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Stonelick Bridge’s future uncertain Cause of collapse unknown; no injuries By John Johnston

STONELICK TWP. — When Catherine and Tim Rush-Ossenbeck built an addition on their house 10 years ago, they designed the windows to frame the picturesque and historic Stonelick Covered Bridge, which is just steps from their property. The view changed dramatically Feb. 11, starting when Catherine heard a crashing sound louder than any construction noise since a restoration of the wooden bridge began last October. “I knew something terrible had happened,” she said. The 136-year-old bridge had collapsed, leveling the structure and dumping its roof and portions of its trusses into Stonelick Creek. But a far greater disaster was narrowly averted. Four workers who were on the collapsing bridge “jumped through or climbed through the truss so they didn’t get crushed,” Clermont County Engineer Patrick Manger said. No one was injured. The cause of the collapse is unknown. Manger said the four workers did not report hearing a loud crack or pop, which might have been an indication that a timber had broken. But they felt the vibrations as the trusses started to topple. “We really are just starting the investigation into (the

cause),” said Tracy Ferguson, a corporate officer with Columbus-based Righter Co., which has the contract for the rehab work. She said the company has done more than 40 similar covered bridge projects without incident. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that Righter work sites have been inspected four times since 2004, with no violations reported. An OSHA official was at the Stonelick bridge on Wednesday, as were Righter officials. It’s unclear whether the bridge restoration can continue, how much of the old structure can be salvaged, what additional costs might be incurred and who will pay. Workers were to begin removing the bridge’s roof from the creek on Wednesday. “Our hope is that much of our rehabilitation plan can move forward,” Manger said. The total cost of the rehab is $850,000. The county received a $360,000 grant from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, which required a $90,000 local match. The Stonelick bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, was a one-lane, 140-foot-long span. It featured a Howe truss, a design patented by Massachusetts millwright William Howe in 1840. It was one of about 140 cov-

Clermont County’s historic Stonelick Covered Bridge collapsed Tuesday afternoon. The 136-year-old bridge was undergoing a renovation.PROVIDED

ered bridges left in Ohio. They once were common in the U.S., with 15,000 dotting the landscape in the 19th century. The Rush-Ossenbecks were so captivated by the Stonelick bridge when they first saw it 33 years ago, they bought and moved into a house on its south side. The bridge has been closed to traffic since May 2010, when a truck ignored the 3-ton limit and damaged the floor beams. A debate then swirled around how to fix it. After considering several options, Man-

ger decided on a plan to preserve most of the old bridge by essentially constructing a new one inside it. The new components would have consisted of arches made of glued laminated timber. But Catherine Rush-Ossenbeck said some 2,000 people signed a petition opposing that plan. They argued the arches would ruin the view of the historic trusses, and that the old bridge would no longer serve a functional purpose. They called for an “authentic, historic restoration.”

A compromise was reached that eliminated the glued laminated timber and arches in favor of a plan that called for reinforcing the bottom and top chords of the trusses and replacing the floor system. Work began in October and was expected to be completed this summer. Now, though, its future is in doubt. “It’s a piece of the history of Clermont County,” Catherine said. “It’s something really worth rebuilding. And I’m sure a lot of people are going to try to fight for that.”

Goshen Twp. hires fiscal officer amid budget talks By Keith BieryGolick

GOSHEN — Township officials hired a new fiscal officer recently, filling the void left by former Fiscal Officer Lisa Allen’s election to the board of trustees. Cheryl Allgeyer, a Goshen resident with 16 years of accounting experience, was picked for the position. The appointment came in the midst of budget discussions, as officials try to finalize this year’s numbers. For the last several years, the budget has been a contentious issue in Goshen Township.

Trustee Lisa Allen, right, swears in Cheryl Allgeyer, left, as the township’s new fiscal officer. Next to Allgeyer is her daughter, Julia, and husband, Chris. Allen resigned from the fiscal officer position in December to become a trustee. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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ment. During a recent trustee meeting Jim Constable, a Fayetteville resident who used to live in Goshen, pointed out numerous mistakes in budget documents he requested from a Feb. 5 budget meeting. “My point is they’re sloppy with it,” Constable said after the trustee meeting. One of the errors Constable caught was pay for the fire department’s employee Robert Rose. Rose’s 2014 income was listed at $599,130, and because of that mistake his pension was listed at $143,791. For comparison, Fire Chief Steve Pegram’s in-

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come for 2014 was listed at $75,004 and his pension $18,001. On another fire department item, the totals were not summed up correctly, Constable said. Since trustees aren’t ready to approve the budget, it’s normal to find mistakes and correct them, Allen said after the meeting. But Pegram said these mistakes pointed out by Constable were never presented to trustees or discussed at any meeting. “The only person who got a copy of the budget with the wrong numbers was Jim — whether it was coincidence, fate, or whatever, my copy

doesn’t show that error on it and neither does Ray’s (Snyder, township administrator) or any of the trustees’,” he said. “All of our copies were the same.” After the Feb. 5 budget meeting, trustees requested certain changes be made to the budget. In making those changes, a formula was added wrong and the mistakes in Constable’s documents were made, Pegram said. “One line in a couple thousand was added wrong and was off,” he said. At no time could those mistakes be found in docSee BUDGET, Page A2 Vol. 33 No. 46 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Rash of home-wrecking fires preventable By Keith BieryGolick

GOSHEN — Practicing good fire safety isn’t just a worthwhile habit, it can save your home. Just ask one of the three families in Owensville, Stonelick Township and Goshen Township that are homeless, at least temporarily, because of fires that could have been prevented. That’s because when temperatures drop, some residents turn to space heaters and other heating devices to stay warm. But officials are saying that can be dangerous if they aren’t used properly, and three recent Clermont County fires only further prove that point. It started with a fire on state Route 131 near Chestnut View Lane Jan. 25.

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First responders fight a fire at the Lakeshore Estates Mobile Home Park in Goshen. No one was injured, but a dog died in the fire and the home can’t be salvaged. Several recent fires in Clermont County can be attributed to common causes that officials say are preventable. THANKS TO STEVE PEGRAM

No one was injured, but the house could not be salvaged after suffering $275,000 of damage, said Stonelick Township Fire Chief Matt Rose. The fire started from a heater left on the back porch to keep the homeowner’s donkey warm. The device fell over into the hay, sparking a fire that would engulf the entire home. “We really couldn’t

make entry due to equipment freezing up. We couldn’t send guys in to the breath the toxic fumes,” Rose said. Mutual aid from Goshen was first to arrive. When they got there they were greeted by frozen hydrants. “The weather battled us, the fire battled us, the hydrants battled us and when it came time to use the equipment” it didn’t

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never leave candles unattended. The other lesson relates to the brutally cold winter, which residents can help firefighters with by clearing their hydrants of snow and keeping their driveways free of ice. “All across Clermont County there’s been a lot of fires because it has been cold — the vast majority have been related to that,” Pegram said. “They’re accidental fires, but they are preventable. If chimneys are maintained properly, space heaters used correctly — if we are careful about that fires can be avoided.” Pegram said space heaters should be kept at least three feet away, all the way around, from beds, blankets, newspaper and clothes — anything combustible. “I’m not saying don’t use it, but if you use it, use it correctly,” he said. Don’t use multiple space heaters on one circuit, and try not to use extension cords, Pegram said. “I understand people are trying to keep warm,” he said. “Even for Ohio it’s rare that it gets this cold, but practice good fire safety as well.”


The deciding factor in hiring Allgeyer was her accounting experience, Allen said. Allgeyer worked for CarePoint Partners, a health care company, as a supervisor for its accounts payable department. She told trustees she was still trying to find her groove with the township, but looked forward to rewarding their confidence in her. With that said, don’t expect any big changes or policy overhauls from her. “I don’t necessarily think that’s a good idea in the beginning,” Allgeyer said. “The township falls underneath county and state protocols already. So it’s really a matter of adhering to them.” Allen has been training Allgeyer since the end of January. “We haven’t made it easy on her,” said Trustee Claire Corcoran. “We’ve just thrown her right in.”

