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Rain swamps Harsha Lake

In what is normally a busy month for fishermen and beach-goers, Harsha Lake has been unusually quiet. The severe storms that have plagued the Greater Cincinnati area this spring have caused the lake to raise to 44-feet above normal, closing the beaches and docks. FULL STORY, A2

Conference to start

Community researchers, historians, scholars, community members, and Underground Railroad enthusiasts from across the nation, will gather in Clermont County for the annual National Underground Railroad Conference this month. The four-day conference will be June 15 to June 18 and will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn and SuitesEastgate in Union Township. FULL STORY, A3

Next time you’re sitting in traffic trying to get off Interstate 275 at Ohio 125, know that changes are coming. The Ohio Department of Transportation planning to widen Ohio Pike to include turn lanes and combine access points, said ODOT spokeswoman Sharon Smigielski. The first project – widening and adding turn lanes to Ohio 125 between Hopper Hill Road and Britton Boulevard in Clermont County – is set for construction in 2013. In 2014, ODOT will start the access management project between Hopper Hill and Five Mile Road in Hamilton County. “I’m hoping those projects will help improve traffic flow. That’s one of the major complaints I receive is the bottle neck in Cherry Grove – it’s bumper to bumper, especially during rush hour,� Union Twp. Trustee Matt Beamer said. The project in Clermont County will cost about $4.5 million. Ninety percent of the funding will come from the federal government and the rest from the state, Smigielski said. Union Township Administrator Ken Geis said the transportation investment will make a significant difference in the area. “This project will have a huge positive impact on us because those improvements will eliminate a lot of the gridlock, which discourages development,� he said.


An Ohio Department of Transportation map of planned and completed work along Beechmont Avenue, from Five Mile Road in Hamilton County to Nine Mile Road in Clermont County. “It also will help ‌ address the concerns we have on how transportation in that area affects regional development and the general motoring public.â€? While the project in 2014 is technically in Hamilton County, it will still impact residents and drivers in Union Township. That project will involve eliminating and combining access points from Hopper Hill Road to Five Mile Road. The cost is about $1.5 million and the federal government

driveways per mile,� he said. “When access is more defined, you have fewer conflict points and therefore fewer crashes.� While the project aims to increase safety and cut down on crashes, Arnold said ODOT wants to maintain access to everyone on the corridor and will look at all the curb cuts to determine the best locations for access improvements. Lisa Wakeland contributed to this story.

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Batavia school officials hope to save $47,688 a year in energy costs by participating in a program instituted by the Ohio General Assembly. FULL STORY, A3

By Kellie Geist-May

West Clermont cuts 50 jobs

The West Clermont Board of Education officially made $5.1 million in cuts Monday, May 23, for the 2011-2012 school year. These cuts will be in addition to the more than $2 million the district cut earlier this year. FULL STORY, A4


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Rain causes issues at Harsha Lake By Mary Dannemiller

BETHEL - In what is normally a busy month for fishermen and beach-goers, Harsha Lake has been unusually quiet. The severe storms that have plagued the Greater Cincinnati area this spring have caused the lake to raise to 44-feet above normal, closing the beaches and docks. The lake is now just a little more than one foot above normal, but the beaches are still under water, said East Fork State

Park Ranger Linda Romine. “The high lake level has had a serious impact on our recreation facilities,” she said. “Many of the recreation facilities that are down near the lake were covered with water and our rest-room building by the dam was completely submerged, and so were the shower house, the concession stand by the beach and the Matt Maupin Pavilion.” Some areas have opened back up to the public, including the boat ramps, but Romine said other areas

of the park need more cleaning before they reopen, which could take some time depending on if there are more strong storms. “We’re trying to get areas cleaned up the best we can so our boat ramps are open, but our rest-room building remains closed until we can get it cleaned and make sure the electric service is OK. There’s a lot more included in opening things back up than cleaning,” she said. Park Manager Bob Bowman said even though the water is not as high as it was, there is still lots of debris and mud to clear off the beach and other facilities. If there aren’t anymore

storms, Bowman said he expects the beach to open in the next week. “Right now the sand for the beach is still under water so there really is no beach to be on,” he said. “It depends entirely on the amount of rain we get. If we keep getting intermittent thunderstorms like they’re predicting, but they don’t hit here the water could be back down soon.” Romine said the Army Corps of Engineers will continue to release water from the lake as long as the county’s creeks and rivers aren’t near flood stage. “The Army Corps of Engineers are monitoring river levels and as they rise,


The overlook picnic area at Harsha Lake was completely submerged earlier this month. we have to close our gates, but as the potential for flooding downstream decreases, whether it’s in the Little Miami River or the Ohio River, we’re allowed to

release,” she said. For the most up-to-date information on the lake’s level and whether the beach is open, call the park office at 734-4323.

Veterans give students lesson in World War II By John Seney


Roger Holland, a Vietnam veteran, shows a bomber jacket that his fatherin-law wore in World War II. He appeared with other vets May 9 at Williamsburg High School.



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Some veterans of World War II got a chance to pass on their memories to a younger generation. The veterans brought in photos, collectibles, medals and lots of stories to share with students at Williamsburg High School May 9. Don Carlier of Stonelick Township served in the Navy during World War II and wore his uniform for the students. The 90-year-old Carlier served in a minesweeper during the war. He told the students about close calls with mines and showed his collection of war souvenirs. One time, he told the students, he was in the engine room when the ship was passing through a mine field, and felt the explosions going off around him. But he survived the ordeal. Joe Webb of Nicholsville was a World War II Navy veteran who survived the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After Pearl Harbor, he participated in 17 major battles, including Okinawa. Jim Lefferson of Williamsburg served on the battleship USS Indiana during the war. One of the souvenirs he showed the students was a Japanese rifle he acquired while his ship was stationed in Tokyo Bay after the Japanese surrender. He told the students his ship often is confused with the more famous USS Indi-


Jim Lefferson of Williamsburg served in the Navy during World War II. He shows Nathan Schweizer, a 10th-grader at Williamsburg High School, a souvenir rifle.


Williamsburg High School students Dezeray Butts, left, and Nathan Schweizer look over some collectibles brought in by World War II veterans.


Don Carlier, a Navy World War II veteran, shows some of his souvenirs May 9 at Williamsburg High School. anapolis, a cruiser that was sunk near the end of the war after delivering the atom bomb.


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Roger Holland of Bethel was not a World War II vet, but did serve in the Vietnam War. However, both his father and father-in-law served in World War II and he had some memorabilia from them to show to the students. One item was a leather bomber jacket his father-inlaw wore in the war. Dan McKibben, a history teacher at the high school, helped organize the event. “We spent a lot of time discussing World War II in class this year,” he said. “It’s nice to bring in these guys to get a first hand account.” McKibben said about 200 students from his history classes got to visit with the veterans. “The students enjoyed it. It was a good experience,” he said.


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Clermont Co. welcomes National Underground Railroad Conference UC Clermont will host two workshops conducted by the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program. Educators can receive continuing education credits from two pre-conference workshops June 14 as part of the National Underground Railroad Conference to be held at Holiday Inn & Suites Eastgate June 15 to June 18. “Teaching with Historic Places” (TwHP) a full-day workshop is an award-winning education program administered by the National Park Service. The program uses places listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enhance history, social studies, civics, geography and other academic subjects. These lessons contain readings, primary sources, maps, photographs and activities that engage students in active investigation of people, events and places from the past. The lessons also help students make

the link between local history and places and the broad themes they read about in their classes. Material developed by workshop participants will be used in creating lesson plans relevant to the Underground Railroad. Workshop fee is $40. “Interpreting the Underground Railroad” is based on the philosophy that people will care for what they first care about. In other words, how do we make the resources more personally relevant and valuable to visitors. This half-day afternoon workshop explores the world of interpretation through the lens of the Underground Railroad. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of interpretive theory and practice with a focus on the quest for freedom. Workshop fee is $20. For more information or to register, visit www.ugr or call Diane Miller at the National Park Service 402-661-1588.

Community researchers, historians, scholars, community members, and Underground Railroad enthusiasts from across the nation, will gather in Clermont County for the annual National Underground Railroad Conference this month. This year’s theme is “Pathways to Freedom: Presenting the Underground Railroad through Education, Interpretation, and Heritage Tourism.” The four-day conference will be June 15 to June 18 and will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn and SuitesEastgate in Union Township. “Clermont County is a perfect place for an Underground Railroad Conference,” said local historian Gary Knepp. “The county has 19 sites that have been accepted into the National Park Service Underground Network to Freedom Program, the most in the nation.”


This artwork depicting an interpretation of the Underground Railroad can be seen during the national conference to be held in Clermont County in June. The artist is Ken Swinson. This year’s National Underground Railroad Conference will explore modern efforts to disseminate the inspiring history of the Underground Railroad, looking at ways scholars, site stewards, educators and others balance the need for accuracy, authenticity and respect with telling an engaging story of the quest for freedom. The conference will include nationally-known speakers and workshops.

BATAVIA TWP. - Batavia school officials hope to save $47,688 a year in energy costs by participating in a program instituted by the Ohio General Assembly. The school board April 18 approved participation in the House Bill 264 Program. The program is named after the 1985 law creating the financing mechanism to give school districts the ability to borrow funds without having to pass a ballot

issue. B o n d s taken out to pay for the improvements are paid off with energy savEnriquez ings. Superintendent Jill Grubb said the district will contract with the firm Linc Service to plan and implement the energy upgrades. The Ohio School Facilities Commission has to approve the plans. Treasurer Michael Ash-

more said the district has to prove any upgrades made under the program will be paid back by energy savings. “There’s also a guarantee that if, for some reason, the savings can’t pay for that (the cost of the upgrades), the contractor would write us a check to make us whole,” Ashmore said. “Many schools have done this. It’s a way of saving money and making capital improvements you don’t have the funds to pay for,” he said. Board member Michael

ground Railroad essay and art contest will be recognized and the Freedom Choir will perform. The annual conference is sponsored by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad, Network to Freedom Program (NTF), working in partnership with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Conference Registration is available online and is $225. For more information or to register, visit the website or call Diane Miller with the National Park Service at 402-661-1588.

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West Clermont BOE cuts 50 By Kellie Geist-May

The West Clermont Board of Education officially made $5.1 million in cuts Monday, May 23, for the 2011-2012 school year. These cuts will be in addition to the more than $2 million the district cut earlier this year. Superintendent Gary Brooks and Treasurer Alana Cropper said these cuts are necessary for the district to make payroll next school year because voters defeated a 7.9-mill operating levy May 3. “We have to keep the district out of the red,” Brooks said. Board member Denise Smith said that while all the cuts are difficult, the board has to make tough decisions to keep the district solvent. “(The board) has been cutting conservatively for five, six, seven years. We’ve been trying to cut in smaller doses so it’s not such a big change for our

Clough Pike Elementary School parent and volunteer Jeff Kohls recommended the school board have town hall style meetings where residents and parents could ask open questions about the schools and the district’s finances. kids, but we’re at the point where we don’t have the choice to cut small. We have to look at these bigger cuts,” Smith said. The board unanimously approved these cuts. The board also voted to increase the athletic participation fees to $495 per student per sport with no cap to balance the district’s revenues with the expenses allocated for after-school sports. Music, dance and drama fees may be discussed in the

Amelia garden grows for needy By John Seney

AMELIA - Vegetables that will be harvested to help feed the needy are growing in a garden in Amelia. Kate Messer, a freelance photographer from Pierce Township, helped get the garden started this spring at a fenced-in plot behind the Grace & Mercy Outreach Center at 17 W. Main St. “Things are growing already,” she said recently. The vegetables planted on the lot include tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, corn, broccoli, lettuce and spinach. Herbs and sunflowers also are growing on the plot, which Messer said is about 60 feet by 70 feet. When the vegetables are harvested, they will be used




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future, but Brooks said those can be tricky because students earn course credit for some of those activities and many of those fees already are higher. Although the board discussed making cuts elsewhere to keep those athletic fees lower, board President Dan Krueger said for every $35 those fees are reduced, one teacher has to be laid off. District Treasurer Alan Cropper explained. If the fees are reduced by just $35, that multiplied by about 1,600 athletes equals an average teacher’s salary. “We’re trying to maintain our classroom teachers. Right now, with the loss of the teachers we voted to (RIF), our classroom sizes are going to be big. We need to consider that,” Krueger said. Clough Pike Elementary School parent and volunteer Jeff Kohls advised the board to make the necessary cuts, but work harder to keep the community in the loop.

“This levy failed for a reason: There’s no trust in this school board. A levy won’t pass unless the public gets a better sense that this district has a handle on it’s finances,” Kohls said. “I’m not saying the state is helping … but we need to have an adult conversation about our schools. I think we have good schools, but we can’t afford to pay our teachers and I think that’s a serious problem,” he said. “We have a budgeting problem and it’s never anyone’s fault.” Kohls recommended the school board have town hall style meetings where residents and parents could ask open questions about the schools and the district’s finances. “We need to put our differences aside and have this conversation in public,” he said. Smith said residents are always welcome to ask questions. “We are on a budget and we are fiscally responsible


Although only a few spoke, more than 100 people attended the West Clermont board of education meeting Monday, May 23, at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School. During the meeting, the board cut more than 50 employees as well as transportation and other school services. Athletic fees also were raised to almost $500. … We don’t have hidden agendas or pots of money out there collecting interest,” she said. “We have to make these cuts and we’re sorry. We don’t want this to affect our children.” Krueger said the district’s teachers and administration would work to maintain the district’s quality despite these deep cuts. “We are doing everything in our power to provide quality education for the children in our community. We do ask for your support and your feedback,”

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Williamsburg – The Harmony Hill Association will offer a free program on Chair Caning by local artisan Earl Pringle at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Harmony Hill carriage house, 299 S. Third St. in Williamsburg. Call ahead to register, 7243657.

