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Bethel mayor dubs 2014 ‘year of infrastructure’ By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Infrastructure improvements are coming in Bethel. That’s the promise village Mayor Alan Ausman made to residents during his state of the village address at a recent council meeting. “In January 2013 I prefaced my state of the village address as a ‘year of change.’ While we didn’t Ausman really see that start until right at the end of 2013; nevertheless, it has begun,” Ausman said. “This year I would entitle my state of the village as ‘our year of infrastructure repair.’” In December, the village began the first phase of its Plane Street improvements. “New stormwater sewer drains are in place. Soon, new sidewalks and curbs will take shape as well as new street lighting,” Ausman said. “This will be a multiyear project consisting of six phases and in the end will dramatically change the look of our downtown area. I think I can speak for all on council when I say I look forward to seeing this first phase

completed to give us a glimpse of how this will change the look of our village for years to come.” Last year officials used tax money from grants to replace the South Charity Street Bridge, what Ausman called a beautiful addition to the village. “Our next bridge slated for replacement is the Spring Street Bridge,” Ausman said. “Administrator (Travis) Dotson has secured funding through the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program. This project is to start in 2014 as well. I hope it is as aesthetically appealing as the Charity Bridge turned out.” A fiscal emergency in the village was declared on Aug. 24, 2010, after a fiscal analysis revealed deficit fund balances of $401,178 and $340,766 as of Dec. 31, 2009, and May 31, 2010, respectively. A seven-member commission was appointed by the state to help the village regain financial stability. In October, the village was released from fiscal emergency status. “I believe that to be a defining moment in the history of our village in that we recognized our mistakes, corrected, recovered and now vow to never return to fiscal mismanagement again,” the mayor said.

This is the Spring Street Bridge, which is scheduled to be replaced this year. The bridge replacement is part of what Bethel Mayor Alan Ausman dubbed the “year of infrastructure repair” in the village. Ausman also wants to build a new water tower and replace several water mains. THANKS TO TRAVIS DOTSON

But some residents have questioned council’s recent decisions to increase utility rates and grant employees raises. Melvin Dean, former chief of the Bethel-Tate Joint Ambulance District and former president of the village’s board of public affairs, is one of them. “If they didn’t go ahead and give the raises they wouldn’t have to raise the (utility) rates. Otherwise, why did we have to do it? That’s how they are paying for those raises,” Dean said. “This community cannot afford what they are doing. They’re taking care of them-

selves, but not the village.” The mayor counted the village’s progress in building financial reserves as one of last year’s successes. “We are setting aside money in our long-term improvement funds, which is something that was sadly overlooked for years, and we are on sound fiscal footing,” Ausman said. Nevertheless, Ausman discussed grants and other creative methods of funding for the ‘year of infrastructure.’ The mayor wants to replace the south water tower with a new one next to the baseball fields on

Fossyl Drive. “The new tower will give us the ability to increase our storage capacity and replace the crumbling south tower that has stood over Bethel since the 1930s,” Ausman said. “The funds for this will come from a low-interest loan through the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that will help us meet our needs now, while spreading the payment for the improvement over 20 years. This project will change the look of Bethel and the infrastructure at the same time.”

Trustees reluctant to step into zoning fray

Zoning inspector checking with legal counsel By Keith BieryGolick

TATE TWP. — There is no bigger issue in Tate Township than the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle, which has led to the removal of more than 32,000 trees in Clermont County since 2011. Trustee Howard Daugherty called the beetle a “very, very touchy subject.” “It’s like holding a hot iron,” he said. Those feelings manifested themselves following the Tate Township Board of Zoning Appeals’ controversial decision about Bzak Landscaping, a company that grinds up infested trees so their mulch can be used again. Daugherty said there has been no talk of redoing the public hearing some residents say they weren’t properly notified about. Other than that, trust-

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ees aren’t taking a definitive stance on the issue. Zoning Inspector George Eckert said he is checking with the township’s legal representation on the matter. At that hearing in December, Board of Zoning Appeals members unanimously overturned a violation submitted by Eckert regarding excess noise and dust coming from a yard used to grind up trees infested by the Asian longhorned beetle. Richard Carmasino, owner of the property on 2896 state Route 232, and Bzak Landscaping, the company using the yard, were cited for violating the “permitted uses” section of the township’s Zoning Resolution. The resolution states, “Any industrial or manufacturing activity which can be shown not to emit noise, smoke, dust, vibration, heat, bright light, order (sic) or other obnox-

This group of Tate Township neighbors stand across the street from a yard where trees that are infested by the Asian Longhorned Beetle are ground into mulch. These residents are part of a group trying to get the operation moved because of noise, health and other concerns. They are, from left, Mike McCarthy, Nancy McCarthy, Barbara Mustoe-Monteith, Joel Monteith, Dirk Smits and Matthew Monteith. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ious effects beyond the limits of its lot” are permitted. Michael Bieszczak, president of Bzak Landscaping, appealed the violation. “Any activity such as mowing a lawn creates noise; we find the definition of noise to be pretty subjective, especially if

