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BETHEL — The Bethel Business Association, which was formed about a year ago to promote the business community, is holding its first annual awards luncheon Monday, March 4. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Grant Memorial Building, 235 W. Plane St. Judi Adams, president of the business association, said for the past 10 years she helped or-

ganize an annual luncheon with a guest speaker. The event was sponsored by Community Savings Bank. “With the formation of the Bethel Business Association, it made sense to incorporate it with the business association,” Adams said. An awards presentation has been added to the event. The guest speaker this year will be Tony Aretz, president of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. “He was one of the speakers at Lead Clermont 2012,” Adams

said. “I was so impressed with him. He’s very motivational.” Aretz’s speech topic will be ethical leadership, Adams said. Adams When some members of the business community first got together about a year ago to talk about forming a new organization, about a dozen people showed up, Adams said. Today, there are 46 members, she said.

“At every meeting we have one or two new members,” Adams said. “We have enthusiastic business people here.” The regular monthly meetings of the group are at noon the first Monday of the month at the Grant Memorial Building. Adams said the business association this year is taking over planning the annual Bethel Art and Music Festival, known as BAMFest. Bethel village council member Priscilla Johnson, council liaison to the business association, said association members

are “getting excited about BAMFest.” The annual festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Cost of the March 4 awards luncheon is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Reservation payments are requested by Feb. 25 and can be mailed to The Bethel Business Association, Inc., ATTN: LouAnn Oberschlake, 101 W. Plane St., Bethel, OH 45106. For more information about the Bethel Business Association, call Judi Adams at 7344445.


A team of Felicity-Franklin FFA students won first place in the state Agricultural Issues Forum and will compete nationally in October. From left are Jordan Utter, Christina Paskow, Wilmington College Professor Monte Anderson, Paige Kessen, Serena Spaulding and Mikayla Hamilton. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN

FFA team prepares for national contest By Roxanna Swift

The horticulture students at Grant Career Center are more than knee deep in “Dirt Days” as they fill thousands of flats, pots and hanging baskets that will eventually be home for the seedlings and plant plugs. Junior Jose Noland is a little overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. “There is so much soil and so many flats. I don’t know if we will ever get them all filled.” The plants grown this winter will be sold to the public this spring. THANKS TO PAM MCKINNEY



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FELICITY — Five students from Felicity-Franklin High School are preparing to compete in the National FFA Convention and Expo in October. The team won first place in the FFA state Agricultural Issues Forum for their presentation about animal rights and product testing, said Holly Jennings, adviser. “We felt like we were strong competitors,” said sophomore Mikayla Hamilton. “It was our best run-through of the presentation that we had done.” For the forum, the students staged a skit simulating a news broadcast, which included pros and cons of animal testing. Hamilton said one reason the group chose the topic is because her younger brother, who is now 12 years old, was born with half a heart. His successful heart transplant was due in part to medical research that included animal testing. To prepare for the state competition, the students presented their skit to the Felicity FFA Alumni, the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7496 and 4-H members.

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“Part of the project is for students to go out in the community and raise awareness of the issues they are presenting about,” Jennings said. Each student researched for a role and shared the results with the rest of the group to develop the skit. Junior Christina Paskow, who plays the role of a spokesperson from PETA in the skit, said the forum was her first FFA competition. Many of her team members are young relatively new to the organization as well. The lack of experience was challenging at times, she said. “We kind of were all the underdogs,” she said. Team members put in many hours of practice time, despite conflicting athletic schedules, she said. “It was fun, but it was definitely difficult, with basketball practice,” said sophomore Jordan Utter. Since winning the state competition, they have been practicing and researching their topic more to perfect their scripts. Although the team is mostly

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new to FFA and its competitions, members have had help from some experienced individuals, Jennings said. Carley Snider, Sydney Snider and Alexis Christensen, who received a silver rating in the 2012 Na-

tional FFA Convention and Expo, are a source of guidance and input, she said. The three were the first Felicity FFA group in more than 30 years to compete nationally, Jennings said. “They know what to expect from nationals,” said junior Serena Spaulding. “They were very helpful with that.”


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The bureau also asked Miami Township Multimedia Coordinator Will Menz to work on

the website. In addition to targeting visitors from outside the county, bureau members are trying to make the new website more user-friendly and include more media, Menz said. Smith said the new website, which is expected to be up by March 1, should have more frequent updates and will incorporate more presentations and photos than before. Bureau members also are exploring other platforms for reaching community members and outside visitors. County communications director Annette

Meagher recently began promoting the county on the Clermont County Ohio Government Facebook page. “The intent is to make the Facebook page another platform to act as a community bulletin board,” Smith said. “It’s just another way to reach the audience.” Although she is not an active member of the visitors bureau, Meagher regularly attends visitors bureau meetings and offers input. She said she would like to see collaboration between the county government, the visitors bureau and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. “Together, with all our resources combined, we can do more than if we are siloed,” she said. One major goal behind collaboration is to be more effective in information sharing, she said.

Libraries have new leader temporarily The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees has named Chris Wick, manager of the Union Township Branch, the acting executive director while the library’s current executive director, David Mezack, takes an unexpected leave of absence. Mezack expects he will be absent about 90 days to attend to personal matters. To meet requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, the library’s

board of trustees met in special session Feb. 4 and unanimously appointed Wick as the acting director until Mezack returns, according to a press release issues Feb. 5. “The board of trustees and library administration have worked diligently to plan for events of this nature,” Mezack said. “We have several layers of backup procedures in place and the public and our staff should not anticipate any

disruption in services or daily routines. I have confidence Ms. Wick will do an excellent job for the library in this capacity and I look forward to my return to the library as soon as possible.” The Clermont County Public Library has also temporarily suspended the search to fill the assistant director’s position, which is open due to the recent retirement of Susan Riggs after her 17 years of service.

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Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial is returning The Vietnam Traveling Wall will return to Union Township’s Veterans’ Memorial Park this fall. The wall first came to the township in 2003. This year, it will be set up Wednesday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 13. The Veterans Service Commission of Clermont County are working in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 649 of Clermont County and the Union Township trustees to host the display. This is a three-fifths scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., standing six feet tall at the center, and covering almost 300 feet end to end. With more than 58,000 names engraved on the wall, including eight women, it honors those who lost their lives during this nearly six-year war. About 1,200 of the names are listed as missing (MIAs, POWs and others). Union Township Administrator Ken Geis esti-

“Its presence offers healing to all veterans.” KEN WILLIAMSON, VVA 649 president

mates about 25,000 guests visited the wall over three days in 2003. Howard Daugherty, executive director of the veterans service commission, said all the details are not finalized, but the dates are locked in and the location will be the same as last time, against the soccer fields, on the north side of the park, facing Clough Pike. Buses will provide transportation from an as yet undetermined location to the park, and volunteers with golf carts will shuttle seniors and others who cannot make the walk from the parking lot. There will be computer terminals set up to find the locations of names on the wall. Andrea Bryant, VSC administrator, said many volunteers will be needed

Memorial bricks for sale The Clermont County Chapter 649 of the Vietnam Veterans of America is selling etched bricks to be placed at the base of the Lt. Andrew Haglage Vietnam-era helicopter memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. Cost is $30 for a maxi-

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in several capacities, including setting up and dismantling the wall, shuttle services, computer stations and more. “It has to be lighted and people have to be there 24 hours a day,” Daugherty said. It takes a massive coordinated effort to put a project like this together, Daugherty said. But Geis said last time, the effort was seamless. “We have a general concept of the program,” he said. “Last time, the coordination internally went, and will go this time, very smoothly because we have such great employees. We work very well with the Clermont County Veterans Services and we will dedicate the resources necessary to make this event respectful and a huge success for

the township and the region.” Daugherty echoed the sentiment of respect in talking about the wall. “It is eye-opening and puts things into perspective,” Daugherty said. “It is a solemn memorial and very heart-wrenching.” Ken Williamson is the president of VVA 649, a staunch supporter of this project and a believer in the power of the wall. “Its presence offers healing to all veterans and provides a wonderful opportunity for students and the community to learn from the educational materials which accompany the wall,” Williamson said. “VVA 649 is thankful to Union Township and the VSC for bringing the Traveling Wall back to Clermont County this fall.” For more information about the project or volunteering, contact Hward Daugherty at 732-7377, or Andrea Bryant at 7327245.


BATAVIA — Village council members Feb. 4 authorized Administrator Dennis Nichols to move forward with a new annexation, which would include more than 200 acres of land in Batavia Township. Nichols said the property owners requested the location of the property not be disclosed until a contract is signed. “This is a work in progress,” Nichols said. The property owners requested the annexation take place under the condition the land be zoned to allow for mixed residential and commercial development. “It’s going to take a few years to fill it up, but it would double our population,” said Mayor Thebout. Another stipulation for the annexation is for the initial infrastructure to be financed using village assessment bonds. To fulfill this condi-

tion, the village would issue bonds for $1.2 million and would install or finance Nichols the infrastructure through a developer, Nichols said. The property owners would then repay issuance and interest costs through property assessments over a 20year period. While the conditions are potential risk factors for the village, neither Nichols nor Thebout feel there is need for concern. “It’s like any other project,” Thebout said. “There isn’t anything you can do where there isn’t risk involved.” While the proposed annexation is in an early stage, he said he is excited about moving forward with it. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the village,” he said.



