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Improvements under way at CTC

Work continues on improvements at the Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) facility in Batavia Township. The work includes upgrades at the CTC offices, paving of a parking lot for buses and installation of fencing around the parking lot. FULL STORY, A2

Child Focus braces for deep cuts

As Congress continues to debate the national 2011 budget, funding for programs like Head Start hangs in the balance. In Clermont County, Child Focus is bracing for what could be a 22-percent cut to the Head Start program, retroactive to when the fiscal year started in October 2010. FULL STORY, A3

Dancing with the Stars tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Clermont County “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza, which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate. FULL STORY, A4

Drive to hoop

Williamsburg’s Sarah Wetzel drives to the hoop. Williamsburg won, 46-41 in first-round sectional play at Monroe High School, Feb. 24. Go to sports for more on the game and the latest on tournaments in all the winter sports. SPORTS, A6-A7

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Jail capacity could increase By John Seney

Clermont County officials are looking for ways to increase the number of inmates that can be locked up at the jail. More than 70 beds at the jail have been lost since 2008 because of budget cuts resulting in the reduction in the number of corrections officers. Offenders sentenced to jail often have to be put on a waiting list before serving their time. Rodenberg The total capacity of the jail is 512 beds, but only 245 beds are open. Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg told county commissioners at a work session Feb. 16 he could increase jail capacity by 32 beds at a cost of $525,000 a year. Rodenberg’s plan would require hiring nine corrections officers to staff the jail’s “Super Max” cell block. The estimated cost would cover wages and benefits for the new officers, inmate clothing, bedding and food. “By opening the Super Max cell block area, we would get the most bang for the buck (highest number of beds for the officers needed and cost) and would give us maximum flexibility in housing various levels of offenders in the jail,” Rodenberg said in a report to the commissioners. Commissioner Archie Wilson said the crime problem continues to grow and his priority would be to put more money into the criminal justice system rather than economic development. He said he favored opening up more jail beds. “People like to feel safe in their neighborhoods,” Wilson said. County Administrator David Spinney said he would look into the costs of adding 32 or 72 beds and report back to the commissioners. “The board will have to decide where to take the money from to do this,” Spinney said.

Puffs with a purpose


Senior Amelia High School Key Club members Emma Auditore, left, and Tyler Holtzclaw, as well as future club member eighth-grader Carrie Auditore, work to make “puff balls.” The yarn-based puffs are being sold at school for $1 to help raise money for the special education students to take life skills field trips. Auditore said the special education budget no longer allows for the trips, which “are really important to those students.” The puffs are becoming a fashion statement at Amelia and can be seen on backpacks, in lockers and hanging from rear-view mirrors.

County considers new township By Mary Dannemiller

Supporters and opponents of New Richmond’s bid to become a township plead their cases to the Clermont County commissioners Feb. 23. John Korfhagen, solicitor for New Richmond, opened the public hearing by arguing the money Pierce Township and Ohio Township will lose in taxes will not have a large impact. Ohio Township will lose about $52,000 a year, while Pierce Township will lose about $15,000 per year, he said. “The biggest objection we have heard is the revenue issue and the loss of revenue to Pierce and Ohio Township,” Korfhagen said. “With regards to Pierce, I pulled their 2010 appropriations because I could not find their 2011 appropriations and the general fund revenue was a total of $1.9 million appropriated. Total appropriations for Pierce Township was about $21 million; $15,000 isn’t a significant amount of money in the scheme of things.” Korfhagen said Ohio Township’s $52,000 loss accounts for about 10 percent of the township’s general fund revenue and since New Richmond has its own fire, police, water and sewer systems, residents shouldn’t have to pay taxes to the neighboring

townships for services they do not use. However, Ohio Township solicitor Paul Rice and Pierce Township solicitor Frances Kelly argued New Richmond residents use several township facilities and services. “They don’t want the citizens living in the incorporated area of the village of New Richmond to pay an Ohio Township tax or a Pierce Township tax because they don’t think they’re receiving anything for that, but the village of New Richmond is part of Ohio Township and Pierce Township,” Rice said. “There’s a park, a walking path, ball fields and an indoor gathering center provided to all citizens and they’re included in that. Ohio Township also maintains the roads leading into the village.” Rice and Kelly’s main argument against New Richmond becoming a township was simple: New Richmond isn’t big enough to meet the size requirements for a township, as described in the Ohio Revised Code. “A township cannot be laid unless it is 22 square miles,” Rice said. “Attached to the petition is a survey which shows New Richmond is 2,300 acres, or 3.1 squares miles, which is significantly less than what is required by the statute. I believe it is very clear that the board of county

commissioners cannot lay out a new township that is less than 22 square miles.” After the lawyers presented their cases, nine other people spoke to the commissioners, six against the township and three for. All except two were either township trustees, council members or fiscal officers. “I remind the public this is the same village council that recently imposed a 1 percent income tax on residents without regard for the economic challenges we’re all facing,” said New Richmond resident Noel Thacker. “It’s highly unlikely that this request is an attempt by village council to reduce the tax burden on its residents. The village voted Nov. 23 to petition the county commissioners to approve a new township within village limits. Creating a new township would save village property owners about $52,000 a year in taxes now paid to Ohio Township, which is about $40 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home. A small portion of the village is in Pierce Township. The county commissioners are expected to vote on the petition at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the county offices, 101 E. Main St.

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Improvements under way at CTC bus facility By John Seney


Ben Capelle, director of the Clermont Transportation Connection, said a number of improvements are taking place at the county’s bus facility, including the paving of a parking lot and installation of a new fence.

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Work continues on improvements at the Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) facility in Batavia Township. The work includes upgrades at the CTC offices, paving of a parking lot for buses and installation of fencing around the parking lot. Ben Capelle, CTC director, said work began in October and should completed in April. At the CTC offices, 4003 Filager Road, work includes remodeling of some offices, including a new front entrance and dispatch office. The building is being made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by construction of a ramp at the front entrance. There also will be


Bob Hallgath, operations manager for the Clermont Transportation Connection, looks over the remodeling being done at the bus dispatch office. upgrades in the heating and air conditioning system for the building to make it more energy efficient, Capelle said. The building also has offices for the county’s facilities management department. A parking lot for the CTC

buses on Filager Road is being paved and surrounded with a fence. “It will give us more parking and more security for the buses,” Capelle said. CTC will share the parking area with the County Engineer’s Office. Capelle said most of the

Clermont Co. bees thriving New By John Seney

Clermont County’s bee hives are in good shape, according to the county’s apiary inspector. Jeff Harris of Clarksville, Ohio, gave an update to county commissioners Feb. 2. He said mites have been on the decline in bee hives and there are no pandemic diseases. There were 60 registered bee hive locations when Harris started working for Clermont County in 2004. Today, there are about 120 licensed beekeepers in the county. That puts Clermont


Clermont County apiary inspector Jeff Harris gives an update on the status of bee hives in the county at the Feb. 2 county commissioners meeting.

County among the top 10 counties in the state for the number of beekeepers, he said. The number of bee hives at a location can range from just one or two to more than 100.

“There are five locations that have 100 or more colonies,” he said. His job is to register bee hive locations and perform regular inspections. Harris said the local farm markets depend on the health of bees. “Without bees you wouldn’t see so much produce,” he said. Commissioner Bob Proud asked if Africanized bees, also known as “killer bees,” have been a problem here. Harris said they had not. Harris was reappointed inspector by commissioners Jan. 19. The county is required by law to have bee hives inspected, Proud said.

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paving work has been completed. A top coat will be added when the weather permits. County Administrator David Spinney said federal stimulus funds and grants are paying for the work, with a total cost of about $544,000. No money from the county general fund is being used. He said the fencing of the bus lot had to be done because the Federal Transportation Administration required that buses be parked in secure areas by this year. Future plans for the CTC facility include construction of a new garage for fleet maintenance, Spinney said. However, that work will wait until funding becomes available, he said. For more about your community, visit clermontcounty.

Richmond man indicted for thefts

A New Richmond man was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury Feb. 23 on nine counts related to his involvement in a series of thefts and breaking and entering. Clyde Warren, 27, 1922 Ohio 232, New Richmond, was indicted for one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; grand theft of a firearm, a felony of the third-degree; four counts of theft, felonies of the fifth-degree; and three counts of theft, first-degree misdemeanors, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg in a press release. Throughout January and into the first week of February, a number of residences in Batavia and Williamsburg townships experienced a high frequency of thefts from vehicles and garages, Rodenberg said. Areas of the townships impacted were: In Batavia Township – Greenbriar Road, Ohio 222 and Greenbriar Mobile Home Park. In Williamsburg Township – Alexander Lane, Cain Run Road and the village of Williamsburg, the sheriff said. To date, reports of property thefts from vehicles and garages have been taken from nine citizens in Batavia and Williamsburg Townships. Property included electronics such as GPS units and cell phones as well as power tools, hand tools and firearms. The total value of the reported property is more than $7,000, Rodenberg said. Of all property reported stolen, there has only been one firearm recovered. It is believed that the rest of the stolen property was sold, Rodenberg said. Investigators will review reports from other townships to see if there are additional cases in which Warren may have been involved, the sheriff said. He is being held in the Clermont County Jail.

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March 2, 2011


Child Focus braces for deep cuts By Kellie Geist-May

As Congress continues to debate the national 2011 budget, funding for programs like Head Start hangs in the balance. In Clermont County, Child Focus is bracing for what could be a 22-percent cut to the Head Start program, retroactive to when the fiscal year started in October 2010. That cut could equal as much as $790,000, or 29 jobs lost and 125 children cut from programs, said Berta Velilla, director of early learning programs at Child Focus. “We are very concerned,” Velilla said. “A cut like this would mean layoffs and a diminished ability to provide support for Clermont County’s children and families.” Representatives from Child Focus and the education community met with U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt Feb. 22, to discuss the possible cuts. Schmidt said the budget had passed in the House of Representatives, but was not final.

“The senate will probably hit the delete button, so we might be starting over,” she said. “But I’m less than optimistic you won’t be touched because 80 of the new members (of congress) are Tea Party members who are willing to make deep cuts to get to the bottom line.” “The next three to five years are going to be ugly while we try to get the deficit under control,” Schmidt said. Instead of looking specifically at reducing the cuts, Schmidt asked the Child Focus staff to look at things the government could do to make the agency’s operation easier. Velilla said they would send her a report, but some of the ideas discussed included making audit and certification processes easier as well as looking at what funds and services can be used for local match. Child Focus is a large employer in Clermont County with 235 employees. The organization serves more than 5,000 children and 20,000 total people through Head Start, early childhood education and program-

ming, mental health services, individual counseling, school-based programs, community services and more, Velilla said. Child Focus also sponsors the Clermont County Crisis Hotline and works with the crisis response team when there is a sudden death in the community. “We are a very unique organization. If you look at other counties, they have many smaller non-profits who are very specialized, but we serve a wide range of people,” said Tara Keith, director of marketing and development for Child Focus. “I think people in the community come to us when there is a need for children and for families. We are there when people need us.” She said the Head Start programs make up about half of Child Focus’ services and include more than 700 children. Heavy cuts to the Head Start funding could mean fewer early childhood education teachers and classes, Keith said. Velilla said congress needs to look at the impact of Head Start and early

childhood education programs before they finalize the budget. “We are all concerned about the deficit and I know some tough decisions have to be made, but the return on investment for early childhood education is between $7 and $12 for every dollar we spend,” she said. “By investing in programs like Head Start, we are saving money longterm.” Velilla said she hopes the local community, especially schools and businesses, will step up and talk to local legislators. “We are all in this together. The children we work with are the kids who end up in local schools and being employed by local businesses,” Velilla said. When the state legislators cut $3 million in statewide Early Learning Initiative funding in 2009 and 2010, Child Focus laid off 18 staff members who served 300 kids. “Those are families who had one month’s notice that they wouldn’t have child care. We don’t want that to happen again,” Keith said.


Business recognition

Batavia Township Trustee Lee Cornett presents Christine Rose with a business recognition award at the Sept. 7 trustees meeting. Rose is the owner of Rose Laminating, 4269 Armstrong Blvd. The company specializes in laminating paper products.

Suicide coalition joins mental health partnership By Kellie Geist-May


The Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition is joining forces with The Partnership for Mental Health Inc. to better suicide prevention and treatment services in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Partnership for Mental Health is a group of mental health professionals working together to further similar goals. “We were all doing similar work and we thought if we could work together on objectives we could make a bigger impact,” said Ann Hoffman-Ruffner, president of the Partnership. The Partnership was formed in 2006 and has been involved in

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273TALK(8255). This is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Clermont County Crisis Hotline, operated through the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, can be reached at 528-SAVE(7283). This hotline also is free and available 24-hours a day. There also is a local crisis hotline online-chat available at things like hosting mental health training sessions, coordinating the annual “Celebration of Hope & Heroes” awareness luncheon, and facilitating the formation of the

mental health awareness and advocacy group Active Minds on college campuses, including U.C. Clermont. Hoffman-Ruffner said having the Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition “fold-in” to the Partnership will help strengthen both groups. “We’ve been doing some things in suicide prevention, but you need a lot of hands to get things done. Having the Suicide Prevention Coalition as part of the partnership will definitely help our efforts in that area,” she said. The Tri-State Suicide Prevention Coalition was created in 2006 to further efforts in reducing suicide attempts and deaths, handling suicide crises, and providing grief counseling, and post-ven-

3 horses killed in barn fire Three horses were killed Wednesday, Feb. 9, in a barn fire in Williamsburg Township. Kevin Wiedemann, assistant chief of the Williamsburg Township Fire Department, said the fire started about 12:50 a.m. at 3469 Bethel-Concord Road. One horse in the barn was able to get out, but three horses died. The barn was a total loss with damage estimated at $150,000, Wiedemann said. Farm equipment stored in the barn also was destroyed.

A waste oil heater at Clermont County’s fleet vehicle maintenance garage serves a dual purpose: It gets rid of used motor oil and keeps the building warm at no cost. But the 12-year-old heater is in need of replacement and county commissioners Feb. 9 voted to purchase a new one at a cost not to exceed $21,873.99. Wade Grabowski, facilities management director

be May 5 and the speaker will be John (Jack) Jordan. In Clermont County, the Partnership is looking forward to continuing its involvement in schools, supporting the suicide prevention and awareness walk at U.C. Clermont, and offering QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Training. QPR is like CPR in that it’s the first-responder form of treatment, Hoffman-Ruffner said. “We need to give every person the knowledge they need to save a life,” she said. “To help our community achieve mental health, we have to help each other. We have to connect, look out for each other and know how to respond when someone is in need.”

Pierce Twp. disposes of records in cost-effective, green process


Looking for top dog

Judges looked at photographs of 98 Clermont County dogs Feb. 18 to determine the winner of the Best Dog in Clermont County Contest. From left are, Chris Geise, who was helping his mother, Molly Geise of the Humane Society; County Commissioner Archie Wilson; Cindy White of the county auditor’s office; Commissioner Bob Proud; and Cindy Hawk of the auditor’s office. The winners will be named at special meeting to be announced. A poster with the winner will be unveiled.

