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Walker pleads not guilty

Former Union Township Trustee and Administrator C. Douglas Walker pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday, March 23. Walker is charged with six counts of unlawful interest in a public contract. FULL STORY, A2

Cul-de-sac parking ban questioned

Some residents want Batavia Township officials to ease the rules on parking in cul-de-sacs. The township passed a resolution in 2008 banning street parking in cul-de-sacs. FULL STORY, A2

Schmidt opens Union Twp. office

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt officially moved into her new Union Township office following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, March 24. FULL STORY, A3

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Batavia schools to cut jobs

By Kellie Geist-May and John Seney

The Batavia Local School District Board of Education voted Monday, March 21, to eliminate seven classified personnel positions and six and a half certified positions to help save money. Batavia Superintendent Jill Grubb said the classified positions include paraprofessionals and bus drivers. She said the certified positions include two guidance counselors, a music teacher, a high school librarian, a high school social studies teacher, a fourthgrade teacher and half a high school math teacher. Board President Michael Enriquez said the motion passed “with regret.” “This has been difficult for me personally. It was my second board meeting eight years ago when we went through the same

thing. This is even more difficult because of the environment we’re in now … we have to stay focused on what we’re here for – the kids,” he said. “We have to ride this current economic storm the best we know how,” Enriquez said. “We’ll help, the best we can, those who are affected.” Board member Scott Runck said the cuts were even more difficult because of the community environment in Batavia. “We know these people … each one of these (board) members has looked at these people and said, ‘What can we do to save this job?’ Unfortunately, with these jobs, we weren’t able to do that,” he said. The district also will not be replacing a couple retirees and not filling some supplemental positions, Grubb said. In addition to the staff cuts, the board voted to change the number

of days worked by the director of nursing from 225 to 208 days per school year, at the director of nursing’s request. Grubb said the board also would work to change fees or look at some reductions to save $150,000 in athletic spending from the general fund. No decisions have been made on those fees or changes. All together, the cuts and changes will save the district about $1.5 million Grubb said. She said these changes will be made for the 2011-2012 school year even if a 6.9-mill operating levy passes May 3. Board Vice President Chris Huser encouraged the people at the meeting to contact their legislators and demand change. He said unfunded mandates, cuts from the state and an unconstitutional funding mechanism is making things difficult for school boards across the state.

“They have to fix this at a higher level or it’s going to keep getting more and more burdensome (for the taxpayers.) There’s nothing we can do to fix this except raise our voices and say enough is enough,” he aid. “It goes back to letting your senators and congressmen know that they can’t keep putting the burden on the taxpayers.” At the end of the meeting, student board representative Sophia Enriquez said the staff, students and community need to work together to deal with these cuts and prevent future ones. “I don’t like this either, but I think it’s important to stay strong as a community and always push for the future. Over our history as a nation, when we go through tough times, we come out a little stronger. I think we can do that here,” said. “I love this community … and we need to work together.”

Meijer donates new sign to Brantner By Kellie Geist-May

If you’ve been to Brantner Elementary in the last couple of weeks, you were probably greeted by the school’s new sign. Thanks to a $5,500 donation from Meijer Eastgate, the school was able to get a new, messageboard style entrance sign at no cost to the district. The previous painted-wood sign was original to the school, which was built in 1962. PTO members were looking for Fall Festival donations when a member of the Meijer management, who went to school at Brantner, heard the festival proceeds would go toward a new sign, said PTO treasurer Jill Jones. After getting a proposal and quote, Mejier told Jones the business would buy the new sign. “I almost fell over,” she said. “They paid for the whole shebang.” Pete Thomas of Distinctive Signs in Union Township made the sign and matched the brick sides to the school building. It was installed in early March and dedi-


Brantner Elementary School Principal Cindy Leazer accepted a $5,500 mock check from James Wilkins, the store director of Meijer at Eastgate, during a dedication for the new school sign Friday, March 25. For the full story, see Schools, A5. cated Friday, March 25. Jones said the new sign makes more of an impact than you might realize. “When you come up to a school and see a ratty old sign, you have certain expectations. We have an absolutely wonderful school and now our sign reflects that. It sets the tone,” she said. “I think it’s uplifting.”

Principal Cindy Leazer said having a new sign has really impacted the school community. “When I saw the sign, I was shocked and amazed at how gorgeous it is. It makes a big difference to all of us,” she said. “I just really want to thank the PTO and Mejier.” The donation from Meijer also paid to redo the lettering on the

school building, Leazer said. Eastgate Meijer Store Director James Wilkins said they were happy Meijer could help the school. “One of the things Meijer stands for is giving back to the community and there’s nothing more important … To see the smiles on these kids’ faces is what it’s all about,” Wilkins said.

Juveniles arrested in Pierce Twp. thefts By John Seney

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to breakins of homes, cars and the Royal Oak Country Club in Pierce Township. Police Chief James Smith said the break-ins occurred after midnight Sunday, March 20, in the Country Club Estates subdivision. Four homes, three cars and the country club were targeted.

Smith said the youths usually entered the houses through unlocked side garage doors. In one instance, they found a first-floor window open, entered the house, went to the second floor and took items while the residents were asleep. Items stolen included a GPS unit, cell phones, credit cards, checkbooks, alcoholic beverages, wallets, a purse and a camera lens. Smith said the pair – one 16-

year-old and one 17-year-old – were arrested after phone records were traced from a cell phone stolen in one of the thefts. Detective Laetitia Schuler and Officer Jason Doerman were involved in the investigation. “It was exceptional investigative work,” Smith said. The suspects live in an apartment complex across the street from the country club. They were sent to juvenile detention.

Most of the stolen items were recovered, Smith said. Nothing was taken from the country club, possibly because an alarm went off. The investigation is continuing and additional individuals could be charged. Smith said residents should always have alarms and lights on and make sure doors and windows are locked. “There is no neighborhood that is safe,” he said.


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Former Union Township Trustee and Administrator C. Douglas Walker pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday, March 23. Walker is charged with six counts of unlawful interest in a public contract. Clermont County Prosecutor Don White said the charges are all ethics violations and fourth-degree felonies, each punishable by up to 18 months in jail and $5,000 in fines. The charges are all related to votes between March 8, 2005, and March 2, 2006, while Walker was a trustee. He is accused

of voting to give township contracts to Professional Engineering Group, his son’s company, White said. Assistant Prosecutor Woody Breyer said Walker was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return for a pre-trial Tuesday, April 5. White said the prosecutor's office is working to research contracts awarded while Walker was the township administrator from 2005 to 2008. Breyer said the pre-trial may result in postponing further action for another 30 days if the prosecutor’s office decides to go back to a grand jury with additional charges.


Assault awareness

Kirstin Eismin, left, of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area in Batavia talks about the programs and services offered by her agency to deal with sexual assault. The Clermont County commissioners March 23 declared April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Standing at right is Commissioner Ed Humphrey. Seated is Judith Kocica, clerk of the board.

Workforce One provides free job training assistance “Workforce One is impressive,” said Clermont County Commissioner Archie Wilson, during a March 2 Workforce One Investment Board presentation to the commissioners. “Recently I visited the Union Township center and saw, first-hand, the great work they do in helping retrain workers idled by the slow economy. They have so many services available to people who are looking for work.” “Last year, we had over 60,000 visits to Workforce One centers in Clermont, Hamilton and Butler counties,” said Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio Executive Director Jeff Weber. “Now, more than ever before, citizens are turning to us for help in finding a new job and develop-

ing the skills to obtain a new position. I am hopeful that our government leaders recognize the importance of the office and vote to keep funding the centers that are critical in helping people get back to work.” Dan Sack, chairman of the Workforce One Investment Board, told the commissioners Congress was considering a reduction in funding for programs such as Workforce One. “In Clermont County, there were over 23,000 visits to the center in 2010,” said Clermont Workforce One Director Ted Groman. “Last year we spent over $500,000 retraining local workers. Services are available to help people obtain a GED, learn how to write a resume and find out which

local companies are hiring. The literacy council offers programs here, along with veterans services, and numerous others.” While Weber said 2010 was a difficult year for workers, he is noticing some positive trends this year. “Economic development activity is picking up,” he said. “We are seeing an increasing number of companies interested in expanding and investing locally. We need to have a trained workforce in place to help them with that expansion. For every dollar invested, we are seeing a dollar-and-a-half returned.” For more information about Workforce One of Clermont County, call 943-3000 or visit www.Workforce

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Pair charged for alleged abuse of 10-month-old By John Seney


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A Pierce Township woman and her boyfriend have been indicted on charges for allegedly abusing the woman’s 10-month-old son. Riannon Ashley Ward, 21, of 1044 Terry Dell Lane, Pierce Township, and Ryan Scott, 23, of Mt. Orab were indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury March 23. They each face two counts of child endangering, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstruction of justice.

Pierce Township Police Chief James Smith said the case began when the couple took the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in February. A social worker at the hospital became suspicious of the boy’s injuries and contacted Children’s Services. Ward and Scott gave an explanation for the injury, but medical evidence determined the explanation was not consistent with the severity of the injury, said Daniel Breyer, Clermont County assistant prosecutor. Smith said the child had a

fractured femur and nine other bone breaks in various stages of healing. The charges were the result of an investigation by Pierce Township Police Officer Michael Buckler, Smith said. Ward and Scott appeared in Clermont County Common Pleas Court Monday, March 28. They pleaded not guilty and were released on $50,000 bond each. A pretrial hearing has been set for April 5. Smith said the child is in the custody of Children’s Protective Services.

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Now that the grass is turning green, residents need to keep an eye on lawn equipment, said Union Township Police Lt. Sue Madsen. Police have taken reports on a number of equipment thefts in the township, including a few vehicle break-ins and one storage facility break-in, Madsen said. “We’ve had several weedeaters, a few leaf blowers and a

stump remover that have been stolen,” she said. “There also have been several items stolen from vehicles, including a chain saw.” “Sometimes in early spring, we have some of those lawn items being stolen because we’re leading up to the lawnmowing season,” Madsen said. “The most recent theft was on 9 Mile, in the southern part of the township, but the other ones have been sporadic all around the township.” Residents should lock their

car doors and keep their garages closed and, “if you do own a lawn mowing service, park the trailer inside or bring your equipment indoors. Don’t leave it out overnight,” Madsen said. In addition, Madsen asked that residents report suspicious activity, including anyone trying to sell items not usually found in stores. The Union Township Police Department can be reached at 752-1230 and Detective Keith Puckett is working on the case.

Commissioners approve reorganization plan By John Seney

Clermont County commissioners March 16 approved a reorganization of county government that places the planning department under the supervision of Economic Development Director Andy Kuchta. Kuchta gets a new title under the reorganization – department of community and economic development director.

“Economic development and planning should go handin-hand,” Commissioner Archie Wilson said. “I think it’s a good thing.” The reorganization also eliminates two vacant positions of planner from the county’s table of organization. Assistant County Administrator Scot Lahrmer said the plan is budget neutral – no additional money will be added for salaries. The planning department pre-

viously reported to Lahrmer under the table of organization. Kuchta also will oversee the county’s geographic information systems (GIS) staff members. They were moved fromtheofficeoftechnologytothe planning department in November. The GIS staff develops maps for a number of departments in the county. The reorganization takes effect April 4.


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Schmidt moves into new Union Township office By Kellie Geist-May

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt officially moved into her new Union Township office following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, March 24. “I really am very honored to be here and to be able to serve the residents of the second congressional district in a very convenient way,” Schmidt said. Her previous office was in a Clermont County-owned building on Main Street in Batavia. In January, the trustees offered Schmidt space in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Trustee Matt Beamer, who spearheaded the effort to bring Schmidt to the civic center, said it’s important for Schmidt to have an office in Clermont County and in Union Township. “The board of trustees thought it was vital and crucial to have an office in Clermont County and Union Township,” Beamer said. “This facility has great access, plenty of parking


U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt gives a keynote speech during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, March 24. From left are Union Township Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell, Trustee Bob McGee, Schmidt, Trustee Matt Beamer and Trustee Tim Donnellon.


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U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt and Union Township’s elected officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to Schmidt’s new office Thursday, March 24. From left are Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell, Trustee Bob McGee, Schmidt, Trustee Matt Beamer and Trustee Tim Donnellon.

(administrative offices), the gym and meeting rooms. We feel the addition of our congresswoman makes this a complete civic center.” The office’s lease agreement is effective Jan. 12, 2011, to Jan. 2, 2013. Schmidt will not pay rent for the space, which is right inside the bottom floor doors of the center. “I’m honored to be here and I’m thankful for the gracious rent – I think the taxpayers can afford it and I look forward to being here for a very long time,” Schmidt said. Rep. Schmidt’s staff will have office hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday

and Thursday, or by appointment. The Union Township Civic Center is located at 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245. Constituents may call 513791-0381 for information.


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BRIEFLY Work session

UNION TWP. – The trustees will meet for a work session at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.

Serving veterans

UNION TWP. – Eastgate Mall will host displays of organizations that serve the military and their families as part of National County Government month. The event will be during regular mall hours Saturday, April 2, in center court. The theme this year is Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families. Groups like Whole In My Heart, Yellow Ribbon Center and The Thank You Foundation are a few of the organizations that will be on hand to share information about their work. The public is welcome.

Prom dresses needed

NEW RICHMOND – Prom season is approaching, and New Richmond junior and senior high school students are looking forward to the big event. However, there are some girls who do not have the financial means to purchase a formal dress. New Richmond High School’s Lions Reach Out is asking for donations of gently used prom dresses in hopes of providing these girls with a beautiful dress to wear to this year’s prom. Dresses of all sizes are being accepted, and there is a need for some larger sizes as well, women’s 14 to 24. If you have a dress or dresses that you would like to donate, drop them off in the high school office any time until the end of April. This year’s New Richmond High School prom is May 7, and Lions Reach Out is hoping to provide a selection of dresses early enough so the girls will have plenty of time to get shoes and other accessories. If you have questions or would like details, contact Sue Griffin at griffin_s@ or call 5533101, ext. 10204. Cash donations are being accepted.

