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Salute to Leaders is March 13 Take a look around and you will see people who quietly help around the neighborhood, with the organizations your kids are involved in, at church or school. Honoring these quiet heroes is what the annual Salute to Leaders is all about. Full story, A3

Entertainment district created The trustees voted unanimously Jan. 23 to create an entertainment district at the new Jungle Jim’s complex. The request was made by owner Jim Bonaminio. Township Administrator Ken Geis said the district was the first of its kind within the township. Full story, A3

Merwin students dress as twins Teachers at one elementary school had a hard time telling their students apart as groups of friends dressed alike during the Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 spirit days.


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Blust to replace Wilson

Board appointment is temporary By John Seney

BATAVIA — Clermont County commissioners named Thomas Blust interim commissioner to temporarily fill the position left by the resignation of Archie Wilson. The Clermont County Republican Central Committee will meet March 14 to name Wilson a permanent replacement to serve until the Nov. 6 election. Wilson resigned Feb. 2, sending a letter to county officials say-

County Commissioner Bob Proud Feb. 1 announces the regularly scheduled commissioners meeting is canceled because of lack of a quorum. Former Commissioner Archie Wilson, who sat in the empty chair on the left, and Commissioner Ed Humphrey, who sits in the chair on the right, were absent for health reasons. Wilson resigned his position Feb. 2. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS ing he was quitting on the advice of his physician. Blust is a former Clermont

County assistant prosecutor who retired in 2010. He handled civil litigation for the county.

"If anyone knows how to run Clermont County legally, it's Mr. Blust,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said. Humphrey missed the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting because he was being treated for cancer. Wilson also was absent and the meeting was canceled because of lack of a quorum. Wilson, who resigned the next day, had not been at a commissioners meeting since Dec. 1. He did not comment on his absence, but family members said he was being treated for a health issue. In a letter delivered to the commissioners offices, Wilson said his resignation was based on his physician’s advice. Wilson began his term as a county commissioner in See BLUST, Page A2

Verdict handed down in Déjà Vu case By Lisa J. Mauch

Merwin Elementary administrators held the school’s annual “twin day” as part of their spirit week leading up to the “Jump Rope for the Heart” event. Full story, A5

Candidates answer a few questions The March 6 primary is only a few weeks away and the Community Press asked some questions of those running for the Ohio House of Representatives’ 66th District and Clermont County Clerk of Common Pleas Court. Take a look at their answers. Full story, A4

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Construction workers Mike Vaccariello, left, and Brian Hart help guide the last monorail into place at the new Jungle Jim's location in Union Township. The cars were once used at Kings Island. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

One more piece of Jungle Jim’s in place By Lisa J. Mauch

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Construction crews put the final two monorail cars in place Feb. 2 at the new Jungle Jim’s in Union Township. Spectators watched as the lead car was lowered into place. Once used by Kings Island, the cars are now painted yellow and green with animal silhouettes in the win-

dows. “I think it’s terrific. I got to see something really exciting,” said Union Township resident Catherine Hensgen, whose daily walk takes her by the site. “When it started it was nothing. This is like ‘wow,’” she said. The store is anticipated to open in late spring or early summer, Director of Development Phill Adams said.

UNION TWP. — Déjà Vu of Cincinnati LLC was fined $2,500 and ordered to pay the Union Township Police Department $4,359.27 in a decision handed down Jan. 30 by Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James A. Shriver. Déjà Vu, which operated a Déjà Vu Showclub in Union Township, was charged with 10 counts of illegally operating a sexually-oriented business after an undercover investigation in 2010 revealed violations of Geis Ohio’s Sexually-Oriented Business statute, said Clermont County Prosecutor Don White. Since the strip club opened in 1999, Union Township police have received numerous complaints and conGaviglia ducted previous investigations, said Sgt. Scott Blankenship of the Union Township Police Department. “The difference was the law enacted in 2008. That was one of the main laws we stood on during on our investigation,” said Blankenship. While doing compliance checks, undercover officers noticed the club in violation of the 2008 law banning adult entertainment clubs from staying open after midnight, said Blankenship. Detectives observed dancers engaged in sexual acts with each other, inappropriate touching of patrons and otherwise engaging in sexually-orient-

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January 2011. In his resignation letter, Wilson said, “I would like to thank the people of Clermont County and my good friends for all their support.” “I wish Archie and his family well,” Commissioner Bob Proud said.

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Proud said Blust will serve until the GOP Central Committee appoints a permanent replacement for Wilson. Tim Rudd, chairman of the Clermont County Republican Party, said the Republican Central Committee will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate to name a successor to Wilson. Rudd said the meeting will have the dual purpose

of choosing a replacement for Wilson and choosing a nominee to run for the office in November. The nominee and replacement could be the same person, he said. The person elected in November will complete Wilson’s unexpired term, which runs until 2014, Rudd said. Rudd said he did not want to mention the names of anyone who has ex-

pressed interest in the position. Selection of a replacement for the remainder of 2012 is solely up to the Republicans, but the Democratic Party can field a candidate to run for the seat in November. Dave Lane, chairman of the Clermont County Democratic Party, said he expects the party will field a candidate in November, but he did not speculate who

that might be. Wilson, a former Batavia Township trustee, was elected commissioner in November 2010, defeating incumbent Scott Croswell. Before the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting was canceled, Proud said Ohio law allows Clermont County Coroner Brian Treon to act as a commissioner if two of the three commissioners are incapacitated. The last commissioners

meeting was Jan. 25, attended by Proud and Humphrey. Proud said items on the canceled meeting’s agenda included the payment of bills. He said the delay in paying bills would not cause any problems for the county. “There are no late fees,” he said. Proud said the paying of county employees would not be affected.

Déjà Vu premises, said White. Déjà Vu closed its Union Township location Dec. 31 as part of a plea agreement, said White.

“Our main goal was to shut the business down. I feel that’s a tremendous feat in going after a company that size,” said Blankenship.

The strip club opened before the township passed a zoning regulation limiting where adult entertainment businesses could locate. Déjà Vu officials signed an agreement so the

Union Township property, 516 Old Ohio 74, will not be used in the future to conduct any sexually-oriented business, said White. Déjà Vu is in the vicinity of apartment housing, a

school and a lot of children live in the area, White said. “What they’ve tried to do throughout the state is restrict businesses so they’re not near residences and schools. That’s been eliminated as a problem because of the plea agreement and deed restriction. Now, no one can ever have that type of establishment on that land,” said White. “The investigative team did an excellent job with this case and their hard work led to a conviction,” said Lt. Scott Gaviglia, Union Township Police Department operations commander. “This business wasn’t operating in compliance with our regulations and we sought to rectify that and today it occurred. We’re very happy with the verdict and outcome of it,” said township Administrator Ken Geis.


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UNION TWP. The trustees voted unanimously Jan. 23 to create an entertainment district at the new Jungle Jim’s complex. The request was made by owner Jim Bonaminio. Township Administrator Ken Geis said the district was the first of its kind within the township. “This is something new that will help facilitate more businesses coming in and creating more jobs,” Geis said. The Ohio Revised Code defines a “community entertainment district” as a “bounded area that includes, or will include a combination of entertainment, retail, educational, sporting, social, cultural or arts establishments within close proximity.” “We are excited about Union Township’s decision because the district will help us in the near future if we want to bring in different businesses,” said Phill Adams, Jungle Jim’s development director. “This just gives us a whole new aspect of flexibility.” Geis said the district would not only help Jungle Jim’s, but also surrounding businesses within the 415,000-square-foot plaza. “The successful passage of this designation allows Jungle Jim’s and other surrounding entities to enhance their retail, educational and social climate inside and outside the store,” Geis said. “It also specifically effects their ability to get a liquor license.” As defined by Ohio law, the district would allow five businesses within its boundaries to bypass broker fees for liquor licenses. The ability to skip the “expense” will help bring in new restaurants and bars to the district, Geis said. “This entertainment district would allow for a multi-faceted dis-


There were two fatalities from the crash involving three motorcycles and a cement truck about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 on U.S. 52 just east of the village. Dr. Brian Treon, Clermont County coroner, pronounced James Hensley, 39, of New Richmond and Daniel Frazee, 56, of Bethel dead at the scene, said Lt. W.V. Price, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Batavia Post, in a press re-

Bonaminio play and designation for other businesses, like The Banks in Cincinnati,” Geis said. “Businesses would have the chance to host new entertainment and this will specifically allow (Jungle Jim’s) a chance to host cultural events.” The district would stretch from the plaza to Fuji Steakhouse across Eastgate Square Drive, said Adams. Most of the open tenant spaces are already rented inside the complex, but Jungle Jim’s has yet to release the names due to a confidentiality agreement signed by both parties, he said. Receptions, Hobby Lobby, Rincon Mexicano, Danbarry Cinemas and other current tenants will remain within the plaza. “People are getting really excited about this project and everyone is being genuinely nice,” Adams said. “Everyone is excited to see what the store will be like and what changes will happen at this complex.” Adams said an exact opening date has yet to be decided, but he projected the doors would open sometime between “late spring and early summer.”

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UNION TWP. — Three M/I Homes Cincinnati houses will showcase the “Art of Space” philosophy of Chicago designer Mary Cook, and the public is invited for tours. The first open house is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Estates at Shayler Ridge, 997 South Applegate. The theme will be “Winter Wonderland.” “We wanted to build it here first because we are very proud of the Shayler Ridge community,” said Greg Williams, area president of M/I Homes Cincinnati. “Mary Cook had done some townhouses for the Chicago division of M/I. I took a look at those townhouses and was blown away by her expertise in home design,” said Williams.



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He said May Cook uses seven elements to create her designs - objective, function and livability, scale a proportion, light, color, pattern and texture, and significant and relevant ornament. “It’s amazing to me how she’s able to take all seven of those and turn a room into a spectacular room with a wow factor. You are blown away by that wow factor,” said Williams. He said clients of M/I Homes would be able to design their own home using those elements with the help of the M/I staff. They can duplicate Cook’s designs or alter them to fit their own tastes, said Williams. “It’s incredible and we’re happy to see the real estate market is continuing to invest in our community and reinvent themselves in a positive way,” said Ken Geis,


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cycle struck the third cyclist, Gillinger. Two of the motorcycles caught on fire, said Price. Gillinger was transported to University Hospital by University Air Care and is in critical condition. Watson was transported to Mercy Health Clermont Hospital by Pierce Township Life Squad. He was treated and released, said Price. Hensley and Gillinger were wearing helmets. Frazee was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation, said Price.

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State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal traffic crash that happened on Ohio 132 at the intersection with the Ohio 32 exit near Batavia about 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The preliminary investigation indicates James Bickett, 24, of Goshen was turning left onto Ohio 132 from the Ohio 32 exit ramp when he failed to yield at a stop sign, pulling into the path of a truck driven by Ethan Riggs, 21, of Batavia, said Lt. W.V. Price, commander of the patrol’s Batavia Post. Bickett was taken to Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital by Central Joint Fire Department personnel where he was pronounced dead. There was no evidence that Bickett was wearing a seat belt, said Price. Riggs was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, Price said. Price reminds motorists to buckle up and drive safely.


WEST CLERMONT — The Clough Pike Elementary School PTO is again offering a $500 scholarship to a former Clough Pike Elementary student graduating this year. Applications are available at Amelia and Glen Este high schools as well as Clough Pike Elementary School. The application deadline is April 13.

Dancing with stars CLERMONT COUNTY —

Mark your calendars for the third annual Clermont DD “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 9 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Just who will win the mirror ball trophy? Ticket information will be available soon. And if you are interested in dancing, don’t hesitate to volunteer … there’s still time to sign you up for classes. The 2010 winners were Linda Fraley and Jeff Diesel. Joe Uecker and Meredith Delaney won in 2011. For more information, call Lisa Davis at 732-4921.


The Forest-Aires women’s chorus invites former members to celebrate five decades of song at a 50th anniversary luncheon March 3. If you have ever sung with the Forest-Aires and would like to be part of this fun event, call Linda at 513528-6233 by Feb. 24.

Foster parents needed CLERMONT COUNTY —

Have you ever thought of becoming a foster or adoptive parent? The Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services’ Children’s Protective Services (CPS) division needs foster care providers and adoptive parents. “We have a critical shortage of local homes to provide love, support, and guidance to an increasing number of children in our community who need help,” said CPS Deputy Director Tim Dick. “Because

of the shortage, many abused and neglected children in Clermont County must be sent to homes in neighboring counties, taking them further away from their friends and families. This makes a difficult situation even harder for these children.” CPS has launched a Foster a Future initiative in 2012, designed to inform, engage, and educate prospective foster and adoptive parents. Many children in the care of CPS will be with foster families for a short time, as families work on possible reunification. However, there are 14 children in county care currently looking for a forever home. “There is no cost to adopt through Clermont County CPS,” said Dick. “We welcome single people and couples in southwest Ohio to consider becoming a Clermont County foster care provider or an adoptive parent. The kids need you.” For more information about Clermont County foster care or adoption, visit the website or call 732-7765.


The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) has named Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey to serve as vice chair of the CCAO General Government and Operations Committee. The committee will make recommendations to the CCAO Board for policy positions on various proposals and bills in the legislature. In addition, the com-

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BOE members believe students should be permitted to attend the school of their choice within the district. Intradistrict enrollment request forms will be available upon request in the principal’s office of each school, the guidance departments and at the board of education office. Application forms must be completed by the parents and received by the office of the principal of the new school of attendance between 8 a.m. Monday, April 9, and 4 p.m. the last day of school, June 6. All approvals are on an annual basis and must be re-approved in accordance with the intradistrict plan on a yearly basis. This includes a new application each year. Parents will be notified of their application status in late summer. Approval of such transfers is contingent but not limited to the following factors: • Building capacities have been set to accommodate resident student enrollment • Special education programs will not be moved to accommodate intradistrict transfer students • Students already attending an alternative school may be given preference over new applicants • The West Clermont board of education is not required to provide transportation to students enrolled in alternative schools. A complete copy of the district’s policy and regulations is available upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the pupil personnel office, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Suite 220, or call 943-5032.

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taries. » March 5-9, Merwin and Brantner elementaries. » March 12-16, Clough Pike and Willowville elementaries. » March 19-23, Withamsville-Tobasco and Summerside elementaries. » March 26-30 – Make up week, all schools. Hours: » Monday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. » Tuesday 8 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. » Wednesday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. » Thursday 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. » Friday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. All appointments for enrolling a student can be made as early as the week of Feb. 20. Appointments can be made by calling 9435000. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. 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 school prior to student starting kindergarten. Call 943-5000 for more information.

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Clermont County Park District staff are hosting two maple syrup events at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, just west of Owensville. The first event is a onehour open house starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The public is invited to watch the maple sugaring process and learn how maple syrup is collected. The second event is Pancakes in the Park from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 Saturday, March 10. The public can watch the trees being tapped and the syrup being made, and enjoy a pancake breakfast. The hands-on activities will run through 12:30 p.m. The open house events are free, but there is a cost for the pancake breakfast. Adults are $5, senior citi-

Glen Este High School students will have a chance during the week of Feb. 6 to vote for their favorite teacher to participate in the school’s “Dance with the Teachers” program. Students can deposit their votes at the campus’ west and east office. The following teachers will be on the ballot: Scott Reveal, Tom Jutze, Tim Gregory, Sue Greisl, Daniel Peck, Julie Jordan, Ray Pruitt and Veronica Weaver. All the participating teachers will be dancing with the Glen Este Dance Company “Pros” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the school’s performing arts center. Tickets are $3 at the door.



