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Harsh winter costs Grant Memorial Building By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Village officials spent all of the money they budgeted in 2014 for the Grant Memorial Building two months into the year because of problems with its elevator and expensive winter gas bills. Any remaining costs this year will be paid out of the village’s general fund with taxpayers’ money, Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin told Bethel Finance Committee members recently. “We didn’t have that much Gilpin money to work with in that fund. It’s not big news. It just is what it is,” Gilpin said. Village Council appropriated $1,000 for the building earlier this year. That was spent in January and February “on natural gas bills because of the cold winter,” Gilpin said. Dotson Voters defeated a 1-mill parks and recreation tax-hike issue in 2012. Money generated by that levy would have paid for maintenance of Burke Park, the Grant Memorial Building and the Community Center. It was the second time in recent history village voters defeated a parks and recreation

All the money village officials budgeted for the Grant Memorial Building in 2014 was spent by February because of problems with the elevator and expensive winter gas bills.FILE PHOTO

tax levy. Bethel Business Association, Historical Society and Lions Club meetings are conducted in the memorial building on 100 S. Main Street. The Bethel Historical Museum also is located in the building.

“We’ve talked about this before, but since that levy failed the only money available (for the Grant Memorial Building) is what comes from rentals,” Gilpin said. While rentals for the building are “ahead of schedule” this

year taxpayers’ money will have to be spent to cover gas bills for the rest of the year. Those bills cost $110 a month even if no gas is used, he said. In addition to fees associated with the arctic winter, the building’s elevator broke down “at

least three times” this winter, said Village Administrator Travis Dotson. When that happens repair costs and overtime for employees are necessary, Gilpin said.

Bethel-Tate students welcome author By Jeanne Houck

BETHEL — The days of teaching children just enough math to make change are long gone. These days students at Bethel-Tate Middle School are learning how to manage money in today’s world, and educators brought in an author to show just how important learning about things such as the stock market and business ventures can. The guest of honor was Chad Foster of the Atlanta, Ga., area, who wrote “Teenagers Preparing for the Real World,” “Career Readiness for Teens” and “Financial Literacy for Teens.” “Our eighth-graders read (Foster’s) Financial Literacy

for Teens, so this is what prompted his visit,” said Jim Fay, who teaches eighth-grade language arts at Bethel-Tate Middle School. “He spoke to the entire school body using entertaining personal life stories to express his views on what it takes for teenagers to be successful now and in the future. “After taking time to sign each eighth-grader’s book he then spoke just with our eighthgraders - sharing entertaining personal-life stories that expressed his views on money management,” Fay said. This is the second time Foster has visited Bethel-Tate Middle School. He was there around 2005. “This was a great way to kick



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off our money-management unit, which concludes in a few weeks with (a credit union) coming in to put on a reality store,” Fay said. Eighth-graders Dominic Wolfe and Hannah Barnhouse said in emails that they enjoyed Foster’s visit. “He motivates people to go to school, follow their dreams and choose a career that uses their natural talents,” Wolfe said. Barnhouse said, “I really enjoyed the story about his sisterin-law following her dreams of playing professional basketball and ending up playing on the U.S. Olympic Team.” Want to know more about what is happening in Bethel? Follow me on Twitter @jeannehouck

Eighth-grade teacher Jim Fay (right), who helped arrange for a visit from an author of books teaching teenagers about managing money, talks with Melissa Kircher, superintendent of the Bethel-Tate Local Schools.FILE For the Postmaster

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Residents can get help with destructive beetle Community Press staff report

A new program has been introduced to help people in Clermont County with forest land impacted by the Asian longhorned beetle. “When the (U.S.) Secretary of Agriculture traveled to Clermont County after the Asian longhorned beetle appeared he pledged to help residents with forest land conservation,” said state conservationist Terry Cosby, of Ohio’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. That agency, which is within the federal agriculture department, is providing voluntary technical and financial assistance to landowners and managers. The new program, called the Asian longhorn beetle Environmental Quality Incentives Program Initiative, is designed for rural landowners with wooded lots. It offers several conservation practices aimed at improving forest health in

This 2011 photo shows maple trees that line the driveway of Laura Weber and Daniel Pitman’s Tate Township home, are marked with red paint and will all soon be cut down due to being infested by the Asian Longhorned Beetle. FILE PHOTO

priority locations, including tree and shrub site preparation and planting, invasive plant control, forest stand improvement, mulching, critical area planting, and forest management plans. Since the beetle was discovered in Clermont County in June 2011, half a million trees have been surveyed, more than 10,000 trees have been identified as infested and

almost of those infested trees have been cut down. The beetle attacks 13 varieties of trees. Its favorites include maple, box elder, horse chestnut, willow, elm and birch. All of Tate Township and East Fork State Park, and portions of Monroe, Stonelick and Batavia townships are under quarantine, meaning firewood and other similar material

cannot be moved out of the area. Due to limited funding, the agency uses a ranking system to establish the extent of the environmental benefit provided from implementing the selected conservation practices. Applications that rank highest receive priority for funding. Clermont County District Conservationist Lori Lenhart and Ohio Depart-

An Asian Longhaired Beetle is seen in 2011 on a maple tree in Nancy McCarthy’s yard, in Bethel. FILE PHOTO

ment of Natural Resources Forester Tim Wilson will help applicants with conservation planning and the application process. Lenhart can be reached at 732-2181 ext. 102, or via email, Wilson can be reached

at 937-378-4920. The Natural Resources Conservation Service office serving Clermont County is located at 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. The deadline to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Initiative is Friday, May 16.

Pierce Twp. still pursuing Lewis, White Oak land This aerial image from Google Maps shows the intersection of White Oak and Lewis roads, near Ohio Pike. Pierce Township wants the former water services property to make improvements at the intersection.

By Lisa Wakeland

Pierce Township is still pursuing a piece of county property at the intersection of Lewis and White Oak roads, near Ohio Pike. It’s the former Clermont County water services facility and has been vacant for more than a year. Township officials want the property to help make safety improvements at the intersection, which has several lanes of traffic converging at a single point, and resident Mark Cann asked for an update on the project at a recent township trustees meeting. “We’re still moving for-


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ward with it, and we have some interested parties after we take the right of way out of it to preserve for improving the thoroughfare,” said Assistant Township Administrator Tim Hershner. Late last year, Pierce Township asked for an updated appraisal on the property, which came back at close to $170,000, Hershner said. There had been another appraisal in 2011. “We’re anxiously moving forward, but it does take a while,” Hershner said. Cann also questioned the township’s recent rezoning initiative for that property. “Why do it when we don’t own it?” he

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asked. Trustee Bob Pautke said, “there is no rezoning effort aimed at just that property,” and it’s part of a larger area. Hershner said the rezoning initiative a covers about 23 acres the township wants to include in a planned unit development (PUD). “We want to move forward and add value to the property so we can move it,” he said. “(The land use plan) calls for it to be commercial, so the natural thing is to move forward.” The new mixed-use district would help the township build a service road parallel to Ohio Pike and facilitate larger developments in the business district near that area, according to a memo from Hershner to the Clermont County Planning Commission. Last year Pierce Township trustees considered forming a community improvement corporation to help buy the property from the county, but they put off that decision for now.



