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3, 2010



Pierce questions facilitator

By John Seney

Fallen heroes to be remembered

The April 9th Scholarship Fundraiser – including a guitar signed by Bootsy Collins (above) – is about more than raising money, it’s about remembering the fallen heroes. “This is a way for us to honor our kid’s memory. It’s one more way to tell his story,” said John Prazynski of Fairfield, father of Lance Cpl. Taylor Prazynski, who was killed in 2005. “It means more than we can put into words.” FULL STORY, A2

About 200 Pierce Township residents showed up Feb. 23 to get questions answered about the township’s development facilitation program. The special trustees meeting at Locust Corner Elementary School was sought by a group called Pierce Citizens Focus on Community. The group submitted questions to the trustees in advance about the development facilitation program, headed by development facilitator Chris Tetrault. Although the meeting was intended to focus on the program and not individuals, many of the comments from the audience centered on Tetrault’s contract, salary and accomplishments. Tetrault was not at the meeting. Con Sterling, a Pierce Township resident and member of the citizens group, served as moderator for a questioning period. “The intent of the meeting is not to spend time on what happened in the past, but focus on the best way to serve the community going forward,” he said. Administrator David Elmer said Tetrault began work as an inde-


Con Sterling, standing at right, served as moderator Feb. 23 at a meeting about the Pierce Township development facilitation program. The meeting, which attracted about 200 residents, was at Locust Corner Elementary School. pendent contractor in 2006. He become a township employee with a three-year contract in October 2007. Trustee Gregg Conrad said Tetrault was made an employee because the township’s legal counsel advised doing it that way. Elmer said Tetrault has worked on 17 projects to date. Conrad said none of the projects have been completed. Much of the discussion focused on Tetrault’s salary. He makes a base annual salary of $77,000 a year for working 1,110 hours a

year, which is about 21 hours a week. He can earn an additional $7,500 a quarter for working up to an additional 100 hours a quarter, for a total annual salary of $107,000. There has been no quarter in which he did not receive the full $7,500. The annual total cost of the township to employ Tetrault, with benefits, is $143,621. Trustee Bonnie Batchler, who voted against hiring Tetrault in 2007, made a motion that the township freeze his overtime pay and just pay him the $77,000

Salute to Leaders

New Richmond may ask for levy

Clermont 20/20 honored leaders from throughout the county Feb. 25 at the annual Salute To Leaders event. One award recipient is Clermont County Facilities Director Wade Grabowski, right, whose daughter Sara helps him accept the Human Service Award from Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Andrew McCreanor, left. For more from Salute to Leaders, see B1.

New Richmond is taking the first steps to place a operating levy renewal on the Nov. 2 ballot. Village council had the first reading of the resolution to begin the process of placing the 3-mill levy on the ballot. FULL STORY, A2

Amelia seeks help with Morse house

The Amelia Historical Society is looking for help restoring the 19-century Morse house. Bob Groh, a former Amelia mayor and president of the historical society, told Amelia Village Council members Feb. 17 he is looking for ways to revive interest in the historical society and the Morse house, which was built in the 1850s by Amelia resident Increase Morse. FULL STORY, A6

Car break-ins are up in Union Twp.

The Union Township police officers are hoping a little awareness will help slow a rash of vehicle break-ins happening since the holidays. There were 23 break-ins in December and 30 break-ins in January, said Police Sgt. Scott Blankenship. He said this is comparable to last year. FULL STORY, A4

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base until the end of his contract in October. The motion died when it received no second from the other trustees. Rich Riebel of Pond Run told the trustees “we don’t want to go down the same path” when Tetrault’s contract comes up in October. He said members of the community should be involved in the process before the contract is renewed. “We are all concerned about the money,” he said. “We don’t agree with the amount of money being paid given the economy.” Trustee Christopher Knoop urged the residents to “leave here tonight being positive and looking to the future.” “We may not agree on the best way to get there,” he said, but the common goal was to do what’s best for the township. Knoop said the value of a development facilitator was being able to get involved with developers early in the planning process. Conrad said the county was focused on development in other areas, and Pierce Township needed its own facilitator to “promote and protect our township.” “Our goal needs to be a facilitation program that understands the spirit of Pierce Township,” he said.


New Union Twp. library to be bigger By Mary Dannemiller

Clermont County Public Library’s newest branch in Union Township will not only have more space and better parking, but also will offer patrons more public computers and nicer furniture. Library officials authorized the $875,000 purchase of a property at 4450 Ryan’s Way Tuesday, Feb. 23. The old Ryan’s Steakhous building has about 20,000square-feet, which is almost double the 11,000-square-feet offered at the old location, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. The building is between Ohio 32 and Old Ohio 74. “We’ll be adding public computers, but we don’t know how many we’re going to be able to fit quite yet,” said library Executive Director Dave Mezack. “The furniture will be upgraded as well. The tables and chairs are antiquated and need to be replaced, but we need to begin the bidding process and hire an architect before we know how

much everything will be.” The street, Ryan’s Way, is named after the building’s previous business, Ryan’s Steakhouse, and will possibly be changed to a more library-friendly name. “The street would be Information Place, but we have to go to the Union Township zoning board to ask for approval of the new name,” Mezack said. “There’s going to be a public library there now and we want everything to revolve around the library so Ryan’s Way doesn’t really fit the venue at this point.” The new property was a restaurant before it was purchased by the library and still contains restaurant equipment, which will be sold to help offset the $4.5-million cost, said Joe Braun, library board president. “We are currently looking at funding for a $4.5-million project. Different terms and types of funding are being evaluated for maximum benefit to the library,” said Maura Gray, library fiscal officer. The old building also will be


An view from the west of the new Union Township branch library that will be on Glen EsteWithamsville Road. put on the market to help pay for the new property, Mezack said. According to Media Relations Director Amy Prewitt, the original plan was to construct a 40,000square-foot facility that would house a 20,000-square-foot library branch, with 20,000 square feet dedicated to administration and support department offices. Prewitt said the library trustees decided this plan is no longer fiscally possible, given the current economic challenges and will only approve the construction of a 20,000-square-foot library facility and leave the administration and

other departments where they are currently located. The new plan will save the library $1.2 million in property expenses, $1 million in renovation and new construction expenses and $3.7 million by not moving the administrative offices, Prewitt said. “At this time with the economy the way it is and the status of funding in Ohio, we really think our priorities should be providing a quality branch to the people of Union Township and this will allow us to do that while still cutting costs as we need to,” Braun said.


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March 3, 2010

Williamsburg looking for new fire chief By John Seney

The Williamsburg Township trustees are accepting applications for fire chief from within the fire department. Trustee Gay Bainum said the trustees met with mem-

bers of the fire department Feb. 8 and agreed to accept in-house applications for the position of chief. The trustees scheduled a special meeting for Feb. 15 to consider the applications. “I think we have a lot of good candidates in-house,” Bainum said.

The trustees have agreed to keep the fire chief position part-time. When Richard Malott announced his retirement last year, the trustees considered making the job full-time, but rejected that option because of finances. “It wasn’t feasible,”

Bainum said. “Money is tight.” T.J. Spencer was hired as part-time fire chief Jan. 1, but he resigned Jan. 30 because of a conflict with his disability pension. Malott has agreed to take over the job temporarily until a new chief is appointed.

Pierce Twp. pays off Legendary Run bonds By John Seney

Pierce Township will begin receiving tax revenue in July from homes in the Legendary Run community that have been part of a tax increment financing (TIF) district. The trustees Feb. 10 voted to terminate the Legendary Run TIF because bonds issued to pay for

infrastructure improvements at the development have been paid off. The Legendary Run TIF was set up in 1994 and new taxes collected from homeowners went into a fund to pay off the bonds. Fiscal Officer Karen Register said the bonds were set up to be paid off in 2013, but there was enough money in the fund to pay off the bonds early. The

township recently made a final payment of about $6.9 million. As a result, the township will notify the county auditor that tax money can begin flowing into the township, said Administrator David Elmer. Register said she anticipated the township would receive an additional $744,000 annually because of the TIF termination. The


first payment is expected in July. The New Richmond Exempted Village School District also will benefit from the TIF termination, she said. Trustee Christopher Knoop said the TIF termination was a good a good thing for the township because money could begin flowing into funds for which it was intended.

New Richmond may ask for levy renewal in fall By John Seney

New Richmond is taking the first steps to place a operating levy renewal on the Nov. 2 ballot. Village council had the first reading of the resolution to begin the process of placing the 3-mill levy on the ballot. Administrator David Kennedy said the resolution must still go through two more readings and then be sent to the county auditor for certification before the

levy can be placed on the ballot. T h e deadline for p l a c i n g issues on the Nov. 2 ballot Carr is Aug. 19. Mayor Ramona Carr said the renewal levy, if approved by the voters, would keep the operating levy amount at its current rate. The levy, if passed, would not increase the amount a property owner

currently pays, she said. “These funds are very important to the village and are utilized for general operations such as road, snow removal and park maintenance, including our local matches on infrastructure grants,” she said. Carr said local taxes provide matches for grants which “complete projects that otherwise would not be completed. By doing this we are bringing our residents’ federal and state taxes back into the village.” “We felt it was important

to begin the process early so it could go through three readings which allows public input,” Carr added. “We take all taxes on our residents seriously,” she said. The renewal levy would be in effect for a period of five years, beginning in 2011 and ending in 2015. In November, New Richmond council voted to impose a 1-percent income tax on residents and workers. The income tax went into effect Jan. 1.

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One of the items that will be up for grabs at the April 9th Scholarship Fundraiser is a jazz bass guitar autographed by Bootsy Collins.

Scholarship fundraiser honors memories of Maupin, other heroes By Kellie Geist

The April 9th Scholarship Fundraiser is about more than raising money, it’s about remembering the fallen heroes. “This is a way for us to honor our kid’s memory. It’s one more way to tell his story,” said John Prazynski of Fairfield, father of Lance Cpl. Taylor Prazynski, who was killed in 2005. “It means more than we can put into words.” The fundraiser will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road. The money raised through ticket sales, a silent auction, a live auction and donations will go toward the Fallen Hero Scholarship Fund, which pays for $1,000 scholarships for students at the alumni schools of each of the local fallen heroes. Bailey said 50 other $250 scholarships are presented to a student at the home school of one fallen hero in each state. “These scholarships mean more than just an scholarship. These kids (scholarship recipients) not only get the benefit of an education, but also, I believe, they get to be inspired by the stories of the fallen heroes,” Prazynski said. The event, which is presented through the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, is organized by June Izzy Bailey. Bailey said the event was originally created when Matt Maupin was still missing. Maupin, of Union Township, was captured by Iraqi insurgents April 9, 2004. His body was found

in late March 2008. “We wanted to make sure everyone knew he was still captured ... We decided that we would do scholarships and, when Matt came home, we could show him all the scholarships he gave out while he was away,” Bailey said. “Of course, things didn’t turn out that way, but we decided to keep having the event in memory of all the fallen heroes.” The Yellow Ribbon Support Center has awarded $239,000 in fallen hero scholarships, Bailey said. During the scholarship fundraiser, event-goers can bid on items in silent and live auctions. Some of the items up for bid will include a bass guitar signed by Bootsy Collins of Union Township, a fiddle from Charlie Daniels and a gift certificate from the Texas Roadhouse in Milford that is good for one meal for two every week for 52 weeks. The emcee will be Courtis Fuller and the auctioneer will be Anthony Munoz. Bailey said they are still looking for additional restaurant and department store gift cards for the auctions. Also during the fundraiser, people can enjoy Rockabilly music Blair Carman and dance performances by the Louisville Swing Dance Club and the Cincinnati Dance Club. Reservations are required for the April 9th Scholarship Fundraiser and tickets are $50 each. For reservations or more information, visit or call David Charpentier at 229-7808. For information about sponsorship tables or corporate tables, call Bailey at 831-1651.

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March 3, 2010

Record snow not likely to cause flooding By Theresa L. Herron

It’s been 13 years, but many people remember March 5, 1997, the day the Ohio River crested at 64.70 feet, almost 13 feet above flood stage of 52 feet. With the amount of snow that fell in Clermont County in February, people began asking New Richmond Fire Chief Mark Baird this week what would happen as it melted. Baird and Clermont County Emergency Management Agency Director Beth Nevel called the National Weather Service in Wilmington for some information and received good news. The causes of the 1997 flood do not exist in 2010. Julie Reed, service hydrologist in Wilimington, said anything can happen. But in 1997, six to 12

inches of rain fell on both sides of the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Portsmouth and it seemed to be concentrated in New Richmond. Temperatures rose to 60 degrees. There was a rapid rise in the river level which started out a little higher than normal. As of Feb. 23, Reed said no forecasts indicate that much rain is expected to fall in the next week as the snow melts. The only concern right now is the more than 35 inches of snow in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, she said. If that melts too fast, it can cause some flooding in that area. It’s not expected to have a large impact down river in Clermont County. Reed re-emphasized that weather conditions can change rapidly, but in the next week they do not appear to mirror what happened in 1997. Flooding that year

Lock doors, remove items to prevent break-ins By Kellie Geist

The Union Township police officers are hoping a little awareness will help slow a rash of vehicle break-ins happening since the holidays. There were 23 break-ins in December and 30 breakins in January, said Police Sgt. Scott Blankenship. He said this is comparable to last year. During the trustees’ meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, Police Chief Terry Zinser reminded residents to lock their car doors. “Union Township continues to be plagued by vehicle break-ins in no particular neighborhood,” Zinser said. “We’d like to remind people to lock their doors and remove expensive items.” Blankenship said many recent thefts have included Global Positioning Systems (GPS), laptops, purses and wallets. “Those seem to be the biggest problems. If you leave those in your car, it just gives people an opportunity to walk by and see what you have,” Blanken-

ship said. Drivers with GPS should take down the windshield mounts and maybe even wipe off the suction cup ring before leaving their car, he said. “If they see that suction cup ring, they can see that you probably have a GPS in your car,” Blankenship said. Also, people should write down the serial numbers for items such as laptops and GPS so the police department can return the stolen items if they are found, Blankenship said. “If we have the serial numbers, we can enter them into a terminal that shows it’s stolen,” Blankenship said. “With so many of those being stolen and the numbers not being entered, that affects the chances that you’ll get it back.” Blankenship also said people should try to park in safe, well-lit areas. If someone is a victim of a vehicle break-in, it should be reported even if the items stolen are of little value, he said. To report a break-in, call the police department at 752-1230.

Gilpin named Amelia fiscal officer By John Seney

Bill Gilpin, who has been serving as Amelia’s fiscal officer on an interim basis, has been appointed to the job. Village council Feb. 17 approved the appointment of Gilpin by Mayor Leroy Ellington. Gilpin, who also is the elected fiscal officer for Ohio Township, has been working for the village in an interim capacity on and off since last fall. Andrew Parker left the position of clerk/treasurer Sept. 30 and Gilpin was brought in on an interim basis to help take care of the village finances. Village council then decided to replace the clerk/treasurer position, which was an elected job, with an appointed fiscal officer. The village advertised for a fiscal officer and hired Steve Force, who began the job Jan. 4. He resigned two days later.

“It was more than he bargained for,” Ellington said. After Force left, Ellington said he began talking to Gilpin about taking over the job on a regular basis. The mayor said Gilpin will work 25 hours a week and attend council meetings. He will be paid $25,000 a year. Ellington said he sees no conflict with Gilpin’s Ohio Township job. “There is no reason to believe it’s a problem,” he said. Council member Bob Pollitt said hiring Gilpin “was one of the best things to happen to the village in several years.” Pollitt said Gilpin was a qualified financial person, and “definitely a numbers man.” “I don’t think we could do any better,” he said. Gilpin was first elected Ohio Township fiscal officer in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. His current term ends in 2012.

happened from Cincinnati to Portsmouth, rising so high in Clermont County that U.S. 52 was covered in New Richmond, completely isolating the downtown area. Most homes in Chilo, Neville and Moscow were totally under water. And while the river rose quickly, it took several days for the water to recede. Also this year, the river level is low, about 32 feet on Feb. 23. It’s expected to rise to 34 feet Feb. 25 or Feb. 26 and them go back down, she said. In 1997, the river started at 35 feet. People in New Richmond became worried as they looked at some charts on weather Web sites and saw a river level above 60 feet in early March, said Nevel. What they didn’t see was the prediction carried a 5 percent chance of happening. That graph

was based on historical data, not current conditions. Baird said he received a lot of questions early this week from residents and his own employees at the fire station. The fire chief agreed with Reed: People should keep checking the weather, the river level and know that things can change rapidly. Plus, when another significant flood happens, New Richmond is better prepared today to handle the situation. The village has an emergency plan in place and officials will run through a drill to practice what will happen in case of an emergency Tuesday, March 16, at the New Richmond Middle School. “As a community, we are leaps and bounds ahead of ‘97. We were reacting, now we are being proactive. We can’t think of everything, but we learned from

Flood history

Top 10 floods in history of the Ohio River (1) 80.00 feet – Jan. 26, 1937 (2) 71.10 feet – Feb. 14, 1884 (3) 69.90 feet – April 1, 1913 (4) 69.20 feet – March 7, 1945 (5) 66.30 feet – Feb. 15, 1883 (6) 66.20 feet – March 11, 1964 (7) 65.20 feet – Jan. 21, 1907 (8) 64.80 feet – April 18, 1948 (9) 64.70 feet – March 5, 1997 (10) 63.60 feet – March 21, 1933 National Weather Service ‘97,” Baird said. For instance, on their water bill every month New Richmond residents can see how high the river has to get to reach the bottom step of their front porch, he said. Reed said people should visit to find out more about weather and local information. For instance, the flood of 1997 was only the ninth highest flood of the Ohio River in history.

