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Elementary schools to open more

WC board OKs evening hours By Mark D. Motz

The doors of West Clermont elementary schools will remain open a little longer each day. In addition, the buildings will begin offering limited evening hours. In the wake of budget con-

straints, each of the district’s five elementary schools now close daily at 4 p.m. However, the West Clermont Local School District Board of Kline Education voted unanimously March 11 to keep the buildings open for administration, faculty and staff until 5 p.m. daily.

Board member Denise Smith said the additional hour for faculty to be in the building will be a benefit. “I’m sure the teachers are going to be very appreciative of this opportunity,” she said. “It’s tough on them to wrap up everything they need to do for the next day by 4 p.m.” The board also approved opening the buildings once a month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for school-related meetings in ei-

ther the library or the cafeteria, as well as quarterly evening hours for school-related events like performances or celebrations. Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline scheduled a March 12 conference call with the elementary principals to discuss implementation of the vote and how to fairly schedule the additional evening hours. West Clermont Director of Operations Edward Dyer said

keeping the buildings open an extra hour each day will not have a significant impact on the district budget. He said each of the buildings already employs an automated thermostat that reduces heating or air conditioning to a minimum. “This will be a minimal cost for lighting and utilities,” he said. “We would keep the temSee SCHOOLS, Page A2


Cast members practice a song and dance for Glen Este High School's production of "High School Musical." For more about the play, see the story on A7. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Pierce Twp. appoints Wright interim fire chief Boggs resigns to be medic on oil rigs

At their regular public meeting March 13, the Pierce Township trustees accepted Fire Chief Aaron Boggs’ resignation in good standing. Boggs submitted a letter of resignation to the board February 27. Boggs recently accepted a clinical paramedic position with Seadrill, an offshore deep-water drilling company. He will be stationed on a rig in the Caribbean. “Seadrill provides an exciting opportunity for me to continue my professional growth,” Boggs said. “Fire service has

been my whole career and I truly appreciate the opportunity to have served Pierce Township for the past 12 years.” Boggs Boggs was appointed fire chief in December 2000. Trustee Richard Riebel said, “Chief Boggs has served our community well and we will truly miss him.” Trustee Bonnie Batchler said, “Chief Boggs took over a volunteer department with little equipment and helped grow it into the professional, well-respected department that it is

today.” Boggs thanked his staff saying, “The officers and crew members are the people who deserve all the credit for providing high-quality services.” Boggs’ last day was March 15. The trustees appointed Captain Craig Wright as interim chief. They will be accepting letters of interest from inhouse candidates to permanently fill the chief position. “We have many talented professionals in our fire department so we feel it is important to provide an opportunity for promotion within,” said township Administrator David Elmer.



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Robert Derr of Pierce Township was honored with the first Military Award at Salute to Leaders March 12. As chair of the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee, he work to honor the 14 county residents who gave their lives in service to this country in recent conflicts. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. For the story, see page A6. For more photos, see page B1. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Ohio Department of Education representative Jeff Hardin died March 13, at age 58, of apparent heart failure.

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counties. “He was very passionate about the education of instances, so there would be no change there. Keeping the lights on an extra hour – while we don’t have an estimated dollar amount – is extremely minimal. “For (meetings and events) we will restart the heating or air for those hours. It will be a little bit of a strain on the custodial staff, but I’ve spoken to them and they can handle it. For the events, whoever is sponsoring the event will have to pick up the bill for the custodial services.” The typical custodial cost for additional hours is $40 an hour to cover overtime and benefits. “While it’s just a start, this is a step to providing opportunities for children,” Dyer said. “Our children have lost a lot on the elementary level and this is a cost-effective way to start giving something back to those students and their families.” Board president Doug Young agreed. “That’s 14 additional nights being open an extra evening August to May and once a quarter during the school year,” he said. “That is substantially better than what we can offer now.”

FAIR BOARD CLERMONT C L E R M O N T COUNTY CO U N T Y F AIR B OA R D CONTEST! ANNOUNCES A NNOUNCES C ONTEST! The Clermont County Agricultural Society is proud to once again announce a contest to design the cover of the 2013 Fair Book. The theme for this year’s fair book is

“There’s Magic at the Clermont County Fair.” · Over 35,000 copies of the fair book displaying the winning design will be printed and distributed · Cover posted on our website · Winner will be awarded $50.00 and will receive two complimentary fair passes. · Winner will have their name and picture in the fair book and website as well as newspaper announcements.

Ohio’s children,” Smith said. “He worked very hard to make sure that Ohio’s children get the best education possible.” Hardin was elected in 2008 and in November was was re-elected for a second term. The term was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2016, said John Charlton, ODE associate director of communica-

tions. Per Ohio Revised Code, Gov. John Kasich will appoint a representative to fill the seat, said Tim Rudd, chair of the Clermont County Republican Party. “The governor has 30 days to appoint the successor,” he said. The successor will run for election in 2014 for the re-

maining two years of the term. “Jeff will be missed,” Rudd said. “He was a longserving member of the party’s central committee.” Visitation will be 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Owensville United Methodist Church, 2580 U.S. 50. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m.


Representatives from Capital Investment Group, Inc. March 11 gathered for a groundbreaking for Ivy Pointe Lofts in Union Township. From left, partner David Bastos, vice president of construction Brian Crecco, co-founder and managing partner Kathleen Bergen and partner Gregg Fusaro. PROVIDED

New raffle supports seniors By Jeanne Houck

BATAVIA — There’s something new at Clermont Senior Services. Agency employees are selling $20 raffle tickets for a fundraiser designed to support its MealsOnWheels, Hughart transportation, homemaking, adult day and adult protective services. “Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets,” said Frankie Hughart, who is in charge of development and strategic relations at Clermont Senior Services. “That would raise $20,000 - $10,000 will go to support our program

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services and the other $10,000 will be given away as cash prizes with first place being $5,000,” Hughart said. “Odds of winning (will be kept at) one in 100. Great odds.” The main drawing will be at the agency’s “Under the Tuscan Moon Touching Hearts Gala & Auction” Friday, Sept. 6, at the Oasis Conference Center in Miami Township. The second-place winner will receive $2,000, the third-place winner $1,000, the fourth-place winner $500 and the fifththrough 10th-place winners $250 each. “We have two $100 early bird drawings - one at our ‘Dance Through the Decades’ on (Saturday) April 6 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church and the other at our ‘Killer Night Out’ murder

mystery dinner on (Friday) June 7 at the RSVP At Wards Corner (in Miami Township),” Hughart said. Hughart said Clermont Senior Services hopes the new raffle will become an annual event. You can buy tickets for this year’s raffle by calling 724-1255, clicking on “Cash Raffle Announced” at or by stopping by the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, or the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. “These fundraisers are so important to help us to continue to meet the growing needs of our communities,” said Linda Eppler, director of community services for Clermont Senior Services.



BRIEFLY 25th anniversary

For a quarter-of-a-century, the Amelia Branch of the Clermont County Public Library has been working to promote a love of reading and foster a commitment to lifelong learning. The branch, 58 Maple Ave., opened to the public March 27, 1988. “We’re happy to celebrate 25 years of being a part of the Amelia community,” said Beth Lammrish, manager of the Amelia Branch. “We love helping our patrons and enjoy making sure they get what they need.” To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the branch will host an open house/reception for all ages from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The event is open to the public and will include food, games and prizes. Also, celebrate the 50th birthday of beloved children’s book character, Amelia Bedelia, with stories at 7 p.m. For more information, call the branch at 7525580.

Special meeting

The Pierce Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the township administration building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The purposes of the meeting are to conduct a work session to discuss strategic planning and to discuss any other matter that may come before the board. The meeting is open to the public.

PTO art auction

“That’s Amore” comes will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Batavia Middle School, 800 Bauer Ave. This is a PTO fundraiser with silent auction, art auction and Italian dinner. The live auction includes group artwork by the students. Dinner for adults is $10 and $5 for children 10 and under. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The silent auction is 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and the live auction is 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Purchase tickets online at For additional information, contact Nathan Warvel at

Cold cases

Go behind the crime scene tape of some of the most interesting cold cases with J. T. Townsend,


author of “Queen City Gothic” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Clermont County Public Library’s Amelia Branch. These unsolved murders have kept investigators guessing for years. During this program for adults, Townsend will present a puzzling, and sometimes chilling side of history, based on his book. A question-and-answer session will follow. Copies of “Queen City Gothic” will be available for purchase. J. T. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine, and his work has appeared in “Cincinnati Magazine,” “Word Magazine,” “Clews” and newspapers. For more information, call 752-5580.

Office hours

Secretary of State Jon Husted will send a regional liaison to the Clermont County Public Library’s New Richmond Branch to meet with the public from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 27. The library is at 103 Riverside Blvd.

League to meet

Did you know that mental health dollars mostly go toward prescription drugs and outpatient treatment rather than therapeutic efforts? Mental illness is a quiet epidemic that results in 35 million lost workdays every year, costing $105 billion annually. The Clermont League of Women Voters members will discuss “Mental Health Issues - Coming to Consensus” during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Union Township Civic Center’s Queen City Room, 4350 Aicholtz Road. For more information, call 752-8011.


College bound students looking for a scholarship opportunity, who are related to an active duty service member or related to a U.S. Veteran, are encouraged to apply for the Remembering USMC SSGT Tony “Wojo” Scholarship Opportunity at Deadline is April 30. Wojo was a 2002 graduate of Glen Este High School (Live Oaks). He joined the Marine Corp before graduation and

was on his third re-enlistment as an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) technician when he was killed in action April 30, 2009, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. This was on his second deployment and he was 25 years old.

Macbeth at UC

Macbeth will be presented by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at UC Clermont in honor of April - National Poetry Month - and Shakespeare’s purported birthday month. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Krueger Auditorium. Macbeth is sponsored by the English, Languages and Fine Arts Department at UC Clermont. Admission is free. Everyone is invited, students, faculty, staff and the community. The actors are young professionals from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. They perform both at their theater on Race Street in Cincinnati and take selected productions on the road each year. This year marks the fourth consecutive year the company has performed on UC Clermont. The performance is guaranteed to be high energy, and will last about two hours. A feature of all of the traveling productions is a question-and-answer session after the performance when actors answer questions from the audience. The Q&A session, always lively, gives the audience an opportunity to understand the play from the actors’ perspective. For a map and directions, visit

Weather spotters

Weather Spotter Training has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will provide free training. Storm spotters play an important role in identifying and relaying storm-related information to the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), local public safety officials and the National Weather Service. Topics include: How to safely observe storms, how to identify important features of storms, visual clues that may precede tornado development,

how to make accurate and timely reports.

Winter crisis

March 29 will be the last day Clermont Community Services, Inc., in partnership with Ohio Department of Services Agency, will take applications for the Winter Crisis Program. The agency will continue to be open for Pipp plus appointments, however. To receive assistance, income-eligible households, whose main heating source is threatened with disconnection, has already been disconnected or have a less than 25-percent supply of bulk fuel, may apply. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the e-heap staff at 732-2277, option 3. Due to the high volume of calls, you may receive a recording. Leave a message and the call will be returned as quickly as possible.

build and renovate Second, Fourth and Main streets. Council members will share with residents a 30percent design completion, which will incorporate major design elements, said village Administrator Dennis Nichols. Council members will look at the plan during their next regular meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the mayor’s office to ensure it meets expectations.

New website

The Clermont County Historical Society has a new website: The website has many

new features including copies of articles that appeared in past newsletters, photo albums, and the latest notes, a listing of current and future events, and information on the society mission.

