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Clermont Co. opposed to Duke rate increases By Theresa L. Herron

Batavia officials would like to see something done with this building at 220 E. Main St. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Batavia works to address vacant buildings

By Roxanna Swift

BATAVIA — Village officials are working to address the condition of vacant and dilapidated buildings. Planning commission members Feb. 19 authorized village Administrator Dennis Nichols to develop a Community Reinvestment Area program. A Community Reinvestment Area would allow Nichols officials to offer investment incentives like tax abatements for renovation or construction of structures in the village. Nichols said he also plans to investigate options for developing blighted areas under the program. “We want to require owners to get their buildings occupied, sell them or tear them down,” he said. Several properties in downtown Batavia have been vacant for extended periods of time, he said. One property he would like to see occupied or torn down is 220 E. Main St. The building, which

most recently housed the Thomas Graphics print shop, at one point was an Odd Fellows Hall. “The building is a classic of its time and its type,” Nichols said. “It has so much charm to it.” Despite its charm, the building needs renovation, he said. The property has been vacant for six or seven years, said Howard Moore, son of Stirling Moore, who co-owns the building with his brother, Louis Moore. “It has been for sale and for lease,” Howard Moore said. “We’ve done everything, but there’s minimal interest.” Stirling Moore said there are some people interested in the building, but often those who do request a one-year lease. “We really want to sell it,” he said. Tax abatements would help fill buildings in downtown Batavia and get new business owners on their feet, Stirling Moore said. Nichols said there also are several other buildings in the village - particularly on Main and Second streets - that he would like to see occupied in time for the village’s bicentenniSee VACANT, Page A2

Many Clermont County residents believe Duke Energy should not be granted rate increases for electric and natural gas. More than 125 people attended a public hearing Feb. 20 at the Union Township Civic Center to share their thoughts about Duke’s request. The meeting was conducted by a representative from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Comments were received, but no answers to questions were provided. To read the requests, visit the PUCO website: http:/ for electric and for natural gas. Several people spoke against paying for the streetcar project happening in Cincinnati. In a statement emailed Feb. 19, by Blair Schroeder of Duke corporate communications, Duke said, “This provision within the Duke Energy rate case is intended to shelter residents living outside of the jurisdiction making the request from having to pay for a project that yields little benefit to them. So in the case of the streetcar project, if this rider were to be approved, residents living outside of Cincinnati proper would not have cost as-

sociated with the streetcar passed along to them. Some people also said Duke is mismanaged. Gary Willey of Stonelick Township and others asked why the Pike electric trucks have been parked outside Holiday Inn & Suites for years. “Why not save money by sending them home,” Wylie asked. Calvin Pauley of Miami Township asked about the smart meters being installed. He said they are supposed to cut costs, but his bill just went up. “Duke has money to give away to schools,” Pauley said. “Then why do they need a rate increase? I can’t afford another increase.” Jeff Ashba of Felicity said Duke and their employees have been “good neighbors” to Moscow, especially following the tornado that struck March 2, 2012. But, Moscow has many low-income residents and he asked the PUCO to remember that when considering the rate increase. Belinda Ward of Batavia Township asked why Duke does not tighten their belts like many families were forced to do during this downturn in the economy. “We are at their mercy. We have to have electric. This is not right,” Ward said. “Duke has raised rates eight times since 2006, mostly after storm damage. These increases,

when do they end?” Fay Miller of Stonelick Township said it’s getting harder and harder to pay her bills. “We need electric. We have no choice but Duke. As seniors, we cannot afford a rate increase.” Steve Waldman of Amelia said he is a business manager for a school district that has cut costs because of lower state funding and lower property taxes. He said more cuts will be needed if the rate increases are approved, which will mean an additional $136,000 in energy costs a year. This is despite being recognized by Duke as an energy partner. The increased cost would eliminate the savings created by becoming more energy efficient. Waldman asked the PUCO to “seriously” consider the challenges this will create for schools. “We have no where else to turn.” Ray Johnson, director of business operations for the Forest Hills Local School District, asked for help from the PUCO. The district is looking at $200,000 more a year if the rate increases are granted. “We adamantly oppose (this increase),” Johnson said. Others showed some support for Duke. Dave Gooch, president of Park National Bank said his business relies on Duke for critical needs, as do their small See RATES, Page A2


Grant Winkler of Amelia lays it in for an easy two against Colerain during their Division I sectional game Feb. 22 at Oak Hills High School. Colerain defeated Amelia 62-46. For more photos from the game, see Sports, A6. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Feds reviewing comments on new beetle plan By John Seney

TATE TWP. — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are beginning to review public comments on a revised environmental assessment for the Asian longhorned beetle eradication efforts. The new assessment was released in January and the comment period ended Feb. 16. The revised assessment differs from one released in May 2012 by identifying a preferred alternative for dealing with healthy trees threatened by the beetle. The preferred alternative – called alternative D – recommends removal of infested trees and a combination of removal and

chemical treatment for high-risk healthy trees. Rhonda Santos, public information officer with the USDA, said as of Feb. 20 the agency had received about 80 email comments on the assessment. However, some of those were duplicates, she said. Santos said the agency received four written comments and four oral comments at a Feb. 11 public forum in Clermont County sponsored by the USDA. “We expect a few more to come in,” she said. Santos said it will take some time to go through all the comments. “They all need to be reviewed and considered,” she said.

About 200 comments were received for the May 2012 assessment and it took several months to go through all of those, she said. No timetable has been set for making a decision on which alternative to choose, she said. The other alternatives listed by the USDA in the environmental assessment are: » A: No action. » B: Removal of all infested trees and high-risk healthy trees within a half-mile of infested trees. » C: Removal of all infested trees and chemical treatment of high-risk healthy trees. Bill Skvarla, a spokesman for a group of property owners opposed to cut-

Workers from Davey Tree Expert Co. in January clean up debris in Tate Township from trees they cut down. The trees were infested with the Asian longhorned beetle. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ting down healthy trees, said members of his group sent in comments on the revised assessment. The group, the Bethel ALB Citizens’ Cooperative Inc., supports the

chemical treatment of healthy trees instead of removal. “We want the healthy trees treated,” Skvarla said. Santos said the removal of infested trees will

Settlement to help water resources in county The Clermont County commissioners Aug. 27 authorized the Water Resources Department to participate in a Class Action Lawsuit against Syn-

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Carbon (GAC) to remove Atrazine from the drinking water sources at the Bob McEwen Water (BMW) Treatment Plant. In 2012, a new GAC treatment process was installed at BMW to remove total organic carbon, Atrazine, and other organic chemicals from the source water. The settlement funds will help maintain low water rates by offsetting annual operating costs at BMW. “It would be nice not to

worry about problems like Atrazine getting into our water supply, but things do happen and the citizens of Clermont County can rest assured that our Water Resource Department is continuously monitoring to protect local water quality. The settlement of $594,440 helps to offset the cost of the GAC carbon filtering process and we are better off for it,” said Commissioner David Uible.

Clermont Co. residents suspected of making meth in Brown Co. A man from Williamsburg and a woman from Wayne Township were arrested Feb. 5 by Brown County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly manufacturing meth in a house near Mt. Orab. Reeves Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger said deputies arrested Eric Reeves, 27, of Williamsburg, and Christina Fuller, 28, of Pleasant Plain, for manufacturing meth at a residence on Greenbush East Road near Mt. Orab. Several indictments

were issued Feb. 14 by the Brown County Grand Jury on both Reeves and Fuller, including illegal manufacturing, felony, second degree; illegal assembly of chemicals, felony, third deFuller gree; conspiracy to traffic drugs, felony, third degree; and possession of drug instruments, misdemeanor, first degree. Reeves and Fuller are incarcerated at the Brown County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on the charges.

continue in Clermont County. The beetle was discovered at Skvarla’s Tate Township winery in June 2011. So far, more than 9,000 infested trees have been cut down in the quarantined area, which includes Tate Township, Bethel, East Fork State Park and parts of Monroe, Batavia and Stonelick townships. No uninfested trees have been removed. A new two-year contract for tree removals was awarded in January to Davey Tree Expert Co. Santos said the contract with Davey is working out well. “The community members seem to like them,” she said.

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al next year. Nichols said while he does not want to impose on property rights, the village could, as a last resort, take blighted properties by imminent domain. Commission members also authorized Nichols to begin developing a new land use plan. Nichols said he will propose revision of the land use plan to the finance committee and village council as well. He also wrote a building maintenance code, which he presented to the planning commission and will present to council.

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business customers. “To have a successful community, we need healthy businesses. I appreciate Duke.” Matt Van Sant, president of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, said his organization knows economic development relies on good infrastructure that meets the needs of business. “It’s important to have a utility with a financial model to provide energy at a competitive price,” he said.



Beech Acres gets $20,000 for mentoring The Hatton Foundation recently awarded Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, a $20,000 grant for its strength-based and goaloriented therapeutic mentoring program. Beech Acres Therapeutic Mentoring serves about 100 youth each year in Hamilton County who are ages 7 to 17, and who have a mental health diagnosis. Many of them are also involved in the child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems.

