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Model railroad features landmarks

Jack and Kathie Griffin have a railway running through their Pierce Township backyard. No, it’s not the wall-shaking, paintpeeling, rafter-rattling B&O freight trains coming through. It is one of several largescale model railroads around Cincinnati featured in the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society’s (GCGRS) “dream weekend” tour recently. FULL STORY, B1

Ohio state report cards

The Ohio state reports cards were released last week. For a look at how each district in Clermont County did, see page B6.

Felicity grad is Big Sister of Year

When Amanda White started with the gifted program at Felicity-Franklin High School, she had no idea of the wide impact one school project would make. FULL STORY, A2

Bethel students return to school

Bethel-Tate students returned to school Aug. 22 ready for the 2011-2012 academic year. FULL STORY, A6

Grant building new welding lab

After years of planning, students should be able to start working in the new Grant Career Center welding and fabrication lab by Halloween. FULL STORY, A8 For the Postmaster

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By Kellie Geist-May

BETHEL - Village council member Rus Whitley will be on the ballot this fall as a candidate for mayor. Whitley and fellow council member Alan Ausman both filed to be mayoral candidates, but Donna Gunn, also a member of council, filed a petition alleging that Whitley does not live in the village. The members of the Clermont County Board of Elections met today, Aug. 29, to conduct a hearing to discuss the petition. Whitley leases the building at 408 S. Main St. in Bethel, which is owned by Carla Gerwe, where he operates Arcade Antiques and Gun and has an efficiency apartment. Whitley owns property at 2224 Bethel-Hygiene Road under the name Lugar Descretos LLC and operates two farms, but he said the village address is his home. “I reside at 408 Main St. … That’s my domicile,” Whitley said at the hearing. “I don’t reside there seven days a week, I have several pieces of property, but that’s my residence.” Whitley and his legal counsel provided more than 15 pieces of official mail addressed to Whitley and sent to 408 Main St. They also brought tax bills, business mail, job invoices and tax documents to show that Whitley lives in the village. Whitley’s drivers license and voter registration forms also say he lives at 408 Main St. Gunn brought letters from people who live nearby, including

herself, vouching that Whitley does not live in Bethel. “I live very close to Mr. Whitley’s address at 408 Main St. I have made a habit of, at least twice a day, going by there. After business hours, there’s rarely a vehicle there and … until this week, after the action was filed, there were never any lights on,” she said. Gunn also protested Whitley’s residency when he was appointed to village council in June 2010. She said two members voted against the appointment based on residency. “I vehemently made protest to this saying Mr. Whitley did not live in the village. His residency was brought up at the meeting, but a majority of council voted to appoint him,” she said. Whitley does some maintenance work for MET Lab in downtown Cincinnati and operates another business called RR Construction, so he’s not always at the shop, he said. In his free time, he visits his sick mother, spends time with a friend in Pierce Township and uses an unfinished log cabin at Bethel-Hygiene Road as a getaway. While he’s not always there, Gerwe said she does believe Whitley lives at Arcade Antiques and Guns. She said Whitley does receive mail at 408 Main St. and there is an efficiency - with a kitchen and a bathroom - behind the business. “He is there very often during the week and I see him there in the evenings when I go by,” she said. “As far as I can tell, he’s living

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Breaking free

Bethel-Tate’s Matt Small (21) avoids a defender during his team’s 21-0 loss to Mariemont, Aug. 26. For more from the game, see Sports, A6.

F-F slips a notch, B-T rises on report cards By Kellie Geist-May

How Clermont schools fared, B6

CLERMONT CO. - After two years of being rated “excellent” on the Ohio Department of Education annual report cards, the FelicityFranklin Local School District has slipped to “effective.” Although he’d rather the school be “excellent,” school board President Dave Cornelison said that an “effective” does not mean the district is failing. “We were hoping to keep our ‘excellent’ rating, but we’re happy with the way we’ve been educating children. Are we content with effective? No. Effective isn’t good enough and we’re going to keep

working toward that ‘excellent’ rating,” he said. “I’ve talked to (Superintendent Glenn) Moore and we’re all on the same page.” The district met 13 out of 26 indicators and had a performance index of 92.1. Felicity-Franklin also did not meet adequate yearly progress and were below on the value-added measure. The high school, which was in “continuous improvement,” moved up to “effective,” the elementary school stayed “effective” and the middle school slipped from “excellent” to “effective.” Cornelison said the current rat-

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ing system does not give an accurate picture of how children are learning, but rather how they are testing. “I think the system for rating schools is flawed. I agree that the state needs some sort of scale to grade schools, but I think there’s got to be a better way to educate children while categorizing the schools,” he said. “There has been talk in Washington D.C. and in Columbus about changing these systems – which I think need improvement.” “Maybe we sound like sour grapes because we slipped to

‘effective’ but I really feel like the report cards don’t show how well we’re educating kids,” Cornelison said. “For now, it’s the system we have to adhere to, so our teachers and staff will keep trying.” Just north, in the Bethel-Tate Local School District, staff already is preparing for how they’ll hold onto the “Excellent with Distinction” rating they earned last year and again this year. “We’re excited about earning ‘Excellent with Distinction’ and I have to give credit to our teachers, our parents, our kids, the community and (former Superintendent) Jim Smith. He did a great job leading this district, hiring excellent

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Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission Election Legal Notice The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will have an election of Supervisors of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District to be held in accordance with Chapter 1515 of the Ohio Revised Code. Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in Hamilton County and are of 18 years of age and older may vote for Supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot (available on the District’s website - There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot: (1) at the annual meeting, which will take place at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), 1035 Woodrow Street, Cincinnati, OH 45204 on September 15, 2011 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: (2) at the SWCD office by requesting an absentee ballot during business hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm from August 25, 2011 to September 14, 2011; and on September 15, 2011 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm or (3) vote absentee by mail, requesting the proper absentee request forms from the HCSWCD by September 12, 2011 at the following address: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, 22 Triangle Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246 - phone number: 513-772-7645. Absentee ballots must be received at the District’s office by Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm. Two (2) Supervisors will be elected. Nominees are: Karen Ball, Scott P. Huber, Steve Johns, and Dale Rack.


Felicity grad named Big Sister of the Year By Kellie Geist-May

FELICITY - When Amanda White started with the gifted program at FelicityFranklin High School, she had no idea of the wide impact one school project would make. White, who helped create the Felicity-Franklin High School Bigs Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati when she was a freshman, was recently named the organization’s Big Sister of the Year. The High School Bigs Program started when White’s gifted group were assigned a “Youth in Justice” project. “They were to find a problem in the community and come up with a solution,” said gifted teacher Beth Francis, who nominated White for Big Sister of the Year. “We decided that we didn’t like how many kids in the Felicity-Franklin community are without role models. We wanted to put together a one-on-one mentoring program, which is how we got involved with

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Amanda White, the Felicity-Franklin High School valedictorian for the Class of 2011, says a few words at graduation. White was named Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. of others.” Francis, who also helps the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization match mentors (Bigs) and mentorees (Littles) in Felicity, said the after-school program usually consists of a snack followed by homework help and group activities like games or cooking. “It’s really a great program for all the kids to be part of,” she said. “Both the Bigs and the Littles.” But it won’t be the same this year without White. White graduated as the


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of G r e a t e r Cincinnati,” White said. Francis, White and a number of White other district representatives and students met with Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Cincinnati to see how the organization, which helps match youth with mentors, could help. “When (Big Brothers Big Sisters) came to Felicity, they were being nice, but they weren’t sure if they could start a program here,” Francis said. “Amanda ran the meeting and, I think, they were so impressed with her that they made it happen.” While other group founders dropped out or became less active as they progressed through high school, White became even closer to the High School Bigs Program. “It became part of my life. I looked forward to it as much as my (mentoree) did,” she said. “It’s a great program and it helped me to make an impact on the lives

Felicity-Franklin 20102011 valedictorian and has since started classes at Berea College in Kentucky. She’s studying biology and is looking to double-major, though she’s not sure what she wants to add just yet. Eventually, she wants to go to medical school. “Amanda was a huge part of what made this program special. She’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met,” Francis said. Although she’s not spending her school days in Felicity anymore, White said she hopes the program continues to grow. “Everyone knows about the Boys & Girls Club out here, but I don’t think that many people know about the High School Bigs Program. I hope we can spread the word and the community becomes more involved,” she said. For more information about the High School Bigs Program or about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, visit or call 4214120. For more about your community, visit

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there. I don’t know how many nights, though.” The members of the board voted to dismiss Gunn’s petition without hearing additional witnesses. “We have testimony from the building owner and, in her opinion, (Whitley) resides there. We have multiple exhibits showing he resides there. We even

have Bethel council voting to put Mr. Whitley on council,” said board member Rick Combs. “… The evidence provided here today is not compelling enough to move forward (with the petition).” The board unanimously voted to dismiss the petition and put Whitley on the November ballot.

Two charged in thefts FRANKLIN TWP. - Two Felicity residents were arrested in an investigation of thefts of air conditioning units from churches and other locations in the village of Felicity and Franklin Township. Jason Ray Kaylor, 32, of 3136 Ohio 756, Felicity, and Tosha Renee Bishop, 33, of 3212 Ohio 756 Lot 13, Felicity, were arrested Aug. 16 by Clermont County Sheriff’s Office investigators and narcotics agents. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said the arrests were made during a covert investigation into the thefts. “The area has been hard hit and investigators were concerned the activity would continue,” Chief Deputy Rick Combs said. “Deputies apprehended the pair just as they were


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preparing to cut the piping to the air conditioning units at Felicity Christian Church located at 847 Ohio 133, just outside the village.” Kaylor was charged with one count of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Bishop was charged with one count of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Both are suspected in thefts of air conditioning units at three additional locations in Felicity and Franklin Township. Evidence in those thefts will be presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury, Rodenberg said. Rodenberg said other Felicity and Franklin Township properties affected recently by thefts were the Felicity Christian Church, 847 Ohio 133; the Masonic Temple, 510 Market St.; and the Felicity Branch of the Clermont County Library, 209 Prather Road. “To date, reports of property thefts and damage caused as a result of theft of air conditioning units, not including labor/service to repair and install at sites, has totaled $10,000,” Combs said. “Many times the installation of new units and the damage caused will double the cost of new equipment.” Investigators will review reports from surrounding townships to see if there are additional cases in which Kaylor and Bishop may have been involved, Rodenberg said. Kaylor and Bishop are currently incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail.