BRIEFLY Pancakes in the park

STONELICK TWP. – What does real maple syrup taste like? You can try some on a stack of pancakes at the annual Pancakes in the Park breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Park, on U.S. 50 in Stonelick Township, just west of Owensville. The event has some fun activities for the whole family to work off the breakfast at the park lodge. “We will have hands-on activities to show you how to tap a tree and there will be demonstrations of how Native Americans and pion e e r s boiled down the tree sap to m a k e syrup,” said Clermont Parks Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “We will have naturalist-led hikes in the park to help you identify various trees and wildlife.” Robinson also invites citizens to sponsor a bucket used to collect sap. “For $25, you can have your name on a bucket that is attached to a tree, two free tickets to the pancake breakfast, and a bottle of pure maple syrup, made right here at Pattison Park.” This year, the syrup is being cooked in a new evaporator, purchased by the Pattison Foundation. Tickets for the Pancakes in the Park breakfast cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children, with those ages 5 and under free. The tickets are available at the park on the day of the event, or by calling 513732-2977.

Library board to meet

BATAVIA – The monthly meeting of the Clermont County Public Library trustees is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Doris Wood Batavia Branch, 180 S. Third St. in Batavia. For more information, call David Mezack at 513735-7193.

Soup dinner

WILLIAMSBURG – Celebrate the arrival of spring by attending the “Soup and Sandwich Dinner” from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the

Williamsburg American Legion Hall, 208 E. Main St., The dinner, sponsored by the Unit #288 Women’s Auxiliary, will feature bean soup with ham and cornbread or vegetable beef soup, dessert and coffee or tea for $5. Sandwiches also will be available. Carryout is available by calling 7249915. Proceeds from the event will benefit the medical scholarships awarded each year to Williamsburg High School seniors. The public is cordially invited to attend the event.

Casino royale benefit

UNION TWP. – The Katie Haumesser Foundation presents the Casino Royale from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Holiday Inn Eastgate. Katie Haumesser was killed in a traffic crash and her friends and family raise money each year to give money to schools to help children. Haumesser a speech pathologist. Visit to register. With registration, participants will enjoy $100 in poker chips for poker, blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Let it Ride and Big 6. Chips will be redeemed for great prizes. But there is more to this night than the casino. Live music will be provided by the Dan Varner Band, food and drinks will be available, a Gatlinburg getaway raffle and a silent auction filled with themed baskets will take place. A $50 early bird special is available for those who register by March 5. Pay online with Paypal or mail your payment. All payments must be received by March 5.

HEAP applications

CLERMONT COUNTY – Community Services will continue to accept applications for the winter crisis program (EHEAP) through March 31. The HEAP department will see applicants by appointment from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the HEAP staff at 513-7322277, option 3. Due to the high volume of calls you may receive a recording. If so, leave a one brief message and the call will be returned as quickly as possible. A Natural Gas Fuel Fund also is available this year. If you heat with natural gas and are

below 175-percent of the poverty guidelines, you may be eligible for help up to $300. You do not have to have a disconnection notice, but you can not be on pipp. If you think you are eligible, call for an appointment or more information.

Tax help

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Ohio Society of CPAs once again will provide free tax preparation services to Ohio military families this tax season. Ohio certified public accountants are volunteering through Operation CPA to prepare 2009 tax returns free of charge for military personnel who are permanent residents of Ohio and currently deployed outside of the state. To find an Operation CPA volunteer, call the toll-free number at 888-959-1212 or e-mail

CCHS open house

The Clermont County Historical Society and Harmony Hill Association (Williamsburg Historical Society) museums will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6. The museums are at Harmony Hill, 299 S. Third St., Williamsburg. The Harmony Hill Association display features William Lytle, Father of Clermont County, and Williamsburg’s history. The Clermont County Historical Society archives will be open for research of Clermont County history. Also at the site is the Lytle Diary House, the oldest building in Clermont County. There is no admission charge.

Black history

MILFORD – A special exhibit recognizing the efforts of a local diversity group is featured at Promont House Museum in Milford. In response to racial unrest in the early 1990s, several neighborhood groups were formed throughout the Greater Cincinnati area to promote racial harmony. The Milford group, Neighbor to Neighbor, is the only one still active with many of its original members as well as interested newcomers. Milford’s Neighbor to Neighbor prepared the current exhibit to document local Black history. Promont House Museum is open to the public from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, weather permitting. For more information,

contact the museum at 2480324 or visit

Garden club to meet

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Garden Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Ellis Farm, 4095 Tollgate Road. The program “Companion Plants for Spring/Summer Containers” will be presented by Jay and Erin Ellis. Club members are to bring a container to be planted and cared for by Ellis Farms until early April. New members are welcome. For additional information, call 625-2602.

Aglow to meet

UNION TWP. – CincinnatiEastgate Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Eastgate Christian Life Center, 509 Roney Lane. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Men, women and young adults are welcome. Childcare is provided. The speaker will be Dr. Iglahlig Suuqiina and Rev. Quamaniq . They are seminar speakers dealing with reconciliation and restoration of cultures, genders and the environment. They have served as North American representatives for a Jewish organization in Israel.

Office hours

AMELIA – Effective March 1, the new office hours for the Amelia village municipal building and administrative offices, 44 W. Main St., will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The old hours were 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 753-4747.

Member sought

AMELIA – There is a vacancy on the Amelia Village Recreation Commission. Committee members work toward providing recreational activities for all ages and improving village parks. Those interested must be a resident of Amelia village and interested in the betterment of the community. Recreation commission meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the Amelia Village Municipal Building. Send a letter of interest to: Amelia Recreation Commission, 44 W. Main St., Amelia, OH 45102.

Clermont County salt supply in good shape By John Seney

Clermont County has plenty of salt on hand to handle any major snow storms. “We’re in real good shape,” said Rob Alfieri,

deputy of operations for the Clermont County Engineer’s Office. Record amounts of snow fell in February, but the county was able to quickly re-supply from the Cargill salt facility in Cincinnati.

Alfieri said the county also has been able to resupply villages and townships in need of extra salt. He said the county has more than 3,500 tons of salt available at its three storage facilities.

The county is paying $58 a ton for salt this year, well below the $144 a ton the county paid last year. County Administrator Dave Spinney said the county had adequate funds in the budget to purchase salt.


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Merwin dance helps fathers, daughters bond


Jim and Brookelyn Edgar enjoy the fatherdaughter dance Friday, Feb. 19.

Merwin Elementary School PTO put on the annual Father-Daughter Dance Friday, Feb. 19, at the school. Merwin Principal Jackie Hospelhorn said the dance is one of the school’s most popular events all year and is an important bonding experience.

“We try to plan events so that parents can bond with their children and make special memories that last a lifetime,” Hospelhorn said. In addition to the Father-Daughter Dance, the PTO hosts a mother-son bowling event, mother-daughter tea and father-son laser tag event.


Brian and Lillian Dawes do a little jig at the Merwin Elementary father-daughter dance.


John Plummer brought his daughters Jenna, right, and Julie to the Merwin Elementary father-daughter dance Friday, Feb. 19.



A bunch of girls (and even a few dads) got together on the dance floor to do the “Cupid Shuffle.”

Darrin Rakestraw dances with his daughter, Caroline, to “Wind Beneath My Wings” at the Merwin Elementary father-daughter dance.

SCHOOL NOTES Second place winners

Glen Este High School cheerleaders recently won second place and $1,500 in the Channel 5/Cincinnati Bell Cheerleader Challenge by submitting a video of cheers for Cincinnati Bell and their products. The cheerleaders also competed in UCA’s Winterfest Cheer and Dance Competition at the Duke Energy Center on Dec. 20 placing second in the Fight Song Division and third in the Cheer/Chant Division.

Cadet of the month

Cadet Private Macy Grooms of the Live Oaks Career Development Campus Army Junior ROTC has been selected as Cadet of the Month for February. A Batavia High School junior enrolled in the Veterinary Assisting program, Grooms is a member of the JROTC Academic Bowl Team and student FFA chapter. Grooms She is the daughter of Michael Grooms of Batavia.

Distinguished Alumnus Award nominations

UC Clermont College is seeking nominations for its 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be eligible, an individual should have distinguished themselves through significant professional accomplishment, made contributions to their community and attended UC Clermont College for at least one year. To nominate a former student, contact

director of development Meredith Delaney at 558-9964 or Submissions are due Friday, March 5. Nomination forms and instructions can be downloaded at


Jarred Dumford, son of Sherry and Andy Dumford of Union Township, has accepted a Leadership Award from Xavier University. He will graduate from McNicholas High School where he is active in community service, baseball and various clubs and committees. Dumford plans to major in graphic design at Xavier.


Dylan R.E. Senters of New Richmond is the recipient of an $11,000 Wilmington College Achievement Award. The award distribution amount, which ranges from $10,000 to $14,000, is based on the cumulative high school grade point average and ACT/SAT composite score. It is awarded upon acceptance to Wilmington College, regardless of need. Senters, the son of Mervin Senters Jr., and Angela Senters, will graduate from New Richmond High School this year.


Secretary of the year

New Richmond Middle School secretary Mindy Graser has been named “Secretary of the Year” by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. She was nominated by NRMS Principal Adam Bird. Graser has worked for New Richmond schools for 13 years after a 19-year career at Mercy Hospital Clermont.

Glenna McCarthy, the daughter of Debra and James McCarthy of Batavia, has accepted an Honor Award from Xavier University. She will graduate from St. Ursula Academy, where she is active in the National Honor Society. McCarthy plans to major in business at Xavier.


Heather Dicianna and Austin Clements were named to the 2009 autumn quarter dean’s list at Columbus State Community College. Dicianna is from Amelia. Clements is from Union Township.

Allen E. Haughton, Jr. was named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Beloit College. He is from Williamsburg.

Hope N. Gillespie was named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University. She is from Amelia.


Brightwell visits St. Veronica

David Brightwell, a first officer aboard the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation’s vintage Spirit of Freedom C-4 aircraft, visited St. Veronica School in January to talk to third- and eighth-grade social studies students about the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. Brightwell, a 2002 St. Veronica graduate, spoke to the classes about this historic endeavor during which more than two-million pounds of food and goods were transported by air to West Berlin residents following World War II.


Essay winner

Batavia Elementary School fourth-grader Jared Herron won an essay contest conducted by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Batavia Middle School seventh-grader Campbell Haynes won in his grade level. Herron was asked to read his essay before the Batavia school board Feb. 8. Elementary Principal Renee Munro introduced him. The students submitted essays to the Child of Appalachia essay contest, which was open to all schools in the 33 counties covered by the Foundation of Appalachian Ohio. One winner was chosen from each grade level across the region.

Andrew Stephen Clement, Elizabeth Ammon Hollister and Lauren Nicole McIlvain were named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Denison University. Clement is from Batavia. Hollister and McIlvain are from New Richmond.

Erin Dean, Jacob Ottlinger, Meghan Bowling, Olivia Jaworek and Cameron Simpson were named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at The University of Akron. Dean and Ottlinger are from New Richmond. Bowling, Jaworek and Simpson are from Union Township.

Courtney E. Yeager has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Colby College. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Diane Yeager of Batavia.


Community Journal

March 3, 2010

UT resident seeks township help Historical society seeks help with Morse House

Craig Bogus, a Dieckman Lane resident, wants Union Township to help pay for home repairs after the township waited 10 years to clean drainage culverts and ditches. In 1996, Bogus, 3907 Dieckman Lane, and more than 50 residents on Dieckman Lane, Linda Sue Lane, Stanlyn Road and Banks Road petitioned Union Township to clean the drainage culverts. The petition, which was sent to former Administrator Ken Geis, stated the water drainage in the area was becoming a problem. “The yards, front and back, are swamps – our homes are beginning to flood inside because the drainage does not/or cannot flow properly in the ditches fronting the streets,” the petition said. The residents asked the township to take immediate action to resolve the problem, namely by cleaning the culverts and ditches, Bogus said. At that time, Geis wrote a letter to the residents saying that it was the opinion of the service director that the drainage system was in good working order.

However, photos of the strained drainage system taken in 1996 and 10 years of water damage to a number of homes in the area tell a different story. Bogus and his mother purchased their home on Dieckman Lane in 1993. At the time, Bogus said the water was drainage properly and water was not an issue. In the photos from 1996, at least some of the culverts are completely blocked and water pooled more than 10 feet from the road. In 2002, Bogus again asked the township to clean the culverts and ditches and help fix the drainage problem. Although Bogus had installed three sump pumps and drainage tiles, water routinely flooded his home because water was not draining into the culverts. “The water had to go somewhere, and it was coming into my house, ruining my house,” Bogus said. Through the years, Bogus enlisted the help of numerous independent professionals including scientists and engineers, who said the property was not draining properly. The Clermont County Building Department also said the drainage problem, “appears

to be the result of stormwater not being able to be properly conveyed through the culverts and pipes along Dieckman and adjacent streets.” The building department also said the drainage issues were in the township’s jurisdiction. While the township did ditch and replace the culverts in 2007, Bogus said the damage was done. His house is now littered with foundation issues including cracks and sinking floors. The house now has black mold, mildew and algae from the water damage. The insurance on the home was canceled because of the damage. Bogus said the home now rarely floods, but the township’s “neglect and negligence” in waiting 10 years to clean out the culverts and ditches caused the problems in his home. Estimated cost to fix the home is about $78,000, Bogus said, and he thinks the township should help pay for that. “I don’t feel that I should have to bear the whole brunt of the cost when the township was told about the problem,” Bogus said. “As a taxpayer, I wouldn’t want to pay to fix someone’s house, but I feel the township should take responsibility.

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It’s because of their neglect.” “I had a drainage problem that stems from the township not fulfilling their legal obligation to maintain the drainage system,” Bogus said. Bogus said many of his neighbors also have housing issues because of water damage. Bogus presented this information to the trustees Jan. 14, but while the trustees agreed there was a drainage problem, they disagreed that it was because of clogged drainage culverts and ditches. If the damage was caused because of private property drainage issues, the township is not responsible, said Trustee Tim Donnellon. “ ... I can’t ask the taxpayers to pay for (repairs to) your house,” Donnellon said. Service Director Matt Taylor said the township mostly relies on resident complaints to alert them of clogged culverts and ditches. He said there is no rule to when they should be cleaned, but if the water is not flowing freely, it should be addressed. Taylor also said water can get backed up in clean ditches if the culvert pipes are not large enough.

By John Seney

The Amelia Historical Society is looking for help restoring the 19-century Morse house. Bob Groh, a former Amelia mayor and president of the historical society, told Amelia Village Council members Feb. 17 he is looking for ways to revive interest in the historical society and the Morse house, which was built in the 1850s by Amelia resident Increase Morse. Groh said the society has lost membership in recent years, and most of the members are senior citizens. If the Morse house were restored and turned into a museum, it would give the society a place to display artifacts and generate interest in history. He said most of the society’s artifacts and historic records are stored in members’ basements. “That building is the ideal building if it were not for the expense of fixing it up,” he said.

The Morse house originally was on the corner of Main and Oak streets, but was moved in the 1990s when a drug store company wanted to build on the site. The home was moved to 44 Oak St. and donated to the village. Members of the society completed on small repair projects over the years, but the structure “has serious repairs that need to do done,” said Groh. He would like the village to provide the financing for an engineering study. “We need an overall plan to give us incentive to raise money,” he said. Groh said he would like to see the house restored to the style of the 1850s, with modern sewer, water and electrical hook-ups. Mayor Leroy Ellington said he thought it was important to “breathe new life into the project.” Ellington appointed a committee of council members Tim Rosser, Derrick Campbell and Renee Gerber to look into the matter and report back at a later date.