Contracted therapeutic mentors are professionals who have had extensive experience supporting the positive growth of youth with multiple challenges. One of the distinguishing factors of Beech Acres’ mentoring program is that mentors engage the child’s entire family (and school) in the plan. In addition to intensive one-on-one support, mentors strive to strengthen the social, emotional and educational skills of the child and his/

her family; improve relationships; and meet goals of the child’s specific diagnosis. “Involving each mentee’s parents and siblings is really critical to us being able to nurture the success of a child who is at great risk of failure, yet contracts do not fund the added expenses of doing this,” said Patrick Nugent, Beech Acres vice president of development. “Grants and donations make our extra step possible. The Hatton Foundation grant allows us to

make a real difference in the lives of young people.” Beech Acres also received a $2,500 grant from the Cincinnati Rotary Foundation toward the Therapeutic Mentoring Program. Beech Acres Parenting Center supports parents and caregivers in the most challenging and important job of their lives: raising children today who are able to thrive tomorrow. With a mission of inspiring and equipping today’s parents, families, and communities to raise

Sheriff receives traffic safety grant Clermont County has received a $35,089.09 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Oct. 29, said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. This is federal traffic safety funding to the for fiscal year 2013. ”These funds are essential in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local community safe,”

said Rodenberg in a press release. “Based on crash data from State Routes 132, 133, 32, and Interstate 275, and county roads, speed, impaired driving, restraint use, motorcycle safety, is a priority for Clermont County and we are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue.” Crash data shows that 656 alcohol-related crashes caused 280 injuries and

14 fatalities in the county over the three-year period of 2009, 2010 and 2011. To reduce these numbers, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high-visibility enforcement, working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds. The funds are passed through OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to

support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers. For more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, visit

ty and I look forward to my return to the library as soon as possible.” The Clermont County Public Library has also

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Libraries have a new leader temporarily The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees has named Chris Wick, manager of the Union Township Branch, the acting executive director while the library’s current executive director, David Mezack, takes an unexpected leave of absence. Mezack expects he will be absent about 90 days to attend to personal matters. To meet requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, the library’s board of trustees met in special session Feb. 4 and unanimously appointed Wick as the acting director until Mezack returns, according to a press release issues Feb. 5. “The board of trustees and library administration have worked diligently to plan for events of this nature,” Mezack said. “We have several layers of backup procedures in place and the public and our staff should not anticipate any disruption in services or daily routines. I have confidence Ms. Wick will do an excellent job for the library in this capaci-

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body was found in a tent in a wooded area of Batavia Township off Old Ohio 74 about 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The body was a male and was decomposed. No evidence of foul play was immedately apparent. The death is being investigated. The identity of the deceased is in progress, and once the next of kin are notified more information will be released, said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, in a press release.


The Clough Pike Elementary School PTO is once again offering the

$500 Gerard Johnson Memorial Scholarship to former Clough Pike Elementary students graduating this year. Applications are available at Amelia and Glen Este high schools as well as Clough Pike Elementary School. The application deadline is Monday, April 15.

CIC meeting

The Union Township Community Improvement Corporation trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.


MOSCOW — A Remem-

brance Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, to observe the one-year mark since a tornado slammed into southern Clermont County, striking Moscow, Bethel, Tate Township, Felicity, Franklin Township and Washington Township March 2, 2012. The service will be at the River Valley Community Center, 30 Wells St. Volunteers who helped in the days and weeks after the tornado will be thanked. “The 3 R’s of this Remembrance Service will help us to reflect on our progress, to restore what has been damaged, and to rebuild what has been

lost,” said Sharon Chambers, Moscow village council, and member of the service committee.

Benefit dinner

UNION TWP. — The Remembering USMC Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Wojciechowski, “Tony Wojo,” Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at American Legion Post 72, 497B Old Ohio 74 in Mt. Carmel. Wojo was a 2002 Glen Este/Live Oaks graduate who joined the Marine Corps when he was 17. He loved being a Marine and an explosive ordinance disposal technician so much that he was on his

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third re-enlistment and on his second deployment to Iraq when he was killed in action April 30, 2009. A scholarship was established in Wojo’s memory and fund-raising events like this spaghetti dinner in March and a motorcycle ride in September help the scholarship fund grow. Cost is $8 per person, $4 for children age 10 and under. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, birthday cake/dessert and a soda. Also available will be a cash bar, split the pot, raffles and live acoustic music. RSVP to motherofwojo@

Flight Night

The Milford Athletic Boosters Club presents the third annual Milford “Flight Night” dinner Thursday, March14, at the Oasis Golf & Convention Center. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and features guest key note speaker former Cincinnati Reds All-Star Sean Casey, “The Mayor,” and member of the 1990 World Series Champion Reds, Todd Benzinger. Master of ceremonies for the evening is sports columnist Paul Daugherty. Tickets for the event are $50 for general admission and $100 for the V.I.P. session. Must be 21 years of age or over. For ticket info, call the Milford High School Athletic office at 576-2208.

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Monroe Grange

MONROE TWP. — Monroe Grange members will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville, south of Ohio Pike, weather permitting. They will discuss plans for the bake sale during the 360 Auction and the Grassy Run Rendezvous at the end of April. The Lecturer will have the program for the evening. Each member should bring snacks for the fellowship time after the meeting. For more information about Grange, call the Rooks at 734-6980.

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Business professionals are successful

Grant students excel at regional contest

The Grant Career Center chapter of the Business Professionals of America proved they were ready to “Uncover Their Magic” in 2012-2013 as they did their best to make their way to this spring’s national leadership conference in Orlando, Florida. Twenty-six students started their journey by winning 42 competitive event medals in the District 13 Regional Competition at Grant Career Center. Twelve students earned the privilege to represent Grant Career Center at the state competition in Columbus March14 and March 15. Regional winners competing at state level competition are denoted with an *: Keyboarding Production: First place – Carley Addison* (New Richmond), third place – Destiny Smith (Williamsburg), fourth place – Karey Herrin (New Richmond); fifth place – Kelsey Blank (Felicity-Franklin), sixth place – Cindy Durham (New Richmond). Fundamental Word Processing: Second place – Karey Herrin* (New Richmond), third

place – Kourtney Frazier (New Richmond), fifth place – Tara Bradley (Bethel-Tate). Banking and Finance: Fifth place - Alex Lilly (Bethel-Tate). Advanced Word Processing: Second place – Brianna Jackson* (Bethel-Tate). Advanced Office Systems and Procedures: First place – Mariah Norris* (New Richmond), second place – Ciara Mills* (New Richmond). Interview Skills: Second place – Tara Bradley* (BethelTate), third place – Tiffany Weems (Bethel-Tate), fourth place – Emily Proffitt (BethelTate). Advanced Interview Skills: Third place – Miranda Hardin (New Richmond). Basic Office Systems and Procedures: First place – Kayla Taulbee* (New Richmond), fifth place – Kelsey Blank (Felicity-Franklin), sixth place – Tristan Murphy (New Richmond). Medical Office Procedures: First place – Lexi Kattine* (New Richmond), second place – Mariah Norris (New Richmond), third place – Kayla Taulbee (New Richmond), fourth place – Destiny Smith*(Williamsburg),

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fifth place – Kendall Murphy (Bethel-Tate), sixth place – Janie Blum (New Richmond). Payroll Accounting: Second place – Nikki Brittain* (New Richmond), fourth place – Phyllis Hammock (Bethel-Tate), sixth place - Carley Addison (New Richmond). Administrative Support Concepts: Fifth place – Tristan Murphy (New Richmond). Financial Math and Analysis. Second place – Austin Caldwell (Williamsburg), fourth place – Phyllis Hammock (BethelTate). Business Meetings Management Concepts: Fourth place –

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Database Applications: First place – Ciara Mills (New Richmond), second place – Samantha Clayton* (Bethel-Tate). The Grant Career Center Chapter of Business Professionals of America is the youth organization for the business programs at the Career Center including Business and Finance and Medical Information Tech. Region 13 comprises schools in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Highland and Fayette counties, and the Forest Hills School District in Hamilton County. The students are taught at Grant Career Center by Jana Adams, Linda Back and Shelia Farrell.



Dean’s list

The following were named to the Ohio State University autumn semester dean’s list from Clermont County: Amber Mulook Al-Abed, Hillary Lynn Allen, Hayle Virginianne Aselage, Scott Taylor Bickel, Peter Joseph Brandt, Amy Colleen Brown, Emily Ann Cadwallader, Melissa Leigh Clement, Lauren Elizabeth Cox, Heather Marie DeVore, Jill Marie Fronk, Deanne Marie Gauch, Austin

Grant Hounshell, Paul Wesley Hudson, Dana Elizabeth Hutchinson, Robert Tyler Kuhlman, Kristen Cassandra Mauch, Sarah Molitor, Kevin Patrick Morris, Steven Todd Nagel, Erich Maxamillian Numrich, John Adam Porter, Claire Marie Redington, Scott Michael Schaffer, Alyssa Christine Sexton, Nicholas Dale Sunday, Jennifer Masi Taylor, Michelle Lynn Thomas, Brian W. Vorwald, Erika Wagoner, Jessica Leanne Wiles and Jamie Lynn Zumach.

