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Committee to develop Clermont Co. comprehensive land use plan

By Roxanna Swift

CLERMONT COUNTY — The county soon will have its first comprehensive plan. The commissioners June 5 approved the appointments of 16 members to the Clermont County Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. The committee will help guide staff members in developing a plan. Although the county has a land use plan that was adopted in 1978, this will be the first comprehensive plan, said Andy Kuchta, Community and Economic Development director. A comprehensive plan has more elements than a traditional one, including a bigger focus on housing, economic development and quality of life issues.

The plan will bring together individual community land use plans in one document, along with a capital improvement plan for road infrastructure, Kuchta said. “It’ll be a nice way to kind of catalog everything in one place,” he said The plan will not include rewrites or changes to any current township zoning or land use plans, he said. “It’s important to know this is not going to trump the townships’ land use plans,” said Commissioner Bob Proud. Many townships have land use plans that are five to seven years old and need to be updated, Kuchta said. He hopes to encourage dialog between Community and Economic Development planner Ashley Combs and

townships’ planning staff members through the process. The comprehensive plan will provide a guide document for the county planning Kuchta commission, Kuchta said. It also will help the county score higher on grant applications submitted to the OhioKentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the Transportation Review Advisory Council and other agencies. “(One) of the things they ask about is, ‘Do you have a current comprehensive plan?’” Kuchta said. “We always have to answer, ‘No’ to that, and it’s been an increasing issue for us because these grant applications are

very competitive within the region.” The work will be done inhouse so the only cost to the county will be for staff time, Kuchta said. Advisory committee members will meet monthly until the comprehensive plan is complete, which should be by the end of 2013, he said. All committee meetings will be open to the public, but some sessions will be held specifically for public input. Dates and times will be available on the Community and Economic Development website at Committee members are: Chris Wick, Clermont County Public Library; Chris Clingman, Clermont County Park Park District; Annette Decatur, Department of Community and Eco-

nomic Development; Donna Cann, Clermont County Planning Commission; Mark Carter, Clermont County Planning Commission; Peter Kay, Clermont County Planning Commission; Jim Watson, civil engineer and county resident; Rebecca McClatchey, Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District; John McManus, Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District; Larry Keith, architect and county resident; Matt Van Sant, Clermont Chamber of Commerce; Robert Wildey, Clermont County General Health District; Julianne Nesbit, Clermont County General Health District; Jeff Hebeler, Ohio Valley Development Council; Wendy Moeller, planner and county resident; Lois McKnight, planner and county resident.



ranklin Township Fire and EMS members invite the public to the grand opening/open house inside the newly remodeled fire station. The event is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the station, 718 Market St. The Felicity-Franklin Fire and Felicity-Franklin EMS merged June 1, 2012, into the Franklin Township Fire and EMS, which provides 24/7 fire and paramedic services to the township, village, Chilo and Utopia. Food and drinks will be provided. Meet department personnel. Fire and EMS safety information will be available. Officials will talk to anyone interested in volunteering for the department and the Fire Cadet program. Call 876-2200 for more information


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Shirley Sayre memorial race is this weekend By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — June 15 will mark the second year of the Shirley Sayre Memorial 5K Run/Walk. The event begins with race registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. and an awards ceremony after that. The race will begin behind Bethel-Tate Middle School, 649 West Plane St. Online registration for the race closed June 8, but runners and walkers can register the day of the race for $30 by the middle school football stadi-

um. Proceeds from the event will benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said Pam Taylor, a middle school teacher and cross country coach. “Bethel-Tate cross country parents really came together in honor of my mom, who was killed by a drunk driver,” Taylor said. Shirley Sayre, Taylor’s mother, was killed last year in Spartanburg, S.C. “A lot of people from Bethel are really supportive,” Taylor said. “We’ve had a lot of positive comments on Facebook.” More than 200 runners par-



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ticipated last year and about $4,000 was donated to MADD, said Melissa Copestick, a cross country team parent. This year, the race will have chip timing, which measures exactly when a runner crosses the start and finish lines - not just when a gun is blown to start the race, Taylor said. “That means if you start behind a bunch of people it doesn’t matter,” she said. There will be a raffle after the race during the awards ceremony, Taylor said. For more information, visit shirleysayrememorial5k/.

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Leicht named finalist in Batavia woman fights to national baking contest change Catholic Church Rosemary Leicht of Bethel is one of eight finalists in the National Festival of Breads set for June 22 in Manhattan, Kansas. The biennial event is the only nationwide amateur bread-baking competition and is sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Fleischmann’s Yeast and King Arthur Flour.

Leicht’s original recipe, “Onion Parmesan Cracker Bread,” was one of two selected to compete in the “Time Saving and Simple” category. Contestants will visit “the Heart of Wheat Country,” Manhattan, Kansas, June 20 to June 22 to bake their creations at the National Festival of Breads. While in Kansas, contestants will par-

ticipate in a host of additional activities, including a Wheat Harvest Tour with stops at a wheat farm, grain elevator and flour mill. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, plus a year’s supply of Fleischmann’s Yeast and a trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.


Clermont County commissioners May 8 recognized Army Sgt. Micheal Cline of Batavia and Sgt. Michael Ormes of New Richmond for their service. From left are Commissioners Bob Proud and David Uible, Clermont County Veterans Services Commission Executive Director Howard Daugherty, U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup’s office manager Rachel Christian, Cline, Ormes and Commissioner Ed Humphrey. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



By Roxanna Swift

BATAVIA — A Batavia woman is fighting for change in the Catholic Church by becoming a priest. Debra Meyers May 25 was the first woman in Cincinnati to be ordained as a priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Bridget Mary Meehan of Falls Church, Virginia, and Sarasota, Florida, was the presiding bishop. Despite the ordination, which took place at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave., in Cincinnati, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati does not recognize Meyers as a priest. “From our point of view as Roman Catholics, it (ordination) didn’t really take place,” said Dan Andriacco, communications director for the archdiocese. Ordination can only be conferred by the proper authority, he said. The proper authority in this case would be a bishop. Because the archdiocese does not recognize

women as bishops, Meyers’ ordination is illegal and invalid, Andriacco said. “The Meyers clear and consistent teaching of the Catholic Church is that the Catholic Church cannot ordain a woman as a priest,” he said. Meyers said she does not care “one way or another about what other people think.” Every individual baptized Roman Catholic is called on by the Vatican II documents to be a prophet, priest and shepherd, she said. “That’s the new covenant,” she said. Meyers, who is a professor at Northern Kentucky University, holds a master’s degree in religious studies and a Ph.D in history and women’s studies. She knew when she was a small child that she wanted to be a priest, she said. While many people told her she could not be, she found their words to

Ohio House OKs affordable local audits State Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Doug Green (RMount Orab) said the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 6, which strives to lower au-

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be disturbing, not discouraging. “I have always been a minister,” she said. Before her ordination, Meyers provided pastoral care as a mother, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul, pregnancy crisis centers and a professor, she said. While she knows many women who sought other religious affiliations to be ordained, Meyers said she feels a duty to fulfill her role as a Roman Catholic. “I feel called to help the church move forward into the 21st century with an inclusive society,” she said. She wants to help marginalized followers inside and outside the church, including women, gays, lesbians and individuals who are divorced and wish to remarry. “It’s hard to believe in the New Testament and see how many people are excluded in the church today,” Meyers said. As a priest, she hopes to perform weddings and serve Mass for alienated Catholics and may offer pastoral care through inhouse churches, she said. She also plans to continue teaching at NKU.

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tion for allowing, in certain situations, an AgreedUpon Procedures (AUP) audit, which is a lowercost auditing method that permits eligible government agencies to save money and time without sacrificing accountability. These audits provide less-formal presentations of findings and are more cost-effective and less time-consuming, allowing savings of 25 to 50 percent of full audit costs. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of a meaningful legislation to benefit local governments in providing a way to cut audit costs, while maintaining the confidence of those we serve as we expend public dollars,” said Rep. Green.

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The Vietnam Veterans of America, Clermont County Chapter 649, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Guest speaker will be Kristine Glenn from Total Quality Logistics. All veterans from all wars are welcome.

Wine tasting

The Clermont County Democratic Party will host a wine tasting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Harmony Hill Vineyards, 2534 Swings Corner/Point Isabel Road in Bethel. Music will be provided by Emerson and Hagerman Jazz Duo. RSVP is requested but not required at Cost is $35 per person, which includes two glasses of wine, dinner by the bite and music. Other wine purchases are available for 50 cents or $3 per glass. Visitors must be 18 or older.

Final yearbook

At the recent business meeting of the Moscow Alumni Association, alumni president Jim Hackney announced plans for the final edition of the Moscow yearbook called the “Yellow Jacket.” Since the Moscow village is preparing for their bicentennial, “the alumni committee decided to get involved,” said Hackney. This book will be spiral bound, on 8.5-inch by 11inch paper, and will feature photos of classmates, basketball teams, cheerleaders, teachers, with a special section on the school’s history. The books cost $10 plus $5 for postage and handling. They must be preordered. Checks must be made out to the Moscow Alumni Association and sent to Judy Flora, Treasurer, 979 Cedar Ridge Drive, Unit 8, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. For more information, call Libbie Bennett at 5534730.