More Clermont citizens riding CTC More people in Clermont County are riding the bus to work, shop and attend medical appointments. “Between 2008 and 2009 our ridership increased by over 33,000,” said Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) Director Ben Capelle. In 2009, CTC ordered five new busses to meet the growing demand for service. Four are hybrid buses designed to improve fuel economy by 40 percent. “We’ve seen the biggest increases in ridership for our

shuttle services,” said Capelle. The shuttle routes are Route 1 that provides shuttle service between Felicity and Eastgate, Route 2X that provides express service between New Richmond and downtown Cincinnati, Route 3 that provides service between Goshen, Miami Township, and Milford, and Route 4X that provides express service between Amelia and downtown Cincinnati. CTC also operates a Diala-Ride service that is similar to a taxi service. Any Cler-

mont County citizen can call the dispatch office and schedule a ride to any location in the county during CTC operating hours. To schedule a ride, call 7327433. Visit The bus service is the primary provider of public transportation in Clermont County. Founded in 1977 as CART (Clermont Area Rural Transit), CTC is funded by a combination of federal and state grants, local contracts, the county commissioners and passenger fares.

Homeless shelter gets $55K gift By Mary Dannemiller

Clermont County’s James Sauls Homeless Shelter has received a $55,000 gift from the Hatton Foundation to pay off the building’s mortgage.

The 4,600-square-foot building at 2403 Old Ohio 32 opened in December 2008 and served 369 people last year. “We’ll be able to use the money to pay the mortgage off on the shelter completely,” said Clermont Community Services Director Billie Kuntz. “We’re extremely excited and feel very blessed.” This isn’t the first time the Hatton Foundation has helped the shelter. It also donated $200,000 in 2008 to help with the building’s construction. “They gave us $200,000 originally so to have them come to us again is amazing,” Kuntz said. “We’re just overwhelmed with joy.” Batavia Township Trustee Jim Sauls said he was excited about both the donation and the work Clermont Community Services is able to do at the shelter. The shelter is named after his father, Jim Sauls Sr. “It really does warm

your heart to know people have a nice new warm place to go,” he said. “Anytime you go up there, you see the place is spotless. They take such good care of it and the people are really appreciative to have a place to go.” The donation also will allow Clermont Community Services to spend money it had set aside for mortgage payments on other needs the shelter has. “It will allow us to redirect that money to hopefully provide more staff that we need because of the increased numbers we’re seeing,” Kuntz said. The shelter also is accepting donations of other supplies, such as toiletries, for the people who need to stay there, Kuntz said. “I wish there was no need for a homeless shelter, but I’m very thankful to be able to provide a safe place for people to go during these tough economic times we’re going through,” she said.


By Kellie Geist

Dean’s list

The following students have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio University: Amelia: Ryan Lytle, Julianne Madigan, William Leaman, Jessica King. Batavia: Thomas Carpenter, Neil Burch, Claire Stegman, Krista Bradley, Tyler Von Moll. New Richmond: Kristina Easley.

Williamsburg: Amber Hale. Union Township: Sarah Buchheit, Heather Coorey, Jessica Kennedy, Brandy Hayes.


Gerald Andrew Cox has received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is from Batavia.


The following information includes tournament results for local teams and athletes competing at sectional, district and state tournament events:

Swimming/diving, state

A number of local athletes traveled to C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, OH, for the state championships Feb. 24-27. Here is a list of the results for locals competing in finals during the Division I and Division II State Championships:

Division II girls

One-meter diving: 19, Amanda Bradley (McNicholas), 184.15.

Division II boys

100 freestyle: 4, Alex Lewis (New Richmond), 47.09. 200 freestyle: 3, Matt Luehrmann (McNicholas), 1:41.97. 500 freestyle: 2, Matt Luehrmann (McNicholas), 4:36.46. 100 butterfly: 5, Alex Lewis (New Richmond), 51.07.

Wrestling, districts

Wrestlers finishing in the top four at the district championships Saturday, Feb. 27, qualified to compete at the state championships ThursdaySaturday, March 4-6. Here’s a look at the local state qualifiers:

Division I District - Fairfield

103 pounds: 3, Brendan Walsh (Moeller), decision over Amelia’s Cory Clolinger, 2-0, during consolation finals; 4, Cory Clolinger (Amelia). 112 pounds: 1, Stephen Myers (Moeller), decision over Elder’s Jahday Daniels, 6-3, during finals. 119 pounds: 2, Brian MacVeigh (Moeller), lost to La Salle’s Max Byrd, 6-1, during finals. 125 pounds: 1, Jake Corrill (Moeller), decision over Oak Hills’ Tyler Weiskittel, 2-1, during finals. 130 pounds: 1, Drew Hammer (Moeller), major decision over Northmont’s Jesse Walker, 11-3, during finals. 152 pounds: 1, Pierce Harger (Moeller), major decision over Elder’s Sam Conners, 16-5, during finals.

Division II District - Goshen

103 pounds: 3, Austin Skaggs (New Richmond), major decision over Greenville’s Tanner Hill, 9-1, during consolation finals. 160 pounds: 4, Andrew Nealan (New Richmond), lost by forfeit to Franklin’s Eric Hildenbrand during consolation finals.

Bowling, districts

The District Championships for boys and girls bowling were delayed because of weather. The boys competed in the District Championships on Tuesday, March 2, with the girls competing in districts Monday, March 1. Both events concluded after Community Press deadlines. Locals district qualifiers include: The Glen Este boys, first place at Crossgate sectional, 4273, led by Nathan Franz with a 668 and Jaek Pensichak with a 651; Glen Este girls, third place at Crossgate sectional with a 2493. Led by Lauren Gerber’s 557 and Lori Davis with a score of 527.

Girls’ basketball

• No. 4 McNicholas was eliminated with its loss to No. 2 Wyoming, 65-50, during the Division II Sectional Championship semi-finals Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Boys’ basketball

• No. 13 Batavia opened tournament play after Community Press deadlines with a Division II Sectional Championship semi-final game against No. 1 Roger Bacon at Mason High School at 6 p.m. Monday, March 1, with the winner advancing to the sectional finals at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 6. • No. 13 Glen Este was eliminated with its loss to No. 18 Northwest, 73-68, during the Division I Sectional Championship semi-finals Friday, Feb. 26. • No. 7 McNicholas advanced to the Division II Sectional Championship semi-finals with its first-round win Friday, Feb. 26, over No. 5 Goshen, 47-40. McNick faces No. 3 Bethel-Tate at Mason High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, with the winner advancing to the sectional finals.

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Glen Este upset in sectional tourney By Mark Chalifoux

The Glen Este High School boys’ basketball team was upset by Northwest 63-58 in the first round of the sectional tournament Feb. 26 at the Cintas Center. “Playing against an uptempo team like that, the biggest challenge for us is controlling the tempo,” said head coach Dave Caldwell. The Trojans let Northwest dictate the pace of play and struggled to get into their half court offense. They did have success scoring in the paint when they were able to get the ball down low. The Northwest guards did a good job maintaining pressure on Glen Este and forcing several Trojan turnovers. Glen Este finished with 14 turnovers. Mark Allen and Melvin Hunter led the charge for Northwest, as the duo combined for 45 points. Shane Seckman led Glen Este with 19 points and Corey Goedde had 15 for the Trojans. Northwest had an 11point halftime lead and built the lead to more than 15 points in the fourth quarter but Glen Este rallied late to cut the lead to 5. The Trojans could get no closer. Despite the loss, Glen Este had a very strong season, tying the program record for wins in a season with 15 (the Trojans finished 15-5 overall). “I know that’s something the boys are proud of,” Caldwell said. Down the stretch of the season, Seckman turned into a go-to player for the Trojans, who also got good guard play from Brandon Reed and Matt Grau. The Trojans should be strong again next season as they return several of their top players. Glen Este


Glen Este rallies before the start of the Northwest game.

The Trojans let Northwest dictate the pace of play and struggled to get into their half court offense. They did have success scoring in the paint when they were able to get the ball down low. The Northwest guards did a good job maintaining pressure on Glen Este and forcing several Trojan turnovers. Glen Este finished with 14 turnovers. returns four of its top five scorers and four of their top five rebounders. Corey Goedde led the team in scoring this season, averaging 13.7 points, and Seckman was second on the team, averaging 13.3 points. Curt Wesp and Mike Bouley also averaged double figures this season. Caldwell said he thought the success Glen Este had this season will help draw bigger crowds next season. “It’s a slow process but hopefully success builds interest,” he said. “I did notice more people asking about the game and coming out later in the season.”


Northwest’s Preston Brown makes a tough shot over Glen Este’s Alex Fultz.


Glen Este guard Corey Goedde gets to the rim for a lay-up against Northwest.

Amelia boys led by standout trio By Mark Chalifoux

The Amelia High School boys’ basketball team didn’t have a terrific season in terms of wins and losses but there were several positives for the Barons this season. “Instead of quitting, the guys continued to work hard, whether it was the first practice in November or the last game in February, they continued to work hard,” head coach Rick McMullen said. “Their desire to keep trying no matter what the score was important.” The Barons season ended Feb. 26 with a 93-32 loss to La Salle, the top Division I team in the city. Amelia was facing several hurdles this season – their last in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The first was the most obvious: The



Amelia guard Austin Houndshell sinks a jumper over a La Salle defender.

other teams in the conference were strong this season. “When you have to play teams like Wilmington and

Amelia’s Tanner Owens sinks a threepointer from the corner against La Salle.

Walnut Hills twice, that’s a tough task,” McMullen said. The Barons move to the SBC next season. “We have more rivals there and we match up bet-

ter with other county teams than we do with FAVC teams. The crowds will be better for the Southern Buckeye games,” McMullen said. The players also had to get used to McMullen, who was in his first year as head coach. “The kids were eager to learn and go with the system and we knew we had hurdles ahead of us and they did what we asked of them,” he said. The Barons didn’t return much experience this season either. Amelia had only one returning senior that had considerable varsity experience. “The hardest part was just teaching the rest of them what’s involved in a 32-minute game and where you need to go the whole time and stick with a game plan,” he said.

The team also didn’t have much in the way of size, as the tallest player was 6-foot-1. The team did have some positives, though, especially in the play of standout senior Vernon Harris. He led the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game. Senior Austin Houndshell is another standout for Amelia, as he averaged 11 points per game. Junior Tanner Owens was a capable scorer for Amelia as well, as he led the underclassmen in scoring with nine points per game. The team has six juniors so the Barons will return some experience for next season. “We’re much more optimistic about next season,” McMullen said. “They are further along with begin with and they got some good experience.”

Moeller captures Div. I district wrestling title Community Press Staff Report The Moeller wrestling team won the Division I district tournament at Fairfield for the first time since 2007.

The Crusaders had four district champions; Stephen Myers (112), Jake Corrill of Batavia (125), Drew Hammer (130) and Pierce Harger (152).

Moeller narrowly defeated GCL rival Elder for the title, downing the Panthers 166-162. Elder had three wrestlers lose in the last three weight classes, allowing

Moeller to hang on for the championship win. Along with the four champions, Moeller sent Brendan Walsh (103) to state with a third place finish at districts.

Moeller’s Brian MacVeigh also qualified for state by finishing second in the 119-lbs. weight class. Moeller’s Michael Blum qualified as an alternate at 145.



Community Journal

I will vote for Archie Wilson

I knew Archie before he became involved in politics. I know him as a common sense person with good hard working business practices as well as being caring and compassionate for the less fortunate. Archie will tell it as he sees it. A lot was said about Archie’s spending practices, let us set the record straight. Archie has always used his own money for his Frank J. campaigns. He has never even Renn taken his entitled Community township pay, Press guest instead donating it columnist to local charities such as Senior Services, Homeless Shelter, A Caring Place, as well as $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County. Archie also shared the 2009 Pacesetter Award for his concern for the welfare of Clermont County and its residents and has exhibited outstanding qualities of corporate citizenship and leadership. I truly believe his sole purpose for entering this election is to make things better for all residents of Clermont County as well as giving some very much needed transparency to that position. I see no need to comment on gossip, whether it comes from blogs, newspapers or talk radio, all I know is I supported Archie when he first ran for trustee and again when he ran against Mr. Humphrey. I have never heard him make a derogatory comment of any kind about his opposition. Archie is the kind of common sense, fair minded, caring person who is lacking throughout government today. In a recent article (Badge of Honor, 2/10/10), the writer described giving strong consideration to political rookies who have proven themselves in the private sector and have not been polluted by the cesspool of American politics. I could not agree with you more. That sounds like Mr. Wilson to me. If the Central Committee had endorsed Mr. Croswell, am I to believe you would be voting for Mr. Wilson? In all honesty, I share your frustration with politics as it exists today, but I find that all the more reason to vote for Archie Wilson. Please join me in making Archie Wilson the next Republican candidate for Clermont County commissioner. Frank J. Renn lives on Mt. Pisgah Road in New Richmond.

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Clermont soldier returns

I have been a troop supporter for several years now and I would like to inform you that Vince Mulvaney will be coming home March 3. Vince’s grandmother is Dorris Mattingly of New Richmond. His uncle is Ricky Mattingly, who has been a big part of the remodeling of The Landing. Ricky’s daughter is Tisha Mattingly. Vincent Mulvaney is a 21year-old from Thomaston Woods in Amelia. U.S. communication and troop support is important during our soldiers’ deployments as well as care packages. And it is just as important when they return home that the community, family friends all welcome our soldiers home. In this case, welcome home Vince Mulvaney. Vince Mulvaney is both New Richmond and Amelia’s home town hero. Sherry Hembree Grew up in New Richmond Old Colonial Way Melbourne, Fla.

Don’t split the vote


ring to the recent tax hike that the West Clermont school board has decided upon. Do they not realize we are in a recession and most of us cannot afford this. Why can’t they live within their means like we all have to do to survive. I was taught to work hard, save and never to steal. I am hoping each and every voter wakes up and votes these folk out. If they don’t have money for things like a boiler then they should not be building such fancy new buildings until they have saved enough money. They are always threatening to fire teachers yet spend money on new buildings, property and other items that they want but don’t need. People used to flock to Clermont County in it’s growing heyday because the taxes were so much lower (than like Anderson). Well there is no reason to move to Clermont County anymore, especially if they can just take our money whenever they want. Julie Kennedy Kennedy Trail Union Township

Reading the guest columns by Bill Beck and Michael Pierce in the Community Journal was very interesting. These columns along with letters published over the past weeks, shows the total dissatisfaction property owners have with the West Clermont school board and their latest action. While the school board was legally within their rights to move millage from inside to outside millage, it was ethically wrong, and showed total disdain and lack of respect for all property owners in the district. Their ability to take this action is an example of a truly bad Ohio Law. I wrote to state legislators from this district, asking them to repeal this law. I would strongly encourage others to do the same, and to pass the word to friends and family within other areas of the state, so they may do the same. This is the only way to prevent West Clermont school board or any others in the state, from repeating their actions. Take away their legal right to again tax us without a vote by the taxpayer. By the way, remember what this school board did, when it comes time for them to run again, or request more money for the district. Garry R. McGee Burnham Woods Drive Amelia

Wake up, voters

One, two, three

School board actions

The Tuesday, Feb. 23, Pierce Township special meeting regarding the township development facilitator position was overwhelmingly and enthusiastically

attended (hundreds). The entire attendance was appalled and opposed to the trustees disregard and mismanagement of $400,000 of taxpayer funds for this position and that it is considering renewing the contract. This has already gone on for 2 1⁄2 years. The issues are as clear as one, two, three. One, does Pierce Township require a development facilitator when nearly no other township has such a position? Two, did the trustees have their thinking caps on when they “negotiated” the sweetheart pay package totaling $107,000 in salary, plus all employee benefits and participation in the Public Employment Retirement System (at 100-percent vesting) available to all “full-time” township employees for this “part-time” position? Three, are the trustees acting in the community’s best interest in using taxpayer funds? The answers, no, no and no. I suggest we all continue to attend Pierce Township trustee meetings to carefully monitor this and other issues that come before our community. I also suggest eliminating all overtime pay for this position now for the remainder of the employment contract which is October 2010. Bob McLeod Legendary Run Pierce Township

Value of Clermont 20/20

Clermont County is fortunate to have an organization that has made consistent and continuous contributions to our community over the past two decades. Clermont 20/20 is a unique organization that develops and promotes community leadership. It is unique in that it provides a neutral platform for the sharing of ideas and strategies in order to improve our community, its function, scope and quality of life for all. As a largely volunteer organization, over the past two decades, Clermont 20/20 has provided excellent opportunities to network and participate with people in our community that have passion, ideas and motivation for creating a healthy, attractive and sustainable community. Clermont 20/20s history of engaging leaders from public, private and philanthropic sectors in order to create a platform for ideas, problem solving, mentoring and leadership development is to be commended and encouraged. The outcome is more people remaining in our community, investing in our community and prospering in our community. Happy 20th anniversary to Clermont 20/20. Chris Smith Village Glen Drive Union Township

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Are you pleased with the way your public works crews have responded during the February snows? What could they have done better? “I can speak for our Goshen crew. They did a magnificent job. The only thing they could have done better is ... drop off a McDonald’s sausage, egg and cheese biscuit on their way. Thank you, Goshen!” J.D. “Absolutely pleased. The crews

did an impressive job and worked many hours. Under the circumstances, I don't think they could have done any better.” H.H. “A+ for the public works crew. I live on a dead end street with not much traffic except for the local residents. The snow plows did not ignore us. They plowed the street at least twice a day to keep the roads very clear.” K.K.C. “Let all of us remember that the public works is trying to clear the roads for everyone with limited

equipment. Everyone wants the same thing at the same time – clean roads, which allows for plowing just enough that they can move on to others who are waiting. And let us not forget that this work is being done while most of us sleep and on longer shifts than most of us work.” T.S.