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BRIEFLY Fish fry

The Men’s Club of St. Peter Catholic Church in New Richmond is sponsoring a fish fry every Friday during Lent, beginning Friday, Feb. 15 through Good Friday, March 29, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Menu includes deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw; baked cod with toss salad and baked potato. Also grilled cheese is available. Eat in or carry out. Homemade dessert and drink included with price of meal. The church is at 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road in New Richmond. Proceeds benefit parish projects.

Veteran meeting

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Clermont County Chapter 649, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. All veterans, all wars, are welcome. For more information, visit

Bike map

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has launched the Flash Bike Map Update Campaign. This effort seeks to partner with individuals and groups who bicycle in Cincinnati to update OKI’s Cincinnati Bike Route Guide map. OKI is asking for comments, ideas and questions involving the current map. It is called a flash campaign because it will only lasts two weeks. The campaign is structured to provide the Cincinnati bicycle community the opportunity to comment on changes along routes, safety issues, detours, etc. All comments will be taken into consideration before finalizing the bike map. The campaign is open until Feb. 17. Visit to partici-

pate. An instructional video on the effort is available at http:// Contact Sarah Fry at 513-6216300, ext. 141, or for more information.

Clay pipe factory

During February, the Clermont County Historical Society will have a display at the Felicity Branch Library. The display features the clay pipe factory that once stood on the banks of Indian Creek at Point Pleasant. The display will rotate between the county branch libraries during 2013 as follows: March in Goshen; April in Owensville; May in New Richmond; June in Batavia; July in Williamsburg; August in Bethel; September in Amelia; October in Milford; and November in Union Township. The display is open to the public free of charge during regular library hours.

History meeting

The Clermont County Historical Society will meet Saturday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m. in Room S143 of Snyder Hall at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia. Ron Hill will talk about the Civil War sites in Clermont County. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Family science night

BETHEL — A family science night Thursday, Feb. 21, will be held at Hill Intermediate School,150 Fossyl Drive, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event, which is open to all Hill Intermediate students, will feature science experiments and activities for students and their families to experience together.

Farm Bureau to bowl

Clermont County Farm Bureau will host to a “Family Fun Night of Bowling” at Suburban

Bowl, 1991 Front Wheel Drive, Batavia, Sunday, Feb. 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Clermont County Farm Bureau members pay $5 for shoes and bowling. All family members under 18 are free. Nonmembers are invited to become a Farm Bureau member. Call the Farm Bureau office at 937-378-2212 (toll free 888378-2212) to make a reservation or for more information.

Library lovers

February is Library Lovers’ Month, a chance for the public to share their love for their library. One way Clermont County Public Library is celebrating is with shareable, online Library LoveNotes. Choose from three Library LoveNotes designs. Version one says, “Love Me, Love My Library.” Version two is fitting for any library fan and includes the message, “Our Love is Overdue.” Version three features Clermont County Public Library’s official mascot, Browser and says, “I Ruff You.” Online links to the Library Love Notes can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, email or anywhere participants would like. To choose and share your favorite design, visit the library’s website at and click the Library Lovers’ Month box on the left side of the screen. Printed versions of the Library Love Notes and children’s coloring sheets also are available at all 10 Clermont County Public Library branches while supplies last.

Pancake breakfast

The Bethel Lions Club Pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bethel-Tate High School, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu is all the pancakes you can eat, sausage, potato cake, juice, coffee or

milk. The price is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Proceeds go toward purchasing eyeglasses for children and for the other community services conducted by the Bethel Lions Club.

fered several wounds to his neck. He was taken to University Hospital and listed in stable condition. Kennell was being held at the Clermont County Jail on $200,000 bond.

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and mother/son dance will be held Friday, Feb. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hill Intermediate School, 150 Fossyl Drive. The dance is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Electric choice

BATAVIA TWP. — All Clermont County residents are invited to a presentation about electric choice by Lauren Smalley of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. Smalley will be discussing how to shop for an electric supplier and answering questions. Residents can bring electric bills to have individual issues addressed.

Man indicted

BATAVIA — A Monroe Township man arrested in a stabbing incident was indicted Feb. 6 by the Clermont County Grand Jury. Samual Thomas Kennell, 23, of 2143 Berry Road was indicted on one count of attempted murder, a felony of the first degree; two counts of felonious assault, felonies of the second degree; and one count of kidnapping, a felony of the second degree. Kennell was arrested Jan. 29 and held on a felonious assault charge involving a stabbing in Monroe Township. The victim, Nathan Hayes, 27, of Monroe Township suf-

The results of the recent Clermont County Youth Summit on Suicide Prevention will be discussed at a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at UC Clermont East, in the second-floor conference room, 1981 James E. Sauls Drive. The meeting is sponsored by the Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, UC Clermont, FAST TRAC and the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board. More than 150 students from all the county high schools attended the event and answered questions about the triggers for suicide in youth, and provided ideas on how to prevent suicide in youth.

Weather spotters

The Clermont County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service will host Weather Spotter Training for Clermont County residents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Grant Career Center, 718 W. Plane St. in Bethel. Meteorologists from the NWS will provide free training. Storm spotters play an important role in identifying and relaying storm-related information to the county EMA, local public safety officials and the National Weather Service. To register, call 732-7661 or e-mail clermontema@

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The following students were honored recently as the January Students of the Month. Grade 5 Riley Pinger and Mallory Obermeyer Grade 6 Austin Perry and Emma Blake Grade 7 Brett Liming and Faith Howes Grade 8 Joey Liming and Morgan Horn

Ursuline students win 36 art awards Grant Career Center recently named the Second Quarter Top Performers. THANKS TO PAM MCKINNEY

Bryan Simmons; Business and Finance: Lizzy Peace; Carpentry: Christopher Hance, Tyler Boggs, Jeremy Lewis and Angelo Quiles; Cooperative Education: Jake Preston and Sheyenne Sebastian; Cosmetology: Caitlin Senters and Marissa Hall; Culinary Careers: Sierra Weesner, A.J. Signorelli, Spen-

cer Taylor and Katelyn Campbell; Engineering Design: Taylor Carpenter and Travis Bee; Horticulture: Leah Morrow and Amber Snodgrass; Medical Information Tech: Karey Herrin, Cindy Durham, Ciara Mills and Mariah Norris; Metal Fabrication: Tyler Stevens, Corey Forsee, James Borgerd-

ing and Johnathan Shepherd; The Teacher Academy: Erica Jones, B.J. Roa, Craig Hoagland and Jáe Mosley. As the Third Quarter begins, program instructors are setting new goals for the students to work toward in hopes of becoming the next Top Performer.


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Felicity-Franklin FFA created a video for the Ohio Ag Net's FFA Week Video Contest. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN

Felicity-Franklin FFA win ag communications Brooke Howerton tied for fourth place individual and Alexis Christensen placed second individually. The team won this contest and will be heading to the state contest.

The Felicity-Franklin FFA created a video for the Ohio Ag Net’s FFA Week Video Contest. The chapter did a cover to “Gangnam Style” entitled “Felicity Style.” Around 40 members participated in the making of the video during the entire month of January. Members wrote the lyrics, sang the song, and danced in the video for the contest. This was a statewide contest and there were nine other videos. The video placed second in the contest and it is currently on YouTube. The Felicity-Franklin FFA seniors took their own photo outside school during picture day. The 10 seniors are, from left in back: Amber Lawrence, Emily May, Chris Smith on Wyatt Blackburn's shoulders, Heather Tatman and Randi Metzger. Sitting: Dakota Wise, Sydney Snider, Rickelle Belt and Carley Snider.

The Felicity-Franklin FFA agricultural communications team, from left, Rickelle Belt, Brooke Howerton and Alexis Christensen, won the district contest Jan. 30 and will be heading to the state contest Feb. 16. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN

Felicity-Franklin FFA members Alexis Christensen, Brooke Howerton and Rickelle Belt participated in the agricultural communications career development event Jan. 30. Rickelle Belt and


Grant Career Center announces second quarter top performers Grant Career Center recently held the Second Quarter Attendance and Awards Assembly where students were recognized for achievements during the second quarter. Students received Perfect Attendance Awards and Honor Roll Certificates for their efforts. The Top Performers in each program also were announced for the second quarter. Instructors select Top Performers each quarter by using varying objectives ranging from grades, business and industry readiness, special projects or improvements. Students are recognized for their efforts with a special certificate for their career passport, and a gift card or payment of fees. Students announced as Top Performers for the second quarter include: Allied Health Science: Sarah Holman, Harlee McMahan and Danielle Peters; Auto Collision: Thomas Boldman, Gage Skillman, Kyle Puckett and Brian Adams; Automotive Service Technology: Jessica Marsh, Jeffery Stevens, Zane Cassity and



FFA seniors to travel to Chicago The Felicity-Franklin FFA has 10 seniors who will be graduating this spring. These 10 seniors will be going on a senior trip to Chicago in May to reward them for all the hard work and dedication they have displayed

for the Felicity-Franklin FFA. The 10 seniors are Rickelle Belt, Chris Smith, Emily May, Amber Lawrence, Wyatt Blackburn, Dakota Wise, Sydney Snider, Carley Snider, Heather Tatman and Randi Metzger.

