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Voters to elect new Tate trustee Five candidates vie for the 2 open seats By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — With long-time trustee Frank Wilson not seeking re-election there will be a new trustee in Tate Township in January. There are two open seats, and incumbent Greg Burns is running to reclaim his. There are four challengers. In a community forum at Bethel’s Nazarene Church, candidates were permitted to speak and answered questions from the community. » Burns spoke first and highlighted his almost 18 years of experience as a trustee. “We’ve had some growth within Tate Township,” Burns said. “We managed to blacktop every road in Tate Township.” He said the three trustees currently in office have kept the township in good financial shape. “The big issue I see is probably registering your vehicles,” Burns said. “A lot of township residents license their vehicle in Brown County and that does take tax money from us to keep township roads up to date.”

» Judy Jones spoke next, discussing three issues she pledged to work on if elected. “I have followed the beetle problem for years, but when they showed up (in our neighborhood) we didn’t have anything in our hands” to inform residents about what steps can be taken, Jones said. “I have taken notice of the fact that I think our trustees could be more supportive of this problem. I think we need to let our citizens know and be informed of our options.” Jones said she would try sending out mailers or door-todoor delivery to educate the public about the Asian longhorned beetle. Township cemeteries are maintained, but space will become an issue in the future, she said. “That’s something we need to pursue to acquire more property,” Jones said. Jones also pledged she would establish an improved website if elected where residents could look up minutes of previous trustee meetings. » Gary Reed said he has been grooming himself for a trustee position for a long time. “I’ve never worked anywhere but here. I know the township very well,” he said. Reed owns an excavating company on the west side of

Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Tate Township Board of Trustees. The candidates are, from left, Gary Reed, Greg Burns, Judy Jones, David Zimmerman and Ron Shouse. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

town, and he believes his mechanical experience would benefit the township. “There’s 38 miles of road the township has to maintain,” he said. “My company built roads, culverts, draining systems (and other things).” » Ron Shouse, a supervisor for the Clermont County Park District, said luring new businesses into town will require changes from trustees. “Would the township be

ready to put in a small manufacturing facility if someone came today? I’m not sure,” he said. “It’s hard to lure people in if you don’t have things for them like electrical and sewage.” Shouse also used the podium to clarify his stance on the Asian longhorned beetle. “Five years ago I was going to classes for hours on the Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer. Back then, the preferred method was to cut everything down. A lot of people think

that is still my stance,” he said. “I don’t want to see trees cut down, but I don’t want to see the bug spread and grow.” Landowners have a choice when their property contains high-risk trees, Shouse said. “We shouldn’t belittle that land owner – maybe educate more. Let’s look for more education,” he said. Communication between the township and Bethel officials See TRUSTEE, Page A2

Season of giving nears for Bethel American Legion By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Although it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, the American Legion post in Bethel is already thinking about Christmas – or more accurately, the families it can help during the holiday season. Mike Ealy, vice commander of the Bethel post, recently approached Village Council to ask for permission to collect donations from drivers on West Plane Street again this year to benefit underprivileged families. “It sounds unanimous,” said Alan Ausman, village mayor. “I appreciate y’alls willingness to do it.”

Legion members will left over we try to direct it collect donations from to the Bethel-Tate school motorists along West program.” Plane Street from the The donation program Frisch’s restaurant to raised more than $9,000 the Speedway gas stalast year and helped 94 tion Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. families, he said. to 4 p.m. Ealy told council the “Other legion posts Ausman donations helped 15 famdo very similar things, ilies in the village provide but not as extensive as winter coats for their we do,” Ealy said. children. Police Chief Mark “We make appointPlanck said the Bethel ments and actually go out post has collected donaand visit properties to get tions like this as long as a real understanding of he could remember – betheir situation,” Ealy said. fore even the mid-80s. Enough canned foods “Every dollar is Planck are given to families to spent somewhere,” Ealy support them for about a said. month, he said. “Even if we have something The legion also provides



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Bethel American Legion Post 406 will collect donations from drivers on West Plane Street before participating in the Down Home Christmas parade Dec. 7.JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

families with a traditional Christmas meal and often buys toys for children. “I’ve seen some of the families who are recipients and its just a wonderful thing you all do,” Ausman said. “We really appreciate your work.”

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Village plans to sue county, tear down building By Lisa Wakeland

Batavia officials aren’t going to wait for resolution on an issue of back taxes before tearing down a dilapidated building. Council Oct. 7 approved an emergency resolution to demolish Norfolk Lodge 54, a now defunct Masonic lodge located at 610 E. Main St. “We’ve had no success in dealing with the county on taking possession of the property,” village Administrator Dennis Nichols said during a recent meeting. “It’s been a problem

for decades, and I propose we tear it down next month.” Nichols said the former lodge has been vacant for decades, is not secured and has become a habitat for vermin. The building is beyond repair, and its stone foundation is collapsing, and village Solicitor Christopher Moore said it’s going to keep deteriorating. Village officials have wanted to tear the former lodge down for safety reasons, but Clermont County officials were blocking that action until Batavia officials pay the outstanding property taxes.

Through the forfeiture process Batavia has taken ownership of a few other properties and demolished the structures, and in those cases the back taxes were waived. The village was then reimbursed for demolition costs through a state demolition grant program, Moving Ohio Forward, which helps communities removed blighted structures. How much each county receives under this program is based on the number of foreclosure filings, and nearly $1.2 million was allocated for Clermont County. There is no required


local match for the first $500,000 a county receives. But the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has since said that villages should pay taxes on these dilapidated properties if they take ownership. Moore has said county officials are trying to collect on previous properties Batavia took over and demolished under the state grant program. Moore said they plan to file a lawsuit against the county arguing that it’s impractical for villages and other municipalities to assume the tax liability on blighted properties. He contends any taxes or assessments should be waived.

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needs to improve, Shouse said. » David Zimmerman, a member of the township’s zoning board since 1999, said he would like to work with police to get rid of prescription drugs and homelessness.

Batavia Village Council approved an emergency resolution to tear down this former Masonic lodge on East Main Street. The county has been trying to block that ability until village officials pay the back taxes. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Old paint and other chemicals should be added to the township’s fall cleanup, he said. On the Asian longhorned beetle, Zimmerman agreed with others by saying trustees need to be a part of it. “I do not support clearcutting of trees. We have to have trees,” he said. During the questionand-answer portion, indi-


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vidual candidates were asked questions and other candidates were not always given a chance to weigh in. » Jones was asked why she doesn’t work for the village of Bethel anymore. She was a payroll officer who worked in the billing department about a decade ago. “I have asked myself that same question over and over. I’ve asked other people and never got real answer,” she said. » Burns was asked if there was a land-use plan for state Route 125. “Yes, we do have a plan in affect right now,” he said. Burns was on the committee back in the ’80s that developed the landuse plan for the township, he said. “We’re kind of locked in what type of businesses we can get in,” Burns said, noting the whole township does not have sewer and gas.




Residents are fraud targets By Keith BieryGolick

AMELIA — Not all mail

is created equal – even mail from the United States Postal Service. “The motto ... is if it’s too good to be true, it is,” said David Friend, Amelia police chief. “I just wanted to bring this up because it looks really real – and people trust the United States Postal Service.” Friend was referring to mail fraud residents in the village have experienced recently. One resident supposedly won a grand prize, where an armed car was going to pull up to her house with balloons and deliver $1 million. “All she had to do was mail $200 to these people – so she did. A few days later she got another one in the mail that (said) she was qualified for the mega-million (prize) and she kinda caught on then,” Friend said. Another resident was selected to do a “secret” shopping experience with Western Union. Again, the request was simple: send us some of your money and you’ll be reimbursed. “What they do is put some figure under $1,000 ... something under what the postal (service) will do as far as money orders,” Friend said. “This goes into a bank account and it filters down into Nigeria – it’s a Nigerian operation. And Western Union is someplace in Texas or Florida, so you’re money is gone.” Friend said residents won’t know what is going on until four or five days

later when they get a notification from the bank that their account is overdrawn. “It’s just Friend a mess,” he said. “They send these out by the thousands so you can imagine that if even 10 percent Dickerson would go for this look how much money they would get.” Council member Chris Dickerson received a fraudulent money order last year. “Same exact thing,” he said. Dickerson caught on, saying it looked fishy before sending any money. “Sometimes people don’t (catch on). They think or they wish,” Friend said. Residents can hold USPS money orders up to the light to figure out if they are real. They should see: » Ben Franklin watermarks repeated on the left side, from top to bottom. » A vertical, multicolored thread that weaves in and out of the paper to the right of the Franklin watermark. In the light, the thread appears continuous with alternating horizontal dark and light bars behind it and the letters “USPS” repeating backward and forward throughout the thread. To verify a money order, residents can call 866459-7822.