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“As far as I am concerned, the public works crews deserve a medal for the good job they did on our community’s streets. One could not have asked for more. Maybe when I was younger, I could have worked that hard, but

Give me a break

How nice again of the West Clermont school board to “pick the pockets” of the taxpayers, this time without a ballot issue. How clever to do it in a legal manner as well, after pushing the last renewal levy “that won’t raise your taxes,” and the lets not take no for an answer, just keep putting it back on the ballot issue, to get two new schools built. Funny, how they conveniently did not tell you the last few times at the polls, they were going to hold an old text book and boiler at our kids heads, the next time they wanted money. Then tell us how much our kids were going to sacrifice without this money. Give me a break. You are talking to households with limited, or one, or no jobs. By the way, how about coming out with all these cut backs you are claiming you have made, show the public your last few years of concessions, pay cuts, etc. Hey voters, write this down, lets not forget when these two new schools are open, they will want you to approve two more, or something else. So just “turn your pockets inside out,” let them in, they won’t stop until you do. Mike Terry Naegele Road Amelia

Learn from the past

I’m proud more than 150 citizens came to the special Pierce Township trustees’ meeting Feb. 23. Questions from Pierce Citizens Focus on Community were presented at the trustees’ last regular meeting. The purpose was to have the trustees answer those questions, mostly about the township facilitation program and its director. We asked what has been accomplished and about milestones showing on-going development. Answers were vague and citizens were told to “look at the facilitation Web site” for answers. About the process of hiring and the contract involving this position, citizens were told, “This is what we did – it’s history.” I have been told on many occasions citizens are not really interested in moving forward, but are stuck in the past. My response is history is very important and we learn from history. The quote that best suits this dialogue is: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863-1952) Let’s be sure this debacle is not repeated in Pierce Township. We are just beginning our journey and it is my sincere hope that we pack the Pierce Township meetings from now on. See you at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Gloria J. White for PCFC Behymer Road Pierce Township

This week’s question

I just marvel every time I think of the hours they had to keep, and the effort they had to exert, and I am grateful.” B.B.

Would you consider or are you considering a Toyota for your next car, given the company’s recent recalls and safety concerns? Why or why not?

“I think the road crews do a great job! Our street does seem to not get plowed quite as quickly as others, but I really don’t mind. Hey, if snow on my street is all I have to worry about these days, I am doing pretty good!” L.D.

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Too bad Brian Hawkins withdrew his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District. He’s a class act in an arena which has forgotten what class means. Since we can’t risk adding a single Democrat to Congress at this crucial stage, I’ll probably vote for the incumbent, with reservations. Jean, your recent voting record indicates that you finally get it. But please don’t further embarrass our district with another inappropriate floor speech, or camping out for the president’s autograph at the State Of The Union addresses. In the words of legendary football coach Paul Brown, “Act like you’ve been there before.” Responding to guest columnist Frank Renn (Feb. 24), I still have Archie Wilson’s yard signs in my barn from his last campaign. Archie is a good man. But the same close-minded Republican Central Committee endorsing him now also endorsed party puppet Ed Humphrey. Politics as usual. Scott Croswell has proven himself in the job. A man of principle who is dedicated to his constituents, not his political agenda. Why replace him? Got tea? I do. Join me in the second American Revolution. First call to arms: Nov. 2, 2010. There will be more. Stay the course. John Joseph Manila Road Goshen

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spent countless hours working on the ball diamonds, preparing them for practices and games and coaching Knothole baseball. I just knew you did it, you loved it and the boys’ you coached made you so proud. I now understand what a difference you made in each life you touched. To Bill Over: To win this award named in your honor is such a gift and a blessing. Thank you, Bill, for the vision of seeing in all of us the best this county has to offer. You were a gift to me wrapped up in such a way to challenge me to do more and be better and I was not about to let you down. I love who you were and are to me. Cyndy Wright is the 2010 winner of the William H. Over Award presented Feb. 25 at Salute to Leaders hosted by Clermont 20/20.

Hawkins won’t run for U.S. House For the last couple of months I have been contemplating a run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 2nd District. After much deliberation, I have decided not to file my petitions, and thus, will not be running for the Republican nomination in 2010. My concern for the 2nd District has not changed. Despite the Republican resurgence we have seen nationally, there is still a significant risk that the 2nd District will swing to the Democrats in November. If David Krikorian wins the Democratic primary and faces Jean Schmidt, he will attract many disgruntled conservative voters who are dissatisfied with the status quo. And despite Mr. Krikorian’s fiscal conservative pedigree, the taking of this Congressional seat by the Democrats may be the key to keeping Pelosi in power.

This country c a n n o t afford two more years of this tyranny. At last count, there Brian were no less Hawkins than four Community c a n d i d a t e s Press guest in the runfor the columnist ning Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. In an open primary, those are surmountable odds. However, when one candidate is an incumbent, such folly is simply a means of draining resources and weakening the party for the general election. A group run-off creates multiple factions within the party, thus diminishing our chances of winning in November. I encourage all candidates to

discuss ideals and vision, but remember that May 5 we have to come together again. The tremendous outpouring of support for my candidacy humbles me. What has been the most encouraging is the fact that many of the folks who were willing to help were longtime conservatives who had never been active in the election process. Simply stated, we shared a vision of what America should be, and we were working together to see it through. My heart-felt thanks goes to every one of you. For now, I will continue to focus my energy on the financial challenges facing the city of Milford, and on raising my family. I also will be writing thank you notes and returning every single penny collected from my gracious donors. You can expect my ongoing pressure

on our Republican politicians to provide both fiscally- and socially-conservative leadership. Americans are resilient, and if government will get out of the way, we can get this country and economy back on track. Also, “In God We Trust” continues to be a priority for a number of us. My vote and endorsement will go to the Republican candidate who best exemplifies these ideals. I wish the remaining candidates the best of luck over the next 75 days, and I encourage you to keep the Republican primary clean. Please remember that this election is about serving America, not about you. Brian Hawkins is a Milford council member, who had announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District. He lives on Forest Avenue in Milford.

reduction in power consumption. At Milford High School, technology is helping to e x t e n d Lynn Ochs l e a r n i n g Community opportunities Press guest t h r o u g h course columnist online offerings and the use of tools such as podcasts, Wikis (online collaboration) and Ning (social learning

network). In addition, several high school teachers are using technology to connect and collaborate with students across the globe on a variety of curriculum-related projects. Gifted students at the elementary level are experiencing their first online learning courses through the use of a free software package called Moodle. Several elementary teachers are piloting the use of Skype (online video conferencing) to connect their

students to classrooms across the city, country and world. Our second meeting takes place in March. We will continue to update the community about this exciting process. We also will continue to share information about developments in technology and how it impacts education for our students. Lynn Ochs is technology coordinator for the Milford Exempted Village School District.

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City of Milford award winner Charlie Evans mingles with his wife, Lisa Evans, and Glenn Patrosky, of the Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Wayne Township Fire and Rescue Chief Dave Moulden enjoys some family time during Salute to Leaders. Moulden was presented with the Wayne Township award for his work with both the fire department and the board of trustees. From left: Kelli Moulden, Dave Moulden and Heather Moulden.

The Union Township Honor Guard presented the colors for Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 25.

Salute to Leaders honors volunteers Community Press Staff Report

Clermont 20/20 held its annual Salute to Leaders event Thursday, Feb. 25. During the event, volunteers and leaders in the community are awarded for their service and dedication to a variety of activities in the county. PHOTOS KELLIE GEIST/STAFF

Clermont 20/20 board of trustees member Chris Smith, left, and Lykins Companies President Jeff Lykins talk about community news while waiting for the Salute to Leaders program to start.

Gary West, left, a sergeant with the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, was awarded the Pierce Township award. Despite his 18-month battle with cancer, West continued to coach baseball, basketball and football. He also has coached the WithamsvilleTobasco Eagles team for 10 years. Presenting the award is Clermont 20/20 board chair-elect Kurt Kiessling.

The Batavia Township trustees and staff accepted the Community Project Award for the Batavia Township Veterans Memorial Plaza. The memorial, which honors the troops and fallen heroes of the country’s current and past wars, especially the War on Terror, was dedicated in the fall. From left are: Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Andrew McCreanor, Batavia Township Trustee Archie Wilson, Fiscal Officer Jennifer Haley, Trustee Lee Cornett, Service Director Ken Embry, Administrator Rex Parsons and Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley, who is a township resident.

The winners are as follows: Community awards

Members of the St. Andrews St. Vincent de Paul and the Milford community came out to support St. Vincent de Paul volunteer Nancy Haines, who was presented the Miami Township award. From left are: Jeananne Sheely, Annette Hudson, Milford council member Charlene Hinners, Haines and Marvin Hudson.

Dr. Richard J. Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award: Angelo Santoro Civic Award: Connie Taggart Education Award: Chris Rolph Environmental/Parks and Recreation Award: Jim and Frances Wilson Health/Health Care Award: Karen Scherra Human Services Award: Wade Grabowski Rural Interest Award: Dan and Donna Rouster Safety and Justice Award: Clermont County OVI Court Community Project Award: Batavia Township’s Veterans Memorial Plaza Up ‘N Over Youth Leadership

Award: Jacob Hogue

Township/City Awards

Batavia Township: Viola Sibert Franklin Township: James (Jim) Napier Goshen Township: Elaine Didday Jackson Township: Patsy Herron Miami Township: Nancy Haines Monroe Township: Jerry Henderson Ohio Township: Ralph Shepherd Pierce Township: Gary West Stonelick Township: Neil Leist Tate Township: Charlie Quehl Union Township: Ken Hare Washington Township: Larry West Wayne Township: Dave Moulden Williamsburg Township: Frank Schube City of Milford: Charles Evans

The Clermont County Operating a Vehicle Impaired Court was awarded the Safety and Justice Awarded at Salute to Leaders. From left: Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Andrew McCreanor; Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg; Todd Stoffel, assistant prosecutor; Michael Jones, Clermont Recovery Center; John Sheth, probation department; Mary Gibson, Clermont Recovery Center; Municipal Court Judge James Shriver; Joe Ellison, probation; Lt. Pam Babcock, sheriff’s office.


Whole In My Heart Military Support is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Registration and fellowship is at 6:30 p.m. The group is dedicated to supporting and encouraging family and friends of men and women serving. All are welcome. It is free. Call 752-2921.

Fish fry Friday

Pick from various events around the area Friday, March 5:

• Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289 Fish Fry is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 265 Foundry in Batavia. Menu includes fish, cole slaw, French fries, hush puppies and beverages. Carryout is available. The cost is $8 meal; $4 sandwich. Call 732-9035. • American Legion Post 72 is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 497 Old Ohio 74 in Mount Carmel. Choose from fish or shrimp platters. Other menu items are available. Carryout is available. The cost is $6.50 for platters. Call 528-9909. • St. Peter Men’s Club Fish

Fry is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church in New Richmond, 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road. They have fried and baked fish and sides. Dessert and drink included. Carryout is available. Benefits parish projects. The cost is $7.50 adult, $4 children under 12. Call 553-3267.

Card party

Monroe Grange members will host a Card Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. This is open to the public.

State representatives Joe Uecker, left, and Danny Bubp presented Clermont 20/20 with certificates commemorating the organization’s 20th anniversary. From left are: Uecker, Clermont 20/20 Board Chair Eric Grothaus, Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Andrew McCreanor and Bubp.

Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Andrew McCreanor presented Clermont Northeastern High School senior Jacob Hogue with the 2010 Salute to Leaders Up 'N Over Youth Leadership Award. Hogue is a student aide and camp counselor. He also volunteers with Fayetteville Hopewell Center, A Kid Again center, various soup kitchens and for the Owensville Historical Society. Hogue, who spent time helping handicapped people attend presidential rallies, also maintains a 3.629 grade point average.

Andrew McCreanor, Clermont 20/20 executive director, presented Cyndy Wright with the William H. Over Leadership Award during Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 25. Wright is a Clermont 20/20 board member and has volunteered with the Clermont Counseling Center, Clermont Senior Service, the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Clermont County.

Share your events Go to and click on Share! to get your event into the Community Journal. Euchre is the main game played, but other games are available. Four games are played, then everyone breaks for dinner, with sandwiches, pie, soft drinks, coffee and water available. Then everyone will go back to finish the other four games. The cost is only $1.50 per person to play. Monroe Grange will meet

at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the hall, weather permitting. For the program, Sharon Brumagem from Clermont Senior Services will talk about the services provided.

Become a spy

Clermont County Public Library is hosting “Spy Academy”1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Amelia Branch Library,

58 Maple St., Amelia. Learn to write and read invisible messages, code breaking and participate in a secret mission. The event is free. Registration is required. Call 752-5580.


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Volunteers of the Library Meeting, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Meeting. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700; Milford.


Drop-In Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Stories, dance and a craft. Ages 3-6. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Winter Story Time, 10 a.m. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Ages 1 1/25. Stories, games and crafts.Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Interactive story time with parent. Tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Anderson Hills MOPS meeting, 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers meeting. Mothers of children birth-kindergarten. Child care available, $4 per child. $23.95 one-year membership; plus $5 per meeting, free for firsttimers. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers. 231-4172. Anderson Township.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 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. 8311711; Union Township.


Breakfast & Bingo, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Chickfil-A Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. No. 612, Free bingo with prizes. Coffee free for seniors. Free. Presented by Chick-Fil-A Eastgate Mall. 943-4232. Eastgate.


Whole In My Heart Military Support, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Registration and fellowship 6:30 p.m. Dedicated to supporting and encouraging family and friends of men and women serving. All welcome. Free. Presented by Whole In My Heart. 752-2921. Union Township. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 5


Frontier Square Dance Club, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. Plus-level square and round dance club. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. $5. 929-2427; Milford.


Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Cafeteria. Fried or baked fish, shrimp Caesar salad and cheese pizza dinners with sides, drinks and dessert. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 388-0031 carryout. Anderson Township. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry, Fish, cole slaw, french fries, hush puppies and beverages. Carryout available. $8 meal; $4 sandwich. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish or shrimp platters. Other menu items available. Carryout available. $6.50 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Fish, shrimp, chicken, fries, baked potato, coleslaw and applesauce. Includes dinner and two sides. Carryout available. $6 dinner, $4.50 sandwich only, $1.50 extra per side item. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Mary Church, 3398 Ohio 125, Includes fish, shrimp, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryout available. Presented by St. Mary Church - Bethel. 7344041. Bethel. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road. Salmon, fried cod, shrimp, cheese pizza, sandwiches, gourmet or tossed salad, baked potato, fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Drive-through and walk-in carryout available. $1-$9. 683-0105; Loveland. St. Peter Men’s Club Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Peter Church - New Richmond, 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Fried and baked fish and sides. Dessert and drink included. Carryout available. Benefits parish projects. $7.50 adult, $4 children under 12. 553-3267. New Richmond. United Methodist Men’s Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road. Includes fish, chicken, shrmip macaroni and cheese or French fries, cole slaw and desserts. Carryout available. Benefits Church projects. $10 all you can eat; $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 12 and under. 722-2541. Goshen. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5890 Buckwheat Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish, baked salmon, fried shrimp, and cheese pizza along with green beans, french fries, mac-n-cheese, onion rings, parsley potatoes, garden salad, cole slaw and dinner rolls served. Benefits church ministries. Family friendly. $4-$8. 575-0119; Milford.


CNC Community Coffeehouse, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Bistro. Music by Dinah Devoto and Pat Kennedy. Free coffee and tea; locally-made pie available for purchase. Bring your own alcoholic beverages. No activities for children. Ages 18 and up. $10, $8 members. 831-1711; Union Township.


Music From Scratch, 7 p.m. Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Percussion Group Cincinnati, trio of master percussionists create landscape of sound. Recommended for grades K-8. Ages 6 and under must be accompanied by adult. $6, $4 children, seniors and UC students. Reservations required by Jan. 12. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 558-1215. Batavia.