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UNION TWP. — Maybe it was the sight of the tiny girl in the pink shirt skipping merrily around the podium as her mother made the case against the establishment of a propane gas-storage business “in our backyard.” Or perhaps it was the vision invoked by a man who reminded the Union Township Board of Trustees considering plans for the business about the propane-gas explosion in Batavia that killed one man and injured another five in 1998. Whatever it was, Union Township trustees recently voted to nix Queen City Propane’s proposal to move in two 18,000-gallon propane tanks at 3932 Nine Mile-Tobasco Road. “To be quite honest, if I lived on Ellen Drive, (as does Elizabeth Zerhusen, the woman who spoke at the hearing accompanied by her 2-year-old daughter Peyton), or even on Nine Mile Road, I’d be concerned about a propane facility being there,” said John McGraw, chairman of the trustees. The propane storage proposal was just part of a plan that Dale Adams, owner of Adams Heating and Air Conditioning at 8185 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township, asked the trustees to sanction by rezoning the 4.4acre site on Nine Mile-Tobasco Road from residential to a commercial use. Trustees gave a thumbs up for the biggest



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part of Adams’ plan, which included him moving his business to the Union Township site and constructing four buildings with a total of 25,080square-feet of space that could be leased or sold for retail use such as offices and commercial warehouses. Surrounding property is primarily commercial. Mike Peterman, chief executive officer of Queen City Propane, argued unsuccessfully at the public hearing that his business would be tightly regulated by multiple government agencies if he was allowed to open on Nine Mile-Tobasco Road. The company operates in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “We serve lot of Union Township companies and see a need for propane storage in the area,” Peterman said. But Melvin Greger of Nine Mile-Tobasco Road, told the trustees that there are safer places than 3932 Nine Mile-Tobasco Road for Queen City Propane to operate. “Now, would any of you people like to live that close to a bomb, and that’s exactly what they are,” Greger said. Voting to approve Adams’ plan without the propane-storage portion were McGraw and Trustee Lloyd Acres. Trustee Matt Beamer dissented.

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MILFORD — Environmental Protection Agency investigators will return to the city this summer in hopes of unraveling a 30-year-old mystery: Where are pollutants contaminating an aquifer in Milford coming from and who is responsible? The contaminated aquifer supplies the city’s four drinking water wells next to the Little Miami River. Representatives of the federal and state EPAs and of the city emphasize that Milford has installed equipment that makes the water safe for use. Ohio EPA agents first detected industrial solvents in a groundwater plume beneath a business and residential area near the intersection of Baker Drive and Lila Avenue in 1986. But the U.S. EPA, called in by the Ohio EPA, continues to study the source or sources of the perchloroethylene, trichloroethane and other contaminants produced when those solvents are broken down by the environment – all of which are often referred to as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - in the aquifer. “To date, the highest concentrations in the aquifer have been found (in the 500 block of) Baker Drive, which was a drycleaning facility during the 1950s,” said Dina Pierce, media coordinator for the Ohio EPA in Columbus. “For (the 6,000-plus) Milford water customers,

If Milford and the state and federal Environmental Protection Agencies say the city's water is safe, it probably is, says Erica Fischer, office manager of Milford Village Veterinary Clinic.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

the Milford water department uses an air stripper to remove the VOCs from the water until they are below allowable safe drinking-water contamination levels. “After treatment, contaminants have been removed below the maximum allowable contaminant levels and the water is safe to drink,” Pierce said. Milford City Manager Jeff Wright said, “The EPA planning and cleanup process is very long-term and extensive. “The EPA has had test wells installed at that vicinity for many years so that they can monitor the groundwater condition and the contaminant. “They are still investigating and in fact plan on performing additional groundwater testing this summer, and then will propose cleanup options and then pick a cleanup plan and have the cleanup work performed,” Wright said. Milford’s contaminat-

ed aquifer was put on the U.S. EPA’s “National Priorities List” in 2011, making it the federal agency’s responsibility to investigate it and pay to clean it up if no responsible parties can be found. The process includes public meetings and interviews with people living and businesses operating in the area. Erica Fischer is office manager of Milford Village Veterinary Clinic at 736 Lila Ave. She was unaware of the contaminated aquifer but said she trusts officials with the city and with the state and federal EPAs who say Milford’s water is safe to use. Fischer, who lives in Goshen, doesn’t drink a lot of water. “We give it to our cats and dogs (at the clinic) and they seem to do just fine,” Fischer said. Want to know more about what is happening in Milford? Follow me on Twitter @jeannehouck.


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Bethel-Tate Hill Intermediate STEM students learn from chemical engineers and explore that field of work. In front are Ella Leahr, Alyssa Dufresne, Nicholas Moorehead, Carlee Young, Jacob Benjamin, Cody Crocker, Austin Raper. In back areÊJason Crouch, Amberlee Gladwell, Lesley Wilson, Ankur Shrestha, Jack Broering, Brandon Pointer, Jake Depoy, Aiden Harrison, Tyler Clements THANKS TO FAY WAGNER

Bethel-Tate kids work to solve engineering problems


ome Bethel-Tate Hill Intermediate students who attend classes at the Clermont County Gifted STEM Center have been exploring chemical engineering. These third- and fourthgraders have considered different problems that can be solved through chemical engineering,

and have been working to find solutions for them. As a culmination of this unit, they were visited by two chemical engineers, who helped them make connections between their classroom learning and the real world. Jack Broering is a retired chemical engineer from the Dow Chemical Compa-

Bethel-Tate Hill Intermediate students Jacob Benjamin, Amberlee Gladwell, and Ella Leahr work with Ankurman Shrestha, a chemical engineering doctoral student from UC. THANKS TO FAY WAGNER

Each student was also able to get advice from these professionals to apply to the current projects on which they are working. tudentshave gained a respect for this career, and some have been inspired to further their learning in this area as a result of these experiences.

ny, and often devotes time to helping students. He, along with Ankurman Shrestha, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student, discussed their work with the class. Broering shared how his ideas have helped to improve products, such as Styrofoam, and how he has worked with

teams of engineers to assist them in streamlining the processes they use in their projects. Since Shrestha’s current work revolves around improving wastewater treatment processes, he was able to share new technologies and processes that are being developed in this field.

Retired chemical engineer Jack Broering works with Bethel-Tate Hill Intermediate student Carlee Young. THANKS TO FAY WAGNER

Bethel-Tate Hill Intermediate school students Alyssa Dufresne and Nicholas Moorehead learn from Ankurman Shrestha, a chemical engineering doctoral student from UC.THANKS TO FAY WAGNER

Cyber defense team competes in national competition


orthern Kentucky University students won the 2014 Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held in Chicago recently. The NKU team, comprised of students from the College of Informatics, beat state champions from the nine Midwestern state competitions to earn a spot in the national contest to be held in San Antonio later this month. The competition is a grueling multi-day experience that tests each team’s skills in defending a corporate-style computer network under sustained attack. The competition uses real network hardware, not simulations. Among the teams NKU

defeated was the team from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, the Midwest champions from a year ago which had gone on to earn third place in the 2013 national competition. The NKU team entered the Midwest competition as the one wild card team after being narrowly defeated by the University of Louisville in the Kentucky competition. Team captain Lee Epling, of Catlettsburg, Ky., and co-captain Ashley Huffman of Demossville, Ky., led the team, with members Brandon Hinkel of Florence, Joshua Howard of Union, Jack Lannon from Ireland now living in Hebron, Paul

