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Roast to help fund trail UC Clermont to host second-annual event By Roxanna Blevins

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike Trail is 11 miles shy of its planned 13.5-mile length, but village officials hope to speed up progress with a fundraiser. The second annual Rock and Roast will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan.19, in the Student Activity Center at UC Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Last year, about 200 people attended the event at Pattison Lodge in Pattison Park. Considering last year’s turnout event organizers thought it would be good to have more space this year, said Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker.

“We’re hoping for closer to 300 this year,” said Lefker said. Representatives from UC East thought the Student Activity Center would provide adequate space. Glenda Neff, Clermont Office of Business and Educational Outreach director, hopes the event will make people aware of the campus and its proximity to the trail. “I’m really glad to bring the commitment of UC East to the project,” she said. The campus features Bearcat Bike Share, a program through which students can rent bicycles for free with their student IDs. The event will feature music and entertainment provided by Hey! Mr. DJ, a silent auction and a pig roast. The auction items still are being collected, but they are are

expected to be similar to last year’s, which included artwork and gift certificates to restaurants, Lefker said. “We’re being creative and trying to have fun while doing it,” she said. The money raised from the event will contribute to the trail’s completion. The trail spans 2.5 miles from Broadway Road in Williamsburg into East Fork State Park. The second of an estimated five project phases is funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The second phase, which Lefker expects to be complete this spring, will extend the existing trail to connect to the park campground. “We’re trying not only to build a trail, but also to do a bet-

Williamsburg Village Mayor Mary Ann Lefker, left, and Chris Clingman, director of the Clermont County Park Board are part of a group trying to raise money for a planned 13.5-mile Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike Trail.

ter job of marketing what’s right here in our own backyard East Fork State Park,” she said. A path is being cleared for phase three of the project,

which will extend the trail from the campground to Greenbriar Road. “It’s a unique project in that it’s reusing the old roads in the park,” said Chris Clingman, director of the Clermont County Park Board. Clingman said he has applied for grants for phase three, but none have been awarded. “We need to finish phase two to see how much money is available to match grant funding,” he said. He said there may be as much as $30,000 remaining to start the third phase. Bids and construction costs for phase two will determine how much money is left over. Lefker said she thinks the third phase can be completed this year if enough money is See ROAST, Page A2


Clermont County Commissioners Nov. 28 recognized Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Martin, of Bethel, and Army Pfc. Cody Curless, of Amelia, for their military service. From left, Eastgate Community Church Pastor John A. Baird, Commissioner David Uible, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg, Clermont County Veterans Services Commission Executive Director Howard Daugherty, Curless, Martin, Thank You Foundation Advisory Board member Tracy Braden, Commissioner Ed Humphrey and Commissioner Bob Proud. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

GOP to recommend 3 for judgeship By John Seney

CLERMONT COUNTY — The Clermont County Republican Central Committee will recommend three people to Ohio Gov. John Kasich as candidates to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Stephanie Wyler. Tim Rudd, Clermont County Republican chairman, said Kasich wants the list without any ranking or preference. “The governor’s office is also requesting the three successful candidates submit resumes and fill out a questionnaire. The governor’s office will conduct a background check, conduct interviews and choose the successful candidate for appointment,” Rudd said in a letter to





committee members. The central committee will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate,

4501 Eastgate Blvd., to choose the three candidates for gubernatorial review. Rudd said the candidates will have a chance to address the Central Committee and members can question the candidates. The Central Committee members will be provided a ballot to vote for three of the candidates without listing the order of preference, he said. The names of the three candidates with the most votes will sent to the governor. Rudd said he is checking Ohio law to see if the meeting has to be open to the public and the media. If it is not required to be open, he said he is leaning toward closing the meeting. Rudd said those who initially



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expressed interest were Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James Shriver; Woody Breyer, a former Clermont County assistant prosecutor; Assistant Prosecutor Mary Lynne Birck; Milford attorney David Hunter; and Amelia attorney William Rapp. He said the list of candidates could change before the meeting. Shriver said he has served 18 years on the municipal court. “I have developed a great depth of wisdom, knowledge and experience in dealing with individuals involved in the criminal justice system,” he said. As municipal court judge, he said he has targeted crimes committed by the 18- to 25-yearold age group. “What an individual does in

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youth will have great bearing on how he lives the rest of his life,” Shriver said. He said his experience would carry over to the juvenile court job. “I look forward to implementing a number of evidencebased practices in juvenile court that builds on the success we’ve seen in municipal court,’ he said. Shriver said he handled juvenile cases as an assistant prosecutor for Clermont County. Birck has been an assistant prosecutor in the civil division of the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office since 1995. She has represented county agencies that deal with children and young people, including See JUDGE, Page A2

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said her favorite part of the festival is usually the first day. Ziggas has been playing clarinet since fifth grade and participated in the Land of Grant Festival for three years. She has been in the top three chairs each year. Still, she was surprised to be chosen for first chair this year despite being ill and running a fever during her audition. Amelia High School senior Jennifer Brees also has been playing clarinet since fifth grade. She said she has always wanted to participate in the festival, but this is the first year she has had transportation to the practices and performance. She said she is excited to play the music, which includes a medley of songs from the Tim Burton movies “Edward Scis-

sorhands,” “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” She said she practiced once or twice per week for a month or two prior to auditions. Batavia High School senior Bekah White, who participated in Land of Grant last year, said the experience makes her feel more prepared. However, she still put in about a week and a half of practice in preparation for the auditions. “Although it is really challenging, when you play in the concert and listen to it later on CD it’s really cool to hear it and know you were a part of it,” she said. The biggest challenge for her last year was “having the nerves” to play her part by herself in front of strangers and directors who she hoped to impress.