Morgan’s Raid bus tour

The Clermont County Civil War Commemoration Committee (CCCWCC) is sponsoring an educational bus tour of Morgan’s Trail through Clermont County from Miamiville, where Mor-

gan entered the county to Williamsburg, Sunday July 14. Historian Rick Crawford will moderate the tour describing the events of the raid and other county historical stories. The bus tour will depart Miamiville at 1 p.m. Before the bus tour departs, the two interpretive signs in Miamiville can be viewed. The bus will arrive in Williamsburg in time to attend the dedication and unveiling of the interpretive sign in the village. Following the dedication, the bus will proceed to a reception at Harmony Hill where refreshments will be served. The Harmony Hill Association and Clermont County Historical Society’s museums will be open. Following the reception, the bus will return to Miamiville by a different route over a trail that other Morgan’s raiders took. The cost of the tour is $10 and is limited to the first 52 people who make reservations by calling Terri Daugherty at 7347049. Reservations will only be confirmed after a check is received. Deadline for reservations is Monday, July 7. Send check to CCCWCC, 2010 Bethel-Maple Road, Hamersville, OH 45130. The tour bus can either be boarded in Miamville at a location yet to be announced at 1 p.m. or at the fire department parking lot at Main and Eight streets in Williamsburg at 11:30 am.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states. “We are so proud of the progress we have made cleaning up the Ohio River and some of its major tributaries, but there is still work to be done,” said Jeanne Ison, project director. “The Ohio is such a great natural resource and provides so much to

so many. We need your help.” Volunteer can call 1800-359-3977 for site locations and county coordinators or visit and click on River Sweep. Each volunteer will receive a free Tshirt. The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and other state and environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois. ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.

Summer concerts

The New Richmond Summer Concert Series will continue with the Sycamore Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the bandstand on Suzanna Way. The Anderson Community Band will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the bandstand. All veterans will be honored. The concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair.

Veterans night

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, in cooperation with the Clermont County

Veterans’ Services Commission, invites all Clermont and Brown County veterans and their families to a free Family Night (rain or shine) on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Clermont Family YMCA, 2075 James E. Sauls Drive in Batavia. There will be a complimentary dinner, door prizes and family activities. Bring your swim suit or work-out attire. To attend, RSVP to 513-7249622 or email by Monday, June 10.

Retired teachers

The Clermont County Retired Teachers will meet Wednesday, June 19, at Owensville United Methodist Church, 2580 U.S. 50. Social hour and book swap begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at noon. Members will meet scholarship recipients, third-grade essay winners and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association president and vice-president. Cost is $11. RSVP to Pauline Caudill, 3382 Clover Road, Bethel, OH 45106; 513-734-3834; or, by June 12.

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River Sweep 2013 is Saturday, June 15, along the Ohio River and its tributaries. Volunteers are needed for this massive event.

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Batavia to use grant Batavia Township for three demolitions approves four TIFs By Roxanna Swift

BATAVIA — Village Administrator Dennis Nichols June 3 announced that houses at 715 Old Ohio 32, 229 West Glen Ave. and 215 Clark St. soon will be demolished. Evans Landscaping has a contract to demolish the buildings, which are being torn down using Moving Ohio Forward grant funds, Nichols said. “We seem to be making some real progress on empty buildings,” he said. The Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program, which launched in 2012, provides money for counties to remove abandoned and blighted structures. Attorney General Mike DeWine has allocated $75 million among Ohio’s 88 counties. The allocations are based on the percentage of foreclosures filed in each county between 2008 and 2011, according to the

program guidelines. The three houses in Batavia are among about 22 county officials are working to demolish, said Annette Decatur, grants coordinator for the Department of Community and Economic Development. The cost can vary depending on building size and other factors, but most demolitions in the county cost $6,000 to $12,000 on average, Decatur said. Because no match is required for the first $500,000 allocated to each county through the grant program, there will be no cost to the village or county, Nichols said. “I just think it’s a winwin for everybody,” said Mayor John Thebout. In addition to detracting from the village aesthetically, the vacant buildings pose a safety issue, he said. Children could get inside the houses and get hurt. The buildings also provide potential havens for

“mischief.” Abandoned structures are fire hazards and have potential for housing homeless “squatters,” Nichols said. While the demolitions show progress, Nichols said there are two other buildings - one at 610 E. Main St. and the other at 173 Wood St. - he would like to see demolished. Because the grant requires the permission of the property owners or lienholders, some properties pose a challenge. “Getting the lienholders to sign off seems to be the biggest obstacle,” he said. Properties will remain the property of their current owners through the demolition process, Nichols said. In addition to the three Batavia houses on the Moving Ohio Forward grant list, a fourth house at 225 Clark St. will be demolished and replaced by the property owners, he said.

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BATAVIA — Batavia Township trustees approved four different tax increment financing (TIF) projects June 3, setting up about 1,035 acres of land for development. TIFs are a tool communities can use to attract developers that will raise property value in surrounding areas and generate additional tax revenue, said Rex Parsons, township administrator. Previously, townships could use tax abatements to encourage development, but sometimes those could help a developer more, Parsons said. “The laws have changed,” he said. “Now, (TIFs) can benefit an entire region, not just one developer.” TIFs also specify where, and how much, funds are going to be spent, said Chris Moore, the township’s legal counsel. “People have found developers appreciate this,” Moore said. “In the event of development in the community, financing will be there to ensure (the project is completed).” The trustees previously created a TIF that would link Bauer and Batavia Road near the UC

East Campus at a special meeting April 22. The first TIF they unanimously passed at their regular June 3 meeting also involved Bauer Road. “We see an extension of Bauer Road to Half Acre Road in Williamsburg,” Parsons said. “A lot of the sewer and utilities are already in place.” Tonya Brooks, a Batavia resident who lives on 2267 Chesterfield Lane, asked the board if her property taxes would go up as a result of the TIF. “Property taxes don’t go up because of a TIF,” Moore said. “They go up as far as regular property would. If land value stays the same, taxes would not increase.” Since zoning on the first TIF will stay the same, so will taxes for residents in affected areas - at least for a while. “A rezone from a agriculture (district) to a business district would increase taxes,” said James Sauls, township trustee. “But with this, nothing happens until you move dirt.” In other words, TIFs don’t go into effect until development occurs, Parsons said. The second TIF trustees approved is directly across from Ohio 32,

where they approved a TIF at their special meeting last month. “We’d like to relocate Herold Road with connections to Lakeside Boulevard and Hospital Drive,” Parsons said. “This will make for a safer commute.” Linda Urban, whose family owns 64 acres of land in Batavia, asked when the trustees would know how much of Herold Road would be lost to construction. “I cannot tell you when,” Parsons said. “The county is currently discussing it with ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation).” Urban said her family is concerned about their land around the Ohio 32 interchange being rendered unusable. “It’s like we’re sitting in the middle of it all and we won’t have anything left,” she said. Parsons admitted the family would lose some land, but said they would gain some as well. “At the end of the day, access roads will allow you to develop your property,” he said. “Everybody is going to know where that road goes and your property value will increase.” Costs of any planned construction were not discussed at the meeting.

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Amelia man indicted for receiving stolen items Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies April 25 recovered a Bobcat Excavator valued at around $40,000 that had been reported stolen from a Clermont County cemetery March 26, 2011. The recovery took place at Reynolds Lawn Service, 1880 Ohio Pike in Amelia. Additional items were recovered on the Reynolds property that had been reported stolen Reynolds from several jurisdictions, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg in a press release. These jurisdictions included Union Township, Pierce Township, Amelia and Anderson Township in Hamilton County. This resulted in a number of search warrants and assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. As a result, nearly $95,000 in stolen property was recovered, Rodenberg said. All the thefts had been reported in early to mid 2011. This investigation was presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury June 4. As a result Teddy M. Reynolds, 51 years old, was indicted on nine counts of receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felony; six counts of tampering with identification numbers to conceal identification of vehicle or part, fifthdegree felony; seven counts of tampering with evidence, third-degree felony; and one count of insurance fraud, fourth-degree felony, said Rodenberg.

