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Committee plans to dismantle cabins By Roxanna Swift

BETHEL — Parks and Village Property Committee members will tear down the Acord and blacksmith cabins in Burke Park. Committee chair Donna Gunn March 14 announced the decision to village council. The antiques and contents of the cabins have been removed and put into village storage, she said. “I don’t think any of us like to see it, but the village can’t continue to take on property that is, or has been once owned by a private entity ... and take on the cost of maintaining it,” she said. The cabins were donated in 1976 as part of the national bicentennial celebration, said Ron Shouse, Burke Park Log Cabin Committee chair. The cabin committee began raising money in 2009 to preserve the cabins, but stepped down temporarily because of “financial woes” the village was experiencing, said chair Ron Shouse.

“They had more important business,” he said. The group continued to raise money and recently sent a letter to Mayor Daugherty Alan Ausman, requesting a meeting, Shouse said. He sent the letter more than 30 days ago, but received no response from Ausman or council members. Gunn “I know that they (committee members) would love to be able to continue to work with the village,” Shouse said. The cabin committee has a little more than $8,000 in a bank account, said Treasurer Terri Daugherty. Gunn said the money is not “enough to bring the cabins up to an acceptable condition.” It would cost between $25,000 and $40,000 to renovate

the Acord cabin, Shouse said. Village Administrator Travis Dotson March 14 said the cabins will be dismantled “within the next Dotson couple days.” The time frame is dependent on how wet the area is, he said. “If you look at the timeline that Mr. Dotson worked on to show exactly Shouse how we came to possess those cabins, how much money has been spent on those cabins since they have been in our possession - it just can’t continue,” Gunn said. “That’s a piece of history that we will never get back,” Daugherty said. Gunn said Parks and Village Property Committee members will negotiate with cabin committee members to decide what will be done with the structures.


George and Ruth Ann Rooks were honored with the Rural Interests Award at the annual Salute to Leaders March 12. The couple choose to serve others by volunteering for Meals On Wheels, the adult day center, Monroe Grange and the Bethel Lions Club. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. For the story, see page A4. For more photos, see page B1. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Bethel reaches out to those in need By Mark D. Motz

Charity begins at home. And just a few blocks from Charity Street in Bethel, the Bethel United Methodist Church is home to several of the community outreach programs helping neighbors in need. One of the most enduring is the Bethel Free Store, founded in 2002 by BUMC members Marie Pelfrey and Charlotte Broach. Broach spent 22 years working in Bethel schools and saw many children in the lunch line with insufficient clothing. “I’d see kids in raggedy shoes and no socks and it just broke my heart,” Broach said. “We just started gathering up clothes through the church and making them available.” Pelfrey, who had worked for McAlpin’s department store, brought some retail experience to the effort. “McAlpin’s taught me how to fold clothes and stock shelves,” she said with a chuckle. “It’s a lot bigger than we ever thought it would be.” So much so that the Free Store moved out of the church and into its own space at 234 W. Plane St. in 2003. The Free Store is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturdays. People in need can select up to three complete outfits once a month. Almost 30 volunteers man the store and help gather the clothing it provides. “We’re doing it for the kids, mostly, but we have people of all ages,” Pelfrey said. “We probably serve about 80 families a week.” The need is real. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the village of Bethel is home to a little more than 2,700 people. Analysis by showed 38.5 percent of the Bethel population lives below the federal poverty line, almost double the percentage living in poverty across the state of Ohio (19.6 percent). Bethel United Methodist is not alone in being a good neighbor. “There are seven churches in our village,” said Jennifer Dick, also a member of BUMC. “All of them are doing something to help people in need. And it’s not just the churches. Businesses are

Bethel Free Store volunteers Marie Pelfrey, left, and Charlotte Broach have operated the charity since 2002 with the help from other members of the Bethel United Methodist Church. PROVIDED

helping, whether it’s with being collection stations for donations or with other support.” Dick spearheaded a backto-school effort called Shoes From the Soul in the fall to provide new gym shoes for children in the Bethel school system who could not afford sneakers on their own. Shoes From the Soul collected and distributed 50 pairs of new shoes at area schools. Gentlyworn shoes they collected went to the Bethel Free Store. “Teachers were going out and buying shoes out of their own pocket because they love the kids so much,” Dick said. “You want to do something to help people who need it. You want to do something for the people in your town because you never know when it could be you. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody, and I think something like this shows that.” Nancy Krody, a retired teacher from the West Clermont school district, attends BUMC and said a recent mission fair opened her eyes to all the good work the community does. “A lot of the missions were out of the country, but there was so much at home that I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I had no idea how much was going on locally.” For her part, Krody volunteers at a soup kitchen in Lower Price Hill. She said Bethel residents make the trek to the See GIVING, Page A2

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Bethel will seek grant to repair bridge By John Seney

BETHEL — Village officials will apply for a Community Development Block Grant to repair the Spring Street bridge. Council members Feb. 28 had the first reading of the resolution authorizing Administrator Travis Dotson to apply for the grant. Block grants are funded by the federal government, but requests must be approved each year by the Clermont County commissioners. Dotson did not have any information on the cost of the project. The engineering firm

Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. is putting together some estimates, he said. Dotson said the Spring Street bridge is in poor shape and needs repairs. “We’re looking at options to prevent washouts,” he said. Dotson said the deadline for the application is April 1,sotheresolutionwillhave tobepassedasanemergency at the next meeting. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March14, at the municipal building, 120 N. Main St. In February, council members passed an ordinance to have only one regular meeting a month starting in March.


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New raffle supports seniors By Jeanne Houck

BATAVIA — There’s something new at Clermont Senior Services. Agency employees are selling $20 raffle tickets for a fundraiser designed to support its Meals-On-Wheels, transportation, homemaking, adult day and adult protective services. “Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets,” said Frankie Hughart, who is in charge of development and strategic relations at Clermont Senior Services. “That would raise $20,000 - $10,000 will go

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west side of Cincinnati to cover three of the four Wednesdays a month the kitchen is open. Still, it’s the work of the people of Bethel on behalf of their own that inspires her. “What a neat community,” she said. “They give of their time. It’s a heart thing. There’s an allegiance to Bethel. People in the community care so much about this community. I think that’s one of the special things about small towns. “People have to realize this is a town with not just lower-income citizens. I think the other


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FAIR BOARD CLERMONT C L E R M O N T COUNTY CO U N T Y F AIR B OA R D CONTEST! ANNOUNCES A NNOUNCES C ONTEST! The Clermont County Agricultural Society is proud to once again announce a contest to design the cover of the 2013 Fair Book. The theme for this year’s fair book is

“There’s Magic at the Clermont County Fair.” · Over 35,000 copies of the fair book displaying the winning design will be printed and distributed · Cover posted on our website · Winner will be awarded $50.00 and will receive two complimentary fair passes. · Winner will have their name and picture in the fair book and website as well as newspaper announcements.

to support our program services and the other $10,000 will be given away as Hughart cash prizes with first place being $5,000,” Hughart said. “Odds of winning (will be kept at) one in 100. Great odds.” The main drawing will be at the agency’s “Under the Tuscan Moon Touching Hearts Gala & Auction” Friday, Sept. 6, at the Oasis Conference Center in Miami Township.

end of the spectrum has to be recognized and encouraged. There is hope. There are people out there who love you and who will give you a hand,” Krody said. “Even though there’s been an economic downturn, people are getting their hands wet. They’re digging in to keep their town alive and to keep some of that community spirit going. The point is to give hope. People will remember those acts of kindness and take them with them,” she said. Also, the BUMC offers the Kitchen of Hope. Volunteers serve a free meal to whoever shows up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays at the church, 402 W. Plane St.

hopes the new raffle will become an annual event. You can buy tickets for this year’s raffle by calling 724-1255, clicking on “Cash Raffle Announced” at or by stopping by the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, or the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. “These fundraisers are so important to help us to continue to meet the growing needs of our communities,” said Linda Eppler, director of community services for Clermont Senior Services.

The Bethel Free Store is open for those in need 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturdays. PROVIDED

Hardin will be missed, worked hard for a better education By Roxanna Swift


Ohio Department of Education representative Jeff Hardin died March 13, at age 58, of apparent heart failure. Hardin had a history of heart and kidney problems, said his wife, Jenny Smith. He had experienced two heart attacks

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and underwent five bypasses. A Miami Township resident, Hardin represented the ODE 10th District, including Clermont, Brown, Highland, Clark, Greene, Madison, Fayette, Clinton, Pickaway, Ross, Pike, Adams, Scioto, Jackson, Vinton, Lawrence and Gallia counties. “He was very passionate about the education of

Ohio’s children,” Smith said. “He worked very hard to make sure that Ohio’s chilHardin dren get the best education possible.” Hardin was elected in 2008 and in November was was re-elected for a second term. The term was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2016, said John Charlton, ODE associate director of communications. Per Ohio Revised Code, Gov. John Kasich will appoint a representative to fill the seat, said Tim Rudd, chair of the Clermont County Republican Party. “The governor has 30 days to appoint the successor,” he said. The successor will run for election in 2014 for the remaining two years of the term. “Jeff will be missed,” Rudd said. “He was a longserving member of the party’s central committee.” Visitation will be 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Owensville United Methodist Church, 2580 U.S. 50. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m.


