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Voters defeat Bethel police levy By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Village voters Tuesday defeated a police taxhike issue 57 percent to 43 percent. Clyde Taulbee, a resident who voted against the 4-mill police levy, said he was tired of voting for police levies. Apparently other voters were too, defeating the tax-hike issue 224 votes to 168. “More money doesn’t make any difference in the character of officers,” Taulbee said. Taulbee previously voted for a police levy in 2010. That levy generates about $89,384 per year. Service hasn’t improved since then, he said. “We don’t need new police cars, we need a better selection process (for officers) and more accountability. You can do that for free,” Taulbee said. Barbara Snedegar, a resident who voted for the levy, saw things differently. Snedegar said residents elect officials to make decisions about these issues. “We have elected them to spend on our behalf and they deemed (the levy) necessary. I support our village,” she said. In the run-up to the election, the mayor called the police department understaffed. That’s something Clinton and Vera Mize, residents who voted for the levy, agreed with. “They need more policemen. One on each shift is not sufficient,” Clinton said. Vera was prepared to pay extra taxes. “We want to be safe,” she said. With the levy defeated the police staff won’t expand, said Alan Ausman, village mayor.

“It was a ‘maybe’ even if we passed the levy, but definitely not now,” he said. The 4-mill levy would have raised taxes $70 per year for owners of a home with a market value of $50,000. Owners of a $100,000 home would have paid an additional $140 per year and owners of a home with a market value of $150,000 would have paid an additional $210 per year. “The people have spoke. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board and see what council wants to do,” Ausman said. “I hope we don’t have to cut. I’m not thinking we’re going to have to make cuts, but we aren’t going to be able to expand and do the things I wanted to do.” Another police levy will likely be in the village’s future. That’s because the 2.9-mill police levy the department currently operates on expires in 2015. “I firmly believe safety comes first, especially in a small town,” said Denise Brandenburg, a Bethel resident who voted for the levy. “There’s too many cuts across the state as there is.” The tax levy would have generated about $123,289 a year for the village, according to information prepared by the Clermont County Auditor’s Office. Paulette Smith, a resident who indicated she would vote against the levy, previously said Bethel police did not deserve more money. “(The levy) is just a hidden obstacle for them to get raises, and Bethel police have not earned it,” she said. June Higgins, a resident who voted for the levy, disagreed. “They need anything they can get their hands on as far as I’m

The power went out at the Bethel Community Center for about 15 minutes on Election Day, so this resident used the natural light coming in from the window to vote. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

concerned,” Higgins said. “It’s an important job, a dangerous job. They need to get paid.” Ultimately, voters didn’t agree. Police Chief Mark Planck declined to comment about the levy results. An ominous sign for the police levy vote happened on the morning of elections when power went out for about 15 minutes at the Bethel Community Center, which served as the village’s polling station. Around 9 a.m. power also went out at the police department for a short time. “I’m just very disappointed,” Ausman said. “We are going to have to sit down and re-evaluate.”

This Bethel resident casts her vote at the village’s community center on Election Day. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

County shares radio system with the state By Leah Fightmaster

In an effort to save some money in operating costs, Clermont County is upgrading its radio system for first responders and sharing with the state. About13 years ago, Clermont County created a countywide radio system for first responders, which include fire, police, EMS and some of the Engineer’s Office, with Motorola as the supplier.

At the same time, the state was starting its own similar system, but county Administrator Stephen Rabolt said Clermont County wasn’t confident in the reliability of it, and created its own. However, the state upgraded its Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, called MARCS, and Rabolt said the county is much more confident sharing services with it. While it’s not an entire change to the state’s radio sys-



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tem because the county is going to maintain its own, working with Ohio saves money for the county, he added. Some of those savings will come from sharing a main switch that controls all the communications on the radio system, which Rabolt said is an expensive piece of equipment that the county doesn’t have to buy now. A portion of what the county could have saved, however, was eaten up by moving towers. One

of Clermont County’s radio towers in Miami Township failed an inspection, and because the county leases them, the owner was able to decline making improvements to handle the system’s upgrade. A new tower is being leased in Goshen Township instead, Rabolt said. A new tower was also added in Campbell County, Ky., so radio frequencies would make it to the river valleys, an issue Rabolt said the county has had in the past.

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Overall, the county’s radio system and shared services with the state will cost under $10 million, which Rabolt said was the original price when the county put it through the bidding process. The exact cost is still being worked out, he added.

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that when they take their seats in January they will be taking all district employees and the community with them. Judy Reinhardt says she will make decisions that recognize and involve all employees in the Bethel-Tate Local Schools. Reinhardt, who was the top vote-getter in a fourway race for three seats on the Board of Education Nov. 5, recently retired after working 30 years as a school bus driver for the district. She says she knows firsthand how important every employee is – and how everybody has played a part in the Be-



thel-Tate Local School District being rated “excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education (which is phasing in a new A through F scale.) “We have excellent administrators. We have excellent teachers,” Reinhardt said. “But our transportation department is fantastic. “We have a great custo-

dial staff and people working in the cafeterias are important, too,” Reinhardt said. “It’s a joint effort.” Vern Bastin said, “I will make decisions that will continue the excellent standards that our district already upholds, using the information and facts that I have available. “I would like to increase communication between the community and the district. “That would increase school spirit and pride throughout the area,” said Bastin, an automation specialist with the F.D. Lawrence Electric Co. Because none of the three incumbent board of

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Greg Burns, who has served on the Tate Township trustee board for almost 18 years, won reelection. But he didn’t get the most votes. That honor went to Gary Reed, who never ran for public office before this year. Endorsed by the Clermont Liberty Political Action Committee, Reed received 30 percent of the vote. By comparison, Burns received 23 percent. Three other candidates ran, but none received more than 17 percent of the vote. “They did endorse me, but I’m not in their organi-

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zation,” Reed said. Reed said a member of the group interviewed him and all the other candidates before the election. “I don’t know how they pick who they pick,” he said. Reed thought his experience was the deciding factor for voters. “I’m well known in the county. Being a hometown person definitely weighed in,” he said. Reed’s first priority when sworn in next year

will be to develop a sewer and gas line on state Route 125 leading into Bethel. From state Route 222 to Bethel there is only about a half-mile section with sewer access, Reed said. “The bottom line is we need more business. Without having sewer and gas – I’m talking about natural gas – it’s going to be tough,” he said. Burns said officials have tried. “Naturally, Clermont County has the sewer, and all of that is force-fed to Batavia,” he said. “What I’ve been told is Batavia is at its capacity and they’re really not enthused about extending to where we can get a lot more stuff in.”

