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W. Clermont tackles enrollment loss By Forrest Sellers

UNION TWP. — The West Clermont Board of Education is hoping to stop enrollment loss in the district. During a special meeting Feb. 1, the school board talked about priorities for the coming year. These priorities ranged from improving academic perfor-

mance to bringing back programs eliminated because of cost cutting measures. “We need to identify the interests of the Kline board as a whole,” said Superintendent Keith Kline. A significant number of the

priorities are geared toward preventing students from leaving the district. The district currently has an enrollment of about 7,900 students. Kline said projections for the 2018-2019 school year indicate the district will have an enrollment of about 7,400. Board members brainstormed ideas on ways to improve the district and increase enrollment.

Board President Tina Sanborn said improving academic performance, specifically at the third-grade reading level, is important. Both board Vice President Mark Merchant and board member Steve Waldmann said an all-day kindergarten program is essential while board member Jim Lewis said preparing children for college is a priority.

Board member Tammy Brinkman said loss of programs in the district has been “the biggest factor in losing students.” She said the district needs to bring back the art, music and physical education programs. Other priorities suggested by the board included: » Developing a facilities master plan. See LOSS, Page A2

Workers clear snow on Eastgate Boulevard, where they are tearing down a bridge to make way for a new one over state Route 32.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Weather delaying ramp, road closures By Jeanne Houck

UNION TWP. — Weather permitting, ramp and road closures will be in place beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18, so work to improve the Interstate 275 and state Route 32 interchange can proceed. That’s a delay from a previously announced date and not the first. “Yes, the ramp work at Interstate 275 and state Route 32 has been postponed several times due to this year's snow and ice events - the number and intensity of which have proved to be an anomaly for this part of Ohio,” said Sharon Smigielski, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s

district office in Lebanon. Why not wait until winter ends to resume work? “The contractor is continuing work operations through the winter months to meet schedule demands,” Smigielski said. “And some work operations, such as demo work and beam erection, can be performed during the cold weather months.” Beginning Feb. 18, the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District says: • Motorists on southbound Interstate 275 will be directed to a new ramp to eastbound or westbound state Route 32. • The ramp from northbound I-275 to westbound state Route 32 will be permanently closed and motorists directed to a new ramp configuration from north-

bound I-275 to either eastbound or westbound state Route 32. • Lane closures will be in place on northbound I-275 as part of the project, which will eliminate four merging points at the interchange to make it safer for motorists wishing to enter and exit I-275 and state Route 32. • Work will continue on the new Eastgate Boulevard Bridge with periodic lane closures on northbound and southbound Eastgate Boulevard over state Route 32. The existing Eastgate Boulevard Bridge is being demolished. Once exact dates and times for the closures are set, they will be available at



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Batavia won’t fight county on back taxes Forfeited properties central issue By Lisa Wakeland

Batavia has decided against pursuing a potentially costly lawsuit against Clermont County. At issue is back taxes on two properties now owned by the village, one on Clark Street and another on Old State Route 32. Batavia acquired both properties through the

forfeiture process and did not pay the back taxes, as the law said at the time. But a January 2013 opinion issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says political subdivisions should pay taxes on forfeited properties. And even though Batavia took over the both properties before the opinion was issued, Clermont County officials still want the village to pay those assessments. The tax bills are roughly $8,200 for the Clark Street property, and about $386 for the one on Old

State Route 32. Batavia Solicitor Christopher Moore said the bulk of those property taxes, if paid, would come back to the village, and the legal fees associated with this would exceed the cost of the assessments. He estimated it would take 10-20 hours of legal work to fight for the village’s principles on this issue, which are that those taxes should be waived because they deter new owners from improving blighted properties in the community. “At 20 hours, you’d


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clearly spend more to find out if you’re right than you would spend to just say, the heck with it,” Moore said, adding these are the only two properties in this particular situation. Because the forfeiture statue is now being interpreted this way by the attorney general and Clermont County, Moore said it adds about a year to the process of a property returning to a good use within the community. If a property is in particularly bad shape Moore said Batavia could move forward by declaring it a nuisance. “We could tear it down, leave the vacant lot and let the county continue to hold the bill,” he said. “By declaring it a nuisance now there is nothing there and the safety concern has been eliminated.” That process, he pointed out, would result in a new assessment on the property and a higher cost for a potential new owner. Councilman Steve Sta-

Batavia village officials declared this building, a defunct Masonic lodge on East Main Street, a nuisance and demolished it. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ton said on many of these properties the taxes often exceed the property value and they are net tax liabilities, even to the county. “All they’ve done is added an extra step,” Staton said. “We still have the potential to get (properties) fee-free, but it’s unfortunate because the bill was designed to expedite these things.” This isn’t the first time

this issue has come up in Batavia. A previous case was settled before a judge could issue an opinion. Another, regarding a now defunct Masonic lodge on East Main Street, led to Village Council declaring that property a nuisance and demolishing the building. Clermont County officials were unable to be reached for comment.

Mother, daughter dead after crash Staff report

A mother and her daughter were killed Feb. 3 in a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 133 at Ashton Road near Williamsburg just before 9 a.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Crystal Rump, 18, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am south on Ohio 133, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol. She lost control in a curve, slid off the

road and struck a tree. Her mother, Cindy Rump, 42, was a passenger in the car. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene. The women were from Williamsburg. Neither of the Rumps were wearing a seatbelt, according to the news release. Highway Patrol will continue to investigate, but alcohol and drugs are not considered to be a factor. The road was shut

down for several hours but has since reopened. This was the second serious crash in Clermont County Monday morning. AirCare responded about 5:30 a.m. after a man lost control of his vehicle on U.S. 52 in Moscow and slammed into a tree. Fire crews worked several minutes to extricate him before the helicopter could fly him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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Ultimate 4-Hers will conduct a fundraiser 5:307:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Gold Star Chili in Bethel. All tips and donations will go toward the new livestock pavilion to be built on the Clermont County Fairgrounds. Club members will be serving food and clearing tables for tips. The pavilion will be a new barn for hogs, sheep and goats along with a new show arena.

