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Baker arrested for trafficking in drugs

An important witness in the Marcus Fiesel murder case was arrested for drug trafficking in Goshen Township Saturday, March 13, and is now being held in the Clermont County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Amy Baker, who now goes by her maiden name Amy Lynn Ramsey, has been charged with drug trafficking and driving under the influence. According to prosecutors, when police pulled Baker over early Saturday morning they found 40 Hyrdocodone pills. Baker pleaded not guilty to the charge of driving under the influence. She did not enter a plea to the drug charge, which is scheduled for a grand jury hearing Wednesday, March 17. A co-defendant, Chastity Haas, 23, Fayetteville, Ohio, also was held on $100,000 bond on similar charges. Baker was the live-in girlfriend of Liz and David Carroll and her testimony implicated the couple in the murder of their 3-year-old foster child.

Green honor

At the Melink Corp.’s facility in Union Township, the electric meter sometimes runs backward. The Clermont County commissioners recently recognized the company for achieving platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-saving efforts. The platinum certification was the first in Ohio. When Melink received gold certification several years ago, it also was a first for Ohio. FULL STORY, A2

Historic tone

New Richmond is finding ways to revitalize the old part of town along the Ohio River while maintaining the village’s historic atmosphere. Modern street lights that look like antiques have been installed along one block of Front Street, with plans to install more lights in the future. The lights in the 100 block of Front Street were funded by a $110,00 grant from Clermont County's Community Development Block Grant program. No local match was required. FULL STORY, A4

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Former administrator hired back at $110,000 salary

By Kellie Geist

The Union Township Board of Trustees has decided to give the reins back to Ken Geis. Geis, who was the township administrator from 1994 to 2006, was rehired to the position during the regular trustees meeting March 11. Because of state laws concerning rehiring retired employees, Geis cannot start with the township until March 29. Geis will replace Dave Duckworth, who was fired in January after 10 months on the job following disagreements with the trustees. The trustees also conducted a required public hearing Wednesday, March 10, to discuss rehiring Geis. While most of the people who spoke were in support of Geis, others were concerned about the process. The trustees did not advertise the vacant position or interview any candidates other than Geis. “We have an opportunity to look for a qualified administrator for Union Township,” Alex Lambros said. “We need to advertise the position and pick the best qualified. If Ken Geis is the best qualified, fine, but you need to advertise and make it fair.” Another former trustee candidate, John McGraw, also was unhappy that Geis was the only person interviewed for the job. He said bringing Geis in without the proper application and interview process looks shady. “Union Township had been moving forward toward openness and this puts a lid on that again ... I think this does a great disservice to Ken Geis. He might be a great


Union Township resident and former administrator Ken Geis signed his new administrator contract Thursday, March 11. From left: Trustees Bob McGee, Tim Donnellon, Matt Beamer and Geis. administrator, but you’re bringing him in under a black cloud. It’s going to be hard for him to erase that,” McGraw said. A number of other people in attendance, including business owners as well as current and former township employees, said bringing Geis back would be a step in the right direction for Union Township. “There is no one with more integrity than that man right there,” said Mark Bachman, gesturing to Geis. Bachman owns Bachman’s Inc. in Union Township. “To have anyone in the public forum doubt that without knowing him is a shame. If you don’t hire him, it’s a huge mistake.” Former Police Chief Tom Knox also spoke in support for Geis. “Mr. Geis was very professional in his administration of Union Township ... I think it’s in the best

interest of Union Township, the citizens and the board that you rehire Ken Geis as the administrator,” Knox said. “I think I can sum him up in one word: Leadership. He’s a leader,” he said. Geis said he’s looking forward to bringing the township back to it’s former “luster.” “I look forward to the challenges before me,” Geis said. “... When I was here before, my favorite phrase was ‘We can make that happen.’ I believe every employee should believe that.” “There is no one who will take the job more seriously and dedicate more time to the government process (than me,)” Geis said. Geis worked with Cincinnati United Contractors from 2006 to this year and was a police lieutenant with the Union Township Police Department prior to 1994.

According to the contract, Geis’ annual salary will be $110,000 per year and he will receive 120 hours of sick time and 15 days vacation time. If Geis is removed from this position at any time, any accrued sick and vacation time will be paid out, but no other severance package will be offered. The contract will expire Dec. 31, 2012. Trustee Tim Donnellon, who worked with Geis for a number of years during his previous term as trustee, said he’s looking forward to working with Geis again. “I believe we have a good contract and a great administrator. I look forward to great things in Union Township,” Donnellon said. The Union Township trustees will conduct their next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.

Voters urged to support CCDD levy By John Seney

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Representatives of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently make their case before commissioners for passage of a 0.9-mill replacement levy. “We are receiving less money as an agency than in the past, but are still serving about 1,000 people,” CCDD Superintendent Sharon Woodrow said. CCDD provides services to children and adults who have developmental disabilities. Woodrow said the agency cannot continue to provide the same service unless the levy passes May 4.

She said during the past year the agency has cut back and restructured. “We have found economies everywhere we can,” she said. The levy would replace a 0.9mill levy which was approved in 1982 and currently brings in about $1.1 million per year. The new levy would bring in about $3.9 million annually, according to Clermont County Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury. This would be part of the CCDD annual budget of about $14 million, which includes the $1.1 million. Currently, the levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $5.91 per year. The new levy would

increase that $21.65 per year, according to Tilbury. Linda Horn, respite coordinator for CCDD and mother of a child with Down syndrome, said the people at CCDD “were my cheerleaders when I faced adversity.” “If services are cut, real people will struggle to find services on their own,” she said. Commissioner Scott Croswell told the CCDD representatives he supported the levy. He said the agency was providing quality of life to people who otherwise who not have it. “I would hope the citizens of Clermont County would support you,” he said.

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Melink recognized for company’s energy-saving efforts By John Seney


Steve Melink was recognized by Clermont County commissioners recently for his firm’s energy-saving efforts.

At the Melink Corp.’s facility in Union Township, the electric meter sometimes runs backward. The Clermont County commissioners recently recognized the company for achieving platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its ener-

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gy-saving efforts. The platinum certification was the first in Ohio. When Melink received gold certification several years ago, it also was a first for Ohio. President Steve Melink told the commissioners the firm would like to lead the way to greater energy efficiency in Clermont County. He said the firm’s facility was 75 percent more efficient than a conventional building. The goal was to achieve zero energy use by the end of the year by installing more solar and wind power devices. Commissioner Bob Proud asked Melink if it was true the firm’s electric meter runs backward. “It does on weekends,” Melink said. “It (electricity) goes back on the grid, supplementing the electrical needs of our neighbors.” “You are all to be commended,” Proud said. “Thanks for your leadership.”

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Ohio Twp. – The trustees will be accepting applications for any resident of the unincorporated area of the township to serve on the board of zoning appeals. If interested, contact Les Smith, zoning inspector, at 607-3382 with any questions or for an application.

Levy meeting

STONELICK TWP. – An informational meeting to discuss the upcoming Clermont DD levy is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Wildey Center cafeteria, 2040 U.S. 50, one mile west of Owensville. This meeting will give the community an opportunity to ask questions/give input about the .9-mill replacement of a continuing levy that will be on the May 4 ballot. For more information, call 732-4921 or e-mail

Haiti relief

MT. CARMEL – The Christian Church is serving as a drop-off point for the Haiti relief effort. Throughout March, material collection times will be each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The following are requested: • Peanut butter, meats (canned or foil packages), baby cereal, infant formula (must be powdered – no refrigeration). • Shoes for children, new or used in good condition. • Linens – new or used in

good condition, sheets, (twin preferred), towels. Contact Chris Van Huss for more information at 513-5280230 or

Youth summit

BATAVIA – A youth summit about local suicide prevention efforts has been rescheduled for Friday, April 16. The summit originally was scheduled for Feb. 11, but was canceled because of the weather. The summit was rescheduled for Feb. 16, but was canceled a second time because of the weather. The April 16 summit will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UC Clermont in Batavia. The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Mental Health America of Southwest Ohio and the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board are hosting the summit. For more information, contact Virginia Dennis at 7212910 or Lee Ann Watson at 732-5400.

Help with disabilities

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Southern office recently moved. The southern office covers Clermont and other counties. The Ohio Coalition is a statewide non-profit organization that offers free in-service training, information and technical assistance to families and professionals on

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NEW RICHMOND – New Richmond resident Robert D. Hollister is serving on the 2010 Council of The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio. The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio promotes appreciation of America’s colonial history and heritage. Members are men descended from people who served in the military or significant government service during America’s colonial period. The Society awards college scholarships and sends Ohio history teachers to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia for a week’s immersion program in colonial history. The Web site is

Meeting date changed

BATAVIA TWP. – The trustees changed the date of the May meeting because of a conflict with the May 4 primary election. The meeting date was changed from Tuesday, May 4, to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The meeting will be at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike.

Help with census

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired wants to ensure everyone – including those who are print and vision impaired – will be counted in the 2010 Census. The Walnut Hills-based agency that serves eight counties is offering free in-home assistance to those who are blind, or print or vision impaired, in filling out the forms April 1. Individuals who need help will need to call CABVI at 513221-8558 no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 19, to schedule an appointment.

Alumni dinner

WILLIAMSBURG – The 115th Williamsburg Alumni Association Dinner will be Saturday, June 5, at the Williamsburg Middle/Senior High School, 500 S. Fifth St. Deadline to make reservations is Tuesday, May 25. Reservations at the door will not be accepted. Contact Charlene Speeg at: speeg_c@ or by phone at 724-5544. Visit to download a registration form.

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Grants help New Richmond light up Front Street By John Seney

New Richmond is finding ways to revitalize the old part of town along the Ohio River while maintaining the village’s historic atmosphere. Modern street lights that look like antiques have been installed along one block of Front Street, with plans to install more lights in the future. The lights in the 100 block of Front Street were funded by a $110,00 grant from Clermont County's Community Development Block Grant program. No local match was required. The lights were installed the week of Feb. 15 and began operating the week of March 1. “They look wonderful,” Mayor Ramona Carr said.


Modern street lights that look like antiques have been installed along the 100 block of Front Street in New Richmond. “As always, we are most appreciative of the grants we receive. Without the grants we wouldn't be able to fund these types of projects on our own.” Administrator David Kennedy said another grant


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has been received from the Appalachian Regional Commission to pay for the installation of lights along the 200 block of Front Street. That project is scheduled to get under way later this year. Additional grant money is being sought to expand the project further along Front Street. “We’re seeing real improvements in Front Street,” Kennedy said. Last fall, overlook decks and tables giving visitors a better view of the Ohio River were installed with a

National Scenic Byways grant and matching funds from the village. Chris Lovins of Moscow, sitting outside the Front Street Cafe, said he liked the nostalgic look of the street lights. “It’s good to see New Richmond revitalizing Front Street,” he said. “They’re beautiful,” said Eileen Lovins of Moscow. Bob Gruber of Anderson Township, also outside the Front Street Cafe, said the lights gave the place an antique look.


The new lights with an antique look in New Richmond were funded by a $110,00 grant from Clermont County’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Land donated to Pierce Township Property along Ten Mile Road has been donated to Pierce Township and will be preserved in its natural state. Denver and Joyce Stanfield donated the 2.29-acre parcel as part of the township’s Greenspace Program. The property is largely composed of Ten Mile Creek and adjacent habitat.

Township trustees voted last summer to accept the donation pending legal review. “This is the first property donated through the Greenspace Program. We hope that it will be a catalyst for future donations and land preservation,” said Jessica Metzger, chairwoman of the Pierce Township Greenspace

Committee. The Greenspace Program was established in 2007 by the township trustees. The mission of the program is to preserve land that has ecological or historical significance, natural corridor potential, aesthetic or scenic value, or inherent traits that contribute to the positive

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Jewell wins NRMS Geography Bee

They next time Abby Jewell’s family goes on a driving trip for vacation they can leave their GPS at home. When they want to know where they are, all they have to do is ask her for directions. “My mom (Rebecca Jewell) and my grandma (Beverly Jewell) take me to a lot of historic places in the summer and I’ve always paid attention to where we’re at,” said Jewell, an eighth-grader at New Richmond Middle School. The summer trips coupled with her interests in social studies and history paid off for Abby in the

school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. Jewell won the NRMS competition in January and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the National Geographic Bee. The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of Nov. 9, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Jewell, now will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers

in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 9. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expensespaid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacherescorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds on May 25 and May 26. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the televised national finals May 26.


Eighth grader Abby Jewell recently won the New Richmond Middle School Geography Bee. She now moves on to the state competition and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

Grant Career Center competition is a success The Grant Career Center chapter of the Business Professionals of America proved that they were ready to “shoot for success” this school year as they did their best to make their way to this spring’s national conference in Anaheim, Calif. Thirty-six students started their journey by winning 62 competitive event medals in the recent District 13 Regional Competition at Grant Career Center. Nineteen students have earned the privilege to represent Grant Career Center at the state competition in Columbus March 18 and March 19. Winners are: Keyboarding Production: First place, Nikki Houlihan (BethelTate); second place, Becka Hedge (New Richmond); third place, Eli Wright (Williamsburg); fourth place, Rachelle Reardon (BethelTate); fifth place, Corey Bishop (Williamsburg); sixth place, Amanda Davis (Bethel-Tate). Fundamental Word Processing: Third place, Courtney Jenkins (Williamsburg); fourth place, Sabrina Nicting (New Richmond); fifth place Hannah Kareth (BethelTate). Advanced Word Processing: First place, Megan Colwell (Bethel-Tate); second place, Jaimie Flarida (Bethel-Tate); third place, Trisha Casnellie (Felicity); fourth place, Kelsey Carter (Williamsburg); fifth place, Becka Hedge (New Richmond); sixth place, Lauren Petalver (New Richmond).

Thirty-six students won 62 competitive event medals in the recent District 13 Regional Competition at Grant Career Center. Graphic Design Promotion: Fourth place, Shelby Taulbee (Felicity). Advanced Office Systems and Procedures: Second place, Cheyenne Norris (New Richmond); third place, Megan Hicks (New Richmond); fourth place, Sabrina Nicting (New Richmond). Basic Office Systems and Procedures: First place, Natalie Oberschlake (Bethel-Tate); third place, Hannah Kareth (Bethel-Tate); fourth place, Kim Klein (BethelTate); fifth place, Lindsey Shelton (Bethel-Tate). Medical Office Procedures: First place, Liz Osborne (Bethel-Tate); second place, Cheyenne Norris (New Richmond); third place, Lea Wedmore (Bethel-Tate); fourth place, Nikki Houlihan (Bethel-

Tate); fifth place, Haley Richards (Williamsburg); sixth place, Kelsey Carter (Williamsburg). Interview Skills: First place, Jessica Meadors (Williamsburg); second place, Lauren Petalver (New Richmond). Prepared Speech: First place, Samantha Cox (Bethel-Tate); second place, Elsie Silman (New Richmond). Payroll Accounting: First place, Trisha Pancake (New Richmond); third place, Kim Benjamin (Felicity); fourth place, Jessica Meadors (Williamsburg); fifth place, Lindsey Shelton (Bethel-Tate). Administrative Support Concepts: First place, Courtney Jenkins (Williamsburg); third place, Jaimie Flarida (Bethel-Tate); fourth place, Elsie Silman (New

Richmond); fifth place, Kim Benjamin (Felicity). Financial Math and Analysis: First place, Eli Wright (Williamsburg); second place, Haley Richards (Williamsburg); third place, Megan Hicks (New Richmond); fifth place, Jaimie Flarida (Bethel-Tate). Management/Marketing/Huma n Resource Management: Fourth place, Travis Small (Bethel-Tate); sixth place, Jenny Hoskins (Bethel-Tate). Economic Research Project (Team): First place, Kim Benjamin (Felicity), Jaimie Flarida (BethelTate) and Ashley Whisner (Bethel-Tate). Banking and Finance: Fourth place, Taylor Eckart (New Richmond); fifth place, Jennifer Oetzel


(New Richmond). Fundamental Spreadsheets: First place, Crystal Dodson (New Richmond); third place, Megan Hicks (New Richmond); fourth place, Megan Colwell (BethelTate); fifth place, Amber Manning (New Richmond); sixth place, Jenny Hoskins (Bethel-Tate). Fundamental Accounting: First place, Taylor Eckart (New Richmond); second place, Eli Wright (Williamsburg); third place, Corey Bishop (Williamsburg); fourth place, Jeff Hensley (New Richmond); fifth place, Kim Philhower (Bethel-Tate). Integrated Office Applications: First place, Liz Osborne (BethelTate). Advanced Interview Skills: First place, Courtney Jenkins (Williamsburg).