A Clermont road will be no more Property owners will receive land By Leah Fightmaster

Clermont County is losing a road. The construction in Union Township that is realigning the interchanges for Interstate 275 and state Route 32 means the short road Jackson Square Drive is no longer functional. County administrator said drivers used to

ROAD DETOURS Through traffic on Terrace Drive in Union Township is being detoured until Nov. 22 for the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District Clough Pike Widening Project.

be able to get on and off state Route 32 at the road, but it’s not open anymore. Although commissioners voted on Oct. 16 to vacate the road officially, it hasn’t been in use and is covered in grass. The property will

then be split lengthwise down the middle and the property owners on each side will receive the land, said Administrator Stephen Rabolt. In the case of Jackson Square Drive, the company Portfolio Properties I owns both properties on either

side and will receive both. Commissioner Bob Proud said there’s nothing on the vacated road or the adjacent properties. Rabolt said that the process is basically the reverse of creating a road. The commissioners will view the road, which is required, on Nov. 13 and 9 a.m., then have a final public hearing on the same day at 11 a.m. at the county commissioners’ office, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia.


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sources. Is there ... room for improvement? Absolutely,” said Bob Proud, Clermont County commissioner. “It’s a tough job ... I have no doubt the humane society board absolutely has a true passion for saving every dog (they can).” The humane society is now required to work with a third-party organization – in this case Clermont Pets Alive – to find a sustainable home for dogs put on the euthanasia list. “(For) society and rescue agencies, it’s paramount they work in tandem,” Proud said. That’s why the resignation of the shelter’s director, Kim NaegelCQ, on Oct. 1 was seen as a victory for many in the community, DeVaughn said. “Kim’s theory was if they euthanized (the animals) they knew where

they went. If they went to rescue (agencies), they didn’t know,” she said. “That’s not my theory.” It is unclear why Naegel resigned. “She just resigned after 27 years. Why not resign after 30 years and get more benefits? It’s like a politician, they always resign before something bad comes out,” DeVaughn said. Calls made to the shelter seeking comment were returned by Karen TurpinCQ, president of the humane society board. “It was a personal decision. I think it is something that should remain personal,” Turpin said. Turpin declined to provide contact information for Naegel. “We’re going through a transition and no final decisions have been made as

to what we are going to do with the permanent position,” she said. For now, the shelter is moving forward with Bonnie MorrisonCQ as its interim director. Morrison is the cofounder of Tri-State County Animal Response Team, an organization that focuses on animal care during natural disasters. DeVaughn said things have been better since Morrison took over, but a change still needs to be made. “Until you get that name out of there its never going to turn around – people have to realize it’s a whole new group of people (in there) who care,” she said. “Nobody is asking for anything out of the ordinary, we just want to save dogs.”

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Fishing in dark no more at subdivision lake Village plans to put lights on fountain that’s part of easement By Keith BieryGolick

AMELIA — The pond at the southeast corner of Jenny Lind Road and Eastridge Drive has a fountain that’s been slowly gravitating toward the road. Officials want to bring it back to the center and put lights on it – something it never had before. “I did some research on getting lights put on that fountain back in Sedona Ridge,” said Chris Dickerson, village council member. “To add lights to it to get it centered out there on the pond we’re looking at about $1,500 max.” Dickerson spoke with Jones Fish Hatcheries in Newtown to get an estimate. “If we have enough wire to run to the center of the pond, you’ll come in under $1,500,” Dickerson said. “I’d like to move forward with that so we don’t have a big body of water with no illumination on it at night.” The estimate included the addition of two lights and any necessary wiring to the fountain. It also included a timer so the lights don’t run all day long, Dickerson said. Residents of the subdivision are not part of a homeowners association and because of that the pond is part of an easement making village responsible for it, said



Mayor Todd Hart. Money for the lighting will probably come out of the village’s general fund, but Hart couldn’t say for sure yet. The pond has been a problem spot in the past, said council member Derrick Campbell. “One thing we did experience before ... was the people fishing there would hook (the pump underneath the fountain) and bring it in to get it out of the middle of the pond,” Campbell said. “They used to drag it in, just shut it off and all kinds of stuff.” That problem has subsided in recent years, Hart said. “Ever since we put the catch and release signs up, everything has been great,” he said. “I think it deterred a lot of people that weren’t residents coming there fishing – they were netting fish, taking fish out. Once we put the catch and release (signs) up they don’t even come around anymore. Now it’s pretty much all local residents.” Council member Renee Gerber brought up concerns about how the fountain is handled in the winter. “It should be removed in the winter because if it freezes up that shuts it down and burns it up and those fountains are thousands of dollars to replace,” Dickerson said. “It should be shut off



no later than the end of December. I’ll look into the cost of that because Jones (Fish Hatcheries) will come in and pull it out, clean it and prep it for the winter time.” Officials later decided to handle the winter maintenance themselves to save money, Hart said.

“It will probably be taken out in December or January, stored and then the village will put it back in,” he said. Council suggested Dickerson check about the cost of restocking the pond as well. “We had it restocked about seven years ago and I think it was (about) $500,” Campbell said. Officials unanimously passed a motion to move forward with the project. The lights should be installed in two weeks, Hart said.

Residents have had problems with this pond at the entrance to the Sedona Ridge Subdivision before. Amelia Village Council erected catch and release signs. Now, council will spend about $1,500 to put lights on the fountain. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Apples or Oranges?

You make small choices every day.

BRIEFLY Clermont League of Women Voters

Did you know that hourly working women in Clermont County make, on average, 64 cents for each dollar an average male worker makes? Or that hourly women in Hamilton County make 72 cents an hour for every $1 the average male makes? Does this mean women in Hamilton counties have better economic opportunity, or does it suggest that overall, women are coming up short in this equality thing? Is it a natural phenomenon, or a political artifice? If it’s an artifice, can we vote on it? You don’t have to dig out your textbooks on Edmund Husserl to puzzle out phenomenology, just come to the next monthly meeting of the Clermont League of Women Voters and get the lowdown on this and other phenomena regarding voting and women and other interesting stuff. The League welcomes members of all sexes and genders. General meeting for October: Oct. 23: Election Matters from the League of Women Voters’ View (6:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati). For more information call 7528011.

St. Mary Church Christmas Craft Show

The Altar Society of St.

Mary Church, 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel, will conduct its annual Christmas Craft Show 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The sale will be held at the Father Lewis Parish Center. The sale will feature a wide variety of handcrafted gift and Christmas items, a bake sale, 50 cent grab bag, Thanksgiving dinner raffle, and silent auction of gift baskets, lots of fun and holiday fellowship for all ages. A variety of homemade sandwiches, soups, chili, and desserts will be served throughout both days and available for carryout.

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Resource Fair

A resource fair, sponsored by UC Clermont, The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, will be 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive-Branch Road. This resource fair is the culminating event of a series of cooking classes inside the church as the monthly mobile food pantry, hosted by Inter parish ministries and the Freestore Foodbank, are held outside. The classes are conducted to help alleviate hunger, homelessness, obesity and to increase awareness of health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

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Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251


Maggie Klekamp, left, of Indian Hill, is surprised by what classmate Mary Claire Vollmer of Indian Hill finds in her dip net at the Greenacres pond. Mary Claire's dad, Griff, watches as his daughter picks through the mud, looking for signs of life. The girls are first-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Evie Kranias of Indian Hill watches as first-grade teacher Laura Rue of Loveland helps Famke van Dijk of Madeira take a dip net out of the Greenacres pond during a recent field trip. In the foreground, Bryce Snell of West Chester Township, tries his hand at pond dipping. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ




incinnati Country Day first-graders recently ventured outdoors for a field trip to explore water in the natural world at the Greenacres pond site in Indian Hill. Students learned that the pond is composed of different habitats, each home to a variety of creatures with adaptations for life in a watery environment. The first-graders used dip nets at the pond to catch organisms for observation. They found: dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, fresh water mussels, water striders, tadpoles, boatman, water beetles and aquatic snails.