About 40,000 first-half 2011 real estate tax bills are in the mail to taxpayers without bank/mortgage company escrow accounts, according to Clermont County Treasurer, J. Robert True. The deadline for payment is Feb. 13. Taxes can be paid by mail or in person at the treasurer’s office on the second floor of the Clermont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Taxes can also be paid at the following banks in Clermont County: Park National, Fifth Third, Lebanon-Citizens National, National Bank & Trust, RiverHills and U.S. Bank. Taxes may also be paid online at or by calling (800) 272-9829. A night deposit box is located at the Main Street entrance of the Clermont Administration Building for payment of taxes when government offices are not open. For additional information about property taxes, contact the Clermont County Treasurer’s Office at 732-7254, e-mail or visit on the website WEST


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Sixth-grade students Kamryn Artis, left, and Kiley Ording use an iPad during science class at Batavia Middle School. Four iPads were purchased with donations and grants received by teacher Jackie Chambers. THANKS TO JACKIE CHAMBERS

BATAVIA — District cutbacks didn’t faze sixth-grade science teacher Jackie Chambers when she decided to bring technology to her Batavia Middle School classroom. She applied for grants and asked for donations from local businesses and received enough money to buy four iPads and an iPod Touch for her students. “We have such limited technology right now in the classroom and it’s just not enough. The computers in the rest of the building are always taken,” said Chambers. She said students rotate in groups of four to different stations in her classroom. Now at

the station with the tablets, students ranging from gifted classes to special education can do research, collect data with the camera and tinker with science apps. “It’s a very motivating tool for learning,” said Chambers. Chambers herself was motivated by the thought of students not having access to this technology at home. She said it’s important for them to have that access “to get them ready for other grade levels, college and life in general.” Assistant Principal T.J. Glassmeyer said Chambers’ iPads have inspired other teachers. “Teachers are interested in applying for things now that they’ve seen them used in her classroom. The kids absolutely

love them. She’s already incorporated them into their lessons,” he said. Chambers’ initial funds came from John and Jennifer Houser, Sam’s Club in Eastgate, United Dairy Farmers and Walmart in Amelia. After seeing the iPads in action, Chambers said she will continue to seek donations and grants to add more to her classroom. “The students get so excited whenever we get a new donation,” she said. Chambers said she’s grateful for the donors and would like to thank them. “Thank you for helping to show the kids that you care. Thank you for making all these opportunities possible,” she said.

New Richmond Arts Hall selects 2012 inductees The 2012 selections for the New Richmond High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame were announced recently. “Every year deserving people get honored for work they have donetohelpNewRichmond’sperforming arts program,” said New Richmond High School music director Doug Heflin. “But this year you look at the list and we are really excited.” Going into the Arts Hall of Fame this year will be John Hale, Class of 1952; Kenneth Mauger, instrumental music director from 1959-1967; Judy Schaechter, Class of 1972; and the 2004-2005 Troubadours who performed at Carnegie Hall. They will be inducted during a 7 p.m. concert Thursday, March 15. The concert will follow a reception and acceptance speeches by the inductees. “The high school band, the mixed and women’s chorus and Troubadours will perform selected works,” said Heflin. “The honorees will be inducted in between the performances.”

The 2012 inductees: John Hale A 1952 graduate of New Richmond High School, John Hale has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the New Richmond community. Mr. Hale, who was inducted into the NRHS Sports Hall of Fame in1998, has been a fixture at community events with renditions of God Bless America, White Christmas, Silent Night or the National Anthem. “It hardly seems like a New Richmond event that doesn’t have John Hale there showing his gift and love of music and showing his love of the community,” said Heflin. Kenneth Mauger Ken Mauger was instructor of bands for the New Richmond Exempted Village School District from 1959-1967. His recruitment and community outreach was outstanding, leading to a large high school band that received a superior rating in state competition in 1965. He also performed with the Dayton Symphony for eight years and served as an inspiration and mentor to dozens of children in the community and instilled in his students a life-long love and appreciation for music. He also was instrumental in encouraging and expanding music educators in the district and community. Mr. Mauger died Nov. 24, 2006. Judy Schaechter Judy Schaechter is a 1972 graduate of New Richmond High School. She served as the accom-

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No New Richmond event would be complete without John Hale, a 1952 New Richmond graduate, signing. Hale is the first person to be selected to both New Richmond’s Sports Hall of Fame and Performing Arts Hall of Fame. PROVIDED panist for Les Chanteurs and played trumpet in the high school band, as well as serving as accompanist for several school musical productions. She attended the College-Conservatory of Music and continues to serve the children of New Richmond as a teacher at New Richmond Elementary School. “Judy has (been) doing music since the early 1960s and has been a loyal and wonderful

member of the New Richmond music community,” said Heflin. 2004-2005 Troubadours After a successful performance in the Ohio Music Education Association competition, the 2004-2005 Troubadours were chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City where they performed the entire Schubert Mass in g minor (a 67-page work) and performed along with college choirs and the New England Symphony Orchestra. “This once in a lifetime trip required an enormous fundraising effort to meet a budget of more than $250,000 for a traveling group of 150 people,” said Heflin. “This rates as one of the finest Troubadour groups from a long line of great ensembles.”

Teachers at one elementary school had a hard time telling their students apart as groups of friends dressed alike during the Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 spirit days. Merwin Elementary administrators held the school’s annual “twin day” as part of their spirit week leading up to the “Jump Rope for the Heart” event. As part of the guidelines for “twin day,” students had to dress alike with a friend or a whole group, said Principal Jackie Hospelhorn. “The idea behind ‘twin day’ is that it establishes an opportunity for kids who now can’t participate in extracurricular activities to have their own special day,” Hospelhorn said. The spirit day was split in two, so kindergartners could have their own day Jan. 30, and the rest of the students would have theirs Jan. 31, she said. “It really is great when the whole school gets behind it, and some of the outfits are so hilarious,” Hospelhorn said. “I even, today, dressed up like one of my office staff members.” Kindergarten teacher Cheryl Thompson had seven students in her class participate in the

event. Thompson’s student, kindergartner Zander Nander, said his family collaborated with his friends’ parents to decide upon an outfit. “My friend, Brady (Gaskins’) mom came up with the idea for our outfit with my mom,” Nander said. “I really like this day, it’s a lot of fun.” Hospelhorn said spirit days are the “only form of extracurricular activities” students at Merwin Elementary are able to participate in since the 2011-2012 West Clermont budget cuts. After the 2011 West Clermont levy failed, schools were forced to close after school, eliminating any extracurricular activity, Hospelhorn said. “We once had so many extracurricular activities that we could get parents to make their children participate in at least one every year,” Hospelhorn said. “Now we don’t have any, it’s sad days now, but things will hopefully get better.” Students at Merwin Elementary will have another schoolwide event starting Feb. 6. “Jump Rope for the Heart” will take place at all West Clermont elementary schools to help raise awareness and funds for the Heart Foundation.


Linda Caskey was recently recognized as the NCEA Distinguished Graduate from St. Thomas More School. A graduate of STM, Caskey has been actively involved in work at the parish including sacramental preparations, the parish school of religion and the parish festival, Julyfest. THANKS TO PEG FISCHER



66th District candidates share ideas BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: DOUG GREEN

» Age: 56 » Community: Mt. Orab, Brown County » Education: Attended University of Cincinnati, Southern State Community College and Chatfield Green College. » Job: Brown County Auditor » Political experience: Have been serving as Brown County Auditor since 1998, prior to that I served as the Brown County Recorder from 1985 to 1998. Also, served as Secretary of the Brown County Records Commission for fourteen years. » Community/civic experience: Served as president of the Western Brown Alumni Association, past secretary of Sardinia-Mowrystown Lions Club, member of Mt. Orab Lions Club, member of Brown County Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the American Cancer Society Brown County Jail & Bail, participate in Brown County Senior Citizens Day and participate annually in the Area Agency on Aging District 8 Annual Senior Expo at the Scioto County Fairgrounds. » Contact Information:


» Age: 61 » Community: Tate Township, Clermont County » Education: Graduated high school and went straight to enlisting in the navy for six Herron years. » Job: I.T. Consultant for 30 years. » Political Experience: I am not a career politician. I have been just an average citizen who loves liberty and is dumbfounded by our nation's headlong rush into socialism, bankruptcy and eventual tyranny

that must surely follow. I am running for this office in hope that I can do my part to reverse this national suicide. I cannot allow the sacrifice of all those vets who fought for liberty to be in vain, from Crispus Attucks at the Boston Massacre to the latest hero in Afghanistan. » Community/civic experience: Navy veteran. i have served at several duty stations including a submarine USS Jallao SS-368 and served my last three years with Underwater Demolition Team 21. » Contact information:


» Age: 27 » Community: Union Township, Clermont County » Education: Graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Business Owens with a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate at the age of 20. Will graduate from the University of Dayton School of Law in May. » Job: Has worked for the Brown County Prosecutor's Office, served as staff assistant and legislative correspondent to Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. » Political Experience: Have worked for U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt for nearly five years, with separate stints in her Cincinnati district office and Washington, D.C. office. » Community/civic experience: I am endorsed by both the Ohio Right to Life PAC and the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Valley Lodge 112. In the past I have served as equipment manger to then Cincinnati Bearcats football coach Mark Dantonia. Family owns a heating and cooling business in the Clermont and Brown County area. » Contact Information:

Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination to become the new state representative for the Ohio House of Representatives’ 66th District. The seat is now held by Joe Uecker, who is not seeking re-election because of term limits. Instead, he is seeking the Republican nomination for Ohio Senate 14th District. The candidates are Doug Green, Rick Herron and Nick Owens. The winner of the Republican nomination will run again Democrat Ken McNeely in the November general election. The district includes all of Brown County and portions of Clermont County, including the villages of Batavia, Amelia, Williamsburg, New Richmond, Neville, Felicity, Moscow and Bethel. Townships within the district are Batavia, Pierce, Williamsburg, Jackson, Ohio, Monroe, Washington, Franklin and Tate. The Community Press asked each candidate three questions: the educators of the parent’s choosing. Is it fair Questions: 1. A few communities in Clermont County for the government monopoly to dictate or interare talking to their neighbors about sharing or fere with the parents freedom to educate their combining services. How can you help facili- own children? Competition created by vouchers will improve quality and reduce costs. tate this sharing? Owens: All levels of government must learn to Green: The best thing I could do to facilitate shared services is work closely with local gov- do more with less. Government should be lean ernments as they develop their plans. I would act and efficient and run like a business. The federal as their advocate in Columbus. If we can give tax- government should not bailout the state and the payers the same services, or better, at a lower state should not bail out local communities. School districts and local govcost, I'm always willing to ernments must do more to have that discussion. consolidate services. Herron: Whatever laws _s 3. Legislators have been there may be at the state level ~^}gjZ ·É helpful to Clermont County preventing counties and towng gÍÍ in developing comprehenships from combining sereZÍ s„‰†~%j’ g gÍÍ sive road improvement vices, those laws should be re_^%" _^%" »½ plans, especially for Ohio 32 pealed. and connecting roads. Will Owens: We must restrucǽ· ^ ^gUj gUj you support these ongoing, ture and reform state governg gÍÍ k/ evolving plans. Why or why ment. All governmental entinot? Why is this important to ties in Ohio must work togethug^‰ZgUj ug^‰ZgUj Clermont County? er to collaborate and consoliGreen: These projects are date their services. It should _†„g sgX\ Š„\Z^„ýZ ´´ critical to the future of this not take a deep recession for county and this district. The local communities to think interchange projects at I-275/ outside of the box to save mon32 and in Mt. Orab are crucial ey - as a state we should incenfor economic development. Developing safe, eftivize communities that innovate. 2. School districts and local governments fective and efficient transportation networks have seen their state funding cut in the last will be a chief goal of mine in the legislature. Herron: To improve the flow of commerce, 32 several years. Also, property values in Clermont County decreased last year by an aver- should be rerouted from Newtown and connected age 10 percent. What will you do to help to I-71 at the Norwood Lateral in the west and schools and local governments that are strug- made limited access all across the state to Belpre in the east. gling because of the decrease in funds? Owens: I am fully supportive of road improveGreen: Sharing services will help, and we need to get the state off their backs by eliminat- ment plans, such as the Eastern Corridor project. ing unfunded mandates. An example, the 2-per- State government must be proactive instead of cent tax levied on homeowner insurance policies reactive. Too many times, policy makers do not needs to be given back to local fire departments modernize outdated infrastructure until lives are as in the past. That's a great way to defray local lost. Additionally, updated infrastructure has a direct reflection on additional jobs and our qualcosts. Herron: Education funding should flow ity lives. through the parents, in the form of a voucher, to

Clerk of court candidates answer questions BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: DAVID UIBLE

» Age: 51 » Community: Ohio Township » Job: President and CEO of Uible Management Group, a small private equity firm Uible investing in distressed companies » Relevant experience: I have started, acquired and rebuilt companies in the fields of manufacturing, technology and publishing. In addition to the companies that I own and manage locally, I have recently acquired two additional Clermont County firms, demonstrating my confidence that Clermont County is a great place to live, work and grow a strong business base. » Community/civic activities: I've served as a director at one of our local community banks, two university advisory boards, a county foundation providing agricultural and economic assistance and a county planning and zoning committee. » Education: Purdue University, B.S. mechanical engineering, University of Cincinnati executive management program. » Contact info: 260-0296


» Age: 64 » Community: Union Township » Job: Current Clermont County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts » Relevant experiWiedenbein ence: Former small business owner. As a former small business owner I understand the responsibilities of managing a dollar. As the current clerk of courts, I understand the day-to-day function of the job and what it entails along with planning for future projects. » Community/civic activities: Board member Clermont County Senior Services, board member Convention & Visitors Bureau, honorary lifetime member Clermont County Fair Board, active conservative Republican county official, member Clerk of Courts Association, NRA, Farm Bureau. » Education: Graduate of Milford High School. » Contact info:

CLERMONT COUNTY — Two candidates are running in the March 6 Republican primary for the office of clerk of the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. Barb Wiedenbein, the current clerk, is opposed by David Uible. No one running in the Democratic primary. The Community Press asked each candidate three questions: Q: The debate about having two clerk of courts in Clermont County continues. Do you support the division of the municipal and common pleas positions? Are they as economically feasible as they can be? Uible: It is difficult to form judgment on something this important without performing a detailed study of the offices. However, as part of this due diligence process it should be noted that the largest counties in Ohio (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery) each have one elected or appointed clerk of court. Wiedenbein: In 2003, the former clerk suggested the division based on population and workload. In 2010, the population had grown by approximately 20,000. We have learned to be more and more efficient with less and our title division declared a surplus of $1 million for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Q: Most people don’t know what the clerk of courts does. Describe your understanding of how this position is essential to county residents. Uible: Statewide the clerk's offices collect over $800,000,000 per year in auto and watercraft sales tax. The clerk is also responsible for managing all the county's court records. Proper management of this office

and the collection of taxes and fees, which are a primary revenue source, are vitally important to the county. Wiedenbein: We are the keeper of all county records, civil, criminal and domestic relations. We issue passports, vehicle and watercraft titles. We work with citizens on a daily basis and are well known in Clermont County and beyond for our service and efficiency. Q: What qualifications/experience make you the best candidate for this office? Uible: Over the last 23 years I've started, acquired and turned-around a total of 11 companies. My strong business and financial background, automation and management experience, and ability to implement cost-saving strategies makes me qualified to handle the millions of dollars flowing through the clerk's office and manage its staff. Wiedenbein: I bring eight years experience as the current clerk along with common sense and dedication to the position full time. My opponent claims he will save $100,000, (which he will have to change legislation to do). I gave $1 million helping protect jobs and the county's overall financial position.