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The Clermont County commissioners took time to thank U.S. Army Spc. Ricky Burdine of New Richmond and U.S. Army Spc. Shawn Haungs of Batavia Township Oct. 31 before making a proclamation designating the week of Nov. 4 "Veteran's Awareness Week" in the county. From left are: Commissioners David Uible and Bob Proud, Burdine, Haungs, Clermont County Veterans Services Commission Executive Director Howard Daugherty, Thank You Foundation Advisory Board member Tracy Braden and Commissioner Ed Humphrey. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sporty's Pilot Shop at the Clermont County Airport was recognized recently by the Batavia Township trustees. From left are Fiscal Officer Jennifer Haley, Trustee Randy Perry, Trustee James Sauls Jr., Sporty's owner Hall Shevers, Sandy Shevers and Trustee Bill Dowdney. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Clermont County Commissioners David Uible, left, and Bob Proud accept a certificate of recognition for Clermont County from geologist Allison Reed from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The recognition was given for efforts taken by the county to preserve its drinking water sources. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




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transportation improvements in support of economic development in the county.

Becker receives appointment

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) appointed State Rep. John Becker (R-65th District) to serve on the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District. The appointment will correspond with Becker’s work on the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. “I’m pleased to receive this appointment and look forward to further serving the residents of Clermont County,” Rep. Becker said. Rep. Becker is currently serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents Loveland, Milford, Newtownsville and Owensville, as well as Goshen, Miami, Stonelick, Union and Wayne townships.





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They don’t ask for recognition, but they do make the county better SALUTE TO LEADERS 2013

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Recognizing the best of Clermont County’s nonelected individuals and organizations March 12 was more than 520 people, the largest ever for the annual Salute to Leaders. Presented by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the event celebrate those who make the county a better place to live. Cyndy Wright of Park National Bank chairs the steering committee. “There are people who are known throughout the county,” said event organizer Susan McHugh, “and there are people who just get the job done when there’s a need. It’s quite humbling to see what they’ve done.” The Foundation also will paid homage to the armed forces with its first Military Award. “Clermont County has been such a stronghold for families with sons and daughters in the military,” McHugh said. The first recipient is Robert Derr, a veteran and member of the county’s Veterans’ Service Commission, he was the person behind the construction of a Fallen Heroes pavilion at East Fork State Park. Countywide honorees are, with information from the nomination forms: » Peach NormanOwen , Up 'N Over Youth Award. Founder of the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside Coat Drive,” Peach of Milford has collected and distributed 2,300-plus coats in five years. A Girl Scout Silver Award recipient, she is president of the Girl Scout Cadette, Senior Ambassador Association. Peach has sold at least 2,100 boxes of cookies each year for the last four years. She is president of the Aviation Explorer Post sponsored by Sporty’s and Clermont County Airport and an active volunteer at many local charities. » Robert Der r , Military Award. As chair of the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee, Derr worked to honor the14 brave Clermont residents who gave their lives in service to their country in recent conflicts. The committee is working to design and fund a suitable, dignified memorial on the beach at Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park adjacent to the Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion. Derr served in the U.S. Marines for 17 years, is president of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, a district committee member for various American Legion veterans affairs groups, and a life member of the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans chapters in Clermont County. » Jeff Riel, Education Award. Director of the Glen Este Vocal Music Department, Riel was inducted into the New Richmond High School Hall of Fame with these words,

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Joel T. Wilson was honored by Batavia Township. The auctioneer has been a quiet, behind-the-scene benefactor for many non-profits throughout the years. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“Mr. Riel embodies the image of a servant leader who continues to make a difference in the lives of all who experience his company. While music is his vehicle, the lessons he teaches go deeper than the singing of a song. They go to the core of learning and of the discoveries we all make in life’s journey.” » Bill and Patti Skvarla, Environmental Award. When Bill Skvarla discovered an unknown insect in his trees in June, 2011, he had no idea the trouble this little insect would cause to the Bethel community. Spearheading the protection of 13 different species of healthy trees in Clermont County from destruction by the U.S.D.A.’s efforts to eliminate the Asian longhorned beetle, the couple organized the Bethel Asian Longhorned Beetle Citizens Cooperative. Thousands of trees have been saved and teh Skvarlas have become champions for Tate Township and surrounding communities to treat rather than cut down trees. » George and Ruth Ann Rooks, Rural Interests Award. Growing up on farms, George and Ruth Ann chose to serve others as their mission in life. From delivering Meals On Wheels, volunteering at an adult day center or serving as Santa and Mrs. Claus at Grant’s Farm, the Rooks have been pillars of service. They also share their time and resources with the Monroe Grange, on the board of trustees of Clermont Senior Services, the Bethel Lions Club and, of course, in George’s “Ole Fisherman” column in the Community Press. But truth be told, Ruth Ann is the better fisherman and one of the finest cooks in all of Clermont. Her famous blackberry jam cake has sold for $3,000 at the Clermont Senior Services annual auction. » Nancy Burke, Health Care Award. A public health nurse with the Clermont County General Health District, Nancy’s work ethic was inspirational to her co-workers and clients. Her positive attitude and sheer determination were put to the test when she was diagnosed with cancer. She went to work many days when she really didn’t feel up it to because she didn’t

want the staff to be shorthanded and clients to have long waits. Nancy passed away last November. » CASA for Clermont Kids, Human Services Award. As advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children who have been introduced into the Clermont County Juvenile Court, the agency is committed to the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, loving and permanent home. The agency’s five employees accomplish its mission by recruiting and training volunteers who independently work in the court system and in collaboration with involved agencies and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate and court representative. The value of the CASA program is best expressed in the words of a volunteer, “one of the most heart-wrenching, yet heart-warming and rewarding experiences of my life. It was a great challenge. There were no easy solutions, but I am thankful these children are now in a home that is filled with happiness and love.” » Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association, Safety & Justice Award. For more than 30 years, the association has partnered with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce to hold the annual Police Appreciation Banquet that recognizes and supports local law enforcement individuals and citizens. They also fund scholarships at UC Clermont in law enforcement education and DARE programs. They are led by George Pattison and Joe Schiesler. » Paul Marion, Civic Award. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Marion has been the lead supervisor for the construction of more than 40 homes in Clermont County. Working five or six days a week during a build, he oversees a group of older men who respect his kindness and knowledge. Between builds, Marion works for Clermont Senior Services building wheelchair ramps for the elderly. » Sandra Ashba, Community Project Award. The Moscow community was changed forever March 2, 2012, when a destructive tornado

devastated the community. As village administrator, Ashba led the recovery bringing comfort and help to residents. She was the consistent source of strength. No need was too small from replacing a lost bike to working with Duke Energy to replace lost trees. Without her tireless efforts and dedication to Moscow, the community could well have been eliminated. » Ralph J. Vilardo Sr., Humanitarian Award. Son of immigrants, husband, father, business owner, veteran, community volunteer and an unstoppable bundle of energy, Vilardo’s legacy will be felt for generations. He always sought to improve the lives of others whether it was Christmas lunch for Milford fire, police and other city workers; organizing Frontier Days; or as a founding member and long-time director of the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce. In the words of nominator Warren Walker of Duke Energy, Vilardo was “someone whose ambition and desire to make this area a better place was apparent up to the moment of his passing.” March 13, the day of Salute to Leaders, was his 83rd birthday. » George Brown, William H. Over Leadership Award. The epitome of “servant leader” Brown has been a cornerstone of leadership in Clermont County for more than 20 years. He has devoted his career to helping senior citizens with 20 years at the helm of Clermont Senior Services, a model in the state for communitybased services for older adults. He was the driving force that built seven affordable senior housing facilities in the county. Always willing to help others, his leadership has benefited Clermont County in extraordinary ways. In 1991, Brown moved to Clermont County to serve as executive director of Clermont Senior Services, a position he held until his retirement in December 2011. During Brown’s tenure, the agency experienced extraordinary growth and expansion. Brown’s legacy with the agency includes the construction of a new Meals-On-Wheels kitchen facility, a state-of-the-art adult day care center, and the development of seven senior housing facilities, including Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing, which will open in Batavia this spring. » Clermont Senior Services, Over ‘n Over Award. A lifeline and helping hand to senior citizens, Clermont Senior Services was founded in 1969 by Lois Brown Dale. Always the pacesetter, Brown believed the community should be able to choose to support services for seniors. “March-

ing on Columbus” and meeting with legislators led to the law being written to allow levies to be placed on local ballots so citizens could vote to support these services. Not only was she instrumental in convincing legislators, she convinced the voters of Clermont County to support the very first senior services levy passed in Ohio. Since the first levy passed in 1982, the citizens of Clermont County have continued to support these services that allow seniors in remain living in their own homes rather than in a nursing home. The agency does not take lightly its responsibility to be good and faithful stewards of taxpayer dollars. When faced with the challenges of hard economic times, the agency has been even more creative than ever in finding ways to be as efficient and effective as possible. Today, Clermont Senior Services serve more than 5,000 seniors a year, most of whom receive multiple services, and do so with about $1 million less than was available annually four years ago. They have increased services over these last four years and lived within their means. Each of the county’s 15 townships and one city recognize a recipient as well. Honored at the Salute to Leaders event are, with information from the nomination forms: » Joel T. Wilson , Batavia Township. Joel has been a quiet behind-thescenes benefactor of many non-profits throughout his career. He has freely shared his auctioneering talents to help many worthy causes throughout the community including numerous churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Clermont Family YMCA, Ducks Unlimited and the Clermont County Senior Services Art and Antiques Auction. » The Cornwell Family, Jackson Township. Farming more than 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and winter wheat, the Cornwell Family – Bob, Mary, their sons, Mike, Tom and Nick, and their wives Shelby, Lori and Angie – never forgot their family’s legacy of giving back. Nick was instrumental in Cornwell Farm receiving the Soil and Water Conservation Award in 2002. As a licensed electrician, Tom has been the Clermont County Fairgrounds electrician for 16 years. And Mike has served on the Stonelick Township board of appeals for 25 years. The Cornwell ladies are strongly rooted in farming and the community at large as well. Lori organized “Donation Central” after last year’s tornadoes and received the 2012 Hopes and Heroes award from the Partnership for Mental Health. Bob Cornwell passed away last December, but his spirit of ‘giving back’ will live on in his family. » Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, Monroe Township. When tornadoes

struck Moscow last March, Grant Memorial UMC immediately became the hub of activity to help victims and workers. A fish fry was scheduled at the church the night of the tornado. That fish fry turned into a restaurant and grocery store for the next five weeks. The church prepared three meals a day for two weeks, then provided help and box lunches as needed, as well as organizing donations. Gordon Ginn is pastor. » Charles R. Beiser, Sr., Ohio Township. World War II veteran, Beiser has been active in New Richmond organizations for decades. These include 23 years with the New Richmond Volunteer Fire Department and 20 years with the village council. A past commander of the New Richmond VFW and a founder of the Old New Richmond Boat Club and Teen Canteen, Beiser still attends village council meetings at age 91. » Dennis M. Luken , Pierce Township. A 38year law enforcement veteran and former treasurer of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Luken has been instrumental in helping Pierce Township obtain more than $30,000 in grant money to fund investigations into pharmaceutical drug abuse. Luken also organized and coordinates the Neighborhood Block Watch Program for his neighborhood and helps other neighborhoods establish their own programs. He served as secretary of 2007 Police Tax Levy Campaign helping pass a 2.9 mill levy. » Jean L. Robertson , Union Township. Through her estate, Robertson, donated $47,936 to the township in 2010 that was used to construct and dedicate a new gazebo at historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In 2012, the estate left an additional $51,757 to the cemetery for on-going preservation efforts. » Marion G. Croswel l , Williamsburg Township. Giving back and getting involved is the trademark of Croswell. Some of her work includes 10years on the Clermont Family YMCA board of directors, a 36-plus years as a Clermont Coutny Public Library board member, a Vision Award Winner of the United Motorcoach Association, the Honorary chair of the Clermont County Hospital Capital Fundraising Campaign, and deacon of the Williamsburg First United Presbyterian Church. McHugh said longtime support from event sponsors has kept the cost of attendance reasonable for family and friends of award recipients. Sponsors include Park National Bank, Lykins Oil, American Modern Insurance Group, UC Clermont College, Total Quality Logistics, Siemens PLM Software, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood CPAs, Union Township and Jungle Jim’s International Market.