March diabetes workshop planned

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County will conduct Dining with Diabetes, a three-class health workshop, March 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clermont County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville. Dining with Diabetes (DWD) is a series of classes conducted by OSUE’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) staff and community health partners. The program helps individuals learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, label reading and recipe modification.

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Milford kindergarten registration set

The Milford Exempted Village School District will conduct kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year in March. Registration is by appointment and will be at the Board of Education Office, 777 Garfield Ave. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2014.


Opiate abuse forum planned

A free forum on opiate abuse will be conducted 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Wyler Automotive Family, 401 Milford Parkway in Milford. The forum will discuss how opiates, such as heroin and prescription drugs, are impacting our community. Refreshments will be served. RSVP before Friday, Feb. 28, by emailing Stacy Mathis at or by calling 576-2267.

Dinner to support scholarships

Milford Lodge No. 54, located at the Masonic Temple, 32 Water St., Milford, will conduct an allyou-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Also included is an extensive salad bar, bread, dessert, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Everyone is invited to attend. You do not have to be a Mason to join us in this

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to benefit the “Remembering Tony Wojo” scholarship fund will be conducted 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the American Legion Post 72, 497-B Old state Route 74. Cost is $10 per person and children 12 cost $5. Price includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, Tony’s birthday cake/dessert and a soda. Please RSVP to: or by phone at 403-7130. A split-the-pot, raffles, live acoustic music and cash bar will also be available.

formation to the board on state educational developments. » Joining a consortium such as one focused on health care to reduce costs. » Building community outreach and volunteer-

ism. » Expanding busing in the district. Kline said the next step will be to prioritize these recommendations. “We’ll go through (this) process very soon,” he said.

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Students honored by Batavia Rotary Club Braedon Frisch and Jacob Bowman were honored as November Students of the Month by the Batavia Rotary Club. Both students exude academic ambition and willingness to serve their communities, which fits the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” Frisch is a student at Batavia High School (BHS). He carries a hybrid schedule of postsecondary enrollment options dual-credit and BHS honors and college preparatory classes. He has maintained above a 3.0 grade point average this year. Frisch carries this rigorous schedule while participating in various extra-curricular activities that are not only preparing him for college, but will prepare him to be a leader in our community. Other accomplishments Frisch has under his belt include participating in spring musicals, writing and arranging his own music, and participating as a four-year member of the BHS Academic Quiz

Students of the Month were honored at the November Batavia Rotary Meeting to recognize their school and community accomplishments. Pictured from left are Batavia High School Guidance Counselor Felicia Grooms, Batavia student Braedon Frisch, CNE student Jacob Bowman, CNE Principal John Eckert, Batavia Rotary President Mike Chapman, and Batavia Rotary Student of the Month Coordinator Ed Nurre. PROVIDED

Team. In his spare time, Frisch volunteers in the community. He spent over 80 hours at Cincinnati Reds games to raise money for band, has worked the Taste of Clermont, supervised the YMCA Halloween party, and is a teacher’s aide at BHS. Upon graduation, Frisch

plans to double major in music education and composition at the Ohio State University. Bowman is a student at Clermont Northeastern High School (CNE). He is extremely interested in journalism, which led him to a very interesting volunteer position at CNE. Bowman’s extensive inter-

Art student solves identity problem New Richmond Exempted Village School District Superintendent Adam Bird kept thinking something was missing when he arrived at work at the district central office on the third floor of the Market Street School. “There was nothing to identify our office to visitors arriving at the front desk,” noted Bird when looking at the blank wall above the reception desk. With so many talented art students in the district there had to be someone who could fix the problem so he approached New Richmond High School art teacher Amy Hausserman for a suggestion. It didn’t take Hausserman long to find the right person for the job: senior art student Christin Smith. Smith jumped at the chance to put her art skills to work and leave her mark on her school dis-

New Richmond High School senior Christin Smith puts the final touches on her sign to identify the New Richmond Exempted Village School District central office. PROVIDED

trict. “I designed a couple different signs on the

computer and showed them to Mr. Bird,” said Smith. “He picked parts from each and we incorporated them into the final design.” Smith, who has applied for admission to the University of Cincinnati art school, projected the final design on the wall and then traced the letters and district emblem with pencil which proved to be no easy task since it had to be done off a ladder with her arms elevated. “I tried my best to stay inside the lines when I painted the outline,” said Smith, who performed her work during several after school sessions. “It wasn’t easy because all the work was overhead.” Bird had one word for her effort:, “Perfect.” “Christin is a great art student and I am thankful that she was willing to donate her time to this project,” said Bird.

est in journalism led him to ask about being the announcer for CNE games. The school officials agreed to give it a try, and Bowman has been the Voice of the Rockets ever since. He has announced everything from junior varsity games, to varsity, and even the Powder Puff football game. He shares his talents

freely, and enjoys every minute of it. Bowman’s extracurricular interests include band, the school newspaper (where he is a journalist), and volunteering at the Owensville Branch of the Clermont County Public Library. After graduation, Bowman plans to attend Anderson University in Indiana and will major in journalism with a minor in public relations. The Batavia Rotary Club recognizes high school students from BHS and CNE each month throughout the regular school year. Students are nominated for this award for their school work and service to their community. Batavia Rotary meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Hawk Building on Taylor Road, Clermont County Airport. Prospective new members and visiting Rotarians are always welcome. For more information, visit

Ursuline artists chosen for showcase Four art students at Ursuline Academy were recently recognized for their work at The College of Mount St. Joseph Selections Showcase, which featured artwork from students selected by local high school teachers. Junior Allison Brady of Union Township, was recognized for her ceramic piece titled “Ancestral Pot.” Senior Ali Hackman of Sycamore Township was recognized for her conte and charcoal piece titled “Reflective Elephant.” Senior Julie Ivers of Symmes Township, was recognized for her pencil piece titled “Leather Bound.” Senior Catherine Strietmann of Mt. Lookout was recognized for her colored pencil piece titled “Made in America. These students were recently recognized at an awards ceremony and gallery opening at the college’s San Giuseppe Art Gallery.