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TQL named Ohio’s top job creator

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Total Quality Logistics is the top job creator among privately owned companies in Ohio, and No. 13 in the nation, according to the November issue of Inc. magazine. The magazine says Union Township-based TQL created 642 jobs from January 2012 to June 2013. TQL will be recognized for another achievement on Wednesday, as Greater Cincinnati’s second-largest private company based on 2012 revenues. The transportation logistics company reported $1.4 billion in sales last year, up from $1.0 billion the year before. TQL is one of six local companies reporting more than $1 billion in annual sales in this year’s list of the 100 largest privately owned companies in the region. The annual list is compiled by Deloitte in partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Great American Insurance and Enquirer Media. “This is a tremendous recognition for our company,” said Kerry Byrne, executive vice president. “TQL is well positioned for continued growth in the coming years, and we are committed to providing outstanding career opportunities to the best candi-

Left to right: Kerry Byrne, TQL executive vice president and Ken Oaks, founder and president, stand among employees at the company’s headquarters

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eventful evening. That’s the first thing a smiling Amelia Councilman Derrick Campbell says about a recent “meet the candidates” night. It was neither tough questions nor intense debate that made it eventful. It was more life-threatening than that. Chad Deimling, a young man in his 20s, sat with his mother across the table from Campbell. “I could see him turning red, starting to panic,” Campbell said. Eating a hot dog, Deimling choked. His mom grabbed his arms, lifting them in the air. She started hitting him on the back. The situation worsened. Deimling grew more red. Campbell stepped around the table and performed the Heimlich maneuver. “That’s the first time I ever did it,” Campbell said. He wrapped his arms

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Parade still captivates community By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — The Bethel Arts and Music Festival was discontinued this year, but another village tradition is still going strong. When residents march down the street and ride in floats Saturday, Dec. 7, it will mark the 11th year for the Down Home Christmas Parade. “I just think every-

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and the businesses want to give back. That’s why we do this,” said Judi Adams, president of the Bethel Business Association, which sponsors the parade. As the event enters its 11th year, everything “just runs like clockwork” Adams said. But it didn’t always work like that. “We sure had our challenges at the beginning,” she said. The parade started out with only “a few en-

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Ohio Medicaid battle lingering in Columbus with lawsuit, new bills step the constitutional bounds of the executive branch. But DeWine and Murphy said the Medicaid administration had received the authority to extend coverage to more Ohioans, so that decision isn’t at issue in the suit. As for whether the Controlling Board was violating Ohio law when it voted to accept federal money to pay for health care for those Ohioans, the response emphasized Kasich’s veto. Because of the veto, the response said, the “prevailing appropriations act” of the General Assembly did not include any prohibition of expanding Medicaid. That shouldn’t matter, according to Maurice Thompson, the conservative attorney representing the groups that are suing. Kasich’s veto changed the law from the “intent of the General Assembly,” Thompson has said. The Republicans who have filed suit now have 10 days to file their evidence and briefs. The Ohio Supreme Court is trying to speed the suit along, since the Medicaid expansion to more than 300,000 new Ohioans is set to take effect Jan. 1. Meanwhile, other Republican lawmakers are trying to take non-legal action, either to make the Medicaid expansion more palatable to them or to keep the Controlling Board from being able to have a similar vote in the future.

Gannett News Service COLUMBUS — Ohio’s seven-member Controlling Board may have voted two weeks ago to expand Medicaid in Ohio, but a slew of new bills and a pending Ohio Supreme Court case are seeking to ensure the board doesn’t get the last word. After the board’s 5-2 vote to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, six GOP lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed suit to stop Medicaid expansion unless the full Ohio Legislature grants approval. On Nov. 5, Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy filed the state’s first response. Ohio’s seven-member Controlling Board and its Medicaid Department didn’t violate the state’s laws or its constitution when they acted to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, DeWine and Murphy said. In accepting federal money for the expansion, the lawmakers and antiabortion groups had said, the Controlling Board was acting against the “intent of the General Assembly,” violating the Ohio law that created the board. Lawmakers had passed a budget provision to prohibit Medicaid expansion, although that provision was vetoed by Republican Gov. John Kasich. What’s more, the suit said, actions by Kasich’s administration to expand Medicaid over-

State Reps. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, and Ron Young, R-Leroy, are sponsoring a bill that would limit the Controlling Board’s authority. The board can currently approve requests to accept federal money beyond what the General Assembly has accepted through a new law. The Hagan-Young bill would limit the Controlling Board to accepting only 3.5 percent more money in an area in which the General Assembly has already approved some federal money and 1 percent more in an area in which the General Assembly has not passed a law. A unanimous vote of the Controlling Board would allow the board to authorize money above the caps. Sen. Chris Widener, RSpringfield, is on the Controlling Board and voted to accept the federal money to expand Medicaid. But Widener clearly understood the controversy of the decision among conservatives. He therefore has introduced a bill that would give Ohio taxpayers a $400 million tax cut as a result of accepting the federal money. The tax cut is possible because the General Assembly had already appropriated money to provide some of the care that will now be paid for by the federal government. Democrats say Ohio should use the extra money in areas of need, rather than give a tax cut.

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Kindergartners Imani Bronson, left, of Colerain Township, and Rohan Garner, of Blue Ash, spend some time on the balance boards.

First-grader Jack Perry, of Miami Township, takes a toss in a Skeeball game.

FallFest celebration

Cincinnati Country Day School students spent a day at the circus. The theme of this year’s annual FallFest was “Under the Big Top.” Students participated in a variety of activities ranging from fish toss to standing on a balance board. The Fallfest is part of the school’s homecoming celebration.

Photos by Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

Lower school Head Jennifer Aquino, right, gives kindergartner Vivian Jenkins, of Liberty Township, a spin.

First-grader Michaela Atkinson, center, of Madeira, tries her hand at the fish toss game.

First-grader Zac Vaughan, of Indian Hill, finds a new way to stand tall walking on buckets.

First-grade teacher Laura Rue, right, of Loveland, takes a picture of first-grader Ashley Odom, of Springfield Township.

Parent volunteer Sonia Sharma, left, of Montgomery, gives a few tips to Sophie Marckwald, 3, of East Walnut Hills, in a pin the nose on the clown game.





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Rockets win 1st-ever home playoff game By Mark D. Motz

Representing Bethel-Tate in the Division II regional meet at Troy Oct. 26 were, from left, Taylor Fischer, Morgan Reinhart, Haley Taylor, Breanna Keyser and Brittany Clements. THANKS TO PAM FISCHER

Taylor’s troops make the trails in Troy By Scott Springer

BETHEL — Just before Halloween, the Bethel-Tate High School girls cross country team had a treat. Thanks to some reorganization and a late postseason surge, coach Pam Taylor’s Lady Tigers made the Division II regional meet in Troy Oct. 26. “I think the girls were excited to make it there because I don’t think they thought they would have a chance,” Taylor said. “They split the district into two groups. We were fortunate enough to be on one side and make the regionals.” Taylor’s trailblazers included two sophomores and three freshmen. Senior Abbie Shinkle and freshman Grayson McQueary were unable to run due to prior commitments. “She (McQueary) is a swimmer and she did something to her knee around the league meet,” Taylor said. Leading Bethel-Tate was sophomore Breanna Keyser in 21:20.10. It was Keyser’s second trip to the regional meet, but first with her teammates. “She ran faster last year at regionals,” Taylor said. As a freshman, Keyser covered the course in 20:51.43. On the other hand, three Lady Tigers ran their best times of the season. “I’ve always had a single person going, so it was exciting to have the team,” Taylor said. “Taylor Fischer, Haley Taylor and Brittany Clements all PR’d. Even though the team came in last, it was still a good experi-

Bethel-Tate freshmen Morgan Reinhart and Haley Taylor run the course at Troy at the Division II regional meet Oct. 26. THANKS TO PAM FISCHER

ence and they all ran well.” Even though the fall competition has ended, Taylor has witnessed how a trip to a big meet can influence a team. She’s seen it firsthand through her freshman daughter, Haley. “Soccer’s her number one sport, but she realized she was getting good at cross country,” Taylor said. “Now she’s excited about focusing on it for next year. I think they all are like that. Most of the girls are still running. The season’s over and they’re still running.” At Bethel-Tate, athletes are routinely shared. Three of Taylor’s trotters played soccer. Some now have moved to winter sports. For those that haven’t, expect a phone call or a friendly tap on the back. If she can get a group to a race, she will. “I’m trying to get the ones that aren’t playing any winter

sports to try and keep running and to them involved as much as possible,” Taylor said. The veteran coach has now taken Bethel-Tate’s boys and girls to regionals. Early on, she thought the bus trip to Troy would involve more testosterone. “I actually was focused a little bit on the boys,” Taylor said. “The boys won a couple trophies this year. The girls didn’t bring home any trophies in regular competition. They did come in second in the league behind New Richmond.” Seniors Abbie Shinkle for the girls and Jared Iding for the boys now depart. Taylor describes Iding as a “quiet leader” who often would run on his own as an example. “I’m going to miss both (Shinkle and Iding) tremendously,” Taylor said. “But we had these freshman kids step up this year which was really amazing.” Again, it was two sophomores and three freshmen who made it to regionals. Keyser’s already been twice when many finish their high school careers having never advanced. Plus, Taylor’s eying the eighth-grade phenom Jackson Coates from the junior high that had several hotly-contested races with Jared Boeckmann from Felicity. She’s interested in seeing how they both do when the extra kilometer of the high school race is added. “Jackson set a junior high course record,” Taylor said. “I’m excited about him.” By all indications, BethelTate should leave the address to Troy programmed in the GPS.