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The second-place winner will receive $2,000, the third-place winner $1,000, the fourth-place winner $500 and the fifththrough 10th-place winners $250 each. “We have two $100 early bird drawings - one at our ‘Dance Through the Decades’ on (Saturday) April 6 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church and the other at our ‘Killer Night Out’ murder mystery dinner on (Friday) June 7 at the RSVP At Wards Corner (in Miami Township),” Hughart said. Hughart said Clermont Senior Services


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BRIEFLY Cold cases

Go behind the crime scene tape of some of the most interesting cold cases with J. T. Townsend, author of “Queen City Gothic” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Clermont County Public Library’s Amelia Branch. These unsolved murders have kept investigators guessing for years. During this program for adults, Townsend will present a puzzling, and sometimes chilling side of history, based on his book. A question-and-answer session will follow. Copies of “Queen City Gothic” will be available for purchase. J. T. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine, and his work has appeared in “Cincinnati Magazine,” “Word Magazine,” “Clews” and newspapers. For more information, call 752-5580.

Farm Bureau

al liaison to the Clermont County Public Library’s New Richmond Branch to meet with the public from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 27. The library is at 103 Riverside Blvd.

League to meet

Did you know that mental health dollars mostly go toward prescription drugs and outpatient treatment rather than therapeutic efforts? Mental illness is a quiet epidemic that results in 35 million lost workdays every year, costing $105 billion annually. The Clermont League of Women Voters members will discuss “Mental Health Issues - Coming to Consensus” during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Union Township Civic Center’s Queen City Room, 4350 Aicholtz Road. For more information, call 752-8011.

Nest box monitors

The annual worker’s compensation safety meeting for Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland County Farm Bureau members will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Rhonemus Hall on the Brown County Fairgrounds, 325 W. State St., Georgetown. Anyone interested in learning more about farm safety, prescription drug abuse and nutrition is welcome to attend. Members who are enrolled in the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation group rating plan offered provided by Comp Management need to attend to meet the requirements of attending one safety meeting per year, as outlined in the agreement to participate in the program. Doughnuts, coffee and juice will be served. Reservations are required. Call the office at 937-3782212 or 888-378-2212 by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Have you ever marveled at the sight of a skyblue bird that is the sign of happiness? Once very rare in Ohio, eastern bluebirds are making an comeback thanks to nest boxes placed in fields and meadows. You can learn how to monitor nest boxes at the blue birder’s meeting set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, 2185 Slade Road. Topics include bird and nest identification, and how to fill out a monitor data sheet. Armed with identification skills and data sheets, join the volunteers who keep tabs on the birds that use nest boxes by walking a short route each week. It takes about an hour, plus see wildlife up close while helping the park. For more information, call the corps park ranger at 797-6081. The visitor center is just off Ohio 222 about five miles south of Batavia.

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Opioid summit

Secretary of State Jon Husted will send a region-

A free community Opiate Summit is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April

12, at UC Clermont. Register online at This one-day event is designed to bring community members together to gain knowledge regarding the hidden cost of opioid abuse in Clermont County, to learn about current drug trends and terminology from “Operation:Street Smart,” to build inter-disciplinary partnerships to address the challenges of opioid abuse. Parents and concerned citizens along with professionals from law enforcement, medicine, education and government are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by UC Clermont, Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, UC Clermont College of Nursing, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and STAND (Start Talking About a New Direction) for your community.

2013 River Sweep

River Sweep 2013 is Saturday, June 15, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and its many tributaries. Volunteers are needed. River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states. Volunteers can call 1800-359-3977 for site locations and county coordinators or visit and click on River Sweep. Each volunteer will receive a free Tshirt. The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and other state and environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois. ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.

formed on UC Clermont. The performance is guaranteed to be high energy, and will last about two hours. A feature of all of the traveling productions is a question-and-answer session after the performance when actors answer questions from the audience. The Q&A session, always lively, gives the audience an opportunity to understand the play from the actors’ perspective. For a map and directions, visit

College bound students looking for a scholarship opportunity, who are related to an active duty service member or related to a U.S. Veteran, are encouraged to apply for the Remembering USMC SSGT Tony “Wojo” Scholarship Opportunity at Deadline is April 30. Wojo was a 2002 graduate of Glen Este High School (Live Oaks). He joined the Marine Corp before graduation and was on his third re-enlistment as an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) technician when he was killed in action April 30, 2009, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. This was on his second deployment and he was 25 years old.

Weather spotters

Weather Spotter Training has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will provide free training. Storm spotters play an important role in identifying and relaying storm-related information to the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), local public safety officials and the National Weather Service. Topics include: How to safely observe storms, how to identify important features of storms, visual clues that may precede tornado development, how to make accurate and timely reports.

Macbeth at UC

Macbeth will be presented by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at UC Clermont in honor of April - National Poetry Month - and Shakespeare’s purported birthday month. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Krueger Auditorium. Macbeth is sponsored by the English, Languages and Fine Arts Department at UC Clermont. Admission is free. Everyone is invited, students, faculty, staff and the community. The actors are young professionals from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. They perform both at their theater on Race Street in Cincinnati and take selected productions on the road each year. This year marks the fourth consecutive year the company has per-

Winter crisis

March 29 will be the last day Clermont Community Services, Inc., in partnership with Ohio Department of Services Agency, will take applications for the Winter Crisis

Program. The agency will continue to be open for Pipp plus appointments, however. To receive assistance, income-eligible households, whose main heating source is threatened with disconnection, has already been disconnected or have a less than 25-percent supply of bulk fuel, may apply. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the e-heap staff at 732-2277, option 3. Due to the high volume of calls, you may receive a recording. Leave a message and the call will be returned as quickly as possible.

Fashion show

Talented British fashion designer Hilary Floyd will show off her work from 1960 to present day in an fashion show at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Clermont County Public Library Williamsburg Branch. Hilary Floyd designed clothing for decades in London and now calls Williamsburg home. At one point in her career she even designed for Princess Diana. Shoppers can still find some of her vintage creations selling online. The fashion show and program is for ages 12 and up. Audience members are encouraged to stay for questions and to hear from Floyd about her experiences in the fashion industry. For more information, call the Williamsburg Branch at 724-1070.

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Clermont County ‘salutes’ unsung heroes They don’t ask for recognition, but do make the county better SALUTE TO LEADERS 2013

By Connie Ruhe

Recognizing the best of Clermont County’s non-elected individuals and organizations March 12 was more than 520 people, the largest ever for the annual Salute to Leaders. Presented by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the event celebrate those who make the county a better place to live. Cyndy Wright of Park National Bank chairs the steering committee. “There are people who are known throughout the county,” said event organizer Susan McHugh, “and there are people who just get the job done when there’s a need. It’s quite humbling to see what they’ve done.” The Foundation also will paid homage to the armed forces with its first Military Award. “Clermont County has been such a stronghold for families with sons and daughters in the military,” McHugh said. The first recipient is Robert Derr, a veteran and member of the county’s Veterans’ Service Commission, he was the person behind the construction of a Fallen Heroes pavilion at East Fork State Park. Countywide honorees are, with information from the nomination forms: » Peach Norman-Owen , Up 'N Over Youth Award. Founder of the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside Coat Drive,” Peach of Milford has collected and distributed 2,300-plus coats in five years. A Girl Scout Silver Award recipient, she is president of the Girl Scout Cadette, Senior Ambassador Association. Peach has sold at least 2,100 boxes of cookies each year for the last four years. She is president of the Aviation Explorer Post sponsored by Sporty’s and Clermont County Airport and an active volunteer at many local charities. » Robert Der r , Military Award. As chair of the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee, Derr worked to honor the 14 brave Clermont residents who gave their lives in service to their country in recent conflicts. The committee is working to design and fund a suitable, dignified memorial on the beach at Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park adjacent to the Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion. Derr served in the U.S. Marines for 17 years, is president of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, a district committee member for various American Legion veterans affairs groups, and a life member of the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans chapters in Clermont County. » Jeff Riel, Education Award. Director of the Glen Este Vocal Music Department, Riel was inducted into the New Richmond High School Hall of Fame with these words, “Mr. Riel embodies the image of a servant leader who continues to make a difference in the lives of all who experience his company. While music is his vehicle, the lessons he teaches go deeper than the singing of a song. They go to the core of learning and of the discoveries we all make in life’s journey.” » Bill and Patti Skvarla, Environmental Award. When Bill Skvarla discovered an unknown insect in his trees in June, 2011, he had no idea the trouble this little insect would cause to the Bethel community. Spearheading the protection of 13 different species of healthy trees in Clermont County from destruc-