“Selections gives teachers the opportunity to recognize exemplary artwork that is being done in their classrooms,” said Ursuline art teacher Jeanine Bou-

tiere. “This is a great opportunity for students to see other work from around the city, and an opportunity to speak about their work outside of the school.”

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Glen Este’s athletic signees gather Feb. 6 in the school cafeteria. From left are: Front, Kenzie Hall (Limestone College volleyball), Jessie Goedde (Florida Southern soccer), Marisa Lavatori (Charleston Southern soccer), Morgan Terry (UAB/Alabama-Birmingham soccer) and Hannah Dufresne (Northern Kentucky soccer); back, Zach Watts (Thomas More football), Tyler Burdick (Morehead State football), Tyler Flanigan (Ohio Dominican football), Kyle Keszei (Morehead State football), R.J. Mancini (Wilmington soccer) and Jordan Harris (Notre Dame College football). SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS


Student-athletes in the Community Journal Clermont coverage area signed to participate in collegiate athletics on Feb. 5 and 6. The photos in this package were the ones we received before press deadline. To submit photos from a local Signing Day, email them to For video of Glen Este’s signing ceremony go to

Photos shot/gathered by Scott Springer and Mark Motz

New Richmond seniors signed with various colleges last week for Signing Day. They are, from left: Eleanor Wildey (volleyball, Wilmington), Colton Farmer (soccer, Spalding University), Emily Barcheski (soccer, Southern Indiana), and Branston Evans (track, Wilmington).THANKS TO NEW RICHMOND

McNicholas High School senior Cameron Roesel is second on the Rocket bowling squad in scoring average despite delaying surgery to remove a screw in his foot.MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Senior rolls through pain

McNicholas High School hosted its national signing day for student athletes Feb. 6. Five seniors committed to play at the college level. Seated, from left, are Meghan Sweeney (soccer, Central Michigan University), Bryan Corpuz (football, University of Dayton) and Savannah Carmosino (soccer, Wright State University). Standing are Alexis Burdick (soccer, University of Toledo) and Liz Wittwer (soccer, Northern Kentucky University). THANKS TO MCNICHOLAS HIGH SCHOOL

Roesel will have surgery on his foot following season By Mark D. Motz

New Richmond High School track performer Olivia Behymer accepted a Division I track scholarship from Liberty University Feb. 7. Olivia is a two-time podium finisher in the Ohio Division II girls state track meet, finishing sixth in the 400 meters in 2011 and fifth place in 2013. She is pictured with her parents, Susan and Tom Behymer. THANKS TO

New Richmond senior Tyler Klein signed to continue playing soccer with Cincinnati Christian University. With him is CCU head coach B.J. Santiago.THANKS TO NEW



MT. WASHINGTON — Frustration kept him from seeing the best shot he ever made. McNicholas High School bowler Cameron Roesel had an 8-10 split last season. He felt he rolled his second ball poorly and turned away, never seeing the ball nick one pin and send it across the lane into the other to pick up the spare. If anyone knows frustration, it’s Roesel. He had plenty of it dealing with a neurological disorder called Charcot–Marie-

–Tooth disease. CMT affects about 1 in 2,500 people and causes progressive muscle degeneration, typically in the legs and feet. Roesel had to have surgery in 2012 to repair the hip joint that popped out of socket as a result of the disease. He has plates and screws in the hip now, but spent time in a wheelchair before therapy helped him to walk again. “There were times when it was him rolling down the halls at McNick instead his ball rolling down the lane,” said Bryan Combs, McNick head coach. “All of us, students and adults, could learn something about perseverance from Cam.” Roesel never thought of quitSee BOWLING, Page A5

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Glen Este’s top scorer Tyler Flanigan (third from right) was forced to the bench against Loveland after an ankle injury. Minus him, coach Dave Caldwell’s Trojans lost to Loveland 69-62. SCOTT SPRINGER/ COMMUNITY PRESS

By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» Amelia downed BethelTate 75-32 on Feb. 7. Senior Tommy Hacker led the Barons with 20 points. » Batavia beat Williamsburg 54-42 Feb. 1. The Bulldogs beat CNE 51-41 Feb. 6 and knocked off Blanchester 69-40 behind 20 points from Austin Sammons. » Glen Este beat Amelia 55-

51 on Feb. 3. Senior Tyler Flanigan led the Trojans with 27 points. » McNicholas fell to 12-5 on the season (4-4 GCL Coed) following a 72-62 loss to Roger Bacon Feb. 7. Danny Bryne led the Rockets with 19 points. » Miami Valley Christian Academy beat Cincinnati College Prep Academy 60-56 on Feb. 6. Jamie Carson had 28 points. » New Richmond won 81-51 at Western Brown Feb. 7 to push its record to 14-5 (8-1 SBC). Josh Heiden led the Lions with 21 points.

» Williamsburg followed up its loss to Batavia with a 54-49 win over Felicity-Franklin Feb. 7.

