Sunday morning. This feller retired from the telephone company. He along with his wife belonged to the Monroe Grange. They belonged to the Spring Grove United Methodist Church out of Nicholsville and was very active. Jim was a good friend to lots of people and was always willing to help anybody. He will be greatly missed. God Bless you Barb and family. The last Friday in February is the Farmers Institute in Buford, so mark your calendar. It will be held at the old school. This is one of two in the state and this one is more than 100 years old. The Campbell’s Barn restaurant on Ohio Pike, east of Amelia, is doing things for the organizations of the community. Mark your calendar for Feb. 17, they will have a special benefit for the Bethel Lions Club. This will take place from 4


p.m. till 8 p.m. You order from the menu and tell them you are there to benefit the Bethel Lions Club and the club will get a share of the proceeds. These folks are very interested in helping organizations and they serve some fine food. We particularly like the chicken tenders. The Public Employees Retirement Inc. Clermont Chapter was meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Batavia Station Restaurant. It is important to keep up on the changes in the retirement system. The speaker for this meeting was Rachel from the Clermont Senior Services who spoke on home care. This is something everybody needs to know about. The Wilferts Farms are starting something new this year. They are offering homegrown vegetables, fruit, famous corn and tomatoes, jellies etc. This is a new program they are starting. It is a membership program to get fresh vegetables and fruits. By joining you will receive the produce, from June 1 till November each week by paying in advance. You end up getting two weeks free. This is cheaper compared to stopping at the market each week and they will be delivered to an easy access for you. To find out more, go to their Web site; or call them at 797-8018. They have been friends of ours for several years and this program has been in several states. Start your week by going to the Church 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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Beverly Mahaffey and her grandson Chase sit with Linda and Bill Smith in the Mahaffey’s Goshen Township home. The Smiths help the Mahaffeys with everything from hanging Christmas lights to grocery shopping.

Goshen couple helps neighbor

Beverly Mahaffey wasn’t sure if Christmas would be bright for her 6-year-old grandson this year. Unable to do yard work because of a back disability, Mahaffey worried her home on Angela Drive wouldn’t be decorated with Christmas lights in time for Santa’s arrival. Then her neighbors, Bill and Linda Smith, came to the rescue. “I didn’t think I was going to get the lights this year and then they just called me and said ‘We’re going to come over, get the lights out of the shed ... and we’ll put them up’,” said Mahaffey, who cares for her autistic grandson, Chase. “They put them up and even took them down for us. It’s unbelievable.” Aside from helping spread Christmas cheer, the Smiths help Mahaffey with everything from raking leaves to taking her to doctor appointments. “It humbles me because they just go ahead and do

things without me having to ask them to,” Mahaffey said. “Bill has some problems with his health, but he gets up on my roof and cleans my gutters for me. It just makes me feel like Chase and I are special to them and they are special to us. You couldn’t ask for better neighbors than Bill and Linda.” Linda Smith said the work she and her husband do for Mahaffey is simply what neighbors do for each other. “It just makes living next to each other a better experience,” she said. “It’s easier to get things done when you work together and it adds to the sense of community.” The Smiths even go as far as to pick up treats for Chase at the grocery store. “Linda knows that Chase loves strawberries and will make a trip on Sundays to Meijer and pick up a container for Chase,” Mahaffey said. “Everyone would be so lucky to have neighbors like Linda and Bill. They truly are a blessing to Chase and me.”


American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter is hosting Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 28, at Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 4920 Klatte Road, Union Township. A collection box is set up at the temple to receive cash and checks to aid relief efforts. Monetary donations collected will be presented to the American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. Proceeds benefits Haiti earthquake victims. Call 528-3714 or visit

On stage

Performing Live on the Town is presenting “Til Death Do Us Part” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. It is a murder mystery. The event includes dinner buffet with dessert. The cost is $20. Reservations are required. Call 943-1888.

Decorate cupcakes

Clermont County Public Library is hosting Cupcake Decorating for Families at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. It is a hands-on class on how to use cake decorating icing bags with tips to create designs. Children must be accompanied by parent/





Proud learns about Middle East on trip


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guardian. It is family friendly. Registration is required. Call 553-0570.

Chat about books

Clermont County Public Library is hosting Book Chat at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount CarmelTobasco Road. It is a book discussion group for adults and is free. This month’s title is “Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Call 528-1744.

Tour the arts

Destination Artists is hosting “Destination Artists” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in New Richmond, 116 Susanna Way. It is a weekend of art and shopping. Self-guided tour of art studios, galleries, restaurants and shops. Includes art work displayed at Lost Steeple Original’s Art in the Church, Front Street Cafe, Front Street Gallery, Abacus Business Services, Passage Books, Trendy Turnarounds and Ye Olde Bag Shoppe. It continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Visit or call 876-0081.

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By Kellie Geist

Those who know Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud have a certain image in mind – someone who takes military personnel out to lunch, is an active Christian and likes birds. What they probably don’t know is that Proud also enjoys a good whirling dervish and a little dune bashing and is a master at bargaining in oldest market in Egypt. Funny thing is, Proud didn’t know those things either until recently. Proud returned Jan. 7 from a threeweek trip to Qatar and Egypt. His traveling partner? Former Clermont County Clerk of Courts David Caudill. Caudill, who grew up with Proud at the First Baptist Church of Amelia and now, is a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. “It was wonderful having Bob visit us in the Middle East, not just because he has been my friend since childhood, but also because it gave him the opportunity to see the daily lives of the Arab people that we have lived among since 2008,” Caudill said via Facebook. He showed Proud around the area, which included taking him to the National Day Parade and a Bedouin gathering of the al-Marri tribe, the largest tribe in the Arabian Peninsula. “The Bedouin gathering was one of the highlights of the trip, not a lot of Westerners get to see that,” Proud said. While at the gathering, the people formed a circle around Proud and joined hands, inviting him into the circle of trust. “It was such an honor that they included me in their circle of trust. That’s just the way they were, very friendly,” Proud said. Also while in Qatar, Proud visited the natural gas fields, checked out the Qatar tennis open and went dune bashing, a kind of an extreme sport where guides drive Toyota Land Cruisers with slightly deflated tires over the desert dunes. “They just take you flying over the dunes, which aren’t always small either. We’d go straight up these dunes at 110 kilometers per hour and I loved