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Williamsburg – The Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the home of Joy Russell. Hostesses for the evening are Kay Reveal and Anita Russell. Larry Moore will present the program "How to Grow and Care for Dahlias." The specimen is to be a peony. Club members are finalizing plans for the Williamsburg Garden Tour to be held Saturday, July 16. The club welcomes new members. For additional information, visit

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Clermont County – The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will host the first Cincinnati Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament Saturday, July 23, at Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131. Teams of three to five players will compete for bragging rights as they play ball throughout the day, leading to the crowning of a champion by day’s end.

Check in is at 9 a.m. Game time is 10 a.m. Cost is $80 for teams of adults, age 14 and over; $65 for you teams, age 13 and under. For information on registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, call the Epilepsy Foundation at 7212905 or go to to register. Proceeds from the event will help fund the numerous programs offered by the Epilepsy Foundation.

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MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange members will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3,a t the Grange Hall on Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. The chaplain will have a memorial service for those members who have passed away during the past year. The Monroe Grange Card Party will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Grange Hall. Euchre is played. The cost is $1.50 each. After four games of play, there is a break for refreshments which are available. Then play will resume for token prizes. Grange members will continue the card parties each month due to not having their food booth at the Grassy Run Rendezvous, which was canceled due to the weather. This is open to the public.

Genealogy meeting

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Genealogical Society’s next meeting is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Doris Wood Library, 180 S.

Third St. in Batavia. The program: “Blegen Archives & Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati campus,” will be presented by Janice Schulz, CRM, University Records Manager and Archives Specialist. The meeting is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found at: or call 723-3423.

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CLERMONT CO. – Hiking, bird watching and bug catching are among the many outdoor activities that will be offered at two June summer camps planned by the Clermont County Park District. The first day camp will be held June 13 through June 17 at Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132 in Batavia. The second will be held June 27 through June 30 at Chilo Lock 34 Park, just off U.S. 52 in Chilo. Both camps will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and each camp is limited to 12 children. The ages include those who have completed first grade through those who are entering sixth grade. “Summer day camps are new programs offered by the Clermont Park District,” said Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “I hope parents will see this as a low-cost option for their children during the summer months. The camps are intended to cover a wide variety of natural history topics and will allow the children to explore their natural curiosities.” “Campers will spend the

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week exploring Sycamore Park and the Wilson Nature Preserve. They will have the opportunity to develop skills as budding naturalists,” said naturalist Laura Hoople. “We will have lots of hands-on activities, crafts and games, all geared to help children appreciate nature.” The first camp is $65 per child and the second camp is $55 per child. For more information about the camps or to register, call 876-9013 or visit

Summerfair returns

CINCINNATI – Summerfair 2011 is returning to Coney Island for the 44th year. The annual arts and crafts fair – featuring more than 300 artists, vendors and performers – will be held June 3, June 4 and June 5. Summerfair started as a small art fair at the opening of Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. It’s grown into one of the oldest continuous art fairs, drawing thousands of art enthusiasts to see and purchase the works of artists from across the United States and Canada. Performers include Raison D’Etre, Bromwell Diehl Band, Cincinnati State’s Green Tones Choir, Jubilee Cloggers, East Side Players and Robert Weidle as well as many other bands, soloists, dance and theater groups. Strolling entertainers – including balloon artists, musicians and barbershop quartets – can be found throughout the fair. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is included in the ticket price. The fair will be held rain or shine.

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NEW RICHMOND – Cincinnati-Eastgate Aglow will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the New Richmond Bandstand, corner of Front and George streets. There will be music and food.

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Grant Career Center students earn honors

The 2011 SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships gathered nearly three-thousand members and advisors from career training programs throughout Ohio, including 13 members of the Grant Career Center SkillsUSA Chapter. The 59th annual Skills Championship was held at the Ohio State Fairground Complex in Columbus, April 29 and April 30. The Ohio SkillsUSA Championships consist of 81 career and leadership competitions. Participants are challenged to complete a project in their career-training area within a specified time frame while being rated by a panel of industry judges. The Automated Manufacturing Technology Team consisting of Engineering Design students Tom Brunton (Felicity-Franklin), Brady Dufau (Bethel-Tate), and Jacob McKinney (Georgetown), placed second in this year’s competition. Their competition consisted of designing a mechanical part, writing code in a Computer Aided Man-

ufacturing program and milling the part in the ProLight mill. Senior Carpentry student Cody Morehouse (Bethel-Tate), earned a bronze medal in the Carpentry competition. Morehouse’s event consisted of reading a blueprint and building a structure in a set time frame. Other students competing in events at the state level include: Max Marlow, Collision Refinishing, Auto Collision, (Bethel-Tate); Melanie Jenkins, Job Interview, Cosmetology, (Williamsburg): Sarah Eubanks, Basic Health Care, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); Amanda Gettes, Medical Terminology, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); Mariah Conger, Medical Math, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); Chris Taylor, First Aid and CPR, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); Dennis Sandker, Related Technical Math, Engineering Design, (Bethel-Tate); and the Robotics and Automation Team of Jessie Rust (New Richmond) and Cyra Jones (Bethel-Tate).


Grant Career Center SkillsUSA members at the 59h Annual SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships: Jessie Rust, Chris Taylor, Cody Morehouse, Cyra Jones, Max Marlow, Amanda Gettes, Dennis Sandker, Mariah Conger, Jacob McKinney, Melanie Jenkins, Brady Dufau, Sarah Eubanks and Tom Brunton.

Dad told he couldn’t hand daughter diploma By John Seney


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The Williamsburg Elementary Millionaires’ Club recently enjoyed breakfast at Mama’s Grill and a limousine ride provided by A Touch of Class Limousine. Students who read 1,000,000 words through the Accelerated Reader program were inducted into the club. From left are Jane Croswell, principal; Wayne Allison from A Touch of Class Limousine; and students Peyton Riddell, Taigan Bloemker, Chloe Durham, Jacob Wells, Emily Benton, Kati Jurgens, Cameron Hart and Alex Hatter.

NRHS junior selected for Oak Ridge science camp Community Press Staff Report New Richmond High School junior Clint Lytle is one of two students from Ohio selected to attend the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2011 Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute and Science Camp sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission. “Clint was notified by Gov. John Kasich’s office that he is one of only two students from the state of Ohio that was selected to take part in the research program for this year,” said New Richmond High School chemistry teacher Laura Prescott. “This summer camp program will include professors, researchers, teachers and other students from the Appalachian region.” The Oak Ridge camp is a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science and technology for high school students and teachers. Two students and two teachers from each of the 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission area were selected for the hands-on learning program that will focus on the application of math and science principles in the workplace. “Chemistry is my first love so this is going to be a great experience for me,” said Lytle, who plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in chemical engineering. “It’s kind of like a nuclear camp in chemistry. It will really help me in college.” All major expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home

New Richmond High School junior Clint Lytle with his chemistry teacher Laura Prescott. base and local transportation, will be covered for all participants. Lytle and the participants will spend most days in one of several ORNL research laboratories, but will take field trips to nearby industries, universities and museums that illustrate the applications of math and science.

The mother of a Williamsburg High School senior graduating Saturday, May 28, wants her husband, who soon will be deploying to Afghanistan, to hand her daughter her diploma at graduation. But Mary Malott of Williamsburg said school officials told her that would not be allowed. She said she was told her husband, Mark Malott, would be allowed to hand her daughter, Kayla, the diploma only if she is on the stage with them. She was told this was because she was a school employee. She works in the high school cafeteria. But the mother wants only the father to stand next to Kayla, because he has missed several years of her life because of other overseas deployments, and “it’s his moment.” Mark Malott, a member of the Army Reserves, has served prior tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He leaves on his third tour of duty in June. Mary Malott said other fathers who have come back from military deployments have been allowed on stage with their graduating children in the past. “What is the difference if you’re coming back or going?” she asked. She said both Superintendent Jeff Weir and Principal Barry Daulton told her it would not be allowed. Malott said she and her husband still plan to attend the graduation, but will sit in the audience. Williamsburg seniors graduate 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Clear Mountain Church, 4050 Tollgate Road in Williamsburg. Weir, in a emailed statement, said “As a school employee, Mary Malott was extended the privilege of handing her graduating daughter her diploma when our ceremony occurs Saturday morning. Providing our employees this courtesy is something the principal decided to do several years ago. It

is not an entitlement our employees have. It is something the former principal decided to allow and our current principal, Mr. Daulton, has continued. “Apparently, the privilege of handing the diploma to her daughter wasn’t sufficient for Mrs. Malott. She asked Mr. Daulton if her husband could do the honors because he was being deployed soon and would be away for a lengthy period, maybe a year or so. Mr. Daulton declined to substitute the husband for the employee but said he would certainly allow Mr. Malott to join Mrs. Malott during the ceremony when it came time to hand out the diploma. ... While I recognize and appreciate the significance of Mr. Malott leaving again for service, I view Mr. Daulton’s decision to allow him to be involved in our ceremony as fair and very appropriate. “To me, it is a great privilege the principals have afforded our employees to allow them to participate in awarding diplomas to their children. It would be unwise and an unwieldy complication to begin entertaining extenuating circumstances from families and allow people other than our employees to get involved in the diploma distribution,” Weir said. Weir also said that when a military father was involved in handing a diploma several years ago, it was a decision made by a former principal. “I supported that decision as I support Mr. Daulton’s decision this year,” Weir said. “However, there is an important difference between the two situations. When the military parent was involved in handing the diploma to his graduate, he had been gone on active duty in Iraq for the preceding year and had just returned. The student did not know her father had returned. It was at the ceremony that she discovered he was home.” “The decisions that have been made regarding how we will handle diploma distribution are sound ones, and I support them,” Weir said.


The following students have been named to the spring Dean’s List at Bowling Green State University: • Shena Stayden of Amelia, College of Arts and Sciences. • Rachel Neltner of Amelia, Health and Human Services. • Mark Huber of Batavia, Health and Human Services. • Jessica Deweese of Batavia, College of Musical Arts.

• Nathan Doolin of Williamsburg, Education & Human Development. • Tracie Carpenter of Union Township, College of Business Administration


• Neal Eckstein of Batavia recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Recipients excelled in their high school programs and showed determination and perseverance in overcoming challenges associat-

ed with seizures. The scholarships are provided by the Taylor Huth Scholarship Fund which has been set up in memory of Taylor Huth who struggled with seizures and died at an early age. For more information on the scholarship fund or the Epilepsy Foundation, visit • Sterling Shaw of Pierce Township has received a Trustee Scholarship from Xavier University. Shaw will graduate from McNicholas High School this spring and is active in

National Honor Society, Key Club, tennis, yearbook, newspaper and is a mentor. The son of Penny and Tim Shaw, he plans to major in natural sciences 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.

Spring Dean’s List

The following Clermont County residents

have been named to the 2011 spring Dean’s List at Chatfield College: • Renee Helbling, Amelia • Elizabeth Armstrong, Batavia • Angela Stanton, Batavia • Megan Carter, Williamsburg • Susan Green, Williamsburg • Nan McCart, Williamsburg • Jarod Wolfe, Williamsburg • Lucas Wolfe, Williamsburg



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Trojans lose heartbreaker to Mason By Scott Springer

On the day they had been listed as the No. 4 team in Ohio, the Glen Este Lady Trojans fell short in their quest to make it to the state semifinals in Akron with a 2-0 loss to Lakota West. The tournament games that began on May 11 with an 18-0 opening win over Winton Woods, ended two weeks later at Mason High School. It was just their fifth loss of the year and second shutout. “It just wasn’t our day,” coach Tim Gregory said. Oddly enough, the Lady Trojans had blasted the Lady Firebirds 11-0 back on April 2. Unfortunately, Glen Este fans have to live with the fact that Lakota West knocked out both the baseball and softball teams from the postseason. It won’t make Gregory or his girls feel any better, but 24 wins is quite an accomplishment. It’s one better than last season and matches 2009’s regional run. It’s also Glen Este’s fourth consecutive 20-plus win season. “That’s the way it goes,” Gregory said. “The girls had a great year.” The Lady Trojans featured Kaylin Steinmetz,


Kaylin Steinmetz of Glen Este makes the throw from third as the Lady Trojans took on Lakota West in the District I regional semifinal at Mason High School. It was a rough day at the plate for Glen Este as they were shutout by Lakota West’s Alex Caudill 2-0. Steinmetz led the FAVC in hitting, home runs and runs batted in and will continue her softball career at NKU with teammate Kelley Benhase.

