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Candidates seek primary party nod

Archie Wilson is running unopposed for Clermont County commissioner in the Republican primary. Linda Fraley is seeking reelection as county auditor. She also is running unopposed for the Republican nomination in the May 4 primary. See how they answered questions about Clermont County. FULL STORY, A6

Volunteers sought for Clean & Green

Volunteers are needed for the annual Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Spring Litter Pickup Saturday, April 17. The 9 a.m. to noon event will be held at numerous staging areas throughout the county. “Our priority is to do a spring cleanup in Clermont County and remove litter and debris from our roadways and parks” said organizer Becky Ploucha. FULL STORY, A6



Temporary signs are illegal

By Kellie Geist

Whether it’s for a cheap haircut or a lunch special, many local stores put signs along the road to advertise the day’s deals. But those signs can be a safety hazard. “Those signs are a distraction. There are a lot of signs out there meant for traffic control and those are the ones drivers need to read,” said Rob Alfieri, director of operations at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office. The Union Township Zoning Department and the employees of the engineer’s office are removing temporary signs, especially along Ohio Pike. Cory Wright, Union Township’s planning and zoning director, said the township’s zoning code prohibits any temporary signage in the right of way without a permit – including placard signs, pennants and banners. “You have to have a permit for all of those, even the ones

In Union Township, signs like these along Ohio Pike require a $110 permit. attached to the building,” Wright said. “You can put them up, but there’s a permit process.” The cost in Union Township for a temporary signs is $110 for 30 days. The prices in other communities varies. Wright said while they usually


will just remove placard signs, other signs, such as banners, may result in a citation. “You have to have a permit. Our code is pretty strict ... Those signs are hazardous to drivers. It’s a distraction and it’s visual clutter,” he said.

While the signs are hazardous for motorists, Alfieri also said they can be a problem for right of way maintenance. “Signs are a big nuisance for mowing because that means the (driver) has to get out of the tractor and move the sign so he can mow,” Alfieri said. He said most tractors do not have a place to store the signs after they are removed, so that’s a problem, too. While removal of temporary signs is usually up to individual community governments, the engineer’s office occasionally does remove signs to assist with mowing and other maintenance, Alfieri said. The engineer’s office also is in charge of removing any political signs or real estate signs in the right of way, he said. “The other signs we throw away, but if we collect real estate and political signs, we bring them back to the office and store them,” he said. “They can come and pick them up (at the office). Most of them know the drill.”

Amelia needs funds for new employee By John Seney

Batavia pool seeks new members

Families have been spending summers since 1957 swimming at the Ridge Club pool in Batavia. But now the non-profit swim club needs an infusion of new members to stay financially afloat. FULL STORY, A5

Store fronts get new tenants

This time last year, the Eastgate Crossing shopping center was starting to look dire. Office Depot left, Circuit City was gone and Kroger had yet to build the long awaited fuel center. But now, with some revamping and construction, that area is back on the rise. The fuel center opened in January and there are companies interested in both anchor spaces. FULL STORY, A4 MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF

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Because of tight finances, Amelia is unable to hire anyone to handle zoning matters in the village. Mayor Leroy Ellington said the village uses CDS Engineering Inc. to review site plans, but has no one to handle zoning enforcement or Ellington day-to-day zoning matters. The position has been vacant about a year. At the April 5 council meeting, Ellington said he has received complaints from residents about zoning violations, but “we don’t have the staff” to handle them. Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin said money was very tight and there were no funds available to hire a zoning person. “We’re running as lean as we can get,” Gilpin said. Ellington asked the council’s finance committee to meet with Gilpin to find ways to create revenue to hire someone to handle zoning. “We have to figure out some way to address this,” Ellington said. Ellington also would like the village to hire an additional public works employee who could serve as a mechanic to maintain the village’s police cars and trucks. He asked the finance committee and Gilpin to look into funding the position.

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April 14, 2010

Naughty Bodies Pierce committee to study development may have to close By John Seney

By Kellie Geist

Former pro wrestler and “Playgirl” magazine model Sean Casey may have to shut down his Union Township business, which has two names: Naughty Bodies and 247 Dancers. Casey opened the business at 495 Old Ohio 74 in Mt. Carmel without a permit, said township Administrator Ken Geis. “They opened up a business in Mt. Carmel and they didn’t apply for a permit. We had an anonymous complaint and our inspector went out and found they were operating a business. We cited them and filed for a temporary restraining order,” Geis said. “The township shouldn’t discriminate against a business that’s already established,” Casey told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s one more shot at trying to disallow things that are already in Clermont County.” Casey said the location on Old Ohio 74, which used to be an upholstery shop, is a call center. Telephone operators take calls from customers and schedule private dances throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Calls placed to the business’ two phone numbers Monday, April 12, were answered by an answering machine asking for a remote code. Geis said the complaint was filed because of the permit issue. “We would do this for any business that opened without a permit. It’s really not specifically based on the fact that they are operating a sexually-oriented business ... And honestly, at the end of the day, we don’t know really know what kind of business they are doing until they file a permit and we affirm that use,” Geis said. Geis said having a business in that building is a non-conforming use and, without a permit, is illegal. Naughty Bodies and 247 Dancers previously was near Deja Vu. Judge William Walker said he intends to grant the request for a temporary restraining order, Geis said. Casey may move his business to another location and file with the board of zoning appeals, but a hearing with Walker is set for April 22. Reporter Barrett Brunsman contributed to this story.

A committee made up of residents will study the development facilitation program in Pierce Township. Dean Johns told the township trustees at a work session April 5 he would head up the committee, which would include residents, a member of the zoning commission and a member of the green space committee. He said he preferred no trustees serve on the committee, so the meetings would not have to be public. Johns said the committee could accomplish more if made up of just residents. The committee would meet with trustees from time to time to get their input, He said. The impetus for the committee came out of a Feb. 23 meeting at which a number of residents questioned the accomplishments and compensation of Development Facilitation Director Chris Tetrault. Tetrault, who was hired with a three-year contract in 2007, makes a base annual salary of $77,000 for

working 1,110 hours a year, which is about 21 hours a week. He can earn an additional $7,500 a quarter for working up to an additional 100 hours a quarter, for a total Conrad annual salary of $107,000. The trustees voted March 9 to restrict Tetrault’s overtime pay unless approved in advance. His contract expires Sept. 30. Johns said the committee would study how the township handles development. They would meet with developers and talk to officials in other townships. The committee would give updates to the trustees monthly. The target date for presenting a recommendation to the trustees would be the July 13 regular trustees’ meeting. Johns said before forming the committee, he wanted to make sure the trustees would be open to listening to the committee’s recommendations. Trustee Gregg Conrad was concerned the committee would be dominated by people who want Tetrault

removed. “We’re looking for open-minded people,” Johns said. He said the committee’s focus would be the program, not the individual. Trustee Christopher Knoop said the development facilitation position can’t be understood without looking at the whole township budget and urged a broader approach. But Johns said the committee has to have a specific mission. “If it becomes too broad we can’t get anything accomplished,” he said. “I’ll listen to anything,” Conrad said. “But I want it to be inclusive. If it’s directed at one program, I’m not in favor.” “I’ll go into this with a very open mind,” Trustee Bonnie Batchler said. “I’m interested in hearing what they say.” Because the committee was being formed by residents, no action was needed by trustees at the work session. “The residents can do whatever they want,” said township attorney Elizabeth Mason.

County works to debug new accounting system By John Seney

Some Clermont County government employees are experiencing problems with a new accounting system that went into operation April 1. At the April 7 county commissioners work ses-

sion, Administrator David Spinney said some employees had trouble gaining access to the database called Munis. Putting codes into the system has been taking longer than usual, and some bills have not been paid on time.


Auditor Linda Fraley, whose department is in charge of implementing the new system, said there has been a lot of impatience with the new system. “I am personally very pleased with where we’re at,” Fraley said. “I think we are meeting the needs as best we can. We are in very good shape.” Commissioner Scott Croswell said he has heard

complaints from employees who said they didn’t know what was going on with the new system. “All we are asking for is communication,” he said. “You have to have patience,” Fraley said. Spinney said he would like to see some of the more complicated command codes in the system turned off until more training can take place.

Grants available in Batavia The Village Association of Batavia is offering three matching restoration grants up to $1,000 each. The grants must be used for restoration of the exterior facade of commercial properties within the village. To receive the grants, commercial property owners must provide an equal match. “By making these funds available, we believe this program will not only offer financial assistance, but added incentive to make improvements sooner rather than later,” said Dan Haglage, village association board member. The details and application form can be found on the association’s Web site,

Complete Heart Care is Only a Heartbeat Away., under the property improvement tab. Applicants should send the form in by April 30. Decisions will be made by May 31. The successful applicants will receive one third of the grant when work commences, another third midway through the project and the final disbursement upon completion. All work must be completed by Oct. 15. Anyone with questions about the program should send an e-mail to The Village Association of Batavia is a 501 (c )(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to revitalize the village. The group has been in existence since 1992.

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Community Journal

April 14, 2010


BRIEFLY Attorney hired

BATAVIA – An attorney has been hired to handle legal matters for the village of Batavia. Village council April 5 approved the hiring of Chris Moore as solicitor. Mayor John Thebout said Moore’s appointment was effective April 6. He will be paid at the rate of $155 an hour. He replaces Elizabeth Mason, who resigned from the position Feb. 1. Moore also serves as solicitor for Batavia Township. Township Administrator Rex Parsons said Moore has worked for the township about six years. “He does a great job for us,” Parsons said.

Butterfly workshop

BATAVIA TWP. – Fanciful creatures that do not bite or sting, butterflies are among our most desirable wildlife neighbors. But many people barely even notice them. Enter the world of the butterfly at a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Harsha Lake Visitor Center, for this program geared toward adults and older children. Light refreshments and hand-outs will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This workshop is offered free of charge by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pre-registration is required. Call the Ranger at (513) 7976081 for more information and an agenda. The Harsha Lake Visitor Center is on Slade Road just off Ohio 222 about five miles south of Batavia.

Help sought

Amelia – The police are looking for new leads in a January bank robbery. Police Chief Jeff Sucher

said police are seeking a man who robbed the Park National Bank, 5 W. Main St., Jan. 4. The suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic weapon, demanded cash, and presented what appeared to be a white canvas bag to a teller to hold the money. He said he would not hurt anyone if he was given what he wanted. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is white, 25 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, and weighs between 185 and 200 pounds. During the robbery he wore a black scarf and black hooded jacket to cover his face. He appeared to have a silver watch band on his left wrist. If anyone has any information about this person, call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Junk days

UNION TWP. – Officials will hold its spring Junk Days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 24, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Items accepted include furniture, clothing and appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Tires, batteries, used motor oil, paints, hazardous waste, yard waste, home oil tanks and insulation will not be accepted. Participants must show proof of residency and all items can be dropped off behind the police department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Contact the Union Township Service Department at 753-2221 with any questions.

Garden club to meet

UNION TWP. – The Mt. Carmel Garden Club will meet at noon Friday, April 16, at

Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. members will have an auction of flowers and garden related items. Visitors are welcome. Call 984-9993 for additional information.

24. It includes informative programs/displays, lots of shopping opportunities, food and a piece of birthday cake. The celebration is at Grant’s birthplace on the Ohio River in Monroe Township, U.S. 52 at Ohio 232.

Yard sale

Turkey season

BATAVIA – The villagewide yard sale will be Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16. All residents can participate. No permits are required. “It brings people into town and gives residents a chance to get rid of things,” Mayor John Thebout said. “It’s a win-win situation.” For more information, call the village offices at 7322020.

County history display

The Clermont County Collaborative of Historical Organizations and the Clermont County commissioners have a joint project on Clermont County history. The commissioners installed a display case in the lobby of the administration building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. Each month a different Clermont County historical organization has a display on county history. For the month of April, the New Richmond Historical Society will have a display on President U.S. Grant. The display is open to the public free of charge during the regular hours of the administration building.

Grant’s birthday

Grant’s Birth Place is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Monday, Tuesday and holidays. Grant’s Birthday Celebration is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April

CLERMONT COUNTY – Spring wild turkey hunting opens in all 88 Ohio counties Monday, April 19, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, May 16. A special youth-only turkey hunt for those ages 17 and younger will be Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18. Young hunters must have both a youth hunting license and a youth spring turkey permit to participate. They must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 18 years of age or older. The Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas to remain visible to others. Additional turkey hunting information is available at

Texas Hold ’Em tourney

AMELIA – The Msrg. Gerdes Council of the Knights of Columbus will host no limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournaments at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16; noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at their meeting hall, 1800 Ohio Pike in Amelia. Cash payouts will be made at the end of each tournament, with $1,000 paid for first place, based on 60 or more players in the tournament. Proceeds of this event will benefit of the Gift of Time Respite Cooperative, a pro-

gram operated by Clerco, Inc. and the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Gift of Time program offers safe and interactive activities for children and adults with disabilities to enjoy while their families run errands and take care of other important business. It operates as a cooperative, in which families who use the respite service can volunteer their time to assist other families at future events. For entry fees, payouts and other information regarding the Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, call 513-732-4921.

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April 14, 2010

Eastgate Crossing continues investments in Union Twp. By Kellie Geist

This time last year, the Eastgate Crossing shopping center, was starting to look dire. Office Depot left, Circuit City was gone and Kroger had yet to build the long awaited fuel center. But now, with some revamping and construction, that area is back on the rise. The fuel center opened in January and there are companies interested in both anchor spaces. The Union Township trustees held a public hearing April 8 to discuss a focus area overlay application for Eastgate Crossing.

The proposal was to reconstruct and expand the Office Depot building to house JoAnn Fabrics. CBL & Associates, the leasing agent for Eastgate Crossing, is planning to expand the old Office Depot location by 3,400 square feet to accommodate Jo-Ann Fabrics, said Jonathan Wocher of McBride Dale Clarion and Associates, the consultant for the project. Larry Keith, the project architect, said Jo-Ann Fabrics originally wanted to lease a portion of Circuit City, but another retailer who could use the entire space has expressed an interest.

“With that, Jo-Ann Fabrics moved to the Office Depot building, which isn’t big enough,” Keith said. He would not say what company was looking at the old Circuit City. Wocher said they are hoping to start construction in late spring and turn the space over to Jo-Ann Fabrics in the fall so the store can open in time for the 20110 holiday season. Along with the construction at the building, CBL & Associates will be modifying the traffic patterns, including adding traffic islands, and putting up new wall signs. Cory Wright, the township’s planning and zoning


CBL & Associates, owners of Eastgate Crossing across from Eastgate Mall, will be reconstructing the old Office Depot location to house a Jo-Ann Fabrics. director, said Eastgate Crossing has received a number of permits recently and staff did not have any major issues with the application.

“The structure will be modified substantially ... But it does blend with the new investments and is not excessive,” he said. The trustees agreed to

approve the overlay request and said this application was a good sign for economic development. “Last year we said we wanted to focus on economic development. That was one of the big reasons we brought in Mr. Geis,” Trustee Tim Donnellon said. “We were projecting that we would start to see some retail development this year ... I think we’re starting to see that.” Donnellon also mentioned that, next to Eastgate Crossing, Park National Bank is building a new branch location. “We’ve got several irons in the fire,” he said.

Clermont Co. groups promote sexual assault awareness By Kellie Geist


Salute from sheriff

Three Clermont County residents are congratulated by Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, right, for being recognized for their service to the country by the county commissioners March 31. From left are Spec. Christopher Spence, a member of the Army National Guard from Felicity; Lt. Col. Thomas Shoemake of Batavia Township, who recently retired from the Marines; and Navy Lt. Dean Ritchey of Union Township.

Sexual assault is not something that just happens in a dark alley in the big city – it affects people in every community. “I think the problem is that people think about stuff like this happening in the city, but 80 percent of the time, it’s someone the victim knows. Sexual assault is happening within our families, our groups of friends, our teams ... It’s not just strangers,” said Julie Pedersen, prevention education coordinator at the YWCA Eastern Area. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the YWCA Eastern Area as well

as LifePoint Solutions are working to spread the word about their programs, services and resources. Pedersen said sexual assault can mean a variety of things, but it’s usually used to describe a non-consensual confrontation and could be anything from touching to intercourse. It’s also sexual assault to do those things to someone who cannot give their consent such as people who are under the influence and those who are not mentally able to consent, including youth. To help raise awareness during April, the YWCA is working with a group of area bars and restaurants, including Rhino’s, to put up table tents about sexual assault. The table tents say things like, “You are not alone” and “Just because he bought you dinner doesn’t mean you owe him,” and lists the center’s sexual assault services hotline, 800-644-4460. “Our hotline is a great

Stewards for Children

The YWCA Eastern Area is offering information and training on how to protect youth from sexual assault through a new program called Stewards for Children. Julie Pedersen, prevention education coordinator at the YWCA Eastern Area, said the YWCA staff have done inhouse training mostly, but the program would be great for parents, foster parents and people who work in and around childcare “Children are the silent victims who sometimes can’t find the words,” Pedersen said. “We shouldn’t make them responsible for their own safety.” For more information about this program, call the YWCA Eastern Area at 732-0450. resource ... When something like this happens, people don’t know what to do. We can process things with them and talk to them about the steps to take and the options they have,”

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Pedersen said. Those calls are anonymous. Any restaurant or bar owner or manager who would like the table tents should call Pedersen at 7320450, ext. 15. Also in April, the YWCA will be hosting Sex in the SAC (Student Activity Center) at UC Clermont College. This will be the second year for the event, which is aimed at teaching students about the body and healthy sexuality. This event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. For more information about the YWCA Eastern Area and its programs, contact 732-0450. Another local organization reaching out to sexual assault victims is LifePoint Solutions, formally the Clermont Counseling Center, which has locations in Amelia, Milford and Eastgate. LifePoint Solutions offers a wide variety of group and individual counseling services including a Women of Worth program and one-onone therapy sessions. “It’s important for victims to seek treatment because, if those emotions are not dealt with, they can influence your relationships and affect your own self worth,” said Trisha Burke, co-CEO of LifePoint Solutions. “It takes a lot of energy to hold things inside.” Burke said the LifePoint Solutions staff includes counselors, psychologists and support services to help people, including victims of trauma, deal with mental health. “With sexual assault, you have to help people understand what happened and help them put their lives back together,” Burke said. “Often you have to channel that anger and frustration into something positive or it just eats away at you.” LifePoint Solutions, unlike some individual therapists, can accept patients without insurance or who may not be able to pay for services. For more information, contact LifePoint Solutions at 947-7000.

