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Bethel waits for fiscal designation

After months of waiting, Bethel could be placed in a state of fiscal watch or fiscal emergency next month. Fiscal Officer Angel Burton said the state auditor’s office has not given her an official date, but she expects the designation to be made in May. FULL STORY, A2

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Bethel-Tate sells old office

By Kellie Geist

After having the property on the market for a year and a half, the Bethel-Tate Local School District has sold the old district office at 112 N. Union St. The district used a closed bid process and sold the property to OPO (for Old Post Office) LLC for $57,000. The sale closed April 15. The property had been on the market since the district moved

the administrative offices to 675 W. Plane St. in the fall of 2008. “It’s good to sell that property. We didn’t have a use for it anymore and having it sit empty in town wasn’t good for the community,” said Superintendent Jim Smith. “We’re very pleased with the sale and we hope the new owners are happy with their purchase.” OPO spokesperson Nancy Sterman said Brown-Deboard Heating and Cooling will be moving into

the space. That business currently is located in the back half of the building at 321⁄2 W. Plane St. “The building was a good investment and we’re just playing it by ear for now. We need to do some cleaning and then they’ll move into the first floor of the building ... But we’re not rushed,” Sterman said. She said they may also renovate the upstairs apartments, but no decisions have been made. Sterman said they liked the

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building because of the space and storage options. Although they are only moving about a block up the street, she said it’s still going to be a difficult move. “No one likes change, but the opportunity presented itself and we took it. I can see why some people wouldn’t want that space, but it’s perfect for us,” she said. Brown-Deboard Heating and Cooling does resident heating and cooling repairs and replacements. They also sell parts.

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Darcy Angel, left, and Jasmine Wrenn, fourthgraders at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School in Bethel, play with Jacob’s ladders April 23 at the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg. For more photos from the event, see page A4.

Rodenberg runs for judge

Clermont County Civil Magistrate Kathleen Rodenberg is running for her first term as common pleas judge in the domestic division and will be on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 4, primary election. She is seeking the Republican Party nomination. Rodenberg answered the following questions about her campaign. FULL STORY, A3



Bethel to buy electricity from AEP By Mary Dannemiller

By next year, residents of Bethel will no longer use electricity supplied by Duke Energy. Village council members recently approved a contract for wholesale electric service with Columbus-based American Electric Power. Under the current contract with Duke, which expires in December, the village pays $64.90 per megawatt hour. AEP will charge Bethel $45.60 per megawatt hour. “Our current contract with Duke runs through the end of 2010 and in preparation for this we have been working since January to obtain the best rate for our next four-year period,” said village Administrator Travis Dotson. “American Electric Power came forward with the best offer.” Village residents will continue

to pay their bills through the village and should not notice any differences in service once AEP begins supplying electricity, Dotson said. “There are two aspects to the purchase of bulk power,” he said. “Each bill we receive includes a fee for power as well as a fee for the transmission of the power to the village. By switching to American Electric Power, we will purchase the bulk from them, but continue to pay Duke for the transmission of the power to village due to the fact that Duke owns the lines that feed the village.” What the village pays Duke in transmission fees each month varies depending on usage and are not included in the charge per megawatt hour, Dotson said. “For the year of 2009, our average monthly fee ended up being just over $15,000,” he said.

“The amount we’re paying now at $64.90 doesn’t include that $15,000 because it’s required to be separate on the bill.” Dotson also said the amount the village pays Duke in transmission fees will remain the same. Because Duke owns the power lines, power outages due to storms, accidents or mechanical problems will be corrected by Duke, said Mayor James Dick. “There will be no difference in down time when the power is out,” he said. “The transmission service fee obligates Duke to fix those lines. AEP shouldn’t fix Duke’s lines.” The lower rate will help village council members better prepare for natural disasters and maintain electric equipment, Dotson said. “Now that council has locked in a rate for the period of 2011 through 2014, the village can begin the work of planning for the

future by determining capital improvement needs and rainy day fund reserve needs all without the need to increase rates,” he said. “Setting aside funds for capital improvement is essential for the maintenance and preservation of our electric infrastructure and equipment. “Setting aside a rainy day reserve enables us to be prepared for unforeseen issues such as ice or wind storms so that we have funds in place to recover.” Residents might even see their electric bills get smaller because of the new contract with AEP, Dotson said. “Council is pleased to have successfully negotiated these lower rates and is hopeful that after working through this process a reduction in electric rates to the village residents may be a possibility in 2011,” Dotson said.

Village to offer even billing for utilities By Mary Dannemiller

Bethel Village Council members recently authorized the purchase of software that will allow residents to choose an even billing option for utilities. The initial cost of the software is $1,400 and comes with a yearly maintenance fee of $219, said village Administrator Travis Dotson. “The annual maintenance fee of $219 will provide technical sup-

port and software upgrades,” he said. “Village council understands that this is a time when many are struggling to make ends meet and they hope that by offering expanded even billing, this will be a service option that is beneficial to the residents of Bethel.” Currently, even billing is an option only on electric bills, Dotson said. Even billing allows customers to pay the same amount for services each month. “The even billing module will be an addition to our current billing

software and is designed to keep billed amounts uniform,” Dotson said. “The even billing amount will most likely be recalculated twice a year. We currently calculate even billing manually and only offer it for electric service.” The new system also will make it easier for village officials to keep utility billing records, he said. “By switching to the software, it will allow everything to be uniform and will provide for better recordkeeping,” he said. “The software will provide even billing

for the customer’s total utility bill and will be available to all homeowners in the village.” Fiscal Officer Angel said the village’s ailing general fund would not be impacted by either the initial purchase or the maintenance costs. “The village can afford the purchase,” she said. “The module is being paid for from currently appropriated water and electric funds. The utility funds are viable and self-supporting. General fund is not involved at all.”


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April 29, 2010

No Bethel football coach means no conditioning, supervision By Kellie Geist

A committee was put together to review and interview candidates for the head coaching position earlier this spring and a formal recommendation and report was given to the school board Monday, April

2010 season, the guys at Bethel-Tate High School are still waiting for a coach. The school board was expected to discuss hiring a coach at a special meeting Tuesday, April 27.

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Rodenberg running for common pleas judge, domestic division

1. Because of budget restraints, correction officers have been cut and the capacity of the Clermont County Jail has been reduced. Convicted offenders often have to be put on waiting lists to serve jail time. Should the county have more flexibility in how jail inmates are housed? What solutions do you see for this problem? Does the space issue at the jail affect your decisions? I am a candidate for the domestic relations court. Incarceration is used as a

last resort in domestic relations court, after all other attempts to secure compliance with support and other orders have been unsuccessful. Less than three percent of the current inmate population are serving time in the Clermont County Jail as a result of a domestic court order. Most jail inmates are sentenced by the general division of common pleas court and municipal court. Jail standards are set by the state in accordance with the laws and constitution. If the standards become overly restrictive, legislative review is the appropriate solution. The sheriff and jail officials, however, are the officials in the best position to determine whether the standards should be reviewed.

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the OMVI court. 5. Why is it important for people to know who their county judges are? People should know who they are voting for as their county judges because they are entrusting them to honor the American system of justice. Americans want judges to be fair and treat people with respect, especially when they are appearing as a witness or litigant in court. Even beyond that, however, people want to ensure that the American judicial system never becomes a “kangaroo court.” People should know something about the judicial candidate’s experience, temperament and capability before the candidate is entrusted with that responsibility.









3. The cost of political campaigns continues to c l i m b . S h o u l d judges be elected or Rodenberg appointed? Why or why not? The cost of political campaigns for all offices, including judicial offices, are an embarrassing waste of money. Initial appointment of judges would help reduce or maybe even eliminate that waste. Any such system, however, must ensure that we have judges who are qualified, serve impartially and treat all litigants with respect.


Clermont County Civil Magistrate Kathleen Rodenbeg is running for her first term as common pleas judge in the domestic division and will be on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 4, primary election. She is seeking the Republican Party nomination. Rodenberg answered the following questions about her campaign.


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April 29, 2010

Kids learn about history at Grassy Run Rendezvous Groups of schoolchildren visited the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg Friday, April 23, to get a first-hand look at the early history of the United States. “The kids are what it’s all about,” said Ron Shouse, with the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee. The 18th annual event runs April 23 to April 25 at the Williamsburg Community Park. Friday primarily was dedicated to visiting school groups. Saturday and Sunday the event is open to the public. About 300 re-enactors from several states gathered for the weekend, camping at the site. The re-enactors displayed skills and crafts from the mid-1700s to about 1840. Re-enactors included musicians, storytellers, blacksmiths, silversmiths, spinners, weavers and broom makers. The Grassy Run Rendezvous draws its name from an April 1792 battle between frontiersman Simon Kenton and the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh at Grassy Run in Jackson Township.


Eric Davin, a fourth-grader at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School in Bethel, learns about weaving April 23 at the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg.


Bob Ford of Cedarville talks to a group of students from Bethel about frontier life in Ohio at the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg.


