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Expect bond issue By John Seney

Batavia school board members will have six millage rate options to choose from when they vote in August on whether to place a bond issue on the ballot to build a new elementary school. At the July 20 meeting, the board instructed Treasurer Michael Ashmore to present the options to the Clermont County auditor. The options are for bond issues of $13.2 million, $13.6 million and $13.9 million to be repaid in either 28 years or 37 years. The state is expected to pay about half of the cost of building a new school, but the exact contribution from the state may change. That is the reason for the three different dollar amounts. “We want to have enough bond money in case the state amount changes,” Ashmore said. The higher amounts also would provide a cushion for cost overruns. The total estimated cost of building the new school is $24.5 million. This amount is based on an estimate made by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, Ashmore said. A budget bill recently passed by the state legislature allowed school districts to pay off bond issues in 40 years instead of 30, Ashmore said. These figures were reduced to 37 and 28 years for purposes of the bond issue because the school has to average in the useful life of furnishings, which is less than the building. However, the district has not yet determined if this longer period would apply to this bond issue. That is why Ashmore presented the options of 28 or 37 years. Ashmore told the board members that by voting to instruct him to present the figures to the auditor, they are not committing themselves to vote for the bond levy. That vote will come at a special meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Batavia High School. In June, the board decided that if a new elementary is built, it would be on land the district owns next to the high school in Batavia Township. The present elementary school is in the village of Batavia, and there had been sentiment in the community in favor of keeping the school in the village. However, that option would have required the purchase of land, increasing the cost.


Fair royalty

The 2009 Clermont County Fair royalty was crowned Sunday to kick off the annual event that runs through Saturday, Aug. 1. From left in front are: Prince Tyler Stegbauer of Lynchburg and is a member of the Select 4-Hers; King Cody McConnell, Felicity, Rump Roast Riders 4-H Club; Queen Brittany Bayne, Miami Township, Ruff ‘n Stuff 4-H Club; Carley Snider, Felicity, Ultimate 4-Hers; Caprine Representative Samantha Manning, Felicity 4H Winners and Felicity-Franklin FFA Moscow; In back: Small Animals Representative Jeri Plante, Milford, Patriots 4-H Club; General Projects Representative Anna Green, Batavia Township, Buzzing Enthusiasts 4-H Club; Swine Representative Mariah Messink, Milford, Maple Rey Milk & More 4-H Club; Equine KELLIE GEIST/STAFF Queen Kristin Koch, Bridgetown, Winners The young ladies from the Midwest Elite Dance Center in Union Township smile pretty Circle 4-H Club; Beef Queen Shelby Church, during the Stonelick Township Firefighters Association Parade before the fair. For more from Bethel, Bethel Beefers & Sheepers 4-H Club. the parade, see page A6.

National Night Out is chance to meet police, firefightes By Kellie Geist

The Union Township Police and Fire departments will greet the community during the third annual National Night Out celebration. The Union Township National Night Out will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Union Township Veterans Memorial Park. “It is an event for local law enforcement and the community,” said Union Township Police Sgt. Tony Rees. “It serves (for us) to get together on a social level and get to know one another.” During the event, representatives from the police department will be talking to the residents

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about keeping the community safe through crime prevention. “(The purpose) is to show criminals that we are united in our cause to keep crime out of our neighborhoods and businesses,” Rees said. The Union Township Fire Department will have the fire safety house for children to tour as well as a fire engine and paramedic unit on display. Event-goers will be treated to free food, drinks, games and music. University of Cincinnati Air Care will bringing McGruff the Crime Dog by helicopter. There also will be an OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) obstacle course people can try. Rees said this event has

become more and more popular since its inception. He expects 300 to 500 to attend and advises event-goers to arrive early to find parking. “It’s a night ... for the community to come together and spend time with our police and fire departments,” said Union Township Trustee Matt Beamer. “It’s absolutely enjoyable.” Admission to the National Night Out is free thanks to the event sponsors Duke Energy, Meijer, Bigg’s, Wal-Mart, Kroger and Detect-All Security. For more information, call the Union Township Police Department at 752-1230 or visit the National Night Out Web site at


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Skydiver to deliver American flag at fair A skydiver from Team Fastrax based at Start Skydiving in Lebanon will deliver an American flag to the track in front of the grandstands as part of the Salute to Veterans and Our Troops scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Clermont County Fair in Owensville. “We encourage the entire community to attend and show support for our troops, our veterans, and their fam-

ilies,” said Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud, who organized the event. Featured speakers are Ohio State Rep. and Col. Danny Bubp (R-88) and Kim Pellington, co-founder of the Whole in My Heart military support group. “This county has been especially hard hit in the war on terrorism,” said Bubp. “Since 2004, nine young men with local ties have paid the ultimate price

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for our freedom.” Bubp, recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, was mobilized in November 2007 and served in Ramadi, Iraq, as the liaison officer to the Governor of Anbar Province from January 2008 through November 2008. “Kim Pellington’s son served two tours of duty in Iraq and will talk about how much our military, and their families left behind, appreciate the community support they receive,” said Proud. Those attending The Salute will be led in reciting the

Pledge of Allegiance by the Whole in My Heart support group and representatives from World War II to the current global war on terrorism. During fair week, all current or former members of the Armed Forces will be admitted free, with a military ID. The fair is July 26 to Aug. 1 at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust Street in Owensville. For more information about the 160th annual fair, visit the Web site

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Scout engineers nature trail improvements By John Seney

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Zack Dixon, left, measures the length of one of the boardwalks being built at New Richmond’s Outdoor Classroom and Nature Trail while volunteers wait to unload lumber. Dixon did the work as part of his Eagle Scout project.


Confiscated in drug bust

This 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix confiscated in a drug arrest is for sale by the Amelia Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Sucher said Joshua Gosney was arrested in Amelia Jan. 3 and was charged with possession of three pounds of marijuana. He was convicted in March and, as part of his sentence, the car was turned over to the police with the money from the sale to be used for police training. Sealed bids will be accepted by the village of Amelia until Aug. 3.

Zack Dixon liked the nature trail that opened behind New Richmond Elementary School last spring. But he thought it could be better. For his Boy Scout Eagle project, Dixon, who lives in Monroe Township and will be a junior at New Richmond High School, planned and supervised the construction of boardwalks along the trail. Most of the work was done Saturday, July 11, when Dixon convinced about 30 volunteers to help. The volunteers included friends and family as well as Boy Scouts from Dixon’s Troop 396 in Bethel, and two others, Troop 155 in New Richmond and Troop 196 in Bethel. His mother, Nancy Dixon, said the Eagle project involved not just doing the work, but planning and coordinating everything. “He did a lot of work to

get it done,” she said. The effort included convincing Home Depot to donate the lumber and materials. Dixon, 16, said he still needs to fill out some paperwork before he can receive his Eagle rank, but most of the work is done. Rena Snouffer, the New Richmond teacher who spearheaded creation of the trail, said the boardwalks “made the trail more accessible and aesthetically they are beautiful.” The boardwalks covered areas of the trail where there was poor drainage, she said. Now it will be possible to take children along the trail when the ground is wet after a rain. The boardwalks also will allow a wider group of people from the community, including senior citizens, to use the trail, Snouffer said. Dixon is “a top-notch young man” who worked tirelessly on the project, she said.

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Green thumbs shine in Williamsburg By John Seney

When Kim Ireton was fighting cancer several years ago, her husband Ennes decided to do something special for her. They had a beautiful 150-year-old house in Williamsburg that they were fixing up, but the back yard was “just a back yard,” as Ennes said. So he added a fence, pergola, fountain, outdoor fireplace and lots of plants and flowers. “It turned out pretty nice,” he said. The result of the Iretons’ efforts was on display July 18 as part of the Williamsburg Garden Tour, sponsored by the Williamsburg Garden Club. Kim Ireton called the back yard “our private retreat,” a place where the family can find a little peace and relaxation in a busy world. They often just sit out there on a Sunday morning and read the newspaper. “I love the fireplace in fall and early spring,” Kim Ireton said. The garden is a work in progress.

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Charles Snell has a pumpkin plant growing out of a haystack. The Snell home was on the Williamsburg Garden Tour. “He (Ennes) comes home with plants all the time,” Kim said. Just outside Williamsburg is the home of Gary and Chris Graf. The home sits in the middle of a nine-acre plot of land that looks more like a park than a yard. There are walking trails, ponds, bridges and a deck

offering a scenic view of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. And of course there are plenty of plants and flowers. Chris Graf said her specialty is the hostas – they have about 35 varieties. Whenever she is not at work, she is outside working on the yard.

Lindsey Yaczik, center, is due to give birth to the family’s first grandchild July 29. Larry and Michelle Dodson met July 29 and Michelle and Lindsey were both born July 29. PROVIDED

July 29 is a special day for the Dodson family. From left are Larry Dodson, Lindsey Yaczik and Michelle Dodson. By Kellie Geist

July 29 is a pretty special date for the Dodson family. Michelle and Larry Dodson, of Mt. Carmel, met on Michelle’s sweet 16th birthday, July 29, 1981. Then, exactly three years later, they gave birth to their first

daughter, Lindsey. Now, another generation is set to share that special day. Wesley J. Yaczik, Lindsey and her husband Jason’s first child, is set to be born Wednesday, July 29. “I didn’t even think about the date until (Lindsey and I) were at the hospital and I said, ‘This baby is going to be due around our birthdays,’” Michelle said. Lindsey finished the story: “When the doctor told

us he was due July 29, (mom) just started bawling immediately.” With mom and son healthy, Lindsey is hoping they can keep the tradition. “It’s getting close, I just hope he comes July 29,” Lindsey said. “It’s just a special day for us,” Michelle said. Even the family dog, Coby, was born July 29. The Yacziks also live in Mt. Carmel, two doors down from parents.

“I can’t stand to be inside,” she said. The garden club’s first tour was two years ago, and the response was so good, members decided to do it again this year, according to Izella Cadwallader, who was in charge of publicity. Eight gardens were on the tour this year. A new feature was having working artists at some of the homes. Highlights of other gardens on the tour this year: • The garden of Barb and Jerry Mueller featured a collection of more than 100 hydrangeas. • The home of Jean and Joannie Bouchy has two ponds with a large collection of flowers and grasses. • The 100-year-old home of Mike and Sue Madsen was completely remodeled in 2005. The remodeling led them to update the landscaping. • Charles and Lucy Snell’s ranch-style home has been upgraded along with the landscaping. The property also is a working farm with crops and a vegetable garden. One unusual feature is a haystack with a pumpkin plant growing out of the top.