The offenses traded punches in the first half. But it was the McNicholas High School defense and special teams that landed the haymaker to knock visiting and previously unbeaten Urbana out of the Division IV football playoffs Nov. 9. Tied 14-14 at the half, McNick started with the ball in the third period but went 3and-out on its opening series. Quarterback/punter Luke Sulken rolled right rugby style and booted a spiral that hit at the 20 and rolled inside the one. With the Hillclimbers pinned back, Rocket senior linebacker Tyler Gumbert intercepted Nathan Mays for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead. “I saw them going slant and I was supposed to have seam responsibilities,” Gumbert said. “So I saw it, took the pick, grabbed it and ran it in. It gave us hope.” McNick head coach Mike Orlando enjoyed the pick six “Tyler came up huge for us there,” he said. “That was the spark.” - but admired the kick that set it up just as much. “He flipped the field for us,” Orlando said of Sulken’s punt. “That was huge. That put us in a position where we could be really aggressive. “He’s such an amazing athlete. (Before this year) he’d never (punted) before. Just like he’d been a receiver, not a quarterback. He’s done everything we asked him to do.” Urbana got on the board in the first quarter with a nineyard touchdown pass from Mays to Shane Ware. The Rockets answered on the ensuing drive with a six-yard pass from Sulken to senior Kevin Schmidt, his first career touchdown catch. In the second period, Tanner Cardone picked off a Mays pass in the end zone to halt an Urbana drive. The Rockets proceeded to go 80 yards in six plays, capped by 47-yard Sulken-to-Adam-Hisch touchdown pass.

McNicholas High School sophomore Adam Hisch crosses the goal line for a 47-yard touchdown reception from Luke Sulken to put the Rockets up 14-7 in the second quarter against Urbana Nov. 9. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

But the Hillclimbers tied it again at 14, a little more than a minute later on a 34-yard Mays pass to Cody Grim. Then came the punt and the pick. From there, Nick Staderman came up with a fumble recovery on the two to halt an Urbana drive and Cardone killed the Hillclimbers’ next series with his second interception. He also had a firstquarter fumble recovery. Sean Byrne scored on a 10yard run with 0:53 left in the third quarter to provide the final margin. For McNick, it marked the school’s first-ever playoff victory on its home field. “It’s a really special feeling,” Sulken said. “We put everything on the line and there as nothing left at the end. It means a lot to us, especially our seniors.” Orlando agreed. “It’s awesome, not just for us, but for the whole McNick community,” he said. “All those teams that came before us who didn’t have a home field, who laid the groundwork for us to have what we have now. “Our word of the week was ‘honor,’” he said. “We wanted to honor them. We’re so grateful to them.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Fall senior moments Senior Night is an important time in an athlete’s high school career and the Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to highlight those moments. Please send a photo from your Senior Night to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the school and the sport by Friday, Nov. 22. The photo can be of all the team’s seniors or a photo of athletes with their parents. Photos will run in print sometime in December and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@

Catching up with College Athletes

The Community Press & Recorder, along with cincin-, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos relevant to the Community Press weeklies will run in print Jan. 1 and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@





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How to find the right nutrition app Living in the information age is indeed challenging. When the Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (Clermont CAN) was formed in 2008 in an effort to address the epidemic of obesity and inactivity social media and the “apps” phenomena had not yet engulfed the general public. But in 2013 apps are in the hands of almost all youth and in the hands of most adults disguised as a tool on “smart” phones. Apps are a buzzword that denotes computer programs and applications that lead users into an immersive portal. With thousands of nutritionand food-related apps available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and drowned with information.

In October 2012 there were more than 700,000 apps available for smartphones with over 25 billion downloads Margaret reported at Jenkins COMMUNITY PRESS online app stores. GUEST COLUMNIST How do I know if my nutrition app is providing me with researchbased information? Where can I find information about whether an app is a good one? It helps to narrow down what you’re looking for: Do you want something to help you plan healthy meals, or are you more interested in track-

CH@TROOM Last week’s question State Sen. Bill Seitz has introduced legislation which would redefine the standards for third parties to appear on Ohio’s ballot, including a minimum requirement of 56,000 signatures to get on the ballot and receiving at least 3 percent of the vote in a presidential election to stay on the ballot. Do you support Seitz’s proposal? Why or why not?

“Because I am ignorant of the current process, if any, for third parties getting onto the ballot, I can’t gauge the value of this proposal. If the proposal is more restrictive – or less restrictive – then I would like for Sen. Seitz to justify his reason for the change.” R.V.

“Yes, I do support Sen. Seitz’s proposal, especially because it

NEXT QUESTION Several major retailers and malls will be open for holiday shopping throughout Thanksgiving Day. Is this a good idea and do you plan to plan to take advantage of the extended hours? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

could get the tea party hypocrites on the ballot against Democrats and Republicans. This can only mean more Democrats getting elected to legislative office as the conservative vote gets broken into smaller and more meaningless chunks!” TRog

How to prepare pets for Thanksgiving There is no meal of the year that quite compares to that of Thanksgiving. As you’re preparing for your holiday if you do not want your dog bumping you at the dinner table the time to plan for success is now. Remember if a behavior re-occurs it is because it has been reinforced. So, if you know in advance that your dog’s bumping at the table behavior is very probable here are a few ideas: You can re-arrange what happens in the environment immediately before the behavior is set into motion to give less value to the bumping behavior and more value to resting. Some suggestions include satiating your dog before you sit down by feeding him in advance or re-directing his attention by giving him a tasty steak bone to chew on or a foraging toy that will keep his attention for awhile, or taking him for a long walk prior to the meal. You can also teach your dog in advance an alternative behavior that will produce for him the same or more value than what he would get if he bumped you at the table –

while removing any positive consequences to the bumping behavior. So, begin by teaching the Lisa alternative Desatnik behavior (like COMMUNITY PRESS sitting or layGUEST COLUMNIST ing down). Once on cue you can shape the behavior for longer durations before delivering reinforcement. Then, you can cue him to do the wanted behavior before you sit down to a meal and reinforce it. At the same time, if he begs you can simply push your plate in to the center of the table and turn your back to him while sitting. Practice. Practice Practice. Always make the wanted behavior easier and more valuable than the unwanted behavior. In addition to her public relations work, Lisa Desatnik is a pet trainer who uses positive strategies for teaching pets and their caregivers how to modify behaviors and solve problems.