County, township and water resources officials May 29 cut a ribbon to celebrate the expansion of the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant in Batavia. From left are David Uible, county commissioner, Bill Dowdney, township trustee, Bob Proud, county commissioner, Tom Yeager, former director of utilities for the water resources department, Lyle Bloom, director of utilities for the water resources department, Rick Schramm, construction coordinator, Chris Rowland, assistant sanitary engineer and Mark Day, assistant director of operations for the water resources department. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Officials celebrate water treatment expansion By Roxanna Swift

BATAVIA — Water treatment capacity recently increased in Clermont County. County, township and water resource officials May 29 gathered at the recently expanded Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant in Batavia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour. The facility was built in 1995 to increase the water treatment capacity provided by the Miami-Goshen-Stonelick and Pierce-Union-Batavia plants, said Lyle Bloom, director of utilities for the water resources department. In 2005, the county exceeded 80 percent of the treatment capacity for all three plants combined, he said. “That’s when we initiated the focus to consider where we were going to get additional water capacity,” Bloom said. In 2009, the design process for the expan-

sion began, and in 2011, construction began. The facility was partially operational in June 2012, Bloom said. The remainder of the construction was complete by December. The expansion increased combined water treatment capacity for all three plants from 27.2 million gallons per day to 36.2 gallons per day, Bloom said. In addition to expanding capacity, the project brought the facility into compliance with new national drinking water regulations with a granular activated carbon facility, he said. In the past, carbon came in a powdered form and was kept in a slurry mixture, which was fed into the water along with other chemicals in a rapid mix basin, said Mark Day, assistant director of operations. When the water traveled to sedimentation basins, the slurry went to the bottom and was drawn out along with solids.

Granular activated carbon is now used instead, at a later stage in the treatment process, Day said. Other improvements include additional raw water pumps, new flocculation and sedimentation basins, renovated filters, new chemical feeds and updated computer systems, Bloom said. The cost was $12.96 million, he said. Of the total, $5 million was covered by bonds. The rest was paid out of capital funds.

Mark Day, assistant director of operations for the Clermont County water resources department, shows county and township officials new flocculation and sedimentation basins at the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant during a facility tour May 29. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Bethel-Tate board hires principal By Roxanna Swift

BETHEL — Bethel-Tate Middle School will have a new principal next school year. School board members May 20 hired Christen Davis of Milford to succeed long-time Principal Steve Gill. Davis, who has been assistant principal at Ross Middle School since 2004, holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in

curriculum and instruction. She earned both degrees at UC. Education has always been important for Davis and her Davis family, she said. Her mother, aunt, grandmother and sisterin-law are or have been teachers. “I’m the first administrator in a long line of teachers,” she

said. Although Davis started her career teaching in the New Richmond Exempted Village School District, she knew early on that she wanted to be an administrator, she said. She began pursuing her master’s degree during her second year of teaching. Davis background in teaching will be beneficial in her role as principal, said Superintendent Melissa Kircher. “I think it’s important that

Felicity graduate had perfect attendance By Roxanna Swift

FELICITY-FRANKLIN — A recent graduate never missed a day of school. Odessa Harcourt, who graduated May 26 from FelicityFranklin High School, was in the classroom every school day from first through 12th grade. She was the only senior to receive the 12-Year Perfect Attendance Award. “My mom did it when she was in school, so she made me do it, too,” Harcourt said. Her mother, Shirley Harcourt, was encouraged by her own mother to achieve perfect attendance. It makes education top priority and shows loyalty, she said. Harcourt said the most difficult part was going to school when she did not feel well. “When you’re sick, you’ve still got to go,” she said. Despite the challenges, the effort has paid off, she said. “It’s given me college opportunities,” Harcourt said. She received the John W. and Marianne Peck Scholarship. She plans to put the $1,000 scholarship toward her education at UC Clermont. She has not chosen a major. Harcourt also received the Senior Citizenship Award. The award is given to one student each year by the social studies department, said U.S. government and history teacher Ralph Adams, in an email. Adams and European and world history teacher Chriss Van Huss select

Odessa Harcourt receives her Felicity-Franklin High School diploma May 26. PROVIDED

the student who they believe exhibits the most passion for community service. “She’s just an all-around good child,” Shirley said. Her attendance is perfect in classes outside high school as well. She has been a fire cadet for the Felicity-Franklin Fire Department since she was 14 and recently took a basic Emergency Medical Technician class at Southern Hills Community College. She never missed a day

of class, said instructor Vicki Davis, who also works part-time at the fire department. “She excelled wonderfully in the class,” Davis said. Although it kept her busy, being a fire cadet motivated her to strive for perfect attendance in school, Harcourt said. One of the requirements is maintaining good grades. Being at school every day was a significant part of keeping her grades up.


Name: Jacob Havran Parents: John and Jane Havran Grade Point Average: 4.6 College: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Major: Engineering Scholarships: Anthony Munoz Havran Straight A Foundation, Clermont County Bar Association Scholarship, Bethel-Tate Alumni Association Scholarship, Rose-Hulman Merit Scholarship

Last book read: “The Count of Monte Cristo” Favorite school lunch: Chicken patties Favorite teacher: Mr. Lytle Greatest inspiration: My brother, John Where will you be in 10 years? Probably working in a lab somewhere High school turning point: The day I began Mrs. Seals math class, sophomore year. What would you will to your classmates? My undying sarcasm. If you could change your high school in one way, what would it be? I would ban them from playing Welcome to the Jungle, ever again, I hate that song and they play it because we are the Tigers.

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Name: Jacob Fischer Parents: Dan and Pam Fisch-

Grade Point Average: Unweighted: 3.942 Weighted: 4.426 College: University of Cincinnati


Major: Biolo-

Scholarships: $2,000 Century Cincinnatus Scholarship renewable for four years Last book Fischer read: “We Were the Mulvaneys,” Joyce Carol Oates Favorite school lunch: Tacos Favorite teacher: Mrs. Seals Greatest inspiration: My parents Where will you be in 10 years? In graduate school pursuing a career being a doctor. High school turning point: Junior year applying to colleges. What would you will to your classmates? Live for today because tomorrow is never guaranteed. If you could change your high school in one way, what would it be? Start the school day later so that we did not have to get up so early.

leadership of the school, she said. “I’m definitely into collaboration and teamwork, making sure everyone’s voice is heard in the system,” Davis said. Kircher said she thinks Davis will carry on some of the traditional leadership of the past, while helping transition to new, more rigorous state testing standards. “I think she’ll rise to the occasion and she’ll be a great administrator here,” she said.

Felicity-Franklin names valedictorian and salutatorian FELICITY — The FelicityFranklin High School Class of 2013 graduated May 26 in the school’s competition gym. Seniors Sydney Snider and Carley Snider, respectively, were valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class. While preparing for graduation, they took a few minutes to introduce themselves and answer a few questions.


Bethel-Tate valedictorian and salutatorian BETHEL — The Bethel-Tate High School Class of 2013 graduated May 24 at Northern Kentucky University. Seniors Jacob Havran and Jacob Fischer, respectively, were valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class. While preparing for graduation, they took a few minutes to introduce themselves and answer a few questions.

you have experience as a classroom teacher before you become a principal,” she said. A background in teaching gives principals credibility and knowledge of classroombased instruction, Kircher said. While Davis enjoyed teaching, she likes that administration allows her to work with multiple teachers and children of varying ages. She hopes to maintain a team-based perspective in her

Name: Sydney Snider Parents: Kenny and Jamie Snider Grade Point Average: 4.0 College: The Ohio State University Major: Food Science Scholarships: $500 Clermont CounSydney ty OSU Alumni Snider Scholarship; $4,000 National FFA CSX Scholarship; $1,000 Clermont County Farm Bureau Scholarship; $3,500 OSU Food Science Scholarship; $1,500 OSU CFAES Scholarship; $500 Brady Rudd Memorial Scholarship; $1,024 Felicity-Franklin FFA Alumni Scholarship; $2,000 Clermont County Agriculture Society Tobacco Grant Last book read: “Just Don’t Fall” by Josh Sundquist Favorite school lunch: Pizza burgers Favorite teacher: Mrs. Holly Jennings, Agriculture Education teacher Greatest inspiration: My family Where will you be in 10 years? Hopefully in a steady career within the agriculture industry! High school turning point: Enrolling in Agriculture Education classes and joining FFA. What would you will to your classmates? Four years of amazing memories, stories and experiences! If you could change your high school in one way, what

would it be? Add more diverse and challenging classes.


Name: Carley Snider Parents: Ken and Jamie Snider Grade Point Average: 4.0 College: The Ohio State University Major: Food Science Scholarships: $1,000 Carley Ohio State Snider Food Science Scholarship; $1,500 College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Scholarship; $1,500 National FFA Scholarship; $934 Felicity-Franklin FFA Alumni Scholarship; $500 Brady Rudd Memorial Fund Scholarship; $2,000 (renewable every year) Ohio State Trustees Scholarship; $1,000 Ohio State Alumni of Clermont County Scholarship, $2,000 Clermont County Agriculture Society Tobacco Grant Last book read: “Mockingjay” by Susan Collins Favorite school lunch: Pizza burgers Favorite teacher: Mrs. Holly Jennings Greatest inspiration: My family Where will you be in 10 years? In 10 years, I hope to be graduated from undergraduate and graduate school and working in my chosen field. I also hope to be working towards starting a family. High school turning point: Joining the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter. What would you will to your classmates? I would will my classmates to chase after their dreams and to never doubt their abilities to be successful. If you could change your high school in one way, what would it be? I would increase the school spirit amongst students in my high school.