Batavia egg hunt

BATAVIA TWP. – The Batavia Rotary Club is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. There will be egg hunts for four different age groups, ranging from age 2 to 10. The free event is open to the public. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and people are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Garden club to meet

WILLIAMSBURG – The Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Ellis Farm on Tollgate Road. Hostesses for the evening will be Pat Bryant and Denise DeMoss. Erin and Jay Ellis will present a program on container gardens. Each member is to bring a container for planting with their choice of plants. Specimen for the evening is to be a plant grown from a bulb. Club members will be discussing plans for the annual Plant Auction to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Williamsburg Methodist Church. The club will sponsor a garden tour of local gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Watch the paper for more details in coming weeks. New members are welcome and additional information about the club’s activities can be found at www. or by calling 625-2602.

Meeting date changed

WEST CLERMONT – The West Clermont Board of Education has changed the date of the regular meeting scheduled for Monday, April 18. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Union Township Civic Center for the regular board meeting.

Free exercise class

OWENSVILLE – The Clermont Family YMCA and Clermont County General Health District officials are co-spon-

soring the Senior Safety Program’s free one-time exercise class for Clermont County adults 65 years and older from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the fairgrounds in the multi-purpose building. The focus of the exercise class is increasing balance and strength in older adults so they stay healthy and independent. Free exercise instructions and equipment will be given to registered participants for home use. The class will be taught by a certified exercise instructor and class size will be limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register, call Denise Franer RN at 735-8421. Funding for the class was received from the Clermont Family YMCA, Clermont Mental Health & Recovery Board, and the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion & Risk Reduction, Injury Prevention Programs.

April events

WILLIAMSBURG – Several events are approaching in the village of Williamsburg. The village will participate in Clean & Green on April 16. Residents are asked to help pick up trash and enjoy a cookout afterward. For more information, contact Mayor Mary Ann Lefker at mayor@ The 19th annual Grassy Run Rendezvous is April 29, April 30 and May 1 at the Williamsburg Community Park. For details, visit That same weekend will offer the free, village-wide yard sale April 30 and May 1. Visit businesses and yard sales throughout the village for great deals. For more information on any of these events, contact the village offices at 724-6107.

Neighborhood watch

UNION TWP. – The police department will host a Neighborhood Watch seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Queen City Room in the Civic

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Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. In addition to explaining how to start a neighborhood watch, the presentation will include useful information on observing and reporting crime, tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime, and steps residents can take to crime-proof homes and neighborhoods. Residents who live in communities within Union Township are encouraged to attend. This class is free to Union Township residents, as well as citizens who work in the township. Register for the class by contacting Sgt. Tony Rees at the U.T.P.D., 752-1230, or by leaving your name, phone number and address on Sgt. Rees' voice mail, 753-2335.

Items sought

CLERMONT COUNTY – If you are starting your annual spring cleaning, consider donating items no longer needed to Clermont Senior Services for their annual Arts, Antiques, & Collectibles in September. Clermont Senior Services will give you a receipt that can be used for tax purposes. Senior services volunteers are seeking antiques, artwork, clean furniture, glassware, collectibles, coins, old toys, and dolls for the auction. Call Karen at 536-4002 for free pick-up or information.

Quin-T club to meet

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Quin-T Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 7. The purpose of the Quin-T Club is to raise awareness of Democratic issues and increase involvement of local Democrats in Clermont County politics. The Club meets the first Thursday of the month at a member’s house to discuss the Party, candidates and involvement in campaigns. For more information about meetings and locations or to be contacted to help work on a campaign or club project, call 513-553-2446 or 553-4766.

River sweep volunteers

CLERMONT COUNTY – Volunteers are needed for River Sweep 2011 scheduled for Saturday, June 18, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and its many tributaries. River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states. Anyone can volunteer. Call 1-800-359-3977 for site locations and county coordinators in their area or visit and click on River Sweep. Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt.

Katie’s House benefit

UNION TWP. – Katie’s House: Creating the Dream benefit is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Receptions Eastgate. Visit www. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by games, wine toss, DJ, dancing, exhibition dances by professional dancers, silent auction, TV raffle and more. Cost is $45 at the door. An LG LCD 42” 1080p flat TV will be raffled off at the event. Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5. You don’t need to be present to win. Email to buy tickets. Also being accepted are donations for the silent auction and corporate sponsorships.

Wear blue to work

CLERMONT COUNTY – Wear blue to work April 13


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Pierce Township Police Officer David Frisby was sworn in by Pierce Township Trustee Bonnie Batchler, left, and Trustee Christopher Knoop, right. Officer Frisby and his family live in Clermont County. His hiring was effective Jan 1. and make a difference in the life of a child. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Clermont County Children’s Services receives more than 1,000 calls a month regarding child abuse and neglect. Staff members would like to engage the community by asking everyone to wear blue to work April 13 to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. To make a report about suspected abuse or neglect, call 732-STOP (7867). Also, as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, families are invited to and evening of family games and fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, 2337 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia. For more information or to confirm your family’s attendance: Call Jean Houston at 513-732-5034 or email

Homemakers to meet

BATAVIA – The Batavia Homemakers will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Faith United Methodist Church, 180 N. Fifth St. in Batavia. Chef and newspaper columnist Rita Heikenfeld will present a program about vegetables. Lunch will follow at My Brothers Restaurant. For additional information, call 732-0656.

Camp fairs

CLERMONT COUNTY – Stepping Stones Center will hold its first ever Camp Fair for campers and families considering Stepping Stones’ day or overnight camps for children or adults with disabilities. All first-time campers must attend a Camp Fair. Fairs also are open to returning campers and families who want to learn more about Stepping Stones Center’s day and overnight camping or other programs for children and adults with disabilities. The fairs at the Indian Hill facility are March 26, April 17 and May 15 at Stepping Stones, 5650 Given Road in Indian Hill. The fairs at the Batavia are April 16 and May 14 at Stepping Stones, Camp Allyn, 1414 Lake Allyn Road, Batavia. To reserve space, call Marcie Brooks at 513831-4660. Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency. Web site is Fair times vary in the afternoon. First-time campers will not be accepted unless they attend a camp fair.

Museum open

WILLIAMSBURG – The Clermont County Historical Society museum will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Harmony Hill, 299 S.Third St. in Williamsburg. The Clermont County Historical Society archives will be open for research of Clermont County history. Also at the site is the Lytle Dairy House, the oldest building in Clermont County. The Harmony Hill museum, located at the same site, which

features information on Williamsburg and William Lytle (father of Clermont county), will be open. The new Historic Clermont County book will be available for purchase. There is no admission charge.

Monitors sought

BATAVIA TWP. – Have you ever marveled at the sight of a sky-blue bird that is the sign of happiness? Once very rare in Ohio, eastern bluebirds have made an comeback thanks to nest boxes placed in fields and meadows. You can learn how to monitor nest boxes at the bluebirder’s meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Topics covered include bird and nest identification, and how to fill out a monitor data sheet. Armed with identification skills and data sheets, you can join the volunteers who keep tabs on the birds that use nest boxes by walking a short route each week. It only takes about an hour, plus you get to see wildlife up close and help the park. All programs are offered free of charge. For more information about this program and to register, call the Corps Park Ranger at 797-6081 or go to The Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is at 2185 Slade Road just off Ohio 222 about five miles south of Batavia. Note: If you use Map Quest or GPS receiver, the Visitor Center is about 1.5 miles further on Slade Road, past the main dam and corps boat ramp.

Watch butterflies

BATAVIA TWP. – Did you know that more than 100 species of butterflies call Ohio home? Since 2001, volunteers have discovered more than 80 types of butterflies living at William H. Harsha Lake and East Fork State Park. If you enjoy watching red admirals, monarchs and fritillaries, join the Butterfly Monitors Meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Topics covered include butterfly watching and ID tips, monitoring techniques and how to fill out a data sheet. Armed with identification skills and data sheets, you can join the volunteers who keep tabs on butterflies by walking a short route each week. It only takes about an hour, plus you get to see wildlife up close and help the park. Those who would like to start up a monitoring transect in other parts of the state are also welcome. All programs are offered free of charge. For more information about this program and to register, call the Corps Park Ranger at 797-6081 or go to The Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is at 2185 Slade Road just off Ohio 222 about five miles south of Batavia. Note: If you use Map Quest or GPS receiver, the Visitor Center is about 1.5 miles further on Slade Road, past the main dam and corps boat ramp.


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St. Veronica students to join Opening Day parade

St. Veronica School fourthgraders, with assistance from faculty and parents, are finishing preparations for their appearance in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Thursday, March 31. Each of the 60 students has created a costume depicting a famous person, place or company associated with the Queen City. A number of costumes represent Cincinnati

Reds players, of course. Other costumes feature famous Cincinnatians such as William Howard Taft, the first U.S. president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch; majorleague Cincinnati-based companies such as Procter & Gamble and United Dairy Farmers; and sites of interest, including the Cincinnati Museum Center and Newport Aquarium. The students will march

alongside a baseball-themed float in the parade, hoping to bring home a second annual first-place award for their entry. Students at the Mount Carmel school have researched their chosen topics and will provide short presentations to the class, in costume, Thursday, March 24. Also on Thursday, a dress rehearsal will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Veronica gym.

On parade day the fourthgraders will again don their costumes, marching along the route and singing several songs they have prepared especially for Opening Day. Their float, a replica of the Great American Ball Park, will feature the baseball diamond, grounds crew, smokestacks and scoreboard, plus bleacher seats from Riverfront Stadium.

While preparing for Opening Day, the students have enjoyed a healthy dose of baseball in their curriculum: Reading novels and stories about Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson; naming and locating National League and American League baseball teams on U.S. maps; studying baseball spelling words; writing baseball poems; and working on baseball math.


Regional recognition

Batavia High School junior Emily Robirds was recognized during the school board meeting Monday, March 21. Robirds’ photograph, pictured, was one of about 100 chosen from the Southwest Ohio Region to be sent to Columbus for consideration in the 2011 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Although Robirds piece was not selected to be part of the final show, the school board recognized her for excellence in art.


Mt. Moriah Ark of Learning students display their collection of canned goods before donating them to the Inter Parish Ministries food pantry in Newtown.

Mt. Moriah Ark of Learning Children Share the Love’

Students at Mt. Moriah’s Ark of Learning Preschool & Child Care Center celebrated Valentine’s Day by participating in a “Cans for Quilts” project to benefit the food pantry of Inter Parish Ministries in Newtown. “Inter Parish Ministries issued a plea for donations for their food pantry, whose supplies were extremely low. Our students were more than eager to help,” said Ark of Learning Director Linda Harp. The children decorated quilt squares and knotted them togeth-

er to make four unique quilts. For each canned good a child contributed, his or her name was placed in a drawing to win one of the quilts. The project netted 100 canned goods for the food pantry. “We’re teaching the children compassion and the importance of concern for others,” said shared project coordinator and teacher Sharon Curless. As a bonus, Inter Parish Ministries received a grant from the Feinstein National Hunger Challenge that matched all donations given in February.

The Ark of Learning Preschool & Child Care Center at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church also recently earned a two-star designation through Ohio’s “Step Up to Quality” program. This state-wide rating system recognizes early care and education programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio’s child care licensing standards. The center welcomes children ages 3 to 11 in their preschool and child-care programs.


Doing decimals

Holly Hill Elementary School third-grade teacher Erin Raymond watches while Destiny Carter works to write the decimal version of four-tenths during math class.

Grant Career Center receives GM donation It is often said in education that people learn best from hands-on experience. General Motors and its dealers nationwide support that theory. General Motors is making a further commitment to enhancing automotive services to customers in Greater Cincinnati, while at the same time promoting greater educational opportunities for future automotive technicians by donating a 2004 Saturn Ion to the Grant Career Center Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Department. General Motors, through their corporate donations program, assists institutions within the GM Training Network.

This network incorporates advanced automotive training with a strong academic foundation in math, reading, electronics and analytical and technical skills. The donated Saturn Ion came from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet through the Gifts in Kind International organization. This group is a leading charity in product philanthropy and one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. They work together with the nonprofit world to help people in need-giving organizations access cutting-edge software, office products, toys, educational materials, building supplies and household goods.

for the past 14 years and has benefited from such donations throughout their tenure. “We are grateful for the generosity extended by General Motors to the Grant Career Center Auto Collision program,” said Pat-

ten. “One of the best ways for students to learn and increase their skills is through the use of handson experience. Donations like the Saturn Ion allow our students the opportunity to increase their knowledge by dismantling the vehicle to view and study structural components and mechanical systems, practice refinishing and reassembling skills. “These options are not possible with customer service vehicles,” he said. “Thank you General Motors Corporation and Gifts in Kind International for your dedication to automotive students, educators and schools and for providing us with the tools needed to advance tomorrow’s technicians.”

Dillow, Bridgette Ellis, Nathan Emmich, Stacy Faddis, Marilee Fehr, Logan Fields, Norma Fletcher, Alex Forsee, Lyle Fry, Racheal Gaghan, Amanda Gettes, Coty Hale, Brooke Hensley, Autumn Hensley, Brianna Hobbs, Brooke Hollifield, Zach Houchin, Travis Hounshell, Mounir Humedan, Jacob Jackson, Tess Jenike, Caleb Knipp, Emily Kyer, Dustin Lambert, Whitney Lefker, Stephen Lewis, Michelle Lindquist, Rodney List, Mason Lynn, Jeff Mack, Max Marlow, Isaac Martin, James Martin, Kayla Maupin, Taylor McCollum, Angela McNamara, Erin

Meyer, Casey Meyers, Jared Miller, Jeremy Moore, Zach Neal, Greg Nelson, Kari Nickell, Amanda Ortman, Jared Pack, Chelsea Pennington, Ashley Perry, Andrea Philpott, Tyler Pierce, Brandy Reed, Tyler Roa, William Rogers, Jade See, Michael Seng, Lindsey Shelton, Trevor Shouse, Elsie Silman, Justin Sizemore, Austin Skaggs, Heather Souder, Adam Strunk, Brittney Taylor, Chris Taylor, Jessica Thacker, Alisha Tolin, Justin Underwood, Ashley Walker, Mikey Wilhoit, Kayla Wise and Kimberly Workman.


Grant Career Center Auto Collision instructor Mike Patten, far left, and members of the senior class accept the donation of the red Saturn Ion from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet. Instructors Ric Kruse and Mike Patten will use the donated vehicle as part of the students’ training rotation in the Auto Collision program. Grant Career Center has been involved with the AYES program

HONOR ROLLS Grant Career Center The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.

