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WC discusses fall ballot issue Income tax is up for consideration By Angela Travillian

"Jungle" Jim Bonaminio, in hat, announces that Sept. 25 will be the opening date for the new Jungle Jim's Eastgate. Behind him, from left, are Kathy Dick, hiring manager; Union Township Trustee Bob McGee; and Union Township Administrator Ken Geis. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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The West Clermont school board June 25 discussed options for a possible tax levy including an earned income tax, but adjourned the meeting without making a decision. Treasurer Alana Cropper presented a variety of scenarios designed to bring back services that are important to West Clermont citizens such as custodian staffing so buildings can remain open after hours; art, music and gym teachers; reduced athletic fees; media specialists and the most expensive item - transportation. Results from the Fallon Research telephone survey of registered voters in the district show that restoring bus service is the top priority for citizens. Cropper based her scenarios on a potential property tax levy. Four of the five board members agreed a property tax levy is the best way to proceed, but Tina Sanborn suggested looking into an earned income tax. She referenced the survey results showing 46.3 percent of West Clermont

citizens support an earned income tax, while only 29.7 percent are in favor of a property tax. Cropper warned the board members that if Cropper the district does not put a tax issue on the November ballot, “we will be operating at a deficit by fiscal year 2013 and the school will be forced to borrow money to cover expenses or make additional cuts.” Since voters rejected a 7.9mill operating levy last year, the board is weighing all options to find a solution. They encourage residents to share opinions by visiting At the bottom of the left column, click on Contact Us. At the top of the right column, click on “Have a question? Contact us at” Board members are set to discuss this issue again at the next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Additional meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. July12, July16 and July18, at the civic center, except for July 12 where the location has not been set.

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Store will be unique, Bonaminio promises By John Seney

UNION TWP. — The new Jungle Jim’s International Market at Eastgate will not be a carbon copy of the Fairfield store. “An artist doesn’t want to repaint the same painting,” said “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio, owner of the store. “The store will have unique twists. It’s not the same as Fairfield.” Bonaminio said at a press conference June 29 the new store will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. “It’s a serious shopping store, but I try to give you a little fun,” he said. Bonaminio said the store will have a lot of unique fea-

tures, including a canopy out front that was once part of a bus stop at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. “You’re going to see stuff from all over - that’s why it took so long,” Bonaminio said. He purchased the store, a former bigg’s, in February 2010. “Before I got here, there were tumbleweeds,” he joked. “It’s taken a lot of work.” Bonaminio credited Union Township Administrator Ken Geis with convincing him to open the store in Eastgate. “That guy there (pointing to Geis), he kept hounding me. Before I knew it we had a deal,” he said. Geis described the negotia-

tions with Bonaminio as “an interesting process.” Phill Adams, development director for the store, said store officials looked at 10 other communities in the Cincinnati area before deciding on Eastgate. Adams said all the current tenants in the Jungle Jim’s building are remaining, with new tenants being added. Kathy Dick, hiring manager for the store, announced two job fairs: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Between 300 and 400 employees will be hired for the Eastgate store, she said.



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The front portion of Odd Fellows Cemetery on Main Street in Amelia recently was surveyed to make sure a road-widening project did not disturb any grave sites. The survey was conducted by Jason Hammann of Bloodhound Underground Utility Locators using a ground penetrating radar. No grave sites were found in the survey. Shown with the surveying machine are, from left, Ricky Rowland, Amelia maintenance supervisor; Jason Hammann; and Amelia Mayor Todd Hart. PROVIDED

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St. Veronica Vocal Ensemble is ready By Chuck Gibson


UNION TWP. — The St. Veronica Vocal Ensemble will perform in the World Choir Games competition Wednesday, July 11 beginning at 3:30 p.m. They are scheduled 10th and will likely perform on the SCPA Corbett Theater stage about 5:30 p.m. The vocal ensemble is directed by Adam Gardner. “We’ve been working hard at the music all year,” Gardner said. “It was the same music we sang at Disney World that we’re carrying over to choir games. They do a good job.” St. Veronica’s vocal ensemble practices every Monday throughout the school year. They’ve been to Disney, Washington, Atlanta, and other cities. They go somewhere every year to compete in a music festival. Earlier this spring they earned second place honors in the music festival at Disney World in Florida. “It was amazing,” said Gardner. “It was the highest score we’ve ever gotten; a superior rating which is the highest you could get. It was exciting for the kids and for me because they put so much work into it.” The ensemble included about 95 to 100 students from fifth to eighth grade during the school year. Earning high honors in Florida and going to the

Members of the St. Veronica Vocal Ensemble rehearse their "Pink Panther" number for the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS World Choir Games is a nice way to go out for graduating eighth-graders like Jacob Cheek. “It’s really cool,” Cheek said. “I expect it to be a lot of fun. It’s a good experience hearing all the other choirs, all the other people from all over the world; listening to their kind of music and how they sing.” When they heard about the World Choir Games coming, Gardner thought it might be something to do. They’ve never done anything in the summertime before. He asked the parents. The response was overwhelming with 65 of the 95 vocal ensemble members signing up for the summer. Kelsey Minnick is in the

eighth grade and has been singing with the vocal ensemble since fifth grade. She really enjoys singing and said it means a lot to be able to share that. “It’ll be fun,” Minnick said. “The variety of languages is going to be cool. My mom is going to take me up to see other choirs. I want to see other groups we might not get to see. I’ve always had this feeling of passion for it. It’s a way of expressing myself.” There is a choir lounge in the Duke Energy Center where Gardner hopes they’ll spend some time with other choirs. He plans for the ensemble to spend some time downtown together watching other groups. For Gardner it is

not just about the singing and the competition. He looks forward to spending time with people from all over the world together. “Although they sing in a different language, they’re just like us,” Gardner said. “It’s going to be incredible. I told the parents this is an opportunity the kids are never ever going to have again; seeing all these cultures come together.” The St. Veronica Vocal Ensemble itself is a blend of students from four different age groups. Danielle Robben is one of the fifthgrade students in the ensemble who recognizes the significance of this opportunity. “It is a pretty big experience because it is once in a

lifetime,” Robben said. “This is probably going to be my only chance to do this. It is really an honor to be in the vocal ensemble. I like contributing to that.” Another key contributor is the accompanist, Monica Yates. It is a once in a lifetime experience for her, just as it is for the students. She’s excited about the opportunity for the kids to see the joy of making music from people all over the world. “Music has such a power to unite people,” Yates said.” That’s what I hope the kids see.” Yates said watching them grow and work together has been a lot of fun. They’ve given up recess time to work with Mr.

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Gardner. “He is incredible beyond words,” said Yates. “I could write a book about him. Not only is he a talented musician, he is an unbelievable role model.” Gardner said, “This is so new to me. The kids say they’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I get excited about all the different events. There is just going to be some pretty incredible performances.” The World Choir Games begin Wednesday, July 4, and closing ceremonies are Saturday, July 14. During those 11 days more than 20,000 choirs from 70 different countries are expected to perform on stage in Cincinnati.

Teacher picks up guitar, debuts a music CD By Chris Mayhew

Amelia High School teacher Gary Bertsch, of Alexandria, Kentucky, figures he gets a fair share of blame from his students about homework and sometimes life in general, so when it came time to title his band’s first album he’s blaming himself.

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Bertsch and his bandmate, Dan Walsh of Fort Thomas, will release “Blame Bertsch,” a 13-song album with a CD release party at Mokka in Newport Friday, July 13. Bertsch, an English teacher, and Walsh, a musician and teacher of music at schools including St. Catherine of Siena School in Fort Thomas, have been playing music together locally, mostly in cover bands, for more than a decade. “Blame Bertsch” represents the first time they’ve recorded their own original songs, Bertsch said. “We’ve been in cover bands and we’ve been in original bands, and it has always been a rock n’ roll


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Gary Bertsch, left, of Alexandria, and Dan Walsh, right, of Fort Thomas, of the band "Bertsch and Walsh" in a publicity photo provided by the band. THANKS TO GARY BERTSCH vibe,” Bertsch said. The duo describe their style of music as acoustic and percussive with influences ranging from Americana, rock, folk and altcountry. Bertsch said one of his biggest influences is “The Black Crowes.” Bertsch said he didn’t get serious about creating music until he decided to learn guitar after years of

playing drums and performing lead vocals. “I picked up a guitar a couple of years ago and learned some chords,” he said. More recently, Bertsch said he decided to start writing his own songs. Walsh said when Bertsch started writing, the songs kept coming “one right after another” until

they had about 16 songs worth recording. “I just added the guitar lines to them as needed,” Walsh said. The subject matter for the songs has to do with making a difference and relates back to teaching since they both deal with students all day, Bertsch said. Most of the songs on the

album deal with choices people make, the consequences of those choices and being content with the situation people create for themselves, he said. Bertsch said his brother often jokes with him about how students blame many of their problems on him, and that’s how the title “Blame Bertsch” originated. Bertsch said some of his students have heard his music, and thinks he’s talking about himself when he says “I” in a song, but sometimes he is writing about being a teenager since he’s around them so much. The music on the album has a good mixture of pace and tempo, he said. “There are some slower ballads, and we’ve got some faster foot-stomping songs when I get kicking on the kick drum,” Bertsch said. For information or to hear some of the music of “Bertsch and Walsh” visit

