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Reinvestment area to be created Effort meant to spur significant project By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — Clermont County Commissioners recently gave their support to the establishment of a Community Reinvestment Area in Union Township. The designation is designed to incentivize construction on a 3.3-acre parcel near Ferguson

Road. The area is the site of a proposed luxury apartment complex known as Ivy Pointe Lofts to be built by Capital InvestKuchta ment Group Inc. The designation would allow county officials to provide tax abatements to companies for renovation or construction of residential, commercial or industrial structures.

One requirement for tax abatement consideration is a proposed investment of at least $7 million, said Andy Kuchta, director of the Clermont County Office of Economic Development. “It’s meant to spur a significant project,” he said. If state officials approve the Community Reinvestment Area, company officials would need to go through an application process to receive an abatement. If granted, the company

could receive an abatement of up to 50 percent for up to 10 years. The proposed luxury apartment complex Capital Investment Group officials plan to build will be geared toward young professionals. Employees of Total Quality Logistics (TQL) and a future branch of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are a primary target market, said development specialist Adele Evans. “If it helps the development it’s good for Union Township,”

said Cory Wright, director of Planning and Zoning. Paperwork has been sent to the Ohio Development Services Agency for certification. If the resolution is approved at the state level, an agreement for the proposed Ivy Pointe Lofts project will be brought to the commissioners, Evans said. “This is not approving any certain project,” she said. “This is just designating these four parcels in the (Community Reinvestment Area) district.”

Annexation cited for road maintenance questions By Roxanna Blevins

Workers from Davey Tree Expert Co. Jan. 8 clean up debris in an area of Tate Township where trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle were cut down. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

New contracts will continue beetle eradication efforts

By John Seney

TATE TWP. — Two contracts intended to increase efforts to find and eradicate the Asian longhorned beetle have been awarded. Rhonda Santos, public information officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the USDA is in the process of awarding a contract to Davey Tree Expert Co. of Kent, Ohio, for the removal of trees infested with the beetle. The contract, which will be finalized in the next few weeks, is for one year, with an option for two more years, she said. The USDA’s previous tree removal contract with Young’s General Contracting, Inc. of Poplar Bluff, Mo., ended Sept. 30. At that time, a month-tomonth contract was awarded to Davey so tree removal work could continue until a new longterm contract could be awarded. “Folks will see a continuation of services from Davey,” Santos

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A worker from Davey Tree Expert Co. grinds stumps in an area of Tate Township where trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle were removed. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

said. Property owners in Clermont County are asked to communicate any concerns about tree removals with Davey Tree Expert Co. at 513-226-9138. Davey also has been awarded a contract by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for survey work, said Brett Gates, ODA public information officer. The survey efforts will consist of ground survey inspections of trees within the quaran-

tined areas of Clermont County, he said. “This work will supplement the survey work already being conducted by program officials,” Gates said. Survey workers from the state and USDA will continue to look for evidence of the beetle along with the workers from Davey, he said. “There is a lot of work to be done,” Gates said.

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BATAVIA — The end may be in sight for a conflict over road maintenance. Village officials are looking to Batavia Township and county officials to take responsibility for maintaining sections of Bauer and Herold roads. Village Administrator Dowdney Dennis Nichols said he and Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger agreed the county would maintain Herold Road from Ohio 32 to Ohio 276, and the village would maintain the road to the south. Nichols said Manger, who Manger also acts as the township’s engineer, plans to advise the trustees to maintain Bauer north of Clermont Center Drive, leaving the village to maintain the road to the south. Since the annexation of these areas, village employees have maintained Herold and Bauer roads, Nichols clearing snow and ice when necessary. The agreement between Manger and Nichols is not official, but Nichols plans to write a contract between the village and the county, he said. There also was no formal agreement between the village and the township at press time.

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In October, the township trustees sent a letter to village officials, stating that when the village’s most recent annexation took effect, the township would no longer maintain Bauer Road. “With the additional revenue that they’ll be receiving comes additional responsibility,” said township Trustee Bill Dowdney. In the letter, the trustees cited a section of the Ohio Revised Code, that states if an annexation segments a road in a way that creates a maintenance problem, the municipality is responsible for the maintenance. In November, village officials received a letter from Manger stating the county would no longer maintain portions of Herold or Bauer roads. Manger said the segmentation causes maintenance workers to pass in and out of jurisdictions. He also said scheduling conflicts could lead to differing road conditions. One portion of a road might be treated for snow, while another portion is not, creating a hazard, he said. “Public safety is of my utmost concern,” he said. Nichols said the village should not be responsible for maintaining the entire length of the roads, when the annexation only affects small portions of them. Although the annexation segments the road, it is not in a way that creates a maintenance problem, he said. “By my reading of the law, they very clearly have legal responsibility for maintenance,” he said. “If the village was maintaining it, and for some reason the village’s maintenance was not adequate, then we’d be responsible, but so would they.” Vol. 32 No. 42 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



West Clermont reorganizes By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — West Clermont school board members Jan. 8 re-elect-

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ed Doug Young as board president for 2013. Board member Jo Ann Beamer nominated Denise Smith. Board member Tammy Brinkman nominated Doug Young. In the initial vote, both voted for the candidate they nominated, and the nominees each voted for themselves. Board member Tina Sanborn abstained, resulting in a tie. Sanborn declined to comment about why she abstained from voting. Smith said she had anticipated the possibility of


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a tie and pre-emptively sought advice from Kathy LaSota, director of School Board Services for the Ohio School Boards Association. Smith said LaSota advised that the board try to work through the matter to reach a consensus. Young At Treasurer Alana Cropper’s recommendation, Beamer and Brinkman explained the rationale behind their nominations. “I nominated Denise Smith because I think she would make an excellent board president for West Clermont,” Beamer said. She said she thinks Smith would be fair, would listen to all sides of issues and would make decisions based on input from board members. “I don’t think she’d go out on her own and make a decision as board president,” Beamer said. She added that with Smith’s background serving as vice president and her experience serving on various committees, she is familiar with the district and how to conduct

meetings. Brinkman said she thinks Young did an excellent job as board president in 2012. “I think that he has spent countless hours behind the scenes doing research on matters of Beamer interest for the community to make sure that we’re doing things the right way and in the best interest of all constituents,” she said. Brinkman also mentioned that Young has served on the board longer than Smith and has a more flexible schedule. “We could sit up here and talk about what we’ve done, what we’ve tried to accomplish as board members ... but we need a third vote if we’re going to move forward with the election for president tonight,” Young said. In the second vote, Sanborn voted in favor of Young, giving him three votes against Smith’s two. In a unanimous vote, board members also selected Jo Ann Beamer for vice president.


roe, Stonelick and Batavia townships. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within the quarantined area is prohibited. Gates said the survey contract with Davey was awarded in late November. It runs through July 2014. He said Davey workers “are getting familiar with the area” and should start surveying soon. The beetle initially was discovered in Tate Township in June 2011. Federal and state officials began surveying trees in July 2011 and as of Dec. 29, 2012, had surveyed more than 251,000 trees and discovered 9,276 trees infested with the beetle. Contractors began cutting down infested trees in November 2011 and as of Dec. 29, 2012, 8,995 trees had been removed. The quarantine area was expanded in July 2012 to include parts of southern Stonelick Township and northern Batavia Township after two infested trees were found in Stonelick Township. The infestation was traced to firewood brought into the area before the quarantine was imposed. Gates said one additional infested tree was found in Stonelick Township and removed.

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An easement was granted for use of the parking lot of 177 South Riverside Drive to access the village’s Broadway lift station. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Easement granted for Batavia village By Roxanna Blevins

BATAVIA — An easement was recorded Dec. 20 that grants the village use of a South Riverside Drive property, which has long been a point of conflict. The final terms of the easement allow the use of a parking lot at 177 South Riverside Drive in exchange for a one-time payment of $7,500 to property owners Michael and Jamie Kinner. “We’re very pleased with the resolution,” said village Solicitor Christopher Moore. He said the easement is for general access to the property as needed. “We do have access to the lift station at any and all times necessary,” he said. “We previously said we would only go on (the property) in the event of an emergency. Now, we can feel very comfortable going on, performing our routine maintenance and repairs as needed.” The settlement concluded nearly a year of negotiation between Moore and the attorney representing the Kinners. For years, village officials used the parking lot of Riverside Coffee

Mill, which closed in May 2012, to access the lift station without permission. Although they did not have permission, village officials continued to use the parking lot under the auspices that it was necessary to access the lift station, said Moore. The lift station is necessary for moving sewage to the treatment plant. In January 2012, the Clermont County Water and Sewer District entered into a three-year contract to operate the village’s water and sewer facilities. County officials were concerned about using the parking lot without permission and requested the village establish an easement. Because county water and sewer employees are acting in the village’s behalf, the easement extends to them. An easement for access to the lift station already exists but is not as accessible as the Kinner property, said village Administrator Dennis Nichols. He said the easement, which crosses Broadway Street, is only 10 feet wide and that is not enough space for a truck to make a turn to get to the lift station.

Amelia mayor to fill open council seat By John Seney

AMELIA — Mayor Todd Hart will fill the vacancy on village council left by the death of Bob Pollitt, who died Dec. 3 at the age of 84. Hart said village council had 30 days to appoint a successor to Pollitt. If council members fail to choose a replacement in 30 days, the mayor can appoint a replacement, Hart said. Hart said he will make the appointment because council did not

act. “Several resumes have been sent to me,” he said. Hart Hart said the resumes include residents who have served the village on boards or committees. “I will look to appoint one of them,” he said. “But I haven’t decided yet.” The new council member will serve through Dec. 31, 2013.

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PIERCE TWP. — Luke Mantle Dec. 21 resigned from his position as public works director. All public works will continue to be provided as they have been, said township Administrator David Elmer The trustees authorized Matt Smith and John Koehler to act as co-interim directors until the position is filled. “We’re sorry to see Luke go,” Elmer said. “He did a fantastic job for

Pierce Township, and we wish him and his family all the best.” Mantle was offered and accepted a position as the Road Supervisor with the Campbell County Road Department. Mantle, who served as public works director for two years, said his new position is more convenient because he lives in Northern Kentucky. “I just took advantage of an offer that’s closer to home,” he said. Township officials are seeking a new director and hope to fill the posi-

tion within 60 days, Elmer said. “The township has not yet announced a job vacancy, as the responsibilities of the position are currently being fulfilled by the interim directors,” he said. Elmer said township officials may open the position to outside candidates in the future. Questions and comments should be directed to Elmer at 752-6424 or the co-interim directors at 947-2021. The township website is



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via Local School District Board of Education has scheduled a work session for 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place, in the Family Room. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss district facilities, finances, personnel and any other business the board shall deem appropriate.

School meetings

The West Clermont board of education has scheduled the regular board meetings for 2013. All meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The meeting dates are: Monday, Jan. 28; Monday, Feb. 11; Monday, Feb. 25; Monday, March 11; Monday, March 18; Monday, April 8; Monday, April 22; Monday, May 13; Tuesday, May 28; Monday, June 10; Monday, June 24; Tuesday, July 9; Monday, July 29; Monday, Aug. 12; Monday, Aug. 26; Monday, Sept. 9; Monday, Sept. 23; Monday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Nov. 6; Monday, Nov. 18; Monday, Dec. 9; and Wednesday, Dec. 18.


UNION TWP. — During their annual organizational meeting Jan. 1, township trustees decided to maintain the board’s organizational structure. Timothy Donnellon will remain the board’s Chair, and Robert McGee will remain vice-chair. Matthew Beamer will continue to serve as the board’s third member. The board will continue to meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m.

ministration building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The trustees’ regular meeting schedule for 2013 is as follows: Feb. 20, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. All meetings are open to the public.