“I’m deliberative, I have perspective and I have the energy to give to it,” she said. Hunter is an attorney and former mayor and council member of Milford. He said he had been looking into running for a judgeship in two years, so when Wyler retired, he decided to add his name to the list. Hunter said after graduating from law school, he worked as an assistant prosecutor in Brown County assigned to the juvenile court.

In private practice, he handled cases in the juvenile and probate courts, he said. “The job really needs somebody who understands what it take to practice there,” he said. Until November, Hunter also was a part-time magistrate in the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court. Rapp, who practices law in Amelia, said he has decided not to seek the judgeship. Breyer also has decided not to seek the judgeship.

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day, Jan. 18, when 48 middle school and 70 high school students will gather at Hillsboro High School. The students Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 will practice in preparation for a concert Sunday, Jan. 20. “It gives kids an awesome opportunity to work with college band directors,” said Batavia High School band director David Smith, who has been running the festival for the past three years. UC band director Terren Frenz will direct the high school honor band, while former UC assistant band director David Martin will direct the middle school students. Bethel-Tate High School junior Bethany Ziggas said in past years she enjoyed meeting and connecting with the conductors. Ziggas, a clarinetist,

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Oral health study proposed for co. By John Seney

BATAVIA — A Cincinnati-based non-profit organization is considering funding a study of oral health in Clermont County. Jim Schwab, president of the Health FoundaSchwab tion of Greater Cincinnati, recently told the Clermont County commissioners the foundation provides grants to non-profits and governmental agencies to improve health care. “The idea is to try something new in the delivery of health care services with the hope that at the end of the grant, the program will continue,” he said. “We look for opportunities to work in rural areas as well as

urban.” Schwab said the organization has been looking at the oral health needs of children and the elderly. “We believe there is in the region a fairly significant unmet need for oral care services,” he said. Dave Swart, CEO of Health Chain Solutions, said his company would provide data for the study. “We want you to endorse this project because it will benefit Clermont County,” Swart told the commissioners. “People who are not healthy are not productive.” He said the study would determine where dentists exist in Clermont County and where they are needed. “Oral care is a growing problem, but we don’t have the data,” Swart said. Commissioner Ed

Humphrey told Swart and Schwab they needed to come back for another meeting and make a presentation to officials from the Clermont County General Health District and Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services as well as representatives of other groups that deal with the issue of oral health. “It’s a great opportunity for Clermont County,” Humphrey said of the proposal.


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for continuing our services,” Woodrow said. The levy was originally approved in 2003 and renewed in 2008. The board has three other levies as well, all of which were approved in the 1970s. The board provides adult day programs, residential and behavioral support for individuals with developmental disabilities. They work with adults to provide daily activities and job leads. Some services offered for children and parents of children with disabilities include speech therapy, physical therapy and therapeutic treatment. “What research shows and what we believe very

strongly is that ... if we can work with parents on ways to work with their children therapeutically they have less need for us in the future,” Woodrow said. Services offered by the board, like provision of Medicaid matching and service and support administration, are mandated once they begin. “There are literally people who have no way, without you, to be able to access the services you provide,” said Commissioner Bob Proud. She said she will visit the board again in February to request their support for the renewal of the levy.

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Monroe students turn donated food into art

Every year, the New Richmond Exempted Village School District holds a food drive for the New Richmond Food Pantry. This year, sixthgrade artists at Monroe Elementary School designed and created sculptures from these donations and were inspired by “Each team of artists planned and executed a sculpture that represented their team, the season, things they care about or simply their interests,” said Monroe visual arts teacher Adrian Vance Hawk. “The sixth-graders exhibited a great amount of team work and problem-solving skills in this effort to make an impermanent work of art.” Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct giantsized structures made entirely out of canned food. At the close of the competition, all Cansculptures (TM) are dismantled and donated to the local food banks. “In addition to viewing many different sculptures on the Canstruction website, the sixth-graders also talked about poverty, hunger and other social issues in the world and they made a list of things that they can do to make the world a better place,” said Hawk. The New Richmond Exempted Village Food Drive generated more than 28,000 food items for the New Richmond Food Pantry.

Immaculate Heart of Mary kindergartners were angels in the recent Nativity Play. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

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tudents in grades kindergarten through four performed the Nativity Play for their parents, grandparents, fellow students and guests recently. Third graders were narrators and a special dance was performed by the fourth grade.

Immaculate Heart of Mary students Andrew Weber and Tess Rodell played Joseph and Mary in the Nativity Play. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

Monroe Elementary students, from left, Kelsey Williams, Matthew Laub, Jordan McKinley, Taylor Bayless made this St. Nick artwork made with chili beans, corn, peaches, pears, sausages, tomatoes, apple sauce, tomato soup, beans in a bag, jam, mac and cheese, peanut butter, chicken noodle soup cans and plastic bags. THANKS TO ADRIAN HAWK

Monroe Elementary School students turned food donations into art work before being taken to the New Richmond Food pantry. From left: Sophia Deardorff, Casey Washburn, Cierra Fluhart and Justin Barker created Gingy, Our Gingerbread. THANKS TO ADRIAN HAWK

Monroe Elementary students Dylan Pridemore, Alyssa Stiles, Gage Goodheart, Kirsten Neal made their Stop Crime artwork with canned fruit, green beans, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, soup and boxed foods. THANKS TO ADRIAN HAWK

Immaculate Heart of Mary students played animals in the recent Nativity Play. From left are Andrew Wesselkamper, Maddie Lowe, James Overbeck, Paige Hartsgrove and Kelly Friend. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

Immaculate Heart of Mary students in grades K through four performed the Nativity Play for their parents, grandparents, fellow students and guests. Third graders were narrators and a special dance was performed by the fourth-grade. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