Commissioner Bob Proud meet Saeed Al Marri, a member of the Central Municipal Council for the district of Al Wakhra and Mesaieed, during a Bedouin gathering in Doha, Qatar. it,” Proud said. “I hate roller coasters, so I was apprehensive about it. But it was absolutely awesome.” In both Qatar and Egypt, Proud visited the local bazaar and became very good at bartering. Actually, Proud bought so much stuff he had to pack his souvenirs in his luggage and have the Caudills ship his clothes home. “I just loved the marketplace, it was so full of culture and you could get really good bargains. I liked the challenge of the bartering,” Proud said. “If you pay full price for anything, it’s your fault.” Also while in Egypt, Proud took a dinner cruise down the Nile River where we saw a whirling dervish, a type of spinning, ritual dance, and a belly dancer. But above all, Proud’s favorite part of the trip was riding a camel at the Great Pyramids of Giza. “When I think about how I got to ride a camel at the pyramids, I almost have to pinch myself. I don’t know how I’ll top that,” Proud said. “I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, but I never dreamt that I would actually go. I’m so glad I did. I came back with such a different perception of the culture and the people,” he added. Proud got the travel bug after visiting the Caudills at David’s previous station in Santiago, Chile. Proud said he hopes to soon visit the British Isles and China.

However, he won’t be visiting Caudill at his next station. Caudill has volunteered to serve at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, for one year starting in July. “He really wanted to go the embassy in Baghdad. That’s where the action is and that’s where he wanted to be ... He’ll really be in his element,” Proud said. Caudill said he will be working with a Provincial Reconstruction Team while in Iraq. The team, which consists of members of the military as well as civilians, will be working with local leaders on government issues. “I volunteered for Iraq because I gained a lot of experience in local governance as Clermont County Clerk of Courts and I felt strongly that I owed it to my country to put that experience to good use on behalf of our mission in Iraq,” Caudill said. While visiting Iraq may not be on his to-do list, Proud said he never worried about his safety while in the Middle East. “We have the perception that everyone from the Middle East hates us and that’s just not true. There are splinter groups, but for the most part, the people love Americans,” Proud said. “I never felt apprehensive or threatened.” “But being home really makes you appreciate the freedoms and comforts we have here. It makes you proud to be an American,” Proud said.

Firm focuses on part-time workers By John Seney

Looking for a job but don’t want to work a 40hour week? A placement service operating in Clermont County – 10 til 2 – finds jobs for professional workers who just want to work part-time. Gina Kopera, co-owner of the Cincinnati franchise, said each employee they place usually has a college degree. The typical job seeker falls into three categories: Baby Boomers who took early retirement and don’t want to work a 40-hour week any more; graduate students who are looking for experience in their career field; and stay-at-home parents who want to supplement their incomes. The typical employer is a company that needs help but, because of the uncertain economy, does not want to hire a full-time employee. Kopera said 10 til 2 helps “match the right employee

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Business: 10 til 2 Web: E-mail: cincystaffing@ Offices and telephone numbers: Amelia (910-9649); Mason (403-1305) Co-owners: Gina Kopera and Beth Cooper Employees: 35 at both offices with the right client.” The type of jobs range from bookkeeper to purchasing expert to administrative assistant. In spite of the 10 til 2 name, the hours can vary with the jobs. “It was a catchy name,” Kopera said. The company started in Denver in 2002 and has since spread to 21 other locations. The Cincinnati franchise, based in Mason, is a little more than a year old. Kopera said the franchise continues to grow. In October, 10 til 2 opened an office in Amelia operated by Tracy


Tracy O'Connor, business development manager for 10 til 2, works out of her home office in Amelia. O’Connor, a business development manager for 10 til 2. “Tracy has been a great addition in that part of town,” Kopera said. O’Connor, who operates the Amelia operation out of her home office, fits the profile of many of the service’s prospective employees. She previously worked in marketing full-time, but quit to stay at home with her daughter. When she was ready to go back to work, the 10 til 2 position fit in with her schedule.

“I can relate to the moms who just want to work parttime,” she said. She has been busy in the last several months visiting potential clients in Clermont County and Anderson Township. “There has been a lot of interest,” O’Connor said. “There is nobody else like us that can offer the parttime aspect with professionals.” Kopera said it costs nothing for potential job seekers to apply at 10 til 2. The easiest way is to go to the Web site at Once an employee is hired, he either goes directly to work for the client, with a finder’s fee paid by the client to 10 til 2, or the worker becomes an employee of 10 til 2, with 10 til 2 handling payroll and human resources duties. The client also can buy out the 10 til 2 employee after six months. “Our goal is to place the right person with the company for a long time,” Kopera said.