County purchases new waste oil heater By John Seney

tion. Coalition Co-Chairman David Moyer said there are a number of reasons his organization decided to join the Partnership, but shared use of the Partnership’s Web site as well as the Partnership’s 501C3 status were two of the big sellers. “We already work together, so this will be an enhancement of those opportunities. I think we’ll have more events and more information available to the community,” Moyer said. One of the coalition’s major efforts is hosting suicide-related conferences in the Cincinnati area. This year’s conference, in collaboration with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, will be about suicide survivors. The event will

for the county, said the heater provides all the warmth for the building where the county’s vehicles are maintained. “We’re self-sustaining,” he said. “We burn our own used oil. We don’t have to buy any waste oil.” Sukie Scheetz, county budget director, said the funds for the purchase of the new heater are set aside in the county’s capital funds account. “It’s a worthwhile investment,” Grabowski said. County Commissioner

Bob Proud pointed out members of the public can drop off their old motor oil at the county facility. Grabowski said the maintenance facility at 4005 Filager Road in Batavia Township is open for the public to drop off used oil 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. “If you stop in, we’ll be glad to help you unload it,” he said. The contract to purchase the new heater was awarded to Pressure Spray, Inc. of Cincinnati.

sFifty-five boxes of old police records were transported Feb. 18 to a recycling facility at 5500 Wooster Road and dumped into the vortex of a steaming, swirling cauldron known as a “hydropulper,” making history as the first officiallyauthorized destruction of Pierce Township records in memory. Ohio Revised Code §149.42 details the procedure for obtaining authorization to destroy public records of a specified age that are no longer needed, a procedure that was “scrupulously followed,” according to Township Law Director Frances Kelly. With approval in hand, and no past practice to rely upon, township officials had to determine the method of disposal for this massive amount of paper. On-site burning, the usual means of carrying out a court-ordered evidence destruction, was considered but rejected due to concerns about the amount of time it might take and the resulting smoke polluting the air. “Anyone familiar with Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” would have reservations about destroying these records by open fire,” said Kelly.

Police Property Room Manager John Dunigan contacted commercial incineration facilities, but estimates of about $1,000 to burn that quantity of paper prompted him to think again. Having once worked at a manufacturing plant that disposed of its own waste paper in a hydropulper, it occurred to him, from his days on the beat as a Cincinnati police officer, that Cincinnati Paperboard would be a likely place to find one. After checking with Kelly to ensure that this would be a legal means of records disposal, Dunigan contacted the company and made arrangements to recycle the paper, free of charge. “We just had to tell them when we’d be there, then get it there,” said Dunigan. “And it’s great, because we are contributing to the recycling process.” Dunigan assisted Pierce Township Public Works Department’s Dave Bechtol Feb. 18 as he loaded the records into a township truck for transport to the hydropulper, where they met Kelly and Police Chief James Smith, the required witnesses. Actual destruction was the final phase of a lengthy, multi-step process. Pierce

Township Police Lt. Bryan Burke first had to inventory and document existing police records, noting the applicable retention periods. This inventory was then submitted to Smith for signature, then to Kelly for review. Ultimately, it was approved for destruction by the Pierce Township Records Commission, the Ohio Historical Society and the state auditor. Board of Trustees Chair Bonnie J. Batchler said, “Over 2,000 pounds of records were authorized for destruction. We were very pleased to dispose of this amount of paper without incurring any expense, especially since it was accomplished in an environmentally-friendly manner.” Police Chief James Smith also commented favorably, complimenting Kelly, Burke, Dunigan and Bechtol and thanking the township records commission for their roles in making it happen. As he surveyed the newlyvacated space once occupied by these records, Smith said, “This is something we’ve wanted to tackle for quite some time; it took a cooperative effort to achieve a disposal of this magnitude in such a cost-effective manner without creating another nuisance in the form of pollution.”


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March 2, 2011

Dancing with the Stars tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Clermont County “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate. Clermont Commissioner Bob Proud, Clermont Prosecutor Don White, Rep. Joe Uecker (R-66), Milford Mayor Ralph Villardo, Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board Director Karen Scherra, CNE Superintendent Neil Leist and Williamsburg Superintendent Jeff Weir are among the contenders for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy that will be presented to the winner of the Dancing With The Stars-Cler-

mont County edition. “Having two right feet (notice I didn’t say “left”), I was never much of a dancer,” said Uecker. “This has really helped push me into doing something I’ve always wanted to learn to do. My partner, Meredith Delaney, is one of the most accommodating persons I’ve known. I suspect as soon as her toes heal, she may even go on to professional dancing.” “Learning our dance has been so much fun,” said Scherra, who will compete with dance partner Proud. “Bob and I chose a patriotic-themed song. We are motivated to beat the other couples, especially Rep. Uecker and Meredith.

They are our toughest competition, but we plan to ‘boogie woogie’ our way to a win.” “These two are really in it to win it,” said CCDD Communications Director Lisa Davis. The dancing duos are receiving professional coaching by a local instructor in swing, cha cha, or jitterbug dancing. “The audience will select the winner, but we do have some colorful characters who will serve as judges, just like they have on the TV show,” said Davis. “After two decades of chaperoning school dances, the only dance I was familiar with was the electric slide,” said Weir, who will

be dancing with his wife, Kelly. “This is far more enjoyable that what we could have imagined, but we are nervous.” In addition to the dancing competition and open dancing, the West Clermont School of Dance will perform; hors devours and other refreshments will be available. Tickets are $50 and include an hors d’oeuvre bar, one drink ticket, and the chance to watch local Clermont County “stars” dance the swing, jitterbug and cha-cha in a friendly competition for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Open dancing is 9 p.m. to midnight and is included with each

ticket purchase. A raffle will take place throughout the night and features gift baskets created by staff from various departments of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Sponsors of the “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza include Park National Bank, Peter Paul Office Equipment, Duke Energy and Petermann Bus. Bryan Equipment Sales is a raffle sponsor. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Clerco Gift of Time Respite Cooperative Program. To purchase tickets, call 7325028. Visa, MasterCard, checks, and cash are accepted.

BRIEFLY Contracts awarded

will not be ready for cutting until later in the spring and the cost will be less until those fields are ready.

BATAVIA TWP. – The Batavia Township trustees awarded lawn mowing contracts for 2011 at a workshop meeting Feb. 8. Mowing at the township’s cemeteries will be handled by Clerco, Inc. at a cost of $372 per cut for all three cemeteries. Straightline Landscaping was awarded the bid for mowing the township properties at 1535 Clough Pike and 2401 Old Ohio 32. The cost will be $965 per cut for both properties. Administrator Rex Parsons said soccer fields and new baseball fields at Clough Pike

Auxiliary breakfast

BATAVIA – Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary will serve breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the post, 265 Foundry Ave. in Batavia. They will be serving: bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, toast, coffee and tea. Call 513-732-9035 for more details and carry out.

Quarter auction

WILLIAMSBURG – American Legion Post 288 in Williamsburg will host a quarter auction from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the post, 208 E. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Paddles are $1 each and each person can buy up to five. Vendors include Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Scentsy Candle, Longaberger, Donna Sharp Handbags. All proceeds go to benefit post programs. The hall is smoke-free with lots of parking with more behind the post in the park.

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play their art at the Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road, during March. A reception in their honor is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The Union Township Branch Library volunteers will provide the refreshments to be served at the reception.

Clermont County Today

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Feb. 11 edition of the Clermont County Today program is now available on the county website: This program features: • Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey talks about county initiatives for 2011. • U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt talks about the economy, health care and other major issues in Washington D.C. • Mike Pride and Tim Dick with DJFS talk about the increasing number of CPS cases involving drug use. • State Rep. Danny Bubp talks about the state budget and how it effects Clermont County. • Julie Pederson and Kirsten Eismin with the YWCA talk about teen dating violence. • Keith Robinson of the Clermont Park District talks about the upcoming Pancakes in the Park event.

Homemakers to meet

BATAVIA – The Batavia Homemakers will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Faith United Methodist Church and will travel to Milford for a tour of The Promont House Museum. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant in Milford. For additional information, call 732-9656.

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CLERMONT COUNTY – Through March 31, neighbors, friends, parents, students, members, and seniors – all of whom share a common passion for strengthening the community – are joining the Clermont Family YMCA in a grassroots “Better Together” Campaign to raise $34,000. Donations will go toward helping provide access for everyone who wishes to become healthier, confident, connected and secure through the Batavia YMCA branch. To learn more or to make a donation, call the Clermont

Family YMCA at 513-724-9622 or visit

Ribbon cutting

UNION TWP. – The trustees will host a ribbon-cutting for U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt’s new office at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, on the first floor of the civic center, outside Schmidt’s new office. The regular trustee meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in the civic center’s town hall. Schmidt moved from her office in Batavia to the Union Township location in mid-January. The trustees offered her the free office space after the Clermont County commissioners questioned the cost of Schmidt’s office on Main Street in the county seat. The lease agreement is effective Jan. 12, 2011, to Jan. 2, 2013. The lease can be terminated by either party with 30 days notice. Schmidt’s staff has office hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday, or by appointment. Constituents may call 513-7910381 for more information.

Fish fry

UNION TWP. – American Legion Post 72, Stuart G. Luginbuhl, 497 B Old Ohio 74 in Mt. Caramel, will again host a Friday Night Fish Fry during Lent. The fish fries are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15 and April 22, at the post. The menu includes fish platters, shrimp platter, fish sandwich, orders of shrimp, mac and cheese, fried, cole slaw and desserts. Cost for platters is $6.75 which includes fish or shrimp, French fries or mac and cheese, cole slaw and a soft drink. Carry out orders will be accepted. All proceeds go to help veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. Call 528-9909.

West Clermont BOE

UNION TWP. – The West Clermont board of education has changed the date and time of the regular meeting originally scheduled for April 4. The board now will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. This is a regular meeting and is open to the public.

Grange to meet

MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. Members will be making pillowcases for the Kon-Kerr project. This project is for the children who are taking treatments for cancer. When they return to their hospital room from a treatment, they have a new children’s print pillowcase on their pillow to cheer them up. Then they get to take it home with them.

Grange members also collect pop tabs to be sold and the money sent to the school for the deaf. Also Campbell’s labels and cereal-box tops are collected. Used eyeglasses are collected and through volunteer optometrists are fitted for people in third world countries. The Grange is a family, agriculture-orientated organization, and new members are welcome. Anyone interested in joining should call the Rooks at 734-6980. The Monroe Grange Card Party will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the grange hall. This is open to the public. Euchre is played with token prizes given. The charge is $1.50 per player. Sandwiches and pie are available at the break between the fourth and fifth games.

Teachers to meet

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Retired Teachers Association (CCRTA) will have a special meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Grant Career Center, 718 Plane St. in Bethel. Registration, social hour and a raffle will begin at 11 a.m. A buffet lunch, free to CCRTA attendees, will be available at 11:30 a.m. At 12:45 p.m., a program will be presented to by Pam McKinney and students about their Teacher Academy. A business meeting will follow the presentation. When arriving, drive to the far end of the building to park and enter via steps by the handicapped ramp. This takes you into the conference center to the buffet location. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a potential new member. Register with Pauline Caudill, 3382 Clover Road, Bethel, OH 45106 by March 9. A $3 donation would be appreciated for the scholarship fund. For the latest STRS news and CCRTA information, visit

Dog agility contest

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Dog Training Club will hold a twoday, indoor dog agility competition from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 and March 6. The dogs will maneuver through a agility course of jumps, tunnels, tires and more. From rescues, to show ring champions, the dogs just want to have fun. Stop in and see for yourself why this is America’s fastest growing canine sport. The event is open to the public with free admission. Bring a chair. Only dogs entered in the competition are permitted in the building during the event. Clermont County Dog Training Club, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1974. The club offers classes in obedience, conformation, agility and rally. CCDTC is at 6058 Kells Lane in Miami Township on U.S. 50, just east of Perintown. Call 625-4337 for more information or visit


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March 2, 2011

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Amelia High School Boosters host Baron Bash

By Kellie Geist-May

The Amelia High School Athletic Boosters will host the eighth annual Baron Bash to raise money for a number of special projects. “We are looking at, this year, putting a special fund together for certain projects. We’ve got several ideas for the turf and maybe a fieldhouse,” said booster president Randy Sprague. “We’re using the Baron Bash and we’re trying to partner with businesses in the community because we really want to make a big splash on the Amelia campus.”

The fieldhouse, which could be a practice facility for the football, soccer and tennis teams, would back up the football field. It would have practice space, concessions, locker rooms and rest rooms, Sprague said. “That’s something we’re really looking at,” he said. Last year some of the money raised at the Baron Bash was used to buy the victory bell behind the performing arts center. “The victory bell is a 500pound bronze bell on a 20-foot tower. It’s become a rallying point for the teams after victories. They come together to ring the bell,”

Sprague said. Although there was some opposition to the victory bell purchase, Sprague said everyone seems to love it now. “We had some naysayers. One was a football player who said it was a big waste of money, but he was one of the first seniors to line up to ring the bell and he had tears in his eyes. I think we hit a home run with the bell,” he said. This year’s Baron Bash will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Receptions Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. A dinner ticket is $45, but additional sponsorships are available. The Baron Bash will include

dinner catered by Outback Steakhouse and as well as silent and live auctions, split-the-pot, dancing, a history update by Clermont County historian and Amelia graduate Rick Crawford and the Amelia High School Hall of Fame inductions. “The very best thing about the Baron Bash is that they bring people back. They’ll bring back the class of 1960 or someone who graduated in 1974 and it’s overwhelming because some of their greatest memories are from Amelia High School,” said Amelia High School Athletic Director James Collins. “It’s truly special to watch them remember those days.”

Collins, who is this year’s Baron Bash emcee, said he hopes the attendance at the event continues to grow. “It’s a very nice event where we get to generate money for future athletes while remembering the athletes on the past,” he said. “The boosters are a crucial part of the athletics of Amelia … they have kept us financially stable while making all the major improvements to our outdoor facilities.” The reservation form for the Baron Bash can be found on the boosters website, Reservations are due by March 5.


Works of art

Amelia High School PTSO recently donated two 6-foot-by-8-foot chalk portraits, seen here, to the high school. The artwork was created in October, 2009 when artist Richard Hight, of Tulsa, Okla., visited the school and presented the “Art of Inspiration” assemblies to the students. The PTSO sponsored the program. The theme of the event was to encourage the students to find their gifts and talents and pursue them with passion. Greg Sack, an art teacher at the school, framed the artwork. The portraits are now on display in the school’s multipurpose room and have been dedicated to the class of 2010.


New Richmond High School band director Mike McKinley, right, directs the band during a rehearsal for the band’s March 11 performance at the Finneytown Charity Band Festival.

NRHS band to perform at benefit concert


Doing decimals

Third-graders Dyllan Bradley, left, and Christian Manning use whiteboards to translate written numbers into decimals during Erin Raymond’s math class at Holly Hill Elementary School.

The New Richmond High School concert band, under the direction of Mike McKinley, will perform in the Finneytown Charity Band Festival at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Finneytown High School’s William R. Swartzel Performing Arts Center, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. Bands from Finneytown and Princeton high schools also will be performing in the concert that will benefit food pantries serving the New Richmond, Finneytown and Glendale areas. “Admission to the concert will

be a charitable donation at the door,” said McKinley. Donations being accepted at the door include: Canned goods or other non-perishable food items; shampoo, gel or conditioner; body lotions, washes and soaps; deodorant; baby wipes, diapers, baby food and baby oil; gently used or new clothing, jackets and coats; gently used or new baby clothes, strollers or toys; and kids toys and games. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Checks should be made out to either the New Rich-

mond Food Pantry or Valley Interfaith, which serves the Finneytown-Glendale area. The bands will be observed by guest clinicians from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and Miami University. Dr. Ann Porter from the College Conservatory of Music and Dr. Steven Lytle from Miami University will be listening to each band’s performance and also will be working with each band following their performance.


