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Amelia’s annual graduation ceremony is Wednesday, June 1. Watch amelia June 2 for photos. Glen Este seniors will graduate Friday, June 3. Watch June 4 for photos.

Memorial Day

A list of Memorial Day events is on page B1. Also, watch county later that day for photos from across the county.

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Voting is open for the third annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by our readers – recognizes studentathletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. Visit and look for the red and blue Sportsman icon on the right hand side of the page. The ballots will be available until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Check the sports section to see who’s on your ballot. Voters will need a user account to cast a final ballot. Sign up using the link at Contact Jordan Kellogg at jkellogg@ for assistance. For all other questions, contact Melanie Laughman at mlaughma@

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County eyes Batavia water By John Seney

BATAVIA - Clermont County officials are proposing operating the village’s water and sewer systems on a three-year trial basis, with the possibility of assuming ownership. County Director of Utilities Thomas Yeager May 11 told the county commissioners he worked with village officials on a proposal to provide operation and maintenance of the village facilities. The village would retain ownership. Under the agreement, the village would pay the county $495,000 the first year. The annual fee would be increased by two percent for years two and three. The village will hold a community meeting on the proposal at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at village hall, 389 E. Main St. Representatives of the county and village

will explain the plan and answer questions. Any agreement must be approved by village council members and the county comThebout missioners. Village Administrator Dennis Nichols said Batavia buys water from the county now, but maintains its own distribution lines and its own sewage collection and treatment system. Parts of the village collection system are old and have infiltration and inflow problems, he said. During the three-year period, the county would perform a system evaluation and assessment, Yeager said. County Administrator David Spinney said the three-year period gives the county a chance to “really understand their system first� before possibly taking it over.

“We don’t know the condition of their system.� he said. “Instead of hiring consultants, we can operate it for three years and Yeager then decide whether to go forward.� Spinney said the fee being charged for operating the systems would cover the costs to the county. The village has two employees in water and sewer operations who will become employees of the county. The county also would take over billing and collections for water and sewer operations. The village rates would remain the same and the money collected will continue to go to the village. Batavia Mayor John Thebout said revenue from the village sys-

tem can pay the cost of the county contract. Thebout said village residents could eventually realize significant savings, compared with current rates, if the village joins the county system. With only about 640 connections, the village system has high costs per household and higher customer rates for water than the area served by Clermont County, which has about 40,000 connections, Nichols said. “Even more important, the costs we could avoid could be huge,� Thebout said. “If we keep our sewer plant, our license renewal is up in two years, and new higher standards may cost us millions of dollars.� Thebout acknowledged there has been opposition in the past to a county takeover of village utilities. “You can’t go by what happened in the past,� Thebout said. “You have to move forward.�

Bond is $250,000 for CVS suspect By Theresa L. Herron

The Cincinnati man who said he had an explosive device inside a CVS pharmacy Thursday is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond. Bond was set during a hearing today, May 20. During the hearing, a preliminary court date was set before Clermont County Municipal Court Judge Anthony Brock was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Union Township police arrested Nicholas A. Pasco, 25, North Fairmount area, inside a CVS pharmacy May 19 after a three-hour standoff. Pasco allegedly he approached a pharmacist inside CVS, 947 Old Ohio 74, about 1:30 p.m. and said he had an explosive device. Pasco was arrested without incident about three hours later, said Lt. Scott Gaviglia, spokesperson for the Union Township Police Department. Gaviglia said Pasco was arrested and transported to the hospital for medical evaluation. Pasco was cleared by hospital staff and taken to the Clermont County jail. No other information is available, Gaviglia said. Pasco was found with a pack he said contained an explosive device. Bomb Squad members said the device was not capable of exploding, Gaviglia said. The police department received

During the hearing, a preliminary court date was set before Clermont County Municipal Court Judge Anthony Brock was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 26. the call at 1:30 p.m. about a robbery in progress inside the CVS, Gaviglia said. Someone inside CVS was able to call police. An officer was in the immediate area and responded. In the meantime, employees were able to escape the building, leaving the suspect alone inside the pharmacy, Gaviglia said. Gaviglia is not sure if there were any customers in the store. If there were customers, none stayed at the scene to talk with police, he said. The Clermont County Strategic Response Team responded, as did the Cincinnati Bomb Squad and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gaviglia said. Police began negotiating with the suspect as those teams were arriving. The Union Township Police Department officials thank the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the SRT unit; the Ohio Highway State Patrol for controlling traffic throughout this incident; and the Cincinnati Bomb Squad, Gaviglia said.

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New Richmond teachers agree to three-year pay freeze Community Press Staff Report The New Richmond Education Association has accepted a threeyear pay freeze in a new contract with the school district. The contract, which runs from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2014, was ratified Thursday, May, 19, by both the teachers and the New Richmond Exempted Village School District Board of Education. “The NREA agreed to some

huge concessions for the betterment of our community and our taxpayers in the district,” said Superintendent Adam Bird. “It includes a three-year base salary freeze, a three-year step salary freeze and a three-year tuition reimbursement freeze.” The contract will allow for salary movement for teachers who receive advanced degrees. The teachers also agreed to pay an addition 2.5 percent toward

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Two business owners attended the Union Township trustees meeting Thursday, April 14, seeking approval to grow their establishments. The two zoning cases involved Cutting Edge Restaurant Management, doing business at Great Scott restaurant at 1020 Ohio Pike, and Louiso Landscaping, who is considering moving to 1223 Old Ohio 74. The first case was a request by Great Scott owner Scott Elsaesser to expand the restaurant’s side patio to seat 45 additional people. “This is really a reaction to customer demand,” Elsaesser said. “In the winter we don’t have enough upstairs seating and in the summer we don’t have enough outdoor seating. We did use the front porch, but it was too loud. This will be more of a garden setting.” The property dates back to 1959 when the building was a house. Great Scott has been at that location for the last six years, said Union Township Planning and Zoning Director Cory Wright. Trustee Matt Beamer said the change was minor and he didn’t see a problem with granting the request. The trustees unanimously approved the focus area overlay request. The second case was a request by Robert Louiso, owner of Louiso Lawn Care in Anderson Township. Louiso wants to move his

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“It passed by a nice majority,” said Parker. “It was not a tough sell. We were happy to work with Mr. Bird and the board to come up with something that still gives us some security in our contract and some protection in some areas.” The teachers also agreed to go to 25 pay periods in the first year of the contract and 24 pay periods in year two and three of the contact, which will save on administrative costs.

The agreement by the teachers to give up 15 minutes of their 40minute planning period allows the district to move start times up 15 minutes resulting in transportation savings due to buses not having idle time between high school and elementary routes. The board approved new start times of 8:45 a.m. for elementary buildings, the high school at 7:40 a.m. and middle school at 7:45 a.m. for the 2011-12 school year.

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their health care and agreed to 15 additional minutes per day with students. “It will now be 90 percent of health care covered by the board of education and 10 percent by the teachers,” said Bird, who negotiated the agreement in informal sessions with NREA president Nicole Parker. Parker did not give details on the ratification by teachers, but noted that it was not a close vote.

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business to the old Jim Walter Homes site on Old Ohio 74 near Holman Motors, which required a major amendment to the planned development. Wright said the trustees approved the property to be part of Jim Walter Homes in 1999, but the business ceased operation before any expansion was made. The full-service landscaping company would run the commercial operation and store the lawn care equipment on site, Wright said. This property is in the Summerside-Willowville Corridor. Wright said that while there are some staff recommendations to the site plan – including a cross access easement for the main driveway and an increase in the front asphalt area – the amendment is “viable.” Louiso said the site plan is preliminary and could be changed prior to construction. “We’ve been in business in our current location for 28 years and we’ve quite simply outgrown it,” Louiso said. “We’ve been looking to relocate in Union Township, Anderson or Milford, but (Township Administrator) Ken Geis has been great to work with and he gave some ideas on properties.” If the property can be adjusted to meet the township recommendations without becoming cost prohibitive, Louiso said they’d look to break ground in June and move in September. The trustees unanimously approved Louiso’s request.


Business recognition

Creager Tire and Muffler in Batavia was recognized as the business of the month May 4 by the Batavia Township trustees. From left are Trustee Bill Dowdney; Leroy Creager, owner of the business; Trustee Lee Cornett; and Trustee Jim Sauls. Creager Tire and Muffler has been in business in the village of Batavia for 46 years.

C. Douglas Walker trial continued By Kellie Geist-May

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Victor Haddad has rescheduled C. Douglas Walker’s pre-trial to 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. Walker, a former Union Township trustee and administrator, was indicted in March on six charges of “having an unlawful interest in a public contract” for allegedly authorizing public contracts to his son’s company, Professional Engineering Group LLC, according to court documents. Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White said the charges are all ethics violations and fourth-degree felonies, each punishable by up to 18 months in jail and $5,000 in fines. These charges related to votes

taken between March 8, 2005, and March 2, 2006, while Walker was a trustee. White said the case was continued Monday, May 16, so the prosecutor’s office had more time to investigate possible additional charges relating to Walker’s time as an administrator – from March 3, 2006, to Aug. 12, 2008. White said Professional Engineering Group received more than $700,000 in contracts from Union Township during that time. “We’ve issued subpoenas for documents from Mark Walker’s company (Professional Engineering Group) related to the work that was done for Union Township and we are in the process of getting and reviewing those documents,” White said.

Clermont County Jail inmate dies An inmate in the Clermont County Jail died Saturday, May 21, after he became disruptive in his cell and correction officers had to subdue him. Jason Vdovick, 29, 1544 Deer Woods Drive Miami Township, who was serving a six-day sentence for DUI, became disruptive in his cell about 7:45 a.m., said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. A jail supervisor tried to calm him and was unsuccessful, the sheriff said. An application of force

was required to subdue Vdovick, Rodenberg said. Vdovick became unresponsive and Vdovick emergency medical personnel were called. Vdovick was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. An autopsy was performed Sunday, May 22, at the Hamilton County Coroner’s lab. Further toxicology tests

will be performed and may take several weeks, the sheriff said. Clermont County Coroner Brian Treon said preliminary findings indicated Vdovick had no injuries that were life-threatening. “Beyond that I am not able to comment,” he said. An investigation of the circumstances leading up to the death of Vdovick is still under way by agents of the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Foster parents needed

Tim Dick, left, deputy director of Clermont County Children’s Protective Services, accepted a proclamation from the Clermont County commissioners May 4 designating May as “Foster Care Month in Clermont County.” Commissioner Ed Humphrey is at the right. Dick said the county was in need of people willing to be foster parents. If interested, call 732-7173 or visit



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Office holders to share more from meetings By Kellie Geist-May

Elected officials in Clermont County, especially the commissioners, will be sharing more of what they learn at conferences and events. Commissioner Archie Wilson brought up the issue during the regular meeting Monday, March 28. Wilson said when a single

commissioner goes to conferences or events, they should relay the pertinent information to the other two commissioners as well as affected office holders. “If we send one person, I think it’s important to get a report back on how things are going … I don’t think we need to send three commissioners, but I do think the information is valuable for all of us,” he said.

The discussion started after Wilson had a conversation with Clermont County Recorder Debbie Clepper. Clepper said she’d like to see conference and event reports from the commissioners, but also from other elected officials. “If someone goes to a conference or something and has information that could affect another office or all the county offices, it

issue like the state budget comes up, that’s something we could share,” she said. “We just need to communicate better.” Clepper recommended that those informational items be discussed at the monthly elected officials luncheons. Commissioners Ed Humphrey and Bob Proud agreed that reports are a good idea and something they plan to do.

would be nice to know. With all the talk of government reform … there’s a lot of information being discussed that affects us all,” she said. Clepper said she isn’t looking for a bullet-point presentation on each conference – just an overall picture of pertinent discussions. “All (the office holders) have specific topics we discuss at meetings and conferences, but if an

BRIEFLY PIERCE TWP. – The Pierce Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the township hall, 950 Locust Corner Road. The hearing pertains to text revisions of Articles 1 and 11 of the Pierce Township Zoning Resolution. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Free concert

UNION TWP. – The trustees presents the Cincinnati Brass Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Union Township Amphitheatre, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Instrumentation used in the Cincinnati Brass Band is based on the British brass band tradition of mostly conical instruments rather than cylindrical ones. Cornets are used instead of trumpets, and alto horns take the place of French horns. The upper voice is completed with Flugel horns, while the bottom is comprised of baritones, euphonia, trombones and tubas. A small percussion section generates additional rhythmic effects. This is a free concert, so bring the family, your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music.

Cemetery cleanup

PIERCE TWP. – Adornments not permitted at the Pierce Township cemetery will be removed twice a year, beginning in June. Public Works Director Luke Mantle told the township trustees at the May 10 meeting the purpose of the cleanups was to remove items not allowed in the cemetery rules and regulations. Some of these items, such as shepherd’s hooks, can be hazardous to workers, he said. The cleanups will take place in June and January. The first one is scheduled for June 22. Mantle said the rules and regulations will be posted at the cemetery. He said items collected at the cemetery will be stored by the township for 60 days, so owners can reclaim them.

Free exercise class

NEW RICHMOND – The Clermont YMCA and the Clermont County General Health District Senior Safety Program are co-sponsoring a free one-time exercise class for Clermont County adults 65 years and older from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday,

June 9, at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Market St. in New Richmond. The focus of the exercise class is on increasing balance and strength in older adults so they stay healthy and independent. Free exercise instructions and equipment will be given to registered participants for home use. The class will be taught by a certified exercise instructor and class size will be limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register for the class, call Denise Franer RN at 513-7358421. Funding for the class was received from the Clermont Family YMCA, Clermont Mental Health & Recovery Board and the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion & Risk Reduction, Injury Prevention Programs.

Airport tour

BATAVIA TWP. – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative Network is hosting a tour of the Clermont County Airport from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, starting at the Hawk Building, 4160 Taylor Road in Batavia Township. The program includes lunch provided by Fischer


Homes, tour and information abut the airport’s economic impact. Pre-registration and payment of $15 per attendee is required. Space is limited. You can register at For more information on this event and other Clermont Chamber Women’s Initiative events, call the Chamber at 513-576-5000 or visit

Cappelle honored

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has presented Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) Director Ben Capelle with a Regional Public Service Award for outstanding public service. Capelle was one of five recognized during ceremonies May 5 on Fountain Square during Public Service Recognition Week. “I am honored to have been selected for this award,” said Capelle, who oversees the operation of the 32-bus system. “The award really belongs to the staff at CTC, because transit is truly a team effort. I’d also like to thank Clermont County commissioners for their commitment

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Earthquake exercise tests Clermont emergency response Community Press Staff Report

How would Clermont County respond to an earthquake that rattles the New Madrid seismic zone? More than 40 representatives from emergency response agencies across the county gathered at the Clermont County Emergency Operations Center in Batavia Tuesday, May 17, to take part in a day-long earthquake exercise called Shaken Horizon '11.