Glen Este senior shortstop Kierstin Gregory throws to first in the Lady Trojans’ 2-0 regional semifinal loss to Lakota West. Gregory is the daughter of coach Tim Gregory and the sister of freshman second baseman Kayla Gregory. Both girls were key contributors in Glen Este’s 24-5 season.

who took the Fort Ancient Valley Conference “Triple Crown” with a .560 batting average, 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in (prior to the Lakota West game). On the mound, Kelley Benhase was second in the FAVC in wins with 18, second in strikeouts (240 in 133.1

innings) and had a 0.40 ERA. Benhase also hit .421 with a homer and 18 runs batted in. Steinmetz and Benhase will next take the field for the Northern Kentucky University Norse. In terms of unsung heroes, Gregory need look


no further than his own family. Senior Kierstin Gregory and freshman Kayla Gregory played together this season and hit .432 and .398, respectively. Kierstin Gregory was second on the team in runs batted in with 27. Her philosophy at the plate was simple. “I try to hit it hard,” Kierstin Gregory said. In their one season together Kierstin hit third, after younger sister Kayla (who led Glen Este in steals with 17). Kierstin played shortstop, Kayla second. Naturally, as sisters, the Gregorys didn’t always agree on things “She fights with me,” Kierstin Gregory said of Kayla. Before being handcuffed by Alex Caudill of Lakota West, the Gregory sisters had differing opinions on the toughest pitcher they had seen. “Probably, Sarah Pearson (Lakota East) last year,” Kierstin Gregory said. “I didn’t do so good against her.” Kayla Gregory reflected back on an FAVC opponent. “Probably the Kings pitcher,” Kayla Gregory said. (Casey Murdoch of Kings beat Glen Este 1-0 and lost 2-0.)


Freshman Kayla Gregory of Glen Este fouls one back for the Lady Trojans in their regional semifinal against Lakota West. Glen Este was handcuffed by Alex Caudill of Lakota West on three hits and fell short May 25 2-0. Kayla and her senior sister, Kierstin were the No. 2 and 3 hitters for their father/coach Tim Gregory. Glen Este’s season ends at 24-5. The sting of losing in the tournament is still fresh, but the softball team won a league title and allowed just nine runs to score in FAVC play while scoring 123. “Last year, I wasn’t sure if our team was going to be this good,” Kierstin Gregory said. “It surprised me that we were.” The Lady Trojans return eight from this squad, including six freshman. Of

those, Bailey Miller and Kenzie Hall both cracked home runs this season and Miller was Kelley Benhase’s back-up with a 5-2 record and 1.62 ERA. She also hit .384 and was third on the team in runs batted in. Freshman outfielder Katelyn Maynard chipped in at .308. In other words, the 2011 door is closed, but the 2012 cupboard is far from bare.

Track athletes advance to state By Nick Dudukovich


Williamsburg senior Kyle Donthnier earned second place in the long jump with a mark of 20-2.25 at the CHCA Invitational, May 4.

Local track teams competed in regional track competition throughout southwest Ohio during the week of May 23. Wildcat speeder Clayton Scheidler led the way for Williamsburg after posting a third-place, state-qualifying time of 11.18 seconds in the 100-meter dash at Troy Memorial Stadium, May 27. Scheidler also qualified in the 200 with a third-place time of 22.89 seconds. In the long jump, senior Kyle Donthnier will join Scheidler at the Division III state meet after posting a third-place finish with a mark of 21 feet, 9.75 inches in the finals, May 24. The winning mark was set by Locklands’ Tariq Sanders (22-01.50). In the discus, sophomore Michael Posey finished his season on a strong note by placing fifth in the discus with a mark of 143 feet, 6 inches. The winning throw was tossed by Maverick Long, of Anna (156-07). The 4x100-meter relay team of Donthnier, Charlie Oliver, Jason Zavislak and Scheidler will also run in


Williamsburg’s Jason Zavislak (right) ran anchor in the 4x200-meter relay for the Wildcats. The team of Charlie Oliver, Nick Heilman, Kyle Dontheir and Zavislak placed third in the event with a mark of 1 minute, 36.88 seconds. Columbus after posting a third-place time of 44.04 seconds. For the girls, sophomore Elizabeth Meisberger placed 11th in the shot put with a mark of 30 feet, 0.75 inches, while Ainsley Guess finished 14th with a distance of 28 feet, 5 inches. Several boys and girls from New Richmond High School represented the Lions at the Division II regional meet at Dayton’s

Welcome Stadium, May 25 and 27. The Lions got strong performances from two freshman girls at during the qualifying heats. In the 400-meter dash, Olivia Behymer placed fourth with a time of 59.59 seconds to qualify for the final heat. In the high jump, freshman Hannah Hall tied for eight with a mark of 4 feet, 10 inches.

The Division II meet – which included a strong showing by McNicholas track teams in the preliminaries – was not finished before Community Journal holiday deadlines. To view results, please visit The Amelia and Glen Este track teams will each have a representative at the state meet in Columbus. For the Barons, freshman Madison Terry finished fourth in the regional meet in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:09.02 (top four in each event go to State). At Glen Este, senior Michelle Thomas returns to the state meet as she won the regional title in the 3200 meters at Dayton's Welcome Stadium with a time of 10:40.54. Thomas will now run on the same Jesse Owens Track she'll be competing on next season as an Ohio State Buckeye. The 2011 track and field championships will be June 3-4 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. For more coverage, visit s

Sportsman of Year voting nears end for 2011 Voting ends for the third-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest at midnight Monday, June 6. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes studentathletes 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 Hock-James, 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 ballots attached to specific Community Press newspapers.

Schools covered by that newspaper are listed below the newspaper name. These names were derived from about 250 nominations received online from the readership, coaches and athletic directors. Voting runs until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Voters can cast up to 150 votes per day. The winners will be announced publicly online and in print June 22-23.

Voters will need a user account to cast a ballot. Sign up by using the link at the top, left-hand corner of or the link attached to your desired ballot. Contact Jordan Kellogg at for assistance to get your account set up. For all other questions on the Sportsman of the Year, contact Melanie Laughman at


Last week’s question

Who do you think should be or will be the GOP presidential candidate in 2012? Why? “America is a great 200-plus year experiment. The best words written by all of mankind were the those in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. My father used to say that we elected presidents that represent our times. Mr. Obama is from the current celebrity America, and our next president, GOP or not, will represent us as we are now.” kipeck “Good question. Sadly, I do not see a really strong candidate in the wings right now. I like Michelle Bachman, but I don’t know if the country will elect a woman as president yet. The same goes for Sarah Palin. Mama Grizzly has a hard core following, but I don’t think she has enough numbers. Huckabee is not in the race. I don’t have a lot of confidence in Donald Trump. Mitt Romney is getting a lot of negative coverage for his support for the controversial health care plan in Massachusetts. McCain has showed that he didn’t have the right stuff, as much as I appreciate what he has been through. We have got to stop this arrogant person from winning a second term. One of the worst things he has done is to alienate one of our strongest allies – Israel – in favor of kowtowing to the Palestinians who have shown such antagonism and hatred for Israel.” Bill B. “Let’s hope it is someone who thinks that representing all the people of this nation is a good thing. For a change.” N.F. “I didn’t vote for Obama and I am not happy with him, but if the other side cannot come up with someone better than Ron Paul and Sarah Palin I will just give up and vote for Obama. I kind of think he is a shoe-in anyway.” D.D. “I have not yet seen a top notch candidate to run against President Obama. The ‘new majority’ now appears to be voters who have minimum or no tax burden. Plus if Obama gives citizenship to millions of illegal aliens he will increase this new majority even more guaranteeing his reelection. Go figure!” T.D.T. “I support Herman Cain for the GOP nomination in 2012. He has talent, ability and experience something terribly lacking in our current administration. Mr. Cain considers himself ABC AmericanBlack-Conservative three things that should prove to be very interesting when the liberal media attempt’s to play the race card. Will he get the free pass that Mr. Obama received during his campaign, not likely?” T.S.

Next question In the wake of all of the severe weather in recent weeks, how do you grade the local meterologists? Are they doing a good job notifying the public of potential danger or is the weather coverage overdone? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@ with “chatroom” in the subject line.

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Tealtown Ballpark good for community If anyone tries to tell you that youth baseball and softball are losing interest from our youth, you need to take time and take a trip out to Tealtown Ballpark on a Saturday morning and you will see that baseball and softball are not only popular, they are still thriving. Many times it is difficult to even get a parking space with all the families that attend games and bring their children to play. With many thanks to past president Vern Wooten and current president Jim Diana, Tealtown Ball Park continues to be a thriving place for our kids to learn about baseball. Many may not know that Tealtown is run by volunteers and is a non-profit organization that conducts their business without any

taxpayer help or public funds. They rely on player fees and concessions to pay for the park. Knothole baseball in Clermont County John was formed in McGraw 1933 in Mt. Later in Community Carmel. 1956 the Mt. Press guest Carmel Boosters columnist were formed and they built Mt. Carmel Fields. In 1993 they moved their fields to the present site on Tealtown Road. The 48acre Tealtown Ballpark has 18 fields including four fields with lights, two concession stands, a meeting hall, paved parking for

500 cars and indoor batting cages. Tealtown offers T-ball, coachpitch baseball, fast-pitch softball and Knothole baseball. Very few areas in the country can match all that Tealtown provides. Parents and volunteers give months of their time to be coaches and teach our kids to play baseball and softball. Tealtown is also host to many tournaments that attract teams from all over Ohio and surrounding states. July 1 to July 4, Tealtown will host the USSSA All American Blast Tournament. This draws visitors to our area and has a tremendous economic impact for hotels, restaurants and local retailers. Tealtown also provides jobs for youth umpires and concession workers. Umpire classes are held in the off season to train young people to become umpires and to

learn the official rules of baseball. Our community is fortunate to have this facility for our kids. My daughter played her first T-ball game in 2001 and I presently have three boys who either play Knothole or coach-pitch baseball at Tealtown. So take a trip out to Tealtown Ballpark and see some great youth baseball or fast pitch softball. Or better yet, donate some time or treasure to help support youth baseball in our area. The players, coaches and the Tealtown board can always use some more help. Tealtown Ballpark is at 4762 Tealtown Road. For more information, visit the Tealtown Ballpark website at: John McGraw lives in Union Township.

Clermont Co. loved Ronald Reagan Clermont County loved Ronald Reagan. We voted for him in 1980 and did so by an even larger margin in 1984. Why? It was because Reagan spoke to us about America in a language we instinctively understood. He reminded us America was still the “shining city upon a hill” with freedom at its core – freedom of speech, freedom of religion and free enterprise. He made us proud to be Americans again. We became the most prosperous people on Earth, he said in his first Inaugural address, “ … because … we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent that has ever been done before.” However, beginning in the 1960s, government became more active in every aspect of our lives. Within 20 years, he argued, government had become intrusive, “having grown beyond the consent of the governed.” Our freedoms withered, our economy

stagnated and our position in the world declined. To cure the national “malaise” he inherited, the president urged us to “build an Gary Knepp American opporCommunity tunity society.” an AmeriPress guest canIn opportunity columnist society, everyone can rise as far as their talents and hard work can take them. Government is limited to doing only things we can’t do for ourselves. Burdensome regulations are reduced to unleash the amazing productivity of the American economy. Tax rates are lowered to spur the economy and to give us, not the government, the right to spend the fruits of own labor. Our current president sub-

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Whispers from the park

In part, my Memorial Day will be spent visiting the Clermont County Helicopter Park, placing an American flag next to just one cross of so many fallen. And then returning home in my daily reminder of what most refer to as Memorial Day. After over two decades of active duty including a horrendous tour of Vietnam – the rest of my day will be spent in solitude and removed of

sorts from my wife of 41 years in still hearing those whispers of encouragement from premature graves. The heartbreak of Memorial Day is a continued daily reminder to me that I just can’t find the way to thank not just those that whisper, but as well the inability to thank those family members who feel the seemingly unshared pain and sacrifice of a shared whisper. Joseph E. Walriven, Batavia

scribes to an entirely different model: “Equality of outcome” designed to insure “social justice.” Here the government grows, assuming powers to plan and regulate the economy. Higher taxes are levied on producers to redistribute income to others. History has repeatedly shown the fallacy of this approach. Reagan was very pleased with the resurgence of American pride – “the new patriotism” he saw during his tenure. He worried that unless we institutionalized an “informed patriotism” – one based upon “thoughtfulness and knowledge” – it would fade over time. The key was to do a better job teaching our kids of what America is about: Freedom. Reagan’s words were prophetic. Our children love our country reflexively with very little of the “thoughtfulness and knowledge” he spoke about. We need to tell our children at the dinner table

and school about freedom and about how rare and fragile it is. We need to make sure our children read and understand our founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, which enshrine our freedoms and limit our government. We need to tell them about our heroes: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony. We need to tell them that the engine of our prosperity is free enterprise. Yes, they need to know we have our warts, but that in 235 years we have done much good: Created a republic, abolished slavery, and liberated millions from the tyrannies of fascism and communism. There could be no better way to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday than this. Gary Knepp is an attorney with an office in Batavia. He lives in Milford.

