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Bethel council to meet only once a month By John Seney

BETHEL — Members of the vil-

lage council Sept. 13 voted to begin meeting once a month rather than twice a month as they have in the past. Councilman Jeremiah Hembree made the motion to suspend the second meeting of the month through the end of the year. “We’ll reevaluate it in January,” he said. Council members have been meeting the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For the remainder of this year they will meet only on the second Thursday. The next council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the municipal building, 120 N. Main St. Mayor Alan Ausman suggested the change.

“At the second meeting of the month, there’s usually not much to discuss,” he said. Ausman said the council always can schedule a special meeting in addition to the regular meeting if necessary. Councilwoman Donna Gunn said in the past the council needed two meetings a month to approve the payment of bills. She said that is no longer necessary, because council gave Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin the authority to pay bills. Gilpin said the council still approves all expenditures, but he has the authority to pay bills when they are due. Councilwoman Lucy Shepherd, who cast the only vote against the proposal, said she favored keeping two meetings a month because that gave members of the public more opportunities to speak.

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Members of the Bethel village council Sept. 13 voted to switch from two meetings a month to one meeting a month for the rest of the year. From left are councilmembers Jeremiah Hembree and Lucy Shepherd and Mayor Alan Ausman. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

In Clermont, VP candidate defends Romney on attacks

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Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks to a crowd during a campaign rally at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, in Owensville, on the evening of Wednesday, September 12. THE ENQUIRER/ AMANDA DAVIDSON that the world needs American leadership. The administration is sending mixed signals to those who attack our embassy and those in the world.” “It’s never too early to condemn attacks” on Americans, he said. “That is what leadership is all about.”



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“The administration’s policies project weakness abroad,” he said. Tiffany Perkins, 36, of Williamsburg, left the rally with this thought. “(Ryan) was right. We have had a failed leadership in our country the last four years.” Kelly Montchai, 47, of Mont-

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BETHEL — October is quickly approaching and with it will come pink ribbons signifying that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Bethel, the month and the cause might conjure other, less common images, like horses. While to some breast cancer awareness and horses may not seem to go together, it was a natural pairing for Sandra Failor, founder of Trail Ride for the Cure. The event, a daylong guided trail ride, will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, in Bethel at East Fork State Park. Proceeds from the ride will go to the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “This event has allowed me to become very involved in Greater Cincinnati Komen,” said event co-chair Gina Rittinger. Failor and Rittinger organized Trail Ride for the Cure in October 2003, almost two and a half years after their friend and fellow trail rider, Karen Beiting, died from breast cancer at age 36. Failor said she and Beiting grew up together and had participated in trail rides and camping trips together, so a trail ride seemed like the natural way to remember and honor her friend. The Trail Ride for the Cure events average about 140 riders, said Failor. Those riders include both men and women of various ages, said Rittinger. Many of the riders are or have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer. “(Through Trail Ride for the Cure) I have developed some pretty amazing relationships with women who are survivors and who are still battling breast cancer,” Rittinger said. The event, which begins with registration and a complimentary breakfast at 9 a.m., is a “bring your own horse” trail ride, “It’s easy, as someone who rides all the time, to forget that not everyone who wants to participate has a horse to

Ryan talks about U.S. ‘weakness’ Paul Ryan knows Ohio is important. He told a crowd of about 3,000 so. “You are Ohioans. You know what that means. You have a special responsibility, a special opportunity,” he said. “You more than most other Americans get to decide.” Ryan, the vice president candidate running with Republican Mitt Romney, spoke to a crowd at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Sept. 12. He spoke on the day the country learned that four Americans were killed at the Libyan consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Egypt was attacked. Ryan said the Obama administration is projecting “weakness abroad” – and he defended Mitt Romney for statements the Republican made after attacks on U.S. embassies in North Africa. “Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers go out,” he said. “We need to be reminded

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bring,” Failor said. Individuals who do not have a horse of their own can still participate in the event, but they need to be aware that horses will not be provided, said Failor. She said some riders may be able to rent horses for the day from Hensley Stables, which is near the park. Individuals who wish to do so are responsible for contacting the stable themselves. Riders will set out at 11:30 a.m., after an opening ceremony, and will have the option of riding until 1:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided for both half-day and fullday riders. “We’ll have a cook-out with hot dogs, brats and

burgers for lunch,” Failor said. Both half- and full-day rides will be guided by the Ohio Horsemen Council, Clermont Chapter and the Mounted Search and Rescue Team. After the ride, there will be a raffle and silent auction until 6 p.m. Riders are welcome to camp at the park following the event. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the ride. For children under 10, there is no registration fee. Registration is $15 for youths between ages 11 and 17 and $30 for adults. Registration will be open through the day of the race. Day-of registration is $35. To register, or to learn more about the Trail Ride for the Cure, go to http://


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and Medicare,” she said. “If we don’t fix them our country is in big trouble.” She added our area is fortunate to be the focus of the campaign. “We can hear them live, we can show our support,” said Montchai, who came with her brother Morgan Sheeran, who is just back from serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Residents and local businesses are invited to take advantage of a free computer recycling event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at the 745 Center Street at the Municipal Building in Milford. Computers, monitors (CRTs and LCDs), printers, keyboards, networking equipment, speakers, scanners, external hard drives, laptops, servers, cables, towers and internal video cards will be accepted for recycling. Televisions cannot be accepted at this event. “Recycling computers is a great alternative to

Damon Beavers, 71, of Harrison, dressed for the occasion in his Reagan/ Bush 84 T-shirt. The self-described conservative said he came to support the ticket. But his wife, Betty Beavers, gushed about Ryan. “I think he’s marvelous, excellent,” she said. Ryan is not the first Republican running mate to hold a rally at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. On the Sunday night before the 2008 election, Sarah Palin told a pompom waving crowd that McCain would lower taxes and make America safer. Ryan’s Clermont speech – greeted with cheers – signaled that, far from back-

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simply tossing old computers in the trash, which can result in the buildup of toxic metals in local landfills,” Clermont Office of Environmental Quality Program Manager Hannah Gonzalez said. “The copper, steel, and plastic found in electronics are valuable commodities which can be recycled into new products, thereby decreasing the consumption of natural resources.” Many computers can be reused; they will be refurbished and donated to schools and the elderly. The hard drives will be stripped, so none of your personal information will be accessed. The Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, a nonprofit organization, is coordinating the event. C3 partners with local businesses and individual donors to offer computer recycling and reuse programs across the Greater Cincinnati area. Businesses that are interested in donating during the Oct. 27 event can contact Daniel Meek, C3 program coordinator, at (513) ing down in the face of criticism over Romney statements made in the wake of the attacks, the GOP intended to denounce what they saw as a weak administration response to turmoil in the region. After Ryan addressed the violent attacks overseas, he shifted back into rally mode. His focus: Leadership, fixing the “mess” in Washington, and helping the middle class were repeated. “Romney and Ryan are for a stronger middle class,” Ryan said. “What we’re after is growth … opportunity … upward mobility. That is what this country prides itself on.” Ryan referred to his years at Miami University – he graduated in 1992 – more than once. “The president is talking to people as if they are stuck in some station in life,” Ryan said. “I don’t know about you, but when I was at Miami, working at a cheese company … waiting tables, it never occurred to me I was stuck in a station.