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April 14, 2010


Election complaint against judge dismissed By Theresa L. Herron

The Ohio Elections Commission today dismissed a complaint filed against Thomas Herman by his opponent Daniel Breyer. Both are seeking the Republican nomination for judge in the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. Breyer filed the complaint April 5 stating Herman “deliberately engaged in a pattern of misconduct in order to circumvent the

election laws in the state of Ohio and confuse voters in Clermont County.” Specifically, Breyer said Herman called himself a judge making it sound like he is an incumbent common pleas judge. Also, Breyer argued a statement made by Herman in the flyer – “Clermont County Republican’s choice” – was an effort to say he is the endorsed candidate. In January, Herman and Breyer asked for the endorsement of the

Clermont County Republican Central Committee, but neither candidate received enough votes. As a result, no candidate was endorsed in this race. Herman currently is a Clermont County Municipal Court judge. Breyer is the Clermont County chief deputy prosecutor. “The election commission dismissed the complaint,” Herman said after the hearing ended in Columbus. “It is over. (The election commission) found no proba-

ble cause. I am very gratified.” “It was scary,” Herman said. “I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.” Herman did agree to change some wording in an absentee election campaign piece to be sent out, said Joe Braun, an attorney representing Breyer. “The whole reason (Breyer) filed the complaint is because the materials are misleading to voters,” Braun said. “We don’t want voters to be confused.”

Herman absolutely denied agreeing to change any wording, as Braun offered before the hearing. Herman said he wanted the hearing to proceed to let the election commission rule. Herman said he is considering clarifying a sentence in an absentee campaign mailer that invites people to his court room. People are able to observe the proceedings in his court any day and after court is finished, can ask him questions, the judge said.

Workforce One helps people seeking employment By Kellie Geist

Hiring event with Workforce One

New members are sought for the Ridge Club pool in Batavia.


New members sought for Batavia pool club

By John Seney

Families have been spending summers since 1957 swimming at the Ridge Club pool in Batavia. But now the non-profit swim club needs an infusion of new members to stay financially viable. Club member Kim Bowman said membership in the pool has been slowly declining over the past several years. She said many families whose children grew up have left the club, and new families who have moved into the area “don’t know it’s there.” The club is on a wooded six acres at 715 E. Main St., up the hill from the village of Batavia. “It’s hard to get people to come up the hill,” she said. “Once they come up, they’re impressed.” Many people also don’t realize the club is open to anyone, not just residents of Batavia, she said. She and her husband, Jade, live in Stonelick Township. “We love it there and our kids are building lasting memories,” she said. To increase awareness of the club, members are taking part in the village-wide yard sale May 15. Donated items and baked goods will be sold at the pool to raise money for the club. Club members also will

host an open house picnic June 6 at the pool. Jade Bowman, who is president of the club’s board of directors, said the economy has hit the club hard the past several years. Last year, membership was about 90 families, down 50 from the year before. He said the club is looking to increase membership this year to about 180. Membership costs $250 a year, plus $50 initiation fee for new members. The pool opens May 29 and is open daily until Labor Day. The club members also rent out a covered pavilion – $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Nonmembers who rent the pavilion have access to the pool. The club has activities for children throughout the summer including swim lessons and a camp out. E.B. Baker of Batavia Township is a board member and has been a member of the club for about 25 years. He said the present board seems very enthusiastic about building up membership. “It’s a family atmosphere,” he said of the club. “Everyone is very congenial.” For more information on the pool, or to join, visit

For some people, finding a job might be as easy as sifting through the classifieds, but if you need a little more than a Saturday morning and a newspaper, Workforce One of Clermont County might be able to help. Workforce One, 756 Old Ohio 74, offers a wide variety of resources including helping youth get diplomas, teaching adults how to read, offering classes for general education and training and offering resources for things like resume preparation and job searches. “We can work with anyone who is unemployed or underemployed ... Anyone who is looking for a new or better job,” said Workforce One of Clermont County Director Ted Groman. The center helps prepare people for employment, but the staff does not place anyone in jobs. Also, there are no eligibility requirements.

Inter Parish Ministry is hoping to raise money for its numerous services through unique soup bowls, an airplane hangar and a silent auction that includes a puppy. The group is hosting the seventh annual Soup Bowl Celebration Saturday, April 24, at the Air 10 Jet Center at Lunken Airport. The fundraiser features a silent auction and 10 to 12 varieties of soup prepared by area restaurants as well as one-of-a-kind handpainted soup bowls for those in attendance. Due to the event’s location within Lunken Airport, those in attendance also

Groman said when a client comes in the door, they can work with a representative to determine if they are immediately employable or if they need additional education or training. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of helping someone with their resume and interviewing skills,” Groman

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situation, it’s likely there’s an agency here that can assist them,” Groman said. “It’s also helpful because there’s a lot of information sharing. Our staff knows how to make good referrals because they share the break room with people in all these different agencies.” The Workforce Investment Board, which includes the Workforce One locations in Clermont, Brown and Adams counties presented their annual report to the Clermont County commissioners Monday, March 29. Jeff Weber, executive director of the board, said last year’s requests for services in those three counties were up 23 percent from 2008 while job creation and new economic development investments were down about 30 percent. “Those numbers give you an idea of the number of people needing services. Needless to say, it’s been a challenge,” Weber said.

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Workforce One of Clermont County will hold a hiring event specifically for people who have been laid off and companies who are recruiting new workers. Workforce One has some money to help pay for retraining workers and they are looking to place employees at local companies. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Receptions in Loveland, 40681 Loveland-Madeira Road. For more information, call Workforce One of Clermont County at 943-3000.

said. People can visit Workforce One at any time, but if someone is unemployed, Groman said it’s best if they can come in for assistance before their benefits run out. “Sooner is always better than later,” he said. Groman said the partnerships available at the Clermont County Workforce One location is really what makes it an excellent resource for residents of the county. A wide variety of local and state agencies have offices at the center including the county’s probation officers, adult literacy, the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio Rehabilitation Service Commission, legal aid, mature services, the Department of Job and Family Services, Child Focus and LifePoint Solutions (formerly Clermont Counseling Center). “Those partnerships are for the convenience of the people coming through the door. Regardless of a person’s

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Wilson looks for Republican nomination for commissioner Archie Wilson of Batavia Township is seeking the Republican nomination for Clermont County comm i s s i o n e r. He is running unopposed for the nomination in the priWilson mary and there is no Democrat on the ballot. The filing deadline for independents is May 3. Clermont County Commissioner Scott Croswell is expected to run for re-election as an independent. 1. The county is embarking on a number of large transportation projects in the next few years, especially through the CCTID. Are transportation improvements a priority for you? What is the importance of transportation in Clermont County? Transportation is a top priority with me. It is a key ingredient for everything from bringing business to Clermont County, to helping our citizens get where they want to go. As a Batavia Township trustee, I have been frustrated with the dollars and time spent on studies for Ohio 32. The current congestion on 32 hampers the whole county because it

road conditions to our shopping areas will make the Eastgate area a more desirable place to shop. is the “gateway to the east.” It has been studied to death and it is time that we put a shovel to the ground and get this situation corrected. 2. Clermont County receives a large portion of its funding through sales tax. However, the county loses an estimated $5 million a year in “leakage” because of people shopping in other counties. How do you propose reducing that leakage? Leakage, as you describe it, does not just occur because of people shopping in surrounding counties. We also benefit from the residents of eastern counties shopping here in Clermont County. Internet shopping has been on a steady incline and now with jobs being lost people do not have the extra money to spend. When people get back to work their spending will increase and sales tax revenues will go up. Until then we must limit our spending because increasing taxes is not an option. Going back to transportation and the 32 corridor, continual improved

3. Clermont County is watching the general fund budget closely. While the county is not in a financial condition as bad as some neighboring counties, furloughs and lay offs have been discussed if the general fund receipts fall below what is projected. What do you think of these ideas? Do you have better ideas? I have never judged how good I am doing by how bad others are doing. In other words, when I hear “we are not in as bad shape as some other communities” that does not become a factor in my commitment to live within our resources. Some options that were discussed such as mandatory, acrossthe-board furloughs are ridiculous. The first step should be to reduce spending in other areas before laying off people and adding to the already high unemployment in Ohio. Asking the lower level employee to do without 10 to 20 days of pay is significantly more severe than asking middle or top management to sacrifice. Sacrifices should be made at the top if furloughs would become a necessity.

4. Because of this year’s budget cuts, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg laid off nine corrections officers last year, which meant closing 80 beds in the jail. This increased the waiting list problem at the jail. What is your solution? Speaking from experience, the man who murdered my father was released on parole only to murder again within a year. People want and desire to feel safe and I truly believe this is more important in this economy than conducting more 32 corridor studies. I have been robbed twice this year, once at my home and the other took place at my company. The sheriff and township police did their part and caught the criminals. We must maintain the safety and welfare of our citizens and I believe that the criminals must do the time for their crime. We must find the dollars to get jail space opened and we need to assist the sheriff in finding cost savings processes and work with state lawmakers to establish more reasonable rules to house non-violent criminals which would result in reducing costs. 5. The county’s economic development

Another candidate is possible for Clermont County commissioner Archie Wilson will be the only candidate running for commissioner on the May 4 primary ballot, but he may not be the only choice in November. Incumbent Scott Croswell, who did not receive the Republican Party endorsement, may file as an independent. “I have gathered well over 1,000 signatures from people in the community who volunteered to pass my petitions. I am seriously considering filing and running as an independent because I believe the citizens of this county should be given a choice of who to vote for and not have their vote determined by the insiders of the Republican Party,” Croswell said. “I have been elected twice as a Republican. I won twice without the party’s endorsement and I am confident the citizens will vote for me as an independent,” he said. efforts have been a hotbutton issue this year. Do you agree with the current efforts or do you have another plan? It is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing with the effort. It all comes back to the people and getting more people employed. 6. What qualifications and experience would you bring to the county commissioner position? I bring 32 years of experience in the private sector along with the experience I have gained by serving on numerous boards throughout the county.

Croswell is considering running as an independent “because I believe the public has a right to a choice, not a (candidate) decided by the party insiders. I believe the people who supported me in the past will support me in the future because I have the best for the county at heart,” he said. I’m a straight shooter regardless of the political fallout.” The deadline to file for independent candidates is May 3. David Lane, chair of the Clermont County Democratic Party, said there will not be a Democrat on the ballot this year simply because no one in the party wanted the job. “We’ve fielded a candidate the last few times and we will do that in the future. It just so happens that, this time around, there just wasn’t any interest,” Lane said. I believe in the old saying: One walks before he runs. My experience in grassroots government as a township trustee has allowed me the opportunity to hear the concerns of the townships and villages throughout the county. You don’t know the wants and priorities of our citizens if you are not out among them. I share their concerns about open government and I will bring transparency to county government. I believe the people desire the truth, and I also believe people can handle the truth and deserve nothing less than the truth.

Volunteers to make Clermont greener Fraley seeks fifth term as auditor

Volunteers are needed for the annual Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Spring Litter Pickup Saturday, April 17. The 9 a.m. to noon event will be held at numerous staging areas throughout the county. “Our priority is to do a spring cleanup in Clermont County and remove litter and debris from our roadways and parks” said organizer Becky Ploucha. She said the event also is a way to get residents and businesses involved in the community and to provide a positive experience for children to continue volunteering. Volunteers will be provided with trash bags and Tshirts. After the cleanup,

those participating are invited to a free cookout. The staging areas: • Groh Park in Amelia. • Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. • Burke Park in Bethel. • South Park in Felicity. • Goshen Township Hall, 6757 Goshen Road. • Milford City Hall, 745 Center St. • Miami Township fire station, 5900 McPicken Drive. • Gauche Park in Owensville. • Veterans Memorial Park in Union Township. • Williamsburg Community Center, 107 W. Main St. (10 a.m. to noon) • St. Thomas More shel-

ter, 800 Ohio Pike, Withamsville. In New Richmond, there will be a litter pickup and a clothing and computer drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The staging area for the litter pickup will be the downtown bandstand. The clothing drive is seeking interview-appropriate attire for women and contemporary prom dresses. The clothing items and old computers can be dropped off at the Rogers House, 307 Front St. For more information about the Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Spring Litter Pickup see the Web site or call Becky Ploucha at 7539222.

Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley is running for her fifth term in office and will be on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 4, primary election. She is seeking the Republican Party nomiFraley nationl. Fraley answered the following questions about her experience as auditor and what she hopes to accomplish in her next term. 1. Why are you seeking re-election? I have never lost my enthusiasm and vision for serving the public. My com-

mitment to the citizens of Clermont County to provide good customer service, open and easy access to public records and a continual review of operating procedures for efficiency and cost savings has not diminished. 2. What do you think Clermont County’s biggest challenge and if re-elected, how would you help address it? Clermont County’s biggest challenge is the same as most governments – provide services to its citizens within the resources (tax dollars) provided. This challenge becomes greater in today’s economy where revenues have not grown at the same rate as the demand for services, particularly in the areas of public safety and criminal justice. There is only one way to address this challenge and that is by a cooperative effort among all levels of government. Those elected need to work together as a team and be committed to eliminating duplication of effort and to controlling costs. 3. What has been your biggest accomplishment while in office? We have worked very hard to cross train our staff so that we can provide quality service and at the same time keep staffing levels down. I am also proud of the computerization of our real estate system. Our Web site is a tool which provides financial information, detailed property information, a levy calculator, surveys and recorder information that is beneficial to both citizens and professionals.


4. What do you enjoy most about being auditor? I truly enjoy serving people. When I can help a per-

son work through something, I feel like I have made a difference. I receive a lot of calls from people who don't know where to begin to find help and my office provides them with the information they need to get answers or points them in the right direction. 5. What goals do you have that you would like to accomplish during your next term? I would like to continue with my efforts to serve the public and continue to seek ways to make our office more efficient. In my current term I have been responsible for the implementation of a new financial system for the county. This system is designed to provide efficiencies of operation for all departments by eliminating duplication of effort, redesigning work processes and utilizing advanced Web technology. The development of this system will not only make county government more transparent, but also more efficient. 6. Anything else you would like to say? I am very excited about the improvements taking place that are a direct result of the cooperation between the recorder’s and auditor’s offices. We are in the process of improving our efficiency by sharing not only office space, but technology resources as well. This all eventually affects the bottom line by reducing operating costs and by allowing our offices to better serve the public during times of increased demand for services.


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West Clermont elementary schools to use Reading Street

By Kellie Geist

Elementary students in the West Clermont Local School District are going to be learning literacy with a new program next year. Theboard of education voted Monday, March 22, will spend $400,000 to purchase Reading Street for first, second, fourth and fifth grades. Third-graders started using this program earlier this year. “The third-graders have been using this program for about eight weeks and it’s been a very posi-

tive experience,” said Mary Ellen Steele-Pierce, assistant superintendent who works with the teaching and learning department. “We’ve (the teaching and learning department) heard a lot of positive feedback from our teachers and principals despite the growing pains.” Reading Street is a literacy program that emphasizes reading comprehension, vocabulary and other literacy skills using a comprehensive approach. Students have access to stories, vocabulary, online tools, activities for smart boards, writing assignments and more. There also are

three levels of readers: Normal level, above level and below level, and a program called My Sidewalks for students in special education or who need intervention. Tanya Darnell, who teaches special education at WithamsvilleTobasco Elementary School, said the multiple levels and the My Sidewalks program really makes a difference for students. “They’re getting a double dose of what they’re learning in the regular classroom,” Darnell said. “It’s wonderful because then (when they return to the regular classroom) they are able to join conversation they may not have

been able to before.” “It really helps their confidence too,” she said. The Reading Street lessons also are aligned with the Ohio Achievement Assessments and help teachers understand where students need additional instruction, Steele-Pierce said. The Forest Hills and the Goshen local school districts also use the Reading Street program, she said. The money for Reading Street will come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. District Treasurer Alana Cropper said the district will use money budget-

ed for textbooks for the 20092010 school year and the 20102011 school year to pay for Reading Street. The board approved the purchase of Reading Street, but board President Dan Krueger said he wants an update in a year on how the program is working . “This is a large dollar investment ... Can you all come back in a year and tell us if we made the right choice for our students?” Krueger asked. “I think when you we implement something, we don’t always re-evaluate it and see what’s working.”