All were returned to the pond after students observed them through an insect magnifier box. First-graders used a Magiscope to view plankton. The students also heard about water availability in the field and woods, and checked logs for salamanders. At the stream table, they saw how water moves soil and creates channels that meander, just as real streams do. During the erosion trays demonstration, students saw how effectively plants hold soil in place.

Sophia Choi of Loveland smiles as she hands an insect magnifier box to Zac Vaughan of Indian Hill. They and Kenzie Zimmers, right, of Symmes Township, right, take turns seeing what they and classmates found in the Greenacres pond. All are first-graders at Cincinnati Country Day. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Cincinnati Country Day first-graders watch and react as they watch a water demonstration during a trip to Greenacres in Indian Hill. The students are, from left, Mary Claire Vollmer, Nikhil Shah and Henry Kohnen, all of Indian Hill. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Cincinnati Country Day School first-grade teacher Laura Rue of Loveland points out features of the Greenacres pond during a recent field trip. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Enguerrand Bonniol looks through an insect magnifier box to see organisms that he and his classmates found in the Greenacres pond in Indian Hill. The Madeira boy is a first-grader at Cincinnati Country Day School. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573


PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Football » Bethel-Tate lost to Batavia at Holman Stadium Oct. 18, 27-0. Keshawn Foley had two touchdown passes and a scoring run for the Bulldogs. The Tigers are home with Amelia Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. » McNicholas High School beat Roger Bacon 36-7 Oct. 18. The Rockets improved to 6-2 (4-1 GCL Coed) with the victory and play Purcell Marian Oct. 25 at Mariemont.

Cross country

Felicity-Franklin eighth-grader Jared Boeckmann has the early lead at the Bethel Invitational. THANKS TO PAM TAYLOR

Another Boeckmann reaches the Felicity record books By Scott Springer

FELICITY — With no state qualifiers, the cross country season is over for area schools Felicity-Franklin and BethelTate. Usually that means a long wait until next summer when both schools try to see what athletes they can snare from the soccer team or the tennis squad to field a running unit. For the first time in a long time, fans of the Cardinals and Tigers may actually be counting the days for the first meet. Next year, two of the better junior high runners in the area will be dueling on the trails in high school. Bethel-Tate’s Jackson Coates has run a two-mile junior high course in 11 minutes. Across the county, Jared Boeckmann of Felicity-Franklin is not far behind and has beaten Coates on a few occasions. “He’s gotten me twice at Bethel, but he hasn’t gotten me anywhere else,” Boeckmann said. “I’m kind of glad he’s around. My times aren’t as good when I’m not running against him because I don’t have as much competition.” Boeckmann’s path to glory has had several twists and turns. A glance at the FelicityFranklin Middle School running records now includes four Boeckmanns. Older brother Chris and Nick are there as well as his mother, Michelle (Eubanks) Boeckmann from 1986. “It (track) was a social event when we were in school,” Michelle Boeckmann said laughing. On the other hand, Jared is14 and trains harder than many older runners. “I worked a crazy amount over the summer,” Boeckmann said. “I was running a minimum of seven miles a day.” Jared’s interest in running is somewhat recent and is spurred on by his brothers . One major influence on him was the death of his older brother, Nick. In 2009, when he was just a year older than Jared is now, Nick was taken from the

Jared Boeckmann, left, stands at the Felicity-Franklin Middle School track and field record board. With Jared is his mother, Michelle and sister Noelle. Jared’s brothers Chris and Nick Boeckmann set records in 2004 and 2008. Michelle Eubanks made the board in 1986, giving the family four record holders. THANKS TO KATHY EUBANKS

Boeckmann’s in tragic circumstances. “It was something no one saw coming,” Michelle Boeckmann said. “We’re from a small town. We all grieved together.” From that loss perhaps came inspiration as the younger Boeckmann began to literally take great strides. “Before we lost Nick, Jared wasn’t competitive at all,” Michelle Boeckmann said. Four years later, Jared Boeckmann is breaking records rapidly and chasing Jackson Coates around Clermont County. While his mother and brothers were shorter distance runners, Boeckmann prefers the solitude of the family acreage and a nearby park. “We live in a pretty wooded area and he just goes running,” Michelle Boeckmann said. “We’ve got trails and he runs through Chilo and the nature preserve.” As many a runner will attest to, endorphins (chemicals released through exercise) are more enjoyable outdoors and continuously putting one foot in front of the other is as much mental as it is physical. “That’s all long distance is, honestly,” Boeckmann said. In addition to being inspired by his brothers Chris and Nick, Jared has also been an inspiration to his family. A younger sis-

ter, Noelle, was born after Nick’s passing to everyone’s surprise and delight. “God’s hand has really been with us,” Michelle Boeckmann said. Noelle had a Christmas due date, thus the name. It also began with the letter “N” as in Nicholas. Mother Michelle credits Jared with “going the distance” in this case as well. “We had lost Nick in September of ‘09 and our oldest son, Chris, had left to go to college,” Michelle Boeckmann said. “Jared went from a three-boy home to silence. It was close to Christmas and out of the blue he prayed for a baby sister. Month after month he prayed for a baby sister. If it hadn’t been for Jared praying for her, we wouldn’t have had her.” Noelle Grace now has a very resilient family and a particularly persistent brother to watch over her. “She’s a gift,” Michelle Boeckmann said. Her running shoes are likely on the way. In the meantime, Jared Boeckmann is showing her the path to the finish isn’t always the easiest one. Adjustments must be made. “We live with hope every day,” Michelle Boeckmann said.

» Bethel-Tate was third at the Southern Buckeye ConferenceAmerican Division championship meet Oct. 12. Junior Zane Copestick was the top finisher in 10th at 18:40.87. Bethel-Tate finished seventh at the Division II district tournament at Voice of America Park Oct. 19. BethelTate was second at the SBCAmerican Division meet Oct. 12. Sophomore Breanna Keyser was the top finisher in fifth at 21:36.16. Bethel-Tate was third at the Division II district tournament at Voice of America Park Oct. 19, qualifying for regionals. Keyser was the top finisher in seventh place at 21:30.93. » Felicity-Franklin was fifth at the boys SBC-National Division meet Oct. 12. FelicityFranklin was12th at the Division III boys district tournament Oct. 19. Crissy Paskow of FelicityFranklin finished eighth at the Division III girls district tournament Oct.19 in 21:34.03 to qualify for regionals. » McNicholas finished fifth in the Division II boys district meet Oct.19 at Voice of America. Seniors Mark Flatt and Connor Nelson were 20th and 21st individually to lead the Rockets. On the girls’ side, McNick was district runner up behind Wyoming in Division II. Catherine Adams won the race individually in 20:25.80 as the Rockets advanced as a team to the regional meet Oct. 26 in Troy.

Boys soccer

» Bethel-Tate lost in the Division III sectionals at Madeira 3-2 on Oct. 15. Junior Jason Altmayer scored both goals for the Tigers. Bethel-Tate finishes the season 8-8-2.

» McNicholas had a firstround bye in the Division II sectional tournament. The Rockets beat Batavia 5-0 in the second round Oct. 19.

Girls soccer

» Bethel-Tate beat St. Bernard 2-1 on Oct. 17. The Lady Tigers take on top seed Summit Country Day Oct. 21 at Norwood High School at 7 p.m.

Girls volleyball

» Felicity-Franklin defeated Cincinnati Country Day in the Division IV sectionals at Mariemont Oct. 15, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22. The Lady Cardinals advanced to play Lockland Oct. 19. On Oct. 19, Felicity-Franklin defeated Lockland to advance on to play Fayetteville Oct. 21 at Mariemont High School.


