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Grant would resurface tennis courts

For Wanda Downey, the two decades she spent as a Clermont County Developmental Disabilities board member held special meaning. Her daughter, Marie, has a developmental disability and Downey wanted to do everything she could to help other families in need. FULL STORY, B1

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Bethel plans renovations By Mary Dannemiller

Downey honored for her service


Bethel is applying for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Grant for the third year in a row to help pay for the resurfacing of tennis courts in Burke Park. Last year, the village won a $27,000 NatureWorks grant to help resurface the walking path and the year before, it won money from the grant to pay for the skate park. According to village Administrator Travis Dotson, the popular tennis courts were built in the late 1940s and were last resurfaced in

1993. They’re located at the front entrance of Burke Park, off West Street, behind Community Savings Bank. “The current project plan is to do a full restoration of the courts, which will include a new layer of asphalt, a new court surface, new posts and nets and a new 10-foot fence all the way around the courts,” Dotson said. Village officials are asking ODNR for about $53,000 for the project and there is a 25-percent match the village will be responsible for if awarded the grant, Dotson said. “I happen to live right next to the tennis courts and I see the

condition they’re in,” said Mayor James Dick. “They need a little bit of attention. They’re supposed to be resurfaced every five or six years. The grant money is necessary and it will allow us to put (village) money somewhere else.” Both Dotson and the mayor said the tennis courts are used frequently and are among the park’s most popular attractions. “The tennis courts at Burke Park are the only tennis courts in the area which have lighting for night-time play,” Dotson said. “This draws people from surrounding communities to come and play at our courts, and at the

same time, this brings business to our restaurants and shops,” he said. Though obtaining the NatureWorks grant is a competitive process, Dotson said he has high hopes the village will again receive the funding. “We have been successful with the the ODNR NatureWorks grant in the past few years because we have a nice park, it is well maintained and we have implemented policies to continue to maintain these projects,” he said. The next Bethel Village Council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the village municipal building, 120 W. Plane St.

Businesses pair up for Valentine’s Day By Kellie Geist-May

‘Services with Heart’ celebrated

Clermont Senior Services invited close to 200 family and friends to an anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3. Dignitaries, volunteers, donors and staff members for the organization gathered at Receptions Eastgate to celebrate Clermont Senior Services’ 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart.” FULL STORY, A4

Grapplers aim to continue season

After wrestling in a pair of tournaments with some toplevel competition (Dave Bean Classic Jan. 29 and Steve Shinkle Invitational Feb. 5), Bethel-Tate wrestling coach Tom Donahue hopes his troops are ready to attack the SBAAC championships at Amelia, the sectionals at Batavia, the districts at Goshen and possibly the state mats in Columbus. FULL STORY, A4 For the Postmaster

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Valentine’s Day should be about two people celebrating love, but sometimes it ends up being about packed restaurants and Hallmark cards. If you’re looking for something a little different this Valentine’s Day, two Clermont County businesses have you covered. Lakeside Vineyard and Winery in Felicity and Auel’s Fine Chocolates in Milford have teamed up to host a special Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate event. This “Wine and Chocolate Discovery” will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Lakeside, 3324 Ohio 756. “I saw an article in the paper about Auel’s and I thought, this is too much of a coincidence. I didn’t know they had opened and we were looking to have a wine and chocolate event,” said Tim Downey, owner of Lakeside and who is a resident of Miami Township. “They are coming up with a few different chocolates and we’re going to pair them with our wines for a tasting.” Brian Auel, who owns Auel’s Fine Chocolates with his father Randy, said the “Wine and Chocolate Discovery” is a great way for two local businesses to work together.


Lakeside Vineyard and Winery owner Tim Downey, along with his wife, Lynn, grow 17 varieties of grapes at the vineyard in Felicity.

Auel’s opened at 204 Main St. in November and sells a wide variety of hand-made and handdipped chocolates. The recipes they use have been family favorites for three generations. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 607-7213 or visit w w w. a u e l s f i n e Cost for the Valentine’s Day event is $12 per couple and includes a 3-ounce pour of Lakeside’s Therapy, deChaunac, Temptress, Crazy and Reggae wines as well as milk chocolate, KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF dark chocolate and Brian, left, and Randy Auel opened Auel’s Fine Chocolates in historic downtown Milford. The two use family recipes c h o c o l a t e - c o v e r e d to make a wide variety of chocolates and fudge. peanut butter samples. “When Tim talked to us about partnering, we thought it was an awesome idea. We’ve been wanting to pair up with wineries and restaurants, so this was perfect,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to us to work together.”

Getting ready for growing season

Tim and Lynn Downey, owners of Lakeside Vineyard and Winery, are getting ready to prune the grape vines for the 2011 growing season. Anyone who would be interested in helping the Downeys should contact Tim at or by calling 876-1810. Tim said they can teach anyone to prune the vines, but it will helpful if the volunteers know how to use a pruner. Tim and Lynn Downey have been making wine at Lakeside Winery and Vineyard for about 10 years. They sell 14 different wines made from grapes grown on site for between $10 and $14 per bottle. The tasting room at the winery is open from noon to 9 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call 8761810 or visit www.lakeside


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February 10, 2011

Website auctions good deal for county

By John Seney

When Clermont County officials wanted to get rid of surplus items in the past, they had to schedule a live auction. For the past several years they have been using an online auction site – – to sell things like old vehicles, technology equipment and office furniture. “We’ve been very successful in getting rid of stuff,” said Steve Rabolt, director of the county’s office of technology, communications and security. “It also generates funds.” He said the auction site has generated about $102,000 for the county since October 2009. “That’s pretty good,” he said.

T h e county also saves by avoiding disposal fees on old electronic equipment. “If I sell Rabolt an old computer monitor for $1, I’m saving money because I’m saving on disposal fees,” Rabolt said. He said the county started using the online auction site about four years ago when Ohio law was changed to allow it. The law restricts how governments can dispose of items. They can be donated to other government agencies or they can be sold at auctions. A government can throw something away only if it is totally worthless. “It’s a trend across the

country to go to online auctions,” Rabolt said. He said GovDeals, Inc. was chosen because it was big in Ohio and because the fee schedule was favorable. The county pays GovDeals a percentage of the sale price based on a sliding scale. If the item does not sell, the county pays nothing. When live auctions were held, the audience was mostly local. But with online auctions, the county gets national exposure, Rabolt said. As an example, a taxi cab company in Philadelphia recently bought a number of old Ford Crown Victoria police cars from the sheriff’s office through the online auction. “The cab company showed up with car carriers to haul the vehicles away,”

Rabolt said. Unlike the old live auctions, the online auction also has the advantage of not being tied to a specific date. “Every month I submit a list of items to the county commissioners,” Rabolt said. “I can have a continuous online auction.” Rabolt said the county also has donated a lot of old computers and technology equipment to schools over the past few years. “If we’re done with it and they can use it, they can have it,” he said. Ben Capelle, director of the Clermont Transportation Connection, said his agency has used the online auction site to sell surplus vehicles and items. “It’s been pretty good for us,” he said.