SCHOOL NOTES Ashworth to retire

The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education accepted the retirement of Dennis Ashworth, principal at Glen Este High School, during the school board meeting Monday, March 22. Ashworth was hired to the district in 1981 and will retire March 1, 2011. Also during the meeting, Joe Evans, assistant principal at Glen Este High School, was given a one-year contract with the district.

Kindergarten sign ups

Alexis Hotchkiss works on a math problem during Mike Byster’s presentation.


Locust Corner Elementary hosts Math & Science Night Locust Corner Elementary School students got the chance to ride a hovercraft, learn how to solve complicated math problems and more at the school’s Math & Science Night Thursday, April 8. Mike Byster, who has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, spoke to the children for more than an hour about how to improve their memorization skills and how to add and multiply large numbers. Some students dressed as scientists ranging from Albert Einstein to Leonardo Da Vinci, while others enjoyed learning about reptiles from Cool Critters Outreach.

NEW RICHMOND – The New Richmond Exempted Village School District will take kindergarten registration for the 2010-2011 school year from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at New Richmond, Monroe and Locust Corner elementary schools. “It's important that we know how many kindergarten students we will have as soon as possible for planning purposes such as classroom sizes and bus routes,” said New Richmond Superintendent Tom Durbin. “Plus, we want to make sure parents have everything they need to get their children off to a good start in school.” Parents or guardians registering students must bring certified birth certificates, Social Security cards and immunization records for their children and custody papers, if applicable. Parents or guardians also should have photo identification and proof of residency. Parents unable to make the April 22 registration date can still register their children for kindergarten on consecutive Fridays from April 30 through May 21 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the elementary schools.

Director hired

Batavia – The school board March 15 hired Barbara Gatch for the new position of director of food service. Gatch was given a one-year contract at a salary of $32,000.

Superintendent Barbara Bradley said the salary will be paid by the self-sufficient food service operations and not come out of the general fund. Gatch has been a head cook for the school district.

Scholarship available

The Summerside Elementary PTO is accepting applications from graduating Glen Este or Amelia students who attended Summerside Elementary for at least three years and who intends to further their education. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply. Return completed applications to Summerside Elementary on or before April 16. Applications are available at Glen Este, Amelia and Summerside. For more information, leave a message at 947-7951 or e-mail

Students earn first honors

Several students have earned first honors for the third quarter at Covington Latin School. Shauna Combs is from Williamsburg. Christine Smith and Catherine Smith are from New Richmond. Caitlin Stamper is from Batavia. John Schlaak and Joseph Speth are from Amelia.

Williamsburg prom

Midnight masquerade will be the theme for the Williamsburg High School prom Saturday, April 24. The prom will be preceded by the grand march at 5:30 p.m. inside the high school. The prom king, queen and court will be presented at the grand march. The prom itself will be 8 p.m. to midnight at Receptions East in Eastgate. The after-prom will be 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school.



Kassie Whittington takes a ride on a hovercraft with the help of volunteer Randy McIntosh.



Alyssa Lowery and Trevor Couch dressed as Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein.

Noah David, dressed as scientist Orville Wright, lets a bearded dragon sit on his shoulder during Locust Corner Elementary’s math and science night.

lace of Union Township.

Several students have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Dayton. They are: Amelia: Kristin L. Haack, Erin M. Phelps, Sarah E. Stapleton. Batavia: Emily C. Craver, Elizabeth G. Kimball, John R. Sheshull. Union Township: Allison M. Lambert.


Ashley A. Willis has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Wilmington College. She is from Batavia.

Miami University first semester – Patrick Sherif Awadalla, Ashley Marie Burke, Kathryn Elizabeth Campe, Jennifer Lynn Carlton, Molly Elizabeth Cochran, Elizabeth Theresa Compton, Allison Marie Corbin, Evan Andrew DeZeeuw, Robin Alyssa Finzer, Chelsea Elza Foster, Kristin K. Higgins, Kevin Bison Jacobson, Alice Elizabeth Ladrick, Patrick Robert McCarthy, Kyle Bucklin McNeill, Joseph Edward O’Toole, Lauren Elizabeth Roberts, Bryan James Ross, Christine Elizabeth Schirmer, Steven James Schneeberger, Julia Grace Steinbach, Nicholas John Sutter and Shannon Blair Wooliver. • Megan Wallace has been named to the 2009 first semester dean’s list at the University of Illinois College of Engineering. She is in the honors engineering program and is the daughter of Brian and Connie Wal-

Miami University – John Poyntz Cochran and Megan Elizabeth Fedak.

President’s list

Miami University first semester – Ann Elizabeth Dillard and Laura Ann Schwietering.

UC Clermont to hold open house

UC Clermont College will host an open house for future students and their families from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Batavia. Prospective students will get an opportunity to talk to faculty, view program displays and take a student-led tour. For those that apply that evening, the $50 application fee will be waived. One applicant will also win a free three-credit hour class, a $381 value. For more information, call 732-5200 or (866) 446-2822. Visit for directions.

Williamsburg students see Big Apple sights By John Seney

A group of Williamsburg High School seniors recently returned from a trip to New York City, where they saw a number of

sights including the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Principal Barry Daulton said 33 students along with chaperones made the trip March 11, returning March 14. Attractions visited included

Chinatown, Times Square, Ellis Island and the NBC studios. They also took a tour of the entire city. Daulton, who made the trip with the students, said the overall highlight was a trip to Broadway to see a production of “Mary Poppins.”

“The students had a really good time,” he said. Daulton said the senior trip to New York is done every year and available to any member of the senior class. Most students hold fundraisers

to help pay for the trip, Daulton said. He said the purpose of the trip is for seniors to spend time together and develop memories. Superintendent Jeff Weir called the trip, “a rich experience for them.”

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This week in baseball

• Loveland High School beat Glen Este 7-3, April 2. Glen Este’s Anthony Clark went 3-4; Matt Jones had two base hits and Ryan Fuller had two base hits. • Kings High School beat Amelia High School 18-3 in five innings, April 2. Amelia’s Cody Chase had two base hits. Amelia falls to 0-2 with the loss. • Reading High School beat New Richmond 13-1 in five innings, April 2. New Richmond falls to 3-1 with the loss. • Colerain High School beat Glen Este 12-2 in five innings, April 3. • Wilmington beat Amelia High School 6-4, April 5. Amelia’s David Mayer went 23 with three base hits. Amelia falls to 1-4 with the loss.

This week in softball

• Felicity-Franklin High School beat Williamsburg 1-0, April 2. • Williamsburg beat Ripley 15-5, then 10-0 in five innings, in a double-header April 3. In the first game, Williamsburg’s Hollified was the winning pitcher; A. Tibbs went 2-3; T. Tibbs went 3-3; Courtney Wagers went 2-3 and Tara Dennis went 2-3. In the second game, Rachel Meisberger was the winning pitcher with 13 strikeouts; Tara Dennis, Lindsay Walters and Wagers all went 2-3. • Glen Este High School beat Huber Heights Wayne 71, and 7-4 in a double-header, April 3. In the first game, Glen Este’s Kelly Benhase pitched 18 strikeouts; Kaylin Steinmetz went 2-3 with a homerun and two RBI. In the second game; Kierstin Gregory pitched 12 strikeouts and had two basehits; Jensen Jeffries went 2-3 with two basehits; Steinmentz scored a homerun and had two RBI and Kari Lang went 2-3. Glen Este advances to 4-0 with the win.

This week in track and field

• Williamsburg boys came in first place with a score of 106 in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational, April 3. Williamsburg’s Posey won the discus at 134 feet, 5 inches; and Katron won the pole vault 9-0. • Williamsburg girls placed third with a score of 83 in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational, April 3. Brown won the shot put at 33 feet, .5 inches and Little won the discus at 109 feet, 3 inches. • Glen Este boys placed eighth with a score of 30.25 in the Coaches Classic, April 7. Glen Este’s Trey Adkinson won the pole vault. • Glen Este girls placed seventh with a score of 31.5, April 7. Glen Este’s Michelle Thomas won the 1600 meter in 5:18.54, and the 3200 meter run in 11:14.50. • McNicholas girls placed second with a score of 131.66, April 7. McNick won the 4x800 meter relay in 10:22.72, and Amanda Bradley won the pole vault.

This week in tennis

• Batavia High School beat Blanchester 3-2, April 5. Batavia’s Moles beat Fugget 6-1, 6-3; Bowling beat Lawson 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, Bradburn and Moon beat Ballinger and Pittman 5-7, 61, 6-3. Batavia advances to 10 with the win. • Bethel-Tate beat New Richmond 3-2, April 6. New Richmond’s Manning beat Willenbring 6-1, 6-2; Reid and Lytle beat H. Houchin and J. Houchin 6-4, 6-2. New Richmond falls to 2-1 with the loss. • Wilmington beat Amelia 5-0, April 6. Amelia falls to 0-3 with the loss.

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Amelia track sees increased numbers By Mark Chalifoux

The Amelia High School track team is in a tough conference and a tough district, but the Barons have some positivity surrounding the track program. Amelia has around 50 kids out for track between the boys’ and girls’ teams, which is high for the Barons. “We have about 50 percent more this year,” head coach Charles Swift said. “We have had high numbers early in the season, but they haven’t always lasted. This season we’re hanging on to them.” And the improved numbers mean increased competition at practices.


Amelia’s Mary Svintsitski runs in the finals of the 100-meter dash at the New Richmond Invitational.

“We have kids pushing each other every day and they know they have to work hard to have a spot in races,” Swift said. “In the past, some kids knew they had spots no matter what because of the numbers.” Amelia does have a lot of youth on the team this year and a fair amount of inexperience. Swift said the biggest challenge for them will be adjusting to the varsity level. “A lot of them haven’t been involved in track before so they will learn how difficult it is but we’re hoping to develop them,” he said. “It’s nice to have a good corps moving forward, especially with us moving to a new conference next year.” Amelia will be led by a pair of standouts on the girls’ side. Junior Ali HockJames holds the school record in the 100-meter hurdles and will be a standout hurdler and jumper. “She has a chance to make it to regionals and state if she has a strong year,” Swift said. She made the regional meet as a freshman and was one 100th of a second away from qualifying last season. The other standout for Amelia is distance runner Beth Wilson.


Amelia’s Ali Hock-James pulls away from the competition in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles at the New Richmond Invitational. “We expect her to place in a lot of meets,” Swift said. The boys don’t have a clear standout but have some talented runners in the program, especially among the freshmen who won the junior high league championship a year ago. One big challenge with the increased numbers, Swift said, is having enough

time to work one-on-one with everyone. “After budgetary cutbacks, our coaching staff went from seven paid coaches to four,” he said. “We do have one volunteer to work with pole vaulters but it’s tough to work with all the kids individually. We do the best we can and have to tighten our belts like a lot of programs.”

The kids have responded well to the coaching, Swift said. “They are willing to work hard and do what the coaches ask, whether it’s working on technique or building endurance for certain races, they have been pretty good with that.” “We’re looking for a lot out of these kids this year,” he said.

Local teams get back on track – and field The track and field season is officially under way for high school teams across the state of Ohio. The season culminates with the state championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University June 4-5, as countless local athletes hope to vie for a state title. Here’s a look at the local teams:


Carrie Baird, a Batavia sophomore and returning regional qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles, and standouts Tommy Wiloughby and Jacob Braswell lead the Bulldogs back to the track this spring. Baird also competes in the 100 and 100 hurdles in addition to the 300 hurdles. Wiloughby runs in the 400 and competes in the long jump with Braswell specializing in the 1,600 and 3,200. “Our work ethic has been at its best since I’ve been here,” fourth-year boys head coach Vince Woyan said. Mike Hatfield begins his first season as the girls’ head coach at Batavia. Aside from Baird, a number of additional girls round out the Bulldogs’ varsity lineup including Jaclyn Crouch (middle distance), sophomore Cierra Isner (distance, long jump), freshman Laura Jacobs (sprints), sophomore Lindsey Meador (middle distance) and freshman Alyssa Northrupp (throwing events, long jump). Aside from Wiloughby and Braswell, additional key contributors for the Bulldog boys will include David Ruhstaller (middle distance, long jump), Cody Schott (distance) and Aaron Wood (pole vault).

Richmond boys will also be key contributors including junior Timmy Hall (distance) and senior Mike Maupin (pole vault), second-year head coach Shelby Pride said. New Richmond’s girls coach was unavailable for comment before Community Press deadlines. FILE PHOTO

McNick’s Matt Johnson runs the first leg of a relay for the Rockets last spring during the 2009 season.

Glen Este

The Glen Este track team should have some talented standouts but doesn’t have a considerable amount of depth. “We are young and inexperienced,” said head coach Angie Carson. “We will have some individuals do well but we could struggle as a team at times.” The individual standouts for Glen Este include Michelle Thomas in the mile, 800-meter and the two-mile. She was third in the state in the mile and two-mile. For the boys, Steven Stoffell will be a standout in the mile and in the 800meter. Austin Duncanson will be the team’s top sprinter along with Aaron Baker. Newcomer Trey Adkison will be a key addition in the pole vault.

New Richmond

Senior John Berwanger is the only returning Southern Buckeye Conference champion for the Lion boys following his first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 2009. In addition to the 300 hurdles, Berwanger also specializes in the 110 hurdles and the high jump. Aside from Berwanger, a number of additional New


Senior Amy Brown is the only returning state qualifier in the Wildcats’ program following her 11th-place toss of 119-foot-4 in the discus at the Division III State Championships in 2009. Brown won league titles in both the shot-put and discus events in addition to her state qualification. Brown also won Division III district titles in both events with a 33-foot-10 toss in the shot-put and a 111-foot-8 throw in the discus. Already this spring, several school records have fallen for the Wildcat girls with Brown setting a new high mark in the shot and freshman Emma Imbus breaking a record in the 300-meter hurdles. In addition to Brown and Imbus, additional key contributors for the Lady Wildcats will include sophomore Heidi McManus (sprints), freshman Rebekah Jordan (middle distance), sophomore Molly Bruns (middle distance), senior Darcy Little (throwing events), senior Courtney Pringle (high jump) and freshman Gabby Press (pole vault). Fifth-year girls coach Karen Healey hopes to “win the league meet and take three or four girls to the state meet” this spring, she said. For the Wildcat boys, key contributors will include Jason Zavislak (long jump),

Joey Catron (pole vault), Jacob Simpson (sprints), Robbin Shanklin (hurdles, sprints), Michael Posey (throwing events) and Billy Hickey (throwing events), Marcus Barber (long jump, sprints) and Miles Ruby (sprints), 18th-year head coach Chris Rolph said. Williamsburg’s boys hope to compete for league and district titles this spring, Rolph said. At the 2009 Division III District Championships, Catron finished fifth in the pole vault with a 10-foot vault. Barber took sixth in the long jump at 19-foot-7.5 with Zavislak finishing in seventh place at 19-foot-5.