» The Clermont Crew enjoyed perfect weather conditions in Columbus for the Speakmon Memorial Regatta with 38 other crews. The high school women’s varsity quad featuring McNicholas junior Randi Dailey, McNicholas junior Molly Kidwell, Milford junior Emily Anno and Glen Este junior Ashley Collins took first in their race. The high school women’s varsity B quad with McNicholas sophomore Frankie Dailey, Anderson freshman Ana Absalon, homeschool freshman Lindsey Marquez, and Glen Este eighthgrader Hailey Boso brought home a bronze in their maiden race. The high school men’s quad of home-school junior Abe Mancino, Batavia junior Ben Marquez, Batavia junior Justin Dunham, and home-school junior Ricky Vandegrift took silver. Dailey took second in the women’s open lightweight single race.

College volleyball

» UC Clermont beat Central State 25-13, 25-16, 25-6 Oct. 17 on its senior night to improve to 18-2. Graduating seniors Becca Walton (Mercy) and Haley Weber (Mariemont) were honored in pre-game ceremonies. The Cougars hosted and won the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament Oct. 20 with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 semifinal win over Southern State CC and a 2520, 26-24, 25-16 victory against Clark State CC in the finals. UC Clermont improved to 21-3.

McNicholas senior Sarah Collette gets by Northwest’s Hayley Seibel.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Rocket blast

The McNicholas Lady Rockets won their first game of the Division II sectional tournament 7-0 over Northwest Oct. 17 at home. Junior Sidney Shaeper scored two goals for the Rockets, while senior Corrie Sheshull scored her first career goal on a penalty kick late in the second half. Meghan Sweeney, Meghan Martella, Anna Pierce and Savannah Cormosino also scored for McNick. The Rockets played Wilmington in the district finals Oct. 21 after press deadline.





Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251


Tate Twp. residents must be treated with respect I have deep roots in Tate Township. My husband Tim and I have lived In Tate Township our entire lives. I have always been active in our community. We have two sons, Christopher and David. They now are grown and have families of their own. I have been a Boy Scout leader for 22 years, and still currently am involved in the scouting program as a mentor to both boys and adults. Because I feel people should take an active role in their township, I chose to run for trustee. People should have their problems heard, no matter how big or small. Residents also need to be treated with respect with whatever issue they may have. I will make sure that

the taxpayers’ montownship meetings for ey is wisely spent. the last few months, Electing me as and I do not feel that trustee could allow much focus has been me to help our given to the residents township become a that are dealing with better township. the beetle infestation. Our township is Citizens need to be Judy dealing with the informed of their opJones Asian longhorned tions when faced with COMMUNITY PRESS this problem. Not evbeetle infestation. We need to continue GUEST COLUMNIST eryone is on the Into actively push for ternet or Facebook, so treatment of our uninfected I would like to see our citihost trees, not cut them zens have a paper copy of down. their options, whether We need to support the through a mailing or door-toongoing efforts of the Bethel door delivery. Asian Longhorned Beetle Tate Township has very Citizens Cooperative in our well maintained cemeteries. community that has been However, more land is needfighting to preserve our ed. I will help to secure healthy non-infected host more land for the future. trees. We need to attract new I have been attending business to the township.

People can’t afford higher taxes. We need to explore our options for attracting new business, possibly working with Bethel Village Council. In order to keep the property taxes in line we need to seek alternatives to the ever-growing need for more income to maintain our great fire department and life squad units. I would like to see a good, working website established so the community could access minutes of township meetings and current events in the township. I have been looking at other township websites that contain a wealth of information for their residents, and feel our township can have a much better website than we cur-

rently have. Residents also need to be treated with respect with whatever issue they may have. I have worked with the public my entire adult life. In serving as township trustee, I can continue to give back to the community. I believe that if I am elected, I can work together with the other trustees to ensure a safe and responsible community. A great community is very important, and if you would elect me, I will listen to your concerns and help work out the right solutions. I appreciate everyone’s support this Nov. 5. Judy Jones is a candidate for Tate Township trustee.

A trustee should be aware of current issues

My name is David Zimmerman and I am a candidate for Tate Township trustee. I have been a resident here for 48 years. My wife and I have been married 35 years. We have two grown sons and one granddaughter. I have volunteered in roles such as youth basketball coach, youth baseball coach, and representative for the Bethel Booster Youth Basketball program. From 1999 to the present day, I have served on the Tate Township Zoning Board. This has given me the privilege of listening to residents and to make decisions that affect the community. Both my wife and I are members of the Clermont County Farm Bureau and

feel are some of the belong to the Saltair important topics for our Church of Christ. area: In my employ» Maintain a balment, I have been anced budget. able to attend numer» Support the comous college classes munity and government and have been on organizations in Tate many different comDavid Township to get the mittees that dealt ALB situation under with topics like safe- Zimmerman COMMUNITY PRESS control. I do not support ty, communication, purchasing, and pro- GUEST COLUMNIST the clear cutting of host trees and feel that we cedures. need to use chemical treatWith my variety of backments or other effective, but grounds between work and non-destructive, methods to home life, I strongly believe save as many of our trees as that I could represent the possible. Also I feel that we citizens of the township and should have a re-seeding proconnect with them, their gram. It is necessary for us all ideas, and their goals for the to work together with authoricommunity. ties to remedy this problem. I feel that a trustee should » Maintain and keep imbe a part of the community proving the quality of our fire, and be aware of current isemergency, and township sues. Below is a list of what I

maintenance department services. » Keep zoning resolutions up-to-date for the Township Board of Zoning Appeals and the Township Zoning Board. » Brainstorm ideas to draw small, healthy businesses to the area. Our emergency services, maintenance services, and schools depend on us to help build our tax base. More businesses could lessen the tax burden on the community. » Investigate ways to promote or expand a recycling program for Tate Township, especially for the recycling of electronics. » Look into cleanup of abandoned houses and foreclosed properties in the area. These are health risks, security concerns, and visually un-

appealing. » Expand our current clean-up days to dispose of unwanted paints and hazardous chemicals. » Work with the Bethel Police department to give residents access to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. » Use methods, like meetings or surveys, to hear from residents and to allow them to voice concerns. I am willing to do my best to support the community and to make a difference by improving things for the residents of Tate Township. Please consider me as one of your next Tate Township trustees when we vote on Nov. 5.

ing of invincibility are at the top of the list. “A 17-year-old driving with a gang of kids in the car, stereo blasting, is a recipe for disaster. Studies show that older adults slow down and drive more cautiously when passengers are in the car. “It is the opposite with young drivers. They become more aggressive. “With regard to the curfew, I’m sure accommodations could be made for the teen who needs to drive home from work after 10 p.m. “Let the kids start learning to drive at an earlier age, limit the number of passengers they can have, keep them off the roads late at night. “Give them a chance to become good, safe drivers and we’ll all be safer and live longer.”

their children, not the government. Government needs to stay out of our personal lives.”

David Zimmerman is a candidate for Tate Township trustee.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question The Ohio legislature is considering limiting non-family passengers in a teenager’s car, and establishing a 10 p.m. curfew for teen drivers. Is this a good idea? Why or why not?

“Put yourself in the position of a police officer who has to enforce such a law. Unless someone is stopped for another offense, how is an officer to know who is a “teenager”? How many young looking adults would get stopped and how many older looking teens would be missed? Who is a family member? “How easy is it for your friend to become your “brother or sister” if stopped? Nothing requires the family member to produce ID. This might look like a good idea to some people but it is totally unenforceable. Why waste our legislature’s time with no real result?” F.S.D.

“Limiting number of passengers and the curfew are both fine ideas, but good luck to the authorities enforcing it.

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“Unfortunately, they don’t catch enough speeders, redlight runners, texting drivers, or drunken idiots as it is. “It’ll take a lot more police and troopers on the roads to make a dent in all the reckless teenage driving that occurs, especially on weekends during the warm months; meanwhile, the body count will continue to rise, and safe teen drivers will suffer because of the morons.” TRog

“If this is for a first-year teenaged driver, I am all for it. The first year an average teenager has much peer pressure and usually is the one who is delegated to do all the driving. “They are not experienced enough as not to let distractions interfere with their driving, and cell phones are the largest part of distraction.”