Donation helps pay for sheriff’s office training By Kellie Geist-May

Clermont County Sheriff’s Office employees, including deputies, corrections officers and support staff, will have access to training they need thanks to a $10,000 donation. The Rodenberg Foundation, a family trust fund created by Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg’s late parents,

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made the donation in late February. “My mom and dad were very interested in supRodenberg porting community causes, particularly educational ones,” Rodenberg said. “When they were putting their final arrangements together, they created

the family trust foundation to be used for bonafide community charitable and educational purposes.” In the five years the foundation has been at US Bank, money has been donated to organizations such as the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and CASA for Kids. The foundation also supports a variety of college scholarships, Rodenberg said. The idea to ask the foundation for a donation for the sheriff’s office came about



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because of the economic climate. “Given the economic problems we’re having in the county, we were almost unable to send our people to any meaningful training. Some of the training we do is free, but even travel expenses can be too much. I thought the foundation might be able to help, at least until the economic clouds clear,” Rodenberg said. The foundation committee agreed as long as Rodenberg didn’t use the funds directly and the money was used specifically for training. The $10,000 donation was authorized by the Clermont County commissioners Monday, Jan. 24. Rodenberg said the decision on what training will be funded will be up to a committee of three – Chief Administration Officer Jim Malloni, Chief Deputy Rick Combs and Chief Deputy of Corrections, Court Services and the Civil Division Chris Willis. “The three of us will meet and discuss what training we’d like the employees to go to and then make a determination on how the money will be spent,” Malloni said. “We’re going to try to spread the wealth around.” Malloni, who handles the department’s finances, said this donation is a vital part of the training budget. “We’ve cut back on our training tremendously because our budgets in the county, not just in the sheriff’s office, have been cut or frozen. Our office has utilized some online training, but there have been training opportunities in a variety of areas we wanted to go to that have just been too expensive,” Malloni said. “This donation will make a big difference.” Rodenberg said he’s thankful his department could benefit from the foundation. “Without training, the community isn’t served as well and there can be legal and liability issues. Untrained officers also could be putting themselves and other people at risk. This money will help us get some really good training that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford,” he said. “I’m thankful the foundation can help.” The donation is for one year, but Rodenberg said the donation request could be evaluated on a yearly basis as long as the money is available.

BRIEFLY Meeting changed

BETHEL – The Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education has changed the date of the regular February meeting. Instead of Tuesday, Jan. 15, the board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Bethel-Tate Middle School, 649 West Plane St.

Meetings set

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Educational Service Center will hold regular meeting in 2011 at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the center’s board room, 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia Township. The board elected Paul Young as president and Angela Broadwell as vice president for 2011. The Clermont County Insurance Consortium (Clermont County schools) will hold regular meetings at 9 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the educational service center board room. The one exception will be July when there will be no meeting. One additional meeting is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the board room.

Castellini to speak

CLERMONT COUNTY – Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini will be the 2011 Expo Luncheon speaker March 30 at Receptions Eastgate. The event will be hosted by the Clermont Chamber of Chamber. This year the Reds will be the hottest ticket in town, and Castellini's talk could never be any more timely than the day before the 2011 baseball season opener. The luncheon will be the first pitch of a full day of events including the exhibitor hall being open all afternoon with a Clermont Experience “Taste” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibitors are encouraged to sign up now. The price is $299. A $50 rebate is available to exhibitors who sign up a new exhibitor. Go to the, or call 576-5000.

Litter pickup

CLERMONT COUNTY – The date for the annual Clean & Green Litter Pickup this year is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, at many locations across the county. The Ohio River Sweep will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18, at several locations along the river. Contact Becky Ploucha, at cleanandgreen@ or 753-9222.

Applicants sought

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County commissioners are accepting applications for two positions

on the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board. This board serves as the planning authority for Clermont County when it comes to mental health, alcohol, drug prevention and treatment services. The board assesses needs, enters into contracts with agencies to provide services, then reviews and evaluates those services. The board also must hire and evaluate the director of the agency. The length of each term is four years, and the board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Applications for the positions are available at www. or by calling 732-7300.

Grant is Great Ohioan

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Capitol Square Foundation announced the 2011 Great Ohioans recently. The 2011 Great Ohioans include: Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General and U.S. President; William Moore McCulloch, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate; William Howard Taft, U.S. President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Harriet Taylor Upton, women’s rights advocate and author. For a biographical history of Grant, visit, considerthisclermont/ 2011/02/02/u-s-grant-chosen-as-one-of-the-2011great-ohioans.

History meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Historical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in McDonough Hall Room 150 at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive. The program will be about the Tri-State Warbird Museum. The museum features World War ll airplanes. The new Clermont County history book will be available for purchase. The meeting is free and open to the public. In other history notes: • This year, 2011, marks 150 years since the Civil War (1861-1865). Celebrations will be occurring through out Ohio and the nation 2011 through 2015. • The 200th anniversary of the first successful steamboat trip on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans occurred October 1811 to January 1812. The New Orleans traveled from Pittsburgh to New Orleans and was able to travel upriver.

Humphrey to lead OKI board of directors Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey will serve as president of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) board of directors through 2012. The OKI board Jan. 13 approved the appointment of Humphrey and other officers to lead the 137-member board that includes 80 elected officials. “I am proud to continue OKI’s work ensuring the safety and economic vitality of our transportation network,” said Humphrey. “I look forward to working with other members of the board on numerous regional transportation infrastructure improvements.” OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and economic development potential of

the eight counties served in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. OKI is federally mandated and funnels about $40 million in transportation funds to construction and planning projects throughout the area. “Our transportation network not only serves the citizens of our region, but links us to the global economy,” said Humphrey. “The research that OKI provides is quite valuable. The agency recently completed a Fiscal Impact Analysis Model (FIAM), a unique tool that will better enable communities to understand the economic value of local land use and zoning decisions.” Humphrey said the best way to maximize the amount of federal dollars flowing into the region is for governments and communities to continue to work together to make improvements that all citizens of the region can enjoy.


