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Animal sanctuary adds new site Rescue group has thrift store, too By Lisa Wakeland

It’s a home for those who others consider “unadoptable.” Some of the residents are sick, some are old and some had traumatic experiences in their early life. There’s Jack, who was born with leg problems and has trouble walking. There’s Tank, who is blind in both eyes and was emaciated when he first arrived. Many of these animals will be adopted by loving families and some are temporarily staying with foster families. But for a few, Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary will be their “forever home.” “My husband and I were always drawn toward special-

needs animals, before we even thought of Angel’s Rest,” said founder Perla Medina-Kinne. “In 2008 we got two mastiffs, one of which had about two weeks to live. We thought, there has to be a place for them to go when they’re sick and old.” In April 2009, not too long after adopting Scout and Maverick, Medina-Kinne started Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary. For years, they operated the rescue and thrift store near their home in New Richmond. They recently opened a new location on state Route 125 in Pierce Township. “We wanted to have a lot more visibility and exposure,” Medina-Kinne said about the move. “In order for the thrift store to work we wanted to bring it to a more populated area because 100 percent of the proceeds go toward helping the animals.” Right now, Angel’s Rest has

about 25 animals at its shelter, most are dogs and a few cats. The other cats live at the sanctuary in New Richmond. “We’re not a typical shelter where we have all these young, adoptable animals,” she said. “We have some that are adoptable, but a lot of them are older. We specialize in illness, deformities, age, handicaps and some with temperament issues that otherwise would have been euthanized.” Angel’s Rest rarely accepts owner-surrendered pets. They usually rescue animals from the pound or bring in others that are in danger. Because they don’t turn away sick or injured animals it can cost a lot to care for those at the sanctuary. On average, Angel’s Rest spends between $1,200 and $1,300 per animal per year, MeSee ANIMAL, Page A2

Perla Medina-Kinne, founder of Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary, sits with Tank, a mastiff who is blind in both eyes, outside of the rescue’s new location. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS State Rep. Doug Green (R-66th District) waves to the crowd during Bethel's recent Down Home Christmas parade. The parade was the highlight of the Down Home Christmas event in the village, which started at 9 a.m. and culminated with the parade at 6 p.m. Those attending the event were able to make gingerbread houses, eat breakfast with Santa Claus and do some Christmas shopping during a craft show before enjoying the parade.THANKS TO RALPH ADAMS

Former Bethel dentist authors new book By Keith BieryGolick

BETHEL — Clermont County is not the same as it used to be. In many cases, rural farmland has been replaced by highways and fast food chains. Chuck Frost, the author of “Three Smokeys,” has seen it firsthand. Frost, 72, spent his first 12

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years, and in that time Bethel has changed. “We’ve transcended from a rural, agricultural-type economy – more of a mom-and-pop store economy,” Frost said. “It used to be you could go up and down any of the small villages and you would know the people that ran the businesses. That’s

not true anymore.” So Frost picked up a pen to fill a void he saw by describing “a lifestyle that is vanishing,” he said. His first book, made up of poems and short essays, is a walk down memory lane. “Two Trips” describes a trip Frost and his wife took when he graduated from dental school. He contrasts it with a trip his

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Residents flowing into riverside development By Jeanne Houck

Chuck Frost, the 72-year-old Bethel dentist-turned-author, says Clermont County has changed over the years. “Three Smokeys,” his self-published book attempts to describe a “lifestyle that is vanishing.”PROVIDED

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to go in the future,” Frost said. Writing is “something I’ve thought about for a long time,” he said. Frost used to be a member of Bethel’s Community Savings Bank Board of Directors. He wrote “white papers,” which are general policies that establish precedent within an organization. Breaking free of that administrative writing gave him another avenue to express himself.

In the poem “150 Year Warranty,” Frost rhymes about the time his brother botched a construction job on his shed’s roof. “He put on three layers of asphalt because he didn’t really understand the concept of how the bundles of shingles were put together,” Frost said. “It cost me three times as much.” That’s about as dramatic as the book gets, and in many ways these are unexceptional tales. In that way, it’s perfect. “It’s about everyday life, observations and interactions,” Frost said.

MILFORD — Like a pioneer headed west sending dispatches back east, Sarah Weinkam, whose family is one of the first to move into the Riverwalk Flats & Rowhouses residential development, says she can report: “We are definitely loving it.” Weinkam, a teacher at Williamsburg Middle/ High School, moved into a three-bedroom townhome in the development off Water Street in Milford in late October with her husband, their 21-month-old daughter, a dog and a cat. Weinkam said her family moved from elsewhere in Milford after spotting Riverwalk Flats & Rowhouses under construction on the former site of the Clermont Lumber Co. next to the Little Miami River. “We can walk to historic downtown Milford with Padrino (pizza, pasta and hoagies), 20 Brix (wine bar and restaurant) and all the little antique shops,” Weinkam said. Emily Staubach, a leasing manager with CMC Properties in Blue Ash, said the proximity of historic downtown Milford, the Little Miami River and the Little Miami Scenic Trailhead is helping attract interest in the residential development at 31 Water St. – some of which remains under construction and all of which is

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scheduled to be completed March 1. “You can walk to get a cup of coffee in the morning and pick up dinner and walk home in the evening,” Staubach said. Plans are to build 109 units – 31 townhomes with three bedrooms and 78 apartments with one or two bedrooms – at the development. About 40 percent of the units have been leased, she said. One of three buildings on Water Street – which holds the rowhouse where Weinkam and her family live – is completed. Two four-level build-

ings to be constructed behind those buildings will have river views and rooftop decks to watch the water roll by. “Our downtown restaurateurs and merchants are very excited to have new residents to serve who can walk half of a block to our stores on Main Street,” said Milford City Manager Jeff Wright. Monthly leases at Riverwalk Flats & Rowhouses will range from $845 to $1,850. All of the units will have 9-foot ceilings, wood floors and granite kitchen countertops. The rowhouses have at-

tached garages and Staubach said there will be plenty of other parking available. A leasing office on Water Street will include a fitness center, lounge, conference room and place for residents to store their bicycles, kayaks and canoes. For more information, visit or call 240-6794.


bouncing between school and his other job, Connor said, but “this place makes my day a lot better.” “Sometimes (the animals) can be irritating, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a chance,” he said. “I thank God I came here.” Kelly Daniel, who also works at Angel’s Rest, said because they specialize in hospice and critical care, it can be tough to see what condition the dogs and cats are in when they end up at the shelter. “You really feel bad, and it’s sad what people put these animals

through,” she said. “But they’re happy and healthy now, and when they find their forever home or a family that’s all that matters.” Angel’s Rest has adoptions every weekend at its new location, 1263 state Route 125. Proceeds from adoption fees and items sold in the thrift store help pay for its programs. In addition to its hospice care, Angel’s Rest also has a “Little Soldiers” program in which they try to match homeless pets with returning veterans. Medina-Kinne said they try to place the animals in foster homes or permanent homes, but if they have to live out their life at Angel’s Rest that’s fine, too. “It’s what we love to do,” she said. Adoption hours are noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Fridays when it’s open until 8 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 947-2727 with questions, or visit their website.

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dina-Kinne said. “Some are labor intensive and some have huge medical bills,” she said. “We are in desperate need of volunteers of all kinds to work the store or to work with the animals because some of them will be here for life.” Shawn Connor, who works at Angel’s Rest and is studying to be a veterinary technician, said he’s seen a lot of sad cases in the couple months he’s been there. It can be stressful

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Boy, 15, makes engine house calls By Jeanne Houck

Lukas Moreland, of Union Township, started “The Neighborhood Mower,” a mobile mower-maintenance and lawn business, when he was 14. Here he is at his school, Miami Valley Christian Academy. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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mowers running well,” Moreland said. “Just like your car, you have to do frequent oil changes on your mower. “We didn’t start cutting lawns until later last year,” Moreland said. “This year we really got into cutting while maintaining the buy/resell and mobile-mower maintenance.” Joseph Moreland often drives his son, who is too young for a driver’s license, to jobs. Scheduling can be tricky. “We try to schedule around school, scouts, band and I am on the track team, too,” Lukas Moreland said. “We actually had to hire some people to help us cut.” After he graduates from high school, Moreland would like to study engineering – probably mechanical engineering – at the University of Cincinnati. Moreland has this advice for young people who might want to follow his lead. “Find something you love to do, are passionate about and do it,” Moreland said. “I’ve learned a lot about people, service and doing things the right way. “I’ve met a lot of very nice people doing this business,” Moreland said.