The McNicholas track and field teams should be strong again as the team works to defend its league championships and strong postseason performances. The boys’ team graduated 16 seniors from the team that finished third in the district meet last year but the Rockets have a good group again this season. The distance runners lead the pack for McNick, as senior Matt Johnson qualified to state in cross country and was a district champ in the 1,600meter run last year. Jeff Griffiths is another standout distance runner for McNick. Juniors Jacob Boehm and David Lawrence will provide the depth for the distance runners. Sean Kelly is the only returning state qualifier from the 4x400 relay that qualified in 2009. He will lead the sprinters along with seniors Ian Lee and Jonnie Candito. Senior Corey Mai will be the top thrower and junior Rudy Scheildknecht will be the top pole vaulter. “We have a lot of talented runners who make our

future look bright,” said head coach Dan Rosenbaum in an e-mail. “We also have two key additions in exchange students Jakob Kuebler and Alessandro Savoia. We want to win the GCL again, win the district title and qualify as many events as possible to state.” The girls’ team only lost four seniors from last year’s team but three of them own individual school records, making it tough for the Rockets to replace them. The girls were league and district champs last year and were the regional runner-up. They finished 13th at state. The team qualified 21 events to the regional meet and nine to the state meet and Rosenbaum said the team wants to increase that this season. The Rockets will be led by junior Rebecca Weisshaar in the high jump, senior Liz Scheidler in the 4x100 and 4x200, junior Tricia Walsh in the 4x100 and 4x200, junior Lauren Clark in the 4x800 and the 800, sophomore Kelsey Mueller in the 4x800 and 800, senior Catherine Paquette in the 4x800, sophomore Rebecca Heise in the high jump and the 4x800 and senior Colleen Kelly in the 4x200. Senior Haley Fitzpatrick was a state qualifier in the 300 hurdles in 2008 and will be a force again this season. Junior Sarah Hayes is a regional qualifier in the shot put and discus and sophomore Amanda Bradley is a regional qualifier in the pole vault. “These girls will be joined by a talented group of freshmen to help build on last year’s success,” Rosenbaum said. Reported by Anthony Amorini and Mark Chalifoux

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April 14, 2010


BRIEFLY More in baseball

• Milford beat Glen Este 12-2 in five innings, April 5. Glen Este falls to 0-6 with the loss. • Batavia beat WIlliamsburg 9-2 in five innings, April 5. Batavia’s Tyler Carver was the winning pitcher; Joey Wahl had two basehits; Ryan Anstaett went 2-3 with two basehits; Ryan Gormley and Vince Painter went 2-4. Williamsburg’s Zavislak had two basehits. Batavia advances to 2-1 with the win. • New Richmond beat Western Brown 3-0, April 5. New Richmond’s Austin Warden pitched 12 strikeouts; Will Shoemaker went 2-3, scored a homerun, had two basehits and two RBIs; Kevin Hamilton went 2-2; and Steve Binder had two basehits. New Richmond advances to 4-1 with the win. • Milford beat New Richmond 12-1 in five innings, April 6. New Richmond falls to 0-2 with the loss. • Williamsburg beat Blan-

chester 19-5, April 7. Williamsburg’s Gerlock was the winning pitcher; Zavislak went 2-6 with two RBIs; Keeton went 2-5; Clowery went 45 with two RBIs; Young went 2-4 with two RBIs; Padgett went 3-4 with five RBIs. Williamsburg advances to 3-1 with the win. • Milford beat Glen Este 17-1, April 7. Glen Este falls to 0-8 with the loss. • McNicholas beat Purcell Marian 14-1 in five innings, April 7. McNick’s Jesse Mehring was the winning pitcher; Craig Hyson went 3-3 with two basehits and four RBIs; Mike Staderman had two basehits; James Hunt had two basehits. McNick’ advances to 2-2 with the win. • New Richmond beat Goshen 5-2, April 7. New Richmond’s Binder was the winning pitcher; Dylan Senters went 2-4 and scored a homerun; Steve Binder scored two homeruns and had two RBIs; Will Shoemaker was 2-4 with two home-

runs; and Zack Ritter went 23. New Richmond advances to 5-1 with the win.

More in softball

• Wilmington beat Amelia 3-0, April 5. Amelia’s Megan Mentzel had two basehits. Amelia advances to 1-2 with the win. • Batavia beat Williamsburg 17-0 in five innings, April 5. Batavia’s Tara Thieryoung pitched nine strikeouts; Brittany Luginbuhl went 2-4 with two base hits and three runs; Jill Crouch went 2-4 with two base hits and two runs; Sam Ison went 2-4 with two basehits and three runs; Lexi Lipps had three base hits and two runs. Batavia advances to 22-2 with the win. • Glen Este beat Milford 30, April 5. Glen Este’s Kelley Benhase pitched 10 strikeouts; Kierstin Gregory had two basehits. Glen Este advances to 5-0 with the win. • Turpin beat McNicholas 7-1, April 6. McNick’s Birk

went 2-4. McNick falls to 0-4 with the loss. • Mt. Notre Dame beat Glen Este 1-0, April 6. Glen Este falls to 3-1 with the loss. • Batavia beat Madeira 76, April 6. Batavia’s Lexi Lipps was the winning pitcher; Brittany Luginbuhl went 2-4 with two base hits; Jill Crouch went 2-4; Tara Thieryoung had two base hits; Sam Ison had two base hits. Batavia advances to 3-2 with the win. • Williamsburg beat Blanchester 6-1, April 7. Williamsburg’s Rachel Meisberger was the winning pitcher; Tara Dennis went 3-4, scored a homerun and had two RBIs; Barge had two base hits and an RBI. Williamsburg advances to 6-2 with the win. • Felicity-Franklin beat Batavia 7-0, April 7. Batavia’s Tara Theiryoung was 2-2 with two basehits; Heather Harris had three base hits. Batavia falls to 3-3 with the loss. • Glen Este beat Milford 10, April 7. Glen Este’s Kelley Benhase pitched 15 strike-

outs; Kierstin Gregory went 23, scored a run and had two basehits; Jensen Jeffries went 2-3 with two basehits and an RBI. Glen Este advances to 6-1 with the win. • McNicholas beat Alter 40, April 7. McNick’s Jones pitched nine strikeouts; Carolyn Schoolfield had two base hits. McNick advances to 1-4 with the win. • Clermont Northeastern beat McNicholas 2-0, April 8. McNicholas falls to 1-4.

Western Brown 3-2, April 8. New Richmond’s Raver beat Latham 6-2, 6-1; LytleGoocey beat Elliott-Rymer 60, 6-1; Reid-Kramer beat Hilton-Creech 6-3, 6-3. New Richmond advances to 4-1 with the win.

TM sets records

The Thomas More College baseball team set two school records April 2, with 32 runs and 30 hits in its 32-0 win over Geneva College in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Thomas More Field. Sophomore Paul Uhl, a McNicholas High School graduate, improved his record to 4-1 on the season as he pitched five shutout innings giving up only two hits and striking out seven.

More in tennis

• Batavia beat Felicity 3-2, April 7. Batavia’s Moles beat Shouse 6-0, 6-0; Bowling beat Reinhart 6-1, 6-1; Goodspeed-Smith beat BurtonMcCann 6-4, 6-1. Batavia advances to 2-0 with the win. • New Richmond beat

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The Williamsburg Lady Cats fourth-grade girls’ basketball team celebrate being undefeated in the Clermont Brown Youth Basketball Association sharing the league title with Mt. Orab Pike (Pike is the coach’s name) who were also undefeated. The Lady Cats won the girls’ end of season tournament by a score of 26-4 beating Mt. Orab Pike. In front is Assistant Coach Bruce Brown. In second row are Victoria Vize, Madison Arwine, Emily Brown, Peyton Fisher and Grace Kuntz. In back row are Keyona Gregory, Leslie Engel, Carly Wagers, Emma Jeffers and Head Coach Travis Fisher.


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Sand volleyball leagues

Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club, 837 U.S. 50, Milford, is taking applications for sand volleyball leagues, both recreational and competitive. Leagues are offered to adults, grade school, high school and college students. Company leagues may also be formed. Doubles, triples, quads and six-person teams are available. The park opened April 3 and leagues will begin April 19 for adults, June 1 for grade school and high school students and June 7 for college students. Register now and save $20 on the team league fee in honor of the club’s 20-year anniversary. The park is also available for rental. Register online at, or call 831-4252.

Super Senior Slow Pitch Softball

Super Senior Softball League, which draws players from all over the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, has five teams and would like to enroll at least 12 more seniors ages 73 and older to make up a sixth team to balance out the league. The purpose of the league is for fun, exercise and camaraderie among seniors who enjoy playing slow pitch and making friends. Super Senior Slow Pitch Softball has its opening day on Wednesday, May 19, at the Blue Ash Fields on Grooms Road. All seniors will play and bat. Cost for the season is $15 per player. Call Bob Holbert at 513-8315709 for more information. There is no admission for coming to watch a game.

Mitts soccer camp

St. Ursula graduate and U.S. women's national soccer team star

defender Heather Mitts announced dates for the CBTS Heather Mitts Soccer Camp presented by Fifth Third Bank and Wellington Orthopaedic & Mitts Sports Medicine. The two-day event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29, at Sycamore High School. Mitts will be on site to direct the activities of the camp and provide instruction. The camp will also feature a selection of the top prep and collegiate coaches in the Cincinnati area. The camp is open to all girls 6-14. In addition to eight hours of soccer instruction, all campers will receive an autographed camp team photo with Heather, a camp T-shirt, and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $149. Campers are encouraged to register early, as spots are limited. Additional information and registration is available at or call 793-CAMP.

Jay Bruce baseball camp

Cincinnati Reds star outfielder Jay Bruce announced dates for the inaugural Jay Bruce Baseball Camp presented by CBTS and Fifth Third Bank in partnership with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. This three-day event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 21, at Prasco Park in Mason. Bruce and Indiana University Head Coach Tracy Smith will be on site to direct the activities of the camp and provide instruction. Bruce will be in attendance at camp all three days and there will also be appearances by other Reds stars. The camp will also feature a selection of the top prep and collegiate

coaches in the Cincinnati area. The camp will be open to all boys and girls ages from 6 to 14. In addition to nine hours of baseball instruction, all campers will receive an autographed camp team photo with Bruce, a camp T-shirt, free admission to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $199. Campers are encouraged to register early, as spots are limited. Additional information and registration is available at or call 793-CAMP.

Baseball academy

The University of Cincinnati is conducting an All-Star Baseball Academy Ohio College Coaches Camp Wednesday and Thursday, June 9

and June 10. The camp is open to all committed baseball players ages 13-18. All instruction will be done by college coaches. All aspects of baseball will be covered and available for each participant. Players can choose a specific skill to work on in the morning sessions and use that skill in the afternoon. Hitting will be the main focus in the afternoon with live batting practice, cage work, bunting and small group mechanical seminars. Cost is $250 per participant. All personal checks should be made out to ASBA. Visa and Master Card are accepted. Registration and credit card payments can be made at

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Terrorists should not be granted rights Several months ago the U.S. Attorney General announced his decision to put five terrorists on trial. They are accused of working together on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. The trials will be in New York City where the terrorists will be granted the same rights as you and me. Though I have every confidence in the federal system and the quality of our prosecutors, attorneys and judges for a fair and unbiased trial, I do have grave concerns about the process. Wartime criminals are generally tried in military courts not in New York City where the media can provide a world class “stage” and venue for the terrorists to spout extremism and their vile hatred toward America. War criminals are not normally afforded the same rights and privileges as American citizens in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Do any of you think that the 4th Amendment which protects us against unlawful search and seizure, or the requirement of Miranda warnings, should be part of the protocol followed by our government in capturing these five thugs? “Hey, Mr. Terrorist: Stop! I must read you your rights before questioning you about flying a plane into the World Trade Center. Or even better, I must get a search warrant prior to searching your cave for information on attacking America.” The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents, who investigated them will be compelled to testify and answer honestly about all relevant facts of the case; a requirement of criminal trials in America. Will America’s secrets, resources or best methods of operation be a target of the questioning by defense attorneys? Can the CIA protect these secrets during questioning? Will our knowledge and information of a ter-


rorist country be revealed via a motion, a ruling from the bench? America’s criminal court system was not designed to hear cases involving wars Clermont on foreign soil. County Chief Military trials and Deputy c o m m i s s i o n s Sheriff Rick were created for Combs exactly this purpose, and have Community professionallyPress guest trained military columnist judges, prosecutors and attorneys who understand the system and what is at stake. Local and federal authorities are capable of security but, at what cost and why? The cost of security for the trial and even protection for the judges, prosecutors and jury members, possibly for the rest of their lives will be incomprehensible. Under the methods used by the military and CIA, these “prisoners” have been cooperating and have purportedly provided valuable information about their operations. Why are we bringing these confessed murderers to New York for a high profile trial and giving them the right to remain silent? The president and attorney general assured us of a conviction, while assuring the world that this will be a fair trial. Is it all for hype to show the rest of the world how civilized and sensitive American can be? Rest assured these trials will place a number of our citizens and public servants at a greater risk than if they had been tried in a military tribunal. Rick Combs is a chief deputy of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. He lives in Miami Township.



to state that we condemn this sort of activity. If the individual who made the call is reading this article, he needs to know we don’t need Rich Jordan his support. If Community you are active in party, please Press guest our get out. columnist F r e q u e n t l y, our party disagrees with Jean Schmidt, but we do respect and honor the commitment she has made to serve the community. Robust political debate is necessary for democracy to thrive, but tactics of intimidation and fear shouldn’t be encouraged or tolerated.


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I would like to address the article titled “Donation to help team provide military service” which began by saying that the Cinti Patriots took over the Tealtown baseball fields Memorial Day Tournament so they could focus more on veterans and the fallen veterans. The truth is that the original Memorial Day Tournament was dedicated to a local captured soldier, SSG Keith “Matt” Maupin

and the second tournament, after it was learned that Matt had been killed, honored all fallen heroes that have served our country. Is this not a true focus? Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McLaughlin, you were involved those first two years. How could you conveniently forget that a captured soldier and fallen heroes were the reason for the tournaments? I felt our veterans deserved to know the truth surrounding the original tournament while at the

same time thank them for all they have done and continue to do. The SSG Keith “Matt” Maupin tournament still goes on with proceeds going for scholarships to the high schools where the fallen soldiers graduated and to the Yellow Ribbon Center. Carol Whitaker Supporter of the Matt Maupin Tournament Parfore Court Pierce Township

Spirit, supply stores needed at Milford Kids need supplies for school. Kids also want to show that they are proud of their school and the Milford Eagles. Well, now you can get both of these things, supplies and spiritwear, at your Milford schools. We have surveyed five classes at Boyd E. Smith to see how many people want to show their school spirit and how many times kids get in trouble by teachers if they don’t have all of the right supplies for the right class. One hundred percent of the kids want to show their spirit! Isn’t that great! The only thing is they don’t have anything to show it. Also 95 percent of the kids get in trouble if they don’t have the right supplies. So we have come up with an idea to make the kids have the supplies they need and to show their spirit! A school Spirit/Supply Store! The store would have to be placed somewhere where all students could visit. Also, the school would have to buy more of the supplies when they run out. Now you are probably thinking who will run it, and what happens if my child loses the money? So we will have parent volunteers help run it. Instead of your child bringing money to school they will have a card that will stay at the


The winner of the “Be A Journalist” Sixth-Grade Column Contest at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School in Milford is Jensen Mills, right. The two runners up are Addison Burns, left, and Riley Callahan. store. They parent will have to come in and put money on the student’s card, similar to a credit card. The money will go to the school. The store will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, during the student’s lunch. The cards will stay at the store, sorted by class. The students will be able to try the shirts on to make sure they fit. They would be required to go and put their purchases back in their lockers. These are opinions of two sixth graders about the idea who are friends of mine. Jennifer Torell from Indiana said, “This is a great idea! I would love to have this put in our schools because we get

Political leaders must reject threats, violence Occasionally, events in the political arena motivate me to the point of actually writing a letter to the editor. Today, the ongoing struggle over health insurance legislation has finally roused my ire. Unfortunately, the passion of extremists on both sides has boiled over, resulting in some very ugly acts directed at elected representatives. Our local congresswoman, Jean Schmidt, was the target of a least one these threats. On March 25 Rep. Schmidt released a nasty recorded message that was phoned into her office by a thug that apparently disagrees with her. This kind of activity is totally out of bounds. As a member of Clermont County’s Democratic Party leadership, I feel it necessary

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On the politics of health care reform, the legislative process has ended but the struggle continues. Leaders of the Republican Party have promised to campaign on repeal and President Obama seems willing to accept the challenge. Passage of the legislation has energized our progressive base and Democratic office holders and candidates are lining up behind the President. The 2010 election campaign has begun and it appears as though it will be as contentious as ever. To all of you who love to campaign and revel in the political turmoil, I hope to see you at the polls. In Clermont County, Democrats may not be a strong political force, but we are looking forward to the

days ahead. We’re confident that President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and senate Democrats will define the issues and shape the debate. Birth certificates, death panels and gun control will not be on the agenda. Election Day, I believe it will be very clear where Rep. Schmidt and Rob Portman stand on financial institution regulation, education reform and investment in job creation. Local Democrats will be working hard to persuade people to our point of view and increase our candidates’ district and statewide vote totals. Happy campaigning, to all. Rich Jordan is vice-chair of the Clermont County Democratic Party’s Central Committee. He lives on Jeb Stuart Drive in Milford.

points taken off our report card when we don’t bring the right supplies to class.” This is what Mason Eiler from Michigan said, “I think this would be okay. My only concern is that the person running it could take someone’s card and use it to buy themselves something.” Having a store that sells supplies and spiritwear in schools would be a fun and great idea. Jensen Mills is a sixth-grader at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School in Milford. She is the winner of the “Be A Journalist” Sixth-Grade Column Contest at Smith Elementary. The two runners up are Addison Burns and Riley Callahan.

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CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to open more coastal waters to oil and gas exploration? Why or why not? “Obama made that decision about offshore drilling purely to help his sagging poll numbers. He knows that exploring and drilling for oil and gas is very popular with the American people. “But he also knows that his administration has many loopholes that can be used down the road to prevent drilling in those

This week’s question What’s your opinion of Chad Ochocinco’s non-football activities, like “Dancing with the Stars”? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@ with “chatroom” in the subject line. very same areas. “This is very deceptive, but something I have come to expect from him. And, in a related action, which did not get nearly the same

amount of press, he put other areas off limits for exploration. “Our continued national decision to ignore much of our oil and gas reserves and to fail to produce more nuclear energy is tragic. “It will produce higher energy costs, higher unemployment, and higher inflation, but far worse, it may cost American lives if we ever get into a war where our overseas energy sources are denied us. This is the definition of insanity.” T.H. “The U.S. Is critically dependent on foreign oil and gets jerked

around by petro-rich countries because of it. We have untapped oil resources in our coastal waters that could reduce our dependence. “What’s not to like, as long as the exploration is done in an environmentally responsible way? How can we let ourselves starve to death in the middle of a buffet line?” F.S.D. “If President Obama actually did open more coastal waters for oil and gas exploration that’s good news. However, I heard claims that while he gave more with one hand he reduced even more with the other.