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Girl Scout Troop honors outstanding women Do you know an ordinary woman who does something extraordinary for others and for her community? Whose work has had significant and lasting effect in her community and the lives of others? If you answered “yes,” consider nominating her. Felicity Girl Scout Troop 41282 will be hosting an event in March 2012, to honor women from their community who make a difference. Nominees must live or work within the geographic boundaries of Felicity. Which include Tate Township (north),

Washington Township (west), Franklin Township (south) and Lewis Township, Brown County (east). Nominees are not required to have been or currently be a Girl Scout. Please include: Nominee’s name, mailing address, telephone number and reason for nomination. All nominations will be reviewed for consideration by Girl Scout Troop 41282. Nominations may be dropped off at Debi’s Cut & Curl or at RiverHills Bank in Felicity during business hours. All nominations must be turned in by Dec. 10.

The troop finished the Agent of Change Journey last year, which focused on teaching the girls they can make a difference. To earn The Power of One Award, the girls discovered and shared the powerful story of women and girls who mobilized others and made a difference. Each girl in the troop did a report on her story. Some girls did reports on women such as Harriett Tubman, Helen Keller and Mother Teresa, to name a few. This year they wanted to learn more about women in their own community who make a difference.

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Schmidt office hours

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has scheduled special evening office hours for September to better serve constituents in Ohio’s 2nd District. Members of the public can meet with Schmidt’s staff from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Milford, Batavia or Williamsburg. • Milford: City Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 745 Center St.

• Batavia: Clermont County Administration Building, Third Floor Session Room, 101 E. Main St. • Williamsburg: Mayor’s office, Village Administration Building, 107 W. Main St. Constituents with questions about these special office hours should call Schmidt’s Cincinnati district office at 513-791-0381. These are not town hall meetings with Schmidt.

BRIEFLY Ice cream social

BETHEL – American Heritage Girls Troop OH0522 is hosting their annual ice cream social and registration from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Bethel United Methodist Church. If you would like to join this Christ Centered Scouting program, please join us. For more information call Cassie Anderson at 734 2279.

Cub Scouts sought

CLERMONT COUNTY The Cub Scouts are looking for boys interested in fun and adventure. Cub Scouts organizations throughout Clermont County are having membership drives during September. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys grades one to five and lasts year-round. Activities include campouts, pinewood derby races, field trips and service projects. Fliers will be sent home to elementary school students inviting families to a local sign-up night. For more information, visit or call Leah Wainscott at 577-7736.

Legislative lunch

CLERMONT COUNTY – What has happened in Clermont County since Sept. 11, 2001, with emergency planning and is the county going in the right direction? UC Clermont professor and terrorism expert Ed

Bridgeman and Clermont County EMA Director Beth Nevel will present a brief look at the need for a local response to a global menace at the legislative luncheon hosted by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Friday, Sept. 9. The lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Receptions East. Cost is $25 for chamber members $40 for non-members. Call 576-5000 to register. This event is sponsored by Duke Energy and Mercy Hospital Clermont. The Plus Program is sponsored by Center Bank.

Yard sale

BETHEL - Residents will have a chance to get rid of some unwanted goods and make a little extra money at a village-wide yard sale Friday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 11. To participate in the sale, residents do not need to buy a permit or pay a fee, said Travis Dotson, village administrator. Dotson said there are no specified hours for the sale.

County’s center

CLERMONT COUNTY For 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau determined the mean center of the nation’s population was in Plato, Mo. The Census Bureau’s web page states, “The center is determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would bal-

ance perfectly if all residents were of identical weight.” So where is the center of Clermont’s population? The Census Bureau has calculated the centers for counties for 2000 and 2010. To see the Clermont results, visit For 2010 Census details, visit http://2010.census. gov/2010census.

Sept. 11 observance

CLERMONT COUNTY The county commissioners encourage all citizens to join a nationwide Moment of Remembrance Sunday, Sept. 11, honoring the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. At 1 p.m., for one minute, citizens are encouraged to pause and reflect how the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America forever changed the country and remember the thousands of lives lost that fateful day, Governments, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies and others are encouraged to join in a nationwide symbol of solidarity by ringing bells and sounding sirens at 1 p.m. Sept. 11. The sirens and bells will serve as a signal for each person to stop and remember the tragedy, and how quickly and heroically many responded. For more information about the nationwide Stop and Remember effort, visit




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Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School phyical education teacher Sharon Collins, left, and substitute teacher Elizabeth Schanher give the thumbs-up for the first day of school Aug. 22.

Grandmother Sharon Meeker gives second-grader Emalee Sinclair a hug before sending her into William Bick Primary for the first day of school Aug. 22.

Bethel-Tate students return to school Aug. 22

First-grader Ethan Collett gives mom Jennifer Williams a big hug before heading into William Bick Primary for the first day of school Aug. 22.

Bethel-Tate mom Deanie Lawson waits outside William Bick Primary School with her son Jeremiah Lawson, a kindergartner, and nephew Eddie Harvie, a second grader, before the first day of school at Aug. 22.

Buses unload at Ebon C Hill Intermediate School before school Aug. 22.


Bethel-Tate speech teacher Denise Smith says hello to two of her students Abigail Icenogle, left, and Lillian Icenogle before the first day of school Aug. 22.

Mom Michelle Sandker takes her kindergartner Emma Sandker and second-grader Aaron Sandker to their first day at William Bick Primary School Aug. 22.

First-grader Andie Stroup was all packed-up and ready for her first day of school at William Bick Primary School Aug. 22.


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Welding, fabrication lab taking shape at Grant Career Center By Kellie Geist-May

BETHEL - After years of planning, students should be able to start working in the new Grant Career Center welding and fabrication lab by Halloween. Grant Career Center administrators started looking to build a new lab for welding students when voters approved the school’s operating levy in 2005. “We talked about doing this in 2005, but we delayed actually building (the lab) until we built up enough money in the general fund to pay for construction,” Superintendent Ken Morrison said. “We’re trying to be good stewards and be as efficient as we can, but there comes a time when you have to make an investment in a program. It was time to make that investment.” The welding program sees about 25 new juniors each year. Unlike some technical programs in other


The new welding and fabrication lab at Grant Career Center will be a selfsufficient building separate from the main school. Because it will have rest rooms, the space also can be used independently for adult education programs. schools, Grant instructors teach students fabrication and has them make actual projects in addition to learning the basic welding skills, Morrison said. “If all they were doing was welding, then the existing lab might have been big enough, but we want to make sure they can build real projects. Our seniors need more space to work on those projects,” he said. Currently, those projects

New student information sessions to be offered at UC Clermont through Aug. 29 BATAVIA – UC Clermont College will be offering information sessions and tours Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. The information sessions offer an overview of services available within the Student Services Building, from academic advising, financial aid, registration, the cashier’s office, community counseling center and the disabilities service office. Students will also get a chance to tour the campus and review academic programs offered at UC Clermont College. The college is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. Students who attend UC Cler-

mont College have full access to UC’s uptown campus libraries, student support services, student clubs, fraternities, sororities, intramural sports and athletic events. “The admission process is outlined and we talk about financial aid and how grants and/or loans are available to cover the tuition and fees which can make college a reality for just about anyone wanting to attend UC Clermont College,” said Senior Enrollment Advisor Blaine Kelley. Fall classes begin Sept. 21. To register for an information session visit and select “Schedule a Visit.”

are often stored outside, which Morrison said causes a safety concern. “When horticulture (students) are selling their plants in the spring, you have people walking up around all these trailers and projects. It’s not safe,” he said. The school board decided to bid the welding project last year, but the bids came in at about $320,000 for a 3,400-square-feet space more than the administra-

Applications available for free lunch program

U.S. Grant Career Center today announced its 2011-2012 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School

Other staff members are Cindy Leibold, Tonya Russell and Shari Taylor, educational advisors, Jane Gjessing and Pat Keene, academic tutors, and Tammy McCall, administrative secretary. Services and activities include monthly workshops at the schools, academic tutoring, college visits, cultural field trips, ACT preparation, assistance in completing college and financial aid applications and summer programs for middle and high school students. Thousands of students have participated in ETS at UC Clermont since 1995, and the overwhelming majority of ETS high school seniors have gone on to postsecondary education. Recent student comments include the following: “If I put my mind, body and spirit in something, I can achieve greatness.” “Not all colleges are super expensive, and it is possible I can go.” “I learned how to ask college questions and how to handle credit cards.” For more information, contact the TRIO Educational Talent Search office at 513-558-7432 or visit the ETS web site

tion was ready to spend. Eubanks Construction in Felicity submitted a proposal when the school board asked for bids a second

time, which included a 4,000-square-foot building with rest rooms, for $270,000. The school board accepted their bid.


Educational Talent Search at UC Clermont receives grant BATAVIA – The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at the UC Clermont College has received a grant for $1,444,575 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs, to continue services through 2016. Educational Talent Search at UC Clermont College provides middle and high school students with learning experiences that supplement the school experience and promote participation in postsecondary education. ETS serves 650 students each year in grades six through 12 in eight Clermont County school districts (Batavia, Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern, FelicityFranklin, Goshen, Grant, New Richmond and Williamsburg). UC Clermont College was awarded the grant based on its application and on prior experience points that are awarded for successful completion of program objectives. “We are successful because our students are successful,” said Dan Schneider, academic director, who has been at UC Clermont for more than 12 years.


A Grant Career Center welding student works on a full-size project in the existing welding lab. Superintendent Ken Morrison said that while the lab might be big enough for basic skills training, it’s too small for full size fabrication projects.

Morrison said having the rest rooms in the free-standing lab was an asset they hadn’t originally planned. “Having the rest rooms means the building is selfcontained and we can use it for the seniors’ building, welding and fabrication projects during the day as well as for small engine repair in our adult education program at night,” he said. “This facility has been a dream of ours for a number of years and I’m as excited about this as I’ve been about any project.” Brian Marshall, the project manager for Eubanks Construction, said the school should be able to occupy the building by early October. “It’s going pretty well at the site,” he said. “We’re getting ready to pour the floor and we’ll have the walls up in a week or two.” “Many (of us) are local – it’s nice to be able to work in the community,” Marshall said.


Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free

and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal's office. Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size

increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.



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Tigers eye Southern Buckeye title By Scott Springer


Dylan Torok (left) of Bethel battles with Batavia captain Timmy Knauer last season. Torok returns for his senior season with the Tigers looking to improve their second-place league finish from a year ago.

