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Felicity participates in survey By Roxanna Blevins

FELICITY — In an effort to better serve the community, Felicity-Franklin Local School District is participating in an annual education survey. The national Speak Up survey is facilitated by non-profit organization Project Tomorrow and is available to all districts and schools in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database. According to the Project Tomorrow’s website, the organization’s goal is to support “innova-

tive uses of science, math and technology resources.” The survey focuses on technology and how it is used in schools. “I think it’s important for whoever might be looking at (results) to know where people are (technologically),” said Jennifer Keller, principal of FelicityFranklin Elementary School. While the survey touches on attitudes toward STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and subject-specific questions, the main objective is understanding where schools and districts are

technologically. Keller said participation is required for district teachers and administrators. It also is open to students and parents who wish to offer Keller feedback. She said the teacher survey gathers information about technology resources already in place, use of technology in classrooms and how to improve instruction with technology. “It is important because I think it kind of determines your

needs (as a district),” Keller said. Districts often use data for deciding whether or not to move forward with new initiatives, writing grants and raising taxes, said Julie Evans, chief executive officer for Project Tomorrow. “I always think it’s interesting how the schools and districts use the data,” she said. Data is available free of charge to districts on districtwide, state-wide and national levels. Two major national reports also are shared with Congress and national boards and councils each year, she said. Project Tomorrow uses re-

sults to create about five to eight targeted thematic reports focused on issues like mobile learning and online learning trends. Evans said results from the 2012 survey will be helpful in determining readiness for the transition to online state testing, which will take place in many states in 2014 and 2015. A link to the Speak Up survey is available on the FelicityFranklin district website at pages/Felicity-Franklin_LSD. The survey will remain open through Dec. 21.

County OKs 2013 appropriations By Roxanna Blevins

Scheetz for 2013. The rest is earmarked for specific projects. She cautioned that this spendable money is not a set number, it is higher based on reimbursements from major projects. That is why the fund balance shows growth in 2012 and 2013, but is likely to decrease depending on how the commissioners decide to spend money in the future. “We don’t know what the revenues are going to be until the end of the year,” said Commissioner Bob Proud. One non-operating revenue stream affecting the general fund balance is economic development. The revenues are restricted to the economic development program. In 2012 and 2013, the revenues are projected to exceed program expenses, Scheetz See BUDGET, Page A2



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Regina Planck of Bethel walks with her dog Piddler Dec. 1 in the Bethel Down Home Christmas Santa Doggie Parade. Piddler won an award for best dressed, medium breed. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Prizes awarded for Down Home Christmas By John Seney

BETHEL — Police Chief Mark Planck said his dog Piddler got his name “because he always has to go outside.” The chief’s 3-year-old pet was one of the winners Dec. 1 in the village’s first annual Santa Doggie Parade, part of the Down

Home Christmas celebration. Piddler, who was accompanied in the parade by Planck’s wife, Regina, won the award in the category best dressed, medium breed. Other winners in the dog parade were: » Best dressed, small breed: Lillie. Owner: Darcy Angel. » Best dressed, large breed:

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CLERMONT COUNTY — County officials anticipate an increase in general fund operating revenues for 2013, but it may be shortlived. To budget with that in mind, this year’s budget shows expenses will not exceed projected revenues. The increase in the fund balance is the result of one-time money returned from projects such as Ivy Pointe and Jungle Jim’s, said Sukie Scheetz, director of the county’s Office of Management and Budget. Scheetz projects operating revenue growth of about 2.7 percent for 2013. But, because of increasing taxes, county residents will likely have less discretionary funds in the near future. By 2014, she anticipates operating revenue will decrease. “What we have to do is be as prudent as possible,” she said. “What we’re going to have to do next year is watch the revenue stream as it comes in - since that’s what we’ve balanced the appropriations with - and just make sure it is meeting or exceeding the revenue estimate,” Scheetz said. In addition to a revenue increase, the year-end general fund balance is expected to be slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012. The estimated year-end balance for 2012 is about $16.7 million. For 2013, it is estimated to be about $17.9 million. The actual spendable amount for the year-end fund balance is estimated at $15 million for 2012 and $16.5 million



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Jan. 8. The Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with title sponsor Park National Bank, Lykins Companies, Jungle Jim’s, The Crowell Company, Union Township, Siemens PLM Software, UC Clermont, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood CPAs, Total Quality Logistics, and American Modern Insurance Group to honor outstanding citizens and groups in Clermont County. “These communityminded partners stepped

up to recognize the ‘difference makers’ in our county,” said chamber President Matt Van Sant. “The event would not be possible without them.” Since 1988 the event has honored volunteers and leaders in the fields of community service, education, environmental concerns, health care, human services, leadership, parks/ recreation, rural interests, safety and justice who live or work in Clermont County. A new award honoring members of the military is

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debuting this year. Last year, more than 500 people attended the soldout banquet. Reservations for the March 12 event will be available early next year. Founded in 1969, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is an association of about 1000 businesses working together to make the Clermont County area the best place to locate, operate and grow a business. The chamber’s key initiatives are advocacy, economic growth and member/investor benefits.

Two permanent drug drop-off locations set The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has partnered with the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Free Action Alliance to provide 66 free prescription drug drop boxes throughout Ohio. Two are in Clermont County. The Goshen Township Police Department installed one of the prescription drug drop boxes at the office, 6757 Goshen

Road, and is available to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drop boxes are mailbox-style disposal bins that are placed inside law enforcement agencies to be used by residents during normal business hours. Law enforcement is responsible for monitoring the boxes and properly disposing of the medications. Each location is contract-

ed with a regional incinerator facility, approved by the Ohio EPA, to dispose of the collected medications in the most environmentally-friendly manner. The second one will be at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, 4470 Ohio 222, in January. The Pierce Township Police Department started a prescription drug drop-off program earlier this year. For more infor-

mation, call 752-4100. Dr. Lee Ann Watson, assistant director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said, “It is crucial to have several permanent locations in the county to collect medications in between these events.” For additional information about the prescription drug drop-off boxes, call Woods at 735-8159.


for 2013 than in 2011. Scheetz said the county’s contract with the private non-profit Economic Development Corporation of Clermont County (ED3C) was not renewed. Appropriations for parks are projected to be $788,795 in 2013 - about more $100,000 than 2012.

Grants for capital projects make up the bulk of the increase. Scheetz projected $245,821 in appropriations for the park district capital fund, which includes the Williamsburg-Batavia Bike Trail, Chilo Lock and Dam and Tealtown Park projects.

Scheetz also included casino revenues in the county projections. She estimates the county will receive about $2.1 million in 2013, despite being told by state officials the revenue could be $3 million. “I’m hoping I’m too cautious, and revenues will end up coming in, but ... once we do this and appropriate all these monies, it’s difficult to scale back operations,” she said. She said trends in Cleveland and Toledo show high casino tax collection in the first couple months, followed by a tapering off. She anticipates a similar trend for nearby casinos. The county’s final carryover balance for 2012 will not be known until Dec. 31. The commissioners approved the 2013 appropriation proposal Dec. 5.

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said. In addition to revenues being up, appropriations for economic development are about $120,000 lower



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Oberschlake said next year the organizers may add another prize category for best dressed family, “because so many family members dressed up with their dogs.” Judi Adams, one of the Down Home Christmas organizers, said the overall event “went well.” “We were lucky with the weather,” she said. The traditional Down Home Christmas parade was “the biggest we ever had,” Adams said. “The floats were outstanding,” she said. “People put a lot of effort into it.” Awards were given out for the traditional parade. The winners: » Most entertaining, first place: Chihuahua pulling a cart, Bethel Community Pet Hospital. » Most entertaining, second place: Bethel American Legion Post 406. » Most entertaining, third place: Doug Green Trio. » Most creative, first place: Polar Express, Bethel Assembly of God Church. » Most creative, second place: Whoville and Grinch Mobile, Community Savings Bank. » Most creative, third place: Phil’s Auto Care. » Most Christmas spirit, first place: Saltair Church of Christ. » Most Christmas spirit, second place: Bethel Nazarene Church

» Most Christmas spirit, third place: American Heritage Girls. Awards for window decorating included: » Kindergarten to fifth-grade, first place: Bethel Post Office, decorated by American Heritage Girls. » Kindergarten to fifth-grade, second place: Skyline, decorated by American Heritage Girls third-graders. » Kindergarten to fifth-grade, third place: E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, decorated by Brownie Troop #45370 second-graders. » Sixth-grade to 12thgrade, first place: Gold Star Chili, decorated by American Heritage Venture Crew Teens. » Sixth-grade to 12thgrade, second place: Key Bank, decorated by American Heritage Girls seventh-graders. » Sixth-grade to 12thgrade, third place: IGA, decorated by American Heritage Girls ninthgraders, » Adults, first place: Country Treasures. » Adults, second place: Bethel Floral Boutique. » Adults, third place: Wichard Oil Company. Drawings were held for village gift baskets. The winners were Lynne Kirkman, Sandy Hetzer, Alice Henderson, Marsha Dotson and Elaine Sipos. A television donated by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home was won by Joe Carlotta. A doll house donated by Howard Jones was won by Chasity Deavers.


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BRIEFLY Share your Christmas spirit

Drive anywhere in Clermont County and you will see the Christmas spirit done in lights on homes, garages, barns and even concrete trucks. The Community Journal would like to share photos of Christmas lighting displays with our readers and need your help. Please take a photo of your home display and email it to Editor Theresa L. Herron at Make the photo at least 1 MB. Include your name, the street you live on and the community you live in so we can share the photos in the paper and on the web. Don’t wait too long, Christmas will be here before you know it.

County contribution CLERMONT COUNTY —

Commissioners Dec. 5 authorized the county auditor to issue a check for $20,000 to the Clermont County Port Authority for operating expenses. The county will be reimbursed for the money when the Port Authority is able to pay it back, said Adele Evans, development specialist with the county office of Community and Economic Development.

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Health assessments

HealthSource of Ohio is offering free mini health assessments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the center court at Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. The assessments consist of certified personnel taking your height and weight measurements, a blood pressure check, Body Mass Index (BMI) assessments, and fasting glucose and cholesterol screenings. There will be health information available and free giveaways. “Health assessments such as the ones we’re of-

fering on Dec. 15 are not only free, but also easy you don’t need an appointment. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this service. Preventative care is extremely important to your overall health, and many potential health risks can be identified during a simple health assessment,” said Kim Patton, president and CEO of HealthSource of Ohio. For more information about HealthSource of Ohio, visit the website

Landslide repairs WASHINGTON TWP. —

Landslide repairs soon will be made on Big Indian and Ireton Trees roads in Washington Township. The repairs will cost an estimated $434,453.34. Eighty-seven percent of the funding will be paid for with grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Ohio Public Works

Commission will fund the remaining 13 percent. The Clermont County commissioners Dec. 5 approved an agreement between the county and the township for the repairs.

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The Bethel Lions Club will hold their Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday,

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CLERMONT COUNTY BOARD OF DD 2011 Annual Report and Outcomes Management Summary Executive Summary. Sharon Woodrow, Superintendent Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities had a pretty good year in 2011. We were happy, when evaluating our Strategic Plan for 2011, to find that we accomplished many of our goals. What makes that so important is that our goals reflect support for our citizens with developmental disabilities in this county. And, that’s what our mission, vision and day to day purpose are all about. New to 2011 was the plan to get more information about people’s needs during our Intake Process. You can read more about this in the Community Support Section of this report, but I want to commend our board and planning staff for taking a good look at how we can get needed services to people, utilizing the additional levy funds from our successful levy campaign the year before, while keeping an eye on on-going unsustainable costs. All in all, almost 300 people asked for and received ”new” services from CCDD, which helped to support them in their daily lives. By new services, we mean not the traditional Adult, Early Childhood, or School Age services; however, those areas of our agency saw new growth also. Please read about those in their sections of this report. “New“ or additional services targeted expanded behavioral training and support in people’s homes, camp and respite opportunities, transportation, specialized child care and creative supported living and individual budgets. We also continued to fund additional Level One waivers which give people access to Medicaid paid medical services, day supports and respite. Always diligent about recognizing and handling emergencies, we fielded some significant ones in 2011, but were able to ensure health and safety for all reviewed in an effective and efficient manner. Waiting lists for waivers continue to grow, but we also continue to review, evaluate and determine how we can help in other, more immediate ways. Our partnership with Goodwill Industries came to fruition in 2011 when a satellite of the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries opened in our Krenning Center. There, Goodwill serves individuals from Southwest Ohio Developmental Center who cannot be served by our county board, some Clermont County individuals on waivers who choose that work program over others, and some individuals from Hamilton County (paid for by Hamilton County) in another collaboration between our two county boards. In addition, Goodwill became the oversight non-profit board for individuals attending work programs offered by our county board. Keying in to the expertise that Goodwill has in the field has made a positive difference in the lives of many individuals with developmental disabilities in this county who desire increased work opportunities as well as creative approaches to leisure based activities also. And, finally, several people from Clermont County Board programs are now working in the Goodwill Store on Beechmont Avenue. This is truly becoming a strong partnership which offers choice to our individuals and an effective and efficient way for the Clermont County Board to support our individuals in new and innovative ways, while also managing our costs. The costs of programming at the Krenning Center are now shared by three agencies, not just the Clermont County Board of DD. And, this program continues to grow. We hope this will be a long-term partnership. Another county collaboration was strengthened in 2011 due to the unfortunate situation of several children with developmental disabilities who have either experienced abuse or neglect, or who cannot be supported in their natural families because of significant mental health or behavioral issues. Residential treatment and placement for children has been uncharted territory for CCDD in prior years, but thanks to the support, guidance and financial partnership with Clermont County Children’s Services, we have been able to assist several very young people in crisis. Hopefully this support by our two agencies will lead to