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tion by the U.S.D.A.’s efforts to eliminate the Asian longhorned beetle, the couple organized the Bethel Asian Longhorned Beetle Citizens Cooperative. Thousands of trees have been saved and teh Skvarlas have become champions for Tate Township and surrounding communities to treat rather than cut down trees. » George and Ruth Ann Rooks, Rural Interests Award. Growing up on farms, George and Ruth Ann chose to serve others as their mission in life. From delivering Meals On Wheels, volunteering at an adult day center or serving as Santa and Mrs. Claus at Grant’s Farm, the Rooks have been pillars of service. They also share their time and resources with the Monroe Grange, on the board of trustees of Clermont Senior Services, the Bethel Lions Club and, of course, in George’s “Ole Fisherman” column in the Community Press. But truth be told, Ruth Ann is the better fisherman and one of the finest cooks in all of Clermont. Her famous blackberry jam cake has sold for $3,000 at the Clermont Senior Services annual auction. » Nancy Burke, Health Care Award. A public health nurse with the Clermont County General Health District, Nancy’s work ethic was inspirational to her co-workers and clients. Her positive attitude and sheer determination were put to the test when she was diagnosed with cancer. She went to work many days when she really didn’t feel up it to because she didn’t want the staff to be shorthanded and clients to have long waits. Nancy passed away last November. » CASA for Clermont Kids, Human Services Award. As advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children who have been introduced into the Clermont County Juvenile Court, the agency is committed to the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, loving and permanent home. The agency’s five employees accomplish its mission by recruiting and training volunteers who independently work in the court system and in collaboration with involved agencies and community resources to serve as the child’s

advocate and court representative. The value of the CASA program is best expressed in the words of a volunteer, “one of the most heart-wrenching, yet heart-warming and rewarding experiences of my life. It was a great challenge. There were no easy solutions, but I am thankful these children are now in a home that is filled with happiness and love.” » Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association, Safety & Justice Award. For more than 30 years, the association has partnered with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce to hold the annual Police Appreciation Banquet that recognizes and supports local law enforcement individuals and citizens. They also fund scholarships at UC Clermont in law enforcement education and DARE programs. They are led by George Pattison and Joe Schiesler. » Paul Marion, Civic Award. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Marion has been the lead supervisor for the construction of more than 40 homes in Clermont County. Working five or six days a week during a build, he oversees a group of older men who respect his kindness and knowledge. Between builds, Marion works for Clermont Senior Services building wheelchair ramps for the elderly. » Sandra Ashba, Community Project Award. The Moscow community was changed forever March 2, 2012, when a destructive tornado devastated the community. As village administrator, Ashba led the recovery bringing comfort and help to residents. She was the consistent source of strength. No need was too small from replacing a lost bike to working with Duke Energy to replace lost trees. Without her tireless efforts and dedication to Moscow, the community could well have been eliminated. » Ralph J. Vilardo Sr., Humanitarian Award. Son of immigrants, husband, father, business owner, veteran, community volunteer and an unstoppable bundle of energy, Vilardo’s legacy will be felt for generations. He always sought to improve the lives of others whether it was Christmas lunch for Mil-

ford fire, police and other city workers; organizing Frontier Days; or as a founding member and long-time director of the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce. In the words of nominator Warren Walker of Duke Energy, Vilardo was “someone whose ambition and desire to make this area a better place was apparent up to the moment of his passing.” March 13, the day of Salute to Leaders, was his 83rd birthday. » George Brown, William H. Over Leadership Award. The epitome of “servant leader” Brown has been a cornerstone of leadership in Clermont County for more than 20 years. He personifies integrity, loyalty, authenticity and service. He has devoted his career to helping senior citizens with 20 years at the helm of Clermont Senior Services, a model in the state for community-based services for older adults. He was the driving force that built seven affordable senior housing facilities in the county. Always willing to help others, his leadership has benefited Clermont County in extraordinary ways. Brown began his career in aging as a social worker in Over-the-Rhine in the early 1970s. After serving as a research assistant in the masters of gerontology program at Miami University, Brown held executive level positions with several offices on aging including as associate director of the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, and later as director of the Indiana Division on Aging. In 1991, Brown moved to Clermont County to serve as executive director of Clermont Senior Services, a position he held until his retirement in December 2011. During Brown’s tenure, the agency experienced extraordinary growth and expansion. Brown’s legacy with the agency includes the construction of a new Meals-OnWheels kitchen facility, a stateof-the-art adult day care center, and the development of seven senior housing facilities, including Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing, which will open in Batavia this spring. The combined investment of these facilities exceeds $30 million, providing 264 units of affordable housing for older adults. In March 2012, Brown received the President’s Award from the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, recognizing 40 years of leadership in the field of aging. But Brown’s service has extended far beyond his professional career. He has served on numerous boards and committees including as a past chair of the Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Clermont Family YMCA and Clermont 2020. Brown’s service has also included volunteering with organizations that serve children and families, including Habitat for Humanity, Clermont Northeastern board of education, and as both a member of the board and as a volunteer guardian ad litem with CASA for Clermont Kids. Retirement has not slowed George down. He is a master gardener, recently joined the board of Pro Seniors, and is pursuing a retirement career as a fast-talking auctioneer. » Clermont Senior Services, Over ‘n Over Award. A

lifeline and helping hand to senior citizens, Clermont Senior Services was founded in 1969 by Lois Brown Dale. Always the pacesetter, Brown believed the community should be able to choose to support services for seniors. “Marching on Columbus” and meeting with legislators led to the law being written to allow levies to be placed on local ballots so citizens could vote to support these services. Not only was she instrumental in convincing legislators, she convinced the voters of Clermont County to support the very first senior services levy passed in Ohio. Since the first levy passed in 1982, the citizens of Clermont County have continued to support these services that allow seniors in remain living in their own homes rather than in a nursing home. The agency does not take lightly its responsibility to be good and faithful stewards of taxpayer dollars. When faced with the challenges of hard economic times, the agency has been even more creative than ever in finding ways to be as efficient and effective as possible. Today, Clermont Senior Services serve more than 5,000 seniors a year, most of whom receive multiple services, and do so with about $1 million less than was available annually four years ago. They have increased services over these last four years and lived within their means. Each of the county’s 15 townships and one city recognize a recipient as well. Honored at the Salute to Leaders event are, with information from the nomination forms: » C. Diane Sieb er t , Franklin Township. Franklin Township Fire and EMS Assistant Chief C. Diane Seibert has served in many roles during her 28-year career, volunteer, crew leader, assistant chief and chief. She has recruited dozens of fellow EMTs and firefighters and is very active in community outreach including CPR, first aid training, public education, senior visits and fire prevention with school children. » Grant Career Center, Tate Township. Since 1976, Grant Career Center has focused on preparing youth and adults with skills for employment ensuring students will be productive, capable citizens adding to the overall prosperity of the community. Grant Career Center has consistently reached out to the community to assess and evaluate what jobs are available, what skills are required, and focus on training individuals to fill these needs. » River of Life Assembly of God Church & River Valley Ecumenical Churches , Washington Township. The March 2012 tornado illustrated the spirit of support from River of Life Assembly of God Church and River Valley Ecumenical Churches (New Richmond Church of the Nazarene, Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Peter Catholic Church). With hot meals, food and supplies, chainsaws and rakes, hugs and hope, each group opened their doors to serve the community in this time of need. McHugh said long-time support from event sponsors has kept the cost of attendance reasonable for family and friends of award recipients. Sponsors include Park National Bank, Lykins Oil, American Modern Insurance Group, UC Clermont College, Total Quality Logistics, Siemens PLM Software, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood CPAs, Union Township and Jungle Jim’s International Market.



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Participants filled the Grant Career Center cafeteria during a benefit quarter auction March 13. THANKS TO KEVIN NEWBERRY

Grant helps with quarter auction By Roxanna Swift

BETHEL — Students and staff at Grant Career Center raised $6,000 through a quarter auction March 13 to help with medical expenses for a staff member whose husband has cancer. Gary and Teresa Caseltine of Moscow graduated from Grant in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Teresa later returned to the school as a cook. “She’s a lot of fun to work with,” said senior culinary student Kylie Evans Bethel-Tate High School. “She will joke around, but she knows how to work.” Just after Thanksgiving, Teresa and Gary found that he had a cancerous mass on his pancreas. Initial scans showed the mass was on the tip of his pancreas, but during surgery in January, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to his liver, Teresa said. Since then, he has had three rounds of chemotherapy, she said. “We don’t even know yet

Teresa and Gary Caseltine PROVIDED

what the chemo’s costing,” she said. “It’s quite expensive.” She has been using sick days to take time off work to care for Gary, and she filed paperwork for his sick leave, but she is still waiting for it to come through. Grant staff have been “very good” to them, she said. In February, employees raised about $1,900 for the Caseltines through a staff collection, said treasurer’s assistant Kay Pierce. “Everybody’s been very generous and very cooperative,” she said. Students in multiple pro-

grams worked collaboratively to raise money through the quarter auction, said Pam McKinney, public relations director. Auction items included picture frames made by carpentry students, mailboxes made by auto collision students and various items created from scrap by metal fabrication students. “Part of it is learning how to use what they (the students) have,” McKinney said. Some items created by metal fabrication students include lamps, grills, garden ornaments and rain gauges, said senior metal fabrication student Tyler Walters of Williamsburg High School. In addition to making items individually, students in the metal fabrication class worked together to make a bench and table set for children. “(Grant) is like a big family we all help each other out,” Walters said. “This is just another opportunity to help a family in need.” Culinary students also helped with the auction, preparing dinner, drinks and desserts.