Rylie Hacker, a fourth-grader at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School in Bethel, grinds corn during a visit April 23 to the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg.


Malachi Price, right, a fourth-grader from Bethel, engages in a sword fight with Elliot Carlisle of St. Bernard, one of the re-enactors at the Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg.

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Grant student third at Best Teen Chef 2010 By Kellie Geist

For Chelsey Stonerock, placing third at the Best Teen Chef 2010 solidifies something her teachers already know – that being a chef is not only her passion, but her talent. Stonerock placed third in the Best Teen Chef 2010 challenge Sunday, April 18. The contest was hosted by the International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes Ohio. She is planning to attend their culinary program in October with hopes of someday becoming an executive chef at a restaurant. To be in the challenge, the Grant Career Center student and Bethel resident


Chelsey Stonerock, 18, placed third in the Best Teen Chef 2010 challenge sponsored by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Ohio. had to create, photograph and submit an original recipe. She was the only student from Clermont

County to compete. To win, she relied on an old favorite – Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry. Stu-

dents in the culinary program at Grant often make stir fry for presentations and classes. Her special twist? Sweet chili sauce, pineapples and extra veggies. She also had to attend two seminars and make shrimp cocktail and rice pilaf for the challenge. The six contestants started cooking in 15 minute intervals to accommodate judging and, because she picked the last number, Stonerock was the last one allowed into the kitchen. “When I first got to the competition, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I’d have to do ... I got there early, which was a first for me, and I was really nervous,” Stonerock said. “I was so scared because I always

burn the rice, but I actually didn’t this time.” She said the skills she learned at Grant, especially the knife skills, really paid off for the competition. “I might have come in third, but it was a learning experience. Third is amazing,” Stonerock said. “It was fun and I actually learned some things I was able to bring back to the class.” Culinary instructor Ray Forsee said he was not surprised Stonerock placed at the Best Teen Chef 2010 competition. “Chelsey is one of those rare students that knows what she wants to do in life. She’s extremely self-motivated and focused for someone so young,” he said. “Her focus and work ethic

are the reasons she’s wearing a chef coat and a medal today.” Forsee said he’s proud of Stonerock and thinks this competition will be her “stepping stone to greatness.” “She incorporated all the skills she learned here at Grant and won. If I had 10 more students like Chelsey, I could open the Maisonette,” Forsee said. “Maybe I can work for her someday.” In addition to her involvement at Grant, Stonerock was the 2009 Bethel McDonald’s Employee of the Year and will be a manager there starting in May. She also enjoys cooking with her mom, especially if it involves barbecue sauce.


The Bethel-Tate High School wrestling team was recognized at the district’s school board meeting Monday, April 19. Front row, from left are: Senior Dustin Davidson, coach Tom Donahue, freshman Chip Ratcliff, freshman Brian Carter, and board member Kathy Adams. Back row, from left are: Board members Dave Brannock, Mark Rose, Pam Sandker and Brian Ward.


The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter recently hosted held a “Down on the Farm” Day to promote agricultural awareness in their community. Here, FFA member Derek Naggy discusses how to use a hay rake.

Bethel-Tate wrestlers recognized Senior Dustin Davidson, freshman Chip Ratcliff and freshman Brian Carter, along with the entire Bethel-Tate High School wrestling team were recognized at the district’s school board meeting April 19. Carter, 119 pounds, placed fourth in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference tournament and was one of our four district qualifiers by placing third in the Southwest Sectional Tournament.

At 125 pounds, Chip Ratcliff ended his freshman campaign with a 30-9 record (21 pins), was second at the SBAAC tournament, second at the Southwest Sectional and sixth at the Southwest District tournament, top four at the district tournament qualifier for the Ohio State Tournament. Dustin Davidson finished the season with a 38-10 record and 22 pins. Wrestling in the 130-pound weight class, he was the

Down on the farm

SBAAC tournament champion, the Southwest Sectional Champion, and the lone state qualifier placing fourth at the Southwest District Tournament. He ended his career with 128 wins. Fourth district qualifier, senior heavyweight, Paschal Lanigan who was 33-12 with 25 pins, was unable to attend the meeting. Lanigan was second at the SBAAC tournament and first at the Southwest Sectional tournament.


The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter held a “Down on the Farm” Day to promote agricultural awareness in their community. At right, FFA member Preston Friend shares his knowledge of horses with a group of children.

The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter held a “Down on the Farm” Day to promote agricultural awareness in their community. The members shared information about farm animals, FFA and tractor and equipment safety. The event allowed children in the community to see what the FFA has to offer as well as learn about farm life. Submitted by Tracey Wheeler, Felicity FFA reporter.


Gold star for Precious Resources

Precious Resources, a Christian child-care center in Felicity, received their One-Star Award in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Step Up to Quality Program Monday, April 19. The program, which is administered locally through 4C for Children, recognizes child-care centers for highly trained teachers, low teacher-to-child ratios, early education programming and a commitment to continuous improvement. From left are: Preschool teacher Tisha Davenport, toddler teacher Lisa Smith, Precious Resources owners Dave and Karen Cornelison and 4C for Children Step Up to Quality Coordinator Kim Ginn.


The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter held a “Down on the Farm” Day to promote agricultural awareness in their community. The members shared information about farm animals, FFA and tractor and equipment safety.



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This week in track and field

• Bethel-Tate boys placed seventh with a score of 41 in the Glen Este Invitational, April 16. Felicity-Franklin placed ninth with 21 points. • Bethel-Tate girls placed fourth with 77 points in the Glen Este Invitational, April 16. Felicity-Franklin girls placed ninth with 33 points. Bethel’s Schellenberger won the long jump at 15 feet. Felicity’s Statz won the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches.

This week in baseball

• Moeller beat McNicholas 12-2 in five innings, April 20. McNick’s Craig Hyson hit a double. • Bethel-Tate beat Blanchester 8-6, April 20. Bethel’s winning pitcher was Cody Kirker, and Spencer Sutter scored a homerun and had two RBI. • Elder beat McNicholas 76, April 21. McNick’s Patrick Fitzgerald was 2-3 and scored a homerun. • Bethel-Tate beat Goshen 6-2, April 22. Bethel’s Cody Kirker pitched 12 strikeouts, and Spencer Sutter was 2-3, scored two runs and had an RBI.

This week in softball

• Goshen beat McNicholas 1-0, April 20. • Felicity-Franklin beat New Richmond 9-0, April 21. Felicity’s Montana Wear pitched 16 strikeouts, and scored a homerun.

This week in tennis

• Felicity-Franklin beat Western Brown 3-2, April 20. Felicity’s Cartes beat Robinson 6-2, 6-1; Shouse beat. Latham 3-6, 7-5, 7-6; McRaeFrye beat Helton- Couch 6-4, 7-5. • Batavia beat Bethel-Tate 5-0, April 21. Bethel falls to 91 with the loss.

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Bethel softball works toward winning By Mark Chalifoux

The Bethel-Tate High School girls’ softball team is hovering around .500, and head coach John Weber hopes the team can have a strong finish to the season and finish with a winning record. “We’ve played pretty well so far,” he said. “We’ve been competitive in most of our games but we’ve lost some close calls. A play there or a hit here would’ve made a big difference.” Weber said the Tigers have to face some very strong pitching from the other teams in the conference and that the team is in good shape if they are “on.” If not, the Tigers can run into some trouble. BethelTate was 6-6 through the first 12 games of the season. The Tigers certainly don’t always come up on the losing end of close games, as Bethel-Tate has won several games in extra innings. One extra inning win was a 4-2 victory of Newport Catholic. Another big win for BethelTate was a road victory at Western Brown 4-3. “They were huge confidence boosts,” Weber said, “especially the win over Western Brown.” The Southern Buckeye Conference is a tough softball conference and FelicityFranklin seems to be the class of the league, according to Weber. Clermont Northeastern is another top team.


Bethel-Tate’s Blake Woodward smiles after scoring a run against Blanchester in a game on April 20.


Bethel-Tate’s Katie Kilgore runs to first base after a hit against Blanchester on April 20. Another positive for Bethel-Tate though is the youth of the team. The Tigers start only one senior, left fielder Cory Huddle.

Baseball honors

Thomas More College sophomore pitcher Paul Uhl, a McNicholas High School graduate, was named the PAC Pitcher of the Week in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) weekly baseball honors, April 12. Uhl earned his second PAC weekly honor of the 2010 season after posting a 2-0 record and a 0.75 earned run average last week, allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out 14 batters in 12.0 innings of work.

Two awards for Campbell

Duke University freshman goalkeeper Tara Campbell earned two awards at the university’s annual banquet, April 18. Campbell earned the Newcomer of the Year and Most Outstanding Defensive Player – after guiding the team to six shutouts in 2009. Campbell started 19 of Duke’s 21 contests, and led the ACC in saves with 94. Her 94 saves also rank first on Duke’s single season charts. Campbell also finished third in the ACC in save percentage (.817) and eighth in goals against average (1.08). Campbell was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team, the All-ACC Second Team and’s All-Rookie Team.