This exercise also was played out in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Scioto counties, with coordination from the state Emergency Management Agency. The exercise focused on local and regional recovery, in the aftermath of two earthquakes registering 7.7 and 5.7 on the Richter scale, with aftershocks causing further problems. “The type of partnerships we have forged with this type of drill can help the

community deal with any type of hazardous situation,” said Clermont EMA Director Beth Nevel. “The welfare of our citizens is the number one priority, as the agencies representing law enforcement, communications, health care, and transportation work collectively in identifying, assessing, prioritizing and restoring critical infrastructure in the aftermath of an earthquake.” “This type of an exercise

See Viewpoints on A10 allows emergency response agencies to work together and share information in a seamless pattern,” said Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey, who participated in the exercise. Nevel said analysis of the 18-hour Clermont County exercise will enable the county to do a better job in responding to disasters. “By taking part in these


Milford Police Chief Jamie Mills took part in the Shaken Horizon ‘11 exercise. types of exercises, we are better able to determine what resources are available in the county and the region, to provide a quicker response to disasters.” She encouraged each home and business to have

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Police to learn how best to deal with mental health crisis calls By Kellie Geist-May

When someone has a mental health crisis, police officers are often the first responders, but basic law enforcement training doesn’t prepare anyone to come to face with someone in that situation. That is something the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board is working to change by offering Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement officials.



“CIT is a best practice model that’s nationally recognized and used to train police officers on how to interact with people who have a mental illness or are having a mental health crisis,” said Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the mental health and recovery board. “They will learn de-escalation skills – how to calm a situation down – and get information about mental illness symptoms and common medications and substance abuse disorders.” The first training sessions will be

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May 2, May 3 and May 4. Officers from Union, Miami and Goshen townships, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and the UC Clermont security team are scheduled to participate. Additional departments are planning to take part in classes this fall, Watson said. The training, and the implementation of a mobile crisis team, are being paid for through a $223,000 Department of Justice grant titled the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Integrated Response Collaborative Project.

Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud will serve as chair of the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) for the 21st time. “We are fortunate to have Bob in this leadership

role,” said OVRDC Executive Director John Hemmings. “He is a great resource to me and the commission that represents 12 southern Ohio counties. Bob is fair and works to keep politics out of important decisions that impact citizens. I enjoy working with him.”

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Proud will serve as OVRDC chair for a one-yearterm. “I look forward to again serving my county and the region that is part of the OVRDC,” said Proud. “We have a lot of work to do planning and implementing economic development strategies to continue to attract and grow business in southern Ohio, while increasing educational opportunities for a skilled workforce.” Established in 1967, the OVRDC is a regional planning and economic development agency that coordinates federal, state, and local resources to encourage development in 12 southern Ohio counties, including Clermont. The OVRDC is governed by a commission of more than 150 officials who meet semi-annually; members include representatives of county and local governments, social agencies, minorities and the private sector.

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By Kellie Geist-May

The Clermont County commissioners are looking to solidify when interdepartmental advances are repaid. The county commissioners are waiting for about $1.9 million in advancements to be repaid from other county departments and affiliates. Of those advances, some are for reimbursable grants and others are like loans. For example, the commissioners loaned the Clermont County Law Library about $62,000 to be repaid “upon receipt of revenues sufficient to cover repayment,” the report about advances shows. County Administrator Dave Spinney said that is to be repaid by the end of the year, but there’s not a specific written agreement. Other revenue advances have been made to Fleet, the Clermont Transportation Connection and Planning and Development. The commissioners said they are looking for more than a handshake on future advances. “For the most part, a gentleman’s agreement has been enough, but that’s not

always the case,” Commissioner Bob Proud said. Commissioner Archie Wilson said he would like to see not only a written and signed agreement, but also a schedule of advancement reimbursement payments like you might have for a bank loan. This may not always apply to reimbursable grants, he said, because they are generally repaid when the grant money comes in. Spinney said departments who receive advances do designate when they expect to pay that money back, but it’s not a binding agreement. “We want to work with everyone, but we want to have a written agreement,” Wilson said. “If I’m going to loan money to someone, I want to know when they are going to pay me back. Even if they aren’t going to pay me back, I still want to know.” “I think that’s what we need to do if we’re going to be in the loan business,” he said. Spinney agreed the administration would work with departments to set up loan repayments in the future.

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will be managing the mobile response team. She said someone will be on staff 12 hours per day to respond to mental health-related police calls when needed. In fact, 9-1-1 calls can be coded for mental health situations, so the team members could respond automatically. “Our goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary hospitalizations and incarcerations. By having a team member available, we’re hoping the overall outcomes will be better,” Bayer said.


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County to upgrade video equipment By John Seney


Local police officers recently attended a Click It or Ticket campaign kick-off. From left are Paul Lane of the Milford Police Department, Randy McElfresh of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Doug Scott of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office and Scott Ball of the Miami Township Police Department.

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The Clermont County General Health District along with Safe Communities will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 23 to June 5. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night. Because night-time passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, night-time enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly twothirds (62 percent) were not wearing

seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes. Safe Communities coordinates a comprehensive seat belt use survey in Clermont County two times a year. The organization surveys 19 designated sites in the spring and fall. In 2010, the spring average seat belt usage was 78.2 percent and in the fall the average was slightly higher at 79 percent. “Many more night-time traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts. That’s why the State Highway Patrol is strongly supporting enhanced night-time enforcement of seat belt laws during the May 23 – June 5, 2011, Click It or Ticket campaign,” said Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the patrol’s Batavia Post. “We will be out in force to remind

drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts – both day and night.” High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide. “Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket – not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions,” said Martha Enriquez, coordinator of Safe Communities. Remember this May 23 to June 5: It’s Click It or Ticket.

BATAVIA - County commissioners May 4 agreed to upgrade video equipment to make more of their meetings accessible to the public. After the upgrades are completed, all commissioners meetings – formal meetings and informal work sessions – will be available to view online. County officials had been considering installing new equipment in both the formal session room and a smaller room where informal sessions are held. Administrator David Spinney instead recommended the commissioners upgrade only the formal session room and then purchase portable tables to enable them to use one room for both formal and informal sessions. “That would reduce the cost of the project,” he said The tables would allow the commissioners to have informal discussions with county officials without having to sit up on the elevated dais where they sit for the formal meetings. The tables would be set up in front of the dais the night before the informal sessions by work crews from the jail who clean the county administration building. The tables would be removed from the room and stored after the meetings by the same crews. This would be at no cost to the county. County Communications

Director Kathy Lehr estimated the upgrades would cost between $24,000 and $28,000, including labor. Money for the upgrades would come from capital funds. The plan would require the purchase of three new digital cameras, replacing the one videotape camera now being used. The cameras would be placed at different locations around the room to enhance visual appeal, Lehr said. Only one video operator would be needed for all three cameras. No employees will be added. The use of DVDs to record meetings rather than cassette tapes would result in better quality recordings, Lehr said. The digital recordings also would save on staff hours because they take less time to transfer to the Internet. Once the sessions are recorded they will be streamed to the county website via You Tube. There is no outside cost for the county to stream programming on You Tube, Lehr said. Advertisements from You Tube will not be readily available on the county site, she said. No formal vote was taken on the proposal, but there was a consensus by commissioners to proceed. “It sounds good to me,” Commissioner Archie Wilson said. Spinney said he would work out the contracts to purchase the equipment.

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Kara Bailey tries to spin a hoop, a game pioneer children played, at the Harmony Hill historical site. Students from Williamsburg Elementary School visited Harmony Hill May 11.


Laren Kiser holds an old iron used by early settlers. Students from Williamsburg Elementary School May 11 visited the Harmony Hill historical site in Williamsburg.

Chloe Durham, a third-grader from Williamsburg Elementary School, finds out how the early settlers washed clothes May 11 at the Harmony Hill historical site.

’Burg students learn how pioneers lived

Joyce Craig, a volunteer at the Harmony Hill historical site in Williamsburg, shows third-graders from Williamsburg Elementary School how the pioneers made bread.

Students from Williamsburg Elementary School visited the Harmony Hill historical site May 11 to see demonstrations of how the early settlers in Clermont County lived. The third-graders got to see demonstrations of corn shelling, pioneer cooking, weaving and washing. Izella Cadwallader also talked to the students about William Lytle, the founder of Williamsburg, and the history of the area. JOHN SENEY/STAFF Izella Cadwallader talks to third-graders May 11 about the history of the Harmony Hill historical site in Williamsburg. The students were from Williamsburg Elementary School.


Brayden Cummins shells corn May 11 at the Harmony Hill historical site. Thirdgraders from Williamsburg Elementary School visited the site.

Camille McManus tries out a toy fishing rod like one pioneer children might have used. Third-graders from Williamsburg Elementary School visited the Harmony Hill historical site May 11.

Beth Barth, left, a volunteer at the Harmony Hill historical site in Williamsburg, shows third-grader Tyler Windeler how the early settlers carried water. Students from Williamsburg Elementary School visited Harmony Hill May 11.

Dave Dowler, of the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, plays the dulcimer May 11 for third-graders from Williamsburg Elementary School. The students visited the Harmony Hill historical site.


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The Batavia High School Band ended their formal concert season Monday, May 9. The concert consisted of performances by the jazz band, percussion ensemble and concert band. Following the concert all band members and their families attended an awards ceremony. David Smith, director of bands at Batavia, presented the following awards: • Outstanding freshmen: Rex Pryor, Ryan Montgomery • Outstanding sophomores: Bekah White, Alyssa Northrup • Outstanding juniors: Amanda Harbottle, Sophie Enriquez • Outstanding senior: Jeremy Book, Megan Massey

• Bulldog Award (Honors a senior that shows consistent commitment and dedication to band): Julio Martinez • The Louis Armstrong Award (Honors the outstanding jazz musician in each high school: Josh Hampton • The Patrick Gilmore Award (Honors outstanding high school band students and their achievements and commitment to the band): Ashleigh Grimes • The John Phillip Sousa Award (Honors the top student in the high school band and recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication): Tyler Scranton All seniors received a plaque for appreciation of their years of participation.


Batavia High School band seniors for recognized for their participation following the last concert of the year May 9. From left are seniors: Jeremy Book, Jarod Harbron, Ashleigh Grimes, Winston Wahl, Ian Ridgeway, Becca Nelson, Julio Martinez, Josh Hampton and Tyler Scranton.

HONOR ROLLS St. Ursula Academy

The following students have earned honors for the third quarter of 2010-2011.


First honors – Catherine Corbin, Julie Cowan, Madeleine Greiwe, Anna Hopkins, Theresa Isemann, Cecilia Long, Christine Lustenberger, Caroline Perry, Emma Siegel, Katherine Stefani, Tara Sullivan and Megan Turner. Second honors – Shawn Allen, Stephanie Bennett, Margeaux Gerwin, Rachel Marraccini, Megan Niebuhr, Alexandra Rickard, Emily Schimpf and Morgan Voytek.


First honors – Madison Allen, Cara Anderson, Kathryn Buczek, Katherine Curoe, Courtney Erickson, Madison Girten, Sarah Jossart, Kathryn Kehres, Margaret Kent, Caroline Mueller, Kristen Ochs, Ashley Peterson, Caroline Ryan, Emily Sullivan, Second honors – Kathryn Elson, Katrina Herweh, Mackenzie Himmelbauer and Rachel Miller.


Glen Este Dance Company hosted “Evening of Dance IV” Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21. From left are: Junior Sarah Lindsey, sophomore Annie Slone, senior Ashley Torbeck, sophomore Kristi Merritt and senior Kayla Katsanis in their first pose of "Goodbye" by Kristina Debarge.

Evening of Dance


Glen Este Dance Company seniors Taylor Erwin and Matt Jones dance to “No Air” by Jordin Spark and Chris Brown. This dance is choreographed around the struggles of leaving your loved ones to go to college. The group’s “Evening of Dance IV” was held Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

First honors – Madison Andrews, Shannon Beam, Madeline D’Agostino, Claire Garvin, Mary Elizabeth Herman, Maria Hopkins, Jill Jacobs, Bridget Johnston, Emma Lancaster, Nicole Porter, Allison Ridge, Courtney Smith and Natalie Welage. Second honors – Grace Birmingham, Christy Kammerer, Rachel Perkinson, Jessica Powers, Erin Ridge, Grace Romeo, Meghan Sullivan, Danielle Summe and Claire Tully.


First honors – Kelsey Allen, Elizabeth Bowers, Emma Breyer, Kaitlyn Click, Jillian Cowan, Megan Daniher, Nora Elson, Ashley Erickson, Brittany Gibler, Natalie Hamilton, Caroline Kent, Madeline Perry, Lindsay Silva and Olivia Usitalo. Second honors – Kaitlin Campbell, Sara Columbus, Caylie Runnels, Allison Tuley and Katherine Wooliver.


The ladies of the Glen Este Dance Company rehearse their performance of “Goodbye” by Kristina Debarge. This was just one of the numbers featured in "Evening of Dance IV," which was held Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

SCHOOL NOTES Lankester performs in finals

Sophomore dance major Andrea Lankester was one of six Mercyhurst College students to participate in the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) the weekend of March 18 in New York City. Lankester is from New Richmond. Now in its 12th season, the YAGP is an internationally known meeting place for dance students and teachers, where they can exchange ideas, share their experiences and learn the most up-to-date information on a variety of issues in ballet and contemporary dance. YAGP has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide.



Pen pal picnic

Kindergartners from St. Louis School in Owensville and St. Bernadette School in Pierce Township got together for a pen pal picnic May 13 at Sycamore Park in Batavia. Throughout the year, the pen pal project helps kindergartners with writing and social skills. Angie Hogeback, left, a St. Louis School aide, sprays a bubble machine to energize a group of kids.

Troubadours honored

The New Richmond High School Troubadours were honored May 10 at the New Richmond village council meeting. The singing group won a national choral competition in March. They accepted a plaque from Mayor Ramona Carr, left. The Troubadour members, from left, are: Cheyenne Cochran, Rebekah Taylor, Micah Brondhaver, Sarah Glenn, Joshua Greene and Jake Glenn. The Troubadours scored the school’s first Gold Medal performance in national competition with two first-place finishes in the recent Heritage Music Festival at Annapolis, Maryland.

Logan Smyth of Batavia has received a Catholic Heritage Grant and a Dean’s Award from Xavier University. Smyth will graduate from Moeller High School this spring and is active in baseball and service. The son of Monica and Steven Smyth, he plans to major in pre-med at Xavier. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean’s and Schawe Awards and award levels vary.

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The week at Glen Este

• The Glen Este softball team shut out Colerain 4-0 in the Division I sectional final, May 16, advancing them to play Mason on May 20. Kelley Benhase threw 11 strikeouts for Glen Este, and Kaylin Steinmetz was 2-4 with two doubles.