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I was on my way to happiness. I was pursuing my version of the American Dream. “That is what we do in this country,” Ryan said. Ryan was joined on stage by his wife, Janna, and mom, Betty, all waving to the crowd. The Obama campaign said Ryan offered nothing but “empty political attacks” and didn’t address the concerns of rural Ohioans. “While President Obama is laying the foundation for a rural economy built to last – one that invests in reclaiming rural middleclass security and restoring the basic values of fairness and opportunity that make our country great, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s plan would gut rural America’s economic security at a time when we need it the most, cutting investments in rural infrastructure, and turning Medicare into a voucher program,” said Jessica Kershaw, the Obama campaign’s Ohio spokeswoman.


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Event emraces art, community By Rob Dowdy

MILFORD — Those who have attended Art Affaire in the past may notice some new features to the annual event. Art Affaire, held by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society, will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Promont House Museum, 906 Main Street. The outdoor art show will feature art exhibits in painting, clay, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, wood and mixed media presented by local and regional artists. This year’s event will feature approximately 60 artists, up from 40 in previous years. Mary Ward, organizer for Art Affaire, noted among the 60 artists participating in Art Affaire, there will be a select few featured inside the Promont House. She said these artists have reached some success and have had their work displayed in other shows. Sara Pearce, who served as a juror for Art Affaire last year, will be

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Local artist Sara Pearce will be one of several artists featured inside the Promont House during Art Affaire, Sept. 22. Pearce creates collages using recycled or vintage paper and other materials. PROVIDED one of those featured inside the house. Pearce’s work is primarily collage using recycled or vintage paper. Pearce said while she’s excited about displaying her work at the event, she’s also looking forward to checking out her fellow artists’ work. “I like the whole setting

there. I love the outdoor show under the trees,” she said. “I was really impressed by the quality of the art.” Ward said not only will there be more artists than in years past, but there will also be a “community tent” for groups in the Milford area to promote their events and causes.

Connie Hunter, member of the Greater Milford Events and Arts Council, said the group will have several members at Art Affaire with information about their events and efforts in the area. “It’s just to let people know what’s going on in the area,” she said. Milford Black Heritage

Society will also be bringing brochures and membership cards for anyone interested in the group’s work in the area. Member Karen McKitric said the group will be at Art Affaire to let people know the group, which began in 2007 and has approximately 40 members, is active in Milford.

TATE TWP. — A section of Ohio Pike (Ohio 125) east of Bethel will be closed for three days for culvert work. The road will be closed near Davis Road beginning Monday, Sept.17, said Sharon Smigielski, public information officer for District 8 of the Ohio Department of Transportation. Signs indicating the road closure and detours will be posted in the area, she said. The detour for eastbound traffic will be south on Ohio 133 in Bethel and east on Ohio 774. The detour for westbound traffic will be the reverse.

Soap Box Derby coming to Milford By Roxanna Blevins

MILFORD — The first Milford Gravity Grand Prix Soap Box Derby will soon be under way. The race will take place Saturday, Oct.13, at the corner of Cash and Locust streets in downtown Milford. By participating in the derby races, youths learn about science topics including gravity, momentum and friction while having fun, Cincinnati Soap Box Derby President Doug Newberry said. “We don’t actually teach them a physics lesson, but they’re learning about it without realizing it,” Newberry said. Milford Parks and Recreation Commissioner and

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race organizer Lu Mays said he is working with area schools and hopes to get at least 30 youths ages 7 through 17 involved in the race. “We’re trying to get the kids more interested in engineering and physics in school,” Mays said. Mays, who participated in the Soap Box Derby in 1947, organized the upcom-

ing Milford rally race with the help of Newberry, city council members and local school officials. Newberry revived the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby in 2006 as a way of involving his children in his passion for racing. According to the organization’s website, Cincinnati Soap Box Derby is a nonprofit youth-development

organization, which originally started in 1934. Drivers in the past built their derby cars from scratch, but today the cars come as part of a kit for drivers to assemble. Because many racers will not have time to build a derby car before the race, cars will be made available for youths to rent. Three divisions are generally available to racers, but only two will be available for the Milford race, based on age and size. The Stock Division is open to drivers ages 7 through 13, and the Super Stock Division is open to drivers ages 10 through 17. For more information about the derby, or to register, go to

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Jungle Jim’s loan questioned By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — As Jungle Jim’s grocery store gets set to open its new store at 4450 Eastgate South Drive Tuesday, Sept. 25, several township residents are concerned that the business has received an additional $1 million loan from taxpayers’ money. The Union Township Community Improvement Corp. recently agreed to loan Jungle Jim’s an additional $1 million, bringing the total amount of taxpayer’s money loaned to the store to $9.5 million. The additional money is

coming out of Tax Increment Financing funds, said Union Township Trustee Robert McGee. Tax Increment Financing funds allows government entities to borrow against an area’s future tax revenues in order to invest in immediate projects or encourage present development. But Jungle Jim’s request for additional public funding has some residents concerned. “A million dollars is a lot of money,” said Union Township resident John McGraw. “I’m surprised there wasn’t much asked about it.” Stuart Kennedy, also a

Union Township resident, said he is concerned about Jungle Jim’s economic stability and the company’s ability to repay the money. Union Township Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell said the only change in the 8year lease term agreed to last month is that Jungle Jim’s will pay more in rent each month than under the previous agreement. Trustees said the company has already begun to repay the money. “Money is flowing in,” said Union Township Trustee Matthew Beamer. Jungle Jim’s will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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The Culinary Careers Program at Grant Career Center has opened the Sports Gallery Restaurant at the Career Center. The Sports Gallery will be open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. Lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The students have been hard at work preparing new menu items and practicing cooking skills that will result in delicious meals offered to the public. The newly updated menu includes homemade soups, appetizers, a variety of luncheon salads, and specialty sandwiches. The students will also offer daily specials as well as delightful homemade desserts. Visit for the updated menu and daily specials. Food preparation is included in the student course of study at the Career Center in the Culinary Careers program. This program trains students for careers in the hospitality industry including food service, banquets, nutrition, and catering. Grant Career Center’s kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art cooking equipment and a lab that is designed for student rotation. Perfecting their skills in each area of restaurant operation, students will be able to secure employment as a chef’s helper, cook, pantry worker, sauté cook, server, broiler chef, food

Grant Career Center Culinary Careers servers Kylie Evans and Cheryll Appelmann serve two new salads in the Sports Gallery Restaurant as they prepared for the grand opening Sept. 18. PROVIDED production manager, or restaurant manager. The public is invited to stop in and to sample the selections they have to offer. Students are eager to try new skills and are waiting

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Members of the Goshen High School band played Aug. 31 during the Veterans Recognition event. PROVIDED

GOSHEN SCHOOLS HONOR VETERANS GOSHEN TWP. — The Goshen school district honored area veterans Aug. 31. The Veterans Recognition event began with a cookout behind Marr/ Cook Elementary School. The veterans then received free passes to a varsity football between Goshen and Hillsboro. All veterans and active duty service members in attendance were recognized at a special halftime ceremony.