Grant Career Center offers new winter classes To meet the increasing needs of the community, Grant Career Center in Bethel is offering a variety of new classes in addition to the usual evening classes. In the Information Technology area, there are two new classes offered. Introduction to Inventor 2013 is a seven-week class in learning a 3-D CAD modeling software currently being used in the engineering field. The classes will be held Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

beginning Jan. 8 for a cost of $160. How to Repair Your Computer is a three-week program also offered Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 8. Having trouble with your computer? Do you need more storage space? Is your computer slowing down to a snail’s pace? This program will allow you to bring in your computer and discuss the problems with your instructor. The instructor will suggest ways to remedy the problem by pur-

chasing software, anti-virus programs or hardware updates. This program is offered for $50. Two, four-week Golf Clinics will be offered in the spring at Friendly Meadows Golf Course in Bethel. A professional golfer will help you improve your swing, teach golf etiquette and review the basic rules of golf. Clinics will be Thursdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $40. No discounts will be offered for this class.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Classes will be a “crash course” in landscape design, installation and maintenance flowers and shrubs, and caring for your garden. Steve Boehme, owner of Goodseed Farm Nursery & Landscape will teach four classes at Grant Career Center beginning Tuesday, March 5. For those who attend all four classes, there will be a free bonus class on pruning at Goodseed Farm in Peebles. These classes will be of-

fered Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 5 for $49 for the whole series. Winter is a great time to learn about your computer, make beautiful flower arrangements, learn to quilt, exercise away the holiday pounds or meet new friends in an evening class. For additional information, go to or call 513-734-6222, ext. 3105. Brochures are available at the local library.





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Trojans plan for bigger teams By Scott Springer

Williamsburg senior Kendal Young stops suddenly for a jumper. Young scored 12 points in ‘Burg’s loss at Amelia Jan. 4. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

‘Burg buckles down on defense

By Tom Skeen

WILLIAMSBURG — Many factors go into winning six of your first nine games. For Williamsburg boys basketball coach Dan McKibben, defense is right near the top of the list. After allowing 62.5 points per game last season and losing 16 games, in the Wildcats’ six victories this season, they are giving up 10 fewer points to their opponents. “They are playing better defense,” McKibben said. “Our seniors have provided pretty good leadership and we are getting contributions from nine different people.” On offense, the Wildcats are led by senior Kendal Young, whose scoring numbers are down to 17.8 points per game from 22 last season but McKibben likes what he is doing in other facets of the game. “He’s playing better de-

fense,” his coach said. “He is taking a little more pride in that. His rebounding numbers are up. This has been by far the best he has rebounded. When you get improvement in those two areas that is big.” In addition, Young is on pace to break the Williamsburg career scoring mark set in 1994 by Clayton Connor with 1,348 points. A mark McKibben believes Young will break by game 18 or 19. Young isn’t the only one getting it done offensively. McKibben is getting six or more points per game from five players, including 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds from Ryan Boggs who missed half of last season due to injury. “It’s been a nice surprise,” McKibben said about the play of Boggs. “He is shooting pretty well and contributing.” The Wildcats started 4-0, but ran into the wall that was Southern Buckeye Conference National Division-leading George-

town and Fayetteville Perry to drop to 4-2. “We didn’t play very well defensively,” McKibben said about the loss to division foe Georgetown. “…Our lack of intensity at the defensive end kind of carried over to the offensive end and our shot selection wasn’t what it needed to be.” What impressed the Wildcat coach was how his team bounced back from their first two losses. They rebounded to beat Blanchester and Felicity by a combined 35 points. “It was good,” McKibben said about the two wins. “We lost two games on the road on back-to-back days. We just said ‘ok, let’s readjust our goals and go about it from there.’ It was nice to see them rebound and play better.” In McKibben’s mind it’s a simple formula to keep his team grounded and keeping them playing the way they have in their six victories.

UNION TWP. — Just two years ago, Glen Este High School’s boys basketball team featured a starting lineup filled with Trojans averaging about 6-foot-5. Coach Dave Caldwell’s smallest starter was 6-foot-2 guard Corey Goedde. Often in prep sports, size can be cyclical. Fast forward to 2013 and Glen Este is comparatively undersized with just a few players hovering over 72 inches. As a result, they struggled with just one win prior to the new year. “So many teams in the league are absolutely huge,” Caldwell said. “Walnut’s got 610, 6-9, 6-6, 6-6. Milford’s got two 6-8 guys. Anderson’s got 6-8, 6-7, 6-6. Our tallest guy is a generous 6-2.” To counter their physical deficiencies, Glen Este’s style of play has been altered. They try to push the ball in transition. If that doesn’t work, it’s the Princeton (University) offense featuring back-door cuts and some outside shooting. “We’re just trying to fight our way through,” Caldwell said. “We get two and a half or three good quarters in, then the size eventually gets to us. We’re hoping we get a few chances to win here in January.” The early schedule wasn’t particularly kind with the Trojans facing very competitive Mariemont, Newport Catholic and St. Xavier teams in addition to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference menu. Leading the Trojan pack in scoring has been three-year starter Austin Rieck. As a guard, Rieck is likely Glen Este’s tallest player. After averaging 6.9 points as a sophomore and 13.9 last season, Rieck has scored more than 15 points per contest in his senior finale. “He’s had a few 20-point games,” Caldwell said. “We made a few offensive adjustments over the break. Hopefully, we’ll be a little more efficient.” Rieck is complemented by a crew of Nick Ayers’ football players. Kyle Keszei is the assist leader at point, and quarterback Joey Speigel has made some scoring contributions along with Tyler Flanigan and Tyler Burdick. The junior Burdick plays an unorthodox center, relying more on bulk and grit than anything. He often gives up sever-

Tyler Burdick of Glen Este puts up a shot from outside. The 6-foot-1 junior often guards bigger players for the Trojans. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

al inches to the opposing pivot. “He does a good job,” Caldwell said. “He’s tough as nails.” At 5-foot-10, guard Logan Harris missed some time early with mononucleosis and is the team’s third-leading scorer. Along with Rieck, Speigel and guard Alec Gordon, Harris is one of Glen Este’s better threepoint shooters. Caldwell remains optimistic on his squad’s talent. “In all honesty, I feel our players one through eight might be the best eight I’ve ever had,” he said. “We’re just hurting on size. We were beating NewCath and Turpin at halftime. We can do things once we learn how to take care of the ball.” The Trojans were 7-14 last season and Caldwell is hoping to at least reach that win mark again. “Who knows what can happen after our shots start falling,” he said. “They’re great dudes - especially with a lot of them being football guys. They’re very resilient and they’re showing up to work every day.” Up ahead for the Trojans is a road game at Turpin Jan. 11, followed by a return home Jan. 15 against Little Miami.


