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Jungle Jim’s to manage mall Grocer could earn $1.74 million per year from rentals

Rescuers thanked

You might call it a Christmas miracle. Less than 72 hours after being trapped in a mostly frozen pond, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Meghan is back with her family and doing great. The Union Township Fire Department was dispatched to Terrace Ridge Drive around 9 p.m. Christmas Day to help rescue a dog that had fallen into a freezing pond. FULL STORY, A3

Pets saved

Firefighters helped save four pets while fighting a house fire the day after Christmas. The Union Township Fire Department responded to 4551 Eldywood Circle at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. FULL STORY, A2

By Kellie Geist-May

When Jungle Jim’s opens in Union Township it will be responsible for the rental spaces in Bigg’s Place Mall. As part of the agreement signed Oct. 7, Jungle Jim’s will keep the rental income and revenues from the spaces at Bigg’s Place Mall and will be responsible for all the property maintenance, management and taxes. “Jungle Jim’s is going to pay for everything and is going to run everything. It’s just that simple,” said Township Administrator Ken Geis. Bigg’s Place Mall is currently at

63 percent capacity with businesses such as Danberry Cinemas, Hobby Lobby and Receptions in the larger spaces and Fashion Donnellon Nails, Original Mattress Factory and Eagle Financial in the smaller interior spaces. “I believe Jungle Jim’s is talking to those folks about continuing to be in the (Bigg’s Place) Mall,” Geis said. The rental income at current capacity is about $1.11 million per year. Should the Bigg’s Place Mall be at full capacity and if all the

rent for each square foot of space is equal, Jungle Jim’s could make about $1.74 million in rent a year. Jungle Jim’s annual lease cost will be $895,000 for the second year, followed by $1.46 million for the third, fourth and fifth years and $1.64 for the sixth, seventh and eighth years. There also will be a $500,000 option to buy, according to the contract. There will be no rent for the first year because it is expected to take about a year for Jungle Jim’s to open. Trustee Tim Donnellon said it just made sense to have Jungle Jim’s manage the property. “Our purpose for being involved is just to provide the

financing for Jungle Jim’s. If we were controlling the rental income then we’d be the ones who would have to attract the businesses and worry about whether or not they are successful,” he said. In addition to the spaces currently available in the Bigg’s Place Mall, the trustees approved a zoning change that allows for Jungle Jim’s to build a minimum of four outlot buildings, a total of 49,600 square feet, in the parking lot. Donnellon said those outlot businesses could bring additional revenue and jobs to the township and make that area more attractive for additional development. For more about your community, visit

UC intern to map Pierce Twp. By John Seney

Judge retires

Judge Michael J. Voris is proud of the programs he set up to help children and parents cope with the problems of divorce. “Kids often get caught in the middle,” he said. “Knowing I’ve helped children get through the process is very important.” Voris retired at the end of 2010 after 24 years as judge of the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court. Before that he served four years as a judge of the County Court (now Municipal Court.) FULL STORY, A3

Help break cases

Whether it’s about someone lurking outside a neighbors house or an unusual activity going on in a subdivision, there are a number of reasons to call the police department. “A lot of people just don’t know when they should call the police or what sort of things the police should be involved in,” Union Township Police Officer Jeff Joehnk said. “When the community gets involved it can really help us break big cases.” FULL STORY, A2

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Checking hydrants

Union Township firefighters Jason Kiefer, left, and Duane Willis empty the water from an out-of-service fire hydrant near Station 51. The fire department regularly checks fire hydrants to make sure they are dry and in working order. If the hydrants are not dry, they can freeze and be rendered unusable. This leaky hydrant has been flagged for the water department to repair.

Batavia Twp. reaches plow deal By John Seney

Batavia Township workers will plow and treat undedicated roads in subdivisions during snowstorms if the developer agrees and is willing to pay for the service. Trustees recently agreed to provide the service to six subdivisions: Lexington Run, Vista Meadows, Pine Run, Glenwood Trails, Twin Gates and Woodbury Glen. The township does not take over snow plowing until a subdivision is completed and the last layer of pavement is added to the roads.

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Trustee Lee Cornett said construction of new homes in the subdivisions has slowed because of the economy. “I believe it’s something we should do,” he said. “It’s an unusual time because developments are not going the way they were.” Trustee James Sauls Jr. said residents living in the subdivisions deserve the service if the developers are willing to pay for it. “We’re not putting up any township money to do this,” he said. Administrator Rex Parsons said there are 4.39 miles of undedicated roads in the subdivisions eligi-

ble for the service. Because the trucks go over each road twice, that would involve an additional 8.7 lane miles, he said. The service would require an additional 2.2 tons of salt each time the roads are plowed. “It’s something we can certainly do,” he said. Parsons said the cost would vary according to the size of the subdivision. All six subdivisions would cost $467 per treatment. He said the service would be optional for the developers. For more about your community, visit bataviatownship.

Pierce Township trustees recently approved spending up to $4,000 of taxpayers’ money to hire an intern from the University of Cincinnati to conduct computer mapping work. Eric Doepke of the township Greenspace Committee told trustees the mapping data could be used by the committee to determine areas suitable for future greenspace acquisition. The inforThe intern mation also would be a could be used by township University of officials to look at develCincinnati o p m e n t design opportunities, he said. student who “It has is trained in huge possibilities,” he said. computer T h e y mapping. money to hire the intern would come out of a fund specifically set up for the Greenspace Committee, Fiscal Officer Karen Register said. She suggested he be hired as a contract employee. The intern would be a UC design student who is trained in computer mapping, Doepke said. The project would take about three months. Trustee Christopher Knoop said he sees the mapping project as a living document that could be updated in the future. Knoop said the trustees will interview the intern before he is hired. The intern will report to Administrator David Elmer. “I think bringing an intern on makes sense,” Elmer said.

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Firefighters helped save four pets while fighting a house fire the day after Christmas. The Union Township Fire Department responded to 4551 Eldywood Circle at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. Fire Chief Stan Deimling said the occupants were all able to exit the home, but firefighters had to rescue three cats and the family’s parrot. Deimling said the fire started outside the home

and spread up the garage doors into the second floor and the attic. “The fire and smoke did significant damage to the building. They also had three cars – two in the driveway and one in the garage – that were damaged,” he said. The damage is estimated to be about $65,000. Deimling said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. For more about your community, visit

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New judge

Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg conducts the swearing in ceremony for his wife, Kathleen Rodenberg, center, as the new Clermont County Domestic Relations Court judge Jan. 1. Holding the Bible is her mother, Mary McPhillips. Rodenberg was elected in November to fill the seat left by Judge Michael Vorhis, who retired. She has practiced law for 30 years and has served as magistrate in domestic and municipal courts. The sheriff did a little research and could find only one other county in the country that has a sheriff married to a judge, Gwinnet County, Ga. Rodenberg began work Jan. 3. THERESA L. HERRON/STAFF

Union Twp. police connect with community By Kellie Geist-May

Whether it’s about someone lurking outside a neighbors house or an unusual activity going on in a subdivision, there are a number of reasons to call the police department. “A lot of people just don’t know when they should call the police or what sort of things the police should be involved in,” Union Township Police Officer Jeff Joehnk said. “When the community gets involved it can really help us break big cases.” That’s one of the things the Union Township Police Department is hoping to emphasize when they do community outreach presentations. The meet-and-greets are a way to let residents, organizations and businesses know about some of the services the police department offers, Joehnk said. It also gives those people a chance to interact with a Union Township police officer.

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Other presentations have included information about Neighborhood Watch programs, vacation checks, self-defense classes and the citizens’ police academy. The police also talk about safety tips like not leaving valuables in your car and locking your doors, Blankenship said. With a community of more than 40,000, keeping a line of communication between the residents and the police can be a challenge. “We are constantly trying to get the message across about the services we offer and to stress things like personal safety,” Lt. Scott Gaviglia said. “These meet-and-greets enhance our efforts to connect with the community.” Blankenship said officers are happy to visit any Union Township neighborhood, organization or business. For more information about the meet-and-greets or the Union Township Police Department, call the nonemergency dispatch at 752-1230.

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Sgt. Scott Blankenship said some people have one specific question or issue they want to ask about while others just need to know that it’s OK to call the police. “Sometimes people think they are bothering us when they call,” he said. “It’s not a bother. You know your neighborhood better than anyone, and if someone is hanging out at in the middle of the night looking in someone’s windows that’s not normal. Just call us.” Joehnk recently gave a presentation at the new Summerside Woods senior living facility in Summerside. He talked to the residents about police department operations, including information about the call center, call volume and run type, as well as what the seniors need to do to protect themselves from identity theft. “They were happy to have me. I’ve never done a meet and greet where the people weren’t receptive to the information,” he said.