Learning about archaeology


Withamsville fourth-grade social studies classes recently learned how archaeologists and historians interpret the past during a presentation by Joe Beavers. The children saw and touched real artifacts and learned more about tools Native Americans used long ago. From left, Withamsville students Savannah Ridgway, Antonio Griffith, Alexis Fathman and Jessica Young inspect ancient artifacts

Ohio University summer quarter – Emily Auvil, Sean Johnson, Kyle Kane and Kimberly Wagner. University of Cincinnati summer quarter – Margaret Abbott, Tennie Aden, Grace Allen, Jessica Allen, Andria Anderson, Stormy Arnold, Tifany Arnold, Marcia Ashman, Connie Bacon, Kyle Baker, Stephen Bartow, Olga Beresford, Kimberly Birkenhauer, Adam Blevins, Jessica Borne, Janet Boshears, Jason Bowman, Kristina Brewer, Stephanie Brewer, Kayla Brown, Jason Bruemmer, Cory Bryant, Paul Buerkle, Gregory Burke, Christopher Carter, Kaylin Cates, Misty Catlin, Darshil Chokshi, Mitchell Chung, Nicole Cicchino, Roy Clem, Marina Coffin, Dorothy Conrad, Cara Cooper, Katherine Crawford, Sarah Crone, Gary Crouch, Ashley Crutcher, Darla Curtis, Ashley Daniel, Theresa David, Angel Dean, Natalie Denton, Amanda Doughty, Allison Douglas, Bao Duong, Paul Durham, Justin Eichert, Tyler Eickhoff, John Ennis, Robert Ernst, Lynda Ewing, Megan Fancher, Renee Farmer, Emily Faust, Victoria Feist, Maribeth Fite, Crystal Forman, Alichia FoxShoemaker, Joanna Funcheon, Dana Gacek, Lisa Gallagher, Bradley Gantz, Nicholas Garcia, Pamela Gardner, Christopher Garman, Giulio Germano, Jeremy Gettys, April Gibson, Chicquetta Gibson, Ashley Goedde, Megan Goldfuss, Matt Grelle, Tara Griffis, Heidi Groh, Dorinda Gunther, Ryan Hach, Rebekah Haire, Michael Hale, Sigourney Hamilton, Catherine Hank, Bryan Hayslip, James Heideman, Allison Heming, Ashlea Henderson, Tonya Henderson, Kelly Henning, Andrew Himes, Jessi Hitchner, Kevin Hitt, Melissa Holtz, Jeffrey Hooks, Melissa Howard, Gina Huhn, Janet

Hurlburt, Kaylee Jacob, Benjamen Jacobs, Mohammad Jamshidi, Victoria Jetter, Kendra Jody, Cecilia Johnstone, Theron Jones, Andrea Jordan, Ashley Jordan, Christina Joslin, Elmer Kaising, Ricky Kalia, Arlene Kaufman, Barbara Keith, Elizabeth Kelley, Julie Kelley, Lori Kelsey, Tracy Kennedy, Dyane Kirkland, Amanda Kissick, Robert Klaty, Linsey Koeritz, Mark Kroeger, Michael Kwong, Jennifer Lacy, Edward Lamb, Michael Lambert, Kimberly Lanthorn, Lauren Lefferson, Jannine Leinberger, Nicole Lewin, Alicia Lewis, Ryan Lindenberger, Emily Lodwick, Joshua Londergan, Christine Lovins, Henry Majewski, Nick Manning, Scott Marotta, Autumn Martin, Sarah Masci, Samantha Massmann, Eric Masters, Tara McAvoy, Kaley McDonough, Tara McFadden, Jeanette McGee, Amy McKenzie, Brian McKibben, Mary McMahon, John Meek, Andrew Mehas, Charles Metzger, Kristin Miller, James Mills, Ronald Mocahbee, Justin Moeller, Kelly Monhollon, Delina Moore, Annette Morris, Brian Morris, Debra Morris, Justin Morrison, Stephen Newland, Andrea Nielsen, Kelly OBrien, Kimberly Olivieri, Stephanie Palmer, Mario Pastura, Jamie Pettigrew, Cassie Pfister, Desirae Phillips, Maria Philpot, Christopher Potter, Nathan Rack, Britni Radojits, Sandee Rapp, Jerry Rhoden, Trisha Richter, Eric Roberto, Diana Rose, Ashley Ryan, Sarah Saunders, Laura Scheidt, Michelle Sears, Amanda Sebastian, RoseMary Shelton, Heather Skidmore, Nathaniel Skinner, Cassandra Smith, Michael Smith, Gina Solomon, Troy Spitzmueller, Jennifer Spriggs, James Stewart, Katrina Strange, Jason Strine, Julie Strunk, Molly Sullivan, Nicholas Sunday, Agbor Tanjong, Chad Tarmey, Carol Thompson, Jamie Thompson, Alicia Tonkin, Gregory

Traynor, Marilyn Vennemeyer, Lori Vine, Ryan Volk, Joseph Wagner, Audrey Ward, Kenneth Watson, Cal Webb, Julie Wilder, Brandon Williams, Amanda Wilson, Renee Wolthuis, Jessica Workman and Gaye Young.


Miami University – Michael James Aluise, Richard William Bradburn, Melissa A. Brunner, Allison Helton Carter, Robert Dale McNeese, Bruce Homer Morehead, Kyle Dale Sunday and Allison Lacy Valenzano. Ohio University – Kevin Bamber, Christopher Cappelano, Stuart Dapper, Allison McAdams, Brad Metzger, John-Curtiss Quinlan, Michelle Reinhart and Anna Uihlein. University of Cincinnati – April Anthony, Granville Bastin, Jaime Beasley, Jennifer Broerman, Dusti Browning, Matthew Buchheit, Nathan Burgess, Lindsey Burwell, Amy Chalk, Elizabeth Cox, Sean Cunningham, Ciara Curlis, Stephen Davidson, Allen Davis, Angela Dobbins, Justin Eichert, Joseph Farley, John Fischer, Peter Hartman, Valerie Hendricks, Cathy Hill, Christopher Kasperczyk, Daniel Kerlakian, Barry King, Michael Kwong, Cari Lay, David Lewis, Theresa Lipps, Terra Lockaby, Kaley McDonough, Amy McKenzie, Annie McKinney, Christopher Meckstroth, Kelsey Miller, Davin Monk, Justin Morrison, Jillian Neff, John Oakley, Christopher Ortlepp, Gary Powell, Savannah Proffitt, Darcia Putnam, Britni Radojits, Daniel Riffle, Eric Roberto, Michelle Rogers, Brian Rolph, Jenai Rutledge, Ashlee Sallee, Kevin Scheel, Ashley Smith, Zuzana Svobodova, Chad Tarmey, Sara Tysinger, Susan Wagers, Frankie Wagschal, Kyle Walker, Stephanie Walters, Alexis Wharton and Valeri Zimmerman.



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March 2, 2011

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Glen Este’s Bouley on the block By Scott Springer

Talented big men are hard to come by at any level of basketball, particularly those that are multi-skilled and more than mildly coordinated. That’s why size is so often coveted by basketball coaches. A good post player makes a coach look smart. Less talented ones or teams that lack a true center can force some into looking at

other lines of work. Dave Caldwell at Glen Este is on the “smart end” of things as he’s had Mike Bouley for three years. The senior has grown to 6-8 and has helped the Trojans to consecutive winning seasons. In doing so, he’s led the city in blocks (around five per game) and is the second-leading rebounder in the FAVC averaging 11. “He’s come a long way,” Caldwell said. “I think he’s


Glen Este boys basketball seniors Corey Goedde (21), Mike Bouley (24) and Shane Seckman (10). Bouley led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in blocks and was second in rebounding. Goedded led the FAVC in assists. The Trojans finished the regular season 16-4 under coach Dave Caldwell.

kind of taken it upon himself to be our team leader.” Bouley’s efforts have him in the running to be FAVC first team, or perhaps getting votes for player of the year. Not a gangly 6-8, his added strength also is getting him a number of Division II looks. “He’s worked really hard,” Caldwell said. “He found the weight room last year. He’s skilled. He can knock down 17-18 footers and make moves in the paint. He’s very aggressive rebounding.” He’s also surrounded by other “trees” as outside of point guard Corey Goedde (6-2), the Trojans three other starters (Shane Seckman, Alex Fultz and Wynton Overcast) all stand 6-5. You’re a bigger 6-8 than most would expect out of a high school 6-8 player. How did you get the bulk? “Caldwell does a great

Sectional tournament recap The following is a submitted recap of the Feb 25 sectional tournament game against Fairfield at Lakota West. Fairfield 46, Glen Este 45 – A pair of free throws by Fairfield guard Jeff Woods with 3.3 seconds to play sent Glen Este down to a heartbreaking 46-45 defeat in the opening round of sectional tournament play Friday night, Feb. 25, at Lakota West. Mike Bouley had given Glen Este a 45-44 lead on a rebound and put back with 1:20 to play. After one held ball, two timeouts, and some great defense by the Trojans, it all came down to the final 20 seconds. With three fouls to give, GE tried to foul as the clock wound down under 10 seconds, but couldn't get the call until Woods threw up a late desperation shot. After his free throws the Trojans were unable to get off a final shot attempt. Glen Este, with seven players scoring in the first

quarter, jumped out to an early 10-point lead, and was ahead 26-19 at halftime, but could net only a pair of free throws by Wynton Overcast and a couple of baskets from Corey Goedde in a seven-point third quarter, as the Indians pulled even at 33-33. Fairfield moved out to a 42-37 lead with under five minutes left, but two free throws each from Shane Seckman and Mike Bouley, sandwiched around a bucket by Alex Fultz, put GE back on top at 43-42 with 2:50 to play. Then the teams traded baskets, leaving the Trojans up 45-44, and setting the stage for the wild finish, which included a clock malfunction that took a couple of minutes to resolve but had no affect on the outcome. Junior Kyle Smith came up large for the Indians, hitting four of five 3-point attempts to finish with 14, while Goedde with 13 and Bouley at 12 led the Glen Este scoring. The Trojans closed the season with a 16-5 record.

job in the weight room. We do P-90X and that stuff to stay in good shape and be able to run.”

Glen Este has a pretty good football team. They didn’t ask you to come out? “Since third grade, all I’ve done is play basketball. They do (ask) every offseason, but I’m strictly basketball.” Who’s showing the most interest in you? “NKU, Tiffin, Urbana, Northern State (South Dakota), Marietta College are some of the main ones." You lead the city in blocks. What do you like about blocking a shot? “It changes the momentum of the game and gets the whole team pumped up." Have your parents toted you around since third grade? “My parents are always there. They’re very supportive. Sometimes there are conflicts with my sister and other brother, but they’re usually always there.” Who’s the bigger fan? Mom or Dad? “Dad. My Dad loves basketball.” What player do you like to watch? “I like Dirk, Dirk Nowitzki. Big guy, likes to go outside, he’s fun to watch.” What’s been your best game individually at Glen Este? “I had 30 points against


Glen Este’s Mike Bouley (24) drives to the basket against Anderson’s Ben Martina (43) in the Trojans Feb. 15 win over the Redskins. The 6-8 Bouley led the area in blocked shots. Milford, my career-high in high school. I think I had 13 -14 rebounds in that game.” Can the Trojans continue playing into March? “We had some trouble the last couple years in the tournament, so we’re pumped for this year." What college team do you follow? “I’m a huge Dayton Flyer fan. My parents went there. NBA? I like the Cavs because I was born near Cleveland (Akron).”

Once you’ve picked your school, what will you be studying? “I’m going to college for sports management. I want to become a college coach.” On Senior Night at Glen Este (vs. Kings) Bouley and fellow captain Corey Goedde gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could be acknowledged in the opening lineup. Off the bench, Mike Bouley still registered 20 points, seven rebounds, six blocks and a steal in the Trojans' 53-35 win.


Lions’ Forsee, Hooks head to state meet

The following results involve teams or individuals who advanced in the winter posteason.

By Nick Dudukovich

Boys basketball Division I

• No. 10 Glen Este lost to No. 17 Fairfield at Lakota West High School Feb. 25, 46-45. The Trojans finish the season 16-5. • Amelia plays No. 3 seed La Salle March 2 at Fairfield.

Division II

• Batavia was upended by top seed Roger Bacon 92-35 Feb. 26. The Bulldogs finish off 7-14. • No. 5 McNicholas beat Norwood 51-48 on Feb. 25. The Rockets take on No. 4 Goshen March 1 at Mason High School. • New Richmond plays No. 1 Roger Bacon March 2 at Mason.

Division III

• Williamsburg defeated SCPA 76-55 Feb. 26. Next up is No. 2 Summit Country Day March 2 at Western Brown.

Girls basketball Division II

• New Richmond lost to No. 2 seed Wyoming 58-40 Feb. 26, to end the season 12-11.

Division IV

• No. 6 Williamsburg defeated Summit Country Day Feb. 23, 46-41 and Cincinnati Country Day Feb. 26.

Girls swimming/diving

The following athletes competed in the Ohio state swimming and diving meet in Canton Feb. 23-26.

Division II

• Maddie Mitchell, McNicholas (1meter diving, 11th place, 329.75) • Abby Mitchell, McNicholas (1meter diving, 16th place, 312.85) • Amanda Bradley, McNicholas (1meter diving, 19th place, 218.40)

Boys bowling

The following team bowled in the district tournament Feb. 28, after deadline. • Glen Este (4,190), 2 (Paul Hudson 647, Alex Obermeyer 604, Jaek Pescnichak 583, Nathan Franz 546, Jarred Brewer 362, Blake Huber 206, Zac Hayes 168.)

Girls bowling

• Glen Este finished eighth in the district tournament at Eastern Lanes, 3,673.

The New Richmond High School wrestling squad qualified 11 team members for districts Feb. 25-26 at Goshen High School, and of those, two are heading north to state – J.R. Forsee and Brody Hooks. As a team, New Richmond placed eighth at districts with a 63.5 score. Batavia High School earned four points for 39th place. At 112 pounds, Brody Hooks took the momentum from his first-place sectional victory into districts, where he placed fourth. The top four in each weight class advance to state. The junior worked throughout the winter to hone his skills when wrestling from the top position, according to New Richmond head coach Deron Shinkle. “Once he gets on top of a kid, it’s hard for them to shake him off,” Shinkle said. At heavyweight, sectional champion Forsee won three matches before losing to Riley Shaw of Washington to take second place. Forsee is mastering the art of taking matches the distance. As competition starts getting tougher, Shinkle believes Forsee can only benefit from wrestling long matches. “The matches will be closer, and he’s got the mindset he can get through six- to nine-minute match-


New Richmond’s J.R. Forsee and Bethel-Tate’s Kian Mollette competed at 285 pounds during the SBAAC wrestling championships, Feb. 12.