Grant Career Center students helped make items and prepare baskets of donated items for the March 13 quarter auction. THANKS TO KEVIN NEWBERRY

Students collected quarters and delivered auction items to bidders March 13 during a benefit quarter auction at Grant Career Center. THANKS TO KEVIN NEWBERRY

Grant students excell at SkillsUSA regionals Students from the Grant Career Center Chapter of SkillsUSA brought back 11 state-qualifying medals from the South Central Regional Skill Championships held in early March at the Scioto County Career Technical Center, Columbus State Community College and the Columbus Sheet Metal Workers Local #24 Apprenticeship Training Hall. Bringing back a first-place gold medal for Prepared Speech was Jodi Seale, a junior Allied Health Science student from Felicity-Franklin High School. Silver-medal winners include Allyson Klump, Basic Health Care Skills, New Rich-

mond; Michael Vornhagen, Automotive Service, Williamsburg; Jeremy Lewis, Carpentry, New Richmond; and Nick Marshall, Related Technical Math, Bethel-Tate. Students winning bronze medals include Mackenzie Rinehart, Extemporaneous Speech, Bethel-Tate; Brooke Corbin, Job Skill Demo A, Felicity-Franklin; Ashley Noe, Medical Math, Bethel-Tate; Bradlee Prather, Medical Terminology, Felicity-Franklin; Brian Adams, Collision Repair, New Richmond; and Austin Kinnard, Technical Drafting, BethelTate. All students winning gold, silver or bronze medals have the opportunity to represent

Grant Career Center SkillsUSA members at the South Central Regional Championships include: Kyle Puckett, Allyson Klump, Ashley Noe, Jeremy Lewis, Mikayla Cooper, Melissa Radcliff, Mackenzie Rinehart, Michael Vornhagen, Peyton Davis, Sarah Holman, Brian Adams, Mariah Canter, Ashley Gettes, Austin Kinnard, Brooke Corbin, Brook Arwine, Bradlee Prather, Jodi Seale, Kaitlyn Demaris, Nick Marshall, Sierra Durham, and Shannon Bullock. Not pictured: Esteven Peacock. THANKS TO PAM MCKINNEY

Grant Career Center at the state level competition in late April.

Other students competing in events at the regional level include: Brook Arwine, Job Inter-

view, Bethel-Tate; Melissa Radcliff, Nurse Assisting, New Richmond; the Health Knowledge Bowl Team of Sarah Holman, Williamsburg and Mikayla Cooper, Kaitlyn Demaris, Mariah Canter all Bethel-Tate; Sierra Durham, Cosmetology, Williamsburg; Esteven Peacock, Welding, New Richmond; Kyle Puckett, Automotive Refinishing, Bethel-Tate; and Shannon Bullock, Nail Care, Williamsburg. Assisting in the Nail Care demonstration was Autumn Seal, New Richmond, the Job Skill Demo model was Peyton Davis, New Richmond, and serving as a Health Knowledge Bowl judge for the team was Ashley Gettes, Bethel-Tate.



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Senior Brian Carter controls his opponent at 126 pounds. Carter finished the season with a win in the Senior All-Star match at Sycamore March 13. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE


By Scott Springer

BETHEL — Bethel-Tate 132pounder Chip Ratcliff had tough luck at the Ohio Division II state wrestling tournament in late February. He lost his opening match to Kade Kowalski of Dresden TriValley 5-4, then lost in the consolation round to Andy Dobben of Cuyahoga Falls CVCA 6-4. Dobben went on to place seventh at the meet in Columbus, while Kowalski took third place. That’s how close a wrestling loss can be. “Bittersweet,” Bethel-Tate coach Tom Donahue called it. “He accomplished the goal of getting there, but he was very close to placing. He lost his last match in districts by one point and that kid placed at state. Then he went 0-2 at state and both of those kids placed. He was good enough to be there but came up short.” Both Ratcliff and 126-pounder Brian Carter recently participated in the Senior All-Star meet at Sycamore March 13 and had wins to officially finish their high school careers. “They both weigh between 140-145 right now,” Donahue said. “A lot of guys at the All-Star Classic were up a little bit.” Ratcliff is heading to Bowling Green in the honors program for journalism. His wrestling now will focus on deadlines and scooping the competition. Carter is undecided, but still wants to wrestle. “He’s been contacted by half a dozen college coaches,” Donahue said. Overall, the Tigers had a successful season with a Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division championship. Ratcliff shared Wrestler of the Year honors with New Richmond heavyweight J.R. Forsee, while Donahue was Coach of the Year.

Aric Peters was the 120-pound champion for the Bethel-Tate Tigers. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE

Carter and Ratcliff took firstteam league honors, as did 120pound sophomore Aric Peters. “I think he set a school record with 206 takedowns this year,” Donahue said of Peters. “He had a real good year. He had a tough draw in the districts and ended up losing in the semifinals. He was right there.” By far, the season’s highlight was defeating New Richmond for the league crown. It was the first time the Tigers had tamed the Lions since 1992. “Going into the year, that was the goal for the team,” Donahue said. “We had to overcome a little bit of adversity. We had Jon Ward, a league and sectional

Bethel-Tate freshman Jeffrey Botts was league champion at 152 pounds. THANKS TO TOM DONAHUE

FORMER TIGER FARES WELL College of Mount St. Joseph senior wrestler and Bethel-Tate graduate Cory Disbennett has been selected by the Division III Wrestling Coaches' Association as a 2012-2013 Scholar All-American. Disbennett, a 165-pounder, who finished the season with a 23-13 record, and a team-high 38 escapes, is majoring in athletic training.

champ last year, hurt the second week of the season. The guys did a good job making sure we could fill the weight classes we had to fill.” Both New Richmond and Bethel-Tate lose numerous seniors from this year’s teams, so some rebuilding will be in order for next winter. Donahue thinks Western Brown may be the team to beat, but doesn’t discount his

Tigers who will be led by Aric Peters as a junior. Along with Peters, 152-pounder Jeffrey Botts took first team honors as a freshman. Unfortunately, he didn’t make weight late in the year. “He’ll be on the radar the next two years,” Donahue said. Bethel-Tate also benefited from some key contributions at the heavier weights this season.

The league tournament was won thanks to the Creighton Newberry who pinned Blanchester’s big fellow. “If he doesn’t pin him, we don’t win,” Donahue said. “He ended up 7-16 on the year. For him to pull through a third-place finish with a pin that allowed us to win, that was a pretty good moment.” Kian Mollette was another road-grader who dropped from the 250 range down to 220 to help fill a slot. “When Jon (Ward) got hurt, that opened up a big hole in the 220-pound weight class,” Donahue said. “He made the drop down. He got hurt and didn’t have the year he hoped, but he helped us.” Jake Phillips added some big wins at 138, Austin Kinnard and Phillip Kinnair had their moments and senior Travis Bee was instrumental at 113 pounds. “That’s pretty good for someone who didn’t play a sport or wrestle until he was a sophomore,” Donahue said of Bee. Donahue also supervises the Bethel-Tate junior high program, so more help is on the way from the youngsters to bolster the Tigers in future years. He expects a few to make his lineup next year. In the offseason, the BethelTate coach adds work with a Team Ohio squad that includes some of the Tigers and all-star wrestlers from other schools. He’ll be taking a group to Oklahoma in late June to compete. The trip helps develop his kids and doesn’t hurt in terms of scouting. “It brings a little recognition to our kids,” Donahue said. “Some of our kids workout with those guys. You can find out how far off you are.” In the meantime, BethelTate’s league championship trophy shines as proof of even more recognition for Donahue’s kids.

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Who do you see when you look at Jesus? “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” the crowd roared out their disapproval of our Lord and Savior. The smell of death was in the air, and just outside the city wall, just north of the Damascus gate, a place was reserved for public executions; that place was called “Golgotha’s Hill.” There, a large crowd wass gathered to watch this horrendous spectacle; not that crucifixions were unusual, but this day was different as an unusual man was being crucified. This man was not a criminal; He was not a thief, or a murderer. In fact he was not guilty of a crime at all. But there was our Lord in the middle, between two men who did deserve to die … but this was why our Lord and

Commission is there to help all county veterans Greetings. Do you remember that slogan from the 60s? Yes, it was from your draft card days, the Selection Service informing you that your number had been drawn. Such kind persons they were. But if you were like me, I decided I would get ahead of the game and go for the enlistment, which meant I had to serve another year, lucky me. From basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, in 1966 ... to Ft. Rucker, Alabama, ... Ft. Eustis, Virginia. ... back to Ft. Knox in 1967 with C troop of 7th Squadron Howard of the 17th Air Daugherty COMMUNITY PRESS Calvary ... on to San FrancisGUEST COLUMNIST co ... to a 28day boat cruise on an aircraft carrier ... helicopter to South Vietnam ... landing at Qui Nhon ... then to An-Khe ... to Pleiku ... to Tam ky ... and Chu-lai ... to service with the American Division (23rd Infantry) F Troop 8th Calvary Weapons platoon ... it really was a long way from Bethel, Ohio. I have spent most of my life trying to forget about Vietnam and the things I’ve done and what I’ve seen. War of any kind is never a good thing no matter where you’ve served or what country it’s in. That is why I love working here at Clermont County Veterans Services; just maybe I can be of service to and help someone. Here we have four service officers, two support staff, three mini-vans for transportation to the VA Hospital in Cincinnati or the VA Outreach Center in Mt. Carmel by one of our five drivers. Our only business is to help the veterans of Clermont County. If we can help you or answer any questions about VA claims or VA health care, please feel free to call 732-7363 or 732-7377. To all of Clermont County’s almost 15,000 veterans, we thank your sacrifice and you’re service.

Howard Daugherty is the executive director of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission in Batavia.