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Glen Este’s Campbell deserves a hand By Scott Springer

CHERRY GROVE — The “Queen of GE bowling” Kathy Demarko was looking forward to unleashing her Glen Este girls squad this season. After all, the Lady Trojans had “run the table” in 2011 with an 18-0 Fort Ancient Valley Conference mark. Plus, freshman Leslie Campbell was the league bowler of the year with an astounding 191 average. A tournament prior to the school season changed expectations quickly. Bowling in a Dayton competition, the talented swinging and torquing right shoulder of Campbell was seriously injured. “I heard this big pop,” Campbell said before a recent match at Cherry Grove Lanes. “I continued to bowl like an idiot.” Campbell’s injury wasn’t properly diagnosed until she talked to an orthopedist at halftime of a Glen Este football game. What turned out to be a torn labrum was repaired in exploratory surgery in October by Dr. Brian Crellin of Wellington Orthopaedics.

Clearly, Campbell was not going to be available in the early portion of the season, based on such a procedure. However, it occurred to the Glen Este sophomore she still had an available left hand. Rather than spectate for a couple of months, Campbell was right back in the alley throwing southpaw. “Most people aren’t coordinated enough to be right-handed and be good at it, let alone be right and left-handed and be good at it,” Demarko said. “She ended up averaging about a 128 left-handed in a three-month period. She made it work because she was determined to bowl this year.” Though not the same bowler, Campbell still was able to achieve a 224 in practice and a high of 156 in a match while waiting for the good shoulder to heal. “What she went through was pretty heavy duty,” Demarko said. “She went to a lot of doctors who could not find it. This sports medicine guy actually went in there and double-anchored her shoulder.” Campbell’s therapy took place at Glen Este and at Wellington, with her eye on returning to her

good side as the season progressed. “She pushed and pushed and told them, ‘I’m going to make it back by January,’” Demarko said. “She worked herself literally into a tizzy to get back. She’s now third in the FAVC East (back) as a righthander.” Teammate Haley Vogelgesang, also a sophomore, is just ahead around a 167. Campbell, who rolled a 279 in her first varsity match ever as a freshman, is on the rise with the repaired wing. “I’m averaging about 163,” Campbell said. “I made a big jump once they added my right-handed scores to my left-handed. I’ve jumped from 55th to 24th to 12th to third. I pull 200s most of the time. The other day I shot a 236.” Campbell started her righthanded comeback with an eightpound ball and is now up to 12 pounds. Pre-injury, she rolled a 15-pounder. Now, though stuck behind Loveland in second place, Demarko has her full complement of bowlers racked and ready. “It’s pretty good because we’re going to be hitting the tournaments,” Demarko said. “We

From left, along with parents and staff, St. Ursula Academy athletes Natalie Besl (soccer, Savannah), Emma Lancaster of New Richmond (soccer, Purdue), Sarah Mazzei (track, cross country, Xavier), Mai Rottinghaus (soccer, Rio), Alex Short (soccer, George Washington), Natalie Smith (soccer, UC), Abby Weber (soccer, Duquesne), and Marisa Wolf (soccer, Ohio State) sign letters of intent Feb. 1. THANKS TO JILL CAHILL


have Haley (Vogelgesang), Gabby (Ruehlman), Erin (Hunley) and Amber (Walters) who are all good bowlers. She (Campbell) is going to be No. 5 for most of the season. We’re a lot stronger when she’s back.” Minus the injury, Demarko believes it would’ve been another magical season for Glen Este. “There would’ve been no question,” Demarko said. “No question at all, it would’ve been us. That’s not taking away from Loveland. They’ve been great this year. The only team they’ve lost to is us. We beat them and they beat us.”

Glen Este boys bowling

The Trojan boys squad also went unbeaten in league play a year ago and has just one loss to date. Sophomore Blake Huber averages 201, with seniors Tyler Dieringer, Austin Doppes and Jarred Brewer right behind in the 194197 range. Junior Tyler Clark’s at 190. Brewer made it to the state tourney last year. Sectionals take place at Harrison Feb. 15.

Sophomore Leslie Campbell, 15, is up to seventh in the FAVC in scoring average after leading the league as a freshman. Her average is down this season due to an injury that forced her to bowl left-handed in early matches. Now recovered from torn labrum surgery, she's back to her natural right-hand approach and climbing the standings. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

New Richmond’s Danny Scholz signs his National Letter of Intent to play football at Malone University Feb. 1 with his parents, Dan and Kathy Scholz, at his side. THANKS TO DAN SCHOLZ

Area schools celebrated National Signing Day Feb. 1, the start of the initial NCAA signing period for football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo. Besides football, whose signing period ends April 1, the other sports signing periods last until Aug. 1. These photos were either submitted or taken by staff. If you have additional photos, please send them to signingdayphotos Glen Este's Emily Cummings signs with Southern Indiana for soccer Feb. 1. Left of Emily is her father, John, to the right is Athletic Director Dan Simmons. THANKS TO

Glen Este's Stephen Vetter signed to play soccer at Thomas More Feb. 1. To the left of Stephen is his father, Thomas, mother Melissa is to the right. THANKS TO DAN SIMMONS


Young a bright spot for young ’Burg squad By Tom Skeen

WILLIAMSBURG — There is nothing bigger than experience on the basketball court and the Williamsburg boys basketball team is realizing that this season. Coming off a Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference National division championship last season, the Wildcats are 3-13 (1-6 SBAAC) this season and have lost 10 of 11 games. “(This season) has been pretty inconsistent,” coach Dan McKib-

ben said. “We’ve played well a few games and have not played well following that. Inconsistency is the best way to sum it up.” One big reason for the inconsistent play is that the Wildcats had to replace six seniors who departed after last season. “We had a lot more depth last year,” McKibben said. “With losing those six we were pretty inexperienced coming back, and it has shown through at times.” McKibben has emphasized rebounding. According to the Wildcats coach, his team hasn’t re-

bounded well all season. The Wildcats have only two players averaging over four rebounds per game and one of them is junior Kendal Young. Young has been huge for the Wildcats this season. He is first in the city in scoring at 23.7 points per game and is pulling down more than eight rebounds per contest. Also, Young is on his way to breaking the Williamsburg school record for free-throw percentage and is currently shooting 86.3 percent. “I think he is the best player in

the league,” McKibben said. “He scores, he rebounds, he is averaging over eight rebounds as a guard. Sometimes you see that as a guard, but they have to take 2530 shots to do it and that is not the case with Kendal.” As a junior, Young has one more year at Williamsburg, but McKibben believes Young can continue playing basketball at the next level and beyond. “I think he has the ability to play at the next level,” the Wildcats coach said. “He needs to get physically stronger and work

hard in the off season. He can go as far as he wants. It’s just a matter of if he wants to do it. To play college basketball it takes a work ethic second to none; it’s a job.” McKibben does what he can to keep his players motivated and working hard. “We just have to focus on getting better,” the third-year coach said. “It’s all about pride and what we are capable of doing now. I told the kids we are not going to win the league this year. It’s about how many games can we win from here on out.”



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Boys basketball

» Glen Este beat Wilmington 69-56, Jan. 31. Junior guard Austin Rieck buried a shot from beyond midcourt at the halftime buzzer to give Glen Este a 27-26 lead at the intermission, then went on to total 20 points. Senior guard Alec Scardina came off the bench to score seven points in less than a minute, igniting a second-quarter rally for the Trojans, who had trailed for most of the game to that point. Scardina finished with a career-high 21 points, two of his three 3-pointers helping to break the game wide open in the final period. Alex Fultz had nine points and 10 rebounds, barely missing his 12th doubledouble of the season, as the Trojans upped their season record to 6-10. » Batavia slipped by East Clinton 55-50, Jan. 31. Junior Alex White scored 17 points. » Williamsburg lost to Blanchester 71-38, Jan. 31. Junior Kendall Young finished with 15 points.

Girls basketball

» Batavia lost to East Clinton 55-36, Jan. 28. Junior McKenna Fraley scored 15 points. The Bulldogs dropped to 3-14 following a 58-42 loss to Mariemont Jan. 30. Senior Hannah White led with 17 points. » Glen Este got by Milford 50-46, Jan. 28. Junior Jessie Bernes led with 14 points. » Williamsburg dropped to 9-6 after a 59-56 defeat at the hands of North Adams Jan. 30. Tara Dennis led the Wildcats with 33 points. Williamsburg crushed Batavia Feb. 2, 60-28. Tara Dennis

led the Lady Warriors with 21 points while Erin O’Brien led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points. » New Richmond knocked off Georgetown 45-37, Jan. 30. Senior Sarah Shoemaker led with 16 points. In a battle of the top two teams in SBAAC American Division, Western Brown nipped New Richmond 50-46, Feb. 2. Sophomore Josie Buckingham led with 21 points. » Amelia defeated Bethel-Tate 71-56, Feb. 2. Kymmy Simon had 28 points.

Boys swimming

» Glen Este was seventh in the FAVC meet at Miami University Jan. 28. Al Kirk was named the FAVC Coach of the Year for the Trojans.


» New Richmond notched a secondplace finish at the Milford Invitational Jan. 28. Those taking firstplace for the Lions were Brody Hooks (113), Austin Skaggs (120), Cody Gabelman (126) and J.R. Forsee (285). New Richmond beat Wilmington 55-18, Feb. 2. The Lions won 11 of the 14 events. At the same tri-match, the Lions knocked off Hillsboro 39-29. This time around, the Lions won eight of the 14 events.

Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Kings Jan. 30, 2,7852,293. Tyler Clark led with a 464 series. Glen Este rolled by McNicholas Feb. 2, 2,341-2,044. Jarred Brewer had the high series with a 444.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este beat Kings 2,238-1,735, Jan. 30. Leslie Campbell rolled a 391 series to lead the Lady Trojans.

All-Star Player in 1999. He earned a football scholarship to Georgetown College 2000-2004 as a running back. Ayers was an All-American for the Tigers in 2001, 2002 and 2003 where he broke three different records at Georgetown for rushing touchdowns, total

touchdowns and points scored. He was also the third all-time leading rusher at the college where his team earned two national championships 2000 and 2001. “This is my dream job – my entire family’s history is here,” Ayers said. “I have three family

members that were inducted in the Glen Este High School Hall of Fame. I can relate to the kids and families because I’ve lived here and grown up my whole life around Glen Este Football. I’ve been a part of this program as a player, volunteer, coach and now

head coach.” Ayers has coached youth football for Glen Este teams, as well as at the middle school and high school. He also was strength and running backs coach at Mount St. Joseph.

Bulldog becomes a Bobcat By Tom Skeen

BATAVIA — Since she was 9 years old, Batavia soccer player Holly Harris wanted to play collegiate soccer. Her dream officially came true Feb. 2 when she signed her national letter of intent to study and play soccer at Ohio University. “It was a total relief,” Harris said. “Just cause I didn’t have to worry about trying to contact coaches or anything, so it’s just a total relief knowing that I’m finally signed.” The two-time Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference National Division player of the year, didn’t have it easy over the end of her Bulldog career. She started to hear from colleges her sophomore year when she had 59 goals through her first two seasons. As she started her junior season, the soccer star tore her anterior cruciate ligament and missed the entire season. According to her mother Rene, Harris spent every day at the high school working out and rehabbing from her injury. The rehab paid off, as the future Bobcat went on to score 31 goals and record 12 assists and lead her squad to the SBAAC National Division crown. “The season was so fun, we had a great group of girls,” Harris said. “I was probably the best group of girls we every had. We got a new coach so that was even better. All in all we even had a great season so that was even better, and I personally think I did well and improved a lot more than I was in the spring. So far, it has just been an amazing year.” When it came down to crunch time to make a decision, it was between Dayton and Ohio for Harris. She was stuck on which one to choose knowing that both are good schools, but the fact that Holly’s sister Heather is a sophomore at OU provided a higher com-

Batavia soccer star Holly Harris signs her national letter of intent Feb. 2 with her family and friends by her side. Harris was a two-time SBAAC Player of the Year and scored 90 goals during her Bulldog career. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS fort level with choosing the Bobcats. “(I chose OU) I guess for a lot of reasons,” Harris said. “Obviously the soccer part had a lot to do with it. I love the coaches. And also my sister goes there so having a little family definitely helps.” For the remainder of her high school career, Harris will work out and train for the fall when she goes to Athens. On top of

that, she plays for the club team Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite team where she will face some quality competition to prepare her for the fall. In the summer she will receive her workout packet from the OU coaching staff, which gets her ready for the fitness test she will face when she gets to Athens.

As for her expectations for her freshman year, Harris knows only she will be able to determine how much and how well she will play. “Everybody says they want to start,” Harris said. “You have to work your butt off to get there, and I am willing to do that. Hopefully it will all pay off, and I will get to play.”




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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Faris has vision

It's a new year and it's time for a new vision for Clermont County. Vince Faris is the candidate with that vision. He is running for Clermont County prosecutor in the March 6 primary. Along with his 30-plus years of experience, Vince has a solid foundation rooted in liberty and freedom. It is time to vote out the establishment and make way for fresh principled candidates. Learn more about Vince Faris at Get educated, get engaged, and vote for Vince Faris. Jane Brandt Batavia

Full-time effort

Don White was a “part-time” prosecutor when my daughter was murdered in October 1994. He was a “part-time” prosecutor when he refused to accept the conclusion of the coroner that the cause of her death was undetermined, a “part-time” prosecutor when my daughter’s body was exhumed in 1995 and a second autopsy determined she was the victim of a homicide, and a “parttime” prosecutor when Donald Mills was convicted of murdering my daughter and sentenced to 15 to life in 1996. Throughout two difficult years, the “part-time” prosecutor Don White was available to me and my family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. My daughter’s murder was a traumatic event for my entire family. Our lives will never be the same. But I cannot imagine how we would have survived had Don White not taken a “full-time” interest in our plight. It would be a great misfortune to Clermont County if voters were misled to believe that Don White’s “part-time” status represented anything other than a fulltime effort. I am grateful that Mr. White was, and is, our prosecutor. I look forward to his service in years to come.

to be re-elected, that is Barb Wiedenbein, the Clerk of Courts of Common Pleas. Her name is very well known in Clermont County because of the great dedication she gives to her job, as clerk of courts. Barb gives love, time and charity to Clermont County because she cares about her community. Knowing Barb on a personal level, I know what kind of person she is. She has a passion for the prosperity of Clermont County and love for the people of the county. Barb has great morals and values and stands for what she believes in for Clermont County. She has great intelligence and respect and admiration for people. That is who I want for clerk of courts and that who is Barb Wiedenbein. Kristi Fisher Batavia

Wiedenbein is dedicated

This is the first time I have chosen to write to the paper to publicly support a local candidate. I am doing so because I strongly believe in the dedication that Barb Wiedenbein has brought as our Clermont County common pleas clerk of courts. Barb has been in her current position for I believe seven years. I trust in her devotion to protecting jobs in Clermont County and what her position promises in providing prompt, accurate and courteous service to the public and court system. I understand that Barb is extremely dedicated to this position, not only by being at work on a daily basis, but also by attending local conferences to keep up to date on the latest advancements as well as representing the county well as she attends fundraisers and events around the county. She is an outstanding representation of a local elected official. She has my vote on March 6 and she deserves yours as well. Linda Johansen Felicity