Community Press Staff Report Amelia will celebrate National Night Out Aug. 4 with a parade and other activities aimed at improving relations between police and the community. Police Chief Jeff Sucher said this is the fifth year Amelia has participated in the event. “Ours is a little different,” he said. The night will begin 7 p.m. in Groh Park with a parade that travels through the neighborhoods of Quail Creek and Sedona Ridge and ends in Shank Park. Sucher said the purpose

A strip of land along Ten Mile Road in Pierce Township will be preserved in its natural state as part of the township’s new Greenspace Greenspace Program. The trustees voted 3-0 June 9 to accept a 2.29-acre donation from Denver and Joyce Stanfield. Jessica Metzger, chair of the township’s Greenspace Committee, said the undeveloped property is mostly composed of Ten Mile Creek with a narrow riparian buffer. It runs along the side of Ten Mile Road near Cole Road. Metzger said the Greenspace Committee was formed in 2007 to deal with potential land donations and develop a plan to preserve land in its natural state. The mission of the pro-



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of the parade is to encourage people to join in on bicycles or on foot. At Shank Park activities will last until 9 p.m. and include music, refreshments, activities for kids, safety displays and the opportunity for people to meet police officers. National Night Out began more than 20 years

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At Shank Park activities will last until 9 p.m. and include music, refreshments, activities for kids, safety displays and the opportunity for people to meet police officers.

ago. The idea was to reduce crime by encouraging people to sit out on their front porches with the lights on and keep an eye on the street. The event has progressed over the years to put more emphasis on people getting to know their neighbors and local police officers better. Sucker said Amelia’s National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in local crime prevention programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

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Kim and Ennes Ireton in front of the fireplace in their back yard. The yard was featured in the Williamsburg Garden Tour.

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A pond at the home of Gary and Chris Graf was one of the stops on the Williamsburg Garden Tour.

gram, she said, would be to “preserve land that has ecological or historical significance, natural corridor potential, aesthetic or scenic value, or inherent traits that contribute to the positive character of the township.” She said the committee, made up of resident volunteers, visited the Stanfield property and decided it would be an appropriate addition. She said accepting the land donation would be at no cost to the township and the land would require minimal maintenance. “As the first greenspace parcel, this will be a catalyst for future land preservation,” Metzger said. Trustee Christopher Knoop said the donation, “Helps give momentum to the program. There is the potential to get more land along Ten Mile Creek.”

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Union Twp. parks Two cyclists ride against cancer now have Wi-Fi By Kellie Geist

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Two of Union Township’s parks have become hot spots. Park-goers with a laptop or other wireless devices can now access free, wireless, business-class speed Internet at Union Township’s Veterans Memorial Park and Clepper Park. “If you’re bringing your kids to the park or to soccer practice or even if it’s just a nice day and you want to have lunch in the park, you can use the Internet while you’re there,� said Matt Taylor, the township’s service director. “People go to Panera or to McDonald’s to have a cup of coffee and use the Internet. We’re hoping maybe they’ll come to the park instead.� Wi-Fi access is available at all locations at the Veterans Memorial Park and everywhere except in the woods at Clepper Park, said Chip Stewart, the township’s information technology director. Stewart said the township spent about $6,000 on commercial-grade equipment to set up the wireless connection and pays $50 per month, per park, for the Road Runner service.

“If we had gone with an outside vendor, we could have been looking at $100,000 depending on what we used. We obviously didn’t want to, and couldn’t, go that route, but we wanted to give everyone access while they are at the park,� Stewart said. The solution was contracting with Zimmerman Communications to configure the system, Time Warner Cable to provide the services and having the service department do the installations. The Internet is set up through a proxy server and users are asked to accept the terms of agreement before granted access. This server also prevents users from using the free Internet to access illicit Web sites. Taylor said the township also is looking into offering Wi-Fi at the Ivy Pointe Park and the cemetery. “Those are future expansions we are looking at and would like to do, but money is always the issue,� he said. The Internet is available while the park is open, typically from dawn until dusk. “I think this is a good (improvement) that will bring more people to the park,� Taylor said.

Two cyclists from Clermont County will be spinning their wheels to help the American Cancer Society raise money for the organization’s Hope Lodges. Alan Weinstein of Milford and Jack Frank of Union Township will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s third Pan Ohio Hope Ride Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 2. Riders will travel from Cleveland to Cincinnati and stay at college campuses along the way. The ride raises money for Hope Lodges, which provide comfortable, no-cost, supportive places to stay for cancer patients who have to travel for treatment. Weinstein has been participating in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride since the fundraiser’s inception in 2007. “In 2005, I lost my mother-in-law, Doris Floyd, to lung cancer. With the pain of that loss still fresh, I then lost my own mother, Faith Weinstein, to pancreatic cancer in 2006,� Weinstein said. “... I wanted to do something to fight against cancer and support families experiencing similar battles.� “The Pan Ohio Hope


Jack Frank of Union Township started with the Pan Ohio Hope Ride for the ride, but will continue to support the cause because of the people he met last year. Ride has provided me with the perfect vehicle, literally, to actively fight that fight,� he said. Weinstein, who always has been an enthusiastic cyclist, has raised almost $10,000 in the last two years and is hoping to raise at least $4,000 this year. “I know that by crossing the state with the American Cancer Society, I’ll be making the road smoother for future cancer patients,�

Weinstein said. Frank signed on just for the ride, but is riding for his second year for the people. “I’ve always wanted to ride from my old hometown (Berea, Ohio) to my new hometown and a friend told me about this ride,� said

Frank, a recreational cyclist. “When I started, the whole thing was really about me and my accomplishing the ride.� But then Frank met some of the other cyclists and started to realize the true meaning of the ride. One of the men he met was a twotime cancer survivor who only weighed about 100 pounds and was always the last cyclist to finish for the day. “I went into this not even knowing what the cancer society does and then I get to sit next to this man at the lunch table and hear his story,� Frank said. “I just sat there thinking about how lucky I was to witness this ... Now it’s about the people and the cause and less about the ride.� Frank is about half way to his goal of $2,500. Both Frank and Weinstein said they plan to continue participating with the Pan Ohio Hope Ride as long as they are able. For more about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, to register for the event or the donate to Weinstein or Frank, visit

Pierce Twp. installing new warning sirens The sirens used to be used just for tornadoes, but are now “all hazard alerts.� emergency. The sirens used to be used just for tornadoes, but are now “all hazard alerts� also used for severe thunderstorms, chemical spills and other emergencies. Residents should tune to a radio or television to learn details after hearing a siren. In addition to the seven new sirens and one existing siren, there are two other

sirens that help cover parts of Pierce Township. One is in Mount Pisgah in Ohio Township and the other is at Amelia Elementary School. The township should be largely covered with the new sirens. But there still may be “dead spots� where the sirens aren’t heard. The hilly terrain makes complete coverage difficult, Light said. A possibility of getting grant money for more sirens in the future exists, and he is always looking for new locations. If anyone is interested in having a siren on his/her property, they can contact Light at 752-6273.

Union Twp. permit activity up By Kellie Geist

While the economy hasn’t turned around just yet, things are starting to look a little better in Union Township. The township’s requests for zoning permits, especially single-family homes, are up from last year. In 2008, the township granted 111 permits for single-family homes, said Corey Wright, assistant township administrator and planning director. As of the end of June, the township had approved 75 singlefamily home permits. Last month the township approved 20 single-family home permit requests. In June 2008, they only had two requests, Wright said. “I think anytime you see housing activity up, it could be an indicator that things ... are heading in the right direction,� Wright said. The increase in permit requests is partially due to the a purge of the available inventory and increased demand for new homes, Wright said. Permit activity slumped the most between the end of

“I think anytime you see housing activity up, it could be an indicator that things ... are heading in the right direction.�

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2007 and the middle of 2008. The requests have been climbing slowly since then, he said. “We’re tickled to death that the building market is moving back along,� said Bob McGee, Union Township trustee. “We need to have these homes, it’s part of our tax base and creates revenue for our schools, our township and our county. It’s a winwin situation for everybody.� While single-family home permit requests have changed the most dramatically from last year, other permit and zoning requests have been fairly stable, Wright said. Commercial and change-of-use requests are down slightly, home additions are similar to last

year and request for pools and fences are up a bit, Wright said. “For the most part, where we’ve seen the biggest up-tick is in the single-family home permits,� he said. “All we know is that the permit activity is up, which seems like a good sign.�




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A old warning siren atop the Pierce Township fire station on Locust Corner Road was, until now, the only way to alert residents in an emergency. Thanks to federal and state grants, seven new warning sirens are being installed this summer that will extend coverage to most of the township. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Light said that before the sirens could be installed, a lot of preliminary work was needed to make sure the sirens did not intrude on any historic sites, did not

disturb wildlife or were not in a flood plain. Light said the sirens are being installed to get the best coverage and fit in with the county’s warning system. Though Pierce Township is installing the sirens, the decision to activate them is made at the county level. Barb Davis, an emergency response supervisor with the Clermont County Public Safety Services Department, said the sirens throughout the county are activated based on information from the weather service, the 911 communications center or communication from the scene of an



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About 40 teenagers loaded onto a trailer to show their pride as Clermont County Fair royalty candidates.


Parade kicks off Clermont County Fair Community Press Staff Report

The annual Stonelick Township Firefighters Association Parade kicked off the Clermont County Fair Sunday, July 26. “It was a great day. There were a lot of entries in the parade and it was a good start to the week,” said Bill Scharber, Clermont County Agricultural Society president. Scharber said he was surprised at the number of vendors and visitors the fair had for a Sunday. “Usually the grounds are pretty empty by 6:30 or 7 p.m., but we had people on the grounds until about 10 p.m. or so,” Scharber said. “A lot of our vendors aren’t even open on Sunday and I would say about 70 percent of them were ... It was a great start.” The fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day through Saturday, Aug. 1. Admission is KELLIE GEIST/STAFF $10, but parking and Stonelick Township Fire Department’s new chief, Mark Rose, drove a department grandstand events are free. Between the parade and vehicle for the association’s parade. the opening ceremony for Drum and Baton, all diviFirst place: Harvest Point the fair, awards were pre- Christian Church sions: sented. Second place: Monterey First place: Star Strutters The parade awards were Baptist Church Second place: Americana as follows: Third Place: Cub Scout 4-Hers: Prime Producers Pack 241 Floats:

Best band: Clermont Northeastern High School

Fire Department Awards: Apparatus 2006-2009: Williamsburg Apparatus 2001-2005: Bethel-Tate Apparatus 1993-2000: Williamsburg Township Apparatus 1992 and older: Jackson Township Best Aerial/Platform: Fayetteville Best Pumper/Tanker: Jefferson Township Best Rescue: Felicity/Franklin Pumper Rescue: Fayetteville Field Unit: Jackson Township EMS: Life Ambulance Oldest in Service: Washington Township Best Antique Not In Service: Williamsburg Most Auxiliary Present: Fayetteville Most Cadets Present: Jefferson Township Furthest Distance Traveled: Williamsburg Township Best of Show: Lynchburg Awards of thanks also were presented to the Loveland/Symmes Township Fire Department and the Central Joint Honor Guard.


