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Damaged police car set to be replaced Insurance settlement not affected by failure to report initial damage to the car By Keith BieryGolick

Costs to maintain Burke Park will start to come out of the village’s general fund in 2015.FILE ART

PARK, BUILDING FUNDS WITHERING Village will have to use its general funds By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Voters defeated a 1mill parks and recreation tax-hike issue in 2012. The effect of its failure will soon start being felt. The cost of maintaining Burke Park, what Mayor Alan Ausman previously called “the heart of the village,” will start depleting the vilGilpin lage’s general fund in 2015. The costs of maintaining the Grant Memorial Building has already been subsidized by the general fund. In Bethel’s final FiAusman nance Committee meeting of the year, Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin relayed that news as he presented temporary appropriations for the committee to recommend to council. Dotson “We appropriated $7,000 for the year (for Burke Park) and we have spent $7,000 for the year. That fund no longer receives revenue,” Gilpin said. There was a little more than

The Grant Memorial Building is already being subsidized by the village’s general fund after a parks and recreation tax-hike issue was defeated in 2012.FILE ART

“I’m asking finance to approve those so we are not out of commission come Jan. 1” BILL GILPIN

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$14,000 in the fund at the beginning of the year, so it was split and officials plan to spend $7,000 again next year, he said. “(Then), that fund will be zeroed out except for the little money we get when people reserve it,” Gilpin said. “In 2015, that $7,000 will have to



This potato dish baked with Boursin cheese is one of Rita’s favorite potato recipes. Full story, B3

These Christmas tree farms are worth the trip to put you in the holiday spirit. Full story, B1

come out of general fund.” That’s in addition to the $5,000 appropriated from the general fund to treat the park for the tree-killing Asian Longhorned Beetle. Opinion varies on whether the chemical treatment will be necessary in 2015, said Travis Dotson, village administrator. The Grant Memorial fund was depleted before this year, Gilpin said. “It’s already become part of the general fund,” he said. “We appropriated $1,650 and that’s not hard to spend.” The majority of the costs come See FUNDS, Page A2

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A Dodge Charger similar to this one used by the Bethel Police Department was damaged in August and will be replaced in January.FILE ART For the Postmaster

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BETHEL — A police car damaged in August when a officer drove it into a ditch will be replaced in January. The insurance settlement came in and the village received $10,300 for it. The damage to the car was not reported in the official log after Bethel Police Chief Mark Planck inspected it. Planck had said he didn’t think the damage was substantial enough to report, but it turned out to be more extensive than he thought. Village Administrator Travis Dotson worried about Gilpin how not reporting the damage would affect the car’s insurance. It doesn’t appear to have affected it much, as Planck initially estimated insurance would only cover “a couple grand or more.” The Bethel officer was responding to a call outside the Planck village and “didn’t get the car into the driveway properly,” Planck said at the time. Planck told officials he would go back into the log with the officer and report the damage. “The chief will be replacing that vehicle in January,” Dotson Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin told the village’s Finance Committee recently. “He will use that (insurance) money to pay for a portion of a police cruiser.” Giplin put the insurance money into the village’s police cruiser fund, which he said is something the committee “may want to talk about ... at some point.” The fund doesn’t have a regular revenue stream, Gilpin said, but $1,097 is appropriated into the fund. “That money was in that fund when I got here,” he said. “Prior to fiscal emergency, council had

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from maintaining the elevator and gas during the winter, Gilpin said. In total, the Finance Committee unanimously voted to recommend about $5.8 million in appropriations for council, which is $320,106 more than it did in 2013. “The biggest change in appropriations is from the water fund. The reason for that is because I expect the village’s cost for our bulk water – since our rate from our supplier will go up – to cost about $62,000 more next year than this year to purchase water,” Gilpin said. Taking that cost, and transfers to save money for the new water tower and water mains, into consideration the increase in overall appropriations is “almost flat,” he said. “In a perfect world you don’t spend all you appropriate. We try hard to not spend what’s appropriated,” Gilpin said. As of Nov. 30, 81 percent of this year’s general fund money has been spent. “If we are 91 percent of the way through the

year and we’ve only spent 81 percent that’s a good trend,” Gilpin said. “In the fiscal recovery document I had estimated we would expend about $389,000 out of the general fund. If the fund averages what the first 11 months have we will come in at $383,000.” The appropriations recommended by the Finance Committee can be tweaked until March. “I’m asking finance to approve those so we are not out of commission come Jan. 1,” Gilpin said. Council must make appropriations permanent by March 31. Gilpin said he will keep working on the numbers, but they are “90 to 95 percent of what they will be for the year.” “There shouldn’t be any surprises,” he said.

Pickup trucks sold

Council recently authorized the sale of two pickup trucks. They brought in $1,716, which was put into the street construction, maintenance and repair fund. “Me and Travis both feel that was much more than we would have got if we put them out for a sealed bid – that was the alternative,” Gilpin said.


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Construction has begun on a 22,500-square-foot retail building next to the Kroger in Pierce Township and Amelia. Petco, Hibbett Sports, GNC and Verizon Wireless are some of the businesses expected to open there.THANKS TO DAVID NOELL

New Kroger store is spurring development By Keith BieryGolick

AMELIA — Three months after the Kroger Marketplace store in Pierce Township and Amelia opened construction on a retail building next to it has begun. Tenants in the 22,500squarefoot buildPaolucci ing, expected to be completed by June, will include Petco, Hibbett Sports, GNC and Verizon Wireless, David Noell, chief operating officer of JDL Warm Construction, said in an email. Petco will be the biggest store, according to a

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site plan provided by Select Strategies Realty, which owns the property. Additional development is underway to add an additional 32,000 square feet of retail space to the Pierce Town Center, which is currently anchored by the Kroger Marketplace. Michael Paolucci, president of Select Strategies Realty, said his firm owns 14 parcels of land on the Kroger lot. When asked whether the town center would have taken shape the way it has without Kroger Paolucci delivered a clear answer. “No,” he said. “We were looking at other concepts, but Kroger was the one we really wanted to have.” Purchasing property in the center, and handling all the zoning and jurisdictional road blocks that came along with it, took about eight years. Getting Kroger to close two area locations and build its marketplace helped attract other businesses, something that was proving difficult because of “a stereotype out there” about Amelia, Paolucci said. “People wouldn’t even talk to us (before Kroger),” he said, even though the intersection of state Route 125 and Amelia-Olive Branch Road in front

of the store is the busiest intersection in Clermont County outside of the Interstate 275 interchange. “It’s an old part of Cincinnati. It’s not new and sparkly like West Chester, so people don’t think of it as being a community with nice neighborhoods, but they’re there,” he said. “Once sales for this Kroger Marketplace are publicized more other people (in the retail world) will come in and re-examine Amelia.” Mike Otto, an Amelia resident, said the new Kroger is “a good place to shop,” but he isn’t looking forward to more construction. “This area is completely overdeveloped. We don’t need all this,” Otto said. Otto hasn’t noticed problems with traffic because of the new store, but said he avoids the main road “at all costs.” “I don’t know if it’s had an impact (on the community). It’s just a bigger Kroger,” he said. El Jinete, a Mexican restaurant with locations in Fairfax and near Interstate 275 on Montgomery Road, put a “coming soon” sign in the parking lot. In addition, “Wendy’s is talking to us about (another parcel),” Paolucci said. The other building,


something we (want to consider). It would take council action,” he said. “I just wanted to throw that out there in case there’s a mindset to go back to that routine.” No further discussion took place after Gilpin brought up the village’s past practices.

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transferred money routinely from the general fund to this fund to save up for police cruiser replacements.” Gilpin told committee members once money is transferred from the general fund into the police cruiser fund it is restricted for that use. “I don’t know if that’s

Dump truck on the way

Officials previously bought a dump truck from Rush Truck Centers for

which construction crews haven’t started yet, has 50 to 60 percent of its space in lease negotiations with future tenants, he said. Some residents don’t think the announced businesses are as encouraging as Paloucci does, citing the close proximity of identical area businesses. There is a Verizon store 1 mile down the road from its future location in the town center. There also is a Wendy’s 1 mile toward I-275 and another one 2 miles on the way to Bethel. Another Mexican restaurant, Los Cabos Mexican Grill, sets up shop 1 mile toward I-275 from El Jinete’s future location. “It would be nice to see something different (food-wise), especially after the Great Scott Diner closed,” said Patty Hayslip, a Bethel resident. “But the pet store is exciting. I have to go out to Eastgate for that now.” Phyllis Cunningham, a Tate Township resident, pointed down the road each direction when asked about the choice of businesses. “There’s a Wendy’s right over there and right over here,” she said. Paolucci said if a deal is struck with Wendy’s, those two stores will be closed when a new facility is built in the town center. “We are taking things that are out there and making it better,” he said. “I don’t want to criticize those people, but sometimes people don’t like change and this presents a giant change. This is a game changer for Amelia.” Residents voiced similar concerns before Kroger opened, Paolucci said. “It’s the nature of the beast,” he said. “Before this opened we kept hearing, ‘We love our old, small Kroger.’ We don’t hear that anymore.” $80,303. Gilpin said the initial purchase was only for a cab and chassis. It will cost “about $40,000” for the plow, bed and other equipment needed to make it road worthy – a cost the village has budgeted for, he said. Dotson said the company has all the parts and he expects the truck to be delivered to the village by the end of the year.



CLERMONT COUNTY BOARD OF DD Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2012 Annual Report and Outcomes Management Summary Executive Summary – Sharon Woodrow, Superintendent As we review the accomplishments and challenges of 2012, it is apparent that in spite of the fiscal challenges we all have faced, many individuals and their families were supported by the Clermont County Board of DD with services that they needed. Our Board’s commitment to finding ways to fund immediate needs for as many people as possible resulted in over 400 individuals receiving services from our various waiting lists. I am really proud of that and of our staff who have worked so diligently to make that happen. 2012 introduced a new funding stream to our board. The Self Empowering Life Funding (SELF) Waiver, which allows individuals to direct what services are funded to make their lives better and safer, was introduced by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Clermont DD requested 40 of them to be spread out over 2012 and 2013. It is our belief that individuals and families should be the “driver” of their services and work in partnership with us on a budget to direct the most efficient and effective services and supports. Another very exciting development in 2012 was the culmination of planning between our Board, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services for two houses which will allow individuals from the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center to move into the community with the appropriate supports they need to be successful. For several years, there has been a commitment to reduce the size of institutions in Ohio, and we are proud to have been part of a major project which supports that commitment. This has been a thoughtful and planful venture, and we are looking forward to its first full year in 2013. In July of 2012, Governor Kasich signed the Employment First Initiative which directs our system to make employment for individuals with disabilities a priority. Clermont DD has long supported this concept and in 2012 we ramped up current services by expanding a major project which targets young people with disabilities still in high school. This project is also a partnership – between county boards of DD, and the Rehabilitation Services Commission. It is everyone’s hope that by making employment a priority, fewer individuals with disabilities will have to rely on facilitybased services. And, these individuals will become tax paying citizens – fully included in their communities. Exciting stuff! As you read through this report, I hope that you will see the results of the dedication and strategic planning that our Board and staff

Wildey School is a special education option on the continuum of services, addressing intensive medical/physical needs, multiple disabilities, significant behaviors, and Autism Spectrum Disorders in a public separate facility for students age 6 through 22. School Age enrollment decreased by 6% between September, 2011 and September, 2012. 7 students graduated in May, 2012, and 5 new students enrolled in August, 2012. Classrooms had an average of 6 students per class; each class had an instructor and instructor assistant; 18 students required additional assistance of an educational aide, and 3 students required a personal nurse which was provided by the home district. All 3rd-8th grade students are required to take the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) and 10th grade students are required to take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). 14 students participated in the OAT (grades 3-8). Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient and Basic. All grades were assessed in Reading and Math. Grades 5 and 8 were also assessed in Science. No Social Studies in 2012. 7 students participated in the OGT. (10th grade). Scores ranged from Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, and Basic. All Indicator 16 compliance deadlines were met by completing 100% of all IEP’s and Evaluation Team Reports (ETR) on time. 14 ETR meetings were held during the 2011-2012 school year. Additional School Age statistics in 2012: Received a $1,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links program titled “Let’s Be Interactive.” Financial support from the Wildey PTO included a gazebo with a swing and benches for the courtyard; supporting several events that increased family engagement (Grandparents Day and the Christmas Carnival); donated funds for students to attend field trips; the purchase of classroom materials and pool equipment. Major menu changes occurred at the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year to be in compliance with the new rules for a healthy lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program. The School Lunch Program was reviewed in December, 2012; a positive review was received. Over 80% of families now receive information from the email list. The School Age website page was redesigned in 2012. Wildey provided training/internship opportunities for many college students from Xavier and the UC to complete observations for special education classes and education internships. The “Wild Dog Treat” business sold dog treats in the community and at the Milford Craft Show (December); bird feeders were added to the craft booth in 2012. Students participated

have worked so hard to accomplish. And, most important, I hope you can see how the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities have been supported - educationally, socially, and vocationally.

in Special Olympics—swimming, bowling, basketball, track, and field events. One student attended the State Special Olympics Games in Columbus. Community activities in 2012: transition classrooms spent one day a week in the community to develop transitional skills; students volunteered at Matthew 25: Ministries; field trips included a day at the Brown County Fair, Fishing with a Friend at the Southern Ohio Coonhunters Club, Newport Aquarium, and a symphony performance at Music Hall. We used SurveyMonkey in the fall for our satisfaction survey this year; paper surveys were sent to families not on our email list. Survey results recap: 95% attended IEP meetings in person or by phone; 100% felt the IEP team listened to concerns and answered questions; 80% felt their child’s needs are being prioritized in the IEP; 95% rated communication as excellent.