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The Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition was created in 2006 to further efforts in reducing suicide attempts and deaths, handling suicide crises, and providing grief counseling, and postvention. cacy group Active Minds on college campuses, including U.C. Clermont. Hoffman-Ruffner said having the Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition “foldin” to the Partnership will help strengthen both groups. “We’ve been doing some things in suicide prevention, but you need a lot of hands

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to get things done. Having the Suicide Prevention Coalition as part of the partnership will definitely help our efforts in that area,” she said. The Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition was created in 2006 to further efforts in reducing suicide attempts and deaths, handling suicide crises, and providing grief counseling, and postvention. Coalition Co-Chairman David Moyer said there are a number of reasons his organization decided to join the Partnership, but shared use of the Partnership’s Web site as well as the Partnership’s 501C-3 status were two of the big sellers. “We already work together, so this will be an enhancement of those opportunities. I think we’ll have more events and more information available to the community,” Moyer said. One of the coalition’s major efforts is hosting suicide-related conferences in the Cincinnati area. This year’s conference, in collaboration with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, will be about suicide survivors. The event will be May 5 and the speaker will be John (Jack) Jordan. In Clermont County, the Partnership is looking forward to continuing its involvement in schools, supporting the suicide prevention and awareness walk at U.C. Clermont, and offering QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Training. QPR is like CPR in that it’s the first-responder form of treatment, HoffmanRuffner said. “We need to give every person the knowledge they need to save a life,” she said. “To help our community achieve mental health, we have to help each other. We have to connect, look out for each other and know how to respond when someone is in need.”


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Firefighters save family’s dog Christmas Day By Kellie Geist-May

You might call it a Christmas miracle. Less than 72 hours after being trapped in a mostly frozen pond a chocolate Labrador retriever named Meghan is back with her family and doing great. The Union Township Fire Department was dispatched to Terrace Ridge Drive around 9 p.m. Christmas Day to help rescue a dog that had fallen into a freezing pond. “The residents at the home with the pond said they heard noises and they thought it was a coyote. They turned off their TV and found that it was a dog stuck in the pond,” Fire Chief Stan Deimling said. He said the pond has a fountain in the center, so the shallow areas had

frozen over, but the deeper middle had not. Meghan, a chocolate lab belonging to a neighbor down the street, had fallen in the center and couldn’t pull herself back up onto the ice. “When we got there, she was struggling to keep her nose above water,” Lt. Matt Green said. “We got the dry suit and (Kenny Reardon) went out into the water to get her.” Green, Reardon and Chris Butler took the dog inside, put her in front of the fireplace and covered her with blankets. Meanwhile, the Huffsteder family was wrapping up a Christmas party at their house. Someone had let Meghan outside and she was no where to be seen. “Usually when that happens she comes right back,” said Mike Huffsteder. “We were out calling for


Robin Huffsteder puts a Union Township firefighter badge on Meghan, the family’s chocolate lab. The Union Township Fire Department saved Meghan after she fell into a mostly frozen pond on Christmas. Also pictured are Sarah and Mason Huffsteder. her and circling the neighborhood, but we hadn’t found her. When I saw the fire truck down the street I just knew.” When he arrived, he found the family’s 8-yearold dog in front of the fire-


Three members of the Union Township Fire Department saved the Huffsteder's dog, Meghan, front, from a freezing pond Dec. 25. Front, from left, are: Mason, Meghan and Lauren Huffsteder. Back row, from left, are: Fire Chief Stan Deimling, Mike Huffsteder, firefighters Kenny Reardon, Dennis Dick and Matt Green, and Robin and Sarah Huffsteder.

place. They rushed her to the MedVet emergency clinic in Cincinnati for treatment. “When we got there they took her right back. Meghan’s body temperature wouldn’t register for 45 minutes, and when it did it was only 89.2 degrees,” Huffsteder said. “They gave her (warming) IVs, heated blankets and were running hairdryers.” After a long night, Meghan pulled through and was able to return home Dec. 26. The Huffsteders brought Meghan to reunite with her rescuers Tuesday, Dec. 28. “We just want to say thank you,” Robin Huffsteder said. “We are so glad to have her back. It’s a blessing.” Deimling said saving Meghan was all in a day’s work. “Don’t ever hesitate to call the fire department, this is one of the reason’s we’re here,” he said. “I’m glad this one had a happy ending.”


Union Township Fire Department Lt. Matt Green helps firefighter Kenny Reardon into a dry suit at Fire Station 50. Reardon wore the dry suit to rescue Meghan, a chocolate lab, from a freezing pond.

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Judge Michael J. Voris is proud of the programs he set up to help children and parents cope with the problems of divorce. “Kids often get caught in the middle,” he said. “Knowing I’ve helped children get through the process is very important.” Voris retired at the end of 2010 after 24 years as judge of the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court. Before that he served four years as a judge of the County Court (now Municipal Court.) Friends, family and coworkers of the judge gathered Dec. 29 for an open house at the court to say goodbye. J.D. Gallivan, a bailiff in Voris’ court for nine years, said the judge “has been a pleasure to work for. I like the way he does things. He’s always kept an open mind. He’s always looking to improve the court.” Dennis Murphy, a bailiff for eight years, said Voris was “fair and caring about family issues. He has a good reputation throughout the state.” Voris said he goal as a

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Clermont County Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael J. Voris pounds the gavel in his courtroom Dec. 29. He is retiring after 28 years as a judge. judge was to avoid contested custody fights between parents. “All studies show if the parents are fighting, the children don’t do so well,” he said. He implemented educational programs for the parents that were mandatory rather than voluntary, he said. “When it’s voluntary, not many go through it,” he said. Voris said the court is being left in good hands with his replacement, Kathleen Rodenberg, who was elected to a six-year term in

November. She took office Jan. 1. “I think she’ll do very well,” he said. Voris said his plans for retirement include “learning new skills like mopping and dusting.” He and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 44 years and live in Union Township. They are planning a trip to China later this year to attend the wedding of a grandson. “The one thing better than a happily married family court judge is a retired happily married family court judge,” he said.

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Batavia teacher earns national certification By John Seney

A language arts teacher at Batavia Middle School has earned national certification as an educator. Melissa Copestick was notified in December by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards of the accomplishment. “It’s a goal I’ve always had,” she said. “To be the best teacher I can.” She said it involved about 100 hours of work getting together all the paperwork necessary to apply for the certification. “Completing the National Board Certification was a challenging yet fulfilling experience. During the yearlong process I was able to confirm my strengths as a teacher as well as

become more cognizant of the areas that needed improvement,” she said. “For more than a decade, National Board Certified Teachers have been transforming our nation’s schools by demonstrating effective teaching practice,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “I am proud that Melissa Copestick is among a select group of excellent teachers nationwide who have achieved National Board Certification. These outstanding educators are making a positive difference in the lives of students.” “Like board-certified medical doctors, National Board Certified Teachers have met high standards through intensive study, expert evaluation,

self-assessment and peer review,” Aguerrebere said. Susan Hakel, principal at the middle school, said, “She is top-notch. We are so lucky to have her.” Hakel said Copestick is one of 81 teachers in Ohio this year to receive the certification. Copestick has been at teacher at Batavia Middle School for 15 years. Before that she taught in the Bethel-Tate school district. In 2009, she was named Teacher of the Year at Batavia Middle School. Copestick earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. She lives in Bethel with her husband and two children. For more about your community, visit


Batavia Middle School teacher Melissa Copestick, center, was recognized at the Dec. 20 Batavia school board meeting for achieving certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. With her are Board President Mark Ewing, left, and Superintendent Jill Grubb.

PTO helps send Summerside students to camp By Kellie Geist-May


Six high school students have won voice scholarships from the Forest-Aires women’s chorus for the 2010-2011 school year. They are, from left: Sitting, Sara Hook and Julianna Kluger, both of Turpin High School; standing, Brandon Craig of Withrow High School, David Gordon-Johnson of Walnut Hills High School and Ian McKee of Glen Este High School. Not pictured, Chelsea Wirthlin of McNicholas High School.