Jason and Alexis Ormes, of Hamersville, watch the parade before making their way to the Clermont County Fair.


Children watching the parade from the street were especially excited about the Felicity-Franklin Fire Department Command Support truck because of how big it is.


A group of girls from the Clermont Northeastern Rockets softball team sported their blue and gold for the parade.

Harold Herron of Jackson Township was the parade’s Grand Marshal. KELLIE GEIST/STAFF


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Marines, friends serve together in Afghanistan By Kellie Geist

It’s always easier to get by with a little help from your friends, especially when you’re more than 7,000 miles away from home. Lance Cpl. Aaron “Danny� Ruck, Lance Cpl. Brent Becker, and Lance Cpl. Corey Moss, all from Clermont County, served together in Afghanistan providing security along a stretch of road used to smuggle drugs and weapons into Iran. Ruck and Moss graduated from New Richmond High School together and the two met Becker, from Goshen, during training. Ruck and Moss had hoped they’d be deployed together and, although they were originally separated after boot camp, they found themselves in the same company upon deployment.


Lance Cpls. Aaron “Danny� Ruck, Corey Moss and Brent Becker lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Clermont County commissioners’ meeting Wednesday, June 24. Becker also was in the same company. “It was definitely good to have people we could talk to about things back home and share memories of home with,� Ruck said. Ruck found that support especially important when

he was injured. The three were out on an operation together, but all in separate convoys. Around midnight, Ruck’s convoy, the last in the line, hit an improvised explosive device. “Danny and I got to be

real close before we left ... When I saw his truck was on fire, I couldn’t do anything. I froze and my stomach dropped out,� Becker said. “Then someone came up to me and said, ‘Danny wanted me to tell you that he’s all right.’ After that, I

could do my job.� After the explosion, Ruck spent about three weeks in a hospital for treatment for shrapnel and second-degree burns. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. “I was lucky I walked away from it,� Ruck said. Second to the support of friendship, the Marines said they also appreciated care packages. Becker said sometimes they got so many care packages that the others in their company would get jealous. “One time there was a whole trailer of care packages just for us, but we shared them around,� Becker said. He added that some of the best things to receive in a care package included drink mixes, snack crackers and, of course, Skyline Chili. “Knowing you’re being supported from home makes a world of difference

when you’re in a combat zone,� Becker said. “It makes it easier to cope because you know people are thinking of you.�Moss could not be reached for comment. The three were honored for their service during the Clermont County commissioner’s meeting June 24. “It’s important to show them how much we appreciate and honor their service and sacrifice in defending our freedom,� said Commissioner Bob Proud. “The things they do and the sacrifices they make are absolutely awesome. They definitely deserve to be honored.� Proud asks that anyone in the military who is getting ready to be deployed or is returning from deployment call 732-7300 to set up a time to be introduced and honored at a commissioners’ meeting.

Camp helps children with transplants

Tom Starr, one of the longest living transplant recipients, is working to encourage kids who’ve received transplants to live life to the fullest. Tom, who has received two transplants in the last 20 years, founded Miracles for Life in 2001 and recently moved the business from Blue Ash to 1081-B Ohio 28, Suite 237, in Milford. “We loved Blue Ash, but we’ve really been embraced by all of Clermont County ... It’s just easier to interact out here,� Tom said. “We’ve found everyone extremely friendly, very giving and anxious to help us.� Miracles for Life is an organization devoted to raising awareness about being a blood, tissue and organ donor and sending children who’ve received transplants to summer camp. Miracles for Life also gives out college scholarships. “The first mission was donor awareness ... We want people to know it should be an obvious thing, it’s the gift of life. It’s like I say, ‘If you don’t need it, donate it,’� Tom said. This is the first year the organization has sponsored a summer camp, but it’s a goal Starr has wanted since the beginning. The threeday camp, which will be free for campers, will take place Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13, at Camp Joy Outdoor Educational Center in Clarksville, Ohio. The only fee is $25 for registration. “I want to inspire kids to

be as great as they can be by doing all the outdoor activities that Camp Joy has to offer. I want to urge them to see that they’ve got a second chance and they need to grab all the life they possibly can,� Tom said. The camp will be cappedoff with a parent’s day camp following a motorcycle ride to Camp Joy. The ride will start at 10 a.m. at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Milford and leave for the camp around noon. Cost is $10 for a driver and $5 for a rider. The proceeds to go toward paying for the camp. Parents who visit the camp Sunday will join in activities with other parents for support and networking. Tom’s brother, Larry Starr, has always been one of Tom’s biggest supporters. When Tom had his first transplant in 1988, Larry was the head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds. “It’s traumatic for the family to have a family member who needs a transplant ... it has made such an impact,� Larry said. “Tom has really become a big hero for me because he’s always found the energy to get his message out and find ways to educate people on the importance of being a donor.� Before he founded Miracles for Life, Tom created Donor Net, a Internet based system to store donor information so blood, tissue and organs can be transferred more quickly. “We don’t want the possibility of people creating miracles and saving live not to happen because of miscommunication,� Larry

Murder-suicide involved high alcohol levels The autopsy report into a Memorial Day murder-suicide involving a husband and wife found that Kurt Russell, who died of a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the head, had a blood alcohol level of .392. Debbie Hawkins, administrator at the Clermont County Coroner’s Officer, called Russell’s alcohol level “pretty high.� She said the other victim, Deborah Russell, had a blood alcohol level of .198. She died of gunshot wounds

to the shoulder and head inflicted by her husband. Hawkins said Russell, 41, after shooting himself, walked around the house for a while before collapsing. Hawkins said the case has been closed. Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said the alcohol level for Kurt Russell was more than four times above the legal limit for driving. Rodenberg said he relies on the coroner’s report and considers the case closed.

said. While Tom has most of the funds and sponsors for the camp, he needs campers and volunteers. Because of privacy laws, Starr can’t find out which children

have had transplants and who might like to come to camp. Anyone interested in the camp should call Starr at 248-4665, e-mail him at or v i s i t for more information.

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Community Journal


July 29, 2009

Lost dog story has a happy ending By John Seney

Nancy Newton of Milford had a couple of very stressful days recently when she lost her dog. But the ending turned out happy and she “met a lot of nice people” on the way to getting her German shepherd Shoena back. The saga began Sunday, June 12, when Shoena jumped a fence at a kennel where she was staying east of Batavia. The dog apparently wandered along Old Ohio 32 into

the village of Batavia. Jeff Boggs of Lee & Jack’s TV and Appliance Store in Batavia said his 17-year-old son, Mitch, who works at the store in the summer, saw the dog wander onto Ohio 32. Boggs said his son spent a lot of time trying to catch the dog or at least get it off the busy highway. The dog eventually ran off. Meanwhile, Newton was spending all her spare time trying to track down Shoena. She distributed fliers with Shoena’s photograph and asked everyone she saw about the

dog. She contacted the League for Animal Welfare on Taylor Road. One of the people she gave a flier to Monday, June 13, was Hazel Wiseman, who lives on Bauman Lane just west of Batavia. Wiseman said Newton was very worried about her dog. So that night Wiseman said a little prayer for the dog to come back to its owner. The next morning, Wiseman opened her front door and there was the dog, lying in the front yard. But when she approached, the dog ran off into the woods.

So, Wiseman called Newton from the number on the flier and when the owner showed up the dog came right to her. “She was so happy,” Wiseman said of Newton. “I enjoyed helping her.” Newton said Shoena was tired and had sore paws, but was otherwise fine. She said everyone she met in and around Batavia was friendly and wanted to help her get her dog back. “It was phenomenal that people went out of their way to find her,” Newton said.


Nancy Newton of Milford has been reunited with her German shepherd Shoena.

Discussion focuses business talent in Clermont County The Agenda 360 team is hoping to get in touch with the Clermont County community during a discussion called “Connecting the Dots.” The discussion will be about how the region,

including Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren counties, can attract talent and drive growth in knowledge industries. “We’ve had a couple of these sessions already and they have been really stimu-

lating,” said Myrita Craig, executive director of Agenda 360. “Talent is one component of the Agenda 360 that, as we go around, people don’t really understand.” The discussion will include the lifestyle needs of a talented workforce and

which focus areas and strategies will enable our region to meet those needs as well as business growth in knowledge economy clusters. The “Connecting the Dots” will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Total Quality Logistics, 4289 Ivy


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A complaint was called into Clermont County Communication Center Sunday, July 26, concerning an odor coming from 976 Old U.S. 52 in New Richmond. New Richmond firefighters and police were dispatched. Upon their arrival, they found items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg in a press release. The Clermont County Narcotics Unit was contacted, agents responded and dis-

mantled a small laboratory. At this time, no arrests have been made, pending further investigation and laboratory analysis, Rodenberg said.

Annual car show

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg American Legion Post 288 will host the 13th annual Car and Motorcyle Show Aug. 16 at Williamsburg Park. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 100 entrants will receive a free T-shirt and dash plaque. Door prizes will be awarded during the show. Music, food and beverages will be available and visitors can also participate in split the pot. All proceeds will go to help the legion continue providing funds for various community programs, which include: The Needy Kids Program that provides presents and a shopping spree to Penny’s during the Christmas holidays for children in need, educational scholarships for Williamsburg students, supporting the local Scout troops by providing them with a place meet and other community-oriented activities.

Election meeting

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Board of Elections will hold a special hearing at 9 a.m. July 30, in the board office, 76 S. Riverside Dr. in Batavia. The purpose of the meeting is to address a complaint filed against the petitions submitted by Gregg Conrad for the clerk of courts, municipal court.