The week at New Richmond

• The New Richmond baseball team beat Lakota West 52, May 18. Skaggs was 3-4 with a double and two RBI for New Richmond. • New Richmond’s boys track team advances to regionals after placing fourth in the Division II Districts, May 19. New Richmond’s relay team placed second in the 4x800 meter in 8 minutes, 24.13 seconds’ and Gundler placed first in the pole vault at 11 feet, 6 inches. • In the Division II District meet on May 19, New Richmond’s girls track team placed third with a score of 31, advancing them to regionals. New Richmond’s relay team placed third in the 4x800 in 10 minutes, 25.65 seconds; Wildey placed third in the discus at 89 feet; and Skaggs placed second at 8 feet in the pole vault.

The week at Amelia

• In the softball Division II Sectional final, May 19, Finneytown beat Amelia 2-1. Amelia’s Shelby Engle was 1-3 with an RBI.

The week at Williamsburg

• In the Division III District meet, Williamsburg’s boys track placed first with a score of 65.50, advancing them to regionals. Williamsburg’s Weidemann placed fourth at 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump; Zavislak placed third in the long jump at 20 feet, 3.25 inches; the relay team won the 4x800 meter in 8 minutes, 57.40 seconds; Hickey placed second in the shot put at 48 feet, 7.25 inches, and Posey placed third at 45 feet, 10.75 inches; Posey placed second in the discus at 144 feet, 3 inches; and Heilman won the pole vault at 12 feet. • On May 19, Williamsburg placed first in the Division III District meet with a score of 59.83, advancing them to regionals. Williamsburg’s Guess placed second in the shot put at 30 feet, .75 inches; Meisberger won the discus at 90 feet, 7 inches, and Guess placed third at 85 feet, 5 inches; Press won the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches, and Pringle placed second at 7 feet, 6 inches.

The week at McNicholas

• In the Division II District meet, the McNicholas girls track team placed first with a score of 58, advancing them to regionals. McNick’s Rebecca Weisshaar won the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches; Megan Schaefer placed fourth in the long jump at 14 feet, 11 inches; the relay team won the 4x800 meter in 9 minutes, 45.05 seconds; Sarah Hayes placed second in the shot put at 34 feet, .75 inches; Hayes placed second in the discus at 89 feet, 11 inches; and Amanda Bradley won the pole vault at 9 feet, 3 inches.

Conference accolades

Thomas More College junior first baseman Andrew Thole, a McNicholas High School graduate, was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference player of the year, head coach Jeff Hetzer was named Coach of the Year and eight Saints were named All-PAC on May 17 by the Conference’s head coaches.

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Amelia softball has the right ‘Engle’ By Scott Springer

little rough, losing a lot of seniors. This year has been very smooth.”

Going into the postseason, Amelia High School pitcher Shelby Engle, a junior was third in the Southern Buckeye Conference in wins, strikeouts and ERA behind Felicity-Franklin’s Montana Wear and Clermont Northeastern’s Emily Anderson. 11-3 with 135 strikeouts, a 1.20 ERA and a save, Engle has also benefited the Lady Barons with her bat this spring. She led Southern Buckeye hitters with a .647 average and was second to Felicity’s Wear in home runs and runs batted in with three and 26, respectively. Because of her offensive and defensive presence, Amelia finished second in the conference behind CNE. Unfortunately, their season came to a close with a 2-1 tough loss to Finneytown May 19 at Rumpke Park. The following is an interview with Engle, prior to that match-up. You have had a success ful year and you reached the 500 strikeout mark this season. Do you have 500 more in you? “Probably.” What’s your best pitch? “Probably my changeup. You never see it coming.”

Have you surprised some people? “They (teammates) have all stepped up and done their job. I’m proud of them.” What was your biggest win this season? “Probably New Richmond, because last year they were a tough game the first time around. This year we came out hitting. They hit the ball too, but we had our fielders.”


Amelia’s 2011 softball team finished the regular season at 14-3. Pictured left to right at Amelia High School are: Front, Megan Mentzel, Nikki Martin; middle, Ashley Houston, Courtney Tackett, Chelsea Staples; back, coach Kelly Throckmorton, Jodi Motley, Trecisa Lawson, Shelby Engle, Jennae Chappel, Dana Caldwell, Jordan Kaiser, coach Bob Reynolds and trainer Molly Cannell. Other Lady Barons not present: Kayla Ziegelmeier, Faith Kaiser, Traci Wright, Brady Potrafke and Kinsey Seay. How fast do you throw it and how fast is your fastball? “About 49 and about 60.” Do you make the ball do funny things? “I can’t tell....” You’re a good hitter, does that help you pitching? “It actually helps me hitting-wise being a pitcher. I know what pitchers think, so it’s easier for me to hit.” Have you always been a good hitter?

“No (smiling).” What clicked for you? “I think I just got more confident. I’ve never been a confident hitter until this year.” You have hit some over the wall. How is it taking the “grand tour” after you hit one? “It was amazing.” You have been the start ing pitcher for three years with one to go, are you looking to play somewhere else?

Glen Este outlasts Elder, bows in finals The following is a submitted game summary for Glen Este baseball. Glen Este 8, Elder, 7 – The game was an instant classic, as Glen Este outlasted 12-time state champion Elder, 8-7, in an 11-inning marathon Friday, May 20, to win the sectional baseball championship. The Trojans outhit Elder 14-11, three times storming back to tie the game in the late innings, then won it in the 11th when Ryan Fuller grounded a single through the Panther’s out-of-position infield, scoring Ryan Henning from second. Trailing 3-0 with only three hits going into the bottom of the fifth, the Trojans capitalized on Elder’s only error in the game, as Nate Boston then doubled, Austin Rieck tripled, and Matt Jones produced a game-tying single. Starter Chris Linneman, who had held Elder to three hits through six innings, was relieved by Pete Winegardner in the seventh as the Panthers took a 5-3 lead. Glen Este responded with a single by Boston, a walk to Rieck, Jones’ double, and a single from Tyler Burdick to tie the score, then with bases loaded and one out could not push the winning run across. Elder got the first two batters on in the eighth and ninth innings, but Winegardner pitched out of both jams before giving up a pair of runs in the 10th. Again GE bounced back, tying the game on a single by Zach Mager, a walk to

Boston, a sacrifice by Anthony Clark, and a tworun single by Rieck. This, after they had failed to score in the ninth with bases loaded and one out. Elder went down in order in the 11th, then Henning led off with a single for GE. Burdick was hit by a pitch, then with the Panthers looking for a bunt, the third baseman charging and the shortstop covering third, Fuller poked his game-winner between second and third. Defensively, the Trojans turned in four double plays during the game. Burdick gunned down the potential winning run at the plate in the eighth after catching a fly ball with bases loaded and one out, and Jones turned an inning ending DP to Austin Istvan, stranding a runner at third and cutting Elder’s rally off with just the two runs in the 10th. The Panthers big guns were Nick Conner, who was 3 for 6 with an RBI, along with Dan Schwarz whose triples in the third and 10th innings produced 3 RBI, the first one followed moments later by a rare steal of home. Glen Este improved to 19-2 on the season and advanced to meet Lakota West in the district finale on Saturday. Lakota West 5, Glen Este 1 – Glen Este’s excellent baseball season came to an end Saturday, May 21, as Lakota West pitcher Zach Farmer scattered three hits, masterfully mixing his pitches, keeping the ball low, and consistently hitting

“I’m looking at Georgetown (Kentucky) and Miami (Ohio) right now.” When do you start pitching? “When I was like 7 or 8.” Have you always been fast? “I’m not like a strikeout pitcher. I go for movement and try to get hitters to hit ground balls and pops.” How has this season been for you? “It’s a lot more than I expected. Last year was a

What about the postseason experience? “I think we’re going to go far. I always thought we would go far. A lot farther than last year.” Who’s back next year? “Most of our infield. Actually, all of our infield will be back next year. We’re only losing outfielders.” What do you want to major in at Georgetown or Miami? “I would want to do journalism or communications or something like that.” Then you get to come around and bother people like I’m doing? “Yeah (with an everpresent grin).”

Despite McNick loss, Lions end season on a strong note By Nick Dudukovich


Glen Este High School senior Chris Linneman fires one in against Elder in the Division I sectional finals at Lakota West May 20. The Trojans fell behind early but came back for an 8-7 win in extra innings to oust the defending state runner-up. Glen Este lost to Lakota West 5-1 in the district finals the next day. the corners as he walked only three in a 5-1 win. Trojan pitcher Mike Scholl, making only his second start since April 2, allowed two first-inning runs, then only one more through the sixth inning, allowing just five hits in a fine effort. Glen Este’s run came in the fourth inning, Austin Rieck scoring on Tyler Burdick’s single. In winning their third FAVC title in four years, the Trojans bounced back from last year’s 8-18 season with strong pitching, solid defense, and consistently timely hitting throughout the lineup. Every single player on coach Mike Hatfield’s 19man roster made key contributions when the opportunities arose, whether on the mound, at the plate, running the bases, or making a big play in the field. Their 19-3, .864 winning percentage, may well be the best in Glen Este’s baseball history.

NEW RICHMOND – The New Richmond High School baseball team made an impressive run during the 2011 campaign. The Lions were on the brink of playing for a district championship after starting the season 4-8. Rather than struggle throughout the remainder of the spring, the team rebounded to win nine contests in a row, before falling to McNick in the Division II sectional finals, 4-1, at Milford High School, May 20. Lions’ head coach Brian Benzinger believes that strong defense and effective pitching helped boost his club down the stretch. “In the early part of the season, we didn’t do those things, and in the later part of the season, our pitchers started to pitch very effectively and in some cases, dominate, and we played good defense behind them,” he said. Experience on the mound also played a role in helping New Richmond find success this spring. Senior pitchers Austin Warden, Steve Binder and Zack Ritter combined for nine victories. Ritter led the pitching staff with four wins, to go along with a 4.20 ERA. Warden was the squad’s most dominant pitcher, with 52 strikeouts to go along with a 3-2 record and a 1.79 ERA. Binder won two games and strikeout 40 batters,

while maintaining a 2.80 ERA. “When it comes down to those guys, it’s the intangibles and senior leadership,” Benzinger said. “They have the ability to help the younger guys and all three do a good job of that.” When the Lions take the field next spring, several players that contributed this season are expected to return. Tanner Wolfe, who was second on the team with a .413 average and 21 RBIs, is only a sophomore. Wolfe proved time and time again, that he was someone the club could rely on, according to Benzinger. “He’s really Mr. Clutch,” Benzinger said. “More than any other guy, he’s the one that delivered big hits for us.” Benzinger added that junior Austin Skaggs (.365) and freshman Levi Simpson (.306) are also reasons as to why the Lions’ future looks bright. With the season now over, Benzinger said his boys wish they could start the season over again, playing the type of ball that enabled the team to win nine of it’s final 10 games. “It’s been a tale of two seasons,” Benzinger said. “(Early on), we struggled, and found a way to lose. The second-half was opposite. We found a way to win…it was nice…these are a great bunch of guys and they worked hard.” For more coverage, visit s

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Win keeps Glen Este playing The following is a submitted game summary.

Trojans march north


Glen Este’s Trey Adkison clears 12’6” at the DI district meet at Mason High School. The vault was good enough for second place and qualified Adkison for the regional meet. Joining Adkison there from the boys team is 1,600 meter runner Michael Stamper, who placed fourth in a time of 1:59.34. Michelle Thomas also will move onto the regional at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium by winning the 1,600 (5:03.34) and the 3,200 (10:52.26) meter runs.

Glen Este 1, Mason 0 – Glen Este, behind a threehit, 16-strikeout pitching performance from Kelley Benhase, blanked Mason, 1-0, Saturday, May 21, to win its second district softball title in three years. Benhase now has an 18-2 record on the season, with a 0.47 ERA, and 240 strikeouts in 133 innings pitched. Sometimes overlooked in

the wake of Benhase’s pitching and slugger Kaylin Steinmetz’s triple crown hitting efforts, have been the outstanding performances from the Gregory sisters, senior shortstop Kierstin and freshman second baseman Kayla. Kierstin is second on the team in batting average (.432), RBI with 27 and stolen bases (11), while Kayla is hitting .398, is second in runs scored with 32, and leads the team with 17

steals. On Saturday, Kayla’s speed made the difference as she walked in the first, stole second, and came around to score the game’s only run as the throw sailed into center field. Glen Este is now 24-4 on the season and will meet Lakota West in a regional semifinal game at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at Mason High School.

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New Richmond boys track coach Shelby Pride and team members, from left, Timmy Hall, Alex Ariapad, Mickie Doane, Ben Fitzgerrel, Colt Reese, and Alex Horn display their second-place trophy from the May 21 Division II District Track Meet hosted by New Richmond. New Richmond finished second behind Finneytown. New Richmond's girls finished fourth in the Division II meet behind McNicholas, Indian Hill and Wyoming. New Richmond recorded two first-place medals with Jake Gundler winning the pole vault with a vault of 11-06 and Olivia Behymer taking the 400 meter dash in 58.37 seconds.


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Sportsman of Year voting under way Voting has begun for the third-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. On the ballot for the Community Journal are: Justin Andler, Amelia; Michael Bouley, Glen Este; Corey Goedde, Glen Este; Tim McBride, Glen Este; Jacob Prindle, Batavia; Austin Warden, New Richmond Sportswomen – Kelley Benhase, Glen Este; Shelby Engle, Amelia; Erin Hancock, Amelia; Ali HockJames, Amelia; Rachel Meisberger, Williamsburg; Kaylin Steinmetz, Glen Este; Michelle Thomas, Glen Este. You can reach the ballots by clicking on any of the links designated for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 Ohio

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“ This new valve can save lives



Cardiologists with The Christ Hospital Are First in Greater Cincinnati Region to Perform Heart Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery Aortic stenosis (AS) results from the hardening or narrowing of the aortic valve; AS obstructs the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It is one of the two most common heart valve problems in the United States and ranks among the top five Medicare cardiac diagnoses. Patients with severe AS may experience chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting. Although AS typically progresses slowly without symptoms, once symptoms occur the prognosis is guarded and survival is limited. Treatment of AS has traditionally involved open heart surgical valve replacement, which has considerable morbidity and mortality in elderly, frail individuals with complicating medical issues. Now, physicians at The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital are involved in a clinical research study (The PARTNER II Trial) using the Edwards SAPIEN XT valve. This allows doctors to replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery by using a catheter instead. The Christ Hospital is the only center between Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio to offer this novel, less invasive valve trial. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) provides a treatment option for patients with symptomatic AS who are not candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery. “Unfortunately, elderly patients with multiple medical problems may not survive traditional valve surgery,” says Dean Kereiakes, M.D., principal investigator in Cincinnati for The PARTNER II Trial and medical director at The Lindner Center for Research and Education and The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. “Our goal in joining The PARTNER II Trial is to provide a new treatment option and hope for these individuals.”

PATIENT STORIES “I couldn’t walk 20 feet without having to sit down. The day I had the procedure, I walked 25 feet and was fine. I’m Bill Whitt again.” William Whitt, 85, who suffered from AS and heart failure symptoms, had TAVR at The Christ Hospital on May 5, 2011.