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» Batavia lost to Clermont Northeastern 48-36, Dec. 18. Alex White led the Bulldogs with eight points. Batavia won 56-40 victory over Blanchester Dec. 21. Senior Dillon Gilbert led all scorers with 16 points. Batavia lost to Western Brown 61-46, Jan. 4 despite 17 points from senior Gilbert. » Junior John Ernst scored11 points as New Richmond beat Norwood 51-40, Dec. 18. New Richmond lost to Western Brown 49-47, Dec. 21. Ernst had 11 points. New Richmond took down Bellevue 61-41 as part of the

Ohio River Classic Dec. 28. Josh Heiden scored 17 points. The Lions lost to Anderson 68-43 in the finals of the Classic Dec. 29. C.J. Grogan finished with 12 points. » Williamsburg led by 17 at halftime and went on to beat Blanchester 65-44, Dec. 18 behind 11 points from Tanner Supe. Williamsburg earned a 66-52 victory over Felicity Dec. 21. Kendal Young scored 16 points. » Amelia beat Bethel-Tate 54-35 on Dec. 21. Sophomore Garrett Weaver led the Barons with 18 points. Amelia beat Williamsburg 71-52 on Jan. 4. Trevor Simon led the Barons with 20 points. Young led Williamsburg with 12 points.

Girls basketball

» Jordan Foster and Katelynn Everhart each scored nine points in Batavia’s 47-27 victory over Blanchester Dec. 20. Batavia got 19 points from senior Katelynn Everhart in their 51-32 victory over Finneytown Jan. 2. Batavia lost to Western Brown 63-22, Jan. 3. Samantha McElfresh led the Bulldogs with nine points. » New Richmond lost to Western Brown 53-36, Dec. 20 despite Josie Buckingham scoring a team-high 10 points. New Richmond dominated Roger Bacon 56-19, Jan. 2 outscoring the Spartans 32-9 in the second half. Buckingham led with 17 points. » Felicity took down Wil-

liamsburg 46-28, Dec. 20. Senior Sarah Wetzel scored 10 points. Amelia beat Williamsburg on Jan. 3, 68-35. Cassidy Bailey led the Barons with 20 points, while Mallory Guess led the Wildcats with 15. » Glen Este beat Seton 69-43 on Dec. 22. Glen Este beat Loveland 6732 on Dec. 19. Katie Gaskill led the Lady Trojans with 11 points.


» Williamsburg placed third at the 11th Annual Adam Cox Memorial Dec. 29. The Wildcats claimed two individual titles at the 106- and 160-pound weight classes. » Glen Este beat Oak Hills by a point on Dec. 22. Gage Branson (106), Brandon Smith (120) ,Christian Boggess (170), Matt

Kennedy (182) and Andy Berger (220) had pins for the Trojans.

Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Northwest on Jan. 3 as junior Ryan Stroup rolled a 447 series.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este defeated Northwest Jan. 3 behind a 418 series by junior Leslie Campbell.

College commitments

» According to New Richmond girls’ basketball coach Brad Hatfield, New Richmond junior center Josie Buckingham has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota. On the season, Buckingham is averaging 16.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for the Lady Lions.



Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128




Batavia had a banner year The village of Batavia will celebrate the 200th year of its incorporation next year, and the village council and I are determined to make 2014 a celebration of new beginnings. This week, I will recount major accomplishments of 2012. The Community Journal has offered to publish a second column next week, in which I will discuss initiatives for the year to come. The past year saw major strides for Batavia as we worked towards a renewal of the Clermont County seat. We have begun collecting revenue from our annexation drive, and planning is underway for physical renovations. For the first time in years, finances make the prospects of renewal realistic.

Village government is not our only agent of renewal, as business investments are showing visJohn Thebout ible results. » Towne COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST Construction Services has renovated the property at 500 Kent Road, which it will share with TowneScapes; both are Towne Properties subsidiaries. That landmark site had been idle for several years. » Donald Saylor bought the Anstaett Auto Service property on West Main Street, next to the Dollar General Store. Mr. Saylor is expanding Dollar General parking and is remodeling the

building for retail use. » Mario Reyes has opened La Bamba Restaurant at the corner of North Riverside and Main Street. The Mexican restaurant joins Grammas Pizza, Moon-Lite Chili and Batavia Station as restaurants in the village, as well as Domino’s for carry-out service. » Auto Temp Inc. is thriving in the Kent Road industrial park. A leading maker of tempered automobile glass, Auto Temp celebrated its 20th year in 2012. Founder Bernard A. “Bernie” Fassler died Aug. 30 at age 76, and the company and the village of Batavia have renamed Kent Road beyond Roudebush Lane in his honor. Water and sewer operations have moved Last year opened with the

transfer of operations of the water and sewer utilities to Clermont County under a threeyear contract. Although the village is proud of the Batavia Water and Sewer Department, the small scale made operating costs high, and the village faced millions of dollars in required upgrades to the sewage treatment plant. As the contract progresses, the county and village will assess whether to make a permanent agreement or for the village to resume utility operations. The first year of the contract operations went smoothly. In January, we expect the county system to begin diverting the flow to the Middle East Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant, idling the Batavia plant, but keeping it ready for operation.