BETHEL – Thanks to Amelia’s entrance into the Southern Buckeye Conference-American division, Bethel-Tate found themselves in second place last season for the first time in three years. “We had won two championships, then we fell a little bit to Amelia in the league last year,” coach Dave Schellenberger said. Though an 8-1-1 league mark is nothing to be ashamed of, the Barons were one better at 9-0-1. This year, the chase will be more difficult as Schellenberger will miss three first-team all-league players (including Bethel Journal Sportsman of the Year Jeremy Moss) and one secondteam player. “We are actually replacing nine guys from last year’s team,” Schellenberger said. “We definitely have our work cut out for us. I like our guys coming in.” This season, stopping the score will be the emphasis for the Tigers, rather than scoring. “Defensively, we have a good group of four or five guys, and we need to develop a team out of that,” Schellenberger said. “It’s a

different strategy. It’s hard to sell to those guys but it d o e s n ’ t make sense to score Hutchinson three goals and give up five.” Senior midfielders Jacob Dickhaus and Alex King will be relied on to defend and score. “We’ve got good leadership out of the back,” Schellenberger said. “Our fullbacks are seniors. We’re going to work from the back up. We lack a little bit of that offensive scoring ability, so we need to develop that.” The final barrier for Bethel-Tate opponents is senior goalkeeper Tyler Hacker, who played junior varsity last season. “We just need to gel him a little bit with the defense and he’ll be pretty good I think,” Schellenberger said. “He’ll keep us in games.” From the front line, Schellenberger feels that senior Dylan Torok should land a fortunate foot on a few passes for some goals. The league favorite again is no secret. “Of course, it’s Amelia,” Schellenberger said. “They were the league champs coming in their first year.


Tyler Atkins gets something off of his chest in a game with Batavia last season. The junior returns to a Bethel-Tate squad that was 8-1-1 in the league. They did a really good job. I think they lost a few boys also. It’ll be very interesting how it plays out this year.” The Tigers’ next game is against Thursday, Sept. 1, against Western Brown. A return match against

Amelia will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at home. For more sports coverage, visit, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.

Felicity boys soccer follows its leader By Scott Springer

FELICITY – To some, it might sound strange to have a female coach heading up a boys high school team. However, in younger levels of soccer, it’s fairly common and that’s exactly why Vicki Wehrum is in her second year as the boys varsity coach at Felicity-Franklin. “Actually, my husband and I have coached this team or some variation of it since they were 5 years old,” Wehrum said. “We’ve been coaching the same group of kids, and I just continued on with it.” Logically, such a situation is ideal with the right players, and Wehrum feels she knows her talent better than anyone. “We have a lot of good players,” Wehrum said. “I have eight seniors and those eight have been with me for a long time. I’ve watched them all mature.” The downside for the Cardinals is that Wehrum could use a few more bodies, including some that she hasn’t coached yet. “We don’t have the numbers that we’ve had in the past, so it’s going to be very important that everyone does a good job,” Wehrum said. Part of the problem is the natural evolution of some high school athletes. Some continue on, others drift

Both Clay Wehrum and Jake Fry were first-team Southern Buckeye Conference-National division first team picks. Goalkeeper Chris Paul was a second-team choice a year ago. away. “There’s some changes in people’s likes,” Wehrum said. “Then, they have other interests like jobs and girlfriends at a high school age. A couple of seniors that should’ve came back didn’t.” Her own son, Clay Wehrum, is one of Felicity-Franklin’s top scorers, as is Jake Fry. “Both of them, even when they were younger, have been the leaders of the team,” Wehrum said. “They were picked by the kids to be captains last year.” Both Wehrum and Fry were firstteam Southern Buckeye ConferenceNational division first team picks. Goalkeeper Chris Paul was a secondteam choice a year ago.

Among others, Wehrum figures to get good minutes from junior midfielder Bradley Prather. “He does a really good job and has come up as far as his skill level,” Wehrum said. Wehrum would like to better last season’s 3-2-1 league record this season and looks for tough contests from both divisions of the Southern Buckeye. “I suspect that Amelia will be difficult,” Wehrum said. “I don’t know how Batavia will be. And, it’s always a good competition between Bethel and Felicity.” Though her son’s prep career will be finished this fall, Wehrum has no plans to hang up her Cardinal whistle. “I really would like to continue,” Wehrum said. “I’ve been with a lot of the boys and I enjoy it. We have a really great time and I enjoy the interaction with the kids. My only problem is we’ve kind of jumped off on the numbers. I’m hoping there will be a lot of freshmen out. We don’t carry a JV and a varsity team. We’re strictly a varsity team.” The Felicity-Franklin varsity takes the field again Sept. 1 against Blanchester. For more sports coverage, visit, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.


Bethel-Tate drops opener

Bethel-Tate’s Matt Small carries the ball Aug. 26 against Mariemont. The Tigers lost on the road to the Warriors 21-0.

Bethel-Tate quarterback Laynce Cherry prepares to hand off the ball during the squad’s game against Mariemont, Aug. 26. The Tigers couldn’t find the endzone and lost to the Warriors 21-0. NICK DUDUKOVICH/ STAFF



• Bethel-Tate’s boys lost to New Richmond at Friendly Meadows Aug. 23 even though Jason Adams and Robby Wagner were comedalists at 40.

Girls tennis

• In the SBC Tournament Aug. 22, Clare Schaljo of Bethel-Tate lost in the semifinals to Amelia’s Hannah Fulks 7-6 (8), 6-2.

On Aug. 23, Bethel-Tate beat New Richmond 4-1 with Schaljo taking her first singles match.

David Hammock has had interest from UC, Bowling Green and NAIA William Penn (Iowa) #cincysports


On deck

• The Bethel-Tate girls beat Purcell Marian 3-1 on Aug. 22. The Lady Tigers lost to Amelia 42 on Aug. 25. Andi Lanigan scored both Bethel-Tate goals.

Tweets from the beat

@cpscottspringer Scott Springer Bethel-Tate fb coach Wayne Stacy says sr OL

• Checking in with BethelTate OL/DL David Hammock who’s receiving college interest.

Highlight reel

• Watch the Press Preps Roundtable as high school beat writers Nick Dudukovich, Scott Springer and Ben Walpole discuss the upcoming soccer season.

Social media lineup

• Facebook: and itor (Melanie Laughman-Journalist). • Twitter: m/presspreps and Staff: Melanie Laughman, @PressPrepsMel. Nick Dud ukovich, @PressPrepsNick. Ben Walpole, @PressPrepsBen. Scott Springer, @cpscott springer. James Weber, @RecorderWeber • Blog: www.cincinnati.c om/blogs/presspreps


Mariemont linebacker Jacob Davis, top, stops Bethel’s Zach Mullins during the Warriors’ 21-0 win, Aug. 26.

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September 1, 2011


Lady Cardinals fly on the soccer field


Felicity-Franklin’s Mackenzie Dunaway is one of the team’s top defenders and was a Southern Buckeye ConferenceNational division first team pick her junior year. The Lady Cardinals were 33-2 in the league.

FELICITY – Don’t look now, but many of the same athletes that have triggered Felicity-Franklin’s recent softball success are on the soccer field trying to do the same with a bigger, bouncier ball. Amber Chandler coached the Lady Cardinals to a 3-3-2 mark in the Southern Buckeye Conference-National division last season, which was second to Blanchester’s undefeated girls. However, Chandler’s team wasn’t hit as hard by graduation. “I think we look pretty good,” Chandler said. “I think we’re going to be pretty competitive.” Felicity-Franklin lost just one player (first-teamer Christine Dreiling) and gained four more this year. They also feature a number of four-year starters, including goalkeeper Erin Meyer, defenders Mackenzie Dunaway and Brittany Sowers and midfielder Jordan White.

Chandler also touts midfielder Bridget Havenfield, Hillary White and Shelby Lucas up front and junior center halfback Arica Stutz. The difficulty of playing so many girls as freshmen, often becomes a luxury by their senior seasons. “We took our lumps early on,” Chandler said. “Our main problem over the past years was gelling with one another and being able to put it together as a team. They’re gelled this year.” Dunaway and Sowers were first team SBAAC-National performers last season, while Lucas and Stutz made the second team. “These girls are going to be outstanding,” Chandler said. “If they don’t go far in the league this year, I’ll be surprised.” There’s also the issue of senior leadership, which is apparent according to Chandler. One senior, Sheila Baker, is injured and currently is not active. “We definitely have seven seniors

who are helping mature the younger athletes on our team,” Chandler said. The highlight of the Lady Cardinals this season should come in the goalsscored category. Chandler’s team has evolved into a balanced group. “Last year I would’ve said it was our defense,” Chandler said. “This year, I’m going to have to say we’re strong all the way around. We have an offense that can put a ball in the back of the goal, and we also have finishers. In previous years, we did not have finishers.” The National division belonged to Blanchester last season, but Chandler won’t rule out anyone at this point. “Blanchester and Batavia always give us a run for our money,” Chandler said. “And, I’m not going to dismiss Georgetown or Williamsburg.” The Lady Cardinals have the opportunity to make an early statement as they host Blanchester at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

goals and running on trails, the Lady Tigers look to be running after the Lady Barons in the SBAACAmerican again. “Amelia came out with it last year,” Woodward said. “I think we have the advantage of depth and a lot of development’s going to help us out. But, Amelia’s going to be the one to chase.” Bethel-Tate’s next contest is at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at home against Western Brown. For more sports coverage, visit, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.

BETHEL – Bethel-Tate girls soccer coach Brenda Woodward lost three league games and two Southern Buckeye Conference-American division players last season. Hayley Rose and Blake Woodward – the coach’s daughter now at Hanover College – are gone. Hopefully, so are the five ties the hampered the Lady Tigers last season. At 2-3-5 in the league, Bethel-Tate had to settle for fifth place. The upside: Many of the girls who played with Rose and Blake Woodward are back. “We’re definitely going to improve,” Woodward said. “We’ve got really good depth with the team this year. They were able to get some time on the field last year and develop, so that’s really going to help us out this year.” Lining up as captains this year are senior Rachel Sharp and junior Alex Shinkle. “She’s done really well because she got to develop last year,” Woodward said of Shinkle. Woodward thinks many of the girls will improve like Shinkle and believes her squad will possess a lot of firepower. “We have a lot of speed this year, so that gives us a lot of options,” Woodward said. “I have a lot of girls that want to score – they strike the ball!” Second-team all-league Andi Lanigan, a senior fig-

Arica Stutz of Felicity-Franklin shows her ball control skills in a game last season. Stutz will be a junior for the Lady Cardinals and was a secondteam all-league pick a year ago.