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Ohio is close to voting on Obamacare The effort to get the Healthcare Freedom Amendment on the November 2011 ballot is in the home stretch. Known as The Ohio Project (, it is described on their website as a “ … grassroots effort of Ohio citizens to bring a proposed state constitutional amendment to Ohio’s November 2011 ballot in order to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to individually choose their health care and health insurance.” The ballot initiative would allow citizens to opt out of the mandates found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Petition organizers and supporters argue that the law is unconstitutional, and that Ohioans have the right under the 10th Amendment not to participate in it. To date, the federal government has granted 1,168 waivers to the law. These waivers allow some 2.9-million Americans

to be freed from the law’s mandates. The initiative effort has been going on for the past year, and has recently gained the backBob Turner ing of the Ohio Community R e p u b l i c a n Press guest Party. In Ohio, columnist the Healthcare F r e e d o m Amendment would provide that no law or rule shall: 1. Compel any person or employer or healthcare provider to participate in a healthcare system. 2. Prohibit the purchase or sale of health insurance. 3. Impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance. To date, the effort has reached more than 303,000 signatures. Ohio counties must reach a num-

ber of signatures that exceeds at least 5 percent of their voter turnout in the November 2010 election. In Clermont County, the voter turnout was 65,000. Clermont has reached the 15 percent level, and now has more than 12,000 signatures. Just about 4,000 are needed for the county to reach 25 percent. That would mean one out of every four voters has signed the petition. Presently, there are only four counties that have reached the 25 percent threshold: Van Wert, Mercer, Auglaize and Fayette. Across the state, the numbers are encouraging. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 72 have reached 5 percent, 42 are at 10 percent, and 24, Clermont among them, have gotten to the 15-percent level. Obtaining 85,000 or more additional signatures from across the state will allow the initiative to be submitted to the Secretary of

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State July 6. However, some signatures will most likely be thrown out due to mistakes made by signers, so organizers are trying to get 150,000 signatures. That number should ensure that the amendment makes it onto the ballot. With less than two months remaining to get signatures, petition organizers are looking for help. If you haven’t signed the petition, or know of someone else who hasn’t, please contact me at, or look for petition volunteers at events in Ohio through the end of June. If you’re interested in volunteering to circulate petitions, please contact Jane Brandt at You can also visit and be trained online to be a petition circulator. Bob Turner has lived in Miami Township since 1998. He is a local Tea Party leader and member of the Republican Party Central Committee.



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The Williamsburg High School band marches May 30 in the Williamsburg Memorial Day parade.


Members of the Willowville Elementary School community – including family, friends, veterans and community members – watched the school’s Memorial Day Parade Friday, May 27.


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 and the Boy Scouts of American have partnered since 2006 to make crosses for the service personnel from the Vietnam War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have 6,000 crosses, but only have room for 1,600, 500 for the Tristate Vietnam veterans and 1,100 for the Iraqi War veterans.



Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 3954 of Batavia salute those lost at sea during a memorial on the bridge in downtown Batavia. The group saluted fallen heroes of each branch of the military during the Memorial Day parade Monday, May 30.


Hannah Miller, 4, waves her American Flags for the Clermont County Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30, in Batavia.

Avery Scarborough of Union Township, 5, shows her American spirit during the Willowville Elementary School Memorial Day Parade Friday, May 27.

Memorial Day 2011 Clermont County observances


World War II veteran Herbert Humphries and his wife Kate Humphries try to stay cool as they wait for the Clermont County Memorial Day Parade to start in Batavia.


Members of the New Richmond American Legion Post 550 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6770 observe Memorial Day, May 30, with a 12-gun salute at the Veterans Memorial in Moscow, Ohio. Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 3954 of Batavia led the Clermont County Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30, in Batavia.



A color guard of veterans fires a salute to those lost at sea during the Williamsburg Memorial Day parade.


Molly Walker of Batavia hangs out with family members Jonathan Meyers, 1, Ellie Meyers, 3, center, and Lauren Zitt, 4, during the Clermont County Memorial Day Parade in Batavia.


Anna Barile, 5, of Tampa, Fla., waves at the Williamsburg Memorial Day parade May 30.

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Police officers honored for outstanding work By John Seney

The arrest of a suspect in the robbery of a New Richmond service station showed how police and members of the community can work together to solve a crime. This effort was recognized May 19 at the 28th annual Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association Police Appreciation Banquet. New Richmond Patrolman Floyd Henderson won the award for Officer of the Year, Small Department, and Barbara McCane won the Citizen Award. New Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey said the robbery occurred Dec. 9, 2010, at the BP Express, where a masked man held a clerk at bay with a 12-inch dagger. “Officer Henderson worked 14-hour days for 11 straight days to develop information on the prime suspect,” Harvey said. “After collecting overwhelming evidence, a full confession was obtained, with the defendant eventually pleading guilty to aggravated robbery.” Harvey said Henderson, who has worked as a police officer for New Richmond for 25 years, “has great rapport with the citizens of New Richmond.” Rich Jaffe of WKRC-Channel 12, who helped present the awards, asked Henderson what advice he had for younger officers. “You have to gain the trust of the community you serve,” he said. One person who trusted the police was McCane, who called authorities after the robbery and relayed pertinent details about the case as told to her by a relative who lived with the prime suspect. She continued to help with the investigation until the suspect was charged. Harvey said McCane, “for no other reason than it being her civic duty, worked day and night for three weeks gathering information.”


New Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey, left, presents the Officer of the Year, Small Department, Award to New Richmond Officer Floyd Henderson May 19 at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. JOHN SENEY/STAFF

Ralph Hodges, right, who retired this year from the Milford Police Department, won a Retired Officer Recognition Award May 19 at Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. Rich Jaffe, left, of WKRC-Channel 12 talks with Hodges. Milford Vice Mayor Geoff Pittman, center, presented the award.


Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron McMillan, left, won the Traffic Officer of the Year, Large Department, Award May 19 at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. Capt. Paul Hermes, right, highway patrol district commander, presents the award. “I’m raising my kids to know right from wrong,” McCane said. “I felt I had to do it.” Another award, the Best Investigative Effort, MultiJurisdictional Award, was given to eight members of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and one member of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for a probe into the death of a 2-year old boy in Bethel.



George Pattison, left, chairman of the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association presents the Citizen Award to Barbara McCane May 19 at the association’s awards banquet. JOHN SENEY/STAFF

Det. John Pavia, right, of the Union Township Police Department won the Criminal Investigator of the Year Award May 19 at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. At left is George Pattison, chairman of the law enforcement association. Behind Pavia is Dan Katt of Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc., who presented the award. The child’s mother and step-father told police the boy had fallen down some stairs. As a result of the team’s investigation, the step-father eventually pleaded guilty to murder and the mother pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Clermont County Prosecutor Don White called the law enforcement effort, “an outstanding display of professional competence and teamwork.” The sheriff’s department officers honored were Lt. Steve Leahy, Dep. Investigator Greg Moran, Dep. Investigator Matt Farmer, Dep. Investigator Bernard Boerger, Dep. Investigator Mike Robinson, Dep. Investigator Lori Saylor, Evidence Technician Greg Shelley and Investigative Sgt. Chris Stratton. Honored from the state agency was Special Agent Savalas Kidd.

Additional awards: • Officer of the Year, Large Department: Lt. Sue Madsen of the Union Township Police Department. Madsen was recognized for taking charge of the department’s 911 center. • Traffic Officer of the Year, Small Department: Officer Michael Adamson, Loveland Police Department. He was honored for his expertise in traffic enforcement and crash investigation. • Traffic Officer of the Year, Large Department: Trooper Aaron McMillan of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. McMillan used his cruiser to stop an SUV being driven by a medically-incapacitated driver on Ohio 32 near Batavia. • Criminal Investigator of the Year: Det. John Pavia of the Union Township Police Department. Pavia’s investigation into six separate sex offenses against children led to the apprehension and con-

viction of six suspects in the cases. • Medal of Honor Award: Officer Michael Ventre of the Union Township Police Department. Ventre was honored for helping save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack. The officer arrived at the scene before the life squad and used an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to revive the man. “It was the right thing to do,” Ventre said. • Military Deployment Awards: Dep. Jeff Fiely of the sheriff’s office, Officer John Eversole of the Union Township Police Department and Officer Matt Braden of the Amelia Police Department. • Retired Officer Recognitions: Sgt. Asa Burroughs and Officer Ralph Hodges, both of the Milford Police Department. • Recipient of $1,500 scholarship from the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association: Bradley Nichols, who is working toward a criminal justice degree at UC Clermont College. • Nominated for awards and receiving certificates: Officers Josh Hathorn, Dave Perkins, Rick Wagner, Jeff


Officer Mike Adamson of the Loveland Police Department won the Traffic Officer of the Year, Small Department, Award May 19 at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. Joehnk, Chris Godsey and Greg Jasper of the Union Township Police Department; Det. Greg Jenkins, Det. Robert Bradford and Officer Jaime Porter of the Miami Township Police Department; DeTownship Police Department; Special Agents Roger Davis, Karen Rebori and Bryan White of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; Det. Jeff Wood of the Amelia Police Department; and Chief Mike Gregory of the Williamsburg Police Department.

Rich Jaffe, left, of WKRC-Channel 12 talks with Lt. Sue Madsen May 19 after she won the Officer of the Year, Large Department, Award at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. Madsen works for the Union Township Police Department.


Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, left, presents the Medal of Honor Award to Officer Mike Ventre May 19 at the Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association awards banquet. Ventre works for the Union Township Police Department.


Clermont County Prosecutor Don White, left, May 19 presented the award for the Best Investigative Effort, Multi-Jurisdictional, at the 28th Annual Police Appreciation Banquet. From left are Bernard Boerger, Matt Farmer, Lori Saylor, Sgt. Chris Stratton, Savalas Kidd and Greg Moran. Not shown, but also included in the award are Lt. Steve Leahy, Mike Robinson and Greg Shelley. Kidd is from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. All the others are from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.


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June 1, 2011



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Volunteers of the Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. F R I D A Y, J U N E 3


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, L&M Performance Night. 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.


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.


Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, No cover. 697-9705; Loveland.


Union Township Summer Concerts, 7 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheater behind center. Music by Sycamore Community Band. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 752-1741. Union Township.


Ohio Driver Intervention Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Clermont Recovery Center, 1088 Wasserman Way, State-approved Adult Remedial Driving Program for two-point credit against drivers license. $85. Registration required. 735-8100; Batavia.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.




Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 2-9 p.m., 5-9 p.m., Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, Shane n’ Chad Smith brother: Shane plays country and Chad plays rock. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel. Cincinnati Rose Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Amateur rose growers and rose lovers. Rose entries must be grown by exhibitor in outdoor garden, judged by American Rose Society accredited judges. Entries accepted 7-11 a.m. Ribbons and honors awarded and results viewed 1-4 p.m. Rose classes: hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers, ramblers and arrangements. See details for entries online. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Rose Association. 984-4720; Union Township.


Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, 326 Broadway St., Incentive-based summer reading program for children of all ages. Theme: One World, Many Stories. Win prizes by reading books and completing activities. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2736; Batavia.

THANKS TO KAREN FREEMAN The Cincinnati Rose Society and the Greater Cincinnati Rose Association hosts their annual show at Eastgate Mall Saturday, June 4. Amateur rose growers are invited to bring entries from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for judging by the society. Ribbons and honors will be given from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., which is open to the public. Society and association members will be on hand to answer questions about growing roses. For details on entering, visit Pictured are judges assessing last year’s entries.


Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, Free. 7322736; Batavia.

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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.

Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Kevin Fox, acoustic rock. 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. Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 5-9 p.m., Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road, Scott Dawson performs classic country and pop covers. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel. 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.

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Saturday Science: Water Olympics, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson 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.


Youth Tennis Lessons: Beginner Session B, 9 a.m. (Ages 6-8) and 10:15 a.m. (Ages 9-11), Juilfs Park, 8249 Clough Pike, Tennis Courts. Weekly through July 16. No class July 2. Lessons include forehand, backhand and service through drills and games. $58, $48 resident. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 3884514. Anderson Township.

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, Free. 683-5692; Loveland. M O N D A Y, J U N E 6


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.


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

Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to make your own hypertufa containers. $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

AMANDA DAVIDSON/STAFF King’s Island’s new animatronic dinosaur park, Dinosaurs Alive!, is the largest in the world and features more than 60 lifesized dinosaurs in a 12.5-acre Jurassic forest setting. Also part of the new park are an excavation site, a kids’ dig area and a dinosaur-themed gift shop. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Visit


Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland, OH. Loveland.



Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, Free. 7322736; Batavia.



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Beer Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Belgium beers. $40. Reservations required. 831-2749; Milford.

S U N D A Y, J U N E 5 Open House, 1-5 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Open house of location for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower or other special event. Indoor or outdoor wedding rentals available (Gazebo). Door prizes, food, music and goodie bags. Ages 18 and up. $5, $3 advance. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; Milford.

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


Clermont Family YMCA Pioneer Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 10. 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. Presented by Clermont Family YMCA. 742-9622. Williamsburg Township. M.E. Lyons YMCA Aces Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Aces camp. Daily through June 10. Extended care and financial assistance available. Ages 12-13. Ages 5-13. $175, $120 members; $45, $25 members pre- and post-camp. Registration required. 474-1400. Anderson Township. Clermont Family YMCA Rangers Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 10. 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. Clermont Family YMCA Aces Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Clermont County, 2075 Front Wheel Drive, Daily through June 10. 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.

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Clermont County Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Clermont County Board of Health, 2275 Bauer Road Suite 300, 7327499. .


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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 513 2311060. Anderson Township.

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




Dog’s Night Out, 6-9 p.m., Graeter’s, 8533 Beechmont Ave., Dogs receive a free sample of Frosty Paws, a healthy frozen treat, with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. Pet owners can choose from more than 20 flavors of ice cream, including the seasonal summer flavors. 721-3323; Cherry Grove.

Summer Reading, 9 a.m., Clermont County Public Library Administration, Free. 7322736; Batavia. 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.


Summerfair, a fine arts and crafts fair, is Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, at Coney Island. On exhibit and for sale are works by more than 300 artisans in mediums including: jewelry, sculpture, photography, painting and more. Four entertainment stages feature bands, dance and theatre troupes. Hours are: 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, free for ages 12 and under. The Little Black Dress Event is 7-10 p.m. Friday and features dresses from select boutiques and jewelry from Summerfair artists. Tickets are $15. Visit Pictured is Kelli Dinnison of West Chester looking at sculptures at the Copper Ink Studio booth during last year’s fair.