The change should save money and eliminate odors from the Batavia plant. This village is debt-free Batavia has paid off the final $664,030 in outstanding bonds for rebuilding West Main Street. The village borrowed $900,000 in 2004 for the project, renewing most of the debt several times. The most recent renewal was $825,000 of bonds in 2007 for 15 years, callable after 5 years. With the payment, Batavia entered 2013 free of generalobligation debt.

makers should attempt to pass similar legislation? Why or why not?

ing the Lame Duck session. If it hadn't been for the Connecticut school shooting they would have made it legal to carry weapons in schools. “I know some of your readers think that is a good idea, but the simple fact is that gun carnage is due to the abundance of guns and affects hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens, far beyond schools or other places where guns are supposed to be prohibited.”

John Thebout is the mayor of the village of Batavia. His column will continue next week with a discussion about the East Main Street project being the top part of the village’s renewal.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Where is the one place you would like to visit, but have yet to do so? Why?

NEXT QUESTION Who were the “winners” and who were the “losers” in the budget deal passed by Congress and signed by the president to avoid the fiscal cliff?

“My answer: Heaven. The reason I have yet to do so is obvious, but there will come a time. “Hawaii is nice, and so is Florida, the Caribbean, California, and all the rest. But in Heaven, there won't be any opposition between Democrats and Republicans, no 'fiscal cliff,’ no racial disparity, no attacks by radical Muslims, no divorces, no mass killings of 6and 7-year-old children, no disparity between rich and poor, and no sadness – or at least, that is what we are told. Hopefully, what we have been taught is the truth, and I'm betting on it.”

“While I could make a list, choosing just one place is possible and that would be Yellowstone National Park. The mountains, geysers and wildlife make it not only unique, but a place well worth a lengthy visit.”

“I have always wanted to go to Iceland. The reason I have not gone and will probably never go is because the old ball and chain has no desire or interest in going there. “I keep telling her, ‘But it is the land of Bjork!’ That seems to even make her more adamant about not going.”

“My son and I have always talked about a trip to Europe to visit the battlefields and towns in Normandy. As a WWII buff I want to see Omaha Beach, St. Mere Eglise and other places where so many of the Greatest Generation paid the ultimate price for freedom. “If we somehow ended up

Bill B.

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taking a side trip to Scotland to play St. Andrews, so much the better!”


“I would love to visit Hawaii and sit on the beach. I think I'd love the culture, landscape, weather, and a relaxed experience. My husband agrees. “Hope to do this in the future for a significant anniversary. We have not gone yet due to cost.”


“I have always wanted to visit Iceland and Svalbard Island – two places north of the Arctic Circle. They've always been too far and too cold but still exceptionally appealing. I may get my chance to go there on March 20, 2015, when a total solar eclipse will be visible in their neighborhood. Seems like the perfect excuse for me to visit!”


Question: Now that Michigan has approved legislation to ban mandatory collection of union dues as a condition of employment, becoming the 24th state in the nation to pass a right-towork law, do you think Ohio law-

“I think Ohio lawmakers know better than to stick their heads back into that particular bucket. At the very least they will wait to see how many Republicans are left standing after the next Michigan election. “What they did was a complete abandonment of the public trust, not just on the unionbusting bill, but on about a dozen unpopular laws passed dur-


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The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is proud to be a supporting member of Clermont CAN. The mission of OSU Extension is to engage people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming. OSU ExtenMargaret sion is a dyJenkins namic entity COMMUNITY PRESS that partners GUEST COLUMNIST with individuals, families, communities, industry and organizations to strengthen the lives of Ohioans. The top three issues affecting all Clermont County citizens are the quality of their health, the economy and education. OSU Extension offers programs to help those in Clermont County thrive in regard

to these three key points. OSU Extension’s partnership with Clermont CAN is a way to directly help citizens by providing practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers. Adults can participate in the following programs. Visit to explore more healthy people, healthy finances and health relationship topics. » Dining with Diabetes » Using Herbs and Spices to Lower Sodium Consumption » Preserving the Harvest Workshops » Heart-Healthy Meals » Cooking for One or Two » Stretching Your Food Dollar » Family Nutrition Program Youth can participate in programs like 4-H, LOOK to Clermont, FCS Teen Board, CARTEENS and Assuring Quality Care for Animals. Visit to


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learn more. Adults can participate in agriculture/natural resources programs. » Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts and Issues Farm to School » Master Gardeners » Soil Testing » Agronomic Crops Network OSU Extension alone addresses the three key issues, but its partnership with Clermont CAN is beneficial to Clermont County. The motto of Clermont CAN is “Be Active, Eat Smart.” CAN, just like OSU Extension, encourages people to make smart choices about activity and nutrition with the goal of feeling better. OSU Extension has several initiatives relating to health in Clermont County: • The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is about

reached 1,118 residents through 148 classes. It is about positive behavior change when dealing with nutrition, meal preparation and grocery shopping. • In partnership with local schools, the FNP Summer Food Service Program sites in Felicity, New Richmond and Batavia provided nutrition education and physical activity for 583 youth. • OSU College of Public Health in partnership with the OSUE research team offered 61 residents the opportunity to receive one-on-one behavior counseling through the Ohio Tobacco Quit Smoking network along with eight weeks of nicotine patches. The annual medical savings and productivity gain is $2,589 per participant. • Balancing budgets and protecting assets continues to impact family well-being. Counting Your Money budget-

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ing classes, Financial Coaching sessions, and America Save$ campaigns offered in partnership with Clermont CAN moved participants to change behaviors. Participants learned how to get organized, make “cents” of their budget and to eat better for less. Seventy-six percent reported that they planned to use the tips offered. The Clermont County Health District is the coordinating agency for Clermont CAN. Clermont CAN meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday every month at the Clermont County General Health District, 2275 Bauer Road, and anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, visit and/or

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

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Pearl Harbor survivor shares stories New England Club breakfast open to all veterans By Lisa Wakeland