Goshen schools Assistant Superintendent Brian Bailey, left, and Superintendent Darrell Edwards cook hamburgers for veterans during the school district's Veterans Recognition Aug. 31. PROVIDED

Veterans were recognized Aug. 31 during halftime of the Goshen varsity football game. PROVIDED

Goshen schools provided dinner for Goshen-area veterans before the Aug. 31 varsity football game. PROVIDED





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Thoughts on Friday Night Football

Allan Haava, sophomore starting quarterback for the Bethel-Tate football team, provided the following insight on Friday night football for a recent English class: “Illuminated by the bright lights, adrenaline rushes through my body. Looking into the eyes of my brothers, I know that we are ready. I hear the whistle and my composure heightens. War is among us men, without regret we will fight on until the lights fade and the aftermath is among us, the lights of a Friday win and a triumphant smile of my troops on the front line. My grounds of peace, my grounds of football.”


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» Bethel-Tate blanked St. Bernard 10-0. Jason Altmayer and Tyler Atkins had three goals each Sept. 10. » Clermont Northeastern beat Felicity-Franklin 4-2 on Sept. 10. » McNick’s Patrick Henry scored three goals during the Rockets’ 6-0 win over Roger Bacon Sept. 13.

Bethel-Tate's Claire Schaljo serves it up during practice Sept. 11. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Tiger singles tennis player, team unbeaten so far in 2012; Bethel aims for league title By Scott Springer

BETHEL — Senior Claire Schaljo is the No. 1 singles player for coach Kurt Charlton’s BethelTate girls tennis squad. She’s the sister of former Bethel-Tate multi-sport standout Louie Schaljo. She’s been dominant in the Southern Buckeye Conference thus far and recently spoke to The Bethel Journal. Q: Has anyone beaten you this season? A: No, I’m undefeated this year so far. Q: How long have you played at Bethel-Tate on varsity? A: I started playing tennis my sophomore year and I’ve been first singles ever since. Q: Have you ever had an undefeated season? A: This is my first year. In the past two years I lost to Morgan Wright of Western Brown. Q: When did you first pick up a racquet? A: It was called “Munchkin tennis” and I was about 4. I started up in northern Michigan in Traverse City when I was little. We belonged to a country club up there. Q: Is that how your brother, Louie, wound up at the University of Michigan? A: Yeah, my mom’s side of the family is from there. We visit him a lot more for football games. It’s always fun. Q: What else have you done at Bethel-Tate? A: I used to play basketball, but for now, I’m playing indoor

tennis in the winter. Q: Will you do anything else this senior year? A: Probably track. I run hurdles. I took a year off due to injury. I might try to run track my senior year. Q: Will you play tennis in college? A: I plan on going into a nursing program in the medical field. It just kind of depends on which way that takes me. If I go to a DI school I probably won’t play tennis. If I go to a DIII, I might. Q: What’s the farthest you’ve gone in the tournament? A: Last year, our AD did not go to our meeting, so I played ranking-wise the winner of districts. I played the girl from Seven Hills and lost 6-3, 6-3. She was probably the most competitive one there. I’m hoping we get ranked this year so I can go far in districts. Q: Team-wise, how good is this squad? A: We are undefeated, so hopefully we’ll win league and have a lot of our players get first team and second team. Q: Are all of your matches one-sided? A: I had one girl that kept me competitive. The Western Brown girl who plays at Morehead State was my most competitive last year. Q: If you played Louie right now, who wins? A: Actually, I played him this summer and I beat him pretty bad. Q: If I call him, he’ll confirm that? A: Oh yes, he will.

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» CNE beat Felicity-Franklin 3-1 on Sept. 10. » Alli Thul made five saves as McNicholas shutout Anderson, 2-0, Sept. 8. Savannah Carmosino and Meghan Martella each scored a goal. On Sept. 12, McNicholas handed Roger Bacon an 8-0 defeat Sept. 12. Savannah Carmosino led the Lady Rockets with two goals.

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Sarah Benjamin is part of Bethel-Tate's first doubles team along with Madison White. SCOTT

Bethel-Tate second singles player Mackenzie Rinehart practices at the tennis courts behind Bethel-Tate Middle School. SCOTT



» Bethel-Tate beat Western Brown by seven strokes Sept. 10 at White Oak. Mitchell McElfresh medaled with a 42. On Sept. 12, Bethel-Tate was third in the second round of the SBAAC tourney at Friendly Meadows. The Tigers were third in the third round Sept. 13 at Stillmeadow. » McNick’s Mitch Bloemer took medalist honors during day three (of four) of the GCL Central Division Tournament. He shot 5-over-par 77 through 18 holes at Glenview.


» Bethel-Tate blanked Felicity-Franklin 5-0 on Sept. 11. On Sept. 13, the Lady Tigers beat Western Brown 3-2. Winning in singles were Claire Schaljo, Mackenzie Rinehart and Melissa McMullen.


Bethel-Tate third singles player Melissa McMullen prepares her left-handed return for the Lady Tigers. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY

Madison White is part of Bethel-Tate's first doubles team along with Sarah Benjamin. SCOTT



» Clermont Northeastern beat Bethel-Tate on Sept. 13, 26-24, 25-19, 21-25, 25-9. » McNick used all five games to beat Oak Hills, 3-2, Sept. 10. The squad also earned 3-0 wins over Purcell Marian Sept. 11 and Badin Sept. 13.

Tigers’ last chance to win falls short By Scott Springer and Gannett News Service

The Bethel-Tate Tigers were within one score of Blanchester in the third quarter and had two red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter, but fell short by a touchdown 21-14 on Sept. 14. Bethel-Tate’s scores came on a Jon Ward two-yard run in the second quarter and a Blace Haviland

13-yard score in the third. Haviland finished the game with 80 yards rushing. Quarterback Allen Haave drove the Tigers into Blanchester territory in the final minute, but was picked off as time expired. Haave finished 9-12 passing for 69 yards. Next game: Against Western Brown Sept. 21.

McNick 42, Carroll 14 After posting just seven points a week ago against Turpin, McNicholas’ offense was humming during the Rockets’ win over Dayton Carroll Sept. 14. The Rockets got the action started late in the first quarter when quarterback Austin Ernst found Jacob Lind for a 10-yard touchdown pass. About halfway through the

second quarter, Ernst struck again, finding Luke Sulken for a 38-yard score. Carroll answered minutes later when Forrest Cordova tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Pavliga, but McNick took the momentum back in the third when Ernst hooked up with Thomas Vogele for a 55-yard touchdown pass. The McNick offense outgained Carroll 479-195. Ernst was

17-of-24 for 388 yards passing with five touchdown passes. He also added one on the ground. Lind led the receiving corps with 124 yards coming off six catches. The Rockets improved to 3-1 with the win and entered week four ranked No. 6 in the Enquirer’s Division II-IV coaches’ poll. Next game: McNick hosts Fenwick Sept. 22.





