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Officials deadlocked on beetle operation

By Keith BieryGolick

TATE TWP. — There will be another Tate Township Board of Zoning Appeals meeting about an operation that grinds up trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle. Again. That’s the only conclusion the Board of Zoning Appeals came to at its Feb. 24 appeals hearing. Only four members of the five-member board showed up, and those members split a vote to let the operation continue 2 to 2. Without a tie-breaking vote, officials decided to redo the hearing another time — something that has happened before. The Feb. 24 meeting was the second appeals hearing about the tree-grinding business. It was repeated because township officials violated the zoning law the first time by not delivering public notice about the hearing in time. Bzak Landscaping and Richard Carmosino, owner of the state Route 232 property, were served with a violation notice in November. The violation was prompted by a letter, signed by nine residents, requesting the operation be shut down and moved elsewhere. Michael Bieszczak, owner of Bzak Landscaping, appealed the violation and won. But that December decision was rendered null and void by trustees when it was discovered public-notice letters to the ap-

peals hearing were mailed late. Some letters were never mailed at all, instead delivered by hand. Another hearing was scheduled and this time Bieszczak made his appeal to a much larger crowd than before. He stood and introduced himself before answering questions and responding to complaints from residents. The main complaints from those opposed to the operation were noise and dust. Bieszczak provided officials with data he said proved the noise and dust from the treegrinding was minimal. Sound levels taken by Zoning Inspector George Eckert showed the beeping noise Bzak’s trucks make was louder than any of its grinders on most occasions. Other decibel-level readings showed the noise from Bzak’s operation to be equivalent to a vacuum cleaner. Residents argued noise levels change depending on where someone lives, and that the operation’s noise is magnified by the geography of its location. Other residents argued it would be impossible to live with a vacuum cleaner running in their home eight hours a day, which is what they say living near Bzak’s operation essentially is like. “The residents do not believe this is minimal,” said Joel Monteith, a township resident who wrote the original letter requesting the grinding operation be shut down. “The word minimal is a relative term, you have to live here. We aren’t people that cry wolf

Nancy McCarthy, a Tate Township resident, expresses her concern about the tree-grinding operation on state Route 232. McCarthy and other residents attended a recent Tate Township Board of Zoning Appeals hearing to get the operation shut down and moved. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

about nothing here.” Rebecca Prall is a resident who lives across the street from Bzak’s operation. “It’s like living next to a demolition site. Trucks are constantly coming in and out of there,” which means diesel fumes are prevalent, Prall said. Bieszczak said his business could continue to operate in Tate Township for “possibly five to 10 years” depending on how the beetle infestation grows or declines. Jeff Sena, general manager for Bzak Landscaping, told residents most of the grinding does

not take place at the state Route 232 site. “Actually, most of the chipping is being done in the field and being brought (back) to the yard,” Sena said. He estimated only 20 percent of the trees were chipped at the property in question. Residents did not agree. For other complaints about dust, Bieszczak pointed to a June 2012 inspection by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that found “dust was minimal from the loading of material.” But Nancy McCarthy and

Dirk Smits, both residents who live near the Bzak operation, told stories about family members struggling with health issues since the company began using the land to chip trees. In Smits’ case, his father is dead. Cornelius Smits passed away after losing a battle with cancer. But before he died, the immune-compromised man was put in the hospital by a fungal infection. Dirk said that caused the cancer to attack in full force and his father died soon after. See BEETLE, Page A2

Bethel to put a tiger on the (water tower) tank By Keith BieryGolick and Jeanne Houck

BETHEL — Esso used to sell gasoline with the slogan, “Put a tiger in your tank.” Bethel hopes to do that one better. Village officials plan to paint a tiger, the Bethel-Tate Local School District’s mascot, on its new water-tower tank. District Superintendent Melissa Kircher said it was an idea brought up by the village — and it’s one school officials are embracing. “It’s nice to have our

tiger placed on the tower (illustrating) a sense of community pride,” Kircher said. Board of Education President Barb Leonard agreed. “I think we should all work together and I think it’s great that the village is painting a tiger on the water tower,” Leonard said. “It shows community involvement and Bethel’s pride in our schools and our students.” The water tower will be built near the baseball and softball complex adjacent to Easter Road. Bethel council mem-

ber Jim Rees said officials wanted to highlight the school district and its athletic teams that play nearby. “When you think of sports teams, you think of the Milford Eagles, the Bethel Tigers or the Cincinnati Bearcats. You think of the community as a school, not as a village,” Rees said. The new tower’s location will be seen by parents other relatives coming into town for sporting events. “When people come in from Williamsburg or out of town, it just looked like the right thing to have the school logo on”