Patricia Brannum Amelia

Prevent futur crashes

The accident at New Richmond involving three motorcycles and a cement truck was tragic. The loss of life is inexcusable and everybody that knows that stretch of U.S. 52 knew it would happen. The horrible curves where the divided four lane becomes a two lane is a blueprint for disaster. It's been that way since the mid 1960s. It is the main east-west highway through southern Ohio, not an obscure rural road. Perhaps the population of Clermont County has increased since Johnson took office. Maybe the volume of semi traffic has spiked in the last 50 years. Possibly the poorly designed transition only barely adequate when Kennedy was assassinated might need an upgrade. If no pressure is put on the state to fix that treacherous piece of lurking death they fondly call a scenic highway it will remain. It will happen again. While the novelty of three separate motorcycles and an actual concrete truck has everybody's attention let's do something to prevent another. Write a congressman, call ODOT and complain, go to a council meeting ... it's an election year, maybe somebody will listen. Either that or we can all wait to see who dies next. Joyce Damron Pierce Township

I want Wiedenbein

Starting with this election I know of one candidate who needs

Be aware of TIFs

I applaud the Community Journal for their recent coverage of TIFs in the local townships. Previously TIFs were rarely covered and I believe it is important that everyone become aware of them and understand them. There is an important detail on TIFs that I would like to point out. The township officials quoted in the recent articles describe the TIFs as “earning” dollars towards certain projects. TIFs do not “earn” money. This description could lead one to believe that the existence of TIFs will provide funding for projects by some means other than taking it or diverting it from other tax funded agencies. A TIF “diverts” the property tax revenue from a property’s improved value (within a TIF district) towards a special project away from such local agencies as Senior Services, Board of Developmental Disabilities and police and fire safety services that would have otherwise received these funds through property taxes. So the next time you vote on a levy to possibly raise your taxes for any one of these other services you’ll have to ask would this levy had been required if the agency had not had some of its funding “diverted” to another project through at TIF. Stuart Kennedy Union Township

Support Don White

Speaking as a lifelong Clermont County resident, with the


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added perspective of a township trustee, I wholeheartedly support re-electing Don White Clermont County prosecutor. I've known and respected Don for more than 30 years and have seen that he has firm knowledge of the law, the highest ethics, and most important - that he has the courage of his convictions. Over the years, our township has sought legal advice on topics ranging from real estate and zoning to contracts and personnel matters. The attorneys whom Prosecutor Don White has assembled and managed in his civil division, with their wealth of experience in day-to-day workings of local government, have been uniformly knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. I know from talking with trustees in other townships that they, too, rely upon the legal advice of Don White's civil staff. Since good legal counsel is essential to good government, the citizens - as well as the townships - of Clermont County need Don White to continue as prosecutor. Christopher Knoop Pierce Township

Obama decision failing

Mr. President: I am writing to inform you that although you may believe you are the most powerful person in the world, you are smaller than an atom in comparison to the most powerful in the universe ...God. Your decision last week to enforce employers including, Catholic employers, to offer health care coverage that includes sterilization, abortion inducing drugs and contraception is already failing. I am certain your agenda in doing so was to divide the Catholic Church. But, as you can see, that is not happening. Read any newspaper, both conservative and liberal, and you find out quickly this decision has unified the Church. And not only is this unifying our Church, but purifying it as well. You see, Mr. President, God is so powerful, He can take any evil one does and make good come from it. With this decision you made, God has reminded the Catholic Church that He is ultimately and always in control. So try as you may to destroy the Catholic Church, you are incapable of doing it. The Catholic Church will never cease to exist. Nor, will we ever pay one penny to support the destruction of life. JoAnne Lacey Milford

Elect Faris

Vince Faris is a man I have known for 25 years. I first met Vince when I was the Clermont County YMCA physical director. He was instrumental in helping me with the Youth Basketball League. Subsequently, Vince and I have worked together in the court system and he has shown to be an excellent lawyer and even a finer man. Vince has the respect of all in the legal system and he is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Party and the Fraternal Order of Police. That shows the amount of confidence and support those in the court system have for Vince. It is easy for someone to write a letter to promote and gloat about the finer points of a friend. We can all do that. The facts about Vince show that he will be an excellent prosecutor. I do not write this letter solely based on my friendship with Vince. I write it because of the respect I observe from those in the court system have towards Vince and the professionalism with which Vince conducts himself. Vince Faris is the endorsed and excellent choice. Patrick D. McCracken Miami Township

Faris is successful attorney

Vince Faris and I have been personal friends and professional colleagues for nearly 30 years. As a private practice attorney, he has been universally respected and admired for his legal skills, his honesty, his integrity and for maintaining the highest ethical standards. Vince’s pledge to give up a very successful private practice to devote his full time and attention to being our county prosecutor is an indication of his desire, dedication and determination to make the job of representing the interests of the entire county his first and only priority. There is no question in my mind that he is eminently qualified for the job. He served as an assistant Clermont County prosecuting attorney for seven years during which time he prosecuted the entire range of serious felony offenses including murder, rape, child sex abuse and drug trafficking. Growing up I was taught that one of the best things that could ever be said about a person was that their word was their bond. Vince’s word is his bond and he is deserving of our vote for county prosecutor. Mike Minniear Milford

Uecker is a friend of business

Joe Uecker has provided outstanding leadership during the past eight years as state representative of the 66th Ohio House District. Notably, Joe has been a strong advocate on behalf of the businesses community. Joe has focused on job creation, and on keeping government from getting in the way of businesses with undue regulations. Joe is now running for the state senate to represent the 14th District. Joe’s experience as a state representative and as a previous small business owner makes him well qualified to represent businesses in all counties of the 14th District. I ask you to join me in voting for Joe Uecker on March 6. Ed Nurre, President/CEO Nurre Funeral Homes Amelia

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Vote Wiedenbein

I am not sure about you, but I have become increasingly tired of politicians and their promises and “talk.” The political “game” has become tiring, but in Clermont County we have and outstanding, common sense elected official that does not make false promises or tell you what you want to hear to get elected. She simply does her job and does it well. I have know Barb Wiedenbein for many years, she has lived in this county since she was a child and has served as your common pleas clerk of courts for seven years. Barb’s common sense approach is something you do not often find. When the county’s title office needed ATM machines installed she got the job done. When she discovered the postage service they were using was wasting money, she changed systems saving the county thousands. When she extensively researched e-filing (paperless) and discovered the initial phase of this project alone would cost over $850,000, she chose to hold off until the county’s financial position stabilized and gave the county $1 million over three years to help the county employees. I encourage you to vote common sense on March 6. Vote Wiedenbein. Ruth Salonus Union Township

Joe Uecker understands local government

Joe Uecker’s experience as a Miami Township trustee in Clermont County and his years of service as administrator of the county engineer’s office provided an excellent background and understanding of the issues that local governments face each day. During his tenure as state representative for the 66th House District, Joe has put this experience to work on behalf of local government, advocating for townships to set speed limits on township roads, and allowing townships to use funds to repair roads and bridges, and Joe has supported other initiatives to support and protect the rights of local governments. Joe is now running to serve as our senator in Ohio’s 14th Senate District. With his years of experience in the state house, Joe is well equipped and prepared to serve. Experience counts. Please join me in voting for Joe Uecker on March 6. Jim Sauls Batavia Township Trustee

Wiedenbein is dedicated

I would like to tell you about a person I know very well. Her name is Barb Wiedenbein. She is our Common Pleas Clerk of Courts. Barb has held this position for eight years and has done an excellent job. I know her to be a honest and caring person. She loves this county that she lives in, and wants to do everything she can to make it a great place to live. She volunteers on many boards and committees in Clermont County who need her help. Her mission in life has always been to help the community and serve the people. That is what she has been doing for years. I am very proud to call her my friend. The primary election is on March 6, 2012. Barb is asking to be reelected to the position of Common Pleas Clerk of Courts. There is no one more qualified or respected in this county for that position more than Barb Wiedenbein. See LETTERS, Page A10

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That is why I am voting for her on March 6. Debbie Siegroth Union Township

Elect Uible

As a resident of New Richmond and CEO of Hilltop Basic Resources, I've taken particular interest in a candidate running for the office of clerk of courts in Clermont County. David Uible not only comes from New Richmond, where we have had other effective public servants such as Rose Vesper and Tom Niehaus, but David also has valuable chief executive experience from running his own turn-around investment company, Uible Management Group, for over 22 years. David has made strategic investments, created and retained over 100 jobs, and contributed to the wealth and prosperity of this community. Isn't this the kind of talented individual we need who is willing to serve his county and bring professionalism and ethics back to the office of clerk of courts? We need someone who understands strategic planning, effective management, and automation where it is needed. We need these kinds of good solid business fundamentals for our public sector positions in order to gain efficiencies, provide better customer service, and save taxpayers precious resources. I can't imagine a better public servant than David Uible for the clerk of courts and I highly recommend voting for him on March 6. John Steele, Jr. New Richmond

Support Uible

Please support David Uible for Clermont County clerk of courts on March 6. David brings an abundance of corporate and business experience to the position. David Uible's candidacy represents an opportunity to bring fresh ideas, a new approach and insert a successful businessman's perspective into public office, emphasizing cost-effective use of technology in order to achieve greater efficiencies and benefits for all taxpayers. I believe that having a successful individual from the business community agree to step into the public sector arena and serve in this capacity is a real plus for our community and should be encouraged and supported. Please vote for David Uible for Clermont County clerk of courts on Tuesday, March 6. John Trautman Pierce Township

Faris will work full time

Please join me in supporting Vince Faris’ campaign to become the next Clermont County prosecuting attorney. Vince has pledged to serve as a full-time prosecutor representing only Clermont County citizens. I am convinced that our county needs and deserves a prosecutor whose only interest will be the citizens of this county. I have practiced law in this county since 1964, serving as county treasurer since 1988. I have witnessed tremendous growth in our county. Unprecedented legal demands have

been placed upon public office holders and criminal justice system workers. Meeting the demands of this growth requires a prosecutor who will devote all of his time and energy protecting the interests of Clermont County citizens. Vince has practiced law in this county since 1981, serving as assistant prosecuting attorney from 19811987. He successfully prosecuted scores of serious felony cases. Since 1987, Vince has maintained a multifaceted practice, expanding his knowledge and experience that will serve this county well as our next prosecutor. He has earned his reputation for adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards in all aspects of his career. Please join me in electing Vince Faris as our next prosecutor. J. Robert True Union Township

Decision final

Greentree Road easement to the Amelia school campus has previously been addressed. I was at the hearing held on June 22, 2009. Mr. Bob Proud, Mr. Croswell and Mr. Ed Humprey all agreed that the easement should remain open and that the issue to try and close the easement would not be allowed to be addressed in the future. They all agreed keeping the easement open was a final decision. If the residents have issues with students and/or their parents, they should press charges. Over 100 children use that easement. Those using the easement shouldn't be punished by the actions of a few. In regards to the mud; the commissioners clearly stated that if the county paved the easement the county would be responsible for maintaining it and any liabilities. They did not want this responsibility. Perhaps if the parents of these children would put their resources together and worked as a team, I'm sure it wouldn't cost too much to mulch the easement. It would at least help with the mud issue. Angie Tucker Amelia

Endorse Faris

It is a pleasure to give my wholehearted endorsement of Vincent Faris for the office of Clermont County prosecuting attorney and to recommend him for consideration in the upcoming primary election. I have observed Vince Faris as a fellow practicing attorney in this community for over 20 years. During the years he and I worked together in the firm of Walker, Bradford & Hill, my interaction with Vince gave me insight into his knowledge of the law, the diligence and effectiveness with which he advocated for his clients, and his love for his chosen profession. It is important to him that he is also defined as a devoted family man. In short, Vince is a good man, a fine lawyer, and he will bring the qualities of integrity and honesty to the office of prosecuting attorney. Speaking as a senior member of the legal community, it is time for a change in the office of prosecuting attorney. Please vote for Vincent Faris on March 6, 2012 - he will make an outstanding prosecutor. Lawrence Walker Batavia

CH@TROOM Feb. 1 question Should the Ohio General Assembly revoke the law that allows public employees to retire and then be rehired in their former job, a controversial practice known as “double-dipping”?

“It is not just public employees who can double dip. But most private company employees do not have the opportunity to retire in 20 years. Many public employees have that 20 year retirement window and often with very favorable packages. But that was their choice to go into that line of work so it is fair. I would prefer the retirement tenure for FULL retirement were longer than 20 years or instead a 401K like most private companies are NOW. The Double dipping keeps someone else from taking that job opportunity. I am sure we all wish we could double dip too however. Go Figure!” T.D.T.

Jan. 25 question Would you support government-subsidized public housing in your neighborhood or community? Why or why not?

“No, I would not support government subsidized housing in my community. Because its not fair to the people who have already lost their homes to foreclosure. The area that I live in was hit the hardest with people losing their homes. Now these homes just set empty, with grass growing up to the windows. All the time and money that was put in these homes is gone so fast. Home ownership is a thing of the past.” F.B. "An emphatic no to your question! My grandfather and father did not work in the private investing and real estate markets for 80 years so that our families could be subjected to the possibility of public housing in Indian Hill. “Typically, public housing is highly subsidized, another strain on public taxes. With our supposedly 'top notch' public school system and the money to maintain our current po-

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lice and fire departments, without having to share them with adjacent communities, we already subsidize enough. “Also, public housing has been shown to bring in families with only one parent, children who are often transient between multiple house holds, low level street drugs, high incidents of alcoholism of increases in crime. With no sense of real ownership and typically a low motivational work ethic the properties often fall into disrepair and become an eye sore in the community. “Indian Hill should never be considered a destination for any form of subsidized housing. Their are enough surrounding communities such as Kenwood, Madeira or Mariemont that have sufficient access to public transportation, and the types of demographics that could absorb public housing without having the Village of Indian Hill exposed to a subsidized program that would cause a significant decline in the reputation and quality of life for its residents!” I.P. “I wouldn't support government subsidized housing in any neighborhood. There is a Section 8 house across the street from my daughter's house and it is a poorly maintained disaster zone. There have been three or four different "families" living there in the last three years, none of them have contributed a single thing to the betterment of the neighborhood. The grass is rarely cut and the house is in constant disrepair. This is just another federal entitlement run



“Absolutely not. From what I've seen, government run housing is a disaster, not only for the community, but for those living there.” J.K. “When we speak of ‘government-subsidized housing’ just what do we mean? First of all, government is ‘we the people.’ Assuming we the people have decided to provide housing for certain qualified persons, just what does that mean? Are we going to build or otherwise provide apartments buildings and/or houses? How many? Will the residents be taxpayers who will support our school system or will they be indigent and a burden on the schools? Will this housing mean the residents will always be indigent people and a perpetual a burden on our neighborhood? “I chose to live in my neighborhood based upon several factors the community had to offer. To create a significant type of housing foreign to the community I chose will change it to the point I may no longer want to live here. I paid my way for 41 years and am now on a fixed pension. I cannot afford to pay someone else's share on top of my own.” R.V. “No. Because it is human nature that when you get something for nothing, or next to nothing, you don't take care of it.” L.A.D. “I ain’t touching that with a 10-foot pole.” D.D. “We already have government-subsidized housing in our neighborhood, and frankly, I don't think it's a good idea. It does not teach the occupants to be self-reliant. I wish there was a better way, perhaps a requirement that the people who live in those houses should do something in return, unless they are truly unable.” Bill B. “Definitely yes. The main problems associated

with subsidized housing currently is that it is so concentrated in just a few areas. It needs to be more evenly distributed among all the various communities. It is the responsibility of all, not just the few. Also in a basically bedroom neighborhood like most of Anderson there is not a whole lot of stock that would be available so the fear of being overrun by the poor is a moot point." J.Z. “People and their communities have many needs, including housing, safety, stability and respect. These aren’t ‘either/ or’ elements that we need to choose between. Good community planning can meet the needs of people of different economic levels, family forms, ages and experiences. “The question as it is posed requires a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. I believe that strong communities can ask a better question, such as ‘How can Anderson Township welcome people and provide affordable housing while meeting the needs for safety, stability and respect for everyone?’ “If we ask questions that leave room for dialogue we can find creative, sensible answers that meet today’s very real needs.” L.A.L. “Yes I support subsidized housing in all communities. Housing subsidies provide security for elderly and disabled people who cannot work full time or do not qualify for high-paying jobs; they provide a stable home environment for children whose single parents cannot earn enough to cover rent along with other basic needs. “By providing homes for these children we improve their chances for the future. By providing homes for the disabled, the elderly, and others with little earning power, we demonstrate that we are in fact a community and not just a collection of individuals. “Can we truly be considered a great nation if we won't take care of our citizens?” M.V.