Thirty-six individual awards have been earned by 23 Ursuline students in the The Scholastic Art Awards. The students submitted a sampling of their work completed in visual arts courses during the last calendar year. Their pieces were entered in categories that included sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. The students were recognized with an honorable mention (works demonstrating artistic potential), silver key (works worthy of recognition on the regional level) or gold key (the highest level of achievement on the regional level); gold key works are forwarded to New York City for national adjudication. Students who received all of these distinctions were invited to show their work at the Scholastics Gallery at 100 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington. The show will run from Feb. 8-22, and students in the show will be honored at an awards ceremony Feb. 22 at the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Gold Key Award winners are: Ashley Albrinck of Evendale and Ashley Driscoll of Loveland (three awards); Cate Brinker of Anderson Township, Maddie Graumlich of Terrace Park and Tori Heyob of Green Township. The Silver Key Award winners are: Becca Allen of West Chester Township, Maddie Graumlich of Terrace Park, Rachel Kuprionis of Mason, Helen Ladrick of Anderson Township, Corinne Lauderback of Liberty Township, Rachel Neltner of Finneytown, Maddie Nurre of West Chester Township and Angie Pan of Evendale (two awards). The honorable mention award winners are: Becca Allen of West Chester Township, Allison Brady of Union Township, Cate Brinker of Anderson Township, Ashley Driscoll of Loveland, Jennifer Duma of Montgomery, Maddie Graumlich of Terrace Park, Michala Grycko of Evendale, Ali Hackman of Sycamore Township (two awards), Clair Hopper of Anderson Township, Rachel Neltner of Finneytown, Maggie O’Brien of Loveland, Angie Pan of Evendale (three awards), Molly Paz of Felicity, Spencer Peppet of Terrace Park, Julia Proctor of Loveland, Kelly Spiller of Liberty Township and Jenny Whang of Sycamore Township. “The Scholastic Art Award recognition is significant to each student because their creativity is recognized in the context of a prestigious regional/ national awards program that is actually celebrating its 90th anniversary this year,” fine arts department coordinator Patrice Trauth said.





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Stutz is queen of the UCC boards BATAVIA — UC Clermont senior Marisa Stutz (FelicityFranklin High School) was named USCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Co-Player of the Week. Stutz recorded her eighth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in a 5855 win over NAIA Wilberforce University, setting a school career record of 1,088 total rebounds. “Marisa Stutz is not just one dimensional in life,” head women’s coach Mike Mathews said. “Besides being the most uniquely gifted athlete I have ever known, she is an excellent student and will graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has been a great ambassador for UC Clermont College and a role model for all younger players.” The UC Clermont College Lady Cougars have won six of their last seven games losing

only to USCAA ranked No. 2 Lindenwood University. The wins have evened the Lady Cougars’ record to 15-15 and a No. 9 ranking in the USCAA Stutz Divison II poll. During this recent span, senior All-American Stutz recorded her eighth double-double. With only three games left, the Lady Cougars are primed for the challenge of trying to finish strong to possibly get an atlarge bid to the USCAA national tournament. The Cougars participate in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. For more information about the UC Clermont Women’s Basketball Team visit:


Swimming and diving

The following individuals advanced to the district swimming meet at Miami University Feb. 8-9. » McNicholas: 1-meter diving, Randi Dailey, Abby Mitchell, Salvatore Marino; 200 free, Shelby Miller; 500 free, Miller; Girls relays, 400 free, 200 medley.

Boys basketball

» Felicity-Franklin lost to Georgetown 71-45 on Feb. 5. Christopher Smith had 21 for the Cardinals in the defeat. On Feb. 6, Felicity-Franklin lost to Batavia 64-49. Bradlee Prather led in the loss with 16 points. The Cardinals lost to Williamsburg 79-49 on Feb. 8 » Western Brown beat Bethel-Tate 60-51 on Feb. 5. Senior Jason Adams led the Tigers in the loss with 20 points. Bethel-Tate lost to Amelia 7250 on Feb. 8.Girls bball » Senior guards Mark Hoke and Austin Ernst each scored 11 and helped McNicholas beat

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Arica Stutz hits the fade-away jumper for Felicity-Franklin Feb. 7. The Lady Cardinals finished out their season with a strong win over Williamsburg on the road, 51-37. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Loveland, 45-29, Feb. 5.

Girls basketball

» Bethel-Tate lost to Western Brown 47-37 on Feb. 4. Freshman Julia Jenike led the Lady Tigers in the loss with 12 points. On Feb. 7, Bethel-Tate lost to Amelia 51-45. Julia Jenike had11 in the defeat. » Felicity-Franklin fell to Georgetown 70-45 on Feb. 4. Freshman Ashley Moore led the Lady Cardinals in the defeat with 18 points. The Lady Cardinals rebounded with a 51-37 win over Williamsburg Feb. 7. » McNick beat Roger Bacon 56-22 Feb. 6. Sophomore Payton Ramey scored 11.

Bethel-Tate junior Samuel Price (15) and senior Russell Hartley (11) have Amelia’s Christian Dean sandwiched on Feb. 8. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS



» Bethel-Tate won the Southern Buckeye ConferenceAmerican Division at Blanchester Feb. 2. Coach Tom Donahue was named Coach of the Year and senior Chip Ratcliff was cowrestler of the year with New Richmond’s J.R. Forsee. Tiger champions were sophomore Aric Peters at 120 pounds, senior Brian Carter at 126, senior Ratcliff at 132 and freshman Jeffrey Botts at 152.

Sophomore Aric Peters (120 pounds) puts a move on his opponent on the way to a league title. THANKS TO

BETHEL — For the first time since former President Bill Clinton’s first term, BethelTate has won a league wrestling title. On Feb. 2 at Blanchester High School, coach Tom Donahue’s Tigers beat out New Richmond by a slim 2.5 points for the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division crown. “Going into the tournament, we felt that we had a good shot at winning this title if our guys won the matches they were supposed to win,” Donahue said. However, it was easier said than done. When Bethel-Tate lost a few second- and thirdround matches, they weren’t expecting, there was concern they couldn’t earn enough points to win. “A lot of our guys stepped up and earned bonus points with pins and technical falls which really kept us within reach,” Donahue explained. “It came down to senior Creighton Newberry pinning his opponent from Blanchester to take third at 285 pounds.” Other highlights from the Tigers came from senior Chip Ratcliff, who won at132 pounds and was named co-Wrestler of the Year along with New Richmond heavyweight J.R. Forsee. “Chip’s record now stands at 30-4 as we get ready to head into the post-season,” Donahue said. “His career win total is currently 136 and barring any unforeseen setbacks, he should break the school's record during the sectional tournament at Western Brown.” Also winning league titles for Bethel-Tate were sophomore Aric Peters at 120 pounds, senior Brian Carter at 126 and freshman Jeffrey Botts at 152. Peters and Carter are now nearing 30 wins on the season and Botts is closing in on 20. The complete rundown of Bethel-Tate winners/placers is here: 120 - Aric Peters, first,

Bethel-Tate’s wrestling team and extended family celebrate the Tigers first league title since 1992. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE

Senior Chip Ratcliff won the 132-pound class of the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE

pinned Amelia’s Isaac Shalash 1:57 126 - Brian Carter, first, defeated Amelia’s Jake Hopper, 17-0 132 - Chip Ratcliff, first, defeated Western Brown’s Blake Silvis 10-1 138 - Jacob Phillips, fourth 145 -Austin Kinnard, fourth 152 - Jeffrey Botts, first, defeated Blanchester’s Dan Peters 18-1 160 -Tyler Krekeler, fourth 220 - Kian Mollette, third 285 - Creighton Newberry, third American Division: BethelTate 145.5, New Richmond 143, Amelia 107.5, Western Brown 98, Goshen 56, Norwood 16. Tom Donahue was named SBAAC-American Coach of the Year.