HONOR ROLLS Glen Este Middle School The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

Interactive learning


Thanks to the family of Aaron Westendorf, Merwin Elementary has received a donation from the Knights of Columbus at Immaculate Heart of Mary. The money is being used to purchase items for the school’s Interactive Learning Center, such as tag readers and tag books. Here, kindergartner Damien Kerans uses a special reading device during his time in the Interactive Learning Center.

Eighth Grade First Honors – 3.5 - 4.00 GPA Benjamin Baker, Samuel Barrett, Abigail Barton, April Belanger, Jennifer Bell, Andrew Berger, Kelsey Bodine, Stephanie Bogan, Ryan Brinkman, Kylie Brown, Matthew Burchfield, Shaun Burdick, Winston Burdick, Caroline Calhoun, Sara Marie Campbell, Sarah Lynn Campbell, Kevin Carroll, Alexis Carta, Ashton Carter, Shae Caruso, Samuel Casavant, Zachary Coats, Jimmie Crist, Heidi Dallman, Lexy Damron, Mitchell Dance, Chelsea Doering, Cameron Engel, Joanna Ferro, Tyler Flanigan, Taylor Gabriel, Alexander Gammon, Brian Ginn, Jessica Goedde, Kyle Goins, Cassidy Greenwood, Kayla Gregory, Tristan Guckenberger, Samantha Hagan, Mackenzie Hall, Logan Harris, Rachel Harrison, Kyra Hayes, Nicholas Hollinden, Shealyn Hollingshead, N. Marissa Holt, Danielle Howard, Jenifer Howell, Kathleen Hudson,

Mark Hutchinson, Destiny Jones, Madison Jutze, Connor Katsanis, Christopher Keating, Ashley Keith, Gabrielle Kirker, Vincent Lancaster, Jordan Large, Marisa Lavatori, Brandon Line, Amber Locke, Michael Louallen, Kamille Lowry, Kyle Luccasen, Kristine Mai, Karrisa Martino, Felicia Mayes, Katelyn Maynard, Taylor McCreary, Meaghan McGraw, Maranda Melton, Bailey Miller, Karagan Miller, Roy Miller, Kayde Mock, Scott Myers II, Leah Neel, Andrew Noe, Alexander Paul, Grant Pieples, Sydney Pitman, Mallory Price, Jessica Rechtiene, Gabrielle Ruehlman, Tyler Sargent, Keegan Schofield, Zachary Schradin, Devon Shannon, Timothy Shepler, Shelby Simmons, Jake Simon, Rachel Stephens, Jacob Stevens, Ryan Stroup, Jensen Sturdevant, Brandyn Sturgeon, Lia Sturgeon, Morgan Terry, Jamie Thomas, Gage Thompson, Aylin Umana, Madison Velten, Haley Vogelgesang, Kathlyn Wiesenhahn, Carley Wilson, Christina Wilson and Brittany Yeager. Second Honors – 3.0 - 3.5 GPA Elijah Adair, Grant Adams, Rayna Airey, Alexis Backus, Jamon Black, Austin Blair, Joshua

Buckner, Zachary Burris, Samantha Buttram, Jacob Childers, Brittany Colyer, Kaitlyn Conaty, Andrew Couch, Colin Couch, Beckah Danner, Christian Davidson, C. Maxwell Davis, Tylor Davis, Jack Dong, Hannah Dufresne, Charles Emshoff, Lauren Emshoff, Miranda English, Haley Finamore, Sasha Geier, Kaley Harrell, Jordan Harris, Lyric Hein, Dori Honchell, Nicoda Kearns, Kyle Keszei, Jamie Koch, Hannah Lang, Allyson Liming, Austin Lotz, Taylor Lumas, Ronald Mancini, Jeremy McAlister, Amber McKee, Amber Morgan, Edward Mullis, Patrick Murphy, Megan Neal, Tyler Nelson, Faith Oakley, Jacob Panek, Teara Park, Benjamin Parrish, Alyson Perry, Anthony Pinto, Katelyn Pipenur, Katelyn Poehner, Miranda Raper, Kathleen Roan, Brian Rutherford, Alexander Saylor, Jennifer Schaffter, Cailin Schock, Cheyenne Schuler, Mariah Stotler, Blake Stricker, Michelle Sunderman, Patrick Swaney, Sara Truitt, Carrie Upton, Jack Viney, Morgan Warf, Joshua Watson, Karlee West, Jessica Wiehe, Jennifer Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Kelsey Wilson, Kaylee Wright, Raven York and Taylor Zambenedetti.

SCHOOL NOTES Scholarship

Alyssa Sexton, daughter of Pamela and Jeffrey Sexton of Batavia, has been awarded a Schubert Honors Scholarship from Ohio Wesleyan University.

According to the university, the scholarship is awarded to high school students in recognition of their outstanding academic performance, extracurricular involvement and potential for success at college.

All recipients of the $18,000 Schubert Honors Scholarships also have been accepted into Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program. Sexton is a senior at Glen Este High School.


March 17, 2010

Community Journal


HONOR ROLLS Glen Este Middle School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

Sixth Grade

Ready for Mass


St. Thomas More student Abby Pour works with “Grandma Pat” Tekulve as she prepares for her reading at a recent school Mass.

First Honors – 3.5 - 4.00 GPA Saraya Abner, Lauren Anderson, Marc Andry, Mariana Apestegui, Dylan Atkinson, Tyler Bain, Andrew Ballitch, Matthew Bavis, Haley Beach, Nina Bell, Emily Bogan, Alec Bomske, Amber Bravard, Clayborne Brezinski, Courtney Bright, Leah Brinson, Brandi Brock, Baylee Brooks, Chandler Bruenderman, Karlee Brune, Kamryn Buckman, Julie Bunton, Trent Burbage, Caleb Canter, Hayden Caruso, Jacob Castle, Amber Clark, Meghan Colwell, Sydney Conover, Emma Conway, Megan Cory, Brandon Crist, Madison Davis, Michael Davis, Megan Dean, Jacob Diana, Hannah DuMont, Josef Dulle, Brady Dunigan, Andie Fahey, Jacob Farmer,

Sierra Fields, Samuel Frisch, Madison Frye, Collin Fryman, Justin Gammon, Sydney Geier, Megan Ginn, Rebecca Glassburn, Avery Griffin, Gabriel Hamblin, Kayla Hamm, Alex Hankins, Sierra Haynes, Krysta Hernandez, Nash Hill, Jeremy Hopkins, Cole Hunley, Julia Jenkins, Breen Jones, Jamie Jones, David Jung, Jennifer Justice, Aspen Kowsky, Koby Luccasen, John Martino, Brenna Martz, Arleigh May, Clayton McCune, John McGraw, Alexis McKinley, Michael Meece, Lisa Merman, Joseph Mikolay, Austin Miller, Hannah Miller, Ryan Mock, Sierra Montgomery, Allison Moore, Mary Lyn Moore, Parker Moore, Cassidy Morgan, Brittany Morton, Peter Murray, Deyci Nataren, Grace Nehls, Hugo Ostorga, Mattison Overbeck, Tyler Pennington, Tyler Pilcher, Natalie Poynter, Kristina Prince, McKenzie Raper, Madison Reese, Logan Reich, Emily Roth, Kobe Royse, Jacob Santiago, Connor Schoettle, Savannah Shepard, Taylor Singleton, Brittany Smith, Kelsea Smith,

Taylor Smith, Austin Snyder, Ellen Steffen, Joshua Stotler, Danielle Sullivan, Faiza Sumra, Claire Surko, Carly Thacker, Taylor Thorp, Zachary Thorp, Alec Townley, Katelyn Van Pelt, Jonathan Vogel, Erika Von Bargen, Andrew Waddell, Danielle Watkins, Dakota Watson, Joshua Weaver, Taylor Wells, Hannah West, Hannah Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Angelique Woodward and Emily Yeager. Second Honors – 3.0 - 3.5 GPA Jonathan Adams, Kylie Alsip, Tanner Ayers, Miranda Bausch, Lauren Bell, Allison Borne, Chelsey Bright, Joshua Broman, Austin Buckner, Jaymee Burke, Brieana Byrnside, Savannah Carter, Jesus Cervantes, Emily Conner, Seth Crissman, Tanner Davis, Taylor Dick, Kyle Dieringer, Michelle Eberle, Brianna Ellis, Sarah Ellison, Zachary England, Teaona Field, David Finns, Cody Fouch, Joshua Freeman, Jordan Funk, Payton Funk, Stephen Garretson Jr., Mackenzie Gast, Eric Greenwood, Carrie Gregory, Ryan Hagen, Sarah Haney,

Amanda Hart, Grant Hessman, David Hill, Brandon Holloway, Alexander Horton, Alexander Iannnelli, Emalie Johnson, Avery Jones, Olivia Killebrew, Samantha Kleinmann, Grant Landon, Hannah Lawson, Sydney Little, Kirsten Lloyd, Erin Maines, Andrew Martin, Madison Martin, Morgan McAninch, Christian McPherson, Kendra Mendoza, Nicholas Moore, Ashley Mues, Nicholas Murrell, Andrew Nguyen, Dalton Orr, Mihir Patel, Savan Patel, Austin Phillips, Dalton Pilott, Spencer Price, Damon Pullens, Tyler Randolph, Devon Robbers, Storm Roehm, Justin Seward, Kristan Sharpe, Ciara Shiveley, Cailin Sindell, Brandon Smith, Michael Smith, Mikaella Sowards, Gage Stewart, Sierra Tackett, Cameron Travis, Brandi Turner, Caitlin Utley, Janelle Vasquez, Courtney Vespie, Alexander Wagoner, Andrew Wahl, Brittany Wallace, Makenna Weaver, Tyler Westendorf, Logan Williams, McKenzie Williams, Patrick Willison, Brandellyn Wills, Noah Woodall and Logan York.

Silly science


Riding in style

Holly Hill students recently enjoyed the end to a successful fundraiser. Students who earned the most during the fundraiser were treated to a limo lunch at LaRosa’s pizza. Here, the students prepare to go to lunch.

Students of the month

The Live Oaks January Students of the Month are, from left, Rodney Rivers (Glen Este High School), Chris Gardner (Milford High School), Raven Rabb (Madeira) and Dana Sanchez (Milford High School.) Not pictured, Aaron Stoner (Milford High School).

Flying solo

Science students at Glen Este Middle School have been enjoying the “sillier” side of science. Working in labs to study chemical changes, students have been combining different chemicals to create silly putty. The students mix glue and sodium borate to create a chemical reaction. From left, students Lauren Bell and Destiny Tubbs enjoy their silly science experiment.

Fractured stories




Students in Glen Este Middle School’s Gifted Resource class recently worked on a creative writing piece. Students took a fairytale and “fractured” it by changing an original fairytale or adding new and creative details. The students then created their own books of their versions of the fairy tale, complete with pictures. At right, sixth grader Alex Hankins shares his fractured fairytale “Darn Them Little Pigs!” with other students.


Jose Sandoval, left, soloed in a single-engine aircraft Jan. 29, his first flight as a student pilot without his instructor in the aircraft. Sandoval is enrolled in the “Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot” program at the University of Cincinnati - Clermont College. He is seen here with instructor Richard Hoofring immediately following his solo flight.

Genetic sequencing


St. Thomas More science classes recently studied genetic sequences using candy as a model. From left, students William Kling and Colin Barger find genetic sequences fascinating when one can eat them afterward.


Carpenter earns certificate

Patrick Carpenter, left, earned his commercial pilot certificate from UC Clermont College Jan 3. Carpenter, who is enrolled in the Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Program at UC Clermont, is seen here with instructor David Frisby.



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The Presidents’ Athletic Conference recently named the 2010 Women’s basketball All-Conference Teams. On the second team is Chatham University senior Barb Petty, a Glen Este High School graduate.

McNick nabs GCL title

The Archbishop McNicholas High School men’s freshman basketball team defeated Hamilton Badin High School 45-26 at the MCNHS gym on Feb. 17 to win the Greater Catholic League, Central division title. The Rockets bested all of their GCL Central opponents this season (Purcell Marian, Hamilton Badin; Roger Bacon) and claimed hard fought GCL victories over Middletown Fenwick, Dayton Chaminade Julienne and other area teams. McNicholas closed the regular season with a strong defensive performance in a 37-31 victory at Roger Bacon on Feb. 19. This fine group of student athletes will represent McNicholas High School well in the years to come. The 2009-2010 Rockets are Jack Wagner, Austin Ernst, Mark Hoke, Sam Bechtol, Ian Baker, Michael Mink, Patrick DiSalvio, Stephen Sarky, Scott Sage, Richie Day, Connor Powers, Henry Heink, Jacob Lind, Sam Becker and Michael Byrne. McNicholas freshman coaches are Jack Kaniecki and Peter Gillespie.

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Varsity inexperience plagues Bulldogs By Adam Turer

Both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams at Batavia High School struggled this season. The Bulldogs boys’ and girls’ teams both lacked much varsity experience and relied on mostly underclassmen. Offensive struggles – inconsistent shooting and too many turnovers – left the Bulldogs near the bottom of the league at season’s end. After graduating a strong senior class following the 2008-2009 season, the boys’ program was prepared to take some lumps this season. The Bulldogs did not expect to fall to 4-17 overall and will look to continue the rebuilding process next season. “We had a few seniors on the team this year, but they hadn’t played a lot prior to this season,” head coach Mike Hatfield said. “We did not have a lot of varsity experience.” The Bulldogs lost four

seniors starters from the 2008-2009 team. Senior Caleb Santel was the only returning starter for this year’s squad. Santel did his best to carry the team, leading the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and steals. He averaged nearly 15 points and seven rebounds per game. Replacing Santel will be one of the major challenges facing the Bulldogs next season. Hatfield believes freshman Sam Suttles and junior Luke Bradburn can help fill that void. “Suttles is a real good shooter and Luke stepped up as one of our leaders this year,” Hatfield said. Lacking in varsity experience, the Bulldogs struggled to take care of the basketball. Most of this year’s roster played primarily on the junior varsity team last season. The Bulldogs averaged 20 turnovers per game, according to Hatfield. Batavia will still be counting on several underclassmen to contribute at the varsity level next season. “We’ll still be young next


Batavia High School senior forward Caleb Santel follows through on a shot against Roger Bacon during the Division II sectional semifinal at Mason March 1. Santel was the Bulldogs’ top scorer 22 points, but Batavia lost to the top-seeded Spartans, 70-40. year, but we’ll have a little more varsity experience,” Hatfield said. Batavia’s girls’ basketball program did not fare much better this season. The boys finished 2-10 in the Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference National Division, one game ahead of last place

East Clinton. The girls also finished ahead of just one conference opponent, but earned five league wins. The Bulldogs finished the season 5-10 in league play, 5-16 overall. The girls were led by sophomore Holly Harris, who led the team in scoring, assists, rebounds, and

steals. The Bulldogs will graduate just three seniors – Courtney Turner, Beth Turner, and Samm Ison – from this year’s team. The return of several underclassmen who played key roles on this year’s team should propel the Bulldogs to a better 2010-2011 season.

