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Contract post office is busy

By Kellie Geist-May

YMCA director likes Clermont Co.

One of Sheila Hinton’s first duties when she took over during the summer as director of the Clermont Family YMCA was to attend the Clermont County Fair. “I grew up on a dairy farm in eastern Ohio. The fair reminded me of the county fairs back home. I felt like I was back home,” she said. FULL STORY, B1


After seven years of providing postal services, the office in the Union Township Civic Center had the highest retail sales of all contract postal units in the Greater Cincinnati Area for 2010. Township Administrator Ken Geis said the post office’s 2010 gross sales totaled more than $500,000 last year. The total in 2009 totaled about $375,000. “We had the highest retail sales for the all the contract postal units. Jungle Jim’s had held that position, but we surpassed them (last) year,” Geis said. The post office opened when the civic center opened in 2004. Geis said the trustees wanted to provide postal services to the residents because Union Township does not have a United States Postal Service office. The closest USPS locations are in Anderson Township, Amelia and Batavia Township. Union Township is the largest community in the state of

Ohio without an official post office, Geis said. “I think that our sales alone show that there’s a need for postal services in Union Township,” he said. A contract postal unit is a post office operated by someone other than the USPS – in this case, by the Union Township administration. Trustee Tim Donnellon said the trustees and the township staff have focused on letting people know about the postal services at the civic center. “We felt that having a post office in Union Township was an important service for our residents and businesses and, in 2009, we really focused on promoting it,” he said. “We are very proud of the people who man the post office ... When a resident or business person can get the same postal services here in the township instead of driving somewhere else, it’s a win-win.” Geis said that while the convenience may bring people in to the post office, the unit’s staff is part of what keeps customers coming back.


Post Office Supervisor Karen Zinser helps a customer at the Union Township Civic Center contract postal unit. The unit is on the lower level of the civic center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, and can provide most of the services available at a United States Postal Service post office. “I think people just enjoy coming here and talking to the staff. They are all so friendly and receptive – it’s about good customer service,” he said.

TID moves into new era

Batavia schools take next levy step

Steve Wharton, trustee in charge of the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District, has resigned. This is part of an expected reorganization of the TID as the focus shifts from mostly planning to actual construction of transportation improvements. FULL STORY, A2

League to highlight Senior Services

The League of Women Voters Clermont County will meet Jan. 25 and Clermont Senior Services is the topic of discussion. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. FULL STORY, A2

New Richmond defends township

New Richmond officials Jan. 3 defended their bid to form a separate township during a meeting with representatives of Ohio and Pierce townships. The village voted Nov. 23 to petition the county commissioners to approve the new township within the village limits. The commissioners will vote on the request after a public hearing, which has not been scheduled. FULL STORY, A3


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Batavia school board members Monday, Jan. 10, took the next step necessary to place an operating levy on the May ballot. The board voted to ask the Clermont County Auditor to provide the amount of taxes to be raised by possible levies of 4.9 mills, 5.9 mills and 6.9 mills. Treasurer Michael Ashmore said when the information comes back from the auditor, a special meeting will have to be scheduled for the board to vote to place the levy on the ballot. The filing deadline for the May 3 election is Wednesday, Feb. 2. At the Dec. 20 meeting, the board took the first step necessary for a levy by instructing Ashmore to gather information on possible levy amounts. For more about your community, visit

Schmidt accepts office space at Union Twp. Civic Center By Kellie Geist-May

The Union Township trustees have signed a lease agreement that would allow U. S. Rep. Jean Schmidt to have office space in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Schmidt moved out of her Batavia office last week after Commissioner Archie Wilson questioned the county’s cost to keep the building on Main Street. Township Administrator Ken Geis said Schmidt sent a sample lease agreement to Union Township after Trustee Matt Beamer

approached her about having office space in the civic center. “I think it would be a tremendous opportunity for her and her staff to maintain an office in Clermont County and Union Township,” Beamer said. “It goes hand in hand with this facility.” Beamer said the office space was available at the civic center because of the township’s downsizing efforts. He also said Union Township would be a great location for Schmidt. “We have plenty of parking, we’re near (Ohio) 32 and (Interstate) 275. She would be accessible here,” he said.

Donnellon agreed Schmidt should have an office in Clermont County and it would be great if she could be in Union Township. “This isn’t a political issue ... The people in this township should have the ability to address their (representative) in a local office,” he said. “And, regardless of the intent, a situation has been created where that person doesn’t have a local office.” The trustees signed the lease during the regular meeting tonight, Jan. 13. As of this meeting, Schmidt had not signed the agreement, Geis said.

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Clermont TID moves into new era as Wharton resigns Amount By Theresa L. Herron and Kellie May

the opportunity to work with you,” Wharton told TID members this morning, Jan. 14, during their regular meeting. “I do appreciate the opportunity. I took a lot of personal and professional satisfaction in helping with this program. I look forward to helping you in any way I can,” he said. Wharton also serves as the executive director of the Economic Development Corporation of Clermont County (ED3C). County Administrator David Spinney made the following comments. “I know years before we created this, the TID was something you (Wharton) had in mind. … I appreciate all you have done to get this moving. I think we’re the envy of various TIDs in the state with what we’ve been able to accomplish. And some of that is due to your persistence.”

Steve Wharton, trustee in charge of the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District, has resigned. This is part of an expected reorganization of the TID as the focus shifts from mostly planning to actual construction of transportation improvements. “I would like to make my resignation effective today. I want to thank all of you for



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This resignation comes two days after new county Commissioner Archie Wilson questioned Spinney and the other two county commissioners about the legality and way the economic development efforts are handled. His comments were made during a work session Jan. 12. Wilson said he called Wharton about one year ago requesting information about the TID, ED3C and other economic development efforts. “I got a good cussing from Mr. Wharton,” Wilson said. “I will smash him from now on,” Wilson said, referring to Wharton. “You do not talk to the public like that.” Wilson asked if Wharton was the best man for the job. He wanted county employees hired to do economic development to “bird-dog” Wharton to make sure the county was getting everything stipulated in the contract with the ED3C and other economic development organizations. Those employees are Assistant County Administrator Scot Lahrmer and Economic Development Director Andy Kuchta. Steve Wharton was the county administrator for a number of years before resigning and Spinney was appointed to the job.

At the work session, Commissioner Ed Humphrey told Wilson that Spinney was a “good person to watch over the TID.” Spinney is the director of the TID set up to implement and monitor transportation improvements projects in Clermont County. “The TID is a function of government. It is outlined in the Ohio Revised Code and has authority beyond what the county commissioners have,” Humphrey said. “The TID can leverage money put in by the county, townships and city to get grants for (traffic) improvements.” Wilson said he understood that, but wanted to get reports about the work being done from county employees like Lahrmer and Kuchta, “who I pay to do economic development. They need to say what impact this will have on the economy.” Spinney said Wednesday the TID was to be reorganized during the regular meeting Friday. Clermont Chamber of Commerce President Matt Van Sant was appointed to serve as treasurer. “I will do my best to make Clermont County strong,” Van Sant said. Spinney was reappointed as chair. Miami Township Administrator Larry Fronk will serve as vice chair. Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger will serve as secre-

tary of the TID. “The TID is entering a new era,” Spinney said. “The TID is about to do lots of construction and the county engineer will be providing a lot of the support. It was the intent all along (for the engineer) to supervise all the projects.” In 2011, about $20 million will be spent on roadwork in Clermont County, Spinney said. About half of the construction cost will be funded by the state and federal governments. When county commissioners created the TID in 2006, the board appointed Wharton as the representative from the ED3C to represent economic development, Wharton said. It has just come to the time to make the change and Van Sant is the logical person to be that person. Wharton’s resignation is the result of a discussed reorganization of the TID which began a year ago. In other counties, the county engineer leads the TID, which Wharton has done in Clermont County. “I am controversial to some and in the interest of this program and of this board and its partners, it was just time to hand it over,” Wharton said. The commissioners extended the contract with ED3C and Wharton will continue to serve in his other capacities.

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A Pierce Township resident Jan. 11 questioned the trustees about the amount of money in the police fund. Curt Hartman, a former trustee, said the amount of money in the fund has been going up since a 2.9-mill police levy was passed in 2007. He said over the past year the fund balance increased from $1.3 million to $2.1 million. “It’s becoming fairly evident the police levy in 2007 was too high,” Hartman said. He asked the trustees to consider petitioning the Clermont County Budget Commission for a partial reduction in the levy rate. “This is taxpayer money,” Hartman said. Police Chief James Smith said he has been saving taxpayer money by keeping his department under budget. “I made a commitment to the taxpayers the levy would last 10 years, and I’m making sure it does,” he said. Smith said there were a lot of unknown issues that could affect future budgets, including reduced tax revenues from Duke Energy. “We’re trying to be fiscally conservative,” he said. Fiscal Officer Karen Register said the 2010 ending balance in the police fund was $2,158,495.23. She said the fund grew a lot this year because of additional revenue from the payoff of TIF bonds. Trustee Bonnie Batchler told Hartman the trustees would “take what you said into consideration.”

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New Richmond officials defend township bid By John Seney

New Richmond officials Jan. 3 defended their bid to form a separate township during a meeting with representatives of Ohio and Pierce townships. The village voted Nov. 23 to petition the county commissioners to approve the new township within the village limits. The commissioners will vote on the request after a public hearing, which has not been scheduled. “It’s our job to get the best for our residents,” said New Richmond Council Member Vinny Cochran.


New Richmond Council Member Rich Mathews speaks during a Jan. 3 meeting to discuss the village’s bid to form a township. “We’re doing something that benefits property own-

ers and residents.” The move would save

village property owners about $52,000 in taxes now paid to Ohio Township. That comes to about $40 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. A small portion of the village is in Pierce Township, which is occupied by a part of Duke Energy’s Beckjord Power Plant. New Richmond Council Member Rich Mathews said the money would go back to the taxpayers and not the village. Ohio Township Trustee Frank Renn said many residents are renters who would not benefit unless their landlords lowered their rents. Renn asked if the action

League to highlight Clermont Senior Services The League of Women Voters Clermont County will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Clermont Senior Services is the topic of discussion. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. For nearly 40 years, Clermont Senior Services Inc., a private, non-

profit 501-3 organization, has been providing and coordinating in-home and community-based services enabling older adults to live independently for as long as possible. Don’t miss the January meeting of the League of Women Voters Clermont County where Cindy Jenkins Gramke, associate director/COO of

Clermont Senior Services, will share the organization’s plans for 2011 and beyond. “Service with heart” is the benchmark of service provided by professionally trained, caring, compassionate staff of Clermont Senior Services. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

Open house set for Old Ohio 74 widening project The Clermont County Transportation Improvement District (CCTID), in cooperation with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Batavia and Union townships, will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia-Olive Branch Road,


at the southeast corner of the Old Ohio 74/AmeliaOlive Branch Road intersection. The open house is to obtain public input for the Old Ohio 74 widening project. The open house will provide an opportunity for citizens to identify safety, congestion, delay, access management and other issues observed along the Old Ohio

74 corridor, from 750 feet west of Olive BranchStonelick Road to 750 east of Armstrong Boulevard. Using this information, the CCTID will begin developing conceptual alternatives that will be presented at a future open house. For more information about the Old Ohio 74 widening project or the open house, contact Clermont County Engineer Pat

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was taken to convince village voters to approve an general revenue tax levy renewal, which was rejected in November. Mathews said the process of looking into forming a township began in June. “In June we had no idea the levy would fail,” he said. Mathews said if property taxes were lowered, a levy renewal in the future would be more attractive. Council member Nicholas Wolf discounted criticism that New Richmond’s action would cause a “snowball effect,” with other villages in Clermont County seeking township status. He said the village was

unique in that it was selfsupporting, with its own police, fire and utilities. Renn said the loss of $52,000 would affect the township budget. “Changes will have to be made to offset the $52,000,” he said. Pierce Township representatives attended the meeting, but made no comments. “We’re just listening,” said Pierce Township Trustee Gregg Conrad after the meeting. The new township, if approved, would be a “paper township” only, with no powers separate from the village.

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BRIEFLY New Richmond hearing

CLERMONT COUNTY – The county commissioners scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, Feb. 23, to hear comments on New Richmond’s bid to create a separate township. The hearing will be 6 p.m. at the county administration building, 101 E. Main St., Batavia. The New Richmond village council voted in November to petition the commissioners to form a township within the borders of the village, severing ties with Ohio and Pierce townships. The commissioners must approve the bid. Anyone wishing to speak for or against the proposal is invited to attend.

Fish fry

BATAVIA – The Fraternal Order Of Eagles will host a fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the lodge, 265 Foundry Ave. in Batavia, OH 45103 Cost is $8 for a full meal of fish, fries, hush puppies, cole slaw. Call 513-732-9035 for carry out or more information.

CCDD to meet

STONELICK TWP. – The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold their annual reorganizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 U.S. 50. In addition to their regular business meeting, board members will take the oath of office, elections will be held for 2011 officers and a schedule of meetings will be set for

the rest of the year. Former board president Wanda Downey will be honored with a farewell reception at 5 p.m. prior to the board meeting. Downey completed a 12-year term of office as a DD board member in December. She previously served an eight-year term for Clermont DD, volunteering as president for most of the collective 20 years. To RSVP for the reception or for information about the board meeting, call 732-4921.