Infants, Toddlers, and their Families (Early Childhood Services) Clermont DD’s Early Childhood Services strive to provide the best services for children, ages birth to three, and their families. This department includes Early Intervention, Help Me Grow, and the Regional Infant Hearing Program. Early Intervention (EI) includes specialized services for children under the age of three with a developmental delay, disability or a diagnosed medical or physical condition. Help Me Grow (HMG) is the system for the coordination and implementation of services for children birth to three. The HMG Program received an increase of 22% referrals over last year. The Home Visitation component of HMG was absorbed by the Ohio Department of Health, and they contract directly with local providers thus bypassing DD altogether. Clermont HMG Central Intake continues to receive all referrals for both programs, but only provides services for children who qualify for Part C funding. Referrals for Home Visitation go directly to the local providers. The Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) provides services for children birth to three identified with hearing loss and their families. RIHP received several hundred referrals and served an average of 55 children/families per month. This enrollment number has remained the same for several years. The Early Childhood oversight and monitoring agencies include the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Local Family and Children First Council Opportunities for families/ caregivers to provide feedback in 2012 included: ongoing phone surveys to families by Families Connected; exit surveys by phone conducted by Families Connected; quarterly roundtable discussions by Families Connected; anecdotal feedback from families on a regular basis as a part of routine service delivery; a specialized, targeted survey in 2012 by the Ohio Department of Health; ongoing administrative review of requests made by families for changes in services as well as celebrations shared by families throughout the calendar year; phone survey conducted by the Director of Early Childhood Services. In a sample of 82 phone attempts by Families Connected from Jan.-Oct., only 29 actual contacts were made. The most successful feedback quantitatively from families/caregivers occurs during direct visits with families as a part of ongoing services. During the Early Childhood Director’s phone survey to parents and caregivers in the fall: 98% were totally satisfied with services; parents mentioned how much they love the respite program; parents were very positive/ grateful for Early Childhood Services. The monitoring of each child’s outcomes on their Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and their developmental progress is also utilized as a source of input to this program. IFSP goals are tallied/tracked to insure that goals and services are well matched. Individuals served by Early Childhood Services: Early Intervention—465; Waiting List—0; Active Enrollees as of December 31, 2012—215. Children, Teens, and Young Adults (School Age Services) The Thomas A. Wildey School serves students residing in Batavia, Bethel, Blanchester, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity, Goshen, Milford, New Richmond, West Clermont, Western Brown, and Williamsburg school districts. As of December, 2012, the Wildey School served 46 students. The Thomas A.

Adults in the Workplace (Adult Services Program) The Adult Services Department is Clermont DD’s largest division with traditional workshops, community employment, leisure activities, and retirement programs. In 2012: an exercise area was added at the Grissom Center; we expanded Employment First Initiatives; we continued to redefine the mission of current enclave sites to make them more transitional to community employment; we expanded the number of smaller work and activity areas to serve individuals that may require this due to their sensitivity to noise or over stimulating environments; the Bridges to Transition Project offered the opportunity to provide schoolto-work transition to students aged 14-22. In 2012, the department was able to serve over 20 students by providing Job Seeking Skills Training in their schools and paid work experiences throughout the school year and in the summer; students enrolled in Bridges worked onsite at Coney Island Amusement Park, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Grants Farm, the Clermont County Public Library (Owensville Branch), and Clermont YMCA. The Donald A. Collins Center underwent renovation. Individuals at the Wildey Center participated in recreation and leisure programming in 2012. Small group outings in the community took place, including the exploration of service projects; the Next Chapter Book Club continued in the community; a music sensory room was completed in the Wildey Adult Wing; Supported Employment Enclaves included work experiences in housekeeping, production, document scanning preparation, and lawn crews; Community Employment Services placed 23 individuals in community jobs and 65 people in community work assessments. Total billing to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation was $228,631.25; there was no waiting list for Community Employment; several employers from the community served as volunteers on the Clermont DD Business Advisory Council; Clermont DD recognized Marty Ward as Business Associate of the Year at the October Clermont Chamber Monthly Luncheon. Adult Services continues to use various means to obtain feedback regarding the programs offered and their quality. This is done through the Individual Planning process, satisfaction surveys and also through the use of Client Council meetings. In addition to soliciting feedback from the individuals served, feedback was also obtained from families, guardians, providers and other stakeholders. In 2012, a volunteer contacted individuals, family members, guardians and providers to conduct satisfaction surveys: 99% of those surveyed were happy with being made aware of the day program options available; 98% or better were happy with overall building upkeep, program accessibility, and building comfort; 9% of respondents were “somewhat dissatisfied” with the safety in the programs. Comments in this

section shared concerns about building security (buildings being locked to not allow visitors free access). There were also suggestions to install cameras in the programs, both in the buildings and on buses; 95% were satisfied (with the majority being very satisfied) with the direct staff’s interactions with individuals. These included questions about their friendliness, treating individuals with dignity and respect, being trained well, and providing enough support when needed; 98% of respondents were satisfied with their program managers. These questions focused on program manager availability, knowledge, and follow through. The biggest concern shared was about program manager turnover; the lowest total response in the survey was an 86% satisfaction rate with the availability of work in the program; there were large increases from surveys past in overall satisfaction with the quality of the activity programs offered (95% satisfaction rate). Comments included that individuals were much happier with the types of activities they had to choose from and the types of community outings they had a chance to participate in. The swim program continued to be very popular with many comments about how nice it was to have that option available to individuals; overall satisfaction with transportation services was 96%. Satisfaction results were much higher in the area of transportation than in the past. In 2012 there was an uptick in the amount and variety of work from our different contracted partners. Additionally, there was expansion in the number of individuals going to the Bryan Enclave due to increased demand at that location. Locked doors were installed at the Donald A. Collins Center and Grissom Center with a security procedure for allowing visitors to enter, but not freely. Community Supports In 2012, the Community Support Services Department (CSS) embraced the mission of creating the best possible and most meaningful life experience for all the individuals we plan for and support through County Board services. The CSS Department encompasses service and support administration and work related to home and community based waivers, supported living, the adult services individual budget option, self-determination, behavior support, alternative options, crisis intervention, intake and eligibility, provider support, and provider compliance. Also managed and monitored by CSS is oversight of contracts including those for Providers of Supported Living and Individual Budgets, provision of in-home behavior support (CITE), Family Support Services (SWO COG), capital housing (CCAN), guardianship (Personal Guardianship Services) and respite coordination. We reorganized the Community Support Services Department, adding positions and reallocating duties to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The Intake and Eligibility Specialist represented Clermont DD as a Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Interviewer in addition to the duties of her job description. She partnered with nine other interviewers in the Southwest/West Central Ohio ten-county region to assess individuals selected and willing to participate in the SIS Project. The target group to be assessed includes IO Waiver recipients who have billed annual costs, excluding day services, of $130,000 or more and individuals receiving services in a State Developmental Center. We utilized technology to a much higher degree. Staff training increased. CSS learned how to implement the Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waiver and the Transitional Waiver (TDD) within the mandated guidelines. The demand for specialized services was greater and exceeded the funds available to continue to offer funding for everyone on existing waiting lists. 358 family members who received funding from Family Support Services. Prioritization of funding was limited by available funds to a broad base of families with a maximum annual amount of $1,000. Alternative Options was fully implemented in 2012. The new funding system derived from asking people what they need NOW besides being placed on a waiting list for a Waiver or Supported Living. In March, we began authorizing designated alternative options funding for children’s summer camp programs. We made contact with 77 families who were on the camp waiting list, offering local tax dollars to provide a camping opportunity designed with their child’s interest and support needs in mind. In April, we began tackling the Waiting List for other services under the Alternative Option Funding categories. This included respite, after-school and specialized summer care, transportation, environmental modification and “other.” Staff participated in training on February 1 about providing services to individuals who are victims of domestic violence & sexual assault. On May 21, our Provider Meeting featured the Prevention Education Coordinator for The YWCA Eastern Area, who presented training on “Sexual Assault: Responsive Service to Survivors with Disabilities.” Providers participated in an ongoing curriculum development and facilitation of groups of individuals with disabilities to provide education and information on rights and responses. A presentation to individuals with disabilities was hosted at the May 25 People In Action (PIA) Meeting on rights and responses. A YWCA trainer along with PIA members orchestrated the first in a series of training. PIA officers planned a SELF ADVOCACY one-day conference on November 30 that included sessions on Music Therapy, Healthy Cooking, Speaking Up, and Learning about Voting. A Volunteer Mentoring Program was designed in partnership with local colleges to use student interns as volunteers for Clermont DD. In exchange for course credit, the students were linked to children with developmental disabilities who would benefit from a mentor. Clermont DD participated in the Ohio Telemedicine Project for individuals with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disabilities needing ongoing psychiatric services but challenged to receive it due to limited resources for this service in our county; 4 individuals are currently participating. We continue our contract with the Resident Home Corporation for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services to provide in-home behavior support and give training to assist families with effective techniques. 24 families received consultation from CITE in 2012. Community Support Services worked with Lifepoint Solutions to set up a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group at Clermont DD. Final selection and demographics were finalized in late 2012 for weekly individual and group sessions that begin in January, 2013. We continued to collaborate respite efforts and share the Gift of Time Respite concept with other county boards. Other projects included working to implement the Sanctuary Model, discussions with DODD regarding the challenges of serving young people with multiple diagnoses, histories of trauma, and a complexity of issues that require specialized service delivery and support. The Waiting List report of 12/31/12 indicates there are 692 unduplicated requests for either a waiver or supported living. Feedback from individuals, families, and providers continues to be very important to Clermont DD and the Community Support Service Division. 399 surveys sent out with 103 responses, a 25% return rate which was an excellent response. There was a satisfaction rate of 99%.