Coach eyes higher future for county bowling Amelia to face new challenges in SBC By Mark Chalifoux

SIDELINES Basketball camps

Stan Kimbrough is conducting training and camps at Nothin’ But Net, 4343 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road. For private and small-group lessons, call 229-0863.

Select baseball tryout

The 14U Batavia Bulls American have an unexpected opening in their baseball squad for the upcoming season. Players cannot turn 15 before May 1. Advanced baseball skills and knowledge are required. Pitching experience is preferred, but not required. Contact Mike at 732-1501 or Visit

Summer soccer camps

The 2010 OSYSA/Soccer Unlimited Soccer Camps, run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South, will have a full summer of camps this year. Contact Ohio South at 576-9555 or Jack Hermans at 232-7916, or e-mail Visit www. for a list of camp dates and locations.

Players sought

AAU Synergy Girls Basketball is seeking girls to play on their 14U,15U and 16U teams, which is based primarily in Reading. Practice nights would be Sunday and Wednesday with four to five, generally local, tournaments planned. If interested in playing this spring, e-mail

The Glen Este bowling teams both had strong seasons as the girls’ and the boys’ teams made it to the district tournament before their seasons ended. Despite the success the Trojans had, head coach Kathy DeMarko wasn’t satisfied. “I would’ve liked to see the boys’ team go to state. This is the strongest boys’ team we’ve had,” she said. “Our kids are good so we have to look at what we’re doing wrong as coaches. Why can’t we get them past the district level? That’s what we need to figure out and we’re going to try a bunch of new stuff.” DeMarko said one key to helping improve bowlers from this area would be to work with the athletic directors and bowling alley proprietors to get the kids in this area better prepared for the lane patterns they face at the district tournament. “We don’t bowl on that and other teams are used to it,” she said. “It’s hard on me because I work really hard at what I do and I feel like it’s my fault that I don’t get the kids what they need to compete.” DeMarko said it’s not about bowlers just at Glen Este, she wants to see bowlers from the whole county make better strides at the higher levels. “I talked to a lot of coaches from Dayton and the west-side teams that move on to see what they are doing differently,” she said.



Tony Kellerman, Kathy DeMarko and Tom Huber have been coaching kids from all over Clermont County on Saturday mornings for years.

The Glen Este boys bowling team celebrates winning the Baker Bash at Beaver Vu Bowl Jan. 18. They defeated the top teams from Dayton and Cincinnati, coming in first out of 30 teams. From left are Assistant Coach Tom Franz, Nic Pesnichak, Jerrod Brewer, Nathan Franz, Tyler Dieringer, Jake Pesnichak, Coach Tom Huber, Zac Hayes and Paul Hudson. Not pictured is coach, Kathy DeMarko.


Glen Este bowlers Jaekob Pesnichak, Tyler Dieringer, Nicolaas Pesnichak, Nathan Franz and Jarred Brewer with coach Tom Huber at a Saturday morning session. The Glen Este teams did have strong seasons. The girls’ team exceeded expectations by making it to the district meet and finishing second in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The girls’ team has finished first or second every year but one. “We had a blast and there was no drama on the team, and you can’t ask for more than that,” DeMarko said. “We got along really well and had a lot of fun.” The boys’ team won the

FAVC and went 16-1 overall. The boys were led by player of the year Jaek Pesnichak and Nathan Franz, but the lineup was strong top to bottom. “All in all it was a great year because they gelled as a team,” boys’ head coach Tom Huber said. “There weren’t too many individuals. They knew there were seven parts to the machine and when all seven work, they are better as a team.” The Trojans will be a

force again next season, as they return everyone but Nic Pesnichak, who was also one of the top bowlers in the conference. The Amelia bowling teams had a solid year in head coach Craig Mazzaro’s first season. The girls’ team finished third in the FAVC with a 9-7 record and the boys were 313 on the year. The boys were led by Zac Vestring, a first-team all-FAVC bowler. Kyle Clements was another standout for the boys.

On the girls’ side, Sarah Flory was a first-team AllFAVC bowler and the leader for the girls. Lauren Dietrich also made first team and Elaina Simons was a second-team selection. The big challenge for Amelia was that the Barons only had three experienced bowlers out of the 17 on the team. “We had a lot of new bowlers so next year we will have some more experience out of the gate,” Mazzaro said. “The girls’ team was a good group of bowlers this year. They were just really solid all the way through and competed in most matches and that’s why they were successful.” One problem for the Barons next season will be the fact that Amelia is moving to a conference that doesn’t have bowling. The Southern Buckeye Conference doesn’t have nearly as many bowling teams as the Barons were able to face in the FAVC, so Amelia will be an independent team next year. “It will make it a little tougher in terms of scheduling,” Mazzaro said.

Sports & recreation

Community Journal

March 17, 2010


Lions celebrate 1st winning season They did it. The Miami Valley Christian Academy girls’ basketball team finished the season with a winning record for the first time in program history, accomplishing the team’s biggest goal for the season. The feam finished 10-8 and had several winnable games canceled due to snow, so the Lions could’ve had an even higher winning percentage. MVCA did not win its tournament game, so the Lions finished the season with a 10-9 record overall. It was a win over Immaculate Conception that sealed a winning season for the team. “They were pretty excited,” head coach Tim Schwirtz said. “It’s a big deal, especially for the seniors who have been on the team for four

“It’s a big deal, especially for the seniors who have been on the team for four years. It means a lot to them.”

Head Coach Tim Schwirtz

years. It means a lot to them.” Schwirtz said the team finally came together in the last six to eight games of the season, thanks to the team’s senior leadership, and that helped push the Lions over the top. The 48-44 win over Lockland in mid-January was the team’s biggest win and was a victory that helped motivate the Lions the rest of the way. Senior standout Sarah Makoski averaged 11 points a game and was the team’s leading scorer with more than 200 points on the season, a record for the Lions. She scored 156

OVGA features new high school tour The Ohio Valley Golf Association is entering its seventh season and 2010 will be the first year to feature the new High School Tour designed specifically for high schoolers between seventh through 12th grade for the 2010-11 school year. The OVGA Tour will feature 21 events from May to September. The season will feature four majors – OVGA Masters at Legendary Run, Tri-State Open at Stonelick Hills, Dayton Open at Heatherwoode and the Highlander Cup at Walden Ponds. Elks Run will host the annual EastWest Cup, which will once again settle the argument over which side in Cincinnati is the best side for golf. The Conquest Cup playoffs bring the season to a close in September with three events leading up to the Tour Championship at the Golf Center at Kings Island (Grizzly). The OVGA schedule for the 2010 season follows.


Saturday, April 10, to Sunday, April 11 – Old Silo, Preseason Road Trip (11 a.m. start on April 10, 8 a.m. start on April 11). Saturday, April 17 – Beech Creek, Izzy Scramble benefitting Izzy Molfetta, granddaughter of Eli Rendon, OVGA member (8 a.m. start, includes skills challenge). Saturday, April 24 – Deer Track (preseason). Sunday, April 25 – Shawnee Lookout (preseason).

Regular season:

Saturday, May 1 – Willows (TBA). Sunday, May 2 – Miami Whitewater (TBA). Saturday, May 8 – Bel-Wood Country Club (11 a.m. start). Saturday, May 15 – Legendary Run (TBA) – major. Saturday, May 22 – OFF WEEK. Saturday, May 29 – Vineyard (TBA). Saturday, June 5 – Snow Hill Country Club (TBA). Saturday, June 12 – Fairfield (11 a.m. start). Saturday, June 19 – Stonelick Hills (10:30 start) – major. Saturday, June 26 – Grand Victoria (9:00 start). Sunday, June 27 – World Am Qualifier at Grand Victoria (9 a.m. start). Saturday, July 3 – off week. Sat/Sun, July 10-11 – Elks Run –

East West Cup. Saturday, July 17 – Sharon Woods (TBA). Saturday, July 24 - Deer Run (7 a.m. start). Saturday, July 31 – Heatherwoode (1 p.m. shotgun) – major. Sunday, Aug. 8 – Weatherwax (TBA). Saturday, Aug. 14 – off week. Sunday, Aug. 22 – Walden Ponds (TBA) –major. Sunday, Aug. 29 – Boone Links (12 p.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 5 – Lassing Pointe (12 p.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 12 – Aston Oaks (9 a.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 19 – Mill Course (TBA). Saturday, Sept. 25 – Grizzly (8:30 a.m. start) – tour Championship day one. Sunday, Sept. 26 – Grizzly (1:24 p.m.start) – tour Championship day two.


Sunday, Oct. 3 – Hueston Woods (9 a.m. start) – Stewart Invitational. Sunday, Oct. 10 – Yankee Trace (11a.m. start) – President’s Cup.

High school tour

The OVGA High School Tour tees off for the first time in 2010. The season will consist of nine tournaments beginning on April 24 and running through July 26. Two majors will be played at Crooked Tree and Grand Victoria, the Junior East-West Cup at Blue Ash and the Tour Championship at the Golf Center at Kings Island (Grizzly). 2010 Tour Schedule, including date, location, time and cost: April 24 – Hickory Woods, 11:30 a.m., $30 May 8 – Belwood CC, 11 a.m., $30 May 22 – Crooked Tree, noon, $30 June 14 – Boone Links, noon, $30 June 21 – Wildwood 8 am $30 June 26 – Grand Victoria 9 am $40 July 5 – Becket Ridge 12 pm $30 July 12 – Blue Ash 9 am $30 July 25 – Grizzly 12 pm $30 July 26 – Grizzly 10 am $30 All proceeds from the two tours benefit Building Blocks For Kids. The OVGA has raised more than $30,000 for local charities since 2004.

as the team’s leading scorer last year. Senior standout Sophie Simunek averaged 10 points a game and was the other go-to player for MVCA. Nikki Postenrider of Anderson Township was the team’s leading rebounder and scored twice as many points this season as she had last year. “From a coaching standpoint it was a great year because they had a winning season and everyone individually improved their performance and showed that in the energy level they brought in practices,” Schwirtz said. Gabby Buckley of the Milford area was the team’s most improved player and was a scoring threat off the bench. Rachel Moreland was the team’s defensive specialist and will be a key player next season and Anne Schwirtz was the team’s top shot-blocker.


Sarah Makoski shoots free throws at the end of a practice this season.

SIDELINES Ochocinco football camp

Bengals Pro-Bowl wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has announced dates for his Chad Ochocinco Football Camp presented by CBTS. This two-day event will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22, and Friday, July 23, at Sycamore High School. Ochocinco will be on site to direct the activities of the camp and provide instruction. The camp will also feature a selection of the top

prep and collegiate coaches in the Cincinnati area. The camp will be open to all boys and girls ages from 7 to 14. Each day, the campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of football. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum personalized instruction. In addition to seven hours of football instruction, all campers will receive an autographed camp team photo with Chad, a camp T-shirt and the opportuni-

ty to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $185. In addition to CBTS, camp partners include Bridgestone, Outback, Local 12, Cincinnati Parent, and 101.1 the Wiz. Campers are encouraged to register early, as spots are limited. Additional information and registration is available at, or at 793CAMP.

Play ball in remembrance of A.J. Cohen The ninth annual A.J. Cohen Memorial Baseball Tournament will be Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, at Midland Field and Saturday, April 17, at The Summit Country Day School Sports Complex. There will also be a Kidsfest, complete with ”Are you fitter than a fifth-grader,” fire safety and awareness with games including “Touch ’em All” and the “Stop, Drop and Roll race” as well as arts, crafts and games. A.J. Cohen died Dec. 10, 2000, in a house fire at the University of Dayton. Shortly after his death a scholarship fund was established in his name at The Summit Country Day School. The tournament was started to raise money for the scholarship fund and has raised more than $100,000 to date. In 2009, the Fire Safety and Awareness Program was developed that reaches out to local high schools, seniors and their parents. Ohio ranks at the top for the most campus related fire fatalities. The primary objective of the program is to improve this statistic. Check out the A.J. Cohen Memorial Web site at

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March 17, 2010






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Goshen horse thief detectives, the hanging tree Horse thief – a professional who enjoyed living dangerously in the early west, as horse theft was considered a serious crime, and many a horse thief saw the oneway trip to the hanging tree. Horse thieves were rated as no good, dirty, rotten scoundrels. It was often said: A man coveted his possessions in the west in this order: First his horse, second his rifle, third his dog, and fourth his wife. Steal his wife, but beware of the wrath rendered if one was to steal his horse. It seems Goshen favored either shooting on sight or imprisonment with 25 to 30 lashes on the naked back, the fines were anywhere from $10 to $500. As they say, “that was then and this is now.” It seems that today, given the fact horses and mules are no longer the mainstay of the American family, fines are no more or less than a smack on the wrist, much less 25 lashes and a public embar-

rassment. Horse theft is categorized by the law on the horse’s monetary value. Therefore, the range is wide and varied. It also bodes well if Vicky Rhein the victim is eldCommunity erly or on hard Future Press guest times. plans for a columnist Micro-Chip and Freeze Brand clinic are in the works for later this year. This month, I wanted to highlight a good friend of the GHTD’s, Sandy Snyder. Sandy jumped on board from the beginning of the detectives, wanting to promote the well trained equine for pleasure parades and trails. Snyder’s official title is lieutenant of the mounted division, which consists of, mounted horses and riders. Her

How would it affect you if the U.S. Postal Service discontinued Saturday service? “It would be an inconvenience. Mail service should be privatized. This is just another example of the government’s inability to run anything efficiently. “They’ve bankrupted Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Why should the Post Office be any different? But don’t worry. If the Obaminator gets his way, they’ll handle socialized medicine much better.” J.J. “It will affect us all – the more service is reduced, the less people will use the Postal Service. Then will they reduce delivery to four days, or every other day? Surely the government and the Postal Service can find other ways to save money without reducing its basic, core service of mail delivery.” J.S.B. “Minimally. I wouldn’t like it, but I could deal with it. I understand something about how shaky the Postal Service has been in the last 20-30 years and since I am one of the few people in my circle of friends and family who still writes letters, pay bills by check, etc., I have witnessed the incremental increases in the cost of a first-class postage stamp to its current 44 cents. “When I was a kid, we actually had mail delivery twice a day. As one of the current TV commercials would say, ‘Can you believe it?’ “I wish I could have done something to change the outcome, but as someone said in his campaign for the presidency recently, ‘It’s above my pay grade.’ “It may seem harsh, but think about it: most of the stuff we get in our mailbox these days is junk mail, plain and simple – and advertising circulars. I could go one more day without those.” Bill B. “If the US Postal Service (a privately-operated entity) is such dire financial straits that the only immediate solution is suspension of Saturday deliveries, it will little or no impact on us (most of the mail we receive is catalogs and junk anyway!). “I remain amazed that I can write a letter to a friend in California, put a 44-cent stamp on it and find out that it arrived safely, at the correct address in just three days.

Parade” to kick off the Gallop. In Snyders words, “Last year’s parade was just amazing. The Gallop was a success, and good family fun. Seeing a child pet a horse for the first time is just priceless.” The GHTD mounted division is planning on meeting once a month for training sessions with the horses, weather permitting, and regular membership meetings as needed. To join the GHTD’s go to and get an application. It’s really a great time working with horses and people who share the same commitment. We thank Sandy and the hard work she has put into the detectives, and hope that she will continue to lead them into the future. You can contact Sandy at 479-5958 for information about joining the mounted division. Until next time – remember, “Always Saddle Your Own Horse.”