Wilmington College senior Keegan A. Martin of Bethel was recognized for his membership into The Green Key Society at the college’s 32nd Annual Student Recognition Ceremony. The Green Key Society is Wilmington College’s honor society founded in 1951. Juniors and seniors become eligible for Green Key membership upon the completion of 75 or 90 semester hours, respectively, with grade-point averages of 3.75 and 3.50, respectively. Graduates once eligible

for membership may be initiated at any time. Martin, who is majoring in athletic training, is a 2009 graduate of Bethel-Tate High School.


Richard Stanfield, Jr. of Bethel has received a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University. The son of Richard Stanfield and Deborah and Jim Deboard, he will graduate from Bethel-Tate High School this spring, and is active in athletics and band. Stanfield hasn’t yet chosen a major at Xavier.





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573



By Scott Springer

COLUMBUS — Even though she qualified for the Division III state meet in the 100 hurdles at the regionals in Piqua June 1, the best news of the month for Arica Stutz came June 4. On that Tuesday in FelicityFranklin’s library, she had her official signing ceremony announcing her intention to go to Northern Kentucky University as a track and field athlete. Though originally verbally committed to UC Clermont to play basketball where her sisters had played, another successful track season for the Lady Cardinals led Stutz to look across the river. “I kind of knew that track was my favorite sport,” Stutz said. “Not a lot of schools have my major. I was swayed by UC because of engineering. I could’ve played either of the sports, but the fact that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to run track (at UC Clermont) made me want to go to NKU.” Stutz is scheduled to go into pre-engineering. If her plans continue to include going into materials engineering, she would have to transfer after a couple of years. For now, she’s focused on her athletic career with the Lady Norse. “As far as I know I’m going to be a multi-event athlete,” Stutz said. “I could be doing hurdles and I could throw. It’s exciting.” In addition to running the 100 and 300 hurdles for FelicityFranklin, Stutz also was a high jumper and long jumper. Back in the fall, she played soccer. In the winter, she was the floor leader for the Lady Cardinals in basketball. Outside of some backyard skirmishes on the family hoop, it appears her formal basketball days are over. “I wouldn’t be able to walk on there (at NKU),” Stutz said. “I’m going to miss basketball, but I can play anytime I want. I do have three sisters, so we can always play two-on-two. With track, it’s no fun to go out and run by yourself.”

Junior Dakota Sicurella works on a start in the hurdles back in April. Sicurella made it to the Division II regional meet in Dayton. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Felicity-Franklin's Arica Stutz competes in the 100 hurdles at the Division III regional meet in Piqua. The performance would put her in the DIII state meet for the third time in her career. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS

As for the state meet, this was the third version of “Stutz at State.” She previously made the trek north her freshman and junior years. “My freshman year, my nerves really got to me,” Stutz said. “It’s almost overwhelming.” Despite her experience, the competition at the state meet can be humbling and recent Felicity-Franklin grad finished fifth in her heat in the 100 hurdles. Her time of 15.80 was 11th in the prelims and just short of making the finals.

Stutz now trades the red-andwhite for the black-and-gold of NKU. She’s close to her family, so even the 30-minute drive along U.S. 52 toward Interstate 275 and Highland Heights may be difficult. “My parents are really excited,” Stutz said. “They’re trying to get me to live on campus. They want to get rid of me (laughing).” Also making the regional meet for Felicity-Franklin was junior Chrissy Paskow, who was 12th in the 1,600 meter run. Freshman Isa Abdullah was

Hamersville Flash take it to finals Submitted

The Hamersville Flash 13U Gold National League Team played in the Hoosier Championships in Columbus, Ind., April 27 and 28. The team made it to the finals against some of the best teams in the nation. On their way to the finals they beat the 2012 Travel Ball National Champions the Lids Indiana Bulls 8-2 in the semi-finals to earn a birth in the finals where they lost to Zionsville Baseball. A parent, Eric Hazlett, from the Lids Indiana Bulls, said, “We made1or 2 errors but we played our usual best... you guys just rocked. From the perfectly placed hits to the supreme pitching and awesome coaching... Way to go boys... men. Keep it up the rest of the season and continue having fun." The team played great. It seemed the play got better as the tournament went on and the competition got even stiffer. The Flash kept advancing in

Bethel-Tate’s Jake Robinson broke Matt Small’s school record of 20’3” in the long jump by soaring 20’9.75” at the Division II district meet. He finished 11th in the league meet at 20’3.5”. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

15th overall in the 400 meter prelims for boys. Bethel-Tate’s track and field season ended with three performers in the Division II regional meet in Dayton. Sophomore Jake Robinson made the trip up I-75 by surpassing 2012 grad Matt Small’s school long jump record. “Matt Small set the school record of 20’3” last year,” coach Dave Schellenberger said. “He was around for that. His (Robinson’s) best before that was19’6”, then he went 20’9 3/4”.” The 6-foot-5 Robinson set the

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Amelia basketball camp

Amelia basketball coach Craig Mazzaro is offering a summer basketball camp for boys. Camp, which is for boys entering second through eighth grades, is 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 25, at Amelia High School. Cost is $50. For the past 17 years, more than 3,000 kids attended these camps. Call Craig Mazzaro at 315-4372, 947 7463, or e-mail

The Hamersville Flash 13U Gold National League Team celebrates its success in the Hoosier Championships, having earned a spot in the finals. In back are assistant coach Paul Krause, head coach Shawn Whisman, Isaiah Chitkara, Stephen Krause, Devin Milton, Jacob McCaleb, assistant coach Dwayne Dewesse and Aric France. In front are Evan Baugh, Cody Gragg, Brandon Bishop, Hunter Deweese, Ander Kohrs and Dylan Whisman. THANKS TO RENEE WHISMAN

the tournament when the pressure was on. They had outstanding pitching and some great plays on defense. The bats came alive (especially in clutch situations). The team has only played together for about three weeks on the field, as they continue to play together it becomes easier to feel comfortable with the

guys next to you. The runner-up in such an elite tournament also earned the team a trip to a Chicago White Sox game against the Texas Rangers in August where the team is in a parade of Champions and get to walk in uniform around the Chicago White Sox field before the Major League Baseball game.

mark at the district meet in New Richmond and is only in his second year in the event. His secret was not exactly scientific. “I just jump higher,” he said. “The same thing, just higher.” In Dayton, Robinson would leap a respectable 20’3 1/2” that put him 11th. With the talent level at the meet, even his school record-setting jump wouldn’t have qualified him for state. The upside is Robinson is still growing and has two more years to land further in the sand. “What makes him a better long jumper is he runs the 100 open and he’s part of the 4x100 and 4x200, “ Schellenberger said. “His speed is there. What he does really well is work on his approach and take-off. He’s very consistent.” For the Bethel-Tate girls, senior Taylor Atkins made the Division II regional meet by finishing third at districts with a 5’ high jump. “We’ve been really fortunate the last few years getting kids to regionals and state,” Schellenberger said. “I thought my season was going to be over with early, but this was a good reason to keep working.” Atkins may have moved on in some running events, but an Achilles injury and a bout with anemia curtailed some of her activities. “We decided about mid-season to stop running because of her injury,” Bethel-Tate girls coach Meggie Bierken said. “She did some proactive things, like getting some therapy.” Battling her ailments, Atkins cleared 4’8” in Dayton but was unable to advance. Junior Dakota Sicurella made regionals last season and this season. She didn’t advance beyond preliminaries in the 100 hurdles, but has another busy season ahead and the potential to improve according to her coach. “Between cheerleading fall and winter and (going) right into gymnastics, I think she has that tremendous flexibility and that awareness of what she is doing,” Bierken said.

Soccer Unlimited

The schedule for the OSYSA/Soccer Unlimited Soccer Camps run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South is now available at cmtr3t5. Included in the schedule are camps in Hyde Park, College Hill, Anderson, Deer Park, Milford, Bethel, Sycamore Township, Fairfax, Batavia and Terrace Park. For more information, contact Ohio South at 576-9555 or Jack Hermans at 232-7916 or

Wilmington camp

Wilmington College will offer a girls basketball camp for girls in grades four to 11. The camp will be offered daily on

the beautiful campus of Wilmington College. The camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Monday, June 17, until Wednesday, June 19. Pre-registration cost is $95. Leading the camp will be head coach Jerry Scheve. In 22 years at the college, Scheve has compiled an outstanding 415-176 record with the Lady Quakers, including a national championship in 2004. The purpose of the camp is to provide each camper with a greater understanding of the fundamentals of both offensive and defensive basketball. This will be accomplished by enthusiastically emphasizing these fundamentals on a daily basis. Brochures can be found online at Call assistant coach Mark Huelsman at 937-382-6661, ext. 625, and leave a message if no one is in.