Senior Brian Carter smiles after being honored as the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division champion at 126 pounds. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE



Lions lay it on the line By Scott Springer

NEWTOWN — If you’re a small school like Miami Valley Christian Academy and many of your seniors have graduated; numbers aren’t always in your favor. MVCA coach Pat Pugh is experiencing such “growing pains” this season. Without a large boys enrollment, these Lions aren’t quite “Kings” yet. “It’s taken us a little bit to figure each other out,” Pugh said. “We are so young. I went from having four seniors last year to eight freshmen this year.” The Lions have had some wins and a few fairly close games against SCPA, Riverview East and Gamble Montessori. Of the Lions eight frosh, five play significant minutes. The freshmen face the difficult task of playing two quarters in the junior varsity game, then another two to three in the varsity contest. There’s also the speed transition of going from middle school to high school play. Malique Ward is MVCA’s top returning scorer and defender. He has had to adapt from being a role player to a “goto guy”. More floor leadership comes from junior Gavin Carson. The 6-foot-3 forward missed some early games from a football injury, but has played in Pugh’s system since he was a freshman. His brother, Jamie, starts and is adding other dimensions to his game.

Gavin Carson of MVCA grabs a rebound and looks to push the ball up court during the Lions’ game at Gamble Montessori Jan. 22. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“Jamie is a pure shooter,” Pugh said. “He was like a deer in the headlights when the season

started. Now, he’s trying to take his game to another level and not just be a good spot-up shooter.” Also from the football team is junior Layne Cherry. The transfer from Bethel-Tate can help Maique Ward with ballhandling when healthy. “He’s been hurt also from a lingering football injury,” Pugh said. “If we can get him back tournament time, he’ll be a great help for us.” Pugh’s goal has been to ignore the scoreboard and work on improving. MVCA plays in the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association tournament Feb. 16.


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Do you want to get well today? For more than 30 years he had laid there. Day after day he watched feeling helpless and hopeless as others were healed. As the years had drawn on with no healing in sight, faith had given way to despair and doubt that he would ever be made whole. Little did this man know that on this day God had other plans in mind. Enter Jesus, somewhat lost in the crowd that had gathered at the pool that day. Quietly he made his way through the masses, examining the conditions of those who waited eagerly for the water to move. Who would catch the eye of the

one who had unstopped deaf ears, opened blinded eyes, cast out demons and even raised the dead but this Jeremiah S. one without a Hembree friend and COMMUNITY PRESS without a hope. GUEST COLUMNIST What drew Jesus to this man on this day we do not know, but something caused Him to turn aside from His journey. What would Jesus do next? Would he, in some grandiose display of God’s power

89th Infantry served honorably

Thomas Doughman saw a Confederate flag bearer advancing towards him as he was serving in the 89th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. “Thinking that now was my chance to get a (flag bearer), I got on my feet right by a small sapling, resting my gun on the sapling and went to firing at the (flag bearer).” As the only Yankee standing, Doughman made himGary Knepp COMMUNITY PRESS self a target. The Rebs GUEST COLUMNIST began firing on him. The first musket ball sliced his canteen strap. The second cut through his haversack. Then, an explosive bullet pierced his hip, showering fragments throughout his bowels. Doughman went down and was carried away from the fighting by his comrades. The sun set. Both sides were exhausted. Most of the Union Army quietly retreated in good order to Chattanooga. The 89th held its position because it never received its orders to withdraw. With no ammunition food, or water, its situation was dire. The men heard a large number of troops advancing behind them. Were they reinforcements or the enemy? They attached bayonets and dropped to the ground until they knew. Words were exchanged. It was the enemy. More graybacks came in on their flank. It became apparent that they were surrounded. A volley of shots rang out from their flank. In the confusion, several men of the 89th escaped. Col. Caleb Carleton was not so fortunate; he “put the spur” to his horse, but was quickly apprehended. Two thirds of the regiment surrendered. The 89th lost 19 men, including Lt. Granville Jackson of Wayne Township, killed in action. Doughman found his way

to a cabin and was tended to by a local woman. When he refused to give up his shoes, a Confederate soldier threatened to bash in his head with a rifle butt. The woman stayed the man’s hand and Doughman kept his shoes. He stayed in rebel custody for two weeks before being exchanged. Doughman was taken to a Nashville hospital where he slowly recuperated, although he had to fight gangrene the rest of his life. Most of the survivors were thrown into Confederate POW camps where they descended into hell. One hundred eight men of the 89th died of dysentery, scurvy and malnutrition, the second highest regimental total of prison deaths in the U.S. Army (15 Clermonters are buried at Andersonville and seven in Danville, Virginia.) A reformed 89th fought its way south with the Army of the Cumberland, seeing action at Missionary Ridge, Keenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, marched with Sherman to the sea and fought in the Carolinas. It suffered one more indignity when its second set of colors was captured by the Confederate cavalry in Georgia. (William Barnes retrieved the colors after the war from a Confederate living in Alabama.) Despite its chronic bad luck, the 89th served with distinction and honor, marching in the grand Army review in Washington after the war. It mustered out June 13, 1865, at Camp Dennison. William Kerns, an Andersonville survivor, wrote later that he would have volunteered again, “if my going would help mean that America could clasp in her embrace a united people who were free and happy.”

Gary Knepp is the author of a forthcoming history of Clermont County and teaches the Civil War at Clermont College. This is the second of two columns about Clermont County residents who served in the military during the Civil War.



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and glory, jerk the man to His feet so to arrest the attention of the entire crowd and forever solidify His place of power and authority in their minds? No, there was to be no dramatic display, just a simple question. John 5:6 says, “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” While at first glance this seems like such an absurd question for a man who had been lame for most of his life, what is most surprising is not the question of Jesus but the answer of this man. While most

of us would have expected a resounding, “yes,” what actually came from the man was an excuse to why his healing would never come. So long he had laid in his helpless condition that now not even he saw any way out. How about you? Have you been crippled by life so long, by choices made or habits unbroken, that you no longer can find faith for healing and restoration? Have you been locked away in life’s prison of hopelessness and despair so that the light of day no longer shines through? Like this lame man, do you look at those around you carrying on their

lives just wishing there was help for you? There is, and his name is Jesus. The physical impairment and spiritual despair of this lame man was no match for the love and power of God, and neither is your situation. With just a word Jesus brought hope and healing to this man, and he can do the same for you. You face is not lost in the crowd through the eyes of a loving God. Leave the excuses behind, have faith in the one who has all power and in Him today you too can find healing.

Jeremiah S. Hembree is the pastor at Bethel Assembly of God.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question: How does Greater Cincinnati Airport’s announcement that a low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, will be operating from the airport affect you? Are you more or less likely to fly from CVG as opposed to another regional airport?

“Before retirement, and while working for a major national corporation, I flew every week from CVG. That was when they had four active terminals. Now that I am retired and paying for my own flights, and due to the extreme cost of all flights from CVG I shop and usually fly from one of three other airports. Thanks to web sights like and flight cost from various airports are easily obtained finding them much less expensive then CVG. “Researching Frontier I found that their flights are extremely limited for the future. Frontier does not go South, Southwest or East, where I travel. Sometime in the future when Frontier open their flights nationwide it might help our dying airport. Not until CVG gets a Southwest will cost decrease. Oh, and there is a web sight "parksleepfly" where one can stay a night near just about any airport, free breakfast, leave your car for a week to a month, and get free shuttle service to and from the airport back to your car. Much cheaper then airport parking if you plan on staying for more then a week.” B.K.

“I have been retired from IBM for 21 years, and have flown out of our airport maybe once or twice since then. So my view is not as important as someone who still flies regularly. “Having said that, however, I have seen media discussion about the concern over Frontier’s initial low rates, which probably will adversely affect Delta Airlines’ operating profits. Some of that discussion speculates that it may even cause Delta to leave, and when Frontier is left without competition it may well raise its rates. “One of the few benefits of getting old is that I don’t have to travel on business any more, so this situation will not affect me directly.” Bill B.

“That depends on the cost of the new carrier’s tickets. So far, by reputation, CVG has been very costly to fly out of com-

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pared to Dayton or Indianapolis, mainly due to their low operating and overhead costs of what CVG has. “I have flown out of Dayton in the past for almost one-half to one-third the cost of CVG, get onto a plane which takes me to CVG and I make the connecting flight from there. I don’t see the logic of CVG.” O.H.R.

“Frontier will be another source to check on flights and fares. We often fly out of CVG to LA and have in the past found good deals on both Delta and American Airlines. “Delta provides a direct flight on some days where AA usually has one to two stops prior to LA. “Understand that Frontier will have to stop in Denver so this might not be as beneficial in cost as a direct flight. Time and cost will tell and make some future decisions on flight providers.” D.J.

“Frontier coming into CVG is great news! Hope other carriers are soon to follow. Already bought very affordable tickets to go to Denver this summer.” J.R.B.

“I will definitely try to fly from CVG using Frontier. Here’s hoping they can make it!” J.G.

“Greater Cincinnatians don’t enjoy driving 100+ miles

north, south or west to find affordable air travel. For the past nearly 30 years it’s been a way of life thanks to the stranglehold of Delta Airlines on CVG. “Competition is a wonderful thing, I welcome Frontier and look forward to the 25-mile drive. I wish them success.” D.J.H.

Question: Do you agree or disagree with Duke Energy’s request for a 24 percent increase in electric rates and an 18 percent increase in gas rates when some of the money is expected to be used to move utilities for the streetcar project in Cincinnati? Why or why not ?