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Reprinted from January 2009. Speed-velocity is as hallucinatory as speed-amphetamine, according to author Jay Griffiths. In his book “A Sideways Look At Time,” he deals with the cult of speed we have established. We worship speed. That’s partly due to the exhilaration of acceleration. It has more to do with competition, status, beating-out others, and getting where we want to go without too much thought or effort. “Be fast or be last,” is our maxim. Speed in work has its compensations. It gets things done and sometimes earns promotions. It’s the deficits and destructions of speed we forget. Woody Allen said he took a speedreading course and read “War and Peace” in 20 minutes. “It involves Russia,” he concluded. Skim-talking and skim-reading promotes skim-thinking. The quick radio bulletins and rolling banners at the bottom of TV screens skim the news-surface without needed analysis. Griffiths said, “Sound bites bite the hand of the ideas that feed them … The first victim of speed is truth, and the news flash cannot be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Our desires lead us to faster rates of acquisition of unnecessary products, the latest technology, and the quickest diets. We think multi-tasking deserves a trophy and cell-phoning while driving a car makes us efficient.

Author David Whyte said, “The great tragedy of speed as an answer to the complexities and responsibilities of existence is that very soon we cannot Father Lou recognize anything anyone who is not Guntzelman or traveling at the same Perspectives velocity as we are.” Velocity causes a blurred vision and speed-work can cause a type of amnesia. “There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting,” wrote Milan Kundera. Some wondrous elements of a good life are diminished by speed. Relationships are one of them. Personal relationships need to develop over time and with time. Speed crushes them and stifles intimacy. Slaves to speed start losing sight of family members, especially children, or those who are ill or infirm. A friend falls sick and speedsters find it frustrating or distracting. Sickness doesn’t fit into a culture that is on the go. Sadly, not only family suffers but our speed begins to cause us to leave behind parts of our own selves that need tending. We forget that our sanity, interior health and spirituality need much more attention than we are giving them. To construct something enduring in our own lives, speed is never the

answer. It hampers our personal development and glues us more firmly to a lesser identity than is our goal. A person of insight realizes that speed can become a great defense mechanism for hiding behind. We feel it exonerates us from stopping and really looking objectively at our lives. Unconsciously, we may even enjoy it as an excuse for our insensitivities toward others and for being uninvolved with life itself. If we are a speed addict, what can we do about it? The key seems to be to find a restful yet attentive presence in the midst of our work; to find some source of energy other than our constant application of effort and will. To engage our will continually exhausts us and prevents us from creating something in our work that endures. There is such a thing as accomplishing great work with a light touch. We need discipline enough to create times of quiet and solitude for reflection. Poets and mystics often see what most cannot. Poet Robert Frost argued for a counterbalance to speed. He wrote, “Everyone should be free to go very slowly … for what you want, what you’re hanging around in the world waiting for, is for something to occur to you.” And what we want, and what we need, is not the result of speed. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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INVITATION TO BID A sealed bid for the 2011 Paving Program for the City of Madeira, Ohio will be received at the City Manager’s Office, Municipal Building, 7141 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243, until June 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM local time and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined the following locations: City of Madeira 7141 Miami Avenue Madeira, Ohio 45243 (513) 561-7697

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Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, full sets only, may be obtained at Lynn Imaging for a non-refundable payment of Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) for each set of documents. Shipping and delivery costs are additional. Lynn Imaging contact information: 151 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 (Phone, 513372-6352; Fax, 513-372-6349; ). Bidding questions may be directed to Dave Stenger, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. at 513-374-5023. Each bidder is required to furnish with its proposal, a Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond in accordance with Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. Bid security furnished in Bond form, shall be issued by a Surety Company or Corporation licensed in the State of Ohio to provide said surety. Each proposal must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the proposal and all persons interested therein. Each bidder must submit evidence of its experiences on projects of similar size and complexity, and a complete listing of all subcontractors to be used. The right is reserved by the OWNER to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informality in bids received and to accept any bid which is deemed to be the lowest and best bid. The Contractor must comply with the Prevailing Wage Rates on public improvements in Hamilton County as ascertained by the State of Ohio Department of Industrial Relations. No BIDDER may withdraw his BID for a period of sixty (60) days after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of the bids. 641831

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NOTEABLES Travis Bryan Hodges of Batavia graduated April 15, with an Ultimate Diver Training certification offered by the Ocean Corp. Hodges is the son of Judy and Leslie Hodges. The Ocean Corporation, located in Houston, Texas, is the premier commercial diving training organization in the United States and has been training commercial divers since 1969.

award to an individual in the community who creates and maintains the most outstanding flower and landscape display. In May the club holds an auction of plants donated by members from their gardens and from area nurseries. In the fall, a four-weekend mum sale is conducted, and in December, the club participates in the Williamsburg Christmas Walk with a sale of arrangements and


Members and volunteers worked together to plant bulbs and trees along the Ohio 32/Ohio 133 approaches to the community. The club has actively participated in numerous flower shows and OAGC Region 4 activities. A Memorial Garden was created and is maintained in the Town Square in honor of deceased members, and each year the club presents the “Civic Beautification”


Williamsburg Garden Club to celebrate 75th anniversary The Williamsburg Garden Club was organized April 28, 1936, and members will celebrate the organization's 75th anniversary this year. One of the special events during the year will be a tour of several gardens in the area July 16. The club, one of the oldest in the state of Ohio, is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. The 10 ladies who organized the club hoped that by sharing their knowledge and abilities they might improve their skills of growing and arranging flowers. Today the club has 23 members and meetings are held once each month featuring programs of interest on topics related to gardening. Over the years, the club has sponsored many projects to beautify the Williamsburg community. The club has presented Arbor Day programs and planted trees at the local schools. They planted trees along Main Street and flowers in pots during the summer on street corners and in boxes along the bridge at the village entrance. The bridge is also decorated for the Christmas holidays.

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June 1, 2011

Potato chip cookies bring back pecan memories Teaching classes at Jungle Jim’s is always fun for me. Ron Wilson, gardening expert, and I recently taught “From an urban garden to kitchen” classes. My sous chefs, Ellen Mueller and Janet Hontanosas, prepped everything ahead of time so both classes went well and everyone enjoyed “Yardboy Ron” and his abundant gardening wisdom, along with my gar-

den menu. A f t e r class, I was chatting with Leigh Ochs, the director, and Rita she showed some Heikenfeld me potato chip Rita’s kitchen cookies that were being featured as a weekly recipe in Jungle’s ad.

Boy did those cookies bring back memories. They were a favorite of my kids growing up, tasting a little bit like Pecan Sandies but a lot less expensive. I couldn’t wait to get home to bake up some memories. Here’s my adaptation of Leigh’s recipe.

Potato chip cookies

These are good to tote to a potluck or picnic.



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1 cup butter, softened 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 ⁄4 cup crushed potato chips 3 ⁄4 cup toasted pecans, chopped fine 2 cups all purpose flour Additional sugar, for finishing cookies (I use raw sugar) Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar thoroughly with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and mix well. Stir in potato chips and pecans. Add flour and stir to combine. Shape into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten gently with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from baking sheets and cool on a rack. Makes about 21⁄2 dozen.

Master recipe for quiche

A “loyal reader” sent this in. If you don’t have Gruyère, use Swiss or your favorite cheese. Quiche makes a nice brunch, lunch or supper dish. 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, diced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 4 eggs 1 cup half-and-half 8 ounces Gruyère, grated 1 ⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 deep dish pie crust

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, heat the oil. Add the onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the onions are softened, five to seven minutes. Add the parsley and cook, covered, for two minutes more. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and halfand-half. Stir in the Gruyère and the onion mixture. Pour egg mixture into the pie crust; it will be very full. Bake until the filling is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let rest for five minutes. Cut into wedges and serve. Serves six-eight.

Black-eyed pea stew

I had this at daughter-inlaw Jessie’s, house. I came over to watch the kids and it was a chilly, rainy day. She warmed me up a bowl of this stew. Here’s my adaptation. The recipe called for dried peas without soaking, but I soaked them to speed up the cooking process 2 cups dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and drained or do a quick soak** (can substitute 2 cans black-eyed peas which are ready to go) Olive oil 1 generous cup chopped yellow onion 8 ounces kielbasa, regular or turkey halved lengthwise and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed


Black-eyed pea stew can be made with dried or canned black-eyed peas.

red pepper Salt and pepper to taste 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or more to taste 28 oz. diced tomatoes Kale, spinach or mustard greens Red wine vinegar (opt. but good) Film bottom of pot with olive oil. Add onion to pan; cook until tender. Add sausage; cook until lightly browned. Stir in 4 cups broth; bring to a simmer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in peas, salt, peppers, and bay leaves. Cover and simmer 30 minutes for dry, soaked beans or 20 for canned. If necessary, add more broth. Uncover and cook 20 minutes or until liquid begins to thicken and peas are tender. Stir in vinegar, tomatoes, and greens; simmer 10 more minutes or so and serve. Pass the red wine vinegar! **Tip from Rita’s kitchen: to quick soak dry beans, cover with water and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let sit for 1 hour, then drain. Serves six-eight. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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cial and manufacturing questions, with funds provided by SME Chapter 21 for correct answers in a Jeopardy-style competition. Throughout the competition UC Clermont held the lead, but on the final question NKU went all in, providing the correct answer and winning the competition. A total of more than $1,100 was won between the NKU and UC Clermont student

teams, with funds dedicated to establishing Student SME chapters and promoting engineering education. A special thanks to Chris Goodman, Dexter Hulse and Dr. Greg Sojka for hosting the competition; to Larry Reuss, PE, for creating and running the competition; and to Paul Buerkle and Chris Marion for starting up the new SME Student Chapter at UC Clermont.



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The first ever Society of Manufacturing Engineers Cincinnati Student Chapter Jeopardy Competition was held April 26. In front of an audience of students and senior chapter members inside Snyder Hall at UC Clermont, teams of engineering students from Northern Kentucky University and UC Clermont competed through two rounds of engineering, science, finan-

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June 1, 2011


Garden to help needy

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will open a new location at 463 Ohio Pike in Cherry Grove, adjacent to Beechmont Racquet and Fitness in August. Beacon will serve Clermont County and Anderson Township by offering orthopaedic consultations by board certified surgeons Monday through Saturday. Drayer Physical Therapy will be partnering with Beacon and has entered into an agreement to provide physical therapy and rehabilitation at the new East Side facility.

Martin joins Directions Research

Directions Research, Inc. has hired Becky Martin as a senior research analyst. DRI provides marketing research services to clients in the food retailing, consumer packaging, food manufacturing, financial services, technology and healthcare fields. Prior to joining DRI, Martin worked for 12 years with Parker Marketing Research. In her new role she will be responsible for analyzing and interpreting data. Martin has a B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Batavia.

The church is having vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, through Friday, June 24, at the church. The


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


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

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

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

Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm;

theme is “Panda Mania.” Classes will be available for children 3 years old through sixth-grade. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 Old Ohio 74; 753-8223.

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

Amelia, teacher. Steven Justice, 48, 115 Concord Square, Williamsburg, Wal-Mart associate, and Michele Thompson, 49, 115 Concord Square, Williamsburg, medical office manager. Adam Brotherton, 27, 613 Laura Drive, Bethel, plater, and Cheryl Earls, 27, 613 Laura Drive, Bethel, scenic painter.

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

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

ST. LOUIS PARISH FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO Doors Open 5:30pm Preliminaries 7:00pm Instant Table Opens 5:30pm $3500 Payout Each Week (with 200 players) All you can PLAY PAPER for $10 Loads of instant Games including King of the Mountain & a Large variety of Joe’s


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Play Bingo FREE the week of your Birthday Progressive Jackpots Crank It Up!

Free Dinner the 3rd Friday of the month Security On Site Must be 18 Yrs Old


Animal Rescue Fund Bingo CE-1001641468-01

1300 West Ohio Pike, Amelia, Ohio

Thurs-Friday-Saturday Doors Open 5:30 Loads pmof

License# 0202-27

(2) $1000 JACKPOT GAMES Not in Package Penalty By Number

Instant Tickets Must be 18 yrs. old.

Call 513-843-4835 for more information INSTANT BOOTH OPEN MON-SAT 11-5PM

Holy Trinity SVDP Bingo


Monday Night 7:00pm Doors Open 5:30pm Located at VFW Hall 4070 Greenbriar Rd. Batavia, OH 45103

$1,000 Coverall Snack Bar • Pull Tab Games King of the Mountain Win on Diamonds Joe's • Flash Seals

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


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

Rinks Flea Market Bingo

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$4,500 Guaranteed Payout Each Night! Fri, Sat Nights

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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

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

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

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


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 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



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

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


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

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


937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052




Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

MARRIAGE LICENSES Kevin Williams, 29, 1602 Ohio 222, Bethel, and Amber DeAtley, 24, 1602 Ohio 222, Bethel, stylist. Travis Beckelhymer, 26, 290 Coral Court, Williamsburg, truck driver, and Sarah Kelley, 29, 290 Coral Court, Williamsburg, homemaker. Steven Tyminski, 25, 2440 Laurel Pt. Isabel, Moscow, laborer, and Emily Timmers, 26, 1379 Gumbert,

Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

RELIGION Glen Este Church of Christ

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

6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

BUSINESS NOTES Beacon Orthopaedics to open Ohio Pike site


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


garden plan, she said. “The community garden has been so successful that we are planting a fall crop that will feature pumpkins and broccoli,” Clark said. Last year the low-impact garden produced 381 pounds of fruits and vegetables. “The fresh foods produced by this garden will hopefully help many families get through a difficult time,” said Dr. Clark. Next year, UC Clermont will add a composting program to their efforts. “We have had a lot of positive feedback about the garden from those who have received the produce,” said Dr. Clark. “It’s rewarding for us to be able to give back to our community.”