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buys and sells mowing equipment. “Even with all the expenses of new mowers, trailer and tools, I’ve been able to pay for a couple of Boy Scout trips,” said Moreland, who lives in Union Township and is a sophomore at Miami Valley Christian Academy at 6830 School St. in Newtown. “That is the reason I really wanted to work and earn money – so I could go on Boy Scout summer trips. “I’ve also put some money in a savings account,” Moreland said. Moreland said opening The Neighborhood Mower was a process. “I actually started it by tearing an engine apart to see what it was made of,” Moreland said. “Then a neighbor gave us a mower which wasn’t running. I fixed it and sold it for $150. “I then bought a small (riding mower) like Forrest Gump’s, fixed it and sold it for a profit,” Moreland said. “So it started as a buy, fix and resell.” Moreland’s father, Joseph, helps with the business side of The Neighborhood Mower: the accounting, scheduling and marketing. “His company, The Neighborhood Mower, is a lawn company, but the real heart of the business is the mobile mowermaintenance program he has,” Joseph Moreland said of his son. “We provide mower – or any small engine – services: oil, filter and spark plug changes at people’s homes or garages.” Lukas Moreland said he really enjoys the mobile mower-maintenance side of the business. “This is what I love to do – help people keep their

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vide any information. Meyer said, however, that Mercy has a working plan of an onsite clinic, but it’s not limited to Mercy employees and is open to the public as well. She added that if the commissioners wanted to work on a clinic with Mercy, it could be possible by “getting the right people at the table.” Commissioner David Uible said he was reluctant to do anything else

until they can speak with Mercy Health, the county’s health care provider. Humphries said the commissioners will continue discussions regarding an employee clinic during future meetings. Want to know what’s going on with the Clermont County commissioners? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

Clermont County commissioners are considering an on-site clinic for employees on the county's healthcare plan in an effort to reduce costs. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

County considering on-site health clinic By Leah Fightmaster

Clermont County’s commissioners are looking at a different way to reduce health care costs for county employees. The commissioners are considering a clinic for county employees to go to for various services, such as urgent care, health coaching, annual physicals and testing, health assessments and getting generic drugs. Judi Meyer, senior vice president and account manager for HORAN Associates, said her company asked five health care

companies to provide information about creating either an on-site, nearby or shared clinic for the county. She added that there are some shared clinics in Clermont County where those services are offered already. Meyer said she created several assumptions that the companies could base their operation numbers on, including 60 percent employee use, 25 percent of employee spousal use, a 40-hour clinic staffed by a physician, medical assistant and wellness coach, including start-up costs and making the clinic standalone with wellness

information available for patients. “The objective is to reduce the cost of the health plan,” Commissioner Ed Humphries said. “This makes sense for those on the health plan.” Of Activate HealthCare, Concentra, CareHere and Novia CareClinics, the company with the lowest cost total was Novia CareClinics, whose first-year net cost was about $95,500. The highest was Concentra, with a net cost of about $767,500, Meyer said. However, she added, in the breakdown of costs for each company,

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Miami Valley Christian Academy The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 20132014.

A Honor Roll

Pierce Township Fire Department visited St. Bernadette students to discuss fire safety. They stressed that students shouldn’t hide from firefighters and allowed the children to watch one firefighter suit up. Kindergarteners, front row: Jake Barnard, left, Cheyenne Tooley, Sophia Brockman, Olivia Dorschg, Joe Celeste, Caroline Freede, Joey Mulvey, Anthony Preece and Phoenix Adams. Middle row: firefighter Austin Brown, left, Principal Lizanne Ingram, Sister Judy Crooker, Cloe Clark, Lt. Bill Sefton and firefighter Evan Dunkelman. top row: Madison Dunaway, Carter Kent, Zoe Hughes, Nicholas Barnard, Abbie Feeback, Ethan Feldkamp and Abby Fogelman. THANKS TO ANGIE TUCKER


The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2013-2014.

First Honors - 3.5-4.00 Sixth grade - HaLeigh Abrams, Tucker Allen, Ariana Angel, Audrey Bard, Elizabeth Barnwell, Madelyn Bastin, Jackson Beatty, Conner Bertram, Isabella Birkofer, Adabelle Boggess, Abbie Borchers, Mariah Bosworth, Shelby Bryant, Delaney Burns, Alysia Busch, Mackenna Butcher, Estela Castillo, Rosa Cianciolo, Emily Clark, Shayne Clephane, Keili Coffey, Elizabeth Cowles, Peyton Crandall, Brendan Davis, Kayci Davis, Hope Devine, Lilith Disney, Jasmine Donaldson, Matthew Duncan, Joshua Dunn, Lily Elfar, Tristen Fadley, Taylor Farris, David Fields, Aaron Flores, Justin Foister, Dakota Frank, Lillian Gabriel, Jared Geiger, Jada Gilb, Elijah Goad, Samantha Gould, Kylee Grau, Alexis Greene, Alexis Griner, Payton Grooms, Samantha Gunn, Jasmine Hale, Edmund Hale, Jack Hall, Elaine Hall, Griffan Hall, Riley Hampton, Steven Hatton, Faith Hecktor, Haley Heller, Jacob Hess, Dylan Heuberger, Ryan Hoskins, Autumn Howard, Alexander Howe, Tori Huffer, Joseph Hummeldorf, Katelyn Jennings, Susan Joseph, Hunter Judd, Melissa Kearney, Olivia Kegg, Kyle Kennedy, Jordan King, Sydney Knake, Austin Kresser, Haley Kyer, Rachel Lamb, Jared Lammert, Emma Leary, Madeline Levitt, Alexandra Leytze, Amanda Lovejoy, Sabrina MacFarland, Alexis Malott, Makayla Manion, Lillianna Manker, Faith May, Sarah May, Hunter Melton, Jacob Miles, Stacey Miller, Chace Miller, Arian Mineer, Shay Mineer, Nadya Montgomery, Michael Moore, Reigen Mora, Adrianna Moretti, Oivia Morgan, Kayla Mullins, Allyson Musgrave, Rhonda Nassar, Mia Niehaus, Kaila Nutter, Lauren Panek, Danielle Panek, Samantha Paquette, Makenna Patridge, Kayleigh Pawlowicz, Jacob Perry, Panha Pol, Jake Ransbottom, Corey Reilly, Ashley Rinckel, Elizabeth Ritzman, Brooklyn Sandusky, Leyla Sattorova, Madison Shepard, Madeline Singer, Reilly Slusher, Cerena Snow, Ethan Spanja, Sophia Staker, Logan Steele, Caleb Strunk, Abbie Sullivan, Zackary Swain, Jamison Swartz, Kira Tackett, Brady Tagge, Arsene Takam, Stephen Taylor, Gabrielle Todd, Gabrielle Townes, Leah Tracey, William Turner, Austin Vanover, Dustin Vianello, Kaya Vogt, Abigail Vose, Kody Warren, Dylan Welling, Logan Westendorf,

Victoria Wiesenhahn, Kyrstin Wilhelm, Lauren Willenborg, Chloe Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Kierra Wilson, Alex Wilzbach, Jake Withrow, Angelina Woods and Samantha Zeigler. Seventh grade - John Aicholtz, Ryan Albers, Logan Ayers, Leo Baker, Alanna Barrett, Alex Bassiouny, Kaylee Bell, Noah Bisig, Portia Blackert, Payton Blackman, Dominick Borger, Cole Brinkman, Isaiah Brinson, Megan Brock, Madison Brown, Abigail Buelsing, McKenzie Bush, Mikayla Butler, Nancy Campuzano, Allison Caudill, Kirsten Click, Zachary Collins, Meaghan Craddock, Darla Crossley, Emma Czerwinski, Kayla Davis, Sarvesh Deshmukh, Nicholas Diana, William Dunning, Elaine Ellis, Madison Emery, Kathleen Farrell, Nathaniel Fisher, Kyle Fultz, Ian Galloway, Andres Garcia, Sophie Geier, Mitchell Gibson, Emily Glassburn, Madison Goins, Alexandrea Gooch, Fallon Griffin, Jared Griffin, Kailey Gullett, Anthony Haag, Carleigh Hall, Emily Halpin, Zachary Hankins, Taylor Hannum, Jessica Heger, Jacob Holton, Corey Hutson, Collin Jacobs, Max Jasper, Michelle Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Israel JoverBell, Samantha Kapsal, McKennzie Kearns, William Kegg, Kody Kitchen, Trent Larbes, Hunter Large, Austin Lee, Linnea LeVan, Matthew Lewis, Benjamin Lindsley, Alexander Lunn, Katelyn Lyons, Adam Macaluso, Gabrielle MacFarland, Robert Maines, Derrik Malott, Miranda Martin, Nolan McCune, Jordan McGraw, Mark McKinley, Taylor Melton, Holly Mentzel, Trenton Meyer, Emily Miller, Nicholas Miller, Hannah Mills, Carley Mills, Owen Montgomery, Camden Morgan, Peyton Mullins, Taylor Neal, Jocelyn Nehls, Jesse Nolan, Sophie Padgitt, Jeterah Palmer, Kira Palmisano, Jay Patel, Haley Pauley, Griffin Reese, Rebecca Reynolds, Bryce Rittenhouse, Alexander Robinson, Samantha Rolsen, Zachary Rooney, Taylor Ross, Joseph Rudd, Ashley Rupert, Brandon Rusk, Cody Schwiermann, Jensyn Scott, Alexa Servizzi, Ashley Shannon, Jenna Simon, Alexis Smith, Riley Spatz, Alisa Spurgeon, Braden Steele, Nicholas Tackett, Colby Taylor, Jackson Titkemeyer, Jack Towell, Ryan Trainor, Noah Troknya, Braden Viney, Timothy Wanamaker, Jackson Watson, Taylor Watson, Samuel Weaver, Aaron Westendorf, Andrew White, Payton Wilcox-Staffend, Devin Williams, Adam Wood and Mason Workman. Eighth grade - Elizabeth Aicholtz, Ashley Armentrout, Molly Bastin, Skylar