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uments discussed or presented at a meeting, Pegram said. “My issue with it is you tie it into the fire-safety levy, and it makes it sound like maybe we don’t need a levy because we don’t know how to add,” Pegram said. “We’re fighting hard to get this levy passed.” This year, township officials have conducted three work sessions to hammer out the details, and expect to conduct at least one more before the budget is finalized. Taking in the criticism from Constable was the new fiscal officer, who participated in her first trustee meeting Feb. 11 and was sworn in that same night. Nine resumes were submitted for the job, but only six of those applicants lived in the township, Allen said. The fiscal officer must reside within township limits, she said.


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1785 state Route 28 in Goshen. “The fire investigation determined it appears (the homeowner) had a couple candles burning on the coffee table. He had some food on the table and it appears a dog jumped up to get the food and knocked the table over,” said Goshen Fire Chief Steve Pegram. The owner left the candles unattended while he did something in another room. After the dog knocked them over, the candles ignited the comforter and couch, Pegram said. One of the owner’s dogs died in the fire. Stacey Perry, the Goshen resident who lived in the mobile home park, is now staying at a hotel. He declined to be interviewed for the story, saying he did not “want to relive the experience.” Those three back-toback fires could have been prevented, and residents can learn from them, Pegram said. “We’ve seen a huge spike in fires caused by candles. People leave them unattended and pets knock them over. We want to remind people the best kind of candles are kept in metal or glass containers, that way they can’t fall on something,” the chief said, stressing again to


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Miami Township settles lawsuit with firefighter MIAMI TWP. — Longtime Miami Township Fire Department employee Harold Thiele sued township trustees in November for unfairly reassigning him from the position of assistant chief to fire marshal. Thiele claimed he was effectively “laid off” from the assistant chief position, and trustees violated the township’s personnel policies and procedures by doing it. After township officials hired Fire Chief Steve Kelly, trustees reorganized the department by eliminating one of the two assistant chief positions and creating a fire marshal position. Thiele was moved from his position and made the fire marshal, even though he has been with the department longer than the other assistant chief, Daniel Mack, who was not reassigned. Thiele kept the same

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missed in December. Thiele’s allegations clashed with clear language used in the township’s personnel manual, Ohio law and common sense, according to the township’s motion to dismiss. The motion argues Thiele was not unemployed for any period of time, so it cannot be said he was laid off. In February, the two parties settled out of court. As part of the settlement agreement, Thiele was reassigned to the position of support services division chief. He will make $96,352 and will not be eligible for a raise this year. Thiele was unable to be reached for comment, as were trustees Ken Tracy, Mary Makley Wolff and Karl Schultz. Fire Chief Steve Kelly and Township Administrator Larry Fronk declined to comment.

salary when he was made the fire marshal. The move was not a demotion “by a long shot,” said Patricia Brooks, who was interim fire chief at the time. It was a way to better utilize Thiele’s code enforcement and arson investigation skills, she said. But Thiele took it worse than a demotion, and in his lawsuit claims trustees violated the township’s personnel policy by overlooking his seniority and removing him from the assistant chief position. The policy states, in part, “Layoffs shall be in inverse order of seniority within an employment status classification.” Thiele, who has been the assistant chief since 1992, sued to be reinstated to his old position. The township claims he was not laid off and filed to have the case dis-


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Special signs for special people By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — Late last year resident David Kahle approached Milford city officials about posting a sign in his neighborhood cautioning motorists that an autistic child lived there. Kahle was concerned about his 8-year-old autistic son, Parker,because their home is near the Little Miami River and a residential riverfront development under construction there was sending more traffic and seemingly more careless drivers past the house. Milford officials decid-

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Motorists in the city soon will be seeing “Please Drive With Caution” signs in residential areas designed to protect people of all ages with a variety of mental and physical challenges. The 24-inch by 36-inch signs have pictures depicting someone in a wheelchair, the side view of a head with the brain highlighted, two hands performing sign language and a blind person walking with a cane. “I love it,” David Kahle said. “I think the universal sign is great.” Milford Police Chief Jamey Mills said Kahle’s

original request was discussed at a safety services meeting “and the consensus was to explore signs that are of a little more general nature that could be placed at the entrances to residential neighborhoods that would alert drivers to be cautious of pedestrians with various special needs or afflictions, including deaf, blind and developmentally disabled residents. “The thought behind the more general signs is that we hope they would have greater good than such specific signage,” Mills said. Mills said he is unaware of other communities with

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similar signs. Milford Service Department supervisor Ed Hackmeister worked with a vendor to have the signs made at a cost to the city of $42 each. “We purchased six signs and will probably be erecting them on a request basis,” Mills said. Mills said Milford has proven its support of parents of autistic children in other ways. “In fact, we’re one of the only agencies in the area that participates in Project Lifesaver, a program that provides tracking bracelets for autistic children to use in the event that they go missing,” Mills said. Parker Kahle got the first bracelet, his father said. David Kahle is active in organizations that raise money for research into the cause of autism and

that advocate for people affected by the developmental disorder. For the fifth year in a row, Kahle is helping to present “Autism Rocks,” a day of music that will begin this year at noon Sunday, Feb. 9, at Lebos Sports Grill at 5869 Kellogg Ave. in the Cincinnati neighborhood of California. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds with benefit an international autism research and advocacy group called Autism Speaks. Visit for more information. For more information, visit Get regular Milford updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit


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McCormick's art students learned to weave with donated yarn. Art teacher, Donna Kroeger, had students create a colorful base with paint. THANKS TO MARY PAT HARRIS

Craft and create

Jasmine Banks and Abbey Saurers work on a coil pot in their fourth grade art class at McCormick Elementary. Students learn important vocabulary and techniques necessary to create a pot that will hold together when placed in the kiln. Abbey is scoring to join clay pieces together and Jasmine is rolling the clay between both hands to create the coil. THANKS TO MARY PAT HARRIS


cCormick are learning to creElementary ate using many difart students ferent mediums.

Sixth grade students at McCormick learn about artist Georgia O'Keefe. Jordan Gerwe creates a viewing window that he will tape down onto a copy of O'Keefe's work. He will create the small section of the work on black paper using chalk. Kroeger, art teachers, shows Jordan to tape the window onto his paper. THANKS TO MARY PAT HARRIS

"How do you make the penguins foot?" Thomas Murray checks in with art instructor, Donna Kroeger while working on a coil pot during art class at McCormick Elementary. Bryce Perkins, left, adds another section of coil to his pot while Luke Watson rolls clay in his hands to form a coil. THANKS TO MARY PAT HARRIS

A trunk full of care


Abby Brown, daughter of Barb and Tom Brown of Milford, has been named to the Ohio Northern University dean's list for the fall semester. She is a junior majoring in advertising design and minoring in marketing.

The Milford High School dance team recently delivered a trunk full of soap and toothpaste to a school in need.

URSULINE HONOR ROLL These area students made the second quarter honor roll at Ursuline Academy:

Allison Carter, Molly Grothaus, Colleen Johnston, Jennifer Little, Madison Manger, Meaghan Wheeler, Madeleine Wyche


Second honors

First honors

Milford High School senior and dance team captain Natalie Maltry delivers soap and toothpaste to South Avondale School the team collected during a fundraiser. Natalie learned about this opportunity through her mom, Cyndi Maltry, who is a member of the Ambassador Program for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Community Outreach program. Natalie and Cyndi along with Tori Ames, Cincinnati Children's Community Relations Program Manager, delivered a trunk full of items to Principal, Michael Allison, of the South Avondale School. THANKS TO CYNTHIA MALTRY

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Brianna Lyons, Claire Messer, Josephine Nunner, Caroline Weisgerber


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Mitchell grows into starring ‘roll’ for team By Mark D. Motz

MILFORD — Quick. Somebody call Charles Atlas. Racheal Mitchell has grown from a 97-pin weakling getting the proverbial sand kicked in her face to the stalwart of the Eagles’ girls bowling team. The Milford High School senior started her career inauspiciously last season, not even cracking triple digits in her tryout, but now she leads the team with a 154.2 average. Mitchell grew up playing recreational soccer and later delved into middle school basketball and volleyball. But bowling is her first and only varsity sport. She went out for the team to support a friend who needed a physical education credit and wound up enjoying the game. Maybe not a surprise, considering her parents and grand-

