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MOSCOW WORKS TO RECOVER A4 Villagers and nearby residents remember March 2 tornado.



Feds reviewing comments on new beetle plan By John Seney

The water tower on Tower Alley in Bethel will be replaced under a plan to overhaul the village’s water system. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bethel to upgrade water system By John Seney

BETHEL — Village officials plan a major upgrade of the water system. “It will be to modernize it and fix weak sections,” said village Administrator Travis Dotson. “Our water system is overdue for improvements.” Council member Donna Gunn said improvements will include replacing a water main on Plane Street and upgrades to the village’s water towers. She said the village will apply for a zero-percent-interest loan from the Ohio EPA to finance the project. “It would save a lot of money

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in interest,” she said. Council members Feb. 14 passed a resolution authorizing Dotson to apply for the loan from Dotson the state. The loan amount was not to exceed $1.5 million. The money will be repaid from the long-term improvement fund and the water department operating fund, said Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin. The Plane Street water main, now eight inches wide, needs to be replaced with a 12-inch line, Dotson said. “It’s more than 30 years old,”

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he said of the line. Dotson said other work would include replacing the small water tower on Tower Alley. “It may possibly be moved to a better location,” he said. “It’s getting to the point where it’s going to cost more to maintain than replace it,” Dotson said of the Tower Alley tower. “We also need more capacity.” The village’s other water tower, on the north side of town near Ohio 133, also will need some work. “It’s not properly connected to the water system,” Dotson said. “We’re going to fix that.” Dotson said he expects the work to begin in January 2015.

TATE TWP. — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are beginning to review public comments on a revised environmental assessment for the Asian longhorned beetle eradication efforts. The new assessment was released in January and the comment period ended Feb. 16. The revised assessment differs from one released in May 2012 by identifying a preferred alternative for dealing with healthy trees threatened by the beetle. The preferred alternative – called alternative D – recommends removal of infested trees and a combination of removal and chemical treatment for high-risk healthy trees. Rhonda Santos, public information officer with the USDA, said as of Feb. 20 the agency had received about 80 email comments on the assessment. However, some of those were duplicates, she said. Santos said the agency received four written comments and four oral comments at a Feb. 11 public forum in Clermont County sponsored by the USDA. “We expect a few more to come in,” she said. Santos said it will take some time to go through all the comments. “They all need to be reviewed and considered,” she said. About 200 comments were received for the May 2012 assessment and it took several months to go through all of those, she said. No timetable has been set

Workers from Davey Tree Expert Co. in January clean up debris in Tate Township from trees they cut down. The trees were infested with the Asian longhorned beetle. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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for making a decision on which alternative to choose, she said. The other alternatives listed by the USDA in the environmental assessment are: » A: No action. » B: Removal of all infested trees and high-risk healthy trees within a half-mile of infested trees. » C: Removal of all infested trees and chemical treatment of high-risk healthy trees. Bill Skvarla, a spokesman for a group of property owners opposed to cutting down healthy trees, said members of his group sent in comments on the revised assessment. The group, the Bethel ALB Citizens’ Cooperative Inc., supports the chemical treatment of healthy trees instead of removal. “We want the healthy trees treated,” Skvarla said. Santos said the removal of infested trees will continue in Clermont County. The beetle was discovered at Skvarla’s Tate Township winery in June 2011. So far, more than 9,000 infested trees have been cut down in the quarantined area, which includes Tate Township, Bethel, East Fork State Park and parts of Monroe, Batavia and Stonelick townships. No uninfested trees have been removed. A new two-year contract for tree removals was awarded in January to Davey Tree Expert Co. Santos said the contract with Davey is working out well. “The community members seem to like them,” she said. Davey also were contracted to assist government officials in surveying trees for signs of new infestation.

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herbicide known as Atrazine. Atrazine is used to spray a variety of crops and frequently runs off of fields and into waterways used as drinking water resources. In total, 1,085 communities across the United States filed settlement claims. A federal judge in Illinois approved the settlement Oct. 23. As a result, Clermont County Water Resources Department received $594,439.72 to help reimburse the costs of removing the herbicide from the area’s water source. “I believe this to be a fair settlement and the funds will go toward operational costs of the water resources department,” said Commissioner Ed Humphrey. Since 1999, Clermont County officials have used Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) to remove Atrazine from the drinking water sources at the Bob McEwen Water (BMW) Treatment Plant. In 2012, a new GAC treatment process was installed at BMW to remove total organic carbon, Atrazine, and other organic chemicals from the source water. The settlement funds will help maintain low water rates by offsetting annual operating costs at BMW.

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In addition to deeds and mortgages, the recorder receives documents for powers of attorney, mortgage releases, assignments of mortgages, federal tax liens, home owners association liens, Ohio Job and Family Services liens and some leases, Clepper said. Citizens are able to access records and print a copy free of charge through the recorder’s website: and accessing the online record site at: In order to obtain copies, citizens must know the township where their property is located, the date the property was purchased and the name of the person who signed the document. No appointments are necessary. Citizens are welcome any time during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the office at 732-7236 for more information.


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amount for the record than you would pay by personally requesting a copy from the recorder’s office, Clepper said. A property deed is considered a public record and is available at the recorder’s office, she said. “As your county recorder, I would like to let citizens know the real cost of getting a certified copy of your deed, mortgage or other recorded documents. It is $2 per page and $1 to apply the certification stamp and seal. The staff at the recorder’s office can do this while you wait,” Clepper said. Residents are able to receive a certified copy of requested documents with same-day services from the recorders office, she said. The average deed is three pages, the total cost of a certified copy would be $7. Citizens will save time and hassle of filling out forms, mailing them in to these companies and waiting for the delivery of a certified copy.

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An increase in calls requesting the cost for obtaining a “certified” copy of a property deed led to the discovery of a scheme occurring in Clermont County. Clermont County Recorder Debbie Clepper said companies are sending residents letters, offering a service to obtain certified copies of their property deeds. Most likely a property owner already has a copy of their deed, which is provided during a closing when they purchased property, she said. These companies are privately held companies, not affiliated with any government agency, Clepper said. The letters may state the importance of having a certified copy of your property deed or even quote the U.S. Government Federal Citizens Information Center website. These companies also estimate a price of $60 or more to obtain a copy of a deed. Although this is not illegal, you will be paying a significantly higher

visions and increase these entities’ participation in audits. Specifically, House Bill 6 codifies the Ohio Auditor of State’s policy regarding the option for allowing, in certain situations, an Agreed-Upon Procedures (AUP) audit, which is a lower-cost auditing method that permits eligible government agencies to save money and time without sacrificing accountability. These audits provide less-formal presentations of findings and are ultimately more cost-effective and less timeconsuming, allowing savings of 25 to 50 percent of full audit costs. “Our goal is to reward those entities that perform to a high standard,” said Thompson. “House Bill 6 does exactly that.”

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Felicity-Franklin Alumni Basketball game will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the competition gym. The pee wee basketball teams will be playing between the quarters of the games. Admission is $3 and $ for children.

Safety meeting

The Safety Committee of the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Bethel-Tate High School library.


A Remembrance Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, to observe the one-year mark since a tornado slammed into southern Clermont County, striking Moscow, Bethel, Tate Township, Felicity, Franklin Township and Washington Township March 2, 2012. The service will be at the River Valley Community Center, 30 Wells St. Volunteers who helped in the days and weeks after the tornado will be thanked. “The 3 R’s of this Remembrance Service will help us to reflect on our progress, to restore what has been damaged, and to rebuild what has been lost,” said Sharon Chambers, Moscow village council, and member of the service committee.

Benefit dinner

The Remembering USMC Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Wojciechowski, “Tony Wojo,” Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at American Legion Post 72, 497B Old Ohio 74 in Mt. Carmel. Wojo was a 2002 Glen Este/Live Oaks graduate who joined the Marine Corps when he was 17. He loved being a Marine and an explosive ordinance disposal technician so much that he was on his third re-enlistment and on his second deployment to Iraq when he was killed in action April 30, 2009. Cost is $8 per person, $4 for children age 10 and under. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, birthday cake/dessert and a soda. Also available will be a cash bar, split the pot, raffles and live acoustic music. RSVP to motherofwo-


School meetings

The Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education will hold the following meetings: » Special board meeting to conduct a work session at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hill Intermediate School, 150 Fossyl Drive. » Regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Hill Intermediate School.

Card party

Monroe Grange members will host their monthly card party at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville, south of Ohio Pike, weather permitting. Euchre is the main game played. Those who don’t play cards, play other table games. The cost to play is $1.50 with token prizes given. A break takes place between the fourth and fifth games. Food is available at that time. For more information, call the Rooks at 734-6980.

CCDD to meet

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities will meet in regular session Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 U.S. 50, just west of Owensville. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Conference Room. Call 732-4921 for more information.

Crop coverage

March 15 is the last day for producers to apply for Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage using Form CCC-471, Application for Coverage, and pay the service fee at the FSA county office. The application and service fee must be filed by March 15, the deadline date for 2013 spring planted crops which include: Forage sorghum, oats, pumpkins, sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food. For more information, contact the Clermont County Farm Service Agency at 732-2181.

