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Support Bethel businesses at Down Home Christmas By Mary Dannemiller Vol. 110 No. 47 © 2009 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Neighbors Who Care

Maybe they delivered a home-cooked meal when you were under the weather, or watched your children while you ran a quick errand, or helped you with yard work. They are “Neighbors Who Care,” and we think they deserve recognition. Again this year, The Bethel Journal will devote one of our holiday issues to honoring those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. No deed is too small (or too large). If you know a Neighbor Who Cares, tell us about them. You can nominate by sending an e-mail to clermont@communitypress.com, or by regular mail to The Community Journal, Neighbors Who Care, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as their’s.

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Look for the high school basketball previews on page B1. To make room for those, we have moved the calendar and our regular columnists to pages B3, B4 and B5.

Unique careers

Do you know someone who graduated from Bethel-Tate High School or FelicityFranklin High School who has a unique career? We would like to feature those people in The Bethel Journal. If you know a grad who has an unusual job, e-mail that person’s name and hopefully a contact number to therron@ communitypress.com, fax the information to 248-7128, mail it to 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Or call Editor Theresa L. Herron at 248-7128. We hope to run these features at the end of December.

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Every year, Lou Ann Oberschlake offers biscuits and gravy to hungry shoppers during Bethel’s Down Home Christmas. Though the breakfast is free, Oberschlake wants something in return this year: Your business. As the owner of Village Hardware, she depends on the holiday season to bring in extra revenue. “All sales are very important, this year especially, because people are more concerned about putting food on the table than buying expensive case knives, for example,” Oberschlake. During this year’s Down Home Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 5, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the extra hours Bethel’s small businesses will be open to help stimulate the village’s economy. “It just makes sense that you keep your money and tax dollars local,” said Bill Skvarla, owner of Harmony Hill Wines. “Keeping it local strengthens the economy around you.” Harmony Hill Wines will be open the first three Saturdays in December so people can purchase cases of wine for parties and bottles for gifts. While the holiday season brings in extra revenue for the vineyard, Skvarla said he is not dependent on the sales. “It’s a nice way to finish out the year,” he said. “We do fairly

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Owner Lou Ann Oberschlake stands outside Bethel Village Hardware for last year’s Down Home Christmas.

County approves 2010 appropriations By Kellie Geist kgeist@communitypress.com

The Clermont County commissioners have approved the 2010 budget appropriations, and they are down about $35 million from last year. But even with the decrease, county residents shouldn’t see any major changes. The county’s total appropriations for 2010 will be $253,372,125. In 2009, the total appropriations were $289,298,099. The general fund operating expenses, which includes most of the county’s discretionary funds, will be $47.2 million, down from $51.7 million in 2009. Clermont County Budget Director Sukie Scheetz presented the final draft appropriations Monday, Nov. 23. The commissioners approved the appropriations follow-

ing the presentation. Scheetz said the decrease in appropriations is because of a decrease in revenues. Those lower revenues include a decline in investment earnings, sales tax and charges for services. To bring the appropriations in line with the revenues, each of the county departments had to cut about 10 percent in expenses. Most of those cuts included personnel costs, materials and supplies, release of debts and facility maintenance. In addition to the cuts, the commissioners are anticipating that some employees will need to take 40 furlough hours and the county will use about 2 percent of the county’s reserve fund balance. However, Scheetz said the county cannot continue to draw-down the reserve fund balance, which

should be at about $11.7 million next year. “We do want to live within our means and we do want to be fiscally responsible,” Scheetz said. “We need to limit our expenses to match our operating revenues.” Scheetz anticipates that the county’s revenues will continue to decline in 2010 and may not turn around until 2012 or 2013. She said the commissioners are planning to replenish the fund balance when revenues pick up again. “But this is a short-term solution to the economic downturn. We cannot continue to appropriate more than our revenues,” Scheetz said. The commissioners agreed, but said they wanted to limit the impact on the employees, at least for now. They will revisit the budget, revenues and appropriations throughout the year.

“Clermont County government is on solid financial ground. While we’re making cuts, no one should feel we’re in distress,” Commissioner Scott Croswell said. Croswell complimented Scheetz and all of the county department heads for their cooperation and understanding throughout “this difficult process.” Commissioner Ed Humphrey also thanked county Administrator David Spinney and the others who helped put together the appropriations. “We’ve managed to deal with the financial situation without significant layoffs, without significant furloughs, without significant reduction in services and without discussing raising taxes,” Humphrey said. “I think this is a project we can all be proud of.” “We’re protecting the best interest of the taxpayers,” he said.

Members of Bethel finance committee disagree on final draft By Mary Dannemiller

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well this time of year because a lot of people give Harmony Hill Wines as gifts. Essentially, what you’re going is supporting the local economy while taking the time to seek out a gift that’s actually much more personalized than if you went to a grocery store or a wine shop.” Linda Davis, owner of Kels Restaurant and Catering, said holiday parties are the perfect opportunity to use her hometown catering services. “I make everything homemade and it’s good,” she said. “It’s not from a can or from a box and I really think we should support what little businesses we have here in Bethel.” Though the economy might make expensive or luxury items hard to sell, Oberschlake said she expects people to buy practical gifts from the hardware store. “We’ve got a large selection of heaters, generators and anything else you might need when the weather turns bad,” she said. “We also have gift certificates that can be used to buy anything you may need for fixing up the house.” Down Home Christmas will begin at 9 a.m. Harmony Hill Wines will be open from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Dec. 12. and Dec. 19. “Bethel has a lot to offer,” Oberschlake said. “People should stay closer to home and avoid the mad traffic and big crowds. We have friendly service, friendly people and a lot of fun.”

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The Bethel finance committee has finalized the village’s 2010 appropriations, though not all committee members approve of the final draft. Village council member and finance committee member Gary Hutchinson voted against the appropriations, saying more could be cut from the negatively balanced general fund. “There are two things that can be done and cuts that I think should be made,” he said. “One would be to eliminate the position of zoning administrator and the other is to eliminate video taping of council meetings. Those two things could save us in the neigh-

borhood of $7,000 per year.” Fellow finance committee and village council member Donna Gunn has said the zoning administrator is a vital position, while council and committee member Alan Ausman has emphasized the importance of continuing to provide basic services to residents. The grand total for all 2010 appropriations is lower than 2009’s at $4,853,735. The total for 2009 was $4,892,000, said Fiscal Officer Angel Burton. The general fund, which has a balance of negative $392,685 as of Oct. 31, also has less appropriated in 2010, but the $100,000 difference is largely because of fewer employees, Burton said. “For 2010, the grand total for the general fund is $465,435 and

it was $561,450 in 2009,” she said. “But keep in mind that number reflects the loss of two fulltime police officers as well as the loss of a mayor’s court clerk. Any decrease in staff is typically where you will see a notable savings.” While the general fund will remain negatively balanced for several years, other funds which are currently in the red should be in the black by the start of the new year, Burton said. “The general fund recovery will take some time,” she said. “But I expect the general fund, the police pension fund and the sidewalk assessment fund to be the only negatively balanced funds going in to the new year.” After deep cuts were made in 2008, Burton said she does not

expect the council to make more. “There was a significant review in 2008 that cut out a lot of the fluff,” she said. “Council has taken many proactive measures to cut expenses and ensure that we are spending village funds for proper public purpose.” Hutchinson said he plans on voting against the appropriations at their third reading at council’s Monday, Dec. 21, meeting if the appropriations are not sent back to the finance committee for further review. “We need to take a second, hard look at this budget,” he said. “I plan to ask council to issue an injunction to finance committee that the general fund is reduced. There are several things that can be done.”


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Hawkins to run against Schmidt in primary election By Kellie Geist

city council for two years and has helped with numerous political campaigns. As a Hawkins l a w y e r, Hawkins has practiced mostly civil law including probate work, labor and employment law. He also has worked in the domestic violence field. “His mediation background enables him to see all sides, not just his own. I think he’ll be a very good leader,” said David Hunter, former Milford mayor and friend of Hawkins. “He’s always talked about wanting to be in public service and I think it would be a good fit.” A father of two and a step-father of two, Hawkins and his wife have decided that, if he’s elected, the family will travel with him to Washington D.C. “My wife and I have talked about this and prayed

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Milford council member Bryan Hawkins has thrown his name into the hat to be the Republican choice for congress. Hawkins will be running against incumbent Jean Schmidt in the May primary election. If he wins, Hawkins will be the Republican candidate in the 2nd District’s race for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives. “After almost a year of this ill-fated attempt at socialism our country is going through, I feel the stakes are too high for us to trust our future to an incumbent,” Hawkins said. “I’m running for congress because I’m not willing to sit back and hope congress will come to its senses. I feel we need to be proactive.” Hawkins has a master’s degree in public administration with an undergraduate degree in political science. He has served on Milford’s

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BATAVIA – Community members are invited to UC Clermont at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, to have breakfast with Santa Claus in the student lounge. Each child will have the opportunity to talk with Santa and receive a surprise. Everyone is asked to bring a canned good, scarf, mittens or hat to benefit college student organizations whose members are collecting items for distribution in the community this holiday season.

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BETHEL – At the end of the William Bick Primary Veterans Day program, Tuesday, Nov. 10, the school staff took a photo of the more than 50 veterans who attended the event. Principal Matt Wagner said he would like to get a copy of that picture to anyone who might want one, but he isn’t sure who would be interested. Anyone who would like a copy of the photo taken of the veterans, call William Bick Primary at 734-2271, ext. 4.

Pearl Harbor event

NEW RICHMOND – Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be honored at a celebration in New Richmond Sunday, Dec. 6. “We are hoping to have three or four survivors,” said Ralph Shepherd, one of the organizers of the event. The event will be 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of New Richmond, 212 Market St. It is sponsored by the American Legions of Clermont County. The featured speaker will be state Rep. Danny Bubp (R88th District). The ceremony will feature patriotic music

and the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Buckeye Boys State representatives from New Richmond High School, Jonathan Wilson and Mark Miller. “It will be a nice ceremony for these gentlemen,” Shepherd said of the Pearl Harbor survivors. The attack on the U.S. military installations at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941, led to the United States’ involvement in World War II.

Automatic recounts

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Board of Elections will conduct Automatic recounts for the following races from the Nov. 3 general election: Moscow village council, Washington Township trustee and New Richmond school board. The recounts will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the office of the Clermont County Board of Elections, 76 S. Riverside Dr. in Batavia, said Judith A. Miller, director of the Clermont County Board of Elections. The board will review any other regular business that is necessary on that date.