Milford High School senior Racheal Mitchel began her bowling career inauspiciously, but has turned into a team leader and all-league performer for the Eagles. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

parents all bowl. Younger brother Jeremiah, a Milford eighth-grade student, will be out for the team next season. But it was an ugly start. Mitchell tells a story of going

out in an early match and losing control of the ball on her backswing before she could even get to the lane. “It was pretty embarrassing throwing it behind me,” she said. “I didn’t really know anybody on the team yet except for my one friend I tried out with.” “When she first tried out for the team her first two tryouts were about an 97 average,” said head coach Frank Ritzman. (Mitchell said it was more like an 89) “But by the end of the season she was up to about a 127. She was definitely our most improved bowler. “This is my 10th year coaching here and I think the biggest improvement anyone has had from season to season is 34 pins. Anything over 30 pins is a huge, huge improvement. We’re amazed at how far she’s come so fast.” Mitchell said she had no idea how to bowl when she started. “I

was really bad. I was using my grandma’s ball, which was twice as old as I am.” Mitchell didn’t use any system from the back of a comic book to improve. Just gold oldfashioned hard work. “It’s a matter of work and mental discipline,” said Roger Bussell, the Milford assistant coach who works with the girls team. “Her has gotten pretty consistent from shot to shot. If you’re not able to repeat the same shot over and over you’re not going to score well.” Ritzman is glad to have a senior leader who came from humble beginnings. “It’s very important because we have a lot of underclassmen,” he said. “It’s important for those underclassmen to see somebody like Racheal who came in with no idea, who worked hard and who became an all-league performer because she worked hard at it.

“She takes it very seriously and she’s a great role model. She helps the other kids understand the game more, some of the technical points she’s picked up from the coaches.” And while she takes the game seriously, Mitchell said it’s enjoyable, too. “It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a team sport but it’s individualized. You can watch yourself grow even while you’re watching your team.” Mitchell hasn’t decided her future plans, but she carries a 3.75 grade-point average. Her experience in the Live Oaks veterinary assisting program makes her think she’d like to major in biology and eventually become a vet and a dog trainer. “I really enjoy bowling,” she said. “If I’m not bowling for a school in the future, I’m definitely going to keep playing in leagues.”

Goshen wrestler sees hard work pay off with all-SBC honor By Mark D. Motz

GOSHEN — The love, well, let’s just say the love will come a little bit later. For now there’s work to do. Troy Atwood walked out of the storage closet/office off the back wall of the wrestling room and right into a catcall from an assistant coach. “What do you have to say that takes that kind of time,” he asked. “You haven’t been alive that long.” While some of the wrestlers in the room snickered, the Goshen High School sophomore hopped into action unphased and started trading holds with his partner. Par for the course, that kind of focus translated to Atwood becoming the only Warrior grappler to earn 2014 firstteam all-Southern Buckeye Conference honors. “It feels good,” Atwood said of the recognition. “It wasn’t

Goshen High School sophomore Troy Atwood, right, was a 2014 first-team all-Southern Buckeye Conference performer wrestling at 138 pounds.MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

really a surprise, but it’s nice. I’ve worked hard. I’d go to two practices a day to get ready.” And if some coaches feel the need to keep his head from

swelling after his success, others said he’s worth pushing because of his potential. “He’s a good kid and he’s having a good season,” said head

coach Dallas Rise. “He works hard for it, too.” “It” being the 24-4 record Atwood compiled heading into the sectional tournament Feb. 14 and 15. He played football in the fall, an outside linebacker on the JV team. He likes both sports equally. “I couldn’t choose between them,” Atwood said - especially the physicality. “It’s physical and it’s tough on you. If anything, it’s going to better you because it keeps you in shape and it teaches you how to work hard. In the wrestling room, you’re going to face tough choices and you’re going to face tough choices in your life.” Atwood said one of the toughest decisions in the wrestling room is what weight class to wrestle, which might include bumping up and giving away size and strength or trying to cut weight to gain a size advantage while possibly suffering from diminished nutrition. He

said he is happy to have found a happy medium at 138 pounds. Atwood said science is his favorite subject in school - he’s studying biology right now - and that he has in interest in pursuing a career in pharmacy. He began wrestling in third grade at age 8. By age 10 he was taking private lessons and stretching beyond the local youth program. Nowadays he prefers to wrestle in the neutral position. “You can dominate the match on your feet,” he said. “Getting the first take down is huge. You can really swing momentum your way when you bring your guy down first, physically and mentally.” Atwood has a few more goals left to achieve this season. “I want to finish top two at sectionals, get the No. 1 seed at districts,” he said. “It just takes hard work. I want to go in there wrestling at sectionals like I know how to wrestle.”

Wrestler learns ‘nothing wrong with being king’ By Mark D. Motz

MILFORD — The jokes backfire. Badly. Cincinnati Country Day senior wrestler Omar Mustafa often hears hecklers calling him Mufasa, the name of Simba’s father in “The Lion King.” “I love it,” Mustafa said. “I love it. I can’t hide it. One of my favorite movies. Nothing wrong with being the king.” Mustafa can’t hide his love for wrestling, either. He took up the sport as a freshman just to get a required physical education credit, but found an irresistible attraction. “I ran cross country as a freshman just for the credit, too,” he said. “So I went out for wrestling and it was brutal. I was tired out of my mind. I told myself at the end of that first day I wasn’t going back. But I

Cincinnati Country Day senior wrestler Omar Mustafa grapples on the mat at 182 pounds and with weighty issues in the classroom. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

did. And I kept going back and I honestly didn’t know why I kept coming back.

“I was getting beat. Bad. I was just terrible. But later that season I finally won a match and I knew why I kept coming back. The reason I was wrestling was because for the first time in a while I could see the results of the hard work. I could see myself growing and gaining confidence.” Which Mustafa, a Milford resident, clearly does not lack these days. He’s an A student taking AP statistics, physics, calculus and a course on genocide, among other classes. He wants to be a cardiovascular surgeon and is trying to make up his mind about which college to attend next year from among the dozen that have accepted him. “One word I think of to describe Omar is loyalty,” said CCD head coach Dan Wood. “He’s our only fourth-year guy on the team. We haven’t had

somebody so dedicated to the program for so long in a long time. He works with the younger guys. He works with our middle school team. It’s made a huge difference.” Mustafa said he’s just repaying the sport that took him from a130-pound freshman with little self esteem into the 182-pound confident young man he’s become. “I’m convinced that without wrestling, I wouldn’t have the good grades I do,” he said . “When you get home and have a lot of work and feel tired, you just buckle down and do it. I’ve done harder things (on the mat). Wrestling teaches you to persevere.” And leadership. “Omar has become a leader,” Wood said. “He’s great at anticipating needs and filling them. “He’s like a wrestler coach, especially with such a young

team. He’s been through it a few times and knows what we teach and how we teach. If we’re teaching a technique and he’s paired with a younger guy which he has been all season this year - he’s talking them through it while they’re doing it on him.” Mustafa hopes to win a match in the sectional tournament for the first time. Woods said it’s a reasonable goal and one he could reach with the right draw. But mostly Mustafa wants to savor his last few weeks on the mat. “The first time I won a match I remember how I felt and what it meant,” he said. “But honestly, every time I wrestle is my favorite memory because I learn something new. I love that aspect of the sport. You’re always learning, there’s always more to do.”