Katie Colwell makes a throw to first base against Blanchester on April 20.

Bethel-Tate catcher Brooke Hensley is one of the top players for the Tigers. Bethel-Tate has two freshmen who get playing time, including freshman starter Sidney Kilgore. The Tigers are led by their standout junior pitcher Brooke Kenneda. “She has done really well pitching and hitting,” he said. “She’s pitched all but two innings this year and has done a great job. Her earned-runs average is under 3 and even some of the games we lost were due to errors.” Weber called his team “balanced” and that the biggest strength has been the improved defense from the team. “We’re playing a lot better defense this year,” Weber said. Brooke Hensley is another standout player for the Tigers, along with Katie Kilgore, Sydney’s older sister. “This year’s team is better than last year’s,” Weber said. “We have a lot of key players who are juniors and they were young last year. Now, we have a little more experience and can deal with problems when they come up.” He said the team does need to improve its offensive output and hopes to see signs of development in that



Bethel-Tate pitcher Brooke Kenneda makes a throw to first base against Blanchester. area in the next few games. The Tigers have a big tilt with Western Brown coming up on May 3 for senior night. The Broncos will be out for revenge after falling to Bethel-Tate earlier in the season.

“That will be a big night for our girls,” Weber said. “This is a group of girls that works hard for a common goal, and they come out to play every night as hard as they can.”

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War on terror

In “Terrorists should not be granted rights,” April 14, Clermont County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Combs made excellent points with which any reasonable American should agree. But the changed circumstances in the world call for new thinking – consideration of a new process. We currently have the options of civilian criminal courts and military courts. It might be time to create a completely new third process for prosecuting individuals who are acting for non-governmental groups to undermine the security of our country. Calling terrorists “wartime criminals” gives them a credibility and international standing that they do not deserve. Yes, we currently have a “war on terror,” but we would not consider drug smugglers and dealers wartime criminals just because we have an ongoing “war on drugs.” A clear sign is the lack of uniform or military rank of these rogue organizations. Our current war on terror is a relatively new entity. Terrorist groups acting against established rules for engagement of war and at the behest of an organized nongovernmental structure for ideological purposes should be tried in such a way that the consequences of a civilian trial are eliminated and the benefits of a military trial are maintained. Laurie Balbach Abu-Khdaier Beauregard Court Mount Repose

Trial by judge

Though I imagine Mr. Breyer would be a quality judge for the great county of Clermont, I must give my personal endorsement to the Honorable Judge Thomas Herman. It is commonly known that Judge Herman is a no nonsense judge that sticks to the facts and delivers the hammer of the gavel in his judgments. To be honest I

Breyer keeps his word

On Oct. 13, 1994, my daughter Kristina Harris was found dead. Initially, authorities concluded that my daughter had become intoxicated, choked on her own vomit, and died. Former Coroner Nico Capurro concluded that she died from undetermined causes. I knew these diagnoses were inaccurate and I believed my daughter had been murdered. Assistant Prosecutor Daniel “Woody” Breyer listened to my concerns. In April of 1995, he obtained a court order for the exhumation and re-autopsy of my daughter’s body. In March 1996, he presented the case to a grand jury and obtained and indictment of Kristy’s ex-boyfriend for murder, Donald Mills Jr. In October 1996, Kristy’s ex-boyfriend was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. The skill, expertise and tenacity of Woody displayed over two years, while at the same time car-

rying out all his other responsibilities was remarkable and unique. I truly hope the community recognizes the fine job he will do as our next common pleas court judge. Patricia Brannum Eiler Lane Amelia

Why Herman is squirmin’

In May 4 election for common pleas court judge, two dedicated Clermontonians are squaring off. At first glance it seems Thomas Herman with his 19 years on the municipal bench might be a readied candidate. But municipal court is basically traffic ticket court. Daniel Breyer on the other hand has handled or overseen every felony case in our county since 1987, and done so earning the respect and endorsement of nearly every police chief as well as many attorneys who fought against him in those 22 years. Why? Because even those who’ve competed against him know from experience he has been impeccably honest, fair and just, unlike some prosecutors that fight to win for their record’s sake. Breyer has been objectively prosecuting the guilty and fair about those with reasonable doubt. To say Herman is more experienced for being a judge over felony cases than Breyer, is like saying a traffic cop is more qualified to lead a SWAT team in rescue missions than a battle proven Green Beret. As a neighbor, we can attest first hand to his noble character. We’d trust him with our family and fortune, but more importantly with the fate of our county and freedom. Mark and Julie Faust Mallet Hill Drive Union Township

Vote ‘no’ on Issue 5

I am asking the voters of Clermont County to vote ‘no’ on Issue

We need to get serious about change I’m 41 years old and ambitious with training in economics and finance. In addition to being a successful corporate manager and executive, I am an entrepreneurial small business owner. I know how to organize companies and create jobs. I’m a husband and a father dealing with many of the same challenges you are. Like you, I care a lot about the future of this country and want to see things change for the better. Campaigning to be our next representative in Congress has been a unique and rich experience for me. I have enjoyed meeting so many interesting and different individuals and groups from Cincinnati to Portsmouth and everywhere in between. As a nation we are struggling with intolerance and partisan politics at every turn. Democrats and Republicans are rarely united on the national stage because scoring political points is the objective. It seems as if we are involved in a race to the bottom. At this great crossroads in our country’s history, we stand at the doorway of a New America. Out of this economic downturn we should seek to rebalance our economy and fix the unsustainable excesses that caused so many job losses and home foreclosures. As a country and as individuals we must seek to consume less and save more. Consumerism fueled by debt is not a recipe for success especially when the music stops. We must restructure the financial system and restrain the major investment banking firms in a way that serves the national interest. For too long we have enabled the pursuit of growth and profit at the expense of the citizens. While profit is at the center of our capitalist economy, absent good rules and

appropriate enforcement, companies will continue to David push the boundaries, becoming too big to fail and Krikorian threatening our national Community economy. Press guest Likewise, free trade columnist must balance the national interest with that of the corporate interest. We have become a country that thrives on cheap imports. The blind pursuit of low cost has hollowed out our manufacturing sector. U.S. manufacturing companies struggle to compete against foreign firms that operate with less environmental oversight, poor working conditions in some areas and government subsidies. Fair trade policies will level the playing field for American manufacturing by making our producers more competitive and will generate substantial job growth. In order to honestly address these and the other big challenges we face, we must get serious about campaign finance reform. There simply is too much money in our political system. Votes are clearly for sale and the American people are tired of being sold out to the highest bidder. For this reason, I have tried to set an example without political action committee or lobbyist money. The first question you are asked when you want to run for Congress is, “How much money can you raise?” That right there should tell you that the foundation is not stable. My name is David Krikorian and I’m asking for your vote in the Democratic primary. David Krikorian is a resident of Madeira and running in the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District.


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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address, cell and home phone numbers so we may verify your letter or guest column. Letters may be no more than 200 words and columns must be 500 words or less. Please include a headshot with guest columns. All submissions will be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline is noon Friday. E-mail: Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: The Bethel Journal, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Bethel Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. 5. I recently spoke to the Clermont County Auditor’s Office to see what this tax levy would cost. The following numbers are not mine, but come straight from the County Auditor’s staff. The current levy in place raises $1.176 million a year. If Issue 5 passes the money taken in taxes will increase to $3.994 million a year. That is more then a 300-percent increase. If anyone thinks I have invented these numbers, call the auditor yourself. Last week the unemployment rate went to 11 percent in Ohio for the first time in 25 years. Many families are struggling to feed their families and keep their homes. For any organization to try to get this type increase is nearly obscene, especially in this financial climate. Please be sure your neighbors and friends understand this levy. Ask them to do like me and vote ‘no’ on Issue 5. Greg Feldkamp Donald Road Tate Township

Vote for Breyer

In July, 1980, my father, Walter Jufer, was shot to death at his home in Goshen. Although many suspected the killer was Marshall Brown, no one was charged with the crime. In November 1987, Daniel “Woody” Breyer was hired as an assistant prosecutor in Clermont County. He agreed to re-open my father’s case. By June 1988, he caused Mar-

shall Brown to be indicted to aggravated murder. In August 1989, Woody obtained a conviction for aggravated murder and Brown was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. I understand Woody Breyer is now running for judge in Clermont County. Based on the compassion, intensity and work ethic demonstrated in prosecuting the killer of my father, I cannot believe there is a better candidate for the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. John Jufer Emerald Drive Golden, Missouri

We remember Baker

Daniel J. “Woody” Breyer may think he is the “most qualified candidate for judge,” but I can’t imagine anything that would motivate me to vote for him for any position. He also is proud to state that Don White has endorsed him. Really? He has already proven himself to Clermont County. We have already seen that he is capable of letting people walk away from terrific crimes. Remember Amy Baker? Do you remember how he and Don White teamed up to let her walk away from the murder of a child? He felt that it was OK to let her get away with murder, because she turned in the other two. Guess what Woody – Clermont County remembers you. Tonya Spurlock Mallard Drive Amelia