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Fatal crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred on Gibson Road at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 18 in Goshen Township. Preliminary investigation revealed that Andrew B. Salyer, age 21, of Milford, was operating a 2000 Harley Davidson Sportster southbound on Gibson Road. Salyer lost control of the motorcycle and it overturned. Salyer was ejected from the motorcycle, according to Lt. W.V. Price, OSHP’s Batavia Post, in a press release.

Dead body found

BATAVIA TWP. — A dead body was found in a tent in a wooded area of Batavia Township off Old Ohio 74 about 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The body was a male and was decomposed. No evidence of foul play was immedately apparent. The death is being investigated. The identity of the deceased is in progress, and once the next of kin are notified more information will be released, said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, in a press release.

Monroe Grange members will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville, south of Ohio Pike, weather permitting. They will discuss plans for the bake sale during the 360 Auction and the Grassy Run Rendezvous at the end of April. The Lecturer will have the program for the evening. Each member should bring snacks for the fellowship time after the meeting. For more information about Grange, call the Rooks at 734-6980.

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MOSCOW — It’s been nearly a year since a tornado ripped through Moscow taking 16 homes, but people stayed and are working to revive this riverfront village. Village employees and council members are trying to help the community establish a new normal, said village Administrator Sandra Ashba. The village planning commission is holding a potluck from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the River Valley Community Center, 30 Wells St. The event, dubbed “A Time to Remember and a Time to Rebuild,” will give residents a chance to share their stories of the tornado and its aftermath, Ashba said. Planning commission members also will be asking for input from residents about their hopes and ideas for the community and its future. “We’re working pretty hard to encourage growth again,” said Vice Mayor Linda Carter. The recovery process has had its issues, Ashba said. Village employees still are functioning out of temporary quarters, she said. “We’re trying to make the best of it,” she said. Although parts of it are still under construction, she recently began working out of the portion of the building housing the new village administration offices at 30 Wells St. The building is expected to be ready April 1 and staff members will have

Many houses in Moscow still are being repaired nearly a year after the March 2 tornado. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

their own offices. The building formerly was a school building, which closed in 1980. It was being remodeled when the tornado hit, Ashba Ashba said. After the storm, she followed the village emergency operation plan and reported to the school building’s old school gymnasium - now the communi-

ty center. The tornado destroyed the roof and blew out the windows, and inches of water were found inside, she said. Many other Carter buildings, including the former administration building, 79 Elizabeth St., also were damaged, and some were destroyed, she said. Of the 101 homes in the vil-

lage prior to the tornado, the tornado destroyed 16, and 22 sustained major damage, she said. “There are some people who have moved on who will never come back,” she said. “You can’t always return to normal.” Many trees also were uprooted. “One of the things that really just strikes everyone is the physical change of the village,” she said. “We lost over 500 trees in this event.” Despite the damage and the

displacement of some residents, she said the village has “made strides.” “I think there’s a restored sense of community,” she said. Carter said since the tornado, people are more aware of natural disasters and their effects, making them more likely to prepare for them. “I’ve been amazed at how much has been done to get the town back to normal, but there’s still a long road ahead of us to get there,” she said.

Moscow looks back on tornado a year later By Roxanna Swift

MOSCOW — A year after a tor-

nado passed through Moscow and surrounding areas of Bethel, Felicity and Franklin and Washington townships, residents still are recovering from the damage. Some readers shared stories and reflections on how the event changed their lives and their community.

Not over it

Joann Holland, formerly of Third Street, took cover in her basement right before the tornado hit and destroyed her home. “I still have dreams of it,” Holland said. “It was horrible.” With no home to return to, she lived with her sister for a while before moving to Fairways Apartments in Pierce Township, where she has lived for about eight months, she said. Although she likes her apartment, she said she still hasn’t gotten over her experience of the tornado and the loss of her home.

Optimistic for future

Joyce Swart of Laurel-Moscow Road said the community has changed since the tornado. In addition to the destruction of houses, the loss of trees has had an impact on the village. “The town looks naked,” she said. “They do have a tree proSwart ject coming, but it’s going to take years to get back to how it was.” Despite the loss of homes and trees, Swart said she is optimistic. “We don’t know what the future holds,” she said.

Family is closer Ken Snider of Collier Road in Washington Township said the tornado destroyed his barn, which was the last standing structure from his grandfather’s farm. The livestock inside the barn survived, and Snider’s insurance paid for a new barn. Despite the loss, he said the experience made his family closer. “We came together as a family to decide what we wanted for a new barn,” he said.

A lot to be done

Mickey Hanselman of Broadway Street said most of the damage to her house was superficial and included damage to the paint and back deck. She and her husband also lost a van and two boats. The material losses were not what she took away from the experience, though, she said. Hanselman Hanselman, who is on the village’s long-term recovery committee, said what affected her most was “the human nature of everyone wanting to help.” “It was amazing to watch the generosity of people coming to help,” she said. Individuals and whole organizations “came from all over,” she said. She and her husband are selfemployed, which allowed them to take a month off work to help other area residents. She often acted as a liaison between volunteers and residents. “It was really powerful to me to be a catalyst for connecting people who needed help with those who wanted to help,” she said. She said while the destruc-

tion still can be seen along U.S. 52, the village is in a much better place than it was a year ago. Clean-up efforts continue and will increase in the spring, she said. “There’s still a lot to be done,” she said.

Still a close community

Carel Hiles and her daughter Vicki, both of South Second Street, sought shelter in the home of Hiles’ sister-in-law, Joann Holland. Hiles said Holland was asleep on her couch when she and Vicki arrived. Rather than taking shelter in the place they normally did during storms, the three women took shelter in an old coal bin in the basement. “A heavy steel beam fell right where we ordinarily stood,” she said. Unlike Holland’s house, and other neighbors’ houses, the damage to Hiles’ house was all repairable, she said. “My little house is the only one left standing on my little block (of four houses),” she said. South Second Street used to be the busy street, with people regularly using it to go to the post office, she said. The post office is relocating to 30 Wells St. The former school building, which closed in 1980, also houses the River Valley Community Center and the village administration offices. While some individuals were displaced and are missed, village residents remain a close community, Hiles said. “Moscow’s always been rather a close community, and it still is,” she said.

Left with sadness

Pam Petitt of Ohio 743 in Washington Township said the word “tornado” takes on a new meaning for her after the storm that hit the area last year.

“It’s something that you don’t seem to be able to get out of your mind,” she said. Petitt had a new roof and siding put on her Petitt house, she said. She also lost an old Christmas shop that was in front of her house. Although the shop, where children would get photos taken with Santa Claus, had been closed for years before the tornado, it was still a landmark, she said. “It just left me with kind of a sadness,” she said. She said she thinks people in the area have grown closer since the storm. “When people you don’t know come to offer a hand, it makes you feel good,” she said.

Pam and Ralph Ollendick

Getting back on feet Ralph Ollendick, pastor of River of Life Assembly of God on U.S. 52 was “really fortunate.” His church only lost about three bundles of shingles and a half bundle of roofing caps to the tornado, he said. Following the storm, people “from all over” brought donations of food, clothing and household staples to the church for days, he said. For a week, Ollendick and his wife, Pam, were off from their regular jobs. That week, they worked 14- and 15-hour days at the church and in the community, taking and distributing dona-

tions and helping with clean-up and repair efforts. They also helped connect people with businesses and individuals offering various services. “We were like the middle people for those people,” Pam said. In the aftermath, Ollendick said he and Pam “learned a lot about human nature - both the good and the not-so-good,” but they try to focus on the good and help those in need. There still are many vacant lots, but people are closer now, he said. “We’re getting back on our feet slowly,” he said.

‘On the ball’ insurance

Wanda Woodruff said she and her husband, Wallace, took cover under a stairwell in their house during the tornado. Although they have a storm cellar, she had a feeling they shouldn’t take cover inside Woodruff it, she said. “I knew it was the Lord impressing on me not to go,” she said. She later found that a tree fell on the storm cellar, and she and Wallace would have been trapped if they had taken cover inside it. They lost much of their roofs on their house and garage and sustained damage to their gazebo and fence. They sustained more than $50,000 in damages, Wanda said. Their insurance was “right on the ball” to get the damage repaired, but some Moscow residents still are “fighting with their insurance agencies,” she said. “I don’t think it (Moscow) will ever be the same,” she said. “I’m just praying that things will return to how they were.”



New thrift store helps those in need By Roxanna Swift

MILFORD — Community members are pitching in to help those in need at Tracy’s House of Treasure, 730 Main Street. Tracy Allen has been operating her Milford thrift shop since October. She has received support from family, friends and nearby business owners like veterinarian Terry Henehan. “Even though we have only been here a short time, a lot of people from the community have helped out,” Allen said. While her main focus is to help at-risk children, military troops and their families, she offers items for a variety of individuals of all ages. Allen, who regularly supports local food pantries, also operates Our Lady of Liberty Food Pantry out of the store. “She’s got a strong will to help people who need help,”

said Allen’s sister, Mary Cheesbro. “She’s got a big heart.” Cheesbro said she helps Allen get items on shelves. “If I didn’t have a full-time job, I would be down there every day,” she said. Allen said she has no employees and runs her store with the help of volunteers to keep prices low. She pays overhead costs and utility bills with personal finances and anonymous donations by area businesses, she said. She uses the money she makes in sales to purchase coffee and snacks for shoppers and items for the food pantry. Clothing prices range between 25 cents to $5, she said. In addition to clothing, dishes and other household necessities, she sells military hats, handmade dog leashes, handmade cards and various types of art. “If (someone) is looking for one specific item, she does

Tracy Allen, owner of Tracy's House of Treasure, Feb. 11 prices some clothing to sell. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

whatever she can to get it,” Cheesbro said. Allen said she accepts almost any new or used items, including old T-shirts, which she shreds and sells as rags. “There’s a use for every-

thing,” she said. She said the only items she does not take are used mattresses. There are no stipulations about the condition of donated items, she said.