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two and, during your consult, inquire about recommended apps. If that seems a bit much you can take a look online at apps reviewed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the professional organization for registered dietitians. Academy dietitians started reviewing apps in late 2011, and their initial offerings, grouped under the categories of “Diabetes,” “Gluten-Free” and “Weight Management,” are online at the organization’s website, appreviews/. These apps, all available to download free and primarily geared for smartphones, are listed in alphabetical order under each category. You can scan the initial listing quickly

ing calories, managing blood sugar or finding restaurants that serve gluten-free food? Once you have narrowed down what kind of information you’re looking for specifically, talk to your friends about the apps they use and what they like or don’t like about them. If they say they like their app but that it’s clunky or otherwise cumbersome search around for other options that offer the same type of information and test them yourself. As for making sure the food- or nutrition-related content is accurate, nothing beats guidance from a registered dietitian. If your health plan offers dietetic services or nutrition coaching it might not be a bad idea to sign up for a session or

to see how well each app rates on the Academy’s 1- to 5-star scale. Since its initial review, the Academy has continued to review apps and list reviews on its Food and Nutrition magazine website, Each review details an app’s pros and cons, as well as the dietitians’ rating and feedback. The apps are listed in reversechronological order – that is, the most recently reviewed apps are at the top. Margaret Jenkins is Director and Family and Consumer Science Educator for the Ohio State University Extension Clermont County, an active member of Clermont CAN. Visit for more information.

Put skin in the game and then the ROI will follow Recently I attended an event at Milacron which featured Gov. Kasich and I was pleased that both Milacron representatives and the governor cited the machinists apprentice program between Milacron and UC Clermont College as the ideal collaborative model for training manufacturing professionals with job-ready skills. “Skin in the game” is a term attributed to Warren Buffet who once invested in one of his own companies to indicate his confidence to outside investors. If the company failed, he would lose his personal investment; if the venture was successful, both he and his investors would benefit. Both had “skin in the game.” This same concept of all parties investing in a collaborative workforce development activity is what makes the Milacron-UC Clermont program work. Milacron screens qualified prospects and hires them as temporary employees who must enroll in the training program funded by their new employer. If the participants complete the program successfully they begin work as fulltime employees with benefits. UC Clermont has invested its instructors, facility and equipment purchased with support from a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant. The college

had to match the grant dollar for dollar to receive the funding and promised to train 100 new manufacturing Gregory employees Sojka during the COMMUNITY PRESS next three GUEST COLUMNIST years as part of the grant. So, UC Clermont has invested cash, time and energy – their “skin in the game” – in order to meet the guidelines of the grant and to continue this partnership with Milacron. If we fail, we suffer the loss of a partner and penalties for the grant. The participants must invest 15 weeks of educational training and meet high standards in these classes which include computer aided drawing, safety, lean manufacturing and others to become a benefited employee with a bright future at Milacron. If they do not complete the program they lose an opportunity and all the benefits which follow. To date, the “skin in this game” has proven successful with 20 new employees joining Milacron starting last year and another 10 slated to begin training this fall. What lessons can be learned by this “Skin in the Game” model? All partners must invest resources, money and energy to gain a return on their in-

vestment. ROI means everything to an expanding company such as Milacron. Without a targeted program, they will lose time and money due to employee turnover. Out of the 20 new trained employees hired by Milacron, 14 continue as productive contributing employees. This compares very favorably with industry norms that may see a success rate of two out of 10 retained. The college meets a percentage of its training quota and carries out its mission as a regional college. The student employee gains a professional position with opportunity for future growth and education. Without any “Skin in the Game” Milacron might see a lower retention rate, the new employees may not have the motivation to complete the program, and the college would not have a fully equipped manufacturing center. The state of Ohio needs more collaborative partnerships in which all parties invest “some skin” in order to gain long lasting benefits. Otherwise, we will continue to get low return on our investments and we will not meet our ambitious Ohio job growth targets for our activities. UC Clermont College Dean Gregory Sojka is a resident of Union Township.

ELECTED OFFICIALS Ohio Rep. John Becker 65th House District

Phone: 614-466-8134 Email: Address: Ohio State Rep. John Becker, 77 S. High St., 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. District: The 65th House District includes Goshen, Miami, Stonelick, Union and Wayne townships, the cities of Milford and Loveland inside Clermont County and the villages of Owensville and Newtonsville.

Phone: 614-644-6034 Email: Address: State Rep. Doug Green, 77 S. High St., 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. District: The 66th House District includes the villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Neville, New Richmond, Williamsburg; the townships of Batavia, Franklin, Jackson, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Tate, Washington and Williamsburg as well as all of Brown County.

Ohio Rep. Doug Green 66th House District

Ohio Senator Joe Uecker - 14th District

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

Phone: 614-466-8082 Email: uecker/contact Address: 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 District: The 14th Senate District includes all of Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto and part of Lawrence counties.

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup - 2nd Congressional District

Phone: 513-474-7777 or 202-225-3164 Address: 7954 Beechmont Ave., Suite 170, Cincinnati, OH 45255.

Bethel Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Allison Thorton, Susie Cioffi and Chris Vigran chat over drinks at the Kindervelt #50 Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Saks runway models walk at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

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sold-out crowd of more than 300 ladies assembled at Kenwood Country Club for the Kindervelt #50 Annual Fashion Show. To the musical spinning of Jon Jon and direction of emcee Jeff Thomas, both of Q102, ladies experienced a Saks Fifth Avenue runway show, shopping at local pop-up boutiques, silent and live auction, a raffle and lunch all to raise over $35,000 to benefit the Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational and Learning Center at Cincinnati Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Medical Center. Through the direction of General Manager, Kevin Shibley, Saks Fifth Avenue presented the Best of Fall 2013 featuring ready-to-wear designers from Vince to Versace and shoes & accessories from designers Jimmy Choo to Joie.

Attending the Kindervelt Fall Fashion Show are members of the Kindervelt Citywide Board, Linda Lunceford, Tracy Smith, Katrina Smith, Bonnie Hueneman, Charlotte McBrayer (President: Kindervelt Board of Trustees), Buffie Rixey, Marie Tsacalis, Mary Beth Young, Diana Scrimizzi and Ellen Grossi. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show co-chairs are Lisa Schneider, Mindy Ellis, Heidi Rattigan, Elisa Alspaugh and Lynn Carson. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Cathy Major, Jen Stuhlreyer, Andrea Singer and Stephanie Lex have fun together at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Allison Picton and Shannon Miller attend the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS

Rhonda Logeman and Amy Fox chat at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO



Current Kindervelt #50 President Kristen Kamfjord and former Kindervelt 50 Presidents Megan Joy and Julie Hill enjoy the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT




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

p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen.

Exercise Classes 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 Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, 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. Summerside. 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. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Craft Shows Holiday Art Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mud Slinger Studio, 6888 Clubside Drive, Handmade pottery, original watercolors and prints, woven items, earrings, handmade scarves, Raku jewelry, wooden trays and woodworking, quilted handbags and felted creations. Free parking and refreshments. 697-7070; Loveland.

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

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:15 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.

Music - Cabaret The Concert that Never Was, 6:30-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 318, 6660 Clough Pike, Patriot Center Showroom. With Stuart Snow, Matt Snow and Patti Warner. Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe impersonators. Ages 21 and up. Benefits American Legion Post 318. $20-$35. 576-9766; Anderson Township.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., Ages 21 and up. Free. 827-9146; Anderson Township.

Nature Fall Jamboree, 10 a.m, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road,. Through a craft and activities, children will learn about fall. $5, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Student Theater

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Gretchen Gantner, Grady Lehman and Larry Behymer rehearse a scene from “I Remember Mama,” which runs Nov. 8-24 at the Loveland Stage Company Theater, 111 S. Second St. Tickets are $15. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 697-6769 or visit GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Revising Josey, 7-9 p.m., New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Original musical written and produced by Doug Heflin. $8, $5 seniors and students. 553-3191. New Richmond.

On Stage - Theater I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., The story of how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. $15. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through Nov. 24. 697-6769; Loveland.

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. Through Dec. 20. 279-2276; Eastgate.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16 Clubs & Organizations 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.