Community Partnership and Awareness The Communications and Community Relations Department has four main areas that serve as a pipeline between Clermont DD and the community: media relations, volunteer coordination, community activities, and fundraisers. Clermont DD staff served the community by being a Board member on the Partnership for Mental Health Board, participating in community committees and groups including the Batavia Rotary, Southwestern Ohio COG public relations group, Social Marketing Committee for FAST TRAC, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s LEAD Clermont Advisory Committee, the Clermont County Township Association, and the Ohio Valley Long Term Recovery Committee. Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza for Respite was held on March 9 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate with Guy and Kristy Guckenberger winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. School groups volunteered in 2012 including the Miami Valley Christian Academy spring carnival on April 18; St. Louis Catholic School 8th graders participated in craft projects for the Clermont County FAST TRAC “My Feelings Are A Work of Art” Projects on May 9; 2 students from Grant Career Center’s Allied Health Program; the Teacher Academy from Grant participated in Disability Awareness Curriculum in April. An activity survey was sent to 615 individuals who were eligible to participate in the Community Activity Program. 44 surveys were completed for a 7% return rate; 21 were interested in Wii Tournaments; 20 would like to volunteer in the community; 25 would like to see more physical education/open gym classes; 27 were interested in learning a new skill; 30 were interested in a Spring Bowling League, in addition to the Fall League that is already on our regular schedule. The UC Community Health Nursing Department sent four student nurses for clinicals April-June, and September-December. On May 15, Gorman Heritage Farms unveiled their new accessible wagon at a Wildey ceremony with over 100 people in attendance. Clermont DD presented info to Crisis Intervention Team Training May 3 and September 12; this was law enforcement training. The Clermont Chamber of Commerce hosted a Morning Mixer at the Wildey Center on May 24 with over 50 chamber members in attendance. Clermont DD hosted an informational booth at the Clermont Fair and made announcements at the Paging Booth as well. We distributed 2,000 cookbooks, over 1,000 ink pens, and at least 2,000 fans. Clermont DD partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Clermont County Game Warden, Clermont DD Empowers Me Board, the Clermont County Juvenile Probation Department and Southern Ohio Coonhunters Association to present “Fishing with a Friend” on October 5; almost 200 people participated from the workshops and school age programs. Our agency participated in many outreach expos throughout the year: Clermont Chamber Business Expo in April, Workforce One’s Youth Career Fair at UC Clermont College in April, Summer and Other Adventures Expo at Tri-County Mall in February, and Felicity “Cool Tools for School” back-toschool festival in August. A free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was held in October at the Wildey Center. Frankie Hughart and Linda Eppler from Clermont Senior Services judged the annual Halloween Costume Contest at the Grissom Building on October 31. Clermont DD’s Recognition Dinner on November 1 recognized volunteers, providers, Supported Living Council Members, Board Members, and other community members who made a difference in our lives in 2012. On November 7, the Community Relations Department hosted over 80 people at Pattison Park Lodge for the annual Fall Bowling League Awards. 141 surveys were sent via to community stakeholders including county leaders, village/township representatives, and board members. 30 surveys were returned, for a return rate of 21%. The survey asked 7 questions: 1. Clermont DD offers several services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Please check all services you are familiar with in the list below: 76.7% Early Childhood; 93.3% School Age; 86.7% Adult Services; 73.3% Community Employment Services; 56.7% Self-Advocacy; 2. Do you feel we are fulfilling our mission for individuals and families in Clermont County? 66.7% Above and beyond; 30.0% To the best of ability; 3.3% Agency could better fulfill its mission; 3. If you knew someone was in need of services, would you know how to make a referral to our agency? 93.3% Yes; 6.7% No; 4. How would you like to receive information about our agency? 17.9% Post Office Mail; 82.1% Email; 25.0%Social Media; 21.4% Via postings on Website; 5. Our newsletter will be going to an every-other-month schedule in 2013. What information would you like to see provided within it? 82.1 % Activity Information; 42.9% Referral; Information; 82.1% Photos of Events/ Services; 64.3 % Detailed Program/Service Information; 6. Clermont DD holds several events each year. What events would you like to see continue in 2013? 85.2% Dancing with the Stars; 77.8% Car Show; 25.9% Night with Sinatra Levy Event; 37.0% Motorcycle Ride; 59.3% 5K for the DD Levy. 7. Overall, how do you feel about the value and quality of Clermont DD Services? (1 = very satisfied, 5 = least satisfied). 1 = 70%; 2 = 3.3%; 3 – 16.7%; 4 – 3.3%; 5 = 6.7%. Investigations The Investigative Unit for the Clermont County Board of DD manages information for all DD service providers; including County Boardoperated programs and services, involving significant incidents that pose a risk to the health and safety of individuals with DD. This information is generated through the Major Unusual Incident (MUI) process. The Ohio Department of DD defines certain types of occurrences as Major Unusual Incidents, or incidents that have the potential to pose a significant risk to the health and safety of the individuals we serve. 2012 saw an increase in the rate of MUI reporting of about 13.2% over 2011. Hospitalization remains the most frequently reported incident, accounting for an average of 27% of all Major Unusual Incidents. Reporting numbers across all categories are very similar in nature to 2011. Additionally, ICFMR facilities continue to report one of the highest percentages of Major Unusual Incidents, accounting for 27% of the incidents filed. Licensed waiver facilities accounted for 16% of reports, and the remainder from workshops and other home and community-based services. Clermont DD conducts a quarterly review of all MUIs occurring within the program and services it operates. The County Board of DD additionally monitors and reviews the incidents occurring in services provided by individual service contractors. The County Board monitors Total MUIs filed and assesses quarterly reviews conducted by private agency providers as well. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities conducts an annual compliance review of the incident reporting process. Safety and Emergency Preparedness When an EF-3 tornado hit southern Clermont County on March 2, 2012, Clermont DD was immediately called upon to organize volunteers. Clermont DD acts as the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in a disaster situation; this is

our way of giving back to the community which, in turn, keeps an accurate record of people who are volunteering in each disaster zone. Just 3 hours after the tornado occurred, Clermont DD was called to action. This entailed answering a cell phone 12-14 hours each day in the beginning and later registering those callers as volunteers. Clermont DD’s Wildey Center acted as the VRC from March 3-6, where staff registered citizens to volunteer in three donation centers across the county. A Clermont DD van became the VRC on March 7, opening in the Zimmer Power Plant parking lot to register volunteers for Moscow (the village that took the most-direct hit), Tate, Franklin, and Monroe Townships. Clermont DD staff operated at this location until Sunday, March 11, when volunteers were no longer needed. Over 1,100 volunteers were registered. We continued to assist with projects through the Ohio Valley Long Term Recovery Committee and served on the Citizen Corps Council.

Business Operations The Business Operations Department provides several key functions to the Agency: fiscal operations, information technology, risk management and safety, human resources, administrative quality and compliance, facilities management, and transportation management. These functions are essential to assist the Agency in accomplishing its mission. Fiscal Operations - Maintaining the financial stability of the Agency is attributed to adhering to budgets, analyzing financial forecasts, longterm planning including a capital improvement plan and budget, finding ways to be more efficient and developing new revenue sources. To monitor the budget, the Director of Business Operations presented to the Board monthly financial statements to include a fund balance report, budget to actual statements and a recap of monthly expenses. Additionally, the Board received quarterly a five-year forecast to assist the Board in making long-term operations and service decisions. In summary the Agency operated within budget and is good standing moving forward into 2013. Information Technology - In 2012 the IT department purchased 2 new servers and replaced all outdated laptops and desktop computers. We also purchased and implemented Intellinetics document imaging software, to transition from a paper to an electronic environment. Senior Administration reviewed and updated the agency’s records retention schedules. Risk Management and Safety - There were no major changes to the Risk Management Plan in 2012. Human Resources - The County Commissioners made changes to the health insurance benefits slated for 2013, and the Assistant Director participated in many meetings to provide input and represent our employees. The web-based training program was continued in 2012 and expanded to include additional classes based on specific needs and requests from departments. We participated in union negotiations meetings, which were successfully completed by the end of the year with a new contract agreed upon for 2013 through the end of 2015. Administrative Quality and Compliance - We continued to monitor operations throughout the agency to ensure that we remain in compliance with all of our accrediting bodies and the many rules and regulations. We not only reviewed our annual CARF Conformance to Quality, but prepared for our Accreditation Survey by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD). We ended 2012 with anticipation that we had everything in place for a successful DODD Accreditation survey in January, 2013, at which time we achieved the maximum award. Facilities Management - In August 2012, the Business Operations Department reorganized internally and the Facilities Coordinator began reporting directly to the Director of Business Operations. Transportation Management We continued our contract with First Transit for Adult Services transportation and vehicle maintenance after we went out for bid again in early 2012. Three vans were purchased for the Adult Services fleet. 2012 Revenue – $17,973,826 Breakdown: Adult that includes Adult Services, Employment Services, Enclaves, Individual Budgets, Self Determination: $9,633,133 (54%); Community Services includes Supported Living, Family Resource Services, I/O and Level One, Room and Board, Non-Waiver Community Srvc - $4,762,108 (27); Service and Support

includes Case Management, Service and Support Admin., Staff involved in Community Services, Investigations: $2,060,250 (11%); Transportation for Adult Services: $1,518,335 (8%). 2012 Expenses - $18,266,030 Breakdown (descriptions same as above): Adult: $7,342,012 (40%); Community Services: $2,984,169 (16%); Early Intervention includes Early Intervention, Regional Infant Hearing Program, and Help Me Grow: $2,140,513; Service and Support: $2,065,137 (11%); School Age (Wildey School): $2,016,202 (11%); Transportation - $1,717,996 (10%). Fundraisers include: Dancing with the Stars - $5,232; Flying Pig Marathon - $850; 5K for the Levy - $1,000; Car Show - $1,800; Quaker Steak and Lube Bike Nights - $1,075. Strategic Partners in 2012 included the Regional Autism Advisory Council, Clermont DD Empowers Me Board, the Business Advisory Council, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Inc, the

2040 US HIGHWAY 50 • BATAVIA, OH 45103 Southwestern Ohio Council of Government, and Clermont FAST TRAC. Goals and Objects in 2012 Early Childhood Services: EI Staff will reflect effective and efficient evidence based on practices using iPads, video cameras, and laptops – Achieved; All Part C eligible children will have a dedicated HMG Service Coordinator – Achieved; EI Staff will reflect effective evidenced based practices based on new State Rule and will conduct regular team meetings – Achieved; Families will respond that the ones who participated in small groups benefited from the interactions between families– Achieved. Families will be able to access respite services at no cost to them 2-3 days per month. The program can accommodate 10-12 children per session – Achieved; Will ensure that the EI department will work with the regional ADEP

program to provide public awareness, activities, increase local medical involvement and improve communication with families – Achieved; EI staff will participate in trainings specific to personal safety and the safety of children – Achieved; EI Dept. will work collaboratively with other agencies in the county to expand mental health resources and accessibility to families who children are Part C – Partially Met. School Age Services: Classrooms will participate in at least one community out per month- Achieved; Review and update LPDC handbook and forms and train all staff (w/ODE licenses) on procedures – Achieved; Evaluate data collection systems and increase efficiency in reporting meaningful data – Goal not met, but is ongoing; All instructors will participate in the “Learning Community” that will focus on using technology in the classroom – Achieved; Clermont DD website will have a training page – Achieved. Adult Services: AS will expand its current offerings of physical activities for individuals served – Achieved; AS will expand upon its current Employment First Initiative to include quarterly work groups – Goal not met but 2 people were placed and 6 went through community based work assessments; AS will revisit and redefine the mission of its current Supported Work Crew opportunities – Goal in progress. AS will continue its goal from 2011 to develop smaller work and activity areas to serve individuals that may require these areas due to their sensitivity to noise and/or over stimulating areas – Achieved; AS will seek ways to involve individuals more directly in gathering satisfaction information from peers – Goal not met; AS will conduct information sessions and/or disseminate information to families, guardians, providers that would help them with any questions they have about community employment – Goal not met; AS will increase the quality of the non-work activity programs offered –Achieved. AS will work with Clermont Sheltered Work Services to develop new strategies for marketing for the procurement of work – Achieved. Community Support Services – Maintain funding of the Family Support Services (FSS) Program to enable families to access funding assistance for needed services/items: total families served = 343 15 families had multiple children eligible for FSS Total dollars expended = $147,530; Promote the mission of providing eligible individuals with what they need, when they need it – After-school summer care = 36, Camp = 59, Respite = 47, Transportation = 61, Environmental Mod = 30, Therapy = 28, Other = 46, Total = 307; Electronic files and communications will be utilized to a higher degree – Achieved; Continue contractual agreements and shared funding opportunities to provide intensive and stabilizing services to children and adults with critical needs – Achieved; Survey tools will be routinely utilized to gather input to improve services – Achieved; Enroll additional consumers from Waiting Lists – 20 new SELF waivers were given, 35 new Level 1 waivers were given, 20 additional individuals received Adult Individual Budgets, 7 individuals from the Supported Living waiting list began receiving services. Communications and Community Relations – Raise at least $30,000 for the Gift of Time Respite Program by obtaining sponsors and selling tickets for Dancing with the Stars event – 33% achieved, raising $8,957 through 3 separate fundraisers. Create a “young professionals” group that will engage in social activities – Achieved; Build awareness in Clermont County about the DD program and those who receive services – Achieved; Determine new activities and satisfaction with current activities through activity survey – Achieved. Investigations – Meeting applicable timelines – 87 of 90%achieved; Timely completion of review and investigation – 88 of 90% achieved; Monitor of provider review systems – 77 of 80% achieved; Review data to assess individual and system trends/patters – 100% achieved; Coordinate county-wide review process – 77 of 80% achieved; Raise awareness of issues affecting health and safety of individuals, provide information, support, and training, and monitor participation in training opportunities – Achieved; Effecting a positive outcome for individuals receiving services – 56 of 75% achieved; Coordinate/participate in Protection From Harm and ETF to address identified risks to individuals – Achieved. Business Operations – Make access to and navigation of our buildings more accessible – Partially achieved and ongoing; Provide updated and functional computers – Achieved; Mitigate technology risk – Achieved; Analyze past, present, and future storage of records, files, and the Wildey Warehouse document storage system – Partially achieved and ongoing; Develop a capital improvement plan and a budget so that funds are available to maintain and repair facilities when major needs arise – Achieved. An expanded version of this entire report can be found at



Student intent on joining military Physical condition preventing him By Keith BieryGolick

STONELICK TWP. — Lucas Hannon always wanted to join the military. “I have had relatives, and I still have relatives in (the military), but mainly the reason (I want to join) is I feel patriotic. I feel like I want to help my country,” Hannon said. But the senior student at Clermont Northeastern High School was born with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect which prevents him from walking and confines him to a wheelchair. “What it is is my spine wasn’t completely fused to my pelvis, so they had to go in and fuse that back to my pelvis,” Hannon said. “Basically, I’m paralyzed from the waist down.” Hannon’s condition means it’s not likely he will ever serve in the military. Amy Palacios, an intervention specialist at CNE High School, works with students on individual education plans. Hannon is one of them. “A big part of my job, now that they are seniors, is working on the transition piece – what are they going to be doing when they graduate and what steps do we need to take now? I try to connect the kids with the resources they need to carry on what they want (to do),” Palacios said. That proved difficult in Hannon’s case. “I could never get the answer. At first we thought he could do something on the intelligence side (of the military), but research and regulations are always changing,” Palacios