It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday, and Joe Whitt had just finished his breakfast. He was below the deck of his ship learning to play guitar when one of the worst attacks on the United States began. “We don’t see (the Japanese) coming, we don’t hear them coming, and all of a sudden, they’re on top of us,” Whitt told fellow veterans. The Bethel resident was stationed on the USS San Francisco, which was anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. He relayed his story to about 25 veterans from different eras gathered for breakfast at the New England Club in Anderson Township. Whitt was the featured speaker for the monthly get-together, and the veterans

in the room were captivated as he talked about his experience. Whitt said he and his remaining comrades on the ship – many were on weekend liberty – heard the explosions, but had no idea what was happening until a command came over the intercom and ordered everyone to their battle stations. The problem was, Whitt said, that the USS San Francisco was awaiting dry dock repairs, and most of the ship’s guns and ammunition were put away. So they grabbed what they could and headed up to the deck bracing for another sweep by the Japanese pilots. “We had no guidance, we had nobody to tell us (what was happening), and we were pretty much on our own,” he said. “The torpedo planes had left, but the plane that’s coming now is dropping bombs and (firing) machine guns. Then I look up and there are these battleships – and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life – they’re on fire. They’re burning.” Whitt said there were about

Lisa Ruberg of the New England Club with veterans Bill Harris, left, Danny Wiot and Jim Robinson. They, along with the Club's activities director Kim Wier (not pictured), help coordinate a monthly breakfast for area veterans. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

seven or eight guys with him, and five of them got hit by machine gun bullets that bounced off the deck, but he was never touched. Whitt, now 89, was 17 years old when he joined the Navy and was in the service for just under a year when Pearl Harbor happened. He served throughout World War II and fought in 17 major battles, including the

Battle of Guadacanal and the Battle of Iwo Jima. He also wove in tales of military structure and life in the Navy, and many of the men and women chuckled about those anecdotes as they remembered what their time in the service was like. “We’re all brothers, in a way, no matter what period of time we served,” said Bill Harris, a

Korean War veteran who helped organize this group. “You often read about these things but don’t really understand until you get to hear from someone who was actually there.” World War II veteran Jim Robinson said it means a lot to him to get together with other veterans, hear these stories and build camaraderie. Robinson said he worked with New England Club activities director Kim Wier to start the group because there were about 50 veterans living there and she wanted a special program for them. Harris added they try to bring in speakers from different periods and with different experiences to talk about a wide variety of topics. The free, monthly breakfast is open to all veterans in the surrounding area. It begins around 9 a.m. the second Thursday of every month at the New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave. “We don’t care what branch you were in because we all become brothers and have been there,” Robinson said.

Joe Uecker, right, is sworn in Dec. 28 to the Ohio Senate by Judge Robert Ringland of the 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. Holding the Bible for Uecker is his wife, Patti. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, left, Dec. 28 swears in John Becker to the Ohio House of Representatives. Becker’s wife, Dottie, right, holds a Bible. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Four officials sworn in for new terms

UNION TWP. — Four elected officials were sworn into office Dec. 28 in a ceremony attended by several hundred people at Receptions Eastgate. Joe Uecker of Miami Township was sworn into the Ohio Senate by Judge Robert Ringland of the Ohio 12th Circuit

Court of Appeals. Uecker will represent District 14 in the Senate. John Becker of Union Township was sworn in as the representative in District 65 in the Ohio House of Representatives. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy swore in Beck-


Jeff Hardin of Miami Township was sworn in by Ringland to a new term on the Ohio School Board. Ed Humphrey of Miami Township was sworn in by Ringland to a new term as Clermont County Commissioner.

Judge Robert Ringland, left, of the 12th Circuit Court of Appeals, Dec. 28 swears in Jeff Hardin to the Ohio School Board. Hardin’s wife, Jennifer Smith, holds a Bible. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Judge Robert Ringland, left, of the Ohio 12th Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 28 swears in Ed Humphrey to a new term as Clermont County commissioner. Humphrey’s wife, Janice, holds a Bible for the ceremony at Receptions Eastgate. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Boy Scouts from Troop 244 in Milford presented the colors at the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 28 at Receptions Eastgate. From left are Connor Brumagen, Jordan Dean and Donald Carter. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 10 Drink Tastings Wines for the New Year Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, With wine specialist Annie Rusin of Tramonte and Sons. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Richard Goering, jazz guitar. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

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

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 13 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Lectures Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture, 3-4:30 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar John Kampen presents “Modern Research on Ancient Texts: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” To add context to exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center. Presented by Methodist Theological School in Ohio. 740-362-3322. Anderson Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 14 Exercise Classes

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



Business Classes

Farmers Market

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. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

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

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township.

Music - Blues The Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Township Fields and Tavern, 4575 Mount Carmel Road, 831-0160; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Health / Wellness One Amazing Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Weight Watchers, 7466 Beechmont Ave., Suite 415, Celebrate 50th anniversary. Hear success stories from members and get free introduction to new Weight Watchers 360 program. Special offers and prizes. Anderson Township.

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

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson

Dining Events

Exercise Classes

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

Music - Blues

Mandalas for a New Year: Meditative Writing and Art, 2:30-5 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Led by Grailville’s Amy Tuttle, artist, and Pauletta Hansel, poet and facilitator of Practice of Poetry programs. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Certified Zumba instructor Kim Coniglio of Bethel leads a Zumba class in the community center. Congilio’s class, held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., is just one area exercise/fitness class that can help you meet those New Year’s resolutions. For more information, call 240-5180 or visit Also pictured are Bethel residents Ann Stamper, Wilma Green, Christina Cummins, Taylor Helton and Stephanie Bohrer. FILE PHOTO Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Music - Benefits Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Community Concert, 7:30 p.m., Loveland High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Auditorium. Opening work featuring the Loveland High School Symphony Orchestra. Meet-and-greet post concert. Benefits Loveland High School instrumental music program. $20, $10 students. Presented by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 683-1920, ext. 3715; Loveland.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.