Boeh, Hallie Boso, Coralyn Brown, Jacob Bullard, Joshua Bunton, Marlena Burdick, Zachary Caudill, Brianna Cerbantec, Michael Chamberlain, Alec Chitwood, Autumn Clark, Alexis Conner, Robert Conner, Danielle Cooper, Katherine Cornelius, Haley Cullen, Hayden Cunningham, Anthony Curtin, Ira Damron, Riley Day, Katelyn Delaney, Hailey Dick, Heather Doughty, RaeAnne Downs, Alexander Dulaney, David Elliott, Olivia Fahey, Olivia Fee, Joseph Floccari, Ruth Flores, Matthew Flores, Victoria Frye, Megan Fuller, Christina Gapinsky, Vincent Gerrish, Veronica Grecni, Wyatt Guethlein, Jasmine Hale, Brianna Hamilton, Liza Haney, Ashley Hanna, Shelby Hatcher, Alexander Hogue, Kathleen Hornstra, Trevin Hughes, Hannah Johnson, Gunnar Johnson, Allyssa Kandell, William Keszei, Brooke Koehnke, Daniel Koontz, Lauren Kresser, Kira Krimmer, Kyle Kuenzli, Eva Lawson, Makala Lear, Jonathon Leicht, Nicole Line, Kadin Locher, Kyla Long, Emma Losey, Elyse Martin, Lucinda McBride, Andrew McGraw, Makenze Meeker, Hunter Mills, Karizma Montgomery, Ian Morrison, Lauren Mullins, Patrick Murrell, Nancy Nassar, Abong Nyam, Dallas Padgitt, T’sariea Perkins, Kelsey Randall, Tara Redmond, Karson Reese, Nicholas Reichardt, Chloe Reynolds, Robert Rinckel, Avery Ringland, Emily Robison, Sierra Rollins, Daniel Roush, Jack Schmidt, Mrigank Sharma, Andrew Shouse, Nolan Simmons, Bradley Smith, Anna Smith, Kayla Snyder, Rhiannon Staker, Paige Strasel, Kayleigh Strauss, Austin Teague, Haley Uhl, Cassie Vogel, Hannah Vose, Mikal Voyt, Emily Ward, Heather Wardwell, Cyanna Westfall, Kassandra Whittington, Megan Willenborg, Matthew Willison and Benjamin Wolfer.

Second Honors 3. - 3.5 Sixth grade - Carrington Adams, Michele Allen, Ashley Anderson, Hannah Barger, Samuel Bennett, Nathan Blakley, Nathan Bowling, Robert Bowman, Dale Bradford, Grady Brennecke, Kyli Burgin, Bryan Buttery, Zachary DeBolt, Emily Edwards, Hunter Evans, Samantha Farrell, Jarryd Forthuber, Alyssa France, Jaxson Frysinger, Brayden Gardner, Isabella Gates, Matthew Gibson, Gabriel Gilmore, Desarae Harley, Cameron Heger, Frank Herzner, Isaiah Herzner, Brandon Hill, Jessica Horney, Hayden Huber, Nicholas Hunt, Avery Kelley, Omid Keshtvarz, Jada Kight, Keily Kingery,

Andrew Kinney, Colleen LaBrecque, Zachary Lacy, Troy Lawson, Jacob Lawson, Ivan Luman, Kyle Manwaring, Marco Marin, Trenton Miller, Cassidy Mills, Carlee Neff, Megan Owen, Jaareshiah Palmer, Austin Payer, Trevor Powers, Emma Preece, Hailey Randall, Alli Rorick, Tyler Rue, Jillian Rutherford, Isaiah Schlosser, Rayanna Shadoan, Jose Solorzano, Hope Strasel, James Svintsitsky, Michael Swingley, Elijah Wahl, Eric White and Anthony Zilly. Seventh grade - Abigail Abrams, Amya Angel, Maci Baca, Cameron Badea, Daniel Barnes, Danielle Bartlett, Max Beckman, Benjamin Berger, Amanda Boshears, Angela Bowling, Derek Cooley, Elijah Davis, Elijah Dunigan, Megan Dunn, Madison Eifert, Mackenzie Ellis, Lauren Evans, Juanita Gaines, Chayce Gambrell, Spencer Gerding, Paige Glazier, Jacob Haas, Elisabeth Hall, Brandon Hamilton, Chase Henderson, Blake Hirschauer, Cameron Hogan, Austin Holden, Faith Howard, Selina Jeffers, Claire Jeschke, Noah Kellerman, Kody Kirkpatrick, Savannah Matlock, Adam Maynard, Katelynn McNeal, Dylan Meece, Brisco Methard, Mason Montoney, Leah Musselman, Cameron Null, Caleb Olsen, Allison Price, Augustus Schmalz, Mya Sharon, Sydney Smith, Morgan Steinker, Montgomery Sutter, Teresa Taylor, Lenoir Vega, Troy Walters, Andariel Wheeler, Layne Wilder, Ethan Williams, Patrick Wilson and Trevor Zitt. Eighth grade - Brody Baker, Matthew Beach, Derek Bell, Jared Black, Megan Borchers, Cameron Brandenburg, Katie Broshear, Arika Brown, Meredith Brown, Katelynn Clawson, Alex Click, Austin Cox, Kurtis Cox, Gabriel Crawford, Ambur Dick, Jarrett Frazier, Abby Geoppinger, William Green, Brandon Heintz, Zachary Hogue, Shawn Hughes, Amber Hughes, Jasandeep Jhaj, Kaylee Johns, Andrew Johnson, Cierra Jones, Zachary Keating, Jasmine Keshtvarz, Shelby Lance, Jacob Lloyd, Jordan Lowe, Keirah Matlock, Erica McCubbin, Keli McMillan, Robert Miller, Sarah Morton, Robert Mosier, Liam Newberry, Grant Niederkorn, Justin Patrick, Rebecca Philpot, Alexander Puckett, Brayden Randolph, Zakary Raper, Jennifer Robbins, Taylor Robinson, Arturo Rodriguez, Ariah Saylor, Hannah Smith, Noah Sturgeon, Joseph Svintsitsky, Camryn Tagge, Victoria White, Andrew Williams, Sarah Williams, Abigail Wittmeyer, Abigail Wood, Brenden York and Madison Your.

First grade - Leah Hatfield, Eli Hilsher, Evan Lafferty, Ashley Lang, Savannah Parker, Rosie Rail, Benjamin Reuss, Abby Scott, Brooke Sirotak, Samantha Stearns, Michael Wellington and Steven Williams. Second grade - Leah Angelo, Ashley Bauer, Andrew Patterson, Braden Ruotolo and Scottie Schap. Third grade - Lily Bauer, William Duhaime, Kristen Perry, Timothy Stearns and William Schultz. Fourth grade - Lily Angelo, Nathan Back, Jackson Burke, Kaylee Grosjean, Sophia McCalla, Noelle Park, Austin Peters, L.J. Pugh, Erik Ruotolo, Sarah Schott, Katie Scott, Alana Sharp, Maggie Sirotak, Avery Stewart and Jakob Surgeon. Fifth grade - Hailey Bauer, Nate Campbell, Michael Colglazier, Benjamin Reichard and Kaelyn Weddle. Sixth grade - Sarah Barnes, Alecea Grosjean, Max Hunkler, Aaron McCoy, Elizabeth Nowinski, Nora Ruotolo, Abby Scheffer, Caroline Schoenig, William Stewart and Sidney Switzer.

A/B Honor Roll First grade - Casey Back, Heidy Belcher, Belle Broadus, Cooper Burke, Sophia Edmonds, Reagan Eye, Elliott Heffernan, Ethan Hola, Noah JohnsonReese, Cameron Pico, Gavin Pierson and John Rail. Second grade - Kian Butler, Olivia Cartmell, Carter Eastman, Evan Givens, Noah Kroger, Grayson Luckenbach, Benjamin Nowinski and LaMarque Ward. Third grade - Tessa Akers, Joslyn Colglazier, Wilson Dick, Emma Guin, Lily Hardware, Andrew Hawkins, Rachel Reichard, Garrett Sparks and Drew Varney. Fourth grade - Melody Arnett, Zachary Dutro, Paige Kelly, Kiersten Kroger, James Nowinski, Benjamin Plageman and Caleb Theisens. Fifth grade - Benjamin Addison, Isabella Akers, Evelyn Angelo, Kelsey Caner, Caroline Cassidy, Jackson Guin, Savonni Ward and Jonathan Williams. Sixth grade - Emily Abshire, Hannah Barnes, Rachel Barnes, Miyah Brooks, Chase Courtney, Dayne DeArmond, Casey Dutro, Nathan Heitsman, Morgan Pico, Rachel Sprague, Griffin Ulsh, Connor Waselenko and Sarah Wedig.