“Community Integration” program. This included guidelines and training of staff and students. Students were trained on community and van safety. In November, 2011, we began offering community trips to three classrooms. Instructors plan together for meaningful weekly community outings with a mix of students from all three classrooms. These trips include shopping, visiting the library and in eating in the community. Developing appropriate social skills and generalizing those skills in the community are an important part of our curriculum. School districts look to us in placing students with more intensive needs, medical or behavioral. We identified that we could best serve these students in classrooms with 4-6 students. As a result, we have capped our classroom enrollment at 6. Staff have attended specific training in working with students with behaviors, how to understand behaviors and in building appropriate interventions. We worked with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kelly O’Leary Center (TKOL) to transition a student back into Wildey School. We collaborated with professionals TKOL for our staff to train at their clinic. TKOL staff also came to Wildey to train our staff. We designed a classroom environment that incorporated components of TKOL program as a step down from the clinical program to create a seamless transition. We continue to create environments to meet the individual needs of the students, and provide them with the support to make them successful. School Age and Adult Services developed plans to improve transition between school and Adult Service programming. Program Managers were assigned in the student’s last year, to coordinate the transition. We hosted a Transition Breakfast in February, 2011. This was held at the Grissom Building with presentations about program options and services available through CCDD. Afterwards, families were able to take tours of the Grissom/DAC programs with individual tours at Wildey Center on request. Of the four 2011 graduates, 1 moved out of county, 1 began programming at DAC, 1 entered Community Employment, and the fourth attends the Wildey Adult Program. Transition planning for 2012 graduates began in May, 2011. Individual tours with families were scheduled for the first of 2012 to finalize transition planning. We used IEP meetings to discuss services based on the needs of families. Staff assisted families to get on waiting lists for camp, family resources, and waivers based on their needs and interest. We communicated with parents/families through our monthly newsletter and through group emails. Adult Services - CCDD Adult Services provides services to eligible individuals from young to senior adults. This includes sheltered employment, recreation and leisure programming, enclave or mobile work crews, and community employment and job coaching; all are offered in four areas: Wildey Center adult wing; Donald A. Collins Center; Grissom Center, and in the community. Programs offer an opportunity to earn a paycheck or to receive life enrichment through activity programs at facilities and in the community. Adult Services operates under CORE values that were adopted in 2010 which are: “Safe and Inviting Environments; Understand; Responsibility; and Engagement.” There were many exciting accomplishments in 2011. We were able to serve new individuals as they requested services, without adding anyone to a waiting list. A new staff orientation program was fully implemented. New volunteer opportunities were established for individuals. A Recycling Initiative was created. There was continued excitement about student transition services through the Bridges to Transition project. There was success with re-working some environments to better support individuals that need quieter/smaller spaces for their day. Surveys showed swimming was a trend; swim programs began in 2011. We participated in our CARF accreditation survey with a number of strengths recognized in Adult Services. The department went through a significant transition with the dissolution of Clerco, Inc., the non-profit

better and more independent lives for these children as they grow up. But certainly, without the financial support and case work expertise of Children’s Protective Services, we would not have been able to do this. Due to the retirement and dissolution of Clerco Inc., we lost some nonprofit support for fundraising and grant writing. Since our Gift of Time Respite Program is funded in a large part by grants and fundraisers, and since we continue to have growing needs in this and other specialized areas, we were pleased to announce that we would be collaborating with a new non-profit, whose sole purpose is to raise funds to support our programs. Although the non-profit, “Clermont DD Empowers Me,” officially was established in early 2012, the donation to get it off the ground and the preliminary work for its formation happened in late 2011. CCDD is thrilled to be involved in this new collaboration as we believe that more individuals will be able to benefit. And, that’s what we are constantly striving to do. As you read through this document, please note the work that is being done to ensure that your tax dollars are spent as efficiently as possible, as well as to ensure that the most people benefit. But, also please note that many individuals’ lives as well as those of their families are being changed for the better daily. And, it is through this community’s support that we are able to make this possible. We will continue to work hard in 2012 to actualize our 2012 plan and provide the best possible support for our individuals with developmental disabilities in Clermont County. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions or stop by and see what’s happening. We’d love to talk to you. I. Services Provided in 2011 Early Childhood - In 2011 the Early Childhood programs operated or coordinated by the CCDD continued the efforts of providing excellent services to children and families while utilizing the resources available in the most efficient way possible. Many of the services that the CCDD EI Program provides are based on Federal Law, specifically Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Decisions about service provision are also based on the most current and accepted research on how children learn best. The overarching goal of Early Intervention is to increase the family and caregiver‘s competence and confidence in helping their child learn and grow. The Early Childhood Programs operating under or coordinated by the CCDD in 2011 were: Early Intervention (EI); Help Me Grow (HMG); R e g i o n a l Infant Hearing Program (RIHP). During the year 2011, overall enrollment in EI was relatively the same. Average daily enrollment was slightly down from 222 to 218. This number is over the estimated target number for our county from the Ohio Department of Health which is 199. EI capacity with current staffing is 245. Overall, the program evaluated, screened and/or provided services to over 760 children. School Age- The Clermont County Board of DD School Age Services provides special education services to Clermont County students through placement from their school district of service. We currently serve 47 students (Dec. 2011) residing in Batavia, Bethel, Blanchester, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity, Goshen, Milford, New Richmond,West Clermont,Western Brown, and Williamsburg school districts. Student placement is determined by the IEP team based on the needs of the student. The Thomas A. 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 increased 9% between September 2010 and September 2011. Four students graduated in May 2011 and 7 new students enrolled in August 2011. Classrooms have an average of 6 students per classroom, each has an instructor and an assistant. Nineteen students required additional assistance of an educational aide which was provided by the home district. Sixteen students have behavior plans. We created an excel template which includes data for the current year. This has allowed us to track trends and patterns more efficiently. The monthly summary is reviewed by the Principal and Behavior Support Specialist. Parents receive the monthly summary so they can track their child’s progress. The yearly summary is included in the annual IEP review as well. Data collection and reporting progress has been addressed in teacher meetings and on an individual basis. The Principal reviews data collection systems and has met with teachers on how to improve and collect meaningful, accurate data. Teachers have created templates and were trained on how to collect data and how to interpret the data to more accurately reflect student progress; they also consider how they will collect data when creating goals and objectives and how the goal/ objective can be measured. Support staff is trained by the Teacher on the data collection systems and how to collect data. Staff evaluated student data to identify areas of need to develop IEP goals. Xavier University graduate students created a “Progress Monitoring” toolkit for our staff to improve data collection. We developed the framework for our

overseeing the work programs for the individuals served in the sheltered employment settings and the introduction of the Clermont Sheltered Work Administrative Services non-profit under the umbrella of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Wildey Adult Center - Wildey Center offers individuals who attend the opportunity to participate in recreation and leisure programming throughout the day. The senior adult program caters to the needs of older adults. Activities took place these areas: activity room, cooking area, in the gym, outside and in the community. We created curriculum and share folders that all staff can use to increase efficiency with implementing activities. Daily schedules help staff in each activity room more efficiently plan the day with individuals. The Next Chapter Book Club took place in the community. Staff and individuals use the gym at Wildey on certain days of the week. Additional classes offered were cooking and computer classes. The second annual Wildey Center Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza occurred with a number of individuals and various staff taking part. Zach Malec, a local Boy Scout built A shelter was built for the outside patio/horticulture area as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Donald A. Collins Center (DAC) – At DAC, individuals have the opportunity to participate in work or recreation and leisure/life enrichment activities. The staff at DAC work with a smaller ratio of individuals to better assist them to get the most out of their day. One of the exciting results to see was the implementation of the swimming program. Many benefited from swimming and the staff saw great results from this opportunity for them to experience physical/sensory experience. Grissom Center Grissom offers individuals the opportunity to work in a sheltered employment environment. Individuals can work on jobs that involve small parts assembly, kit assembly, packaging, sorting, labeling, etc. They can also participate in community activities, attend life enrichment classes, and physical activities if they choose. Supported Employment Enclaves leave from the Grissom Center daily for individuals to work in housekeeping, production, document scanning preparation, and lawn crews in the warmer months. Community Employment - In 2011, the Community Employment Services Department placed a total of 25 individuals in community jobs and 33 community work assessments. Total billing to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation was $189,288. Community Employment currently does not have a waiting list. We serve students currently looking to transition from school to work and individuals who may be interested in leaving the sheltered employment settings for community employment. The department has a good relationship with the local BVR office and counselors to find employment for those with significant disabilities. In 2011, Community Employment was selected to participate in the Ohio Department of DD Employment First Initiative. This was established to transition 5-10 individuals from sheltered employment to community jobs. Community Employment ventured into a new project called Bridges to Transition. We worked with 19 students to provide community exploration activities and actual work experiences. The goal was to provide students age 14-22 the opportunity to experience and learn about what it is like to work in the community and to gain real experience for use in the future. Community Relations - We used social media networks to communicate with individuals, families, and the community, announcing everything from inclement weather cancellations to activities and special events on our Facebook and Linked In Pages. We created a Twitter Account and began using it in the same capacity. We ran strip ads on the front page of each Clermont County newspaper during DD Awareness Month in March through the Region 3 COG collaboration. We created a movie cinema ad that ran before each movie at the Milford RAVE Cinemas in March. We created a communication video with the COG called “Communicating with Respect and Dignity.” It can be seen on You Tube Channel, and our website ( We distributed volunteer applications and brochures at local events and at all of our speaking engagements. We have continued to successfully recruit volunteers for the Gift of Time Respite Cooperative, but most people who are interested in activities or day programs are those seeking college credit or service learning hours. We will continue to offer volunteer information at all expos throughout 2012. We established a CCDD Young Professionals Network for individuals who don’t attend many social activities. It is our hope this group of YP’s will form friendships and help recruit other individuals to be part of their group. We added new activities to our calendar: a Reds Game, Lunar Golf, and “The Ducks” boat/bus tour. Community Support Services &Family Support - The CSS responsibilities include overseeing the administration of services funded through the Level One Waiver, Individual Options Waiver, Supported Living and Individual Budgets. At the end of 2011, there were 179 individuals on Individual Option waivers 95 individuals on Level 1 waivers, 25 individuals served by the Supported Living program, 142 individuals with Individual Budgets, and 56 individuals receiving ongoing Behavior Support Services. One new position was added within the Community Support Services Department in