Staff Sgt. Tracy Wallingsford, left, and Staff Sgt. Timothy Rhodes, right, make Clermont Northeastern senior Lucas Hannon an honorary soldier. Hannon was born with spina bifida, which put him in a wheelchair.THANKS TO AMY PALACIOS

said. “When he got that definitive answer ... it was always something he didn’t want to talk about.” U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Rhodes, an Army recruiter assigned to CNE, first spoke to Hannon this summer. “He is the most highly motivated person that I have talked to over the phone. He wants to do nothing more than join the Army,” Rhodes said. Other students might want some information, he explained, but Hannon wanted to know everything – all the ins and outs. “My role is to assist the high school students in joining the military or exploring different careers. I like to be more of a career counselor, that third party that informs kids that real life is real,” Rhodes said. Rhodes talked to Hannon for 45 minutes during their initial

phone call. “It was difficult for me ... because I sensed his level of motivation. It was difficult for me to let him down, but you got to be a straight shooter,” Rhodes said. “He does not meet the physical requirements. The condition that he has is disqualified.” But Rhodes wasn’t the first person to discourage Hannon from joining the military, and he won’t be the last. “It’s been him, it’s been my family, it’s been other military people,” Hannon said. “They’re kind of like, you can’t really do it so what’s the point of trying?” Hannon’s medical plan at the school requires him to check in daily with the nurse, leave class early and often makes him dependent on assistance from others, Palacios said. “He’s very smart, just physically not able to do a lot of things,” she said. He’s also stubborn. After his talk with Rhodes, Hannon continued to tell anyone who would listen about his military dream. “Anytime there’s a conversation about military he’s jumping right in there,” Palacios said. Midway through the school year CNE counselors contacted Rhodes again and asked what they could do to help him. “Since he’s unable to join active duty or the Army in general we figured we could do at least one good thing and make him an honorary soldier,” Rhodes said. CNE officials set up a fake assembly – what students thought would be just another spiel from a military recruiter. Instead, Rhodes and another sergeant presented Hannon with an American flag and a plaque. The plaque reads, in part, “In recognition of valuable contri-

butions to the United States Army you are hereby known as an honorary soldier.” “That was a very humbling experience,” Rhodes said, citing the look in Hannon’s eyes as something that gave him great pride. “It did have me and my counterpart choked up.” When Rhodes called Hannon’s name in front of the other students, the senior says waves of “shock, awe and confusion” washed over him. “It’s patriotism, it’s a nevergive-up attitude,” Hannon said. “Where do you get that from? To me, just seeing on the news all the fighting that’s going on – seeing the Taliban attack us, attack people – it hurts me in a certain way that makes me want to go out there and stop it.” He probably won’t ever get that chance. Real life is real. And in real life, Hannon can’t walk. There’s “no way” Hannon could join the military, said Nathan Christensen, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and spokesman for the Department of Defense. “Active duty, it just wouldn’t work for him,” Christensen said. The Department of Defense medical standards list five guidelines for “Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Military Service.” Citizens must be, among other things, “medically capable of satisfactorily completing required training.” But there are other options. Hannon could become a “government civilian” and work for a military branch. “He’s not going to be in a tank, he’s not going to be an infantryman – (but) he could work for the Department of the Army,” Christensen said.

There are about 750,000 government civilians in the Defense Department, he said. “We have a lady here that is legally blind, but she works for the Navy doing records management – she’s a bona fide government civilian,” Christensen said. She uses a seeing eye dog and – because “we like to file a lot of paper” – is a valuable member of the department, Christensen said. U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd District), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he expects opportunities like that to grow because of technological advancements. But military admission policy is unlikely to change, the Ohio congressman said. “They sometimes change the physical fitness standards, but unless they created some different type of unit per se (Hannon won’t qualify),” he said. “You have to have readiness. In the military, we depend on each other physically.” Wenstrup, a podiatric surgeon, served in the Iraq War and is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. To let someone bypass basic training would be like “saying why can’t I be a surgeon even though I didn’t go to medical school,” he said. Hannon deserves “a lot of credit” for his perseverance, Wenstrup said, but civilian jobs within the government should not be dismissed. “We can’t function without them,” he said. Hannon has a backup plan – computer and video game design – but that doesn’t mean he’s going to give up. No matter what anyone says. “I (will) never give up on my dream.”

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Clough Pike work will be no holiday By Jeanne Houck


projects are complete in Union Township’s Eastgate Mall shopping area, just in time for the holiday season. If you were hoping the same would be true of the Clough Pike widening work, here’s Clermont County Traffic Engineer Jeremy Evans to disabuse you of that idea. “The improvement plans call for the contractor to restore twoway traffic on Clough Pike by the end of the year,” Evans said. “There will still be work to be completed on the west half of the job next year – such as curb, sidewalk, final paving, etc. – but these tasks will be completed while maintaining two-way

“There will still be work to be completed on the west half of the job next year.” JEREMY EVANS

Clermont County traffic engineer

traffic.” The $6.5 million Clough Pike widening project in Union Township is designed to reduce congestion and stop-and-go traffic as well as to provide better pedestrian access to schools, churches and parks, according to the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District. A third travel lane will be added along a 1.3mile section of Clough

Pike between Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road and Gleneste-Withamsville Road. A center turn lane also will be added and a sidewalk built along the north side of the road. Traffic signals will be upgraded and drainage will be improved during the project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. “At some point next spring, when the road work resumes, one-way traffic flow will be established for Clough Pike from GlenesteWithamsville to Ivy Pointe,” Evans said. Westbound traffic will be detoured over Ivy Pointe to Aicholtz to Gleneste-Withamsville, he said. For more about your community, visit

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Clermont Co.’s riverfront could join Cincinnati’s port district By Leah Fightmaster

Clermont County officials recently agreed to join the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority on the Ohio River, which could have positive benefits to regional commerce. The Port Kuchta of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is trying to expand the Port of Cincinnati’s boundaries, which includes 26 miles of riverfront from the Ohio and Indiana state border to where Kentucky’s Kenton and Campbell counties intersect with the river. Melissa Johnson, director of transportation and logistics for the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, said turning the city’s port into a regional one will improve its national rankings by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The riverfront land is currently considered “undesignated,” which means that Clermont County

“It might be a benefit to increase accessibility for more grants for infrastructure projects ...” ANDY KUCHTA

Economic development

commissioners have to approve designating that riverfront as part of the Port of Cincinnati. A higher ranking means more cargo traffic which could then look more attractive to businesses that might want to relocate to the area, said Andy Kuchta, director of Clermont County’s community and economic development department. The Port of Cincinnati currently ranks 49th nationally in cargo traffic. If the expansion is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the larger port would raise its position to the 9th spot, Johnson said. Kuchta said its expansion would push the boundaries west to where the western edge of Carroll County in Kentucky meets Indiana’s Jefferson

County and the Ohio River, at river mile 555. It would also move eastward to near where Scioto County meets the river and Kentucky’s Greenup County on the eastern side, at river mile 357. “It might be a benefit to increase accessibility for more grants for infrastructure projects as well,” Kuchta said. Clermont County in particular could benefit as well, he added. “We’ll have broader exposure being part of the Cincinnati port because of the increased ranking,” he said. “... I don’t see any downsides to this.” The new port, if approved, would be called the “Cincinnati Tri-State Port District,” and Johnson said the change is only for statistical and ranking purposes. The county’s commissioners approved the resolution to join the district if it’s approved. Kuchta said the other Ohio counties of Brown, Adams, Scioto and Hamilton joined as well. Want to know what’s going on with the Clermont County commissioners? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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Police change tune on monitoring software taxpayers $8,500 for its first year, with an ongoing expense of $3,000 per year for the software license. The department has enough money to pay for it, said Larry Fronk, township administrator, in a memo to trustees. “The return on investment is huge,” said Trustee Mary Makley Wolff. “What we can actually accomplish with this (is great).” Residents – and other local police agencies – can go to to view maps of criminal activity in their neighborhood. They can even submit an anonymous tip. “The neat thing about it is in Miami Township we have a community that wants to participate. I see that in Miami Township,” the chief said. “(This is) not just police being able to see where the events occur – residents are seeing the incidents that are being shared with the software company (too).” The software is used by Cincinnati police, Dehli Township police and Oxford police, Madsen said. Columbus police are beginning to use it too, she said. The Bair Analtytic software should be up and running during the first few months of 2014, if not sooner, Madsen said.

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MIAMI TWP. — Police will not turn to socialmedia monitoring software to deter crime in Miami Township. Former Police Chief R. Steven Bailey wanted the department to subscribe to BlueJay services. He made a proposal in September for software that would allow officers to monitor Twitter and use keywords – “cocaine,” “morphine” or various drug nicknames – to search for illicit activity. The proposal was tabled by trustees after concerns were raised about how the technology could be misused. The BlueJay services would have cost taxpayers $1,800 a year, which is the reason the department is no longer considering it. “Just for money purposes. At this time, with me taking over, I did not have all the information to feel comfortable moving forward with it,” said Police Chief Sue Madsen. Madsen succeeded Bailey when he retired Nov. 5, although Bailey will act as a consultant with the department until Jan. 31, 2014. While Madsen does not plan to go through with Bailey’s social media proposal, the department is moving ahead with another soft-



ware option he presented. “Detective Nick Colliver ... has manually went through our reports and found same and similar types of offenses at the same area within the township,” Madsen said. “We were able to detail officers to those areas and when we did we were successful in making an arrest in not just drug activity, but also vehicles being broken into.” Bair Analytics software will enable the department do more of this work. “We’ve been having to do it by hand, taking reports and going line item by line item and then saying, ‘Where are the hotspots where we need to predict where crime is going to occur?” Madsen said. “We’ll be able to see what those common denominators are and be able to point our officers and direct them where that crime is happening.” The software gathers information, puts it together and creates mapping with criminal hot spots. It will cost township

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Veterans Day Program at Felicity-Franklin Schools highlights Ray Carson of the New Richmond American Legion Post along with other veterans and members of their families. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS


n Veterans Day military veterans from the Felicity area were invited to the school for lunch and recognition at an assembly. The veterans took center stage in the high school gym and were honored by patriotic museum from the students and the high school band.

Veterans Day Program shows the veterans being honored by the staff and students at Felicity-Franklin Local School. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS Students from FelicityFranklin Elementary school pay their respect to the U.S. flag as “it is presented to the assembly."

Pete Woodruff of Felicity was the only World War II veteran able to attend the program this year. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS


Veteran Craig Metzger of Felicity. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS

Jacob Zuleger of the Felicity High School Band playing Taps to close the program. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS

Veterans Day Program at Felicity-Franklin Schools shows the presentation of the U.S. flag by members of Cub Scout Pack 130. Felicity middle-school student Christian Wile carries the flag. THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS

Students attend fall business conference Nineteen representatives from the Batavia/Great Oaks Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the one-day conference in Columbus. The students were selected by the chapter advisor to participate based on their commitment to BPA, academic achievement, and positive attitude.

Students participated in interactive professional development workshops including public speaking, leadership, diversity and teamwork. In addition, senior Jessica Pelfrey campaigned for a state officer position with Bailey Schultz as her campaign manager. Their teacher and chapter advisor Angie Kovacs

said, “I could not be more proud of Jessica. Her maturity, sense of teamwork, and willingness to help others makes her stand out from the crowd.” The students said they learned valuable information at the conference and they are looking forward to the opportunity to attend the State

Leadership Conference and Competition in March and the National Conference in Indianapolis in April. Batavia BPA students are enrolled in the Legal Management and Support business program offered through Great Oaks Career Campuses. It is a satellite program located at Batavia High School.


The following students have earned honors for the month of November of 2013-2014.

Student of the Month Fifth grade - Gabe Shepherd and Chloe Taulbee Sixth grade - Sydney Hollins and Anton Lung Seventh grade - Kylie Belt and Dakota McCord Eighth grade - Marc Hudson and Madison Winter





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McNick hopes to set more records By Mark Motz

Senior Brooke Corbin boxes out Bethel-Tate sophomore MacKenzie Watson Dec. 2 as senior Heather Collins watches on.

Felicity-Franklin: Queens of the rivalry A

fter a Julia Jenike three-pointer gave Bethel-Tate a 35-34 lead, FelicityFranklin’s Ashley Moore found Kelsey Arkenau open for a lay-up late as the Lady Cardinals held on Dec. 2 to win 36-35. “I was waiting for them to come in and trap and I saw her open down low,” Moore said of her assist to Arkenau. “It worked.” It’s the second year in a row FelicityFranklin has defeated Bethel-Tate, who played without injured junior Brooke Jenike. “I love it,” Moore said. “It feels really good.” Added Arkenau, “It was pretty awesome!”