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January 28, 2010

Lee Cornett shares catch with township association members By Kellie Geist

If you go to the January Clermont County Township Association meeting in Batavia Township, something might seem a little fishy. Don’t worry though, it’s just the Alaskan salmon they’re serving for dinner. But this salmon is not something they’ve picked up at the grocery, this is fresh from the ocean Alaskan salmon caught by Batavia Township Trustee Lee Cornett. Every year Lee Cornett and his wife Shannon visit their summer home in Alaska, where Lee does a lot of fishing. So much fishing, in fact, that he brings home between 300 and 400 pounds of salmon. “When most people retire and buy a summer home, they buy it somewhere warm, so I guess we’re the opposite. But we really like Alaska and I love to fish,” Cornett said. “I always tell my friends and family that they are welcome to visit, but they have to take a cooler of fish home with them on the plane.” As Cornett catches the fish, he processes, vacuum packs and freezes them to bring home. “We end up with 300 or


State Rep. Joe Uecker enjoys some of Lee Cornett's famous Alaskan Salmon at the Clermont County Township Association meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. Also pictured: Batavia Township Trustee Archie Wilson.


The crew at Batavia Township works together to put on the salmon dinner at the first Clermont County Township Association dinner every year. From left: Trustee Lee Cornett, Zoning Administrator Denise Kelley and Administrator Rex Parsons.

Batavia Township Zoning Administrator Denise Kelley uses her catering experience to prepare the salmon. Before Kelley took the full-time job as the zoning administrator, she owned and worked for catering companies.

putting together the salmon dinner. “When I started (as the zoning administrator) fulltime, I didn’t have time to do catering anymore, but it’s fun to do this each year,” Kelley said. “There’s a lot of pressure though. I can’t burn anything and the salmon has to be really

good ... Lee puts so much time and effort into collecting the fish, it has to be good.” Kelley, who has some kitchen help from Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons, said it’s gratifying that the salmon dinner has become something people look forward to.


400 pounds of fish, so I can be generous with it,” Cornett said. So generous, that he shares his catch with the trustees, fiscal officers and associate members of the Clermont County Township Association meeting each January. “It’s become a real tradi-

tion and everyone seems to like it,” Cornett said. Cornett takes a back seat when it comes to preparing the meal – that’s when Batavia Township Zoning Administrator Denise Kelley steps in. Kelley, who used to operate a catering company and who has worked for a number of caterers, enjoys

“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “It’s fun to spend the day putting together the meal and it just feels good to know people enjoy it.” Cornett said it’s equally rewarding to see how many people came to this year’s first Clermont County Township Association meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. “It was great to see how many people were there. We had perfect attendance from Ohio Township and Wayne Township and every township was represented,” Cornett said. “I’m looking forward to working together.” The next Clermont County Township Association meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Pierce Township hall, 950 Locust Corner Road. For more information on the association, visit



Ceramic Painting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annie’s Fine Stationery & Gifts, 204 Main St. Ceramic painting. Wide variety of ceramic pieces to choose from including plates, dishes, platters, keepsake boxes, figurines, ornaments and mugs. Call ahead for group painting parties. $10-$25. 576-9011. Milford.


Morning Mixer, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Workforce One of Clermont County, 756 CincinnatiBatavia Pike. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 943-3000; Union Township.


Italian Dinner, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. The Bridge Cafe, 203 Mill St. Dinner prepared by church volunteers. Includes an Italian main course, salad, dinner rolls, dessert and drinks. Free. Presented by SonRise Community Church. 543-9008. Milford.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid, 9 a.m.-noon, Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 4920 Klatte Road. Collection box is set up at the temple to receive cash and checks to aid relief efforts. Monetary donations collected will be presented to the American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. Benefits Haiti earthquake victims. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 528-3714; Union Township.

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Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-8 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 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Sonny Moorman Group, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. KC’s Pub, 928 Ohio 28. 248-0358. Milford.


Til Death Do Us Part, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Murder mystery. Includes dinner buffet with dessert. $20. Reservations required. Presented by Performing Live on the Town. 943-1888. Eastgate.

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Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid, 9 a.m.noon, Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 528-3714; Union Township. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 3 0


Winter Hike Series, 10 a.m. Chicken wild rice soup served. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Hikes range from 4-5.5 miles. Hot meal follows hike. No pets permitted. $5; free ages 12 and under with adult; vehicle permit required. Registration required online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Til Death Do Us Part, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, $20. Reservations required. 943-1888. Eastgate.


Promont House Museum, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 11 and under. 248-0324. Milford.


Turkey Shoot, 1 p.m. American Legion Post 237, 2215 Memory Lane. Free, additional cost to shoot. 732-0331. Batavia.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 5283714; Union Township.


The Greater Cincinnati area will roar with the sound of the nation’s most competitive monster trucks as they are unleashed in the Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Nunn Drive, Highlands Heights.The Monster Truck Show will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the Pit Party. Tickets range from $27-$19 for adults; $10 for children ages 2-12. Gold Circle tickets are $42-$40. Call 800-745-3000. Visit or

Destination Artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes art work displayed at Lost Steeple Original’s Art in the Church, Front Street Cafe, Front Street Gallery, Abacus Business Services, Passage Books, Trendy Turnarounds and Ye Olde Bag Shoppe. Downtown New Richmond, 116 Susanna Way. A weekend of art and shopping. Self-guided tour of art studios, galleries, restaurants and shops. Presented by Destination Artists. Through Jan. 31., 876-0081. New Richmond.

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Breakfast Buffet, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Country buffet breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash and more. Eggs cooked to order along with coffee, juice and milk. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $7, $3 children 9 and under. 831-9876. Milford.


Winter Travel Series, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “Cranes of Japan” with Allan Beach. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. Ages 18 and up. $5, $1 children, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township.


Promont House Museum, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 11 and under. 248-0324. Milford.


Open House, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. St. Louis School, 250 N. Broadway. Meet staff, tour school, sample student activities. Inclement weather date: Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 732-0636. Owensville.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 5283714; Union Township.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Eastgate Retirement Village, 776 Old Ohio 74. Small dining room. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 921-1922. Eastgate.