Local Division I results

Going to state for Division I Glen Este High School is Cory Burris, Glen Este (171). He placed fourth in his weight class. Alternates: Caleb Ervin, Glen Este (103) and Travis Jones, Glen Este (189). es, so that helps his confidence and patience, as well.” At 119 pounds, Austin Skaggs had been hoping to return to the Division II state championship tournament. He had a first-place

finish at the Batavia sectional, Feb. 19. He won his first match, lost his second, but just missed advancing to the third-place match in consolation rounds by losing to the eventual thirdplace winner. He is the alternate for the 119 weight class at state. According to Shinkle, Skaggs spent the season determined to take his skills to an elite level. “He’s worked a lot on his top moves, and at the state level, you have to be able to take somebody down,” Shinkle said. “When he gets a take down, he can turn a kid and build on a lead that

way.” James White, who wrestled at 171 on the junior varsity squad for most of the season, also claimed a spot at districts. Shinkle isn’t surprised White has been able to hold his own with the area’s top talent. He lost his first district match, but like Skaggs, did well in the consolation rounds until he lost to the eventual third-place winner. “He’s been wrestling out his mind the last few weeks,” he said. Other locals at district included: Jordon Hooks, New Richmond (103); Griffin Stith, Batavia (112);

Josh McCloskey, Batavia (119); Cody Gabelman, New Richmond (125); Chase Eldridge, Batavia (130); Sam Anderson, New Richmond (130); Zach Hargis, Batavia (135); Clay Loadman, New Richmond (140); Ryan Zawacki, New Richmond (145); Cory English, New Richmond (152); Kevin Reid, New Richmond (160); Mike Almond, Batavia (160); Gabe Archer, Batavia (171). The Division II state tournament will be March 3-5 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Ohio State University.

Sports & recreation

Community Journal

March 2, 2011


Amelia MS wrestlers take 1st place The Amelia Middle School wrestling won first place at the Bethel-Tate Invitational Saturday, Jan. 29. Amelia was able to achieve this by outscoring 11 teams. Here are the results from the Bethel-Tate “Old School” Wrestling Tournament.


Count it!

• First place – 129, Amelia. • Second place – 123,

Bethel-Tate. • Third place – 115, Williamsburg. • Fourth place – 83, New Richmond. • Fifth place – 63, Oakwood. • Sixth place – 61, Purcell Marian. • Seventh place – 58, Goshen. • Eighth place – 48, Wyoming. • Ninth place – 47, Clermont Northeastern .

• 10th place – 41, Madeira. • 11th place – 10, Stivers. • 12th place – 0, Bye.

Amelia place winners

• 122 pounds: First place, Jacob Hopper, Amelia, Pin 2 minutes, 20 seconds. • 142 pounds: Third place, Jacob Pangallo, Amelia. • 160 pounds: Fourth place, Mike Sansone, Amelia. • 172 pounds: Second place,

Colin Barger, Amelia. • 80 pounds: Third place, Tanner Croft, Amelia, Decision 5-1. • 92 pounds: Second place, Isaac Shalash, Amelia; third place Alec Holste, Amelia, pin 2 minutes, 16 seconds.

Fastest fall winner

Jacob Hopper from Amelia, 122 pounds, three pins, three minutes.

Williamsburg High School’s Heidi McManus takes a shot. Williamsburg won, 46-41 in first-round sectional play at Monroe High School, Feb. 24. They went on to defeat Cincinnati Country Day 58-40 Feb. 26 and will play at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at Tippecanoe High School. They will play the winner of the Pitsburg Franklin Monroe/New Madison Tri-Village game.


Ryan Stofko (Kenwood), back left, David Adams (Montgomery), front left, and Danny McVeigh (Batavia), front right, presented Kim Hauck of Moeller High School with a check from the All Saints football team. Hauck started breast cancer fundraising in the Greater Catholic League.

Football teams wash cars for breast cancer screening


Off to the races

McNicholas High School’s Stephanie Krusling leads a fast break during the Rockets’ 76-49 sectional win over Bethel-Tate, Feb. 23.On Feb. 26, the Rockets lost to top-seed Indian Hill 72-46, ending their season at 13-9.

The All Saints/St. Vincent’s football teams recently devoted their Saturday afternoon to washing cars for breast cancer screening and treatment for underserved women. The teams, made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders from both schools raised nearly $1,000 that will be donated to the ProScan Pink Ribbon Center, which provides detection and treatment for breast cancer. The donation was presented to Moeller High

School, contributing to their efforts to raise money for the cancer screening. The car wash and fundraiser is part of the sports-leader program started this year with the intent to teach more than just sports to young athletes. “In the program, we focus on teaching virtues along with teaching the sport,” said Tom Fitz, member of All Saints Church and long-time director of football operations for the parish. “The virtues we’re focusing on this year are charity,

humility, and courage and each team is participating in a service project to help

those less fortunate in our community.”


High-schoolers join squash team The Great Lakes Secondary School Squash Conference, only in its second year in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area schools and clubs, fielded a Midwest contingent of six teams coming from as far away as Buffalo, N.Y., to play in November at the Dayton Squash Center in Springboro, Ohio. Co-ed teams of seven to nine players make up a squash team. A team wins when they have won four out of the seven singles matches played similar to high school tennis match play. Teams represented for the weekend tournament at the Dayton Squash Center in Springboro were: Cincinnati Varsity Team; Metro Squash, Chicago, Ill.; University School, Cleveland; Gow School, Buffalo, N.Y.; Miami Valley School, Kettering; and Springboro High School Team. The Cincinnati Team hails from the Greater Cincinnati area with Head Varsity Coach Jamie Crombie and Assistant Coach Henry Clutsam powering the first exposure for the Cincinnati Varsity Team to a second place win only losing to the University School by a slim margin of 5 to 2. Players on the Cincinnati Varsity team are in order of ranked players: Captain Arial Cohen, 15, Hyde Park resident, Walnut Hills sophomore; Emma Uible, 14, New Richmond resident, Seven Hills School freshman; Ben Turnbull, 16,

Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati Inc would like to welcome Dr. Tiffany Pickup to their practice located at 7794 Five Mile Rd., Suite 240 in the Anderson Towne Center. She joins Dr. Nancy Pelc, Dr. Denise Smith and Megan Marshall, Certified Physicians Assistant. Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati, Inc, formerly Lee J. Vesper, M.D. Inc has been caring for patients in the Anderson area since the early 70’s.


The Cincinnati varsity high school squash team are, in front, from left, Ellen Coombe, a Seven Hills sophomore; Betsy Johnson, a Seven Hills junior; Ginger Johnson, a Seven Hills junior; and Emma Uible, a Seven Hills freshman. In back are Connor Rouan, a Seven Hills freshman; Arial Cohen and Ben Turnbull, an Indian Hill junior. Indian Hill resident, Indian Hills High School junior; Ellen Coombe, 15, Hyde Park resident, Seven Hills School, sophomore; Betsy Johnson, 16, Hyde Park resident, Seven Hills School junior; Ginger Johnson, 16, Hyde Park resident, Seven Hills School junior Connor Rouan, 14, Indian Hill resident, Seven Hills School freshman. U.S. Squash, the National Governing body for the sport of squash, has developed in last four years a National High School event bringing together states that already support squash at the high school level with club supported high squash programs or teams. The Great Lakes Secondary School Squash Conference was developed to

assist emerging squash programs in the Midwest to compete on the national level without their school having access to squash courts. Squash has been established in the Cincinnati area for at least 30 years, with several local high school players continuing their participating of the sport into college and beyond. This is the first-ever high squash team from this area to be able to compete amongst other programs. Locally there are several tennis or racquet clubs that have existing squash courts with mostly adults playing. Encouraging high school athletes to participate in squash before they get into college or graduate from college would improve their

skill level and possibly open up more doors for college participation. Colleges that support squash as an intercollegiate sport are mostly along the east coast but many Midwestern schools like Denison and Kenyon College have built courts in recent years and have bustling male and female squash programs. The Cincinnati Squash Racquets Association (CSRA) is the local organizing body for squash in the Cincinnati and Dayton area. The association’s website is . The CSRA supports squash by providing members with league play, interclub play and organizing several tournaments a year.

Dr. Pickup is a licensed, board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete Dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati. She was the Chief Resident of Dermatology in her final year. She has written articles that have been published in medical journals including Archives of Dermatology and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Pickup’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She also earned a Masters in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, specialized in pediatrics where she worked in both Hematology/Oncology and Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital prior to obtaining her medical degree. Dr. . Pickup resides in Anderson Township with her husband, Jon Pickup, and their 5 year old daughter, Madeline, and their eight month old daughter, Emily. Dr. Pickup and Dermatology Specialists are currently accepting new appointments for both adults and children. Dr. Pickup also offers a variety of cosmetic services including: Botox, Fillers, Chemical Peels and Laser Skin Services. Laser Services are offered for conditions such as rosacea, sun and age spots, hair removal and warts. Call the office at


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• Human Services – Brenda Cox • Rural Interests – Joe Glassmeyer • Safety & Justice – Police Officer James Chris Smith Taylor • Community Community Project Press Guest W i l l i a m s b u r g– Columnist O p e r a t i o n Restoration • Up 'N Over Youth Leadership – Amanda White • Batavia – Ronald & Janet Bratten • Franklin – Dr. J.C. Rudd • Goshen – Stephen Pegram • Jackson – David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis • Miami – Dave & Melissa Fossier • City of Milford – Karen Huff • Monroe – Harold Taylor • Ohio – Judy Middeler • Pierce – Rick Rack • Stonelick – Larry Bach • Tate – Walter C. Carter • Union – Total Quality Logistics • Washington – Sharon Chambers • Wayne – William and Elizabeth Smith • Williamsburg – Lucy Snell Thanks also to our sponsors: Lykins Companies, American Modern Insurance Group, Community Press Newspapers, Clermont Chamber of Commerce, International Paper, National Bank & Trust, Park National Bank, RiverHills Bank, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, UC Clermont College, Union Township, Miami Township, E.C. Nurre Funeral Home Inc., PNC Bank, Santoro Engineering, American Modern Insurance Group, Batavia Township, Duke Energy, Great Oaks Career Campuses, Total Quality Logistics and Village Association of Batavia. Chris Smith is the executive director of Clermont 20/20.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors, donors, committee participants, attendees and in particular our award winners from Clermont 20/20’s Salute to Leaders event Thursday, Feb. 24. It was a terrific event and a chance to celebrate and recognize the dedicated work and positive outcomes throughout Clermont County initiated by generous, selfless and considerate individuals and organizations performing good deeds in their local community. The level of time, commitment and talent in making Clermont County a better place to live, work and raise a family is very apparent. It is particularly gratifying to see this level of concern, of initiative and significant sacrifice when you consider the current economic conditions, where needs are greater than ever and resources limited. We saw numerous examples of people stepping forward to assist those in need and providing a helping hand at a critical time. Clermont 20/20 has a history of engaging leaders from public, private and philanthropic sectors in order to create a platform for ideas, problem solving, mentoring, leadership and community development/community improvements. A major benefit as a result of these efforts has been more people remaining, investing and prospering in our communities. More than ever, this year’s winners are to be commended. We salute you! This year’s winners are: • William H. Over Leadership Award – Eric Grothaus • Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award – Judy Middeler • Civic – Barb Haglag • Education – Dr. Peggy Hager • Environmental/Parks & Recreation – Valley View Foundation • Health/Health Care – Travis and Michelle Fisher



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CH@TROOM What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? “No I do not plan to visit – I passed Statistics in school.” M.B.

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What do you think will be the effect if collective bargaining is eliminated for state workers? “Potential disaster is the likely effect of eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, especially if (oh, excuse me, WHEN) this idiotic idea spreads to our teachers – that heroic group to which my daughter belongs. “Despite the figures in recent skewed reporting, public servants (state, city, federal employees and, in particular, educators) work for much smaller salaries, but in most cases benefit from decent health care and retirement plans. “Take away their ability to fight for and retain those important compensatory benefits and we will reek havoc on our educational system and the fragile public service sector. ‘Nuff said!” M.M. “Workers should have the right to organize but they should not have the right to hold the government hostage or bargain the ‘lifetime jobs’ from which they cannot be laid off or fired, even if they do a lousy job. “Why should Cincinnati sanitation workers get a better deal than Rumpke workers? Why should public employees have the right to accumulate years worth of sick and vacation days when the rest of us can’t. “Procter & Gamble, one of the premier private employers in our area doesn’t allow the accumulation of vacation days beyond April of the following year and employees are required to take a minimum number each year. There are no accumulating sick days, and most people take time off only for legitimate reasons. “Sick days are not an entitlement. If your illness lasts more than 5 days, you go on short term disability. Public workers are ‘our employees.’ Their jobs should not be immune to the market forces of supply and demand. “Over 9 percent of our population is unemployed today. If those public employees are getting such a raw deal, let them try their hand in private industry and give some folks who are willing to work a shot at their jobs.” F.S.D.

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“It is important to note that collective bargaining would not be eliminated for schools, counties, cities, townships, police, and fire, though many provisions of current law would be reformed. “For example, does anyone in their right mind think that teachers throughout Ohio, who only work 37 weeks, need 15 ‘sick days’ a year? Frankly, that makes me sick!” T.H. “Collective bargaining in the private sector is different from the public sector. The difference? Competition for the product or services provided. “When there is a strike in the private (industry) sector a competitor can supply the services or product. Ford goes on strike, buy a GM product. “When the fire department goes on strike there is no alternative. When the teachers go on strike there is no alternative. “With the element of competition missing in the public sector; labor has an unfair advantage. It is obvious to any person interested in solving the fiscal problems that plague the public sector that the unions have to compromise. “Total elimination is not the answer. Elimination of the ability to strike would be helpful. No it is not all about the children. It is all about power. “As they say, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” J.S.D. “What will be the effect if collective bargaining is eliminated for state workers? There will be a lot of unhappy people. “If you are a state worker, and have become accustomed to great benefits like salaries, pensions, etc., and are told you have to give them up it would be an extremely traumatizing thing. “I can’t prove it, but I would certainly guess that many of the perks that state workers enjoy have only been realized because of union bargaining. And at the same time, unions (while being responsible for improving the lot of many workers who had been treated unfairly) have not been exempt from corruption and abuse of power. “The fact is our country cannot indefinitely continue to do things the way we have done for years. In order to be a stable country, we must be fiscally responsible, while doing our best to treat others fairly (including state workers). “The specter of states on the verge of bankruptcy is frightening. Bill B.


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This week’s question Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “Simply, a lot of upset workers. The GOP may have concluded that since most union members vote Democrat they will gain from the middle for solving the budget crisis without loss. “We’ll have to wait and see, because upset workers won’t give as good service to us, their customers. “The unions are getting a bad rap here. In the past they accepted lower pay raises and deferred benefits. That’s just what the right said they should do, take care of their own future. “It is the various government entities who have failed, by not funding those future benefits on an annual basis. They, in effect, borrowed from the state workers retirement funds. “To renege on payment now is just as much theft as what Bernie Madoff did. Even if the original agreements with the unions were generous, that doesn’t mean it is OK to break them, they were agreements made in my name which should be honored. D.R. “I think it is about time. The unions have been holding this country hostage for way to long. It needs to stop.” B.A. “This is strictly union busting. Kasich is doing the bidding of the Republican right wing (Wall Street, Banks, etc.) using the budget as an excuse. “Poor management over the years caused the mess and once again they will try and destroy more of the middle-class in the short-sighted attempt to help the elite. “They praise the people in the streets of Cairo for seeking basic human rights while trying to take those same rights away from the working middle class. “Wake up! The middle class is diminishing. They are who made America great. No great legislation has ever come from the far right on either the state or federal level.” J.Z.