Students win Forest-Aires scholarships Six high school students have won voice scholarships from the ForestAires for the 2010-2011 school year. They are: Sara Hook and Julianna Kluger of Turpin High School; Chelsea Wirthlin of McNicholas High School; Ian McKee of Glen Este High School; Brandon Craig of Withrow University; and David Gordon-Johnson of Walnut Hills High School. The winners will receive private voice lessons during the school year and will perform solos in “Encore! 2011” the last weekend of April at the Anderson Center Theater. The Forest-Aires is an Andersonbased women’s chorus passing appreciation of vocal music to the next generation by donating its proceeds to music study for young people. For more than 48 years, the Forest-Aires have awarded voice scholarships to 237 high school students. • Hook, a senior, has performed in Turpin’s choruses and musicals, including playing Maria in “West Side Story” and Clair in “On the Town” and with the May Festival Youth Chorus and Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

She also plays violin. The daughter of Margaret and Greg Hook, Hook studies voice with Mary Southworth. This is the second year she has won a Forest-Aires scholarship. • Senior Kluger has sung in school musicals and choruses since elementary school as well as in the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and at CCM Prep. She also plays piano and guitar. She is the daughter of Brian and Carrie Kluger. With her scholarship, Kluger has chosen to study with Anne Moss. • Wirthlin, a senior, performs in musicals and in McNicholas choirs. She also sings at Ronald McDonald House, at inner city schools for Music for a Better Cause and the national anthem at sporting events. Wirthlin, who plays piano and saxophone, is the daughter of Steve and Sherrie Wirthlin and studies voice with Xan Jeffery. • Senior McKee sings in Glen Este’s musicals , the A Cappella Choir and in the West Clermont By Request vocal ensemble. He also has been serving as assistant director in Glen Este’s vocal music department and

plays guitar. McKee is the son of Jack and Vickie McKee and studies voice with Chester Imhausen. • Sophomore Craig has sung with the Greater Cincinnati Choral Union and at the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses as well as in “Music Man” at Walnut Hills High School. Craig, who plays alto sax, is the son of Arthur and Donna Craig and soon will start voice lessons with his Forest-Aires scholarship. • Senior Gordon-Johnson sings with the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Youth Chorus and recently traveled to China with the SingCinnati Choir for the World Choir Games. At school, he performs in plays, musicals and the marching band and wind ensemble. He also plays clarinet and piano and has attended theater workshops at Playhouse in the Park at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Gordon-Johnson is the son of Bill Gordon and Nancy Johnson and studies with Lincoln Chapman and Karl Resnik.

At Summerside Elementary the Parent-Teacher Organization makes sure no child gets left behind. The group recently donated $2,690 so the fifthgraders could attend class sessions at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton. “It just seems like with the economy we have a lot more families who are strapped and have a difficult time sending the children on field trips, especially the fifth-grade trip,” said PTO co-President Monica Geygan. The three-day, two-night trip costs about $95 per child, said Becky Finke, fifth-grade teacher and PTO secretary. “Camp is one of the more expensive trips we take,” she said. “We think it’s really important for the kids to get hands-on experience and we made it our policy that no child would be left behind because they didn’t have the money to go.” While at camp, the students learn about a wide variety of topics focusing mostly on science and social studies. “There is no way we can teach in the classroom what we teach them at camp,” Finke said. The kids went to camp in October, but the donation was officially recognized by the West Clermont Local School District Board of Education Dec. 13. The donated money was used to provide scholarships for field trips. Finke said the money was raised at the school’s carnival, which the PTO

“It just seems like with the economy we have a lot more families who are strapped and have a difficult time sending the children on field trips, especially the fifthgrade trip.” Monica Geygan PTO co-president brought back last year. “The carnival used to be a huge fundraiser, but it takes a lot of work and it just sort of petered out,” she said. “We brought it back as a smaller, family-friendly event where people could just come out and have a fun, cheap night with their family.” Although it wasn’t slated as a fundraiser, the PTO earned about $1,800 dollars on the event. That money, combined with the PTO’s regular field trip funding and the students’ selling entertainment books, equaled the $2,690 donation. Summerside Principal Linda Austin said she’s always pleased with the “wonderful work” the school’s PTO does. “They are very active and student centered and without them providing this financial assistance to families wouldn’t be possible,” she said. “They are invaluable.” For more about your community, visit

Five from Xavier University on medical mission A 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 230,000 people in Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, and left millions homeless. One year later, from Jan. 2-9, 13 Xavier pre-med students, two staff members from Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and four medical professionals are commemorating this anniversary by traveling to Haiti under the medical auspices of Heart to Heart International

(H2H). Five Cincinnati-area Xavier students are among those chosen to participate in the trip. They are: Jonathan Kuhl of Hamilton, a sophomore majoring in natural sciences with a minor in peace studies; Eli Marr of Williamsburg, a junior natural sciences major; Angie Horner of Hyde Park, a senior occupational therapy major; Kathy Moebius of Sharonville, a senior biology major;

and Julie Krechting of Green Township, a sophomore majoring in occupational therapy with a minor in psychology. H2H is a faith-based initiative which has had teams in Haiti since the day after the quake. The Xavier group will live outside Port-au-Prince and commute into the city to H2H’s large primary care facility. Smaller teams will venture into the more remote areas during the

week. H2H will find lodging, two meals a day, translators, security and transportation in Haiti. The medical directors on site are a husband and wife, assisted by some Haitian nurses and other medical professionals. While all of this is located for the Xavier group, it is not free. Rabbi Abie Ingber, the founding director of Xavier’s Office for Interfaith Community Engagement, esti-

mates that the group needs to find $50,000 to fly, feed and house 19 people for one week. Ingber said tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Checks can be made payable to Xavier University IFCE. For more information, call 7453569.



Batavia’s Jacob Braswell at the Division II district meet at Voice of America park where he placed 13th. The Bulldogs finished third that day and went onto the regional meet and an 11th place finish.

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Batavia High School’s boys soccer team, led by captain Matt Smith, went 6-0 in the Southern BuckeyeEast division allowing only two goals in league play. The Bulldogs finished 11-7 overall.


Williamsburg’s Elliot Young was averaging 25.7 points per game for the Wildcats through three games in his senior season. The Wildcats began the season 4-0. Young was a first-team selection in the Southern Buckeye National Division as a junior.



Setter Dani Porter serves the ball for Glen Este. Porter went on to be named the FAVC East player of the year, a first for Glen Este in volleyball. Porter is 5-9 and was coached by Cheryl Korfhagen. Glen Este finished the fall campaign at 16-7.

Amelia's Brennan Horine is mobbed by Phillip Dakum (left) and Josh Drennan after scoring a goal against Goshen. Amelia defeated Goshen 8-0 and went onto a 9-0-1 league record in the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Barons allowed just five goals in league play and finished up the season 14-3-1.



Michelle Thomas of Glen Este celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the Girls Division I Cross Country State Championship. Her winning time was 17:41.5 and she was named the FAVC runner of the year. She also sports a 4.05 GPA and will run for Ohio State University while majoring in education.

Batavia’s Daniel Chandler placed eighth in the Division II district championship and ran in the regional meet for the Bulldogs. Batavia finished third in the district meet and was 11th at the regional run.


New Richmond’s Alex Lewis made another trip to the Division II state finals in swimming. Lewis finished fourth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.09 and fifth in the 100 butterfly at 51.07. Both were Lions school records. Lewis was the Southwest district champ in the 100 butterfly. He was coached by Joseph Middeler and now swims for Cleveland State.


New Richmond junior Nick Hill (27) scores a touchdown over Simon Kenton’s Zach Carroll (8) during the third quarter of the New Richmond at Simon Kenton game Sept. 10. The Lions went on to post a 7-3 record and win the Southern Buckeye American Division (4-0 in league play). Dan Scholz was named Coach of the Year and his son, Danny, made second-team, all-Southwest. Also, taking first team honors in the SBAAC for New Richmond (with Scholz) were Jacob Gundler, Nick Hill, Joey McCabe, Austin Warden and Nick Williams. MARK CHALIFOUX/STAFF

Hannah Fulks, returning a shot during an Amelia practice, was the top player for the Amelia High School girls tennis team in 2010. The Barons went undefeated in the league and Coach Tim West was named SBAAC Coach of the Year.


Williamsburg pitcher Rachel Meisberger is mobbed by teammates after hitting a first-inning homerun in the regional semifinal win over Felicity-Franklin last May. The Wildcats won district and sectional titles and made it to the regional finals in Division IV. Meisberger had 8 HR, a .357 average, and struck out 321 in 179 innings pitched. She also is a standout volleyball and basketball player for Williamsburg.

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Alex Lewis, a freshman swimmer at Cleveland State University and a New Richmond native, leads all Viking freshmen with 11 victories this season. He has been a member of four of CSU’s top relay units this season. He served as the anchor swimmer on the 200 freestyle relay team (1:22.61)

and also helped the 400 freestyle (3:04.99), 200 medley (1:32.73) and 400 medley (3:25.09) relays to season-best finishes. Lewis also has the team’s third best times in the 50 (21.18) and 100 (47.48) freestyles. The Vikings have a 9-1-1 record this season and will resume competition at the Holiday Invitational on Jan. 8.

The week at Glen Este

• The Glen Este boys swimming team placed third with a score of 145 in the Madeira Invitational, Dec. 27. • In girls swimming, Glen Este placed fourth with a score of 130 in the Madeira Invitational, Dec. 27. • In wrestling, Glen Este placed second in the GMVWA Holiday Tounament, Dec. 28. Glen Este’s

Caleb Ervin pinned Franklin’s Gilbert in 4 minutes, 43 seconds; Josh Clift beat Washington Court House’s Dicamillo in a 13-4 major decision; Drew Kearns pinned Spr. Shawnee’s Bostick in 18 seconds; Meyers pinned Arcanum’s Loxley in 5 minutes 2 seconds; Michael Kennedy pinned Troy’s Williams in 3 minutes, 13 seconds; John Piatt beat Oak

Hills’ Alex Grieco in a 5-4 decision; and Kyle Turner pinned Graham’s Bovey in 2 minutes, 42 seconds.