Principal’s List 4.0 GPA

Morgan Adams, Brittany Bates, Catherine Bennett, James Bond, Allison Brunner, Molly Bruns, Laura Buckler, Mariah Conger, DeeAnna Dameron, Kayla Dryden, Taylor Dryden, Brady Dufau, Paige Durbin, Josh East, Sarah Eubanks, Nicole Fannin, Savan-

na Fields, Jaimie Flarida, Jake Foster, Sarah Foster, Jonathon Freeman, Marshall Godwin, Dakota Gregory-Edgington, Heather Hamilton, Sean Hennies, Tyler Herman, Nikki Houlihan, Blake Hurtt, Madisen Hutchinson, Cyra Jones, Katie Kilgore, Brandon Kirk, Katie Kroeger, Kallie Long, Shelby Lucas, Matthew Mansell, Jacob McKinney, Tyler Miller, Sarah Moore, Cody Morehouse, Tanna Murphy, Chris Paul, Nicole Payton, Garret Ridener, Jesse Rust, Robert See, Krista Sells, Jordan Shouse, Emily Smiddy, Jordan Smith, Kara Soloman,

Morgan Summers, Rebekah Taylor, Jeremy Trester, Jesse Walls, Brittany Warren, Clayton Wehrum, Alyssa Weis, Samantha Welch, Ashley Whisner and Elijah Wright.

Honor Roll

Anita Appelmann, Johnathon Armstrong, Brandon Arnold, Garrett Baker, Ashley Bauman, Kimberly Benjamin, Lindsey Bicknell, Amber Binning, Jacob Bishop, Andrew Collopy, Brittany Crumpton, Savannah Curso, Mickayla Dahlheimer, Amanda Davis, Stephanie Day, Garrett Decatur, Miles Derkson, Derrick


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Clermont County offers a second chance Educational opportunities are available to adults through the Clermont County Educational Service Center. Free Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) classes are offered to help improve basic skills in reading, math, language and employment skills. These classes provide individuals the chance to obtain their Ohio High School

Equivalency Diploma (GED) for job opportunities and/or entrance into post-secondary training. To earn a GED credential, a candidate must complete a set of five tests covering mathematics, science, writing, reading and social studies. The tests, which last about eight hours, also measure communication, information-

processing, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Since World War II, the GED Testing Program has helped more than 15 million adults earn formal recognition of their educational development through attainment of a high school equivalency credential. The passing rate in the state of Ohio is between 70 per-

cent to 72 percent. The Clermont County Educational Service Center’s passing rate was 85 percent for the calendar year 2010. Current enrollment in the adult education classes is 111 with 75 adults obtaining their Ohio High School Equivalency Diploma (GED). During the 2009-2010 school year, the service center served

213 adults, with 148 receiving their Ohio High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), 19 entered post-secondary training and 18 entered the workforce. Help is available for any adult who needs to improve his or her basic skills. Call the CCESC for more information about attending classes at 735-8300.


• Several area students have been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Dayton. They are: Amelia: Erin Phelps. Batavia: Travis Britton, John Sheshull, Sabrina Smyth. Union Township: William Bissinger, Kristen Duffy, Elizabeth Tekulve. • Andrew J. Piper has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Muskingum University. He is from New Richmond. • Adam Schueler has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Wittenberg University. He is the son of Paul Schueler of Williamsburg. • Eileen Parry has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Wittenberg University. She is a graduate of Glen Este High School. • Chelsea Ritter has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list

at Marymount University. She is from Union Township.


• Tammy Kollmann has graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Science. She is from New Richmond. • William J. Fawley has received a Bachelor of Arts in education from Wilmington College. He is from Union Township. • Craig Dobson has received a Master of Science in professional counseling from Lipscomb University. He is from Amelia.

Honor roll

Leanne Wright and Ethan Johnson have been named to the 2010 fall semester honor roll at Lipscomb University. Wright is a graduate of Glen Este High School. Johnson is a graduate of New Richmond High School.


New Richmond High School senior Kortney Weber, left, gets moral support from classmates Kaila Lee and Jeffe Noble as she prepares to give blood Feb. 23 while senior Cody Piper (background) makes his blood donation. Students and staff donated 48 units of blood to the Hoxworth Blood Center at the blood drive.

Merit list

• Angelina Renee Burton and Pamela Renee McKenzie have been named to the 2010 fall semester academic merit list at Wilmington College. Both students are from Batavia.

New Richmond blood drive

Provost’s list

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• Tyler Lallathin has been named to the 2010 fall semester provost’s list at Lipscomb University. He is a graduate of Glen Este High School.

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Kevin Daniels, right, from the Hoxworth Blood Center prepares to take blood from New Richmond High School head cook Cindy Hukler-Leen who donated before her work shift Feb. 23. Students and staff donated 48 units of blood during the school’s annual blood drive.

Students and staff at New Richmond High School donated 48 units of blood to the Hoxworth Blood Center during the school’s annual blood drive Feb. 23. The blood drive was coordinated by teacher Jamie Kipfer.



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Ursuline Academy The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.

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Honors – Zoe Altenau, Emma Mullins, Temarie Tomley and Anna Varley.

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Honor band

Honors – Santana Kulis and Helen Ladrick.

Thirteen Glen Este Middle School students participated in the Land Of Grant Honor Band Jan. 14 to Jan. 16. The students rehearsed at Western Brown High School Friday and Saturday and performed a concert Sunday. They auditioned for the band along with other middle school students from Brown, Adams, Clermont and Highland counties. Glen Este had the most students from any other middle school represented in the honor band.

We are in the process of updating and confirming our records. We are asking that if you own property here at Graceland, that you give us a call to schedule a time to come in and verify your records with us. We are available Monday through Saturday to help meet your schedule. You may also stop in to the office, but families with appointments will take first precedence. We have a short form to fill out that will be signed by the property owners (if married, both spouses must be present). Graceland Memorial Gardens thanks you for your assistance in updating our records.

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Sophomores Juniors

First Honors – Tatiana Tomley Second Honors – Grace Hermanns


First Honors – Melissa Clement Second Honors – Amanda Castle





Fossil dig

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Third-grade science classes at Amelia Elementary have been studying fossils. A grandparent of one of the students, borrowed a “fossil dig” from the Cincinnati Museum Center. Students were able to pretend that they were paleontologists and brush away the sand to expose some of Ohio’s fossils. Here, student Demi Mills examines fossils during the fossil dig.



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Jungle painting

Holly Hill Elementary School fourth-graders Beau Sharp and Morgan Lee work on their jungle paintings in art class.

SCHOOL NOTES Ewing chosen for state committee

Mark Ewing, a member of the Batavia Local Schools and Great Oaks ITCD, has been named to the Arrangements and Hospitality Team and the Southwest Regional Executive committees of the Ohio School

Boards Association (OSBA). Committee appointments were finalized at the January meeting of the OSBA. Arrangements and Hospitality Team members assist the five regional managers at the Capital Conference and Trade Show, as well as at regional events.

The Southwest Regional Executive committee provides governance and leadership to school and board members to various Southwest Ohio counties.

Hart is National Merit finalist

John Hart, a senior at Amelia High

School, has been named a National Merit finalist. The popular scholarship competition says that finalists are chosen by demonstrating, through distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment. Hart will now be considered for Merit Scholarships offered in 2011.


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Glen Este’s Kaylin Steinmetz signing her letter of intent to play fast pitch softball at Northern Kentucky University in early February. From left are Glen Este coach Tim Gregory, Lisa Steinmetz, Kaylin Steinmetz and Jim Steinmitz. Kaylin will study education at NKU. Steinmetz hit .400 and led the league in home runs last season with seven. now seems to be working. In the past, they never really had that system together.” Thanks to the feeder programs and extra work, Gregory looks to start three freshmen Lady Trojans. “Our back-up pitcher will be Bailey Miller,” Gregory said. “I expect her to do a lot this year. My younger daughter, Kayla, will probably lead off and play second. McKenzie Hall will play third.” With his senior daughter Kierstin at shortstop and freshman Kayla at second, Gregory could be on pins and needles during numerous double-play situations this spring. Either way, it figures to be a rewarding season for him as a coach. “It’s pretty exciting,” Gregory said. “I’ve been looking forward to this since I started here, knowing that they would both be here at the same time. They’re both really hard workers and good kids.” While the high point of last year was Gregory’s marriage proposal to Milford coach Christy Foster before their game April 2010 game, the downside was falling short on the field in the district tournament. Marriage hasn’t made Gregory forget that disappointment. “I think as a coach, I got a little soft on them,” Gregory said. “We’ve had to refocus this year. I would expect to win league, district, sectionals and our goal is to go back to regionals like we did two years ago.” Now that’s quite a proposal.

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Who can stop the girls of Glen Este? Expectations are very high for Glen Este High School’s girls softball program. Those things will happens when you string together three straight 20plus win seasons and a couple league championships. “We expect to do it again,” coach Tim Gregory said. For his efforts, Gregory has also been named the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division coach of the year two years running. This year’s Lady Trojans feature a “triple K” attack with Kelley (Benhase), Kierstin (Gregory) and Kaylin (Steinmetz). There’s also freshmen Kayla Gregory and Katelyn Maynard awaiting their turn at glory. Benhase was an FAVC Buckeye first-team selection after winning 17 games on the hill (third in the league) and hitting .419 last season. Shortstop Kierstin Gregory (.366, 18 steals) and outfielder Kaylin Steinmetz (.400, league-leading seven homers) were second-team picks. All three are seniors. Gregory also had a .300 season from senior Jamie Merritt and sophomore Rachel Tracy hit at a .333 clip. This season, the Lady Trojans will have a unique combination of experience and youth with five seniors and five freshmen (just one junior and one sophomore). But, the freshmen now come in ready to play and Gregory attributes that to the local youth leagues. “I think it has a lot to do with our youth program we have going on at Tealtown (Park),” coach Gregory said. “Also, when I came in, we got the middle school program up and going.” He also credits a strong work ethic within his players. “We pretty much start in the weight room in October, and we stay in the weight room until the season starts,” Gregory said. “The system we have in play

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Other area teams on the diamond Amelia

The Lady Barons were sectional champs last year playing out of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference 1511 (5-5 FAVC). This season coach Kelly Throckmorton makes the move to the Southern Buckeye Conference facing several teams they played last year anyway. Junior pitcher Shelby Engle tops the list of Amelia returning starters. Engle was Throckmorton’s top hitter at .349 and was 13-10 on the mound with a 0.49 ERA. Engle also struck out 246 in 157 innings, good for third in the league. Senior outfielder Jodi Motley is back with her 1.000 fielding percentage and .240 bat, while junior Megan Mentzel hit at a .267 clip last year. Sophomore Jennae Chappell hit .333 in limited varsity action last season. First game is March 29 against Blanchester.


The Batavia Bulldogs return a talented, but youthful squad as the Bulldogs look to improve on last season’s 17-7 record and sectional finals loss. On offense, senior center fielder Jill Crouch, junior outfielder Erica Bourque and shortstop Andi Otten should provide some upperclassmen leadership. Sophomore second baseman Morgan Leach, as well as freshmen Briana Appel, Erin O’Brien and Katie Taulbee are also expected to make an impact. In the circle, junior pitcher Lexi Lipps should chew up a lot of innings for the Bulldogs.


Amelia ace Shelby Engle led the Lady Barons to a sectional title with a win over New Richmond last year. The junior was Amelia’s top pitcher and hitter in their final season in the FAVC. This spring, the Lady Barons will play in the Southern Buckeye conference.



Glen Este’s Kelley Benhase makes a pitch in a game between the Glen Este Trojans and Anderson Redskins last spring. Benhase was a first team performer in the FAVC-Buckeye division and will continue her career at Northern Kentucky University along with teammate Kaylin Steinmetz.

McNicholas High School takes to the field in 2011 set on defending its Girls Greater Cincinnati League Gray Division championship from a season ago. Rockets head coach Tim Ross knows his squad has a tough road ahead playing in the GGCL, but he and his squad are ready to fight for the league title. On offense, senior Hannah Schoolfield should give McNick’s lineup a major boost after batting .316 with 23 RBI last spring. The squad’s other senior, Emily Hass, should also continue to give opposing pitchers a headache, after hitting .292 and swiping 19 bases last season. Other returning players, such as Haley Stultz, Jen Ruhe and Courtney Curran are also expected to contribute to the lineup. In the circle, the Rockets will rely on staff ace Abby Jones. Despite only being a sophomore, Jones proved herself to be one of the best pitchers in the conference last spring. She went 7-11 during the 2010 last year, but her record doesn’t tell the whole story. In 132.2 innings pitched last spring, Jones recorded a 1.95 ERA and fanned 135 batters. Both marks topped the statistical categories of the GGCL central. Other players expected to contribute include freshmen Danielle Piening, Carly Dugan, Carsen Gerome, Meaghan McGraw and Jen Foltz.


McNicholas High School sophomore Abby Jones led the GGCL Gray Central with a 1.95 ERA as a freshman during the 2010 season.

New Richmond

A strong core of seniors should help New Richmond build off its 17-10 record from last spring. The Lions are expected to welcome back five conference all stars in Kallie Long, Amanda Schmidt, Kaitlyn Davis, Brittany Strunk and Myla Gordo. In the circle, Schmidt won seven games for Lions in 2010, while Long won nine games and posted a 3.13 ERA. Schmidt also figures to be one of the school’s top hitters, after batting at a .384 clip last spring.


First-team, all-SBAAC national divison pitcher Rachel Meisberger is expected to return aftering leading the Lady Wildcats to an 18-10 record in 2010. Meisberger won 15 games last spring while striking out 261 batters. The Wildcats offense should be able to count on the return of Tara Dennis and Courtney Wagers (.436) to provide some run production.


Perfect record


The Seven Hills Middle School boys’ soccer team ends the season with a perfect 19-0 record, a Miami Valley Conference Championship win and a firstplace finish in the CHCA Invitational Tournament. During the season, the boys scored 76 goals and only allowed four. Goalies Kevin Brenning and Stefan Antonsson combined for 15 shutouts. In front are coach Bob Zepf, Connor Barnhart, Tigar Cyr, Carl Compton of Indian Hill , Evan Smithers of Indian Hill, Ike Lanier of Indian Hill, Ben Nordmeyer of Eastgate, Jared Fisher of Amberley, Jared Nelson, Duncan Gibson, George Karamanoukian of Mount Lookout; in back are coach Mike Schnirring, coach Mike Heis, Brian Hills of Kenwood, Swede Moorman of Finneytown, Dale Reich of Indian Hill, Ryan Green of Blue Ash, Jackson Callow of Anderson Township, Jules Baretta of Indian Hill, Turner Anderson of Anderson Township, Leo Fried of Hyde Park, Tucker Robinson of Hyde Park, Andrew Head of Indian Hill, Kevin Brenning of Indian Hill, Josh Weaver of Colerain Township, Jeff Dedeker of Anderson Township, Stefan Antonsson of Mount Lookout and George Davis of Indian Hill.