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Tea Party needs to do more homework It’s official, the Tea Party is against mine safety, food safety and inexpensive, universal health care. The local TP have decided that U.S. Rep. Schmidt is their kind of gal. She did sit next to Michelle Bachman at the State of the Union photo op. Workplace safety and a diseasefree food supply used to be considered an appropriate application of government authority. I guess the good Clermont TP folk feel that the chicken growers and mine owners are the best judges of what’s best for their workers and the rest of us. Just like in feudal times. I am mystified as to how that ultimate government welfare queen, Representative Schmidt, can be seen by anyone as a champion

of reduced government expenditure. She’s been on the government dole at one level or another since I’ve been back in this area, but I have yet to hear her Len Harding renounce the benefits she gets (but Community wants us to Press guest eschew). I guess columnist she’s a hero to them because she carries off the pose of being antigovernment while sucking down government bennies with such aplomb and complete disdain for irony. I don’t understand the insistence

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks for snow removal

Thanks to the Washington Township trustees and road crew. A special thank you to our Trustees Beth Nevel, Ron Rudd and David Peters and to the road crew boss John Corbin and his employees. They have done an excellent job in snow removal and have kept our roads safe. Just a small thank you to let them know their hard work was very appreciated. A job well done. Alice Neftzer Moscow

Opinions differ

Mr. Harding, you are entitled to your liberal opinion and I’m entitled to my conservative opinion. Issues are decided at the ballot box by the majority of the taxpaying public. However, the last time I checked, paying taxes was not a requirement for voting rights. There lies the problem. Robert Taylor Batavia

CH@TROOM What grade would you give President Barack Obama for his first two years in office? Do you plan to vote for him in 2012? “Yes, I do think Barack Obama is doing a great job given what he was left with. It is amazing to me that this man is the picture of integrity. I believe he has the country’s best interest in his forethought and will do what is best in spite of the incredible, despicable odds he has had to endure during the last two years. “I will definitely vote for him in 2012 and will campaign relentlessly for him. I am sick and tired of the trouble makers like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman who flap their gums and say absolutely nothing and contribute nothing.” A.T.

About Ch@troom

What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? 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.

What do you remember about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003? “I was teaching at an elementary school in West Clermont School District. …When it happened everyone fell silent. There was nothing but shock. We had a moment of silence then returned to class.” K.S.

that the words in the Constitution are limited to their meanings in 1789. Odd how people want to take us back to 1789 to accommodate their politics, but who are also more than happy to accept the medical, mechanical and comfort changes that occurred between then and now. The Constitution was designed so that it could be changed. In 1789, voting was restricted to white men with unencumbered property. Women could not vote; married women’s property belonged to their spouse; they did not get custody of children even when they could divorce – nor did they get their money back. Hospitals were places where people went to die and childbirth was the most dangerous thing a women

could do. Slavery was defined by “race,” and black people could not testify in court to prevent being remanded into slavery. Current arguments regarding the lack of constitutional authority for taxes, welfare/unemployment, civil rights, or universal health insurance have a common thread: They deny the right of government to act in ways to improve the welfare of the nation. The TP does not, however, apply such thought to the new “rights” and authority of corporations that were also created by the Supreme Court under the 14th amendment. I guess that’s why those rich businessmen love the TP, they’re ignorant in all the right places. Since these people are so keen

4-H may be just the activity for your child compete each I think it was 1968 when Mom year about who took me to my first 4-H meeting. I would go to the didn’t understand 4-H, but 10 state fair. I can years later, 4-H had become a still see our mothmajor part of my life. It still is. ers rolling their What I learned from 4-H is eyes at us. But hard to describe in a few words. I hey, but we had learned how to finish a project, fun. run a meeting, work with others, Theresa L. There is phoplan events and speak in public. I also learned how to set and Herron tography, another one of my achieve goals, be a leader in one Editor’s favorites. Kids group and help the leader of Notebook can learn how to another. safely shoot guns, I have good friends I met in 4H oh so many years ago. Regina learn about taking care of lawnHowerton of Felicity and I have mowers, fishing and woodworkbeen best friends since meeting at ing. Kids can learn how to take better care of their dogs and cats. 4-H camp way back when. One of my favorite parts of the Her family lived in Union Township. Back then, talking annual county fair is when meant a toll call, so she and I awards are announced for “general projects.” To wrote letters. You see the faces of know, the old If you are looking for two 10-yearfashioned kind, with pen and something for your child to do, old boys with their first blue paper. She married especially this summer, ribbons and David Howerton of Felicity and has consider 4-H. These days, 4-H grins from ear to ear, well, it’s lived there for is about so much more than just something more than 20 raising and showing livestock. to see. Of years, but that’s course one no problem for us. If you are looking for some- was my nephew, Jarod. As a volunteer, this is what we thing for your child to do, espework for – to see how excited kids cially this summer, consider 4-H. These days, 4-H is about so get when they see what they can much more than raising and accomplish and have their parents, grandparents and friends in showing livestock. I did show dairy cattle while in the audience to see them get a rib4-H. Regina’s kids raised and bon. Without sounding silly, it’s just showed cattle and sheep. But she and I also took other plain special. To learn more about 4-H in projects. Just ask her about our little rivalry in cooking. We would Clermont County, call the office at

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on the lessons of history, and they enjoy being bullies, I suggest that they look a little closer, time-wise and a couple of countries over, map-wise. The TP acts more like an updated group of Storm Troopers (Sturm Abteilung) than they do honorable revolutionary heroes. They threaten and shout, and they like to bully those who disagree. The TPSA is just the right mix for making sure we do not get into the future without some serious pain and social dislocation. Way to go. Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford, where he has lived on and off since 1947. You can reach Harding at


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Grapplers aim to continue season By Scott Springer