“Disagree. What the politicians seem to not understand, is that there are some things that you can do when the economy is going great, but that you should not do when the economy is barely crawling along. This administration seems to believe you can spend your way out of a recession. Pet projects like the streetcar should be put on the back burner in times like these. A good example of this is the way the E.P.A regulations have caused utilities to shut down 200 of the coal-fired power plants ( Beckjord plant in 2015) without first replacing them with other means. I have yet to hear how many windmills and solar panels it will take to replace a coal-fired power plant. They are not there yet. Are we going to have to cover the whole southern part of the state with windmills to replace Beckjord. Some may say that they send most of the energy from Beckjord out of state, but that doesn’t matter. It still will come off the energy grid. We will face brownouts and black outs in the future by doing things this way. You can’t get the cart before the donkey. “You just have to keep the donkeys from making all the decisions.” C.C.

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UC Clermont College completed a 17,000 square-foot expansion at UC East that includes a new manufacturing lab, computer-aided design and biology labs and a cyber café. UC East opened in 2010 and offers stateof-the-art classroom space in the repurposed former Ford transmission plant. In two years, the campus has grown to support academic offerings for more than 1,200 students. This growth created a real need for better food service, open computer lab access and more dedicated lab space. Renovation of the space in the Ford connector building began in 2012. This is the building that connects the front building to the rest of the old plant. It offered college officials a perfect footprint to set aside dedicated space for elevated food service, the computer labs, a new manufacturing lab and a spacious biology lab to support the Allied Health programs hosted at UC East. Adding the biology lab eliminates the need to send students back to the main UC Clermont Campus for these courses. The centerpiece of the renovated connector space is the new Konnekt


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This is the first phase of the Konnekt Cyber Cafe that is being added to the UC East Campus. Later this spring, food service is to begin.

This bio lab has been added to the UC East Campus. THANKS TO MAE HANNA

Cyber Café. “As we designed the space, we came up with the idea of creating a multipurpose café where people could go to ‘connect’ with each other and ‘connect’ to the Internet while grabbing a bite to eat. It was also appropriate that these connections were being made in a space in

the former Ford Connector building,” said Steve Young, assistant dean of Facilities and Technology Services. The Konnekt Cyber Café name was chosen from among many submitted by faculty, staff and students at UC East during the fall semester naming contest.

“We wanted to have a unique spelling for the café name. So we looked at the words, Cyber and Cybernetics, then we went back and looked at the Greek spelling or root of those terms. They are based on the Greek words Kyberre or Kybernan. In keeping with the style of the Greek words, we were

led to the spelling of Konnekt,” said Young. The first phase of the Konnekt Cyber Café at UC East is complete with space for students to socialize, connect wirelessly to the Internet or use the dedicated computers anytime the campus is open. Phase Two will incorporate food service in the spring. The color scheme and photos on the wall pay tribute to the history of those who worked at the former Ford Plant.

“We wanted to design a space that had the feel of a comfortable coffee shop yet still provided a link to the many years of work done there by Ford employees. We know that many students at that campus are there for an entire day and vending level service just doesn’t cut it. Providing food service above and beyond vending was always a goal for the UC East campus,” said Young, For more information, visit

Amelia resident illustrates new children’s book

By Chuck Gibson

One morning, a long time ago, in her backyard garden, Nancy Orlando and her husband found their harvest all gone. While her husband was upset the animals ate up his garden, a book sprouted from within Nancy’s imagination. “A Garden! A Garden!” is her idea of what the animals did that night in her garden. “We went up to harvest and bring the vegetables to the house. There was nothing left,” said Orlando. “I stood there, laughed, and said can you imagine the party they threw out here last night? That’s how the story starts.” This story starts with the rerelease of “A garden! A garden!” and the newest book by Orlando: “Good Grief! Its Winter!” Both books are written by Orlando and illustrated by Debbi Kern. Orlando lives in the Greenhills community of Cincinnati and is also the author of “Everyone’s Child,” a memoir of her life during World War II. Debbi Kern is a retired Amelia Elementary School art teacher who continues to use her art skills as a pet portrait artist. Bringing animals to life with pen and ink artistic detail, Kern, who lives in Amelia, combines her talents with the rhythm and rhyme storytelling style of Orlando to capture the imaginations of young readers. “We like going into schools,” said Kern. “That’s my background. That’s my love.” “When we go to the schools,

The author/illustrator team of Nancy Orlando, seated, and Debbi Kern have published two children’s books “A Garden! A Garden!” and “Good Grief! Its Winter!” CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

This is the cover for “Good Grief! Its Winter” written by Nancy Orlando and illustrated by Debbi Kern. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Debbi tells the kids: ‘This lady has the mind of a writer,’” Orlando said. “When the animals destroyed my garden, I got angry, she wrote a story.”

Orlando says the story actually wrote itself very quickly after she had the idea while she laughed in the garden that morning long ago. “I went down to my computer and the words just came out,” she said. “I did it in rhyme.” “She’s a storyteller,” Kern said. “She’s got more stories than anyone I know.” Orlando calls that her “seesaw” way of doing things. She sent the manuscript out to one publisher who waited over four months before sending it back without comment. She put it in a file cabinet; where it stayed for years. In the meantime, she wrote and published her memoir, “Everyone’s Child.” She went to a church luncheon and wanted to brag a little about her

This is the cover of “A Garden! A Garden!” by the author/illustrator team of Nancy Orlando and Debbi Kern. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

new book. “They passed it around and said ‘Okay, what are you going to do next,” Orlando recalled. “I said ‘I have a children’s story, but I never have found an illustrator to work with.’ I heard a throat-clearing sound from the back of the room.” It was Debbi Kern. They had known one another through the bible study group at church, but Orlando didn’t realize Kern was a retired artist. They forged a friendship and business partnership, which has already resulted in two books and there are more on the way. “It was a perfect fit for me,” said Kern. “My favorite form of art is pen and ink. I really started drawing people’s pets. It came about when I went through breast cancer in 1996.”

During her cancer treatment, friends were all trying to keep Kern busy. One of them asked her to draw a portrait of her dog. It turned into a kind of business for her. “It became my favorite thing to do … retired,” she said. “I’m a pet portrait artist. So Nancy’s story, being all about animals, was perfect for me because I like drawing animals. It was a perfect fit.” In “Good Grief! Its Winter!” the animals try to figure out how to survive in the winter. The use of detailed drawings and true-to-life facts of what real animals would eat in the garden and how they survive real winters make the books a hit with teachers. The animals speaking and interaction when Orlando and Kern go into the schools have made them a hit with the kids. “It’s been great,” Kern said. “Because it is interactive, the kids enjoy it. They’re interested in listening for the responses they get to chime in with. The reactions have been amazing. We’ve been invited back.” Orlando and Kern are already working on a third one about animal moms and babies. Learn more at: Books are available at Cincinnati Nature Center on Tealtown Road in Clermont County. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, by visiting, or


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 14 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 LindaleMount Holly Road, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Health / Wellness Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Heart Healthy Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Heart-healthy lunch and opportunity to network. Dr. Lynne Wagoner, of Mercy Health: The Heart Institute, discusses women’s heart health, noting how women are different from men. $25, $15 members. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 5765000; Batavia.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day A Sinatra Valentine’s Evening, 5:30-9:30 p.m., MJ’s on Main, 18 Main St., Favorite Sinatra songs, All-American fare, casual dining and drink specials. Full bar available. Free admission. 8319888; Milford.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center. Share cup of coffee or tea with friends who enjoy watching birds. Ages 21 and up. Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Scouts tap tree, help with sugaring work and sample maple syrup right off evaporator. Need 10 scouts minimum to register. Price varies by number of scouts and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Friday, Feb. 15 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Menu includes fish and shrimp platters, bake fish, fish sandwich, order of shrimp, mac and cheese, French fries, coleslaw and desserts. Free meal given away each night; winners do not have to be present. Benefits veterans in hospital or nursing home. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church - Bethel, 3398 Ohio 125, Includes fish, shrimp, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryout available. Presented by Men of St. Joseph. 734-4041. Bethel. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Includes fish, chicken or shrimp dinners and side items. A la cart pricing available. Desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. $11 all-you-can-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. 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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, fries, mac and cheese, baked potato, homemade broccoli cheese or potato soup, slaw, salad or cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carry out. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21 Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Wines Across Europe Paired Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Wine specialist: TJ Christie, Cutting Edge Selections. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Sheila Ritter. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $5. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.

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

Nature Night Hike, 6:30 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Practice using senses at night, like nocturnal animal. Evening hike on trails. Meet at bridge. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Batavia. Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Stars Jamboree, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by Feb. 12. Make a craft and take a tour of the night sky in a traveling indoor planetarium. Ages 3-5. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. $15. Registration required. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Learn about maple syrup making from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road in Union Township. Participants will meet at the Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge and experience the process of producing maple syrup from sap. Cost is free for members, non-members pay daily admission, $8, $6 for seniors and active military, $3 for children age 4 to 12. Call 831-1711 for more information. PROVIDED. 369-6001. Symmes Township.