A Honor Roll Seventh grade - Jacob Bumgartner, Graeme Dickerson, Anna Reichard,

Daniel Wellington and Waite Wiedeman. Eighth grade - Natalie Bauman, Maxx Bowman, Emily Bush, Teagan Carson, Trey Kline, Payton McElfresh, James Orr, Alexis Schacht, Cammy Waselenko, Whit Wiedeman, Megan Williams and Kaitlyn Wilson.

A/B Honor Roll Seventh grade - Isabelle Anna, Cole Dodson, Amanda Herbert, Ellie Hilsher, Samantha Kizer, Ashley Neumeister, Cooper Scanlon and Kate Tharp. Eighth grade - Ali Abshire, Mason Bernhardt, Lindsey Bumgartner, Emily Davidson, Annie Gregware, Justin Hicks, Seth Moreland, Jill Patrick, Evan Paige, Kent Perry, Dawsyn Vilardo and Laura Vilardo.

Cum Laude 3.0 - 3.49 GPA Freshmen - Morgan Alexander, Cassie Hatfield, Nick Hoyle, Joe Hunkler, Noah Mays, Keeler Pansing, Ally Petty, Mackenzie Reed, Elena Stenson and Donald Tharp. Sophomores - Jamie Carson, Haley Coleman, Griffin Dickerson, James Heaton, Ben Huxtable, Christina Jevicky, Erica Lyttle and Tyler Morrison. Juniors - Wyatt Arthur, Adam Budzynski, Nathan Clark, Cassidy Conlin, Greta Coyle, Dori Mitchell, David Purtell and Christian Schacht. Seniors - Layne Cherry, Ashley Conway, Aidan Henretty, Andrew Machan, Alexander Neumeister, Cody Price, Jenna VanderMeer and Kallie Yount.

Magna Cum Laude 3.5-3.99 GPA Freshmen - Nathan Arington, Rachel Herbert, Sam Hunkler, Kyler Jackson, Max Maue, Sydney McGuire, Trinity Shaya, Emily Veile and Melanie Wojewoda. Sophomores - Carter Hilsher, Anna Kilian, Rachel Makoski, Sarah Moreland and Thad Painter. Juniors - Molly Babb, Katie Park, Grace Simunek and Daniel Wedig. Seniors - Carley Hilsher, Annie Lefler and Jessica McNulty.

Summa Cum Laude 4.0 + GPA Freshmen - Lilia Arlen, Brad Grosjean, Julia Hessler, Laurel Lammrish, Nathaniel Scheffer, Olivia Sherwood and Taylor Stagnaro. Sophomores - Tyler Ficker, Adam McCoy, Lukas Moreland, Madison Pico, Isaiah Postenrieder, Bransen Vilardo, Nicole Wellington and Matthew Wilson. Seniors - Zoe Bowman, Gavin Carson, Alex Hoyle, Shelley Raidy, Anna Self and Mason Vilardo.

School party helps students have fun with social skills Sixth- through eighth-graders and from Linden Grove School recently took part in the second annual Junior High Halloween Party. Linden Grove School is a private, state-accredited, not-forprofit school that offers an alternative learning program for students primarily diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and who struggle in a more traditional school setting. “Our Halloween event gives students the chance to practice their social skills, play games, dance, and just have fun with their friends,“ said Linda Hart, principal of administration for Linden Grove. On the campus of the former

St. Savior School in Deer Park, Linden Grove attracts students from all over the city. “We meet students where they are – academically and socially – and work to further their skills so that they can reach their full potential.” Costumed students enjoyed eating donuts without using their hands, apple bobbing, costume parade, Halloween treats, dancing and more. Parent organizer Dawn Craft, of Batavia, says she takes the time to organize the party “so that my son and the kids at Linden Grove know the excitement of having something really fun to look forward to.” The event is the highlight of the fall.

Linden Grove students Owen (Loveland), Zachary Ehrenberg (Wyoming), Rebecca Tan (Madiera), Hunter (Kenwood), Eliyah (Cincinnati) and Maddie Dishon (Finneytown) try to eat doughnuts.



Gymnasts spring into winter tumbling season

By Mark D. Motz, Tom Skeen and Scott Springer

Somewhere Keith Jackson weeps, for there is no rumblin’ or stumblin’, but there is plenty of tumbling as gymnastics season is under way for area girls.


Head coach Steve Conners has a club on the rise. “We scored 115 at the district meet last year, which was our highest in about five years,” Conners said. “Our ultimate goal is to hit the120 mark, which would put us right in the middle of the pack at the district meet.” Senior Kelsey Bardach serves as team leader; she specializes in the uneven bars and the vault. Returning juniors include Kaitlin Harden, Gusty Pohlman and Jennifer Gonzales, all of whom compete in the allaround. Conners said Harden is

Bethel-Tate High School senior Dakota Sicurella works on the uneven bars during a Dec. 10 meet at Cincinnati Country Day. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

the hardest worker, while Pohlman brings a dance background and Gonzales is a former club gymnast. A trio of sophomores in the all-around – Margaret Hodson, Addie El and Kendall Smith – round out the roster. “We have a group that’s mostly pure high school girls, meaning we don’t have the yearround club gymnasts,” Conners said. “The nice thing about having girls who aren’t in club is that instant gratification. You really see the progress in skills on an everyday basis and that’s encouraging as a coach and for the girls themselves.”

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Kristin Perica enters her second season coaching a Lady Highlanders’ gymnastics program only in its third year of existence. Perica returns eight gymnasts from last season’s squad that finished sixth at the city championships and 12th at the district meet. Michelle Bushle is back and will perform in the all-around. Senior Paige Chesney competed in club gymnastics at Cincinnati Gymnastics (where Perica coached before coming to Oak Hills) but decided to give high school gymnastics a try. Perica looks for Chesney to be a state contender. Sophomore Alyssa McCarthy is a newcomer to the team with a background in dance. Destinee Friedmann is back and will compete more on floor

routine this season in addition to the uneven bars and balance beam. “We actually just had a mock meet (Dec. 9) with pressure routines in front of judges and (the girls) actually did really well,” Perica said. “… I told them at the start that this is good at the beginning because we can only improve from here.”


The Spartans have a big team with 18 tumblers; nine are firstyear gymnasts. Which means head coach Gail Maundrell has to develop some leaders among the returnees. A pair of freshmen in Brittany Gardner and Katie Lambert are well on their way; Lambert cracked the 30-point barrier in the all-around and Lamberted recorded an 8.5 in the floor exercises in Turpin’s first meet. Senior Bree Stocker is best on the floor exercises. Junior Lauren Hoyt and Angel Spanos bring experience, as do returning sophomores Nicki Schucter and Emilie Swertseger. Sophomores Katherine Bryant and Sami Vogel are part of the new contingent. Senior Becca Swertsger – Emilie’s older sister - made it to state on the uneven bars last season, but will miss the early part of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Sophomores Madi Wessels and Haley Witherell also should contribute when they return from injury.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Boys basketball » Bethel-Tate lost to Norwood 83-55 on Dec. 9. Adam Shinkle led the Tigers in the loss with 16 points. The Tigers lost to New Richmond 79-56 on Dec. 10. Blace Haviland and Samuel Price had 12 apiece in the defeat. » Felicity-Franklin lost to Clermont Northeastern 61-40 on

McNicholas junior earns GCL Coed Player of Year By Mark D. Motz

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Head coach Stacy Bailey enters her 20th season at the helm with a blend of youth and experience she hopes will lead to a successful season. “I look for a really strong finish,” Bailey said. “It’s a relatively young team still, so they have a lot of room for improvement.” Among the 11 gymnasts are five returnees, including junior Emily Caggiano, who made it to state on the balance beam last season. Also back are seniors Bre Willenbrink and Emily Alsip, junior Tara Crosley and sophomores Megan Shearer and Taylor Caruso. The youthful portion of the roaster features what Bailey called “probably the strongest freshman class I’ve ever had.” It’s headed by Level 9 club competitor Casey Gittelman, who will join the team at the first of the year after her club season. Other freshmen include Ellen Tanner, Teagan Gerkey and Zona Herrick. Sophomore Lauren Coons is a first-year gymnast rounding out the roster. Bailey also has a pair of tumblers from Blanchester and Bethel-Tate High School senior Dakota Sicurella training with her squad. Sicurella – who was a regional qualifier in the hurdles in the spring – was an all-district performer in gymnastics as a junior, narrowly missing a trip to state. “She’s a great kid with a hard work ethic,” Bailey said. “She’s really even keeled and a great example for the other girls.”