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“American companies have the know-how to safely recover oil from the ocean depths without harming the environment. They can also do the same in the Alaskan wilderness.” R.V. “The only valid reason is that he is placating the Republicans in Congress. While I personally am not against legitimate drilling in known preserves, the amount of oil is negligible to the total we use. This may take some of the focus off greater efficiencies and renewable alternatives.” J.Z.



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At Recreations Outlet, kids can have fun By John Seney

Most retailers would cringe if a bunch a young children came in and started playing all over their merchandise. The people who run Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet in Miami Township not only don’t mind, they welcome it. The primary purpose of the store is to sell recreation equipment such as play sets, trampolines and basketball goals. “But we also allow parents to bring their kids in and get a feel for the equipment,” said Carla Weeks, program manager at the store. The store has free play time three mornings a week. At other times, parents can pay $4 during the week or $6 on weekends for a couple of hours of play time. Yearly memberships also are available. On a recent morning, the store was packed with parents and young children looking for a place to burn off energy on a cold winter day. There are 14 swings, four trampolines, numerous slides and climbing equipment. The store has three party rooms for birthdays and an inflatable room for use during the parties. There are three separate rooms dedicated to pottery, art and theater which will be leased out for those activities. There also is a gift shop. Weeks said there are plans to open a restaurant in the future serving casual food such as pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads and

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Business: Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet Address: 885 Ohio 28, Miami Township Phone: 561-8695 Web site: www.recreation Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Owner: Pete DeLois Other stores: Kids First, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati; and in Columbus Employees at Miami Township store: 18 snacks. By summer, there could be special events aimed at kids, such as a Mad Science camp. “It’s an awesome activity center for kids and parents,” Weeks said. Owner Pete DeLois said “we’ve been pleased” with business at the Miami Township location since opening in mid-January. The business, just east of Interstate 275, formerly housed a horse riding supply store and a lumber store. DeLois said he liked the location because of accessibility to I-275 and because “it seemed like a good investment in real estate.” Getting the 40,000square-foot facility ready included raising a drop ceiling and installing a new heating and cooling system. There are warehouses in back of the store for storing the recreational equipment. The store is a distributor for Rainbow Play Systems, a major manufacturer of play sets. Recreations Outlet, at 885 Ohio 28, will have a grand opening celebration 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Glen Este varsity softball coach Tim Gregory might be a league rival of Milford varsity softball coach Christy Foster, but that didn’t stop him from proposing to her before their Wednesday, April 7, game. The two have been dating for two and a half years and after they finished going over the game’s ground rules, Gregory got down on one knee and asked Foster to spend the rest of her life with him. To the delight of both their teams, Foster said “yes.” “I was definitely surprised,” Foster said. “I told my team right before ground rules to go swing their bats and they all just stood there and my assistant coach put her arms around me and said it was OK. And I’m thinking it’s not all right, they need to practice, but we’ll go with it.” Before the game Gregory said he was nervous, but confident the softball field was the perfect place to propose. “It’s a big league rival and softball is really what brought us together,” he said. Foster agreed, calling the proposal “perfect” even though the Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Trojans. “He won 1-0,” she said. “I was upset that we lost a huge league game. We were one hit away from winning so that was frustrating.” Glen Este beat Milford twice last season in a pair of 1-0 victories for the Lady Trojans. “It’s interesting on the field and on the home front,” Foster said. The home front has been a busy place for phone calls for the couple from across the country. Foster said they have been interviewed by the “Early Show” on CBS and a variety of other national television and radio shows. Anthony Amorini contributed to this report.


Milford softball coach Christy Foster listens as Glen Este softball coach Tim Gregory goes over the ground rules just moments before he proposed.


Work on fitness


Abby Roberts, 6, of Batavia tries out one of the swings at Pete DeLois’ Recreation Outlet in Miami Township.


Glen Este softball coach Tim Gregory proposed to Milford’s softball coach Christy Foster before their Wednesday, April 7, game.

• Jazzercise Amelia is hosting Jazzercise from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road. The cost is $20 per month. Call 520-6390. • Friendship Lutheran Church is hosting the Friendly Zumba Fitness Class at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the church, 1300 White Oak Road in Pierce Township. The cost is $5. Call 310-5600 or visit www.zumbawithrobin.webs.c om.

Society meeting

The Clermont County Historical Society meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in room S143 at UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia. The event is free. Call 753-8672.

Book club

Clermont County Public Library is hosting Bookends Book Club at 1


Christy Foster kisses fiance Tim Gregory after accepting his proposal.

Share your events Go to and click on Share! to get your event into the Community Journal. p.m. Monday, April 19, at the New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. It is a book discussion group for adults. This month’s title is “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez. The event is free. Call 553-0570.

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Clermont County Public

Library is presenting the program “How about a Staycation?” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. It is a discussion with the National Park Service on fun ways to save money and spend time with family. The program is free. Registration is required. Call 553-0570.

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Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m.Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township. Family Caregiver Resource Meeting, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Free. Presented by Caregiver Assistance Network. 929-4483; Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road. $20 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Amelia. 520-6390. Amelia.


Mystery Book Club, 12:30 p.m. “Little Mexico” by Cathie John. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Adults. Bring bag lunch. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 3-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 1 6


Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Room S143. UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Free. Presented by Clermont County Historical Society. 753-8672. Batavia. Frontier Square Dance Club, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. Plus-level square and round dance club. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Milford.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


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


Cincinnati Flower Show, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Opening Night Gala. Symmes Township Park, 11600 Lebanon Road. World-class horticultural event with hundreds of landscapers, growers, floral designers and artists. $25 two-day pass; $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15. Parking: $8 valet, $4. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 683-6644; Symmes Township.


Right Turn Clyde, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cindy’s Friendly Tavern, 125 Karl Brown Way. 5835469. Loveland.


Blues Merchants, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Maloney’s Pub East, 7660 Beechmont Ave. 232-8484. Anderson Township.


Snake Jamboree, 10 a.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Meet a special guest, make a craft and play some slithery games. Ages 3-5. $4. Registration required online by April 13. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


The Nerd, 8 p.m. Mulberry Elementary School, 5950 Buckwheat Road. Hopeless “nerd” causes chaos at Willum Cubbert’s 34th birthday party. $12, $10 seniors and students. Presented by Milford Theatre Guilde. 575-9351. Miami Township.


Trinity Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road. Benefits mission works. Through April 17. 831-0262. Milford. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 1 7


Family Breakfast Meeting, 9 a.m. With guest speaker John Hutzel. Golden Corral Eastgate, 4394 Glen Este Withamsville Road. $8 adults, $4 children. Reservations required by Feb. 16. Presented by Business Men’s Fellowship USA Cincinnati-East Chapter. 8312029. Eastgate.


Savory Soups Cooking Demonstration, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Vital Sensations Kitchen, 1582 Muskegon Drive. Hearty and satisfying soups include: Roasted Corn Chowder, Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Thai Carrot Coconut Soup and Caramelized Cauliflower Soup. With Tracy Jo Duckworth. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 474-6608. Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, $20 per month. 520-6390. Amelia.


Cincinnati Flower Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Opening weekend pass: $25, $18 advance. Symmes Township Park, $25 two-day pass; $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15. Parking: $8 valet, $4. 683-6644; Symmes Township.


Soil Fertility Class, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. With Holly Utrata-Halcomb, district administrator of Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District. $10. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 772-7645; Anderson Township.


II Juicy, 9:30 p.m. Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave. Suite 201, 827-9146. Anderson Township.


Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m. “Malt Shop Murder.” Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road. $33.50. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. The Nerd, 8 p.m. Mulberry Elementary School, $12, $10 seniors and students. 575-9351. Miami Township.


Kite Day, noon-4 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Bring your kite or purchase one. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Family friendly. Optional kite, $4; free admission, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to The Amazing Portable Circus After Prom Preview, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road. Stilt juggler and gold living statue. Free. Presented by The Amazing Portable Circus. 921-5454; Anderson Township.


Trinity Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 831-0262. Milford. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 1 8


Owensville Historical Society Meeting, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Debbie Clepper, Clermont County Recorder, gives presentation on how to use County records to trace the history of a house or property. Owensville Historical Society, 410 BroadWay. 735-2440; Owensville.


Giving Your Poems Roots and Wings, 2 p.m. Poetry Workshop, by donation, begins at 3:30 p.m. Bring five copies on up to three poems. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Panel discussion with poets Richard Hague, Leah Maines, Robert and Elizabeth Murphy, Lynn Robbins and Valerie Chronis Bickett. $15. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland.


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


Cincinnati Flower Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Opening weekend pass: $25, $18 advance. Symmes Township Park, $25 two-day pass; $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15. Parking: $8 valet, $4. 683-6644; Symmes Township. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 1 9


Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2736; Amelia.


Self Defense Class, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road. Hamilton County Sheriffs share knowledge and experience and give realistic practice to protect yourself from attack. Wear exercise clothing and shoes. $10. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. It’s Fun to be Frugal!, 7 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Learn how to cut corners to reduce your budget and save money. Discover print and electronic sources to help with household budgets, menu planning, how to find Web site deals and more. Free. Registration required. 722-1221. Goshen.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson


AARP Ohio will offer a Driver Safety Class for those 50 years old and up from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike, in the main auditorium. There will be information on defensive driving techniques, traffic laws, rules of the road, how to handle problem situation such as left turns, right-of-way and other relevant information. Course book and other materials provided. Bring driver’s license and AARP number. Cost is $14, $12 AARP members. Registration required. Call 732-3888. Township. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, $20 per month. 5206390. Amelia. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, 1300 White Oak Road. $5. 310-5600; Pierce Township.


Log Cabin Herb Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Hartman House Log Cabin, 5272 Aber Road. Society encourages the knowledge and use of herbs by providing a monthly educational program. Guests are welcome. Presented by Log Cabin Herb Society. 768-6137. Jackson Township.


Cincinnati Flower Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Symmes Township Park, $25 two-day pass; $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15. Parking: $8 valet, $4. 683-6644; Symmes Township.


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


Bookends Book Club, 1 p.m. “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Book discussion group. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570; New Richmond. Bethel Book Discussion Group, 1 p.m. “Rasputin’s Daughter” by Robert Alexander. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. 7342619. Bethel.


How about a Staycation?, 7 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Discussion with the National Park Service on fun ways to save money and spend time with family. Free. Registration required. 5530570. New Richmond.

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Cincinnati Flower Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Symmes Township Park, $25 two-day pass; $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15. Parking: $8 valet, $4. 683-6644; Symmes Township.


Dining and Dancing with the Cincinnati Sinatra, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Matt Snow on vocals. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet. Family friendly. $16.95, discounts for seniors and children. Reservations required, available online. Presented by 576-9766; Eastgate.


Adult Beginner Tennis, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 13. Juilfs Park, 8249 Clough Pike. Learn proper techniques of forehand, backhand, service and volley. Ages 18 and up. $75, $65 residents. Registration required. 3884514. Anderson Township. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 1


Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, $20 per month. 5206390. Amelia.

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, $5. 310-5600; Pierce 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.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave. Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Anderson Township.


Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 18 months-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia.


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.

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Networking at Noon, noon, Clermont Chamber of Commerce, 4355 Ferguson Drive. Suite 150, Networking group for business owners. Bring lunch. 576-5000; Union Township.


Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. 929-2427; Milford.



Kings Island opens for the season on Saturday, April 17, with its newest attraction, Planet Snoopy. The collection of “Peanuts”themed rides for all ages include four children’s roller coasters, a live stage show and Peanuts’ characters’ meet and greets. Pictured is the “Race for Your Life Charlie Brown” ride. The park has another new ride, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, an interactive family attraction. Hours for Saturday, April 17, are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the park closed Sunday. The park re-opens Friday, April 23 for weekend operation. Daily operation begins May 21. Go to for ticket prices.

AARP Driver Safety Class, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. Main auditorium. Fourhour course on driver safety. Information on defensive driving techniques, traffic laws, rules of the Road. how to handle problem situation such as left turns, right-of-Way. and other relevant information. Course book and other materials provided. Open to ages 50 and up. Please bring driver’s license and AARP number. $14, $12 AARP members. Registration required. Presented by AARP Ohio. 732-3888. Batavia Township.


See Elmo, Zoe and Big Bird sing and dance during Sesame Street Live’s touring production of “Elmo’s Green Thumb,” an adventure and lesson about the ecosystem. It is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Tickets are $12-$27, plus a $2 facility fee. Opening night tickets are $12, plus a $2 facility fee. For information, call 859-442-2652; visit For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


Community Journal

April 14, 2010


A twist on the ‘Ten Commandments of Marriage’

The Rev. Ed Young, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, wrote a book titled “The Ten Commandments of Marriage.” I never read the Rev. Young’s book but I enjoyed his commandment titles. I expand on them with my own reflections. 1. Thou shalt not be a selfish pig. The worst enemy in any relationship is our selfishness – that my feelings count and yours don’t; that you are here to serve me and make me happy; that if anything goes wrong, it’s your fault, not mine. The opposite of selfishness is love. A good indication that love is present is when the welfare and satisfaction of another person comes to mean as much to me as my own. 2. Though shalt cut the apron stings. When a

wedding t a k e s place in a church, another ceremony t a k e s place right in Father Lou below the couGuntzelman ples psyPerspectives chic basement. The groom unconsciously transfers to his bride the qualities and faults of his mother – and expects to find them hereafter in his bride. The bride, transfers over to the groom the qualities and faults of her dad. The unconscious basement ceremony is not ideal. The most ideal situation happens when each spouse recognizes these parental transferences, cuts loose from them, and works to come to know the uniqueness of

their own spouse. 3. Thou shalt continually communicate. The average married couple actively communicate about 27 minutes a week. Yet, “Unless we are fully known, we cannot be fully loved.” And how else do we become authentically known unless we let the other know of our fears, hopes, dreams, anxieties, insufficiencies, etc.? We’re usually afraid because we expect rejection. That’s a possibility. But the risk is worth taking to finally come to be loved for who and what we are. 4. Thou shalt make conflict thy ally. Disagreements are not catastrophes. They are to be expected occasionally when two separate and unique persons form a relationship. Differences are opportunities to communicate, understand, compromise and solidify the

relationship. The absence of conflict demonstrates that either the relationship isn’t important enough or that both individuals are too insecure to risk disagreement. 5. Though shalt avoid the quicksand of debt. Money, especially in our culture, can become a bone of contention, an instrument of power, a constant worry, an expression of selfishness, and a destroyer of more important realities. Prudent spending flows from a responsible maturity on the part of both spouses. 6. Thou shalt flee sexual temptations – online and otherwise. Sexual pleasure is wonderful, but it speaks of spiritual and personal realities far more profound than feeling good. To seek sexual pleasure independently of my spouse and my sense of commitment to

her/him, is more an adolescent trait than that of an adult. The interpenetration of hearts and souls requires lifelong fidelity. 7. Thou shalt forgive your mate 490-plus times. The 490 number comes from the biblical admonition to forgive not only seven times, but seventy times seven. One of marriages primary purposes is to teach us how to forgive. It is a manifestation of love. 8. Thou shalt keep the home fires burning. Building a good marriage and a good log fire are similar. At first, the paper and kindling make a brilliantly burning blaze. Then the first blaze dies down and you wonder if the fire will fizzle out and leave you in the dark. You blow on it and fan it for all you’re worth. Sometimes the smoke billows out and almost chokes

you or brings tears to your eyes. But if the materials are good and you invest enough time and energy and interest, the solid logs catch and the fire continues. 9. Thou shalt begin again and again. Nothing in this world that is worthwhile occurs suddenly. If a solid love relationship is really desired and valued, we are willing to go for it again and again. 10. Thou shalt build a winning team. It takes two to build a successful marriage, but only one to destroy it. All of the above are seen as teamwork issues by both spouses. And a good team reaches the goal. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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due to the grade of the yard, I have a swamp out here for at least a week at a time,” said Frisby. “It became a problem and I let them know. They came out, looked at it, and told me the grade works. Basically, they’re going to keep it how it is,” he said. Frisby told the builder he contacted me and said now the builder is much more cooperative. The company has agreed to hire an engineer to assess the driveway and sidewalk problem. The company will now rely on the engineer to come up with a proposal to keep the concrete from collaps-


trucks and just regular cars. Gravity is going to collapse it.” he said. Frisby complained, “The builder just plans to shovel gravel underneath my driveway and that’s how they’re going to fix it. I’m not happy with that at all.” He said that gravel needs to be compacted in order to properly support the concrete. Another concern is a white chalk-like substance that’s appeared in many areas on the brick around the house. Frisby wants to know what that substance is, what’s caused it, and how to get rid of it for good. Yet another issue concerns the grading of the backyard. When it rains, water pools in the yard and doesn’t drain away. “After any rain or snow,


making it very difficult for me, which is why I c a l l e d you,” he said. Howard Ain m Oa j no er Hey Howard! p r o b l e m pointed out by his father, Dave, and others, has to do with the concrete driveway and sidewalk – they’re suspended in air in several places. “We’re 8 feet straight out this way and there’s absolutely nothing underneath holding it up. There should be compacted gravel underneath the concrete,” said Frisby’s father. “It’s just a matter of time before all this just collapses from the weight of vehicles,

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April 14, 2010

April is Grange Month

Roll out a tasty teatime with asparagus treats I was right in the middle of making bean soup from leftover Easter ham when I got the call from friends Butch and Char Castle. “We’re g o i n g m o r e l hunting – want us to pick you up?� Within five minRita utes, I was Heikenfeld waiting at the edge Rita’s kitchen of the driveway with my favorite morelhunting basket in hand. (Yes, I did turn off the bean soup). Now I can’t tell you where we looked, since it’s as secret as knowing where to find ginseng, but I will tell you it was one vigorous workout, climbing up to the crest of the wooded hill. We found everything BUT morels: wild flowers in abundance: spring beauties, bloodroot, trilliums, violets, phlox, Dutchmen’s breaches, and wild edibles like garlic mustard, onions, and ramps (wild leeks). It was just the mental spring tonic I needed. (And we will go back – we morel hunters never give up). When I got home, I

found a bonus near the fencerow: wild asparagus. I added that to what I picked out of our asparagus patch and plan to make these yummy asparagus rolls.