Wine tasting

FELICITY – The Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Association (SOFPA) will host a wine tasting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Lakeside Vineyard and Winery, 3324 Ohio 756, near Felicity. A commemorative SOFPA wineglass will be given with each admission fee of $10. This fee is good for either a tasting tray of 12 samples of wine or two glasses of wine. During the evening, a gift basket of wines and cheeses will be given away and bottles of Lakeside Vineyard’s wine will be for sale. For more information, contact president Jerry Schwallie at 937-446-2904.

Nominations sought

UNION TWP. – Nominations are being sought for the fifth annual Celebration of Life Benefit April 2 sponsored by the Katie Haumesser Foundation. The nominees will have provided outstanding service or have made a significant contribution to the community in areas that serve children. The candidate will be honored at the benefit with a special presentation and award. The deadline for nomination is Friday, Feb. 18. Visit or call 513-602-3763 for more information. Haumesser was killed by a drunk driver in February 2006. The foundation was formed by her family and friends as a legacy of her life by providing assistance for children with special needs.

Program for Scouts

CLERMONT COUNTY – Shriners Hospitals for Children and Kasey “The Fire & Life Safety Dog” are pairing together to teach children fire safety skills and educate them about the work of Shriners Hospitals for Children. The program scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Shriners Hospitals for Children targets children in grades K-6 and covers an introduction about pediatric burn care and Shriners Hospitals for Children, a tour of the facility, burn prevention information, and a demonstration by Kasey “The Fire & Life Safety Dog” on techniques such as “stop, drop and roll” and crawling low under smoke. The class is intended to help Scout groups complete safety badges and activities. Class size is limited, call 872-6059 or e-mail lhoelker@ for registration and additional information.

Improvements planned

NEW RICHMOND – The village council Jan. 11 approved spending $4,872.52 from a grant fund intended to improve energy efficiency at the village hall. The money will come from a grant awarded by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia. There was $5,296 left in the grant fund. Projects approved included second floor window

repairs, programmable thermostats and an air lock entry door for the front entrance. Administrator David Kennedy said the grant had previously been used to install an energy-efficient boiler and new windows at village hall.

Salt in good supply

PIERCE TWP. – Despite a lot of snow so far this winter, the salt supply for Pierce Township is in good shape. “We’re fine,” said Public Works Director Luke Mantle at the Jan. 11 trustees meeting. Salt trucks were dispatched three times in December for about 14 inches of snow, he said. Mantle said there was about 450 tons of salt in the salt barn, with another 250 ordered and on the way.

Schuler appointed

PIERCE TWP. – The trustees Jan. 11 named township resident Dick Schuler to the zoning commission. He will fill the unexpired term of commission member Steve Steinkuhl, who resigned. Schuler’s term will run until May 2013, zoning administrator Donna Cann said. Trustee Christopher Knoop said Schuler was a former member of the commission, and it was good to have an experienced person on the panel.

Enriquez appointed

BATAVIA – Members of the Batavia school board Monday, Jan. 10, elected Michael Enriquez to serve as board president for 2011. At the board’s organizational meeting, members also elected Chris Huser to serve as vice president. The board set meeting dates for 2011. Meetings will be 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, except in Febru-

ary, when the meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 14, the second Monday, at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place.

McManus is president

WILLIAMSBURG – School board member Beth McManus was re-elected president of the board for 2011 at the organizational meeting Jan. 10. Board member Shelley Nooe was re-elected vice president. The board also set the meeting schedule for 2011. Meetings will be 6 p.m. the third Monday of each Monday, except for February, when the meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 14, the second Monday. Meetings will be at Williamsburg High School/ Middle School, 500 S. Fifth St.

Mummert elected

STONELICK TWP. – Members of the Clermont Northeastern school board elected Jayne Mummert board president for 2011 at the organizational meeting Jan. 6. Board members elected Patty Spencer vice president. The board also approved meeting dates and times for 2011. The meetings will be 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, with three exceptions: The January, February and April meetings will be on the fourth Monday, all at 6 p.m. The meetings will be at CNE Middle School, 2792 U.S. 50.

Grant accepted

NEW RICHMOND – Village council members Jan. 11 approved spending $4,872.52 from a grant fund intended to improve energy efficiency at the village hall. The money will come from a grant awarded by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia. There was $5,296 left in the grant fund.

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NEW RICHMOND – The village has been awarded a $2,369.83 grant to purchase and install directional lighting in the back windows of police cruisers. The grant, approved by the village council Jan. 11, is from the Bureau of Workers Compensation Safety Grant Program. The village is providing a $1,184 match, which along with the grant, will provide $3,553.83 for the purchase and installation of five of the lighting units, Administrator David Kennedy said. He said the lights will help with patrolman safety and enforcement of the Ohio Move Over Law. The Ohio Move Over Law requires a motorist to move over or slow down when approaching a stopped police cruiser. The new lights will direct the motorist which way to move over. Kennedy said the village expects to receive the funding and order the units in the next few weeks.

Duck sanctuary benefit

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Holly Hill Elementary raises money for speakers, assemblies By Kellie Geist-May

The students at Holly Hill Elementary School are selling items out of two catalogs to help raise money for the principal’s school fund. The principal’s fund, which comes from school fees, is used to pay for things like school supplies, assemblies and other general school needs, said Principal Nancy Parks. More than half of the students at Holly Hill are on free and reduced lunch, so they don’t have to pay school fees, Parks said. To help raise money for this fund, the students are selling out of a jewelry catalog and a gourmet

and garden catalog. Parks said the money raised will first go to buy speakers for music classes and performances. Additional money will be used to bring educational incentive assemblies to the school. This fundraiser is a principal’s fundraiser, not a PTO fundraiser. “I don’t usually like to do catalog fundraisers, but donations are down across the board,” Parks said. Students receive awards for selling things out of the catalog and Parks drew names of everyone who sold one item for free “Bling Rings,” which are rings that blink. For more about your community, visit


Second-graders Nathan Cox, left, and Trent Holden pick their “Bling Rings” in the Holly Hill Elementary School office. Principal Nancy Parks, right, draws names of those who have sold items in the school’s catalog fundraiser for the free prize.

Batavia High School BPA Freezin’ for a Reason The Batavia High School chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) will be Freezin’ for a Reason Saturday, Feb. 5, as they participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Special Olympics is the national service project for all BPA chapters and the Batavia High School chapter wanted to do something more

than a bake sale or raffle this year. Batavia BPA is hoping to reach their goal of $1,500 by the end of January. To take the plunge, students 17 years old and under have to raise at least $50 while those older must raise at least $75. In addition to the team of sophomores, juniors and seniors, their teacher and chapter advisor,

Angie Kovacs, will be jumping in alongside the students. Kovacs and the students are hoping for a warm day, but if it has to be a day in the low teens they want some snow. To sponsor a student, go to the Ohio Special Olympics website at and follow the links to the OH/KY Polar Plunge at

Joes Crab Shack. Sponsors can search by individual students or by viewing the Batavia High School BPA team page under Top Teams. Contributions can be made directly online with a credit card and all donations are tax deductible. BPA is the leading student organization for members pursu-

ing careers in business, information technology and other related career fields. BPA is part of the Great Oaks legal management satellite program, offering business-related classes at Batavia High School. For more information, contact the chapter advisor at kovacs_a@

Batavia to register kindergartners


Pollution solution

Clough Pike fifth graders recently learned about water pollution through a hands-on demonstration called Pollution Solution. The students read activity cards that detailed different events that cause pollution. They then added items to a water reservoir. This water was later filtered using group-designed water filtration systems. Pictured are students from Beth Testa’s science class at Clough Pike Elementary in the process of completing their Pollution Solution project.

Residents of Batavia Local School District with children who will be ready for kindergarten next year, may register during winter conferences from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. To register, the child must be 5 years old before Aug. 1. The following documents must be provided at the time of registration: • Birth certificate. • Proof of residency, which must be a current dated utility bill, lease or rental agreement, deed or purchase contract. • Parent picture identification like a driver’s license. • Current shot record. • Custody papers, if applicable. For more information, call Batavia Elementary at 732-0780. Your child will receive a Batavia T-shirt with a completed registration.

WC kindergartner registration set West Clermont Local School District officials will conduct kindergarten registration in March. Registration is by appointment only and will be held at the West Clermont administrative office in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The kindergarten enrollment schedule for West Clermont schools is as follows: • Feb. 28 to March 4 – Amelia Elementary and Holly Hill Elementary. • March 7 to March 11 – Merwin Elementary and Brantner Elementary. • March 14 to March 18 – Clough Pike Elementary and Wil-

lowville Elementary. • March 21 to March 25 – Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary and Summerside Elementary. • March 28 to April 1 – Make up week, all schools.


• Monday 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. • Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. • Wednesday 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. • Thursday 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. • Friday 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. All appointments for enrolling a student can be made as early as the week of Feb. 21. Appointments can be made by calling 943-5000.


St. Thomas More students enjoyed Christmas parties on Dec. 17. From left are: Connor Lang, Laurel Desrosiers, mom Melissa Frazier and her daughter Grace.

‘Tis the season

St. Thomas More students enjoyed Christmas parties Dec. 17, the last day of school before Christmas break.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011. You should bring: • Your child’s original birth certificate. • Proof of residency (lease, deed, land contract, settlement statement, affidavit of residence). • Immunization records. • Custody papers, if applicable. • IEP/MFE, if applicable. • Parents picture identification (drivers license, state identification card, passport). • Physical examination (must be returned to your school prior to student starting kindergarten). If you have any questions, contact West Clermont Central Enrollment at 943-5000. PROVIDED

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St. Thomas More students enjoyed Christmas parties Dec. 17. Kindergarten students enjoyed cupcakes.



Community Journal


The week at Amelia

• The Amelia wrestling team placed 17th with a score of 26 in the Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 8. • In boys basketball, Amelia lost 57-48 to Western Brown, Jan. 8. Amelia was led by Tanner Owens with 23 points. On Dec. 12, Amelia beat Batavia 48-30. Amelia was led in scoring by Owens and Kevin Morse with 15 points each. Batavia’s top-scorer was Matt Cooper with seven points. • In girls basketball, Amelia beat Mariemont 53-34, Jan. 10. Amelia’s top-scorer was Kymmy Simon with 12 points. On Jan. 13, Amelia beat Felicity-Franklin 74-38. Amelia’s top-scorer was Kymmy Simon with 26 points. • The Amelia boys bowling team beat Summit Country Day 2,286-2,222, Jan. 10. Amelia’s Bobby Archibald bowled a 380. • In girls bowling, Amelia beat Summit Country Day 2,016-1,741, Jan. 10. Amelia’s Elaina Simons bowled a 369.

The week at Glen Este

• In girls basketball, Anderson beat Glen Este 46-40, Jan. 8. Glen Este’s Lakin Louiso led her team with 11 points. On Jan. 12, Glen Este lost 51-46 to Kings, Jan. 12. Glen Este’s top-scorer was Jackie Young with 15 points. • In boys swimming, Glen Este placed ninth with a score of 29 in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls swimming, Glen Este placed seventh with a score of 54 in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. Glen Este’s Howell won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 12.33 seconds. • The Glen Este boys bowling team beat Turpin 3,0112,368, Jan. 10. Glen Este’s Jaekob Pesnichak bowled a 503. • In girls bowling, Glen Este beat Turpin 2,382-1,860, Jan. 10. Glen Este’s Hannah Ruehlman bowled a 353.

The week at New Richmond

• The Goshen boys basketball team beat New Richmond 61-46, Jan. 8. New Richmond’s top-scorer was Jake Gundler with 15 points. • In wrestling, New Richmond placed second with a score of 231 in the Madeira Invitational, Jan. 8. New Richmond’s J.R. Forsee pinned Clermont Northeastern’s Jeffers in 2 minutes, 31 seconds. On Jan. 13, New Richmond lost 43-27 to Ross. New Richmond’s Jordan Hooks beat Goins in a 15-2 major decision; Brody Hooks beat Hensley 129; Sam Anderson beat Cary 126; Corey English beat Bowman; Kevin Reid pinned Davis in 5 minutes, 46 seconds; J.R. Forsee beat Peacock in an 18-3 technical fall. • In girls basketball, New Richmond lost 51-24 to Georgetown, Jan. 10. New Richmond’s top-scorer was Georgia Buckingham with nine points. On Jan. 13, New Richmond beat Batavia 35-20. New Richmond’s Reno Frayne was the team’s leading scorer with 13 points. Batavia was led by Abby Hericks with seven points.

The week at Williamsburg

• The Williamsburg boys basketball team beat Blanchester 67-56, Jan. 8. Williamsburg’s top-scorer was Kendal Young with 28 points. • In girls basketball, Williamsburg beat Batavia 6025, Jan. 8. Williamsburg was led by Tara Dennis with 19 points. Batavia’s top-scorer was Gibson with seven points. On Jan. 10, Williamsburg beat Clermont Northeastern 5340. Top-scorer was Dennis with 25 points.

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Williamsburg’s Young makes history By Nick Dudukovich

As the Williamsburg Wildcats put the finishing touches on a 67-57 victory over Blanchester, Jan. 8, senior Elliot Young stepped to the free-throw line with 1:03 left to play in the game. With the squad’s seventh victory of the season all but locked up, a sense of drama filled the air at Williamsburg High School. Young needed to make both baskets to become the fourth player in Williamsburg’s history to score 1,000 points. “I knew I was two points away,” he said. “I was shaking, but I made the shots. I was really nervous.” The occasion was extra special because he joined the company of his father, Troy, who scored more than 1,000 career points at Clermont Northeastern during the mid-1980s.