Early birds

Eric Finan of New Richmond excels in the classroom and on the track. Here the University of Cincinnati junior competes in the 1,500 meter run at the Early Bird Relays staged at Gettler Stadium March 19 - his winning time was 3:53.36. He’s a mechanical engineering major who earlier this year was named by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an All-Academic honoree.

SIDELINES Sand volleyball leagues

Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall sand volleyball leagues. The club offers leagues for adults, grade school, high school, college

and company leagues in doubles, quad and six person teams. CSVC will open April 2 for open play. Adult leagues will begin April 27, grade school and high school leagues will begin May 23 and college leagues will begin June 13.

Individuals who don’t have a team can sign up as an individual to be placed on a team The park is also available for rental – a perfect place for a party. Visit the club’s new website at or Registration is available online along with more information. The club can also be reached at 831-4252 or



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“If you mean by ‘rethink’ that U.S. energy policy should adapt and learn from the best available engineering and safety practices, then yes. If you mean panic, then no. “As President Obama has pointed out, nuclear power is an essential part of our (and other countries’) energy future given the need to address global climate disruption. Our biggest problem is NIMBYism (not in my backyard) that precludes safe, secure storage of waste. “We must be willing to store some of that waste in Ohio and share the burden, given that we all reap the benefits of abundant energy. And, we must not cut corners on safety and design costs, so that we minimize the chances of a Fukushima Daiichi-type incident.” D.P. “The U.S. Department of Energy reports, the last reactor built was the ‘River Bend’ plant in Louisiana. Its construction began in March of 1977. The last plant to begin commercial operation is the ‘Watts Bar’ plant in Tennessee, which came online in 1996. “As America’s population grows so does our need for inexpensive energy. How will we recharge or electric cars? Japan is the world’s largest importer of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and coal and the third largest net importer of oil. “The earthquake operators of the Fukushima Dai complex told safety regulators they failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment including a motor and backup generator for the No. 1 reactor. “The argument of nuclear power or not has many issues to consider. The United States should rethink its nuclear power plans in light of the situation in Japan. If we were victims of a quake like the one in Japan how would we react? “God bless the Japanese people.

Finances dictate ‘no’ vote

Where are the worst potholes or roads in your community? What do you think of the way the U.S. has responded to the demonstrations in the Middle East, including Libya and Egypt? What should we have done differently? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. C.M.

“Yes, I think the risk is far greater than the reward. While I don’t really like what burning coal does to the environment or the health risks to the coal miners it is still much safer than nuclear energy. “There are also hydro, solar and wind solutions that are not being used enough!” J.W. “Let us move ahead. Technology keeps changing and more precautions are being built into the plans. We need to get something going for energy instead of Washington just talking about it. “Where is the push for our abundance of natural gas? Why aren’t we drilling here? Oh no, let’s force car makers into electric car manufacturing so that China makes more money because they supply the batteries. “Why can’t we build the United States up through industry to be more self-sufficient?” C.A.S. “I think all of the security and safety precautions should be revisited. We should also take advantage of what they find through the investigations in Japan.” B.N. “No, I think with all the safety measures that have gone into planning before the plants are built that they are safe.” L.S.

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If the upcoming West Clermont school levy fails, the school board stated they would cut bus service within a two-mile radius, and sports will be “pay to play.” Obesity among all parts of the population, including young people, is a big health issue. Walking to and from school would be good for most kids who live within the two-mile limit, obese or not. Why should people who are already financially strapped pay for those few kids who play school sports, especially when most of those same kids spend a good deal of their non-sports time watching TV, on Facebook or playing video games? How about spending some of their time raising the funds themselves? Or get corporate sponsors. School sports are for a chosen few who are “good enough.” The parents of most kids who play sports are already paying all the fees. It won’t hurt any kids to spend more time being responsible for themselves. It will be a good thing. Most people don’t want to vote “no” for the levy. Finances dictate we must. Judy Carpenter Pierce Township

Enlighten us, please

In response to Marlene Kober: The GOP stands for Gouge Our People? Where have you been during Obama’s presidency? Where were you when the First Lady flew to Spain on an expensive trip with her daughter that taxpayers could not afford to pay for? Did the GOP gouge the people then? No, the Democrats did. The Democrats are the ones who cut their own throats and this is why we, the people, voted Republicans back into office to slow down the runaway train in D.C. Democrats had their chance to listen to the people and they blew it. Just as Republicans blow it. The Tea Party stands for The American’s Taliban? Shame on you, Ms. Kober. Where were you on 9-11-01? You must have had your head in the sand, because the Taliban forever changed this country by killing thousands of innocent people when they used our own planes and drove them into office buildings. What Americans has the Tea Party killed? When? Enlighten me. Judy Merz Eastgate

Vote ‘yes’ May 3

I know everyone is tired of hearing of schools and their money woes. West Clermont board of education has fallen victim to massive state cuts. Why are they being portrayed as the villain? If you have been watching the news, you would see that the May 3 levy is in place to cover these state cuts. Despite the state monies that are lost, the district has still managed to cut $1.8 million a year in spending on top of what they have lost from the state. They have been doing more with less for the past five years. The governor of the state of Ohio has forced this on them. The owner of a $100,000 home would see a tax increase of $242 or about $20 per month. We can save our schools and our kids. We can’t save the whole state, but we can start here at home. If the levy doesn’t pass, how many kids will suffer? All of them. We can help them. Just vote “yes” for West Clermont May 3. Let our state leaders know that we are paying attention to what they are doing to our educational funds. Angie Tucker Union Township

Injury leads to better understanding So far this year, I felt as if I was an Everybody Counts participant learning what a senior with health issues goes through daily. It started three days before Christmas when I fell in the snow. I sprained my wrist, cracked a tiny bone in my hand and reinjured my left knee and thigh muscle. My hand required a splint. I didn’t realize how much I used my left hand until I had to answer phones or drive with one hand. Putting on a sweater or coat created problems, especially when Velcro on the splint attached itself to the coat lining. When a co-worker saw me come to work one cold day with my coat barely draped around my shoulders, she gave me a poncho to wear instead. And, forget tying my snow boots. I also couldn’t lift anything over five pounds or kneel. When I subbed at our information table at a neighborhood Kroger, I relied on one of our bus drivers for transportation. As he routinely does with seniors, Driver Ron Potraffke helped me on the bus, buckled my seat belt, assisted me off, and carried our agency sign, easel and my tote bag. While riding the bus, I struck up a conversation with a veteran

named Robert. He goes to a treatment clinic three days a week. He has no other transportation except Clermont Senior Services. Sharon That gave me Brumagem a jolt. I grumbled being Community about inconvenienced Press guest by my injuries, columnist yet circumstances for many seniors like Robert are permanent. They rely upon CSS drivers/ buses to get to and from doctor appointments, medical treatments and hospitals while coping with health issues that are far more than an inconvenience. After Robert was dropped off at the clinic, I asked Ron what it is like driving a bus for CSS. He said most passengers have a positive attitude and consider the agency and its services a blessing. I also found friendships are made and rediscovered while seniors ride buses. “Some seniors who have lost touch with former co-workers or classmates meet up again on the bus,” Ron said. “Others, who ride to and from lifelong learning cen-

My experiences definitely were enlightening about what others deal with every day. ters, start socializing outside centers.” Driver Steve Hess picked me up from Kroger. He expressed his commitment to seniors, saying being a CSS driver is the one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable jobs he has ever had. “It’s nice going home at the end of the day knowing I have made a difference in a senior’s life.” Drivers are not the only ones making a difference. This year’s frigid winter took a toll on many heating systems. For several weeks the intake department daily answered calls from frantic seniors without heat. When we had problems with our furnace, my co-workers offered us space heaters. You better believe my understanding increased the next time a senior called worried about losing heat and whether or not pipes would freeze. My experiences definitely were enlightening about what others deal with every day. Sharon Brumagem writes Town Crier and is communications assistant for Clermont Senior Services.

United Way helps with EITC initiative United Way of Greater Cincinnati is supporting families by helping them determine whether they can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), as well as receive free help preparing their tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that 20 percent of eligible taxpayers fail to claim the credit, which could put as much as $5,666 into the pockets of a family with three or more children, $5,036 for a family with two children, $3,050 for a family with one child, or up to $457 for a worker with no children. If you worked in 2010, you

and your family may be eligible to claim the EITC. Eligible families earned b e t w e e n $48,362 (married filing jointly, with a family of Lucy Crane more than three Community children) and (single Press guest $13,460 with no chilcolumnist dren). Receive help at Clermont County Community Services, 3003 Hospital Drive, Batavia, by appointment only,

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 735-8807 This is just one of more than 30 free tax preparation sites in surrounding counties where United Way is teaming up with community partners. Each tax prep site offers trained tax prep volunteers who will assist taxpayers in preparing their tax forms and determining whether filers are eligible for the EITC. Those interested in the service should bring the following to their tax prep site: • Valid picture I.D. • Social Security cards for all individuals listed on the return.

• A copy of last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required. • Form 8332 for non-custodial parent claiming child. • All income statements: Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, Social Security, Unemployment, or other benefits statements, self-employment records and any documents showing taxes withheld. • Child/dependent care provider’s tax number, if applicable. • Student loan interest/college tuition expenses paid. • Proof of account at financial institution for direct debit or deposit (i.e. canceled/ voided

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check or bank statement). • Additional documentation to claim possible tax credits, such as first-time homebuyer credit. To learn if you’re eligible or to find opening dates and times for other sites, or for a list of partners, visit or call United Way 211 (dial 2-1-1). Lucy Crane is the EITC regional coordinator and United Way director, Community Impact.



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Karen Scherra, Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board director, and Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud, perform March 11 at the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza.

Uecker, Delaney top dancers in ‘stars’ event State Rep. Joe Uecker and his dance partner, UC Clermont Development Director Meredith Delaney, won the mirror ball trophy as top dancers March 11 at the Clermont County Developmental Disabilities Second Annual Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza. Ten dance couples competed in the event at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Members of the audience voted for their favorite dancers. The event raised money for CCDD.

Clermont County Prosecutor Don White and his wife, Bonnie White, show their dance moves at the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza.

Julie Graybill, Clermont Chamber of Commerce director of communications and development, and Dan Ottke, CCDD adult services director, compete at the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza.

State Rep. Joe Uecker and dance partner Meredith Delaney, UC Clermont Development Director, show off their winning moves at the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza. They won the mirror ball trophy for the top performance.

CCDD volunteer Carl Woodrow and his granddaughter, Kathryn Lachat, take to the dance floor.

Jayne Mummert, CNE school board member, and Ken Tracy, Miami Township trustee, danced to “At the Hop.”

Williamsburg schools Superintendent Jeff Weir and his wife, Kelly Weir, take to the dance floor at the Dancing with the Stars CNE Superintendent Neil Leist and his wife, Candy Leist, show their dance moves March 11 at the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza. Extravaganza.


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Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo dressed up as a cowboy to compete in the Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza March 11. His partner was his sister, Susan Vilardo, executive director of The Literacy Council of Clermont/Brown Counties.


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Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Network of weight-loss support programs. $26 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Free weekday child care available. Family friendly. $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


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


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 7-9:30 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, $10. Presented by Clermont Northeastern High School. 685-1396; Batavia. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 1


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


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


Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289 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. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 140 N. Sixth St., Includes fish, shrimp, crab cakes, tuna melt, cheese pizza, sides, soup, salad and desserts. Carryout available. $4$9. Presented by Holy Trinity-Batavia. 7322024; Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish or shrimp platters, fish sandwich, French fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, desserts and drinks. Other menu items available. Carryout available. Benefits Veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. $6.75 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, baked potato, macaroni and cheese, Saratoga chips, coleslaw, cottage cheese and apple sauce. Carryout available. Family friendly. $6. 8319876. Milford. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Grilled salmon, shrimp and fish dinners, fish sandwich, pizza, sides and beverages. Drivethrough available. $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland.

Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Includes fish, chicken, shrimp, macaroni and cheese or French fries, cole slaw and desserts. Carryout available. Benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. St. Veronica Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Includes fries and baked fish and shrimp platters, fish sandwiches, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, sides and more. Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. $7.50 platters, $4.50 sandwich. 528-1622. Mount Carmel.

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


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, $10. 6851396; Batavia.

Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5890 Buckwheat Road, Dinners include fried cod or shrimp, or baked salmon or tilapia, or cheese pizza. Sides and drinks available. Carryout available. $9, $4 children. 575-0119. Milford.


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


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 7-9:30 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, $10. 685-1396; Batavia.


Virtual Insight, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Original, audience-interactive, dinner theater murder mystery. Includes buffet-style dinner. Doors open 7 p.m. $20. Presented by Performing Live on the Town. Through April 2. 623-3589; Union Township.


Lenten Series: You will be Transformed, 7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., With Steve Ray, internationally renowned Catholic author, producer and speaker. Stations of the Cross 7 p.m. Free. Through April 8. 388-4099; Anderson Township. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2

EDUCATION Ohio Driver Intervention Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Clermont Recovery Center, 1088 Wasserman Way, State-approved adult remedial driving program for two-point credit against drivers license. $85. Registration required. 735-8100; Batavia. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Virtual Insight, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, $20. 623-3589; Union Township. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 3


Country Buffet Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, All-you-can-eat buffet includes coffee and juice. $7. Through April 10. 831-9876. Milford.


Performing Live on the Town will present “Virtual Insight” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. The event is an audience-interactive dinner theater murder mystery and includes a buffetstyle dinner. Cost is $20; doors open at 7 p.m. The show runs through April 2. For more information, call 623-3589 or visit Pictured are performers Glenn Schaich, Renee Maria, and Sharon Rose in a past performance by PLOTT performers. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 5



Hedgeapple Trail Hike, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Naturalistled hike. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 4


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.