County approve 2012 block grants By John Seney

BATAVIA — The Clermont County commissioners June 18 approved $612,000 in Community Development Block Grants. The grant money comes from the federal government, but is distributed through the state. Grants approved for 2012 are: » Clermont County Board of Health: $100,000 for septic remediation. » New Richmond:

$136,864 for ambulance replacement. » Ohio Township: $117,736 for fire truck replacement. » Monroe Township: $135,000 for ambulance replacement. » Fair Housing: $30,600. » Administration: $91,800. The New Richmond grant has a local match of $7,204 and the Ohio Township grant has a local match of $54,000. Health Director Marty Lambert said Clermont

County General Health District officials have been using the block grants for a number of years to pay for septic system rehabilitations. “A lot of people don’t have the funds to do rehabbing,” she said. “The block grant allows them to stay in their homes. It has benefited many people in this county.” Lambert said since 1996 about 125 septic systems have been rehabbed in Clermont County as a result of the grants. The re-

hab work has been done in every township in the county. “It has been a very successful program,” Lambert said. Ohio Township Trustee Frank Renn told the commissioners the grant would be used for purchase a pumper truck for the fire department. “There are not a lot of fire hydrants,” he said. “That (the pumper truck) will help a lot.”



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WC board OKs calendar changes By John Seney

School board president Michael Enriquez, left, and Batavia Elementary Principal Renee Munro presented kindergarten teacher Kakie Kelly with both the Batavia Elementary Teacher of the Year award and the Batavia Local School District Teacher of the Year award during a recent school board meeting. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

TEACHER RECOGNITION Board president Michael Enriquez presented Karen Durbin with the Batavia High School Teacher of the Year award at a recent school board meeting.

UNION TWP. — The West Clermont school board June 11 approved changes in the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks said the changes involved adding some professional development days for teachers. He said the starting and ending dates remain the same as previously approved by the school board. Students will return to class Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day. The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 6. The professional days for 2012-2013 will be Aug. 29, Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Oct. 5, Nov. 6, Feb. 14, May 3 and June 7. Students are not in class those days. Board member Tina Sanborn asked Brooks if it would be possible to align the calendar with other districts.

Williamsburg adjusts school schedule


By John Seney


WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg school board June 18 approved changes in the daily schedule at the high school and middle school next year. The purpose is to allow more professional development time for teachers during the day, said Superintendent Jeff Weir. He said the change will give staff members 30 minutes a day to work on professional development and fulfilling state and federal mandates. Weir said the change was the result of a recommendation by the Academic Achievement Team, made up of administrators and

Board president Michael Enriquez presented Lisa Zearbaugh with the Batavia Middle School Teacher of the Year award at a recent school board meeting. LISA J. MAUCH/THE

HONOR ROLLS The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2011-2012.

Seventh grade Merit Honor Roll - Grant Anderson, Brittney Bash, Kaeley Fagan, Alexis Forsee, Caitlyn Grooms, Anna Hamilton, Joseph Hammill, Averi Hammonds, Anna Heiden, Grant Anderson, Brittney Bash, Kaeley Fagan, Alexis Forsee, Caitly Grooms, Anna Hamilton, Joseph Hammill, Averi Hammonds, Anna Heiden, Kaylin Hoffman, Travis Justice, Anna Kellerman, Gage Kramer, Teddy Mansfield, Abigale Morris, Isabelle Oiler, Jacob Phillips, Rachael Riffle, Katherine Schlaak, Shelbi Simpson, Lukas Smiddy, Cortney Smith, Maggie Smith, Laura Wilson and Dakota Young. High Honors - Bailey Armbruster, Jessica Bauscher, Anna Bennett, Celia Bostic, Lilyann Cahall, Jason Chapman, Kaylee Chapman, Joshua Clancy, Sydney Closterman, Rachel Coons, Jacob Cyrus, Joshua Dixon, McKenzie Edwards, Raebecca Ellington, Clayton Farmer, Amber Fischer, Katelyn Forsee, Alex Gardner, Hunter Gilpin, Luke Glenn, Bailey Haas, Lindsay Hayes, Hunter Higginbotham, Calvin Hochb-

teachers. By working with the flexibility built into the daily schedule, the plan preserves instructional time for students, he said. “Students will be in class for almost the same amount of time,” Weir said. The school day for students will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Under the old schedule, the day began at 7:40 a.m. and ended at 2:28 p.m. “It’s something that will benefit the staff and students,” Weir said. He said the change affects only the high school and middle school. The elementary school schedule will remain the same.

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Brooks said other districts have different calendars and aligning would be difficult. He said West Clermont moved its starting date to Brooks after Labor Day several years ago because of construction and has continued that policy. Board member Denise Smith said she has gotten positive feedback on the later starting date. Brooks said there is a statewide effort to move all school starting dates to after Labor Day. Highlights: » Students are off for Thanksgiving break Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. » Winter break is Dec. 24 to Dec. 31. » Spring break is April 1 to April 5. » Make-up days for bad weather are June 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

erg, Zakery Hubbard, Amber Jividen, McKayla Kirschner, Madi Lanthorn, Brooke Lanthorn, Tori Loving, Angus Matthews, Ashley Mikles, Kandice Miller, Sydney Myers, Brianna Naylor, Christopher Nazareth, Zachary Neeley, Noah Scheu, Cooper Scholz, Peyton Schweickart, Heather Slye, Johnathan Snider, Brianna Sons, Staci Stephens, Tabitha Stevens, Douglas Stewart, Daniel Stoy, Maria Valenzuela, Trace Walriven, Brandin Webb, Daniel Weiskittel, Emily Willhoff, Ashley Willis and Bergen Workman. Honor Roll - Ryan Allen, Levi Antoni, Corey Baker, Courtney Bash, Savannah Bateman, Natalie Bates, Kaleb Boyer, Seth Butler, Taylor Cardarelli, Sally Corbett, Dawson Cromwell, Caleb Cyrus, Kasey Davis, Hannah Duty, Sadie Fischesser, Ethan Gundler, Hannah King, Jacob Konerman, Zackary Marck, Haley Maynard, Chase McDonald, Brittney Miller, Keaton Montgomery, Rebecca Reffit, Angel Sauer, Timothy Tyler, Tanner Webb and Emily Weitzel.

Eighth grade Merit Honor Roll - Alicia Bailey, Emily Belmont, Adrianna Flood, Evan Grippa, Timothy Hammer, Jacob Hayden, Chase Heflin, Morgan Huddleston, Harrison Light, Kelsey Nichols, Erin O'Toole, Eric Rolfes, Cydney

Stiles and Kendal Warren. High Honors - Rachael Autzen, Chelsey Bowling, Brianna Chapman, Hannah Clifton, Kendal Collier, Kristin Evans, Kaitlyn Flake, Maren Hance, Hayley Hawkins, Dana Honaker, Ariel Huber, Ariel Johnson, Nicholas Kirby, Brooklyn Klein, Jade Kunz, Hunter Lansaw, Nicholas Laub, Ella Lindsley, Allyson Lutz, Joseph Maxwell, Kyli Meder, Jesse Noble, Kayla Olenick, Sydney Padgett, Darik Page, Laura Painter, Connor Pike, Amanda Redmon, Holly Reinert, Kiara Rivera, Tyler Sammons, Corey Secen, Maisie Waters, Corry Waters, Lindsey Williams and AnneMarie Woods. Honor Roll - Cidney Adams, Gregory Beasley, Destiana Berling, Marjorie Bingham, Jacob Branson, Emily Crockett, Tamara Crosby, Rebecca Darland, Noah David, Kerrigan Dyer, Nicholas Flake, Ross Flenniken, Tyler Gates, Karl Greifenkamp, Zoe Hallahan, Benjamin Hamilton, Elise Holdsworth, Carla Koch, Peyton Kroeger, Hannah Lake, Morgan Malicoat, Taylor McKinley, Melissa Moore, Jonathan O'Dell, Kelly Rowan, Skye Saldana, Michael Simpson, Hali Stamper, Jenna Swormstedt, Austin Torrens, Jesse Troy, Chelsey Underwood, Brian Waddle, Magic Weir, Kaitlyn Williams and Michael Williamson.