Destination Artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes art work displayed at Lost Steeple Original’s Art in the Church, Front Street Cafe, Front Street Gallery, Abacus Business Services, Passage Books, Trendy Turnarounds and Ye Olde Bag Shoppe. Downtown New Richmond,, 8760081. New Richmond.


Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting the Winter Travel Series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. This week features “Cranes of Japan” with Allan Beach. It is open to ages 18 and up. The cost is $5, $1 children, free for members. Call 831-1711 or visit M O N D A Y, F E B . 1

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Book Chat, 6 p.m. “Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Haiti Earthquake Relief Aid, 9 a.m.-noon, Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 5283714; Union Township. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2

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

First Wednesday Book Group, 2 p.m. “Handle With Care” by Jodi Picoult. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7525580. Amelia.

COOKING CLASSES Cupcake Decorating for Families, 6:30 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Hands-on class on how to use caked decorating icing bags with tips to create designs. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.




Beginner Square Dance Lessons, 7:30 p.m. Locust Corner Elementary School, 3431 Locust Corner Road. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. $5; ages 11-17 free with paying adult. Registration required. Presented by Beechmont Square Dance Club. 752-3309. Pierce Township.

Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 1 1/2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 p.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Herpetology Program, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society discusses reptiles and amphibians. $3, $1 children, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township.


Bethel Journal

January 28, 2010

A marital lament: ‘You’re not the person I married’ Eventually, one spouse may lament to the other, “You’re not the person I married.” Actually, they never were. They were always somebody else, a stranger barely known years ago and known only a little better now. Some reasons for our partial knowledge of another person is the depth of their person and the psychological mysteries he or she carries there. Add to that the habits developed over years and our limited understanding and insights, and one can see why our conclusions of knowing another are vast understatements. Besides, when we’re young and the other person is popular, has a beautiful body, or an abundance of money – who cares about knowing them? There are other human tendencies that can obscure our knowing a person, even someone as close as a spouse. One tendency is that of projection. We project onto other persons faults or qualities we expect or think we see in them. (A bride believes she sees in her husband some of her father’s characteristics, and a groom thinks he sees in his bride characteristics of his

mother.) Like a movie projector casts images on a screen some distance away, so we cast (project) Father Lou s u s p e c t e d Guntzelman qualities or Perspectives faults onto other people. Then we claim we know them. Actually, we may have placed in them some of the alleged characteristics we claim we see. Living together on a daily basis ever so gradually wears away these projections. The loss of our projections leaves our partner as she, or he, actually is. Where we wanted agreement, we may be called upon to accept differences; where we imagined we’d find the other half that makes us whole, we must now recognize that there is rather a whole person other than me. And I must learn the difficult task of loving otherness. We can never love our partner’s otherness unless we have a good sense of what it is to be that person. After all, that’s the essence of growing through relationships, isn’t it? Joining my life with someone else’s is not just expect-

ing more of me, but learning to care about, communicate with, and compromise with someone who is other than me. That’s the work of relationships that produce mature people and develop true love. Another tendency that prompts the complaint, “You’re not the person I married,” is the old illusion of the Magical Other. We are haunted in adulthood by the cozy nostalgia of infancy and childhood. So we continue to unconsciously look for a special person (termed the Magical Other) who will treat us with the positive parental care of earlier times. We look for someone who will give us whatever we need or want, who will erase loneliness, make us the center of their life, tend to our pleasure, take away our fears, handle our responsibilities, and keep threatening ghosts out of our room. What a tall order! What an impossible order for another human being! How difficult it is for us to realize that whomever we draw close to is just another human like us. In fact, they are also projecting and looking for their Magical Other – whom, by the way, they think might be you. Partners certainly can ask

each other for love, support, understanding and forgiveness. But he or she is not my rescuer, nor my enemy, but my partner. In one way, it’s a step forward to realize, “You’re not the person I married.” The one we married was originally an impressionistic painting. He or she was painted with tones of infatuation, illusion, desire and a touch of naiveté. Hopefully much of that has washed off. Now it’s time to say, “I don’t see you any longer as my mother or father, or as

my Magical Other to rescue me from the challenges of life, or the one to serve me as I was taken care of as a child. “I still choose you as my partner. Let us continue together as adults to learn more of each other and this wonderful mystery of relational love and life.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Sunday Night Bingo

Chili, chowder to chase the cold away

Steak & Shake chili clone for the crockpot

For Robin Haboush from Montgomery reader John Augustin. “This recipe comes close,” he said. 2 tablespoons oil 11⁄2 pounds ground beef 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 can onion soup 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons cocoa 2 cans kidney beans, drained 6 oz. tomato paste

8 oz. tomato sauce 1 cup cola (your choice) Brown ground beef with salt in oil. Put soup in blender, blend for one minute. Drain beef. Add everything to crock pot. Let simmer on low for six hours or on high for two hours.

Chuck wagon chowder

For Kathy Telscher’s friend who is ill and who wanted a chuck wagon chowder recipe from Central High School in the 1960s. “He sure will appreciate it if it turns out like he remembers,” she said. This one may work. 1

1 ⁄2 pounds ground sirloin or round 1 ⁄2 cup onion, diced very fine 10-16 oz frozen peas, thawed 3 cans, 14.5 oz. each, diced tomatoes, undrained 5-6 cups tomato juice (or V-8) 1 pound wide egg noodles 1 teaspoon dry basil Salt and pepper to taste 2 generous cups shredded cheese (I’m thinking it was either cheddar or American) Cook beef with onion until meat is done. Drain if necessary. Stir in peas, tomatoes and 5 cups juice. Stir in noodles and seasonings. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, and stir several times. Turn heat to simmer and cook about 15 minutes longer until noodles are done. If mixture starts looking dry, add a cup of tomato juice. Sprinkle cheese on top and the heat from the chowder will melt the cheese.