“If it’s broken we can normally fix it,” she said. “If it needs a coat of paint, we’ll paint it.” If she has any items she can’t use - which has not happened yet - she can take them to other thrift stores, she said. Tracy’s House of Treasure is open Sunday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays are devoted to washing clothing donations. While the store is not officially open Saturdays, Allen said she welcomes customers who are unable to make it to the store other days of the week. She said there is no drop box for donations, but she is trying to get one. Donations can be dropped off at the store during business hours. Allen and her volunteers also offer donation pick-up. Allen can be contacted by emailing or calling 4321170.

Batavia works to address vacant buildings By Roxanna Swift

Mary Ellen “Poochie” Johnson-O’Hara, owner of Poochie's Place in Amelia, receives a plaque in recognition of her charity work from veterans, from left, Ron Hartman, commander of American Legion Post 72 in Mr. Carmel; Don Chandler, vice president of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission representing the American Legion; and Bob Derr, a member of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission representing AMVETS. At far left is Holly Preston of Felicity, a server at Poochie’s Place. PROVIDED


“When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets . . . then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:2-4 AMELIA — “Poochie” had a secret – until members of the Clermont County Council of the American Legion decided it was time to break it wide open. For more than 20 years, Mary Ellen “Poochie” JohnsonO’Hara, owner of Poochie’s Place in Amelia, has been preparing and donating all the food for the council’s Neediest Kids Christmas program. This was first at her family’s Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at 1375 W. Ohio Pike in Amelia and then, since July 2012, at her diner on the same site. Johnson-O’Hara fed 90 chil-

dren at the 2012 event alone. She’s kept her mouth shut about the donations, but the council members recently decided Johnson-O’Hara deserves to be recognized and presented her with a plaque in front of her customers at the diner, where she serves breakfast and lunch daily. “Over the years, Poochies’ kind contributions have saved thousands of dollars for the program and has fed hundreds of local children in need,” said Bob Derr, spokesman for the council, which represents nine American Legion posts. The Clermont County Council of the American Legion has since the end of World War II hosted a Neediest Kids Christmas program the first Thursday in December. The program for children ages 6 to 8 includes a shopping trip for clothes they need, a visit from Santa, gifts of toys – and

the free lunch. The event gives JohnsonO’Hara a chance to put into practice a lesson from her father. No, not how to run a business - although Victor Johnson, who died in 2006, definitely taught her that. Johnson also taught his daughter to quietly give back to the community. “He would tell me, ‘You’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing,’” said Johnson-O’Hara, who lives in Pierce Township. Johnson-O’Hara said she was “shocked” to get the plaque from the American Legion, but found a place for it right away. “I hung it on a wall at the diner right above the antique Coca-Cola case,” she said. For more about your community, visit

BATAVIA — Village officials are working to address the condition of vacant and dilapidated buildings. Planning commission members Feb. 19 authorized village Administrator Dennis Nichols to develop a Community Reinvestment Area program. A Community Reinvestment Area would allow officials to offer investment incentives like tax abatements for renovation or construction of structures in the village. Nichols said he also plans to investigate options for developing blighted areas under the program. “We want to require owners to get their buildings occupied, sell them or tear them down,” he said. Several properties in downtown Batavia have been vacant for extended periods of time, he said. One property he would like to see occupied or torn down is 220 E. Main St. The building, which most recently housed the Thomas Graphics print shop, at one point was an Odd Fellows Hall. “The building is a classic of its time and its type,” Nichols said. “It has so much charm to it.” Despite its charm, the building needs renovation, he said. The property has been vacant for six or seven years, said Howard Moore, son of Stirling Moore, who co-owns the building with his brother, Louis Moore. “It has been for sale and for lease,” Howard Moore said. “We’ve done everything, but there’s minimal interest.” Stirling Moore said there are some people interested in the building, but often those who do request a one-year lease. “We really want to sell it,”

Batavia officials would like to see something done with this building at 220 E. Main St. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

he said. Tax abatements would help fill buildings in downtown Batavia and get new business owners on their feet, Stirling Moore said. Nichols said there also are several other buildings in the village - particularly on Main and Second streets - that he would like to see occupied in time for the village’s bicentennial next year. Nichols said while he does not want to impose on property rights, the village could, as a last resort, take blighted properties by imminent domain. Commission members also authorized Nichols to begin developing a new land use plan. Nichols said he will propose revision of the land use plan to the finance committee and village council as well. He also wrote a building maintenance code, which he presented to the planning commission and will present to council.

Clermont Co. residents suspected of making meth Lab was found near Mt. Orab A man from Williamsburg and a woman from Wayne Township were arrested Feb. 5 by Brown County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly manufactur-

ing meth in a house near Mt. Orab. Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger said deputies arrested Eric Reeves, 27, of Williamsburg, and Christina Fuller, 28, of Pleasant Plain, for manufacturing meth at a residence on Greenbush East Road

near Mt. Orab. Several indictments were issued Feb. 14 by the Brown County Grand Jury on both Reeves and Fuller, including illegal manufacturing, felony, second degree; illegal assembly of chemicals, felony, third degree; conspiracy to traffic

drugs, felony, third degree; and possession of drug instruments, misdemeanor, first degree. Reeves and Fuller are incarcerated at the Brown County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on the charges.







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Taylor answers call for McNick League title highlight of season By Nick Dudukovich

Bethel-Tate freshman Julia Jenike (31) has the box out on Indian Hill’s Jessica Arington (4) while senior Sydney Kilgore (20) takes the other end. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Bethel-Tate girls notch tourney win By Scott Springer

BETHEL — A year after fall-

ing in the first round of the Division II tournament at Withrow, Bethel-Tate defeated Indian Hill 41-34 on Feb. 16 to move to a second game against New Richmond Feb. 21. As has often been the case, the Lady Tigers were paced by the Jenike sisters as freshman Julia had 17 points and sophomore Brooke scored 14. “Our girls came to play and that was the difference,” Coach Dave Fallis said. “It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t perfect all of the time, but we ran the court and played tenacious defense.” Several Lady Tigers rattled Indian Hill with defensive plays in the game including Abbie Shinkle, Allison Poe and Sydney Kilgore. On the other end of the floor were racking up 31 of Bethel-Tate’s 41 points. “They’re following the footsteps of their sister, Tess,” Fallis said. “I’ve been blessed to have all three at this point. Maybe (younger sister) Marissa, if I stick around long enough.” Tess Jenike plays at UC Clermont, while Marissa is 10. For the next two years, Brooke and Julia will hold up the family name on the local hardwood. “These two are a blessing to coach,” Fallis said. “It makes coaching really easy. What a lot of people don’t know about these two is the hours that they log in the gym working. It’s

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hours and hours in the gym that nobody knows about.” One guy who probably knew about the Jenike work ethic was the coach on the other side of the gym Feb. 16, Chris Arington. Along with taking over Indian Hill, his Cincinnati Angels AAU program features the Jenikes and his daughters, Jessica and Sam. Brooke plays in the offseason age group with junior Jessica Arington, while Julia and Sam Arington play with a freshman-age squad. Despite being “Angels” the two Jenikes weren’t beyond stealing some of Indian Hill’s plays. “Probably we had the advantage because we knew some of their stuff,” Brooke Jenike said grinning. “We knew that his daughters could shoot.” In the game, Jessica Arington got her points, but BethelTate held Lady Braves top scorer Sam Arington to just six. On the smiling side of the scoreboard, Julia Jenike’s 17 included a pair of three-pointers. “I was surprised myself that I hit those,” she said with eyes raised. Added Brooke Jenike, “We kind of changed roles. I’m usually the shooter and she’s usually the driver, but we changed roles.” The sisters have played the

game since their father (Bethel-Tate football coach Bill Jenike) could hand them a basketball. The result has been toughness and court communication that is hard to explain, but easy to see. “We have mental telepathy,” Julia Jenike said. “We know what each other’s going to do we played together so much.” After the Lady Tigers’ win, a good-natured Chris Arington of Indian Hill congratulated both girls as they were being interviewed. Then he gathered his own for the drive home. “The Jenike sisters won this round,” he said. “We’ll get them next year!” The win over Indian Hill put Bethel-Tate in another Southern Buckeye Conference battle with New Richmond. During the regular season, they split. The Lady Lions won 51-48 on Dec. 4. On Jan. 26, the Lady Tigers prevailed 56-52. On Feb. 21, 6-foot-5 New Richmond junior center Josie Buckingham was too much for Bethel-Tate, whose tallest starter is Julia Jenike at 5-foot-9. Buckingham blew up with a triple-double of 42 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Lady Lions rolled 68-42. Bethel-Tate finishes 10-14 but will return the Jenikes, Abbie Shinkle, Allison Poe, Christine Myers and Kylie Sawyers from this year’s team. The loss ended the high school basketball careers of Alex Shinkle, Sydney Kilgore and Taylor Atkins.