The week at McNicholas

• The McNicholas girls basketball team lost 55-29 to Mason, Dec. 29. McNick’s top-scorer was Katie Rogers with eight points.



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Do you think the economy will improve in 2011? Why or why not? “I hope with all my heart that it will improve, but my head tells me that the root causes for our economic woes are still with us. For openers, our national debt is terribly high, and the interest alone is a crushing expense. Next, our economy has become heavily dependent on “service” rather than “manufacturing.” So many products are made outside the US. Third, without adequate disposable income, people are unable to purchase houses as they once did. Fourth, the cost of welfare programs is high, and not likely to decline. Although the Dow Jones has shown good recovery in 2010, I do not know if this can be sustained in 2011. God willing, I’m wrong.” Bill B. “The economy will stay at about 3 percent GDP for next year. The continuation of the Bush tax cuts will keep it limping along. “Unfortunately, the unemployment rate will stay high – probably for the next 5 years or so. The ‘joker in the deck’ is the housing market, which could easily take a turn for the worse. “In 2012 we will be arguing once again the merits of Bush’s tax cuts, which will likely make businesses cautious again.” T.H. “I do not see the economy improving in 2011. I think it will hold steady. Why don't I think it will improve? Very simple. I have no faith in the government. “I do however have faith in the American people in that they will continue to vote out the ‘cancers’ which exist in present government.” C.P. “The ‘economy’ means different things to different people. The price of gasoline is going to be higher. That always causes increases in consumer prices for everything that is transported. That includes most products and some services. “If someone has good credit ( 750-800 FICO credit score) this would be the time to buy a home if they are a first-time home buyer. Mortgage rates are low, but you need to have that good credit rating. “For those that are in the stock market it will be a good year. In 2010 the market was up 15 percent. I see a repeat. “Employment statistics are improving, albeit slowly. So it should be a mixed economy depending on your needs. “For some it will be good and others not so good, but a modest




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Next question Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you actually kept? What was it? How did you accomplish it? Every week the The Community Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with Chatroom in the subject line. improvement none the less. “The crisis in Europe will get worse. Eventually the European Union will break up. The business cycle continues to be cyclical. The USA is still the world's leading economy.” J.S.D. “Do I think the economy will improve in 2011? If gasoline prices stabilize at or below $3 a gallon a slow recovery will continue. If we hit $3.50 or more for even a few months I think we’re headed back down. (Some ‘experts’ say $5 a gallon is in our near future.) “I think the high gas prices in the summer of ‘08 were the needle that helped pop the real estate bubble which was already at the bursting point. High fuel prices in general put a huge drain on household finances not only in increased transportation costs, but higher prices on everything you buy that is delivered by truck or train. “Air travel will also become more expensive. “During the Bush presidency, the loony left claimed high oil prices were because he was helping his big oil buddies. What’s the loony left excuse now when much of the current increase is caused by dollar devaluation brought on by the government printing billions of dollars. Obamanomics at its best.” J.M. “ Yes. A combination of further stimulus spending, private companies unleashing that huge cash reserve, more federal healthcare parts kicking in, and, more hiring.” J.G. “It seems the retail economy is a bit better right now. What the long run will be is not clear. I don’t think the large amount of borrowed money doled out to numerous sources created the jobs we were told would appear. “My concerns include higher property tax with declining property value and inflation or further decline of the U.S. dollar. How will the economy rebound with these additional worries?” D.M.



Save on a rainy day You’ve heard the saying before: Save for a rainy day. We’d like to suggest you save on a rainy day. Just as April’s showers bring May’s flowers, your savings today can help make your retirement savings flourish in the future. According to a recent survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 43 percent of Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement; 27 percent have saved less than $1,000. If you haven’t started already, now is the time to begin saving for your retirement, no matter what your age. If retirement is near, you’ll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If you’re younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, it’s still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Investors and financial advisors agree that saving when you’re young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. Don’t take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great place to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Security’s online retirement estimator.

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Smog alerts also possible during winter With the conclusion of summer and fall in full swing, it appears one of the most severe smog seasons to hit the Tristate region has ended. Officials at the Ohio-KentuckyIndiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) would like to thank the residents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for their efforts to help improve the region’s air quality. The Hamilton County Environmental Services issued 25 smog alerts in 2010, significantly more than the three issued last year and the most since 1999. The smog alerts involved Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, and in Ohio, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. This summer, the Cincinnati region experienced record-breaking heat and humidity. It was the 12th-warmest summer on record. When the forecast calls for high temperatures, clear skies and little or no wind, much like the OKI region experienced this past year, smog can become a problem. This is why it is so important that residents understand the causes of poor air quality and do their share to reduce air pollution. Another contributing factor to the increase in smog alert days is

the more stringent federal ozone standards established in 2008. The tightened ozone standards from the U.S. Environmental ProCallie tection Agency Holtegel help to protect by Community citizens improving air Press guest quality. The columnist premise for air quality standards originated 40 years ago with the enactment of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Act. This piece of legislation advocated reduction of smog and air pollution and has contributed to improvements in both people’s health and the environment. According to a U.S. EPA analysis, programs such as OKI’s Do Your Share for Cleaner Air Campaign will prevent more than 160,000 premature deaths. The U.S. EPA also estimates that in addition to protecting health and the environment, the economic value of air quality improvements is estimated to reach $2 trillion in 2020. The more stringent standards are not only for ozone, but also for particulate matter pollution, which

can be an issue in the winter months. Because of this, it is important to continue practices that foster good air quality during the winter. Wintertime open burning and idling cars to warm up, along with stagnant air and dry weather could lead to particulate matter based, winter smog alerts in the OKI region. As colder weather approaches, it is important to remember to use proper wood-burning techniques for outdoor fire pits and indoor wood burning stoves. Be sure to use clean, seasoned hard wood that is not wet or rotted. Also, it is illegal to burn garbage, tires and petroleum. These substances can have negative effects on health and air quality. Routine maintenance of wood burning stoves, including removing ashes and having chimneys cleaned, increases the effectiveness of them and saves the user money. OKI encourages everyone to continue clean-air habits throughout the year. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit, become a fan on, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Callie Holtegel is a communications intern Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).

Dementia is not the same thing as forgetfulness In today’s high-tech world most of us find ourselves with an overload of information. I can barely remember my own phone numbers (I have three), much less anyone else’s. Home phones, work phones, cell phones. Now we even have to remember area codes, not to mention the extra numbers on zip codes. What happens when we are drowning in information overload? We forget things. Who hasn’t forgotten an appointment or to run an errand, or where they placed their keys or if they locked them in the car?

In spite of all the information that is available now, there are many people who still believe that simple forgetfulness is a form of demenLinda Eppler tia, and that Community dementia is synPress guest onymous with columnist Alzheimer’s Disease. Usually these are just normal glitches in how our memories work. Forgetfulness is part of the normal aging process. It can be

caused by stress, fatigue, grief or an overload of information. It is not a sign of, nor does it lead to, dementia. The problem is usually with recall, not memory. Healthy people, in fact, experience just about every warning sign sometime in their lives and increasingly as they age. Dementia, on the other hand, is the result of a disease process. It is more common with advancing age, but it is not a normal part of growing older. How can normal events be distinguished from Alzheimer’s warning signs? It’s a matter of

degree and frequency and awareness. It’s important to look at the functional consequences of what someone can’t remember. If your mom forgets where she parked her car, that’s not abnormal. But if she walks home from the mall because she forgot she took her car, that is abnormal. Family members, friends and co-workers are usually the first to notice the warning signs. The affected person may or may not be aware of any changes. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a person should see a doctor if they are exhibiting several of the following symptoms: Impairment in

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thinking, learning, memory and judgment, as well as changes in personality, mood and behavior, problems with language, disorientation to time and place, loss of initiative. If you suspect someone has dementia, encourage them to get help right away. But don’t panic. And don’t communicate your fear to your loved one. More than 100 reversible conditions can mimic dementia. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they may become irreversible. Linda Eppler is the director of Communications and Lifelong Learning at Clermont Senior Services.



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The vocal group West Clermont By Request performed holiday music at the literacy council’s auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. West Clermont By Request also won Warm 98’s Christmas Glee competition. Check out 98.5 FM to hear their version of “Holly Jolly.”