Business Classes

Dining Events

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

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

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

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

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

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 Art & Craft Classes The Wonderful World of Wool: A Felting Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, With Susan Gilbert of Heartfelt Handworks. Utilizing felting needle and wool fiber, participants learn to embellish woolen garments as well as create three-dimensional figures upon wire armature. $35. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Nature Winter Hiking and Survival Skills, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Learn basic survival skills and practice shelter-making abilities. Meet at picnic shelter. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.


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Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Nature Winter Hike, 1 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Moderately strenuous three-mile hike through Sycamore Park and Wilson Nature Preserve. Meet at bridge. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Batavia.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 22 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Miami Township, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.



Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, Amer-

Music - Acoustic

Art & Craft Classes Pinterest-In-Person Craft Time, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave.,

Time for creative people to get together to craft and share ideas. Tables and chairs available. Bring supplies. Free. 4740123; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings California Winemaker Stars, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Paired wine tasting featuring Hadley Corpus of Vanguard Wines. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Ed Oxley, jazz violin. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Registration required. 888-2880668; Anderson Township.

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

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

Nature Homeschool Program: Winter Plant Identification, 10 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, For homeschool groups. Learn winter tree and plant identification skills. Meet at park lodge. Free. Registration required by Jan. 22. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 976-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Music, poetry, etc. All material must be familyfriendly. Free. 474-0123. Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 Art & Craft Classes

Robert Burns Dinner, 5:30-11 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Celebrating life and works of Scotland’s beloved poet. Traditional haggis ceremony. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Entertainment by Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Cincinnati Scots, Cincinnati Highland Dancers and the Royal Scottish Country Dancers and more. $24, $12 ages 12 and under. Reservations required. Presented by Caledonian Society of Cincinnati. 574-2969; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Music - World Lagniappe, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Anna Ree’s Andouille, 1329 U.S. 52, Cajun. 699-4102; New Richmond.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Winter Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Quiet prayer and reflection. Take advantage of hiking trails, outdoor labyrinth and peaceful environment. $20. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27 Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.


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

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.



Try a hot bowl of soup for winter warmth

Beef barley mushroom soup

My husband Frank likes a drizzle of red wine vinegar to finish off the soup. My colleague Matt Swaim, producer at Sacred Heart Radio, feels like taking a nap after enjoying this soup. So now you’re forewarned! As I always tell you, adjust the seasonings to taste.

6 strips bacon, cut up 2 cups chopped onion 1 tablespoon garlic 1 pound mushrooms, sliced (I used cremini) 1 scant tablespoon tomato paste 1 quart beef broth plus about a cup of water, if necessary 1 cup quick-cooking barley 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Sauté bacon until crisp. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is starting to brown. Add mushrooms and cook until tender and pot is beginning to get dry. Stir in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until barley is ten-

der, about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

I like adding a bit of tomato paste to some soups and stews. Freeze leftover paste in a baggie, smoosh the air out and lay it flat. When you need some, you can push out the frozen paste.

Formerly secret chicken corn chowder For the reader who had a similar soup at a luncheon. The hostess would only divulge ingredients. “The recipe is secret,” she said. If this is similar to what the reader ate, the secret’s out! Substitute dried basil, rosemary and thyme for Italian seasoning if you want. Olive oil 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms 11⁄4 cups chopped onion or more to taste 2 10.5 oz. cans chicken broth or more, if needed 1 pound corn, thawed if frozen or drained if canned 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (deli chicken is good) 1 10.5 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 ⁄2 cup orzo 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 1 cup milk

11⁄2 tablespoons flour Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in soup pot and add mushrooms and onions, and cook over medium high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, corn, chicken, soup, orzo and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until orzo is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir together milk and flour in a small bowl; gradually stir into chowder and cook until hot throughout.

figured out how to make a similar one. Rose must really want the recipe, since she told me she’d give her eyetooth to make biscuits so tasty.

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don’t call for any yeast. I have used those starters and they do work, but the yeast gives the starter a “boost” or assurance that I like. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Onion facts: Small onion equals about 3⁄4 cup, a medium about 11⁄4 cups and a large about 2 cups.

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DEATHS Robert Day Robert Dwight Day, 31, New Richmond, died Dec. 26. He was a caregiver. Survived by mother Kimberly (Don Sr.) Slone; brother Donnie Slone Jr. Services were Jan. 3 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Ellery Frankenberg Ellery Carroll Frankenberg, 93, Union Township, died Dec. 30. He retired from the Navy as a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer. He was a World War II veteran. Survived by sons Phil, Douglas, Matt Frankenberg; sister Mary Jane Rekus; four grandchildren;

four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Thelma Robinson Frankenberg, parents Ida Mae Carroll, Henry Frankenberg, siblings Millie Stine, Bert Kuhnell. Services were Jan. 2 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Wilma Hodges Wilma Jean Hodges, 60, Union Township, died Dec. 28. She was a registered nurse. Survived by husband Burton R. Hodges; sons Burton C. (Amanda), Christopher (Brandy) Hodges; grandchildren Samantha, Danielle Padgett, Matthew, Nathaniel, Brianna Hodges;

mother Imogene Custer Klingler; brother Vaughn (Marilyn) Klingler; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Isaac Klingler, brother Lowell Klingler. Services were Dec. 31 at Summerside United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to Summerside United Methodist Church.

Kathleen Jacobs Doris Kathleen Jacobs, 85, New Richmond, died Jan. 1. Survived by children John (Beverly), Michael (Mary), Mitchell (Diane), Bernard (Vickie) Jacobs, Susan (Bob) Beiser; sisters Opal Rollins, Bess Bailey, Jean

Wachsman; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Louis Jacobs, siblings Eva Franks, Steve Day. Services were Jan. 5 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

by wife Olla Mae Sheffield Jay, siblings Margaret Holben, Dorotha Leibreich, Emily, Vernon Jay. Services were Jan. 3 at Evans Funeral Home.