Challenger soccer

Challenger Sports is having several of its British Soccer Camps in the area: Eastgate Soccer, week of June 24. Each camper gets a free camp T-shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and personalized skills performance evaluation. Visit www.challenger For more information, call 9101043, or e-mail





Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR You must understand

Eric, I will not totally disagree with you on what you are saying about the legitimacy of the 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations for either side. But, you must understand the liberal organizations got none of the extra scrutinizing and questioning the tea party/patriot organizations did. And if you remember any of the tea party rallies ever being violent, remind me where this happened and when. I think that’s one reason people at the IRS mentioned the extra scrutiny about right-wing groups being home-grown terror organizations. I seem to remember leftist sit-ins about big banks and Wall Street being so terrible there were rapes, fights, desecration of police cars, public intoxication, public indecency and that type of thing - yet you think its OK to go through extra questioning of tea party groups that have never done anything remotely like that? Sounds like its OK for one side to discriminate but not the other in your mind. Typical mind set of liberals. Maybe if the shoe was on the other foot your message would be different? Your liberal party followers want choice, but, when that choice is different than their agenda, then they don’t have that

same fervor for choices.

Robert Dollenmeyer Milford



Karen Marotta Batavia

America’s gun culture

The NRA recently held its annual revival meeting. Its members celebrated their ability to dictate the votes of our congressional representatives and gave bombastic sermons in praise of our country’s favorite false idol, the gun. Profiteers preached against the evils of “politics of emotion” while their use of fear and anger helped sell acres of firearms on the convention floor. Dealers sold bleeding targets called “The ExGirlfriend” and “Rocky,” an Obama lookalike. Youth Day taught children that “Guns are fun” and Wayne LaPierre led the applause as they welcomed their youngest lifetime member, a 3-year-old. Whether or not you feel that a gun is a necessary tool, this shameless spectacle makes it hard to deny that our gun culture is out of control. We collect, wear, personalize, accessorize, pose with, brag about, lovingly photograph them from all angles and buy miniature versions for our children. The NRA profits greatly by hyping and romanticizing these products. Are they speaking for all of us when they encourage the attitude that being an American means being armed? If we

Act now to help end, prevent elder abuse Somewhere right now an old woman with dementia is sitting silently, head bowed, while her daughter yells and threatens to punch her. Somewhere a son is emptying his aged father’s savings account. And somewhere an elderly widow with depression sits alone in a dirty house, unfed, unwashed and unwilling to let anyone help her. Elder abuse is all around us, but we’re rarely aware of it. It usually goes unreported. The victims don’t rally in the streets. Often, they’re afraid to let anyone know. It doesn’t get the attention or funding of child abuse or other forms of domestic violence. But abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly cause immense sufSuzanne fering and they cost Burke COMMUNITY PRESS society in terms of lost lives, stolen fiGUEST COLUMNIST nancial assets, medical expenses, and premature placements in institutions. Last year in Ohio there were 14,344 reports of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. That number is bad enough, but it represents a fraction of the reality. Research suggests that only one in five elder abuse cases is ever reported. Nationally, it is estimated that older adults lose $2.6 billion annually that is essentially stolen from them by relatives, people working for them, “friends” or scam artists. Financial exploitation in particular is on the rise. Prevention of elder abuse begins with increased awareness and advocacy for more justice and protection for victims. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day in which advocates, victims, and service providers will bring attention to the problem through rallies, memorial services, conferences or by wearing purple, as our staff will be doing. Greater awareness is important because it raises more voices to help those who have no voice. There are also other ways to make a difference. Here are a few: At the federal level: Contact your legislators about funding for the Elder Justice Act. This bipartisan legis-

push the metal off the pedestal can we finally have a rational discussion about its place in our society?

MORE INFO ON TV The CET program “Focus,” with host Kathy Lehr, will air a program on elder abuse on Friday June 14, at 7:30 p.m. on Channel WPTO/THINK TV 14, and repeat on Sunday, June 16 at 12:30 p.m. on CET 48.1. Guests are Laurie Petrie and Cindy Fischer of Council on Aging and Gail Davis, director of admissions at the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. Within a week of the broadcast, the program will be available for viewing online at

lation was signed in 2010 but no funds have been appropriated. Funding would support protective services, awareness efforts, professional training, and research. At the state level: Contact your legislators to support full funding of Adult Protective Services across Ohio. Nearly half of Ohio’s counties do not have money for full time adult protection workers. These are social workers who investigate reports of abuse and arrange for protection, such as home care services, legal assistance, or guardianship. In counties that do have full time workers, there is sometimes only one for the entire county. In your community: report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to Adult Protective Services for the county where you live. (Telephone numbers at the end of this column) In your neighborhood: Reach out to older adults who may be lonely or struggling to stay independent in their homes. Simple acts of kindness like walking the dog, shoveling snow, or cutting the grass can make a real difference. Sometimes there is no family caregiver to help and, if there is, that caregiver may be grateful for a helping hand. To report suspected elder abuse (including an older person’s selfneglect), call your county adult protective services office. In Hamilton County, call 421-LIFE (5433) and in Clermont County call 513-732-7173. Suzanne Burke is the chief executive officer of the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.

A publication of

Regurgitating standard pap

The guest column on unions was undoubtedly written by a staunch union man, he regurgitated the standard pap advanced by unions and the Democratic Party as they strive to protect their base. I understand the question as I grew up in a union household where my dad was frequently on strike. The statistics quoted are readily available on the web (supplied by the AFL-CIO) a quick search shows lots of studies, but any that disagree were conveniently ignored. What was missing from the discourse was one of the central arguments against compulsory unionism. What proportion of the dues in a union shop – which you are obligated to pay if you want the job - go to contract negotiation and workplace affairs and how much goes as campaign contributions that are unilaterally to Democratic candidates, causes. What never appears is how much of the union dues go to “administrative costs.” Members would be surprised if they knew how much their union representative was paid and what

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“benefits” he received. A recent study of Michigan after the removal of compulsory unionism showed membership dropped by 35 percent plus. You only make the points that support your case, that would not help! Stan Shadwell Pierce Township

Physical activity - take it outside When winter winds are howling and the snow is falling, gyms offer the ideal climate-controlled space for working out. Emerging science suggests however, that exercising outdoors offers benefits that cannot be duplicated on a treadmill, track or recumbent bike. For one thing, a person strides differently when exercising outdoors. The ankle gets flexed more when exercising outside and at least occasionally, one has to run or walk downhill, which stresses the muscles quite differently than when walking on a flat level surface. Outdoor exercise tends to be more strenDenise Franer uous than indoor workCOMMUNITY PRESS outs. Studies comparing treadmill workouts GUEST COLUMNIST to running outside showed that treadmill users expended less energy in covering the same distance than outdoor runners. The reason for the decreased energy expenditure is that there is little to no wind drag or changes in terrain for the treadmill user. Studies on cycling showed the same results. Workouts in the outdoors also increased the number of calories expended. Several studies showed that volunteers who walked similar distances both indoors and outdoors reported greater enjoyment in performing the activity outdoors and scored higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and decreased levels of tension, depression and fatigue. A study on older adults showed that those who exercised outdoors exercised longer and more often than those who worked out indoors. Despite the boom in the fitness industry, no changes have been seen in

national fitness levels: Gyms are not the total answer. Clermont County has many places and spaces for outdoor fitness activities and fun. Try walking the trails at Sycamore Park in Batavia or at the Crooked Run Nature Preserve adjacent to the Chilo Lock 34 Park. You can cycle on the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail. Spencer Shank Park in Amelia offers a walking trail, basketball courts, playground and Frisbee golf course. O’Bannon Creek Nature Trail is a scenic walking trail along the O’Bannon Creek on the grounds of Goshen High School. Washington Township Park is a 186-acre park with a playground, walking trail, fishing ponds, soccer fields and basketball court. These are but a few of the more than 60 places in Clermont County where it is easy and fun to be active outdoors. To learn more about the spaces in your community where you can be active outdoors, contact the Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition at 7327499 for a copy of Places and Spaces: Clermont County’s Guide to Local Parks, Nutrition Programs for Free or Low Cost Activity and Nutrition. As the lead agency for Clermont CAN, the Clermont County General Health District supports local activities that encourage wellness through increased activity and better nutrition. To learn more about Clermont CAN, visit Denise Franer, RN, is the program coordinator for Clermont CAN at the Clermont County General Health District.

CH@TROOM May 29 question What was your worst vacation ever? Why did it go so completely wrong?

“Our worst vacation was a few years ago when we decided to visit in-laws in Florida so we could also include a trip to Disney World for our then young son who was 6. “It didn't take very long for sparks to fly between the family thus causing us to camp in a motel not planning on spending the extra $300 plus dollars we would have saved staying in their house. “Never again, motels we will seek to give breathing room.”

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Hill Intermediate School teacher Kristi Roll, left, announces fifth-grader Lindsey McMullen as a Student of the Trimester during the May 20 Bethel-Tate school board meeting. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Bick Primary School teacher Tina Brink, left, presents kindergartener Fayth Osborn with a Student of the Trimester certificate during the May 20 Bethel-Tate school board meeting. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Bick Primary School teacher Mary Kreimer, left, presents second-grader Anae Gearig with a Student of the Trimester certificate during a school board meeting May 20. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

STUDENTS OF THE TRIMESTER BETHEL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bethel-Tate school board members May 20 recognized 12 students as Students of the Trimester. Teachers nominate students each trimester for setting a good example in a variety of ways, including positive attitudes, good attendance and study habits. One student from each grade level is selected as a Student of the Trimester in grades

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three through eight. Four students are selected at the high school level each trimester. High school students are not selected by grade level. For the third trimester of the 2012-2013 school year, Students of the Trimester are: Fayth Osborn,

kindergarten; Kaden Cranfill, first grade; Anae Gearig, second grade; Landen Walker, third grade; Lydia Sutter, fourth grade; Lindsey McMullen, fifth grade; Mason Hance, sixth grade; Noah Richter, seventh grade; Savannah Long, eighth grade; Tessa Collins, freshman; Ashley Cashner, sophomore; Trent Long, sophomore; Nick Taggart, senior.

