Ally Perry reads a book during her third-grade class at Felicity-Franklin Elementary School.
How will you remember 2011? From a wet and cold beginning to a ... wet and cold ending, 2011 looks much the same going out as it did coming in. In between, however, we had our share of laughs and cries, joys and heartbreaks. What will you most remember about 2011? And to what are you looking forward in 2012? E-mail your thoughts to email@example.com, with “2011 memories” in the subject line. Please include your name, community and a way to contact you. Happy New Year.
A year of sports told with photos Check out the photos of the best that happened on the field and court in our high schools this past year. See Sports, A5
Humane Society dinner a success The Clermont County Humane Society hosted their 18th annual fund-raising dinner/ auction Nov. 5. Attendance was more than 350 and society members raised more than $40,000. Next year’s dinner is set for Nov. 3. Proceeds from the auction benefit the homeless animals of Clermont County. Full story, A3
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Public meeting set to discuss Franklin Twp. fire contract By Theresa L. Herron firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin Township Fire Department officials invite the community to a public meeting to discuss the 2012 fire contract proposed by the township trustees. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, tentatively at the school. However, Fire Chief Rick Weber said if school officials will not permit the meeting, it will be moved to the fire house. His concern with that location will be if adequate parking is available around the construction of the new fire house. Weber said the trustees are trying to take over
the fire department, which is a private company. In the past, the township trustees signed a contract with the department each year to provide fire protection to the township and village of Felicity. Also, the trustees want to force a merger with the life squad, Weber said. The township would be the sole operator of a department that provides fire and emergency medical services. Franklin Township Trustee Terry Dunaway said, “We’re trying to get the local fire department and EMS squad combined. They’ve (fire department officials) told us in the past they want to
combine.” “I think it will function more efficiently and offer more service to the community,” Dunaway said. “They don’t want it now all of a sudden,” he said. Dunaway said he and the other trustees will probably attend the meeting to “see what’s on their mind.” The fire department has two part-time people who work 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Weber said. The rest of the personnel are volunteers. Fire officials have been saving money for about 10 years to build the new fire station that will
house equipment, he said. The old structure will be used for sleeping quarters and other department functions. The $700,000 in the bank will pay for the new fire station and have some left over for a new truck. “We were heading toward a merger,” the chief said. “We are not against the merger. We’ve been talking about it for two years. We are against the way they want to do it.” “We want to get information out to people, let them know our side and let them know what is happening and how it will directly affect residents of the township and town,” Weber said.
Who stole Christmas? There are different kinds of war: A war of words, of weapons, a culture war. In America, there is an ongoing war to remove the word Christmas. This secret conspiracy has attacked every sign and symbol that identifies Christmas as the birth of Christ. Full story, A8
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The storefront windows of Picker's Paradise are decorated for the holidays. Many in the village are in the Christmas spirit this year. For more photos from around the community, see page B1. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRES
Decision on post office closings delayed By John Seney email@example.com
Two Clermont County post offices that were on a nationwide list for possible closure will remain open a while longer. The post offices in Neville in Washington Township and Chilo in Franklin Township were on the list announced in August of 3,700 postal facilities the U.S. Postal Service were considering shutting down. But members of Congress and officials of the postal service reached an agreement Dec. 13 to delay any closings until at least May 15 to allow Congress time to enact comprehensive legislation overhauling the nation's financially insolvent mail delivery system. Dave Vanallen, spokesman for the U.S. Service Postal Service in Ohio, said the Neville and Chilo post offices were still on the list of facilities being studied for possible closure. But “nothing will happen until May,” he said. “The U.S. Postal Service will continue to follow all necessary steps required for closure, including public input,” he said. Mary Pulskamp, a Neville village council member, said she was delighted by the postal service’s decision to delay any closings. “We need to rally to save our post office. I hope they (postal officials) come to their senses,” Pulskamp said. Janet Blackburn, the postmaster in Neville, said she is not permitted by the postal service to comment .
Bethel drive-thru gets late-night repair BETHEL — The village municipal building's roof of the drive-thru was being repaired late through the night Thursday, Dec. 15. A beam in need of repair was discovered when a leak was investigated. “We knew there was drip and had Colliver (Construction) look for a leak,” said Administrator Travis Dotson. He said the beam closest to the building had absorbed more water than they realized and was sat-
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port people working on the roof over the weekend. Colliver said they would replace the old gravel buildup roof with a rubber one. Dotson said the goal was to get the drive-thru repaired to the point it would be usable by Monday, Dec. 19. “We have close to 50 percent of customers pay (bills) by drive-thru,” he said.
Colliver Roofing employee Mike Hill works late Dec. 15 to repair the roof at the Bethel municipal building. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRES
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BATAVIA — Despite a tighter budget, officials at Clermont Senior Services say they will be able to maintain services in 2012
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without cuts. Cindy Gramke, who will be taking over as executive director of the agency Jan. 1, said even though a Senior Services levy renewal was passed in 2011, it will generate about $500,000 less in revenue in 2012 than in
2010. That is because of a reduction in property values, Gramke told the Clermont County commissioners Dec. 7. The agency also is facing a reduction in state and federal funding, she said.
“We have worked hard to come up with a plan,” Gramke said. “We have put efficiencies in place.” She said the agency is saving money by cutting salaries through attrition. The agency also has new software that saves on
transportation costs. George Brown, who is retiring as executive director at the end of December, said the demand for transportation for seniors grows, with 60,000 trips projected this year.
Fallen Heroes memorial unveiled in Batavia Twp. Park
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BATAVIA TWP. — The Clermont County Fallen Heroes memorial was unveiled Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at Batavia Township Park. The Batavia Township Board of Trustees and the Veterans Services Commission worked cooperatively to create this tribute to 14 Clermont County military personnel who died during the Gulf War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the Humvee section of the memorial was installed two years ago to
honor all veterans and branches of service, the Fallen Heroes addition is more focused. “It has special emphasis on the younger veterans,” said Dan Bare, director of the Clermont County Veterans Services Commission. “We thought this time around let's do something in the here and now while the families are intact and
they can actually see the appreciation that the local community has for the sacrifice their loved one has made for all of us,” he said. “Typically memorials aren't created until long, long after the war.” At the dedication, each name was read out loud while a family member placed a red rose by the memorial. Beside each name
is the date and place they died. “I thought it was very tasteful and a great addition to the Humvee,” said Trustee James Sauls Jr. “The Humvee represents all soldiers, but this made it more personal to the community. It's something a little more meaningful.”
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Felicity-Franklin FFA heads to state contest The Felicity-Franklin FFA hosted the District 9 Agricultural Communications and Food Science contest Nov. 14. Thanks to Holly JenningsThe Agricultural Communications team consisted of Alexis Christensen, Brooke Howerton and Tiffany Lawson. They placed second at the district contest and moved on to the state competition. Tiffany Lawson placed fifth overall individually at the district contest. The Food Science team placed second at the district contest and also moved on to the state competition. The FFA members who participated in the district Food Science contest were Carley Snider, Sydney Snider, Jodi Seale, Emily
The Felicity-Franklin Agricultural Communications team members, from left, Brooke Howerton, Tiffany Lawson, and Alexis Christensen placed second at the district contest. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN May, Heather Tatman, Rickelle Belt and Dakota Wise. Carley
Snider placed first overall individually at the contest.
Felicity-Franklin Food Science team members, from left, are Dakota Wise, Emily May, Sydney Snider, Jodi Seale, Carley Snider, Rickelle Belt, and Heather Tatman. They placed second at the district contest. THANKS TO ALEXIS CHRISTENSEN
Third-graders practice reading, writing at Felicity-Franklin FELICITY
These third-graders spent class time brushing-up on their reading skills and putting together book reports. The kids each selected a book of their choice to read and write about.
Ally Perry reads a book during her third-grade class at Felicity-Franklin Elementary School. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE
Third-graders Reagan Lowe and Christopher King work on their book reports in class. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Josh Caghan, a third-grader at Felicity-Franklin Elementary School, looks over his notes to write-up a book report for the story he read in class. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Felicity-Franklin students play vocabulary games FELICITY — A class of thirdgraders at Felicity-Franklin Elementary School used games to memorize and understand vocabulary words.
Third-graders Ashley Baker and Luke Dunaway play a vocabulary game at Felicity-Franklin Elementary School. The students, working in rotating teams, read definitions to each other and had to identify the correlating word. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Noah Teeter reads a word description to fellow third-grader Madalyn Woodall during a vocabulary game in his Felicity-Franklin Elementary School class. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
DECEMBER 22, 2011 • BETHEL JOURNAL • A5
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Felicity-Franklin senior Matt O'Brien drives to the hole against Shroder High School March 2 in the sectional tournament at Western Brown. Shroder defeated the Cardinals 58-28 to end the season, but O'Brien was a first team Southern Buckeye Conference-National division selection. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
The year in review Compiled by Scott Springer
Bethel-Tate's Matt Small carries the ball for the Tigers in their late August opener. He also plays basketball for coach Craig Stork and high jumps for AD/track coach Wayne Stacy in the spring. Small finished third in the high jump at the state meet with a leap of 6'5." Prior to that, he was the league, district and regional champ in that event. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
While everyone prepares to flip their calendars to 2012, it’s a perfect a time to reflect on the past year and the teams and student-athletes that made 2011 memorable.