Promont Museum’s asparagus rolls

Just looking at the photo will have you running to the kitchen to make these. Mary Ann Benoski, tea coordinator at the Milford, Ohio, museum, shared this recipe. “One of my favorite sandwich recipes this time of year,� she said. Mary Ann and staff have afternoon teas at Promont House and volunteers prepare the food. Beautifully presented on fine china, their afternoon tea is not to be missed. They provide a docent guided tour included in the price of the tea ($20; luncheon $25). Mary Ann said tea cuisine “includes something chocolate, something crunchy and something gooey.� You’ll have a memorable time taking tea at this Victorian mansion once occupied by Ohio Gov. John Pattison and family, and the profits from the teas help the upkeep of the museum. To make reservations, call 513-248-0324 or log onto 14 asparagus spears steamed tender-crisp in salted water, set aside on paper towels. 5 oz. extra sharp Cheddar, grated coarse 5 oz. Pepper Jack, grated coarse 3 â „4 cup mayonnaise 1 â „4 cup finely diced bottled roasted red pepper, and reserve enough 2-inch slices for garnish on sandwich folds. (Rinse and pat dry all first) Combine everything but asparagus in a mixing bowl with hand held mixer set on medium-low speed.


14 slices Pepperidge Farm white bread (crust removed) Place slices of bread between sheets of waxed paper and flatten slightly with rolling pin. Spread each slice with a rounded tablespoon of cheese mixture, top with asparagus spear (trimmed the length of bread slice from corner to corner). Fold opposite corners together over spear overlapping and garnish with two strips of roasted red peppers making an “X,� sealing down corners of bread slice. If necessary use tooth


Asparagus rolls are a favorite treat this time of year for Mary Ann Benoski, tea coordinator at the Promont House Museum. pick to secure until serving slices prosciutto topped with and cover all sandwiches an even layer of pepper, with moist paper towels mozzarella, and onion, then until served. Chilling helps top with another slice of to tighten the flattened rolls. bread. Brush with olive oil. Place that side face down on Panini with mozzarella, griddle and brush top with prosciutto and peppers olive oil. Weight sandwichNever one to throw left- es down with heavy skillet overs away, I made these (or not, if you use a panini grilled sandwiches from left- press) and brown a few over Ciabiatta bread, some minutes on each side. prosciutto I had left from an antipasto tray, and the last From readers’ kitchens of the roasted red peppers Kudos for Ruth Lyons from the freezer. coffee cake: Dave Weller, a Feel free to augment Villa Hills, Ky., reader, said these with more filling, or he’s made the Ruth Lyons use whatever cheese, meat, coffee cake. “If you like a etc. you have on hand. You moist cinnamon coffee can hardly go wrong! cake, that would be your cake. The cake is easy to Thin slices of crusty Italmake. It has become a ian bread favorite at my in-laws for Prosciutto (or other ham) Easter brunch.� Roasted red pepper strips Mozzarella slices Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s Thinly sliced red onion certified culinary professional. E-mail columns@community Preheat grill pan or with “Rita’s kitchen� dle over medium high. Make sandwiches: 2 to 3 in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

April is National Grange Month. The Monroe Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, with the junior Grangers putting on the program about Australia. The junior members will present their program first. The meeting will continue with the finalization of the plans for the food and beverage booth at the Grassy Run Rendezvous coming up April 23, April 24 and April 25 at the Williamsburg Community Park. Friday will be school day. Saturday and Sunday is open to the public to learn about the lifestyles of that era. At the meeting will be the state Grange baking contest. The recipe for the adults sugar cookies is provided. They can also make their favorite chocolate fudge with nuts and include the recipe. The children have recipes for pumpkin cookies for the 12 to 14 age group and Viennese Biscuits for the 5 to 11 age group. This is always an exciting time to see how their baking turns out. The deputies will be taking the pop tabs, used eyeglasses and baking contest winners to the deputies conference at Friendly Hills Grange Camp May 1. You don’t need to be a farmer to join the Grange. Anyone interested, may contact the Rooks at 7346980.

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Community Journal


Animals are a joy to have around Howdy folks, The weather sure is good, don’t you think? It suits my clothes better than all the cold weather and snow we had earlier. The animals we have are such a joy. The other morning I got up at 5:30 a.m. and Ruth Ann was still sleeping. So I fed the cats, made coffee and got the paper. I was reading the paper, Dixie our cat came and put his front paws on the couch where I was setting and was meowing at me. I thought he wanted to sit by me so I picked him up. But he got ready and jumped down and was looking towards the bedroom. So I got up and he ran in front of me to the bedroom to check on Ruth Ann. She was awake and said something and got up. Then when I got back to the couch Dixie laid down and went to sleep. When both of us are in the house we need to be in the same room as far as Dixie is concerned. Animals are something. When we go away and come home after dark, Dixie is setting at the kitchen door watching for us. When he sees we are both back he will go lay

down. Last week we went up to Georgetown and stopped to see Tuffey at the Villa George Georgetown Rooks N u r s i n g Ole Home. This has Fisherman feller been in the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery organization for years. We have known this feller for a bunch of years and he is one great person. He has been a very important part of the O.V.A.M. organization. He had a John Deere R tractor that he rebuilt and it was a beautiful tractor. Years ago the Clermont County Sportsman Club had a tractor show. While some of us were talking I heard a horn starting to blow. I said, that is Tuffey coming with his tractor and it was. Last Friday we took the Kinner children fishing to get some of the requirements for the girls badges for their American Heritage Girls and Ethan for his badge for his Cub Scouts. The American Heritage

Girls is a Christian Scouting program for girls. They have 77 girls in the club at the Bethel United Methodist Church. A fundraiser for them is being held April 18 at the Street Beat Salon, from 1:30 til 4:30 with haircuts. The shop is located at 671 Ohio Pike. Ruth Ann and I went fishing on Saturday and got a nice catch of fish. These will be for a good fish dinner at a later time. Grandpa and Grandma (that’s us) went to a graduation party for our granddaughter Michelle Friday evening. She has graduated from college with a degree in marketing. There was a big crowd with several of her college friends, family and church friends attending. Her other grandma and grandpa were there, too, and they are proud as we are, of all their grandchildren and their accomplishments. On Easter after going to church we went over to our daughter’s, along with other family for dinner, and the kids had an egg hunt. I always remember Easter as a child. The one that sticks out in my mind was the one when we got home

from church and Mom said, “I think I saw the Easter Bunny out in the yard. I think the bunny may have left something, go change your clothes and look.” After we changed, we came running and as we went outside Mom said, “don’t slam the screen door.” Well, we were way outside when she said that and the screen door had slammed. By golly the Easter Bunny had left a basket for each of us. What a memory. While we were working in the garden last Monday, I saw some asparagus that needed to be cut. That was the first of the season. Boy was it good. At the Bethel Lions Club meeting we were honored by a visit from another Lions Club member from Georgetown. This feller is a public relations representative from District 13-G. Thanks, Steve. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


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The Clermont Chamber of Commerce, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners and the Economic Development Corporation of Clermont County (ED3C) recently were awarded the Greater Cincinnati Service to Community Award at UC’s Economics Center for Education & Research annual luncheon. Each year the UC Economics Center recognizes local examples of outstanding economic development practices. The Clermont Chamber, Clermont County and ED3C were recognized for grounding their practices in economic research, improving the economic welfare of the people of Clermont County and leading the way in innovative and thoughtful approaches to economic development. Using the Economics Center’s research and consulting services, this public private partnership identified high opportunity industries and workforce needs. From left are Thomas Heekin, chairman UC Economics Center for Education & Research; Steve Wharton, executive director ED3C (Economic Development Corporation of Clermont County); Scott Croswell, Clermont County commissioner; and Matt Van Sant, president/CEO Clermont Chamber of Commerce.



Flower show poster for 2010 unveiled The 2010 Cincinnati Flower Show poster was unveiled to the public at historic Meade House, in Symmes Township, just a stone’s throw away from Symmes Township Park, the 2010 show venue. The poster was designed

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Clermont Co. Pinwheels for Prevention is Ohio’s statewide public awareness campaign that brings attention to child abuse and neglect. Throughout the state, colorful pinwheels will be planted in front of courthouses, playgrounds, libraries, schools, churches and parks. Each pinwheel repre-

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sents a case of child abuse and neglect reported to the children’s services agencies in Ohio. In addition, education and media campaigns will complement these displays to raise the public’s awareness. Included in this year’s Clermont County display will be a sign to provide information regarding the reports received within the county. In 2007, there were 106,538 reports of child abuse and neglect in Ohio. Last year, Clermont County had 1,411 new referrals. From 2008 to 2009 there has been an increase in the number of referrals: • 26 percent increase of referrals 2008 vs. 2009. • 10 percent increase in sex abuse. • 19 percent increase in neglect. • 55 percent increase in

physical abuse. Most Ohioans are unaware of how widespread the problems of child abuse and neglect are in their local communities. Pinwheels for Prevention is designed to show the public in a very dramatic way that child abuse and neglect occurs in every community and encourages a focus on prevention as part of the overall plan to break the cycle of abuse. These pinwheels will represent efforts to change the way Clermont County thinks about prevention with the focus on ways to motivate action. Show your support for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign “Winds of Change: It’s Your Turn to Raise the Leaders of Tomorrow.� This year a pinwheel display was placed in front of

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the group will be touring its old high school (now the junior high), followed by an all-day cookout/picnic in the Sycamore Shelter of the Blue Ash Nature Park on Cooper Road (next to the police station). Contact Carol Wuenker-Hesterberg at 793-2165 or E-mail her at: to RSVP or for more information. Additional weekend events are pending.

Sycamore High School Class of 1969 – is having a “belated 40th� reunion the weekend of May 21. From 5-9 p.m., on Friday, May 21 there will be an all-class reunion at the Peterloon estate in Indian Hill. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday,

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Residents of Sayler Park before 1980 – are invited to the Sayler Park Reunion from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or until the street lights come on), Saturday, May 29, at Lee’s Shelter in Fernbank Park (old River Park). Rain date is June 5. Attendees should bring their own food for their families along with chairs, ice, coolers, games, cornhole boards,

horseshoes, etc. Attendees are also asked to bring any old photos they have. Call Kim Jacobs Harmeyer at 347-6105, or Al Richardson at 378-2454 with questions.

Madeira High School Class of 1964 – is conducting its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Members of the classes of 1963 and 1965 are also invited. For more information, contact, or go to

Princeton High School Class of 1970 – will have its 40th reunion on June 25 and 26. A buffet is planned for 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Raffel’s Banquet Hall in Evendale. The class will also meet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Sharon

Madeira High School Class of 1975 – is having its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Contact Brad or Cathy Frye at 561-7045 or, Tricia Smith Niehaus at 769-5337 or or Ed Klein at

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Talawanda High School classes of 1964 and 1965 – are having a 45th reunion for 1965 and 46th reunion for 1964, July 23, 24 and 25, in Oxford. Contact Alice Anderson Wedding at, on, or at 831-0336. Anyone is welcome to help plan. Deluxe Check Printers employees – are haveing a reunion July 24. Email deluxe2010reunion@ for more information, or call Rodney Lee at 205-1136.

The Central Baptist High School Class of 2000 – is planning a reunion for late summer or early fall this year. The group is looking for the following missing classmates: Roger Brinson, Nick Risch, Jessica Havlick, Penny Major and Abby Morgan. Anyone who knows how to get in touch with these classmates, please E-mail, or visit the class Facebook group titled “Central Baptist Class of 2000 Reunion HQ.� More details about the reunion are forthcoming.


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Glen Este High School Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion from 711 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Receptions Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Cost is $50 and includes dinner buffet and DJ. Contact Bruce Griffis at 943-9330, or



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April 14, 2010

Community Journal


RELIGION Community Church of Nazarene

The church will host Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Ohio 2099 Batavia. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. The church is at 4650 Ohio 132, Batavia; 575-9155.

Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church

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

Laurel United Methodist

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

Locust Corner United Methodist Church

The church hosts Sunday School 9 a.m. and worship 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is at Locust Corner and Wagner roads, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

SonRise Community Church

The church is hosting a free community dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Sonrise Community Church Office Building, formerly the Bridge Café. It includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and drinks prepared by a small group of volunteers from the church. The church meets for services at Mariemont High School, 3812 Pocahontas Ave., Mariemont; the office is at 203 Mill St., Milford; 576-6000.

True Church of God

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

Students belt out Broadway tunes Six high school students will be featured soloists in the Forest-Aires women’s chorus show, “Encore! 2010” April 23-25. With its all-Broadway program this year, the show has the students in these numbers: • Lauren Bridges, McNicholas High School – “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera;” • Clare Gebhardt, St. Ursula Academy – “Love

Changes Everything” from “Aspects of Love;” • Annie Haskins, Turpin High School – “Come Rain or Come Shine” from “St. Louis Woman;” • Sara Hook, Turpin High School – “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “Lion King;” • Charlie Ingram, McNicholas High School – “Once Upon A Time” from “All American;” • Sam Ivers, Amelia

High School – “They Call the Wind Mariah” from “Paint Your Wagon.” In addition, the students will sing these duets: • Hook and Haskins – “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof;” • Ingram and Bridges – “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera;” • Ivers and Gebhardt – “Do You Love Me?” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Performances of the For-

est-Aires show are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, and Sat- Ivers urday, April 24; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road. Tickets are $10, and $9 for senior citizens and children. Call 232-7504 or 232-4736 to order. Last year’s shows sold out.






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The pink delivery truck from Auxier Gas of Batavia Township added a splash of pink to the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade Monday, April 5. Auxier donates a portion of the pink truck’s profits to the American Breast Cancer Foundation. The driver is Tony Ewald of New Richmond. From left, front, are Dale Justice of Anderson Township, Kelly Jo Deller of Eastgate, Missy Tietjens of Batavia, Heather Doyle of Batavia, Megan Haughney of Hyde Park, Eric Sears of Mariemont and Ross Campbell of Mt.Orab/Williamsburg.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 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 Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


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Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM

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

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

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

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

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

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Sunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

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



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

“Room for the Whole Family” GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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


Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

day Worship o s p Service......8:30am, Se ce 8 30a , 10:30am 03 Sunday S d School.......................9:30am Sh l 9 30 Sunday w/nursery & children’s church A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith


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


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


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

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


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

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125 Sunday Worship. 10:00am

vineyard eastgate community church

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


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


PRESBYTERIAN Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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


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


Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Rev. Kathleen B. Haines Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided

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

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


949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Rob Meyer, Youth Leader Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”




Community Journal


April 14, 2010

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


Arlene B. Billow, 33, 136 Hunters Court, domestic violence, March 20. Brandy L. Sawyer, 31, 4598 Eastern Ave., falsification, March 21. Tiana Y. Rivera-Rogers, 22, 33 Lori Lane No. 11, domestic violence, March 27.

Joel Casanova, 19, 5706 Crabapple Way, drug possession, March 17. Stephen J. Beeler, 45, 470 Wood St., warrant, March 19. Mark A. Short, 25, 109 N. Main St., drug possession, paraphernalia, March 21. Lena M. Stephens, 19, 370 Spring St., domestic violence, March 21. Angela N. Scott, 47, 13717 Todds Run New Harmony, operating vehicle under influence, March 27. Douglas Day, 38, 4510 Roosevelt Blvd., drug possession, March 27. Michael Shouse, 27, 221 E. Main St., open container, March 27.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

Egg thrown at residence at 55 Beech Court, March 24.

Domestic violence

At Hunters Court, March 22. At Lori Lane, March 29.


Garbage can taken at 65 Robin Way, March 25.



Domestic violence

At Spring Street, March 21.


Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing


Unauthorized phone calls made from office at 233 E. Main St., March 25.


Bike taken at 226 Spring St., March 24. Money obtained through quick change scam at Quiznos; $50 at East Main Street, March 27.


Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct

Female reported this offense at 1175 Bethel New Richmond, March 26.


Bottle of vodka taken from IGA at 1041 Old U.S. 52, March 23.