2011 which was a Behavior Support Specialist. We collaborated with FAST TRAC to support children in the community and through Respite services. We attempted to target the real needs of our families by directly asking those on the waiting list what is the current need for their family member. Also on December 1st, the annual waiting list notification letter was mailed to everyone on a current waiver, supported living and/or adult services waiting list. At the close of 2011, residential waiting list numbers were: Individual Options Waiver=611; Level One Waiver=471; Supported Living=157. We saw a flurry of activities related to emergency/crisis situations. A great deal of time has been focused in these areas, communicating and strategizing with multiple community partners. Two committees we have are the Emergency Task Force (ETF) and the Protection from Harm Committees. When notified of a potential emergency, the first responder will assess and coordinate immediate actions needed to ensure the person’s immediate health and safety. If the individual needs placement or resources that are not available and is still in emergency status, the ETF is notified as soon as possible and according to the necessary timelines or requests of the reporting staff person. The Protection from Harm Committee is composed of many CCDD members: Superintendent, MUI Investigator, Director of Adult Services, Director of Business Operations, School Age Principal, Agency Nurse, Behavior Support Coordinator, Director and Assistant Director of Community Support Services. It is designed to assist an individual we serve who is at risk but also protects our agency when these situations are brought to our attention. The Committee of Administrative staff reviews these significant cases to accomplish the following: provide objective oversight of and support to service coordinating personnel; to assess and discuss the options available to protect the health and safety of consumers who are at high risk; to ensure that actions are taken to protect health and safety and to document all efforts; to minimize board liability. On June 30, 2011, CCDD ended our long term contract relationship with the Arc Hamilton County for the administration of our Family Support Service Program (FSS). Effective July 1, 2011, the Board began a contractual agreement with the Southwest Ohio Council of Government (SWOCOG) to administer the FSS. The County Board has always supported guidelines for this program that will enable as many families as possible to benefit from this funding source and have therefore capped the annual amount per family at $1,000. FSS funds assisted 44 families for the period of July 1st through October 12th for a total of 5,470 hours of in-home respite with a total of $19,337.59. There were 22 families who received out-of-home respite for a total of 3,436 hours totaling $9,479.50. Unfortunately, FSS Funds were no longer available for 2011 by mid-October and families were entered on a waiting list until January 2012, when families could again apply for an additional funding. Investigations - The Investigative Unit for CCDD manages information for all DD service providers. 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. The MUI process seeks to ensure that individuals with DD have access to appropriate treatment and care, and ensures that providers of services address individual needs in a thorough and proactive manner. The MUI process reviews both individual and DD system needs. MUIs are defined as the alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of abuse; attempted suicide; death; exploitation; failure to report; injuries of known origin; involvement with law enforcement; medical emergency; misappropriation; missing person; neglect; peer to peer acts; prohibited sexual relations; rights code violations; unapproved behavior support; injury of unknown origin; and unscheduled hospitalization. MUI reporting is applied across the board in the categories of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and misappropriation. It is applied with respect to services being delivered in all other situations. 2011 saw an increase in the rate of MUI reporting of about 4.6% over 2010. Hospitalization remains the most frequentlyreported incident, accounting for an average of 23 % of all MUIs. Reporting numbers across all categories are very similar in nature to 2010. Additionally, ICFMR facilities continue to report one of the highest percentage of MUIs, accounting for 35% of the incidents filed. Licensed waiver facilities accounted for 17% of reports, and the remainder from workshops and other home and community based services. CCDD conducts a quarterly review of all MUIs occurring within the program and services it operates. We additionally monitor and review incidents occurring in services provided by individual service contractors. The County Board monitors total MUIs filed, and reviews quarterly reviews conducted by private agency providers as well. The Ohio Department of DD conducts an annual compliance review of the incident reporting process. 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. Fiscal Operations - The main goal for the Fiscal Operations Department was to maintain financial stability through 2013 and beyond. Maintaining the financial stability of the Agency is attributed to adhering to budgets, analyzing financial forecasts, long-term planning, finding ways to be more efficient and developing new revenue sources. 2011 was a particularly interesting year because the Agency was fortunate to pass a .9 mill replacement levy in 2010 that generated an additional 2.8 million dollars in 2011. Some additional revenue went to offset losses from various cuts in funding and some funding went to provide new services. The Director of Business Operations presented monthly financial statements to the Board with a 5-year forecast to assist in making long-term operations/service decisions and the agency operated within budget. Information Technology - The IT Department replaced a third of our PC inventory with new machines and replaced all remaining CRT monitors with flat panels. Microsoft Office 2010 was installed on every PC. We contracted with Intellinetics, to develop a paperless work environment. We anticipate Intellinetics will be up and running by April, 2012. Human Resources - The year began with a “bang” with the implementation of the Clermont Auditor’s new paperless payroll system, called MUNIS. HR spent time reviewing payroll reports in order to find and correct errors and to ensure that our employees were paid correctly. Because a major part of that system was the focus on “paperless,” we no longer had copies of employee pay stubs in HR. The first quarter of the year presented a number of challenges but we spent the greater portion of 2011 adding technology and training ourselves and our employees to use it. Salary negotiations with the Association were also finalized in the spring of 2011. We calculated raises for those affected, including the amount of retro pay due for each person, since the raises were effective in January but the contract wasn’t signed until the spring. This also required HR to utilize the new MUNIS system in another new way, as we learned to enter Personnel Action Entries directly into the Auditor’s system. This required us to purchase desktop scanners for each HR employee, because the Auditor’s Office requires us to scan all payrollrelated documents into MUNIS. By the fall, we began to use the MUNIS system to complete Open Enrollment for the 2012 benefits. We continue to work closely with the Auditor’s office to work out the problems with this system, and identify the reports we need to access to ensure that our financial data is accurate. Our web-based training program was implemented and rolled out in the third quarter of 2011. Feedback from the employees and managers was overwhelmingly positive that this is a very user-friendly and efficient system. At the end of 2010, the HR Department was reorganized after the HR Coordinator resigned. We made the decision to keep the position vacant until July, at which time one of the Account Clerks took the vacant position. She retired in November, and as we ended 2011 we were fortunate to hire another qualified CCDD employee from our EI Department. Facilities Management – This Department was busy in 2011, completing many of the goals in the Capital Improvement plan as well as maintenance requests that were generated throughout the year. The Facilities Coordinator purchased AutoCad software and began computerizing the building plans, schemes, and developed a preventative maintenance program. We completed a number of projects to improve the appearance of our buildings: painting, patching, and repairing walls and floors that had been overlooked in the past, whether due to limited resources or lower priority level. The RFP was completed for the wastewater treatment plant, and we went out for bids. This project was completed successfully with no disruption to services at Wildey. Towards the end of the year, the RFP and bid for the Wildey generator was completed, with installation slated for early 2012. The Krenning Center was leased to Goodwill Industries, and our Facilities Department spent a great deal of time getting the building ready for occupancy, followed by ongoing maintenance of the building and grounds. Transportation Management - We continued our contract with First Transit for Adult Services transportation, but we will be going out for bid again in early 2012. The role of the Assistant Director of Business Operations remained that of ensuring that employees who transport individuals served receive their driving procedures training. The Transportation Rule was still pending at the State, and was expected to be revised in 2012. There were no changes to our policy, however. II. Accountability and Compliance Early Intervention - The Help Me Grow Program received over 554 referrals during the year 2011, an increase of about 5% over last year. The Home Visitation component of Help Me Grow continued to decline in enrollment over the course of 2011. The Regional Infant Hearing Program received several hundred referrals and served an average of 55 children/families per month. Feedback from each EI oversight bodies has been regular and specific throughout 2011. Ohio Department of Health: Ongoing oversight of all components of Help Me Grow including Central Intake and Coordinating Site, all components of service provision, all requirements of Part C and all requirements of Home Visitation Program; Ohio Department of DD: Ongoing support and

monitoring of all components of the implementation of Part C services and DODD requirements; Local Family and Children First Council: Ongoing quality assurance and oversight of all practices of the Central Intake and Coordinating Site. Local Help Me Grow Advisory and Executive Councils: Oversight of all day to day and operational components of Help Me Grow, Central Intake and Coordinating Site, Part C Early Intervention Services, Home Visitation Program, Family Support, etc. Ongoing feedback/ recommendations from these entities provided information on a regular basis to all of the EI programs operated by the CCDD. Programmatic and policy decisions are considered and altered as appropriate based on this feedback. The monitoring of each child’s outcomes on their IFSP and their developmental progress is also input to the EI program. In 2011 a sample of 221 child outcomes were tracked as being met, partially met, or not met. Of the 221 goals measured, 96% were partially met or met. This indicates that overall the services that the EI program is providing are successful. The Ohio Department of Health also implements a system of gathering data on each child‘s progress. This data is compared to children state wide and will eventually provide Clermont County specific information regarding children‘s progress in HMG. Information gathered in 2011 as explained above provided us with information specific to the goals that we had set in 2011. One goal for 2011 was to have nine out of every ten families participating in our primary service provider set of practices. This goal was achieved. We are matching federal government requirements/guidelines specific to natural environment, teaming and primary service provider set of practices. Another goal was to increase efficiency through collaboration at the local/state level to maximize the efficient use of resources: This was achieved through our enhanced evaluation team for the early detection of Autism. Our goal was for 10 children from to participate in this regional process. Eleven children actually participated and of those 11, 5 were given the diagnosis of Autism, 3 families cancelled the appointment, 1 moved out of state, 1 did not receive the diagnosis and 1 has been referred for further testing. We continue to institute guidelines, format, procedure for this effort and obtained excellent and training and guidance as well. We continue to work closely with the Kelley O‘Leary Center to provide the medical aspect of the diagnosis. The 2011 goal to increase the awareness of community and the importance of early identification and best practice programming for children was also achieved. The number of referrals received from pediatric centers increased 30%; the number of referrals from parents and caregivers increased by 3%. School Age - Indicator 3 – Statewide Assessment 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). Students may participate in Alternate Assessment rather than the traditional test based on the needs of the students. Fourteen students participated in the OAT; scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient and Basic. All grades were assessed in Reading and Math, Grades 5th and 8th were also assessed in Science. 2011 Scores: Reading: 62% Advanced, 38% Accelerated; Math: 85% Advanced, 15% Accelerated; Science: 100% Advanced; S. Studies: No Social Studies Given. Three students participated in the OGT. Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient and Basic. 2011 Scores: Reading: 67% Advanced, 33% Accelerated; Math: 0% Advanced, 67% Accelerated, 33% Proficient; Science: 67% Advanced, 33% Accelerated; S. Studies: 100% Advanced. Indicator 16 – Compliant Timelines: We met all compliance deadlines by completing 100% of all IEP’s and ETR’s (Emergency Task Force) on time. We held 18 ETR meetings during 2011.In the spring,we held 38 annual IEP meetings,79% of parents or guardians participated in these meetings. We made every attempt to meet with parents—we even held a meeting at one student’s home; however, we still had 21% of parents who did not attend. In 2012, we will schedule all meetings while school is in session; 61% parents indicated on our annual survey that they would prefer IEP meetings to be held during the school day. 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. Each Board policy is reviewed on an annual basis. In the first quarter, we prepared for our upcoming CARF survey and received the maximum three-year CARF Accreditation. Community Support Services With each mailing of an Individual’s annual ISP, a satisfaction survey was included requesting input on the level of satisfaction of Stakeholders had with the County Board and the Community Support Services Department. Return of Surveys was only 25%. A number of the Individuals who receive the mailed survey would need assistance to respond. Service satisfaction is a subject to be discussed with all Individuals at annual meetings. Another tool utilized to monitor our support and the satisfaction level is by the Quality Assurance Reviews that are conducted in the course of a year. These reviews are on a three-year rotation. There were also several special reviews required due to problems revealed during routine monitoring. Our aim is to assure all rules are being followed, Individuals and safe and satisfied with their services. Investigations - Statistics for 2011: Total MUIs filed in 2011:114. Total group MUIs filed in 2011: 3. Total individual MUIs filed in 2011: 111 -- Category Breakdown Unanticipated Hospitalizations: 26 (23% of all MUIs). Significant Injuries: 19 (16% of total MUIs). Unauthorized Behavior Support: 14 (12% of all MUIs). Medical Emergency: 11 (10% of total MUIs). Involvement with Law Enforcement: 1 (1% of total MUIs). Death: 12 (11% of all MUIs). Attempted Suicide: 0 (0% of all MUIs). Missing Person: 1 (1% of all MUIs). Failure to report: 1 (1% of all MUIs). Exploitation: 0 (0% of all MUIs).Abuse: 8 (7% of all MUIs). Neglect: 6 (5% of all MUIs). Peer to Peer Acts: 8 (7% of total MUIs). Misappropriation: 4 (4% of total MUIs) Rights Code Violation: 3 (3% of total MUIs). III. Partnerships, Stakeholders, & Community Integration School Age - We continue to enhance communication with our families; we created an email list which makes it easier to disseminate information from school, other organizations, and to share training opportunities. The Wildey School provided training/internship opportunities for many students in 2011; Xavier and University of Cincinnati students visited to complete observations for special education classes and education internships. Nursing students from UC completed practicums. Our vocational classroom promoted its “Wild Dog Treat” business by selling dog treats in the community and at the Milford Craft Show. Students participated in Special Olympic events throughout the year that included Swimming, Bowling, Basketball, and Track & Field; one student attended the State Games in Columbus. Wildey participated in community activities as well. Transition classrooms spent 1 day a week in the community working, shopping and eating out to develop transitional skills. Our students enjoyed field trips/community activities which included a day at the Brown County Fair, Fishing with a Friend at the Southern Ohio Coonhunters Assocation lake, and listening to the symphony at Music Hall. Community Relations - In 2011, Lisa Davis served as a Board Member on the Partnership for Mental Health Board. We were an active member of the “Summer and Other Adventures” Expo Committee, were members of the Batavia Rotary, attended the Clermont County Public Relations Committee meetings, served on the Region 3 COG public relations group, attended Social Marketing monthly meetings for FAST TRAC, and attend Clermont County YP meetings. Additionally, we also helped the Clermont 20/20 “Look to Clermont” youth group plan a High School Prom for students with special needs. In 2011, CCDD stuffed 10,000 goody bags for the March of Dimes Walk. A very successful Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza was held on March 11 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate with all proceeds donated to the Gift of Time Respite Cooperative. CCDD participated in the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board Crisis Intervention Team Training for law enforcement officers. In May, CCDD participated in the “My Feelings are a Work of Art” project with others who are part of the FAST TRAC program. Students from the St. Louis Catholic School spent the day with us on May 18 and helped conduct a Field Day for the children in the Wildey School Program. CCDD began working with the Clermont County Park District to research grants and funding opportunities to build an accessible playground at the new Shor Park on Tealtown Road. A community focus group was held on June 7 to discuss community involvement. Our agency is proud to be a member of the Clermont County Business Advisory Council and presented “Employer of the Year”Award at the October Clermont Chamber Monthly Luncheon. Also in October, the Clermont County Commissioners presented a proclamation for NDEAM. CCDD partnered with the Clermont County Juvenile Probation Department and Southern Ohio Coonhunters Association to present “Fishing with a Friend” on October 7. CCDD was once again very visible at the Clermont County Fair by operating an informational booth and the paging booth. Our agency was asked to be part of Cool Tools for Schools, which is a back-to-school festival for students in the Felicity School District. Goodwill Industries held an Open House for its new Eastside Center, located in our old Krenning Center. This center is now leased to Goodwill, who serves individuals with disabilities in a workshop setting. CCDD had a booth to distribute information about programs and services at the Strutt Your Mutt festival in New Richmond. We partnered with the General Health District and the TriState Medical Reserve Corps to open the Volunteer Reception Center on October 8 to processed 50 volunteers who assisted with the drive-thru flu clinic. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, CCDD honored all Fire, EMS, and Police Departments with framed certificates to thank them for keeping our communities safe. On October 28, CCDD held a free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. On October 31, Jason Dimaculangan from Landmark Insurance Company and Stefanie Warren and Matt Coldwell from Park National Bank judged a Costume Contest at the Grissom Building. Our Recognition Dinner was held on November 2. This dinner recognized volunteers, providers, Supported Living Council Members, Board Members, and other community members who made a difference in our lives in 2011. On November 10, the Community Relations Department hosted over 70 people at Pattison Park Lodge for the Fall Bowling League