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Bethel-Tate’s Brittney Fischer fends off Kelsey Arkenau from Felicity-Franklin in a game last September. The Lady Tigers were 2-3-5 in league play last year. ures to be among BethelTate’s scorers. Juniors Taylor Atkins and Morgan Calhou and freshman Brooke Jenike are also expected to find the net. Leading the midfielders will be a familiar Bethel-Tate performer in Sydney Kilgore. “She hasn’t played in a couple years,” Woodward said. “She’s definitely an athlete. She’s able to help out wherever you put her.” Kilgore is your typical multi-sport Bethel-Tate athlete. Woodward, in fact, has

four girls who will do double-duty between soccer and cross country. Taylor Atkins, Morgan Calhourn, Brittney Fischer and Andi Lanigan are all scheduled for extra miles. “You just have to not overwork them and accommodate their schedules,” Woodward said. “They did a good job with it last year. It’s definitely fatiguing for them, but they’re decent athletes that are able to sustain that type of program and discipline.” In between running for


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that was injured when someone was a teenager has a good chance of developing arthritis. A broken bone will usually heal, but might cause lifeOded Zmora long pain. A Community back that is cartoo much Press Guest rying weight will Columnist eventually hurt. Yes, it is possible to replace a knee or a hip, but those replacements don’t function as well as the original. They also don’t last forever and might need

CH@TROOM Aug. 24 question:

Should union leaders meet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Republican leaders to discuss changes to Senate Bill 5, the law restricting rights of public unions? Why or why not? “I’d like to rephrase the question: ‘Should Governor Kasich meet with union leaders to discuss changes in Senate Bill 5?’ “The answer, Governor, is a resounding no. Senate Bill 5 was passed by our representatives in the Ohio House and Senate. “You signed it. Therefore it stands as law. It is up to union leaders to repeal it with their ballot referendum this November. “You should be directing your efforts towards defeating that effort, not compromising SB 5 because of what liberal media polls say. The most powerful union leader in our nation sits in the Oval Office. “Unions put him there. Ohioans, if you like what President Obama has done (or failed to do), then repeal Ohio SB 5. “If not, be sure to vote and send this referendum down in flames. Unions, like other liberals who want something for nothing, are loud and boisterous. “But I am convinced they are in the minority. I look for a huge silent American majority to speak loudly - not only this November but more importantly in November 2012. “For the future of our Republic I hope I am right.” J.J. “Let Kasich and the Tea Party crazies get some of their own medicine. “Their attitude when pushing this bill through was “no compromise.” “Now that there is a good probability that Senate Bill 5 will get repealed by the voters, Kasich is now interested in compromise and can’t understand why the unions don’t want to. “Senate Bill 5 is nothing other than an attempt by the right to continue their goal of doing away with all unions and marginalizing the middle class.” THC “Union leaders did not showup at the Governor’ meeting because he really wasn’t serious. He is just making a publicity setup so they can create a commercial against the November repeal vote. The repeal will be a major bump in the governor’s new road. J.R.L. (retired employee) “They should not even consider it, at least until after the voters

Next question While individual Ohio school districts may continue to teach cursive writing, the new state common core curriculum no longer requires it. The focus will now be on keyboarding skills. What do you think of this? Are you glad, sad or indifferent that cursive writing will be fading into the horizon? Every week The Bethel Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. reject it. “Kasich knows he overstepped by trying to do the bidding of the right wing of his party. Both SB5 and HB194 (voter suppression bill) have only the aim of taking what little power the middle-class and poor have left. “The majority of Ohioans understand what he and his monied cronies are attempting. They will stop him and his ilk.” J.Z. “Our Republican governor’s second thoughts about the unions is too late. Let the voters decide in November!” E.E.C. “I would say yes, but at the same time I would not be terribly optimistic about reaching a compromise acceptable to both sides. “We have become so polarized when it comes to certain issues that both sides feel it’s either their way or the highway. “Dennis Prager wrote a piece in October of 2008 titled ‘There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas.’ In closing, he said, ‘calls for unity among Americans that transcends left and right are either naive or disingenuous. “America will be united only when one of them prevails over the other.’ “I know that it is not pleasant to think about this, but it seems to be the truth. “The dreamer in us has a vision in which both sides make peace. All you have to do is look around and see that this doesn’t happen, especially in politics (and religion). “The irreconcilable divide in this issue is simple: unions want as much power as they can get and Kasich’s side wants to limit that power to a level they believe is ‘reasonable.’” Bill B. “Gov. Kasich did not consult with unions before signing SB 5, why should the unions meet with him before Ohio voters weigh in this November?” R.V.

a second replacement surgery. It’s not only pain which is caused by us not taking care of our body. Putting on extra pounds causes an excessive strain on our heart and increases the chance of developing diabetes. Eating foods with a lot of salt (such as fast food and microwave dinners) increases the blood pressure. Smoking cigarettes causes chronic obstructive lung disease which diminishes our capability of doing everyday activities such as working and walking. We must also remember that all these problems will eventually cost us money. Smoking a pack of ciga-

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Take care of your body or it will crumble “I wish there was a shop for new body parts,” one of my patients told me a few weeks ago. She wanted to replace a painful back. We all want to change parts of our body sometimes. We wish to look younger or we wish a painful joint will stop hurting. Scientists are working on producing different organs and some of the successes have been widely published. However, for now we have to rely on what we were born with. This is the reason we need to take care of our body. This is a message that has to be told to children as well as adults. A knee

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rettes a day costs about $5 a day, which adds up to $150 a month, which is $1,800 a year. If you start smoking when you’re 18, by the time you retire you’ve spent $85,000. This doesn’t bring into account the medications and loss of revenue because of illness. “My home is my castle,” the saying goes. We should remember that our body is our home. If we don’t take care of our building, it will crumble and fall. We must start at the foundations during childhood and continue maintenance throughout life. Oded Zmora is a doctor at family physician at Bethel Regional Heathcare.


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State treasurer tries to insulate funds While global financial markets are marred by uncertainty, Ohioans’ hard-earned tax dollars are being prudently invested and safeguarded. To highlight the contrast between Ohio’s fiscal management with that of the federal government, look no further than the recent actions of Standard & Poor’s. In analyzing the fiscal management of each, the firm decided last month to upgrade Ohio’s outlook (from negative to stable), but recently downgraded the Federal government’s credit rating. Additionally, Fitch also recently improved Ohio’s bond rating. These ratings agencies applauded state leaders for bringing our budget into balance through sound financial management, and credited the Ohio Treasury with conservatively managing debt. One of the reasons that Ohio’s outlook is improving while the federal government is drowning in red ink is that Ohio’s constitution mandates a balanced budget. Our state is prohibited from racking up and carrying over deficits, and finally has elected leaders who are taking this requirement seriously. In the treasurer’s office, we

have taken many steps to insulate public funds from the uncertainty that has shaken global markets. This puts taxpayers and local Josh Mandel governments in Community the safest posiPress guest tion to weather storm, even columnist the if the worst-case scenario plays out in the stock market and bond yields continue on a downward path. Over $1 billion in Ohio taxpayer dollars are being safeguarded in secure short-term and overnight investments to maintain liquidity and guarantee that cash will be available when needed by cities, counties and school districts. My office is constantly monitoring markets in Europe and Asia so that we can act quickly if international securities take a hit. On behalf of the State Treasury Asset Reserve (STAR Ohio) program, where we invest funds for local governments, we have also increased liquidity and eliminated investments in banks in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece who

could be impacted by the European sovereign debt crisis. Contrast this approach with what happened in Florida, where rather than stressing safety, the state sought higher yields through risky and legally questionable investments. These investments potentially cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars after the collapse of housing and financial markets in 2008. In our office, we ended the fiscal year with a $400,000 surplus, and are reducing general revenue fund operating expenses by $1.2 million over the next two years. We will also save $100,000 annually by automating check processing and ending the unsecure daily practice of physically driving checks across the state to the depository bank. If families and small businesses are tightening their belts, then government should do the same. In Ohio we have embraced our balanced budget requirement, and raised our fiscal outlook in the process. We accomplished this without raising taxes. By charting a conservative fiscal course we are achieving positive results for taxpayers, even amidst global economic uncertainty. Josh Mandel is treasurer of Ohio.

Details about public employees, SS I received a number of inquiries after my column appeared about public employees and their Social Security benefits. Allow me to take the opportunity to clarify a few points. Everyone born in 1929 or later needs 40 Social Security credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year, so you will need to work at least 10 years to become eligible for retirement benefits. If you become disabled before age 62, the number of credits needed for entitlement to disability benefits depends on your age at the time you become disabled. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) provides that a modified benefit formula is used to figure the amount of a retired or disabled worker’s Social Security benefit (and the benefits of the worker’s family members) if the worker also receives a pension based on his or her non-covered employment. While benefits are lower using the modified WEP formula, they are never eliminated. The provision primarily affects workers if they earned a pension in any job where they did not pay Social Security taxes and they also worked in other jobs long enough to qualify for a Social Security benefit. For example, WEP affects Social Security benefits when any

part of a person’s federal service after 1956 is covered under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). However, federal servSue Denny ice where Social Community Security taxes withheld Press guest are ( F e d e r a l columnist E m p l o y e e s ’ Retirement System) will not reduce Social Security benefit amounts. The Windfall Elimination Provision affects many workers in Ohio, including members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), and the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). The provision may apply if: • You reached 62 after 1985; or • You became disabled after 1985; and • You first became eligible for a monthly pension (including a foreign pension) based on work where you did not pay Social Security taxes after 1985, even if you are still working. The provision does not apply if: • You are a federal worker first hired after Dec. 31, 1983;

• You were employed on Dec. 31, 1983, by a nonprofit organization that did not withhold Social Security taxes from your pay at first, but then began withholding Social Security taxes from your pay; • Your only pension is based on railroad employment; • The only work you did where you did not pay Social Security taxes was before 1957; or • You have 30 or more years of substantial earnings under Social Security. In future columns, I will discuss what happens when a worker has at least 30 years of substantial Social Security earnings and a non-covered government pension. I will also provide more information about the Government Pension Offset (GPO), a law affecting workers with a government pension based on work that was not covered by Social Security who also want to collect Social Security benefits as a spouse or widow(er). Need more information? Visit our web portal for government employees at Sue Denny is Social Security’s metropolitan Cincinnati public affairs specialist. If you have Social Securityrelated questions, email her at

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Pierce Twp. garden railroad displays landmarks with love By Chuck Gibson