Promont House Museum, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Promont House Museum, 906 Main St. 1865 Italianate Victorian home of Ohio Gov. John Pattison. Decorated in Victorian style. $5, $1 ages 11 and under. 248-0324. Milford.

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Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m. Author John Fitzgerald discusses “A Peaceable Pilgrimage,” a book which traces the roots of Friends, Methodists, Church of Christ, Shakers and Presbyterians in our region. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Free, visitors welcome. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. 723-3423; Batavia.


Cheese Making and More: A Culinary Retreat, 5 p.m. Concludes 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 7. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Hands-on experience with making yogurt, fromage blanc, ricotta and mozzarella cheese and discuss how hard cheeses are made. Includes samples to take home. Ages 18 and up. $190 overnight, $175 commuter. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 10 a.m.noon, Bank of America, 8315 Beechmont Ave. Participants provided materials that will walk them through process of purchasing a home. Free pre-qualification available. Free. Reservations recommended. Presented by Bank of America Home Loans. 474-6350. Anderson Township.


Spy Academy, 1 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Learn to write and read invisible messages, code breaking and participate in a secret mission. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Weather Mania, 2 p.m. Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Learn about weird and wacky weather. The Hands Up! Puppet Troupe presents “Walking Through the Seasons with Sheldon and Sheep.” Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-6084. Owensville.


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


Bethel Historical Society & Museum, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Bethel Historical Society Museum, State Route 125 and Main Street, Space in Grant Memorial Building holds historical documents and memorabilia of Bethel area. Also open by appointment. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Clermont County Historical Society. 753-8672. Bethel.


Turkey Shoot, 1 p.m. American Legion Post 237, 2215 Memory Lane. Free, additional cost to shoot. 732-0331. Batavia.


Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting a Salamander Celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. It is a program and naturalist-led hike. Bring a flashlight. It is open to ages 5 and up. The cost is $6, $3 children; $4, $1 children for members. Registration is required. Call 831-1711.


AllyBeads Bridal Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. AllyBeads, Free. 831-8300; Milford. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 7

FOOD & DRINK Breakfast Buffet, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Country buffet breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash and more. Eggs cooked to order along with coffee, juice and milk. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $7, $3 children 9 and under. 831-9876. Milford. LECTURES

The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road. Information on how to increase happiness and get the life you want. With Sonja Lyubomirsky and Donna Mayerson. Benefits Jewish Family Service. Ages 18 and up. $85, $70 advance for professionals; $25, $20 advance. Registration required. Presented by Jewish Family Service. 766-3352; Loveland.


Soul’d Out Quartet, 7 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church, 402 West Plane St. Bring a covered dish for fellowship dinner at 6 p.m. Family friendly.Free, donations accepted. 734-7201. Bethel.


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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS CLUBS & Anime Club, 5:30 p.m. New Richmond Branch ORGANIZATIONS Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Watch and discuss anime movies. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Milford. Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group, 2 p.m. “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys. Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.



Dining and Dancing with the Cincinnati Sinatra, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet available. Reservations recommended. 9431888; Eastgate.

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Batavia Homemakers Meeting, 10:30 a.m. Linda Eppler from Senior Services will speak about services available. Faith United Methodist Church, 180 Fifth St. Presented by Batavia Homemakers. 732-0656. Batavia.


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.


Promont House Museum, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 11 and under. 248-0324. Milford. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 6834686; Symmes Township. Worship Service, 8 a.m. St. Andrew Church Milford, 552 Main St. Free. Presented by St. Andrew Church-Milford. 831-3353. Milford.

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Preschool Story Time, noon, Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. 734-2619. Bethel.


Spring Gardening Workshops Series, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tricks of the Trade - from Pods to Plants: How to increase the chanc of your seedlings growing to maturity. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. $25; $10 each. Registration required. 732-7070; e-mail Owensville.


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Bethel Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 7342619. Bethel.


Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m. Mike Ladrick, active researcher and genealogist presents “Finding Your Homestead Using Land Records.” Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road. $15 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Amelia. 520-6390. Amelia.


Italian Comfort Food, 5 p.m. Lemon chicken. Padrino, 111 Main St. Italian entree served with mashed potatoes, veggies and a side salad. Prepared by Chef Paul Barraco. $13. 965-0100; Milford.


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


Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Music Hall, for a show of Chinese dance and music. The company is a group of artists who share in a vision of cultural renewal and are classically trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians and vocalists. The performance is part of a 20-country world tour. Tickets are $125, $90, $70, $50, and $30. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Wii Gamers Night, 7 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, For tweens and teens. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221. Goshen.

PROVIDED The Weston Art Gallery hosts “Canstruction,” a canned goods sculpture exhibit highlighting the issue of hunger in Greater Cincinnati and benefiting the Freestore Foodbank. The exhibit is through March 15 and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is free. The public is encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to the Freestore Foodbank. The gallery is at 650 Walnut St. Visit


Community Journal

March 3, 2010


Can there be a thrill in monotony? Two ways can lead us to more deeply drink of life. One way is that of awareness. We overlook too much meaning, perceive only the veneer, and don’t take enough time to pan for the gold of understanding. As a remedy for superficiality a psychologist might begin by mentioning Plato’s belief that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” To encourage the same awareness a spiritual counselor might facetiously suggest an unaware adult replace the line from a child’s bedtime prayer, “if I should die before I wake…” with, “if I should wake before I die.” Many times I have written of deepening our awareness in life. Today I suggest a secondary mode. It is a paradoxical suggestion – gain the appreciation of life by insights into monotony. Modern minds hate monotony. The repetitious has little attraction. “Been there, seen it, done that,”

peeked through chapel window into our sleepy eyes, the musicians began our opening song. It was a song made popular years before by Cat Stevens: “Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird…” I still remember its impact. The lyrics brought home to me the wonderful repetition of God’s creative act that is repeated each day. Suddenly, I looked on the monotony (?) of each morning as part of God’s romance of us – using the monotony of daily beauty as a reminder of the primordial beauty with which he first endowed the world. Because God is full of life, he can also enjoy the thrill that comes from sameness as well as newness. “I can imagine Almighty God, with something of the joy and exuberance that belongs to a child, saying each morning to the sun, ‘Do it again,’ and every

and forward, not here or within. Repetition of what is experienced now only breeds boredom and monotony. But couldn’t the contrary be true? Instead of saying that those who are full of life hate monotony, couldn’t we say that those who are actually full of life also find a positive thrill in monotony? A child is certainly full of life. Yet, if we play a fun game with a child or do an amusing trick, they’ll say, “Do it again.” If we tell them a story, they won’t say Aunt Edna already told me that. They’ll most likely say, “Tell me again.” Patiently build a house of cards, and after it falls they’ll say “Do it again.” The child is an innocent spark of a God who delights in the new as well as in repetition. I remember the impact on me when, as seminarian, I heard an old song in a new way. One morning, at an early springtime Mass, as the sunlight

we say as if to avoid repeating what we think we already know. C u l t u r a l l y, the modern mind hates the monotony of the Father Lou same spouse, Guntzelman the same car, the same fashion, Perspectives the same morals, and a commitment to anything permanent. We think that makes us more free. So we frenetically search for new thrills, new chemical or experiential highs, new religions, extreme sports, etc. – anything to avoid being swallowed by monotony. Adherents of this search for the new might argue thus: everything that is full of life loves change because life is ever changing. Life is always looking ahead

evening saying to the moon and stars, ‘Do it again,’ and every springtime saying to the daisies, ‘Do it again,’” wrote Bishop Fulton Sheen. God has the eternal appetite of the vibrancy manifested in infancy. We have sinned and grown old, but our Father is younger than we. The repetition of nature may not be mere monotonous reoccurrence but a divine encore for our enjoyment. And some day, after we have struggled with our life-dramas and repetitive problems – and become victorious through God’s grace – we, too, may be called again and again as a curtain-call before the universe. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Plates, bill of sale needed to protect car sellers to take the With car dealers offering license deals on new cars these plates off days, more and more people the car, so are considering selling their when the old cars. b u y e r But, if you’re planning went next on selling your car on your door to own, a word of warning so take care you don’t get stung like a Howard Ain of the reglocal man. Jason Korte is a 22-yearHey Howard! i s t r a t i o n he said old college student from North College Hill who he’d take care of it. I guess wanted to sell his truck. He he went in there and did nothing. He left my advertised on the license plates on Internet, found a buyer and got paid Failing to take the car,” Korte said. Korte didn’t in cash. your license learn what had He said he plates from a happened until thought he did three months later everything right, car you sell is when that buyer but ended up los- actually ran into a parked ing his driving car. Korte got stuck privileges and against the with a bill from that more. law. car owner’s insur“The buyer and I went to the title office and ance company. “They’re saying I owe we basically signed the title, transferred it. But, looking them damages of around back now he didn’t have the $7,800. I called them and proof of insurance with him said I didn’t have a wreck nor did he have his driver’s and didn’t know what they license – and they still let us were talking about,” he do the title transfer,” said said. “They said it was about a Korte. Korte had signed the red truck that I let my friend back of his title and the drive, and that I didn’t have buyer signed acknowledg- insurance. I said I had sold ing the odometer statement. that truck to him,” Korte “I did not have the tools said.

It turns out that sale was never recorded by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – and remember Korte had left his license plates on the car. Failing to take your license plates from a car you sell is actually against the law. Korte’s driver’s license has now been suspended because he didn’t have insurance on the truck he still legally owned. The BMV said Korte must settle with the insurance company before he’ll be allowed to drive again. “I don’t even know what to do. It’s driving me nuts. They’re saying I owe them more than $7,000 before I can even start driving,” Korte said. Technically, the insurance company can also go after the driver who ran into the parked car. But, that person was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. Korte is now trying to provide proof he had actually sold the vehicle and received payment. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers several tips for selling your car.

• Always stay with the buyer until you see the vehicle transferred into the buyer’s name. • Always take your license plates with you, which guarantees that the

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Community Journal


March 3, 2010

Spice up your Lenten fish dish with salsa At the beginning of Lent, I bring out my Mom’s ancient hand-hewn wooden bowl from Lebanon and sit it on the counter. Whenever I peel a yellow onion, the papery skins go into the bowl. Yesterday, our youngest grandchild, little Eva who will be 2 years old this week, helped pull the skins from the onions for the first time. She will join her cousins the day before Easter helping me color the eggs with natural colorings, like the onion skins, turmeric, beet juice, red cabbage, etc. I’ll share the recipe as we get closer to Easter. Lent is a great time to eat less meat, so the recipe I’m sharing today for tilapia is a good one to get you started.

Tilapia with tomatoes and capers salsa

4 pieces tilapia or salmon

Brush with a bit of olive

oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Run under broiler about four to six minutes, turning the fish over if thick. Or sauté. Just don’t overcook it. Check out my blog on for vegetarian recipes for Lent.


2 cups chopped tomato 1 ⁄2 cup chopped parsley 1-2 tablespoons capers, drained (I like 2) 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional but very good) 1 scant tablespoon minced garlic Several tablespoons of olive oil – go to taste Salt and pepper to taste

John T’s mock turtle soup

For Lucine Erb, a Hilltop Press reader.

11⁄2 pounds ground beef 3 quarts HOT water 20 to 30 gingersnaps 1 large onion 1 medium carrot 1 lemon 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce 1 small bottle ketchup (14-ounce) 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 4 hard-boiled eggs (finely chopped) 2 tablespoons sherry wine (or vinegar) Small bag of pickling spice Place the meat and gingersnaps in the hot water and allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Grind or grate the onion and the carrot and add to mixture. Slice the lemon paper thin and add to mixture. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Suspend bag of pickling spice into mixture. Cook over a low heat for 2 to 3

hours. Stir frequently. Add finely chopped eggs about half-hour before finish. Add wine (or vinegar). Cool quickly by placing in sink of cold water. When cool, place in refrigerator until ready for use. Mixture will keep for a week or more if refrigerated. Can also be frozen for later use. Enjoy!

Web recipes

Check out the Web version of my column at for more great mock turtle soup recipes.

Rooting out recipes

Barleycorn’s dressing: Reader Kathy Snow said Barleycorn’s Bleu Cheese dressing is sold by the jar at each location. Pudding w/out milk or eggs: For Pat Kremer, a Recorder reader, who wants to make it for someone on a restricted diet due to illness. San Antonio Parish pizza: Mike, a Glendale

reader, remembers the pizza served at this church during summer festivals in the 1960s. “The festivals were held in a lot across from the little Italian church on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount.” It was prepared in the church basement and was square, heavy on seasonings, simple, yet different from restaurant-style pizza.

Still looking for

Chicken like old Tasty Bird, Kenwood Plaza store. Bridge Café Milford’s maple bacon dressing and chicken salad Karlos, Springdale’s country penne pasta. Whiskey’s Restaurant, Lawrenceburg’s peanut coleslaw and hearty nobean Texas chili. Jeff Ruby’s macadamia ice cream pie with ganache topping.

Goetta origin update

I can’t wait to share this

information with Mark BalRita asa of Heikenfeld Glier’s Meats – Rita’s kitchen they make a great goetta. Charlene Mecklenburg, Manfred Schnetzer and Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, president of the German-American Citizens League and curator of the German Heritage Museum in Cleves, all sent in fascinating information about the origins of goetta. Turns out it comes from northern Germany, and those folks who immigrated to our area carried the goetta-making tradition with them. More on our Web version of this column. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Is your septic system sick? The Clermont County General Health District is accepting applications for the septic rehabilitation program. This program uses Community Development Block Grant funds to assist homeowners with repairs on malfunctioning septic systems and to replace systems beyond repair. The Septic Rehab Program also can assist homeowners in connecting to accessible public sewer systems. Each qualifying homeowner could potentially receive up to $14,000

toward the cost of repairing or replacing an existing septic system or for a connection to a public sewer system. Homeowners must meet certain requirements to qualify for the program. The applicant must be the homeowner and live at the property, property taxes and Basic System Assessment fees must be paid up to the current date, and the homeowner must meet Section 8 income guidelines and asset limitations. The program is not available for homes without an existing septic

system, rental properties or properties being purchased on a land contract. Application packets for the Septic Rehab Program are available by contacting the General Health District and asking for Donna at 732-7601 or by clicking on Septic Rehab under Hot Topics on the health district’s Web site There is no application fee. The completed applications must be returned to the health district by the end of business Friday, March 5. PROVIDED.

The Wyler Family Foundation and the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family recently donated this Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup to aid in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

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ized Florida location to the port in Haiti. Every Jeff Wyler dealership location will be collecting cash donations as well as bottled water, non-perishable food items and toiletries in conjunction with the Haiti relief effort. All items collected will be donated locally to the Matthew: 25 Ministries in Kenwood. The Jeff Wyler Automotive Family of Dealerships, representing 28 manufacturer franchises across 10 locations throughout the Tristate, has been in operation since 1973.



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Community Journal

March 3, 2010


Basketball teams’ season something to brag about Howdy folks, The Bethel-Tate High School has some bragging rights now, not only have they been rated excellent by the state’s standards, but now having a year with the boys basketball team winning every game this year. In a game like this there were some excellent players, but the entire team had a hand in winning. It takes more than a few to accomplish this wonderful feat. The entire team and coaches have worked hard and the entire school was backing them. Congratulations from the Ole Fisherman and wife. This has been a great thing for the Bethel sports, this was the first time in the history of the Bethel-Tate High School to go the entire season to win every game. The school will take each team, both boys and girls

basketball teams to each school and walk them through, so the students can cheer them, the school will use buses for this event. Now, I have been writing about the boys team, don’t let everyone forget about the girls basketball team. I was told they won their first tournament game. They along with the boys team, play this Wednesday evening, the boys at Mason and the girls at Withrow. Each of the players have a dedication to the school, themselves and the community is so proud of you. When you see any of them congratulate them. We were watching the R.F.D. Station and they reported on switch grass. They are using this grass to put in pellets, then mix them with coal to keep fire in the electrical power plants. The switch grass I

was told, can grow from 5 feet to 10 feet tall, in reading the book, “Little House on the Prairie” it sounds like the same grass as they cut for hay. The report was that one farmer planted five acres of this grass, it will be cut and baled then sent to a plant where it will be ground then made into pellets. This will be another crop for the farmers to take advantage of and also help with the fuel for electricity. The birds have been busy at the bird feeders, I kept seeing the Oriole and looking closer, it was the Orchard Oriole. I keep three bird books on the kitchen table so we can identify different birds. We have six different kinds of woodpeckers. One is the Flicker, a large distinctly brown woodpecker. It is a beautiful bird with a long bill and

black spots on it’s chest. It uses it’s tail feathers to help balance at suet feeders. Between the cats and the tufted titmouse, chickadee, bluejay, white-breasted nuthatch, house finch and other birds, the dry cat food is disappearing quickly. Last Monday, Ruth Ann was wondering what to fix for the noon meal, so she got some asparagus from the freezer and made soup. Boy with some onions in the soup, it was good. We had some apples in the refrigerator in the garage so Ruth Ann said we need to take care of them. We got them from the A.& M. Farm in November, so we peeled the half bushel. Ruth Ann uses the crock pot to make apple butter. It takes about 36 hours of cooking in the crockpot and when it is done along with hot biscuits that really gets

the tastebuds going. While I was writing this Ruth Ann made waffles for breakfast with maple syrup. It was scrumptious. Eat your heart out folks! Now Ruth Ann will put the “recipe” for the apple butter and also the bacon gravy I talked about before. She had a request for that recipe from Beth and Laura Caudill of Miami Township.