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What about a user tax?

I like many would like to enter the arena of opinions on property tax vs. public school funding. I know the tuition word is prohibited so stealing an idea from Todd Portune, a Cincinnati Council member, how about a “User Tax” for the public schools? The tax could be based on family income or net worth like the welfare program. Parents under-

stand the responsibilities of raising children. They provide food, shelter, medical and clothing, but expect the cost of K-12 education and transportation be placed on others. I know this will not lower property taxes, but it may slow the increases a little. Bruce Haverland Union Township

Should the U.S. continue to give tax breaks to oil companies? Why or why not? “It is absolutely absurd that tax subsidies should be continued to oil companies who are reaping record windfalls. “All this when the same party protecting and promoting this boondoggle (as well as extending the Bush tax breaks to the rich) is intent on ripping medical care from poor women, reducing expenditures for education, science, and damaging Medicare all in the name of balancing the budget. “Yes, the budget desperately needs to be brought under control but let’s start with what is most sensible. Let’s stop this flow of funds upward to those who already have far too much. “We have/are becoming an elitist society meaning that there is a concentration of wealth increasing at the top while the poor and the middle class continue to struggle harder and harder for a smaller share of the pie. “With money comes power. This is not what our forefather had in mind when this country was established. “We are becoming more and more like the highly stratified society that lacked opportunity that originally caused them to flee Europe.” A.M.B. “Since a barrel of oil has fallen below $100 a barrel from a high of $114, have we seen a comparable drop in a gallon of gasoline? It’s still $3.99 where I live. “So many factors, we are told, affect the price of gas and oil. I think it’s high time the government intervene and get to the bottom of how they price gasoline.” R.H. “Absolutely not. I am a small business owner, I do not get tax breaks, and the oil companies report billions in profit, so what is good for the goose is good for the gander.” O.H.R. “This question is a real ‘red herring.’ The oil industry should be treated the same as every other industry, no better and no worse. It should get no advantage or disadvantage in comparison to any other industry. “If we unduly punish them, we will either send more of their production overseas, something I don’t think any of us want to see, or we will end up buying oil from countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, etc. ... Neither of those are good outcomes. “And bear in mind, a legitimate tax deduction for a business expense (like oil depletion) is not a ‘tax break.’” T.H. “Unfortunately the media and the public uses rhetoric (subsi-

When my son, Luke Smith, a ninth-grader at Amelia High School, told his teachers he wanted to walk the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, we never dreamed they would all dive in to help him reach his goal. Throughout April, his teachers helped him walk and track the needed 25 miles in his “Hog Log.” With Luke’s many medical issues,

this was not an easy task. April 30, two of the paraprofessionals in the Autism Unit at Amelia, Vicki Unterreiner and Karen Schlachta, joined Luke and his family to walk the final mile at the Cincinnati Flying Pig. They walked next to him cheering him through to the finish line where he received his Flying Pig Medal. Luke had wanted to walk the marathon so he could help spread

Autism Awareness and raise money for the Families with ASD’s Autism Center. Luke raised more than $2,000. We are so proud of Luke and are so touched by the support and encouragement the teachers have given our son. Amelia High School teachers, we appreciate you. Julia and Greg Smith Union Township

County tests new command center

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Who do you think should be or will be the GOP presidential candidate in 2012? Why? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. dies) that is biased against the oil companies. “Those companies are being treated the same as manufacturers’ of other goods. They are not subsidies. “Accounting principles approved and accepted by the IRS allow all companies to deduct certain items that make up ‘the cost of goods sold.’ Farmers get them too. “If we disallow certain costs for some then we should do that for all companies including manufacturer’s and farmers. Singling out oil companies because they are profitable is irrational. “The government ‘bailed out’ GM and Chrysler. Fairness? Why do we pay some farmers not to grow crops? Because it buys the politicians votes. “Money (capital) goes where it is treated best. Without capital you do not have capitalism. Without capitalism you do not create jobs. “Most career politicians could not run a corporation. If they could they would not be in government. “Easy jobs do not pay much. Capital (money) is fleeing the USA because it can get better returns (profits) in other countries. Politicians are just pandering for votes. They always do. “The public is economically illiterate. Now high schools are being required to teach economics. A little late in my opinion.” J.S.D. “The original purpose of the tax breaks was to help oil companies defray the costly risks for finding oil in and around America. “We find our current government forbidding these companies to tap the reserves they've discovered in Alaska and off our shores. When our government finally makes up its mind whether it wants domestic oil over foreign oil we can determine if the tax breaks need further review.” R.V. “Of course not! They are making billions. Why do they need government charity?” E.M.S. “I can think of no reason why the U.S. would give tax breaks to oil companies and then watch as the American public pays $4 plus for a gallon of gasoline.” E.E.C.

Do you remember the movie “WarGames” with the huge screens with lots of maps predicting doom when Soviet missiles hit the United States? A simliar room now can be found here in Clermont County. The command center inside the Clermont County Communications Center on Bauer Road is very similar to what we see in that movie. It was the location of a regional mock disaster exercise where people sat at 16 computer desks in a circle and took calls from emergency responders covering problems caused by a large fictional earthquake May 16, a second fictional earthquake May 17, all during four days of fictional rain. As a way to really test those participating, a mock disaster inside another happened May 17 when a portion of U.S. 52 washed away. In the mud was an overturned hazardous materials tanker. More calls began coming in about additional mudslides, roads and services failing as a result of the earthquakes and rain. On the three screens was a running dialogue of information received and actions taken to provide help. For instance, Child Focus agreed to care for children of hospital personnel who had to stay at work because relief could not reach the facility.

Inside the command center were gathered a collection of people from law enforcement, hazardous materials control, transportation, Theresa L. department of Herron health, Mercy Clermont, the Editor’s county engineer, Notebook fire departments, search and rescue and public information. They took calls from first responders, answered questions about resources available, filled requests for everything from calling Duke Energy to delivering water to emergency personnel. Andy Knapp, LovelandSymmes Fire Department deputy chief who was the public information officer, said the exercise was a way to learn “a process” of how to handle large-scale natural or manmade disasters. At times it was slow as we waited for field information. Then it was a beehive of activity with people calling in, the information being shared between departments/desks and then projected on the screens. The exercise was divided into two sessions: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight.

The more people who learned the “process,” the more available during an real emergency. Two emergency managers from Ohio’s Clark and Logan counties, during the evening shift, talked about how nice this center was. They don’t have the same technology or space. We all remember Hurricane Ike. It’s important to say the command center personnel will not reconnect the electric lines or relay pipe for water and sewer service. They make sure people are called to do those jobs. They also make sure people needing help receive it. It was a long evening, but very interesting. I was an evaluator of the public information officer. My main concern was information was not released in the most timely fashion, but I am a member of the press and nothing is fast enough for us. To a novice to these drills, this was impressive. When something happens, Clermont County appears to be ready. Theresa L. Herron is the editor of the Community Journal Clermont, Community Journal North, MilfordMiami Advertiser and The Bethel Journal. She can be reached at 2487128 or

May is Mental Health Month Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed with all the things going on in your life? Have you noticed that when you feel stressed, you can also feel anxious and irritable and have physical symptoms such as a headache or backache? Mental and physical health are closely connected, and one impacts the other. Mental health is essential to the overall health and well-being of every person. But, what exactly is the relationship between these components of health, and what are the components of a healthy body, healthy mind? The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease … ” Mental health can be defined as the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with life’s stressors and all the ups and downs you face. One health model suggests looking at the balance between mental and physical health when assessing well-being, including increasing activity in one area to offset an over-emphasis in another. For example, someone who is working long hours at the office, expending much mental energy, and possibly heading towards burnout, may be advised to incorporate more physical exercise and relaxation into his/her lifestyle to

bring the wellness system back into balance. What can you do to take care of your mental health and create menLee Ann tal wellness? Watson Recognizing the Community signs and symptoms of mental Press guest health concerns columnist is the first step to achieving mental wellness. Be aware of your body’s cues regarding your stress level. Are you having difficulty sleeping at night? Are you irritable or having difficulty concentrating? It may seem simple, but take time to relax and do something you enjoy, whether it’s gardening, reading a good book, or doing a fun activity with your family/friends. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, keep active, drink alcohol sensibly, keep in touch with your friends and family (that social wellness piece), prioritize what is really important to you (family, friends, health), and ask for help when you need it. About one in four people have some type of mental health concern at some point in their lives. Whether that concern occurs as a result of losing a loved one, losing a job, “post pregnancy blues,” or a

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Angie Kopec’s parents Marie and Adron Conatser helped her redesign and renovate the her new shop, Angelina’s Closet.

Angelina’s Closet offers affordable, quality fashion By Kellie Geist-May

You might call Angie Kopec a fashionista. She turned her experience as a retail buyer and product designer and dream of affordable fashion into a reality – Angelina’s Closet. This new Union Township clothing, accessory, gift and home goods store will open Saturday, April 16, in its newly renovated and bright pink location at 984 Old Ohio 74. “There are lots of places for people to shop and get a good deal, but the key at Angelina’s Closet is the combination of quality items and good prices,” Kopec said. “I think that is what will make us successful.” Although Kopec plans to eventually accept consignment items, the current inventory is full of things she and her family handpicked. Some of the items are gently used and others are new and embellished. Like many small business owners, Kopec’s dream started to take shape after she was affected by the economy. “I had to look outside the department stores, so I started frequenting thrift shops. I was amazed at what I found. You can look just as nice on a low budget if you know where to shop,” she said. Kopec’s shop carries

mostly items that are in season or slightly removed. You also are bound to find a wide selection of gift-worthy items and new sunglasses and watches. “I am pretty picky about what I buy and I try to have as many name brands as possible,” she said. “My philosophy is that if I would wear it or buy it as a gift, I would be proud to have it in my store.” Kopec’s mom Marie Conatser said people should stop by and see what Angelina’s Closet has to offer. “I think they will be impressed,” she said. “This has always been a dream for Angie, so it’s very rewarding for us to see it come true.” In addition to being near Eastgate Mall, the shop is just a few blocks from the Kopec’s Summerside home. “This is really the perfect location. It’s almost like it was meant to be – the building sat vacant for a while. I called the owner, we worked out terms and here I am,” she said. Want to check out the new store? Angelina’s Closet is at 984 Old Ohio 74 and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kopec can be reached at 753-4800 and plans are underway to launch a Facebook page and a shopping site on

Clermont County sailor among top 5 reservists

By John Seney

UNION TWP. - A Union Township man is one of the top five reservists in the U.S. Navy. Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Joseph Jeffcott, who is attached to a Navy Reserve unit in Columbus, Ohio, was nominated for the Reserve Sailor of the Year honor last fall. There is a separate award for regular Navy Sailor of the Year. Jeffcott won competitions for his unit, the Midwest, the Eastern U.S. and the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command before advancing to Washington, D.C., in April as one of five finalists. He didn’t win the top award, but feels being among the top five is an honor. “Every time I won a round, I would ask people for advice, but everyone keep telling me they never knew anyone who made it this far,” Jeffcott said. “I was kind of on my own.” The competition involved going before a series of boards made up of other sailors. He was asked questions about leadership skills, deployments and how he would react in real-life situations. He also was judged on physical fitness and how he wore his uniform. Jeffcott found the competition challenging because being a reservist is only one of his jobs. In addition to attending reserve functions in Columbus, he also works full-time as a business banker at Chase Bank in Eastgate. His third full-time job, he says, is his family. He has four sons and his wife, Julie, is a teacher at Glen Este Middle School. The Navy is not Jeffcott’s only military experience. He joined the Marines when he was younger and served four years of active duty and two years in the reserves before getting out in 1995. Then, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks convinced Jeffcott it was time to serve his country again.


Joseph Jeffcott, left, of Union Township recently was chosen as one of the five finalists for Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year. He is a friend of Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud.


Navy reservist Joseph Jeffcott, right, of Union Township receives the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal during his deployment to Iraq in 2009. At left is Cmdr. Paul Polk. “I decided I wanted to go back in,” he said. He thought he might be too old for the demands of the Marine Corps, so he enlisted in the Navy Reserves. “When they found out I was a Marine, they attached me to a ground unit,” he said. He is part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, which provides ground support operations for the Navy. Jeffcott served three tours of duty in Iraq, the latest ending in 2009.

During his second tour of duty in Iraq, he was able to see first hand the effects of the surge in U.S. military operations.. “I saw an improvement,” he said. “There was a marked difference.” Jeffcott does not know if there will be another deployment overseas for him, but he plans on staying in the reserves. Reserve duties involve traveling to Columbus once a month and going on field exercises in Virginia. He also is up for promotion to the rank of chief petty officer. Jeffcott grew up on the East Coast, but has lived in Clermont County since 1995. He is active in the community and a member of the local military support group Whole in My Heart. “It’s a way to help others,” he said of Whole in My Heart. “We’re unique in this county,” he said. “The bonding we have in support of the troops is unbelievable. It makes me proud.” Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud has gotten to know Jeffcott through Whole in My Heart and other functions. “I am so proud of him,” Proud said. “He is one outstanding man.”

Memorial Day events planned Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Clermont County residents will observe the day with a variety of events.


American Legion Post 773 is sponsoring a parade May 30 along Main Street. The parade begins at 8 a.m. in front of Heritage Custom Cycles, 80 W. Main St. It will finish in front of Amelia Elementary School, 5 E. Main St. Ken Ellis of the American Legion said the parade will

include the Amelia High School band, Scout organizations and the American Legion color guard.


The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission and Batavia American Legion Post 237 will hold the annual county Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30. The parade will line up beginning at 11 a.m. at Aztec Plumbing, 140 W. Main St. in Batavia. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in participating can call the veterans’ services office at 732-7363.


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Members of the Veterans Color Guard of New Richmond will visit 16 cemeteries and five memorials May 30, beginning at 8 a.m. The cemetery stops, in order, are: Collard, Moscow, Mt. Zion, Laurel, Franklin Chapel, Nicholsville, Monroe (Nicholsville), Ten Mile, Pierce Township, Mt. Pisgah, Moreland, St. Peter’s, Samarian, Watkins Hill, Green Mound and Old Tyme (New Richmond founders cemetery). The memorials are: Moscow Veterans Memorial, Grant’s Birthplace, American Legion Post 550, VFW

Post 6770 and New Richmond Veterans Memorial. The visits will conclude at 12:30 p.m. with a service at the New Richmond Veterans Memorial at the bandstand, Front Street and Susanna Way.

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The Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 649, will hold a 24-hour vigil in honor of Memorial Day. The opening ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, and the closing remarks will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.


Floats and vehicles proceed down Main Street in the 2010 Batavia Memorial Day Parade. During the vigil, chapter members and volunteers will place American flags atop white crosses set-up in honor of military personnel who fought and died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom and

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American Legion Post 72 will host a Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. in Withamsville.