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Craig Barrett of Batavia has been named to the dean’s list at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

Ohio Rep. John Becker Feb. 1 presented former West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks with a commendation for his leadership. Brooks will retire Feb. 28 after more than eight years as superintendent of West Clermont schools and more than 30 years in education. PROVIDED

Teacher Academy students learn to ‘Teach with Learning in Mind’ The Grant Career Center Teacher Academy students recently participated in a professional development workshop at Clark State College featuring national presenter Ann Anzalone. The workshop, titled “Teaching with Learning in Mind,” addressed the impact of brain research on child development and learning theories. Anzalone spoke about learning style patterns and the differences in how “rightbrained” and “left-brained” learners process information. According to Anzalone’s research, right-brained learners process information whole to part and focus on connections and pictures, while leftbrained learners process information part to whole and focus on details and words. Anzalone emphasized that educators need to teach students how to integrate both sides of the brain for optimal learning. Anzalone shared practical, ready-to-use strategies that the teaching students can use to help students integrate the

Great Oaks Career education information sessions

If you’re thinking about starting a new career, now is the time to take action. Learn more about the career programs available for adults at the Great Oaks Career Campuses. Attend an information session at the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus in Sharonville. The next sessions are: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. The one-hour sessions cover

program information, job placement assistance, financial aid, online access for test preparation and a program tour. Programs are available for auto collision technology, aviation maintenance, dental assisting, electrical power line mechanic, electro-mechanical maintenance technology, firefighting, Ford ASSET automotive technology, heating/ventilating and air conditioning, industrial diesel mechanics, judicial court reporting, law enforcement, medical office specialist, plumbing, practical nursing, and welding. Most programs meet in the evening and can be completed in 42 weeks. For more information, call 612-5790 or visit

UC Clermont is now Cisco testing facility The Grant Career Center Teacher Academy students circle around classmate B.J. Roa as he demonstrates a brain game movement. THANKS TO PAM MCKINNEY

brain, including movement games, note making, reciting, reading aloud, and cooperative learning techniques. Anzalone also emphasized how water intake, nutrition, and sleep can affect learning. At the workshop, Grant Career Center students had the opportunity to interact with

Teacher Academy students from several other schools including Upper Valley Career Center, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Warren County Career Center and Greene County Career Center. To learn more about The Teacher Academy program, visit

UC Clermont College is now a Pearson Vue testing facility. Anyone who wants to take a Cisco exam may now schedule it through the UC Clermont website. This testing service is available to the entire community, not only UC students. “There is no center within a 45-mile radius of our area. Our partnership with Pearson VUE will benefit both our community and our students by making certification much more achievable. It will encourage our students to graduate with their industry certificate by nature of the exam being available just down the hall,” said Cindi Scibelli, assistant professor of Cis-

co at UC Clermont College. UC Clermont’s testing facility not only provides Cisco tests, but all tests services by Pearson Vue. Some examples are Adobe, VMware and Citrix. It is also the home to the college placement tests and will soon to offer CLEP testing. To get more information, go on the Pearson Vue testing, and register to sit for an exam at UC Clermont. Testing is available during the spring semester Mondays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call Shara Freeman at 732-5219 or visit





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Glen Este girls in right frame of mind By Scott Springer

CHERRY GROVE — On a President’s Day with no official practice, Glen Este juniors Haley Vogelgesang and Leslie Campbell opted to bypass the 60-degree weather outside. Instead, they were in familiar territory at Cherry Grove Lanes getting extra frames in. They are the top two bowlers in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference and Campbell leads the city with a 208 average. Perhaps their holiday behavior explains their success. Along with teammates Erin Hunley, Gabby Ruehlman and Amber Walters, the Lady Trojans occupy five of the top six spots in the league. All have bowled a 200 or better this season and Campbell rolled her first 300 this season. “We’ve been to the district tournament every year that I’ve been in high school,” Vogelgesang said prior to the weekend appearance in Beavercreek. “We just need to come together as a team and pick up our spares.” Both Vogelgesang and Campbell are daughters of wellknown bowlers on the local scone and understand the value of hard work. “It’s going to be tough,” Campbell said of a state run. “The Dayton teams are like college teams compared to us. They practice everyday and they’re pretty competitive.” Campbell does practice every day. After her early perfect game, she’s trying to get beyond the 240s and 250s that she’s rolled since. She’s also back to her right hand after bowling her sophomore year as a lefty due to injury. “My arm’s holding up pretty

good,” Campbell said. “No pain.” Both bowlers cut their teeth at Coach Kathy Demarko’s Saturday morning youth program at Cherry Grove Lanes as have many area bowlers on the east side of town. If you factor in the many hours the girls spent with their families in various allies, you could understand why they may hear pins cracking non-stop in their heads. “Both of us have been coming here since we were born,” Vogelgesang said. Campbell added, “I slept in bowling bags when I was little. My Dad brought me bowling with him and put me in his ball bag to sleep.” The one-time “bowling babies” hope to bring some state hardware back to for Athletic Director Dan Simmons’ trophy case at Glen Este. “Even just making the state tournament is really tough because bowling is such a competitive sport,” Vogelgesang said. “A lot of people don’t think that, but it’s really difficult to make it to districts. If we made it to state it would be awesome and greatly looked upon.” The Division I girls tournament scheduled for Feb. 22 was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Feb. 25 after deadline. Glen Este’s results will be published in next week’s edition and will be on Glen Este’s boys also qualified for districts and were led by junior Blake Huber with a 221 average. Ryan Stroup, Kyle Smith, Tyler Clark and Justin Taylor also were top bowlers for the Trojans. The boys finished 17th at Beavercreek to end their season. Senior Tyler Clark had the best three-game series at 565.

Glen Este juniors Haley Vogelgesang, left, and Leslie Campbell sat atop the Eastern Cincinnati Conference standings as the Lady Trojans won another league title. Campbell led the ECC with a 208 average, while Vogelgesang was next at 179. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Garrett Weaver of Amelia drains a fade-away jumper over Bryan Porter of Colerain. Weaver finished with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS


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melia’s season came to an end with a 62-46 loss to Colerain Feb. 22 in the opening round of the Division I sectional tournament at Oak Hills High School.

Dale Luginbuhl of Amelia tosses one up close to the basket. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Amelia’s Tommy Hacker gets behind the Colerain defense for an easy two. Hacker finished with five points and three rebounds. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS


Boys basketball

» Amelia won the Southern Buckeye Conference outright by defeating Georgetown of the National Division on Feb. 16, 56-55. Sophomore Garrett Weaver led with 20 points. Amelia’s season came to a close in the tournament on Feb. 22, with a 62-46 loss to Colerain. Weaver led with 18 points. Amelia finished the

season 18-5. » Glen Este’s season ended with a 73-48 loss to Lakota East at Lakota West. Austin Rieck led the Trojans with 16 points as Glen Este finished 4-19.

Girls basketball

» New Richmond breezed past Bethel-Tate 68-42, Feb. 21 in Division II sectional semifinal action. Junior Josie Buckingham went off for a tripledouble putting up 42 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. The Lady Lions’ season

came to an end Feb. 23 in a 6632 loss to Talawanda in the sectional finals. Buckingham finished with 17 points.


Wrestling district tournaments were Feb. 21-23. The following individuals advanced to state, which will be at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University, which begins Feb. 28. » New Richmond: Nathan Dixon (220), J.R. Forsee (285) » Glen Este: Matt Sicurella



» Clermont Crew members have spent their winter putting force an extreme amount of dedication and hard work on their rowing conditioning. Seven members of the Crew participated in the CRASH-B Sprints – The Cincinnati Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 3 at Notre Dame Academy. The race took place over the Olympic regatta distance of 2,000 meters. Varsity rower

Ricky Vandegrift took third place, with his personal best time, in the varsity high school boys lightweight division. Ashley Collins also beat her personal record at the championships. Lindsey Marquez earned a gold medal in the seventh- and eighthgrade girls division with her personal best. The Crew is always ready to welcome new members. For more details, visit



Taylor answers call for McNick League title highlight of Rocket girls season By Nick Dudukovich



McNicholas got 32 points from junior Hannah Taylor, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets fell to Norwood, 64-55, in Division II tournament play Feb. 19. Throughout the year, the Rockets struggled to consistently score, according to coach Gregg Flammer, but posted an 8-2 conference record and won the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Central Division. Flammer said playing with toughness helped the Rockets overcome offensive troubles. “The days you can’t

score, you can still compete, with an attitude of we’re going to play tough and aggressive,” he said. “We did that all year and we beat some good teams. We beat (Dayton) CJ, Carroll and Anderson...and. winning the (league championships) against Badin, that was probably the highlight of the season.” When the Rockets needed offense, Hannah Taylor usual answered the call. The junior was second in the Central with 12.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. She led the league with 7.4 rebounds. For her efforts, Taylor was named the Central’s Athlete of the Year. “We relied on her offensively a lot and she responded,” Flammer said. “She works hard on her game. She’s always staying after practice shooting extra foul shots.” Taylor is expected to

return next season, and should combine with Maddie White, Payton Ramey and Corrie Sheshull to form a strong nucleus as the Rockets defend the league title. Sheshull joined Taylor as a firstteam member, while White was named to the second team. Flammer, who was named the conference’s Coach of the Year, said Ramey — a 5foot-10 sophomore, could be poised for breakout year. “She’s had some games that were just outstanding,” Flammer said. They will lose just two seniors from this year’s roster in Lauren Lamping and GGCL second-team member Katie Rogers. “We’re going to miss our seniors,” Flammer said. “Katie led by example on the floor, and Lauren was a vocal leader…and kept everybody up.”