Ohio 132 work

BATAVIA – Ohio 132 between West Main Street and Sycamore Park in the village of Batavia and Batavia Township will be closed Monday Aug. 3 for 45 days to repair a slide. The detour during this closure will be Ohio 222 to Ohio Pike and back to Ohio 132.

Ohio 32 lane to close


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workers means more jobs, a better economy, and higher prosperity for the region, Craig said. Anyone can attend. To register to participate in the session, visit or call 5793111.


Currently looking for players for the 2010 season. We are an American League Team playing in the Southwest Ohio League.

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009 Location: Tealtown Ballpark Time: Age level times listed below

Pointe Blvd. Craig said Agenda 360 is basically a strategic plan to transform Southwest Ohio into a leading economic region that can be globally competitive. “Connecting the Dots” fits into that agenda because more talented

WILLIAMSBURG TWP. – During the week of July 27, the right lane of westbound Ohio 32 will be closed at Ohio 276 (mile marker 13.14) for bridge repair work. The left lane and median shoulder will be open during this period. Wide load vehicles of 20 feet or more will be able to pass with an escort and only with permission from the contractor so the traffic control devices can be relocated. Contact the hauling permits department at 513-933-6576 for further information. All work is contingent upon weather.

Garden club to meet

Williamsburg – The Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the home of member Joy Russell with Julie Hess acting as co-hostess. The club will enjoy a “Pot Luck Picnic.” The program for the evening is “Drought Tolerant Plants” presented by Master Gardener Sue Ellen Campbell. The specimen flower is a Rudgeckia. Club members thank everyone who attended as well as those who opened their gardens for the recent Williamsburg Garden Tour. The club welcomes anyone who enjoys raising or arranging flowers. For more information call 625-2602.

Roads to be repaved

UNION TWP. – The trustees accepted a $1,078,645 bid from John R. Jurgensen Companies for the township’s 2009 Road Resurfacing Program. The original estimate was $1,179,175. Service Director Matt Taylor said since the bid was under the estimate because resurfacing materials could be purchased for less than expected, seven roads were added to the list. Those roads are: Gennie Lane, Richard Lane, Big Moe Drive, Edwilla Drive, Marieda Drive, Elmont Drive, Vermona Drive. The money for repaving must be used on capital improvements. The trustees also are going to consider repaving Rust Lane and Aicholtz Road, the road connected to Rust Lane, not road where the civic center is located. The trustees are concerned about repaving those roads because they could be affected by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s redesign of the Interstate 275 interchange at Ohio 32. However, that project is not expected to be finished for another 10 years, the trustees said. Service Director Matt Taylor wasn’t sure Aicholtz Road and Rust Lane could wait that long. Those roads will be considered at a later date.

CERT training

MIAMI TWP. – Are you interested in becoming part of a team of volunteers who assist emergency responders during a disaster? Miami Township’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold a series of three free training classes for volunteers at the Miami Township Central Fire Station, 5888 McPicken Drive. The first will be 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. The second class will be 8

a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The third class will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. The CERT course is taught by a team of professional first responders who depend on CERT volunteers to assist victims, provide support and organize volunteers during emergency situations. “Being a part of CERT is a great way to give back to the community,” said Beth Nevel, Clermont Department of Public Safety Services director. To register, visit the Web site, click on fire/EMS, and scroll down and look for the CERT training link. The course is recommended for those 14 and older. An adult must accompany those under the age 18. For more information, call Lee Hines at 248-3709.

History display

UNION TWP. – In July, the Clermont County Historical Society has a display at the Union Township Library. This display highlights the 35 historical markers installed throughout Clermont County during the county’s bicentennial in 2000. The display is open to the public free of charge during the regular library hours.

Coloring contest

OWENSVILLE – The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension-Clermont Family and Consumer Sciences Teen Board will host a coloring contest for children, ages 3 to 10, during the 2009 Clermont County Fair, scheduled for July 26 to Aug. 1 at the county fairgrounds in Owensville. “The purpose of the contest is to educate families on the importance of eating meals together,” said OSU Extension-Clermont Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Margaret Jenkins. “Children tend to do better in school, have fewer behavior problems, and teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol.” Contest instructions, coloring sheets, crayons and submission boxes will be available in the 4-H Hall throughout the week of the fair. Children may color their pictures in the 4-H Hall or at home. The deadline for submitted coloring pages will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Winners will be posted at noon, Friday, July 31, in the 4H Hall. Prizes will be awarded to winners in several age categories. For more information about the coloring contest, contact OSU Extension-Clermont at (513) 732-7070.


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July 29, 2009

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Williamsburg grad wins national gold medal By Kellie Geist and John Seney


Grant Career Center SkillsUSA national champions Lauren Meadors, left, and Hillary Allen.

Lauren Meadors felt confident as she headed into a national medical math competition in Kansas City this summer. “Math is my strongest subject,” said Meadors, 18, who graduated this year from Williamsburg High School and the Grant Career Center. Meadors and Hillary Allen, who attended Bethel-Tate High School and the Grant Career Center, competed at the 45th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships in June. Meadors, who lives in Jackson Township, took first place in medical math. This was the first year for the medical math competition at the national level. Meadors graduated from the Allied Health Science program and is planning

to study nursing at Christ Hospital College of Nursing in Cincinnati. Allen claimed the silver in basic health care skills. She is planning to continue using the skills she’s learned from Grant’s Allied Health Science program when she attends the Ohio State University for athletic training. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working to encourage students to excel in trade, technical and skilled service industries, according to the organization’s Web site. Allen and Meadors went to the national competition last year as part of a community service team. After taking 8th place out of 44 teams, they wanted national medals their senior year. “We wanted to go back and try to medal. Having been there before gave us the motivation to do that,” Allen said. “If you’ve never been, you don’t know what

it’s like.” “I felt pretty good going into the competition,” Meadors said. “I felt I would win.” The two were at Kansas City for a week. The competition was one day of the conference and consisted on taking a test. There were 14 people competing for the gold medal in medical math, Meadors said. Pam McKinney, public relations director at Grant Career Center, said Allen and Meadors earned two of 15 medals instructor Myrna Little’s allied health students have won in the last 10 years. “They come from a long line ... It’s this little pocket of greatness not many people know about,” McKinney said. “It’s rare for a school to have one student win, but to send two to nationals and have them both win is pretty amazing.”

Fusion splits, West Clermont schools start own marching bands By Kellie Geist

The West Clermont High School marching bands will be putting out a different sound this year, and it won’t be as the Fusion. The Amelia High School and the Glen Este High School marching bands, which were previously joined as Fusion, have split into separate bands. “I love the idea, this give us the opportunity to have the kind of program we want to have, to have our own identity,” said Amelia High School band director Lee Brenner. Most of the students in Fusion were from Glen Este High School, but Brenner hopes Amelia’s new band, dubbed Rhythm and Blue, will have about 50 kids. “When we started floating the idea of marching, the kids were all over it. We have so much support,” Brenner said. Because the band is brand new, Brenner said it will operate mostly as a parade and pep band for the first year. The band will not be competing this year. Rhythm and Blue will be rehearsing during the school day, so anyone who wants to be in the concert band will have to be in the marching band as well. “Hopefully by the end of the football season, we’ll have some type of show, but this will be a

learning and progress year,” Brenner said. “We expect to have a show on the field next year.” The Amelia marching band will have four rehearsals before school starts. Glen Este High School will have most of the students from Fusion and will be competing this year in the mid-state circuit, said Carl Phlipot, the school’s new band director. “Most of these kids have experience marching ... I would like to start a great tradition competitively and lead them to do a lot of great things,” Phlipot said. “I look to uphold and continue what they’ve already started.” Glen Este hasn’t picked a name for their new marching band, but Phlipot said he found a banner from before Fusion (about seven years ago) that said Purple Pride. “We can’t go anywhere but up and I think the kids are real excited for the Glen Este season,” Phlipot said. The Glen Este marching band has been rehearsing since midJuly and is going to band camp at Camp Crescendo. During the school year, the band will be practicing for three hours after school three days per week. Marching band will not be a requirement to be in the concert band. Students from any of the small schools at either high school can participate in their school’s marching band.


Buzzy bees

Merwin Elementary School celebrated spirit week April 14-17 where the book “Buzzy the Bumblebee” was read to all of the classes April 15. Students were encouraged to wear yellow and black to school. Spirit week helps the students to get excited and ready to take the Ohio Achievement Test.

HONOR ROLLS Grant Career Center The following students have earned honors for the fourth quarter of 2008-2009.

Principal’s List

Hillary Allen, Sarah Andrews, Matthew Brown, Jacob Bunch, Brittany Davis, Tasha Davis, Ashley Gast, Mandy Hiler, Bryan Hughbanks, Randy Hull, Cory King, Adam Kiger, Lucy Lanigan, Katie Marshall, Brittany Mason, Lauren Meadors, Samantha Morehouse, Jamie Paxton, Jessica Paxton, Andrea Petri, Bridgette Reed, Laura Schulte, Kara Sevier, Randi Sinclair, Paul Skinner, Steven Tremper, Anthony Webb, Jerod Weber, Samantha Weber, Terra Williamson and Emilee Young.

Honor Roll

Sean Adams, Jeremy Allphin, Mitch Anderson, Adriene Antoni, James Banks, Samantha Banzhaf, Megan Barger, Julius Barnhart, Chris Barrett, Kate Behymer, Jeff Bell, Drew Benjamin, Leroy Blevins, Jacinda Blum, Chris Boeckmann, Willie Boys, Dylan Broach, Toni Broerman, Justin Burdine, Melanie Carter, Trisha Casnellie, Ran-

dall Cloum, Ray Coffey, Megan Colwell, Aaron Comberger, John Constable, Dustin Coyne, Krista Coyne, Jeromie Crabtree, Corey Dick, Crystal Dodson, Jessica Dodson, Cody Doherty, Tommy Donley, Randy Durbin, Mercedes Featherkile, Dusti Foreman, Kyle Forsee, Jenay Frederick, Chase Gleason, Chris Grove, Wendie Gullett, Bethany Hale, Derek Herget, Keith Herrin, Megan Hicks, Katie Higgs, Ryan Hignite, Rachelle Houchin, Shane Housh, Jessica Kilgore, Kristen Kingsley, Dakota Kuhn, Chrissy Lasley, Adrian Lilly, Tim Lippolis, Taylor Malott, Jessica Masterson, Max McBride, Kendra Meadors, Samantha Mell, Cassandra Meurer, Skye Miller, Nick Moore, Taylor Moore, Kristen Moran, Kristen Morgan, Cheyenne Norris, Deron Perkins, Keith Piast, Desiree Planck, Courtney Pringle, Ciara Raper, Crystal Rayburn, Scott Reese, Christina Rice, Ryan Roehm, Geoff Rutherford, Samantha Scott, Daniel Shaffer, Matt Sharp, Chris Shouse, Michael Skaggs, Dillon Smith, Joey Smith, Raven Smith, Sam Steinbuch, Ashley Strunk, Kristen Sweet, Michael Thomas, Tara Tilton, Jayson Ward, Matthew Warren, Heather Weaver, Sohn

White and Alisha Winters.