Photos by Scott Springer/Community Press

Bethel-Tate freshman Haylee Foster (24) battles for a rebound with Felicity Franklin sophomore Brittany Drake (23) Dec. 2 at Bethel-Tate.

Bethel-Tate sophomore Julia Jenike (13) drives the lane against Felicity-Franklin Dec. 2.

The McNicholas Rockets swimming and diving team set records last year and second-year head coach Tessa Lengerich hopes for more of the same this season. The records came from the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that qualified for district competition, as did the Rocket medley relay. Leading the way for the girls, sophomore Shellby Miller qualified for state in the 500 free as a freshman while dropping 30 seconds from her previous personal best in at the district meet. Five seniors also return among the 13 girls on the squad, bringing solid experience and consistency. They include Ashley Dundon in all strokes, Kristen Rehl in the freestyle sprints, Lillie Motz in the 200 free and butterfly, sprinter Karina Cabrera and Sarah Faust, who did not swim as a junior. Junior Kate Leys along with freshmen Skye Lewis and Molly Jordan should contribute additional depth and flexibility. “I have high excitement going into the season that we can play with our lineup and use our versatility to put people in good places,” Lengerich said. Lengerich has only two boys out for the team - senior Mitch Bloemer (50 free, back and breaststroke) and sophomore Rick Riede (100 free, IM). “Mitch has set some ambitious goals for himself, especially in the 50,” she said. “And Rick dropped time in every event, every meet last season. He joined a summer team and he’s that much better already this year.” Dave Wolkoff coaches the McNick divers, including senior twins Abbie and Maddie Mitchell, both of whom have qualified for state competition. Junior Salvatore Marino dives for the boys. McNick competed in the Mason Invitational Dec. 7 and hosts Clark Montessori and Colerain for a tri-meet Dec. 21 at the M.E. Lyons YMCA.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Girls basketball

» Felicity-Franklin defeated Bethel-Tate 36-35 on Dec. 2 on a basket by Kelsey Arkenau with the assist from Ashley Moore. The Lady Cardinals beat Batavia 44-34 on Dec. 5 with sophomore Ashley Moore scoring 18. » Bethel-Tate lost to

New Richmond on Dec. 3, 59-37. Sophomore Mackenzie Watson led the Lady Tigers in the defeat with 12 points. On Dec. 5, Bethel-Tate lost to Goshen 46-38. Julia Jenike had 20 points in the defeat. » McNicholas beat Loveland 47-44 Dec. 2 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Boys basketball

» Felicity-Franklin lost to Fayetteville 114-69 on Dec. 3. Leading the

Cardinals in the loss was junior Louis Quiles with 21 points.

Last chance for Catching up

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability t o catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of

college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print

Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@


» Here are BethelTate’s results from their appearance at the recent Bob Guy Invitational in Williamsburg: 106 lbs. - Kobe Bryant, fourth 126 lbs. - Aric Peters, first; Joe Baker, sixth, extra

138 lbs. - Nate Closser, sixth 145 lbs. - Jordan Newberry, sixth 152 lbs. - Wyatt O’ Neil, sixth 160 lbs. - Michael Royalty, fifth 170 lbs. - Tyler Krekeler, fourth 182 lbs. - B.J. Ratcliff, fifth; Travis Kinnard, sixth, extra 195 lbs. - Jeffery Botts, first 220 lbs. - Kermit Beckworth, fifth





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Join in the fight against hunger


hood to help individuals and families in our city, especially the Freestore Foodbank. The poor and the struggling are our neighbors, Carla is our neighbor. People in our community must face the harsh reality of hunger and food scarcity daily. Even those that are fortunate enough to have jobs still struggle to make ends meet as the cost of food and expenses continue to increase. My family, our team members, and our guests have grown up in this community. To look at our neighborhoods – in our backyards, and see the struggles families have to face in order to make ends meet, is disconcerting. It is our responsibility to come together to help those in need. We as a community can work as a team to fight hunger. I regularly visit our 63 pizzerias, from our Boudinot Avenue location to Price Hill to Anderson Township to Forest Park, to meet with guests and team members, to listen to their stories about their families, their interests, their successes and some-

times, their hardships. While many families who frequent our pizzerias can afford a hot meal, I have heard of challenging times when putting food on the table was a struggle for them, their families or friends. During this holiday season, LaRosa’s is once again proud to support the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati to fight hunger right here in our own backyard. Serving more than 300,000 people annually in 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Freestore Foodbank is the Tristate’s largest foodbank distributing more that 19 million meals annually. The organization provides emergency food assistance to more than 7,200 individuals per month from its Customer Connection Center in Overthe-Rhine alone. Each of our pizzerias are selling Buddy Cards (our two-for-one pizza discount card) for the benefit of the Freestore Foodbank. We will donate $5 from the sale of every $10 Buddy Card directly to the Freestore Foodbank

and the nourishment and comfort they provide to those who truly need help in our community. Ultimately, our contribution will help support the Freestore Foodbank’s annual goal to distribute 16.2 million pounds of food to meet our region’s growing demand. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to surpass our 2012 effort of 7,000 cards sold for Cincinnati. Here’s how you can help: » Buy a LaRosa’s Buddy Card by Dec. 31. For a full list of locations, visit » Donate to the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati. Visit or www.thefoodbankdayton. Food brings people together and can build a community. No child, person or family should go hungry. Please join me and the LaRosa’s family in the fight against hunger. Together we can feed our neighbors in need.

“‘Father Christmas’ by the Kinks!”

Cincinnati remains the 10th poorest city in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carla, a Cincinnati resident who works 10-hour days, six days a week, while taking care of eight greatnieces and nephews counts on the extra help she receives from Michael T. the Freestore LaRosa Foodbank to COMMUNITY PRESS care for and GUEST COLUMNIST put food on the table for her family. “It’s a great help. It means a lot to me. It helps to stretch the rest of the food. The Freestore Foodbank means everything to me. It’s part of my survival,” she said. The holiday season is upon us, and our city must continue supporting those in need now and year-round. I am proud to live in Cincinnati and have much gratitude towards those organizations that devote their time, energy, and liveli-

“'The Little Drummer Boy' is a favorite because he hadn't any material thing to give to Jesus, so he played for him, giving what he could give. The pa-rum-pa-pum-pum is also a great onomatopoeia"

Website is a good source of falls prevention information for seniors

Do you think Ohio legislators should approve a bill to allow back-to-school shoppers to buy certain items free of state and local sales taxes? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

Last week’s question What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song, TV show, movie or performance? Why do you like it?

“My favorite Christmas song is a combination of ‘Peace on Earth’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy.’ It was a duet done by a unique collaboration of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. “My favorite movie has to be ‘A Christmas Story’ as it is timeless although set in the 1940s. It is repeated every year and watched by a new generation annually. Go figure!”




“‘White Christmas’ and ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ are my two favorite Christmas classic movies, but nothing is better than singing ‘Silent Night’ at the end of our candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, everyone!”


“Albert Finney's 'Scrooge' is our favorite holiday movie. It's a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" and was made in the 1970s. It can be checked out at the local library. The best version of this story ever made!”


“My favorites are all the ridiculous and boring commercials because I know they end Dec. 26.”


“Favorite song: 'Snoopy and the Red Baron,’ favorite TV Show: 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ favorite movie: 'A Christmas Story,’ and favorite performance: 'A Christmas Carol.'”

Now that cold weather is casting its shadow upon us, we are reminded that as beautiful as is freshfallen snow and picturesque as iceladen branches are Cindy on the trees, Gramke this can also COMMUNITY PRESS be the most GUEST COLUMNIST treacherous time of year for slips and falls. Falls are especially dangerous for older adults. It is estimated that more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. And, the consequences are great. The facts are that: falls are more prevalent in women than in men; two thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within the first six months; a decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resulting injuries; failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone,


leads this initiative, concurs that falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the No. 1 cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. YOU can help to prevent this from happening to you by staying warm, but making sure that you can see in all directions and move easily; wear sturdy shoes or boots with treads; avoid walking on icy surfaces; snow can hide uneven surfaces so be very careful where you step; carry a cell phone if you go out; drink water for rehydration; and when in doubt, don’ risk it. These and other helpful hints can be found on the STEADY U website. You can also build strength and balance through exercise. Clermont Senior Services offers programming that encourages safe exercise, to include Tai Chi and yoga classes at the lifelong learning centers, as well as a Silversneakers program, A Matter of Balance, facili-

tated by Judy Barnes, an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist. Judy has made a commitment to stay falls-free and has been specially trained to help others maintain active, healthy lifestyles free from falls and fall-related injuries. Participants in the program learn to view falls as something they can control; set goals and increase their activity levels; make changes around their homes to reduce falls risks; and exercise to increase strength and balance. Although classes are full for the winter term, watch for the spring catalog release on the Clermont Senior Services website,, through the Lifelong Learning Centers. Cindy Gramke is the Executive Director/CEO of Clermont Senior Services. Ideas and comments can be directed to Cindy at or contact the agency at 724-1255.



“'Pine Tree! Coming into Pine Tree!' ‘White Christmas!’ Best Christmas song, best Christmas performer, best Christmas movie. “Bing Crosby is the top of the Christmas triumvirate of Bing, Perry Como and Nat King Cole. And he didn't need Auto Tune! The movie has great scenes, songs and classic performers. “Rosemary, Vera, Bing and Danny bring music, laughter, dance and that great warm and fuzzy Christmas Spirit that we all seek this time of year. I'm sure everyone's feelings about this movie are 'Mutual, I'm sure!'”

decreased strength, loss of bone mass and, therefore, flexibility; and at least onethird of all falls involving older adults, involve environmental hazards in the home or outside. The Ohio Department of Aging has established a new program designed to help Ohio residents by providing information on ways that older adults can prevent dangerous falls. STEADY U Ohio ( is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, created to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how he/she can prevent falls, one step at a time. This website is described as the source in Ohio for falls prevention information, tools and other resources. Since Clermont Senior Services is the source of information for seniors in Clermont County, we are sharing information about this helpful initiative. Gov. John Kasich, who

Michael T. LaRosa is chief executive officer of LaRosa’s Inc.

Ohio Rep. John Becker 65th House District

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

Ohio Rep. Doug Green 66th House District

Phone: 614-644-6034 Email: Address: State Rep. Doug Green, 77 S. High St., 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio



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43215. District: The 66th House District includes the villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Neville, New Richmond, Williamsburg; the townships of Batavia, Franklin, Jackson, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Tate, Washington and Williamsburg as well as all of Brown County.

Ohio Senator Joe Uecker - 14th District

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

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

Phone: 513-474-7777 or 202-225-3164 Email: contact/ Address: 7954 Beechmont Ave., Suite 170, Cincinnati, OH 45255, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Washington, D.C., office: 1223 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 District: The 2nd Congressional District includes covers all of Pike, Adams, Brown, Highland and Clermont counties, as well as significant portions of Scioto, Ross and Hamilton counties Website:

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

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

Washington, D.C., office: 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: Washington, D.C. – 202-2242315; Ohio – Toll Free, 1-888-896-OHIO (6446); Cincinnati, 513-684-1021; Cleveland, 216-522-7272; Columbus, 614-469-2083; Lorain, 440-242-4100 Website:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Washington, D.C., office: 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-3353 Cincinnati office: 312 Walnut St. Suite 3075, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-684-3265 Website:

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



“Our mission here is to provide a place for families to create memories and traditions,” Big Tree Plantation owner Bryan Keeton said.FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Sheldon Corsi, owner of Corsi Tree Farm 1651 Bolender Road, Hamersville. The farm, which was started in 1955, features blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Scotch pine, balsam fir and concolor fir on nearly 100 acres.ERIC SPANGLER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Timberwind Tree Farm owner Jim Luers said last year he and his family began placing name tags on the trees giving each an individual story. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Making the (holidays) cut Tree farms are a growing business as families renew their holiday traditions of choosing and cutting their own Christmas trees. While you may have to drive a bit to find them these tree farms are worth the trip to put you in the holiday spirit.

on other days by calling 7561998. Directions to the tree farm can be found on the Koch website,

Ever Green Acres


Nana and Papa’s Christmas Tree Farm

287 WEST PEKIN ROAD, LEBANON Scott Graves, owner of Ever Green Acres, said his tree farm offers customers a family atmosphere. “We’re a hometown, family-oriented tree farm,” he said, noting he runs the farm with his wife, Lauren, their two children, Kristine and Kevin, and their grandson, Elliott. Established in 2005, Graves said Ever Green Acres offers customers the choice of cutting their own tree or picking from a selection of pre-cut trees. The farm also offers balled and burlap trees for those who want to plant their tree after Christmas. Types of trees include Canaan, Douglas and Fraser firs and Norway and Colorado spruce. Trees sell for $6 per foot. Graves and his family will bail trees and assist customers in tying them to their cars. After finding your tree, stop in the Christmas shop to browse the wreaths, grab a free hot chocolate and cookies and sit down by the wood stove. Ever Green Acres is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. – Kurt Backscheider/The Community Press

Corsi Tree Farm HAMERSVILLE This tree farm has been in business since 1955. Situated on 100 acres at 1651 Bolender Road, Hamersville, owner Sheldon Corsi’s farm offers about 50,000 cut-your-own Christmas trees. Yep, that’s 50 – as in thousand! Customers walk up, down and around the gently rolling hills of the farm along gravel roads carrying a saw provided by the business. Trees range in height from 3 feet to16 feet and no matter what size blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Scotch pine, balsam fir or concolor fir tree a customer chooses to cut down for Christmas the price is the same – $42 with tax included. The tree farm also includes a 2,500-square-foot Christmas shop with tree ornaments and gifts, an indoor petting zoo, homemade Italian chili, hot dogs, metts, and hot and cold drinks.