Poetry Workshop for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, For women interested in writing as a spiritual and creative practice. Includes instruction in the art and craft of poetry, writing time and opportunities for participants to share what they have written. Poetry craft sessions held on alternate Tuesdays to provide opportunities for constructive feedback. $175 weekly with craft session. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


Wii Game Night, 7-8 p.m., Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Ages 11-18. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221. Goshen.


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


Job Loss Support Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Holy Family Room. Unload burdens, get support, ask questions and understand grief. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745. Anderson Township.


Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 7241070. Williamsburg.

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Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 6


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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


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


Teen Book Club, 3-4:30 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare. Includes snacks. Ages 13-18. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619; Bethel.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $26 annually, first meeting free. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


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


Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Spring Peepers, 7:30 p.m., Shor Park Nature Trails, 4659 Tealtown Road, Search puddles and ditches for Ohio’s smallest frog. Bring flashlight and be prepared to get feet wet. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Milford.


Volunteers of the Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 8

SENIOR CITIZENS Senior Coffee Hour: Facebook 101, 10:3011:30 a.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Information on how to create a Facebook account and manage privacy settings. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7525580. Amelia.


Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. Baby Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Stories and music. Ages birth to 18 months. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd., Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond. Story Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Stories, crafts and hands-on activities. Ages 6 and under. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-6084. Owensville.



Be part of the science adventure, “Tornado Alley,” the new OMNIMAX film at the Cincinnati Museum Center, with Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers.” Witness the beginnings of a tornado and travel with a scientific team in the film. For show times and information, call 513-287-7000 or visit

Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel.


“In the Mood,” a 13-piece big band orchestra and singer/swing dance show with the music of the 1940s, comes to the Aronoff Center Saturday, April 2. Hear the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 through $57.50. Call 513-6212787 or visit


Community Journal

March 30, 2011


Dear body of mine, are you my friend or are you my foe? bodies. “The Church says the What a blow it is body is an occasion of sin; when our bodies begin to science says the body is a change. Thankfully, it’s machine; advertising says done slowly. Gradually the body is a business; the we begin to meet tired body says ‘I am a fiesta.’” legs and shortened So writes Eduardo Galeano breath at the top of the in “Walking Words.” Father Lou stairs; hamstrings and What would you say? Guntzelman skin that lose elasticity; Typically our attitude toward our body changes. When Perspectives aches and cramps after minimal exertion; heartwe’re young our body is our burn; difficulty in sleepfriend. Our bodies are like a benefactor ing and a stomach that insists on who keeps his wallet open willing preceding us wherever we go. Middle age and after is when to freely give us energy, strength, we work out thinking in another sleep, sex appeal and resilience. Supple bodies enable us to run couple months we’ll be back to up flights of stairs, do cartwheels, normal. But the old normal has forgotplay demanding athletic games, dance uninhibitedly, study and ten where we live. A new normal cram all night without sleep, jog winks at us in the mirror. Ever notice how we experience for miles, watch a game in the rain and get over a cold in a day or a low-level of irritation when little injuries occur and seem to hang two. We can always count on our on and on. “It’s not the pain,” we

say, “it’s the inconvenience.” Wrong! It’s not just the inconvenience or the pain. It’s our too obvious aging, our mortality, our turncoat body that irritates us. Betrayal by a friend. Now it seems our bodies shout an assessment for all to hear. “This person is not worth as much as before because their body is losing it.” People begin to send us funny birthday cards about going downhill, being impotent, wrinkled and irrelevant. But wait! If a human person in composed of more than a mere physical component to their being; if the purpose of living is the development of inner characteristics; if spiritual qualities like love count more than lust, wisdom more than strength, and compassion more than skin tone – then perhaps our bodies remain more of a friend than we realize.

In a sense, our bodies slowly turn us around to look inside for our value rather than outside. Our changing bodies gradually erode pretenses, pride, and illusions. They reveal what we’re really made of. Our slackening bodies level the playing field between all of us and measure us by the same standards of inner character - compassion, integrity and love. We come to realize that we are a mystery larger than the confines of our body. Not only are we responsible for raising our children, we are also responsible for raising ourselves – especially in the second half of life. The long-term neglect of the growth of self, and a backward yearning to regain youth, will have its effects on us. Commonly it’s expressed in that crankiness that is the leakage of repressed anger.

As Dr. Hollis notes, “Rather than mellowing most people become more of what they already are. Those who whine will now whine more, those dependent now will become children, those in denial now will blame others.” The only true cure for negative aging is inner growth. What is most healing for older adults is the knowledge that they are still loved and capable of loving. Our bodies may seem to have turned into our foe. Yet it is our bodies, more than any other physical thing, that teach us the temporary nature of this world – and nudge us to hear the wisdom we need to hear. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Camp. Unfortunately, the warranty company still disagrees with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “From what they know, and the facts they have, the problem was caused due to lack of lubrication and maintenance – and they have denied my claim,” Camp said. Camp said her oil change records show she’s done nothing wrong when it comes to maintaining the car. Yet, while the repair shop and the warranty company keep arguing, Camp is paying the price. She’s been without use of her car for three months while it sits at the repair shop with the engine removed. Camp is still paying a

Exchange club honors student Krista Warren of New Richmond High School was recently named student of the year by the Ohio/West Virginia District Exchange Clubs. She was selected from candidates from 30 Clubs throughout Ohio based on her excellent academic record, her community and charitable activities and a required essay. Her resume was submit-

ted to the District by the Eastern Hills Exchange Club after comparison with three other outstanding candidates from high schools in the Anderson/West Clermont area who were students of the month during the 2009-2010 school year. Warren’s long-term goal is to attend Miami University preparing for a degree in International Law.



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During this recession many people are buying used rather than new cars as a way to save money. Often, they’ll buy an extended service warranty to try to cover any problems that arise. But, what happens if the warranty company won’t pay for needed repairs? I’ve received several complaints about this over the years from people like Marybeth Camp of Eastgate. She said everything was great with the used car she bought in 2008 – until last December when the vehicle started sounding funny and then would not start. “Originally, we were quoted about $5,400 to fix the problem. They were working with our warranty service contract folks for inspections and various things to get the claim approved and get it done,” said Camp. The warranty company raised questions with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “Come to find out their original diagnosis was wrong. Now they believe it


Community Journal


March 30, 2011

Don’t pass up pasta when looking for healthy meal Everybody has a story. And today’s “Guru in our Backyard,” Amy Nichols, has an inspiring one. Amy, a Withamsville reader, is a fitness instructor at the gym where I go with Maggie, my daughter-inlaw Jess’ mom. Back in January, Maggie cajoled me into going – I have never been a “gym” person, figuring I get enough exercise hoeing the garden, splitting wood, or just being in survival mode out here on my little patch of heaven. Anyway, I’m the one at the gym in the back row, messing up on a regular basis while Maggie per-

forms splendidly. (Maggie is my personal cheerleader). Between Maggie and Amy, I enjoy Rita the workHeikenfeld outs. Amy’s l w a y s Rita’s aencouraging, kitchen but doesn’t make me feel weird about it. I was curious as to how she landed in the fitness field. Amy grew up in Connecticut in an Italian family. “My grandmother, Anna Trombetto, lives in Connecticut and is a fabulous

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cook. She inspired my love of cooking. In an Italian family, food equals love,” she said. Amy earned a degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales and lived in the South working at an inn and on a plantation. Her husband’s job brought them to Cincinnati. Now comes the inspiring part. Amy told me “after starting a family and having been diagnosed with lupus at 22, I found it increasingly difficult to continue in the culinary industry.” After daughter Sophia’s birth (she’s now 7) Amy decided she wanted to get healthy “and just plain feel better.” She looked for a natural way to manage the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease. In 2006 she joined Fitworks. “It was amazing to see and feel the changes I was making to my body. I no longer needed any medication and I have never felt better,” said Amy. “A few years ago I decided to train to be a group fitness instructor and share with others what fitness has done for me. It is so inspiring, for example, to see a woman battling cancer and going through chemo still find the energy to workout. The power of fitness on the

mind and body is truly amazing,” she said. With March being nutrition month, I asked Amy to share a healthy recipe, and she shared this one, which is daughter Sophia’s favorite. Amy is a wonderful example of trying to stay healthy by eating well and living well. She and Sophia cook this dish together. As Amy exclaims, “Super healthy!”

Sophia’s pasta

Red, yellow and orange bell peppers, roasted in the oven until skins are blackened 2 tablespoons olive oil 10 oz. baby spinach 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ⁄4 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken broth 1 lb. bow-tie pasta 1 ⁄4 cup fresh chopped basil 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin) 1 ⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Peel and seed roasted peppers and cut into julienne strips. In a large sauté pan over high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add

health tips from Amy, check out my online column at Just do a search for “Heikenfeld.”

Rita’s easy couscous

For Mrs. Johnson, who wanted to know how to make it more flavorful. “Just cooking it in water doesn’t do it,” she said.


Withamsville reader Amy Nichols and her daughter, Sophia, show off a plate of their favorite pasta dish. spinach, 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Sauté spinach until soft, two to three minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add rest of garlic, peppers, wine, broth and rest of salt. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, eight to 10 minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta until tender to bite. Stir basil, spinach and extra virgin olive oil into the roasted pepper sauce. Toss pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Serves six. For more awesome

2 cups broth 1 teaspoon garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup couscous, whole wheat if you can find it Garnish: Shredded Parmesan or feta, chopped tomatoes, green onions Bring broth and garlic to a boil. Stir in couscous. Turn off heat, cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with fork and garnish to taste.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If I have leftover greens, I’ll shred them up and add them to the couscous after it’s cooked. They wilt nicely. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

4-H food, style clinics offered in April By Brittan Kappel FCS Teen Board Member

The Family & Consumer Sciences Teen Board will host two clinics this spring for 4-H members and their families. The first is a Food & Nutrition Clinic Thursday, April 7. Participants will discover ways of making delicious, healthy snacks for youth on-the-go. Rita Heikenfeld, an award-winning syndicated journalist, certified culinary professional, accredited family herbalist, author, cooking teacher and media personality, will share tips. The FCS Teen Board will help 4-

Hers with their cooking projects. The board will host a Clothing and Fashion Clinic Thursday, April 14. The topic will be: “The 7 Clues to a Total Look.” “Expert Finishes to Complete your Garment” will be presented by Master Clothing Educator and member of the American Sewing Guild Regina Neer, and “Quilting for your Project” will be presented by Sharon Francis. These 4-H clinics will be held in the 4-H hall and kitchen from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Clermont County fairgrounds. New 4-H Family & Consumer Sciences projects will be introduced,

judges from the state level will speak, and there will be hands-on activities for all participants. The fee for supplies is $3 per participant for each clinic or attend both for $5. Visit for more information Registration deadline will be 4 p.m. Monday, April 4. Call the OSU Extension office at 513-732-7070 or e-mail cler for more information. Mail registration forms along with payment to OSU Extension, Clermont County, 1000 Locust Street, PO Box 670, Owensville, OH 45160. These clinics are open to 4-H members plus those interested in joining 4-H.

Learn how to protect older adults from falls One in every three adults over the age of 65 will fall within the next year, yet falls are an under-recognized public health issue. Even worse, no one wants to talk about the problem. Studies show seniors don’t talk to their doctors about falling because they think it is an unavoidable “accident,” or they are not personally vulnerable, or

they think family members might try to move them to a nursing facility. A recent survey of 2010 Senior Safety Program participants shows that only 15 to 20 percent of those seniors discussed their fall history with their physicians. So there is an elephant in the room. The Clermont County General Health District Senior Safety Program hopes

to bring some awareness to this issue and get people talking about fall prevention. Some of the steps older adults can take to lower their risk of falls are simple: Wear good sturdy shoes, get a yearly eye exam, have a home safety check, engage in regular exercise and have a medication review. These simple steps are the cornerstone of a healthy, active lifestyle that

will help seniors live independently and productively in the community. It’s time to quit ignoring the “elephant in the room” and start talking about fall prevention so older adults can live to their fullest potential and be injury free. For more information on the Senior Safety Program or how to reduce the risk of falling, contact Denise Franer RN at (513) 735-8421.

United Way to honor volunteers April 14 United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Eastern Area will present the 2010 Volunteer Recognition awards at a breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at Receptions-Eastgate. For reservations or more information, call 536-3000 or visit The following four awards will be presented: • Marty MacVeigh Award is given to an individual or organization making a substantial contribution to the success of the Eastern Area, enabling United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Eastern

Area to have the greatest impact on accomplishing its mission. The award will be presented to F.I.N.E (Felicity Initiative for Neighborhood Excellence 20/20). • Vision Award is given to an individual or organization demonstrating vision and leadership resulting in the development, implementation and process improvement of a systemic change plan that aligns with UWGC’s Agenda for Community Impact. The award will be presented to 4C for Children. • Exemplary Service Award is given to an indi-

vidual or organization receiving United Way investment funds executing program specifications in an exemplary manner. The award will be presented to the Brown County Educational Service Center Recreation Program. • Resources Award is given to an individual or organization for significant contribution (time, money, advocacy, or in-kind contributions) to the success of the Eastern Area’s work. The award will be given to Lisa Harris, L-3 Fusing & Ordnance Systems.


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Plant sale to help native environment Fewer bugs and the decline in habitat are causing up to a 10 percent reduction in our songbird population each year. Without food and shelter, some bird species could face extinction.” Pick up for prepaid 2011 Clermont Conservation Plant Sale items is between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville.

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The Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a variety of native seedlings and ground covers as part of the 2011 Clermont Conservation Plant Sale, including sugar maples, river birch, spicebush, and eastern white pine trees. “Non-native plants require more maintenance and resources to thrive,” said Susie Steffensen with the conservation district. “Once they are established, native plants require little or no maintenance, fertilizer or extra water. These are all things that can save you time and money.” Orders for the seedlings and groundcovers will be taken through Friday, April 8. Orders also are available for bird feeders, compost bins and rain barrels. The order form can be downloaded at or call 7327075. Some supplies are limited. “Gardens made up of non-native plants are contributing to a decline in habitat and natural resources needed for our insects, birds and other wildlife,” said Steffensen. “A large number of insects rely exclusively on native plants for food and habitat.