Jack and Kathie Griffin have a railway running through their Pierce Township backyard. No, it’s not the wall-shaking, paint-peeling, rafter-rattling B&O freight trains coming through. It is one of several large-scale model railroads around Cincinnati featured in the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society’s (GCGRS) “dream weekend” tour recently. For the Griffin’s, it all started with a train going around the Christmas tree. “He wanted an electric one instead of a battery one,” Kathie said about Jack’s wish to have a train run around their Christmas tree. “So we went to a train show.” Kathie’s cousin was there and told them, “if you’re interested, you have to meet Paul Busse.” Busse designed outdoor landscape railway layouts. “So we met Paul Busse,” said Kathie. “I fell in love with the whole concept.” The Griffins invited Busse to their home nestled nicely into a wooded hillside on a private lane off Locust Corner Road. The hillside slopes down and away off the back of the house and settles into a flat wooded part of their property. That flat area is where Kathie thought Busse would locate their railroad. “This guy’s got the vision,” Kathie said. “So he designed it.” He designed it right into the sloping hillside alongside their three-tier deck. His design required some serious landscape architecture of the existing hillside. Members of the GCGRS came to help. “We had what’s called a railroad-raising … you know, like a barn-raising,” she said. “The club came out and they started digging the canyons. Then they left. Then it was ours. Paul did come back and put the creek in.” That was more than 10 years ago. They had just finished building the deck. Busse asked what their theme was. “We just dove into it,” recalled


Jack and Kathie Griffin are the chief engineers of the Griffin’s Garden Railroad – Cincinnati style. Kathie. “We could’ve stood a little more planning. We put the factory in, made that P&G, decided we needed Winton Place and all of a sudden it became Cincinnati.” Piece by piece, Cincinnati’s landmarks and history appeared as the Griffins built a G-scale railway in their garden. The P&G Ivorydale plant, Winton Place Train Station, Mt. Adams and more popped up. “The incline is the newest,” said Kathie. It took five years to build after a year of trying to imagine how. The Griffins mix a variety of materials; including bamboo, cherry wood, mesh wire, Styrofoam and nature with their personal touch of love and passion to create an amazing work of art and electrical wonder. The incline was not easy. “It’s been a nightmare,” Jack said, explaining in detail how the incline tram has to hit and charge just right to work. “It gets to this point and plus becomes minus and minus becomes plus. You have to put something in there to change the polarity otherwise it would just burn up.” And he’s not an electrical engineer. He’s a retired CPA. Kathie has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and worked for P & G at one time. They learned along the way. They spent a lot of time at the old Davis Trains in Milford before it closed. “You learn a lot,” said Kathie. “The club is one of those things where you have people who work

The Winton Place Train Station reveals the detail and amazing work of art.


The challenge was running the Mt. Adams incline up under the replica of the railroad trestle at Spring Grove Avenue and Vine Street in St. Bernard.


The electrical wonder tram arrives at the top of the Mt. Adams incline.


together. Davis Trains used to be The P&G Ivorydale factory created from Styrofoam by Kathie Griffin set the tone for the Cincinnati theme in Milford … oh my God, we were $1,000. It’s less expensive than if recreated by tiny pieces of scrap there every other day; every day we played golf.” wood. of the week before a show.” They have about six engines. “I figured out that I have an They can’t (won’t) give any The detail reveals the love and idea, but Jack moves ahead on it,” kind of estimate how much resourcefulness they put into it. said Kathie. “Now we say: Let’s money they have invested in the Mesh wire creates the open deck just maintain what we have.” picturesque railway layout and of the Suspension Bridge; the The Griffin’s garden railroad landscaping. Kathie said they familiar railroad trestle at Spring has often been a highlight of have “no idea, none.” Grove and Vine in St. Bernard is GCGRS shows. “It’s what we do for fun,” she During one weekend show, said. “You can buy an engine for they estimate more than 500 peo$150 or you can buy one for ple visited. The people like it. Her favorite comment came from the 12-year-old daughter of a thirdgeneration artist. “She said: ‘It looks so natural,’” said Kathie. “That was probably the best compliment.” It all started with one of those battery-operated trains running in a circle around the Christmas tree. Now, it’s a natural fit in their garden. “The battery things either go full blast or not at all,” Jack said. “I said I’m not going to fool around with that and we went to Davis Train Shop in Milford. CHUCK GIBSON/CONTRIBUTOR That’s what got the train rolling.” More about Cincinnati garden The Suspension Bridge in the foreground with open wire mesh deck and the L&N Bridge in railways at Check CHUCK GIBSON/CONTRIBUTOR the background are current projects underway out more model trains at www. for the Griffin’s garden railroad.


Metzger Hardware carries on family tradition By John Seney

NEW RICHMOND - Metzger Hardware has been a fixture on Front Street since 1927. “My grandfather and grandmother, Harry and Florence Metzger, started it,” said Karen Workman, present owner of the store. She said the location housed a hardware store even before her grandparents owned it. Workman said her father and mother, Robert and Marian Carpenter, eventually took over the store. Her

mother was a Metzger, so the family tradition continued. When her parents retired in the 1990s, she took over the store. The store carries the usual collection of tools and hardware needs. When someone comes in looking for an unusual part or tool, “we usually have it,” Workman said. The store also cuts glass and repairs screens. Convenience and customer service is what sets the store apart from the larger chain hardware stores, Workman said. “The residents of New

Richmond appreciate us being down there,” she said. The store is independently owned and operated but affiliated with the Do it Best Corp., a cooperative representing more than 4,000 independent stores nationwide. In addition to herself, the store has one full-time employee, Richard Bradbury, and Workman’s son, Robert Workman, who recently graduated from New Richmond High School and works at the store parttime. Bradbury, who has

More info Business: Metzger Hardware Address: 400 Front St., New Richmond Phone: 553-3171 Owner: Karen Workman Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. worked at Metzger for two years, said he often gets calls from people asking for things they can’t find elsewhere. “What sets us apart is the friendly atmosphere,” he said. “You get one-onone help.”


Working behind the counter at Metzger Hardware in New Richmond are, from left, Robert Workman, Karen Workman and Richard Bradbury. For more about your community, visit newrichmond.


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Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $37 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, 4343 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Combines body sculpting exercises with high-energy cardio. Ages 16 and up. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba Fitness with Sue. 3794900. Mount Carmel.


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. 753-6325. Union Township.


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Exhibit from 18901940 includes 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. Shoes include dainty lace boots to ornate evening slippers. 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. 248-0324; Milford.


Fire Dogs, 9:30 p.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777; Milford.

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland. Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond.


Hands-On Nature: Open Discovery, 5-7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play Facilitators provide variety of tools and toys for children to borrow to explore PlayScape. Items such as shovels, magnifying glasses, mirrors, rope, insect boxes and balls available. Family friendly. Included with admission: $8, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 2 and under; free for members. 8311711; Union Township.


Financial Peace University Preview, 6:307:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Preview of 13-week, video-based small group study by Dave Ramsey that teaches families how to beat debt, build wealth and give like never before. Classes begin 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Ages 21 and up. Free. 484-9314; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 2


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


Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Kevin Fox, acoustic rock. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95-$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford.


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




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All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Holman Motors Chevette Special. Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. Family friendly. $13, $5 ages 715, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215. Williamsburg. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 3


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford.


Russian Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., Russian foods: piroshki, stuffed cabbage, borscht and more. Imported crafts: nesting dolls, wooden boxes, jewelry and more. Religious books and icons, activities for children and music. 831-1754; Loveland.


Museum Open House, 1-4 p.m., Harmony Hill, 229 S. Third St., Homestead site of Maj. Gen. William Lytle. Museum and dairy house built in 1800 and is oldest building in Clermont County. Appointments also available. Free. 724-7790; Williamsburg.

Prairie Promenade, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Naturalist-led stroll through the prairie. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

St. George Russian Orthodox Church is having its Russian Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave. Enjoy Russian foods, piroshki, stuffed cabage, borscht and more as well as imported crafts, nesting dolls, wooden boxes, jewelry, religious books and icons, activities for children and music. Call 831-1754, or visit Members of the St. George Russian Orthodox Church performed traditional Russian music duringa pastRussian Festival.



All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 4

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


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford.


Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1055 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Dinner available starting at 4:30 p.m. Family friendly. Free. 248-2999. Milford.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford.


Financial Peace University Preview, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, Free. 484-9314; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 5


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford.



Liar’s Club, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. A naturalist will offer information on common nature artifacts. Visitors have to decide if she is lying or telling the truth. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

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Hands-On Nature: Color and Light, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play facilitators lead children in using prisms, mirrors, color wheels and reflections. Family friendly. Included with admission: $8, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 2 and under; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. T U E S D A Y, S E P T . 6

EDUCATION The Practice of Poetry: A Writing Workshop Series for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, For women interested in writing as spiritual and creative practice. Optional craft workshops on alternate Tuesdays. $190 weekly or $125 bi-weekly. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland. Weekly or bi-weekly through Nov. 15. EXERCISE CLASSES

Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 513 2311060. Anderson Township.


Herpetology Programs, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Auditorium. Light refreshments served. Included with admission: $8; $6 active military and ages 65 and up, $3 ages 4-12; free for members. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel.

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Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Beechmont Squares Square Dancing Club 50th Anniversary, 6:30-10 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Gene Record, caller. Includes food, dancing and music. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Anderson Township.


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $37 per month. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, $5. 3794900. Mount Carmel.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.


Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 553-4800. New Richmond.

NATURE Hands-On Nature: Open Discovery, 5-7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Included with admission: $8, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 2 and under; free for members. 8311711; Union Twp.


Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 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.


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cheeseburger in Paradise, 812 Eastgate North Road, Bring instrument. All genres welcome. Free. 967-0427. Union Township.


Dog’s Night Out, 6-9 p.m., Graeter’s, 8533 Beechmont Ave., Dogs receive a free sample of Frosty Paws, a healthy frozen treat, with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. Pet owners can choose from more than 20 flavors of ice cream, including the seasonal summer flavors. 721-3323; Cherry Grove. FILE PHOTO

There will be parties all over the Ohio River Sunday, Sept. 4, in celebration of Labor Day and the WEBN/Cincinnati Bell Fireworks. The 17th Annual Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. More than 100,000 ducks will be dropped into the Ohio River from the Purple People Bridge during the P&G Riverfest to compete for prizes. Proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank. For more information, visit or call 513-929-3825. Riverfest opens at noon at Sawyer Point and runs until around 11 p.m. and offers music, food, family fun and entertainment all day. For more information, visit


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. 921-1922. Milford.

Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off is 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The hot air balloon race will feature as many as 20 hot air balloons in a race across Cincinnati. It is added to a day of activities, including Cruise-A-Palooza and the Cincinnati Navy Week celebration. Cruise-A-Palooza will feature more than 200 classic cars on display in Moonlite Mall from noon to 4 p.m. and an awards ceremony recognizing the top 50 cars. The Cincinnati Navy Week celebration will include an interactive Navy Simulator and Suburban, a performance by the Navy band “Cruisers,” 11 a.m. to noon, and a jump and appearance by the Leap Frogs U.S. Navy Parachute Team from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Moonlite Square hosts live music by The Cincy Brass and exhibitions by the Cincinnati Circus Co. from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of the events are free for park guests. Regular rates apply for Sunlite Pool and Coney’s Classic Rides. Parking is $7. Hot Air Balloons inflate and take flight from Coney’s softball fields from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details about events at Coney Island, visit at


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Sounds weird, tastes great: Shingled Cheese

Shingled cheese

Make both parts ahead and pour vinaigrette over right before serving.


On a platter, make rows like shingles of sharp cheese and cream cheese. You can stack them up side by side or lay flat. You’ll need about a pound of each, and I sliced mine into 1⁄8” slices. Slice the cream cheese when it’s real cold, since it’s a bit harder to slice than the


It may look a little odd, but Shingled Cheese is a tasty snack with baguette or crackers.

Dad. We would mix it in a laundry tub.” Donna said when you mix the ingredients together, it will look a bit dry at first, but as it sits the juices will come out. I made a batch and it hardly made it off the counter to put in the fridge, they were that good. They remind me a little of bread and butter pickles, minus the turmeric. I named the recipe “Dad’s washtub pickles” in honor of Donna’s dad. You can double the batch (I did) or even divide the recipe in half. And they are really easy. Granddaughter Eva, 31⁄2 years old, was right there helping me. She was in charge of stirring. These are delicious with deli meat sandwiches.

cheddar. And don’t worry if the cream cheese and cheddar are different sizes. As long as they’re about the same length, you don’t have to worry so much about the height of each. Before serving, drizzle this vinaigrette on top. Serve with baguettes or crackers.


Mix together: 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 1 ⁄2 cup white wine vinegar Palmful of fresh parsley, chopped Palmful of fresh basil, chopped or 1 generous teaspoon dried Salt and pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced, about a tablespoon Minced green onion or onion chives, 2-3 tablespoons or to taste Chopped pimiento or chopped roasted or fresh red bell pepper (optional but good and adds color - use several tablespoons)


Mix together: 3 quarts thinly sliced cucumbers

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

2 cups thinly sliced green peppers 2 cups thinly sliced onions 2 cups chopped or thinly sliced carrots 1 jar pimentos, drained (opt) Brine: Mix together: 2 tablespoons celery seed 3 cups sugar 1 ⁄3 cup salt 2 cups white vinegar Pour brine over veggies. Let sit several hours on counter, stirring every once in a while. Store in fridge.

Drying basil: This is a delicate herb and will retain a light green color if you strip the leaves from the stem and gently chop the leaves up. Lay on a screen or towel to dry on the kitchen counter, etc. You’ll know they’re dry when they crumble between your palms.

The following is a list of September programs sponsored by the Clermont County Genealogical Society. They are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Additional information can be found at: www hclecgs/ or by calling 7233423. The programs are at at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Doris Wood Library, 180 S. 3rd St. in Batavia, unless noted otherwise. Saturday, Sept. 3 “Historical Newspaper Collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County,” presented by Stephen Headley, library manager. Saturday, Sept. 17 Clermont County Genealogical Society Heritage Day Luncheon. “Cincinnati’s 1848 Riverfront Panorama-A Window to the Past,” presented by Jim Mainger, B.A., M.L.S. Pre-registration and payment required by Sept. 13. Check the website’s events for price, location and registration information.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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I just made the best appetizer ever. And it’s got a weird name: Shingled Cheese. It was one of those recipes that I had in my file for a while and just didn’t get around to making it. Until, that is, my f r i e n d Charlene Rita Castle, a Heikenfeld B a t a v i a r e a d e r, Rita’s kitchen asked me to make the appetizer for a class I held at her home. “I had it at a friend’s house and it was so good”, she said. Charlene was more than right. It’s downright addictive. I made it on Fox 19 this week for my morning show appearance. Sheila Gray and Rob Williams, along with the whole staff, came back for seconds, and thirds. This is the perfect appetizer for that Labor Day picnic, since it can be made ahead and it’s easy to tote. In fact, the vinaigrette makes a nice dressing for fresh tomatoes, as well. You can see the video of me making this on my blog, Cooking with Rita, at


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Bethel Journal


September 1, 2011

Ten-day refund policies are part of state law How long should you have to wait to get your money back after cancelling a gym membership? A Bridgetown woman said she waited months trying to get her money and doesn’t feel that’s right. In fact, she is correct. Shawna Miller and a friend responded to a half price ad for Victory Lady Fitness center. The ad said they could have half-price membership for three months. “We got our three-month memberships, but when we went in they offered us three years for $293 plus $5 monthly for maintenance fees,” Miller said. Miller said she and her friend ended up signing up

for the three-year memberships even though they had already paid for the three Howard Ain m o n t h s Hey Howard! m e m b e r s h i p . Miller said that membership was forgotten during the high-pressure sales pitch. “It just kind of went away and we realized that later. So my girlfriend and I said, ‘Let’s cancel what we signed up for. Let’s cancel it, do the three months, and see if we like it,’” Miller said. The very next day they

went back to the gym and signed the cancellation forms at the bottom of their contracts. The gym manager also signed the cancellation forms but told them they wouldn’t get their money back right away. Miller said she was told, “I’m just letting you know it’ll probably be about six to eight weeks.” The contract itself said Miller is supposed to get her money back within 20 days so she said she was confused. “I thought, just like everywhere else, when you go in they just do a refund. I didn’t know I was going to have to go to this person and that person and be bounced back to this person


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and this person,” she said. After waiting more than two months Miller contacted me because both she and her girlfriend hadn’t received their money back. She said, “One time when I called they told me they didn’t have me as a cancellation. Then they found I was a cancellation and they would rush me a check. Well, I’m still waiting for that rush.” I went to the Victory Lady Fitness Center and was told company policy requires its contract department to first confirm the cancellation request with the member. But Miller said she had been calling for her refund for weeks. The manager checked the records while I was there and confirmed she still hadn’t received her refund – and promised she would get her money. But the law, in both Ohio and Kentucky, requires such refunds to be mailed within 10 days of the cancellation. There’s no mention in the law of a company first having to confirm the cancellation request. After my trip to the gym both Miller and her friend did get their money back – and Miller filed a complaint about the gym’s policy with the Ohio Attorney General. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Volunteers needed for MOW As a priority of Clermont Senior Services, the Mealson-Wheels program has never had a waiting list. Food is not really a need that can wait. Last year we delivered about 93,000 meals to people’s homes. Behind each delivered meal is a real person. It may be someone you know - a parent, a friend or a neighbor. Receiving Meals-onWheels means many things to people. To some, it means a nutritious meal that they could not prepare on their own. To a frail, elderly person living in an isolated area of the county, it’s reassurance that his or her well-being is checked on daily. For a lonely person, it means being greeted by a smiling face. For all recipients, it means independence. But it’s not easy for us to keep up with the demand. Delivery is the biggest challenge. The cost of vehicles, fuel and staff make it hard to meet the need. That’s where volunteers come in. Our Meals-on-Wheels volunteers are lifesavers. Most deliver once a week. Some work together in teams on which each member delivers once a month or so. There are a number of options. The reason volunteers love this program is that it gives them that one-on-one contact that really makes a difference in a person’s life. They want to see the person

they are helping face to face. Volunteers are not just the people that deliver the Linda meals. They Eppler may do a Community few helpful Press guest extras too bring in columnist like the mail or set out trash cans. A warm smile and a friendly chat can make a big difference in someone’s life. It can turn a bad day into a good one. We currently have a great need for more Mealson-Wheels volunteers in all areas of the county. It requires little time, usually a couple of hours a week, but the return is tremendous. If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Mealson-Wheels volunteer, please call Connie at 536-4021. We will do our best to arrange a schedule to fit your busy lifestyle and gladly reimburse your mileage. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” Doing good is what makes us feel good. Linda Eppler is the director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services, Inc.

Daugherty elected Lion of the Year At the Bethel Lion's Club annual summer picnic, Terri Daugherty was elected Lion of the Year. Daugherty was circus chair this year. She also

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day Calendar together. This is one of the Lions Club largest fundraisers and they would like to see more birthday listings on the calendar.

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fishing trip. Now he doesn’t keep all of them only 30 of the big ones. The winner of the tournament, with seven crappie had 6 pounds, the big crappie weighed 1.5 pounds. Start your week by going to your house of worship and give thanks. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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There are 43 losses - from the death of a loved one to major financial changes - that produce the range of emotions known as grief. The Grief Recovery Program, offered by Crossroads Hospice, helps people move beyond the pain of any loss and achieve healing. This comprehensive program is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Sessions are every Monday afternoon for 13 weeks. There is no charge for materials. Developed by the Grief Recovery Institute, the program creates a safe environment to learn how losses affect us, and how to move

past the grief and pain through new actions. A trained and certified moderator leads each session. To register, contact Bereavement Coordinator Mike Strick at 786-3743 or m. The church is at 402 W. Plane St., Bethel; 734-7201;

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w a r m always look for the little g r e e n worms. Now we need protein in our but I can George diet think of a Rooks better way to Ole get it wouldFisherman n’t you? The green beans I planted last Monday are up about three inches so we will have green beans this fall. We have been getting sweet corn from the Grants Farm on Bucktown Road. They are picking lots of corn so give them a call. The corn is sure wonderful, it is hard for me not to eat a raw ear while I am shucking the corn. Now Ruth Ann is sure getting better. She has taken over the job of cooking. I was never doing any cooking, I always said I could boil water without burning it Ha! Ha! Ruth Ann got a good report from the doctor last Thursday. He said you graduate, you don’t need to come back for three months. Praise the Lord. Thanks to all the prayers. The fishing report is good. Last Sunday the Boar’s Head Bait Shop of Afton held the crappie tournament with 20 boats in the event. It seems everyone