MT. WASHINGTON — McNicholas got 32 points from junior Hannah Taylor, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets fell to Norwood, 64-55, in Division II tournament play Feb. 19. Throughout the year, the Rockets struggled to consistently score, according to coach Gregg Flammer, but posted an 8-2 conference record and won the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Central Division. Flammer said playing with toughness helped the Rockets overcome offensive troubles. “The days you can’t score, you can still compete, with an attitude of we’re going to play tough and aggressive,” he said. “We did that all year and we beat some good teams. We beat (Dayton) CJ, Carroll and Anderson...and. winning the (league championships) against Badin, that was probably the highlight of the season.” When the Rockets needed offense, Hannah Taylor usual answered the call. The junior was second in the Central with 12.3 points

and 2.0 assists per game. She led the league with 7.4 rebounds. For her efforts, Taylor was named the Central’s Athlete of the Year. “We relied on her offensively a lot and she responded,” Flammer said. “She works hard on her game. She’s always staying after practice shooting extra foul shots.” Taylor is expected to return next season, and should combine with Maddie White, Payton Ramey and Corrie Sheshull to form a strong nucleus as the Rockets defend the league title. Sheshull joined Taylor as a first-team member, while White was named to the second team. Flammer, who was named the conference’s Coach of the Year, said Ramey — a 5foot-10 sophomore, could be poised for breakout year. “She’s had some games that were just outstanding,” Flammer said. Flammer and company will lose just two seniors from this year’s roster in Lauren Lamping and GGCL second-team member Katie Rogers. “We’re going to miss our seniors,” Flammer said. “Katie led by example on the floor, and Lauren was a vocal leader…and kept everybody up.”

Norwood guard Hannah Hale, center, shoots over McNicholas junior Hannah Taylor, left, and Meghan Sweeney, right, during the Rockets’ sectional tournament loss Feb. 19. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



» Bethel-Tate’s Chip Ratcliff finished fourth at the DII district meet in Goshen Feb. 23 to qualify for the state tournament in Columbus at 132 pounds. Also at the district meet, Aric Peters was sixth at 120 and Brian Carter was sixth at 126.

Boys basketball

» Bethel-Tate beat FelicityFranklin in the Southern Buckeye Conference Crossover

Showdown fifth-place game, 6046 on Feb. 16. Russell Hartley led the Tigers with 18 points, while Christopher Smith paced the Cardinals with 15. In the area tournament, Bethel-Tate’s season ended with a 79-36 loss to Aiken at Mason on Feb. 22. Jason Adams led the Tigers in the loss with 16 points. » Felicity-Franklin’s season ended on Feb. 23 with a 61-57 loss to St. Bernard at Oak Hills. The Cardinals finish the season at 6-18. Sophomore Jordan Utter led in the loss with 20 points.

Girls basketball

» Bethel-Tate played New Richmond in the second round of the Division II sectional at Withrow Feb. 21. The Lady Lions got a triple-double from junior center Josie Buckingham (42 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks) to win 68-42. The Lady Tigers end the season at 10-14. Sophomore Brooke Jenike led in the loss with 18 points. » Felicity-Franklin overcame a 34-22 halftime deficit to beat Ripley-Union 64-56 on Feb. 20. Freshman Ashley Moore had 22 points and senior Arica Stutz added 18. The win at the Division III sectional at Wil-

mington put the Lady Cardinals against Georgetown. Against the Lady G-Men on Feb. 23, Felicity-Franklin lost 50-40 to end the season 16-9. Freshman Ashley Moore and junior Brooke Corbin had 10 points each.


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nati Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 3 at Notre Dame Academy. The race took place over the Olympic regatta distance of 2,000 meters. Varsity rower Ricky Vandegrift took third place, with his personal best time, in the varsity high school boys lightweight division. Ashley Collins also beat her personal record at the championships. Lindsey Marquez earned a gold medal in the seventh- and eighth-grade girls division with her personal best. The Crew welcomes new members. For more details, visit



Reds Futures Showcase begins March 25 By Scott Springer


Local games for the 2013 Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by PNC: Monday, April 8 Glen Este vs. Turpin, 5 p.m. (Brian Wilson Field) Wednesday, April 10 Amelia vs. Bethel-Tate, 5 p.m. (Brian Wilson Field) Thursday, April 11 Anderson vs. Milford, 4:30 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) McNicholas vs. Roger Bacon, 7 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) Friday, April 12 Goshen vs. New Richmond, 4:30 p.m. (New Richmond High School) ** Batavia vs. Clermont Northeastern, 5 p.m. (Brian Wilson Field) ** **Reds mascots and the Reds Rover events team will appear at these games. Additional appearances will be announced at a later date.


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The power of the resurrection Matthew 14:22-33 talks about how the disciples were on the troubled sea, and the Lord suddenly appears unto them. Naturally, they were afraid at first, but then our Lord God calms their fears, and then Peter being Peter, asks our Lord to bid him to come to Him out on the water. And our Lord does, and for a while Peter does in fact walk on the water, but as Peter takes his eyes off of our Lord, he begins to sink … so will we. Now, (borrowing from Henry Blackaby) think of how many times we have watched other people perform seemingly miraculous feats athletically. We were in awe of their skill and prowess. They made it appear so effortless. And for a brief moment, we entertain the thought within ourselves that we could duplicate that feat. And by in large with practice


we can. Similarly, when we think of the accomplishments of the men and women in the Bible, we tend to think we could have done as good as they did, if we only

had the chance. We even convince ourselves if we had only been there, we would have obeyed, we would have not doubted our Lord God, we would have been even more brave. Would we? I wonder. Understand, God did choose these ordinary people and did extraordinary things through them … through their faith. But I petition you, that we too can experience the “extraordinary” in our lives just as the early Christians did. Our

Get Social Security statement online If you would like to get a Social Security Statement, which provides estimates of your future benefits, it is now available online at “Our new online Social Security Statement is simple, easy-to-use and provides people with estimates they can use to plan for their retirement,” said Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security. “The online Statement also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial Sue Denny COMMUNITY PRESS planning tool. People should GUEST COLUMNIST get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.” In addition to helping with financial planning, the online Statement also provides workers a convenient way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This feature is important because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over a person’s lifetime. If the information is incorrect, the person may not receive proper benefits. The online Statement provides you the opportunity to save or print the document for future reference, or to have handy for discussions with family members or a financial planner. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, users are giving the online Statement a score of 89, making it competitive with our other top-rated, best-in-government online services, such as the Retirement Estimator and online retirement application. To get a personalized online Statement, you must be age 18 or older and must be able to provide information about

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Sue Denny is the Social Security public affairs specialist in Cincinnnati.

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rected life without going through the cross, without going through trials and tribulations. People want the resurrection power without suffering; they want the resurrection without death … that’s impossible. Before Jesus was resurrected, He had to die. We must die to self daily. We must carry our cross. I understand why people don’t want the power … it is because with the “power” comes responsibility, with the “power” comes accountability. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but they don’t want to have to live for Him or serve Him while they are here. Why? Because there is an expectation we must live a godly life, and who wants to do that? Right! There were some very great men and women in the Bible who were called upon to do extraordinary things. People

problem is that we have been settling for the ordinary for far too long. We serve the same God, don’t we? But I must warn you, you will find yourself in the middle of seemingly impossible situations. Furthermore, think about it, the resurrection itself is humanly impossible. It is beyond anything man can do in his own strength or ability. It is beyond the “scope” of any earthly experience. It is a God thing pure and simple. The world demonstrates power by destroying things, by taking life, but Almighty God demonstrates power by creating and giving life. Folks, there is so much more to the resurrection than just going to heaven when we die. In fact, God wants us to utilize the power of the resurrection in our daily lives … everyday. However, we cannot attain unto the potential of the resur-

like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Daniel, Esther, Peter and John, and so many more. They witnessed the mighty power of God again and again. When things seemed to be going against them, God was there. Remember how timid the disciples were before the cross; before the resurrection, then look at how bold and courageous they were afterward. Don’t you understand we can be a Moses to someone, we can be a Joshua to someone, we can be an Esther. Remember, Peter did not walk on the water until the Lord told him to do so. He received divine authorization first. Folks, it’s our turn to walk with the resurrected Lord. Remember, “ … with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Ben Hurst is the Pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Bethel.

CH@TROOM Feb. 20 question How will the Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open March 4 in downtown Cincinnati, affect Cincinnati? Do you plan to patronize the casino? Why or why not?

“After they get the bugs worked out, I might give it a quick look-see, but that’s about it. I hope others don’t follow suit, because the dimwitted politicians in Cincinnati and Hamilton County have already spent the projected casino revenues ten times over - before the first quarter has been dropped into a slot machine. Mayor Mallory needs all the help he can get for his ridiculous street car scam. I thank God every day that I live in Clermont County!” J.J.

“Well I think the casino will finally bring some of the vice this city has always been lacking. I believe there will be more downside than upside. The negative social toll casinos and gambling typically take on a community usually outweigh the gains. Plus, no matter what the perceived gains are, you can never beat the house. “I won’t go because gambling doesn’t have an intrinsic appeal to me and the entertainment or dining at casino’s seem a bit too corporate and cookie cutter to me. I’d rather spend an evening at Arnold’s downtown listening to local live music in a unique, only in Cincinnati, setting.” I.P.