Norwood guard Hannah Hale, center, shoots over McNicholas junior Hannah Taylor, left, and Meghan Sweeney, right, during the Rockets’ sectional tournament loss Feb. 19. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Moeller announces February signings Moeller High School had several student-athletes sign letters of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. The following local athletes will play a sport in college: Matt Noble will continue his football career at Tiffin University. Noble played left tackle for the Crusaders. Matt was a member of the 2012 OHSAA Ohio state championship football team and was named

SecondTeam AllGCL. Noble was a four-year member of the football program, Nypaver threeyear varsity player, and two-year starter. He has maintained honor roll for three years and carries a 3.4 GPA. Matt is the son of James and

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ber of the 2012 OHSAA Ohio state championship football team, received Second-Team All-GCL honors. Kaleb carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He participates in Little Buddies and is a mentor captain for Moeller High School. Kaleb is the son of Joseph and Cynthia Nypaver of Eastgate.

Kristen Noble of West Clermont. Kaleb Nypaver will follow in his father’s Noble footsteps and attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will continue his football career under the guidance of coach Calhoun. Nypaver, a mem-

the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. James is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism. The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 7,600 individual members.

James Collins, athletic director and dean of students at Amelia High School, was recently recognized by the NIAAA as a certified athletic administrator. To earn this distinction, Collins has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of








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Business as usual seems to be costly The Sandy Hook massmurder has both liberals and conservatives yearning for a substantive solution to make our country a safer place. Fortunately, our Constitution protects our freedom and includes provisions for things that were sacrosanct to our founders: The right to bear arms and the separation of church and state. Both of those precepts are inextricably linked as we wrestle to find a solution. Concerning the right to bear arms, is it coincidence that most multiplevictim shootings occur in gun-free zones? Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the


death rate from such crimes is where laws don’t restrict concealed carry.

Wouldn’t a prudent first step be to legalize concealed-carry laws in all places in all states? As we consider this, we need to keep in mind, a criminally insane man, who was actually denied the purchase of a gun, used legally-owned weapons of another, to break in

through a school window, then kill children and adults, where adults were not armed to shoot back. As regards the separation of church and state, almost everyone who came to America did so in search of religious freedom. How ironic that our leadership quickly turned to God, almost begging us to pray. Over my lifetime, God has been systematically removed from every meaningful place in America. Yet, when we look for answers and find none, we are instructed by our leaders to pray? Our society has evolved, thanks largely

to the intellectual revolution of technology, science and fact-based learning. At the same time, our economy has hurt American families today, requiring both parents work in order to make ends meet. That leaves our inactive children home alone where they become obsessed with video games and movies that may subconsciously encourage violence and rage. With more than half of American families divorcing, how are their offspring to gain insight regarding the potential value of a spiritual relationship? If they aren’t meaningfully exposed to

religion at home, how and where will they? I submit that teaching the theories of evolution, Higgs boson, other sciences and intelligent design in our schools just might renew the conscience of America. If parents don’t teach their kids the value of religion, why not present it in school and let the children decide between what is right or wrong? No one should be required to pray, nor pledge allegiance to the flag, but making young minds aware of the alternatives is not a bad thing. The costs associated with freedom are obvi-

ously significant. However, the costs of “business as usual” are even more significant. Finding a common-sense solution to mass-murder in America requires an integrated review and interpretation of the first two amendments. This would most efficiently be accomplished by states broadening concealedcarry laws, and an executive order directing our court system to provide for less separation of church and state as they interpret legal cases brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

James Anderson lives in Union Township.

Live streaming highlights Ohio House transparency As we begin the 130th General Assembly, I am looking forward to working with the governor’s budget proposal, as well as a new way for our state government to be more transparent to our constituents. While we move through the lengthy, yet imperative, budget process, I believe it’s important that we keep Ohioans informed about what is taking place in the legislature. It’s an exciting time in Ohio’s history and having Ohioans more involved only makes it more

groundbreaking. That is why I am proud to say that House Finance John Becker COMMUNITY PRESS and AppropriaGUEST COLUMNIST tions Committee hearings are now available to be seen online by the public. This ensures that our state government is more open and that we advocate accountability. This innovative change is truly

momentous and it allows Ohioans the ability to engage in the budget process. The budget is the biggest piece of legislation that we will pass during this General Assembly. It is a bill that must be passed by the legislature according to the Ohio Constitution and it dictates how the state will allocate its funds. Therefore, every Ohio citizen is affected, and I’m eager for them to be able to watch the process in action. The governor offered his budget pro-

posal on Feb. 4 and it will go through the legislature, beginning in the House. Everything from education to transportation will be part of the discussion. The budget items will be explored during various committee hearings, depending on their subject matter. These hearings involve legislators on the Finance Committee asking questions to various experts on the budget. It is a time for representatives to hammer out the details. Our job is to make sure that

no issue is overlooked and that we are watching out for every Ohioan. You can view the Finance Committee hearings on the House website, at You can also see live streaming of House and Senate sessions on the same website. Additionally, constituents can check out committee agendas and download hearing testimony. It’s a great way for citizens in my district to stay involved with the whole budget process. This new media

endeavor also allows us to demonstrate a more transparent legislature to Ohioans who want to witness how their government is working for them.

Rep. John Becker may be reached at 614-466-8134, by writing to Rep. John Becker, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 or by e-mail at The 65th House District includes Goshen, Miami, Stonelick, Union and Wayne townships, the cities of Milford and Loveland inside Clermont County, Owensville and Newtonsville.

CH@TROOM Feb. 20 question How will the Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open March 4 in downtown Cincinnati, affect Cincinnati? Do you plan to patronize the casino? Why or why not?

“After they get the bugs worked out, I might give it a quick look-see, but that’s about it. I hope others don’t follow suit, because the dimwitted politicians in Cincinnati and Hamilton County have already spent the projected casino revenues ten times over - before the first quarter has been dropped into a slot machine. Mayor Mallory needs all the help he can get for his ridiculous street car scam. I thank God every day that I live in Clermont County!” J.J.

“Well I think the casino will finally bring some of the vice this city has always been lacking. I believe there will be more downside than upside. The negative social toll casinos and gambling typically take on a community usually outweigh the gains. Plus, no matter what the perceived gains are, you can never beat the house. “I won’t go because gambling doesn’t have an intrinsic appeal to me and the entertainment or dining at casino’s seem a bit too corporate and cookie cutter to me. I’d rather spend an evening at Arnold’s downtown listening to local live music in a unique, only in Cincinnati, setting.” I.P.

“How will the Horseshoe Casino affect Cincinnati? No one can really answer that with cer-

NEXT QUESTION Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court will decide to eliminate the $123,200 political contribution cap placed on an individual donor during an election cycle? Why or why not? Every week The Community Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

tainty. There are arguments in favor of such establishments and against them. You can spend some time researching articles about the impact of gambling establishments in places like Indiana and Kentucky, but you must be careful that the reports are subjective and unbiased. “I have relatives and friends who patronize casinos, and I concede that this is their prerogative. Some of the commentaries say that tax revenues from casinos are very helpful to the local economy, but I don’t know how much of the taxes that are levied on Horseshoe Casino will go exclusively to Cincinnati. “My personal feeling is that people should have a right to patronize these places, but I also think it is naive to fail to admit that they prey on the psychological weakness of compulsive gamblers. The same is true of alcoholic beverages, I suppose, and we saw what resulted from attempts to outlaw alcohol. “I’ve been to a couple of casinos in my life, and feel no desire to return. Some of the people playing slots look like zombies. And there is an atmosphere of


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sadness and compulsion that I saw. “Would I patronize the casino? No, because although I used to enjoy certain kinds of gambling when I was younger (pulling tips, playing poker, etc ... ) the ‘sport’ holds no appeal for me now.” Bill B.

“I believe the Horseshoe Casino will have a detrimental effect on our city – it will suck out money that would have been spent on necessities or on other leisure activities such as sports, movies, cultural events. It will give compulsive gamblers a too near and present place to gamble. “Based on reports from other areas casinos do not encourage development or support other businesses but attract pawn shops and check-cashing places. Based on a recent Enquirer article, drunk driving incidents will likely increase. “The building itself is a disappointment – a ‘big box’ with a glitzy facade and ugly sign; check out the view from Gilbert Avenue. “The negatives far outweigh the positives of new jobs and possibly increased tourism. I will never patronize the casino. “Hope it underperforms and is closed down soon. The space could be repurposed into a convention or event center or a downtown mall.” J.R.B.

“Current news stories suggest the other major Ohio cities which already have casinos are not producing as expected. In

the case of Cincinnati the two nearby casinos in Indiana may cause the same disappointment in the Tristate. “There is a finite pool of gamblers in our society and even a plush new casino in the downtown area could prove the golden goose of gambling cannot lay enough eggs to solve the fiscal problems of government. “I am not a gambler so it’s not likely I’ll visit the Horseshoe Casino. I consider gambling a vice and do not believe it is proper for our government to encourage it. “The basic premise of gambling is the operators of the games of chance have control of the odds which guarantee the players will lose. That is why the players are called gamblers while the operators have a sure thing.” R.V.

“I seldom gamble, even when I am in Las Vegas or on a cruise ship, although every now and then I lose some money in slot machines as I walk by them on the way to a conference or convention. “I would not take the time or energy to go to the Horseshoe Casino as a destination unless there was some other reason to be there. I hope all my friends and neighbors visit often and play until their eyes glaze over. “Given the well-published odds, virtually all gambling is a tax willingly paid by the mathematically challenged. Let them pay as much as they want and reduce government’s need to tax me.”