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“Profiling, as a cop, is ongoing and covers a lot of stereotypes. One that gets you in trouble is a car full of anybody. Could be 80-year-olds. “The only reason such a law makes sense in today’s overbearing and over-reacting world is that you need to keep your kids out of the cop’s computer. Once your kid gets in there he has to wear that Scarlet letter in front of all his future bosses. “Geezle. Can’t even ride around for fun any more.” K.P.

“Yes, it’s a very good idea. Many other states have already adopted longer training periods and longer probationary periods for young drivers. “Statistics prove that among the causes of teenage automobile accidents, inexperience, distractions and a feel-


“Republicans wants less government, so why is the Ohio Legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, discussing this at all? Talking out both sides of their mouths again. “Parents need to supervise

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“In the viewpoints section on 10-16-2013, about last week’s question: someone said that Obama said back in 2007 that if we had insurance now and are happy with it we don’t have to change to the Affordable Care Act. “I think this person missed something because now you do have to get off that insurance and get it where you work if it it is offered for you. “Maybe the next subject should be about how many people are being forced to get off good insurance plans and get Affordable Care Act insurance? L.K.

“There is already a limit of one non-family teenage passenger. As for the 10 p.m. curfew for teens, these laws will just add to the arsenal of offenses that the local cops will have for revenue enhancement!!”

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The Star Wars event brought both Yoda and Darth Vader - James Mahoney, 4, left, and Evan Stephenson, 3. Both are residents of Kenwood.

Ann Mays, left, of Morrow, adjusts the Jawa costume on her daughter, Riley, 7.

Clone troopers Benjamin Sonnier, 3, left, and Oliver Parker, 4, make friends with R2-D2. Both are residents of Oakley.


arth Vader, Yoda and R2-D2 were just a few of the visitors to a recent Star Wars Reads Day at the Blue Manatee Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore and Decafe. The national event promoted reading and costumed participation by youngsters. Activities included a story time and crafts. Cade Mays, 12, of Morrow, dressed the part of a Jawa.

Colum Scott, 8, left, of Norwood, and Kieran Mahoney, 8, of Kenwood, listen to an adventure featuring Star Wars characters.

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Children's illustrator Chris Reiff, left, who has drawn illustrations for several Star Wars books, signs a book for Elinor Jackson, 3, of Pleasant Ridge. Reiff is a resident of Norwood.

This is the droid Alex Zimmer, 8, left, and his sister. Nicole, 13, are looking for. Also shown is their mother, Juliann, of Milford.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, OCT. 24 Dining Events Taste of Nature: Marvelous Mushrooms, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Dr. Maribeth Hassett from Miami University talks about “The Incredible Diversity of Fungi” while Elegant Fare produces mushroom dishes to sample. Ages 21 and up. $12, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Senior Yoga, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support offered to safely perform variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Call for price. 478-6783. Miami Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Goshen.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-10:15 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger Mount Carmel, 550 Ohio 32, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Mount Carmel.

Holiday - Halloween U-Pick Pumpkins, 4 p.m., Simmons Farms, 3020 Schaller Road, Open until dark. Two acres of Biggie Howden, Connecticut Field, Snack Face and lots of

white pumpkins ready for picking. Also selling: honey, jams, apple butter, eggs and more. Hay rides for young children and trebuchet (pumpkin chunkin’) for older children. Through Oct. 27. Free admission. 734-3117; SimmonsFarms. Bethel. Community Trick or Treat, 6-7 p.m., Clermont Nursing & Convalescent Center, 934 State Route 28, 831-1770. Milford. Clermont County Haunted Trail, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Voted one of Clermont County’s best value attractions. Benefits youth baseball. $10. 732-0522. Owensville.

Music - Acoustic Michael Paulik and Jeff Boeh, 8 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Pets Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 4-8 p.m., PetSmart Eastgate, 650 Eastgate South Drive, Cats and dogs available for adoption. Free. Presented by Clermont Pets Alive. 279-2276; Eastgate.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Art Events South Milford Artisan Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Milford Pottery at Arrowhead Farm, 780 Garfield Ave., Handcrafted pottery, jewelry, copper work, stained glass, fine art and fabric creations by area artist. Tours of historic Arrowhead Farm Home at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. Presented by Milford Pottery. 831-0412. Milford.

Clubs & Organizations Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 12:30 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Room 143, Snyder Hall. Jim Schaffer presents program on Civil War 59th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which drew its members from eastern Clermont and western Brown counties. Free. Presented by Clermont County Historical Society. 753-8672; Batavia. TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-11 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Lower Level, Generations Room. Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. 417-6772; Amelia.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.

Farmers Market Batavia Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Batavia Farmers Market, Main and Depot streets, Homegrown produce for sale. Free admission. Presented by Batavia Community Development Assoc. 876-2418. Batavia.

Holiday - Halloween U-Pick Pumpkins, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Simmons Farms, Free admission. 734-3117; Bethel. Nightmare of Bristol Lake Haunted House, 7-9 p.m., Nightmare of Bristol Lake Haunted House, Covedale Lane, Scary fun to any costume wearer. Free haunted house and graveyard, enter at your own risk. Free. 767-6844. Amelia. Clermont County Haunted Trail, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, $10. 7320522. Owensville.

Literary - Crafts LEGO Club, 10-11 a.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Attendees ages 5-12 invited to participate in themed challenges or build freestyle. Free. Registration required. 528-1744. Union Township.

Music - Oldies

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9:15-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9:15-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 2-2:45 p.m., Bethel Woods Elderly Complex, 610 Easter Road, Move your whole body through complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support offered to safely perform variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-783. Bethel.

Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.


Holiday - Halloween

Exercise Classes Take a Perimeter Hike from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen Township. The hike will start and end at the white Creekside Barn, staying on outer trails. Participants must be at least 18 and should pack lunch and water bottle for a lunch stop at the overlook platform. The cost is $8, free for members. Registration is required. Call 831-1711.FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott Diner, 106 E. Main St., Each week, Jo-El or Jason Griffin take stage as Elvis. Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Nature Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Spend morning looking for fall migrating birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Goshen Township. Black Walnut Collecting, Cracking and Crafts, 12:30-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Remove walnut husks with a corn sheller, crack walnuts and savor fresh nutmeats, then create crafts with walnut shells or hull ink. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Perimeter Hike, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Start and end at white Creekside Barn, staying on outer trails. Pack lunch and water bottle for lunch stop at overlook platform. Ages 18 and up. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Goshen Township. Ice Cream Made From Native Trees, 3-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Develop appreciation for pawpaw, persimmon, spicebush, sassafras and black walnut, while enjoying handmade ice creams created from each species. $12, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Family Night Prowl for Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nighttime adventure searching for signs of predators who roam wildlands. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township. Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., PetSmart, 245 River’s Edge, Cats and dogs available for adoption. Free. Presented by Clermont Pets Alive. 279-2276; www.clermont- Milford. Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., Petco, 1087 Ohio 28, Cats and dogs available for adoption. Free. Presented by Clermont Pets Alive. 279-2276; Milford.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27 Art Events South Milford Artisan Show, Noon-5 p.m., Milford Pottery at Arrowhead Farm, Free admission and parking. 831-0412. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mount Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

Holiday - Halloween Halloween Boo Bash, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Food, drinks, games, trick or treating, crafts and costume judging. Free haunted house for children. Family friendly. Free. 732-1400; Batavia. U-Pick Pumpkins, Noon-4 p.m., Simmons Farms, Free admission. 734-3117; SimmonsFarms. Bethel. Howloween Costume Parade, 1-2:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Dogs dressed up in costumes, games, costume prizes, adoption vendors and food. Free. 831-7297. Milford.

Pets Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., PetSmart, Free. 279-2276; Milford.