Bethel-Tate's largest group of cross country runners ever participated in the Southern Buckeye Conference league meet at Western Brown this fall. Row 1 sitting from left to right: Ella Hobart, Breanna Keyser, Kylie Dunaway, Brittany Clements, Taylor Fischer. Row 2: Tanner Colwell, Trent Weeks, Anthony Boggs, Nolan Preece, Jacob Mundy, Justin Royer. Row 3: Andi Lanigan, Morgan Calhoun, Carolin Baker, Brittany Fischer, Deanna Sipple, Josh Royer, Evan Iding, Mitchell McElfresh, Bradley Bruce, Raymond Bretland. Row 4: Brian Carter, Ashton Hutchinson, Austin Hile, Adam Shinkle, Brodey McConnell, Jason Adams, Sumner Hobart, Jadon Henry, Dylan Torok, Zane Copestick, Jared Iding, Chip Ratcliff. Not pictured: Dillon Utter who reinjured his ankle at the league meet. THANKS TO PAM TAYLOR
Bethel-Tate's Daniel Sepeck, left, and Eastern Brown's Gunner Pollitt, right,have been participating in high school fishing tournaments and participated in the World Championships in Russellville, Arkansas, July 23 to July 24. SCOTT
Bethel-Tate High School senior Andi Lanigan fights Amelia High School sophomore Allison McDaniel for the ball in the first half of their game in September. Lanigan also ran cross country during the fall and made it to the regional meet. She has signed to run collegiately at Shawnee State. Lanigan also is on the basketball team during the winter and runs distance in track in the spring. RUTH LAMMERS FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Catching up with college athletes
» The Bethel Journal is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happen-
ing in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@ communitypress.com. Questions? Email Nick
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» Felicity-Franklin lost to Deer Park 61-35 on Dec. 12. Jeremy Moore led the Cardinals with 12 points. » Goshen defeated Bethel-Tate Dec. 16, 53-50. Matt Small led the Tigers with 16 points.
» Bethel-Tate greased Oyler 58-22 Dec. 10. Freshman Kylie Sawyers and senior Andi Lanigan led the Lady Tigers with 10 each. On Dec. 13, Bethel-Tate lost to Georgetown 54-46, Carolin Baker had 23 points in the defeat. The Lady Tigers lost to New Richmond Dec. 15, 5942. Again, Baker led in points with 15. » East Clinton got by Fe-
licity-Franklin 43-40 Dec. 10. Arica Stutz led the Lady Cardinals with nine points in the loss. On Dec. 15, the Lady Cards lost to Williamsburg 49-31. Again, Arica Stutz led with 17 points.
» Bethel-Tate finished fourth in the Edgewood Invitational Dec. 10. Brandon Kahlenbeck took first place at 113 pounds.
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A6 • BETHEL JOURNAL • DECEMBER 22, 2011
Who stole Christmas? room and definitely no class parties. Indeed Christmas is now a “politically incorrect” word. Taxpayers should question how they can completely ignore this national holiday. Don’t 99 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas? Years ago, we found nativity scenes in public places and parks. In 2011, it is illegal to have a Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the Libbie Bennett manger there. COMMUNITY PRESS Recently, some nativity scenes GUEST COLUMNIST on private property, have had the baby Jesus taken by pranksters. Don’t they know Jesus is the reason for the season? Why do we give gifts at Christmas? Why do we put a star on the top of our Christmas tree? In America today, most people have no idea why we have these traditions. A few know its based on the Wise Men bringing gifts to Jesus, whom they found by following the star. Recently, a young girl was being interviewed on TV and when asked “what is Christmas,” this child had no idea. In our culture, that’s a reality check for
America. This year Christmas falls on Sunday, Dec. 25. Many churches will cancel their services. Why? So families can stay home to enjoy all the gifts that “Santa” brought. How can these people celebrate Christmas? It's like having a birthday party for Jesus, but forgetting to invite Him. Who is this “grinch” that stole Christmas? It’s no secret. Read the papers, watch TV. Could this “grinch” be the ACLU? Can the battle be lost before those in God’s army realize there is a war? The ACLU promotes the fable that Americans must recognize the so-called “separation of church and state.” Most Americans know the truth: Our founding fathers believed in freedom-of-religion, not freedom-from-religion. We must win this silent war before the grinch i.e. ACLU steals Christmas. Everywhere we go, let’s say Merry Christmas as we remember the angel’s message to those shepherds so long ago “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” Libbie Bennett is a resident of Monroe Township.
Safety is important this holiday The holiday shopping season can be a busy and stressful time. It is important to always pay attention to one’s surroundings. Following these tips can help prevent a theft, robbery or burglary. » Keep your purse with you at all times; don’t leave it in a shopping cart. » Carry your wallet or cash in your front pocket. » Don’t carry large amounts of cash; pay for purchases with checks or a credit card if possible. » If you lose your credit card while shopping, notify the card issuer immediately to prevent unauthorized credit card use. Keep a list of credit card account information and contact numbers in a safe place at home to aid in contacting companies in case of theft. » Some thieves may look in parking lots for packages left in vehicles. Place purchases in the
trunk of your car or out of sight. » If shopping at night, park in a well lit area. » Keep your car locked at all times. When returning to your vehicle, have your keys ready to unlock the door and check the interior of the vehicle before opening. » Minimize shopping at night or alone and be wary of Rick Combs strangers apCOMMUNITY PRESS proaching you GUEST COLUMNIST for any reason. » Consider online shopping with reputable merchants. Safety is also important in the home. Don’t make Christmas tree and gifts easily visible through an outside window making them an easy target for burglars. Do not post information about
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There are different kinds of war: A war of words, of weapons, a culture war. In America, there is an ongoing war to remove the word Christmas. This secret conspiracy has attacked every sign and symbol that identifies Christmas as the birth of Christ. Christmas is celebrated all around the world except in America. Silently, this evil force has replaced the word, Christmas, with “happy holidays.” At every shopping mall, it’s evident this generic “holiday” celebrates snowmen, reindeer, elves and Santa. Merchants have removed everything that reflects the Nativity: No stars, angels, noshepherds and no “baby” Jesus. Even their employees are “programed” to say “happy holidays” to customers. Of course, they don’t know long ago that word meant “holy day.” Even our schools are promoting this conspiracy by changing their calendars: Winter break instead of Christmas break. Our children must listen to “holiday” concerts. I wonder exactly which holiday they are celebrating. School administrators refuse to let them hear beloved Christmas carols like “Silent Night,” which tells of Jesus’ birth in a stable. No Christmas trees; no red-andgreen decorations in their class-
being away from home or being out of town on social networking sites such as Facebook, or leave a voice mail/answering machine greeting indicating the same. To make homes appear occupied while away, use a timer on home lights. Arrange for someone to pick up mail and set out trash cans. Give any spare keys to trusted neighbors or family members instead of hiding them near doors. Burglars know typical hiding places. After Christmas, break down descriptive (TV, stereo, computer) packing boxes before placing them out with the trash. Burglars can get an idea of what items are in your house by the boxes left out with your trash. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Rick W. Combs is chief deputy at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
Last week’s question Do you think the FAA’s rule requiring airline passengers to turn off their electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and tablet computers during taxi-out and takeoff is reasonable? Why or why not?
“It's beyond reasonable. The rule is in place for a reason and with that it should be obeyed … even if you're a celebrity and think the rules don't apply to you. Rules are rules (on the streets, in the air) and it won't hurt anyone Alec Baldwin! - to stop texting and tweeting for 10 whole minutes during take-off and landing. No one is THAT important that he or she has to put the lives of countless others at risk just to post one more thing that can surely wait 30 minutes.” J.K. “An aircraft is loaded with electronics that perform critical functions. It is reasonable to speculate that other electronic equipment could potentially interfere with those functions at the worst possible times, landing and take off. “It is my belief that speculation about an unknown suspected threat is the source of the rule. I do not believe that there is any exhaustive research to confirm or refute this threat and the cost to perform that research would be prohibitive given the number of potential devices. The FAA has taken the most conservative approach, asking that devices be turned off. “Many people ignore this request with no apparent consequences, even making a game out of hiding their devices. These are the same idiots who think it is OK to not wear a seatbelt or to blow secondhand smoke on their children. “If the FAA really believed there was a credible threat, they would prohibit these devices and make us leave them behind, the same way they treat weapons. “While I have no problems following the current request to turn off electronic devices, I do not believe this procedure produces any real added measure of safety.” F.S.D. “Computers and cell phones
and similar devices generate what is known as RF (radio frequency energy). It is possible that it can interfere with an airplane's navigational or radio communications gear. “Why the FAA or other responsible agencies do not provide a rationale for their decision is a mistake. Poor communications. “A simple light bulb in a lamp gives off a frequency (60 hertz) but that is very low in frequency and not a threat to an airplane's guidance systems or communication gear. “In the modern age of electronics there is a lot of spurious signals being generated. An abundance of caution is certainly reasonable when you have a hundred or more lives involved.” J.S.D. “So, I'm a Barber. You come in with your laptop and cell phone, moving your head around and not paying attention, yackity yak ... probably sue me if something goes wrong with the scissors, huh. Dad always said ‘there's a time and a place for everything.’” K.P. “ABSOLUTELY! These devices can and have been known to interfere with communications between the tower, ground crews, and planes since they have instantaneous wireless capability when turned on. “Taxing out to take off is crucial, but same is said for landing the aircraft.” O.H.R. “If they interfere with the handling or navigation of the airplane, obviously yes. Otherwise, why not? “You would think the safety aspect would have been explored by now.” F.N.
