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7, 2010



Sign theft a biannual event

On Sleepy Hollow Lane By Kellie Geist

Vineyard becomes a destination

When Tim and Lynn Downey bought a farm in Felicity in 1993, they intended to do research into alternative energy. But 17 years later that land is home to Lakeside Vineyard and Winery. “We started getting interested in grape production in 1997. There was an article published by the Ohio State University that said the 34 wineries in Ohio at the time has brought 1,000 tons of grapes from other states to supplement the 1996 harvest,” Tim said. FULL STORY, B1

Union Twp./Amelia contract amended

The Union Township and the village of Amelia administrations have come to an agreement on how the village’s fire and emergency services should be handled. Amelia contracts with Union Township for fire and EMS because the village doesn’t have its own fire department. FULL STORY, A2

The residents of Sleepy Hollow Lane in Union Township are frustrated about having their street sign stolen, but it’s not just about the cost. A number of people on the street, including 5-month-old Joseph Hulbert, have severe health issues and, without a street sign, it might be harder for emergency medical crews to find them. The Sleepy Hollow Lane sign is stolen, routinely, about twice a year; once at Halloween and once around the end of the school year. In fact, the sign currently is missing after a theft about a month ago. Because Sleepy Hollow Lane is a private drive, the residents are responsible for the sign, which costs between $100 and $150 each. “The signs are expensive, we buy them in bulk,” said resident Debbie Ulbrich. “This has been a frustration since we moved here 10 years ago.” Ulbrich is more concerned now because Hulbert, her grandson who lives with her, has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. In February, while in Anderson Township, Hulbert had to be flown to Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital Medical Center. Ulbrich is concerned if there is no street sign, emergency medical crews may not be able to find her house. “Along with breaking the law, because stealing the signs is theft, not having a sign could cost someone their life. We can’t just camp out at the end of the street in


Debbie Ulbrich and her husband Peter (not pictured) are raising two of their grandchildren Faith Ann Hulbert, left, and Joseph Hulbert at their Union Township home. The Ulbrichs are concerned about the effects of not having a street sign, which is stolen at least twice a year. case there’s an emergency,” she said. “It’s not just a prank when it has to do with somebody’s life.” Lt. Sue Madsen, with the Union Township Communications Center, said it’s important to have a numeric number on your house and a street sign because, when a 911 call comes in, it’s correlated with a phone number and a street address. “That information is how we dispatch people. We give the street address to the fire person, EMS person or police person to try to locate you,” she said. “Obviously, if you have a street sign and a number on your house, you’ll be easier to find.” Ulbrich said she, along with her neighbors, are just frustrated

with the theft of the signs. While she doesn’t know if it’s one person every time or different people each time, she hopes someone will have the answer. “Whether someone has 20 signs in their house or some kid has one sign in their bedroom, someone has to know where these signs are,” she said. “I would like for them to be returned and I wish people would stop stealing the signs.” “This has been an aggravation for the 10 years we’ve lived here,” Ulbrich said. Union Township Police Lt. Scott Gaviglia said anyone who experiences a theft should call the police department, but he said sign theft doesn’t happen often.

“The national trend is to steal signs that are unique, but I spoke with Service Director Matt Taylor and very minimally are signs stolen,” Gaviglia said. Gaviglia said the sign thefts would be reported as a theft, which would be a misdemeanor. However, actually possessing a street sign also is illegal. According to Ohio Revised Code 4511.18, “no individual shall buy or otherwise possess, or sell, a traffic control device” unless on some type of official business or if that person has a receipt for the device. Anyone with information about these thefts should call the Union Township Police Department at 752-1230.

Amelia CTC route to get full-size buses By Kellie Geist

Shop mural brightens Burg

An old-fashioned delivery truck is parked in front of a donut shop. In the window two people are relaxing over cups of coffee. The image is a mural painting on the side wall of a real donut shop, Holtman’s at 214 W. Main St. in Williamsburg. Toni Plazarin, co-owner of Holtman’s, said the mural is intended to attract interest from motorists and pedestrians on Main Street. FULL STORY, A3

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Riders who take the 4X Amelia Express bus route soon will have new, larger buses for their ride to work. The Clermont Transportation Connection has ordered two 48-passenger, full-size buses to use on the Amelia route. These will be CTC’s first full-size buses. The total cost of the buses is $783,464, of which $750,000 is through a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. To pay for the remainder, CTC will spend $11,652 from their general budget and $21,812 from their maintenance budget, said CTC Director Ben Capelle. He said the new buses will help CTC handle the service on the Amelia route. “The ridership in Amelia has been just beyond our expectations and we’ve had to add buses and bus drivers,” Capelle said. “The buses we have seat 24 people and, even with the increased service, we have people standing ... The new buses will help us cope with the demand.” The Amelia route has had small buses with 38 passengers, he said. “The buses are just too full,”

Riding the 4X

The 4X Amelia Express route picks passengers up at Ohio 125 and Ohio 132 as well as at Ohio 125 and Glen Este-Withamsville Road and drops them off at Government Square in downtown Cincinnati. On the route, there are eight runs in the morning and seven in the evening. All trips to and from Ohio 132 take about 45 minutes and routes from Glen EsteWithamsville Road take about 30 minutes. Passengers can catch the bus at the intersection of Ohio 125 and Ohio 132 at 5:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. The bus also picks passengers up at Ohio 125 at Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Those pick-up times are: 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m., and 8:10 a.m. To come home, the 4X leaves Government Square at 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Capelle said. When CTC took over the Amelia route in August 2008, there were six routes in the morning and six routes in the evening. Now there are eight routes in the morning and seven routes in the evening. To save money, Capelle said CTC will probably replace two of the small buses with the full-size buses instead of adding a run. S witching to a full-size bus will be less expensive than adding a bus and a driver. He also said operation costs of the large bus, including the increased cost of fuel, should be offset by the increased number of riders and fares.

In the last two years, ridership on the Amelia route has increased 150 percent. Last year, CTC carried about 45,000 riders while, in 2008, Metro transported 18,000 riders. Capelle said this could be because the Metro route traveled Beechmont to Five Mile Road before getting on Interstate 275. The CTC route gets onto the I-275 at Ohio 125 in Union Township. Capelle said the change saves riders about 40 minutes per day. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington said having the route in the village is a benefit to the residents and all riders. “I think it’s a nice option for people,” he said. “Public trans-

portation is convenient for our residents, it benefits the environment and it helps traffic flow on Main Street.” “I did not know they were going to add larger buses and it’s good news to me ... We’re very pleased with the effectiveness of the program,” he said. Capelle said it takes about a year for the bus company, Gillig LLC, to deliver the buses, so they should be up and running June 2011. After the buses are in place, the drivers – who already are licensed to drive the full-size buses and many of whom have experience driving school buses – will receive some additional training. “They are able to drive them, but we’ll have additional training because the full-size buses are very different vehicles,” Capelle said. While it will be a change from CTC’s signature “small buses,” Capelle said they are looking forward to the new, full-size additions. “We’re very excited. We’ll be able to transport more people with one vehicle, which is better for the environment and more cost effective,” he said. “There aren’t many downsides to this.”


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July 7, 2010

Amelia, Union Township amend fire/EMS contract By Kellie Geist

The Union Township and the village of Amelia administrations have come to an agreement on how the village’s fire and emergency services should be handled. Amelia contracts with Union Township for fire and EMS because the village doesn’t have its own fire department. The two entities have been dis-

puting the contract, which was approved in 2004, because of the staffing at the Fire Station 52 at 3873 Bach Buxton Road. Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling said the station is staffed with between two and four firefighter/EMTs at all time. However, the village wanted to be sure there were always four people at that station, which is closest to Amelia, he said. “The main issue was staffing and whether or not we had four

people at that station at all times,” Union Township Administrator Ken Geis said. The contract also said the village would pay either the fixed minimum contract amount or more depending on how much the village’s fire levy brought in. The amended contract guarantees the village will pay a fixed rate of $292,500 for fire and EMS services and $38,500 for dispatch services for 2010. The fire and EMS price increas-

es about 3 percent each year and the dispatch fee goes up $1,500 each year, Geis said. Also, the amended agreement guarantees there will be four firefighter/EMTs at station 52. This contract was approved by Amelia’s council Monday, June 21, and the Union Township trustees Thursday, June 24. It will expire in 2014. “All we’ve done is rearrange the people,” Deimling said. “The services we provide to

Tattoo business seeks mural on Amelia building By John Seney

An Amelia tattoo studio owner wants to paint a mural on his business depicting an electric trolley car station from 100 years ago. James Shadow, owner of Shadow Works at 13 W. Main St., said his business was built on the same site of the old trolley station. He said the trolley line ran from Portsmouth to Cincinnati. “It looked like an oversized street car,” he said of the trolley cars. Shadow plans to paint two separate murals covering three sides of his building.

“I have this big building. It definitely needs something on it,” he said. Shadow plans to use a single color – navy blue. “That way it’s fast but still has an impact,” he said. Shadow is looking for businesses willing to help sponsor the mural. In return, he will paint the name or logo of the sponsor on the mural. He got the idea for the mural because he “wanted to do something for the town.” Shadow has operated the shop in Amelia for 10 years. In addition to tattoos, he does artwork on custom vehicles.

“We do all types of artwork,” he said. Mayor Leroy Ellington said the mural “sounds like kind of a neat thing.” He said there was some concern about how the mural would comply with the village’s sign ordinance, but he was confident those problems could be worked out. Ellington said the Main Street area had lost a lot of its traditional small businesses, and the mural “would add an element of character.” “It would be a neat landmark to put there,” he said. “One that our town is lacking.”

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Amelia and to Union Township will not change. We will still have between 15 and 20 people on every day.” Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington said he did not want to comment on the contract until he has heard from legal counsel. As of 1 p.m. Friday, June 25, he had not called back. In May, the Union Township Fire Department received 52 calls for service in Amelia – 39 for EMS and 13 for fire.

Daisy troop thanks trustees

Members of Holly Hill Daisy Troop 41444 June 1 presented the Batavia Township trustees with pictures thanking them for use of the township hall for meetings. Daisy members, from left, are Minda Troxell, Ashley Block, Ella Jones and Morgan Wynn. In back are, from left, township Fiscal Officer Jennifer Haley and Trustees Lee Cornett, Archie Wilson and Jim Sauls.


Hearing postponed for Duke driver By John Seney

The June 29 hearing for a Duke Energy driver involved in a May 9 crash in Batavia has been postponed to July 19. Kenneth E. Mathers, 59, of Tate Township is facing three counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Mathers was arrested May 9 after he was involved in a crash with two other vehicles in the 300 block of Foundry Avenue in Batavia. Five occupants of a minivan involved in the crash were taken to University

Hospital and treated for injuries. Mathers was not injured. Mathers was on duty at the time of the crash and was driving a boom truck carrying a utility pole. He was taken to the Clermont County Jail where he remains in custody. The purpose of the June 29 hearing before Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Victor Haddad was to hear motions in the case and set a trial date. Prosecutor Bill Ferris said the hearing was postponed because more time was needed for “ongoing discovery.” The next hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 19 before Haddad.

The arrest of Mathers was the first of two drunken driving incidents in three days in Clermont County involving a Duke employee driving a company vehicle. Another Duke worker, William K. Foster, 45, of Seaman, Ohio, was arrested in Owensville May 11 and charged with drunken driving, speeding and driving with a license under suspension. Foster was not on duty, but was driving a company truck he was allowed to take home. The hearing in Foster’s case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 20 before Clermont County Municipal Court Judge Thomas Herman.

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youths (between the ages of 16 and 21) to work with the Union Township Service Department between June 21 and Aug. 31. This program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act. “This is a program Union Township has been involved with before and it has worked very well,” said township Administrator Ken Geis. MALACHI, which is the youth agency for the Workforce Investment Act in Clermont County, uses this summer employment program to teach the youth the soft skills of having a job. “They learn skills like filling out a timecard, coming to work on time, dressing and acting appropriately. Those are hard to learn if you don’t have a job or anyone to help you,” said Sharon Bogan, executive director of MALACHI. “There are many youth who have dropped out of school or have other barriers that keep them from getting or keeping a job. This project helps them get job ready so they can get a lifesustaining job,” she said. Service Director Matt Taylor said one of the employees, who worked with the township last year, will work in the cemetery. The other one will work in the parks. Taylor said these summer employees will do general labor such as trimming around headstones and cleaning facilities.


July 7, 2010

Community Journal


Shop mural brightens ’Burg By John Seney

An old-fashioned delivery truck is parked in front of a donut shop. In the window two people are relaxing over cups of coffee. The image is a mural painting on the side wall of a real donut shop, Holtman’s at 214 W. Main St. in Williamsburg. Toni Plazarin, co-owner of Holtman’s, said the mural is intended to attract interest from motorists and pedestrians on Main Street. “It says to people: ‘You’re welcome to come in and have some donuts,’” she said. It also brightens up what was once a blank wall. “It livens the place up,” Plazarin said. The mural recalls an earlier time, with the old delivery truck similar to one Plazarin’s father drove


A view of Holtman's Donut Shop in Williamsburg showing the real front and the mural painting at right. when he ran a donut shop in Newtown. “It shows the history of the town,” Plazarin said of Williamsburg, the oldest village in Clermont County. Holtman’s is only recently part of that history. It opened less than a year ago,

serving the same donuts made at Holtman’s original location in Goshen Township. The 110-year-old building Holtman’s moved into has housed many businesses over the years, including a pharmacy and department

store. Plazarin contracted with artist Ronald Keith of Blanchester to paint the mural. “I just love it,” Plazarin said. “He got it just right.” Keith said it took him about 60 hours to paint the mural, “which is pretty quick for a mural that size.” “I’m happy with it,” Keith said. “It came together like what I designed.” Keith said he has 27 years experience painting on a large scale. He has done similar wall murals in Blanchester and Wilmington. While working on the mural, Keith got a lot of positive feedback. “I had people stop by and give me compliments and tell me how much Williamsburg needs this,” he said. Sandy Milburn, who runs Giovanni’s Pizza next


Toni and Charles Plazarin, owners of Holtman’s Donut Shop in Williamsburg, stand in front of the mural painted on the side of their shop. door, likes the mural. “I think it’s neat,” she said. “It has drawn a lot of people’s attention,” The pizza restaurant and donut shop share a parking lot, so a sign pointing the way to Giovanni’s runs along the side of the mural. Plazarin said business has been good since she and her husband, Charles Plazarin, opened the shop. “People here are friend-

ly,” she said of Williamsburg. “They walk up and down the street. You don’t see that in a lot of places.” Holtman’s is open 4:30 a.m. to noon every day except Sunday. The Plazarins plan to extend the hours and begin serving ice cream. For information, call 724-3865 or visit http://

Proposal would use sun to power water plant

The Melink Corp. of Union Township, a leader in renewable energy solutions, proposes using the sun to power a Clermont County water plant. Representatives from Melink presented the plan to the county commissioners at a work session April 14. The proposal involves building solar collectors on seven acres of land at the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant near Batavia. Melink Corp. president Steve Melink said the plan

came out of a desire to help Clermont County become a leader in clean energy. “Clean energy will drive the economy in the 21st century,” he said. He said switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power will not only save energy, but also save money and create jobs. Melink said the company’s strategy involves assisting governments and public entities in switching to renewable energy through power purchase agreements. Dave Boezi, vice presi-

dent of renewable energy at Melink, said the McEwen plant, where there is plenty of Melink land available for solar collectors, would be a good place to start. The project would produce enough energy to power the plant by using 9,000 solar collectors on seven acres. The McEwen plant would be the largest government project in Ohio

involving renewable energy, Melink said. Donna Jones, vice president of accounting and finance at Melink, said the company would build the solar complex and sell the power to the county through a power purchase agreement. Melink said the cost of solar energy at the water plant might be more initially, but there would be a lower rate of increase in future years compared to traditional energy sources. “It’s a matter of looking at the big picture and not how much you can save

Geis provides Pierce Township economic tips By John Seney

The biggest thing driving economic development is location. That’s what Union Township Administrator Ken Geis told members of the Pierce Township committee studying the development facilitation program. Geis talked with the committee June 30 about how Union Township handled development. “We’re trying to learn how other townships run their development programs to help us make recommendations,” said committee chair Dean Johns. Geis said development in Union Township was strong in the 1990s and the early part of this decade because of two factors: The township’s proximity to Interstate 275, Ohio 32 and Ohio Pike and the attitude of elected officials. “Developers are not

going to come in and invest if they don’t know there is consistency with elected officials,” he Geis said. Geis said the township used tax incentives to attract commercial development. “The only community we competed with was West Chester,” he said. “We beat everybody else.” Geis said it was a misconception Union Township only catered to business development. He said the township had major residential subdivisions in progress and “more diversity in residential development than anyone else.” Geis said a large staff was not necessary to encourage economic development. “I was the face of eco-

nomic development for Union Township,” he said. “People don’t have to go through bureaucratic steps. If you have a problem, call me. I’ll shepherd the project through from start to finish.” Pierce Township Administrator David Elmer also explained the budget process to committee members. The committee, made up of Trustees Christopher Knoop and Bonnie Batchler and five township residents, was formed after some residents complained about the work of development facilitation director Chris Tetrault. Members of the committee began meeting in June. They have promised to present recommendations to the trustees in August. The next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the township administration building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The meeting is open to the public

Chapel Road name change approved By John Seney

Delivery drivers often get confused when Chapel Road in Batavia Township suddenly changes to Mt. Holly Road. The Clermont County commissioners took steps April 21 to end the confusion by changing the name of a 1,302-foot section of Mt. Holly Road to Chapel Road.