Northern Kentucky University’s Midwest-champion cyber defense team, from left, Brandon Hinkel of Florence, Michael Parton of Bethel, Ohio, Joshua Howard of Union, Brandon Warner of Florence, Nick Wade of Wilmore, Ky.,, Paul Sparks of Alexandria, Lee Epling of Catlettsburg, Ky., Ashley Huffman of Demossville, Ky., Jack Lannon of Ireland now living in Hebron, and Jeffery Cundiff of Florence.PROVIDED

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Moscow Monarchs play baseball without gloves By Scott Springer

MOSCOW — The village of Moscow in Clermont County is often associated with the nearby Zimmer Power Plant or the March 2012 tornado that ravaged more than 80 percent of the area. Two years after the natural disaster, supporters would like to present a new image of the place just off Ohio 52 as it runs parallel with the Ohio River. The official website reads, “The Village of Moscow, Ohio...a peaceful spot on the river.” With a 2010 Census population of 185, that’s usually the case. Urban sprawl has never reached the village that celebrates its bicentennial in two years. However, baseball has. As the old Moscow High School has been closed for years, the closest baseball anyone might find would be up what locals call “Nannygoat Hill” toward Felicity-Franklin. The Cardinals just started their program back a few years ago. Or, one could head west toward the city and up another steep hill to catch a New Richmond game on an artificial turf infield. Now, just behind the old school building that is now the community center at 30 Wells St., the Moscow Monarchs have taken the field. Literally, it is a field; all grass. The Monarchs play vintage baseball sans gloves. They compete under 1865 game rules wearing uniforms of the day. For time perspective, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater April 14, 1865. “We do two seven-inning games,” team spokesman Joel Knueven said. “If it’s too hot, we play one nine-inning game.” The idea originated when Knueven, his brothers and father attended former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2012. “We said, ‘We should do that,’” Knueven said. “It’s not that much money to get started and make events that might occur in the summertime. You can get people to bring picnics and coolers and give the town something to rally around.” A recent game featured their “downtown” neighbors, the Losantiville Black Stockings, who play their games near the Eden Park reservoir. The rules are much different

Josh McDonough of the Moscow Monarchs gets the first hit for the Monarchs and later that inning scored the first run for the Monarchs in the modern era. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Big Keith Seipelt fields a grounder at third base for the Moscow Monarchs April 13 against the Losantiville Black Stockings.BRANDON

Umpire Dave Brooks administers the coin toss to see which team would strike (bat) first. This is one of the many differences in playing by 1865 rules. The Moscow Monarchs held their inaugural game against the Losantiville Black Stockings April 13.BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY



than modern-day baseball. The fly rule dictates that a batter is only out if the ball is caught on the fly. A foul ball can be caught “on the bound” (bounce) to record an out. Prior to 1865, a ball caught on the bounce was an out. “The game was presented as a pastime,” Knueven said of baseball’s origins. “It was a bunch of guys getting together to hit the ball around because they could. The pitcher’s not trying to strike everyone out. In fact, you can tell a pitcher where you’d like the ball. Once you hit it, that’s when the fun starts.” There are no strikes or balls, but swinging and missing three times equates an out. A softer version of today’s ball is used and pitches are delivered underhand. The game ball is a little bigger than a regulation baseball and smaller than a softball. “You can hit a pop-up and still get on because there’s no guarantee they’re going to catch it,”

bat to desired dimensions to change balance. “They’re quite heavy,” Knueven said. “I figure bat speed wasn’t a big deal because no one was trying to strike you out. The weight of the bat helped you wallop it.” Nine men in the same positions as today play. Thus far, spectators haven’t adopted 1860s attire, but there’s talk that some may as part of a dramatic presentation. Current fans are given a brochure detailing the history of the era and beginnings of the team. The green patch behind the village building and near the Moscow First Stop Marathon has been dubbed “Prospect Field.” “The original name of Moscow before it was settled was Prospect,” Knueven said. “The original field were fruit groves as there was a brandy distillery in town.” The Moscow nine are the first vintage team in Clermont County, according to the foun-

The Moscow Monarchs held their inaugural game against the Losantiville Black Stockings April 13. Paul Cost of the Moscow Monarchs addresses the crowd before beginning the game. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Knueven said. The Monarchs use period accurate bats made by the Phoenix Bat Co. out of Columbus. The thickness is designed to resemble bats of the 1865 time period. Bats are not cut off and are as long as the lathe was. A player in the day could cut his own

der. The players come from various backgrounds and Knueven never played organized ball. “One of the appealing things is being gentlemanly,” Knueven said. “In those days you wanted to be a gracious winner or loser. It wasn’t about winning or losing. It literally was a pastime. If it came to reading a book or playing a little baseball, playing baseball was pretty exciting comparatively.” The uniforms are cotton with a western bib featuring a Monarch insignia. The pants are basic work trousers. Traditional pants with long socks weren’t popularized until the nationally recognized 1869 Red Stockings. Current style cleats are used, but any striping or logos are blacked out and the spikes are sanded down. Should curiosity strike along with an available picnic basket and blanket, fans are encouraged to attend the Monarchs’ next contest May 4 against Belle River out of Rising Sun, Ind.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark D. Motz


» Felicity-Franklin lost to Batavia 12-2 in five innings April 10. The Cardinals lost to Norwood 11-1 in five innings April 17. » Bethel-Tate lost to Norwood 6-5 on April 11. The Tigers lost to Mariemont 14-9 on April 12. On April 16, Glen Este beat the Tigers 10-0 and Western Brown was victorious on April 17, 23-1.

» McNicholas lost 3-2 at Dayton Carroll in extra inning April 16 and fell 3-0 to Moeller April 19 to drop its record to 4-5 (2-2 GCL Coed).


» Felicity-Franklin blanked Blanchester 7-0 on April 10 behind Sandy Woodmansee’s 10 strikeouts. The junior was also 2-3 with a home run and three runs batted in. On April 11, Woodmansee struck out nine and was 3-3 with a triple and two runs batted in as the Lady Cardinals beat Batavia 8-4.

On April 12, FelicityFranklin swept a doubleheader with Ripley, 10-0 and 16-0. Woodmansee won both games striking out 22 on the day. She was also 3-4 in both contests and drove in a pair of runs. In game one, junior Makayla Jacobs was 2-3 and drove in two runs. In the second game, junior Kaitlyn Clark was 3-4 with two runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Woodmansee struck out nine on April 14 as the Lady Cardinals beat New Richmond 10-2. Freshman Lauren Mitchell was 4-4 and drove in five runs.

The Lady Cardinals fell to Goshen 4-2 on April 17. Sophomore Rachel McConnell was 2-3 in the loss. » Bethel-Tate blanked Norwood 12-0 behind junior Cassidy DeVore. Western Brown defeated the Lady Tigers 7-6 on April 17. » McNicholas won 10-0 at Dayton Carroll April 16 and beat Purcell Marian 9-3 at home April 19 to improve its record to 7-2 (3-1 GCL Coed).

Boys tennis

» Felicity-Franklin lost to Batavia 3-2 on April 10.