Managers named

BATAVIA – The Clermont County commissioners has named John Kiskaden as the new Clermont County 9-1-1 Communications Center Manager. Kiskaden previously served as the Union Township Communications Center director, supervising the 9-1-1 operations center there. He retired in February 2009 with more than 30 years experience in law enforcement and emergency dispatch services. Kiskaden replaces Beth Nevel as the 9-1-1 communi-

cations manager. Nevel retired earlier in September, but will return to serve as the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency director, effective Jan. 4. Kiskaden and Nevel were unanimously recommended as the top candidates for the positions by a selection committee comprised of representatives of the county police and fire chief’s associations and county personnel. Kiskaden will begin his new position Monday, Dec. 7.

Fraley honored

BATAVIA – Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley is a recipient of the “Distinguished County Auditor” award, presented by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO). The award recognizes county auditors who have completed 100 or more hours of continuing education during their term of office. Fraley was recognized and received the award from CAAO President Doug Green, Brown County Auditor, during the CAAO Winter Conference Nov. 17. In recognizing this achievement, the CAAO notes, that when you consider the time commitments on county auditors in general, it is truly an accomplishment for a county auditor to have more than 100 hours of credit. Section 319.04 of the Ohio Revised Code requires county auditors to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during their term of office. Fraley obtained her training in topics such as standards of mass appraisal, single audit and government standards, public records and record retention, and two mandatory classes in ethics and substance abuse.

Kitchen of Hope opens doors Bethel United Methodist Church Nov. 14 opened its doors to the community with the Kitchen of Hope. Church members invited people in need of a hot meal to come join them each Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a “come as you are” free sit-down hot lunch. Brenda Braden, the originator and leader of this out-

reach said, “I saw a need for this outreach and felt God asked me to do it.” “During these hard times of unemployment and all the stress that is in today’s world, there is a need to help not only with a hot meal but also with a place where people can come to meet new friends and share the problems in their daily lives,” she said. “As long as

there is a need, I will strive hard to keep the Kitchen of Hope open to everyone who has a need.” Those who are elderly, young, unemployed, underemployed, in a need of a hot meal, or just in need of fellowship and understanding, are invited to the Kitchen of Hope each Saturday at Bethel United Methodist Church, 402 W. Plane St.

Crash kills one in Franklin Twp. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal single vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1:26 p.m. The crash occurred on U.S. 52 near Ohio 133, just east of Chilo, said Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the State Highway Patrol Batavia post.

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Woman says she got bed bugs from local used furniture store By Kellie Geist kgeist@communitypress.com

It seems like everyone is trying to save money these days, but if you’re buying used items to save a few bucks, be careful. Robin Poor of Withamsville works as a server at a local restaurant. After moving into a newly renovated apartment, she visited Mattress and Furniture Express in Amelia for living room furniture. “I had bought a hutch and a bed from them previously and had no complaints,” Poor said. But less than six hours after she brought home a used couch and rocker recliner from the store, she knew something was wrong. Her son-in-law had small bites and welts all over. “We didn’t see anything at first, but when we flipped

up the cushion on the chair, there were black marks everywhere,” Poor said. “We took it out to the dumpster and, the next day, you could see bed bugs crawling off the furniture.” Bed bugs are small, brown, oval-shaped, flat insects that live in human dwellings. They can hide anywhere – including behind light switch covers and in electronics – but are most common in furniture, according to the General Health District of Clermont County. “We receive several calls a week about bed bugs, it does seem to be a growing problem,” said Eric Ratcliff, a complaint inspector for the health district. “... I don’t think there’s an apartment complex in the county that hasn’t had bed bugs in at least one unit.” During an inspection, Ratcliff looks for fecal spots,

adults, eggs, molting and blood spots from bed bugs. He starts with mattresses, box springs and couches. Once he finds one live bed bug, he can report the violation. “If there’s one, there’s a dozen more you don’t see. They are like cockroaches. And if there’s one, it will turn into a thousand if it’s not addressed,” Ratcliff said. In addition to rental units, Ratcliff also inspects motels and hotels. “I have gotten complaints about some of the motels on (Ohio Pike,) but I heard from an exterminator that a survey showed 100 percent of hotels in the country had have bed bugs,” Ratcliff said. Ratcliff said the health district will inspect apartment complexes, hotels and motels, but they do not regulate used furniture businesses.

The Ohio Department of Commerce regulates the sale of used furniture and requires that all used furniture be inspected and sterilized before resale. Mike Chase, the owner of Mattress and Furniture Express in Amelia, said his store is inspected by a Department of Commerce official about four times a year as part of his license to sell used furniture. Chase also said they are very careful about bed bugs. “We inspect and treat everything with Sterifab when it comes in. To be honest, we treat it quite heavily,” Chase said. “Then we have our own routine of inspections and we treat everything again every seven to 10 days.” Sterifab will kill bed bugs and Chase said Poor is the first customer they’ve ever had with a bed bug problem.

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Bed bugs are small, about 1/4 inch, brown, flat, oval-shaped insects. They are typically brought into a home on clothes, toys, bags or furniture and will bite humans to feed. The bite marks will leave small, white, itchy welts, much like mosquito bites. To know if you have bed bugs, check in mattress seams, behind bed boards, in the carpet near the walls and in furniture and dresser drawers. Also look for blood spots on cushions or mattresses. Hiring a professional exterminator is highly recommended to get rid of bed bugs because only a licensed exterminator has access to the most effective pesticides. Also, bed bugs can live for 12 to 18 months without feeding. For more information on bed bugs or to report a complaint, visit www.clermonthealthdistrict.org/bedbugs.aspx, or call the health district at 732-7499. Above information was provided by the General Health District of Clermont County. He said he’s not sure if the bed bugs came from his store or not. “Nothing else in our store has a problem, but we do sell used products, so anything is possible,” Chase said. Chase said the Amelia store manager told Poor to throw the furniture away and agreed to pay $266 for an exterminator to clean Poor’s apartment. “I understand that this is a real issues, bed bugs are real, but I’m not sure what more she would want us to do,” Chase said.

Pearl Harbor survivors to be honored in New Richmond By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be honored at a celebration in New Richmond Sunday, Dec. 6. “We are hoping to have three or four survivors,” said Ralph Shepherd, one of

the organizers of the event. The event will be 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of New Richmond, 212 Market St. It is sponsored by the American Legions of Clermont County. The featured speaker will be state Rep. Danny Bubp (R-88th District). The ceremony will feature patriotic music and the Pledge of

But Poor said it’s not just about her home. “My biggest thing is that there is all this news and reports about bed bugs, but no one is regulating businesses,” Poor said. “I’m concerned that this man is still selling furniture and other people could have bed bugs.” “When you’re in a position where you have to buy used furniture, just be aware. Inspect everything thoroughly. I went out with 100 percent trust and, next time, I’ll know better than to jump in head first,” Poor said.

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Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis and Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn are presented with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Partners for Safety Award. Presenting the award are Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor and Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the highway patrol's Batavia post.

Allegiance led by the Buckeye Boys State representatives from New Richmond High School, Jonathan Wilson and Mark Miller. “It will be a nice ceremony for these gentlemen,” Shepherd said of the Pearl Harbor survivors. The attack on the U.S. military installations in Hawaii was Dec. 7, 1941.

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St. Bernadette members dedicate new church St. Bernadette Catholic Parish in Amelia worked for years to raise the money for a new church to replace the old, overcrowded building built in the 1940s. Church members dedicated their new church Sunday, Nov. 22. Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk presided over the ceremony, which included a procession from the old church to the new one. Mary Johnson of Amelia, a church member for 10 years, described the new church as “just unbelievable – a great worship space.” The main worship area of the new church seats 485 people. The old church seated 144. There will be an open house for the public to view the new church 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk blesses the new St. Bernadette Church in Amelia during the dedication ceremonies Nov. 22.

Parishioners and guests walk from the old St. Bernadette Church, the white building in background, to the new church during the dedication ceremony Nov. 22.

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Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, left, hands over the keys of the new St. Bernadette Church to the Rev. Bill Stockelman during the dedication ceremonies Nov. 22.

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FFA hosts quarter auction to bring motivational speaker to school By Kellie Geist kgeist@communitypress.com

Felicity-Franklin FFA is working to raise money to bring a motivational speaker to school. The FFA is holding a quarter auction at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Felicity-Franklin High School auditeria. Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and the cost to enter is $1, which pays for the auction paddle. Proceeds from the event will go to the Felicity-Franklin FFA. The FFA is then planning to use that

money to bring motivational speaker Josh Sundquist to the school in January. “We really enjoyed him at the (FFA national) convention and we thought it would be fun to bring him to our school,” said Carley Snider, a freshman member of FFA and chair of the committee to bring Sundquist to the school. Sundquist’s journey began at age 9, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. After four years of battling the disease, Sundquist was cancer free. Although he his left leg was

amputated during his recovery, Sundquist took up ski racing. In 2006, he was named to the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team. Sundquist spoke at the FFA national convention earlier this year. Snider said while Sundquist doesn’t have anything to do with FFA or agricultural education, he does have a great message for high school students. “In high school, there’s a lot of problems you’re going to run into that you have to overcome. You have to be able to see the positive

side of things and that’s pretty much his (Sundquist’s) message,” Snider said. FFA can use their fundraising money for a variety of things, but Holly Jennings, FFA adviser, said the students wanted to share Sundquist’s message with their fellow students. She said raising the money and bringing in a guest speaker is a community service project. “This is probably one of the largest community service projects they’ve ever done. It’s going to benefit almost 800 students

Engineering program receives National Certification from Project Lead the Way Project Lead the Way (PLTW) awarded Grant Career Center National Certification signifying that its College Tech Prep Engineering Design Program has met stringent, national quality standards. Grant Career Center has joined an elite group of nationally-recognized secondary schools that provide an engineering design curriculum for their students. The PLTW curriculum, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. PLTW was introduced at Grant Career Center in 2005 and 43 have graduated. Currently, 21 students are enrolled “The data compiled for the certification report emphasizes the success rate of our students,” said PLTW instructor Tobin Huebner. “It is an amazing number of students that have continued on to college and found success in the engineering field.” The certification process involved a self-assessment phase that culminated in a site visit by a team of nationally-trained certification specialists. The certification team met and interviewed teachers, administra-

SCHOOL NOTES Fashion scholarship

The Art Institutes schools, including the Art Institute of Ohio, are looking for high school seniors interested in the fashion industry to enter The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition. One grand-prize winner in each of the two categories (Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management) will earn a full tuition scholarship to study at a participating Art Institutes school. To be eligible to enter, a student must be scheduled to graduate in 2010. Each grand-prize winner, in partnership with Seventeen Magazine, also receives a trip to New York to attend a Fashion Week show, a “meet and greet” at the magazine’s offices, lunches with a Seventeen Magazine Style Pro and receives a $500 shopping spree. Deadline to submit entries is Nov. 20. For complete rules and entry requirements, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/competitions/passion-for-fashion.aspx or contact Wendy Raymond Hacker at whacker@aii.edu or 8332430.