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Awards. The Adult Services Recycling Program held a Recycling Fair on November 15 at the Milford Municipal Building. This was in conjunction with America Recycles Day and was well attended by individuals from our program as well as people from the community. Community Support Services - The Self Determination Coordinator continued to mentor and assisted the People In Action (PIA) self-advocate group. People In Action held fundraisers several times this year in the form of bake sales and used these funds to help self-advocates to attend trainings and conferences throughout the state of Ohio. January began a new meeting time and schedule aimed at recruiting more members and developing advocacy to a higher level in Clermont County. The PIA sent representation to the People In Action State Conference in March and the 11th bi-annual SOLIDARITY Conference in April with the theme of “One Common Voice, One Common Cause!” Both conferences offered workshops covering a variety of topics, including independent living, transportation, employment, housing and personal care and assistance. The representatives then presented to their membership and reported on their experience at the conferences as well as other updates on the Chapter‘s activities. In August, Elizabeth Moran, Intake and Eligibility Specialist, completed the Interviewer Training to perform Ohio’s Support Intensity Scale (SIS). A group of individuals with developmental disabilities who have significant challenges will be assessed during the first and third years of the project. A random sample

satisfied with the overall services offered. A summary of the data indicates the least satisfaction in the variety of work and the availability of work. Comparing satisfaction data from 2010 there was an increase in the overall satisfaction of the activity programming offered (from 85% in 2010 to 98% in 2011). Comments in this area indicate individuals and families have been very satisfied with the new community activities being offered at the Grissom location and the swimming option at the Wildey Center that was put in place after multiple feedback was shared about individuals being interested in swimming. In early 2012 we have seen some slight improvement with some variety of work from our various business partners. We hope to see this continue into 2012. We also hope our new relationship with Clermont Sheltered Work Administrative Services (under Goodwill Industries) will lead to new partnerships that will provide new work opportunities for the individuals served. Community Relations - In December, 2011, the administrative team created a short survey to be distributed to local community stakeholders including county leaders, village/township representatives, and providers of the CCDD Program. This year’s survey was sent using to 501 addresses. Only 48 surveys were actually received, which is a 10% return rate. The number of surveys returned is much higher than we’ve ever received before—we plan to use for future surveys. We also have a survey option with the One Call Emergency Phone System, which

of other individuals with developmental disabilities will be assessed in the second year. It is hoped that analyzing the results will inform our system on how to continue to meet the needs of those with significant challenges in the most efficient and effective manner. Elizabeth is part of the state training team and will be working with other trainers from our region to do the required assessments when the project begins in 2012. IV. Risk Management, Safety, & Emergency Preparedness Risk Management, Business Operations - The Business Operations Department developed and formally implemented a risk management plan in 2007, which included the identification of loss exposure, evaluation and analysis of loss exposure, and plans of action to reduce this exposure. The risk management plan is designed to manage and risk and reduce the severity of a loss if one were to occur, and initially concentrated on areas of financial liability and insurance. The plan is reviewed annually, and was expanded in 2008 and 2009 as we identified and addressed additional areas of risk including risk to employees, consumers, and reputation. The plan also addressed training and other methods utilized within the organization to reduce risk. There were no major changes to the Risk Management Plan in 2011. Emergency Preparedness, Community Relations - Clermont County took many steps toward continuing to keep our agency, families, and volunteers prepared for any emergency or disaster that might strike. In late 2010, CCDD became the Volunteer Reception Center (or volunteer paperwork processor) should there be a disaster in our County. To prepare for this, VRC training was held on July 14 for twenty staff and community volunteers. The Clermont County General Health District graciously paid for our training, and we were able to test our skills on October 8 when the Tri-State Medical Reserve Corps set up a Drive-Thru Flu Clinic and Mock Flu Disaster at our Fairgrounds. In addition to the VRC work, CCCD hosted an interactive Emergency Preparedness Fair on April 28 (Wildey) and 29 (Donald A. Collins Center). In May, a power outage hit the northern part of Clermont County, causing our Wildey Center to lose power. As a result, plans were put in place to purchase a generator for Wildey. CCDD participated in the Shaken Horizon ’11 Earthquake Drill on May 17. This drill required several directors and staff to take computer training for the WebEOC database at the 911 Communications Center in Batavia. Safety, Community Support Services - To promote safety for the Individuals served by CCDD, all staff continued to receive training coordinated by the Behavior Support Coordinator and Behavior Support Specialists in the Mandt System. V. Expansion of Services Adult Services - The Community Employment Department ventured into a new project called Bridges to Transition. Community Support Services - CSS added services funded through the Level One Waiver, Individual Options Waiver, Supported Living and Individual Budgets. There were additional enrollments of 1 individual on Individual Option waivers as an emergency, 34 individuals on Level 1 waivers, 4 individuals served by the Supported Living program, 20 individuals with Individual Budgets, and 56 individuals receiving ongoing behavior support services. Also in 2011, the Board renewed the contract with the Resident Home Corporation for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services which are designed to provide in home behavior support and give training to assist families with effective techniques. The program served 21 families total in 2011. This was an increase of 57% compared to 2010 statistics. In 2011, we launched a new program referred to as Alternative Service Options with the purpose of using local funds to address needs that had not been met or were not available through other funding streams. From this fund, 77 individuals were served. VI. Input from Families, Individuals, Stakeholders & Community Early Intervention - Opportunities for families and caregivers to provide feedback in 2011 included: Ongoing phone surveys to families by Families Connected (January-December 2011), Exit surveys by phone conducted by Families Connected (January-December 2011), Quarterly Roundtable discussions by Families Connected (January-December 2011), Parent Participation on FCF and HMG Councils (Monthly meetings through 2011), Anecdotal feedback from families on a regular basis as a part of routine service delivery (January.-December 2011), a specialized, targeted survey in 2011 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 a calendar year (January-December 2011), Phone survey conducted by the Director of Early Childhood Services and the Early Intervention Supervisor (November 2011). Of the families we talked with 98% of them were satisfied with services and seemed eager to speak to a director or supervisor. One prominent theme that we learned from direct conversations with families is that many parents loved the respite program. We also learned families had concerns about their child’s development when their child was 6-18 months of age. We will continue our work with our regional partners to approach physicians and other community personnel about Early Identification of children with autism and other developmental delays. School Age - We sent out our annual survey in June 2011. Only 39% of the surveys were returned. Ninety-four percent (94%) rated our communication excellent and 100% rated their overall satisfaction with the School Age program excellent. Adult Services – In 2011, the Adult Services Department utilized the services of a volunteer to contact individuals, family members, guardians and providers to conduct satisfaction surveys. The following is a summary of results from the surveys: 1. When being made aware of all the program options available in the program 95% were either very or somewhat satisfied. 2. Respondents satisfaction with building environments: 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with cleanliness and upkeep; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with accessibility; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with building safety; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with building comfort. 3. Respondents satisfaction with Direct Staff: 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with staff friendliness; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with treating individuals with dignity and respect; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with staff training; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with staff’s ability to provide enough support when needed. 4. Respondents satisfaction with Program Managers: 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the availability of program managers when needed; 98% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the program managers knowledge of their job; 98% were either very or somewhat satisfied with program managers asking for input; 100% were either very or somewhat satisfied with program managers follow through. 5. Respondents satisfaction with the work/activities offered: 94% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of work offered; 98% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of the activities offered; 85 % were either very or somewhat satisfied with the variety of work offered; 94% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the variety of the activities offered; 82% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the availability of work. 6. Respondents satisfaction with the transportation services offered: 92% were either very or somewhat satisfied with the transportation services offered. 7. Respondents overall satisfaction with the day program services offered: 100% were either very or somewhat

we will explore in 2012 as well. The survey for 2011 asked only 6 questions: 1. In 2011, do you think CCDD worked well with or involved other agencies/services for those enrolled ? (Ex: Did CCDD work well with Lifepoint Solutions--formerly Clermont Counseling Center, the Social Security Administration, Job and Family Services, etc.) 42.9% Strongly Agree; 45.2% Agree; 4,8% Somewhat Agree; 7.1% Disagree. 2. Did CCDD communicate well with the public in 2011? 59.1% Strongly Agree; 29.5% Agree; 6.8% Somewhat Agree; 4.5% Disagree. 3. Do you think CCDD communicated information about specific services to all individuals, families, providers, guardians in a sufficient manner, to the best of your knowledge? (Programs include School Age, Early Intervention, Adult Services, Individual Budgets, and others.) 45.5% Strongly Agree; 40.9% Agree; 6.8% Somewhat Agree; 6.8% Disagree. 4.Were you more likely to get information electronically in 2011 than in previous years? (Internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In) 54.2% Strongly Agree; 29.2% Agree; 10.4% Somewhat Agree; 6.3% Disagree. 5. If you had questions related to services, did you get those questions answered in a timely fashion? 45.6% Strongly Agree; 27.9% Agree; 11.6% Somewhat Agree; 14.0% Disagree. 6. How did you receive information about CCDD in 2011? Please check all that apply. 61.7% - Email Blasts; 51.1%- Internet; 48.9% - Beacon Monthly Newsletter; 48.9% - CCDD Website; 40.4% Community Print Newspapers; 38.3% - Word of Mouth; 17.0% - Individual Program Newsletters; 17.0% - Social Media (Facebook,Twitter, Linked In); 12.8% - Community Newspaper Websites. Community Support Services - Throughout 2011, numerous calls came through our intake line. In order to address the many requests for services, we offered a variety of community referrals and assisted individuals and families with placement on appropriate waiting lists. We continued to encourage callers in the intake process to identify any one time, immediate needs that could be addressed expeditiously and in so doing, perhaps reduce the need for long term services. We distributed 371 Satisfaction Surveys related to a number of service areas managed by the CSS staff. There were 94 Surveys completed and returned. All were reviewed upon receipt and any needed follow up was done immediately. Data collected indicated a high degree of satisfaction with CCDD services as well as the operational components that are responsibilities of the CSS division. VII. Revenue, Expenses, & Funding – 2011 Revenue: $10,101,496 (Adult = Adult Services, Employment Services, Enclaves, Individual Budgets, Self Determination); $ 4,376,510 (Community Services = Supported Living, Family Resource Services, I/O or Level One Waivers, Room and Board, Non-Waiver Community Srvc.); $2,016,391(Service & Support = Case Management, Service & Support, Staff Involved in Community Srvs., Investigations); $1,917,898 (Transportation = Adult Transportation). 2011 Expenses: $6,947,136 (Adult); $2,441,778 (Early Intervention = Early Intervention, Regional Infant Hearing Program, Help Me Grow); $1,956,733 (School Age = School Services); $1,875,396 (Service & Support); $1,771,519 (Transportation); 1,520,624 (Community Srvs.). Community Relations - In 2011, we held a variety of fundraisers that assisted our program in many ways. March 11: Dancing with the Stars - $9,000 (respite); April 30: Flying Pig Marathon (5K) - $1,000 (respite); June 18: 5th Annual Levy Motorcycle Ride (levy) – Ride cancelled, due to rain/storms; July 16: 5K Run/Walk for the Levy: $2,000 (levy); Quaker Steak and Lube Bike Nights: $5,000 (levy). IX. Outcomes per Department – Adult Services: Minimize waiting lists for all day program services—Goal Met. Purchase, install, and implement an electronic system for documentation of services—Goal In Progress. Implement a 4-day staff orientation program or direct service staff before beginning work—Goal Met. Expand/Start/Enhance current activity programming options offered—Goal Met. Seek at least one new opportunity to offer more choice in the area of sheltered employment— Goal Met. Improve its transition process from school to adult programs— Goal Met. Evaluate the needs of persons served to create/expand more appropriate work/activity environments—Goal Met. Revise the way we currently gather satisfaction from individuals/other stakeholders— Goal Met. Business Operations: Identify the internal and external doors that need to be automated and establish a budget for them—In Progress. Purchase Works International, Inc. web-based training program for employee training—100% Complete. Develop a capital improvement plan and a budget so that funds are available to maintain/ repair facilities when major needs arise—100% Complete. Analyze the past, present, and future storage of records and files and the Wildey Warehouse document storage system—In Progress. Communications & Community Relations: To raise at least $30,000 for the respite program through fundraisers—33% Achieved. Create at least 2 new activities—100% Achieved. Build awareness in Clermont County about DD programs--100% Achieved; Determine satisfaction within general public—10% achieved thru SurveyMonkey. Community Support Services & Family Support Services: Maintain funding of the FSS program to enable families to access funding assistance for needed services/items— In Progress. Improve the efficiency of service delivery by separating need from funding streams of traditional waiting list categories—Goal Met. Effectively meet the immediate needs of individuals requesting assistance thru intake process—Goal Met. Expand the offering of assistance in the areas of crisis stabilization and short-term in-home support—Goal Met. Enroll additional individuals from Waiting Lists: 35 Level 1, 20 Individual Budget, 10 SELF Waiver—Goal Met. Early Intervention: 10 children from CCDD will participate in the enhanced evaluation for suspicion of autism as per the regional process—Goal Achieved. 9 out of every 10 families will have a primary service provider--Goal Achieved. Develop more effective ways to get feedback from families—Goal Achieved. Increase awareness of community of the importance of early identification and best practice programming for children—Goal Achieved. Investigations: Enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of and improve communication in the MUI reporting process—93% achieved (average of 3 sub-goals). Enhance coordinated prevention planning and collaboration by teams—100% Achieved. Coordinate countywide incident analysis to identify trends/ patterns and reduce health and safety risks--100% Achieved. Monitor County Board and provider notification process to ensure same day notification to required parties—87% Achieved. Provide information, support, training, opportunities, assistance to programs and services in the area of health and safety awareness and education—100% Achieved. School Age: Calendar of transition activities for school age staff, families, and students—Goal Met. 100% of instructors/therapists will participate in 4 training sessions/work groups to improve data collection systems—50% Met. Data will be collected and compared to previous year’s data on 12 students—Goal Met. 4 classrooms per month will have community trips—Goal Not Met. Develop an intensive classroom model to provide services for challenging students—Goal Met. **An expanded version of this report can be found online a



To earn Eagle rank, teen installs fence Clermont Family YMCA lifeguard Jacob Fahrnback spends a lot of his free time at the Y, so it wasn’t too surprising when he decided to make the Batavia Township facility part of his Eagle Scout project. For the past four months, the 17year-old Amelia High School senior, has designed, raised money for, and worked with Lowe’s to build a chain link fence around the playground at the Y, 2075 James E. Sauls, Sr. Drive. “We are extremely thankful for Fahrnback’s project,” said Clermont Family YMCA Executive Director Sheila Hinton. “The playground is attached to part of our pool

Clermont Family YMCA lifeguard Jacob Fahrnback recently built a chain-link safety fence around a playground at the Batavia Township facility. THANKS TO KATHY LEHR deck and was previously only available to our members when the outdoor pool was open and guarded. By building the fence around

the playground, our preschool and after-school childcare program can now use the playground yearround.”