Literacy Council’s annual benefit auction a hit By Kellie Geist-May

Although fundraising was down this year, Susan Vilardo, executive director of the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, said the council’s benefit auction was a still a hit. “I was very pleased with the attendance and the overall execution of the event. I thought it went smoothly with the help of all the wonderful volunteers,” she said. Susan said her family – especially her dad, apprentice auctioneer R.J. Vilardo – were also very helpful at the auction. However, the fundraising at the auction was down more than half from last year. Susan said the council hasn’t gotten the numbers together yet, but the profits are down more than half.

“This is probably the least we’ve made at an auction, but I think we’re feeling the economy just like every other not-for-profit organization. I really appreciate everyone who did bid,” she said. “I also want to thank the community, the Milford firefighters, Keith (Burkhart) of Milford Skyline and my father and the auctioneers,” Susan said. “I really appreciate everything everyone did.” The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties is still looking to raise money for their 2011 operations. To make a donation, call Susan at 943-3741. The council can accept cash, check and credit card donations. For more about your community, visit


Ruth Frank, right, and Melinda Voris of Amelia look through a box of jewelry available at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Apprentice auctioneer R.J. Vilardo looks for bids on a package of sweets during the benefit auction for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Jeannee Saunders of Owensville helps Newtown residents Cheryl McConnell, left, and Eileen Baumgartner sign in at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. Saunders is a literacy council board member.


Literacy council board member Don McLaughlin of Anderson Township and Marie Harrington of Hyde Park take a look at the literacy council auction items Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Doug Ackermann and his mother, Jean Ackermann, look through the list of available auction items during the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Ava Vilardo, front left, and Marissa Vilardo help Rick Krieger of Anderson Township and literacy council board member Meredith Delaney of Hyde Park look through the items in the flea market at the benefit auction for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties Wednesday, Dec. 8.


Larry Chaney of Amelia takes a look at some of the art available at the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties’ benefit auction Wednesday, Dec. 8.


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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Ages 21 and up. $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.

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AUDITIONS Inhumanwich! Cast Auditions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Seeking large, diverse volunteer cast for sci-fi horror comedy film. Must be available to shoot most weekends Feb. 12-April 24, in Cincinnati and surrounding suburbs. Free. Presented by Argo One Productions. 237-4220; Union Township. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Weight Loss Challenge, 5:45 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 445 Craig Road, Twelveweek program. Includes advice on proper nutrition, food choices, exercise, hydration, protein, etc. Family friendly. $35. Registration required. Presented by Weight Loss Challenge by Herbalife. 528-0386. Mount Carmel.


Considering Catholicism?, 7-8:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Informational meeting to discover how to become Catholic or how to rediscover your Catholic faith. Free. 3884099; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 7


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


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


Baby Adventurers, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Weekly through Feb. 25. Discover wonders of nature with your child using simple sensory experiences and indoor and outdoor play. For parents and their children ages 1-2. $66, $48 members per eight week session. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Nature at Night, 6 p.m., Shor Park Nature Trails, 4659 Tealtown Road, Explore sights and sounds of newest park within the Clermont County Park District. Listen for owls, coyotes and other nocturnal creatures. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Milford.

Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, Ages 21 and up. Free. 233-9888; Anderson Township.

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Snowbirds, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn about the birds that call Ohio home all year. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Cin City Reptile Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, supplies and feeders; at or below wholesale prices. $4, free ages 10 and under. Presented by Cin City Reptile Show. 910-0900; Union Township.


Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, With Darlena Graham. Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $5, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Raptor Encounter, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet local birds of prey species. Cameras welcome. Free, vehicle permit required.521-7275; Anderson Township.


Lights Out Seminar, Noon-4 p.m., Big Show Gym and Fitness, 4601 Eastgate Blvd., No. 200, Learn the secrets to Standup by one of UFC’s best knock out artists. Train and learn from Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. $50. Presented by Big Show Entertainment Company. 2583545; Union Township.


Volunteer Exploration Sessions, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Discover many volunteer opportunities available at CNC. Family friendly. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. S U N D A Y, J A N . 9


Guys and Dolls, 2-5 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St., Please prepare a song that showcases your vocal range. Accompanist will be provided or you can audition using your own music on CD. 683-9687; Loveland.


Winter Travel Series, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, “Nepal, Abode of the Gods” with Al Klee. View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. Ages 18 and up. $5, $1 children, free for members; Jeff Alt’s program is free. 8311711; Union Township.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Applebee’s, 4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, 7520700; Union Township.

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Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Mike Ladrick, genealogist and researcher, presents program on how to prepare for your visit to the local Latter-Day Saints Libraries in Cincinnati. Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.


A Bird Walk with Darlena Graham will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Participants should meet Graham in the parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Beginners are welcome. Family friendly. Cost is $5; free for members. For more information, call 831-1711 or visit W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 1 2


Clermont County Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Clermont County Board of Health, 2275 Bauer Road Suite 300, 7327499.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 1


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


Little Adventurers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Weekly through March 1. Ages 3-5. Family friendly. $130, $100 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


CNC Members’ Astronomy Club, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center lobby. With naturalist Sheila Riley. Ages 12 and up. Free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


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


Winter Feast on Film Series, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, “Food, Inc.” Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes underbelly of America’s food industry. Take closer look at creation, preparation and consumption of food today. Ages 18 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Little Adventurers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Weekly through March 3. $130, $100 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Rediscover Your Catholic Faith, 7-8:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., No-pressure atmosphere where you can ask any question about Catholic faith. Free. 388-4099; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 1 4


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


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


Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., LaDonna’s Cafe, 1340 Ohio Pike, 752-1461. Batavia Township.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 5980 Meijer Drive, Free. 965-8240. Milford.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 5281622; Mount Carmel. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 1 3


The Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit “Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns,” shows the evolution of the wedding gown from a symbol of purity to a vehicle for displaying wealth. It is through Jan. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free. Call 513-639-2995 or visit Pictured is Christian Dior, “Wedding Ensemble: Dress, Crinoline and Headpiece,” 1954, Gift of Countess de Rochambeau, 2008.

AUCTIONS Quarter Auction benefiting Teen Challenge, 7-9 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Refreshments available. Splitthe-pot and Queen Paddle for free bidding all night. Items from vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, lia sophia, Avon, Arbonne, Tupperware, Gold Canyon and more. Benefits Teen Challenge. $2. Presented by Cincinnati North Networking Group. 965-1806; Loveland.


Comedian Brian Regan comes to the Taft Theatre Friday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Known for his specials on Comedy Central and DVDs, Regan also makes frequent appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


Community Journal

January 5, 2011


Is there a reason why these years are given to me? for only three years of As any new year begins, their lives. Why? two opposing complaints Because their lives can be heard. For a few, were so empty, so holeager for an awaited goal, it low, so inconsistent is that time moves too slowthat they amounted to ly. The more frequent coma few days or years. plaint is that it moves too These people have not fast. lived. They have lastIts speed stuns us. On Father Lou ed.” some rare occasions we surGuntzelman This is not to prise ourselves ready to date some paper with 1990Perspectives encourage hyperactive living. For it is our fastsomething rather than paced lives and absorp2011. Whichever way time appears to us, the life we’re living tion with technology that causes the illusion of speed and leaves makes it so. Watching the second hand of a too many days hollow. Multitasking is a friend of busiclock is proof enough that time maintains a stead pace. Life’s rule ness, not of the psyche and soul. of thumb is: Time passes at a Neither speed nor length is what speed relative to the intensity of makes a life significant. It is our the life that is lived and the quali- hearts which determine how old we are and how well we’ve lived. ty of life that is experienced. As we take stock of time that is Author Henri Boulad says, “Perhaps there are people of nine- past, the future we hope to have, ty who in fact have readily lived and the specter of our passing in

death, consider this essential question. Write it down and take it with you into your quiet times. Reflect on it until you’ve come up with your personal and finest answer. It was written by Admiral Byrd in the wastes of the South Pole. If you were alone, a thousand miles from every other person, possessing no form of communication, and it was fifty degrees below zero and you were dying. What would have had to have happened in your life to allow you to die with integrity and a sense of fulfillment? What a revealing question if we consider it honestly! Doing so shows us the meaning we find in life as well as the direction our choices are leading us. We are the sole evaluator of our motives and goals.