After wrestling in a pair of tournaments with some top-level competition (Dave Bean Classic Jan. 29 and Steve Shinkle Invitational Feb. 5), Bethel-Tate wrestling coach Tom Donahue hopes his troops are ready to attack the SBAAC championships at Amelia, the sectionals at Batavia, the districts at Goshen and possibly the state mats in Columbus. Prior to those late-season tourneys, the Tigers finished 9-6 in the dual meet portion of their schedule. Among those matches were the Loveland Dual Tournament where they matched up with bigger Division I school for the most part. Of that group, Bethel-Tate defeated Withrow and Turpin. Late in the year, they also wrestled Simon Kenton, who traditionally sends wrestlers to the Kentucky state meet. “Not too bad considering how young we are,” replied coach Donahue by email when asked of his team’s late season progress. “On several occasions, we didn’t take advantage of scoring opportunities and once we learn to do that, we’ll be pretty good.” Thus far, Donahue sports three wrestlers at or over the 25-win mark in 103-pound junior Brandon Kahlenbeck, 119-pound sophomore Brian Carter and 125pound sophomore Chip Ratcliff. Blake Hurtt, 160-pound junior,


Blake Hurtt of Bethel wears down his opponent in an early season match against Little Miami. The 160-pound junior has recorded over 20 wins for the Tigers. BRANDON SEVERN/CONTRIBUTOR

Bethel’s Austin Kinnard tries to get off the mat in an early season match against Little Miami. The 145-pound sophomore was commended by coach Tom Donahue for his efforts in the Jan. 29 Dave Bean Classic in Finneytown. could reach that mark, and 130pound junior Jake Hamblin and 140-pound junior Jeff Mack are closing in on 20 victories. “I’m extremely proud of how hard my guys have worked and how they have continued to improve over the season,” Donahue said. “We look forward to the challenges ahead of us and are expecting to compete for the SBAAC title. From there, the goal is to extend the season for all 14 of our starters by getting them to qualify for the district tournament. After that, we’re hoping to have a few good/lucky enough to qualify for the state tournament, which will take place the first weekend in March.”

The top four in each weight class in the sectionals move onto the district. Top four in each class there goes to state. Donahue was most encouraged by his groups performance in the recent Dave Bean Classic in Finneytown. “As a team, we finished fifth out of 12 and had nine placers in the 14 weight-classes,” said Donahue. “We most definitely would have finished third if our 189 – Jon Ward – could have competed. He was a game-time scratch due to illness.” The weekend played out with some high drama for Bethel-Tate also. “The match of the night for us

was for third place at 125 pounds where Ratcliff upset the heavily favored Josh Nelson of Oakwood. Nelson was 23-1 coming into the tournament, was a state fourth place last year and was ranked No. 1 and projected state champ in this weight class in Division II.” “In the placement round, Chip was down 3-2 going into the third period and with about 20 seconds left in the match, he scored a twopoint reversal and two back points to defeat him 6-3. That avenged a district loss last year. This will make things interesting at the district tournament this year as Nelson and Chip (among others) will all be competing for one of the four qualifying spots for the state championships.” Kahlenbeck (103), Carter (119), Spencer Ireton (135) and Hurtt (160) also had solid tournaments and finished in the top

fourof their respective weightclasses, according to Donahue. He also pointed out some of his other wrestlers who aren’t always getting headlines. “145-pound sophomore Austin Kinnard did some of his best wrestling of the year en route to a 3-2 record on the day to finish fifth,” added Donahue. “One-hundred-and-forty-pound junior Jeff Mack finished fifth, 152- pound junior Josh East took home sixth and 171-pound senior Josh Closser also finished sixth to bring home his first placement medal of the season.” Closser is the team’s only senior. Behind him are six juniors, 10 sophomores and three freshmen. Wherever the road leads Bethel-Tate’s wrestlers this winter, the evidence points to the Tigers returning in bigger numbers in years to come.


Court collision

Garrett Lang of Bethel collides with a Western Brown defender as he puts up a shot. Feb. 4. The Tigers lost 63-50.


Tyler Bullock of Bethel puts up an off-balance shot under the basket. Bethel-Tate lost the home game to Western Brown. Bullock led the Tigers in the defeat with 20 points.

Garrett Lang sprints down court to try and lead a come back for Bethel-Tate late in their game against Western Brown Feb. 4. The Tigers rally fell short as Western Brown won 63-50.

BRIEFLY The week at Bethel-Tate

• Tess Jenike and the Bethel girls basketball team had a big week. The Tigers beat Blanchester, 53-44, Jan. 31, led by Jenike’s 25 points. They followed with a win against Whiteoak, 73-35, Feb. 1. Jenike had 20 points, and Brooke Kenneda added 14. On Feb. 3, Bethel edged New Richmond, 46-45, Jenike domi-

nated with 36 points. • Bethel boys lost to Western Brown 62-50 Feb. 4. Top scorer for the Tigers was Tyler Bullock with 20 points. Goshen beat Bethel 89-73 Feb. 5. Garrett Lang led all scoring with 26 points.

The week at Felicity

• The Felicity girls basketball

team downed Whiteoak, 41-39, Jan. 31. Arica Stutz scored 14 points to pace the win. Stutz scored another 15 points, Feb. 3, but the Cardinals fell to Williamsburg, 68-34. • Blanchester beat the Felicity boys 56-45 Feb. 4. Top scorer for Felicity was Matt O’Brien with 15 points, including one three-point shot. Felicity beat East Clinton 60-46

Feb. 5. Trevor Shouse had a teamhigh 26 points.

The week at McNicholas

• In boys basketball, the Rockets fell to Alter, 70-56, Feb. 2. Drew Hall led McNick with 29 points. On Feb. 4, McNick lost to Badin, 53-43. Hall scored 20 points for the Rockets. • In girls basketball, the Lady

Rockets defeated Roger Bacon, 6824, Feb. 2. Stephanie Krusling led the squad with 13 points. • In girls diving, Maddie Mitchell won the GGCL Central Grey Division diving championship with a score of 187.40, Jan. 30. Abby Mitchell placed second in the event, and Amanda Bradley finished third.


February 10, 2011

Bethel Journal


Clermont Senior Services celebrates ‘Service with Heart’ Clermont Senior Services invited close to 200 family and friends to an anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3. Dignitaries, volunteers, donors and staff members for the organization gathered at Receptions Eastgate to celebrate Clermont Senior Services’ 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart.” KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Clermont Senior Services celebrated 40 years of “Service with Heart” Thursday, Feb. 3. From left are Calvin Aicholtz of Union Township, Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Zuk and Municipal Court Judge Ric Ferenc. Zuk and Ferenc both live in Pierce Township.


Penny and Hugh Nichols of Batavia attended the Clermont Senior Services anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3.