Special meeting

BATAVIA — The board of education will hold a meeting special meeting Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. in the Family Room of Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to have a work session to discuss district facilities, finances, personnel and any other business the board deems appropriate.

Puppy socialization

Puppy Socialization Seminars provides a opportunity for puppies to play off leash in a monitored setting. Petco, at 1087 A&B Ohio 28 in Milford, is offering free Puppy Socialization Seminars at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. It is a supervised 30minute interactive seminar for pet parents’ puppies in an enclosed area, with a dog trainer in charge. Socialization is a critical step for all puppies and they experience important developmental benefits by participating in group play. Specifically, they learn how to interact with other dogs appropriately. The dog trainer explains to pet parents how the puppies are interacting as well as what she/he is doing and why, so every-

The trustees scheduled their 2013 regular monthly meetings for the second Wednesday of each month, except in February when it will be the third Wednesday. All meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the township adTWP.

Meet Ondrusek

Meet Cincinnati Reds pitcher Logan Ondrusek between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Eastgate Muenchen’s Furniture, 700 Eastgate South Drive. He will be signing free autographs.

Liming elected

Mark Liming was reelected to represent farmers from Monroe, Washington and Franklin townships for the 2013 Clermont County Farm Service Agency Committee. Liming was elected to his third consecutive term. The election results for Local Administrative Area # 1 are: Mark Liming, elected to the county committee (COC), and Scott Jennings, first alternate to COC. FSA appreciates all of the voters for taking the time to complete the election ballot. The county committee system works only because of the participation. The committee members held their organizational meeting after the election and determined Mark Liming will serve as the county committee chairman and Hal Herron will serve as vice-chairman. Doug Auxier completes the committee as the regular member.

PIERCE TWP. — The Greenspace Committee’s regular monthly meetings will be the first Wednesday of each month. All meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the township administration building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The Greenspace Committee’s regular meeting schedule for 2013 is as follows: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. All meetings are open to the public.

Auto crash

At about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, a vehicle was traveling east in the 990 block of Clough Pike when the operator lost control of the vehicle in the curve. The operator over corrected and crossed over into the westbound lane. When the operator’s vehicle crossed over into the westbound lane it was struck by a vehicle traveling west, said Lt. Scott Gaviglia, operations commander, Union Township Police Department, in a press release. The driver was transported to a local area hospital and is in stable condition, Gaviglia said.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected as being a contributing factor in this crash, Gaviglia said. Clough Pike was closed for about one hour, Gaviglia said. The investigation continues, Gaviglia said.


The spelling of Keith Neer’s name was incorrect in a story published Jan. 2 in the Community Journal, Community Journal North, Milford-Miami Advertiser and The Bethel Journal.

Cooking class

Living Spaces Custom Design in Batavia will offer a cooking class with Chef David Cook, owner of “Daveed’s Next” and formerly of Daveed’s in Mt. Adams and The Maisonette. The class is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Living Spaces Custom Design, 350 E. Main St. Cost is $45 per person, which includes wine pairing with three courses. Chef Cook will prepare shrimp “Maisonette” with grilled bread, tournedos flambe, escoffie salad and white chocolate mousse.

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WILLIAMSBURG — Kevin Dunn, principal of Williamsburg Elementary School, and Dave Mack, principal of Williamsburg Middle School, were incorrectly identified in the Jan. 2 issue of the Community Journal Clermont.

New officers

BATAVIA TWP. — The trustees elected new officers for 2013 at the Jan. 7 meeting. Trustee Bill Dowdney was elected chairman and Trustee Randy Perry was chosen vice chairman. The trustees also set the schedule of meetings for 2013. Regular monthly business meetings will be 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month, except for September, when the meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, because of the Labor Day holiday. All meetings will be at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike.



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New Richmond 2013 Hall of Fame

Four athletes who went on to play Division I sports in college and set standards for future New Richmond High School athletes will be honored Jan. 26 as the 2013 Class of the New Richmond Lions Sports Hall of Fame. Tom Behymer (1956), David Duncan (2005), Nate Kramer (2007) and Eric Finan (2007) will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame banquet Jan. 26 following the 4 p.m. boys’ varsity basketball game against Bethel.

Tom Behymer

Behymer was the quarterback on New Richmond’s first football team in1955 and ran the school’s first offensive play, scored its first touchdown and threw the first touchdown pass leading the team to a 4-3-1 record. He played three years of baseball Behymer at New Richmond and compiled a career average of over .400. He also lettered in basketball and track in high school. New Richmond was an independent during his high school career so all-league honors were not available for New Richmond athletes. Behymer went on to play college baseball at Morehead State where he compiled a career batting average over .325. He became a starter at third base in baseball as a freshman after he had seven straight pinch hits and kept that position throughout his college career. Behymer, along with fellow Lions Hall of Famer Joe Hawkins, helped start the youth football program at Pierce Elementary (now Locust Corner Elementary), which provides a

Nate Kramer will be inducted into the New Richmond Lions Sports Hall of Fame Jan. 26. PROVIDED

David Duncan, who went on to play baseball with the Houston Astros, will be inducted into the New Richmond Lions Sports Hall of Fame Jan. 26. PROVIDED

feeder program for the high school and middle school programs.

David Duncan

Duncan, who pitched the Lions to three straight Division II district titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005, played three years at Georgia Tech and played three years with the Houston Astros organization before a careerending shoulder injury in 2012. Duncan, who is New Richmond’s career leader in wins (40), shutouts (14), strikeouts (413) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.9), pitched three nohitters and one perfect game for the Lions. Duncan had a career record of 21 wins and 9 losses with 211 strikeouts at Georgia Tech and was named the team’s most valuable pitcher in 2007 and 2008. He earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Georgia Tech in 2011. Duncan was a four-time Southern Buckeye Conference First-Team All-Star in baseball and a three-time SBAAC Player

Eric Finan, who went on to run for the University of Cincinnati, will be inducted Jan. 26 into the New Richmond Lions Sports Hall of Fame. PROVIDED

of the Year as well as a threetime Cincinnati Enquirer AllStar and a two-time Enquirer Player of the Year selection. Duncan was also a two-time SBAAC First-Team All-Star in basketball and was the team’s most valuable defensive player as a sophomore, top rebounder as a junior and senior and the most valuable player as a senior. He finished his high school career with 930 career points and 450 blocked shots. He also was named the school’s top golfer as a junior and senior.

Eric Finan

Finan is New Richmond’s first All-American athlete with

SCHOOL NOTES Adult classes If you’re thinking about starting a new career, now is the time to take action. Learn more about the career programs available for adults at the Great Oaks Career Campuses. Attend an information session at the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus in Sharonville. The next sessions are: Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. The one-hour session covers program information, job placement assistance, financial aid, online access for test preparation and a program tour. Programs are available for auto collision technology, aviation maintenance, dental assisting, electrical power line mechanic, electro-mechanical maintenance technology, firefighting, Ford ASSET automotive technology, heating/ventilating and air conditioning, industrial diesel mechanics, judicial court reporting, law enforcement, medical office specialist, plumbing, practical nursing and welding. Most programs meet in the evening and can be completed in 42 weeks. Financial aid is available. For more information, call 513-612-5790 or visit

College Goal Feb. 10

UC Clermont College will host College Goal Sunday - a free program that helps students and families complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10,

in McDonough Hall. The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial aid for college. The free event is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regent. Partners in this event include UC Clermont Enrollment and Student Services, the UC Clermont TRIO programs, Clermont Educational Opportunities, high school guidance counselors and other community volunteers. Anyone who needs help in completing the FAFSA is welcome. The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show a student is 50 percent more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. This is a state-wide event, for additional locations, visit: “We assist students regardless of their enrollment plans whether they plan to join the UC family or attend another college or university. We assist between 50-100 students at this event each year,” said Jessica Max, UC Clermont’s Admissions, financial aid and scholarships coordinator. For more information and registration, visit chtAK7. To register for Ohio College Goal Sunday, just complete the online form and submit. You will receive a confirmation of your registration.

Print the confirmation and bring it and your 2011 IRS 1040s, W-2 statements and any other documents showing annual family income or information regarding untaxed income such as child support, unemployment, workers compensation, disability, Social Security, etc. to submit the FAFSA online at College Goal Sunday. You also can register by calling 1-800-233-6734. High school seniors are strongly encouraged to come with their parents. Applying early for financial aid may offer students access to more financial aid. For more information or questions, call 732-5319. UC Clermont College is at 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia.

New director

Dana C. Parker has been named director of development at UC Clermont College and began work Jan. 14. Prior to joining Clermont College, Parker’s background has been in both public education and non-profit fundraising. Parker has served in various positions through her tenure as a special education teacher, peer evaluator, teacher-mentor, fundraiser, athletic coach and adviser for young adults at Princeton, Finneytown and TrotwoodMadison school districts. Her roles as a co-founder, event coordinator and community liaison for S3C, an Ohio non-profit cancer organization, have assisted in uniting the Greater Cincinnati Cancer Community in its fight against the disease.

a list of athletic achievements matched only by his academic honors at both New Richmond High School and the University of Cincinnati. The valedictorian of the 2007 Class of New Richmond High School, Finan achieved AllAmerican status in both track and cross country in 2011 for the University of Cincinnati along with being named an Academic All-American for both sports, named the 2011Big East Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year and inducted into the UC Athletic Academic Hall of Fame. Finan won four medals for New Richmond in the Ohio high school track and cross country championships including a second-place finish in the 3200 meter event in 2007. He holds New Richmond distance records in for 800 meters (1:58.6), 1600 meters (4:15.0), 3200 meters (9:15.6) and 5K in cross country (15:48). He holds UC’s records in the indoor 5K (14:17.07), outdoor 5K (13:44.91), outdoor 10K (29:37.29), indoor 3K (7:59.02) and was the 2011 Big East and NCAA Great Lakes regional champion in cross country and the Big East champion in the 5K. Finan was the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Runner of the Year for both track and cross country in his junior and senior years at New Richmond and was a threetime SBAAC Runner of the Year in cross country and SBAAC

track Runner of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Finan, who earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering (finishing a 5-year program in four years) and a Masters in Business Administration with a 3.9 GPA at UC, missed the 2012 track season and Olympic trials due to injury. He is looking to run as a sponsored professional athletic with a goal of running in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Nate Kramer

Kramer was named most valuable swimmer for New Richmond High School as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and was the first male swimmer in school history to qualify for the OHSAA state swimming meet, qualifying in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle events in his junior and senior seasons. He placed eighth in the 200 freestyle as a senior. He set school records in the 200 and 500 freestyles, the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley events. A 2007 graduate of New Richmond, Kramer also was recruited by the University of Cincinnati where he enjoyed an outstanding career including qualifying for the Big East Conference swimming championships all four years. Kramer excelled in the classroom at UC where he maintained a 3.9 GPA. “Nate had a work ethic that exceeded any high school athlete that I’ve ever seen or worked with,” said New Richmond swim coach Judy Middeler. “He wasn’t your natural born athlete, but he became an outstanding athlete because of his drive, his high stands, self-motivation, his guts ... He was a role model as a freshman and pushed his teammates to be better swimmers and members of the school community.”