Dec. 9. » McNicholas opened the season with a pair of wins, beating Madeira 67-47 at home Dec. 7 and notching a 49-47 overtime win on the road at Kettering Alter Dec. 10.

win against Conner (NKy.) Dec. 9. The Rockets also beat Middletown Fenwick 65-45 at home Dec. 11, exploding for 33 points in the second quarter to erase a 17-10 deficit after one period. The Rockets improved to 4-2.

Girls basketball


» Bethel-Tate lost to Western Brown 48-41 on Dec. 12. Sophomore Julia Jenike had 23 points in the defeat. » McNicholas posted a 72-57 home

» The McNicholas boys beat Purcell Marian 2218-1768 Dec. 10 at Cherry Grove Lanes to improve to 2-1 on the season.

MT. WASHINGTON — Forget about keep it simple. And really forget about stupid. McNicholas High School junior Trevor Hogue is neither simple nor stupid, either on the soccer pitch or in the classroom. He carries a straight-A average with courses that include AP biology. He also happens to be the premier defender in the Greater Catholic League Coed, which this year translated to even more honors. “He’s so smart, one of the smartest players we’ve ever had,” said Rockets head coach Jason Peters. “The kid’s got a 4.0 GPA, so there’s something good in the genes there. “Defensively he’s so good. He sees the field so well and he’s so strong mentally, but he’s fast, too. If he makes a mistake he’s quick enough to recover.” Not that he makes many mistakes. “He’s so consistent,” Peters said. “He has made one mistake all season. For a defensive player at that age, that’s unheard of. One mistake in 19 games. He’s a top, top player. “He knows the striker is going to do before the striker does. It’s like chess with him. He sees the move before it happens and prevents it.” Hogue, a Milford resident, shared GCL Coed player of the year honors with Bailey Rolsen of Roger Bacon. He’s also a first team all-city and all-district pick and is waiting to hear about all-Ohio honors. “I didn’t expect I would get it,” he said. “I didn’t even know about it until my friend texted me and told me. It’s such an honor you don’t know how to react. When I got it this year as a junior, it was such an honor.” Hogue began playing soccer as a tyke following his older sister Kaitlin, now an Ohio University sophomore, to her games and kicking the ball around the yard with her. (Tre-

McNicholas High School junior Trevor Hogue earned Greater Catholic League Coed co-player of the year honors for the Rockets. PHOTO COURTESY OF TREVOR HOGUE

vor also has a sister, Mary, who is a senior at the University of San Antonio – Texas.) He began playing select soccer at age 9 and will play Cup soccer for the U-17 squad this coming spring and summer. “I like the fast pace,” Hogue said of what he appreciates about the game. “I like how everything moves and you have to stay on top of it and anticipate where the other guy is going to go to prevent him from scoring.” After a 10-4-5 junior season that included a 5-0-2 mark in the GCL Coed Central, Hogue has some work to do to help the Rockets maintain their success next season. “He’s going to have to be a leader with his mouth,” Peters said. “He’s going to have to be the voice in the back and work on his communication. We’re glad he’s coming back.” So is Hogue. “We’re going to have a pretty young team - maybe four sophomores, a lot of juniors, hopefully some freshman and there are four of us current juniors who will be seniors next year,” he said. “The four of us are going to have to step up. We’re going to have to set an example.”

Short-handed Tigers grapple through Dec. By Scott Springer

BETHEL — In the always competitive Edgewood Invitational Dec. 7, Bethel-Tate’s wrestling crew finished in the middle of the pack of 14 teams at seventh. “We were wrestling a little short handed, filling only 11 of the 14 weight classes in a field that featured many returning state qualifiers and state placers,” Coach Tom Donahue said. The Tigers had eight wrestlers place in the top eight of their individual weight-classes led by senior Tyler Krekeler, who placed third at 195 pounds, going 4-1 on the day. Also going 4-1 at Edgewood was junior

standout Aric Peters ( third at 120 pounds) and sophomore B.J. Ratcliff (third at 170 pounds). First year Freshman Kobe Bryant also took home the third place medal by going 3-2. Rounding out the other place winners were junior Michael Royalty (sixth at 160), junior Travis Kinnard (eighth at 182) and freshmen Wyatt O’Neil (eighth at 152) and Kermit Beckworth (eighth at 220). “We are back in action on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Western Brown for an ‘in-school’ dual starting at 10 a.m.,” Donahue said. Following that, the Tigers participate in the popular 41team Coaches Classic tournament in Harrison Dec. 21-22.





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Home for holidays a goal for terminally ill

The holidays are a time of family, friends, traditions and gratitude. When a loved one has a terminal illness, the season can also mean added stress, fatigue, and financial burdens. Most families would not want to spend the holiday season in and out of an emergency room, yet nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of release. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this translates to $17.4 billion in Medicare spending on patients whose return trips could have been avoided. Avoidable hospital re-admissions among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policy-

a region where hospimakers and the Centals are used more ters for Medicare and frequently as a place Medicaid Services as of care for illnesses. hospitals feel added Regardless of pressure to help pawhere patients reside, tients remain at home. education and support The CMS has taken are key factors in on several initiatives to preventing re-admisreduce re-admissions Cindee sions. Too often, a from penalizing hospi- Tresslar rushed discharged tals with high re-adCOMMUNITY process and a lack of mission rates to imple- RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST necessary follow up menting shared savcare leaves disings programs in an charged patients unable to effort to increase care coorfollow instructions about a dination among providers. There are some return trips new diagnoses or new medication. to the hospital that are unThe Agency for Healthcare avoidable due to complications, new and unrelated prob- Research and Quality reported that while patients with one lems, or anticipated steps of or more chronic conditions certain treatment plans. represent just 5 percent of the Some patients are also repatient population, they acadmitted because they live in

count for more than 50 percent of the health care costs. Increasingly, hospitals are forming collaborative partnerships with palliative care and hospice providers to combat avoidable re-admissions. For terminally ill patients, hospice is one resource available to help patients remain home for the holidays. Hospice and palliative care providers work closely with patients and families to identify care preferences, manage symptoms, and address clinical, emotional and spiritual needs through a team approach. This type of care allows patients to pick up the phone in a time of crisis and receive medications at home. During the holidays, families can spend more time

creating memories and sharing traditions instead of making emergency room trips. Integrating palliative care services early, and making timely and appropriate hospice referrals can not only improve patient experiences, but address some of the most important issues faced by hospitals today: quality improvement, increasing coordination, preventing complications, reducing costs – and ultimately, return trips to the hospital in a patient’s final stages of life when the comforts of home and quality time with family are most important.

Cindee Tresslar is the executive director of Crossroads Hospice in Cincinnati.

Walking in winter good for weight loss Winter isn’t just a time to bundle up and head indoors. Clermont CAN (Coalition for Activity and Nutrition) believes that just because the flurries start to fall doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to do activities outside. One of the best ways to increase physical activity is to simply walk. The longer and farther you go the better for you, but you can start out with just 10 minutes. Recommendations for adults are 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. That seems like a lot all at once but it is only 30 minutes a day. Some days you may walk longer to make up for skipping a day and that is fine; find

ist may not be expecting what works for you. walkers in the winter There are a couple months. Always wear of tips to remember reflective clothing and when walking outside be sure to walk where it in winter. First, start is safe. out slow; allow your Clermont County has muscles to warm up a wonderful system of gradually. county, township and Watch out for icy Julianne village parks that you roadways and trails, Nesbit you can try wearing COMMUNITY PRESS can use at no cost. Wear studded outdoor walk- GUEST COLUMNIST multiple layers that you can move in. You can ing shoes for extra always take a layer off, but grip or try using traction devices that slip over your shoes. you will be miserable if you don’t have enough on. Consider You may not think about it in making your outside layer the winter, but you need to wind resistant to help cut hydrate just as much, take down on the cold. Layers some water along with you, you will lose water through the should be of a material that keeps moisture away from you dry winter air and sweating. Watch the roadways; motor- skin.

Avoid wearing cotton, once you start sweating, you may get cold if you cannot get the moisture away from your body. Be sure to wear gloves and a hat, most of your heat escapes through your head. Again, you can always take it off if you need to cool down but you are better off to keep it on. Socks should be made of wool for warmth but not too bulky to prevent blisters. Keep in mind you will be moving which should keep you warm. Don’t forget your sunglasses, if there is snow on the ground the glare can reduce your visibility. If it gets extremely cold out, move indoors, many malls allow walk-

Do you think Ohio legislators should approve a bill to allow back-to-school shoppers to buy certain items free of state and local sales taxes? Why or why not?