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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address, cell and home phone numbers so we may verify your letter or guest column. Letters may be no more than 200 words and columns must be 500 words or less. Please include a color headshot with guest columns. All submissions will be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline is noon Friday. E-mail: clermont@ Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: The Community Journal, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. An avid trail rider, Vicky Rhein and her husband Gary, live in Goshen Township with four horses and a variety of dogs and cats. You can write to her at

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role over the mounted division is setting up and providing parade qualification and training days. Snyder oversees the certification process of the horses and riders, to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the parade participants and the spectators as well. “The noise and makings of a parade is not a natural environment for a horse,” said Snyder. “Horses are flight animals, so when they are scared, their first instinct is to run from danger.” Snyder sees to it each parade candidate is put through and passes a testing phase. The test is set up to see if the horse is mentally fit enough to handle some of a parades challenges. Some of the challenges Snyder has come up with includes road flares, baby carriages and a singing flamingo. Some of the other activities the GHTD’s are promoting this year include the Goshen Gallop. This event features an “All Horse


Next question Do you think businesses are right to block employees’ access to NCAA Tournament-related Web sites during the tournament? Why or why not? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. “It’s a shame that the electronic age has allowed us to give up the fine art of letter-writing in favor of e-mails which are great for some things but totally inappropriate as replacements for a good, old-fashioned, hand-written letter. ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “It won’t affect me at all. We pay most of our bills on the Internet or phone, which is why the post office is not doing as much business as in the past. “We’ve gone mostly paperless so we don’t get bills mailed to our house but sent to our e-mail, and have some accounts automatically debited. If I buy something online, it’s usually shipped Fed Ex or UPS – because it’s cheaper and faster. “I did see where some members of Congress would like a 2- or 3day a week service, which I think would be too drastic. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times, in much the same way fewer and fewer people are reading hard copies of the newspaper. Everyone has to adjust.” R.L.H. “I don’t believe it would be much of an issue. My feelings go beyond this though. My understanding is that the issue they are trying to address is cost and in reality this, from what I have read, has very little to do with cost. “If this were a private industry service would be the highest priority. In the case of the post office it is more to protect the union.” C.H. “It won’t. Just get the bills two days later.” J.Z. “I would rather have the U.S. P.S. discontinue Wednesday or Thursday service. That way there would be minimal delay as compared to a two day lapse over the weekend.” N.F.

President George Washington once said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” With that said, the truth of the matter is the VA has mismanaged the VA Claims and Pension Process since the 1940s. Every administration, including the present, makes politically-correct promises that are never fulfilled. Many veterans die before their claim is completed, which is disgraceful. Many family members who are dependent on those veterans suffer greatly while the bureaucrats and elected officials continue to fail miserably. Just last month, Secretary Eric Shinseki announced the VA Claim backlog will be resolved by 2015. History says that will not happen and in fact the odds of Secretary Shinseki actually being in his appointed position is remote, at best. In my judgment, even if by some miracle they actually resolved the backlog

by 2015, that is far too long when considering we are in two wars and the older veterans are getting older and older and older. The bureaucrats who actually run the VA clearly understand how the game is played. They understand and operate accordingly, with the clear understanding that the leaders appointed by each administration will come and go but they, the bureaucrats will stay throughout each and every administration. The bottom line is the VA is not accountable even to the president of the United States. By the time any president realizes what should be done, no matter how well intended, he is either out of office or overwhelmed with other critical matters while the inaction continues on and on. As a point of reference, I would encourage you to check out the following link and begin doing your own research at http://tiny The real solution is not throwing more money at the problem. That’s the coward’s way out that has never worked and never will work while taxpayers continue to take it on the chin. The bottom line

Clermont’s history: 1935 Oct. 29, 1925, the stock market crashed – unemployment spiked from 5 percent to 25 percent and held there for years. The unemployed rode the rails looking for work. People, made homeless by the crash, lived in shanty towns known as “Hoovervilles.” The hungry were fed at soup kitchens. Money ran out, sparking the resurrection of barter as a means of exchange. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to give the country a New Deal. Congress, at the direction of the president, created an alphabet soup of government agencies – WPA, TVA, CCC – to pump money into the economy. By 1935 the panic had eased, though the misery remained. Unemployment was frozen at 23 percent. Federal money was being spent in the county. Men were paid 50 cents per hour building retaining walls, widening roads and improving culverts. Twenty-six men were employed to build $20 “sanitary outhouses” for more than 500 residents. Another 27 men were hired to repair Milford Main School at a cost of $10,000. About $100,000 was spent to replace Clermont’s ancient courthouse. Despite the money shortage, businesses continued to advertise their

products. The well-heeled could buy a Ford V-8 coupe for $510. A pin-up lamp was offered for $2.95. Bologna sold for 20 cents per pound and a 24-pound sack of flour was listed at $1.08. Not all was gloom and doom, however. Clermonters were singing along with Shirley Temple’s “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” the year’s billboard topper. They went to the “picture show” to see the year’s best film: “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Clark Gable. But all eyes were on Williamsburg in October where 250 people gathered for the corn husking championship. W.W. Snyder won the event by picking and shucking 660 pounds in 80 minutes. It was an era of criminal celebrities. John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, “Baby Face” Nelson, Ma Barker, and “Machine Gun” Kelley robbed and killed their way through the Midwest during the early 30s. All but Kelley were gunned down by law enforcement. County Sheriff Garland Auxier and Prosecutor Frank Roberts kept busy fighting Clermont County’s own crime wave. Charles Conway was jailed for life after gunning down Charles Fauley with a .38 revolver. Elmer Cromberger and

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is that the VA must be managed like any other responsible organization, or Dan Bare for that matter, place of busiCommunity ness. I have a continued dia- Journal guest columnist logue with our elected officials including U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, Senator George Voinovich, and the Ohio Department of Veteran Affairs; a cabinet level office that reports directly to Governor Ted Strickland. I can tell you that while they are well intended; they do not have any answers and can only offer politically-correct excuses. This is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem, but an American problem. Please join me in addressing this unacceptable situation by contacting Schmidt, Voinovich or Strickland in writing. If you are so inclined, copy me with your correspondence so I can use it for continued ammunition to battle this critical matter. Dan Bare is executive director of the Clermont County Veteran Services Commission.

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Marie Taylor were convicted of operating a 43-gallon still in Loveland. A Stonelick TownGary Knepp ship man was Community nabbed for horse Press guest stealing, the first in the county in columnist 70 years. Several porkers were stolen in Bethel. A multi-state gang of chicken thieves was busted after taking birds from farms along Ohio 125. Seven people, including two women, were convicted and sent to prison. The county was rocked by major corruption scandals. Auditor Bert Ketchum, his chief deputy George Maxfield, County Clerk of Courts John Fomorin and businessman Charles Pringle were sent to prison for theft in office. Treasurer James Fitzpatrick was exonerated of criminal charges, but was held civilly liable for misspending $14,000. Chief Deputy of Probate Court John Clark pled guilty of extorting $24.20 from a citizen. The year 1935 was an interesting one in Clermont County. Gary L. Knepp writes about the history of Clermont County. He lives on Bradford Drive in Milford.



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Joyce Long, Jeff Baron and Becky Baron (not pictured) are not only neighbors, they’re friends.

Jeff, Becky Baron: Great neighbors, great friends By Kellie Geist

Joyce Long credits her ability to stay in her home to her neighbors, Jeff and Becky Baron. The Barons help Long with everyday tasks including taking out the garbage, walking her dog Maggie, and shoveling snow. “Whenever I get in trouble, I call them,” Long said. “I’ve probably been able to stay in my home because of Jeff and Becky.” Long, 74, lives next to the Barons in Union Township. She moved into the home after her husband died about 20 years ago. Long and the Barons were some of the first people to move into the subdivision. “When Joyce moved in next door, I was interested. She looked spunky,” Jeff said. “We just started helping her out with little things and, as she got older, we helped her with a little more.” But Jeff and Becky aren’t the only ones who help out. They also trained their yel-

low Labrador Taylor to bring in Long’s paper. Taylor and Maggie, who are only a few weeks apart in age, are close friends. So are Long, Jeff and Becky. “We come over almost every day and just sit on the deck and let the dogs play,” Jeff said. “We look forward to coming over.” Jeff said Long is probably one of the main reasons they haven’t moved into a smaller house. “We have two older children and our house is empty, but we haven’t moved because of Joyce. We like living next door,” Jeff said. “We’ve said that, if we do move, we’ll have to let the buyers be interviewed by Joyce,” he added. “And we don’t want her to move away either.” While Long appreciates the help the Barons give her with everyday tasks, she also is thankful for their friendship. “I think of them as my own,” she said.

Five years ago, Tim Shepler wanted to play basketball like his older sister, Rachael. Today, thanks to Tim’s mother, nearly 70 special needs children and adults play for the SNAP Dragons in western Clermont County. Kim Shepler started the SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Program) Dragons five years ago so her son, then 11, could play on a basketball team. Rachael, now 17, played for recreation league teams, which were too competitive for special needs students like Tim, who has Down’s Syndrome. Tim, 15, is now in his fifth season playing for the SNAP Dragons. The league is open to any child who has an IEP due to a physical or mental challenge. “It is nice for the kids and helps them build friendships,” said Kim. Kim is the founder, commissioner, scheduler, secretary and whatever else is needed for the team. She started the league with about 10 children making up two teams. There are now four teams with children as young as 5 all the way up to adulthood. The teams are grouped together by size and skill. “We try to have the three older teams play as independently as possible,” said Kim. “It is very cool to see how much they improve in such a short amount of time.” Some of the SNAP Dragons play together in other leagues designed for special needs students, like TOP Soccer and Challenger baseball. The basketball teams practice


Tim Shepler of the Dragons is ready to play basketball. together one night a week at the Union Township Civic Center. They play their games against teams from Lakota, Hamilton, Blue Ash, Northern Kentucky, and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. The teams receive great support from the community. “The schools have always been willing to help,” said Kim. “We get great support from teachers, coaches and administrators.” Kim’s children attended Clough Pike Elementary School, Glen Este Middle School, and now Glen Este High School. She said all the players get a thrill from seeing their teachers attend their games. Glen Este High School students have assisted with the program. The student volunteers are paired up with their own SNAP Dragon to assist and encourage all season. The program also provides an opportunity for parents of special needs students. “It is a great support system for the parents,” said Kim. “So many parents come to every practice and every game and all the kids get


• The Clermont Inn Players is presenting “Flanagan’s Wake” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St., Batavia. Interactive Irish wake. The event includes dinner. The cost is $30. Reservations are required. The play also runs at 7:30 p.m. March 20, March 26 and March 27. Call 732-2174. • Performing Live on the Town is presenting “Going, Going, Gone” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. It is a murder mystery. The event includes dinner buffet with dessert. The cost is $19. Registration is required. The play runs through March 28. Call 6233589.

Benefit concert

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training is hosting the Bands Against Leukemia and Lymphoma Show at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Sports Page Cafe, 453 Cincinnati Batavia Pike, Mount Carmel. It is a high school battle of the bands with Audio Mayhem, The Bad Ideas, Satisfaction Guaranteed and Wired for Fire. The event features celebrity guest judges, split the pot and raffles. Proceeds to benefit The Leukemia and Lym-

phoma Society Tri-State Chapter in honor of Stephen Gossard. Donation accepted at the door. Call 688-1009 or visit

Salamander search

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, is hosting “Salamander Sleuths” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Visitor Center at William H. Harsha Lake, 2185 Slade Road, Batavia Township. Search for salamanders and frogs. The event is rain or shine. Dress for the weather. Bring a flashlight. The event is free. Registration is required. Call 797-6081.

Soup, sandwich dinner

Williamsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 288 is hosting the Soup and Sandwich Dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at American Legion Post 288, 208 E. Main St. in Williamsburg. Menu includes bean soup with ham, corn bread, vegetable-beef soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. Carryout is available. Proceeds benefit medical scholarships awarded to Williamsburg High School seniors. The cost is $5 for soup, dessert, tea or coffee; $1 sandwich with purchase of lunch. Call 724-9915.

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Team members and coaches prepare for a game at the Union Township Civic Center. From left, coach Christina Weiss, Billy Newberry, Andy McCabe, coach Wynton Overcast, coach Matt Grau, Joci Slater, Zachary Barnes, coach Trevor Jones, Hannah Castle and coach Judy Eschmann.


Coach Tim Feldman, right, talks with team members. Sitting, from left, are Danielle Berg and Michael Gulat. Standing, from left, are Matt Weissaar and Will Feldman.


Coaches, in blue from left, Judy Eschmann, Trevor Jones and Matt Grau instruct players, in yellow from left, Nate Palermo and Tyler Helfrey during a game against a Mariemont team, in white. great support from their parents.” Each team has two volunteer coaches. Most of the coaches have a child who plays in the program. Kim never expected the outpouring of support the program would gain in such a short amount of time. “I had hoped it would grow, but it’s more rewarding than I imagined it would be,” she said. “Our coaches are great and we learn more and more each year about how to run the teams.” Watching the children develop interactions with teammates and coaches has been the most rewarding experience for Shepler. Children like Josie, who would not stand up on the court as a 5 year old. Now, she is much more focused on trying to improve on the court. Children like Rob, a shy high schooler who did not want to play much when he first started. Rob now interacts much more with his teammates and has come out of

his shell. The requirements to play a team sport like basketball – communication, teamwork, encouragement – help the children gain confidence. The season is capped by a Jamboree, which will be held at Glen Este Middle School Feb. 27. The middle school cheerleaders will cheer on the SNAP Dragons. The program continues to grow each season. Most of the athletes live in Clermont County, but the program is open to all special needs children and adults. The team has its own Facebook page. Any parents interested in getting involved can contact Kim at She has enjoyed developing the program over the past five seasons and has benefited as much as her players. “This has been so rewarding,” said Kim. “I have met so many great people, children and parents. It is very, very rewarding.”

Rock school preps students for real gigs By Lisa Wakeland

It’s a different kind of music lesson. At the OMEB School of Rock in Clermont County’s Union Township, which opened in 2008, the students guide the curriculum. Owner Mike Carr, who lives in Independence, Ky., said that he wanted to open his own place after teaching in chain music stores for nearly a decade. “We’re steering them to play songs that challenge them and help them learn the best guitar leads,” he said. “There is a goal for these kids to work toward.” That goal is a concert – complete with a light show, smoke machines and a backing track – performed at a local bar or restaurant where students take over the lead guitar.


Mike Carr, center, and his OMEB School of Rock students staged a “Share the Rock” benefit that raised money for Shriners Hospital for Children. Dr. John McCall, center, director of anesthesiology at the hospital, holds a guitar donated to the hospital from the School of Rock. Anderson High School freshman Jimmy Comodeca said he likes playing in front of a crowd and this format has helped him feel comfortable on stage. Nick Ewan, a freshman at Turpin High School who is in a band called Audio Mayhem with Comodeca,

said he likes the flexibility of the lessons. “Whatever song we want to play he helps us learn it,” Ewan said. Carr, also known as The One Man Electrical Band, has recorded nearly 200 songs for his students to play and he provides the

vocals during the concert. “They all pick it up so quickly,” said Steve Ewan, Nick’s dad. “You can see the results and they look forward to the shows.” But the rock isn’t just for the students. The school recently staged a benefit for Shriners Hospital for Children and donated a guitar, amp and more than $500 to the hospital’s burn unit. “It was a good experience for the kids because they had to give back and help someone,” Carr said. He said he would like to host another ”Share the Rock” benefit this year. The OMEB School of Rock is located at 4030 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Suite 327D. To learn more about Carr and the school, visit


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March 17, 2010



Mystery Book Club, 12:30 p.m. “The Poe Shadow” by Matthew Pearl. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Adults. Bring bag lunch. 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. 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.