Grant Teacher Academy students attend workshop Recently, students from The Teacher Academy at Grant Career Center participated in a Disability Workshop at Wright State University. Presented by the WSU Office of Disability Services and Department of Teacher Education, the workshop allowed participants to explore diversity as it relates to disabilities. Grant’s Teacher Academy students took part in round table discussions led by Wright State University students with disabilities. These WSU students spoke about the challenges they faced as they moved through the schooling process and about various measures Wright State has made to accommodate students with disabilities. The Teacher Academy class was able to ask questions about how to implement learning strategies to help students with disabilities in their classrooms. Other round table presenters included professionals who create Braille textbooks, serve as interpreters, or provide other needed support to students with disabilities at Wright State University. Also at the workshop, a presenter from the WSU Office of Disability Services led a seminar titled “Choose a Disability.” In this seminar, the presenter asked the audience, “If you had to choose a disability, would you prefer to be diagnosed with blindness, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, or a developmental disability?” The presenter led students in a discussion of the pros and cons of each disability,

asking them to share their reasons for choosing a particular disability. J.R. Forsee, a Teacher Academy student and varsity athlete, shared, “I chose blindness because I could still be physically active.” Teacher Academy instructor Julie Crozier shared, “I would not want to suffer from a developmental disability because I couldn’t be a scholar and a teacher.” After hearing reasons why attendees would or would not pick each disability, the “Choose a Disability” presenter explained the purpose of her seminar. She pointed out that when sharing the pros of each disability, attendees worded their reasons in positive and logical terms, but when sharing the cons, attendees worded their reasons in negative and emotional terms. She emphasized that people do not make rational decisions based on irrational feelings. The presenter also reminded the audience that when interacting with people with disabilities, it is important not to react based on stereotypes. The Teacher Academy students who attended the WSU Disability Workshop include Sydney Clancy, J.R. Forsee, Brittany Hahn, Craig Hoagland, Erica Jones, Taylor McKinnon, Jae Mosley, B.J. Roa, Taylor Robinson, and Tonya Sheets. For more information about The Teacher Academy, visit

SPORTS Barons bang in the ‘Mazzone’


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By Scott Springer

AMELIA — There is an element of “Showtime” in the Amelia High School varsity gym off of Clough Pike. At any given game, you can find fans dressed up in anything from Hawaiian prints to “high-waisted” pants and buttoned-up shirts with pocket protectors. They sit in the “Mazzone” named for Barons coach Craig Mazzaro. After a 1-7 start to last season, the Amelia faithful rang in the new year Jan. 4 with a 71-42 pasting of Williamsburg to put them at 7-2. The seven wins equals Amelia’s total from 2009-2011 and is just two short of what the Barons had last season when Mazzaro returned to the bench after a brief hiatus coaching bowling in the winter. “We paid some dues last year, so we’re reaping the benefits of it now,” Mazzaro said. “We got a lot of experience last year.” As the players get experience, so have the fans. In the rout against Williamsburg, the students honored their coach’s facial hair. “It was mustache night or something,” Mazzaro said. “We have some real good student fans this year. They have a theme every night and they all pass the word and follow it. They go on the road, too.” Along with the “nerd” and Hawaiian nights have come wins, so expect the sideline show to continue on both sides of the court. “It really makes for a good atmosphere for us,” Mazzaro said. Shooting the ball into the atmosphere and often into the cylinder has been junior Trevor Simon. The 6-foot-1 guard tops the Amelia scoring at just under 12 points per contest. “He’s a good free-throw shooter and three-point shooter,” Mazzaro said. “We’re pretty balanced. We don’t rely on one guy. That’s what makes us so difficult. We’ve probably had four or five guys lead us in scoring.” Just behind Simon are 6foot-5 junior Tommy Hacker and 6-foot-3 sophomore Garrett Weaver. In the Southern Buckeye Conference, a player Hacker’s size is usually a luxury. “One of the things that’s been hurting him is foul trouble,” Mazzaro said. “Against Williamsburg he had 12 points and basically sat out the first half.” Regardless of how this season plays out, the Barons appear to be set for the immediate future with Simon, Hacker and Weaver. Keegan Carson is the fourth-leading scorer and is only a sophomore. All played last season as sophomores and freshmen. Amelia does have five seniors on the roster and Dale Luginbuhl, Ricky Moeves and Christian Dean all hover around five points per game. The best hovering the Barons do comes on defense. Amelia has held the majority of their opponents below 50 points and some even lower. “There’s been a bunch of games this year where we’ve

New Richmond’s J.R. Forsee wrestles during the opening round of last season’s state tournament. The senior is off to a fast start in 2012-2013 with a runner-up finish at the Madeira Invitational Jan. 5 and is looking to build on his seventh-place state finish a season ago. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

No rebuilding for New Richmond wrestlers Boys ranked No. 2 in the DII-III poll By Tom Skeen

NEW RICHMOND — On Dec.19, 2012, the Southwest District Coaches Association named the 2011-2012 New Richmond Lions wrestling team the Division II Team of the Year after sending a school-record four wrestlers to state and a fifth as a state alternate. Coach Deron Shinkle was

named Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Greg Minor was named Assistant Coach of the Year. “It’s nice being recognized that way,” Shinkle said. “We had a super team last year and the group of kids were just phenomenal. We never had more than two kids at state.” After graduating 12 seniors from that team, most would think the 2012-2013 season would be one for rebuilding. Not in New Richmond. See WRESTLE, Page A6


Boys basketball

Six-foot-five Tommy Hacker of Amelia tips a ball in for the Barons against Williamsburg. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

» Amelia beat Batavia 50-45 on Jan. 8. Junior Trevor Simon led the Barons with 13 points, while Alex White led the Bulldogs with 17. On Jan. 11, Amelia downed Felicity-Franklin 73-27 as senior Ricky Moeves had 14 points. » Hughes ran all over New Richmond on its way to a 83-54 victory Jan. 8. John Ernst led the Lions with 22 points. New Richmond got 19 points from junior Josh Heiden in its 72-58 victory over Batavia Jan. 11. Kyle Schmidtgen and Dillon Gilbert led the Bulldogs with 11 points. » Williamsburg improved to 7-4 following a 67-58 victory over Norwood Jan. 11. Senior Kendal Young scored a gamehigh 25 points.

Girls basketball

» Junior Josie Buckingham finished with 13 points in New Richmond’s 56-14 victory over Batavia Jan. 10. Samantha McElfresh led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points. » Amelia defeated FelicityFranklin on Jan. 10, 44-32. Junior guard Elise Whitesell led the Lady Barons with 17 points. » Norwood beat Williams-

Junior Trevor Simon of Amelia passes the ball off down the wing. Amelia defeated Williamsburg 71-42 Jan. 4 as Simon scored 20 points. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

only allowed in the 30s,” Mazzaro said. “We just go man-toman half court. We work pretty hard at it.” As is often the case, hard work pays off in results and positive results make all coaches wiser. “It’s fun when you’ve got a good team,” Mazzaro said. “It wasn’t fun last year when we

burg 73-48, Jan. 10. Senior Becca Chase led the Lady Wildcats with 21 points.


» New Richmond won the Madeira Invitational Jan. 5. James White won the 182-pound title, while senior J.R. Forsee was runner-up at 285 pounds. » Glen Este beat Princeton 32-31 on Jan. 5. Recording pins for the Trojans were freshman Brandon Hertel at 113 pounds, junior Christian Boggess at 160 and sophomore Matt Kennedy at 182.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este beat Walnut Hills on Jan. 7 as junior Leslie Campbell rolled a 451 series. Campbell reached perfection on Jan. 9, rolling the first 300 game in the history of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference at Madison Bowl as Glen Este defeated Walnut Hills again. Campbell finished with a 511 series for the day. Campbell was at it again on Jan. 10 with a 479 series as the Lady Trojans beat Hamilton at Cherry Grove Lanes.

Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Walnut Hills Jan. 9 with junior Blake Huber rolling a 436 series. See PREPS, Page A6

Senior Amelia forward Christian Dean works the glass on the post in the Barons’ win over Williamsburg Jan. 4. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

were 1-7, I know that. These guys put the work in. All of them do. We play eight or nine guys. (If) they don’t defend, they don’t play.” After a trio of road games, Amelia returns home Jan. 18 against Blanchester. On the court, it will be manto-man. In the stands, it’ll be all Mazzone.

Glen Este junior Leslie Campbell poses at Cherry Grove Lanes with a replica scorecard of her 300 game. From left are assistant coach Tony Kellerman, Campbell, head coach Kathy Demarko and assistant coach Kevin Briggs. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS



Buckingham commits to Minnesota Batavia families join NEW


New Richmond junior center Josey Buckingham will become a Golden Gopher after graduation in 2014. “I committed to the University of Minnesota today,” Buckingham said Jan. 2 after leading the Lady Lions to a 56-19 win over Roger Bacon. Buckingham, who is 6 feet 5, averages 16.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks for the Lady Lions. She also considered UC, Iowa and Virginia Commonwealth. “When I visited there I felt like I fit in very well and I really loved the coaches and the team and how they ran their pro-

Wrestle Continued from Page A5

The Lions out-wrestled 23 other teams to win the Madeira Invitational Jan. 5 and are currently ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer Division II-III coaches’ poll. Leading at Madeira following day one, the Lions hit a rough stretch early on day two where they won just two matches in the semifinal round and dropped to secondplace behind Reading. Coach Shinkle and his guys didn’t lose hope as they ran off an unheardof 18 straight victories to propel them back to the top. “We did pretty well and I was pretty happy,” Shinkle said about his team’s performance at

gram,” said Buckingham, a 4.0 student who plans to major in pre-med. “It’s a very good school and they have a good med school, which I can look forward to after undergraduate.” Buckingham and her mother, New Richmond Hall of Fame player Liz Misheff, visited the University of Minnesota last fall and Golden Gopher coach Pam Borton’s staff followed that visit up with multiple trips to New Richmond to observe Josey. “It’s a great opportunity and a good fit for her and it puts New Richmond on the map as a place that develops basketball players,” Lady Li-

ons coach Brad Hatfield said. “The Big Ten plays a defensive, grind-it-out type of game that uses a true post player and that suits Josey because that’s what she’s been doing here for two and a half seasons.” Borton, who is in her 10th season at Minnesota, has guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three seasons of 25 or more wins. Minnesota is 11-3 this season. “Coach Borton will be following Josey’s progress this season via my Twitter account (@nrhatfield),” noted Hatfield.

Madeira. “… What really impressed me was how we were down in the semifinal and rounded off 18 straight matches. I was pretty impressed with that.” The Lions placed nine wrestlers in the top four of their individual weight classes, led by James White who won the 182-pound title. “(James) doing a great job,” Shinkle said, who is in his 15th season at New Richmond. “James is one of those kids who doesn’t stop. He wrestles full tilt for six minutes. He doesn’t quit moving and always goes after the guy. He does everything a coach could ask of him.” Senior J.R. Forsee was runner-up in the 285pound division and after cutting weight from football season; Shinkle likes

what he is seeing from his heavyweight. “He’s moving a lot better than last year,” his coach said. “He wrestled probably the best I’ve seen (at Madeira). I’m happy with where he is at.” Last season also included an upset victory over top-ranked Ross, but the Rams got revenge on the Lions earlier this season and Shinkle believes the loss was motivation for his guys. “Most definitely (it was motivation),” Shinkle said. “We don’t shy away from any competition. We wrestle a pretty tough schedule. Last year we got Ross and there is just a thing between (Ross coach) Rich (Dunn) and I. It’s always a competition between us. It’s a lot of fun and (Dunn) is a super guy.”

in ‘friendly games’

New Richmond junior center Josie Buckingham has committed to play basketball for the University of Minnesota. THANKS TO ENOS PENNINGTON

Preps Continued from Page A5

» Roger Bacon beat McNick 49-27 Jan. 9. Individual winners included sophomore Rash Abdelwahed (200 free), Kevin Anneken (200 IM,100 back), Kyle Suffoletta (50 free), Joey Anello (100 fly, 100 breast) and Tony DiMario (100 free). » McNick girls beat Roger Bacon, 49-31, Jan. 9. Individual winners included senior Ali Miller (200 free) and Elise Moeller (100 back).