The section of road affected by the name change runs from where Mt. Holly Road meets Chapel Road to Ohio 222. The Batavia Township trustees asked for the name change. Township Administrator Rex Parsons said there had been a number of complaints to township officials about that section of road. He said residents complained of problems with

deliveries from UPS, FedEx and pizza outlets. Parsons said officials from the Central/Joint Fire & EMS District, which covers the area, were familiar with the road but were concerned firefighters from other departments responding to a mutual aid request would be confused. All the property owners on the road had been contacted and were in favor of the name change, he said.


this year,” he said. Because the plan involves Melink leasing seven acres of land from the county, county Administrator David Spinney said he would have to look into possible restrictions on leasing to private companies. Commissioner Bob Proud said the commissioners would have to see more details on how much the plan would cost before making any decision. “I think it’s exciting,” Proud said. “I love thinking out of the box.” Melink said he would

put together more detailed plans to present to the commissioners at a future meeting.



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Emergency Operations Center dedicated By Kellie Geist


The new Clermont County Emergency Operations Center includes two horseshoestyle rows of work stations, overhead TVs and projectors, three giant projection screens and a conference room. The center officially opened Tuesday, June 22.


Clermont Emergency Management Agency Director Beth Nevel thanks the people who made building the Clermont County Emergency Operations Center possible. The center was dedicated Tuesday, June 22.

Hurricane winds. Tornados. Floods. Fires. With the new underground Emergency Operations Center, Clermont County is ready to handle all sorts of disasters. County officials dedicated and officially opened the new Emergency Operations Center during a ceremony Tuesday, June 22. State Sen. Tom Niehaus, State Reps. Joe Uecker and Danny Bubp, Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani and a number of county officials attended. “I’m glad to be here to celebrate with you the dedication of a facility that none of us hope we ever need,” Niehaus said. “I just want to thank everyone who was part of this project. I think it’s a great example of a state, federal and local project. “Everyone worked well to make this a reality and I’m pleased to be part of it,” he said. The funding for the $1.17 million project came from a variety of sources, including $775,000 from the state, $300,000 from an Urban Area Strategic Initiative grant, $64,000 from an Emergency Management Planning grant and $32,000 from a Department of Homeland Security grant. All of these funding sources were secured through partnerships with the University of Cincinnati,


At the end of the grand opening Tuesday, June 22, a number of county and state dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon. From left are: Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey, State Rep. Joe Uecker, State Rep. Danny Bubp, State Sen. Tom Niehaus, UC Clermont Acting Dean Mick McLaughlin, Clermont County Administrator Dave Spinney, Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud, Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, and Clermont Emergency Management Agency Director Beth Nevel. the Southern Ohio Southern Indiana Northern Kentucky Steering Committee, the Emergency Operations Center and the Clermont County Terrorism Advisory Team. The underground center has two horseshoe-shaped desks with laptop work stations, two overhead TVs, three large projection screens and a conference room. The technology allows the center to stream live feeds, situation updates and other information to put on the screens for center employees and volunteers to use. The area also will be used for training. The upstairs area will be used as an Emergency Operations Center annex to help aid in the center’s

activities. “People in Clermont County should be very proud of this facility and proud of the people working inside of it,” Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said. Uecker said the new facility is leaps and bounds from what an emergency operations center used to be. “I was a police officer out here in Clermont County a really long time ago and the communications system back then was a dispatch desk located in the Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “We certainly have come a long way.” Bubp agreed and said he was proud to be have been part making this project a

reality. “How fortunate we are to be here in Clermont County. Across the state, and indeed across the world where are troops are serving, emergency operation centers look a lot different,” he said. “We are blessed to have a state-of-the-art facility like this.” Clermont County Emergency Management Agency Director Beth Nevel thanked everyone for their support and specifically thanked County Administrator Dave Spinney and Office of Technology, Communications and Security Director Steve Rabolt. “This is a dream come true for all of us,” Nevel said. “This is the future of Clermont County.”

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Cell phone donation

Pierce Township Police Chief James Smith donates used cell phones to Laurie Coots, court victim’s advocacy coordinator of the Clermont YWCA. The police department collected 30 used cell phones and donated 15 to the YWCA to assist victims of domestic violence or stalking. The remaining 15 phones will be donated to Cell Phones For Soldiers, a non-profit organization that helps U.S. armed forces personnel call home from overseas. The police will continue to collect cell phones for charitable causes. They can be dropped off at 950 Locust Corner Road.

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Clermont County officials are considering contracting with Siemens Inc. to save money on energy upgrades in county buildings. John Anderson, business development manager for Siemens, told the commissioners the county could reduce energy and operational costs by contracting with the company. County Administrator David Spinney said contracting with Siemens would allow the county to deal with a single source when purchasing new equipment

such as heating and cooling units. Siemens would deal with subcontractors and handle all the paperwork, Spinney said. “That is a distinct advantage,” he said. Facilities Director Wade Grabowski said Siemens could retrofit the county buildings with newer technology lights that use less energy. “We won’t even have to change the bulbs, they will do it,” he said. Anderson estimated the total cost of upgrades at $2.2 million, which he said the county could make up

in energy savings in 8.3 years. Commissioner Scott Croswell was concerned the cost of the program was firm but the amount of savings was an estimate. He asked if Siemens would guarantee the savings. “Yes. We will write you a check if we don’t,” Anderson said. Spinney said money for energy upgrades was set aside in the budget. The commissioners made no decision on the proposal. Anderson said he would get back with the commissioners at a later date with more details.

Volunteers sought for New Richmond charter commission By John Seney

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inviting residents to discuss the charter proposal. About 10 or 11 residents expressed interest in serving on a charter commission. Wolf said any resident who would like to serve on the charter commission should call village hall at 553-4146. He said the advantage of a charter government is the village would have home rule. Without home rule, a village has to get the legislature to approve any change in village government. With home rule, residents can vote to amend the charter,

Wolf said. He said a charter plan was voted down in 1972 because it proposed the mayor be chosen by the council rather than by the voters. “People didn’t like that. They like electing their own mayor,” Wolf said. “The town has changed a lot since 1972,” Council Member Vinnie Cochran said. “It’s worth a shot.” Wolf said if at least 15 residents express interest in serving on the commission, he would make a motion at a meeting in July or August to place the charter issue on the ballot.

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The Milford Community Fire Department used Ladder 71 to hold the American Flag at Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend's visitation Friday, June 2.

Dohrenwend seized the day


The Patriot Guard, clad with these American Flags, helped family, friends and supporters pay their respects to Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend. Dohrenwend’s visitation was Friday, July 2, in Milford.

By Kellie Geist

In an e-mail to his best friend, Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend included a message that was to be read in the event of his death. “To all my loved ones gathered here today, if you are reading this, God has called me home from war,” it read. Later in the letter, Dohrenwend said he did not want to be remembered as a hero. “I am, was and always will be a soldier, which is more than enough for me ... I do not regret dying for a second. I only regret we did not have more time,” the letter said. “This isn’t really a good-bye, but a temporary distance between us.” Dohrenwend, a 20-yearold Army Specialist, died Monday, June 21, of noncombat related injuries. He was serving in Iraq and was set to come home in five weeks. When Dohrenwend told his family he wanted to join the Army, he was confident in his decision. “He knew when he joined the Army that he would no doubt end up in a war zone,” said Jacob’s mom, Shannon Abernathy. “He said, ‘This is what I believe in and this is my way of giving back,’” His remains were brought home Wednesday, June 30, and a visitation was held Friday, July 2. Friends, family, neighbors and supporters attended a Celebration of Life Saturday, July 3. During the Celebration of Life, everyone talked about how wonderful, and funny, Dohrenwend was. “Jacob was always able to come to the aid of those in need. He always tried to lift the spirits of those around him, even in the worst of circumstances,” Abernathy said. When her son was home in February, he told her not to worry, Abernathy said. “He said, ‘Don’t worry


Milford Community Fire Department member Tim Howland, left, and Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District member Jason Witte hang the American Flag in honor of Army Spec. Jason Dohrenwend. Dohrenwend died in Iraq June 21 from non-combat related injuries. His remains were brought home Wednesday, June 30.


The people who came out to welcome Jacob Dohrenwend home wait while the Milford Community Fire Department and the Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District hang the American Flag over Main Street. Dohrenwend died in Iraq June 21 from noncombat related injuries. His remains were brought home Wednesday, June 30. mommy, I know who and what I am. I don’t have to wonder where I belong because I’m already there,” she said. Dohrenwend’s little brother, Jack Dohrenwend, said while he’ll miss his brother, he wants to celebrate his life. “He would have wanted us to keeping living on because he loved us. Jacob wouldn’t have wanted us to cry and mope,” Jack said. “Jacob, you will never be forgotten and always be missed.” Ben Black, Dohrenwend’s best friend, said he will never forget how Dohrenwend

could turn around a bad day. “He was a true friend. You could have the worst day of your life and he would be there to put his arm around you ... We should take a leaf out of Jacob’s book and seize the day. That’s what he did and that was his legacy,” Black said. Milford Police Officer Megan Bovenzi met Dohrenwend while patrolling the Showcase Cinemas in Milford. After he enlisted in the Army, Dohrenwend helped Bovenzi with the DARE program at Milford elementary schools. He came to meet the kids, who would send him

letters of encouragement while he was overseas. Bovenzi said Dohrenwend wanted to have a career in the military and become an officer. “He wanted to make a difference,” she said. “I honestly feel there is a gaping hole for all the things he could have done.” Dohrenwend’s father Jim Dohrenwend thanked the community for their support. “It’s not just our family, but our extended family, our community and our nation who has lost a son. And what a wonderful son he was,” he said.


Milford Community Fire Department member Robert Brinkman, a specialist in the Army, helps close lanes on Main Street for Jacob Dohrenwend’s funeral procession. Dohrenwend died in Iraq June 21 from non-combat related injuries. His remains were brought home Wednesday, June 30.


This banner, which reads “Thank you for your service,” was placed outside Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life in memory of Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend was held Saturday, July 3, in Milford. KELLIE GEIST/STAFF

Neighbors, residents, friends and supports of Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend lined Milford’s streets Wednesday, June 30, in his honor. From left are: Catherine Alford, Alyssa Alford, Allison Alford, Josalyn Finkler and Tony Alford of Camp Dennison.


The Patriot Guard and a Craver-Riggs Funeral Home hearse stood outside the Milford First United Methodist Church Saturday, July 3, for the Celebration of Life in memory of Army Spec. Jacob Dohrenwend. Dohrenwend will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery later this summer.



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July 7, 2010

County endorses program for lower energy costs By Kellie Geist and John Seney

The county has endorsed a program that will enable most residents to sign up for discounted prices for electricity and lock into low natural gas prices. The programs are being offered by Duke Energy Retail Sales for electricity and Energy Alliance Inc., an agent for Integrys Energy, for gas. The county commissioners May 10 agreed to the programs contingent on approval by the prosecutor’s office. The programs also have been endorsed by several townships in the county, including Batavia,

Monroe, Wayne and Ohio. “The people who live in townships that already endorsed the program will receive the offer through the township. All of the people who live in the townships that have not endorsed the program will get it though the county,” said Renee Combs of Duke Energy Retail Sales. The county endorsement applies only to the unincorporated areas of the townships. The energy companies agreed to visit every village and city with the offer. Residents have the option of signing up for either electricity or gas or neither. Paul Smith, vice president of Duke Energy Retail, said the elec-

tricity program is offering residents an 18-percent discount from regular Duke prices through December 2011. He said the company is able to do this because the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in 2008 set the price of electricity for utilities until 2011. “It’s fixed, it cannot change,” he said. However, because energy costs have gone down since 2008, energy companies can now sell it cheaper than the fixed price. As a result, Duke Energy created Duke Energy Retail Sales, which is allowed to offer the lower price. Smith said residents who sign

up for the program have the choice of either signing up for the 18-percent discount through 2011 or locking into a fixed price for electricity. Both options will save a least $20 a month for the average residential customer, he said. Combs said the program is a way for Duke to retain customers. “There’s a lot of switching (suppliers) going on out here, so this is an area of opportunity for us,” she said. Spence Faxon of Energy Alliance said the gas program will allow residents to lock into low gas prices for a year. He said the program is for people looking for price stability.

“It’s almost like insurance,” he said. Faxon said there is no guarantee the customer would save money if the price of gas falls. “I can see a potential downside with gas, if the prices go down, but what is the downside to electric? I say sign me up,” said Commissioner Scott Croswell. Spence said the probability for gas prices to decline farther is very slim. Batavia Township endorsed the program in April. Township Trustee Lee Cornett called the program a “win-win for residents.” Residents who sign up for the programs will continue to be billed by Duke.


The New Richmond Fire & EMS Department will host American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid courses Saturday, July 10. CPR class begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the second floor council meeting room of the New Richmond Village Hall, 102 Willow St. First aid class follows at 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary by calling 553-2117. For future course dates, visit

Lulu to perform

WILLIAMSBURG – Lulu Roman, former cast member of the television series “Hee Haw,” will perform 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 330 Gay Street. Contact Kyle Overstake at 937-515-8190 or e-mail karas_

Budget hearing

PIERCE TWP. – The trustees will hold a public hearing on the 2011 tax budget at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the township hall, 950 Locust Corner Road. Copies of the budget will be available for inspection at the office of the township fiscal officer.

Trash contract

WILLIAMSBURG – Village Council Thursday, June 24, awarded a new trash collection contract. The contract is with CSI Waste Services for the next five years. Administrator Patti Bates said trash collection rates for village residents will not increase for the first year. Future rate increases are possible, she said.

Free concert

An evening with Sting

CincinnatiMomsLikeMe is giving away tickets to An Evening with Sting featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. To enter the contest, visit and click on the Contests tab. Two winners will be randomly selected to receive a pair of tickets to see Sting at PNC Riverbend Pavilion at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 14.

July 4 photo contest

Share your favorite 4th of July photos and you could have a chance to win season passes to Kings Island. To enter, visit the Contests page on CincinnatiMoms and click on the “4th of July Photo Contest.” The contest starts Saturday, July 3, and the deadline to enter is Friday, July 9.

$1000 watch & win m is giving away $1000 cash! Starting Monday, July 12, members will be watching for a chance to win cash prizes. Not a member? Visit to sign up so you are ready to play. Contest ends Friday, July 16.

PIERCE TWP. – Robin Lacy and DeZydeco will perform a free concert Thursday, July 8, in Pierce Township. The concert will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pierce Township Park, 961 Locust Corner Road. Those attending the concert are asked to bring chairs or blankets. Kids are welcome. Members of the Pierce Township Fire Department will serve drinks and hot dogs. Donations will be accepted for the refreshments.

Claim settled

AMELIA – The Clermont County commissioners approved a settlement agreement that will allow The Lamar Companies to have a billboard on the county’s property at 1410 Ohio 125. The settlement costs $33,200 and is part of the appropriations for the AmeliaOlive Branch and Ohio 125 improvement project. Basically, to complete the road improvements, the billboard had to be moved from 1395 Ohio 125 to the new location at 1410 Ohio 125, said County Administrator Dave Spinney. The billboard will remain on the county’s property until the lease expires in January of 2015.