It’s also one of those questions that inevitably lead to ask ourselves further questions. “Is my goal a worthy one?” “Is my life proceeding toward or away from my overall goal and who I want to be?” “Are there any changes I must make in my life to better lead me to that final sense of satisfaction?” And … “Will God be pleased with my life according to what he intended when he created me?” We humans are the only animals with rationality and will; we know that we are born and know we will die; we are conscious that we have begun this cycle and that our leaving is only a “matter of time,” Why did God create me and place me in time? If God intended that I come to the end of my earthly time as a Z, why didn’t he create me at Z instead of at A? Could it be that God actually

wants me to participate with him in my own creation? From the fact that I can consciously contemplate my own life and recognize its growth, does that affirm in some way that I am beyond my physical life and therefore beyond my death? In some respects our death in passing from time is seen as a catastrophe. In other respects it is a consummation and fulfillment of being a rational human called to growth. As Father Maurice Zundel comments: “Physical death thus coincides with the explosion of an inner life which has achieved its full maturity and is totally freed from time, so that it now surpasses it’s own limits.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Learn how your insurance claims will be paid It’s generally recommended you buy replacement cost insurance to cover items in your home should they be lost in a fire or theft. But, it’s also important to know how you’ll be paid if you ever have to file a claim. That’s what Daphne Godfrey learned after items were stolen from her Western Hills basement locker. “I went down to do laundry and noticed my storage unit had been broken into and I had been completely cleaned out,” Godfrey said. The locker was fully

enclosed so you couldn’t see inside, and she put her own lock on the unit but it was broken Howard Ain into anyHey Howard! way. “Most of the stuff was my daughter’s toys. She had three large dollhouses, and her bike. They also took the Christmas tree ornaments, Disney duffle bag, and I had some of her stuff in big bags,” Godfrey said.

Godfrey said the loss amounts to about $1,600. Although she has a $500 deductible, she says she was surprised to get an insurance check for only $124. “I thought if anything ever happens I’ll turn it over and they’re going to send me my check, and I’ll go replace my stuff. Then, hopefully, nothing else will happen,” she said. Godfrey said she’s surprised to learn that’s not how her replacement cost insurance policy works. Her $124 check represents the depreciated value

of her stolen items. Although she has receipts for most of them, they were bought about a year and a half ago. The insurance company will depreciate all items more than one year old. It will only pay to the replacement value after the items are replaced and new receipts are sent to the insurance company. Independent Insurance Agent Steve Wheeler said Godfrey’s insurance policy is actually quite typical. “The premise of the property insurance is to make you whole again, put

you where you were before the loss occurred,” he said. “You are responsible for going out and replacing the items and then that triggers the replacement cost coverage and they’ll make that payment to you.” If you fail to replace any items, all you’ll get is the depreciated value. Godfrey said now she’ll have to get the money together to start replacing the stolen items. This is the way it works with most homeowners replacement cost policies. So it’s important to take pictures of all the items in your

home as proof of what you owned. Go through your drawers taking pictures or video of everything, and then keep the photos elsewhere for safekeeping. Put them in a safe deposit box or give them to a friend or relative – just as long as they are away from your home. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

IN THE COURTS Angela Kramer and Dylan Kramer vs. Frank Snow, et al., other tort Allstate Insurance Company vs. Mansfield Plumbing Products LLC, other tort Suzanne G. Krimmer vs. Tyler A. Stiles, et al., other tort Rose Ann Keim vs. Matthew Clark, other tort Yvette Riley vs. Milford Dog Grooming Salon and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator Ohio Bureau of Workers, worker’s compensation Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Johnny Tull, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kenneth A. Ostrander, et al., foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Jennifer Collett, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. James Hesler, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Fernando P. Mendoza, foreclosure HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Joseph Wooten, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Christopher J. Stover, et al., foreclosure Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC vs. James Coburn, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Richard B. Campbell, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Harold C. Booso, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Maher N. David, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Charles A. Weinberg and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Harry Hutchison, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Denise R. Imbus, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Financial Ohio I vs. Katherine Stevens and Jay E. Stevens, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Elmer L. Hamilton, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Delilah N. Wilder, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Deric B. Gibson, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Darryl Lynne Slusher, et al., foreclosure Sharefax Credit Union Inc. vs. Estate of Lou Ann Combs (deceased), et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Julie Baxter, et al., foreclosure Sidney Lanier Hurdle Jr. vs. Robert H. Schellenberger, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Jeremy Thurman and Ohio Housing Finance Agency, foreclosure Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. James B. Wolf, et al., foreclosure

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mon Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Bruce W. Benedict, 28, 72 Barmil Drive, Loveland, felonious assault, Goshen Police. Ryan Joseph Iker, 31, 4292 Gary Lane, Batavia, burglary, Pierce Township Police. Timothy P. Doty II, 21, 3442 Behymer Road, Cincinnati, theft from an elderly person, Pierce Township Police. Verna Sparks, 37, 590 Wood St., Batavia, theft, tampering with evidence, Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services. Thomas Robert Niebuer, 33, 911 Milford Commons, Milford, rape, sexual battery, Goshen Police. Felix Charles Napier, 39, breaking and entering, grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft, receiving stolen property, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jarrod William Messer, 20, 6150 Marathon Edenton Road, Goshen, felonious assault on a police officer, receiving stolen property, failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Luke Hugh Daly, 28, 2370 Ohio 222, New Richmond, breaking and entering, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

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U.S. Bank NA vs. Donna M. Marshall, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Ryan M. Kordenbrock and Elizabeth A. Kordenbrock, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Paul B. Poppell, et al., foreclosure Provident Funding Associates LP vs. Gregory M. Johnson, et al., foreclosure Doren Emmett vs. Keystone RV Company, other civil American General Financial Services Inc. vs. Timothy Obermeyer, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. Spiech Farms LLC, other civil AirWorx Construction Equipment and Supply LLC vs. Romohr Electric Inc., other civil Safe Auto Insurance Company vs. Motorists Mutual Insurance Company, other civil Lisa Smith vs. Karl Foster, other civil Cynthia Yon and Teresa Biszantz vs. Trevor Fehlinger and Dennis Fehlinger, other civil Edwin Helton vs. Laurie Makoski and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, other civil Dawn Brucker and Jeremy Brucker vs. Keystone RV Company and Holman Motors Inc., other civil Melissa Partin and Becky Hutchens, other civil Bethesda Hospital Inc. vs. Paul Bauer, other civil American Express Bank FSB vs. Cindy Hayden Boster, other civil


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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 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


Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer Service 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services/ Youth & Children’s Programs


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121




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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services

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

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


3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189 Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm Wednesday Youth Group...............7:00pm

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

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

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


A fellowship where God changes people for life. Come visit us! 2545 Highway 50 Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-2324 Sunday School 9:00am Childrens Church 10:00am Worship 10:00am


Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

BROWN COUNTY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson)


Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM (Wed) Thomas J. Trunnel, Pastor


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

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite III 11:15am Choral Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided


176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship..... 9:00am Sunday School.................10:00am Traditional Worship..........10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

“Room for the Whole Family”


Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Dec. 24.....9pm Christmas Eve Eucharist Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

Located at 2580 US Hwy 50 (next to the library) or (1mile east of Owensville on 50)

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am

SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

9:30am 10:30am



7:00pm 7:00pm

S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:


Pastor Mike Smith





You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am


638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Joseph Jung Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: E-mail:

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Christmas Eve Services 5, 8, & 11:00 p.m. Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262

A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES Morning Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. High Voltage Youth 6 p.m.


4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 Pastor, Troy P. Ervin

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 3868 McMan Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

Sunday Morning Schedule: 9AM - Worship: Traditional 10AM - Classes & Groups 11AM - Worship: Contemporary Nursery care provided


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176




Welcomes You

Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor


Trinity United Methodist

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

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis

Something for children at each service


101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

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

10:45 a.m.

Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor


A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today!

513 831 0196

Bethel Nazarene Church

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

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

Worship Service

844 State Rt. 131

PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor


WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

Classes for every age group

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

Amelia United Methodist Church


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




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


January 5, 2011

One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Rob Meyer, Youth Leader Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”

Start new year out right with healthy yogurt treat Every year when I see the coming food trends, I have to chuckle. And, yes, pat myself on the back. For the most part, I’ve been ahead of the curve for a long time. H o m e canning is Rita gaining popHeikenfeld ularity for Rita’s both econoand kitchen my health. One of the most fun classes I taught at Jungle Jims this year was on canning. Yogurt, both regular and frozen, continues to be “in,” and Greek yogurt reigns supreme, due to its high protein and calcium content, along with being unbelievably rich and creamy. Use it in place of sour cream. One of our favorite desserts is frozen Greek yogurt. I expect pies to edge out cupcakes this year, too. Though judging from the desserts I’ve seen at parties lately, cupcakes and “cake on a stick” are holding strong. Mom-and-pop restaurants are coming back, too. And that’s something dear to my heart, as my own mom and dad, Mary and Charles Nader, had a restaurant at the corner of Cambridge and Plainville in Madison Place. I loved helping her after school, and will never forget the time I got a 75-cent tip for serving her legendary deep-fried seafood along with her equally famous chocolate pie. Pimiento cheese, Korean food and gourmet popsicles are on the list, too. There’s nothing better or healthier than a popsicle made with freshly squeezed grape or orange juice with a little honey added for sweetness. And guess what else? Foraging for wild edibles, like wild nuts, berries and wild violets. I love foraging! I still have a couple of jars of wild violet jelly and jam in my old pie safe. Pop-up restaurants, like food trucks, are in every big city. Food stalls with specialty products, like artisan breads, produce and homecured meats are a common site at neighborhood markets and our own Findlay Market. The reasons? Good food at a good price from people who are passionate about their craft. Growing your own produce, whether in the ground or in containers, continues to gain fans. And I think you’re going to see more recipes using whole and unusual grains, like quinoa and bulghur wheat. So if you want to jump on the trend wagon, here are some recipes to get you started.