Tom Dirr has been growing trees since 1960 on his 115-acre farm on 6066 Goshen Road. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Call 937-379-9200 or go online to for more information. – Eric Spangler/The Community Press

Dirr Nurseries GOSHEN Tom Dirr has been growing trees since 1960 on his 115-acre farm on 6066 Goshen Road. Customers drive through a .75-mile gravel road system to choose their tree, which costs $45 for any size. Customers can cut their own white pine, balsam fir, Canaan fir, Scotch pine and Colorado spruce trees. Saws are provided and tree shaking and netting is available. Workers help secure the trees to the customer’s car. But as Dirr says, “We’re in the entertainment business, not the Christmas tree business.” So check out the farm’s nativity display or get pictures on Santa’s sleigh while sipping hot cocoa. Then take the kids to the petting zoo, where Schnitzel the goat takes center stage. Schnitzel has led the Bockfest parade in Overthe-Rhine for the past four years, pulling the ceremonial first keg of bock beer. For more information about the farm call 513-6252000 – Keith BieryGolick/The Community Press

Big Tree Plantation MORROW With an estimated 45,000 trees situated on more than 60 acres, Big Tree Plantation is one of the largest cut-your-own tree farms in Ohio. The family-run farm, which is owned by Bryan Keeton, is located at 2544 S. Waynesville Road. Trees range in price from $45 for a 6-foot tree to $400 for an 18-foot tree and include Canaan firs, Scotch pine, white pine and blue spruce. “Our mission here is to pro-

“The difference in trees depends on what you prefer, like odor, long-lasting and color,” says owner John T. Nieman.LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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vide a place for families to create memories and traditions,” said Keeton. Customers are taken by tractor to the trees and provided with a saw and sled to transport them. Big Tree Plantation has a gift barn, Nativity, and “Winter Wonderland” where children can make a craft, visit with Santa Claus and see live animals. Admission to the Winter Wonderland is $5 per child. The farm also has a cafeteria. For information, call 513-8360975 or go online to – Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

John T. Nieman Nursery ROSS John T. Nieman Nursery, 3215 Hamilton New London Road, has been in operation since 1962 with 125 acres, growing about 70,000 trees of various varieties. Customers looking for the perfect tree can wind their way through rows to cut a tree down themselves with their own saw, borrow one or ask an employee (or grandchild) to cut it. They will also load the tree onto the car as well, and if you need a stand, they sell four sizes of stands that they’ll cut your tree to fit. If you buy one, bring it back next year and they’ll fit it for free.Tree varieties include blue spruce, Canaan fir, white pine and Norway spruce that vary in height from 2 to 16 feet. Trees that are balled and wrapped in burlap can be bought to plant after Christmas as well. Trees are pre-priced and range from about $15 to $300, de-

pending on size and variety. The nursery also has a Christmas store with that Nieman’s late wife Marilyn started, where they sell their in-house live wreaths, swags and other decorations that can either be bought as decorated or be made-to-order. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Fields with trees are open until dark. 3215 Hamilton New London Road, Call 513-7381012 or go online to for more information. “The difference in trees depends on what you prefer, like odor, long-lasting and color,” says owner John T. Nieman. “We don’t have a petting zoo or anything like that. People come here for a nice tree.” – Leah Fightmaster/The Community Press

Koch Christmas Trees REILY TOWNSHIP This family-owned farm in Reily Township has been in operation since 2001. The trees are a short distance from the parking lot at this farm, a few miles south of Oxford, at 6232 HamiltonScipio Road. Farm workers will help to cut the tree if requested, and hand saws are available for use. the tree will be shaken to remove debris, then properly fit by drilling the cut end of the tree for a tree stand. The tree will be wrapped, free of charge, and help is available to load the trees on the car. What kind of trees? Scotch pine, eastern white pine, Canaan fir, blue spruce. Price range: $35 to $100. Free treats and hot chocolate are available, and tree stands are available for sale. Because this is a small family farm, Koch is open on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will take requests to meet at the farm

This farm overlooking the confluence of Bullskin Creek and the Ohio River just north of U.S. Route 52 has been in business since 1833. Owner Tim Broadwell’s farm, situated on 130 acres at 108 state Route 133, Felicity, offers 5 acres of cutyour-own Scotch pine or Canaan fir trees. Scotch pine trees cost $25 and Canaan fir trees cost $32 for any size. New this year is a hayride that customers can take from the parking lot to the trees and back. Saws are provided and tree shaking and netting is available. Free coffee and hot chocolate are also provided. The hayride travels part of the trail that was once known as the Bullskin Trail, Bullskin Trace, Xenia Trail or Xenia Trace. The trail, created initially by the thundering hooves of millions of migrating buffalo and other animals traveling to the salt licks in Kentucky, was also used as a major travel route by Native Americans. Legend has it that Daniel Boone used the trail through this farm in 1778 during his escape from Shawnee Indians, Broadwell said. The trail was also a major Underground Railroad route. For more information about the farm call 513507-1456. – Eric Spangler/The Community Press

Timberwind Tree Farm LEBANON At Timberwind Tree Farm, every tree has a story. Located at 1566 W. Pekin Road, Timberwind Tree Farm is eight acres with about 400 trees. The family-run business has been in operation for 25 years. Owner Jim Luers said last year he and his family began placing name tags on the trees giving each an individual story. For example, Tammy is the “Miss America Tree” because she is “tall, well rounded with a perfect figure.” This year students from St. Susanna School will help write the name tags. For information, call 937-7465027 or go online to – Forrest Sellers/The Community Press


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Goshen.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Withamsville, 450 Ohio Pike, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Withamsville.

Holiday - Christmas Drive-Through Live Nativity, 7-10 p.m., First Baptist Church of Glen Este, 1034 Old State Route 74, Live animals and real actors portraying wise men and Joseph and Mary holding Jesus. View scenes from warmth of car while listening to caroling from members of church in background. Free. 752-0936; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Thousands of cut-yourown Canaan and balsam firs, Scotch and white pines; up to 12 feet. Tree cleaning, baling and saws available. Wreaths and balled-and-burlapped trees available. Farm animals, nativity display and hot chocolate. Family tailgate parties welcome. $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road, You pick Christmas tree, staff cuts. Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. $35-$45. 753-4572. Clermont County.

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

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 27. 575-2102. Milford.

Education Holiday Jingle: Traveler’s Mix and Mingle, 7-10 p.m., Roads, Rivers and Trails, 118 Main St., Learn budget travel tips and meet other adventurous travelers. Free. Presented by Wanderlust:Wanderlearn. 800-7524; Milford.

Exercise Classes

SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Mulberry, 1093 Ohio 28, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 6863300; Mulberry.

Holiday - Christmas Drive-Through Live Nativity, 7-10 p.m., First Baptist Church of Glen Este, Free. 752-0936; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Acoustic Denver Young, 8:30 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040. New Richmond.

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

Shopping Holiday Open House, 5-8 p.m., Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Locally made pottery, conversation, food and wine. Artists answer questions and take special orders. Free admission. 683-2529; Loveland.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Art & Craft Classes Teen Craft, 2 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Make a fleece scarf. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4476. Loveland.

Art Events Holiday Raku Firing, 4-9 p.m., Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Paint complimentary train ornament and watch as it comes out of the raku kiln. Learn about raku glazes and raku process, talk with local potters and sit by bonfire to warm up. Free. 683-2529; Loveland.

Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Art Openings Charley Harper Art Show, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Auctions Holiday Quarter Auction, 3-6 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Lia Sophia, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Avon and more. Drinks and snacks available. Benefits American Legion Junior Auxiliary. Free admission. 8312125. Milford.

Clubs & Organizations TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-11 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Lower Level, Generations Room. Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by TOPS: Take Off Pounds

Sensibly. 417-6772; Amelia.

Drink Tastings Snow on the Vine Holiday Sampling, Noon-4 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. 734-3548; Bethel.

Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.

Holiday - Christmas Christmas in Loveland, 4-9 p.m., Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, Carriage rides crafts, Santa at Loveland Canoe and Kayak, caroling, shopping, bonfire, children and adult choirs, and more. Free. Presented by City of Loveland. 2938254; Loveland. A River Village Christmas, 6-9 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Old fashioned Christmas to show off historic streets. Christmas music and carollers, Santa and Mrs. Claus and premier crafters with Christmas gifts. Free. Presented by RiverFest/Christmas Committee. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Choral Christmas Concert and SingAlong, 7-8 p.m., Locust Corner United Methodist Church, 917 Locust Corner Road, Performances by Locust Corner Community Church choir, pianist Annie Takeuchi Lanzone and guest vocal soloists, as well as several sing-alongs of favorite Christmas carols. Free. 752-8459. Pierce Township.

Enjoy A River Village Christmas from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, along Front Street in the village of New Richmond. There will be Christmas music and carolers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and crafters with Christmas gifts. Free. For more information, call 543-9149FILE PHOTO River’s Edge, Cats and dogs available for adoption. Presented by Clermont Pets Alive. 279-2276; Milford. Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., Petco - Milford, 1087 Ohio 28, Cats and dogs available for adoption. Presented by Clermont Pets Alive. 279-2276; Milford.

Shopping Holiday Vendor Event, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Eastgate Mall, Free. 769-3311; Union Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes

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

Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mt Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. Through March 2. 652-0286. Union Township.

Music - Religious

Holiday - Christmas

Born that We May Have Life, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Christian Church, 844 Ohio 131, Worship Center. Celebrate hope of Christmas. Featuring Worship Choir, Drama Team and Children’s Choir. Free. Presented by Milford Christian Church Choir and Drama. 831-0196; Miami Township.

A River Village Christmas, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Free. 543-9149. New Richmond. Light Up Babson Park, 5-10 p.m., Babson Park, Babson Park Place, Tradition of having one continuous line of luminaries lit throughout the 96-home neighborhood. Free. Presented by Babson Park Social Committee. 505-3243. Batavia. Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m., Summerside United Methodist Church, 638 Batavia Pike, Includes craft to take home. Free. 528-3052; Union Township.

Music - Oldies

Nature Ohio Young Birder’s Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Youth-led group interested in hiking and watching birds. Hosted by CNC volunteer Brian Herriott. $10 online pre-registration required to join club. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Spend morning looking for birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Standing by Tammy Wynette, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m., Market Street School Auditorium, 212 Market St., Auditorium. Musical based on true story of Tammy Wynette, as told by her one-time stepdaughter, Donna Chapel. $12. Reservations required. Presented by RiverStage Theatre. 5439149. New Richmond. ‘Tis the Season Christmas Show, 5-5:30 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Directed by Tom Cavano. Continues tradition of songs from popular carols. With Loveland Stage Company Dancers. Free. 683-1713; Loveland.

Pets Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., PetSmart, 245

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Museums Holiday Open House, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., International Christmas creche display with 15 nativity scenes, each representing a different geographical region of the world. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; Milford.

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MONDAY, DEC. 16 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. Through Dec. 31. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9:15-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 2:15-3 p.m., Bethel Woods Elderly Complex, 610 Easter Road, Move your whole body through complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support offered to safely perform variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-783. Bethel. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel.

SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.

Holiday - Christmas

Farmers Market

Nativity Experience, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

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

Music - Religious

Holiday - Trees

Born that We May Have Life, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Christian Church, Free. 831-0196; Miami Township.

Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Pets Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., PetSmart, 2792276; Milford.

Shopping Holiday Vendor Event, Noon-9 p.m., Eastgate Mall, Free. 7693311;

River City Writer’s Group, 6-7:30 p.m., New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd., Participants freely share their writing endeavors, generate ideas, hone their craft and network with fellow writers in area. Free. 553-0570. New Richmond. Wir Sprechen Deutsch: Conversational German for Adults, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, For adults with working knowledge of German. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 528-1744. Union Township.