Road work bids

BATAVIA TWP. – The trustees June 15 accepted a bid for summer road paving work. A bid of $273,143.35 by Barrett Paving was accepted as the “low bid and most responsive bid,” said Administrator Rex Parsons. The only other bid was from the Jurgensen Co. for $286,036.50. Parsons said the work should begin in a few weeks.

Sections of roads scheduled to be paved include: Chapel Road, Brooke Court, Quincy Court, Elmbrooke Court, Gate Tree Lane, Lawson Drive, Lucy Run, Madison Park, Presidential Drive, Woodburn Court, Meadowfield Court and Union Chapel Road.


UNION TWP. – In the recent Small Business Spotlight story about Ditto’s Resale shop in Union Township, it was reported the owner’s son suggested opening the shop. The late Jason Litchfield was the son of owner Debbie Ramsey and Fred. W. Litchfield. He was the stepson of the shop’s co-owner Michael Ramsey.

Cooling help available

CLERMONT COUNTY – Beginning July 1, residents of Clermont County can apply for help paying their summer energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program’s Summer Crisis Program operates in Ohio from July 1 to Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted. “This program is critical for residents who need help staying cool during extreme temperatures,” said Billie Kuntz, executive director of Clermont Community Services. “Clermont Community Services, Inc. can help by providing payment assistance or an air conditioner to eligible families.” The Summer Crisis Program is designed to assist low-income households with an elderly member, age 60 or older, or someone with a documented medical need for air conditioning. Each household is eligible for up to $175 in payment assistance. Households also must be living at or below 200 percent of the Fed-

eral Poverty Line ($44,100 for a family of four). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the HEAP staff at (513) 7322277, ext. 3.

Ice cream social

MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange members will get together at 6 p.m. Friday, July 9, to get the hall ready for the ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10. This is open to the public at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. Members will have hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade ice cream, pie, cake, coffee and soft drinks. There will be a raffle which will help the Grange and the Junior Grange.

Library display

The CCHS library display will be at the Batavia Library in July. The display is “Tools of America’s Past.”

Rodenberg appointed

CLERMONT COUNTY – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland recently announced appointments to several state university boards of trustees and other boards and commissions, including: Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg of Batavia to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission. Rodenberg has served as sheriff since 1997. He also has served as an instructor for the Ohio Certified Police Academy since 1995. Rodenberg previously served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Clermont County from 1987 to 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1978. Commission members are responsible for conducting a review of Ohio’s sentencing statutes and sentencing patterns, and making recommendations regarding necessary statutory changes.

River sweep reset


CLERMONT COUNTY – Since Mother Nature had other ideas, the annual Ohio River Sweep has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 10. “Volunteer safety is our top priority,” said Jeanne Ison, ORSANCO project manager, when she was made aware of the need to reschedule due to inclement weather. There are four staging areas in Clermont County: Chilo Lock No. 34 Park - older children and adult volunteers are needed because of the rough terrain; Neville, Indian Mound Campground; Moscow, Riverfront Park at 222 Second St.; and New Richmond at the Bandstand. Becky Ploucha, Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green program director, encourages everyone to dress appropriately for the weather and avoid

wearing open-toes shoes. For more information, contact Ploucha at 513-753-9222 or cleanandgreen@clermont

Bridge damaged

Saturday, May 22, an overweight, 23,250 pound, Forest Green Recycling truck crossed the 6,000 pound limit bridge damaging the structure, forcing the Clermont County Engineers Office to close the bridge. Extensive damage occurred to the floor beams. The bridge will be closed until mid-2012. Plans were in the works to renovate the bridge before the accident. The repairs and renovation will occur at the same time.

Benefit helps troops

CLERMONT COUNTY – Troop Box Ministries and The Matt Maupin Scholarship Fund will benefit from a concert hosted by the Mulberry Street Blues Club. The concert will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Lebanon Elk’s Lodge 422, 29 E. Mulberry St. Ben Duke & The Dukes will perform. The public is welcome. Call the lodge for more information, 513-932-1903.

Cheer camp

GLEN ESTE – The Glen Este High School Cheerleading program will host a cheerleading camp for anyone entering first- through eighthgrade. The cheerleading camp costs $45 and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and Friday, July 16, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17. The camp will be held in the Glen Este High School gym, 4243 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. During the camp, participants will play games as well as work on cheer skills and jumps and learn a dance routine. For more information, call Debbie Cook at 688-1964 or email Checks or money orders should be payable to Glen Este High School Cheerleading and sent to Glen Este High School Cheerleading, attention Debbie Cook, at 4407 Todd Rose Court, Cincinnati, OH 45244.

Road bids awarded

PIERCE TWP. – The trustees June 18 awarded a bid for summer road resurfacing work. The trustees received three bids and awarded the work to Barrett Paving, the lowest bidder at $144,691.88. Administrator David Elmer said most of the resurfacing work is in the northwestern part of the township. Roads scheduled for work are Green Road, Vineyard Hills Drive, Vineyard Woods Drive, Arbor Lane, Elm Drive, Davis Road, Hal Cor Lane and Crescent Drive. The work is projected to be completed by mid-September, Elmer said.


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Izella Cadwallader of Harmony Hill talks to fourth-graders from Williamsburg Elementary during a visit to the historic site May 19. Cadwallader is standing in front of the Lytle dairy house, which was built by Williamsburg founder William Lytle and is the oldest building in Clermont County.


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Harmony Hill volunteer Beth Barth shows Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Paige Kincer how the early settlers carried water.

Williamsburg students learn how pioneers lived Fourth-graders from Williamsburg Elementary School visited the Harmony Hill historic site May 19, where they learned about how early settlers lived. Izella Cadwallader, a member of the Harmony Hill Association, talked to the students about William Lytle, the founder of Williamsburg and first resident of Harmony Hill. Students learned how pioneers cooked, cleaned, made fabrics and entertained

themselves. Harmony Hill Association and the Williamsburg Historical Society members operate the historic site, which includes historical archives, a small museum and an office. It is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month and by appointment. The members invite children from Williamsburg Elementary to Harmony Hill for this history lesson every year.


Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Anthony Polly learns how early settlers churned butter.


Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Wyatt Lefker cuts biscuits during a visit May 19 to Harmony Hill.



Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Kabie Pachicano learns how early settlers ground corn.

Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Jerri Elliott watches as Wanda Ferree demonstrates how to use a spinning wheel during a school visit May 19 to Harmony Hill.


Williamsburg Elementary fourth-grader Peyton Fisher kneads dough.

Ashworth retiring, new Glen Este principal hired By Kellie Geist


John Spieser lives in Loveland with his wife Ayn and three children, Jack, front, Charlie, center, and Willie.

After nine years at the helm, Glen Este High School Principal Dennis Ashworth retiring. While he is leaving Glen Este at the end of this school year, Ashworth will be working in the district’s personnel office until the end of 2010. Ashworth was a teacher at Glen Este High School for 19 years before taking over as an assistant principal. Two years later he accepted the job as principal. His favorite memories of the school include “being given the opportunity in 1981 to teach at Glen Este High School, being named the Head Football Coach in 1983 and then being named the principal,” Ashworth said. “I will miss the students


Glen Este High School Principal Dennis Ashworth will be retiring this year. and staff and the friendships I have made,” Ashworth said. He said his favorite thing about Glen Este High School is the spirit of cooperation and the hard work the students and staff put into doing more with less. “... We do so much with so little and no one complains,” Ashworth said. Once his retirement is official at the end of 2010,

Ashworth plans to play a lot of golf and do some traveling. While he’ll miss Glen Este, Ashworth feels he leaving the school in good hands. The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education voted May 10 to hire John Spieser. “I believe that Mr. Spieser will do a great job leading the building to future success,” Ashworth said. Spieser has been the principal at Little Miami High School in Morrow since 2003 and is an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University. He also was an assistant principal at Bethel-Tate High School from 2001 to 2003 and was the assistant principal at William Mason High School from 2000 to 2001. Before that he taught at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School

and Milford Junior High School. Spieser lives in Loveland. “I lived in West Clermont (until 2004) and I know what the district is about. I have colleagues that have worked at Glen Este and in the school district and they have told me how the district is cutting edge,” Spieser said. “ ... I see what the staff and students have been able to accomplish at Glen Este and I just want to be part of that success.” “It’s just exciting to be part of West Clermont schools,” he said. Spieser already has been working with Ashworth and other district staff members to transition into the district. “I want to get my feet wet and my hands dirty. I’m going to dig in and see what I can do to take Glen Este High School to the next level,” Spieser said.



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Sperry scores on the court, in classroom

By Mark Chalifoux

Amelia High School Athletic Director James Collins was at the high school on a quiet summer day, spraying weed killer, when he saw a lone athlete running on the track. As he got closer, he recognized the athlete: It was Amelia girls’ basketball standout Morgan Sperry. “Other kids are playing PlayStation or are at the pool, and she’s doing wind sprints and that’s part of what makes her special,” Collins said. Sperry finished her career as one of the most decorated players the Barons have had and finished as one of the top scorers in program history. It was her dedication on the court, as well as her work off the court, that helped her win the Community Journal Clermont Sportswoman of the Year award. Candidates for the honor were nominated by readers and the winners were selected through online voting at “It feels amazing,” Sperry said of winning the honor. “It makes all the hard work worth it, and it was just nice to know I even got my name in there (among the candidates).” Sperry played four years of volleyball as well, but her main sport is basketball and she’s going to continue her career at Ohio Northern University. As a senior, Sperry was


Morgan Sperry (left) joins her family. Sperry said the support of her parents was one of the big reasons for her success at Amelia.

fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game. She also led her team in rebounds (11.2) and assists (2.6) per game. She finished her career with 823 total points, good for fourth all-time in program history. Sperry narrowly beat out her coach, Tara Kaiser, who is now fifth on the all-time scoring list. “We used to joke a lot about whether or not I’d pull her out of the game if she got close to my record, but I take it as a compliment that one of my players was able to break the record,” Kaiser said. “I’d love for the

next five to 10 years to have players who knock me down even farther. “Morgan spent a lot of time outside of Amelia playing basketball. That was her love and she earned every bit of that accomplishment,” Kaiser said. “Morgan was the heart of our team, and she’s going to be hard to replace.” Collins said he first thought Sperry would be a great player for Amelia when he instructed her at a basketball camp when she was in second grade. He said he was happy to see Sperry earn the honor. “She exemplifies a true student-athlete,” he said. “I think she’s going to do well in college because of her work ethic. That’s what separates good players from great ones.” Sperry said her work ethic helped her have the success she did at Amelia, where she was a First-Team All-FAVC player and an All-


Amelia’s Morgan Sperry, seen here during a game against Goshen in 2007, finished her career with 823 total points, good for fourth all-time in Amelia history. Southwest Ohio player as a senior. “Every day you have to touch a basketball and work to get better,” she said. When contacted for this interview, Sperry was on vacation in Virginia, but even that didn’t slow her basketball schedule; she had just finished a two-hour

workout with her uncle, who also played collegiate basketball. “Everyone else is trying to get better to so I need to have the determination to try to be the best,” she said. “Even in college, it’s not going to be me going against other people. It’s me going against myself.”


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• Graduated ninth in her class • All-Southwest Ohio basketball player • Fourth-leading scorer in Amelia history • 4.125 GPA • Will play collegiate basketball at Ohio Northern As strong as Sperry is on a basketball court, she’s even better in a classroom. Sperry was a member of the National Honor Society and had a grade-point average of 4.125. She graduated ninth in her class of 268. “I’m a person who likes my sleep, so it was tough at times to balance school work with basketball,” Sperry said. “My schedule was full, but I was able to work through it.” Sperry credited her teammates and the support of her parents as well for the success she had at Amelia and said her dad was the biggest influence on her career. “He’s really dedicated and always supported me so much over the years,” she said. “I don’t give him enough credit, but he always supported me.” Both Kaiser and Collins said they expect Sperry to find even more success at Ohio Northern. “I think she’ll be great,” Kaiser said. “She was a real leader for us in basketball, school and in the community.” Collins said as good a player as Sperry is on the court, she’s an even better person off of it. “She’s an all-district basketball player but she’s an all-world person,” he said.

Elam ready for college football By Anthony Amorini

Jeff Elam chose to be a Bulldog. And the choice ultimately opened the doors of opportunity for the Clermont Northeastern resident who attended Batavia High School through open enrollment. Graduating in the spring of 2010, Elam is committed to the football program Elam at Centre College and the Bulldog standout – who was almost a CNE Rocket – believes landing at Batavia played a key role in his development, he said. “I will never forget my time at Batavia and I’m really glad I decided to go there,” Elam said. “My dream of playing college football came true and I feel like I owe a lot of that to (Batavia head coach Ron Ogden and his coaching staff).” Elam reports to Centre College two weeks before the start of school Aug. 14 to begin working out with his new team. The three-year Bulldog starter is slated to play as an outside linebacker, defensive end or long snapper at Centre after spending his time with the Bulldogs performing many of the same roles. Elam was a stand-up defensive end, a long snap-


Batavia’s Jeff Elam, right, battles Payton Rose from Benjamin Logan during a match at the district championships Friday, Feb. 26.

Batavia’s Jeff Elam looks to the stands before the start of the East-West AllStar game Thursday, June 10.

per and an offensive guard at Batavia. “It’s always fun learning new things and I am definitely looking forward to the challenge,” Elam said of learning the ropes at outside linebacker. “It’s a good fit and I am looking forward to becoming a better, more versatile football player.” It’s that kind of positivity that likely netted Elam the Community Journal Clermont Sportsman of the Year award in 2010. Readers nominated Sportsman of the Year candidates and determined winners through online voting. “I feel honored to win (a sportsmanship) award,” Elam said. “I always

enjoyed my role as a leader and one of my favorite parts of high school sports was having the younger guys look up to me for advice. “I loved it and I hope I was a good role model for them,” Elam added. Elam was the Bulldogs’ first Division IV Offensive Lineman of the Year during the fall of 2009. The honor is awarded by the Anthony Munoz Foundation. But his accomplishments go beyond the gridiron. In addition to being a captain for the football team, Elam was also captain for the Bulldogs’ wrestling team. He turned in a 37-7 record on the mats


and won a Division II sectional title at 215 pounds during the winter season. Elam also carried a 3.9 GPA at Batavia and volunteered time at youth wrestling meets and youth football camps during his time with the Bulldogs. “It can be hard to get them to do what you want them to do, but when they finally pull it off, it’s just an amazing feeling,” Elam joked about the Bulldogs’ youth football camp. Marceda Elam, Jeff’s mother, was particularly proud of her son’s ability to juggle academics and athletics and still find time to contribute at camps and youth wrestling meets, she said. “It showed a great maturity level on his part and his coaches all had a lot of respect for his work ethic and his ability to balance things,” Marceda said. “It got him ready for college football.” And as for the Sportsman of the Year award, Marceda was also quick to comment. “It’s great that his friends and the community think that highly of him,” Marceda said of Jeff winning the Sportsman vote. For Ogden, Elam was the glue that held together a youthful, inexperienced Bulldog football team in the fall season. With six freshmen and five sophomores starting in 2009, Ogden relied on Elam on and off the field, the coach said at the end of the fall season.


Batavia’s Jeff Elam, center, signed his letter of commitment to play college football at Centre College in Danville, Ky., April 27 while being flanked by his parents, Jeff and Marceda Elam, with Batavia football coach Ron Ogden standing behind the gridiron standout. In 2009, Centre finished at 7-2 overall following a 73 season in 2008 for the Colonels. With 519 wins to its credit, Centre ranks No. 13 in regards to all-time victories for all of Division III collegiate football in a field of 227 teams, according to Centre's athletic website.