Music - Oldies 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.

Music - Rock Haymarket Riot, 9:30 p.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., Re-launch of band with new female vocalist, Gretchen Tamplin. 827-9146. Anderson Township.

Nature An Enchanted Night Hike, 7 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, One-mile, guided hike where trail will come alive with characters sharing secrets about their nocturnal world. Trail surface is uneven, so no strollers permitted. Refreshments by the fire afterwards. Dress for weather. $4, vehicle permit required. 474-0580; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Revising Josey, 7-9 p.m., New Richmond High School, $8, $5 seniors and students. 553-3191. New Richmond.

On Stage - Theater I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. Through Dec. 28. 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; Milford.

Religious - Community Business Men’s Fellowship Family Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, Golden Corral Eastgate, 4394 Glen Este Withamsville Road, Speaker: John Giannamore. Presentation of Christmas, presented in music and the story of Christmas. $10, $5 children. Presented by Business Men’s Fellowship USA Cincinnati-East Chapter. 413-2972. Eastgate.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mt 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.

Nature Full Moon Walk, 7:30-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet at Kiosk. Hit trails at night and enjoy full moon and natural history readings. For ages 8 and up. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Animal Coverings, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Animals use their skin for camouflage, weather protection and more. Look at a variety of animal coverings and see how each one is unique. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater I Remember Mama, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland.

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

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Art Peace Crinkled and Wrinkled Heart Art, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create textured wall art on 16-by-20 canvas. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Business Meetings Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen

Exercise Classes 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, 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 Flex, 2:15-3 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. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Literary - Book Clubs Bookends, 1-2:30 p.m., New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd., Free. 5530570. New Richmond. Book Discussion, 1-2:30 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Copies of book available for checkout. 734-2619. Bethel.

Literary - Libraries River City Writer’s Group, 6-7:30 p.m., New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd., Participants freely share their writing endeavors, generate ideas, hone their craft and network with fellow writers in area. Free. 553-0570. New Richmond.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music for Piano Four Hands with artistic directors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. Music by Handel, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky and some Dvorak Slavonic Dances. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 Art & Craft Classes Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Design class. Stay after to create your own arrangement with help of instructor 7-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. 697-9484; Loveland.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15

Mystery Book Club, 12:30-2 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Adults. Bring bag lunch. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.

Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Music - Blues

Literary - Book Clubs

Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Nature-themed stories with the naturalist. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

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

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Art & Craft Classes

Este-Withamsville Road, Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-9138. Union Township.

Literary - Book Clubs

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.

Business Classes T.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Milford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Discover how membership in Toastmasters will improve your speaking skills, increase your thinking power and build your selfconfidence. Meets first and third Wednesdays of every month. Free. Presented by Milford T.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833; 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.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

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

Recreation Little Nature Nuts, 10-10:45 a.m., Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road, Theme: Acorns and Apples. Parents participate outdoors with their children. Ages 2-5. $10, $7 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

THURSDAY, NOV. 21 Auctions Paddle Fun, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Featuring 10-15 vendors. Benefits Autism organizations. $2. 474-0123. Anderson Township.

Education Open House, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Student Activities Center. For prospective students. Free. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5319; Batavia.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.


FRIDAY, NOV. 22 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:15 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township.

Music - Cabaret The Concert that Never Was, 6:30-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 318, With Stuart Snow, Matt Snow and Patti Warner. $20-$35. 576-9766; Anderson Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Urinetown, the Musical, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. Satirical musical comedy about a town where you must pay to pee makes fun of social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement and the Broadway musical itself. For ages 13 and up. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland.

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 23 Clubs & Organizations TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-11 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, Free. 417-6772; Amelia.

Craft Shows New Richmond Marching Band Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Features 100-plus vendors of multitude of crafts, food court, bake sale and used books at dollar each. Benefits New Richmond High School Marching Band. Free admission. 553-3181, ext. 10204. New Richmond.

Holiday - Christmas Light Up Goshen Parade, 4-8 p.m., Marr-Cook Elementary School, 6696 Goshen Road, Free food, games, Santa Claus, Christmas carols, live manger scene, horses, tractors, marching band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth activity floats, business floats and more. Free. Presented by Goshen Chamber of Commerce. 722-2555; Goshen Township.



Liqueur, salad recipes kick off holiday season Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and some of you are already preparing your grocery list. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since it’s just about food, family and friends – no presents required. Yes, it can get stressful, especially if you’re hosting the feast. As I tell you every year, it’s not only about the food, but who sits in the chairs. Some advice from one who has been there, done that: Parsley and whipping cream are great culinary BandAids. During one of my recent classes, the subject of limoncello for the holidays came up. If you want to give this as a gift or serve it at Christmas, it’s best to start the process now.

Double Citrus Limoncello

The great thing about this is it keeps just about forever in the freezer. You can use all lemons for classic limoncello. This year I made some with a combo of lemons and limes. It was different, and good. 2 pounds lemons, thick skinned 4 limes, thick skinned if you can find them 4 cups good quality 100 proof vodka 3 cups sugar 3 cups water

Pour vodka in large gallon glass jar or container. Wash fruit very well using Rita hot water Heikenfeld to remove RITA’S KITCHEN wax coating. Pat dry. Remove zest with a vegetable peeler. The zest is the colored part. If some of the white part underneath the skin is visible, cut it off. That’s the pith and it’s very bitter (though it is the most nutritious part of the peel). If you can’t get it all off, do the best you can. Place zest in jar with vodka and cover. Let sit at room temperature for at least a week, or up to three weeks. The vodka will take on the color and flavor of the citrus as it steeps. Bring sugar and water to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens a bit. Let cool and then add that to vodka mixture and stir. Strain and put in pretty bottles. Seal and chill in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, at least. To use, serve straight over ice chips, mix with sparkling wine or mineral water and a lemon curl, toss with fresh fruit, serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or simple cake.

Orangecello It’s on my blog!

Holiday Waldorf salad

For Will, a Colerain Township reader. For the life of me, I can’t remember the origin of this recipe. I think it was from another reader whose name I obviously misplaced. Regardless, this is one of the tastiest Waldorf salads you’ll ever eat. Mix together: 11⁄2 to 2 pounds grapes, mixture of red and green, halved 2 ribs celery, sliced thin 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped English walnuts 3 diced apples

Mix and blend with above: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon vinegar or more to taste 1 cup milk

Let sit in refrigerator several hours before serving.

Hot buttered cider

Add more or less of any ingredient, to your taste. This is a nice offering before the Thanksgiving dinner.

⁄2 stick butter ⁄2 cup dark brown sugar 1 ⁄2 gallon apple cider 2 oranges, sliced and seeds removed 1 1

Lemon peel steeps in vodka for 1-3 weeks to make limoncello, a liqueur originally made in Italy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD Dash or two ground cloves 2 3-inch long cinnamon sticks 1 ⁄2 cup dark rum (optional)

Melt butter and add brown sugar. Add cider and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and rum. Bring to boil and then simmer 10 minutes. Serves about 10.

while. It should be nice and white. If it tastes vinegary or not really spicy, it’s old and needs to be replaced.

Coming soon

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger.

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

Readers want to know

Horseradish mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. “How much horseradish do I add and when do I add it?” For three pounds potatoes, stir in a generous 1⁄4 cup bottled horseradish (not horseradish sauce) after mashing. Check your bottled horseradish if it’s been in the refrigerator a



McAuley Performing Arts Center 6000 Oakwood Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45224


Sat., Nov. 23 • 7:30 p.m.

You're invited to Admission on Markt the 38th Annual Day Kinderklaus Markt MARKT 2013


Students sample food at the new Konnekt Cyber Café, which provides eating, gathering and computing space for the UC East campus.PROVIDED

A new café opens at UC spelling or root of those terms. They are based on the Greek words Kyberre or Kybernan. In keeping with the style of the Greek words, we were led to the spelling of Konnekt.”