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Glen Este students to perform ‘High School Musical’ By Roxanna Swift

UNION TWP. — West Clermont Dance Company Director Anne Erwin will make her debut as a theatrical director with “High School Musical.” The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at the Glen Este High School Performing Arts Center, 4342 Glen EsteWithamsville Road. Because there was no one to direct, there were no plays or musicals scheduled for the school year. Although she did not have experience directing, Erwin agreed to take on the task. “We wouldn’t have had a musical this year if I hadn’t stepped up,” she said. While cast members have been on time to rehearsals and learned their lines, directing has posed its challenges, she said. She began preparing for the musical in September by ordering scripts and reading through the production. She organized auditions in December, and practices began in January. Practices initially were three days a week, but they have increased in frequency as the show grows closer. Erwin also is organizing a dance production, which will take place in May. “I’m trying to rehearse two big productions at the same time,” she said. “I basically live here at the school,” she said. Like Erwin, many students are facing the challenges of new experiences. Senior David Michael, who plays Troy Bolton, said the biggest challenge for him is portraying a character so unlike

Senior Maegan Winters, left, senior David Michael, junior Jordan Large and senior Brad Young play the lead roles in Glen Este High School's production of "High School Musical." ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

himself. “Acting like I’m a basketball star (is challenging) because I’m not really,” he said. Senior Brad Young, who plays Ryan Evans, has not performed in a musical before and said he is apprehensive about singing. “I’ve never sang before, and I’ve never sang in front of a group of a lot of people, so I’m anxious about that,” he said. Singing also posed a challenge for Erwin. “I’m not a singer,” she said. “I can sing ... but I don’t know how to tell the kids. I can’t help them with unusual parts.” Although she has not been able to offer the singing guidance she would like to, the students’ talents are apparent, she said. “These kids are so talented,” she said. “(The leads) are absolutely amazing, so I trust them. I know they’re going to be great.”

GLEN ESTE MUSICAL Hear cast members’ talk about their production of “High School Musical” at

Junior Jordan Large, who plays Sharpay Evans, has been involved in music and theater her whole life, but she does not have much experience with dance, she said. “Coordination is not really my thing, so I’m not really a dancer,” she said. “But it’s coming along, and it’s going to be good for the show.” Senior Maegan Winters, who plays Gabriella Montez, is comfortable acting and singing but struggles with dancing, she said. She also had to acclimate to a different type of character than she is used to, she said. “This role is actually really different for me,” she said. “I’m used to playing the mean girl.

WC students learn many types of stories, dance UNION TWP. — Students from Summerside Elementary School and Child Focus March 12 learned about types of stories, parts of stories and basic dance movements in a Books Alive! For Kids assembly. Deondra Means of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati talked about memoirs, autobiographies, fiction and dialogue. He then read aloud the book “My Mama Had a Dancing Heart.” After reading, he discussed the seven basic movements of dance and choreographed dances with student volunteers. Books Alive! is a performing arts literacy program offered by Learning Through Art, Inc. that targets preschool through thirdgrade students in urban inner city and rural schools, according to a press release by Learning Through Art CEO Kathy Wade. The program is funded through grants from Child Focus Inc. and United Way.

Deondra Means of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, right, watches as Summerside Elementary School and Child Focus students perform basic dance moves along with the "Fall" concerto of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" March 12. ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Glen Este High School seniors Maegan Winters, left, and David Michael play Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton in "High School Musical." ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

This is the first time I’ve had a nice girl role. It’s really different, but it’s fun to switch things up a bit.” Because she is graduating this year, the show will be her final production at Glen Este. “I’m excited, but I’m sad about it,” she said.

SCHOOL NOTES Preschool screening

Preschool screening for residents of the New Richmond Exempted Village School District will be May 21 for residents of the New Richmond Elementary area; May 22 for residents of the Monroe Elementary area; and May 23 for residents of the Locust Corner Elementary area. All screening will be conducted at New Richmond Elementary. Screening times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The preschool program is for New Richmond school district residents only and is designed for children age 3 and 4. Any child attending screening must be at 3 years old on or before June 1, 2013. Parents or guardians of preschool children will need to bring the following paperwork: Child’s original birth certificate; child’s Social Security card; immunization record; custody papers, if applicable. A copy of one of the following for income verification: W-2, income tax return, food stamp case number or AFDC case number. A copy of one of the following for address verification: Current driver’s license, state ID, utility bill. For questions, call Erika Hauke at 5533181, ext. 15206, or email

Fond farewells

Summerside Elementary School and Child Focus students March 12 perform basic dance moves to the "Spring" concerto of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." ROXANNA SWIFT/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Despite the challenges, cast members are excited to take on roles that are new to them and are looking forward to performing the show, they said. Erwin said she knows “they’re going to be great.” Tickets for the show are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education approved a number of resignations and retirements at the regular meeting March 11. Among them was a trio of educators with a combined 85 years of teaching experience. Jim Rudy has 30 years teaching Spanish at both Amelia and Glen Este high schools. Elementary school teacher Deborah Washington is retiring after 30 years teaching, including 28 in West Clermont. Vicki Washington retires

after 25 years at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary. “It’s bittersweet to have to accept these retirements from teachers who have had such a huge impact on our community,” said board member Denise Smith.

New text

The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education March 11 approved an order for a new physics textbook for students at Amelia and Glen Este high schools. According to records for next school year, 155 students - 72 at Amelia and 83 at Glen Este - signed up to take regular physics, as opposed to the advanced placement course. The district will order 200 copies of the Holt-McDougal physics text at a cost of $19,172, which includes shipping and seven years of digital access to the book. The extra copies are for additional students who may opt to take the course, as well as to prepare for current seventh- and eighth-grade classes that will increase the high schools’ population. This is the first new physics text the district has purchased since 1991.

Superintendent forums

West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline will host a series of public forums to discuss issues facing the district. This month’s forums are scheduled for the following times and locations: » 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Amelia High School, 1351 Clough Pike. » 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, Union Township Library, 4450 Glen EsteWithamsville Road. » 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.



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New Richmond leads west Clermont tennis scene By Tom Skeen

Batavia’s Tanner Spears hits a return shot during Division II sectional tournament at the ATP Tennis Center last season. The senior will take over the role of No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs in 2013. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Sportsman nominees

The nomination period for the fifth-annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award is approaching in early April. The CP/CR sports staff seeks starting, stand-out athletes of great character and strong academic standing to represent each newspaper as its Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year. Readers will nominate these junior or senior athletes via, names that will be verified through the school as meeting the criteria and placed on ballots for the public’s vote. Readers can vote once a day for their favorite athlete. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a certificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. The nominations and voting are done online at Neither the articles, nominations forms nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to nominate or vote on your favorite candidate. Email mlaughman with questions.

What a run it has been for the New Richmond boys’ tennis team and coach Rylan Shebesta. The Lions have won back-toback Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championships and have three SBC titles in Shebesta’s five years at the helm. The coach has posted a winning record each year at New Richmond and is coming off a year in which his team went 9-1 inside the conference and 12-6 overall. If the Lions were to make it a conference title three-peat in 2013, it would surprise no one. Shebesta returns six starters, including SBC American Division first-team singles player David Ohntrup and second-team doubles players Matt Rydzewski and Zach Manning. Other returning seniors include Henry Heidlage, Ben Green and Evan McKinley. One guy to keep an eye on is Newton McCullom. The senior played more of a fill-in role last season, but Shebesta expects McCullom to see more of the court this season and play a bigger role. “(Newton) filled in nicely when a player was sick and he helped win some key matches,” the coach said. Coming off a season where he was crowned American Division Coach of the Year for the second time in as many years, Shebesta now posts a career record of 65-15 in his five seasons at New Richmond. With six starting seniors returning, Shebesta can expect to add to his win total in 2013. “My varsity team, more than likely, will be all returning sen-

iors from last year,” he said. “Six out of the seven guys played the majority of the matches last year.” The Lions get their season started April 1 at home with a non-league match against Blanchester. The 2013 season had promise written all over it for the Batavia Bulldogs before coach Jon Nau found out he was losing his best player. After becoming the first Bulldog in school history to reach the sectional quarterfinals, Austin Hensley transferred out of the school district and will play for the Milford Eagles this season. “With Austin I thought we could have won the (Southern Buckeye Conference National Division), but without him we will be very inexperienced and have to see what happens,” Nau said. With that being said, the Bulldogs return three others from last year’s squad that finished second in the division. Firstteam All-SBC National Division singles player Tanner Spears will take over the No. 1 singles spot full-time in 2013, while Austin Conner and Nick Herron will start at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Nau has a group of seven other players to fill the void and first and second doubles, but they will have to learn on the fly for the Bulldogs to make a run at a league title. “None of them have played on a tennis team before,” Nau said. “So obviously our doubles teams will be very inexperienced.” A new season begins at McNicholas with Paul Splitt See TENNIS, Page A9

Summit’s reign ends Silver Knights won’t repeat, but program is still among city’s elite teams By Nick Dudukovich

KETTERING — Sometimes winning the second championship is harder than getting the first. Summit Country Day found out during its 61-53 loss to Roger Bacon in the regional semifinals at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena March 13. The Silver Knights, which include senior Michael Dorsey from Batavia, won’t hoist another trophy, but coach Michael Bradley said he is proud of how far the program has come the past few years. In that span, Summit won the Division III 2012 state title, three district and league championships, while also spending considerable time at the top of state and local polls. “It’s another great year,” Bradley said. “These guys have strung together some of the best seasons Summit’s ever had

and I think they’ve done a great job. They really turned the program around.” Senior guard Kevin Johnson has been at the forefront of the Silver Knights’ run to the city’s elite basketball ranks. When Jonson was a freshman, Summit went 10-9. Bradley arrived in 2011, and with Johnson and Antonio Woods in his backcourt, the Silver Knights have gone 71-7 since. Johnson was in foul trouble in his varsity finale, and struggled to find offensive rhythm, scoring just five points after averaging 19.3 points per game this season. Bradley knows the future UC Bearcat won’t be remembered for one game. “The kid has had a hell of a career…that’s what I told him,” Bradley said. “He’s earned a college scholarship, won a state title and has 50 wins in two years. This senior group - him, Brett Tepe and Jake Rawlings they’ve done a heck of a job and they’ve put Summit back on the map.” Johnson’s career at Summit is over, but the Silver Knights should continue to be contenders in the foreseeable future. Woods, who has started since

Summit Country Day junior guard Antonio Woods dribbles the ball up the court past Roger Bacon's Reggie Williams during the Silver Knights' 61-53 loss March 13. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

he was a freshman, had a gamehigh 18 points in the Roger Bacon loss. He averaged 14.1 points and 3.7 assists and has basketball scholarship offers from Division I programs, such as Kent State and Miami (not to mention several Division I football offers). The emergence of MaCio Teague (14.2 ppg), who was offered by Seton Hall last sum-

mer, has also been a bright spot. Summit didn’t reach its ultimate goal, but that isn’t what it’s all about for Bradley. “For me it’s not about winning a championship every year and having my face on the newspaper. I want these kids to grow up, learn and have fun making memories,” he said. “That’s what high school basketball is all about.”



McNick coaches aid cancer research with game On Friday, Jan. 25, the McNicholas men’s basketball coaches participated in the national Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser during their basketball games against Roger Bacon. The event raised more than $800, which was at least $200 more than the

event in 2012. Led by reserve men’s basketball coach and math teacher Jack Kaniecki, fundraising for the American Cancer Society began on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when all students received an American Cancer Society support card. Students were asked to re-

turn the card before the Jan. 25 game with a $1 donation to create a Wall of Hope in the gymnasium. In addition to the support cards, raffle tickets were sold to students during lunches with prizes ranging from tickets to upcoming McNicholas dances to cafeteria credit

to gift certificates for McNicholas spirit wear. Winners were announced during a special pep rally on the afternoon before the games. Other fundraisers the night of the games included split-thepot and a three-point shooting contest. Kaneicki said he was

pleased with the event. “Over the past three years, we’ve raised approximately $2,800,” he said. This is the third year for McNicholas to participate in this national awareness event. During the first year, the coaches took park in the “suits and sneakers” part of the eve-

ning to raise awareness. “In 2010, we had a couple of events occur that brought cancer closer to home, so (varsity men’s coach Tim Monahan) and I thought it was the right time to do something more to raise awareness and funds for cancer,” Kaniecki said.