HONORS Felicity-Franklin MIddle School The following students have earned honors for the month of November PROVIDED.

From left, Grant Career Center PLTW instructor Tobin Huebner, superintendent Ken Morrison and PLTW instructor Earl Bradley display the National PLTW Certification recently earned by the College Tech Prep Engineering Design program at Grant Career Center. tors, counselors, students, parents and community representatives and reviewed students’ course portfolios. Thanks to the successful completion of the national certification

process, Grant Career Center PLTW students will be able to earn college credit for their course work at Grant from one of many Project Lead the Way affiliated universities.

Today, the PLTW network comprises more than 2,500 middle schools and high schools in the U.S., Canada and England. PLTW currently enrolls about 275,000 students.

Grant Career Center holds career day, open house Grant Career Center recently opened its doors to sophomores for Sophomore Career Exploration Tours. The students were invited back to visit two career training programs that interest them for hands-on activities and a detailed overview of the course of study. Career and technical education provides high school students with experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics and offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills. The center’s Sophomore and Parent Open House is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7, to allow students and parents to visit the Career Center and obtain more information about programs and services offered. A complimentary dinner for the sophomores and their parents will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with open-house activities continuing until 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 7346222.

(grades 5 through 12),” Jennings said. “They (the students) are learning how to work with a large budget and plan an event. It’s a great learning opportunity for them.” At a quarter auction, people pay between 25 cents and $1 for the chance to bid on specific items. The amount you pay to bid depends on the retail value of the item. Other than that, it’s much like a regular auction. There also will be refreshments and snacks at the event.

Student of the Month

Fifth Grade – Austin Morales and Rebecca Appelmann. Sixth Grade – Dylan Pemberton and Taylor Howerton. Seventh Grade – Chris Dodson and Krystal Ritchie. Eighth Grade – Brendan Mahaffey and Brooke Corbin.

Cardinal Student for the month

Fifth Grade – Kenny Carman Sixth Grade – Morgan Smith Seventh Grade – Daniel Broadwell Eighth Grade – Zach Dunn

Mount Notre Dame High School The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2009-20010.

Freshmen

Second honors – Susan Meyer

Host families sought for foreign exchange students

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Grant Career Center Engineering Design students Jessie Rust, left, and Dylan Dingus work with bridge building software in preparation for Sophomore Days and the upcoming open house at the school.

International Fellowship, a nonprofit exchange student program in business for more than 50 years, is looking for volunteer families or individuals to host foreign exchange students during the coming school year. These high school students from abroad will be here for a full academic year or for a semester. Students have their own spending money and are covered by health and accident insurance. For more information, call (800) 647-8839, e-mail infelwes@cecomet.net or visit www.internationalfellowship.org.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Felicity-Franklin Middle School The following students have perfect attendance for the first quarter of 2009-20010.

Fifth Grade

Hannah Auxier, Bradley Elkins, Samuel Freeze, Miranda Hardewig, Jessica Hoobler, Kaylee Hughes, Zalton Jacobs, Jacob Kunkel, Joseph Liming and Jason Phillips.

Sixth Grade

Austin Bolt, Candace Gaghan, Roger Helton, Clinton Liming, Jesse McMahan, Blake Ridpath, Savannah Sowers, Sasha Spurlock, Gage Taggart and Travis Waters.

Seventh Grade

Destiny Belt, Jacob Carnahan, Kaitlyn Clark, Jeffrey Collins, Gabrielle Cook, Matthew Eubanks, Mikayla Hamilton, Kathrine Leggett, Austin May, Dennis Peace, Louis Quiles, Courtney Riggs, Alejandra Rodriguez, Cheyenne Trammell and Sandy

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Eighth Grade

James Bolt, Marshall Burchett, Zachary Campbell, Tyler Case, Joey Martin, Jodi Seale, Serena Spaulding and Trenden Young.


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their winnings. Ruth Ann and Bonnie have done a super job with them. Monroe Junior Grange got an award for the largest increase in George membership and Rooks two of the juniors awards for Ole got bringing in new Fisherman members. These two gals were Grace and Faythe. Now on Sunday after church, Ruth Ann and I went to the Clermont County Fairgrounds to attend a gathering for the folks that lived in and around Newtonsville. The feller who had the idea about this was Ralph Hill. He told his wife, if we can get 25 or 30 people to attend we can hold it in the clubhouse where we live. Well! By golly, this turned into a much bigger event than he thought. We ended up with over 140 people. We saw folks we

haven’t seen for a long time. There were folks there from different parts of this wonderful country and there were some wonderful stories. A young lady told me to ask a young feller about his one and only airplane ride. This lady’s dad had an airplane and a small air strip below Newtonsville. When I asked this feller about his plane ride, the young lady was sure laughing. This young feller said he went up with this lady’s dad and when they got up the pilot, the dad, was doing some loops and when this young feller looked he was upside down. When the plane landed he got out and said he would never ride in that plane with that pilot (dad) again. Now at this the pilot and his daughter were laughing. The Newtonsville reunion was a great success and everyone thanks Ralph Hill and his helpers. There were the Jones, Hills, Kniep, Dollenmayers, Attingers, Dayes, Frys, Crabbs, Creagers, Rosses, and Lykins. There were

the Tussey’s, VanCamps, Werners, Welkers, Sebastians, Mobleys, Williams, Osbornes, Nauses, several of this family, Rogers, Pringles, Wolfs, Morrows, Martins, Rooks, Ridgeways, Shepherds. I could not put everyone’s last name in this article but it was sure wonderful seeing all you folks and hope we can get together again. There was a table full of pictures and boy did it bring back memories. This is something we would like to see happen again. I realize it took lots of work on Mr. Hill, his wife and helpers, so thanks. On Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., the Bethel Community Choir will present a Christmas Musical, “The Promise of Light,” at the Bethel United Methodist Church at 401 West Plane St. Come and enjoy. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Knepp visits Vietnam to find LZ Bird It was Dec. 27, 1966. Vietnam was enjoying a Christmas truce. PFC Sam Asher of Perintown, described as a good guy with a great sense of humor, had arrived “in country” just eight days before. He was assigned to LZ Bird, located in a remote area of Binh Dinh Province, as a cook. At 1 a.m., mortar rounds began dropping through the rain. Recoilless rifle and machine gun fire raked the undermanned base. About 800 North Vietnamese regulars stormed across the Kim Song River, easily breaching Bird’s outer perimeter. The enemy, tossing satchel charges and firing RPGs, destroyed several artillery pieces. An American spotter on a hill across the river called in artillery and helicopter gunship fire from nearby LZ Pony. A howitzer tube, loaded with a “beehive” round, was lowered to horizontal and

fired. About 8500 steel darts ripped into the attackers, shredding their ranks. Elsewhere, the battle was fought hand-tohand. After an hour, it was over. Gary Knepp Bird held. Among the 28 Americans Community killed was Sam Press guest Asher. columnist Finding Bird was a major objective of my recent trip to Vietnam. I failed to find it in August 2006, coming within three miles on the wrong side of the mountain. Determined to get as much information as possible, I brought a GPS programmed with coordinates, battle descriptions of the terrain features, and topographical maps. We left Ho Chi Minh City at

5:15 a.m. for the 45-minute flight to Phu Cat, site of a former U.S. air base. Our new driver picked us up at the airport and drove us into the village for a breakfast of pho ga, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. The waitress brought us bowls of steaming chicken broth with pieces of chicken bone attached, rice noodles and aromatic Vietnamese herbs. It was delicious, though grabbing noodles with chopsticks was trying. We drove to the area indicated by the GPS and stopped on a new bridge spanning the Kim Song. We spread out our maps on the hood of the car and laid down our compass to get a directional fix. On the left side of the river was a hill, probably the outpost described in the battle accounts. On the right was a low-lying hill. Though obscured by trees, the hill appeared to have the T-bone steak

shape of LZ Bird. There was one clue missing – the village of Phu Huu 2. Without locating the village we couldn’t be sure that we had found Bird. We back tracked until we found a small, dirt road. After driving a short distance we found the village. We got out of our car and walked toward the hill. At the base of the hill was a farmhouse. Phai, our guide, asked the 68-year-old resident if an American base had been located on top of the hill. She said that it was there and that she had remembered the battle. Bird had been found. You may read more about Gary Knepp’s trip to Vietnam and his new book “Beyond the Names” by visiting www.garyknepp.com. The book is about the men from Clermont County who died in Vietnam. He lives in Milford and is an attorney with an office in Batavia.

Say ‘no’ to the federal Obama-Care How many times in our lives have we heard, “if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is?” As I listen to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid, Howard Dean and other Democrat leaders talk about a government run universal healthcare system, I am reminded of this old saying. According to the rhetoric, we can insure all illegal aliens and all uninsured Americans with little increased cost and by simply cutting costs to the current system. While I believe the current healthcare system can be improved, I don’t see why anyone would believe the government can run anything efficiently. An examination of the few programs that government does run – Social Security, the postal service and even Medicare – all reflect poor management and endless costs. Add to this the cash for clunkers program and bailouts to companies that spend our money foolishly leaves me with little confidence that the United States gov-

ernment can run a universal healthcare system. That is why I co-sponsored legislation that preserves the freedom of Ohioans Danny Bubp to make their own deciCommunity healthcare sions. House Joint Press guest Resolution 3 (HJR columnist 3), known as the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Act, proposes an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution to prohibit any Ohio law or rule from forcing any person, employer or healthcare provider to participate in a healthcare system. Now let’s be clear. If Obamacare is passed by the Democrats in control of Washington and becomes federal law, then HJR 3 will not supersede federal law. However, if Obama-care is not passed, this legislation will prohibit the Democrats in Columbus from passing legislation that would require a single healthcare system

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Newtonsville reunion was great time Howdy folks, Last week Ruth Ann and I along with several other Lions Club members volunteered at the Bethel Tate High School to help with the H1N1 flu shots for the high school students. While there, we were talking to a feller and he said his daughter had cat food in a bucket on the porch and when she looked in the bucket there was a cat and a possum both in there eating the cat food. What a strange sight. Last Friday the Monroe Grange had a Thanksgiving supper and Ruth Ann and Bonnie passed out the awards that the Junior Grangers and some of the adults had won here at our Grange and from the state Grange convention. The evening was wonderful. There were 45 folks there to enjoy the food and dessert. When I looked at the food table it made me think about the shredding ring we used to have. The Junior Grangers were so excited with their winnings and gifts. There were 20 children to get

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Compared to last year, do you plan to spend more or less on gifts this holiday season? “Our whole family has taken a big step back regarding gift giving this year. When we take a hard look at all we have, it becomes easier to spend less money and more time on each other. “I coordinate a neighborhood project each year that raises money for our local Ronald McDonald House, so I think we’ll be donating to them some of the dollars we would have spent on gifts. “The economy has forced so many of us to tighten our belts and re-evaluate our priorities – perhaps it will also force us to take a harder look at how grateful we should be for what we have in life instead of fretting over what we don’t have. Happy Thanksgiving!” M.M. “I will definitely spend less, A) I haven’t got it this year and B) my family wants for little so the extra that I’m not going to spend will be given to charity.” Florence “I will definitely spend less. Each year I think I will make the holiday less material and teach my children the real reason for the season. With the poor economy and the loss of family, I now have the push to really do so.” J.H. “We will spend about the same per person as last year. However we have one more grandchild this year. We always do our part to stimulate retail sales at Christmas.” G.G. “There aren’t any needy people in my family so instead I am giving a large check to the Freestore in Cincy.” Duke “Well, this is how I am! I love giving presents. Every year my husband says, ‘We must cut back,’ but it is so hard for me to do that. We have cut back on our gifts to each other (because we do not need anything), but I never buy all the things I want to give to the kids, and I have a very big family, counting sons and daughters, spouses, grandkids, etc ... etc ... I love Christmas time and sharing with others. But, I do believe the reason for Christmas is Christ’s birth, and we need to concentrate on that fact! Personally, we have given more this year to the community and special causes – more than ever before.” W.R. “Happily, I am gainfully employed once again after being laid off in March, but I am not making the salary that I once was – I will be spending less.” C.A.S.