“A lot of hard work went into (Elliot scoring 1,000) and I know what it took for him to get there,” Troy said. “I was excited to be there to witness it.” Elliot also shares the honor with his close friends, and two of Williamsburg’s 1,000-point members, Trevor Foster and Clayton Connor. The two wore Williamsburg uniforms during the early 1990s and Foster is the school’s current co-head football coach. Elliot and the former Wildcat hoopsters regularly play pick-up games together. Elliot said he was honored to join their ranks in Williamsburg basketball lore. “It means a lot because I’m in an elite group there,” he said. “Clayton was at the game and said congratulations to me and Trevor texted me...they were pleased.” Foster is excited to see a program-grown talent put

Williamsburg basketball back on the map. “It’s great to see the tide turn for the basketball team,” Foster said. “To see a good kid like that leading the way back makes me proud to be a part of that program.” Young’s path to 1,000 points started when he was a little boy. He discovered basketball at age 5, and never stopped loving the game. It didn’t take Troy long to recognize his son had a talent for putting the ball into the basket. “I coached him his first year playing in fourth grade and he loved to shoot,” Troy said. “He always wanted to be a scorer and take the ball to the hole. He just had a knack for handling the basketball.” For Elliot, the accomplishment is magnified because his squad is 7-1 and in first place of the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference’s


Williamsburg High School senior Elliot Young, far right, is joined by his brother Kendal, left, and father, Troy, center, after he scored his 1000th point against Blanchester, Jan. 8. National Division. Elliot is enjoying the fruits of success after suffering through a combined 933 record the past two seasons. “If we weren’t having a good season, (1,000 points) would still mean a lot, but with us (winning), it means a lot more,” he said. “My teammates were excited.” Williamsburg head coach Dan McKibben appreciates not only how Elliot has grown as a scorer, but also as a team leader during his time with the squad. “He exemplifies a team effort,” McKibben said. “If someone is out of position he can point out what adjustments need to be made.” McKibben added that

Young’s work ethic has been one of the main reasons for his success. “He’s talented to start with, but he comes to every open gym, summer practices and team camps...he’s put the time in and it’s paying off,” McKibben said. Young is averaging 24.3 points for the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 20 in the Enquirer’s Division II-IV coaches poll. With the 1,000-point milestone out of the way, Elliot can now get back to business because he knows there’s lots of basketball left to play. “We have goals to win league. Right now we are in first...after that it’s playoff time, and we’ll take it one step at a time,” he said.

Barons bowling more than meets the eye By Scott Springer

There’s a common misconception that bowlers aren’t athletes. Along those lines, there’s another illadvised notion that bowling isn’t a sport. People who buy into that best not step inside the friendly confines of Cherry Grove Lanes. They will be humbled in short order. Sure, you’ll find a mix of body sizes and personalities, but you’ll also find a rare form of hand-eye coordination and poise that participants in other sports would envy. Plus, it’s a sport where size doesn’t matter and (at least in the high school ranks) the sexes are fairly even. One visit with Amelia’s bowling team is proof of all of these things. The Barons are coached by Craig Mazzaro and have been for the last two years. Prior to supervising action on the greased lanes, Mazzaro was on another wooden floor. For 20 years, Mazzaro coached Amelia basketball before opting for the sport with the heavier ball. “It’s all bowling now,” said Mazzaro. “It’s a little bit more relaxed and a lot of fun. Good guys and good girls this year. (You) can’t


Amelia bowlers Sarah Flory, Bobby Archibald, Michael Seebohm, Sammy Baynori and Elaina Simons.


Amelia bowling coach Craig Mazzaro in his second season with the Barons. He previously coached Amelia basketball for 20 years get T’d up and there’s no referees. You just bowl your score and the best wins.” While there’s less crowd noise and parental/student heckling, there are similarities in the sports. Think of a player shooting a technical free throw. He or she may be a pretty good shot, but suddenly when no one is in the lane and all eyes are focused, a simple shot becomes complicated.

Likewise, the bowler often stands alone with a crowd on pins and needles in a competition. Suddenly, a routine frame becomes similar to hitting the green at Amen Corner at Augusta during the Masters. What looks recreational can become very tedious. “You’re by yourself, you’re out there and it’s just you,” said Mazzaro. “You’d be surprised at how good some are at it. You can learn it, but it’s like any other sport. You’ve got to practice and you’ve got to believe in yourself.” Mazzaro has several bowlers who believe and has a very good girls squad. While a member of the Southern Buckeye Conference, Amelia is independent in bowling and takes on all comers. “(The) girls are doing really well,” Mazzaro said.

“Sarah Flory’s a senior, Elaina Simons is a junior, they’re both about 158 and they lead the girls. Shelby Engle (133) is a newcomer this year.” Simons has bowled varsity since she was a freshman and will debate anyone who thinks she participates in a simple sport, as will Flory her teammate. “It’s a lot of mental, it’s a lot of work and it’s a lot harder than most give us credit for,” said Simons. Added Flory, “I didn’t think you could do this much in bowling. I didn’t think bowling was this complicated.” Simons and Flory have both experienced rolling better scores than some of their male friends on occasion. Both have had games of 250 or more. “They always look at me and say, ‘Oh, you’re a girl, you’ll be easy to beat,’” Simons said. “When I go out there and show them, they’re flabbergasted.” While Amelia’s girls have some experience, nearly all of the boys team members are new. Bobby Archibald is a veteran with a 160 average, but he’s surrounded by “rookies.” Oddly enough, a rookie leads the Barons with a 166 average. Having never rolled a ball before, sopho-

more Sammy Baynori sports the biggest numbers on the team and he’s not the least bit surprised. “It’s just natural,” said Baynori. “This is the first year I ever tried. It gets boring in the winter. Instead of sitting around doing nothing, I decided to do this.” You could claim beginner’s luck, but you’d be discounting the “hand-eye” theory again. Turns out, Sammy is very successful in another sport as well. As a freshman last year, Baynori made Amelia’s varsity baseball team as a pitcher/shortstop. Though the Barons won just five games, he had two of those victories and a team-high 35 strikeouts in 37 innings. At the plate, he hit .333 (fourth highest on the team). Now, he throws strikes and curves in two seasons. His goal is to play baseball at UC. So, what does it take to be a good prep bowler? A “natural” like Baynori, or the hard work and persistence that Elaina Simons and Sarah Flory have put in? “It’s a little bit of both, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye,” Mazzaro said. “If you just think you roll it down and knock the pins down, there’s a lot more to it.”


Glen Este’s Austin Rowan (left) takes down his opponent during a match he won by technical default against Middletown, Jan. 13. Rowan entered the meet with five wins and three pins on the season.



Josh Clift (left) earned a pin during his match against a Middletown opponent at 125 pounds during senior night at Glen Este High School, Jan. 13.

Sports & recreation

January 19, 2011

Community Journal


Glen Este senior women athletes excel

Enquirer all-city crosscountry team for the third time this fall, and for the second time was honored as the city’s runner-of-theyear. Carrying a 4.05 GPA, Thomas recently announced her decision to attend Ohio State University next year, where she will study Education, with a goal of being a middle school teacher, and continue her running career. Softball pitcher Kelley Benhase has been named to the all-city team twice, the all-league team three straight years, and has led the Trojans to two consecutive FAVC titles, along with eight post-season wins and a combined record of 68-15 in the past three years. Perhaps her signature game was a 17-inning 1-0 shutout over Greenville in a state tournament game that, because of darkness, took



Glen Este’s Lakin Louiso returns at point guard for her senior year. From a sports family, her brothers Jerdon and Victor were on varsity football this year.

Volleyball player Dani Porter has been a four-year starter on Glen Este’s team and this fall led the Trojans to their best season in several years.

two days to complete. In summer ball she pitches for a Miami Valley team that has won two national titles. Also a forward on the Glen Este basketball team, Benhase has a 3.6 GPA and will study education at Northern Kentucky. Two other softball seniors have also won allleague honors during their career, Kaylin Steinmetz, who led the city in home runs last year, and Kierstin Gregory, an excellent infielder who is also a very talented pitcher. Benhase and Steinmetz plan to continue as teammates in the future while attending Northern Kentucky University, while Gregory plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and study business. Volleyball player Dani Porter has been a four-year starter on Glen Este’s team and this fall led the Trojans

to their best season in several years, as they went to the sectional tournament finals before losing to Lakota West, finishing with a 16-7 record. A versatile player at the net, alternately setting, hitting, and calling signals, Porter was named FAVC Player of the Year this fall, as well as all-city honorable mention. She has a 3.6 GPA, and plans to study either education or nursing as well as continue her playing career in college, perhaps at Ohio Dominican or Capital. Basketball player Lakin Louiso, coming off a junior year in which she averaged 11.5 points a game and was named to the all-FAVC first team, returns at point guard for her senior year. Louiso, a consistently good three-point shooter, turned in a career-high 29point scoring effort against

BRIEFLY The week at Batavia

• The Batavia boys basketball team beat Felicity 55-51, Jan. 8. Batavia’s top-scorer was David Pelphrey with 14 points. • In boys swimming, Batavia placed 12th with a score of 10 in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls swimming, Batavia placed 13th in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls basketball on Jan. 12, Madeira beat Batavia 55-23. Batavia’s Sarah Gibson was the top-scorer for her team with six points.


Thomas More College junior pitcher Paul Uhl, a McNicholas High School graduate, has been named second-team preseason All-American by the website,

SIDELINES SAY soccer signups

Northwest Clermont County SAY Soccer is currently accepting registrations for the Spring 2011 season. To sign up, visit, and click “Sign up & play.” E-mail for questions. In SAY soccer, every player plays at least half the game on age-balanced teams with fun competition. The cost to play SAY soccer is low compared to other groups. Milford SAY is a community-based organization run by parent volunteers. Programs are available for boys and girls from ages 3 to 18.

CNEAA sports signups

The Clermont Northeastern Athletic Association spring sports signups for baseball, softball and soccer – in additional to early registration for football and cheerleading – will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, Wednesday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 1, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 29 at the CNE middle school building. Baseball: Tony Estep (546-8325) or Valerie Young (266-1483) Softball: Dan Ward (735-0477), Mike Freeman (724-9072) Carl Hoerth (625-2275) Soccer: Debbie Burns (625-1588) Cheerleading: Susan Purcell (4443252), Gwen Guthrie (732-1498). No football contact was listed.

Last season, Uhl was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-PAC, first-team All-Mideast Region, Mideast Region Co-Pitcher of the Year third team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and a second-team All-American by the internet web site, Uhl had a stellar sophomore season for the Saints last year as he had a 10-1 record in 14 appearances this season. He had a 2.21 earned run average as he pitched 81.1 innings and gave up 29 runs (20 earned) on 61 hits and struck out 64. Uhl’s starts (13), innings pitched (81.1) and wins (10) are all Thomas More single season

records. He also pitched a no-hitter against Penn State University Erie, The Behrend College on April 19. In two seasons in the Royal Blue and White, Uhl has a 15-2 record and a 2.69 career ERA in 130.1 innings pitched as he has given up 52 runs (39 earned) on 103 hits and 101 strikeouts. Uhl and the rest of the Saints open the 2011 campaign on March 7 when they play Trine University on the first day of the Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.

In Press Preps

• Nick Dudukovich reported on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s actions meant to balance scales

between private and public school athletics. • We ran an item about a Jan. 16 high school boxing event featuring Moeller, Elder, La Salle and McAuley. • We listed the Milford High School hall of fame 2010 class. • We listed the sporting event changes when the snow hit Tuesday, Jan. 11. To see this week’s stories and other blog entries, visit ps

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The week at McNick

• The McNicholas boys basketball team beat Turpin 65-50, Jan. 8. McNick’s top-scorer was Ernst with 21 points. • In girls basketball, McNicholas beat Purcell Marian 7632, Jan. 8. McNick’s top-scorer was Ali Miller with 18 points.

Trojan boys handle Redskins The following is a submitted game summary.

Boys basketball

Glen Este 69, Anderson 46 – Glen Este broke open a close 38-34 game with a 31-12 fourth quarter burst to defeat visiting Anderson 69-46 Friday night, Jan. 14, in a battle of FAVC coleaders. A solid defensive effort, then Shane Seckman’s 3-pointer with five minutes left, opened the GE lead to 47-36, and the Trojans pulled steadily away from there. Seckman had 11 of

his 14 points to lead the charge as seven GE players scored in the final period. Anderson had started quickly, holding a 13-5 margin early in the second period, but Glen Este hit five straight 3-pointers and also got Mike Bouley going inside for three baskets as they went on a 23-7 run to take a 28-20 halftime lead. GE added four threes in the fourth quarter surge, finishing 9 for 12 from behind the arc, and had four players in double figures, including Alex Fultz with 13, along with Corey Goedde and Bouley at ten each.

Bouley pulled down 14 rebounds and Fultz seven, while Goedde supplied eight assists and six boards. Anthony Clark and Brandon Reed provided a defensive spark off the bench, with Clark adding six points and five assists. Wynton Overcast kept the Trojan lead intact with two key baskets in the third period, while Austin Rieck added a pair of driving layups in the fourth. Glen Este is now tied with Milford atop the FAVC standings with a 6-1 record, with Anderson a game behind at 5-2, as the sixteen-game league schedule nears its midpoint.

Glen Este girls narrowly fall to Kings The following is a submitted game summary.