Uible qualified for clerk of courts Why did you get into the buffalo business? This a question I get asked the most and for good reason. These majestic creatures weight up to 2 tons, run up to 30 mph, jump David Uible over COMMUNITY PRESS 6-foot GUEST COLUMNIST fences and both sexes have horns. Buffalo are as native to North America as any other species and were close to extinction in the late 1890s. Today, there are over 500,000 and they are no longer in danger. On the family farm, we breed buffalo for meat, which is low in fat, high in iron, and more nutritionally dense than beef ( We began raising buf-

falo after buying our farm in New Richmond in 1994 because the property had better grazing than crop land. I was also traveling a lot at the time and the buffalo were able to take care of themselves when I was gone. Our daughter Emma was born three years later and was a “farm kid” right from the start. She has raised rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats and hogs for 4-H over the years and began driving the hay wagon at 11 and the riding mower at 12. My wife Cindy is a 4-H advisor and is now a board member on the Clermont County Farm Bureau. The lifestyle benefits which come from living on a farm in the country are priceless and I’d recommend it to anyone. Since moving permanently to Clermont County, I have served as a director at one of our community banks, elect-

ed to a university advisory board, appointed to the county planning and zoning committee, and served on a state committee to disperse grants to companies that create jobs in Clermont County. My commitment to the county runs deep and I have a lot to offer with my education and experience. On March 6, I will be on the Republican primary ballot as I run for the clerk of courts. The clerk of court of common pleas office may seem inconsequential to some, but it is vitally important to the county for the following reasons: • Statewide, the clerk’s office collects over $800,000,000 per year in auto and watercraft sales tax and it is distributed as a significant revenue source for all the counties in Ohio. • Millions of dollars more are collected in court costs, fines and

forfeitures. • The clerk’s office is responsible for managing all the county’s court records. • The clerk of court of common pleas office has 30 employees to carry out these responsibilities. Raising buffalo has been challenging as has been turning around the multiple companies that I have saved from bankruptcy over the last 23 years. The extensive work that needs to be done in the clerk’s office is one more challenge that I am ready, willing and qualified to take on. Please consider voting for me in the clerk of court race on March 6. You can learn more about my business background, family life and education by visiting Thank you for your support.

David Uible is a candidate for Clermont County Clerk of Common Pleas Court.





Mercy Clermont expanding ER By Lisa J. Mauch

BATAVIA TWP. — No one ever wants to make a trip to the emergency room, but visitors to Mercy Health - Clermont Hospital’s emergency department will soon receive enhanced care. A $2.5-million project has started to both expand and renovate the emergency room, located off Ohio 32. “The volume of the emergency Heintzelman department has continued to increase over the past decade,” said Dr. Joe Renusch, medical director of the department. More than 40,000 patients come through the Renusch emergency department each year and the new facility would help make the admission process more efficient, he said. The first change people will notice is the separate, sheltered patient entrance for pickups and drop-offs in a new parking area. Currently, patients share an entrance with the ambulances, said Renusch. He said the emergency department also would be getting a four-room suite for behavioral health patients. “Our psychiatric patients will have their own area. Right

The first phase of Mercy Clermont's emergency department expansion/renovation project is mostly in space not being used at the hospital, so patient care is not affected while construction continues. PROVIDED now ,they’re integrated into the emergency department,” said Renusch. Other changes will be the addition of digital X-rays, a second nurse’s station and a new triage

area, said Renusch. He said the emergency department would enlarge some of its rooms and replacing curtains with doors. “Things are moving towards privacy and doored rooms and

we’re keeping up with the times,” said Renusch. “At the same time, we’re ahead of the pack on things, too. The physician triage is cuttingedge. We see 90 percent of our

patients in 30 minutes now,” he said, adding after the renovation, “it will be even better. Our goal is obviously 100 percent.” When the expansion is complete, the emergency room will have three distinct areas for patients to go in after triage - minor, intermediate and acute, said Gayle Heintzelman, site administrator. “We’re trying to do it now, but due to the confined space it’s difficult with the amount of patients we see,” she said. She said the expansion and renovation process should last a little over a year. “We’re doing it in four phases so the interruption is minimal,” said Renusch. He said the first phase is creating a patient care area in a part of the hospital not being used. Once this area is complete, they can work from there while their current area is renovated. “There will be times we have to close rooms, but we’ll have others open. You can’t shut down an emergency department to do renovations,” he said. “I think the community deserves a top-notch emergency department,” said Renusch. Heintzelman said all the changes would allow the hospital to provide patients with compassionate care with a greater efficiency. “Being able to continue to serve our community with highquality care is what we want to do. Our mission is provide the healing ministry of Jesus,” she said.

Pregnancy help center is ‘A Caring Place’ By Lisa J. Mauch

CLERMONT CO. — It’s been said when life hands you lemons you make lemonade. In Shawna Dunn’s case, life handed her an unplanned pregnancy and from that she made A Caring Place pregnancy help center. Located in Mount Carmel, the nonprofit center provides a variety of free services and programs for women and their families. It all started back in the spring of 1996 said Dunn, who serves as executive director of the center. The Withamsville resident was volunteering in a Mount Lookout pregnancy center and also noticing young, pregnant girls at her daughters’ schools. Having dealt with an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager, Dunn wanted to help others facing the same challenge. “I felt very strongly that the Lord was laying on my heart to get something organized in this part of town,” said Dunn. It took two years for her to lay the foundation for the center. Along the way she gathered support from friends, churches, the community and local business leaders. “It really was a snowball effect. It took more than one or two

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people to get this place together,” said Dunn. The center opened its doors in July 1998. Its original location was a small residence on Old Ohio 74. Due to its size, the center’s parenting classes were held at Mt. Carmel Christian Church. As the center grew, Dunn said she knew a larger building was needed. The new site opened in

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volunteers who give their time, their hearts and their talents. If it wasn’t for the number of volunteers that came together over the years, this place wouldn’t exist,” said Dunn. One volunteer is Leslie Barton. A retired special education teacher, Barton had her own surprise pregnancy when her last child came late in life. It was at the same time her husband was losing his job and the Union Township resident said she felt like God was testing her. “That was in 1998. It was at a time when our church was talking about A Caring Place reaching out to women in a crisis pregnancy,” said Barton. She said even though terminat-

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ing the pregnancy was something she never considered, she feels like she can understand women facing a crisis pregnancy. “I like talking to them and helping them and giving them education on different alternatives and helping them through a difficult situation,” said Barton. Even though the pregnancy center doesn’t provide abortions, it does have counseling services for women who have terminated a pregnancy, said Dunn. “We’re not here to pass any judgment on anyone or cram anything down anyone’s throat. What we want to extend to them is love and grace,” said Dunn. Her next goal, she said, is to expand enough to house a Healthy Beginnings obstetrical clinic at the center. “I never thought I could do something like this. This has been the most amazing blessing of my life,” said Dunn. A Caring Place is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and is closed Saturday and Sunday. To find out more about services A Caring Place offers or how to volunteer, call 753-HELP (4357) or 300-3565. Visit A Caring Place at

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Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Juilfs Park, 8249 Clough Pike, Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 474-0003, ext. 5096. Anderson Township.

Hearing Solutions Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Anderson Office, 7689 Beechmont Ave., Free hearing screening and evaluation. Demonstrations of new invisible hearing aid with hearing expert Tom Barnhart. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Hearing Solutions by Ellis-Scott & Associates. 248-1944. Anderson Township. Past Life Regression Group Hypnosis, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., The Face Place, 632 Main St., Take glimpse into past life and learn why you struggle with certain things. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Sweetdreams Hypnosis. 800-385-0765; Milford.

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Chocolate Roses, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Teens make chocolate rose for valentine. Ages 12-18. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476. Loveland.

Writing Across the Enneagram: A Spiritual Workshop & Retreat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Enneagram: system of understanding personality and relationships. Join Enneagram teacher Leslie Hershberger and creative writing teacher Pauletta Hansel pair Enneagram exploration and creative writing for greater self awareness. $75. Reservations required. 6832340; Loveland.

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

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Schools Week-long Open House Event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, 1280 Nagel Road, Meet degreed teachers and tour newly renovated school. Ages 10 and under. Family friendly. Free. 474-5292. Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, coleslaw, tossed salad, apple sauce, cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carryout. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford.

Health / Wellness Hearing Solutions Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Anderson Office, Free. Reservations required. 248-1944. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day A Sinatra Valentine’s Weekend, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., McKenna’s Lounge: club casual attire, hot hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drink prices. Music by Matt Snow. Ages 21 and up. Free. 752-4400. Union Township.

Schools Week-long Open House Event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292.


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Holiday - Valentine’s Day A Sinatra Valentine’s Evening, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., MJ’s on Main, 18 Main St., Favorite Sinatra songs, All-American fare, casual dining and drink specials. Full bar available. Ages 21 and up. Free admission. 831-9888; Milford.

Luncheon, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Music by the Cincinnati Sound., RSVP at Wards Corner, 453 Wards Corner Road, Business and professional women’s sorority. Benefits the Go Red for Women "Open Your Heart" campaign. $25. Reservations due by Jan. 31. Presented by Beta Sigma Phi, Cincinnati. 771-7209. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley "KC" Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Dinner, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Candlelight dinner featuring choice of spaghetti or lasagna served with salad and bread sticks. Dessert and beverage also included. Door prizes and silent auction. Benefits Jamaica Mission Trip and Youth Fund. $25 couple, $15 single. Reservations required by Feb. 5. 2314301; Anderson Township. A Sinatra Valentine’s Weekend, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, Ballroom: $50 per couple, upscale attire, cash bar, discounted pricing, cocktails at 7 p.m., plated dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. with salads, steak and chicken combo and dessert buffet. Free. 752-4400. Union Township.

Music - Benefits A Touch of Class, 7:15 p.m., Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Road, Music by Voices in Praise, Youth Voices in Praise, Joyful Noise, Epiphany Children’s Choir and Epiphany Children’s Handbell Choir. Special performance by various friends from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Benefits Voices in Praise participation in the 2012 World Choir Games. free, donation requested. 677-9866. Loveland.


Matt Snow will perform in A Sinatra Valentine's Weekend at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. For more information, call 752-4400. FILE PHOTO.

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Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Carnival-themed events. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 724-9622; Williamsburg Township. Y WEEK Open House, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Carnival-themed events. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 474-1400; Anderson Township.

Schools Week-long Open House Event, 10 a.m.-noon, The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450. 831-9876. Milford.


Exercise Classes

Hands-On Backyard Maple Sugaring Workshop, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage and boiling as well as finishing and canning syrup on a small scale discussed. Ages 18 and up. $8, $5 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Hands-On Nature, 10 a.m.-noon 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play Facilitators provide variety of tools and toys for children to borrow to explore PlayScape. Family friendly. $8, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Bird Walks, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown

Cardio Kick Boxing, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, third-degree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

Nature Love on the Wild Side, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. A naturalist will reveal the beauty secrets various animals use to help them find their perfect mate. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park,

6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. Single adults ages 21 and up welcome to share love of dogs with other single adults. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

MONDAY, FEB. 13 Art & Craft Classes Precious Metal Clay Demonstration, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Artist Trish Jeffers-Zeh demonstrates art of precious metal clay. She will use metal clays to make precious metal jewelry. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Lapidary and Faceting Society. 575-1990. Symmes Township.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township. Motherless Daughters Ministry Event, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Weekly through April 30., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Life-affirming study based on the book "Motherless Daughters: A Legacy of Loss" by Hope Edelman. Book chronicles author’s brave search for healing following the death of her mother when she was 17. $35. Registration required. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Town-

Hikes For Scouts, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Hour-long hikes begin at Sugar House. $50 up to 12 scouts, 1 free chaperone. $100 13-20 scouts, 2 free chaperones. $150 21-30 scouts, 3 free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Education How to Lower Your Property Taxes, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Learn why property taxes are so high and what can be done. How to successfully challenge the value established by county auditor. Also, how property taxes and values are calculated and who may file and appeal. Presented by Empower U Ohio. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

Re: Generation Music Project, 8 p.m., Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive, Not Rated. Documentary on DJs as they remix, recreate and reimagine five traditional styles of music. Starring Skillrex, DJ Premier, the Crystal Methon, Pretty Lights and Mark Ronson. $10.50, $9.50 ages 60 and up, $7.50 ages 2-12; plus fees. 248-2169. Milford.

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Hearing Solutions Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Milford, Free. 2481944. Milford.

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

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Recreation Hikes For Scouts, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 17 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

Health / Wellness Hearing Solutions Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Milford, Free. 2481944. Milford.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Become a Wiser Health Care Consumer, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Learn how senior citizens can protect themselves from health care fraud. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia.

Health / Wellness Hearing Solutions Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Milford, 1106 Main St., Free hearing screening and evaluation. Demonstrations of new invisible hearing aid with Chris Chimielewski, hearing expert. For seniors. Free. Presented by Hearing Solutions by Ellis-Scott & Associates. 2481944. Milford. Group Hypnosis for Weight Loss, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., The Face Place, 632 Main St., $50. Reservations required. Presented by Sweetdreams Hypnosis. 800-3850765. Milford. Pre-Diabetes Class, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, 7500 State Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.

Support Groups Job Loss Support Group, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Unload burdens, get support, ask questions and understand grief. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745. Anderson Township.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


On Stage - Student Theater Robin Hood: A Monk’s Tale, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. While Robin gathers his band and fights to protect the peasants of Nottingham, the evil Sheriff plots his destruction. Family friendly. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 18 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Free. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class and Luau Themed Party, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, Class followed by manicures, pedicures, massages, shopping, food and more. Ages 10 and up. $15. 310-5600; Amelia. Zumba with KC, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Holiday - Mardi Gras 30+ Catholic Singles Mardi Gras Dance, 7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Cafeteria. Includes appetizers and two dink tickets. Additional beer and wine available. Costumes are welcomed, but not required. $15. Presented by 30+Catholic Singles. 846-8189; Anderson Township.



Special meal, treat for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day brings back memories of my first real box of candy. My boyfriend, Jim, came with two velvet heart-shaped boxes of Brach’s candy from the corner drug store. One was for me and the other for my mom. Pretty cool. Rita I learned a Heikenfeld valuable lesson: RITA’S KITCHEN Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts!