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Tyler Bullock takes one to the hoop during practice. Bethel kicks off its season against Cincinnati Country Day on Dec. 4.

The Bethel-Tate High School boys’ basketball team went 15-7 in 20082009 and the Tigers could be even better in 20092010. Bethel-Tate’s goals are a league championship and to win a sectional title. “We have six returning guys who played a lot of minutes and that experience is a strength for us,” head coach Mike Arlinghaus said. “This group learned how to win last year and have a good work ethic and don’t take opportunities for Arlinghaus granted.” Leading the way for Bethel-Tate will be four-year starter Louie Schaljo. Schaljo will own several career records by the end of the season. He has an opportunity to finish with 1,500 points and will get to 600 rebounds this year as well. He currently sits on 592 rebounds. “Those are some pretty incredible numbers for a high school player in Ohio,” Arlinghaus said. “I think Tyler Bullock and Spencer Sutter will have some breakout years for us as well. “We’re going to be tough to match up with,” Arlinghaus said. “We have a lot of guys who can score and are unselfish. We have a nice team chemistry on the floor.” He said Bullock and Sutter are as good as it gets and would be terrific team leaders if the Tigers didn’t have a player of Schaljo’s caliber. Since they do, those two become even bigger weapons as opposing defenses can’t give them the type of pressure they would usually get. “Any of those three can go for 20-plus points without an issue,” Arlinghaus said. “It helps with Louie too as he understands he doesn’t have to do everything.” The Tigers have a number of versatile players that can play a lot of different positions on the floor. “Everyone on our team

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can handle the ball and do a good job,” Arlinghaus said. “I have a lot of kids who worked on their individual games and developed good fundamentals.” The Tigers set the school record for wins in 20082009 but Bethel-Tate has one team in its sights when it comes to the program’s history. “That 1971 sectional championship team is at the top right now but we have an opportunity to be a special group as long as we remain focused on getting better and as long as we don’t get caught up in the hype.” It will be tougher for the Tigers because they won’t be able to sneak up on teams like they did last year. Arlinghaus said the team will have a bulls-eye on its back and will have to respond. “I think the league is as good as its been in awhile,” Arlinghaus said. “Goshen will be very good. I like CNE year in and year out. West-

Dec. 4 Cincinnati Country Day Dec. 11 @ Goshen Dec. 12 @ Fenwick Dec. 12 @ New Richmond Dec. 17 @ Deer Park Dec. 19 @ Lynchburg-Clay Dec. 22 Clermont Northeastern Jan. 5 @ Western Brown Jan. 8 @ Georgetown Jan. 12 Batavia Jan. 15 @ Felicity-Franklin Jan. 22 @ Blanchester Jan. 23 Williamsburg Jan. 26 @ Ripley-Union Jan. 29 @ East Clinton Jan. 30 Fayetteville Perry Feb. 2 Goshen Feb. 5 New Richmond Feb. 13 @ Clermont Northeastern Feb. 16 Amelia Feb. 19 Western Brown All games are 7:30 p.m. No. 3 11 21 23 31 33 41

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Name Year Garrett Lang 11 Logan Stephens 11 Billy Sipos 12 Tyler Bullock 11 Kevin Poe 12 Spencer Sutter 12 Louie Schaljo 12

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ern Brown is going to reload. It will be tough this year. “The key for us is to keep getting better every day so when March rolls around, we’re ready to go.”

Felicity-Franklin has size, lacks tenured guards By Mark Chalifoux mchalifoux@communitypress.com

The Felicity-Franklin High School boys’ basketball team returns only four players with varsity experience from a team that went 5-14 in 2008-2009. “We’re pretty young and have some inexperienced players,” head coach Damon Smith said. “We have a lot of young guys we need to step up and give us some quality minutes. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Coming up

Bethel Journal winter sports overviews include: Wrestling – Dec. 10 Swimming – Dec. 17 Bowling/ice hockey/gymnastics – where applicable, Dec. 24 The Cardinals return some talent in Chris Shouse and Tyler Carter, a pair of standout seniors. Matt O’Brien is a junior that will be a contributor

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On the team

Name Chris Shouse Tyler Carter Dillon Smith Dustin Gilliam Kyle Helton Matt O’Brien Shane Kabler Christopher Smith Lonnie Gross Trevor Shouse Devin Trammell AJ Schermbeck Alex Baker

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and Dillon Smith is another senior that should play a key role for Felicity. Kyle

Helton is a player to keep an eye on as the 6-foot-5-inch forward should be a factor down low. “We have some good size,” Smith said. “We’re a big, tall group of guys and we should rebound well.” The question marks for the team are at the guard positions, Smith said. He’s entrusting the point guard position to sophomore Trevor Shouse. “We’re going to take our chances with him and hope he can lead the way for us,” Smith said.

YOU DESERVE A JOB AND A HIGH-FIVE.

Felicity-Franklin boys

Game days Dec. 4 Georgetown Dec. 11 East Clinton Dec. 12 @ Williamsburg Dec. 22 Batavia Dec. 29-30 @ Ripley Invitational – TBA Jan. 5 @ Blanchester Jan. 8 Western Brown Jan. 12 Goshen Jan. 15 Bethel-Tate Jan. 19 White Oak

Jan. 23 Clermont Northeastern Jan. 29 @ New Richmond Feb. 2 @ Fayetteville Perry Feb. 5 Williamsburg Feb. 6 @ East Clinton Feb. 9 @ Amelia Feb. 12 @ Georgetown Feb. 13 @ Batavia Feb. 16 White Oak Feb. 19 Blanchester

All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Boys hoops preview

December 3, 2009

McNick boys look for new direction No. 3 4 5 10 14 21 22 23 30 31 33

By Mark Chalifoux

On the team

Name Year Pos. Grant Robinson 12 Ryan Haynes 11 Eric Ernst 11 Kevin Easley 11 Drew Hall 10 Jack Dooling 11 Chris Bresler 12 Andrew Zofkie 12 Matt Staubach 11 Brian Frenzel 12 Ryan Coldiron 10

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The McNicholas High School boys’ basketball team has a new coach in Tim Monahan and the Rockets will be looking to turn things around from a 5-16 season in 2008-2009. Monahan, who was 16-8 as the head coach of the

girls’ team last season, inherits a team with no returning starters. McNick will rely on senior guard Andrew Zofkie, who came off the bench last year, and senior forward Brian Frenzel. Senior post player Chris Bresler and junior forward Matt Staubach will also be key players.

“We lack some varsity experience but we will have a lot more size in the post,” Monahan said. “The team will have to learn a new style of play and it will be challenging at first but I think we can surprise some teams. “The kids have worked hard and we’re excited about the season.”

McNicholas boys

Game days Dec.5 @ Covington Catholic – 8 p.m. Dec. 8 Milford Dec. 11 St. Xavier Dec. 15 @ Carroll Dec. 18 @ Badin Dec. 29 @ Turpin Jan. 5 Fenwick Jan. 8 Purcell Marian Jan. 15 @ La Salle Jan. 19 Loveland

Jan. 22 Roger Bacon Jan. 26 @ Moeller Jan. 29 @ Purcell Marian Jan. 30 @ Anderson Feb. 2 Alter Feb. 5 Badin Feb. 6 @ Clermont Northeastern Feb. 9 @ Chaminade Julienne Feb. 12 Elder Feb. 19 @ Roger Bacon

All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

UC Clermont wins first state title With a three game win over Ohio University-Lancaster in the finals, the UC Clermont volleyball team captured the championship of the Ohio Regional Campus State Tournament.

Nationals

The team went on to take fourth place at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5-7, losing in the semi-finals to Spalding University. It was the first time the Cougars reached the Final

Four in the USCAA National Championship Tournament. Nationals began Nov. 5 with two rounds of “best two-out-of-three” preliminary pool play. UC Clermont College faced a familiar foe in round one: Ohio State University-Marion. The Cougars controlled play and swept the Scarlet Wave 25-13, 25-20. Clermont finished the day undefeated by also sweeping Penn State University-Mont Alto 25-10, 25-21. Pool play continued on Friday morning, Nov. 6, with

rounds three and four. Clermont battled two strong teams: No. 1 Spalding University (20-25, 24-26) and No. 3 Robert Morris-Springfield (18-25, 25-22, 18-25), but were not quite able to pull out wins. The results left the Cougars third in their pool and set up a quarterfinal match with No. 4 Rochester College. The Friday evening quarterfinals provided one of the highlights of the 2009 season. Rochester got off to a fast start by taking the first set 25-15. At this point, the

“experts” had Rochester walking away with the contest. No one, however, told the Cougars. Clermont roared back into the match by winning the next two sets 25-23 and 2515. After Rochester settled down to take set four 25-15, the nail-biting drama began. Rochester grabbed the early lead in set five, but Clermont was able to recover and fight back to a 12-12 tie. At this point, some potent offense, great hustle and a key solo block from Sarah Shumate allowed the Cougars to take the final three points for the 15-12 victory. Pandemonium broke out on the floor and in the stands as Clermont moved on to the Final Four on Saturday, Nov. 7. Semi-final action proved to be quite a learning experience for the Cougars as the teams turned up the intensity and level of play. Clermont earned a rematch with Spalding University. Even thought Clermont fought hard, Spalding proved why they were the defending national champs as they took the Cougars 2515, 25-19, 25-20. UC Clermont then completed their 25-7 season with

PROVIDED

The University of Cincinnati Clermont College volleyball team celebrates winning the state championship for the first time. In front, from left, are Rachel Ferguson, Jaci Stewart, Sarah Shumate and Rachel Hays. In back, from left, are Assistant Coach Whitney Moore, Courtney Davis, Lauren Bradford, Kelley Koons, Erica Hoctor, Head Coach Joe Harpring and Cindy Votel. a Consolation Game loss to Southern Virginia University.