Music - Benefits Magic Moments and Music, 7-11 p.m., Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Vocal ensembles, dramatic reading, classical piano, vocal repertoire and folk guitar, all interspersed with magic. Reception follows. Benefits church music program. $20 family, $10 single. 205-5068; Anderson Township.

Music - Classic Rock Diamond Jim Dews Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., MJ’s on Main, 18 Main St., 697-9705; Milford.

Music - Classical Spring Forward Concert, 3-4 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra with afternoon of classical music, featuring violinist, Leah Anderson, winner of the CCM youth strings competition playing “Gypsy Airs.” In addition, CPO performs “Peter and the Wolf.” Free. Presented by Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. 732-2561; Batavia.

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


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $5. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 2374574. Amelia.

Maple Syrup Making, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge. Experience process of producing maple syrup from sap. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Kids and adults can join the naturalist inside the traveling indoor planetarium to learn what objects and constellations are visible this time of year. There also will be hands-on discovery stations. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Maple Syrup Open House, 11 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, See every step process of turning maple sap into syrup. Meet at park lodge. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville. Guided Sugarbush Tours, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Interactive sap-collecting maple hike at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Hikes start at sugar house. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

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The Poison Pen, Noon-2 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Are you writing a killer mystery? Ann Warner, toxicology expert, discusses the basics writers need for credible scenes. All romance writers are welcome. Free. Presented by Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America.

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

Education The Abiding Image: Poetry as Self Discovery with Cathy Smith Bowers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Workshop for beginning and experienced poets to explore rich sources of creative material that belong to each of us: dreams, family stories and memories both known and unknown to conscious mind. $60, includes lunch. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

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Religious - Community Parents Night Out, 4-9 p.m., Mulberry Wesleyan Church, 949

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SUNDAY, FEB. 17 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Lectures Impressions of Cuba: Women, Religion and Culture, 3-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Insight and first-hand impressions of Cuba. Mary Lu shares stories, pictures and information about history, culture, health and education systems and more. Free. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Recreation Men’s Open Basketball, 6:309:30 p.m., Meadowview Elementary School, 5556 Mount Zion Road, Facilitated by Bruce Brunetti. Men ages 25 and up. $40. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727. Miami Township.

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Dance Classes Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Room. Learn latest line dances along with some old favorites in high-energy class for adults. $6. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and

Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Leming House, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Summer Rackley leads highintensity workout. Latin dance steps. Ages 18 and up. $25 for six weeks. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township.


Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $5. 2374574. Amelia. Mat Yoga, 6-7:10 p.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $5. 2374574. Amelia.

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

Nature Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Price varies by number of scouts and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

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

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 4-6 p.m., Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, 7500 State Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea

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

Home & Garden Do-It-Herself Workshop: Framing a Mirror with Tile, 6:30-8 p.m., The Home DepotBeechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Training Room. Workshop for women. Create Pinterest-inspired mirror frame using mosaic tiles. Set and grout mosaic tiles. Free. 688-1654, ext. 077; Beechmont.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Price varies by number of scouts and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 22 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church - Bethel, 734-4041. Bethel. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, $11 all-youcan-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, $7. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $5. 2374574. Amelia.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, $15. Registration required. 752-8539; Anderson Township.



Cherries and chocolate go together

“I love you” chocolate covered cherries These are amazingly easy to make and look stunning in a heart shaped box. This recipe

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 be 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 frig. Bring to room temperature before eating. Cake pops: Recipe on my blog. Fun for kids. Check out photo of grandson, Jack, decorating cake pops he made.

Heart healthy vegetarian red beans and rice These “I love you” chocolate covered cherries are easy to make and make a good Valentine’s Day gift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

is appropriate for Presidents’ Day, too. Remember the story of George Washington admitting to chopping down his Dad’s cherry tree because he couldn’t “tell a lie.” 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. 3 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 cups powdered sugar 12 ounces or so melted chocolate

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,

When you pair rice with beans, you have a nice, protein filled dish. Try brown rice which is nutritionally better than white. It will take longer to cook, and is absorbed more slowly in your system you feel full longer. 1 generous cup chopped onion 1 generous teaspoon garlic, minced 1-2 teaspoons cumin

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that Robert is the new gypsy king. The cast is: Nick Gilman, Robert Latore; Olivia Latham, Yana Latore; Craig Hoagland, Mr. Bennett; Luke Gilday, Lenya; Allie Shook, Auntie Cleo; Newton McCollum, Uncle Alphonse; Anne-Marie Woods, Auntie Carmon; Morgan Huddleston, Aun-

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Film bottom of pan with olive oil. Add everything but beans and broth. Cook over medium heat until garlic smells fragrant. Don’t let onions and garlic get brown. Stir in beans and broth. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until rice is tender. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Beans are called cancer-licking legumes – high in fiber and protein and low in fat. What about salt? Too much is bad for the heart! Himalayan pink sea salt is my salt of choice. Absolutely pure, sans toxins or any other bad stuff, unlike other salts that we commonly use. Check out my blog for timely info on this pretty and tasty salt.

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The New Richmond High School Drama Department will present “Ducks and Lovers” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, in the high school theater. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The wacky musical/ comedy is directed by assistant drama director Errol Selsby and features Nick Gilman as Robert Latore, who has moved away from his gypsy heritage to a Phi Beta Kappa key in college and a highsalaried job in advertising. He wants to make a complete break from gypsy life and marry the boss’ daughter and earn a vice presidency in the firm. But his gypsy family is reluctant to let him go, particularly his mother, Yana, played by Olivia

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So much happening in February! It’s Heart Month, Lent starts, Valentine’s Day is here and so is Presidents’ Day. Let’s start with something for Valentine’s Day since that is one of my favorite special days. When I was a kid, Rita sweets Heikenfeld were a real RITA’S KITCHEN treat, due in part to Mom’s lean budget and her and my Dad’s desire to feed the nine of us children a healthy diet. So when I was 16 and received my first Valentine box of candy from my boyfriend, Jim, I was in chocolate heaven. I’ve gotten lots of Valentine’s treats since then, but none can take the place of that first heart of drugstore chocolates. Reach out this Valentine’s Day by remembering those folks who would benefit from a fun card, a phone call or a plate of goodies.

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If the check’s in the mail, it may be a phony Why would someone send a check for several thousand dollars to a total stranger? Although it sounds crazy, it happens every day. But if you get one those checks and deposit it you could end up losing thousands of dollars. Sending checks to strangers has been going on for years with the sender giving a wide variety of reasons for the check. But all these scams have one thing in common – the checks they send you are phony and the money you are to send them will be real. Katelin Willman of Brookville received one of these checks after she advertised for a job on the Internet. “I’ve received several different job offers. Most of them seem to be scams but this one in particular told me I could advertise on my car so it seemed really good, easy money. All I have to do is drive around,” Willman said. Willman told that

emailer she was interested. “All of a sudden he sent me a check in the mail for more than Howard $2,400. The Ain job offer HEY HOWARD! was only for like $300. It seemed a little fishy to me and that’s when I contacted you,” Willman said. I asked if she was supposed to keep the extra $2,100 as some kind of advance on her salary, but she said no. Willman said she was told, “Put it in my bank account, then get a money order for the extra money and send it out.” “The check looked legitimate and real but it just sounded weird,” Willman said. Another sign this was a scam is the sender didn’t enclose the placard with the ad that was to be placed on the side of her car. All she received was the phony check. It seems

very clear all the sender was interested in was the money. When Willman emailed the sender saying she knew it was a scam, he wrote back. “He said the FBI was after me because I cashed their check and I better send the money or else they’re going to come after me … The sad thing is a lot of people are going to fall for it and they’re going to have their bank accounts drained,” Willman said. Unfortunately, Willman is correct; a lot of people have fallen for this scam. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission says fake checks are being used in a growing number of fraudulent schemes, including secret shopper scams, foreign lottery scams, check overpayment scams and Internet auction scams. That’s why, even though it cost the scammer nearly $19 for express mail postage in Willman’s case, he can



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Township officials are pleased a global manufacturing company has completed the purchase of a large portion of the old Ford plant. “The township trustees couldn’t be happier,” said Trustee Bill Dowdney. Finnish-based manufacturer Huhtamaki Inc. Feb. 1 closed the deal to buy 900,000 square feet of the facility and 60 acres of surrounding land from IRG (Industrial Realty Group). The sale was a topic of discussion at the Feb. 4 trustees meeting. “We’re excited about the sale,” said Administrator Rex Parsons. “It’s going to generate extra revenue and create jobs. We hope it leads to more companies coming here.” Parsons said he is

waiting to hear from Huhtamaki officials for a timeline on when they will start hiring workers. Huhtamaki officials have said they plan to begin operations at the plant during the second half of this year and anticipate creating about 200 jobs by the end of 2016. Within four years, the facility is expected to have a total payroll of $8.4 million with the average annual salary of about $35,772. The company will use the facility to manufacture drinking cups and to serve as a distribution center for other products. The trustees in December approved two zoning requests to facilitate the Huhtamaki purchase. As part of the zoning approvals, IRG promised to build a new parking lot for the University of Cincinnati.