Frog Foray, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Program and naturalist led hike. Bring flashlight. Ages 5 and up. $6, $3 children; $4, $1 children for members. Registration required. 831-1711. 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.


Murano and More Glass Bead Trunk Show, 10:30 a.m.5 p.m. AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, Cattelan 16 Main St. Glass beads and pendants. With Italian bead artist, Luigi Cattelan. Free. 831-8300; Milford. Used Magazine Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Meeting room. Not available while other library programs are in session. 752-5580. Amelia. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 9


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, 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 ages 12 and under. 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, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available.$6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. 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.


Bands Against Leukemia and Lymphoma Show (B.A.L.L.S.), 7 p.m. Sports Page Cafe, 453 Cincinnati Batavia Pike. High school battle of the bands. With Audio Mayhem, The Bad Ideas, Satisfaction Guaranteed and Wired for Fire. Features celebrity guest judges, split the pot and raffles. Benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tri-State Chapter in honor of Stephen Gossard.. Donation at the door. 688-1009; Mount Carmel.


Salamander Sleuths, 7:30 p.m. William H. Harsha Lake, 2185 Slade Road. Visitor Center. Search for salamanders and frogs. Rain or shine, dress for weather. Bring flashlight. Free. Registration required. Presented by United States Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. 797-6081. Batavia. Baby Adventurers, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Weekly through May 14. Excludes April 2. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Adult and child will discover wonders of nature using simple sensory experiences and indoor and outdoor play. One adult caregiver per child. Ages 1-2. $100, $80 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Anything Goes, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St. Cole Porter musical comedy. $16, $14 seniors and students. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 697-6769; Loveland.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Going, Going, Gone, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Murder mystery. Includes dinner buffet with dessert. $19. Registration required. Presented by Performing Live on the Town. Through March 28. 623-3589. Eastgate. Flanagan’s Wake, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. Interactive Irish wake. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. Through March 27. 732-2174. Batavia. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 2 0


Haiti Relief Drive, 9 a.m.-noon, Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount CarmelTobasco Road. Drop off peanut butter, canned meats, baby cereal, infant formula (powdered), shoes for children, linens and towels. 528-0230, Mount Carmel.


Soup and Sandwich Dinner, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. American Legion Post 288, 208 East Main St. Menu includes bean soup with ham, corn bread, vegetable-beef soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. Carryout available. Benefits medical scholarships awarded to Williamsburg High School seniors.. $5 for soup, dessert, tea or coffee; $1 sandwich with purchase of lunch. Presented by Williamsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 288. 724-9915. Williamsburg, Ohio.


Walking Through the Seasons with Sheep and Sheldon, 2 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. A Hands Up! Puppet Show performance. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Monroe Township Historical Society, 10 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Meet the members. Learn about tracing your family history in Clermont County. Browse the library’s collection on New Richmond History. Registration required. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Naturalist Explorers, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Ages 10-13. Outdoor skills training, purposeful exploring and guided off-trail forays to provide unique outdoor experiences. $81, $54 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


Anything Goes, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 seniors and students. 697-6769; Loveland. Going, Going, Gone, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, $19. Registration required. 623-3589. Eastgate. Flanagan’s Wake, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, $30. Reservations required. 732-2174. Batavia.


Euchre Tournament, 2 p.m. American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, $10. 659-5803. Mount Carmel.


The Clermont Inn Players is presenting “Flanagan’s Wake”at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St., Batavia. The show is an interactive Irish wake. The event includes dinner. The cost is $30. Reservations are required. The play also runs 7:30 p.m. March 20, 26 and 27. Call 732-2174. Pictured, the cast of “Flanagan’s Wake” rehearses.


Mothers of Preschoolers Baby and Kid Stuff Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Faith Church, 5910 Price Road. More than 40 vendors selling gently used baby furniture, children’s clothes, toys, books and more. All sales cash only. Benefits MOPS. $1. 831-3770; Milford. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 1


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.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES The Global Lovers, 2 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Reading of poet Rhonda Pettit’s timely poetic drama examining sex slavery and its relationship to U.S. consumer culture. Followed by conversation with playwright and director. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration recommended. 683-2340; Loveland.


Anything Goes, 3 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 seniors and students. 697-6769; Loveland.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Lenten Dinner and Devotions, 6 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church, 402 West Plane St. Fellowship hall. Bring soups, salads or desserts to share. After dinner, speakers share their testimonies during a 30-40 minute period of informal worship, singing and devotions. 734-7201. Bethel. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 2 2


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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.


Spinebenders Book Club, 7 p.m. “Scurvy” by Stephen Brown, New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Adults. Free. 553-0570. New Richmond.

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


Dining and Dancing with the Cincinnati Sinatra, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Matt Snow on vocals. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and all-you-caneat gourmet buffet. Family friendly. $16.95, discounts for seniors and children. Reservations required, available online. 576-9766; Eastgate.

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Haiti Relief Drive, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mount Carmel Christian Church, 528-0230, Mount Carmel.


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.


Wednesday at the Movies, 2 p.m. “Troubled Water” directed by Erik Poppe of Sweden. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128; Batavia.


Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Stories, dance and crafts. Ages 2-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700; Milford. Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Bethel Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 7342619. Bethel. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 5281744. Union Township.

Anime Club, 6 p.m. Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Teens watch and discuss anime. Snacks provided. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-6084. Owensville. Adoption S.T.A.R. Orientation Session, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road. Learn about adoption. Free. Registration required. Presented by Adoption S.T.A.R.. 631-6590; Symmes 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. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, 1300 White Oak Road. $5. 310-5600; Pierce Township.


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.



The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Cincinnati to perform “Beethoven’s Last Night,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Taft Theatre. They will also perform songs from their new album, “Night Castle.” Tickets are $48.50 and $58.50; $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Music Resource Center. Call 513-721-8883 or visit Pictured is Roddy Chong of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Family Fun Night, 7 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Stories, crafts, hands-on activities and play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221. Goshen.


Used Magazine Fair, noon-8 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 752-5580. Amelia.


See DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City!” at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Aronoff Center. The production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will also be on stage teaching kids how to beat box, as well as special guests The Aquabats, as part of the Super Music Friends Show. Tickets are $25 and $35. Children under 1 year old are admitted for free to sit on a parent’s lap. Packages are available for $99 and include a meet-and-greet with the characters. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


Community Journal

March 17, 2010


Five responses to question, ‘Why me?’

It’s not news to read that life doesn’t always happen as expected. When despite my best I lose out, can’t find a good job, watch a valuable relationship dissolve, discover I have an incurable disease, or encounter countless other major or minor tragedies – a question often arises, “Why me?” Here are five possible considerations among so many others.

1. An imagined “Contract with the Universe,” or, with God. Most of us live harboring a quid pro quo attitude. It’s as though we’ve made a contract with God or the Universe. Our imaginary contract says “If I’m good only good things will happen to me.” If I live an ordinary, honest, helpful-to-others life, things will go

well and no traumas or dramas will occur.” When adversity does arrive we feel betrayed. Father Lou We wonGuntzelman der, “Why Perspectives me?” O f course, there is no contract. Life in this world is unpredictable and unfair. Full justice, and even mercy, come later. 2. The expectation of exemption. Others die, not me; others get diseases, not me; others encounter all sorts of problems, but not me. When one of my sisters was lying on a hospital gurney awaiting an operation, a doctor

friend passed. Surprised to see her he asked, “What’s wrong? What are you doing here?” Somewhat teary-eyed she told him. Then she added, “Right now I’m lying here feeling a little sorry for myself and wondering, ‘Why me?’” Known for his humor rather than tact, he exclaimed, “Well, wouldn’t a better question be, ‘Why not?’” He was realistic but insensitive. His realistic response has led me many times to ask myself that question. When I feel undeservedly dumped on by life I often ask myself, “Why not?” I have never been able to come up with a convincing reason that should exempt me from the vicissitudes of life. 3. My own unconscious causality. “Why me?”

Because sometimes I set myself up for them by not recognizing my behavior or thoughts. E.g. Some people marry, find their spouse physically abusive, and eventually divorce. The abused person later marries again, and voila, the second spouse does the same. Is the conclusion then that all spouses abuse? Or, could I be part of the reason it occurs. Do I disrespect myself and passively permit mistreatment? Do I unconsciously seek it because as a child I saw it in my own family, and now I erroneously assume it’s something that happens in every marriage? Or, perhaps I blame myself for it or even perceive it, in a twisted way, as an expression of love? – Besides abuse, other problems may occur in my life

because I unknowingly set the stage for them. Perhaps knowing myself a lot better might help avoid some situations that just seem to “come to me.”

4. Ignorance of the ambiguity of life. Until the age of 25 or later we believe that we are gods. During midlife and thereafter the sad news is gradually conveyed – “You are not a god; you don’t always have control over what happens; your very life hangs by a thread and you must live without the answers to many questions.” The tolerance of ambiguity is one of the signs of human maturity. Amidst it all we must take responsibility for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and grow up. In the midst of life’s ambiguous mysteries we become ripe for

discovering our true self, God, and the meaning of life.

5. Maintain a sense of greater purpose. “O God who made the lion and the lamb, you decreed I should be who I am, would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” sang Tevya in “Fiddler On the Roof.” Does the “vast eternal plan” for my life necessitate dealing with joys and sorrows and unfairness that are actually bringing about my growth, transformation, and eventually glory? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Stuck with a timeshare? Consider charitable donation Timeshare sales are still big business, but many who bought them now say they it’s something they regret. It’s no wonder that timeshare re-sales are also big business, but trying to find a buyer can be very difficult. Cecilia Owens of Florence says one of the timeshares she owns is great – she’s used it a lot and has traded it for other properties. But she isn’t happy with her other timeshares. “We have three of them but two we want to get rid of. I took a company retirement and we really don’t use them,” Owens said. The key here is while timeshares can be of value, you have to know what you’re doing and how to use

them. Owens said her one good timeshare has been traded for lots of trips. Howard Ain “We’ve Hey Howard! gone to Hawaii three times. We’ve gone to Florida, Arizona – we’ve used it everywhere,” she said. Owens says her two other timeshares have turned out to be a drag on her. She has paid more than $14,000 for both, but the bills continue. “You may have them paid off but you’re still paying your maintenance fees and,

for the three of them together it is costing us $1,600 or $1,700 a year,” Owens said. Owens recently received a postcard from a company offering to take two of her timeshares off her hands. “They would have a deal where we could get rid of both of the timeshares. It would cost $2,400. It was guaranteed,” Owens said. The offer sounds tempting because it would get her out from under those yearly maintenance fees – fees she must pay for the rest of her life. But before doing that I suggested she consider donating the timeshares to charity. Several charities, including the American Kidney Fund, are offering to

take them. The American Kidney Fund says timeshares typically sell for from between $600 and $5,000. The sale is handled by an outside firm and when the sale is complete you’ll receive a receipt for your donation. I told Owens she won’t

have to pay anything and she liked the idea she would get a tax write off. Charities won’t automatically accept every timeshare, but they do take most. They’ll first determine the value of the property to make sure it can be sold quickly for a profit.

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Community Journal


March 17, 2010

Virginia Bakery offers coffeecake secrets

It all started with an heirloom cookbook compiled by Children’s Hospital Cooperative way back in 1973. It was given to me by friend Joanie Woodward, now of blessed memory. She gave it to me last year, and there was a recipe in there for Virginia Bakery’s German coffeecake. I made it and included it in a column. I did have to work with the recipe as it needed tweaking and really wasn’t easy for the home cook to duplicate. I talked with the folks at Virginia Bakery, asking for help. Well lo and behold, the authentic recipe from yes, Virginia Bakery, is in this column today. Tom Thie, of Virginia Bakery, reworked it for the home cook. It’s just one of 50 fabulous Virginia Bakery recipes included in an original cookbook by Tom. Described as a “flavored cookbook,” meaning it will be a combination of bakery history, Thie family stories, and customer memories in addition to the recipes and photos of approximately 50 of Virginia Bakery’s favorite items. And the recipe for schnecken will be included!

N o w the cookbook will be available during the winter holiday season Rita later this Heikenfeld year. let Rita’s kitchen youI’llknow exactly when, since I know I’m among the many fans who will want this Cincinnati treasure.

Virginia Bakery cinnamon coffeecake Yellow Dough Sponge

2 cups warm water 3 packs of instant dry yeast (such as Red Star) 3 cups all purpose flour Start yeast in warm water (105 to 110 degrees) for five minutes. Add flour, mix well. Cover bowl with a cloth and let rise until it doubles or the sponge starts to fall. Depending on the temperature, this could take one to two hours.


11⁄4 cup sugar 4 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening (such as Crisco) 4 oz. salted butter (1 stick) softened to room temperature 1

⁄2 cup egg yolks 1 cup cool milk* 1 cup cool water 9 (approximately) cups flour – preferably 3 cups winter flour** (pastry flour) and 6 cups all purpose flour (*The Virginia Bakery always used whole milk and Tom Thie prefers it. “We’re not making diet bakery goods. When you consider the amount of fat and eggs in the dough, changing the milk is not going to save many fat calories. On the other hand, if skim is all you have, use it. You can always compensate by adding a tad more butter.”) (**The winter flour helps to soften the dough and gives the yellow dough a better texture. Not essential, but nice to have. All purpose flour will produce perfectly fine results.) Mix all ingredients to form a soft dough. It should be quite sticky – soft, pliable and moist – but not batterlike. If the dough forms a tight ball, you’ve added too much flour. Add a little water. Starting the dough early in the day or a day ahead is best. Fresh yellow dough is difficult to work with. Tom recommends refrigerating the dough allowing it to stiffen. It takes a few hours for



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Virginia Bakery’s famous cinnamon crumb coffeecake. the dough to rise after being oz. piece of yellow dough to in the refrigerator overnight. be spread evenly over the The sponge method is not a bottom of a well greased 8quick way to make bakery by-8-inch pan. Crisco or a goods, but the dough is spray like Pam works well. easy to work with. With lightly floured hands, For coffeecakes, such as pat to flatten with no lip. the crumb cinnamon, divide Wash the dough with dough into nine pieces. melted butter and cover Each piece will weigh generously with cinnamon approximately 12 ounces. crumbs. If you’re going to use the The recipe below yields divided dough soon, you enough to cover two cakes can just put it on a floured with a layer of streusel as tray and cover with a towel. they were made in the bakIf the dough will be frozen ery. for future use, put it in plasCinnamon Crumbs: tic bags. 2 tablespoon butter The dough should be 3 tablespoon shortening used within 48 hours or 1 ⁄3 cup sugar frozen up to a month. The 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar yeast activity will decline rapidly after a month and loosely packed 1 teaspoon honey your dough will be flat. When making an item optional, but desired 1 teaspoon cinnamon from frozen dough, simply 1 ⁄8 teaspoon salt thaw it in the refrigerator or in Caramel color optional the microwave on “Defrost.” 2 ⁄3 cup flour

Crumb cinnamon coffeecake topping

This cake requires a 12

Cream everything except flour. The caramel color was added to darken the crumbs.