Girls basketball

» Amelia downed Williamsburg 56-40 on Feb. 8. Senior Elise Whitesell had 21 points. » Batavia beat CNE 47-31 Feb. 1 and followed up with a 36-34 road win at Blancheser Feb. 6. Sam McElfresh scored 18 to lead the Bulldogs over the Wildcats. » McNicholas beat HamilSee HIGHLIGHTS, Page A5



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Miami Valley Christian Academy recognizes student-athletes who have gone on to play collegiate sports. THANKS TO JODY HILSHER

MVCA Lions move on to college athletics The Miami Valley Christian Academy Athletic Department recently recognized student-athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level. This was done through the “Lions on the Move” display board on display outside of the gym. Families and athletes attended this recognition. Fifteen athlete photos have been displayed with room for future athletes. The school’s goal is that each student will continue to impact the world for Christ, and that future students set similar goals to play sports at the collegiate level. Many of the former student-athletes

sent comments to the school, which were read during the recognition. Students, some of whom attended MVCA in their earlier years, are: » Meg Ramsey, Anderson University - softball » Shannon Raidy, Asbury University - volleyball, » Sarah Makosk, Cedarville University - basketball » Sean Spurlock, King’s College - baseball, golf » Drew Hall, Maryville University - basketball » Ashley Locke, Messiah College - soccer » Lizzie Hussie, Ohio State University Marion -

volleyball » Elliott Keefer, Ohio State University - swimming, » Addison Ingle, Ohio Wesleyan University basketball » Alex Carter, Stanford University - football » Shauna Raidy, Union College - cheering » Joshua Moon, University of the Cumberlands - cross country, track and field » Erin Myers University of the Cumberlands softball » Ryan Whitney, Wittenburg University - football » Brandon Clark, Xavier - tennis


to participate. I like the team and how we all come together. (My foot) hurts, but it’s good to be able to participate with these guys.” Roesel has another passion, too. “I love to fish,” the Amelia resident said. “I fish all year, but when the weather gets stupid I come in to bowl.” And bowl well. Sophomore Matthew Massie leads the Rockets with a 175.5 pins-per-game average, but Roesel is less than a pin behind him at 174.6. “Cam has really come on his senior year,” Combs said. “He’s raised

his average about 30 pins from last year. A lot of that is just hard work and some of that is just having more opportunities to bowl. We had four strong seniors last year, so there weren’t as many chances for him. Roesel attributed the improvement to additional practice and switching to 15- and 16pound balls after rolling 12-pounders last year. “It gives me the chance to generate some more power,” he said. “To actually move the pins around the lane instead of just bumping them.” Roesel will have his foot surgery very soon after the season.

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ting. And when a screw in his foot left over from surgery began causing him pain this fall and doctors said another operation was needed to remove it, he consulted with his parents and coach and decided to postpone the procedure until after the season. “It’s the sport least affected by the CMT,” Roesel said. “When I don’t do anything, that’s when it gets worse, so I’m glad to have the chance to stay active. It’s good to be able


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ton Badin 63-52 at home Feb. 1 behind a 21-point performance by Hannah Taylor. The Rockets added a 59-26 win at Roger Bacon Feb. 5 to improve their record to 13-8 (8-2 GCL Co-Ed). » New Richmond beat Western Brown 45-39 behind Josie Buckingham’s 18 points and12 rebounds. » Williamsburg remained winless after a 49-30 loss Feb. 1 against Blanchester and 51-36 defeat against FelicityFranklin Feb. 6.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este beat Northwest by 29 pins on Feb. 3. Senior Leslie Campbell had a 438 series.


» Glen Este handily defeated McNicholas and New Richmond in a trimeet Feb. 6. Recording pins for the Trojans were junior Gage Branson (113), sophomore Brandon Hertel (120), sophomore Avery Jones (126), junior Evan Gottis (2 at 132), junior Matt Sicurel-

la (2 at 138), senior Max Davis (2 at 145), junior Jason Belcher (2 at 152), junior Owen Reeves (160), junior Matt Kennedy (2 at 182), sophomore Austin Phillips (220) and senior Andy Berger (285).

Girls diving

» Maddie Mitchell of McNicholas was runnerup in the Division II sectional diving meet Feb. 6 at Miami University on Oxford, scoring 399.3 points, nine points behind Summit Country Day’s Allison Brophy for the title. Abby Mitchell finished in fifth (370.75).

Boys diving

» Sal Marino of McNicholas took third place in the Division II sectional diving meet Feb. 6 at Miami University in Oxford with score of 225.6.

Glory Days

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Faith is demonstrated by our actions “The Ten Lepers” – This story reminds us Christ does good to all, even to those who are unthankful. But the longterm, eternal benefits of God unto salvation only profit those who are thankful, those who are forgiven. So as Jesus begins his journey he passes through Samaria, and even though the Jews and Samaritans were enemies, Jesus favors them with his presence. The lepers by law were to separate themselves from all others in society, but that did not stop them from socializing among themselves…even in their leprosy they desired company and companionship. Typically Jews had no social interaction whatsoever

CH@TROOM Feb. 5 question The Bengals have asked Hamilton County for control of the naming rights to Paul Brown Stadium. Should the county turn over the naming rights? Why or why not? What names would you suggest for the stadium?

“My simple answer is no, but I would urge both sides to negotiate. I can understand that naming rights are a valuable asset and since the county owns those rights they should not just give them away. On the other hand, I can appreciate the Bengals not wanting to play in a stadium that might bear a name not consistent with their team or the NFL. Personally I like the current name, Paul Brown Stadium, and wish that sign on the stadium was more prominent than the current one.”