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Feb. 13 question Will you miss U.S. Postal Service mail delivery on Saturdays? Why or why not?

“Stopping Saturday deliveries will affect my small business efficiency. Mail that is posted Wednesday, Thursday or Friday arrives at my business on Saturday. I can use Saturday and Sunday to process this mail and get a headstart for the next week. “If mail will not be delivered on Saturday, my mail load on Monday will be high and extend my weekday workload and reduce my efficiency.” T.D.

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Robin Tackett of Slice of Stainless, center, accepts the award for Customer Focus for companies of between one and 50 employees. At left is Bill Lyon of the Lyon Group and at right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN

Hal Shevers, left, of Sporty's presents to Felix Leshey of Sam's Club the chamber award for Customer Focus for businesses of between 51 and 250 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE



Clermont Chamber honors small businesses

By John Seney

UNION TWP. — The Clermont Chamber of Commerce will host the first annual Southwest Ohio Small Business Summit Oct. 29. John Melvin, the chamber’s small business development center director, announced the new event Feb. 8 at the chamber’s annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. Melvin said the summit, to be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Eastgate, will address how strategy, change and technology affect small businesses. “We will offer a wealth of talent,” Melvin said. At the annual meeting, also held at the Holiday Inn, 2012 chamber chairman Steve Hood, a partner at Kamphaus, Henning and Hood Certified Public Accountants of Milford, passed the gavel to 2013 chairman Bob Manning, vice president/CFO at Lykins Companies of Miami Township. The featured speaker was John Lucas of BrightStar Partners, Inc., who talked about how social media and new technologies are affecting businesses. “Consumers are much more discerning today than they used to be,” Lucas said. “They are getting information from new sources.” Six awards were given to small businesses in Clermont County. » Customer Focus Award, one to 50 employees: Slice of Stainless Inc., Union Township. » Customer Focus Award, 51 to 250 employees: Sam’s Club of Eastgate, Union Township. » Emerging Small Business Award, one to 50 employees: Bioformix, Inc., Miami Township. » Emerging Small Business Award, 51 to 250 employees: HealthSource of Ohio, with several locations in Clermont County. » Innovative Best Business Practice Award, one to 50 employees: Kingdom Productions, Inc., Union Township. » Innovative Best Business Practice Award, 51 to 250 employees: ITI (International Techne Group), Inc., Miami Township.

Dave Chodos, left, of Global Scrap Management, presents to Adam Molofsky of Bioformix, Inc., the chamber award for Emerging Small Businesses of between one and 50 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director.

Tim Laudermilch, left, of Eagle Specialty Vehicles, congratulates Kim Patton of HealthSource of Ohio, winner of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce small business award for Emerging Companies of between 51 and 250 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE



Tom Gregory, center, was the winner of the chamber’s Innovative Best Business Practice award for companies of between 51 and 250 employees. Presenting the award are Pete Wentzel, left, of General Data and John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Patti Fraley, left, of CTTS, Inc., presents Hank Pryor of Kingdom Productions with the chamber award for Innovative Best business Practices for companies of between one and 50 employees. At right is John Melvin, the chamber's small business development center director. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Matthew Van Sant, left, president and CEO of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, speaks Feb. 8 at the chamber's annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. Behind him are Steve Hood, center, the chamber’s outgoing board chairman, and Bob Manning, 2013 board chairman. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

John Lucas of BrightStar Partners, Inc. was the featured speaker Feb. 8 at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and small business awards luncheon. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 28 Auctions It’s Almost Spring Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Bring friends, snacks and drinks; also available. Benefits less-fortunate children. Paddles: $2 each or three for $5. 8318613. Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 LindaleMount Holly Road, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. SilverSneakers ROM, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. For seniors. Free. Presented by SilverSneakers. 947-7344. Union Township.

Music - Blues Karl Dappen, 6 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Saxophonist plays during Crafting Time. Free. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center. Share cup of coffee or tea with friends who enjoy watching birds. Ages 21 and up. Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Scouts tap tree, help with sugaring work and sample maple syrup right off evaporator. Need 10 scouts minimum to register. Price varies by number of scouts and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

all-you-can-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. 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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. Boy Scout Troop 452 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Main entrees including choice of baked or fried fish, cheese pizza, grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese. All meals include two sides, desert and drink. Children’s menu available. Carryout available. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. $8.25, $6.25 children. 752-2080. Withamsville. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, fries, mac and cheese, baked potato, homemade broccoli cheese or potato soup, slaw, salad or cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carry out. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity, Connelly Hall, 725 Wood St., Fish with sides and drink, homemade desserts, split-the-pot and more. $4-$9. Presented by Holy TrinityBatavia. 732-2218, ext. 112. Batavia. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., 388-4466; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. 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. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.



Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.

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Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Caregivers learn techniques to respond to challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, repetition and more. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060; Anderson Township.

Dining Events


Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Menu includes fish and shrimp platters, bake fish, fish sandwich, order of shrimp, mac and cheese, French fries, coleslaw and desserts. Free meal given away each night; winners do not have to be present. Benefits veterans in hospital or nursing home. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church - Bethel, 3398 Ohio 125, Includes fish, shrimp, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryout available. Presented by Men of St. Joseph. 734-4041. Bethel. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, 704 Old Ohio 74, Haddock, cod, shrimp and chicken platters. All side dishes are homemade: coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies and french fries. Dine in or carryout. $7. 383-1178; Union Township. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Includes fish, chicken or shrimp dinners and side items. A la cart pricing available. Desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. $11

Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. $15. Registration required. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

Benefits Dinner, Art and Wine for Canines, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Wine tasting, art showing, dinner, open beer and wine bar, auction and raffle. With keynote speaker Amy Hoh and service dog Cortez. $500$515 table of 10; $100-$105 couple, $55-$57 single. Presented by Circle Tail Inc. 877-3325; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $5. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574.


Nature Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sugarbush Tours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Experience process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township. Hands-on Nature: Open Discovery at CNC’s Nature PlayScape, 1-2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play facilitators available to encourage children to interact with nature. Focus on open discovery. For ages 12 and under with an adult. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Shopping MOPS Baby and Kid Stuff Sale, 8-11 a.m., Faith Church, 5910 Price Road, Life Center. More than 40 sellers with consignment-quality clothing, baby furniture, strollers, toys, books, baby gear and more. Cash only. Benefits Mothers of Preschoolers. $1. 831-3770; Milford.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 8319876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Nature PlayScape Outdoor Social, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, PlayScape. Bring your favorite mug for hot cocoa and winter nature fun. Programs are for children 12 and under with an adult. Members are free. Nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

Recreation Men’s Open Basketball, 6:309:30 p.m., Meadowview Elementary School, 5556 Mount Zion Road, Facilitated by Bruce Brunetti. Men ages 25 and up. $40. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727. Miami Township.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Dance Classes Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Room. Learn latest line dances along with some old favorites in highenergy class for adults. $6. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Spring into Shape Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beyond Fitness Private Studio, 7226 Baltic Court, Monday-Thursday through April 25. Fat-burning workouts, group

Join Project Feeder Watch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, at the Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road in Union Township, and share a cup of coffee or tea with friends ages 21 and older who enjoy watching birds. CNC members can join free, non-members pay daily admission of $8. For more information, call 831-1711, ext. 125, or visit FILE PHOTO. nutrition coaching, strategies for avoiding holiday weight gain, bonus tips, recipes and more. $295. Registration required. 859-512-0912; Newtown. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Leming House, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Summer Rackley leads highintensity workout. Latin dance steps. Ages 18 and up. $25 for six weeks. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township.

Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1055 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Doors open 4:30 p.m. Free. 248-2999. Milford.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Civic Open House and Adoption Celebration, 4-6 p.m., Adoption S.T.A.R., 433 W. Loveland Ave, Meet staff, learn more about adoption and discover unique services of Adoption S.T.A.R. Celebration of opening of new location. Free. 631-3900; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6. 2374574. Amelia. Mat Yoga, 6-7:10 p.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $5. 2374574. Amelia.

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

Nature Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Price varies by number of scouts and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Art & Craft Classes Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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

Education Beyond Word Processing, 7-9 p.m., Milford Junior High School, 5735 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Enhance computer skills. Includes spreadsheet activity, calculating data and creating signs and greeting cards. Ages 18 and up. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; www.miamitwpoh-

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

and chaperons. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Nature Knowledge Series: Spring Wildflowers of Ohio, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Sneak peak as spring woods come to life with vibrant blooms, presented by John Howard. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.


Health / Wellness

Business Classes

Becoming an Alzheimers Whisperer, 6:30-8 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Upper Lounge. Innovative approach to Alzheimer’s/dementia care. Learn techniques to respond to challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, repetition and more. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060; Anderson Township.

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

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

Nature Herpetology Program, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society discusses reptiles and amphibians. Nonmembers pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Volunteer Exploration Session, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center. Discover the many volunteer opportunities available including teaching youth, leading hikes, working outdoors and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. SilverSneakers ROM, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Free. 947-7344. Union Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Price varies by number of scouts

Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church - Bethel, 734-4041. Bethel. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, $7. 383-1178; Union Township. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, $11 all-youcan-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford. Boy Scout Troop 452 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, $8.25, $6.25 children. 752-2080. Withamsville. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, $7. 831-9876. Milford. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity, Connelly Hall, $4-$9. 732-2218, ext. 112. Batavia. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 388-4466; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6. 2374574. Amelia.