Hamlet earns conference spot

The Atlantic Sun Conference recently honored Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball players Jaimie Hamlet, a Glen Este High School graduate, and Kayla Thacker with spots on the league’s Academic All-Conference team. Hamlet is a senior guard. She finished her playing career tied for eighth in Norse history with 99 3-point field goals. Hamlet averaged 5.8 points per game this season and started all 27 games. Hamlet and Thacker helped

The Williamsburg boys seventh-grade basketball team concludes its season with a 38-24 victory over Hamersville in the championship game of the SBAAC southern division tournament. The ‘Cats finished the season with a perfect 18-0 record. Team members are Nate Bogan, Blake Carter, Cameron Hart, Alex Hatter, Blake Miller, Will Mitchell, Ray McCroy, Michael Norris, Landen Ridener, Jacob Wells, Dylan Whisman, coach Tim Bogan and coach Greg Wells. THANKS TO MARK ISAAC

Tennis Continued from Page A8

taking over the head coaching reins. The Rockets will be young, and Splitt believes his squad has the opportu-

nity to get in a lot of match play for the freshmen, who will learn from the team’s lone returning senior: Alex Lankester. Lankester was named second-team all-GCL at singles play last season, according to

“(Alex) will get a chance to lead his teammates in what it takes to prepare for the rigors of competing in the GCL,” Splitt said by email. “It’s not every year you get a chance to have a group of kids with such a clean slate to develop good hab-

its, and not have had a chance to build bad habits.” Splitt added that this year’s version of the Rockets are energetic and willing to learn. “As a coach, that’s the most important thing to have on a team, and it will

go a long way to their development over the next few years,” Splitt said. “We’re building something here, and it is exciting to be on the ground floor of it this year.” Glen Este is set to begin its inaugural season in the Eastern Cincinnati

Northern Kentucky post a 15-12 record during its first Division I season. The Norse also extended their streak of consecutive winning seasons to 30 straight. The A-Sun introduced the new sportby-sport Academic All-Conference teams in the 2011-12 academic year to recognize studentathletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative GPA or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.

Conference April 2 at Loveland. The Trojans finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the old Fort Ancient Valley Conference last season. No other information was available before press time.







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Weapons surge fueled by some fantasies

LETTER TO THE EDITOR An open letter to Dr. Kline,

I wholeheartedly agree with your four key areas of interest as presented in the last issue of the Community Journal and wish you well in these endeavors. I offer two observations that intertwine both communication and financial stability of the West Clermont school district. Consider expanding the district parent council to a community council. You will also need the grandparental support on future levies. While not on your watch, it’s time for someone on a senior administrative level to attempt to put an end to the question of and resentment over a past mill rate increase that was accomplished without a levy vote. Les Berger Pierce Township

Gun ownership facts: 42 percent of U.S. households have firearms; comprising 34 percent of U.S. adults. Of those who own guns, 19 percent own a handgun; 47 percent of males own guns, 13 percent of females. Older, white males are the preponderant majority of gun owners. Nearly half of Republicans own guns, 27 percent of Independents and 23 percent of Democrats. Pew Research found that “48 percent of gun owners purchased firearms for protection – an increase of 22 percent from 1999. Sixty-five percent of women listed protection as their top priority, compared to 43 percent in 1999; 42 percent of men said protection was their main concern, up 21 percent from 1999.” Intriguingly, the percentage of American households with a gun has declined (high of 54 percent in 1977 to 42 percent

noted above), while according to the Christian Science Monitor, per capita gun ownership has doubled since 1968. We have Leonard the highest gun Harding COMMUNITY PRESS ownership per capita rate in GUEST COLUMNIST the world. In fact, Americans own one-half of all the privately-owned guns in the world (Harper’s magazine). The increase in gun ownership is a direct result of Barak Obama’s election. According to gun-industry stock analyst Jim Barrett, Obama’s election is “the best thing that ever happened to the firearms industry.” According to an October analysis by the AP, Ruger and Smith & Wesson have seen their profits rise by 86 percent

and 41 percent, respectively, since Obama took office. This weapons surge is fueled by the self-induced doomsday fantasies of older white males who fear being overwhelmed by dusky hoards. They don’t fear government, they just don’t want a government that will allow women to exercise control over their bodies or permit unions to participate in business decisions. (An interesting aside: While Tea Party guys are virulently pro-life, they are conspicuously silent about the 680 children under 13 that were gunned down between 2006 and 2011. Can you say “hypocrite”?) Men feel threatened by the direction they sense our political future is taking, so they buy guns. It seems that the Old West is their ideal society. But since there are so many minorities to fear – in addition to the Injuns in the Old West – men

need assault rifles to keep the feared groups at bay. When men are unhappy, everyone is unhappy – or at least afraid. Ironically, the gun-bearers are the very ones who claim to be victims of the less-than-masculine do-gooders who threaten them. When has any unarmed person threatened an armed man doing anything? Men are violent and insistent on their right to do violence. Any curb on their right to violence is an attack on God and Country. Unbelievable! While it’s easy to say America shouldn’t care about cranky men, they are simply too mean and too dangerous to ignore. If we give in we abandon liberty. If we don’t, white men just may decide to shoot their way out of whatever it is that ails them. This is not cool.

Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford.

Commission is there to help all county veterans Greetings. Do you remember that slogan from the 60s? Yes, it was from your draft card days, the Selection Service informing you that your number had been drawn. Such kind persons they were. But if you were like me, I decided I would get ahead of the game and go for the enlistment, which meant I had to serve another year, lucky me. From basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, in 1966 ... to Ft. Rucker, Alabama, ... Ft. Eustis, Virginia. ... back to Ft. Knox in 1967 with C troop of 7th Squadron of the 17th Air Calvary ... on to San Francisco ... to a 28-day boat cruise on an aircraft carrier ... helicopter to South Vietnam ... landing at

Qui Nhon ... then to AnKhe ... to Pleiku ... to Tam ky ... and Chulai ... to service with the American Division (23rd Howard Infantry) F Daugherty COMMUNITY PRESS Troop 8th Calvary WeapGUEST COLUMNIST ons platoon ... it really was a long way from Bethel, Ohio. I have spent most of my life trying to forget about Vietnam and the things I’ve done and what I’ve seen. War of any kind is never a good thing no matter where you’ve served or what country it’s in. That is

why I love working here at Clermont County Veterans Services; just maybe I can be of service to and help someone. Here we have four service officers, two support staff, three mini-vans for transportation to the VA Hospital in Cincinnati or the VA Outreach Center in Mt. Carmel by one of our five drivers. Our only business is to help the veterans of Clermont County. If we can help you or answer any questions about VA claims or VA health care, please feel free to call 732-7363 or 7327377. To all of Clermont County’s almost 15,000 veterans, we thank your sacrifice and

you’re service.

County Veterans Service Commission in Batavia.

Howard Daugherty is the executive director of the Clermont

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CH@TROOM March 13 question Do you agree with the Transportation Security Administration’s new rules that will allow airplane passengers to bring pocketknives, golf clubs and other sports items aboard, loosening some of the restrictions created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks? Why or why not?

“I join with all of the major U,S, airlines, the Federal Air Marshals Service, the Airline Pilots Association, the Flight Attendants Union and the TSA Screeners Union in objecting to the change in policy allowing knives on planes. It is sheer folly. Even at the limit of 2.36 inches a knife of this size is enough to inflict serious injury to flight crew and passengers alike. The new policy is designed to change the focus of screeners less on objects that TSA director Pistole feels would not bring down a plane and more on 'catastrophic perils.’ He is dead wrong on this one. Focusing on 'catastrophic perils' appears to me to be way above their pay grade. But a two-inch blade is certainly enough to cause a catastrophic situation.” J.V.

“When the rules first went into effect some of the airports would provide mailers so that forgetful folks (like me) could send their favorite

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pocket knife back to themselves – at their own cost, of course. This process was discontinued and in spite of my best efforts I lost a couple of items that meant a lot to me. “The whole Homeland Security process could be simplified and altered so as not to keep millions of people waiting extensively. If they simply had a reminder at the check-in counter before you send your bags to be loaded it would solve a lot of the problem. “Other countries manage to control terrorism without subjecting their citizens to the abuses of the U.S. process. All our process does is feed into the cultural paranoia which allows the NRA to go on selling guns to people who wind up shooting their family or themselves, diverts billions of dollars from more productive use and generally degrades our quality of life.


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“I suppose a trivial loosening is a step in the right direction, however small it may be.” N.F.

“The 9-11 suicide terrorists successfully used box cutters because no one suspected the horror of their goals. Once it was known the passengers on one plane overpowered those wielding the box cutters, but it was too late. “It is ridiculous to think that passengers and flight crews can now be coerced by someone with a small pocket knife or golf club.” R.V.

“I have to wonder what was driving this decision. I don't recall a big public outcry over the inability to bring a 9 iron or pocketknife on a plane. “The flight attendants and airline professionals seem to be against this decision, so I would think their opinion should carry the day. “In the meantime, why doesn't the TSA look at doing something that would actually make air travel more convenient, such as allowing a fullsize tube of toothpaste or more than a drop of shampoo in our carry on luggage?” R.W.J.

“I think most of the TSA rules, beyond scanning bags

and requiring people to pass through a metal detector, fail to offer any meaningful protection. For example, removal of shoes – most foreign countries do not require this. In the hands of a determined terrorist a pen is as dangerous a weapon as a penknife." J.R.B.

“Knives? No. “Golf clubs? How in the world would those fit in the overhead?” J.K.

“Do I agree with the TSA's proposed relaxation of rules regarding carry-on items? With regard to pocket knives and things of that nature, absolutely not. Remember that the Islamic terrorists used simple box-cutters and like instruments to accomplish their horrible deeds on 9/11. “As to golf clubs, my gosh, why can't you check those as baggage?” Bill B.

“You can stab someone to death with a ballpoint pen. Umbrellas are allowed. Think about how many pieces of sharp metal they contain if disassembled. A broken laptop screen in a gloved hand becomes a jagged knife. The TSA is concentrating on things that can bring down the whole plane.

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“My understanding is that every other country allows small knives on board so we are coming up to international standards. On a recent flight to Buenos Aires, LAN airlines gave us metal knives with our dinner.”


“No I do not. Maybe if they loosened their grips on after shave, lotions, and other toilet articles, that would be OK with me. But to allow small pocket knives with blades under two inches to be brought on board is asking for trouble. Remember, the box cutters used during the 9-11 attacks were at the max in length of one inch, and look at the damage which was done.” O.H.R.

“Since the air marshals, flight attendants, pilots, etc. are all against it, so am I. It doesn't make any sense. Next the NRA will insist on their right to bear arms on planes. “We have to enforce restrictions on society if it is to survive. With over 300 million souls it would not be unthinkable that there are those nutty enough to do damage to the right to life. I for one am willing to leave my pen knife in my drawer at home.”

Community Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


L IFE Salute to Leaders 2013 COMMUNITY JOURNAL



Charles Beiser Sr. was honored by Ohio Township. Accepting the award for him was his son Dan. The World War II veteran has been active in New Richmond organizations for decades, including the fire department and village council. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Clermont Senior Services was honored with the Over 'n Over Award. Accepting the award are, from left, board chair-elect Mick McLaughlin, CFO Greg Carson, board chair Tom Cole and executive director Cindy Gramke. The agency serves more than 5,000 seniors a year from across the county. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Paul Marion of Union Township was honored with the Civic Award. A Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Marion oversees construction of new homes and between builds, works with other volunteers building wheelchair ramps for the elderly. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Marion G. Croswell was honored by Williamsburg Township. Her trademark is giving back. She served on the board of the Clermont Family YMCA and Clermont County Public Library. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Jean L. Robertson was honored by Union Township. Accepting the award on her behalf was township service director Matt Taylor. Robertson's estate donated money for a gazebo and for preservation efforts at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Jeff Riel was honored with the Education Award. Riel is the director of the Glen Este Vocal Music Department and was inducted into the New Richmond High School Hall of Fame for teaching lessons "that go deeper than the singing of a song." Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

George Brown of Jackson Township was honored with the William H. Over Leadership Award. Brown is described as the "servant leader" who for 20 years lead the growth of Clermont Senior Services. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank and Cyndy Wright, Park National Bank commercial banking officer. THERESA L.