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no measurements were made or that data wasn’t included in the original complaint,” Bieszczak wrote in his appeal. “Please consider this appeal ... as the ALB (Asian longhorned beetle) project is vital to the preservation of non-infested trees and there is no alternative to this location at

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This required a special exemption from the Board of Zoning Appeals, Eckert said. About 30 people “who hate the people cutting down trees” showed up to oppose the appeal, he said. “A lot of the things that were brought up didn’t really pertain to the location,” the zoning inspector said. Indeed, Eckert said most of the people who showed up to Bzak’s earlier appeal didn’t want anything to do with trees being removed. “You could say it maybe swayed the decision of the board, because there were quite a few of them people there,” he said. The flames are about to fanned again. Monteith is writing another letter to trustees this month restating his opinion about the yard and also claiming residents weren’t properly notified of the appeals hearing. Eckert said officials were only required to put See ZONING, Page A2

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this time.” Bieszczak won the appeal, angering a group of residents who signed a petition letter in October about the yard. Joel Monteith, a resident who lives on 2887 state Route 232, said the fact that there is no alternative location for the yard is exactly why the board’s recent decision was flawed. “The truth is Bzak wanted to (move its operation) but the board voted them down because residents didn’t want any part of the noise and dust,” Monteith said. Monteith is the resident who wrote the petition letter, signed by eight other nearby residents. “The reason they are saying they removed the zoning violation (this time) is exactly the reason they didn’t move (the yard) from where it is,” he said. Bzak did previously attempt to move the yard to a new location on state Route125 near Macedonia Road.

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‘Blizzard Bags’ to hit Bethel schools By Jeanne Houck

BETHEL — Attention Bethel-Tate students: For the rest of the winter, your snow days will come at a cost. Sure, you may find time to sled down that hill or bombard your siblings with snowballs when you otherwise would have been chewing on your pencil in history class. But you better be prepared to make up the school you missed by

completing assignments from your teacher, which may be done online and which must be completed in 10 days. That’s because the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education agreed during a special meeting Jan. 22 to participate in the “Blizzard Bags” program endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education. There are no bags involved and a blizzard isn’t necessary for the program to kick in.

Hazardous weather conditions, law-enforcement emergencies, disease epidemics and damage to school buildings are other allowed reasons for Blizzard Bags days – just like they are for socalled “calamity days.” The Blizzard Bags program allows school districts that have used all five of the calamity days allowed each school year to call off classes an additional three days, so long as the work is made up. Otherwise, students

would have to make up the days at the end of the school year. “The Blizzard Bags are an opportunity to provide timely instruction to our students without making up days,” said Melissa Kircher, superintendent of the Bethel-Tate Local Schools. So far this school year, the district has cancelled school seven days. “Blizzard Bags days have been in effect (statewide) for three years, but we haven’t needed to use

them due to mild winters,” said Barb Leonard, president of the BethelTate school board. “This is the worst winter we’ve seen in many years. “Many of our township and county roads have not been safe enough for our buses to travel on,” Leonard said. Buffy Clements, vice president of the school board, doesn’t think the district has used the Blizzard Bags program before.

“The children are missing out on critical classroom time, but their safety is the primary concern when deciding on whether or not to have school,” Clements said. For more about your community, visit Get regular Bethel updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit Bethel.

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notice in the paper 10 days before the hearing, which they did, and notify “parties in interest” 10 days before the hearing in writing. But Eckert argued that only meant notifying the people who appealed the violation. Letters were sent out to adjoining property owners as a courtesy, but at least two of them were postmarked Dec. 26 — only five days before the Dec. 30 hearing. Other residents who

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seeking nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be eligible, an individual should have distinguished themselves through significant professional accomplishment, made contributions to their community and attended UC Clermont College for at least one year. The nomination form can be found online at Submissions are due March 18, 2014. The Distinguished Alum recipient will be honored this year during the annual Commencement Celebration Ceremony on April 25 at the Oasis Conference Center. signed Monteith’s letter were not sent written notice because they are not adjoining property owners. Eckert said his secretary put 10 notification letters in the mail Saturday, Dec. 14. He said they may not have been picked up until Monday, Dec. 16, but that still should have been plenty of time. “I don’t know why it would have took that long” for the post office to mail them, Eckert said. “I assume they lost a day for Christmas, but I don’t really know what happened.” Newly elected trustee Gary Reed said he would have to speak to Eckert before commenting. “I’ve heard bits and pieces (of the story) but I haven’t heard exactly what happened,” he said. Reed was not a trustee when Monteith sent the original letter, and said the issue was not discussed at the Jan. 14 trustee meeting.



