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Pink Elephant moves a few blocks

The Pink Elephant, a brightly colored used furniture, antiques and home decor store, has moved to a new location on West Plane Street. The Pink Elephant, whose old location at 203 W. Plane St. was painted hot pink, is now just a few blocks down at 409 W. Plane St. There is now a large, hot pink elephant painted on the side of the new building and owner Rich Thompson said the rest of the building will be painted to match it. FULL STORY, A2

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11 charged with vandalism TATE TWP. - Eleven people have been charged with defacing a wall just west of Bethel in Tate Township on Ohio Pike. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg June 30 said in a press release three separate incidents were investigated successfully, and all parties involved have been identified and charged. Nine adults and two juveniles were charged with causing more than $2,000 in damage to the wall, Rodenberg said. “Local citizens and volunteers organized and painted a striking mural of the American Flag on the wall in April,” Rodenberg said. “Within a month the first incident of graffiti occurred when four subjects spray painted ‘Big Bullhorn,’ ‘Wong Dong Daddy from the Naddy,’ ‘Iron Kong Lives,’ ‘God Bless Bethel’ along with other drawings on the wall.” Charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor, were filed against Lyle Behymer, 18, of 2427 Swings Corner-Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel; Ryan Behymer, 18, of 2427 Swings Corner-Pt. Isabel Road. Bethel; Patrick Helton 18, 1245 Deblin Road, Milford; and Caleb Castle, 18, of 2438 Cedarville Road, Goshen. The second incident occurred between June 13 and June 14 when five people painted over the flag again. They used black paint to draw inappropriate and foul language and graphic pictures, said Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs. The Ohio Department of Trans-

This wall outside of Bethel in Tate Township has been vandalized several times in the last several months. portation painted the entire wall white June 13 to cover up the graffiti, Rodenberg said. “This particular act drew a lot of outrage from the community,” Combs said. As a result, residents in the community contributed and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals involved. Combs had no further information about the reward. For this second act, charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor, were filed against Matthew Plunkett, 18, of 2152 Donald Road in Bethel; Thomas Russell Jr., 18, of 1314 Ohio 133

in Bethel; Joseph Crawford, 18, of 310 N. Union St. in Bethel; a 17year-old juvenile from Hamersville and another 17-year-old juvenile from Cincinnati. The third and final incident took place the evening after ODOT employees painted the entire wall white, Rodenberg said. Various symbols and letters were spray painted on the wall with red and purple paint. For this incident, charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor were filed against Tyler Bullock, 18, of 3567 Starling Road in Bethel; and Zachary Tyler Baker, 18, of 2540 Bethel-Maple Road in Bethel.


The nine adults have been notified and served summonses and have a scheduled court date at 8 a.m. Friday, July 8, in Clermont County Municipal Court. As per Juvenile Court procedures, the juveniles will be mailed their summonses via U.S. Mail. Combs said one person did come forward during the investigation and offer some information to investigators about the purchase of some paint as a result of the reward offer, yet most of the success resulted from the efforts of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office investigative unit through following up on several leads and conducting dozens of interviews.

Bethel hires zoning inspector By Mary Dannemiller

Taste of Clermont moving to Batavia

The Taste of Clermont is moving back to Batavia after two years at Eastgate Mall. “People wanted it back in the village,” said Barb Haglage, one of the organizers of the event for the Village Association of Batavia. “It’s a cozier, hometown atmosphere.” FULL STORY, A3 For the Postmaster

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BETHEL - After months without an official zoning inspector and code enforcement officer, the village has hired a replacement for Ron Dunn. Dunn resigned from the position late last year and Kathy Cromer was hired to replace him at the Monday, June 27, council meeting. Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin said she will be paid $400 per month and the salary was already in the village’s appropriations for this year. “This has been a long time coming,” said council member Donna Gunn. “The residents of the village will appreciate (her) presence and the majority of them are going to be extremely glad.” Cromer worked in zoning for Wayne Township for about nine years and also has worked for the village of Amelia and Moscow’s zoning departments and said she’s eager to get started in Bethel. “I really enjoy doing this because I feel like it benefits the residents who live in each community,” she said. “I’ve had things thrown at me and been called names, but somebody has

to do it and in the long run, it’s worth the hassle you have to go through to get something done.” Her experience as an EMT with Wayne Township also helps her keep a level head in the stressful situations she encounters while enforcing the zoning code, Cromer said. “I’m very understanding, I know what it is to be in dire straits and in need,” she said. “I’m not going to go out of my way to upset people, I do have understanding, but I’ll only take excuses for so long before something has to be done.” Council member Rus Whitley questioned Cromer about her experience handling residents who keep unlicensed vehicles in their yards and said he hoped she would address that issue in the village. “I will send a warning letter as a courtesy and if nothing is done within a certain period of time, a violation notice is issued and if nothing happens after that it will be taken to mayor’s court,” Cromer said. The next Bethel council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the village municipal building, 120 W. Plane Street.

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July 7, 2011

Pink Elephant moves down the street By Mary Dannemiller


The Pink Elephant is now at 409 W. Plane Street in Bethel.

BETHEL - The Pink Elephant, a brightly colored used furniture, antiques and home decor store has moved to a new location on West Plane Street. The Pink Elephant, whose old location at 203 W. Plane St. was painted hot pink, is now just a few blocks down at 409 W. Plane St. There is now a large, hot pink elephant painted on the side of the new building and owner Rich Thompson said the rest of the building will be painted to match it. “People come in asking for things we have in our warehouse and not in the store, so we’re hoping to have most of that here and have almost three times as much stuff,” he said. “About 25 percent of the store also

will be used for booth rentals, which will bring in some more people and lots of different items.” The store, which opened in September, sells a wide variety of items and has a constantly changing inventory, Thompson said. “We’re not an antique store or a furniture store or a jewelry store,” he said. “We’re all of those things. Our inventory changes so much you never know what you’re going to find and some people find that really enticing.” With the move, Thompson hopes to attract more customers who might have managed to drive by the old pink building, which was closer to the middle of the village’s business district. “There’s more traffic west of Ohio 133 and that will be our biggest draw for new folks,” he said. “We’ll also have better parking at the new store.

At the other place it was very difficult because there were only one or two spots on the street and even those were taken a lot of the time. Now we’ll have a parking lot.” Thompson runs the store with his mother, Jackie Thompson and his sister Suzi Thompson, who are both excited about the move. “It’s a lot bigger and we’ll be able to offer a wider variety of merchandise since we’ll have more room to display our items,” Jackie said. “I’ve been into antiques for 40 years and we do carry some of those, but we also try to have nice furniture and things everyone needs in a small town.” With the larger store, the family plans to expand the store’s hours, but does not have them set yet. The store is expected to open soon. For more information, find The Pink Elephant on Facebook.

Clermont commissioners plan to increase CTC rates By Kellie Geist-May

Clermont County - The commissioners are looking to increase the Clermont Transportation Connection fees by $1 or $1.25 for most riders. That increase would ensure that CTC is entirely selffunded with no contribution from the general fund, said county Administrator Dave Spinney. “We were looking at a $1 increase, but after doing more math and looking at issues like fuel costs, we’re coming back with a recommendation of an increase of $1.25 for fixed routes and $1

for (door-to-door service),” Spinney said. “That is what we would need to continue CTC without general fund money.” For typical adult rides, that would change the door-to-door rates from $4 to $5 and the express route rates from $3 to $4.25 one way. Spinney and CTC Director Ben Capelle also recommended the student and child rates be eliminated and those riders would pay the adult rate. Other discounts would still apply, so seniors and disabled people would be paying $2.50 instead of $2 for door-to-door service and $2 instead of $1.50

for the express route with the new fee schedule. Commissioner Ed Humphrey said he was OK with raising the door-to-door rates, but has some reservations about increasing the cost to ride the express route. “I’m concerned that if we raise the rates, people who want to ride the bus can drive to Beechmont (Anderson Township) and get on the Metro for less. I don’t want to cause people to abandon the park and rides in Clermont County,” he said. Commissioner Archie Wilson said he understands that concern, but is more worried about making

sure CTC can sustain itself. “If we don’t raise the rates, we can’t keep this alive,” he said. “There’s no sense in killing the bus system because we can’t keep up with costs – rising fuel costs and cost of living. I believe a rate increase is fair.” Commissioner Bob Proud said he supports a rate increase to ensure that the county can continue to provide public transit. “We’re providing a valuable service, but we’re not going to subsidize it from the general fund anymore,” he said. The increase would apply to all of CTC’s operations as well as the

contracted Eastgate express provided by Metro, he said. The commissioners and CTC must have four public hearings followed by a 60-day waiting period before they can adjust the fee. Spinney said the commissioners are expected to give Capelle permission the week of July 4 to advertise those hearings. Once the hearings are held, the commissioners can vote to accept or decline the rate increase. They also can lower the increase amount if they want to, but they cannot increase the rates by more than what is advertised once the public hearings start, Spinney said.

Stream explorations promote fun summer education By Kellie Geist-May

UNION TWP. - When was the last time you explored a creek? Did you look for crayfish? Did you find fossils? And if you did,

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Visitors chat with naturalists during a Stream Exploration program June 25. day through August at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. The program is free for members and costs the regular admission rates for non-members. Those rates are $8 for adults, $3 for children and $6 for seniors and active military members.

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tats we have. By having this program, we can help guide the exploration and keep everyone in a specific area while allowing them to really explore the stream,” said Connie O’Connor, director of education and visitor services at the Cincinnati Nature Center. “The stream is such a diverse natural area – it’s healthy and there’s lots to see,” she said. “We don’t normally allow anyone in the stream, so this is a great opportunity for visitors.” For some visitors, the Cincinnati Nature Center might be the first time they’ve ever looked in the water, Prows said. “Sometimes you go places and it’s more like a museum – you can’t touch anything, you can’t get your hands dirty and you don’t get to enjoy your time,” he said. “We get kids who come to the Stream Exploration who have

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never played in a stream. A couple weeks ago, there was a kid who didn’t want to touch the water, but by the end of the day, he was sitting in the creek with a big smile.” “It’s a blast,” Prows said. “Anyone who has the time available should swing by and check it out.” If you’re not ready to hit the natural creek or aren’t free on Saturdays, O’Connor encourages visitors to stop by the Cincinnati Nature Center’s new playscape when it opens in August. “There will be an artificial stream in the playscape that kids can play in whenever they want. There will be fewer rules and lots to see,” she said. For more information about the Cincinnati Nature Center or the Stream Exploration program, visit the nature center’s website at or call 831-1711.


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Taste of Clermont moving back to Batavia By John Seney

BATAVIA - The Taste of Clermont is moving back to Batavia after two years at Eastgate Mall. “People wanted it back in the village,� said Barb Haglage, one of the organizers of the event for the Village Association of Batavia. “It’s a cozier, hometown atmosphere.� She said the event did well when it was in Batavia in the past. “We just wanted to try out a new venue,� she said of the two years in Union Township.

Haglage said the Taste of Clermont is more than just food. “It’s entertainment, arts and crafts, fun for the kids. It’s an allaround festival,� she said. “We’re not trying to be like Taste of Blue Ash or Taste of Cincinnati,� she said. “We don’t have that kind of corporate backing.� There will be other changes this year. Instead of being scheduled in September, the festival was moved to the weekend of Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13. Haglage said this avoided a conflict with the Sunflower Festi-

val in Milford. It also meant the event could be scheduled before the start of school, she said. The festival will be shortened from three to two days. “We felt like Sunday was not a huge day for attendance,� she said. Another change this year will be the elimination of an entrance fee. Village Mayor John Thebout said he was happy the event was back in the village. “We didn’t want it to leave it the first place,� he said.

“It’s a good thing for the village,� Thebout said. “We’re working together with the village association to make it very successful. We hope it keeps coming back.� The Taste of Clermont is a major fundraiser for the village association as well as other nonprofit groups that participate, said Terry Morris, president of the association. He said profits from last year’s Taste of Clermont funded the painting of the railroad trestle over Main Street in the village as well as other projects.