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and parents to see each other outside the typical school setting and compete in friendly games.” Jamie Brose (parent of Ethan and Logan Brose), said, “I enjoyed the time with my kids. It was fun to get some exercise with my kids and seeing teachers and other parents playing the games.”




Mason Watkins and his parents enjoy the Batavia Elementary family sports night. THANKS TO RANDY JONES

» McNicholas beat Badin, 2,341-2,311, Jan. 8. Senior Tristan DuMont rolled a 398 high series.



Parents recently brought their kids to Batavia Elementary recently to compete in some fun activities that included corn hole, long jump, basketball, jump rope, and scooter relays at the school’s family sports night. Jacob Frey won a trip to a UC football game with Randy Jones, physical education teacher, and his family. Other prizes were tickets to UC basketball, passes to the Cincinnati Nature Center, and free pizza. Jones said, “It’s nice to see members of our great community coming out to spend some quality time with their children and get some exercise too. It’s also great for the teachers, kids, administrators,


Batavia Elementary physical education teachers Randy Jones and Dale Mackris demonstrate the scooter relay at the school’s family sports night. THANKS TO RANDY JONES





Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thanks to Legion Post 72

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing the men and women of the Union Township Police Department to participate in “Shop with a Cop” at Eastgate Meijer’s on Dec. 13. Your generosity and dedication to our community combined with our officers’ caring resulted in many happy and grateful children. My hope is that those children, and their parents, remember that day and what others did for them. The good feeling of being able to participate in such an event overshadowed the sadness of the need. Many of our own local kids are in such need, by no

fault of their own. I mentioned in my monthly report at the regularly scheduled trustees’ meeting last evening of the working relationship we continue to share with the legion. I will always remember, and am grateful, for the contribution your members have made to our community. It is because of American Legion Post 72 that the Union Township Police Department was left in good light yesterday. May God bless those who serve this great nation, past and present.

Terry D. Zinser Union Township Chief of Police

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Batavia sets course for years to come Last week, I discussed major developments that culminated in 2012 that will be the basis of Batavia’s renewal. This week, I talk about the year to come. Planning for land use Batavia Village has John Thebout taken the iniCOMMUNITY PRESS tiative on planGUEST COLUMNIST ning for new development, contracting with community planning consultant Ron Miller for a land-use plan and preparing to revise the zoning code. Miller, retired director of the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and an adjunct professor at the Uni-

versity of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, enlisted his class of graduate students in preparing the first element of the plan, titled “Batavia’s Third Century Initiative: A Strategic Community Plan for the Village of Batavia, Ohio.” East Main Street is top project The big project in the works is reconstruction of East Main Street, along with North Fourth Street and South Second Street. We will work against the clock to design the project and get financing and approvals in place to have it ready for the 2014 Batavia Bicentennial, but we are realistic. If completion by the summer of 2014 looks impossible, Batavia may wait a year to rebuild Main Street.

If we cannot schedule the whole project for 2013 and early 2014, Batavia plans to move ahead this year with the Second Street and Fourth Street portions. The village will have open meetings for public input as we develop the design. Preliminary plans call for widening sidewalks, improving lighting, moving utilities off the main course and reconfiguring travel and parking lanes. The cost: $4 million to $5 million. Annexations will provide funds Batavia’s annexation of 277 acres along the Ohio 32 corridor took effect Dec. 13, bringing Batavia High School and the government offices on Bauer Road into the village. The annexation was the

third since October 2011. The annexations add 1.05 square miles and bring the village land area to 2.64 square miles. The annexations did not add population. The annexations will increase the village by more than $500,000 annually. After added costs of operations, the village should add $300,000 or more annually for capital improvements. In late 2012, the Village Council restored a third employee for the Batavia Road Maintenance Department and authorized two part-time police officers, supplementing the three full-time, two other parttime and auxiliary officers. Bicentennial will mark progress A team of village residents

and supporters met Dec. 11 to begin plans for the 2014 Batavia Bicentennial. The next meeting will be Jan. 16. All in all, the Village of Batavia completed 2012 in the best shape we have seen in many years. We are ready to start 2013 with a new spirit of success and progress, and we look forward to beginning our third century in 2014 as one of Ohio’s premier county seat villages. The people who have set the course are Village Council members Kathy Turner, Earl Carter, Bob Handra, Steve Staton, John Waite and Tom Ellis and former member Kent Teague.

John Thebout is the mayor of Batavia.

Clermont County tightens its belt in 2013 It can be done, at least in Clermont County. The embarrassing budget woes in Washington and surrounding counties would make one think that balancing the budget is a nearly impossible feat. I’m proud to say that the Clermont County commissioners approved in December a 2013 General Fund budget by making cuts and adjustments across all operating funds and holding spending to what was allotted in 2011. Put another way, the county will spend $1.5 million less than it did in 2012. In addition, county investments maturing in 2013 will be

put back into the General Fund increasing our reserves to $17.9 million versus our low in 2009 of $12.1 milDavid Uible lion. TremenCOMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST dous credit must be given to elected officials and department heads in the county who worked diligently to reduce their spending from 2012. Budgetary items typically increase with inflation year after year and to hold spending to prior

year levels is a challenge, which requires cut backs in other areas and a strong determination to make it happen. These elected officials and department heads are team players and dedicated public servants that kept the budget process on track and I would like to recognize and congratulate them for their efforts. Sukie Sheetz, director of our Office of Management and Budget, knew what difficulties lay ahead when the commissioners gave her the task late last summer to prepare a balanced budget for 2013. Never once did she say it couldn’t be

Read and understand the U.S. Constitution

Lenny (Harding), What you try to pass for editorial comment never ceases to amaze me and makes me wonder how you get through life. Who ties your shoes? If I were to use your reasoning I would come up with the thesis that spoons make people fat, keys cause drunk driving and it is the fault of water that people drown. If you think (I use this term loosely in your case) that gun control or ammunition control will cause any decrease in mass shootings, then you need to finish eighth grade. Any form of disallowing honest people to purchase material items that they desire, for whatever reason, only creates a black market and it’s attending

violence. Just look at history and all of the (...) that dogooders have tried to cram down our throats. Get real. Your diatribes have shown over the past that you are nothing but a liberal coward. If you want my gun then you come and get it. Don’t send someone else to do your dirty work, or possibly die for what you want. Many firearm owners will never give up their arms. You also show that you have little to no knowledge of firearms. You don’t know the difference between semi-automatic and full automatic. You also need to learn something, anything, about the ConstituKen Spurgeon



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tion. It does not grant rights, but serves to deny government the authority to infringe upon those rights which are given to each person by the Creator. You also need to read and learn about the ninth and tenth amendments, or at least have someone read them to you and explain it to you. If you can read, I suggest you start with the Federalist Papers and the minutes from the ratification debates from Virginia. Then at least you would have a basic idea of the meaning of the Constitution. Until then you remain nothing more than a liberal dumbocrat moron. Sorry for using an oxymoron.

Ken Spurgeon lives in Union Township.

done and I believe she actually was energized by the possibility of doing what many other government bodies can’t seem to do in this new era. She could have easily over-estimated revenue projections to balance the budget, but in fact, she frequently reduced her revenue projections, especially in the case of the state’s projected casino revenue coming to the county. Ms. Sheetz is a prime example of the highcaliber employees we have working here. As we see overall revenue for the county increasing with property values drifting back

up and retail sales improving, it will be important to maintain our frugal ways and continue to do more with less for the citizens of Clermont County. We need to build our General Fund balance back up and prepare for tougher times when even less money may come from Columbus and Washington. Clermont County is heading in the right direction again and we need to stay the course to prepare for other challenges, which we are sure to encounter.

David Uible is a Clermont County commissioner.

CH@TROOM Jan. 9 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?

“There are no winners, certainly not the American people. Congress hasn’t passed a budget in almost three years, and our national debt is very close to $17 trillion, and none of the people with the power to do anything is really addressing where cuts should be made in our spending (and it doesn’t all have to be on the backs of the Social Security recipients.) “If we get through four more years of Obama’s monarchy without our country becoming another Greece, it will be a miracle.” Bill B.

NEXT QUESTION Should the U.S. leave a small number of troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the current NATO combat mission ends, or should it remove all troops, known as the “zerooption?” Every week The Community Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

Street, NASCAR and Puerto Rican rum cashed in big-time. On the other hand my grandchildren have unwittingly amassed a debt that may destroy their generation – if America makes it that far into the future.”

“If the reports are accurate, Hollywood, big banks, Wall

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Lykins Oil donated $12,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County through the BP Fueling Communities program. Jeff Lykins, president and CEO of Lykins Oil, said there is no better candidate than the Boys & Girls Club. From left are, Lykins, Clermont County Boys & Girls Club representatives - Executive Director Jill Cochran, Director of Operations Michelle Seither and and Director of Resource Development Beth Simminger. PROVIDED

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By Roxanna Blevins

CLERMONT COUNTY — The Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County Jan. 7 received a $12,500 grant through the BP Fueling Communities program. The program is an effort to reinvest in communities by supporting local organizations that support health, education, youth, food and housing, according to the Fueling Communities web page. Organizations are nominat-

ed for the grant money by local BP business owners. Lykins Oil representatives felt there was no better candidate for the money than the Boys & Girls Club, said President and CEO Jeff Lykins. “The Boys & Girls Club has done such a good job with such a small budget for so long,” he said. Community outreach - particularly programs for youth have long been important to Lykins and other company representatives, he said. “We, as a company, have al-

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cuses, including education, good character, leadership and healthy lifestyles, Cochran said. The educational aspect includes work on proficiency test scores, attendance, college visits and ACT and SAT preparation. Cochran said the main goal for club members is for them to graduate and have a postgraduation plan. “Graduation is an expectation here at the club, not an option,” she said.

Box of scrap metals leads to amazing discovery By Rob Dowdy

A group of workers at GSM in Batavia Township made a unique discovery in a box of scrap metal. GSM Plant Manager Rob McClain said the company, which recycles aluminum scrap into reusable products, received a box of “miscellaneous scrap” a few weeks ago and found what his co-workers believed to be Boy Scout can-

teens. He said they took a closer look, and discovered engraving on one of the canteens. “I brought it up to my office and put some cleaning fluid on it,” McClain said. The name they found was Don Magnuson, and the year 1943 was also engraved on the side of the canteen. Rob Collier, GSM maintenance coordinator and an Army veteran, eventually searched the Internet and

tracked Magnuson to Nebraska. The 91-year-old World War II veteran couldn’t talk on the phone due to hearing loss, but his wife, Gail, took the call. “At first, she was suspicious,” McClain said. The discussion eventually led to learning more information about Magnuson, a flight engineer on a B-25 bomber plane. Magnuson flew in 59 successful bomber flights and received several awards for his

service. Collier and McClain, who are both veterans, said they were so pleased to not only find the canteen, but also that they could track down Magnuson after all these years. Collier, who served seven years in the Army, said the discovery made him wonder about all his old gear and where it could end up. “One day when I’m 90, maybe I’ll run across an old jacket or something,” he said.