“How will the Horseshoe Casino affect Cincinnati? No one can really answer that with certainty. There are arguments in favor of such establishments and against them. You can spend some time researching articles about the impact of gambling establishments in places like Indiana and Kentucky, but you must be careful that the reports are subjective and unbiased. “I have relatives and friends who patronize casinos, and I concede that this is their prerogative. Some of the commentaries say that tax revenues from casinos are very

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helpful to the local economy, but I don’t know how much of the taxes that are levied on Horseshoe Casino will go exclusively to Cincinnati. “My personal feeling is that people should have a right to patronize these places, but I also think it is naive to fail to admit that they prey on the psychological weakness of compulsive gamblers. The same is true of alcoholic beverages, I suppose, and we saw what resulted from attempts to outlaw alcohol. “I’ve been to a couple of casinos in my life, and feel no desire to return. Some of the people playing slots look like zombies. And there is an atmosphere of sadness and compulsion that I saw. “Would I patronize the casino? No, because although I used to enjoy certain kinds of gambling when I was younger (pulling tips, playing poker, etc ... ) the ‘sport’ holds no appeal for me now.” Bill B.

“I believe the Horseshoe Casino will have a detrimental effect on our city – it will suck out money that would have been spent on necessities or on other leisure activities such as sports, movies, cultural events. It will give compulsive gamblers a too near and present place to gamble. “Based on reports from other areas casinos do not encourage development or support other businesses but attract pawn shops and check-cashing places. Based on a recent Enquirer article, drunk driving incidents will likely increase. “The building itself is a disappointment – a ‘big box’ with a glitzy facade and ugly sign; check out the view from Gil-

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bert Avenue. “The negatives far outweigh the positives of new jobs and possibly increased tourism. I will never patronize the casino. “Hope it underperforms and is closed down soon. The space could be repurposed into a convention or event center or a downtown mall.” J.R.B.

“Current news stories suggest the other major Ohio cities which already have casinos are not producing as expected. In the case of Cincinnati the two nearby casinos in Indiana may cause the same disappointment in the Tristate. “There is a finite pool of gamblers in our society and even a plush new casino in the downtown area could prove the golden goose of gambling cannot lay enough eggs to solve the fiscal problems of government. “I am not a gambler so it’s not likely I’ll visit the Horseshoe Casino. I consider gambling a vice and do not believe it is proper for our government to encourage it. “The basic premise of gambling is the operators of the games of chance have control of the odds which guarantee the players will lose. That is why the players are called gamblers while the operators have a sure thing.” R.V.

“I seldom gamble, even when I am in Las Vegas or on a cruise ship, although every now and then I lose some money in slot machines as I walk by them on the way to a conference or convention. “I would not take the time or energy to go to the Horseshoe Casino as a destination unless there was some other reason to be there. I hope all my friends and neighbors visit often and play until their eyes glaze over. “Given the well-published odds, virtually all gambling is a tax willingly paid by the mathematically challenged. Let them pay as much as they want and reduce government’s need to tax me.”

Bethel Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.






Robin Tackett of Slice of Stainless, center, accepts the award for Customer Focus for companies of between one and 50 employees. At left is Bill Lyon of the Lyon Group and at right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN

Hal Shevers, left, of Sporty's presents to Felix Leshey of Sam's Club the chamber award for Customer Focus for businesses of between 51 and 250 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE



Clermont Chamber honors small businesses

By John Seney

UNION TWP. — The Clermont Chamber of Commerce will host the first annual Southwest Ohio Small Business Summit Oct. 29. John Melvin, the chamber’s small business development center director, announced the new event Feb. 8 at the chamber’s annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. Melvin said the summit, to be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Eastgate, will address how strategy, change and technology affect small businesses. “We will offer a wealth of talent,” Melvin said. At the annual meeting, also held at the Holiday Inn, 2012 chamber chairman Steve Hood, a partner at Kamphaus, Henning and Hood Certified Public Accountants of Milford, passed the gavel to 2013 chairman Bob Manning, vice president/CFO at Lykins Companies of Miami Township. The featured speaker was John Lucas of BrightStar Partners, Inc., who talked about how social media and new technologies are affecting businesses. “Consumers are much more discerning today than they used to be,” Lucas said. “They are getting information from new sources.” Six awards were given to small businesses in Clermont County. » Customer Focus Award, one to 50 employees: Slice of Stainless Inc., Union Township. » Customer Focus Award, 51 to 250 employees: Sam’s Club of Eastgate, Union Township. » Emerging Small Business Award, one to 50 employees: Bioformix, Inc., Miami Township. » Emerging Small Business Award, 51 to 250 employees: HealthSource of Ohio, with several locations in Clermont County. » Innovative Best Business Practice Award, one to 50 employees: Kingdom Productions, Inc., Union Township. » Innovative Best Business Practice Award, 51 to 250 employees: ITI (International Techne Group), Inc., Miami Township.

Dave Chodos, left, of Global Scrap Management, presents to Adam Molofsky of Bioformix, Inc., the chamber award for Emerging Small Businesses of between one and 50 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director.

Tim Laudermilch, left, of Eagle Specialty Vehicles, congratulates Kim Patton of HealthSource of Ohio, winner of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce small business award for Emerging Companies of between 51 and 250 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE



Tom Gregory, center, was the winner of the chamber’s Innovative Best Business Practice award for companies of between 51 and 250 employees. Presenting the award are Pete Wentzel, left, of General Data and John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Patti Fraley, left, of CTTS, Inc., presents Hank Pryor of Kingdom Productions with the chamber award for Innovative Best business Practices for companies of between one and 50 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Matthew Van Sant, left, president and CEO of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, speaks Feb. 8 at the chamber's annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. Behind him are Steve Hood, center, the chamber’s outgoing board chairman, and Bob Manning, 2013 board chairman. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

John Lucas of BrightStar Partners, Inc. was the featured speaker Feb. 8 at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 28 Auctions It’s Almost Spring Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Bring friends, snacks and drinks; also available. Benefits less-fortunate children. Paddles: $2 each or three for $5. 8318613. Milford.

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. SilverSneakers ROM, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. For seniors. Free. Presented by SilverSneakers. 947-7344. Union Township.

Music - Blues Karl Dappen, 6 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Saxophonist plays during Crafting Time. Free. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

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.

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. 575-2102. Milford. Boy Scout Troop 452 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Main entrees including choice of baked or fried fish, cheese pizza, grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese. All meals include two sides, desert and drink. Children’s menu available. Carryout available. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. $8.25, $6.25 children. 752-2080. Withamsville. 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. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity, Connelly Hall, 725 Wood St., Fish with sides and drink, homemade desserts, split-the-pot and more. $4-$9. Presented by Holy TrinityBatavia. 732-2218, ext. 112. Batavia. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., 388-4466; 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. $6. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.



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.

Business Classes

Support Groups

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.

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Caregivers learn techniques to respond to challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, repetition and more. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060; 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. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, 704 Old Ohio 74, Haddock, cod, shrimp and chicken platters. All side dishes are homemade: coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies and french fries. Dine in or carryout. $7. 383-1178; Union Township. 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

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.

Benefits Dinner, Art and Wine for Canines, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Wine tasting, art showing, dinner, open beer and wine bar, auction and raffle. With keynote speaker Amy Hoh and service dog Cortez. $500$515 table of 10; $100-$105 couple, $55-$57 single. Presented by Circle Tail Inc. 877-3325; Loveland.

Exercise Classes 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. 237-4574.


Nature Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Hands-on Nature: Open Discovery at CNC’s Nature PlayScape, 1-2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play facilitators available to encourage children to interact with nature. Focus on open discovery. For ages 12 and under with an adult. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Shopping MOPS Baby and Kid Stuff Sale, 8-11 a.m., Faith Church, 5910 Price Road, Life Center. More than 40 sellers with consignment-quality clothing, baby furniture, strollers, toys, books, baby gear and more. Cash only. Benefits Mothers of Preschoolers. $1. 831-3770; Milford.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 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. 8319876. 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.

Nature PlayScape Outdoor Social, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, PlayScape. Bring your favorite mug for hot cocoa and winter nature fun. Programs are for children 12 and under with an adult. Members are free. Nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union 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, MARCH 4 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 highenergy 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. Spring into Shape Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beyond Fitness Private Studio, 7226 Baltic Court, Monday-Thursday through April 25. Fat-burning workouts, group

Join Project Feeder Watch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, at the Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road in Union Township, and share a cup of coffee or tea with friends ages 21 and older who enjoy watching birds. CNC members can join free, non-members pay daily admission of $8. For more information, call 831-1711, ext. 125, or visit FILE PHOTO. nutrition coaching, strategies for avoiding holiday weight gain, bonus tips, recipes and more. $295. Registration required. 859-512-0912; Newtown. 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.

Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1055 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Doors open 4:30 p.m. Free. 248-2999. Milford.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Civic Open House and Adoption Celebration, 4-6 p.m., Adoption S.T.A.R., 433 W. Loveland Ave, Meet staff, learn more about adoption and discover unique services of Adoption S.T.A.R. Celebration of opening of new location. Free. 631-3900; Loveland.