CLERMONT COUNTY Plan the Way Foundation, a Cincinnatibased 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will be at the Clermont Family YMCA from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, to help children and parents plan for college. This free YMCA summer program is being offered at 11 YMCAs in Cincinnati. Students will spend time learning about the importance of planning for the college through educational activities about admissions, finan-

cial aid, saving/paying for college and options after high school. Foundation members meet with parents of children in middle and high school to provide information about college, career planning and financial literacy. In Clermont County, the foundation has worked with Milford and West Clermont schools. For more information, call Chris Candelaresi at 513-7531290, email chris@ptwfoundation.or visit

Farm Bureau awards scholarships CLERMONT COUNTY — Farm Bureau members awarded $1,000 scholarships to four 2012 graduating high school seniors. The recipients are: » Leah Grant, the daughter of Danny and Ellen Grant, is a 2012 graduate of Clermont Northeastern. She will attend Ohio University. » Marian Messink, the daughter of Tammi Messink, is a 2012 graduate of Milford High School. Messink will continue her education at Morehead State Univer-

sity. » Roger Sannes, the son of Randy Sannes and Connie Shinkle, is a 2012 graduate of Williamsburg High School. He will enter Wilmington College in the fall. » Jeremy Trester, the son of Tim and Linda Trester, is a 2012 graduate of Bethel-Tate High School. He will attend Northern Kentucky University. For information visit or call 888-3782212.



BRIEFLY Issue 2 grant


Ohio Public Works Commission awarded a $145,800 State Issue Two Grant to complete the Water Reservoir Main Project. The village will supply a local match of $18,020. The project will replace about 920 linear feet of piping and four valves. The project will begin later this year. The reservoir main is n important element of the village’s water system. It supplies water from the treatment plant to the 750,000-gallon reservoir. This water then is distributed to residents and also provides fire protection throughout the village. Due to its age, the hillside portion of the main has needed continual repair. Because of its proximity, these repairs are difficult, time consuming and typically cause outage to some village residents. For more information, contact the Community Development Office at 5534146 or email

Summer crisis help CLERMONT COUNTY —

The Clermont Community Services in partnership with Ohio Department of Development and Office of Community Assistance will take applications for the Summer Crisis Program. A lot of changes have taken place this year. The Summer Crisis Program will run through Aug. 31. Income eligible households with a member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, verified by physician documentation or a member who is 60

years of age or older or a household that has a disconnection notice may apply for assistance with their electric bill and or an air conditioner. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the HEAP staff at 732-2277, option 3. Have a pen and paper ready for a list of information to bring. Due high volume, callers may receive a recording. If so, leave a brief message and the call will be returned as quickly as possible.

start in school by participating in United Way’s Clermont County Backpacks for Success Supply Drive July 9 to July 20. Your contribution can make a difference in Clermont County, where 11.9 percent of children ages 017 live in poverty and 50 percent of children in Clermont County schools qualify for free or reduced lunch. For more information, call 536-3000 or e-mail

Glen Este Boosters

BATAVIA — The Clermont County Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Doris Wood Library, 180 S. Third St. in Batavia. A report about the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference will be presented for those who could not attend. For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb. or call 513-723-3423.

GLEN ESTE — The Glen

Este High School Boosters will host their first Gold Scramble “Fun”draiser Monday, July 23, at the Legendary Run Golf Club in Pierce Township. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Cost is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome, which includes golf, cart, dinner and chance to win prizes. Honor sponsorships are available for $50, $100, $200 or other amounts. Dinner only is $25. All in Tshirt is available for $15. Deadline to register is July 20. Send a check to the boosters in care of Nick Ayers, 640 Sonny Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Send the following information: Name, company name if applicable, address, city, state, zip code, names of golfers in the foursome. For more information, call Ayers at 487-0109 or at

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Sporting women

STONELICK TWP. — The 10th annual Sporting Women event will take be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Eastern Hills Rod & Gun Club, 5595 Ansteatt Road, north of Owensville off Ohio 132. The event gives women over age 18 a chance to experience outdoor activities like shooting rifles, handguns and trap shooting, outdoor and dutch oven cooking, soap making, fly fishing, gold panning, kayaking, jewelry making, fossil hunting, outdoor first aid, zumba class, self defense, archery and backpacking.

Cost is $40 for four classes, which includes lunch. The One Shot Gun Store will have a presentation on how to purchase a gun to fit the individual. For more information, visit Sign up by June 30. More than 120 women participate each year and many come back year after year for the classes taught by professionals. A silent auction will benefit the WWII veterans widows in Clermont County.

Job fair

UNION TWP. — Workforce One of Clermont County will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 30, at 756 Old Ohio 74 in Union Township. Hiring businesses include: Milacron, HealthSource of Ohio, Kelly Services, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Alliance Data, Total Quality Logistics, The Reserves Network, and more. For more information, visit www.workforceone

Library meeting

BATAVIA — The monthly meeting of the Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131. For more information, contact David Mezack at 513-735-7193.

Meeting dates

BATAVIA — The Batavia Local School District Board of Education has released a new meeting schedule for the remainder of the year.

All meetings are at 7 p.m. at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place. The meeting dates are July 18, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 8 and Dec. 17.

Monroe Grange

MONROE TWP. — The Monroe Grange monthly card party will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Grange Hal, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. The Junior Grangers will host the event. There will be euchre played as the main game and other table games for those who don’t play euchre. The cost is $1.50 to play and token gifts are given. There will be sandwiches, pie, soft drinks and coffee available. For more information you may call the Rooks at 734-6980. The Monroe Grange Ice Cream Social will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Grange Hall. There will be several flavors of homemade ice cream, sandwiches, pie, cake, coffee and soft drinks. There will be several items for a raffle. This is a fundraiser to help the Grange with their community service projects.

Police academy

UNION TWP. — To promote community-oriented policing and foster education and understanding between police and the community, the Union Township Police Department is accepting applications for the ninth Citizen Police Academy. The academy will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesday nights, Aug. 21 through Nov. 5. Classes will be at the Union Township Police Department .

Leaders needed CLERMONT COUNTY —

Are you interested in making a real difference in the lives of girls in your community? Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is looking for volunteers to help with school recruiting. There are more than 1,500 elementary schools in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio region and volunteers are needed. For more information about becoming a fall membership campaign volunteer or a troop leader for Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscoutsof or call 489-1025 or 800-5376241. Interested individuals must complete an application, background check and references.


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Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid driver license. Preference will be given primarily to Union Township residents and then employees of businesses in Union Township. Applicants must submit to a comprehensive criminal history and background check. Criminal convictions may be grounds for exclusion. Anyone interested can apply online at or pick up an application at the Union Township Police Department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The class will be limited to the first 25 successful applicants. Contact Sergeant Tony Rees at 753-2335 or 752-1230 with questions.

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Peter Graves, back, rows with his brother Tom Graves during the Head of the Charles Regatta. Peter will represent the United States in the Olympics later this summer. THANKS TO LYNNE GRAVES

Pierce Township native set to compete in quadruple sculls event By Nick Dudukovich

PIERCE TWP. — Peter Graves is going to the Olympics—it just hasn’t sunk in yet. Graves, who will compete for the United States in rowing, hasn’t had a lot of time to reflect on the accomplishment, mostly because his work isn’t done. “…You think a bunch of stuff is going to change, but boy, you to keep training,” Graves said.” Graves, a 2003 graduate of the Cincinnati Country Day School, comes from a family of rowers in Pierce Township. His father, Harry, and brothers, Tom and John, rowed at Trinity College. His mother, Lynne, coaches prep rowers at East Fork State Park. “(Peter qualifying) is very exciting…I think it took a few days for it to sink in,” Lynne Graves said.” Graves learned to row at a young age. It was during his freshman year at CCD that his in-

terest in the sport grew. At 5-foot-3, he was small, but did well for his size. Along with his partner, Benji Tarshis, the duo did well racing in two-seat competition. And despite his size, Graves caught the attention of others. At one event, a group of older, bigger kids asked Graves if he’d steer their boat in the quadruple sculls. “It was kind of like, for someone to pick me out (to steer) was funny, but I got in the boat and steered it,” Graves said. “Those memories to be small enough to be a rower…are memories I’ll never forget…” Graves, 27, eventually grew into his current 6-foot-1 frame and became an excellent collegiate rower at Trinity, winning a number of events and regattas. He’s been training for 2012 games ever since he and his brother Tom missed qualifying in the double sculls by one second in 2008.