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FEBRUARY 19, 2014 • CJN-MMA • A7

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Mark D. Motz and Scott Springer

Boys basketball

» Clermont Northeastern lost 56-45 to Norwood in the Southern Buckeye Conference tournament Feb. 15. The Rockets go into Division III sectional tournament action Feb. 22 against Clark Montessori with the winner meeting Felicity-Franklin Feb. 26. The sectional finals are scheduled for March 1 at Wilmington College. » Batavia beat Goshen 54-42 Feb. 15. The Warriors enter Division II sectional tournament play Feb. 22 against Woodward at Mason. » Milford raced to a 30point halftime lead on its way to a 78-39 win over Glen Este Feb. 11. The Eagles improved to 11-9 (6-5 Eastern Cincinnati Conference). Will Hannah led Milford 13 points. Trevor Bullock added 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Milford made nine out of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to post a 68-65 upset of Walnut Hills Feb. 15. Will Hannah scored a career-high 23 points. The Eagles close the regular season Feb. 19 against Northwest before entering Division I sectional play Feb. 22 against Oak Hills at Hamilton. The winner meets Wilmington or Sycamore Feb. 26 at Hamilton with the sectional final scheduled for March 2 at the Cintas Center. » McNicholas High School beat Turpin 59-44

Feb. 11. Danny Byrne and Zach McCormick led their respective teams with 18 points each. McNick had regular season games scheduled Feb. 17 at Hamilton Badin and Feb. 18 at home against Chaminade Julienne before tipping off Division II sectional action against Batavia Feb. 22 at Mason. » Moeller beat Roger Bacon 59-48 on Feb. 11 as senior Grant Benzinger had 19 points.

Girls tournament basketball

» New Richmond beat Clermont Northeastern 35-13 Feb. 15 in the first round of the Division II sectional at Withrow. The Lions play Feb. 19 against the winner of the Feb. 17 game between McNicholas and Taft with the sectional finals scheduled for Feb. 22. » Goshen met Taylor after Press deadlines Feb. 17 in the first round of the Division II sectional at Withrow. The winner advances to face Wyoming Feb. 19 with the sectional finals set for Feb. 22. » Milford scored the first seven points of the second half on its way to a 49-35 over Turpin Feb. 15 in the opening round of the Division I sectional tournament at Kings. Brooke McDonald led the way with her seventh doubledouble of the year (14 points and 13 rebounds) while adding four blocked shots. The Eagles advanced to meet Mercy Feb. 18 after Press deadlines. The winner plays either Middletown or Winton Woods in the sectional

finals Feb. 22.

Tournament swimming

» Milford finished 28th in the girls Division I district team standings Feb. 15 at Miami University. Carolyn Storch posted season-best times in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke good for 22nd and 25th, respectively. The 400 free relay team of Storch, Skyler Fontaine, Chelsea Sick and Haley Kennedy placed14th. The14th while the 200 free relay of Fontaine, Sick, Kennedy and Abby Leatherwood placed 18th, both in season-best times. The Milford boys did not score in the district meet Feb. 14 despite all three relay squads and senior Alex Hahn in the 100 butterfly recording season-best times. » McNicholas High School finished 14th in the Division II girls district meet Feb.15. Senior divers Abby and Maddie Mitchell qualified for state, as did sophomore Shelby Miller in the 200 and 500 freestyle. » Moeller won the Division I sectional meet at Mason Feb. 7. Sophomore Cooper Hodge won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and junior Noah Worobetz took the 100 backstroke. The Crusaders won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. At the Division I district meet at Miami University Feb.14, Hodge also won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to qualify for the state meet. Worobetz qualified by finishing second in the 100 back and

senior Greg Nymberg was second in the100 butterfly. Moeller was district champion in the 200 medley relay (sophomore Jake Peloquin, Nymberg, Hodge, N.Worobetz). The Crusaders were second in the 200 free relay (senior Kyle Smith, senior Tory Worobetz, Peloquin, Nymberg) and the 400 free relay (junior Kevin George, Nymber, Hodge, N. Worobetz). Other state qualifiers were George and N. Worobetz in the 200 free; Peloquin and T. Worobetz in the 100 fly; George and senior Fritz Josephson in the 500 free and Peloquin in the 100 back.

Tournament wrestling

» CNE took fifth in the Division III sectional tournament at Blanchester. Five wrestlers advanced to the Feb. 21 and 22 district tournament at Hobart Arena including sectional runner-up Seth Chambers (106), thirdplace finishers Logan Krebs (132) and Josh Forkner (182) and fourthplace finishers Kaden Brown (120) and Brycen Gott (126). » Goshen placed fifth in the Division II sectional tournament at Western Brown. Sterling Briggs (145) won a sectional title for the Warriors. Alan Fastovich (126), Tanner Rahm (132) and Troy Atwood (138) each placed second. Morgan Huff (106) and Jonathan Duncil (285) took third while Lucas Fastovich (113) finished fourth. All of them advanced to the district meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Wilmington.

» Milford finished eighth in the Division I sectional team standings at Hamilton. Jack Noll (160) was a sectional runner-up to advance to the district tournament Feb. 21 and 22 at Fairmont. He will be joined by Jake Ashcraft who took third at 220. » McNicholas High School finished 11th in the team standings in the Division II sectional tournament at Western Brown. » Moeller won the Division I sectional at Lebanon Feb. 15. Champions were Conner Ziegler (120), Connor Borton (126) and Dakota Sizemore (182). Runners-up were Jaelen Summerours (113), Jacoby Ward (132), Stuart Morton (145), Quinton Rosser (170), Gerald Thornberry (195), Chalmer Frueauf (220) and Jack Meyer (285). Drew Hobbs (138) and Austin Bohenek (160) were third and Cooper Graves (106) were fourth and Johnathan Tallarigo (152) was sixth.

Tournament bowling

» Goshen was runnerup behind Hamilton Badin - just four pins off the winning score - in the Division II sectional tournament Feb. 13 to advance to the district tourney at BeaverVu Lanes Feb. 20 in Beavercreek. Junior Hannah Schafer led the Warriors with a 527 series good for second place individually.

Coaches needed

» Clermont Northeastern High School and Middle School have several open football coaching positions for next season and

seek energetic, experienced football coaches who are good role models. Openings include middle school head coach, varsity coordinators and JV head coach. Teaching positions may be available in the school district for the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants need, eight-hour fundamentals of coaching course, completion of CPR course (approved by the American Red Cross), completion of four-hour sports medicine or sports safety course (approved by American Red Cross), completion of concussion in sports class, possess or have the ability to obtain a pupil activity permit issued by the Ohio Department of Education, BCI and FBI background check. Questions? Contact athletic director Mike Kirk (, 625-1211, ext.115) or varsity head coach Larry Blackstone (, 740-215-1314). Application deadline: March 23.

Hall of Fame

McNicholas High School will host its annual women's and men’s hall of fame evenings on Feb. 26 and 27, respectively. Tickets are $25 presale, $30 at the door, and include dinner catered by Carrabba’s. Both events open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar; dinner is served at 7 p.m. Reserve your tickets at Questions? Contact Susan Rohlfs at srohlfs@ or 513-231-3500 ext. 5142.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Clermont League of Women Voters meeting

25 February 2014 – 6:30 PM; Union Twp. Civic Center, Queen City Room Ohio has changed its funding of local government: county, township, city, & village. It has not only changed its funding priorities, it has reduced funding at all levels. Funding was drastically cut last year and will be cut further if the legislature agrees with the governor’s new budget. While funding has gone down, expenditures have not. We will have representatives from the county, Miami and Monroe townships, Amelia, Milford, and New Richmond. This is a vital issue to all residents of Clermont County, all residents of Ohio in fact. There will be many ideas for funding and expense reduction discussed. You, as taxpayers, need to hear them, consider them, and determine the best way to keep governments running effectively. Listen, learn and inform yourself. No problem goes away through wishing. Bring a friend, bring a sibling, or bring a spouse. Remember, the League is not just for women, it welcomes members of all genders. This is an open meeting. Get yourselves ready to vote in the upcoming elections. The Civic Center is located at 4350 Aicholtz Road. Len Harding Milford

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health care costs, one undeniable explanation is the poor physical health of so many Americans. Exercise is something every person can do to control the rising costs of health care and improve quality of life.” Let us heed the advice of Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” Lessen the likelihood of becoming one of the aforementioned statistics; enroll in a program today that will bring you or someone you care about closer to the goal of continued independence and improved health for 2014. Do something good for yourself to start the New Year: get active and prevent a fall. Pam Burton and Victoria GlaugClermont YMCA.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Colorado and Washington have legalized retail sale of marijuana. Is this a good idea? Should Ohio follow suit? Why or why not?