He said the group has not selected a project for this year. The association is promoting Saturday night at the Taste of Clermont as a reunion night, where family, friends and schoolmates can get together, Morris said. This is the eighth year for the event. The hours will be 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 12 and 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 13. Entertainment will include the musical groups Rare Earth and The Del Vikings. For more information, visit

Fly Thru the Park July 9 honors Natalie Fossier By Mary Dannemiller

MIAMI TWP. - Each July, Dave and Melisa Fossier gather with close friends, family members and hundreds of strangers to remember their daughter, Natalie, at the Natalie Fossier Fly Thru the Park 5K. Natalie, a 9-year-old student at McCormick Elementary School, was killed by a falling tree limb while playing with her dog Feb. 13, 2007. Since then, her parents have worked tirelessly to keep their daughter’s name alive by donating to organizations Natalie enjoyed, from the Clermont County Humane Society to represent her love for animals to the McCormick PTO, where she loved attending school. This year’s race is at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Miami Meadows Park on

Ohio 131 in Miami Township. The event also will feature two clowns from the Shrine Circus, a silent auction and will be hosted by Janeen Coyle of WGRR. In the last three years, the Fossiers have raised about $70,000 from the race and the silent auction, which follows the race. “The main thing we try to do is find things we feel Natalie expressed interest in and that’s where most of the funds go,� Dave said. “I would encourage people to come to the race to help us in memory of Natalie and to honor her memory.� Aside from donating to charities and other organizations, the Fossiers also have given out 10 scholarships to Milford High School students in Natalie’s name. “I know this is what Natalie would want us to do. We feel that she touched so many people in her short

life and continues to do so through her legacy,� Melisa said. Dave said he’s looking forward to the race, but the months before the event are often stressful for him and his wife. “It’s very emotional leading up to it because Melisa has been going to collect items for the silent auction and goes through Natalie’s story quite a bit,� he said. “But it’s always nice to see the turn out and know the community is there supporting us and praying for us. It’s very meaningful, encouraging and inspiring.� The run and walk will be chip timed and awards will be given to top finishers in each age category. For more information about registration, visit

MIAMI TWP. – The Fourth of July isn’t the only time to celebrate summer with fireworks and fun. Miami Township’s annual MidSummer at the Meadows is Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, and will feature live music, fireworks, food and games at Miami Meadows Park off Ohio 131. The festival’s two headliners this year are Rare Earth, famous for their single “Get Ready� and Tommy James and the Shondells, famous for “Mony, Mony� and “I Think We’re Alone Now.� “They are classic oldie bands dating back to the 1960s and early 1970s,� said Miami Township Administrator Larry Fronk. “Tommy James and the Shondells put on a great show in Symmes or Sycamore a couple of years ago so it should be a fun night.� Rare Earth will play at 9 p.m. Friday, July 8, and Tommy James and the Shondells will play at the same time the next night, Saturday, July 9. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington will make an appearance Friday night – Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band opens for Rare Earth. “I have not heard his band before, but I’ve heard great things about them,� Fronk said. “They play some really good songs so I’m looking forward to see-




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ing them Friday night.� Aside from live music, the festival includes rides, games, food, a classic car show, the Natalie Fossier Fly Thru the Park 5K and even a magic show. There’s also going to be a mobile video game theater at this year’s festival, said Miami Township Recreation Director Krystin Thibodeau. “This is a way for the township government to give something back to our residents,� Fronk said. “It gives them a stay-at-home vacation as a weekend with music and activities they can enjoy at a very low cost. We want to continue to strive to make it a community event for our residents.� MidSummer at the Meadows starts at 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131. It begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and ends at 11 p.m. both nights. There will be a Rozzi Fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Parking costs $5, part of which is donated to the Milford High School color guard and drumline, who assist with parking vechicles. For more information, visit



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July 7, 2011

Commissioners OK UC Clermont annexation By Kellie Geist-May and John Seney

BATAVIA - The Clermont County commissioners voted Wednesday, June 29, to accept the village of Batavia’s petition to annex about 108 acres of Batavia Township, including UC Clermont College. As long as the type 2 expedited petition was in order, the commissioners had no choice but to accept it, said Clermont County Administrator Dave Spinney. “Based on the analysis done by our planning department, county engineer and assistant prosecutor – everything is in order,” he said. “Because of that, the board has little choice but to accept the petition

Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Dave Frey told the commissioners his review showed the petition was OK and the board was required by law to accept it even if they didn’t agree with the annexation. for annexation.” Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Dave Frey told the commissioners his review showed the petition was OK and the board was required by law to accept it even if they didn’t agree with the annexation. “You, as commissioners, have to follow the law, whether you like it or not. Taking this action is not one of judgment – it’s an administrative action,” Frey said. The annexation petition was filed by the village June 2. The

annexation was requested by Don and Richard Saylor, who own 5.7 acres. The Saylors said they were seeking annexation so village services such as water and sewer can be provided to their property. The village was allowed to include the college and the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center in the petition because they are adjacent properties. Village Administrator Dennis Nichols said the annexation should bring more than $250,000

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into the village’s general fund. The village has a 1-percent earnings tax that employees of the college and developmental center will have to pay. Ohio law prohibits townships from imposing an earnings tax. The Batavia Township trustees did not take a position on the annexation at the June trustees meeting. Because the college and developmental center are government agencies and do not pay property taxes, the township would not be affected financially by the annexation. Although the commissioners agreed to accept the petition, Commissioner Ed Humphrey spoke on behalf of the board to say they don’t like the situation.

“Occasionally, the Ohio Revised Code has some bad laws in it and this is a bad law,” he said. “Mr. Saylor has the right to request annexation, but for the village … to drag in 108.5 acres of unwilling folks who work on state land is just bad law.” Spinney said legislation has been introduced in Columbus to change the law, but he doesn’t expect changes any time soon. Since word of the annexation request was announced, employees of UC Clermont have urged a boycott of businesses in Batavia in protest to the earning tax they will now have to pay. The employees, who have voiced an opinion, believe the village will provide no services to the college in return for the taxes paid.

BRIEFLY Annual picnic

OWENSVILLE - The Clermont County Historical Society annual picnic will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Gauche Park in Owensville. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. The Owensville Historical Society museum and log cabin will be open. Gauche Park is on Ohio 132 just south of U.S. 50.

History display

BATAVIA - The Clermont County Collaborative of Historical Organizations and the Clermont County commissioners have a joint project on Clermont County history. The commissioners installed a display case in the lobby of the administration building, 101 E. Main St., Batavia. Each month a different Clermont County historical organization has a display on county history. During July, the Owensville Historical Society will have a display.

Library display

AMELIA - During July, the Clermont County Historical Society will have a display at the Amelia Library, 58 Maple St. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first steamboat trip down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans in October 1811.

In celebration of this event, the display will feature “Steamboats over 200 years.” The display is open to the public free of charge.

Seniors to ask for levy

CLERMONT CO. - Voters in Clermont County will see a 1.3-mill Clermont Senior Services levy on the November ballot, but voting “yes” will not mean paying any new taxes. The Clermont County commissioners voted June 22 to put the renewal levy on the ballot. The current cost for homeowners is about $35 per $100,000 of home value and that cost will not increase, said Clermont Senior Services Executive Director George Brown. Although the levy will likely generate less money after this year’s property re-evaluation, Brown said Clermont Senior Services didn’t want to ask for additional funds. “It’s tough right now – families are struggling,” he said. “We decided to continue to tighten our belt and reduce expenses rather than ask for more money.” Clermont Senior Services contracts with the county to provide services for older adults including Meals-onWheels, adult day services, transportation, in-home care and more. “Because of those services, thousands of individuals

have been bale to stay in their homes,” Brown said. If the renewal passes, it will remain in effect until 2016. The current levy expires at the end of this year. Brown said the levy generates about $5.5 million and allows the agency to bring in about $2 million in additional resources through a local match.

Proud honored

BATAVIA - The Sixth Masonic District of Ohio has presented Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud with the Grand Masters Community Service Award, recognizing his outstanding service to the community as a commissioner and for his work recognizing veterans and those who are currently in the service. “Bob goes above and beyond when it comes to serving his community,” said District Deputy Grand Master of the Sixth Masonic District of Ohio Mark Liggett. “I have known Bob for 25 years and I am always amazed at his dedication and service to Clermont County citizens.” The award was presented to Proud during the May 6 meeting of the Sixth Masonic District in Georgetown. The district represents Brown and Clermont counties. “I am honored to have been selected for this recognition,” said Proud. “I am so proud to call this community my home.”

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Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 649 member and flag retirement ceremony organizer Steve Tam, center, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Union Township trustees June 23. Tam said he appreciated the trustees’ and township’s support for the flag retirement ceremony, which was held June 12, and wanted to show his gratitude. While the certificate was given to the trustees, it’s also in recognition of the township’s administration, staff and facilities. From left are: Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell, Trustee Bob McGee, Tam, Trustee Tim Donnellon and Trustee Matt Beamer.


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OWENSVILLE - An auxiliary police officer for the village was killed in an offduty motorcycle crash in Cincinnati. Kevin Boggs, 30, of Reading was riding his motorcycle in the 6200 block of Este Avenue June 10 when he was struck by a car turning left into a parking lot, according Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer of the Cincinnati Police traffic unit. Boggs, who was wearing

a helmet, was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. The driver of the car, Brian Strong, 41, was not injured. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, Hoffbauer said. Hoffbauer said the investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed. Owensville Police Chief Mike Freeman said Boggs worked part-time for the department. He also had a construction job. “He was a good kid,”

Freeman said. “He was very well liked.” Freeman said Boggs worked for the department since 2009. “He worked at the recent car show (in Owensville) and did a lot of special events,” Freeman said. Boggs wanted eventually to become a full-time police officer, Freeman said. Services for Boggs were June 14 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home in Mt. Washington. “There was quite a turnout for it,” Freeman said.


July 7, 2011

Bethel Journal


New Richmond woman illustrates children’s book By John Seney

Debbi Kern taught art for 30 years at Amelia Elementary School. Now retired, the New Richmond woman is using her art background to illustrate children’s books. Her first book – “A Garden! A Garden!” – was a collaboration with author Nancy Orlando of Greenhills, Ohio. Kern and Orlando both attend the same church, and during a group discussion there, Orlando mentioned she had written a children’s story, but didn’t have an illustrator. “We just kind of teamed up,” Kern said. Orlando said she gave Kern a copy of the book, and Kern came up with the drawings. “It was a great partnership,” Orlando said. “She left me to my own creative devices,” Kern said of Orlando.

Debbi Kern, left, and Nancy Orlando sign copes of their book at Borders in Eastgate. The story is about some talking animals going through a garden the day before harvest.

The animals end up eating most of the garden. “Most people would be upset with animals eating


up their garden,” Kern said. “But she (Orlando) turned it into a story.” Kern illustrated every

Cincy Kids 4 Kids to host 5K Walk Last summer volunteers from Cincy Kids 4 Kids hosted a back-to-school party for patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati. One of the patients, Jimmy made a huge impression on the volunteers and a 5K walk was initiated in his honor. ”As soon as Jimmy walked into the room for our party I knew our organization could do more,” said Missy Bastin, president of Cincy Kids 4 Kids, a Union Township organization dedicated to helping children in the area. “I was so impressed that a young man who has been through so much in his life walked in all by himself, head up and

confident. To me this says so much about what Shriners Hospitals for Children does for its patients. You do not just fix them from the outside; you fix them on the inside. We could all learn from these kids and their families.” Jimmy, who is originally from China, is now living in Lebanon, Ohio, and just graduated from high school. His path to the Cincinnati area and Shriners Hospitals for Children was not easy. Jimmy was injured when a gas lamp caught fire at his parent’s rural home in China. Without adequate medical care, he lived in a convent for several months before China Care, an organiza-

tion devoted to helping young people from China, brought Jimmy to the United States and Shriners Hospitals for Children for reconstructive plastic surgery. For more information and a registration form for the walk Sept. 17 at Veterans Park in Union Township, visit The 5K will be held in conjunction with the annual carnival hosted by Cincy Kids 4 Kids. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available to support the walk from Missy at All proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati.

County tax budget requests exceed revenue estimates By Kellie Geist-May

CLERMONT COUNTY – If all county departments receive their total requested 2012 budget appropriations, the Clermont County commissioners would have to draw the fund balance down to 20 percent of the county’s general expenses. The benchmark fund balance is 25 percent or about $13 million, said Budget Director Sukie Scheetz. The commissioners held a hearing on the tax budget during their regular meeting today, June 22. During the hearing, Scheetz painted a picture of the proposed revenues and expenses for 2012. The tax budget is just an early draft of the 2012 budget, she said, and is done each year to comply with state statutes. For 2011, the general fund revenue is expected to be about $50.6 million and the estimated expenses are $49.6 million. In 2012, the revenue is estimated to be about $47.9 million with $51.3 million in expenses, according to Scheetz’s pres-

entation If all the budget requests are granted in the final budget, the county would have to draw from reserve funds, reducing that amount from $13 million to $10 million, Scheetz said. The overall revenue for this year, including all funds, is estimated at $237.9 million with $246.8 million in expenses. Next year, the tax budget estimates are $230.1 million in revenue and $236.4 million in expenses, the presentation showed. Scheetz said the estimated revenue is down because of a decrease in special revenues, expected contributions from outside agencies and a proposed cut in state and federal funding. While the budget looks unbalanced, County Administrator Dave Spinney said the budget office did not try to nail down exact expenditures for this year’s tax budget. “We asked each department head and elected official to identify what they felt they really needed to operate their offices and departments,” Spinney said. “Yes, there is an increase and we

did not attempt to come up with a balanced tax budget, but the requests made were fairly conservative.” The county staff did not try to balance the tax budget because of the number of uncertainties including state funding, sales tax revenues and property tax re-evaluations, he said. Commissioner Ed Humphrey said the tax budget is just an outline for the final budget, which has to be approved in November. “This is a wish list,” he said. “It is our responsibility to come up with actual appropriations that make a balanced budget in November.” Scheetz recommended the commissioners look at a few areas when they are making their final budget decisions this year including the draw on the fund balances and the inconsistency in personnel requests. Some offices are drawing down their individual fund balances while others are building them up and some department leaders are filling positions and giving raises while others are eliminating positions and freezing

RELIGION Bethel United Methodist Church

Panda Mania VBS is coming to Bethel United Methodist Church. Children from age 3 up through those entering seventh-grade are invited to an exciting Vacation Bible School at Bethel United Methodist Church Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. This year’s theme is “Panda Mania Where God is Wild About You.” Children will experience wild Bible Adventure dramas, new friends, bamboo blast games, incredible music, tree top snacks and amazing crafts and prizes. To register,

or for additional information, contact Children’s Director Janet Bowdle, at the church number 734-7201. Information and registration forms are also available online for download at on the church’s home page. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but children may register by coming 15 minutes early the first day. The church is located at 402 W. Plane St., at the corner of Ash and Plane streets.