The duo came close to qualifying in the double sculls again this year, but narrowly missed the cut. The performance in the doubles got Graves invited to a training camp for a spot in the quadruple sculls. Unlike the double sculls, where a time trial is used to determine the team, the quadruple sculls team is chosen by coaches. Tom was also invited to the camp but decided to return home to California to continue coaching the high school team he coaches with Peter. “That allowed me to compete for a seat in the boat,” Peter said. “There wouldn’t have been enough coaches for the kids. In a way, (Tom) may have given up his seat in the boat for the Olympics…I may not have had this opportunity if it weren’t for him.” The Olympics run from July 28 to Aug. 5 and the rowing events will take place in Elon, England. With the games approaching,

Graves is looking forward to putting his family’s rowing name against to the top competition in the world. He believes the Russian team, which set a new world record earlier this year, will be tough to beat, but added that United States


At Trinity College, Peter Graves led the school to gold medals in the 2004 and 2005 head of the Charles Regattas in Cambridge, Mass., the 2005 San Diego Crew Classic, the 2005 Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, and the 2006 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Regatta. His Trinity crews captured three consecutive New England Small College Ath-

More honors for UC’s Finan

Runner lauded for academic pursuits By Tom Skeen

NEW RICHMOND — For the first time since 1996 the University of Cincinnati has a FirstTeam Academic All-American from the track and field squad. Former New Richmond Lion Eric Finan was named a Capital One First-Team All-American June 21, although Finan didn’t have the usual response for earning such a prestigious honor due to the way he found out about it. “I guess I feel kind of awkward about it,” he said. “(UC Athletic Director) Whit Babcock tweeted it at me and that is how I found out. Nobody from the organization contacted me about it and still haven’t. I really don’t know what the selection

criteria was and how they arrived at their conclusion, but I am honored.” According to, the selection criteria to be considered is: The studentathlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. He holds a 3.785 GPA in UC’s master of business administration program, which he will graduate from this summer, and earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a 3.897 GPA. Also, he received Cincinnati’s Legion of Excellence Award for the highest GPA on his team. He had been on the dean’s list every academic quarter he attended UC and was a Big East Academic All-Star from 2008-2010.

“ I just did what I thought was right,” Finan said. “That has just been my mindset; for me to just do my best and keep on doing what you are doing. Do what you are supposed to do and the rest just falls into place.” Finan finishes his Bearcat career with some outstanding accomplishments. He was the 2012 American Eagle Outfitters Big East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned All-America honors in both cross country and track and field, the 2011 Big East cross country championship, won a Big East title in the 5,000 at last year’s outdoor track and field championships, holds school records in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 events, outdoor record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000 events and finished as UC’s top cross country finisher in every race since the start of the 2009 season. “It really was a joy to spend

could play a factor. “Everybody else has raced each other this year,” he said. “We’re the only crew that hasn’t been racing. We’re a little bit of a wild card, which I think might be in our favor.”

so much time wearing a Bearcat uniform,” Finan said. “It is a point of pride, especially growing up in this city. I love this city and love to represent it by wearing Cincinnati across my chest. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to represent UC and thankful to all the people (around me) especially my parents and coaches.” As for his future, Finan is currently dealing with a turf toe injury but plans to try and get on with an Olympic development team in the near future. “I want to run post collegiately,” he said. “I had a debate as to run or find a career and move along. I was really struggling with it until I had a conversation with my father. He said ‘if you do what you love, the money will be there.’ It may not be a whole lot of money, but enough to get me by. While I’m still young, I’m going to try to pursue this passion of mine.”

letic Conference (NESCAC) from 2005 to 2007. As a freshman, Graves was a semifinalist in the double sculls at the 2004 Henley Royal Regatta, and he won a gold medal in the event in 2005 in the USRowing National Championships. In October 2011, Graves and his brother Tom, won the men’s doubles championship at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Massachusetts.

SIDELINES Football official class

Anyone interested in being an Ohio licensed football official can attend classes start July 18 at Milford Miami Township Recreation Center. Classes run for seven weeks. Cost is $85. contact Bob Duncan at 735-4542 or e-mail

Cheerleading camp

Glen Este High School cheerleaders are putting on their Youth Cheer Camp at Union Township Veterans Memorial Park for any student entering first through eighth grade for the 2012-2013 school year. The camp is 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, July 16, though Thursday, July 19. Cost is $50. Register by July 9 to receive a free camp shirt.

Swim team tryouts

The Anderson Barracudas are having swim team tryouts July 9, at M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike. Registration is 2:30 p.m., and swimming begins at 3 p.m. Contact Tim Hart, director of competitive swimming, at 474-1400, or at





Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128


God bless ‘Greatest Generation’ July 4

July 4, l776 to July 4, 2012 What a wonderful time to observe America’s birthday as we wave the Stars and Stripes. Some people celebrate with parades, patriotic music and plenty of fireworks. Some salute America’s veterans; these who served to protect the freedoms our founding fathers guaranteed on that historic day when they signed their names on a sacred document. On July l, the Monroe Township Historic Society held a special “Faith & Freedom” service to recognize the World War

II vets who reside in this township. The following veterans received a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Libbie Bennett Monroe TownCOMMUNITY PRESS ship trustees: GUEST COLUMNIST Bill Alexander, John Slye, Bob Gilfillen, Harold Taylor, Bud Fisher, Betsy Burns, Clemont Hale, Maurice McClanahan, Ernie Trees, Walter Benjamin, Joe Goffman and Joe Whitt.

A special “thank you” to Joyce and Cy Richardson, who presented each member of America’s “greatest generation” with a gift card. We also appreciate those who sang during this service: Alicia Bennett-Gibson, Pike Thomas Gibson and Charlie Spicker. “Thanks” to those who donated cookies and cupcakes for the refreshments. In closing let us thank GOD for: » FREEDOM: Don’t forget to thank a veteran who answered the call to serve his/her country. These gave some and some gave

Is there hope for America during this July 4 holiday? The Fourth of July - America’s birthday - is for most of us a time for baseball, hotdogs and fireworks. Seldom do we take the time to reflect upon the Declaration of Independence. The remarkable thing about the Declaration is that it represents the first time a people created a nation based upon liberty and representative democracy. Our first attempt at establishing a government that would secure the freedom of the individual failed. That government, under Articles of Confederation, failed because it lacked the “energy” to perform its basic functions. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention needed to find a balance between freedom and order that would ultimately protect the individual from an intrusive government. The answer was “limited government;” the principles of which are embedded in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Big government was a constant worry for the founders. Not surprisingly, Thomas Jefferson spoke eloquently upon the topic. He said: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” “I think we have more ma-

chinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” Gary Knepp “Freedom is lost gradualCOMMUNITY ly from an PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people.” James Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution, also was worried about a gradual loss of freedom, stating: “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” A generation later Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, after traveling through the United States, wrote about American democracy. Like Jefferson and Madison, he doubted that a violent despotism could succeed in America. De Tocqueville feared a “soft tyranny” that comes with the administrative state. In his view the administrative state, wants to keep its citizens in a condition of “perpetual childhood” by becoming the parent, supplying “their necessities,

facilitates, their pleasures.” Once established, the administrative state issues rules that cover “the surface of society” The “will of man is not shattered but softened, bent and guided.” Over time freedom is lost. The citizens are reduced to nothing more “than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which government is the shepherd.” What would these three men say about the status of the American Administrative State? Would they protest against armed agents who stormed farmers’ barns looking for raw milk? Would they call for demonstrations after a local government seized a person’s home and gave it to a developer in the name of more taxes? Would they speak out when a health department bans sugary soft drinks, movie popcorn or milkshakes? I think they would because they knew that each time something like this happens we are a little less free. Fortunately, according to a Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans fear big government. Perhaps, there is still hope for the Republic. Patriots, keep your powder dry!

Gary Knepp is an attorney who lives in Milford and teaches history at UC Clermont.

all that we might live in this land of the free. » FAITH: Let’s never forget to practice our faith in the Lord God. This land, home of the brave, was founded upon these Godly precepts. Here in America, we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. » FELLOWMAN: Let’s not forget to reach out to our neighbors, to lift up the fallen, to support those in need whether it be physical or personal; to reach out showing God’s love to our brothers. To celebrate America’s birth-

day, everyone is invited to join us at the “God & Country” Concert Friday, July 6, at the riverfront bandstand on Susannah Way in downtown New Richmond. According to coordinator Vickie Hale, there’ll be plenty of patriotic music, hymns, choirs, and, of course, birthday cake. Bring a chair and see you there at 7 p.m.