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the tower, Rees said. Village officials are in the process of collecting bids on the tower. Rees said construction will most likely begin in late summer. The school district’s mascot is pictured on the home page of the BethelTate Local Schools website at The fierce feline is stretched over the word “Tigers,” with three tiger paw prints climbing up the large letter “T.” For more about your community, visit

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Village won’t fight county Beetle opinion issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says political subdivisions should pay taxes on forfeited properties. And even though Batavia took over the both properties before the opinion was issued, Clermont County officials still want the village to pay those assessments. The tax bills are roughly $8,200CQ for the Clark Street property, and about $386 for the one on Old State Route 32. Batavia Solicitor

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Batavia has decided against pursuing a potentially costly lawsuit against Clermont County. At issue is back taxes on two properties now owned by the village, one on Clark Street and another on Old State Route 32. Batavia acquired both properties through the forfeiture process and did not pay the back taxes, as the law said at the time. But a January 2013


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Christopher Moore said the bulk of those property taxes, if paid, would come back to the village, and the legal fees associated with this would exceed the cost of the assessments. He estimated it would take 10-20 hours of legal work to fight for the village’s principles on this issue, which are that those taxes should be waived because they deter new owners from improving blighted properties in the community. “At 20 hours, you’d clearly spend more to find out if you’re right than you would spend to just say, the heck with it,” Moore said, adding these are the only two properties in this particular situation.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspection tested for dust, not fungi or mold. Bieszczak said he has never tested for mold or particulates from trees. When Smits asked Bieszczak to move the operation inside, Bieszczak said it wouldn’t work because of fumes caused by the equipment. McCarthy told the zoning board a similar story to Smits’. “We’ve got a fungal problem. One (resident) has passed away. The other one can’t sit out on the porch,” McCarthy said, referring to her 35-year-old son. McCarthy said her son went into respiratory arrest soon after the operation started and now must wear a tracheostomy mask. “I can’t prove it’s the grinding that does it unless I have to. I’m sure I could. I was hoping they’d do more complete air-quality tests,” she said. When it came time for a vote officials were split down the middle. Board of Zoning Appeals members Jennifer Shinkle and Beverly Jacquez voted “no” on a motion to rescind the violation and allow Bzak to continue its business where it is located. Jacquez did not attend the December meeting, where members in attendance voted unanimously in favor of Bzak Landscaping’s appeal. Shinkle changed her vote, saying she was presented with information of

Michael Bieszczak, owner of Bzak Landscaping, listens to Tate Township residents voice their concerns about his business. Bieszczak’s company grinds up trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

is. Noise to me means more than just sounds,” Doench said. He argued the property Bzak uses has been zoned for industrial use since the 1960s. “If you bought a house next to the highway, you are going to have highway noise. If you live next to a shopping center you are going to have lights on 24/7 and trucks and traffic jams. You bought the house in a residential (area), but it’s adjacent” to industrial space, Doench said. “To say, ‘Oh, we don’t want this going on next to us’ even though it was zoned that way for 50 years — I think you have to accept some responsibilities.” Doench and Board of Zoning Appeals member David Petrick voted to rescind the violation and allow Bzak to continue its business at the current location. The fifth member and tie-breaking vote of the board was absent. The meeting will be rescheduled and done all over again. Jacquez encouraged people on both sides of the issue to gather more data to support their position.

which she was not previously aware. “I’m talking about input that there is no way any of us would have known had it not been supplied by the public,” she said. No members of the public, other than Bzak representatives, spoke in favor of the tree-grinding operation at the hearing. Board of Zoning Appeals member Lockwood Doench previously said the lack of public outcry played a role in his original decision to overturn the violation. “The original letter sent to trustees had like a dozen people sign (it) ... and only one person comes, that has some affect on our decision,” Doench said. “When other zoning issues come up and a lot of neighbors speak I ... personally listen to what they have to say, but when no one comes and voices an opinion what would you think?” Even with a mostly-full room, Doench didn’t change his mind. “The zoning book talks about noise. So what’s noise? I went to Webster’s Dictionary and it defines it as a sound of a loud or harsh kind ... It’s very hard to define what noise really

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Milford buys property to jump-start development By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — The eyes of motorists steering their way down Main Street probably won’t be drawn to a closed deli and shuttered gas station. If they do look, all they’ll see are signs falsely advertising sandwiches, ice cream and cigarettes in an empty building next to a big blue canopy sheltering gas pumps long gone dry. Milford city leaders, however, can envision a development of, say, a commercial/residential mix to recoup the $225,000 the city spent last November to buy the properties and jump-start a little economic development there. That’s less than what the former owner paid in 2007: $339,000. The building that last housed a deli on the first floor – and three apartments on the second – is at 308 Main St. and the ad-