MONDAY, OCT. 28 Auctions Charity Quarter Auction, 7:30-9 p.m., Butterbee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4022 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Different charity picked each month. Free admission. Presented by Reps for Charity. 252-5343. Union Township.

Exercise Classes

Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen.

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

Literary - Book Clubs Armchair Travel Book Club, 6-7:30 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen EsteWithamsville Road, Free. 5281744. Union Township.

Literary - Libraries Classic Film Matinee, 2-4 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Free. 528-1744. Union Township.

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

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

Education Job Readiness with Workforce One, 2-4 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen EsteWithamsville Road, Learn about various components and stages of job readiness, such as resume writing, networking and interview techniques. For ages 16 and up. Free. Registration required. 528-1744. Union Township.

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

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

THURSDAY, OCT. 31 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. Senior Yoga, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, Call for price. 478-6783. Miami Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Nightmare of Bristol Lake Haunted House, 6-9 p.m., Nightmare of Bristol Lake Haunted House, Free. 767-6844. Amelia.

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-10:15 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.

Pets Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 4-8 p.m., PetSmart Eastgate, Free. 279-2276; Eastgate.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2 Clubs & Organizations Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., Program: Exploring the Genealogical Resources of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Free, visitors welcome. 723-3423; Batavia. TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-11 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, Free. 417-6772; Amelia.

Craft Shows Loveland High School Arts and Crafts Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Loveland High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Craft show with more than 200 vendors, raffle, lunch and more. $2 adults. Presented by Loveland Athletic Boosters. 476-5187; Loveland. County Store, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Parish Hall. Unique handcrafted items for adults, children and the home. Gifts, Christmas ornaments and decorations, Jerry’s famous homemade jellies and marmalades, bake sale and Granny’s Attic Collectibles. Raffle items available. Benefits Interparish Ministry, YWCA House of Peace, Diocesan Camporship, sponsorship child at El Hogar in Honduras and parish outreach programs. Free. 474-4445; Anderson Township. RiverStage Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Market Street School Auditorium, 212 Market St., Artists, crafters and vendors. Benefits RiverStage Theatre. Free admission. Reservations required. Presented by RiverStage Theatre. 543-9149; New Richmond.



Scare up some treats for Halloween

I didn’t realize that Halloween is the second most commercially successful and decorated holiday right behind Christmas. We decorate with produce from the garden, like birdhouse gourds, pumpkins, winter squash and field corn. Pretty generic comRita pared to a lot of Heikenfeld folks. Halloween RITA’S KITCHEN is fun for me since I get to see the little ones in their costumes and go “begging” with them. I also learned that the kids don’t use the word “begging” and have no clue as to what it means. I have fun telling them about the meaning and how my siblings and I went “begging” through our neighborhood when we were kids oh, so long ago.

300 degrees. I like to toss them with melted butter or olive oil, shake on some garlic powder, seasoning salt or cayenne pepper. You can do whatever you want with them. Roast for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

1 pound lean ground beef 1 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 cup stewed tomatoes Corn, start with 1 generous cup and go from there Chili powder, salt and pepper to taste 1 ⁄4 pound grated cheddar cheese plus extra for sprinkling on top Nachos or large Fritos for scooping

Cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is done. Add tomatoes and corn. Cover and simmer over low heat 10 minutes. Stir in cheese. Serve with nachos and more cheese.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Deb Goulding’s bourbon bacon caramel popcorn

I promised you this recipe and you’ll be glad I did. Deb, executive chef at the Price Hill Kroger, was a guest on my cable show. She made her nowfamous bourbon bacon caramel popcorn. Definitely an adult snack for Halloween! For my traditional caramel corn recipe, check out my blog. 3 strips applewood smoked bacon 1 3 oz. bag popcorn, plain (popped) 1 ⁄2 cup butter, unsalted 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 ⁄4 cup maple syrup 1 ⁄3 cup bourbon 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Fry bacon and set aside on papered tray to cool. Spread popcorn on papered tray and

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Rita shares the recipe for Deb Goulding’s famous bourbon bacon caramel popcorn.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

crumble bacon over top. In medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar and maple syrup, then bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the bourbon, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda, and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat. Put in oven on sprayed cookie sheets for 1 hour and stir up the popcorn every 15 minutes.

Caramel popcorn, peanut and pretzel bars

Doesn’t this sound good? I’m definitely going to make this treat. Thanks to Mary J. who

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gave this to me. “Salty and sweet all at the same time,” she said. 12 cups plain popped popcorn 1 generous cup salted peanuts or favorite salted nuts, coarsely chopped 4 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels Caramel2 cups sugar 1 ⁄2 cup water 2 ⁄3 cup whipping cream 2 cups mini marshmallows

Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Mix together popcorn, peanuts and pretzels. Put sugar and water in a nonstick or heavy medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil, without

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stirring, until mixture looks amber colored, about 8-12 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in heavy cream. Be careful - cream will sputter. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Using sprayed spatula, pour over popcorn mixture until everything is coated. Pour into pan. Spay a piece of foil and use that to press mixture evenly. Cool and cut into bars. Store at room temperature, covered.

Halloween hash in pumpkin bowls

This is fun for the kids. Let them scoop the flesh and seeds out of little pumpkins. The seeds can be roasted at about

Keep those Jack-O-Lanterns plump. Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar and a teaspoon of lemon juice into 3 cups of water. Brush over carved areas. After it dries, rub carved surfaces with petroleum jelly.

Brisket follow-up from Rita’s Kitchen

The recipe for brisket called for slow cooking 9-12 hours for a 3-pound brisket. I bought a new slow cooker and the brisket was done in 7 hours. So just check after around 7 hours; if it needs more cooking, then continue to cook.

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

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E-Quick debit card can have problems Many people love to use debit cards to pay for things because they are fast and convenient. Even the state of Ohio uses such cards for child support payments. But a local woman said she ran into major problems recently when she tried to use her card. Joann Cafferky of Batavia has used an EQuick debit card from the child support bureau for several years without a problem. But she had an issue recently when she tried to withdraw money from an ATM machine. “I put my card in, entered my pin number

processed it the and it said, ‘Procfirst time they essing, please took my money wait.’ In less then a out.” That hapminute it said, pened even ‘Can’t process this though the matransaction at this chine said it time, try again couldn’t be done later.’” and – more imporWhen she tried Howard tantly – Cafferky again, Cafferky Ain never got the said she received a HEY HOWARD! money. notice that there I went to the standwere insufficient funds alone ATM machine in in her account. She wantMilford and found it was ed $440, and knew the now working. The big money was there, but problem is proving it received the same notice wasn’t working correctly when she tried again to when Cafferky tried to withdraw the funds. withdraw her funds. She Later, after checking her child support account had complained to managers at Fifth Third Bank online, Cafferky said she and the E-Quick card but learned, “When they

was told it could be several weeks before she’d get an answer. “It’s $440, and to me that’s a car payment and electric bill, my daughter’s lunch money. That’s what the money was for and I’m waiting on it and they’re telling me I’m going to have to wait 45 to 90 days,” Cafferky said. Cafferky said she had to borrow money from her family in order to pay her bills. In the meantime, I contacted Fifth Third Bank and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in Columbus, which manages the child support

payment program. Fifth Third bank workers checked the ATM machine records and found there was a problem on the day in question. They then returned the money to Cafferky’s E-Quick card. A spokesman for the state of Ohio tells me Cafferky and others do not have to use a debit card in order to get their child support money. They can get a check mailed to them or, better yet, they can have their money deposited directly into their bank account. That direct deposit is something I highly recommend because it not

only assures quick access to your funds, but it lets you avoid fees associated with that E-Quick card. You get one free withdrawal from the card each month, but then must pay 75 cents for each subsequent withdrawal – and those fees can add up. Cafferky said she agrees with me and will switch to direct deposit into her bank account. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