Locust Corner Elementary School The following students have earned honors for the fourth quarter of 2008-2009.

Sixth grade

Merit honor roll – Tyler Anderson, Emily Carter, Katelyn Chumley, Emma Feld, Kayla Gardiner, Madison Holdsworth, Mackenzie Lauver, Griffin Mulvaney, Reagan Powers, Analiese Rohdes, John Schlaak, Eric Scholz, Olivia Stanforth, Steven Wolf and Leah Wolfer. Honor roll – Cory Bates, Isiah Bostic, Jacob Craig, Matthew Graham, Kelsey Hardin, Lyle Hawkins, Dylan Hayward, Gabe Howard, Cody Kirschner, Bryce Kroeger, Olivia Latham, Tina Lawrence, Sabrina Loving, Ali Lusk, James Mahan, Chris Mazzaro, Alexis Meder, Mande Myers, Karissa Neal, Marcus Riley, Tucker Schweickart, Shayla Setzer, Jimmy Snider, Carrie Stapleton, Karli Thul, Joe Waters and Grace Williams.

SCHOOL NOTES Schools open Aug. 20


Model students

Seventh-grade enrichment students from Amelia and Glen Este middle schools recently displayed their final design projects, which included fitness centers, selected real estate property and scale models. The students worked with Steve Rivera and Ron Morrison from Clermont County Permit Central as well as Kathy Watson from Sibcy Cline Realtors. Here, Glen Este Middle School student Sam Cassavant shows off his fitness center model.

The first day of the 2009-2010 school year in the New Richmond Exempted Village School District will be Thursday, Aug. 20. Teachers will report Aug. 18. Students new to the district should register at their assigned school beginning Monday, Aug. 3. Original birth certificate, immunization records and custodial papers (if applicable) are required to register. Weekday office hours at Locust Corner, Monroe and New Richmond elementary schools are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. High school and middle school hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. School hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the elementary schools, 8 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. for the middle school and 7:55 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. for the high school. Cafeteria prices for the new school year will be $1 for breakfast with an additional 50 cents for milk, $2 for grades kindergarten through six lunches and $2.25 for grades seven through 12 and adult lunches.

Student fees are $20 for grades K-6 and $25 for grades 7-12. Student fees and lunches may be paid online at

Art exhibit

Artist Richard Eyman will feature his unique digital prints in his exhibit “They Are Just Like Us” through Aug. 11 in the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont College. Eyman is a graphic design instructor at The Art Institute of Ohio and earned his Master of Fine Art degree from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The UC Clermont Art Gallery is sponsored by Park National Bank and is in the Snyder building on the UC Clermont campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. Summer gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Warren selected to program

Krista Warren, a junior at New Richmond High School, was selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program conducted at the College of Wooster the week of July 19. Warren was one of 32 students from the United States honored by being accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ Wooster Economics for Leaders program. Additionally, Warren recently returned to the HOBY Southwest Ohio Youth Leadership Seminar, hosted by Xavier University, as a volunteer. Last year, Warren was selected out of her sophomore class to attend the seminar as an ambassador. This year, she completed more than 100 hours of community service to return as a volunteer.


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July 29, 2009

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Knothole a big hit among area teams By Tony Meale

Clermont County Knothole champs

For nearly a month, local youth baseball teams have taken to the field for the 63rd Annual Clermont County Knothole Tournament. The event, which started July 6 and will be completed before Aug. 1, has been its usual successful self. “It gives teams that have done well all season a chance to show they’ve played good baseball. And for teams that didn’t have good second halves, it’s a chance for redemption,” said Clermont County supervisor Gene Blom. “It’s good for the overall community in terms of letting the kids play knothole baseball.” Tealtown enjoyed much success in the tournament, most of which has been completed. Four Tealtown teams – the Cobalts, Coyotes, Inferno and Tigers – won their respective divisions, while two others, the Blackhawks and Titans, finished second. “I think we have good coaches, coaches that care and want to (stress) the fundamentals of the game,” said Jim Diana, a Tealtown representative. Tealtown is also the largest

Clermont County Knothole recently wrapped up its annual tournament with dozens of local teams competing in the event across numerous divisions. Below is a list of champions from the Clermont County tournament: A-senior: Bethel Rangers A-junior: Batavia Bulldogs B-senior Gold Division: Tealtown Tigers B-senior Silver Division: Milford Magic B-junior Gold Division: Withamsville Titans

franchise in Clermont. “It’s a combination of having nice baseball teams, and it’s also a numbers situation,” Blom said. The Tigers (23-2) are enjoying a particularly fine season. They’ve won 11 straight games, including a 19-4 victory over the Milford Warriors in the C-JR Silver Division finals July 20. “I think with a lot of teams, their batting tends to tail off after the four or five hitter,” said Tigers Manager Jay Riesenberg. “But we hit well one through 12. Everyone can hit.” Riesenberg’s son, Grant, a catcher, leads the team in average (.550), RBIs (45) and OBP

B-junior Silver Division: Tealtown Inferno C-senior Gold Division: Tealtown Cobalts C-senior Silver Division: New Richmond Pride C-junior Gold Division: Withamsville Sharks C-junior Silver Division: Tealtown Tigers D-senior Gold Division: Withamsville Tigers D-senior Silver Division: Tealtown Coyotes D-junior Gold Division: Clermont Northeastern Rockets D-junior Silver Division: Amelia Storm

(.716). With his team trailing 6-5 against the Goshen Arrows in the C-JR semi-final July 19, Grant hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to give his team a 7-6 win. Second baseman Peter Garvin, meanwhile, is batting .542 and has two homers and 31 steals on the season. On the mound, the Tigers are led by a trio of pitchers: Reid Hehemann, Jake Wellbrock and Pete Kamphaus. Hehemann is tops on the team in wins (nine), ERA (2.66), strikeouts (58) and innings pitched (47.1). Wellbrock is 7-0 with 40 strikeouts; and Kamphaus is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA.


Shaun Bacon of the Tealtown Tigers trots back to the dugout after scoring a run against the New Richmond Rangers. The Tigers won the county tournament with a win over the Milford Warriors.

Synchrogators defend national title

Hot Shots raise money for hospice

The U11 Tealtown Hot Shots hosted a “Fastpitch Friendlies” softball tournament to benefit Starshine Hospice in the name of Lauren Meyer who passed away in April 2008 of a lifelong illness. Eight teams recently participated in this “friendlies” style tournament at the St. Bernadette ball fields in Amelia. The Hot Shots family raised $2,800 for Starshine Hospice. Umpire Jeff Bailey donated an entire day to the event.

“They can all locate the ball well and change speeds,” Riesenberg said. “They really know how to work the strike zone.” The Tigers are one of four teams playing in the city tournament. They host the Evanston Six Men Tigers July 25. Other Clermont programs are having successful years as well. “Milford is generally a strong franchise. They tend to do really well in the tournament,” Blom said. “Goshen had a couple winners this year, too.” Blom said Clermont’s balance makes for more competitive baseball. “Some franchises are strong in one age group, and other franchises are dominant in others,” he said. “Tealtown might be the most dominant franchise, but they’re not the most dominant franchise in every age group. It really speaks for the balance throughout the county.” Blom said the tournament has been a success this year primarily for two reasons: There is a wealth of baseball talent in the area and the weather has been superb. “We didn’t have to worry about rainouts and rescheduling,” Blom said. “That always helps.”


The Hot Shot team: From left, front row, Lindsey Sweatland, Brandi Brock, Kristen Meyer, Kendall Kaiser, Ashley Gray, Sara Chesley and Makenna Lavatori; middle row, Ashley Collins, Haley Kilgore, Allison Flanigan, Diana Jordan and Amanda Fleckinger; back row, Scorekeeper Donn Chesley, Coaches Tara Kaiser, Ron Jordan, Al Fleckinger and Wendy Lucas.


Fastpitch Friendlies teams, from left are: Tealtown Hot Shots, Tealtown Blue Jays, Batavia Diamond Dawgs, Lakota Renegades, Milford Flight, SW Express, Milford Dynamite, CNE Stingers (not photographed)

The Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators Synchronized Swimming 16-19 year-old A Team had big shoes to fill: Defend their win of the 2008 ESYNCHRO Age Group National Championship. But going into the competition in Gainesville, Fla., recently, the younger swimmers had their competition first. The youngest team members, the 11-12 year old age group finished 13th among 40 teams in national competition. Coached by Head Coach Ginny Jasontek, the 11-12s swam to a Brazilian routine. Team members Olivia Bley of Delhi Township, Erin Connor of Milford, Abby Corpuz of Amelia, Alexa Doak of Anderson Township, Danielle Moser of Milford, Josie Nunner of Milford, Giorgia Toscani, and Elizabeth Walsh of Madeira were thrilled with their finish. Up next, the 13-15 year-old age group, coached by Beth Kreimer, swam a swing number. Team members Madeline Brass of Delhi, Quinn Connor of Milford, Laura Handleton of Anderson, Rachel Handleton of Anderson, Amrian Johnson of Westwood, Tory Lekson of Monfort Heights,

Chelsea McAuliffe of Delhi, Nicole Porter of Anderson and Malika Smoot of Bond Hill swam their way to a ninth-place finish. The final days of the competition belonged to the 16-19 yearold swimmers. In side routine competition, 16to 17-year-old swimmers Braxton Moore of Anderson, Nicole Porter of Anderson and Cory Justice of Anderson earned a fourth-place win for trios. In the 18-19 year-old events, Tara Porter of Anderson, Jenny Jarboe of Anderson, and Kaycee Meyer of Westwood finished second and Alexa Suhich, Becca Schall and Kira Schall finished fifth in trios. In duets, Rachel McWhorter of Westwood and Kaycee Meyer of Westwood finished third and McWhorter earned fifth place in the solo competition. Team members Jarboe, Justice, McWhorter, Meyer, Tara Porter, Becca Schall, Kira Schall, Alexa Suhich, and alternate, Moore, were facing a challenge. Some of the girls have been swimming together for years and all were anxious to defend their crown.