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

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

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


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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm


Pastor Mike Smith


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


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



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


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

Welcomes You

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



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

683-2525 •

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176



One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305 Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

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

Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

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

Bethel Nazarene Church

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group


360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

Williamsburg United Methodist Church


Amelia United Methodist C h ur c h


The bounty will be a little late this summer, no thanks to all the recent rain. But the three-quarter-acre UC Clermont College Community Garden in Batavia will be filled with tomatoes, peppers, melons, herbs and cucumbers soon. “This year the Community Garden is eight times as big as it was last year,” said Dr. Krista Clark, UC Clermont biology professor. “The yield will be donated to nine food pantries to feed the hungry in our community.” Numerous classes at the college are contributing to the garden’s success and the students are having a great time learning about cultivating plants, preparing the soil and developing a

9:30am 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




7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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

Sunday School 9:30am 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”




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Mark Wanninger, 32, 1 Cecelia Drive No. E30, illegal processing of drug documents, forgery, May 11.

Incidents/investigations Illegal processing of drug document

False prescription presented to Walgreen’s at 57 W. Main St., May 12.

Misuse of credit cards

Female stated card used with no authorization at 1 Woodduck Drive, May 10.


Gasoline not paid for on three separate occasions at Speedway; $173.79 at 51 W. Main St., May 9. AC unit taken at 14 Drake Drive, May 10.



Maria A. Orse, 20, 400 University Lane, drug possession, May 14. Jordan R. Bradford, 20, 11 Montgomery Way, warrant, May 14.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $40 at East Main Street, May 8. Violation of protection orders Female reported this offense at 101 E. Main St., May 5.



Matthew W. Godwin, 45, 2843 Ohio 132, assault, May 9. John A. Matthew, 37, 417 Market St., warrant, May 13. Beverly N. Hood, 29, 1347 Frank Willis Memorial Road, warrant, May 13. Zachary T. Neal, 18, 3473 Sodom Road, underage consumption, May 14.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 410 Sycamore St., May 9.

Criminal damage

Vehicle spray painted at 103 Center St., May 9.


Bank card taken at 1221 Bethel New Richmond No. 102, May 9.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Amanda Pryor, 24, 2056A Clermontville Laurel, theft, May 10. Kortney Miller, 42, 4632 Crosswood, recited, May 7. Robert L. Corwin, 52, 360 St. Andrews, recited, May 9. Gary L. Gillette, 43, Lka 13 Montgomery Way No. 9, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, May 11. Sylvia A. Beckelhymer, 45, Lka 316 N. East St., theft, May 12. Christopher A. Paul, 47, 336 St. Andrews No. C, public indecency, May 12. Juvenile, 12, domestic violence, May 12. Shawn M. Brewer, 26, 2130 Drex Ave., recited, May 12. Kevin McAfee, 21, 1143 Thornhill, recited, May 12. Donny L. Sizemore, 29, 1751 Ohio 125 No. 140, warrant, May 15.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Various tools, tires, etc. taken from trailer; $789 at 1751 Ohio 125 No. 266, May 13.

Criminal damage

Fencing damaged at Marathon Gas at Ohio Pike, May 10. Trailer damage in storage area at 1833 Ohio Pike, May 14.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 1043

June 1, 2011

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





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Gaskins, May 11.

Domestic violence

At St. Andrews Drive, May 12.

Public indecency

Male exposed himself at 338 St. Andrews, May 12.


Merchandise taken from Walmart; $483 at Ohio 125, May 10. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $93 at Ohio Pike, May 12. An enclosed trailer taken; $3,000 at 1395 Ohio Pike, May 13. DVD player, medication, etc. taken from trailer at 1751 Ohio 125 No. 124A, May 15.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Walter Ramos, 39, 4499 Eastwood, no drivers license, May 14. Amanda N. Braden, 24, 534 Batavia Pike, falsification, obstructing official business, May 15. Ryan T. Evans, 20, 1238 Glenhaven, failure to reinstate, May 13. Jimmy L. Brabant, 27, 6812 Plum St., warrant service, May 13. Michael D. Byus, 20, 6 Park Ave., warrant service, May 13. Justin M. Hirsh, 19, 1261 Daisy Court, underage consumption, May 14. John T. McCracken, 19, 4590 Tealtown, warrant, May 13. Leroy A. Dowler, no age given, 1250 Taylor Way, warrant service, May 13. Jason R. Poor, 33, 474 Old Ohio 74, no drivers license, May 14. Heather Urban, 28, 4019 Brandychase Way, warrant, May 14. Holly E. Flinn, 37, 1217 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, May 15. William C. Riffle Jr., 45, 583 Rolling Rock, driving under influence, May 14. Douglas B. Jones, 26, 6658 Wizard Of Oz Way, driving under suspension, May 15. Lindsey S. Cross, 29, 3991 Wilma Court, keg law, May 13. Juvenile, 16, drug possession, underage consumption, May 13. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, May 13. Christopher Peace, 18, 308 Judd Road, underage consumption, May 13. Tyler C. Vestring, 18, 1587 Creekside, underage consumption, May 13. Laura R. Mock, 26, 370 Webertown, solicitation, May 14. Armando Isassi-Rendon, 49, 824 Clough No. 9, solicitation, May 14. Nicholas R. Legg, 19, 771 Rue Center, drug paraphernalia, May 13. Clyde Parker III, 24, 2361 Laurel Nicholsville, open container, May 14. Gregory A. Cuthy, 24, 354 St. Andrews, open container, May 14. Ryan P. Sicurella, 29, 1112 Forest Run, driving under suspension, May 15. Dennis J. Brunk, 34, 20 Estate Drive, warrant service, May 15. David J. Vogelgesang, 26, 3893 Bennett, driving under suspension, May 15. Kevin M. Wildey, 41, 1796 Clermontville, driving under influence, May 14. Cindy L. Hughes, 44, 519 Elm Ridge, endangering children, driving under influence, resisting arrest, May 14. Andrew D. Bigsby, 31, 157 Cardinal Drive, domestic violence, May 14. Keyshaa Griess, 19, 3969 Piccadilly, receiving stolen property, domestic violence, May 14. Kahla M. Nussbaum, 18, no drivers license, May 14. Charles Whitaker, 40, 1013 Westchester Way, domestic violence, May 13. Jessica V. Behrmann, 20, 177 S. Broadway, warrant service, May 15. Timothy J. Capps, 24, 2717 Ohio 132, driving under suspension, May 16. Robert Tunny, 30, 515 Piccadilly,

obstructing official business, May 16. Michael W. Ross, 36, 640 Daniel Court, driving under influence, May 17. Christina A. Battle, 34, 4524 Weiner Lane, warrant service, May 18. Dmarcol L. Cain, 29, 4524 Weiner Lane, warrant service, May 18. Raymond Davis, 50, 3079 Shayler, theft, May 17. Michael D. Weyer, 27, 640 Daniel Court, disorderly conduct, May 17. Michael W. Rose, no age given, 640 Daniel Court, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, May 17. Frank P. Wolffram, 30, 640 Daniel Court, warrant, May 17. Dereck Hoffman, 24, 5548 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, drug instrument, drug possession, May 17. Joshua R. Morris, 19, 7761 Camp Road, recited, May 17. Megan A. Neal, 22, 4388 Eastwood, tampering with evidence, obstructing official business, drug instrument, May 17. Roy Mounce Jr., 37, 3974 Witham Drive, felonious assault, weapons under disability, improper discharge of firearms, May 17. Joshua J. Curtis, 32, 484 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, May 16. Matthew D. Perry, 22, 49 E. McMillan, driving under suspension, May 17. Dawn E. Clifton, 37, theft, May 17. Richard Springer, 31, 3974 Piccadilly, fictitious plates driving under suspension, obstructing official business, May 17. Eric M. Brabant, 24, 3974 Piccadilly, obstructing official business, May 17. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, May 16. Travis D. Gentry, 24, 1568 Stewart Harbough, driving under suspension, May 17.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Male was threatened at Gleneste High at Gleneste Withamsville, May 12.


Female juvenile was assaulted getting off school bus at 860 Deerfield Blvd., May 11. Male juvenile was assaulted at Gleneste Middle School at Gleneste Withamsville, May 13. Male was assaulted at J & B Tavern at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, May 15.


GPS unit and purse taken from vehicle; $600 at 611 Legend Hills, May 16.

Domestic violence

At Southern Trace, May 15. At Weiner Lane, May 12. At Bennett Lane, May 16.

Drug overdose

Subject overdosed on heroin at 4400 block of Schoolhouse Road, May 16.

Felonious assault

Female stated she was threatened with knife at 4130 S. Gensen Loop, May 13.


Female stated credit card used with no authorization; $431 loss at 1202 Shayler Woods, May 13.

Misuse of credit cards

Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1081 Kensington, May 13.

Passing bad checks

Bad check issued to Checksmart; $3,800 at Ohio Pike, May 13. Bad check received at Checksmart; $3,800 at Ohio Pike, May 13.


Male stated he was robbed of money and a watch; $95 at 483 Piccadilly, May 13.


Purse taken from vehicle at Planet Fitness at Eastgate Blvd., May 12. Items taken from van; over $500 at 678 Redwood, May 13. Bottle of wine, etc. taken from Kroger; $38 at Old Ohio 74, May 13.

Rings taken; $600 at 1262 Glenhaven, May 13. Two AC units taken at 4424 Aicholtz, May 13. Shirts taken from Dillard’s; $300 at Eastgate Blvd., May 13. Copper pipe taken; $900 at 4855 Klatte Road, May 14. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 780 Ohio Pike, May 12. Food items taken from Meijer; $54 at Eastgate Blvd., May 14. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $80 at Eastgate Blvd., May 15. Game system and jewelry taken; $700 at 4426 Bergen Court, May 14. Female stated check written with no authorization at 526 Old Ohio 74 No. 17, May 17. AC unit taken; $4,000 at 4306 Aicholtz, May 17. Backpack blower taken from Home Depot; $309 at Ohio Pike, May 17. Cash taken from Salvation Army Thrift Store; $113 at Eastgate Blvd., May 17. GPS unit and cellphone taken from vehicle at 3902 Witham Woods, May 15. Medication taken at 4424 Glendale No. 1, May 16. Money taken; $200 at 4684 Buckskin Trail, May 15. Jewelry taken; $1,700 at 4083 Pleasant St., May 16.

Violation of protection orders

Female reported this offense at 3982 Piccadilly, May 15.



Jeffrey W. Miller, 39, 717 Hoffman Ave., income tax violation, May 12.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 174 N. 8th St., May 9.

Criminal mischief

Furniture damaged at 391 E. Main No. 8, May 9.


Craig Houser, 35, 1095 Sodom Road, Hamersville, sexual imposition - offensive contact at 7000 Midland Blvd., Amelia, May 16. Charles R. Jackson, 25, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Lot 11, New Richmond, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 16. Michael Dolle, 52, 1320 Covedale Lane, Amelia, aggravated menacing at 1320 Covedale Lane, Amelia, May 16. Charles T. Fifer, 41, 1308 Twin Spires Drive, Batavia, domestic violence at 1308 Twin Spires Drive, Batavia, May 18. Steven Watkins, 28, 356 Seneca Drive, Batavia, endangering children at 356 Seneca Drive, Batavia, May 18. Barbara A. Turner, 41, 5965 Shallow Creek Drive, Milford, disrupting public service, resisting arrest at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 19. Christopher L. Stacy, 25, 259 Sunny Meadows Drive, Batavia, criminal trespass at Greenbriar Road, Batavia, May 19. Gerald K. Butterworth, 47, 1593 Citadel Place, Cincinnati, assault, disorderly conduct at 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20. Heather Amexander, 18, 56 North Street, Batavia, public indecency exposure at 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20. Michael Collins, 57, 705 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, assault, disorderly conduct at 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20. Timothy J. Wissman, 22, 777 Rue Center No. H, Cincinnati, fugitive

from justice at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 20. Jammie L. Blevins, 23, 320 Shannon Circle, Batavia, assault at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 20. Robert Young, 23, 59 Melody Lane, Loveland, assault at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 20. Brenda L. Vega, 51, 600 University Lane, Apt. 202, Batavia, domestic violence at 600 University Lane, Batavia, May 21. Johnathan R. Kools, 20, 10532 Ohio 68, Georgetown, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Roxanne Wheeler, 19, 2176 Mineral Springs, Peebles, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Matthew Spriggs, 20, 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Zackery Lewis, 20, 1683 Bryan Road, Williamsburg, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Tabitha Martin, 19, 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Ashley Frost, 20, 4120 Chapprel Road, West Union, offenses involving underage persons at 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons, Batavia, May 21. Michael Bradford, 18, 2550 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 2550 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 21. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Batavia, May 21. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Batavia, May 22. Charles T. Fifer, 41, Clermont Mercy Hospital-Psych Ward, Batavia, violate protection order or consent agreement at 1308 Twin Spires Drive, Batavia, May 22.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 1320 Covedale Lane, Amelia, May 16.


At 1304 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, May 21. At 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20. At 2201 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, May 22. At 3464 Virginia Drive, Amelia, May 16. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 20. At 5471 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, May 22. At Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, May 19.