Clermont Senior Services trustee John Nelson, Gayle McLaughlin, and Clermont Senior Services vice-chairman Mick McLaughlin mingle at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary Thursday, Feb. 3.


WLW Radio personality Jim Scott, who was the emcee for the Clermont Senior Services 40th anniversary celebration Feb. 3, welcomes Marty Brennaman to the stage.


Ohio State Rep. Danny Bubp, left, rubs shoulders with Ruth Ann Rooks and her husband George Rooks of Tate Township as well as Tom Stitt, left, of Milford.


Williamsburg residents Lucy Snell, left, and Izella Cadwallader, center, and Batavia resident Frances Wilson spent a little time catching up at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary.


During the Clermont Senior Services anniversary, the staff thanked the volunteers and donors who contributed to the organization over the years. A number of local government officials as well as other community figures attended the celebration, including Union Township Trustee Tim Donnellon and his wife Monica Donnellon.


Margaret Jenkins, right, and Martha Solano of Batavia Township talk about Ohio State Extension during the Clermont Senior Services 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart” Thursday, Feb. 3.


Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, talked about the 2011 baseball team during his keynote speech at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary Thursday, Feb. 3.

‘Service with Heart’ is a way of life for local agency Clermont Senior Services is celebrating more than 40 years of “service with heart.” The agency was founded by Lois Brown Dale, and although that specific phrase was not used, it was the standard from the beginning. We initiated the “service with heart” tagline around 2002. We all feel strongly about it. We’ve done a lot of talking about service with heart, and we use the phrase often, but what is it really?

It has to do with providing exemplary customer service. One might ask, “Why is ClerLinda Eppler m o n t Community S e n i o r ervices Press guest Sdedicated columnist to providing exemplary service when most of our customers don’t have a lot of other options?” In

many cases, people have no family and we are the only organization that will provide service on a donation basis. So why seek a higher standard? It’s because we sincerely care about the people we serve. Our mission is to help older adults live as actively and independently as possible, but we don’t just provide services, we want to improve their quality of life. We want them to feel valued and respected. But it doesn’t stop there.

We want to improve the quality of life of our employees (at least their work life) as well, and we want them to feel valued and respected. We stress courtesy and respect for our external and our internal customers – everyone we see or talk to in a day’s time. A couple of years ago a team of employees created the “Service with Heart Guide to Employee Performance Excellence.” It’s a 22-page booklet, stating exactly what service with heart is and establishing it

as the backbone of our company culture. In the booklet, employees determined “service with heart” means they will do everything they can to exceed the needs or expectations of everyone with care and respect. That’s not just the person receiving a meal, transportation or home care. That includes the person we sit next to at work, the person we see in the hall, the vendor who calls on the phone, the unhappy customer, the frustrated employee, the wrong num-

ber that reached our office by mistake. Anyone and everyone we come in contact with during the day – that’s who our customers are. Each of us is responsible and accountable for serving them – with care and respect. And here is the reason for it: By improving the quality of their lives, we improve the quality of our own. Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.


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Downey honored for 20 years of CCDD board service By Mary Dannemiller


Debra Furby, owner Sandra Bradley-Smith, Sherron Baker and Tom Smith work in Mother Earth’s Well in Bethel.

New Bethel store offers second chance for owner By Mary Dannemiller

fiber art scarves and an interesting assortment of tote bags and purses as well When Sandra Bradley- as knit and crocheted hats, Smith was diagnosed with scarves and head bands.” throat cancer, she thought Her husband, Tim Smith, her dream of opening her is a hypnotist who is offerown store might remain ing assistance with weight only a dream. loss, smoking cessation and But after a a class called tough battle Introduction with the dis- More than 20 to Past Life ease, BradleyRegression. Smith is cancer- artisans sell their “We have free and the really unique wares at Mother things and do owner of Mother Earth’s Well, a Earth’s Well. c u s t o m new store in w o r k , ” Bethel which Bradley-Smith offers everything from jew- said. elry to hypnosis. “My husband is a certi“It made me more deter- fied hypnotist and he helps mined,” she said. “It makes people with weight loss and you value life a little more people who want to stop and you decide not to waste smoking. We also have time. This is something I’ve essential oil classes, arowanted for a number of matherapy classes and a years, but I wasn’t sure if I card reader who’s going to should stick my neck out come in on a weekly basis.” there. After this whole The store also is holding a mess, I decided to finally split the pot for Valentine’s stick my neck out.” Day with tickets sold for $1 More than 20 artisans each, six for $5 or 13 for $10. sell their wares at the store, The winner will be drawn at 3664 Ohio 125, Bradley- noon Friday, Feb. 11. Smith said. For more information, “There are afghans of all call 919-9689. The store’s sorts colors and sizes, towel hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. cakes and handmade soaps Monday through Friday, 11 and body scrubs for house- a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and warming and shower gifts, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Learn about genealogy The Clermont County Genealogical Society has programs planned this spring that are free and open to the public. Additional information can be found at: www. clecgs/ or call 723-3423. The programs are at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Doris Wood Library, 180 S. Third St. in Batavia. • Saturday, March 5 – Program: “First Families and Settlers and Builders of Clermont County, Ohio.” CCGS members will present the program on the application process for the two lineage societies in Clermont County. Learn about these lineage programs and local resources for obtaining required records. Obtain forms, ask questions and

seek advice. This program will be of particular interest to those who can trace their ancestors back to the early settlers (prior to 18201860) of the county. • Saturday, April 2 – Program: “Historical Newspaper Collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.” Stephen Headley, manager of the magazines and newspapers department at the library, will be the presenter. • Saturday, May 7 – Program: “Mt. Zion Cemetery, Clermont County, Ohio.” Presented by Trisha Brush. • Saturday, June 4 – Program: “Blegen Archives & Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati campus.” Presented by Janice Schulz, CRM, University Records Manager and Archives Specialist.

For Wanda Downey, the two decades she spent as a Clermont County Developmental Disabilities board member held special meaning. Her daughter, Marie, has a developmental disability and Downey wanted to do everything she could to help other families in need. “She knew what it was like before she knew about our agency and the way she fought for Marie made her want to fight for everybody’s kids,” said CCDD Superintendent Sharon Woodrow. “She’s very passionate.” Downey is stepping down from the board and has served for 12 consecutive years and previously served an eight-year term. She will be honored for her service at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Wildey Center Cafeteria, 2040 U.S. 50. “There have been so many changes in the program and it’s been a constant learning process, but it’s been wonderful,” Downey said. “The kids give such unconditional love.” One of the things Downey said she’s enjoyed most about her time with CCDD is working with fellow board members and Woodrow. “I really hope they continue with the same superintendent and the same board,” she said. “There are such wonderful people in


The Clermont County Developmental Disabilities Board honored Wanda Downey Thursday, Jan. 27. First row: Superintendent Sharon Woodrow, board member Sheila Madden, Wanda Downey, board member Jen Mailloux, board member Laurie Benintendi and board member Garrett Slone. Second row: Board member Gary Carson, board member Harry Snyder, board member Kim Pellington and Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey.