Faith United Methodist Church

The Men’s Group will sponsor a yard

sale July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information call. The church is at 180 N. Fifth St. in Batavia; 732-2027.

Laurel United Methodist Church

Church members are joining the Monroe Township-wide yard sale Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church basement. Lunch will be sold from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors are welcome to set up in the church yard at no cost. The church is at 1888 Laurel Lindale Road, Laurel; 553-3043.

page of the story with pen and ink drawings. There are about 40 illustrations in the book. It took Kern about nine months to finish the project. “Just like having a baby,” she said. “But it was an easy labor.” The two now are collaborating on a sequel to the first book. “It’s a more educational approach,” Orlando said. “About what animals experience while migrating and hibernating.” Kern said the educational approach may make it easier to be picked up by a major publisher. The first book was published by Trafford Publishing and sells for $9.39. It is available at Borders at Eastgate, the Cincinnati Nature Center and online at Orlando said the book

wages, she said. “In the past, we’ve been consistent on personnel and this tax budget is not in line with that. If it’s the board’s desire, that’s something we’ll have to look into,” Scheetz said. Personnel accounts for 70 percent of the general fund budget and 40 percent of the overall budget, she said. While the actual budget isn’t due until November, the tax budget must be completed by July 15. The commissioners are expected to vote on tax budget either Tuesday, June 28, or Wednesday, June 29. The county has received no public comments on the tax budget.

has been doing well in the Cincinnati area. “We’ve become wellknown,” she said. During the past several months, the two have visited schools in the Cincinnati area to talk about their book. “It gets me back in the classroom, talking about drawing,” said Kern, who retired in 2003. The New Richmond home where she and her husband live has a garden, and they enjoy eating the vegetables from the garden, at least the ones the animals don’t eat first. For more information about the book, Orlando and Kern, visit For more about your community, visit newrichmond.

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July 7, 2011

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Bethel-Tate readers to use 'Reading Street' series By Kellie Geist-May

BETHEL-TATE - Students at William Bick Primary and Ebon C. Hill Intermediate schools in Bethel will be using a different reading series starting this year – Reading Street. These buildings haven’t had a new reading series in more than 10 years, said Kay Nau, principal at Hill Intermediate. “We haven’t had a new read-

ing series in a long time and our texts were outdated,” Nau said. “We reviewed a number of series and we looked at what some of our neighbors are using and how they like those series. The staff reached a consensus on Reading Street and most everyone likes it.” “We also found that the assessments in Reading Street are more aligned with the state assessments and the materials are consistent with the new state standards in language arts,” she said.

Having students on the same series for six years (K through 5) makes a difference, Nau said. “We want to be consistent across the grade levels so no one misses anything. Basically, if a student starts kindergarten with us, they’ll be using the same program until sixth-grade, which makes for a solid foundation,” she said. Bick Primary Principal Matt Wagner said building that foundation while the kids are young also

Two indicted for taking donation jar at PetSmart

By Kellie Geist-May

Two people have been indicted after they stole a donation jar from the PetSmart in Eastgate Saturday, June 18. Union Township Police Sgt. Scott Blankenship said Mark Kennedy, 24, of Monterey Road in Batavia and Steven Wade, 26, of Jackson Pike in Williamsburg were charged Wednesday, June 29, with robbery.

“Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue had a table set up outside PetSmart to collect money to help injured animals. Apparently the suspects saw the jar and one ran up, grabbed it and took off running,” Blankenship said. Megan Sonderman, 22, ran after the suspect and grabbed his shirt. While she was holding on, the second suspect started to drive away, dragging Sonderman along. “She suffered a few scrapes,

but was able to get a (license) plate. She did a great job,” Blankenship said. “Our investigators were able to take that plate and track the people down.” Blankenship said the jar contained between $400 and $500. Wade has been booked into the Clermont County Jail, but Kennedy is still at large. Anyone with information should call the Union Township Police Department at 752-1230.

GOSHEN TWP. - Mark Slagle, Goshen schools’ technology coordinator, developed a software program several years ago to track the progress of students taking standardized tests. He shared the program, called DataMap, with teachers in the district, who found it to be valuable tool in raising test scores. Since then, the district earned an Excellent rating on the state Report Card. “It’s something we made just for ourselves,” Slagle said. But when he shared the idea with officials from other districts, they were interested in acquiring the rights to it. The school board drew up an agreement with Slagle to split the royalties from the sale of the software. The software is sold through a software company called Software Answers, Inc., based in Brecksville, Ohio. But Slagle still helps sell the program in presentations to other school districts and at education conventions. “I don’t have to sell anything,” Slagle told school board members at the June meeting. “I just tell a

story. It’s an incredible story to tell.” The Batavia school district was one of the first to purchase the program. Most districts in Slagle Clermont County now are using it, Slagle said. Close to 100 school districts all over the state have purchased the software, he said. “I’ve done a lot of traveling,” Slagle said. “It’s generating revenue for the district,” Superintendent Charlene Thomas said. “This started out small, but it has grown. Now we’ve gone all over the state.” Treasurer Todd Shinkle said DataMap has generated a profit of about $46,000 – $23,000 going to the district and $23,000 to Slagle. “He’s done a phenomenal job,” Shinkle said of Slagle. “We expect to bring in even more next year.” Thomas said the program helps identify students in need of intervention. “It’s a tool that helps us provide services,” she said. “It’s great.” Mark Reesing, director of sales and marketing for Software

Answers, said the program is attractive to teachers. “They get excited when we give a presentation,” he said. He said before DataMap there often was a disconnect between administrators and teachers over how to use test results. Reesing said Slagle’s program takes information and puts it into a useful format for the teacher. “Teachers know what to do with it,” he said. “They’re not wasting time. They have a road map to get students to where they need to be.” “Teachers can spend less time teaching the test and more time educating the kids,” Reesing said. He said DataMap is only being marketed in Ohio now, but the company plans to expand to other states. The price of the program is based on the number of students in a district. The list price is $6 per student per year, but the firm runs promotions selling it for $4.50 a student, Reesing said. “There is a lot of interest in it, and the price is competitive,” he said. For more information on DataMap, see the Software Answers website at

CNE to auction off surplus items By John Seney

OWENSVILLE - The Clermont Northeastern school district will hold an auction to sell surplus items. The auction will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the old elementary school building, 463 S. Broadway. Superintendent Neil Leist said three auctioneers have agreed to work together to do the auction at no cost to the district. They are Lewis Auctioneers, run by the father and son team of David P. and David S. Lewis; Joel T. Wilson; and Craig Lytle. Profits from the auction will go

to the school district. “The auction is to get rid of items we have left over and surplus items,” Leist said. Some of the items have been donated to the district over the years. He said items to be sold include filing cabinets, teacher desks, student desks, shelving, cubicles, storage cabinets, computers, televisions and a couch. Several vehicles will be up for sale, including two vans, an emergency vehicle and a Capri motorcycle. Also listed for sale are a Kubota 4-wheel drive lawn mower, a wood chipper and a walk-in freez-

er box that needs a compressor. Pam Lewis, wife of auctioneer David P. Lewis and mother of David S. Lewis, said the two do a lot of charity work. “They are always anxious to give back to the community,” she said. She said her husband and son both are graduates of Clermont Northeastern High School. Auction items will be available for inspection beginning at 5 p.m. July 19. Terms of the auction are cash or checks with full ID. Removal of items will be available all day Wednesday, July 20, or by appointment.

are at level, below level and above level, Wagner said. “There will be a learning curve and there are always people who would rather have a different series, but we are looking forward to using Reading Street,” he said. The series costs $155,425 and is being paid for out of the general fund’s textbook/instructional materials restricted money, which can only be used for textbooks and instruction materials, said district Treasurer Amy Wells.

HONORS Felicity-Franklin Middle School

Seventh grade – Jessie Lawson and Blake Haas. Eighth grade – Damien Phillips and Amber Arthur.

The following students have earned honors for the month of May.

Cardinal Student for the month

Student of the Month

Fifth grade – T.J. Love and Madison Winter. Sixth grade – Logan Landacre and Alyssa Baker.

Fifth grade – Cole Powers Sixth grade – Tyra Carr Seventh grade – Savannah Sowers Eighth grade – Gabie Cook

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Felicity-Franklin Elementary School

Second grade

The following students have Perfect Attendance for the third quarter of 2010-2011.

Third grade


Brianna Blakley

Software developed at Goshen schools used throughout state By John Seney

provides a positive outlook for long-term student success. “Research has shown that if a child is reading on level by first grade, there’s a high chance that they’ll still be on level in fourthand fifth-grade,” he said. “It’s very important to make sure kids have a strong reading foundation when they are young.” To make sure those kids are ready for middle school, the series is packed with intervention and online supplements for kids who

Kiersten Chandler, Rachel Foley and Johnathan Johnston. Logan Clarkson, Cayleigh Donovan, Nathan Peace, Riley Pinger, Bryce Reeves, Alexus Riley and Austin Sharp.

Fourth grade

First grade

Nathan Baker, Michaela Barnes, Alisha Boone, Garrett Conley, Cameron Helton, Chase Jarman, Shelby Riley and Tristen Shepherd.

Thomas Auxier, Aidan Binion, Emma Blake, Nathaniel Buckler, Stephanie Colston, Dylan Cramer, Sierra Crawford, Wyatt Crozier, Hayley Hahn, Shawn Howard, Hunter McMillin, Austin Perry, Will Thomas, Breann Wagers and Ashlie Wilson.

Farm Bureau awards scholarships Clermont County Farm Bureau recently presented $1,000 scholarships to the following students: Harrison Hobart of Hamersville, Stormy Bonea of Amelia and Anthony Wolfer of New Richmond. Hobart, the son of Scott and Heather Hobart, is a 2011 graduate of Bethel-Tate High School. He will attend Morehead State University in the fall and major in agribusiness. Bonea, the daughter of Mike and Caren Spivey, attended Live Oaks and is a 2011 graduate of Amelia High School. She will attend the Bradford School in

Columbus this fall where she will study to become a vet technician. Wolfer, the son of Tim and Julie Wolfer, is a 2011 graduate class of St. Xavier High School. She plans to attend the Ohio State University in the fall and major in Biology. For information on Farm Bureau and its member benefits, visit the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation website at or contact the Farm Bureau office at 937-378-2212, 888-378-2212 or email abcfarmbureau@frontier. com. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Southern State Community College: Sherri Cramer from Bethel

BETHEL OBSERVER Happy birthday to

July 1– Travis Baudendistel, Jason Silsby, Chris Jaskowiak, Gayle Bradley, Bea Moore, Chris Gabbard, Mary Adamson, Tanner Browne, Donna Draeft, Jessica Durbin, Kenny Fottenbury, Brandy Gullett, Cheryl Hess, Brandon Sharp. July 2 – Donnie Quehl, Stephanie Kraeft, Mary Weatherspoon, Kelly Sumpter, Tom Taylor, Jeff Smith, Matthew Wells, Cherie Hartley. July 3 – Jim Brannock, Eric Rose, Jim Jackson, Carl Mosser, Vicki Boggs, Adam Corbin, Eileen Sipple. July 4 – Jennifer Tarter, Becky Szeghi, Brian Heaton, Michelle Rose, Verna Jett, Logan Holmes, Betty Guenther, Joan Morgan, Lisa Trout. July 5 – James Young, Richard Haislip, David Boots, Christopher Bauer, Mark Sumpter, Sue Hauck, Tim Neely, Adam Szeghi, Anita Cranfill, Henry Kiser, Pam Ausman, Anthony Wallace, Zachary Demaris. July 6 – Tim Walker, Laura Mirakin, Edna Gabbard, Joan Patrick, Jeff Neeley, Jennifer Cornette, Jeff Wilkerson, Jeff Carnahan, Robert Vagnini, Trish Wilson. July 7 – Dorothy Walker, Amy Webster, Richard Jackson, David Cassy, Mike Suttles, Chuck Hannah, Kari Freudenberger, Ray Day, Elenore Peak, Barb Longworth, Derek Dotson, Larry Goetz. July 8 – Rhonda Wallace, Shirley Hancock,

Beverly May, Tony Tolin, Tim Parker, Doug Lambert, Becky Campbell, Susie Long. July 9 – Lennie Brooks, Charles Yost, Wilma Cluxton, Scott Cornwell, Brad Chandler, Jimmy Edwards, Donald Holmes, John Napier II, Kevin Chandler, Donna Messinger, Jeff James, J. D. Davidson, Ray Gelter. July 10 – Alice Stockton, David Hauck, James Stockton Sr., Richard Block Jr., Jeff Hannock, Gregory Woodward, Stephane Davidson, Melissa Delaney, G. B. Shouse, Adam Kiger, Betsy Hartley, Justin Gregoire. July 11 – Greg Canter, David Dufau, Perry Courts, Barbara Bishop, Bob Clark, Robert Bruine, Evelyn Frost, Gayle Massman, Maria Stober, Larry Rose, Steve Miller. July 12 – Pat Brannock, Martha Reed, Lee McKinney, Orville Clark. July 13 – Charles Henderson, Kristi DeMaris, Robert Long, Kevin Loving. July 14 – Joye White, Chuck Taylor, Bambi Blevins, Charles Hafner, Wanda Craycraft, Rick Wuebold, Duane Fossyl, Lana Trester, Dwane Forder. July 15 – John King, Raymond Courts, Betsy Weeks, Don Caudill, Dick Cashner, Lisa Ogden, Lulu Edwards, Joseph Holmes. July 16 – Jack Bales, Nancy VanderWoude, Paul Luyster, Andy Ninichuck Jr., Kelly Hance, Chris Cooper, Jeff Ginn, Samantha Moler, Lennie Brooks, Brandon Sharp.