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Freezing temperatures and snow have hit Clermont County hard this winter, making salt a precious commodity in some communities. “I’ve had so many people call me asking for salt,” said Mike Mantel, service director for Miami Township. “This is the first time I’ve had to say no.” Mantel said Miami Township stores salt for Milford, Sycamore Township and the Clermont County Engineer’s Office. “It’s pretty obvious that this winter is extremely different than last winter,” Mantel said. “Last winter was one of the mildest and this winter is one of the most hazardous.”

The township used 1,700 tons of salt last winter. This winter, officials have already gone through 2,462 tons of salt. And its spent more than quadruple the money it did last year. Officials bought 505 tons of salt last winter for $30,895, Mantel said in an email. “We needed to purchase very little (last winter) because we had plenty on hand from previous years,” the service director said in an email.

tons on hand,” said Travis Dotson, village administrator, in an email. “Cost is comparable last year to this year so far. At this point, we are in good shape, but we have another round of snow coming this weekend, so I will not be surprised if we have to purchase more salt before this winter is over.” Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin said in an email the village spent $4,960 on salt last winter and $2,805 so far this winter.

Bethel is using less salt this winter

Despite the harsh winter, Bethel officials have used less salt this winter than in the past. “Last winter we used a total of 80 tons of salt. So far this year we have used 50 tons and we have 30

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One brother is in jail and the other was flown by helicopter to the hospital after they were involved in an altercation in Felicity Jan. 22. Officers say Bobby Nipper, 37, stabbed his brother, Gary Nipper, 35, on the 100 block of East Walnut Street just before 11 a.m. The older brother was booked in Clermont County Jail and charged with one count of felonious assault, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg. Meanwhile, the younger brother was transported by AirCare to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Rodenberg says he is in stable condition. Police received a call about the incident at 10:58 a.m. The Felicity Police Department, along with patrol units from the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, responded to the call.

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Salt use doubles in Batavia Township

Township Administrator Rex Parsons said the township so far has used 768 tons of salt. This is more than double what was used all of last winter when a total of 364 tons was used. However, Parsons said it’s not just the snow but the slick road conditions which have required the use of so much salt. “(It) would almost be better if we got a significant amount of snow on

the road, because that can easily be plowed,” said Parsons, adding that slick road conditions are more problematic. Plowing is more cost effective and better for the environment than salt, he said. According to Service Director Ken Embry the cost for salt this winter was $48.19 per ton. The cost of salt last winter was $69.50 per ton. Parsons said so far the total amount spent on salt this winter is about $35,404.

Milford needs to buy more salt

Milford has used 558 tons of road salt this season and has about 300 tons remaining, according to Service Department Supervisor Ed Hackmeister. Hackmeister said Milford only used 180 tons one year ago and 273 tons two years ago. City Manager Jeff Wright said staff is asking City Council to authorize the purchase of an additional 550 tons of road salt in February.





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he fourth-grade students at Willowville Elementary visited Fort Ancient Archaeological Park. The field trip was a culmination of their study about the Prehistoric Indians of Ohio. Students participated in hands on learning experiences that reinforced the concepts that they had been learning in class. For example, students had the opportunity to learn how to throw a spear with an atlatl, play the game double ball, and view many artifacts related to the Indian cultures in the mu-

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Batavia High School awarded grant Batavia High School was awarded a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for a successful Celebrate My Drive Campaign. State Farm agent Alison Taylor, who worked with students on the campaign, presented the check to Business Professionals of America (BPA) student officers during an

assembly. Batavia BPA decided to bring the Celebrate My Drive campaign to the high school because getting a driver’s license is one of the greatest joys in a person’s life, but the first year behind the wheel can be one of the most dangerous. The message “2 Hands on the Wheel and 2 Eyes on the

Road” was emphasized throughout the campaign. BPA adviser and Great Oaks Career Campus instructor Angie Kovacs said “BPA students worked with Mrs. Taylor to organize the campaign, but all Batavia students, teachers and the community are responsible for the outcome. We want to thank everyone who

helped make this a success. In the end, Batavia High School students and the community made over 25,000 commitments to safe driving.” The Batavia PBA chapter is part of the Legal Office Management program, a program of the Great Oaks Career Campuses.


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Winterberger named Summerside principal Summerside Elementary Principal Linda Austin, has resigned to move out of state with her family. Her replacement is former Lakota Union Elementary Principal Bob Winterberger. Winterberger assumes full responsibility as principal, when school resumes in January. Throughout his twenty-three years as principal at Union Elementary, the school earned the highest rating that could be attained, as measured by the State Academic

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McNick Rockets set personal records at Coaches Classic By Mark D. Motz