Apple Butter

Peel or if the skins are in good shape just quarter apples and cook down like for apple sauce. Run through a Foley Mill or other way of making them into sauce. Pour into crock pot, add sugar to taste, cinnamon and about 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Let cook until thick and dark in color. Our large batch of about one-half bushel of apples took about 36 hours on high. Stir occasionally.

While hot put in clean jars and seal.

Bacon gravy

For the George two of us, I Rooks cut up three Ole slices of bacon, if you Fisherman want more bacon in yours, you use as much as you wish. Fry the bacon in a skillet, when it is cooked, add flour to the bacon and the grease until it is thick. Then add milk and let cook to the thickness you wish. I don’t want it real thick to put on the biscuits. 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.

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Some older adults believe frailty, decreased strength, being inactive and falling are an inevitable part of the aging process. The cost of being frail and not being able to be active is high and impacts individuals physically, emotionally and financially. One in three older adults fall every year and the average cost of treating a hip fracture in an adult over 72 years is about $14,900. Research on healthy aging and injury prevention has shown that improving strength and being active and independent can be achievable goals for many older adults and help them live full productive lives. Moderate exercise, good nutrition, taking medicine correctly, regular vision and hearing exams and home safety consultations are the key to keeping older adults safe and independent in


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Athenaeum of Ohio

The Athenaeum Chorale, under the direction of music director Anthony DiCello, will present Lenten Vespers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7. The Rev. Kenneth Morman, Athenaeum dean of students will preside. The vespers will be in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Music will include: “Super Flumina Babylonis,” G. P. da Palestrina; “God So Loved the World,” John Stainer; and “Ave Regina Coelorum,” Edwin Fissinger. The address is 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 2312223.

Bethel United Methodist

The church is hosting the Soul’d Out Quartet at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 7, for an evening of music in the Bethel UMC sanctuary. Soul’d Out Quartet is a great act for all ages. Their performance includes hymns with just piano, bass and vocals, to progressive gospel with full tracks to back the vocals. Bring a covered dish before the

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Real Life Assembly of God 2300 Old SR. 32, Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-4228 Sundays Adult Service 10:30am Super Church 10:30am Royal Rangers 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study, Youth Group & Kids Club 7:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Joe’s Place Teen Center 1:00-4:00pm Real People, Real Issues, Real Life

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


March 3, 2010 performance at 6 p.m. for a fellowship dinner featuring soups, salads and desserts. Donations will be received and CDs of the quartet’s music will be available for purchase. Singers from each Bethel Church are invited to join in the Bethel Community Choir to prepare for a Community Easter Musical. The Bethel Community Choir will be presenting “Come, Touch the Robe” by Pepper Choplin of Lorenz Publishing Company, directed by Rhonda Bennett. This musical presentation will be presented at the beginning of Community Holy Week Services, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Office phone is 734-7201. Interested singers may call or visit practice each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church. The church is at 402 West Plane St., Bethel; 734-7201.

CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH Bible Based Teaching Christ-Centered Worship Family Style Fellowship Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm 2249 Old State Road 32, Batavia




St. Bernadette Church


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

Trinity United Methodist

1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM



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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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


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

Goshen United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Sunday 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; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

844 State Rt. 131

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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

513 831 0196

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



FRIENDSHIP Lutheran Church (ELCA)

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

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM 1300 White Oak Road Amelia, Ohio 513-752-5265

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


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

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

UNITED METHODIST We’re trying a New Blend


Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400 Faith United Methodist Church 180 North Fifth Street, Batavia, Ohio David W. Phaneuf - Minister 732-2027 Sunday School 9:15am; Worship 10:30am Nursery Provided United Methodist Youth, Men & Women Organizations Handicap Accessibility

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


Amelia United Methodist Church Located at 19 East Main Street 513.753.6770

Schedule of Services: Sunday School 9:00-9:45am; Sunday Morning Celebration 10:00am - Nursery provided; Childrens Ministry 10:00; Sunday Evening Operation Great Commission 6:00pm; Wed - Bible Study 7:00pm; Wed. - Youth Group 7:00pm.

AUMY! Youth Group grades 6 to 12 Sunday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come Join Us…. Marc Quinter, Pastor

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

St. Peter Catholic Church

The Men’s Club of the church is sponsoring a Fish Fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent, beginning Friday, Feb. 19 through Good Friday, April 2. The menu offers choice of deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni; or baked cod with toss salad and baked potato, and grilled cheese. Eat in or carry out. Dessert and drink included with price of meal. Proceeds benefit parish projects. The church is at 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond; 553-3267.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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 meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125 Sunday Worship. 10:00am

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley Youth Director- JD Young



vineyard eastgate community church

Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate) Sunday Services 9:00, 10:15 & 11:45 AM


Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director


PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH



Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

“To Become and Make Disciples Of Christ”

Children’s & Junior Church During Service Infant / Toddler Nursery Available

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

Pastor Mike Smith

Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

“Room for the Whole Family” 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

The men of St. Joseph will be sponsoring a Fish Fry at St. Mary Church. The hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It runs through Friday, March 26. Menu items include fish (baked or fried), shrimp, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, French fries, refreshments, homemade pies and cakes, and other desserts. The church is at 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel; 734-4041.

Welcomes You

MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

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

(St. Rt. 125 & Church St.) Amelia, Ohio

HOUSE OF RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER 1487 SR 131, Milford, OH Rev. Jeff Wolf 575-2011


St. Mary Church

United Methodist Church


A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

Sunday School Class 9:30 a.m.

“Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262

SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

Sundayy Worshipp Service......8:30am,, 10:30am Sunday d SSchool.......................9:30am h l 93 w/nursery & children’s church


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

The church is hosting a Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday evening until Easter. Menu includes cod fish, fries, cole slaw and roll or sandwich bun. Drinks and desserts are included. Individual fish sandwiches and a children’s menu of fish sticks or hot dogs also will be available. Carryout is available. Everyone welcome. The church hosts Sunday School at 9 a.m. and Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is at Locust Corner and Wagner roads, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

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

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115



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

THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist



100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Pastor: Tom Bevers

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

Locust Corner United Methodist Church



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

Laurel United Methodist

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and church worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road, Laurel; 553-3043.

The church will host Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Ohio

Community Church of Nazarene



Sunday Service is at 10:45 a.m. The church is at Washington and Union streets, New Richmond; 553-2397.

ceeds benefit church projects. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen; 722-2541.

The United Methodist Men are hosting Lenten Fish Fries at the church. They will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 5, 12 and 19. Suggested donations for the meal are $10 all you can eat, $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. The menu includes fish, chicken, shrimp (donation price posted), fries, macaroni and cheese, slaw and various desserts. Drinks are included. Pro-


Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church

may be purchased at concession stand. Coolers are welcome at this event, but no outside food. The event also includes spilt the pot and silent auction. All proceeds from this event will go directly to a Lifeline Mission group traveling to Haiti March 18. Funds will be used to purchase medications for the people of Haiti. For more information, call Terra at 295-6772, or email Mail checks payable to Blessings For Haiti, c/o Terra Prather, 505 Hudson Ave., Milford OH 45150. The church is at 5874 Montclair Boulevard, Milford; 831-4373.

Eastside Christian Church Eastside Christian Church and Harvest Point Christian Church are combining efforts to host a Cornhole Tournament and a Scrapbooking Event to raise money to send medication and other supplies to Haiti. The Blessings For Haiti fundraising Cornhole Tournament is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Milford Community Firemen’s Hall. The cost is $30 per team of two by Feb. 26, or $40 after Feb. 26. There are prizes for first, second and third. Tournament price includes slice of pizza and drink for each player. Additional snacks

Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services

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

2099 Batavia. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. The church is at 4650 Ohio 132, Batavia; 575-9155.


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

1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Rev. Kathleen B. Haines Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided

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

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


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”






Anthony Cramer, 26, 35 Oak St., violation of protection order, Feb. 5.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At Glen Park Court, Feb. 10.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 7 S. Kline, Feb. 5.



Michael T. Autry, 33, 179 N. 6th St., warrant, Feb. 2. Stephen J. Beeler, 45, 470 Wood St., driving under influence, Feb. 6. Brian C. Annis, 41, 7217 Baltic Court, driving under influence, Feb. 6. Shawn D. Egan, 35, 3011 Fair Oak, drug possession, driving under influence, Feb. 6. Mickael S. Wynn, 24, 221 E. Main St., warrant, Feb. 8. Michael Justice, 39, 150 S. Apple, drug possession, Feb. 9. Christopher R. Lawrence, 20, 1366 Wagner, warrant, Feb. 8.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Debit card reported missing at 621 Old Ohio 74, Feb. 8.


Incidents/investigations Theft

CD player taken at 785 Greenmound Road, Feb. 12.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Barbara S. Miracle, 48, 358 St. Andrews, warrant, Feb. 10. Nikkole Wardup, 26, 33 Lori Lane No. 12, disorderly conduct, Feb. 11. Kelly L. Hull, 49, 216 Jeremy Lane, theft, Feb. 11. Brittany Oberschlake, 22, 3027 Ohio 132 No. 40, theft, Feb. 13. Mark B. Foster, 41, 3717 Par Fore Court, disorderly conduct, Feb. 14. Bobby R. Sinclair, 31, 3719 Par Fore Court, disorderly conduct, Feb. 14. Rhonda F. Foster, 39, 1751 E. Ohio Pike, warrant, Jan. 24. Christopher D. Walriven, 20, 862

Community Journal

March 3, 2010

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





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Locust Corner, warrant, Feb. 2. Bryan C. Holland, 25, 710 Market St., warrant, Feb. 3.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary

Unlisted items taken at 352 St. Andrews No. C, Feb. 2.

Attempt to purchase medication

Male stated subject attempted to buy his medication at 352 St. Andrews, Feb. 11.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $50 bill passed at Walmart at Ohio Pike, Jan. 31.

Disorderly conduct

Female acted in disorderly manner at drive-thru at 1259 E. Ohio Pike, Feb. 11.


Several calls, threatening violence, demanded money from Kemba Credit Union at Ohio Pike, Feb. 10.


Female was threatened at 1764 Culver Court No. 6, Feb. 8.


Ladders taken off truck; $1,200 at 326 St. Andrews, Feb. 3. Food items taken from Walmart; $14 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 11. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $85 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 13.


Building spray painted at 1395 Ohio Pike, Feb. 9.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Christopher S. Likens, 26, 1216 Hamilton Ave., driving under suspension, Feb. 16. David K. Epperson, 28, 2745 Ohio 132, recited, Feb. 16. Joshua Ditmore, 22, 503 Piccadilly, driving under suspension, Feb. 11. Emmett L. Willoughby Jr., no age given, 515 Piccadilly, warrant service, Feb. 10. Edwin L. Robinson, 19, 478 Piccadilly, complicity to theft, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 10. Mary F. Mannino, 36, 5 Montgomery Way, open container, Feb. 12. Tefara W. Campbell, 19, 944 Klondyke, warrant service, Feb. 11. Jennifer N. Riley, 24, 3172 Lindale Mt. Holly, theft, Feb. 11. Brandon Grissom, 33, 4423 Dog-

wood, theft, Feb. 11. Tonya A. Sebastian, no age given, drug instrument, Feb. 10. Jane N. Steele, 35, theft, Feb. 10. Kelly W. Sebastian, no age given, drug instrument, Feb. 10. Sara A. Reaves, 25, 4700 Beechwood, recited, Feb. 10. Sandra L. Ballein, 41, 4621 Eddy Drive, warrant service, Feb. 11. Sarah D. Stacy, 21, 4489 Eastwood, warrant service, Feb. 13. Lisa M. Ormes, 25, 636 Charwood, warrant service, Feb. 13. James L. Wright, 42, 4453 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, inducing panic, Feb. 13. Amie M. Mantia, 27, 10567 Stablehand, theft, Feb. 13. Brian Kuhn, 29, 1162 Muirwood, theft, drug abuse, Feb. 13. Darryl J. Morgan, 59, 1466 Sigma Circle, breaking and entering, Feb. 11. Bo T. Warren, 22, 4551 Woodglen, breaking and entering, Feb. 11. Ashley M. Newkirk, 20, 3885 Bennett Ave., warrant service, Feb. 12. Fredrick Whitslar IV, 31, 2007 Dale, marijuana possession, Feb. 12. Stephanie R. Lester, 25, 4680 Sharps Cutoff, tampering with evidence, drug possession, open container, Feb. 12. Rebecca M. Smith, 19, 4260 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, tampering with evidence, drug possession, Feb. 12. Jonathan Hinkle, 25, 4591 Summerside, warrant service, Feb. 13. David S. Brewer, 23, 474 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, Feb. 13. Clinton W. Harris, 29, 1130 Flick Lane, warrant, Feb. 13. Denise P. Stewart, 54, 915 Surrey Trail, warrant, Feb. 13. Anthony W. Vannatter, 24, 4466 Spruce Creek, theft, Feb. 12. Kodi Hibbard, 21, 300 University Lane, assault, Feb. 12. Cody J. Smith, 18, 3568 Bootjack Road, underage consumption, Feb. 12. Kevin A. Stokley, 25, 4227 Peace Haven, mislabeling medication, no drivers license, Feb. 13. David Merk, 18, 438 Featherwood, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 14. Benjamin A. Stein, 18, 242 Lyness, underage consumption, Feb. 14. Aaron Vance, 20, 126 N. Jefferson, underage consumption, Feb. 14.

Amanda K. Bamonte, 21, 6915 Vine St., domestic violence, Feb. 14. Justin A. Rose, 21, 615 Carefree, domestic violence, Feb. 14. Brandy Garcia, 35, 13 Montgomery Way, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 15. Kathleen L. Hoskins, 49, 448 Hilltop, domestic violence, Feb. 14. Charles M. Ritchie, 28, 4524 Weiner Lane, driving under suspension, Feb. 14. Elizabeth K. Shaffer, 30, 474 Old Ohio 74 No. 411, domestic violence, Feb. 13. Daniel W. Green, 44, 474 Old Ohio 74 No. 411, domestic violence, Feb. 13. Rachel Hayes, 26, 3623 Old Red Bank Road, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 14. Juvenile, 16, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 15. Gabrelle L. Jones, 19, 6884 Garrison Spurling, corrupting another with drugs, Feb. 14. Karl D. Krebs, 21, 640 Daniel Court, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 17. Jeffrey S. Morris, 40, obstructing official business, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 16. Shelley Gregory, 28, 3989 Brandychase, drug instrument, Feb. 16. Robert L. Thompson, 36, 6117 Gladys Ave., warrant service, Feb. 14. Mark Boltin, 50, 9911 Crusader, drug abuse, Feb. 14. Jimmy C. Strunk, 38, 3998 Reisling, drug abuse, Feb. 14. David Butler, 46, 832 Wards Corner, drug abuse, Feb. 14. Hurstle Marcum Jr., 38, 150 E. Broadway, drug abuse, Feb. 14. Tyler Moore, 22, lka Edinburgh Lane, assault, aggravated menacing, Feb. 14. Tony Estepp, 22, 4706 Beechwood, warrant service, Feb. 14.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female was assaulted at 4524 Weiner Lane, Feb. 13.

Criminal damage

Window broken on bucket loader at 4722 Summerside, Feb. 16. Window broken in vehicle at 617 Ohio Pike, Feb. 13.


Male was threatened at 4209 Clough Lane, Feb. 13.


Jewelry and purse taken from J.C. Penney; $1,154 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 13. Clothing taken from Dillard’s; $64 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 13. Wallet taken from locker at Beechmont Racquet Club at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 12. Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $34 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 12. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $157 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 12. Jewelry taken; over $550 at 4304 Old Depot Road, Feb. 12. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $88 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 14. Merchandise taken from Dillard’s; $87 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 10. Jewelry taken from Kohl’s; $245 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 11. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $188 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 16. Personal checks taken at 415 James Drive, Feb. 13. CD taken from Walmart; $15 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 14.