Savior came to be our gobetween, and to take our place. But just who were these two men Ben Hurst on each side of COMMUNITY PRESS Jesus? The GUEST COLUMNIST translators use some very descriptive words to describe them; thieves, robbers, malefactors. The book of Luke clearly refers to them as members of the criminal class. Men who killed for hire. Men who killed for profit. Tradition suggests these men were insurrectionists; men who were political revolutionaries, hoping to overthrow the Roman regime. They were

ruthless men who thought nothing of using violence to achieve their purpose … they may have been partners in crime, and while we do not even know their names, we do know they were supporting players in the greatest drama of all time, the “Crucifixion of Christ.” At first glance these men may have appeared to be exactly alike, as they both were criminals sentenced to die at the same time, in the same way, and on the same day, for the same crimes. Both men had been subject to Roman abuse, both were covered in blood and dirt, and both would soon be dead. No one could look at them and tell the difference, but in reality these two men could not have been

more different. What they differed on was how they “viewed” the man in the middle. They both saw Him very differently and asked him for different things. One man wanted escape, not forgiveness, the other man wanted forgiveness, not escape. Was there ever a man in a more desperate situation; brutally crucified, dying in agony for the crimes he had committed? He is guilty and he knows it. And even after judgment has been pronounced and carried out, he makes one final appeal to the supreme court of the universe; not to avoid the pain and punishment, but to avoid eternal damnation. He asks our Lord to remember him when He comes into his Kingdom (Luke 23:42). What an

amazing example of faith as he sees our Lord hanging there, bloodied, and beaten beyond recognition, and yet, he sees God. Understand no man ever looked less like a King than Jesus did that day, yet he believed. This thief, this criminal, looked beyond the gore, beyond the cross, beyond the crown of thorns upon His head, and saw another crown that belonged to a king, the King of Kings. One man asked for forgiveness, one did not … one went to heaven, one did not. The world is still voicing their displeasure of Jesus, but, who do you see when you look at Jesus? (Some content from author Ray Pritchard). Ben Hurst is the pastor at Northside Baptist Church in Bethel.

CH@TROOM March 13 question Do you agree with the Transportation Security Administration’s new rules that will allow airplane passengers to bring pocketknives, golf clubs and other sports items aboard, loosening some of the restrictions created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks? Why or why not?

“I join with all of the major U,S, airlines, the Federal Air Marshals Service, the Airline Pilots Association, the Flight Attendants Union and the TSA Screeners Union in objecting to the change in policy allowing knives on planes. It is sheer folly. Even at the limit of 2.36 inches a knife of this size is enough to inflict serious injury to flight crew and passengers alike. The new policy is designed to change the focus of screeners less on objects that TSA director Pistole feels would not bring down a plane and more on 'catastrophic perils.’ He is dead wrong on this one. Focusing on 'catastrophic perils' appears to me to be way above their pay grade. But a two-inch blade is certainly enough to cause a catastrophic situation.” J.V.

“When the rules first went

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into effect some of the airports would provide mailers so that forgetful folks (like me) could send their favorite pocket knife back to themselves – at their own cost, of course. This process was discontinued and in spite of my best efforts I lost a couple of items that meant a lot to me. “The whole Homeland Security process could be simplified and altered so as not to keep millions of people waiting extensively. If they simply had a reminder at the check-in counter before you send your bags to be loaded it would solve a lot of the problem. “Other countries manage to control terrorism without subjecting their citizens to the abuses of the U.S. process. All

our process does is feed into the cultural paranoia which allows the NRA to go on selling guns to people who wind up shooting their family or themselves, diverts billions of dollars from more productive use and generally degrades our quality of life. “I suppose a trivial loosening is a step in the right direction, however small it may be.” N.F.

“The 9-11 suicide terrorists successfully used box cutters because no one suspected the horror of their goals. Once it was known the passengers on one plane overpowered those wielding the box cutters, but it was too late. “It is ridiculous to think that passengers and flight crews can now be coerced by someone with a small pocket knife or golf club.” R.V.

“I have to wonder what was driving this decision. I don't recall a big public outcry over the inability to bring a 9 iron or pocketknife on a plane. “The flight attendants and airline professionals seem to be against this decision, so I would think their opinion

should carry the day. “In the meantime, why doesn't the TSA look at doing something that would actually make air travel more convenient, such as allowing a fullsize tube of toothpaste or more than a drop of shampoo in our carry on luggage?” R.W.J.

“I think most of the TSA rules, beyond scanning bags and requiring people to pass through a metal detector, fail to offer any meaningful protection. For example, removal of shoes – most foreign countries do not require this. In the hands of a determined terrorist a pen is as dangerous a weapon as a penknife." J.R.B.

“No I do not. Maybe if they loosened their grips on after shave, lotions, and other toilet articles, that would be OK with me. But to allow small pocket knives with blades under two inches to be brought on board is asking for trouble. Remember, the box cutters used during the 9-11 attacks were at the max in length of one inch, and look at the damage which was done.” O.H.R.

Weapons surge fueled by doomsday fantasies Gun ownership facts: 42 percent of U.S. households have firearms; comprising 34 percent of U.S. adults. Of those who own guns, 19 percent own a handgun; 47 percent of males own guns, 13 percent of females. Older, white males are the preponderant majority of gun owners. Nearly half of Republicans own guns, 27 percent of Independents and 23 percent of Democrats. Pew Research found that “48 percent of gun owners purchased firearms for protection – an increase of 22 percent from 1999. Sixtyfive percent of women listed protection as their top priority, compared to 43 percent in 1999; 42 percent of men said protection was their main concern, up 21 percent from 1999.” Intriguingly, the percentage of American households with a gun has declined (high of 54 percent in 1977 to 42



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percent noted above), while according to the Christian Science Monitor, per capita gun ownership has douLeonard bled since Harding 1968. We have COMMUNITY PRESS the highest GUEST COLUMNIST gun ownership per capita rate in the world. In fact, Americans own one-half of all the privately-owned guns in the world (Harper’s magazine). The increase in gun ownership is a direct result of Barak Obama’s election. According to gun-industry stock analyst Jim Barrett, Obama’s election is “the best thing that ever happened to the firearms industry.” According to an October analysis by the AP, Ruger and Smith & Wesson have seen their profits rise by

86 percent and 41 percent, respectively, since Obama took office. This weapons surge is fueled by the self-induced doomsday fantasies of older white males who fear being overwhelmed by dusky hoards. They don’t fear government, they just don’t want a government that will allow women to exercise control over their bodies or permit unions to participate in business decisions. (An interesting aside: While Tea Party guys are virulently pro-life, they are conspicuously silent about the 680 children under 13 that were gunned down between 2006 and 2011. Can you say “hypocrite”?) Men feel threatened by the direction they sense our political future is taking, so they buy guns. It seems that the Old West is their ideal society. But since there are so many minorities to fear – in addition

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to the Injuns in the Old West – men need assault rifles to keep the feared groups at bay. When men are unhappy, everyone is unhappy – or at least afraid. Ironically, the gun-bearers are the very ones who claim to be victims of the less-than-masculine do-gooders who threaten them. When has any unarmed person threatened an armed man doing anything? Men are violent and insistent on their right to do violence. Any curb on their right to violence is an attack on God and Country. Unbelievable! While it’s easy to say America shouldn’t care about cranky men, they are simply too mean and too dangerous to ignore. If we give in we abandon liberty. If we don’t, white men just may decide to shoot their way out of whatever it is that ails them. This is not cool.

Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford.

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.

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Sandra Ashba was honored with the Community Project Award. She went above and beyond as village administrator of Moscow when the tornado hit last year, leading the recovery effort and bringing help and support to residents. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

River of Life Assembly of God Church and River Valley Ecumenical Churches were honored by Washington Township. Church members provided hot meals, food and supplies to those in need after the March 12 tornado. From left are Ron Stang of the River Valley Ecumenical Churches and Ralph and Pam Ollendick of the River of Life Assembly of God Church. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Joe Schiesler and George Pattison were honored with the Safety & Justice Award. They lead the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association, which along with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, every year hosts an awards banquet to support law enforcement achievements. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Grant Career Center was honored by Tate Township. Accepting the award was board member Fred Heflin and public relations director Pam McKinney. Career center staff and students consistently reach out to the community to provide job training that meets the needs of residents. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bill and Patti Skvarla were honored with the Environmental Award. The couple have lead the fight against cutting down more trees than necessary to fight the infestation of the Asian longhorned beetle in Bethel and the rest of Clermont County. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Robert Derr was honored with the first Military Award. As chair of the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee, he worked to honor the 14 county residents who gave their lives in service to this country in recent conflicts. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

CASA for Clermont Kids was honored with the Human Services Award. Accepting the award were, from left, Amanda List, Sharon Nelson, Alison Royalty, Jeannie Helsel and Joyce Conley. The group provides advocates to help abused, neglected and dependent children in the juvenile court system. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Park National Bank Art Gallery. Collection of natureinspired artworks where the word “nature” is intended as “the world in its entirety.” Curated by Bruno Zabaglio. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5200. Batavia.

Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. Through May 16. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Easter Treats Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Paired wine tasting featuring wine specialist Christopher Sayers of Natural States Wines, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Charlie Milliken on jazz guitar. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

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.

Home & Garden Do It Herself Workshop: Energy Efficiency, 6:30-8 p.m., The Home Depot-Beechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Training Room. Learn energy-saving advantages of using light dimmers and sensors, how to transform room ambiance using light dimmers and how to install dimmer or sensor switch. Free. Registration required. 688-1654, ext. 077. Beechmont.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

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.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Taking place in New York City in 1922, play tells story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. $15. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 443-4572; Loveland.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job

pus, 732-5200. Batavia.

transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 27. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Room. Learn latest line dances along with some old favorites in high-energy class for adults. $6. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. Through April 1. 248-3727; Miami 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 all-you-can-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford. 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, dessert 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.