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When we were at the G r a n t s Greenhouse and Farm, they have so many items folks to George for buy – tomaRooks to plants, Ole c a b b a g e , Fisherman bb rr ouc sc os lei ,l sprouts, onion sets, white, red and yellow; seed taters, snow peas, and much more. Different kinds of fruit trees, strawberry plants, all kinds of flowers, so mark your calendar for their open house April 16 and April 17. As a reminder, the U.S. Grant Vocational School will be having their community appreciation dinner April 16 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. You don’t want to miss this fantastic meal. The Forcee brothers, students and facility do a super job. This is a wonderful school and a great asset to the community. It is a great place for students to get their training for their life’s work. On April 16 from 7:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. is the last Bethel Lions Club Pancake breakfast for this season. So come out and have breakfast, go to Grants Farm to get your plants and seeds and then go to the vocational school for supper. Wow, what a day! The Monroe Grange will have an open house on Saturday, April 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Nicholsville. At 7 p.m. will be the monthly card party, so come and learn about the Grange and what a great community organization it is. Now Ruth Ann will put a receipt for Orange Marmalade. She made some a couple of weeks ago and it is sure good. You can’t beat homemade food. Orange Marmalade: I purchased Kroger Can-Jel fruit pectin, so the recipe is in the instructions, but here it is. 4 oranges and 2 lemons, remove the rinds in quarters, shave off and discard most of the white pith. Slice remaining rind finely with scissors or sharp knife. Add 2-1/2 cups water and 1/8 teaspoon baking soda. Simmer covered for 20 minutes, stir occasionally. Chop fruit finely, (we didn’t do this, we just made the juice) add to rind and simmer another 10 minutes. Using 4 cups of orange juice add the pectin, bring to a rolling boil. Add 6-1/2 cups sugar, the fruit mixture. Bring to rolling boil again and boil two minutes. Ladle into jars mixing the fruit peels throughout the jar and seal. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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Howdy folks, One morning last week for breakfast we had grapefruit, hot biscuits, homemade butter and orange marmalade. The marmalade Ruth Ann made. When we got up, Ruth Ann said how does this sound for breakfast. Well, I said I think I will stay and eat. How good! See the recipe later in this column. Last Saturday the Grange at Mowrystown had their card party with a good crowd. It was a wonderful evening seeing folks we don’t see often. Last Friday the Grange at Nicholsville was good with plans made for the Grassy Run event April 29, April 30 and May 1. This is always a good time. The Monroe Grange serves food and beverages at this event. This is hard work, but enjoyable. We get to see folks from different states and get some history of early times. The other day as Ruth Ann and I were coming home from Bethel, we decided to stop and see our great granddaughter who was visiting with her grandparents Debbie and Bob. She has sure done some growing. The last time we had seen her, her mom, Jennifer and dad, Jason had taken her for her checkup. She wasn’t very happy. The doctor had given her a couple shots. I remember when our first baby got her shots. Boy, I was bent out of shape. I know these little ones have to have these shots, but I didn’t like for my baby to have the needles put in their little bodies. Have you seen the big flocks of wild turkey? A couple weeks ago on the way to Batavia, we saw a flock of wild turkeys that was probably over 50 birds. On the way up to the White Oak Grange last Saturday, we saw in two different places, folks were taking pictures of the wild turkeys. One was at De La Palma, there was a big flock. The other place was on Ohio 32 in a bean field close to the new hospital west of Mt. Orab. The turkey population is sure getting big along with the deer population. Last Monday Ruth Ann and I cleaned two big tractor tires and planted spinach in them. We built two more raised beds, one for carrots and one for green onions. We got onion sets at the Grant green house and planted the new bed. We have another small bed planted in onions. They are starting to grow. We got blueberry plants to start raising blueberries. Ruth Ann makes pies using blueberries and we like to eat the berries. They need an acidy soil. When we plant these beds of spinach, we cover them with a plastic fence to keep the cats from using them for a bathroom. I know they need some place to go but not in our garden!

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

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

Nursery provided for all services



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


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


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

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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

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

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


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

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



GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available

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

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Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

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Something for children at each service


Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church 19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

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

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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


Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades)

9:30am 10:30am

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible



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

7:00pm 7:00pm

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor


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

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


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

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Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love”

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

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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


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Bethel Nazarene Church

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Owensville United Methodist Church Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


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

Worship Services

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

April is National Grange Month


MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group


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

PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

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

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052


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



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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

9:30am Sunday School 10:30am Worship/Children’s Church Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”

April is National Grange Month. The National Grange was chartered Dec. 4, 1867, after the Civil War. The farmers of the South were in such bad financial state, that the president sent Oliver Hudson Kelley to there to start this organization. When it began, members could buy farm machinery, fertilizer, seeds, household items such as a sewing machine, washing machine, heating or cooking stove, etc. cheaper by purchasing them from a Grange member than at a regular agent. This was to help get the farmers back on their feet. Kelley was a member of the Free Masons so he and the other six founders drew up a ritual based on the teachings of the Bible, through the seasons of the

year and the ritual of the Masons. The officers were named for the people of the old English estates. The president, is called the master. The vice president is called overseer. There is a steward, a chaplain, a gatekeeper, and three ladies are the graces – one is for grain, one for flowers and one for fruit. The Junior Grange is for children 5 to 14 years of age. The have their own meetings with the same officers. They make crafts to enter in the State Grange contests. In Clermont County, the Monroe Grange meet at the

Grange Hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville, south of Ohio 125. For information, call 734-6980.

RELIGION Glen Este Church of Christ

The church is having its Resurrection Day Services on Sunday, April 24, at the church. The sunrise service will be at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast following at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages will be at 9:30 a.m., and the Resurrection Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 Old Ohio 74; 753-8223.

Holy Trinity Church

The church is having a fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m., every Friday through April 15. Menu items include fish, shrimp, crab cakes, tuna melts, with cheese pizza, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids. Dinner is from $4 to $9.50, and includes sides, hushpuppies and

drink. There are a variety of sides, soup, salad and desserts. The event is dine in or carry out. For more information, visit The church is at 140 N. Sixth St., Batavia; 732-2024.

St. Peter Catholic Church

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

Celebrate Library Week with Yogi Bear Clermont County Public Library (CCPL) is celebrating National Library Week, April 11 to April 16, with a visit from Yogi Bear and a creative writing contest. A first-place winner in both the teen and adult categories will win a Kobo eReader. Teens, ages 13-17, are asked to write a short story based upon this first line: “I woke up in the year 3011.” Entries must be 1,000 words or less and submitted online or in person at the library by April 30. Adults, ages 18, and

older can write a memoir about themselves, family member or memorable person from their life in 1,500 words or less. Entries must be submitted online or in person at the library by April 30. Entries containing profanity, violence and/or sexually-explicit material will not be considered. Yogi Bear visits: April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Batavia April 12 at 6 p.m. Williamsburg April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Amelia

Locals help repair a bathroom for Wish List Clermont Senior Services submitted the name of Union Township resident Wayne Burchwell to the Wish List for much needed repairs to his bathroom last December. His original wish for a working sink came true and his bathroom was made more accessible thanks to local businesses, groups and individuals who helped with the project. Rick Arquilla, CEO of Roto-Rooter, offered to get Burchwell’s damaged plumbing working and the Union Township Kiwanis offered to purchase a new sink. Direct Flooring Outlet in Eastgate provided new flooring, and contractors and volunteers from Clermont Senior Services

repaired the floor and installed safety rails. Home Repair volunteers Mike and Georgia Burchwell Wainscott gave the bathroom a fresh coat of paint to make it all come together. “I could not be more pleased,” said Burchwell. “I am so thrilled with my new bathroom. I send my thanks to all who helped, and to all who offered their services and for the work Clermont Senior Services did to make this possible.” The Wish List is sponsored by the Cincinnati Enquirer and administered by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.






Monica Hartness, 30, 2561 Ohio 222, child endangering, March 11.

Incidents/investigations Child endangering Unhealthy living conditions at 3 Osprey, March 14.

Domestic violence

At Church St., March 9.


Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $30 at 51 W. Main St., March 9. Medication, etc. taken at 72 Hunters Court, March 10. Money taken; $791 at 45 Floral Ave., March 14. Nintendo game system taken from Facet Jewelry & Pawn; $238 at 198 W. Main St., March 14.



Cierra B. Burgan, 24, 5084 Ohio 222, disorderly conduct, March 3. Dennis M. Brady, 41, 215 N. 5th St., warrant, March 5. Jennifer L. Ditmore, 22, 74 Wolfer, warrant, March 7.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Wallet which had been left, was taken at Super Wash at 100 W. Main St., March 7.



Douglas W. Hamilton, 52, 449 Union St., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 27. Jessica L. Lowenstein, 32, 1347 Frank Willis Memorial, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 27. Matthew S. McCarthy, 25, 208 Main St., warrant, March 2. Beverly N. Hood, 29, 236 Front St., warrant, March 3. Nyle N. Collins, 46, 4579 Timberline Court, warrant, March 4. Shanna M. Smith, 31, 105 Washington St., warrant, March 4.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 400 block of Columbia St., March 4.

Breaking and entering

ATV, mower, etc. taken; $7,650 at 2409 Ohio 132, March 8.


Tools taken; $400 at 1189 Bethel New Richmond Road, March 1.

Criminal trespass, unauthorized use of vehicle Male reported these offenses at 110 Plenty St., March 8.


Scrap aluminum taken at 118 Washington St., Feb. 23. Various tools taken from vehicle; $798 at 129 Paddlewheel, Feb. 28. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 115 Paddlewheel, March 7.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Linda Zimmerman, 57, 1333 Dorado, domestic violence, March 9. Robert M. Eversole, 33, 1399 Naegele, drug paraphernalia, possession, March 9. Carolyn S. Bolton, 40, 5663 Bucktown, drug instrument, March 10. Ricky Kretzer, 25, No. 2411751 E. Ohio Pike, warrant, March 9. William Hanna, 24, 2220 Berry Road, warrant, March 8. Eric R. Carter, 29, 68 Brandywine, warrant, March 10. James M. Bertram, 28, 308 St. Andrews, recited, March 10. Kevin T. Mulloney, 48, 3818 Red Fox Drive, warrant, March 11. Renee E. Addison, 24, 117 E. 12th St., recited, March 14.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female was assaulted at 338 St. Andrews No. B, March 12. Female was assaulted at 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 157, March 12.

Breaking and entering

Furnace taken; $1,500 at 1867 Ohio Pike, March 13.

Criminal simulation

Fake money order issued to Park Bank; $587 at Ohio Pike, March 10.

Domestic violence

At Dorado Court, March 9.

Drug possession, paraphernalia

Drug items found in vehicle during traffic stop by K-9 walk-around at 338 St. Andrews, March 9.


Groceries, etc. taken from Walmart; $33 at Ohio 125, March 7. Money taken; $270 at 1381 Ohio 125, March 8. Wallet taken from purse at Walmart at Ohio 125, March 10.

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Merchandise taken from Kroger; $92 at Ohio Pike, March 11. I-Pod, cologne, etc. taken from vehicle at 1762 Culver Court, March 11. Food taken from drive thru, by cutting into line at McDonald’s at Ohio Pike, March 11. Trash can taken at 3919 Nicklaus Court, March 12. Attempt made to take food paid for by cutting in line at drive-thru of McDonald’s at Ohio 125, March 12. Jewelry taken; $9,600 at 3377 Mauch, March 13.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Anthony E. Miller, 24, 4386 Eastwood, warrant, March 9. Jerry D. Clevenger, 27, 1000 Triple Two Farms Road, theft, March 9. Jerry Lee, 44, 4356 Beechmont Drive, persistent disorderly conduct, March 9. William R. Danko, 47, 7318 Waterpoint, driving under suspension, March 9. Travis Huxel, 29, 1087 Ryan Road, leaving scene, obstructing official business, March 9. Robert E. Smith III, 23, 754 Rue Center, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, March 9. Rebecka Rideout, 20, 4811 Tealtown, warrant, March 9. Jessica M. Siler, 29, 4811 Tealtown, obstructing official business, March 9. Daniel R. Holloway, 47, 3875 Crescent, warrant service, March 10. John D. Giddings II, 46, 663 Marieda, warrant service, March 11. Tammy S. Burson, 34, 802 Main, fictitious tags, driving under suspension, March 10. Eric T. Macknight, 30, 574 Clarimont Woods, theft, March 9. Marcelo Gomez, 31, 3967 Piccadilly, obstructing official business, March 10. Bryan L. Emery, 34, 136 Cardinal, warrant service, March 10. Jeffrey T. Steward, 30, 10281 Ohio 774, driving under influence, disorderly conduct, March 11. Blaine G. Cherry, 30, 339 East St., disorderly conduct, March 11. Jason D. Simpson, 30, 863 W. Anson, disorderly conduct, March 11. Timothy A. Rose, 27, 4134 Gleneste Withamsville, child endangering, driving under influence, March 9. Rose M. Honican, 27, 4016 Hamblin, warrant service, March 9. Brian W. Kellison, 21, 4477 Eastwood, warrant, March 9. Thomas J. Carmasino, 24, 4800 Long Acres, warrant, March 9. Andrea M. Lovins, 27, 3957 Youngman, warrant service, March 9. Jason R. Bose, 24, 18 E. 41st St., drug abuse, paraphernalia, March 10. Brian Cornwell, 35, 211 Washington, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, possession of meth, March 13. Daoud Emsalli, 27, 235 Mulberry, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, possession of meth, March 13. Randall Wagers, 33, 311 Elm St., illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, possession of meth, March 13. Jessie Walls, 40, 215 Dunbar, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, possession of meth, March 13. William P. Charles, 29, 3596 Crestnoll, drug abuse, March 16. Timothy P. McCarthy Jr., 31, 208 Main St., driving under suspension, March 11. Laura A. Couch, 25, 317 Center St., drug paraphernalia, March 11. Jason G. Davis, 29, 8654 Koszo, warrant service, March 12. Patrick L. Black, 35, 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, drug instrument, March 11. Robin L. Bernardino, 34, 29 W. 12th St., drug paraphernalia, March 11. Amanda N. Beltram, 20, 1115 Shayler, endangering children, March 16. Nathan Tighe, 21, 2679 Greenbush, driving under suspension, March 15. Connie Dunaway, 48, 640 Daniel Court, driving under suspension, March 15. Robert J. Williams, 111, 3883 Bennett, driving under suspension, March 15. Raymond Meurer, 50, 1346 Locust Lake, driving under suspension, March 15. Bridget M. Bronson, 24, 730 Ohio Pike, warrant service, March 15. Dennis R. Cook, 59, 858 Laverty, driving under influence, March 16. Jordan Adkins, 21, open container, March 15. Joshua Blesser, 22, open container, March 15.