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with the Samaritan’s, yet, the “leprosy” gave them a common bond. Sin being the worst of all leprosies, as it Ben separates Hurst those who COMMUNITY PRESS cling to it; it GUEST COLUMNIST separates us from God. The lepers stood afar off as the law demanded, but their need compelled them to cry out, “…Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” By crying out to our Lord they were demonstrating a modicum of faith as they believed He had the ability to cure them. Luke 17:14, “…go show

yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.” Notice, “ they went, they were cleansed.” It was an active act of faith. Not one of them would have been healed had they disobeyed. Why did you cry out to Jesus? Did you not believe he was capable to forgive? This is made all the more climactic as leprosy “dries” the bronchial tubes making it extremely difficult to speak at all. They responded to what they heard. Have you? It is not enough to hear the word; you must act on it, as “faith is demonstrated by actions.” They accepted the healing as accomplished even though they had not actually

received it, but their cure did not compel them all to praise the One who had effected the cure. Sadly, only one man, a Samaritan, was sensible of the power of God and grateful for his healing, immediately turned back to express his gratitude. Did we turn back to thank our Lord? Did we show our gratitude? We should never be late in our payment of thankfulness to our Lord, as God considers that ingratitude. We need to learn the dutiful response of this Samaritan, and that it is better to go the right way alone, than error with the masses. Luke 17:17, “…but where are the nine?” Where are

those who have given their life to Christ? How many ever return to give thanks? How many continue in service? This lesson of ingratitude is powerful…it is personal. What a striking illustration of human nature at its worst. Again, the stranger, the outcast, was the only one to stop and return to give thanks to our Lord. His faith led him to believe. His faith led him to repentance. His faith led him to praise God. Thankfulness should always be in our hearts and on our lips.

Ben Hurst is the pastor at Northside Baptist in Bethel.

Remember to check on the elderly during the winter While many older adults are well organized and perfectly independent, others may struggle a little more during winter depending on their age and overall health. And, while most of us are fortunate enough to have friends and family living close or within a phone call or email’s distance who regularly check on our well-being, many older adults who are no longer able to get out have become isolated from neighbors and friends. During the recent blast of frigid air and plummeting temperatures, many area residents were without electricity and, therefore, without heat. Clermont Senior Services case managers and other staff spent the coldest of those days calling the people we serve to assure their safety, but you can also do your part to help protect elderly neighbors and friends to ensure that they have the

resources they need to stay safe and healthy. Older adults are especially vulnerable to Cindy Gramke hypothermia COMMUNITY PRESS because their bodies’ reGUEST COLUMNIST sponse to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and certain medications, including overthe-counter cold remedies. Signs of hypothermia include slowed or slurred speech; sleepiness or confusion; shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs; poor control over body movements; and/or slow reactions, or a weak pulse. Avoiding this dangerous situation by making a habit of checking on an older neighbor or friend will go a long way to assure his/her safety. When you visit, make certain

the home is warm enough. You can suggest that the thermostat be set to at least 68 to 70 degrees. Even homes with temperatures from 60 to 65 degrees can lead to hypothermia in older people. Check to make sure the heating system is working, and there are adequate means to keep the temperature in the home in a comfortable range. And, make sure there are no heating devices in areas of the home that could pose a fire risk or carbon monoxide poisoning risk. Ask specific questions about the way the older adult feels to determine if medical attention is needed. It’s important to determine whether he/she depends upon oxygen, and you can ask if your friend needs medications and/or medical supplies. Ask whether there is adequate food in the house and if there is access to non-perishable food that can be pre-

pared without electricity, if need be. You also want to make sure that there is access to clean drinking water. Make sure they can get help, if needed. Is there someone identified to call for help if needed? Phones need to be accessible and in working order. Remember, cordless phones will not work if the power goes out. And, if the cell is the primary phone, make certain that you suggest that it is kept fully charged. All of us can make a difference in making sure that our older neighbors and friends are safe. Take five minutes to stop by. You might even take a fun gift basket, complete with a flashlight, snacks, bottled water and a card with your phone number. Cindy Gramke is the Executive Director/CEO of Clermont Senior Services.

Voter fraud alive and well in Ohio

Just after the 2012 election, the White House “We-ThePeople” website got more than 63,000 signatures for a recount in Ohio. Fox News claimed that in one Ohio county President Obama received 106,258 votes...but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. There was another claim that in 21 districts in Wood County, Ohio, Obama received 100 percent of the votes, while GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations. Fox News went wild. In September 2013, after a year’s investigation John Husted appeared on Fox & Friends noting that his office discovered that contrary to Democratic claims, there was NO voter suppression. On the other hand the state’s boards of elections identified and reported 625 voting irregularities. Of these, 135 were referred to the state, for legal action.


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Recently the Enquirer revisited Ohio voting which, in turn, generated letters from readers pointing out Len Harding that many of COMMUNITY PRESS the levy issues GUEST COLUMNIST passed by very narrow margins and voter fraud would really matter in those instances. Presumably illegal aliens could sway a levy by illegally voting for their kids to get a free ride to school, a free lunch and possibly a free fraudulent breakfast thrown in! The Enquirer noted that there were 4,960,350 votes cast in 2012. Husted’s statistics show that .01 percent of the votes cast were possibly fraudulent. Of course this is lower than the original claim, but a fraudulent vote is fraud

nonetheless. And I am here to say that voter fraud in Ohio is alive and well. The Legislature is working hard on voter fraud. The bills the Enquirer summarized show that people without cars or adequate public transportation, or with jobs that don’t allow time off will have a harder time voting. Those with cars and the ability to get time off will have no problems. But the real vote fraud will not be touched by those bills – they will only discourage poor people and minorities from voting for Democrats. In 2012, the vote total for the Ohio Legislature House was 2,525,660 for the Democrats and 2,434,689 for the Republicans; a total of 4,960,350 votes cast (disregarding votes for other-party candidates). The raw total was 50.9 percent for the Democrats, and 49.1 percent for the Repub-

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licans; a majority where democracy is respected – a starting point in Ohio. The Rs wound up with 60 seats, and the Ds with 39. Clearly a D vote was worth less than an R vote. Every D vote worked out in reality as 0.76 of a vote, whereas every R vote worked out as 1.24 votes. Thus in Ohio every four Republican votes equaled six Democrat votes. Not unlike the three-fifth’s compromise in the original Constitution. A Civil War ended that formula – a civil war that the TPers would undoubtedly have Ohio switch sides on if it were held today. The Supreme Court required one man one vote in Reynolds v. Sims, in 1964. Republicans may come around to one-man-one-vote some day, but until then legalized cheating works just fine. Len Harding is a resident of Milford.