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. Small Wonders, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Hands-on activities, crafts and outdoor adventures to spark an early interest in nature. Ages 18 months-2 years. Registration required online by

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Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive in Milford, will host an free Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Other activities include cookie decorating, rub-on tattooing, crafts and a visit from Easter bunny. For more information, call 831-9100. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

March 21. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 4434572; Loveland.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 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.

Auditions Oklahoma!, 1 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Prepare 16 bars of musical theater song, not from “Oklahoma!” Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music and dress appropriately for dance portion. Free. Presented by Brieabi Productions. 207-0507; Anderson Township.

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. 2374574. Amelia. Free Weekends in March, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson Fitness Center, 1971 Eight Mile Road, New fitness studio with specialized aerobic flooring. Ages 18 and up. 833-5642; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Heart Rate Training for Trail Hikers, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Mercy HealthPlex trainers teach how to use heart rate monitor with outdoor exercise program that guarantees results. You will need heart rate monitor for class. Ages 18 and up. Members of CNC and Mercy HealthPlex $10; nonmembers $15. Registration required by March 18. 831-1711; Union Township. Mobile Heart Screenings, 2 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 866-8190127; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Easter Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Egg hunts, crafts, snacks and free photo. For grade 3 and younger. Free. 474-4938; Anderson Township.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, For children 3 years old through grade 6. Hunt for eggs, visit with Easter Bunny and chance to win special prizes. Parents bring cameras to photograph children at Easter backdrops. Children should bring basket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations of canned food accepted for the Inter Parish Ministries Food Bank in Newtown. Rain or shine. Free. 2314301; Anderson Township.

Literary - Libraries Hillary Floyd of London Vintage Fashions, 1-3 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Fashion designer and artist shows off her work from 1960 to present day in fashion show. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070; Williamsburg.

Literary - Signings J.T. Townsend, 2-3:30 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Meet author of “Queen City Gothic” as he presents sinister side of Cincinnati’s history for adults based on his book. Ages 18 and up. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580; Amelia.

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Music - Student Performances Talent for Hope Talent Show, 5:30-7 p.m., Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, More than 20 acts from vocals and instrumentals to dancing performances. $5. Presented by American Cancer Society Relay for Life Anderson Township. 368-0641; Anderson Township.

Nature Salamander Soiree, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Visitors can see some salamanders who only come above ground for a few weeks in the early spring. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Build a Bee House, 1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn about the life cycles of native mason bees and leafcutter bees as you build your own bee house. Members $15; nonmembers pay $15 plus daily admission. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 443-

4572; Loveland.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. Through Dec. 28. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Runs / Walks Spring Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Join bird guide and hike trails. Beginners welcome. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township. Free Weekends in March, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson Fitness Center, 8335642; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Easter Christ Presbyterian Church Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Other activities include cookie decorating, rub on tattooing, crafts and a visit from Easter bunny. Rain or shine. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford.

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Leming House, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Summer Rackley leads highintensity workout. Latin dance steps. Ages 18 and up. $25 for six weeks. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 3-4 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Fellowship Hall. Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. For seniors. Free. Presented by SilverSneakers. 478-6783. Withamsville.

Religious - Community Monday Meals, 6-7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Community meal. Free, donations accepted. 474-4938. Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

Auctions That’s Amore, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Batavia Middle School, 800 Bauer Ave., Gymnasium. Live art auction, silent auction, entertainment and Italian dinner. Michael Angelo Testa: auctioneer. Benefits Batavia Middle School PTO. $10 for dinner. 732-9534; Batavia.

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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 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.


Art Exhibits

Salamander Soiree, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. From Nest to House: DIY Bird Nest- and House-Building, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Pine Room. Create nest bag, then construct birdhouse for your backyard birds. All materials provided. Members $15; nonmembers $15 plus daily admission. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Cam-

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. Through May 15. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.



Rita shares brisket, glazed berry tart

Delicious Passover brisket

Adapted from Zel Schulman’s book “Let My People Eat!” I love this brisket. I like to make mine in a slow cooker. 3 pounds brisket 1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce 1 ⁄2cup dark brown sugar, packed or bit more to taste 1 10 oz. can beef broth 1 really large onion, sliced

the simplicity of the recipe and it is so delicious. Thank you for sharing.”

⁄4teaspoon ground cloves 2 bay leaves


Put everything in sprayed slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Or bake, covered, in preheated 325 degree oven for about 50 minutes per pound. Remove bay leaves.

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White chicken chili from Nick & Tom’s Bridgetown Restaurant. Reader Mary Ellen T. visited this restaurant for the first time. “What a treat. The white chicken chili is to die for. Lean meat and no beans.” When Mary Ellen asked if the restaurant would share the recipe, the answer was no, but the chili is available for takeout. So now Mary Ellen hopes someone has a similar recipe.

Glazed Three-Berry Tart

I consider recipes people share with me “food gifts.” And I usually can’t wait to make it for myself and then share with you. That’s how I feel about this tart. I first tasted this at daughter-in-law Jess’ home. She got the recipe from her friend, Amy Obermeyer. This is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. It does require a tart pan. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. Preheat oven to 350. Tart shell: Approximately 9 soft coconut macaroon cookies, crumbled fine (2 cups) 1 cup ground pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Combine macaroons, pecans and butter and press firmly into a 10- to 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool. This

Glazed Three-Berry Tart is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Filling: ⁄2cup whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄3cup sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2teaspoon almond extract (optional, but very good) 1

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add orange juice, vanilla and almond extract. Fold in whipped cream. Chill at least 2-4 hours. Spoon into tart shell, smoothing

Ohio is below average on Gallup well-being index By Bowdeya Tweh

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana may have one thing in common and it’s not good, according to results from a Gallup survey released last week. The well-being of people in the states lags behind the national average and are among the lowest in the country. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index said Kentucky residents rated their state next to last at No. 49, Ohio was No. 44 and Indiana was No. 42. The ratings were 62.7, 64.6 and 65.1, respectively for the three states. At the national level, the average well-being

rating was 66.7 last year, up from 66.2 a year earlier. Gallup said that despite improvements in the national economy, the well-being scores in 2012 remained on par with ratings since 2008. The Well-Being Index represents information gathered from surveys of residents in each state. Surveys ask people to evaluate their life, physical and emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access to things such as food, shelter and health care. Nearly 21,400 people were surveyed in the three states. The composite score is an average of the scores from the six categories.

Among the states, Hawaii had the highest wellbeing score and West Virginia had the lowest rating. For more information about survey results, visit

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and thought everything was fine. Then, two weeks later, her bank account was hit with another charge, this time for more than $82. “We disputed that too and found it was attached to this same company, so that’s when we canceled my debit card,” Meador said. Soon the bank received letters claiming Meador had authorized the charges when she signed up for the “free sample.” As a result, the bank sent Meador a letter saying it is not permitted to be involved further in her attempts to get her money back. “They basically said that’s proof enough for them, and they took the

money back out of my account,” Meador said. Meador got a new debit card and says she didn’t realize a debit card doesn’t give you the same protections you get if you use a credit card. “I didn’t realize that. I guess the bank debit MasterCard isn’t considered the same, but I did not know that,” Meador said. The company in question tells me there were terms and conditions of the free trial offer Meador either didn’t see or didn’t get. As a result, she says she didn’t know she had just 10 days to cancel if she didn’t like the product. The company says its records show a second shipment

of the product was sent to her, but Meador said she never received it – all she got was money taken from her bank account. The company says it’s investigating and I’ve told Meador to file complaints with the Ohio Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau. Bottom line, beware of free trial offers because they often come with terms and conditions you may not want to accept. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRCTV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill


shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 3780300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


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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


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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

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

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

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

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30am Bible Study: 9:30am & 6:00pm Youth Groups: 6:00pm

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LUTHERAN All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412 Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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

9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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

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



Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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


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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Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages!

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

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

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“Hope with Any Risk,” Dr. Lawrence W. Kent Sunday School (age 3 - grade 12) meets at 10:45 A.M. Nursery Care both services for age 2 and under

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CHURCH OF GOD 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

ings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in firstthrough sixth-grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 7358144.

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American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the health fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause cam-


Phone 734-4041

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


paigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Cancer Free Kids – is looking for kids who need service hours to do an “Athletes For Alex” used sports equipment drive in their neighborhood or at your sporting event, and fight childhood cancer. Visit and click on Athletes for Alex for more information. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more morn-


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Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.



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EASTER SUNDAY MARCH 31 Join us for worship at 9:15 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.

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“Hope is the Ultimate Victory,” Dr. Lawrence W. Kent Special music featuring the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, and Instrumental Ensemble Nursery Care available for age 2 and under

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Recent snow made the world a beautiful place to see Howdy folks, Last week my “gal” had her hair cut then we got the truck serviced. We get it serviced every 3,000 miles. When I was working back in the carpenter shop, Ruth Ann said “Chessy” would want to go out then come back in. After I came back in. Chessy laid on my lap and seemed to be very happy. She is such a blessing to both of us. The snow last week was so beautiful. The Good Lord knows how to make some beautiful scenes. We probably had over 4 inches of snow. It went into the ground when it melted. Several years ago in a magazine, a farmer in another state would pile the snow up in a big wind row. When he planted his corn that spring, he marked the area where the snow had been put. That fall, the corn was much better where the snow had been than where it wasn’t put.