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POLICE REPORTS Brent T. Bergman, 111, 5857 Hunters Court, drug possession, drug instrument, March 15. Casey R. Smith, 26, 5857 Hunters Court, drug possession, March 15. John L. Culbreth, 58, 2165 U.S. 50, warrant service, March 11. Kevin M. Bockelman, 21, 3969 Piccadilly, drug instrument, March 11. Myia V. Soto, 34, 4582 Roxbury, warrant service, March 11. Michael S. Watson, 39, 3800 Lake Grant Access, drug abuse, March 10. Mark Stockman, 51, 615 Charwood, drug possession, driving under suspension, March 11. Nicholas A. Neeley, 21, 4349 Armstrong Blvd., driving under suspension, March 13. Hunter T. Bixler, 19, 1541 Woodville, driving under influence, March 11. Whitney D. Vaughn, 20, lka 2191 E. Ohio Pike, theft, Feb. 3. Juvenile, 11, domestic violence, March 11. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, March 11. Eric T. Macknight, 30, 574 Clairmont Woods, warrant service, March 12. Lakiesha R. Cleveland, 27, driving under suspension, obstructing official business, March 13. Tyler J. Disney, 25, 640 Daniel Court, warrant service, March 12. Jason Wesche, 29, 15690 Lucky Lane, driving under suspension, March 13. Lillian M. Hein, 33, 4009 Williams, persistent disorderly conduct, March 13. Zachary R. Williamson, 23, 152 Southern Trace, warrant, March 13. Juvenile, 15, drug trafficking, marijuana possession, March 12. Scott E. Marthaler, 36, 123 Newlun Court, drug paraphernalia, March 14. Jessica L. Barnes, 29, 1829 Sutton, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, March 13. Sherman J. Holmes, 36, 1829 Sutton, illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, March 13. Dale L. Nance, 36, 201 Cherry St., illegal assembly, conspiracy to manufacture, March 13. Robert J. Palmisano, 37, 1036 Crisfield, warrant service, March 14. Andrew Frankenfeld, 22, 4467 Sprucecreek, driving under influence, March 14. Wayne L. McComas, 25, 4524 Weiner Lane, driving under suspension, March 14. Billy R. Phillips, 58, 1748 Ginn Road, driving under suspension, driving under influence, drug abuse, drug possession, March 15. Joseph E. Terino Jr., 19, 957 Meadowland, criminal simulation, March 16. Francis J. Jordan II, 34, 4032 Anderson, driving under suspension, March 11.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Male stated a gun was pointed at him at 4712 Beechwood, March 12.


Female was assaulted at 4428 Eastwood, March 12.

Attempted burglary

Attempt made to enter residence at 1093 Shayler, March 13.

Breaking and entering

Copper wire taken from Verizon Wireless tower; $800 at Old Ohio 74, March 9.


Entry made into residence at 1279 Harrison, March 12.

Criminal damage

Window broken at 740 Clough Pike, March 9. Tires cut on vehicle at 74 Ohio Pike, March 12.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 4528 English Creek, March 14.

Rape, gross sexual imposition Occurred between 6/1998 and 9/2001 at 800 block of Clough Pike, March 9.


Cash taken; $390 at 4309 Long Lake No. 6212, March 13.

Sexual battery

Female juvenile reported this offense at 600 block of Daniel Court, March 15.

Sexual imposition

Female reported offense at block 14 of Banberry, March 13.


Merchandise taken from Walmart; $220 at Eastgate Blvd., March 9. GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $650 at 1147 Telluride, March 10. Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 1891 Hunters Ridge, March 2. Laptop computer taken from vehicle

at Motel 6; $1,600 at Nine Mile Tobasco Road, March 10. Trailer and furniture taken; $2,700 at 824 Loda, March 10. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $56.66 at Old Ohio 74, March 9. Diamond ring, etc. taken at 4600 Bells Lake No. A, March 9. Two AC units taken at 3893 Bennett, March 15. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $79 at Eastgate Blvd., March 15. A suitcase and books taken; $340 at 11 Arbors No. 1123, March 15. Shoes, etc. taken; $775 at 777 No. K Rue Center, March 14. Boxes of flooring taken from Home Depot; $375 at Ohio Pike, March 14. Jewelry taken; over $17,000 at 1166 McKinley, March 14. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $60.15 at Ohio Pike, March 14. Medication and cash taken; $505 cash at 507 Piccadilly, March 14. Purse/contents taken from vehicle; $1,150 at 553 Maple Valley, March 10. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $64 at Eastgate Blvd., March 11. I-Phone taken from Sports Page; $200 at Old Ohio 74, March 11. Laptop computer and camera taken; $1,850 at 645 Bellaire Court, March 11. Trailer taken at McDonald’s lot at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, March 11. I-Pod and camera taken at 4485 No. 9 Timberglenn, March 8. Purse taken from vehicle at Beechmont Rollerarena at Commercial Blvd., March 12. TV taken from Sears; $1,200 at Eastgate Blvd., March 12. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $30.06 at Old Ohio 74, March 12. Merchandise taken from Spencer’s Gifts at Eastgate Blvd., March 12. Purse taken from vehicle at Beechmont Rollerarena at Commercial Blvd., March 13.

Unauthorized use

1995 Saturn taken at 3885 Bennett, March 9.



Jason M. Clark, 29, 242 S. 6th St., drug instruments, domestic violence, resisting arrest, March 4. Christopher Shelton, 27, 581 Gay St., robbery, March 7. Patrick Paluga, 47, 6008 Wieh Road, recited, March 9. Jamaica R. Sims, 30, 4114 Woodsly Drive, violation of protection order, March 9.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At South Sixth Street, March 4.


Wallet, cellphone, etc. taken from male at area of Gay Street at North 5th Street, March 7.


Four guns taken from vehicle; $1,600 at 20 Highmeadow Lane, March 7. Medications taken at 788 W. Main St., March 10.

Violation of protection order

Female reported offense at 549 B W. Main St., March 8.


Ryan Emil Petrey, 23, 3170 Cedarstone Lane, Bethel, burglary at 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Feb. 28. Brendon AJ Kirker, 21, 140 Rich St., No. 5, Bethel, burglary at 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, March 14. Samuel Tate Hollifield, 33, 36 Lucy Run Road Apt. 1, Amelia, burglary at 3347 Macedonia Road, Bethel, March 14. Samuel Tate Hollifield, 33, 36 Lucy Run No. 3, Amelia, burglary at 3347 Macedonia Road, Bethel, March 14. Samuel Tate Hollifield, 33, 36 Lucy Run No. 3, Amelia, theft at 3303 Vic Joy Drive, Bethel, March 14. Dorothy Joann Gannon, 29, 100 University Lane, No. 304, Batavia, falsification at 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 14. Seth M. Bunton, 21, 2061 Fawn Lane, Batavia, receiving stolen property at 2061 Fawn Lane, Batavia, March 18. Anthony W. Yates, 53, 310 Front St. No. 3, New Richmond, disorderly conduct, menacing at 1386 Ohio 125, Batavia, March 15. Juvenile, 16, criminal damaging/endangering, Batavia, March 15. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Batavia, March 15. Kyle R. Shaw, 19, 4267 McKeever Road, Williamsburg, drug para-

phernalia at Main St. at North 5th, Batavia, March 16. Nicole Lyn Carrier, 32, 4056 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Room 119-Da, Cincinnati, notice of change of address at 4056 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati, March 21. Candy Currens, 48, 918 Four Mile Road, Cincinnati, assault at 3140 South Bantam Road, Bethel, March 17. Harold Grosnickle, 36, 6563 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, violate protection order or consent agreement at 3165 Ohio 131, Batavia, March 17. Sondra E. Walriven, 26, 2082 West Road, New Richmond, forgery at 2192 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, March 18. Sondra E. Walriven, 26, 111 Hunters Court, Amelia, drug paraphernalia at 2034 West Road, Bethel, March 17. Juvenile, 15, inducing panic - threaten violence, Batavia, March 16. John Paul Gehringer, 25, 5458 Beechmont Ave., No. 209, Cincinnati, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle - transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, accessible to operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle, receiving stolen property at Ohio 132 at Ohio 276, Batavia, March 18. Marion A. Cromer, 37, 1702 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, domestic violence at 1702 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, March 18. Juvenile, 17, assault, Batavia, March 18. Steven R. Wade, 25, 321 Gay St., Williamsburg, receiving stolen property at 2043 Eastgate Drive, Batavia, March 18. Daniel B. Kilgore, 29, 700 University Lane, Apt. 204, Batavia, domestic violence at 700 University Lane, Batavia, March 18. Brandon D. Cook, 35, 5321 Ohio 132, Batavia, possession of drugs at 500 University Lane, Batavia, March 18. Jessie A. Morris, 26, 5766 Baas Road, Batavia, possession of drugs at Armstrong at Grissom, Batavia, March 19. Shane Abrams, 33, 2730 Ohio 222 Lot 69, Bethel, obstructing official business at 2293 Ohio 232, New Richmond, March 18. Connie Jordan, 44, 4181 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, intimidation - victim witness by force, threat at 4167 Ohio 276, Batavia, March 19. Sarah E. Winchell, 20, 202 Cardinal Drive, Cincinnati, offenses involving underage persons at Ohio 32 at Old 74, Batavia, March 20. Sarah Praechter, 20, 1440 Verdale Drive, Cincinnati, driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs under 21 at Ohio 32 at Old 74, Batavia, March 20. Raymond J. Naegele, 28, 3706 Ohio 125, Bethel, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle - knowingly transport in a motor vehicle loaded at 1335 Ohio 125, Batavia, March 19. Shawn Dwayne Heindel, 40, 245 Forest Avenue, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs marijuana at 4203 Curliss Lane, Batavia, March 19. Leslie Jean Hawkins, 28, 1560 Bethel New Richmond, New Richmond, drug paraphernalia, possessing drug abuse instruments at 410 Sycamore St., New Richmond, March 19.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing At 3833 Moore Marathon Road, Williamsburg, March 17.


At 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 16. At 208 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, March 20. At 3833 Moore Marathon Road, Williamsburg, March 17. At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, March 18.

Breaking and entering

At 2306 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 18.


At 2112 Harvey Road, New Richmond, March 16. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 5. At 263 Mount Holly Road, Amelia, March 14.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, March 15. At 2235 Bauer Road, Batavia, March 20. At 2809 Bigam Road, Batavia, March 15. At 2964 N. Dunham Road, Amelia, March 17. At 3345 Ashton Road, Batavia, March 18.

Criminal mischief

At 2755 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, March 16.

Criminal trespass

At 3833 Moore Marathon Road,

Williamsburg, March 17. At 2230 Ginn Road, New Richmond, March 17.

Cruelty to animals

At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, March 17.

Disorderly conduct

At 1386 Ohio 125, Batavia, March 15.

Domestic violence

At Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, March 18. At Bigam Road, Batavia, March 15. At University Lane, Batavia, March 18.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs under 21

At Ohio 32 at Old 74, Batavia, March 20.

Drug paraphernalia

At 410 Sycamore St., New Richmond, March 19. At 4203 Curliss Lane, Batavia, March 19. At Main St. at North 5th, Batavia, March 16.


At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 14.

Felonious assault

At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 14.

Gross sexual imposition - victim < 13, statutory At Bauer Road, Batavia, March 17. At University Lane, Batavia, March 14.

Identity fraud

At 2355 Rolling Acres Drive, Amelia, March 18.

Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle

At 1335 Ohio 125, Batavia, March 19. At Ohio 132 at Ohio 276, Batavia, March 18.

Inducing panic - threaten violence

At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 16.

Intimidation - victim witness by force, threat

At 4167 Ohio 276, Batavia, March 19.


At 1386 Ohio 125, Batavia, March 15. At 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, March 15.

Menacing by stalking

At 11 Donna Drive, Amelia, March 16.

Notice of change of address

At 4056 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati, March 16.

Obstructing official business

At 2293 Ohio 232, New Richmond, March 19.

Offenses involving underage persons

At Ohio 32 at Old 74, Batavia, March 20.

Possessing drug abuse instruments

At 410 Sycamore St., New Richmond, March 19.

Possession of drugs

At 410 Sycamore St., New Richmond, March 19. At 4203 Curliss Lane, Batavia, March 19. At N. Riverside and Wood St., Batavia, March 20. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, March 18. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, March 18. At Armstrong at Grissom, Batavia, March 19.

Receiving stolen property

At 2043 Eastgate Drive, Batavia, March 18. At 2061 Fawn Lane, Batavia, March 15. At Ohio 132 at Ohio 276, Batavia, March 18.

Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters At Taylor Road and Sportys Drive, Batavia, March 20.

Selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs possess At N. Riverside and Wood St., Batavia, March 20.


At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 14. At 410 Sycamore Street, New Richmond, March 20. At 1230 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 16. At 1300 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 18. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Batavia, March 18. At 1788 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 14. At 1788 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 15. At 1788 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 16. At 1991 James Saul Drive, Batavia, March 19. At 2061 Fawn Lane, Batavia, March 15. At 2355 Rolling Acres Drive, Amelia, March 18. At 2580 Ohio 132, New Richmond, March 16. At 4156 Half Acre Road, Batavia, March 14. At 4312 Courtsey Lane, Batavia, March 14.