Girls basketball

Kings 51, Glen Este 46 – A valiant late rally by Glen Este fell just short Wednesday night, Jan. 12, as unbeaten Kings held on for a 51-46 win to move to 11-0 on the season. A clutch three-pointer by Hannah Carson and an awesome rebound and put-back by Jackie Young brought the Trojans, who had trailed by eleven at 41-30 minutes earlier, within three at 49-46 with 20 sec-

onds remaining. But, after stealing the inbounds pass, they were unable to get off a potential game-tying shot. Young also connected on seven straight fourth quarter free throws, finishing with a season-high 15 points, while Lakin Louiso with 11 and Carson with seven scored all of their points in the second half. Glen Este, which tends to live or die with 3-pointers, got only one, from Jesse Brenes, in a cold-shooting first half, as they trailed 23-12 at intermission, with only six points from Young and a bucket by Sarah Parrish

problems that caused her to miss some playing time. She is leaning toward attending Gardner-Webb, and plans to play soccer collegiately. Bowlers Sarah Rowe and Hannah Ruehlman have also received first-team FAVC honors during their careers, while leading their team to a combined 26-6 record and second-place league finishes in each of the past two years. Ruehlman is averaging 171 per game this year while Rowe, who was also a co-captain on the soccer team, is at 164, and their team is in first place with an 8-0 FAVC record at the Christmas break. Ruehlman plans to study nursing at either NKU or Xavier, while Sarah will enter the U.S. Coast Guard this fall. The examples these girls have set, both in the classroom and on the field, along with the fact that there are a number of excellent younger athletes coming up through the system, would seem to have Glen Este primed for continued success in girls’ sports during the years to come.

keeping them in the same area code with Kings. The Trojans did hit five treys during the second half, finishing with 6 of 25 on the night. The JV game was a near carbon copy of the varsity, GE falling behind 15-3 early, coming back to within a point at 28-27 as the third period closed, then dropping a 47-39 decision as Kings pulled away late with deadly free throw shooting. Maranda Melton with 12 and Kenzie Hall with 11 led the Trojan attack. Both GE teams are now at 7-4 on the season.


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Glen Este pitcher Kelley Benhase has led the Trojans to two consecutive FAVC titles, along with eight postseason wins and a combined record of 68-15 in the past three years.

Northwest last year, and scored 24 in a recent game with Turpin. A steady ball handler, she is a fine passer and is the team leader in assists. She carries a 4.0 GPA, and will attend Ursuline College in Pepperpike, Ohio, next year, planning to study early childhood education and continue her basketball career. From a sports family, her brothers Jerdon and Victor were varsity football players this year. Soccer player Karina Atkinson led a young team playing six freshmen to its best record in several years, scoring 12 goals and adding six assists. Named to the FAVC first team and all-city honorable mention, her ball skills made her one of the better one-on-one players in the league, and she was capable of scoring from well outside of the penalty box, as she did in a tournament win at Seton. Atkinson will continue her soccer career at Akron University. Teammate J.J. Pullens, a first-team FAVC selection as a junior, also had a good senior season, despite injury


Glen Este High School has had many excellent girls teams and athletes over the years, including a state championship softball team in 1992 and a soccer dynasty with six consecutive district championships in the early 1990s. But, perhaps never have they had such a multitude of top athletes in such a wide range of sports as there is in this year’s senior class. Heading the list are a distance runner with two individual state championships, plus softball, volleyball, and soccer players with Cincinnati Enquirer allcity honors to their credit. With the winter and spring seasons of their senior year still to go, 10 girls, in seven different sports, all of them honor roll students, have won a total of 18 first team All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors during their high school careers, along with seven FAVC Player of the Year awards in four different sports. Distance runner Michelle Thomas won the Ohio state championship at 3200 meters in track as a junior this spring, then won the state cross-country title as a senior in November. The latter was the culmination of a lifelong dream, she having finished 14th, second, and fourth in her first three years. Thomas has won allFAVC honors in both sports in all four of her years at Glen Este, being named athlete-of-the year in track or cross-country on five different occasions. She was named to the



Community Journal

January 19, 2011

if expenditures for 2011 rise even as high as $1.8 million, the police fund will still end 2011 with an astonishing $2.7 million. Curt Hartman In advocating for Community levythein 2.9-mil 2007, Press Guest the township’s Columnist own financial model projected (assuming passage of the levy) that, in 2010, the year-end balance would be $787,641 (not $2.1 million); and, for 2011, the projected year-end balance was just over $1 million (not $2.7 million). Thus, by the township’s own projections, the police fund is excessively flushed with cash. Ronald Reagan correctly declared that “Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.” Let’s not give the Pierce Township trustees the opportunity to find a need for the millions they are continuing to accumulate in the police fund which are above and beyond that needed for the on-going operations of the police department. It is time for the Pierce Township trustees (especially the two liberal Democrats on the board) to acknowledge the money they receive and spend belongs to the taxpayers. The police fund is bloated with excessive money and it is only going to accumulate more of the taxpayers’ money in the ensuing years. Why not, especially during this economic downturn, demonstrate an appreciation of whose money it truly is and return a portion of it to the taxpayers. Curt Hartman lives in Pierce Township and is a former township trustee.

CH@TROOM Jan. 12 question

What is your reaction to Marvin Lewis returning as the Bengals head coach? “After Dave Shula (the Don Shula-wannabe) finished a pathetic 3-13 season, Mikey Boy rewarded him with a two-year contract extension and fired him a year later. Now he’s done the same for Marvin Shula (sic). But things are different this time. Starvin’ Marvin posted a much better record: 4-12. To make matters worse, I hear that Bumbling Bob Bratkowski (you know … the offensive coordinator who can’t read a game clock and doesn’t know what a quarterback sneak is) is coming back. The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Our Paul Brown-wannabe (he ain’t even close) thanks God for stupid people every time he goes to the bank. How nice it is to live in Clermont County. Let our neighbors to the west pay for his stadium!” J.J. “What was my reaction to Marvin Lewis returning as the Bengals head coach? Let’s just say I was stunned. It is something like naming Napoleon the winner at Waterloo.” B.B.




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Give money back to Pierce taxpayers Last year, Pierce Township taxpayers witnessed the wasteful spending of nearly $500,000 for a “development facilitator” who accomplished little (if anything). Now, a review of the township’s revenues has revealed the excessive accumulation of taxpayer money in the police fund. In 2007, the trustees approved the placement of a 2.9-mil police levy on the ballot which, in turn, the voters approved. But in the ensuing years, it has become selfevident the 2.9-mil levy is generating significantly more money than needed. After approval of a levy, elected officials have an obligation to ascertain whether the moneys raised are sufficient or, as in this case, significantly more than is needed. Since the passage of the levy in 2007, the balance of the police fund has skyrocketed: Yearly ending balance: • 2007, $296,010 • 2008, $809,839 • 2009, $1,329,110 • 2010, $2,158,495 In isolation, these figures do not provide the full picture, for consideration must also be given to annual expenditures: Annual expenditure from police fund: • 2007, $1,632,053 • 2008, $1,712,369 • 2009, $1,668,483 • 2010, $1,668,159 A comparison between the two tables reveals that, even if expenditures in 2011 increase by 25 percent, there is still enough money in the police fund to cover the entire year without any tax receipts whatsoever. Finally, the third factor to consider is annual tax receipts. In 2010, such receipts were $2.5 million and the 2011 budget for Pierce Township projects receipt of an additional $2.4 million. Thus,



Next question Do you think political rhetoric caused the deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz.? Why or why not? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. “Nothing has changed with the retention of Marvin Lewis. I have to give A+ + + to Mike Brown for maximizing his family’s financial operation over decades. “Most folks have no idea of the money his family has earned off the fans. They probably could not tell you what the franchise is worth. The family is interested in $, not football. That fact is obvious. It is missed by the public. “Brown’s use of nepotism is just an extension of ‘keep it in the family.’ There was a time in Cincinnati when pro football did not exist. We were all better off financially for that. Now we have a hefty property tax thanks to the Brown family. “We have failing schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools, but a first-class football stadium. The citizens are responsible for this situation. They were sold a pig in a poke. More ignorance in action.” J.S.D.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR What is the board thinking?

Thank you, Doug Young, for being the only one on the school board with any common sense and financial responsibility. West Clermont taxpayers should not forget the school board increased property taxes last spring without a vote. Now the board has the audacity to ask us for anywhere from $242 and up to support them. Get real Jo Ann Beamer. Your plea about the kids will fall on deaf ears this time. How about you and your school administration cutting expenses like everyone else. Good luck and if school board members think people will support this levy think again. Most experts say the economy will not recover for three to four more years. What are you board members thinking? Unemployment is at 9.4 percent. Foreclosures on housing is projected to be higher in 2011. You all must be living in a dream world if you think this levy has a snowball’s chance of passing. Your jobs as school board members are only good until we vote you all out, except Mr. Young. Kevin G. Bauman Amelia

Listen to founding fathers

Kudos to Stuart Kennedy for pointing out the virtues of limited government (Founding fathers had the same concerns – Jan. 12, 2011). The lessons taught by Thomas Jefferson and the other founders can certainly be applied at the township and county levels. I’ll look forward to future letters from Mr. Kennedy reminding us of our origins and the proper role of government in our lives. John Becker Union Township

Thank you, Mr. Young

Just when last year’s dirty little trick (the millage move) shows up in our new property tax bill, the West Clermont school board has the audacity to ask for another levy on the May ballot. Thank you, Mr. Doug Young, for being the lone voice of reason in not supporting this resolution. The district does not have “a rainy day fund” to pick up the shortfall? Neither do we – it was called a 401K. While we feel more fortunate than many, our household has not seen so much as a cost of living raise in years. Meanwhile, every day necessities like food, gas, insurance and energy costs continue to rise. We’ve made uncomfortable cuts to our budget, too. It’s called living within our means. Wrong, Ms. Beamer. This is not “something we need to move forward with” at this time. The taxpayers simply can’t afford it. Kim Creditt Union Township

Levy should be trashed

I moved to Union Township from Anderson Township in 2006 in part to take advantage of the lower taxes. Now, the West Clermont board of education wants to raise my taxes 7.9 mills ... in what amounts to more than $600 per year? They say the proposed levy is an “emergency property tax” that would expire in 10 years. Yeah ... right. History has shown that “temporary” taxes are never really temporary. Witness the 6.91mill levy passed in 2004 that was renewed in 2009. Could it be the money realized from that levy was

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Museum Center is fabulous

I have been receiving the Milford-Miami Advertiser for many years. An article in the Wednesday, Jan. 12, edition caught my eye. I saw the beautiful face of a great friend from several years ago, Angie Smorey. Some years ago, I read that the Museum Center needed volunteers. Since I spent my entire professional life in the science field, I went to the Museum Center to volunteer. One of the first people I met was a very personable, attractive young woman with a smile that lit up the entire rotunda of the museum. That beautiful person was Angie. I volunteered for several years working in many areas. In all that time, I never once saw Angie without a big smile. Her attitude was always upbeat and she was (is) greatly appreciated and loved by all the volunteers. If you haven’t visited the Museum Center, I recommend you do so. It is a fabulous museum and the building holds much historical importance to the Greater Cincinnati area. I you go, be sure to meet the sweetest and most capable individuals there. Congratulations, Angie, on your 20 years of faithful service. Jim Ferguson Miami Township

Foresight is better

After the tragedy in Arizona many self-serving lawmakers, ever mindful of getting re-elected and retaining power, are making noise about needing new laws and restrictions. It’s important that clear-thinking people remain calm and stick to Libertarian principles. We don’t need new laws. We simply need to rigidly enforce those already written. Many bad laws and policies on the books are the result of overreacting to an event. A perfect example is 9-11 and the Transportation Safety Administration. At a recent TSA conference where the Libertarian Party participated, I believe it was Congressman Rush Holt who said, “Something bad happens. People demand Congress do ‘something’ about it. Congress comes up with ‘something.’ And so ‘something’ gets implemented even if it doesn’t do any good, because in the minds of Congress and ignorant voters, ‘something’ is better than noth-

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ing.” No, it’s not. Think about that next time you get groped by a TSA agent at an airport. Bureaucrats rarely think ahead. They just react. That’s how government gets bigger, more expensive and intrudes on our personal freedoms. John Joseph Goshen Township

Live within your means

The West Clermont school board must envision the taxpayers as blind, blithering idiots. In February 2010, this school board moved 2.9 mils from inside millage to outside millage, increasing the school district’s income by $3.36 million a year, without taxpayer approval. Now, the board wants to increase our taxes by 7.9 mils, to generate another $10.9 million a year. I ask taxpayers to open their eyes to what the school board is doing and not doing. What they are doing, is simply spending more, without having the income to do so. What they are not doing is being fiscally responsible and reducing spending. If you had a business, and your income decreased, you would find ways to cut costs and still support your family. West Clermont School Board needs to do the same. I think that any John Q. Public in this school district could look at the spending, and define ways to reduce the costs without affecting any of the student learning processes – within one week. The school board needs to cut costs, and live within the projected income. That’s what families and businesses in this area do when income does not equal spending. Garry R McGee Amelia

Get out and vote

Is the West Clermont Local School District out of their minds? This is the worst possible time to ask voters to pay an additional $242 a year on their taxes. Have they already forgotten that they stabbed voters in the back last year with that sneak attack? Voters were not allowed to vote on the move that allowed the district to collect an additional $73.50 and more from homeowners, of which I have not yet started paying. Where does Jo Ann Beamer think blue collar working people are going to get this money? I was laid off for five months in 2010; my husband hasn’t had a raise in years. And yet Ms. Beamer wants to “move forward with” this. I say Ms. Beamer’s got to go. I say Doug Young should replace Beamer because he understands the voters and the economy. People, please, get out and vote. Your ancestors died for your right to vote; a 35 percent turnout on voting day is unacceptable. Show Ms. Beamer and the rest of the district you control your wallet, not the other way around. Judy Merz Union Township



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Mike Wagner, owner of Cornfield Customs Ltd. in Batavia, stands next to a 1929 Model A Ford he is restoring.