Assistant Milford City Manager Pam Holbrook says the city has high hopes for this former deli and an adjoining former gas station on Main Street.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

joining property that last housed a Marathon gas station and auto repair shop is at 300 Main St. Milford City Manager Jeff Wright said both buildings have been vacant since about November 2012. “The city thinks that it

would be beneficial for some type of retail to occupy the first floor of (the former deli) and for either office or residential use to occupy the second floor,” Wright said. The property is zoned for that kind of mixed use. “The city is having a

market study done by a real-estate firm to determine the types of uses with which Milford is underserved,” Wright said. Wright said Milford is developing a so-called “request for proposals and qualifications packet” for the former deli. “City council’s goal is to use the (request for proposals and qualifications packet) to evaluate interested parties to determine the best entity to sell the building to, based both on future uses of the building as well as the financial wherewithal of potential buyers,” Wright said. “Selling the building will allow the city to recoup some or all of the purchase price of 300 and 308 Main St. and have the building renovated for a new business to operate at 308 Main St.” Assistant Milford City Manager Pam Holbrook said the gas pumps at the former gas station will be

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ate a new parking lot and landscape buffer to accommodate approximately 40 to 44 parking spaces,” Wright said. “These new public parking spaces will benefit existing and future businesses on Main Street, be available for community events and enhance that portion of Main Street.”

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reat Oaks/Batavia High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students once again plunged into ice-cold water and raised money for Special Olympics. The annual Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Polar Plunge took place February 1 at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky. This was the fourth year the students have organized a team and participated in the event. “It was cold, but at least we did not have sub-zero temperatures,” said Bailey Schultz, a

senior BPA member. The cold didn’t stop 107 students, teachers and even a board of education member from jumping in the ice-cold pool. While some observers thought they were crazy, the students had fun jumping as a team. “One minute I am excited and the next I am nervous. I do not know what I will be when it is time to actually jump,” senior Dylan Lipps said. The team took the plunge after contributing to fundraising efforts. Each individual was

asked to raise $50 or $75 depending on his or her age, and the majority of the Batavia students went above and beyond that goal. Mikayla Moles said she used social networking and asked a lot of friends to contribute to the cause. Mikayla raised $620. Junior Megan Wiederhold raised the most with $645. This year, the chapter raised $11,100 for the Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes. There were more than 100 teams participating and this group of high school kids came in second, ahead of

corporations and law enforcement teams. They were the largest team at the event and also won the trophy for largest school or university group. In addition, Alison Taylor, a State Farm agent who has been working with the school on safe driving initiatives, joined the team and won the award for Highest Fundraising Chicken with $615. Instructor Angie Kovacs said the team has now raised more than $29,000 for Special Olympics the past four years. “As business students, BPA

members discuss marketing in class,” said Kovacs. “In that sense, the students were asked to market Special Olympics. This gave them a chance to learn more about the organization while educating the community about the benefits at the same time.” Batavia BPA students participate in the Legal Management satellite program offered through Great Oaks Career Campuses. This is the seventh year for the program at Batavia High School.

Sierra Beaty, Jared Boeckmann, Trinity Botkin, Kolbie Brandenburg, Nina Cadigan, Dalton Cochran, Olivia Davis, Dennis Delk, Destiny Fisher, Brittney Ford, Abby Fulton, Lindy Groh, Sarah Hoog, Faith Howes, Marc Hudson, Erin Jennings, Sydney Jowers, Grace Kirkham-Hartley, Gracie Knipp, Brett Liming, Scott Lindsey, Jamie Moore, Paige Reid, William Sack, Allison Sharp, Kaitlyn Sharp, Charlena Spaulding, Kylie Sponcil, Bradley Whited, Madison Winter, Amberlee Wright. Perfect attendance Second nine weeks Fifth grade Madison Jenkins, Johnathan Johnston, Nick Eastman, Dakota Naegele, Kyowa Shepherd, Gage Smith, Rebecca Yauger, Rachel Foley, Zach

Metzger, Colton Stamper, Luke Dunaway, Austin Wilburn, Kiersten Chandler, Natalie Ritchie Sixth grade Madison Baird, Cassidy Louderback, Madison Moore, Riley Pinger, Brendan Franklin, Destiny Paynter, Tessa DeBell, Kerina Pollitt, Alayna Woodruff, Logan Clarkson, Austin Sharp, Kody Swinford Seventh grade Kylie Belt, Alley Moore, Nicholas Preston, Carlee Rigs, Aidan Binion, Nathaniel Buckler, Thresa Perkins, Cierra Bush, Jared Hamilton, Austin Perry Eighth grade Erin Jennings, Cole Powers, Paige Reid, Trevor Foster, Allison Sharp, Kaitlyn Sharp, Charlena Spaulding, Alexis Barger, Lindy Groh, Jaime Moore