State

The state victory made history as it represents the first-ever state championship for the UC Clermont volleyball program. The Cougars reached the championship match in 2001, but lost to Miami-Middletown in that contest. UC Clermont College has also not participated in the event the last three years as it coincided with the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship Tournament. The Cougars entered the

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tournament as the number one seed, a reward for an undefeated season in Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC) play. They faced Ohio State University-Lima – a team they had beaten twice during the regular season. The Cougars continued this trend with a 25-10, 25-12, 25-20 sweep of the Barons. This victory propelled the Cougars into the semi-finals the next day. UC Clermont’s semi-final opponent was Ohio State University-Newark. Until recently, the Titans had dominated the eastern division of the ORCC by winning six consecutive regular season titles – a streak broken this year by Ohio University – Lancaster. Newark was still quite a force as the match was a high-paced, intense affair. Clermont’s blocking made the difference early as the Cougars took the first game 25-17. After a thrilling 2927 second game win, Newark turned the tables 1825. Game four saw Clermont resume control as the Cougars finished off the Titans 25-17. Clermont hit a stellar .330 for the contest and recorded 60 digs. With this victory, the Cougars advanced to the championship match against a team they had faced and defeated early in the year – number two seeded Ohio University-Lancaster. The contest proved to be worthy of a championship match as the teams exchanged leads often. Game one went extra points before Clermont prevailed 27-25. Propelled by 11 service aces, the Cougars took game two 25-19 and held on for a 2523 game three win. Two Clermont players received awards during post game ceremonies. Senior Kelley Koons was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Sophomore Lauren Bradford was also named to the All-Tournament team. “Even though only two players received awards, all nine members of our rotation had an exceptional tournament and allowed us to make history,” said UC Clermont Head Coach Joe Harpring. “The team saved some of their best volleyball of the year for this contest. I’m very proud of these kids and the way they came together as a team to achieve their goal.”


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December 3, 2009

Bethel Journal

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 3

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Clermont Chamber of Commerce Holiday Homecoming, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Elegant cuisine, floral decorations and music by a brass band. U.S. Marines will attend and accept new, unwrapped toys appropriate for ages 13 and under. $400 for table of 10, $35. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 576-5000; www.clermontchamber.com. Union Township.

HOLIDAY - TREES

Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 2929 Bethel Concord Road. Scotch and white pine up to eight feet. Norway spruce up to six feet. Hand saws and twine provided. Bring camcorders to record special moments. $20 any size tree you choose and cut. 734-4145. Bethel. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road. Cut-your-own Christmas tree. Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. Someone always on farm. Call for appointment. $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

SHOPPING

Used Book Fair, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Used fiction and nonfiction books and audio/visual materials for adults, teens and children. Benefits Goshen Branch Library. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. Through Dec. 5. 722-1221. Goshen.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Whole In My Heart Military Support, 7 p.m. Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Downstairs. For military and families coping with stress and PTSD. Free. Presented by Whole In My Heart Military Support. 752-2921. Union Township. F R I D A Y, D E C . 4

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Frontier Squares, 8 p.m. American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Plus level square and round dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Milford.

CRAFT SHOWS

Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church, 180 Fifth St. Bake sale, luncheon and crafts. 732-2095. Batavia. Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SEM Haven Health and Residential Care Center, 225 Cleveland Ave. Hand-made crafts, local vendors and bake sale. Benefits SEM Haven. Free. 248-1270. Milford.

EDUCATION

Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodland Mound, $1, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township. Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Hills Christian Church, $36 per month for unlimited classes. 407-9292. Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK

Christmas Walk Dinner, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 330 Gay St. Turkey or ham dinner with all the trimmings, homemade pies and beverage. Benefits missions and projects around church and community. $8, $5 ages 12 and under; free ages 3 and under. 724-1103. Williamsburg. Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available.$6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen Este Withamsville Road. Blood pressure, height, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment recommended. 753-6325. Eastgate.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Williamsburg, Main Street, Craft show, Santa, fire truck rides, extended holiday shopping hours, entertainment, church dinners. Free. Presented by Village of Williamsburg. 724-6107; www.williamsburgohio.org. Williamsburg.

HOLIDAY - TREES

Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Krody Christmas Tree Farm, $20 any size tree you choose and cut. 734-4145. Bethel. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Make a Gingerbread House, 6 p.m. Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St. Bring candy and icing. All other supplies provided. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7241070. Williamsburg.

ON STAGE - THEATER

Santa’s Helpers/A Neurotic Christmas Carol-The Ghost’s Tale, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. Interactive murdermystery comedy. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. Through Dec. 19. 7322174. Batavia.

SHOPPING

Used Book Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 722-1221. Goshen. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 5

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Show & Tell. Bring a historical item to show and tell. Includes holiday party with the induction of officers and light refreshments. Bring a snack item. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Free, visitors welcome. 723-3423; http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohclecgs/. Batavia.

CRAFT SHOWS

Milford High School Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Milford High School, 1 Eagles Way. More than 200 crafters. Fiber and wood crafts, glass, Christmas items, appliqued clothing, jewelry, homemade candy and more. Free. Presented by Milford High School Athletic Boosters. 576-2282. Miami Township. Holiday Craft and Artisan Fair, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Heavenly Hearth, 950 Ohio Pike. Christmas Shopping with local crafters, vendors and artisans. Door prizes every half hour and illusionist at 3 p.m. Free. 543-9149. Withamsville.

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FESTIVALS

St. Andrew Church Winterfest, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. St. Andrew Church - Milford, 552 Main St. Parish Center. Food, crafts, jewelry and more. Photos with Santa available. Benefits St. Andrew Church Preservation of the Beauty of the Church. Free. Presented by St. Andrew Church-Milford. 831-3353. Milford.

FOOD & DRINK

Snow on the Vine Holiday Sampling, noon6 p.m. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road. Prior releases, new releases of seasonal dessert wines and more. 50 cents per sample. Through Dec. 19. 734-3548; www.hhwines.com. Bethel.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Bethel Down Home Christmas Library Open House, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Stories and refreshments. Gingerbread Houses start at 9:30, 10:30, 11:15 a.m. and noon. Bring candy and icing. All other supplies provided. Free. Registration required to make gingerbread house. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel. Under Wraps, 1 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Wrapping paper exchange and lessons on how to wrap a holiday package like a pro. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Make a gingerbread house. The Resurrection Bell Ringers perform at 11 a.m. Bow Making Demonstration at Noon. Make a snowflake picture and play winter bingo. Free. Registration is required for Gingerbread Houses, bring candy and icing. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.

HOLIDAY - TREES

Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Krody Christmas Tree Farm, $20 any size tree you choose and cut. 734-4145. Bethel. Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Grove Farm, 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Cut-your-own pine or fir Christmas tree any size. 734-4394. New Richmond. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Make a Gingerbread House, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Bring candy and icing. All other supplies provided. Free. Registration required. 528-1744. Union Township.

MUSIC - CHORAL

The Promise of Light, 6 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church, 402 West Plane St. Christmas musical. Bethel Community Choir performs. Refreshments. Babysitting for preschool children available. Donations benefit the Bethel Ministerial Association.Free, donations accepted. 734-7201. Bethel.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Sidewinder Band, 9:30 p.m. The Shaffer Shack, 4700 Ohio 276, $3. 782-9899. Batavia.

PROVIDED.

The Clermont Inn Players present “Santa’s Helpers/A Neurotic Christmas Carol-The Ghost’s Tale” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St., Batavia. It is an interactive murder-mystery comedy. The event includes dinner. The cost is $30. Reservations are required. The play runs six Friday and Saturday evenings: Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19. Call 732-2174. Jacqueline M. Carey and Jeffrey Miller rediscover their friendship in “Santa’s Helpers.” S U N D A Y, D E C . 6

FOOD & DRINK Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry, All you can eat. Eggs, meat, toast, potatoes and beverages. Carryout available. $7. Presented by Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. 732-9035. Batavia. HOLIDAY - TREES

Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Grove Farm, $125 blue spruce, dug, balled and burlapped; $65-$85 pines and firs, dug, balled and burlapped; $35, cut-your-own pine or fir Christmas tree any size. 7344394. New Richmond. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

MUSIC - CHORAL

The Promise of Light, 6 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church, Free, donations accepted. 734-7201. Bethel.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

The Coming of the Light: A Seasonal Advent Feast, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Dining Hall. Collection of more than 50 nativity scenes from around world on display. Community songs and prayer, 3:30 p.m. Includes program of readings, music, art project and drinks. Dinner available, 5:50 p.m.; $15, $10 ages 10 and under. Free. Pre-paid reservations required for supper. 683-2340. Loveland. St. Bernadette Catholic Parish Open House, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. St. Bernadette Church, 1471 Locust Lake Road. Guided tours. 753-5566. Amelia. M O N D A Y, D E C . 7

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Ceramic Painting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annie’s Fine Stationary & Gifts, $10-$25. 576-9011. Milford.

AUDITIONS

The Nerd, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mulberry Elementary School, 5950 Buckwheat Road. Four men stage age 30-60, one boy stage age 8-12, two women stage age 25-45. Cold readings from script. Production dates: April 9-17. Presented by Milford Theatre Guilde. 2933459. Miami Township.

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BUSINESS SEMINARS

Eureka Profit 101 ‚ Growth Training, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Learn proven and reliable system for creating and identifying profitable products, services and customers through innovation. $50, $45 members; $35, $30 advane members. Reservations required. 576-5000; www.clermontchamber.com. Union Township.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Pierce Township Square Dance Classes, 7:30 p.m. Locust Corner Elementary School, 3431 Locust Corner Road. Beechmont Square Dance Club beginner square dance class. No prior dance experience necessary. $5. 859-441-9155; www.so-nkysdf.com. Pierce Township.

HOLIDAY - TREES

Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Krody Christmas Tree Farm, $20 any size tree you choose and cut. 734-4145. Bethel. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Gifts-in-a-Jar Make and Take Workshop, 6 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Make a curried rice, an all purpose rub for meat, oatmeal cookie mix, cream cheese mints and hot chocolate mix in a jar to take home or gift. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.