Bethel Journal

July 7, 2011

| YOUTH | Editor Melanie Laughman | | 248-7573 HIGH



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Flash Fields owner built it for all ages of visitors By Scott Springer

He claims not to be Ray Kinsella in search of Moonlight Graham, but two years after “Field of Dreams” came out, Michael Daly had a staff hand clear a soybean field on his 80-acre property and install a ball diamond. Nineteen years later, the ranch with the westernstyle sign reading “El Bethel,” just east of BethelTate High School on Ohio Pike, has eight fields, five with lights, batting cages, a restaurant, an arcade, a playground, a chlorinated “swimming hole” with white sand and covered seating that includes large fans and water misters. The home of the “Flash” is surrounded by a 19-acre lake. Moonlight Graham has yet to appear, but to those who know youth baseball, Santa Claus has arrived just east of the Clermont County line. Michael Daly is an extremely successful New York Life agent who sells whole life and lifelong dreams. “God made man from dirt and boys like hanging out in dirt,” Daly said when asked why he turned his property into what some call the center of the baseball universe east of Cincinnati. The native of Deer Park spends the warm months in Hamersville. The Daly’s spend eight to nine months in Hollywood where his wife and one of his sons are actors. While admittedly losing


Michael and Pamela Daly own the Flash Baseball Complex in Hamersville, just past Bethel on Ohio Pike. The organization has nine teams and is hosting 11 tournaments this season. The complex has eight fields, five that are lighted, batting cages, playgrounds and a 19-acre lake. money, Daly doesn’t back away from flashing money on the Flash complex. In addition to the construction crew that’s been on site for the last six years, he flies in Heather Patterson, a Hollywood decorator, to spruce up the ball park. No stone is left unturned. The new restaurant has a $25,000 oven and a fancy ceiling. Outside the arcade, Patterson consults Daly on where to place new baseball statues they’ve purchased. He wants everything top notch, but simple. “I look at things differently because of my faith,” Daly said. “God gave us some resources and gave us an assignment on this one. We don’t serve liquor and we keep it old-fashioned with the wood on purpose.” Michael Daly is a baseball guy. He’s not interested in running a “suds and softball complex.” Profit is not


The Flash baseball complex map from their website details the eight current fields and the surrounding amenities. Michael and Pamela Daly own the complex in Hamersville on Ohio Pike east of Bethel-Tate High School. More fields and parking lots are planned. the driving force in this endeavor. “Originally, it was just the love of being in the dirt with your sons,” Daly said. “We don’t do social stuff.” Daly’s dirt is different than most though. The calcified clay he has rolled onto the fields goes for about $5,000 per load. Because of that, a brief shower doesn’t cancel a ballgame. “We play when nobody else plays,” Daly said. During high school seasons, when playing conditions are suspect in the area, the Flash Fields have entertained New Richmond, Bethel-Tate and Western Brown. One of Daly’s fields is for high school and college play and more are


The Flash Baseball Complex in Hamersville, just past Bethel is owned by Michael and Pamela Day. It has eight fields, five with lights, playgrounds, batting cages, a food court, air-conditioned arcade and a 19-acre lake. The fields also offer covered seating with water misters and each has a grass infield and fences.

planned. He also has youth fields with 225-foot walls (Little League World Series standard) and others for bigger kids with “homer-friendly” fences. Daly has turned what looked like a nice place to go fishing into a youth baseball tournament mecca. “There’s Midland out here of course, but that’s more focused,” Daly said. “We’re the east-most travel ball organization. We have about 10 to 12 tournaments a year.” The Daly’s have longterm plans of doubling the amount of fields to 16. When exiting the massive property, most of the land on the left heading back to Ohio Pike is also Daly’s. His selling point is a better seat, sight view and experience for the fan and the player. “When I built the place, I told them here’s the standard, ‘Grandma’s here, she doesn’t get out much, she can’t stand the sun for hours and it’s 95 degrees in July,’” Daly said. “’She’s sitting up there in the shade with the misters going and it’s about 80 degrees.’ That’s the goal.” Meantime, the grandson is playing on a professional infield with fancy dirt that dries in a heartbeat. The skin field mud at the weedy rec center will never be the same. “There’s stuff here that


Michael Daly, owner of the Flash Baseball Complex in Hamersville also coaches two of his organization’s nine teams. The complex sits east of Bethel-Tate High School on Ohio Pike and features eight professionally maintained fields (five lighted) with grass infields, covered seating, outdoor batting cages, a food court, an arcade and is surrounded by a 19-acre lake. you can’t find anywhere else,” Daly said. “It’s the best training facility, not just the best place to play.” Truth be told, Daly usually concentrates more on baseball, coaching two of the Flash’s nine teams. He credits his wife, Pamela, for keeping the “ball rolling.” “She originally allowed this, but then actively participated,” Daly said. “She’s

the one that makes this thing work.” To see it work, take the Ohio Pike exit (Beechmont Ave.) off Interstate 275 and drive 18 miles until you see a lake on the right. Send word if Mr. Graham or “Shoeless Joe” arrive. To see Michael Daly interviewed, or two different video tours, go to http://

Hamilton summer league team no average ‘Joes’ By Nick Dudukovich

HAMILTON - At Hamilton’s Foundation Field, there’s a group of guys who couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a summer. The names and the faces are familiar to any high school baseball fan. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that members of the Hamilton Joes collegiate summer league team were dazzling prep diamonds across the greater Cincinnati area. There’s former Princeton High School standout Marcus Davis, who just wrapped up his first season at Walters State Community College in Tennessee. He’s hitting .283 with four extra base hits. The Joes’ left fielder says

Joes’ facts

• Through 17 games, the Joes posted a 7-10 record and were in fourth place of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League South Division • The Joes won the 2010 GLCSL championship. • The Joes are named after legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster player, Joe Nuxhall, who was a native of Hamilton • Foundation Field serves as the home stadium for the Joes. • Players are suggested to Joes' manager Darrel Grissom by college coaches. Ultimately, Grissom selects the players that he believes can best help his team. • The Joes played their first game in June 2009. he’s had fun playing this summer while working to improve his individual skills. He also feels lucky to spend his summer playing ball, while many of his friends are taking summer classes or working summer jobs. “I really enjoy (playing),” he said. “(I’ll) try to play the game as long as you can because it’s better

than having a real-world job,” Davis said. Former Glen Este High School graduate and 2009 Fort Ancient Valley Conference player of the year Matt Marksberry is there too. Working out of relief, Marksberry, who attends Campbell University (North Carolina) has three saves and 11 strikeouts for the Joes in 14 innings. “(Playing this summer)

is awesome,” Marksberry said. “It’s something people dream about and (I) get to do it everyday. It’s pretty cool.” Moeller High School alum Ethan McAlpine, who plays outfield for the Joes, shares his teammates’ enthusiasm. After redshirting his freshman season at the University of Cincinnati because of injury, McAlpine relished the opportunity to play competitively this summer. “This is a lot of fun. Everybody’s here because they love baseball and possibly want to have a career in baseball. It’s just a lot of fun to come out here and do something you love,” he said. McAlpine is making the most of his time with Joes and led the team with a

.358 average through 15 games. He also had six stolen bases. Like McAlpine, former Anderson High School standout Josh Jeffery is also beating the cover off the ball. Through 23 at bats, Jeffrey had eigh hits to go along with seven RBI. The University of Dayton senior-to-be is using the summer to get prepared for his next season of college ball. “It’s about getting better so I’m prepared for when I go back to school,” he said. All agree that those who watch a Joes game will notice heightened competition in the summer league level because the Joes aren’t just competing against their opponents, they are competing against each other for playing time. With college coaches

watching the summer stats closely, all of the Joes want to be on the field. “Everybody at your position can go out and play,” McAlpine said. “You’ve got to do your best everytime you go out there.” Marksberry agreed. “Most of the people that play in this league are tyring to get drafted, so the competition is amazing,” he said. All would contend that playing for the Joes in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League ultimately makes them a better player. “To … get to play in a competive league with a great group of guys, it’s a great opportunity,” Jeffery said. For more coverage, visit presspreps

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July 7, 2011






Editor Theresa Herron | | 248-7128



Last week’s question

Do you think Afghanistan’s military is ready to take responsibilty for fighting Taliban insurgents as the U.S. begins a troop drawdown in July?

“No, the Afghani military wasn’t able to keep the Taliban from taking over the country in the past and the Taliban is alive and well just across the border in Pakistan. “It is also doubtful Afghanistan’s western neighbor, Iran, will respect an Afghan government that does not embrace Islamic rule. “When the U.S. leaves it will be just a matter of months before that region returns to Islamic/Taliban control.” R.V. “When Russia made incursions into Afghanistan in the 1970s, many of the tribes came together to fight a common enemy. Taliban were originally displaced Afghani who lived in Pakistan and later returned to Afghanistan. “Once the Taliban made a return they ruled much of Southern Afghanistan, while other Islamic groups ruled the North. “Sadly, modern medical facilities and educational institutions will not find an easy path, nor will Afghanistan have the infrastructural needs so critical to a modern country, until they can reduce corruption, and maintain a strong protective force presence for a national government.” Dr. W.S.W.

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Q) My daughter was born missing half of one arm and hand. I have been told by many people she would be eligible for Social Security and by others who say she will be denied. Would my daughter be eligible for disability benefits?

A) There are two Social Security disability programs children can qualify for: The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides monthly benefits to an adult child (a person age 18 or older) based on disability or blindness if: a. Impairment or combination of impairments meet the definition of disability for adults. b. Disability began before age 22. c. Parent(s) worked long enough to be insured under Social Security and is receiving retirement or disability benefits or is deceased. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that provides monthly payments to children from birth to age 18 based on disability or blindness if :

a. Impairment or combination of impairments meet the definition of disability for children. b. Income and resources of the parents and the Shuana child are within Gardenhire the allowed limCommunity its.Generally, to Press guest be eligible for columnist SSI, an individual must be a resident of the United States and must be a citizen or a non-citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Also, some non-citizens granted a special immigration status by the Department of Homeland Security may be eligible. The monthly SSI payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate. In Ohio, the maximum monthly benefit in 2011 is $674. Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child

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“Like most Americans, I have never been to Afghanistan, so I cannot necessarily comment accurately on how things are, and how they might be, but based on what I have studied over the years, I can offer some opinions. “It would seem that the country would have to be classified as ‘undeveloped’ based on the news coverage of the poverty of its people, stories on Afghans growing opium poppies to make money, domination of society by Muslim extremists, etc ... “Hamid Karzai was elected as ‘president’ in 2004, and re-elected in 2009 (with allegations of voter fraud, which is not surprising considering the differences between that country and developed nations). “Based on everything I have studied (from my only source – the media), my guess is that the Afghan military is in no way ready to assume responsibility for fighting the Taliban. “However, that does not mean that I give my blessing to the continued U.S. involvement in that country’s fighting. “Oh, to be back in a time when intercontinental transportation was by ship, there was no ‘internet,’ no instant communication, etc. We could relax, and not worry about Afghanistan (or Iran.) “But that is a silly dream.” Bill B.