Is Harding afraid to attend a Tea Party meeting? “Storm troopers?” Really? I just wanted to say well done, and thanks to Charles Brooks, John Joseph, Randy Kleine and Larry Heller for their comments in the Feb. 16 issue of your paper. Brooks, Joseph and Kleine were responding to Len Harding’s comments the week before. Mr. Harding’s column from Feb. 9 exemplifies the arguments we often hear from the left: They make no sense, they use sweeping generalizations, they stray from topic to topic, their facts are suspect and they use sophomoric, mocking, name-calling when they have no real substance to offer. As a member of the local Tea Party movement, we stand for three simple principles: limited

government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Mr. Harding, you’ve written several guest columns regarding the Tea Party, and it’s Bob Turner clear you don’t Community like us. If I can Press Guest be direct, what is Mr. Harding, Columnist it, that you find so distasteful about our three principles? Back in November, I publicly invited you in this paper to visit one of our local meetings to see first hand who we are and what we’re about. We meet every sec-

ond Thursday at the Miami Township Civic Center. However, three months have gone by, and we haven’t seen you. Yet you remain critical. Don’t you think you should have the courage to learn about those whom you are so critical of? Especially when you can do so very easily. We’re just up the road, a few short minutes away from Milford. You have the opportunity to learn about us first hand, in person. No one will keep you out. In fact, I’m sure we’ll all treat you with respect. There’s nothing to be concerned about. We’re just local citizens, friends and neighbors, who gather to discuss what’s happening in government today. We’re concerned and we’re trying to

make things better. Larry Heller’s Feb. 16 guest column made the case for civic involvement very well and that’s all we’re doing. Yet you call us “bullies” and “an updated group of storm troopers.” You might have an ideological difference with some of our members, but really, “storm troopers?” We are Americans! We are tax-paying, freedom-loving, hardworking citizens exercising our First Amendment rights, and you call us “storm troopers?” It is our taxes that fund all levels of government. On average, 40 percent of what we earn, our hard work, our time and our effort supports government. Our money! Are you saying we’re “storm troopers” because

we’re interested in, and critical of, how the government handles our money? You should be ashamed of yourself for the name-calling. If you have a real argument, then make it. If you have courage, then come see who we are. Otherwise, find a new topic. So, despite your attitude towards me, and my fellow Tea Party patriots, I sincerely invite you again to come see who we are and what we’re about. Or is it easier for you to hide behind your keyboard and be critical from afar? Bob Turner has been a resident of Miami Township since 1998.

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Chris Smith, executive director of Clermont 20/20, presented the 2011 Health/Health Care Award to Michelle and Travis Fisher. The Fishers, who own a local chiropractic practice, help with the Williamsburg Local School District athletic programs and events.

For her work in the village of Batavia and with planning the annual Taste of Clermont event, Barb Haglage was given the 2011 Civic Award during Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24, at Holiday Inn Eastgate.

Judy Middeler was given the 2011 Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award. She was recognized because of her work with Special Olympics both in Clermont County and at the state level.

Eric Grothaus was given the William H. Over Leadership Award for his work with the Clermont Counseling Center, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, UC Clermont, United Way and more. The award was presented at Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Holiday Inn Eastgate.

This year’s winners

Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith, right, presented the Batavia Township Award to Ronald and Janet Bratten during Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. The Brattens are active volunteers at Batavia Elementary School and in the veteran community.

Salute to Leaders honors those who work behind the scenes By Theresa L. Herron

More than 420 people attended the 2011 Salute to Leaders event Feb. 24 to honor individuals and organizations who work to make Clermont County a better place. The event is hosted each year by Clermont 20/20 as a way to salute the many people in the county usually who work behind the scenes and often prefer not to be recognized.

Lucy Snell, an historical society volunteer in Williamsburg, was given the 2011 Salute to Leaders Williamsburg Township Award Feb. 24. Also pictured is presenter Kurt Kiessling.

Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith, left, presented Dr. Peggy Hager, a teacher and athletics advocate at UC Clermont, with the Education Award at the 2011 Salute to Leaders Feb. 24.

• William H. Over Leadership Award – Eric Grothaus • Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award – Judy Middeler • Civic – Barb Haglag • Education – Dr. Peggy Hager • Environmental/Parks & Recreation – Valley View Foundation • Health/Health Care – Travis and Michelle Fisher • Human Services – Brenda Cox • Rural Interests – Joe Glassmeyer • Safety & Justice – Police Officer James Taylor • Community Project – Williamsburg Operation Restoration • Up 'N Over Youth Leadership – Amanda White • Batavia – Ronald & Janet Bratten • Franklin – Dr. J.C. Rudd • Goshen – Stephen Pegram • Jackson – David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis • Miami – Dave & Melissa Fossier • City of Milford – Karen Huff • Monroe – Harold Taylor • Ohio – Judy Middeler • Pierce – Rick Rack • Stonelick – Larry Bach • Tate – Walter C. Carter • Union – Total Quality Logistics • Washington – Sharon Chambers • Wayne – William and Elizabeth Smith • Williamsburg – Lucy Snell

The 2011 Salute to Leaders Community Project Award was given to “Williamsburg Operation Restoration” for their efforts in upgrading the school’s athletic facilities. From left, are committee members Mia Supe, Superintendent Jeff Wier, Chad Graybill, Christa Edminsten, Ena Hickey and Chris Rolph.

Clermont 20/20 Vice-Chair Patricia Pryor presented Rick Rack with the Pierce Township Award at the 2011 Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. Also pictured is Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith.

KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF Clermont 20/20 Vice Chair Patricia Pryor and Executive Director Chris Smith presented the Monroe Township Award to Harold Taylor at the 2011 Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. Taylor has been active in Clermont County’s development, including efforts to open UC Clermont and the Clermont County airport.

Judy Middeler was presented the 2011 Ohio Township Award at Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24, for her efforts with physical education at New Richmond Middle School, especially with special needs individuals.


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Writing for the Love of It, 4-5:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Weekly through March 31. For teen girls. $75. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Inspire and offer suggestions. Ages 13 and up. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


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


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 4


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. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


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


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


Cheerleading Tryouts, 6-10 p.m., Anderson High School, Free. 885-1413. Anderson Township.


Board Game Day, 2-4 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Scrabble and variety of board games. All ages welcome. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619; Bethel.


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

ON STAGE - CHILDREN’S THEATER Russia and Beyond, 7 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Hear the sounds of the balalaika, a traditional Russian triangular three-stringed instrument. Audience sings and plays the instruments on stage with Russian Duo. Ages 3-13. $6 adults, $4 seniors, UC students and children. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 5581215; Batavia. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 5


Mardi Paws Adoption Event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The K9 Company, 9159 Lighthouse Way, Showcase of adoptable dogs and cats. Includes food, music, education, silent auction, $15 vaccinations, $20 microchipping, $5 nail trimming and $10-15 bathing. Benefits spaying and neutering of rescue pets of Our Gang Rescue and other organizations. $5 or pet food donation. 578-8886. Loveland. Benefit Dance, 8-11:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Dancing, cash bar, appetizers, sodas and water. Music by Soul Pocket, a 13-piece band. Benefits Benefits Cultural Center of Batahola Norte, Managua, Nicaragua, and Our Lady of the Mountain, Staton, Ky. $25; $20 before March 4. 232-9701; e-mail; Anderson Township.

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Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, Ages 21 and up. Free. 827-9146. Anderson Township.


Maple Syrup Making, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge. Experience process of producing maple syrup from sap. Interactive sap-collecting maple hikes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. start from the Sugar House. $5, $1 child, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.


Russia and Beyond, 10:30 a.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, $6 adults, $4 seniors, UC students and children. 558-1215; Batavia. PROVIDED

Maple Syrup Making will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Participants will meet at the Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge and experience the process of producing maple syrup from sap. The event also includes interactive sap-collecting maple hikes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., starting from the Sugar House. Cost is $5 for adults, $1 for kids and free for members. Call 831-1711 for more information.


Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., Program: “First Families and Settlers and Builders of Clermont County, Ohio.” CCGS members will present the program on the application process for the two lineage societies in Clermont County. Learn about these lineage programs and local resources for obtaining required records. Obtain forms, ask questions and seek advice. This program will be of particular interest to those who can trace their ancestors back to the early settlers (prior to 1820-1860) of the county. Free, visitors welcome. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. 723-3423; Batavia.


Race to Nowhere, 7 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Documentary exposes the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and workplace unprepared and uninspired. 2314172; Anderson Township.


Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave., Semifinals. 10-week contest including one week of semifinals and one week of finals. Winner of the contest receives $500 cash, second place receives $250, and third place receives $100. Run by Moonlight Entertainment. 248-4444. Milford.


JT Townsend, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Author of “Queen City Gothic” presents program based on book for adults fascinated by sinister side of Cincinnati’s history. Copies available for purchase following program. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.

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Troika! Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Learn about the Russian three-horse-drawn carriage known as troika and how it was used. Learn the dance and perform it to music. With Russian Duo. Grades K-5. Family friendly. $4 children, free adult. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 558-1215; Batavia.


Dream Vacation Expo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Center Court. Information and savings on River Cruises, Europe Vacations, Alaska, Hawaii, Cruise and Family Vacations. Free. Presented by The Travel Authority. 272-2887; Union Township. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 6


Brunch in the Park, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road, Mardi Gras Brunch. Three seating times. Buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelette as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other favorites. Special beverages available for $3.50 each. $13.95, $6.95 ages 212, free ages 23 months and under. Vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 474-3008; Anderson Township. Country Buffet Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, All-you-can-eat buffet includes coffee and juice. $7. 831-9876. Milford.


Queen City Bronze Handbell Choir and Cincinnati Choral Society, 3-5 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” with Thomas Sherwood, baritone. Family friendly. $12, $10 students and seniors, $6 children. 2314172; Anderson Township.

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Book Chat, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 5281744. Union Township.

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Learn to Crochet, 6-7:30 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., With Molly Dutina. Learn basic stitches, how to read a pattern and how to count stitches. Contact branch for list of supplies. Ages 14 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 8


The Practice of Poetry: A Writing Workshop Series for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Weekly or bi-weekly through May 3. For women interested in writing as spiritual and creative practice. Optional craft workshops on alternate Tuesdays. $175 weekly or $115 bi-weekly. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Clermont County Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Clermont County Board of Health, 2275 Bauer Road Suite 300, 7327499. .


Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Signature Series. JAQK Cellars with David Dees. $80. Paired with food. Reservations required. 831-2749; e-mail; Milford. WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.


Book Discussion, 2-4 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., “Ireland” by Frank Delaney. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Check It Out Book Discussion, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, “Run” by Ann Patchett. Adults. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7221221; Goshen.


Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 2480700. Milford. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories and games with different theme each week. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.


Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., “Dream When You’re Feeling Blue” by Elizabeth Berg. Adults. Free. 7241070. Williamsburg. Second Tuesday Book Discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 248-0700. Milford.


Wii Mixer, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. Includes snacks. Ages 12-18. Free. Registration required. 732-6084; Owensville.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


The Pink Floyd Experience comes to the Aronoff Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. The Pink Floyd Experience will present the album “Animals” in its entirety with a light and video show. Six musicians will perform an authentic Pink Floyd experience, including greatest hits, “Money,” and “Comfortably Numb.” Tickets are $42, $38 and $32. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Epilepsy Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Share tips, mutual concerns, common issues, challenges and successes with other members. Ages 18 and up. Free. 721-2905; Miami Township.


The Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, presented by CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky Honda Dealers, brings the best of the best in regional landscaping and home design together at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. The show continues March 2-6. Times are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12, free for children 13 and under. Monica Pedersen, co-host of “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2011” will be a special guest Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. For more information, visit or


Community Journal

March 2, 2011


Are being human and being holy a contradiction? houses for the homeOccasionally the Ameriless and hungry. She can Catholic laywoman, championed the rights Dorothy Day, is mentioned if immigrants and farm as a possible candidate for laborers through her sainthood. newspaper “The I realize the uneasiness of Catholic Worker,” and many who are not Catholic founded the Catholic about the whole issue of Worker Movement. saints. However, I would like Father Lou Her commitment to use some factors of her life Guntzelman was so sincere that she to speak about being holy. poverty in Dorothy Day was a Perspectives practiced her life. She was wary Greenwich Village radical in of adulation, advising the 1920s. In her early years she was a friend of leftists friends not to “trivialize me by trylike John Reed and a drinking ing to make me a saint.” She died buddy to writers like John Dos in 1980 at the age of 83. But what about her early life Passos. By the age of 30, she had had and sainthood being mentioned in an abortion, been divorced, and the same breath? Judgmental people, and many borne another lover’s child. Later, after converting to Catholicism, pious Catholics, will sniff disapshe changed drastically and dedi- provingly at her coming to be concated her life to the poor – not as sidered an exemplar of holiness. “She’s certainly not my idea of a a nun but as a layperson. She built a string of hospitality saint,” many would say. To them

her past will overshadow her transformation and what she grew to become. We have a blurred image of what holiness means. Our idea usually includes degrees of antihumanness. We prefer saints be born as plastic people and remain so. When I was younger I remember hearing some saint’s childhood extolled with words similar to these: “She was so dedicated to God, that from the age of 10 she often chose to spend hours alone praying in church rather than join in the frivolous games of the other children.” If I heard of such a child doing that today I’d wonder about what unhealthiness, not holiness, lurked in that child’s life and why. Such a child would have as much transformation to accomplish as Dorothy Day. Holiness is wholeness, human wholeness.

And we never begin life with an accomplished wholeness spiritually or psychologically. We are embarrassed at being human. We regret not being God – as did the first humans depicted in Genesis. We abhor being imperfect, weak, humbled, having to struggle to become more than we are. It is especially difficult for a generation of achievers to accept the intrinsic weakness of human nature. Genuine human growth and holiness (wholeness) are spread over a lifetime. Some religiousappearing people may just to be good pretenders. George McCauley S.J. wrote beautifully of one of the most forgiving and empathetic moments for a human that occurred in the scriptures. It was the incident when the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus Christ for condemnation.

McCauley writes: “When Jesus defends the woman taken in adultery, he is also defending himself. He has identified with her shame and pain because he has learned that to be human is to be caught in a complex web of circumstances that constantly trip and trap us.” “He does not defend evil. But he defends evildoers against all the righteous fakes and phonies who fail to sympathize with our laborious ascent from primeval slime to glory on high. He sets kind standards for the pace of our transformation, so that he may always hold out hope.” That seems true for people like Dorothy Day and for people like you and me. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

If a fire hits your home, check out restoration company If the unthinkable happens and your house catches on fire, the repairs can be extensive, lengthy and costly. That’s what a Delhi Township family faced last year after an electrical fire broke out in the children’s bedroom. They hired a restoration company to rebuild, but said their problems only got worse. Homeowner Gina Torbeck said the damage was so great everything had to be removed down to the studs. “We were told we’d be back in within three months. I wasn’t so sure three months was realistic, I was thinking five months – but 10 months is a little

ridiculous,” she said. T h e h o m e restoration company said the cost to Howard Ain r e b u i l d Hey Howard! would be a b o u t $130,000 – and it has now received most of the money. But, after 10 months much remains to be done. In fact, Torbeck said her insurance company refused to pay anything more to the restoration company after the first of the year. “I don’t have bathrooms yet, there’s no showers, no

tubs, the kitchen isn’t finished, the flooring is not finished. There’s no way we could be living here now,” she said. The company’s contract with Torbeck calls for it to get all necessary permits and inspections, so I asked her about that. “I called to get inspections for the electrical, plumbing and sewer,” Torbeck said. “I was told I could not schedule those because we do not have any active permits on the house. “There’s a pending permit posted on the front window. It’s a form from Hamilton County. But, when I called on it, they told me it was never finalized,” she said.