The Jeff Elam file • First Batavia Bulldog to be named as Division IV Offensive Lineman of the Year, an honor awarded annually by the Anthony Munoz Foundation • Finalist for 2010 That’s My Boy Award • Committed to play college football at Centre College. Centre is 14-5 the last two seasons with 519 total wins for the Division III program • First-Team All-City for defense from Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association in 2009; Honorable mention as “He was a great leader and really was our anchor on the offensive line. Leadership from a guy like Jeff was crucial with a young team,” Ogden said near the end of Jeff’s football career. Jeff’s parents, Marceda and Jeff Elam, and his sisters – Maranda, Maria and Virginia – are already looking forward to catching Jeff in action at Centre, Marceda said. “The East-West All-Star

junior in 2008 • First-Team All-Southern Buckeye Conference in 2008, 2009 for football; also FirstTeam All-SBC for wrestling in 2009 • 3.9 GPA at Batavia High School; also in Nation Honor Society • Finished senior wrestling season with 37-7 record including a Division II sectional title at 215 pounds • Volunteered at youth events including football camps and wrestling meets game got me ready for football and now I’m really excited,” Marceda joked. Jeff is also anxiously looking forward to the next step in his athletic career. “Working out and running is pretty much my job right now,” Elam said. “I’ve been playing football for as long as I can remember and to get the chance to play for another four years is just perfect.”


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Think before asking

It appears Duke Energy is trying to improve profits, by contesting their tax liability. They are holding back tax payments, which in turn affects schools. So the West Clermont school board wants a levy to offset the potential

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

What does patriotism mean to you? Who is the most patriotic person you know? “Being patriotic is doing what is right for your country, not the popular thing. Too many groups and individuals wrap themselves in the flag and think they are patriots. “Real patriotism does not include the mindless parroting of the ultra-right wing. “A true patriot does not need to yell epitaphs at our president because he is not ultra-conservative. “A true patriot needs to think and a lot of the flag wavers do it by rote. People who do not use cognitive reasoning are just puppets. “That does not mean we all should come to the same conclusions, only that Fox News and the pundits are a poor source for a thinking person. “Think. Then wave the flag.” J.Z.

“Unfortunately many folks think that patriotism is unqualified support of our country no matter what activities are being conducted. “I believe that a true patriot is 1) a thoughtful person, 2) not afraid to articulate an opinion even when it is contrary to the popular opinion, 3) not afraid to be critical of activities in which the country is engaged (war or some other public policy) when their opinion is intellectually honest and thoughtfully supported by reason and logic. “A patriot is willing to support their country/government even when it means sacrificing personal pleasures and comfort to accomplish a desirable goal or resort. “As has been said a true patriot is one who can be critical even when their position is contrary to the popular opinion. “Courage to be critical for improving a situation even when this subjects them to disparaging comments. “Making sure that they understand how government really works and what must be done to make it work the way it was designed. “Going along with the crowd when they do not agree with the crowd is being a coward not a patriot. “Too many folks are ignorant of what our country really stands for. It is liberty and justice for all not just a few.” J.S.D.

This week’s question Do you think weather warning sirens are effective? Why or why not? What changes would you make to the warning system? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line.

$832,000 annual loss of income. I’d like to remind property owners and perhaps the school board, since they likely have forgotten, what took place earlier this year. About six months ago, the board voted to move 2.4 mils from

inside millage to outside millage, giving themselves $3.36 million a year to play with. They did this at taxpayer expense, without a vote. It was legal, but not very bright, and not very palatable. I said they would have a tough time passing future levies. The

board needs to think twice about asking voters for another $832,000 when just this year, you ripped us unjustly for $3.36 million. What you did then was not right, and it wasn’t at all the moral thing to do. If you’re going to lose

$832,000 a year, take it from that $3,360,000 you generated yourselves. That’s only about 25 percent of that free money you took from the taxpayers. Garry R. McGee Burnham Woods Drive Amelia

Speeding charge does not need new law The Ohio Supreme Court recently issued a decision that puzzled many Ohioans. A Barberton police officer cited an individual for speeding July 3, 2008, after visually estimating his speed at 70 mph in a 60 mph zone. Moments later the officer checked the speed again with a radar unit which read 83 mph, which was not reported by the media. The officer cited the driver f’or 79 mph in a 60 mph zone, which allowed the driver to avoid a mandatory court appearance for speeds greater than 20 mph above the posted speed limit. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that it was appropriate and legal for a police officer to issue a citation for speeding based solely upon the officer’s own observation without independent verification from radar, laser or other speed measuring device. Most laws do not include requirements or standards for spe-

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cific pieces of proof. The court considered the officer’s 13 years of service, training, police officer certification, including his testimony, and determined he was qualified to estimate speed without a speed measuring

device. In researching this commentary, we checked with judges hearing these cases in Clermont County and just one case came to mind where an officer’s estimate of speed was filed using the officer’s visual observation only. Hamilton County Judge Brad Greenberg recently stated 99.9 percent of speeding charges have sufficient supporting documentation. Two Ohio state representatives

are sponsoring a bill disallowing law enforcement from citing an individual for speeding without independent verification. Is it really necessary to pass another law geared only to regulate an occasional situation? In most cases, (new) laws create extreme expense for taxpayers and unforeseen consequences. It is common practice to use visual estimates, only, in cases of serious circumstance where the public is in extreme danger; traveling at high speed in a school zone, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, or other egregious violation. The sheriff’s policy discourages citations without a secondary device, unless the violation creates a clear and present public safety concern and only after supervisor approval. All violators have the option to take the matter to court where a judge will weigh all facts and evidence prior to making a decision.

I do not believe the majority of citizens believe officers need additional documentation or verification in every action they take. Imagine the cost to equip every officer with remote cameras, audio devices, GPS and other electronic devices available today to support the creditability of a law enforcement officer. If required for law enforcement wouldn’t the “burden of proof” also apply to a citizen wishing to file a private complaint against a neighbor? I think so. In this matter, the Ohio Supreme Court supported the discretion of law enforcement officers, who are credible, experienced and properly trained to take action without verification from a speed monitoring device in these rare and infrequent charges. It further underscores the necessity for officers to remain creditable, honest, with a high degree of integrity. Rick W. Combs, Chief Deputy, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

One in four can suffer mental illness ‘At a recent meeting at the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, I met U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt. At the time I spoke to her, I didn’t have all the statistics on hand and subsequently sent her the following information. I think this is important to share with the community. At NAMI, we are working to normalize mental illness to show that mental illness is an illness like any other and to eliminate stigma so people will seek professional help as soon as possible. Early intervention will result in a dramatic reduction in health care costs for patients, businesses and the public health care systems. Here are some facts to consider. Major mental disorders cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone, according to a new study funded by the

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Mental illnesses – depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addictions, anxiety Judy and eating disorBonhaus der – constitute the No. 1 public Community health problem Press Guest facing AmeriColumnist cans. One out of four people are affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Less than half seek treatment. (Reports from the Surgeon General, 2008). Without treatment, people living with mental illness may face unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide.

The stigma surrounding mental illness can often lead people to self-medicate with illegal drugs or alcohol, hoping to reduce the pain without facing a diagnosis. Selfmedication often results in addiction, which often leads to crime. Crime leads to incarceration. • It costs about $25,000 per year to keep someone in prison. It is estimated that more than 30 percent of those incarcerated have a mental health disorder, and 18 percent have a serious mental illness. • It costs $525 per day in the state hospital. Paying for state hospital days takes funding away from community based services. • It costs between $4,000 and $6,000 per year to serve a mental health consumer in outpatient treatment in the community mental health system.

• While the costs of emergency room visits and community hospital stays vary widely, the cost are exorbitantly expensive compared to the costs of providing stable and consistent treatment in the community. While these statistics are startling, they do not convey the most startling statistic of all: Untreated mental illness results in loss of quality of life, self-esteem and dignity for individuals impacted by these disorders. Research now clearly indicates that major mental illnesses are a result of a malfunction of the complex systems in the brain, not a personal weakness, a character flaw or a result of poor parenting. It’s time that stigma is replaced with science. Judy Bonhaus is executive director of NAMI-Clermont County.

2010 Lead Clermont class graduates Congratulations to another impressive group of 17 individuals who have completed the course work, study and projects necessary for graduation from Clermont 20/20’s Leadership Program. These people are bright, talented and thoughtful individuals who are committed to making Clermont County a better place to live, work and play. More than 400 Clermont County citizens have been through the Leadership Program over the past two decades. In that time, we have developed a pool of leaders who participate in many organizations throughout our community from coaching to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, to Senior Services, to school boards, planning and zoning committees, social service agencies, service organizations like Kiwanis and Rotary, business

organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, other corporate boards, parks and recreation committees, local initiatives, levy efforts, Chris Smith United Way, Boys & Girls Community Club, library and Press Guest literacy councils, Columnist and on and on. We are fortunate to have another 15 individuals who our community can draw upon and tap into their ideas and energy. Please join me in congratulating the following: • Andy Baker of Amelia, director of Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont. • Tom Curee, Amelia, logistics

coordinator supervisor, Total Quality Logistics. • Lori Ann Dameron, Amelia, branch manager, RiverHills Bank. • Keith Hensley, Amelia, claims manager, The Midland Co. • Pam Holbrook, Loveland, assistant city manager, city of Milford. • Naren Kanteti, Batavia Township, manager, business applications, The Midland Co. • Diane Morrison, Stonelick Township, senior nursing officer, Mercy Hospital Clermont. • Julianne Nesbit, Blanchester, assistant health commissioner, Clermont County Health District. • Julie Pedersen, Anderson Township, prevention education coordinator, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. • Vicki Rankin, Milford, partner/shareholder, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood CPA.

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• Connie Taggart, Felicity, retired teacher, Felicity-Franklin Local School District. • Matt Taylor, Union Township, service director for Union Township. • Douglas Thomson, Anderson Township, president, Douglas W. Thomson Co. • Nikki Vargas, Williamsburg, program coordinator, UC Clermont College. • Joe Wagner, Terrace Park, vice president, Park National Bank. • Warren Walker, Newtonsville, manager, Duke Energy Ohio. • Dan Wallace, Cincinnati, district executive, Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America. Chris Smith is the executive director of Clermont 20/20. He can be reached at 753-9222.



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Baby Time

Clermont County Public Library is hosting Baby Time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at the New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. It is interactive storytime with parent and includes tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration is required. Call 5530570.


New Richmond High School Class of 1980 is hosting the New Richmond High School Class of 1980 Reunion from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. The event features dinner, dancing, activities and entertainment. The cost is $35. Call 706-987-0275 or visit http://

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The Clermont Inn Players are presenting “Exhibit This!” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, at the Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St., Batavia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art comes to life. The inmates of a famous painting stage a daring escape, a couple of Egyptian mummies consider a job offer and a pair of neighboring paintings flirt with romance, while a tour guide, who has her own issues, offers commentary. Dinner is included. Call 732-2174. The play is also at 7 p.m. July 10, 16-17 and 23-24.


St. Thomas More Church is hosting St. Thomas More Parish JulyFest from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 9; 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 10; and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike, Withamsville. The event features music, food, games, rides, booths and more. Beer and wine coolers with ID and wristband. Pig roast available Sunday. Call 762-2080, ext. 137.


New Richmond is hosting the New Richmond Concert Series featuring the Williamsburg Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at The Bandstand, George and Susanna Way. The event is free. Call 553-4146.

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Lakeside Vineyard and Winery has become an East Side destination By Kellie Geist

When Tim and Lynn Downey bought a farm in Felicity in 1993, they intended to do research into alternative energy. But 17 years later that land is home to Lakeside Vineyard and Winery. “We started getting interested in grape production in 1997. There was an article published by the Ohio State University that said the 34 wineries in Ohio at the time has brought 1,000 tons of grapes from other states to supplement the 1996 harvest,” Tim said. “We read the article and we started thinking ‘What we could do, as a farming operation, to alleviate the shortage?’” he said. After two years of extensive cross-country research, the Downeys planted their first block of grape vines in 1999. Five years later they harvested their first grapes. Tim said it takes about 20 minutes per year to care for a grape vine and Lakeside Vineyard and Winery has 5,000 vines, providing 17 varieties of grapes. Tim said they started selling their grapes to local wineries, including Henke Winery in Westwood. Henke Winery has won two Governor’s Awards for their Norton wine, which is made with Lakeside’s Cynthiana grapes. “The wineries we were selling our fruit to continued to win awards with our grapes. So we thought, ‘Well, we must be providing


Lakeside Vineyard and Winery owner Tim Downey, along with his wife, Lynn, grow 17 varieties of grapes at the vineyard in Felicity. In addition to using them to make their own wines, the Downeys also sells these Cynthiana grapes to Henke Winery in Westwood, which uses them to make the award winning Norton red wine.

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Address: 3347 Ohio 756 in Felicity Phone: 876-1810 E-mail: Info@lakeside Web: Hours: Open for tastings from noon to 9 p.m. every Saturday. Features: Bottles of wine cost between $10 and $14. good grapes because you can’t make good wine from bad fruit,’” Tim said. So, in 2002, the

Downeys, who live in Milford, broke ground on the winery. Although Tim still has carpet in the storage area and ceiling tiles that need to be installed, the winery is open from noon to 9 p.m. every Saturday. Currently 12 of Lakeside’s 14 wines are available for tasting and for purchase. Some of the top wines are: Temptress – a bold, full-bodied dry red varietal; Masquerade – a sweet aperitif, dessert-style white varietal with a light sweetness and a smooth finish; and Vidal – a medium-bodied, off-dry white varietal.

Also, Lakeside makes a wine called Splash! which is a semi-sweet apple wine with cranberry juice. The apples used to make this wine come from Rouster’s Apple House in Stonelick Township. Tim’s wife Lynn Downey said the atmosphere of the wine business lured them in. “It’s just a very neat and exciting business. It was a unique opportunity that really drew us in,” she said. “We produce all our own wines from grapes we grow on site, so they are really estate wines.” “It’s just a nice family owned and operated winery.”


Blueberry pickers flock to Rouster’s

By John Seney

When word gets out that blueberries are ready to be picked at Rouster’s, people come from miles around. “We get such a large crowd,” said Donna Rouster, who owns the business with her husband, Dan. The blueberry fields are across Ohio 131 from Rouster’s Apple House in Stonelick Township. The season was scheduled to start June 19, but picking was called off because of thunderstorms. Rouster said there was “a nice crowd” the next day, Father’s Day, that filled three parking lots. The picking season lasts six to eight weeks. Because the availability of blueberries varies, visitors should call 625-5504 for picking dates and times. “The crop is beautiful

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People pick blueberries June 26 at Rouster’s in Stonelick Township. this year,” Rouster said. Rouster’s planted the first blueberry patch in 1982, adding a second in 1984. A third patch planted in 2004 is ready this year. Rouster said the bushes in the new patch are still small, making it easier for kids to pick. “It’s fun to see the kids having a good time,” she said.

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She said people who picked blueberries when they were children are coming back now with their own children. Rouster said there are about eight acres of blueberries and about an acre of blackberries. Blackberry picking usually starts about the end of July. Joy Hawkins of Miami

Township picked blueberries June 26 with her son, Nathan, and some neighbors. She said she usually comes out to Rouster’s at least three times a summer. “We love their blueberries,” Hawkins said. Alicia Walls of Pierce Township picked blueberries June 26 with her children, Max, 8, and Madeline, 10, She said she has been coming to Rouster’s since her children were babies. From July to May, Rouster’s Apple House across the street sells locally-grown apples. Rouster’s does not do UPick for apples, but offers for sale 30 to 40 varieties grown on Rouster’s 16 acres of orchards. Rouster’s opened in 1939 by Merrill and Henrietta Rouster, Dan’s parents. Merrill Rouster developed two varieties of apples exclusive to Rouster’s, the Krispy and Krispy Mac.

The Downey’s three daughters – Jamie, 14, Rachel, 10, and Lauren, 8 – help out when they can. The Downeys invite people to bring a picnic to the vineyard to enjoy with a glass of Lakeside’s wine. In the future, they hope to have live music and other events at the winery. Also, Lakeside Winery will be involved in a fundraiser for the Clermont County Humane Society Saturday, July 31. Additional details are not yet available, but more information will be posted at as soon as it’s available.

More info Business: Rouster’s Apple House Address: 1986 Ohio 131 Phone: 625-5504 Website: http://sites. house Owners: Dan and Donna Rouster Blueberry and blackberry U-Pick: Call ahead for dates and times. Cost: Blueberries are $2.50 a pound, cash or check only, no credit cards. Apple House hours: Open July to May (except two weeks at Christmas), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, closed Monday. Rouster said the Krispy remains one of the most popular apples, along with the Honeycrisp, a newer variety popular nationwide. Rouster’s also sells apple cider and, in the fall, cherries and cranberries from Michigan. “Once people come down the road for apples or berries, they like the fact that you offer other things,” Rouster said.