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Don’t lose sight of America’s liberties

I watched last year’s U.S. Open golf tournament on NBC. I was especially pleased to see the coverage included a group of children with their hand on their heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I truly never get tired of hearing the Pledge of Allegiance and it always brings a warm, proud and grateful sense of being an American. Unfortunately, my feelings were abruptly dampened with what I heard, or more specifically what I did not hear. These days nothing would really surprise me with the national media, yet, this time was especially offensive at the highest level. NBC took the

inappropriate liberty of editing out the words “Under God” and “Indivisible” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Danny Bare As I write COMMUNITY PRESS this article I’m GUEST COLUMNIST still angry and disgusted with NBC for the extreme disrespect they exhibited especially during a time when our country is in two wars not including the yet to be determined conflict with Libya. As I wrote this article I briefly considered using more politically

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Do you think a former Navy SEAL who participated in the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden should have written a book about the mission without first submitting it to U.S. government officials for pre-publication review? Do you plan to read the book? Why or why not? “I will not read the book. First, I feel when you work for the government at that level things are classified and should remain that way. Second, I do not care how Osama bin Laden was executed, I am just grateful he was killed. All the people that were executed on 9/11 were unarmed.” K.L.S. “As a strict Tea Partier with a more libertarian leaning, I feel that anyone in our nation should be able to express their first amendment rights in whatever way they see fit. “He is already putting his life on the line on a daily basis, and since my tax dollars, support the military, I deserve to know as much as possible about anything the military is engaging in. “I'm definitely going to read it. I'm glad he didn't submit it for government review. If he'd done that, you'd have half of the book crossed out and redacted. “God bless the rugged American individualism, that's the driving force behind this country.” I.P. “This is a tough one. I respect our military, and have especially high regard for the SEALS, whose ranks include one of my grand nephews. “During my time in the Navy, I learned about 'classified information.’ At that time, the degrees of classification were known as "Confidential", "Secret" and "Top Secret." Anyone who was given access to classified information was under obligation to abide by rules established for each of those degrees. “I do not know what prohibitions were put on the members of that SEAL team by the authorities, and I certainly would not approve of any actions on their part which would jeopardize United States security. But none of the media coverage is giving any information on what the SEAL team members were told with regard to 'classification.’ If they were sworn to secrecy, and given security clearances, that would be one thing. But if they were under no order to keep everything that happened 'under wraps,’ that is something else. “Our current government gives me some reason to think they might at times be overstepping the boundaries of legitimate

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authority, and I'm not ready to simply take what people like Eric Holder or President Obama say at face value. And yes, I think I will read the book, if I can find it.” Bill B. “Do plan to read it? I guess what comes to mind is this ... why lie about what happened? “The object of the manhunt was to get BinLaden, dead or alive. Why not just tell the truth about it in the first place?” J.K. “The former Navy SEAL should not have written the book. He was under obligation and had signed his rights away to do so without prior approval and review from the Pentagon. He really should be criminally charged despite the fact that he was previously and heroic person. “I will not read the book nor do I care how they got Osama, only that they did.” J.Z. “Government, and especially the House and Congress, has become a drag on ‘the people.’ Americans need to know what our government is up to, and it is typical of our Goverment to 'call down' anybody who speaks the truth.’ K.P. “The book should not have been written until a long time after the event. The SEALS and lots of other legitimate people are engaged in work that is secret, and rightly so. “Will I read it? What difference does it make now? But if I was a member of the enemy's counterintelligence I sure would." F.N. “This is a tough one to answer because of a fine line between freedom of speech and military rule. He was bound by military regulations about secrecy and since the mission was sensitive enough not to let the general public know anything about it. “But on the same token, since he was discharged and protected under the First Amendment, I think writing this book without military previews is his right to do so. I plan on buying and reading the book.” O.H.R.



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correct words such as “disappointed” or “surprised” when describing my feelings about the intentional decision on NBC’s part but that would play into an already much too politically correct America. Yes, I am angry with NBC for their decision to disrespect the flag and all that it stands for. I can only imagine the decision was reached by some elites that are disingenuous to the core. I believe I’m one of many Americans who will not be manipulated by any person or organization that are naive by their lack of appreciation of the very country that allows them to behave in such a despicable and

ignorant manner. Finally, in my opinion, there is a God and he deserves all the glory. God is part of the Pledge of Allegiance and should not and cannot be removed. NBC’s behavior was intentional and we must not be hoodwinked into believing it was some kind of oversight. Without question people at NBC knew exactly what they were doing and as with most of the national media they think the public is too stupid and lazy to actually be concerned about. America is exceptional and the greatest country in the world, yet, we must be diligent in order to maintain the fiber, integrity and

very foundation that sets us apart from other countries. God is the key to our country and man should never ignore, ridicule or remove God from its principles and foundation. God bless all the men and women in uniform and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. Also, God bless those misguided folks at NBC and any other Americans who have lost sight of the many blessing and liberties that are only available in America.

Danny D. Bare is the executive director of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission and a Vietnam combat veteran.

Charity event was magical Our unique two-day charity event was a huge success. We are so grateful to presenting sponsor, Key Private Bank, who contributed so much to make this weekend not just successful, but special. It began on Friday night, Sept. 7. The Touching Hearts, Royal in Red Gala at the elegant Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill was sold out. About 200 people attended. Guests were greeted with a refreshing pomegranate libation, and enjoyed mingling in the stately paneled rooms of the Peterloon Mansion and strolling across the terrace under a moonlit sky. One guest said the evening was magical. And it truly was. Miraculously, the predicted rain held off until after everyone had left. Exquisite gourmet hors d’oeuvres were served by the gracious staff of Chef’s Choice Catering, who also served a delicious seated dinner in a white tent on the estate terrace. On each table was a columnar vase of deep red roses, generously donated by Amelia Florist, who also provided huge vases of flowers in the entry and dining room. Incredible music was performed by Anna & Milovan. Afterwards, coffee and mini desserts were available in the mansion dining room and library. In the formal living room, the silent auction items were displayed, including keys for sale, one of which unlocked a Tiffany necklace for the happy winner.

Under the tent, other items were auctioned off live by auctioneer Joel Wilson, a longtime friend of Linda Clermont Eppler Senior SerCOMMUNITY PRESS vices, with the GUEST COLUMNIST animated help of guest celebrity, Jen Dalton from Channel 12. Of special interest were a three-panel set of stained glass objects and a trip to Costa Rica. On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, the Congressional Polo Cup preliminary matches were played at the Meadows of Miami Park. The final game was rescheduled for a later date, since games were delayed due to heavy rain on Friday night. About 160 guests attended the VIP tent festivities. Once again Amelia Florist donated stunning centerpieces, keeping with the bright sunflower and purple theme. Chef’s Choice Catering served a scrumptious champagne brunch, including bowtie pasta with white wine herb cream sauce - Yum! - plus many other delicacies. Jazzy live music was provided by Lady T of Cinci. The afternoon included a fancy hat contest, and raffle prizes as well. Hundreds of folks preferred the simplicity and comfort of tailgating. Children, parents, and grandparents came together to enjoy this event – many of whom had never seen a polo game in person before, including myself. It was exciting,

the thunder of the horses’ hooves and the gracefulness of horse and rider performing together – spectacular! Announcer Gordon Reed did a fantastic job of informing and educating the crowd about the game. Since that glorious weekend we have received nothing but positive feedback. So many people have said they hope we have it again next year. So do I. A very special thank you goes to the USPA, Mid States Circuit and its governor, Mark Sedacca, who invited and arranged for the players to compete, and of course, the players who came from the surrounding Mid States Circuit area. Team sponsors include Sieber Construction (winner of first match), Plastic Surgery Group (winner of second match), Sophisticated Living Magazine, and Superior Home Care. Also, thanks to John Sieber and Jake Sieber, and Mary and Frank Wilkens of Wilshire Farm for their help in making this event a reality. Please visit our Facebook page or website ( to see photos of this unique event. Also visit for more photos. Oh yes, the weekend netted more than $33,000 for the programs of Clermont Senior Services. And that makes it truly magical! Linda Eppler is director of community services for Clermont Senior Services.


Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs.


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er Instructors and Assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered three to four times per year. Classes are held Monday-Friday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or email for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. The school is at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. email or visit The Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County – are looking for volunteers to mentor youth ages 6 to 18, and help them with homework, ACT/SAT practice and special events. Call 552-1948 or e-mail


Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144.

Bethel Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Some baskets in the Touching Hearts Gala & Auction were particularly suited to the weekend's events, such as "Weekend of Polo." The baskets were part of a contest and silent auction Friday, Sept. 7, at Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


A three-paneled stained glass piece called, "The Whimsical Rays of Color," was one of the items sold at a live auction during the Touching Hearts Gala & Auction benefit for Clermont Senior Services. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


he annual auction to benefit Clermont Senior Services got a makeover this year. Taking the focus off the auction, organizers put together a gala, which included a dinner, silent auction, live auction and a polo match. The auctions were not the featured event this year, and they included fewer items than items than in the past. However, many Clermont County residents showed up at Peterloon Estate, Friday, Sept. 7, to eat dinner, socialize and bid on items ranging from Vera Wang luggage to Ohio State football tickets.

Touching Hearts Gala & Auction attendees had the opportunity to bid on items such as "Playful Art," Friday, Sept. 7 at Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. The uniquely artistic game boards were part of the silent auction. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Caretaker Martie Petrey pauses to look at some of the entries in the basket contest and auction Friday, Sept. 7, at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. The auction was part of the Touching Hearts Gala & Auction, which benefitted Clermont Senior Services. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS "The Best Marigold Indian Ensemble" was entered into the basket contest and silent auction at the Touching Hearts Gala & Auction, Friday, Sept. 7 at Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. In spite of the title of the contest, entries did not actually have to be in baskets. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Auctioneer Joel T. Wilson requests a bid for an item at the Touching Hearts Gala & Auction, Friday, Sept. 7, at Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. All proceeds from the event went to Clermont Senior Services. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 Art & Craft Classes Learn to Draw Animals, 6:30-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Eight-week adult drawing class for all skill levels. Learn to see natural world as an artist sees it. $225, $200 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, 806 Ohio Pike, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. Family friendly. $5. 310-5600; Withamsville.

Literary - Libraries Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Teens and adults. Free. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

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

Nature Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Clubs & Organizations Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati Meeting, 7 p.m., Child Focus, 551 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Support group for families affected by No. 1 birth defect: congenital heart defects. 1 in 100 babies is born with this birth defect. Child care available with advance registration. RSVP: Presented by Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati. 688-8280. Union Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

Music - Jazz Chris Comer Trio, 7-10 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond.

Nature Teachers’ Night Out: Family PawPaw Hike, 5-7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Current public or private school teachers and their families hike to pawpaw patch at Long Branch Farm to find out why Ohio’s native state fruit is so special. Free for teachers. Presented by Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods. 8311711. Goshen Township. Family Nature at Night: An Overnight Adventure, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Bring tent and dinner. Sleep under the stars and cook over an open fire. Night hike, craft, campfire and more. $25, $20 members; children: $15, $10 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Recreation Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Now running Mt. Orab Ford Late Models, Holman Motors Chevettes Modifieds and Crazy Compacts on Fridays, Hot Laps starting at 7 p.m. Family friendly. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215. Williamsburg.


Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Variety of clothes for all ages and all sizes along with househould items including linens and curtains and more. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford.

Horses. $60 per golfer. Registration required. Presented by Cherry Ridge Farms. 404-8154; Amelia.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24 Exercise Classes


Free Mondays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson Fitness Center, 1971 Eight Mile Road, New customer offer: all Mondays free in September. 8335642; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, 4343 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Combines body sculpting exercises with high-energy cardio. $5. Presented by Zumba Fitness with Sue. 379-4900; Mount Carmel. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, $5. 310-5600; Withamsville. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Art Events Art Affaire, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Outdoor show features fine art exhibits in painting, clay, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, wood and mixed media from local and regional artists. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society. Free. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 2480324; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Chakra Yoga and Relaxation, 7-8 p.m., Summit Elementary School, 8400 Northport Drive, Weekly through Nov. 26. Practice simple yoga postures designed to open each of the energy centers in your body. Begin to balance your chakras to improve your everyday life. $68. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills Community Education. 474-6608. Anderson Township.

Festivals Old West Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Relive days of Wild West in unique entertainment experience. Re-enactments, trick shooting and roping, demonstrations, rides, food and music. Free parking. Rain or shine. $12, $6 ages 6-12; free ages 5 and under. 866-937-8337; Williamsburg.

Literary - Crafts Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Evening of crochet. Learn basic crochet stitches and how to read and follow crochet patterns. For 12 and up. Free. 724-1070; Williamsburg.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, 106 E. Main St., Each week, Jo-El or Jason Griffin take stage as Elvis. Free. Through Feb. 16. 943-4637; Amelia.


Nature Bird Walks, 8 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Look for resident birds. Dress for weather and meet leader in Rowe Woods parking lot. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Bird Banding, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, See birds up close with CNC’s licensed bird bander as he demonstrates bird banding techniques and tracks their migratory patterns. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Babes in the Woods, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Introduction to sharing nature with your toddler, program meets one Saturday per month for 3 months. $38, $30 members. 831-1711. Union Township. Monarch Butterfly Tagging, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Peer into monarch butterflies’ migration to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. PawPaw Lecture, 2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Representatives from Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association share about history and qualities of the pawpaw, North America’s largest native fruit. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Backyard Wildlife, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Adoption Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary Thrift Store, 221 Front St., Shop in thrift store. Funds Angel’s Rest: hospice facility for old, sick and unadoptable animals. Free. 800-6738; New Richmond.

Religious - Community Community Give-Away, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Withamsville Church of Christ, 846 Ohio Pike, Variety of gently used items,

Hands-On Nature, 2-4 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. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.

Milford residents Sandy Dumrese, front, and Ginny Carrington take a peek at Jennifer Becker's jewelry designs at last year's Art Affaire. This year's event is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Promont House Museum, 906 Main St. in Milford. For more information, call 248-0324 or visit FILE PHOTO

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Shopping Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 831-9100. Milford.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 Art Exhibits Quilts Created By Children., 10 a.m.-noon, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Great Hall. Exhibit also open by appointment, weekdays. Free. 231-8634; Anderson Township.

Community Dance Henry Ford Squares, 5-7:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Western style square dance club for experienced dancers with round dance and line dancing. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 23. 9292427. Union Township.