Exercise Classes 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, $6. 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, MARCH 6 Art & Craft Classes Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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.

Education Beyond Word Processing, 7-9 p.m., Milford Junior High School, 5735 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Enhance computer skills. Includes spreadsheet activity, calculating data and creating signs and greeting cards. Ages 18 and up. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; www.miamitwpoh-

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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.

and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Nature Knowledge Series: Spring Wildflowers of Ohio, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Sneak peak as spring woods come to life with vibrant blooms, presented by John Howard. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.


Health / Wellness

Business Classes

Becoming an Alzheimers Whisperer, 6:30-8 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Upper Lounge. Innovative approach to Alzheimer’s/dementia care. Learn techniques to respond to challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, repetition and more. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060; Anderson Township.

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

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

Nature Herpetology Program, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society discusses reptiles and amphibians. Nonmembers pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Volunteer Exploration Session, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center. Discover the many volunteer opportunities available including teaching youth, leading hikes, working outdoors and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 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 Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. SilverSneakers ROM, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Free. 947-7344. Union Township.

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

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. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, $7. 383-1178; Union Township. 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. Boy Scout Troop 452 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, $8.25, $6.25 children. 752-2080. Withamsville. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, $7. 831-9876. Milford. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity, Connelly Hall, $4-$9. 732-2218, ext. 112. Batavia. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 388-4466; 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, $6. 2374574. Amelia.

Music - Country Tana Matz, 7:30-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

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.



Union Twp.’s Stahl turns trouble into treasure Nutritious combined with simple ingredients add up to an easy meal. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Quiche can be good made simply The only reason we keep chickens is to get fresh eggs. I grew up eating eggs just about every day, especially on school days. And eggs are so versatile. If I have eggs in the refrigerator, I feel like I’ve got a meal, no matter how lean the budget or how bare the pantry. Think about this: Eggs are all natuRita ral, and Heikenfeld one egg RITA’S KITCHEN has lots of vitamins and minerals with only about 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. Eggs got a bad rap a few years ago but now health professionals are back on the egg bandwagon – just don’t overdo eating them. One of the first table foods we feed the babies for breakfast are eggs. The protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food.

Simple quiche

Sometimes we forget about the really easy meals. Quiche is one of those. Most of us have eggs, onions and cheese on hand and those ingredients alone, with milk added, make a delicious quiche. When I want to make the quiche special, I use whipping cream. Now be sure to mince the onions very small so they cook well. Otherwise, just sauté them in a bit of butter until they’re translucent before adding to the egg mixture. I got the original recipe, before I adapted it, from a food magazine, but can’t recall which one. 9- or 10-inch pie pan lined with pie dough 10-12 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled (optional, but so good) 1 heaping cup shredded Swiss cheese (or your favorite, try extra sharp cheddar) 1 ⁄3 cup minced onions 4 large eggs, room temperature 2 cups whipping cream, half and half or milk About 1 teaspoon salt and 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper

cayenne pepper are good in here. If crust browns too much before quiche is done, make a “collar” of foil around the crust.

Pineapple crunch cake

Don’t look for a high and fluffy cake here. This is a moist, dense cake that keeps well in the refrigerator. Yes, it’s even better the next day. I’ve tweaked the recipe through the years and now add more vanilla than I used to. I like to toast my pecans in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes or so, until they smell fragrant, before chopping. You don’t have to toast the nuts, though. Now if you don’t add nuts, just call it pineapple cake. This is a yummy snacking cake. 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten 2 cups sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 ⁄2 to 1 cup chopped pecans mixed with a little of the flour (optional) 1 20 oz. can unsweetened, undrained, crushed pineapple Extra chopped pecans for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk sugar, flour and baking soda together. Add vanilla, eggs and pineapple and blend well. Stir in nuts Pour into sprayed 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Bake in

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Tips from Rita’s kitchen

preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out fairly clean. Don’t overbake. Cool, and frost with cream cheese icing. Serves 12 generously.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

By tossing nuts with a bit of flour, they will remain suspended in the cake and not sink to the bottom. Cream cheese icing

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Making store-bought icing taste like homemade Check out my blog for this tip. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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When half of her fellow employees at a medical billing company in Anderson Township were laid off, Kelly Stahl of Eastgate saw the writing on the wall. Instead of retreating to her couch with a gallon of ice cream, Stahl decided to change up the script. She started Clean Claim MD, also a medical billing company, in February 2010 in a two-room office in Eastgate, putting in 12 to 14 hours a day on borrowed computers. In mid-February, Stahl moved her business to larger quarters on McMann Road in Withamsville, where she employs eight people. Stahl doesn’t like to brag about herself, but her husband will. “We are very excited to have outgrown our last location in Eastgate in just three years,” Scott Stahl said. “With her tenacity to work hard and collect every dollar that was due to her clients, her business began to grow to where she had five people in those same two small offices. “When space interfered with productivity and there was not another empty desk around to hire more staff, it was time to find her a new building,” Stahl said. Stahl said the building they moved to in Withamsville had been vacant for years. “It had the perfect footprint to accommodate her growing business, with ample room to continue to grow,” Stahl said.

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Kelly Stahl of Eastgate, third woman from left, recently moved her medical billing company to Withamsville to accommodate the business' expansion, which she said her employees were instrumental in making happen. Some of them are Michael Clark of Covington, Ky., is in back and the others, from left: Paige Fulton of Eastgate, Geri Murphy of Williamsburg, Stahl, Glory Goringer of Cleveland, from Stahl's software company, and Charity Bialczak of Milford. PROVIDED

Kelly Stahl said the idea of starting her own company was daunting at first. “I knew there would be expenses and a period of working for free,” Stahl said. “I had just left my job, so how did that seem like a good idea?” “I believed that I had a strong enough business plan, but without clients, it was nothing more than numbers on a piece of paper,” Stahl said. “What propelled us to our continued success is our relentless position on getting our clients paid for the service they perform.” “When we increased all of our clients’ revenue some by double - they began talking about us to their colleagues and we continue to grow by dou-

ble digits as a result,” Stahl said. Stahl advises anyone who wants to start their own business to think it through very carefully – and to run their business plan past professionals. “Expect long hours with little or no pay at the beginning, and did I mention a lot of sleepless nights?” she said. “When you get big enough to hire, hire amazing people.” “My staff of eight is my titanium gears that make this machine run,” Stahl said. “I couldn’t grow without them sharing my vision and their commitment to working just as hard as I do for my clients.”

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LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Classic Storage L.L.C., 1692 St, Rt. 28, Goshen, OH, the undersigned, will sell at public sale, the personal property stored with the undersigned: Angel McMullen, 5866 St Rt 132 Morrow, Ohio 45152 bin#509 (Furniture, bags/ boxes); Judith Graves, 602 Charles Snider Rd. Loveland, Ohio 45140 Unit#705 (Furniture, baby bed, totes/ misc.); Kym Campbell, 6711 Pin Oak Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#342 (Furniture, luggage, totes/ boxes, misc.); Betsy Godby, 2806 Cider Ln. Apt H Maineville, Ohio 45039 bin#349 (Furniture, boxes/tubs, misc.); Debra McAllister, 5110 Rolston Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45212 bin#231 (Furniture, boxes/tubs, misc.); Jordan Reed, 3643 N. Heartwood Rd. Amelia OH 45102 bin#241 (Furniture, boxes/tubs misc., full unit); David Scalf, 11556 SW 89 Ct. Ocala, FL 34481 bin #818/725(Furniture, wooden doll house, Hot Wheels collection in packaging, bikes, tubs/boxes); Justina Mast, 1492 Woodville Pk. 314 Carol Ct. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#127 (Furniture, bike, boxes/misc.); James Seaman, 6770 Park Cr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#137 (Wheels/tire, doors & seats for cars.); Gregory Brusman 6907 Shiloh Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#522 (Furniture, Honda 4 wheeler, toolboxes, lawnmower, electric sign, misc); Christine Dillinger, 1522 W. Meadow Brook Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#617 (Furniture, Old Winchester wooden box, trunk, old desk, boxes/misc.); Tracy Green 707 St Rt 28 Lot 416 Milford, OH 45150 bin#622(Furniture, glider bench, child’s playpen & toys ,wheelchair & walker, boxes/ misc); Jack Wise 6659 Manila Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#636 (Furniture, bikes, tools, boxes/ misc.); Brian Bowman 979 Newberry Ave. Milford, OH 45150 bin#713 (Furniture, tools, chain saw, boxes/tubs,misc.); Sarah Brown 6121 St. Regis Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45236 bin#753 (furniture, weight equipment, boxes/tubs); Mabel Shepard 1511 Earl St. Apt B Commerce, TX 75428 bin#805,814 (Furniture, toys, misc.,both full to top); Donnie Richardson, 105 E. Broadway #23 Loveland, OH 45140 bin#824 (Computer, pictures, toys, boxes); Jeffrey Feakes, 1785 St Rt 28 Lot 248 Goshen, OH 45122 bin#841 (Craftsman roller Toolbox full, more tools, pot belly stove, tubs, furniture); Rachel Martin, 223 Park Ave. Franklin, OH 45005 bin#715 (Furniture, grill, boxes/misc.) ; Jason Martin, 1876 Main St. B Goshen, OH 45122 bin#749 (Quilt rack, 2 Guitar Hero guitars, Craftsman Tool box w/tools, bikes, tubs/misc.); Dominic Flannery, 58 Greenlawn Ln. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#746 (Furniture, fishing pole, full unit w/household goods); Adam Ramey, 969 St Rt 28 Lot 116 Milford, OH 45150 bin#807 (Furniture, trunk, boxes/misc.); Fred Martin 2430 Moler Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#802 (Furniture, keyboard, boxes/misc.); Marilyn Tucker, 1705 Country Lake Goshen, OH 45122 bin#524 (Furniture, boxes/misc.); Springer Towing 77 Cosstown Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#441 (Furniture, bike, toys, boxes/misc.) Your property may be obtained by you for the payment of the balance due plus all other expenses within 14 days of this notice or the same will be sold at public sale on March 7TH 2013 at 9:00 am until finished at 1692 St. Rt. 28, Goshen, OH 45122. Your last day to obtain your property will be March 5TH, 2013 at noon at: Classic Storage L.L.C. 1692 St. Rt. 28 Goshen, OH 45122-9705 1001749309