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Grade 6 Peggy Alexander, Madison Baird, James Baker, Elise Botkin, Elijah Bowling, Harlie Brandenburg, Hailey Brock, Christina Brueggemann, Maya Cadigan, Alexis Carnahan, Sam Clark, Logan Clarkson, Ian Collins, Cheyenne Cummins, Amy Davenport, Tessa DeBell, Erica Dorrer, Sydney Hollins, Ellie Hoog, Jacob Jacobs, Jocelyn Johnson, Jacob Lanigan, Morgan Legner, Emma Lewin, Cassidy Louderback, Anton Lung, Aidan Mahaffey, Breeana Meade, Logan Moore, Madison Moore, Mallory Obermeyer, Mike O’Dell, Destiny Paynter, Brittney Peacock, Riley Pinger, Kerina Pollitt, Gabe Proffitt, Bryce Reeves, Hailey Sandker, Austin Sharp, Will Smith, Brayden Sponcil, Kody Swinford, Mallory Taul-

SCHOOL NOTES Early kindergarten registration

Felicity-Franklin Elementary is offering early kindergarten registration for next school year from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 20 and April 8. Children entering kindergarten should be present. The following documents should be brought to the registration: » Original birth certificate (must have seal) » Social Security card » Proof of residence (electric, phone, water bill or lease) » Immunization record (the addition of the second dose of varicella and MMR is a requirement from the Ohio Department of Health) » Custody papers (if applicable) A free T-shirt will be given to every new kindergarten student registering on one of the early registration days.

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Felicity-Franklin’s ladies in red beat Russia for title


By Scott Springer

TIPP CITY — For the second year in a row, the Felicity-Franklin High School girls basketball team made a deep run in the tournament. For a team that won just three games two seasons ago, it’s quite an accomplishment. Last year’s season ended at 16 wins as Georgetown eliminated the Lady Cardinals in Wilmington. That team featured the inside presence of the graduated Arica Stutz and a new scoring guard in Ashley Moore. If anyone thought 2013 was a fluke, coach Kerry Stamper and company have come back with an even better season. To begin the month of March, they merely went to Tipp City and came away with a 52-48 District IV title. It was the first district title for Felicity-Franklin girls basketball since Stamper herself played in the 199394 season. The former point guard played on teams that made the regional finals in ‘92 and ‘94. The 18-5 Lady Cardinals now take on undefeated Fayetteville Perry regional action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, at Tippecanoe High School, after Journal deadlines. Stamper chose a path in the sectional at Monroe that gave them a relatively easy opener against Lockland, before eeking out wins over Middletown Christian and Seven Hills for the sectional championship. “It was kind of nice to slow it down a little bit, get in the gym and get used to it,” Stamper said. In the game with Russia (High School), it was ironically FelicityFranklin wearing red. The Lady Cardinals got out to a1413 first quarter lead, but trailed 2520 at the half. By the third quarter, Felicity-Franklin led 33-30.

Felicity-Franklin senior Kelsey Arkenau (red No. 10) chases down her Lockland opponent Feb. 13 at Monroe High School. The Lady Cardinals won their Division IV tournament opener 57-24. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Bethel-Tate High School junior Aric Peters works the leg of Charles Davis in their opening match of the OHSAA Division III state wrestling tournament Feb. 27 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Peters won the match via pin at the 4:47 mark of the match at 113 pounds. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

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Felicity-Franklin sophomore Ashley Moore sinks a free throw for the Lady Cardinals. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

In the fourth, the Lady Cardinals extended the lead, but Russia came back to tie. Late in the game with a two-point lead, the Lady Cardinals kept Russia from scoring then sealed the game when Ashley Moore outraced the opposition for a loose ball and made the layup to put the exclamation point on the afternoon’s events. “They all played well,” Stamper said. “Ashley Moore did a great job and didn’t get rattled there at the end and had some key free throws. Kelsey Arkenau played great defense and was great at free throw shooting as well. Our percentage had to be around 70 percent.” Sophomore Brittany Drake also had a good defensive day against yet another taller team. The Lady Cardinals also moved the ball well as they continue to make believers out of those who might have had the basketballs all packed away a couple of weeks ago. “I know we, as a team, knew we could do it,” Stamper said. “I think a lot of people thought we were outsized quite a bit. I’m not sure everybody thought we could pull this off, but we did!” Stamper now hopes her squad has a couple games left to reach the place she made as a player 20 years ago. She’s also been fortunate to have her freshman daughter, Sydney, on the bench for the ride along with younger players like Morgan Horn and Lauren Mitchell. “I’m glad we got to bring a few more along for the ride with us,” Stamper said. “It’s great that the younger kids get to experience this. When they get there, they won’t be so nervous. It’s a good experience for them.” As for the mid-week matchup with Fayetteville Perry, the Lady Cardinals haven’t played them recently. “We’ve seen them play a couple times and they’re tough,” Stamper said. “I know they haven’t had much of a challenge yet. We’re hoping to be the one to challenge them.”