Dining Events Farm to Fork: A Celebration of Women Farmers, 5-8 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Honoring women farmers and encouraging women to follow in their footsteps. Meal prepared by local chef Tami Whitfield and her sous chef Joe

Kirchmayer of Cafe 45140 with locally-sourced ingredients, including Grailville-grown produce. $35. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Children develop self-confidence and curiosity about the world around them as they practice skills to help them succeed in school and in life. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Camo Hike, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Hike in search of hidden wonders. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes


Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Strut Your Mutt Across America, Noon-6 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Front St. Includes animal contests, celebrity judges, pet parade, pet blessing, magic, face painting, demonstrations, vendors, exhibits and kid-friendly events. Benefits Tri State County Animal Response Team. Free. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 702-8373. New Richmond.

Festivals Old West Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Old West Festival, $12, $6 ages 6-12; free ages 5 and under. 866-937-8337; Williamsburg.

Nature PlayScape: S’mores-n-More, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Cook and eat S’mores over a fire and then head out in to the Playscape to explore. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Birds of Prey, 2-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Discover thrill of looking into the eyes of a hawk, falcon or owl. Non-members pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Nature Preschool Open House: Better Learning, Naturally, 3-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature

Recreation Tennis Classes, 4-5 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Weekly through Oct. 28. Eye-hand coordination, racquet skills, basic strokes and scoring. Indoors. Bring racquet. Also, Tennis for Intermediates. Ages 18 and up. $69. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; Anderson Township. Benefit Golf Scramble, 1-6 p.m., Lindale Golf Club, 1805 Lindale-Nicholsville Road, Fourman golf scramble. Cash payouts, closest to the pin and longest drive prizes, raffles and dinner. Dinner in clubhouse follows. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ohio Therapeutic Horsemanship to help children experience power of Healing through

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, $5. 310-5600; Withamsville.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Nature School Program Volunteer Orientation Session, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Those interested in volunteering to lead school groups learn basics of school program. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Literary - Story Times Baby Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Ages 18 months and under. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 528-1744. Union Township.

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.



Make cream puffs to celebrate Oktoberfest When we were in Germany, we attended an Oktoberfest celebration with daughter-in-law Inge and son Joe. It went on for days and the beer, food and music were nonstop. Oktoberfest is one popular celebration here in Cincinnati, as well. It Rita will be held Heikenfeld on Sept. 22 RITA’S KITCHEN and 23. Check out the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati website for details. Cream puffs are a given on the Oktoberfest menu and the bakeries make gigantic ones. I wanted to share my favorite cream puff recipe in case you wanted to make some for your Oktoberfest party.

The dough used to make these cream puffs can also be used for eclairs. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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Cream puffs

This is the same dough you use for eclairs and also cream puff rings. The dough is called pate a choux. Unfilled cream puffs freeze well after baking. 1 cup water ½ cup butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in flour, reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat, about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball and you see a film on the bottom. Remove from heat and beat in eggs, one at a time. By the time all eggs have been added, you’ll have a thick, smooth paste. On ungreased or parchmentlined cookie sheet, drop dough by slightly less than ¼ cupfuls three inches apart. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Poke a tiny hole or slit in side of each to let steam escape. Cool away from draft, about 30 minutes. Makes about 10 puffs.

Rita’s best and easiest mocha mousse filling Great in crepes, too. Or layered with whipped cream and fresh berries. 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional) 1½ cups whipping cream ¾-1 cup powdered sugar

Elaine Hennessey shared this recipe in a class we taught at our church, Holy Trinity in Batavia. A winner!


3 tablespoons light corn syrup 12 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped if necessary ¾ whipping cream ½ teaspoon vanilla

In saucepan, combine corn syrup and cream. Bring to simmer and add chocolate. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool a bit before using. Keeps for at least a week in refrigerator or frozen for a couple months.

⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa


Put vanilla, coffee and cream in mixer. Blend. Add sugar and cocoa and blend. Whip on high until stiff. Store in refrigerator.

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Still looking for Wiedeman’s Bakery three-pound round onion rye bread. For Ann, who hopes Pete Wiedeman can share his recipe, or a similar one. Caesar salad dressings. From Prime & Wine or Dante’s restaurants, or a similar one, for Barbara, a Harrison reader.

Fluffy marshmallow filling Good in cream horns, Twinkie-like cakes, etc. Holds together well. Can be made a day or two ahead.

½ cup solid shortening, like Crisco 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 1 cup marshmallow fluff

Beat shortening, butter, vanilla and sugar together. Then beat in fluff. Store in refrigerator.

Soft vanilla cream filling This is a softer set filling.

1½ cups cold milk 1 ¾-ounce package French vanilla pudding mix 1 cup whipped topping

In a mixing bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Fold in topping. Fill cream puffs just before serving. Store in refrigerator.


Correction for Nancy Mauch’s BBQ. 3 lbs. ground sirloin or round (salt meat when browning) ½ chopped onion ½ chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon pepper 2-3 tablespoons each: vinegar and mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ¼ to 1⁄3 cup sugar ½ to ¾ bottle ketchup (24 oz. size) Dash or two of cinnamon 1 teaspoon cocoa

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BATAVIA TWP. — The township is moving ahead with plans to develop one of its baseball fields into the home field for the UC Clermont College baseball team. Trustees Sept. 4 authorized Administrator Rex Parsons to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund to accept $100,000 for improvements at Brian Wilson Field. The field is named after a former Cincinnati Reds scout who died of a heart attack in 2006 at age 33. Wilson signed outfielder Jay Bruce and several other current Reds players. The University of Cincinnati will be contributing $32,000 for the improvements, Parsons said. “It’s not going to cost the township anything,” he said. Parsons said the work will be done in phases. It should be ready for use in the spring of 2013. Work that needs to be done includes leveling the field, adding water lines for irrigation, making sure the field is the right dimensions for college baseball, moving and upgrading fences, adding netting behind the backstop and constructing dugouts. The township last year built four baseball fields for youth sports and a concession stand on land be-

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The Jim Bushman Memorial Sports Complex on Clough Pike in Batavia Township includes four new baseball fields and a concession stand, center. The field on the right will become Brian Wilson Field, the home of the UC Clermont College basbeall team. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

hind the Batavia Township Community Center at 1535 Clough Pike. In May, Bruce and Reds Community Fund officials announced they would help convert one of the fields into UC Clermont College’s home field. The college now plays home games in Blue Ash. The other three fields will continue to be used for youth sports. The trustees have announced plans to name the entire sports complex after former Trustee Jim Bushman, who died last