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Shaw Farms Produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Shaw Farms Produce, 1737 Ohio 131, Sweet corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, cucumbers, pickles, yellow squash, zucchini and green beans both stringless and half runners. Some other things: peaches, plums, nectarines, potatoes, Vidalia onions, Amish meats, cheeses and jarred goods. Call for hours. 575-2022. Miami Township.


Creative Writing Group, 11 a.m. Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St. Inspire and offer suggestions. Adults only. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


Drop-In Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Stories, dance and a craft. Ages 3-6. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Stories, songs, and crafts. All ages. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580; Amelia. All Age Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Stories, games and crafts. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221; Goshen. Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Interactive story time with parent. Tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Kids Crafts: Tree ID Guide, 11 a.m. Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Gather leaves and create your own field guide to make identifying them as easy as can be. Family friendly. $2. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Owensville. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 9


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


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Newtown Farm Market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Shaw Farms Produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Shaw Farms Produce, 575-2022. Miami Township.


St. Thomas More Parish JulyFest, 6 p.m.midnight, St. Thomas More Church, 800 Ohio Pike. Music, food, games, rides, booths and more. Beer and wine coolers with ID, wristband. 762-2080, ext. 137. Withamsville.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Stories, dance and crafts. Ages 2-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700; Milford.


Exhibit This!, 7 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. The Metropolitan Museum of Art comes to life. The inmates of a famous painting stage a daring escape, a couple of Egyptian mummies consider a job offer and a pair of neighboring paintings flirt with romance, while a tour guide who has her own issues, offers commentary. Dinner included. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. 732-2174; Batavia.


Friday Night Racing, 4:30 p.m. Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road. Quartermile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. $13$15, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. Through Oct. 1. 937-444-6215; Williamsburg.


New Richmond High School Class of 1980 Reunion, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Dinner, dancing, activities and entertainment. $35. Presented by New Richmond High School Class of 1980. 706-987-0275; Eastgate. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 1 0


Good Earth Good Eats, 9 a.m.-noon Beekeeping Workshop. Learn how to relate to and care for bees as well as about their importance in the environment. With Marion Ackman. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. $35 with lunch, $25. Registration recommendend. 683-2340; Loveland. The Abiding Image: Crafting Poetry from your Life, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Use life material to create poetry. Led by poet, teacher and Haden Institute faculty member Cathy Smith Bowers with writer and Grailville co-director and founder/facilitator of its Practice of Poetry programs, Pauletta Hansel. $40 includes lunch. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Milford Shopping Center, 1025 Lila Ave. Group of local growers sell fruits, vegetables, honey, potted flowers, cut flowers, herbs, seasonal decorations and more. Severe weather may shorten market times. Presented by Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. 633-5218; Milford. Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Shaw Farms Produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Shaw Farms Produce, 575-2022. Miami Township.

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St. Thomas More Parish JulyFest, 6 p.m.midnight, St. Thomas More Church, 7622080, ext. 137. Withamsville.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Family Fun, 11 a.m. Boats. Construct a boat to take home. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Stories and craft. For families. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.


New Richmond Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Williamsburg Band. The Bandstand, George and Susanna Way. Free. Presented by Village of New Richmond. 553-4146. New Richmond.


Stream Exploration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Stream Access B on Geology Trail. Learn about collecting and identifying fossils. All ages. $5, $1 children, free members. 831-1711; Union Township.


Exhibit This!, 7 p.m. Clermont Inn, 732-2174; Batavia.


The Clermont Inn Players are presenting “Exhibit This!” at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24, at the Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St., Batavia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art comes to life and the inmates of a famous painting stage a daring escape. A couple of Egyptian mummies consider a job offer and a pair of neighboring paintings flirt with romance, while a tour guide who has her own issues, and offers commentary. Dinner is included. Call 732-2174. From left are: Ed Barzee, Jenny Clay-Faxon, Erin Durkin and Ray Lebowski. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 1


Granny’s Sunday Supper, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Harvest and cook meal with guest chef. $15, free ages 4 and under. Registration required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Shaw Farms Produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Shaw Farms Produce, 575-2022. Miami Township.


St. Thomas More Parish JulyFest, 2 p.m.10 p.m. Pig roast available. St. Thomas More Church, 762-2080, ext. 137. Withamsville.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.



Fly Through The Park, 9 a.m.-noon, Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Registration 7:30 a.m. Run and fitness walk 9 a.m. and awards ceremony 10 a.m. Part of Midsummer in the Meadows. Includes silent auction. Benefits Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund. Family friendly. $25. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. Milford.


Yard Sale, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Laurel United Methodist Church, 1885 Laurel Lindale Road. Baked goods and rummage sale in the basement. Lunch available. Part of the Monroe Township Yard Sale. 553-3043. New Richmond. Non Profit Animal Adoption Event, 1 p.m.7 p.m. PetSmart Eastgate, 650 Eastgate South Drive. All breeds and puppies, too. Presented by Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. 917-292-6779; Eastgate.

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COOKING CLASSES Cooking in the Gardens, 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast in the garden. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 LovelandMadeira Road. Identify, harvest, prepare and learn ways to enjoy local vegetables and herbs. With French home cooks Brigitte Cordier and Martine Enselme. Ages 14 and up, must be accompanied by an adult. $70 for two, $40. Registration required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 235-2644, Loveland.


FILMS Family Film Festival, 10 a.m. “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive. Free family-friendly movies and discounted concession items. Free. 248-2169; Milford.



Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Market, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Milford Shopping Center, 633-5218; Milford.

Loveland Concerts in the Park, 6 p.m. Music by Loveland Ministerial Association. Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave. Presented by City of Loveland. 683-0150; Loveland.

Second Tuesday Book Discussion, 6:30 p.m. Help plan the discussion format and upcoming titles. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 2480700. Milford.



Non Profit Animal Adoption Event, 1 p.m.5 p.m. PetSmart Eastgate, 917-292-6779; Eastgate. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 2


Book Chat, 6 p.m. “Midwives” by Chris Bohjalian. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township.

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Explorer’s Club, 2 p.m. Wrap-up Party. “Exploring the Seasons with Sheep and Sheldon” by the Hands Up! Puppet Troupe. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, “Back to the Future and the Past.” Stories, crafts and games. Grades 1-5. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221. Goshen.


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Monster Jam trucks, including Grave Digger, pictured, roar into Paul Brown Stadium Saturday, July 10. Twelve monster trucks will take on racing competitions and car-crushing freestyle moves. Party in the Pits begins at 2 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Party in the Pits allows for a meet and get autographs with the drivers, see the trucks up close and watch the crew members ready the trucks for racing. There is also a live band, face painters, balloon artists and other family-friendly entertainment. Tickets are $10-$50, adults; and $5, children. Call 800-745-3000 or visit For information, visit

Reptile Roundup, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 16. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Catch snakes, turtles, lizards, and even amphibians like frogs, toads, and salamanders to build collection of live specimens. Afternoons are mix of speakers from Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society with examples of reptiles from their own collections, crafts focused on reptiles and amphibians, outdoor games, songs, snacks and video time. “Show and Tell” Friday morning for families. Ages 7-15. Ages 715. $300, $230 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.


Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will perform at Riverbend at 8 p.m. Friday, July 9. Prior to the concert, at 6:30 p.m., Starr will exhibit his limited edition, signed computer artwork. There will also be signed drumheads, art T-shirts, books and more. Proceeds from exhibit sales benefit the Lotus Foundation. There is also a free pre-show cook-out at 6:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $49.50, $79.50 and $125. Call 800-745-3000 or visit


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July 7, 2010


Do we recognize much of our ego in Nellie? Let’s speak about our ego for a minute. The ego is our center of consciousness and our contact with the world around us. It’s our identity and who we think we are at any given moment. The ego’s characteristics? Our ego has a preference for certainty over uncertainty, predictability over surprise, clarity over ambiguity, control over others rather than tending to their preferences. In his book, “What Matters Most,” Dr. James Hollis describes our egos this way: “This Nervous Nellie ego flits about trying to make everything work… obsessed with staying in charge. Nellie seeks to live in a world of nouns, comforting nouns, that is, fixed identities… predictable entities that can be controlled, maneuvered, and contained. “And all the while, Nellie really swims in a sea of verbs. This is,

not things fixed, but things happening.” Do we recognize much of our ego in Nellie? The fantasy of controlling fortune or the Father Lou hearts and lives Guntzelman of others runs Perspectives deep in us. We connive, engage in manipulations, triangulations, twist truths, obsess about health and safety, put warning labels on everything from plastic bags to Levelor blind cords – all to better control others and the world around us. We even try to control God. We look for a never-fail prayer or point to our good behavior to finagle God into giving us what we ask or make happen what we want to happen. We use special

ego strategies in trying to control our spouse, friends, work colleagues and grown children – oblivious to the fact that their lives are in their hands, not ours. As individuals we do have certain responsibilities for our own lives, work, and any young children in our charge. But do we ever come to a time of greater maturation and spiritual growth when we realize the best thing we can do is resign as the General Manager of the Universe? Our priority then becomes: run our own lives as well as we can. We must realize life as a mystery, God is God, and my ego, Nellie, must tolerate questions, unfulfilled plans and unexpected happenings. Older adults who have lived full lives have many stories to tell. Their telling is often the occasion of laughter or tears or nostalgia. Later on, analyze their life stories. They often contain intriguing

wisdom we need to learn. The storytellers’ tales will include many times when they were evidently not in control of their lives. There were occasions when they barely survived a storm by hiding in the basement, when they were fired and had to find a new job, suffered an accident, had their heart broken by losing someone they deeply loved, were drafted and had to go off to war, or felt a confusing ecstasy the first time they fell in love. There were so many events and emotional times, positive and negative, when their egos were not in control and all they could do was to try to cope. Note something else about our senior storytellers. These earlier out-of-control events are worn as ribbons of honor on a military uniform coat. The tellers seem proud to have gone through uncertain times and

survived. Perhaps they have even become stronger because of them, and their lives more rich and colorful. Too much emphasis on control can mean we are trying to suppress the mystery of life. There is something rewarding and formative hidden in the ambiguities of life. Though we desperately seek on one level to control so much of life, in retrospect it seems on another level we value being out of control and in the hands of mystery. We want a life containing more adventure and courage than our Nervous Nellie ego can safely plan. As poet Mary Oliver says: “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Store makes him pay to get back his stolen goods Imagine having your house burglarized and then being told you have to pay to get back some of the stolen items. A young man says that’s what’s happened to him and he feels he’s been victimized twice. A recent ruling by Ohio courts says he’s right. Paul Ambrosius said someone broke into his Cheviot house in May and got away with a lot of items. “They came in and stole my laptop off a table, and my iPod and my Playstation 3,” he says. Ambrosius said the thieves had broken out a back window in order to unlock a door and enter. “The police came, did a report and everything and they told me to check out stores. There’s a couple of pawn shops and game-trading places. They told me to check those out and see if I can match my serial numbers up,” Ambrosius said. Fortunately, Ambrosius still had the box in which the Playstation 3 had been packed. It has the serial

number of the unit so he was able to use that to canvas l o c a l s t o r e s for Howard Ain looking the stolen Hey Howard! item. H e found one store that had taken in several Playstation 3 units and one of them had his serial number. Ambrosius immediately notified the police. “That night they found the guy and put him in jail,” he said. “His excuse was that somebody paid him to sell the Playstation and that was the only thing he knew about.” The man has since been convicted of receiving stolen property. Ambrosius says his big surprise was when he tried to get back the stolen items he had located. The store wanted him to pay the same amount the store had paid for the

Playstation, a game and controller. Ambrosius paid the money, $165, but isn’t at all happy he had to pay. “They want the people that got their stuff stolen to pay the price and not them – and that’s not fair,” he said. “I didn’t commit a crime and yet I have to pay out of my own pocket to get my own property back. It’s just not right.” Last year an Ohio Appeals Court agreed with him when it upheld a lower court ruling that the true owners of stolen property have a right to get it back from a licensed pawn shop without having to pay for it. That case involved a Canton pawn shop that had charged the owners of stolen jewelry to get it back. In Ambrosius’ case, he’s not sure whether or not the store that bought his items is a licensed pawn shop. Under the law, a purchaser other than a pawn shop can take good title to items, even from a thief, if they do so in good faith. In this case, Ambrosius

Clermont Co. agrees to PowerShare By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County commissioners are partnering with Duke Energy to save a little money while making it easier for the electric company to provide energy during emergencies. The commissioners signed a contract to participate in PowerShare, Duke Energy

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July 7, 2010

Recipes that will have you in a pickle

So many of you are growing cucumbers and peppers that my mail on a daily basis has requests for recipes, mainly pickles. As for me, right now I’m making Mary Rudloff’s solar dills. Mary was my good friend, Ann’s Mom, and before she passed away she shared her wonderful German recipe for making dill pickles. You layer dill and cucumbers in a jar with a vinegar brine and lay, of all things, a piece of rye bread on top. “The yeast in the rye bread (and I recall Mary telling me only rye will work) makes the pickles ferment and they taste like old fashioned pickles from a

barrel,” Mary told me. You let them sit in the sun t h r e e d a y s , Rita changing the bread Heikenfeld daily. AnyRita’s kitchen way, I’m not sharing that recipe today since I have to make them again and measure as I go. Mary’s recipe, like so many heirloom ones, was a little of this and a little of that. If they turn out as well as I think they are going to be, I’ll share in a future column. Meanwhile, I’d enjoy

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4 cups thinly sliced cucumbers, unpeeled 1 ⁄2 cup or so thinly sliced onion 1 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dill seed or handful fresh dill leaves, minced 1 ⁄4 cup cold water 1 ⁄8 teaspoon turmeric 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each: mustard seed and celery seed 1 tablespoon salt 1 ⁄2 cup vinegar, either cider or clear Mix cucumbers and onions together. Set aside. Mix rest of ingredients and stir well to dissolve some of the sugar. Pour over cucumbers and onions. Put a plate on top to keep the veggies under the brine. Cover and refrigerate a day or so before eating. Can be kept up to a month, tightly covered in the fridge. Good add-ins: 1 garlic clove, smashed

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My sister, Sonia, loves her garden and each year makes

Rita’s sister Sonia’s freezer pickles. these awesome pickles. 4 cups thinly sliced cucumbers, unpeeled 1 medium onion, sliced thin 2 tablespoons salt Up to 11⁄2 cups sugar 1 ⁄2 cup vinegar 11⁄2 teaspoons pickling spice 1 red bell pepper, diced (opt.) 1 clove garlic, smashed (opt.) Arrange cucumbers and onions in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and mix. Pour enough water over to just cover them. Stir again. Soak at room temperature for two hours. Drain, but don’t rinse. Meanwhile, mix sugar, vinegar and pickling spice in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves. Let cool while pickles are soaking. After pickles have been drained, add bell pepper, then pour pickling brine over them. Mix. Put into


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The full instructions for cooking “Love at First Bite’s” yellow squash and tomato parmesan are: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8-by-8 baking dish, layer half the squash and tomatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle half the cheese and half the oregano. Drizzle with half the butter. Make another layer with the squash, tomatoes and butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and oregano. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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July 7, 2010


Cats wake Ole Support groups help relieve stress Fisherman, wife Howdy folks, Last week the cat our grandsons named “Summer” was on the porch rail looking in the bedroom window. His meow is very low, but it woke both of us up. This was after 5:30 a.m. The next day Richoette joined him on the rail at 6 a.m. So we got up and fed all three cats. This made them happy. We put fence around different items in the garden with barb wire on the top. But the deer ate another row of green beans. Ruth Ann and I got to go fishing last Wednesday and Friday. We were fishing for blue gills and both days together cleaned 50. The crappie needs to be 9 inches before you can keep them. We caught several that were 8 inches so they went back into the lake. We were talking to a couple fishermen who are in the crappie tournaments and they said they catch lots of crappie that are 8 inches. The crappie fishing in the next years should be extra good. There will be a lot of them 10 to 12 inches. The garden is doing good. We are picking cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli. Other garden items are looking good. Friday Ruth Ann and I went over to Williamsburg to get a swarm of honey bees. There was a good bunch. This is the fourth bunch of bees this year. They were on the side of these people’s house along a small hole. The ones in the house we could suck up with our bee vacuum. We got them in the hive along with a bag of sugar water and they seem to be doing good. There have been very few bee swarms this year so if you have any give us a call. They need all the help they can get as the loss over the winter was so bad. Now something very important: Fishing. Mike from the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton said the results from the last crappie tournament are: First, with seven fish, 5 pounds 6 ounces; second place, 5 pounds 3 ounces; third place, 4 pounds 14 ounces, and the big crappie was 1-1⁄2 pounds. The stripers are on a feeding spree. There were some men caught that weighed 10 pounds. That is a big fish. Get some good tackle and give them a try. Good luck.