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Kudos to Blackburn
Many of us interact with government employees but don’t always take the time to say thank you. Over the years, I’ve worked with staff from Clermont County auditor’s, clerk of courts, commissioner’s, engineer’s, recorder’s, sheriff’s and treasurer’s offices and can’t say enough good things about them. Maybe it’s because I work with them the most, but in my opinion, the Clermont County Board of Elections has been one of, if not, the best governmental offices that I’ve ever worked with. Their professionalism, competency and courtesy is second to none. If I had to choose any one person for the employee of the decade award, it would be Tonia Blackburn. Again, it may simply be because I work with her the most, but she is certainly an outstanding employee. So, special thanks and kudos to Ms. Black-
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Turner is refreshing
It is very refreshing to see new faces stop up and decide to run for elected office to help better manage our local county government. Bob Turner is running for Clermont County commissioner and comes to his candidacy in the manner fashioned by our founding fathers. He is not a career politician, but rather successful in business and a true family man who wants to bring back conservative core principles to county government. Bob Turner recently won the Clermont County Republican Party endorsement over the incumbent commissioner. This speaks volumes to the concerns many in the county have over the current direction and manner in
which Clermont County government is being managed. Now is the time for real fiscal conservative leadership and Bob Turner brings that to the table. I encourage you all to support Bob Turner for Clermont County commissioner in 2012. Alice Maklem Milford
Turner for commissioner
As a retiree in Clermont County I read, and I am concerned, that we are fiscally heading into the red. This means the likelihood of more taxes being added somewhere down the line on something. I cannot afford more taxes laid on my household. I would like Clermont County to slow down spending for a few years until things either get cheaper, like gasoline, or other taxes let up, such as school taxes or property taxes.
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My pay does not increase by 3 percent every year. Bob Turner is making it a goal to slow down spending through these tough times, and I appreciate his sensitivity to that, and so I just wanted to say thanks to Bob for running. His opponent, although he is a good man, cannot do the same because he is caught up in the intricate money-spending system that is the apparent norm for most communities. If there was a way to disclose all TIF and TID spending, to every source, and it shows legal and valuable to our community, and that it is justified for the times, then things would be fine. I cannot afford more tax increases. So Bob is my pick for commissioner.
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JOURNAL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES
White lights accent this house on Kennedy-Ford Road. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
The lights of Bethel Many Bethel residents share their holiday greetings and cheer by decorating their homes for Christmas.
This window is at Jasontek in Bethel. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Lights on this Charity Street home brighten the neighborhood. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 22 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, 211 Main St., Collection of original art works by Mark Eberhard. Free. 8318300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. Through Dec. 31. 8311711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. Through Aug. 2. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Family friendly. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
staff cuts. Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. $35-$45. 753-4572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, 2651 Bartels Road, Pre-cut blue spruce, Frasier and Balsam fir, from 5-12 feet. Selection of wreaths and roping in 1/4, 1/2 and full rolls available. Hot chocolate, soft drinks and a cozy fire free. Family friendly. $50-$100. Presented by Moeller Knights of Columbus. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day
Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.
Religious Services Candlelight and Communion Services, 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, 1487 Ohio 131, Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
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Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, 699 Old State Route 74, Company is teaming up with United Service Organizations to provide care packages for soldiers serving overseas. Bring donations to store during military appreciation month. Family friendly. Free donations accepted. Presented by Eastgate Harley-Davidison/ Buell. 528-1400. Withamsville.
A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
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Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Movies for children and families. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; www.cincinnatilibrary.org. Symmes Township.
Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 30. 575-2102. Milford.
Music - Acoustic Frankly Speaking, 8-11 p.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777; www.putterstavern.com. Milford.
Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; www.mamavitas.com. Loveland.
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Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Thousands of cut-yourown Canann and Balsam fir, and Scotch and white pine; up to 12 feet. Tree cleaning, baling and saws available. Wreaths and balled-and-burlapped trees available. Farm animals, Nativity display and hot chocolate. Family tailgate parties welcome. $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road, You pick Christmas tree,
Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond.
Nature Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Story time and a short activity. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.
Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 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., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
Music - Rock Gangbox, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777; www.putterstavern.com. Milford.
Religious Services Candlelight and Communion Services, 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
SATURDAY, DEC. 24 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-noon, Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Trees Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spring Grove Farm, 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Scotch and white pines, Canaan and Balsam firs, and spruce 5-12 feet. Free baling in net. Saw and rope provided. Other times
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ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.cincinnati.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to email@example.com along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.cincinnati.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. available by appointment. Family friendly. $69-$89 dug, balled and burlapped; $38 cut-your-own tree any size. 734-4394 or 734-4440. New Richmond. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.
Religious Services Christmas Services, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Family service), 7-8 p.m. (Candlelight service with music by adult choir) and 11-11:30 p.m. (Late candlelight service with guitar music), Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Free. 233-96765; www.lcrescurrection.org. Anderson Township. Christmas Eve Services, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, 1487 Ohio 131, iPad giveaway during 6 p.m. service. Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25 Religious Services Christmas Services, 11 a.m.noon, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Free. 233-96765; www.lcrescurrection.org. Anderson Township.
MONDAY, DEC. 26 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Clubs & Organizations Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 5285959. Anderson Township.
Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
TUESDAY, 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: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford. Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Milford Martial Arts Academy, 1053 Ohio 28, Intense workout to burn calories. Ages 18 and up. $60 per month for eight classes, $10 walk-in. 3838339; www.milfordmartialartsacademy.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Milford.
DECEMBER 22, 2011 • BETHEL JOURNAL • B3
‘Legendary’ cake, plus gifts from the kitchen
One of the meaningful “perks” of what I do is the people I meet, like Chris Lipnick. Chris is an associate at Macy’s housewares in Florence who immigrated to this country from Germany. She keeps her heritage Rita alive in the Heikenfeld way she RITA’S KITCHEN feeds family and friends. Chris is an expert cook and baker, and whenever we chat, food is part of the conversation. Chris is sharing her special apple cake today for the holidays. “After one bite, everyone wants the recipe,” she said. In fact, at the store and among Chris’ family and friends, the cake has become legendary. And true to Chris’ creativity, she gives two options for topping the cake.
Chris Lipnick’s apple blossom cake 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1¼ cups canola oil 3 cups all purpose flour ½ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups peeled and chopped apples (Chris likes Granny Smith) 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
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am sure Cindy Gramke will do the same. It is a real pleasure for me to be on the Senior Citizens board and help the seniors of Clermont County. This building will be available for renting on weekends and certain hours when it is not in use by the seniors. The Golden Rule Catering Company will be doing the scheduling and catering for the events with the approval of the Senior Services. You can call Carol at Golden Rule and schedule receptions or parties. There was a good crowd that attended that evening to view the new center and Carol and her family had set it up beautifully and had great refreshments for all. There were folks that wished Mr. Brown lots of years of good health and for him and his wife to enjoy their retirement. We were over to the Grants Farm, then stopped at the Carneys Feed Mill and got some bird seed. The bags had 25 pounds for $6.95 or $6.50 per bag, if you buy two bags. The mix was good. The birds and of course the squirrels sure enjoy it. We are making a new kind of bird feeder. It is one
to put peanut butter and bird seed mixed together in the drilled holes. The birds sure do enjoy the mix. We have several kinds of feeders so if you need one, give us a call. Our phone number is 734-6980. Back to the Grant’s Farm, they have beautiful trees, wreaths, poinsettias and fruit baskets. So go see them and get your Christmas items. Last week Ruth Ann and I met with some friends, Mort and Barb, for lunch at the Riverside Coffee Mill in Batavia. The tater soup was wonderful. Of course all the food was good, and of course the young lady that makes and serves the food is great. These folks Mort and Barb were attending the 20/20 leadership course we took a few years ago. We try to get together with them once a month for lunch and fellowship. They are both retired and busy volunteering as we do. We wrote about our cats, two of them died. Dixie was over 17 years old. We sure enjoyed that cat. He was a member of the family. The other cat Ricochette was a very active feller and gave the birds a rough time. He died. Now the third cat
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Summer, when a young kitten showed up, as I wrote last week, he left, he had lots of years on him, too. Now the kitten has finally warmed up with us. Last week, Ruth Ann was sewing on a pair of coveralls of mine, she noticed the kitten setting on it. When we get up in the morning Chester is setting at the door. Cats are smart. I put milk on our cereal last week and he saw it. Now when he sees the milk jug, he starts setting up and meowing. Cats are a joy as are dogs. Chester likes the birds, but he has not caught one yet. But the time will come I am sure he will get one. He sleeps in the building by the carpenter shop. Monday evening the 50plus folks from our church met at the pastors home for our Christmas party and supper. There was a fine group of folks and the fellowship was wonderful. The food was super. Each brought a gift for either a man or lady. Thanks Pastor Bill and Janet. Sunday evening the children’s program at the Bethel United Methodist church was held. The program was super. The children knew their parts and songs. We wish each of you a very Merry Chirstmas. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord and give thanks. God bless all.
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Marie Lester, Moscow, died Dec. 10. Survived by husband Curtis Lester; children Linda (Bob) Bettle, Buck (Barbara) Lester, Sandy (Larry) Mitchell, Grace (Randy) Yazell; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 15 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.
Rosemary Penny Rosemary Hayes Penny, 77, Bethel, died Nov. 3. Survived by daughter Peggy (James) Jamison; granddaughter Alyssa Fry; great-grandchildren Cody Fry, Mariah, Trenton Smith; sister Norma Cohorn; friend Shirley Brumfield. Preceded in death by husband James Penny, daughter Sherry Penny, many siblings. Services were Nov. 6 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.