“It would probably be a good idea to legalize marijuana in the long run. All Cheech and Chong jokes aside, it is already illegally a major cash crop in Kentucky. However, policies would have to be in place to keep it out of hands of minors, away from the unhealthy addicts, and easier to obtain for chemotherapy patients.” TRog

“I have not smoked anything in over 44 years but I don’t see why we should continue to spend huge amounts of law enforcement and incarceration funds on the relatively harmless practice of smoking pot. “Our police have a lot more productive things to do to enhance our safety than catching pot growers and smokers.” F.S.D.

“Yes. But it won't happen here anytime soon. Enforcing the laws against use and possession of marijuana costs the taxpayers millions of dollars every year, and I believe that possession of small amounts of marijuana is harmless to the general public. “Having that on one's record will seriously impede one's future, whether it is applying for financial aid to go to college, trying to obtain certain kinds of finances, and prohibiting specific types of employment. “According to Harvard drug economist Jeffrey Miron: ‘$8.7 billion in savings to our government would result from legalization of marijuana.’ This is just savings from trying to enforce the prohibition. It doesn't include the potential income from taxes, employment opportunities for retail establishments, and by-products that could be used throughout our industrial businesses. Frankly, we need the money. “Aside from that, a recent article (October, 2013) by the Huffington Post states that 58



components of exercise - agility, balance coordination, power and speed. The classes are fun and members report noticeable improvement in many areas. Many participants have never exercised in a class or fitness center before! According to Robert E. Sallis, M.D., faculty member of the American College of Sports Medicine and chair of the Exercise is Medicine initiative, “Everyone should start or renew an exercise program now as an investment in life-long health. Every person, regardless of age or health, is responsible for his or her own physical activity. There are far more reasons to exercise than excuses not to.” Additionally Dr. Sallis states, “While there are numerous reasons for soaring

called Moving for Better Balance. This research-based program uses the principals and movements of Tai Victoria Chi to improve Glaug COMMUNITY PRESS balance, flexibility, and GUEST COLUMNIST confidence in performing daily routines. SilverSneakers® is another older adult fitness program offered in Clermont County through several organizations. This national program includes classes with a focus on maintaining independent lifestyles and lessening the likelihood of a fall. In class, exercises and activities are designed to improve five skill related

adults. Additionally, one in three adults (age 65 and older) falls each year. These falls may cause adults to be Pam forced to limit Burton COMMUNITY PRESS their activities, which GUEST COLUMNIST contribute to the loss of mobility and overall physical fitness, increasing the likelihood of additional falls. The participation in fall prevention programs and sustained efforts to increase physical fitness is critical for seniors. Several programs offered locally can help older adults improve their overall fitness levels. One such program is

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NEXT QUESTION Do you agree with premise of Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., lawsuit that the Obama administration is violating the Fourth Amendment by the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting Americans’ phone metadata and requesting a ruling that would halt the program and purge all previously collected data from government databases? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

percent of the American people are in favor of allowing the plant to be legal. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. About 40 percent of Americans admit to having tried it, including more than one president of the United States. “We have been mislead by the ‘addictive properties’ of the drug. Marijuana leads to dependence in around 9-10 percent of adult users. Cocaine hooks about 20 percent of its users, and heroin gets 25 percent of its users addicted. “The worst culprit is tobacco, with 30 percent of its users becoming addicted. The medical uses of marijuana are already well-known and perhaps that is a solid first step that could be realized in Ohio.” D.P.

“It always amazes me that many of those who support marijuana being legalized are against cigarettes being smoked! That aside, this issue really comes down to analysis. “Some would say that marijuana is considered a gateway drug: one that is a first step into a world of harder, more impactful drugs, like cocaine, crack, and heroin, as if those participating will continue non-stop down a path seeking the next high. “Make no mistake, there are those tendencies in some. Others would say that it is nothing more than drug war propaganda.

“One of the greatest things about this country is the ability to have different laws and behaviors in different states as part of this great American experiment. With two states already testing this ground, and several more doing so by ignoring pot in general, statistical analysis will determine if those in society will: take to the option to smoke in similar numbers to those currently participating illegally, or in wild abandon dramatically increase the number of ‘ne'r do well potheads.’ “Additionally, we will see if the drug truly acts as a gateway and these two states see steady increases in usage of other illicit drugs. The beauty of this for Ohioans is the ability to sit back and watch the results. “Those desiring a more participatory role can always book a flight! Just remember to pack snacks...” C.T.

“What a can of worms! Marijuana in any form, for any purpose, medical or recreational, is illegal according to federal law. However, the man currently in the White House, our nation’s chief executive officer, has taken it entirely upon himself to determine just what laws he will or will not execute. “This is in spite of this oath which he has willingly and voluntarily taken twice: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ “That oath is the rock-bottom foundational Constitutional requirement EVERY president has sworn to do, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Faithfully executing the office of president includes enforcing all laws! “We now have a president who deliberately violates his twice-sworn oath of office which in turn emboldens a bunch of knuckleheads in several states to ‘legalize’ an illegal substance with certain restrictions of their own, which they claim they will enforce! If these people have taken it

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upon themselves to knowingly violate federal law, are we really supposed to expect them to be honorable upstanding law-abiding citizens? “We Americans of every stripe and in every state are now supposed to support and respect law-breakers in multiple states who are counting on the president of the United States to continue to violate his oath. Further, they expect us to believe that they will faithfully enforce the restrictions they have placed upon the growing, distribution and sale of marijuana within their states. “Let me see if I’ve got this straight; you recklessly violate federal law but we are to believe that you will faithfully enforce your illegal law. Talk about mind-boggling. “What happens when a new president takes office? How will it look when governors and legislators are thrown into federal prison along with hundreds of marijuana growers and distributors? “Here’s a thought to toss around in your mind: ‘I am a resident of Colorado and I am making a claim on my ObamaCare for my marijuana addiction because it was a pre-existing condition. I expect my doctor to write prescriptions for marijuana to assist me with controlling my addiction and I expect Medic-Aid to pay all of those costs.’ Duh… “I’ll close this diatribe with a somewhat rhetorical question: What additional laws will our leaders choose to ignore or break (besides those already at this stage such as immigration)?” R.V.

“Sure, tax it and use money to educate public on dangers of the strong drugs especially herein. “Medical use has proven to be a relief for debilitating pain. This is especially needed for elderly who have exhausted pills. .” Walter

“Yes, I think we should allow it, after all if someone wants to smoke they will and while it is legal we can regulate and tax the product.”

Community Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 591-6163 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.




Author Jessica Fellowes answers questions about the PBS show “Downton Abbey,” which was created by her uncle Julian Fellowes, during a Library Foundation luncheon Jan. 25. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Downton encounter


ans of the popular PBS show “Downton Abbey” had the chance to rub elbows with creator Julian Fellowes’ niece, author Jessica Fellowes, at a recent luncheon in the Garfield Suites Buckeye Room, thanks to the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The event raised almost $2,000. Jessica Fellowes, who wrote the books “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” and “The World of Downton Abbey,” signed copies and answered questions over lunch with a small group before her talk at the Main Library the same day. The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise and allocate funds to expand and enhance the programs and services offered by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.



Author Jessica Fellowes, left, meets Library Board Member Barb Trauth and the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library Kim Fender THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Milford residents Judy Sheakley, left, and Claudia McDaniel meet author Jessica Fellowes at a recent event conducted by The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Jessica Fellowes signs one of her books for Library Foundation Board Member Tom Huenefeld. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH Author Jessica Fellowes, left, talks with Milford resident and Little Miami Publishing Co. owner Barbara Gargiulo. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Loveland resident Kim Peet, left, and Milford resident Barbara Gargiulo, right, meet author Jessica Fellowes at a recent event benefiting The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Library Board Member and Hyde Park resident Barb Trauth meets Jessica Fellowes at a benefit for The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Indian Hill resident Sue Mills has her “Downton Abbey“ book signed by author Jessica Fellowes. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Drink Tastings Paired Wine Tasting: Blind Tasting III, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Featuring wine specialist TJ Christie of Cutting Edge Wines, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music with Amelia Ballard and Peggy Jordan. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-2880668; Union Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:40-2:20 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, 4421 Aicholtz Road, Pool Room. All levels welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. 240-5180. Eastgate. Beginner Restorative Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., A Healers Place, 150 Main St., Candlelight class focuses on stretching connective tissue to help with flexibility, breathing to reduce stress and intro into meditation. $10. --. Batavia.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Delve into science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, look into Native American origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

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

Union Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Benefits Baron Bash, 6:30-11:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony preceded by dinner, drinks, silent and live auction, grand raffle as well dancing and more. Benefits Amelia Athletic Boosters. $50. Reservations required. 319-9522; Union Township.