Grant Memorial United Methodist Church was honored by Monroe Township. Gordon Ginn is pastor of the church that became a place to help tornado victims and workers in March 2012. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L. HERRON/THE

Dennis Luken was honored by Pierce Township. He was instrumental in helping the township obtain more than $30,000 in grants to fund investigations into pharmaceutical drug abuse. Presenting the award is David Gooch, president of Park National Bank. THERESA L.





THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Park National Bank Art Gallery. Collection of natureinspired artworks where the word “nature” is intended as “the world in its entirety.” Curated by Bruno Zabaglio. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5200. Batavia.

Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. Through May 16. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Easter Treats Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Paired wine tasting featuring wine specialist Christopher Sayers of Natural States Wines, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Charlie Milliken on jazz guitar. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

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

Home & Garden Do It Herself Workshop: Energy Efficiency, 6:30-8 p.m., The Home Depot-Beechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Training Room. Learn energy-saving advantages of using light dimmers and sensors, how to transform room ambiance using light dimmers and how to install dimmer or sensor switch. Free. Registration required. 688-1654, ext. 077. Beechmont.

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

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Visitor Center. Share cup of coffee or tea with friends who enjoy watching birds. Ages 21 and up. Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Taking place in New York City in 1922, play tells story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. $15. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 443-4572; Loveland.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job

pus, 732-5200. Batavia.

transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 27. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Room. Learn latest line dances along with some old favorites in high-energy class for adults. $6. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. Through April 1. 248-3727; Miami Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8, $4 sandwich only. Children: $4. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Menu includes fish and shrimp platters, bake fish, fish sandwich, order of shrimp, mac and cheese, French fries, coleslaw and desserts. Free meal given away each night; winners do not have to be present. Benefits veterans in hospital or nursing home. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church - Bethel, 3398 Ohio 125, Includes fish, shrimp, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryout available. Presented by Men of St. Joseph. 734-4041. Bethel. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, 704 Old Ohio 74, Haddock, cod, shrimp and chicken platters. All side dishes are homemade: coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies and french fries. Dine in or carryout. $7. 383-1178; Union Township. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Includes fish, chicken or shrimp dinners and side items. A la cart pricing available. Desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. $11 all-you-can-eat; $9 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford. Boy Scout Troop 452 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Main entrees including choice of baked or fried fish, cheese pizza, grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese. All meals include two sides, dessert and drink. Children’s menu available. Carryout available. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. $8.25, $6.25 children. 752-2080. Withamsville. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, fries, mac and cheese, baked potato, homemade broccoli cheese or potato soup, slaw, salad or cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carry out. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity, Connelly Hall, 725 Wood St., Fish with sides and drink, homemade desserts, split-the-pot and more. $4-$9. Presented by Holy TrinityBatavia. 732-2218, ext. 112. Batavia. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., 388-4466; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Chair Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Yoga that begins and ends in chair. Standing poses when applicable. Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 237-4574. Amelia.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Members free: nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township. Small Wonders, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Hands-on activities, crafts and outdoor adventures to spark an early interest in nature. Ages 18 months-2 years. Registration required online by

Exercise Classes

Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive in Milford, will host an free Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Other activities include cookie decorating, rub-on tattooing, crafts and a visit from Easter bunny. For more information, call 831-9100. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

March 21. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 4434572; Loveland.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. $15. Registration required. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

Auditions Oklahoma!, 1 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Prepare 16 bars of musical theater song, not from “Oklahoma!” Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music and dress appropriately for dance portion. Free. Presented by Brieabi Productions. 207-0507; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $5. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. 2374574. Amelia. Free Weekends in March, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson Fitness Center, 1971 Eight Mile Road, New fitness studio with specialized aerobic flooring. Ages 18 and up. 833-5642; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Heart Rate Training for Trail Hikers, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Mercy HealthPlex trainers teach how to use heart rate monitor with outdoor exercise program that guarantees results. You will need heart rate monitor for class. Ages 18 and up. Members of CNC and Mercy HealthPlex $10; nonmembers $15. Registration required by March 18. 831-1711; Union Township. Mobile Heart Screenings, 2 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 866-8190127; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Easter Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Egg hunts, crafts, snacks and free photo. For grade 3 and younger. Free. 474-4938; Anderson Township.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, For children 3 years old through grade 6. Hunt for eggs, visit with Easter Bunny and chance to win special prizes. Parents bring cameras to photograph children at Easter backdrops. Children should bring basket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations of canned food accepted for the Inter Parish Ministries Food Bank in Newtown. Rain or shine. Free. 2314301; Anderson Township.

Literary - Libraries Hillary Floyd of London Vintage Fashions, 1-3 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Fashion designer and artist shows off her work from 1960 to present day in fashion show. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070; Williamsburg.

Literary - Signings J.T. Townsend, 2-3:30 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Meet author of “Queen City Gothic” as he presents sinister side of Cincinnati’s history for adults based on his book. Ages 18 and up. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580; Amelia.

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Music - Student Performances Talent for Hope Talent Show, 5:30-7 p.m., Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, More than 20 acts from vocals and instrumentals to dancing performances. $5. Presented by American Cancer Society Relay for Life Anderson Township. 368-0641; Anderson Township.

Nature Salamander Soiree, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Visitors can see some salamanders who only come above ground for a few weeks in the early spring. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Build a Bee House, 1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn about the life cycles of native mason bees and leafcutter bees as you build your own bee house. Members $15; nonmembers pay $15 plus daily admission. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 443-

4572; Loveland.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. Through Dec. 28. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

Runs / Walks Spring Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Join bird guide and hike trails. Beginners welcome. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Ages 18 and up. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 831-1711. Union Township.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township. Free Weekends in March, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson Fitness Center, 8335642; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Easter Christ Presbyterian Church Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Other activities include cookie decorating, rub on tattooing, crafts and a visit from Easter bunny. Rain or shine. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford.

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Leming House, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Summer Rackley leads highintensity workout. Latin dance steps. Ages 18 and up. $25 for six weeks. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township. SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 3-4 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Fellowship Hall. Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. For seniors. Free. Presented by SilverSneakers. 478-6783. Withamsville.

Religious - Community Monday Meals, 6-7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Community meal. Free, donations accepted. 474-4938. Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

Auctions That’s Amore, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Batavia Middle School, 800 Bauer Ave., Gymnasium. Live art auction, silent auction, entertainment and Italian dinner. Michael Angelo Testa: auctioneer. Benefits Batavia Middle School PTO. $10 for dinner. 732-9534; Batavia.

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Art & Craft Classes Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.


Art Exhibits

Salamander Soiree, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. From Nest to House: DIY Bird Nest- and House-Building, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Pine Room. Create nest bag, then construct birdhouse for your backyard birds. All materials provided. Members $15; nonmembers $15 plus daily admission. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 732-5200. Batavia.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Art Exhibits Natur-alley: Observation, Representation and Interpretation of Nature in Art, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont Cam-

Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. Through May 15. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.



Rita shares Passover brisket, glazed berry tart

Delicious Passover brisket

Adapted from Zel Schulman’s book “Let My People Eat!” I love this brisket. I like to make mine in a slow cooker. 3 pounds brisket 1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce 1 ⁄2cup dark brown sugar, packed or bit more to taste

1 10 oz. can beef broth 1 really large onion, sliced 1 ⁄4teaspoon ground cloves 2 bay leaves

for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and it was delicious,” she said.

Put everything in sprayed slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Or bake, covered, in preheated 325 degree oven for about 50 minutes per pound. Remove bay leaves.

From Debbie Motz: “My husband has made your quiche recipe two times since the Feb. 27 publishing. We both love the simplicity of the recipe and it is so delicious. Thank you for sharing.”

Glazed Three-Berry Tart

I consider recipes people share with me “food gifts.” And I usually can’t wait to make it for myself and then share with you. That’s how I feel about this tart. I first tasted this at daughter-in-law Jess’ home. She got the recipe from her friend, Amy Obermeyer. This is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. It does require a tart pan. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. Preheat oven to 350. Tart shell: Approximately 9 soft coconut macaroon cookies, crumbled fine (2 cups) 1 cup ground pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened

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press firmly into a 10- to 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool. This can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Filling: ⁄2cup whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄3cup sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2teaspoon almond extract (optional, but very good) 1

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add orange juice, vanilla and almond extract. Fold in whipped cream. Chill at least 2-4 hours. Spoon into tart shell, smoothing top. Fruit topping:

Arrange on top of tart, and then glaze. Glaze: Mix together and heat until warm. 1 ⁄3cup apricot preserves 1 tablespoon honey

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Tips from readers’ kitchens

Blender banana bread redo: Jean Heenan made a more healthful version of my blender banana bread. She lowered the sugar to 2⁄3 cup and used cinnamon applesauce instead of oil. She added a cup of fresh blueberries to the bread, as well. “I had to bake it

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Farm Service Agency to meet quarterly The four-member Clermont County Farm Service Agency committee meets quarterly. The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month on an as-needed basis in the Clermont County FSA office, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. A notice will be posted on the county office bulletin board of the next scheduled meeting. County committee

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You see them all the time, ads for products that promise to send you a so-called “free sample,” but a local woman says she’ll be very careful before responding to such ads in the future. Diane Meador, of Loveland, got an e-mail for a weight loss product. It was supposed to cost her just a few dollars, but it ended up costing her a lot more. “I saw a little corner ad for a free sample for $1.89, and there were no strings attached,” Meador said. Meador signed up to get the free sample,

from her bank account, Meador got charged more than $79 for the product by an overseas firm, complete with an international transaction charge. She immediately disputed the charges with her bank, got a provisional credit and thought everything was fine. Then, two weeks later, her bank account was hit with another charge, this time for more than $82. “We disputed that too and found it was attached to this same company, so that’s when we canceled my debit card,” Meador said.