Sophisticated grilled cheese

Not your ordinary sandwich. We love these.

Mix together:

1 cup each: shredded Swiss and cheddar 1 ⁄3 cup mayonaise 1 tablespoon each: yellow mustard and chopped green or red onion Spread on bread and grill in butter. Makes four sandwiches.

Can you help?

• Whiskey’s Restaurant’s (Lawrenceburg) peanut coleslaw and hearty no-bean Texas chili. For Claree “Cookie” Ballew. • Jeff Ruby’s macadamia ice cream pie with ganache topping. For Sally Garretson. “I wonder if it’s gone since I didn’t find that ice cream on Graeter’s list.” • Barleycorn’s bleu cheese dressing. For Amber Moore, Cold Spring. “I can’t seem to find a recipe that even comes close. It is thick and has pieces of red onion in it.” • Crockpot beef vegetable pearl barley soup with ground beef and mock turtle soup. For Lucine Erb, a Hilltop reader, who can’t find recipes for these favorites. “After 66 years of marriage and cooking for my husband and four children, I am learning to prepare meals in an entirely different way, due to the acquisition of a crockpot,” she said. • Grilled pork loin. For Tom Ohmer • Withrow’s cafeteria dinner rolls.

Coming soon

• Roasted herb potatoes • Maribelle’s Restaurant spicy chicken soup


To Pat Sayre, who sent me clippings of older recipes from newspapers, etc. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at


We ate the perfect breakfast today: homemade goetta and fresh eggs from “the girls” – my chickens. After years of making goetta and trying to replicate my G e r m a n m o t h e r- i n law’s recipe, which was so simple (pork s h o u l d e r, Rita onions, celHeikenfeld ery, bay leaf, pinhead oats, Rita’s salt and pepit kitchen per) dawned on me that the reason hers was so good was that they slaughtered their own pigs for the goetta, and I am sure that pork shoulder had a nice layer of fat. Well, I found fresh pork shoulder with WOW, a nice layer of fat and used it for goetta (I also added hot sausage and some seasonings). Now I know what you’re thinking: fat is bad, but it wasn’t that much and boy, did it add flavor. The consensus from my family is it’s the best I’ve ever made. My son, Shane, was scooping it out of the pot and putting it directly on bread. Look for a column soon just on goetta. It’s that popular. And if you have a goetta recipe to share, please do.


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125 STORAGE 1958 OHIO PIKE AMELIA, OH 45102 513-797-8515 1 . ASHLEY ADAMS F187 11051 STEPHENS ROAD NORTH BEND, OHIO 45052 2 . B A R B A R A BAILEY-CHAMBERS F192 & F195 198 MONT VERNON STREET MILFORD, OH 03055 3. MIKE BINNING A 8 & N480/488 & Q634 / 5 9 4 4354 SPRINGMEADOW DRIVE BATAVIA, OHIO 45103 4. JULIA FLETCHER H291 126 CIRCUS STREET BETHEL, OHIO 45106 5. WILLIAM FLETCHER R643 126 CIRCUS STREET BETHEL, OHIO 45106 6. JEFF FULTZ E153 329 SOUTH STREET #5 BETHEL, OHIO 45106 7. SHEIA HARP B14 2901 SALTAIR ROAD BETHEL, OHIO 45106 8. MELVIN JONES O 5 3 0 / 5 1 8 83 ALJOR COURT #7 CINCINNATI, OHIO 45215 9. DOUG LAMONS G252 102 W. MAIN STREET #2 WILLIAMSBURG, OHIO 45176 10. AMANDA OOTEN R672 822 SR 756 FELICITY, OHIO 45120 11. BRADLEY SCHRAG F 1 8 1 / 2 0 0 PO BOX 656 2300 SR 125 AMELIA, OHIO 45102 12. JAMES SIPPLE R557 1751 E. OHIO PIKE # 126 AMELIA, OHIO 45102 13. RICK THOMPSON S720 2141 SR 125 E AMELIA, OHIO 45102 14. JEFF TIPPITT S709 43 HUNTINGTON AVENUE AMELIA, OHIO 45102 15. WALTER VALENTINE R656 555 WOODED RUN LANE FELICITY, OHIO 45120 16. CHRISTOPHER WILSON J3 8 6 151 S W E E T B R I A R DRIVE BATAVIA, OHIO 45103 2983 LEGAL NOTICE The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be accepting sealed bids for an Internet Protocal (IP) Based Telephony Equipment for Clermont County, Ohio. All bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: Bid(IP) Based Telephony Equipment. All bids must be received in the office of the Superintendent Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103, no later than 2:00 P.M. local time on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at which time all bids shall be opened. Instructions to vendors, specifications, and bid form outlining the terms and conditions may be obtained by interested interested parties from David Sininger Director of Business Operations at the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Phone: (513) 732-7000. FAX: (513) 732-7006. Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday thru Friday. This notice is also posted on the contracting authority’s internet site at the following internet address: In order to view the legal notice please click on the link "Legal Notices" located on the Clermont County Home Page. 1001534073 If you’re looking for buyers, you’re in the right neighborhood. Call Community Classified



Bethel Journal


January 28, 2010

Clermont County to host youth summit about suicide prevention

RELIGION Community Church of Nazarene

The church will host Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Ohio 2099 Batavia. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. The church is at 4650 Ohio 132, Batavia; 575-9155.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25 to 34 year olds, and the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. In 2009, six youth completed suicide in Clermont County. Suicide is a public health issue that is often difficult to talk about. However, with awareness and education of the signs of suicide, the community can decrease the suicide rate. The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition,