Scott Bien’s Valentine’s Day city chicken and special smashed potatoes I enjoy meeting young people who are cooking simply for the love of it. Scott Bien, a West-side reader, does just that. As Scott told me: “While my education is in law, my passion lies in cooking.” I asked Scott to create an easy, but elegant, Valentine’s dinner. Scott’s philosophy is if you love the person you are cooking for and love what you are doing, you are already half way to a delicious Valentine’s Day dish. (He also shared a fabulous recipe for a mango chicken curry on my blog, Cooking with Rita, on

City chicken/pork

Made from pork loin. The story goes that it was

created years ago since pork was cheaper than chicken (Cincinnati being Porkopolis and all). The skewered meat is supposed to resemble a chicken leg. Scott gets his made at Humbert’s Meats on Winton Road. Humbert’s puts five one-inch cubes of pork on each skewer. Scott buys six skewers of pork and here’s how he makes them: Roll each in flour seasoned to taste with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and curry powder. Sauté in extra-virgin olive oil until all sides are golden but not cooked through. Wrap each with raw bacon and bake at 350 until bacon is crispy. Scott’s took about 60 minutes. I would check after 30 minutes because ovens vary.

Smashed potatoes 3 lbs. red (new) potatoes, quartered, boiled and kept warm ½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled (save some for garnish) ½ medium yellow onion, diced 4 green onions, sliced (save some for garnish) 8 oz. sour cream 8 oz. chive and onion cream cheese 6 tablespoons butter 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese

Drain potatoes. Add everything and smash. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and

1 stick unsalted butter 2½ teaspoons vanilla 6 cups sifted powdered sugar Pastry bag

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly, add sugar, 2 cups at a time, until all is incorporated. Chill icing slightly before filling pastry bag and frosting cupcakes. Cover and store in refrigerator. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Scott Bien's Valentine's dinner features bacon-wrapped city chicken and smashed potatoes. THANKS TO SCOTT BIEN. curry powder.

Cakery Bakery’s filled strawberry cream cheese cupcakes I met Susan Smith of Cakery Bakery at, of all places, my eye doctor’s office. Susan and best friend Danielle Forrester have a specialty pastry and cake business. (Check out their interesting journey on my blog). Susan’s mom made fancy aprons by hand for the girls. Susan and Danielle are sure to be successful since they bring glitz and a homespun touch to their unique creations. Check them out at or by calling Danielle at 513-2597756. Cake

Makes 24 very moist cupcakes. 2 sticks slightly softened unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 8 oz. softened cream cheese 3 cups sifted cake flour 3 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 5 egg whites 1 cup of milk 2½ teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. In mixer, cream butter until smooth. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and blend. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add whites to butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each. Add milk and vanilla and alternate with flour mixture. Blend. (Don’t over beat – can cause dryness.) Fill

foil-lined cupcake pans ¾ full. Bake 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool before filling and frosting.

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Strawberry filling 1½ cups frozen strawberries 1 tablespoon cornstarch ¼ cup sugar Pastry bag

Combine all ingredients and slowly bring to boil over medium-high heat (Keep stirring until thickened for best results.) Let cool completely before filling pastry bag. Insert tip down into cupcake. Or poke a hole in the center of the cupcake and use a baggie with the corner tip cut off. Frosting 12 oz. softened cream cheese


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Clermont Festival Chorale organizing After a several year hiatus, the Clermont Festival Chorale is starting up again with a Spring Festival season. New music directors Tracy and Tim Carpenter will lead the group in a concert of American composers titled “United We Sing.” Rehearsals are 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Milford Junior High School music room, 5735 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road. Rehearsals start Feb. 25, with eight rehearsals over a 10-week period, end with a concert April 28. Anyone from high school age up who likes to sing is welcome to join the group, which already has more than 40 singers participating. “All singers are welcome, and you don’t even have to be from Cler-

mont County,” said Tracy Carpenter. “You just need to love choral music and be available on Saturday mornings. Recordings of all the pieces will be provided to help singers practice between Saturdays. We plan to produce a quality performance and have fun doing it.” Musical selections include colonial, show tunes and jazz, 20th and 21st century, and folk/ spirituals. Tim Carpenter feels the music showcases the variety found among American composers: “There is something here for everyone. This music is fun to sing and ... translates into a great concert for all ages.” Tracy and Tim Carpenter have extensive experience leading choral groups. Tracy has been the Milford Junior

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UC Clermont faculty honored Three English faculty members at UC Clermont College were honored recently for their creative writing work. Assistant Professor of English Phoebe Reeves’ poem “The Folly of Mercutio in a Pacifist Town,” first published in The American Poetry Journal, and reprinted at Verse Daily ( has been nominated by Editor J.P. Dancing Bear for a Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series - published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Joel Peckham, assistant professor of English, received two recent acco-

lades for his work. His essay, “Please Take What You Want,” was listed as a “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays 2011. His recent book, “Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery” was a finalist for the New Rivers MVP prize and will appear in hardcover from Academy Chicago Publishers this spring. Mike Hampton, visiting assistant professor of English, recently had his work nominated for inclusion in the anthology Best American Short Stories 2012. The journal, “Atticus Review,” which published his short story “Swimmers” earlier last year, made the nomination. You can read the story online at


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Check moving company’s insurance coverage As the economy picks up, home sales are expected to gain momentum. If you’re in the market for a new home, you need to pay close attention to the insurance provided by the moving company you hire. That’s what a Loveland woman learned after some of her items were damaged during her move. Adrienne Harmeyer says she doesn’t have a lot of furniture but what she does have is very nice. She hired a moving company that’s been in business many years and relied on it to safely transport her items. “The three main things that were damaged were the china cabinet, my grandmother’s drop leaf table and a book shelf. There were other things that were damaged but those are the three big things that we wanted them to fix,” Harmeyer says. She says she became concerned because she found a large gash in her china cabinet even before the move was completed. “I don’t know how it happened. I think it was when they were taking the top part off the china cabinet and somehow they damaged it. It’s a fairly large chip,” Harmeyer says. The contract with the moving company says, “We are fully insured at no additional charge.” So she called the company

owner. “I said, ‘What are you going to do?’ He said, ‘Don’t worry we’ll take care of it. Howard We’ll have Ain our furniHEY HOWARD! ture repair person fix it, but we’ll do all of that once we unload the truck and see if there’s anything else that’s damaged – and then we’ll go from there.’” When everything was unloaded she found scratches on a wood table and got a repair estimate of $600 to fix the two big items. She submitted the estimate and says she was shocked at the check she received from the movers insurance company. It wasn’t for $600, but for just $84. “The insurance company says they only pay 60 cents per pound for furniture that’s moved and damaged,” Harmeyer says. The owner of the moving company tells me he too was surprised by that small check. He says he has full replacement value insurance to cover anything that’s damaged. He says Harmeyer should have received a check for $600. He’s complained repeatedly to his insurance company without success

so is now sending Harmeyer his own check for more than $500 to cover the rest of the repairs. This should be a lesson for everyone preparing to move. You should thoroughly review the moving company’s terms for insurance coverage prior to signing a contract. There are three levels of insurance you can get. The first is minimal reimbursement, which gives you 60 cents per pound for anything lost of damaged. The second is depreciated value, in which you get the current value of your damaged goods or $2.25 per pound, whichever is greater. The third level is replacement value, in which you’re reimbursed up to the replacement value you declare for anything lost or damaged. A moving company may reserve the right to repair any damaged items prior to replacing them. Finally, it’s important to make an inventory of everything before you move - and closely inspect everything afterward so you quickly know whether or not there was any damage and can file a claim. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Mark your calendars for the third annual Clermont DD Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 9, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Just who will win the Mirror Ball trophy? Last year's winners were Ohio Rep. Joe Uecker and Meredith Delaney. PROVIDED

Local residents graduate United Way BOLD class Thirty future new board and committee members recently graduated from United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s BOLD (Board Orientation and Leadership Development) class. On hand to present certificates and congratulate each graduate was United Way’s Rob Reifsnyder, president and CEO. Local residents in the

class included: Scott Jones, Al. Neyer, Inc., Goshen and Tim Schmalz, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Batavia. Participants in BOLD, a program for people with limited or no board experience, complete six half-day sessions to learn the latest in leadership and business management techniques as well as the core responsibil-

ities of board members. They then select an agency in the community where they can put to use their newly-acquired skills. Visit BOLD or call Nickol Mora, 513-762-7235, to learn the benefits to participants and their employers or for application information for future classes.

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Can’t wait to get gardening years and are very involved in the Antique Machinery Show at GeorgeGeorge town. Rooks Floyd has in the past OLE FISHERMAN had some beautiful Belgian horses so don't forget to send cards. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait shop in Afton. He gave me the dates for the crappie tournaments. There will be two more winter tournaments and the regular summer tournament starts March 26.


509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM

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


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

With this warm weather Monday and Tuesday of this week there are several folks going fishing, and asked Mike if he had

minnows. He ordered a bigger supply. Now Mike said his mother-in-law, Renate, will be 18 Feb. 29, this will be a special birthday. (There have been 18 leap years in her life). Happy birthday from the Ole Fisherman and wife. It is the time of year not only for me to start gardening, but for the pay lakes to start stocking trout. The Cedar Lake will be stocking trout Feb. 3 and will be open weekends for a while before opening all week. I called last Monday and the lady said it is close to spring, when you call. So here we are this weather is so different than what

it should be, but look at the other states. Sherry's pay lake on Slade Road off Ohio 222 will be stocking trout Feb. 3, too and will be open all week at 7 a.m. so stop and see Gary and Sherry. These two do so much for their customers and are always glad to see everyone. You will be greeted with a big smile. I tell you folks when I look at our place and my lovely wife, I am so thankful to be blessed with such a great family and I thank the Good Lord each day and to live in a free country where we can go to the church of our choice. It doesn't get any better than that.

For our noon meal Ruth Ann is fixing soup beans with smoked sausage in them, cornbread with cracklings in it, lime pickles she canned last summer, then seven layer cookies for dessert along with a good cup of raspberry tea. As I am writing this our newest member of our family came parading through the kitchen. This beautiful cat is such a wonderful addition to our family. She is so playful when I go outside. She goes with me and then when we are inside she loves laying on Ruth Ann's lap.





Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst

ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

George Rooks, Ole Fisherman

Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

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

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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.

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

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

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

Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


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

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

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


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

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

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

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

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6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


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

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Howdy folks, Last Wednesday evening, Ruth Ann and I went to Peebles for a funeral visitation. This lady had been fighting cancer for the past two years. These folks are good Grange members. This lady was their piano player and the treasurer of their Grange. She was very concerned about the Grange and community and was dedicated to her family. Her husband raises a big patch of black raspberries, about five acres. Folks would visit the raspberry patch each year and start calling when they thought the berries should be ready to pick. These folks are good friends of ours and lots of people. You may wonder who I am writing about. Their names are Don and Mabel Smalley. Don had retired from the service and then from county office. God Bless these folks. Thursday we went to a dermatologist for Ruth Ann. She had a rash on her arms, legs and back. The lady gave her a prescription for an ointment to put on the rash and a couple shots. My gal is getting better. Last week, I cleaned two of our raised beds that have glass over them. With the warm sun last Monday, Ruth Ann and I planted sugar snap peas. I know I am getting early, but I needed to plant something. We have four raised beds in back of the carpenter shop. Monday we cleaned them and put glass over them to warm up. Last week a lady called and brought us a secretary that is old and in pieces for us to put together. We need to make some of the parts but Ruth Ann can do this. This is a good challenge. So far we are doing OK. There is a lot of gluing, so we glue, then it needs to dry. When we get it fixed, it will be a fine piece of furniture and the lady will be pleased. Friday evening our 50s and over couples from church enjoyed a wonderful covered dish supper and evening at one of our members house. Thanks Jim and Fran. On Sunday evening we were invited to some friends of ours' house for supper. It was great. Thanks Tony and Kate. This may be a little early for this event but mark your calendar. The way time is going, it will be here. I am talking about the Grassy Run Rendezvous event held in the park at Williamsburg. It will be the last weekend of April. The Monroe Grange will be there selling food and are anxious to see all the folks that come from different states. This is a fun weekend so come and enjoy. We pray it doesn't get rained out like last year. We got a call from a lady yesterday and she said they were celebrating their 65-year wedding anniversary Feb. 14. They are not having a big celebration but would enjoy receiving cards. Their names are Norma and Floyd Reveal they live near Marathon. These folks have been good friends of ours for

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)


Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan



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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


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”



Ailments can rise as we sit

During the recent ice storm, my husband and I enjoyed a nice day of lying on the couch by a cheerful fire while watching my favorite movie, “Pride and Prejudice.” Thanks to the remote control, we hardly moved for hours. It was relaxing, restful and, Linda apparEppler ently, a COMMUNITY PRESS good GUEST COLUMNIST way to contract America’s newest epidemic, the Sitting Disease. According to recent research, prolonged sitting is more harmful than first thought. And we do a lot of it. Americans sit more than they sleep, sitting an average of 10 hours a day in a car, in front of a computer, or in a comfy chair in front of the TV. Most of us are aware of the importance of getting up and walking about on long plane flights, but few of us are aware that uninterrupted time on the couch or in front of a computer screen can pose the same risks to health. Even those who engage in regular exercise can be at risk. According to epidemiologist Dr. Steven Blair at the University of South Carolina, exercising an hour a day still leaves 23 for sedentary activity. “When you add it all up,” Blair said, “it’s a lot more sitting than moving.” Blair said scientists

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are just beginning to learn about the risks of a mostly sedentary lifestyle. The health risks are many. People who sit more have higher cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides. The likelihood of becoming obese, developing diabetes, or even cancer, all rise as we sit. And federal government statistics show that older adults are among the worst offenders. According to Elizabeth Pope, a Portland writer specializing in lifestyle issues for the 50-plus audience, more that 75 percent of all seniors are sedentary. Physiologist Dr. Toni Yancey said we aren’t “structured” to be sitting for long periods of time. “When we do that,” she said, “our body just goes into shutdown.” Yancey says even a few minutes of movement every hour can be beneficial. Stand up, sit down, wiggle, move around, or march in place. These simple movements can work wonders. While many find it difficult to maintain a daily exercise program, there can be no excuse for not making a conscious decision to get up and move around during the day. Standing while changing channels manually or getting up for a few minutes while working at a computer, which I am doing now, can be of beneficial. It’s an easy way to improve health in the year to come. Most of us can do that much and more. Even while watching “Pride and Prejudice.”

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

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization that promotes personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Delta Chi, the Clermont County chapter of this organization, honors women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in education. Delta Chi members endow scholarships to aid outstanding women who are pursuing graduate study locally and help grant fellowships to women educators from other countries. Delta Chi members promote the arts. Delta Chi members are women helping women, regularly contributing to the House of Peace in Batavia. Recently, Delta Chi hosted a luncheon to welcome four new members: Heather Edwards, who teaches in Goshen; Bonnie Frey, West Clermont; Linda Salzer, CNE, retired;

From left: Jan Schoellman who taught in Goshen; Linda Salzer, CNE; Boonie Frye, West Clermont; and Heather Edwards, Goshen. and Jan Schoellman, Goshen, retired. In November, Delta Chi members met in Batavia and made blankets to donate to the House of Peace. The December meeting was held at Anchorage Museum in Goshen. In 2012, Delta Chi members will have a presentation by member Lisa

Edwards called “If You Don’t Feed the Students, They Might Eat the Teacher!” take a Zumba lesson, and have a wildflower walk led by Clermont County Park District staff. Delta Chi strives for professional and personal development. The meetings cover a variety of ex-

Daniels first DAISY award winner Pam Daniels, RN, has earned the first DAISY Award at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) to honor the “super-human work” that nurses do every day. The nominations can be made by patients or coworkers. The award honors nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary

Pam Daniels earned the first DAISY award at Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital.

compassionate care. Daniels, of Lynchburg, Ohio, was nominated by the family of an elderly patient she cared for at Mer-

cy Clermont. They noted that she “was caring and very sincere and even cried with us. She kept our Grandma comfortable; we believe God sent us an angel to care for Grandma that day.” Daniels is one of the outstanding caregivers who have contributed to Mercy Clermont being rated one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Thomson

Reuters three years in a row. The DAISY Award will be awarded to a nurse each quarter at Mercy Clermont. Be sure to nominate a nurse who demonstrates excellence and reflects what Mercy Clermont and the Mercy Mission are all about. Nomination forms can be picked up in any of the nursing units in the hospital. To learn more about Mercy Health, visit or go to Facebook at Mercy Health.