Libbie Bennett, chair Monroe Township Historic Society and County Task Force for National Day of Prayer Monroe Township

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hot cars can kill pets

My neighbor came across an absolutely unacceptable situation today in downtown Milford. The temperature this afternoon was over 100 degrees and some stupid idiot left her dog in the car with the windows cracked. On a day like today, the inside temperature of the car skyrockets to 115 to 120 degrees within minutes even with the windows cracked. Cell destruction occurs at 107 degrees. The dog was in the car for 45 minutes. Even more alarming was that the car was unlocked, but the police officer would not let anyone open the car door to get the dog out. While charges should and could have been pressed, it appeared that the officer did neither. He spoke to the woman for a few minutes and then let her go. As long as the police continue to look the other way, dogs are going to die needlessly. Please spread the word that even a “couple of minutes” in a hot car can kill a pet or a child. Lisa Essig Milford

Literacy council thanks community

The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties Adult Spelling Bee celebrated its 20th Anniversary June 15. The annual Bee was attended by nearly150 individuals and comprised 15 three-person

adult teams. The event was held at the Miami Township Civic Center. Deep gratitude to Miami Township Trustee Mary Makley Wolff and township Administrator Larry Fronk, who assisted with the event. Many thanks to civic center building custodian, Butch, for his extra effort with perfect room assembly and his patient instruction as we put everything away. Cheers to Luthur Jackson on loan from WOBO (88.7 FM) who came through with his sound system. The Literacy Council is blessed to be governed by a volunteer 11-member board of directors. These individuals made this event possible through their dedication and investment. One board member carries the highest honor - Kathleen A. Gillespie - our Queen Bee who has chaired the Adult Spelling Bee for numerous years. To the outstanding sponsors, spellers and volunteers who participated in this year’s 20th Bee, you are the winners. Your efforts represent another chance for adults to improve their lives through the gift of learning how to read and write. Multi appreciation. Susan M. Vilardo Executive Director Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties

CH@TROOM June 27 question Are you concerned about your privacy now that the FAA has been ordered to give unmanned aircraft, or drones, greater access to civilian airspace by 2015? Why or why not?

"Creepy. Big Brother just keeps getting bigger and no one seems to notice or care.” L.A.D. “Lots of aircraft fly over every day if you live near Lunken Airport. Helicopters from the Duke Energy regularly fly over at very low elevation to survey the power lines. Google Earth takes satellite photos good enough to pick out cars in the driveway or lawn chairs on the deck and Google streetview takes pictures from the front of the house. Why should I care about a few drones? I worry a lot more about the land vehicles driving down our streets being directed by people who forgot about pay-

NEXT QUESTIONS Will you be attending, participating in or volunteering at the World Choir Games. Why or why not? Every week The Community Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

ing attention the traffic 3 phone calls and two texts ago.” F.S.D. “Am I concerned about my privacy now that the FAA has been ordered to give drones greater access to civilian airspace? No. Take a look at the maps available on Google and other GPS devices ... drones wouldn't be much more dramatic than these maps. “We need some better way to deter lawbreakers, and that has to start with finding them. I won-


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der if a drone might have prevented Brian Terry's murder? If abuses develop down the road (i.e., spying on innocent people), we can deal with that when it happens.” Bill B. “Assuming the concern would be that Big Brother government was intruding into citizen privacy with such flights, no, I would not be concerned and here is why. I believe it was in the 1970s that the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for the police to search out marijuana growers by flying over private property to get evidence. Whether the aircraft is manned or unmanned that ruling should still protect us from government's prying eyes.” R.V. “Remember how Hollywood makes such crazy ideas part of our lives? Like all things human, we will blindly go forward to an extreme on this before we vote to

go back to the middle. Thank God for our Constitution! This document will endure, but we will all be violated by this Terminator technology first.” K.P. Question: Are you concerned that if Greece drops the Euro it will affect the U.S. stock market and the U.S. economy? Why or why not?

“Yes I am concerned about Greece dropping from the Euro Union. “The Euro concept was ill-fated from the beginning. Even Socialist Germany was not able to unify Europe back in the 1930s with force. Europe can not continue to be unified now with the Euro. “Greece public employees take home salary and benefits at an amount of five times the private sector employees - that pay the public employees.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

“Greece employees retire with full benefits at age 50. This is Richard Trumpka’s (union president) dream - over compensate workers with borrowed money and destroy your country. “Other countries such as Poland and Germany are more prudent and fiscally responsible. Greece is like a retarded criminal stepchild - as are Italy and Spain of parent states. Greece is the first to fail. “U.S. owners of IRAs and 401K planes have money invested to the European market. As Europe falls, so does America - pulled down with the gluttony of irresponsible union controlled European States such as Greece, Italy and Spain. “Say goodbye to your lifelong savings in 2013 , and say hello to a worldwide depression for 10 lasting 10 years or more.” Ted D.

Community Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Four veterans received medals May 9 in a ceremony at the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission office. From left are Tommie Bixler, Alfred Harmon, Ronald Pottorf and Michael Hensgen. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Veterans receive medals in special ceremony

By John Seney

BATAVIA — Four Clermont County veterans were honored May 9 during a medals presentation. “One of the great things about being president of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission is getting to honor fellow veterans for the sacrifices they have made and the medals they have earned,” said Bob Derr, president of the veterans service commission. The veterans who were honored: » Alfred E. Harmon of Milford, an Air Force veteran of World War II, received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. “I’m a little surprised, but it’s a nice surprise,” Harmon said. Harmon, 93, said his daughter brought him to the ceremony but did not tell him what would happen. “This is a great occasion for me,” he said. “If not for the men and woman of your generation, this country would not be what it is today,”

World War II veteran Alfred Harmon, center, receives his medals from Clermont County Veterans Service Commission members Bob Derr, left, and Cliff Riley. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Clermont County Veterans Service Commission member Cliff Riley, left, presents veteran Michael Hensgen with his medals. Hensgen is holding an award he received for being inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Derr told Harmon. » Michael D. Hensgen of Monroe Township, an Air Force Vietnam veteran, received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star with “V” device and Air Force Good Conduct Medal with oak leaf cluster. Hensgen also was recognized for his 2008 induction into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. “I would like to thank everyone for everything they have done for the veterans,” he said. » Tommie W. Bixler of Goshen

Township, a Navy Vietnam veteran, received the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifle Badge and Good Conduct Medal. Bixler said his time in the service was “a great experience.” » Ronald P. Pottorf of Batavia Township, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star and Vietnam Campaign Medal. “This is one of the first times since I came home from Vietnam that anyone said ‘thanks,’” he said.

Cliff Riley of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, left, presents Navy veteran Tommie Bixler with his medals. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Veteran Ronald Pottorf of Batavia Township, right, looks over his medals presented by Clermont County Veterans Service Commission members, from left, Bob Derr and Cliff Riley. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JULY 5 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, 806 Ohio Pike, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. Family friendly. $5. 310-5600; Withamsville.

Literary - Libraries Volunteers of the Library, 11 a.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Teens and adults. Free. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

Literary - Story Times Drop-in ToddlerTime Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., MilfordMiami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Bring child age 18 months-2 years for books, rhymes and songs each week and early literacy tips. Free. 248-0700. Milford. All Ages Story Time, 10:3011:30 a.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays about this year’s summer reading theme: Dream Big. Each session promotes six early literacy skills that children must know before they can learn to read. Ages 0-6. Free. Registration required. 752-5580. Amelia.

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Open House, 1-4 p.m., Ross Gowdy House Museum, 125 George St., House built around 1853 during New Richmond’s most prosperous era of steamboat manufacturing. Demonstrates local architecture and displays of historical items. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Music - Concerts Miami Township’s Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m. Patriotic and other favorite classic music by U.S. Air Force Concert Band., Community Park, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Amphitheater. Free. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 248-3727; Miami Township.




Business Seminars

Antiques Shows

Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Antiques and Crafts on the Ohio, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Susanna Way and Western Ave. Setup for dealers 7 a.m. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m. Music by Ben Alexander., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Freshly grilled meals and music on dock. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 7 p.m., Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 977-6363; Loveland.

Recreation Friday Night Racing, 7-11:30 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Now running Mount Orab Ford Late Models, Holman Motors Chevettes Modifieds and Crazy Compacts on Fridays, Hot Laps starting at 7 p.m. Family friendly. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215. Williamsburg.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Clubs & Organizations Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m. CCGS members will share tips and information learned from the National Genealogical Society annual conference., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., Free, visitors welcome. Presented by Clermont

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Historic Sites

Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Dining Events

Community Drum Circle, 7-9 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, Free. 732-2326; Batavia.

Exercise Classes

Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford. Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia.


Music - World

County Genealogical Society. 723-3423; ~ohclecgs/. Batavia.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. Single adults ages 21 and up welcome to share love of dogs with other single adults. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Summer Camp Religious/VBS Woodland Lakes Christian Camps, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 Lindale-Mount Holly Road, Junior 1. Daily through July 13. Grades 5-6. Activities include: arts and crafts, climbing, giant swing, swimming in pool or lake, archery, BB gun range, volleyball and canteen. Ages 4-18. $25-$250 for preschool day camp to week-long camps. Registration required. 797-5268; Monroe Township.