Mental Health America of Southwest Ohio, and the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board will host a youth summit about local suicide prevention efforts from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at UC Clermont in Batavia. “All 10 of the county’s high schools will have young people attending the summit to discuss with mental health professionals how they perceive suicide prevention efforts in the county,” said Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition Coordinator Vir-

ginia Dennis. “We hope the summit will provide us with valuable information on why some youth perceive suicide as an answer to their problems, and what strategies local youth believe would decrease the rate of suicides.” The CDC reports that among young adults, age 15 to 24 years old, there are about 100 to 200 attempts for every completed suicide. Data collected from the summit will be presented at a town hall meeting in April. Sponsors of the youth

summit include UC Clermont College, Amelia Wal-Mart, United Dairy Farmers, Mayfield Dairy, Amelia Pizza Hut, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, ESP Printing, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Panera Bread and Kroger. For more information about the youth summit on suicide prevention, Give Us the Scoop, contact Virginia Dennis at 513-721-2910, or Associate Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board Lee Ann Watson, at 513732-5400.






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

Trinity United Methodist

Real Life Assembly of God 2300 Old SR. 32, Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-4228 Sundays Adult Service 10:30am Super Church 10:30am Royal Rangers 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study, Youth Group & Kids Club 7:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Joe’s Place Teen Center 1:00-4:00pm Real People, Real Issues, Real Life

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

St. Bernadette Church 1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM


CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH Bible Based Teaching Christ-Centered Worship Family Style Fellowship Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm 2249 Old State Road 32, Batavia

Ask us for information about Angel Food Ministries

844 State Rt. 131

Place orders by February 14 Pick up Feb 20, 10 am-noon

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


513 831 0196

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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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


212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565 Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Worship 10:45am Sunday Eve. Childrens Mission 6:00pm Sunday Eve. Adult Discipleship 6:00pm Sunday Eve. Worship 7:00pm Wed. Eve. Adult Bible Study 7:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

FRIENDSHIP Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM 1300 White Oak Road Amelia, Ohio 513-752-5265

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

UNITED METHODIST We’re trying a New Blend


Faith United Methodist Church 180 North Fifth Street, Batavia, Ohio David W. Phaneuf - Minister 732-2027 Sunday School 9:15am; Worship 10:30am Nursery Provided United Methodist Youth, Men & Women Organizations Handicap Accessibility


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

“Room for the Whole Family” 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 Owensville United Methodist Church

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

A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Amelia United Methodist Church

Pastor Mike Smith


Located at 19 East Main Street (St. Rt. 125 & Church St.) Amelia, Ohio


HOUSE OF RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER 1487 SR 131, Milford, OH 575-2011 Rev. Jeff Wolf

Schedule of Services: Sunday School 9:00-9:45am; Sunday Morrning Celebration 10:00am - Nursery provided; Childrens Ministry 10:00; Sunday Evening Operation Great Commission 6:00pm; Wed - Bible Study 7:00pm; Wed. - Youth Group 7:00pm.

Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

Children’s & Junior Church During Service Infant / Toddler Nursery Available

AUMY! Youth Group grades 6 to 12

Sunday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come Join Us…. Marc Quinter, Pastor

The men of St. Joseph will be spon-

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

True Church of God

A concert will be 7 p.m. the third Friday of each month, featuring new bands and artists. Free food and music. Call Angel at 513-8760527 or 734-7671. The church is at 513 Market St., New Richmond.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Jeffrey Burton, 45, 2906 Ohio 133, Bethel, auto technician, and Donna Newberry, 45, 2906 Ohio 133, Bethel, server.

“Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262


Douglas Hathorn, 34, 2608 Bethel Maple, Bethel, construction, and Brandy Fink, 28, 2608 Bethel Maple, Bethel, insurance agent/jeweler.

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


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

United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley Youth Director- JD Young

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song

Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 Meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125

Sunday Worship. 10:00am

THE SALVATION ARMY Worship & Service Center 87 N. Market Street Batavia, OH 45103



Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:


513-732-6241 - Sunday School 10:00am- Worship 11:00am Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers

Looking for a Church That Loves Kids? Looking for Acceptance & Mercy?

vineyard eastgate community church Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate)

Sunday Services 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM



LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH




Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

“To Become and Make Disciples Of Christ”

Sunday School Class 9:30 a.m.

St. Mary Church

Come visit us at the

Sundayy Worshipp Service......8:30am,, 10:30am Sunday d School.......................9:30am Sh l 93 w/nursery & children’s church


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

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



The church hosts Sunday School at 9 a.m. and Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is at Locust Corner and Wagner roads, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

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

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EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am

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soring a Fish Fry at St. Mary Church. The hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It begins Friday, Feb. 19, and runs through Friday, March 26. Menu items include fish (baked or fried), shrimp, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, French fries, refreshments, homemade pies and cakes, and other desserts. The church is at 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel; 734-4041.


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Sunday School........................................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship........................10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study......................7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150

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Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Rev. Kathleen B. Haines Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

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

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Thomas S. Howard, 29, 2290 Ohio 222, driving under influence, trafficking in drugs, Dec. 21. Jerry L. Storer, 37, 2056 New Harmony Shilo Road, violation of protection order, Jan. 4. Jamie L. Davis, 26, 119 W. Plane St., domestic violence, Dec. 24. Donovan Roush, 22, 2334 W. Clifton, driving under influence, Dec. 25. Michael S. Ward, 20, 3307 Ohio 774, theft, forgery, possessing criminal tools, criminal trespass, Dec. 30. Randall Wagers, 32, 313 Elm St., theft, forgery, possessing criminal tools, Dec. 30. Elizabeth J. Blair, 25, 3356 Patterson Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated falsification, Dec. 30.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Attempt made to enter trailer at 529 S. Charity St., Dec. 30. Medication, etc. taken at 264 N. Charity St., Dec. 31.