Female was threatened at 171 No. 14 Spring St., March 20.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jessica J. Horsley, 32, 3027 Ohio 132 No. 39, theft, March 22. Sarah N. Young, 25, 5038 Lindsey Road, theft, March 23. Peter B. Ely, 39, 491 Lenkenann Drive, warrant, March 21. Melvin J. Kiser, 25, 1752 Culver Court, warrant, March 21. Michael Davis, 45, homeless, disorderly conduct, aggravated menacing, March 24. Michael Davis, 45, homeless, drug possession, open container, March 24. Juvenile, 13, domestic violence, March 25. Juvenile, 13, domestic violence, March 26.

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Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Male was threatened at 1733 E. Ohio Pike, March 24.


Male was assaulted at 1783 E. Ohio Pike, March 25. Female was assaulted at Walmart at East Ohio Pike, March 26.

Criminal damage

Vehicle driven through yard at 1200 White Oak, March 20.

Criminal mischief


Paint balls shot at garage at 914 Locust Corner, March 21.



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At East Ohio Pike, March 25.


Female juvenile reported this offense at 1700 block of Culver Court, March 22.


Earrings taken from Walmart; $25 at East Ohio Pike, March 23. Prescription taken from pharmacy with no authorization at East Ohio Pike, March 27. Makeup items taken from Walmart; $52 at East Ohio Pike, March 22.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Linda M. Jones, 52, 1704 Ohio Pike, warrant service, March 25. Michael E. Derman Jr., 30, 231 NC St., obstructing official business, operating vehicle under influence, driving




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under suspension, March 26. Deanna M. Hilton, 28, 4704 Beechwood, warrant, March 25. Brian T. Yunger, 47, 781 Pickwick, driving under suspension, March 26. Angela M. Mccollum, no age given, 740 Breckenridge, warrant service, March 25. Tammy L. Hulsey, 49, 3875 Crescent, warrant service, March 25. Shane T. Drew, 35, Piccadilly Square, operating vehicle under influence, March 25. Lisa M. Moore, 33, 4003 Wilma Court, operating vehicle under influence, March 25. Shawn P. Drew, 30, 3973 Piccadilly, warrant, domestic violence, March 29. Tonya A. Bain, 27, 43 Apple Road, drug abuse, March 28. Alyson Baker, 21, 144 Southern Trace, warrant service, March 26. Amanda D. Robertson, 24, 524 Elmtree, assault, March 26. Ray T. Dalton, 46, 3675 Kibler Drive, driving under suspension, March 28. Effy K. Watson, 41, 9038 Winfield, operating vehicle under influence, March 26. Jeffrey L. Turner, 47, 859 Western Ave., theft, receiving stolen property, March 24. Christopher W. Nichols, no age given, 5303 Belfast Owensville Road, driving under suspension, March 26. Kimberly D. Freeman, 32, 2106 Sinton Ave., driving under suspension, March 27. Robb D. Overbey, 39, 1036 Stratford Court, driving under suspension, March 29. Ricky Lawson, 23, 4561 Summerside, operating vehicle under influence, March 30. Amanda N. Shearer, 23, 1446 Young Road, operating vehicle under influence, March 28. Amanda S. Padgett, 30, 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly, drug abuse, drug instruments, March 28. Michael S. Wyan Jr., 24, 277 North St., recited, March 29. Juvenile, 16, criminal damage, March 28. Juvenile, 13, assault, March 29. Elijah Menkhaus, 20, 3914 Old Savannah, license forfeiture, March 28. Tyler J. Quigley, 21, 3374 Mauch Ave., driving under suspension, March 26. Jose Vicente, 18, 474 Old Ohio 74, no drivers license, March 28. Faisal S. Alqahtani, 32, 3010 Eden Ave., no drivers license, March 27. Alicia Hardwick, 24, 3983 Piccadilly, theft, drug possession, March 25. Juvenile, 17, tobacco possession, March 26. Juvenile, 15, tobacco possession, March 26. Adam M. Cornwall, 19, 500 University Lane, drug abuse, driving under suspension, March 25. Sherrie M. Patten, 23, 2263 Old Ohio 32, drug abuse, March 25. Juvenile, 17, drug abuse, March 25. Sharon Moran, 61, 4805 Forest Meadow, recited, March 25. Gregory A. Maynard, 32, 475 Piccadilly, open container, March 27. Joseph M. Sawyers, 24, 29 E. Main St., drug paraphernalia, March 28.

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Mark A. Dwelly, 48, of Suwanee, Ga., and formerly of Union Township died March 29. Survived by wife of 28 years, Janice Dwelly; daughters and son-in-law, Jessica and Clayton Frost, and Andrea Dwelly; son, Eric Dwelly; grandson, Seth Frost; brother

Craig T. Rering, 21, 4442 Eastwood, warrant service, March 28. James T. Henkle, 30, 1895 Richards Court, warrant service, March 27. Donald E. Hodge, 68, 4706 Beechwood, assault, March 27. Robert W. Irwin III, 22, 4140 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, drug abuse, March 26. Eric E. Roehm, no age given, 952 Main St., robbery, March 25. David L. Vogelsang, 25, 3893 Bennett, warrant, March 25. Donald T. Johnson Jr., 31, 3975 Ponder Drive, warrant, March 23. Juvenile, 17, obstructing official business, falsification, March 23. Sean Mcgary, 41, 497 Mapleport, warrant, March 23. Shawna M. Smith, no age given, 3003 Hospital Drive, warrant, March 23. Dustin W. Lawhorn, 22, 3055 Park, obstructing official business, drug possession, criminal trespass, March 23. George O. Schultz, 20, 474 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, March 25. Michael Davis, no age given, 4603 Summerside, warrant service, March 25. Samuel S. Morris, 32, 82 Stillmeadow, driving under suspension, March 25. Devon J. Signorelli, no age given, 806 Oaks, warrant service, March 24. Mary Sumner, 30, 756 Rue Center, warrant service, March 24. Debrah S. Wood, no age given, 4778 Shadowood, theft, March 22. Linda M. Dunn, 26, 37 Honeysuckle, warrant service, March 24. Tonja Rowland, 29, 4706 Beechwood, warrant service, March 24. Danielle M. Faul, 26, 56 Lori Lane, prostitution, March 17. Brittney K. Salyers, 21, 1433 Tonopah, prostitution, March 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female was assaulted at Home Depot at Ohio Pike, March 28. Male was assaulted at area of Fulton Grove at Ohio Pike, March 25.

Breaking and entering

Rolls of electrical wire taken; $3,250 at 733 Ohio Pike, March 22.


Jewelry taken; over $4,000 at 4611 Tealtown, March 28. I-pod taken at 4625 Locust Grove, March 26.

Criminal damage

Four tires cut on vehicle at 4452 Eastgate, March 26. Sugar put into tank of vehicle at 519 Elmtree, March 27. Fireworks damaged mailbox at 1302 Binning Road, March 29. Four tires cut on vehicle at 101 Southern Trace, March 29.


Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 4550 Treeview, March 23.

Sexual battery, theft

Reported at Motel 6 at Nine Mile Tobasco Road, March 28.


Merchandise taken from Bigg’s at Eastgate Blvd., March 23.

and sister-in-law, Edward and Denise Dwelly of Cincinnati; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Betty Carr; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Greg Carr of Florence, Ky., and John and Sandy Carr; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gina and Ricky Becker of Cincinnati, and Gail and Mickey DeChellis; and several nieces,


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Swimsuits taken from Dillard’s; $318 at Eastgate Blvd., March 23. Merchandise taken from Bigg’s at Eastgate Blvd., March 24. Laptop computer taken from vehicle; $400 at 5008 Mallet Hill, March 24. Generator taken; $1,500 at 400 block of Harrison Lane, March 24. Cosmetics, etc. taken from Bigg’s; $115 at Eastgate Blvd., March 25. Video games taken from Kohl’s; $200 at Eastgate Blvd., March 25. DVDs, etc. taken from Meijer; $75 at Eastgate Blvd., March 28. Video games taken from Meijer; $100 at Eastgate Blvd., March 28. Vacuum cleaner taken from Home Depot; $200 at Ohio Pike, March 28. Safe taken at 4471 Eastwood No. 18304, March 26. Video games taken from Walmart; $200 at Eastgate Blvd., March 25. Purse taken at Sports Page at Old Ohio 74, March 28. Stereo equipment taken from vehicle at Eastgate Mall at Eastgate Blvd., March 26. DVDs, etc. taken from Meijer; $279 at Eastgate Blvd., March 24. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $40 at Eastgate Blvd., March 29. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 4434 Eastwood, March 29.



Teddy L. Maupin, 36, 129 S. Front St., disorderly conduct, March 17.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct

Male acted in turbulent manner at DelVest at 305 S. 5th St., March 17.

Passing bad checks

Bad check issued to Medary’s; $100 at 268 W. Main St., March 18.


Correction: The following police report appeared in the April 7 Community Journal with an incorrect address for the person arrested. The correct report is: Marvin Ponder, 74, 4132 Woodsly Drive, Batavia, gross sexual impositionsuspect knowledge of substantial impairment at 4000 Golden Age Drive, Batavia, March 24.


Adam T Brown, 30, 207 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, misuse of credit card at 3801 Red Maple, Amelia, April 2. Melodie Walters, 53, 4207 Christopher Court, Batavia, theft at 322 east main street, Batavia, April 1. Dustin E Moore, 24, 3915 Green Tree Circle, Amelia, burglary at 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 19. Rebecca T. Hartman, 21, 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, burglary at 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 25. James K Patrick, 23, 2199 Laurel Lindale Road, New Richmond, receiving stolen property at 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 29.

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Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Haag will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at an open house on Saturday, May 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Cuba Friends Church. Hosting the open house will be the couple’s children Robin Haag (widow of David), Doug and Vanessa Haag, Mitch and Jean Ostermeier, and Dennis & Regina Haag. The honorees also have seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. The couple farmed in Clermont County near before Newtonsville, moving to Cuba in May 1956. They request no gifts other than your presence and your prayers.

Grief to Peace Monthly Gatherings Please join us for refreshments and a time set aside for YOU.

This will give you an opportunity to learn more about Grief and steps to take towards Peace. These gatherings will also allow you to spend time with others who understand what it means to lose an loved one. There are three convenient gatherings each month. If possible, please RSVP. We look forward to seeing you.

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nephews and cousins. Services were March 31 in Buford, Ga.

Gerald Raymond Gerth

Gerald Raymond Gerth, 64, of Union Township died March 31. Survived by wife, Judith Esterkamp Wohlgethan; children, Jodi Stanley, Gerald and Mark Gerth; several grandchildren; and siblings, Charles, Fr. Kenneth, Richard, Dennis, Gregory and Denise. Preceded in death by children, Kenneth and Christopher Gerth; and sibling, Deborah Gerth. Services were April 5 at St. Louis Church, Owensville. Memorials to: St. Louis Church, P.O. Box 85, Owensville, OH 45160.

Amy Jane Hamrick

Amy Jane Hamrick, 41, of Amelia died April 5. Survived by brothers, Thomas (Marisa) Hamrick and Andrew Hamrick; and sister, Beth Sheppard. Services were April 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

Phyllis Jean Jordan

Phyllis Jean Jordan, 78, of Union Township died March 30. Survived by husband, Don Jordan; daughters, Donna Jordan (Jeff) Jasper and Linda Jordan; sisters, Betty Hay and Mary Maxine Kiessling; and grandchild, Courtney Jasper. Services were April 5 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3018.

Wesley Joseph Watson

Wesley Joseph Watson of Amelia died at birth April 6. Survived by parents, Amanda Shinkle and Terry Watson; and sister, Alexis Shinkle. Services were April 9 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

On the record POLICE REPORTS

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 25. At 2852 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 3.


At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 2. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 29. At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, April 3. At 221 Park Meadow, Batavia, April 3. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, April 3. At Benton and US 50, Batavia, April 2.

Breaking and entering

At 4484 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, March 30.


At 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Feb. 6. At 5655 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, March 12. At 1309 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, April 2. At 4203 Curliss Lane, Batavia, April 4. At 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Amelia, March 31.

Criminal damaging/endangering At 703 Stonelick Woods Circle,

Criminal mischief

At 2324 Hillcrest, Amelia, April 3. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, March 29.

Criminal trespass

At 2281 Franklin Laurel Road, New Richmond, March 30. At 273 Sherwood Court, Batavia, March 31. At 2852 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 3. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, April 3.

Defrauding a livery or hostelry failed to pay

At 2755 Ohio 132 Lot 96, New Richmond, March 30.

Disorderly conduct

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, April 3. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 29. At 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, April 1.

Domestic violence

At 2340 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, March 31. At 2370 Vista Lake Drive, Batavia, April 1. At 1262 Champions Crossing, Batavia, April 2. At 224 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, March 29. At 458 Shannon Court, Batavia, April 1. At 2188 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, April 2. At 2965 Norman Lane, Amelia, March 31. At 600 University Lane, Apt. 204, Batavia, April 3.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

At Olive Branch Stonelick / Ohio 32, Batavia, March 30.

Drug paraphernalia

At 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, April 1. At 520 West Main St., Batavia, March 29.

At 2236 Siesta Drive, Batavia, March 21. At 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Feb. 6. At 121 Madison Park Drive, Batavia, March 29. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, April 1. At 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, April 3. At 2236 Siesta Drive, Batavia, March 21. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 1. At 2881 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 2. At 2962 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, March 29. At 315 Wolf Trace, Amelia, March 31. At 322 East Main St., Batavia, Jan. 21. At 3801 Red Maple, Amelia, April 21. At 4308 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, March 30. At 5655 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, March 12. At 92 Cutty Sark Drive, Amelia, March 29.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, April 4.

Unauthorized use of property

At 376 Seneca Drive, Batavia, Jan. 14. At 376 Seneca Drive, Batavia, Jan. 14.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

At Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, April 1. At 2263 Berry Road, Amelia, April 1. At Olive Branch Stonelick at Lexington Run, Batavia, March 30. At 200 University Lane, Batavia, March 9. At 2909 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, Jan. 31.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At 1330 Statewood Court, Amelia, March 25. At 223 Park Meadow Drive, Batavia, March 24.

Unruly juvenile offenses habitually disobedient

At Market St., Felicity, March 3.


Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 1847 Rolling Hills Drive, New Richmond, March 8. At 3902 Magnolia Drive, Amelia, Feb. 25.


Obstructing official business

At 3000 Hospital Road, Batavia, March 16. At 3894 Magnolia Road, Amelia, March 21.At 2108 James E Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, March 23. At 2845 U.S. 50, Amelia, March 24.

Open container liquor

At 2845 U.S. 50, Amelia, March 24.

Fugitive from justice

At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 2.

Misuse of credit card

At 3801 Red Maple, Amelia, April 21. At 3 Lori Lane, Amelia, March 31. At Olive Branch Stonelick / Ohio 32, Batavia, March 30.

Possession of drugs

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, April 3.


Violation of court order

Ugly Tub?

At Clermont County Union Township, Cincinnati, March 29.

Receiving stolen property

At 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Feb. 6.

Restrictions on depositing litter on public property,on private property owned by others and in state waters

At 2074 Ohio 232, New Richmond, April 1. At 2644 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 2.


At 1557 Apple Tree, Batavia, April 4.

Selling,purchasing,distributing,or delivering dangerous drugs - possess

At 520 West Main St., Batavia, March 29. At Olive Branch Stonelick / Ohio 32, Batavia, March 30. At Ohio 132 And Cedar Hill Drive, Batavia, April 4. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, March 24.

Sexual imposition - offensive contact At Old Ohio 32, Batavia, March 30. At Stonelick Woods, Batavia, April 4.


At 3890 Jefferson Lane, Amelia, April 2. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 31. At 2075 James E Sauls Ohio Drive, Batavia, April 2. At 2115 Hwy 50, Batavia, April 2.


Freedom Homes, Milford, new, 37 S. Deer Creek, Amelia Village, $64,800; new, 55 S. Deer Creek, $67,580; new, 59 S. Deer Creek, $67,580; new, 50 S. Deer Creek, $125,500. Thomas Decks, Cincinnati, deck, 1415 Glenwood Court, Batavia Township, $3,500. Knochelmann Service Experts, Covington, Kentucky, HVAC, 4666 Elmwood, Batavia Township. Logan Services, Dayton, HVAC, 1362 Buxton Meadows, Batavia Township. Singleton Homes Inc., Batavia, new, 2015 St. Nicholas Court, Batavia Township, $250,000. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 1402 Stone Fox Drive, Batavia Township, $116,800; new, 4271 Fox Ridge, $134,700; new, 4282 Fox Ridge, $130,500; new, 4267 Fox Ridge, $112,500. Hader Roofing & Furnace Co., Cheviot, alter, lot 24 Pheasant, Monroe Township; alter, lot 7 Berry. Patio Enclosures, West Chester, addition, 991 Castlebay Drive, Pierce Township, $26,767.

Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Kentucky new, 3634 Highland Green, Pierce Township, $110,091. Decks Unlimited, Loveland, deck, 4301 Brisco Court, Union Township, $12,000. Jacob Brothers Heat & Air, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1014 Westchester Way, Union Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4550 English Creek, Union Township. Thompson Heating/Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC 3873 Mark Court, Union Township. John Beltz, Batavia, HVAC, 1002 Shepherds Glen, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 994 S. Applegate, Union Township, $189,000; new, 4195 S. Gensen Loop, $120,000.