“This is essentially a sales tax reduction. If we really do not need to collect so much money from the sales tax why not just reduce the tax? “This is political smoke and mirrors designed to make the people sponsoring the bill look good at very little cost. It is a sham that will create a lot of game playing and fraud on the days when there is no tax, politics at its worst.” F.S.D.

“No - why single out this particular group for tax-free status? And how would you even determine what is a school-related expense? “What I would support: seasonal tax-free shopping weeks, such as New York City offers - either a total moratorium on all sales tax for that period or no tax on a specific item such as clothing, cars, furniture, etc. This could be a huge boost to the economy.” J.S.B.

“Now that is not a bad idea. Teachers already have sales tax exempt status for supplies, why not students and families for their learning materials?” O.H.R.

“Since 1965, the Department of Education has proven that the federal government needs to get out of the state’s way with regard to the education of children. Ohio legislators are also



NEXT QUESTION Time Magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. What do you think of the choice? Whom would you choose as Person of the Year? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

guilty, and need to stand down. “Legislators need to fix the roads and balance the budget and quit wasting time on abortion and pandering to parents.” K.P.

“Talk about complexity! How do we ID someone who fits this description online or in the store? “Then, consider the administration of this at the store level; another thing for the minimum hourly wage clerk to handle. “Then, what interest group would be next in line for special consideration? “We should be looking for ways to simplify our tax systems and this proposal fails miserably. We have a wide range of prices available to shoppers, some of which will meet their budget limitations. A big ding to this idea.” T.J.

“I would always think it is a good idea to get something tax free. I am also sure that there will be a bit of scamming going on ... oh well.” D.D.

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Julianne Nesbit, Health Commissioner-Clermont County General Health District


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ing and have designated hours. Clermont CAN encourages everyone to “Be Active, Eat Smart” and you can do it as a family. Clermont CAN and the Clermont County Health District encourage families to start incorporating physical activity into their normal routine and walking is one of the best ways to do it. More information on Clermont CAN and places for no cost or low cost physical activity can be found at

Ohio Rep. John Becker - 65th House District

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

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

Phone: 513-474-7777 or 202-2253164 Email: contact/ Address: 7954 Beechmont Ave., Suite 170, Cincinnati, OH 45255, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Washington, D.C., office: 1223 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 District: The 2nd Congressional District includes covers all of Pike, Adams, Brown, Highland and Clermont counties, as well as significant portions of Scioto, Ross and Hamilton counties Website:

Ohio Rep. Doug Green - 66th House District

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

Ohio Senator Joe Uecker - 14th District

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

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

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

Washington, D.C., office: 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: Washington, D.C. – 202224-2315; Ohio – Toll Free, 1-888-896OHIO (6446); Cincinnati, 513-6841021; Cleveland, 216-522-7272; Columbus, 614-469-2083; Lorain, 440242-4100 Website:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

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

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




Heart party T

he Cincinnati Heart Ball officially kicked off at a pre-party at the Indian Hill home of 2014 chair, JB Buse. More than 100 guests enjoyed cocktails, light bites and a message from speakers Dr. Donald Harrison (Open Your Heart Chair) and Pam and Rob Sibcy. The Heart Ball, presented by TriHealth Heart Institute, will be Feb. 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The annual black tie gala will honor Rhonda and Larry Sheakley with the Heart of the City Award for their philan-

thropic contributions to the Greater Cincinnati community. The Sheakleys’ passion for the arts inspired the Heart Ball theme, “The Art of Saving Hearts.” In addition to live and silent auctions, cocktail reception and dinner, the Heart Ball will feature a Young Professional After Party with dancing to Johnny Clueless. For tickets and more information about the Heart Ball, contact Sia Ruppert, Heart Ball director at 842-8863, or visit


Rhonda and Larry Sheakley attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. The Sheakleys will be honored with the Heart of the City Award at the annual black-tie Heart Ball, set for Feb. 11. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL

Heart Ball Chairman J.B. Buse and Leigh Judd attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI

Laura and Dr. Don Harrison attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL

Rob and Pam Sibcy attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL


Celebrate winter solstice at Rowe Woods

Celebrate and share in the joy of the holiday season with family and friends at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Celebration from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rowe Woods location to discover the history and significance of the winter solstice. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend an entertaining presentation to learn more about the winter solstice which marks the sun’s furthest point from the earth, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year. “The winter solstice is seen worldwide as a time of rebirth and celebration. Here at Cincinnati Nature Center we want to celebrate with the community and provide unique activities where family and friends can enjoy the holidays together,” says Kristi Masterson, Director of Marketing and Membership at CNC. Come and participate in a horse-drawn wagon ride through Rowe Woods and join a drumming circle to feel the energy and excitement of the solstice. Participants can enjoy Celtic music and dancing with

Horse-drawn wagon rides through Rowe Woods are part of the celebration of winter solstice from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford.

Dark Moll and feel the warmth and cheer at the Krippendorf Lodge with homemade cookies and cocoa. Visitors are invited to make their way to the Nature PlayScape to meet costumed critters, toast marshmallows

and participate in a scavenger hunt. Everyone is welcome to make all natural birdfeeders and try homemade roasted chestnuts. Registration is not required. Cincinnati Nature

Center member adults and children are $6 each with a family maximum price of $30. Nonmember adults and children are $14 each with a family maximum price of $50. All above activities are included with admission.

For more information about CNC’s winter solstice celebration, visit or call 831-1711. Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford.

Club learns about WASPs, museum

Cincinnati Woman's Club members and Civic Department Co-Chairs Jan Bartel and Milly Huffman (both Wyoming residents) flank the guest speakers Paul Redlich (Batavia resident) President of the Tri-State Warbird Museum; and Jean Springer (Hyde Park resident) during the program the Cincinnati Woman's Club hosted in honor of all veterans. PROVIDED

Highlighting civic duties to preserve the past and honor our military veterans, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club hosted a program featuring Paul Redlich and Jean Springer. Members and guests enjoyed the historical knowledge and perspectives presented by these two speakers. Redlich, president of the TriState Warbird Museum in Batavia, described the historical aviation collection on museum display, which includes fully-restored, air worthy aircraft. Formed in 2003, the museum preserves the aircraft of World War II, educates visitors on America’s role in WW II, and honors veterans who fought and

those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Springer, who at age 22 became a Woman’s Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during WW II, shared personal recollections about her various flight experiences. Although the WASP’s were not considered part of the U.S. Army and were not allowed to fly in combat, they provided services essential to military victories. In recognition of her contributions, Springer was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. Since 1894, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club has focused on educating its members and working to make Cincinnati a better place.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

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

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-8190127; Batavia.

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

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


The Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road in Union Township, is hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Learn more about winter solstice, then enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, Celtic music, drumming circle, homemade cookies, cocoa and more. Cost is $14, $6 members. For more information, call 831-1711 or visit Exercise Classes Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

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

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Clubs & Organizations TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-11 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Lower Level, Generations Room. Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Through Dec. 28. 417-6772; Amelia.

Drink Tastings


Snow on the Vine Holiday Sampling, Noon-4 p.m., Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road, Prior releases, new releases of seasonal dessert wines and more. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.

Art Exhibits

Exercise Classes

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

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

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 26. 575-2102. Milford.

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

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

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,

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cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. Through March 2. 652-0286. Union Township.


Holiday - Trees

Winter Solstice Celebration, Noon-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Presentation to learn more about winter solstice, horse-drawn wagon ride, Celtic music, drumming circle, homemade cookies, cocoa and more. $14, $6 members. 8311711; Union Township. Drumming on the Longest Night, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Celebrate winter solstice with drums and other percussion instruments. Meet in Rowe Visitor Center auditorium. $12, $10 advance by noon Dec. 20. 831-1711. Union Township.

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

On Stage - Comedy Comedy on the Ohio River, 8 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Lineup of experienced comedians. Free. 843-6040; greenkayakmarket. New Richmond.

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


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

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. Through Dec. 31. 240-5180; Bethel. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel.

Art Exhibits

Holiday - Trees

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

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

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mt Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including

TUESDAY, DEC. 24 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature

Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 27 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6$6.50. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.

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

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 28 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

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

Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. 237-4574.


Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township. Clermont Pets Alive Pet Adoptions, 1-5 p.m., Petco - Milford, 279-2276; Milford.

SUNDAY, DEC. 29 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

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

MONDAY, DEC. 30 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.

Auctions Charity Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., Butterbee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4022 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Different charity picked each month. Free admission. Presented by Reps for Charity. Through July 28. 2525343. Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel.

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members. 831-1711; Union Township.



Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark I wrestled with myself about sharing, once again, my latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark. After all, my recipe last year was excellent, and the difference this year is that I used premium bar chocolates only and tweaked the recipe a tiny bit. Well, I’ve been getting lots of requests for this Rita special Heikenfeld bark alRITA’S KITCHEN ready, so I’m taking creative license and sharing what I now call my latest and greatest. And, I might add, my very last recipe for this treat! However you celebrate, I hope each of you has the best holiday season. Remember, the best things in life aren’t “things.”