Literary - Book Clubs Book Discussion, 1-2:30 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Copies of book available for checkout. 734-2619. Bethel.

Literary - Libraries

Volunteer Events The L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe Gift Drop-off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Charles Brigham Jr. Masonic Lodge, 11665 Lebanon Road, Auditorium. Donate new, unwrapped gifts. Family friendly. Free. Presented by L.I.F.E. Loveland Interfaith Effort. 583-8222; Loveland.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 Art & Craft Classes Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Design class. Stay after to create your own arrangement with help of instructor 7-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. 697-9484; Loveland.

Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $45 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

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



Cheesy potatoes make a great holiday side dish Our little patch of heaven looks quite festive. The lights are strung on the pine trees and wreaths are hung on the house, garage and outhouse. This weekend we go to Corsi’s tree farm with all the kids to Rita cut down Heikenfeld our Christmas RITA’S KITCHEN trees. The most fun for me is taking photos of the little ones in the back of the pickup with their Santa hats askew on their heads and hot chocolate mustaches on their smiling faces. A simple country pleasure!

Boursin cheese potatoes

Yummy alongside the holiday ham or roast. I don’t make these often but it is one of my favorite ways to cook potatoes.

3 pounds potatoes, either Yukon gold or red 2 cups whipping cream 5 oz. pkg. Boursin cheese (I like the garlic and herb blend) Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Slice potatoes into 1⁄4-inch slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat cream and cheese together, and whisk until cheese is melted. Layer half the potatoes in pan. Pour half cheese mixture over. Repeat and bake, covered, for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender.

Chewy cocoa brownies

St. Xavier High School Mothers’ Club “Food for the Journey” cookbook is different from the usual community cookbooks. It has mouth-watering recipes, including “date-

worthy fare,” hearthealthy tailgate recipes and family favorites. It also contains original artwork by students, along with school history and stories of faith and wisdom. I couldn’t put the book down! Here’s an adaptation of a brownie recipe requested by several readers. The book is available in the St. Xavier’s Spirit shop for $25.

quarts of this to give away,” he told me. Nell is special to me for many reasons, one of which is how generous she is in sharing her good recipes. Nell says you can eat this right away “but it’s better after 24 hours.” For gift giving, pour into a pretty jar suitable for the refrigerator. In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 large eggs 3 ⁄4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

2 cups Hellman’s Mayonnaise 1 ⁄2cup sour cream 1 ⁄4 cup white vinegar 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon sugar 1 to 11⁄2 cups blue cheese crumbles

Heat oven to 350. Spray a 9-inch by 13inch pan. Microwave butter in large bowl on medium power until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Don’t overbake.

Creamy brownie frosting

Check out my blog for this recipe.

Nell Wilson’s homemade blue cheese dressing/veggie dip I was a guest, along with Joe Boggs, Hamilton County Extension, on Ron Wilson’s annual Thanksgiving radio show on 55WKRC. We shared our holiday memories and favorite recipes. Ron told us about the blue cheese dressing from his mom, Nell. I told him I had to have it for my readers. “She makes quarts and

This potato dish baked with Boursin cheese is one of Rita’s favorite potato recipes.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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Cinnamon mocha mix for giving

Give with a couple of holiday mugs. Go to taste on ingredients. Combine and store in covered container at room temperature:

16 oz. non-dairy powdered creamer 16 oz. chocolate mix for milk 1 pound confectioners’ sugar 6 cups dry milk powder 3 ⁄4 to 1 cup cocoa powder 1 ⁄2cup instant coffee 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Gift tag: Pour 6 oz. hot water over 3 heaping tablespoons mix; stir.

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Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert. “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really enjoy the old food places up on “the hill.”’

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Chessy the cat gone, possible coyote victim Howdy Folks, We hope you had a good Thanksgiving, we did. Part of our family was here for supper that evening. Ruth Ann had this menu; turkey, dressing, baked oysters, mashed tater, gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn, green

beans, apple salad, cranberry salad, bread maker bread, pumpkin, apple and pecan pie, coffee and iced tea. Our great grandson was here, he is 16 months old and was looking everything over. We have a small step into the kitchen and into the living

room; he was really interested in that. He would go through the kitchen then turn around and George go back Rooks across the OLE FISHERMAN step. He doesn’t walk he runs.



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When he gets to talking it will be non-stop. Our oldest granddaughter, great granddaughter and grandsonin-law went with Debby and Bobby to Bobby’s sister’s home that day, so didn’t make it here after that big trip. Our great granddaughter likes to go to Sunday School. In her class she likes to paint. A couple weeks ago after Sunday School, she came running to Ruth Ann with her arms out. This made Ruth Ann very happy of course. She has been a very shy little girl, but this Sunday School class has really brought her out of her shyness, thank God. She is 3 years old and really talks up a storm. For Christmas all our family will be together at Debby’s home, have supper then pass out the Christmas gifts and watch the little ones open their presents. Ruth Ann asked me to pull some green onions for Thanksgiving supper, we still have a few in the raised bed. I am not the only one that likes them – so do the deer they ate the tops off. Our youngest granddaughter and grandsonin-law went to his dad’s for Thanksgiving. They had a good time and good food of course. We all eat more than we should. Michelle said since they could not be here

for supper she wanted her Mom and Dad, us, Jenn, Jason and Brooklyn to have breakfast together at Debby’s. So that is what we did, it was great. We watched some of the Macy’s Parade and saw the Lakota band from Cincinnati. That was great to have a band from this area there; they were wonderful, thanks Lakota. We had a Pomona Grange meeting at our hall last Saturday and after the meeting there was a good meal that everyone enjoyed and the fellowship was good. There was a rumor that Santa Claus would be at the Milford Garden Center last Saturday. When Ruth Ann and I got there the busy time had finished. But I understand Santa will be there each Saturday evening. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there again Dec. 21 from 6 till 8 p.m. to talk to the kids and give them a candy cane. They have the big train display up to enjoy and have lots of Christmas trees and poinsettia to sell. Sunday the Owensville Historical Society held their Christmas dinner at the Northeastern Middle School. It was catered by the school it was a wonderful meal. They sure have good cooks. Monday evening the Bethel Lions Club held their Christmas supper

at the U.S. Grant Vocational School with the culinary class doing the cooking and serving, supervised by the Ray and Gary Foorsee fellers. These two fellers have been there since the school opened. They sure know their business and are so friendly. There were 22 Lions members and guests present to enjoy the meal and the entertainment. The entertainment was reminiscing about each persons early times at Christmas as children. Most of them had a cedar tree which they had gone out and cut down. Now we have a bit of sad news to tell you; we lost our dear Chessy, I think to the coyotes. She liked to roam the woods at night; we couldn’t keep her in the house. She had always been outside. Now if it was raining or snowing she liked to stay in the house. We sure do miss her and the things she did. She would take turns setting on our laps in the evening till she wanted to go outside. Start your week by going to the House of Worship of your choice and praise the Lord. God Bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Calitri to lead visitors bureau opportunities within Clermont County. By stimulating interest in area events, attractions, parks, and overnight lodging; the result is economic growth to our community. “In our search for the right leader it became obvious Mark has the passion, drive and experience to bring growth and expansion to our organization.” Comodeca expressed his appreciation for the work and dedication of Chris Smith, who served

as bureau interim executive director during the past year. Calitri has a rich history in community involvement serving on the board of directors and membership committee chair for the Covington Business Council which has increased membership 55 percent in the past three years. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, earning a degree in business management.

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Mark Calitri has been hired as the executive director of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Calitri served the past eight years as Director of Sales for Winegardner and Hammons. Bureau Board Chairman Jim Comodeca says the hiring signals a renewed direction for the organization. “Mark has been brought on board to spur increased public awareness of travel and tourism

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DEATHS Alberta Elizabeth Flottman, 90, formerly of Bethel, died Dec. 1. She was a graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy. Survived by sister Viola Meagher; nieces and nephews Nora Cooper, Sandy Berry, Earl Souther, Gary, John Flottman; great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Nettie Mae Souther, John Flottman, niece Kathryn Johnson. Services were Dec. 7 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Leslie Fultz Leslie R. Fultz, 72, Bethel, died Nov. 30. Survived by wife Georgianna Fultz; daughters Lesley (Jim) Bauer, Lisa (John) Colwell; grandchildren Taylor, Tanner Colwell, Ethan Bauer; siblings Bonnie (Walt) Valentine, Brenda (Jody) Earls, James, Jeff Fultz. Preceded in death by parents James, Georgia Fultz, brother George Fultz. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Dewey Harness Sr. Dewey Lee Harness Sr., 67, Bethel, died Dec. 3. Survived by wife Mary Harness; children David, Dewey Jr. Harness, Amy Meijer; stepson

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-8600 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. Scott Paynter; grandchildren Jeffrey Latham, Pamela, Bradley Lang, Shelli Harvey, Jesse Paynter, Natalie, Nickolas Harness; brothers Farriel, John “JL” Harness; four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Catherine Larrison Catherine Dunaway Larrison, 90, Felicity, died Nov. 28. She was a member of Felicity Christian Church. Survived by daughters Wilma (Kenneth) Wisby, Marsail (the late Gerald) Manning; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by husband Elwood Larrison. Services were Dec. 2 at Felicity Christian Church. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

Richard Masters Richard W. Masters, 73, Mount Orab, died Nov. 26.

Survived by wife Marcella Masters; children Tamberlyn (Tom) Carroll, Robin Lowe, Jack (Teresa), Rick (Rhonda), Kevin (Angie) Masters; siblings Suzanne Fowler, John Masters; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother James Masters. Services were Nov. 30 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church of God. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Unverferth House, 190 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.

Diann Preston Diann M. Preston, 61, formerly of Bethel, died Nov. 30. Survived by sons Edward (Pam) Shannon, Matthew Preston; father Robert Dooley; siblings Debra (Keith) Shebesta, Delvin (Debbie), Mike, Curtis Dooley; four grandchildren. Preceded in death by mother Patsy Taylor, brothers Elmer, Steven, Robert II Dooley. Services were Dec. 5 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Sunday worship services are 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Brother Chet Sweet. The church is at 213 Western Ave., New Richmond; 553-4730.

First Baptist Church of Mt. Repose

A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party is planned from 2-3:30 p.m., Dec. 14 for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. There is a limit of 24 children, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to Cathy at 831-3698. Leave a message if there is no answer. The church is at 6088 Guinea Pike, Milford.

Glen Este Church of Christ The adult choir will have its presentation at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. The candlelight Christmas Eve service is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. The church is at 937 Old state Route 74, Eastgate; 753-8223.

Goshen Methodist Church

Breakfast with Santa is 9-11 a.m., Dec. 7, at the church. No reservations are required. Adults are $3.50 and children are $2. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen.

Grace Baptist Church

A Christmas Party is planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church. Activities may include face painting, Christmas photo, make-a-holiday craft, kids karaoke and sing-a-long and kids cake walk contest. Donut munchkins, juice and

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

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

Loveland United Methodist Church

At 9 a.m. Sundays, the church offers Classic Tradition, a traditional worship experience where persons can connect to God through a Biblically-based message, times of prayer and beautiful choral music.

At 10:30 a.m. Sundays is Engage, a “contemporary praise and worship experience” leading persons into God’s presence through powerful and uplifting music, a relevant message based on God’s Word, and the joyful welcoming of the Holy Spirit. Engage is a full Sunday school program for children up to sixth-grade. High school students lead to Sunday school after the praise band’s opening set. A professionally-staffed nursery is available for children under the age of 2. To find out about all of the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC, visit the church website, follow on Facebook, or call Pat Blankenship, director of ministry operations, at 683-1738. Explore small groups, Bible studies, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adults ministry, senior’s ministry and “Hands On / Off Campus” mission/outreach opportunities. The church also offers opportunities to connect in various worship arts ministries such as music, drama, video, sound and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 6831738;www.loveland

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

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


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

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

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


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

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GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available


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


EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY 212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

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

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

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

Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

LUTHERAN All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412 Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


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

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

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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church



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

You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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

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


ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041

Sunday Morning Service Times are:

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

8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am Sunday Night Service Time at 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center) Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm Life Change TV Program Every Sunday

Saint Peter Church

MARRIAGE LICENSES Curtis Ogle, 22, 2711 Swings Corner Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel, software engineer and Lindsay



coffee will be available. The movie “The True Meaining of Christmas” will be shown. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Jenny at 519-7920 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 5. The church is at 1004 Main St., Milford.