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Church homecoming draws near Howdy Folks; Last Tuesday there was a meeting for the Old Bethel M.E. Church Historical society, for the old church here at East Fork, to get ready for the Homecoming Oct. 7. There were nine members present and the time to clean the church was set for Oct. 5. The Kinner Express will be at the homecoming to play music, everyone always enjoys them. So mark you calendar for the 7th of October at 2 p.m. then after the program there will be cookies and drinks and a whole bunch of visiting and reminscing, you may see folks there that you haven't seen for years. If you would like to bring a lawn chair, please do, if the weather permits the refreshments will be on the lawn. Well, we finally got to go fishing last Wednesday and caught some fine crappie, some 11 inches long, and fine bluegills. Of course Ruth Ann did catch more than I did, that is OK as long as she is catching fish. After the fish was

cleaned Ruth Ann put the crappie in the freezer for winter. There were three packs of fish. We George thank the Rooks Good Lord OLE FISHERMAN for the fish. We had minnows left so on Thursday morning we went out again and caught some fine crappie, bluegills and three nice channel catfish. They weighed two pounds each. We got a call about corn so we shucked 18 dozen ears of corn and then cut it off and Ruth Ann put 17 quarts of corn in the freezer. That makes 39 quarts and 37 pints. This is a bunch of corn, but there is a use for it, when the church has a funeral dinner, they call Ruth Ann and ask if she will bring corn, and also we share with the Kitchen Of Hope, so you see there is a need besides us eating the corn. I didn't realize how the grass had grown since the

rain, so last Friday we got the mowers out and mowed about all day. Here at our place, it looks so nice after the mowing. Last Friday evening the Monroe Grange had a planning meeting for the year. Mark your calendar for the spring plant sale at the Grange. It will be May 4 starting at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be all kinds of vegetable and flower plants. This will be the second year for the plant sale, the first one was good, with lots of folks getting good plants. These come from the Grants Farm and Greenhouse on Bucktown Road. off St. Rt. 50. I understand there is a new bakery in Bethel. The lady that has the restaurant, From Scratch, has opened the bakery and the baked goods will be as good as the restaurant. This lady does so much for the community, so stop and eat then take some baked items with you. Last Friday evening after the grange meeting Ruth Ann and I went down

to the auction on Mount Holly Road, just off St. Rt. 125. The name of this auction is Auction 360. There was a good crowd. We were very impressed with how the auction was conducted and the auctioneer did a super job. On Saturday they had an antique auction with some fine items. This is a family operation, if you have any items to sell, give them a call at (513) 9651454, there are comfortable chairs to set in, so you don't have to stand, unless you want to. Now on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Carney's Feed Mill celebrated 45 years with their business. These fellers grew up with this mill. They have good items and are very friendly. The entire staff is so helpful, especially the lady in the office. We picked the last of the green beans that grew in the 16-foot raised bed, where we had dug one bushel of potatoes earlier. Ruth Ann canned 16 pints of green beans from this bed, now we planted cu-

cumbers in it for fall. Last Sunday in the Cincinnati Enquirer there was a story about Marty Brennaman having his hair shaved off, there were four little girls that had cancer, it showed one of them being kissed on the head by Marty. There was a story about each of these four girls in the paper, it brought a tear to my eyes when I read this, this is so special when a very important person like Mr. Brennaman showed his caring for these children. We wonder why these children have this disease. Each of them are so brave. The doctors and nurses who take care of them are to be thanked for the dedication. The childrens parents and grandparents are to thanked for the love they give to these children and the heartaches they must suffer for these babies. All of us can take a lesson from these little ones, how brave they are. This is why the Grange makes the pretty pillowcases for these kind of children when they come

back from their chemo treatments. Last Monday we planted more beets and cucumbers for fall. The broccoli and cabbage we planted is growing good. Now something about our great grandson. He now weighs 10 pounds 3 ounces. He is sure growing good. We thank the Good Lord for him and all our family. Ruth Ann was talking to Jennifer on her birthday, and Brooklyn was cleaning her Mickey Mouse toy. She said he was dirty. Now folks this cat Chessy has not improved any. She still has our number; each day she will come in the house and expect Ruth Ann to have something for her to eat, no exception. She is a joy. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

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

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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: Bryan Price Church: 513-575-5450


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NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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


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BATAVIA — Village Council members agreed Sept. 10 to drop a proposal to remove a low-head dam on the East Fork of the Little Miami River. “At this point, council has decided to drop the project,” said Mayor John Thebout. The dam and pump were built in the 1940s to provide the village with a water supply. The village now gets its water through the county system, and the dam and pump house are no longer used. Removing the dam would return more than 20 miles of the river to its natural, free-flowing state and remove a potential hazard. Low-head dams, like the one in question, can trap a person underwater, causing the individual to drown. The project, which was proposed by the Metropolitan Sewer District

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Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

New in the area? Going through the transition and adjustment of a move? Join a nine-week newcomers group/class that will be starting Thursday Sept. 20 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road (Forest and Beechmont roads, across from Anderson Town Center). The class meets Thursday mornings, 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., through Nov. 15. The group will discuss the book, “After the Boxes Are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In,” talk about fun things to do in the Greater Cincinnati area, and hand out welcoming items from area businesses. You need not be a member of this or any church to attend, and childcare (infant through K) is free of charge by reservation. Call Sue, 919-6230, or 233-9556, to reserve your class spot, reserve childcare or to ask questions. The church is at 7663 5 Mile Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Pianist Minsun Park and Friends kick off the Music at Ascension chamber concert series Saturday, Sept. 22. The series is beginning its ninth year of programming. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the community. OneHeart Prayer Ministry will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Ascension’s Healing Touch Ministry will be offered at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.. This ministry is open to all people in the community. For more information please call Ascension. The women of the church are collecting Health Kits and wrapped soap bars for Lutheran World Relief. The goal is 100 kits. Ascension offers Healing Touch Ministry for all people in the community. For more information please call Ascension. The congregation began its fall schedule Sunday, Sept. 16. Worship services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Christian Education, Confirmation and adult groups at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 7933288;www.ascensionlutheran

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The community is invited to attend the annual blessing of the pets at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the church grounds. Luvfurmutts, a local animal rescue group, will be in attendance with pet adoptions available to loving homes. A new member class and luncheon will be Sept. 30 after the worship service. Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday school (pre-K through 12th grade); these classes are conducted after the children’s sermon in the worship service. The church is collecting cereal during the month of September for NEEDS (Northeast Emergency Distribution Services). Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Clough United Methodist Church

Clough United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to attend their annual pig roast on the church grounds from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The church has been holding a fall pig roast for several years, but this year, the event is free. While there is no charge for the pig roast, tickets will be needed to attend. To obtain tickets, call the church office, (513) 2314301, by Sept. 30 and leave a name, phone number, and number of tickets needed. Lunch will include pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, tossed salad, corn and a beverage. Hot dogs will be available for children. Hay rides around the church grounds will also be available for all ages to enjoy. In addition to the pig roast, everyone is invited to the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Dress for the day is casual. For more information about this event visit the church website. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301;www.cloughchurch .org

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

The church is looking for crafters of all kinds for its fourth annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the church. The women of the church will make homemade breakfast and lunch. There also will be a bake sale. Call Janet Hale at 752-6696. The church is at 4312 AmeliaOlive Branch Road, Batavia; 732-1400;

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool has openings for the 3-year-old afternoon and 18-36 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Parents Day Out meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Parents may choose one or two days a week. The 3-year-old class meets two afternoons per week, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spots are filling fast. Call 683-4256. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;

Felicity United Church

The church is having a Homecoming, a special 180th anniversary service on Sept. 23. The worship service will start at 9:45 a.m. with singing, and former pastor Rev. John Beers will bring the message. There will be a carry-in and fellowship after the service. all are invited to make this a special day to renew old friendships and make some new ones. The church is at 421 W. Walnut St., Felicity; 876-2147;

Glen Este Church of Christ

The Antique and Classic Car Cruise-in is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church. A free lunch will be served and prizes will be given, even to car admirers. A DJ will play 50s and 60s music. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 Old State Route 74, Eastgate.; 753-8223.