Metro softball tourney begins The nation’s largest amateur softball tournament, the annual Cincinnati Metro Softball Tournament, kicks off Thursday, July 30, with finals concluding Wednesday, Aug. 12. Most games take place at Rumpke Park in Crosby Township though a total of six local parks will host contests. Last year 308 teams participated as the event experienced its 22nd year as the largest amateur tournament in the country.

More information is available at or by calling 738-2646. The tournament is open to any team which played in a sanctioned softball league at a Greater Cincinnati park during 2009, according to a press release. Divisions include men’s and women’s brackets for all levels from recreational to competitive. “The Metro is the premier softball event to determine the best of

the best in the Tristate,” Dan Saylor said via a press release. Saylor is the executive director at Rumpke Park and a commissioner for Cincinnati’s Amateur Softball Association. “Players and teams are very passionate about playing in the Metro and claiming the title of city champs,” Saylor said. The draw for the 2009 tournament took place Tuesday, July 28, after Community Press deadlines.

RESULTS Anderson Senior Softball As of Thursday, June 25 Team B Hansel, 4-1. Team F Richardson, 4-1. Team E Cover. 3-1.

Team H Von Bokern, 3-1. Team A Stanley, 2-3. Team D Blackburn, 1-4. Team C Paschka, 1-4. Team G Stropes, 1-4. Team A Hamilton, 5.2. Team D Marion, 5-2.

Team H Richardson, 5-2. Team E Ballinger, 4-3. Team F Kohls, 3-4. Team B Roush, 3-4. Team G Bollinger, 2-5. Team C Vetorino, 1-6.


Tourney champs

The WT Sharks recently defeated the Anderson Mets to capture the C-Jr East Regional Knothole Tournament. The final score was 5-1. The Sharks now move on to play in the City Final Four C-Jr Tournament where they will face the winners of Knothole’s North, South, and West Regional Tournament winners. WT Sharks, 2009 East Region C Jr Tournament Champions Coaching Staff/Team Members are from left: top row, Mark Meisman, Jon Brunot, John Blom, Tony Schulte, Mike Kramer; middle row, Gage Kramer, Kyle Schulte, Nathan Brunot, Sam Meisman, Evan Kramer, Adam Meister; front row, Nick Bloom, Logan Farwick, Atticus Block, Spencer Knight, Andrew Feldkamp, Jarod Tepe. (Not pictured: Jack O’Connell)



Time has come again to consider a contribution to The Starfish Foundation that benefits abused and neglected children in Clermont County. The Starfish Foundation was formed in memory of the late John E. McManus, who served as the director of Clermont County Jobs and Family Services until his unexpected death in 1996. To continue his compassion for making a difference in the lives of children, the foundation was initiated and has been successful in keeping McManus’ legacy alive. Your help is needed. Donations will go directly to needy children involved with Clermont County Children’s Services. Contributions in the past helped many children have those extra items that others take for

granted like extra eye glasses, graduation expenses, summer camp or sports fees and other expenses that make life a little more bearable. Consider contributing by providing a golf team or being a sponsor. We would be grateful if you were able to provide a donation for our raffle. The more attractive we can make the golf outing the more successful our mission will be in increasing the availability of funds to benefit children. Thank you in advance for your support and contribution. If you have any questions, please call 732-8850. The Starfish Foundation Committee Wade Grabowski Filager Road Batavia

Dodos still recommend ‘everybody win’ Lewis Carroll, author of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, certainly understood politicians. We must not forget that members of Milford’s board of education are, at heart, political types: They want to be liked and appreciated; they want to feel like they have “contributed” toward improving the community; and, they want to be re-elected. There is no better way to win praise and secure a feeling of accomplishment than to do something “for the children.” Hence, the school board has decided to “level the playing field” for the kids in the competition for scholarships and other perks by lowering the grading scale. In Alice, a character called the Dodo suggests the “Caucus Race.” The Dodo marks out a course, sets everyone in place, and yells “Go!” The animal characters all run around haphazardly until the Dodo declares 30 minutes later the race is over and everyone has won. Alice is chosen to award mints as prizes. Upon passing them out, she finds herself without a prize. Finding a thimble, she hands it to the Dodo who hands it back as her prize. Needless to say, Alice finds it all quite absurd. While Carroll was commenting on the absurdity of British politics, if a goal of “education” is to acquaint the young with the “real world,” then lowering grading standards is quite ridiculous. The joke: What does one call a brain surgeon who graduated with a “C” average? Answer: A brain surgeon. But people with “C” averages





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don’t make it to medical school, and with good reason. The real world requires exactness, accuracy, attention to detail and diligence, attributes Randy Kleine that it is hoped schools will assist Community parents in develPress Guest oping in kids. Columnist A surgeon cannot afford to be 90 percent correct. A pilot whose course is off by one degree may miss the airport by dozens of miles. A businessman who loses 5 percent of his inventory to shoplifting will soon be out of business. Recently, I signed up for “Facebook.” I have been astounded at the poor spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure of some of my correspondents, many of whom who are products of the public school system. In this competitive, bottom-linefocused world, both parents and kids want good grades and self-esteem, even if unearned. Political-types, in elected office and in school administrations, often are too willing to resort to grade inflation. We must steel ourselves against such political pressure so children learn not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but also the greater lessons of reality, honesty and true accomplishment. Randy Kleine lives on Riverside Drive in Milford.



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LEAD: ‘The Best Class Ever’ I was at another meeting today with a group discussing Clermont 20/20’s High School Mentoring Program when it happened again. About 10 minutes into the meeting someone made the comment about being in the LEAD Class of 2003, then another chimed in that she was a LEAD grad of the Class of 2008, another immediately commented that he too was a member of the LEAD Class of 2008, and two or three others, myself included, proudly stated our class year along with the standard “Yeah, the Best Class Ever!” Invariably when the statement of being a LEAD Clermont Grad is made, it is always followed quickly with pride with the comment “The Best Class Ever.” The connection of being a LEAD grad and part of “The Best Class Ever” is something that I’ve gotten more curious about. For example, when you add up all of the years the LEAD Clermont program has existed, Clermont 20/20 has produced more than 400 of the best class of leaders for Clermont County and the region. I

can’t honestly tell you what each of the Lead grads is up to these days but I can tell you without hesitation that I run into them everyAndy where. It’s a McCreanor great feeling as the executive Community director of the Press Guest organization to Columnist see how many people are engaged in the community in so many ways. Whether its time someone can give or taking the lead on an initiative, LEAD grads are alive and well and doing good things for the community. When I think about it, it’s a Linked-In kind of thing. We’re a special group of people who can and should stay connected to each other as we march through our years of service to our professions and community service. More importantly, we veteran leaders need to help the next generation

of leaders find their footing so they can get in position to “take the reins.” This transition doesn’t happen quickly. It takes deliberate effort, financial resources, and often times, courage to keep the needle moving in the right direction. Without leadership the right direction is unlikely to be continuously developed. So I’m proud of the work Clermont 20/20 has accomplished in its first 19 years of service to Clermont County and look with optimism to the challenges that must be overcome in the years ahead. The track record of LEAD Clermont grads clearly indicate that not only will these challenges be met; ingenuity, initiative and innovation will reinforce the direction of our future. Thanks to those who have been and will be LEAD Clermont grads. Andy McCreanor is part of the LEAD Clermont Class of 1997, “The Best Class Ever.” He is the executive director of Clermont 20/20.

Demanding perfection adds to stress I have read a number of editorials commenting on the recent Milford board of education’s decision to adjust the grading system to be consistent with those in the surrounding districts. Most of these editorials seem to be criticizing this decision. Perhaps the most extreme of these was Randy Kleine’s guest editorial. By giving examples such as “a pilot who is off course by one degree may miss the airport by dozens of miles” suggests that any student with a grade less than 100 percent should receive an “F.” What apparently is lost upon folks critiquing the board’s decision is that the previous grading system was grossly unfair to the students and parents in the Milford school system. Given the extremely high cost of a college education, competition for financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants is fierce. It may not be fair (nor, perhaps even wise), but the reality is that, when evaluating high school applicants for financial assistance, one of the very few common denominators across all applicants is their high school GPA. Hence, under the previous grading system, a student in the Milford school district who

earned a 92 average in a course would receive a “B,” while a student earning a 92 average in the same course in the Indian Hill Mark S. Nagy school district Community would receive an Add up Press Guest “A.” those differences Columnist across four years of high school and students in the Milford school district are likely to have a much lower GPA for the same academic performance as those in the surrounding communities. Given the Herculean task of evaluating literally thousands of high school applicants for financial assistance, attempting to account for a “more rigorous grading system” is unlikely to occur. And, even if it does, this accounting will not be the same across colleges. Consequently, students graduating from the Milford school system are much less likely to receive financial assistance than students in the surrounding communities, even if they performed equally in the classroom.