With the weather like it has been, I have been reading a book, “Shanty Boat” by George Harlan Rooks Hubbard. OLE FISHERMAN This is the second time I have read it. The book is about a couple folks that built a “shanty boat” and floated to New Orleans in 5 years. While I read, Ruth Ann is making ruffled scarves to wear around your neck. The ladies in Community Choir at the Bethel United Methodist Church, singing the cantata on March 24 at 7 p.m., will be wearing these kind of scarves. The cantata begins the Holy Week Services for the churches of Bethel. There will be a service at different churches each evening of that week except Saturday. Ruth Ann has made

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several of these scarves and has sold some. She has several more made. They are sure beautiful. We need something to do in the evening while we are watching television. Last Saturday, we went down to the Milford First United Methodist Church for a craft show. There were several crafters there. It was a good day. We always get to meet several folks we know and some we don’t know that read this article we put in the papers. This is good to meet them. After we left the craft show, we stopped to see my brother Herb and our sister-inlaw, Inez. It is always good to visit them. Last Friday evening, the Monroe Grange had a bake sale at the 360 Auction on Mount Holly Road. There was a good crowd and the baked items went good. The folks sure enjoy the baked items. The sale barn is a special place for an auction, good chairs to

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set in and good items to sell. The food booth was busy with good food items. They have a sale there every Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m. To get a good seat, come early. The folks that have the sale are fine folks and greet you with a smile. Now on Saturdays, there have been auctions of guns and ammunition and antique items. We were told the crowd was big. The auctioneers do a good job and get a good price out of each item. If anyone is interested in selling items, give Jeff Pierce, the consignment intake agent, a call at 965-1454. Our friend Tony has been volunteering at the Cincinnati Nature Center boiling maple syrup for a few weeks. The name of the center is the Rowe Woods. This is on Tealtown Road. They have been selling the syrup as fast as they get it boiled down. Give them a call. Their number is 831-1711. The center also has dif-

ferent kind of programs for families. This is a very educational place for families, especially children, to learn how things were done in the past and also learn about nature and walk the trails in the woods. I talked to the Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses. They have tomatoes, cabbage and zucchini plants ready to set and seed potatoes and onion sets ready to plant. So stop and see them. Their phone number is 6259441. Their green house on Ohio 131 is open now and the Milford Garden Center will open by the end of this month. Last Monday evening, we had a special event, our grandson, Curtis was inducted into the National Honor Society at FelicityFranklin High School. This was special. There were 11 in this class. Congratulations to all. Curtis has worked hard on his studies and is attending UC Clermont College in

By Mark D. Motz

The doors of West Clermont elementary schools will remain open a little longer each day. In addition, the buildings will begin offering limited evening hours. In the wake of budget constraints, each of the

district’s five elementary schools now close daily at 4 p.m. However, the West Clermont Local School District Board of Education voted unanimously March 11 to keep the buildings open for administration, faculty and staff until 5 p.m. daily. Board member Denise Smith said the additional


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Batavia, studying for Mechanical Engineering and also works at the Flash Baseball Fields. Ruth Ann and I are so proud of all our family, the same as you about your families. The Good Lord has sure been good to all of us. The education today is a must for a good job. The fishing at Sherry’s Lake on Slade Road is doing good. They stocked trout for probably three weeks on Thursday afternoon. Folks are catching some good eating trout. Lake Isabella, one of Hamilton County’s parks, is stocking trout each Friday. The action for catching them is pretty fast so get to fishing. Start your week by going to the House of Worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

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hour for faculty to be in the building will be a benefit. “I’m sure the teachers are going to be very appreciative of this opportunity,” she said. “It’s tough on them to wrap up everything they need to do for the next day by 4 p.m.” The board also approved opening the buildings once a month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for schoolrelated meetings in either the library or the cafeteria, as well as quarterly evening hours for school-related events like performances or celebrations. Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline scheduled a March 12 conference call with the elementary principals to discuss implementation of the vote and how to fairly schedule the additional evening hours. West Clermont Director of Operations Edward Dyer said keeping the buildings open an extra hour each day will not have a significant impact on the district budget. He said each of the buildings already employs an automated thermostat that reduces heating or air conditioning to a minimum.



Pierce Twp. fire chief resigns At their regular public meeting March 13, the Pierce Township trustees accepted Fire Chief Aaron Boggs’ resignation in good standing. Boggs submitted a letter of resignation to the board February 27. Boggs recently accepted a clinical paramedic position with Seadrill, an offshore deepwater drilling company. He will be stationed on a rig in the Caribbean. “Seadrill provides an exciting opportunity for me to continue my professional growth,” Boggs said. “Fire service has been my whole career and I truly appreciate the opportunity to

have served Pierce Township for the past 12 years.” Boggs was appointed fire chief in December 2000. Trustee RichBoggs ard Riebel said, “Chief Boggs has served our community well and we will truly miss him.” Trustee Bonnie Batchler said, “Chief Boggs took over a volunteer department with little equipment and helped grow it into the professional, well-respected department that it is to-

day.” Boggs thanked his staff saying, “The officers and crew members are the people who deserve all the credit for providing high-quality services.” Boggs’ last day was March15. The trustees appointed Captain Craig Wright as interim chief. They will be accepting letters of interest from in-house candidates to permanently fill the chief position. “We have many talented professionals in our fire department so we feel it is important to provide an opportunity for promotion within,” said township Administrator David Elmer.

Nicollette "Nikki" Balewitz of Union Township, right, recently completed her first solo flight. Her instructor Saul Meza congratulated her after the flight. PROVIDED

Balewitz solos at UC Clermont Nicollette “Nikki” Balewitz soloed in a single-engine aircraft Dec. 6. This was Balewitz’s first flight as a student pilot without her instructor in the aircraft. Balewitz is enrolled in the Aviation Technology: Profes-

sional Pilot Program at UC Clermont. The laboratory portion is taught at the Clermont County Airport. Balewitz, from Brunswick, New Jersey, currently resides in Union Township. When she completes the two-year program, she will have earned an

associate of applied science degree and a commercial pilot certificate. For more information about professional pilot training, visit or call 513-732-5200.

Batavia Rotary speeches are ‘From the Heart’ The annual Batavia Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest was held at UC Clermont College Feb. 26. Students from three high schools participated in this event designed to help young adults develop and hone public speaking skills while researching a subject of personal interest to them. The speeches center around the Rotary Four-Way Test, which is a world-wide moral code used by Rotarians that can be tested in personal and business relationships. The “test” asks four questions: 1) Is it (the topic) the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? These questions are used by Rotarians to define what charities and businesses they support. Students participating in the speech contest used these questions to better define their speeches and their feelings toward the topics they chose. Christina Hedges, a senior at Batavia High School, was the first to present. Her topic was “Forgiveness” and how applying the Rotary Four-Way Test can be used when deciding to forgive others in everyday life. “Texting While Driving” was presented by Christina Gentry, a senior at Clermont Northeastern High School, who applied her personal family experience with the consequences that can occur by someone who texts while driving. Ben Ward, also a senior from CNE, spoke about “Personal Philosophies” and how the Rotary Four-Way Test goes hand in hand with personal feelings about viewpoints and

attitudes of others. CNE senior Autumn Kenser presented “Music in Our Schools,” sharing how important music is to her life and how often this program is cut from schools during budget shortfalls. Mason Vilardo, a senior from Miami Valley Christian Academy, discussed “Spinal Cord Injuries” and how his own injury and relationships with his doctors related to the Rotary Four-Way Test. Batavia Rotary members scored each presentation on poise, enunciation, bodily expression, use of voice and ability to impress the audience. Members also judged each participant on their understanding of the Four-Way Test, how they applied it to their topic and the originality of their topic in general. Kenser of CNE placed first and received a $300 prize. She will advance to the district speech contest April 7 at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Gentry of CNE placed second and received a $200 prize. She will serve as district alternate, if Kenser is unable to attend the district contest. The three runners-up were Hedges, Vilardo and Ward, who received a $100 prize from the Batavia Rotary. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Holly Kopcha of Batavia schools, Tina Runsey from CNE and Carol Glenzer from MVCA,” said Haglage. “They worked with each student to help them present speeches that were interesting, informative and well organized.” For more about the FourWay Speech Contest or Batavia Rotary, visit




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POLICE REPORTS CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles - sell, deliver, furnish, etc., Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, gross sexual imposition, Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, gross sexual imposition - victim < 13, statutory, Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, rape - victim < 13 nonforcible, Williamsburg, March 8. Hannah Nolan Eastridge, 18, 994 Fagley Road, Williamsburg, burglary at 4308 Dela Palma Road, Williamsburg, March 7. Juvenile, 12, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Amelia, March 4. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons - sell to/ purchase for, Amelia, March 5. Kyle David Darling, 24, 4471 Eastwood Drive Apt. 18303, Batavia, offenses involving underage persons, offenses involving underage persons sell to/purchase for at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, March 5. Scott Creighton Daugherty, 37, 2878 Ohio 133, Bethel, breaking and entering, burglary at 3553 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, March 5. Rodney James Chadwell, 48, 1916 Pearl St., New Richmond, breaking and entering, burglary at 3553 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, March 5.