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Nico Greetham and Courtney Thurston of "So You Think You Can Dance" teach the senior workshop at Prestige Dance Center in Newtown. THANKS TO MEGHAN HOKE


ico Greetham and Courtney Thurston, (Cico) from the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” recently visited Prestige Dance Center in Newtown, bringing their love for dance and teaching to Prestige Dance Center for a two-day “CICO” workshop. The students of PDC and other dancers in the area were more than excited to not only be dancing in the same room as these two stars, but to have the opportunity to take a variety of dance classes and constructive criticism from these inspirational dancers.

Nico Greetham and Courtney Thurston of "So You Think You Can Dance" lead a class at Prestige Dance Center in Newtown. THANKS TO MEGHAN HOKE

Nico Greetham and Courtney Thurston meet the senior workshop dancers at Prestige Dance Center. THANKS TO MEGHAN HOKE

Prestige Dance Studio students Jackie Engelkamp, right, dances with Courtney Thurston of "So You Think You Can Dance." THANKS TO MEGHAN HOKE

Nico Greetham and Courtney Thurston of "So You Think You Can Dance" meet junior workshop dancers at Prestige Dance Center. THANKS TO C. BAKER

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Lectures Creating Professional-Quality Images of Art and Fine Craft, 7-8 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Chamber of Commerce, 983 Lila Ave., Tips and techniques for creating professional images of artwork that will help in jury process for art and fine craft shows. Ages 18 and up. $40. Registration required. Presented

by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; Milford.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Delve into science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, look into Native American origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones;

$150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.


begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia.

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Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.

Parents’ Night Out, 6:30-11 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Dinner, drinks, silent auction and music by the Weezy Jefferson Band. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Sherwood Elementary PTA. $50, $45 advance. Registration required. 231-7565; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga

Nature Full Moon Walk, 7:30-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet at Kiosk. Hit trails at night and enjoy full moon and natural history readings. For ages 8 and up. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. Through March 8. 237-4574. Amelia.


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Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Tours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; non-members pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. A Walk in the Woods, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, With chief naturalist Bill Creasey. Walk along trails looking at seasonal natural history items including dried weeds, herbaceous rosettes, winter tree ID, birds, lichens and hardy ferns and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. Members and their guests only. 831-1711. Union Township.

Religious - Community Men’s Group Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Summerside United Methodist Church, 638 Batavia Pike, Wesley Fellowship Hall. Plan important community service events and raise money to support SUMC. Free. Through Jan. 17. 528-3052; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mount Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

Nature Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, Noon-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Tours: 1 and 2 p.m. Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

MONDAY, FEB. 17 Exercise Classes Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Exercise Classes Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core

strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Union Township.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 4-6 p.m., Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 956-3729; Batavia.

Nature Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Art & Craft Classes Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township. Pilates, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Focusing on strengthening core muscles. Improve flexibility and strength for overall body. $6. 947-7333. Union Township.



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Bread recipe easy for beginners

Italian bread for beginners and everyone else I like this recipe for its simplicity. The flavor and texture is like the kind you get at a bakery. The crust is a bit crisp and pale gold. I’m giving detailed instructions here. Check out my blog for tips on kneading and step-by-step photos. If you want, sprinkle poppy seeds on the bread after shaping. 1 package (1⁄4 oz.) active dry yeast 2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees) Pinch of sugar to feed yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 51⁄2 cups all-purpose flour

Stir yeast in warm water, adding a pinch of sugar to “feed” the yeast. It’s ready when it looks foamy on top, a few minutes. Pour into mixing bowl and add sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in remaining flour and mix on low to form soft dough. On very lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes or so. It may be sticky at

Stir in dill, season to taste.

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Freezing avocados: Yes, you can. Jungle Jim’s had them on sale so I bought a lot, mashed the flesh, squirted with lemon juice to keep the color and froze it. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Rita’s Italian bread recipe is perfect for beginners.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

first, but will get smooth, like a baby’s bottom. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour or so. Punch dough down. Divide in half. Shape each into a loaf. There are two ways to do this: Simply make loaf shape with your hands about 12 inches long, or roll dough into an approximate 12inch by 7-inch rectangle. Roll up tightly from long side, pinch seams to seal and place seam side down on sprayed or parchment-lined pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes. With sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of loaf. Bake at preheated 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.


» Make this by hand? Of course, and you get a workout, too! » Measure accurately. Flour settles as it sits. Whisk a bit or stir before measuring. Measure by spooning lightly into cup and leveling off with knife. » How warm is 110-115

degrees? Best to use an instant read thermometer, which is inexpensive and accurate. Water is just right when you put some on your wrist and it’s warm enough for a baby to drink from a bottle. » How to tell when dough is doubled. Rising time is a guide only. Use fingers to make indentation about 1⁄2 inch into dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has doubled. For the second rise after shaping, make a small indentation in the dough near its side. If the dent remains, the dough is ready to bake.

Good-for-you egg scramble

Adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe. February is heart month, so here’s a recipe that fills the bill for health but doesn’t sacrifice flavor. I like this stuffed into a whole wheat pita spread with mashed avocado and sprinkled with a little Feta.

Olive oil 1 ⁄2 cup red onion, diced 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 4 whole eggs 4 egg whites

Palmful fresh dill, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried leaves Salt and pepper

Film nonstick pan with olive oil, about a tablespoon. Add onion and cook a couple of minutes until soft, then

add tomatoes and cook another minute. Put in bowl and set aside. Beat eggs together. Pour into skillet and cook until almost set, stirring frequently. Drain excess liquid from tomato mixture and stir into eggs.