UNION TWP. — The Union Township Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) recently acquired property, which is expected to feature a new Boys & Girls Club soon. A deed was recorded Dec. 26 transferring the property at 516 Old Ohio 74 from MIC Limited to the Union Township CIC for $300,000. “Our plan is to lease a portion of the building to the Boys & Girls Club,” said CIC member and Union Township Trustee Matt Beamer. About 4,000 square feet of the building, which previously housed the Deja Vu Showgirls strip club, is expected to be used for the Boys & Girls Club. The building has a total of 17,000 square feet. “I’m very pleased to have the full support of the Union Township CIC,” Beamer said Jill Cochran, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County. “It’s a great use of that building.” CIC members are still in the Cochran process of finalizing the terms of the lease, said CIC member and Union Township Planning and Zoning Director Cory Wright. He said he could not provide a specific date, but he expects the lease to be finalized soon. Cochran said she hopes to begin using the facility this summer, then transition into fall programming. “Some things still have to fall into place,” she said. The Boys & Girls Club also has two locations in New Richmond. The club had a location in Amelia, which closed following the failure of a West Clermont school levy in May. Services offered through an extension program in Felicity also were canceled in 2012, but are expected to begin again soon. Cochran is meeting with Felicity-Franklin school district officials to discuss programming. The club aims to support children between 6 and 18 through after-school programming from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week. The club primarily focuses on helping students succeed in the areas of education, good character, leadership and healthy lifestyles, Cochran said.

Judge swears in daughter

Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry McBride administers the lawyer’s oath to his daughter, Kathryn Lynn McBride. PROVIDED

Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry McBride enjoyed a rare lifetime experience recently when he administered the lawyer’s oath to his daughter, Kathryn Lynn McBride. With the exception of submitting registration papers to the Supreme Court, which cannot be done until after the oath is administered, this was the last step required for his daughter to be admitted to the bar. The Ohio Supreme Court allows judges to administer the oath to qualified applicants.

“I am very proud of my daughter and appreciate the opportunity that I have been given to administer the oath to her today,” McBride said. “It is a very special occasion for me to be able to administer the oath to my own daughter.” Judge McBride said his daughter will be the second person that he’s administered the lawyer’s oath to during the time that he has served as a judge. He also administered the oath a number of years ago to assistant prosecuting attorney Scott O’Reilly.

Judge McBride has been a common pleas judge in Clermont County for 18 years and prior to that was a municipal court judge. He is currently an active member of several committees of the Ohio Judicial Conference: The Court Administration Committee, the Civil Law Committee, the Joint Committee, the Collaborative Project on Court Reporting and the Ad Hoc Committee on Community Corrections. Judge McBride is a board member and coach of the Glen Este Youth Basketball Association.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD 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, 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.

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, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 Business Classes 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.

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.

Dining Events Boy Scout Troop 742 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 9-11 a.m., Clough Pike Baptist Church, 1025 Clough Pike, Proceeds help fund camping supplies and equipment needs of troop. $8, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 742. 543-5492. Amelia.

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, 106 E. Main St., Each week, Jo-El or Jason Griffin take stage as Elvis. Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Nature Winter Hiking and Survival

learn how to simplify dinnertime with Dream Dinners concept and earn raffle tickets for prizes. Free. 233-3732. Anderson Township.

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.

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.

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

Music - Oldies


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

Dining Events All-You -C an-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.

Exercise Classes 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.

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, 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.


Boy Scout Troop 742 is sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Clough Pike Baptist Church, 1025 Clough Pike. The cost is $8, $5 for children. For more information, call 543-5492. FILE PHOTO 0123; 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.

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 - Acoustic The Dishes, 7:30-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Featuring MJ Stallings and Heather Buckley. Free. 843-6040; greenkayakmarket. New Richmond.

Music - Classic Rock

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.

Diamond Jim Dews Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Talon Tavern, 1151 Ohio 131, 248-2148; Milford.

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

THURSDAY, JAN. 24 Art & Craft Classes

Dining Events

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. 474-

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

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

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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.

Music - Acoustic


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 Baked Potato Dinner, 6-8 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Wernle Boys Home in Indiana. Includes baked potatoes with toppings, salads, desserts and beverages. $5, $3 ages 11 and under. 474-4938. Anderson Township. 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.


Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Skip Morris is featured speaker and fly tyer. Educational fly fishing speakers and fly tying demonstrations. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors. Casting pond and activities for children. Raffles and door prizes. Benefits Buckeye United Fly Fishers. $10. Presented by Buckeye United Fly Fishers Inc. 683-0286; Loveland.


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.

Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.



Dining Events

Dining Events

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

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 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. 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.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1 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.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 Dining Events Open House, 12:30-2 p.m., Dream Dinners - Anderson, 7500 Beechmont Ave., Suite 413, Complementary dinner samples,

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.

TUESDAY, FEB. 5 Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 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.

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

THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Drink Tastings Valentines Wines: Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Featuring Cliff Rohrer of Bowling Green Beverage. Hors d’oeuvres by Two Chicks Who Cater. Music by Wayne Leussen, steel guitar. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.



Children can help make homemade dumplings


First, have your soup, stew or broth boiling on the stove.

1 cup flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter or equivalent Bit of minced or dried parsley (optional) Pepper to taste

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Add parsley. Make a well in center. Heat milk with butter until butter melts. Pour into well and mix. Dough will look shaggy and very sticky. Don’t over mix. Turn heat down on soup to simmer. Use an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray to drop dumplings carefully on top of liquid, leaving some space in between for expansion. Put lid on. No peeking! Simmer 6-8 minutes or until largest dumpling is done: cut in half to test. Dumplings expand to double or even triple.

“What is a tomato knife?” It’s a small, serrated knife with a pointed end to pare out cores. A serrated bread knife cuts tomatoes, some fruits and even eggplant, nicely. It just won’t have the pointed tip for coring.

Rita’s canned hot dilly beans can be processed to be self stable, or simply refrigerated. THANKS TO RITA

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⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon poppy seeds 1 ⁄4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt Salt to taste


don’t want spicy beans, leave the cayenne out. You can substitute okra, as well but note the different processing times. Now as far as the hot pepper taste is concerned, after jars are filled, taste a bit of the brine and if you want more hot pepper, go for it. But remember, as the pickles sit, the hot pepper flavor will get more intense. 4 pint canning jars with lids 2 pounds trimmed green beans 21⁄2 cups clear or cider vinegar 21⁄2 cups water 1 ⁄4 cup Kosher salt 4 teaspoons minced garlic 4 generous teaspoons dill seeds 12 whole peppercorns 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes, divided

Sterilize jars in a pot

of boiling water for 15 minutes or run through dishwasher. Keep rings and lids in hot water. Keep jars hot. Brine: Bring vinegar, water and salt to boil. Pack beans tightly in jars, leaving 1⁄4 inch headspace. To each jar, add 1 teaspoon each of garlic and dill seeds, three peppercorns and 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne. Pour boiling brine over. Wipe rims with clean wet cloth. Put lids and rings on and process in boiling water bath for 8 minutes. If making okra, process 12 minutes. Let sit about a month (I know it’s hard) before tasting. These are pantry stable.

Citrus fruits are in season! Try this for topping a salad made from oranges, grapefruits, a handful of chopped parsley and a thinly sliced shallot. Whisk: Zest and juice of one lemon 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

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put lids on, let cool on counter and then refrigerate. Again, wait about a month before tasting.

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Friendship muffins: JoAnn S. said she makes muffins with the pudding recipe of Friendship bread. She loves to tweak recipes. “Foil cupcake liners work best. I have added 1/2-3/4 cup of Craisins, blueberries, raisins and/or nuts to batter before filling and topped each with a teaspoon of a mixture of cinnamon sugar and finely chopped nuts before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.”

Homemade dumplings will double or even triple in size when dropped in hot soup or stew. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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mobile home located in an isolated part of the county. It was set back in a valley between heavily wooded, steep hills. There was one small, frame house a bit farther down the road. Aside from that, there was no other sign of civilization. As I approached the front door, I noticed breadcrumbs sprinkled on the ground for the birds and squirrels. I suspected that they were the only regular visitors Edward ever had. When he opened the door, I saw an elderly, stoop-shouldered man with a broad, friendly smile. He wore an old tattered sweater fastened down the front with large safety pins. I smiled to myself, knowing that one of the boxes contained a new sweater. I visited with Edward for close to an hour. He was 90 years old and had a lot to talk about. He told me how much he enjoyed watching the wildlife from his window and I remembered seeing bread crumbs on the ground. Then he told me how much our Meals-onWheels and homemaking services meant to him. It wasn’t just the food and help that were important, but he liked having the volunteers and staff stop by. Seeing him stooped over a walker, I knew that he could not manage on his own and I was glad that we could help him continue living in his own home. Edward is deceased now, but it was his simple story that ignited the Adopt-a-Senior holiday program. It’s been strong ever since. This year was the biggest ever. Hundreds of generous volunteers donated more gifts than we could count. Including group donations, around 700 seniors received gifts this year. Some seniors received gifts specific to them. Others received more generic items, such as towels, personal care items and so on. But these gifts are no less appreciated. There were some fun things too puzzles, cookies, games and pet treats. Once again the gifts were beautifully wrapped and many gift bags had personal, handwritten notes, wishing the senior a Merry Christmas - personal notes from one stranger to another. You don’t have to know someone to sincerely care for them and wish them well. The people of Clermont County have big hearts and they are committed to giving no matter what the economic forecast. Many thanks to all of you who generously supported the elderly citizens of our community. Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Linda Eppler is director of Community Services for Clermont Senior Services.



It’s good to share meal with old and new friends Howdy folks, Here it is another year. We hope and pray everyone is healthy and your family is doing good and are healthy. Now this cat of ours, “Chessy,” sure knows how to get our attention. If I am setting in my chair and she wants out, she will jump in my lap. Then she looks out the window, then she jumps on the light stand. I know she wants to go out, so I will open the door. While she is setting then she jumps down and makes a run outside. The other morning at 3:30 a.m., she jumped on the bed on my side and woke me up, I started to pet her, she then jumped off the bed. So I went and opened the kitchen door. She went outside and set on the porch and looked everything over. When Ruth Ann got up at 5 a.m. she was setting at the kitchen door wanting back in. Ruth Ann was still sleepy so Chessy was setting on her lap, with a blanket spread over Ruth Ann’s lap. I could see Chessy’s

head sticking out of the blanket sleeping. We have a yogurt each morning, so Chessy George waits for Rooks us to eat OLE FISHERMAN the yogurt, and she likes to have a little so after she eats some, she sleeps some more. What a blessing she is. Ruth Ann has been busy fixing meals for Christmas and here at home, so the other day we needed to do some shopping, so we stopped at Bob Evans and had breakfast. This was for her. Last week on Thursday evening we had folks here for supper. The past district Lions Club governor for our area, John, his friend Deb, Jim and Fran. Jim belongs to the Lions Club, too. The menu was fried fish, carrots from our garden, macaroni and cheese, corn, tossed salad, cornbread and for

dessert peach cobbler, water, tea and coffee to drink. These folks sure enjoyed the meal. We will get together again in March and share a meal together. It is special when friends can get together a share a meal. Last week while we were eating dinner at noon, I saw a lot of birds back in the garden. So after we ate, I walked back to see what these birds were. They were Robins. I wonder if they got their time clock mixed up. There were probably 15. They seem

some interesting activities in store for the Bethel area and town. The association is working to generate different activities for the Bethel area and The Bethel Lions Club will be very involved in the coming attractions. We all need to be involved for the events. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

shop building bird houses, bird suet feeders and other feeders, making them out of cedar. It sure leaves a good smell and will age to a very beautiful color. Today we go to the Senior Center and talk to a group of 60 or better seniors. We do this once a month. Today’s talk will be about New Years resolutions, and how did you do on them. Ruth Ann and I attended the Bethel Business Association,meeting last Monday for the Bethel Lions Club. There are

to come each year about this time. Don’t think spring is here yet, but it is good to see them. While we were working in the carpenter shop last week, we saw a flock of wild turkeys in the back of our lot. We stopped counting at 30 turkeys. One turkey was inside the fenced garden and kept running and looking at the others, going through the wooded fence row. After they got through, the turkey flew over the fence and ran to catch up. We are working in the carpenter

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Incidents/investigations Theft 1994 Ford taken at 133 Hunters Court, Oct. 19. Unauthorized use 2003 Ford taken at 20 Wooded Ridge, Dec. 17.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Stephanie Streaker, 20, 497 Old Boston Road #24, warrant, Dec. 10. Cody Carmosino, 27, 1251 Ten Mile Road, warrant, Dec. 11. Justin T. Price, 22, 2787 Highview, under the influence, Dec. 14. Melony K. Richardson, 29, 730 Old Ohio 32, warrant, Dec. 15. Kevin A. Crank, 26, 2216 Siesta, warrant, Dec. 18. Brandon C. Guenther, 28, 2230 Ginn Road, warrant, Dec. 24.