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


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Free weekday child care available. Family friendly. $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township. Zumba Dance Fitness Exercise Party, 7-8 p.m., Milford Preschool, 1039 Ohio 28, All experience levels welcome. Ages 10 and up. $5. Presented by The Zumba Experience. 875-2463; Milford.


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


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 6:309 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


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


Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 7


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


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township.

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


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


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Exhibit from 18901940 includes 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. Shoes include dainty lace boots to ornate evening slippers. Miscellaneous accessories include fans, compacts, gloves, hankies and scarves. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House. $5, $1 ages 12 and under. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; Milford.


Harry Perry, 9 a.m.-noon, Melodie’s Coffee Cafe, 8944 Columbia Road, “The Traveling Piano Man” plays requests and favorites. Free. 697-1330; Loveland.


Waiting on Ben, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, 827-9146. Anderson Township.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, American Modified Series. Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937444-6215; Williamsburg. Tri-State Montgomery Inn Boathouse Invitational Golf Outing, 1-6 p.m., Legendary Run Golf Course, 915 E. Legendary Run Drive, Four-man scramble. Includes green fee, cart, favors, prizes and refreshments. Lunch and dinner catered by Montgomery Inn. Benefits abused and abandoned children of One Way Farm of Fairfield OH. Funds used for children’s recreational summer outings. Ages 21 and up. $200. Reservations required. Presented by One Way Farm of Fairfield Inc. 829-3276; Pierce Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 8




Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Katie Pritchard, vocals and acoustic guitar. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

Solo/Recreational Pilot Ground School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport, 2001 Sportys Drive, Concludes May 29. Covers all aeronautical knowledge items required for solo flight and recreational pilot certification. Includes Sporty’s Complete Flight Solo/Recreational Pilot Training Course on DVD. Ages 18 and up. $245. Registration required. Presented by Sporty’s Academy/Eastern Cincinnati Aviation. 7359500; Batavia Township.


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

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Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections. Exhibit continues through Aug. 7. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Bob Cushing, 7 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland. John Ladd, 2-5 p.m., Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road, With John Redell and Joe Szwed. 315-8786; Bethel.


Union Township Summer Concerts, 7:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheater behind center. Music by Cincinnati Brass Band with the Clermont Philharmonic. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 752-1741. Union Township.


The Juice, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Free. 697-8111. Loveland.


The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission and Batavia American Legion Post 237 will host the annual Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30. The parade will line up at 11 a.m. at Aztec Plumbing, 140 W. Main St. in Batavia. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. If interested in participating, register by contacting the Clermont County Veterans’ Services Office at 732-7363. See page B1 for a listing of more parades. Pictured are members of Brownie Troop 1285 and Daisy Troop 44868 at last year’s parade. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3 0


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.



Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. Included with admission: $8; $6 active military and ages 65 and up, $3 ages 4-12; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township.

Clermont Family YMCA Aces Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 3. Aces weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 12-13. $168, $112 members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 742-9622. Williamsburg Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township.

Clermont County Memorial Day Parade, 11:30 a.m., Aztec Building, 140 W. Main St., Line up at 11 a.m. If interested in participating in Memorial Day parade, please register by contacting Clermont Veterans’ Services Office to register: 732-7363. Free. Presented by Clermont County. 732-7363; Batavia.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford. Clermont County Cancer and Parkinson’s Fundraiser, Noon-midnight, The Shaffer Shack, 4700 Ohio 276, Euchre at noon, cornhole at 3 p.m., pool shooter at 6 p.m. Music by Acoustic Edge, Six shooter, and others begins 4 p.m. Includes raffles, food and more. $15 couple, $10 single. Presented by Currency 4 Charity. 732-9899. Batavia.

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Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 3 1


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HEALTH / WELLNESS Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, Free. 753-6325. Union Township. Skin Cancer Screenings, 1-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital Anderson, 7500 State Road, Cancer Center. Screenings conducted by Dr. Charles Fixler, dermatologist. Free. Appointment required. 956-3729, option 2, then option 1. Anderson Township.



Herpetology Programs, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Auditorium. Light refreshments served. Included with admission: $8; $6 active military and ages 65 and up, $3 ages 4-12; free for members. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.

Stunning Plants for Stellar Garden Success, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Greenfield Plant Farm - Anderson Township, 6840 Clough Pike, Continues June 9. Learn the array of garden plants that work well and others to avoid in our area during the first evening. Tour a four-acre garden the second evening. Includes plant selection, plant care and maintenance, and how to deal with deer and other difficulties. $25. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 624-8876; Anderson Township.




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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.

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


Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 553-4800. New Richmond.

Zumba Dance Fitness Exercise Party, 7-8 p.m., Milford Preschool, $5. 875-2463; Milford.


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cheeseburger in Paradise, 812 Eastgate North Road, Bring instrument. All genres welcome. Free. 967-0427. Union Township.



Taste of Cincinnati returns for Memorial Day weekend, with food and music for the 32nd annual edition. Hours are noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29; and noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 30, over six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway, downtown. Some of the 45 participating restaurants include Bella Luna, City BBQ and Habanero Latin America. Each won Best of Taste awards this year. There are more than 60 musical acts, stand-up comedians and “Dancing with the Stars’” Mark Ballas will perform on the Metromix stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit Pictured is a booth from last year’s festival.

Clermont Family YMCA Pioneer Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 3. Pioneer weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 6-8. $168, $112 members. Registration required. 742-9622. Williamsburg Township. Clermont Family YMCA Rangers Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 3. Rangers weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Camper divided into groups with activities and choices appropriate to age and needs. Ages 9-11. $168, $112 members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 742-9622. Williamsburg Township.


The Cincinnati May Festival continues with its last weekend of choral concerts Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Music Hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert recital at 7 p.m. each night. The May Festival Chorus is joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performs Hadyn, May 27; and Mendelssohn, May 28. Tickets are $19-$105. Pre-concert dinners are available at Corbett Tower for $34. Visit or call 513-381-3300.


When a civilization loses its civility lized? Is the civility we show o n e another rising or declining? Are we becoming Father Lou better eduGuntzelman c a t e d , Perspectives courteous and less brutish? To answer these questions, consider the behaviors we tolerate in the workplace, in public, on television, in entertainment, in our schools, on the Internet, while driving, etc. Everyone of us can compile our own list of observations and experiences: constant adolescent sitcom titillations, crude political barbs, violence, partial-birth

abortions, greed, verbal and sexual abuse, increased drug use, dehumanizing pornography, preying on the very young, road rage, admiration for dysfunctional celebrities, etc. It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the f-word. So we just use it over and over and over. Civility is dying. Who holds a door open for another? Who gets up and gives a seat to an older person? Who refrains from using harsh or hurtful language? If civility is dying that means civilization is as well. We are going downhill, regressing to the savage aggressiveness of the more

primitive person. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of young men thrill at watching two men in a cage permitted to kick, punch and assault each other viciously. We euphemistically call it “extreme sport.” Sport? A civilized society’s first line of defense is not more policemen and more laws. What is more powerful is when desirable behaviors are entrenched in a civilization’s traditions, moral values and self-respect. When these elements are taught and practiced, they modify the brutish tendencies that lurk in the shadow-part of human nature. The collective power and lived examples of a civilized society says to others who contemplate following such

It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the f-word. tendencies, “If you’re going to live here, that’s not done among us.” The respected historian Arnold Toynbee noted in his studies that of all the previous civilizations that have ever existed, most of them waned or fell not because of conquest from without, but from a disintegration from within. A healthy civilization is the opposite of a mob. Mob psychology is characterized by a lack of consciousness that leaves its members unaware of themselves and what they’re really doing. A true civilization is marked by an increase in consciousness that makes them aware of their actions and the results. Mobs are frightening,


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Memorial Day activities include a parade and visits to several cemeteries. Members of American Legion Post 288, beginning at 8:15 a.m. will visit these cemeteries: GlancyMarathon, Bloomrose, Taylor-Chapel, New Harmony, Clover and Concord. The parade lineup will be

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11 a.m. at Williamsburg Community Park and Main Street. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a short ceremony on the bridge at Main Street for the men who went down at sea in ships. The parade will proceed to the Williamsburg Cemetery on Gay Street for a noon service.

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Willowville Elementary students will participate in a parade from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 27, on the school grounds. Students will march around the building, listen to guest speakers and sing songs. The public is invited to attend.

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Line-up will start after 9 a.m. at the Withamsville Church of Christ, 846 Ohio Pike. The parade will leave the church and travel down Ohio Pike to Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Post Commander Ron Hartman said the legion will lead a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery. Anyone who wants to be part of the parade should be at the church for line-up.


else come over. It w o u l d have been cheaper to get a hammer and knock the lock off Howard Ain and I Hey Howard! w o u l d h a v e replaced the lock for $30,” Kenneda said. Instead, the locksmith demanded the cousin pay him $160 dollars cash for the opening the door. “For 10 minutes worth of work it costs $160. It’s a joke,” said Kenneda. He said when he heard about the amount later he immediately called the company but got nowhere and thought about going over to the firm’s Main Street location. He didn’t go, but I did and found there is no 111 East Main St. in Batavia, which is supposedly the home of Fast Batavia Locksmith. I called the company and learned it’s really located – not in Batavia, Ohio – but in New York. When I told Kenneda what I learned he said, “When I looked it up on the computer it said they’re out of Batavia, Ohio. It’s got an address. But, they’re really out of New York? That’s great. I did not know that.” The Better Business

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When you call a locksmith are they really local? If you get locked out of your house or car and need to hire a locksmith right away, do you know whom to call? Many people will look for a company on the Internet and others will call information on the phone. But, if you’re not careful, the firm you think you’re hiring may not be local – and may not be on the up and up. Kallen Kenneda of Eastgate said his cousin was staying at his house in April and got locked out. Kenneda was out of town so couldn’t help him, but he did check the Internet for what he thought was a local locksmith. Kenneda called the firm and said, “I gave her my address, my phone number, all this stuff. I told her, ‘All the technician’s got to do is come out and pick the little lock – pick the bottom lock. It’ll take five minutes probably.’ She said. ‘OK, it’s going to be $29.95 plus labor, plus parts.’ ” The company, Fast Batavia Locksmith, sent someone right over, but failed to call Kenneda again with the estimate before doing any work. “They were supposed to call me for everything and, obviously, if I didn’t agree with the price I would have just told him to leave. I would have had somebody


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It’s obvious that the noun civility, and the verb to civilize, come from the same root word. The dictionary says that to civilize means “to bring out of a savage, uneducated or rude state and elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine.” A nation can be called a civilization when they have reached a high level of culture, science, industry and government, as well as when the citizens demonstrate courtesy, politeness and good breeding – which is the meaning of civility. So, after acknowledging the above, let’s observe our society and ask some questions. As a country, are we still manifesting the characteristics that indicate a nation becoming ever more civi-

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Corn bread, iced tea a hit no matter the occasion makes for healthy veggies and herbs along with easy pickings for the birds. And I’m looking forward to Memorial Day, which is official start of the outdoor party season.

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And I know lots of you are celebrating graduations so I’m sharing some favorite recipes for those occasions.

Corn bread salad for Memorial Day

Every year I get requests for this recipe always around Memorial Day. I change it up ever year, and this year I’m adding more bacon and a bit more oregano and cheese. I know, it’s not low-fat or low anything, but a real treat to have occasionally. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It’s easy to make. Feel free to substitute lower fat ingredients if you want. My editor Lisa suggested plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Make sure it’s Greek and not the sweetened type. 1 pkg. (81⁄2 oz.) corn bread/muffin mix 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained or 12 jalapeños, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 3 ⁄4 teaspoon oregano 1 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix 2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans, drained 2 cans (15 oz. each)


Corn bread salad is a perfect dish for summer grillouts and potlucks. whole kernel corn, drained or equivalent frozen corn, thawed 4 good sized tomatoes, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 cups shredded cheddar Prepare corn bread according to package directions but stir in chilies, cumin, oregano. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half the cornbread into a 13-by-9 pan. Layer with half of the rest of the ingredients and repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or more. Serves 10 to 12.

Rachel Ray’s spread adapted by Betty Neal

Betty is an avid cook and loyal reader. 1 cup large olives with pimento 1 clove garlic 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup ricotta cheese

⁄2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 sliced whole-grain baguette Parmesan pita crisps, store-bought 1 celery heart, cut into sticks Preheat oven 425 degrees. Place olives in food processor and grate in garlic, add cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Pulse the cheese and olives into a fairly smooth spread. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with hazelnuts. Toast the bread on a baking sheet five to 10 minutes to lightly crisp. Surround the spread with bread, pita crisps and celery.

So good iced tea punch

I love this punch! You’ll be surprised at the flavor – very mild but with a zing. And such a pretty amber color. Perfect for graduations and large gatherings. Serves 16 to 20.

Mix together:

2 cups lemon-flavored iced tea mix (I used Lipton) 2 two-liter bottles of ginger ale Orange and lemons, thinly sliced (optional but nice) Ice

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

What you need to know when baking with sugar substitutes: Remember that most sugar substitutes come with specific substitution formulas. Always check the package. Keep in mind that baked goods will not be the same when baked with sugar substitutes, mainly because non-

sugars do not have the ability to melt and caramelize. When attempting to substitute, be Rita sure to run Heikenfeld a test batch. Rita s kitchen N o t e that some sweeteners cook much faster than sugar, so be sure to adjust your baking times. Always add extra flavoring everywhere you can; extra vanilla, citrus juice or zest, spices, extracts. Be creative and keep in mind that you need to override the inherent “cool” flavor sensation of the sweetener you are using. To boost moistness in baked goods, try adding a bit of molasses or honey. To achieve a more golden brown color, try spraying the top of your batter or dough with cooking spray before placing in the oven. When making cookies, remember to flatten them a bit – since the substitute sugars are slower to melt, cookies made with it tend to be slower to spread. For a natural, one-to-one baking blend check out They have lots of Stevia (a natural, herbal sugar substitute) products and there’s no bitter taste. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

REUNIONS Amelia High School Class of 1976 is planning its 35th reunion at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, beginning at Great Scott Restaurant, 1020 Ohio Pike between Amelia and Withamsville. A picnic is planned for the following day at Woodland Mound. For more information and to confirm attendance, contact Cindy Mullins Gramke at 513-479-0822 or email Western Brown High School Class of 1979 will meet from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Brown County Rural Association Park, 3818 U.S. 52 in Ripley. Bring large pot luck dishes, tableware, beverages (no alcohol is permitted) and lawn chairs.

The Class of 1979 also extends an invitation to all staff and previous students of Western Brown. For more information, call Sandi Beckett Kattine at 937378-4489 or or Georgia Waits Barnes at 937-764-1294. New Richmond High School Class of 1961 Alumni Committee is looking for the following classmates to send the invitation letter for the 50th anniversary gathering. The banquet will be held June 18, 2011, at Locust Corner Elementary School. Contact Kathy Adamson at 513-553-3745 after 5 p.m. with information about these classmates: Jeannie Abercrombie, David Gilligan, Barbara Callaway Hancock, Linda Hannika, Leroy McKinley, Samuel P. Weiher, and Sandra Yates.