That is simply not equitable, and as a parent who will (hopefully) have my children attend college, I for one am extremely pleased that the Milford board of education voted to change the previous grading scale to one that “levels the playing field” with surrounding communities. Finally, I do agree with several of the previous editorials that grade inflation is a concern. But the way to combat grade inflation is not by making the grading system more rigorous. One could even argue that demanding this level of near perfection only adds to the stress of students and encourages them to memorize (and not learn) the material. Instead, the way to combat grade inflation is by creating exams and projects that are more challenging and require a deeper level of understanding. Doing that will result in a higher quality of learning and will prepare students for the “greater lessons of reality, honesty and true accomplishment” that Mr. Kleine, as well as all of us in the Milford school district, desire. Mark S. Nagy lives on Miss Royal Pass Drive in Miami Township.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question: Are you worried about a possible worsening of the swine flu pandemic this fall and winter? Why or why not? “The authorities have been working on a vaccine to combat it. “At this point I do not think they are sure of the medication necessary to solve the problem. “It would seem to me controlling the visitation of the areas experiencing the problem and making sure those that do, receive the vaccine, should help. “The greatest problem in the development of a vaccine is discovery of the type of flu we are experiencing.” F.J.B. “Honestly, I’m not worried about a possible worsening of the swine flu this fall and winter, because worrying won’t do a darn thing to avert the crisis, if indeed it

does happen, though I hope it doesn’t. “I’m more worried about the damage being done to the structures of our country, like banking, the auto industry, and health care, by an ambitious narcissist who has no idea of the long-term negative effects that his unchecked meddling will produce.” B.B. “No, I’m not worried about swine flu going pandemic. This issue is already being engineered as something that will happen. “Fear and anxiety is being generated by officials to promote experimental, toxic, filler-laden vaccinations as the weapon of choice. CDC labs can only test 100 flu samples/day and they don’t count any death unless its own lab confirms the infection. “Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity

throughout world history. “There are common-sense recommendations for avoiding and treating the flu. Do your research and stay calm.” K.D. “H1N1 (swine) flu should be a concern for all of us regardless of age or place in life. Last spring’s start-up was mild in comparison to what the experts are predicting for fall season. “I think we continue our personal missions to wash hands often and encourage those people experiencing symptoms to stay away from schools, churches and the workplace. It is all of our responsibilities to be vaccinated and stay informed. “We need to help each other during yet another tough time in our history.” E.E.C.

This week’s question This week’s question: What do you like and dislike about the healthcare proposals currently before Congress? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to m with “chatroom” in the subject line. July 15 questions Do you think the economic stimulus plan is working, or should the federal government implement another round of stimulus packages? “The stimulus is obviously not working. Obama said we had to do it right away so that the unemployment rate would not go above 8 percent. Yet we are currently at

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9.5 percent and certainly willl head north of 10 percent very soon. “But that should not surprise anybody, since, as the Republicans correctly pointed out, very little of the spending was planned to occur right away. Incredibly, most of the almost $800 million was not even budgeted for this fiscal year! How could they possibly think that would jumpstart the economy in 2009? “The only thing this is ‘stimulating’ is tired old liberal programs that they have wanted to implement for years and Democrat donors and special interest groups who will be the recipients of most of this money. “The stimulus needs to be reworked immediately into tax cuts for individuals and small businesses, which create most of our jobs. That money will then get put into the economy and stop this current slide.” T.H.



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A younger Roger Gaebel boils white rice while on a trip to build schools in Haiti.

Miami Twp. man helps children read

Roger Gaebel has helped with more than 25 projects to improve the quality of life for people around the world – mostly by building schools and helping children learn to read. “When I went to college, I struggled. I came home with a stack of books and my wife had to help me read them,” Gaebel said. “I found out that reading is the most important thing there is. You have to know how to read.” About 25 years ago, a pastor at a local church asked Gaebel if he wanted to go to Mexico City with the church on a mission trip to help restore a school. That trip sparked Gaebel’s interest in helping other people. Since then, Gaebel, 76, has helped restore churches in Bulgaria and Romania, rebuild buildings and roofs on Native American reservations and in Alaska, build wheelchair ramps in eastern Kentucky, drill wells in Central America, help people get off drugs throughout Europe and build schools in countries such as Peru, El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. “I think building the schools is very important. In the Bible it says more than 100 times, ‘Teach.’ So I go where children need to learn,” Gaebel said. Some of his trips have

been with mission groups, but most of the time the Miami Township resident involves a small team of people and hires local workers. While he’s in the country, he helps build the schools, plants crops and teaches the villagers ways to make money to support the school. He also furnishes the teachers, uniforms, books and food. Most of the money used on his missions comes from individual donations or churches, but Gaebel uses all his own funding for travel and other personal expenses associated with the trip. “We made up our minds that we would pay for any personal expenses ourselves ... Any money we’ve been given has gone straight into the projects,” said Roger’s wife, Marlene Gaebel, who has gone with Roger on some of his mission trips. “God blessed us enough that we could pay our own way, so that’s what we do.” Looking back, Marlene said she’s happy for things Roger has been able to do for people less fortunate. “If children can read, it opens up a whole future for them that they may not have had otherwise,” she said. “God has been very good to us, we’ve been blessed.” On a local level, Roger and Marlene also help tutor children in the Milford Exempted Village School District in reading.

THINGS TO DO Art meeting, class

Ohio Valley Decorative Artists is hosting the Ohio Valley Decorative Artists meeting and class at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave. The class begins at 10 a.m. Jeanne Fein will teach how to paint a “Boo Bell.” Bring water bin, tracing paper, black graphite transfer paper, old sock, angle brush, small No. 6 or No. 8 flat brush and liner. The cost is $15, or $10 for members. Call 752-8462.


The village of New Richmond is hosting the New Richmond Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at The Bandstand, George and Susanna Way. Music is by Big Monday Night Band. The event is free. Call 553-4146.

Clermont County Fair

The Clermont County Fair continues 8 a.m. to midnight through Saturday, Aug. 1, at the fairgrounds, 1000 Locust




Tests more accruate with Intoxilyzer 8000


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St. in Owensville. Thursday’s theme is Veterans Day and includes a special evening program honoring veterans. The fair includes tractor pulls, demolition derbies, auctions, rides, competitions and music. Admission is $10; free for current or former members of Armed Forces with military ID. Call 7320522.

By John Seney

Clermont County is the first county in the state to use a new device designed to provide quicker and more accurate testing of possible drunken drivers. The Intoxilyzer 8000 has been in the field about two months. It is being used by the sheriff’s office, the state highway patrol and police departments from Miami, Pierce, Union and Goshen townships as well as Loveland and Milford. Bethel is expected to have a unit soon. Chris Robertson of the Ohio Department of Public Safety said use of the new device in Ohio is the outgrowth of an effort launched in 2003 to provide uniformity in alcohol testing. A federal grant was obtained to help pay for the units. Robertson called the Clermont program “very successful” so far with more than 300 tests conducted and no court challenges. Dean Ward of the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Testing said Clermont County was chosen as the pilot for the program because law

bBy Kellie Geist

When 20 Brix chef Paul Barraco puts together the day’s specials, he doesn’t just pick an item from the menu. He looks at what local growers have brought to the restaurant. From squash blossoms and lettuce to peppers and watermelons, local growers, including some employees, are growing vegetables to be served at 20 Brix and Padrino. The trend started last year when employees began to bring vegetables from their garden for the restaurant staff to use. “Everybody’s always growing vegetables in their gardens in smaller volumes, so we decided, if anyone was interested, we’d pay them to grow in much larger volumes,” said 20 Brix and Padrino part-owner Hunter Thomas. Thomas said about 50

The Batavia Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Batavia Township, Main and Depot streets. The market includes vegetables, fruits and eggs. Call 876-2418.

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enforcement agencies here always have been cooperative with his department and because, having once lived in Cincinnati, he was familiar with the area. Ward demonstrated the Intoxilyzer 8000 at the July 16 meeting of the Clermont County Safe Communities Coalition. The device has a number of advantages over older alcohol testing machines, he said. The Intoxilyzer 8000 has an internal battery and will operate unplugged or if there is a power failure. It has a printer that can process a lot of paperwork that an officer previously

had to do by hand. The officer can quickly scan in information from a suspect’s driver’s license and can link the device to the Internet. An officer typically takes about three hours to process a DUI arrest and get back on the road because of all the paperwork, Ward said. The Intoxilyzer 8000 will reduce this time significantly. To perform a test, a suspect breathes into a tube attached to the top of the device. The device is automatically calibrated before and after each test. The state plans to purchase more than 600 of the devices to replace all older

breath testing equipment. The units, which cost about $7,000 each, will be owned and maintained by the state rather than individual departments. Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Batavia, praised the Intoxilyzer 8000. “I can’t stress how important this is to us for efficiency,” McElfresh said. “It has helped out our efforts enormously.” Ward the Intoxilyzer 8000 will be introduced into other counties in the next few months. It is expected to take about 18 months train all users.

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Dean Ward, left, of the Ohio Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Testing, demonstrates the Intoxilyzer 8000 as Ray Liotta of the AARP Driver Safety Program watches.


20 Brix server Jen Siegrist grows a garden in the side yard of her Milford home to help supply produce for the restaurant.

percent of the produce used at 20 Brix and about five percent used at Padrino are locally grown. Barraco said the fresh produce make a big difference in the dishes he makes. “It absolutely makes a difference in taste. When we get the carrots, they still smell like carrots instead of plastic packaging,” Barraco said. “It’s nice to see vegetables that still have dirt on them.” Hunter said the growers are not allowed to use certain chemical fertilizers or pesticides and, although it’s not a requirement, most of the vegetables are organic. The vegetables are washed and chopped at 20 Brix. Jen Siegrist, a server at 20 Brix who grows vegetables for the restaurant in the side-yard of her Milford home, purchased praying mantises, ladybugs and lizards to help keep her garden healthy. She also uses catch water for irrigation and seaweed fertilizer. “I’ve always been a grower and an environmental chick. I really like to reduce footprints as much as possible,” Siegrist said. “Growing vegetables (for 20 Brix) started last year. I had a pear tree in my front yard that was just going nuts, so I brought in some of the pears and (Barraco) made them into some kind of dessert. It’s just grown from there.” Hunter also gets vegetables for his restaurants from Sallie Ransohoff. Ransohoff grows everything from baby

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Address: 101 Main St., Milford Phone number: 831-BRIX (2749) E-mail: Web site: squash to fava beans and eleven types of tomatoes at her farm in Batavia. She said restaurants that buy local are getting better produce because it hasn’t been packaged and shipped from around the world. “A chef friend of mine said your food is only as KELLIE GEIST/STAFF good as what you prepare it Paul Barraco, chef at 20 Brix, enjoys with. Better food makes bet- cooking with the fresh, locally grown ter food,” Ransohoff said. produce because the quality and taste Rather than take orders, is better. Ransohoff drives her produce to the restaurants so local mushroom and mircothe chefs can pick and grain farmers as well as herb growers. choose. While getting the vegeta“They come out of the bles straight restaurants from the growwith boxes Chef’s favorite er is a little less and storage containers menu selections: e x p e n s i v e , Hunter said and they can Duck Poppers: $11 they tend to just pick what The Nice Salad: $8 buy more fresh they want,” Local Tomato “B.P.T”: $11 produce than R a n s o h o f f 20 Brix Crab Cakes: $26 they would if said. “If they Grilled Fontina and Prosciutto they were want five di Parma Stuffed Pork Loin ordering pounds of Chip: $26 frozen. tomatoes, “It’s not that much of a they can just get those five pounds, they don’t have to cost reduction. It’s really a order a whole case. There’s a wash because we end up lot less waste and the food is buying more than we probably would otherwise. But fresher.” Ransohoff also sells at we like to use the freshest produce we can,” Hunter local farmers’ markets. 20 Brix also works with said.