Frozen yogurt like Yagööt’s

Here’s my clone and it’s creamy and delicious. It’s important to use the best quality yogurt here to get a creamy texture.

2 cups strained full fat Greek yogurt 1 ⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup sugar or more to taste. Mix yogurt and sugar. Stir it for about five minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, then put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Freeze in your ice cream maker. Vanilla yogurt: add 2-3 teaspoons vanilla to the yogurt before mixing. Tip: You either have to buy 4 cups of yogurt, strain it in cheesecloth set in a strainer for 12 hours or so in the refrigerator – that will reduce down to 2 cups) or buy the Greek yogurt already strained.


Rita’s version of Yagööt’s frozen yogurt.

Bulgogi (Korean beef)

Here’s my version of this popular dish. Leave out the honey and you have simple stir-fried beef. 1 pound flank steak, sliced very thin 1 ⁄4 cup high quality soy sauce or to taste 2-3 teaspoons corn starch 1 tablespoon sesame oil or to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons honey Pepper to taste Handful or so shredded carrots 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, both white and green parts Shredded carrots to taste (opt.) Tomato quarters for garnish Combine soy, sesame oil, garlic and honey. Mix with meat and veggies. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Film a pan with peanut or canola oil. When it gets hot, put in beef and veggies. Stir fry quickly, adjust soy and sesame oil to taste, and serve over hot rice and a couple of tomato quarters.

Pimiento cheese spread

Go to taste on ingredients here, especially the pimientos. This makes a lot, so go ahead and divide the recipe in half if you want. Just put everything in the food processor or mixer and mix until smooth. This is good with crackers. 1 ⁄2 pound shredded cheddar 1 ⁄2 pound Velveeta, cubed 1 ⁄2 small jar pimientos, undrained 2 teaspoons or so grated onion 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 cup mayonnaise or more if needed Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community Call 513-2 48-7130, ext. 356.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Timothy Wilson, 53, 146 Walnut St., Williamsburg, stator tester, and

Patricia Ashmore, 54, 146 Walnut St., Williamsburg, server.






Nicholas M. Cook, 24, 5852 Monassas Run, theft, Dec. 17.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At Lori Lane, Dec. 14.


Gun, etc. taken from vehicle; $575 at 4 Glenside Drive, Dec. 17. Nintendo game system taken; $157 at 61 Redbud Court, Dec. 17.



Maurice I. Larkin, 25, 171 Spring St., warrant, Dec. 12.

Incidents/investigations Theft

TV and stereo equipment taken at 730 Old Ohio 32 No. 1, Dec. 13. I-Pod taken from locker at Batavia Middle School; $300 at Bauer Avenue, Dec. 14.


Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 508 Market St., Dec. 7. Female was assaulted at Cornerstone at 1101 Front St., Dec. 12.

Assault, domestic violence At Caroline Street, Dec. 10.

Breaking and entering

Medication, etc. taken; $65 cash at 822 Birney Lane, Dec. 9.


At Market Street, Dec. 11.

Endangering children, domestic violence At Quarry Street, Dec. 15.


Medication taken at 150 Hotel St., Dec. 9. Security badge lost/stolen at 211 Market St., Dec. 11. Miscellaneous tools taken from Metzger Hardware; $50 at 400 Front St., Dec. 13. Merchandise taken from Berry’s Pharmacy; $3 at 1041 Old Ohio 52, Dec. 14.


Hydraulic-ram of gate damaged at 1035 Cobra Road, Dec. 15.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jennifer L. Tarter, 28, 1729 Iliff, criminal trespass, theft, Dec. 14. Joseph Purvis, 26, 214 Caroline, failure to comply, Dec. 10. Michael W. Smith, 34, 1751 Ohio 125 No. 221, disorderly conduct, drug possession, Dec. 16. Juvenile, 17, theft, Dec. 16. Jeremy S. Stout, 30, 2220 Berry Road, domestic violence, Dec. 15. Joshua D. Caudill, 24, 5201 College Corner, drug possession, Dec. 18. William P. Hixson, 28, 5296 College Corner, drug possession, Dec. 18. Kevin T. Mulloney, 47, 3818 Red Fox,

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warrant, Dec. 15. Jennifer Porter, 28, 338 St. Andrews, warrant, Dec. 15. David Cramer, 25, 1751 E. Ohio Pike, warrant, Dec. 15.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Leaf blower, etc. taken; $380 at 1176 Sherwood, Dec. 14.

Domestic violence

At Cole Street, Dec. 15.

Drug possession, disorderly conduct

Males had drugs in possession in vehicle at area of Hopper Hill and Davis Roads, Dec. 16.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization at 2825 Chestnut, Dec. 17.


GPS unit taken from vehicle at 3353 Jenny Lind, Dec. 13. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $16 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 14. Vacuum cleaner, trumpet, etc. taken; $1,000 at 3262 Alpine Terrace, Dec. 15. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $39 at Ohio 125, Dec. 16. Car-topper light taken off vehicle at 1815 Ohio 125, Dec. 16. Tools taken from vehicle at 1100 Castlebay, Dec. 15.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 15, assault, Dec. 15. Juvenile, 17, assault, Dec. 10. William M. Bravard, 34, 113 Main St., ID fraud, falsification, disorderly conduct, Dec. 13. Heather M. Rains, 24, 3725 Bardwell West, marijuana possession, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Dec. 14. Bridget M. Bronson, 24, 730 Ohio Pike, driving under suspension, Dec. 15. Rita S. Fouch, 31, 315 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 15. Benjamin K. Sandker, 21, 1884 Swings Corner, driving under suspension, Dec. 15. Sharon Kersey, 38, 3910 Roundbottom, falsification, Dec. 16. Nickolas C. Walker, 65, 3910 Roundbottom, obstructing justice, Dec. 16. Nancy M. York, 23, 4704 Beechwood, warrant service, Dec. 15. Jonathan Shepherd, 28, 6605 Vine St., theft, Dec. 16. Juvenile, 17, warrant service, Dec. 16. Michael M. Moore, 38, 4256 Upper Five Mile, driving under suspension, Dec. 15. Jammie L. Blevins, 23, 814 Clough No. 2, domestic violence, Dec. 16. Kimberly Hahas, 20, 438 Barbara Lane, assault, Dec. 16. Jody L. Dooley, 39, 3977 Gardner, driving under suspension, Dec. 13. Melissa Bradshaw, 48, 2305 Old Ohio 32, warrant service, Dec. 16. Brittany N. Oberschlake, 23, 4576




Mt. Zion, theft, obstructing official business, Dec. 17. Dylan Mullen, 19, 138 Hunters Court, drug abuse, Dec. 17. Brian S. Bruch, 21, driving under influence, Dec. 18. Brandon R. Taylor, 29, 4 Hammann, driving under suspension, Dec. 17. Jeffrey S. Houp, 25, 3518 Jackson Pike, theft, Dec. 17. Amber M. Wilson, 30, 3686 Par Fore Court, driving under suspension, Dec. 18. Ashlee M. Cicchiani, 26, 905 Ridgeway, marijuana possession, Dec. 18. Gregory A. Cook, 26, 4048 W. 8th St., obstructing official business, carrying concealed weapon, Dec. 18. Kimberly D. Watkins, 39, 585 Martin Luther King, theft, drug instrument, Dec. 18. Kevin J. Metz, 40, 4473 Eastwood, driving under influence, Dec. 19. Nicholas W. Burnett, 33, 2229 Feldman, theft, Dec. 19. Krista Sizemore, 20, 1137 Thornhill, theft, Dec. 19. Jessica Foster, 20, 5717 Par Fore, theft, Dec. 19. Brandon J. Wilson, 24, 3390 Ohio 132, driving under influence, Dec. 19. Terence D. McNulty, 18, 3510 Woodbine, underage consumption, driving under influence, Dec. 19. Kori McConnell, 18, 5443 Slack St., underage consumption, Dec. 19. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, Dec. 19. Jeffrey A. Dooley, 20, 10601 Plainfield, telephone harassment, Dec. 18. Raymond W. Walsson Jr., 19, 3889 Old Savannah, trafficking in drugs, Dec. 11. Gregg Glover, 36, 1411 Washington Ave., theft, Dec. 18.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female juvenile was assaulted at 915 Wilma, Dec. 15.

Breaking and entering

Entry made into Planet Fitness at



Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 18.


TV, etc. taken; $2,200 at 4608 Blackberry, Dec. 15.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit bill passed at Speedway at Ohio Pike, Dec. 18.