Chad Wood, 27, 164 N. Broadway, warrant, Jan. 31.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Wallet taken from vehicle at 356 Lytle Ave., Feb. 3.


Jonathan R Seiter, 26, 136 Scenic Drive, New Richmond, burglary at 2824 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Feb. 16. Carol A Dipuccio, 40, unknown/ homeless, Cincinnati, forgery, theft at 4596 Winners Circle, Batavia, Feb. 19. Brian W Anderson, 29, 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly 74, Amelia, theft at 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Feb. 18. Michelle Grandstaff, 26, 233 Mulberry St. No. 8, Felicity, theft at 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Feb. 18. Michael D Armstrong, 40, 2938 N. Dunham, Amelia, gross sexual

imposition at 2938 N. Dunham Road, Amelia, Feb. 18. Daniel Lee Tansey, 20, 2061 Ohio Pike No. 71, Amelia, burglary at 1512 Thomaston Drive, C, Amelia, Feb. 16. John J Spegal, 19, 2061 Ohio Pike Lot 27, Amelia, burglary at 1512 Thomaston Drive, C, Amelia, Feb. 16. Bryan Himes, 36, 4126 West Liberty, Cincinnati, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 15. Morris Jeffrey, 40, 5058 Mary Ingles Highway, Silver Grove, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 16. Bruce W Crooker, 41, 2102 Harvey Road, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1567 Ohio 133, Felicity, Feb. 16. Shawn C Kindoll, 26, 1751 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, fugitive from justice at 1751 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 17. Timothy Menshouse, 22, 10515 Drake Road, Hamersville, criminal damaging/endangering at 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 18. Kimberly A Ball, 21, 1124 Winfield Ave., Cincinnati, criminal trespass at 81 W. Main, Amelia, Feb. 18. Samuel Ball Jr., 41, 1124 Winfield Ave., Cincinnati, criminal trespass, theft at 81 W. Main, Amelia, Feb. 18. Eric L Ball, 19, 1124 Winfield Ave., Cincinnati, criminal trespass at 81 W. Main, Amelia, Feb. 18. Joshua J. Gannon, 21, 1549 Maryan Ave., Amelia, possession of drugs at Clough & Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, Feb. 19. Juvenile, 13, criminal damaging/ endangering, Batavia, Feb. 19. Jessica R Godby, 26, 600 University Lane, Batavia, drug paraphernalia at 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 19. Johnny Wooten, 50, 1070 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, fugitive from justice at 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 19. Megan Marie Lavely, 32, 1923 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1923 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, Feb. 20. Joshua Gossman, 26, 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, aggravated menacing at 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Feb. 20.

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DEATHS Anderson Estep Jr., 84, of Union Township died Feb. 25. Survived by wife of 58 years, Joyce M. Estep; son, Kevin Estep; daughter, Karen (Kamalesh) Naik; brothers, Marshall, Roger, Herbert, Wilbert, Leo and Bill Estep; grandchildren, Angela, Kaitlyn and Kalea; and great-grandchild, Shelley. Preceded in death by father, Anderson Estep; and mother, Lottie Welch. Services were Feb. 25 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Charles W. Jackson

Honorable Charles W. Jackson of Chilo died Feb. 22. Survived by children, Karen Sherwood of Moscow, Bill Jackson of Mount Washington, Paula Cooper of Littleton, Colo., and Andrew Jackson of Fayetteville; step-children, Gaile DeTellem of Clayton, N.C, Steve DeTellem of Withamsville, Tim DeTellem of New Richmond, Anita Tosun of Withamsville and Michele Hanselman of Moscow; older sister, Mary; many grandchildren and great- grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife of 30 years, Dora B. Jackson, they were both life-long members of the Democrat Party. Memorials to: Quin-T Democrat Club, 785 Greenmound Road, New Richmond, OH 45157.

Brayden R. Kellerman

Brayden Richard Kellerman, infant, of Amelia died Jan. 29. Survived by parents, Jamie and Tiffany Adams Kellerman; grandparents, Rick and Debbie Adams, Rick (Lisa Whiting) Kellerman and Debra (Joe Porter) Kellerman; aunts, Jennifer Lynn Mangino and Heather Adams; uncles, Richard Paul Kellerman, Rick Adams and Jason Kaufmann. Services were Feb. 19.

Dec. 23. World War ll Veteran, member of VFW Post 9630 since 1946, served on the Southwest Ohio VFW Memorial Team and Chaplan for 30 years, member of JB Covert Lodge No. 437 and member of Carpenter’s Local No. 2.

Edward O’Neil

Edward O’Neil, 88, of Union Township died Feb. 20. Survived by daughters, Edna Carson, Judy (Donald) Petch and Peggy (Chuck) Poston; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Helen (nee Cromwell) O’Neil; father, Frank O’Neil; and mother, Mary Mullens. Services were Feb. 23 at St. Rose Catholic Church. Memorials to: Colon Cancer Awareness, O.S.G.N.A., c/o Joan Metze, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Harry Austin Simons

Harry Austin Simons, 70, of Union Township died Feb. 20. Survived by children, Tim (Leslie)

Robert E. Lally

Robert E. “Pappy” Lally, 89, died

Dennis R. Slone

Dennis R. Slone, 63, of Amelia died Feb. 22. Survived by sons, Vince Slone, Michael Slone and Darrell Slone; daughter, Dana Slone; brother, Mark Slone; and grandchildren, Jessica Slone and Isiah Young. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Maude Slone.

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Harold A. Ulrich

Harold A. “Pete” Ulrich, 91, of Union Township died Feb. 10. Survived by son, Robert (Camille) Ulrich; daughter, Judy Selzer; seven grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Audrey Ulrich; son, Fred Ulrich; father, Frederick J. Ulrich; and mother, Frieda Mueller. Services were Feb. 27 at Faith United Church of Christ. Memorials to: Stepping Stones Center, 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243; or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Polly Staley, 80, formerly of New Richmond died Feb. 16. She was the great-granddaughter of T.P. White. Survived by husband, William Staley; sons, Chip (Lori) and Sam (Susan) Staley; daughter, Amy (Paul) Hoogland; grandchildren, Parker, Alex, Claire and Evan Staley. Preceded in death by father, Allen Z. Day; and mother, Pauline White; and sister, Gail Hardin. Services were Feb. 21 at Old Sugar Creek Ski Lodge. Memorials to: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Road, Dayton, OH 45420.

Glenn Trefz, 75, of Williamsburg and formerly of West Union died Feb. 20. Survived by daughter, Katrina Miller of Monroe Township; sons, Roger Trefz of West Union, Curtis Trefz of Cincinnati, Andrew Trefz of West Union and Warren (Michelle) Trefz of Cincinnati; brothers, Edwin (Bonnie) Trefz of West Union and Leon (Rwei-Ying) Trefz of Rose Hill, Kan.; two grandchildren; and friend, Jan Jamison of Williamsburg. Preceded in death by parents, Mansil B. and Ruth (Wolfe) Trefz; and wife, Doris (nee Dryden) Trefz. Services were Feb. 24 at Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union. Memorials to: Charity of donor’s choice.

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Tiffany Ann Kellerman

Tiffany Ann Kellerman, 23, of Amelia died Feb. 14. Survived by husband, Jamie Kellerman; parents, Rick and Debbie Adams; sister, Heather Adams; brother, Rick Adams; father-in-law, Rick (Lisa Whiting) Kellerman; and mother-inlaw, Debra (Joe Porter) Kellerman. Services were Feb. 19 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Tiffany Kellerman Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 782 Main St., Milford, OH 45150.

Simons, Gloria Crist, Harry Simons Jr., Vickie (Nick) Capurro and Chuck (Terrie Jo) Simons; grandchildren, Tyler Crist, Alexis Capurro, Sarah, Elizabeth, Harry III, Elaina, Zachary and Carly Simons; siblings, Carl (Sandy) Simons and Vera (Richard) Callahan; siblings-in-law, Alfreida Simons and Jerry Blanchard. Preceded in death by wife, Donna Jo Bell Simons; and siblings, Dolores (Joe) McClanahan, Catherine Blanchard, Charles Simons and Marilyn Simons; and half-sister, Alice (Slim) Mell. Services were Feb. 23 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford. Memorials to: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45243.


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Community Journal

On the record

March 3, 2010

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


Nicole E. Eisen and Michael C. Eisen II and Stacey Hirsh, et al., other tort Alicia Webb vs. Darrell Braham, other tort Ernestine Butler vs. Ford Motor Company Batavia Transmission Plant

and Marsha Ryan Administrator, worker’s compensation JP Morgan Chase Bank vs. Kenneth R. Williams, et al., foreclosure Federal National Mortgage Association vs. Harry J. Knight III, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust vs. Rebecca A. Encinias, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Paul E. Crab-

tree, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. John C. Lockaby, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Devon C. Philhower, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Amy Beth Wisby, et al., foreclosure Colonial Savings FA vs. Scott Myers, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Colin O’Dell

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Midland Funding DE vs. Thomas Louis, other civil Matrix Acquisitions LLC vs. Kenneth R. Eigher, other civil Matrix Acquisitions LLC vs. Sue C. Hamilton, other civil Riverhills Bank vs. James Oldfield and Julia Oldfield, other civil Geico and Tasha Morlatt vs. Celdon W. Rudd, other civil Gregory S. Althammer vs. Brent R. Burnett and Elizabeth T. Pottorf, other civil Lorie Gamble vs. Daniel R. Weyer, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Lloyd J. Kitts, other civil Rhonda Frizzelle and Jonathon Frizzelle vs. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc., et al., other civil Household Realty Corporation vs. James F. Hoke and Sharon A. Hoke, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Sheila K. Noel, other civil


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At 2938 N. Dunham Road, Amelia, Jan. 29.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Feb. 20. At 2340 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Feb. 19. At 1 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Feb. 16. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 20. At 2458 Straight St., Batavia, Feb. 17. At 2755 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Feb. 17. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 18.

Criminal Mischief

Domestic violence

At Ohio 133, Felicity, Feb. 16. At Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, Feb. 20. At N. Altman Road, New Richmond, Feb. 21. At Ohio 132, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Drug paraphernalia

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 19.

Endangering children

At 2938 N. Dunham Road, Amelia, Jan. 29.

At 2871 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Feb. 22.

At 3120 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Feb. 18.

At 1751 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 17. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 15. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 16.

Fugitive from justice

Offenses involving underage persons-underage consume beer intoxicating liquor At 2871 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Feb. 22.

Possession of drugs


At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Feb. 21.

At 206 Eastfork Crossing, Batavia, Feb. 16. At 4596 Winners Circle, Batavia, Jan. 14.

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 18.

At N. Main St., Williamsburg, Feb. 19.

Disorderly conduct


At 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Feb. 21.


Sexual battery

At 4000 Golden Age Drive, Batavia, Feb. 19. At 81 W. Main, Amelia, Feb. 18.

Failure to comply with order or signal of P.O.

Intimidation-victim, crime witness

At Clough & Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, Feb. 19.

At 173 Sulphur Springs, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Criminal trespass

At 1901 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, Feb. 19. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, Feb. 20. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Feb. 18.

Breaking and entering

At 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 19.

Gross sexual imposition

At 2824 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Nov. 17. At 1512 Thomaston Drive, C, Amelia, Feb. 6.

At 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 29. At 2990 US 50, Batavia, Feb. 16. At 1196 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 19. At 1230 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 21. At 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 29. At 1820 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 20. At 206 Eastfork Crossing, Batavia, Feb. 16. At 2188 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Feb. 21. At 3120 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Feb. 18. At 4596 Winners Circle, Batavia, Jan. 14. At 81 W. Main, Amelia, Feb. 18.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

At 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Jan. 29.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor At Siesta Drive, Batavia, Feb. 16.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At 6085 Belfast Road, Batavia, Feb. 17.

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Wanda L Spencer, 44, lka: 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, intimidation-victim, crime witness at 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Feb. 21. David A Theaderman, 43, 4706 Beechwood, No. 210E, Cincinnati, disorderly conduct at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Feb. 21. Lawrence Adams, 49, 3843 Ohio 132, Batavia, domestic violence at 3843 Ohio 132, Batavia, Feb. 21. Rikky L Haass, 33, 1549 N. Altman, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1549 N. Altman Road, New Richmond, Feb. 21. Lorraine Houck, 30, 1549 N. Alman Road, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1549 N. Altman Road, New Richmond, Feb. 21. Andrea Mcfarland, 43, 28 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, aggravated trespass at 28 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, Feb. 21. Darren Owens, 19, 6212 Manilla Road, Goshen, failure to comply with order or signal of P.O. at 2871 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Feb. 21. Juvenile, offenses involving underage persons-underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

St. Bernadette Church


PNC Bank NA vs. Carl S. Alsept, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Brendon D. Gillham, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Richard J. Field, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. William A. Pennington, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Douglas Tomlinson, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Edward Kuznicki, et al., foreclosure LNV Corporation vs. Amy E. Ponder and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Faith Puckett, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Anthony W. Hayes, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Donnie L. King and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. John T. West, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Marvin Zeigler, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Kevin Carpenter, et al., foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. James Rodgers, other civil Midland Funding LLC vs. Thomas E. Alford, other civil Ohio Valley FOP Lodge 112 vs. Overheard Roofing Inc., other civil Midland Funding LLC dba in Ohio


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Adam Best, Amelia, deck, 2013 Winter Haven, Batavia Township, $2,000. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 32 Swan Lane, Batavia Township; HVAC, 215 Edith Ave. Batavia Village; HVAC, 1887 Antioch Road, Tate Township. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 1418 Stone Fox Drive, Batavia Township; new, 4293 Fox Ridge,

$104,000; new, 230 Compass Court, New Richmond Village, $87,000. Jacob Brothers Heat & Air, Cincinnati, HVAC, 12 Little Indian Trail, Monroe Township. Jajo Excavating, Batavia, new, 2260 Hickory Creek Lane, Monroe Township, $250,000. Air Authority Heat & Air, Mason, HVAC, 693 Mockingbird Lane, Union Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati,

HVAC, 482 Odin Drive, Union Township. Curry Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 1149 Nature Run, Union Township.


Herschman Architects, Cleveland, alter-Fred Meyer Jewelers, 210 Sterling Run Blvd., Mt. Orab Village, $115,000. GPD Group, Akron, new-cabinet Mt. Orab water tower, 107 Spice St.,

Mercy Hospital Clermont in Batavia has hired Tamer Saad, M.D. Saad is board-certified in neurology, neurophysiology and sleep medicine and specializes in treating neuromuscular disorders, seizures, strokes and sleep disorders. He also is interested in other aspects of neurophysiology, including EMG and EEG. Saad brings many years of training and experience to Mercy Clermont, including a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and his work as a neurologist at the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorder in Centerville,

Ohio. Saad is accepting new patients and is available to provide neurological consultation for inpatient or outpatient treatment. To schedule an appointment or consultation, call 299-1218.

Manfredi joins Mercy Medical

Brenda L. Manfredi, M.D., has joined Mercy Medical Associates – Eastgate Family Medicine. Manfredi was previously a primary care physician with the Hartford Medical Group in Hartford, Conn., where she also supervised

physician assistants and served as the clinical instructor for residents while on staff. Manfredi received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and completed a family medicine residency in 1996. She will see patients at 4421 Eastgate Blvd. and is accepting new patients. For an appointment, call 752-8000.

Kings Island job fairs

Kings Island will host job fairs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, at the park, 6300

Mt. Orab Village, $85,000; antenna, $45,000. John Gormley, Milford, alter, 1105 Ohio 125, Pierce Township. Bansal Construction Inc., Fairfield, traffic signal, 458 Old Ohio 52, Pierce Township. David Taylor, Amelia, miscellaneous work, 3427 Rivendell Drive, Pierce Township. Triangle Fire Protection Inc., Blue Ash, fire suppression, 4355 Ferguson, Union Township.

Kings Island Drive in Mason. Kings Island officials plan to hire more than 4,000 seasonal associates for the 2010 operating season, which begins April 17. Associates are needed in all areas of park operation, including admissions, call center, cash control, entertainment, food and beverage, fire and safety, games, guest services, lifeguards, merchandise, rides, security, sweeps and warehouse. Anyone 15 years old or older can apply. For more information, call 754-5748 or log onto to fill out an application.