Music - Country Tana Matz, 7:30-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.



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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion in pan. Whisk eggs well and whisk in cream and seasonings. Pour into pan. Pour mixture into pie pan. Bake 45-60 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean.

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pects of a school curriculum, students show an increase in reading, math, science and social studies test scores. To that end, CNC’s school program provides a range of nature experiences for both students and teachers, including: Nature immersion field trips, inschool presentations, teacher nature training and retreats, as well as collaborative professional development opportunities. “CNC was selected for its ability to connect science, technology, engineering and math education with outdoor learning opportunities,” said Don Barnes, human resources manager at 3M in Milford. “3M is committed to sustainability, and organizations like Cincinnati Nature Center are helping to connect the future workforce to nature and science. We are proud to support CNC in its efforts to enhance environmental education through our $50,000 award.” “Gifts like these from our local business leaders help strengthen the bonds between the community and the land, and provide thousands of students with the knowledge they'll need as adults to solve the world's complex environmental problems,” Hopple said.

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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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Cincinnati Nature Center is the recipient of a $50,000 Eco Grant award from the 3M Corporation. This gift will support CNC’s innovative school program in 2013, which will serve about 4,000 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. “Every child should have the opportunity for direct, hands-on experience in nature,” said Bill Hopple, CNC executive director. “Engagement in nature can enhance the educational experience for life, producing better students and future nature enthusiasts.” Research suggests that students who spend regular time outdoors tend to be more creative and better problemsolvers. In addition, when the natural environment is integrated into all as-


Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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

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


509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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

Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

3M Eco Grant is awarded to Nature Center

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

LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of State Law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager’s lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage location(s) listed below. A nd due notice having been given, to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim ann 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 below stated location(s) to the highest bidders or otherwise disposed of on Monday, 3/18/13, 3:00PM. 1105 Old State Rt. 74, Batavia, OH 45103. M egan Jesus, 1520 Thomaston Dr. Amelia, Ohio 45102 (Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes) Alma Boggs 4422 Glendale Dr. #3 Batavia, Ohio 45103 (Household Goods, Boxes) Tiffonie Cravens 4441 Kitty Lane Batavia, Ohio 45103 (Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes) Scott Mineer 4542 Treeview Ct. Batavia, Ohio 45103 (Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes) Talon Matson 1405 Stonelick Woods Dr. Batavia, Ohio 45103 (Household Goods) Rachael Merice 716 Cincinnati Batavia Pike Apt. 11 Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 (Furniture, Boxes, TV’s or Stereo Equip.) Sarah Kleimeyer 998 Kennedys Lndg Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 (Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes) 1748968



Ruth Ann shares recipe for favorite ‘monkey bread’ Howdy folks, This cat of ours, “Chessy,” sleeps in a chair in our bedroom. About 6 a.m. she will jump on the bed, then lays on both of us. When Ruth Ann gets up, she watches which way she turns. If she goes to the bathroom, Chessy will lay on me. If Ruth Ann goes to the kitchen, the cat jumps down and goes with her. Last week while the weather was warm and sunny, I worked in the garden and yard and cleaned up the fence row, getting ready for spring. We will be planting potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. A feller I used to help plant clover in the spring, always said if you want a green field of clover, plant on St. Patrick’s Day. This farmer always had a good hay crop. Each year we would walk and sow 12 to 18 acres. He was a good farmer. This feller was Floyd Clark. Last week the furnace in the Monroe Grange Hall at Nicholsville needed some repair. It has been a long time since any repair work was done to it. Wednesday, Feb. 20, we went to the adult day care center at the Clermont Senior Services on James Sauls Drive to talk to about 60 seniors. This is always a good time for me. We talk about the things they know. Last Saturday morning, the Bethel Lions Club had their pancake breakfast with pancakes, sausage, tater cakes, coffee, juice or milk. There was a good crowd. This is a time when folks can sit and visit. Saturday evening the Boy Scouts held their Blue and Gold banquet in Batavia to cross over from Webloes to Boy Scouts. There was a good crowd. There were four boys to go to Boy Scouts. The boys were Logan, Alex, Ethan and Parker. This was a very exciting time for everyone. The parents of these Scouts are very involved and folks that is special. The motto of Pack 742 is “do your

best.” Last week I said to Ruth Ann, I think some monkey bread would be George good and Rooks she OLE FISHERMAN thought so, too. Now when she makes this, we need to call our granddaughter Michelle and her husband, Brad. So on Monday morning Ruth Ann made the monkey bread and since it was a holiday, Michelle and Brad were off work, so they came out for breakfast. There was a big bowl of scrambled eggs to go along with the bread. When Michelle was at home, she would call Grandma and ask if she would make monkey bread. Boy, did she enjoy the feast. The Grants Farm and Greenhouses have several kinds of plants growing. Tony said they were transplanting cabbage and tomatoes. I along with lots of gardeners are anxious to get plants in the ground. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop at Afton. He said last Monday there were several folks fishing. We are getting anxious to go fishing. I called Sherry’s Lake on Slade Road. They will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and then be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, until the weather gets better. I also called Cedar Lake. They are closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then open Friday through Monday for trout fishing. They along with Sherry’s have some fine trout. These lakes sure provide some fine fishing. The Bethel Lions Club met last Monday evening and took in five new members. The Lions Clubs the world over do so much for eye care and measles in the Third World countries, and other community projects. Both of us belong to the Bethel Lions Club. Ruth Ann has been a member for 14 years and I have been for 42 years.

Both of us feel it is time and money well spent for the good the club does. The members pay their state and national dues and for their meals at the meetings. The money made through the pancake breakfasts, the circus coming to town, and the community birthday calendars goes for the eyeglasses, eye exams and all the other community projects they do. Ruth Ann has a couple cactus plants and they are both blooming so beautiful. This is the first time they have both bloomed at the same time. Sure makes a feller fell better with this cold weather. There is a new business at 3097 South Bantam Road. This veterinary service came from Felicity. They do a super job. Their telephone number is 734-9400. They serve all animals large and small. We know some folks that this vet takes care of their horses and are very happy with the service. Welcome to the new location. It is the Rolling Hills Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Kelly Liming and Dr. Jason Patchell. Now last week our granddaughter Jennifer and great-granddaughter Brooklyn were here for lunch. Brooklyn surely enjoyed the visit. She told her mom, “I want a bird house.” We went to the carpenter shop and she picked out the bird house she wanted. Grandma asked her what color she was going to paint it, she said, “pink, blue and white.” She wanted it so the Mom and Dad birds can feed the baby birds. It is such a blessing when our family can come to enjoy a meal that Ruth Ann fixes and the love they share on us. We thank them and love each one special. Ruth Ann will put a receipt in for the monkey bread. Also while we are talking about recipes, she forgot to tell you to peel the potatoes after they were cool and throw the bay leaves away, in the potato recipe from last week. Monkey Bread

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1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon - put this in a zip lock bag. 3 (7.5oz) cans of biscuits (not Grands) (I usually go ahead and buy and use the 4 cans that come together) 1 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup melted margarine. Spray a 12-cup fluted cake pan. Seperate the biscuits, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, shake in the bag with the sugar and cinnamon to coat each piece, then place it in the pan.Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. After all pieces have been placed around in the pan, mix the melted margarine and brown sugar and pour over the biscuit pieces. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, turn upside down on a large serving plate. Pull apart to serve. Serve warm. 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. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

TQL to host national open house March 9

Total Quality Logistics (TQL) is hosting a national open house at its Cincinnati headquarters and all 17 of its national satellite locations Saturday, March 9. The goal is to hire 100 of the nation’s top salespeople. Open house visitors also will have the opportunity to win $60,632. This dollar amount was chosen because it is the average annual compensation of a salesperson who has been selling with TQL for two years. For TQL’s top 20 percent of salespeople, average compensation averages in the six figures. Visitors simply have to choose the correct sixdigit code to unlock the vault. The promotion will take place at every TQL office nationwide. Each open house attendee will be limited to one attempt. “We work extremely hard here, but we also like to have fun,” said Kerry Byrne, TQL executive vice president. “The vault is a way to show off the trademark TQL energy and excitement that we bring to everything we do.” TQL is the second largest freight brokerage in the nation, specializing in truckload transportation. The company is the middleman between shippers who have

freight that needs to be moved with carriers who have the capacity to move it. TQL has opened 17 satellite offices across the nation and created more than 1,200 jobs since 2009. The company plans to create 300 to 400 additional jobs this year, primarily entry-level sales positions. TQL salespeople are responsible for arranging the movement of more than 14,000 loads of freight every week, negotiating rates between shippers and carriers, and ensuring shipments arrive complete and ontime. “We operate in a fastpaced industry that requires incredible discipline and an outstanding work ethic. In return, we offer employees an unlimited compensation structure and the opportunity for rapid advancement,” said Byrne. More than 90 percent of the company’s current sales leadership team has been promoted from within. During the open house, visitors can tour the company’s local offices, meet with recruiters, and learn more about the positions available. Qualified job seekers will be able to participate in on-site interviews.