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Thinking of Christmas this summertime s o m e fundraisers to raise e n o u g h money to have Christmas for 50 children. George They would Rooks need quite a Ole bit of money. This is a Fisherman g o o d endeavor. They have an account set up at the PNC bank Faith Tabernacle’s “For The Kids” Christmas Ministry. One of our neighbors had a juvenile eagle visiting their pond to feed. This is a very exciting thing to happen here on WilliamsburgBantam Road. We went to Bethel and got a swarm of honeybees last week so if you have a swarm give us a call at 7346980. The honeybees need all the help they can get. The weather seems to be a little cooler at this writing,

Rose show to be at Eastgate Mall June 4 The Cincinnati Rose Society and the Greater Cincinnati Rose Association invite amateur rose growers and rose lovers to the annual open show at Eastgate Mall June 4. Roses must be grown by the exhibitor in an outdoor garden and will be judged by American Rose Society accredited judges. Entries will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. when judging begins. Ribbons and honors will be awarded and results viewed from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Rose classes include: Hybrid teas, grandifloras,

floribundas, climbers and ramblers, polyanthus, shrub roses, old garden roses, miniature and miniflora roses. Additional sections include a class for novice, youth, fragrance and show judges. Artistic arrangements and arrangements using miniature and/or minifloras roses are included in this show. Specific details about entering roses and the show program for the 2011 event can be found on GCRA Facebook page or http:// or call 513984-4720.

Mini grants available for programs promoting positive mental health In a continuing effort to foster activities that promote positive mental health and prevent substance abuse, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board is again offering “mini-grants.” The board is looking for innovative projects that will positively affect mental health and/or prevent substance abuse for any age group. A total of $40,000 from the board’s levy funds is available for programs serving Clermont County residents. The maximum funding per project is $4,000. The grant period is July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. Any organized group in Clermont County – with the exception of the contract agencies of the Mental Health and Recovery Board – can apply for funding. Previously funded applicants are eligible to reapply. Applicants must have a financial structure in place to account for the awarded funds. Funds may not be used to cover ongoing operating expenses. To apply for a minigrant, submit a brief proposal that includes the name, address and phone number of the contact person, a description of the activity/ purpose for which the grant will be used, an explanation of how the activity will promote positive mental health

and/or prevent substance abuse, a description of what part of the activity the minigrant will fund if used with other monies, the date of activity, and the amount of the funding request. Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, June 3, to: Mini-Grant Project, Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, 2337 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Last year, the board funded 15 mini-grants to 13 separate organizations. Six schools in Clermont County received grants that assisted in initiating activities to help children stay drug-free and established mentoring programs. In addition, grants were provided to other agencies providing services directed to children and youth, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Drug-Free and Suicide Prevention Coalitions and Juvenile Court Detention Center. Any group receiving funding is required to submit a report to the board on its efforts and resulting outcomes following completion of the activity. A final accounting of funds must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the activity. All unused funds must be returned to the board. For more information, call the board at 732-5400.

but they predict that we will have no more frost, so we have set out more plants. We set out more tomato plants, four kinds of bell peppers, green, gold, purple and Big Mama. We got these at the Grant’s Greenhouse on Bucktown Road. The raised beds and tractor tires are the answer now with the rain. Our big garden is so wet it will take time to dry. The potatoes we planted on St. Patrick’s Day are about 12 inches high and pretty and green. The strawberries are blooming good. We have a small bed of everbearing berries. Ruth Ann’s dad kept a small bed of them so he could have some fresh berries on his cereal each morning. I was talking to John Pringle of Pringle’s Orchard near Stonelick Lake this morning. He said his apple crop looks good, his blackberries do too. He expects a

good crop this year. He also has pick-your-own-berries. Last week I cut the spinach and Ruth Ann put two packs in the freezer for winter. The asparagus is doing fairly good, we need some good hot weather to make it grow. Ruth Ann pulled rhubarb last week to make a pie. It was so good. When you pull rhubarb, don’t cut it. Pull the outer stems not the center, then cut off the leaves and bottom of the stalk. About fishing, it will be a few more days before folks can get on the lake to fish. The gates to the boat ramps are closed. The lake reached 43.5 feet above summer pool. This is the highest it has ever been. The lake is for flood control. We are complaining about the wet weather but the folks in Mississippi and Louisiana have a real problem with water. So we are very fortunate and parts of Texas and Oklahoma are

burning up with no rain. Don’t forget the service will be held at the Old Bethel ME Church in the East Fork Park 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, with music by the Good News Boys. The Legion will have their ceremony in the cemetery at 11 a.m. Come and enjoy a bit of history. This church is on the National Registry of Historical buildings, and the maternal grandparents of President U.S. Grant are buried here in the cemetery. The group is working hard to preserve this old church. The other day for dinner, Ruth Ann made corn fritters. She will put the recipe in now.

Corn Fritters

Combine 1 can or 1 cup of cream style corn (I used leftover frozen corn I had), 2 eggs, 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder and 7 tablespoons flour. Mix well. Drop by

NOTEABLE Batavia resident to be honored

Batavia resident Susan Thiel was honored at this year’s May Festival for her 30 years of service to the May Festival Chorus. Members of the chorus are given a service pin, worn onstage at the May

Festival, and recognized in the program as they pass five-year milestones of service. The chorus is a considerable commitment of time, and it takes dedication and talent to be involved with the chorus year after year. In all, 15 singers will be recognized this year for


lengths of service ranging from five years to 40. The May Festival Chorus is the 140-member volunteer chorus that is the core of the May Festival since 1880. The May Festival is America’s oldest choral festival, dating from 1873.

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Zachary Marsh, 24, 2186 Ohio 222, Bethel, assistant manager, and Erica Kinman, 22, 2186 Ohio 222, Bethel, student. Andrew McPherson, 21, 15762 Bodman, Mt. Orab, auto body painter, and Amanda Loudermilk, 22, 13 Montgomery Way, Amelia, pharmacy technician. Daniel Crumbaker, 31, 333 E. Main St., Owensville, steel sales, and Jennifer Woeste, 27, 3652 U.S. 50, Williamsburg, treasurer.

small spoonfuls into hot grease, cook until brown on one side, turn over until brown on the other side, drain on paper towels. Serve hot with syrup or we had honey. 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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Nursery provided for all services

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


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

9:30am 10:30am

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group



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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


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

7:00pm 7:00pm

S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:




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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


6635 Loveland Miamiville Loveland, OH 45140 513-677-9866


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


Contemporary: 5:00 pm Saturdays and 9:00 am Sundays Traditional: 10:30 am Sundays

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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

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





Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

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


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

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY 9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm


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

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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


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

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. CE-1001626059-01

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

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

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)

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service


Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith


Amelia United Methodist Church



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


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

PRESBYTERIAN Trinity United Methodist

19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

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

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today! Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

“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)


Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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

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


Riding for a cause

Children at the Clermont Family YMCA recently learned a valuable lesson in giving back. Twenty-four children ages 3 to 5 attending preschool at the Y each rode their tricycles for up to 25 minutes for the branch’s annual Trike-a-thon. They raised more than $700 that will help make it possible for other kids to participate in Y programs at a rate within their parents’ budget. Pictured are some of the kids who participated. In back row, from left, are Mackenzie Reynolds, Dylan Robinson, Lily Robinson, Aaron Witt and Nathan Robinson. In middle row are David Vonderwish, Makayla Law, Andrew McIntosh and Nick Colwell. In front row are Anderson Brandenburg, Devon Coleman, Andrew Bryant and Riley Shelton.

Overdose deaths concern coroner After reviewing a disturbing trend in accidental drug overdoses in Clermont County Coroner, county coroner Dr. Brian Treon is concerned people are replacing one addiction for another. “In 2000, we had four accidental drug overdose deaths; in 2010, that number skyrocketed to 46. This year, we are on track to see more of the same,” he said. Treon said the number one cause of accidental drug deaths is linked to abuse of methadone. “This is typically a drug that is prescribed to help people who have been addicted to heroin, vicodin or percocet. Instead, many otherwise healthy individuals are dying. Are we legitimizing addiction?” he asked. Treon said other counties across the state also are noting an increasing number of deaths from accidental drug overdoses. “I recently attended the Ohio State Coroners Convention and there was a lot of discussion about abuse of prescription medications leading to death,” he said.

“Any unexpected death is devastating, but this tragedy is claiming the lives of young people; this is something that is completely preventable.” Treon said the victims are typically white males, around the age of 37. “ U n f o r t u n a t e l y, methadone addicts, in many cases, take more and more of the drug to get the same high they earlier experienced. Sadly, many individuals overdose and end up in respiratory depression; essentially they stop breathing,” Treon said. He encouraged families to intervene if they see a loved one who is not responding to drug treatment with methadone. “Be aware. Be informed,” he said. “If you think there is something wrong, there probably is and your loved one needs immediate help. I don’t want to meet any more families under these tragic circumstances.” For more information about the Clermont County Coroner’s Office, visit

Granny’s Garden School hosts camp in June For the third consecutive summer, Granny’s Garden School in Loveland will offer its comprehensive Teaching in the Garden Camp for school garden developers. A part of the Schoolyard Nature Network, the camp will be June 13-17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The majority of each day will be spent in the gardens and/or on the nature trail at Granny’s Garden School and includes the opportunity to actually work with students. The weeklong, outdoor camp will focus on practical, low-cost methods for establishing a school garden program and ways to integrate the garden with classroom curriculum objectives. Featuring a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, the camp includes best practice guidelines, the practical application of teaching outdoors and the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and challenges from a diverse group of educators. Breakfast and lunch throughout the week and dinner on Thursday are included in the registration fee. Breakfast is self-serve

and lunch is a gourmet treat prepared by a local chef featuring produce from the gardens. Thursday, author, chef and herbalist Rita Heikenfeld, will lead a cooking session featuring simple dishes that can be made with students using herbs and fresh produce. After the lesson, the meal will be shared among camp participants. Educators participating in the Teaching in the Gardens program are eligible to earn graduate credit from the University of Cincinnati, through the Economics Center for Education and Research. Registration for the Teaching in the Garden camp is $500 and includes breakfast, lunch and five nights lodging at Grailville in Loveland, plus a variety of value-added items such as seeds, plants, lesson plants and floral and herb bouquets. For more information, to register or to view a video featuring testimonials from last year’s participants, visit w w w. g r a n n y s g a r d e n






Jerald L. Jones, 64, 33 E. Main St., aggravated menacing, May 2. Hillary D. Brock, 30, 101 Edgecomb Drive, disrupting public service, theft, May 3. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, May 9.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Male stated a gun was pointed at him at 33 E. Main St., May 2.


Laptop computers, etc. taken; $1,795 at 52 Hunters Court, April 29.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle driven through property at 58 Maple Ave., May 9.

Domestic violence At Lori Lane, May 9.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 33 Lori Lane, May 5.


Dog taken at 2 W. Main St., May 5. Money taken; $400 at 3 Osprey Court, May 5.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 30 Church St., May 9.



Emmett L. Willoughby, 27, 515 Piccadilly, warrant, April 26.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

School levy sign defaced and removed at West Main Street, May 2.



Steven C. Whitt, 29, 2414 Ohio 132, domestic violence, May 2. Arron N. Fisch, 40, 1653 Twelve Mile, driving under influence, May 3.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

TV, camera, etc. taken; $1,731 at 881 Grays Lane, May 6.

Criminal damage

Tail light broken on vehicle at 350 Hamilton St., May 7.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle spray painted at 205 Hamilton St., May 8.

Domestic violence At Ohio 132, May 2.


Pizza boxes, etc. taken from Angilo’s Pizza at 401 Walnut St., May 2. Money taken; $101 at 409 Market St., May 7.

Unauthorized use

Stolen vehicle found in garage at 315 Market St., May 3.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Dustin P. Skeene, 33, 802 Birney Lane, drug possession, May 1. Preston D. Koning, 42, 3092 Coat Grove, telephone harassment, April 30. Jimmy C. Davis, 34, 1504 Denny Drive, warrant, May 1. Amy F. Wilkin, 40, 3340 Wagner, falsification, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, May 3. Kari Sandman, 21, 2733 Davis Road, drug instrument, May 7. Juvenile, 17, theft, May 9. Joseph R. Parsley, 19, 47 Madagascar, receiving stolen property, May 9. Michael S. Newland, 33, 3357 Ohio 132, criminal trespass, April 20. Meghan C. Mayo, 27, 326 St. Andrews, recited, May 7. Gary L. Gillette, 43, 13 Montgomery Way, recited, May 7.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Door frame damaged at 1143 White Oak, May 4.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 1721 E. Ohio Pike, April 20.

Drug instrument

Community Journal

May 25, 2011

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

obstructing official business, May 5. Daniel Rohdenburg, 26, 508 Arbor, driving under suspension, May 6. Lisa Heming, 46, 4455 Mt. Carmel Tobasco No. 8, warrant service, drug paraphernalia, May 6. Nicole P. Simmons, 24, 3967 Piccadilly, drug possession, May 7. Anthony Raith, 34, 700 Wood St., warrant service, May 5. John R. Magevney, 21, 503 Piccadilly, carrying concealed weapon, drug instrument, May 6. Steven S. Scott, 26, 563 Marilin Lane, theft, resisting arrest, May 6. Jennifer T. Williams, 36, 1741 Lindale Mt. Holly, obstructing official business, May 7. John R. Magevney, 21, lka 503 Piccadilly, burglary, May 6. Kenneth L. Matthews, 38, 2110 Judd Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, May 8. Carrie L. Reinersman, 28, 305 Buddy Lane, driving under influence, May 7. Mary Humphrey, 54, 717 S. Riverside, misuse of credit card, May 6. Jennifer D. Huelsman, 48, 717 S. Riverside, misuse of credit card, May 6. Jason C. Stewart, 37, 427 Gay St., driving under influence, May 8. Jason Smithson, 27, 5430 Hillside Terrace, open container, May 7. Randall L. Brown, no age given, 2967 S. Parker, open container, May 8. Scott J. Bondy, 26, open container, May 8. Joshua D. Eihausen, 26, open container, May 8. Sommer Spurlock, 30, 4662 Northridge, disorderly conduct, May 7. Thomas B. Wilks II, 27, 17 Arbor Circle, warrant service, May 6. Rosita M. Olivas, 54, 3971 Piccadilly, persistent disorderly conduct, May 6. Donald I. Thompson, 48, 8603 Glenrose, domestic violence, May 6. Kimberly S. Stigler, no age given, 2504 Beechmont No. 20, theft, criminal trespass, drug paraphernalia, May 6. Katherine C. Cramer, 32, 2338 Elklick, warrant service, May 6. Robert D. Young, 23, 59 Melody Lane, warrant service, May 6. Brittney L. Hunt, 18, 5104 Ohio 133, underage consumption, May 7. Krista M. Crider, 18, 3527 Island Trail, underage consumption, May 7. Anthony M. Fishback, 20, 1 Allison, underage consumption, May 7. Amber C. Bowden, 22, 8308 Wooster, driving under suspension, May 6. Robert H. Wilson II, 26, 1030 Windsor, drug possession, May 9. Gregory P. Michael, 65, 1556 Maryan, driving under suspension, May 8. Daniel C. Simmons, 46, 4877 Orland, driving under influence, May 6. Denise James, 42, 5005 Forestwood, domestic violence, May 6. Ryan M. Hall, 30, 4735 Kingland, open container, May 6. Gary M. Deniston Jr., 32, 1165 Cedar Run, physical control, open container, May 6. Brandon C. Murdock, 27, lka 3970 Piccadilly, robbery, May 10. Barbara Hentz, 23, 4700 Beechwood, robbery, May 10. Megan R. Back, 28, 451 Edgecombe, theft, May 8. Colleen B. Ryles, 25, 754 Sherwood, no drivers license, May 9. Hugh Phipps, 50, 484 Old Ohio 74, alcohol consumption in vehicle, physical control, May 9. Bret J. Bellamy, 30, 1104 Kensington, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, May 8. Craig A. Lamb, 30, 4495 Eva Lane, disorderly conduct, May 8. Jerry Lee, 45, 4356 Beechmont Drive, warrant service, May 9. Johnny Napier, 42, 3266 Yelton, driving under suspension, May 9. Kevin R. Ridner, no age given, 4453 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, drug possession, May 9. James R. Burson Jr., 40, 4534 Tealtown, no drivers license, driving under suspension, May 9. Mitchell W. Guy, 31, 617 Louis Place, driving under influence, May 9.