“I’m glad I could help make the area available for kids to play in year-round,” said Fahrnback. “There were some difficult times putting the fence up. I had to pour a ton of concrete in one hole to keep the fence post straight. I was surprised how much time it took to prepare for the project.” Fahrnback credits his family and other Scouts for helping him complete the project. It’s part of the process he must undertake to be considered as an Eagle Scout. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5 percent of all Boys Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scout-

ing. It requires proficiency in leadership, service and outdoor skills. It’s been a hectic past few months for Fahrnback. In October, he put his lifeguard training to the test. “We had a guy suffer a seizure in the pool and I had to jump in to keep him afloat until the paramedics

arrived,” he said. “His family later called, told me he would be OK, and thanked me for helping to save his life. I am glad I was there to help.” For more information about the Clermont Family YMCA, call 724-9622 or visit

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CPAAA raises funds for K-9 unit By Roxanna Blevins

GOSHEN TWP. — Goshen Police Department recently won a new car from the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). With a fleet of patrol cars with high mileage, the news of the car came when the department needed it. Department officials felt the car most in need of replacement was its K-9 car. The current K-9 car has 200,000 miles on it, Captain Bob Rose. “It’s costing us more than it’s worth to keep it on the road,” he said. The new car was won through a drawing of five of the top 20 performers in Ohio’s Click it or Ticket and Under the Influence, Under Arrest programs and is free to the department. However, the department will receive the car unequipped, posing a new challenge for department officials. “K-9 equipment is quite costly,” said Rose.

The car, which is expected to arrive in January, needs a specially-designed dog kennel, a center consul that will hold a computer, lights and a siren. Goshen Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) President Ken Huffaker saw the department’s need and he turned to his fellow association members to help. The group is made up of volunteers who completed the Citizens Police Academy and wish to offer their assistance to the depart-

ment. They pay visits to senior citizens, assist with parking and security during events and make sure the police department has supplies like pens and notepads. Huffaker said the cost of equipping the car is roughly $8,500. “They (department officials) don’t have funds to outfit it,” he said. For more information about the Goshen CPAAA, contact Huffaker at 3440859, or Rose at

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Felicity FFA earns national ranking

The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter has received a three-star ranking at the national level. A three-star ranking is the highest a chapter can earn at the national level. To earn this prestigious award, the Felicity-Franklin FFA had to excel in the areas of community, student and chapter development. Members were recognized for their hard work Oct. 25 during the National FFA Convention where two members walked across the national stage. The two members who represented the chapter was Rickelle Belt and Dakota Wise.

Submitted by: Alexis Christensen, Felicity-Franklin FFA reporter.

Guests enjoyed music and dancing at the Ohio Valley Voices fundraising gala in 2010. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Felicity-Franklin FFA members Rickelle Belt and Dakota Wise show off the chapter's new plaque to Felicity-Franklin High School Principal Bob Walker. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN


Oasis Golf & Conference center to host OVV annual gala By Chuck Gibson

New Richmond High School students released 650 purple balloons in a memorial service Nov. 30 at the high school stadium in honor of former Principal Diana Spinnati, who died Nov. 23 at the age of 58 from pancreatic cancer. THANKS TO ENOS PENNINGTON

Officer rescues man from fire By John Seney

GOSHEN TWP. — A police officer said “divine intervention” put him in the right place at the right time to rescue a man from a burning mobile home. Goshen Fire Department Capt. Robert Rose said firefighters were called to a fire about 5:26 p.m. Dec. 4 at 421 Windsor Lane in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park. When firefighters arrived, they found Goshen Police Officer Jeff Wolf had pulled 57-year-old

Charles Ritchie out of the burning home already. Wolf said he had been taking a report on an unrelated call at a mobile home nearby when a woman came in and told him there was a mobile home on fire. When he arrived at the burning structure, he found the rear was engulfed in flames. The front door of the mobile home was opening and closing, Wolf said. “I made the determination there must be someone inside,” he said. Wolf pushed the door open,

found Ritchie standing in the living room and pulled him to safety. “An EMT told me if it had been 10 more minutes, he (Ritchie) wouldn’t have made it,” he said. “I felt I was in the right place at the right time by divine intervention,” Wolf said. In addition to being a parttime officer with the Goshen Township Police Department, Wolf is an ordained Church of God pastor with the House of Restoration church in Miami Township. He also serves as a chaplain with the Miami Township Police Department.

The Ohio Valley Voices will turn the Oasis Golf & Conference Center into a tropical island getaway for their “Come to the Islands” annual gala fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Ohio Valley Voices is celebrating 13 years as a non-profit education program for deaf and hearing impaired children in the Cincinnati area. Since opening its doors in 2000, OVV has taught hundreds of deaf children to understand speech; to speak and be understood. More than 100 deaf children have transitioned back into their community schools through the OVV program. “Each of our graduates is succeeding alongside their hearing peers,” said Maria Sentelik, the program’s director. “We are the only program of our kind in the Tristate area.” Guests are invited to “Come

to the Island” to enjoy cocktail hour tropical style with a performance by the Walnut Hills Steel Drum Band and a sitdown dinner Sentelik featuring Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Ohio Valley Voices promises guests will experience a mini escape to the tropics with the Oasis adorned in cabanas, a tiki bar and more island style entertainment throughout the evening. “Through individualized attention and intense therapy, we’ve been able to give deaf children a choice for their future,” Sentelik said. “They can be anything they want to be!” For more information on how you can “Come to the Islands” for your tropical getaway, contact Ohio Valley Voices at: (513) 791-1458 or go to

Celebrating 13 years in Cincinnati, Ohio Valley Voices has taught hundreds of deaf children to speak. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Amelia council member Bob Pollitt, 84, dies By John Seney

AMELIA — Village council member Bob Pollitt, who died Dec. 3 at the age of 84, loved boating. His wife, Tish, said shortly after they were married in 1953 they bought a small boat. They owned a number of boats over the years, and even lived for a while on a houseboat, she said. Pollitt’s passion for boats finally got him a job as a captain for BB Riverboats, where he worked for 25 years. Tish said her husband worked a number of jobs over the years, including as a mail carrier, a car salesman, a construction inspector and a job at Cincinnati Milacron. After retiring from BB Riverboats, he worked for the Amelia street department and mowed grass for West Clermont schools,

she said. She said Pollitt died at home after a long battle with prostate cancer. “He was at home. We were all around. He wanted that,” she said. Tish said Pollitt was born in Amelia and lived there most of his life. “Most everybody liked him,” she said. Mayor Todd Hart said Pollitt was “truly devoted to the village.” “He will be missed,” Hart said. “He was an amazing person.” Council member Derrick Campbell said he enjoyed working with Pollitt. “He put his heart and soul into everything he did,” Campbell said. Pollitt was elected to his present term as council member in 2009. Hart said Pollitt also served

on council for 19 years from the late 1950s to the 1970s. Pollitt recently was instrumental in organizing a petition drive to allow liquor sales by the glass in the village. The issue passed in the Nov. 6 election. Tish said Pollitt’s grandfather, who was mayor of Amelia in the 1930s, was instrumental in getting the village dry. It was Pollitt’s goal to “get us wet,” she said. She said Pollitt wanted the liquor sales to be legal so the village could attract nice restaurants. Hart said Pollitt will be remembered at the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, council meeting at village hall, 44 W. Main St. He said an American flag and Coast Guard flag will be placed in Pollitt’s chair. Pollitt was a Coast Guard veteran. The mayor said council will have 30 days to appoint a successor to Pollitt, whose terms ends

Dec. 31, 2013. If council members fail to choose a replacement in 30 days, the mayor can appoint a replacement, Hart said. Pollitt served as vice mayor, and council members also must select someone on council to fill that position, Hart said. Tish Pollitt said Hart asked her if she was interested in serving out her husband’s term on council, but she declined. “I think it should be someone younger,” she said. Tish said there will be no services for Pollitt, as he wanted it. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Cincinnati Medical School, according to E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. In addition to his wife, Pollitt is survived by daughter LuAnn Joswick, son Robert S. Pollitt and grandchild Thomas “T.C.” Joswick.

Bob Pollitt attends Amelia’s National Night Out at Shank Park in 2011.



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College parents: Time to brag

Are you a parent of a college athlete? It’s time to brag. Thanks to such an overwhelming response to the holiday feature last year, The Bethel Journal again will present “Home for the holidays: Catching up with college athletes.” Parents of athletes who played in the college ranks during the 2012 calendar year can submit by email a few paragraphs and, if interested, a photo to share where they are, what they’re playing and how they did. Be sure to include the athlete’s name, parents’ names and the community newspaper they get at home. The submitted information will be compiled by newspaper and run the issue of Dec. 26-27 – just in time for people home from the holidays to catch up on their high school classmates, neighbors and friends. Basic guidelines: You can send links to college websites as background but not as the submission. Write the information as you’d want to see it in print. Send photos as a .jpg attachment to the email, not embedded in a Word document. Send the email to presspreps@ by Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@ or 248-7573.

Bethel-Tate alumni basketball game

» It’s that time of year again for the annual Bethel-Tate High School alumni basketball game for men and women. The games will be Friday, Dec. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. This year, the event is sponsored by the Fighting Tiger Boosters and all proceeds will go to the junior high boys basketball teams. They are asking for a $5 donation to play, or a $2 donation for adults and $1 for students. Anyone interested in playing can contact Sarah Stolz at 833-7771 or sarah_stolz@

Boys basketball

» Bethel-Tate lost to Reading 48-42 Dec. 1. Tyler Atkins led the Tigers in the loss with 15 points. The Tigers lost to Norwood 5755 on Dec. 7. Atkins again led with 15 points. » McNick defeated Seven Hills 46-26 Dec. 3. Senior Scott Sage scored 10 points while sinking two 3-pointers.

Girls basketball

» Bethel-Tate lost to New Richmond 51-48 on Dec. 4. Brooke Jenike hit five treys to lead the Lady Tigers in the loss with 15 points. On Dec. 6, Bethel-Tate defeated Goshen 52-40. Freshman Julia Jenike led the Lady Tigers with 24 points. » Felicity-Franklin equaled last season’s win total by beating Batavia 53-28 on Dec. 6. Freshman Ashley Moore led with 16 points. » McNick beat Loveland, 6733, Dec. 3. Katie Robinson had a game-high 14 points . The squad improved to 4-0 with a 47-20 win over Fenwick Dec. 5.

Deer Park's Lacy Chadwell (33) and Sam Moses (45) try to keep Felicity-Franklin's Arica Stutz out of the lane on a free throw Nov. 26. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



By Scott Springer

FELICITY — No one is saying the Felicity-Franklin girls basketball team will make a tournament run, but they’ve at least accomplished something they haven’t done in recent years. They won their first game. Winners of just seven total games over the last three seasons, the Lady Cardinals went on the road and defeated Deer Park of the Cincinnati Hills League 42-37 on Nov. 26. Generously listed 5-foot-10 senior center Arica Stutz scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Lady Cardinals. This was despite spending much of the third quarter on the bench in foul trouble. Opening season wins have been few and far between for the school in Washington Township. “Not too often, actually,” coach Kerry Stamper said. “It feels good.” Three days after the opener, Felicity-Franklin delivered another win for Stamper beating Clermont Northeastern, 52-41. In that game, Stutz and promising freshman Ashley Moore hit for 18 points apiece. Moore at presstime, was splitting time between the reserve and varsity team. If performances like the CNE game continue, that could change. “As the season progresses, we’ll see what happens,” Stamper said. “She’s smart, she knows where the ball is and she’s great at anticipating those passes. She also works hard on defense.” Arica Stutz was the last to play varsity as a freshman for the Lady Cardinals. She has recognized Moore’s immediate contributions, which included 16 more points in a third win over Batavia Dec. 6.

Felicity-Franklin freshman Ashley Moore could see increased playing time. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE

Felicity-Franklin senior Kelsey Mitchell awaits an inbound pass for the Lady Cardinals. SCOTT



“She does a really good job with the ball and has good chemistry with the team,” the senior said. Stutz is the undisputed leader of the Lady Cardinals. She has double-double and sometimes triple-double potential. As a junior, she averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and nearly six blocks per game. “She can jump, she gets a lot of blocks for us and she’s scary on defense,” Stamper said. “She’s definitely a threat in the middle.” Her presence was noticeable in the opener against Deer Park when the Lady Cardinals were held to four points in the third quarter with Stutz on the bench. When she returned, the momentum shifted back to the Clermont County girls as Stutz controlled the ball in most of the clutch possessions. “There are certain people we want to have the ball at certain times,” Stamper said. “She’s definitely the top one. She’s great when we need it.”