MONDAY, JULY 9 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, 4343 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Combines body sculpting exercises with

Dining Events

The Ross Gowdy House Museum, 125 George St. in New Richmond, will be open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7. For more information, call 543-9149. PROVIDED.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.


Literary - Crafts

Clermont County Tea Party Meeting, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Showing “Obama and 2016” movie trailer. Presentations from Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Action, American Majority, Voter Integrity Project and Flip the Vote. Group works for fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets. Free. Presented by Clermont County Tea Party. 237-5530; Union Township.

Craft Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Bethel Branch Library, Free. 734-2619. Bethel.

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Literary - Crafts Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Evening of crochet. Learn basic crochet stitches and how to read and follow crochet patterns. For 12 and up. Free. 724-1070; Williamsburg.

Summer Camp - Arts Clay Works Youth Summer Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., July 9-13. Learn the art and craft of clay while having fun and exploring creativity. Classes are small, with maximum of 12 students per class. Students receive group and individual instruction at their own level. Ages 7-13. $220. Registration required. 683-2529; Loveland. Art for Teenagers, 8 a.m.-noon, Village Art House, 120 N. Market St., Daily through July 13. Supplies included. Ages 8-12. $80 per person. Registration required. 732-2177; Batavia.

Summer Camp Religious/VBS Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 Lindale-Mount Holly Road, Xtreme Sports. Daily through July 13. Swimming, hot lunch, games, canteen and arts and crafts. With weekly themes. Dress for weather. Ages 1-6. $140 per week; $50 per week pre- and post-camp. Registration required. 797-5268; Monroe Township.

Summer Camp - Sports Soccer Unlimited Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Daily through July 13. Soccer Unlimited & Jack Hermans organize camps and clinics to improve/ maintain your soccer talents by playing serious, training with intensity, and keeping the element of “FUN” involved at all times. Ages 5-17. $85. Presented by Soccer Unlimited. 232-7916. Milford.

Summer Camp - YMCA Traditional Day Camps, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Ages 6-11. Monday-Friday. $120 per week for YMCA member, $175 per week for non-member. 4741400. Anderson Township. Campers in Leadership Training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Ages 14-15. Monday-Friday. $60 members, $120 non-members. 474-1400. Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Australian Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., With Glazer Distributing. $55. 8312749; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, $5. 310-5600; Withamsville.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Literary - Crafts Explorer’s Club, 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Explore this years summer reading theme: Dream Big. Stories, crafts, games and snacks. Ages 0-5. Free. 752-5580. Amelia. Craft Time, Noon-1 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Attendees in grades kindergarten through elementary invited to join for games and crafts during story time for siblings. Free. 734-2619. Bethel.

Literary - Libraries Writer’s Group, 6-8 p.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Open to adult writers of all levels and genres to meet for peer support and sharing. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 752-5580. Amelia.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, Noon-1 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Ages 3-6. Stories, craft and games. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.

Literary - Story Times Drop-in Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Ages 3-6. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Bethel Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 734-2619. Bethel. Baby Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., Stories and music. Ages birth to 18 months. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 752-5580. Amelia. Drop-in ToddlerTime Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., MilfordMiami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Bring child age 18 months-2 years for books, rhymes and songs each week and early literacy tips. Free. 248-0700. Milford.

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Clubs & Organizations OutPost, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Miami Valley Christian Academy, 6830 School St., Non-denominational women’s group. Includes messages and music. Complimentary coffee and refreshments are provided. All ages. Free. Presented by OutPost. 528-1952. Newtown.

Drink Tastings D’Arenberg 100th Birthday Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Wine specialist: TJ Christie - Cutting Edge. Music by Ed Oxley, jazz violin. Hors d’oeuvres by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-2880668; Anderson Township.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Eastside Sports, $5. 310-5600; Withamsville.

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Clermont Chamber July Tailgate, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., YMCA Clermont County, 2075 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Network with other business people in Clermont County. Benefits Veterans Airlift Command and Backpacks for Success. Free. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 576-5000; Williamsburg Township.

Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, Free. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

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Literary - Story Times Drop-in ToddlerTime Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., MilfordMiami Township Branch Library, Free. 248-0700. Milford. All Ages Story Time, 10:3011:30 a.m., Amelia Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 752-5580. Amelia.

Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Music by Katie Pritchard. Meals: $7.75$9.25. Parking permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

Festivals St. Thomas More Church JulyFest, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Music by Gypsy Stone 6:15-8:15 p.m. Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band 9 p.m.midnight. Beer garden, food, entertainment, grand raffle, Bid-N-Buy, midway, split-the-pot drawings, children’s games, rides, concessions and more. Free. 752-2080; JulyFest/tabid/80/Default.aspx. Withamsville.

Music - Concerts Miami Township’s Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Community Park, Midnight on Vine. Free. 248-3727; Miami Township.

Recreation Friday Night Racing, 7-11:30 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215. Williamsburg.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Festivals St. Thomas More Church JulyFest, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Thomas More Church, Music by Blue Sacrifice 6:15-8:15 p.m. An evening with the Dan Varner Band 9 p.m.-midnight. Free. 752-2080; Withamsville.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Runs/Walks Fly Through The Park, 9 a.m., Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, 5K Run/Walk. Chip timing, prizes food and refreshments. Benefits Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund. $20. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 791-4790; Milford.

Shopping Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663. Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Festivals St. Thomas More Church JulyFest, 2-10 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, Music by the Rattlesnakin’ Daddies 3-5 p.m. Anna and Milovan 5:30-8 p.m. OMEB Presents: The School of Rock 8:30-10 p.m. Free. 7522080; tabid/80/Default.aspx. Withamsville.



Rita shares reader’s Silverglade’s chicken salad Annie Hoffman’s clone of Silverglade’s chicken salad

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evening when five new members joined and then had home made ice cream along with other treats and good music. What an evening. Since I am writing about homemade ice cream don’t forget the Monroe Grange Homemade Ice Cream Social on July 14 at the Grange Hall on Ohio 222 in Nicholsville, from 5 till 7 p.m. There will also be sandwiches, pie, cake, coffee and soft drinks. There will be a raffle so get the family and neighbors all together and come out and enjoy the evening and help support the Grange. If you have any used eyeglasses bring them along so the Grange can take them to the Grange camp so they can be taken to Pomeroy, Ohio, where they will be cataloged and then taken to third-world countries for people there who can’t afford them. Also the Grange collects pop tabs which are sold and the money given to the deaf schools of Ohio. We made a trip Monday to Fayetteville to see a lady that was to have some bee supplies. Our grandson Curtis and friend Tony went along. This lady is so special. On Father’s Day, the police and fire department honored her in the Fireman’s Parade. She is 82 years young. Tony was talking to her about her flowers and plants and she gave us a sprout from her cherry tree. We will plant it and the name will be “Mildred’s cherry tree.” Thanks, we love you. We enjoyed having Curtis with us for the day. We had barbecue and homemade french fries for lunch, with homemade ice cream for dessert. We have had two hatch-

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DEATHS Gennie Beran Genevieve “Gennie” Aichele Beran, 71, New Richmond, died June 23. Survived by husband Lee Beran; children Darren (Stephanie) Mitchell, Marci (Greg) Hendershot, Tamara (Kevin) Dostal, Nancy (Scott) Thomas; sister Barb (Gene) Johnson; grandchildren Jake, Madison, Jordan, Megan, Jessica, Dylan, Jackson, Frances. Services were June 27 at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Hospice of Cincinnati East.

Betty Berwanger Betty Lou Berwanger, 82, Seminole, Fla., formerly of Amelia, died June 2. Survived By children Ron (Pat), Carol Dunn, Marlene (Bob) Bailey, Rick (Marcia), Greg Kinman, Karen (Mark) Coffey, Jay, Scott (Melinda) Berwanger; stepchildren Lana (Rick) Windle,

Debi Wiedenbein, Randy (Vickie) Berwanger; sister June Hall; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five Berwanger great-greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband John “Jack” Berwanger, parents Theodore, Edna Cooper, sisters Jo An Cooper, Hazel Hall. Services were June 10 at the Batavia Township Community Center.

William Block William D. Block, 90, New Richmond, died June 25. He was a World War II veteran. Survived by daughters Debra (the late Michael) O’Toole, Sharon (Jack) Violand; grandchildren Ben, Erin (Mike), Danny (Sara), Casey (Mandy), Todd; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Ruth Block.

Services were June 28 at Laurel Cemetery. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to American Diabetes Association or Honor Flight Tri-State.

Rickey Grigsby Rickey B. Grigsby, 56, Amelia, died June 23. Survived by wife Patty Grigsby; children Jami, Rick (Laura) Grigsby; grandchildren Jessica, Jared, Cole, Trenton; mother Carol Grigsby; brother Mark Grigsby; parents-in-law Tina Morgan, Robert Jones. Preceded in death by father Joe Grigsby, sister Kathy Fueston Services were June 27 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Howard Hancock Howard L. Hancock, 81, Amelia, died June 23. He was an Air Force veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Virginia Hancock; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers Stanley, Roy Hancock.