Devon Denune won a singles match and Austin May/Dylan Foster took first doubles in the defeat. The Cardinals beat Amelia 3-2 on April15. Denune again won his singles match. On April 16, Blanchester beat Felicity-Franklin 3-2. Denune won in singles and Whitt/Quiles in doubles. » Bethel-Tate lost to Norwood 3-2 on April 11. Spencer Sharp won in singles and Samuel Price and Dustin Kisner won a doubles match. The Tigers lost to Western Brown 4-1 on April 16.

Junior Joey Smith won in singles. On April 19, BethelTate got by Batavia 3-2. Josh Royer won singles with Kisner/Price and Kyle Bastin/Jacob Brink winning doubles. » McNicholas dropped to 0-3 after falling 5-0 against Mariemont April 16.

College basketball

» Georgetown High School senior McKenzie Carrington signed her letter of intent to play basketball for the defending national champion UC Clermont Cougars.



Rowing nationals coming to East Fork State Park 1983-1996, and was for many years the home of the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. Harsha Lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which operates East Fork State Park. Beyond hosting collegiate dual racing already this spring, the venue will host UC’s Cincinnati Regatta, the Cincinnati High School Invitational, and the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. The course will also host the Head of the Hidden Dragon head race in the fall. David Uible, county commissioner, said winning the race was a strong team effort; “The compe-

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A call to prayer across the land of the free

As Americans face fears and daily struggles, our headlines focus on destruction, danger and even deaths whether at school or at a military base. Threats of war and rumors of war warn us on the nightly news. While many churches have closed or have empty pews, there is a call to prayer sent out by the National Day of Prayer. Like Paul Revere gave out the warning God's people need to pray on Thursday, May 1. Whether at the courthouse or the statehouse, in a public park or a church pew, let's lift up our prayers for this great nation that was built on a Godly foundation. Across the land from sea to shining sea, people will meet to pray for America. Here in Clermont County prayer services will be held in many towns and villages, God's people will meet to pray for our country, our county, our community and our 'hometown heroes', and our children. Most events will recognize members of the military, both active and retired. As they say 'all gave some and some gave all' so that ole Glory can still wave in this land of the free. Just check out www.NationalDayof to find your local Prayer event. When prayers go up, we know that His blessings come down. 11 Chron. 7:14 has God's Rx for how to heal our land.

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Majority elected W. Clermont board members

In response to Mr. Higgins’ letter which appeared in the April 16th edition: West Clermont school board members were elected in November by the majority of West Clermont voters. One of the wonderful things about this great country of ours is that we have the freedom to express our views at the polls. The fact that some individuals would even demand the resignation of some board members due to their political affiliation goes against everything America stands for. What these individuals are saying is that the voters don’t count; that their views are immaterial. I am not a tea party member nor do I ever expect to become a member. That being said, the voters of West Clermont, myself included, voted for those individuals that we felt could best manage a school district that frankly has been in disarray. I find it interesting that before the election the district was in “dire straits,” on the verge of being taken over by the state and that by some miracle, a surplus was found immediately after the levy went down to defeat. This surplus was announced before the contract was negotiated and signed by outgoing board members. Sadly, I believe the money was there before the election; however, it was not what the outgoing school board wanted the voters to hear. Dawn Harsley Pierce Township


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CH@TROOM Last week’s question Earth Day is April 22. What, if anything, do you do to observe Earth Day? Do you believe the day is more or less important than it was when it began in 1970? Why or why not?

“I will do absolutely nothing to observe earth day. I prefer to worship the Creator, rather than created things.”


“Technically, the Earth Day is probably more than what it was back then when it started, especially with all the cleanups and tree giveaways these days. “My son and I are planning on cleaning up the trash in the woods behind out house. It gets washed down the hill, through the storm drain from our street, right down into Clough Creek which flows right into the Little Miami.”


“I don’t do anything special, as I celebrate it every day by recycling, using cloth bags at stores, etc. I honor the environment every day, not just one day per year.”


“Earth day? Probably should plant a tree. I love trees and we lost a couple last year so it is time. As far as the importance and significance placed on Earth Day, I believe it has lessened over the years, which is a shame. “In spite of all of the arguments batted back and forth concerning global climate change, one would hope that we would pay much more attention to our planet and what we are doing to it. Earth day is at least one day where we

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ought to stop and say: ‘oops.’”

M. J. F.

“Why do we celebrate Earth Day on April 22? Why do we celebrate Christmas on the 25th. And why do we celebrate Easter on that special Sunday. “Being a senior citizen I celebrate Earth Day every day as I gaze out the window in the morning and as long as I see the green side of the grass and not the brown side I feel fine, lucky, and blessed.”


“To answer your weekly question ... nothing. Earth Day is simply a left-wing effort to indoctrinate the school children. It's roots are in paganism. “There is nothing wrong with being concerned about the environment, it's just that the movement goes to the extreme. The environmental movement is out of control. The EPA is a good example. The federal government uses it for its own benefit.”


“We try, in our household, to observe Earth Day every day, and not just once a year. “It pains us to see how many people still don't carry reuseable grocery bags and

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Caden Ness, 10, of Amelia, plants a tree during the Cincinnati Nature Center's Earth Day Celebration weekend.AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

still buy 24 packs of bottled water that usually comes from municipal sources. “People must not realize that plastic is partially made from oil and most of those plastic bottles (that never decompose) are hardly ever recycled. “A water filter and reusable water bottle would save the typical family hundreds of dollars per year, and would be better than what is bottled. “At one time protecting the earth and her resources used to be an important subject taught often in our schools, but not anymore. What a shame, not to instill the love of nature and its gentle care in our children. “With all of the environmental damage being done to our earth in the name of greedy energy producers every person should be consci-

entious in reducing and combining errands, in turning off appliances and lights not being used, and recycling as much as possible. “The earth that we are leaving for our children, grandchildren and their children looks pretty bleak. We could all do more, and should, every day.”


“I'll volunteer at a booth for Citizens Climate Lobby at the Sawyer Point celebration. We'll educate people on the best ways to reduce Global Warming. “I believe that Earth Day has grown in scope and now includes genetically modified crops, chemicals in our food chain, water conservation, and of course, global warming.”


Trustees McGraw, Acres represent citizens first I have attended most of the Union Township trustee meetings over the last four years. On many occasions I saw the (former) trustees approve rezoning requests in the name of economic development even when township residents residing near the land being rezoned objected or had concerns. Last November the residents of Union Township elected two new trustees. At the Union Township trustee meeting on April 10, 2014, they showed it truly is a new day in Union Township. A request was before the trustees to rezone two parcels of land on the northern end of Nine Mile road from residential to planned development. The rezoning request was to accommodate the construction of three commercial buildings and a



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bulk propane storage and distribution facility. A number of residents living on Nine Mile and ElStuart len Drive Kennedy (also adjacent COMMUNITY PRESS to the properGUEST COLUMNIST ty being discussed) attended and spoke of their concerns regarding the safety of the bulk propane storage and distribution facility. An incident from the 1990s was cited where such a facility exploded in Batavia causing damage and injuries. The most memorable resident to voice their concerns was a young mother with her 2-year-old daughter by her side. She was not only concerned about the safety of

her family with the propane storage facility only 300 feet from her house but concerned what would happen to the resale value of her and her neighbors’ homes. Trustees McGraw and Acres voted to allow the property to be rezoned to accommodate the commercial buildings, but included a restriction blocking the propane storage and distribution facility. It was wonderful to see two elected officials listening to and addressing the concerns of the very residents they were elected to represent. They did not pursue economic development at all costs and ignore the township residents. They worked out a solution to allow the property owner to still develop their land, but put boundaries in place lim-

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iting the storage of potentially hazardous material within hundreds of feet of residential properties. Representing the citizens first is a great concept that hopefully catches on with a few more of our elected officials. As a side note, Trustee Beamer vote AGAINST the restriction that prohibited the propane storage and distribution facility. Perhaps the township residents should remember that vote and his former support of spending tax dollars on developments like Jungle Jim’s when he is up for election in 2015. We have found a few good men in Trustees McGraw and Acres. Let’s keep up the trend in future local elections. Stuart Kennedy is a Union Township resident.