More importantly, Stutz wants the ball. Aside from a couple key layups by Moore, every pivotal fourth-quarter play came from the pivot and No. 5 in the season opener. “I’m not completely confident with it, but I know I can at least do something,” Stutz said. “I’m not saying my team can’t because we have an excellent team as far as ball-handling and shooting. Any girl on the inside is good to get the ball to in a tight game.” The Deer Park game was indicative of how many games will likely go for Stutz and the Lady Cardinals. Generally outsized, Felicity-Franklin scraps and claws and makes do with the talent they have. “I’m very, very pleased with our defense so far,” Stamper said. “Everybody’s doing great. We have a quicker team versus height. We just have to step it up and get those steals before they get to the middle.” In the middle, Stutz is smaller than most. In the Southern Buck-

eye Conference alone, New Richmond has a center who measured at 6-foot-5 last year in Josie Buckingham. If the girls aren’t taller, they usually have a weight advantage. When not playing basketball or soccer, Stutz is an accomplished track hurdler and long jumper. Her lean figure is beneficial in those disciplines. “Five-foot-10 is not big in basketball,” Stutz said. “I come home with a lot of bruises. I can stand my ground. As the season progresses, I’ll probably push back a little better.” In the “pushing back” category, Stutz has had some pretty good “home schooling.” Her sister Cayla played for UC Clermont’s basketball team and sister Marisa currently is a Cougar. Both are a couple inches smaller than Arica, but they’ve shown her some tough love on the home rim in Hamersville. If anything, they’ve shown Arica a secret or two about the college game. “We have a basketball court out back and we play pretty rough,” Stutz said. “We don’t take it easy on each other.” Currently, Felicity-Franklin is on pace to win more games than they have in the past two seasons. They’ve come a long way since being shellacked by Fayetteville Perry 105-39 in December 2010 and going 0-21 in Stutz’ freshman year. “All that matters in tight games is that we keep our heads up,” Stutz said. “When somebody gets discouraged, that’s the end of it.” The competition is pretty solid in the next few games as Felicity-Franklin is at Georgetown Dec. 13, then home against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Dec. 15 and New Richmond Dec. 17.

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Love the church as Jesus does ple from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21 ESV). So the first clue we have as to why Jesus was born is that he would Stewart save his peoClarke ple. In the GosCOMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST pels, there are several clues as to why Jesus was born. Matthew and Mark both include the statement of Jesus where he said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45). John’s gospel includes a statement by Jesus where he says, “I am the Good Shepherd … I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15 ESV). These clues each indicate that Jesus was born to die for his people and to pay a price for their sins. What does the title of the article have to do with Jesus

being born and dying for his people? Throughout the rest of the New Testament, the people who belong to Jesus are referred to as “the church.” Jesus said, “I will build my church … ” (Matthew 16:18). Then in the Book of Revelation, Jesus (known as the Lamb) describes his church as being his “bride.” In the Book of Revelation, we read of “the marriage of the Lamb” to the bride (Revelation 19:7). Then in Revelation 21:9, the statements are clearer where the bride is referred to as the “wife of the Lamb.” Therefore the wife or bride of Jesus is his people, the church. More to the point, in the Acts of the Apostles, when Paul was speaking to the elders in Ephesus, he told them very specifically that God purchased the church “with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). The Apostle Paul would later declare that the church is the bride of Christ that Jesus loves very much since he “gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

The point is undeniable: The church is loved by Jesus as his bride. However, many who profess to love Jesus have no love for his church. All throughout the New Testament we see followers of Christ gather together with other Christians in various places to form a local church or assembly. These local churches were made up of followers of Christ who were committed to each other. They met together for prayer, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and the Apostle’s teaching. Most of the New Testament letters are written to local churches. In conclusion, believers must love the very thing that Christ himself loves, the church, which is his bride. No one can truly love Jesus without loving his bride, which is the church. Jesus came into the world to die for his church. So let us love him by loving what he loves the most.

Stewart Clarke is pastor at the Bethel Baptist Church.

OSU Extension works with CAN

The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is proud to be a supporting member of Clermont CAN. The mission of OSU Extension is to engage people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming. OSU Extension is a dynamic entity that Margaret partners with Jenkins COMMUNITY PRESS individuals, families, comGUEST COLUMNIST munities, industry and organizations to strengthen the lives of Ohioans. The top three issues affecting all Clermont County citizens are the quality of their health, the economy and education. OSU Extension offers programs to help those in Clermont County thrive in regard to these three key points. OSU Extension’s partnership with Clermont CAN is a way to directly help citizens by providing practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers.

Adults can participate in the following programs. Visit to explore more healthy people, healthy finances and health relationship topics. » Dining with Diabetes » Using Herbs and Spices to Lower Sodium Consumption » Preserving the Harvest Workshops » Heart-Healthy Meals » Cooking for One or Two » Stretching Your Food Dollar » Family Nutrition Program Youth can participate in programs like 4-H, LOOK to Clermont, FCS Teen Board, CARTEENS and Assuring Quality Care for Animals. Visit to learn more. Adults can participate in agriculture/natural resources programs. » Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts and Issues » Farm to School » Master Gardeners » Soil Testing » Agronomic Crops Network

OSU Extension alone addresses the three key issues, but its partnership with Clermont CAN is beneficial to Clermont County. The motto of Clermont CAN is “Be Active, Eat Smart.” CAN, just like OSU Extension, encourages people to make smart choices about activity and nutrition with the goal of feeling better. OSU Extension has several initiatives relating to health in Clermont County: • The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is about reached 1,118 residents through 148 classes. It is about positive behavior change when dealing with nutrition, meal preparation and grocery shopping. • In partnership with local schools, the FNP Summer Food Service Program sites in Felicity, New Richmond and Batavia provided nutrition education and physical activity for 583 youth. • OSU College of Public Health in partnership with the OSUE research team offered 61 residents the opportunity to receive one-on-one behavior counseling through the Ohio Tobacco Quit Smoking network

along with eight weeks of nicotine patches. The annual medical savings and productivity gain is $2,589 per participant. • Balancing budgets and protecting assets continues to impact family well-being. Counting Your Money budgeting classes, Financial Coaching sessions, and America Save$ campaigns offered in partnership with Clermont CAN moved participants to change behaviors. Participants learned how to get organized, make “cents” of their budget and to eat better for less. Seventy-six percent reported that they planned to use the tips offered. The Clermont County Health District is the coordinating agency for Clermont CAN. Clermont CAN meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday every month at the Clermont County General Health District, 2275 Bauer Road, and anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, visit and/or

Margaret Jenkins is an OSU Extension educator in Clermont County. She can be reached at 732-7070.

CH@TROOM Dec. 5 question What is your favorite Cincinnati-area holiday event or tradition? What makes it special?

“Cincinnati area Christmas tradition is Downtown Cincinnati Friday after Thanksgiving – the trains at the old CG&E (now Duke), carriage rides, Fountain Square Christmas decor, ice rink and tree lighting. All those things especially if there is snow flurries falling. “In Loveland: It is handsdown Christmas in Loveland. That has all the Christmas traditions anybody could ask for. Live Nativity, elves, Santa, shows, Christmas carolers, carriage rides and just the true spirit of Christmas exudes from faces of children and parents alike – everywhere you look!” C.G. “I plan on spending time this

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holiday season in Downtown Cincinnati with my entire family on a weekend afternoon or evening. For those bah-hum-buggers who say that Downtown is unworthy and unsafe, check it out this holiday season. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat at one of the many new or already established restaurants, take the family ice skating on Fountain Square, grab a carriage ride, and enjoy a lively and festive environment. Park for free on the streets or at the



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“I like you but not your wife.” As Christmastime is upon us once again, millions across the globe will be thinking of all things festive such as friends, family, shopping, presents, cooking, school plays, decorations, food, gatherings, office parties, angels, shepherds, Middle Eastern astrologers, and little baby Jesus away in a manger. This is normal. One thing that is not normal is thinking about the announcement of the arrival of Jesus. What were the peculiar circumstances of the birth of Jesus and why was he born? The story is an old one and somewhat familiar. In Matthew’s account, the Lord visited Joseph in a dream after he realized Mary was pregnant and told him, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his peo-


Square for a couple of bucks!” Mike M. “Opening Day with the Findlay Market Parade and other related events means more to me that seeing the first red robin of spring.” R.V. “Well, both of us are in our senior years now and the kids are all grown up and gone, so our celebration of the Christmas holiday is rather subdued. “When we were younger, we would go to the display at Kings Island, or Fountain Square, or the Cincinnati Zoo, and really enjoy our experience. A couple of years ago I went to the train display down at Duke, and it was fun, too. “Our most fun tradition, though, involved just the family and it was done as a prank, but we kept it up for quite a few years. (I

think it was in humorous rebellion to the notion that you aren’t ‘normal’ if you don’t have a tradition.) So my wife and I would hold opposite ends of a broomstick and one of our kids would hang upside down from the knees until all of them did it. And we called that our ‘tradition.’ Yes, I know – we were screwballs (and still are).” Bill B. “Fountain Square Christmas decorations and activity; the Shillito’s window displays, the CG&E train display. Those are my memories and my grown children. The are still available (good). Not as good are: parking is pretty expensive downtown to see Fountain Square; Shillito’s is across the river and CG&E’s trains are now Duke’s donation to the museum where it costs to park.” F.N.

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The older we get, the faster time flies We hear the cliché, “the older we get, the faster time flies.” It seems like only yesterday I mulled over whether I would camp at the Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous in April. Much has happened since then. After more than 10 years successfully serving as president of the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, Bethel resident Ron Shouse has passed the gavel to George West of Williamsburg. I have great confidence in Sharon George and his Brumagem COMMUNITY PRESS officers. To fellow co-founGUEST COLUMNIST der Rick Crawford, “Our Grassy Run offspring continues in good hands.” Spring flowed into summer where daughter Shari and I hosted a neighborhood Summer Olympics and she and my granddaughter, Gia, volunteered at the “Day of Dance” celebration at the LBD Welcome Center. By the way, students from Dance, Etc. in Milford are returning to the center Dec. 27. On Saturday during Labor Day weekend, I sat around a picnic table at my sister Darlene’s and brother-in-law Randy’s (Mullins) home along Red Oak Creek playing the card game In a Pickle with Darlene, my sister Jody Wilson-Brown of Williamsburg, my niece Shana Mullins and her daughter Peyton of Union Township, and my nephew’s (Darlene’s son Gregg) daughter. Later that evening (more like early Sunday morning), I was relaxing around the campfire with Darlene’s younger son, Quinton, and Jody sharing memories and stories when we heard a strange animal’s sound, a sound unlike any we have heard along the creek. We wondered if it was a black bear since Darlene and others have in the past sighted a bear wandering around the area. I was glad I was sleeping in my HHR instead of in my canvas lean-to. October brought Washington Township’s Autumn Bash. I love shooting pictures at this festival because it has become a fun fall tradition for Bob, me and our grandkids. The next weekend we took Gia and Gabe to the Clermont County Park District’s harvest festival at Chilo Park where they shot walnuts at a target using a giant slingshot, played pumpkin bowling, and built a wooden toy at the Home Depot’s Kids Workshop. The Old Fisherman George Rooks continues to share his life experiences monthly at the Welcome Center. I look forward to a Welcome Center visit sometime in January by World Walker and Bethel native Steve Newman who recently returned from trekking the Great Wall of China. So I’ll keep trekking along through the rest of 2012 and 2013 and sharing my experiences with all of you.

Contributor Sharon Brumagem writes Town Crier for The Community Press.

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




Members of the Amelia High School band march Dec. 9 in the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Christmas was the theme of many floats in the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

2012 AMELIA CHRISTMAS PARADE AMELIA — Floats, bands and an appearance by Santa Claus highlighted the 32nd annual Amelia Christmas Parade Dec. 9. The parade route ran east along Main Street through the village’s downtown. Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud was the grand marshal of the parade.

Dogs and their owners joined the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Park National Bank float moves along Main Street Dec. 9 in the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A Clermont County Sheriff's Office car and a Amelia Police Department car lead the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade Dec. 9. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Girl Scouts participate Dec. 9 in the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Scouts march Dec. 9 in the 32nd annual Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud was the grand marshal of the 2012 Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Members of St. Bernadette Cub Scout Pack 116 ride a float Dec. 9 in the Amelia Christmas Parade. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Art Exhibits

Literary - Libraries

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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

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

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, 719 Ohio Pike, Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits Inter Parish Ministries. Free. Presented by Fill the Truck. Through Dec. 21. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Business Meetings Estheticians Skin Care Clinic, 6-8:30 p.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Informative evening on antiaging and sun damage skin care treatments, created by wellknown dermatologists Drs. Rodan and Fields. No retail inventory. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Rodan+Fields Dermatologists. 646-7173. Anderson Township.