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T h e r e have been some muskie caught that were more than 20 inches long. The thought is by next year there will be muskie that will be 30

inches long. The crappie and blue gill tackle we are using would not be very good for these muskie and big stripers. Last Sunday our daughter, son-in-law and grandson took Ruth Ann and me to Lake Manor for a belated Father’s Day dinner. Thanks so much this was great. We saw lots of people we knew or who read our article. We had some folks here on Monday for dinner who we went through the 20⁄20 program with. We have become good friends. The menu was fried blue gills, fresh cabbage from the garden for cole slaw, corn, boiled potatoes, corn bread, sliced cucumber from our garden. For desert there was lemon bars, watermelon and cantaloupe. The drinks were water, tea and of course I had coffee. Don’t forget the Monroe Grange Ice Cream Social, Saturday, July 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hamburgers or hot dogs, homemade ice cream, pie and cake, soft drinks and coffee. The Monroe Grange Hall is at 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. This is open to the public. There also will be a raffle of donated items. On Saturday we had a couple young ladies from Stark County Grange come to the house. They had four boxes of the pillowcases the Grangers across the state had made for cancer patients of Children’s Hospital. They were unable to make connections with the lady in charge so we are trying to get with her. They spent the night here in their motor home and we all went to the Riverside Coffee Mill for waffle breakfast Sunday morning before they left for home and we went to church. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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Community Journal


July 7, 2010


The staff at Child Focus hid plaster dinosaur bones for the kids, including Grant Jones of Batavia, to find. Child Focus hosted Dino Day Tuesday, June 29, as part of their Discovery Days activities.



Jacob Debone of Batavia, left, Sierra Wilson of Milford, center, and Jonah Michael of Hillsboro look for “dinosaur bones� at Child Focus during Dino Day Tuesday, June 29.

Milford resident Jasmine Wilson finds a plaster dinosaur bone hidden in the brush at Child Focus in Mt. Carmel. Child Focus hosted Dino Day Tuesday, June 29, as part of Discovery Days.


Members of the Withamsville-Tobasco community watch Wednesday, June 30, as the demolition crews work to take down the main school building.

WT demolition continues After standing for more than 74 years, the old Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School building literally fell apart as construction crews started demolishing the main building Wednesday, June 30. The kindergarten and preschool building was demolished two weeks ago. West Clermont Director

of Operations Ed Dyer said it would take only two or three days for the whole building to come down. Then crews would sort and recycle the materials. Once demolition is over, construction crews can start building the new school’s parking lot, playground and fields.

Dino Day highlights dinosaurs Child Focus hosted Dino Day Tuesday, June 29, as part of this year’s Discovery Days. During the event, children ages 2 to 5, learned about dinosaurs and paleontology through stories, games and activities, including a dig for dinosaur bones. Dino Day was the final Discovery Days event for Child Focus, but Child Outcomes Manager Brenda Ely said they plan to host Discovery Days again next year. For more information about Child Focus, visit


The demolition crews at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School said it would only take two or three days to tear down the main school building. Demolition on this part of the building started Wednesday, June 30.


Child Focus teacher Nancy Blair of New Richmond talks to a group of budding paleontologists at Dino Day Tuesday, June 29. From left are: Blair, Morgan Hall of Batavia, Logan Runyan of West Chester and Sierra Wilson of Milford.



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Batavia farm market offers locally grown food By John Seney

The Batavia Farmers Market opens for the 10th season Saturday, July 10. All the produce sold at the market has to be locally grown and produced by the farmer who sells the vegetables, said Sandy Bradford, one of the organizers of the market. The market takes place 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of October at the corner of Main and Depot streets in the village of Batavia. In the moth of August, the market also is open Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Bradford said the market averages about six to eight farmers each week with about a dozen growers total participating throughout the summer.

A wide variety of vegetables and produce is offered, depending on the time of year, including honey, eggs, berries and pumpkins. A wide variety of vegetables and produce is offered, depending on the time of year, including honey, eggs, berries and pumpkins. “It’s all very good stuff,� said Kathy Turner, a village council member who helps coordinate the market for the village of Batavia. Bradford said farmers pay $5 to rent space for each market day. The money is used for expenses, including use and upkeep of the lot.

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Community RELIGION Clough United Methodist Church

The church invites children 4 years old through those entering sixth grade to Vacation Bible School, “High Seas Expedition.” VBS runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16, and includes music, games, stories, crafts and snacks. There is no charge. Children are encouraged to bring a daily offering for Operation Kid-toKid’s “Blanketing the World with God’s Love” program. Register online at or call the church office at 231-4301. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 2314301.

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church is hosting an Antique and Classic Car Cruise-in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. (The rain date is July 31.) They will serve a free lunch, give out door prizes and a DJ playing 50s and 60s music. Call 753-8223.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD RIVER OF LIFE Assembly of God 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Ohio 45153 Pastor: Ralph Ollendick Sun. Contemporary Service SS -9:45am,Worship 11:00am Wed.- Informal Biblestudy 7-8pm Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


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

Loveland Presbyterian Church

The church is at 937 CincinnatiBatavia Pike, Glen Este; 7538223.

Laurel United Methodist

The church is taking part in the Monroe Township yard sale Saturday, July 10, with baked goods and a rummage sale in the basement. Lunch will be sold from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants may use the church yard for free setups. Call Gloria at 5533043 for more information. The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and church worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road, Laurel; 553-3043.

Locust Corner United Methodist Church

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


Bible Based Teaching Christ-Centered Worship Family Style Fellowship Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00 pm 2249 Old State Road 32, Batavia

St. Mary Church, Bethel


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


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

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

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

St. Peter Church

1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road New Richmond, OH 45157 513-553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor


Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 8:30 AM

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770




844 State Rt. 131

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

513 831 0196

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

St. Bernadette Church 1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Amelia United Methodist C h ur c h

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

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

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Sunday Worship Outdoor Shelter Service


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.

8:30 a.m.

Casual, Contemporary and Music filled service. Enjoy coffee and a donut before the service.

Indoor Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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



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


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

The installation of the new officers occurred at the regular club meeting Saturday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in the Anderson Community Television Studio, 7850 Five Mile Road, in Anderson Township. The TV Toastmasters Club meets the third Saturday of every month. Visitors are welcome and attendance is free. Visit to learn how TV Toastmasters can improve speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters International is the world’s largest non-profit educational organization devoted to communication and leadership development.




Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


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



Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140 513-677-9866 (across from the Oasis Golf Club)

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262

Welcomes You

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

Sunday Morning Schedule: 9AM - Worship: Traditional 10AM - Classes & Groups 11AM - Worship: Contemporary Nursery care provided One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305


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

“Room for the Whole Family”

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

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor Rev. Mark Owen, Worship Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

9:30am 10:30am


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

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH


7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided


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


Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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




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


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

Pastor Mike Smith

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


Worship Services:

Contemporary: Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

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


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


Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Service......8:30am, 10:30am Sunday School.......................9:30am w/nursery & children’s church


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

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



9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

The club is pleased to announce the following members were elected by the club to serve in 2010 and 2011: • President – Rick Barron. • Vice President of Education – Steve Ahrenholz Anderson Township. • Vice President of Membership – Paul Wessels, Park Hills, Kentucky. • Vice President of Public Relations – Phil Rigg, Anderson Township. • Treasurer – Don Wess of Cincinnati. • Secretary – Carol Kormelink of Milford. • Sergeant at Arm – Michelle Hennekes of Cincinnati. • Production Advisor – Nicki Bishop of Newport.

United Methodist Church

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

Nursery provided for all services

A concert will be 7 p.m. the third Friday of each month, featuring new bands and artists. Free food and music. Call Angel at 876-0527 or 734-7671. The church is at 513 Market St., New Richmond.

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist

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

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

True Church of God

Cincinnati TV Toastmasters thanks the following club members for their service during 2009 and 2010: • President – Rick Davis of Anderson Township. • Vice President of Education – Sheila Mudd Baker of Cincinnati. • Vice President of Membership – Carol Kormelink of Milford. • Vice President of Public Relations – Rick Barron of Amelia. • Treasurer – Don Wess of Cincinnati. • Secretary – Christine Sullivan of Loveland. • Sergeant at Arm – Mary Armes of Anderson Township. • Production Advisor – Nicki Bishop, Newport.

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Pastor: Tom Bevers

Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121

The annual On-Goal Soccer Camp with Tom Fite is July 20-24 at Miami Meadows Park on Ohio 131. It is for kindergarten through eighth grade. Brochures with complete information, including registration forms, can be picked up at the church or at Early registration deadline is June 22. The church is at 1170 Ohio 131, Milford; 831-7598.


Toastmasters elect new officers


3398 OHIO SR 125 Bethel, Ohio 45106-9701 734 – 4041 ( fax ) 734 - 3588 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 4:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church




All youth groups now meet at 6 p.m. every Sunday night beginning with supper, a short worship service and group sessions. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525,

Community Journal

July 7, 2010

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

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


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

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




Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

Windows broken on garage door at 17 W. Main St., June 15.


License plate taken off vehicle at 22 Sperling Drive, June 16.



Jeffrey H. Stamler, 40, 1420 Asher, drug paraphernalia, June 14. Evan P. Vining, 19, 3079 Schaller, underage consumption, June 17. Micah Woody, 28, 526 Old Ohio 74, drug possession, June 15. Daryl L. Hall, 23, 1381 Ohio Pike, warrant, June 15. Tiffany L. Davis, 21, 3079 Schaller, drug possession, June 17. Cierra B. Burgan, 23, 217 North St., warrant, June 16.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Guitar taken at 841 S. Riverside, June 15.

Criminal damage

Seat damaged on motorcycle at 200 E. Main St., June 11. Side of vehicle scratched at 457 E. Main St., June 18.

Domestic violence

At South Riverside, June 18.

July 7, 2010

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

Juvenile, 16, resisting arrest, June 21. Amy B. Wisby, 45, 1962 Antioch, theft, June 21.

Compactor taken; $300 at 87 N. Market St., June 14. Amplifier taken; $450 at 226 Spring St., June 15.

Incidents/investigations Burglary


Criminal simulation

Heat pump, gates, etc. taken; $8,500 at 1425 Ohio 749, June 15.


Brian H. Yauger, 26, 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly, drug instrument, June 10. Mark E. Steelman, 19, 2348 Ohio 232, obstructing official business, June 19.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 1041 Old U.S. 52, June 14.

Domestic violence

At area of U.S. 52 and Greenmound Road, June 12. At Main Street, June 12.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Sandra J. Woods, 70, 1928 Laurel Moscow Road, theft, June 14. Byron M. Mason, 42, 957 White Oak, animals at large, June 15. Christen R. Knabe, 19, 3322 Bethel Concord, theft, June 15. Todd A. Carr, 46, 358 St. Andrews No. E, domestic violence, June 16. Cassandra L. Calvert, 21, 636 Easter Road, theft, June 18. Nicole L. Green, 23, 346 St. Andrews No. A, domestic violence, June 19.

Counterfeit $5 bill passed at Walmart at Ohio Pike, June 17.

Domestic violence

At St. Andrews Drive, June 16. At St. Andrews Drive, June 19.


Female stated ID used with no authorization; $2,500 at 898 Old Course Lane, June 16.


Male was threatened at 302 St. Andrews, June 14.


Merchandise taken from Walmart; $38 at Ohio Pike, June 14. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $58 at Ohio Pike, June 15. DVD movies taken; $345 at 175 E. Ohio Pike No. 156, June 15. Golf equipment taken from vehicle; $1,490 at 966 E. Legendary, June 16. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $62 at Ohio Pike, June 18. Generator and popcorn machine taken; $1,062 at 3795 Fulton Grove, June 20. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $59 at Ohio Pike, June 21.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 1756 Culver Court No. 7, June 18.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jeffery B Braham Jr., no age given, 1881 Ohio 131, warrant, June 15. Justin D. Moermond, 24, 542 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, June 15. James Sturdevant, 21, 4481 Forest Trail, warrant service, June 15. Richard Jones Jr., 38, 8682 Pastoral Lane, operating vehicle under influence, June 16. Juvenile, 14, underage consumption, June 15. Paul A. Dean Jr., 18, 1026 Clough Pike, underage consumption, June 15. Keith Wieland, 24, 4475 Eastwood No. 18309, trafficking in heroin,

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Mt. Carmel Sports Page Cafe Tuesdays 2-6pm

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AMELIA FRIDAY NIGHT St. Bernadette Church 10 min. east of I-275, off Rt. 125 at Walgreen/CVS, turn south on Jenny Lind Rd.

Police security. Doors open at 6:00 pm; games begin at 7:30 pm. Loads of instants, lots of door prizes! Great food, friendly patrons and sellers!

Holy Trinity SVDP Bingo Monday Night 7:00pm Doors Open 5:30pm



NEW LOCATION! 1300 West Ohio Pike, Amelia, Ohio

License# 0202-27

Located at VFW Hall 4070 Greenbriar Rd. Batavia, OH 45103


Your Community Press newspaper serving Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Franklin Township, Moscow, Neville, Tate Township, Washington Township E-mail:

tampering with evidence, driving under suspension, wrongful entrustment, June 13. Jacquelin Cornes, 20, 4475 Eastwood No. 18309, trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, wrongful entrustment, June 13. Amber Kinser, 19, 730 Ohio Pike, warrant service, June 15. Kevin Neyer, 19, 5751 Chestnut Ridge, drug abuse, paraphernalia, June 15. Brian Vorwald, 19, 5010 Equine Lane, drug abuse, paraphernalia, June 15. Joseph Zielonski, 28, 7240 Ohio 28, warrant service, June 15. Robert Baumgartner, no age given, 730 Ohio Pike, warrant service, June 15. Jerry Agostini Jr., 47, 4524 Weiner Lane, no drivers license, June 15. Stephanie M. Ell, 22, 439 Yarabee, driving under suspension, June 15. Dustin Johnson, no age given, 730 Ohio Pike, warrant, June 15. Adam L. Kayata, 28, 3125 Pennington, no drivers license, driving under suspension, June 15. James P. Williams, 37, 402 Stonelick Woods, driving under suspension, June 16. Jeffrey R. Harris, 21, 3596 Lake Meadow, driving under suspension, June 16. Joshua E. Zellers, 20, lka 2912 West Holly, operating vehicle under influence, drug abuse, paraphernalia, June 15. Casey A. Baldwin, 19, 4633 Northridge, warrant, June 16. Joshua T. Tribble, 21, 108 Southern Trace, theft, June 16. Mark S. Goodman, 31, 941 Clough, driving under suspension, June 17. Randall Wagers, 33, 102 Vine St., driving under suspension, June 17. Kenneth L. Fuller, no age given, 64 Apple Lane, disorderly conduct, June 17. Ashley R. Mccowin, no age given, 1641 Ohio 749, driving under suspension, June 17. Kelly A. Southerland, 43, 3878 Gordon Drive, driving under suspension, June 18. Jeffrey T. Terrell, no age given, 133 Winged Foot Way, warrant service, June 17. Jessica L. Wiegele, 19, 92 Old U.S. 52, warrant, obstructing official business, June 16. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, June 16. Lauren A. Conrad, 19, 772 Loda Drive, warrant, June 17. Karren Aloyan, 26, 157 Southern Trace, warrant service, June 18. Matthew E. Brandenburg, 28, 4226 Brandonmore, operating vehicle under influence, leaving the scene, June 17. Robert Burnett, 44, 484 Old Ohio 74, operating vehicle under influence, June 21. Douglas E. Malloy, 19, 4 Honeysuckle, warrant service, June 23. Dora Bryant, 27, 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, warrant service, June 22.