TYCO/ADT, Norwood, fire alarm, 4288 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia Township; fire alarm, 4450 Gleneste Withamsville, Union Township. Detect All Security Inc., Cincinnati fire alarm, 4562 Julep Way, Batavia Township.


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(5) Discussion of firm’s specific abilities and expertise to provide the required professional services and qualifications related to project requirements, including project management skills and methodology to monitor project budgets. (6) Key personnel proposed as project team members, including detailed resumes. Clearly identify sub consultants, if proposed, with similar information. Please include staff locations as related to the project site. (7) Examples of specific knowledge, expertise and project management experience related to this type of project. (8) A list and description of recent and similar library projects the firm has completed. (9) References (no less than three from similar projects. Reference information must include: a) Name of owner

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Santoro Engineering Co., Batavia, site development, 1527 Old Ohio 74, Batavia Township. Gear & Sons Construction, Amelia, garage, 1455 Ohio 749, Pierce Township, $35,000. Quality Automatic Sprinkler Co., Columbus, fire suppression, 650 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township. Bayse Electric, Sardinia, alter, 4403 Fayard Drive, Union Township. Kroger, Cincinnati, new-garden mart, Ohio 450 Ohio 125, Union Township. Bertke Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 1117 Ohio 32, Union Township. Elegant Awnings & Signs, Florence, Kentucky, sign, 4503 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Union Township.


The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees, 326 Broadway Street Batavia, Ohio 45103, invites interested design firms to submit statements of qualifications for:

At 2337 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, March 24.


Juvenile, 16, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs, Batavia, March 30. Gregory J Berwanger, 47, 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging/endangering at 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, April 3. Anthony W Yates, 52, 224 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, domestic violence at 224 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, March 29. Juvenile, 16, assault, Batavia, March 29. Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct, Batavia, March 29. Thomas D West, 46, 2523 Pochard, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at 520 West Main St., Batavia, March 29. Charles Bealer, 35, 3 Lori Lane, Amelia, obstructing official business at 3 Lori Lane, Amelia, March 31. Thomas S Maxfield, 41, 4536 Olive Branch-Stonelick Road, Batavia, violate protection order or consent agreement, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, open liquor container - operator or passenger of motor vehicle, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at Olive Branch Stonelick at Lexington Run, Batavia, March 30. Albert Solis, 47, 720 Front Street, New Richmond, theft at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 31. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Batavia, March 31. Destany L Gavey, 19, 160 S. Riverside, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, April 1. Patsy K Gavey, 46, 160 South Riverside, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, April 1. Lena Stephens, 19, 370 Spring St., Batavia, theft at 2236 Siesta Drive, Batavia, March 30. Juvenile, 13, drug paraphernalia, Batavia, April 1. Adam Berger, 20, 1882 Laurel Lindale, New Richmond, restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters at 2074 Ohio 232, New Richmond, April 1. Susan Keim, 52, 3689 Thorngate Drive, Mason, domestic violence at 2370 Vista Lake Drive, Batavia, April 1. Matthew K Ogletree, 27, 370 Broadway St., Batavia, domestic violence at 458 Shannon Court, Batavia, April 1. Larry A Gentry, 43, 200 Liberty St., Rockcastle, Ky 40456, domestic violence at 1262 Champions Crossing, Batavia, April 2. Colin M Doherty, 18, 4270 Trotters Way, Batavia, assault - knowingly harm victim at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 1. Mindy Lee Messina, 35, 3581 Hunting Creek Lane, Amelia, fugitive from justice at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 2. Shawn Collopy, 22, 503 West Benson Street, Cincinnati, criminal damaging/endangering at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, April 2. Terry A Harrison, 50, 5460 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, domestic violence at 2188 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, April 2. James R Bailey, 39, 8857 Humphrey Street, Cincinnati, criminal damaging/endangering, disorderly conduct - intoxicated annoy or alarm, possession of drugs at 600 University Lane, Batavia, April 3. Loran Jacob Osborne, 21, 600 University Lane, Batavia, domestic violence at 600 University Lane Apt. 204, Batavia, April 3. Gregory J Berwanger, 47, Homeless, Batavia, aggravated menacing, criminal trespass at 2852 Ohio 132, New Richmond, April 3. Gregory J Berwanger, 47, Homeless, Batavia, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, April 3. Veronica Lynn Merrill, 47, 87 East Meadow Drive, Batavia, open container liquor at 3005 South Bantam Road, Bethel, April 3. Amber Nicole Hollen, 21, 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, possession of drugs at 308 W. Plane St., Bethel, April 3. Brandon Grant, 27, 70 Hummingbird Way, Amelia, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at Ohio 132 and Cedar Hill Drive, Batavia, April 4.

Batavia, April 1. At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 25. At 3 Colonel Watson Drive, New Richmond, March 29. At 3611 Jackson Pike, Williamsburg, April 3. At 400 University Lane, Batavia, March 29. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, April 2. At 4484 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, March 30. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, April 3.

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Seven (7) copies of the firm’s statement of qualifications to perform the work shall be submitted to: David Mezack, Executive Director, Clermont County Public Library. Statements of qualifications shall be submitted no later than 12:00 Noon April, 28, 2010. The format of the statement is left to the discretion of the firm. All questions regarding this request for qualifications should be directed to David Mezack via email:, or 513-735-7193 1235928/1549794

LEGAL NOTICE Ronald Prather H13 12 Pineview Dr. Apt.7 Amelia, OH 45102 Eric Hensley F51 103 Southern Trace Apt. F Cincinnati, OH 45255 Derrell Woods II E12 4468 Spruce Creek Dr Batavia OH 45103 You are hereby notified that your personal belongings stored at Eastside Storage, 4400 St. Rt. 222, Ste A, Batavia, OH 45103; 715 Cincinnati Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245 1170 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 will be sold for payment due. 1219857/1549390 PUBLIC NOTICE Notification is given that Park National Bank, Southwest Ohio & Northern Ken8366 tucky, P rin c eton -Glen d ale Road, Suite A, West Chester, Ohio, 45069 has filed an application with the Comptroller of the Currency on April 5, 2010, as specified in 12 CFR 5 for permission to relocate a branch at 4450 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 to 4609 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. Any person wishing to comment on the proposed branch relocation may file comments in writing with the Director of District Licensing at OCC Central District Office, One Financial Place, Suite 2700, 440 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60605 within 15 days of the date of this publication. 550413 LEGAL NOTICE The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, State Old 758 at Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit # 182-Patrick W. Bolden, 10191 Harrison Ave. #41, Harrison. Ohio 45030; Unit 081-Terry Schneid er, 4418 Arrowhead, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808. 1273014/1551285 LEGAL NOTICE “In compliance with Ohio Rev. Code Section 117.38 The Clermont County Public Library Financial Report for the year ended 12/31/2009, is availa ble for public inspec tion at the office of the Chief Financial Officer, 326 Broadway Street, Batavia, OH 45103.” This report is not available online. 1001547225


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On the record

April 14, 2010

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


4 Broadway Lane, Unit 111, The Drees Co. to Mary Ruhland, $95,000. 4503 Elmwood Road, Alice Joann Byrd to Carol & Gary Byrd, 8.8500 acre, $250,000. 20 Hammann Drive, Denise Durel to Lisa Jackson & James Fetters, $140,000. 2073 Natchez Trace, David Riggin, et al., trustees to Michael & Cynthia Funcheon, 1.1400 acre, $315,000. 3608 Ohio 222, Victoria & Robert Hart III to John Fischer, 0.4500 acre, $91,500. 3503 S. Neal Circle, LJR Investments to Robert O’Connor & Tim Hall, 5.1990 acre, $130,000. 1262 Secretariat Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC. to Joel & Laverne Wilson, 0.1440 acre, $235,000. 1328 Thistlewood Court, Douglas Stephens to Allan Heim, 0.3700 acre, $179,900. 3750 Waterstone Court, John & Wilma Young to Rodney & Lynn Glover, 0.2450 acre, $187,900. 3659 Wedgewood Court, Keith Berry, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.3530 acre, $110,000. 2015 Wood Brook Drive, Donna Lunsford to Scott Wolf, 0.6160 acre, $155,000.


1870 Carnes Road, Charles Reardon, et al. to Federal National Mortgage

Assoc., 0.9520 acre, $36,666.67. 2056-13 Clermontville-Laurel, DJN Investment Co. to Willie Lawson, 5.0000 acre, $40,000. 1951 Ohio 232, Vanessa Emerson to John & Lula Bruce, 3.1500 acre, $191,500. 1952 West Road, The National Bank & Trust Co. to TK Development LLC., 5.6910 acre, $49,900.


3771 Arcadia Lane, Brandie Barger, et al. to US Bank National Assoc., ND, $73,334.34. 869 Castlebay Drive, Susan Kelley, trustee to Arthur & Georgena Evans, $275,000. 1796 East Concord Road, James Bauman to Samantha Adams & Elijah Kilgore, 3.3571 acre, $125,000. 1426 Edgewood Drive, Louis Jacobs III, et al. to Aurora Loan Services LLC., $16,666.67. 1425 Elrond Drive, Tracy & K. Patrick Small III to Amy Kramer, $177,000. 3611 Legend Oaks Drive, Angela Dietrich, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.2301 acre, $150,000. 3919 Nicklaus Court, Rodney Glover, trustee to Amy Greene & Stephen Smith, 4.5730 acre, $318,000. 3579 Par Fore Court, Arthur & Georgena Evans to Mark & Karen Williamson, 1.3160 acre, $203,000.


834 Bennett Lane, Jason Rapp, et al. to U.S. Bank, NA, 0.2990 acre, $40,000. 4580 Brookview Drive, Advantage Investments Properties to Matthew

IN THE COURTS Stout, $75,000. 4588 Brookview Drive, Jonathan & Megan Hanover to Jennifer Fleager, $105,000. 832 Deer Valley Drive, Daniel Feller to Joshua Courter, 0.4500 acre, $223,500. 4655 Elmont Drive, Roger & Dorothy Baker to Katherine Meinor, $136,000. 4489 Eva Lane, Michael Evans, et al. to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 0.9920 acre, $76,667. 571 Forest Ridge Court, Joe Kindt to William & Molly Zagorski, $160,000. 728 Fox Chase Lane, Tricia & William Tummler Jr. to Diane Monahan, $176,000. 487 Harrison Woods Court, Potterhill Homes LLC. to Lance Gifford, 0.1030 acre, $107,900. 4495 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road, C. K. Marketing LLC. to C & R Properties & Management LLC., $146,000. 1230 Old Ohio 74, Bill Thomas, et al. to Neff Landscaping & Maintenance Inc., 0.5400 acre, $43,500. 4462 Schoolhouse Road, Patricia Redmond to Christopher Redmond, $85,000. 1085 Split Rail Drive, Shane Liggett, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $90,000. 1158 Westchester Way, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC. to Justin & Katie Brown, 0.5739 acre, $279,787.


143 Gay St., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Kathy Liming, $59,900.

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


Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Manuel Valenzula Lopez, professional tort Progressive Preferred Insurance Company vs. Celeste A. Finkler, et al., other tort Tammy L. Houston vs. Lynda S. Adams, et al., other tort Ellisa L. Swart and William Swart vs. Kendall Truck Sales Inc., et al., other tort Patricia E. Schwartz vs. Betty K. Grimm, et al., other tort Billy G. Hatton vs. Allied Holdings Inc., et al., worker’s compensation Bank of New York Mellon vs. David L. Sibert, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Ronald L. Morgan, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. David D. Cornelius, et al., foreclosure OneWest Bank FSB vs. Brian S. Carter, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Dale A. Williams, et al., foreclosure Aurora Loan Services LLC vs. Daniel W. Pendergraft, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loan Servicing LP vs. Tom L. Cecil, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Donald W. Murphy, et al., foreclosure First Horizon Home Loans vs. John W. Lynn, et al., foreclosure Cooks Grant Condominium Unit vs. Michael D. Owens Jr., et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Paul L. Merkle Jr., et al., foreclosure Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company of Michigan vs. Jack Turner, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. successor to Citifinancial Mortgage vs. Donald Ray

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Jackson and Deborah Lou Jackson, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. James R. Gentry, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Bank Mortgage Company vs. Tammy Lowe, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Jamie D. Wolf, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Mark E. Reckman, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. James King, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Kimberly L. Maiden, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Paula R. McCulley, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Joseph Collins II, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. James P. Davidson, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Stanley L. Tyminski, et al., foreclosure Guardian Savings Bank vs. Don L. Handy, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Raymond L. Gaghan and Dede Gaghan, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Zachary N. Lally, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Michael Needham and Suzanne Needham, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Dwayne Scott McCall and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. John E. Woods Sr., et al., foreclosure Cincinnatus Savings & Loan Company vs. Marlin David Hadley, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. John M. Daniel, et al., foreclosure HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Traci A. Longo and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., foreclosure Litton Loans Servicing LP vs. Kenneth L. Olson and PNC Bank NA, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA as Trustee Option One Mortgage vs. Matthew R. Dumas and Alaina M. Dumas, foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company vs. Shannon Parker, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA successor National City vs. Anne M. Demeyere Lahti, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Ken O. Proffitt, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Gregory S. Kelch, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Gary W. Harvey, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Leonard Dugan, et al., foreclosure Oak Family Limited Partnership vs. Bill Frye and Gerri Frye, other civil McCarty John Robert and James Siler vs. River Pines RV Resort, et al., other civil Margo Mohler, et al. vs. Schuyler Apland and Jessica D. Apland, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Patricia A. Jaspers, other civil American Express Centurion Bank vs. Gregory Cain, other civil Matrix Acquisitions LLC vs. Philip H. Evers, other civil Richard F. Hibbard and Carol A. Hibbard vs. Roof Time LLC and Dale Shoemaker, other civil Cold Jet LLC vs. Chrysler Group

LLC, other civil Charles Germann and Teri Germann vs. Lindsey R. Stricker, other civil


Joseph A. Popham vs. Amy S. Wells Popham Mark Gleis vs. Mary Gleis James G. Schmidtbauer vs. Elizabeth J. Schmidtbauer Billy J. Fussnecker vs. Tammara Fussnecker Elizabeth Steinau McKenna vs. Brian Howard McKenna Mohammad S. Hosain vs. Humaira Azam Thomas C. Hart vs. Nancy J. Hart


Christine A. Presley vs. Gary L. Presley Michelle L. Jewell vs. Dustin E. Jewell Diana L. Trees-Von Bargen vs. Jeffrey L. Von Bargen William R. Newton vs. Nancy R. Newton Kenneth Jackson vs. Phyllis A. Jackson Shirley Davis vs. John Davis


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. Sean Robert Stevens, 26, 4557 Summerside Drive, Cincinnati, breaking and entering, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Rebecca Tea Hartman, 21, 2348 Ohio 222, New Richmond, burglary, safecracking, grand theft of a firearm, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Regina Sue Sloan aka Gina Sue Peterson, 43, 1037 Old Ohio 74, Cincinnati, obstructing justice, Union Township Police Department. Patrick M. Thompson, 35, 1103 Skiffsville Road, Felicity, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, Goshen Police. Tyler M. Grove, 28, 1429 Woodville Pike, Loveland, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Goshen Police. Marquis Leonardo Jones, 31, 860 Hutchins Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in cocaine, Goshen Police. Lance William Chesney, 44, 4527 Reading Road, Cincinnati, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with specific concentrations of alcohol or drugs in certain bodily substances, Ohio State Patrol. Kelly Tepe, 27, 11 Lori Lane, Amelia, theft, tampering with records, The Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services. John Richard Pike Jr., 3825 Rolling Oak Drive #606, Cincinnati, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Shawn M. Snell, 27, 107 Broadway St. #5, Blanchester, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Bobby Wayne White, 33, 517 Deep Creek Road, Harrodsburg, Ky., non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Andrea Kelly Marks, 27, 40 Pinebridge Drive #6, Amelia, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Return the census form Did you get your 2010 Census form in the mail? The U.S. Census Bureau began sending the forms to more than 130 million addresses across the nation this week. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution and performed every 10 years, the census counts every man, woman and child. “Accurate census data is needed to determine how more than $400 billion in federal funding each year is distributed to local governments for new hospitals, building roads, improving schools and expanding public transportation,” said Cynthia King, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. Every person living in your home should be counted when filling out the form. “There are only 10 questions and it should take you no longer than 10 minutes to fill it out. It is one of the shortest census forms in history. Census form answers are safe and confidential,” said King. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondent’s answers with anyone, including

other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Clermont County will be updating information about local mail participation rates in the news media and on the Clermont Counts Web site “During the 2000 Census, the national participation rate was 67 percent. In Ohio, the rate was 72 percent; in Clermont County it was 74 percent,” said King. “The lowest rates of return in Clermont County were for communities along the Ohio River. I know we can improve on that this time around.” Households should complete and mail back the census questionnaire upon receipt. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to take a count in person. All workers will carry identification and will not ask you for your Social Security number or other personal information.

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