NEW RICHMOND Incidents/investigations Criminal damage At 7415 Spyglass Court, Jan. 5. Domestic violence At Bethel New Richmond Road, Dec. 24. Drug instrument Syringe found on suspect during pat-down at Willow Street, Nov. 30. Theft Lawn mower taken; $195 at 1020 Market St., Dec. 19. Female reported this offense at 527 Sycamore St., Dec. 23.

Incidents/investigations Assault Male assaulted at 160 S. Riverside, Dec. 12. Breaking and entering X-box, jewelry, etc. taken; $5,000 at 400 Old Boston Road, Dec. 17. Criminal damage Window broken in vehicle at

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PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Joseph Heidecker, 20, 3071 Shadycrest, warrant, Dec. 15. Danny W. Dickerson, 31, 3377 Ohio 132 #8, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Dec. 19. Emma Gromek, 23, 3735 Redthorne , domestic violence, Dec. 25.

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Run, warrant service, Dec. 22. Brian Warford, 41, 10634 Drake, driving under influence, Dec. 22. Raymond J. Ballew, 39, 5220 Reading Road, recited, Dec. 23. Juvenile, 15, inducing panic, tampering with evidence, Dec. 21. Kenneth M. Muenster Jr., 30, 4570 Shephard, warrant service, Dec. 26. John G. Stever III, 37, 578 Dorgene, driving under suspension, Dec. 27. M. Warner, 30, 2749 Cedarville, criminal trespass, drug instrument, making false alarms, Dec. 26. Shawna R. Byrd, 19, 1608 Stonelick Woods, drug instruments, criminal trespass, Dec. 26. Travis J. Applegate, 31, 184 Rolling Hills, grand theft, Dec. 28. Margaret Hutny, 43, 132 Southern Trace, warrant service, Dec. 28. Juvenile, 16, warrant, Dec. 29. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Dec. 27. Danielle Magevney, 21, 2230 Salvador, warrant service, Dec. 27. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Dec. 24. Steven G. White, 23, 4144 Forsythia, receiving stolen property, theft, Oct. 25. Michael B. Brune, 26, 16 Indiana Ave., warrant service, Dec. 25. Joseph Calallero, 30, 835 Ohio Pike, warrant service, Dec. 26. Daniel Hickey Jr., 22, 3381 Twin Bridges, leaving the scene, Dec. 27. Christopher Smith, 35, 4505 Eva Lane, recited, Dec. 24. Tina R. Picolo, 28, Homeless, theft, Dec. 26. Sean A. Hammann, 40, 3567 Lewis Road, driving under influence, Dec. 24. Robert Reyes, 45, 14 Banberry, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, Dec. 25. David W. Hollon, 32, 1680 Ohio 125, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 26. Natasha R. Spangler, 22, 4660 Northridge, theft, Dec. 28.

Arrests/citations Sandra Meeks, 113, 1562 Chase Ave., theft, Dec. 18. Rosamarie Bennett, 30, 4559 Roxbury Circle, theft, Dec. 18. Tiffany N. Rubenstahl, 30, 4282 Beechmont Drive, warrant, Dec. 18. William S. Watkins, 41, 4499 Eastwood, obstructing justice, Dec. 17. Sherri Goble, 40, 4499 Eastwood, warrant, Dec. 17. Kirk Lehpamer, 27, 876 Sycamore, driving under influence, Dec. 15. Jessica Johnston, 27, 1070 Cooks Crossing, warrant service, Dec. 18. Nicholas Vest, 21, 4706 Beechwood, driving under suspension, Dec. 19. Kristina Qawiyy, 40, 27 Hunters Court, vehicle theft, Dec. 17. Timothy D. Zugg, 51, 44 Wolfer, unauthorized use, Dec. 17. Aleksei Belousov, 39, 4475 Aicholtz, warrant, Dec. 18. Dustin R. Fulgium, 27, 2061 Ohio 125, drug abuse, Dec. 19. Amy J. Fry, 37, 744 Rue Center Court, theft, Dec. 20. Stephanie A. Baker, 21, 744 Rue Center Court, theft, Dec. 20. Alicia M. Baker, 18, 744 Rue Center Court, theft, Dec. 20. Lacy A. Wrigglesworth, 21, 740 Ohio Pike #24, complicity, Dec. 20. Bryant R. Parks Sr., 31, 7560 Ohio 134, drug abuse, Dec. 20. Paul M. Chisenhall, 35, 6134 Belfast, warrant, Dec. 20. Dustin Wade, 20, 1170 BethelNew Richmond Road, driving under suspension, Dec. 20. Kevin M. Brewer, 27, 7525 Kingston, warrant, Dec. 24. Robert A. Tunney, 31, 515 Piccadilly, warrant, Dec. 22. Billie J. Ackerson, 34, 4578 Roxbury, warrant, Dec. 22. Charles Martin, 29, 7044 Clough, drug instrument, Dec. 21. James D. Masterson, 49, 3737 Nine Mile Road, drug instrument, Dec. 21. Joshua L. Jennings, 22, 100 University Lane #311, drug possession, Dec. 23. Antonio Thompson, 43, 42 Lucy

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B6 Amber N. Hill, 24, 4702 Beechwood, warrant, Dec. 31. Katie A. Flowers, 31, 3703 Hermes, no drivers license, Dec. 25. Jamie Allender, 28, 474 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, Dec. 28. Danielle Magevney, 21, 2230 Salvador, obstructing justice, Dec. 28. Jamie A. Smith, 46, Homeless, robbery, drug instrument, Dec. 28. James K. Lemar, 57, 3977 Piccadilly, warrant, Dec. 29. Robin E. Morris, 46, 1028 Terrydel, driving under suspension, Dec. 30. Sool Lee, 29, 4005 Wilma Court, driving under suspension, Dec. 29. Jeremy L. Bryant, 19, 188 Seven Hills, driving under suspension, Dec. 29.

Incidents/investigations Arson Dumpster set on fire at 4593 Summerside, Dec. 24. Assault Female assaulted at 3989 Brandychase, Dec. 22. Female assaulted at 4400 block of Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 17. Attempted burglary Attempt made to enter residence at 4560 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 30. Breaking and entering, safecracking TV, etc. taken; $3,100 at 4476 Glen Este Withamsville, Dec. 25. Burglary Attempt made to enter apartment at 4372 Eastwood #1102, Dec. 21. Criminal damage Windshield broken in vehicle at 704 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 23. Tire damaged on vehicle at 3939 Wilma Court, Dec. 19. Thrown object damaged vehicle near Magnolia Point Apartments at Old Ohio 74, Dec. 24. Mailboxes damaged at Vicbarb Lane, Jan. 1. Drug abuse, drug possession Subject overdosed on heroin at 4570 Timberlake, Dec. 29. Forgery, theft Female reported this offense at 474 Old Ohio 74 #310, Dec. 27. Menacing Male was threatened at 484 Old Ohio 74 #C311, Dec. 27. Misuse of credit card Male stated offense occurred at Walgreens at Ohio Pike, Dec. 24. Passing bad checks Bad check issued to Elite Estate Group; $4,002.51 at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Dec. 20. Robbery Subject used deadly weapon while fleeing Dillard’s at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 28. Theft Keys and cellphone taken at Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies at Ohio Pike, Dec. 19. Shotgun, laptop, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,100 at 616 Massachusetts, Dec. 21. Merchandise taken from Bed, Bath & Beyond; $333 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 22. Groceries taken from Walmart; $620 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 22. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $115 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 21. Four-wheeler taken; $2,500 at 4295 Terrace Drive, Dec. 20. 2009 Mazda taken at Holiday Inn lot at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 23. Merchandise taken from Meijer’s; $117 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 19. Hair care products taken from Meijer’s; $39 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 20. Airsoft rifle and pillow taken from Walmart; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 22. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $950 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 22. Chain saws, etc. taken; $3,750 at 516 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 14. Merchandise taken from Dillard’s; $340 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 18. Check taken and forged; $1,976.77 at 4028 Brandychase, Dec. 26. Theft reported at 516 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 27. 2007 Dodge taken from Honda East; $11,160 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 27. Purses taken from Dillard’s; $417 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 26. Clothing taken from JC Penney; $100 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 22. Coat taken from JC Penney; $90 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 31. Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 4438 Eastwood, Dec. 31. Cash, tips and payments, taken at 509 Ohio Pike, Dec. 29. Merchandise taken from Jungle

Jim’s; $51 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 30. Dealer plate taken from Beechmont Ford at Ohio Pike, Dec. 31.

WILLIAMSBURG Incidents/investigations Theft AC unit taken at Baskets & Treasures at 209 W. Main St., Dec. 15.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/Citations Nicholas Hackney, born 1980, 5776 Ohio 132, Goshen, theft without consent at 6730 Edenton-Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Dec. 21. Christopher Ray Bingamon, born 1971, 81 Sierra Court, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 81 Sierra Court, Batavia, Dec. 17. Juvenile, born 1997, 2780 Lindale-Mt. Holly, Amelia, assault at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 18. Nathan Joesph Robinson, born 1992, 102 Ben Houser Court, Mt. Orab, assault at 25 Rose Lane, Amelia, Dec. 18. Larry D. Williams, born 1971, 2745 Ohio 132, New Richmond, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2745 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 18. Brandon Michael Campbell, born 1990, 3003 Hospital Drive, Batavia, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at 1717 Ohio 749, Amelia, Dec. 19. Juvenile, born 1995, 717 McCormick Lane, Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons at 1351 Cough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 19. Juvenile, born 1998, 3954 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, disorderly conduct at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 20. Juvenile, born 1999, 2911 Old Ohio 32, Apt. 25, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2911 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 20. Tyler James Quigley, born 1989, 364 St. Andrews Drive, Cincinnati, vandalism - government entity at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 21. Juvenile, born 1998, 256 Seton Court, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 21. Juvenile, born 1998, 3315 Foozer Road, Amelia, assault at 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 21. Jamie Lyn Birkhimer, born 1979, 343 Clark St., Apt. 11, Batavia, theft at 2199 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 22. Donald Gerald Horne, born 1980, 76 Scenic Drive, New Richmond, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 23. Donald Gerald Horne, born 1980, 76 Scenic Drive, New Richmond, violate protection order or consent agreement at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 23. Sean Paul Tunstall, born 1977, 8 Montgomery Way, Apt 4, Amelia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm at 8 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 23. Michael Brad Hughes, born 1977, 1957 Harvey Road, New Richmond, possession of drugs schedule I or II substance, 1263 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 6. Steven NMN Hardin, born 1974, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road Lot 39, New Richmond, possession of drugs - heroin, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 3. Steven NMN Hardin, born 1974, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road Lot 39, New Richmond, trafficking in drugs - containing heroin, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 3. Alicia Ann Fugate, born 1979, 42 Rose Lane, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 31. Juvenile, born 1996, 2552 Jackson Pike, Batavia, domestic violence, 2552 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Jan. 1. Juvenile, born 1996, 2552 Jackson Pike, Batavia, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, 2552 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Jan. 1. Ronnie Paul Thrower, born 1987, 3821 Lonsdale St., Cincinnati, domestic violence, 206 East Fork Crossing Drive, Batavia, Jan. 1. Ronnie Paul Thrower, born 1987,