Friday, November 22nd 6:30 to 10:00 pm Newport Syndicate 18 E. 5th St., Newport, KY $40 advance sale, $45 at the door


St. Xavier Performance Center 600 West North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

Sat., Jan. 25 • 7:30 p.m.

Join us for all the fun of Markt plus Dinner Stations, Cash Bar, Live Music, and guest Emcees John Gumm and Bob Herzog of Local 12, WKRC

For Tickets and Information Go To

Registration information available at

Questions: Contact Markt Chair, Katrina Smith at

or call 513-484-0157


Benefitting Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute - Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational, and Learning Center



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Monday, November 18, 2013 7pm till ???? Doors Open at 6pm American Legion Post #72 497 B Old ST RT 74 Cincinnati, OH (513) 528-9909

$1.00 Paddles Gifts from Local Merchants

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Animal Rescue Fund Bingo


1300 West Ohio Pike, Amelia, Ohio


UC Clermont College recently opened the new Konnekt Cyber Café to provide eating, gathering and computing space for the UC East campus. The Konnekt Café offers soup, chili, salads, wraps, paninis, fruit, parfaits, veggie cups, cheese and crackers and specialty snacks. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Konnekt Cyber Café name was chosen from among many submitted by faculty, staff and students at UC East during a naming contest. “We wanted to have a unique spelling for the café name,” said Assistant Dean of Facilities and Technology Services Steve Young. “So we looked at the words, Cyber and Cybernetics, then we went back and looked at the Greek

Saturday, November 23rd 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Newport Syndicate 18 E. 5th St., Newport, KY


Call 513-843-4835 for more information INSTANT BOOTH OPEN MON-SAT 11-5PM



RELIGION ABOUT RELIGION 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.

Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

The church is now offering licensed professional counseling services at its campus. Rev Jill Croswell joined AHUMC in october as a resource to those who attend the church and people in the surrounding community. She provides counseling for individuals of


various ages, as well as couples and families. Croswell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an ordained deacon in the West Ohio Conference. She has graduate degrees from The Athenaeum of Ohio, United Theological Seminary, and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Croswell was a chaplain at Twin Towers Senior Living in College

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


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am AWANA Ministry Wednesday 6:45 - 8:15pm Bible Study 7:00 - 8:00pm Youth grades 6-12 7:00 - 8:00pm Nursery provided for all services


The church recently made several changes to its Sunday schedule to help people of all ages have a meaningful worship experience in the morning and still have plenty of time for family, friends and other activities in the afternoon and evening. The 9 a.m. service will become a Chapel Service, moving from the sanctuary to a more intimate room. Child care for newborns through 3-yearolds will be available. The main service will move from 11-10:15 a.m. Child care will be available for newborns through 18 months old. Noah’s Park for 18

2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 SS 9:30AM, Sun Worship 10:45AM Wed. Prayer Service 7:00PM Childcare Provided for All Services Growing in Faith Early Learning Center NOW ENROLLING 513-427-4271 growinginfaith


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

Saint Mary Church,Bethel

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

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

Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

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

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

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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

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

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”


You Are Invited!


Classes for every age group

Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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



TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am


CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm

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

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

3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 797-4189

Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services

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


7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

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

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

First Baptist Church

The month of November will focus on thankfulness. Sunday worship services are 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Brother

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 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

683-2525 •

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

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

Chet Sweet. The church is at 213 Western Ave., New Richmond; 553-4730.

Laurel United Methodist Church

The community “Be Thankful” Thanksgiving dinner is 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Come and bring one or two covered dishes and a friend. The church is at 1888 LaurelLindale Road, New Richmond.

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 family-friendly 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

Milford Assembly of God

Randall and Carolyn Clay will be ministering at Milford Assembly of God at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. They have been in ministry over 40 years. They will address the challenges people face while trying to balance the busy schedules of home, family and career. The church is located at 1301 state Route 131, Milford; 8318039.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

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. Sessions will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m., each Sunday evening. 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


We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

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. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. To register, visit and click on Training tab or contact Marsha Skaggs or 752-1555. For more information about the Interfaith Mental Health Initiative, contact Epiphany’s Associate Pastor, Lisa Kerwin You may also visit,www.partnershipformental Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has a few openings for the upcoming school year. There are openings in the 18-24 months class. Parent’s Day Out class as well as the 4-year-old and PreK afternoon classes. The purpose is to provide a place where children can learn in a loving Christian atmosphere. For more information, call the Wee Three Kings office at 683-4256. 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 3-yearolds. For more information, call the church office. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;www.epiphany

Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages!

Cincinnati Fox19 @ 11am



4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor



5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Nursery Available

Sunday Morning 10:00AM


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

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

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am

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

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

Trinity United Methodist

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


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.



Epiphany United Methodist Church


Phone 734-4041

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

Clough United Methodist Church

months old through 3 year olds, PowerXpress for preschoolers through fourth-graders, and DOG House for fifth-and-sixthgraders will all take place during the 10:15 am. service. Youth group for junior and senior high will meet at 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch included. The Sunday morning Adult Bible Study will be 9:15-10 a.m. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301;


509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

Hill for 12 years and served her pastoral counseling internship at College Hill Presbyterian Church, where she provided professional counseling in a church setting. You can reach Jill Croswell at 226-3507 or

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-8600 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.

Nita Bohl Nita Jean Bohl, 80, Felicity, died Nov. 6. Survived by children Ricky (Patricia), Eddie (Connie), David (Vicky), Steve (Andrea) Dunaway, Dianna (Gary) Giesman; sister Jo Ann Gragg; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Randy Dunaway, sister Bonnie Orme. Services were Nov. 8 at Felicity Cemetery. Arrangements by the Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

Antonio Mendoza Antonio Pilapil Mendoza, 84, formerly of Bethel, died Aug. 13 in Liloan, Cebu, Philippines. He was a physician. Antonio Survived by Mendoza wife Araceli Reyes Mendoza; children Carmen (Jeffrey Houchin), Antonio Jr., Maria (William Booth Jr.), Elizabeth (Daniel Rupp), Stephen (Carmen) Mendoza; grandchildren Araceli, Malaya, Malik, Maxwell, Leah, Richard, Jarod, Scott; siblings Dolores Roperos,

Fortunata, Celso Mendoza, Esther Balverde. Preceded in death by brother Buenaventura P. Mendoza. A memorial Mass service in honor of Dr. Antonio “Doc Tony” Mendoza is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3398 State Route 125 in Bethel.

Skip Nida Virgil “Skip” Nida, 59, Felicity, died Oct. 26. Survived by children Andrew, Errin Nida. Preceded in death by parents Virgil, Jewel Nida. Services were Nov. 4 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: Charlie’s House, 2121 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Brenda Riley Brenda Lee Riley, 47, Mount Orab, died Oct. 31. Survived by husband Douglas Riley; children Crystal, Douglas (Rebecca) Jr., Gary Riley; grandchildren Douglas III, Alex, Katlyn, Steven; siblings Michael, Jeffery, Erin, Betty Walker, Patricia Blevins, Pamela Angilo; many nieces and nephews. Services were Nov. 5 at Pt. Isabel Cemetery. Arrangements by the Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.