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Remember to feed those animals, too Howdy folks, Last week we had popcorn one evening. After Ruth Ann popped the corn, I thought of a dog we had that loved popped corn. When I would pop it - this was before microwaves and done in a pan - I would burn the corn. The dog didn’t like it, so when we were going to have popcorn, the dog didn’t want me to pop it. It is amazing how animals know so much. People say animals are dumb, not so, they are very smart. This cat of ours, “Chessy,” proved this to us. When we are getting ready for bed, she will go get in her chair that she sleeps in, and there she is the next morning. She is such a blessing. An animal seems to know if a person likes them or not. When Tony and Kate are here, Chessy will get in Tony’s lap and wants some petting. Other folks, she will run and hide. She doesn’t like the snow, and doesn’t want to get her feet wet and cold. She will set on a flower stand by our kitchen table and look out the window. When we are watching television, she will jump on my lap then jump down, run to the door. If I don’t get up, she will come back and do it again until I let her out. Last week there was a big flock of grackle birds at the feeders. She was looking out the window, then wanted out to try to catch one of them. When I opened the door, they flew, but Chessy

ran to where they were. I don’t think she could catch one, but you never George know, she Rooks is fast. OLE FISHERMAN In this weather, the bird feeders need to be filled quite often. The suet blocks we and everyone has need to be kept out for the birds. The items in the suet blocks sure have heat energy for the birds. The woodpeckers are sure working on ours. We had some crackers that were stale, so we put them out for the birds and a couple crows sure liked them. Everything has to eat to survive. The deer are digging in the snow in our yard trying to find some grass to eat. They are eating on the yucca plants along our driveway. These plants are sure tough. I talked to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop. He said a few folks were fishing. Some went down to the Ohio River to fish for sauger, but the river was too high. Last Saturday was the last day for deer hunting. The rabbit season is still open for hunting. Some folks are hunting for coyotes. This group seems to be getting bigger each year. I was talking to a farmer that feeds cattle outside with hay. He said he has seen several deer eating hay

with the cattle. The deer have to have food, too. He said some of the bucks have lost one of their antlers, some have lost both. So he said he would start looking for their antlers in his fields. Some farmers have had flat tires on their tractors due to running over a deer antler and that is expensive. So they will be on the lookout for the antlers. When some are found, there are marks on the antler where mice have been chewing on them. Last week we went to the Senior Citizens board meeting. The services that this organization does for our seniors is wonderful. There are all kinds of services, and during this cold weather, please keep a check on your neighbors. We have started pruning the grape harbor and fruit trees. We are putting fertilizer on the asparagus beds, fruit trees and berry vines, and getting the raised beds ready to fertilize them. The green onions are still looking good sticking up through the snow. Last Friday we had lunch with our friends, Mort and Barb. We all met at the Golden Corral to eat. This is a good place to eat, but a feller can eat too much. Remember the Bethel Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 a.m. til 10:30 a.m. at the BethelTate High School.

Mark your calendar for the Buford Farmers Institute Feb. 22, the last Friday of the month. We always take an item to auction off to help them keep having this program. They will have food from 4 p.m. til 6 p.m. and then the program starts at 7 p.m. with some entertainment, the prize awards and auction. Come and enjoy. We have a banner that was auctioned off on the 100-year anniversary. I think Danny Hess was the one that auctioned it. The Hess Auction firm have been the firm that has done this

for years. This is a little early, but mark your calendars for an Easter Cantata at the Bethel United Methodist Church by the Community Choir. We have been practicing this for the last couple weeks. The name is “Upon this Rock.” It will be done Palm Sunday, March 24, in the evening. This will begin the Holy Week services here in Bethel, so come early, there will be a big crowd. The Monroe Grange lost another former member last week. It was always a pleasure to

be with Homer Clayton Corbin. He and his wife Carol did several craft shows, and always enjoyed doing the one in the Craft Barn at the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show. Homer will be missed by his family and many friends. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

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Arrests/Citations Angel Lynn Partin, born 1973, 2389 Donald Road, Bethel, obstructing official business, 72 Shady Lane, Amelia, Jan. 29. Juvenile, born 1998, 1146 Willoee Drive, Amelia, possession of drugs - marijuana, 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Jan. 29. William Lee Borden, born 1975, 204 OHIO St., Graham, Texas, fugitive from justice, 2001 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Jan. 29. Samuel Thomas Kennell, born 1989, 2143 Berry Road, Amelia, felonious assault - victim seriously harmed, 2143 Berry Road, Amelia, Jan. 29. Britney A. Frazee, born 1978, 14 Bay Meadow Drive, Batavia, possession of drugs - heroin,

The Bethel Journal publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Bethel, Chief Mark Planck, 722-6491 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 Ohio Pike/Bach Buxton, Amelia, Jan. 30. Juvenile, born 1996, 817 Birney Lane, New Richmond, theft without consent, 500 Market St., Neville, Jan. 30. Richard Douglas Trogden, born 1961, 2761 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, 2761 Old Ohio32, Batavia, Jan. 30. Dezerae Elizabeth Moore, born 1980, 2730 Ohio 222 #67, Bethel, obstructing official

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Batavia, Jan. 31. Jerry E. Marlow, born 1975, 2533 Laural-Point Isabel Road, Moscow, forgery, 2188 LaurelNicholsville Road, New Richmond, Jan. 31. Jerry E. Marlow, born 1975, 2533 Laural-Point Isabel Road, Moscow, theft - deception, 2188 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Jan. 31. Nickolas Ray Hargis, born 1990, 25 Clertoma Drive, Milford, criminal trespass - land premises of another, 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 31. Kameron A. Meridith, born 1987, 4356 Armstrong Blvd, Batavia, criminal trespass land premises of another, 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 31. Sarah Lowell Johnson, born 1992, 1428 Glenwood Road, Batavia, criminal trespass land premises of another, 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 31. Gary Wayne Smith, born 1990, 3 Lori Lane #D, Amelia, theft deception, 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 31. Joseph Brian McCarthy, born 1982, 2972 West Holly Lane, Amelia, assault, 2593 LaurelLindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. Joseph Brian McCarthy, born 1982, 2972 West Holly Lane, Amelia, criminal damaging/ endangering, 2593 LaurelLindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. Joseph Brian McCarthy, born 1982, 2972 West Holly Lane, Amelia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, 2593 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. Michael J. Wiederhold, born 1991, 4126 Zagar Road, Batavia, forgery, 39 Oak St., Amelia, Feb. 1. Mark Zachary Hendren, born 1960, 6734 Ohio 727, Goshen, using weapons while intoxicated, 6734 Ohio 727, Goshen, Feb. 2. Brian Paul Frost, born 1965, 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, domestic violence, 2191 Ohio Pike #189, Amelia, Feb. 2. Danielle Renay Thomas, born

1985, 2730 Ohio 222 Lot 91, Bethel, obstructing official business, 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Feb. 3. Lindsee Ann Evans, born 1982, 354 St. Andrews Drive #E, Cincinnati, theft, 2595 Poplar Ridge Drive, Bethel, Feb. 4. William Robert Hanna, born 1986, homeless, Amelia, violate protection order or consent agreement, 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, Feb. 4. Jessica Hanna, born 1982, homeless, violate protection order or consent agreement, 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, Feb. 4. Leah Anne Adams, born 1988, 500 University Lane #306, Batavia, burglary, 2304 Haven Drive, Batavia, Feb. 4.

Incidents/Investigations Aggravated menacing 2143 Berry Road, Amelia, Jan. 30. Assault 244 North Meadow Court, Batavia, Jan. 30. 2593 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. Breaking and entering 103 Washington St., Chilo, Jan. 29. 1764 Stevens Road, New Richmond, Jan. 31. Burglary 1328 Fagins Run Road, New Richmond, Jan. 29. 2550 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Jan. 29. 1447 Lenroot Road, Bethel, Jan. 29. 2304 Haven Drive, Batavia, Feb. 4. Burglary - trespass in occupied structure, separately secured structure, or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure when another person is present, with purpose to commit any criminal offense. 58 Huntington Ave., Amelia, Jan. 30. Criminal damaging/endangering 246 North Meadow Court, Batavia, Jan. 29. 1982 Jones Florer Road Bethel,

Jan. 30. 2593 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. 310 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, Feb. 1. 2622 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Feb. 3. Criminal trespass 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 29. Criminal trespass - land premises of another 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 31. Domestic violence 2191 Ohio Pike #189, Amelia, Feb. 2. Domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm 2761 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Jan. 30. 2593 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Feb. 1. Felonious assault - victim seriously harmed 2143 Berry Road, Amelia, Jan. 30. Forgery 2188 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Jan. 2. 39 Oak St., Amelia, Feb. 1. Fugitive from justice 2001 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Jan. 30. Menacing 13 Berrypatch, Amelia, Jan. 30. Misuse of credit card 2024 Mistletoe Court, Amelia, Jan. 29. Obstructing official business 72 Shady Lane, Amelia, Jan. 29. 2330 Harvey Road, New Richmond, Jan. 31. 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Feb. 3. Possession of drugs 39 Oak St., Amelia, Feb. 1. 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Feb. 3. Possession of drugs - heroin Ohio Pike/Bach Buxton, Amelia, June 4. Possession of drugs marijuana 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Jan. 29. Prohibition against animals running at large 570 Apple Road, Amelia, Feb. 1. Rape Cedarville Road, Goshen, Feb.