3821 Lonsdale St., Cincinnati, possession of drugs, 206 East Fork Crossing Drive, Batavia, Jan. 1. Paul Algie Martin, born 1983, 1621 Linn St., Cincinnati, possession of drugs, Ohio Pike at Lori Lane, Amelia, Jan. 1. Jordan Scott Grooms, born 1990, 501 McKinney Road, Felicity, criminal trespass - fail to leave; recklessly, 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Jan. 2. Jordan Scott Grooms, born 1990, 501 McKinney Road, Felicity, possession of drugs - schedule III, IV, or V substance, 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Jan. 2. Angela R. Hartness, born 1968, 3621 Graham Road, Fayetteville, theft, 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Jan. 3. James Clifford Vancleve, born 1973, 2820 Compton Road, Cincinnati, passing bad checks, 4955 Benton Road, Batavia, Jan. 3. David Coyt Clark, born 1973, 10689 US 50, Auroa, Indiana, fugitive from justice, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Jan. 3. Alex James Signorelli, born 1982, 16222 Edgeington Road, Williamsburg, falsification - purpose to incriminate another, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Jan. 3. Alex James Signorelli, born 1982, 16222 Edgeington Road, Williamsburg, possession of drugs schedule III, IV, or V substance, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Jan. 3. Joshua Kenneth Turner, born 1993, 249 McCullough, Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons, 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 4. Joshua Kenneth Turner, born 1993, 249 McCullough, Cincinnati, receiving stolen property, 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 4. Joshua Kenneth Turner, born 1993, 249 McCullough, Cincinnati, theft, 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 4. Andrew Vincent Fitch, born 1982, 2911 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, 2911 Old Ohio 32, Williamsburg, Jan. 5. Bonny Sue Welch, born 1984, 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments, 88 Shady Lane, Amelia, Jan. 5. Jonathon Shane Miller, born 1985, 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments, 88 Shady Lane, Amelia, Jan. 5. Felicia McNicholas, born 1967, 102 Home St., Mt. Orab, forgery - without authority, 3071 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Oct. 16. Felicia McNicholas, born 1967, 102 Home St., Mt. Orab, theft without consent, 3071 LindaleMt. Holly Road, Amelia, Oct. 16. Devon A. Dumford, born 1982, 102 Home Street, Mt. Orab, theft - without consent, 3071 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 26. Julia Danielle Brown, born 1990, 3162 Lindale-Mt Holly, Amelia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, 3162 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 25. Jason R Brown, born 1980, 3162 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, 3162 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 25. David Louis Cornwell, born 1971, 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, criminal damaging/endangering, 123 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, Dec. 26. Jessica Lorell Carnes, born 1981, 700 University Lane, Batavia, theft, 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 27. Rodney Benjamin Wagers, born 1988, 200 University Lane, Batavia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 27. Charles Raymond Jackson, born 1986, aggravated burglary inflict harm, 2388 Harvey Road, New Richmond, Dec. 27. Andrea Lynn Emmitt, born 1992, 11 Donna Drive, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments, 617 Market St., Felicity, Dec. 28. Andrea Lynn Emmitt, born 1992, 11 Donna Drive, Amelia, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs possess, 617 Market St., Felicity, Dec. 28. Michael David Scheu, born 1959, 1470 Woodland Ln, New Richmond, domestic violence, 1470 Woodland Lane, New Richmond, Dec. 28. Randall Bruce Kidwell, born 1954, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, fugitive from justice, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road,

New Richmond, Dec. 29. Stacey M. Smith, born 1987, 1760 Culver Court, Amelia, disorderly conduct, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Alyssa D. Couch, born 1993, 685 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, disorderly conduct, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Alyssa D. Couch, born 1993, 685 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Courtney Lynn Swart, born 1991, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, disorderly conduct, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Dayna Robyn Brooks, born 1981, 4290 Marbe Lane, Batavia, disorderly conduct, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Camilla R. Clayton, born 1985, 1940 Lindale-Nicholsville, Amelia, disorderly conduct, 4293 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Dec. 30. Jacqueline Marie Lucy, born 1948, 12 Montgomery Way, Amelia, theft, 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 30. William Anthony Freimuth, born 1982, 3624 Burnham Woods, Amelia, domestic violence, 3624 Burnham Woods Drive, Amelia, Dec. 30.

Burglary - trespass in occupied structure, separately secured structure, or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure when another person is present, with purpose to commit any criminal offense. At 7 Berrypatch, Amelia, Dec. 22. At 2153 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Jan. 2. At 1600 Cedar Ridge Lane, Batavia, Dec. 27. Criminal damaging/endangering At 1415 Gumbert Drive, Amelia, Dec. 17. At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 24 North Look Court, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 2616 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 3718 Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 20. At 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Dec. 22. At 14 Amelia-Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Jan. 1. At 2001 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Jan. 2.

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Incidents/Investigations Aggravated burglary - inflict harm 2388 Harvey Road, New Richmond, Dec. 27. Aggravated menacing At 40 Sioux Court, Batavia, Dec. 19. Aggravated robbery 2388 Harvey Road, New Richmond, Dec. 27. Arson At 5300 Rapp Lane, Batavia, Dec. 23. Assault At 2908 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 17. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 18. At 25 Rose Lane, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 20. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 21. 3736 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Dec. 31. Attempt - use for ORC arrest offense code only At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. Breaking and entering At 2616 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 2305 Laurel-Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Dec. 22. Breaking and entering purpose commit theft offense/felony unoccupied Structure - use of force stealth deception At 3458 Virginia Drive, Amelia, Dec. 22. Burglary At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 17. At 1907 Laurel-Lindale Road, New Richmond, Dec. 18. At 3405 Twin Bridges Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 22. At 4333 Sharps Cutoff Road, Batavia, Dec. 25. At 2884 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 25. At 5425 Belle Meade Drive, Batavia, Dec. 27. At 2191 Ohio Pike Lot 187, Amelia, Dec. 27.

At 100 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 6. At 123 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, Dec. 25. At 1908 Pearl St., New Richmond, Dec. 26. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 26. At 2124 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 29. Criminal Damaging/Endangering knowingly any means At 5281 Stonelick-Williams Corner Road, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 5425 Belle Meade Drive, Batavia, Dec. 27. Criminal mischief At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 20. Criminal trespass At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 28. Criminal trespass - fail to leave; recklessly At 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Jan. 2. Criminal trespass - land premises of another At 3118 Pennington Lane, Williamsburg, Dec. 17. Disorderly conduct At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 20.

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DEATHS Mike Gifford Mike Gifford, 51, died Dec. 28. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 100. He was the former vice president of Amelia Knothole Baseball. Survived by children Amanda (Vern) Williams, Kristin, Justin Gifford; mother Dorothy Gifford; sister Lois (Richard) McDonough; nephew Andrew (Karie) Cook; aunts and uncles. Greatuncle of Austin, Aaron and Riley Cook. Preceded in death by father Howard Gifford. Services were Jan. 4 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or the American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

George Powell George R. Powell, 73, Mount Carmel, died Dec. 21.

He was a veteran. Survived by wife Joyce Powell; siblings Jerry, Dave, Frank Powell, Mary Lou Holt, Carolyn West; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to the American Lung Association.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.

Helen Richards Helen E. Richards, 90, Batavia, With her late husband, she was a member of the Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survived by sister Mary Church; 10 grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Carl Richards, children Albert (Shirley) Zeph, Barbara (George) Holland, parents James, Lula May Perdue, siblings Margaret Hoffer, Emery Perdue, Lena Parker. Services were Jan. 9 at Moore Family Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Donald Roberts

Donald Wayne Roberts, 53, Batavia, died Dec. 24. He was an industrial mechanic working for the Givaudan Company and United Dairy Farmers. He was a baseball coach. Survived by children Ryan (fiancee Cecilia), Brandon, Lynsey Roberts; grandchildren Seth, John, Alison, Collin, Jayden; parents Vernon (Susie) Roberts Sr., Janet (Ernie) Wethington; siblings Vernon (Cindy) Roberts Jr., Keith (Jennifer) Wethington, Debbie Merril, Karen (Dean) Gentry, Hope Philpot. Services were Dec. 31 at Evans

RELIGION Clough United Methodist Church

All children preschool through fourth grade are invited to Powerxpress, a new children’s ministry program at Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road in Anderson Township. The program will be 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sunday mornings, beginning Jan. 27. Children will explore various themes in units that last nine weeks. Each week the children will visit a different station. These stations include art, music, storytelling, games, computer, science, cooking, and video. On the last week of the series, children will revisit the main story for the unit. The first Powerxpress theme will be “Symbols of Holy Week”. There is no cost for the program and preregistration is not necessary. Powerxpress will run at the same time as the 10:30 a.m. worship service each Sunday.

1.David Becker S722 3264 Yelton Lane Amelia, Ohio 45102 2. Jennifer Bomkamp 194 North M451 Front Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 3. Raymond Gibson C64 70 Gibson Lane Monticello, KY 42633 4. Jamie Hensley I302 84 W. Main Street #D Amelia, Ohio 45102 5. Jeff Miller S726 57 Shady Lane Amelia, Ohio 45102 6. Jason Reynolds P577 770 Washing ton Street New Richmond, Ohio 45157 1742193 LEGAL NOTICE GOSHEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT Notice is hereby given that the Goshen Township Police Department has various items of personal property in its possession, which personal property has been lost, abandoned, stolen, and or seized pursuant to each warrant, or otherwise lawfully seized and is subject to disposal in accordance with ORC 29811.12. Pursuant to ORC 29811.12 (C) members of the public who may have an interest in the property in possesion of the Goshen Township Police Department may contact Sgt. Don Hodson @ (513) 7223200 Ext. #234 for inquiries. Specifically stated, the Goshen Township Police Department has several bicycles to which ownership has not been established. Items not claimed will be disposed of per appropriate court order. 1743964

For more information, contact the church office at 513-2314301 or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangle Road, Anderson Township, 231-4301;

Mount Moriah United Methodist Church

The Mount Moriah United Methodist women will present an Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, in the sanctuary narthex. The appraisals will be given by Bill Rainey of Milford Antiques, and Bob Branson, who is very learned in appraising furniture. People can bring in anything of which they would like to know the value, whether it be a piece of furniture, glassward, primitives, something inherited, a family heirloom, clocks, lamps, etc. The appraisers will examine the piece and give the owner an educated appraisal. A number will be given to the owner of the piece when the item is registered for appraisal. Cost is $5 for each appraisal, or $25 for six items. There is no limit to the amount of pieces one may bring. Call the church office with questions. The church is at 681 Mt. Moriah Drive, Cincinnati; 753-1333;

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Jimmie Rose Jimmie Rose Jr., 78, Batavia, died Jan. 5. Survived by Rose wife Joyce Rose; daughter Debra (Freddie) Way; grandchildren Jessica, Ashley, Michael Way, Brittany Freson; siblings Irene Meece, Marie Gregory, Ray Rose; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents James,

Luradell Rose, siblings Cory Meece, Mary Lyons, Margarey Jones, Mae aylor, Bessie, Loretta, Albert, Harvey, Everett, Fred Rose. Services were Jan. 9 at the First Baptist Church of Goshen. Arrangements by Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home.