Soon the bank received letters claiming Meador had authorized the charges when she signed up for the “free sample.” As a result, the bank sent Meador a letter saying it is not permitted to be involved further in her attempts to get her money back. “They basically said that’s proof enough for them, and they took the money back out of my account,” Meador said. Meador got a new debit card and says she didn’t realize a debit card doesn’t give you the same protections you get if you

use a credit card. “I didn’t realize that. I guess the bank debit MasterCard isn’t considered the same, but I did not know that,” Meador said. The company in question tells me there were terms and conditions of the free trial offer Meador either didn’t see or didn’t get. As a result, she says she didn’t know she had just 10 days to cancel if she didn’t like the product. The company says its records show a second shipment of the product was sent to her, but Meador said she never re-

ceived it – all she got was money taken from her bank account. The company says it’s investigating and I’ve told Meador to file complaints with the Ohio Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau. Bottom line, beware of free trial offers because they often come with terms and conditions you may not want to accept. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


Dan Haglage of the Batavia Rotary Club explains the rules of the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest to participants Autumn Kenser, Clermont Northeastern High School; Christina Gentry, CNE; Mason Vilardo, Miami Valley Christian Academy; Ben Ward, CNE; and Christina Hedges, Batavia High School. PROVIDED

Cutting the ribbon on the new AAA and Bob Sumerel Tire and Service location in Union Township are, from left, Eric Miller, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce; Jason Huebner, Zimcom Internet Solutions/Anderson Area Chamber; Peggy Reis, Anderson Township trustee; Craig Sumerel AAA/Bob Sumerel; James L. Pease, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Justin Bonnell, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Chris Anderson, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Bryant Smith, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Gevana Hicks, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Paul Simon, AAA/Bob Sumerel; John Melvin, SBDC Ohio; Kim Martin, AAA/Bob Sumerel; Tom Weidemann, AAA Bob Sumerel; Kim Lancaster, AAA/Bob Sumerel; and Judy Schlagheck, Arden Courts, Anderson Area Chamber. AAA and Bob Sumerel combined locations at 471 Ohio Pike. THANKS TO BRANDY UHLENBROCK

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Recent snow made the world a beautiful place Howdy folks, Last week my “gal” had her hair cut then we got the truck serviced. We get it serviced every 3,000 miles. When I was working back in the carpenter shop, Ruth Ann said “Chessy” would want to go out then come back in. After I came back in. Chessy laid on my lap and seemed to be very happy. She is such a blessing to both of us. The snow last week was so beautiful. The Good Lord knows how to make some beautiful scenes. We probably had over 4 inches of snow. It went into the ground when it melted. Several years ago in a magazine, a farmer in another state would pile the snow up in a big wind row. When he planted his corn that spring, he marked the area where the snow had been put. That fall, the corn was much better where the snow had been than where it wasn’t put. With the weather like

it has been, I have been reading a book, “Shanty Boat” by Harlan Hubbard. George This is the Rooks second OLE FISHERMAN time I have read it. The book is about a couple folks that built a “shanty boat” and floated to New Orleans in 5 years. While I read, Ruth Ann is making ruffled scarves to wear around your neck. The ladies in Community Choir at the Bethel United Methodist Church, singing the cantata on March 24 at 7 p.m., will be wearing these kind of scarves. The cantata begins the Holy Week Services for the churches of Bethel. There will be a service at different churches each evening of that week except Saturday. Ruth Ann has made several of these scarves

and has sold some. She has several more made. They are sure beautiful. We need something to do in the evening while we are watching television. Last Saturday, we went down to the Milford First United Methodist Church for a craft show. There were several crafters there. It was a good day. We always get to meet several folks we know and some we don’t know that read this article we put in the papers. This is good to meet them. After we left the craft show, we stopped to see my brother Herb and our sister-in-law, Inez. It is always good to visit them. Last Friday evening, the Monroe Grange had a bake sale at the 360 Auction on Mount Holly Road. There was a good crowd and the baked items went good. The folks sure enjoy the baked items. The sale barn is a special place for an auction, good chairs to set in and good

ferent kind of programs for families. This is a very educational place for families, especially children, to learn how things were done in the past and also learn about nature and walk the trails in the woods. I talked to the Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses. They have tomatoes, cabbage and zucchini plants ready to set and seed potatoes and onion sets ready to plant. So stop and see them. Their phone number is 6259441. Their green house on Ohio 131 is open now and the Milford Garden Center will open by the end of this month. Last Monday evening, we had a special event, our grandson, Curtis was inducted into the National Honor Society at Felicity-Franklin High School. This was special. There were 11 in this class. Congratulations to all. Curtis has worked hard on his studies and is attending UC Clermont College in Batavia,

studying for Mechanical Engineering and also works at the Flash Baseball Fields. Ruth Ann and I are so proud of all our family, the same as you about your families. The Good Lord has sure been good to all of us. The education today is a must for a good job. The fishing at Sherry’s Lake on Slade Road is doing good. They stocked trout for probably three weeks on Thursday afternoon. Folks are catching some good eating trout. Lake Isabella, one of Hamilton County’s parks, is stocking trout each Friday. The action for catching them is pretty fast so get to fishing. Start your week by going to the House of Worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

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items to sell. The food booth was busy with good food items. They have a sale there every Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m. To get a good seat, come early. The folks that have the sale are fine folks and greet you with a smile. Now on Saturdays, there have been auctions of guns and ammunition and antique items. We were told the crowd was big. The auctioneers do a good job and get a good price out of each item. If anyone is interested in selling items, give Jeff Pierce, the consignment intake agent, a call at 965-1454. Our friend Tony has been volunteering at the Cincinnati Nature Center boiling maple syrup for a few weeks. The name of the center is the Rowe Woods. This is on Tealtown Road. They have been selling the syrup as fast as they get it boiled down. Give them a call. Their number is 831-1711. The center also has dif-

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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: Bryan Price Church: 513-575-5450


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Celebrate Easter at Sycamore Presbyterian Church

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UC Clermont shares TRIO programs

Representatives of the TRIO programs at the UC Clermont College welcomed U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup to campus to share information about TRIO services and their community impact. Dean Gregory Sojka welcomed Wenstrup to the campus and invited TRIO program personnel and TRIO alumni to share their experiences and insights concerning the federally-funded TRIO programs. TRIO programs empower first-generationto-college and low-income students to enter and succeed in a variety of educational settings. Three former TRIO participants

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shared their stories. James Stewart participated in the Educational Opportunity Center and is now a successful student at UC Clermont. Meagan Schalk, who was an Educational Talent Search student in high school, has completed associate degrees at the college and now works in the Academic Affairs Department at UC Clermont while completing her bachelor’s degree at the college. Diana Boling, who was an Upward Bound student in high school, graduated from the University of Cincinnati and later from a master’s degree program in nursing at Xavier University. She is now a nurse at Mercy Clermont. All three spoke of how TRIO services helped

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them to get where they are today. Speaking on behalf of TRIO and UC Clermont were Dan Schneider, director of Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound – the two TRIO programs that help middle and high school students

continue their education beyond high school and realize their career dreams and Tony Hayes, director of the Southwest Ohio Educational Opportunity Center - a TRIO program that helps many adults successfully transition into postsecondary

education. In addition, Jennifer Radt, interim assistant dean of Enrollment and Student Services, Claudia Cates of the Educational Opportunity Center, Bonnie Laube of Upward Bound and Shari Taylor and Amy Thomas of Educational Talent Search shared their experiences of providing students with the experiences and support they need to be successful. For more information about the TRIO programs, visit: Educational Talent Search:, Upward Bound: and Southwest Ohio Educational Opportunity Center:

Spina bifida group moves in new direction To increase its emphasis on providing services to people affected by spina bifida, the Spina Bifida Association of Cincinnati is becoming an independent organization serving 17 counties in Ohio, Indi-

ana and Kentucky. The organization also has changed its name to the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati to make it clear that it is no longer affiliated with the national Spina Bifida Association. After careful consideration, the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati board

with In compliance Ohio Rev. Code Section 117.38, The Clermont County Public Library Financial Report for the year ended 12/31/ 2012, is available for public inspection at the office of the Chief Financial Officer, 326 Broadway Street, Batavia, OH 45103. This report is not available online.0834


LEGAL 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 Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #175, Kayla Giddings, 474 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH 45244; Unit #313, Christopher Russelburg, 614 Central Avenue #208, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 1001752953

decided to end its affiliation because the board of directors believes the mission of the national organization is no longer fully aligned with coalition’s mission. The coalition’s primary mission is to provide services to its clients. The national organization’s primary mission seems to be raising money to fund spina bifida research. “Our main focus will continue to be helping people born with spina bifida lead full, active lives in our region,” said Justin Bifro, coalition chair. “We acknowledge that research continues to be vital to lessen the impact of spina bifida on future generations. But we think our organization is best suited to enhancing the lives of those affected by spina bi-

fida today. “Our board is convinced that this is the right decision for our clients because it will keep our focus on providing high-quality services and programs to them,” he said. Programs and services of the coalition will not be impacted. The coalition expects to maintain a positive relationship with the SBA. “We are sure there will be occasions when cooperation will benefit both organizations and our clients,” said Sonya Dreves, the executive director. More information about the new direction can be found at; or 513-923-1378.

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The official portrait painting of outgoing Ohio Senate President Thomas E. Niehaus was unveiled at a ceremony in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 11. From left are Niehaus, his wife Emily and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. PROVIDED

Portrait of Niehaus unveiled Following decades of tradition, the official portrait painting of outgoing Ohio Senate President Thomas E. Niehaus (R–New Richmond) was unveiled at a ceremony held in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 11. Painted by internationally exhibited artist Leslie Adams, the portrait

will be on display in the Chamber of the Ohio Senate for the remainder of the 129th General Assembly, after which it will be permanently installed in the Ohio Senate Office Building. Adams’ work includes the official portraits of former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris, former Ohio Governors

Bob Taft and Ted Strickland, and members of the Ohio Supreme Court. Niehaus’ term as Senate President ends Jan. 7 when the 130th General Assembly officially begins. He has served in the Ohio General Assembly since 2001 when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. He

has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2005. Among those speaking were Ohio Governor John Kasich, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels and portrait artist Leslie Adams. During the program, Niehaus was described as a true statesman, a unifier and a faithful friend.

Area below average on well-being index By Bowdeya Tweh

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana may have one thing in common and it’s not good, according to results from a Gallup survey released last week. The well-being of people in the states lags behind the national average and are among the lowest in the country. The Gallup-Health-

ways Well-Being Index said Kentucky residents rated their state next to last at No. 49, Ohio was No. 44 and Indiana was No. 42. The ratings were 62.7, 64.6 and 65.1, respectively for the three states. At the national level, the average well-being rating was 66.7 last year, up from 66.2 a year earlier. Gallup said that despite improvements in the national economy, the

well-being scores in 2012 remained on par with ratings since 2008. The Well-Being Index represents information gathered from surveys of residents in each state. Surveys ask people to evaluate their life, physical and emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access to things such as food, shelter and health care. Nearly 21,400 peo-

ple were surveyed in the three states. The composite score is an average of the scores from the six categories. Among the states, Hawaii had the highest wellbeing score and West Virginia had the lowest rating. For more information about survey results, visit

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An all-out effort produced all-out results for United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Eastern Area when Park National Bank, Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky, held its annual campaign. The total amount raised was $68,500, resulting in a 10percent increase over their goal. To achieve these results, the bank made a 100percent employee contribution match, sought leadership gifts from upper management, held an online auction focusing on “money can’t buy” experiences such as a ride in the Hamilton County sheriff’s


Employees of Park National Bank, Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky, spruce up the James Sauls Homeless Shelter of Clermont County Community Services, a United Way agency partner. PROVIDED

helicopter and coordinated a full week of volunteer projects for “Park Cares Week.” “I am very proud of our associates’ commitment to helping others in our communities,” said David

Gooch, bank president. “In addition to having each and every associate participate financially in our United Way campaign, we also had 90 percent of our associates volunteer their time during

Park Cares Week.” Projects included cleaning, landscaping, serving meals and more for United Way agency partners in Clermont County: Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont County, Child Focus, Clermont County Community Services’ James Sauls Homeless Shelter and YWCA; as well as for area agencies CASA for Clermont Kids, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, East Fork Lake State Park, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Inter Parish Ministry and Whole in My Heart Military Support Group.

Summerfair Cincinnati hosted the annual exhibit featuring the artwork of students from local colleges and universities. Fourteen local art students were selected to display their artwork in Summerfair Cincinnati’s 2013 Emerging Artist Exhibition. Those selected to exhibit in the Emerging Artists Exhibition were nominated by their professors and selected into the exhibit. They represent the next generation of local artists to emerge in the broader arts community. “Every year we’re astonished by the remarkable work of these art students,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “This exhibit is an opportunity for these students to showcase their tremendous work to the community. Their talent says so much to the future of Cincinnati’s already rich pull of talented artists.” The exhibition showcased a diverse collection of pieces. “Art enthusiasts can expect to see everything from photography and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and multi-

media,” said Strubbe. The exhibition opened to the public Jan. 25 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center with a reception. As it has done in the past, Summerfair Cincinnati presented one $1,000 Purchase Award to one of the 14 participating students. The artwork selected will become part of the permanent collection in the Summerfair Cincinnati gallery. Participating schools and students: » University of Cincinnati, DAAP: Dan Vance, Dan Dickerscheid, Lindsey Sahlin » Xavier University: Katherine Colborn, Alex Beard, Elizabeth Leal » Mount St. Joseph: Erin Barrett, Cherie Garces, Robin Hoerth » Northern Kentucky University: Didem Mert, Kelly Shierer » Miami University: Ana Keefer, Kristen Uhl, Neil Simak Additional information about Summerfair Cincinnati and the Emerging Artist exhibit can be found by visiting or calling 513-531-0050.