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Lion’s Club pancake breakfast to aid eyesight Howdy Folks; This winter doesn't seem to be letting up, but some day it will be in the 80s, I will be happy when that happens. We took Chester to the vets to have him neutered; he wasn't a very happy kitten. This morning we could not give him anything to eat. I said to Ruth Ann, “Can't we give him a little something to eat?” She said no, well, I felt sorry for him, we put him in the carrier and he cried all the way up to the vets. The Brown County dog warden's truck was there with a couple dogs to have them neutered; there were at least four or five dogs that came in


while we were there and a lady came in with two cats to be neutered. A young lady that George works Rooks there, her OLE FISHERMAN folks belong to the Owensville Historical Society. This gal is a very fine person, along with the other ladies. We need to have our animals neutered or spayed to help control the burden of so many animals. We love our cat and miss him as I write the article, but Michelle just called and said we can pick him up anytime


after 3 til 5. It is lonesome without him. While setting in the living room, yesterday, I said to Ruth Ann it looks like the Pine Tree has big white blooms on it. That was snow, of course, just teasing Ruth Ann. Last Saturday, we went to a Lions Club meeting at Carlisle, Ohio, with Clark and Miriam; there is a lot of work to do in the Lions Club and several meetings. We were at Grant's farm this morning, I looked in there nursery and the tomatoes were about two inches tall, boy did that look good, they have cabbage and broccoli plants growing too. The weather this afternoon is to get ice here,


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Phone 734-4041 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

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



Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am AWANA Ministry Wednesday 6:45 - 8:15pm Bible Study 7:00 - 8:00pm Youth grades 6-12 7:00 - 8:00pm Nursery provided for all services



2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 SS 9:30AM, Sun Worship 10:45AM Wed. Prayer Service 7:00PM Childcare Provided for All Services Growing in Faith Early Learning Center NOW ENROLLING 513-427-4271 growinginfaith

Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

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

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


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

Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm;

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)



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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Sunday Morning Service Times are: 8:45am, 10:15am & 11:45am

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 Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 10:15am, 11:45am & 6pm Life Change TV Program Every Ever yS und nday ay y Sunday

Cincinnati STAR64 @ 10am Troy P P. Ervin, Ervin Pastor 4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-2555


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

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

All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412

Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center)

Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

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

the time is 7:30 til 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel Tate High School at the east end of Bethel. The menu is all the pancakes you can eat, also sausage, tater tots, milk, orange juice and coffee. There will be some Lions club members to serve you and you can set and enjoy having plenty of conversation. The money from the pancake breakfasts help with eye exams, glasses, for school children and adults, who need the help. To get tickets ahead of the breakfast, see any Lions Club member and if you have any used eyeglasses bring them to the breakfast and give them to any Lion member. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God Bless All. More Later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. He served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


Nursery Available

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services


Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

Sunday Night Service Time at 6pm


of bird seed. They mix their own and it is sure good. The free meal at the Batavia United Methodist Church will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m., they serve a fine meal as do the folks at the Bethel United Methodist Church each Saturday from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. This is the way to get a good meal and a chance to visit with other folks and have the opportunity to be in church for some prayer if you need it. Now mark your calendar, on Feb. 14 at the 360 Auction on the corner of St. Rt. 125 and Mt. Holly Road, will be a bake sale by the Monroe Grange. The baked goods are great and folks sure appreciate the Grange doing this, and the folks that have the sale do too. They have been having a good crowd and some good items to sell, so come on down and enjoy the hamburgers their snack bar sells, they are excellent. The Bethel Lions Club will have another pancake breakfast, Feb. 22,

Contemporary Worship.........9:30am Sunday School......................9:30am




UNITED METHODIST Trinity United Methodist

3398 Ohio SR 125

Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

and to the north of Cincinnati, will get snow, this snow we got last Sunday night we had 2 inches, Georgetown and on up had about 6 inches. It seems strange how the weather can hit some folks and not get others. They said Blanchester had very little snow, as they say, that's the way the cookie crumbles. We have several projects to do in the carpenter shop at this time, we have a different style of bird feeder to build, I am excited to get one done. On our trip this morning we got some kerosene, or coal oil, for the carpenter shop, and stopped at Carneys feed Mill to get a couple bags

Ruth Barton

Funeral Home.

Ruth Lee Barton, 91, Amelia, died Feb. 1. Survived by sons Gene (Leslie), Ron (Cathy) Barton; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three siblings. Preceded in death by husband Ralph Barton, children Wayne Barton, Linda Harvey. Services were Feb. 6 at Mount Carmel Christian Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Mercy Hospital Clermont, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

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David Benhase David Paul Benhase, 53, Withamsville, died Jan. 29. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Denise Benhase; children Bradley, Kelley Benhase; father Donald Benhase; sisters Pamela White, Susan Chriswell; sisters and brother-in-law Diane Ray, Debra Twining, Dale McLaren; nieces and nephew Karla Duncan, Samantha Chriswell, Laura, Jill McCreedy, Kyle Twining; family members Ellen, Mel Fitzharris, Beverly, Clayton McLaren. Preceded in death by mothers Marian Langhout Benhase, Marianne Wohl Benhase Services were Feb. 3 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert Cowden Robert Bingham Cowden, 84, died Jan. 23. Survived by wife Barbara Carnes Cowden; children William Cowden, Annette Cowden Engle; stepchildren Carol Larkby, Gary, Rick Carnes; grandchildren Conner, Garrette Engle, Gavin Cowden; sister Olive Jean Cowden Brown. Preceded in death by parents Marion, Joseph Cowden. Services to be held at a later date.

Ellie Ferris Eleanor “Ellie” Roflow Ferris, 51, Union Township, died Feb. 3. Survived by children Angela (Dan) Long, Justin Ferris, Jennifer Scott; siblings Paul Roflow, Linda Chaffin; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Paul Roflow, Mattcia Gasnik, siblings Stewart Roflow, Mary Patterson. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre

Betty Henderson Hinson, New Richmond, died Feb. 2. She was mayor of New Richmond for 16 years. Survived by husband Carroll “Abner” Hinson; children Danny (Barb), Bobby, Rickie (Margie) Hinson, Jenny Murphy; siblings Tom, Judy; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Irene, Maurice Henderson, brothers Gene, Jerry Henderson. Services were Feb. 8 at New Richmond Christian Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: New Richmond Christian Church, 1126 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, OH 45157.