The following Mobile Home will be offered at Public sale on 11, 2013 March 10:30 am @ 1785 St Rt, Goshen, OH 45122- For more details call David at 859-446-8135 2002 28x76 Tradition Ref# 51819346 Minimum Bid $ 8,500 1001750385

LEGAL NOTICE Larry Mc New B-5 120 Market St NRO 45157 Darla Baker B-8 & 7-1 2367-1 Michael Dr. NRO 45157 Rick Bradshaw B-10 821 Maple Creek Rd Moscow, Ohio 45153 Thomas Reynolds A-4, 1-2 PO box 58 NRO 45157 Mike Prince A-1, C-7 Address Unknown Horace Roberson 3-7 2500 SR 132 NRO 45157 Sheldon Light 3-16 2872 Pond Run Rd NRO 45157 Roger Steffen 5-6,7-8 PO Box 11 Hebron Ky 41048 Greg Edwards 8-16 Address Unknown Mike Shelby 8-14 820 Birney Ln NRO 45157 Libby Higgenbotham-Edwards 7-14 1560 BNR Rd. #51 NRO 45157 Jessica Wagner 7-15 2045 E Hall Rd NRO 45157 Melissa Taylor 8-4 235 Mulberry St Felicity, Ohio 45120 Dana Galea P.O.Box 70 NRO 45157 Vicki Baldrick 1265 Bethel NR Rd NRO 45157 You are hereby notified that your personal property stored at Wolf Storage 851 Old 52 New Richmond, Ohio 45157 WILL BE SOLD 1001749147 AFTER 03/01/13 FOR PAYMENT DUE

1. Shirley Brown B41 2355 Bethel Hygiene Road Bethel, Ohio 45106 2. Rebecca Cranfill K423 256 Cliff Drive New Richmond, Ohio 45157 3. Connie Daniels B13 750 Sandy Grove Road Lumberbridge, NC 28357 4. Brandon Darnell S730 2061 SR 125 #26 Amelia, Ohio 45102 5. Carol Gatrell A2 328 South Union Street Bethel, Ohio 45106 6. Angela Gilb Q604 2512 Roosevelt Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 7. Gary Wagner D98 & J355/374 20 Estate Drive #3 Amelia, Ohio 45102 1001749102 The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 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 #407, Hope Lindsey, 236 Forest Avenue, Batavia, OH 45103. 1749907

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Classic Storage L.L.C., 1692 St, Rt. 28, Goshen, OH, the undersigned, will sell at public sale, the personal property stored with the undersigned: Angel McMullen, 5866 St Rt 132 Morrow, Ohio 45152 bin#509 (Furniture, bags/ boxes); Judith Graves, 602 Charles Snider Rd. Loveland, Ohio 45140 Unit#705 (Furniture, baby bed, totes/ misc.); Kym Campbell, 6711 Pin Oak Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#342 (Furniture, luggage, totes/ boxes, misc.); Betsy Godby, 2806 Cider Ln. Apt H Maineville, Ohio 45039 bin#349 (Furniture, boxes/tubs, misc.); Debra McAllister, 5110 Rolston Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45212 bin#231 (Furniture, boxes/tubs, misc.); Jordan Reed, 3643 N. Heartwood Rd. Amelia OH 45102 bin#241 (Furniture, boxes/tubs misc., full unit); David Scalf, 11556 SW 89 Ct. Ocala, FL 34481 bin #818/725(Furniture, wooden doll house, Hot Wheels collection in packaging, bikes, tubs/boxes); Justina Mast, 1492 Woodville Pk. 314 Carol Ct. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#127 (Furniture, bike, boxes/misc.); James Seaman, 6770 Park Cr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#137 (Wheels/tire, doors & seats for cars.); Gregory Brusman 6907 Shiloh Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#522 (Furniture, Honda 4 wheeler, toolboxes, lawnmower, electric sign, misc); Christine Dillinger, 1522 W. Meadow Brook Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#617 (Furniture, Old Winchester wooden box, trunk, old desk, boxes/misc.); Tracy Green 707 St Rt 28 Lot 416 Milford, OH 45150 bin#622(Furniture, glider bench, child’s playpen & toys ,wheelchair & walker, boxes/ misc); Jack Wise 6659 Manila Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#636 (Furniture, bikes, tools, boxes/ misc.); Brian Bowman 979 Newberry Ave. Milford, OH 45150 bin#713 (Furniture, tools, chain saw, boxes/tubs,misc.); Sarah Brown 6121 St. Regis Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45236 bin#753 (furniture, weight equipment, boxes/tubs); Mabel Shepard 1511 Earl St. Apt B Commerce, TX 75428 bin#805,814 (Furniture, toys, misc.,both full to top); Donnie Richardson, 105 E. Broadway #23 Loveland, OH 45140 bin#824 (Computer, pictures, toys, boxes); Jeffrey Feakes, 1785 St Rt 28 Lot 248 Goshen, OH 45122 bin#841 (Craftsman roller Toolbox full, more tools, pot belly stove, tubs, furniture); Rachel Martin, 223 Park Ave. Franklin, OH 45005 bin#715 (Furniture, grill, boxes/misc.) ; Jason Martin, 1876 Main St. B Goshen, OH 45122 bin#749 (Quilt rack, 2 Guitar Hero guitars, Craftsman Tool box w/tools, bikes, tubs/misc.); Dominic Flannery, 58 Greenlawn Ln. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#746 (Furniture, fishing pole, full unit w/household goods); Adam Ramey, 969 St Rt 28 Lot 116 Milford, OH 45150 bin#807 (Furniture, trunk, boxes/misc.); Fred Martin 2430 Moler Rd. Goshen, OH 45122 bin#802 (Furniture, keyboard, boxes/misc.); Marilyn Tucker, 1705 Country Lake Goshen, OH 45122 bin#524 (Furniture, boxes/misc.); Springer Towing 77 Cosstown Dr. Loveland, OH 45140 bin#441 (Furniture, bike, toys, boxes/misc.) Your property may be obtained by you for the payment of the balance due plus all other expenses within 14 days of this notice or the same will be sold at public sale on March 7TH 2013 at 9:00 am until finished at 1692 St. Rt. 28, Goshen, OH 45122. Your last day to obtain your property will be March 5TH, 2013 at noon at: Classic Storage L.L.C. 1692 St. Rt. 28 Goshen, OH 45122-9705 1001749309



POLICE REPORTS BATAVIA Arrests/Citations Lesley A. Raleigh, 27, 9001 Airport Road #28, driving under influence, drug instrument, Feb. 2. Christopher M. Collins, 29, 4151 Old South Riverside, driving under influence, Feb. 3. Joseph L. Purvis, 28, 214 Caroline, driving under influence, paraphernalia, drug possession, open container, Feb. 4. Steven C. Woodington, 33, 730 Old Ohio 32 #7, warrant, Feb. 6. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct, Feb. 8. Carolyn M. Hodge, 46, 5466 Beechmont Ave., warrant, Feb. 8.

Incidents/Investigations Disorderly conduct A fight between two female juveniles reported at Batavia Middle School At Bauer Road, Feb. 8. Theft Medication taken at 497 Old Boston Road #22, Feb. 2.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Leslie A. Phillips, 22, 12525 New Hope White Oak Road, warrant, Jan. 31. Jason E. Guthrie, 30, 1751 E. Ohio Pike #187, theft, Feb. 11. Steven Oldham, 26, homeless, theft, Feb. 12. Nickolas Moore, 30, 3559 W. Legendary, warrant, Feb. 3. Robert J. Houser, 34, 995 Cedar Ridge, recited, Feb. 5. Dennis Buchanan, 50, 1296 White Oak #2, drug possession, Feb. 6. Bryan C. Holland, 28, 2420 Ohio 132, warrant, Feb. 6.

Incidents/Investigations Aggravated menacing Male was threatened with gun in driveway at no address given, Feb. 9. Criminal damage Mailbox damaged at 550 Marion’s Way, Feb. 4. Lamp posts broken outside apartments at 370 St. Andrews, Feb. 7.