INVITATION FOR BIDS On April 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM local time, the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive all bids for the project heretofore described as: Capital Fund Grant Program 501.12. A single lump sum bid is requested. Bids are to be submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority no later than April 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Bids may be mailed or delivered to CMHA, 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Late bids will not be accepted. Bidders are urged to carefully review the requirements contained in the bid documents. A pre-bid conference will be held on April 2, 2013 at 9:00 A.M., at 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio. Bid documents will be available as of March 11, 2013. An electronic version of the specifications can be obtained by emailing Randy Schultz at Questions regarding the project should be directed to Randy Schultz, KZF Design, Inc. at (513) 621-6211. 1751885 Equal Opportunity Housing Equal Opportunity Employer



POLICE REPORTS AMELIA Arrests/citations James S. Solomon, 22, misuse of credit card, March 1. Micah J. Woody, 31, 25 Lori Lane No. 4, violation of protection order, March 4.

Incidents/investigations Forgery Counterfeit $10 bill passed at Speedway at 51 W. Main St., March 5. Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Speedway at 51 W. Main St., Feb. 26. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization at 50 Rose Lane, Feb. 8. Violation of protection order Female reported this offense at 44 W. Main St., March 4.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Michael Brose, 19, 410 N. 4th St., warrant, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 23. Juvenile, 17, drug possession, Feb. 23. Juvenile, 17, drug possession, paraphernalia, Feb. 23.

Incidents/investigations Assault Female was assaulted at 257 Spring St., Feb. 24. Drug paraphernalia Marijuana pipe found in vehicle during traffic stop at area of Old Ohio 32 and Bauer Road, Feb. 23.

NEW RICHMOND Arrests/citations Berl Waits, 33, homeless, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 25. Christopher Baker, 20, 1224 Maryland, open container, Feb. 27. Erika M. Cornett, 19, 314 Front St. No. B, domestic violence, March 1.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Eggs thrown at garage door at 104 Regatta Drive, Feb. 23. Domestic violence

At Front Street, March 1. Theft Medication taken at 315 Center St., Feb. 25.


PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Jessica M. Gearhart, 20, 358 St. Andrews Drive No. D, offenses involving under aged, domestic violence, Feb. 24. Gladys R. Henson, 36, 233 Mulberry No. 6, warrant, Feb. 22. John T. Harding, 29, 812 Front St., warrant, Feb. 24. Jessica R. Robinson, 19, 160 Brooke Ave., drug paraphernalia, Feb. 24. Teresa A. Curl, 52, 128 E. Main, drug instrument, March 1. Matthew Butcher, 25, 318 St. Andrews Drive No. C, child endangering, domestic violence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, March 1. Jessica Farris, 40, 320 Front St., warrant, March 1. Andrea M. Ruden, 25, 38 Lori Lane, warrant, March 1. Jacob R. Sharp, 21, 414 Old Kellogg, warrant, March 2.

Incidents/investigations Assault Female was assaulted at 547 Davis Road, March 2. Criminal damage Packaging taken out of merchandise at Walmart at Ohio Pike, Feb. 27. Criminal simulation Counterfeit $10 bill passed at Walmart at Ohio Pike, Feb. 28. Domestic violence At St. Andrews Drive, Feb. 24. At St. Andrews Drive, March 1. Drug instrument Drug instrument found in residence at 82 Stillmeadow Drive, No. 101, March 1. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization at 1114 Hunters Run, Feb. 26. Theft Gasoline not paid for at USA Murphy; $57 at Ohio 125, Feb. 27.

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The Community Journal Clermont publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Amelia, Chief David Friend, 753-4747 » Batavia village, Chief Mike Gardner, 732-5692 » New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121 » Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 752-3830 » Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230 » Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261 » Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500. Darrell S. Leslie, 39, 623 Ellen Road, warrant, Feb. 28. Juvenile, 17, assault, Feb. 28. Dwight D. Doyle, 32, 148 Cardinal Drive, driving under suspension, Feb. 28. William S. Watkins, 41, 4499 Eastwood Drive, warrant, Feb. 28. Alex C. Durbin, 23, homeless, theft, Feb. 28. Shay T. Eaton, 20, 4347 Long Lake Drive, underage consumption, Feb. 28. Jessica L. Heater, 26, 475 Old Boston Road, warrant, March 1. Shana L. Gadomski, 27, 4704 Beechwood No. 201, warrant, March 1. Vicki J. McKenzie, 45, 11718 Hanover, driving under influence, March 1. John R. Buchanan, 27, 1794 Owens Road, open container, obstructing official business, March 1. Ashley M. Sibert, 20, 3969 Piccadilly No. D, offenses involving under aged, warrant, March 2. Damian R. Cummings, 20, 23 Lori Lane No. 4, warrant, March 2. Harley D. Bennett, 19, 326 St. Andrews Drive, no drivers license, March 2. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, March 2. Steven D. Locke, 36, 16621 Ohio 772, theft, March 2. Leah M. Thompson, 35, 202 Vine St., warrant, assault, criminal damage, March 2.

Ebony A. Hurn, 24, 400 University Lane, fail to obey traffic device, no drivers license, March 2. Dylan Z. Scott, 22, 1022 Western Run, drug abuse, open container, warrant, March 3. Johnathan Kools, 22, 10532 Ohio 68, warrant, March 3. Jessica N. Gragg, 24, 16 Tidewater Drive, disorderly conduct, March 3. Amy E. Deweese, 25, 6313 Belfast Road, assault, March 3. Kevin A. Anstaett, 24, 30 Church St., driving under suspension, March 3. David M. Stigler, 20, 108 Winners Lane, marijuana possession, March 3. Ryan A. Bromagen, 20, 4648 Aston Road, theft, obstructing official business, March 3. Kayla M. Dehler, 20, 4976 W. Fork Road, theft, obstructing official business, March 3. Anna Janaszek, 19, 6975 Copperglow Court, warrant, March 3. Kelsey R. Anstaett, 21, 30 Church St., wrongful entrustment, March 3. Timothy P. Doty II, 23, 344 St. Andrews No. A, theft, March 3. Prince D. McLean, 26, 3913 Cedarwood Place, warrant, March 3. Joshua T. Bastin, 19, 8271 Rio Vista, failure to reinstated license, March 3. Alicia A. Fugate, 33, 1070 Bethel

New Richmond, driving under suspension, March 4. Dusten C. Thomas, 26, 849 Eagle Crest, marijuana possession, March 4. Donnie R. Graham, 28, 933 Lancaster St., marijuana possession, March 4. Robert C. Simms, 28, 16 Arbors Circle, driving under suspension, March 4. Cody Pringle, 23, 21 Sierra Court, aggravated menacing, March 4. Ashley M. Sibert, 20, 3969 Piccadilly No. D, theft, misuse of credit card, March 4. Jeffrey R. Evans, 48, 4524 Weiner Lane, driving under suspension, March 4. Steven J. Lehman, 54, 3973 Piccadilly, warrant, March 4. Kenneth R. Spears, 40, 207 Park Ave., wrongful entrustment, March 4. Kristine L. Langen, 29, 10753 Harrison Ave., warrant, March 4. Andrew R. Spears, 18, 4177 Heritage Glen, failure to reinstate license, March 4. Gary W. Garrison, 36, 1006 Kennedy's Landing, warrant, March 4. Megan N. Warren, 24, 4414 Norway Court, warrant, March 4. Shawn M. Gordon, 41, 3974 Piccadilly No. F, warrant, drug paraphernalia, March 5. Jason D. Newsome, 23, 1506 Thomaston Drive, warrant, March 5. Alexandra L. Bull, 21, 3 Wildwood Drive, obstructing official business, March 5. Kristen K. Drewry, 20, 4440 Eastwood Drive, obstructing official business, March 5. Juvenile, 16, assault, March 5. Andrew M. Havens, 24, 307 Smith Ave., driving under suspension, March 5. Mark W. Eglian Jr., 23, 526 Old Ohio 74, warrant, March 5. Melissa C. Hamblin, 22, 717 E. Levitt Place, leaving scene of accident, driving under suspension, warrant, March 6. Kaylin M. Ross, 20, 464 Piccadilly, domestic violence, March 6. Jared K. Armstrong, 19, 1518 Spruce Drive, drug abuse, possession of drugs, March 7.

Matthew E. Marshall, 42, 4260 Mount Carmel Tobasco No. C25, driving under influence, driving under suspension, March 7. Clifford D. Campbell III, 18, 3906 Old Savannah Drive No. 2, domestic violence, March 7.

Incidents/investigations Assault Reported at Beechwood Apartments at 511 Piccadilly Sq., March 2. Reported at Rong Tan Bistro at 606 Ohio Pike, March 3. At 830 Staghorn Drive, March 5. Reported at Gleneste High at Gleneste Withamsville Road, March 5. Breaking and entering Reported at Water Works Car Wash at 1104 Ohio Pike, March 1. Burglary Reported at Royal Villa Apartments at 3891 Bennett Road, March 6. At 984 Crisfield Drive, March 6. Crime against children Reported at Beechwoods Apartments at 3871 Piccadilly Circle, March 4. Criminal damage At 1235 Village Glen, March 2. Disorderly conduct At 1265 Binning Road, March 1. At 4583 Helmsdale, March 1. Domestic violence Reported at Southwind Apartments at Old Savannah Drive, March 6. Reported at Beechwood South Apartments at Piccadilly Sq., March 6. Theft At 3981 Brandychase Way, Feb. 28. Reported at Dillard's at Eastgate Blvd., Feb. 28. Reported at Ohio Pike Terrace Apartments at 780 Ohio Pike, Feb. 28. Reported at Bellville Apartments at 4151 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, March 1. At 4704 Beechwood Road, March 1. Reported at Home Depot at Ohio Pike, March 1. Reported at Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., March 1.

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DEATHS Frank Backscheider Frank A. Backscheider, 82, Batavia Township, died March 13. He owned Recto Molded Products. He was a member of the Buckeye United Fly Fishers. Survived by wife Wanda Lou Backscheider; daughter Beth Hery; two grandchildren. Services were March 17 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Buckeye United Fly Fishers, P.O. Box 42614, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Louis Goedde Louis W. Goedde Jr., 78, Union

Township, died March 10. Survived by wife Barbara Goedde; sister Jeanne Davis; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter Theresa Goedde. Services were March 15 at Moore Family Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Veronica Catholic Church.

Helen Lane Helen Marie Lane, 90, Union Township, died March 14. Survived by children Sandra (Mike) Simmons, William (Lori) Lane; grandchildren Jeremy Tuttle, Adam Ahrens, Sarah

Becklehymer, Caitlin Morelock, Hannah Barrett, Christal, William, Richard Lane; eight greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Howard Lane, siblings Raymond, Louis Holtz, Dorothy (Popham) Jolson and Marie (Merriman) Allen. Services were March 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: One Way Church, 1010 Lila Ave., Milford, OH 45150 or Life Change Ministries, P.O. Box 415, Batavia, OH 45103.

Stephan Pruitt Stephan T. Pruitt, 70, New Richmond, died March 6. He was

an ironworker with Local 44 He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam era. Survived by wife Connie Durham Pruitt; daughter Barbara (George) Thompson; granddaughter Jeannie (Hank) Pruitt McNally; great-grandson Stephan McNally; siblings John Pruitt, Helen, Ruth Lewis. Preceded in death by son Stephan Pruitt, parents Rufford, Alma Pruitt, sister

Esther Bittner. Services were March 11 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

James Puskar, Mildred Laverty; brothers James, Charles Taylor; 11 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild. Preceded in death by parents William, Mildred Taylor, brothers William, John Taylor. Services were March 19 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Audrey Trent Audrey Taylor Trent, 75, formerly of New Richmond, died March 7. Survived by husband Bernard Trent; children Steven, John,

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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.