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Miami Twp. mother, daughter go viral with

PAPER DRESSES Sydney Keiser, middle, acts out one of her favorite Disney movie characters with Keith, left, and Angie Keiser at their photography studio in Milford. Sydney, better known as Mayhem on the Internet, makes paper dresses with Angie. Some of them have been featured on The Huffington Post and the “Today Show.” KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

By Keith BieryGolick

MIAMI TWP. — Mayhem is everywhere. That’s the slogan for the popular Allstate Insurance commercials featuring a brash, destructive character known as Mayhem. Now, there’s an other Mayhem sweeping the nation. “Fashion by Mayhem” is a blog started by Miami Township resident Angie Keiser. It features Keiser’s four-yearold daughter, Sydney, playing dress up. The twist is Sydney plays dress up with outfits the two make together out of paper, tape and not much else. Mayhem is a nickname Keiser gave her daughter because, as Sydney says, “I’m not quiet and I never sit still.” When running low on inspiration for dresses, which they make virtually every day, the duo turned to Hollywood’s red carpet for ideas. Sydney picked a few dresses she liked and they made them. Katy Perry. Taylor Swift. Jennifer Lawrence. “It’s just for fun,” Sydney said. Regardless, she outdid them all. For thousands of dollars less. Keiser, who runs a photography studio with her husband, Keith, in Milford, took photos of Sydney in the stylish dresses and posted them on her blog and Instagram account. Then the national media got interested. “Mayhem. It’s not just a nickname for our kid anymore. It very accurately describes

the past five days of our lives,” Keiser wrote on her blog March 2. After an interview with a friend in New York City was syndicated by The Huffington Post everyone wanted a piece of the two. “We were very aggressively pursued to do TV,” Keiser said. Another brief phone interview turned into pictures that were shared on the “Today Show.” Keiser said she didn’t know the pictures would be used on television. They were. Since then Keiser received more than 700 emails with media requests from all over the world. Everything from Globo TV in Brazil to newspaper publications in Germany, France and more. “You don’t know who’s real and who’s not,” Keiser said. “It’s the weirdest thing to get messages about Singapore television.” The photography business established by her husband, Keith, was flooded with phone calls and Keiser’s cell phone number was leaked. That’s when she contacted the Miami Township Police Department and got an attorney involved to help deal with the different offers coming in — from licensing deals to book offers. “You start realizing you child’s photo is all over the world. It’s a little scary,” Keiser said. Keiser had 1,011 Instagram followers a few weeks ago. That number jumped to 319,000 after the “Today Show” segment.

Angie, left, and Sydney Keiser look through some of their favorite paper dress creations. The duo have taken the Internet by storm after making dresses modeled after some of the Hollywood red carpet’s biggest stars. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Keiser gained about 1,000 followers during a recent 45 minute interview and a week later reached more than 334,000 followers. Asked what makes people gravitate to the story, her husband shrugged. “I wish I knew,” Keith said. When pressed, he said it was the relationship between mother and daughter so many could relate to. For Angie, making paper dresses was never about fashion — or getting famous. It was about spending quality time with her daughter. “People have told me that the world is looking for good news stories,” Keiser said. “They found it.”

Sydney Keiser, a 4-year-old Miami Township resident, takes a seat at her parents’ photography studio in Milford. Keiser has become an Internet sensation after pictures of her modeling paper dresses she made hit the “Today Show.” KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Rowing event may spark revival for Harsha Lake By John Johnston

Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park in Clermont County has landed the 2015 USRowing Club National Championships, one of the largest summer regattas in the country. USRowing, the nonprofit governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S., announced Monday that the event will be held July 15-19, 2015. About

1,800 athletes are expected to participate. Capturing the event could start a revival for Harsha Lake as a rowing venue. The lake hosted the USRowing Youth National Championships from 1995 to 2010, and the National Collegiate Rowing Championships from 1983 to 1996, USRowing said. “It is great to have Harsha Lake back on the national scene,” said A.J. Dominique,

USRowing’s events manager. “There are not many seven-lane race courses in the country.” As the lake’s rowing facilities declined in recent years, several premier events went elsewhere. So county officials, elected leaders and the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau have recently sought funding for upgrades. The county is still awaiting word from the state on a $3 million capital funding request for

improvements to Harsha Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns most of East Fork State Park and leases it to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “The public has already paid for the facility to be created over the last 30 years. We have the ability to make it something great at quite a reasonable outlay,” said Paul Schmid, head coach for Clermont Crew, which will co-host the champi-

onships at East Fork in partnership with USRowing. Capturing the 2015 event will be a boon to local hotels, which should see an influx of several thousand visitors in addition to the crews. Clermont County Commissioner David Uible said the economic impact, including restaurant and retail spending, could approach $2 million. This year’s USRowing Club National Championships will be in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Balance & Strength Exercise, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. Through June 19. 513947-7333. Union Township. Balance & Strength Exercise, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 513478-6783. Amelia. Balance & Strength Exercises, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 513-4786783. Summerside. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, 4421 Aicholtz Road, Pool Room. All levels welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 513-240-5180. Eastgate. SilverSneakers Senior Stretch, 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m., SEM Laurels, 203 Mound Ave., Free. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 513478-6783. Milford.

Nature Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Books with nature, science and wildlife themes available for preschool and elementary school children. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 513-831-1711; Union Township.

Youth Sports Tiny Tigers Pre School Martial Art, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Program offers strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect and discipline. $69 per month. 513-652-0286; Union Township.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 26. 513-575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes Senior Stretch, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 513-947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9 a.m.-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $7.50 drop-in or $60 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 513-237-4574. Amelia.

Nature Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 513-831-1711; Union Township.

Recreation Bingo, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 406, 3393 Legion Lane, Prices vary depending on how

many games are purchased. Guaranteed $250 on cover-all. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 19. 513-734-6507. Bethel.

Religious - Community Men’s Group Auction, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Summerside United Methodist Church, 638 Batavia Pike, Free. Presented by SUMC Men’s Group. 513-5283052; Union Township. Church Auction, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Summerside United Methodist Church, 638 Batavia Pike, Fellowship Hall. Gift certificates, household items, furniture, pictures, tools, collectibles and antiques. Ages 18 and up. Free. 513-528-3052. Union Township.

Shopping Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Collectibles, clothing, toys, books, household items and more. Lunch available beginning at 10:30 a.m. 513-831-5500. Milford.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Art & Craft Classes The Joy of Watercolor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Concludes April 27., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn composition to make dynamic statements and about color to create depth. Ages 18 and up. $130, $115 members. Registration required. 513-8311711; Union Township.

Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Clubs & Organizations TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Lower Level, Generations Room. Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Through June 28. 513-417-6772; Amelia.