Sophomore Trent Long, left, accepts a Student of the Trimester certificate from Bethel-Tate High School Principal Susen Arn during the school board meeting May 20. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Freshman Tessa Collins, left, accepts a Student of the Trimester certificate from Bethel-Tate High School Principal Susen Arn during the school board meeting May 20.

Hill Intermediate School Principal Kay Nau, left, presents a Student of the Trimester certificate to fourth-grader Lydia Sutter during the school board meeting May 20. ROXANNA

Third-grader Landen Walker, left, accepts a Student of the Trimester certificate from Hill Intermediate School Principal Kay Nau during the school board meeting May 20. ROXANNA




Bethel-Tate Middle School Principal Steve Gill, left, presents eighth-grader Savannah Long with a Student of the Trimester certificate May 20. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE

Seventh-grader Noah Richter, left, accepts a Student of the Trimester certificate from Bethel-Tate Middle School Principal Steve Gill May 20 during the school board meeting. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bethel-Tate Middle School Principal Steve Gill, left, announces sixth-grader Mason Hance as a Student of the Trimester during the school board meeting May 20.





house or Garden. Daily through June 21. Learn the art and craft of clay while having fun and exploring creativity. Classes are small, with maximum of 12 students per class. Students receive group and individual instruction at their own level. Ages 7-13. $165. Registration required. 683-2529; Loveland. Children’s Art Enrichment Camp, 8:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m., Village Art House, 120 N. Market St., Daily through June 21. Art activities, including supplies. Ages 3-8. $80 per person. Registration required. 732-2177; Batavia.

Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, Unused bicycles, tricycles, Big Wheels - anything non-motorized with wheels and pedals are decorated with plants and flowers for display throughout the Milford, Miami Township and Terrace Park areas. Locations at website. Programs with locations, People’s Choice Award ballot and information are available at local businesses listed on website. Presented by Greater Milford Events & Arts Council. 831-4192; Milford.

Drink Tastings Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers that pair well with each. Music and artwork on display in gallery. $19.75. Reservations required. Through June 27. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. SilverSneakers, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support offered to safely perform variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. For seniors. Presented by SilverSneakers. 478-6783. Miami Township.

Films Gibsonburg, 10:35 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Pierce Point Cinema 10, 1255 W. Ohio Pike, Underdog baseball team wins six games and loses 17 games in regular season. In a magical way, the team wins eight games in a row to become the first high school baseball team, in any state, to win a state championship with a losing record. Starring Louis Bonfante, Lili Reinhart and Jonnie Wagner. 947-3333; Amelia.

Music - Benefits Southern Gospel Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., Miami Valley Christian Academy, 6830 School St., Music by local group Fresh Spirit and the Soul’d Out Quartet. Refreshments will be available. For Patti Cox, first-grade teacher, fighting multiple myeloma. Benefits Prayers for Patti. Free; donations accepted. Presented by Miami Valley Christian Academy High School. 272-6822. Newtown.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Art & Craft Classes Wild About Birds, 1133 Main St. in Milford, will host a Rummage for Raptors Sidewalk Sale to benefit RAPTOR Inc. The sale will feature gently-used birding merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Pictured is a juvenile red-tailed hawk rehabilitated by RAPTOR Inc. just before it was released back into the wild. THE ENQUIRER/GLENN HARTONG. TGI Friday Night Grill-Outs, 6-11 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Food, music and entertainment. Burgers, brats, metts, hot dogs, side dishes and cash bar. Price varies. Split-the-pot available. 831-9876; Milford. Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m. Brad Martin., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Items available a la carte. Presented by Great Parks of Hamilton County. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers. 478-6783. Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner: Crime and Pun-ishment, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 318, 6660 Clough Road, Includes multi-course meal. Adult beverages available. $60, $45 with mention of this listing. 888-6432583; Cincinnati. Anderson Township.


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

Rummage for Raptors Sidewalk Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wild About Birds, 1133 Main St., Sale of donated, gently used bird feeders, bird houses, etc. Raffle tickets sold for bird feeder and other items. Benefits RAPTOR Inc. Free. Through June 16. 248-2044; Milford.



Music - Blues

Jeep and Truck Night, 6-9 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 590 Chamber Drive, Parking lot. For trucks, Jeeps or off-road vehicles. Free. 831-5823; Milford.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 27. 575-2102. Milford.

Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. Spinning on Keiser M3 Freewheel, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Miami Athletic Club & Wellness Center,

Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Design class. Stay after to create your own arrangement with help of instructor 7-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. 697-9484; Loveland.

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Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.

Farmers Market 930 Lila Ave., Spinning Studio. Keiser M3 indoor bike with magnetic resistance. Ages 18 and up. $10. Registration recommended. 831-0006; Milford. X-Fit Classes, 10-11 a.m., Miami Athletic Club & Wellness Center, 930 Lila Ave., Join certified trainers for Group X-Fit class to improve your conditioning and strength. Ages 18 and up. $10. Registration recommended. 831-0006; Milford.

Home & Garden Do-It-Yourself Workshop: Concrete Repair, 10-11:30 a.m., The Home Depot-Beechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Evaluate concrete to determine necessary repairs, select correct products for repairing various concrete problems and learn to repair cracks, flakes and breaks. Free. 688-1654. Union Township.

Nature Presentation of Birds of Prey by RAPTOR, Inc. Volunteers, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wild About Birds, 1133 Main St., Volunteers with live birds of prey to educate public about importance of birds to our environment. Free. 248-2044; Milford.

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

Shopping Rummage for Raptors Sidewalk Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wild About Birds, Free. 248-2044; Milford.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Historic Sites Miller-Leuser Log House, 1-4 p.m., Miller-Leuser Log House, 6550 Clough Pike, Tour of 1796 historic log house furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques, the barn, outhouse and corn crib. The oldest log cabin in Hamilton County remaining on its original site. Members of the Historical Society will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions. Appointments available. Closed November-May. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. Through Oct. 20. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

Recreation Tennis Classes, 4-5 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Weekly through July 21. Eye-hand coordination, racquet skills, basic strokes and scoring. Indoors. Bring racquet. Also, Tennis for Intermediates. Ages

18 and up. $69. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; Anderson Township. Car Cruise In, 4-8 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 590 Chamber Drive, For old, restored, high performance or car with a story. Free. 831-5823; Milford.

Shopping Rummage for Raptors Sidewalk Sale, Noon-4 p.m., Wild About Birds, Free. 248-2044; Milford.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9:15-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Legendary Community Center, 3601 West Legendary Run, Increase your strength and flexibility while sitting in a chair or standing and using chair for balance. Learn breathing techniques to promote well-being and calmness and to maximize your body’s potential. $7.50 or $40 for six classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574; Pierce Township. Hatha Mat Yoga, 6-7:10 p.m., Legendary Community Center, 3601 West Legendary Run, Designed to help increase your strength, flexibility and wellbeing. Each class includes breathing practices, stretching, strength training and relaxation. Bring mat. $7.50 or $40 for six classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574; Pierce Township.

Recreation Street Customs Night Cruise In, 6-9 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 590 Chamber Drive, Parking lot. For imports, custom vehicles, rat rods, cruisers, high performance, Corvettes or Mustangs. 831-5823; Milford.

Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot. Featuring 32 vendors from Tri-state area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet popsicles, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Free. Presented by Loveland Farmers Market. 683-0150; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 4-6 p.m., Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, 7500 State Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Anderson Township. TriHealth Mobile Mammography Screening, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Bethesda Group Practice Milford, 5861 Cinema Drive, Digital screening mammography. Reservations required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 5696565; Milford.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Summer Camps - Arts

Exercise Classes

Clay Works Youth Summer Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Clay Creations for a Tree-

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

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. SilverSneakers, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 478-6783. Miami Township.

Home & Garden Do-It-Herself Workshop: How To Build An Adirondack Chair, 6:30-8 p.m., The Home DepotBeechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Understand tools and supplies needed, learn to build an adirondack chair, select products to decorate your chair and check out additional videos for how to build footstool and coffee table. Free. 688-1654. Union Township.

Recreation Jeep and Truck Night, 6-9 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, Free. 831-5823; Milford.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford. TGI Friday Night Grill-Outs, 6-11 p.m., American Legion Post 450, Price varies. Split-the-pot available. 831-9876; Milford. Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Kevin Fox. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 4786783. Union Township.