Shop specializes in restoring old cars By John Seney

Mike Wagner says his business is making toys for adults. He owns Cornfield Customs Ltd. in Batavia, and specializes in rebuilding and restoring classic cars. Wagner works on cars manufactured as far back as the 1920s, including Ford Model As and Model Ts. His goal to keep as much of the original car as possible, but bring it up-to-date enough to be operated on modern roads. Many of his customers display the cars in car shows around the country. “It’s a sub-culture,” he said. Wagner restores 10 to 20 cars a year, which is enough to keep his one-man shop in operation. He has been in business about three years, with his shop on Foundry Avenue in Batavia open about two years. Wagner said his interest in restoring old cars came from his father, who used to work on old Ford Mustangs. He said when growing up in Batavia Township, his home was surrounded by cornfields, which is how he got the name for the business. Wagner, 24, attended Clermont Northeastern High School and Great Oaks

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Business: Cornfield Customs Ltd. Address: 209 Foundry Ave., Batavia Owner: Mike Wagner Phone: 545-2910 Website: Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Career Center, where he learned welding. After high school, he worked as a welder for several years before deciding to start his own business. “It’s been challenging, but worth it,” he said. Wagner said he has been involved in the community by donating gifts to the village of Batavia Christmas celebration, and offering his shop and experiences to young people who are interested in his line of work. “Any student who wants to learn can hang out at the shop,” he said. One of his customers, Greg Wedig of Batavia Township, said Wagner has “a natural gift” for restoring old cars. “The workmanship is unbelievable,” Wedig said. For more about your community, visit


Sheila Hinton, director of the Clermont Family YMCA, visits the fitness room.

YMCA director likes Clermont Co. By John Seney

One of Sheila Hinton’s first duties when she took over during the summer as director of the Clermont Family YMCA was to attend the Clermont County Fair. “I grew up on a dairy farm in eastern Ohio. The fair reminded me of the county fairs back home. I felt like I was back home,” she said. The YMCA had a booth at the fair, so Hinton got to meet a lot of people. So far, it is the most memorable experience of her new job. “That event was great,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting the people. It’s a nice community.” She has tried to become more involved in the community since being named to the job in July, including joining the Rotary Club. Hinton has worked for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for 20 years. Before coming to Clermont County she was associate director at M.E. Lyons branch in Anderson Township. She also worked at branches in Springfield Township and Clifton. Because the M.E. Lyons branch often partnered with the Clermont

YMCA on programs, she was familiar with the branch and the area. “I love it. It was an easy transition. The members are great and we have a great staff,” she said. Every YMCA branch is a little unique, she said, but the basic programs are the same. Child care is a big part of the Clermont YMCA, she said. The branch also offers a gymnasium, running track, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness rooms and summer camps. “There are great things happening here,” Hinton said. A new program being offered is Fun to be Fit, in cooperation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The program is aimed at fighting childhood obesity, Hinton said. Children referred by a family physician or school nurse work out at the YMCA twice a week. Hinton said her main goal as director is to reach out and partner with other agencies to offer more services to the community. Bill Powell, director of the M.E. Lyons branch, said Hinton was a good choice to lead the Clermont branch. “I think Sheila represents a true Y

employee,” he said. “She is committed to the mission of the Y and committed to making a difference in the communities she has worked in.” “It will be a real asset to Clermont County to have Sheila out there,” Powell said. Hinton got her degree in elementary education from the University of Cincinnati. After working briefly as a substitute teacher, she went to work for the YMCA and “fell in love with what the Y does.” “I decided the Y is where I wanted to be,” she said. Hinton said she majored in education because she wanted to work with children, but the YMCA gives her the opportunity to see the whole family. She lives in the Hamilton County community of Silverton. Her interests outside of work include reading and travel. “I am a huge reader for pleasure,” she said. The Clermont Family YMCA is at 2075 James Sauls Sr. Drive in Williamsburg Township. For more information call 724-9622 or go to For more about your community, visit

Houghton chosen Employee of the Year By Kellie Geist-May

Whether he’s helping fix a road on a hot summer day or salting a road in freezing temperatures, Rick Houghton is always on his “A” game. That’s why he was named the 2010 Union Township Service Department Employee of the Year. “The employee of the year is actually picked by the employees, not by me or my assistant. It was probably a tough choice, but, when

it comes down to it, I think Rick was the right person,” said Service Director Matt Taylor. “He’s a very hard worker. If you give him something to do, you don’t have to check to make sure he did it – he always does.” Houghton has been with the service department for about 10 years. While there are people who focus on the parks or the cemetery, Houghton is a member of the road crew. “We pretty much do a little of everything – whatever needs done,

we do,” he said. “My favorite part of the job is that two days are never the same. We do a variety of things, so every day is different,” Houghton said. Although his favorite job is working with concrete, working in the winter isn’t bad either. “I actually do like driving the salt truck. People should know that, with snow, we try to open the road up (by plowing) first and then we salt. Just be patient,” Houghton said. “We are out and we will get to your street.”

Although Taylor doesn’t pick the employee of the year, he thinks it is important. “It’s a way for us to recognize that person’s performance,” he said. “Rick is an excellent employee and always has been.” Houghton said he appreciates the recognition. “It’s good to know that your work is appreciated and that people notice,” he said. “I think we have a good service department. There are a lot of guys who deserve to be recognized.”


Union Township Service Department employee Rick Houghton was named the 2010 Employee of the Year.

SENIOR NOTES Edible Super Bowl arrangement

Escape the winter blues and celebrate the Super Bowl. Sign up for the Edible Super Bowl Arrangement classes at the Miami Township and Union Township Lifelong Learning Centers. Create an edible bouquet of cheeses and sausages in a ceramic football and use it

as your centerpiece for your Super Bowl party weekend or any other get together. Supplies are included. The class will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center, 4350 Aicholz Road (Union Township Civic Center). The class will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Miami Township Lifelong Center, 6101 Meijer

Drive (Miami Township Civic Center). Cost is $15 for VIP and $22 for guest. For reservations, call Union Township at 9477333 or Miami Township at 248-4345.

Love Bites Treat

Make “Love Bite” candy out of caramel and chocolate. Then learn how to dip six

strawberries into chocolate and turn them into tuxedos. Enjoy these treats and take home in a nifty Valentine container for your sweetheart. The class will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Union Township Center. It also will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Miami Township Center Cost is $12 for VIP and $19 for guest.

AARP Tax Assistance

AARP volunteers are on hand to process tax returns for seniors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, beginning Feb. 4, at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center. Seniors are advised to bring their previous year’s tax record, all applicable state and federal forms, W2s, 1098 and non-taxable

income documents, and any other records of income earned. This service is not for businesses or complicated returns. Call 947-7333 for an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. AARP volunteers will process tax returns for free; however, a voluntary $2 donation to the Lifelong Learning Center is appreciated.


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Cincinnati Children’s East Satellite Choir Audition and Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, First rehearsal of the term is a no-commitment opportunity for children to audition and for parents to attend an information session. Afterwards, the parents and children decide if a CCC Satellite Program is right for them. Ten-week class focusing on vocal artistry, arts education, building community and self-esteem. Concert of combined satellite choirs is March 19. Ages 3-6. $150 if accepted, plus cost of uniform and other fees. Registration required; available online. Presented by Cincinnati Children’s Choir. 446-9508; Batavia.


European-American Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cold Jet, 455 Wards Corner Road, Includes a presentation by Cold Jet President and CEO Gene Cook on dry ice cleaning and production solutions, and international strategy. Company is headquartered in Loveland with operations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada and Mexico. $30, $15 members. Registration required. Presented by European-American Chamber of Commerce. 651-6845; Loveland.


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


The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Auditorium. $8. Presented by Turpin Drama. 232-7770; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 2 1


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. 4743100; Anderson Township.


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


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


Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Township.


Family Friendly Night Hike, 6:30 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Discover what animals use the park at night and try to lure an Eastern Screech Owl. On paved blacktop trail, strollers or wagons welcome. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Batavia.


The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; Anderson Township.


Taking Notes, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Includes a buffet style dinner. Taking Notes is an original audience interactive dinner theater production. $20. Presented by Performing Live on the Town. Through Jan. 29. 623-3589; Union Township. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 2 2


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


Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave., Ten-week contest including one week of semifinals and one week of finals. Winner of the contest receives $500 cash, second place receives $250, and third place receives $100. Run by Moonlight Entertainment. 248-4444. Milford.


Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, With David Brinkman. Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $5, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Going, Going, Gone?, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn about Ohio’s extinct and endangered wildlife. For Ages 8 and older.. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Naturalist Explorers, 1-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Joy of Winter Hike. Part one of five-part series. Ages 10-13. Outdoor skills training, purposeful exploring and guided offtrail forays to provide unique outdoor experiences. $100, $68 members for five-part series. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Birds of Prey, 10 a.m., Shor Park Nature Trails, 4659 Tealtown Road, See taxidermy mounts of local hawks and owls before hiking trails in search of these spectacular hunters. Bring binoculars. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Milford.


The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; Anderson Township.

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Taking Notes, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, Includes a buffet style dinner. $20. 6233589; Union Township. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2 3

LECTURES Winter Travel Series, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, “Texas Hill Country” with Barbara Farber. View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. Ages 18 and up. $5, $1 children, free for members; Jeff Alt’s program is free. Through Jan. 30. 831-1711; Union Township. MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

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


The Yellow Boat, 2 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; Anderson Township.


The Clermont County Park District will present a Family Friendly Night Hike at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Batavia. Discover which animals use the park at night and try to lure an Eastern Screech Owl. The trail will be on a paved blacktop trail; strollers or wagons welcome. Free. For more information, call 876-9013 or visit T U E S D A Y, J A N . 2 5

EXERCISE CLASSES Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Turkey Shoot, 1-6 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, $3-$5. Presented by VFW Post 6562-Milford. Through Feb. 27. 575-2102; Milford. M O N D A Y, J A N . 2 4


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


Family to Family Education Program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Loveland Presbyterian Church, 360 Robin Ave., Weekly for 12 weeks. For families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. Includes information on specific illnesses, coping skills, medications, recovery and rehabilitation. Free. Registration required. Presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness - Clermont County. 528-5500; Loveland.


Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.


Evening Nature Knowledge Series, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Beginner Bird Watching with Chief Naturalist Bill Creasey. Presentations cover wide range of natural history topics. Presenters include local and national experts and CNC naturalists. Ages 18 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Sinatra Night, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Padrino, 111 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.”. Family friendly. Free. 965-0100. Milford. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 2 6

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Painting Workshop, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Passage Books, 126 Front St., Includes art supplies. $45. Registration required, available online. Presented by The Twisted Brush. 313-9330; New Richmond. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


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


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

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Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 2 7


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


The Cherry Orchard, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, $10. Tickets required, available online. 232-2772; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 2 8

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

Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


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


Taking Notes, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, Includes a buffet style dinner. $20. 6233589; Union Township. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 2 9


Quarters for Crohn’s, 1-4 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Fellowship Hall. Quarter auction featuring My 31, MaryKay, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef, Gold Canyon Candles, Creative Memories, Willow House and more. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America/Kristin’s Crohnies. Family friendly. Presented by Kristin’s Crohnies. 680-7488. Batavia.


Ohio Driver Intervention Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Clermont Recovery Center, 1088 Wasserman Way, State-approved adult remedial driving program for two-point credit against drivers license. $85. Registration required. 735-8100; Batavia.


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


Nature Mentors Level I, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Concludes Jan. 27. 12-hour introduction to nature mentoring for parents, grandparents, teachers, nannies and anyone else who works with children. Learn techniques for mentoring children outdoors, basic natural history information, group management skills to focus and involve multiple children and techniques to inspire creative play in nature. Ages 18 and up. $40, $30 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.



The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “King John” through Feb. 5. The historical drama centers around the youngest son of Henry II, John (Billy Chace) who has ascended to the throne of England, but tensions remain over who is the rightful heir. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 30 and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5, at 719 Race St. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured is Billy Chace as King John and Sherman Fracher as Queen Eleanor.

The Cherry Orchard, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. Curt Columbus’ adaptation of Anton Chekov’s play, moved from Russia to New England and given a Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) twist. $10. Tickets required, available online. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; Anderson Township.


E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22, at Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights. Monster trucks from across the nation will compete in side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts and freestyle. In addition, top FMX stunt riders will perform stunts. A Pit Party/Driver Autograph Session will be 6 p.m. both nights. Meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos. Pit Pass party is free with purchase of an event ticket. Passes are available at Gold Star Chili locations. $19-25, advance adult tickets. Free child (ages 2-12) ticket with advance ticket. $21-27; $9, ages 2-12. $40, advance Gold Circle; $42 day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or


January 19, 2011

Community Journal


Why make difficult choices if we believe we can have it all? Making a choice sounds easy. Consider all the alternatives, fully weigh the pros and cons, and finally choose just one. Voila! We’ve just made a choice. Yet, making choices is not always easy, especially the ones that seriously impact our lives and require enduring commitment. All of us have struggled and made choices throughout our lives, and then lived with the results as best we can. We’ve believed that doing so is a sign of integrity, maturity and responsibility. In a recent book, “The Choice Effect,” three young authors point out how different their beliefs and lives are from ours. They say their lives are filled with far more choices to make than former generations. True. But what we may question is, “Even though more options exist today, how do they (or, do we) choose to deal with them?” Humans are still humans.