Education Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Route 52, Civil War reenactments, artillery demonstrations, tour of the cottage and formal program in sanctuary of Grant Memorial Church on grounds. Free. Presented by U.S. Grant Birthplace. 513-5534911. Point Pleasant. Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Williamsburg Community Park, 150 E. Main St., 1700s outdoor encampment depicting years of 1750-1840 in Ohio. Blacksmiths, silversmiths, first-person portrayals, historical speakers and hands-on activities for children. $5, $3 seniors, $2 ages 5 and up. Presented by Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee. 513-7243740; Williamsburg.

Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9 a.m.-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $7.50 dropin or $60 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 513237-4574. Amelia.

Health / Wellness Family Fitness Fun, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Information on eating better and moving more. Yoga instructor Lori Blevins will teach children yoga. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 513-528-1744. Union Township.

Historic Sites Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Celebration, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Route 52, Music by Freedom Center Choir, local men’s choral group the Troubadours and soloist John Hale. Generals Grant and Lee make appearance on horseback. General Custer also joins. Crafters, demonstrators, historic lectures, tours and more. Coincides with activities at Grant Memorial Church behind Birthplace. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 513-543-9149; Point Pleasant.

Literary - Libraries

Grailville Retreat and Program Center is having a bird walk from 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 932 O'Bannonville Raod, Loveland. Listen for and spot birds during their spring migration. Cost is $5. Call 683-2340. FILE PHOTO Rick Crawford: Clermont County Village Name Origins, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Rick Crawford, county historian, discusses history behind how villages were founded causing many of the unique village names in Clermont County. For ages 16 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 513-752-5580. Amelia.

Music - Acoustic Donivan Perkins, 8 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 513-843-6040. New Richmond.

Nature Bird Walk, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Spend morning looking for birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 513-8311711. Goshen Township. Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 513-831-1711; Union Township. Bird Walk, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Listen for and spot birds during their spring migration. $5. 513-683-2340. Loveland.

On Stage - Theater Soldier, Come Home, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Union and Washington streets, RiverStage hosts Falcon Players in Frank Wicks civil war radio style play. Wicks family comes alive through their letters as Civil War raged on. $14, $10 ages 12 and under. Presented by RiverStage Theatre. Through April 27. 513-5439149; New Richmond.

Shopping Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 513-831-5500. Milford.

Volunteer Events Grailville Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Gazebo. For families who want to spend time together; students and youth groups needing service projects hours and businesses that support employee volunteering. Reservations recommended. 513-6832340; Loveland.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Education Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Williamsburg Community Park, $5, $3 seniors, $2 ages 5 and up. 513-724-3740; Williamsburg.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Non-contact work-

out including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. 513-652-0286. Union Township.

Nature Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 513-831-1711; Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Soldier, Come Home, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church, $14, $10 ages 12 and under. 513-543-9149; New Richmond.

Runs / Walks Wildflower Walks, 2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn wildflower identification along trails during peak of spring wildflower season. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Through May 3. 513-8311711. Union Township.

MONDAY, APRIL 28 Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 513-240-5180; Bethel. Balance & Strength Exercise, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 513-947-7333. Union Township. Balance & Strength Exercise, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 513-478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 513-675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 513-2405180. Bethel.

Youth Sports Tiny Tigers Pre School Martial Art, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $69 per month. 513-652-0286; Union 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. 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. $7.50 drop-in or $60 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 513-237-4574. Amelia. Balance & Strength Exercises, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 513-478-6783. Summerside. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 513-2405180. Union Township. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1177 W. Ohio Pike, $7. 513-675-0954. Amelia. Zumba with KC, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, All levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 513-240-5180. Union Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 513-683-0491; Loveland.

Literary - Book Clubs Armchair Travel Book Club, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen EsteWithamsville Road, Call for month’s book title. Ages 18 and up. Free. 513-528-1744. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 513-575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits


Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Art Exhibits

Dining Events

Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

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 14. 513-831-5500; Milford.

Drink Tastings Bourbon Tasting with Whiskey Pete, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Food and bourbon pairing dinner with dishes by our own Chef Paul Barraco. SOLD OUT. Reservations required. 513-831-2749; Milford.

Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9 a.m.-10:10 a.m.,

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 513-240-5180; Bethel.

Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 513-652-0286. Union Township.

THURSDAY, MAY 1 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Balance & Strength Exercise, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 513-947-7333. Union Township. Balance & Strength Exercise, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 513-478-6783. Amelia. Balance & Strength Exercises, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 513-478-6783. Summerside. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, $5. 513-240-5180. Eastgate. SilverSneakers Senior Stretch, 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m., SEM Laurels, Free. 513-478-6783. Milford.

Literary - Book Clubs Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Titles available in regular and large print for checkout at library. Free. 513-248-0700. Milford.

Youth Sports Tiny Tigers Pre School Martial Art, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $69 per month. 513-652-0286; Union Township.

FRIDAY, MAY 2 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6-$6.50. 513-575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes Senior Stretch, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 513-947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9 a.m.-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $7.50 drop-in or $60 for 10 classes. 513-237-4574. Amelia.

Recreation Bingo, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 406, 513-734-6507. Bethel.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.



Culinary herbs do a body good I was out working in my herb garden yesterday when it dawned on me how much I appreciate the healing qualities of common culinary herbs that I grow and which I use when teaching classes. In fact, I can’t think of one culinary herb that doesn’t do a body good. Rita When Heikenfeld you know RITA’S KITCHEN how healthy an herb is for you, you’ll tend to use it more and appreciate its qualities. Right now our garden stores have an abundance of herbs with good prices, so I hope this column encourages you to grow, and use more herbs. And get the kids involved, too. You will be amazed at how adventurous they become with eating when they grow their own herbs. » Dill: Used throughout the ages as a remedy for babies’ colic, it’s a calming herb for digestion, and helps promote sleep, due to its calcium content. Dill seed oil is antibacterial, and chewing a few seeds after a meal helps digestion and freshens breath. » Fennel: A cousin to dill, fennel has a mild licorice flavor. It helps freshen breath, aids digestion, balances appetite and relieves gas. The bonus is the swallowtail

butterfly loves fennel so if you see a tiger-striped green and black caterpillar on fennel, let it alone and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful pollinator to your garden. » Chamomile: Remember when Peter Rabbit’s mom gave him chamomile tea after he hopped home from Mr. McGregor’s garden? Chamomile makes an apple-scented tea that helps calm the nerves and soothes digestion. » Peppermint: When each of us nine kids left home, we were allowed sprigs of Mom’s heirloom peppermint. An invasive perennial herb, grow it in a container if you don’t have room for it. Awesome for colds and coughs with its high vitamin C content, and also for muscle aches and tension headaches. Plus it’s a great digestive herb, as well. » Thyme: Like an herbal medicine chest. Thyme’s volatile oil, thymol, has both antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Thyme and sage tea relieves sore throats. The best culinary thymes are the bushy/mounding ones, like French and English. French, to my palate, has a sweeter, less peppery flavor, than English. » Rosemary: This piney tasting herb has lots of antioxidants and may help prevent some cancers. It is good for the memory, too. » Basil: Potassium and iron, along with aromatherapy qualities,

1/2 cup onion, finely diced 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon minced garlic Jar favorite pasta sauce, about 30 oz. or so I like Marinara 12-14 pieces of string cheese 2-3 cups mozzarella, shredded Sprinkling of Parmesan Preheat oven to 350. Slightly undercook manicotti. Lay on tray a couple inches apart. Spray a bit with cooking spray for easier handling. Meanwhile, sauté beef, onion, seasoning and garlic until meat is cooked. Drain and stir in pasta sauce. If making this without meat, just stir seasonings into sauce. Spray 9x13 pan. Spread some meat sauce on bottom. Stuff a piece of string cheese into each shell. Place over sauce. Pour rest of sauce over shells. Cover and bake until cheese melts fairly well, about 30 minutes or so. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 more minutes or until cheese melts. Serve with Parmesan.