Howdy folks, The “Grim Reaper” is at it again. We went to a visitation for Earl R. Blevins last Friday evening. This feller was very involved in the 4-H program, especially with horses. Earl loved the 4-H kids and was always willing to give a helping hand. He spent several years having health problems. His wife, Loretta, sure stood by his side and took care of him through his illness. He was a feller that knew horses well and how to take care of them, and how to teach the 4-H children how to ride and take care of their horses. There was lots of knowledge passed on to the 4-H students. They would never have had the opportunity to get that education had it not been for Earl. He will be missed not only by his family, but by the community. He was a feller that if anyone in the community needed help he was there. God bless Earl and family. On this past Sunday after church, Ruth Ann and I went to Evans Funeral Home at Goshen for a visitation for a lady. This lady was Eleanor Marie Wiederhold. She was a very loving wife for her husband and mother to her children. I have know the Wiederhold family for years. I grew up with Charley and his brothers. The garden is growing good. The three small beds of cranberry beans (a shell bean) produced eight packs of beans for the freezer. Ruth Ann and I love the shell beans along with cornbread. Now when we have this meal, I like a big chunk of onion and maybe a little horseradish along with a good cup of coffee. A lady at Georgetown had some extra broccoli plants and gave us 20 plants. After the beans were done I pulled the vines up. Last Monday evening I set the broccoli plants in those beds. We like broccoli especially in the fall, after the broccoli heads are cut. Then the, what I call, flowerettes come on. In the past I have picked the flowerettes and filled a gallon bucket. When picking them I have eaten a few. But when the weather is

Bethel Journal

September 1, 2011

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Bethel Journal

September 1, 2011

Excellent & effective

Seven of the nine public school districts in Clermont County received Excellent on the Ohio State Report Card for the 2010-2011 school year, two of those districts earned the highest Excellent with Distinction rating. Below are the numbers for each district and the changes made from the year before. BethelFelicityNew West Batavia Tate CNE Franklin Goshen Milford Richmond Clermont Williamsburg 2011


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Excellent with Distinction Effective




2011 2010 2009

25/26 20/26 25/30

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2011 2010

99.3 96.5

101.2 101.6

99.8 96.9

2011 2010

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2011 2010

Met Above

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2011 2010

82.6 81.8

88.1 84.4

92.9 95.8

2011 2010

89.3 84.9

88.1 73.5

96.4 95.0

2011 2010

90.3 86.4

87.1 88.5

91.9 92.3

2011 2010

87.5 74.7

83.7 83.6

89.4 84.6

2011 2010

78.8 75.5

79.2 84.3

85.2 65.7

2011 2010

69.2 66.7

83.8 82.1

79.1 80.0

2011 2010

75.0 67.9

79.2 81.3

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2011 2010

89.5 89.9

94.6 90.7

86.0 91.9

2011 2010

85.5 82.6

93.8 88.1

81.3 84.6

2011 2010

80.9 84.0

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

83.2 76.1

86.6 94.0

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2011 2010

78.5 73.2

78.0 91.8

74.1 70.5

2011 2010

90.5 85.9

92.4 92.5

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2011 2010

86.8 82.8

91.1 90.4

85.8 78.1

2011 2010

92.8 88.9

96.2 91.8

91.5 78.1

2011 2010

80.1 78.4

84.2 89.0

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2011 2010

88.3 85.8

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2011 2010

95.6 95.1

96.5 100.0

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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96.5 95.0

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

91.6 95.6

90.4 92.6

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

98.3 97.7

95.1 96.6

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2011 2010

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88.3 90.4

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2011 2010

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2011 2010

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94.9 94.9

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94.9 94.5

2011 2010

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90.9 94.5

94.4 92.1

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Indicators 13/26 26/26 26/26 15/26 26/26 26/26 18/30 27/30 28/30 Performance Index (0 to 120) 92.1 103.0 104.4 91.8 101.4 104.0 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Not Met Met Met Met Met Met Value-Added Measure Below Below Met Above Met Above 3rd-grade reading 73.5 89.8 91.6 78.9 94.1 95.1 3rd-grade math 69.9 93.9 88.3 77.6 93.5 90.4 4th-grade reading 87.0 94.0 95.0 80.0 93.9 89.2 4th-grade math 78.3 94.0 91.5 74.1 91.7 91.6 5th-grade reading 68.0 86.1 86.4 71.6 82.4 85.8 5th-grade math 57.3 89.2 82.3 69.1 88.3 87.4 5th-grade science 73.3 91.2 89.4 69.1 87.8 89.4 6th-grade reading 84.1 96.4 94.6 84.1 88.9 93.3 6th-grade math 76.8 90.7 91.0 86.4 90.1 92.5 7th-grade reading 70.4 82.0 87.9 75.6 86.2 88.5 7th-grade math 71.6 86.6 88.5 66.7 86.2 86.0 8th-grade reading 83.6 92.8 91.3 78.9

86.7 8th-grade math 74.0 90.4 81.6 76.8 8th-grade science 65.8 90.4 67.1 82.3 10th-grade reading 87.0 90.1 67.1 86.9 10th-grade math 80.3 88.8 70.9 87.6 10th-grade writing 85.5 91.9 77.5 87.6 10th-grade science 67.1 78.9 67.9 80.1 10th-grade social studies 75.7 86.3 66.7 87.0 11th-grade reading 87.3 95.7 93.3 97.2 11th-grade math 88.7 95.7 88.0 98.9 11th-grade writing 90.1 97.6 87.8 98.9 11th-grade science 77.5 89.6 86.5 92.7 11th-grade social studies 76.1 91.5 86.5 97.2 Attendance 93.4 95.0 94 94.4 Graduation rate 81.0 95.5 89.4 96.9



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Austin W. Hundley, 25, 134 S. Union St. No. 13, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, persistent disorderly conduct, July 23. Darlene F. Bornhauser, 49, 1051 Baytree Court, aggravated menacing, persistent disorderly conduct, July 25. James E. Ratliff, 36, 3040 Angel Drive No. 903, felonious assault, July 24. Melissa A. Barger, 33, 4634 Carver Ave., driving under suspension, July 27. Ronnie Lee, 38, 105 Fagley St., violation of protection order, July 28. Shawn Black, 18, 140 N. Union St., underage consumption, July 21. Steve Herzner, 37, 4140 Mount Carmel Road, driving under suspension, July 31. Terry Christopher, 52, 125 Starling Road No. 14, drug paraphernalia, July 30. Juvenile, 16, theft, July 31. Brandon L. Sturgeon, 24, 2114 Harker Waits Road, disorderly conduct,


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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

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”



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

*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


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


2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


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

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


Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


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

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today! Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

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

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

Owensville United Methodist Church


At 209 Prather Road, Felicity, Aug. 15. At 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 16. At 1018 Ohio 222, Felicity, Aug. 16.

Identity fraud

At 2739 Davis Road, Bethel, Aug. 16.

Illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana At 3188 Goodwin Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, Aug. 17.


At 3317 Ohio St., Bethel, Aug. 18.


Menacing by stalking

Criminal damaging/endangering

Open container liquor

At 614 Georgia Drive, Bethel, Aug. 21. At 3317 Ohio St., Bethel, Aug. 18. At 340 N. East St., Bethel, Aug. 19. At 3551 Inez Ave., Bethel, Aug. 18. At 928 Fruit Ridge Road, Moscow, Aug. 15.

Criminal trespass

At 2820 Chilo Cemetery McKendree, Felicity, Aug. 16.

Domestic violence

At Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, Aug. 18.

At 2193 Smith Road, Moscow, Aug. 19. At Ohio 125/Sugartree Road, Bethel, Aug. 17.

Possessing criminal tools

At 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 16.

Possession of drugs

At 3297 Ohio 774, Felicity, Aug. 17.


At 233 Mulberry St., Felicity, Aug. 19. At 2845 Ohio 133, Bethel, Aug. 21. At 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 16. At 209 Prather Road, Felicity, Aug. 15.


Trinity United Methodist 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)


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

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

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

Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan


NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church 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) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

9:30am 10:30am


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 • 10:30am

7:00pm 7:00pm

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


Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Come visit us at the

Breaking and entering

At Ohio 125/Sugartree Road, Bethel, Aug. 17.

PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525

Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided

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

You Are Invited!

At 358 S. Charity St., Bethel, Aug. 20.


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

All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Welcomes You

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142 PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)


Your Community Press newspaper serving Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Franklin Township, Moscow, Neville, Tate Township, Washington Township



Felonious assault


Jason R. Kaylor, 32, 3136 Ohio 756, Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 209 Prather Road, Felicity, Aug. 17. Jason R. Kaylor, 32, 3136 Ohio 756, Felicity, breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools at 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 16. Jason R. Kaylor, 32, 3136 Ohio 756, Felicity, theft at 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 18. Tosha R. Bishop, 32, 3212 Ohio 756 No. 13, Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 209 Prather Road, Felicity, Aug. 17. Tosha R. Bishop, 32, 3212 Ohio 756 No. 13, Felicity, breaking and entering at 847 Ohio 133, Felicity,

Violation of protection order

TV and DVDs taken at 107 S. Union, July 28. Wall of pavilion was spray painted at Burke Park at Burke Park, July 22.


Jeane P. Bentley, 47, 3153 Watson Road, Hamersville, burglary at 2193 Smith Road, Moscow, Aug. 19. Anthony W. Ward, 39, 3213 Ohio 756 Lot No. 18, Felicity, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 307 Washington St., Felicity, Aug. 20.

Female reported this offense at 105 S. Union, July 28.

Criminal mischief


Aug. 16. Tosha R. Bishop, 32, 3212 Ohio 756 No. 13, Felicity, theft at 847 Ohio 133, Felicity, Aug. 18. Steven Douglas Comberger, 22, 316 Coffee St., Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 209 Prather Road, Felicity, Aug. 22. Christian M. Walls, 19, 3273 Ohio 756, Felicity, possession of drugs at 3297 Ohio 774, Felicity, Aug. 17. Michael J. Baird, 31, 224 W Sixth Street-B, Lexington, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, open container liquor at Ohio 125/Sugartree Road, Bethel, Aug. 17. Christine Lee McDavid, 22, 3036 Ohio 125, Hamersville, criminal damaging/endangering, menacing at 3317 Ohio St., Bethel, Aug. 18. Crystal Cook, 31, 119 Simmons Ave., Peebles, domestic violence at 892 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, Aug. 18. Jared Rubrecht, 21, 2988 Kinnett Road, Bethel, receiving stolen property at Ohio 125 & Ohio 275, Cincinnati, Aug. 19.

Bike taken at 315 Creekside Drive, Aug. 3.

Female reported this offense at West Plane Street, July 25.