other insurance company. I told her that’s fine but when she switches she needs to make a change in her deductible. I found her auto insurance policy has a very low $250 deductible. Human said she didn’t think that would be a problem – until now. I told her she can reduce her premium by increasing her deductible from $250 to $500. When it comes to Human’s homeowner’s insurance policy, she can decrease that premium by increasing her deductible to $1,000. Remember, filing a homeowner’s insurance

claim will go against your record and your policy could be canceled if you have too many claims. Therefore, depending on the size of your house, it may even pay you to increase your deductible to $3,000. After all, homeowners insurance is really only designed to cover major losses so it often doesn’t pay to file a claim if the damage is less than $3,000. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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‘Yes, they are.’” In addition to her auto insurance, Human says she’s seen her homeowner’s premiums going up. She had it renewed once and has seen the premium go from $790 to $981 – almost a $200 increase – and that was even before the east coast storm. In talking with her insurance agent Human says she’s learned her rate hikes aren’t unusual. “She said that there are some increases of 30 percent on some people, people who hadn’t even filed any claims,” Human said. Human says she’s decided to switch to an-

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE FOR BIDS Sealed bids will be received at the office of the Tate Township Fiscal Officer, Bethel, Ohio until 4:00PM, March 26, 2013 for furnishing labor and material required for resurfacing of selected township roads. Roads to be resurf aced and specifications for such imare on provements file with the Township Fiscal Officer at 2821 Dean Road, Bethel, Ohio 45106. All bids are to be marked "Bid-2013". The contract will be awarded to the lowest and best bidder as determined by the Trustees. Township Bids are to be submitted on a unit price basis. Attention is directed to the special provisions statutory et. (R.C.4115.03, seg.) governing the of rate prevailing wages to be paid to labors and mechanics employed on public improvements. No bid will be considered which is for a greater sum than the estimated cost, nor unless it be accompanied by a bond in the amount of 100% of the bid price or a certified check in the amount of 10% of the to price bid total guarantee that if said bid is accepted, a contract will be entered into and the performance of it properly secured by bond. The Board of Trustees Township reserves the right to reject any and all bids. By order of the Board of Township Trustees. Kathy A. Brannock, Tate Township Fiscal 1750278 Officer The following Mobile Home will be offered on sale Public at 2013 11, March 10:30 am @ 1785 St Rt, Goshen, OH 45122- For more decall David at tails 859-446-8135 2002 28x76 Tradition Ref# 51819346 Minimum Bid $ 8,500 1001750385

unteers assist thousands of people with free tax preparation? The program offers free tax preparation at thousands of sites, generally at libraries and senior centers, from February through April each year. AARP’s Tax-Aide program is, in fact, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax preparation service. Since 1968, more than 50 million low- to middle-income individuals across the country have had their taxes successfully prepared through Tax-Aide. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and

the more standard schedules, including Schedules A and B. Electronic filing (efiling) is Linda offered Eppler with no COMMUNITY charge to PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST the taxpayer. E-filing ensures more accurate tax returns and faster processing of refunds. Clermont Senior Services is partnering with AARP to help older adults in Clermont County. Free tax preparation is available at two of our lifelong learning centers. You must make an appointment. No walk-ins are accepted. And you

A special conference for parents, educators and families! Are you interested in outdoor play, getting your child ready to read or how your child learns through play? Well, these topics and dozens more will be covered at the fifth annual Learning Through Play conference on March 2, 2013. But this isn’t your typical “conference.” You can bring your kids! We have many family interactive sessions where your children can create art, learn about insects or sign and dance while you learn how these activities are important for your child’s development. Our popular event also consists of a free Information Fair, held in our Rotunda and open to the public, where you can meet with representatives from more than thirty local organizations dedicated to educating and supporting young learners and families. For full descriptions of each session visit Sessions range from $15 to $25 and parking is $6.

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must call the site you want to attend for help. They do not schedule for each other. The locations are as follows. » Fridays at our Union Township Senior Center located in the Union Township Civic Center, call 513-947-7333. » Thursdays at our Miami Township Center located in the lower lever of the Miami Township Civic Center, call 513-5364160. You must leave a message at this number and someone with AARP will return your call. Please do not call the senior center or the township. They do not have the appointment schedule.

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



Ruth Ann shares recipe for favorite ‘monkey bread’ Howdy folks, This cat of ours, “Chessy,” sleeps in a chair in our bedroom. About 6 a.m. she will jump on the bed, then lays on both of us. When Ruth Ann gets up, she watches which way she turns. If she goes to the bathroom, Chessy will lay on me. If Ruth Ann goes to the kitchen, the cat jumps down and goes with her. Last week while the weather was warm and sunny, I worked in the garden and yard and cleaned up the fence row, getting ready for spring. We will be planting potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. A feller I used to help plant clover in the spring, always said if you want a green field of clover, plant on St. Patrick’s Day. This farmer always had a good hay crop. Each year we would walk and sow 12 to 18 acres. He was a good farmer. This feller was Floyd Clark. Last week the furnace in the Monroe Grange Hall at Nicholsville needed some repair. It has been a long time since any repair work was done to it. Last Saturday morning, the Bethel Lions Club had their pancake breakfast with pancakes, sausage, tater cakes, coffee, juice or milk. There was a good crowd. This is a time when folks can sit and visit. Saturday evening the

Boy Scouts held their Blue and Gold banquet in Batavia to cross over from Webloes to George Boy Rooks Scouts. OLE FISHERMAN There was a good crowd. There were four boys to go to Boy Scouts. The boys were Logan, Alex, Ethan and Parker. This was a very exciting time for everyone. The parents of these Scouts are very involved and folks that is special. The motto of Pack 742 is “do your best.” Last week I said to Ruth Ann, I think some monkey bread would be good and she thought so, too. Now when she makes this, we need to call our granddaughter Michelle and her husband, Brad. So on Monday morning Ruth Ann made the monkey bread

and since it was a holiday, Michelle and Brad were off work, so they came out for breakfast. There was a big bowl of scrambled eggs to go along with the bread. When Michelle was at home, she would call Grandma and ask if she would make monkey bread. Boy, did she enjoy the feast. The Bethel Lions Club met last Monday evening and took in five new members. The Lions Clubs the world over do so much for eye care and measles in the Third World countries, and other community projects. Both of us belong to the Bethel Lions Club. Ruth Ann has been a member for 14 years and I have been for 42 years. Both of us feel it is time and money well spent for the good the club does. The members pay their state and national dues and for their meals at the meetings. The money made through the pan-

cake breakfasts, the circus coming to town, and the community birthday calendars goes for the eyeglasses, eye exams and all the other community projects they do. There is a new business at 3097 South Bantam Road. This veterinary service came from Felicity. They do a super job. Their telephone number is 734-9400. They serve all animals large and small. We know some folks that this vet takes care of their horses and are very happy with the service. Welcome to the new location. It is the Rolling Hills Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Kelly Liming and Dr. Jason Patchell. Now last week our granddaughter Jennifer and great-granddaughter Brooklyn were here for lunch. Brooklyn surely enjoyed the visit. She told her mom, “I want a bird house.” We went to the carpenter shop and

she picked out the bird house she wanted. Grandma asked her what color she was going to paint it, she said, “pink, blue and white.” She wanted it so the Mom and Dad birds can feed the baby birds. It is such a blessing when our family can come to enjoy a meal that Ruth Ann fixes and the love they share on us. We thank them and love each one special. Ruth Ann will put a receipt in for the monkey bread. Also while we are talking about recipes, she forgot to tell you to peel the potatoes after they were cool and throw the bay leaves away, in the potato recipe from last week. Monkey Bread 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon - put this in a zip lock bag. 3 (7.5oz) cans of biscuits (not Grands) (I usually go ahead and buy and use the 4 cans that come together)

1 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup melted margarine. Spray a 12-cup fluted cake pan. Seperate the biscuits, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, shake in the bag with the sugar and cinnamon to coat each piece, then place it in the pan.Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. After all pieces have been placed around in the pan, mix the melted margarine and brown sugar and pour over the biscuit pieces. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, turn upside down on a large serving plate. Pull apart to serve. Serve warm. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.