Rita Heikenfeld chooses healing herbs and flowers from her garden. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

makes this herb so good. With its clove/licorice like flavor, sweet green basil is the most common basil.

Want to learn more about herbs and “yardening”? Join Ron Wilson and me at Jungle Jims Fairfield for a special class, including a Cinco de

Mayo menu prepared with my favorite herbs, on May 5, 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Cost is $50. Seating is limited. Call 513-6746059 or register online at school. Also check Natorp’s website for my special weekend appearances at their Mason outlet store. I’ll be in the herb section where I hope to see you,

along with your favorite Community Press recipes and tips to share!

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Email her at columns@community press.comwith “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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The string cheese will melt faster if it’s at room temperature before stuffing. Kids love to stuff the shells. 1 package, 8 oz, manicotti shells 1 pound lean ground beef

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Grant Career Center has ‘one of the best dinners of your life’

Clermont County Master Gardener Emeritus Jan Doherty and Master Gardener Sue Ellen Campbell are two of the five educational presenters at the 20th Annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School. THANKS TO KRISTA BRADLEY

Perennial School plants seeds of gardening knowledge Ohio State University Extension Clermont County recently hosted the 20th Annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School at the Clermont County Fairground’s 4-H Hall. The event, attended by 122 guests, centered on five educational presentations with a trade show featuring regional vendors and gardening organizations. Ohio State Rep. Doug Green presented Clermont Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resource educator Gigi Neal with a commendation in honor of the event’s 20th year. This year’s educational topics included EcOhio Wetland Restoration with

Brian Jorg of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; Survivor Perennial Island with Pat Greeson of Natorps; Beneficial Insects: A Valuable Option with Carrie Taylor of Maysville Community and Technical College; Horticulture Therapy with Clermont County Master Gardener Emeritus Jan Doherty; and Native Perennials: Adding Life to Your Garden with Sue Ellen Campbell, Clermont County Master Gardener. Twelve vendors participated in the trade show: Clermont County Master Gardeners, Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District, B.C. Nursery, Valley of the Daylilies, Clermont

County Farm Bureau, Costco Wholesale, Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones Chapter, Sycamore Farm Herbs & Crafts, Log Cabin Herb Society, Herbs & Such Enthusiasts, The Flower Bed, and Bethel Feed & Supply. The 21st Annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School is scheduled for April 9, 2015. Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.

Howdy Folks; As I write this the snow is 1 inch on our truck; just yesterday it was in the 60s, WOW, what a change, but folks say if you live in this area, the weather can change quickly. We hope you had a happy Easter, sorry we forgot to wish you happy Easter last week. I wrote about my hometown, there were some businesses I missed. One of them is the Ben Franklin Store, the same family has been there 70 years. Now there has been three generations there, but if you need anything in the fabric, crafts, candy, framing, and more, anything else the store has it. Now I will tell you about our cat, 'Chester.' He got his fuss ball caught in the Velcro in a belt Ruth Ann uses. He tried for over a half hour George to get it loose. He had it Rooks on the couch and would OLE FISHERMAN fall off, with the belt, then he would run and jump on the fuss ball. That didn't work either. Then he would try to pull the ball off. He was getting frustrated, then he grabbed the belt and ran, dragging it to the bedroom. Ruth Ann went and took the fussball off the Velcro. Chester was by that time tired so he laid at Ruth Ann's feet and took a nap. Now this is not the end of Chester's activities. The other morning at 6:30 he was getting hungry. Now he has dry food in his bowl, but that is not the canned food. He started trying to wake me by pawing me on the shoulder, that did wake me, but I acted like I was still asleep. After a few paws on my shoulder he bit me very lightly on the arm. He jumped down on the bed watching to see if that got my attention. Well, it did. I raised up and he took off for the kitchen then Ruth Ann went out and gave him some canned food. During the good warm weather, Ruth Ann leaves the kitchen door open and the screen door shut. This has Chester's attention. He will sit and look out and see a squirrel; he gets excited. When one of us are outside he is unhappy and keeps running around, then when that one comes in, he is very happy. What a blessing he is. I forgot to write about the U.S. Grant Career Center dinner, will be

held on April 26 starting at 5 P.M. The price for the dinner is $5. The school does this to thank the community for their support. The greenhouse will also be open at this time. If you have never been there you are missing one of the best dinners of your life. The students do the cooking with the help of Ray and Gary. These fellers are good. Last Saturday the Owensville Historical Society held a meeting and planned the year’s activities and getting ready for the fair, and ready to open the log cabin for the summer. There is always plenty of work to get ready for the year, with the museum and log cabin, we hope plenty of folks will turn out to help. The Old Bethel M.E. Church here at East Fork had a wedding last Saturday for a granddaughter of Carl and Juanita Ely; there was a large crowd. The bride and groom were very beautiful. These young folks will have memories of her grandpa to last a lifetime. This always pleases Ruth Ann and me. There are some special events coming up, one is C.A.S.A. which is a program to benefit Clermont Kids from the Juvenile Court. This is held at the Receptions Conference Center at Eastgate, on April 25th from 6 p.m. until 10:30 P.M. For information you may call 732-7169. The next one is Grants Farm and Greenhouses’ Open House, at their Bucktown location, the state. Route 131 location, and at the Milford Garden Center. They offer 20 percent off on all purchases the weekend of April 26 and 27. Ruth Ann and I will be there on the 27. The next one is Grassy Run Rendezvous, at the Williamsburg Park, on the 25th is for school kids, then it is open to the public on the 26th and 27th. The Grange will not be there this year. The Williamsburg Eastern Star will be doing the food booth. The Boars Head Bait Shop held a Crappie Tournament last Sunday and the fishing is getting better. The winner had about 6 lbs. of crappie; one feller had a crappie 17 inches long. Stat your week by going to the House of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. He served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


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New Clermont County Humane Society officers Karen Mathis, left, Karen Kimmerly, Karen Turpin and Sue Radabaugh. Turpin was elected as president of the board of directors; Mathis will serve as senior vice president; and Radabaugh will be vice president. Betty Rehbock will serve as treasurer, Becky Sandy will serve as recording secretary, and Kimmerly will be corresponding secretary. Officers were elected during the annual meeting March 20. THANKS TO KATHY LEHR






DEATHS Charles Bell

Osborne; parents, Kenneth and Linda Osborne; siblings, Belinda Howard, Theresa Tuberville, Karen Powell, Jody Cornwell and Kenneth Osborne Jr.; and five grandchildren. Preceded in death by children, Melinda Osborne and Bidwell Stanley Osborne; and brother, Phillip Osborne. Services were April 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Charles Cleveland Bell, 80, Monroe Township, died April 10. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. Survived by wife, Charolette Bell; children, Peggy (Terry) Luck, Jeff Bell, Mark (Charmalee) Bell, Charlie Bell and Mike Baker; 13 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Services were April 15 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials: Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Kay Willis Kay Darlene Couch Willis, 49, Bethel, died April 10. Survived by son, Nathan Quinton Willis; father, Eugene Couch; siblings, Wanda Renee Fellabaum, Donny Couch and Bob Couch; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother, Helen Couch. Services were April 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials: Wegener’s Granulomatosis.