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ART EXHIBITS

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free with admission: Weekdays $3; Saturday-Sunday $5; $1 ages 3-12; free members. 831Harper 1711; http://www.cincynature.org/. Union Township.

BUSINESS MEETINGS

Eastern Hills Business Networking International Meeting, 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. The Bridge Cafe, 203 Mill St. Business and professional networking organization comprised of one member from each profession with goal of giving members more business. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration recommended. Presented by Business Networking International. 797-1158; www.bni-ohio.com. Milford.

FOOD & DRINK

Taste of Christmas, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Milford Firefighters Community Hall, 1005 Lila Ave. Please bring canned food items for Milford-Miami Ministry Food Bank. $5, $3 children. Presented by Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce. 831-2411; www.milformiamitownship.com. Milford. WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m. Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St. Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; www.milfordfirsumc.org. Milford.

BARS/CLUBS

RECREATION

Turkey Shoot, 1 p.m. American Legion Post 237, 2215 Memory Lane. Free, additional cost to shoot. 732-0331. Batavia.

Live Trivia, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill, 509 Ohio Pike. Presented by B and B Entertainment. 528-1725. Cherry Grove.

EDUCATION

Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodland Mound, $1, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Hills Christian Church, $36 per month for unlimited classes. 407-9292. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - TREES

Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Krody Christmas Tree Farm, $20 any size tree you choose and cut. 734-4145. Bethel. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson Farm, $35 and up. 753-4572. Clermont County.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS PROVIDED

The Rockettes perform a “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” at U.S. Bank Arena, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. See the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” pictured above, a reenactment of the first Christmas and more. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50. Visit www.usbankarena.com.

Book Chat, 6 p.m. “Lipstick Jungle” by Candace Bushnell. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township.

PROVIDED

Have a holiday sing-a-long at Carolfest, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Music Hall. Seasonal songs and carols performed by the May Festival Chorus, the May Festival Youth Chorus, the Cincinnati Boychoir, and the Christ Emmanuel Fellowship Choir. Also see choreography by Shekinah Glory Dancers and The Studio for Dance and the handbell choir from the Sycamore Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir. A half hour prior to each concert special guests Santa, Rudolph and Frosty will make appearances. Tickets are $12, adults; and $6, 12 years and under. Call 513-381-3300 or visit www.mayfestival.com.


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Bethel Journal

Life

December 3, 2009

The many feelings of the Christmas season This side often contains: loneliness, excessive attempts at pleasing, the reemergence of conflicts between siblings and relatives, a sad nostalgia, and a frenetic busyness that destroys the opportunity for personal time and reflection on its meaning. Loneliness is often the predominate heartache that arises at this beautiful season. Perhaps some insights may soften it a little. There are various kinds of

The Christmas season is an ambiguous time of year. Perhaps bittersweet is the best term to describe the collage of Christmas feelings. Many factors make it sweet: familial love and closeness, the joy in children’s eyes, personal warmth, cordial dining and conversing, notes from old friends, gifts, but especially the realization we’re loved and thought of dearly. Yet, Christmas time so often involves a bitter side.

human loneliness. They’re brought about by alienation, restlessness, rootlessness, psychological depression, and what we can call a moral loneliness. In “Against An Infinite Horizon,” Ronald Rolheiser describes it as, “There is a fire inside us that aches insatiably. At every level, body, psyche, soul, we feel our unwholeness and are restlessly driven to seek consummation with others and the world beyond us. We

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never quite overcome this in this life … It constitutes the fundamental disease of the human person.” In our culture, whenever loneliness is discussed, we conclude that we grow lonely mainly for sexual union and that finding a partner for it will solve our loneliness. That’s far too simplistic. A human person is much more complex. That’s made evident by the fact that not even years of on-going sexual functioning eradicates all loneliness. Have we not heard the complaint of the lonely spousal bed? More deeply than we yearn for a sexual partner and physical union, we crave for what we can all call a moral affinity. We pine for someone to visit us within, in that deep part of us where our very self, and all that is most precious to us is kept, cherished and guarded.

We are lonely at levels that sex alone cannot reach. We hunger to be known, understood and loved. Rolheiser explains it well when he writes, “Great friendships and great marriages invariably have this deep moral affinity at their root. The persons in these relationships are ‘lovers’ in the true sense because they sleep with each other at that deep level, irrespective of whether or not there is sexual union. At the level of feelings, this type of love is experienced as a certain ‘coming home.’” Christmas time blows on the embers of this desire in us and it blazes up. When it is misdirected and misunderstood, we may sometimes aim our frustration and anger at parents, brothers or sisters, relatives or friends. We blame them for not knowing us completely or

not loving us as much as Father Lou we think Guntzelman t h e y should. Perspectives Or, we run from our ache by becoming too busy and not realizing that others are looking for the same thing we are. The loneliness and lesser loves of this world need not frustrate us. They can serve as reminders of the value of loving one another as best we can while moving ever closer to the divine meaning of Christmas – that there is a Lover yearning for an affinity with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@communitypress.com or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Clermont Co. continues H1N1 vaccinations “To say it is busy would be an understatement,” said Clermont County Health Commissioner Marty Lambert. “In a typical year we provide around 1,000 seasonal flu shots to Clermont County citizens. I anticipate that we will provide up to 40,000 H1N1 vaccinations by the end of this flu season.” The Centers for Disease Control is reporting the number of flu cases is beginning to decline locally and across the state. One H1N1 death

Gospel Sundays Enjoy some of Cincinnati’s most renowned gospel groups. December 6, 13, 20 & January 17 North Pole Pajama Party Wear your favorite PJs. Drink hot chocolate. Decorate cookies. Create a craft. Dance with Santa and his elves! Call to RSVP. December 20 media sponsor:

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has been confirmed in Clermont County. As the Clermont County General Health District winds up its first round of countywide H1N1 school vaccination clinics, it’s estimated that almost 14,000 children in Clermont County have received vaccinations. That number includes school-age children and their younger siblings. Children 9 and under will receive a second dose of the vaccine at the schools in mid-December. Vaccination clinics current-

ly scheduled Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Daycare Clinic at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, in the 4-H Building. This is for children 5 years old and younger, pregnant women and caregivers of children under 6 months of age. Another clinic is being planned in early December for UC Clermont students. For more information about the clinics, visit www.ClermontHealthDistrict.org or check the Clermont Flu Hotline at 513588-5121.


Life

Bethel Journal

December 3, 2009

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Have a bourbon ball this season December is here and that means Hanukkah and Christmas are on their way. So for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some gifts from the kitchen, along with my regular recipes. One more thing, check the pantry spices and herbs for freshness. Do the sniff test: If they don’t smell fragrant, toss them and get new. And when you open them, regardless of the expiration date on the can (particularly with baking powder), know that you should use them within a year maximum. For baking powder, put a little in some warm water – it should start foaming right away. For baking soda, do the same but use some vinegar or lemon juice, which will activate it if it’s still fresh.

I also have a traditional bourbon ball recipe which I’m including for our Web version. (Let us know if you want a copy by mail by calling 513-591-6163.) You can divide this in half, or double it. Now I want you to taste the mixture after it’s mixed up – if it’s creamy enough then leave as is. If you want a bit more creaminess, add a bit more butter, starting with a couple tablespoons and go from there. Makes anywhere from three to four dozen, depending on size. I use a small ice cream scoop to make the balls nice and round. I think the coating on Buffalo Trace’s balls is probably bittersweet or Belgian dark chocolate.

Rita’s creamy Kentucky colonels/bourbon balls

1 stick salted butter, softened 1 pound powdered sugar Up to 1⁄2 cup bourbon – start with several tablespoons Chocolate coating: Real chocolate chips: semisweet, bittersweet, Belgian, etc.

Tricia Boh, a Kentucky reader, asked me to replicate the bourbon balls “like Rebecca Ruth’s makes for Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery in Frankfort, Ky.” Here’s one from my files, which is what I think she wants, as this is a creamy, not cakey, bourbon ball.

Form into balls and refrigerate until very firm. (Sometimes I freeze mine in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer container for dipping later). Melt the chocolate. Remove while still some lumps remain as the residual heat will melt the rest when you stir it. Dip the balls. I use a wooden skewer to dip mine. As soon as you dip them and put on a sprayed cookie sheet, top with a pecan half. Put in refrigerator to set coating completely. Store in fridge, covered.

Withrow and CPS chess/transparent pie

I could hardly believe my luck when Diane Powell called me with this recipe. For M. Miles and Kim McDonald. Kim wants to make it for her brother who enjoys smooth tasting pie. A good friend of Diane’s worked at Withrow’s commissary and gave Diane the recipe. Diane said most public schools in the 1960s-’70s made this pie. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together butter and sugar. Gradually add bourbon.

Salvation Army seeks donations The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati recently announced that it is requesting food donations to support its various programs throughout the city. The non-perishable food donations will be used to address requests from its Food Pantries, as well as to fill traditional Holiday Food Baskets. “This year, the need is even greater,” said Major Ronald Foreman, divisional

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Sift flour and salt together. Combine, add salt and milk and beat very well, about one to two minutes until well mixed. (Sometimes mixture will look curdled. Don’t worry, it will bake just fine). Pour into shell and bake 40 to 45 minutes on cookie sheets. Diane said the butter

tends to bubble over and the pie will be a bit shaky in the center but will set nicely as it cools.

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Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

Coming Judy Craven’s sundried soon tomato salad dressing • Entenmann’s While waiting for a good Red Lobster salad dressing to come in, this one came from Judy, a Delhi reader, who says this is good on pasta salad. 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 ⁄2 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 1 ⁄4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon drained capers 1 garlic clove, minced

pound cake clone • Rita’s chicken and dumplings • Hot chicken casserole topped with potato chips Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at www.Abouteating.com.