I called the restoration company and the owner told me the county had approved all the work. But, when I called, building department officials told me although permits were applied for they were never approved. The department even sent a list of required changes to get the permit approved, but officials said they never heard back from the company. Now Torbeck is working with her insurance company to bring in new contractors to finish the house. She said she’s learned a valuable lesson: carefully check out a fire restoration company – and consult an attorney before signing any

contract. The morning after a fire all you want to do is get a contractor to board up the property and nothing more. In addition, for any major reconstruction always get your own expert to regularly inspect the work. You can hire an ASHI Certified Home Inspector or a licensed, professional engineer depending on the

type of work to be performed. But, by all means, make sure permits are taken out, posted on the job site, and regular inspections are performed by the county. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Historical society offers new book my.” The book is not intended to be a comprehensive work, but rather hopes to spark the interest of both the history buff and the curious county resident. An extensive bibliography and reading is provided for more research into particular areas of interest. The society’s book committee solicited help from other local historical societies and individual historians in writing many of the chapters. In doing so, the society was able to draw on a wide array of individual

expertise. The book chapters include: Profile of Clermont County, Early Inhabitants, Townships and Villages, Transportation, Civil War and Abolitionist Movement and Military Veterans. In addition, there is a complete index, bibliography, author profiles, and sponsors profiles. “Historic Clermont County, an Illustrated History” is a great place for any resident to begin to learn about the county’s roots and development, and a necessary addition to anyone’s

current history collection. The book can be ordered directly by writing to: CCHS, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, OH 45103. The society’s website,, also has a downloadable order form. Contact also can be made via e-mail to, or by phone at 753-8672. The cost is $34.95. Shipping is $3.50. Ohio residents add $2.27 for tax. Books also are available through the local historical societies.

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March 2, 2011

Have a full house with King cake, jambalaya on Mardi Gras Ever since we put salad greens, radishes and peas in the cold frame and plowed the garden, I’ve been anxious for warm weather so I can start some serious gardening. Turning the calendar from February to March means I’ve had it with winter, even though Mother Nature does not usually cooperate. The onset of Mardi Gras and Lent is a good barometer for letting us know that spring is not that far away.

Easy King cake for Mardi Gras

Let the kids help with this. Traditional King cake is a yeasted cake, and I’m sharing a recipe for that in my online column at (search “Heikenfeld”). You’re supposed to share the cake with friends and family. The oval shape represents the unity of faiths. The colored sugars are typical Mardi Gras colors: purple

for justice, green for faith and gold for power. T h e plastic baby represents Rita b a b y Heikenfeld J e s u s . Rita’s kitchen W h o e v e r finds the baby in their piece of cake is blessed with good luck. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed completely 1 ⁄2 cup sugar Cinnamon, about 3 tablespoons 1 ⁄2 cup finely chopped pecans (opt.) Melted butter


2 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4-6 tablespoons water or milk

Green, purple and yellow colored sugars Tiny plastic baby On a lightly floured surface, roll the bread dough into a 9-by-11 rectangle. (If it snaps back at you, let it rest a bit and then proceed). Brush with melted butter. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and nuts together and scatter the mixture all over. Starting at the long end, roll up tightly. Shape into an oval and lay on sprayed cookie sheet, seam side down. Brush with more melted butter. Bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Hide the baby in the cake after it has cooled a bit. You can do this by inserting it in the bottom. Make frosting and after cake has cooled, pour the glaze over. Immediately sprinkle with colored sugars, giving each color their own section on the cake. You may have glaze left. It keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Just

warm it up to use. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Feel free to use a box cake and bake it in a Bundt pan. Add a couple shakes of cinnamon to the batter if you like.

Eggless cake tip from Annie Hoffman

Reader Annie Hoffman shares this good tip for box cakes sans eggs. “For a good cake just use regular cake mix, the oil required and use a can of diet soda to replace the eggs and water. “Diet soda works better than the regular, you can use either one. Just use a flavor that compliments your cake for example, use diet sprite for white, yellow or lemon cake mix, diet cherry cola, diet cola or diet chocolate for chocolate ones. “Make sure to only use the amount of soda in a can not a bottle. If you buy the bottle just measure it out.”

Chicken and sausage jambalaya Go to taste on this.

1 pound Cajun style smoked sausage or regular smoked sausage, cut into 1⁄4inch slices 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 1 medium to large onion, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic or more to taste, minced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 3-4 cups cooked diced chicken 32 oz. chicken broth 11⁄4 cups Uncle Ben’s converted rice Cajun seasoning to taste: start with 2-3 teaspoons Salt to taste Tomato slices and thinly sliced green onions for garnish Film bottom of pan with olive oil. Sauté sausage, celery, onion, garlic and green pepper over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Add chicken, broth, rice and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower to simmer and cook until rice is done and liquid is absorbed, about 25 to 40 minutes or so. Add salt. Cooking time will depend on the type of rice you use, if the chicken is straight from the fridge, etc. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves eight. To serve: Place jambalaya on plate. Lay a tomato slice on top. Sprinkle with green onions.

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Cooking for two: Ziti with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and gorgonzola sauce Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Pattison named to housing board Milford attorney and former Clermont County Prosecutor George Pattison has been appointed to serve on the Clermont County Metropolitan Housing Authority

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mont Common Pleas Judge Thomas Herman, after swearing Pattison in for his new duties Feb. 16. “The position is unpaid and requires a significant amount of time and energy.” Currently in private practice, Pattison is a former Clermont County prosecutor, assistant prosecutor, village and township solicitor/counsel and teacher. He is active in numerous law and civic organizations and has received many local and state awards for his service to the community. The housing authority board oversees the agency that helps low-income families secure affordable housing opportunities while striving to achieve self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives. The housing authority currently maintains 219 public housing units and administers 891 Section 8 units throughout the county. The housing authority is governed by a five-member board appointed by the county commissioners, common pleas court judges, the judge of Probate Court, and the city of Milford. The housing authority plans for the future of the agency, establishes policies and budgets and monitors the authority’s finances.


March 2, 2011

Community Journal


Ole Fisherman helps judge chili Howdy folks, Last week Ruth Ann and I along with Joel T. and Laverne Wilson had the privilege of judging the chili, soup and bread cook-off at the Clermont Senior Services office. These foods were just ‘scrumptious,’ and it was hard to pick the winners. The cooks of each did a wonderful job. Senior Services not only have good cooks, the agency does a super job of taking care of senior citizens with Meals on Wheels and other services. This helps them stay in their own homes. Clermont County is so fortunate to have this service and the housing that has been built for seniors under the leadership of Mr. George Brown. I have been on the Senior Services board for some time. It is a privilege to serve along with other fine folks who feel it is important to help the organization. We attended another funeral visitation last week for Mr. Lawrence Wiederhold. He ran a welding shop above Marathon along with his sons. This was a loving family. He will be missed by all in the community. Friday we were at Nurre’s funeral home for the visitation of a dear lady, Ruth Smith. She was a very loving person and her family will miss her along with the Laurel Methodist Church. While we were there we learned of a friend who was a farmer. I used to work for him and his brother when I was at home many years ago. He had passed away and the funeral was Thursday and we didn’t know it. This feller was Edward Stahl. They lived close to Laredo and were good farmers. Him and his brother Henry ran a dairy for many years along with their dad. They milked 30 or 40 cows. We

extend our sympathy to all these families. We counted up that we have gone to 10 or 11 funerals or visitations since the week before Christmas. That toooooo many! George is just Friday afternoon, Rooks our granddaughter, Ole grandson-in-law and granddaughter, Fisherman great Brooklyn, came for a visit. Brooklyn had gotten two shots that day so she was not too happy. But it was great having all of them here. We are so fortunate with our loving family living near by so we can see them or call them on the phone. Saturday morning the Bethel Lions Club had the pancake, sausage, tater cake, juice, milk, and coffee breakfast at Bethel-Tate High School. This was another successful one. The next one will be April 16 so mark your calendar now. This is a time when you can come and sit down and visit with your neighbors. The Lions Club do so much for the community. Purchasing eye glasses, Thanksgiving meals for a needy family, Christmas gifts for a couple of seniors, uniforms for some school athletic teams, doing maintenance on the walking path, which they were instrumental in putting in and much more. If anyone would like to join the club, please give any Lions Club member a call. There is always a need for folks to help with this organization to help serve the community. If you have any old glasses you don’t need, give them to a Lions Club member. These used glasses will help folks in Haiti and other third world countries see better. Eye sight is some-

thing we don’t need to neglect so help with used glasses. Saturday evening, Ruth Ann and I had supper with a couple wonderful folks at Mt. Orab. They are involved with feeding the birds and wildlife as we are. They have a very beautiful home with a woods in back of their house. This kid has several bird, squirrel and deer feeders in the woods. They have some feeders that will close when too much weight gets on the feeder. Mr. Ellis had two boxes put up in the trees for squirrels to nest in and he thinks each year the squirrels will raise young in each of these boxes. That is a good idea so we need to put a box up in a maple tree here at home. We had a squirrel to raise a batch of babies in a bird house here one year. Now you may wonder who these folks are. They are Dennie and Elaine Ellis. Elaine plays the piano and has a beautiful singing voice and teaches school at New Richmond and has for several years. These folks have some beautiful cats. They were showing us an album of pictures of their cats. They have no children so the cats are given their love. The meal was great and we thank them for the hospitality and friendship. We will have them here at our home in the future. Again thanks Dennie and Elaine for your friendship. The Monroe Grange Card Party will be held Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and is open to the public so come and enjoy yourself. Start your week by going to the church 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.

Victoria named Rotary’s student of the month Victoria Thomas was honored as Batavia Rotary Club’s Batavia High School “Student of the Month” for February 2011. Thomas works as an office aide, participates in Young Life and prom committee and has volunteered for the athletic program as a statistician for the basketball team and as a concession and ticket manager for football games. She has received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and is a senior mentor and class officer. Victoria has been accepted at Union, Northern Kentucky, Gardner Webb and

Xavier universities. She plans on majoring in business or public relations. One Batavia High School student is honored at the first meeting of each month during the school year. These students live their lives in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary motto of “service above self.” Batavia Rotary Club meetings are 7 a.m. every Tuesday at Clermont County Airport’s Hawk Building on Taylor Road. For more information visit


Victoria Thomas was honored as Batavia Rotary Club’s Batavia High School “Student of the Month” for February 2011. From left, are Ed Nurre, rotary student of the month program chair; Victoria Thomas, student of the month; and Jill Grubb, superintendent of Batavia Schools.


Jim and Betty Douglas, center, of Cincinnati were recently recognized for their volunteer service by Ohio First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich, far left, and Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman, far right, at the Governor’s residence in Columbus.

Couple honored for 40 years of serving others

Jim and Betty Douglas certainly deserve the award bestowed on them Feb. 10 at the governor’s residence in Columbus. The Ohio Department of Aging honors long-married volunteers around Valentines Day every year. Couples must share a commitment to volunteering and have been married 40 years or longer. This year we nominated the Jim and Betty Douglas of Pierce Township. Twenty-two couples were honored from all over the state of Ohio. It was my privilege to attend the reception. After 53 years of marriage and decades of volunteering, helping others comes naturally for Jim and Betty. They have helped Clermont Senior Services for several years. First, as volunteer shoppers and they have also been active in our Adopt-a-Senior program. Plus, they have helped with mailings at the office. They have “adopted” two senior ladies whom they visit and run errands for. Jim also does some light home repair for them. They truly have a heart for serving and are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in Clermont County. But

it doesn’t stop there. Betty volunteers for the Wellness Community and Jim served as an Linda advocate for Eppler CASA for Community C l e r m o n t Press guest Kids. They columnist both have served on the CASA fundraising committee. There’s more. They serve as Boy and Girl Scout leaders, and volunteer at their church, as well. Jim has served as a volunteer firefighter and spent 21 years in voluntary military service. They have been faithful servants to the people around them for many years. It is an honor to know two such lovely people who give so freely of themselves. Jim and Betty, on behalf of the many people of all ages whose lives have been enhanced by your dedication and kindness, I wholeheartedly congratulate you and thank you. We are all blessed by knowing you. Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.

Read a book and win a Nook

Clermont County Public Library is hosting an adult reading program March 1 through April 16. Adults, 18 and older, can read or listen to a book on CD to enter their name and book title into a drawing either at a local library branch or on the library’s website for the chance to win a Nook eReader. A winner will be selected Monday, April 18, and announced as part of the National Library Week celebration, which is the week of April 10. The Clermont County Public Library now offers downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, music and video. The lucky Nook recipient can start using their prize immediately when they use the library’s downloadable collection available online. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card.

Clermont County Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music and video, available to download from the library’s website. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit and select the Ohio eBook Project link under Quick Links. Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software available on the OverDrive website. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including the Nook. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.


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The Forest-Aires women’s chorus is approaching its 50th anniversary and would like to include former members in upcoming festivities. Former ForestAires members and Forest-Aires scholarship recipients can e-mail or call Linda at 513-528-6233 or Jan at 513-232-4736 to share their contact information and their favorite songs from their Forest-Aires days.

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

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

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




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

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


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

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

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

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

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


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

Nursery provided for all services


Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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


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

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

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140



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

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

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


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

Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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

Come visit us at the


Owensville United Methodist Church

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

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

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible



7:00pm 7:00pm

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


UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

Pastor Mike Smith



You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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


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


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

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

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

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

683-2525 •


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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

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

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


10:45 a.m.

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

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


Trinity United Methodist

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

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

Something for children at each service


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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


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

9:30am 10:30am


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

SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades)


Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor

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

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


Bethel Nazarene Church

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052


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



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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

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

Dr. Dennis D. McManus, DLitt, theological advisor to the Archbishop of New York and visiting professor at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, N.Y., will present The Athenaeum of Ohio’s Leblond Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. McManus’ address “Patristic Characteristics of the Roman Missal” will identify and examine some of the elements of Roman Missal texts, which are derived from patristic thought and composition. Particular consideration will be given to several features in the Order of Mass that emerge from debates in the early Church. A general review of the new English translation of the Roman Missal will be offered. The lecture will be presented at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the Athenaeum campus. It is free and open to the public. The Athenaeum is at 6616 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2223.

Cherry Grove United Methodist Church

Write your family history. Learn about writing memories and facts about your family at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, or 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, or at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The free gathering will be in the church parlor (use the upper level parking lot and entrance) and will last about one hour. There will be experienced people on hand to help with your beginnings. To help you get started on this adventure, starting materials will be available at no charge. All ages are welcome. So that we will have adequate materials and seating, call the church office to reserve a space. Questions may also be directed to the church office. The church is at 1428 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township; 4741428.

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church invites everyone to “The Second Coming of Christ” series by Dr. Johnny Pressley, professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University, at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, March 27, at the church. The series will continue at 6 p.m. Sundays, March 27, April 3, April 10

and April 17. The church is at 937 Old Ohio 74; 753-8223.

Dance to benefit twinning communities

Back by popular demand. Come on out and get down with the soulful, funky rhythm & blues band Soul Pocket Saturday, March 5, at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Dance the night away to the awesome music of this 13-piece band while helping the twinning communities, the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte, Managua, Nicaragua, and Our Lady of the Mountain, Stanton, Ky. Have an good time while empowering the individuals from both communities. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. and the music will keep rocking until 11:30 p.m. Light appetizers, sodas and water will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Proceeds from the evening will directly support Batahola and OLM. Reservations are $20 per person up until the Friday before the dance and $25 at the door. They may be purchased at the IHM parish office, 7820 Beechmont Avenue. For more information about IHM’s two twinning communities, visit Friends of Batahola at or for OLM The dance is sponsored by IHM’s Social Ministries Commission. If you wish to volunteer to help with the dance, e-mail or call Sue Keefe at 513-232-9702 or The church is at 7820 Beechmont Ave.