They h a v e decided to choose to live more non-tradit i o n a l l y. M a n y Father Lou people feel Guntzelman ow hve lemre dPerspectives w h e n faced with too many options from which to choose. They, on the other hand, enjoy having options and trying as many as possible. So, they try to avoid making as many lasting decisions as possible and keeping options open. But they’re smart enough to worry about – as the book’s subtitle states – how that will affect “Love and Commitment in an Age of Too Many Options.” We wonder about that too, as we see more and more fragile relationships and marriages in which the choice of a permanent commitment is understood as a temporary commitment.

Options for other lovers seem to remain open. To identify their “new way” of thinking they’ve invented the term, choister (choice + oyster = choister.) Their definition: “A choister is a person who is inundated with choices and thinks the world is his or her oyster.” “Choisters are hypnotized by options and can’t imagine turning any of them down. The exact problem with choosing? It takes most of your other choices off the table. And who knows what pearl you just gave away?” say the authors McGibbon, Vogel, and Williams. But wait! Doesn’t something about that rationale sound similar to an immature child still struggling with instant gratification, or a lack of responsibility for one’s actions? Yes, choices can be difficult for many reasons. Some reasons are obvious, some unconscious, and some reach down to the deepest roost of our being.

Elder care a top concern for baby boomers It’s a problem more and more baby boomers are facing – how to care for their elderly parents. Everyone wants the best for them, but they’re finding Medicare only covers so much. That’s what Cathy Brinkman of Union Township learned after her 89year-old mother was operated on over the summer. “The hospital said to my mother, ‘You need home health care.’ My sister and I were scrambling around like, ‘You need to get somebody in here quick.’ I did not know the hospital offered it. I wish they would have said something in the first place,” Brinkman said. Brinkman was able to find a company that offered unskilled nursing care. “Unskilled does the assistance with medication, assistance to the commode, assistance with walking. My mother really needed someone to watch after her because she was a high risk patient,” Brinkman said. That was back in August and her mother, Elizabeth Blume, is doing much better now. But, who is going to pay for all this home health care? “We never told the insurance company she was going with this company for this and this company for that. We just asked, ‘Is home health care covered?’ Yes. ‘Is skilled nursing covered?’ Yes,” said Brinkman. Brinkman said she believed everything was covered by her mother’s Medicare Advantage Insurance, including round-theclock unskilled care, also called custodial care. But, after several weeks, Aetna sent denial letters for the custodial care. Those

charges amount to a b o u t $25,000. At this p o i n t , Aetna has paid all the bills Howard Ain for the Hey Howard! s k i l l e d nursing care, it’s just the unskilled care bills that are in question. “She needed somebody on a 24-hour-basis – regardless of how many hours are covered, she needed somebody there,” Brinkman said. Insurance expert John Sherman, of The TLC Experts Inc., said there’s a great misconception about custodial care coverage. “It has to be determined by their physician and Medicare that their condition is improving and they need skilled care. So, if somebody is in a nursing home getting skilled care paid for by Medicare, they can also get some custodial care at the same time to help with the bath or something like that,” Sherman said. A spokesman for Aetna Insurance said its Medicare Advantage program does not cover round-the-clock in-home custodial care. It said Brinkman had been advised of this. But Brinkman maintains more than just custodial care was being given by that unskilled company and said Medicare should cover some of those costs. Aetna advises her to appeal and Brinkman said she plans to do so. John Sherman said if round-the-clock care is needed for a while, often it’s

best to go to a nursing home – even though that may sometimes be less desirable than returning to your home right away. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Bureau’s membership drive The Clermont County Farm Bureau’s 2011 membership campaign will begin with a membership kick-off at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. The event will be held in the Clermont Social Service Building, Room 103, 2400 Clermont Drive in Batavia.

Anyone interested in helping with the campaign is invited. Call the county office at 937-378-2212 or toll free 888-378-2212 for more information. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


Reminding us of what it means to be a mature human, psychotherapist Dr. Irvin Yalom writes, “For every yes there must be a no. To decide one thing always means to relinquish something else. Decisions are very expensive, they cost you everything else. Renunciation invariably accompanies decisions. One must relinquish options, often options that will never come again.” Are cheaters on their choices trying to avoid the grind of life? Those who struggle making important choices often use various methods to avoid making them: procrastination; delegation to

someone else; devaluing the unchosen alternative; having a thing make it for us e.g. flip of a coin, astrological sign; use a temporary solution in place of a longterm decision, “He’ll make a good first husband.” Some seek a comprehensive set of rules to relieve them of the pain of personal choice. Choisters just plan to enjoy all the options and claim there’s too many to even make actual choice. It is freedom that we fear. Instinctively knowing that healthfully-developed mature humans are made to be free, we yearn for freedom. Yet, when we realize we are free, there is a cer-

tain discomfort. We know that, “What I freely choose renders me responsible for all that comes from this choice of mine and eliminates for me many other options.” From “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” comes excellent advice for him and for all of us: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at m or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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January 19, 2011

Cuddle up by the fire with a cup of homemade cocoa Just looking out the window at this winter wonderland makes me feel snug as a bug in a rug. W e have plenty of wood and the w o o d stove has b e e n Rita going nonHeikenfeld stop. T h e Rita’s kitchen snow is just wet enough, too, to make forts or snowmen. The last time it snowed I had three of the grandkids spend the night and we

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spent a good hour sledding down hills. Afterwards, a cup of real hot chocolate made tummies warm. Mine included.

My mom’s hot cocoa

It was a real treat for us kids to have a mug of this, since Mom’s budget was always lean. I make this with regular cocoa powder, not Dutch or the new dark cocoa powder. 1

⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa 3 ⁄4 cup sugar Dash salt 1 ⁄3 cup water 4 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Marshmallows Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Mix in water. Bring to a simmer and then stir in milk and vanilla. When hot throughout serve with marshmallows. Gilding the lily: Use 3 cups milk and 1 cup half & half or whipping cream.

Cocoa with sweetened condensed milk

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Rita’s chicken chili

For Lisa Cassidy, a Delhi reader. This is a to taste kind of chili – you can always add more seasonings, etc. The secret ingredient is refried beans - that makes it nice and thick. I made this today for supper and it’s perfect to ward off winter’s chill. If you have a chicken chili recipe, please share for a future column. About 5 cups cooked, shredded or chopped chicken (deliroasted chicken works great) 11⁄2 to 2 cups onions, chopped 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic 1 red or other bell pepper, chopped Jalapeño peppers, chopped, to taste (opt. – can use red pepper flakes to taste or neither) 4 cups chicken broth 2 cans, cannellini beans or 1 can cannellini and 1 can black beans, drained 2 teaspoons each: cumin and oregano 2-3 teaspoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 can favorite refried beans Salt to taste Garnish to taste: Sour cream, chopped jalapeños, Mexican blend cheese, Cheddar, chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro

Film pan with olive oil. Add onions, garlic and peppers. Cook a few minutes until onions are transparent. Stir in broth, beans, chicken and seasonings. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, or until flavors blend. Stir in refried beans. Using a potato masher or back of spoon, mash the mixture a bit to make a thicker chili. Garnish as desired. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: you can use raw chicken, cut up, about 11⁄2 pounds or so. Cook with veggies until onion is transparent. Chicken will finish cooking in the broth.

Crockpot chicken chili

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Ginger tea

This is a health giving, soothing tea, one that I share with my herbal students. Ginger helps settle the tummy and digestion. Lemon helps with the immune system and stress. Cayenne helps break up mucous. Honey is predigested so you get quick energy and a soothed throat.

New cookbook For those who have enjoyed taking cooking classes at Jungle Jim’s – and for those who haven’t had the opportunity – there is now a cookbook available. Titled “15 Years of Cooking School Recipes,” it features more than 200 recipes from 58 different instructors and celebrity chefs, including our own Rita Heikenfeld. Rita’s included recipes are: • Herbed Goat Cheese in Baguette Spoons 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (leave peel on) Honey Lemon Shake of cayenne pepper (opt.) Bring a cup of water to a boil. Pour over ginger root and let steep a few minutes. Strain. Sweeten to taste with honey. Add lemon. Drink and get better!

Dijon salmon update

The recipe from Tom Keegan calls for 2 tablespoons butter. Eliminate that. A reader caught the mistake first and Tom treated

her to a pound of fresh salmon. Now that’s good customer relations! Here are some comments from readers: “Wonderful recipe – I’ve already shared it with two friends.” “Excellent – I’ll make again and again”.

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Icing like Kroger and Meijer make for their cakes. For Janet. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Howdy folks, As I write this the snow is really coming down. This will be a winter to remember I think, don’t you? The crappie fishing is good. The Boars Head has had a couple winter tournaments. The size of crappie needs to be nine inches to keep. The last tournament with seven crappie weighed almost eight pounds, the biggest crappie weighed 13/4 pounds. That is a nice fish. We will be happy to catch some of these fish this summer. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop and he gave me the tournament dates for the year. They will be having crappie tournaments Saturdays this year. There have been a lot of requests for that, so it was decided to do this. The dates for Saturday are; March 26, April 16, May 7, June 4, June 11, June 25, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. The dates for Sunday are; March 27, April 10, April 17, May 8, June 12, June 19, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. The two days for the top tournament winner will be Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. The point system will be the deciding factor so get your tackle ready. Good luck. Have you folks been getting any seed catalogs yet? We have received six so far. I really enjoy looking at them and planning the garden for this year. With the snow on the ground this is good. We saw in the paper that Felicity is having a celebration this year. So watch the papers for the dates and how to get involved with the folks. This will be exciting. Last week while Ruth Ann and I were in the barber shop, a feller that was in the chair said he had been down in Kentucky for the moose hunt. He harvested a cow moose that weighed 800 pounds and dressed out at 600 pounds. That is some animal. Last week we put straw on the strawberries and gave them a shot of fertilizer. This snow will be good on them. We hope for a good crop of berries this year. Make sure the bird feed-

ers are kept filled. As we write this, the birds are busy at the feeders. We sure enjoy atching George w them. Rooks Now I am to Ole going Fisherman write about a feller who lost his job, which went to China, the same as a lot of you folks. He was listening to the Good Lord and went into nursing. Lee attended collage for 17 months and it was hard for a person of his age. But with the Good Lord’s help and prayers from his church family he made it. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine he was the oldest person in the class. He has passed his test for nursing. This would be a tough test to pass. Last Sunday afternoon his wife had a party for him at the Bethel United Methodist Church with snacks for folks to nibble on and there was a good crowd to congratulate him. Now this feller is 61 years young and at his age this would be a hard test. But with his dedication and studying along with his prayers he made it in grand style. Thanks to the Good Lord. Now I haven’t given this feller’s name. It is Lee Braden. If a feller this age can accomplish this so can other people. If you put your faith in the Lord. He has a strong faith, and is dedicated to serving the Lord. He is looking for a job at a nursing home and will make a super person to help the elderly and give them tender care. His family has sure supported him in this endeavor along with our church. We were watching a program last evening and they showed a flock of the cedar waxwing birds. We were so glad we got to see some here in our woods. They are so beautiful. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. Give him thanks for your family, home and church. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Volunteers paint agency offices Volunteers from two companies recently painted some of the office areas at Clermont County Community Services, Inc. in Batavia Township. A group from Multi-color Corp. painted the pediatric medical offices. Another group from Park National Bank painted the waiting room area. The work was done as part of the United Way’s Community Care Days. “The teams did a great job,” said Billie Kuntz, executive director of Clermont County Community Services, Inc. “The waiting area is now a warm welcome for our

clients and the pediatric area is filled with bright fun colors for the children to enjoy.”

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD RIVER OF LIFE Assembly of God 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Ohio 45153 Pastor: Ralph Ollendick Sun. Contemporary Service SS -9:45am,Worship 11:00am Wed.- Informal Biblestudy 7-8pm Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services



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


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

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

2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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


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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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



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

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


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



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


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

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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

Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140



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

“Room for the Whole Family”


Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

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

Owensville United Methodist Church

NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

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

9:30am 10:30am



7:00pm 7:00pm

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


Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm CE-1001502948-01



You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

10:45 a.m.


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love”

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

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

683-2525 •

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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

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

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



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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

Pastor Mike Smith


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



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

Worship Service

513 831 0196

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MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group


3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson)

Classes for every age group

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

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

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

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

844 State Rt. 131

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

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

Amelia United Methodist Church


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


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


Dates set for crappie fishing tournaments

January 19, 2011

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

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




Community Journal


January 19, 2011

BIRTHS | DEATHS | Editor Theresa Herron | | 248-7128



Danielle L. Pasley, 26, 140 W. Main St., domestic violence, Jan. 4.

Nathan Hicks, 21, 1095 Orchard Lane, warrant, Dec. 22. Brandi F. Jernigan, 27, 1257 Birch Lane, warrant, Dec. 23. Angelee J. Donders, 19, 2191 Ohio Pike, theft, Dec. 29. Juvenile, 15, theft, Dec. 29. Jennifer C. Whaley, 19, 2191 Ohio Pike No. 133, theft, Dec. 30. Joseph Sunster, 39, 344 St. Andrews No. B, domestic violence, Dec. 31. Lonnie Richardson, 32, 3364 Weaver Road, warrant, Dec. 28. Mary Manning, 37, 358 St. Andrews No. C, warrant, Dec. 30. Ashlee K. Hudson, 23, 1279 Pebble Brook, warrant, Dec. 30.


Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At West Main Street, Jan. 4.



Alexander R. Thornton, 21, 3230 Vittmer Ave., warrant, Dec. 26. Kevin D. Crawford, 39, 7349 Lawyer Road, criminal damage, aggravated trespass, Dec. 30. Donald L. Henderson III, 22, 495 Old Boston Road, physical control, drug possession, Dec. 31.


Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering



Monies taken from F.O.E.; $40 at Foundry Avenue, Dec. 28.

Trespassing on property at 160 S. Riverside No. 4, Dec. 30.


Two window rain guards broken in vehicle at 525 Gregory St., Dec. 22.


Guitar, coins, etc. taken; $2,210 at 1919 Ohio Pike, Jan. 1. Currency taken; $71 at 630 Old U.S. 52, Jan. 3.

Criminal damage

Two holes put into gas tank of vehicle at 3348 Ohio 132, Dec. 31.

Criminal mischief

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct while intoxicated

Male was involved in this offense at 205 Walnut St., Dec. 24.


Eggs thrown at residences at East Legendary, Dec. 27. Human waste dumped on roadway at 800 block of Old U.S. 52, Dec. 29. Tree, etc. shot with paint balls at 3415 Ohio 132, Dec. 27.

Domestic violence

At Hotel Street, Dec. 26.


Generator taken at 3348 Ohio 132, Dec. 30.

At St. Andrews Drive, Dec. 31.

GPS unit and change taken from vehicle at 688 Greenmound Road, Dec. 27. Merchandise taken from Speedway; $6 at Sycamore Street, Dec. 29. Merchandise taken from Speedway; $1.50 at Sycamore Street, Dec. 29. GPS unit, coat, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,994 at 1030 Front St., Dec. 30.

Drug possession

Substance found in vehicle during traffic stop at area of Merwin Ten Mile and Lang Roads, Dec. 27.


Mail taken from vehicle at 1800 block of Ohio Pike, Dec. 27. Unlisted items taken from tool trailer at 1259 Ohio Pike, Dec. 28. Merchandise taken from Walmart;

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to benefit the American Heart Association

Tuesday, February 1st 6 - 10 p.m.



$67 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 29. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $152 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 30. Christmas decorations taken at 1091 Locust Corner, Dec. 31. CD player taken from vehicle at 3425 Cole Road, Jan. 3. Groceries taken from Kroger; $27 at Ohio Pike, Jan. 1.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Lajyan A. Suggs, 19, 62 Clubhouse, burglary, receiving stolen property, Jan. 4. Jonathan Reese, 22, 912 Walnut, warrant service, Jan. 3. Daniel W. Whitt Jr., 20, 200 University Lane, recited, Jan. 3. Alexander J. Lavalle, 30, 4702 Beechwood, warrant service, Jan. 3. Sean R. France, 20, 38 Lucy Run, driving under suspension, Jan. 4. Alexander J. Collins, 23, 3915 Greentree, driving under suspension, Jan. 4. Jeffrey E. Nunn, 49, 8688 Glenrose, theft, Jan. 3. David M. Tieke, 23, 4390 Eastwood, warrant service, Jan. 4. Juvenile, 14, assault, Jan. 3. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct, Jan. 4. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Jan. 4. Mark D. Hanna Jr., 23, 4428 Eastwood, criminal damage, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Jan. 3. Drexler M. Wadley, 27, Ellison Drive, driving under influence, Jan. 2. Robert W. Hornschemeier, 28, 121 Newlun Court, child endangering, driving under influence, obstructing official business, Dec. 27. Lori M. Moeller, 27, 2353 Ruddleia, driving under influence, Jan. 1. Douglas M. West, 44, 1179 Brightwater, driving under influence, Jan. 2. Michael C. Vanwinkle, 19, 1964 Bethel New Hope, warrant service, Jan. 2. Heather M. Lohbeck, 25, 4529 Forest Haven, driving under suspension, Jan. 2. Amber L. Martin, 22, 1880 Possum Hollow, warrant, Jan. 3. David E. Elam, 30, 632 Arlington, obstructing justice, Jan. 1. Annie B. Flaherty, 22, 3225 Griest Ave., driving under influence, Jan. 2. Donald Lueck Jr., no age given, 1025 Burgoyne, disorderly conduct, Dec. 30. Christopher L. Bering, 22, 1911 Miami Ave., drug paraphernalia, Jan. 2. William M. Tansey, 19, 2061 Ohio Pike, warrant service, Jan. 2. Heather Urban, 27, 498 Piccadilly, soliciting, Jan. 1. Clyde Chipps, 49, 4513 Eastwood, driving under influence, obstructing official business, Jan. 1. Anthony J. Brandenburger, 37, 2009 Canter Road, driving under influence, open container, Jan. 1. William B. Bowling, 39, 4240 Edinburgh, driving under influence, Jan. 1. Thomas L. Blair, 60, 1231 Glen Haven, driving under influence, Jan. 1. Nicholas R. Richardson, 20, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Dec. 30. Leonard R. Roush Jr., 37, 3558 Dry Run, driving under influence, drug abuse, Dec. 31.


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Dennis M. Fordyce, 26, 3346 Patterson, driving under suspension, Dec. 30. Clarence McCarty III, 38, 215 U.S. 52, heroin possession, obstructing official business, Dec. 31. Laura M. Turner, 28, 215 U.S. 52, obstructing official business, Dec. 31. Emily Johnson, 19, 4430 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, warrant, Dec. 31. Rikkiana Teater, 27, lka 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 29. Barry D. Caldwell, 29, 5973 Hutchinson, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 2. Craig D. Clements, 25, 484 Old Ohio 74, domestic violence, Dec. 31. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, Dec. 31. Robert Zieger II, 21, 4706 Beechwood, assault, Dec. 30.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

Spotlights damaged at area of Shayler Creek and Shayler Road, Dec. 19.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Taco Bell at Ohio Pike, Jan. 1.

Gross sexual imposition

Female reported this offense at 4700 block of Beechwood, Jan. 4.


Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $266 at Eastgate Blvd., Jan. 3. Currency taken; $790 at 4149 Mt. Carmel Tobasco No. 7, Jan. 3. Welder, nail guns, etc. taken from vehicle; over $6,400 at 4429 Springfield Court, Jan. 3. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 3226 Omni Drive, Jan. 3. Various tools taken; $1,230 at 961 Glendale, Jan. 3. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 890 Ohio Pike, Jan. 2. I-Pad and four I-Touch items taken from Walmart; over $2,000 at Eastgate Blvd., Jan. 2. Merchandise taken from Home Depot; $392 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 29. A jersey taken from Kohl’s; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Jan. 1. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $20 at Old Ohio 74, Jan. 1. Medication taken at 604 Lang Road, Dec. 30.

WILLIAMSBURG Records not available


Robin Combs, 34, 1111 Ohio 133, Bethel, receiving stolen property at 3418 Ohio 132 No. 1, Amelia, Jan. 6. Robert A. Titus, 22, 2321 Titus Road, Batavia, burglary at 4764 Hawley Road, Batavia, Jan. 6. Marc A. Burt, 25, 5929 Kenneth Ave., Cincinnati, burglary at 4764 Hawley Road, Batavia, Jan. 6. Juvenile, 16, drug paraphernalia, Batavia, Jan. 4. Brandon Dewar, 19, 2390 Laycock Cutoff, New Richmond, theft at 600 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 7. Steven Herndon, 27, 1015 Cobra Road, Apt 3, New Richmond, complicity at 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21. Jason Herndon, 26, 1015 Cobra Road, Apt 3, New Richmond, robbery, assault, breaking and entering, engaging in pattern of corrupt activity at 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Jan. 4. Sarah K. Smith, 22, 1365 Mountain Ash Lane, Amelia, theft at 1369 Mountain Ash Lane, Amelia, Jan. 3. Jeremy Downing, 18, 6059 Catherine Drive, Milford, theft at 23 Mac Arthur Drive, Amelia, Jan. 5.

Johnathan E. Neal, 29, 316 North East St., Bethel, receiving stolen property at 700 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 3. Juvenile, 17, theft, Batavia, Jan. 5. Dale W. Oakes, 44, 2755 Ohio 132 No. 85, New Richmond, domestic violence at 2755 Sugartree Road, Bethel, Jan. 3. Nathaniel E. Webb, 26, 16704 Bloom Rose Drive, Williamsburg, criminal damaging/endangering, domestic violence at 4266 Serenity Court, Batavia, Jan. 3. Raymond Herget, 58, 68 Lucy Creek No. 5, Amelia, aggravated menacing at 68 Lucy Creek, Batavia, Jan. 4. Anthony P. Brown, 33, 4236 N. Gensen Loop, Cincinnati, obstructing official business at 2 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Jan. 4. Brian S. Sizemore, 32, 7 East Meadow Drive, Batavia, domestic violence, violate protection order or consent agreement at 7 East Meadow Drive, Batavia, Jan. 4. Wilson L. Brinson, 40, 6364 Graceland, Cincinnati, criminal trespass at 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 4. Robert A. Layton, 28, 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, domestic violence at 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Jan. 6. Ryan Spradlin, 19, 13798 New Harmony Salem Road, Mt. Orab, offenses involving underage persons at Ohio 132/ Ludlow Circle, Amelia, Jan. 7. Jonathan W. Baker, 23, 38 Rose Lane No. 1, Amelia, domestic violence at 38 Rose Lane No. 1, Batavia, Jan. 7. Kenneth Henson, 31, 89 Cutty Sark, Amelia, domestic violence at 4300 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Jan. 7. Brian L. Pedigo, 37, 500 University Lane, No. 107, Batavia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 2567 Airport Road, Bethel, Jan. 8. Tyler Monroe Drinnon, 20, 1478 Mears Ave., Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at Ohio 222 at Rolling Acres, Amelia, Jan. 8. Clinton Cole, 28, 4407 Anderson Road, Morrow, driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of drugs at 1723 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 8. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Batavia, Jan. 8.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 68 Lucy Creek, Batavia, Jan. 4.


At 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21. At 458 Shannon Court, Batavia, Jan. 9. At Woods Off Brunk Road, Batavia, Jan. 4.

Breaking and entering

At 1196 Riebel Ridge Road, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21. At 1991 James E Sauls Ohio Drive, Batavia, Jan. 7. At 2288 Chesterfield, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 2863 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Jan. 8. At 4869 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, Jan. 3.


At 4764 Hawley Road, Batavia, Nov. 22. At 1369 Mountain Ash Lane, Amelia, Dec. 25. At 1480 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Jan. 7. At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 4. At 1680 Old Ohio 74, Batavia, Jan. 5. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 5. At 3686 McKeever Schoolhouse Road, Williamsburg, Jan. 4.



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Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Timmers of Amelia, Ohio are pleased to announce the wedding engagement of their daughter, Emily Jane to Steven Joseph Tyminski, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Emily is a 2003 graduate of Amelia High School and a 2007 graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Physical Education. Emily is a teacher for Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Steven is a 2003 graduate of Amelia High School and is employed by Koehler and Day Blacktopping, Inc. The couple is planning a summer 2011 wedding at Glen Este Baptist Church in Batavia, Ohio.


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At 4764 Hawley Road, Batavia, Nov. 22. At 4839 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, Dec. 30.


At 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1 Colonel Watson Drive, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At 15 Hammann Drive, Amelia, Jan. 9. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Jan. 6. At 4101 Founders Blvd., Batavia, Jan. 7. At 4266 Serenity Court, Batavia, Jan. 3. At 76 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Jan. 7.

Criminal mischief

At 1392 Meadowood Drive, Amelia, Jan. 3. At 2521 Pochard Drive, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 3732 Waterstone St., Amelia, Jan. 8.

Criminal trespass

At 4869 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, Jan. 3. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 4.

Defrauding a livery or hostelry failed to pay

At 425 Sweetbriar Drive, Batavia, Jan. 8.

Domestic violence

At Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Jan. 7. At Rose Lane, Batavia, Jan. 7. At Serenity Court, Batavia, Jan. 3. At Marbe Lane, Batavia, Jan. 6. At East Meadow Drive, Batavia, Jan. 4.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs At 1723 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 8.

Drug paraphernalia

At 38 Estate Drive, Batavia, Dec. 4.

Engaging in pattern of corrupt activity

At 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21.

Identity fraud

At 1020 Winding Woods, Batavia, Jan. 7.


At 1788 Ohio Pike, Batavia, Jan. 8. At 2001 Franklin Laurel Road, New Richmond, Jan. 7. At 3893 Wolf Creek, Amelia, Jan. 3. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 6.

Obstructing official business

At 2 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Jan. 4.

Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor

At 1423 Buxton Meadows, Batavia, Jan. 9. At Ohio 222 at Rolling Acres, Amelia, Jan. 8.

Offenses involving underage persons At Ohio 132/ Ludlow Circle, Amelia, Jan. 6.

Permitting drug abuse

At 38 Swans Lane, Amelia, Jan. 4.

Possession of drugs

At 1723 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 8. At 38 Estate Drive, Batavia, Dec. 4.


At Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 3. At Leeds Road, Amelia, Jan. 3.

Receiving stolen property

At 3418 Ohio 132 No. 1, Amelia, July 19. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 23.


At 1601 U.S. 52, New Richmond, Dec. 21.

Selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs

At Ohio 132/ Ludlow Circle, Amelia, Jan. 6.