DECEMBER 22, 2011 • BETHEL JOURNAL • B5
Bethany A. Lanham, 28, 910 Main St., Felicity, possession of drugs at 1717 Ohio 749, New Richmond, Dec. 10. Corey David Carnahan, 21, 30 Swan Lane, Amelia, burglary theft at 2024 Cristata Court, Amelia, Dec. 7. Edward Powers, 32, 308 S Water, Georgetown, forgery, theft at 1884 Ohio 222, Bethel, Dec. 8. James M. Pfeiffer, 28, 6105 Roudebush Road, Goshen, burglary at 4726 Hawley Road, Batavia, Dec. 7. Cassandra Calvert, 22, 636 Easter Road, Bethel, burglary at 3602 Ohio 756, Felicity, Dec. 8. Debbie Donohoo, 56, 13374 Locust Ridge New Harmony Road, Williamsburg, passing bad checks at 2000 Ohio 125, Amelia, Dec. 7. Shawn Eric Hampton, 39, 1787 U.S. 52, Moscow, theft at 823 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Dec. 6.
Russell James Behymer, 31, 115 South Street, Bethel, burglary at 3602 Ohio 756, Felicity, Dec. 8. Russell James Behymer, 31, 115 South Street, Bethel, burglary at 3444 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Dec. 8. Brandon S. Pyles, 31, 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, forgery, theft at 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, Dec. 6. Matthew D. Jarman, 28, 141 North Main St., Fayetteville, receiving stolen property at 3684 Bristol Lake Drive, Amelia, Dec. 6. Ronald Ray Stamm, 45, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, No. 30 Or 98, Bethel, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, open liquor container _ operator or passenger of motor vehicle, telecommunications harassment at 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 5. Gerald Lee Dobbs, 19, 2779 S. Bantam Road, Bethel, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle _ knowingly transport in a motor vehicle loaded at 700 University Lane,
Batavia, Dec. 5. Juvenile, 12, 1 domestic violence, New Richmond, Dec. 6. Timothy Edward King, 42, 2806 Airport Road, Bethel, domestic violence at 2608 Airport Road, Bethel, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 15, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles, Batavia, Dec. 7. Brandy Aylward, 33, 2041 Whispering Willow, Amelia, domestic violence at 2041 Whispering Willow Lane, Amelia, Dec. 8. Juvenile, 14, possession of drugs _ marijuana, Batavia, Dec. 8. Matthew McCarthy, 26, 208 Main St., New Richmond, Oh, criminal damaging/endangering at 1307 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 8. Joseph Sylvester, 22, 2834 Jackson Pike, Batavia, misuse of credit card, theft at 2196 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 10. Cameron Michael Russ, 31, 20 Pine Bridge Drive, Apt 8, Amelia, domestic violence at 20 Pine Bridge Drive, Amelia, Dec. 8. Matthew Wedmore, 45, 5751 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, endangering children, pos-
session of drugs at 5751 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 5. Teresa J. Wedmore, 52, 5751 Bucktown Road, Lot B, Williamsburg, endangering children, possession of drugs at 5751 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 5. Erin Gail Wolfingbarger, 28, 5751 Bucktown Road, Lot B, Williamsburg, endangering children at 5751 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 5. Troy N. Troxell, 29, 343 Clark St., Apt 7, Batavia, criminal damaging/endangering at 1831 Swings Corner Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel, Dec. 10. Michael Brandon Neal, 28, 346 North East St., Bethel, assault at 2191 Ohio 125, Amelia, Dec. 10. Dena Marksberry, 41, 1576 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, domestic violence _ knowingly cause physical harm at 1576 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 11. Kenneth Louis Riddle, 45, 1576 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, domestic
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst
ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL
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“Encircling People with God’s Love”
509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E: email@example.com
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
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CLOUGH PIKE BAPTIST CHURCH 1025 CLOUGH PIKE
Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer Service 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services/ Youth & Children’s Programs
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor
Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121 www.mtrepose.org MONUMENTS BAPTIST CHURCH
2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities www.monumentsbaptist.org
BAPTIST BATAVIA BAPTIST TEMPLE
770 South Riverside, Batavia OH 45103 Raymond D. Jones, Pastor 732-2739
Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*
25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.
Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM www.stmaryparishfamily.org
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 www.stpeternewrichmond.org
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CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223 www.gecc.net
Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30am Bible Study: 9:30am & 6:00pm Youth Groups: 6:00pm
Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm
Reaching the Heart of Clermont County
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm
OWENSVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY
Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.
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
Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"
Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm;
Nursery provided for all services
100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052
A fellowship where God changes people for life. Come visit us! 2545 Highway 50 Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-2324 Sunday School 9:00am Childrens Church 10:00am Worship 10:00am
CHURCH OF GOD GOSHEN CHURCH OF GOD
Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 www.goshenchurchofgod.org 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
Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia
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
*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon
THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director
Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org
EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770
2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN
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Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com
Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor www.epiphanyumc.org
6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140
Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)
101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30am & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am http://www.princeofpeaceelca.org
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681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333
Owensville United Methodist Church
Trinity United Methodist Christmas Eve Services 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm & 11:00pm Christmas Day Services 10:00 am
5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)
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330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176
One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305 WburgUMC@aol.com
A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am www.newsongohio.com
Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan
FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12
A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship www.FirstChurchofJesusChrist.org 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450
PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services
Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School ......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH
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Criminal damaging/endangering At 1831 Swings Corner Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel, Dec. 10. At 2021 Big Indian Road, Moscow, Dec. 11. Criminal mischief At 3900 Ohio 743, Moscow, Dec. 10. Domestic violence At Airport Road, Bethel, Dec. 6. Forgery At 1884 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 10. Making terroristic threat At 3420 Ohio Pike, Bethel, Dec. 8. Misuse of credit card At 1884 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 10. Receiving stolen property At 1884 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 10. Sexual Imposition At Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, Dec. 9. Theft At 1614 Lenroot Road, Bethel, Dec. 5. At 1884 Ohio 222, Bethel, Oct. 10.
PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525
Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am
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All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412
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Located at 2580 US Hwy 50 (next to the library) or (1mile east of Owensville on 50)
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Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service
Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm
Pastor Mike Smith
Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 www.cmcchurch.com Mark Otten, Pastor
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M.
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WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music
Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”
B6 • BETHEL JOURNAL • DECEMBER 22, 2011
CLERMONT COUNTY BOARD OF DD 2010 Annual Report and Outcomes Management Summary Executive Summary – Sharon Woodrow, Superintendent 2010 was a good year in many respects and we were able to realize some signiﬁcant outcomes. In this document you will read about our various programs and services and how people beneﬁted from them and from this community’s support during this year. You will note measurable outcomes in the areas of access, satisfaction, efﬁciency and effectiveness and you’ll read Directors’ comments and observations regarding the data collected from that information. I would like to comment here on just a few of the major ones that impacted our entire organization and the people we serve. The most notable outcome for 2010 was the passage, in May, of our .9mil replacement levy. This levy, ﬁrst passed in the early 1980s, had reduced in value over the years due to rollback and property valuations. The support of this community to replace this levy and bring it up to current value, during these uncertain economic times, was immensely gratifying and shows how much the people living in Clermont County value both our work, and the quality of life of its citizens with developmental disabilities. The additional 2.9 million dollars in revenue generated will allow us to provide services to more individuals, avert crisis for our most vulnerable people, and will help “plug the hole” we may have from a reduced state budget in 2011. Another important outcome of 2010 was the adoption of four basic core values. These are: Safety and support of the individuals and families we serve and of our staff; Understanding of all; Responsibility to all; Engagement of all. Coined “SURE” by our Long Range Planning Committee, these values will drive our goals for 2011 and beyond and we built our strategic planning around this acronym as well as planned training for our staff. Our respite program, Gift of Time, received revenue from our ﬁrst ever “Dancing With the Stars Extravaganza”, held during DD Awareness month, in March, of 2010. Additionally, our agency received a lot of attention to the work we do as a result of this really fun event. People came together to have a good time, but learned a lot about us – thereby helping us build awareness of the needs of the people we serve and the importance of passing the levy. Gift of Time grew in size of participants as well as in numbers of volunteers in 2010. In the summer of 2010, our ﬁrst coordinator, Linda Horn, had to resign to take care of her own family responsibilities but we were able to contract with another dedicated person, Robin Cook, who is just as passionate about the mission to ﬁnd respite for families caring for children or adults with disabilities. This program has been a long time in the planning and wishing stages. 2010 was the year when it became ﬁrmly rooted in our mission and program delivery. Also in 2010 the Clermont County Board of DD partnered with the Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board, and other agencies in Clermont County who serve children, to implement a federal Systems of Care Grant – a 6 year, 9 million dollar venture. Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the grant proposes to provide needed services to families with children with mental illness and other disabilities, CCDD’s responsibilities to the grant are for respite and we’ve added two additional respite events per month to our services for children served through this grant. Obviously it is too early to measure outcomes of this particular program, but there is no doubt that respite is meeting a real need in our community.