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



Bethel Journal

September 1, 2011

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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith



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

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

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

WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


Bethel Journal

On the record

September 1, 2011

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


Kerry Stein vs. Dustin B. Wallace, et al., professional tort. Bonnie S. Brabant vs. Chris R. Thornberry, et al., other tort. Robert M. Harrison vs. Stephen Buehrer Administrator/Mid American Apartments LP, worker’s compensation. Robert L. Arbaugh vs. Ram Nationwide Inc./Stephen Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Cindy Hans vs. Regis Corp. Administrator Ohio Bureau Of Workers Compensation, worker’s compensation. Teresa L. Davies vs. Onesource Employee Management LLC/Stephen Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Mary M. Attinger vs. Stephen Buehrer Administrator/Clermont Senior Services Inc., worker’s compensation. Brian Sutton vs. Stephen Buehrer

Administrator/JBM Construction Inc., worker’s compensation. Danny Chowning vs. A and A Safety Inc., worker’s compensation. U.S. Bank NA vs. Jennifer George, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Jennifer R. Smedley, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Gregory Altom, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Teresa K. Gall, et al., foreclosure. Soundview Home Loan Trust vs. Richard Payton, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Amy L. Harris, et al., foreclosure. PHH Mortgage Corp. vs. Susan E. Soard, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Dennis Mercurio, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kimberly Hill, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Crystal Walters, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Jennifer R. Preece, et al., foreclosure.


Dance, Shoes, Tights, Leotards, Shorts & More (Offer until Sept. 15 |*No school discounts)

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513-753-6611 • CE-0000475017

INVITATION FOR BIDS On September 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM local time, the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive all bids for the project heretofore described as: Capital Fund Grant Program 501.10. A single lump sum bid is requested. Bids are to be submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority no later than September 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM. Bids may be mailed or delivered to CMHA, 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Late bids will not be accepted. Bidders are urged to carefully review the requirements contained in the bid documents. A pre-bid conference will be held on September 8, 2011 at 9:00 A.M., at 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio. Bid documents will be available from the Owner, 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103 (513) 732-6010 for $25.00 per set. Checks should be made payable to KZF Design, Inc. Sets can be mailed for an additional $10.00 per set. Documents are also available in electronic pdf format from the KZF DESIGN website. Access At the bottom of the page, click on CLIENTLOGIN, and input the following:

Victory Community Bank vs. David Neil Visbeck, et al., foreclosure. Marilyn Arthur vs. Lawrence J. Eilers Jr., et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Carol A. Delfavero, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Jessika L. Moores, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Stephen A. Lamneck, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Bank vs. Morgan Florida Properties LLC, et al., foreclosure. Provident Funding Associates LP vs. Margaret Harris, et al., foreclosure. First Financial Bank NA vs. James K. Ahern, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Christine Wehrmeyer, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Scott Deemer, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Natasha A. Singler, et al., foreclosure. First Financial Bank NA vs. Roy D. Coburn, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA Successor by Merger vs. Fred I. Davidson, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA successor by merger to BAC vs. Mark T. Bresser, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Ethel Lee Dowell, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Ladan Miller, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Jeffrey Van Pelt, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Construction Projects Inc., et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. William Ferris, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Randy Vaughn, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. James A. Miller, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Jennifer L. Cook, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Lynn S. Hummel, et al., foreclosure. National Bank and Trust Co. vs. William Howard, et al., other civil. Angela Judd vs. Kristen Hewitt, other civil. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust vs. Shea Spicer, other civil. Franklin Banks, et al., vs. Heritage Property Group LLC, et al., other civil. American National Property and Casualty Companies vs. John Sado, et al., other civil. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Jeremy Pride, et al., other civil. Michael Belmont, et al. vs. Matthew A. Randolph, other civil. Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors vs. R. Kelly Inc., other civil. International Brotherhood of Electrial Workers vs. Complete General Construction Co., other civil. State of Ohio Department of Taxation vs. Doug J. Davis, other civil. State of Ohio Department of Taxation vs. Henry Pryor, other civil.


Kevin G. Williams vs. Tracy S. Williams Kristen A. Neal vs. Jeffrey L. Neal Linda Brewer vs. Floyd E. Brewer Miles M. Murphy vs. Lindsey K. Murphy


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. Nicholas Aaron Ober, 27, 321 Ross Ave. Apt. A, Hamilton, non support of dependants, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. David Wayne Butcher Jr., 26, 6 Iroquois Drive, Loveland, non support of dependants, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. James Herbert Estepp, 37, 17100 North Ohio 68, Mt. Orab, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, Narcoatics Unit. Donald Milford Baker, 38, 10483 Drake Road, Hamersville, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, Narcoatics Unit. Donna Marie Orick, 20, Clermont County Jail, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcoatics Unit. David Andrew Higgins, 28, Clermont County Jail, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Kimberlee Noelle Moore, 24, 2364 Cedarville Road, Goshen, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Megan Raye Eckman, 25, Clermont County Jail, theft, misuse of credit cards, breaking and entering, tampering with evidence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Brandi Nicole Hymer, 25, Clermont County Jail, burglary, domestic violence, criminal damaging, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Lloyd Dow Collins Sill, 40, 5920 Kellogg Ave. Apt. B, Cincinnati, grand theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, Pierce Townhsip Police. Deanna N. Rogg, 18, 10733 Smoky Row Road, Georgetown, burglary, tampering with evidence, grand theft, Bethel Police. Ryan William Harris, 18, 73 Bethel Park Drive, Bethel, burglary, tampering with evidence, grand theft, Bethel Police. Joshua David Fry, 18, Clermont County Jail, burglary, tampering with evidence, grand theft, Bethel Police. Eddie James Williams, 35, 2792 Cedarville Road, Goshen, aggravated possession of drugs, Miami Township Police. Velma Charlene Sanders, 45, 1650 Anita Place No. 2, Cincinnati, theft, Miami Township Police. Amy Lyn Bolser, 32, 952 Woodbriar Lane, Cincinnati, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Union Township Police.

Gary Bender

Gary E. Bender, 57, Felicity, died Aug. 21. Survived by wife Teresa Stamper Bender; son, Keith (Jessica), Brent Bender; grandsons Wyatt, Dylan Bender; sister Carolyn (Frank) Stowell; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Howard, Virginia Bender, brother Roger Bender. Services were Aug. 25 at Felicity Christian Church. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to: New Richmond Fire/EMS, 300 Hamilton St., New Richmond, OH 45157.

Juanita Boone Downs

Juanita Boone Downs, 85, formerly of Neville, died Aug. 22. Survived by children Johnny, Jack Downs, Carolyn (Basil) Blanton; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Andrew Downs. Services are Aug. 26 at Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.


LEGAL NOTICE The following Mobile Home will be offered at Public sale on September 12, 2011 9:00 am @ 120 N. Corkwood Ct., Pickerington,OH 43147. For more details call Ron at 614309-4897. 1992 16x80 Fleetwood. Ref # 98685964. Minimum Bid $4800. 1001660977

Robert McGregor, 46, Louisville, Kentucky, pilot, and Kelly Graver, 34, 3533 Island Trail, Williamsburg, office manager. Robert Fecher, 25, MacIntosh Lane, Maineville, accountant, and Chelsea Hahn, 22, 3434 Rivendell, Amelia, student.


William O’Neal, Bethel, alter, 133 Starling Road, Bethel Village. Freedom Homes, Milford, new, 309 Faith Way, Bethel Village, $95,000. Rossman Electric, Maineville, alter, 2745 Williamsburg Bantam Road,

Robert Kirk

Robert Ivan Kirk, 75, died Aug. 20. Survived by children Chris (Rachel) Kirk, Sonya Moore, Constance (James) Warner, Kimberly (Mark) Lykins; siblings Roger, Norman, Gerald Kirk, Betty Hopper, Jacqueline Woods; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Delbert Kirk. Services were Aug. 24 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Ralph Meisberger, 42, 299 S. 3rd St., Williamsburg, fabricator, and Lanee Walker, 46, 16100 Eastwood, Williamsburg, general manager. Charles Hodges, 30, 3704 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, laborer, and Veronica Planck, 32, 261 E. Plane St., Bethel.

Tate Township. Albert Nichols, Bethel, wood stove, 3081 Sugartree Road, Tate Township, $5,300.


Tribble Refrigeration, Milford, HVAC, 209 Prather Road, Franklin Township.

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


324 South Street, Ramona Burns to Donald Fishback, 0.246 acre, $6,363.72.


203 Jeremy Lane, Robert Wise to Dale and Julie Zevotek, 2.424 acre, $4,225.31. 525 Felicity Higginsport, Richard W. & Rhonda L. Oney to Austin D. McCloud, 3 acre, $103,000. 1349 Lenroot Road, The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to Kenneth &

Kristie is a graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School and Miami University of Ohio. Jonathan is a graduate of Loveland High School and is also a graduate of Miami University.

Kristie is currently a Buyer for Procter and Gamble and Jonathan is an Outside Sales Representative for Rodem. CE-1001660292-01

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Kristie and Jonathan first met at Loveland’s Lloyd Mann Elementary School and were reunited as freshmen on Miami University’s Waterski Team. Both are graduates of the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.

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With joyful hearts, Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Cathi Warzala of San Francisco, California (formerly of Loveland, Ohio) are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Kristie Lynn Warzala, to Jonathan William Pritchard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley and Debbie Pritchard, also of Loveland, Ohio.

Questions regarding the projects should be directed to Randy Schultz, KZF Designs, Inc. at (513) 621-6211.



Michael S. Collins vs. Shannon D. Collins Kenneth L. Mollohan vs. Beverly A. Mollohan Matthew D. Woodrum vs. Holly N. Woodrum Roger Griffin vs. Elsie L. Griffin Judith Wilson vs. Kevin Wilson Kathy R. Snipes vs. Paul R. Snipes Leah M. Donohoo vs. Dennison M. Donohoo

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Kristie and Jonathan will wed in an outdoor ceremony in Cincinnati in October 2011. They will make their home is Indianapolis, Indiana.

Connie Watson, 99.824 acre, $200,000. 3281 Ohio 756, Austin D. McCloud to Terri J. McCloud, 0.8 acre, $70,000. 3439 Ohio 774, Ronnie & Mary Gallimore to John Miller Jr., $136,700.


2092 Bethel Maple Road, USB Mortgage Corp to Randel G & Theresa L West, 5.415 acre, $46,500. 3157 South Bantam Road, Lorrie Jean Garrod to Thomas & Sheila Noel, 1.065 acre, $5,000. 3571 Ohio 774, Bert Sarver, et al. to Union Savings Bank, 10.02 acre, $133,334. 3558 Patterson Road, Wells Fargo Bank NA, as trustee to Michael Hesselbrock, 5.01 acre, $50,000.


Rod and Bonnie Trombley of Miami Township are happy to announce the marriage of their son, Timothy, to Katherine Frey. Katie is the daughter of Ed and Marci Frey of Cedar Grove, Indiana. The wedding took place August 13, 2011 at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Cedar Grove. Katie is a mechanical engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Tim earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Following their wedding, the couple is making their home in West Lafayette, Indiana where Tim will be working as a research assistant and pursuing a doctorate in Finance at Purdue University.


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