Time to put the garden to rest for the winter Howdy Folks, Thursday evening the Bethel United Methodist Church had the Holy House again, along with the Bethel Trick or Treat night. The weather report was for a heavy rain and storms, but the Good Lord didn’t let it happen until after the trick or treat was over. There was 1,345 people and four dogs that went through the event. Our son-in-law Bobby had this vision several years ago to begin this and with the help of lots of church people it is great. It portrays the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ with people portraying the events. Then the people get a treat of popcorn, cookies and orange drink or water along with literature about the activities of the church. There is so much to do in our church and all churches. We went to a couple’s house for the noon meal that same day at Kenwood. They recently moved there to downsize into a condo. Mort had been in the hospital with some sickness, but was better, thank the Good Lord. Saturday, Ruth Ann and I went to Russellville and set up for a craft show and it was a good one, with a good crowd. We sold wood bowls, bird feeders and bird houses. We got to see several new people and several folks we call friends, this was good. The ladies put on a good show. These are the ladies I wrote about using the yarn to make scarves and hats for donations to the Gospel Mission and shelter. They can still use more yarn and thank everyone who donated the yarn. They do a lot of good with several organizations. That is what the Good Lord wants us to do. The ladies donated 195

scarves and hats. Some to the Domestic Violence Shelter in Batavia, some to the OutGeorge reach of Rooks Cincinnati OLE FISHERMAN and some to the Gospel Mission. The Bethel Lions Club has taken a family to donate a Thanksgiving dinner to this year, and will adopt a couple seniors for Christmas. This is a very important thing for the Lions Club to do. The Monroe Grange is collecting canned goods to donate to the Food Pantry in Batavia for Thanksgiving and have adopted a senior for Christmas. They will have their Thanksgiving supper and awards night on Nov. 22 at the Grange Hall in Nicholsville. The awards will be for the Juniors especially that had craft items taken to the State Grange Convention. Now is the time to start cleaning up your garden. Getting ready for the winter rest and get the maple leaves on it, to help get the ground loosened up and ready for spring. We planted some onions as I wrote about before. The deer seem to like the tops, so they ate them down to the onion. The deer will eat most anything that is green. They ate the yucca plant here last winter. That is one tough plant, it finally came up and did OK this year. Ruth Ann always sets her Christmas cactuses in the pots under the maple tree in the yard for the summer. One day we drove in the driveway and she saw one of the pots laying over empty. She went to check on it the deer had eaten the cactus down to the top of the soil and taken it out of the pot. She brought

them both in and it looks like it might come back. The other one they ate a little piece off is getting ready to bloom. The Goshen Lions Club will be having a craft show on Saturday, Nov. 23. We will be there; it is held in the school. There will be a good crowd and lots of vendors. They will have a pancake breakfast and lunch will be available. We got a call from Oklahoma about a friend that used to live above Blanchester on a farm. He lost his wife several years ago, so his children got him to sell his farm and move with them to Oklahoma. Now this feller’s birthday is the same day as mine, but he is older than I am. If he had lived until June 7 he would have been 102, but he passed away Monday, Nov. 4. This feller and us have been friends for over 54 years and have done lots of fishing, hunting and other things together. He will be missed by not only his family but us too. This feller was a farmer and a carpenter; his wife worked in a hospital in Wilmington before she died. Their names were Harry and Margaret Nichols; they were married for over 50 years. We got acquainted with them as they were neighbors when Ruth Ann and I got married. His body will be flown back and buried beside his wife in Wilmington Cemetery. All of us had some great times together. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later.

Chamber honors 2013 Pacesetters The Clermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced recipients of the prestigious Pacesetter Awards. Mary Jane West has been named the Edward J. Parish Pacesetter, Park National Bank is the Corporate Pacesetter, and Jean Schmidt has been named the Martha Dorsey Pacesetter. West is vice president of Public Funds and CRA officer at National Bank and Trust Co. West has worked for National Bank and Trust for 21 years. West is on the Board of Directors for Clermont Chamber. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Clermont Senior Services, member of and serves as treasurer for Clermont County Affordable Housing Coalition, and is a member of and serves as treasurer for Batavia Rotary. She is an active mem-



ber of the Newtonsville United Methodist Church where she and her husband Jim have worked with the youth and children for 44 years. Schmidt is a lifelong resident of Clermont County, raised on a farm with her two brothers and her twin sister. Schmidt graduated from McNicholas High School and later graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in political science. Schmidt began her career more than 35 years ago as a bank manager then went onto become a Miami Township trustee (1990-2001), Ohio State representa-

tive (2001-2004) and then became a United States congresswoman in 2005. She is a lifelong community volunteer, including serving more than 20 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Clermont County Library. Schmidt has also served on the board and committees for Clermont 20/20, the Clermont County Economic Development Committee and the Clermont Mercy Hospital Development Committee. The Edward J. Parish Pacesetter award has been presented annually since 1974 to an individual who has contributed to the economic vitality of Clermont County, who has a genuine concern for the welfare of the county and its residents, and who has exhibited outstanding qualities of character, citizenship and leadership.

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


430 South East Street, 21st Mortgage Corp. to James Proffitt, 1.79 acre, $18,000.


206 West Lane, James & Alice Holland to Jeffrey & Ella Tarvin, 1.31

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Robert Schuster to Terry Wayne Reeves, 2.638 acre, $360,000. 3479 Inez Ave., Sally Holland, et al. to EverBank, 0.459 acre, $16,667.67.

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The Bethel Journal publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Bethel, Chief Mark Planck, 722-6491 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500

Arrests/citations Jerrid Abbinante, 19, 135 Bethel Park, Bethel, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana, underage person not to purchase or consume lowalcohol beverage - possess or consume in public or private place, March 16. Leesa Young, 19, 135 Bethel Park, Bethel, possession of drugs - marijuana, March 16. Dusty Lee Young, 21, 135 Bethel Park Drive, Bethel, drug paraphernalia, possessing criminal tools, trafficking in drugs containing marijuana other than hashish, Oct. 31. Jason Michael Strunk, 38, 221 Union St., New Richmond, drug paraphernalia, Oct. 31. Junell Renee Bronson, 28, 421 Union St- Upstairs, Felicity, possessing drug abuse instruments, possession of drugs heroin, Oct. 31. Joshua Matthew Wendel, 18, 6009 Goshen Road, Goshen, receiving stolen property, Nov. 2. Todd Christopher Reed, 24, 200 University Lane No. 216, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 28. Cindal Thompson, 28, 500 University Lane, No. 102, Batavia, disorderly conduct - fighting or threatening, Oct. 28. Ashley Conners, 20, 500 University Lane, Apt. 301, Batavia, disorderly conduct - fighting or threatening, Oct. 28. Carl McDonald, 36, 2642 Runway Ave., Bethel, domestic violence, Oct. 28. Gary Dale Haynes, 39, 1275 Sliker St., Cincinnati, fugitive from justice, Oct. 29. Russell Leslie Bryant, 34, 3624 Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 30. Ryan Krebs, 21, 6370 Roudebush Road, Goshen, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Oct. 30. Tanner Sanders, 19, 2040 St., Joseph Drive, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Oct. 30. Juvenile, 12, disorderly conduct fighting or threatening, Oct. 29. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct fighting or threatening, Oct. 29. Christopher M. Patrick, 35, 222 Crittenden Court, Crittenden,