» At the Division III sectional tournament at Turpin Feb. 25, Bethel-Tate lost to Roger Bacon 100-25. Sophomore Evan Iding led the Tigers in the defeat with eight points. Bethel-Tate finishes the season 1-22. » At the Division III sectional at Western Brown Feb. 26, Felicity-Franklin lost to Clark Montessori 8520. Junior Trevor Barrons led the Cardinals in the defeat with six points. » McNicholas beat Indian Hill in the Division II sectional semifinal Feb. 26 at Mason behind 11 points from Jacob Bradley and 10 each from Danny Byrne and Greg Kent. The Rockets lost 63-60 to Wyoming for the sectional championship March 1, closing the season 16-8.

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» Felicity-Franklin defeated Russia 52-48 in Tipp City March 1 to win a District IV title. The Lady Cardinals play Fayetteville Perry on March 5 back at

Bethel-Tate senior T.J. Boyd (41) blocks out Roger Bacon’s Fred Moore with teammate Blace Haviland (13)on the other end. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Tippecanoe High School. (see story) » McNicholas lost 63-41 to Kenton Ridge for the Division II district title at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Mason. Corrie Sheshull led all scorers with 23 points.


» At the Division III state tournament at the Schottenstein Center, Bethel-Tate’s Aric Peters won his first match at 120 pounds on Feb. 27. Peters pinned Charles Davis of Navarre Fairless to move to the second day.

On Feb. 28, Peters advanced to the semifinals with a pin over J.D. Reisinger of Swanton. In the semis, Peters faced defending champion Garrett Hancock of Troy Christian and lost. On the opening day of March, Peters got back on track with a 5-3 win over Michael May of Dayton Christian to move on to the third-place finals. However, Milan Edison’s Evan Cheek outpointed Peters 3-1 as the Bethel-Tate junior’s successful tournament run came to a close.

Felicity-Franklin junior Jordan Utter (20) tries to throw out of a trap by Clark Montessori’s Jordan Whaley-Watson (21) and Joseph Davis (10). Clark won the tournament game Feb. 26, 85-20. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

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Global warming solution important to our future Last week, Mr. Greg Feldkamp (Old Greg), bemoaned government regulation by the EPA which would cause closure of power plants, including Beckjord. He argues these regulations are happening because of liberal claims of global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions by humans. Mr. Feldkamp makes the argument that climate changes have happened long before human beings started burning coal stating “the fact is that the climate on earth has been going through warming and cooling cycles since God created it and it will continue to do so.” A few groups will argue with Mr. Feldkamp’s arguments. The first will be the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR School board should read Sunshine law

Regarding “Unexpected motion riles school board” (2/19/14), it sounded to me like a case of bullying and intimidation. Brinkman thought a portion of the board being aware before the meeting that Merchant intended to make a motion was improper? Brinkman thinks that not receiving notice before the meeting that such a motion would be made was “inconsiderate at best?” The motion was withdrawn, presumably by the person who made it? Why? Anyone can download the 211-page Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s “Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual 2013” by going to http:// www.ohioattorney Sunshine-Laws (it’s a free download). I think anyone who is on a school board should read it at the very least to find out what a meeting is for purposes of Ohio’s sunshine laws. Paul Milewski Amelia

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people who believe that God created the earth about six thousand years ago. According to them, the ice age didn’t Oded exist, since Zmora COMMUNITY PRESS this supposedly happened GUEST COLUMNIST more than 12,000 years ago. The second group would be climate scientists. Mr. Feldkamp states liberals had a FEELING that carbon dioxide is causing global warming. The climate scientist would argue that they’ve measured carbon dioxide levels and managed to calculate historic levels

of this gas. They found that in the past century the levels of CO2 have risen more than in the past two thousand years. At the same time they’ve measured a rise in average global temperatures which haven’t been seen in the past couple of thousands of years. Can there be a connection between the two things happening together? “Do two people travel together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos chapter 3 verse 3). Mr. Feldkamp’s final complaint is about the EPA’s rules which would close power plants. The fact is these new regulations have nothing to do with climate change. The MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technol-