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under age 18 is disabled if she or he: • Is not working at a job that Social Security considers to be substantial work. • Has a physical or mental condition (or a combination of conditions) that results in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) very seriously limits activities. • The condition(s) has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or is expected to result in death. Once Social Security has decided that a child meets the income and resource requirements, then a decision is made about whether the child is disabled. Social Security looks at medical and other information from schools and from family about the condition(s), and how the condition(s) affects daily activities. • What activities is the child not able to do, or is limited in doing? • What and how much extra help does the child need to perform age-appropriate activities? • Do the effects of treatment


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Downsizing our hopes and dreams There is constant debate about whether entertainment reflects or leads social trends. What is not debated is whether advertising is trying to influence thinking or reflect it. Advertisers very much want to lead our thinking. With this in mind, consider a subtle change in the tone and temper of TV ads. First came the 1999 Super Bowl ad: “When I grow up I want to climb all the way up to middle management.” It made fun of low expectations; we all thought it was funny. Now, fast forward to this summer’s commercial where a couple comes back from vacation only to find their house empty except for an obsolete computer sitting in the middle of a barren room. The interesting thing is what the ad assumes. Are they outraged? Do they file a police report, or maybe discuss installing better

locks on the doors? Nope, they go to a computer store and get a computer that the thieves will steal. Are we to expect our stuff to be Len Harding taken; is it our social duty to Community buy things othPress guest ers want to columnist steal? While it’s obviously a spoof, the assumptions are chilling – first, robbery is so common that it is normal for suburban dwellers to experience it, and second, don’t settle for stuff thieves disdain. Consider also the ad for the home alarm system: The woman takes a break-in and intruder all in stride; likewise, home invasion is no big deal. These aren’t the messages we got when we were coming up. Our

worries were BO, skin-dampened rings of collected detritus around the collar, yellow teeth, and halitosis. If you had valuables you scuffed them up so no one would find them tempting. Now the message is that we become pariahs by not buying items worth stealing. Personally, I’d rather wonder where the yellow went than worry about where my valuables got off to. Is advertising is telling us to downsize our dreams, or worse, that the American dream will be experienced by many of us as victims. I suppose it had to happen: Once reality shows became the dominant form of entertainment, sooner or later advertising was going to run some actual footage of reality. Just in case we’re not catching on to the downsizing of our dreams and aspirations, let me remind everyone that our very

own Ohio is shutting down public expenditures on anything the governor and his party deem unimportant. Not only are they going to eliminate government funds for social waste, they are going to make sure that we cannot bargain for improvements. They’re also taking money out of the schools to help the kids understand just how unimportant public education is. Is this the new wonderful America – legislators cutting off aid to women and children, insisting that it’s the responsible Christian thing to do, while insisting that their supporters’ rights are sacred? They get weepy over their sacred duty to destroy the state while the rest of us just plain weep. Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford, where he has lived on and off since 1947. You can reach Harding at

MRSA is serious infection, but treatable A couple of months ago a patient came in a bit distressed. He was recently diagnosed with a skin infection. MRSA, he was told, was identified in the infection. Some of his family members were afraid to visit him because of this horrible bacterium. I had to calm him down. So what is MRSA? We have billions of bacteria living on our skin, in our nose and mouth and in our bowels. They live with us in synergy from the moment we’re born, yet for most of our life we don’t notice them. It’s only when the balance is broken (such as a cut in the skin) that we feel their presence in the form of infection. One of these bacteria is called

staphylococcus aureus or staph. For more than 60 years it has been attacked by humans with antibiotics. In response, it developed amazOded Zmora ing strategies to survive. These Community have caused it to Press guest be resistant to columnist some antibiotics. Not all of the staph managed to do this, but the ones which are resistant to the antibiotic Methicillin have been named MRSA - “Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.” This resistant staph is usually also

resistant to other antibiotics which are commonly used to treat skin infections. This resistant strain, the MRSA, has become so common that most of the staphs now isolated from skin cultures are MRSA. We treat every skin infection as though it was caused by MRSA unless proven otherwise. Luckily, we still have antibiotics to fight this bug, if needed. So, having MRSA isn’t good, but it’s not the end of the world. You should continue following regular hygiene such as washing hands. Of course, if you have a skin infection you should minimize contact of the infected area with other people. But it doesn’t mean you have to be quarantined

for six weeks. What needs to be done is stop the spread of resistant bacteria. MRSA isn’t alone. There are other bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. Some of them are even more resistant than staph. This is becoming more common, as the bacteria respond to treatment with antibiotics. Thus, we need to be careful when we use these medications. We shouldn’t give antibiotics for viral infections such as cold and most cases of bronchitis. We need to choose the right antibiotic for the right infection. Not every sneeze or cut requires antibiotics. Aded Zmora is a family physician in the Bethel Regional Family Healthcare Office, 210 N. Union St.

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Williamsburg Garden Club still growing after 75 years By John Seney

Eight gardens on tour

WILLIAMSBURG - The Williamsburg Garden Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a garden tour and other events. The club was organized April 28, 1936. “It’s one of the oldest in Ohio,” said Izella Cadwallader, publicity chairman for the club. Cadwallader said the 10 ladies who organized the club “hoped that by sharing their knowledge and abilities they might improve their skills of growing and arranging flowers.” Today the club has about 25 members, and meetings are held every month featuring programs of interest on topics related to gardening. The club is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Over the years the club has sponsored many projects to beautify the Williamsburg community, Cadwallader said. The club has presented Arbor Day programs and planted trees at the local schools. Trees were planted along Main Street and pots of flowers bloom during the summer on street corners and in boxes along the bridge at the village entrance. The bridge also is decorated for the Christmas holidays. In May the club holds an auction of plants donated by members from their gardens and from area nurseries.

The Williamsburg Garden Club’s 2011 garden tour will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, rain or shine. The self-guided tour will include eight gardens. Advance tickets with maps are available for $7 from club members. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windy's World, 127 W. Main St. Three area businesses are offering a 10-percent discount on purchases made July 16 to tour participants who show their tickets at check-out. The businesses are Ellis Farm and Garden, 4095 Tollgate Road; More Specialty Plants and Landscaping, 4211 McKeever Pike; and Denise's Garden, 3657 Bootjack Corner Road. For more information, call 724-3001 or 625-2602 or visit


Williamsburg Garden Club members Carol Sandberg, left, and Sharma Hatcher work on the Memorial Garden at Spring and Fifth streets behind the old high school. In the fall, a four-weekend mum sale is conducted, and in December, the club participates in the Williamsburg Christmas Walk with a sale of arrangements and wreaths. All of the proceeds from these events are used for the beautification of Williamsburg, Cadwallader said. “We do an awful lot for the community,” said club president Carol Sandberg, who has been a member about 20 years. She said club members take flower arrangements to residents in senior housing

and help with the Meals-onWheels program. “We’re a very active bunch of people,” Sandberg said. “We’re happy we can help.” Another project the club is involved in is awarding scholarships to young people in Clermont County who plan to study horticulture in college. “We feel we need to get young people involved,” Sandberg said. The club gives out a civic beautification award each year to a resident – not necessarily a club member – who has made improve-

ments in landscaping. “We try to promote people in the community taking pride in fixing up their own places,” Sandberg said. Sandberg said she has always loved gardening. “When I moved here 20 years ago, people said to me: ‘You ought to join the garden club,’” she said. “It’s a neat group of people.” “The gardening itself is rewarding, but so is the camaraderie of the people in the club,” Sandberg said. Sandberg said she is proud of the work the club has done fixing up the Memorial Garden behind

the old high school. The garden was badly damaged during a wind storm several years ago. “We started from scratch,” Sandberg said. This year the Memorial Garden is part of the garden tour. In the Memorial Garden is a stone with the names of past club members who have died over the years. The garden tour will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, rain or shine. Cadwallader said it will feature eight area gardens. She did not want to divulge the locations of the gardens before the tour, but said highlights will include: • A garden that boasts a large collection of hydrangeas and more than 100 different plants. • A garden at a home on the National Register of Historic Sites. • A garden with a scenic overlook of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. • A vegetable garden that features a PowerPoint presentation on vegetable gardening.

• A working farm with a variety of farm animals and “beautiful landscaping.” Antique farm implements also will be on display the day of the tour at the Harmony Hill historical site, Cadwallader said. This is the third time the club has sponsored the tour, which is held every other year. Sandberg said when the garden tour started, it mostly featured the gardens of club members. This year, the tour organizers recruited people who are not in the club to show off their gardens. “They are people in the community willing to let other people see what they have done,” Sandberg said. “We are getting more people involved.” Another event planned for the anniversary is a luncheon in September featuring Community Press columnist Rita Heikenfeld, Cadwallader said. For information about the Williamsburg Garden Club, visit

Summer camps abound at Cincinnati Nature Center’s two locations The Cincinnati Nature Center hosts summer camps each year for kids ages 5-16. Kids recently participated in a Survivor-style camp called Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp 2011: Be One With The Wild at Long Branch Farm in Goshen. They explored the farm’s creeks, checked out critters, created forts and learned wildland skills. Here are the camps the Cincinnati Nature Center has the rest of the summer at both Long Branch Farm and Rowe Woods. For a full description including age ranges and costs, visit July 5-July 8: Nature Detectives


Anna Mei of Mason, left, and Lauren Hawkins of Loveland use rocks and clay to create a dam in the creek during Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp at Long Branch Farm in Goshen June 23.


A group of kids in the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp at Long Branch Farm in Goshen work to pull together clay to make a group sculpture. From left are: Cara Kirkpatrick of Montgomery, counselor Savannah Sullivan of Goshen, Catherine O’Connell of Loveland, Julia Hoge of Loveland, Brendan Dugan of Milford, Jesse Curovchat of Anderson Township and Ali Gehr of West Chester.



Cincinnati Nature Center summer camp counselor Clay Kadon of Hyde Park shows a fossil to Bryce Dugan of Milford during the Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp June 23 at Long Branch Farm in Goshen.

Ben Smith of Loveland looks for creatures in the water near Clay Wall at Long Branch Farm in Goshen during the Cincinnati Nature Center summer camp June 23.

July 11-15: Adventure Quest, Little Acorns, Mother Nature’s Rainbow and Digging into Dirt. July 18-22: Creature Quest, Adventure Quest, Natural Discoveries, Art Camp, CNC: Land of Secrets. July 25-29: Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp, Young Naturalists, Natural Discoveries, Art Camp and CNC: Land of Secrets. Aug. 1-5: Creature Quest, Young Naturalists, Little Acorns, Art Camp, Aqua Adventures. Aug. 8-12: Young Naturalists, Little Acorns, Unleashing the Wild Within and Digging into Dirt. Aug. 15-19: Natural Discoveries and Aqua Adventures.


Grace Hall of Loveland, left, Joel Palm of Madiera, center, and Hunter Evans of Milford check out an insect guide to help identify beetles during a Cincinnati Nature Center summer camp at Long Branch Farm in Goshen June 23.


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Bikes in Bloom, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City of Milford, , Forty-six 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. Beginning May 29, programs with locations, People’s Choice ballot and information are available at local businesses listed on website. Presented by Greater Milford Events & Arts Council. 513-831-4192; Milford. Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work, 7:30 a.m.6 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Textile art pieces from four-year art project by Carol Larson. Free. Presented by UC Clermont College. Through July 8. 513-732-5200. Batavia.


Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 513697-9173; Loveland.


Midsummer at the Meadows, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Rare Earth., Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Fourteen food booths, carnival rides, Kidz Fun Zone, teen activity areas, the Skyhoundz Disc Dogs. $5 parking. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 513-248-3725; Milford.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 513-7536325. Union Township.


Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, 326 Broadway St., Incentive-based summer reading program for children of all ages. Theme: One World, Many Stories. Win prizes by reading books and completing activities. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 513-732-2736; Batavia.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 513697-9705; Loveland.


Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 513-553-4800. New Richmond. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 8


Bikes in Bloom, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City of Milford, 513-831-4192; Milford. Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, Free. 513-732-5200. Batavia.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. 513-474-3100; Anderson Township.


Friday Night Grillouts, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music by Katie Pritchard, vocals and acoustic guitar., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. $3.95-$9.25; parking permit required. 513-791-1663; Symmes Township. Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. 6562. 513575-2102. Milford. TGI Friday Night Grill-Outs, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Food, music and entertainment. Grilled burgers, brats, metts and hot dogs. Cash bar and split-the-pot. Benefits American Legion Post 450. Price varies. 513-831-9876; Milford.

St. Thomas More JulyFest, 6 p.m.-midnight Music by the Modulators Saturday., St. Thomas More Church, Free. 513-7522080; . Withamsville.



Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, 513-697-9173; Loveland.

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St. Thomas More JulyFest, 6 p.m.-midnight Music by Spare Change and Boo Radley Friday., St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Casino, beer garden, food, entertainment, grand raffle, Bid-N-Buy, midway, splitthe-pot drawings, children’s games, rides, concessions and more. Free. Through July 10. 513-752-2080; . Withamsville.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Exhibit from 1890-1940 includes 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. Miscellaneous accessories include fans, compacts, gloves, hankies and scarves. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House. $5, $1 ages 12 and under. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 513-248-0324; Milford.


B & B Music Factory, 9 p.m., Putters ThreePutt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, With Billy Carri. 513-831-5777. Milford.


Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m. Outlaw Sprint Night., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937444-6215; Williamsburg. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 9


Getting Started in Genealogy, 10 a.m.11:30 a.m. Topic: First Steps., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. 513248-0700; Milford.


Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 513697-9173; Loveland.


Midsummer at the Meadows, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Tommy James and the Shondellers, and the Gamut., Miami Meadows Park, $5 parking. 513-248-3725; Milford. Ice Cream Social, 3 p.m. Annual car show features antique and classic cars as well as restored farming equipment., Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church, 9602 Murdoch Goshen Road, Includes homemade ice cream in eight flavors made in 5-gallon, oldfashioned Amish-built churns. Also, barbecue sandwiches with “fixins,” homemade pie and cake. Through Aug. 13. 513-583-9676; Loveland.

Union Township Summer Concerts, 8 p.m. Music by Steve free Band., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheatre behind center. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 513-752-1741. Union Township.