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POLICE REPORTS Amanda J. Alsept, 32, 136 South East St., theft, driving under suspension, May 8. David F. Emjalli, 27, 235 Mulberry, theft, driving under suspension, May 8.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 604 Neptune Way, May 9.


Laptop computer, X-Box, etc. taken; over $2,300 at 3840 Rohling Oaks, May 6. Video games, etc. taken; $760 at 3979 Brandychase No. 408, May 9. Nintendo games, etc. taken; $290 at 4672 Northridge, May 9.

Criminal damage

Window screen damaged at 796 Old Ohio 74, May 9. Siding damaged on home at 646 Carefree Drive, May 8.

Criminal mischief

Spindle nut loosened on trailer at area of Elick and Old Ohio 74, May 9.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $50 passed at Salvation Army Store at Eastgate South, May 5.

Domestic violence

At Glendale Drive, May 6.


Reported at Wendy’s at Ohio Pike, May 8.


Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1189 Muirwood, May 8.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization at 2028 Forest Crest, May 4.


Subject demanded money from Valero Gas & Food Mart; $436 at Ohio Pike, May 8. Note demanding money was passed at Guardian Savings Bank; $1,200 loss at Ohio Pike, May 9.

Sexual battery, pandering sexual matter

Offense involved minor at 700 block of Miles Lane, May 2.


Shoes taken from Kohl’s; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., May 5. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $44 at Old Ohio 74, May 5. Shotgun taken from vehicle; $350 at 4490 Timber Glen, May 7. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 4030 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, May 6. Sign taken at 440 Ohio Pike, May 7. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $15 at Old Ohio 74, May 6. Merchandise taken from JC Penney at Eastgate Blvd., May 7. Cash taken from Motel 6; $157 at Nine Mile Tobasco, May 5. iPod taken from jacket at Gleneste High at Gleneste Withamsville, May 6. Clothing taken from Meijer; $219.34 at Eastgate Blvd., May 8. Cellphone taken at 906 Clough Pike, May 9. Personal checks taken at 4412 Norway Court, May 9.


At 4480 Glen Willow, May 6.

WILLIAMSBURG Records not available


Batavia, criminal trespass, theft, breaking and entering at 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 14. Anthony S. Honeycutt, 38, 4876 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, criminal trespass possessing criminal tools at 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 13. Kelly A. Reilly, 26, 1 Queens Creek St., Batavia, escape at 270 Main Street, Batavia, May 11. Stephanie Curry, 25, 500 University Lane No. 105, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 9. Rachel Easter, 23, 500 University Lane No. 111, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 9. Nicholas A. Steele, 25, 1241 E. Glenwood Court, Amelia, theft at 1241 E. Glenwood Court, Amelia, May 12. Jennifer Nassar, 35, 1506 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, domestic violence at 1506 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, May 9. James R. Lindsey, 18, 1743 Bainum Road, New Richmond, burglary at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 10. Heather M. Cohorn, 21, 2220 Harvey Road, New Richmond, complicity _ solicit/procure another at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 10. Juvenile, 12, violate protection order or consent agreement, Amelia, May 9. Destiny Gavey, 20, 78 Lucy Creek, Amelia, criminal damaging/endangering at 76 Lucy Creek, Batavia, May 11. Christopher W. Betz, 28, 9013 Oak Lane, Alexandria, Ky 41001, telecommunications harassment at 96 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 12. Brandi N. Zimmerer, 20, 511 E Main St., Lot 46, Mount Orab, criminal damaging/endangering, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 140 Charlotte Lane, Bethel, May 12. Lisa M. Bowman, 29, 511 E Main St., Mount Orab, criminal damaging/ endangering, disorderly conduct at 140 Charlotte Lane, Bethel, May 12. Benjaman M. Wash, 21, 1296 White Oak Road, Building 5, Amelia, drug paraphernalia at Amelia Olive Branch/Clough, Amelia, May 12. Vanessa J. Powers, 48, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, Lot 44, Bethel, drug paraphernalia at 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 11.

Tiffany M. Riley, 29, 3420 Ohio 32 Apt 3, Amelia, disorderly conduct at 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 13. Jordan T. Hall, 26, 3420 Ohio 32 No. 3, Amelia, disorderly conduct at 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 13. Tiffany Spring Thomas, 24, 57 Robin Way, Amelia, drug paraphernalia at W/B Ohio 32 and Herold Road, Batavia, May 13. Jason R. Shephard, 34, 6705 Oakland Road, Loveland, assault at 2173 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 14. Ronnie Powers, 49, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, Lot 44, New Richmond, domestic violence at 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 14. Mary Healey, 44, 5 Marlene Drive, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 5 Marlene Drive, Williamsburg, May 15. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, Williamsburg, May 15. Tammy M. Austing, 38, 2911 Old Ohio 32, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 2911 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 15. James H. Estep, 36, 17100 N. Ohio 68, Mount Orab, drug paraphernalia, possessing drug abuse instruments at 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, May 15.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

New Richmond, May 14.


At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 11. At 1926 East Concord Road, Amelia, May 12. At 2173 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 14. At 6032 Belfast Road, Batavia, May 9.

Breaking and entering

At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 202 East Fork Crossing, Batavia, May 14. At 2161 Carriage Station Road, Batavia, May 12. At 2338 Elklick Road, Batavia, May 15. At 3794 Cain Run Road, Batavia, May 13.


At 2155 Harvey Road, New Richmond, May 13. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 10. At 4389 Sharps Cutoff, Williamsburg, May 9. At 1421 Old Ohio 74, Batavia, May 11. At 1900 Balzhiser Lane, Batavia, May 15.

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Aggravated trespass


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Annual Roll Call Veterans of Foreign War Post #6562 and the Ladies & Mens Auxiliary CE-0000460923

Other tobacco products are candy-flavored, cheap and deadly. Will you protect me from them?


John J. Spegal, 20, 2061 Ohio Pike No. 41, Amelia, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property at 2290 Crane School House Road, Bethel, May 10. Vanessa L. Cornwell, 22, 316 N. East Street, Bethel, forgery, theft at 2270 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, May 12. Anthony S. Honeycutt, 38, 4876 Monterey Maple Grove Road,

Item found in vehicle during traffic stop at 3700 block of Stillmeadow, May 7.


False report made at police department at Locust Corner, April 29.


Merchandise taken from Walmart at East Ohio Pike, May 2. Heat pump and wire taken at 1751 Ohio Pike No. 114, May 3. Medication, etc. taken from vehicle at Pierce Township Park at Locust Corner, April 29. Purse taken from cart at 1783 E. Ohio Pike, May 4. Cash taken from purse, left at McDonald’s; $489 at Ohio Pike, May 7. Money taken from register at Subway; $500 at Ohio Pike, May 7. Tools taken; $245 at 3695 Par Fore, May 9. Rings taken; $120 at 556 Locust Corner, May 9. Camera taken from vehicle at 1815 Ohio Pike, May 9.


Non-cigareƩe forms of tobacco come in candy Ňavors and bright-colored packaging. And because of a loophole, their tax is less than half that of cigareƩes. No wonder the use of these products is growing among kids. By closing the gap between these two taxes and restoring funding for tobacco prevenƟon and cessaƟon programs, we’ll save our kids from addicƟon, disease, and death.

Will Senate President Tom Niehaus help our kids?

Call Senator Niehaus’ office at (614) 466-8082. Tell Senate President Tom Niehuas to stand up for Ohio’s kids.

Close the tax gap and fund prevention.


Jennifer A. Martin, no age given, 4311 Long Lake, warrant service, May 5. Michael D. Weyer, no age given, 640 Daniel Court, warrant, May 5. Joseph S. Pies, 28, 3967 Piccadilly,




Community Journal

On the record

May 25, 2011

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


Monica S. Long vs. Dennis Knoepfler MD, professional tort. Glenda J. Bartley vs. Alice K. Parker, other tort. American Family Insurance Co. vs. Vicki J. Hargis, other tort. Erin Meadows vs. Personal Service Insurance, other tort. Emma Whitford vs. Angela C. Lezzoni, other tort. Jeffrey Cicci vs. Bobbie Kirby, et al., other tort. Kristina Spurgeon Brown, et al., vs. Paul Davis Systems of Tri State Area Inc., et al., other tort. American Family Insurance Co. vs. Jamie Lynn Balton Chandler, et al., other tort. David S. Scheve vs. Union Township Ohio Steve Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. U.S. Bank NA ND vs. Fred M. Trent, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Douglas L. Hall Jr., et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David E. Shenefelt, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Tara Foley, et al., foreclosure. Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Wayne M. Roehm, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Brian O. May, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. George Smith, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Tony A. Back, et al., foreclosure. Everbank vs. Matthew Knapp, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher J. Wright, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Alejandro Monfort, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. John E. Brown, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Sherl H. Engel, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. John M. Partin, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kathryn Newberry, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Wayne A. Shipley, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Beverly A. Howard, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Pamela L. Jones, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Elizabeth Worman Gantzer, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Rodney L. Scott, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Cherie Reeder, et al., foreclosure. PNC Bank NA vs. Michael D. Vail, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Roth H. Coleman, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Robert L. Sebastian, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Ruth Yousuf, et al., foreclosure.

J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Alexander P. Hamill, et al., foreclosure. Guaranty Bank vs. Ruby C. Osbourne, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Patricia J. Stiles, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. David W. Cox, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Victoria A Steward, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Hector L. Rosario Jr., et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. James R. Anter, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Peggy L. Roberts, et al., foreclosure. Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Co. vs. John R. Lane Jr., et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Danny Troxell, et al., foreclosure. Selene RMOF REO Acquisition LLC vs. Kimberly Quire, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Susan E. Pritchett, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Ruth Owens, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Matthew Miller, et al., foreclosure. Star Building Materials Inc. vs. OW Taylor LLC, other civil. Keshia N. Burton vs. Marissa I. Baker, other civil. Susan Fugate vs. Tiffany Baughn, et al., other civil. M and I Bank FSB vs. Affordable Realty Serives LLC, et al., other civil. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Shawn M. Meyers, other civil. Jessica L. Riggs vs. Kyle Hesler, other civil. Citibank NA vs. John T. Jack, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. M and L Largo Express Corp., other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. Wilfredo Munoz Vazquez, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. Diego Cisneros, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. C and L Logistics Inc., other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. MGN Trucking LLC, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. All American Carriers LLC, other civil.


Susan M. Mills vs. Samuel D. Mills Ryan Lovitt vs. Sarah Lovitt Irina Yaroshenko vs. Viktor Yaroshenko Cathleen Pawlak vs. Dennis Pawlak Susan R. Elliott vs. David A. Elliott Denise Whetstone vs. Michel Whetstone


Mamie E. Trammel-Baytos vs. Michael J. Card Sr.


Michael A. Haverkos vs. Christie A. Haverkos Roger L. Goble vs. Lisa A. Goble Sherry L. Cummins vs. James B. Cummins Tiffiney J. Sullivan vs. Paul R. Sullivan Jr. Johnny Stewart vs. Paula Stewart Linda Helfferich vs. Edward Helfferich Timothy H. Knoll Jr. vs. Misty R. Knoll Jamie Ward vs. Justin Ward


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. Christopher Allen Paul, 47, 336 St. Andrews Drive C, Cincinnati, public indecency, Pierce Township Police. Joseph Nelson Snider, 29, 3321 Sandy Lane Blanchester, assault, aggravated burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, domestic violence, Owensville Police. John Alfred Matthew Jr., 37, 417 Market Street, New Richmond, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Charlene Matthew, 30, 417 Market Street, New Richmond, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Virginia Arlien Wesolek, 57, 4191 White Oak Valley Road, Georgetown, illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Randall Dewey Cook, 51, 5700 Crawford Lane, Milford, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Donna Jean Fultz, 36, 2193 Ohio 268, Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Freddie Ray Cupp, 44, 165 W. Sugartree Street, Wilmington, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Kenneth Martin Lewis, 40, 163 Sardinia Mowrystown, Sardinia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. James Matthew Golden, 40, 283 Smith Road, Wilmington, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Bobby Dwayne Temple, 42, 4220 Dela Palma Road, Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Amy Rose Stein, 37, 4994 Pederson Road, Batavia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Michael Edward Stein, 46, 4994 Pederson Road, Batavia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Mitchell E. Perry, 32, 7156 Thompson

Road, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Brandon Christopher Murdock, 27, 3970 Picadilly Square, Apt. A, Cincinnati, robbery, theft, Narcotics Unit. William Maurice Tansey, 19, 2061 Ohio 125, No. 71 Amelia, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. James Matthew McMillan, 32, Clermont County Jail, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. John Lewis Clark, 32, at large, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. Alexandra M. Boltz, 20, 6104 Pine Meadow Drive, Amelia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Bruce L. Sams, 29, 3604 Merwin Ten Mile, Cincinnati, rape, sexual battery, Pierce Township Police. Walter J. Hopper, 50, 1 532 Greenfield Lane, Apt. 8, Erlanger, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Bradley Steven Bohl, 43, at large, non-support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Richard John Miller, 35, 3554 Bootjack Corner, Williamsburg, domestic violence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Cody Ray Clark, 24, PO Box 1602 Whitley, Kentucky, breaking and entering, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Kevin Driggers, 48, 360 Old Boston, Batavia, illegal manufacture of drugs, possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Robert G. Laake, 53, 360 Old Boston, Batavia, illegal manufacture of drugs, : possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Linda Sue Croucher, 57, 20 Susan Circle No. 6 Milford, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Matthew Gedon, 35, at large, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. Todd W. Klein, 47, 2557 N. Kathwood Circle, Cincinnati, forgery, criminal simulation, tampering with records, Milford Police Brian Christopher Kuhn, 30, 1162 Muirwood Drive, Batavia, burglary, Union Township Police. Michael James Wilver, 30, 526 Old Ohio 74, Apt. 11, Cincinnati, burglary, Union Township Police. Christopher Harmon, 32, 10 Lorelei Drive, Fayetteville, burglary, breaking and entering, theft, grand theft, Union Township Police, Miami Township Police. George S. Elias Jr., 23, 285 Jonathan Court, Loveland, receiving stolen property, Miami Township Police. William A. Garland, 35, 43 Apple Road, Amelia, theft, Amelia Police. Jeffrey S. Delph, 29, 1560 Ilifs, Cincinnati, theft of drugs, Loveland