ogy) rule regulates emissions of mercury, acid gases, metallic toxins and other organic air toxins. Such regulations in the past, which are possible because of the Clean Air Act, have managed to rid our environment of substances causing acid and improve the air quality. Getting rid of such regulations might make it cheaper to produce energy. We could go back to the days of leaded gasoline, power plants emitting soot and having our cities covered by a blanket of smog. We can see this happening in China, where TV screens project pictures of the sun rising, as the real one cannot be seen because of air pollution. The average temperature of

the earth is rising. There is data to support this. The level of carbon dioxide is rising. Humans are emitting a lot of carbon dioxide. Is the earth warming because of human activities? Could there be other causes? Would the sun decrease the amount of radiation it sends our way and cause another ice age? Neither Old Greg nor I would live to see whether any of these scenarios would happen. Our children and grandchildren would. If catastrophe hits them they will ask why haven’t their forefathers done anything to prevent it? Oded Zmora is a resident of Pierce Township.

New Ohio law may change birth parent’s life forever

If you are an Ohio birth parent who relinquished a child to adoption from 1964 to 1996, then you need to be aware that you may be in for the most wonderful, frightening, joyous, and surreal time of your life—meeting your child for the second (or even first) time! Last December Gov. Kasich signed into law substitute SB 23 that gives adopted adults born between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates. The intent of the law is to end discrimination and confer the same civil rights to Ohio adoptees as to any other citizen, namely access to personal information about themselves. The law takes effect on March 20, 2015. For adoptees, having access to their original birth certificates will make the search for answers to deeply personal

questions much easier. Many adopted adults yearn to meet the people who gave them life and understand “Chapter 1” of Susan their lives. Anthony COMMUNITY PRESS “How did I come to be in GUEST COLUMNIST this world? Who do I look like? Where do my innate talents come from?” These are questions only original families can answer. In deference to birth parents, a provision of the new law is to give them one year to submit Contact Preference forms to let their adult children know if and how they prefer to be contacted. From research done in other states that opened sealed adoption records, very few birth par-

ents ever say they want no contact. The forms will be available on the Ohio Department of Health website on March 20, 2014. For some birth parents the prospect of reunion with their lost children may seem daunting, even frightening. I know this is true because I was one of those women who kept it secret from all but a few for 29 years. Opening the door to the past and confronting my long buried feelings of shame and grief were difficult at first, but so very liberating once the truth was told. With my family’s blessing and support, I made it easy for my adopted daughter to find us if she was looking. Using Internet resources, she found me 17 years ago and today our families fully embrace one another. We get together often for birthdays and

holidays and “just because.” As a young girl grieving for her lost baby, I never dreamed this would be possible. In our community support for birth parents like me is available through Ohio Birthparent Group—Cincinnati. The group’s purpose is to provide a safe space for birth parents of all generations to share their stories and get support and guidance from other birth parents that understand this life-long journey. The group meets the third Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Ash Public Library. For more information, contact Susan Anthony is a Madeira resident.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Local GOP leaders are making a bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2016. Would this be good for the area? Why or why not?

“Economically it would be great for the area. Bring in lots of outside monies. It would also make it easier for correct (not right) minded people of Ohio to do a little protesting against the party of do nothing. Of course they won't care as they have shown a growing disdain for the populace. They, the Republicans, are in office only to serve the wealthy minority and big business.” J.Z.

“Given that Cincinnati is a hotbed of Republican fervor and that Ohio is a key battleground state in every election, why not? Big conventions bring lots of money and attention. Even Democrats and independents should benefit from this. Bring it on. F.S.D.

“Sure! I am not Republican, but any time we can bring more money into Cincinnati, the better it is for our area.



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“Downtown is really booming these days, particularly Over-the-Rhine, and there are lots of venues for hotels and restaurants, as well as our convention center. I was so pleased with how the city supported the wonderful 'World Choir Games' and the city truly sparkled. “I imagine the security involved will be a headache, however, for those who work or live downtown, but perhaps the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages overall for the reputation of Cincinnati, which can use all the positive press it can get these days.” D.P.

“I don't consider myself partisan, but as someone who is po-

litically engaged I can't help but respond to partisanship when it permeates one of the parties. “Twenty years ago the Republicans were telling their newly elected state representatives that they had to vote the party line or they would face major opposition in the next primary. Term limits have rubbed out most of the benefits of institutional memory and civility is now an endangered species in both Columbus and Washington. “If you look at the states with strong Republican leanings, it is pretty much a list of the poor states. Ohio has long been right on the swing line. And Cincinnati is the most Republican urban area in Ohio. “If I were a Republican leader I would certainly want to see the convention come here. It will bring as much money into the area as any other large national convention, and a lot of excitement and interest which Cincinnati could play up for the long run. “As someone who would view the event with distaste, I'm not afraid of it. I don't think the current Republican party is capable of nominating someone who could win the national elec-

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tion, and until they learn to practice policies which unite rather than divide the people of this state and this nation, that will remain the case. N.F.