Festivals St. Columban Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Music by Off the Hook. Music, games, raffle, bid-and-buy and children’s rides. Pizza hot dogs, metts, burgers, fries and barbecue chicken dinner. Beer Garden and wine available with ID. Dress for weather. Free. 683-0105; Loveland.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner: Crime and Pun-ishment, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 318, $60, $45 with mention of this listing. 888-643-2583; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Art Exhibits Bikes in Bloom, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., City of Milford, 831-4192; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. 237-4574. Amelia. Spinning on Keiser M3 Freewheel, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Miami Athletic Club & Wellness Center, $10. Registration recommended. 831-0006; Milford. X-Fit Classes, 10-11 a.m., Miami Athletic Club & Wellness Center, $10. Registration recommended. 831-0006; Milford.

Festivals St. Columban Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Columban Church, Music by Rusty Griswolds. Free. 683-0105; Loveland.



Slaw recipe is from the ‘hall of fame’ This year, grandson Will came home with a teeny cabbage sprout from Bonnie Plants. Bonnie Plants has a program throughout the United States that gives thirdgraders a cabbage plant to grow. At the end of the season, their teacher sends a photo of Rita the class’s Heikenfeld best plant RITA’S KITCHEN as a state entry. The prize is $1,000 scholarship for the winner in each state. Will is taking care of his cabbage in my garden and, so far, his Bonnie cabbage is larger than all of mine. This is a fun and educational way to get kids interested in gardening and eating healthy. It’s also the time of year I start getting requests for the cole slaws made in local delis and a reader favorite is Thriftway’s slaw recipe. It was given to me by a reader several years ago and remains in my recipe “hall of fame.” After Will sends his cabbage photo in, I’m going to teach him to make stuffed cabbage rolls and Aunt Becky’s slaw.

Will Heikenfeld is pictured watering his Bonnie cabbage plant. Grandma Rita shares a cole slaw recipe. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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1 cup each: Hellman’s mayonnaise and Marzetti slaw dressing Celery seed, salt and pepper to taste

Mix cabbage and carrot. Blend sugar, mayo, dressing and seasonings. Pour over cabbage mixture and stir to mix.

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Use a bag of cole slaw mix instead of the cabbage and carrot.

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8 8 oz. canning jars with lids 5 cups finely mashed strawberries (we used the food processor after stemming the berries and washing them. Mashing by hand works, too.) 1 1.75 oz. box regular Sure-Jell fruit powdered fruit pectin (not low-sugar fruit pectin) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 7 cups sugar

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


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Visitors to Greenmound Cemetery in New Richmond were upset with the condition of the grave sites Memorial Day. Village Administrator David Kennedy said he made a mistake scheduling the contractor for mowing. The cemetery was mowed May 17, but not May 24. “It should have been mowed the Friday before (Memorial Day) and cleaned up,” Kennedy said. “It was not acceptable for Memorial Day.” The schedule will be corrected next year, he said. The cemetery has been mowed since May 27. “We will try to do a better job keeping care of it the rest of the summer,” Kennedy said. “I understand this is an emotional issue for people. We are talking about their families. We do care. We fully appreciate their feelings. We want to make this right.” In the meantime, he will ask village council for extra money from the general fund to take down seven dead trees. Also, volunteers will help care for the cemetery. The village has limited funds, said Mayor Ramona Carr. But, “I want them (the cemeteries) taken care of.” Tuesday, June 11, she planned to appoint a cemetery board at the council meeting that will work with Kennedy on maintenance. One board member will be from village council, she said. “I sympathize with

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‘Olde Williamsburgh’ ushers in summer By Keith BieryGolick

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg residents celebrated the beginning of summer June 1. Adults and children alike were treat-

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Dylan Calla, a 14-year-old magician, performs during June in Olde Williamsburgh June 1. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Tyler Strange throws a life preserver at a cardboard victim while Linda Romine from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks on at June in Olde Williamsburgh June 1. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY

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Milford-Miami Township, Amazing Race is here By Chuck Gibson

Everything old is new again. Loveland’s Amazing Race has been run seven times, but it’s new again this year with the Milford-Miami Township Tour starting for the first time at Carriage Way Park in Milford at 9 a.m. this Saturday, June 15. Loveland’s Amazing Race 8 – Milford and Miami Township Tour will finish with a post-race party for all at Milford American Legion Post 450 and Riverside Park in downtown Milford. “This is number eight,” said Dr. Doug Portmann, founder and race committee member. “Milford Miami Township Tour, race eight. I’m really excited about it.” Portmann, along with Dr. Gary Huber, Kathy Ray (now Kathy Schickel), and Martin Schickel, brought this unusual charity race concept to Loveland in 2006. The zany race was an instant success. Two-person teams race their way through 20 crazy challenge stations designed to test mind and body in a fun way. The race for charity has sold out every year since the first year; including this first year here. “It’s number eight because you can’t discount (the fact) we’ve been able to give $360,000 worth of charity money over the last seven years,” Port-



Pre-race: Map Release Party, Friday, June 14, Shooters: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Loveland’s Amazing Race 8 – Milford and Miami Township Tour Saturday, June 15. Start: 9 a.m. Milford’s Carriage Way Park, 651 Riverside Drive. Finish and Post Race Party: Milford American Legion Post 450 and Riverside Park. Music by: Verbatim Band, Slim Tempo and the Change Ups. Food and drink available to the public. Race registration for 2014 opens “High Noon” Sunday, June 16. For more information: Or find them on Facebook at: LovelandsAmazingRace.

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love the fire department every year; lots of water. The river will be included again.” With the fastest sellout ever, most of the race teams have done this. Still, the course and all the challenges will be completely new, though some challenges will be similar to past years. The race promises a little less running, but more challenging bicycling. Officials like to keep details of all the challenges secret until race day, but Portmann dropped an interesting hint this year. “Regardless of the weather, it will be in all kinds of weather,” he said. “Whether there is heat or snow, they’ll be in all kinds of weather.” Haven’t done it, sounds like fun, want to join in, but you’re not signed up and it is sold out? Check out the Loveland’s Amazing Race Facebook page.

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mann said. “This is not year one of a new event. This is a collective continuation of what we’ve been able to do for seven years.” One thing that is new is the Milford and Miami Township area organizations that will benefit from the race. The top local charities for 2013 are: Karen Carns Foundation, Milford-Miami Township Sharefest project, Chestnut Street Historic Church Preservation project, and the Boy Scouts of America – Camp Friedlander. Portmann said the race also makes dozens of small grants to local groups, schools, churches and teams that volunteer to help during the race. What about the challenges? “All new except we do have the fire department back,” said Portmann. “This year we’ll have the Milford Fire Department involved. People seem to


BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director


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Wild turkey ate the ripe strawberries Howdy folks, Last Wednesday we went to the Senior Citizens meeting at 8 a.m. then over to the Grant’s Greenhouse and Farm to get some more Miracle Grow potting soil. The Grant’s farm have honey bee supplies, seeds, plants, trees, flowers, blackberry, blueberry and strawberry plants; plus plenty of other gardening supplies so stop over and see them. They are planting plenty of produce so they will have fresh homegrown produce to sell later. Then we went to our friends Mort and Barb’s

house for the noon meal. We have been friends since we did the 20/20 program sevGeorge eral years Rooks ago. Now OLE FISHERMAN they have a cabin in Canada. It would be great to go visit them there in the summer but with so much to do here at home, garden, mowing grass, the organizations we belong to, all the volunteer work, etc. we just don’t have time. The A&M Orchard has

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strawberries for sale, either you pick or have them picked. To have them pick, you need to call and order them. They sure have beautiful berries and they are such wonderful people and stewards of their orchards. Their phone numbers are 875-2500 or (937) 783-4098. We checked our strawberry patch and saw some ripe berries. I told Ruth Ann they are not quite ripe enough, so I will pick them the next day. I went the next morning to pick them and the wild turkey had gotten the ripe berries and done some scratching in the straw we have between the rows to keep the weeds down. As the feller in the book said, “if it is not chickens, it is feathers.” We have to fence every bed and garden area