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and cookie mix, boxes of instant potatoes and packages of rolls help round out the offerings. Finally, monetary donations provide gift cards to be used towards the purchase of fresh meat. Those making donations are asked to contact their local Salvation Army Community Center to arrange a dropoff, including 87 N. Market St., Batavia, 45103; 732-6241.

commander of the Salvation Army. In order to help those in need, the Salvation Army is reaching out to the community for an increased level of support. Those who want to help are asked to provide nonperishable food items. Canned goods, such as vegetables, fruit, cranberry sauce, and gravy, are a great help. Also, stuffing

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Bethel Journal

Community

December 3, 2009

Keep open spaces in Clermont County Take your pet for a photo with Santa

More people are calling Clermont County home. Since 2000, the county has experienced a 10 percent increase in population, growing from an estimated 177,977 to 195,385 residents today. In a recent land use planning survey, Clermont County citizens indicated a desire to balance future growth and development while protecting specific land uses, such as open space. As growth and development continues, land preservation tools like conservation easements will be essential to protect natural areas and open spaces. A conservation easement

is a voluntary agreement made by a landowner to place deed restrictions over property, or a section of property, to preserve land in its current state. It will protect the feature of the landscape for conservation from incompatible land use. A conservation easement protects an important conservation quality of land, such as habitat, open space or scenic views. Many landowners place an easement on their property because of the long-term environmental benefits; natural areas that are lush with vegetation can help improve the water quality of

local streams by absorbing rain water and filtering harmful pollutants. Landowners can sell or donate a conservation easement to a local land trust or government agency. Financial compensation is based on the easement value, which is determined by property appraisals done before and after the deed restrictions. Those who donate an easement may be eligible for state and federal tax deductions. Because the deed restrictions lower the property’s market value, easements are ideal for landowners looking to reduce the estate tax burden

for those who may inherit the property in the future. Conservation easements are important balancing tools for urbanization. As the county develops, communities can rely on conservation easements as a winwin strategy that maintains the natural, rural character of the landscape, while providing economic incentives to the individual landowner and long-term environmental benefits. If interested in learning more about conservation easements, visit the Clermont Storm Water Management Department Web site at www.ClermontStorm.net.

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Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs.

Education

Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail mentor@clermont2020.org

Entertainment

Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

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

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If you are looking for a “paws-itively” “purr-fect” holiday present, consider taking your pet for a visit with Santa. The Clermont County Humane Society is sponsoring the Photos with Santa fundraiser to benefit the homeless animals in the county. Bring your dog, cat, or other critter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, or Sunday, Dec. 13, to the Petsmart store, 245 River’s Edge in Milford, for the pictures. “Bring the whole family to pose with the pets,” said “Santa” Pete Palazzolo, who has dressed as the jolly red elf to pose with pets and people for the past six years. No appointments will be taken. Pictures will be taken on a first-come, firstserved basis. “Santa” Pete said he has posed with all types of critters over the years, including birds, ferrets and even gerbils. “If they are your pet and you can bring them in a car-

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SANTA LETTER Dear Santa, My name is Elizabeth and I am 11⁄2 years old. I have been a very good girl this year! I would love some books, a Dora baby doll, Barney toys, and a Elizabeth s t u f f e d horse. I will leave you some cookies and milk by our Christmas tree. Thank you Santa! Lots of Love, Elizabeth, 11⁄2 Sardinia


Religion Athenaeum of Ohio

The traditional Advent Lessons and Carols service will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary Seminary. The service centers on the celebration of the patronal feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception which falls in the midst of the Advent season. The Rev. Edward P. Smith, president/rector of the Athenaeum will be presiding. The program plays to standing-room-only audiences and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The performance includes chants with hand bells, traditional and new Advent carols for choir and congregation, beautiful Marian motets and seven scripture lessons read by members of the Athenaeum’s faculty.

them gift wrapped for free. The event includes refreshments. The church is at 402 West Plane St., Bethel; 734-7201.

The address is 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 2312223.

Bethel United Methodist

The Bethel Community Choir is presenting a Christmas Musical for Down Home Christmas weekend at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at the church. “The Promise of Light” is a musical celebration of God’s gift of eternal light to mankind. Donations will be accepted to help support the Bethel Ministerial Association. The program is open to the public. Baby-sitting will be provided. Refreshments will follow both performances. For more information, call 734-7201. The church is hosting “Get Wrapped in God’s Love,” a free Christmas gift wrapping from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Bring in your Christmas presents and get

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CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH Bible Based Teaching Christ-Centered Worship Family Style Fellowship Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm 2249 Old State Road 32, Batavia

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PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart 5:00pm Saturday Service Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am http://www.princeofpeaceelca.org

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UNITED METHODIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223 www.gecc.net

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MONUMENTS BAPTIST CHURCH

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212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565 Sunday School 9:45am 10:45am Sunday Worship Sunday Eve. Childrens Mission 6:00pm Sunday Eve. Adult Discipleship 6:00pm Sunday Eve. Worship 7:00pm Wed. Eve. Adult Bible Study 7:00pm

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

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

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ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Bernadette Church 1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

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Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

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BAPTIST

The church will host Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Ohio 2099 Batavia. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. The church is at 4650 Ohio 132, Batavia; 575-9155.

UNITED METHODIST

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ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 www.stthomasepiscopal.org Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists

THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

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Come Join Us…. Marc Quinter, Pastor

The church is hosting the Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The lunch menu includes chicken sandwich, sloppy joe, vegetable soup, bean soup, salads, drinks and home baked desserts. Sales table will include crafts, original water color paintings, jewelry, Christmas gifts and decorations. There also will be homemade pies, cakes and other goodies for sale. For additional information, call 732-2027. The church is at 180 N. Fifth St., Batavia; 732-2027.

Friendship Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Wednesday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. the first four Wednesdays in December. They will reflect on the Advent season with the Pastor’s sermon series “Minor Characters in Major

Roles” with Mary Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer. This worship service offers a reflective time of prayer, melody and the inspirational Word of God. The Sermon series is as follows: Dec. 2, “Elizabeth and Zechariah;” Dec. 9, “John the Baptist;” Dec. 16, “Mary;” and Dec. 23, “Joseph.” The church is hosting a Blue Christmas Service at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. This “Blue Christmas” service recognizes that the seasons of Advent and Christmas can be very difficult for some due to a loss in their life. The worship service is relaxed reverent, meaning come as you are. The church is hosting the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. It is a family service and includes communion. The church is at 1300 White Oak, Amelia; 752-5265.

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Bethel

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES

Faith United Methodist Church 180 North Fifth Street, Batavia, Ohio David W. Phaneuf - Minister 732-2027 Sunday School 9:15am; Worship 10:30am Nursery Provided United Methodist Youth, Men & Women Organizations Handicap Accessibility www.gbgm-umc.org//faith-batavia

FELICITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship............9:00am Sunday School.......................10:00am Traditional Worship................10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

Ask us for information about Angel Food Ministries

Place orders by December 11 Pick up Dec 19, 10am-noon

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770 www.faithchurch.net

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

Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail: bethelnaz@fuse.net www.bethelnazarenechurch.org

“Room for the Whole Family” GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 www.goshenmethodist.org Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

Sunday 10:30am day Worship Service......8:30am, 10:3 Sunday d School.......................9:30am Sh l 93 w/nursery & children’s church A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith

513-732-2211

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

B elfast U n ited M eth o d ist C h u rch 2297 St. Rt. 131 Goshen, Ohio Rev. Ronald Slater, Pastor 724-2715

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

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

www.cloughchurch.org

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400 http://www.emmanuel-umc.com

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

513-735-2555

www.kingswayfellowship.com

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

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song

Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 Meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125

Sunday Worship. 10:00am www.newsongohio.com

THE SALVATION ARMY Worship & Service Center 87 N. Market Street Batavia, OH 45103

513-732-6241 - www.salvos.com/Batavia Sunday School 10:00am- Worship 11:00am Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers

Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati presents Christmas Cathedral Hour, Sunday December 6, 3:00pm, Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 East Fifth St.

Featuring SR Cathedral Choir, Allen Temple A.M.E. Choir, Reverend Donald E. Dixon, retired SR Pastor of Hyde Park Community UMC.

Looking for a Church That Loves Kids? Looking for Acceptance & Mercy?

vineyard eastgate community church Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate)

Sunday Services 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM

513.753.1993 vineyardeastgate.org

PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm

9:15am Sunday W orship Sunday School 10:30am Nursery, Junior Church

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org

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

6635 Loveland-Miamiville Rd. (across from Oasis Golf Course) Ph. 513-677-9866 www.epiphanyumc.org Contemporary Services: Saturdays 5pm & Sundays 9:00am Traditional Service: Sunday - 10:30 am

(St. Rt. 125 & Church St.) Amelia, Ohio

1001502943-01

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

Community Church of Nazarene

Faith United Methodist Church

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Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM

513-732-1971

Pastor: Tom Bevers www.Cornerstone.ohbaptist.org

family near, are going through a divorce, have lost their job, are dealing with a serious illness, or have a loved one who is battling cancer. Whatever the reason may be, all who are in need of comfort are invited to come and experience the healing power of God’s love. The service will be held at the church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. For more information, call the church office at 231-4301 or visit www.cloughchurch.org. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 2314301.

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FRIENDSHIP

Real Life Assembly of God 2300 Old SR. 32, Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-4228 Sundays Adult Service 10:30am Super Church 10:30am Royal Rangers 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study, Youth Group & Kids Club 7:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Joe’s Place Teen Center 1:00-4:00pm Real People, Real Issues, Real Life

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

Clough United Methodist

The church will be offering Financial Peace University, a 13-week, video-based small group study by Dave Ramsey that teaches families how to beat debt, build wealth and give like never before. This study is open to the community and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 16. For more information, contact Lindey Kunz at 484-9314 or visit www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home. The church is offering a “Tidings of Comfort” service, a special service for all who are hurting this Christmas season. The holidays can be a very difficult time for many people. Some have lost a loved one, find themselves alone without any

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638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Rev. Blossom Matthews Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: www.Summerside-umc.org E-mail: Summerside_umc@yahoo.com

Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262 www.trinitymilford.org

Williamsburg

United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305 WburgUMC@aol.com www.williamsburgumc.com

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley Youth Director- JD Young

Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH

683-2525

www.LPCUSA.org

LPCUSA@fuse.net

PRESBYTERIAN FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

A Loving Church in Jesus Name

Sunday School........................................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship........................10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study......................7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship www.FirstChurchofJesusChrist.org 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150

Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

GOD’s Will Ministries Psalm 40:8 Mark@513-967-7490 24/7/ 365

û Evangelist- guest speaker available to power preach God’s Word (no love offer ing needed), sticking to the Scriptures û Vistation- Home, hospital, death bed visits etc û Free Christian counseling- based on the only authority, and what works, the Scriptures û Do you have questions about spiritual matters? "Repentance toward God-Faith in Jesus Christ"

CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided www.calvin-pc.org

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M. Worship:10:30A.M.(SupervisedNursery) PRESCHOOL: Tues, Weds, Thurs

WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH

949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Rob Meyer, Youth Leader Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED ”A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


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CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, Felicity, Nov. 17. Charity D Cook, 27, at large, receiving stolen property at 579 McKinney, Felicity, Nov. 19. Bradley R Owens, 44, 2606 Airport Road, Bethel, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at 405 West St., Felicity, Nov. 17. Kimberly Palacio, 44, 1971 Bethel

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| DEATHS | Editor Theresa Herron | therron@communitypress.com | 248-7128

Maple Road, Hamersville, endangering children at 1971 Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, Nov. 23. Amy B Wisby, 44, 1962 Antioch Road, Hamersville, domestic violence at 1962 Antioch, Hamersville, Nov. 19. Kein C Adams, 19, 3317 Ohio Ave., Bethel, criminal trespass, theft at 125 Clark St., Bethel, Nov. 19. Kein C Adams, 19, 3317 Ohio Ave., Bethel, breaking and entering at 2633 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, Nov. 19. Ronald Harmon, 45, 3393 Ohio Pike,

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Total Quality Logistics vs. Todd M. Johnson, professional tort Carol J. Frazier vs. Marsha Ryan Administrator and Milford Commons LLC., worker’s compensation Provident Funding Associates LP vs. Beverly Smith, et al., foreclosure Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC vs. Tracy L. Toward, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Stephen Wood, et al., foreclosure HSBC Mortgage Corporation USA vs.