“I think a convention of that size would be a great thing for the economy. Terry Garvin

“Hosting the Republican National Convention would be good for the city financially in 2016, and it would, more importantly, be a great opportunity for the progressive minded in the area to protest the Party of No once and for all on the national stage. “If it happens, I'll want to be downtown in that crowd.” TRog

“To bring much needed business and tax revenue to this city, a very good idea indeed!” O.H.R.

“It would be perfect. Like Mark Twain said, ‘If the end of the world happens, I want to be in Cincinnati because it will take them 10 years to find out about it.’ Perfect.”

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Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones dinner and fundraiser co-chairs Lisa Diedrichs of Columbia Tusculum and Anne Gilday of Clifton enjoy the result of their work. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN



February snowstorm made the fireside seem even brighter inside Eddie Merlot’s restaurant for the sixth annual Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones dinner and raffle on Feb. 4. The 200 guests were greeted with wine, hors d’oeuvres and three fireplaces blazing cheerfully. Guests conjured thoughts of spring as they purchased hand-painted birdhouses created by children and adults in Stepping Stones’ programs for people with disabilities. The sit-down dinner was a Valentine feast with grilled salmon, filet mignon, roasted asparagus, risotto and Red Velvet cake with raspberry drizzle. The sixth annual Open Your Heart dinner raised a record of more than $70,000 for Stepping Stones’ programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Co-chairs were Lisa Diedrichs of Columbia Tusculum and Anne Gilday of Clifton. This year the Valentine event celebrated a special couple – United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati and Stepping Stones. UCP recently merged into Stepping Stones, combining programs, staff and boards. The merger created Stepping Stones’ third program site, the UCP campus in Norwood.

Jeff Chapman, Cheryl Rose and John McIlwraith, all of Indian Hill, attend the Open Your Heart fundraiser for Stepping Stones. Chapman is on Stepping Stones’ board and McIlwraith is board president. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN


John and Kerry Mongelluzzo head home in the snow after the Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones fundraiser dinner at Eddie Merlot's. John is Stepping Stones’ Board Secretary. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN

Kerry and Jay Vollmer of Indian Hill and Jim Shanahan of Indian Hill attend the Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones dinner at Eddie Merlot's. Jay Vollmer and Shanahan are on Stepping Stones’ board THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN

Kerry Byrnne of Hyde Park, Mark Berry of Indian Hill, John Gibson of Indian Hill and John Mongelluzzo of Indian Hill, share a laugh at Open Your Heart, a dinner fundraiser for Stepping Stones. Berry and Mongellluzzo are board members. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN

Other program sites are Stepping Stones Given, on Given Road in Indian Hill and Stepping Stones Allyn at Camp Allyn in Batavia. Stepping Stones serves more than 1,000 children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs include summer day and overnight camps, Saturday clubs for children and young adults, year-round adult day programs, year-round alternative education for students with severe autism, weekend respite programs and adventure trips. Auction prizes had a ro-

mance theme. Mike and Mary McGraw of Indian Hill won the home entertainment package including Samsung 46” LED TV, Blu-Ray player and installation donated by Perfect Solutions AV. The prize included a selection of romantic movies. Tom and Tori Williams of Anderson Township won the His and Her bicycles donated by Montgomery Cyclery. Chris and Denise Adams of Terrace park won the Downtown Date Night donated by the Cincinnatian Hotel, Phoenix Restaurant, Jaguar Land Rover of Cincinnati and Rogers Jewelers.

Tori and Tom Williams of Anderson Township try out one of the His and Her’s bike they won at the Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones dinner. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN

Tatiana Weedman and dad, Jeff Weedman of Indian Hill, attend the Open Your Heart for Stepping Stones dinner. Jeff is on Stepping Stones’ board THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:40-2:20 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, 4421 Aicholtz

Road, Pool Room. All levels welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. 240-5180. Eastgate. Beginner Restorative Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., A Healers Place, 150 Main St., Candlelight class focuses on stretching connective tissue to help with flexibility, breathing to reduce stress and intro into meditation. $10. Batavia.

science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, look into Native American origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

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Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Mulberry, 1093 Ohio 28, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 6863300; Mulberry. Affordable Care Act Informational Seminar, 10 a.m., M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Find out what you need to know about purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and whether you and your family qualify for health care subsidy. Free. 362-9622; Anderson Township.