Not necessary. If you do use it, don’t use too much, it can be bitter. Caramel color is nothing but burnt sugar. Be careful if you make it at home – it smokes something awful. Add the flour and rub between the tips of your fingers, kind of like mixing pie dough. Do not combine flour in a mixer, it is too easy to over mix. Mix until you have nice moist cinnamon crumbs. If they are too wet, add more flour. If too dry, add a little melted butter. (In the bakery, they would make the cinnamon crumb base – everything but the flour – the night before, and then rub in the flour fresh every morning. Cinnamon crumbs will dry out quickly unless covered or refrigerated.) After putting crumbs on the dough in the baking pan, let the cake rise in a warm place until dough is almost doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes – until cake springs back when tested. Cakes are easier to remove from the pan when slightly warm. Often a customer would ask to have the cake covered with sifted powdered sugar 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.


Community Journal

March 17, 2010


Don’t press your luck this St. Patrick’s Day In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to not press their luck and get behind the wheel impaired. Instead, Ohio motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, designate a sober driver or find other transportation, and to not drive impaired. For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, the night out also has become very dangerous. During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the patrol made 159 OVI-related arrests during the 24-hour

reporting period of 6 a.m. March 17 through 6 a.m. March 18. F o u r motorists Lt. Randy also lost McElfresh their lives night – Community that of which all Press four were Guest OVI-related. Columnist That is four people who died and four families whose lives will never be the same – because someone decided to get behind the wheel impaired. These deaths all could have been avoided.

The patrol recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day. • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. • Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home. • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely. • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, please call 1-877-7PATROL or 1-877-7728765. Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else,

but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Designate your sober driver before the party begins. In addition to aggressively searching for impaired drivers, the patrol is continuing its strict enforcement of seat belt violations with the What’s Holding You Back?/Click It or Ticket campaign. Seat belts are a motorist’s first line of defense against an impaired driver. Lt. Randy L. McElfresh is the commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Batavia Post.

Five generations

Janet Murray and five generations of her family recently gathered for a photo. From left are Murray, great-great-grandmother; Dottie Howell, great-grandmother; Randy Colwell, grandfather; Gage Colwell, father; and Kylee Jade, born Sept. 23, 2009. The family is from the Batavia area.

St. Veronica Girl Scouts show XU spirit


Kelly Mathis, third from right, winner of the $1,000 “Shoot for the Spirit” scholarship sponsored by Cintas Corporation, is joined by fellow Girl Scouts from St. Veronica School’s Troop 40423, along with some of their younger siblings.

St. Veronica School’s Girl Scout Troop 40423 recently cheered on the Xavier University women’s basketball team as they crushed the Dayton Flyers at Cintas Center Jan. 30. The fourthgraders were invited to attend the game as part of Cintas Corporation’s “Team Spirit” program. One lucky Scout, Kelly Mathis, was randomly selected from the troop to participate in a “Shoot for


the Spirit” scholarship competition during half-time. She tried her luck at free throws – and made a basket. Kelly won a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts. The rest of the troop marched onto the court with the cheerleaders during the second half. Carolyn Florio is the parent leader of the troop along with co-leaders Dawn O’Rourke and Emilie Burdette.

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Clermont Farm Bureau delegates attended the annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Dec. 2-4 in Cincinnati. They were among more than 300 OFBF members elected by their counties to finalize the organization’s policies for 2010. Representing Clermont County Farm Bureau are: Front row, from left, Calvin Aicholtz of Union Township, Craig Adams, OFBF state trustee and Don Andrews of Goshen Township; back row, Carl Schoellman of Wayne Township, Heather Utter, Organization Director Adams, Brown & Clermont and Richard Meyer of Bethel. This was the 91th annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau. In addition to setting policy, Farm Bureau members celebrated the passage of State Issue 2 in last November’s election and recognized outstanding individuals for their contributions to OFBF and Ohio agriculture.

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Pierce Township Police Officer Jay Shaw and K-9 Razec conducted a tour of the Pierce Township Police Department Feb. 1 for New Richmond Cub Scout Pack 155. Officer Shaw and Razec demonstrated the drug searching ability of the K-9, along with obedience training and commands. The Scouts were also fingerprinted as part of their merit badge requirements.

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Clough United Methodist Church

The church is hosting the Clough United Methodist Church EggStravaganza at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27. Children ages 3 through sixth grade are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the church. Children can visit with the Clough Clowns and participate in a drawing for special prizes. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to photograph their children at Easter backgrounds. Children should bring their Easter baskets. This event is free. Donations of canned food for the food bank at Inter Parish Ministries in Newtown will be accepted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, activities will move inside the church. For more information, call the church office at 231-4301 or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 2314301.

Community Church of Nazarene

The church will host Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Ohio 2099 Batavia. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each


March 17, 2010

Goshen United Methodist Church

Thursday. The church is at 4650 Ohio 132, Batavia; 575-9155.

Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church

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

Edenton First Baptist Church

The church is hosting a revival March 17, with Evangelist Braxton Hunter. Service time is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visit The church is at 6655 EdentonPleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain; 625-0731.

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church is hosting Resurrection Day Services Sunday, April 4. Sunrise Service will be at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast following at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are at 9:20 a.m. and the Resurrection Day Service begins at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 937 CincinnatiBatavia Pike, Glen Este; 7538223.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHRISTIAN - CHURCH OF CHRIST 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

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CLOUGH PIKE BAPTIST CHURCH 1025 CLOUGH PIKE Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:45am Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer Service 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services/ Youth & Children’s Programs


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


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




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

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

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Bernadette Church 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

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Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.


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


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

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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

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.


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

Amelia United Methodist Church “To Become and Make Disciples Of Christ”

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


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

“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

Pastor Mike Smith


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

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


True Church of God

A concert will be 7 p.m. the third Friday of each month, featuring new bands and artists. Free food and music. Call Angel at 513-8760527 or 734-7671. The church is at 513 Market St., New Richmond.

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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

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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 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 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:

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:

Trinity United Methodist 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

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love” 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

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

Come Join Us…. Marc Quinter, Pastor

PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

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

Welcomes You

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

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

The Men’s Club of the church is sponsoring a Fish Fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent, 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.



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

Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

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.

St. Peter Catholic Church

Sunday School Class 9:30 a.m.


St. Mary Church

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

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

Located at 19 East Main Street

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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.

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

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

Locust Corner United Methodist Church




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

Lutheran Church (ELCA)


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


United Methodist Church


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

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

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am


513 831 0196

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



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

Pastor: Tom Bevers

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


844 State Rt. 131

The church is serving as a drop-off point for the Haiti relief effort throughout March. Material collection times will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. They need the following items: Peanut butter, meats (canned or foil packages), baby cereal, infant formula (must be powdered, no refrigeration); shoes for children, new or used in good condition; and linens, new or used in good condition, sheets, (twin preferred), towels. Contact Chris Van Huss for more information at 5280230 or The church is located at 4183 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road; 528-3365.

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

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

Mount Carmel Christian Church

Laurel would like to invite the community to their soup/sandwich/dessert supper from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18. 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.

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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Laurel United Methodist

The United Methodist Men are hosting the remaining Lenten Fish Fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 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. Proceeds benefit church projects. The church is hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27. The menu includes pancakes with toppings, and ham. It includes free pictures with the Easter Bunny and a free Easter Party and egg hunt. The cost is $6, $3 per child. Proceeds benefit the senior high mission trip. The Maundy Thursday Service is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. The Good Friday Service is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2. Easter services are at 7 a.m. for the Sunrise Service (complimentary breakfast following) and the 10:30 a.m. service featuring the choir’s Easter Cantata. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen; 722-2541.


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

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

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”

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Community Journal

March 17, 2010


Shriver recognized for excellence The Association of Municipal/County Court Judges of Ohio has awarded Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James A. Shriver the President’s Award for Judicial Excellence. The award recognizes Shriver’s “outstanding and meritorious service as a municipal court judge, which has contributed to effect the efficient and fair administration of justice, in addition to enhancing the public’s perception of the judiciary of Ohio.” “I am surprised, humbled and honored at receiving this award,” said Shriv-

er, who has served as a municipal court judge for 14 years. In bestowing the award, the state organization recognized Shriver’s work for the Ohio Judicial Conference, his efforts to establish the first DUI Court in Ohio, and his work on modifications to new drunk driving laws. “The DUI Court is changing the lives of individuals,” said Shriver. “The program addresses addiction and public safety for multiple drunk driving offenders. Since the DUI Court began in June 2005, 114 participants have come into the program and

68 have graduated.” Shriver is proud of many of the DUI Court graduates who have turned their lives around, as a result of the program. “One recent graduate has decided he will attend college to become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to help others,” he said. “Many of the children of the individuals who have completed the program have told us they like their new mom or dad a lot better, because now they have time for them.” In addition to his work with DUI Court, Shriver is the administrative judge for

Clermont Municipal Court. He serves as the chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Traffic Law Committee and is the first vicepresident of the Association of the Municipal/County Court Judges of Ohio. An active member of the Ohio Judicial Conference, Shriver serves on the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, the Committee on Community Corrections, the Strategic Planning Committee and he co-chairs the Court Administration Committee. PROVIDED. SUBMIT PHOTOS TO: THERRON@COMMUNITYPRESS.COM

Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James A. Shriver holds the President’s Award for Judicial Excellence.

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United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Eastern Area will host the 2010 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at Receptions East. Four awards will be presented: • Marty MacVeigh Award, given to an individual or organization making a substantial contribution to the success of the Eastern Area, enabling United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Eastern Area to have the greatest impact on accomplishing

its mission. • Vision Award, given to an individual or organization demonstrating vision and leadership resulting in the development, implementation and process improvement of a systemic change plan that aligns with UWGC’s Agenda for Community Impact. • Exemplary Service Award, given to an individual or organization receiving United Way investment funds executing program specifications in an exemplary manner. • Resources Award, given to an individual or

Free CPR training kits for organizations The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital; however, when CPR is administered, the survival rate increases to 31.5 percent. In Cincinnati, only 14.1 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. In an effort to improve local statistics and save lives, TriHealth and AHA are teaming up to provide free CPR training kits to community organiza-

tions willing to facilitate a self-directed approach to CPR training of their members. The revolutionary new approach to CPR training, called “CPR Anytime,” was developed by the American Heart Association. The research-proven “practice while watching” technique allows users to practice CPR on a personal mannequin while watching a DVD. “CPR Anytime” was created to increase the incidence of bystander CPR by

making training more accessible. Now through the support of TriHealth, kits will be distributed free of charge to community groups that will commit to training at least five people per kit. Each “CPR Anytime” kit includes an inflatable CPR mannequin, a skills practice DVD, instruction manual and program accessories. CPR Anytime coordinators are required to facilitate the education of members in their program, training as



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was a plant in Louisiana being built to process sweet potato fries and freeze them. The report was that they would need more sweet potatoes than they grow in that state. Now I don’t imagine the few that we grow will help flood the market! In giving my agriculture report at Monroe Grange meeting Friday evening and telling about this, one person said wow this is good because I like sweet potato fries. The Grant’s Greenhouses have tomato plants that will be ready to plant by April or May, along with other plants. They have three places, one on Ohio 131 by Baas Road, the main one on Bucktown Road above Monterey and the one at the Milford Shopping Center. Remember the dates of April 17 and 18 will be their open house at Ohio 131 and Bucktown Road. Now you may wonder why we are not fishing yet.

There is so much to do here and it is still a little cold to be out there. We stopped at the Sherry’s Pay Lake on Slade Road Sunday on the way home and they sure had a crowd. They said last Saturday and Sunday they were catching lots of trout. I would like to go and give it a try when I find time. The carpenter shop is still busy with building bird feeders, cedar chests and blue bird boxes. The honey bees are having a hard time. Several folks are losing hives of bees. We have lost two and have one good hive left. So if any one finds a swarm give us a call. 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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The Clermont County Junior Fair Board Jan. 9 had their annual steer weigh-in. There were 44 steers tagged-in and 22 of them were county born and raised. Cody Smith of the New Richmond 4-Hers tags in a steer during the weigh-in.

houses last Sunday. They have several bags of onion sets there are red, white and y e l l o w George onions, so Rooks we got the and Ole red white. Fisherman W h i l e cleaning this bed we got some green onions from last year that had wintered over. I finished pruning the fruit trees and grape harbor. The fruit trees are starting to bud, I hope and pray we don’t get any real freezing weather to kill the fruit. While I was pruning the trees Ruth Ann went up to the Methodist Church in Bethel to meet with a group of women to get a quilt show ready for May 8. So mark your calendar for this quilt show. It will be a special show there will be a bunch of quilts. There are still a lot of quilters around. There will be more about this in later articles. Ruth Ann has made a special quilt you will see it at the show. There is so much going on at our church here in Bethel. While watching the R.F.D. television station last week they reported there


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Howdy folks, The sun has been shining the last few days and boy does that stir the gardening bug in me! Sunday evening there was a concert at the Bethel United Methodist Church. There was a soup, sandwich, salad, dessert and drinks meal then the singing. The group was the Soul’D Out Quartet. Boy could these fellows sing and the keyboard player was great. The crowd that attended was big. There were several times the quartet and musician got a standing ovation from the crowd and lots of applause. They were good I would recommend them to any church. They take their religion very seriously and they are not bashful about telling the story of Christ and this is good. Monday with the weather in the 60-degree area and the sun shining we got the raised beds covered with sheets of glass. The tractor tires got cleaned of dead grass from last year and some got sheets of glass put on them. One of the raised beds will get onion sets planted in it. We put a sheet of glass on this bed on hinges so we can open or close it. We got the onion sets from the Grants Farm and Green-

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March 17, 2010

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


Dorothy M. Cole

Dorothy M. (nee Dalton) Cole, 90, of Amelia and formerly of Milford died March 7. Survived by children, Charlie (Shelia) Riggs and Jimmy Riggs; grandchildren, Ronald (Marsha) Pairan, Robert (Shelly) Pairan and Randy (Angie) Pairan; and six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Lewis Cole; daughter, Marilyn (late Ted) Pairan; and brother, Bill Dalton. Services were March 11 at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Elizabeth E. Hilge

Elizabeth E. Hilge, 93, of Union Township and formerly of Mount Washington died Feb. 28. Survived by siblings, Wilma (late Ralph) Houghton and Delia (Paul) Hill. Preceded in death by husband, Jack W. Hilge; father, Johnston Stevens; mother, Lulu Reed; and siblings, Charles (Marilyn), Lloyd (Jean) and Margie Stevens. The family requested private services. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597; or American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219.





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Kenneth A. Shannon

Kenneth A. Shannon, 77, of Union Township died March 8. Survived by children, Kenneth A. “Buz” Shannon Jr., Connie Jo Bitzer, Timothy Paul Shannon and Melanie Kay Grant; grandchildren, Greg Young, Amanda Debruler, Lauren Young, Thomas Shannon, Robert Shannon, Joseph Shannon, Shannon Bitzer, Chase Bitzer, Kyle Grant and Emily Grant; five great-grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters. Preceded in death by father, Raymond Shannon; and mother, Charlotte (nee Nash) Shannon. Services were March 15 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

Mary E. Trees

Mary E. Trees, 83, of New Richmond died March 5. Survived by sons, James (Cindy) and Carl (Barb) Trees; daughters, Marilyn (the late Stephen) Fox, Bonnie (Jim) Hight and Lois (Gary) Lee; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Donald M. Trees; and parents, Leslie Shelton and Nora Atkins. Services were March 9 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3018; or Clermont County Humane Society, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia, OH 45103.