MT. WASHINGTON — Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Or the ME Lyons YMCA. One of those places with initials. Either way, the McNicholas High School swimming and diving team arrived at the annual Southwest District Coaches Classic meet under unusual circumstances. First of all, Rockets head coach Tessa Lengerich missed the Jan. 18 and 19 event, having just given birth to her second son, William John Lengerich, who clocked in at more than 11 pounds. So first-year assistant coach Taryn Diersing – Lengerich’s sister - took over head coaching duties. Diersing’s phone – and with it her digital stopwatch – broke during the meet, so she had no way to time her swimmers. Many of the swimmers themselves were coming off a prolonged stretch of illness that did not bode well for the classic. So how did they do? “It was a little overwhelming, but I was ecstatic,” Diersing said. “We had a lot of personal records. I had a lot of swimmers do surprisingly well. “We’d been swimming meets basically every weekend and improving, but the personal records were falling by one and two seconds. For them to drop so much time was a definite surprise. A good surprise. “It’s possible because it’s a big stage and it was adrenaline. But Mason is a fast pool, too, deep and cold, all the perfect conditions for good swims. The kids did great.” Senior Mitch Bloemer – one of two McNick boys on the team - swam four events and set personal bests in two of them, the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. “Considering who was there and the magnitude of who was there, I was very happy,” he said. “In a meet like that you just have to swim against yourself. One of the guys next to me from Moeller said he was going to the (Olympic) trials. I have to be happy with going for times, improving my own times.” Bloemer is closing in on his preseason goal of swimming the 50 free in under 28 seconds. He’s at 28.1 now and said by the time he shaves and tapers for tournament

McNicholas High School senior swimmer Mitch Bloemer set a pair of personal bests in the Southwest District Coaches Classic Jan. 18 and 19. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

swimming, he should find himself in the high 27s. Not bad for a guy better known at McNick as a golfer. He’d like to make that sport his life’s work, double majoring in business and golf management next school year with an eye toward becoming a club or resort PGA professional. He played basketball at Immaculate Heart of Mary, but he found the competition for a roster spot in high school hoops too fierce and began looking for another way to spend his winters. “My sister (Anna) was on the swim team,” he said. “She was a senior when I was a freshman and that sibling rivalry kind of kicked in. I thought if she could do it, I could, too. I jumped in with both feet.” Diersing said the McNick girls who found similar success at the classic. Senior twin divers Abbie and Maddie Mitchell finished 14th and 15th, respectively, for the Rockets. Sophomore Shellby Miller scored points in the 500 free and led a relay contingent in the 200 and 400 free that also included freshmen Skye Lewis and Molly Jordan and senior Karina Cabrera. “(Miller) is almost at her 500 time from state last year and she hasn’t started to taper,” Diersing said. “And the 400 and 200 relay school records they set last year, they should be coming down again soon, too.”

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Jake Robinson of Bethel-Tate sails over the Batavia defense for two points Jan. 17.BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Tigers weather tough winter

The Bethel-Tate High School boys basketball team lost on the road at Batavia Jan. 18, 55-34. The Tigers have had tough time finding the win column in the Southern Buckeye Conference, but have had some close calls. They have had single-digit losses to Cincinnati Country Day, RipleyUnion (twice), Goshen, Deer Park, Williamsburg and Clermont Northeastern. The Tigers get another crack at Goshen at home on Jan. 31.

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Girls basketball

T.J. Boyd of Bethel-Tate fights for the offensive rebound against Batavia.BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

» Bethel-Tate lost to Georgetown Jan. 20, 4432. Freshman Morgan Reinhart led the Lady Tigers in the loss with 12 points. » Anderson beat McNicholas 52-39 Jan. 22; Payton Ramey and Hannah Taylor each scored 12 in the losing effort.

Boys basketball

» Bethel-Tate lost to Norwood 57-54 on Jan. 24. Evan Iding led the Tigers with 22 points in the loss. » McNicholas beat Deer Park 67-40 Jan. 18 as Danny Byrne scored 17 to lead the Rockets. McNick fell 47-45 at Middletown Fenwick Jan. 24.

Glory Days

» The Community Press & Recorder is working on an ongoing, multimodal project called “Glory Days,” featuring local high school sports history and memories. Readers are encouraged to send photos, story ideas, favorite sports memories, anniversaries and other related items to Submissions will be

Bethel-Tate senior Abbie Shinkle battles Georgetown sophomore Rachel Gibbons for a rebound Jan. 20. The Lady Tigers, playing shorthanded, were even with Georgetown through three quarters. The Lady G-Men pulled ahead in the fourth for the win, 44-32. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

compiled over time and may be used for Glory Days notes in Press Preps Highlights, stand-alone informational photos, galleries, preps blog posts, Twitter posts, feature stories or videos. Many items will be printed in the weekly papers, used on Twitter (#GloryDays) and/or posted on in turn through writers Mark Motz (@PressPrepsMark), Tom Skeen

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Adam Shinkle of Bethel-Tate sets his man up before driving the lane against the Batavia Bulldogs.BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS





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School board elections need closer scrutiny