Wanda Downey and her husband, John.

there now and I am so pleased with Sharon. The young people on the board are so interested and even though not all of them have children who receive services, they take such an interest in what we do.” Harry Snyder is one of the board members who has worked closely with Downey, who has served as

the board’s president, over the last few years. “She has done an excellent job,” he said. “She has been good about mixing up committees so I feel comfortable our board as a whole has good experience. She inspired people, and not only board members who have students, to follow in her footsteps.” Watching her daughter participate in CCDD programs also has been a highlight for Downey. “She’s grown so much and has come to be so much more independent,” she said. “She didn’t talk until she was about 5 years old and I took her to the diagnostic clinic and said I didn’t care what she said as long as she said something. Well, I think she’s said it all by now, many times over. She will not stop talking and I’m


Thomas Wildey III and former CCDD Superintendent Donald Collins.

so thankful.” Downey said she might re-apply for a spot on the board in two years when she’s eligible, if there is a position available. “I plan to volunteer and I’m currently serving on the supported living council,” she said. “I have to leave the board for a couple of years, but I could go back. This is so near and dear to my heart.”

Union Twp. veteran served with Medal of Honor winner By John Seney

An Army veteran from Union Township served in Afghanistan with the only living person to win the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Brad Gantz served with medal winner Salvatore Giunta in Afghanistan for three years, from 2005 to 2008. They were both in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Although they were in different companies, they knew each other because of some mutual friends, Gantz said. Giunta received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions saving the lives of members of his squad during an ambush by the Taliban in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan Oct. 25, 2007. Gantz said the day of the ambush he was on patrol on the other side of some mountains. “There was a valley between us,” Gantz said. “It was pretty quiet on our side.” When Gantz’ unit got back to their base, a sergeant told them about the ambush and Giunta’s heroics. The sergeant said Giunta would probably get the Medal of Honor and asked if anyone knew him. “The only one who knew


Brad Gantz, left, was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Rep. Jean Schmidt, right, for his Army service during a Clermont County commissioners meeting in 2008. him was me,” Gantz said. Gantz said no one would ever guess Giunta as someone who could win the Medal of Honor. “He was really laid back, real mellow, a really good guy,” he said. Before deploying to Afghanistan, Gantz and Giunta both were stationed at an Army base in Italy. Gantz remembers the last night before they were deployed, he, Giunta and some other friends went to Venice together to celebrate. One of the friends was Joshua Brennan, who Giunta tried to save in the Korengal Valley ambush. Brennan later died from wounds suffered in the attack. Gantz went to Washington, D.C., when Giunta

received his Medal of Honor from President Obama Nov. 16, 2010. He was not able to attend the ceremony because of the limited number of people allowed into the White House, but was able to watch it with other members of his unit on a big screen television at a hotel near the Pentagon. Gantz was able to attend Giunta’s induction into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes the next day. “It was awesome,” Gantz said. “A once in a lifetime thing. It was good to see how much support he has from his unit.” Gantz, 25, grew up in Union Township and attended Glen Este High School. He has been out of the Army for two years and

is now attending the University of Cincinnati. After he gets his degree, he would like to work for the government. Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said Gantz has participated in some events with the military support group Whole in My Heart. “He’s helped us out a lot,” Proud said. The last time Gantz talked to Giunta, who is still in the Army, was at the ceremonies in Washington. “What you see on TV is how he is,” Gantz said of Giunta. “He’s really humble.” At the White House ceremony, Obama, according to the Army website, said of Giunta, “Now, I’m going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy. I think anybody – we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about. And it just makes you proud. “ “This medal today is a testament to his uncommon valor, but also to the parents and the community that raised him; the military that trained him; and all the men and women who served by his side,” Obama said. For more about your community, visit uniontownship.


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Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Works by Kelly Frigard addresses life’s questions about sacrifice, transcendence and spirituality. Media includes embroidered textiles, stuffed and ceramic animals, sculptural wings and dresses using felted wool, rabbit fur and found fabrics. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5200; Batavia.


Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Network of weight-loss support programs. $24 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:3010:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike. High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Family friendly. $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Health Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. 697-9705; Loveland. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 1


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


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


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

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BENEFITS Cheers for Tender Years Event, 6-10 p.m., Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road. Includes dinner for two, four drink tickets and an entry into reverse raffle for a chance to win $1000. Silent auction, Chinese auction and Balloon Bonanza. Benefits Tender Years Cooperative Preschool. Ages 21 and up. $65. Presented by Tender Years Cooperative Preschool. 5884975. Loveland. EDUCATION

Poetry Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. With George Ella Lyon and Pauletta Hansel. Opportunities for writing and receiving feedback from other poets. Includes lunch. Ages 18 and up. $60. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland. Poetry Weekend Retreat for Women, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Through noon Feb. 13. Delve deeper into poetry through weekend of writing, reflection and community. $150 double occupancy, $175 single, $125 commuter. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


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


Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave. Ten-week contest including one week of semifinals and one week of finals. Winner of the contest receives $500 cash, second place receives $250, and third place receives $100. Run by Moonlight Entertainment. 248-4444. Milford.


Bob Crawford, 9 p.m.-midnight, Bucks Tavern, 3299 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, Acoustic rock covers from ‘60s to today. Free. 677-3511. Loveland.


Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. With Steve Bobonick. Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $5, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Earthhuggers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Maple Time: Bundle up and come along as we get a sweet taste of winter at the Sugar House. Indoor discovery time, songs, games, art, hike, snack and story. Topic varies monthly. Ages 3-4. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Awareness, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Awareness of Sap and Syrup. Begins four-part series. Story, hike, craft and snack. Topic varies monthly. Ages 5-6. $56, $36 members for four-part series. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Discovery, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. From Tree to Table. First in four-part series. Introduction, hike and snack. Topic varies monthly. Ages 7-9. $56, $36 members per four-part series. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Naturalist Explorers, 1-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Maple Sugaring, a Behind the Scenes Look. Ages 10-13. Outdoor skills training, purposeful exploring and guided offtrail forays to provide unique outdoor experiences. $100, $68 members for five-part series. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Hands-On Backyard Maple Sugaring Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage and boiling as well as finishing and canning syrup on a small scale discussed. Ages 18 and up. $8, $5 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Naturally Trivial, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Families can enter a “game show” about local wildlife. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. S U N D A Y, F E B . 1 3


Yoga for Golfers: Longer and Straighter in 2011, 2-3:30 p.m., Simply Power Yoga, 732 Middleton Way, Katherine Roberts’ Yoga for Golfers system. $40. Reservations required. 807-0658. Loveland.


Two by Two, 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Learn how animals get together to start a family. Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.


Turkey Shoot, 1-6 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, $3-$5. Presented by VFW Post 6562-Milford. 575-2102; Milford. M O N D A Y, F E B . 1 4


Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia.


“Fragility of Spirit” by Kelly Frigard will be held through Feb. 24 at UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. Works by Frigard include embroidered textiles, stuffed and ceramic animals, sculptural wings and dresses using felted wool, rabbit fur and found fabrics. The exhibition is free. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, call 732-5200 or visit Pictured is Frigard’s “Toy Lamb.” T U E S D A Y, F E B . 1 5


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Prostate Cancer Education/Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., For prostate cancer survivors, men undergoing treatment and men recently diagnosed. Wives and significant others also invited. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society. 253-9333; Milford.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugar brush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Making Maple Syrup for Preschoolers, 1:30 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, With hands-on activities and taste tests, preschoolers learn how maple syrup goes from tree to table. $1. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Owensville.


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


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.

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Painting Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Passage Books, 126 Front St., Includes art supplies. $45. Registration required, available online. Presented by The Twisted Brush. 313-9330; New Richmond.


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.


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


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


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel. Little Nature Nuts, 10-10:45 a.m., Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road. Each class has different outdoor/nature theme. Ages 18 months-4 years. $10; $5 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


Health Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8


Grow With Us Anderson Theatre Gala, 6:30-11:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Music by top Anderson students, dinner, dancing with music by DJ Ronny Young and silent auction. Benefits Friends of Anderson Drama. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. 474-3427. Eastgate.


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

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave. Weekly through April 20. Children from all faiths welcome. Christian formation process in which children experience and form faithful relationship with God. Family friendly. $100 family, $50 child. Registration required. 474-4445. Anderson Township.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $24 annually, first meeting free. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


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

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


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Full Moon Walk, 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Snow Moon. Meet at Cabin. Ages 8 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Maple Sugaring for Homeschoolers, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugar brush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $5 participants, free ages 2 and under. 831-1711. Union Township.


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The type of love that shines the brightest Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. A handsome young man stood at a jewelry store counter. In front of him, on a black velvet cloth, were three glittering stones. All were cut with precision and to the uneducated eye all three looked like diamonds. Actually however, one was glass, one was zircon, and one was an elegant diamond. The price range went from $75 to several thousand. Only a professional gemologist could immediate tell them apart. They looked stunning but needed to be carefully distinguished – just as types of love need to be carefully distinguished as regards their value. In fact, we can use the three stones before the young man to symbolize three possible kinds of love. The faceted glass stone could represent a particular kind of love called “if-love.” It’s the most common type of love. Of course, it glitters and glistens but it’s not very valuable and easily scratched. It has strings

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attached. If-love is not love at all. It’s self-centered and offered only in exchange for something our alleged l o v e r wants from

“If you put me first, meet my expectations and be what I want you to be; if you’re sexually fulfilling; if you overlook any kind of treatment from me, I’ll love you.” So many ifs. So many strings attached. So much self-centeredness. Many such fragile relationships crack and break apart after awhile. Expectations eventually are not met, disillusionment sets in, and whatever we bartered away to get this ifonly love wasn’t enough. What was thought to be genuine love turns into disinterest or hate. Sometimes even parental love can be tainted by the

“if” kind of love. Whether its expectations are the too-strict demands of Tiger Mom, or the absence of needed discipline from Too Soft Moms, young children can become confused over whether they are truly loved at all. The second stone, representing the second kind of love, could be called the “because” kind of love. A person is still not loved for themselves but because of some quality they possess, something they have, or something they do. “I love you because you have such a beautiful body; because you’re rich, powerful, popular or well-known.” This kind of love gave birth to the belief that “power, money and position are the greatest aphrodisiacs!” Of course, if we’re loved because of some thing or quality we have, what will happen if we lose it or someone else comes along with more of the lovable quality? What happens when age takes away the quality, poor economic times deplete our resources, or an accident deforms our body?

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If we can have an inkling that we are loved with a because-kind-of-love, insecurity results. We stay on guard lest it appear we have lost the tenuous quality which endear us. We worry: “If the quality goes, will love go, too?” The third stone, the brilliant diamond, symbolizes unconditional love. Colloquially we could call it “in spite of” kind of love. There are no strings attached, no list of expectations, we do not deserve it or earn it – we just mysteriously receive it from the one loving us. We are loved just because the one loving us sees some great worth in us as a person. We probably don’t even see it ourselves. We are irreplaceable to the one who loves us. This is also the kind of love with which God loves us. It’s not because we’ve done everything right and

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earn it, but it comes from the heart of the one loving us. This unconditional love is rare among humans. Yet, this is the kind of love for which our hearts are desperately hunger. It is a very rare gem to find. Fortunate are those who

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February 10, 2011

It’s a piece of cake to make your own Valentines I remember well my first box of Valentine’s candy. I was 16 and my boyfriend, Jim, brought over two huge heart-shaped boxes of candy from the drugstore. One was, of course, for me, and the other was for Mom. Needless to say, Jim scored brownie points that day. But he taught me a valuable lesson: Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts.