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

Nature Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Spend morning looking for birds. Ages 18 and up. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Goshen Township. Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Tours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mt Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. 2405180. Union Township. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1177 W. Ohio Pike, $7. 675-0954. Amelia. Zumba with KC, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, All levels welcome. $5. 240-5180. Union Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. 683-0491; Loveland.

Nature Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 Art & Craft Classes

Stroll along fields and forests from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road in Goshen Township. Ages 18 and up only. The walk is free for members, non-members pay daily admission, $8. For more information, call 831-1711 or visit PHOTO a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 28 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6$6.50. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes

Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia.


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Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, Noon-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Tours: 1 and 2 p.m. Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

Social Media Seminar for Businesses, Noon-1 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Learn how establishing and integrating the right online tools can help you amplify your reach, grow your business and make more money. Free. Registration required. Presented by Digital Torch. 535-0913; Union Township.

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

MONDAY, FEB. 24 Auctions Charity Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., Butterbee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4022 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Different charity picked each month. Free admission. 252-5343. Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. 2405180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., $5. 240-5180. Bethel.

Nature Maple Syrup for Homeschoolers, 10 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, You and your child discover everything you need to know about making maple syrup. $4. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable.

Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township. Pilates, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Focusing on strengthening core muscles. Improve flexibility and strength for overall body. $6. 947-7333. Union Township.


SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:40-2:20 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, $5. 240-5180. Eastgate. Beginner Restorative Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., A Healers Place, $10. --. Batavia.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11

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

Nature Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Puppy Social, Noon-1 p.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township.


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Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1117 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Doors open 4:30 p.m. Free. 248-2999. Milford.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9:30-10:40 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, $5. 240-5180. Union Township. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Calvin Presbyterian Church, $7. 675-0954. Amelia. Zumba with KC, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, $5. 240-5180. Union Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 683-0491; Loveland.

Nature Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Undercroft. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Milford.

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, Noon-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.



Dining Events

Exercise Classes

WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180. Bethel.

Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Pilates, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, $6. 947-7333. Union Township.

Nature Herpetology Program, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, PowerPoint programs on reptiles and amphibians. Ages 18

and up. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society. 831-1711. Union Township.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:40-2:20 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, $5. 240-5180. Eastgate. Beginner Restorative Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., A Healers Place, $10. --. Batavia.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Shopping Spring Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Refreshments and preview of selection of spring floral designs, wreaths and seasonal accessories. Special discounts. 697-9484. Loveland.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6$6.50. 575-2102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, shrimp, chicken, fries, mac and cheese, baked potato, salad, slaw, soup, grilled cheese and more. Dinner or a la carte pricing. Price varies. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 318, $5-$8. 231-6477; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7333. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.


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Comfort food can help you get through winter

No-peek herbed dumplings

First, have your soup, stew or even canned broth boiling. I like to put these on top of chicken soup. The secret to fluffy dumplings? Don’t peek!

1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned lightly into cup and leveled off 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste Palmful fresh minced parsley (optional) 1 ⁄2 cup milk or bit more, if needed 3 tablespoons butter

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add parsley. Make a well in center. Heat milk with butter until butter melts. Pour into well and mix. Dough will look sort of shaggy. Add a bit more milk, if necessary. Don’t over mix. Sometimes there’s a bit of dry mixture in the bottom of the bowl. Just leave it. Turn heat down on soup to simmer. Use an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray to drop dumplings carefully on top of

liquid, leaving space in between for expansion. Put lid on. No peeking! Simmer anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes, or until largest dumpling is done: cut in half to test. Dumpling will be cooked through and not soggy in middle. Dumplings expand to double or even triple. Depending upon size, you’ll get eight or more.

Quick beef stroganoff

I only know her by her first name, Sherry. We almost collided at the store. Sherry was buying ingredients for this recipe and when I told her it sounded so good, she gave me her copy! “I have another at home,” she said. I followed her recipe pretty close, with a few adaptations. Worth sharing! 1 pound flank steak Olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon minced garlic (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Hot paprika or a little cayenne, to taste 6-8 oz. fresh exotic mushrooms or regular mushrooms, sliced 11⁄2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons flour 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream plus more for garnish Several green onions, sliced Nice pat of butter, about a tablespoon or so Cooked noodles

Slice beef across grain 1 ⁄4-inch wide strips, then cut strips in half. Film bottom of pan with oil and heat to medium high. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and add onion, garlic, seasonings and mushrooms to pan and cook until mushrooms are tender, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Reduce heat to medium. Mix 1⁄4 cup beef broth with flour to make a paste. Add to pan along with beef, stirring well. Stir in 1-1⁄4 cups broth, cover and cook until sauce thickens. Adjust seasonings. Stir in sour

Don’t peek in the pot if you want these dumplings to be fluffy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

cream, green onions and butter. Serve over noodles and pass sour cream.

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Thriftway’s tortellini salad. Western Hills reader Mark Wiggershaus would like to have this recipe or something similar. “It had an earthy taste and was very good,” Mark said. Like Frisch’s or Jock’s batter for deep-fried fish. Reader Tom Ohmer would love to have a similar recipe. Blue Ash Chili’s coleslaw. Reader Mike R. said: “Everywhere I go, I never find two coleslaws alike. Everyone has his or her own taste and ingredients. In my personal opinion, Blue Ash Chili in has the best coleslaw, creamy and sweet. Does anyone have a recipe for

this version of slaw?” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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My friend, Charlene Castle, known as the dumplin’ queen around here, is a Southern girl who makes her dumplings with soft, self-rising Rita flour and Heikenfeld hot water. RITA’S KITCHEN She doesn’t use measuring cups; she uses special bowls like her mom. Real heirloom cooking. “Roll them out, put them in the chicken and broth. They’ll thicken it,” she said. I make dumplings, too, but mine are the kind you scoop up and plop on top of soup or stew. Fun to make. Granddaughter Eva, almost 6, is pretty good at making these dumplings. It won’t be long before I get her little sis, Emerson, up on the stool to help, as well.

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Law would license car repair shops Motor vehicle repairs continue to top the list of consumer complaints received by the Ohio Attorney General. In most cases, that office is very limited in its ability to help solve the consumer problems. That’s why Ohio State Sen. Joe Uecker (RMiami Township) has introduced legislation that would require mechanic repair facilities to be licensed. Right now there are more than 4,000 such repair shops operating without any oversight. Only body repair shops are currently licensed in Ohio. “This bill will not only level the playing field, it will also protect consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something happen to their vehicle while at the repair shop,” Uecker said. The state licensing agency would also help resolve complaints filed by vehicle owners, such as Kimberly Thorpe of Liberty Township. She


was told she needed a new engine for her 2004 Chrysler Sebring. So, she took it to a Howard repair Ain shop HEY HOWARD! where, she said, it sat for more than a year. Thorpe eventually took the vehicle to a dealership and was told some parts were missing. In addition, she was told a new engine would cost $5,500 to $6,000 – yet she had already spent more than twothirds that amount with that first repair shop. Thorpe says she gave that first shop owner one more chance to fix the vehicle, but she never got her engine. Instead she has parts in the back seat and the trunk of her vehicle, but no engine under the hood. Angel Hale-Frater, of Blue Ash, is also upset with the dealership to


which she took her overheating SUV. She paid $1,500 for the repair but, after getting it back, she discovered the SUV was still overheating. She returned the vehicle to the dealership and said the manager told her, “We make mistakes all the time.” Then she was told new repairs needed would cost nearly double what she had already paid. “If they had presented me with, ‘Your car needs upwards of $2,000 plus of work,’ I would have said, ‘No.’ I bought it seven years ago, it had 35,000 miles on it, its now got 130,000 miles,” Hale-Frater said. Fortunately, after filing a complaint with me, the dealership agreed to deduct the cost of that first repair from Hale-Frater’s second bill. However, she still ended up paying more than $2,000 for the repairs. Uecker said he hopes the repair shop licensing legislation will be passed by the end of this


Saint Mary Church,Bethel

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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


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

Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

Contemporary Worship.........9:30am Sunday School......................9:30am

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

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

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201


Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am


Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

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


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

Tod Heckaman R. Tod Heckaman, 98, Milford, died Feb. 6. Survived by children Susan (Carl) Pierson, Dave (Carol) Heckaman; grandchildren Lisa (Matt Wischmeyer), Melanie, Brian (Margo Sidell) Pierson, Jennifer, Andrew Heckaman. Preceded in death by wife Jane Heckaman. Services were Feb. 12 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. Memorials to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or Crossroads Hospice.