‘Ultimate Givers’ provide dignified support Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout Brown,

Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties. “Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical du-

ties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones.

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periences in fellowship and educational growth. If you know of an outstanding woman educator who qualifies for membership, contact president Melody Newman at or Joan Ballbach at for consideration of membership nomination.

Crossroads Hospice also is seeking volunteers to support its signature programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift.” The “Gift of a Day” program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. For more information or to sign up as an “Ultimate Giver,” contact Jackie Bouvette at 513-793-5070 or complete an application online at “Volunteers make a world of difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families,” said Bouvette, volunteer coordinator of Crossroads Hospice’s Cincinnati office. “By doing the little things such as being a friendly voice to patients, reading to patients, and giving caregivers a much needed break, our Ultimate Givers make a meaningful difference to families during a difficult and strenuous time.” Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Joshua Davidson, 22, 174 N. 8th St., Williamsburg, and Nicole Davis, 29, 174 N. 8th St., Williamsburg, server.



POLICE REPORTS Incidents/investigations Possible drug abuse Unlabeled bottle of medication found in vehicle during traffic stop at area of West Main Street, Jan. 17. Theft 1997 Honda taken at 20 Partridge Drive, Dec. 24.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Jessica Motley, 30, 6841 Park Ave., warrant, Jan. 16. Shawn O. Simpson, 21, 2426 Straight St., warrant, Jan. 17. Stephanie R. Goble, 32, 351 Walnut, warrant, Jan. 21. Joseph A. Lung, 27, 4047 Greenbriar, driving under influence, drug possession, drug instruments, Jan. 20. Marty McDonald, 30, 43 Amelia Olive Branch, drug possession, paraphernalia, Jan. 18. Thomas Niebuer, 34, 470 Wood St., driving under influence, Jan. 15.

Incidents/investigations Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 495 Old Boston Road, Jan. 23. Theft AC unit taken from Marathon Gas Station; $2,000 at West Main Street, Jan. 17. I-Phone taken; $500 at 950 Kent Road, Jan. 20.

NEW RICHMOND Arrests/citations Dustin Potts, 31, 218 Sophia St., theft, Jan. 10.

Incidents/investigations Animals Dispatched for injured deer U.S. 52, Jan. 11. Drug paraphernalia Drug paraphernalia found in vehicle during traffic stop at area if Ohio 52 at Adamson Street, Jan. 17. Theft Scrap metal taken at 230 Western Ave., Jan. 10. Medication taken at 302 Caroline St., Jan. 12. Bucket for tractor and bush hog were taken; $2,000 at 1044 Old Ohio 52, Jan. 12.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Ricky McMurry, 46, 927 Old Ohio 52, theft, Jan. 16. Tommy B. Charles, 23, 3910 Holbrook, breaking and entering, criminal tools, theft, Jan. 17. John D. Nantz, 27, 5815 Croslin St., breaking and entering, criminal tools, theft, obstructing justice, Jan. 17. Leeanne N. Kunkle, 26, 5815 Croslin St., complicity, breaking and entering, drug possession, Jan. 17. Amanda L. Watson, 20, 306 St. Andrews No. A, warrant, Jan. 13. Zachary Walls, 19, 2751 E. Ohio Pike No. 171, drug instrument, warrant, Jan. 21. Mark W. Waldbillig, 21, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 151, warrant, Jan. 18. Dwayne M. Keeton, 23, 318 Campbell, warrant, Jan. 20. Jeffrey R. Harris, 33, 3596 Lake Meadow, warrant, Jan. 21. Heather M. Lohbeck, 26, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 210, warrant, Jan. 21. Alma M. Shockley, 51, 3967 Piccadilly, warrant, Jan. 22.

Shawn Kendoll, 28, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 122, warrant, Jan. 22. Tara Beach, 27, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 122, warrant, Jan. 22.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal Clermont publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Amelia, Interim Chief John Wallace, 753-4747 » Batavia village, Chief Mike Gardner, 732-5692 » New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121 » Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 752-3830 » Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230 » Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261 » Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500.

Incidents/investigations Assault Female was assaulted at Denny Drive, Jan. 20. Male stated he was assaulted at Ohio Pike, Jan. 21. Criminal damage Object thrown at vehicle at 3200 block of Cole Road, Jan. 19. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization at 3155 Jenny Lind, Jan. 19. Theft Gasoline taken from vehicle at 1753 E. Ohio Pike, Jan. 16. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 1600 Golf Club Lane No. 8, Jan. 16. Aluminum items, etc. taken; $5,521 at 711 Ohio 749, Jan. 17. 2008 Honda taken; $15,000 at 890 Bradbury, Jan. 18. A ring was taken; $500 at 1382 Locust Lake, Jan. 18. Scrap metal and clothes washer taken; $1,000 at 3463 Orchard, Jan. 18. Home theater system taken from Walmart; $198 at Ohio Pike, Jan. 19. Unauthorized use 2002 Hyundai taken at 414 Old Kellogg, Jan. 20.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Tasha J. Lee, 29, 4009 Williams, warrant, Jan. 19. Brian Addis, 39, 1471 Blue Orchard, disorderly conduct, Jan. 18. Amber K. Couch, 19, 117 Cuba Pike, no drivers license, Jan. 19. Earl D. Parson, 59, 3895 Wolfcreek, driving under influence, Jan. 18. Brian R. Ball, 38, 4601 Vermona, obstructing official business, leaving scene, driving under suspension, Jan. 18. Marvin Naegle Jr., 33, 505 Old Ohio 74 No. 12, domestic violence, Jan. 18. Katherine Walls, 43, 3906 Old Savannah, driving under suspension, Jan. 18. Kevin M. Bockelman, 22, 4332 Gary, abusing harmful intoxicants, driving under suspension, Jan. 19. Donald Gross Jr., 24, 2165 Houser, theft, Jan. 19. Laura Denton, 52, 4519 New Market, warrant service, Jan. 19. Robert J. Kapehas Jr., 29, 439 Maplecroft, warrant service, Jan. 19. Kristy L. Renard, 57, 7708 Stoneyhill, disorderly conduct, Jan. 19. Tyler Disney, 26, Lka 626 Arlington, warrant service, Jan. 19. Isaac Perry, 34, 6230 Chandler, warrant service, Jan. 17. Amanda Riess, 32, 8162 W. Mill St., warrant service, Jan. 17. Leslie J. Hawkins, 29, 4517 New Market, driving under suspen-

sion, Jan. 19. Brittany D. Beckman, 28, 35 Tall Trees, driving under suspension, Jan. 19. Erin E. Brannum, 27, 8685 Ohio 32, driving under suspension, Jan. 18. Nichole Drew, 26, 503 Piccadilly, aggravated menacing, Jan. 22. Jessica L. Huddleston, 20, 3480 Cheviot, underage consumption, Jan. 22. Robert A. Redkey, 22, 44 Sioux Court, driving under suspension, Jan. 22. Thomas E. Redkey, 24, 600 University Lane, warrant service, Jan. 22. Cody W. Hodge, 20, 1694 Clark, physical control, underage consumption, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 19. Jeremy L. Holbrook, 39, unauthorized use, Jan. 19. Timothy J. Beard, 24, 4060 Greenbriar, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, Jan. 22. Dionne C. McDowell, 42, 4345 Terrace Drive, child endangering, Jan. 21. Zjsmrd A. Black Jr., 33, 526 Old Ohio 74 No. 14, domestic violence, Jan. 22. Keith L. Parsons, 33, 474 Piccadilly No. D, theft, Jan. 22. David E. White, 19, 474 Piccadilly No. D, theft, Jan. 22. Sarajhe A. Gopaul, 21, 4229 Mad Anthony Way, criminal damage, domestic violence, Jan. 22. Selena Davidson, 32, 8701 Harper’s Point, driving under influence, Jan. 20. Mark D. Adams, 21, 3946 Hopper Hill, soliciting, Jan. 20. Pamela D. Holland, 44, 626 Arlington, obstructing official business, Jan. 19. Kristen Holland, 27, 626 Arlington, obstructing official business, Jan. 19. Carol D. Reed, 38, 3205 Snider Malott, driving under influence drug paraphernalia, Jan. 19. Chad M. Wallzs, 19, 4473 Eastwood, misuse of credit card, Jan. 18. John McDermott, 33, 9569 Montclair, domestic violence,

Jan. 18. Timothy M. Henson, 24, 3740 Hutton St., robbery, Jan. 18. David A. Bain, 49, 43 Apple Lane, driving under influence, Jan. 24. Joshua C. Music, 20, 807 Danny Drive, warrant service, Jan. 24. Amy L. Berry, 35, 135 Newlun Court, warrant service, Jan. 24. Danny A. Naegele, 51, 1269 Ohio 125, warrant, Jan. 23. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 23. Troy Angelo, 40, 3961 Piccadilly No. E, theft, Jan. 23. Garrett Walker, 25, 5080 Frankfort, theft, Jan. 22. Joshua D. Coyle, 28, 1240 Duncan, complicity, Jan. 22. Earl Stephenson, 45, 9063 Black Rabbit, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, Jan. 22. Nicholas A. Dolph, 27, 6840 Kesler, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, theft, Jan. 22. Adam P. Mathes, 22, 632 Arlington, warrant, Jan. 23. Amie M. Quimby, 34, 6674 Salem, warrant service, Jan. 23. Christina A. Ahrman, 30, Lka 204 Cardinal Drive, theft, Jan. 23.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Tools, etc. taken from storage bin; $900 at Eastwood Drive, Jan. 13. Tools taken; $350 at 4485 Grandview, Jan. 21. Burglary Jewelry, etc. taken; $2,950 at 1148 Forest Run, Jan. 22.


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

Filings Tiffany R. Demint, et al., vs. Jason E. Yochum, et al., other tort. Amy Vehr, et al., vs. American Family Insurance Co., other tort. James Combs, et al., vs. Mercy Hospital Clermont, et al., other tort. Jasmine McDonald vs. Pebble Brooke Apartments, et al., other tort. Whitney Wharton vs. Michael Dickten, other tort. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., et al., vs. Derrick L. Hill., et al., other tort. Patricia A. Meurer vs. Walmart Stores East Inc., other tort. Jamie Scott vs. Meijer Stores Limited Partnership, et al., other tort. Rick Holder, et al., vs. Stephen B. Littman, et al., other tort. Christina A. Saba vs. United Household Rentals Inc., et al., worker’s compensation. Rita Darnell vs. Petermann LLC, et al., worker’s compensation. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Stephen R. Bogan, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA successor by merger to BAC vs. Michael Caudill, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank vs. W. Jean Thornberry, et al., foreclosure. Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Angel M. Strunk, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Timothy L. Gregory, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Christopher S. Morehouse, et al., foreclosure. Saxon Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Stephen R. Sims, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Hilda Pirkle, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. William D. Fox, et al., foreclosure. Village of Woodcreek Condiminium Owners Assoc. vs. Kelly L. Diedenhofer, et al., foreclosure. Wesbanco Bank Inc. vs. KWS Group I LLC, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Sunday M. Gadberry, et al., foreclosure.

Everbank vs. James Haustetter, et al., foreclosure. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Scott M. Loving, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Terry D. Williamson Jr., et al., foreclosure. Demelida Escoriaza vs. RGE Investments LLC, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Timothy McGeen, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kathy Sue Bird, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Daniel L. Moore, et al., foreclosure. Suntrust Mortgage Inc. vs. Ledford E. Frasure, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Carol L. Raymond, et al., foreclosure. Commons of Eastgate Condominium Unit Owners Associ vs. John W. Keller, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Robert E. Bailey, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Ricky B. Fontaine, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Tammy Smith, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Timothy J. Taylor II, et al., foreclosure. Used Car Supermarket Inc., et al., vs. Bureau of Motor Vehicles, administrative appeal. Sandra R. Shearer vs. Scott A. Gerhardt Jr., other civil. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Bill Thies, other civil. Crystal Wiederhold vs. Alexandra Brown, et al., other civil. James S. Arnold vs. Larry A. Marcum, et al., other civil. Tony Dougherty, et al., vs. James R. Pitcher, other civil. Mount Moriah Village Developers LLC, et al., vs. Tepe Nursery Inc., et al., other civil. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust vs. Jennifer Siefke, et al., other civil. Classic Federal Credit Union vs. Theresa M. Morris, et al., other civil. American Express Centurion Bank vs. Laura Crawford, other civil. Citibank NA vs. Ryan Crowell,

NOTICE FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received at the office of the Board of Township Trustees of Pierce Township, 950 Locust Corner Road, Clermont County, Ohio, until Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at which time they will be publicly opened, for furnishing the labor and material required to replace various street curbing and gutter in Pierce Township according to the surveys, plans, profiles, cross sections, estimates and specifications for such improvement on file with the Township Fiscal Officer, Karen Register, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. All bids are to be marked "Bid - 2012 Pierce Township, Clermont County, Ohio Curb and Gutter / Catch Basin Replacement Program."

ABOUT COURT NEWS These cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts. other civil.

Divorce Tina M. Hudson vs. James C. Hudson Megan McDonough-Noon vs. John P. Noon Angela Criswell vs. Anthony Criswell Robert D. Sims vs. Jamaica R. Sims Steven J. Bell vs. Linda K. Bell Chad Arrowsmith vs. Gaye Arrowsmith Cheril Schwartz vs. Eric Schwartz Karen L. Rossman vs. Timothy J. Rossman Susan Lawrence vs. Robert Haeufle Terry M. Durham vs. Brenda D. Durham Jeffrey S. Vest vs. Melissa Vest Curtiss Adams vs. Samantha Adams

Legal Separation Elizabeth A. Monde vs. Jeffery A. Monde

Dissolution James A. Greco vs. Misty D. Greco Joshua L. Kinman vs. Mai Y. Kinman Sarah R. Breen vs. James Breen Amanda B. Ring vs. Clayton M. Ring Lisa L. Maupin vs. Donald J. Maupin Tracy K. Fritz vs. Chad E. Fritz Michelle L. Stegemoller vs. Brian K. Stegemoller David S. Hawkins II vs. Libby M. Hawkins Kevin W. Ducasse vs. Debbie Ducasse Winter Patchell vs. Brian Patchell

Indictments The following people have been 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.