Cake pops

So trendy! Lots of specialty pastry makers have these for sale. You can make your own. 1 box favorite cake mix or homemade, baked according to directions

Favorite icing:

Think of combos you like with cake

For dipping:

Melted chocolate

To decorate:

T i n y candies

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

L e t cake cool completely. Break into pieces and, with a mixer or f o r k , crumble cake into

fine crumbs. Start adding icing, about 1 ⁄2 cup at a time. You’ll notice the more you mix the cake with the icing, the more moist it gets. Add more icing depending upon how you like the finished pops – with a cakelike or creamy center. (Make a small ball, about an inch or so. If it holds together, and it’s still a bit cake-like in texture, you can use it like that. For a more creamy texture, add a bit more icing. I like mine cake-like). Put in freezer for an hour to get hard. Or refrigerate until very firm, a couple of

hours. (You can leave them in the fridge several days or in the freezer a couple of weeks at least). Dip in melted chocolate and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle on toppings before icing sets. Insert on sucker sticks and put them into a foam base, covered with foil, etc. Or put them into paper candy liners, or make individual gifts by wrapping each pop in a cellophane bag. Store in fridge, covered. Bring to room temperature before eating. Even easier: Use doughnut holes instead of the cake. This is especially fun for the kids to do. I like to use glazed doughnut holes. Optional but good: Substitute up to 1⁄4 cup of favorite liqueur for liquid used in cake mix, or add an extra dash of vanilla, some cinnamon, etc.

3 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 cups powdered sugar 12 oz. or so melted chocolate


Make your own chocolate-covered cherries this Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate-covered cherries

Rivals store bought! Make as many, or as little, as you like. I first tasted these when friend and colleague Perrin Rountree, an Anderson Township reader, brought me some. 1 jar, l0 oz., maraschino cherries with stems Drain cherries very well for several hours. They must be dry for fondant to adhere.

Fast fondant

Not a true fondant, but an easy one. You’ll have fondant leftover. Freeze fondant up to a month.

Mix butter and syrup, then mix in powdered sugar. It will look a bit dry but will come together as you knead it smooth. If too soft to handle, chill for 15 minutes. ( Mixture can also be made a week ahead and brought to room temperature). Shape 1⁄2 to l teaspoon mixture around each cherry, fitting the fondant closely to the cherry, enclosing the base of the stem as well. Roll in your palms to smooth fondant. Place on baking sheet and chill until firm. This is necessary for the chocolate to adhere. Melt chocolate. Let cool a bit – chocolate will still be warm and very liquid. Dip cherry into chocolate. Seal completely or juice could leak out. Place on sprayed baking sheet. Chill until firm. To store: Store in tightly covered container in fridge. Bring to room temperature before eating.

Tips from readers

Dairy-free chocolate chips: Read labels. Alexia Kadish, a Loveland reader, cautions to read labels to make sure chips are dairyfree. The recipe from a reader last week for dairy-free chocolate chip cookies called for chocolate chips. Some are dairy-free; others are not; others may be dairy-free but processed in a plant that uses dairy. As Alexia suggests, “A good way to locate chocolate chips without dairy is to look for the kosher label that has a tiny reference to ‘parve’ next to it.” Checking further, “parve” means by rabbinical supervision there will be no milk, butter or dairy in it. ‘D’ or ‘dairy’ will mean it could be possible that dairy is included. Thanks, Alexia!

Can you help?

Thriftway ham loaf. Randy Sias is still looking for the ham loaf made at the Thriftway on Five Mile Road in Anderson Township. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


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Come visit us at the

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“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

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A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450


Trinity United Methodist

You Are Invited!

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




Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis

Something for children at each service

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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THE Correction

The following was incorrectly printed in the Jan. 27 issue of The Bethel Journal. The follwing is the correct report:

Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs In the 700 block of Mullen Road, Felicity, Jan. 13.

February 10, 2011

| DEATHS | Editor Theresa Herron | | 248-7128 BIRTHS





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Theft, assault

Female stated purse taken and being assaulted at 119 W. Plane St., Jan. 10.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female stated she was assaulted at 629 W. Plane St., Jan. 9.


Snow shovel taken at 216 N. Charity, Jan. 14. iPod taken; $200 at 136 S. East St., Jan. 15. Various tools taken; $1,540 at 563 S. Charity, Jan. 17. Money taken, which had been left in ATM machine; $120 at 308 W. Plane St., Jan. 19.


Ryan Emil Petrey, 23, 3170 Cedarstone Lane, Bethel, intimidation at 2984 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Jan. 24. John Wayne Blair, 32, 2591 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, assault, drug paraphernalia at 2591 Gaylord Ave.,

Bethel, Jan. 25. Juvenile, 15, drug paraphernalia, Bethel, Jan. 26. Rita N. Schirmer, 29, 10483 Ohio 774, Hamersville, disorderly conduct, possessing drug abuse instruments at 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 28. Bonnie Smith, 45, 754 Hopewell Road, Felicity, disorderly conduct, leave the scene at 1 Mayflower Drive, Amelia, Jan. 31.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary

At 1109 Ohio 133, Bethel, Jan. 28.


At 2591 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, Jan. 25.


At 2628 Runway Ave., Bethel, Jan. 24.

At 2591 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, Jan. 25.

At 2037 Weil Road, Moscow, Jan. 24. At 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 25. At 1109 Ohio 133, Bethel, Jan. 28. At 3669 Happy Hollow Road, Bethel, Jan. 27.

Criminal damaging/endangering

Identity fraud Intimidation

At 2984 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Jan. 24.


At 3420 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Jan. 27.


At 1111 Ohio 133 Lot 42, Bethel, Jan. 26.

At 235 Mulberry St., Felicity, Jan. 29. At 2370 Bethel New Richmond Road, Bethel, Jan. 26.

At 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Jan. 30.

At 2759 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Jan. 25.

Criminal mischief

Drug paraphernalia

Vehicular vandalism

At 1111 Ohio 133, Bethel, Jan. 26.

DEATHS Walter H. Fancher

Walter H. Fancher, 77, of Bethel died Jan. 28. Survived by wife, Dorothy (nee Fishback) Fancher; children, Joanne (Mick) Swain, Mike (Debbie) Fancher and Dave Fancher; sister, Barbara Claypool; seven grandchildren; and

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Vera Hancock

Vera Hancock, 97, of Chilo died Jan. 19. Survived by children, Donna (Melvin) Woods and Gloria (Ralph “Sonny”) Hartman; four grandchildren;

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Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kimberly Ann Lea, et al., foreclosure Union Savings Bank vs. Farah Sagin Individually and as Executor, et al., foreclosure Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Roger V. Hold Jr., et al., foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Jeff A. Wiebell, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Anthony Tambash, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Gary W. Dalton, et al., foreclosure Riverhills Bank vs. James Wayne Wallace, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Justin Baughan, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Roy Waugh, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher Foster, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Danny L. Alsept and Leanne K. Alsept, foreclosure

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