Parker: I will work for better, more jobs My name is Jim Parker. I live in Waverly with my wife and children, and the last time I ran for Congress, I almost won the Democratic Primary while hardly spending a dime. I did it by knocking on the doors and listening. I ran for Congress against millionaires, lawyers and politicians. We won two counties, came in second in Clermont, Warren and Brown. That didn’t happen because of me; it happened because of you. Thank you. We did it before. We can do it again. Please look at and decide who you believe will be the best Democrat to represent you in Washington. This election belongs to you, not the millionaires, lobbyists and politicians in Washington. People are hurting all throughout Southern Ohio and you deserve a Democratic representative who will work with Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown to make a positive difference. I will always work to improve the lives of women and children, people who work for a living, the elderly, sick and poor. I will rebuild the economy for the American middle class. And we will know a day when you will no longer be left behind by the politicians in Washington. Twenty years ago, I chose a career in healthcare to make a difference and that’s what I’ve done. In healthcare, we leave our political differences at the door. Today, I am running for congress to make a difference. Your job and the economy are the most important issue to me as I represent you in Congress. A few weeks ago, I walked into a manufacturing company that used to

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR appeared before Judge Herman relating to minor traffic violations in my 20s before my return to Jesus Christ. I observed how serious he took his position even in traffic cases, and I could tell that he meant business from the get go, and would not tolerate the breaking of the law. I can testify that he was fair, as well as “text book” in how he dealt with my peers, and I in the courtroom. Now everyone has transgressed God’s law, and for sure will meet the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal judgment. Repent and believe the gospel. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus Christ) shall be saved. Though a earthly judge may be able to expunge a record only the Lord Jesus Christ can wash away a person’s sin debt with His own blood. Mark L. Ammerman County Seat Union Township


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employ 100 people. Only 15 people remain. They Jim Parker have one secretary left. She sits in a room surCommunity rounded by empty desks. Press guest She pointed to the desk columnist next to hers and said “the woman who used to sit there worked here for 43 years.” I will never forget that moment. I want to make Southern Ohio a land of economic opportunity and I will meet with the business and community leaders to rebuild our economy. We will talk about everything Southern Ohio has to offer and we will talk about why companies should create jobs here. We will talk about our education and healthcare systems. We will talk about infrastructure. We will talk about the people. I will work with community and business leaders to do whatever it takes to deliver economic opportunity. I will work tirelessly to turn Southern Ohio into a land of economic opportunity where our children do not have to move to find jobs. The economy and your job are the most important issue to me if I am elected. Please read my website to learn more about my ideas for the economy, renewable energy, healthcare, middle class tax cuts, doubling the child tax credit, ending the wars and stopping politicians from spending so much money on their political campaigns. I hope you will vote for me in the May 4 Democratic Primary. Jim Parker is a Democratic candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. Visit


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April 29, 2010

CCDD provides much-needed services The Clermont County Boar of Developmental Disabilities provide activities and services to those in our county who have disabilities. Without the levy which has declined in dollars each year, current programs will be cut and those waiting for services will be denied. Superintendent Sharon Woodrow wrote to me answering my questions about how the new monies will be used: “This replacement would generate about $2,817,994 additional dollars. We are estimating that $2,000,000

will be used to address individuals on our waiting lists – somewhere between 80 and 130 additional people served, depending on the cost of their needs. The other $817,994 will fill in the holes in our current budget – so that we don’t have to cut any of our existing services. These dollars will be targeted toward infrastructure costs – staff, building maintenance and supplies. Many of our services rely on staff and/or building capacity. Just for the record, there are no raises for any staff planned for 2010 – even if this levy passes.”

Cost in our household (23-year retirees) will be $30 to $40 a year – a small amount for such large and important services. But I want to introduce my grandson, Devin. He does not live in Clermont County, however, he was a 25-ounce, 25-week baby, born 17 years ago to our daughter and her husband in Maryland. He survived, went home at 4 1/2 pounds, seemed a normal growing baby and big crawler. At age 2, he was not walking and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. As a baby he wore

glasses, by 3 he walked with the aid of braces and was very verbal. Walking with him in his neighborhood he knew the make and owner of each car. His mother explored all possible services for him and he was soon in a play group with others with disabilities, rode a school bus by the time he was 3 to Maryland infant and toddler programs, and by 4 was announcing on a stage at a t-ball game “Let the games begin.” He’s had every conceivable public service and extraordinary medical care

through a progressive surgeon and parents who see his every need is met. When he flies to visit us he carries a note that reveals the amount of metal he has in his legs, ankle and feet due to many surgeries. Today he shoots baskets, loves gocarting, is a sophomore in a public high school, is NASCAR’S best fan, participates in his church and school activities. He loves sports, is a whiz on the computer asking his grandmother repeatedly why she does not have Facebook. So you see why we want

all children and adults with disabiliMary Lou ties to have the advanRose tages that Devin has Community Press had ... and Guest public services were Columnist essential. Please support this levy for our local families. The cost for most families is the price of lunch or dinner for two. Tours of the facilities are available. Mary Lou Rose lives on Hickory View Lane in Milford.

Wound Care Center a good place to heal Congratulations to Mercy Hospital Clermont for being one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. The Community Press does lots of stories about Mercy Clermont being great. I know several staff members and I know they care. They took good care of my mom in 2005. I have other friends who have good things to say.

But, I now have personal experience. I’ve been a patient at the Wound Care Center since March 2009. I actually fought to go to Mercy Clermont when my doctor started looking for a wound specialist for me. He wanted me to go to a clinic in Clifton. Why? I live 10 minutes away from Clermont, which



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nurses sing to you about being well. Dr. Shiff Theresa L. doesn’t sing, Herron but he’s Editor’s there. M e r c y Notebook Clermont is special because of programs like this and it’s not in Clifton. They heal difficult wounds. I didn’t want to go to the wound center, but the nurses and doctors made it better than OK. Theresa L. Herron is the editor of the Community Journal Clermont, Community Journal North Clermont, Milford-Miami Advertiser and The Bethel Journal. She can be reached at or at 248-7128.


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my stay in the hospital was. They asked me about work. They teased me about writing this column. I actually wrote it before Christmas, but did not publish it for fear of going back, which I did in March. When I showed up again, they all remembered my name and teased me about coming back. But it isn’t just me. They know everyone by their first names. “Come on in, Theresa,” I hear every time. When you have to go to the doctor, at least they make it seem like they want to see you, you’re not just another number. When you are healed, you get a sticker pronouncing you a “Sore Loser.” The


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blank thing. The day Dr. Poynter told me I could go without it, I looked at him with skepticism. Please don’t kid me. Oh, what a wonderful day. I still had to bandage the wound because it wasn’t completely healed and that meant going to see the nurses and Dr. Brian Shiff, who took over when Dr. Poynter left, until October. Through it all, they joked with me. They made sure I was feeling OK. They were upset when another infection happened in June and I spent six days in Clermont. The nurses there were wonderful, too. Back in the wound center, they all wanted to know how

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Brenda Flick opened Heavenly Hearth on Ohio Pike four years ago.

Clermont business offers alternative home heating By Brian O’Donnell

With heating costs seemingly always on the rise, a Union Township business offers what can be a lowcost remedy that also may qualify for a 30-percent tax credit. Heavenly Hearth, owned by Pierce Township resident Brenda Flick, offers consumers a range of heating options for their home from wood-pellet stoves to gas fireplaces. “Our primary focus is on alternative heating sources for the home,” said Flick. The poor economy has affected her business, said Flick, but demand for woodburning stoves remains good. “People are becoming more aware of cost cutting, tax savings and looking for different ways to heat their homes,” she said. She said pellet stoves are an “excellent” heat source at a lower cost. The pellets are made of compressed sawdust, which is a byproduct of construction. Their 2,900-square-foot showroom is as much about education as it is about product.

Flick described her showroom as having a “warm and cozy home feeling.” She said they have different vignettes where people can sit and enjoy a fireplace set in a log cabin or a stone fireplace for wood burning. “My mother always told me to treat family like company and company like family so everyone’s comfortable,” she said. Around 80 percent of what Heavenly Hearth does is educate people about the various types of stoves, said Flick. “There’s absolutely no high pressure sales around here because these units sell themselves,” she said. Flick explained she uses one pellet stove that heats 85 percent of her three-bedroom, full-basement, ranch home. Customers can order through her if there is a stove their showroom doesn’t carry, she said. New technological developments are always being made with stoves that can burn soybeans, cherry pits or different types of grass. In operation for 4 years, Heavenly Hearth is at 950 Ohio Pike in Union Township.


Art exhibit

UC Clermont College is hosting “Landscaped by Craig Lloyd” from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. The exhibit features Lloyd’s images portray landscapes from central and southern Ohio and portions of northern to central Kentucky. Admission is free. Call 7325200.