Bird Walk, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. Included with admission: $8; $6 active military and ages 65 and up, $3 ages 4-12; free for members. 513-831-1711. Union Township. Fossil Identification, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, With Dry Dredgers, non-profit group of individuals of all backgrounds, ages and levels of expertise sharing an interest in fossils. Members of club identify fossils and share information about how to get more involved with fossil hunting. Family friendly. Included with admission: $8; $6 active military and ages 65 and up, $3 ages 4-12; free for members. 513-831-1711. Union Township. Saturday Stream Exploration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Splash, play and explore within boundaries of Stream Access B and descend to stream. $8, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 2 and under and members. Registration required. 513-831-1711; Union Township.



Midsummer at the Meadows is 6-11 p.m. Friday July 8 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Satuday, July 9, at Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131 in Miami Township. There will be food booths, carnival rides, a Kidz Fun Zone, teen activity areas and live music. Fireworks are at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Parking is $5. Visit or call 513-248-3725. Pictured at last year’s festival is Isabella Zimmerman (left), 4, of Milford and Gracie Hampton, 5, of Goshen play-fighting with glow swords. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 1


West Clermont Democrats Club, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Romeo’s Pizza, 637 Ohio Pike, Monthly meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by West Clermont Democrats Club. 513575-9546. Union Townshipo.


Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 513697-9173; Loveland.


Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, Free. 513732-2736; Batavia.

Bella Rose Jewelry Designs Trunk Show, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, 16 Main St., Heidi Vitchner, local jewelry artist, features collection of designs on exhibit and for sale. 513-831-8300; Milford. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 0


Antiques and Crafts on the Ohio, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Setup for dealers 7 a.m. Rain or shine. Family friendly. Free. 513-753-1909. New Richmond.


St. Thomas More JulyFest, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Pig roast dinner Sunday 1-8 p.m.; $8.50, $4.50 ages 12 and under. Music by Anna and Milovan, Them Bones and School of Rock Recital Sunday., St. Thomas More Church, Free. 513-752-2080; . Withamsville.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 513-248-0324; Milford. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Free. 513-683-5692; Loveland.


The Showboat Majestic presents “Forty-Second Street,” a celebration of Broadway and those putting on the shows, July 624. Musical numbers include “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Tickets are $17, $16, seniors and students. Call 513-241-6550 or visit Pictured are: Sara Dreibebis (Ensemble), left, Abby Wagner (Ensemble), Devi Reisenfeld (Ann Reilly “Anytime Annie”), and Abby Sheridan (Peggy Sawyer).


Digging Into Dirt, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily through July 15., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Discover how dirt is made and how it is important. Search grounds for soil-dwelling creatures. Includes mud and clay crafts. Wear proper footwear and clothing. Ages 5-6. $220, $170 members. Registration required. 513-831-1711; Union Township. Nature’s Edge Challenge Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 15., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Combination of Survivor, Amazing Race and Survivorman. Campers take part in personal and noncompetitive team challenges in lesser-known portions of Long Branch‚Äôs woodlands. Ages 8-14. $305, $235 members. Registration required. 513-831-1711; Goshen Township.

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Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 513697-9173; Loveland. Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market.; Loveland.


Epilepsy and the Workplace, 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Dinner and discussion on how and what to say to your employer about your seizures. Free. Presented by Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. 513-721-2905. Union Township.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Milford. Epilepsy Support Group, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Share tips, mutual concerns, common issues, challenges and successes with other members. Ages 18 and up. 513-721-2905; Miami Township.

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Astronomy Club Member’s Picnic, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Members only. Picnicking and star gazing. Bring side dish to share and whatever you and your family would like to grill. Ages 12 and up. Email for more information. Free. 513831-1711; Union Township.


Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, Free. 513732-2736; Batavia.


Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Join naturalist for stories, crafts and chance to explore nature. 513-876-9013; Batavia.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 513-528-1622; Mount Carmel.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave.513-921-1922. Anderson Township.


Clermont Family YMCA Pioneer Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 15., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Pioneer weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 6-8. $168, $112 members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 513-742-9622. Williamsburg Township. Clermont Family YMCA Rangers Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 15., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Rangers weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 9-11. $168, $112 members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 513-742-9622. Williamsburg Township. Clermont Family YMCA Aces Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 15., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Aces weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 12-13. $168, $112 members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 513-742-9622. Williamsburg Township.


The Goo Goo Dolls come to the PNC Pavilion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Guest is Michelle Branch. Tickets are $63, $51 and $33, plus fees. There will be a free pre show cookout. Visit or call 800-745-3000.


Bethel Journal

July 7, 2011


Just you and me and our furry baby makes three At bedtime one night recently, my husband Tom said, “Not tonight Sweetie, I have a headache.” And he wasn’t referring to what you might think; he was referring to our dog Nosey sleeping on the bed. Now, we discussed where pets should sleep a few columns back, but haven’t addressed what pet ownership can mean to fledgling romantic relationships. When I was single and lived in a condo, I had a white teddy bear hamster named Squeaker Snow. He was the perfect single-girl pet. To make a long story short, my co-workers and I began a running joke about things like the martinis that Squeak was going to have waiting for me when I got home from work, what Squeak and I were going to have for dinner or what Squeak and I were going to do that weekend.

It was all great, giggly fun. At the same time there was a man I fancied Marsie Hall w h o Newbold worked in another Marsie’s division of Menagerie the company. We seemed to have a mutual attraction, but he never asked me out. One day, we were having lunch together in the break room. “So, how long have you been married?” he asked, conversationally. I was surprised. “I’m not married,” I replied, “Where did you get that idea?” “Well, I always hear you talking about Squeak, so I just assumed,” he trailed off. You should have seen


Being on the same page when it comes to pets can keep a relationship strong. Here, Marsie and Tom share some quality time with Nosey. the look on his face when I explained that my “husband” was in fact, an albino rodent. So, needless to say I know firsthand how pets can come between two consenting adults. Doris Marks Callis of Mount Lookout also does. “I was unmarried and looking for three years,” she says. “I dated tons, but could never find someone who would embrace my zoo of three dogs and two cats. I was not willing to settle for someone who merely toler-

ated them like the guy who said, ‘Sorry Babe, I’m just not a pet lover.’ “My pets are like children to me,” she explains. “So, I came up with a simple hurdle, I would only get married if I met someone I would rather wake up next to than my dog, Nancy.” It took some time, then she met “The Guy,” Marc. He was a kindred soul who owned a dog named Elvis to whom he was very attached. Now she wakes up next to him and Nancy and they all slept together happily until Elvis ran away. Jenny Durbin of Silverton is still miffed over one of her experiences. “I was dating a doctor,” she says, “And it was going really well until my puppy licked his hand and he freaked! ‘Is there a place where I can wash up?’ he asked holding his hand like it was on fire.” “Yes, your house,” I said.

Hugent o b l e r went back to the store that sold her the tires. “We got t h e m Howard Ain inspected Hey Howard! and they said the tires were fine. I would hope they’d be fine. When there are only 26,000, 27,000 miles on a tire you would hope they were fine, that they would last longer.” Hugentobler said she’s not sure what to do. One shop says she needs new tires. The other shop says the tires are perfectly fine. All she wants is to be safe. So I checked her tires and found two were made in 2007, and the other two were made in 2008. You can determine the age of the tire by checking the tire identification number on the sidewall of the tire. It begins with the letters “DOT,” and the last four dig-

its state the week and then the year in which the tire was manufactured. Federal regulators say the effects of aging may not be visible on a tire, but the age does matter. Hugentobler said, “I was pretty upset that they did that. The put two-year-old tires on an SUV that could destroy it if the tire went out.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said tires tend to last about six years from the date of manufacture, so Hugentobler should have a few years left on her tires. NHTSA said tire degradation occurs over time, mostly from chemical reactions. Generally, it said, your tire tread will wear out before aging becomes a concern – unless they were old when they were first put on your vehicle. However, spare tires are prone to aging problems because they are not generally rotated onto your car. They stay unused until needed and, depending on

I know. She has been happily married for 13 years and her counsel is, “Make sure you are both on the same page about animals before you bring one home. Your pet, your relationships and ultimately your marriage will thank you!” For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

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“It’s really hard to believe his reaction considering when we met it was at a nursery and I had a 20pound bag of manure on my shoulder. Right next to my head!” she giggles. Well, if dog slobber, pee or poop were poison, Jenny and I agree, we both would have been dead long ago; so Doctor Man probably didn’t assume room temperature because of his “injury.” My friend, Mona Bronson-Fuqua of Westwood, is one of the wisest people

how long that is, when you do need them they may be hazardous – even if there is a lot of tread remaining. So, it’s not the tread you need to check on your spare tire, but the date it was manufactured because aging can impair the structural integrity of the tire. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Bethel Journal


July 7, 2011

Grandkids ‘eyeing’ new potatoes in the garden When I was tillbeef roast, tied ing the garden the Small new potaother day, I accitoes, 1 to 11⠄2 pounds dentally tilled up Shallots: about a some potatoes. pound, peeled, They were tiny, of trimmed and cut in course, but darned half lengthwise cute and fit nicely Olive oil around an eye of Garlic powder Rita round roast beef Salt and pepper Heikenfeld that I made for dinner. Preheat oven to Rita’s kitchen I must have 400 degrees. Toss missed picking up potatoes and shalsome, though, because lots with a small amount of granddaughter, Eva, found oil and add salt and pepper two more when she was and a bit of garlic powder to helping hoe the rows. them. Pour onto rimmed She was excited to find baking sheet or roasting potatoes so soon (it’s always pan. a contest when the grandRub roast with a bit of oil kids dig potatoes to see who and season with salt, pepper can find them first, so Eva and garlic powder (not too won by default this year). much garlic powder) and She insisted we fry them, place in center of baking unpeeled and sliced, along- sheet or pan. side her morning eggs. That Surround with veggies. was fine with me as pota- Roast, tossing veggies occatoes have lots of potassium sionally, until beef registers and vitamin C. 130 degrees for medium rare, about 50 to 60 minutes or so. Roast beef with new Let meat rest, loosely potatoes and shallots covered with foil, about 10 Sunday dinner! minutes. Serves four. Gilding the lily: Toss 11⠄2 pounds eye of round potatoes and shallots with

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Like Marzetti’s slaw dressing

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topping: For Frances 3 oz. cream Ridge. I’ve made this cheese, room for years and it’s a temperature really good dressing. 2 tableNow it’s a little spoons butter, thinner than COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD softened Marzetti’s (they use Rita’s clone for Marzetti slaw dressing is equally good on salads as 11⠄2 teaxanthan gum which it is with cabbage. spoons vanilla helps make it thick, 1 cup powcreamy and stable) ries we have this year will but it’s made with common be made into a nice filling dered sugar ingredients you probably for tarts, since I don’t have Bring water, berries, have on hand. enough to make a batch of sugar, cornstarch and 2 I just whipped up a batch jam. today and served it over a I think I pruned the canes tablespoons butter to a boil. fresh tomato salad with back too far in early spring. Boil one minute, stirring green onions from the gar- As my husband Frank likes constantly. Remove from den. Yum! to say, “I can tell you weren’t heat and let cool. Stir together cream raised on a farm!� cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, Whisk together: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 package phyllo tart vanilla and powdered sugar. 1 Spoon filling into tart ⠄3 cup sugar shells, thawed or make your 2 3 tablespoons cider own pie shells in mini-muf- shells and top with dollop of vinegar fin tins with homemade or cream cheese mixture. Makes 15 to 20 tarts. 1 scant tablespoon Dijon store-bought pie crust Tips from Rita’s or regular mustard kitchen: The filling makes a Filling: 1 good topping, served warm, ⠄3 cup water Mini berry tarts over ice cream. 1 pint berries What few black raspber-

Homemade shower gel

This is fun for the kids to make and just may encourage them to take a bath! I like to make this with the little ones when they start with the “I’m bored – there’s nothing to do� lament. 3

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daughter Deb has a family gathering she always asks Dad for green onions. Another program we George were watchRooks ing about Ole Ohio told a famiFisherman about ly here in Ohio who raise blueberries. These folks had 80 acres of berries. They showed them using a mechanical picker working in the berries. The Rooster’s Orchard near Williams Corner has blueberries and blackberries that you can pick, so give them a call. Now down to a smaller plot of garden. The carrots we planted now need to be thinned, so we are eating young carrots and they are so tender. We have two more beds that will need thinned later. I told Ruth Ann I will make four new raised beds in the big garden next year and use all raised beds. They dry quicker than the big garden. I wrote about the Grange taking pop tabs to be sold and the money given to the School for the Deaf. Well after the deputies meeting in May, the Granges sold $1,500 of tabs. That is lots of drinking. Last Sunday evening the Bethel United Methodist Church had a special service. Taking several new members in and baptizing some. After the church service there was special music by Jimmy Dooley. His music was wonderful and such a fine person. The crowd enjoyed his music along with other activities in the parking lot. There was an ice cream social, along with popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and cheese, dill pickles on a stick and other things. The committees that set this up sure did a super job. Thanks! The Good Lord provided good weather for a wonderful evening after lots of rain in the morning. Don’t forget the Monroe Grange Ice Cream Social is Saturday, July 9, from 5 till 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Nicholsville south of Ohio 125 on Ohio 222. There will be sandwiches, pie, cake, soft drinks, water, coffee, and most important – homemade ice cream. Come and enjoy the evening. There will be a couple of raffles held, too. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

New ant habitat display opens at Museum Center Cincinnati Museum Center has opened a new ant habitat display in the Museum of Natural History and Science. Hundreds of black carpenter ants (campanotus pennsylvanicus) will live in the habitat. This is the largest species of ant in Ohio and they range throughout most of eastern North America. Carpenter ants nest inside rotten logs, under the bark of logs, or in rotten wood of live or dead trees. They are often found in houses and can

cause extensive damage. Visitors will have the chance to watch the ants work digging tunnels, carrying eggs and larvae and might even get see the queen ant. The new habitat was funded by a grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. Get an All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids. Members always receive free admission to all three museums. Visit or call 513-2877000.