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Alexander Groh, 19, 7663 Pine Glen, keg law, underage consumption, drug abuse, June 24. Zachary Garner, 18, 169 Meadow Ave., underage consumption, June 24. Andrew J. Walterman, 19, 536 Rosehill, drug paraphernalia, June 24. Clinton Davis, 22, 2327 Ohio Ave., keg law, June 24. Danielle N. Magevney, 19, 4431 Allison, underage consumption, June 22. Hartzell L. Helton, 26, 4664 Aston, child endangering, operating vehicle under influence, June 22. Victoria L. Velton, 18, 1218 Emery Ridge, theft, misuse of credit card, June 23. Juvenile, 17, theft, June 23. Nicholas M. Adams, 28, 558 Rancho Lane, driving under suspension, June 22. John W. Masterson, 19, 3137 Nine Mile, underage possession, underage consumption, June 23. Edwin L. Robinson, 19, 478 Piccadilly, underage consumption, June 23. Zach M. Sicursha, 21, 662 Parkland, tampering with evidence, drug possession, driving under suspension, June 23. Jordan M. Thornsburg, 21, 921 E. High St., keg law, June 24. Two Juveniles, 17, underage consumption, June 24. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, June 24. Meredith L. Melvin, 19, 12119 Crestfield, underage consumption, June 24. Daniel L. Fisse, 18, 3376 Cleveland, underage consumption, June 24. Ian G. Keller, 19, 926 Ohio Pike, underage consumption, June 24. Andrew W. Kimball, 18, 1361 Gumbert, underage consumption, June 24. Jack A. Polston, 18, 26 Lawson, keg law, underage consumption, June 24. David Kuykendell Jr., 32, 37 Hunter, warrant, June 21. Johnny Ogle Jr., 33, 3818 Applegate, receiving stolen property, June 21. Sean R. Stevens, 21, 4557 Summerside, warrant service, June 21. William K. Buchanan, 49, 492 Glenrose, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, June 21. Danny Whittaker, 50, 3867 Field Lane, warrant service, June 22. Anthony J. Washington, 21, 2 Columbine, open container, June 22. Todd W. Malpass Jr., 24, 4879 Powderhorn, driving under suspension, June 22. Chris D. Wynn, 32, 20 Arrowhead, driving under suspension, June 22. Jeffrey Vonderhaar, 33, 996 Oakmont, drug possession, June 22. Jamarik A. Metz, 19, 13 Montgomery Way, underage consumption, June 23. Clifford Bauer, 51, 441 Eastern Ave., driving under suspension, June 21. Jeffery A. Beavers, no age given, 101 Redwood, warrant, June 19. Thomas E. Baker Jr., 27, 777 Rue Center, warrant service, June 19. Joseph S. Elam, 31, 3027 Ohio 132, warrant service, June 19. Veronica Kilgore, 32, 134 S. Union, warrant service, June 18. Christa R. Smith, 30, 4576 Montclair, open container, June 18. Stacey Beard, 28, 526 Ohio 74, warrant, June 19. Alexander R. Thornton, 20, 4305 Long Acres, warrant service, June 18. Jerry Lee, 44, 510 Old Ohio 74, warrant service, June 18. Joshua D. Bessey, 22, 4804 Whetzel, theft, criminal tools, obstructing official business, falsification, June 17. Phillip Baker, 19, 650 Riverside Drive, recited, June 19. Juvenile, 13, attempted theft, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of tobacco, June 18.

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Male was assaulted at 510 Old Ohio 74, June 22.

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Radiators and condensers taken from Wood Collision at Old Ohio 74, June 16. Copper wire taken from Duke Energy sub-station at 912 Clough Pike, June 16. Female reported this offense at Uncle Bob’s Storage at Old Ohio 74, June 16. Landscaping equipment taken from Shayler Creek Landscaping; $6,170 at Old Ohio 74, June 21.


Cash and check book taken at 1007 Crisfield, June 14. X-Box, games, etc. taken; $1,430 at 4466 Spruce Creek, June 16.

Criminal damage

Windows broken in vehicle at 4689 Galaxy, June 16. Substances poured on vehicle at 4280 Beechmont Drive, June 18.

Domestic violence

At Macintosh Drive, June 17. At Piccadilly Square, June 21.

Felonious assault

Male was assaulted at 4307 Cider Mill, June 21. Male was assaulted at Madeira Court, June 19.


Male stated ID used with no authorization; $3,084.25 at 1141 Old Oaks Drive, June 17.


Offense involved female juvenile at 4500 block of Forest Trail, June 14.

Safe cracking

Money taken from safe at Goodwill; $1,050 at Commercial Blvd., June 22.


iPod, video games, etc. taken from vehicle; $925 at 559 Sonny Lane, June 15. DVDs taken from Walmart; $36 at Eastgate Blvd., June 17. AC unit taken from Great Clips at 834 Ohio Pike, June 16. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 531 Constitution Sq., June 17. Three pairs of shoes taken from Kohl’s; $210 at Eastgate Blvd., June 17.

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Two Juveniles, 15, complicity, June 18. Nicholas A. Miller, 25, 6367 Palmetto, theft, June 17. Ryan F. Maloney, 31, lka 5048 Goal Post Lane, persistent disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, June 20. Catherine A. Dick, 24, 150 Western Ave., warrant, June 19. Jeremiah A. Wagner, 33, 3974 Piccadilly, warrant service, June 20. Michael C. Puckett, 47, 498 Piccadilly, driving under suspension, June 20. Tasha R. Lyle, 29, 3973 Piccadilly, open container, June 20. Chelsea Gauthier, 20, 1904 Stonelick Woods, theft, June 18. Theodoro L. Baca, 32, 752 Rue Center, operating vehicle under influence, June 19. Tina M. Foster, 30, 1401 Stonelick Woods, driving under suspension, June 19. Kathleen L. Kidd, 33, 4524 Weiner Lane, criminal trespass, June 22. Jerry Lee, 44, 510 Cincinnati Batavia Pike, criminal trespass, June 21. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, June 21. Cody M. Hopkins, 19, 3328 Bethel Concord, underage consumption, June 21. Tonya J. Brock, 42, 4293 Larma Lane, drug abuse, paraphernalia, June 22. Samuel L. Crabtree, 41, 4815 Long Acres, disrupting public service, June 22.

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Gladys Marie Collier, 93, of Batavia died June 24. Survived by first husband, Walter S. Collier; second husband, Raymond Collier; children, Ron (Donna) Collier and Sandra (Jim) Deering; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Larry Collier. Services were June 28 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Eastern Star Owensville Chapter 370, Owensville; or Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

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Josie Nunn and Douglas Nunn vs. Curtis Keith, et al., other tort HSBC Mortgage Corp. vs. Beth Ann Johnson, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Annette A. Zimmerman and Garrad H. Zimmerman, foreclosure Everhome Mortgage Company vs. Elizabeth McDonald, et al., foreclosure Residential Mortgage Trust 2008 R2 vs. Melissa J. Van Loveren and Robert Mullins, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Guy W. Jones and Angela Jones Griffin, foreclosure Household Realty Corporation vs. Beverly Kabler, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kevin Gilhooley and Mary Gilhooley, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Jonathan M. Gardner and Tiffany L. Elkins, foreclosure Saxton Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Shawn R. Olson, et al., foreclosure Quadrant Residential Capital IV LP vs. Anton Wottreng III, foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Dean A. Gaskins, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Timothy R. Nelson, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Justin Padgett, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank Nevada NA vs. Charles Barnes Sr., other civil Barry Schuster vs. General Motors LLC, other civil Environmetrics Inc. vs. Thomas Bickett and Julie Bickett, other civil FIA Cards Services NA vs. Marshia Booth, other civil Victoria Hugenberg vs. Donald Hugenberg and Todd Little, other civil Citimortgage Inc. vs. Dennis Lee Pollard, et al., foreclosure Household Realty Corp. vs. Richard L. Hill, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Thomas A. Nunner, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Douglas W. Stansell, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Beth M. Lee, et al., foreclosure Mers Inc. vs. Kenneth H. Williams, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kenneth L. Grogan Jr., et al., foreclosure

Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Jeffrey M. Durr, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Uva D. Hoskins, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Michael A. Garbutt and Shannon M. Garbutt, foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Barry D. Mullins, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Jonathan P. Wardlow, et al., foreclosure Miami Woods Owners Association Inc. vs. Nils E. Ekberg, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Justin Theaderman, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Annette A. Zimmerman and Garrad H. Zimmerman, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David Shearer, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Linda J. Powell and Max D. Powell, foreclosure Everhome Mortgage Company vs. Elizabeth McDonald, et al., foreclosure Bayview Loan Servicing LLC vs. Riverside Investment Group LLC, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Tonya L. Kimberly and Ricky D. Kimberly, foreclosure Frances Wittrock vs. Best Buy Co. Inc. and Medicare, other civil Craig Robins vs. Jason E. Kraus, et al., other civil State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance vs. Teresa M. Stewart, other civil State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services vs. Wade Davis Inc., other civil John Coleman vs. Chrysler Group LLC, other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. Glenn A. Kuhlman, other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. Carol Balton, other civil FIA Card Services NA vs. Janice Hartman, other civil Lorn Smith vs. Corbin H. Cowguill and Blanchester Lumber and Supply Inc., other civil Franklin E. Bingamon vs. Bishops Hardware, other civil State of Ohio Department of Taxation vs. Brandon Apgar, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Glenn A. Kuhlman, other civil


Jennifer J. Hickman vs. Timothy W.

Hickman Alisha Loudon vs. Cory Loudon Jesse C. Clark vs. Tammy E. Clark Sherry Lynn Taylor vs. David G. Meparishvili Jillian E. Harvilla vs. Ernest M. Harvilla Christopher P. Raley vs. Michelle L. Raley Crystal R. Berling vs. Dwayne B. Berling


Robert Ubrey vs. Hallie Ubrey Chris Blalock vs. Brandi Blalock Lynn Watts vs. Brian Watts Emily Lehn vs. Brian Lehn Woodrow L. Carnes vs. Melissa A. Carnes Angela Renee Pepiot vs. Harry Lee Finks Doris Fay vs. John Fay Timothy J. Payton vs. Melinda M. Payton


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Michael Steven Verdin, 35, 16695 Edginton Road, Williamsburg, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Barry Rand Kephart, 42, 6544 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Timothy Allen Pohlman, 38, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Timothy Ray Turley, 25, 525 Garfield Ave., Cambridge, Ohio, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Carrie Adams, 32, 1764 Courtland Ave., Cincinnati, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Jessica Lynn Wiegele, 19, 923 Old Ohio 52, New Richmond, burglary, grand theft, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Mitchell Scarff, 27, 3370 Huntsman Trail, Amelia, burglary, theft, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

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

lyn Davis to Elmer Willis, $8,000. Lot 160 Riverpines RV Resort, Timothy & Kimberly Rack to Mark Schmidtgesling, $5,000.



73 Red Bud Circle, JJ & Shelly Deutsche to Stephen & Amber Athan, $165,000. 19 Sandpiper Court, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Gerald & Patricia Rinehart, $90,000. 64 South Deer Creek Drive, NVR Inc. to Gary Bender, $129,815. 68 Tall Trees Drive, The Drees Co. to Scott Leo, $104,000. 72 Wooded Ridge Drive, Amelia Development Group Ltdx to Maple Street Homes LLC., $31,500.


3851 Bach Grove Court, James Cooper, trustee to Helmut & Mary Wolf, 0.2330 acre, $155,000. 4560 Julep Way, Fischer Attached Homes II LLC. to Margaret Moores, $135,800. 6598 Miami Trails Drive, Javier Stern & Jessica Filosa to Deborah & Edgar Wilson Jr., $315,000. 110 Mt. Holly Road, 32 Storage LLC. to Harold & Catherine Gatts, 0.5370 acre, $129,900. Rose Lane, Lee & Nancy Boggs to Paul & Pamela Fernbach, $149,000. 1408 Stone Fox Drive, Christopher & Kathleen Vaught to Michael & Dawn Perry, $285,000. 1221 West Glenwood Court, Freedom Homes to James & Joanna Tobergta, $30,000. 4053 Zagar Road, Patricia Kahn, trustee to James & Gail Hendricks, 39.1000 acre, $275,500.


2905 Fair Oak Road, Glenna & Barry Francis to Netta Candy Sweet, 0.5640 acre, $19,500. 2021 Ginn Road, Edward Jackson, et al. to Federal National Loan Mortgage Corp., 10.8200 acre, $53,333.34. 2037 Weil Road, James & Geralyn Holbrook to Katie & Scott Smith, $228,000. 1912 West Hall Road, Douglas Justice to Deborah Jacob, 7.1800 acre, $145,000.


5866 Price Road, William Miller & Carol Barnes to Lorie & William Miller, $120,000. 40 River Pines Report, Bennie & Evelyn Davis to Tim & Kathryn Coulson, $8,000. 45 River Pines Resort, Bennie & Eve-

1428 Bethel New Richmond Road, Leland & Amy Story to Kenneth & Nancy Story, 5.0000 acre, $230,000.


377 Arcadia Lane, US Bank National Assoc., ND to KBR Commercial LLC, $60,000. 3633 Highland Green, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC. to Kenneth & Karen Morgan, $217,336. 3399 Ohio 132, Melinda Peck, et al. to Kondaur Capital Corp., $73,333.34. 3539 Woodland Trail, Timothy & Anita Ward to Martin Pohl & Kathryn Lanthier, $300,000.


5007 Argentine Court, Shay Burnett to Richard & Kathleen Doggett, 0.4690 acre, $351,000. 4243 Bobwhite Drive, Martin & Sabrina Frye to Richard & Margaret Carlton, $268,900. 7 Boundry Street, Susan Weitzel to Ryan Sherman, $91,400. 4624 Courtwood Circle, Daniel & Bethany Bauer to Patricia & Brenda Belcamino, $79,000. 4625 Courtwood Circle, GORF LLC. to Shane O’Leary & Ashlie Taylor, $81,500. 3892 Fulton Grove, James & Patricia Labanz to Sarah & David Elig, 3.7400 acre, $121,000. 4782 Klatte Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Lydo Properties No. 8 LLC., $69,100. 3993 Maplefield Court Unit 6A, Esther Sponzilli to Christian Larpenteur, $104,000. 1269 Misty Lake Lane, Grand Communities Ltdx to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., $75,910. 5110 Oak Brook Drive, Drees Premier Homes Inc. to J. Kurt & Susan Medert, 0.4680 acre, $331,294. Shephard Woods Subdivision, Regions Bank to SWDC LLC., $400,000. Shephard Woods Subdivision, SWDC LLC. to NVR Inc., $180,000. 4711 Tealtown Road, Elsie Young, et al. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., $36,667. 3 The County Seat, Patrick & Sarah Osborne to Zuzana Svobodova, $77,500. 4732 Vicbarb Lane, Brian & Christina Woods to Richard & Sonya Lowery, $108,000. 1187 Wellesley Ave., John Hines & Tracy Hawkins to JJ & Shelly Deutschle, $295,000.