Preceded in death by first wife Betty Tomlin, second wife Virginia Tomlin, son Todd Tomlin, parents Clyde, Georgia Tomlin. Services were Jan. 2 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Henry Russell Jay Jr., 88, Union Township, died Dec. 31. He worked in marketing for Rotex Inc. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children Connie Davis, David O’Feill Jay; stepdaughter Jean Mulvaney; grandchildren Richard, Andrew, Larry Jr. Davis, Angela O’Feill; sister Katherine Jay. Preceded in death

Charles H. “Pete” Tomlin, 91, died Dec. 30. He was a World War II. Survived by sons Terry (JoAnn), Timothy (Brenda) Tomlin; stepdaughter Judy (Steve) Weisbrod; grandchildren Todd (Jeanne), Jenna, Sheri (Doug), Melissa (Bob), Tara (Brian) Barnett, Stevie (Jennifer) Weisbord, Andrea (Aaron) Gregor; great-grandchildren Samantha, Brian Tomlin.

Deborah Woolet, 60, Union Township, died Dec. 28. Survived by sister Terry (John) Dumford; nieces and nephew Tracy (Paul) Thomas, Dawn (Art) Brinson, John Dumford; greatniece and nephews Brandy Thomas, Doug Stratman, Dustin Brinson. Preceded in death by parents Raymond, Opal Woolet. Services were Jan. 2 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.


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Howdy folks, I am writing this column some of it, the last day of 2012, this has been a good year for us. The Good Lord has been very good to us the tests Ruth Ann has had for the cancer she had on her leg is doing good. Our health has been good; the garden was good, even with to the drought, and the cat Chessy, has been a blessing to us. There has been lots of tragedy, like the tornado that hit Moscow and Tate Township areas. The different kinds of organizations that were there to help folks was great. The Lions Clubs furnished money to help the folks that were in the tornado and Ruth Ann and I spent several months delivering cards. The district governor for the Lions Club, John Tolos, called us, and Ruth Ann and I delivered cards for Kroger, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Home Depot. The two ladies at Moscow, Susan and Sandy, did a super job for the town, They worked in a small trailer and when Channel 12's “Grilling with Tim” was there, Ruth Ann and I were given a guest invitation. The Bethel Lions Club have paid for several eye exams and glasses and have been involved with the school, giving out trees to the fifthgrade students, and book backpacks and foodpacks. The Monroe Grange made and donat-

ed child print pillow cases for the Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati for the children George with canRooks cer, and OLE FISHERMAN food for the food pantry and much more too. The volunteer organizations do a lot of great things. For breakfast on New Year's Eve day, Ruth Ann fixed bacon, eggs, coffee and banana bread.This was great. Now on New Year's Day, it was sausage gravy and homemade biscuits. What great food. This cat, Chessy, is something else. She was setting on Ruth Ann's lap the other evening, asleep. I would meow real low, she would look up then look at me. She has been playing with her toys that Denny brought her last year. With the cold weather, she goes out for a few minutes, then comes back in for most of the day. We, as do you folks, live in a wonderful neighborhood. Last Saturday, we had Ruth Ann's second cousins and their neighbors here for the noon meal. The menu was fish, corn, green beans, potato salad, cornbread, carrots, deviled eggs, two kinds of jelly and two kinds of pie, cherry and apple. The folks sure enjoyed their meal and

visit. After the folks left Chessy was setting in kitchen watching for something to fall on the floor,.Ruth Ann asked her, “Do you want something to eat.” Chessy set up like she had been trained to do that. Have you folks got any seed catalogs yet? The other day we got Gurneys, Burpees, Henry Field, Jung seed plants and Shumways. It is always good to get these catalogs, especially with the snow on the ground. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton, I asked how his Grandma was doing. He said they celebrated Christmas on Saturday. Mike brought grandma to their house to celebrate Christmas. She was worried about getting in the house, with the snow on the walk. He said, they swept the walk good,and put throw rugs down for her to walk on. Now Grandma was born in 1922. That makes her a young lady. She told a story: when she was a young girl the folks were

getting ready to get in the horse and buggy. It had been raining and the ground was muddy and she fell. The horse and buggy ran over the top of her, it didn't hurt her. Mike said for a young lady, she sure puts us kids to shame when we complain. She doesn't do that. What a special per-

son she is. The Lord has been good to her. We have been busy in the carpenter shop, building bird houses out of cedar and lazy susans for the table to put sugar, salt and pepper, napkins etc ... , in. Sure hope if you made a New Year’s Resolution, that it comes true.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. Hope you had a good year and that the New Year will be good, too. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger.

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2007 JEEP COMPASS SPORT SMALL SUV, 4WD, ALUMINUM WHEELS, LOW MILES, #B8233.... $13,885 2011 DODGE CALIBER MAINSTREET ORANGE, SUNROOF, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, #C8156... $14,588 2010 FORD FOCUS SES RED, AUTO, AIR, ALUMINUM WHEELS, #B8288........... $14,825 2010 HONDA ACCORD SEDAN, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, #B8280 ................. $15,988 2009 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, V6, AUTO, AIR, 7 PASSENGER, #C8080......$16,995 2010 FORD FUSION SEL RED, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, #C8139 ....$16,988 2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SUV, AWD, PW, PL, CD, #B8135.............................. $17,988 2007 GMC ACADIA SLT V6, AUTO, AIR, DVD, LEATHER, ALUM WHEELS, LUGGAGE RACK ....$19,775 2012 CHRYSLER 300 BLACK, V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, CD, #C8116 ................... $23,572 2011 HONDA CRV SPECIAL EDITION, 6000 MILES .......................................... $23,988

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