Goshen United Methodist Church

The church will be celebrating its 180th anniversary Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. A carry-in dinner is scheculed for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Past pastors have been invited to attend. Sunday, Sept. 23, District Superintendent Jocelyn Roper will be the guest speaker during worship service starting at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by a cake and punch reception at noon. Sunday school is 9:30 a.m. The church’s rummage sale to benefit Agape Food Pantry is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church. The Bargain Sale is 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, to benefit Agape Food Pantry. The church id st 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen; 722-2541;

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Loveland Presbyterian Church is once again “Leaving the Building” and holding an Outdoor Worship and Drama in Loveland’s Nisbet Park at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 23. Rev. Dr. Stephen Melton and others will present a skit entitled “Bible Balderdash” prior to the sermon. Music by Bob Norton, etc. There will be a picnic after the service. Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes.The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12th-grade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.

Loveland United Methodist Church

The Worship team recently began offering two services: “Classic Tradition” at 9 a.m.;

“Engage!” – a contemporary worship offering at 10:30 a.m. Our Children’s team will be offering nursery care all morning, and Sunday school for all ages up through grade six during both worship services. In addition, the Sunday morning experience will provide lifechanging teenage studies, including confirmation class, as well as adult learning opportunities. The ministry leaders are working on finalizing plans for these offerings. Visit www.lovelandumc.orgfor Sunday class times for teenagers and adults. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Milford Christian Church

The church is having a community meal at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. There is no cost. Milford Christian Church is at 844 Ohio 131, in Miami Twp. For more information, call Kendra Widmyer at 203-8726 or visit the church website. The church is at 844 Ohio 131, Miami Township; 831-0196;

Milford First United Methodist Church

Special Worship Series in September include all worship services on “Becoming Difference Makers: Coming Together to Build the Future Now,” based on the book of Nehemiah. For more information contact Seneca Taylor. The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500;

Milford Miami Ministry

The Annual Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser if Friday, Sept. 28. This annual event is once again scheduled to coincide with the Milford Homecoming football game, and takes place at Trinity United Methodist Church (5767 Pleasant Hill Road), which is located right along the homecoming parade route. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by calling 513-476-3997. Dinners include one-half chicken (prepared on site by Nelson’s catering), two side dishes, and a drink, all for $8. Pre-sold dinners can be picked up from 4

p.m. to 6 p.m. The silent auction will contain a variety of items donated by local businesses and MMM member church groups. Auction items include gift baskets, gift certificates, and more. For more information on this and other MMM events, visit

Mount Moriah United Methodist Church

The Mount Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor a three-day rummage sale in the Educational Building at the church. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. A $5 bag sale will be on Saturday. The church is at 681 Mt. Morial Drive, Withamsville.

Mount Washington Baptist Church The church is at 2021 Sutton Ave., Mount Washington; 231-4445;

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

The church has multiple ways to worship. Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. More details about the services are on the church website. The church is continuing its year-long efforts to feed the hungry with continuing contributions of cans/packages of food plus fresh produce for the SEM Food Pantry’s use in the community. Call the church or visit the church website for more information. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;

Northern Hills SynagogueCongregation B’nai Avraham and Congregation Ohav Shalom

Registration has begun for the new school year for the Kehilla School for Creative Jewish Education, a Jewish religious school for preschool through grade seven co-sponsored by

Northern Hills SynagogueCongregation B’nai Avraham and Congregation Ohav Shalom. This partnership enables students to make new friends outside their own synagogues, and the small class sizes enable teachers to get to know each and every child. As part of the Kehilla curriculum, students will learn about Torah, holidays, Israel, life cycle events, Jewish history, prayers, and Hebrew. The school is open to families that are unaffiliated with any synagogue. During the fall semester, Sunday morning classes will meet at Ohav Shalom, 8100 Cornell Road, while Wednesday afternoon classes, for grades 3-7, will meet at Northern Hills, 5714 Fields Ertel Road. The locations will switch during the spring semester. The first Sunday session was Sept. 9, while the first Wednesday session will be Sept. 12. Parents are encouraged to visit the Kehilla website at for information regarding their child’s school or contact Maksim at 931-6040 or

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Program brings music to school By Roxanna Blevins

BATAVIA — Some Batavia Elementary School students who attend the Clermont Educational Collaborative North school will be learning to the beat of a new drum this school year. School staff are partnering with music therapists to incorporate music into learning, for kindergarten through secondgrade students, through the Melodic Connections Music in the Schools program. The Clermont Educational Collaborative North school, located in the old Milford Main building at 527 Lila Ave., Milford, serves students in preschool through 12th grade with severe social communication delays and/or students with autism. Melodic Connections is a non-profit organization in Cincinnati that provides music therapy for individuals with disabilities. “We’ve created a really unique musical community,” said Melodic Connections Executive Director Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh. The Music in the Schools program, which begins this month, is a new initiative for Melodic Connections.

Melodic Connections, a non-profit organization, offering low- and no-cost music therapy lessons to individuals with disabilities, will begin its Music in the Schools program this month and will partner with Clermont Educational Cooperative North. Melodic Connections students have performed at various venues in Greater Cincinnati, including this Fountain Square performance during the 2012 World Choir Games. PROVIDED

Nuseibeh, who is a special educator and a music therapist, said the Music in the Schools program will incorporate music into lesson plans to teach students skills such as counting and segmenting words. “I’m really excited about this,” said Clermont Educational Collaborative North Principal Tamara Ratley. “I think it’s going to be beneficial to us.” Ratley said music can be therapeutic for behavior and have a calming effect on students with special needs. “I think it’s going to open doors for them,” Ratley said. In addition to the Music in the Schools program, Melodic Connections music therapists regularly teach students with disabilities the skills necessary to perform vocals and to play drums, keyboards and guitar, said

Nuseibeh. After students know how to play the instruments, they are taught how to work together and play together in a group. The lessons are geared toward students of varying ages and skill levels. Music therapy is provided for students with disabilities including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down syndrome and visual impairment, among others. Melodic Connections students have performed at multiple venues in Greater Cincinnati, including Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Southgate House and the Union Terminal Theater. One of the most exciting opportunities for students and music therapists was this summer’s Fountain Square performance during the 2012 World Choir Games. “It was this really

amazing community thing that happened,” Nuseibeh said. She said it made her proud to see friends and family of students come onstage when invited to perform with the students. The organization will conduct a fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4635 Ashbrook Place in Mason. The fundraiser will feature cocktails, appetizers and a ticket raffle with prizes ranging from Reds tickets to artwork. “We provide musical therapy at low or no cost to families and at no cost to schools,” Nuseibeh said. “We get our funding through grants, fundraisers and donations.” For more information about Melodic Connections, or the Music in the Schools program, go to http://www.melodiccon



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