Spring banquet

The Clermont County Association’s Spring Banquet is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Grant Career Center, 718 W. Plane St., Bethel. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The featured speaker is Dave Lapham, former Cincinnati Bengals All-Star lineman and Bengals radio commen-

tator. Proceeds benefit the Clermont County Township Association. The cost is $50 for two tickets. Reservations are required. Call 734-6222 or visit

Attract butterflies

Clermont County Public Library is hosting “Gardens with Wings: A Butterfly Gardening Presentation” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Patty Bigner and Fred Miller from Gardens with Wings will demonstrate how to attract butterflies to your garden. The event includes simultaneous storytime for children. The event is free. Registration is required. Call 752-5580.

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Mercy Hospital Clermont CEO Gayle Heintzelman said the staff is what makes the hospital special. From left are: Doctor Howard Bell, Heintzelman, and managing nurses Deb Vickers and Ann Lane.

Staff makes Mercy one of the top 100 hospitals

By Kellie Geist

Walking through the doors at Mercy Hospital Clermont is like walking into a hotel – it has bright blue walls, a fireplace and friendly faces behind the counter. Beyond the lobby, the staff is busy creating a place that’s comforting for patients. Doctor Howard Bell said it’s that caring, family environment that makes the hospital special. “For a guy who’s been around hospitals for many years, I can tell you that there’s culture here ... We care about the patients and each other and I think it shows,” said Bell, who lives in Loveland. “That’s one of the most significant things about Clermont when I compare it to other hospitals.” Mercy Clermont opened in 1973 because community leaders, politicians and residents wanted health services closer to home. Today, Mercy Clermont is being recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Thomas Reuters. This is the second consecutive year and the fourth time to be recognized for this honor. “This is something that has come over time. It’s really been a growth period for us and I think we’ve finally reached a point that makes the hospital stand out,” Bell said. Mercy Clermont CEO Gayle Heintzelman said, in recent years, the hospital has expanded services, including starting the Wound Care Center in 2004 and opening the larger, redesigned Intensive Care Unit in 2009. “We’re a community, faith-based hospital that’s here to serve our surrounding community. We’re always looking at what services we need to offer to branch out, and those are


The rooms in the new Mercy Hospital Clermont intensive care unit are larger and more open to accommodate family members and to help hospital staff care for the patients.


Mercy Hospital Clermont Intensive Care doctor Samir Ataya and nurse Tom Baker review a patients chart at the wrap-around nurses station in the ICU.

See a column by Editor Theresa L. Herron about her experience at the Mercy Hospital Clermont Wound Care Center in Viewpoints, A12. things we saw a need for,” she said. The Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine Program was recognized as a Center of Distinction earlier this year by Diversified Clinical Services, a leading wound care management company and the hospital’s partner in wound healing. The center, which has seen 2,220 patients since it opened, has a successful healing rate of 97 percent. The staff members at Mercy Clermont are convinced the hospital’s successes are because of their co-workers. Ann Lane, the hospital’s clinical director and a Milford resident, has been with the hospital for more than 30 years. She said the family environment not only makes it a great place to work, but a wonderful place for patients. “We all work as a team and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I think that really helps us get the job done in an efficient and harmonious way,” Lane said. “I think that’s important because it really puts the patients at ease and the more at

ease they are, the better the care will be from all perspectives.” “You come in and you feel like we’re here for you and we want to take care of you. We want to make the patient’s visit as easy as it can be, because it’s difficult for everyone,” she said. Deb Vickers, the nurse manager in special services, has been at Mercy Clermont since it opened. The Amelia resident said the low-turnover and dedication to patients is vital. “Being in an area where we have a lot of recurring patients (oncology), having the same people is important. Patients get attached to the employees and those relationships help with the patients’ care,” Vickers said. While the hospital does not offer some services like open heart surgery or obstetrics, Heintzelman, who lives in Monroe Township, said residents living nearby should come to Mercy Clermont first if they are suffering a medical emergency. “If you take an hour to drive downtown to get that stability, you may not be able to keep the patient alive. We will do what we need to do to get that person stabilized and then get them to the appropriate level of care,” she said. For more about Mercy Clermont, visit or call 7328200.


Bethel Journal

April 29, 2010



Landscaped by Craig Lloyd, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Lloyd’s images portray landscapes from central and southern Ohio and portions of northern to central Kentucky. Free. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5200. Batavia.


Jazzercise, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road. $20 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Amelia. 520-6390. Amelia.


Community Dinner, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. SonRise Community Church Office Building, 203 Mill St. Dinner prepared by church volunteers. Includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Free. Presented by SonRise Community Church. 543-9008. Milford.


Quitting for Life, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Mercy Medical Imaging- Milford, 201 Old Bank Road. Suite 101, Smokers learn why they smoke and why they should quit. With Drs. Michael McHenry and Todd Williams of Mercy Medical Associates. Free. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 937-378-2526; Milford.


Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 p.m. “The Shack” by William P. Young. MilfordMiami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 3-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia.


Used Book Fair, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Used fiction and nonfiction books and audio/visual materials for adults, teens and children. Benefits library programming. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. Through May 1. 734-2619. Bethel. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 3 0


Landscaped by Craig Lloyd, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. UC Clermont College Art Gallery, Free. 732-5200. Batavia.


Benefit Auction, 6 p.m. Viewing begins at 5 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. JoAnn Richardson History House. Includes four Nancy Ford Cones Prints, Rookwood vase, antiques frames, silver pieces, four piece 1930’s patio furniture set, red globe antique ceiling fixture, 35th Bonaventure ornament by Carole Lannom and more. Benefits Greater Loveland Historical Society. 6835692; Loveland.


Lighting The Way Scholarship Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road. Tropical party, casual attire (no jeans), cocktails, buffet dinner, music by band and DJ, silent auction and raffle. Benefits Envision Learning Center. Ages 18 and up. $65. Presented by Envision Learning Center. 772-5437; Loveland.

Back to Nature: Nature’s Symphony, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Krippendorf Lodge. Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and art by Masterworks for Nature artists. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Cincinnati Nature Center. $125. Reservations required. 831-1711, ext. 124; Union Township.


Frontier Square Dance Club, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. Plus-level square and round dance club. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Milford.


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 cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available.$6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Friday Night Racing, 4:30 p.m. Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road. Quartermile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. $13$15, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. Through Oct. 1. 937-444-6215; Williamsburg.


Spring Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Mary Church, 3398 Ohio 125, Clothing $4 a bag. Toys, household items, books and more, priced as marked. Plus homemade baked goods. Presented by St. Mary Church Bethel. 734-4041. Bethel. Used Book Fair, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bethel Branch Library, 734-2619. Bethel. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 1


Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 10 a.m. Janice Schulz, CRM, discusses the holdings of the University of Cincinnati- Blegen Archives and Rare Books Library. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Free, visitors welcome. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. Through Sept. 4. 723-3423; Batavia.


Craft Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Boyd E. Smith Elementary School, 1052 Jer-Les Drive. Homemade crafts and popular vendors. Includes children’s games and raffle of 25 quilts made from students’ artwork. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boyd E. Smith Elementary PTO. 722-1337. Milford.


Room to Bloom, 10 a.m. Loveland Hardware, 131 Broadway St. Seminar on container gardening. Free. Reservations required. 6774040. Loveland. Gardens with Wings: A Butterfly Gardening Presentation, 1 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Patty Bigner and Fred Miller from Gardens with Wings demonstrate how to attract butterflies to your garden. Includes simultaneous story time for children. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7525580. Amelia.


First Wednesday Book Group, 2 p.m. “The Atonement Child” by Francine Rivers. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia.

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Jerry’s Little Band, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Padrino, 111 Main St. Grateful Dead cover band. Includes beer specials and pizza by the slice available. $3. 965-0100. Milford.


Walk for Clermont Kids, 10 a.m. Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. Registration 9 a.m. Lunch provided after walk. Activities for children before and after walk. Rain or shine. Benefits Clermont County foster children. $25 for participants. Registration required. 732-7173; Batavia Township.


1994 Milford High School Class Reunion, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Milford Firefighters Community Hall, 1005 Lila Ave. $25 Couple, $15. Presented by Milford Class of 1994. 7224069; 4061033&gid=106653095263#/event.php ?eid=168900527860&index=1. Milford.


Spring Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary Church, 734-4041. Bethel. Used Book Fair, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bethel Branch Library, 734-2619. Bethel. Flea Market/Perennial Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Andrew Parish Center, 560 Main St. Presented by St. Andrew Church-Milford. 248-1844. Milford. Williamsburg Village Wide Yard Sale, 10 a.m. Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 330 Gay St. Williamsburg United Methodist Church Women’s group sells famous chicken sandwiches, homemade pies and other items. Rain moves inside church. 724-1103. Williamsburg. Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Granny’s Garden School. Annual, perennial, herb and vegetable plants for the home and professional gardener. Workshops available. Free. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland. Garden Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Homegrown perennials, annuals, house plants and garden accessories. In conjunction with Boy Scout Troop No. 281 Flower Sale. Benefits Anderson Hills United Methodist Church Global Missions and Special Giving recipients. Free. Presented by United Methodist Women of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church. 474-0036. Anderson Township. Flower and Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Nature Shop. Annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants and hanging baskets available. $5, $1 children, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Flea Market/Perennial Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Andrew Church - Milford, 552 Main St. Presented by St. Andrew Church-Milford. 248-1844. Milford.