RELIGION First Baptist Church



Alberta Flottman

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

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


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

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

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

Cincinnati Fox19 @ 11am

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

Troy P. Ervin, Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services 7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

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

Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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PRESBYTERIAN 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




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CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Nicole Marie Poe, 31, 2993 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments, possession of drugs - heroin, Nov. 26. Adam Lee Valentine, 26, 294 Dunbar Road, Georgetown, theft - deception, Nov. 25. Douglas Dempsey, 57, 1954 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, illegal possession of intoxicating beer or liquor, Nov. 26. Danny Edward Knapp, 48, 273 Incline Lane, New Richmond, misuse of credit card, Nov. 25. Marcus Wayne Armacost, 33, 5043 Ohio 743, Moscow, fugitive from justice, Nov. 25.

Ernest Qullen Roberts, 30, 2136 Hat Maker, Cincinnati, fugitive from justice, Nov. 26. Robert J. Fisher, 40, 40 Malard Drive, Amelia, telecommunications harassment, Dec. 1. Jimmy Lee Bowling, 41, 472 Gay Street, Williamsburg, possession of drugs - marijuana, Nov. 26. Marcus Wayne Armacost, 33, 5043 Ohio 743, Moscow, fugitive from justice, Nov. 26. Gary Lee Jones, 33, 201 Cabin Creek Road, Manchester, fugitive from justice, Nov. 26. Kayla Michelle Liles, 21, 40 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, assault, Nov. 26. Kristen Marie Sweet, 21, 3687 Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, fugitive from justice, Nov. 27. Robert James Ackerman, 20, 126 Holly Lane, Loveland, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxi-

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Bethel Journal publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Bethel, Chief Mark Planck, 722-6491 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 cating liquor, Nov. 27. Tabitha Lynn Seiber, 19, 1505 W Meadowbrook Drive, Loveland, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Nov. 27.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 235 Mulberry St., Felicity, Nov. 25. At 2739 Woodruff Road, Bethel, Nov. 26.

At 3276 Ohio 131, Goshen, Nov. 25. At 40 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, Nov. 26. At Leeds and Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Nov. 25. Fugitive from justice At 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 25. At 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 26. At 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 26. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia,

Nov. 26. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Nov. 27. Illegal possession of intoxicating beer or liquor At 1954 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Nov. 20. Menacing At 2739 Woodruff Road, Bethel, Nov. 26. Misuse of credit card At 2755 Ohio 132 No. 274A, New Richmond, Nov. 21. Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor At 371 Seneca Drive, Batavia, Nov. 27. Possessing criminal tools At 1954 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Nov. 20. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 2993 Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Aug. 23. Possession of drugs - heroin At 2993 Lindale Mount Holly,

Amelia, Aug. 23. Possession of drugs marijuana At Williamsburg Bantam Road, Williamsburg, Nov. 26. Selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess At 2993 Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, Aug. 23. Theft At 1662 Ohio 133, Bethel, Nov. 19. At 3346 Patterson Road, Bethel, Nov. 27. At 1637 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, Nov. 25. At 2085 Erion Road, Batavia, Nov. 26. At 2755 Ohio 132 No. 274A, New Richmond, Nov. 21. At 2818 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Nov. 25. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, Nov. 26.

Lykins gives money to CASA

Lykins Companies recently presented CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Clermont Kids with a check for $37,000 this year, the proceeds from Lykins’ annual golf event. Since being named the beneficiary of the Lykins Companies Golf Outing in 2000, Lykins has raised more than $366,730 for CASA from this event which has been the company’s annual fundraiser for local non-profits since 1989. CASA For Clermont Kids is a local non-profit agency that is working to improve the lives of abused, neglected and dependent children of Clermont County.

Check presentation: Jeff Lykins (President/CEO Lykins Companies, Inc.), left, Alison Royalty (Executive Director of CASA), Jeannie Helsel (CASA Advocacy Coordinator) and Mary Gray (Lykins Golf Committee Director). PROVIDED


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Give holiday cheer to a Clermont Farmers invited to a field day County foster child this year

right time. A panel of local farmers will also share their experiences planting winter cover crops and discuss different management strategies that work well for the region. Those interested in attending must register and prepay a $10 fee. The first 30 paid participants will receive a free soil quality test kit (valued at $30). Participants can register online at: event.aspx and mail or drop off the registration fee at the Clermont SWCD office, P.O. Box 549 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio.

good opportunity for local farmers to meet, learn and share information about the practices that help soil quality and crop production,” stated Greg Nause, a local producer and host of the Field Day this year. “We’re excited to host this event at our farm and discuss how nutrient management will fit into our production,” added Mr. Nause. Soil experts will be on hand to present information on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Principles, which include choosing the right nutrient source to apply at the right rate in the right place at the

Sanna Gast organizes gifts given to the program for children in Clermont County foster care. PROVIDED

There are no limits on the amount of gifts or cost; however, if there is a sibling group being sponsored we will indicate provide the necessary information in order for sponsors to try and keep the gifts even in number. Gast said sponsors for teenagers are always in high demand and greatly appreciated because for most of them it is the only gift they receive all year. “Many people tell us they don’t know what a teenager likes and I tell them gift cards to local stores and restaurants are always welcome.” Gifts must be wrapped

and marked with the number assigned to the child, then delivered to the CPS office at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, OH, 45103. To sponsor a child, Community Toy Chest will accept checks. Check donations are used to purchase gifts for children who are not yet sponsored, or for those who come into county care later in the year. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or family, please e-mail Sanna Gast at or call 732-7264 for more information.

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Christmas for a child in foster care is a little more difficult and each year Clermont County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) conducts the ‘Community Toy Chest’ program to help the children in their care have a wonderful Christmas experience. Last year approximately 350 children received gifts because of generous donations from the public and this year there are even more children to help. CPS is asking the public to consider sponsoring one or more of the children in their care again this year. “All types of sponsors are accepted like, individuals, company sponsors, groups, or organizations,” said Sanna Gast, Clermont County Children’s Services and Community Toy Chest coordinator. “If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, you can also sponsor families.” Gast said that there are many foster children placed with relatives and these families are often struggling, especially during the holidays. The ages of children available for sponsorship range from birth to 18 years of age. Sponsors receive an ID number for each child (only first names are given due to confidentiality), their ages, sizes, and what they wish for or need. Wish list items typically include toys, games, and warm coats.

Local farmers are invited to attend a Farm Field Day event scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11. The purpose of the event is to provide an informational outlet for farmers and local professionals to discuss nutrient management and best management practices (BMPs), such as winter cover crops, and how these practices can help improve yield and our environment. The Farm Field Day will from 9 a.m. to noon, on a farm located at 3736 Lucas Road, in Goshen Township. “These annual field day events provide a

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Bakeries’ gingerbread sales set to help kids

Members of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association make gingerbread men cookies and donate a portion of the sales from these seasonal specialties to help children who have physical problems or emotional concerns due to the loss of someone in their family Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding is the slogan chosen by Tom Davis, of

Regina Bakery in North Bend, chairman of this event in its 22nd year. The size and price of these cookies vary from bakery to bakery, but the spirit prevails in all as no one wants to see a child hurting. Bakers in the Cincinnati area divide the proceeds from their cookie sale between Kindervelt, which provides state-of-

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338 East Plane St., Melissa Large, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.251 acre, $30,000. 365 S. Charity St., CR Capital Group LLC to Carl Weaver, 0.246 acre, $24,000. 2705 Spring St., Joseph & Arica Gullett, et al. to Bank of New York Mellon, $50,000.


1223 Ohio 222, Aaron & Stacie Taylor to Craig & Terri Smith, 11.166 acre, $232,000.


2696 Bethel New Richmond Road, Teri Germann to Renee & Keith Koemer, 10.706 acre, $250,000. 3483 Inez Avenue, Virginia Painter, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.459 acre, $30,000. 604 Laura Drive, S&D Retirement Home LLC to Stephany Johnson, 0.606 acre, $96,500. 2275 Ohio 222, Daniel Malone, et al. to Lakeview Loan Servicing LLC, 1 acre, $40,000. 3404 Starling Road, Dale Nicholas Hall to Robert Robbers, 0.5464 acre, $42,000. 2452 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road, Jennifer & Scott Black to Dallas McNay, 2.597 acre, $80,000.

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the-art equipment for Children’s Hospital, and Fernside, which has groups all over the city and is an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati. You can go into any of the participating stores and purchase the decorated gingerbread kids, or you can order them specially decorated with your child’s or grandchild’s name written on them.

“I believe it is important that we donate some of our resources to charity, and there is not better way than to help hurting children,” said Gary Gotttenbusch from Servatii Pastry Shop, and spokesman for the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association. The following bakeries will have the gingerbread kids on sale from Dec. 5-

Dec. 31: » Harrison Home Bakery – Harrison » Graeter’s Bakeries – all locations » Bonomini Bakery – Northside » Little Dutch Bakery – Mt. Healthy » Wyoming Pastry Shop –Wyoming » Regina Bakery – North Bend and Cheviot » Patricia’s Wedding

Cakes – Reading » Servatii Pastry Shop – all locations » Fantasy In Frosting – Newport, Ky. » Schmidt’s Bakery – Batesville » Bonnie Lynn Bakery – Blue Ash For more information contact or call 859-727-4146

Making Christmas a reality for those in foster care Christmas for a child in foster care is a little more difficult and each year Clermont County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) conducts the ‘Community Toy Chest’ program to help the children in their care have a wonderful Christmas experience. Last year approximately 350 children received gifts because of generous donations from the public and this year there are even more children to help. As the holidays are quickly approaching, Children’s Protective Services is asking the public to consider sponsoring one or more of the children in their care again this year. “All types of sponsors are accepted, individuals, company sponsors, groups, or organizations,” said Sanna Gast, Clermont County Chil-

“If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, you can also sponsor families!” SANNA GAST

Clermont County Children’s Services and Community Toy Chest coordinator.

dren’s Services and Community Toy Chest coordinator. “If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, you can also sponsor families!” Gast explains that there are many foster children placed with relatives and these families are often struggling, especially during the holidays. The ages of children available for sponsorship range from birth to 18 years of age. Sponsors receive an ID number for each child (only first names are given due to confidentiality), their ages, sizes, and what

they wish for or need. Wish list items typically include toys, games, and warm coats. There are no limits on the amount of gifts or cost; however, if there is a sibling group being sponsored we will indicate provide the necessary information in order for sponsors to try and keep the gifts even in number. Gast stated sponsors for teenagers are always in high demand and greatly appreciated because for most of them it is the only gift they receive all year, “Many people tell us they don’t know what a

teenager likes and I tell them gift cards to local stores and restaurants are always welcome.” Gifts must be wrapped and marked with the number assigned to the child, then delivered to the Children’s Protective Services office located at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Ohio, 45103. If you would like to sponsor a child, but don’t have the time to shop, Community Toy Chest will accept checks. Check donations are used to buy gifts for children who are not yet sponsored, or for those who come into county care later in the year. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or family, please e-mail Gast at or call 732-7264 for more information.

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Save energy, money during holidays

Duke Energy is offering information to help customers save energy and money during the holiday season and cold weather months. “Holiday displays are fun for families and communities, but can also add significantly to monthly power bills,” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Fortunately, there are a number of efficient, budget-friendly lighting options available to help control costs during the holiday season.” Six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) plugged in six hours every evening can add up to $80 to a monthly power bill. By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only about $7. Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly power

bill by only $1. Customers can estimate their holiday lighting costs using a calculator on Duke Energy’s website:

Holiday lighting reminders:

» Before installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires. Discard or replace damaged sets before using. » Never use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord. » Plug exterior lights into ground-fault interruptible (GFI) outlets only. If the home lacks outside GFI outlets, call an electrician to install them. » Dust your light bulbs regularly, as dirt absorbs light and wastes energy. » Before climbing a ladder, inspect it to ensure it’s in good working

condition and follow the weight limits specified on the ladder. Ladders that lean against a wall or other support should be angled so the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about one-quarter the working length of the ladder. Never use a ladder for any purpose other than for what it’s designed. Also, never use a ladder on or near power lines.

Cooking Efficiency Reminders:

» Open your oven door as little as possible. Your oven loses 25 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit each time you open the door, making it work harder to maintain its temperature. » Preheat ovens only when necessary. » Cover pans to reduce the cooking time and amount of heat needed. » Use smaller appliances, such as crock pots,

Animal shelter has a wish list The Clermont County Animal Shelter, 4025 Filager Road in Batavia, is out with its 2013 Holiday Wish List to benefit the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats, puppies and kittens that come through the doors of the Batavia shelter each year. Among the items on the 2013 holiday list: an upright canister vacuum cleaner, a large wind tunnel fan, desk-size small portable heaters, AA and AAA batteries, Forever postage stamps, a case of paper towels, gift cards (PetSmart, Office Max, Walmart, any fuel), Purina puppy and kitten chow, clay cat litter, window cleaner, hand sanitizer, cat and dog treats, office supplies (staples, paper clips, pens, etc.), copy paper, and large trash cans (on wheels) with lids. Clermont County Ani-

Winter Efficiency Reminders:

“Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder

temperatures,” said Lanier. “One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy.”

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