FCS Teen Board kicks off new term The Family and Consumer Science Teen Board met at the Clermont County Fairgrounds to elect officers and plan activities for 2014. The Family and Consumer Science Teen Board officers for 2013-2014 are president Anna Francis, vice president Layla Novak, treasurer Sarah Francis, recording secretary Haley Dennison, corresponding secretary Lauren Pride, 4-H committee representative Kate Novak, and Junior Fair Board representatives Anna Francis and Kate Novak. The group began planning two workshops for winter 2014. A January


workshop will teach a home living project, and a February clinic will focus on gardening. The function of the Family and Consumer Science Teen Board is to provide educational experiences, to promote leadership development and to create opportunities for community service for Clermont County youth interested in Family and Consumer Science-related project areas. Family and Consumer Science Teen Board is organized by Ohio State University Extension Clermont County. For more information, please visit

Family and Consumer Science Teen Board members taught peers how to make mittens at their October 2012 workshop. THANKS TO KRISTA BRADLEY



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The UC Clermont College Hilltop Hike raised $13,600 for student scholarships with 195 hikers, 25 student volunteers, 13 staff volunteers, 40 community volunteers, 40 classics car owners and five dogs attending the event. Additionally, 100 people slept in for scholarships – supporting the event from home. The event was conducted at UC Clermont’s campus on the hill and focused on outreach to the community. The Hilltop Hike for Scholarships had a full agenda including a two-mile interactive hike/walk, classic car show, community picnic and community partner booths and contest. The event brought groups in the neighborhood and community together to support the student scholarship fund. College neighbors the Southwest Ohio Development Center – cleared the hike path trail through the woods and registering 45 members of their cottage community to join the hike.

Neighbors Life Change Church built a creative obstacle course for kids and made sure all areas around the church were ready for the hike. UC Clermont’s women’s basketball team and coaches Mike Matthews and Rick Hosea kept hikers safe along the route by directing traffic. Clermont North East Athletes and their coach Darnell Parker provided four hours of community service helping around the event and cleaning up afterward. Congratulations to the winning teams and organizations: CASA for Clermont Kids won $500 for registering 66 hikers (second place Southwest Ohio Developmental Center with 45 hikers), Life Change Church won $100 for having the most creative hike path booth, and Southwest Ohio Developmental Center won $100 for having the most team spirit. “We are honored to support your missions in the community,” said Director of Development Dana Parker.

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


112 Harris Ave., Jamie & April Caruso to Bank of America NA, 0.2940 acre, $70,000.


392 Ohio 133, Brenda Taulbee, et al. to Jeffrey & Diana Thompson, 29.0970 acre, $125,000.


404 4th St., Victoria Steward, et al. to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, $13,334.


2895 Ohio 133, USB Mortgage Corporation to James & Shirley Kaylor, $205,000. 3431 Ohio 125, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to James Wilson & Elizabeth Terrell, $80,000.


ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information. Hadley, et al. to Mark & Bridgette Kramer, 0.4800 acre, $4,000. 508 Maple Creek Road, Jay & Sabrina Schnarrenberg to Michael Forste, 2.9620 acre, $65,000. 484 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Steven Darling to Douglas Reese, 2.4300 acre, $79,900. 5046 Ohio 743, Derek & Christie Hollins to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., as trustee, 2.2400 acre, $30,000.

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Rehab finished, but doc says no fishing yet Howdy Folks, It is going good here at our house. I finished rehab last week. This will save us some mileage and gasoline. Friday we went to the Bick Primary School here in Bethel along with Jim Rees to help with the grandparents tea. There was a big crowd. This was the second time for us and for Jim. We put out 300 cookies, two to a napkin. Poured tea for the grandparents and orange drink for the children. The Bethel Lions Club members took turns last week and Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to serve. The Lions Club helps the school in several different ways. Tuesday we went to the Adult Day Care Center at the Clermont Senior Services and talked to the seniors. This is very enjoyable for us. There are probably 50 or so. I talked about the things they did when they were kids, especially at Halloween; this pleases them. Last week I woke up one morning and Chessy was sleeping on my pillow. She stretches out and that takes up over half of the pillow. While we were watch-

dish get-together. ing television the There was a good other evening we group and all enwere having a joyed the evening snack. Chessy and the devotions took her paw and and word games. tried to pull Ruth Saturday mornAnn’s hand to her ing we went to Lake mouth. Waynoka for a craft This cat is George show; there was a such a blessing to Rooks good bunch of crafus. She is so inOLE FISHERMAN ters there. We got to dependent; when meet several folks. This is she wants to come in OK, always a very enjoyable but when she doesn’t no event. calling will get her in. This Saturday we will We were reading a go to St. Gertrude Church couple of books this week in Madeira for a craft – one is “Shanty Boat” by show. We were there last Hubard and the other one year and did real good is the “Duck Commandand met lots of folks. That er.” was the first year for us. I looked out at the garbage can and there sat We really got a warm welcome; it was great. a yellow cat. It was meSunday evening the owing so we went out and gave it some dry cat food. Bethel United Methodist Church had a chili cook It ate some then went off. The men fixed the away and after a while it chili and the ladies made came back; it was a male cat. I think it would like to the desserts. Ruth Ann made an have come in the house. apple crisp. There were Now Chessy is not so many desserts so the happy about this feller apple crisp was not all that is trying to be a house cat. The next morn- eaten. So this past Monday Ruth Ann and I had a ing it was gone. I imagine cup of coffee and a bowl it was looking for a of the good apple crisp. female cat. This gal of mine sure Friday evening the knows how to bake a fine 50-plus couples from the dessert and I like all she Bethel United Methodist bakes. When we have a Church met at the church for their monthly covered family gathering she

makes at least three different kinds of pies. Since I finished the rehab at Clermont Mercy Hospital we have a treadmill and another piece of exercise equipment here in our basement so we can use them. This is good for Ruth Ann too. We had some green onions for supper last night and they were so tender. We have some spinach to cut again this will be the second time. I am starting to get our place cleaned up. The garden and some of the other parts got in pretty bad shape because I could not take care of it. But I am thankful to the Lord I am getting better. I talked to Mike at the Boar’s Head Bait Shop in Afton and he said the crappie tournament last Sunday was improving in weight; first place was 5 pounds for 7 fish, second place was 4-3/4 pounds, third place was 4 pounds. The fish off will be held Oct. 26-27, there will be 17 boats in the event. This will be the last one for this year. We haven’t gotten on the lake yet to fish. The doctor said it would not be good for me to be casting. He doesn’t know about using live bait, you don’t use your arm as much as in casting artificial bait. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


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CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Jeffrey J. Chapman, 51, 2730 Ohio 222 Lot 90, Bethel, falsification - public official, mislead, Oct. 9. Tyler Paul Holt, 18, 2755 Ohio 132 Lot No. 236A, New Richmond, receiving stolen property, Oct. 13. Juvenile, 16, theft, Oct. 9. Juvenile, 17, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles, Oct. 10. Jason Wayne Allen, 28, 2041 E. Hall Road, No. 7, New Richmond, cruelty to animals, having weapons while under disability, using weapons while intoxicated, Oct. 10. Melissa Ann Rose, 42, 1751 East Ohio Pike, Amelia, theft, Oct. 8. Nicholas John Sponsel, 25, 3737 Glancy Greenbush Road, Williamsburg, possessing drug abuse instruments, Oct. 11. Johnny Ray Human, 38, 236 Front St, New Richmond, fugitive from justice, Oct. 10. Keith A. Waits, 34, 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, failure to confine a canine, Oct. 10. Juvenile, 15, theft, Oct. 10. Juvenile, 15, theft, Oct. 10. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 10. Tonya Ann Criscillis, 39, 1470 Yankeetown Road, Hamersville, fugitive from justice, Oct. 10.