Clermont County Public Library is hosting “Gardens with Wings: A Butterfly Gardening Presentation,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Amelia. Patty Bigner and Fred Miller from Gardens with Wings demonstrate how to attract butterflies to your garden. The event includes simultaneous storytime for children. The event is free. Registration is required. Call 752-5580. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2


Show Me A Story, 3:30 p.m. Opening reception. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Exhibit continues through May 31. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.


Breakfast Buffet, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Country buffet breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash and more. Eggs cooked to order along with coffee, juice and milk. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $7, $3 children 9 and under. Through May 30. 831-9876. Milford. Spring Feast Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Featuring Grailvillegrown food and other seasonal delights. $15, $10 children. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Chili Ride, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Goshen High School, 6707 Goshen Road. For casual and serious bicycle riders. Courses available from 25-100 miles. $25. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Cycle Club. 6835699; Goshen Township.


Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale, noon3 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, Free. 324-2873; Loveland. Flower and Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $5, $1 children, free for members. 8311711; Union Township. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3

ART EXHIBITS Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Free. 683-2340; Loveland. Landscaped by Craig Lloyd, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. UC Clermont College Art Gallery, Free. 732-5200. Batavia.

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Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. Encore! Linton. Works of Mozart, Schumann, Bruch and Faure. Anthony McGill, clarinetist, and Michael Tree and Anna Polonsky of the Schumann Trio. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, artistic directors. Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road. $30, $10 students at door. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 4


Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Aug. 31. 929-2427; Milford.


Herb Appeal, 6:30 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Kids bring your favorite adult to help you plant your very own herb garden. Decorate your pot and then learn how to plant and care for your new herbs. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Dining and Dancing with the Cincinnati Sinatra, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Matt Snow on vocals. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet. Family friendly. $16.95, discounts for seniors and children. Reservations required, available online. Presented by 576-9766; Eastgate.

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WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m. Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St. Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.


Community Blood Drive. 2 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St. Lower Level Room 105. Walk-ins welcome. Appointment recommended. 8315500; Milford. Community Blood Drive. 2 p.m.-4:15 p.m. St. Bernadette Church, 1471 Locust Lake Road. Ventura Hall. Walk-ins welcome. Appointment recommended. 7537818; Amelia.


Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 18 months-3. Free. Registration required. 752-5580. Amelia. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. 528-1744. Union Township. Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Learn about a different sense every week. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, 1300 White Oak Road. $5. 310-5600; Pierce Township.


Book Chat, 6 p.m. “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” by Gregory Maguire. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount CarmelTobasco Road. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township.



See Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong, pictured, skate with Smuckers Stars on Ice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at U.S. Bank Arena. Also on the tour are 2010 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, silver medalist Sasha Cohen, World Champion Todd Eldredge, bronze medalist Michael Weiss and more. Tickets are $26.50-$131.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

Teddy Bear Picnic, 6:30 p.m. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Bring your favorite teddy bear for story time, crafts and games. Ages 4-8,. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Graffiti Graphics, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Daily through May 6. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Help create a mural using an unique painting technique to be showcased during the Appreciation of the Arts Day at the library. Ages 11-18. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.


Cirque du Soleil - Alegria comes to The Bank of Kentucky Center Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2. Pictured is the tribal and magical Fire-Knife Dance from a previous performance. “Alegria” is a mood piece about the passage of time, youth, old age and the handing down of power. It features artists using trapeze, hand balancing, manipulation and clowns and singers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30 and May 1; 3:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; and 1 and 5 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $97-$42 for adults and $78-$34 for ages 2-12; plus fees. Visit


Bethel Journal

April 29, 2010


Dealing with our Whatifs and Worries

serious? Whatif I age “Last night while I lay and become delirious? thinking here, some Whatifs Whatif I didn’t lock crawled inside my ear, and the house? Whatif I’m pranced and partied all night left by my spouse?” long, and sang their same Worries are a conold Whatif song:… Whatif I stantly buzzing around start to cry? Whatif I get sick our heads. If we take and die? … Whatif nobody them seriously, they likes me? Whatif a bolt of Father Lou destroy peace of mind, lightning strikes me?” Guntzelman develop suspicions, In this poem in, “A Light in the Attic,” author Shel SilPerspectives and diminish enjoyment. verstein describes many of They always threaten us with the worries that beset childhood woeful events allegedly waiting minds. But don’t forget that the What- around the corner. It doesn’t matter that studies ifs grow up with us. For even as adults we have our own Whatifs show 80 percent of our worries crawling inside our ears at night, never happen. Then we worry that the studies are wrong – espedon’t we? For us, their content is differ- cially in our case. What to do about handling our ent. They suggest such other things such as, “Whatif our love worries? First, make the distincdoesn’t last? Whatif the kids grow tion between angst and anxiety. up too fast? Whatif my job is lost? Angst is the German word for the anticipatory dread that is present Whatif I get a rotten boss? Whatif that ache is something in all of us as we recognize just

how vulnerable we are. Angst is existential, which means it comes along with existing as a human being. Though we develop strategies to avoid it, there is no person who avoids all worries. So, what to do? For one thing, do not deny the fact that some stress or angst comes along with the living of life. As analyst James Hollis Ph.D. states, “An acceptance of this angst as normal is healthy; its denial is pathological, and will sooner or later result in some lifeestranging behavior, or worse, the trivialization of the journey.” Anxiety, on the other hand, is a free-floating condition which may be activated by almost any specific event in our lives: such as giving a speech before a large crowd, going through an important interview, a court appearance, a medical operation, a wedding ceremony, etc.

Its intensity is partly determined by one’s particular history. The more unsettled one’s family of origin, cultural setting, or environment was, the more anxiety is usually experienced. Beneath an anxiety one is going through there is usually buried a thread that reaches back to a childhood fear. It’s greatly advantageous to us to discover our early fear that still exercises such power over us. To be free entirely of angst or anxiety in our lives is unrealistic. That’s good to remember as we try to contain our worries. It also enables us to have a certain compassion for not only for ourselves but also for others. To possibly alleviate anxiety, someone has remarked that we already know the worst that can happen to us. We will die someday. Can we be aware of that and still live as fully as possible all the days and

years God gives us? Hollis believes we can help ourselves in dealing with our worried anxiety if we (1) accept the normality of anxiety, (2) seek the roots of the identifiable fears in our anxiety, then (3) simply do the best we can in living our lives fully, and forgive the rest. We are more important than what we fear. A great move toward personal liberation is accomplished when we can acknowledge our existential angst directly, know ourselves to be fragile beings clinging to a spinning planet hurtling through space, and at the same time be grateful for such a grand ride. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Air duct cleaning not a necessity, regardless of deal

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I’ve reported on this in the past but feel compelled to do it again because I’m seeing several companies advertising for air duct cleaning. The ads say the companies will clean your air ducts for as little as $39 or $49. But, the need for such cleaning is very questionable. Brent Melvin responded to one such ad for his Amelia house and now says he regrets it. “When I was on the phone I asked them about the ad, about it being $49, and she said, ‘Yes, $49, for the number of vents,’ ” said Melvin. After he ordered the cleaning and the technicians came to his house, they immediately began working and then presented a bill. “They really didn’t explain the bill but said it’s $2,000 to get everything done,” he said. Melvin objected to the cost, which covered everything from cleaning mold they said they found on a brand-new humidifier to cleaning dust mites. The technician then wrote up another bill. Melvin said the technician told him, “Well, if all you want is what we did

then it’s going to cost this much.” T h a t price was a b o u t $590, and elvin Howard Ain M says he Hey Howard! told them that was still way too high. “I said four or five times, I said, ‘I don’t have that kind of money,’ ” he said. Melvin said the charge came as quite a surprise. “I said, ‘If I would have known before you did this I wouldn’t have had this done – because that’s why I called you was the ad for $49.’ He said, ‘Well that’s what we did.’ ” Reluctantly, Melvin said he ended up paying $553, because that’s as low as the supervisor on the phone would approve. “I felt like I was kind of forced and I couldn’t say, ‘OK, well leave.’ They were already packing up and getting ready to leave after they did the job,” he said. Later, Melvin inspected the air ducts and found uncovered holes – and vents that will no longer fit into the duct work. “I guess they didn’t put this vent back on and they

broke it off and didn’t say anything. I couldn’t put it back up so I just put duct tape over the hole they left,” he said. Under Ohio law you must be given an estimate for the cost of the work to be performed. The estimate can be either written, oral, or you can sign that you don’t want to get any estimate at all. You just can’t be given a bill after the work is already done. In addition, Ohio law requires you to get a tearoff cancellation form with the contract – a form you send back to the firm within three days if you wish to cancel. Melvin didn’t get a tearoff cancellation form so I told him to write the company and cancel now. He did that and has now received all his money back. The company is also paying for another firm to come over and repair the problems caused by the duct cleaning company. You need to know the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. It said studies show dust adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter

the living space. In fact, the EPA does not recommend air ducts be cleaned routinely.