Kayla Riley, 19, 2754 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, falsification at 2608 Airport Road, Bethel, March 8. Matt K. Ogeltree, 30, 458 Shannon Court, Batavia, domestic violence at 458 Shannon Court, Batavia, March 4. Stephen Michael Chilenski, 35, 30 Heron Drive, Amelia, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 5. John Lee Littrell, 47, 3235 Kennedy Ford Road, Bethel, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse - detention mental health facility at 208 W. South St., Bethel, March 6. Derrick Hopper, 18, 1361 Satinwood, Amelia, possession of drugs at 1361 Satinwood Drive, Amelia, March 6. Dustin M. Neel, 19, 1787 Ohio 174, Moscow, drug paraphernalia at 3044 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 7. Wayne L. Evans, 19, 300 University, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at College Drive at Old 74, Batavia, March 7. Dontay Lamar Burns, 25, 121 Keys St., Hillsboro, drug paraphernalia, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, possession of drugs - marijuana, possession of drugs at Ohio 32 at Herold Road, Batavia, March 8. Candy Ann Currens, 49, 918 Four Mile, Cincinnati, criminal damaging/endangering, criminal trespass at 3140 South Bantam Road, Bethel, March 8. Brandon Michael Brock, 22, 468


ABOUT POLICE REPORTS 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 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, theft at 806 Market St., Bethel, March 8.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering At 3553 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Feb. 22. Burglary At 18 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, March 5. At 2045 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, March 4. At 3553 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Feb. 22. At 4308 Dela Palma Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 9. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, March 5. Contributing to the unruliness/delinquency of a child At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Feb. 17. Criminal damaging/endangering At 1507 Thomaston Drive, E, Amelia, March 5. At 3140 South Bantam Road, Bethel, March 8. At 6566 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, March 6. Criminal mischief

At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, March 5. Criminal trespass At 3140 South Bantam Road, Bethel, March 8. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 4. At 2976 Ohio 132, New Richmond, March 4. Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles - sell, deliver, furnish, etc. At Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, March 20. Domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm At W. South St., Bethel, March 6. Domestic violence At W. South St., Bethel, March 6. At Shannon Court, Batavia, March 4. Drug paraphernalia At 3044 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 7. At College Drive at Old 74, Batavia, March 7. At Ohio 32 at Herold Road, Batavia, March 8. Falsification At 2608 Airport Road, Bethel, Feb. 28. Fugitive from justice

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 5. Gross sexual Imposition victim < 13, statutory At Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, March 20. Gross sexual imposition At Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, March 20. Having weapons while under disability At Ohio 32 at Herold Road, Batavia, March 8. Identity fraud At 2608 Airport Road, Bethel, Feb. 28. At 2160 Carriage Station Drive, Batavia, March 5. Illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse - detention mental health facility At 208 W. South St., Bethel, March 6. Improperly discharging firearm or into habitation or school At 1507 Thomaston Drive, E, Amelia, March 5. Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle At Ohio 32 at Herold Road, Batavia, March 8. Menacing At 1781 East Concord Road, Amelia, March 4. At 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, March 6. Offenses involving underage persons - sell to/purchase for At Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Feb. 17. Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor At Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Feb. 17.

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Margrie Barger Brumley, 75, Hamersville, died March 9. Survived by children Bryant, Keith Brumley, Frankie Brown; siblings Veda Strange, Rebecca Watson, Sharon, Roland Barger, Phyllis Devries; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Services were March 15 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Jon Gee Jon W. Gee, 63, Hamersville, died March 10. Survived by wife Kathleen Gee; children Jennifer (Brian) Richard, Rebecca (Robert) Meyer, Jonathan (Julie), Robert (Alicia) Gee; sister Linda Dittelberger; grandchildren Sydney, Henry, Caleb, Lauren, Sean. Services were March 13, 2013 at the Community Christian Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Community Christian Church, 125 E. Plane St., Bethel, Ohio 45106 or IDES, P.O. Box 60,

Jesse James Lanigan, 14, Bethel, died March 13. Survived by parents Jeremy, Dana Lanigan; brothers Jeremy, Jacob Lanigan; grandparents Paschel, Kanice Lanigan, Regina Phelps; aunt Patricia (Paul) Troxell. Preceded in death by grandfather Danny Parker. Services were March 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Child Foundation 1129 Robinhood Lane, Norman, OK 73072.

Suella Logan Suella Logan, 89, Moscow, died March 6. Survived by children Joe (Jackie) Logan, Jackie (Glen) Tisdale; grandchildren Jim, Matt Altman, Jena Tisdale; brother Guy Gessendorf; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband John Logan, children Dave Logan, Donna (the late Pete) Altman, Barbara Morlatt, brothers John, Joseph

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Gessendorf. Services were March 11 at Moscow Cemetery. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Eric Prall Eric W. Prall, 39, Tate Township, died March 9. He was a heavy equipment operator. Survived by wife Rebecca Prall; son E.J. Prall; parents David (Dana) Prall, Judy (Richard) Wood; siblings Tina, Brandon, Adam, Bradley, Candace Prall; parents-in-law John, Kathy Reed; sister-in-law Katie (Jeff) Lynn; many nieces and nephews. Services wee March 14 at Mount Washington United Methodist Church. Arrange-

Carroll Simmermon Carroll L. Simmermon, 64, Felicity, died March 13. He was a member of the Felicity Christian Church for 51 years. Survived by siblings Larry (Barbara) Simmermon, Marlene (Paul) Riddle; one nephew, may nieces. Services were March 18 at Felicity Christian Church. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to Felicity Christian Church.

Charles Sims Charles Sims, 87, Bethel, died March 13. Survived by wife Brenda Sims; stepchildren Gail, Debra, Mark; brother Robert Sims; many nieces and nephews. Services were March 18 at Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

Bob Whisman Charles Robert “Bob” Whisman, 67, Bethel, died March 8. Survived by wife Elaine Whisman; children Julie (Chris) Ellen, Tonya (Scott) Trimble, Bobbie Spicker, Jimmy Whisman; grand-

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On April 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM local time, the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive all bids for the project heretofore described as: Capital Fund Grant Program 501.12. A single lump sum bid is requested. Bids are to be submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority no later than April 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Bids may be mailed or delivered to CMHA, 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Late bids will not be accepted. Bidders are urged to carefully review the requirements contained in the bid documents. A pre-bid conference will be held on April 2, 2013 at 9:00 A.M., at 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio. Bid documents will be available as of March 11, 2013. An electronic version of the specifications can be obtained by emailing Randy Schultz at Questions regarding the project should be directed to Randy Schultz, KZF Design, Inc. at (513) 621-6211. 1751885 Equal Opportunity Housing Equal Opportunity Employer

children Samuel, Ashley, Jackie, Sophia, Breanne; siblings Jewell Roehm, Dorothy Williams, Ruth Atkerson, Betty Canter, George Jr., Gene Whisman; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Everett Whisman. Services were March 13 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Dollie Williams Dollie Williams, 80, Bethel, died March 12. Survived by children Sue Sons, Dave, Eddie Fields, Debbie Evans, Otha Terry Jr.; brother Jimmie Kaylor; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Lewis Williams. Services were March 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

John Williamson Sr. John E. Williamson Sr., 71, Bethel, died March 11. Survived by sons John Jr. (Sherry), Jeffery (Mehwa), Terry (Victoria), Joey (Darnella) Williamson; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Services were March 16 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Bethel Community Choir

Holy Week services will begin at 7 p. m. Sunday, March 24, at the Bethel United Church with the cantata “Upon This Rock” by Pepper Chopin. The cantata tells the events of Holy Week at the time of Christ through the eyes of Peter, the disciple who followed Jesus through three years of His ministry on earth and beyond. Based on scripture, Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” Peter asks three questions: What is your passion, what is your call and who do you live for? “Upon This Rock” is presented by the Bethel Community choir which consists of almost 50 members from eight different churches throughout Bethel and the surrounding area. All are welcome and a freewill offering will be taken for the Bethel Ministerial Association to meet the needs of local residents.

Bethel Community Holy Week Services

» Sunday, March 24, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, Easter musical “Upon This Rock” by Bethel Community Choir. » Monday, March 25, 7 p.m., Faith Chapel Church, Dan Asche preaching. » Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Assembly of God Church, James Taylor preaching. » Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Bethel Nazarene Church, Easter musical by Nazarene Choir, Michael Leshney preaching. » Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Community Christian Church, service will include Holy Communion, Jeremiah Hembree preaching. » Friday, March 29, noon, St. Mary Church, Ben Hurst preaching. » Sunday, March 31, 6:30 a.m., Northside Baptist Church, Sunrise Service, Stewart Clark preaching. Easter Breakfast after at Bethel Baptist Church.

Glen Este Church of Christ

Resurrection Day services Sunday, March 31 include an outdoor sunrise service (weather permitting, otherwise indoors) at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. (RSVP to 753-8223), Sunday school at 9 a.m. for all ages and Resurrection Day service at 10 a.m. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike; 763-8223.

Laurel United Methodist Church

In compliance with Ohio Rev. Code Section 117.38, The Clermont County Public Library Financial Report for the year ended 12/31/ 2012, is available for public inspection at the office of the Chief Financial Officer, 326 Broadway Street, Batavia, OH 45103. This report is not available online.0834 LEGAL NOTICE The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #175, Kayla Giddings, 474 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH 45244; Unit #313, Christopher Russelburg, 614 Central Avenue #208, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 1001752953

The community is invited to a soup, sandwich and dessert supper at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28, followed by Maunday Thursday service at 7 p.m. The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road, Laurel; 553-3043.

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.

Trinity Christian Fellowship

Members will host a Seder Passover Dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The public is invited. The fellowship is at 3730 Cobb Road; 724-3500;

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