9 Bobwhite Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Walnut Creek Investments, 0.2210 acre, $60,000. 5 Bobwhite Court, Matthew Cockerham, et al. to Bank of New York Mellon, 0.4180 acre, $70,000. 23 Mallard Drive, Matthew & Charlotte Buelow to American Homes 4 Rent Properties One, 0.2330 acre, $125,000. 7 Pintail, Homesales Inc. of Delaware to Military Warriors

Support Foundation, 0.231 acre, $129,500. 4 Woodsong Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to American Homes 4 Rent Properties One, 0.1430 acre, $134,000. 11 Parkwood Place, The Drees Company to Wendy Gary, $155, 000. 30 Ashwood Place, James and Nicole Maupin to American Homes 4 Rent Properties One, $152,000. 2 Partridge Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Daniel Spears, $102,500. 11 Tall Trees Drive, Evelyn Adams and Randy Howard, Co-Trustees to Cynthia Kreis, $100,000. 11 Pond Lane, Michael Rath, et al. to Federal National Mort-

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information. gage Assoc., $74,505. 27 Floral Ave., Shane Snider, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $33,333.34. 23 Cecelia Drive, Donna Henson, Trustee to Donna and Bill Fussnecker, Srive, $92,000. 6 Oriole Court, Edward Clock, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $85,000.

2369 Vist Lake Drive, Mark and Angie McMurren to Kristopher and Erin Mell, $4,161.50. 530 North Fifth St., Zachary Drake to JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, $40,000. 155 North Riverside Drive, Phillip Wilson, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $40,000.


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Phyllis Collins to Donald Friedhoff, 0.267 acre, $100,000. Man O'War Way, Fischer Development Company to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, 0.1630 acre, $29,864. 358 Mount Holly Road, Harry Simons, et al. to Bank of America NA, 0.56 acre, $26,666.67. 2154 Picketside Drive, William Allen Meyer, et al. to Bank of America NA, 0.224 acre, $120,000. 1267 Secretariat Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Richard & Mary Schnarr, 0.5 acre, $249,000. 1206 Traditions Turn, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Tiffany & Daniel Dacey, 0.5336 acre, $279,645.

3658 Wedgewood Court, Marjorie Kneer to Christopher & Jennifer Gruber, 0.2450 acre, $145,000. 3647 Bristol Lake Drive, Sandra Michalscheck to Donald Jeffries, 0.2310 acre, $163,000. 1522 Brooke Court, Estate of James Coyle to Billy Cooper, 0.6130 acre, $110,000. 2083 Commons Circle Drive, The Drees Company to Nancy Young, $103,500. 4758 Horseshoe Bend, The Drees Company to Michael & Melanie Bailey, 0.3099 acre, $389,629. 4550 Meadow Lane, NVR Inc. to Joseph & Deborah Bolding,

Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, rape - victim < 13 nonforcible, Williamsburg, March 8. Hannah Nolan Eastridge, 18, 994 Fagley Road, Williamsburg, burglary at 4308 Dela Palma Road, Williamsburg, March 7. Juvenile, 12, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor, Amelia, March 4. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons - sell to/ purchase for, Amelia, March 5.

Kyle David Darling, 24, 4471 Eastwood Drive Apt. 18303, Batavia, offenses involving underage persons, offenses involving underage persons sell to/purchase for at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly, Amelia, March 5. Scott Creighton Daugherty, 37, 2878 Ohio 133, Bethel, breaking and entering, burglary at 3553 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, March 5.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 Reported at Kroger at Old Ohio 74, March 1. Reported at Meijer at Eastgate Blvd., March 2. At 4244 Long Lake Drive, March 2. At 3979 Williams Drive, March 3. Reported at Olive Gardens at Ohio Pike, March 3. Reported at City Barbeque at Eastgate Blvd., March 3. Reported at Jungle Jim's at Eastgate Blvd., March 3.

Reported at United Dairy Farmers at Ohio Pike, March 4. At 1216 Parkwatch Court, March 4. At 1198 Old Ohio 74, March 4. Reported at Mallard Run Apartments at 542 Old Ohio 74, March 4. At 557 Glenrose Lane, March 4. Reported at Kroger at Ohio Pike, March 4. At 4490 Timber Glen, March 5. At 126 Southernn Trace, March 5. At 4424 Glendale, March 6. At 810 Clough Pike, March 6.

Reported at JC Penney at Eastgate Blvd., March 6. Vandalism Reported at Danberry Cinemas at Eastgate Blvd., March 6.

WILLIAMSBURG Incidents/investigations Assault Male student acted in turbulent manner at Genesis Center at 549 B W. Main St., Feb. 19. Robbery Money taken, at gunpoint from

Medary's at 268 W. Main St., Feb. 18.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles - sell, deliver, furnish, etc., Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, gross sexual imposition, Williamsburg, March 8. Juvenile, 15, gross sexual imposition - victim < 13, statutory,




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Navigation by OnStar Just push the OnStar[3] button and ask the Advisor to download directions to your Cadillac, and a voice will call out every turn. You can also plan routes from Google Maps™ or® to your Cadillac. All Cadillac models come with 1 year of OnStar service. STK# M42595 MODEL# 6AB69 (1) XTS closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $459 mo. $459 due at signing. Total of payments $16,524. (2) ATS closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $299 mo. $0 due at signing. Total of payments $10,764. (3) SRX closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $369 mo. $369 due at signing. Total of payments $13,284. All leases require credit approval and have $.25 per mile penalty for excess miles. Purchase option at termination. All offers are plus tax license and fees. See dealer for details. Vehicle / equipment may vary from photo. In stock units only, while supplies last. Expires 3/26/2013

Roadside Assistance Among leading automotive luxury brands, Cadillac is the only brand to offer standard 5-year Roadside Assistance that provides lock-out service, a tow, fuel, Dealer Technician Roadside Service and more. Courtesy Transportation During the warranty coverage period, this Cadillac program provides alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses if your Cadillac requires warranty repairs.

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RELIGION The Athenaeum of Ohio

Dr. Mary Healy, STD, will present Women and the New Evangelization Saturday, April 6, at the Athenaeum’s Bartlett Pastoral Center on the main campus, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington. Healy, who teaches sacred scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, will give two talks: “Women of Holiness in Scripture,” 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and, “Women of Holiness Today,” 10:45 a.m. to noon. The presentations are part of a day-long program that also includes a talk by Monsignor Frank Lane, spiritual director of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, titled “Women and the Crisis of Modern Society” 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The program also includes a discussion with Healy and Lane, 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. followed by 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. Healy is author of “Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” and co-editor of three books on biblical interpretation. She is general editor, with Dr. Peter Williamson, of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and is the author of the first volume, “The Gospel of Mark.” Although registration for the talks is not required and the

program is free and open to the public, attendees who wish to have lunch at the Athenaeum, cost $7, must RSVP before March 22 to 233-6156 or email The program is one of a series of events at the Athenaeum this year as part of the Year of Faith called by Pope Benedict XVI. The year began Oct. 11 and ends Nov. 24. The event has been organized by the St. James Project: “End of Life Issues,” a program being offered by The Athenaeum of Ohio’s St. Gregory Legacy Society, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Bartlett Pastoral Center. The morning will begin with 9 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great in the main Athenaeum building followed by the presentation by the Rev. Earl Fernandes, dean of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, dean of The Athenaeum of Ohio, and assistant professor of moral theology. Following his talk, Fernandes will conduct a question-andanswer session. The program is free and open to the public The St. Gregory Legacy Society was established to honor those who have made the Athenaeum part of their legacy through a planned gift, such as a bequest, charitable annuity or trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan assets. There is no minimum amount required to make a gift from your estate, only a firm belief in our

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ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. mission.

Clough United Methodist Church

Clough United Methodist Church is celebrating Easter by inviting children age 3 to sixth grade and their parents to the annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23. The hunt is on church grounds, rain or shine. In addition to hunting for more than 5,000 eggs, the children can visit with the Easter Bunny, play games and have their faces painted. Special prizes will be awarded. The children will be divided into age groups for the egg hunt. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras for photo opportunities at the special Easter backgrounds the church is providing. Children should bring their Easter baskets for the hunt. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free. Donations of

canned food will be accepted for the food bank of the Inter Parish Ministries in Newtown. For more information, call the church office at 231-4301 or visit the website. All children preschool through fourth-grade are invited to Powerxpress 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township, 231-4301.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

Emmanuel United Methodist Women again will host their annual yard sale May 2 to May 4. Donations are needed. Pickups are available by calling 513-518-8367 or 513-317-9855. All donations accepted, except mattresses, bedding, car seats and large electronics like computers and printers. All proceeds will profit local food pantries and missions. The church is at 4312 Amelia-

Glen Este Church of Christ

Resurrection Day services Sunday, March 31 include an outdoor sunrise service (weather permitting, otherwise indoors) at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. (RSVP to 7538223), Sunday school at 9 a.m. for all ages and Resurrection Day service at 10 a.m. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 CincinnatiBatavia Pike; 763-8223.

Laurel United Methodist Church

The community is invited to a soup, sandwich and dessert supper at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28, followed by Maunday Thursday service at 7 p.m. The church is at 1888 LaurelLindale Road, Laurel; 5533043.

Locust Corner Community Church UMC

The Easter Sunday early church sunrise service is at 8 a.m. immediately followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall prepared by the men of the church. A children’s Easter egg hunt is at 9 a.m. followed by Easter Sunday church service at 10 a.m. The church is at 917 Locust Corner Road, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

St. Peter Church

The Men’s Club is sponsoring a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, through Good Friday, March 29, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The menu includes a choice of deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni & cheese, and cole slaw; baked cod with toss salad and baked potato. Also grilled cheese is offered. Eat in or carry out service is available. Homemade dessert and drink are included with price of meal. Proceeds to benefit parish projects. The church is at 1192 BethelNew Richmond Road in New Richmond.

Withamsville Church of Christ Mini School enrollment began Monday, March 4. This Friday preschool is for potty-trained children ages 4 years or older before Oct. 1. This is a free preschool program. Enrollment is at the church building. Call 752-9819 with questions. The church is at 846 Ohio Pike, Withamsville; 752-9819;

Trinity Christian Fellowship

Members will host a Seder Passover Dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The public is invited. The fellowship is at 3730 Cobb Road; 724-3500;

REAL ESTATE Continued from Page B9 0.2640 acre, $216,945. 4544 Meadow Lane, Vista Meadow Development LLC to NVR Inc., 0.2320 acre, $24,000. 3531 Ohio 132, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Alice Hoerlein, 0.3250 acre, $72,350.


2505 Ohio 222, Amanda Hall, et

al. to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 0.7600 acre, $68,085. 2917 Fair Oak Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp to Thomas Partin, 0.96 acre, $26,500. 2358 Harvey Road, Fannie Mae to Zane Cordrey, 1.383 acre, $89,000. 3248 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Kenneth Kilgallion, et al. to Wells Fargo Financial Ohio 1

Inc., 0.51 acre, $33,334. 1437 Maple Ridge Drive, Anthony & Trisha Turner to Melinda Horgan, trustee, 6.1340 acre, $355,000. 2917 Ohio 222, U.S. Bank NA as trustee to Dwain & Candace Forder, 1.03 acre, $30,000.


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son to David Lewis, 0.0770 acre, $3,000. Pierce Township 1072 Gaskins Road, Christopher Jones, et al. to CitiMortgage Inc., 0.5700 acre, $125,000. 895 Old Course Lane, Brian & Jane Feldkamp to Randolph & Susan Freking, 0.5600 acre, $425,000. 116 Regatta Drive, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Mary-

beth Neeley, 0.2 acre, $142,520. 118 Regatta Drive, Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2100 acre, $29,109. 205 High St., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Harbour Portfolio VIII, LP, $6,861. 120 Regatta Drive, Grand Communities, LTD to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $29,109.


2784 Ohio 132, Barbara Lewis, et al. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., 0.456 acre, $40,000. 123 Paddie Wheel Drive, Patrick Anderson, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 0.232 acre, $110,000. 1205 Twelve Mile Road, Sylvia & John Earl, Sr. to Donald & Sandra Lee Olson, 0.549 acre, $28,500.

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