229 Campbell Ave., Thomas Willhoff & Jamie Martin-Willhoff to David Deitsch, $101,000.


Lot 5 Dunn Ridge Trail, Whitetail Developers LLC to Michael & Christie Kellerman, 2.0800 acre, $175,500.


Lot 164 River Pines RV Resort, Michael & Mary Mauch to Teresa Korte, 0.0640 acre, $7,500.


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Dela Palma Road, Dawn Baumgardner to Steven & Vanessa Scott, 7.8900 acre, $73,500.

Permitting drug abuse


At 412 Light St., Felicity, Dec. 14. At 595 W. Plane St., Bethel, Dec. 18.

Possession of drugs - marijuana

At Schoolhouse Road, Jan. 0. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 3836 Vineyard Green, Dec. 13.


Items taken from Days Inn; $1,600 at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Dec. 14. Purse taken from vehicle at Beechmont Racquet Club at Ohio Pike, Dec. 16. Diamond ring taken from Osterman’s; $1,100 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 16. Wallet taken at Beechmont Racquet Club at Ohio Pike, Dec. 16. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $52 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 17. Shirt taken from Kohl’s; $28 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 19. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $17 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 19. Handguns taken at 710 Fox Creek, Dec. 17. Clothing taken from T.J. Maxx; $28 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 16. A camera, etc. taken from vehicle; $729 at 648 Carefree, Dec. 16. Electronics and perfume taken from Kohl’s; $720 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 18. Jewelry taken from JC Penney’s; $137 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 19.


Incidents/investigations Assault

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1314 Dorado Court, Glenn Pearson to Jeffrey & Mary Nagel, 4.2940 acre, $250,000. 1380 Kerdan Court, Grand Communities Ltd. to Maple Street Homes LLC, $29,901. 525 Topfield Drive, IL Bridge Fund LLC to Queen City Homes LLC, 0.7070 acre, $152,000.

3953 Benjamin Drive, Foundation Bank to James Jones, $87,000. 4215 Dixie Drive, Leslie Barnes & Sandra Barnes, et al. to Bruce & Amy Fithen, $62,000. 4360 Elick Lane, The Mountain Agency Inc. to The Mountain Agency LLC, 16.0500 acre, $5,219,000. 536 Lang Road, Youngstar Investments LLC to William & Angela Tustin, 0.5730 acre, $249,000. 4301 Larma Lane, Ruby Deskins to Michael Ray Deskins, $93,000. 5133 Oak Brook Drive, Drees Premier Homes Inc. to William & Staci Wingo, 0.4596 acre, $364,881. 4606 Pearl Lane, John Fischer III to Paul Moore & Melanie Hayes, 0.7170 acre, $128,500. 5177 Romohr Place, Richard & Martha Binstadt to Josiah Brinkerhoff, 2.0100 acre, $216,750. 4654 Tealtown Road, Carl & Kartherine Moore to Richard & Susan Jivoin, 1.0000 acre, $38,000. 4079 Woodsly Drive, The Drees Co. to Darrin Burt, 0.3080 acre, $261,581.

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Ruth Ann and I walked across the street to the Baptist Church for the visitation for Mrs. Ruth White. She had been sick for several years. These folks were wonderful loving people. She will be missed not only for that great smile, but for the many things she did for her family, church and community. We had a visitor the other day, Mr. Tom the pilgrim. He said to say hello to his nephew in Arizona, who reads our article on the Internet. Well, hello, to this young feller from the Ole Fisherman and wife. On Christmas morning we were watching RFD TV station, they always have a church to visit on Christmas for the choir to sing carols. The feller that does this is Orion Samuelson. The church was a Lutheran Church in Illinois and they had beautiful music. Ruth Ann and I went to our daughter Debby’s for breakfast on Christmas morning, and to see the grandchildren and greatgranddaughter open their presents. Then we came home so their family could go to Bobby’s brothers to have Christmas with his family. His brother and sister-inlaw have a grandson to enjoy opening his presents that Santa left. Then in the evening we went back over to Debby and Bobby’s house and Pauline and Ralph and their family came too. So our

children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter were all there. After we ate supper Ruth Ann was holding Brooklyn and giving her her bottle and she was smiling at me. Then later grandpa Bob was holding her and talking to her and she was cooing to him. We all exchanged gifts after we ate. We had the Kinners here for dinner last Sunday. These folks are special to us and the kids have adopted us as grandparents. Now the menu was fish, deviled eggs, corn, macaroni and cheese, jar pickles and for dessert blackberry cake and peach cobbler, coffee and iced tea. The Kinner kids had brought some of their Christmas items with them. Ethan had an airplane that would fly. While flying it, it landed on top of our garage. The roof is covered with snow so he was worried about getting it. We got a cane pole, put the ladder up so dad could reach the plane and knock it off the roof, that was the end of flying the plane. We enjoy watching the birds. While I was looking at the bird book, the white breasted nuthatch it showed it, feeding, hopping head first down the tree trunk, to see insects, birds miss feeding on insects now that it is cold. It is so amazing how quick Mother Nature and the Good Lord can close everything down. Like the

big snow on the east side of the country. In 1950, George we had a Rooks s t o p p e r snow and Ole again in Fisherman 1978 when we had the blizzard. Now do you remember how hot the summer was? And now the fall was warm then went drastically into this cold and snowy and how many blessings you had over the year. We hope you had a good Christmas Eve at your church. The Bethel United Methodist Church had two services one at 6 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. A young lady sang a solo “O Holy Night” at 6 and another lady sang at 11 “Born in Bethlehem.” Also at the 6 a little girl, Jill, sang “Happy Birthday Jesus.” It was wonderful! Now if you make any New Year’s resolutions be sure you can live up to them, don’t make any unrealistic ones like me. Happy New Year. The Monroe Grange Card Party will be Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the good Lord, and give Him thanks. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

DEATHS Linda D. Brinker

Linda D. Brinker, 65, of Union Township died Dec. 21. Survived by husband, John B. Brinker; sons, Johnny (Leslie) and David (Mandy) Brinker; daughter, Denise (Joe) Cresap; sister, Sandra Lindner; and grandchildren, John William, Michael, Chelsey, Emilie, Caroline, Henry and Audrey. Preceded in death by father, Henry Milford Whitaker; and mother, Dorothy D. Anderson. Services were Dec. 27 at Crosspointe Baptist Church. Memorials to: Crosspointe Baptist Church, 4596 Bells Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45244.

Mary E. Dietrich

Mary E. (nee Westhoff) Dietrich, 86, of Amelia died Dec. 23. Survived by sons, Dennis (Helen) Dietrich, Ray (Carolyn) Dietrich, John

(Sally) Dietrich and Joseph (Karen) Dietrich; daughters, Mary Ann (Bob) O’Connor and Barb (Michael) Berwanger; brothers, Joseph Westhoff, Paul Westhoff and John Westhoff; sisters, Rose Merz and Jane Schmidt; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Paul J. Dietrich; and sister, Elizabeth Pavone. Services were Dec. 30 at St. Thomas More Church. Memorials to: EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210.

Betty J. Miller

Betty J. Miller, 79, of Union Township died Dec. 28. Survived by sons, Joseph (Marianne) Miller, Steven (Kathy) Miller and James (Terra) Miller; daughters, Mary (James) Muldoon, Diane (Greg) Hinkel and Janet (William) Sparks; and 11 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, Alfred Miller. Services were Jan. 3 at St. Thomas More Church. Memorials to: Comboni Missionaries, 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255.

Robert Charles Stephenson

Robert Charles Stephenson, 49, of Union Township died Dec. 28. Survived by parents, Robert W. Stephenson and Linda Curphey; stepfather, Ian Curphey; siblings, Margie (John) Cummings and Becky (Lonnie) Savage; fiancée, Sheila Mattie; nieces, Samantha Savage and Megan Henry; and aunt, Sybil Pearce. Services were Jan. 1 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home & Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.


George Elgin of Campbell County won the 2010 Clermont County Chess Championship. Elgin finished the fourround championship match with 3.5 points.


Garret Slone of Township was sworn in to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities by Vice President Harry Snyder Dec. 9. Slone was appointed by Judge Stephanie Wyler to replace Wanda Downey, whose term ended in October.

Slone joins Clermont DD Board Dec. 9 Garrett Slone of Pierce Township was sworn in to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities by Harry Snyder, vice president, Dec. 9. Slone was appointed by Judge Stephanie Wyler to fill

a position that requires the board member be related to an adult eligible to receive services from the developmental disabilities program. Slone replaces member Wanda Downey, whose term ended in October.

Elgin is 2010 Clermont Chess champion George Elgin of Campbell County won the 2010 Clermont County Chess Championship. Elgin finished the four-round championship match with 3.5 points. In the last and deciding game of the match, Elgin faced Victor Barney. The Clermont County Chess Club meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Withamsville Church of Christ, 846 Ohio Pike. For more information v i s i t


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