Breaking and entering

At 356 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, May 19. At 1833 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 21. At 1958 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 21. At 2504 Canvas Back Circle, Batavia, May 21. At 2508 Canvas Back Circle, Batavia, May 19. At 2511 Pochard Drive, Batavia, May 19. At 3885 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 20. At 4133 Oleway Drive, Batavia, May 20. At 4212 Ellis Road, Batavia, May 21.


At 2155 Harvey Road, New Richmond, May 18. At 2505 Ohio 222, New Richmond, May 20. At 4237 Ellis Road, Batavia, May 20.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1466 Woodland Lane, New Richmond, May 17. At 1591 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 16. At 1958 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 21. At 2029 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 22. At 2511 Pochard Drive, Batavia, May 19. At 5471 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, May 22. At Across From 3896 Greenbriar, Batavia, May 22.

Criminal mischief - move, deface,

DEATHS Robert Burket

Robert Kissel Burket, 30, Williamsburg, died May 15. He was an Army veteran. Survived by parents Diane, Robert Burket; siblings Shannon (Maarten Faubert), Brooke, Paul Burket; nephews Alexander, Jonas, Willem; grandmothers Joan Burket, Helen Kissel. Preceded in death by grandfathers Robert L. Burket, Andrew Kissel. Services were May 21 at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 292 Madison Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017 or Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Rodney Davis

Rodney Hugh Davis, 76, died April 26. Survived by daughters Anita (John) Schneider, Ronnia Lou (Steve) Gittinger, Linda (Richard) Kneipp, Henrietta Davis-Clifton; grandchildren Tim, Stephanie, Jessica, Logan, Shawn, Sara, Ashley,

Randi, Keri, Kirk, Michael, Christopher; great-grandson Zach; siblings Orla, Ronald “Butch” Davis, Dinah Hazelbaker. Preceded in death by wife Elizabeth Davis, siblings Billy, Kenny, Reba Davis. Services were April 30 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: National Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Dorothy Flohr

Dorothy Huddleston Flohr, 87, Pierce Township, died May 12. Survived by husband John Wood; son Judson (Elizabeth) Baumann; grandsons Kip (Beth), Kirk Baumann; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Judson, Herma Huddleston. Services were May 23 at Amelia United Methodist Church. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to Shriners Hospital.

Rebecca Hale


Rebeca Privett Hale, 87, died April 24. Survived by daughters Jan

McConnell, Karen (Thomas) Flinn; grandchildren Daniel, Gretchen (Kenny Hill) Cox, Christopher (Holly) Flinn, Rebecca (Brian) Setters; great-grandchildren Bridgette, Brady Setters. Preceded in death by husband Howard Hale. Services were April 30 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 3731 Southern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Steven Kretten

Steven A. Kretten, 30, Williamsburg, died May 17. Survived by wife Julie Valentine Kretten; children Kaylee Kretten, Dylan, Jordan Shepherd; parents Thomas, Ruth Rush Kretten; siblings Tina Cook, Andrew, Jacob, Amanda Kretten; eight nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandparents Anthony, Mary Kretten, James, Frances Rush. Services were May 23 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Talbert House, Attn. Teri Nau, 2600 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

A.J. Orick

Aaron Jacob “A.J.” Orick, 7 weeks, Union Township, died May 24. Survived by parents Brian Orick, Stacy Sizemore; brothers Xander, Anthony Lunkenheimer; grandparents Harry, Kim Orick, Rebecca, Vince Clark, Johnny Sager; greatgrandparents Dorothy Jones, Marvin Lambert Jr., Doris Orick; aunts and uncles Chad, Amy, Donna Orick, Frankie Sizemore, Brittany Brierly; many cousins. Services were May 27 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Vernal Prater

Vernal Douglas Prater, 90, Union Township, died April 9. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Jean Prater; son Michael (late Corliss) Prater; grandchildren Kristy (Rob) Emery, Ryan (Rhoda) Prater; three great-grandchildren. Services were April 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to Clough Pike Baptist Church.

James Washburn

James Leland Washburn, 59, Union Township, died April 24. Survived by wife Nancy Edwards Washburn; sons Douglas (Eileen), Jeffrey Washburn; grandson Logan Washburn; parents Elmer, Lucy Rizzo Washburn; siblings Robert Washburn, Sandra Kulas; nephews Charles, Jack “Randy,” Craig Fox. Services were April 28 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

William Wells

William Samuel Wells, 74, Batavia, died May 23. He worked in maintenance for General Electric. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Rachel Wells; children Roberta Ponder, Barbara Gaines, Terry, Kortney, Brian (Brandy Branscum), William "Chip,” Scott Wells; granddaughter Lillian Wells; several grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Samuel, Esther Wells, brother Walter Wells. Services were May 27 at Egbert Funeral Home. Memorials to the Boys Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council.

tamper, etc. property of another

At 6044 Belfast Road, Batavia, May 19.

Criminal trespass

At Greenbriar Road, Batavia, May 19.

Disorderly conduct

At 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20. At 2550 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 21. At 451 Shannon Circle, Batavia, May 20.

Disrupting public service

At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 19.

Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles

At Concord Meadow Lane, Williamsburg, May 16.

Domestic violence

At Twin Spires Drive, Batavia, May 18. At Taylor Road, Batavia, May 22. At University Lane, Batavia, May 21.

Endangering children

At 356 Seneca Drive, Batavia, May 18.

Fugitive from justice

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 16. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 20.

Gross sexual imposition

At 7000 Midland Blvd., Amelia, April 7.

Identity fraud

At 2392 Harvey Creek, New Richmond, May 22.


At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, May 18. At 2780 Lindal Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 18. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 19.

Offenses involving underage persons

At 98 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 21.

Possession of drugs

At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, May 16.

Public indecency - exposure

At 216 Main St., Batavia, May 20.

Resisting arrest

At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 19.

Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters At 4132 Old South Riverside Drive, Batavia, May 19.

Sexual imposition - offensive contact At Midland Blvd., Amelia, April 7.


At 1334 Kingfisher Court, Amelia, May 16. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, May 18. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 18. At 19 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, May 20. At 2029 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 22. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 20. At 2349 Rolling Acres, Amelia, May 16. At 2385 Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, May 19. At 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 19. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 17. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, May 17. At 4705 Long Acres, Batavia, May 19. At across from 3896 Greenbriar, Batavia, May 22.

Trafficking in drugs

At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, May 16.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At Cain Run Road, Batavia, May 21.


At 1958 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 21.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 1308 Twin Spires Drive, Batavia, May 22. At 1335 Frank Willis Memorial Road, New Richmond, May 21. At 15 Estate Drive, Amelia, May 22.

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


Tonya Criscillis vs. Kenneth E. Mathers, et al., other tort. Kathryn Arwine vs. Sally L. Carter, et al., other tort. John Coomes, et al. vs. John Renz, et al., other tort. David S. Scheve vs. Union Township Ohio, Steve Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Roberta L. Potter vs. Sem Haven Inc., Steve Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Donald D. Shinkle vs. David Darding LD Trucking, Steve Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Peggy L. Roberts, 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.

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


15 Belwood Court, Woodside Park Dev. Co. LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.1744 acre, $31,500. 14 Hummingbird Way, Daniel & Laura Pearson to Todd & Carrie Truesdell, 0.2850 acre, $160,000.


2003 Commons Circle Drive, Barbara Cluster, et al. to AmTrust REO I LLC, $89,250. 1427 Glenwood Court, WBG Development LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2601 acre, $25,000. 1213 Glenwood Trail & 1243 Autumnview, Fischer Dev. Co. II Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.5493 acre, $59,358. 1520 Madison Park Drive, Tammy Flynn to Richard Tippitt Jr., 0.2290 acre, $122,000. 1346 Millstream Drive, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Bryan & Kipra Kilgore, 0.2596 acre, $166,900. 3489 Ohio 132, Andrew Kelley to Joshua Kelley, $43,200. 1275 Secretariat Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Shari Grant, 0.1370 acre, $215,423. 1263 & 1270 Secretariat Court, Fischer Dev. Co. II Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2910 acre, $65,364. 4565 Vista Meadows Drive, Vista Meadow Dev. LLC to NVR Inc., $23,250. Blue Ridge Drive, William & Rachel Lykins to Joe & Linda Lyons, 5.0500 acre, $55,000. 4575 Citation Court, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to William & Betsy Caudill, 0.1564 acre, $237,000. Grandview Lane, Kenneth & Melissa Losekamp to Frederick Hausgen, $45,000. 3500 Ohio 222, Timothy & Nancy Tarter to Fifth Third Mortgage Co., 1.0000 acre, $53,333.34. 4610 Stablehand Drive, Fischer

Development Co. II Inc. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2910 acre, $46,139.


176 North Street, HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to Kenneth & Patty Beard, 0.1530 acre, $43,000. 650 South Riverside Drive, Vincent & Julie Brashear to H & J Real Estate Investments LLC, 0.7900 acre, $119,000.


2154 Ireton Trees Road, Timothy & Rhonda Gibson, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 5.5040 acre, $106,666.67. 2426 Koehler Road, Thomas & Deborah Sanders to Roger & Andrea Wolf, 5.0100 acre, $300,000. 2310 Ohio 232, ReRecycle It LLC to Scott Wolf, trustee, $83,500. 2120-1 Weil Road, The Bank of New York Mellon to Daniel Hadley, 2.8200 acre, $84,300. 1425 Maple Ridge Drive, Deutsch Bank National Trust Co., as trustee to Paul & Sarah Kent, 5.0020 acre, $215,000.


3262 Alpine Terrace, Thomas & Anita Owens, et al. to HSBC Bank USA, 2.4530 acre, $120,000. 6454 Braewing Court, Eric & Kristina Stables to Christopher & Katie Heiny, 0.4120 acre, $305,000. 3430 Dale Lane, Joyce Belperio, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Assoc., 0.4590 acre, $126,666.67. 1078 Gaskins Road, David Esposito to Doug Jilg & Anne Shipley, 0.5670 acre, $147,500. 3535 Greenview Way, Jeffrey Hicks, et al. to First Place Bank, 0.4050 acre, $190,000. 3839 Merwin 10 Mile Road, Judy Meyer, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 1.1750 acre, $93,333.34. 3304 Wagner Road, James Smith, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 5.5010 acre, $186,667. 3562 Calumet Drive, Walter & Kristen Mulholland to Michael & Kelli Ruter, 5.6100 acre, $430,000.

June 1, 2011

Citimortgage Inc. vs. Matthew Miller, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Donald R. Landers, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Ronald J. Meadows Sr., et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Janet Marie Hibbard, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Terry Murphy, et al., foreclosure. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Donald N. Cole, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Gary L. Gessendorf, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Jennifer L. Koop, et al., foreclosure. McGuffey Lakes Homeowners Association vs. Kevin T. Miles, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Dennis W. Click, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Julie Winkelman, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. David Vilvens, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Monica Kaesemeyer, et al., foreclosure. Cameron Crossing Owners Association Inc. vs. Ian A. Curley, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Mark D. Kirker, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Carol Sue Ries, et al., foreclosure. MTGLQ Investors LP vs. David A. Boyle, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Edward L. Petrey, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. James L. Jones, et al., foreclosure. Wesbanco Bank Inc. vs. David H. Delaney, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs.

Michael K. Dillon, et al., foreclosure. Brian Scott Ballard, et al. vs. Gary K. Hatfield, et al., other civil. Cit Group Consumer Finance Inc. vs. Ricky A. Pollard, et al., other civil. State of Ohio vs. $703.69 U.S. Currency, Jarrod Messer, other civil. Ohio Receivables LLC vs. Jennifer C. Younginger, other civil. Bonnie Paine, et al. vs. Jill Hamilton, et al., other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. JT Carriers, other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. Pellrose Trucking LLC, other civil. Martin Franchises Inc. vs. SRT King Inc., other civil. Geico General Ins. Co., et al. vs. Tyler A. Craver, other civil. Jeremy Powers vs. Anthony Iannelli, et al., other civil. Bryan Equipment Sales Inc. vs. Lawson Crain and Landrum Inc., other civil. Emma Scott vs. Western Reserve Mutual Casualty Co., other civil. Cavalry SPV I LLC vs. Robert Hayes, other civil. LVNV Funding LLC vs. Marlene Reaves, other civil. Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Jaxon B. Cook, other civil. Micheal Hockett, et al. vs. General Motors LLC, other civil. LVNV Funding LLC vs. Susan H. Zeter, other civil. General Financial Tax Consulting LLC vs. Cheri Miller, et al., other civil. Golden Eagle Extrusions Inc. vs. Kent H. Landsberg Co., et al., other civil. Archie Wilson vs. Donald W. White, other civil.