Services were June 27 at Moore Family Funeral Home.

Robin Hoop Robin L. Hoop, 47, Glen Este, died June 24. She was an assistant manager for Big Lots. Survived by wife Greg Hoop; sons Joshua (Della), Jeremy Hoop; grandchildren Halynn, Haivyn Hoop; sisters Renee, Marla Wilson, Marsha Williams; mother Mary (Frank) Coban; parents-in-law George, Shirley Hoop; many nieces and Hoop nephews. Preceded in death by father Robert Wilson. Services were June 29 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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Judy Taylor Judy Engle Taylor, 67, died June 5. Survived by husband Doyle Taylor; children Wendell (Vicki), Gwendolyn, Tina, Chad (Shannon) Taylor, Mary Ann (James) Kirk, Rhonda (Chris) Arington; grandchildren Kyle (Andrea), Brittany, Zachary, Jarred Taylor, James III (Jill), Gregory Jr. Kirk, Kelly (Kris) Laskowski, Brandy, Brigitte Palm, Rachel (Kyle) Smith, Sarah, Jessica, Samantha, Brooke Arington; great-grandchildren Kayla Taylor, Haden Kirk; sister Glenda Peters; niece Hope Fallon. Services were June 11 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Darkness to Light, 7 Radcliffe St., Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29403.



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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 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

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


Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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


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

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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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.

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m.



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

3398 Ohio SR 125


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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

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


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

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director

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

LUTHERAN All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412 Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH


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

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans)

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Trinity United Methodist

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.



Joshua Holston, Amelia, addition, 1418 Breckenridge, Batavia Township. Joseph Rodriguez, Amelia,



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)



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

Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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


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

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

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PRESBYTERIAN 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

Worship Services

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

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WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 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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Trespassing on property at 190 S. Riverside, June 11.

Stephanie Matthews, 37, 20 Church St. No. 10, assault, June 10. Alexander Davenport, 19, 248 N. West St., drug abuse, paraphernalia, June 16.




Assault Female was assaulted at Church St., June 10. Theft Reported at apartment at 23 Lori Lane No. 1, June 18.

Assault Male was assaulted at Union St., June 2.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Juvenile, 17, drug possession, June 10. Jennifer E. Bomkamp, 35, 117 S. Broadway, warrant, June 12. Bryan Ogletree, 32, 370 Broadway, warrant, June 14. Johnathan A. Fryman, 25, 219 Savannah Circle, warrant, June 14.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Jewelry taken from residence at 20 Meadowbrook, June 14. Criminal damage Vehicle damaged at 100 Broadway, June 12. Vehicle damaged at 35 S. Market St., June 14. Criminal trespass

MINI TAULBEE’S LOCATSTROAGE, ED AT 1019 ST. RT. 133, BETHEL, OHIO 45106 WILL BE HAVING AN AUCTION ON 7/7/12 AT 1:00pm AT ABOVE MENTHE TIONED ADDRESS FOR THE SALE OF CONTENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING UNITS: Unit 101 Linda Brayton 614 W. Harrison, Felicity OH 45120 Units 105 and 143 Rebecca Brooks 1111 St. Rt. 133 Lot 56, Bethel, Ohio 45106 127 Rodney Unit Gabbard 3408 St. Rt 756 Felicity, Ohio 45120 Unit 209 and 240 David Nickol 3346 C. Patterson Rd. Bethel, OH 45106 Unit 112 Debra Kiskaden 905 Neville Penn Road Felicity, OH 45120 Unit 211 Diane Meyer 591 St. Rt. 222 Felicity, OH 45120 711786

LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with of provisions the state law,there being unpaid and due which for changes is the undersigned entitled to satisfy an owners lien of the goods here-after described and stored at Self Bob’s Uncle Storage,located at; 1105 Old ST. RT. 74, Batavia, OH. 45103, (513) 752-8110, and having notice due been given to the owner of said properparties all and ty know to claim an inand therein, terest the time specified in such notice for payment of such having the goods expired, will be sold at public auction at the above stated address to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of Wednesday, on 7/25/12, at 10 A.M. 1.Ana Marie Hughes 4482 Carriage Ct. Batavia,Oh., 45103 goods, (household furniture, boxes) 2.Michael S. Jones 692 Bluebird Ln. Cincinnati,Oh., 45244 goods, (household furniture,boxes, appliances, TV’s or stereo equip.) 3.Ralph Fontaine 964 Pamela Dr. Cincinnati,Oh., 45245 goods, (household furniture) 4.Sandra Schock 449 Dartmouth Circle Cincinnati,Oh., 45244 goods, (household boxes, furniture, tools, appliances, TV’s or stereo equip.) 1001712281

Arrests/citations Joshua A. Parsons, 27, 11401 Decoursey Place, warrant, June 10.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Diana C. Skidmore, 23, 810 Clough No. 11, warrant, theft, June 10. Christopher B. Brock, 26, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 207, theft, June 9. Joshua J. Warren, 18, 4662 Rumpke, drug possession, June 12. Edward M. Wuebben, 45, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 124, warrant, June 10. Jacqueline G. Scott, 41, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 124, drug possession, June 10. Johnathan Hensley, 29, 368 St. Andrews No. E, warrant, June 10. Jordan Brynt, 21, 2315 Buxton, theft, June 8. Brandi N. Wyatt, 22, 500 University Lane No. 114, criminal trespass, June 8. Nathan A. Picolo, 21, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 156, breaking and entering, June 14. Ryan Tudor II, 28, 8291 Forest Road, open container, June 13. Michelle Cooper, 40, 6610 Oakland, theft, criminal trespass, June 14. Christopher M. Chriswell, 19, 2977 Norman, drug paraphernalia, June 16. Rebecca Lyons, 31, 856 Gaskins, animals running at large, June 16. Robert E. Kelch, 48, 2445 Jett Hill, domestic violence, June 17. Veronica M. Binder, 21, 2824 Chestnut, drug possession, June 17. Matthew Seaton, 23, 3566 W. Legendary, drug paraphernalia, June 17. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, June 18. Coty Nichols, 21, 1301 Vicksburg, drug instrument, June 18. Vicki L. Callahan, 52, 320 St. Andrews No. A, warrant, June 8. Joseph M. Riley, 36, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 156, warrant, June 14.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary Fishing pole taken at 3645 Merwin Ten Mile, June 13. Breaking and entering TV taken; $600 at 3406 Locust Corner, June 13. Burglary Entry made into residence at 3520 Lewis Road, June 14.

2003 Nissan and handgun taken; $14,480 at 1373 Young, June 18. Handgun and coins taken; $1,625 at 3535 Lewis Road, June 15. Criminal damage Clamp broken on hose to pool causing water loss at 1154 Will-o-ee, June 12. Truck spray painted at 1751 Ohio Pike No. 132, June 15. Landscape light damaged at 897 Old Course, June 17. Truck damaged at 306 St. Andrews, June 17. Domestic violence At Jenny Lind, June 11. At Ohio 132, June 17. Drug paraphernalia Item found in vehicle during traffic stop at area of Ohio 52 at Nine Mile Road, June 16. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 3194 Greenbush, June 11. Menacing Male was threatened at St. Andrews No. A, June 14. Theft DVDs taken from Walmart; $214 at Ohio 125, June 10. Medications taken from vehicle at 1815 E. Ohio Pike, June 11. GPS unit, cigarettes, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,255 at 1500 Golf Club Lane No. 10, June 11. Wallet taken from shopping cart at Walmart at Ohio 125, June 11. CDs taken from Walmart; $413 at Ohio 125, June 8. DVDs taken from Walmart; $432 at Ohio 125, June 14. Money, left on counter, was taken at Subway; $390 at Ohio Pike, June 12. Vandalism Wall spray painted and toilet damaged at Stillmeadow Golf Course at Stillmeadow, June 13.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile, 17, resisting arrest, underage consumption, criminal damage, June 7. Juvenile, 16, resisting arrest, underage consumption, criminal damage, June 7. Garrett Bain, 19, 4055 Hearthstone, underage consumption, obstructing official business, June 7. Matthew Jeffrey, 30, 3843 Adcock, hit skip, June 8. Christopher D. Crabtree, 18, 316 St. Andrews No. A, trafficking in marijuana, tampering with evidence, June 7. Francisco Pena-Fuentes, 32, 3977 Piccadilly No. F, receiving stolen property, June 7. Ricci Salzano, 41, telephone harassment, June 7. Ronald L. Godfrey, 33, 7387 YMCA Road, driving under suspension, June 8. Charles T. Wehby III, 28, 35 Lori Lane, drug abuse, June 7. Jonathan S. Miller, 26, 2755 Ohio 132 No. 224, warrant, June 8. Bonnie S. Welch, 27, 2755 Ohio