Community Dance Beechmont Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Christmas Wines Paired Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers. Wine specialist: Craig Cracchiolo of Wine Trends. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Amelia Morgan & Peggy Jordan. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 LindaleMount Holly Road, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Health / Wellness Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, 2273 Bauer Road, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a seasonal flu shot every year; especially those most at risk for complications from flu for age six months and up. Health district is unable to bill HMOs. Through Dec. 21. $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Thousands of cut-yourown Canann and Balsam fir, and Scotch and white pine; 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. $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 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. Cler-

service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Peacock Stage. Try out new originals or play old classics. Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

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

FRIDAY, DEC. 14 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

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

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

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Health / Wellness Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Taylor’s Tavern, 8323 Kellogg Road, 474-9939. Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Clubs & Organizations Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. 753-6770. Amelia.

Dining Events Snow on the Vine Holiday Sampling, Noon-4 p.m., Har-

Country singer Tana Matz will appear from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St. in New Richmond. For more information, call 843-6040. THANKS TO SAM GREENE.

mony 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.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley "KC" Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

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Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Winter Walk, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Walk along the trail to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Music - Country Tana Matz, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040. New Richmond.

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

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

SUNDAY, 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

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Monday, Dec. 17 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

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

Music - Choral Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus, 10:30 a.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Presented by Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus. 474-3100. Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, DEC. 18 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

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

Music - Oldies Matt Snow, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Rincon Mexicano Restaurant, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Suite F-5, Cantina and Dining Area. Frank Sinatra Party and a bit of Spanish party music, too. 943-9923; Eastgate.



Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Art Exhibits

Civic Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Juilfs Park, 8249 Clough Pike, Additional budget meeting (only if needed). Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 4740003, ext. 5096. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Health / Wellness Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church

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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 6:30 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Vendors set up items for sale as well. Benefits Autism. $2. 4740123. Anderson Township. Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Goshen Internal Medicine, 6746 Dick Flynn Blvd., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Goshen. Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.



Ruth Lyons’ holiday coffecake

I have a few versions of this recipe, but this is the one that’s supposed to be Ruth’s original. I’ve made this twice now, once following the recipe below and once making it with 21⁄4 cups flour, 11⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 1⁄2 cup oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla and no vinegar. (The vinegar is used to “sour” the milk, making it more like buttermilk). I made a thin icing to glaze it, as well. The difference between the two was slight. This is a straightforward, simple coffeecake. If you want a richer tasting one with a thicker cinnamon topping, I have my holiday overnight coffeecake on my blog.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first six ingredients. Add oil and stir until crumbly. Reserve and set aside 3⁄4 cup for topping. Add vinegar to milk, then add to sugar mixture. Add egg and soda; mix well. Pour into a sprayed 13-inch by 9-inch pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 30 minutes.

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My best clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark You didn’t think I could let the holidays go by without sharing yet another version, did you? Some of you have had trouble in the past with the bark shattering/separating. That happens somewhat even with the purchased bark, but this recipe keeps that to a minimum, if at all. Out of all the recipes I’ve made for bark throughout the years,

Rita answers several reader requests for Ruth Lyons’ famous coffecake. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. using different melting methods and chocolates, I’ve come back to my classic way of teaching students. By the way, check out the photo. Can you tell which is mine and which is Williams-Sonoma’s? I used Kroger real semi-sweet and white chocolate morsels. 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided into 11⁄4 cup and 3⁄4 cup measures 11⁄2 teaspoons peppermint extract, divided into 1 teaspoon and 1⁄2 teaspoon measures 23⁄4 cups white chocolate chips, divided into 21⁄4 cup and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄4 cup crushed peppermint candy

Line a cookie sheet

with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan. Put 11⁄4 cups semi-sweet chocolate in heat proof bowl. Set over a saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low. Stir until chocolate is just about melted, then remove bowl from pan and stir 3⁄4cup more in rest of semisweet chocolate, a bit at a time, until all is melted. If necessary, put the bowl back on the pan to help melt. If there’s any moisture on the bottom of the bowl, wipe it dry. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the extract and

Forest-Aires to host welcome coffee The Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus is having a welcome coffee for new members at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Burney Lane, in Anderson Township. Refreshments will be served. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings for the April 2013 Encore! shows to be held at the Anderson Center Theater. Babysitting is available on Wednesday mornings. The Forest-Aires pass appreciation of vocal music to the next generation

The Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus is having a welcome coffee for new members at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Burney Lane, in Anderson Township. THANKS TO JEANIE PETER by donating proceeds to music study by high school students.

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A book in the hands of a child can lead to endless possibilities. Imaginations can be ignited, doors can be opened and new worlds can be discovered. That’s why Clermont County Public Library is launching the “New Year, New Book” Donation Drive. The goal is to donate new books to the nearly 300 kids of all ages who are in Clermont County’s foster care program. During this giving season, the library staff asks patrons to stop by any of the 10 branch libraries and pick an ornament off the “New Year, New Book” trees. Each ornament lists the gender and age of a foster child in Clermont County. The library will make sure the books get to those children with the help of Clermont County Children’s Services. Simply pick an ornament off the tree, purchase a new book appropriate for the gender and age listed and then return the new, unwrapped book with the ornament to any of the library’s 10 branches. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 14. Library staffers are available to recommend age appropriate book titles. Visit


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Ruth Lyons’ coffeecake

One of these is Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint bark, one is Rita’s clone. Which do you think is which? THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

pour onto foil, spreading in even layer. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles. Let sit at room temperature until just about set, anywhere from 15-20 minutes. When you press your finger into the chocolate a very slight indentation will remain. Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in remaining 1 ⁄2 cup chips after removing bowl from pan. Stir in 1 ⁄2 teaspoon extract. Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Sprinkle with candy. If necessary, gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature until completely firm. Peel bark off foil and break into pieces. Store, covered, at room temperature up to a month or so. If it’s extremely warm in the house, store, covered, in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before eating.


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Doc walked up hill in snow storm Howdy folks, We had written about the big snow in 1930. Well, we got a call from a lady that was born during that time. We thank Julia for the call. This was a surprise call and we were very excited to talk to her as she told about that Thanksgiving and how her folks went about getting the doctor there. She said her folks lived on a hill by Fizzleville near Aberdeen, Ohio. Her Mother had gotten up at 4 a.m. and while building up the fire in the stove went to her husband and said: “You had better get the doctor. I think I am

about ready to have the baby.” So her husband, Julia’s dad, walked down the George hill to the Rooks little store OLE FISHERMAN there in Fizzleville and called the doctor. The doctor stopped and got Julia’s grandmother on the way then they walked up the hill and the birth happened around noon that day. We never know how folks lived in that time period and how the doc-

tors would travel by horse and buggy or early cars. Evidently the snow was too deep for the car to travel up the hill. Thanks, Julia. Last Thursday for the noon meal we had a couple wonderful folks here to join us. We have been friends with them since we went through the 20/20 program together. Now Ruth Ann knew that both of them like lemon meringue pie. So when she served the pie, Mort let out a “Wow, what a surprise.” The lemon pie was his favorite. It took him a little while to eat his pie as he savored

each bite. Last Friday evening the Monroe Grange had a bake sale at the Auction 360 at Mount Holly. The folks sure enjoyed the candy, cakes, cookies, etc. The folks that have the auction were pleased that the Grange was there. The sale is a very good one. The items they sell are of good quality and the building where the sale is held is very clean and has good comfortable chairs to set in. So stop and say hello to the Pierce’s and say thanks. They have a sale there every Friday evening.






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2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities

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While the sale was going on, the Bethel Lions Club had the Pam Noah and her Swing Band at the Bethel-Tate Middle School for a Christmas concert. The music was wonderful and there was a good crowd. The club thanks the businesses that donated some money to help pay for the concert. These businesses always support the events the Lions Club do for the community. The businesses we thank are the Community Savings Bank, the Key Bank, and the Nurre Funeral Home. The club will have their next Pancake breakfast on Dec. 15 from 7:30 til 10:30 a.m. at the BethelTate High School on the east end of Bethel. The menu is all the pancakes you can eat, sausage, potato cake, orange juice, milk or coffee. So come and fellowship with you neighbors and support the Lions Club. Last Saturday Ruth Ann and I went to Mowrystown for a craft show, which the WhiteOak Valley Grange sponsored.

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There was a good crowd. The event was held at the school and there were basketball games going on. This is a very beautiful school. There were folks there we know and it is always great to be able to spend time with each of them. Everyone sold items and the Grange sold the food. After the craft show, we went Saturday evening from 5 til 7 to the Milford Garden Center to help out old Santa Clause. There was a nice group of folks there and several children. A couple grandparents brought their twin 2-1/2 year old grandchildren, one girl and one boy. It took a while for them to sit on Santa’s lap, but after they watched the trains, they decided it was time to sit on Santa’s lap. The Grants have a wonderful display of trains that are operating and everyone likes to watch them. Some of the kids like to run and try to keep up with the trains. The Garden Center as does the Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses, has Christmas trees, wreaths, roping, candy, bird houses and feeders, toys, and many other gift items, poinsettias, and they will be having fruit baskets. If you would like to order some fruit baskets made up, you may call them at Grants Farm at 625-9441, and they will make them up or you can purchase the ones they have made up. Remember Santa is only at Milford Garden Center on Friday and Saturday evenings, not the rest of the week. He is too busy to be there more. Last Sunday evening at the Bethel United Methodist church, the Community Choir presented the musical, “Born is the King.” It was beautiful. There was a good crowd, 426 folks. The children had a part in the event. There were several children that sang along with the Community Choir. The choir has been practicing this for several months. Last Monday evening the Bethel Lions Club held their Christmas dinner at the U.S. Grant Vocational School. The culinary class prepared the meal and served the drinks and helped the people. It was a delicious buffet, as usual. The Forsee brothers, Ray and Gary, do such a super job with the students. They learn how to cook and serve food. Many of them go on to jobs in the restaurant business. Thanks. The Lions club members pay for these meals and invite their spouses to join them for this dinner. There was a short program of some readings given about the true meaning of Christmas. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop at Afton, and while I was talking to him on Tuesday morning he was getting minnows in so give him a call at 7241211. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.



Small farm program to be offered in county

The Clermont County Farm Bureau buys a feeder calf each year at the county fair and raffles it off to a 4-H member to raise for next year's project. This year's winner was Wyatt O'Neil of the Bethel Beefers & Sheepers 4-H Club. From left are Justin Trester, Erin Jennings, David Lewis (Clermont County Farm Bureau president) and O'Neil. THANKS TO JUSTIN TRESTER

FARM BUREAU HELPS CLERMONT COUNTY 4-H The 2012 Clermont County Fair has come and gone, but for Bethel Beefers and Sheepers 4-H member Wyatt O’Neil, the work continues. Clermont County Farm Bureau members sponsor a beef project each year by way of a raffle. This year, Wyatt O’Neil was the winner. During the beef sale at the county fair, a free raffle was conducted by the Clermont County Farm Bureau

in which a beef feeder calf was given away with the agreement that the calf would return to the county fair as a market ready beef steer the following year. This raffle has very few stipulations, leaving the responsibility up the 4-H member to raise and care for the animal. O’Neil agreed to tackle such a task. Erin Jennings, of the Ultimate 4-Hers, was the ex-

hibitor of the feeder steer which was purchased and later raffled. This particular event helped both O’Neil and Jennings. Not only did Jennings have a buyer for her project, but O’Neil’s new project was initially cost free. Time is no object to most 4-H members. They spend countless hours with their projects; however the initial cost to obtain the

project can be an issue. In an effort to combat the decline in the current generation’s involvement in agriculture and 4-H, the Farm Bureau is attempting to make the project more educational and less of a financial burden. The future of agriculture depends on young people like Erin Jennings and Wyatt O’Neil.

Submitted by Justin Trester, Clermont County Farm Bureau trustee

Ringland takes leadership role The judges of the Twelfth District Court of Appeals have voted to elect Robert A. Hend­rickson the court's pre­siding judge for 2013. According to court rules, the presiding judge is elected by a majority of the judges of the court and presides over all court sessions and meet­ings. Hendrickson was previously the court's admi­nistrative judge. Judge Robert P. Ringland of Clermont County was elected administrative judge, succeeding Hen­d­rickson. Before beginning his first term in 2009, Ringland served as a common pleas court judge in Clermont County for 26

years, a county court judge for six years, an assistant prosecutor for three years and an attorney for 11 years. The administrative judge is responsi­ble for supervising the administration, docket and calendar of the court. The administrative judge serves

as presiding judge during the absence of the presiding judge. Hendrickson was elected to the court in 2008. Before beginning his first term in 2009, Hendrickson served as Butler County Area III Court judge.