Glynn Johnson Glynn A. Johnson, 67, died Feb. 8. He worked for Procter & Gamble. He was a veteran of the Army and Ohio National Guard, a 44-year member of Oakley Lodge 668 F&AM, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Syrian Shrine and Milford American Legion Victor Stier Post 450. Survived by wife Judith Ivers Johnson; sons Douglas, Gregory (Marni) Johnson; granddaughter Kayla Johnson; brothers

Charles (Betty), Larry (Donna) Johnson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents Charles, Hazelle Adams Johnson. Services were Feb. 13 at St. Andrew Church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to Shriners Hospital or St. Andrew School Alumni Scholarship Fund, 552 Main St., Milford, OH 45150.

Robert Lay Robert C. Lay, 83, Miami Township, died Feb. 7. He was retired from the Air Force. Survived by wife Shirley Lay; daughter Gina (Ryan) Barnhart; grandchildren Jason, Gary, Chris Lay, Emily Barnhart; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter Lisa Lay, grandson Paul Lay, parents Lawrence, Arvena Lay, siblings Jean Hopper, Paul, George, Carl Lay. Services were Feb. 11 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home. Memorials to: First Baptist Church of Mount Repose, 6088 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford, OH 45150.

Carl Lindell Carl Anders Lindell, 73, died Feb. 10. Survived by wife Ann Lindel; children Ross (Bella), Pax (Abby) Lindell; grandchildren Frances, Jeb, Barrett, Liv. Services were Feb. 14 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Arrangements Lindell by CraverRiggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, OH, 45174, Crossroads Hospice, 4360 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or a charity of the donor’s choice.




Epiphany United Methodist Church

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

Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director Sunday Morning Service Times are: 8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am

Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

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

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

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

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James David Fisher, 77, died Feb. 7. He was a plant manager for Cincinnati Gas & Electric. Survived by wife Marie Liming Fisher; children David (Lisa), Joseph, Steven, Lauralee (Kevin) Fisher, Angela (Mark) Barrier; stepchildren Herschel Liming, Sandi Frey, Sherri Martin, Shauna Shaffer, Sonya McQuitty; siblings Ted, Ron, Rick Fisher, Jewlene Cartier, Glana Bates; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Arbutis Mary “Beauty” Fisher, parents Lester, Iva Lee Fisher, siblings Geneva, Carey, Mike. Services were Feb. 11 at Evans Funeral Home.

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

Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center)


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“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Phone 734-4041 509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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Trinity United Methodist

3398 Ohio SR 125

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

year. I suggested, and the legislature will consider, requiring shop owners to post a small bond. That would assure vehicle owners get compensated should there be a problem collecting from a repair shop “The board could verify and monitor compliance with state laws, giving consumers the ability to identify those service centers that are registered. Every Ohioan deserves to feel confident that repairs on their vehicles are performed safely and professionally,” Uecker said. No such licensing is currently required in Kentucky. If you’d like to express your feelings about the bill write to Sen.Joe Uecker at


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

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

Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has a few openings for the upcoming school year. There are openings in the 18-24 months class. Parent’s Day Out class as well as the 4-year-old and PreK afternoon classes. The purpose is to provide a place where children can learn in a loving Christian atmosphere. For more information, call the Wee Three Kings office at 683-4256. The church offers three worship services – two contemporary and one traditional. Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. are contemporary services and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. All services have Sunday school and a professionally staffed nursery available for infants through 3-yearolds. For more information, call the church office. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;www.epiphany

First Baptist Church, Milford “Does God Care that I Am Hurting: Consolation in Suffering,” is the topic of special services at 6 p.m. for two consecutive Sunday evenings, March 2, and March 9, at the church. Special speakers have been scheduled to present

practical helps for those suffering from severe pain, and offer practical helps for their families. Also, Monday sessions will be held at 7 p.m. on March 3, and March 10. These will be open question and answer sessions. The public is invited. It is free. For more information, call 575-1705 or check The church is at 7 Fleetwood Lane, Milford; 575-1705;

Jesuit Spiritual Center

The Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford is sponsoring overnight Ignatian retreats based on the “Spiritual Exercises” of St. Ignatius, including” Cardinal Bernadin” (men) offered March 7-9 with director Tom Ryan, SJ; “Children of Mary” (women) March 14-16 with director Tom Ryan SJ. The retreats are silent and held on the Center’s quiet 37-acre campus. Women’s Journey Weekend – Seasons of Life is being offered March 21-23. Like the season of nature, we know the cycle of life, growth, harvesting gifts and dying through our experience of living day by day. Along with some guided prayer, participants will meet individually with a spiritual director and have ample quiet time for personal reflection on the


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RELIGION Continued from Page B4 seasons of her journey of life. Come and discover for yourself how the practices and insights of Ignatian Spirituality — the Spiritual Exercises, discernment, Ignatian prayer, and the Daily Examen — can help you find God right where you are. Tuesday, March 11 — Where Can I Find God? -- Fr. John Ferone, SJ Tuesday, March 18 — How Can I Pray? Try the Daily Examen, TBA Tuesday, March 25 — Finding God in All Things – Fr. Pat Fairbanks, SJ Tuesday, April 1 — Discernment: Making Inspired Choices – Fr. Tom Ryan, SJ Tuesday, April 8 — Contemplatives in Action – Being Men & Women for Others – Mary Anne Reece For information on any of the retreats or to register, call 248-3500, ext. 10, or visit the center’s website. The center is at 5361 S. Milford Road, Milford; 248-3500; www.jesuitspiritualcenter.ocm.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is looking forward with excitement to the new year. The church welcomed new choir director, Randy Pennington, and his family in recent months. He is a Professor of Music at NKU and brought new enthusiasm to the choir. His wife, Suzanne, and son, Brock and Keith, have joined the choir. The church also welcomed its new pastor, Rev. Dr. Lonnie Darnell and his wife, Melody, in January. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;;

Loveland United Methodist Church

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

Milford First United Methodist Church

WAVE Free Community Dinners are 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14, No church service is attached, no reservations are needed and all are welcome to these family-friendly meals. The meals are free; donations are accepted. Call 831-5500, or visit the church website for more information The church is at 541 Main St.,

Milford; 831-5500;www.milford

Milford Trinity United Methodist Church

The Alpha Course, presented on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, is a practical introduction to the Christian faith that gives one an opportunity to learn more about Jesus, Christianity and the meaning of life. The course is presented in a relaxed, friendly and nonintimidating way. Each session has a video segment and discussion about the “question of the week.” Designed for the unchurched, established Christians can also benefit from participating in Alpha. Participants are also welcome to come to Stone Soup dinner at 6 p.m. in the Christian Center prior to the Alpha meeting. For more information or questions, contact the office visit the website The church is at 5767 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262;

Trinity United Methodist Church

The church is presenting the Alpha Course, which gives one the opportunity to learn more about Jesus, Christianity and the meaning of life. It is presented on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a video segment and discussion. Participants are also welcome to attend Stone Soup dinner at 6 p.m. prior to the Alpha meeting. Contact the church office or visit the website for more information. Weekly Sunday services are: Traditional at 8:15 and 11 a.m. with contemporary worship (and children’s Sunday school) at 9:30 a.m. Trinity at 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262;

TriHealth Orthopedic & Spine Institute welcomes Dr. Brian Crellin

As a physician member of the TriHealth Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Dr. Crellin treats pediatric and adult patients for a wide range of general orthopedic needs, including surgery. He has received extensive training in orthopedic surgery, along with subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine and advanced arthroscopy techniques. During his fellowship he served as covering physician for local professional and collegiate athletic teams, and was particularly involved in research on ACL reconstruction and shoulder injuries to baseball pitchers. Call us today for more information, 513 246 2300.