Center were in discussions to start a second shift, so more individuals could attend a program away from home during the day or early evening. That project was not able to come to fruition due to scheduling difﬁculties, but it did lead to further discussions with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries as a possible partner.Towards the end of 2010, plans were in the works for Ohio Valley Goodwill to rent space in the Krenning Center and to provide services to individuals from SODC in partnership with our Adult Services program. For most of 2010, the Adult Services Department was able to operate without a waiting list for the programs offered. Two other projects were started toward the end of 2010. One was Bridges to Transition, receiving funds from the Ohio Association of County Boards and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation to start transition services with school children at a younger age to give them a chance to learn about the work world at an earlier age and to gain experience that might help them/their families in the future. Secondly, renovations began at Grissom Center to create smaller, quieter, work areas for individuals. Wildey Center (Adult Program) The Next Chapter Book Club had success in the community. Staff and individuals used the Wildey Gym on certain days of the week. Additional classes offered were cooking and computer classes. The Dancing with CCDD Extravaganza took place, in which a number of individuals and various staff participated in a dance contest similar to the one on T.V. The Melissa Doyle Memorial Garden was dedicated in May and really beautiﬁed the outside area leading up to the Adult Services doors at the Wildey Center. Donald A. Collins Center (DAC) Efforts were ongoing to expand options that are engaging to individuals served. There were a number of plans to look at environmental needs, the creation of a small sensory room, and opening a small work area away from the larger work ﬂoor. 2010 saw the expansion of life enrichment classes for anger management, coping skills and dealing with grief. Daily curriculums were expanded to allow staff to plan more interesting activities. The implementation of the Mandt system had the biggest impact at DAC. Staff learned new systems for crisis prevention and individual interaction. Towards the end of 2010, documentation showed a reduction in the number of aversive physical techniques having to be used. One of the exciting projects was the purchase of a small greenhouse at DAC. The goal is to have individuals involved in growing a number of different types of plants next year. Grissom Center This program offers individuals the opportunity to work in a sheltered employment environment. Individuals that attend the Grissom Center can work on jobs that involve small parts assembly, kit assembly, packaging, sorting, labeling, etc. Additionally, individuals can participate in the art studio, attend life enrichment classes, and participate in physical activities if they choose. Community Employment and Enclaves This department placed a total of 24 individuals in community jobs and 26 community work assessments. 125 referrals were received from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and dollars billed were $140,734.50 for 2010. Those individuals placed into area businesses averaged an hourly wage of $8.07 and worked an average of 25 hours per week. This department currently does not have a waiting list for services. They serve students interested in transition from school to work and individuals who may be interested in leaving the sheltered employment settings to ﬁnd community employment. The department has a good relationship with the local BVR ofﬁce and works closely with these counselors to ﬁnd employment for those with signiﬁcant disabilities. This department supervised the Bridges
Along with Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties, CCDD has formed a Council of Government. This “COG” will assist the four counties identify shared administrative and programmatic efﬁciencies that will enable all four agencies to provide quality services in the most cost effective manner. Avoiding duplication and maximizing resources in these tough times are the goals of this collaboration. First discussed in 2009, 2010 marked the formal organization of this cooperative and planning for 2011 includes the shared management of certain services. At the end of 2010, the Clermont County Board of DD, and Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries agreed upon a partnership whereby Goodwill will lease the empty building that Clermont has been trying to sell, to provide services to individuals living at Southwest Ohio Developmental Center who cannot be served by CCDD because of capacity issues. This inability to get services to some of the individuals at SODC has been cause for concern for our board; however resources just wouldn’t allow any expansion in that area. With Goodwill leasing the building and ﬁlling this need, Clermont will receive some revenue and people will be served – a win/win situation. We can’t ask for a better outcome than this. As always we look back on our accomplishments with open eyes – proud of what we’ve been able to do, happy for the individuals who received needed support, grateful to our community for their support of the work we do, and planful for the next year. There is always more to do, and we intend to be here every day – ﬁnding ways to do it. I. SERVICES PROVIDED DURING 2010** Early Intervention—The Early Childhood programs operating under or coordinated by the CCDD in 2010 were: Early Intervention (EI) - Specialized services for children under the age of three with a developmental delay, disability or a diagnosed medical or physical condition; Help Me Grow (HMG) - System for the coordination and implementation of services to children birth to three including Part C and At Risk/Parenting; Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) - Services for children birth to three identiﬁed with hearing loss and their families. Enrollment in the Early Intervention Program stayed relatively the same as other years. Stafﬁng number was 245. Overall, the program evaluated, screened and/or provided services to 700+ children. This measurement serves as a guidepost for helping understand whether we are reaching all families who may be eligible for our program, reﬂects satisfaction of currently enrolled families, and drives decisions made on structure and stafﬁng levels. School Age—CCDD School Age Services provides special education to Clermont County students through placement from their Local Education Agency. We currently serve 46 students residing in Batavia, Bethel, Blanchester, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity, Goshen, Milford, Loveland, New Richmond, West Clermont, and Williamsburg school districts. The Wildey School is a special education option on the continuum of services addressing intensive medical/physical needs, multiple disabilities, signiﬁcant behaviors, and autism spectrum disorders in a public separate facility for students age 6-22. School Age enrollment decreased only 2% between September 2009 and September 2010.We had four students graduate in May 2010 and ﬁve new students enrolled in August 2010. We reduced individual aides by 12%; in September 2010; 15 students required additional assistance of an educational aide which was provided by the home district. Adult Services – Services were offered in: the Wildey Center (adult wing); Donald A. Collins Center; Grissom Center, and community. They offered an opportunity to earn a paycheck or receive life enrichment through activity programs that occur in the program and in the community. Adult Services took on two big initiatives in 2010: the development and implementation of our CORE values, and the adoption and implementation of the Mandt crisis prevention/behavior support initiative. Staff were trained on the CORE values: “Safe and Inviting Environments; Understand; Responsibility; and Engagement.” A number of management staff became Mandt trainers, and the department had all staff go through three days of this training. We became a Mandt provider in August. Patty Mitchell, an art consultant, spent a week with us to help establish an art studio at Grissom Center. She helped staff become familiar with ways to support individuals in creating different mediums for art. Adult Services and our partners from Southwest Ohio Developmental
to Transition venture. Mobile work crews for 2010 remained busy with the lawn crew, hotel room cleaning, records preparation for destruction, and packaging work for a local manufacturer. Community Relations—This department participated on several committees including: the Summer and Other Adventures Expo Committee, Clermont Chamber Committees, Batavia Rotary, Clermont County Public Relations Committee, Partnership for Mental Health Board, Business Advisory Council, and the Hope and Heroes Event Committee. Several groups volunteered or took tours of our facilities and programs—Miami Valley Christian Academy volunteered in School Age and Adult Services; 35 teens from WECIPA spent the day interacting with students from the Wildey School Program; other groups were St. Louis School, Live Oaks Nursing Students, and UC Clermont’s Nursing Students. Over 200 people participated in tours in 2010. Volunteers always play a major role at CCDD. Some have been involved for over 35 years…these are the local American Legions in Mt. Carmel, Bethel, and Loveland who organize dances and other activities each year. St. Veronica Church and School hosted monthly Bingo for over 40 each month. In general, over 250 people volunteered in 2010. As community partners, we were invited to attend several exhibits/fairs that included: the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Mental Health Fair on the Square (Fountain Square in Cincinnati), the FAST TRAC “My Feelings are a Work of Art Project” the West Clermont Transition Fair, and Walmart Health Fairs at the Amelia and Milford Locations. We hosted two booths at the Clermont County Fair, giving away information about the agency, distributing over 2,000 cookbooks and making announcements at the Paging Booth. The Business Advisory Council hosts Employer of the Year Award nominations and the winners are determined in Large and Small categories. In 2010, awards went to Deilming/JELIHO, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and the Eastgate Village Retirement Community and were presented at the Chamber’s Legislative Luncheon on October 5. Felicity, Bethel, and New Richmond schools invited us to back-to-school events where we could distribute pens/pencils, school supplies, cookbooks (for parents), resource directories, and additional CCDD information to their children and parents. The Community Relations Department organized or helped organize several events that invited the public to get a glimpse of what we do. Awareness Month Activities took place in March and commemorated the accomplishments of the people we serve including, the Summer and Other Adventures Expo at Tri-County Mall, Ohio Public Images Awards in Columbus, the Annual Leadership Breakfast for county department and business leaders, a photo contest and exhibition (winners photos were displayed on the Ohio Department of DD’s website), and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce basketball game against our own Wildey Comets. In addition, we created awareness month posters and mailed them to all churches, village councils and township halls to announce Awareness Month in community, and the Clermont County Commissioners signed a proclamation in honor of the month. In 2010, we held our ﬁrst “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. This entailed asking Clermont County ofﬁcials and local business leaders to take dance lessons and compete for the mirror ball trophy (just like the TV show). It was a rousing success and gave our agency a lot of positive publicity. Although we didn’t originally do this as a fundraiser, we raised over $3,000 that was donated to our “Gift of Time” respite program. CCDD also held a Free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in October. Community Support Services/Family Support Services—At the end of 2010, there were 167 individuals on Individual Option waivers, 59 individuals on Level 1 waivers, 35 individuals served by the Supported Living program, 139 individuals with Individual Budgets, and 58 individuals receiving ongoing behavior support services. Since there were no new positions added within CSS in 2010, it was critical that the Community Support Services Department improve efﬁciency to maximize staff expertise in performing vital system functions. CSS added 21 new waiver enrollees and 3 waiver transfers from other counties in 2010. Everyone in the Department has taken on additional work and duties to accommodate the increase in individuals serviced. SSA caseloads expanded and new technology was implemented to increase efﬁciency. Due to delays at the Ohio Department of DD in developing the tools/