Rebecca R. Egan vs. Samual D. Egan Kenneth S. Hamm vs. Brittney Hale Kelly Brown vs. John Brown Brandon Key vs. Erica L. Key

Howdy folks, Last Wednesday the meeting of the P.E.R.I. was held in Bethel at the zoning office with a nice crowd. And a wonderful meal was catered by the From Scratch restaurant. The speaker was Frank Morrow from the Veterans Service Commission in Batavia. The service they provide for the veterans is great. It is good to hear how the veterans are being taken care of after they have given their service and time for our freedom. The Ole Fisherman says thanks for the information you gave on how the different services are available to the veterans. They really deserve it. We were watching a farm program on R.F.D. and they said the honey bees contribute $15 billion each year to the agriculture economy. The honey bees are a very essential insect to pollinate so the harvest can be better. We are still collecting swarms, so give us a call if you have one. I was talking to a feller that buys straw for the race tracks. He buys rice straw from a farmer. The rice straw will get shoulder high and then they spray it. In a couple days, they cut it with a hay binder, then bale it and the straw will be white. We were watching a program on Ohio the other morning and they said there were 75,000 farms in Ohio with 14 million acres of

land. The farming industry is big, with f a r m e r s planting big amounts of The George land. different size Rooks of equipment someOle is Fisherman thing. When I was at home farming, we used horses and a two-row corn planter. My dad had a Farmall F12 to plow and disk with, then I would use the horses to plant corn or use the grain drill to plant soybeans. I remember one time my brother and I were drilling soybeans and Dad was disking. Us boys were 5 and 7 years old. Dad would put the soybeans in the drill for us then go back to disking. We would drive the horses. One time we thought we were using the drill track, but we were using the disk track. Dad stopped halfway through the field and we wondered why he stopped. We found out why in a few sharp words. During that time period you didn’t waste any seed or anything. After dad got us back on track we looked back and he was bent over laughing. That made us feel better, but we watched the drill closer after that time. Now instead of a 2 row planter behind horses, there is from 4- to 16-row planters behind a 200-

Timothy J. Allen vs. Laura M. Allen Laura Pyles vs. David L. Pyles Jodie L. Workman vs. Josh Workman James W. Jones vs. Georgia L. Jones Brenda M. Hisle vs. Charles R .Hisle David F. Fraley vs. Pamela D. Fraley Amber Cramer vs. Michael Cramer Joseph D. Gallivan vs. Tabatha Emerson Jennifer R. Barr vs. Antonio Caballero Jaiya M. Brown vs. Edward B. Williams Amin Rakhimov vs. Nicole M. Rakhimov Colleen Hutchinson vs. Brent Hutchinson Sherrall R. Myers vs. Ricky A. Myers Sr. Amber M. Rooks vs. Matthew D. Garton


Michael T. Vuotto vs. Traci J. Vuotto Deanna M. Burdick vs. Harold A. Burdick Ronald D. Rosselot vs. Marlene C. Rosselot Christian D. Kinney vs. Brandi L. Kinney Anastasiia M. Ivanova vs. Yevgen A. Ivanov Nicole Erskine vs. Michael Erskine Rose M. Gross vs. Donald L. Gross Sr. Dale R. Glardon vs. Jean A. Glardon Alisha Waller vs. James G. Waller


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. Joshua Michael Farley, 31, 609 Patton Street, No. 9 Covington, theft, Goshen Police. Nicolas S. Ward, 29, 5707 Blue Spruce, Milford, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, illegal processing of drug documents, forgery, Goshen Police. Mathew S. Nash, 22, 6435 Manila Road, Goshen, unlawful sexual

conduct with a minor, sexual battery, Goshen Police. Edward Michael Dickson, 45, 4480 Glenwillow Drive, Batavia, voyeurism, Union Township Police. Todd Lee Silburn, 33, 5480 Beechmont Avenue No. 9, Cincinnati, forgery, misuse of credit card, Union Township Police. John Raymond Magevney, 21, 503 Picadilly Square, Apt. D, Cincinnati, aggravated burglary, burglary, carrying concealed weapon, Union Township Police. Andrew J. Seibert, 31, lka, 117 Boulder Drive, Mt. Orab, felonious assault, violation of a protection order, menacing by stalking, Union Township Police. Christy L. Byrd, 25, 1154 Beechridge Court, Batavia, forgery, illegal processing of drug documents, Union Township Police. Joseph Tracy Drusell, 42, 277 Pin Oak Street, Newtonsville, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Aaron Smith, 45, 2614 Jackson Pike, Batavia, attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, rape, notice of change of address, violating a protection order, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Goshen Police. Christopher Aaron Parker, 29, 300 University Lane, Apt. 112, Batavia, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. John James Spegal, 20, 52 Hunters Court, Amelia, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jacob L. Snider, 23, 3322 Sandy Lane, Blanchester, theft, breaking and entering, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.


Michael Giwer, Amelia, addition, 21 Cecelia Drive, Amelia Village. Decks by Design Inc., Burlington, Ky., deck, 4726 Keeneland Run, Batavia Township, $4,000. Bradley West, Batavia, deck, 4316 Southcross, Batavia Township. William Bruner Jr., Batavia, HVAC, 4530 Ohio 132, Batavia Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1334 Autumnview, Batavia Township, $81,413; new, 1335 Autumnview, $78,797. Paul Kent, Texas, HVAC, 1425 Maple Ridge Drive, Monroe Township. Riverside Electric Inc., Woodlawn, generator, 2072 Ohio 232, Monroe Township, $6,000. MJM Construction, Amelia, new, 3525 Mullens Way, Pierce Township, $645,000. Terry McNees, Cincinnati, deck, 4829 Summerside Road, Union Township. Thomas McAndrews, Cincinnati,

deck, 471 Craig Road, Union Township. Lanigan Pools, Amelia, pool, 4010 Wilma Court, Union Township. It’s Electric, West Chester, alter, 4489 Eva Lane, Union Township. Handyman Contracting, Batavia, later, 1028 Clepper Lane, Union Township. Affordable Solar Energy, Loveland, alter, 494 Shannon Lane, Union Township, $13,500. Arlinghaus Heating & Cooling, Elsmere, Ky., HVAC, 4159 Shayler Creek, Union Township. David Ache, Cincinnati, HVAC, 3862 Michael Drive, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 868 Ellery Drive, Union Township, $110,000; new, 947 Shireton Court, $160,000.


DS2 Architects, Maysville, alter-Eastern Local School Board office, 11479 Ohio 62, Eagle Township, $135,000.


Bees are important to agriculture horsepowered four-wheeldrive tractor. Things have changed. The Faith United Methodist Church in Batavia held a noon luncheon last Saturday from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the church for anyone that needed a meal. This was the first meal for this church to have for folks that needs a free meal. They will do this on the third Saturday of each month. This is a wonderful thing the church is doing for the community. A few of the folks from that church came to visit the Bethel United Methodist Church Kitchen of Hope which is held each Saturday to see how it was done. For the churches to do this is a wonderful service for the community and this is what the Good Lord wanted us to do. I was talking to Mike at the Boar’s Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said the launch ramps are open for the boats to use. Some fishermen that were fishing caught crappie, stripers, bluegills and at night catfish. So get out and fish and enjoy the great outdoors. Ruth Ann will put in a recipe for wilted lettuce. We are enjoying this a lot right now with our leaf lettuce and green onions. In a frying pan fry three or four slices of bacon which has been cut into pieces. Have a big bowl of leaf lettuce cut up with some green onions chopped in it. Sprin-


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Northpoint Development, Georgetown, alter-Mt. Orab Pharmacy & Drive-thru, 155 N. Point Drive, Mt. Orab Village; $6,550. Warren Brock, Batavia, site development, 4415 Elmwood, Batavia Township. JVAC Construction Management, Amelia, site development, 4471 Olive Branch Stonelick, Batavia Township. Joseph Vogel, New Richmond, fire suppression-Steamboat Marina, 395 Susanna Way, New Richmond Village. Stanley Security Solutions, Sharonville, fire alarm, 3975 McMann, Union Township. Osterwisch Electric Co., Cincinnati, fire alarm-Aeropostal 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. ML Barnard Inc., Cincinnati, alterOmni Building, 3229 Omni Drive, Union Township, $200,000. Pendleton Sears Architects, Cincinnati, alter-Planet Fitness, Eastgate

Sq., Union Township. Dick Lin, Cincinnati, alter, 507 Piccadilly, Union Township. Quality Signs, Burlington, Ky, sign, 1117 Ohio 32, Union Township. Emerald Fire Protection, Milford, fire suppression-Auto Temp Inc., 950 Kent Road, Batavia Village. JA Doepker Assoc. Inc., Ft. Thomas, Ky., addition-Auto Temp Inc., 950 Kent Road, Batavia Township, $800,000. New Richmond Bancorporation, Milford, alter-Mt. Holly Christian Chapel, 2141 Ohio 125, Monroe Township. Charles Kubicki, Cincinnati, alter, 1032 Seabrook Way, Union Township, $10,500. Lami Grubb Management Services, Pittsburgh, Pa., alter-Aeropostale, Eastgate Blvd., Union Township, $225,000. Todd Bunn, Mt. Orab, alter, 960 Kennedy’s Landing, Union Township.


Angela S. Southworth and Brian D. Sherman of Ironton Ohio and David L. and Carla F. Southworth of Proctorville Ohio would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan LeeAnn Southworth to Ryan Michael Ray, son of Gary W. and Diana L. Ray of Milford, Ohio. Megan is the grand daughter of Russell E. and Glynda F. Southworth of Ironton, Ohio and Kenneth Alan Malone and Donna F. Malone of Pedro Ohio. Megan is a 2008 graduate of Rockhill High school of Ironton Ohio and is currently employed by the United states Marine Corps and is stationed in Afghanistan. Ryan is the grandson of Robert D. and the Late Carol L. Long of Milford Ohio and the late Everett M. and Ruth E. Ray of Newtonsville Ohio. Ryan is a 2004 graduate of Clermont Northeastern High school of Batavia Ohio. He is currently employed by the United States Air Force and is stationed in Cincinnati Ohio. The wedding is planned for 21 July 2012. Invitations will be sent.

kle about 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt on the lettuce. When the bacon is done and crisp, turn the burner off and pour about 1/4 cup of cider vinegar into the pan, leaving the bacon grease in there, too. Be careful as the vinegar hitting the hot pan will sizzle and splash, pour this over the lettuce and toss. If it does not wilt down enough, pour the liquid back into the pan and heat a little and pour back onto the lettuce. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord and thank Him for your protection. 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.

125 STORAGE 1958 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 PH: (513) 797- 8515 FX: (513)797- 4726 James Centers H267/ 286 2303 Rolling Acres D Amelia, Ohio 45102 John Craig F187 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road # 87 Amelia, Ohio 45102 Tiffany Cresie Q604 3698 Oakwood Drive Amelia, Ohio 45102 Amy Jewell S725 3900 Scioto Darby Road Hillard, Ohio 43026 Robert Napier C54 265 Mulberry Felicity, Ohio 45120 Jay Partin D40 27 Lori Lane #2 Amelia, Ohio 45102 Debra Pierce 25E141 - F207 PO Box 402 Amelia, Ohio 45102 Brenda Randolph O540 530 Old SR 74 #2 Cincinnati, Ohio 1001640168 45244 LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of state law,there being due and unpaid changes for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owners lien of the goods here-after described and stored at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, located at; 1105 Old ST.RT.74, Batavia, OH. 45103 (513)752-8110, and due notice having been given to the owner of said property and all parties know to claim an interest therein,and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the above stated address to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Wednesday,6/22/11, at 10 A.M Dawn Hatfield 4430 Eastwood Dr. Apt.8202 Batavia, Ohio 45103 (boxes, appl.,TV’s or stereo equip.) Ronda Glener 2808 Eight Mile Cincinnati,Oh., 45244 (tools) Jessica Bayne 80 Apple Ln. Cincinnati, Oh., 45255 (h o u s e g o o d s , f u r n . ) Steve Flatt Jr. 390 Senca Dr. Batavia, Oh., 45103 (housegoods) Jennifer Porter 1215 Nottingham Rd. Amelia, Oh., 45102 (housegoods, furn., boxes, sporting goods, tools, appl., TV’s or Stereo equip. office machine equip) Emma Whitford 500 University Batavia, Oh., 45103 (housegoods, furn.) Chris Diefen-bach 1405 Gumbert Dr. Amelia, Oh., 45102 (housegoods, furn., boxes) Phillip Tudor 4597 Brook-view Dr. Batavia, Oh., 45103 (housegoods, furn., boxes) 1001641608


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June 1, 2011

Williamsburg High School seniors stand on stage at graduation May 28.

Williamsburg High School salutatorian Nickolas Heilman speaks May 28 at graduation.

Rachel Meisberger, 2011 class president, talks with a friend before Williamsburg graduation ceremonies May 28.

Williamsburg graduates receive diplomas

Valedictorian Scott Bickel Jr. speaks May 28 at the Williamsburg graduation.

Molly Bruns receives her diploma May 28 from Williamsburg School board member Brett Keeton.

Brandon Bishop prepares to graduate May 28 from Williamsburg High School.

Williamsburg seniors await graduation ceremonies May 28 at Clear Mountain Community Church in Williamsburg.

Kayla Malott receives her diploma May 28 from Williamsburg School board member Brent Keeton.

Jared Miller receives his diploma May 28 from Williamsburg School board member Brent Keeton. Miller was recognized at graduation for perfect attendance during his four years of high school.

Members of Williamsburg High School’s Class of 2011 received their diplomas Saturday, May 28, in ceremonies at Clear Mountain Community Church in Williamsburg. There were 66 members of the graduating class. The class colors were purple and silver. The class flower was the lily. The class song was “Here’s to the Night.” Principal Barry Daulton said members of the class received a total of $635,077 in college scholarships.

Charles Oliver adjusts his cap while waiting for the Williamsburg graduation ceremonies to begin May 28.

The Williamsburg High School choir performs May 28 at graduation.


Williamsburg High School juniors Emily Lefferson, left, and Courtney Wagers prepare to hand out flowers to the graduating seniors.

Four Williamsburg seniors relax before graduation ceremonies May 28. From left are: Steven Day, Chad Clark, Jared Miller and Tyler Catron.


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