Criminal mischief

Windshield shot with pellet gun at 104 Bethel Park, Dec. 24.

Disorderly conduct

Female reported offense at 258 E. Plane St., Dec. 28.

Domestic violence

At W. Plane St., Dec. 23.


Fraudulent check passed at IGA; $456 at 545 W. Plane St., Dec. 29.


Pistol taken at 401 N. Charity St., Dec. 22. License plate taken off vehicle at 311 S. Main St., Dec. 25.


Jesse Rogers, 19, 2714 Ohio Pike, Bethel, burglary at 3172 Sugartree

Road, Bethel, Jan. 5. Jesse Rogers, 19, 2714 Ohio Pike, Bethel, burglary at 2649 Sprague Road, Bethel, Jan. 5. Jesse Rogers, 19, 2714 Ohio Pike, Bethel, burglary at 2785 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Jan. 5. Jesse Rogers, 19, 2714 Ohio Pike, Bethel, burglary at 2284 Swings Corner Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel, Jan. 5. Jesse Rogers, 19, 2714 Ohio Pike, Bethel, burglary at 3021 Schaller Road, Bethel, Jan. 5. Eliza Oaks, 29, 468 Sunnybrook Road, Heidrick, Ky forgery, theft at 2272 Bethel Hygene, Bethel, Jan. 5. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Bethel, Jan. 4. Juvenile, 16, receiving stolen property, Bethel, Jan. 4. Juvenile, 16, resisting arrest, Bethel, Jan. 4. Christopher Estep, 36, 2209 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, domestic violence at 2209 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, Jan. 6. Michael Ramsey, 45, 265 Mulberry, Felicity, domestic violence at 265 Mulberry St., Felicity, Jan. 5. Kathleen Winkle, 58, 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, theft at 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 7. JLucinda L Haitz, 45, 3346 Patterson Road, Bethel, misuse of credit card at 3346 Patterson Road, Bethel, Jan. 13. Ethan Bryan, 24, 3192 Kinnett Road, Bethel, domestic violence at 3192 Kinnett Road, Bethel, Jan. 9.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

At 2284 Swings Corner Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel, Dec. 9. At 2649 Sprague Road, Bethel, Oct. 27. At 2785 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Dec. 7. At 3021 Schaller Road, Bethel, Dec. 9. At 3172 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Sept. 24.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 119 Shady Lane, Bethel, Jan. 10. At Ohio 133 at Bethel Hygiene, Bethel, Jan. 8.


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George Adams

Domestic violence

At Mulberry St., Felicity, Jan. 5. At Kinnett Road, Bethel, Jan. 9. At Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, Jan. 6. At Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 4.


At 2272 Bethel Hygiene, Bethel, Dec. 30.

Misuse of credit card

At 3346 Patterson Road, Bethel, Jan. 9.

Receiving stolen property

At 2545 Sprague Road, Bethel, Jan. 4. At 2649 Sprague Road, Bethel, Oct. 27.

Resisting arrest

At 2545 Sprague Road, Bethel, Jan. 4.


At 101 Walter Road, Felicity, Jan. 4. At 2272 Bethel Hygiene, Bethel, Dec. 30. At 2532 Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 290 Bear Creek Road, Felicity, Jan. 10. At 3020 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Jan. 5. At 3346 Patterson Road, Bethel, Jan. 9. At 848 Ohio 133, Felicity, Jan. 8.



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Oak Corner Road, Gregory Properties Inc. to Roland & Margo Franke, $150,000.

James Daley Jr.

James Daley Jr. of Bethel died Jan. 17. Survived by wife of 56 years, Barbara (nee Frazee); children, Michael (Peg), Kathie (Sam) Hays and Krista Blakely (Jeff Miller); grandchildren, Mackenzie (Brad), Shannon (Max) and Erin Daley, Eric and Kaley Hays, Adam and Emily (Jeff) Blakely; brother, Raymond (Regina); and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Erma

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(nee Sargent) and James Daley Sr. Services were Jan. 23 at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-2806; or the Spring Grove United Methodist Church, 2156 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, OH 45157.

Les Patterson Jr.

Les Patterson Jr., 51, of Bethel died Jan. 18. Survived by wife, Kim A. (nee Zehnder) Patterson; step-children, Savannah and Samantha Cox; mother, Patricia (Loyal) Sue Shuman; Patterson siblings, Jimmy Patterson, Toni Kessinger, Tracy Schaeper, Belinda

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William Rodenberg

William “Bill” Rodenberg, 86, of Felicity died Jan. 19. Survived by wife, Betty Norris Rodenberg; son, Chuck (Kathy) Rodenberg; grandchildren, Jason (Melissa) Rodenberg and Jill Rodenberg; seven great-grandchildren; one brother and one sister. Preceded in death by two sisters. Services were Jan. 23 at the Felicity Christian Church. Memorials to: Felicity Christian Church, P.O. Box 102, Felicity, OH 45120.

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(Donny) N. Hoff, Curtis (Kim) Shuman; also survived by nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Leslie Patterson Sr.; and brother, Michael Patterson. Services were Jan. 21 at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Hospice of Cincinnati - East, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230-4348.

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George Adams, 54, of Bethel died Dec. 23. Survived by daughters, Thea and Brandy; brothers, Dickie Adams, Buck Adams and Dean Adams; sisters, Bonnie Hodge, Linda Byrd, Romona Glosser and Lisa Page; and grandchildren, Gage, Journey, Trevor and Tarren. No services.

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Matthew Kruse, Felicity, pole barn, 3551 Franklin Road, Franklin Township, $4,000. Kenneth Chambers, Moscow, shed, 118 Water St., Moscow Village, $1,495.