Willie Jean Range Willie Jean Range, 82, Batavia, died Jan. 31. Survived by children Carolyn (James) Curran, Mary (Donald) Siefert, Anthony III (Theresa) Range III; grandchildren Stacy, Brian, Amy, Amanda, Trisha; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four siblings; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Anthony Range Jr. Services were Feb. 6 at Moore Family Funeral Home.

Minnie Smith Minnie F. Smith, 50, Pierce Township, died Jan. 28. Survived by husband Mark Detalente; children Lloyd Jr. (Erica), Natasha (Charles), Sylvia (Shawn) Smith; grandchildren William, Joshua, Savana, Robert, Asaiah, Kaylin, Jaden; sisters Angie Stacy, Sylvia Beckelhymer, Nancy, Chloye McClanahan. Preceded in death by mother Minnie Owens, brother Mark Stacy. Services are 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Brenda Stephens Brenda Ball Stephens, 60, Union Township, died Feb. 1. Survived by children Vicky (Colin) Murphy, Donnie (Molli) Stephens; grandchildren Riley Murphy, Kylie, Emme Stephens; sisters Judy Day, Jeanie Mobley, Rhonda Colyer. Preceded in death by husband Danny Stephens, brother Michael Ball. Services were Feb. 5, 2014 at Faith Center Church of God. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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POLICE REPORTS AMELIA Arrests/citations Edward Freson, 47, 3666 Woodsong Drive, driving under influence, drug possession, Jan. 15.

Incidents/investigations Drug possession drugs found during traffic stop at 57 W. Main St., Jan. 15.


intoxicated Female was disorderly at Speedway at 520 Sycamore St., Jan. 18. Domestic violence at Old Ohio 52, Jan. 2. Theft medication taken at 1221 Bethel New Richmond #102, Jan. 9.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jamie E. Ayer, 35, 2056 Clermontville Laurel Road, driving under suspension, Jan. 6. Barbara J. Willoughby, 45, 3278 Eiler Lane, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Jan. 18.

Brittany Acres, 18, 400 University Lane #203, theft, Jan. 21. Bill M. Wilder, 22, 1951 Ohio232, drug possession, Jan. 18. Harold W. Back, 62, 1728 Ohio 125, disorderly conduct, Jan. 13. Kasey Crank, 18, 100 University Lane #17, theft, Jan. 18. James L. Reed, 30, 2191 Ohio 125 #31, theft, Jan. 18. Teresa A. Peal, 45, 364 St. Andrews #F, disorderly conduct, Jan. 19. Shane M. Macleod, 40, 5645 Betty Lane, theft, Jan. 22. Cloe L. Pennix, 22, 5645 Betty Lane, theft, Jan. 22. Andrew T. Hesketh, 31, 16 Wooded Ridge, theft, Jan. 23. Roy R. Pancake, 41, 2709 Brooking Road, warrant, Jan. 18. Jeffrey W. Franklin, 46, 1147 Collier Road, warrant, Jan. 25.



Disorderly conduct male acted in disorderly manner at 748 Washington St., Jan. 23. Disorderly conduct while

Burglary compressor taken from AC unit at 3729 Nine Mile, Jan. 24. Criminal simulation

Arrests/citations Daniel J. Wilhelm, 25, 4414 Norway Court, warrant, Jan. 18. Andrew N. Wynn, 23, 10110 Princeton Glendale Road, warrant, Jan. 20.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage glass broken in door at 497 Old Boston road #24, Jan. 21.

NEW RICHMOND Arrests/citations

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, Chief David Friend, 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.

2 counterfeit $5 bills passed at Marathon at Ohio Pike, Jan. 22. Disorderly conduct at 364 St. Andrews #F, Jan. 19. Felonious assault, aggravated robbery, theft male was stabbed multiple times at 1275 Ohio Pike, Jan. 19. Public indecency male exposed himself at 1761 Culver Court #3, Jan. 20. Theft merchandise taken from Walmart; $484 at Ohio 125, Jan. 19. merchandise taken from Walmart; $149 at Ohio 125, Jan. 21. merchandise taken from Walmart; $54 at Ohio 125, Jan. 21. clothing taken from Walmart; $80 at Ohio 125, Jan. 18. clothing taken from Walmart; $46 at Ohio 125, Jan. 18. merchandise taken from Walmart; $993 at Ohio 125, Jan. 22. merchandise taken from Walmart; $15 at Ohio 125, Jan. 23. merchandise taken from Walmart; $71 at Ohio 125, Jan. 24.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Steven C. Whitt, 32, 2414 Ohio 132, warrant, Jan. 24. Obed Hernandez-Ordonez, 55, 8820 Bendoton Pike, no drivers license, Jan. 24. John W. Curtis, 41, 655 Arlington , driving under suspension, Jan. 24. John F. Sullivan, 27, 487 Piccadilly, warrant, Jan. 24. Sidney M. Owens, 20, 4524 Weiner Lane, warrant, Jan. 24. Phillip D. Owen, 28, 4323 Eastern Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 25. Nicholas A. Vest, 22, 4706 Beechwood, warrant, Jan. 25. Rene M. Valenzuela, 67, , warrant, Jan. 25. Jamie M. Allender, 29, 474 Old Ohio 74 #505, criminal trespass, theft, Jan. 25. Catherine J. Trisdale, 28, 141 E. Beech St., drug instruments, drug abuse, drug possession, Jan. 25. Shaunaleetee M. Firsby, 30, 242 6Th St., theft, Jan. 26. Mero K. Ruff, 43, Wheeler Street, driving under suspension, Jan. 26.



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