509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:


Amelia United Methodist C h ur c h

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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


You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service

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

Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121



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



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


770 South Riverside, Batavia OH 45103 Raymond D. Jones, Pastor 732-2739

Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm; Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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

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

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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

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


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052


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

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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


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

Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00


Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades)

9:30am 10:30am

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group



WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

7:00pm 7:00pm

S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

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


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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m.

Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301


25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.




330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

Bethel Nazarene Church


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

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

10:45 a.m.

A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today!

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223


Welcomes You

19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM




Howdy folks, We saw the white deer again out of Bantam. The deer was in the soybean field enjoying the new beans that were about three inches tall. This deer is getting lots of attention. If you travel South Bantam Road just north of Ohio Pike, you can see this deer either eating or laying down enjoying the fresh beans. As you travel around keep a look out at the bean fields and be careful of deer crossing the roads, especially the does with babies. We have seen several fawns. Our black raspberries are about done. We planted eight plants last year and have picked about eight quarts this year. We got nine more plants from Grants Farm and Greenhouse to plant. These plants were extra good and should provide some good berries. They still have more berry plants. They also have lots of flowers, vegetable plants, shrubs, fruit trees, herbs, honey bee supplies, and mulch so go visit them. The garden is doing good in spite of the amount of rain. I told Ruth Ann I am so glad we have the raised beds. This year the big garden is so wet. If the vegetables grew as fast as the weeds do we would have a bumper crop. I was talking to a feller last week that fishes for catfish. He said he had caught a shovelhead catfish here at East Fork that weighed over 70 pounds. Now folks, that is a big fish, and has some age on it. That would take some extra strong tackle to land and a lot of time plus a big dip net. There are some extra big fish in the East Fork Lake. The stripers are getting big and will test your tackle before a person can land them. We have seen some extra big turtles. One that we saw, a big big tub would not fit over the shell, and one that we saw the turtle head was as big as my two hands put together and my hands are big. Now I am going to own up to it, some folks have gotten ripe tomatoes before us and that is fine. The best tomatoes are the ones you pick out of your own garden. The wind has blown the pepper plants over, so we got some of the small wire tomato cages and put over them. Boy, did that help keep them standing straight. We were watching a program last week about California. They showed a feller that raised onions. He had 1,500 acres of onions. I like onions, but that would be too many for me. Now speaking of onions, we have the third bed planted and they are doing good. When our

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

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


White deer seen in bean fields

Bethel Journal

July 7, 2011

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142


101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 9:00 & 10:30am No Sunday School

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

Located at 2580 US Hwy 50 (next to the library) or (1mile east of Owensville on 50)

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith



Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)



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


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •


Bethel Journal

July 7, 2011


Be prepared with Sgt. Don Foods By Kellie Geist-May

MIAMI TWP. – After 30 years in the military, time working for the federal government and a six-year stint doing security consultations, retiree Don Handley is looking to use his new business venture to help families be prepared for uncertainties and emergencies. Sgt. Don Foods is a private company distributor for eFoods Global, which sells freeze-dried foods that come in packets and last between 10 and 20 years, Handley said.

T h e M i a m i To w n s h i p resident started the business to help people be prepared. Handley “If you’ve been to the grocery lately, you know the price of food has gone up. Looking at the economic situation, I think the cost of food is going to be a problem … people need to stock-up on affordable, non-perishable food,” Handley said. “If you buy them and put them away, you’ll be prepared for the rising

In Memoriam Thank you for your kind words and support. Samuel Foster


On June 13th, 2011, after a sudden illness, Samuel Foster was called home to be with his parents, Forrest Virgil Foster and Bertha Lee (Dryden) Foster of Winchester, Ohio. Sam was 67 years old at the time of his death. Left behind to join him later is Carol, His wife of 48 years, two daughters, Sandra Kay Foster of Bethel, Ohio, Sherri Lynn Meisberger of Williamsburg, Ohio, and a son-in-law, Wes Meisberger. He was a devoted grandfather of three grandsons, Eric Samuel Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacob Forrest And Caleb Paul Morgan of Williamsburg, Ohio and one granddaughter Nicole Elyse Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other members of his immediate family are: a brother and sisterin-law, Richard Dale and Nancy Ann Foster of Bethel, Ohio, and a sister Forresta Lee Foster of Winchester, Ohio and a niece Patti Gullett, also of Bethel. The family of Sam Foster would like to thank everyone for all their kind words and loving support during the recent passing of a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and Friend. Sam was a simple farm boy from Winchester, Ohio, who was a hardworking man who always put his family first. He had two daughters he loved and a wife Carol that he referred to as his best friend. He would often joke about how hard it was to live in a house full of women so you can only imagine the joy he had when he was blessed with three grandsons. Not that this kept his one and only granddaughter from wrapping him around her little finger. He was proud to find out that his youngest grandson, Caleb had recently joined the Navy and was testing to become a Navy Seal. Sam loved his grandkids and enjoyed letting them do the things he knew their mothers would never allow. Sam worked and retired from General Motors. He worked at the Norwood Plant until it closed. He then transferred to Baltimore, Maryland then to the Dayton plant where he finished up his retirement. Sam enjoyed going to McDonalds every morning to have coffee and swap stories with his buddies. Those of you who knew Sam knew he was a prankster and liked to tease and torment . He would pick at a person until they would want to slug him, but yet they still considered him a good friend. They knew all they needed to do was ask, and Sam would do whatever he could for them. Within the week that Sam was ill, countless friends came to the house and hospital to see him. Each one had a story to tell. They would offer help or words of comfort. They would tell how lucky they were to have Sam for a friend, and how much he meant to them. It was obvious that Sam collected friends as well as antiques. If you measure a man’s worth by his friends he was rich beyond belief. Sam liked to go to yard sales and flea markets. There wasn’t a weekend that went by that you didn’t see him and Carol out looking for a bargain. His real love was his Harley. Sam was a member of the Shriner’s Escort Group where he would ride his Harley in the parades. He was also a member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Scottish Rite. Along with family there are countless neighbors and friends that have suffered a loss that cannot be replaced, Sam will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. Donations in Sam’s honor can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children 3229 Burnet Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095 CE-1001649100-01


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cost and for emergencies.” “When we had the last big power outage, we were without power for two weeks. All the food in my freezer and fridge spoiled. What if it had gone on for longer? You have to be ready,” he said. Handley said he knows not everyone will buy-in to being prepared, but he hopes people will give the food a chance. Some of the meals include pancakes, cheddar broccoli soup, chicken rice casserole, buttermilk biscuits and more. “You can get a free trial of the food and you just pay for the shipping. It’s really good. I’ve gotten (nonperishable) food I couldn’t choke down, but this stuff is really good and you just add boiling water,” he said. “We’re supplying a commodity to people who have


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Summerfair Cincinnati accepting grant applications Summerfair Cincinnati, the nonprofit arts organization with offices in Anderson Township, has applications available for the 2011 Aid to Individual Artists (AIA) Grant Program. Selected visual artists will each receive a grant of $3,000 for use in the creation of new works. In addition to receiving the grant, Summerfair Cincinnati may sponsor a future exhibition and catalogue to help promote the grant recipients and their art. To qualify for the grant, artists must reside within a 40-mile radius of Cincinnati and be at least 18 years of age. Applications are available online at, and must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 26, to be eligible. “The Tristate is home to some incredibly talented artists,” said Summerfair Cincinnati VP of Grants, Krista Paas.

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UC Clermont respiratory care students win $500 Respiratory Care students from UC Clermont College won $500 in the academic challenge bowl “Tenacious Trivia” at the 2011 Explorer Conference at Northern Kentucky University. The regional educational event for respiratory therapists and students is hosted each spring by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The UC Clermont College winning team, “Holy Spit,” defeated 10 other teams, including teams from Cincinnati State, NKU, Morehead State University and Somerset Community College. The team was comprised of four, second-year students: Caleb Arnold, Amanda Doughty, Mike Jaeger


The University of Cincinnati Clermont College Respiratory Care student team, “Holy Spit” won $500 in the academic challenge bowl “Tenacious Trivia” at the 2011 Explorer Conference. The regional event for respiratory therapists and students is hosted each spring by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The team, pictured, was comprised of four, second-year students: Amanda Doughty, Caleb Arnold, Justin Meyer and Mike Jaeger. and Justin Meyer. Each student received a personal trophy. The Respi-

ratory Care program received a trophy and a check for $500. The money

will be donated to the school’s Allied Heath Scholarship Fund.

Business women to host breakfast tea Business women are invited to a breakfast tea event planned by the Women’s Initiative Network Committee (WIN) of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. The traditional tea and networking event will be 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road. “The tea event will take place in the lovely setting of the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Krippendorf Lodge,” said Cyn Macke, director of member services at the chamber. “This elegant morning

tea menu will feature traditional scones with clotted cream and preserves, and assorted tea sandwiches.” The featured program is “Natural Treasures of the Cincinnati Nature Center” presented by Connie O’Connor, director of education and visitor services. O’Connor will speak about the history of CNC and the variety of programs they offer for adults through “NatureVersity.” Lori Hansel, chair of the event said, “This is a brand new event and opportunity where we can pull up a chair,

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Bethel Journal


CSO announces new assistant conductor group of stunningly talented high school student musicians. Some of these students will go on to major careers in the field of classical music.” White began his musical career in his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, learning viola from a saxophone player in his elementary school music class. He soon figured out enough of the notes on the keyboard to write some modest compositions and from then his path was set. An unexpected chance allowed him to conduct his high school’s musicals and he nurtured his talent as a music director and conductor in Bethesda’s all-youth Wildwood Summer Theatre (WST). At the age of 18, a performance of “West Side Story” at WST under his

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for whatever gigs he could get. In three years, he held music director posts with the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Presbyterian Church of Barrington, Rockefeller Chapel, and Union Church of Hinsdale. During this time, he composed a number of works for a variety of performers, the largest of which was his oratorio for choir, soloists, and orchestra, Thy King Cometh. White produced his own recording of the oratorio during the summer of 2007, with a group of friends, collaborators and freelance musicians. He then spent two years in Bloomington at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, studying conducting with David Effron and

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Jesse L. Cook, 20, 50 Bay Meadow Drive, Batavia, receiving stolen

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property at 3126 Clover Road, Bethel, June 27. Floyd Maynard, 31, 777 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, criminal trespass restricted area, possessing criminal tools, theft at Brown Road and Ohio 743, Moscow, June 22. Damon P. Hinkston, 19, 214 Front St., Apt 7, New Richmond, criminal trespass - restricted area, theft at Brown Road and Ohio 743,






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POLICE REPORTS Moscow, June 22. Juvenile, 16, criminal trespass restricted area, Moscow, June 22. Juvenile, 16, theft, Moscow, June 22.

At 3126 Clover Road, Bethel, June 16. At 3393 Clover Road, Bethel, June 22.

At 718 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, June 24.

At Brown Road and Ohio 743, Moscow, June 22.

Incidents/investigations Assault Breaking and entering

At 2583 Airport Road, Bethel, June 23.


At 3126 Clover Road, Bethel, June 16.

Criminal trespass - restricted area Possessing criminal tools

At Brown Road and Ohio 743,

Moscow, June 22.

Receiving stolen property

At 3126 Clover Road, Bethel, June 16.

Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters

At 2443 U.S. Rt. 52, Felicity, June 25.


At Brown Road and Ohio 743,

Moscow, June 22. At 2213 Hulington Road, Bethel, June 24. At 2352 Kinnett Road, Bethel, June 25. At 2583 Airport Road, Bethel, June 23. At 2939 Saltair Canter Road, Bethel, June 22. At 3126 Clover Road, Bethel, June 16. At 3393 Clover Road, Bethel, June 22. At 718 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, June 24.

IN THE COURTS The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.


Randall Bryant Sr., et al. vs. Brynttainy K. Lyon, et al., other tort. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. vs. Dereck Hacker, other tort.

American Family Insurance Co., et al. vs. Joshua D. Rogers, other tort. Greg V. Inboden vs. Marsha Ryan, et al., worker’s compensation. David H. Lower vs. Stephen Buehrer/Victor E. Johnson, worker’s compensation. U.S. Bank NA ND vs. Darlene M. Nichols, et al., foreclosure.

LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF OHIO CLERMONT COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENTION TO VACATE SUBDIVISION LOT (OHIO REVISED CODE §711.25) The Pierce Township Board of Trustees, having enacted Resolution # 11-005 on June 27, 2011, hereby gives notice, by and through its undersigned legal counsel, of its intention to vacate and remove Lot 10 from the Recorded Plat of Sycamore Green Subdivision, currently located at Plat Cabinet 9, Pages 58 and 59 of the records of the Clermont County Recorder. Pierce Township and its Board of Trustees give this notice pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §711.25. Frances S. Kelly Law Director, Pierce Township


INVITATION FOR BIDS On August 3, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. local time, the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive all bids for the project heretofore described as: Central Office Improvements. A single lump sum bid is requested. Bids are to be submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority, no later than August 3, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Bids may be mailed or delivered to CMHA, 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Late bids will not be accepted. Bidders are urged to carefully review the requirements contained in the bid documents. A pre-bid conference will be held on July 19, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. at 65 South Market St., Batavia, Ohio. An electronic version of the specifications can be obtained by e-mailing Brian Yacucci at Questions regarding the project should be directed to Brian Yacucci, Creative Housing Solutions, Inc. at (513) 961-4400 ext. 4. Equal Opportunity Housing Equal Opportunity Employer 1001649389 125 STORAGE 1958 OHIO PIKE AMELIA,OHIO45102 PH: (513) 797-8515 FX: (513) 797-4726 1. JOSHUA BERRY R655 2730 SR 222 # 27 BETHEL, OHIO 45106 2. RICK BRADSHAW K397/413 821 MAPLE CREEK ROAD MOSCOW, OHIO 45153 3. CHARLENE COLLINS E132 2780 LINDALE MT. HOLLY ROAD #91 AMELIA, OHIO 45102 4. AMY DEROSE I339 3121 MACEDO NIA BETHEL, OHIO 45106 5. DAVE DUNMON S703 6735 KELLOGG AVENUE # 11 CINCINNATI, OHIO 45230 6. ELIZABETH ELLIS R651 6 LYNDALE ROAD FT. MITCHELL, KY. 41017 7. CAROL GATRELL A2 328 S. UNION STREET BETHEL, OHIO 45106 8. THERESA SCHAF FRAN M429 1612 HIGHWAY 28 LOVELAND, OHIO 45140 9. TIMOTHY TOMAK H299 19 FLAMINGO COURT AMELIA, OHIO 4502 10. BARBARA WILLOUGHBY D123 1075 MURFIELD DRIVE CINCINNATI, OHIO 45245 1001647292 To place your BINGO ad call 513.242.4000

LEGAL NOTICE Shalon Mitchell whose last known address was 495 Old Boston Road, Batavia, OH (Unit 403) and Kimberly Foster whose last known address was 100 Universtiy Lane Apt 101, Batavia, OH (Unit202) and Chuck Pierce whose last known address was P. O. Box 141114, Cincinnati, OH (Unit 322) and Joe Fisher whose last known address 1863 N. Woodland, Fayetteville, OH (Units 229,315) and Patricia Ray whose last known address was 515 E. Main Street, Batavia, OH 45103 (Unit 216) and Chuck Engle whose last known address was 3197 Batavia Williamsburg Pike, Batavia, OH (Units 112 &203 ) . You are hereby notified that your personal property now in storage at Batavia Heights Storage, 1014 Hospital Drive, Batavia, OH, may be obtained by you for the balance due plus all other expenses within 15 days from the date of this notice. If at the end of 15 days items are not claimed, we reserve the right to dispose of stored property at our discretion. The last day to claim your property is July 13, 2011. 1001648904

Bank of New York Mellon vs. Dawna Findley, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David M. Smith, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Barbara A. Berry, et al., foreclosure. Residential Credit Solutions Inc. vs. Theodore L. Vaive, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. vs. Michael Brewer, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Gerald W. Warner, et al., foreclosure. Park National Bank vs. Mary Elizabeth Simpson, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Eric M. Murrell, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Allison Houlton, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Samuel L. Phillips, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Ernest H. Matthews, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. James D. Shelton, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Henry Luke, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Jerry P. Siekbert, et al., foreclosure. Unifund CCR Partners vs. Jean M. Gullage, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Joan M. Sontag, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. David E. Gast, et al., foreclosure. MidFirst Bank vs. Chester Edwards, et al., foreclosure. PNC Bank NA vs. Michael B. Stoner, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Tonya Siegrist, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Edward R. Shannon, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Sherrill P. Hondorf, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Robb S. Sartori, et al., foreclosure. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC vs. Scott T. Regan, et al., foreclosure. City National Bank vs. David C. Robinson, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Joseph M. Miller, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Deborah L.

DEATHS Earl Thomas Conn

Earl Thomas Conn, 76, of Felicity died June 28. He is a retiree of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Survived by children Jeff (Rhonda) Conn and Tommy (Dedra) Conn; step-children Eddie Wheeler, Barbara Secen, Alma Gregory, Shirley Lavilla and Sonya Sturgill; grandchildren Josh, Brittany, Cara, Calista, Jeffery and Tory; numerous greatgrandchildren; brothers James, Anthony Elmer Jr., George and Gary; sisters Audrey and L.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Mae Conn; and step-son, Wheeler. Services will be at the convenience of the family.


Brokamp, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Glenn J. Napier, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kelly C. Wiedenbein, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Marc Holland, et al., foreclosure. Clermont Chili Co. Inc. vs. Brandy N. Brown, et al., administrative appeal. Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Louise Homan, other civil. Ronald T. Fricke Jr. vs. Sound Body Inc./Jaime Brenkus, other civil. Spitz Electric Inc. vs. Karetakers of America LLC, other civil. BAT Erectors LLC vs. Valor Construction Co. Inc., et al., other civil. Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Jacquelyn G. Richey, other civil. Michael Andrew Dunham, et al. vs. U.S. Bank NA, other civil. State of Ohio Ex Rel / Barbara Hartman vs. Christopher Tetrault, et al., other civil. Wolfgang Grossmann vs. Educational Community Radio Inc./Donald F. Littman, other civil. Michael Goodlett vs. Mike Castrucci Ford Inc., other civil. Pride Acquisitions LLC vs. Creta F. Bowling, other civil.


Matthew T. Anoai vs. Amanda M. Anoai Laura M. Elrod vs. Jason E. Elrod Heather Hattan vs. Shannon Hattan Kelli L. Dean vs. Paul A. Dean Sr. Tara Parker vs. Frank C. Parker III Jonathan Bien vs. Jennifer Bien Amanda M. Roberts vs. Brandon B. Roberts Candy S. Fraizer vs. David W. Botkin Harold T. Michael vs. Sandra G. Michael Ann F. Fangman vs. Roger P. Fangman Lee A. Miracle vs. Johnny R. Miracle Teresa Stamm vs. William R. Stamm Robert Milum Jr. vs. Kendra A. Milum


Julie K. Combs vs. Brian G. Combs Thelma J. Martin vs. Joseph L. Martin Dena H. Marksberry vs. Robert M. Rose Zachary R. Helton vs. Elizabeth B. Helton Rebecca S. Littrell vs. Phillip S. Littrell Jr. Barbara J. Prebble vs. Jeffrey W. Prebble Pamela R. Henegar vs. Michael L.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Matthew Rector, 29, 2224 Ohio 133, Bethel, insurance claims adjuster, and Kasie Cook, 27, 130 Morris St., Bethel, R.N. William Root, 33, 1878 Ohio 133, Bethel, electrician, and Victoria Hannika, 29, 1878 Ohio 133, Bethel, operations manager. Daniel Mize, 27, 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, and Ashley Mitchell, 25, 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, secretary. Kenneth Watson, 49, 6344 Olive Branch, Oregonia, electrician, and Connie Morrison, 50, 1349 Lenroot, Bethel, zoo keeper. Stephen Hall, 53, 1537 Ohio 133, Bethel, AAA technician, and Linda Brock, 51, 1537 Ohio 133, Bethel.


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Jerry Lee Benshoof Jr., 31, 5610 Day Drive, Milford, burglary, resisting arrest, criminal damaging, Owensville Police Department. Hope N. Thompson, 26, 700 University Lane No. 104, Batavia, grand theft. Department of Jobs and Family Services. Jeremy Don Perkins, 39, 2272 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, non-support of dependants, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. David Lawrence Maggard, 34, 204 Portland Blvd., Portland, TN nonsupport of dependants, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Brandon Derrick Vance, 34, 509 S. Main St., Franklin, Ohio non-support of dependants, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. David Franklin Banks, 55, 4390 Eastwood Drive No. 3206 (jail), Batavia, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, ethnic intimidation, aggravated menacing, inducing panic, using weapons while intoxicated, Union Township Police. Clayton B. McCart, 27, 364 St. Andrews Drive Apt E (jail), Cincinnati, robbery, Union Township Police. Ashley Diane McCart, 26, 364 St. Andrews Drive Apt E (jail), Cincinnati, for robbery, Union Township Police. Steven Russell Wade, 26, 3404 Jackson Pike, Williamsburg, robbery, Union Township Police. Mark D. Kennedy, 24, 5304 Monterey Road, Batavia, robbery, Union Township Police. Larry D. Cloud, 30, 464 Piccadilly Sq.

Tri-State Cart raising money for new truck The Tri-State County Animal Response Team (CART) was deployed three times in a 12-month period. All responses involved the seizure of neglected dogs in Ohio. In March 2010 the team was sent to Adams County; in October 2010 to Brown County; and most recently in March 2011 to assist the Clark County Humane Society in the largest dog seizure in the state of Ohio to date. CART is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting locally when area resources are overwhelmed by a natural or man-made disaster or emergency. CART provides


Dale Zevotek, Bethel, alter, 3373 Ohio 774, Franklin Township. Logan Services, Dayton, HVAC, 2733 Laurel Pt. Isabel, Washington Township.

Apt. E (jail), Cincinnati, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, theft, kidnapping, robbery, Union Township Police. Jeremy J. Kelley, 21, 676 Holiday Drive, Cincinnati, burglary, Union Township Police. James T. Sturdevant, 22, 4481 Forest Tr., Cincinnati, burglary, Union Township Police. Jessica Lynne Brunelle, 22, Clermont Co. Jail, tampering with evidence, possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments, Miami Township Police. Roderick Thomas Jr., 22, 859 Summerfield Lane, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, Miami Township Police. Sonya M. Hewett, 4306 Batavia Meadows No. 22, Batavia, trafficking in heroin, Miami Township Police. Henry Thomas Haas, 22, 4137 Gordon, Cincinnati, aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, driving under suspension, Miami Township Police. Starlina Kay Gober, 30, 1296 White Oak Road Bld 3 Apt 6, Amelia, receiving stolen property, New Richmond Police/Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. James Michael Lasley, 20, 3418 Ohio 132 Apt. 2, Amelia, breaking and entering, New Richmond Police/Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Sean Bernard, 21, 40 Lucy Run No. 9, Amelia, breaking and entering, New Richmond Police/Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Pamela Jean Cooper, 26, 1420 Rose Hill Road (jail), Hamersville, aggravated burglary, theft of drugs, robbery, Felicity Police. Dawn Marie Engle, 45, 221 Union St. (jail), New Richmond, deception to obtain a dangerous drug, Bethel Police. Adam Lester Gregory, 18, Clermont Co. Jail, burglary, Pierce Township Police.

Henegar Cheryl Kestel vs. Martin A. Kestel III Constance S. Scollard vs. Thomas Scollard

animal rescue, care, shelter and medical treatment for any animal affected by a destructive event. CART is the recognized response group for 31 counties in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tristate region. CART is currently fundraising to match a most $12,500 grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust to purchase a much needed box truck. The logistics of transporting animals and supplies has been a difficult hurdle in the past. Currently CART relies on a 1994 van and the personal vehicles of volunteers. A mobile transport truck will allow CART to accom-

plish in one load which now takes multiple vehicles and trips to do. The logistics of transporting rescued animals and getting all the needed supplies and caging to the temporary shelter has been complicated by not having an appropriate vehicle. A mobile transport truck will streamline response time and immediate availability. Your tax deductible donation to Tri-State CART will help ensure animals affected by a catastrophic situation in the area receive the prompt attention and help they deserve. Visit

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


126 Fagley St., HSBC Mortgage Ser-

vices Inc. to Barbara & William Dunn II, 0.3200 acre, $25,000.


206 Union St., Estate of Valma Gillespie to Raymond & Alberta Hollon, 0.6000 acre, $19,000.


2544 Bantam Road, Perry Manning to HSBC Mortgage Services Inc., 0.6460 acre, $50,000.

REUNIONS The Whitacre Family Reunion – The 134th reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Sugar Run family grounds on Roachester-Osceola Road in Morrow, Ohio. All descendants of Martin and Mary Howard Whitacre are encouraged to attend. Plan to gather at the family grounds around 12:30 p.m. with a picnic lunch to share at 1 p.m.

For information, call Kathy Whitacre, kathyj, at 877-2731, Karyn Forman,, at 677-9979 or Danel Amos, at 513-877-2629. Clermont Northeastern High School – The Clermont Northeastern High School’s fourth annual All Alumni Dinner is Saturday, Aug.

13, in the multi-purpose building on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville. A catered dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. socialize. Cost is $17 per person. Reservations are needed by July 15 to Alumni Committee, CNE High School, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, OH 45103. Email