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



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Bethel Journal

January 28, 2010


Bethel Journal


January 28, 2010

Rally focuses on Census

Resolution: Volunteer to help out seniors Got your New Year’s resolutions done? I bet your list includes things like lose weight, eat healthy, exercise – things that are good for you. Your list may include things like travel and entertainment – things that add happiness to life. Often our goals are focused on improving the quality and satisfaction of our own lives. Maybe that’s why they aren’t always fulfilling. Many people are seeking a more fulfilling life. Volunteering helps fill that void. Volunteers receive an inner satisfaction in helping other people that cannot be derived from their jobs. A man that delivers Meals-on-Wheels for us commented, “Life is not about money. It’s about how you feel about yourself.” Well said. Direct service volunteers (those who serve one-onone with seniors) are a special breed. They often work alone and do not benefit from the camaraderie of working with staff or other volunteers. But they have something

teers see a Linda number of Eppler people each time they Community deliver, and Press guest they provide columnist a valuable safety check as well as deliver a meal. We have meal routes available all over the county. I am sure there is one near your home. We reimburse mileage, too, for shoppers and meal volunteers. I believe in the law of reciprocity. You cannot give something to others without getting something in return. Many volunteers tell us they feel like they get so much more than they give. Volunteerism is not about duty or obligation. It’s about being happy, and about making the world a better place because you were here. It’s a choice. If you are someone who likes to look into the face of the person you are helping, please call Sharon Brumagem, volunteer coordinator at 536-4060. Linda Eppler is director of communications for Clermont Senior Services.

much better. They meet the people they serve in person, hear their thank-yous and see the smiles on their faces. Our volunteers experience first hand the feeling that only comes from helping others. They serve seniors faceto-face through our MealsOn-Wheels and shopping programs. The shopping program is great because even people who work full time can participate. It’s easy to combine grocery shopping for someone else with your own shopping trip. I love talking with volunteers and hearing about their experiences. One woman said, “I volunteered to shop, but ended up making a friend.” Another said, “I consider the people I help to be my adopted grandparents.” Meals-on-Wheels volunteers usually deliver one day per week or sometimes more. Occasionally, volunteers form a team and each person may only deliver once a month. Meals-on-Wheels volun-


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Pep bands, cheerleaders, dance teams and county leaders helped visitors to Eastgate Mall understand the importance of the 2010 Census at Eastgate Mall Jan. 16. The interactive 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour was at the mall, where staff members explained the Census. There also was an opportunity to apply for Census jobs and take the employment test. Clermont County Commission President Ed Humphrey, Ohio Treasurer of State Kevin Boyce, State Reps. Joe Uecker (R-66) and Danny Bubp (R-88), Clermont Northeastern Superintendent Neil Leist and Milford Superintendent Bob Farrell made brief comments on how data from the 2010 Census impacts federal funding distributed to state and local governments.

UC Clermont College will host the Proudly Cincinnati Chamber Tailgate as a collaborative event with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce at the women’s and men’s double header basketball games Tuesday Feb. 2. The UC Clermont Cougars will take on Ohio Christian at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s game. A Proudly Cincinnati half-time event will take place at 7 p.m. before the men’s competition begins. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to the Cler-



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like new roads and schools, and services like job training centers. The Glen Este cheerleaders, the Amelia Rhythm and Blue pep band, CNE cheerleaders and pep band, the Milford High School dance team, and Clermont’s Monday Morning Line Dancers performed.

UC Clermont to host tailgate party for chamber

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Cynthia King, Southern Ohio partnership specialist with the Census, and Clermont Commissioner Ed Humphrey explain the importance of the census to those gathered at the Eastgate Mall Rally Jan. 16.

There is a joke among friends here, “It’s a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. ”When Charles and Allison Hahn Sobieck purchased the property at 502 North Main Street (in Somerset, Kentucky), there was a lot of work to be done, to say the least. With the vision of a B & B and a home in ruins, there were little choices. The dilapidated structure was removed, then reconstructed as it had been in the 1850’s. It’s a brand new home. A bit of an unusual concept for a bed and breakfast. “We reconstructed the home from scratch. This gave us the benefit of designing every amenity possible along the way, ”said Allison Sobieck, owner. Every room is equipped with many amenities you don’t often find in a traditional bed and breakfast, but rather a fine hotel. Every room has a full sized closet with a pair of micro-fiber robes hanging in them, 400- count Egyptian cotton sheets, cable TV with DVD players, queen sized beds, and a host of other things. For instance, 2 rooms have gas fireplaces and 3 rooms have whirlpool tubs. We even offer many add on amenities such as massage, dinner, flowers, etc…

The rooms are only half of the reason to come to The Doolin House. Owners Charles and Allison just happen to both be chefs. Some of the breakfast specialties include Caramel Banana French Toast and Southern Eggs Benedict (2 fried green tomatoes topped with 2 slices of smoked bacon, 2 eggs over easy and Hollandaise). Chuck is usually in charge of breakfast and tries to do new and different things every day. Chef Chuck pointed out, “It’s fun to experiment with breakfast. It’s the one meal that encompasses all foods. It’s perfectly acceptable to see smoked salmon or a pork cutlet at the breakfast table. ”For those in no rush to rise and shine, breakfast in bed is served at no additional charge. When you need a weekend get away that’s not too far from home or you are planning your summer vacation to beautiful Lake Cumberland, remember that The Doolin House Bed and Breakfast is only a phone call away.

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Archie Wilson, a Batavia To wnship trustee and businessman, has secured the endorsement from the Clermont County GOP in his race for Clermon...


Archie Wilson, a Batavia To wnship trustee and businessman, has secured the endorsement from the Clermont County GOP in his race for Clermon...