Ohio’s tea party activists focused on school board races around the state in last November’s elections. Statewide tea party school board candidates all had the same script: » cut school funding by opposing school levies; » cut teacher benefits and reimbursements for things like classroom supplies; » eliminate support services, sports, food services and busing; » a confusing “students first” pledge which in reality appeared more like a teachers last pledge or even a students are kind of important – but not as important as low property taxes pledge. They lost big time in most cases. Springboro, Olentangy (West Columbus) and West-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Teachers do not relish snow days

I feel compelled to respond to a letter in today’s Journal from D.J. In his response to the snow day question. D.J. commented that he was pretty sure that the teachers were happy because they were going to get another day paid for doing nothing. As a retired educator I want DJ to know that teachers only get paid for the days they work. And, NO, DJ, we don’t get paid for our time off in the summer either. Many people who malign educators because of their “cushy” jobs do not realize that we are paid per diem. Our contracts are for (depending on the district) 180-190 days per year. So, NO, DJ we do not relish snow days. They only create more work for us. But, according to DJ, we don’t really work anyway, right DJ?

Dave Lawson Pierce Township

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erville all rejected the tea party school board candidates on their ballots. Locally, West Clermont Local Richard School DisSchwab COMMUNITY PRESS trict wasn’t so lucky. GUEST COLUMNIST In West Clermont, tea party member Jim Lewis received the most votes, followed closely by Steve Waldman and Mark Merchant. Lewis, Waldman and Merchant ran together on a tea party-inspired platform that vowed to protect overtaxed citizens from “mooching,” overpaid teachers. Lewis wrote,“In my mind, the fate of our future as a nation depends on turning

back the hands of time and teaching our children instead of propagandizing them.” Lewis vows to fight against any new school levies that might be proposed by “illinformed do-gooders.” He states he will go forward “to slay the dragon that is public education in West Clermont.” Parents and community members in Clermont County, who are concerned with the direction of their new school board, decided to step up and do something by forming “West Clermont United.” Members of West Clermont United say some of the new school board members don’t support public schools and that there’s an imbalance in the political views with the new board. “We are here to support the kids. Kids come first.

Aside from all the political agendas. That needs to be left outside the policies for the school...We don’t really look at our public education system as something that needs to be slayed,” said Mike Steele, a local parent and member of West Clermont United. Steele says entering the new year, it’s time to pass a levy – something that he says hasn’t happened in years. He says, “I’ve got a daughter who’s in first grade who’s never been to an art class, never been to a gym class, never been to music. Our libraries at this point are being run by parent volunteers. Otherwise our children wouldn’t have a library.” West Clermont United plans to have members of their group attend every

school board meeting moving forward. The students, teachers and families in Ohio’s public school districts need school boards focused on ensuring that children receive the highest quality education possible. What they don’t need are school boards run by idealogues who think teachers are the enemy, who believe schools should be starved of funding, and who think we need to “turn back the hands of time” on education. School board elections need our closer scrutiny. Their outcomes have real consequences. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school, and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School.

Resolve to do better as a person in ’14 The silence of a cemetery. A chiseled hand on an old gravestone points upward. “Gone to a far better place.” The cemetery is sited on a hillside above a meandering creek. Long ago laughing children leaped from rock to rock in pursuit of elusive minnows and roamed through nearby woods. Echoes of their laughter soon faded into silence. They lived out their lives and were brought back here to be buried by their children. “Gone to a far better place.” Heavenly wisdom or meaningless words? Can we pause in our madcap pace of leaping place to place in pursuit of earthly goals to listen? Our ancestors knew hardship and heartache. And yet they persevered for heavenly rewards unseen and un-

known-known only to a creator who endowed them (and us) with unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of James happiness. Burns Life? The COMMUNITY PRESS man whose GUEST COLUMNIST metaphorical hand points upward on his tombstone lost his brother and sister to a frontier fever. His parents buried those children and moved onward, downriver by flatboat to a “far better place.” For them. We each seek out our own better place. Liberty? We enter governmental bands and bonds to secure the common good but must fight to preserve our

individual liberty. Then and now. The pursuit of heaven was the pursuit of happiness for most of our ancestors. The keys to the kingdom were the Ten Commandments. They speak to all people of all faiths and are righteous rules of conduct for a nation of laws and not men(humankind). The buried man’s father and his shopkeeper friend had immigrated from the north of Ireland in the late 1700s. Letters from their families were filled with biblical advice to “shun bad company and keep the Sabbath.” Return letters thanked their parents for instilling virtues in them and spoke of seeing them once again “in mansions of never-ending felicity” where the hand points. Honor

thy father and thy mother. And as they did in this country, so their own children did. We see examples and set examples for others-of behavior we always seek to better. As we enter a new year, let us simply resolve to do better as a person, as a family, as a nation. Yes, gone to a far better place. But we get there by being kind, considerate, and courageous in the here and now. Our ancestors’ revolution for liberty allows us to have a resolution to do better. May we so resolve. James F. Burns a former Anderson Township resident is a retired professor at the University of Florida. His ancestor lies buried in the Rapp Cemetery in Clermont County. The damaged tombstone is once again pointing upward.