I TRY TO CALL ON ALL OF US TO BE OUR BETTER SELVES. TO GIVE US A VISION OF WHO – ON OUR BEST DAY – WE CAN BE. Cincinnatians get it. They’re not bystanders. When they see a need, they step up to help, again and again and again. It’s what I love most about them. From bags of reader mail and impromptu grocery store chats to Twitter & Facebook posts, readers are right there with me developing each story. That tells me I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

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. Eggs thrown at residence at 350 #B St. Andrews, Feb. 10. Fraud Male reported this offense at 3294 Paw Foot Ridge, Feb. 5. Heroin possession, drug instruments, paraphernalia Items found in vehicle at Walmart At Ohio Pike, Feb. 8. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization at 3385 Ohio, Feb. 4. Male stated card used with no authorization at 1426 Locust Lake, Feb. 9. Theft Camera/case taken; $120 at 1694 Ludlow Circle, Feb. 8. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $158 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 9. AC unit taken at 1751 E. Ohio Pike #153, Feb. 11.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Mark Mecker, 34, 730 Ohio Pike, driving under suspension, Feb. 7. Amy N. Vega, 32, 3975 Piccadilly, warrant, Feb. 7. Tasha M. Watkins, 26, 2191 Ohio 125, warrant, Feb. 7. Mister J. Simpson, 25, 795 Greenwood, driving under suspension, Feb. 7. Jennifer A. Wright, 24, 3507 Smyrna Road, obstructing official business, Feb. 8. Travis R. Swinson, 34, 4624

Clayton Drive, illegal assembly, illegat manufactur of drugs, endangering children, unlawful sexual conduct with minor, corrupting another with drugs, Feb. 8. Heather L. Beck, 33, 4474 Timber Chase, warrant, Feb. 8. James D. Masterson, 49, 3737 Nine Mile Road, possessing drug instruments, tampering with evidence, Feb. 8. Jaclyn R. Lauwerier, 22, 458 Mcintosh Lane, driving under suspension, Feb. 8. James G. Andrews Iv, 22, 8311 Forest Road, marijuana possession, drug instruments, Feb. 8. Shalonda R. Strange, 28, 811 Blackgum St., drug instruments, Feb. 8. Juan Rangel-Maja, 28, 3840 Rohling Oaks, driving under influence, Feb. 9. Krista D. Wagner, 24, 3855 Little Creek, driving under influence, Feb. 9. Don Edwards Jr., 40, 41 Concord Woods, assault, unlawful restraint, Feb. 9. Craig M. Davis, 59, homeless, warrant, Feb. 9. Tabitha L. Frazier, 33, 30 Rose Lane, domestic violence, Feb. 9. Joseph C. Pontecorvo, 18, 9537 Cedar Drive, marijuana possession, Feb. 9. Zachary T. Adams, 18, 3440 Riverwood, marijuana possession, Feb. 9.










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DEATHS Betty Jo Allen Betty Jo Allen, 84, Union Township, died Feb. 13. Survived by children Gail Owens, Cecelia (Daryl) Hoskins, Charles Russell; grandchildren Robbie, Betsy, Ricky, Tracie, Roger, Danny, Amy; greatgrandchildren Dylan, Mathew, Katlyn, Emma, Ty, Jayme, Shawna, Audrey, Hailey, Kayla, Mathew, Jordan, Clayton, Nora, Noah; former husband Elisha Russell; five siblings; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Matthew Allen, son Gary Russell, parents Wallace, Florence Howell. Services were Feb. 16 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Violet Brooks Violet M. Brooks, 82, New Richmond, died Feb. 19. Survived by daughters Dana (Pam) Brooks, Jana (Frank) Theaderman; siblings Hollis, Marie, Lena, Margaret, Jean; may grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Henry Brooks, sons Jeffery, Randy Brooks, brothers Ellis, Larry. Services were Feb. 25 at the Amelia Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or Amelia Church of the Nazarene, 1295 W. Ohio Pike, Amelia, OH 45102.

Nicholas Kepf Nicholas F. Kepf, 91, Amelia, died Feb. 5. He served with the 12th

Armored Division in the European Theater during World War II. Survived by children Nicholas C. (Donna) Kepf, Martha DeWan; granddaughters Jacquelyn, Sarah Kepf, Amanda Hood; brother Peter Kepf; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Myrl “Billie” Kepf, son Michael DeWan, brother Frank Kepf. Services were Feb. 7 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Annabelle McAlister Annabelle Toomey McAlister, 93, Withamsville, died Feb. 15. She was a registered dietitian at Mercy Hospital-Mariemont. Survived by children Barbara (Michael) Schoenfeld, William R. (Trina) McAlister, Patricia (Luke) Walker; sister Rose Marie Smith; 10 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband William B. McAlister. Services were Feb. 19 at St. Veronica. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association or St. Veronica Church.

Harold Mullins Harold H. Mullins Sr., 78, Pierce Township, died Feb. 5. Survived by wife Villa Mullins; children Diane, Allen (Karen), Ray (Davett), Mike (Michelle), Jason (Rebecca) Mullins; siblings Raymond, Phillip, Terry, Doug, Scotty, Steve Mullins, Donnie Nichols; 13 grandchildren. Preceded in death by children J.R., George, Roger Mullins, parents Gladys, Ray Mullins, siblings Anedra Mullins. Services were Feb. 9 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. to: Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 4416 Fayard Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

Lou Perkins E. Louis “Lou” Perkins, 97, died Feb. 9. He worked for the Baldwin Piano Company for 35 years. Survived by daughters Barbara Davis, Lois (Jim) Wilcher; grandchildren James (Debbie) Elder, Shelly (Ron) Tuley, Teresa (Lenny) Daniels, Craig (Danette) Davis, Nan Knechtly, Anita (Shane) Asch; great-grandchildren Liana (John) Vincent, Corryn Tuley, Rachel (Anthony) Jackson, Samantha, Jacob Daniels, Allie Burns, Elijah, Nicky Davis, Josh Knechtly, Michelle Fitzgerald, Jordan Asch; 12 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Thelma Perkins. Services were Feb. 15 at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati East, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Louis Perreault Louis G. Perreault, 70, Union Township, died Feb. 5. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Linda; children Drew, Leslie, Chris, David, Ran, Chris; eight siblings; eight grandchildren; four

RELIGION Wiggonsville Church

Members will host gospel singing Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Featured will be two groups: Back To The Cross and Keith Mapes and singers. The church is at 2235 Ohio 133, on the corner of Lakin Chapel;

call Anita at 405-1389 or Tim at 405-8902.

Withamsville Church of Christ Mini School enrollment begins at 9 a.m. Monday, March 4. This Friday preschool is for potty-

great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Theodore, Rosemary. Services were Feb. 11 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Roger Rice Roger W. Rice, 65, Batavia, died Feb. 4. He was vice president of the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family. Survived by wife Yvonne Rice; daughters Angela (Brian) Rice Adams, Robin (Thomas) Rice Pottorf; grandchildren Garrett Adams, Cyler Pottorf; sister Ann Daugherty. Services were Feb. 8 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Wyler Family Foundation, Attn: Patty Gray, 401 Milford Pkwy., Milford, OH 45150.

Earnie Ross Earnie Ross Jr., 75, died Feb. 7. He was a carpenter. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Margie Luce Ross; sons Earnie (Kristy) III, Randolph (Nora) Ross; grandsons Hunter, Mason Ross; siblings Betty Lou, Eddie, Jerry, Walter, Adelia; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Archie, Sam, Pearlie. Services were Feb. 11 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., Bethesda Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH


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Angela Kraemer White, 48, died Feb. 5. She was a high school physical education teacher. Survived by husband Michael White; children Jon Michael, Shane, Brooke, Michaela, Angela, Brett White; siblings Mary Wright, Michael (Nancy), John (Sue), Christine, Virginia Stump, Janet (Tom) Connor, Roberta (keith) Knarr; aunt Shirley Scheve. Preceded in death by White parents Robert Kraemer, Virginia Kraemer Ness. Services were Feb. 9 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Davie, Fla. Memorials to: Angela Kraemer White Cypress Bay PE Scholarship Fund, Cypress Bay High School, 18600 Vista Park Blvd., Weston, FL 33301.

Teresa Stieritz, 38, Amelia, died Feb. 14. Survived by daughter Maria Stieritz; mother Trudy (the late Stanley) Bomar; siblings Thomas (Kristin) Patrick II, Tracy (Chris) Miller; Greg Stieritz; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by father Thomas Patrick. Services were Feb. 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Leann Trabish Leann M. Trabish, 72, Union Township, died Feb. 4. Survived by brother Thomas (Carol) Trabish. Aunt of Linda (Ron) Foster, Carol Perkins, Robin Trabish, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Elmer, Helen Ervin, nephew Elmer Trabish. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Phyllis Vizena Phyllis Allen Vizena, 76, Union Township, died Feb. 14. Survived by children Tina (Ron) Irwin, Michael Vizena; grandchildren Chris Blanton, Jason Evans, Karissa Dericks, Kyle Burton, Devin Vizena; great-grandchildren Keith, Logan, Drew, Hayley Blanton, Kelsey, Ryley, Braylin Evans, Bliss Dericks; brother Richard Allen. Preceded in death by husband John Vizena, parents Cora, Roy Allen. Services were Feb. 20 at Graceland Memorial Gardens Chapel. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Don Wood Don Wood, 66, Pierce Township, died Feb. 10. Survived by wife Judy Wood; children Chris (Shannon) Wood, Michele (Scott) Fletcher; grandchildren Kelsi, Hayden Wood, Garrett Fletcher; siblings Patricia (Cliff) Moore, Nick (Wina) Wood; brothers-in-law Terry, Rick Royse; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Donald, Ann Wood, brother-in-law Philip Royse. Services were Feb. 16 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Moscow Church of God, 98 Broadway St., Moscow, OH 45153.

ABOUT RELIGION trained children ages 4 years or older before Oct. 1. This is a free preschool program. Enrollment is at the church building. Call 752-9819 with questions. The church is at 846 Ohio Pike, Withamsville; 752-9819;

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A special conference for parents, educators and families! Are you interested in outdoor play, getting your child ready to read or how your child learns through play? Well, these topics and dozens more will be covered at the fifth annual Learning Through Play conference on March 2, 2013. But this isn’t your typical “conference.” You can bring your kids! We have many family interactive sessions where your children can create art, learn about insects or sign and dance while you learn how these activities are important for your child’s development. Our popular event also consists of a free Information Fair, held in our Rotunda and open to the public, where you can meet with representatives from more than thirty local organizations dedicated to educating and supporting young learners and families. For full descriptions of each session visit Sessions range from $15 to $25 and parking is $6.

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