Noble Laptops celebrates anniversary Noble Laptops celebrated one year in business in November. Owners Beau and Shannon Walker said they’ve had a great response from the community. They have done work for the state of Ohio and often get stopped in public by previous customers, who how they are doing. Shannon always asks how people heard about them and one recent customer said three

different people referred Noble Laptops to him! Most computer stores send laptops out of state because of the specialized work needed. Noble Laptops specializes in laptop repairs in their shop, saving people money and returning laptops quickly. Other local computer shops bring work to Noble Laptops because of this specialty work. Noble Laptops also buys some





broken laptops and sells refurbished laptops. Although they specialize in laptops, they repair desktop computers as well. “I’ve realized that a lot of our customers appreciate us as a small business specializing in laptop repairs. Even a few other technicians and computer shops in the area have come to rely on us by sending laptop repairs to us. Several customers also

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15 Drake Drive, Camelot Properties LLC. to The Morlen Co. LLC., 0.24 acre, $123,025. 13 Drake Drive, Camelot Properties LLC. to The Morlen Co. LLC., 0.230 acre, $123,025. 3 Meadowlane Drive, Donald Jeffrey Meese to Government National Mortgage Assoc., 0.46 acre, $90,000.


1454 Gumbert Drive, Gregory Lanter, et al. to Fannie Mae, 0.236 acre, $103,334. 2221 Siesta Drive, Britt & Jennifer Blevins, et al. to NationsCredit Financial Services Corp., 0.248 acre, $89,000. 4306 Southcross Drive, Dale Potter, et al. to Fifth Third Mortgage Co., 0.398 acre, $150,000. 3384 Whispering Trees Drive, Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Kevin & Rebecca Irwin, 0.24 acre, $110,000.

MONROE TOWNSHIP Garrison Road, Pauline King to Raleigh & Darlene Shepherd, $100.


U.S. Route 52, Jack Burnes to Ted Erwin, 0.057 acre, $6,000.


1331 Libby Lane, Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Jan & Linda Duncan, trustees, 0.459 acre, $55,200.


1417 Edgewood Drive, Andrew Vaske to Michael Rettinger, et al., $33,500. 950 Ohio 749, Guardian Savings Bank, FSB to Lloyd Vail, 16.74 acre, $74,000.


641 Ellen Drive, Greg Knapke to Amanda Peel, $170,000.

680 Hyacinth Road, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Mark & Lorraine Cruse, 0.2755 acre, $249,134. 4266 North Gensen Loop, Raymond Forsee III to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.1089 acre, $140,000. 1208 Old Ohio 74, H50851 Old State Trust to Tristate Holdings Inc., 1 acre, $11,000. 1208 Old Ohio 74, Tristate Holdings Inc. to Dan & Cristy Behler, 1 acre, $20,000. 4476 Ravenwood Court, Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Linda Stoudt, trustee, 0.379 acre, $475,406. 1111 Shayler Creek No. 8, Phyllis & Robert Wolfe Jr. to Mary Ann Fay, $62,500. 4178 South Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Donna Seaman, 0.1227 acre, $185,975. 909 Surrey Ridge Drive, Dana Gilbert to Larry Best, 2.62 acre, $305,000. 1157 Village Glen Drive, Jerry Lovitt, et al. to HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as trustee, 0.256 acre, $86,666.67. 4104 Woodmont Drive, Sanjay & Kavitha Jain to William & Deborah Grose, $176,000.


4640 Ireton Road, Mary & Kevin Blanton to Citibank, N.A., as trustee, 5.82 acre, $50,000.


270 North 2nd Street, David Chase Jr., et al. to U.S. Bank National Assoc., as trustee, 0.103 acre, $30,000. 176 South Front St., Barbara Wilson, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.344 acre, $40,000. 670 Spring St., Helen Parrish to Kathleen Wilson, $37,300. 141 S. Eighth Street, Kerry & Carole Schulze to Aimee Cooper, 0.3960 acre, $66,000. 143 S. Fourth St., Residential Mortgage Trust 2008 P1 to Kathryn Evans, 0.2300 acre, $67,500. 141 S. Eighth Street, Kerry & Carole Schulze to Aimee Cooper, 0.3960 acre, $66,000. 143 S. Fourth St., Residential Mortgage Trust 2008 P1 to Kathryn Evans, 0.2300 acre, $67,500.

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recognize our fair prices and apparent lack of ‘pushing sales’ on them. While speaking to a customer (mother of the family) on the topic of how our business started and where it’s going, I distinctly remember her saying to me ‘We need you. You need to be here.’ That felt pretty good,” said Beau Walker. For more information, call 718-2580. Noble Laptops are at 980 Old Ohio 74.

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

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Bed & Breakfast The Rooster’s Nest is a unique B&B located in Winchester, OH in Adams County, off St. Rt. 32 about an hour east of Cincinnati. The B&B consists of a log building constructed of logs dating back to 1788, yet is complete with modern amenities. There are 3 rooms available, each with a queen bed and private bath. The Rooster’s Nest is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break from busy routines. Walk on the 25 acres of woodlands, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, curl up with a book or sit outside by the campfire. Breakfast is served in the spacious gathering room overlooking the pond while birds and squirrels entertain at the feeders. Innkeepers Sally & Dave White promise to tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious dishes like Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Red Stuffed French Toast, Chanticleer Bananas & Ice Cream or Banty Fruit Parfait along with freshly baked breads, juice and coffee. The Inn’s convenient location allows guests to experience all that Adams County has to offer. There are many Amish shops with baked goods, furniture and cheese. If you




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are hunting for unique items for yourself or someone special, you can check out the antique shops and art gallery. For outdoorsy adventures within a short drive you will find Adams Lake Nature Walk, Chaparral Prairie, Edge of Appalachia, Lynx Prairie, Buzzards’ Roost and Serpent Mound. An oasis of sophistication, The Rooster’s Nest offers a memorable winter retreat, a romantic get-away or a mid-week respite. It is a perfect location for smaller business meetings or weddings and receptions or for a Mom’s scrapbooking weekend. Gift Certificates are available. The Rooster’s Nest B&B Winchester, Ohio 877-386-3302


CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •

DESTIN. 2 great condos , 2 br, 2 ba golf, pools, dazzling Gulf view . Check our website for availability & rates. Local owner, 513-561-4683 Visit or

DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email or visit

DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

FLORIDA EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

MADEIRA BEACH. Great studio units across from beach, 2 hrs to Dis ney. Heated pool, free WiFi, pets OK. $92/nt, $546/wk. 1-866-394-0751

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

FRIPP ISLAND û A great family vacation destination! 3 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo on private resort island next to championship golf course. Sleeps 8. 513-451-7011 N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $109/2 persons. Singles $104. Suites $119-$139. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617

SIESTA KEY. Gulf front condo. Locate on Crescent Beach! Balcony view of the Gulf. Bright & airy decor, nicely appointed. Available from April 3rd. Local owner 513-232-4854



ORLANDO • Arabian Nights Six days, five nights hotel lodging & rental car. 2 adults plus children, $650. Must reserve 60 days advance. Call today! 937-393-3396

NEW YORK DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. D 513-528-9800, E 513-752-1735


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TENNESSEE 1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987. Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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Information on inmates available online The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office now has an public accessible Internet database of inmates who are currently confined in the Clermont County Jail. The information includes the inmates’ charges and bond information. The technology was implemented through a cooperative agreement with Montgomery County, Ohio, through their computer network, said Sheriff

A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. There is no cost to Clermont County or for those who access the database. It is expected that the availability of this information on the Internet will reduce the number and frequency of phone calls to the jail seeking inmate information. The data may be accessed through the following link:

Notice of Judicial Auction Sale Pursuant to an Order of Sale entered in United States vs. David E. Wolfensperger, et al, Civil Action No. 1:07-CV-571 United States District Court Southern District of Ohio Western Division the United States will offer to sell at public auction, to the highest bidder, according to law and pursuant to the terms and conditions set in herein, the property described below: Date: March 9, 2010 Time: 11:00 AM registration 10:30 AM Place of Sale: 4470 State Route 222, East Batavia Hts, OH 45103 Title Offered: The property shall be offered for sale at public auction, free and clear of all liens and interests of the parties to this action. Description of Property: 1009 Shepherds Glen Lane, Batavia, OH 45103 Single Family home, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fireplace, basement family room, deck, 1.64 acres Legal Description: Situated in the State of Ohio, Clermont County, Union Township, Military Survey #3814, and being entire Lot #5 of the Record Plat of Shepherds Glen Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Cabinet 4, pages 433 and 434 of the Clermont County Ohio records. Subject to easements and restrictions of record, and zoning ordinances. Property may be inspected at: 24, 2010 open house. 9-4pm


The Terms and Conditions: The sale of the property shall be free and clear of any interests of the defendants. The sale shall be subject to building lines, if established, all laws, ordinances, and governmental regulations (including building and zoning) affecting the property, and easements and restrictions of record, if any. No bid shall be accepted unless it is accompanied by a certified check or cashier’s check, in the minimum amount of 20% of the minimum bid of $181200 ($36240.00) made payable to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division. Before being permitted to bid at the sale, all bidders shall display proof that they are able to comply with this requirement. No bids will be received from any person who has not presented said proof. No later than 2:00 pm March 9, 2010 the successful purchaser shall tender an amount equal to 20% of the purchase price to be held as deposit. This amount shall be delivered to 4470 State Route 222, East Batavia Hts, OH 45103 in certified funds and be made payable to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division. The successful bidder shall tender the balance of the purchase price, in certified funds payable to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division, at the office of the Internal Revenue Service 5990 West Creek Rd Stop 620, Independence, Ohio 44131 Attn: Robbie Hair, PALS on or before 3:30 p.m., thirty (30) business days from March 9, 2010. In the event the successful bidder defaults on any of the terms contained herein, the deposit shall be forfeited and retained by the Internal Revenue Service as part of the proceeds of sale, and the real property shall again be offered for sale or sold to the second highest bidder. The sale of the property shall be subject to confirmation by the court. Upon confirmation the Internal Revenue Service shall execute and deliver to the purchaser a quit claim deed conveying the property. Upon confirma tion all interests in, liens against, or claims to the property that are held or asserted by all parties to this action are discharged and extinguished. Form of Payment: All payments must be by cash, certified check, cashiers or treasurer’s check or by a United States postal, bank, express, or telegraph money order. Make check or money order payable to the United States District Court. IMPORTANT INFORMATION This is not an advertisement of a sale of seized property. This is an information notice only regarding a sale being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service as a result of the foreclosure of an Internal Revenue Service Federal Tax Lien by the Department of Justice. 1001537114

OVI team honored


The Clermont County commissioners Feb. 24 recognized the Municipal Court OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) team for its efforts to reduce recidivism by offenders. From left are, Commissioner Bob Proud; Michael Jones, Clermont Recovery Center; Brian Dixon, probation department; Lt. Pam Babcock, sheriff's office; Mary Gibson, Clermont Recovery Center; Municipal Court Judge James Shriver; Laurie Viney, public defender’s office; John Sheth, probation; Commissioner Scott Croswell; and Joe Ellison, probation.


125 Storage 1958 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 513-797-8515 1. Maria Augst D123 2755 SR 132 #160 New Richmond, Oh Amy 2. 45157 DeRose I339 3119 Macedonia Rd. Bethel, Oh. 45106 3. Hazel Freeman E143 105 Washington St. # 2A New Richmond, Oh 45157 4. Adam Gerwin B16 & S711 126 Queens Rd. Milford, Oh 45150 5. James Heck P 5 4 5 3348 Patterson Rd. #C Bethel, Oh 45106 6. Jeff Klein M 4 4 7 3050 Angel Dr. # Oh. Bethel, 1005 45106. 7. Bruce Marshall B 2 2 3420 SR 132 #8 Amelia, Oh. Mike 8. 45102. McDermott N465 39 Wilson St. Newport, Ky. 41071. 9. Zach Perrins O535 851 Jacob Light Ct. New Oh. Richmond, 45157. 10. Angie Puckett K423 112 S. Main St. Bethel, Oh 45106 11. Carla Puckett I323 140 N. Union St. # 1 Bethel, Oh. 45106 12. Tina Roaden S715 & S 7 16 2730 SR 222 Bethel, Oh. 45106 13. Denise Roberts P570 20 S. Kline St. Amelia, Oh. 45102 Shafer Kelly 14. K410/416 1688 SR 749 Amelia, Oh. Karen 15. 45102 Simmons C63 1 9 Sandpiper Ct. Amelia, Oh. 45102. 1001540009 LEGAL NOTICE GOSHEN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC NOTICE The Goshen Local School District hereby gives public notice that it will hold public meetings pursuant to the provisions of Ohio Revised Code #3307.353 to consider the reemployment of Linda June Burkhart as superannuate to the for position same which she retired. The public meeting will occur on April 12, 2010 at the Goshen Board 6707 at Meeting Goshen Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122. The Board provides this notice at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the superannu ate rehiring and certifies that the public take shall meeting place between fifteen (15) and thirty (30) days before the reemployment of Linda June Burkhart. All interested persons are invited to attend. 1001541259 To place your BINGO ad call 513.242.4000

Are you in-text-icated? Don’t text while driving If you use your cell phone to text while driving, you probably are intexticated. Several recent studies indicate the behavior significantly increases the risk of a crash. Car and Driver magazine tests found that texting while driving can even be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. “Teenagers are the largest group that text and you see them everywhere sending messages while driving down the road,” said Martha Enriquez with Clermont Safe Communities. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that drivers spent nearly five seconds looking at their devices while texting. That is enough time while moving at 55 miles an hour to

travel the length of a football field. Enriquez offers a free presentation to groups across Clermont County interested in learning more about the dangers of texting while driving. “There are over 330,000 distracted driving crashes a year,” said Enriquez. “A lot of people think that drinking and driving is the biggest problem among teens, but after looking at the crash data, I believe it is driving while distracted. Cell phones and texting are at the top of the distractions list.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 89 percent of those surveyed know it is dangerous to drive and text, but 66 percent admit they do it anyway.

“We really need to take the lead and show our children by example,” Enriquez said. “I recommend talking to kids about the dangers of texting while driving, modeling the right behavior when we are behind the wheel, and showing them one of the public service announcements available online that graphically show what can happen as a result of being intexticated,” she said. “Encourage kids to put their phones in the trunk while driving to avoid the temptation totally.” More than a dozen states currently have laws banning texting while driving. To contact Enriquez about a presentation for your group, school or organization, call 7358409.

Chess exhibition is March 9 The Clermont County Chess Club will host a simultaneous exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Withamsville Church of Christ, 846 Ohio Pike. Hans Multhopp, who has earned the title of “Life Master” from the U.S. Chess Federation, will play up to 16 opponents simultaneously. Multhopp has been a part of the Tristate and national

chess scenes for many years. In addition to numerous first-place victories achieved in tournaments around the country, Multhopp has won the Cincinnati Chess Championship three times and has competed in Moscow, Russia. The tournament is open to anyone interested in playing, but will be limited to 16 players. There will be a $5 entry fee. Spectators are welcome to view this event.

The Clermont County Chess Club meets each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Withamsville Church of Christ. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information about the Clermont County Chess Club or participating in the upcoming simultaneous exhibition, visit www. or call Richard Schmidt at 7523847.

Become a county Facebook fan Clermont County government is now reaching out to citizens using Facebook, a social networking Web site that has more than 350-million active users worldwide. Citizens can go to the Web site for current information on a variety of events and issues that impact those living and working in the county and the region. “Visitors to the Facebook site can check out the latest local news releases, event calendars, videos and pic-

tures,” said Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr, who updates the site, along with Clermont Web Master Tom Doepker. “We encourage the community to become fans of the site to keep posted on all the exciting things going on locally. In addition to the county Web site and Facebook page, Clermont County also has a YouTube channel, and a Twitter account,

ClermontCounty. The county also broadcasts commissioner meetings, Clermont planning commission meetings and the twice monthly Clermont County Today news magazine on television cable access channels throughout Clermont County. “We welcome citizen input on our programming, and our outreach,” said Lehr. Contact the Clermont County Office of Public Information at 732-7597 or

Maximize business expo ROI As a warm up to the 2010 Clermont Chamber Business Expo, the Clermont Chamber Business Expo Committee will host a high-impact workshop designed to help exhibitors and booth sales staff obtain the highest possible return on any business expo or trade show investment. The program will have two parts. Part one, “How to make a business expos profitable,” will be presented by Mike Roth of Sandler

Training by Roth & Associates, Inc. The second part will be a moderated panel discussion featuring panelists Carl Hartman of Embroid Me and Sports Zone USA; Robert Brookens Sr. of Proforma Business Solutions; Gregg MacMillan, TechneGraphics; and Mike Scherer of Downing Displays. An exhibitor booth will be set up for demonstration purposes. Maximizing Your Business Expo ROI will be at 8:30

a.m. March 24 at Receptions Conference Center East. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with coffee and snacks provided by Receptions. This program is provided free of charge to 2010 Clermont Chamber Business Expo exhibitors. The cost of the program will be $15 for any other chamber members who would like to participate and $30 for future chamber members. To register, call 576-5000.


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