DEATHS Anthony Paul Castelluccio

Pvt. Anthony Paul Castelluccio, 20, of Union Township died March 6. Survived by parents, Frank and Stephanie Castelluccio and Donna Jean Castelluccio; brother, Nicholas Tyler Castelluccio; stepsisters, China Rose Bullock and Helena Bullock; nephew, Maximus Bullock; grand-

parents, Frank (the late Florence) Castelluccio and Rosemary and John Weller; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandparents, Donna Samad and Clarence Haas. Services were March 16 at Glen Este High School. Memorials to: The Tony Castelluccio Memorial Fund (for the benefit of Glen Este High School Athletic Boosters), c/o Fifth

Third Bank, 801 Eastgate North Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

George W. Fannin

George W. Fannin, 80, of Monroe Township died March 21. Survived by wife, Mildred (nee Poe) Fannin; children, Fred (Debbie) Fannin, Terry (Annette) Fannin and Kim Fannin; brother, Gene Fannin; sisters, Ruth Slavin and Joyce

Berwanger; grandchildren, Fred Fannin Jr., Beth Williams, Adam Fannin, Thomas Fannin and Nicole Fannin; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Kelsey, Adam and Hunter; and many nieces and nephews. Services were March 25 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, New Richmond. Memorials to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 432163549; or, Vitas Hospice, 11500

Northlake Drive, Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Daris Dwayne Hull

Daris Dwayne Hull, 35, of Amelia, formerly of Felicity, died March 21. Survived by mother, Nadine (Joe) Rudd; father, Bobby D. (Shelley) Hull; brothers, Jessie (Fredia) Hull and Bobby Ryan Hull; sisters, Chelsey Hull, Christy Rudd and Mar-

lena Rudd; nephews, Tyler Hull, Shawn Hull and Shane Hull; nieces, Chelsey Stonerock, Sage Reedy and Cedar Reedy; maternal grandmother, Alva Nickels; paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Hull; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Robert Nickels. Services were March 24 at the Nazarene Church, Felicity.


Community Journal

On the record

March 30, 2011

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


David Keszei vs. Mae R. Hanna, other tort Corrine Lipps vs. Sumner and Associates Inc. and FSK Investments LTD, other tort Angela A. Sizemore and Daniel Sizemore vs. Jack C. Yeager, other tort Renee A. Seiter vs. Interim Healthcare of Cincinnati Inc. and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator, worker’s compensation Michele L. Esz vs. L 3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems Inc. and Steve Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation Citimortgage Inc. vs. Robert Roark, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Hugh E. Danielson, et al., foreclosure 1st Source Bank vs. Jonathon J. Bien, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Rick Barr, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Mary Elizabeth Houchin, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Leopold Theodore Posival III, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Betsy M. Schoellkopf, foreclosure Bristol Lake Homeowners Association Inc. vs. Angela M. Barger, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Starling J. Powers, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Robert C. Willis, et al., foreclosure Park National Bank vs. Estate of Earl Robbins, et al., foreclosure J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Neil Eric Curlees, et al., foreclosure Citicorp Trust Bank FSB vs. Shirley L. Guy and Timothy W. Guy, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Donald R. Mastin, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Judith Ann Lee, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Billy G. Fyffe, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Nathan R. Vanover, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. John J. Hartman, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Estate of Wiley Thomas Nickell, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. William E. Wiehe Sr., et al., foreclosure Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. vs. Darla J. Williams and Fifth

Third Mortgage Company, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Chyrl Larbes, et al., foreclosure Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. vs. Kevin Slater, et al., foreclosure Valley Central Savings Bank vs. Dwain L. Gober and Karen Gober, foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Vicki G. Acord, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Julie Humphries, et al., foreclosure First Financial Bank NA vs. David W. Miller, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Brian M. Parmertor, et al., foreclosure Flagg Inc. vs. Marc Smit Custom Cabinets LLC and Marc Smit, other civil Clermont County Transportation Improvement District vs. Matthew Colson, et al., other civil Clermont County Transportation Improvement District vs. Wolfpen Associates Inc., et al., other civil Clermont County Transportation Improvement District vs. Margaret A. Hutchinson Trustee, et al., other civil Kathryn M. Schmid and Edward A. Schmid vs. Dillon L. Matthews, et al., other civil Lewis Gene Wambsganz vs. Frederick C. Laypool, other civil PNC Bank NA vs. Triple Construction Inc. and Joseph Laumann, other civil State of Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation vs. Thomas Fisher, other civil Robert Soard and Susan Soard vs. Brown County Rural Water Association, other civil


Candy L. Sharp vs. Robert K. Sharp Jason Brondhaver vs. Candice Gast Frances Baldwin vs. Kenneth J. Baldwin Marlene Luttrell vs. Deward Luttrell


Jay D. Noble II vs. Tonya S. Noble Edward I. Holmberg III vs. Jamie S. Holmberg Kathleen M. Tanner vs. Phillip W. Tanner Kathryn J. Hull vs. Jeffery S. Hull Carl W. Fite Jr. vs. Colleen M. Fite Carla A. Schoettle vs. Granville C. Schoettle Sharon A. Gaul vs. James L. Gaul Clayton T. Chambers vs. Ann M. Chambers David A. Collins vs. Stephanie L. Collins Gregory J. Schrichten vs. Shauna Schrichten

Bambi C. Goodine vs. Jeffrey A. Schwab Rachael Saxton vs. Mathew Saxton Harry A. Hill Jr. vs. Elaine M. Fusselman


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Ryan L. Scott, 22, 14457 Upper Cumberland Road, Mt. Orab, endangering children, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, Pierce Township Police. Riannon Ashley Ward, 21, 1044 Terrydale Lane, Cincinnati, endangering children, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, Pierce Township Police. Leslie Paul Craig, 39, violating protection order, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey T. Young, 48, 806 Town Scapes Court, Loveland, grand theft from an elderly person, forgery, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. James E. Harbison Jr., 39, 322 St. Andrews Drive Apt. B, Cincinnati, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, Pierce Township Police. Ralph Wayne Reel, 45, 5470 Buckwheat Road, Milford, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with specified concentrations or alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Miami Township Police. Gregory Cook, 27, 4711 N. Edgewood Drive, Cincinnati, carrying concealed weapons, tampering with evidence, weapons under disability, Union Township Police Department. Clyde Ray Warren, 27, possession of heroin, endangering children, Union Township Police Department. Amanda M. Pryor, 24, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, possession of heroin, endangering children, tampering with evidence, Union Township Police Department. Amanda S. Patterson, 28, theft, misuse of credit card, Union Township Police Department. Nicole Lyn Carrier, 32, 4056 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road #119, Cincinnati, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Russell Gary Bedsole, 19, 282 Antiem Blvd., Maineville, receiving



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stolen property, Milford Police. Todd Lee Burkhardt, 28, 10713 Collins Riley Road, Blanchester, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and Clermont County Narcotics Unit. Elisha Miley, 50, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, permitting drug abuse, tampering with evidence, endangering children, Narcotics Unit. Kyle W. Young, 24, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jessica Dawn Baucom, 25, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Melvin Lunsford, 31, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Darla Writesel, 18, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. William Allen Roehm II, 52, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Joni Collett, 33, 5925 Moore Marathon Road, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Moriah Nicole Gray, 27, 754 Wright St., Newtonsville, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, endangering children, Narcotics Unit. Jerry Wayne Messer, 34, 764 Ledro St., Cincinnati, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Richard Eugene Peaco, 27, 3244 Clover Road, Bethel, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jody L. Bauer, 37, 2301 Old Ohio 32 G, Batavia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Enrique Rivers, 24, felonious assault, Union Township Police Department. Damaso L. Johnston, 25, 1643 Lockherst Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department. Joseph K. Johnston, 22, 1415 Beech St., Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department. Rafeal J. Johnston, 23, 540 Betton St., Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department. Vincent L. Johnston, 20, 1415 Beech St., Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department.

Joe Ratliff, 22, 4374 Eastwood Drive A1305, Batavia, trafficking in heroin, Union Township Police Department. Geoffrey Poynter, 44, 1711 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. William Ferguson, 30, 18 Burley Circle, Cincinnati, felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. Joseph Earls, 47, 6695 Victoryview Lane, Cincinnati, felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. Samuel Tate Hollifield, 33, attempted burglary, possessing criminal tools, theft, grand theft of a firearm, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Robert W. Haynes, 22, 121 Park Ave., Loveland, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of drugs, Goshen Police. Darrell L. Moses, 26, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Sharon M. Day, 42, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Anthony L. Gilbert, 26, 4373 Marble Lane #10, Batavia, trafficking marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Scott Edward Berry, 37, 2715 Cedarville Road, Goshen, trafficking marijuana, Narcotics Unit.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site,\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Gregory Lloyd Harper Jr., presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges William W. Young and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: Estate of Laura Enzweiler, et al. vs. Board of Commissioners, Clermont County, Ohio, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert P. Ringland. The appeals court reversed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: D.S., et al., presiding judge Robert A. Hendrickson, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robin N. Piper. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division. In the matter of: Valley Paint & Body dba Mercedes Benz of Cincinnati Collision Center, et al. vs. The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges William W. Young and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Municipal Court. In the matter of: Valley Paint & Body dba Mercedes Benz of Cincinnati Collision Center, et al. vs. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges William W. Young and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Municipal Court.


Jay Maynard Jr., Bethel, deck, 4284 Fox Ridge Drive, Batavia Township, $3,900. Thompson Heating/Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1431 Breckenridge, Batavia Township; HVAC, 2579 Laurel Lindale, Monroe Township. John Ball, Batavia, alter, 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia Township. Todd Kelly, Batavia, alter, 2497 Bauer Road, Batavia Township. New Millennium Properties, Cincinnati, alter, 4471 Olive Branch Stonelick, Batavia Township, $25,000. Ryan Homes, West Chester, new, 4570 Vista Meadows, Batavia Township, $90,000; new, 4562 Vista Meadows, $79,000; new, 2390 Vista Lake, $75,000; new, 4565 Vista Meadows, $95,000; new, 4567 Vista Meadows, $85,000. Roberts Mobile Homes, trailer, 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia Township. Donald Toole, Batavia, alter, 190 North St., Batavia Village, $30,000. Patrick Blair, New Richmond, alter, 1020 Market St., New Richmond Village. Strassel Construction Co., Cincinnati, addition, 3641 Legend Oaks, Pierce Township. SS Electric, Amelia, alter, 3642 Appomatox Drive, Pierce Township. Walter Jones, Amelia, alter, 1751 Ohio 125, Pierce Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 3645 Highland Green, Pierce Township, $118,633. Sean Stevenson, Cincinnati, deck, 722 Fox Creek, Union Township,

$5,000. Thomas Seitz, Milford, addition, 1309 Binning, Union Township, $6,500. Residential Renewal, Batavia, alter, 616 Mercury Drive, Union Township, $20,000. Lanigan Pools, Amelia, pool, 4301 Stoddard, Union Township. Habitat for Humanity, Cincinnati, new, 4450 Kitty Lane, Union Township, $88,000. Todd Brandenburg, Cincinnati, garage, 4141 Oak Tree, Williamsburg Township, $20,000. Steven Scott, Georgetown, alter, 4117 Dela Palma, Williamsburg Township. James Schmitt, Ft. Thomas, Ky., alter, 3390 Bethel Concord, Williamsburg Township.


Clermont County Facilities Management, Batavia, alter, 2379 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township, $2,500. Robert Moore, New Richmond, alter, 404 Front St., New Richmond Village. TYCO/ADT, Norwood, fire alarm, 4450 Ryan's Way, Union Township. The Crowell Co., Cincinnati, alter, 4355 Ferguson, Union Township, $54,900. RNS Properties, Cleveland, alter, 792 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township. Winedog, Cincinnati, alter, 451 Ohio 125, Union Township. Ginter Electrical Contractors, Cincinnati, alter, 474 Old Ohio 74, Union Township.

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


16 Woodsong, Michael & Angela Martinez to Mark Helphinstine, 0.1310 acre, $121,000.


4212 Christopher Court, Lyndell & Stacie Tate to Paul & Tamara Rennie, 0.2630 acre, $135,000. 3851 Golden Meadow Court, Holiday Homes Inc. to NVR Inc., 0.2330 acre, $31,500. Lots 38 & 48 Lexington Run, Fischer Dev. Co. II Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2869 acre, $61,864. 112 Lucy Run Road, Martha Tierney, successor trustee to Darin Jewell, 0.7580 acre, $75,000. 2199 Winemiller Lane, Bauer Road Real Estate LLC to Batavia Enterprises LLC, $900,000. 2017 Woodbrook Drive, Schmidt Builders Inc. to Charles & Katherine Gallagher, 0.5980 acre, $188,000. 1440 Woodlan Court, WBG Development LLC to NVR Inc., 0.5289 acre, $42,500.


849 South Riverside Drive, John Bentley to Russell & Kristen Creech, 0.6090 acre, $102,000.


543 Davis Road Unit No. 7, Rosemary Malloni to Mark Arlinghaus, $59,000. 3839 Gatewood Drive, U.S. Bank NA to ST Homes LLC, $74,000. 1184 Greens Farm Road, Lois Branson to Carol & Ronald Hughes, 0.4590 acre, $225,000. 1306 Wilson Dunham Hill Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Jamie Mentzel, 1.0000 acre, $43,000.


662 Chateau Drive, Beneficial Ohio Inc. to William & Cathy Welch, $48,500. 863 Ellery Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Curtis Doersam, $134,200. 4070 Independence Drive No. 1A, Mary Jane Erdman, trustee to James Eha, $52,000. 4849 Orland Road, Keith & Tonda Adams to David & Melissa Blandford, 0.7900 acre, $235,000. 4177 S. Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Richard & Jenny Ramos, 0.1684 acre, $193,409. 1203 Scottwood Drive, U.S. Bank NA to Scott & Martha Steger, 0.2470 acre, $88,000. 4189 South Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Meleah Caldwell, 0.1689 acre, $151,175. 4571 Timberline Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Qi Jiang, $42,000. 1160 West Chester Way, Thomas & Toni Kasee, co-trustees to Prudential Relocation Inc., 0.5720 acre, $296,500. 1160 West Chester Way, Prudential Relocation Inc. to Matthew & Kristy Taylor, 0.5720 acre, $296,500. 1011 Westchester Way, Fred & Elizabeth Daniell to George & Alexandra Topala, 0.7620 acre, $400,000.


3390 Bethel Concord, Williamsburg Farm Limited to EMK Farm LLC, 64.0370 acre, $235,000. 3794 Cain Run, The Cincinnatus Savings & Loan Co. to Timothy & Pamela Jaspers, 3.0000 acre, $36,500. 2 Lots Twin Bridges Road, Danny Back, successor trustee to Donald & Diana Frodge, 5.9200 acre, $40,000.


477 West Main St., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Verna Goecke, 0.1490 acre, $36,000.

BUSINESS Dancer passes exam

Shelby Matthews of Union Township recently passed her exam to become a Scottish Highland Dancing teacher. Matthews has been studying highland dancing for more than 10 years at Allegro Dance Arts in Mt. Carmel. The exam required months of study to be fully prepared.

New consultant

Scribner of Amelia recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple. She can be reached at


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