providing training, we did not receive training on the new web-based program for waiver cost projections (CPT) until November and December of 2010. Therefore use of the CPT was not for ready for implementation until January 2011. Efﬁciency was achieved in using the current tools in operation for cost settings throughout 2010. Behavior support needs for individuals in need of these valued services are being heard. The Board adopted the Mandt System as our Crisis Prevention/Intervention training program. The required train-thetrainer course occurred in March. We trained 12 individuals to become trainers, including training 2 community based waiver providers. Since adopting Mandt, training for Adult Services, EI, Maintenance/ Custodians and the Community Support staff was completed by the end of the year. Our Coordinator’s active participation on the ODDD Behavior Advisory Committee is a great resource and guide. In addition to our efforts to decrease restraint and seclusion, we are also making efforts to increase our knowledge of issues related to the support needs of the dually diagnosed (Mental Illness/DD). As a result of collaboration with community partners to address needs of children with MH diagnoses, a program called FAST TRAC was developed from a $9 million federal grant awarded to the Family and Children First Council and Mental Health and Recovery Board. The grant is aimed at children, aged 3 to 21 with emotional and behavioral issues and a mental health diagnosis and will help improve existing mental health programs as well as add new ones, such as the Respite. Our agency became the Respite Provider through a contract for an 8-hour period one Saturday a month beginning in October. In April 2011, the plan is to add an additional Saturday each month. Our Respite Coordinator implemented this program as well as the Gift of Time Respite Cooperative. The GOT respites are for 4-hour periods one Saturday each month. We completed a Provider Meeting calendar of dates and topics for the year. We were able to include it in the Beacon and posted it on our web site. All meetings were designed to meet the requirements for annual training for Providers. We are represented on the Academy of Direct Support Professionals Board by our Compliance Review Specialist, who will serve as Vice President. Specialized training was offered to the Provider community in the areas of Provider Compliance reviews, medication administration/health related activities, documentation, waiver billing, social security, positive intervention culture, rights and incidents affecting health and safety during the monthly Provider meetings. The Academy of Direct Support Professionals continued to offer one to two trainings per month as well as a one day conference. Added in 2010 to the Academy’s offerings were eight hour trainings to fulﬁll initial provider certiﬁcation requirements. New in 2010 were opportunities of online training modules which could be purchased. Webinar opportunities were also forwarded to Providers on our mailing list. The Provider Luncheon was held in August and was a beach luau with picnic fare grilled/served by the CSS staff. There were 27 Providers who attended the event. 115 individuals went through intake and eligibility determination in order to begin receiving services, an increase of 26 %. To address the requests for services, we offered a variety of community referrals and assisted individuals/families with placement on appropriate waiting lists. We developed a mechanism in the intake process to identify any one time, immediate needs that could be addressed expeditiously to reduce the need for long term services. Several of the CSS Staff worked on guidelines to assist families who requested funds for summer camp programs.The Board committed special funding for camp to supplement monies available from FSS. As a result, we funded 13 campers. The Board renewed the contract with the Resident Home Corporation for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services. This service provides education to families that allow them to implement the plan-driven strategies on a day-to-day basis independently. County Board staff were pleased with the service delivery to our families. The program grew from serving 5 families in the beginning of the year, to 10 by December. We were fortunate to be contacted by the Outreach Coordinator for The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO). CILO has been actively assisting individuals in Hamilton County who have physical, sensory, cognitive and/or psychological disabilities with a focus on helping those individuals maintain an active, productive life of their choosing. He informed us that CILO was expanding services to Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Highland and Warren Counties through his position as the Outreach Coordinator. After meeting in October, we quickly developed a list of ways he could assist our families in capacities beyond our intake and SSA capabilities. He spent one day a week at the Wildey Center and has helped several families connect with needed resources and assisted with our People In Action Conference. We were very pleased with this new resource. We developed a goal of focusing on ways to assure that future transitions for all individuals serviced would be as seamless as possible. The CSS SSAs and Adult Services held Bridges Meetings to target issues such as these where information sharing enhances our ability to understand roles more completely and minimize any gaps that could occur. People In Action fundraisers this year were bake sales. They used these funds for self-advocates to attend trainings/conferences throughout the state. Representatives from Clermont’s People In Action Chapter attended the People First Conference in Wilmington in March and attended the April Board Meeting to report on their experience. Their executive committee reported a slow increase in attendance for the monthly meetings. They are now including updates in the monthly Beacon newsletter to increase awareness, recruit new members and announce activities and fundraisers. Family Support Services—CCDD contracts with the Arc Hamilton County to administer our Family Support Services Contract. This contact was renewed on July 1 for another ﬁscal year. A goal for using this service is to assist in caring for individual family members in their homes. The support provided with FSS funds enhances the quality of life for the entire family unit, and includes: respite care, adaptive equipment, and home modiﬁcations to accommodate the family member with a disability, special diets, and other services/items that are individualized to meet the needs of the family. The County Board has always supported guidelines for this program and has capped the annual amount per family at $1,000. By November, all of the funds for the ﬁrst half of the ﬁscal year had been utilized. It was necessary for the FSS Coordinator to inform the families that funds would not be available until January 2011 and she began a waiting list as she received requests. During the ﬁrst half of the ﬁscal year, a total of $104,856.04 was spent serving a total of 204 families. In 2010, there was an increase in cases of crisis intervention and reviews of emergencies to address. There were also several special reviews required due to problems revealed during routine monitoring. Our new way of doing business has also resulted in an increased number of waiting lists to manage but is giving us a better picture of what is the true need. Investigations— This unit manages information for all DD service providers, including County Board operated programs and services, involving signiﬁcant incidents that pose a risk to the health and safety of individuals with DD. This information is generated through the Major Unusual Incident (MUI) process. The Ohio Department of DD deﬁnes certain types of occurrences as Major Unusual Incidents, or incidents that have the potential to pose a signiﬁcant risk to the health and safety of the individuals we serve. Major Unusual Incidents are deﬁned as the alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of abuse; attempted suicide; death; exploitation; failure to report; injuries of known origin; involvement with law enforcement; medical emergency; misappropriation; missing person; neglect; peer to peer acts; prohibited sexual relations; rights code violations; unapproved behavior support; injury of unknown origin; and unscheduled hospitalization. 2010 saw an increase in the rate of MUI reporting of about 9% over 2009. Hospitalization remains the most frequently reported incident, accounting for an average of 30 % of all MUIs. Reporting numbers across all categories are very similar in nature to 2009. Additionally, ICFMR facilities continue to report the highest percentage of MUIs, accounting for 43% of the incidents ﬁled. Licensed waiver facilities accounted for 29% of reports, and the remainder from workshops and other home and community based services. CCDD conducts a quarterly review of all MUIs occurring within the program and services it operates. CCDD additionally monitors and reviews the incidents occurring in services provided by individual service contractors. Business Operations—In the past year, our primary goals were to ﬁnd ways to deal with the economic crisis resulting in reduced funding. The Board was able to ﬁnd additional revenue. The Board requested the Clermont County Board of Commissioners to put a .9 mill replacement levy on the ballot for the 2010 primary election. This levy was originally passed in 1982 and had an effective millage of approximately .015 mills. Replacing the levy would raise the effective millage back up to .9 mills and would generate approximately 2.8 million new dollars. Fortunately, the Clermont County tax payers passed the Board’s .9 mill replacement levy and we will receive the new revenue starting in 2011. We gained efﬁciencies through pooling resources and sharing services. The Board is now a member of a Council of Government (COG) with the Hamilton, Butler and Warren County Boards of DD. The COG’s purpose is to pool resources and ﬁnd efﬁciencies in sharing services. In 2011 the COG will start administering our family resources program to reduce administrative costs paid by each county. As the COG develops, there are numerous areas where pooling resources/sharing services will beneﬁt each County DD program. During 2010, the Director of Business Operations provided the Board a set of monthly ﬁnancial statements to include a fund balance report, budget to actual statements and a recap of monthly expenses. These statements provided the Board with reliable and timely information to assist the Board in maintaining ﬁnancial stability. A ﬁve year forecast was presented