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to keep the deer out. Now the turkeys are moving in, too. The other day as we were coming back to the house from working in the garden, Ruth Ann said to me, stop and look down in front of you. When I did, there stood a beautiful little fawn deer. When Ruth Ann first saw it, it was standing about 50 feet from me, then it walked up towards me and stopped, then it took off to the woods. They are so beautiful when they are small but so destructive when grown up and a hazard on the highway. So when driving be careful when you see a deer along the road. It might be a doe deer that has a baby fawn. If the mother deer is killed by a vehicle the baby fawn may not live. We have seen several deer laying along the roads; after all we are trespassing on their territory. Last week on the news Ruth Ann saw where a state patrolman had seen a deer caught in a fence along the highway. So he stopped and got it out. While he was filming this, the deer came up to him and licked the camera like it was thanking him for getting it out of the fence. Saturday morning we had special folks here for breakfast. Our granddaughter and her husband. Michelle had requested monkey bread and scrambled eggs for breakfast. So being a good Grandma that can’t say no to the grandchildren Ruth Ann fixed the monkey bread and scrambled eggs. All of us enjoyed the meal espe-

cially Michelle and Brad. Saturday evening the Monroe Grange held their monthly card party. There was a small group of folks but they all enjoyed the card games, visiting and eating some wonderful hamburgers and different kinds of pies. The Monroe Grange has a card party the first Saturday of each month. This is a way to raise money for the different activities and donations the Grange supports. If anyone would like to join the Grange, just call us. Sunday after church, Ruth Ann and I went to our daughter Debby’s and son-in-law Bobby’s house for a birthday meal with all our family except Curtis who was working. Celebrating Ruth Ann’s and my birthdays. Our two great grandchildren were there, Brooklyn and Ralph IV. Brooklyn is 2.5 years and Ralphie is 10 months. Now it seems Brooklyn has her grandpa and grandma just where she wants them. What she wants them to do, they do. Now Ralphie is crawling and can he ever go. When he starts to walk he won’t walk, he’ll run. Grandchildren are wonderful and great grandchildren are so special. Ruth Ann and I have so much to be thankful for and we thank the Good Lord each day several times. Monday while Ruth Ann was having a Junior Grange meeting, I had a chance to go fishing for a couple hours and caught a nice bunch of fish. Sunday at the crappie tournament there was a

good weigh in with seven fish. First place was 5 pounds 5 ounces, second place 5 pounds 4 ounces, third place 5 pounds 2 ounces. The big crappie weighed 1 pound 3 ounces. There were 20 boats in this tournament. Mike said the fishermen are catching stripers that weigh from 8 to 14 pounds. One feller caught a striper that was over 30 inches long; he took a picture then put it back. Mike said it could have been a state record. At the bass tournament on Tuesday evening, Mike caught a catfish that weighed 30 pounds using a 10-pound test line. The catfish seem to be spawning. Fishing is real good. If you have the chance to go fishing, go! Monday evening the Bethel Lions Club honored Major Michael Torok and his wife. He has completed two deployments to Iraq and just came home from Afghanistan. The District Governor of Lions Club for district 13-H, Lion Clark VanScyoc presented Michael with a very nice certificate of appreciation, also signed by George and Ruth Ann Rooks, as president and secretary of the Bethel Lions Club. Welcome home, Michael. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

One entry in the 2013 Bikes In Bloom event is at Milford First United Methodist Church on Lila Avenue. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Bikes in Bloom 2013 is underway. The Greater Milford Events & Arts Council invited business owners, residents, as well as non-profit organizations to join the fun by creating their own garden art project using bicycles, plants and flowers. There are 43 bikes scattered throughout the Milford/ Miami Township community. Expert judges will be viewing the displays and awards will be given for beauty, originality and the best use of live materials. The “people” also will cast ballots for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” award category. The six-week program runs through July 4. It’s a event for the bike plant-

ers, and each has a story to tell. The event draws crowds from all over the Tristate as well as from across the country. Writer/adventurist Frosty Wooldridge happened upon Bikes in Bloom 2012 while cycling across country from Oregon. Check out his article: Bikes in bloom across America at http:// bikes-bloom-acrossamerica. Wooldridge would like to see Bikes in Bloom across the USA. The bikes are on display from Terrace Park on U.S. 50 through Historic Downtown Milford and surrounding neighborhoods on Cleveland Ave-

nue, South Milford Road and Wallace Avenue. More bikes can be seen east of 5-Points on U.S. 50, then on Ohio 131. Also, from 5-Points more bikes can be found east on Ohio 28, just over Interstate-275 on Romar Drive, and Business 28 to the shopping area around Meijer’s. There are bikes in the Branch Hill Guinea Pike/Loveland Miamiville area. The bike location brochure is on GMEAC’s website, “This is a great community that has embraced this project for three years,” said Char Hinners, Milford council member as well as a painter herself. “I’m honored to be part of it.”



DEATHS Walter Benjamin Walter James Benjamin, 88, Point Pleasant, died May 29. He worked for the United States Postal Service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a 32nd degree Mason. Survived by wife Betty Lou Nelson Benjamin; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents James, Elizabeth Benjamin, siblings Irene Hayden, twin Clara Kabler, Bettie Jean Luken, Louis Benjamin. Services were June 1 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Harold Daugherty Harold B. Daugherty, 92, Union Township, formerly of Bethel, died June 2. Survived by wife Ruth Daugherty; children Harold L., Howard (Terri), Jerry (Evonne) Daugherty, Eva (Jay) Roewer; stepsons Raymond, Melvin, Richard Kuhn; brother Ralph Daugherty; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sisters Bernice Lindsey, Velma Newkirk. Services were June 6 at the Bethel Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 50 E. Water St., Bethel, OH 45106.

Michael Gibson Michael G. Gibson, 61,

Hamersville, died May 29. He was a welder and a member of Blacksmith/Boilmaker Union Local 105. Survived by children Matthew, Brittany, Daniel, Kyle Gibson; stepchildren Holly Sebastian, Christopher Baldwin; siblings Judy Maines, Herbert, Bob, Charles, Rick Gibson; stepbrothers Greg, Tony Williams; grandchildren Megan, Cody, Adrian, Drew, Haleigh, Emily, Leslie, Gaven, Nevaeh, Kayden; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Linda Gibson. Services were June 4 at Moore Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the funeral home.

Tracy Hartley-Teasley Tracy Karapondo HartleyTeasley, 55, Bethel, died June 4. Survived by husband Barry Teasley; son Randy Hartley Jr.; mother Edna Karapondo; sisters Carman (Billy) Marion, Yvonne Elam; former husband Randy Hartley Sr. Preceded in death by father Lennie Karapondo, brother Joseph Bolender. Services were June 10 at Faith Chapel Ministries. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Kilgallion Elizabeth Kilgallion, Hamersville, died May 29. Survived by children Debra (Lyndon) Bowling, Donna,

POLICE REPORTS Kenny, Deena Kilgallion; siblings Bea, James, Jess, Brenda Kay, Ronnie, GB; six grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Kenneth Kilgallion, son Keith Kilgallion, siblings Frank, Blaine. Services were June 4 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Roscoe O’Harrah Roscoe O’Harrah, 91, formerly of Bethel, died May 31. Survived by children Neil O’Harrah, Yvonne Craig; stepson Scott Crouthers; grandchildren Heather Rector, Amanda, Timothy II, Kyle Watson, Carolyn Morgan, Dawn Cantrell, Scott III, Rachel Crouthers, Christina Wolf; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Carol Ann O’Harrah, stepdaughter Joan Cantrell. Services were June 6 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Evelyn Stemmerding Evelyn Carol Stemmerding, 57, Bethel, died June 1. Survived by sons Jason (Ronda), Grady, Jared Stemmerding; father Harold Stemmerding Sr.; siblings Jean (Brian) Murphy, Helene Norris, Harold (Pam) Jr., Albert Stemmerding; friend James McGan; two grandchildren. Preceded in death by mother Helen Stemmerding, brother George Woodley Jr. Services were June 7 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

BETHEL Incidents/investigations Drug possession, paraphernalia Male arrested in Burke Park for offenses at Ash Street, May 5. Female had drug items in possession at traffic stop at East Osborne Street, April 15. Theft Shoplifting reported at Speedway at 595 W. Plane St., April 14. Chain link fencing taken at 125 S. Union St., May 3. Gun taken at 245 E. Plane St., April 26. BB gun, etc. taken at 119 W. Plane St. No. 3, April 28. Unlisted items taken at 223 Osborne St., May 3.

SD cards taken from cell phones at 50 E. Water St., April 29. Ladder taken from storage property at 1112 N. Union St., May 3. Alcoholic beverage taken at BP Station at 308 W. Plane, May 8. Vehicle taken at 113 W. Plane St., May 11.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Bethel, May 30. Rosella Marie Dooley, 36, 559 East Main St., Mount Orab, obstructing official business at 1981 Dean Road, Bethel, May 21. Kathryn Paulette May, 18, 3488

Sodom Road, Hamersville, failure to comply with order or signal of P.O. – elude or flee, obstructing official business at Ohio 133 and Lakin Chapel Road, Bethel, May 26. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons – underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Bethel, May 26.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing At 2172 Ireton Trees Road, Moscow, May 29. Assault At 2532 Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, May 27. Breaking and entering At 1011 Hopewell Road, Felicity, May 22.


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Township, $195,000. Hitt Mans Electric, Batavia, alter, 2814 Ohio 133, Tate Township. My Dirt Works, Midland, alter, 3478 Hoover Road, Tate Township.


Clayton Werden Electric Co., Cincinnati, alter, 600 Forest Ave., Neville Village; alterClermont County siren, 2817 Mill St., Washington Township.

REAL ESTATE Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley.


231 North Union Street, Bertie

Randolph, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.265 acre, $26,666.67. Lily Way, Homestead Investment Corp. to Freedom Homes, 0.9630 acre, $23,000. 647 Lily Way, Freedom Homes to John Wiesenhahn, 0.9630 acre,



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