Families of seniors: Be aware of scams The day before I was motivated to write this column, a Clermont Senior Services case manager was visiting a couple who had called the agency requesting assistance. During the visit, she was informed that the couple had received a call from someone identifying himself as a person from Clermont Senior Services and advised her that someone would be visiting them between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. the following day to make sure they were getting all of their services.

This was just pure luck that the case manager visited the day of the call. The case manager informed her CIndy that no other Gramke staff person COMMUNITY PRESS would be visGUEST COLUMNIST iting from Clermont Senior Services and encouraged her and her spouse to keep their storm door locked (as it was

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when the case manager arrived) and not to let anyone into their home without seeing an identification badge and calling the source, in this case, Clermont Senior Services, for verification. The devious methods criminals have of gaining access to seniors’ homes are broadening, and the frequency is escalating. We continue to warn about vulnerability to scams and fraudulent practices, and family members also need to be especially attentive to educating and counseling their loved ones should anyone make contact. The same morning as this case manager reported this incident, another reported that he returned the call of a senior’s daughter who told him that her mother received a phone call from a person identifying herself with Clermont County Senior Services. She said the woman wanted to schedule a time with her mother for a man, John, to come and visit her mother between 11:00 and 12:00 the following day to talk about vision and dental coverage/services. Clermont Senior Services never solicits services whatsoever, and the daughter was asked to have her mother keep her doors locked and not answer the door.

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A fraudulent practice we’ve reported countless times to the state uses a similar approach to gain access to a senior’s home. The insurance product may be legitimate, but the method this company uses is deceptive. The company mails an introduction card, but the return address reads “Senior Services Center” and is a Batavia, Ohio, post office box mailing address. A caller to the residence identifies him/herself as being from the Senior Services Center in Batavia. The company sells Medicare supplemental insurance. Again, the product may be legitimate, but the method for gaining entry into a senior’s home is a gross misrepresentation. Be aware of anyone making contact with you by phone and misrepresenting themselves. If you receive a call like this, feel free to call Clermont Senior Services to verify the name of the person asking for the visit. Also be aware that Medicare and Social Security do not send individuals into the community to visit. If you suspect someone may have misrepresented him/ herself, DO NOT open the door. Cindy Gramke is the Executive Director/CEO of Clermont Senior Services.

Bethel Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 591-6163 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





A small plane takes off at the Aviation Campus of UC Clermont. New federal regulations and an increasing number of retirees from the ranks of professional pilots are creating a strong demand for new pilots. UC Clermont wants to fill the void and is seeing an increase in the demand for its aviation curriculum as more young people look to pursue this career choice. AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

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ron Asher counts himself among recruits to an old line of work gaining new cachet: commercial pilots, entering the workforce as warnings of a nationwide pilot shortage grow. Asher landed a job with Republic Airlines, a regional carrier based in Columbus, after finishing pilot training at University of Cincinnati Clermont College. “I see this as an ongoing issue for the next 20 years,” said Eric Radtke, chief aviation instructor at UC Clermont’s aviation program. Twenty students are pilot trainees at UC Clermont, a 25 percent increase over the past three years, Radtke said. Thousands of pilots are retiring this year just as the Federal Aviation Administration is introducing rules requiring new training and more rest between flights. The FAA recently announced a new rule requiring co-pilots or first officers to get 1,500 hours of flight time for certification, up from 250 hours. Starting next year, the minimum rest period before flight duty will rise from eight hours to 10. Radtke said aviation schools also are being pressed for more graduates because the military is turning out fewer trained pilots. “The future has never been brighter” for aspiring pilots, he said. Boeing, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial passenger aircraft, estimates that, worldwide, airlines will need to hire almost half a million pilots through 2032. Analysts say the brunt of the shortage will be felt by regional carriers, which operate half the nation’s scheduled flights. They won’t be able to compete with big airlines. “The major U.S. airlines are just beginning the longest and

largest pilot hiring binge in history, and the ‘wake turbulence’ will be very disruptive to smaller flight operations who feed them pilots,” said Louis Smith, president of, a company that provides career and financial advice to pilots. UC Clermont College is the only college in Greater Cincinnati that offers a professional pilot program that combines academic study with actual pilot training. All of the training is done in partnership with Sporty’s Academy at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport in Batavia. The school recently added career track programs with Dayton-based PSA Airlines and South Burlington, Vt.-based CommutAir, both regional airlines. In just the past few weeks, Radtke says several instructors have left for airline jobs. “What many people don’t realize is that you don’t have to be superhuman or a math and science whiz to be at the controls of an airliner,” he says. “You must possess a valid medical certificate of health, but you don’t need perfect vision.” Becoming a commercial pilot requires an associate degree, and a bachelor’s degree is encouraged, Radtke said. UC Clermont partners with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, allowing students to combine an aviation degree with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a path of study preferred by many airlines, he says. Flight and classroom training runs roughly $50,000 at UC’s Professional Pilot Training Program, and further training or education can add to that. Entry-level pay for a commercial pilot is low, with most starting in the low-$20,000s, Radtke said. A senior captain at a large carrier can earn six figures, but that can take years to achieve. Not everyone is buying the