St. Peter Catholic Church

The Men’s Club of St. Peter Catholic Church in New Richmond is sponsoring a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, March 11 through April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Offered will be a choice of deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni & cheese; baked cod with tossed salad and baked potato. Also grilled cheese is on the menu that offers eat-in or carry-out service. Homemade dessert and drink is included with the price of the meal. Proceeds to benefit parish projects. The church is located at 1192 BethelNew Richmond Road; 553-3267.

What you need to know about norovirus Several schools in the area have been closing, but snow is not to blame. A stomach virus called norovirus is running rampant in several areas of Cincinnati. Norovirus causes acute gastroenteritis in individuals and can spread person-to-person through contaminated food and/or water, and by touching contaminated surfaces. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. “Any person at any age can get norovirus,” said Dr. Briana McFawn with Mercy Medical Associates-Eastgate Family Medicine. “The virus is hard to contain because infected individuals become contagious from the moment they begin to feel ill to up to two weeks after recovery.” Because the virus is so easily transmitted, McFawn recommends that infected individuals stay home to prevent

the spread of the virus. If you or a loved one fall ill with norovirus, make sure to drink plenty of fluids. “It is easy to become dehydrated through vomiting and diarrhea,” said McFawn. “That’s why rehydration is vital for those who become infected with norovirus.” While there is no vaccine or treatment for the stomach virus, the Centers for Disease Control recommends several ways to prevent the norovirus: • Practice proper hand hygiene. • Do not prepare food while infected. • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. • Wash laundry thoroughly. McFawn is a board certified physician with Mercy Medical Associates - Eastgate Family Medicine. She can be reached at (513) 752-8000.

Mantel joins library board Thomas L. Mantel of Miami Township is the newest member of the Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees. Mantel is originally from Western Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He also earned a master’s in Commercial Science from Rollins College. His early career, he was involved with the space race where he worked on hardware for both the Gemini and the Apollo programs and saw the liftoff of the first moonshot. He has lived in Clermont County since 1973 and recently retired as director of Facilities Management for Clermont County. He also

served on the Clermont County Planning Commission for 15 years, completed the Senior Level program of Clermont 20/20 and is currently a member of T.A.L.K. Toastmasters Club. “When I heard of the opening on the library board, I thought it would be a good fit for me,” said Mantel. “I have always been a bookworm and feel the privilege of a great library system should be available to all. I hope to use my interest and experience to carry that tradition forward.” Tom and his wife Joanne have been married almost 45 years and have two children and five grandchildren.




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

Female stated ID used with no authorization at Robin Way, Feb. 15.

Carrie A. Campbell, 38, 2557 Laurel Lindale, theft, Feb. 8. Brandon M. Dowers, 27, 4222 Amelia Olive Branch, warrant, Feb. 6. Joseph D. Klaas, 24, 3917 Nicklaus, warrant, Feb. 8. Stephanie R. Poor, 23, 3924 Banks Road, theft, Feb. 13. Juvenile, 12, domestic violence, Feb. 13. Tyler J. Quigley, 22, 318C St. Andrews, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, Feb. 15. Kristin Butler, 36, 69 E. Main St., warrant, Feb. 3. Thomas Huber, 26, 3730 Fulton Grove, recited, Feb. 9. Charles L. Hulsey, 52, 3267 Sugartree, warrant, Feb. 14. Tammy L. Hulsey, 50, 3267 Sugartree, recited, Feb. 14.


Incidents/investigations Burglary


Maria Rainwaters, 35, 100 Cambridge Drive, illegal processing of drug document, Feb. 8. Jack J. Richards, 21, 79 E. Main St., domestic violence, child endangering, Feb. 8.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At East Main Street, Feb. 8.

Illegal processing of drug document

Altered prescription presented at 100 Cambridge, Feb. 9.

Misuse of credit card


Trisha A. Scheider, 25, 2047 Cedarville, warrant, Feb. 5. Taryn E. Goodspeed, 23, 847 S. Riverside, warrant, Feb. 7. Verna G. Sparks, 37, 590 Wood St., theft, drug possession, drug instrument, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 9. Adam M. Haley, 19, 497 Old Boston Road, warrant, Feb. 10.

Chainsaw, etc. taken; $269 at 3627 Lewis Road, Feb. 12.

Criminal damage

Window broken at 380 St. Andrews Drive, Feb. 12.

Domestic violence

At St. Andrews Drive, Feb. 7. At St. Andrews Drive, Feb. 13.


GPS unit taken from vehicle at 370 North St., Feb. 5. 2005 Chrysler taken; $9,125 at 847 S. Riverside, Feb. 9. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $43 at East Main Street, Feb. 8. Wallet taken from purse at Ohio BMV; $128 cash at West Main Street, Feb. 10.

Jeans were taken from Walmart; $40 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 7. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $46 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 8. Money paid for work not done; $2,000 at 886 Locust Corner, Feb. 9. Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Swifty’s at Ohio Pike, Feb. 9. Lottery tickets taken; $150 at 1745 Ohio Pike, Feb. 11. Play Station system taken; $400 at 82 Stillmeadow No. 202, Feb. 4. Money taken; $100 at 330 St. Andrews No. B, Feb. 12. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $27 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 13.



Joseph E. Cooper, 42, 226 Union St., disorderly conduct, Jan. 22. Robert B. Culver, 29, 3975 Piccadilly, drug possession, Jan. 22. Eric Brewer, 22, 2910 Pond Run, driving under influence, Jan. 31. James P. Vincent, 21, 228 Plenty St., failure to comply, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, Jan. 31. Kenneth R. Vinson, 42, Lot No. 63 Riverpines RV Resort, warrant, Feb. 1.

Zachary T. Carpenter, 21, 482 Big Mac Drive, leaving the scene, open container, Feb. 12. Jerry Colwell, 51, 4856 Teal Lane, driving under suspension, Feb. 13. Debora L. Newport, no age given, 3595 Par Fore Court, driving under influence, Feb. 13. Rock Behymer, 37, Lka 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, driving under suspension, Feb. 12. Andree Lovins, 27, 3957 Youngman, wrongful entrustment, Feb. 12. Eric B. Sherman, 26, 5994 Meadow Creek, illegal processing of drug document, Feb. 11. Marie K. Vannatter, 23, 5746 S. Gensen Loop, driving under suspension, Feb. 14. Brandy Lazzari, 27, 1502 Section Ave., driving under suspension, Feb. 13. Jason Lewis, 30, 482 Piccadilly, open container, driving under influence, Feb. 11. Bryan S. Ritter, no age given, 4 Arbor Circle, driving under suspension, Feb. 12. John K. Caraway, 23, 140 Mary Lane, disorderly conduct, Feb. 13. Brandon L. Poe, 21, 7698 Ohio Pike, open container, Feb. 13. Joseph A. Wright, 22, 312 B Amelia Olive Branch, drug possession, Feb. 12. Thomas A. Wright, 23, 312 B Amelia Olive Branch, drug possession, Feb. 12. Daniel C. Kenthaupt, 28, 13 Arbor Circle, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 12. Robert K. Wagner, 29, 991 Clepper Lane, disorderly conduct, Feb. 13. Autumn R. Blankenship, 19, 4523 Eastwood, wrongful entrustment, Feb. 12. Nicholas R. Neulist, 23, 4523 East-

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At East Charles Street, Feb. 6.



Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Attempt made to enter Cut n Dry Salon at 221 Front St., Jan. 20.

Criminal damage

Ceiling damaged in club house of youth football at 414 Quarry St., Feb. 1.


Auto title taken from vehicle at 1347 Frank Willis Memorial, Jan. 26.

Passing bad checks

Bad check issued to Ameristop at 527 Sycamore St., Jan. 28.


Entry made into vehicle at 221 Front St. No. 2, Jan. 20. Knothole money taken; $400 at 730 Washington St., Jan. 27. Copper pipe and old water meters taken; $1,010 at 701 Washington St., Jan. 31. Cellphone taken at 818 Birney Lane, Jan. 31.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Ashley E. Kovein, 21, 3060 Angel Drive, theft, Feb. 7. Michael Ramsey, 46, 354 St. Andrews No. F, domestic violence, Feb. 7.






wood, driving under suspension, Feb. 12. Julia A. Taylor, 25, 4704 Beechwood, driving under suspension, Feb. 11. Jared A. Ferguson, 24, 145 Southern Trace, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 11. Courtney Pipes, no age given, 145 Southern Trace, persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 11. Philip M. Lower Jr., 23, 4369 Long Lake, driving under influence, Feb. 12. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Feb. 10. Two Juveniles, 17, drug abuse, Feb. 12. Juvenile, 16, drug abuse, Feb. 12. Holli A. Ewing, 23, 100 Citation Court, tampering with evidence, drug possession, drug instrument, Feb. 14. Matthew L. Ramsey, 32, 1067 Cobra Road, driving under influence, Feb. 11. Rhonda S. Tussey, 29, 2766 Old Ohio 32, driving under suspension, Feb. 14. Stephen E. Sigsbee, 53, 1214 Sycamore, driving under influence, Feb. 14. Christopher S. Brown, 37, 4008 Brandychase No. 107, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Feb. 14. Laura S. Clack, 21, 639 Charwood, driving under suspension, Feb. 11. Tracy A. Fields, 45, 1712 Petri Drive, criminal trespass, Feb. 11. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, Feb. 10. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Feb. 10. Samantha D. Naylor, 33, 604 Lang Road, disorderly conduct, Feb. 10. Joshua Longley, 24, 444 Odin Drive, drug possession, Feb. 10. James G. Maupin III, 55, 4131 Fox Run Trail, driving under suspension, Feb. 10. Troy A. Holland, 37, 1297 Tall Berry, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 13. Juvenile, 16, assault, Feb. 16. Matthew L. Brandenburg, 28, 4226 Brandenburg, warrant service, Feb. 16. John D. Giddings II, no age given, 663 Marieda, recited, Feb. 16. Tamar A. Pope, 24, 5618 Prentice St., drug possession, Feb. 16. D. L. Wilson, 18, 4524 Weiner Lane, driving under suspension, Feb. 16. Megan M. Ely, 19, 604 Maple Drive, wrongful entrustment, Feb. 16. Angelo M. Gabriele, 20, 4621 Muirridge, criminal trespass, criminal damage, Feb. 16. Andrea M. Lovins, 28, 3957 Youngman, driving under suspension, Feb. 16. Rose M. Honican, no age given, 4016 Hamblen, warrant service, Feb. 16. Joseph D. Kiaas, 24, 3917 Nicklaus, driving under suspension, Feb. 17. Thomas Cox, 22, 3871 Crescent Drive, drug abuse, Feb. 16. Virginia L. Moore, 30, 4524 Weiner Lane, open container, Feb. 17. Juvenile, 17, assault, Feb. 16. Tiffany S. Kearney, 21, 4056 McMann, warrant, Feb. 16.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male teacher was assaulted at Gleneste High at Gleneste Withamsville Road, Feb. 16.

Breaking and entering

Copper taken from Park Plaza; $600 at 834 Ohio Pike, Feb. 16.

Criminal damage

Eggs thrown at vehicle at area of Tealtown and Muirwood, Feb. 12. Eggs thrown at vehicle at 4556 New Market, Feb. 13.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1180 Muirwood, Feb. 12.

Gross sexual imposition

Offense involved female juvenile at 600 block of Brandy Way, Feb. 11.


Male was threatened at 1079 Kensington, Feb. 12. Female was threatened at Holiday Inn at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 14.

Rape, kidnapping, theft

Female reported these offenses at Ohio Pike, Feb. 13.


Merchandise taken from Team Town; $807.60 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 1. Shotgun taken; $300 at 4818 Beechwood, Feb. 10. Power tool kit taken from Home Depot; $449 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 9. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $56 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 11. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 4172 Heritage Glen, Feb. 11. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $398 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 11. Trash can taken at 870 Tall Trees, Feb. 11. GPS unit and change taken from vehicle at 3994 Commercial Blvd., Feb. 11. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $95 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 11. Necklace taken from Claire’s; $12.50 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 12. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $39 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 12. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $51 at Old Ohio 74, Feb. 12. Purse and jewelry taken from Walmart; $289 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 13. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $40 at Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Feb. 13. Golf equipment taken; $1,550 at 5221 Terrace Trace, Feb. 13. Earrings taken from Kohl’s; $40 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 12. Cellphone taken at 4524 Weiner Lane, Feb. 15. Cash taken from Beechmont Toyota; $500 at 8667 Beechmont, Feb. 16.


Vehicle damaged at area of I-275, Feb. 13. Hood and windshield damage on vehicle at area of I-275 and Five Mile Road, Feb. 16.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 4512 Eva Lane, Feb. 12.



Rose M. Phelps, 66, 155 N. Front St. No. 1, contempt of court, Feb. 3. Michelle Horton, 22, 177 N. Front St., domestic violence, Feb. 5. Matthew Mitcheltree, 24, 177 N. Front St., domestic violence, Feb. 5. Juvenile, 14, warrant, Feb. 11.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At North Front Street, Feb. 5.


Gallons of water taken from laundromat at 418 E. Main St., Feb. 10.


No. 3, Batavia, theft, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 100 Broadway, Batavia, Feb. 18. Michael Lawson, 18, 3050 U.S. 50, Batavia, possession of drugs marijuana at 2023 Ohio 131, Goshen, Feb. 18. Harold Grosnickle III, 36, 3165 Ohio 131, Batavia, domestic violence at 3165 Ohio 131, Batavia, Feb. 20. Betty Jane Barger, 28, 4315 East Fork Valley Drive, Batavia, misuse of credit card, theft at 4315 East Fork Valley Drive, Batavia, Feb. 21. Trisha A. Henson, 29, 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, domestic violence at 267 Sunny Meadow Drive, Batavia, Feb. 20. Caleb W. Polston, 26, 21630 U.S. 68, Blanchester, driving under ovi suspension, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, possession of drugs - marijuana at Ohio 32 / Batavia Road, Batavia, Feb. 20. Jason William Gentry, 31, 5821 Deerfield Road, Milford, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 21. Troy Eugene Combess, 38, 1263 Rim Road, Aberdeen, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Incidents/investigations Assault

At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Feb. 17. At 2579 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Feb. 15. At 2965 Norman Lane, Amelia, Feb. 17. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 16.

Breaking and entering

At 1852 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Feb. 18. At 3465 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 14.


At 1959 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Feb. 17.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 14 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Feb. 20. At 1754 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, Feb. 20. At 3852 Golden Meadow Court, Amelia, Feb. 17. At 5 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Feb. 19.

Criminal mischief

At 1835 Grand Oak Ridge, New Richmond, Feb. 20. At 2177 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 15. At 3420 Ohio 132, Amelia, Feb. 15.

Criminal trespass

At 3420 Ohio 132, Amelia, Feb. 15.

Disorderly conduct

At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Feb. 18.

Domestic violence

At Ohio 131, Batavia, Feb. 20. At Belfast Road, Batavia, Feb. 14. At Sunny Meadow Drive, Batavia, Feb. 20.

Driving under OVI suspension

At Ohio 32 / Batavia Road, Batavia, Feb. 20.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

At Ohio 32 / Batavia Road, Batavia, Feb. 20.

Fugitive from justice

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 14.