Rita’s ultimate clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark 2013 Use the best quality chocolates and candy (no imitation peppermint in extract or candy) to make it as close to Williams-Sonoma as possible. As mentioned, I used the highest quality bar chocolates, which I chopped. Whether you use bars or morsels, read labels. The semi-sweet chocolate should be real chocolate, not chocolateflavored.

wants to make this alongside her holiday ham. “I had the recipe for years and misplaced it. Sometimes we added shrimp to it,” too, she said. Go to taste on ingredients. Salad: Mix together: 8 oz Mueller’s Small Elbow Macaroni, cooked and cooled 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced

Dressing: Combine and pour over cooled pasta. You may not need all of it, so add half, taste, and add more if you like. 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 2 teaspoons sugar 1 ⁄4 cup cider vinegar or more to taste 11⁄2 cups mayonnaise

Rita’s latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

The first two ingredients in white chocolate should be sugar and cocoa butter. No palm, palm kernel or coconut oil if you want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be a culprit for layers sometimes not bonding, resulting in separation. That doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful bark with whatever chocolate fits your budget. I also have more bark recipes on my blog, a single-layer one for kids and a three-layer one. Prep pan: Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in

a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. First layer: 2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, divided into 11⁄4 and 3⁄4 cup measures 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Use a double boiler if you have one, or put 11⁄4 cups chocolate in heatproof bowl. Set over 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 so no steam/water escapes into chocolate, which can turn it grainy. Stir until chocolate is almost melted but still has a few lumps, then

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remove bowl and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Stir in extract and pour onto foil, spreading evenly. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Second layer: 23⁄4 cups white chocolate, divided into 21⁄4 and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup crushed peppermint candy, sieved to remove tiny particles

Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in remaining chocolate after removing bowl. Stir in extract. Let cool a bit.

Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Finishing with candy: Sprinkle candy and gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Peel bark off foil and break or cut into pieces. If it’s been in the refrigerator, let it sit out a bit so it’s easy to break or cut. Store in refrigerator. Note: If you melt chocolates in microwave, check frequently as they can turn grainy and burn easily.

Classic macaroni salad

For Celia, a Delhi Township reader, who

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DEATHS Gwendolyn Lyle Gwendolyn Napier Lyle, 63, Hamersville, died Dec. 5. Survived by husband Ralph Lyle; daughter Carla (Brad) Hornschemeier; grandchildren Dylan, Griffin. Services were Dec. 10 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Lucille Melton Lucille Knox Melton, 82,

formerly of Bethel, died Dec. 5. Survived by husband Ossie Melton; children Shonda (Casey) O’Rourke, Patti (Tim) Sons, Debbie Young, Benny (Martha) Wilson, Darryl (Ginger) Wilson; 12 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; eight siblings. Preceded in death by daughter Diana Sons, parents Isaac, Edith Knox, six siblings. Services were Dec. 11 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

RELIGION NOTES First Baptist Church

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

Glen Este Church of Christ

The candlelight Christmas Eve service is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24. The church is at 937 Old state Route 74, Eastgate; 753-8223.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Loveland Presbyterian Church will present it’s Christmas Pageant at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. It will be a Youth Service with the sermon being the pageant titled “A Night In Bethlehem.” All are welcome. There will be costumes available and at a point in the pageant all visiting children will be invited to put on an angel or manger animal costume and join the youth. This is a pageant from a youth perspective.There will be a coffee fellowship after the service to meet and greet the actors. Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin,

Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist Church

At 9 a.m. Sundays, the church offers Classic Tradition, a traditional worship experience where persons can connect to God through a Biblically-based message, times of prayer and beautiful choral music. At 10:30 a.m. Sundays is Engage, a “contemporary praise and worship experience” leading persons into God’s presence through powerful and uplifting music, a relevant message based on God’s Word, and the joyful welcoming of the Holy Spirit. Engage is a full Sunday school program for children up to sixth-grade. High school students lead to Sunday school after the praise band’s opening set. A professionally-staffed nursery is available for children under the age of 2. To find out about all of the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC, visit the church website, follow on Facebook, or call Pat Blankenship, director of ministry operations, at 683-1738. Explore small groups, Bible studies, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adults ministry, senior’s ministry and “Hands On / Off Campus” mission/outreach opportunities. The church also offers opportunities to connect in various worship arts ministries such as music, drama, video, sound and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 6831738;www.loveland

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Early winter weather hurts community events We were told that Howdy Folks, Mowrystown had charIt seems old man wintered a Lions Club in ter has it in for us this August with 23 or 25 winter, the snow came charter members. That early. The schools may was great since Ruth Ann use all their snow days and I both belong this school year. to the Bethel Lions We had the last Club. Their Lions craft show last Club will do some Saturday at Mowgreat things in rystown. The their area. Ruth crowd was light Ann and I would even after the like to attend a Christmas pameeting there in rade. There were the spring when a few crafters George the weather gets there, several Rooks warm again. didn’t make it. OLE FISHERMAN Since MowrysThe White Oak town was our last Valley Grange craft show we have bird sold lunch and did some feeders, bird houses, business. The weather can sure change things in bowls, wooden boxes, and other items for Christa hurry. mas presents so give us a The Mowrystown Fire call at 734-6980. Department had their Mark your calendar fire trucks in the parade for the Bethel Lions Club with Santa Claus riding pancake breakfast from in one of the trucks. 7:30 until 10:30 a.m., Dec. When Santa came in the kids really enjoyed him. I 21 at the Bethel Tate High School. All the pansaw some older kids cakes you can eat, sausetting on Santa’s lap I sage and tater tots, so imagine they were askyou all come. The money ing for some very expenfrom the breakfast will sive items. The fire dehelp the club purchase partment had hot chocoeye exams and glasses late and cookies for the and other community folks to enjoy.

service work, if you have extra used glasses give them to a Lions member. They will be taken to Pomroy Ohio to be catalogued and then taken to the third world countries to be given to folks that need them. Then they can see the flowers and grandchildren, that they have never be able to see clearly. The Bethel United Methodist church held their contata ‘Lead Me Back to Bethlehem’ last weekend, it was wonderful with a good crowd, even with the bad weather. The choir was a community choir with several churches involved. The choir and drama were great. There was a lot of practice by everyone and the director Rhonda did a great job, thanks Rhonda. Now is the time to keep the bird feeders filled. We filled ours last Friday and again Monday. It is important to keep them filled. The birds are doing a lot of feeding, that is a sign of some bad weather. The Batavia United

Methodist Church held their Christmas Bazaar and lunch last Friday, Ruth Ann and I went down to eat. They had a good crowd and their chicken sandwiches were good as always. They also had barbecue sandwiches. They had my favorite soup; bean soup and vegetable soup, along with salads, pie and cake, with coffee, tea, or water. The Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses have fruit baskets, wreaths, Christmas trees, poinsettias, candy and toys at both their stores and at the Milford Garden Center. They have their wonder-

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This is the time of the year to keep check on your neighbor with the cold snowy weather. Ruth Ann and I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you make a New Year’s resolution be careful, so you can keep it. Start your week, by going to the House of Worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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ful train display set up. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be down at the Milford Store from 5 till 7 p.m., Dec. 21. On Dec. 24 there will be Christmas Eve Services at different churches. At the Bethel United Methodist Church there will be the traditional service at 6 p.m. and the contemporary one at 11 p.m. They both will have candlelight and communion service so attend which ever service you choose. It doesn’t matter what church you go to but try to attend the services, we need to be faithful to the Good Lord.

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509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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

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


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

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

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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


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


EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

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

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


Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Christmas Eve Services: 5 PM - Family 8 PM - Contemporary 11 PM - Traditional

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

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Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages!

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Sunday Morning Service Times are: 8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am

Saint Peter Church

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director Life Change TV Program Every Sunday Cincinnati Fox19 @ 11am Troy P. Ervin, Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555


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

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

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

Kieran Phelan and Sander Henning of Mariemont Schools participate in a tour of Munich as part of the Munich Cincinnati Sister's Cities student exchange.