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to the Board quarterly, to assist the Board in making long-term service and ﬁnancial decisions. The forecasts evolved through the year, based on continual changes to the Board’s revenue sources. As part of the Board’s budgeting process, each Department Director is given a departmental budget and is charged to manage their program within budget.The Director of Business Operations presented to the Directors a monthly budget to actual statement and met with them quarterly to discuss their department’s adherence to their budget. The Board as whole and each Department were within budget for 2010. Information Technology We implemented a new IP based phone system. The new system reduced our monthly phone expenditures by nearly half. The phone system also has many new features, such as phone conversation recording, voicemail to e-mail function for easy storage, and “ﬁnd me follow me” to direct callers to alternative phone numbers when not on site. Another goal came from our agency-wide green initiative: we replaced nearly one third of the old energy inefﬁcient CRT monitors with energy saving ﬂat panel monitors. In the School Age program, we deployed computers to all the classrooms with the necessary adaptive equipment needed for that speciﬁc classroom. Human Resources We continued to perform regular duties, while coordinating participation in the County-Wide Food Bank Drive, conducting our third Hoxworth Blood Drive, and United Way campaign. The Human Resources manager resigned to take an HR position with UC. We assessed the duties of that position and needs of the HR department, will ﬁll that position in 2011 with an HR Clerk. Beginning in the fall, HR spent a great deal of time planning for salary negotiations with the Clermont County Special Education Association. In 2011, the Auditor’s Ofﬁce began ﬁnal preparations to implement a new paperless payroll system. All staff now receive pay stubs via email. We attended trainings/meetings with the Auditor’s ofﬁce to determine how to implement this system at our agency. We worked with the County’s IT department to gain remote connectivity to their computer system, and trained secretaries in each department how to use the new payroll system and enter data. Our web-based training program was put on indeﬁnite hold early in the year due to funding and the upcoming levy. This system was once again budgeted for 2011. Overall, employee turnover for the agency in 2010 was higher for permanent positions than in 2009 because of a number of resignations from employees who moved out of state. 22 people who ended permanent employment with CCDD, 10.5% of the staff employed for the year. 11 of them (33%) were substitutes. 57.5% of all employees who left the agency were from Adult Services, 18% from School Age, 15% from the EI, and the remainder from Central Ofﬁce. The majority of people resigned voluntarily due to retirement or for other employment opportunities. Administrative Quality and Compliance We continued to monitor operations to ensure compliance with all accrediting bodies, rules, and regulations. Each Board policy was reviewed on an annual basis, updates/ additions to policies were made as needed. Accreditation Self-Review documents and CARF Annual Conformance to Quality Review were completed. We will continue to address and resolve issues or concerns if they arise. CARF survey is in the spring of 2011. Facilities Management Adult Services made a number of requests for modiﬁcations to the DAC and Grissom buildings due to programming and consumer needs. In June, the Facilities & Safety Coordinator resigned to return to his previous industry, and the position was ﬁlled at the end of August. The Custodial Supervisor’s position was enlarged to include the supervision of specialized building projects and grounds keeping duties; the title was changed to Building Supervisor. The Facilities Coordinator gathered preliminary information on the old Wastewater Treatment Plant at Wildey worked with the Business Operations Director to prepare an RFP for bids to repair and/or replace the system. The bid process was prolonged into early 2011. An additional area of concern was backup power in the event of a longer-term outage, and another RFP was prepared to solicit bids for a generator. The Krenning Center was also under strong consideration for a lease agreement, and the Facilities department worked to get that building ready for occupancy by a new tenant. Transportation Management We continued our contract with First Transit for Adult Services transportation. Throughout 2010 we were able to reduce the bus loading departure times. There were no other changes to the Transportation Rules in 2010. Employees in Adult Services received their annual driving procedures training, as did the SSA staff and one School Age employee. II. ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE Early Intervention: The Help Me Grow Program received over 531 referrals during the year 2010. The target numbers for Part C were surpassed. The ‘At Risk” component of Help Me Grow slowly declined in enrollment over the course of 2010 because of the change of eligibility for services. The Help Me Grow GRF funds received a 10% decrease during the second half of 2010. The Regional Infant Hearing Program received several hundred referrals and served an average of 55 children/families per month. Ongoing feedback/recommendations from oversight entitles (Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of DD, Local Family and Children Frist council, Local Help Me Grow Advisory and Executive Councils) provides information on a regular basis. Programmatic/policy decisions are considered and altered based on this feedback. A sample of 196 child outcomes were tracked as being met, partially met, or not met through the IFSP. Of the 196 goals measured, 95% were partially met or met. This indicates the overall EI services are successful. The Ohio Department of Health implements a system of gathering data on each child’s progress. This data is compared to children state wide and will eventually provide Clermont County speciﬁc information regarding children’s progress in HMG. School Age: Indicator 3 – Statewide Assessment All 3rd - 8th grade students are required to take the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) and 10th grade students are required to take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Students may participate in Alternate Assessment rather than the traditional test based on the needs of the students. Their scores are
9 total reports (8% of total MUIs) Types of incidents Heimlich maneuver or back blows (8), blood sugar levels. Involvement with Law Enforcement: 2 total reports (2% of total MUIs). Charges include disorderly conduct/ aggrevated trespass (guilty, probation); indecent exposure (dismissed). Death: 5 natural deaths (5% of all MUIs). Cause of death include cancer (2), septic shock, respiratory arrest, organic brain syndrome, cardiac arrest, encephalopathy.Two incidents involved patients who had been hospitalized for some time due to illness and whose condition worsened in the hospital. Attempted Suicide: 0 total attempts. Missing Person: 1 total report (1% of all MUIs). Failure to report: 0 total report. Total group MUIs ﬁled in 2010: 3; Number of individuals represented: 93; Number of individuals with 4 MUIs: 1; Number of individuals with 3 MUIs: 3; Number of individuals with 3 MUIs: 19 III. PARTNERSHIPS, STAKEHOLDERS, AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION School Age: We enhanced communication when we introduced our “One Call” system to notify families of closings, 91% of families thought the “One Call” was convenient. All teachers/therapists have computer access/ email accounts which increases communication with parents. We provided training and internship opportunities for undergraduate students from Xavier and UC. Nurses from UC complete their practicums. Students supported their community by raising $115.08 in a 100th Day of School penny war and donated it to Make a Wish Foundation. Asia Moore, 2010 graduate, was named Student of the Month by Batavia Rotary in March. Our vocational classroom sold dog treats in the community and at the Milford Craft Show. Wildey students participated in Special Olympic events such as Swimming, Bowling, Basketball, and Track & Field. Two students attended State Special Olympic Games in Columbus. Transition classrooms spent one day a week in the community. Field trips included the Shrine Circus, Newport Aquarium, Brown County Fair and Suburban Bowl. Community Relations: Several groups volunteered or toured our facilities and programs including Miami Valley Christian Academy, WECIPA and St. Louis School. Over 200 people participated in tours in 2010. Teen and adult volunteers assisted with activities and respite.Volunteers from local American Legions in Mt. Carmel, Bethel, and Loveland organized dances and other activities. St. Veronica Church hosted monthly Bingo— over 40 people attended each month, January through May. Over 250 people volunteered at CCDD in 2010. We attended several exhibits/fairs that included: Clermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Mental Health Fair on the Square (Fountain Square in Cincinnati), FAST TRAC “My Feelings are a Work of Art Project,” West Clermont Transition Fair, Walmart Health Fairs (Amelia and Milford), two booths at the Clermont County Fair, and back-to-school fests at Bethel, Felicity, and New Richmond. We distributed Employer of the Year Awards with the BAC to Deilming/JELIHO, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and the Eastgate Village Retirement Community; awards were given at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon. March Awareness Month Activities included Summer Adventures for All Kids Expo at Tri-County Mall, Ohio Public Images Awards in Columbus, Leadership Breakfast, a photo contest and exhibition (winners photos were displayed on the Ohio Department of DD’s website), and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce basketball game against the Wildey Comets. Awareness month posters were mailed to churches, villages and townships. The Clermont County Commissioners signed a proclamation in honor of the month. In 2010, we held our ﬁrst “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. We raised over $3,000 for “Gift of Time” respite program. A Free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was held in October and new cinema ad to reﬂect our name change (in conjunction with the Region 3 COG—Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren County DD Programs) aired in October. We submitted columns to the newspaper and worked with local reporters as we got closer to Election Day. IV. RISK MANAGEMENT, SAFETY, AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Security cameras were installed at the Grissom and DAC locations to complete working cameras at all locations. An Emergency Preparedness Fair was held to remind us to prepare for disaster situations. Individuals learned how to safely exit a burning building by touring the Miami Township Smokehouse and gathered valuable preparedness information from various vendors. Members of the community attended. The One Call Phone Emergency System alerted individuals/families/ providers/staff of calamity days and other important activities. This system was sponsored in 2010 by a grant from Duke Energy. CCDD agreed to by the Volunteer Reception Center for the county, in the event a disaster should strike. Training for volunteers will be held in 2011. V. EXPANSION OF SERVICES School Age: The Wildey School used remaining American Recovery Reinvestment Act funds for professional development, assistive technology and classroom learning materials. We received two $1,000 grants from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links program. The ﬁrst was titled “ Video Learning is Fun” and purchased video cameras for each classroom. The second was titled “Making All Reading Materials Accessible to Everyone” and purchased an Intel Reader to translates printed text into spoken text for non-readers. Wildey PTO completed Phase 2 of the adapted playground with grant and PTO funds. Phase 2 included adapted swings and picnic tables. The PTO supported several events including Grandparent’s Day and Christmas Carnival. The PTO donated funds for ﬁeld trips, classroom materials and pool equipment. Community Support Services: This department added 21 new waiver enrollees and 3 waiver transfers from other counties in 2010. Staff took on additional work and duties to accommodate the increase in individuals served. Caseloads expanded, and new technology was implemented to increase efﬁciency. The Mandt System was adopted as Crisis Prevention/Intervention training program. Twelve individuals were trained as trainers during the course March 1st -5th. Mandt Training for Adult Services, Early Intervention, Maintenance and
reported to their individual home district and are included in the district’s local report card. Eleven (11) students participated in the OAT (grades 3-8). Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proﬁcient and Basic. All grades were assessed in Reading and Math, grades 5th and 8th were also assessed in Science. 2010 Scores—Reading: 64% Advanced, 18% Accelerated, 18% Proﬁcient; Math: 91% Advanced, 9% Accelerated; Science: 40% Advanced,60% Accelerated; S. Studies: None Given. Two (2) students participated in the OGT (10th grade). Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proﬁcient and Basic. 2010 Scores—Reading: 100% Advanced ; Math: 100% Advanced; Science: 100% Advanced; S. Studies: 100% Advanced. We met all compliance deadlines by completing 100% of all IEP’s and ETR’s on time. 14 ETR meetings were held and 43 IEP meetings; 84% of parents or guardians Investigations: The Ohio Department of DD conducts an annual compliance review of the incident reporting process. Total MUIs ﬁled in 2010: 109; Category Breakdown Unanticipated Hospitalizations: 33 total admissions (30% of all MUIs) Conditions included abnormal blood levels; altered state; dehydration/volume depletion; heart problems; infections (including cellulitis, sepsis, and UTI, treatment for head injury after fall; effects of neuroleptic malignant syndrome; tube issues; bowel issues). Signiﬁcant Injuries: 24 total injuries (22% of total MUIs) 17 injuries of known origin (71% of all injuries) 7 injuries of unknown origin (17% of all injuries). Known origin, fractures most frequently reported injury, including of arm, wrist (2), ankle, leg (due to MVA), rib, skull, clavicle. Falls is #1 cause of fractures. Other known injuries laceration requiring closure (6), dental injury. Unknown injury (non suspicious) all fractures, including toe (2), wrist, clavicle (2), ankle (2), ﬁnger, rib. Some of these were not immediately identiﬁed by xray, and not discovered for a period following initial cause. Unauthorized Behavior Support: 15 total reports (14% of all MUIs), 7 incidents occurring in a County Board operated program (47% of all unauthorized behavior support). Types include restraint of hands (3), baskethold (3), physical escort (4- includes 2 by operation of wheelchair controls), carry (2), method not approved, supine. Medical Emergency:
Custodians and the Community Support staff was completed by the end of the year. CCDD became the FAST TRAC Respite Provider. This is for an 8-hour period one Saturday a month beginning in October. Gift of Time respites are for 4 hour periods one Saturday each month. New in 2010 were on-line training modules which could be purchased from OACBDD. Webinar opportunities were shared with Providers on our mailing list and email list. The Board committed special funding for camp to supplement monies available from Family Support Services. As a result, we were able to fund 13 campers. Also in 2010, the Board renewed the Resident Home Corporation contract for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services. The service provides education to the family that allows them to implement plan-driven strategies on a day-to-day basis independently. The program grew from 5 families in the beginning of 2010, to 10 families by December. The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) expanded services to Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Highland and Warren Counties. The Outreach Coordinator spent one day a week at the Wildey Center, helping several families connect with needed resources and assisting with our People In Action Conference. VI. INPUT FROM FAMILIES, CONSUMERS, STAKEHOLDERS, & COMMUNITY Early Intervention: Opportunities for families and caregivers to provide feedback in 2010 included: an agency wide, survey to families and community partners (November 2010), ongoing phone surveys to families by Families Connected (January-December 2010), exit surveys by phone conducted by Families Connected (January-December 2010), quarterly Roundtable discussions by Families Connected (January-December 2010), Parent Participation on FCF and HMG Councils (Monthly meetings through 2010), Anecdotal feedback from families on a regular basis as a part of routine service delivery (Jan.-Dec. 2010), A specialized survey in 2010 for twenty families who participated in pilot primary service provider set of practices (November 2010), A specialized, targeted survey in 2010 by the Ohio Department of Health, Ongoing administrative review of requests
made by families for changes in services as well as celebrations shared by families throughout a calendar year (January-December 2010) Actual number of comments and feedback received through these various measures are very low. One prominent theme that we learned from direct conversations with families is that many parents had concerns about their child’s development when their child was 6-18 months. Many families were told by doctors they should ‘wait and see’ how their child develops. For many families this meant putting off in-depth developmental testing until the child was older, thereby receiving early intervention services later. This concern from families has also brought to light the need for a goal to work more cooperatively with other DD Services in our region. School Age: In October we sent home our School Age survey to families. 51% of families returned their surveys. Results reﬂected high levels of overall satisfaction with programming, communication and staff. Families liked the new “One Call” system; they found IEP meetings to be at convenient time; only 22% of families have accessed the “Gift of Time” respite co-op program. Adult Services: In 2010, Adult Services utilized volunteer assistance to contact individuals, family members, guardians and providers for satisfaction surveys. The department received 166 surveys out of the almost 280 individuals served (60% return rate). The following is a summary of results from the surveys: When being made aware of program options, 83% were either very or somewhat satisﬁed; Satisfaction with building environments--98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with cleanliness and upkeep, 98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with accessibility; 98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with building safety; 90% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with building comfort. Satisfaction with Direct Staff-- 94% were either very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff friendliness; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with treating individuals with dignity and respect; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff training; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff’s ability to provide enough support when needed. Satisfaction with Program Managers--95% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the availability of program managers when needed; 91% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the program managers’ knowledge of their job; 93% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with program managers asking for input; 91% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with program managers follow through. Satisfaction with the work/ activities offered--85% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the quality of work offered; 85% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the quality of the activities offered; 82% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the variety of work offered; 84% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the variety of the activities offered; 84% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the availability of work. Satisfaction with the transportation services offered: 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the transportation services offered. Overall satisfaction with the day program services offered--93% were very/ somewhat satisﬁed with the overall services offered. A survey theme related to activity programming was the desire to see the program implement a swimming program for adults at the Wildey Center. We will evaluate this for 2011 in the Community Integration program. It has been difﬁcult in 2010 to ﬁnd a variety of work opportunities for individuals. At the end of 2010, the department was able to establish a work relationship with a local “green” company for contract work. Our Business Development Team will be exploring new ideas to establish our own work opportunities through possible franchise opportunities/ developing our own product. Community Support Services: We used various surveys including our Individual Satisfaction Surveys, Provider Selection Surveys, and Family Support Services Satisfaction Surveys in addition to scheduled Quality Assurance Reviews. We dedicated the Supported Living Council as the mechanism of reviewing/evaluating input from various summary reports. This Council reviewed the input and noted satisfaction as well as areas of concerns. The CSS Department worked with other Board representatives in addressing any issues. Community Relations: Each year, we survey community stakeholders about the basic understanding of CCDD program and other communication-related items. The Long Range Planning Committee developed an agency survey that was sent to local community leaders and providers in November. We emailed the survey to 441 stakeholders; 266 to community leaders and 175 to providers. Only 29 surveys were returned, which was a much lower amount than in previous years. (7% of sampling size, down 20% from 2009). Of those returned, 19 felt they were familiar with our programs; 20 were familiar with the location of programs; almost all were aware of events taking place (including the Motorcycle Ride, 5K Run, Dancing with the Stars, and other community-partnered activities); and most prefer receiving information via mail or email (the website was only chosen by 3). VII. REVENUE, EXPENSES, & OTHER FUNDING Community Support Services: People In Action held bake sale fundraisers in 2010 and used these funds to help self-advocates to attend conferences throughout the state like the People First Conference in Wilmington March 19-21. Community Relations: Various fundraisers were held that assisted our program and levy campaign. Dancing with the Stars - $3,000 (donated to respite); Quaker Steak and Lube Nights - $3,900 (levy); 4th Annual Motorcycle Ride – $2,200 (levy); 5K Run/Walk - $2,000 (levy); Coupon Books - $1,000 (levy); At the end of 2010, we began selling Kroger Cards for the respite program. Revenue Expenses Local 7,397,136 Adult 6,463,081 Federal 1,595,598 Transportation 1,595,927 State 2,233,636 Service & Support 1,886,297 Other 4,726,418 Community Svs. 1,408,207 Total 15,952,788 Early Intervention 2,497,666 School Age 1,971,443 15,822,620 Adult: Adult Services, Employment Services, Enclaves, Individual Budget, and Self Determination. Transportation: Adult Transportation Service & Support: Case Management, Service & Support, Staff involved in Community Services, and Investigations Community Services: Supported Living, Family Resources Services, I/O, Level One, Room & Board, % Non Waiver Community Service Early Intervention: Early Intervention, Regional Infant Hearing, and Help Me Grow OUTCOMES MANAGEMENT SUMMARY Adult Services: Obtain 4 grants—1 grant obtained. Access Homecare waiver funding—CCDD became an Ohio Homecare waiver Provider in 2010. Communicate with stakeholders—takes place quarterly. Adopt one new computer-based system to replace paper—Not achieved. Establish committee to review behavior support debrief process—Achieved. Revise Adult Services handbook—Achieved. Expand Book Clubs into each program—Achieved. Expand new curriculum on agency shared computer drive—Achieved. Consult Client Council on volunteer opportunities—Not achived. Seniors program at Wildey continues to volunteer. Develop a second-shift contract with SODC—Not achieved. Partnering with Goodwill in 2011. Business Operations: Maintain CCDD ﬁnancial stability—Achieved. Purchase new telecommunications system—Achieved. Make access to and navigation of buildings more accessible—Achieved. Purchase webbased training program—Achieved in late 2010 to be implemented in 2011. Develop capital improvement plan and budget—Achieved in late 2010 to be implemented in 2011. Community Relations: Raise at least $30,000 at gala fundraiser—10% achieved. Create 2 new activities—Achieved. Build awareness of CCDD program—90% achieved. Determined satisfaction with general public— Achieved. Community Support Services and Family Support Services: Ensure payment authorizations for services are completed—Achieved. Maintain funding of FSS program—Not Achieved. Funds for ﬁrst half were depleted in November. Support CCDD in fundraisers and volunteer opportunities—100% achieved. Make CSS page of website more organized/user friendly—50% achieved. Survey was not web-based. Create a seamless transition system and ensure continuity—Achieved. Improve efﬁciency of positions and duties—Achieved. Maximize the efﬁciency of CSS Department—Achieved. Early Intervention: Increase funding—Achieved. Increase access to research-based training at no cost to program—Achieved. Achieve collaboration with other agencies—Achieved. Increase quality of program and parent satisfaction—Achieved. School Age: Speak at 5 schools/group tours—100% Achieved. Transition plans in place for students 18+--100% Achieved. 10% reduction of 1:1 personal assistants—Achieved. Reduced by 12%. All instructors trained on Quality Indicators—100% completed. Investigations: Enhance efﬁciency/effectiveness and improve communication in reporting process—87% achieved. Enhance coordinated prevention planning and collaboration by teams/coordinate with county-wide incident analysis—69% achieved. Monitor CCDD and provider notiﬁcation process to ensure same-day notiﬁcation to required parties—100% achieved. Provider information/support/training to programs in the area of health and safety awareness and education— Achieved. Safety alerts distributed regularly and abuse/neglect training given. **An expanded version of this entire report can be found at www.clermontdd.org.