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Gale Meese and Rita Meese vs. Jeremy K. Baird MD, et al., other tort Kyle Stark vs. Zachery Simmons, other tort Dennis G. Gallagher vs. Elizabeth A. Clarkson, et al., other tort Robert Korchmaros vs. Mike Jacobs and Shelvia Jacobs, other tort Melanie Z. Buchanan and Gregory S. Buchanan vs. Daniel J. Leshney and Peter M. Leshney, other tort John W. Johnson vs. Core Composites Cincinnati LLC and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator, worker’s compensation Mark A. Gail vs. Marsha P. Ryan Administrator and Gullett Sanitation Services Inc., worker’s compensation Jennings A. Thurman vs. Marsha P. Ryan Administrator and Solid Platforms Inc., worker’s compensation M and I Bank FSB vs. Andrew William Dunn, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Jennifer M. Suffridge, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Amanda Saylor Legner, et al., foreclosure Aurora Loan Services LLC vs. Anah Choe, et al., foreclosure Anderson Bank Company nka The Park National Bank vs. Tracy Walker, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Scott A. Ruby, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Terry W. Eifert, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon FKA Bank of New York vs. Karen E. Strickmeyer, et al., foreclosure Flagstar Bank FSB vs. David P. Clark and Joan Clark, foreclosure Metlife Home Loans vs. Pius Ekhaeyemhe, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Stephen Alan Lamneck, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Beatrice Schafer, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP fka Countrywide vs. Douglas A. Brown, et al., foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Timothy J. Allen, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Michael A. Browning, et al., foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. Victoria Hamilton, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Michael C. Boone, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Setty M. Richard, et al., foreclosure Mers Inc. vs. Kenneth W. Hubbard, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA ND vs. John Rhoten, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Cameron J. Gulley and Heather M. Gulley, foreclosure Liquidation Properties Inc. vs. Elisabeth J. Murton, foreclosure

BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Jay E. Staton and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Joanne Nicoletti and Woodbridge Homeowners Association Inc., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. David H. Guethlein and Heidi R. Guethlein, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Daniel Polly Sr., et al., foreclosure Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Joshua T. Mulvihill, foreclosure Household Realty Corporation vs. Rebecca Faye Burns and Treasurer of Clermont County, foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Villas at Tartan Glen LLC, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Ronnie A. Troxel, et al., foreclosure Riverhills Bank fka Riverhills Bank NA vs. Hope Renee Barnhart, foreclosure Fifth Third Bank Mortgage Company Madisonville vs. Dustin J. Schubert, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Jaynee L. Tolle, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. John Pfeffer and Teresa Pfeffer, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Brian Ruehl, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Emmanuel A. Itapson, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Linda C. Maynard, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Troy Donohoo, et al., foreclosure First Clermont Bank vs. Estate of John D. Young, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kris C. Heitkemper, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Timothy S. Pendergrass, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Mark Eldridge, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Danny McCoon, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Jeremy L. Clem, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA ND vs. Brian M. Beck, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Joshua D. Fritch, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Joseph Lay, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Jamie L. Conatser, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Melissa A. Keller and PNC Bank NA, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Christopher W. Hopper, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Danny M. Ausman, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Lisa J. Bourque, foreclosure Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Douglas J. Beimesche and Jennifer M. Beimesche, foreclosure

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BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Benjamin E. Graham, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Mark Jones, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Craig E. Fields, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Frank T. Mokricky, et al., foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. Patricia J. Muse, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. John Davis, et al., foreclosure LaSalle Bank NA vs. John Nolan, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Bank vs. Shawn M. Meyers, other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. Lynn C. Wedding, other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. Linda M. Earhart, other civil Jim Heskamp and Heskamp Construction and Remodeling vs. Richard Daniels, et al., other civil Clayton Witt vs. Meijer Inc. and Medicaid, other civil Eleanor Dane and Robert Dane vs. International Paper Company, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. North American Interstate Service Inc., other civil Merchants National Bank of Hillsboro vs. Dwight N. Loudon and Stephany Loudon, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Shelly Izzi, other civil Citimortgage Inc. Recovery Payment Transaction vs. Tara L. Robinson, other civil Household Realty Corp. vs. Jim R. Gill, other civil Robert W. Sanderson vs. Jerald L. Irwin, et al., other civil Allied Building Products Corp. vs. Ron Singleton Construction Inc. and Ron Singleton, other civil Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. vs. Panda S. Doyle, other civil


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The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Steven Wayne Gebhart, 37, 4 Cottage Court, Cincinnati, forgery, Union Township Police Department. Jennings Lee Childress, 33, 262 Worth St. Apt. B, Cincinnati, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Joshua Ryan Banker, 27, 150 E. Broadway St. Apt. 4, Loveland, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. William Gregory Sharp, 51, 1905 Denver St., Covington, Ky., nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Michael William Tacy, 44, 1907 Monarch Drive, Middletown, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Andrew Jesse Smith, 25, at large, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. James Allen Snyder, 24, at large, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Richard Nicholas Ferris, 20, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony Roy Weaver, 37, 14916 Eastwood Drive, Williamsburg, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Adam Travis Brown, 30, 207 Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, misuse of credit card, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Lee Tansey Jr., 20, burglary, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, breaking and entering, safecracking, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Steven Allen High Jr., 32, 2884 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, burglary, grand theft from an elderly person, tampering with evidence, possessing criminal tools, safecracking, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Lacey Jane Kelley, 27, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Arthur James Fritts, 33, 1718 Parker Road, Goshen, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Robert G. Gephart, 54, 4207 Cider Mill, Cincinnati, rape, gross sexual imposition, Union Township Police Department.

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March 17, 2010

Community Journal



Incidents/investigations Theft

Medication and cash taken; $65 cash at 147 E. Main St., Feb. 22. Purse taken from vehicle at 14 Robin Way, Feb. 24. A remote, etc. taken from vehicle at 4 Canary Lane, Feb. 26.



Jeremy A. Hillard, 23, 9477 Reading Road, drug possession, under influence, resisting arrest, failure to comply, Feb. 21. Cierra Burgan, 23, 217 North St., warrant, Feb. 23. Branden S. Herzner, 21, 200 University Lane, warrant, Feb. 24.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At East Main Street, Feb. 22.


Trash can taken at 225 Wood St., Feb. 24.



Richard Macko, 41, 2817 Chestnut Lane, driving under influence, Feb. 23.

Incidents/investigations Criminal child enticement

Female reported this offense at area of Ohio 52 and Sycamore Street, March 1.


Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $20 at 410 Sycamore St., March 1.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Feb. 22. David W Braun, 26, 3955 Fulton Grove, warrant, Feb. 23. Jesse J. Compbell, 23, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 217, aggravated trespass, domestic violence, Feb. 24. William T. Willhoff, 38, 1751 E. Ohio Pike, warrant, Feb. 20. Julienne Strickling, 23, 305 S. Union, warrant, Feb. 17. Christopher Brock, 24, 1751 Ohio 125, warrant, Feb. 23. Rebecca L. Carnahan, 19, 500 University Lane, theft, Feb. 26.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated trespass, domestic violence At East Ohio Pike, Feb. 23.

Criminal damage, domestic violence At Pond Run Lane, Feb. 22. At East Ohio Pike, Feb. 23.

Domestic violence

At St. Andrews Drive, Feb. 21. At Hopper Ridge Drive, Feb. 24.


Cigarette lighter taken from Sunoco at Ohio Pike, Feb. 25. Tools taken from vehicle; $200 at 500 Elm Drive, Feb. 25. Merchandise taken from Marathon; $214 at East Ohio Pike, Feb. 24. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $131 at Ohio Pike, Feb. 26.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Michael S. Snow, 37, 5021 Mallard Crossing, carrying concealed weapons, Feb. 26. Robert A. Jackson, 41, 5800 Panama, recited, Feb. 26. Patricia A. Presley, 39, 484 Ohio 74, driving under suspension, Feb. 27. Bo T. Warren, 23, 4551 Woodglen, no drivers license, Feb. 27. John A. Parvin, 40, 4524 Weiner, disorderly conduct, Feb. 27. Douglas W. Egan, 38, 4817 Stoneybrook, driving under suspension, Feb. 28. Charlee E. Howe, 23, 2191 Ohio 125, warrant service, Feb. 26. Angel R. Vicars, 19, 505 Old Ohio 74, open container, Feb. 27. Andrew G. Dawson, 32, 9762 Oxbow, trafficking in drugs, Feb. 24. Randy G. Brookbank, 36, 15 W. 68th St., drug possession, Feb. 24. Gregory A. Motley, 27, 1738 Sutton, open container, Feb. 26. Kameron A. Meredith, 22, 4356 Armstrong, warrant service, Feb. 27. Beverly F. Whittamore, no age given, 515 Piccadilly, assault, Feb. 27. David L. Barney, 22, 1899 Bracht Piner, obstructing official business, theft, Feb. 27. Adam M. Sponsel, 26, 3737 Glancy Greenbush, drug abuse, trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence, Feb. 28. Nicholas J. Sponsel, 21, 3737 Glancy Greenbush, drug abuse, trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence, Feb. 28. James L. Kirby III, no age given, 4702 Beechwood, forgery, theft, Feb. 27. Thanh Ngu, 43, 4706 Beechwood, leaving the scene, Feb. 25. John W. Beckman, 46, 600 University Lane, warrant service, Feb. 26. Michelle R. Severt, 38, 515 Glenrose, receiving stolen property, Feb. 26. Joshua B. Frazee, 27, 102 Chapel Road, disorderly conduct, Feb. 27. Leslie Hawkins, 27, 3906 Wolf Creek, warrant service, Feb. 26. Thomas H. Ellis III, 42, 210 Broad-

way, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 26. Christopher S. Wisby, 27, 723 Winding Way, assault, criminal damage, Feb. 24. Lisa Gibson, 45, 11 Boundary, recited, Feb. 24. Tynisha R. Scott, 34, 611 St. Joseph, driving under suspension, Feb. 24. Samuel R. Buettner, 19, 8501 Blue Sky Drive, warrant, Feb. 24. Joseph Stalbasky, 29, 102 Walnut, warrant service, Feb. 25. Kortney J. Miller, 41, 4632 Crosswood, warrant service, Feb. 25. Robert C. Timberman, 64, 4025 Vinings Drive, warrant service, Feb. 25. Shane A. Reynolds, 20, 115 Newln Court, warrant service, Feb. 25. Brandon Murray, 21, 15430 Ohio 68, operating vehicle under influence, Feb. 25. Lisa L. Schreiber, 33, 12 Apple Lane, driving under suspension, Feb. 20. Heather L. Cromwell, 37, 4108 Otter Creek, driving under suspension, Feb. 28. Matthew J. Spencer, 19, 439 Yarrabee Trace, drug possession, Feb. 26. Kristina Anderson, no age given, 895 Ohio Pike, disorderly conduct, Feb. 28. Raymond C. Altman, 22, 2819 Ohio 222, persistent disorderly conduct, Feb. 28. Phillip S. James, 20, 4167 Ohio 276, underage consumption, Feb. 28. Steven B. Hodges, 48, 4068 Ponder Drive, warrant service, March 2. Nathan J. Smith, 23, 4068 Ponder Drive, warrant service, March 2. Lauren Conrad, 18, 772 Loda Drive, warrant service, March 2. Vincent Burke, 36, 4700 Beechwood, warrant service, March 2. Steven F. Garren, 43, 545 Glenrose, warrant service, March 2. Jesi D. Hoffman, 18, 142 Newlun Court, warrant service, March 2. Charles D. Stepp Jr., 22, 113 Graham, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, March 2. Joseph A. Cook, 44, 640 Daniel Court, warrant service, March 1. Michelle R. Marlow, 22, 728 Ohio Pike, warrant service, March 1. Paul A. Hall, 20, 611 Kilgore, warrant, March 2. Valerie Allen, 25, 4298 Wuebold, robbery, March 1. Richard C. Allen, 31, 4298 Wuebold, drug paraphernalia, March 1. Ihar N. Katunin, 45, 775 Rue Center Court, disorderly conduct, Feb. 28. James L. Kirby III, 27, 4702 Beechwood, warrant service, Feb. 28. Christine Hammond, 39, 4400 Long Acres, operating vehicle under influence, March 1. Matthew D. Rains, 21, 1888 Parker, assault, criminal damage, Feb. 28. Ashly E. Allen, 21, 72 Brandywine, theft, obstructing official business, Feb. 27. Esther J. Allen, 44, 320 Center St., theft, obstructing official business, Feb. 27. William Kerr, 45, 11323 Orchard, criminal trespass, operating vehicle under influence, driving under influence, criminal damage, Feb. 26. Denna K. Greene, 47, 106 Main St., criminal trespass, Feb. 26. Gregory Pyles, 36, 3724 Par Fore, driving under suspension, March 2. Anthony Luttrall, 25, 4507 Eastwood, warrant service, March 3. Christopher Bennett, 20, 4479 Spruce Creek, warrant service, March 2. Erica M. Hendricks, 25, 1842 Ohio 52, drug abuse, March 2. George Schultz, 20, 474 Old Ohio 74, recited, March 3. David A. Boone, 50, 3978 Brandychase, recited, March 2. Jaime E. Miller, 33, 3973 Piccadilly, recited, March 2. Jerimiah A. Wagner, 33, 3974 Piccadilly, recited, March 2. Danielle E. Vespo, 34, Beechwood, warrant, March 3. Ryan T. Evans, 19, 1238 Glen Haven, marijuana possession, driving under suspension, March 2. Chris J. Walls, 20, 4431 Glen Haven, drug possession, March 2. Leigh A. Maurer, 22, 4378 Oakland, drug abuse paraphernalia, March 2. Kenneth Richards, 35, 4524 Weiner Lane, domestic violence, March 3.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at area of Clough & Tobasco Road, Feb. 28. Male juvenile was assaulted at McDonald’s at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 28. Male was assaulted at 4382 Elick Lane, March 3.

Breaking and entering

Copper pipe, etc. taken at 1062 Riddle Road, Feb. 27. Copper taken from storage trailer; $3,000 at 4043 McMann, March 1.

Criminal damage

Tries cut on vehicle at JC Penney at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 24. Tire cut on vehicle at 4582 Roxbury, Feb. 22. Front grill damaged on vehicle at 4685 Buckskin Trail, March 1. Window broken in vehicle at 4700 Beechwood, Feb. 24.

Deception to obtain dangerous drugs

Reported at Kroger pharmacy at Ohio

Pike, March 1.

Domestic violence

At Ohio Pike, March 1.

Forgery, theft

Checks cashed with no authorization; $4,350 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 25.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 3967 Benjamin, Feb. 26.


Female was assaulted and her money taken at Eastgate Mall at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 28.


Purse taken at VA Medical Center at Beechwood, Feb. 26. Buss bars, etc. taken from cell tower; $1,000 at Beechwood, Feb. 26. Male stated he paid for materials for fireplace but never received them; $4,500 at 800 Diane, Feb. 23. Credit cards, etc. taken at Meijer at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 25. Strongbox and currency taken from Nu Image; $100 cash at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 26. Razors taken from Meijer $323.28 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 26. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $45 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 26. Jewelry taken; $3,000 at 862 Jerome Place, Feb. 24. Jewelry taken from JC Penney; $137.32 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 23. GPS unit, dvds taken from vehicle; $450 at 4357 Ferguson, Feb. 24. Camera and GPS unit taken from vehicle at Butterbee’s; $725 at Mt. Carmel Tobasco, Feb. 24. Wallet taken from counter at Kroger at Old Ohio 74, Feb. 24. Video games taken from Walmart; $180 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 25. Purse taken at 444 Ohio Pike, Feb. 25. Merchandise taken from Sears; $266 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 25. Shoes and set of keys taken at 824 Clough Pike #7, Feb. 21. Backpack, I-Pod, etc. taken from vehicle; $570 at 552 Maple Valley, Feb. 28. Credit cards taken from vehicle at 433 Ohio Pike, Feb. 26. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $388.26 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 27. Sunglasses, tool kit, etc. taken from vehicle at 4210 Highlander Court, Feb. 25. CD player taken from vehicle at 100 Southern Trace, March 1. Tire and rim taken from Joe Kidd Automotive at Ohio Pike, March 1. GPS unit taken at 5885 Michael Drive, March 1. CD player, cds etc. taken from vehicle; $1,228 at 4320 Long Lake, March 1. Merchandise taken from vehicle; $68 at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 28. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $137 at Eastgate Blvd., March 2. Cds taken from vehicle at 1258 Traction Lane, March 2. Three AC units taken at 3982 Piccadilly, March 2. Ring taken from Kohl’s; $45 at Eastgate Blvd., March 3. Check taken from vehicle at Goodwill; $650 at Commercial Blvd., March 3. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $202 at Eastgate Blvd., March 3.