DEATHS Police. Tania L. Black, 25, 1731 Wyoming Avenue, Cincinnati, robbery, theft, assault, Union Township Police. Robin Lynn Egan, 38, 312 Center Street, New Richmond, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Bethany Marie Gilbert, 22, 5992 Newtonsville-Hutchinson, Batavia, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Marcus John Buckhanan, 24, 3747 Redthorne Drive, Amelia, trafficking in heroin, Narcotics Unit. Jessica Lynn Barnes, 29, 210 E. Main Street B, Hamersville, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. John Randall Pribble, 44, 1751 Ohio 125, Lot 203, Amelia, theft, Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services. Jonathan M. Baltrusch, 29, 5 Robbie Ridge, Apt. 7, Milford, aggravated possession of drugs, Milford Police Amanda L. Anderson, 23, 41 McMillen Avenue, Columbus, aggravated possession of drugs, Pierce Township Police. Aaron C. Bomkamp, 31, 650 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto grounds of detention facility or institution, Pierce Township Police. Johnny Ray Higgins, 47, 2892 Bigam Road, Batavia, pandering obscenity involving a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey W. Awtrey, 33, 626 Plainview Drive, Houston, MO, non-support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Patrick Lee Fultz, 41, 4893 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Bruce L. Sams, 29, 3604 Merwin Ten Mile, Cincinnati, rape, Union Township Police. Quincy Dean Jones, 34, 850 Hutchins, Cincinnati, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in counterfeit controlled substance, Narcotics Unit.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site,\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. Freeman Industrial Products, LLC, et al. vs. Armor Metal Group Acquisition, Inc., et al., presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court reversed the trial court’s decision and vacated the judgment.


George Huebner, New Richmond, deck, 3320 Huntsman Trace, Amelia Village. Michael Radzimoski, Amelia, alter, 15 Ashwood Place, Amelia Village, $10,000. Freedom Homes, Milford, new, 60 S. Deer Creek Drive, Amelia Village, $65,000. The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 14 Cedarwood, Amelia Village, $89,000; new, 4422 Legacy Greens Drive, Batavia Township, $116,462; new, 2130 Crossridge, $109,253. Daniel Jones, Amelia, deck, 2025 Win-

ter Haven, Batavia Township. Clermont Community Services, HVAC, 1521 Madison Park Drive, Batavia Township. G & C Renovations, Batavia, alter, 352 #E Meadow Drive, Batavia Township. Poirier Electric, Milford, alter, 48 Mt. Holly Lane, Batavia Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1383 Gumbert, Batavia Township; HVAC, 42 Stillmeadow, Pierce Township; HVAC, 3437 Rivendell Drive; HVAC, 4721 Beechwood, Union Township. Fischer Single Family Homes,

Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 4705 Kenneland Run, Batavia Township, $81,413; new, 125 Regatta Drive, New Richmond Village, $65,968. Anchor Pools, Fairfield, pool, 3810 Arbor Lane, Pierce Township. Cincy Concrete Creations, Blanchester, deck, 4050 Waterford Way, Union Township. Hammer-Rite, Cincinnati, deck, 990 Vixen Drive, Union Township. Aquarian Pools, Loveland, pool, 1124 Forest Run, Union Township; pool, 5059 Nature Trail. Premier Electric, Cold Springs, Ky., alter, 517 Ross Lane, Union Town-

ship. Mark Schnitter, Cincinnati, HVAC, 5103 Palermo Road, Union Township. KEP Electric, Batavia, alter, 3833 Dieckman Lane, Union Township. Classic Living Homes, Mason, new, 4480 Ravenwood, Union Township, $375,800. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 4118 Hallfield, Union Township, $165,000; new, 869 Ellery Drive, $110,000. Rossmann Electric, Maineville, alter, 3383 Clover Road, Williamsburg Township.


Clermont County Facilities Management, Batavia, alter, 2337 Clermont Center, Batavia Township, $22,000. SFA Architects, Cincinnati, alter-Holly Hill Elementary roof, 3520 Ohio 132, Batavia Township, $470,000. The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., multiple family residence-Commons of Crosspointe, 2073, 2075, 2077, 2079, 2081, 2083, 2085, 2087, 2089, 2091 Commons Circle, Batavia Township, $530,000. Mark Mullen, Amelia, monument sign, 6 Amelia Olive Branch, Batavia Township.


At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 12. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 13.

At 3155 Pennington Lane, Williamsburg, May 9. At 4043 Afton Elklick Road, Batavia, May 15. At 4236 Peace Haven, Batavia, May 13.

Defrauding a livery or hostelry

At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 10.

At Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 14. At Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 15. At Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, May 9. At Concord Meadow Lane, Williamsburg, May 15. At Marlene Drive, Williamsburg, May 15.

Complicity - solicit/procure another Criminal damaging/endangering

At 4389 Sharps Cutoff, Williamsburg, May 9. At 202 East Fork Crossing, Batavia, May 14. At 2320 Rolling Acres Drive, Amelia, May 15. At 76 Lucy Creek, Batavia, May 11.

Criminal trespass

At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29.

At 37 Hitchcock Lane, Amelia, May 12.

Disorderly conduct

At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 13. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 8.

Domestic violence

Drug Paraphernalia

At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 11. At 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, May 15.

At Amelia Olive Branch/Clough, Amelia, May 13. At W/B Ohio 32 and Herold Road, Batavia, May 13.


At 270 Main Street, Batavia, May 6.


At 114 Forest Meadow Drive, Batavia, May 13. At 2270 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, April 15.


At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 14. At 2179 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 14.

Misuse of credit card

At 2021 Fawn Lane, Batavia, May 10. At 2370 Vista Lake Drive, Batavia, May 12.

Notice of change of address

At 2514 Jackson Pike, Batavia, May 14.

Possessing criminal tools

At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 13.

Possessing drug abuse instruments

At 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, May 15.

Possession of drugs

At 56 Shady Lane, Amelia, May 15.

Receiving stolen property

At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 13.

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

At 2956 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 13. At Todds Run Foster and Brown County Line, Williamsburg, May 9.


At 1405 Breckenridge Drive, Amelia, May 14. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 14. At 2017 Ohio 232, New Richmond, May 14. At 202 East Fork Crossing, Batavia, May 14. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, May 14. At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, May 10. At 2338 Elklick Road, Batavia, May 15. At 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 11. At 3736 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, May 12. At 3809 Lilac Lane, Amelia, May 14. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, May 12. At 78 Lucy Creek, Amelia, May 9.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

Telecommunications fraud


At Ohio 132, New Richmond, May 1. At Cobb Road, Williamsburg, April 27.

At 2055 Ohio 232, New Richmond, May 12.

At 2270 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, April 15. At 4181 Ohio 133, Batavia, May 11. At 114 Forest Meadow Drive, Batavia, May 13. At 1241 Glenwood Court, Amelia, May 7. At 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 10.

Mary Catherine Bishop, 73, Union Township, died May 18. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Clarence, William (Teresa), Charles (Michelle), James (Rebecca) Bishop, Donna Lewis, Flossie Marie (Mike) Smith, Brenda (Jeff) Rose; sister Bishop Jean Fitzgerald; 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Clarence “Whimpy” Bishop, parents William, Flossie Morgan, one greatgrandson, 11 siblings. Services were May 21 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home.

Kyle Cox

Kyle W. Cox, 79, Union Township, died May 18. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Survived by wife Ann Cox; daughter Barbara (Gregory) Carel; grandchildren Erin, Emily, Gregory Jr. Carel; two siblings. Services were May 20 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or Salvation Army.

Lela Hodge

Lela Florence Hodge, 80, Batavia, died May 13. Survived by children David, Donald, Dexter, Denver, Patricia Amburgey, Pamela (Melvin) Rudd, Paula Hamm, Peggy (Jerry) Simpson, Penny (Gary) McCown, Polly (James) Dickerson; siblings Carl Gene, Jackie, Scot Goodwin, Nancy Terrill, Wanda Simpson, Mary Compton; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sons Danny, Ronald Amburgey, parents Ivard, Lillian Goodwin, siblings James, Dennis Goodwin, Geraldine Williams. Services were May 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice East at Five Mile, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Dorothy Horn

Dorothy L. Horn, 8, Amelia, died May 16. Survived by children Jim, Michael, Glenna Horn, Misty (John) Willenbrink, Theresa Fultz; stepson Ricky Frazier; sisters Gladys Williams, Thelma Sparks; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents John, Isabel Burchwell, 12 siblings. Services were May 20 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Ella Sexton

Ella Mae Sexton, 90, Williamsburg, died May 14. She was an assembler for Baldwin Piano. Survived by children Paulette Wood, Don Sexton; granddaughter Terri Lynn Woodruff; great-grandson Ryan (Sophia) Woodruff; great-greatgrandson Logan Woodruff. Services were May 18 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Crossroads Hospice, 4360 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Jeannette Sturgis

Jeannette Ellis Sturgis, 84, Union Township, died May 12. She was manager of a jewelry store. Survived by friends Marjorie, Don Lucas. Preceded in death by husband Walter Sturgis, parents Dodsworth, Marie Ellis. Services were May 18 at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by T.P. White Sons & Funeral Home.

Darrel Thomas

At Laurel Lindale Road, New Richmond, May 8. At unknown, Batavia, May 8.

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 10.

Mary Catherine Bishop

Unruly juvenile offenses

Vandalism - government entity

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, April 26. Violate protection order or consent agreement At 270 E. Main St., Batavia, May 12. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 9.

Darrel L. “Big D” Thomas, 57, Batavia, died May 12. He was stationary engineer for the University of Cincinnati. He was an Air Force veteran. Survived by wife Crystal Thomas; children Robby Ludlow, Jennifer, Beau Thomas; granddaughters Lilly, Hannah; sister Karen (Tom English) Bauer; nephews and niece Brian Bauer, Denise, Darren Thomas; father-in-law Earl Malicoat. Preceded in death by parents Hollis, Maurine Thomas, brother Denny Thomas Services were May 17 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

Jim Waltz

Marion “Jim” Waltz, 72, Batavia, died May 19. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 162 F&AM and the Glen Este Church of Christ. Survived by wife Judy Snyder Waltz; sons Brent (Rose Buonomo), David (Lynda) Waltz; grandchildren Craig, Megan, Brandon, Matthew Waltz; five siblings; many nieces and nephews. Services were May 21 at the Glen Este Church of Christ. Arrangements by the Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Glen Este Church of Christ Building Fund.


May 25, 2011

Community Journal


Wildey Center adults visit with animals By Mary Dannemiller

BATAVIA - A team of mules from Gorman Heritage Farm dazzled and delighted individuals from the Clermont County Developmental Disabilities adult services program Thursday, May 19. The mules, Jim and George, pulled the group around the Thomas A. Wildey Center parking lot as they sat in a wheelchairaccessible wagon. After the ride, the group got to pet the mules. “I didn’t pet them because I’m scared to death of horses, but they’re beautiful mules,” said Vicky Thompson. Linda Ooten also enjoyed riding in the wagon, but wasn’t scared to pet the


Gorman Heritage Farm staff members visited the Clermont County Developmental Disabilities Thomas A. Wildey Center Thursday, May 19. mules. “The horses were brown and I liked them,” she said. “I had fun.” The adult services program serves individuals 22years-old through retirement age and offers shelter and workshop services,

community employment, leisure-based activities and a senior program, said CCDD Director of Community Relations Lisa Davis. The farm was able to come out to the school at no cost because it is funded by a grant, said Corrina Hyde,

CCDD program manager of adult services. “For them to come out to us and do it for free is awesome,” she said. “Someone told me they had never seen one of the guys laugh so hard for so long as when he was on the wagon. They ride in vans and go places, but this is something different. We can get everybody to do it since they’re willing to come here and do it for us.” The adult services program often takes people on outings to places like sporting events or farms, but Davis said those trips can often be stressful so the mules coming to the center was easier. “We offer extraordinary activities, but it can be taxing,” she said. “Even at a place like a Reds game,

which even though it’s wheelchair-accessible, it’s a very long day so having folks come here is great because it offers the experience to those who may have never had the opportunity to enjoy something like this.” Chuck Melampy, who organizes the program for Gorman Heritage Farm, said he’s happy to load the mules in the trailer and bring them to the center because of how happy it makes the individuals in the program. “It brings such pleasure to the kids and the adults,” he said. “To a lot of people, this would be boring, but to them it’s quite exciting.” For more information about Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, visit

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Products can be ordered directly from and will be available in June. For information on becoming a dealer or distribution partner, contact Toolhangerz, ltd., a pri-

Thomas & Waters

Old Man’s Cave/Hocking Parks Wild Flowers, Waterfalls & Fish Inntowner Motel, Rates $45/up. 1-800-254-3371 * 9:30 am-11pm

GATLINBURG. Limited May Special! 4 nights $333.33/cpl., 5 nights $444.44/cpl. Luxurious cabins with hot tubs; on trout streams in parklike setting. Near Dollywood & National park. 800-404-3370

Calvin & Carol Kenneda were married May 20, 1961. The Kennedas have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



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DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

FRIPP ISLAND û A great family vacation destination! 3 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo (sleeeps 8) on pri vate resort island next to champion ship golf course. Offering early & late summer discounts! 513-451-7011

NORRIS LAKE. Powell Valley Resort. 2 BR, 1BA, covered porch, deck, lake access. $95/nt., (2 night minimum. third night free with 3pm or later check-in). 423-562-8353, or e-mail:

We are so proud of you Sam. You are the best. We love you, Mom and Family Congrats!!!


Community Journal

May 25, 2011




One of a Kind Clearance Items




writing tray, keyboard shelf, file drawer, lighted glass display shelves

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great for flat screen t.v. or office credenza


safety tempered glass, keyboard shelf

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black, great for outdoor events and picnics, folds up to 36” x 30”

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oregon oak 6 adjustable shelves

Euro Oak

carolina oak

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cinnamon cherry




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ebony ash 43 1/2” wide

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oregon oak

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abbey oak

coach cherry

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NIGHTSTAND abbey oak



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