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April 29, 2010

Eat like a horse with Derby Day recipes because the word “farm” never enters my vocabulary, since we don’t own one. Yes, our home sits at the end of an old country road, but unlike some of the homes on the road, ours is fairly new. And you can see my clothes hanging on the line from the highway opposite our field. Although we grow a whole lot of different kinds of produce and have a nice

I guess it’s a matter of perception. When I talk about my little patch of heaven here in Clermont C o u n t y, someone will usually come up and ask to visit Rita “ t h e farm.” Heikenfeld I have Rita’s kitchen to laugh,

amount of fruit trees, we don’t have a country estate. The whole point is you don’t need a plow and the lower 40 to create your own Garden of Eden.

Legendary hot brown

From the Brown Hotel in Louisville. This is the real deal – I called the hotel and verified the recipe. They were so accommodating. I don’t know if I can wait until Derby Day to make


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Ingredients (Makes two hot browns):

2 ounces butter (1/4 cup) 2 ounces all-purpose flour (1/2 cup) 1 quart heavy cream (I’d use whipping cream) 1 ⁄2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish Salt and pepper to taste 14 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast 2 slices of Texas toast (crust trimmed) 4 slices of crispy bacon 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half Paprika and parsley In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about two to three minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to com-

pletely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Mint juleps

Make a simple syrup: combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a generous 1⁄2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves in a pan. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain. Fill your frozen goblets (or even regular glasses, not frozen) with crushed ice and pour about 4 ounces good bourbon and 1⁄4 cup mint syrup in each. Go to taste on this! Top each with a sprig of mint and a straw which has been trimmed to barely come up to the top of the cups.

More Derby recipes

Go to Rita’s column online at for her clone of the beloved Kentucky Derby pie.

Rick Bayless’ Mexican chimichurri sauce

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo coming up. Rick is one of the most talented chefs I’ve met. One of my favorites during a class he taught for me was a delicious grilled

Rita on the radio

Each Thursday morning at 7:20 on Sacred Heart Radio 740AM, I talk with Brian Patrick about Bible herbs and foods. This week it’s how to make a Mary Garden. Visit for all the good info plus relevant recipes. shrimp marinade that doubled as a dipping sauce. Here’s how Rick did it: Set a dry skillet over medium heat. Lay 1⁄2 head of unpeeled garlic cloves and 3 serrano chilies in the pan. Roast, turning frequently, for about 10 minutes for the chilies and 15 minutes for the garlic, or until soft and blotchy brown in spots. Let cool until they can be handled, and then slip the skins off the garlic and pull the stems off the chilies and, wearing rubber gloves, roughly chop (no need to remove the seeds). Place in a food processor along with 1 bunch each cilantro and parsley (lower stems removed), 1⁄2 cup olive oil, and up to 2 teaspoons salt. Process until nearly smooth (it will be pasty). Remove 1⁄3 cup and stir in 3 tablespoons water. This will be your extra sauce for dipping, whatever. Use the remaining sauce to brush on shrimp, poultry, beef, etc. and grill as desired. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Ole Fisherman is busy this spring we went to Grants. On Saturday while at Grants Farm there was a big truck of trees come in. Some of the most beautiful weeping cherry trees I have ever seen. Along with fruit trees and other ones. After we left there we stopped at the U.S. Grant Vocational School for their community dinner and what a meal. The meal is fixed by the culinary class under the supervision of the Forsee brothers. There were close to 1,000 people there to eat. The greenhouse there was open and will remain open until sometime in May. These two lads sure do a super job with the cooking class. This is one of the best schools in the community. Our two daughters, one sonin-law and one granddaughter went to school there and all are doing great in their fields. Thanks Grant school for a super school and the help you are giving the students. For you folks who like to play cards, May 1 there will be a card party playing euchre at the Monroe Grange Hall in Nicholsville. There will be food available half way through the card party along with coffee and soft drinks. This will be the last one until October.

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The Clermont County Friends of the Fair are hoping the kids who show horses will be able to have their own stalls at this year’s Clermont County Fair. Currently, the kids who show horses have to either share stalls or take their horses home for the night while 4-Hers who show other livestock are able to keep their animals in individual stalls throughout the week. “It’s an inconvenience for the kids and for the parents, but it also takes away from the fair experience (to take the horses home every night,)” said Deena Koch, who is helping organize the Spring Benefit fundraiser and is the adviser of the 4H horse group, the Winner’s Circle. “We’ve needed a new barn for a while,” she said. To help build the barn, the Clermont County Friends of the Fair, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the fairground facilities available for youth livestock exhibition, will host their annual Spring Benefit at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the multi-purpose building at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. The benefit will include a dinner, dance, door prizes, raffles, split the pot, cake and pie auctions and a silent

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To join the Clermont County Friends of the Fair, simply attend one of their meetings. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the secretary’s office at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. There are no membership fees and anyone is welcome to join. For more information, visit auction. Cost to attend is $25 for a couple or $15 for an individual. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 are $5 each and admission is free for children under age 8. The proceeds, along with money raised from the pork tenderloin booth at the fair and money from previous fundraisers, will go toward building an equestrian pavilion near the new restrooms at the fairgrounds. Tickets will be available at the door, but to purchase tickets in advance, call Lisa Smith at 262-3229 or email her at



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Any donations can be made payable to Friends of the Fair, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 474, Williamsburg, Ohio 45176. Contributions of more than $200 to the equestrian pavilion will merit having the donor’s name on the “pillars of support” outside the barn. For more information about the Clermont County Friends of the Fair, making donations or the “pillars of support,” visit the organization’s Web site at The Clermont County Friends of the Fair also will be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a 2010 Eclipse aluminum trailer to raise money for the horse barn. This trailer has convertible pens for easy transport of horses, cattle, lambs, goats or hogs. Tickets for the trailer raffle are $50 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold. For more information about the raffle, e-mail or visit

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There will be a big event in the Bethel area on May 8. There will be crafters, food vendors, artists, music, Shriners clowns, activities for children and a quilt show at the Methodist church. There will be music in Burke Park, in front of the Grant Memorial Building and at Harmony Hill Winery. This will be a very busy day with lots of activities so mark your calendar and look for more information in the papers. The Bethel Lions Club will have a booth there so you can drop off used eye glasses, get your blood pressure checked and buy a print of covered bridges by a local artist. The Monroe Grange also will be having an open house at their Grange Hall at 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville May 8, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., so stop in and learn about the Grange and its teachings. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


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Howdy folks, Mark your calendar for April 30 at Receptions Center East, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. This is the CASA For Clermont Kids! spring charity benefit to raise money for abused and neglected children. This is a wonderful program and the service this group do for children. Ruth Ann and I donate wood items to C.A.S.A. each year. It seems when they have their dinner and program we always have another event we are involved in, so we wish them a wonderful evening and lots of money raised for this organization. The judges and everyone that is involved in this endeavor are to be thanked. My mother kept foster children when I was still at home. Over the years she kept 32. Still today we keep in touch with some of them, or run into someone who was in her care. Now get your mouth set for some great eating, wilted lettuce and green onions. The first from our garden along with some dandelion greens in the lettuce. Last week the honey bee inspector was here to check our honey bees. We had three hives and lost two. The one hive is doing good. He said there was a 70-percent loss of honey bees in Ohio this past winter. I can believe it with the losses we hear about. He told me to put a super on the hive so they could make honey for us. There is lots of brood in the hive so he thought the hive will be O.K. Ruth Ann and I spent an afternoon cleaning more hives that we have. Getting them ready for more honey bees. If any of you folks have a swarm of bees, give us a call at 734-6980. Last week we went to a funeral visitation for a lovely lady, Mrs. Erma Lee Utley. When Ruth Ann and I were delivering Meals on Wheels for Clermont Senior Services we got to see her and visit. She always enjoyed our visit and would have a beautiful smile for us. Her husband Roy sure took extra good care of her. Ruth Ann and I extend our sympathy to her family. The Grants Farm and Greenhouses Open House was very busy while Ruth Ann and I were there Saturday and Sunday. The first thing Saturday morning was the Bethel Lions Club pancake breakfast, which was good. Then

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Bethel Journal

RELIGION Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church

The church is hosting the Mary Martha Bake Sale and Youth Mission Flower Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at RiverCity BP Station, U.S. 52 and Sycamore Street, New Richmond. Rain alternate at Cranston Presbyterian Church. Sunday Service is at 10:45 a.m. The church is at Washington and Union streets, New Richmond; 553-2397.

Laurel United Methodist

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and church worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road, Laurel; 553-3043.

Locust Corner United Methodist Church

The church hosts Sunday School at 9 a.m. and Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is at Locust Corner and Wagner roads, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

St. Mary Church

The church is hosting their Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Clothing is $4 a bag. All other items are priced as marked. The sale includes toys, household items, electronics, books and homemade baked goods. The church is at 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel; 734-4041.