Student Randall Queen of Owensville does a preflight check at the aviation campus of UC Clermont College, where demand is rising.AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

projections of a dire pilot shortage. Katie Connell, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, which represents the industry, says it’s overblown. “Long-term projections ... are based on assumptions about airline growth that have often proved to be faulty,” Connell said. “We expect the major commercial airlines will be appropriately staffed, and are not expecting any shortage within the next few years.” Asher tells college freshmen thinking of a pilot’s career to do it for the love of flying. “When I chose flying it was because I enjoy doing it,” he says. “It wasn’t mainly for the money. I enjoy going to work every day.” m

Instructor Dan Whitaker, right, works with student Nick Hicks of Florence as they do a preflight check at the Aviation Campus of UC Clermont. AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

Antique Appraisal Fair returns to Mt. Moriah UMC The Mt. Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor the ninth annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the church. No appointment is necessary to have items appraised. Just bring them to the

sanctuary at the church and let one of four qualified appraisers take a look. They will give an honest opinion of the worth of the items and may be able to give a little history on items. Cost is $5 per item, or 6 items for $25. Bob Branson, Mike Brandley, Dell

Hull and Bill Rainy will be the appraisers. Here are some tips for getting an item appraised: » Choose oldest or most unusual items. » Bring pictures of large pieces of furniture rather than bringing them in. Take photos from every angle: top, bottom,

back, front, sides and interior details. » Do some research first in order to ask more detailed questions. » Have reasonable expectations. » Take notes. Appraisals will be given verbally only, so bring a notebook and pen.



welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Eastgate.

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

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

pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

Music - Blues

Health / Wellness

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

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

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Tree I.D. for Homeschoolers, 11 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Join naturalist as you discover how to identify winter trees. $4. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Art Exhibits

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

On Stage - Theater Dig It: Wild West Interactive Dinner Show, 7-10 p.m., Schoolhouse Restaurant, 8031 Glendale-Milford Road, Show written by Debbie Lawhorn. $35. Reservations required. Presented by P.L.O.T.T. Performers. 201-7568; Camp Dennison.

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


Dining Events

Exercise Classes

Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 26. 575-2102. Milford.

Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. Through Feb. 8. 237-4574. Amelia.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility,

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

The Mount Carmel Kroger, 550 state Route 32, is hosting the mobile van from The Heart Institute of Mercy Health from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. There are several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. An appointment is required, call 866-819-0127. For more information, call Park District. 732-2977; Owensville.

On Stage - Theater Dig It: Wild West Interactive Dinner Show, 7-10 p.m., Schoolhouse Restaurant, $35. Reservations required. 201-7568; Camp Dennison.

Pets Puppy Social, Noon-1 p.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. Through March 7. 797-7397; Amelia.

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

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


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A Taste of Nature: Great Grains, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Local experts provide brief program full of easy-to-digest factoids followed by theme-based foods from caterer Elegant Fare. Dr. Kent Harrison from Ohio State University talks about Great Grains. Samples of breads and toppers. Ages 21 and up. $16, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

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SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Union Township.

Music - Cabaret

Farmers Market

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

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

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

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

Exercise Classes

Nature Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Delve into science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

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Whether you root for the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, you’ll need food to get cheer your team to victory. Along with appetizers, we serve pizza and my husband, Frank’s, Caesar salad. Dessert is always my homemade glazed donuts, which the kids help me make. I make simple round donuts, but Rita let the Heikenfeld little ones RITA’S KITCHEN free-form the donuts and we wind up with all sorts of weird shapes! I’ve shared the donut recipe here in the past, but am putting it on my blog just in case you might want to make them.

Classic shrimp cocktail with two sauces For Melanie, who wanted to serve shrimp for her Super Bowl party. “I want to make the shrimp cocktail myself instead of buying it. Do you have any tips for cooking the shrimp and for an easy sauce?” she asked. Shrimp 2 dozen raw shrimp, deveined with tails on (see tip from Rita’s kitchen) 8 quarts water 1 lemon, cut in half 2 garlic cloves, smashed 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning

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Rita’s classic shrimp cocktail recipe features two sauces: Cocktail and horseradish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

No real recipe here but I stir grated horseradish into whipped cream. Or just buy horseradish sauce and use that. Sometimes I put a squeeze of lime into the sauce.

Sausage-stuffed jalapenos I have to admit, these are addictive. I’ve changed the original recipe a bit. Be careful when seeding hot peppers. Use gloves. You could use a sweeter pepper if you like.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If you buy frozen shrimp, thaw in ice water in frig. and drain. Most shrimp come already deveined. If you’re squeamish about it, ask to have them deveined before you purchase.