The following Storunit(s) from age Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #191 - Kandace Murphy, 4644 Cardinal Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244; Unit #241 - John Moore, 5710 State Route 125, West Union, Ohio 45693. 1688039

LEGAL NOTICE Jaime Birkhimer E45, 499 Old Boston Rd. Apt 26 Batavia, OH 45103 You are hereby notified that your personThe Board of Township Trustees reserves al belongings stored at Eastside Storage, the right to reject any and all bids. 715 Cincinnati BataBy order of the Board of Township Trust- via Pike Cincinnati, OH 45245 and 4400 ees. State Route 222 Batavia, OH 45103 will KAREN REGISTER be sold for payment Township Fiscal Officer 1001688129 due. 1001687811

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In accordance with provisions of the state law,there being and unpaid due changes for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owners lien of the goods here-after described and stored at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, located at; 1105 Old ST. RT.74, Batavia, OH. 45103, (513)752-8110, and due notice having been given to the owner of said property and all parties know to claim an interest therein,and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the above stated address to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Wednesday, 2/22/12, at 10 A.M. 1. Tonya McKay 4424 Glendale Dr. Apt.1 Batavia, Oh., 45103 (household goods, furniture, boxes) 2. Sarah M. Fisher 6851 Shiloh Rd. Goshen, Oh., 45122 (household goods, furniture) 3. Dawn Hatfield 4430 Eastwood Dr. Apt. 8202 Batavia, Oh., 45103 (boxes, appliances, TV’s or stereo equip.) 4.Terry Lewis 6931 Golden Gate Dr. Apt.606 Newtown, Oh., 45244 (household goods, furniture, boxes) 5. Lance Burns 9797 Reading Rd. Lot. K Cincinnati,Oh., 45241 (household goods) 6. Christina Brubaker 3893 Mark Ct. Cincinnati,Oh., 45255 (household goods, tools, office furniture) 1001686084

Nathan Joseph Parsons, 30, Clermont County Jail, assault, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. James Allen Hoffman, 49, Clermont County Jail, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jonathan Edward Seipelt, 23, 4488 Pearl Lane, Batavia, burglary, theft, Union Township Police. Samuel Raymond Mounce, 35, 3840 Rohling Oaks Drive, Apt. D6, Cincinnati, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Union Township Police. Brandon Scott Pyles, 31, 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, theft, forgery, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jared Alexander Schwartz, 25, 1594 Apgar Road, Milford, trafficking in marijuana, Milford Police/Miami Township Police. Shawn Paul Walls, 27, 4700 Beechwood Road, No. 308, Cincinnati, breaking and entering, theft, Miami Township Police. Joseph Randolph Hunt, 31, Clermont County Jail, burglary, Miami Township Police. Johnathan Edward Neal, 30, Clermont County Jail, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft, Bethel Police. Larry Ray Neal Jr., 32, Clermont County Jail, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Perry J. Workman, 30, Clermont County Jail, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Eiler M. Belperio, 43, 3763 Hopper Hill Road, Cincinnati, illegal cultivation of marijuana, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possession of marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Frederick Godfrey Hofer Jr., 37, 1411 Bellwood Drive, Loveland, illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Kimberly A. Kelly, 43, 2418 Cedarville Road, Goshen, illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Thomas James Zengerling, 50, 1026 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, illegal cultivation of marijuana, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit.

Linda Krystal Deaton, 29, 1785 Ohio 28 Lot 406, Goshen, aggravated trafficking in drugs, corrupting another with drugs, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Misty Tangerine Patterson, 38, 1899 Stumpy Lane, Goshen, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Bret James Woerner, 36, 150 South Apple St. No. 4, Fayetteville, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Courtney L. Natali, 28, 163 Garden Drive, Loveland, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Megan Nicole Chandler, 20, 14 Meadow St., No. 7 Milford, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Johnathan Mitchell Hodges, 21, Clermont County Jail, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Michael Christopher Koutny, 27, Clermont County Jail, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, trafficking in marijuana, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Goshen Township Police. Jason R. Sloane, 24, 5605 Garrett, Milford, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Christopher Edward Fairchild, 21, Clermont County Jail, arson, vandalism, breaking and entering, safecracking, Union Township Police. Thomas John Gaffney, 21, Clermont County Jail, arson, vandalism, breaking and entering, safecracking, Union Township Police. David A. Clifton, 50, Clermont County Jail, felonious assault, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, driving under OVI suspension, stopping after an accident involving injury to persons or property, Ohio State Highway Patrol. Randall L. Bolin Jr., 30, 413 East Vine St., Cincinnati, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. William Michael English II, 39, 2894 Mount Pisgah Road, New Richmond, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Edward S. Dill, 36, 4037 Andora Blvd., Amelia, illegal processing of drug documents, Amelia Police. Marion Arlie Cromer, 38, 1702 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia,

domestic violence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Michael S. Lykins, 20, 362 St. Andrews Apt. F, Cincinnati, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, safecracking, possessing criminal tools, trafficking in marijuana, Pierce Township Police. Kaitlyn Jayne Spicer, 23, Clermont County Jail, burglary, Union Township Police. Marybeth E. Camp, 38, 592 Glenrose Lane, Cincinnati, theft, forgery, Union Township Police. Cynthia M. Dixon, 45, 203 Bank Ave., St. Bernard, grand theft, Union Township Police. Bradley James Myers, 24, 4810 Long Acres Drive, Apt. C, Cincinnati, burglary, resisting arrest, Union Township Police. Corey M. Morsbach, 29, 2634 Marylan Drive, Bethel, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, Union Township Police. Billy Joe Underwood, 24, 36 Bay Meadow Drive, Batavia, theft, Union Township Police. Zachary Brandon Marlow, 27, 870 Southwynd Trail, Williamsburg, breaking and entering, aggravated possession of drugs, theft of drugs, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Drew M. Foultz, 23, Clermont County Jail, rape, gross sexual imposition, importuning, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Donna Marie Gambrell, 39, 134 N. Front St., Williamsburg, Ohio burglary, obstructing official business, Williamsburg Village Police. Travis Linden Senters, 18, 269 West Main St., Apt. A, Williamsburg, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jason Christopher Setty, 26, 315 Elmcrest Drive, Milford, rape, attempted rape, sexual battery, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, Miami Township Police. David Scott Lee, 22, 1785 Ohio 28 Lot 136, Goshen, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, corrupting another with drugs, tampering with evidence, Goshen Township Police. Richard Allan Johnson, 32, Clermont County Jail, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments, Goshen Township Police. Shana Lynn Smith, 35, 2898 Spruce Way, Cincinnati, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, Goshen Township Police. Emily K. Wolfe, 20, 526 S. Wright St., Blanchester, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Goshen Twp. Police. Wayne J. Wolfe, 45, 526 South Wright St., Blanchester, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Goshen Township . Amanda Jean Schwalm, 23, 1030 Owens Lane, Milford, aggravated possession of drugs.

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BUILDING PERMITS Residential Cooper Electric Cincinnati, alter, 4858 Powderhorn, Union Township. Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 5145 Oak Brook, Union Township, $303,330. M/I Homes, Columbus, new, 937 Shireton Court, Union Township, $130,000. Dennis Altman, Amelia, HVAC, 4 Arrowhead Drive, Amelia Village. The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 7 Cedarwood, Amelia Village, $96,434; new, 2134 Crossridge Drive, Batavia Township, $109,266. Fischer Single Family Homes II, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1240 Autumnview, Batavia Township, $89,865, David Scott, New Richmond, alter, 1657 Clermontville Laurel, Monroe Township. Michael Wisby, Amelia, HVAC, 2061 Ohio 125 #170, Monroe Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 3912 Nicklaus Court, Pierce Township. Timothy Dennis, Cincinnati, addition, 4226 Deepwood, Union Township, $70,000. Stapleton Excavation, New Richmond, alter, 961 Barg Salt Run, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati new, 932 Shireton, Union Township, $131,000. Espenscheid Plumbing Inc., Southgate, Ky., miscellaneous work, 3851 Arbor Green, Union Township. Jeffrey Milton, Bethel, miscellaneous work, 1295 Wilson Dunham Hill, Ohio Township. Pendery Construction Inc., Loveland, porch, 3587 Whitehills, Pierce Township, $18,000. CD Brandenburg & Sons Custom, Cincinnati, retaining wall, 532 Locust Run, Pierce Township, $7,500. Safe Way Electric, New Richmond, alter, 1043 Gaskins Road, Pierce Township. Rossman Electric, Maineville, alter, 2001 Woodland Meadow, Pierce Township; alter, 215 Holly

Lane, Tate Township. The Basement Guys, Reynoldsburg, alter, 4427 Springfield Court, Union Township, $16,500. Brent Naughton, Cincinnati, alter, 524 Park Place, Union Township, $6,000. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4835 Teal Lane, Union Township. M/I Homes of Cincinnati, Columbus, new, 445 Maple Ridge, Union Township, $350,000.

Commercial D & S Heat & Air, Ripley, HVAC-Church of the Nazarene, North Second Street, Ripley Village. Ginter Electrical Contractors, Cincinnati, alter-pedestal, 49 Quail Brace Court, Amelia Village; alter-pedestal, 3424 Jenny Lind Road; alter-pedestal, 2 Amelia Park Drive $1,000 each; alter-pedestal, 3800 Little Creek, Batavia Township; alter-pedestal, 1109 Hunters Run, Pierce Township; alterpedestal, 1102 Twigg Lane, Pierce Township; alter-pedestal, 1191 Forest Run, Union Township. Bansal Construction Inc., Fairfield, traffic signal, 1402 Old Ohio 74, Batavia Township $30,000. JVAC Construction Management, Amelia, alter, 4155 Taylor Road, Batavia Township. Ventpro Exhaust & Fire Systems, Harrison, fire suppression, 533 Old Ohio 74, Union Township. Harley Associates Architects, Batavia, alter-Solutions Plus, Bach Buxton, Union Township, $21,000. Sandy Rios, Batavia, alterTortillia Villaueva Grocery, Old Ohio 74, Union Township. Ohio Valley Goodwill, Woodlawn, alter, 4051 Commercial Blvd., Union Township. Homeliving Realty, Milford, new-storage building, 956 Round Bottom, Union Township, $15,200.


Bertke Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 4070 Independence Drive, Union Township. H & H Structural Contracting, Fairfield, new-Jungle Jim’s monorail sign, 4450 Eastgate, Union Township, $150,000. Holthaus Signs, Cincinnati, sign, 1170 Ohio 125, Union Township. Minnillo & Jenkins Co., Cincinnati, sign, 792 Eastgate South, Union Township. Janaka Limited Partnership, Mason, private water-sealing well, 2100 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Williamsburg Township. Mercer HVAC, Williamsburg, HVAC, 107 W. Main St., Williamsburg Village. Ober Electric, Bethel, alter, 7773 Ohio 68, Pleasant Township. Amelia Village, alter-Morse House, 40 Oak St., Amelia Village. Preferred Fire Protection, Fairfield, fire suppressionClermont Mercy Emergency Hospital, Hospital Drive, Batavia Township. TYCO/ADT, Norwood, fire alarm-Hindu Society Library, 4920 Klatte Road, Union Township. Motz Consulting Engineers Inc., Cincinnati, alter, 796 Old Ohio 74, Union Township. TD Ohio Properties, Cincinnati, alter-Hannoush Jewelers, Gleneste Withamsville, Union Township, $6,500. Core Resources Inc., Cincinnati, alter, 463 Ohio 125, Union Township, $1,200. H & H Structural Consulting, Fairfield, sign, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. Ryan Homes, West Chester, construction trailer, 963 Shephard Woods, Union Township. VFP Fire Systems, West Chester, fire suppression, 11693 Ohio 774, Clark Township. Larry’s Rental Properties, Amelia, alter-11 Main St., Amelia Village. PDQ Buildings, Milford, alter-building 1 & 2, 4400 Haskell Lane, Batavia Township $130,000 each.

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


34 Robin Way, Linda Gillespie to Gret Lanter, 0.2310 acre, $77,200. 22 Belwood Court, Maple Street Homes LLC to Amanda & Anthony Hein, 0.1670 acre, $166,800. 100 E. Main St., Thomas & Joan Justice, trustees to Valley Collision Center Inc., 1.8060 acre, $150,000. 7 Flamingo Court, Gayle Block, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 0.2330 acre, $90,000. 4 Grouse Drive, Michael & Holly Jackson to Citimortgage, 0.2570 acre, $202,640. 58 Hummingbird Way, Harlan & Michelle Boyce to Wells Fargo, 0.3115 acre, $186,656. 12 Parkwood Place, The Drees Co. to Daniel & Sandra Steiner, 0.1364 acre, $180,405. 26 Sandpiper Court, Larry Sherrill Ferrell to Allen & Vickie Tucker, 0.2440 acre, $129,900. 56 Tall Trees, Carl Mills to Christopher Vissing, $53,500.


1337 Autumnview Drive, Joseph Wallach to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, 0.2320 acre, $186,765. 4517 Cedar Hill Drive, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Christina Sunderman & Thomas Jones, 1.2520 acre, $270,100. 524 Chapel Road, Prudential Relocation Inc. to David & Cherie Fluegel, 3.6800 acre, $279,000. 2208 Harmony Court, R. Lawrence & Kate Lawrence to Jason Werne, $136,000. 4222 Mallard Drive, M & I Regional Properties LLC to Phillip & Kimberly Collingsworth, 0.2320 acre, $70,000. 1217 Traditions Turn, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Jerold & Shannan Brookbank, 0.3289 acre, $257,940. 1396 Twin Spires Drive, Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to David

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information. Miller, $104,000. 1334 Twin Spires Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Billie Jo Ewan, $72,000. 1336 Autumnview Drive, Fischer Development Co. II to David & Patricia Leisgang, 0.2686 acre, $170,102. 439 Chapel Road, Melanie Jill O'Donnell to Nicole & Michael Durkee, 8.7510 acre, $265,000. 1321 Forest Glen Blvd., Rick & Frances Kincaid to James Carroll, 0.3725 acre, $253,000. 4025 Hilltop Lane, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Nicholas Covell, 1.9110 acre, $32,900. 4703 Keeneland Run, Fischer Development Co. II to Fischer Single Family Homes II, 0.2062 acre, $37,861. 4541 Meadow Lane, Vista Meadow Development to NVR, $26,500. 4204 Muscovy Lane, Daniel & Susan Sexton to Darris & Debra McNeely, 0.2800 acre, $183,000. 1410 Old Ohio 74, Federal Na-

tional Mortgage to Ten Eagles LLC, 0.4100 acre, $13,111. 1270 Secretariat Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Carl & Ada Ritter, 0.1490 acre, $230,000. 2222 Siesta Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Zachary & Celina Leopold, 0.2320 acre, $92,000. 20 Van Fleet Road, Estate of Betty Kibler to Francis & Melissa Riggs, $72,500. 2390 Vista Lake Drive, NVR to Langley & Frances Watson, 0.2450 acre, $124,270. 4541 Winners Circle, Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Virginia Ann Burns, $148,000. 1262 Champions Crossing, Kelly Kooy to Jeffrey & Samantha Brickner, 0.4020 acre, $358,000. 1348 Millstream Drive, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Teresa Smith, 0.2760 acre, $197,465.

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DEATHS Ralph Campbell Ralph E. Campbell, 78, New Richmond, died Jan. 24. Survived by wife Joyce Allen Campbell; daughter DeAnn (John) Pierce; brother Wilbur (Ophelia) Campbell; goddaughter Deirdre Long; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son Kevin Campbell. Services were Jan. 28 at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Kevin Allen Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Ellen Foy Ellen Foy, 63, died Jan. 25. Survived by siblings Reginia (Micheal) Harvey, Robert (Alice) Foy; nephews and niece John, Robert, Julie Harvey; great-niece Stella Harvey; uncle Don Case; three grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Tony Foy. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Survived by wife Melissa Hensley; children Brooke, Nikolas, Emma Hensley; mother Helen Hensley; siblings Chris Hensley, Christopher Altman; stepsisters Trina Ewald, Angela Visceglia; nieces and nephews Anna, Becca, Zane, Andrew, Jacob, Eric. Preceded in death by father Earl Hensley, stepmother Linda Hensley, grandparents Robert, Angeline Hensley. Services were Feb. 4 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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