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Senior Services builds seventh housing facility If you ride down College Drive in Batavia, you will see the construction site of Dimmitt Woods senior housing complex. The building is under roof, which allows the interior to be worked on all winter. The project is scheduled for occupancy around the end of May or early June. This is the seventh senior housing Linda project Eppler spearheaded CARING & SHARING by Clermont Senior Services. Dimmitt Woods is a 40-unit apartment building, and is rent subsidized. All units are carpeted and have individually controlled air conditioning and heating. In addition, each unit has emergency medical pull cords, sprinkler systems and smoke detectors. An elevator, coin-operated laundry room, library and community room are available for resident use. These common rooms are important because they promote friendships and socialization among residents. The new residents in each building have commented on how much they love their new home and how nicely decorated are the commons rooms. They enjoy spending time with their neighbors. Dimmitt Woods is an independent living facility. However, supportive ser-

vices, such as personal care, homemaking, Meals-onWheels and transportation are available through Clermont Senior Services. These services often make the difference in a senior living independently. “We are excited about the opening of our newest senior apartment building and delighted to be able to offer a broad range of services to the residents,” said Cindy Gramke, executive director, Clermont Senior Services. The agency provides these and other services to eligible Clermont County residents. Applicants must be at least 62 years of age and meet certain income guidelines. Rent is based on each individual’s monthly net income. All utilities are included in the monthly rent except telephone. Anyone who would like more information about this building and others in Clermont County should call Linda Arnold at 513-6881700. It will fill up quickly, so call soon. Applications from residents of the Village of Batavia and Batavia Township will be given first priority in filling Dimmitt Woods. As in the case of our other six senior housing facilities, we anticipate that all units will be leased at occupancy. An open house dedication program will be announced in the spring.

Linda Eppler is director of Community Services for Clermont Senior Services.

MARRIAGES Paul Mason, 29, 2195 Ohio 222, Bethel, park maintenance, and Brittany Hance, 19, 2195 Ohio 222, Bethel, park maintenance. Brendon Kirker, 23, 2595 Case Road, New Richmond, laborer, and Kyle Durham, 26, 307 N. Main St., Bethel, hair dresser. Stephen Thompson, 32, 3716 Fomorin, Williamsburg, contractor, and

Rachel Forche, 26, 970 Craig Lane, Milford, optician. Anthony Pollock, 40, 3212 Ohio 756, Felicity, heavy equipment operator, and Paula Pollock, 35, 3212 Ohio 756, Felicity, bus driver. Justin Hunter, 34, 205 E. Osborne, Bethel, CNC machinist, and Devin K. Renner, 31, 205 E. Osborne, Bethel, office manager.

Daniel Lemar, 30, 1375 Oakleaf, Sardinia, warehouseman, and Samantha Robertson, 22, 208 W. South St., Bethel, Domino’s. David King, 26, 104 Fawn Lane, Blanchester, general manager, and Angela McAninch, 23, 7127 Ohio 28, Pleasant Plain, histology technician.

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B6 2. Receiving Stolen Property 2188 Laurel-NicholsvilleRoad, New Richmond, Jan. 2. 3010 Ohio 132, Amelia, Jan. 29. Sexual imposition - offensive contact 415 Main St., Felicity, Jan. 30. Telecommunications harassment 251 Seton Court, Batavia, Feb. 1. 2424 Straight St. Apt. 4, Batavia, Feb. 2. Theft 2595 Poplar Ridge Drive, Bethel, Dec. 6. 2013 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Jan. 29.

1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 29. 2030 Erion Road, Batavia, Jan. 30. 22 Lawson Drive, Amelia, Jan. 30. 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 30. 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Jan. 30. 2789 South Bantam Road, Bethel, Jan. 30. 2714 Hilltop Court, New Richmond, Jan. 30. 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Jan. 31. 265 Mulberry St., Felicity, Jan. 31. 252 North Meadow Court, Batavia, Jan. 31. 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Feb. 1. 320 Poplar St., Felicity, Feb. 2. 3578 Todds Run Foster Road, Williamsburg, Feb. 2. 400 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 3. Theft - deception


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Mary Binczewski, 92, Bethel, died Jan. 24. Survived by husband Walter Binczewski; sons John (Becky), Claude Binczewski; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son Ted (Alice) Binczewski. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Albert Junior Settle Albert Junior Settle, 90, Cincinnati, formerly of Felicity, died Feb. 2. Survived by daughter Sandra Jean Royce; stepchildren Johnny Lawson, Pam Miller, Mike Lawson, Mark Lawson, Kevin Lawson; numerous grandchildren and

2188 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Jan. 2. 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 11. Theft - without consent 500 Market St., Neville, Jan. 29. 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 29. 2336 Williams Way, New Richmond, Jan. 31. 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Feb. 2. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle 400 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 3. Using weapons while intoxicated 6734 Ohio 727, Goshen, Feb. 2. Violate protection order or consent agreement 2330 Harvey Road, New Richmond, Jan. 31. 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, Feb. 4.

great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Ott Settle and stepdaughter Linda Lawson. Memorial services were Feb. 9. Arrangements by the Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.


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Staff at the just-opened Leap Beyond Adaptive Bike Center in Milford will help parents find bikes equipped for the needs of their children. On hand are about a dozen bikes, like these samples. PROVIDED

New center helps kids just be kids By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — It doesn’t matter whether they have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or spina bifida they’re children, and children want to ride bikes. That’s the opinion of staff at Leap Beyond Therapy, a pediatric physical-therapy center for youths with special needs that recently opened the Leap Beyond Adaptive Bike Center at its quarters on U.S. 50 in Milford. The center has a dozen demonstration bikes on hand that can be adapted to suit the needs of children. Children can sit on the bikes whiles their parents consider purchases. “For most, this is the CE-0000536059

first time they have ever sat upon a bike, and seeing their expression as they ‘take a Smith ride’ is the reason the staff at Leap have made the establishment of a bike center a priority,” said Brittan Priestas, marketing and volunteer coordinator for Leap Beyond Therapy. “The mission of the center is to provide a onestop shop for families seeking an adaptive bike for their child with special needs.” Jennifer Smith, coowner of Leap Beyond Therapy, said, “One of our primary goals at Leap Beyond Therapy is for our children to lead independent, fun-filled lives. Adaptive bikes allow this to occur in a safe manner, with a therapeutic benefit.” “Every child, including our children at Leap Beyond Therapy, wants to ride a bike,” Smith said. “It’s our job to make that happen.” The center will host a bike day the first Tuesday of each month, where peo-

ple can get free bicycle evaluations. Visit to reserve a spot. Not only will Leap Beyond staff help families choose bikes, staff will help families pursue grants and other funding options to buy the bikes. “Working with the Leap Beyond Adaptive Bike Center is a great opportunity for parents and children because Leap Beyond is solely committed to achieving the best outcomes for their clients,” said Dwayne Green, an account representative for bike makers Ohio, Freedom Concepts, Inc., headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. “Because of their focus on the appropriate therapeutic strategies for their clients, the people at Leap Beyond are experts on Freedom Concepts’ bikes. It is a pleasure for Freedom Concepts to partner with the Leap Beyond Adaptive Bike Center to make significant improvement in the lives of those they meet,” Green said. For more about your community, visit

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A 68-year-old woman was killed Dec. 5 when she was struck by her own car. The fatality occurred about 1 p.m. on a private drive on Winding Trails Drive, south of Old Ohio 32, said Lt. Wayne Price, commander of the Batavia post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a press release. Price said Bessie Garrett was struck by her

own car after she attempted to exit the car without putting it in park. After Garrett was struck, the car continued across Winding Trails Drive where it came to rest against a fence, he said. Williamsburg EMS and Air Care were called to the scene, where Garrett was pronounced dead, Price said. The crash remains under investigation.

Cincinnati Brass Band to perform Feb. 24 Get ready for an afternoon of musical entertainment Feb. 24 with Cincinnati’s own trumpet virtuoso, Dr. Terren Frenz and the Cincinnati Brass Band for the “Musical Magic of John Williams.” Clermont County members are Steve Bone, cornet, of Pleasant Plain, Jim Henderson, cornet, of Loveland, Anita Cocker Hunt, conductor, of Mil-

ford, Steve Macy of Milford and Eric Macy of Milford. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Tickets are on sale at all Buddy Rogers Music Stores, or at the door before the concert. For more information, contact Tony Yocco at 513604-0288.