Incidents/investigations Assault - knowingly harm victim At 2630 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Oct. 10. Assault At 100 Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, Oct. 10. At 1420 Ohio 125, Amelia, Oct. 8. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Oct. 8. Breaking and entering At 1958 Ohio 125 No. 654, Amelia, Oct. 9. At 2782 South Bantam Road, Bethel, Oct. 10. Burglary At 2755 Ohio 132 Lot 302, New Richmond, Sept. 10. Cruelty to animals At 2041 E. Hall Road, New Richmond, Oct. 4. Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles

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Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is taking part in the Partnership for Mental Health Interfaith Mental Health Initiative collaborative along with other faith-based organizations from the southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana region to address the increasing mental health needs of congregations. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 14, at Child Focus, Inc. Training Center located at 551-B Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Join us for this free event to experience the QPR Suicide PreventionTraining and learn about mental health community resources. To register, visit and click on Training tab or contact Marsha Skaggs at or 752-1555. For more information about the Interfaith Mental Health Initiative, contact Epiphany’s Associate Pastor, Lisa Kerwin at You may also visit, www.partnershipformental A new grief support group is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays in Meeting Room 1. To be a part of this group, call the church office. The church offers three worship services – two contemporary and one traditional. Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. are contemporary services and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. All services have Sunday school and a professionally staffed nursery available for infants through 3year-olds. For more information, call the church office. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;www.epiphany

First Baptist Church of Mt. Repose

The church will have Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 27. Children can enjoy trick-or-treating from car to car, and games and activities as well. A free spaghetti dinner for all will also be served. The church is at 6088 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford; 575-1121.

Freedom in the Rock Evangelists for Christ are having a camp meeting at 13190 Locust Ridge New Harmony Road, Williamsburg. Oct. 18-20. Bring lawn chairs, warm clothes, tents, and blankets for a wonderful time in the Lord. There will be food and singing. For directions, call Pastor Deems at 276-8673. The church is at 3187 South Bantam Road, Bethel.

Goshen Methodist Church

Spaghetti dinner is 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at the church. Donations will be used for the food program. The church is having a lunch on Election Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the church, for a fundraiser for its food pantry. On the menu is sandwiches, soups and des-

Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church

The church will present “Swing Along with Annie,” an evening of music from the Big Band Era, performed by Pierce Township resident Annie Takeuchi Lanzone on the keyboard. All are welcome to sing along or dance to the music. Finger foods will be provided. The evening is free and all are welcome. The church is at 917 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Please, no campaigning or passing out literature on church grounds. The event will be conducted rain or shine. Call the church office or 553-6647 with questions, or e-mail The church is at 2124 St Rt 222. Bethel; 734-4185.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Nearly 12 million people watched the TV mini-series called “The Bible” last spring. Now, get ready for a 5-week follow-up series from the same producers of this epic television show. The church will be studying “The Bible 30-Day Experience” from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. The church is at 5767 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262;www.trinity

Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525; loveland

Laurel United Methodist Church

A fall revivial is planned for 7 p.m., Oct. 20-23. Rev. Greg Inboden will bring the messages. A carry-in meal is planned for 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20. For more information, call 553-3043. The church is at 1888 Laurel Lindale Road, Laurel.

Loveland United Methodist Church

At 9 a.m. Sundays, the church offers Classic Tradition, a traditional worship experience where people can connect to God through a Bible-based message, times of prayer and choral music. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 6831738;www.loveland

Milford First United Methodist Church

WAVE Free Community Dinners are 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14, No church service is attached, no reservations are needed and all are welcome to these familyfriendly meals. The meals are free; donations are accepted. Call 831-5500, or visit the church website for more information The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500;www.milford

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

Are you struggling with the grief of losing a loved one or close friend? If you’re looking for a grief recovery support group consider the 13-week “Grief Share” DVD series being offered by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Milford. This is your opportunity to take the journey from mourning to joy with others learning to cope with a similar loss. Sessions will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m., each Sunday evening, beginning Sept. 8. There is no charge for materials. Call Ron and Margaret Edwards at 602-4124 or the church office at 831-7598 for details. The church is at 1170 Ohio 131, Milford; 831-7598;www.pleasant

Saltair Church of Christ

The 27th Annual Fall Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church. Plenty of food wil be served, including soupbeans, deer stew, cornbread, sausage and biscuits, hot dogs, apple fritters, candy apples, pies and cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, coffee, kids drinks and more. Activities are planned for kids including horse and wagon rides, antique cars and tractors and crafts and quilts. Entertainment includes music from “Jr. Arnett and his Bluegrass Gospel Group” and “Mary Smith of Wobo Fame,” “Mr. and Mrs. Doug Green,” Nellie and Pearl” and “Some Saltair Folks.”


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Wilma Parsons Wilma Young Parsons, 74, Bethel, died Oct. 12. Survived by children Beverly, Jeffrey Parsons; siblings Pauline Yockey, Tom Young; one granddaughter; one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by siblings Erma Dean, William, Robert Young Services were Oct. 17 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Vicki Ramey Vicki E. Ramey, Union Township, died Oct. 12. She was a special education teacher, including in the Bethel-Tate school district. Survived by parents Elizabeth, William Duke; sister Carol Ann (Tim) Schaiper; stepbrothers David, Michael Duke; aunt Ruth Anderson, Preceded in death by father Paul Ramey, aunt Susan Singleton. Services were Oct. 19 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Animal Rescue Fund Inc., 85

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Sheryl Rutherford Sheryl Lee Rutherford, 51, Hamersville, died Oct. 10. Survived by daughters Krystal (Chuck) Rutherford Scott, Sherry (Steven) Fletcher; grandchildren Kegan, Gracie, Serenity, Fayne, Samuel, Austin, Kadyn, Draven; siblings Margaret Napier, John Bates Jr.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents John Sr., Lucille Bates. Services were Oct. 16 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Carl Trees Carl Irwin Trees, 89, died Oct. 8. He was an engineer. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of Moscow Masonic Lodge 122 and Scottish Rite, New Richmond American Legion and New Richmond Veteran of Foreign Wars. Survived by wife Peggy Bercaw-Trees; children Carl E.




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(Kathy) Trees, Janet (Butch) Monson; stepsons Terry (Nancy), Dave (Tonya), Jeff (Carol) Bercaw; grandchildren Keith (Crissy) Trees, Michele (Oliver) de los Angeles; step-grandchildren Beth (Jim) Batka, Mason, Tommi, Josh, Hannah, Emily Bercaw; great-granddaughter Jade Lynn Trees; step-great-grandchildren Noel, Aron, Rachel, Meghan Batka; sister Pauline (Larry) Jegley. Preceded in death by wife Thelma Trees, parents Ralph, Anna Trees, brothers Eugene (Ruby), Donald (Mary) Trees. Services were Oct. 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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All ages are invited to come and celebrate the fall season at Harvest Fest from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at the church. Harvest Fest will take place rain or shine. There is no charge for food or activities. Hot dogs, baked beans and chips along with special dishes provided by church members will be served for lunch followed by a performance at noon by Mr. Cow Pie and his animal friends. Corn Hole and other games will be available along with hayrides around the church grounds. An open invitation is also extended to the community to attend the 10:15 a.m. worship service. Dress for the day is casual (jeans and sweatshirts). For more information, call the church office or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301;

serts. Harvest Treat is 4:30-6 p.m., Oct. 31, inside the church, with candy, music and fun. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen.


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Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

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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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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

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Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Sunday Morning Service Times are: 8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am Sunday Night Service Time at 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center) Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm Life Change TV Program Every Sunday Cincinnati Fox19 @ 11am Troy P. Ervin, Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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They live in dorms accessible to people with disabilities, eat in the dining hall with trained staff and participate in indoor and outdoor activities. The new classes being offered include scrapbooking, Zumba dance fitness, healthy living, culture, cooking, current events, treasure hunt geocaching and rights and responsibilities for people with disabilities. The respites also include the traditional dances and parties. A longer winter respite the last week of December includes a New Year’s Eve dance. Safety measures include one-on-one aides, onsite nurses during waking hours and food-service professionals to handle dietary needs. The open house Nov. 9 will include dinner in the dining hall, tours and meetings with staff. The goal is to give par-

ticipants new skills that will impact their lives long after the respite is over, Dotson said. While Stepping Stones has a 50-year history of summer day camps that serve more than 400 children and young adults annually, many campers have never spent the night away from the family home. Stepping Stones also has launched a new “Sensory Needs Respite and Support Program” designed for children ages12 through 18 who have severe autism and behavior challenges that could prevent them from succeeding in a typical respite program, according to Peggy Kreimer, communications/grants director for Stepping Stones. For more information on the sensory needs respite and support program, or to register contact Dottie Dotson at 7358881.

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