Samuel A. Moore, 22, 506 Main St. #1, Milford, possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, Milford Police. James C. Lawrence, 23, 10 Chateau Place #1, Milford, receiving stolen property, having weapons while under disability, Milford Police. Shawn Whitehead, 23, 454 East 48th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., theft, forgery, Milford Police. Chad Aaron Field, 34, 2029 McCoy St., Covington, Ky., theft, Milford Police. Jessica J. Glenn, 30, 411 S. Union St., Bethel, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, Milford Police. Lewis E. Slaughter, 25, 177 Caldwell St., Cincinnati, possession of cocaine, Union Township Police Department. Steven B. Caudill, 26, 5020 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, burglary, theft, Union Township Police Department. Misty Leigh Phillips, 21, 4402 Eastwood Drive #4115, Batavia, trafficking in marijuana, tampering with evidence, Union Township Police Department. Gregory Eugene Smallwood, 48, 110 Cardinal Drive, Cincinnati, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Union Township Police Department. Amberly D. Valter, 30, 6630 Ohio 132, Goshen, theft of drugs, Miami Township Police. Steven M. Wall, 22, 3089 N. Campbell Road, Bethel, theft of drugs, Pierce Township Police. Donald R. Gillis, 35, 739 W. Main St., Wilmington, Ohio, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Donald Rawlings Jr., 38, 187 Kermit St., Williamsburg, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Walter Dawson II, 37, 419 N. Union St., Felicity, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. Joshua S. Ditmore, 22, 511 Picadilly Square F, Cincinnati, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. Peter Braatz Jr., 37, 590 Sunset Ave., South Lebanon, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office. Krystle M. Hoskins, 24, 112 #B W. Plane St., Bethel, involuntary manslaughter, endangering chil-

dren, tampering with evidence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Timothy Wayne Hoskins, 42, murder, tampering with evidence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Katherine Ann McKinney, 40, 6521 Arborcrest Road, Loveland, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Earl Ronald Malicoat II, 30, 926 Mohawk Trail, Milford, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Samuel Ray Nease, 54, 2240 Salvador St., Cincinnati, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Geronimo Montolyze Johnson, 24, 1300 Queens Road, Milford, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Brad J. Hollins, 40, 934 Delegrates Drive Room 246, Orlando, Fla., non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Amy Raquel Hubbard, 27, 5110 Hunters Ave. Apt. 2, Cincinnati, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Jennifer Lynn Gibson, 30, 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road Lot 21, Amelia, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Timothy Allen Taggert, 50, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drugs in certain bodily substances, failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, Bethel Police. Sandra Dawn Kinman, 37, 450 E. Second St., Manchester, Ohio, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Tyler Gene Davis, 20, 4471 Eastwood Drive #18101, Batavia, aggravated possession of drugs, Union Township Police Department. Lloyd Dow Collins Sill, 38, 484 Old Ohio 74, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, Narcotics Unit. Rodney Jacob Stidham, 25, 14 Lori Lane, Amelia, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Mark Daniel Kennedy, 23, 5304 Monterey Road, Batavia, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Dane Richard Gates, 24, 4500 New Market Court, Batavia, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence,

POLICE REPORTS From B8 Computer taken from office; $600 at 4030 Tobasco Road, June 7. Stereos taken from vehicles at 4032 Wilma Court, June 17. Medication taken from residence at 888 Ohio Pike, June 17. A drill, etc. taken; $645 at 4651 Summerside, June 16. Cellphone and cigarettes taken from vehicle; $136 at 516 Hamblin, June 14. CD taken from Walmart; $12 at Eastgate Blvd., June 15. Trailer taken from A & E Concrete; $3,200 at 1120 Ferris Road, June 14. Sets of bucks (construction equipment) not returned; over $3,000 at 934 Shayler Road, June 14. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s; $260 at Eastgate Blvd., June 23. Coins taken from vehicle at 4292 Terrace Drive, June 23. Purse taken from cart at 450 Ohio Pike, June 21. Merchandise taken from Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., June 23. Camping gear taken from unit at Uncle Bob’s; $200 at Old Ohio 74, June 23. Diamond ring taken; $1,000 at 1271 Glen Haven, June 20. TV and laptop computer taken; $1,635 at 3978 Piccadilly, June 18. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 662 Barg Salt Run, June 16. Side panel taken off door of vehicle at 4404 Eastwood, June 17. Spools of wire taken; $1,000 at 4043 McMann, June 15. Ladder and gas can taken at 530 Old Ohio 74, June 18. CD player taken from vehicle at 4485 Eastwood, June 18. Merchandise taken from JC Penney; $66 at Eastgate Blvd., June 18. Medication taken from residence at 515 Piccadilly, June 20. Clothing taken from Walmart; $69 at Eastgate Blvd., June 20. TV and washing machine taken; $2,100 at 4784 Klatte, June 21.



Jennifer J. Sellers, 33, theft, June 4.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $10 at 609 West Main, June 14.

Ring taken; $300 at 174 N. 8th St., June 17.


Amanda Patterson, 27, 404 Western Ave., Mt. Orab, theft at 2199 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, June 25. Aaron Painter, 24, 503 Washington St., New Richmond, drug paraphernalia at 503 Washington St., New Richmond, June 21. Ricky L Thompson, 31, 1420 Stanley Road, Cincinnati, theft at 2096 Stonewall Ridge, Batavia, June 22. Ricky L Thompson, 31, 1420 Stanley Road, Cincinnati, receiving stolen property at 451 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, June 25. Gregory L. Hall, 21, 108 Walnut St., Williamsburg, possession of drugs - marijuana at 4211 McKeever Road, Williamsburg, June 21. Raymond Walsson, 18, 1 Montgomery Way Apt. 5, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, trafficking in drugs at 1 Montgomery Way Apt. 5, Amelia, June 25. Rhonda Maria Nash, 36, 6589 Rainbow Lane, Cincinnati, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, June 22. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons, Amelia, June 24. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons, Amelia, June 24. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons, Amelia, June 24. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons, Amelia, June 24. Jessica Knight, 21, 326 St. Andrews Drive, No. A, Cincinnati, theft at 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, June 22. Bruce A Hedrick, 45, 5490 Brushy Fork Road, Batavia, domestic violence at 5490 Brushy Fork Road, Batavia, June 26. Gregory Ray Bell, 38, 2898 Ohio 132, New Richmond, possessing drug abuse instruments, possession of drugs - marijuana at 2898 Ohio 132, New Richmond, June 26. Juvenile, 15, criminal damaging/endangering, Batavia, June 26. David L Cornwell, 39, 92 Cutty Sark Drive, Amelia, assault, resisting arrest at 92 Cutty Sark Drive, Amelia, June 27.

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Narcotics Unit. Molli Nicole Smith, 22, 603 Fern Court, Cincinnati, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Lowell Everett Riser, 48, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Adam M. Sponsel, 26, 3737 Glancy Greenbush Road, Williamsburg, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Joshua Lee McClanahan, 24, felonious assault, endangering children, Pierce Township Police.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site,\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Michael C. Raleigh, presiding judge H.J. Bressler, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded; with separate opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: Dorothy Sheehy vs. Daniel P. Sheehy, presiding judge H.J. Bressler, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations.

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Real estate classes offered at UC Clermont UC Clermont College will offer accelerated real estate pre-license classes in a three-week summer class schedule to prepare students to take the Ohio Real Estate Sales Exam beginning Monday, July 12 at the campus in Batavia. The four required state-of-theart courses have been developed

in consultation with local real estate professionals. “Our students continue to report back to us that these courses are among the best available in southwestern Ohio to fully prepare them to successfully pass the real estate exam,” said assistant professor of business Bill Wise, who

is also the real estate program coordinator. “We’re pleased to offer this innovative summer schedule for students who wish to complete the coursework in only three weeks,” he said. As an additional benefit, these courses can offer students up to

Fair board directors to be elected On the last day of the fair, July 31, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., directors from certain townships and three at-large seats will be elected. Only members of the


Clermont County Agricultural Society are eligible to vote. To become a member, you must be at least 18 years of age, be a resident of Clermont County, and purchase your membership pass by noon on Wednesday of fair week. The membership pass can be purchased at the fair board office and also serves as the admis-

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Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387

sion pass to the fair all week. If you wish to run for any of these seats, you must first, be a member, and then collect the signatures of at least 10 other members. The deadline for filing petitions is at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Petitions can be obtained at the fair board office as well and are available until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24. To be elected: Directors from Batavia, Pierce, Tate, Wayne, and Williamsburg townships (you must live in these townships to run for these seats). There are also three at-large positions open which are not township specific. All seats except for one at-large seat are for three-year terms. That seat is for a two-year term.


SIESTA KEY. Gulf front condo, directly on pristine Crescent Beach. All ammenities, nicely appointed. Available weekly, now to July 17th and after July 24th. 513-232-4854

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •

DESTIN. Deeply discounted 2BR, 2BA condo, five pools, on-site restaurant & golf course. 513-561-4633 , local owner. Visit

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

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Visit and plan a getaway with Seashore Vacations. Our beach is free. Specials available for golf, tennis, dining, more. Visit our

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EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513


1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

GATLINBURG . Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

GATLINBURG ! Luxurious cabins on trout streams. Park-like settings. Hot tubs. Close to National Park & Dollywood. Great rates! $105 & up. 800-404-3370


Vacation Resorts of South Carolina. Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach. Lovely 1 or 2BR condos, weekly rates from $775 to $2200! Excellent locations! 877-807-3828 DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit


Vivasvat Rajdhan, Batavia, deck, 1414 Stone Fox Drive, Batavia Township, $8,000. J & D Basement Systems of Cincinnati, alter, 1325 Covedale Lane, Batavia Township, $17,000. Paul Peace, Amelia, HVAC, 3728 Mackey Road, Batavia Township. Mark Hughes Mechanical, Elsmere, KY., alter, 4229 Roselawn Ave., Batavia Township. Edward Ridolfo, Amelia, HVAC, 3890 Little Creek, Batavia Township. John Caldwell, Amelia, HVAC, 1393 Gumbert Drive, Batavia Township. Joseph Stepp, Amelia, HVAc, 1372 Meadowlark, Batavia Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1421 Glenwood, Batavia Township, $87,523; new, 1153 Westchester Way, Union Township, $101,000. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 3852 Golden Meadow, Batavia Township, $104,000; new, 1210 Beechwood, Union Township, $90,000 Santel Electric, Batavia, alter, 660 Ely St., Batavia Village. Charles Black & Sons Electric, Batavia, alter, 2396 Franklin Lau-


Hike Parks + Parking FREE at Old Man’s Cave/Hocking Hills Rates $45/up. 1-800-254-3371 Inntowner Motel, Logan Ohio

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

Clermont campus. For additional information, call 513-732-5292. Enrollment for these classes is now open. Online enrollment is available at UC Clermont Enrollment Services can be reached by calling 732-5201.



NORTH CAROLINA Clearwater/Indian Rocks Beach BEST VALUE ON THE BEACH! CLEAN beach condo, 2BR, 2BA, pool. 513-875-4155 . Rent weekly.

12 college credit hours through the UC Clermont – at no extra charge. The summer session of classes is scheduled to meet Monday through Friday, July 12 through July 30, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. Classes will be held at the UC

NORRIS LAKE. Located at Powell Valley Resort. 2 BR/1BA, fully furnished priv. home. Covered porch, deck. Lake access. $95/nt. 423-5628353,

rel, Monroe Township. Oakley Rocco, Batavia, trailer, 3 Honeysuckle, Monroe Township, $22,900. Patrick Lang, Amelia, HVAC, 3739 Fallen Tree Way, Pierce Township. Curt Moress, Cincinnati, alter, 3558 Legendary Run, Pierce Township. Charles Seng, Amelia, garage, 1425 Locust Lake, Pierce Township $10,000. Loschiavo Construction, Union, Ky., deck, 4157 Sagewood, Union Township. Fronk Homes, Cincinnati, addition, 1135 Sparrow Wood, Union Township, $15,000. Alden Builders Inc., Batavia, deck, 1234 Parkside, Union Township. Leon Taulbee, Batavia, roof, 4469 Schoolhouse, Union Township, $7,000. Foundation Builders, Cincinnati, alter, 4430 Erickson, Union Township. Jerome Schoch, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4259 Wellington, Union Township. Gregory Napolitano, Batavia, HVAC, 1208 Parkside, Union Township. The Service Pros, Cincinnati, HVAC, 811 Lily Lane, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 4167 S. Gensen Loop, Union Township, $110,000; new, 4112 Durham Crossing, $200,000; new, 860 Ellery Drive, $90,000; new, 861 Ellery Drive, $110,000; new, 865 Ellery, $110,000; new, 863 Ellery, $100,000; 862 Ellery, $100,000. Brandon Hoeppner, Williamsburg, pool, 185 Santa Barbara Drive, Williamsburg Village. David Woessner, Texas, addition, 55 Deer Creek Drive, Amelia Village, $15,000. James Rahe, Amelia, HVAC, 3322 Meadow Green, Batavia Township. Kapitula Properties, Milford, new, 1922 Pine Run, Batavia Township, $225,000. The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 1228 Twin Gate Run, Batavia Township, $116,200; new, 4077 Woodsly Drive, Union Township, $142,627. James Meyer, Amelia, pole barn, 1769 Stable Trail, Batavia Township, $25,000. Allen Mitchell, Amelia, deck, 1380 Locust Lake Road, Pierce Township, $2,000. Aquarian Pools, Loveland, pool, 3638 Black Jack, Pierce Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Covington, Ky., new, 3648 Highland Green, Pierce Township, $110,091. Bill Rust, Mt Orab, addition, 3874 Gordon Drive, Union Township, $1,200. Phong X. Pham, Batavia, deck, 1122 Sparrow Wood, Union Township, $1,600. Garland Sellers, Cincinnati, addition, 440 Odin Drive, Union Township, $4,000. Michael Holland, Cincinnati, deck, 544 Forest Ridge, Union Township. Patricia Huff, Cincinnati, addition, 585 Virginia Ave., Union Township, $8,000. Hufford Inc., Milford, HVAC, 4824 Salty Lane, Union Township. MH Electrical Service, Batavia, alter, 715 Winding Way, Union Township.

M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 4215 N. Gensen Loop, Union Township, $120,000; new, 815 W. Anson Drive, $120,000. Big D Construction & Concrete, Walton, Ky., new, 1339 Baldwin, Union Township, $370,639. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 994 Shephard Woods, Union Township, $132,000.


SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati, new-Eastern Middle School, 11519 Ohio 62, Eagle Township, $10,508,000; signs. Kramer & Feldmon Inc., Cincinnati, HVAC, Southern Hills JVS, 9193 Hamer Road, Pleasant Township. Indian View Holdings, Cincinnati, deck, 499 Old Boston Road, Batavia Village. Concord Fire Protection, Cincinnati, fire suppression-Marshall’s, 4530 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. Clermont Senior Services, Batavia, alter, 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Williamsburg Township, $2,5000 M & S Petroleum, Lima, alter, 2098 Jaems E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Williamsburg Township. Hank Wolfer, Cincinnati, tents-St. Veronical Festival, 4473 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, Union Township. Service Select, Pennsylvania, sign, 4530 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. Michel Korte Electric Co., Cincinnati, alter, 609 Brantner Lane, Union Township. Turnbull Wahlert Construction, Cincinnati, addition-Jo Ann Fabrics, Eastgate Blvd., Union Township, $690,000. Sehlhorst Equipment Services, Hooven, demolition, 5 E. Main St., Amelia Village. SA Comunale Co. Inc., Barberton, fire suppression, 1981 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia Township. Clermont County Commissioners, Batavia, alter, 2379 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township, $10,900. Cintas, Cincinnati, fire alarm, 212 Market St., New Richmond Village. Ray Meyer Sign Co., Loveland, sign, 130 E. Main St., Owensville Village. Allied Technical Services, Cincinnati, alter, 550 Locust Corner, Pierce Township. OKI Furniture Fair Inc., Fairfield, alter, 4363 Eastgate Sq., Union Township. SACO, Cincinnati, alter, 777 Ohio 125, Union Township. Stephen Brown, Cincinnati, additionSt. Veronica Church, 4473 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, Union Township, $239,000. Turnbull Wahlert Construction, Cincinnati, alter-Marshalls, 4530 Eastgate, Union Township, $750,000. Debra-Kuemple, Cincinnati, alter, 4342 Gleneste Withamsville, Union Township, $190,000. Harrigan Refrigeration, Cincinnati, HVAC, 475 Ohio 125, Union Township. Air Authority Heat & Air, Mason, HVAC, 720 Eastgate S., Union Township. Image One, Pennsylvania, sign, 650 Eastgate S., Union Township.

BUSINESS NOTES Visiting Physicians opens new office

Visiting Physicians Association (VPA), which specializes in the care of the geriatric and homebound patient, has opened its second Cincinnati location at 4435 Aicholtz Road in Union Township. Dr. Richard Foy, who has been with VPA since 2003, and Dr. Julia Kissel are the physicians practicing at this location. Judy Lee serves as the practice manager. For information, call 947-0400 or visit www.

Pohl appointed to board of directors

The Cincinnati State Foundation, which supports

programs, services and capital improvement projects at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, has added Bob Pohl to its board of directors. Pohl, sales vice president of Dwyer Real Estate, LLC, is a graduate of the University of Dayton and the MBA program at Xavier University. He manages real estate portfolios for several companies and has been involved in sales and leases of free-standing and multitenant buildings in Greater Cincinnati. Pohl is a member of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He lives in New Richmond.

community-journal-clermont-070710 The Union Township and the village of Amelia administrations have come to an agreement on how the village...