Michael Barrett, et al., foreclosure Beneficial Ohio Inc. vs. James Alan Scharber, et al., foreclosure PHH Mortgage Corporation vs. Amanda K. Bauer, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company Madisonville vs. Deanna R. Howe, foreclosure Aurora Loan Services LLC vs. Stanley W. Cieslar, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Roy Parm Jr. and Shawna Parm, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Robert A. Abner, et al., foreclosure First Horizon Home Loans vs. Adam Harding, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Dawn Ann

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Bethel, theft at 125 Clark St., Bethel, Nov. 19.

Hamersville, Nov. 15.

Nov. 21.

Criminal trespass

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

At 125 Clark St., Bethel, Nov. 19. At 3813 Sodom Road, Hamersville, Nov. 21.

Burglary

At 1971 Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, Nov. 15.

At 2633 Gaylord Ave., Bethel, Nov. 19. At 844 Ohio 133 No. 3, Felicity, Nov. 21. At 579 McKinney, Felicity, Aug. 11.

Criminal damaging/endangering At 3281 Ohio 756, Felicity, Nov. 19.

Criminal simulation

At 2730 Ohio 222 Lot 72, Bethel,

Death Investigation

Waggoner, foreclosure Household Realty Corp. vs. Charles G. Stokes, et al., foreclosure Merrill Lynch Bank USA vs. Gavri LLC, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Mechelle Eckart and Village of Woodcreek Owners Association, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. James A. Mattes, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Christina M. Burns, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Kelly M. Mason and Byron M. Mason, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Helmut Kellner, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Brandon Webber, foreclosure Beneficial Ohio Inc. vs. Kevin Clark Riley, et al., foreclosure Chase Bank USA NA vs. Edward K. Feltner, other civil Cavalry SPV I LLC vs. Melissa K. Reynolds, other civil Regency Centers LP vs. J.R. Holcomb and Company, other civil Roger L. Howe and Joyce L. Howe vs. 3M Precision Optics Inc., other civil American Express Bank FSB vs. Charles Marshall, other civil Huntington National Bank vs. David M. Slone and Sarah S. Slone, other civil Sallie Mae Inc. vs. David J. Bragg, other civil Target National Bank vs. Faye Cook, other civil Tidewater Finance Company vs. Charles Darling Jr., other civil

Divorce

Kenneth R. Oetzel vs. Carol S. Oetzel Mary S. Gregory vs. Troy W. Gregory Andrew William Dunn vs. Davina Dunn Nick T. Robinson vs. Kimberly Robinson Victoria M. Reinhardt vs. Richard E. Reinhardt Amber Casarrubias vs. Jeronimo Casarrubias-Rodriguez Heather Eisenman vs. Dwight Eisenman Beverly Wernke vs. Henry B. Wernke Jill Marie Hart vs. Charles Joseph

Domestic violence

At 1962 Antioch, Hamersville, Nov. 19. At 304 Myrtle Ave., Bethel, Nov. 17. At 957 Hopewell Road, Felicity, Nov. 17.

Endangering children

At 1971 Bethel Maple Road,

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Green Excavating, Bethel, alter, 2201 Union Chapel, Batavia Township; alter, 3115 Leeds Road, Monroe Township; alter, 1797 Antioch Road, Tate Township.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

At West St., Felicity, Nov. 12.

At West St., Felicity, Nov. 12.

Runaway

At 579 McKinney, Felicity, Aug. 11.

BETHEL

Theft

Man found dead in vehicle at area of 625 W. Plane St., Nov. 4.

Receiving stolen property

At 2631 Runway Ave., Bethel, Nov. 18. At 3839 Ohio 756, Felicity, Nov. 17. At 1171 Richey Road, Felicity, Nov. 18. At 125 Clark St., Bethel, Nov. 19. At 3394 Legion Lane, Bethel, Nov. 21.

Incidents/investigations Death Found

Hypodermic syringes found in area at 100 Bethel Park Drive, Nov. 2.

REAL ESTATE Hart Russell Ryan Sr. vs. Kimberly Ryan Samantha R. Smith vs. Adam R. Smith

Dissolution

Colleen D. Hauser vs. Shane D. Hauser Anthony A. Sharkins vs. Shari L. Sharkins Paula Valente vs. Frank Valente Christy L. Foster vs. William A. Hensley Theresa Lee Munafo vs. Christopher J. Munafo Jackie Kinman vs. Ernest P. Kinman Jeffrey E. Thompson vs. Deborah L. Thompson Linda Christine Duncan vs. Richard Nathaniel Duncan Jr. Deborah L. Young vs. Raymond C. Young Christina Burden vs. Henry Burden Lynn H. Ritchey vs. Phillip Neal Ritchey Todd Hawks vs. Christy Hawks Lindsay Nicole Hubbard vs. Curtis Richard Hubbard

Indictments

The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Theresa Hendrix-Moore, 48, 3919 Greentree Terrace, Amelia, theft from an elderly person, grand theft from an elderly person, forgery, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Arthur James Fritts, 33, receiving stolen property, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Steven A. Orick, 24, 120 Cross St., Newtonsville, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Allen Spurlock, 19, 35 Park Ave., Loveland, having weapon while under disability, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Paul Frederick Marack III, 31, burglary, receiving stolen property, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jason A. Bradburn, 28, 5874 Manassas Run, Milford, breaking and entering, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

BUILDING PERMITS Residential

Rape

At 2545 Sprague Road, Bethel, Nov. 16. At 3757 Ohio 756, Felicity, Nov. 18.

Commercial

Camburas & Theodore, Des Plaines, Illinois, alter-CVS Pharmacy, 592 Plane St., Bethel Village, $150,000. Karen Chandler, Hamersville, garage, 2001 Antioch Road, Tate Township, $7,500.

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

ESTATE

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

BETHEL VILLAGE

444 South Main St., David Cmehil to Elizabeth Richmond, $114,000.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

476 Felicity Cedron Road, Daniel Bell, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $26,667.

MOSCOW VILLAGE

211 Second St., Donald Rice to Harold Scott Wells, $40,000. 31 Wells St., Peggy Frost to Debby Workman, 0.0960 acre, $13,250.

TATE TOWNSHIP

3041 South Bantam Road, Duane & Selma Reynolds to Anna Barrett, 4 acre, $194,000.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

1824 Ohio 222, Carol Miller, et al. to

Bobby & Delories Nickloes, 1 acre, $5,014.90.

TATE TOWNSHIP

2424 Bethel-Hygiene Road, Dennie Napier to Cathy Watson, 3.4720 acre, $40,235. 606 Georgia Drive, Michael & Kerrianne Cravens to Mark Owen, 0.5014 acre, $145,000. 524 Laura Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Shantry Kirschner, 0.3610 acre, $83,500. 3426 Patterson Road, Victor Collins, et al. to Margie Strawmyer, 1.0000 acre, $30,000.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

1937 Ginn Road, Chase Home Finance LLC. to HSBC Bank, USA, 0.4750 acre, $26,666.67.

DEATHS Geraldine Gill

Geraldine “Gerry” Gill, 91, of Bethel died Nov. 15. Survived by daughters, Michele “Mickey” (Mark) Wichard and Teri L. Catalano; and grandchildren, Rebecca, Greg, Lori and Keli. Preceded in death by husband, Karoly Jakubik; parents, Timothy and Anne (nee Davis) Donovan; brother, Charles Donovan; and sister, Frances Shinkle. Services were Nov. 27 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: Mount Washington Care Center Activity Fund, 6900 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Frank Joe Herbolt

Frank Joe Herbolt, 64, of Rich-

mond, Ind., and formerly of Bethel died Nov. 16. Survived by wife, Lois Ann (nee Dahms); sons, James (Norma), Ronald, Roger and Gary; grandchildren, James II and Tina (Jordan) Burdette; great-grandchildren, Taylor Kinnison and Gabby Burdette; brothers, Richard (Angie), Ralph (Dawn) and Roy (Kay) Herbolt; sisters, Rossanna (Nick) Larrick, Regina Herbolt and Rhonda (Kevin) Glover; a host of nieces and nephews; also survived by many friends and acquaintances. Preceded in death by parents, Ross and Juanita (nee Bruin) Herbolt. Services were Nov. 21 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, Richmond, Ind. Memorials to: Kingdom Hall, 1419 S. J St., Richmond, IN 47374.

County needs help caring for sewers “We haven’t found any alligators, but we do see a large number of tree roots, even jewelry, toy cars and tooth brushes in the county sanitary sewer system,” said John McManus, program manager for the Clermont County Storm Water Management Office. He’s encouraging residents to be extra careful when it comes to items flushed or poured down the drain, and to have a licensed plumber check the condition of sewers, especially if a building is old. “Throughout the county we are seeing household items, tree roots, ground water and storm water winding up in sanitary sewers. Too much of this can rob the sanitary sewer system of its ability to carry wastewater. When that happens, homeowners can experience a backup of sewage in basements and sewage overflows through manholes, thus resulting in increased maintenance costs for all of us,” McManus said. Sanitary sewers and storm sewers are designed to operate separately, and the two should never mix. When storm water and ground water winds up in the sani-

tary sewer, it is described as inflow and infiltration (I & I). “The water resources department has a number of tools to identify and eliminate sources of I & I,” he said. “We have a sewer camera that can be sent into manholes to check for problems. We use smoke-and-dye testing to search for leaks and we visually inspect manholes for the 500 miles of sewers that wind throughout Clermont County. It is a large undertaking and we need homeowners’ help and assistance.” If a problem is found in a sanitary lateral that is on the homeowner’s side of the right-of-way for the sewer, the problem must be corrected by the homeowner. If there is a problem in the main lines, the county is most often tasked with repairing the problem. “If you know you have a sump pump, roof drain or foundation drain connected to the sanitary sewer system, disconnect it,” said McManus. “If you are not sure how to disconnect it, contact the water resources department at 513-7327880, and we will check it for you at no cost.” Visit www.wrd.clermontcountyohio.gov.


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