Joan Sabatina Joan Sabatina, 90, Union Township, died Jan. 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Carole Willoughby, Roberta “Sissie” (Tom) Neal, Celeste (Rick) Hensley, Barbara (Daryl) Maggard, Robert E. (Linda) Sabatina; siblings Sadie O’Hare Place, Miriam O’Hare Timperley, Tony O’Hare; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild. Preceded in death by husband Robert V. Sabatina, parents Edward, Miriam O’Hare. Services were Jan. 7 at Immac-

ulate Heart of Mary. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Donald Smith Donald Ray Smith, 70, died Jan. 1. He worked for the United States Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children Lindsay Miller, Tony Smith; granddaughter Alexis Miller. Services were Jan. 8 at Evans Funeral Home.

Shirley Smith Shirley Ann Smith, 73, died Jan. 8. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughter Saunda (Rick) Andrews; step-grandchildren Jennifer, Tommy (Jodie) Andrews; step-great-granddaughter Layla Andrews; cousin Shelia Gibson. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.


1432 Homewood Court, Carl and Gayla Siegman to Ryan and Cyntosha Drewry, $177,000. 1420 Woodbury Glen Drive, Fisher Single Family Homes II, LLC to Daniel and Selinda Hamler , $211,700. 4760 Horseshoe Bend, Fisher Single Family Homes II, LLC to Tim Peter, $285,000. 1424 Glenwood Court, Fisher Single Family Homes II, LLC to Daniela Damm and Anthony Higgins, $232,069. 4007 Andora Blvd., Schmidt Builders, Inc. to,Daniel and Heather Jess, $187,000. 1223 Nottingham Road, Richard Kelch, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $130,000. 2129 Picketside Drive, M. Angela Burke to John Burke, Jr., $216,000. 1273 Secretariat Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Donna and Gary Kummer, $220,000. 4536 Winners Circle, Fischer Attached Homes II, LLC to Raymond and Cara Godfrey, $207,826. 1225 Traditions Turn, Fischer Attached Single Family Homes to Kelly and Terri Mocahbee, $287,263. 4573 Citation Court, Fischer Attached Single Family Homes to Renee Fields, $205,000. 2138 Picketside Drive, Starrlette Holtgrewe to Kimberly and Brian Hillard, $210,000. 3813 Lucy Run Cemetary Road,

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information. Darryl Arthur to Thomas and Melinda Ramos, $20,000. 1206 Traditions Turn, Fischer Development Co. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $47,088. 1267 Secretariat, Fischer Development Co. II, Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $34,844. 2185 Village Pointe Drive, Brian and Shana Kelly to Patricia Cooper, $136,000. 3800 Lilac Lane, Wendell Cowdrey to Howard Shavel, $90,000. 4416 Legacy Greens Drive, The Drees Company to Barbara Maham, $157,140. 1214 Saddletop Ridge, Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Derek Flynt and Anthony Carpenter, $289,000. 1222 Glenwood Trail, Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Torran and Amy McCarthy, $198,000. 1511 Easter Ave., Guardian Savings Bank, FSB to Benjamin Blair, $73,000. 4550 Meadow Lane, Vista Meadow Development, LLC to NVR, Inc., $25,500. 4721 Olive Branch-Stonelick Road, Gary Wilburn, Jr. to Robin Strange Cooke, LLC, $80,000. 4593 Citation Court, Fischer Development Co. II, Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $34,844. 1251 Man O'War, Fischer Development Co. II, Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $34,244. 1248 Bugler's Sound Circle, Fischer Development Co. II, Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $38,861. 1333 Autumnview Drive, Fischer Development Co. II, Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $32,500.

LEGAL NOTICE 2012 FINANCIAL REPORT AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION Residents of Pierce Township and other interested parties are hereby notified that the 2012 Financial Report for Pierce Township has been completed, forwarded to the Ohio State Auditor and is available for inspection Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at the Township Administration Building, 950 Locust Corner Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. Please call the Township Fiscal Office at 513-947-2010 with any questions. Karen Register Township Fiscal Officer 1001743961


Lot A and C Quitter Road, Bygee Gutierrez to Tawanna and Samuel Powers, Jr., $63,000. 3712 Ohio 131, Diana Tucker, et al. to PNC Bank, NA, $30,000. 4779 Burdsall Road, Joseph and Jana Burnette to Gregg and Kristy Welte, $173,000. 1699 U.S. 50, Eric Wolfer to Three J Wolfer, LTD, $200.

13 Stillmeadow Drive, Louis Jacobs to Kevin and Christy Aspen, $56,500. 880 Old Course Lane, Great Traditions Homes Ltd. To Gary and Rhonda Baker, $438,315.72. 3832 Crescent Drive, First Financial Collateral Inc. to Rainmaker Realty LLC, $36,000. 3832 Crescent Drive, Rainmaker Realty LLC to Bearcat Ventures LLC, $46,000.00 1388 Kerdan Court, Fisher Single Family Homes II, LLC to Thomas and Karen Montgomery, $193,700. 1372 Naegele Lane, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Erica Voss, $105,000. 549 Davis Road, Patricia and Martin Nutgrass to Shannon Snellman, $55,500. 1417 Locust Lake Road, Shelby Burnett to Alex Swearingten, $133,450. 3437 Jenny Lind Road, John and Karen White, Co-Trustees to Roy Lindsey, $115,000. 3582 Hiatt Ave., Fischer Attached Single Family Homes to Janice and Deonna Hicks, $154,900. 1867 Ohio Pike, Helen Henize to Edgar Lawson, Jr., $171,000. 3738 Merwin-Ten Mile Road, Daniel Roberts, et al to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $126,666. 11 Stillmeadow Drive, Kimberly Kauza to Roger and Annamarie Hospelhorn, $48,000. 539-10 Davis Road, Lawrence Eggleston to Yvonne Lea Sullivan, $50,000. 352 St. Andrews Unit C, Andrea McIntyre to Paul and Rebecca McIntyre, $32,100.75. 1072 Terrydel Lane, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Saamr Edaili, $63,500. 3635 Highland Green, Terry and Laurie Cox to Paul and Anne Nobis, $287,000. 881 Grand Cypress Court, John Clark, et al. to Bank of America, NA, $160,000. Wagner Road, James and Julie Smith to Joshua Todd Smith, $5,000.




LEGAL NOTICE The organization of the Pierce Township Board of Trustees for 2013 is as follows: Chairperson, Richard Riebel Vice Chair, Bonnie Batchler Member, Christopher Knoop The Pierce Township Administration Building is located at 950 Locust Corner Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. Administration business hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm. For service information, please call 513-752-6262 or visit the Pierce Township website at Karen Register Township Fiscal Officer 1001744113

Blome, $182,700. 2300 Laurel-Lindale Road, Jeffrey Jay Jones to Lenda Sue Hoskins, $8,500.

1314 Boat Run Road, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC to Dwayne Kuhn and Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, $125,000. 2124 Laurel Point Isabel Road, Jerome William Buescher to Floyd Roberts, Trustee, $54,000. 2365 Ohio 222, Theo Webb, Jr. to Kevin Foster, $25,000. 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Barbara Havens and Jacqueline Widmer to Thomas Crowl, $275,000. 2572 Wildlife Way, Cartk Niebster to Aaron and Heater DeLisle, $260,000. 2269 Hickory Creek Lane, Robert and Amanda Warmoth to Mark and Julie Fisher, $345,000. 1993 Barkley Road, Bank of America, NA to Anthony

599 Hamblin Drive, Larry and Heidi Overbee to Gregory and Delina Moore, $83,000. 1173 Creekstone Drive, Anthony and Sarah Metzger to Christopher and Kristi Greenhall, $169,500. 4056 McLean Drive, Bank of America, NA to John Smith , $38,200. 516 Old Ohio 74, MIC Limited to Union Township, Clermont County CIC, Inc., $300,000. 691 Mockingbird Lane, Angela Woodward to AH4R OH LLC, $146,000. 459 Bornholm Place, Timothy Murphy to Edward Murphy, $81,000. 4468 Grandview St., First Financial Collateral Inc. to Rainmaker Realty LLC, $30,000. 4468 Grandview St., Rainmaker

Realty LLC to MJV Properties Investment LLC, $44,900. 589 Hamblin Drive, First Financial Collateral Inc. to Rainmaker Realty LLC, $22,000. 589 Hamblin Drive, Rainmaker Realty LLC to Isabel Vargas and Blanca Trujillo, $34,900. 649 Hyacinth Road, Michael Slone to Joshua Dragosavac, $127,850. 1270 Misty Lake Lane, Fisher Single Family Homes II, LLC to Cindy and Richard Bond, $159,697. 4828 Orland Road, Adam and Jeanine Pugh to John Salter and Doug Phuong Nguyen, $216,000. 544 Forest Ridge Court, Michael and Beverly Holland to John and Anne Eye, $156,500. 4177 Cannon Gate Drive, J. Ryan Morgan to Brittany Powell, $170,000. 683 Holiday Drive, GMAC Mortgage, LLC to Jason Verhoff, $46,000. 3839 Portrush Way, James and Janet Meyer to Judy Driever,Trustee, $153,000. 4624 Blackberry Lane, Dale and Donna Williams, et al. to Bank of America, NA, $70,000. 4561 Forest Haven Circle, Patricia Elliott, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $73,333.34. 4611 Shephard Road, Sandra Barrett, et al. to HSBC Bank USA, NA, $85,000. 572 Common Wealth Drive, James and Cynthia Maltry, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $200,000. 1308 Heitman Lane, Cary Lawhon to Bay Ridge Farm, Inc., $30,000. 1308 Heitman Lane, Stanley and Barbara Lawhon to Bay Ridge Farm, Inc., $30,000. 870 Eastgage Drive, FFF Management, Inc. to Chicken Little Real Estate, LLC, $1,184,000. 760 Eastgate South Drive, Furniture Row USA, LLC to Rosemary Weber, Trustee, $874,900. 4146 James Drive, Donald Sterling, Successor Trustee to Terry and Laurie Cox, $170,000. 1290 Kilbrannen, Matthew Terrell to Rita Irwin, $168,500. 4635 Elmont Drive, Estate of Carl Denton to Brent Denton, $100,000. 5140 Oak Brook Drive, Drees Premier Homes, Inc. to Claudia and Chad Knotts, $340,820. 3969 Witham Lane, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to David and Holly Burton, $43,000. 4270 Beechmont Drive, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee to John Duncan, $26,260. 940 Ellson Road, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Chris Jarrett and Lindsey Jarrett, et al., $171,935. 1143 Telluride Drive #403, Cassandra Smedley to Giovanni Guarascio, $95,250. 4593 Roxbury Circle, Ann Skinner and Ann Remely, Trustees to Jerry Rhoades, $65,000. 941 Shireton Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Bryan and Holly Greaves, $364,511. 948 Shireton Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Franklin and Margaret Wesley, $229,662. 4219 Edinburgh Drive, Stephen Fowler, et al. to Bank of America, NA, $76,667. 4213 Silver Streak Drive, Andrew and Kimberly Zahn to AH4R-OH, LLC, $165,000.

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