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Reminds you, that the last day to pay second half 2011 Clermont County Real Estate Taxes without penalty and possible interest is July 9, 2012 Failure to receive a tax bill will not avoid such penalty and interest. If you have not received a tax bill, you may obtain one by calling: 732-7254 Office hours of the Clermont Treasurer’s Office are Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (O.R.C. 323-08) 1001713157

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal Clermont publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Amelia, Chief David Friend, 753-4747 » Batavia village, Chief Mike Gardner, 732-5692 » New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121 » Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 752-3830 » Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230 » Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261 » Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500. 132 No. 224, driving under suspension, June 8. Heather M. Charlton, 26, 29 Chapel, warrant service, June 8. Candace P. Pelcha, 21, 485 Glenrose, warrant, June 9. David R. Myers, 49, 4345 Terrace Drive, driving under influence, June 9. Ashleigh M. Wykoff, no age given, 1264 Village Glen, theft, June 8. Juvenile, 17, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, June 9. Katherine Frodge, 39, 4959 Beechwood, warrant service, June 9. Mary M. Bill, 36, 226 Congress, driving under suspension, June 9. Curtis C Johnson, 22, 4007 Brandychase No. 270, drug possession, paraphernalia, June 8. Thomas J. Shay, 20, 482 Judy Con, warrant service, June 9. Dayna R. Brooks, 31, 4290 Marbe Lane, driving under influence, June 10. Timothy A. Nicodemus, 50, 343 Clark St., driving under suspension, June 10. Kevin Barnett, 34, 7421 Montgomery, open container, June 10. Jimmy L. Morgan, 30, 899 Staghorn, driving under suspension, June 10. Tasha J. Lee, 29, 899 Staghorn, wrongful entrustment, June 10. Two Juveniles, 14, vandalism, June 5. Troy D. Gillespie, 36, 1214 Glenhaven, recited, June 10. Amanda L. Powers, 25, 4511 Eastern, warrant service, June 10. Brandon S. Clontz, 19, 3990 Piccadilly, warrant service, June 10. Christina D. Berry, 24, 526 Old Ohio 74, fictitious tags, June 10. Dan C. Daly Jr., 46, 2719 Erlene, assault, June 10. Juvenile, 16, riding outside vehicle, June 11. Juvenile, 16, riding outside vehicle, June 11. Christopher A. Bennett, 22, 4479 Spruce Creek, open container, June 11. Juvenile, 16, underage consumption, June 11. William T. Cantrell, 26, 2202 Ohio 28, driving under suspension, June 5. William H. Yazell Iv, 32, 484 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, June 13. Tyler J. Disney, 27, 451 Yarabee, trespassing, June 12. Heath R. Russell, 19, 1 Letitia

Ave., drug possession, June 13. Ashley J. Upton, 18, 4515 Eastwood No. 13102, disorderly conduct, June 13. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, June 13. Lisa Tomlin, 51, 555 Robert Taft Road, drug possession, June 12. Melissa R. Hall, 27, 728 Ohio Pike No. 12, drug possession, June 12. Ronald D. Rogers, 25, 484 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, June 11. Bridgette Martin, 28, 639 Charwood, warrant service, June 11. Joshua T. Mihailoff, 20, 1200 Walnut Creek, robbery, theft, June 10. Jacob Hicks-Day, 21, 134 Newlun Court, robbery, theft, June 10. Kimberly C. Harris, 28, 4579 Timberline, drug possession, June 10. Tyeisha N. Champion, 26, 4252 President Drive, driving under suspension, June 12.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Mailbox damaged at 4702 Tealtown, June 10. Tires cut on vehicle at 4304 Beechmont Drive, June 12. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property of Kroger at Ohio Pike, June 9. Drug overdose Reported at 4674 Summerside, June 9. Gross sexual imposition Female reported this offense at Orland, June 13. Theft Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 652 Madison, June 8. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, June 9. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $35.47 at Ohio Pike, June 12. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 4135 Fox Run, June 11. Home monitor taken from Walmart; $149 at Eastgate Blvd., June 11. Copper taken from AC unit at 4286 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, June 12. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 1156 Creekstone, June 12. Jewelry taken; $1,000 at 789 Deerfield, June 11.

WILLIAMSBURG Incidents/investigations Burglary WII game systems taken at 885 Willow St., June 11. Theft

Lawn ornaments taken at 125 N. 5th St., June 10. Flower box taken at East Main Street at the bridge, June 11. I-Pod taken at 255 S. 6th St., June 14.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Michelle Lee Grandstaff, 28, 233 Mullberry St., No. 8, Felicity, passing bad checks at 1217 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, June 21. Nicholas Adam Story, 21, 1815 Williams, Cincinnati, robbery, theft at 500 University Lane, Batavia, June 18. Roger Joseph Baldrick, 20, 1815 Williams Ave., Cincinnati, robbery, theft at 500 University Lane, Batavia, June 18. Angela Ida Gilb, 39, 3415 Rivendell Drive, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments at 1894 Ohio 125, Amelia, June 18. Chasity Lynn Duerk, 35, 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, fugitive from justice at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, June 19. Amanda Serine Padgett, 32, 53 Maple St., Amelia, domestic violence at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, June 20. Britteny Fischer, 23, 500 University Lane, Batavia, restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters at 500 University Lane, Batavia, June 19. Juvenile, 12, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Amelia, June 20. Liza Lee Halcomb, 26, 3976 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 3976 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, June 21. Tami M. Owens, 29, 4 Montgomery Way, Amelia, theft at 1260 Ohio 125, Amelia, June 21. Juvenile, 15, theft, Amelia, June 21. Cynthia Korff, 32, 3691 Merwin Ten Mile Road, Cincinnati, theft at 1260 Ohio 125, Amelia, June 21. Brandon Christian Cyrus, 25, 2355-1 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, receiving stolen property at 2525 Jett Hill Road, New Richmond, June 22. Courtney Ann Smith, 26, 3684 Bristal Lake Drive, Amelia, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, June 22. Michael James Cassady, 53, address unknown, disorderly conduct - intoxicated annoy or alarm, loitering to engage in solicitation - beckon to, stop, or attempt to stop at 4200 Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, June 22. Cody Wilson, 22, 2928 Valley Ave., Cincinnati, criminal trespass, drug paraphernalia at 500 University Lane, Batavia, June 23. Scott Webster Butler, 57, 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, criminal damaging/endangering, domestic violence - cause belief of imminent physical harm by threat or force at 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, June 24. William Robert Hanna, 26, 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, fugitive from justice at 2220 Berry Road, Amelia, June 25.

RELIGION Epiphany United Methodist Church

This summer, the staff of Springhill Day Camp will be at Epiphany UMC - 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, for five days of adventure, friends and a chance to conquer challenges. Camp will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m the week of July 23. Kids in kindergarten through the fourth grade can sign up. Find more information and register at oh/daycamp. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Greater Cincinnati Russian Church

Services are each Sunday at Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, beginning at 1 p.m. There are also Bible study classes each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Laurel United Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School for children in kindergarten through

sixth grades will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. all five Sundays in July at the church. Registration is at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Amy at 553-2547. The church will be participating in the Monroe Township-wide yard sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7. There will be miscellaneous items for sale in the basement. In addition, food for lunch and baked goods will be sold. Vendors may set up in the church yard at no charge. For more information, call 553-3043. The church is at 1888 LaurelLindale Road.

Milford Assembly of God

The church will host “A Day of Healing” service the first Sunday of each month at 10:45 a.m., beginning July 1. If anyone is in need of physican, emotional, financial or spiritual healing, they are encouraged to attend. The church is at 1301 Ohio 131, Milford; 831-8039.

St. Thomas More

The annual JulyFest is July 13, July 14 and July 15. Food and entertainment for the entire family is available, including games, midway rides, an interactive gaming video trailer, grand raffle and adult casino. Entertainment includes Gypsy Stone, Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band, Blue Sacrifice, The Dan Varner Band, Rattlesnakin Daddies, Anna and Milovan and the OMEB and the School of Rock. JulyFest is open Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday at 1 p.m. for the Sunday dinner, and at 3 p.m. for the rest of the festival.

Wiggonsville Church of God

The church, with Pastor Ken Rutherford, is having its 40th annual homecoming at 11 a.m., July 15. Guest speaker is Jeremy Rutherford. Two featured groups will be singing: The King Family and The Hamiltons and many others. Dinner will be served. Everyone is welcome. The church is on Ohio 133 south of Bethel about three miles.


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