Ky 41030, domestic violence, Oct. 30. Stacy Renee Senior, 32, 2196 Oak Tree Lane, Bethel, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 30. Cassandra A. Klepinger, 42, 3937 Cedarwood Pl, Cincinnati, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana, Oct. 30. Dakota Duty, 19, 2308 Rolling Acres, Amelia, criminal trespass, Oct. 30. Jeffery Lynn Arrington, 23, 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, criminal trespass, drug paraphernalia, Oct. 30. Robert C. Ogden, 19, 2916 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, criminal trespass, possession of drugs, Oct. 30. Juvenile, 17, criminal trespass, Oct. 30. Thomas Robert Tarte, 39, 4241 Brookside Road, Batavia, theft, Oct. 31. Steven Edward Smith, 32, 2730 Ohio 222, Lot 86, Bethel, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 31. Natasha Marie Smith, 30, 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, Oct. 31.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 130 Huckleberry, Amelia, Oct. 31. At 4987 Ohio 222, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 70 Wolfer Drive, Amelia, Oct. 30. Breaking and entering At 1985 James Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 2518 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Oct. 29. At 4300 Batavia Road, Batavia, Oct. 31. Burglary At 6200 Newtonsville Road, Goshen, Oct. 31. At 1511 Thomaston Drive, B, Amelia, Oct. 28. At 2307 Hillcrest Drive, Amelia, Oct. 30. At 2634 Ohio 131, Batavia, Oct. 29. At 3644 Bristol Lake Drive, Amelia, Oct. 31. Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1311 Autumnview Drive, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 2020 Mistletoe Court, Amelia, Oct. 30. At 9 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, Oct. 29. Criminal mischief At 3232 Pitzer Road, Bethel, Oct. 31. Criminal trespass At 2267 Berry Road, Amelia, Oct. 31. At 2391 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Oct. 29. Deception to obtain a dangerous drug At 1324 Ohio 125, Amelia, Oct. 31. Disorderly conduct - fighting or threatening At 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Oct. 29. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Oct. 28. Domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm At University Lane, Batavia, Oct. 28. At Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 31. At Oak Tree Lane, Bethel, Oct. 30. At Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, Oct. 30. Domestic violence At Buglers Sound Circle, Batavia, Oct. 29. At Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Oct. 30. At Runway Ave., Bethel, Oct. 29. At University Lane, Batavia, Oct. 29. Drug paraphernalia At 208 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Oct. 30. At 2267 Berry Road, Amelia, Oct. 31. At 2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain, Oct. 30. At Market St., at Johnston, New Richmond, May 2. At Ohio Pike/Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, March 16. Endangering children - abuse At 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. At 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. Endangering children - create substantial risk of harm At 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. Felonious assault - victim

seriously harmed At 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. At 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. Fugitive from justice At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Oct. 29. Menacing At 2034 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Oct. 30. Misuse of credit card At 105 Lakeside Blvd., Batavia, Oct. 29. At 2049 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Oct. 28. Possessing criminal tools At Ohio Pike/Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, March 16. Possessing drug abuse instruments At U.S. 52 at Pond Run, New Richmond, June 8. Possession of drugs - heroin At U.S. 52 at Pond Run, New Richmond, June 8. Possession of drugs marijuana At 208 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Oct. 30. At Ohio Pike/Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, March 16. Possession of drugs At 2267 Berry Road, Amelia, Oct. 31. At 2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain, Oct. 30. At U.S. 52 at Pond Run, New Richmond, June 8. At U.S. 52 and Ohio 749, New Richmond, Oct. 31. Receiving stolen property At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Oct. 27. Theft At 2006 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Oct. 29. At 331 W. Main St., Newtonsville, Oct. 29. At 105 Lakeside Blvd., Batavia, Oct. 29. At 1311 Autumnview Drive, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 1511 Thomaston Drive, B, Amelia, Oct. 28. At 1969 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Oct. 29. At 1985 James Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 2020 Mistletoe Court, Amelia, Oct. 30. At 2049 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Oct. 28.

At 2199 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Oct. 31. At 2307 Hillcrest Drive, Amelia, Oct. 30. At 2634 Ohio 131, Batavia, Oct. 29. At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Oct. 27. At 613 Georgia Drive, Bethel, Oct. 29. Trafficking in drugs containing marijuana other than hashish At Ohio Pike/Crane Schoolhouse

Road, Bethel, March 16. Underage person not to purchase or consume low-alcohol beverage possess or consume in public or private place At Ohio Pike/Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, March 16. Unruly juvenile offenses habitually disobedient At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Oct. 29. 513.753.5700

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Sen. Seitz pushes deal for stricter rules on third parties Gannett News Service COLUMBUS — A Green Township state senator is seeking to make it harder for third parties to get on Ohio ballots, after GOP drama and an inadvertent mistake derailed efforts last week to push through a bill governing the parties. Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, sponsor of the bill, is chairing a committee of six lawmakers tasked with reconciling versions of the legislation that have passed the House and Senate. The House version would have allowed so-called “minor parties” to collect fewer signatures to get on the ballot, and the Senate was poised last week to approve those changes. But an inadvertent mistake in the drafting meant that chamber had to vote down the House bill. On Tuesday, Seitz told the committee he wanted to use some of the House provisions in 2014 but revert to the Senate’s stricter version starting in 2015. That would eliminate many of the changes the House made last week to appease conservative Republicans, who were threatening to oppose the

bill because some say it would help Gov. John Kasich get re-elected. Libertarians worry the rules would make it harder for them to get on the ballot or run a successful campaign, thus preventing their proposed gubernatorial candidate, former Republican state representative Charlie Earl, from taking conservative votes away from Kasich in 2014. Conservative lawmakers angry with the governor’s efforts to expand Medicaid were hesitant to support a bill that would help him politically and only gave it their vote after a day and half of tense negotiations. Seitz’s proposed changes could make for another tense vote in the House. Under Seitz’s proposal Tuesday, minority parties wanting to register for the 2014 election would have to get signatures equal to 0.5 percent of the total votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. They’d then have to earn 2 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election to continue to be a party for the next four years. Starting in 2015, parties would have to get sig-

natures equal to 1 percent of the votes in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. They’d have to get 3 percent of the vote in the next election to remain a party. Most of the concerns about the bill were related to its impact on the 2014 election, Seitz said in defense of his plan. And parties that earn 2 percent in next year’s election would have a “one-time offer” to continue as a party, said Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima. Still, the proposal makes it more difficult for parties to form, said Rep. Ron Gerberry, DAustintown. The Seitz plan would require third parties to get about 28,000 signatures to register as a party in 2014, while the House version of the bill would have allowed them to meet an easier standard, just for 2014, of 10,000 signatures. “The fact remains that what we’re trying to do is make it more difficult for third parties to get on the ballot,” Gerberry said. “I think it’s misrepresented that we’re being fair.” Libertarians still plan to file a lawsuit over the bill.


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Big Lots No. 428 (Beechmont Avenue) was awarded Employer of the Year by the Clermont County Business Advisory Council at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce October Monthly Luncheon. Pictured: Warren Walker, left, Duke Energy, luncheon emcee; Dan Ottke, CCDD; Scott Brown, CCDD; Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor; Doug Barr, Big Lots Assistant Manager; Nancy McInturf, Big Lots Manager; State Sen. Joe Uecker; Michelle Dool, Organization for Ohioans with Disabilities; Gene Johnson, CCDD; Roger Moning, CCDD. THANKS TO LISA DAVIS

Clermont Chamber honors Big Lots store Big Lots Store No. 428 on Beechmont Avenue was honored as the 2013 Business Advisory Council Employer of the Year. The award was presented at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon and was given moments before Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor presented the keynote address on important issues taking place in Ohio. “We are pleased to recognize Big Lots as Employer of the Year,” said Lisa Davis, Director of Community Relations for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) and Business Advisory Council member. “The store manager and staff provided exemplary services to individuals with disabilities in 2013.”

Big Lots has participated in numerous community based work assessments with Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other Business Advisory Council member organizations. These assessments provide individuals the opportunity to learn all aspects of the retail industry. This is a huge undertaking for Nancy McInturf’s staff, because it involves training that includes unloading, pricing, and preparing merchandise for the sales floor; recovering and relocating existing merchandise; greeting customers and handing out store advertisements; cart retrieval; and how to provide appropriate customer service. Big Lots participated in Clermont DD’s Bridges to

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