Mark Johnson, no age given, 676 W. Northbend Road, warrant, Feb. 18. Willis Tyson, 24, 783 Willow St., warrant, Feb. 26.

Incidents/investigations Passing bad checks

Bad checks were issued to Fitzgerald Pharmacy at 305 W. Main St., Feb. 25.

Batavia, March 1. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Batavia, March 1. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Batavia, March 1. Austin Krewina, 19, 2004 Stillwater Lane, Apt 3, Milford, assault, felonious assault at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, March 2. Juvenile, 16, Bethel, domestic violence, Bethel, March 1. Shannon Wells, 37, 1707 Norris Place, Louisville, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 3. Juvenile, 15, unruly juvenile offenses _ habitually disobedient, Felicity, March 3. Mary D Maloney, 28, 8663 Rocky Trail, Mason, Oh 45040, endangering children at 5970 Belfast Road, Batavia, March 5. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Williamsburg, March 3. Mark E. Steelman Jr., 18, 2348 Ohio 232, New Richmond, resisting arrest at 1869 East Concord Road, Amelia, March 4. Amber N. Frye, 23, 4706 Beechwood Road, Cincinnati, theft at 600 University Lane, Batavia, March 4. Adam M Hale, 20, 3385 Ludlow Circle, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at Ohio 125/Ohio132, Amelia, March 4. Juvenile, 13, criminal damaging/endangering, Batavia, March 5. Jeremy A Williams, 29, 6308 Corbly Road, Cincinnati, obstructing official business at 1386 Ohio 125,

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary

At 1751 Swope Road, Bethel, Aug. 28.

Aggravated menacing

At 100 University Lane, Batavia,

March 1. At 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 6. At 3543 Patterson Road, Bethel, March 1. At 6668 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, March 7.


At 1834 Carnes Road, New Richmond, March 5. At 2972 West Holly Lane, Amelia, March 6. At 3000 Hospital0 Drive, Batavia, March 2.


At 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, March 5. At 2315 Laurel Lindale Road, New Richmond, March 1. At 750 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Felicity, March 1.

Criminal damaging/endangering At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 2. At 2218 Meisman Drive, Bethel, March 7. At 2337 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, March 5. At 2350 Ohio 232, New Richmond, March 7.

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Nail gun taken from vehicle; $400 at 396 W. Main St., Feb. 26.


Heavy building equipment was damaged at North 4th St., Feb. 23.


Mark J Schneider, 20, 3162 Beech Road, Bethel, having weapons while under disability, receiving stolen property at 1751 Swope Road, Bethel, March 1. Harry Jeffery, 36, 2012 Winter Haven, Batavia, theft at 20 Van Fleet Road, Amelia, March 4. Arthur W Hull, 43, 3345 Patterson Road, Bethel, interference w/ custody at 3345 Patterson Road, Bethel, March 1. Shawn D Egan, 35, 3010 Fair Oak, Amelia, possession of drugs at Robin Way & Jenny Lind, Amelia, March 1. Andrew Jesse Smith, 25, 1638 Ohio 28, Loveland, notice of change of address at 1638 Ohio 28, Loveland, March 4. Richard Nicholas Ferris, 20, 28 Lucy Run Road Apt 4 (Crown Station), Amelia, notice of change of address at 28 Lucy Run, Amelia, March 4. Mark Bolin, 37, 3543 Patterson Road, Bethel, aggravated menacing, domestic violence, endangering children at 3543 Patterson Road, Bethel, March 1. Juvenile, 16, aggravated menacing,

Amelia, March 6. Juvenile, 9, aggravated menacing, Amelia, March 6. Juvenile, 9, domestic violence, Amelia, March 6. Juvenile, 14, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals or substances for manufacture of prohibited weapons, Batavia, March 7. Juvenile, 15, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals or substances for manufacture of prohibited weapons, Batavia, March 7. Lisa Marie Maynard, 19, 100 University Lane, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs _ marijuana at 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 7. Brittany R Cook, 21, 100 University Lane, Apt 317, Batavia, domestic violence at 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 7.

PUBLIC NOTICE The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows:N o r m a n Hughes,4627 Blackberry Lane, Batavia, Ohio 45103; Steven Courtney, 4593 Summerside Apt 29, Cincinnati,Ohio 45244. 4642

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REQUEST FOR BIDS Village of New Richmond, Clermont County The Village of New Richmond is accepting sealed bids for the 2010 Street Resurfacing Project. Bids are due in the office of the Village Administrator no later than 1:00 pm, April 13th, 2010 where they will be opened and read aloud. Bid documents can be received through the Village of New Richmond Community Development Office, 102 Willow Street, New RichPUBLIC SALE mond, Ohio 45157 for 125 Storage, 1958 St Rt 125, a non-refundable fee Amelia, Oh 45102-2035 of $20.00. The Village 1. BRANDI BLALOCK G257, reserves the right to 2144 SR 222 BETHEL, OHIO 45106 reward bids based 2. ERIC BROWN F188 & 49, 2218 BERRY ROAD, AMELIA, OHIO 45102 upon the lowest and 3. MALENA COX H276 112 STATION DR most responsive bid. The Village also reGEORGETOWN, OHIO 45121 serves the right to re4. ANGELA FISCUS I304 PO BOX 690 ject any or all bids. FELICITY, OHIO 45120 5. DANIEL MOORE Q617, 3 LORI LN #A The contractor shall pay wages on all of AMELIA, OHIO 45102 said work at not less 6. LESLIE PATTERSON JR. J384, 3705 than the prevailing SR 125 BETHEL, OHIO 45106 rate of wages applica7. DEBRA PIERCE 25, F207 & E141 PO ble and in accordance BOX 402 AMELIA, OHIO 45102 with the provisions of 8. BOBBIE REED F196 8421 OAK Section 4115.10 of the GROVE RD, GEORGETOWN, Ohio Revised Code. OHIO 45121 9. MELISSA ZIMMERMAN F206, 2561 SR Please direct ques222, NEW RICHMOND, OHIO 45157 tions to (513) 5534146.1001544800 1001545077

Queen City Self Storage 530 Clough Pike Mt Carmel, Ohio 45244 Sale of property of the following tenants for nonpayment of rent Daniel Vespo-boxes. Childrens Items clothing, toys etc. Geoffery Greenboxes, clothing, electronic equip, misc Kevin Devine- kitchen furn, hutch,misc houshold items. Jerry Hawkins- hanging basket for window cleaning/replacement washer. Jerry R o w l a n d - Stove, fridge, childrens table. J o s e p h Caballero-Ladder, dog cage, Misc household items, etc. Amanda WilsonCrib, suit cases, comp monitor,stroller, etc Jane StorkStroller, mattresses, chest drawers, boxes w/ misc items. Amy N o v a k - Girls doll house, Boxes w/ misc items. Kevin Mobley Contact Kevin Mobley @ Queen City Self Storage 1001544473


Community Journal

March 17, 2010

On the record

Is your child school ready? A lot has been written about school readiness. Many studies mention the importance of language and literacy as one of the most critical elements of school success; others emphasize social skills and the ability to interact with others and of course one cannot underscore the connections between health and nutrition and the ability to learn. Kindergarten teachers have a list of basic skills and expectations for children entering their classrooms. The list includes things like recognizing name in print and spelling their first name, the ability to recite the ABCs, name basic colors, sort and classify similar two- and three-dimensional objects, compare objects by size, cut with scissors and identify and name numerals 0-9. The list also includes things like the ability to communicate basic needs, engage in problem solving and get along with others. So what can we do to prepare children for school?

Ensure your child’s healthy development with regular check ups and proper nutrition; we can foster language development and literacy skills by reading books, singing songs, creating rhymes; Use routine activities as learning opportunities: Encourage sorting and classification while folding the laundry, sorting dishes or clipping coupons. Shapes, numbers and colors are all around; use trips to the supermarket, gas station or park to learn about same and different, big and small, heavy and light. When looking for a preschool program, look for programs that have experienced, certified teachers, small ratios and places that follow research-based educational practices. “Quality preschool programs have teachers who build strong relationships with children, teachers and create learning environments that promote exploration, discovery and curiosity,” said Berta Velilla, director of Child Focus Inc. Early Learning pro-

YMCA gears up to raise funds Volunteers, staff and members whose lives have been enriched by the Clermont Family YMCA are about to embark on a pursuit of an ambitious goal. Their mission? To raise more than $30,000 through March 31 in the first phase of a year-round effort to ensure the YMCA can continue its vision of never turning anyone away from opportunities to grow in spirit, mind and body. Every day lives are empowered, families are spending affordable quality time together, parents are being healthy role models for their children, and children are growing in positive ways because of their neighborhood YMCA. The success for this year’s EveryONE Deserves a Y Annual Campaign has never been more important as the difficult economic times are burdening families with increased stress and heightened need for focus-

ing on well being. For many, these opportunities simply wouldn’t be possible without the YMCA’s Membership For All sliding scale fee making opportunities affordable for everyone. Last year alone 27,000 people throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky participated in neighborhood YMCA memberships, summer camps, sports, swim lessons, classes and programs with financial assistance from the YMCA totaling more than $3.6 million. Forty-one percent of the kids participating in YMCA sports, swim lessons, structured afterschool, nurturing child care and camp were able to do so because of reduced rates. They learned positive character values, gained confidence and made new friends. To learn more or make a donation, call the Clermont Family YMCA at 724-9622 or visit


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


50 Tall Trees Road Unit 2E, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Ryan Stephens, $75,500.


280 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Timothy Friedhof Jr. to John Friedhof, 0.52 acre, $63,000. 67 N. Market St., Clergy Community Assistance Network to The Salvation Army, 0.225 acre, $89,000. 3359 Ohio 222, David Fahrnbach to Thomas & Sandra Williams, 1 acre, $115,000. 4609 & 4616 Steeplechase Drive, Traditions Investments Batavia Ltd. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., 0.554 acre, $100,667.20. Stone Fox Drive, TMG Buckeye LLC. to NVR Inc., 0.5953 acre, $64,600. 4246 Summit Road, Cindy Jackson to HSBC Bank USA, NA, 0.767 acre, $40,000.

86 Wolfer Drive, Deborah Ziegler, et al. to Nathan Ball, 0.574 acre, $58,500.


2915 Fair Oaks Road, Donna Flynn to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.964 acre, $26,667. 2269 Hickory Creek Lane, Davis Road Partners LLC. to Robert & Amanda Warmoth, 7.057 acre, $75,000. 2575 Laurel-Lindale Road, John & Rosemary Williamson to Robert & Bonnie Eckart, 2.746 acre, $245,000.


3657 Hopper Ridge Road, Stephanie Byrne to CA Ludwig and Co., 0.46 acre, $117,500. 1022 W. Bridle Path Lane, Roberto & Mildred Villalba to Robbie & William Doane Sr., $225,000. 1189 White Oak Road, Richard & Natalya Smith to Eric Hornschemeier, et al., $142,000.


4279 Beechmnont Drive, John &

Linda Duncan, trustees to Jason Johnson, $89,750. 4587 Blainfield Court, Diane Thomas, et al. to Citi Mortgage Inc., 0.292 acre, $140,000. 4420 Dogwood Drive, Steven Pope, successor trustee to Stephen & Sheila Dill, 0.5 acre, $93,500. 4241 English Oaks Court, Jodi & Craig Hutchins to Guaranty Bank, 0.459 acre, $219,960. 4607 Fox Trail Circle, Steven & Marsha Hurles, et al. to HSBC Bank USA, NA, $105,000. 678 Holiday Drive, Household Realty Corp. to Bryan Lawson, $94,900. 665 Hyacinth Road, Kim Gates to Kevin Ketring, 0.315 acre, $167,000. 4150 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road Unit 584E, Julie Stamper to Amanda Barbieri, $78,000. Lot 695 Polo Fields Subdivision, Beechwood Partners to Drees Premier Homes Inc., 0.4861 acre, $60,000. 4473 Ravenwood Court, Ivy Trails LLC. to Lynn & James Eickhoff Jr., 0.626 acre, $95,140. 4132 Roland Creek Drive, Mark & Melissa Norman to Adam Sassack & Kali Kirschner, 0.247 acre,

$280,000. 5121 Romohr Road, Lawrence Rocklin, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 1 acre, $110,000. 4195 S. Yorkshire Sq., M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Elizabeth Girbert, et al., 0.0863 acre, $128,222. 1111 Shaylor Road, Phyllis & Robert Wolfe Jr. to Mary Ann Fay, $6,000. 4833 A. Tealtown Road, Christopher & Francesca Padjen to Deborah & Robert Glutz Jr., 5.215 acre, $96,000. 1039 Westchester Way, Jason & Julie Sims to Meghan & Brian Lash, 0.562 acre, $310,000.


102 Bear Track Drive, U.S. Bank National Assoc., as trustee to Eric & Jill Broyles, 5.261 acre, $186,000. 4130 West Fork Ridge Drive, Ronald Moreland & Judy Jackson to Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 0.476 acre, $65,000.

REUNIONS Sycamore High School Class of 1969 – is having a “belated 40th” reunion the weekend of May 21. From 5-9 p.m., on Friday, May 21 there will be an all-class reunion at the Peterloon estate in Indian Hill. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, the group will be touring its old high school (now the junior high),

followed by an all-day cookout/picnic in the Sycamore Shelter of the Blue Ash Nature Park on Cooper Road (next to the police station). Contact Carol Wuenker-Hesterberg at 793-2165 or E-mail her at: to RSVP or for more information. Additional

weekend events are pending. Residents of Sayler Park before 1980 – are invited to the Sayler Park Reunion from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or until the street lights come on), Saturday, May 29, at Lee’s Shelter in Fernbank Park (old River Park). Rain date is June 5. Attendees

should bring their own food for their families along with chairs, ice, coolers, games, cornhole boards, horseshoes, etc. Attendees are also asked to bring any old photos they have. Call Kim Jacobs Harmeyer at 347-6105, or Al Richardson at 378-2454 with questions.

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Berta Velilla and her son Alex learn about letters at the Child Focus Preschool Academy, a new, state-of-the-art full- or part-day school readiness program with degreed teachers, small ratios and research-based curriculum.

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grams recently selected as the Reader’s Choice Best Day Care Award. “Teachers in all our early learning programs, including the new Preschool Academy of Union Township are constantly looking for ways to make learning fun and expand on children’s natural curiosity to teach them about their environment and the world.” “Child Focus, Inc. has provided educational programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers for over 30 years. We are honored to have been selected by readers not only as the best employer and most community involved organization, but also as the best day care in Clermont County,” said Tara Dawson, marketing director for Child Focus, Inc. “The Preschool Academy will allow us to take our expertise and provide exceptional preschool education to a larger group of children.” For more information call 528 7224 or visit

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