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Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage? Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the OSU Extension Small Farm College program may be what you are looking for. OSU Extension is offering a program targeted at the new and small farmer. The Ohio New and Small Farm College is an eight-week program that introduces new and even seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. The program will teach participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources available to them if they chose to start a small farming operation. The courses will layout how to manage financial and farm records. Extension educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so the participant will be able to pick and chose what may work best for them and what suits their interest. To round out the experience, a bus tour will be held around area farms so participants can see firsthand how small farm life works, and also make contacts of practicing farmers in the area. The Small Farm College was originally conceived as a way to help southern Ohio’s tobacco

farmers make the transition away from that crop as government subsidies were phased out. OSU extension educators soon realized such programming also could benefit landowners who own small acreage. Since 2005, past regional Southern Ohio New and Small Farm Colleges have helped 568 individuals representing 436 farms from 52 Ohio counties improve the economic development of their small family-owned farms. In Clermont County, the program will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10, through Feb. 28, at the OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. Limited to the first 50 registrations. The cost is $150 per person, $50 for an additional family member. Along with the resources and knowledge gained, participants will receive a notebook (per each $150 registration) of all resource materials, a soil test, refreshments and the bus tour. Registrations are now being accepted. Individuals interested in the program may contact the Clermont County Extension office at 732-7070. Registration brochures for the program can be found online at at the extension office. For further information contact Tony Nye, OSU Small Farm Program Coordinator at (937) 382-0901 or email





Arrests/Citations Seldon Leroy Sams, 40, 1518 Pleasent Ave., Hamilton, Ohio, theft at 1115 US 52, Moscow, Oct. 3. Matthew Luke Hoffman, 27, 4471 Timber Glenn Drive, Batavia, burglary at 1115 US 52, Moscow, Nov. 30. Lucky Levale Berry, 43, 205 Washington St., Chilo, forgery at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 28. Lucky Levale Berry, 43, 205 Washington St., Chilo, theft without consent at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 28. Scott Kenneth Hale, 38, 3380 Ohio 132, Amelia, forgery at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 28. Scott Kenneth Hale, 38, 3380 Ohio 132, Amelia, theft - without consent at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 28. Christina K Starkey, 33, 1440 W. Kemper Road, #1107, Cincinnati, forgery at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 29. Christina K Starkey, 33, 1440 W. Kemper Road, #1107, Cincinnati, theft – without consent at 208 Washington St., Chilo, Nov. 29. Anthony Allen Eisenmann, 29, 2730 Ohio 222, HIGH VIEW, #30, Bethel, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 28. Michael Ray Cooper, 19, 2707 Brooking Road, Amelia, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at Brooking Road, Amelia, Nov. 28. Joseph Nelson Abbott, 46, 1482-1 Frank Willis Memorial Road, New Richmond, theft at 1482-1 Frank Willis Memorial Road, New Richmond, Nov. 26. Jennifer Nicole Riley, 27, 3172 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road (last known address), Amelia, misuse of credit card at 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 26. Jennifer Nicole Riley, 27, 3172 Lindale-Mt. Holly R Road d (last known address), Amelia, theft at 3520 Ohio132, Amelia, Nov. 26. Shawn S. Hess, 24, 175 Timber

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

duct at 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1. Juvenile, 15, 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1. Juvenile, 15, 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, resisting arrest resist or interfere at 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1.

Incidents/Investigations Trail, Amelia, misuse of credit card at 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 26. Shawn S. Hess, 24, 175 Timber Trail, Amelia, receiving stolen property at 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 26. Sharon Appel, 45, 417 Millboro Springs, Batavia, theft at 110 W. Main St., Owensville, Nov. 26. Warren Thomas Beckham, 51, 1526 Republic St., Cincinnati, violate protection order or consent agreement at 300 University Lane, Batavia, Nov. 26. Terry Lee Jarrell, 22, 3394 Legion Lane, Bethel, fugitive from justice at 3394 Legion Lane, Bethel, Nov. 26. Marcus Allen Shifflett, 18, 1934 Franklin-Laurel Road, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1934 Franklin-Laurel Road, New Richmond, Nov. 26. Rondal Allan Vance, 35, 1934 Franklin-Laurel Road, New Richmond, domestic violenFranklin-Laurel Road, New Richmond, Nov. 26. Jennifer Lynn Hibbard, 35, 2917 Price Ave., Cincinnati, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 26. Tessy L. Preston, 50, 6538 Craigland Court, Cincinnati, falsification - public official, mislead at 1981 Front Wheel Drive, Batavia, Oct. 27. Phyllis Nevilyn Riley, 35, 14 Cleveland Lane, Amelia, theft without consent at 1252 Ohio 125, Amelia, Oct. 27. Juvenile, 14, 43 Sutton Lane, Goshen, inducing panic at 2792 US 50, Batavia, Nov. 28. Shawn Raymond McCane, 29, 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, theft at 500 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 1.

Juvenile, 17, 2825 Chestnut Lane, New Richmond, drug paraphernalia at Ohio 749 at Jenny Lind Road, New Richmond, Dec. 1. Juvenile, 17, 2825 Chestnut Lane, New Richmond, possession of drugs at Ohio 749 at Jenny Lind Road, New Richmond, Dec. 1. Desarae Marie Dennis, 31, 6730 Edenton-Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 6730 EdentonPleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Dec. 1. Julie Ann Johnston, 31, 20 Pinebridge #8, Amelia, assault knowingly harm victim at 20 Pine Bridge Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. Donna Josette Johnston, 61, 6166 US 68, Georgetown, assault - knowingly harm victim at 20 Pine Bridge Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. Becky Nicodemus, 20, 51 Indian Dr, Sardinia, drug paraphernalia at Old Ohio 74 at Bauman Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Becky Nicodemus, 20, 51 Indian Dr, Sardinia, possessing drug abuse instruments at Old Ohio 74 at Bauman Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Michael Anthony Carey, 39, last known address 80 Brewer Road, Falmouth, Ky., fugitive from justice at 4000 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Bruce Eddie Gibson, 42, 1054 Richey Road, Felicity, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 1054 Richey Road, Felicity, Dec. 2. Juvenile, 15, 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, receiving stolen property at 9 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 2. Juvenile, 15, 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, disorderly con-

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Nov. 27. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 2045 Laurel-Pt. Isabel Road, Moscow, Dec. 1. At 2505 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, Dec. 1. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 2. Criminal damaging/endangering knowingly any means At 108 Bay Meadow Drive, Batavia, Nov. 27. At 3218 Marshall Drive, Amelia, Nov. 27. Criminal trespass At 3960 Moore-Marathon Road, Williamsburg, Nov. 29. Disorderly conduct At 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1. Domestic violence At 1934 Franklin-Laurel Road, New Richmond, Nov. 26. At 32 Hitchcock Lane, Amelia, Nov. 26. At 3850 Little Creek Drive, Amelia, Nov. 27. Domestic violence - cause belief of imminent physical harm by threat or force At 2351 Donald Road, Bethel, Nov. 26. Domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm At 6730 Edenton-Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Dec. 1. At 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1. At 1054 Richey Road, Felicity, Dec. 2. Drug Paraphernalia At Ohio 749 at Jenny Lind Road, New Richmond, Nov. 30. At Old Ohio 74 at Bauman Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Falsification - public official, mislead At 1482-1 Frank Willis Memorial Road, New Richmond, Nov. 14. At 1981 Front Wheel Drive, Batavia, Nov. 27. Felonious assault At 4795 Ohio 133, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 208 Washington St., Chilo, Aug. 17. Fugitive from justice At 3394 Legion Lane, Bethel, Nov. 25. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov.

26. At 4000 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Identity fraud At 425 Home St., Georgetown, Nov. 28. Inducing panic At 2792 US 50, Batavia, Nov. 28. Menacing At 6281 Ohio 727, Goshen, Nov. 26. At 3770 Starling Road, Bethel, Nov. 27. At 4210 Muscovy Lane, Batavia, Nov. 30. Misuse of credit card At 1115 US 52, Moscow, July 4. At 1482-1 Frank Willis Memorial Road, New Richmond, Nov. 14. At 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 16. Possessing drug abuse instruments At Old Ohio 74 at Bauman Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Possession of drugs At Ohio 749 at Jenny Lind Road, New Richmond, Nov. 30. Receiving stolen property At 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 16. At 9 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 2. Resisting Arrest - resist or interfere At 6 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 1. Telecommunications harassment At 3198 Beech Road, Bethel, Nov. 26. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Nov. 27. At 5610 Ohio 133, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 6154 Manila Road, Goshen, Dec. 1. At 6609 Taylor Pike, Goshen, Dec. 2. Theft At 1115 US 52, Moscow, July 4. At 1482-1 FRANK WILLIS MEMORIAL Road, New Richmond, Nov. 14. At 3520 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 16. At 110 W. Main St., Owensville, Nov. 21. At 939 Ohio 133, Lot 1, Felicity, Nov. 26. At 3063 Ohio 743, Moscow, Nov.

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DEATHS Joan Carr Joan Carr, 86, Bethel, died Dec. 3. She was an artist and antiques dealer. Survived by children Pat (Valerie), Mike (Regina) Carr, Pam (Chris) Wagner; grandchildren Navarra, Lili Carr, Brian, Alexis Wagner. Preceded in death by husband Arch Carr, son Chris Carr. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home.

John Hughes Sr. John Wesley Hughes Sr., 73, Felicity, died Nov. 29. He was a 25-year member of Faith Tabernacle Church. Survived by wife Linda Hughes; children Frances (Mike) Washburn, Kenneth (Raisa), Jeffery Sparks, Ed (Tina) Hood, Wesley (Wanda) Hughes Jr., Melissa (Robert) Parson; grandchildren Paula Noshang, April Begle, John Taylor, Christine, Kelly, Shandy, Andrea Sparks, Amanda, David, Cameron Hood, Brianna, Hannah Hughes, Caleb,

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. Samuel, Holly Parson; greatgrandchildren Shawn, Faith, Thomas, Jaeshua, Jocelann, Beck. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Mark Ingram Mark Allen Ingram, 53, died Nov. 24. Survived by wife Sue Ingram; children Matt (Kayla Hedge), Mandi Ingram; father Carvus Ingram; siblings Brent (Debbie) Ingram, Patti (Chris) Prine.

POLICE REPORTS Preceded in death by mother Judy Ingram. Services were Nov. 28 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Imogene Meadows Imogene Cornilus Meadows, 82, Bethel, died Dec. 1. Survived by children Geraldine McQuitty, Alma (Kenneth) Wilson, Virgil (Debbie) Jr., Paul (Frances) Meadows; siblings Janice Hoobler, Robert, David, Howard, Basiel Jr. Cornilus; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Virgil Meadows. Services were Dec. 4 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Charles Whitehead Charles Allen Whitehead, 53, died Nov. 12. Survived by son Charles Alan Stewart; siblings Diane (Dennis Cox) Meyer, Andy, Dellno Whitehead; friend Jackie Johns. Preceded in death by parents Russell, Anna Whitehead. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.


2901 Saltair Maple Drive: Warsaw Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. to Lisa Marie Hogeback, $50,000. 3124 Ninnichuck Road: Fannie Mae to Jeffrey and Robin Coffey, $28,500. 2347 Haul Lane: Lisa and Brett Toft to Steven and Amber Swaynie, $225,000.

2603 Gaylord Ave.: Kerry Burns and David Reed to Lynn Marie Gross, $12,500.


128 Rich St.: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Christopher Brumley, $59,900. 108 Morris St.: Community Savings Bank to Kristen Jasontek,

$54,450. 316 Faith Way: Freedom Homes to Bradley and Debra Gibson, $124,555.


404 Market Street: Thomas and Deana Quatkemeyer, et al. to JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, $23,334.

Continued from Page B6 27. At 1202 Riebel Ridge Road, New Richmond, Nov. 28. At 3923 Windwood Court, Amelia, Nov. 28. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Nov. 28. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Nov. 29. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Nov. 30. At 1805 Antioch Road, Hamersville, Nov. 30. At 2818 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 2045 Laurel-Pt. Isabel Road, Moscow, Dec. 1. At 1777 Clermontville-Laurel Road, New Richmond, Dec. 1. At 9 Montgomery Way, Ame-


Robert Laubach, Moscow, alter, 2182 Ohio 756, Washington Township.


Lyle Cahall, Georgetown, alter, 2000 Effluent Drive, Georgetown Village, $2,285. Bayer Becker Engineers, Mason, alter-McDonald’s, 1000 S. 2nd St., Ripley Village, $260,500. Prickel Electric, Walton, Ky., new-AT & T meter, 323 Ohio 133, Franklin Township, $60,000.

lia, Dec. 2. Theft - without consent At 208 Washington St., Chilo, Aug. 17. At 3560 Woodside Drive, Williamsburg, Nov. 26. At 1252 Ohio 125, Amelia, Nov. 27. At 1376 Lenroot Road, Bethel, Nov. 29. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle At 3262 Ohio 756, Felicity, Nov. 26. At 6016 Newtonsville-Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Nov. 13. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle - joy riding At 4232 Wigeon Place, Batavia, Nov. 12. Unauthorized use of property

At 4889 Clemons Road, Batavia, Nov. 13. Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor At 2730 Ohio 222 #36, Batavia, Oct. 30. At 2707 Brooking Road, Amelia, Oct. 30. Unruly juvenile offenses At 1517 Thomaston Drive F, Amelia, Nov. 12. Violate protection order or consent agreement At 300 University Lane, Batavia, Nov. 23. Violate protection order or consent agreement approved pursuit to 2919.26 or 3113.31 At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Nov. 27.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Eric E. Martin, 28, 2942 S. Bantam, Bethel, roofer, and Sonya R. Huff, 40, 2942 S. Bantam, Bethel, painter. Dennis Evans, 58, 344 St. Andrews Drive, Cincinnati, fleet operator, and Theresa Carson, 50, 1576 Ohio 286, Williamsburg. Donald Esz, 21, 3210 Pennington, Williamsburg, electro mechanical engineer, and Lauren Overley, 21, 571 Commonwealth, Cincinnati, student. Ted A. Kayata Jr., 32, 3125, Williamsburg, self employed, and Mary Harp, 32, 129 Holly

Drive, Loveland, quality assurance. William Castleman, 34, 1519 Crosstown, Williamsburg, JMR, and Katrina Steward, 32, 1517 Crosstown, Williamsburg, teacher’s aide. Jamie Merrill, 31, 410 S. Union, Bethel, project manager, and Danielle Pritchard, 26, 410 S. Union, Bethel, veterinary assistant. Joseph King, 28, 512 E. Main St., Williamsburg, chiropractor, and Katie Stikkers, 25, 512 E. Main St., Williamsburg, R.N.

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