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in the weakest part of your body. I was working back in the carpenter shop last week and that place is cold so I guess I won’t work there for awhile, until it warms up some. We got an almanac the other day, it says, that on the 20th-27th, could be fog in Ohio and Tennesee Valley and the 28th-31st,

rain or snow for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Now that is what the almanac says. We got one seed catalog the other day that has a 3 lb. tomato, so we are going to try them, that would be something to have at the price of tomatoes. We got a price on a packaage of honey bees

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and queen, they are ‘only’ $90. The price has risen over the past years, I guess everything is getting more expensive. Now I haven’t written anything about ‘Chester,’ well, he is OK, full of vinegar and likes to play. He likes to lay on the register when the blower is running. He won’t let us sleep late in the morning, he wants his breakfast, then he is wound up, which he keeps up until about noon, then he takes a three-hour nap, then look out again. We have an appointment for Feb. 4 to have him neutered; we hope that will calm him down some. His claws are so sharp and he likes to bite, but we must remember he is a kitten. The Bethel Lions Club is planning on having an anniversary party for their 70th anniversary in April. The club has been around a long time, it is exciting to be involved in this celebration. When it was chartered the majority of the members were businessmen. The Lions Club does so much for the community and schools; it is a very busy organization. The Lions International does eye research, and sponsors Pilot Dogs for the blind or sight inpaired,

and diabetes research. We will have another pancake breakfast on Feb. 22, so plan to come out and help support our projects. Danny Grant said he had planted some tomatoes for early gardners, like me, and will have some good plants early. I like the early tomatoes, they taste so good. The Grant’s will have the greenhouses at the farm on Bucktown Road and at the garden center above Williams Corner and the one at Milford Garden Center. They will be having their open house in April, then the Monroe Grange will have a plant sale on May 3 starting at 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. This is held at the Grange hall on state Route 222 in Nicholsville. We have it the same day each year, with plenty of good healthy plants so load up and come. It seems old man winter is sure dropping the snow on us this winter, making up for a lot of winters. The temperature has been something below zero, or just above zero. Now be extra careful of the ice on the ponds, we have already lost one boy in the area, so make sure it is at least 4 inches thick. I like to ice fish and always made certain the ice was thick enough to hold

me. Now when you are ice fishing and get into a bunch of bluegills you can fill a 5 gallon bucket, half full, in a little while. The fish are so good coming out of that cold water. Many years ago Stonelick Lake was frozen with the ice that was 6 or 7 inches thick. It looked like a small village, when the folks were fishing, everbody caught lots of fish, bluegills, crappie, bass and catfish. There were some folks that had a shelter and Wildlife officers were checking to see if they had their name and address on the shanty. You are not permitted to cut a hole larger than 6 inches in diameter. I saw a feller that had caught a big bass and told his partner to be extra careful, cutting the hole bigger, so he could get it out. He made it and the feller landed a 5 lb. bass.WOW! Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless all. More Later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.





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Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142



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


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GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm

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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am

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Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

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Ishmael Reed, 78, Hamersville, died Jan. 18. Survived by children Gail (Kenny) Skidmore, Georgia (Gary) Acres, Greg (Sue), Mike (Sharon) Reed; sister Georgia Zanotto; four grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Karen Plank Reed. Services were Jan. 22 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Hope.


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Woody Trout Bennet Woodward “Woody” Trout, 93, died Jan. 20. He was the owner/operator of Trout Sound Products. Survived by wife Maxine Trout; children Rhonda (Randall) Wallace, Kim (Katherine) Trout; sisters Barbara Cowden, Evangelin Blasing; grandchildren Brad Wallace, Shelly Albertson, Jared, Andrew, Evan Trout; 12 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by granddaughter Tracy Wallace, sister Carol Goetz. Services were Jan. 24 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bethel Lions Club, 2571 Williamsburg-Bantam Road, Bethel, OH 45106.


M & M Construction & Remodeling, Goshen, alter, 3441 Starling Road, Tate Township, $108,000. Thomas Albers, Bethel, alter, 115 Ruth Lane, Tate Township. Karen Peck, New Richmond, alter, 2204 Ohio 222, Tate Township.


1887 Antioch Road, Jeffery & Elizabeth Monde to Donald Boedker, 5.85 acre, $192,000. Moore Road, Gregory Sutter, trustee to Mark Sutter, 5.106 acre, $26,500. 2610 Poplar Ridge Drive, Virgil & Leslie Marcum to Bank of America NA, $83,334.


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James Hollandsworth, 45, 73 Wolfer Drive, Amelia, tree trimmer and Lori Hartley, 43, 608 Laura Drive, Bethel, school bus driver. Joseph Mills, 24, 4845 Shelton, Batavia, self employed and Amanda Gilliam, 23, 1649 Steward Harbough Road, Williamsburg, nurse aide.

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