Sexual imposition

At Clough Pike, Batavia, Jan. 7.


At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 2284 Chesterfield Lane, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 23 Mac Arthur Drive, Amelia, Dec. 23. At 46 Honeysuckle Drive, Amelia, Jan. 3. At 4693 Ross Road, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 19. At 1 Colonel Watson Drive, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At 1329 Wilson Dunham Hill Road, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At 1369 Mountain Ash Lane, Amelia, Dec. 25. At 1400 Brandie Lane, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At 15 Estate Drive, Batavia, Jan. 9. At 15 Hammann Drive, Amelia, Jan. 9. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 8. At 2196 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 2208 Siesta, Batavia, Jan. 4. At 23 Mac Arthur Drive, Amelia, Dec. 23. At 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Jan. 3. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Jan. 6. At 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Jan. 8. At 2994 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, Jan. 6. At 3115 Leeds Road, Amelia, Jan. 3. At 3418 Ohio 132 No. 1, Amelia, July 19. At 4547 Cedar Hill Drive, Batavia, Jan. 8. At 4839 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, Dec. 30. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 19. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 23. At 811 Diane Drive, Cincinnati, Jan. 3.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At Ohio 222, New Richmond, Jan. 9. At University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 9.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 3480 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Jan. 4. At 7 East Meadow Drive, Batavia, Jan. 4.

On the record RELIGION Laurel United Methodist Church

The Laurel community is invited to attend the Laurel United Methodist Church Community carry-in supper from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the church, Those who attend are asked to bring one item from a collection or something of interest to display for “Show and Tell.” The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road.

Rosemary B. Allen, 86, of Union Township died Dec. 29. Survived by daughter, Barbara A. Allen; grandchildren, Starr (Don) Edwards, Paul (Tracy) Gazar and Colleen (Chad) Trego; and 11 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, John K. Allen; and parents, Samuel Leever and Ellen McJoynt. Services were Jan. 7 at Guardian Angels Church. Memorials to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite B248, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

Russell K. Bell Sr.

Russell K. Bell Sr., 70, of Batavia died Jan. 10. Survived by wife, June Bell; sons, David and Russell Bell Jr.; daughters, Jackie Meurer and Penny Bowling; brother, Charles Bell; grandchildren, Charity, Lonnie, Krystle, Josh, Emma, Jessie, Kinsey, Kevin, Ariana and Jared; and greatgranddaughter, Abby. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur Bell and Iva Marksberry. Services were Jan. 13 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

St. Mary Church

Quarter Auction will take place 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. This event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Altar Society and will benefit the building fund. The St. Mary’s youth group will offer refreshments for sale to benefit a trip for them next year. Donations are being accepted until Jan. 25. Contact Rita O’Toole at 604-1977. The church is at 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel; 734-4041.

Patricia A. Bergen

Patricia A. Bergen, 79, of Union Township died Jan. 8. Survived by children, Cindy Trabish, Kurt Bergen and Eric Bergen; granddaughter, Amie; and greatgrandchildren, Cassidy, Jacob and Maxwell. Preceded in death by brother, Roger Miller. Services were Jan. 15 at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery.

Donna Kay Rogers

Donna Kay Rogers, 50, of Springdale died Dec. 11. Survived by son, Dustin Rogers; mother, Clara (Kile) Greber of Batavia; brothers John and Tom Rogers; sisters Diane Smart, Karen Pennekamp and Cindy Rogers; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Karla Rogers; father, William Rogers Sr.; and brothers William Rogers Jr. and Alan Rogers. Services were Dec. 20 at Vineyard Community Church, Springdale.


Evelyn Koeppe, Batavia, alter, 4160 Summit Road, Batavia Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 415 North St., Batavia Village; HVAC, 3864 Bennett Road, Union Township. Bethany Strunk, New Richmond, alter, 2395 Ohio 222, Monroe Township. Hunter Custom Homes, New Richmond, new, 1216 Rolling Meadows Drive, Monroe Township, $175,000. Champion Patio Rooms, Cincinnati, addition, 1206 Meadow Knoll, Union Township, $38,500. Hammer Rite, Cincinnati, deck, 1218

Parkside, Union Township, $5,500. Adams Co., Cincinnati, HVAC, 4109 McLean, Union Township. Platinum Restoration, Fairfield, alter, 4551 Eldywood, Union Township, $25,117. Ruth Winkler, Williamsburg, HVAC, 138 Spring St., Williamsburg Village.


Geiler Co., Cincinnati, HVAC, 2279 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township; HVAC, 2275 Bauer Road. Quality Signs, Burlington, Ky., signs, 1200 Ohio 125, Batavia Township. Haglage Construction, Cincinnati, alter, 867 Eastgate N. Drive, Union Township, $100,000.

The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.


Mark J. Woehler vs. Susan Mineer, professional tort Total Quality Logistics vs. Michael Siano and Overland Xpress LLC, other tort Miram Bowers Justice vs. City of Milford, et al., other tort Brian W. Lawson vs. Marsha P. Ryan and Ross Contracting Inc., worker’s compensation Citimortgage Inc. vs. Jonathan Baughman, et al., foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Gregory P. Hulse, et al., foreclosure Third Federal Savings and Loan Association vs. Gerald J. Klinkerberg, et al., foreclosure Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Harold S. Morin, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. James F. Wheeler, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Kevin Scott Hamon, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Wendell Walker, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Chris Frazee, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Jayme Decatur, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Betty L. Simmons, et al., foreclosure Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company vs. Carl Pigman, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer vs. Ruth E. Davis, et al., foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. Donald Snider, et al., foreclosure Union Savings Bank vs. Farah Sagin Individually and as executor, et al., foreclosure Union Savings Bank vs. Grady D. Reed, et al., foreclosure Union Savings Bank vs. Grady D. Reed II, et al., foreclosure First Financial Bank NA vs. Mary Ann Vaughn, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County Ohio vs. Brenda Lee Harvey Duprez, foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Francis P. Fitzgerald, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Johnny V. Burns, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Douglas A. Streeter, et al., foreclosure United States of America through the Department of Agriculture vs. Glenna D. Davis, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County Ohio vs. John Miller, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County Ohio vs. Harriett Ravenscraft, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County Ohio vs. Fanchon M. Dapper, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County Ohio vs. Pritchard Brothers

REAL ESTATE Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley.


3808 Gumtree, J. Morgan Investments LLC to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $76,666.67. 4578 Julep Way, Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Sarah Grooms, $112,300. 3835 Morgan Court, Richard & Debra Marks to Haralambos Denas, et al., 0.2330 acre, $199,650. 2701 Old Ohio 32, Ralph Combs to Shayna Mangus, 5.1790 acre, $92,700. 1539 Old Ohio 74, Estate of Lacey Cutshaw to Richard Hueber, 1.1000 acre, $22,000. 142 Tall Trees Drive, Laura Danner, successor trustee to Debra Fisch, $80,000.


2952 Ohio 222, William & Deborah Holland to The Huntington National Bank, 5.0000 acre, $73,334.


2928 Mt. Pisgah Road, Frank & Michelle Renn to Misty & William Troutt, 1.9370 acre, $178,000.


1017 Cedar Ridge No. 8, Nykola & Maria Popyk to Edgar & Karen Rust, $61,500. 3485 Hickory Lane, Ray Emery III, et al. to DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc., $83,334. 3668 Lewis Road, Zachary House, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $60,000. 1268 Maplecrest Court, Claire Caruso to Stephen & Cassidy Devins, $147,000.

1125 Ohio 125, Musa & Mohammad Jallaq to Cincinnati Capital Partners, LXVIII LLC, 0.7700 acre, $65,000.


4475 Aicholtz Road, Marilyn Parker, et al. to Citi Financial Inc., 0.5500 acre, $73,605. 430 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, BP Products North America Inc. to Oday Properties LLC, 0.9400 acre, $76,800. 1222 Emery Ridge Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Gregory Feldkamp, 0.2300 acre, $165,000. 438 Glenrose Lane, James & Debra Meece, et al. to BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP, $76,667. 4427 Kitty Lane, Ruth Holmes, et al. to Homesales Inc., $80,000. 4771 Klatte Road, Brad & Alicia West to Stephanie & Cabeb Arnold, 0.5400 acre, $167,000.

LLC, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Joseph P. Lewis, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Marianne Bailey, et al., foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Arthur C. Brinson, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Anna M. Chaney, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Aaron C. Staker, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer vs. Brian Perry, et al., foreclosure Safe Auto Insurance Company vs. Jordan Bryant, et al., other civil Danbarry Cinemas Eastgate LLC vs. JPMCC 2006 LDP6 Eastgate Boulevard LLC, et al., other civil Ally Financial Inc. vs. Louis Valentine, other civil Ally Financial Inc. vs. Jamie Vires, other civil Jesse Noble vs. C.S. a minor child through parent Kara Showater, et al., other civil Sharon C. O’Banion vs. Allcare Dental and Dentures, other civil Citibank NA vs. Margaret Mary Penney, other civil Blue Chip Realty LLC vs. Lykins Companies Inc., other civil


Sandra Pope vs. Travis J. Pope Justin A. Bonnell vs. Stephanie Bonnell Adam Morgan vs. Brittany Morgan Kelly Almaraz vs. Joseph Almaraz Jessica Shelton vs. Christopher Shelton Catherine Denise Collins vs. Nyle N. Collins Janice Sue Evans vs. John W. Evans Ann Brunet vs. Greg Brunet


Sarah Harwood vs. William T. Harwood Kathryn M. Tudor vs. Bryan E. Tudor James J. Munz vs. Angela S. Munz Matthew Terrell vs. Deborah C. Terrell Kristina M. Tribull vs. Karl A. Tribull John Warren vs. Cassandra Warren Chassity Lane Short vs. Scotty Gene Short


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indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Jackie Mason, 32, 1292 Blue Ridge Way, Milford, trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Nannette L. Vickery, 39, 164 Garden Drive, Loveland, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Justin R. Krieg, 28, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department. James E. McQueen, 39, 963 Ohio 125, Cincinnati, possession of heroin, possession of drugs, Union Township Police Department. William M. Bravard, 54, 113 Main St., Cincinnati, identity fraud, Union Township Police Department. Bradley Naegele, 29, forgery, theft, Miami Township Police. Raymond Wade Walsson Jr., 19, 3889 Old Savannah #6, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jason D. Wood, 25, 560 Anchor Drive, Cincinnati, domestic violence, Union Township Police Department. Randy R. Shope, 42, 649 Carefree Drive, Cincinnati, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Todd M. Ridener, 47, 2875 A Ohio 132, New Richmond, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Rick Whitford, 32, 1736 Bainum Road, New Richmond, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Erik Edward Centers, 23, 15665 Bodman Road, Mt. Orab, burglary, grand theft of motor vehicle, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Robert A. Titus, 22, 2321 Titus Road, Batavia, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew J. Lucchesi, 26, 511 Glenrose Lane, Cincinnati, tampering

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DEATHS Rosemary B. Allen

January 19, 2011

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with evidence, aggravated menacing, Union Township Police Department. Edward W. Holtzclaw, 27, 338 D St. Andrews, Cincinnati, grand theft, vandalism, possessing criminal tools, Ohio State Patrol. Jessie Carl Terry, 40, aggravated robbery, Union Township Police Department. Myron Heggwood, 38, aggravated robbery, Union Township Police Department. David Wayne Sharp, 43, 605 Hanna Ave. #1, Loveland, burglary, theft of drugs, Loveland Police. Saida Kazimagomedovna Babaeva, 28, prompting prostitution, soliciting, practice of medicine and surgery without certificate, Union Township Police Department. Alina Priadko, 24, prompting prostitution, soliciting, practice of medicine and surgery without certificate, Union Township Police Department.

PUBLIC NOTICE T he following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 on tuesday, January 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. and will continue untill all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last know addresses are as follows: Units #36 & 262-Christy L. Byrd, 1154 Beechridge Ct., Batavia, Ohio 45103. 1614431 Public Notice Following are the last known addresses for: Laurel Chalk 202 W. North St. Georgetown, OH 45121 James Schenske 105 N. 4th APT#2 Williamsburg, OH 45176 Martin Smith 392 E. Main APT#1 Williamsburg, OH 45176 Stan Morgan 3724 SR 125 Bethel, OH 45103 CJ Spurlock 270 S. 3rd St. Williamsburg, OH 45176 You are hereby notified that all personal property stored at Allstar Self Storage at 4232 Allstar Dr. Batavia, OH 45103, will be disposed of at our discretion if payment in full, including all late fees are not received by January 31, 2011. 1001615747 125 STORAGE 1958 OHIO PIKE AMELIA, 45102 (513) 797-8515 Timothy Capps N483 1756 Culver Court #9 Amelia, Ohio 45102 Ben Chaney N494/474 532 South Revere Rd Cincinnati, OH 45225 John Craig F187 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road #87 Ameila, OH 45102 Carol Gatrell A2 320 South Union St. Bethel, OH 45106 Larry Locke O537 2890 SR 222 Bethel, OH 45106 Brian Norton K393/409 2907 Fairoak Road Amelia, OH 45102 Terry Schneider B21 221 West South St. Bethel, OH 45106 Kelly Shafer K400/416 18 Rose Ln #4 Amelia, OH 45102 Joni Tharpe 47 & N490/478 2304 Folling Acres Rd Amelia, OH 45102 Paula Wilson Q607 2946 Bethel Concord Road, Bethel OH 45106 1616599


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