Saint Mary Church,Bethel

All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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



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

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



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


Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00


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

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia



Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


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

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

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

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

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor F O R M A L LY N A M E D K I N G ’ S W A Y

9am, 11am & 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center) Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 11am & 6pm

Troy P. Ervin, Pastor

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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

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

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George Rooks is a retired park ranger.

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333


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

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Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love”

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

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am

Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director

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

Nursery Available


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

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





Locust Corner Community Church UMC




The Easter Sunday early church sunrise service is at 8 a.m. immediately followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall prepared by the men of the church. A children’s Easter egg hunt is at 9 a.m. followed by Easter Sunday church service at 10 a.m. The church is at 917 Locust Corner Road, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

Wiggonsville Church

Members will host gospel singing Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Featured will be two groups: Back To The Cross and Keith Mapes and singers. The church is at 2235 Ohio 133, on the corner of Lakin Chapel; call Anita at 405-1389 or Tim at 405-8902.

Ginger Ann Hensley, born 1974, 2700 Airport Road, Bethel, assault at 3465 OHIO PIKE, Bethel, Feb. 11. Ginger Ann Hensley, born 1974, 2700 Airport Road, Bethel, robbery - inflict, attempt to inflict, or threaten serious physical harm on another. at 3465 OHIO PIKE, Bethel, Feb. 11. Raymond Lee Workman, born 1955, 718 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, theft at 750 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Feb. 12. Robert Thomas Zitek, born 1975, 412 Main St., Felicity, drug paraphernalia at 617 Market St., Felicity, Feb. 12. Robert Thomas Zitek, born 1975, 412 Main St., Felicity, possession of drugs at 617

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 Market St., Felicity, Feb. 12. Brandon M Brock, born 1990, 3379 Ohio 774, Bethel, possession of drugs - schedule I or II substance at 508 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Feb. 13. Tommy Harrison Aldridge, born 1992, 422 Union St., Felicity, drug paraphernalia at 52 W. Main St., Amelia, Feb. 14. Christina Lori Lambert, born 1981, 3407 Ohio 774, Bethel, disorderly conduct at 3407

Ohio 774, Bethel, Feb. 14. Brandon James Stacy, born 1991, 2108 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, possession of drugs - marijuana at Ohio 232-Laurel-Pt. Isabel, New Richmond, Feb. 15. Lucky Levale Berry, born 1969, 205 Washington St., Chilo, breaking and entering at 100 Market St., Chilo, Feb. 15. Philip Victor Gardner, born 1965, receiving stolen property


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Assault At 3465 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Feb. 11. At 2591 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, Feb. 13. Breaking and entering At 321 Brown St., Bethel, Feb. 12. At 100 Market St., Chilo, Feb. 13. At 2571 Williamsburg Bantam Road, Bethel, Feb. 14. At 2433 Oak Corner Road, Hamersville, Feb. 15. At 3688 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Feb. 16. Cruelty to animals At 3379 Patterson Road, Bethel, Feb. 16. Disorderly conduct At 3407 Ohio 774, Bethel, Feb. 14. Drug paraphernalia



2621 Spring St., EH Pooled Investments, LP to Brian Grant, $17,000. 2621 Spring St., EH Pooled Investments, LP to Brian Grant, $17,000. 3534 Inez Ave., KWS Group I, LLC to WesBanco Bank, Inc., $33,333.34.

2249 Laurel Point Isabel Road, US Bank, Trustee to Big Indian Properties, LLC, $22,000.


313 E. Osborne St., Phillip Cranfill to Marcella Bice, $72,400.


Mootz Construction, Georgetown, alter, 315 Union St., Felicity Village; alter, 522 Main St.; alter, 811 Main St.

Schumacher Homes, Williamsburg, new, 647 Easter Road, Bethel Village, $200,000.


Feb. 10 - Mar. 17 Please visit for more information.


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At 617 Market St., Felicity, Feb. 12. Possession of drugs At 617 Market St., Felicity, Feb. 12. Receiving stolen property At 100 Market St., Chilo, Feb. 13. Robbery - inflict, attempt to inflict, or threaten serious physical harm on another At 3465 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Feb. 11. Telecommunications harassment - anonymous, harassing, etc. At 2847 Ohio 222, Bethel, Feb. 14. Theft At 3465 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Feb. 11. At 750 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Feb. 12. At 2572 Sprague Road, Bethel, Feb. 13. At 2582 Sprague Road, Bethel, Feb. 16. Theft - without consent At 3346 Ohio 774, Bethel, Feb. 16.

at 100 Market St., Chilo, Feb. 15. Jamie M. Shipley, born 1986, receiving stolen property at 100 Market St., Chilo, Feb. 15.

All tryouts conducted at McNicholas High School

Timothy Schaller, 18, 125 Starling Road, Bethel, student, and Eleanor Stelter, 18, 125 Starling Road, Bethel, student.

Gary Lindsey, 63, 237 N. Front St., Williamsburg, disabled, and Teresa Conway, 59, 5085 Romohr, Cincinnati, retired.






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DEATHS Violet Brooks Violet M. Brooks, 82, New Richmond, formerly of Felicity, died Feb. 19. Survived by daughters Dana (Pam) Brooks, Jana (Frank) Theaderman; siblings Hollis, Marie, Lena, Margaret, Jean; may grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Henry Brooks, sons Jeffery, Randy Brooks, brothers Ellis, Larry. Services were Feb. 25 at the Amelia Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or Amelia Church of the Nazarene, 1295 W. Ohio Pike, Amelia, OH 45102.

Fairley Calhoun Fairley Ray Calhoun, 73, died Feb. 14. Survived by wife Elsie; children Wayne (Karen), Dennis (Debbie), Joey Calhoun, Carmen (Paul) Strickland, Trina (Bobby) Farrell; grandchildren Nicole, Shawna, Aaron, Bryan, Ryan, Shayne, Haley, Tyler, Evann, Morgan, Patrick; great-grandchildren Dillon, Drew, Luke. Preceded in death by parents Raymond Calhoun, Greta Snyder. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Bethel Baptist Church. Arrangements by Fares J. Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bethel Baptist Church, 211 E. Plane St., Bethel, OH 45106.

Darlene Dabney Darlene Dabney, 55, Bethel, died Feb. 9. She was a volunteer for the Monroe Township Life Squad. Survived by brothers Mike, Tim (Judy) Dabney; nephew David, niece Melissa, and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Harlan, Immajean Parks. Services were Feb. 12 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Helen Fisher Helen Pumpelly Fisher, 92,



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ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. Felicity, died Feb. 18. Survived by children George, Robert, John Fisher, Caroline Bohl, Sally Hicks; sisters Lola Sons, Mary Beckelhymer; six grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Howard Fisher. Services were Feb. 20 at Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Felicity Franklin Life Squad or Calvary Cemetery.

Michael Krusling Michael Robert Krusling, 65, Bethel, died Feb. 16. Survived by wife Cecilia Krusling; children David (Socheata), Natalie, Jesse (Kristy), Edward, Jamie, Regina, Joseph Krusling; grandchildren Ariane, Rosa, Lynette, Grace, Mathew, Kurtis, Monica, Francesca, Jesse; mother Cindy Daniel; siblings Scarlett (Kent) Meyer, Douglas (Anna) Collins, Jeff (Julie) Krusling, Cindy Lykins, Amee Shephard. Preceded in death by children James, Frances Krusling, father Robert Krusling, brother James, Edward Krusling. Services were Feb. 23 at St. Peter Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Elizabeth Health Care Hospice, St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Peter Church or the American Red Cross.

Helen Lance Helen Norris Lance, 82, formerly of Hamersville, died Feb. 14 in Fredericksburg, Va. She was a voice and piano teacher. Survived by son Mark Lance; daughter-in-law Amy Hubbard;

granddaughter Emma Lance; sister Joyce Klopfstein; friend John Lyons. Preceded in death by husband Stephen Lance. Services were Feb. 23 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Berneice Marlow Berneice Harness Marlow, 75, Point Isabel, died Feb. 19. She was a member of the Community Church of God, Point Isabel. Survived by husband Ode Marlow; children Pamela (Douglas) Branch, Wilma (Audie) Phillips, Vaughn Marlow; son-inlaw Ed Cochran; grandchildren Leah, Adam, Brandon, Alicia, Amanda, Brandi, Samantha, Jamie, Casey; great-grandchildren Kylie, Coby, Keelee, Joseph, Sandi, Joni, Audrie, Abbie, Noah, Tabatha; siblings Curtis, Clyde Harness, Pernie Shelton, Bea Golden; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter Sandra Cochran, parents Walter, Ardilla Harness, four siblings. Services were Feb. 23 at Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

Bertha Mayfield Bertha Peace Mayfield, 70, Hamersville, died Feb. 20. Survived by son Allen Mayfield; stepson Richard (Peggy) Thornsburg; sisters Mary Durham, Minnie Hopper; two step-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Sidney Mayfield Jr., siblings Ray, McKinley, Nora Peace, Ada Hopper. Services were Feb. 25 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Jaymie Jamison Foundation of Hope.

Jeremy Turner Jeremy W. Turner, 30, Moscow, died Feb. 16. Survived by daughter Lilianna Hurdle; mother Suzanne Barger; siblings Sally Corbett, Joshua, Jason Turner. Preceded in death by father Charles Turner Jr. Services were Feb. 20 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.



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