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Incidents/investigations Assault female was assaulted in Ameristop lot at Ohio 28, Jan. 22. Burglary TV and I-pad taken; $1,200 at 509 Commons, Jan. 25. Theft services for rental of mortar mixier not paid at Mr. Rental; $1,235.40 at Ohio 28, Jan. 20. concrete mixer not returned to Mr. Rental; $1,284 at Ohio 28, Jan. 20. motor taken from sewer system; $1,000 at 6405 Pheasant Run, Jan. 22. merchandise taken from Kroger; $34 at Dick Flynn Blvd., Jan. 22. heaters, etc. taken; $650 at 5669 McCormick Trail, Jan. 23. merchandise taken from Kroger; $5 at Ohio 28, Jan. 23. gift cards taken; $200 at 969 Ohio 28 #91, Jan. 24. I-Pad taken from vehicle at Greenies; $500 at Ohio 28, Jan. 25. dinner bell taken; $1,500 at 5572 Betty Lane, Jan. 25. gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $28 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 25. tools taken from vehicle; $580 at 1324 Woodville, Jan. 26. TV, GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,700 at 947 Ohio 28 #10, Jan. 26. Unauthorized use 2006 Cadillac taken; $6,000 at 2 Wildwood, Jan. 24. 2000 Chevrolet taken; $6,000 at 5773 Crestview, Jan. 25. Vandalism, theft rented equipment at Mr. Rental, was damaged; $19,609 loss at Ohio 28, Jan. 20. Violation of protection order female reported offense at 320

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MILFORD Arrests/citations Matthew S Robbe, 23, 6298 Robert E. Lee Drive, contempt of court, Jan. 27. Andrew P. Panioto, 21, 5698 Roan Road, contempt of court, Jan. 27. Megan J. Plavsic, 27, 6609 Goshen Road, contempt of court, Jan. 27. Robert Holtzclaw, 19, 5437 Bailey Drive, theft, Jan. 27. Hayley R. Jaeger, 19, 621 Ibold Road, driving under influence, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Jan. 28. Sharkisha Willis, 21, 1828 Oakbrook, contempt of court, Jan. 28. Nicole A. Horne, 31, Springmill Way, contempt of court, Jan. 28. Ashley D. Calhoun, 23, 1283 Pebblebrook, contempt of court, Jan. 29. Jamie L. Groh, 33, 5806 Elder St., contempt of court, Jan. 29. Lacey A. Glass, 27, 3846 Beavercreek Circle, theft, Jan. 29. Cory M. Opp, 32, 1 Promont Court, driving under influence, Jan. 29. Marvin Hodge Iii, 38, 894 Mohawk Trail, driving under suspension, Jan. 30. Kevin N. Collins, 28, 1538 Clough Pike, driving under suspension, Jan. 30. Jason E. Turner, 27, 2730 Ohio 222, contempt of court, Jan. 31. Melanie A. Leeson, 41, 456 S. Lebanon Road, driving under

influence, Feb. 1. Thomas H. Brownfield, 47, 1206 Queenie Lane, open container, Feb. 1. Mark A. Brownfield, 45, 6714 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, expired drivers license, Feb. 1. Robert Kabler, 28, 2964 Sidney Ave., contempt of court, Feb. 1. Candice R. Hambrick, 21, 1280 Pebblebrook Trail, contempt of court, Feb. 1. Amber L. Howard, 27, 9253 Mckinney Road, bribery, driving under influence, Feb. 2. Jonathan A. Buntain, 24, 2 Clertoma Drive, warrant, Feb. 2.

Incidents/investigations Attempted fraud request for money to cover processing of new car prize, no loss occurred at 48 Tabaleen Lane, Jan. 29. Disturbance fighting at By Gollys at 714 Lila Ave., Feb. 1. Domestic dispute at Ohio 28 lot, Jan. 30. at Edgecombe Drive, Feb. 1. Theft gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Jan. 27. reported at Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 27. tools taken at Kroger lot at 824 Main St., Jan. 28. gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 702 Main St., Jan. 28. merchandise taken from Kroger at 824 Main St., Jan. 29. gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Feb. 1.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal North/Milford-Miami Advertiser publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Miami Township, Chief Steven Bailey, 248-3721 » Goshen Township, Chief Ray Snyder, 722-3200 » Milford, Chief Jamey Mills, 248-5084 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500


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Seed catalogs get gardening juices flowing Howdy Folks; The funeral visitations have been busy; we went to Bethel last week to pay respects to a dear friend, Martha, that attended the Bethel United Methodist Church for years. When she got sick she wasn’t able to attend, her husband, Paul sure took extra good care of her; she was so sweet, but the Good Lord, took her to His kingdom. She will be missed, especially that smile she always had. Ruth Ann and I took some trips with them and sure enjoyed the time we spent together. Now Paul sure likes to fish, so this year we will do a lot of fishing along with Ruth Ann and me; this is hard on him when you lose a spouse that really hurts. Now we attended the Nurree Funeral Home in Amelia, for Richard; he was a very active feller and sure enjoyed his family and grandchildren. No matter where we saw him and his wife, Darlean, they always wanted to know how we were, and during the summer, how the garden was doing we will miss the big smile from him. We had Chester neu-

Green House have tomatoes, broccoli, and cabbage plants growing now for the early gardners like me. I was talking to Sheryl at the Green House; she said they will have a lot of different kinds of cabbage, this year. There will be four kinds of red cabbage, different kinds of swiss chard, kale, mustard, collards, spinach and lettuce along with several different kinds of tomatoes. Their Greenhouses will be busy this year with different kinds of flowers, trees and shrubs and garden supplies.

that was laying under the pontoon boat. Now, I was watching, where I was walking on the ice and snow, but after a while, I saw the deer come back and lay under the boat; there was no snow and ice there. It was a small deer. If it had been hunting season I wouldn’t have bothered it. I didn’t do very much hunting. I was a little leery of trying to pull a deer in since the four-way bypass heart surgery last summer. I have done real good healing up, but I have three spots where they put the drain tubes in and the scar where they opened me up. I am anxious to start gardening. I wasn’t able to do much gardening last year, but hope to make up for that this year. The Lake Manor Restaurant has the Thumbelina carrots; they are little and round, boy are they good. Two years ago I planted them and they are so good so; I will plant them again this year, along with other items. We have received 10 seed catalogs and looking at them makes me anxious to get started. The Grants Farm and

tered last week and when we picked him up, that afternoon, they said to keep him quiet for George seven to 10 Rooks days; well, OLE FISHERMAN that was a good thought. We took him in to the vet at 8:30 a.m.. and got him back at 4 p.m. Yes, he was quiet the rest of the evening, and night, but when daylight came so did Chester, full of vinegar! He runs through the house, he sleeps on our bed and in the morning he is hungry and wants us to get up so we have a play time; that is him and me. He won’t quit until Ruth Ann gets up and feeds him. Now wherever Ruth Ann is he is close to her, and about 2 p.m.. he likes to lay on her chair with her and sleep, he usually sleeps about two or three hours. Now she doesn’t stay there the whole time, then ‘Katy bar the door!” Last week I went to the carpenter shop about 2 p.m. and when I got back to the house, Ruth Ann ask me if I saw that deer

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery at 255 Patrick Lane, Jan. 22. Burglary at 6507 Charles Snider, Jan. 20. at 1785 Ohio 28, Jan. 25.

Disorder at 1659 Ohio 28, Jan. 24. at 216 Gateway, Jan. 25. at 6647 Rose Lane, Jan. 19. Dispute at 405 Country Lake, Jan. 19. at 200 Lakeshore Court, Jan. 19. at 193 Lakeshore Court, Jan. 22.


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