Munich exchange program seeks students

The Munich Cincinnati Sister Cities organization is seeking participants for its 18th annual student exchange. This year’s exchange is able to offer participation assistance to qualifying students who attend high school in Cincinnati through a grant from the William Mallory International Student Exchange Fund. The Sister Cities’ Student Exchange with Munich pairs a student from Munich with a student from Cincinnati aged 15 to 18. The student from Munich stays with his/her partner in the spring for two weeks and then the Cincinnati student stays

with his partner’s family that summer. Students spend their time sight-seeing, visiting their partner’s school, and building both friendships and understanding of a one another’s culture. Last year’s trip to Munich included a weekend at a youth camp in the Bavarian Alps, a visit to a salt mine and the Koenigsee, as well as the Holocaust Memorial at Dachau. Last year’s participants came from Mariemont, Lakota, Covington Latin, and Elder High Schools. The exchange is open to all students the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Students

from any Cincinnati area high school, public or private, are invited to apply for both the exchange and the scholarships offered through the Mallory Exchange Fund. Students from Munich will visit Cincinnati this year during the weeks of April 12 to April 27. Students from Cincinnati will visit Munich June 15 to July 1. Students do not need to speak German in order to participate in the exchange, they just have to want to learn more about themselves and the world. More information about the exchange and applications are available at



Historic Society honors Fuhrman Having served almost 50 years as curator for the Grant Birthplace, Loretta Fuhrman was honored by the Monroe Township Historic Society. A carry-in community dinner with a special program was the highlight of the evening. Those who presented Loretta with

certificates of commendation included Annie Wilkerson, field rep. for U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, State Rep. Doug Green, Ron Hill of the County Historical Society, and Monroe Township trustees Joyce Richardson, Darlene Jowers and Larry Miller. Special music was by noted soloist, John

Hale of New Richmond. He was also honored by Monroe Township Historic Society as “Volunteer of the Year.” “We so appreciate John’s willingness to use his God-given talent, singing at various events throughout the county,” said Libbie Bennett, chair of the MTHS Board.

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

3164 Hopewell Spur, Deborah Sue Shepherd to Timothy Shepherd, et. al., 0.871 acre, $2,000.


1964 Bethel Hygiene Road, Linda & William Taylor Jr. to Benjamin Wurtzler, 2.33 acre, $123,600. 1986 Jones Florer Road, Paul Cooper, et. al. to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 5.01 acre, $93,334. 3462 Ohio 125, Delores Shannon to Shanda Douglas, 5.25 acre, $70,000. Swope Road, Joseph & Holly Broemsen to Terrence & Helen Housh, 21.149 acre, $73,000.

227 Morris St., KWS Group 1, LLC, et. al. to Spring Valley Bank, 0.474 acre, $35,000. 310 N. Ash St., Kenneth & Bessie Canter, et. al. to Joyce & John Whallen, 0.5 acre, $41,800. 339 N. East St., KWS Group 1, LLC, et. al. to Spring Valley Bank, 0.25 acre, $26,666.67.


3512 Franklin Lane, No. 8, James & Joyce Watts to Gordon Potraffke Jr., 7.12 acre, $110,000.


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CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Dana Troy Neal, 50, 4662 Northridge Drive, Batavia, gross sexual imposition - victim < 13, statutory, Dec. 5. Harry Lee Hutchinson, 31, 2830 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, burglary, theft, Dec. 3. Glenn Allen Wisby, 55, 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road Lot 28, Amelia, gross sexual imposition, rape, Dec. 3. Joseph Thomas Lykins, 23, 1750 Bainum Road, New Richmond, breaking and entering - purpose commit theft offense/ felony unoccupied structure use of force stealth deception, criminal damaging/endangering, Dec. 6. James Michael Lykins, 24, 1750

Bainum Road, New Richamond, breaking and entering - purpose commit theft offense/ felony unoccupied structure use of force stealth deception, criminal damaging/endangering, Dec. 6. Troy Donovan Cochran, 23, 32 Macarthur Drive, Amelia, burglary, Dec. 3. Denise Renee Thompson, 48, 1146 Eagle Ridge Road, Milford, violate protection order or consent agreement, Dec. 2. John Wayne Trammell, 27, 4950 Ohio 132, Batavia, criminal damaging/endangering, domestic violence, Dec. 2. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Dec. 1. Adam Lee Valentine, 26, 294 Dunbar Road, Georgetown, resisting arrest, Dec. 3. Jeffery Gwyn Hodge, 49, 6798 Ohio 727, Goshen, fugitive from justice, Dec. 3. Anthony Keith Meade, 29, 953

Ohio 133, Bethel, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle - transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, accessible to operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle, carrying concealed weapons - fail to inform law enforcement officer, Dec. 3. Megan N. Fist, 23, 4767 Sandra Lee Lane, Cincinnati, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, speeding, Dec. 3. Ethan Wayne Barger, 24, 1785 Antioch Rd., Hamersville, possessing drug abuse instruments, Dec. 3. Alana Lee Maloney, 22, 1785 Antioch Road, Hamersville, possessing drug abuse instruments, Dec. 3. Kim Blanford, 53, 3280 Yelton Lane, Amelia, fugitive from justice, Dec. 4. Patricia A. Hudson, 40, 3680 Graham Road, Fayetteville, disorderly conduct - fighting or threatening, Dec. 5.

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Mackenzie L. Penley, 27, 218 2nd St., Addyston, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Dec. 6. Lisa Schneider, 28, 5729 Bridgetown, Cincinnati, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, Dec. 6. Timothy Ray Combs, 46, 2616 Spring St., Bethel, vandalism, Dec. 6.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 3680 Graham Road, Fayetteville, Dec. 4. Breaking and entering purpose commit theft offense/felony unoccupied structure - use of force stealth deception At 1852 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Nov. 23. At 3307 Ohio 131, Goshen, Dec. 5. Breaking and entering At 4259 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia, Dec. 2. At 1833 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 5. At 2430 Graves Road, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 2640 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 5. At 4600 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. Burglary At 1205 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Dec. 4. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Lot 34, Amelia, Oct. 16. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 32 Mac Arthur Drive, Amelia, Nov. 23. At 6554 Newtonsville Road, Pleasant Plain, Dec. 4. Carrying concealed weapons - fail to inform law enforcement officer At Coffee St./ W. Walnut St., Felicity, Dec. 3. Criminal damaging/endangering At 1248 West Ohio Pike, Batavia, Dec. 4. At 1852 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Nov. 23. At 4259 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia, Dec. 2. At 4950 Ohio 132, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 68 Ledgerwoods Drive, Amelia, Dec. 5. Criminal mischief - interfere w/ property of another At 4327 Cordial Place, Batavia, Dec. 3.

Criminal trespass At 2719 Woodruff Road, Bethel, Dec. 4. At Patterson Road and Airport Road, Bethel, Dec. 5. Discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises At 1497 Ohio 133, Bethel, Dec. 2. Disorderly conduct - fighting or threatening At Graham Road, Fayetteville, Dec. 4. Disorderly conduct At 358 Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 4. Domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm At Sutton Lane, Goshen, Dec. 2. Domestic violence At Cedarville Road, Goshen, Dec. 3. At Hospital Drive, Batavia, Dec. 5. At Ohio 132, Batavia, Dec. 2. Drug paraphernalia At Old Ohio 74/Olive Branch Stonelick, Batavia, Dec. 6. At Ohio 132 / Mount Pisgah Road, New Richmond, Dec. 3. Forgery At 1953 Antioch Road, Hamersville, Dec. 6. Fugitive from justice At 3280 Yelton Lane, Amelia, Dec. 4. At 685 Redwood Court, Cincinnati, Dec. 3. Gross sexual imposition victim < 13, statutory At Trotters Way, Batavia, Oct. 16. Gross sexual imposition At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Nov. 16. Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs At 2150 Elklick Road, Batavia, Dec. 3. Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, accessible to operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle At Coffee St./ W. Walnut St., Felicity, Dec. 3. Making false alarms At 602 Laura Drive, Bethel, Dec. 4. Misuse of credit card At 2712 Hilltop Court, New Richmond, Dec. 3. Passing bad checks At 4339 McKeever Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 3. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 1785 Antioch Road, Hamers-

ville, Dec. 3. Possession of drugs At Old Ohio 74/Olive Branch Stonelick, Batavia, Dec. 6. At Ohio 132 / Mount Pisgah Road, New Richmond, Dec. 3. Rape At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Nov. 16. Receiving stolen property At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Lot 34, Amelia, Oct. 16. Resisting arrest At 3291 Pitzer Road, Bethel, Dec. 2. Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters At 5637 Malsbeary Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 2. At Patterson Road and Airport Road, Bethel, Dec. 5. Sexual imposition - victim 13, 14, 15 At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Nov. 16. Sexual imposition - victim unaware At Trotters Way, Batavia, Oct. 16. Speeding At Ohio 132 / Mount Pisgah Road, New Richmond, Dec. 3. Theft At 475 Laura Drive, Bethel, Dec. 3. At 1248 West Ohio Pike, Batavia, Dec. 4. At 1715 Carnes Road, New Richmond, Dec. 5. At 1953 Antioch Road, Hamersville, Dec. 6. At 1985 Jones Florer Road, Bethel, Dec. 4. At 2055 Franklin Laurel Road, New Richmond, Dec. 5. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Lot 34, Amelia, Oct. 16. At 3389 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Dec. 5. At 354 Seneca Drive, Batavia, Dec. 5. At 475 Laura Drive, Bethel, Dec. 3. At 597 Chapel Road, Amelia, Dec. 5. At 597 Chapel, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 6725 Dick Flynn Blvd., Goshen, Dec. 2. At 851 Cann Road, Moscow, Dec. 2. Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor At Summit Road, Batavia, Dec. 3. Vandalism At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Dec. 6.


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