Douglas Osborne Sr. Douglas Allen “Doug” Osborne Sr., 48, Felicity, died April 8. Survived by wife, Samantha Sue Osborne; children, Nicole Osborne, Doug (Rhonda) Osborne Jr. and Andrew (Whitney)

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RELIGION First Baptist Church


The church is at 213 Western Ave., New Richmond; 553-4730.

Sunday worship services are 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Brother Chet Sweet.




Saint Mary Church,Bethel

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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

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

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


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am AWANA Ministry Wednesday 6:45 - 8:15pm Bible Study 7:00 - 8:00pm Youth grades 6-12 7:00 - 8:00pm Nursery provided for all services



2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 SS 9:30AM, Sun Worship 10:45AM Wed. Prayer Service 7:00PM Childcare Provided for All Services Growing in Faith Early Learning Center NOW ENROLLING 513-427-4271 growinginfaith


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

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY 212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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


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

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 (except summer)

Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

Contemporary Worship.........9:30am Sunday School......................9:30am

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 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

Sunday worship is 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bible study is 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Youth groups meet at 6 p.m. The church is at 937 old state Route 74, Eastgate; 753-8223.

UNITED METHODIST Trinity United Methodist

3398 Ohio SR 125

Glen Este Church of Christ

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



Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Sunday Morning Service Times are:

Locust Corner Community UMC


Heidi Smith, daughter of Joyce and Gary Smith, both of Loveland, Ohio, and Halley Little, daughter of Janet Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., and Frank Little Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The couple graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Ohio in 2003. Halley earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. and is employed with American River College in Roseville, Calif. Heidi earned her bachelors degree in Management Computer Information Systems from Park University and is a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California. The couple will be wed at 5 p.m. June 28 in Nevada City, Calif. Invitations have been mailed.

The church yard sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3. Donations can be dropped off Friday, May 2. Traditional service is 10 a.m., preceded by Bible study at 9 a.m. The church is at 917 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati.

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to areeves@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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

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

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

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Cincinnati STAR64 @ 10am Troy P P. Ervin, Ervin Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555


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


Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333


Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.

Anderson Township

Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right


Sunday Night Service Time at 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center)


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

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

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Improperly discharging firearm at or into habitation or school At 6200 block of Goshen Road, Goshen, March 18. Menacing At 1400 block of Ohio 133, Bethel, March 22. At 2700 block of Ohio 132, New Richmond, March 25. At 4200 block of Marbe Lane, Batavia, March 20. At Ohio 222/Union Chapel Road, Amelia, March 24. Misuse of credit card At 1500 block of Creekside Road,

Amelia, March 25. Notice of change of address At 4000 block of Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati, March 18. Offenses involving underage persons - owner/occupant of public/private place allow underage to remain while consuming alcohol At Montgomery Way, Amelia, March 23. At Montgomery Way, Amelia, March 23. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 1100 block of Marion Drive, Batavia, March 25. At Moore Road/Bethelnew Richmond, Bethel, March 23. Possession of drugs - heroin At 1100 block of Marion Drive, Batavia, March 25.

Possession of drugs marijuana At 1300 block of Clough Pike, Batavia, March 27. Possession of drugs At 1300 block of Ohio 133, Bethel, Dec. 10. At Moore Road/Bethel New Richmond, Bethel, March 23. Rape At Wolf Creek, Amelia, March 27. Receiving stolen property At 100 block of Forest Meadow Drive, Batavia, March 22. At 3300 block of Ohio 743, Moscow, March 24. At Honeysuckle Drive/ Berry Road, Amelia, March 25. Resisting arrest - resist or interfere At 3300 block of Ohio 743, Moscow, March 24.



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Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters At 1300 block of Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, March 28. Runaway At 1700 block of Hwy. 50, Batavia, March 28. Soliciting or receiving improper comp. - other compensation At 2400 block of Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Aug. 8. Speeding At Ohio 32 and Half Acre Road, Batavia, March 10. Theft At 2400 block of Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 24. At 2600 block of Jackson Pike, Batavia, March 20. At 2900 block of Fair Oak Road, Amelia, March 19. At 3100 block of Hwy. 50, Williamsburg, March 25. At 310 block of N. East St., Bethel, March 20. At 500 block of University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 19. At 5200 block of Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, March 21. At 6500 block of Long Glady Road, Goshen, March 24. At 70 block of South Riverside Drive, Batavia, March 19. At 1000 block of Ohio 222, Bethel, March 23. At 110 block of Forest Meadow Drive, Batavia, March 22. At 1200 block of U.S. 52, New Richmond, March 24. At 1200 block of Buglers Sound Circle, Batavia, March 26. At 1300 block of Clough Pike, Batavia, March 18. At 1500 block of Creekside Road, Amelia, March 25. At 1800 block of Ohio 125, Amelia, March 22. At 1800 block of Ohio Pike, Amelia, March 24. At 180 block of Savannah Circle, Batavia, March 18. At 2000 block of Ohio 131, Batavia, March 21. At 2000 block of Ohio 125 No. 185, Amelia, March 17. At 2100 block of Ohio Pike, Amelia, March 17. At 2200 block of Winemiller Lane, Batavia, March 19.


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Air Care to stay in Clermont Co. for now By Jeanne Houck

UNION TWP. — Township Administrator Ken Geis says the Air Care emergency medical helicopter temporarily based at the Union Township Civic Center will be remaining a little longer – and possibly be available for longer amounts of time there every day. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center owns the helicopter, named Air Care 3, and in April 2013 assigned it to the township’s civic center at 4350 Aicholtz Road while it looked for a place where it could build a hangar to house it. A representative for the hospital’s Air Care & Mobile Care division said

last September that Air Care 3 would soon be moved to a new place — which she declined to name – believed to be in the best location to serve people in the eastern portion of the region. Air Care 3 now is available for service at an unprotected helipad in Union Township from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The recently refurbished helicopter has been spending nights in a hangar at the Butler County Regional Airport in Fairfield, where there is staff around the clock and it is protected from the weather. Geis also said Air Care is asking to allow Air Care 3 to be available for service in Union Township 24 hours a day.

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Volunteers are needed May 3 for the Clermont-East Fork clean up Community Press staff report

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, for the Clermont-East Fork spring litter clean-up. The Valley View Foundation and the East Fork Watershed Collaborative are working together again this year to host the annual event. Since 1992 people who live, work and play in Clermont County and the East Fork Watershed, have come together to take part in the event. “There are so many

dedicated volunteers, especially in the Village of Amelia,” said Julie Wartman, Administrative Manager for Amelia. “Volunteering brings our community together; every year I see more Amelia residents participate and take pride in our community.” This event marks the 10th year of participation for Milford Junior High families. Rachelle Rapp, a Milford Junior High teacher who organizes the student group each year, sees how the event motivates students to protect the Earth

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