Web site:

P. Morgan, et al, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Nicholas M. Pastura, et al, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Geoffrey Little, et al, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Beverly Andrews, et al, foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Randall H. Denton, et al, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. James E. Rigdon, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Chris L. Devito, et al, foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York vs. Lesley Dean Sawyer, et al, foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Bridget M. Denier, et al, foreclosure Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Chris W. Edwall, et al, foreclosure American Express Bank FSB vs. Michelle L. Bricker, other civil Cach LLC vs. Tina M. Sharp, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Richard A. Parker, other civil Firstenergy Solutions Corp. vs. Sluder Enterprises LLC, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. DM Logis-

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 21. At 4430 Ohio, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Identity fraud

At 2336 Williams Way, New Richmond, Feb. 15. At 1308 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Inducing panic

At 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Feb. 15.

Misuse of credit card

At 4315 East Fork Valley Drive, Batavia, Feb. 20.

Possession of drugs - marijuana

At Ohio 32 / Batavia Road, Batavia, Feb. 20.


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At 100 Broadway, Batavia, Feb. 18. At 72 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Feb. 18.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At Libby Lane, New Richmond, Feb. 17. At Malsbeary Road, Williamsburg, Feb. 16.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Feb. 15.


Howard E. Davis, 31, 9389 Swigert Road, Loveland, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 14. Juvenile, 13, domestic violence, Batavia, Feb. 14. Juvenile, 17, inducing panic, Batavia, Feb. 15. Juvenile, 17, assault, New Richmond, Feb. 15. Juvenile, 16, assault, New Richmond, Feb. 15. James D. Moore, 44, 100 Broadway

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On the record DEATHS

Cecil Roscoe Hardin Jr. Cecil Roscoe Hardin Jr., 64, of Georgetown, formerly of Amelia, died Feb. 15. Survived by children, Steven “Chad” Hardin, Christine Deaton, Jennifer Hardin and Victoria “Tori” Hardin; granddaughter, Bryanna Deaton; and mother, Zala Hopper Hardin. Preceded in death by father, Cecil R. Hardin Sr. Services were Feb. 18 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.

Gerald Phillip Parlier II Gerald Phillip Parlier II, 39, of

Amelia died Feb. 20. Survived by soul mate, Karen Lee; father, Gerald P. Parlier; brothers, Michael Priddy and James Kenneth Priddy; and sister, Victoria Jean Wilson-Marietta. Preceded in death by mother, Thelma Jean Parlier. Services were Feb. 26 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

William M. Pepper

William M. Pepper, 90, of Pierce Township died Jan. 18. Survived by sons, Dale (Starr) Pepper and Gary (the late Lillian) Pepper; grandchildren, Samantha, Bill, John, Tom (Acacia) and Wendy; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by wife, Audrey Pepper. Services were Jan. 22 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Madeline Leigh Schwartz

Madeline Leigh “Maddie” Schwartz, 24, of Eastgate died Feb. 19. Survived by father, Jerry Schwartz; mother, Sally (John) Wehrman; grandmother, LaVerne Wehrman; and siblings, Allison (Greg) Cottrill and Graham

Schwartz. Services were Feb. 25 at St. John Fisher Church. Memorials to: League for Animal Welfare, 4195 Taylor Road, Batavia, OH 45103.

Dennis Edward Shebesta

Dennis Edward Shebesta, 68, of Chandler, Ariz., died Jan. 31. Survived by son, Darin Robert (Alesha) Shebesta; sisters, Dona Reynolds and Becky Taylor of Bethel; brother, Tarry (Starr) Shebesta; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother, Violet Boles; father, Edward

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


3808 Gumtree, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Jack & Jean Ramsey, $89,000. 4351 Legacy Greens Drive, Stephen & Stephanie Tognozzi to Robert & Sandra Barnes, 0.233 acre, $168,000. 1398 Old Ohio 74, Beneficial Ohio Inc. to Paul Evans, 1.369 acre, $41,110. 4575 Visa Meadows Drive, Vista Meadow Dev. LLC to NVR Inc., 0.232 acre, $23,500.

3653 Wedgewood Court, Branden Ervin to Glenn Pearson, 0.23 acre, $134,000.


1870 Carnes Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to John Duncan, $20,000. 1776 Ohio 232, Primera Financial Services Inc. to David & Nancy Hensley, 2 acre, $65,000.


977 Cedar Ridge Drive Unit 4, Marjorie Thompson to Carol Blom, $61,000.


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532 Aldor Lane, Robert Brock to Madelyn Watts, 0.48 acre, $115,000. 4119 Beamer Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Joseph & Rachel Ruchti, 0.2238 acre, $215,725. 1031 Clepper Lane, Michael Wade & Sharon Haines to Janice Marie Coleman, $75,000. 540 Forest Ridge Court, John & Kathryn Kasper to Westley Yancy, $146,000. 1245 Glen Haven Court, Kristina Tribull to Karl Tribull, $15,000. 554 Glenrose Lane, Household Realty Corp. to Old Mill Enterprises LLC, $37,800. 4150 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road Unit 582, CitiMortgage Inc. to Chun Fang Chen, $37,500. 588 Old Orchard Drive, Sandra Dee to Linda Wilson, $10,000. 823 Pickett Way Drive, Lisa Sims & Samuel Queener to Brian & Jennifer Wohlford, $108,000. 1240 Shayler Road, John & Mary Milem to Jeff & Paula Bolen, $12,000. 958 Shephard Woods Court, SWDC LLC to NVR Inc., 2.0639 acre, $42,500. 936 Shireton Court, MI Homes of Cincinnati to Calvin & Charlotte Aichholz, 0.1928 acre, $175,000. 14 Tidewater Trace, Phannee Han to Aurora Loan Services, $40,000. 988 Vixen Drive, Michael & Jennifer Rosichan to Stefani Peoples, $173,000. 4447 Aicholtz Road, Blake Murray & Erin Conover to Carl & Jessie Hoffer, $95,000. 3898 Beranger Court, Kimberly Landrum Dittmer to Leslie Bohl, $116,000. 4596 Brittwood Lane, Christian Acus to Thomas & Cassie Smith, $140,000. 635 Charwood Drive, Alvin Cope, et al. to Clermont Metropolitan Housing, $83,500. 4432 Dogwood Drive, Michael & Lisa Marriott to Frank & Susan Palmisano, 0.5590 acre, $55,000. 4116 Durham’s Crossing, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Bruce Buffin, 0.3295 acre, $297,675. 871 Ellery Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Rachawadee Patel, $133,010. 4546 Forest Haven Lane, Sharon Merz to Bryan Morris, $124,900. 4831 Forest Meadows Court, Bradley Slavin & Monique Nattin to Blake Murray & Erin Conover Murray, $202,500. Ivy Point Blvd., Clermont County CIC Inc. to KAO Ivy Point-Two LLC, $424,717.20. 4427 Kitty Lane, Homesales Inc. of Delaware to Joyce & Lewis

125 STORAGE 1958 OHIO PIKE AMELIA, 45102 (513)797-8515 Jeff Comberger J351/ 370, Motel 6 #227, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 Brandon Darnell S730, 2061 SR125 #6, Amelia, OH 45102 Elizabeth Ellis R651, 6 Lyndale Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 Kristina Ireton F176 & F213, 3335 Whispering Trees Drive, Amelia, Ohio 45102 Clarence Justice B30 & M434, 419 South Broadway, PO Box 300, Owensville, Ohio 45160 Delbert McCoy C76 & G249, 4352 Springmeadow Lane #3, Batavia, Ohio 45103 1001623426

Shebesta; and sister, Sherry Sue Baker. Memorial services were March 5 at the home of Becky Taylor in Bethel. Memorials to: The American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Sadie E. Traylor

Sadie E. Traylor, 88, of New Richmond died Feb. 15. Survived by sister, Charlotte Dunsmore; several nieces and nephews; and close friend, Naomi Neal. Preceded in death by husband, Charles “Bud” Traylor; brother, Homer Gooch; and sisters, Marie Rampello, Ruby Bryant and Beatrice Fry.

Services were Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church of New Richmond. Memorials to: First Baptist Church of New Richmond, 213 Western Ave., New Richmond, OH 45157.

Karin S. Vandermolen

Karin S. Vandermolen, 53, of Pierce Township died Feb. 16. Survived by son, Jeremy T. Ogden; mother, Marian Rieke; sisters, Sondra L. (Gene) Williams and Debbie (Michael) Ramsey; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Henry Rieke. Services were Feb. 19 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

BUILDING PERMITS Stephens Jr., $72,000. 4823 Klatte Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Carl Wolfe, $54,000. 4074 Lenox Drive, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Carl & Robin Hunter, 0.5180 acre, $195,250. 946 North Apple Gate, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Charles Gammello, 0.1981 acre, $237,087. 1157 Parkside Drive, Freedom Homes to Sam & Delynn Coppoletti, 0.3090 acre, $187,866. 5169 Romohr Road, Michael & Susan Nordloh to Daniel & Virginia Lammers, $215,000. 1006 Shayler Road, Estate of Kenneth Shannon to Todd Baxter, 0.5400 acre, $102,000. 4179 South Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Jason Bachman, 0.1804 acre, $177,647. 4552 South Park Forest Circle, Homesales Inc. to Ragland Investments LLC, $80,000. 4295 Terrace Drive, Jeffrey & Crystal Birr to Michael Schoestein, $123,500. 3856 Vineyard Green, Thomas & Mary Skilling to Michael Wisniewski, $235,000. 4066 Woodsly Drive, The Drees Co. to Shawn & Stacy Heyderhoff, 0.2540 acre, $203,900. 4074 Woodsly Drive, The Drees Co. to Timothy Evans, 0.2530 acre, $234,900. 13 Apple Lane, Lindsey Paine, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $40,000. 4031 Ashwood Court, Hollie & David Goad II to Morequity Inc., 0.2480 acre, $126,667. 586 Beech Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to John Green, trustee, $50,400. 4361 Beechmont Drive, Christopher & Tacee Vieth to Wells Fargo Bank NA, $56,667. 662 Chateau Drive, Gary Golden, et al. to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of Ohio, $46,667. 873 East Anson Drive, Robert & Karen Farris to Rachael Warden, 0.1250 acre, $138,900. 4457 Glen Willow Drive, Heather McRoberts & Gary Scott Jr. to Tristate Holdings LLC, $50,000. 4457 Glen Willow Drive, Tristate Holdings LLC to Doyle Custom Construction Inc., $56,900. 4470 Glendale Drive, David Vaughn Jr. to Deutsche Bank National, $56,250. 1150 Nature Run Road, Caryn Rieck to Andrew Christen, 0.2400 acre, $120,000. 1203 Scottwood Drive, Linda & William Yeager to U.S. Bank NA, 0.2470 acre, $135,980. 1111 Shayler Road No. 11, U.S. Bank NA ND to Laurie & Ian Haskell, et al., $30,500. 994 Shephard Woods Court, NVR Inc. to Rongdian Lu & Ping Ping Zhang, 0.2383 acre, $159,000. 992 South Apple Gate, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Christina Campbell, 0.1960 acre, $170,000. 4552 South Park Forest Circle, Timothy Irwin, et al. to Chase Home Finance LLC, $80,000. 1142 Telluride Drive No. 508, Jamie Conatser, et al. to Deutsche Bank National, $100,000. 1197 Cedar Run Court, Steve Hiltenbeitel to Sheldon & Mary Williams, $135,250. 3924 Garner Lane, Michael Jackson, Executor to Brian Jackson & Shannon Maugavin, 1.0500 acre, $70,525. 293 Jonathan Court, Mary Tonnies to David Sanders & Nina Sullivan, $98,500. 763 Loda Drive, William Muschang to Caleb & Valerie Creech, $95,000. 461 Napa Court, Deborah & William Sontag Jr. to Robert & Rosalie Deck, trustees, $162,000. 4578, 4580 & 4582 Shephard Road, Fifth Third Bank to Kathy Peters, 1.6120 acre, $34,500. 955 Shephard Woods Court, NVR Inc. to Jason & Jessica Bode, 2.7555 acre, $249,490. 1120 Westchester Way, Todd & Kendall Milici to Betsy & Christopher Drake, 0.4950 acre, $299,900. 4823 Klatte Road, Amy McDonald, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $53,334. 603 Ohio Pike, O. P. Land LLC to David Realty Group LLC, 1.1610 acre, $400,000. 4216 Roundhouse Drive, David & Michelle Hensley to John Halpin, 0.2500 acre, $199,550.


Cox Electric Inc., Ft. Thomas, Ky., alter, 1783 Clough Pike, Batavia Township. Heartland Restoration, Erlanger, Ky., alter, 4229 Roselawn Ave., Batavia Township. Fischer Single Family Homes II, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1268 Secretariat Court, Batavia Township, $105,066. Gear & Sons Construction, Amelia, alter, 2122 Tracy Drive, Monroe Township, $4,000. William Woods, Cincinnati, alter, 1735 Lindale Mt. Holly, Ohio Township. Walton Handyman Services, Cincinnati, alter, 3056 Twin Ridge, Pierce Township, $5,400. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4970 Rumpke Road, Union Township. Drees Premier Homes, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 5151 Oak Brook, Union Township, $282,008. Ryan Homes, West Chester, new,

984 Shephard Woods, Union Township, $104,000; new, 978 Shephard Woods, $134,000 M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 870 Ellery Drive, Union Township, $125,000. Brian Mescher, Cincinnati, deck, 5068 Nature Trail, Union Township, $15,000.


Rumpke Inc., Cincinnagti, alter, 4080 Miller Run, Pleasant Township, $8,500. Hollstegge Electric, Cincinnati, alterpole lights, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia Township. Geiler Co., Cincinnati, alter, 2340 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township, $20,000. OTR, Carlsbad, Ca., alter, 4037 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, Union Township, $29,000. Accelerated Auto, Cincinnati, sign, 1073 Ohio 125, Union Township.

BUSINESS NOTES Dog obedience classes

Certified dog trainer Donna Krauszer will conduct basic obedience classes at Peppermint Park Doggie Daycare beginning in March. Classes are available to any dog older than 5 months. The class times will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 17 to April 27 or 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays March 12 to April 23. For more information about the classes or enrollment, visit or call 752-5046.

TOPS Club meets Mondays

TOPS Club, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a selfhelp, non-profit support group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. each Monday at the Anderson Hills Methodist Church. New members are welcome to this club that first began meeting Oct. 3, 1956. Call 528-5959 for more information.

Freight-finding mobile app offered by TQL

Total Quality Logistics (TQL) in Union Township, the nation’s fourth largest freight brokerage firm, is proud to announce TQL Freight Finder, the first freight-finding mobile phone application offered by a brokerage company. TQL Freight Finder was developed as part of an ongoing effort to find solutions to

enable TQL’s carrier base to become more easily connected. TQL Freight Finder is a free downloadable application for the Android that can be found at the Android Market, and allows owner/operators and carriers to search for available loads by mileage radius, equipment type, load date and destination city and state. The application also provides users with the capability to search for available loads according to their SmartPhone GPS locator’s current location. Search results are returned based on entered criteria and include load details for each available load. Results include a touch screen button that directly connects users with a TQL Logistics Account Executive who will discuss specific load details. Details coming soon on the TQL Freight Finder for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. To learn more, visit

Canter joins docuPro

Alan Canter has joined DocuPro as sales manager. DocuPro, a social enterprise of Ta l b e r t House and headquartered in Mt. Orab, is a Canter solutionbased provider of document conversion and document destruction services for local businesses. As sales manager, Canter will oversee the business development of DocuPro. With 20 years of management and sales experience, Canter previously was the vice president of sales for Malta Windows and Doors. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Morehead State University. He lives in Batavia.

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