Spring Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Refreshments and preview of selection of spring floral designs, wreaths and seasonal accessories. Special discounts. 697-9484. Loveland.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Delve into

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, shrimp, chicken, fries, mac and cheese, baked potato, salad, slaw, soup, grilled cheese and more. Dinner or a la carte pricing. Price varies. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 318, 6660 Clough Pike, Fried or baked fish, shrimp and chicken nuggets. Meal


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Enjoy the annual Clermont Parks Pancakes in the Park breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50. A pancake breakfast is followed by guided walks through sugar bush and hands-on demonstrations. Cost is $6, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 732-2977 or visit Chief naturalist Keith Robinson is pictured placing wood into the evaporator at Pattison Park that boils sap into syrup.PROVIDED includes side and beverage. Soft and bar drinks available for purchase. Dine-in or carryout. Benefits Anderson Post 318. $5-$8. 231-6477; Anderson Township. Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Fish, shrimp or chicken dinner includes, hush puppies, coleslaw, french fries, sweet potato fries, drink and dessert. $8-$10. 722-2541. Goshen. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Locust Corner United Methodist Church, 917 Locust Corner Road, Complete fish fry dinner, includes coleslaw or french fries, beverage and dessert. Music by Annie Takeuchi Lanzone. Dine in or carry out. $6. 752-8459. Pierce Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.


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Love Letters, 7:30-9 p.m., Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Union and Washington streets, Live theater that will educate and entertain a wide segment of residents at a nominal fee and in their neighborhood. $12. 543-9149. New Richmond. 42nd Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Story of hard work, talent, love and being in the right place at the right time. Celebration of people involved with Broadway’s big musicals in 1933. $15. Reservations required. Through March 22. 443-4572; Loveland.

Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Recreation Bingo, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 406, 3393 Legion Lane, Prices vary depending on how many games are purchased. Guaranteed $250 on cover-all. Doors open 5:30 p.m. 734-6507. Bethel.

Shopping Spring Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Botanica, 697-9484. Loveland.

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Tana Matz, 8 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Art & Craft Classes

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

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Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10 a.m.-1 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.

Music - Acoustic Drew Lanius, 8 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040. New Richmond.

Nature Ohio Young Birder’s Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Youth-led group interested in hiking and watching birds. Hosted by CNC volunteer Brian Herriott. $10 online pre-registration required to join club. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Spend morning looking for birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Tours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

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Mussel, farro recipes welcome Lenten season


know I say this just the olive oil if you want. about every year at Olive oil this time, but I can’t 1 ⁄4 cup minced shallots believe it’s already Lent. 4 real large cloves garlic, The wild yellow aconite minced that our dear 2 pounds cleaned friend, Ike Leaf, mussels helped me plant 1 cup dry white years ago is alwine or more as ready up in my needed woods bordering Handful fresh the river. These parsley two occurrences Chopped fresh make me realize tomatoes that spring will be Rita (optional) a reality soon. Heikenfeld With the abunGive bottom of RITA’S KITCHEN dance of fresh very large pot a seafood available this good coating of olive oil. time of year, try new Over medium heat, add recipes while adding shallots and half the bonus points for your garlic. Cook a couple of health. Check out my minutes, don’t let garlic blog for my mom’s brown. Add mussels and salmon patty recipe with turn heat to high. Stir cucumber-sour cream well to coat and add rest sauce. of garlic, and wine. Cook about 5 minutes, or until mussels are opened. Mussels steamed Sprinkle with parsley with white wine and tomatoes, and serve.

and shallots

Delicious with crusty bread to mop up juices or atop linguine. Mussels that are open before cooking should be discarded. Likewise, any that are not open after cooking should be tossed out. Substitute butter for

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Stockpot or Dutch oven: What’s the difference? A stockpot typically is taller than a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is shorter with more surface area on the bottom.

They both can hold the same amount of food, depending upon the size. If you have to choose, choose the Dutch oven since it’s more versatile.

Farro with onions, garlic and cheese

Farro is an ancient, healthy wheat whose history goes back thousands of years. It comes in several forms. Semipearled farro is what I use since it cooks quickly. This complex carbohydrate contains fiber, which helps lower cholesterol better than brown rice, and also helps the immune system, along with helping you feel fuller longer and with more energy.

few minutes. Add liquid, and cook partly covered until farro is done, about 25 minutes. It will taste chewy. Drain excess liquid if necessary and add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Unpearled/hulled farro takes an hour to cook. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables with the farro. Add mushrooms with onions and garlic.

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Bethel journal 030514  
Bethel journal 030514