True Church of God

A concert will be 7 p.m. the third Friday of each month, featuring new bands and artists. Free food and music. Call Angel at 513-876-0527 or 734-7671. The church is at 513 Market St., New Richmond.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 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



April 29, 2010

Shouse graduates from cadet program Chris Shouse recently completed the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet program held at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus. Shouse was one of 39 Junior Cadet participants selected from applications submitted by young men and women who attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State last summer. Each who exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or were eligible children of patrol employees who will be high school seniors. The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give young people better insight into the challenges faced by law enforcement officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at the training academy. Junior Cadets are required to spend the



St. Bernadette Church


1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer Service 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services/ Youth & Children’s Programs

Bible Based Teaching Christ-Centered Worship Family Style Fellowship Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm 2249 Old State Road 32, Batavia


Pastor: Tom Bevers

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121


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

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 GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services

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


3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189 Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm Wednesday Youth Group...............7:00pm


Chris Shouse recently completed the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior cadet program. ty-Franklin High school and Grant Career Center. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. He participates in several varsity sports including: Basketball, cross-country and track and is a member of the Clermont County Junior Fair Board and Rump Roast Riders



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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Sunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

844 State Rt. 131


1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

513 831 0196

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

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Lutheran Church (ELCA)

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

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM 1300 White Oak Road Amelia, Ohio 513-752-5265

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



A fellowship where God changes people for life. Come visit us! 2545 Highway 50 Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-2324 Sunday School 9:00am Childrens Church 10:00am Worship 10:00am

101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am


Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400 FELICITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship..... 9:00am Sunday School.................10:00am Traditional Worship..........10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

“Room for the Whole Family” 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

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) 513-831-0262



A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

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

Pastor Mike Smith


One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley Youth Director- JD Young



Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor

HOUSE OF RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER 1487 SR 131, Milford, OH Rev. Jeff Wolf 575-2011

Schedule of Services: Sunday School 9:00-9:45am; Sunday Morning Celebration 10:00am - Nursery provided; Childrens Ministry 10:00; Sunday Evening Operation Great Commission 6:00pm; Wed - Bible Study 7:00pm; Wed. - Youth Group 7:00pm.


638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Rev. Blossom Matthews Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: E-mail:

Morning Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. High Voltage Youth 6 p.m.


4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 Pastor, Troy P. Ervin

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125 Sunday Worship. 10:00am

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Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate) Sunday Services 9:00, 10:15 & 11:45 AM


Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:


PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH



Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


Welcomes You

Sunday Morning Schedule: 9AM - Worship: Traditional 10AM - Classes & Groups 11AM - Worship: Contemporary Nursery care provided

Come visit us at the

day Worship Service......8:30am, 10:30am 10:3 Sunday nda School.......................9:30am School 93 Sunday w/nursery & children’s church


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John G. Weigle, 43, 17 Couthouse Green, disorderly conduct, March 23. Michael D. Hitz, 37, 134 S. Union St., disorderly conduct, March 23. Timothy C. Hively, 20, 1153 Ohio 125, driving under influence, using weapons while intoxicated, March 27. Travis Wagner, 34, 619 Elm St., disorderly conduct, April 1. James M. Trammell, 65, 3491 Inez Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, April 2. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, April 3. Shane Fugate, 27, 2781 S. Banton Road, receiving stolen property, assault, April 5. Staphany A. Jones, 19, 303 S. Union St., criminal trespass, April 7. Nicholas G. Ruhstaller, 19, 303 S. Union St., criminal trespass, April 7. Albert R. Terry, 48, 2061 Donald Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, April 8. Aaron R. York, 20, 2921 Fair Oak

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Road, domestic violence, April 10. Brandon S. Lewis, 23, 607 Easter Road, theft, April 10.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Medications, etc. taken at 3064 Angel Drive, March 22. Attempt made to enter residence at 209 W. Plane St., March 25.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 208 W. South St., April 5. Trespassing in Burke Park at 105 S. Ash St., April 7.

Disorderly conduct

Female reported this offense at 100 Bethel Park Drive, March 22. Fighting reported at 134 S. Union St., March 23. At 143 Bethel Park, March 30. Male acted in disorderly manner at West Plane Street, April 1.



Trash can taken at 202 Springdale Court, March 22. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 439 S. Union St., March 29. Personal check taken and cashed; $12 at 545 W. Plane St., March 30. Copper ground wires taken from utility poles; $398 at 120 N. Main St., April 5. Radar detector taken from vehicle at 610 Easter Road, April 7. Candy taken from Bethel IGA; $3 at 545 W. Plane St., April 10.

Unauthorized use

1994 Ford pick-up not returned at 508 S. Charity St., April 5.


Fencing damaged at 134 S. Union St., March 29.



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April 17. David Fasai Emjalli, 26, 235 Walnut St., Lot 23, Felicity, trafficking in drugs at 615 Walnut, Felicity, April 14. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Bethel, April 18.

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Male juvenile reported missing at 300 block of South Main Street, March 25.

Joseph L Davidson, 32, 105 Union St., Felicity, forgery, identity fraud at Ohio Pike/Airport Road, Bethel,

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Incidents/investigations Aggravated Menacing

Obstructing justice

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At 881 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, April 18.





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At 615 Walnut, Felicity, April 14.

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At 2515 Oak Corner Road, Hamersville, April 15.


Doris C. Ellis, 75, of Bethel died April 21. Survived by son, Stewart (Holly) VanOver of Bethel; granddaughters, Margaret Anna and Sarah Rachelle VanOver; and great-granddaughter, Kylie Mae; and sisters, Frances Gail Himes of Richmond, Ky., and Fredrecka Layne Carter of Berea, Ky. Preceded in death by parents, Rankin and Ethel Mae (nee Duncil) Combs. Services were April 26 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.


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IN THE COURTS From B7 Dissolution

Robert A. Howard vs. Joanna D. Howard Amy L. Tomak vs. Timothy W. Tomak Brian Hennessey vs. Teresa Hennessey Roger William Hughes vs. Yolanda Lee Hughes Selena M. Hunley vs. Joseph R. Hunley Christina H. Young vs. Joshua V. Martinez Tye J. Sellers vs. Kelly A. Sellers Jessica Lee Barber vs. Sean G. Barber Bonnie Kay Coffey vs. Raymond Howard Coffey Jena L. Barrand vs. John P. Barrand Theodore Dennis Horton vs. Pamela Joy Horton Deborah L. Knight vs. Thomas L. Knight Beth M. Hatfield vs. Dean A. Hatfield Kirk Music vs. Tina Music Luann Nash vs. Gerald D. Nash Mary K. Murrell vs. Anthony L. Murrell


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Marshall L. Waltz, 22, 50 Stoneybrook Drive, Georgetown, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Derek C. Hacker, 34, 8909 Vine St. #1, Cincinnati, gross sexual imposition, Union Township Police Department. Scott Basil Laney Jr., 30, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, Union Township Police Department. Amie Marie Mantia, 27, 10567 Stablehand Drive, Cincinnati, theft, Union Township Police Department. Marc Jeremy Hodge 21, 2024 Riverbirch Drive, Amelia, deception to obtain dangerous drug, Union

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT REQUEST FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Board of the Clermont County Public Library PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT REQUEST FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES New Public Library Facility Construction and Renovations The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees, 326 Broadway Street Batavia, Ohio 45103, invites interested design firms to submit statements of qualifications for: New Public Library Building Construction and Associated Renovation The scope of work includes: (1) Utilizing the facility elevation plans created for zoning application and approval purposes; prepare all necessary blueprints and documents including floor, electrical, mechanical, landscaping, etc. necessary to construct a Public Library. The project will include the renovation of an existing 11,600 S.F. former restaurant building, with an additional 9,000 +- S. F. addition. (2) Estimating project construction and renovation costs based on but not limited to the library’s specifications. (3) Developing a proposed timeline with milestone dates for completion. (4) Providing design and other architectural services to implement the construction and renovation plan. The estimated cost of the project is approximately three (3) million dollars. Statements of qualifications shall include: (1) The name, address, telephone number, and owner/s of the firm. (2) Number of years in business, the firm’s history, and types of services offered. (3) A one-page statement of interest and qualifications for this project. (4) A brief (maximum two- page) project under standing description. Include any concerns regarding permits, schedule, site, etc. (5) Discussion of firm’s specific abilities and expertise to provide the required professional services and qualifications related to project requirements, including project management skills and methodology to monitor project budgets. (6) Key personnel proposed as project team members, including detailed resumes. Clearly identify sub consultants, if proposed, with similar information. Please include staff locations as related to the project site. (7) Examples of specific knowledge, expertise and project management experience related to this type of project. (8) A list and description of recent and similar library projects the firm has completed. (9) References (no less than three from similar projects. Reference information must include: a) Name of owner b) Project name and overall value c) Brief description of firm’s involvement

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