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Community Journal


March 30, 2011

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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