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Clermont sheriff seeks grant for Tasers By John Seney

Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg is seeking a federal grant to buy 15 new Tasers. Rodenberg said the new Tasers would be in addition to the 20 the sheriff’s office already has.

If approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, the grant would provide about $800 for each Taser, for a total cost of $12,020. No local funds would be required. Rodenberg said this particular grant was earmarked for Tasers, and the Taser is “a good tool for law enforcement to have.”

there is less injury,” the sheriff said. In cases where the suspect has died after being hit by a Taser, it is because of other underlying physical conditions, Rodenberg said. Even with the new Tasers, not every deputy will have one, he said. Clermont County has about 80 deputies.

He said in spite of some criticism the Taser has received in recent years, he believes it is a better option in subduing a suspect in many instances than alternatives such as using a firearm or hitting the suspect. The Taser uses an electrical current to subdue a suspect. “You avoid direct contact, so

He said all deputies who do get the Tasers will undergo in-house training. “We’ll make sure they’re trained before being deployed in the field,” he said. County commissioners approved the grant application June 10.

Church, school team up for fun By John Seney

A cooperative effort between Batavia Township and volunteers from Emmanuel United Methodist Church helped provide some needy kids with a end-of-school year picnic. The outing June 6 at the Batavia Township Community Center included a visit

by a staff member of the Cincinnati Zoo, who brought along some of his animals to show the kids. Judy Walker, one of the volunteers from the Batavia Township church, said that during Christmas break last December, the church hosted a gathering for children in Batavia schools who are in the free breakfast program. “Kids just shouldn’t go

hungry at Christmas time,” she said. She said the church and school collected canned goods which were distributed to about 40 families at the Christmas event. Walker said the church members thought another such gathering should be held after the end of school, but the church had limited space for an outdoor event. Batavia Township

Administrator Rex Parsons said the township agreed to let the group use its kitchen facilities and playground for the event. Food products also were provided to the needy families. Walker thanked the trustees at a June meeting for use of the facilities. “We appreciate what you ladies do,” Trustee Archie Wilson told her.


Army soldier honored

Spc. Gabriel Ramos was recently honored by the Clermont County commissioners, the Clermont County Veterans’ Association, Sheriff A.J. (Tim) Rodenberg and U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt for his service to his country. Ramos just completed a year-long tour of duty in Al Asad, Iraq, where he served the 372nd Transportation Company as a transportation coordinator. Ramos is married to Erica Ramos and is the son of Ted and Melinda Ramos of Batavia. Ramos was greeted by Commissioner Bob Proud, left.

Thank you rally


Students, staff, parents and board members gathered in Williamsburg Monday, May 11, to thank voters for passing the school district’s operating levy on the ballot May 5. Drivers in passing cars honked their horns in greeting.



Eastside Yardwaste Recycling Drop-Off Site, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane. Hamilton County residents only. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7734. Newtown.


Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness, 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road. Combining music with dynamic exercise moves. 2183474. Anderson Township.


Drop-In Preschool Story Time, 11 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 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.

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Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004. Newtown.


Friday Night Grillouts, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music by Ben Alexander. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Includes specialty, à la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.75-$8.85; parking permit required. 791-1663. Symmes Township.


Health Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Blood pressure, height, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment recommended. 753-6325. Eastgate.


Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m. “Curse of the Circus Train.” Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road. $33.50. Reservations required, available online. Through Aug. 21. 521-7275. Anderson Township.

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Ohio Valley Decorative Artists Meeting and Class, 9 a.m. Jeanne Fein teaches how to paint a “Boo Bell.” Bring water bin, tracing paper, black graphite transfer paper, old sock, angle brush, small No. 6 or No. 8 flat brush and liner. New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave. Class begins at 10 a.m. $15, $10 members. Presented by Ohio Valley Decorative Artists. 752-8462. Anderson Township.


Eastside Yardwaste Recycling Drop-Off Site, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 5612004. Newtown. Wilfert Farms, 9:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Wilfert Farms, 3135 Lindale Mount Holly Road. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables that are harvested several times each day and kept under refrigeration. 7978344. Amelia. Batavia Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Batavia Township, Main and Depot streets. Vegetables, fruits and eggs. 876-2418. Batavia.


New Richmond Concert Series, 7 p.m. Music by Big Monday Night Band. The Bandstand, George and Susanna Way. Free. Presented by Village of New Richmond. 5534146. New Richmond.

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Eastside Yardwaste Recycling Drop-Off Site, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004. Newtown.


Michael Robert, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Newtown, 6944 Main St. Christian recording artist performs. 561-5213. Newtown.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692. Loveland. Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Lake Isabella, 521-7275. Symmes Township. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Loveland Castle, 683-4686. Symmes Township. Wetland Adventure Wet Playground, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Woodland Mound, 521-7275. Anderson Township.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m. Lake Isabella, 7911663. Symmes Township.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company puts on the comedy about a man who really likes the thought of getting married in “Engaged.” It is July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-9, at the company, 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $20-$26. Call 513-381-2273 or visit

New Richmond High School Class of 1999 Reunion, 7 p.m.-midnight, Great Scott, 1020 Ohio Pike. Food and drinks available. Free. Registration required at Presented by New Richmond High School. 319-9590. Withamsville.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 379-4900. Anderson Township. Summer Video Exercise Classes, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Senior Center, 474-3100. Anderson Township.


Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004. Newtown.



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. $3. 683-5692. Loveland. Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 7 a.m.-7 a.m. Lake Isabella, 521-7275. Symmes Township. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Loveland Castle, 683-4686. Symmes Township. Wetland Adventure Wet Playground, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Woodland Mound, 521-7275. Anderson Township.


Clermont County Fairgrounds is hosting the Clermont County Fair from 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday, July 30; Friday, July 31; and Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville. Thursday’s theme is Veterans Day and includes a special evening program honoring veterans. The fair includes tractor pulls, a demolition derby, auction, rides, competitions and music. Admission is $10; free for current or former members of the Armed Forces with military ID. Call 732-0522. Grand champs Alex Donohoo and Mitchell Werner ham it up at last year’s fair.


Little Miami River Kayak Trip, 11 a.m. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Begins at Lake Isabella, continues 7.5 miles down river. All equipment provided. Bring lunch. Must complete Quick Start program prior to trip. $25, $20 ages 6-18. Registration required, available online. 521-2345. Symmes Township.


Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m.-noon, Greater Cincinnati Worship Center, 8290 Batavia Pike. 543-3594. Newtown. Traditional Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Sanctuary. 2314172. Anderson Township. Contemporary Worship Service, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, fellowship hall. Casual environment and dress. Multimedia and latest praise and worship music. 231-4172. Anderson Township.

Herbal Delights Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Richardson History House. With Nancy and Mike Rumping portraying Simon and Betsy Kenton. Tea time dress. Vendors, tours, dulcimer music and raffle. Benefits Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum. $20. Reservations required. 683-5692. Loveland. Irresistible Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Graeter’s, 721-3323. Cherry Grove.


Choreographed Ballroom Dance Class, 7 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha, rumba, tango and more. Beginners welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Irresistible Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Graeter’s, 721-3323. Cherry Grove. W E D N E S D A Y, A U G . 5


Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004. Newtown. Wilfert Farms, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wilfert Farms, 797-8344. Amelia. Farmer’s Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Municipal Parking Lot, 6876 Main Street, Presented by Village of Newtown. 825-2280. Village of Newtown. Batavia Farmers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Batavia Township, 876-2418. Batavia.

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Eastside Yardwaste Recycling Drop-Off Site, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Buttons and Bows Round Dance Club, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Phase III-IV round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Movies in the Park, 8 p.m. “Hotel for Dogs.” Juilfs Park, 8249 Clough Pike. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and view movie under stars. Movies start at dusk. Free. Presented by Anderson Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.


Summertime and the living is … ? I wouldn’t be surprised if Psalm 23 was written in summertime. You know how it goes, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he refreshes my soul.” Summer invites tranquility, feeling at one with nature, choosing some positive and relaxing times in our lives. Here are some of the lessons of summer. Slow down: “There is more to life than increasing its speed,” said Gandhi. Most of us moderns feel obsessively driven. We stay on the treadmill all year long. We fear the silence of solitude or experience a certain personal guilt if our list of expectations isn’t accomplished immediately. Contemplative monk Thomas Merton considered excessive busyness a way of doing violence to

ourselves, “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence … and that is activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace.” Summertime is freneticisms antidote. It’s the time for which hammocks and lawn chairs were made, bicycles, tree-lined walking paths, picnic baskets and the song lyrics “slow down, you move too fast, you gotta make the morning last.” Notice: St. Benedict, the monk who founded the Benedictine

Order, had a novel approach to help his novices live in the present moment – which is the only place we really live. During their novitiate he asked them to temporarily take a special vow – Fidelity To The Present Moment. It meant a deliberate, concentrated giving of attention to what is immediately before you. “Age quod agis,” in Latin, “Do what you are doing.” He wanted them to notice and feel even the mundane. If washing dishes, notice the look and feel of the swirling soapy water, the sound, the smoothness, the comforting circular motion of their hand. This vow of attention required them to let go of the tendency of trying to do multiple things at once (no praise for multitaskers), of act-

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ing thoughtlessly, or to live in the past and worry over the future. The present moment has a fullness all its own. Take off your shoes: Literally and figuratively summer says “Take off your shoes and walk in the grass, feel the earth on which you live, take a deep breath. Life’s too short for tight shoes. Loosen up and stop frowning. Touch the earth, the trees and flowers. At least for awhile resign as General Manager of The Universe.” Many burdens we carry are not even ours to carry. Summertime says “Take that load off your shoulders and let me refresh you.” Enjoy: That’s what the table server says as he or she places our food before us, “Enjoy!” We like the invitation. God says the same thing as he spreads before us the


smorgasbord of life that Genesis says he found so good. One of my favorite prayers in a Sunday Mass says: “Lord, open Father Lou our eyes to see Guntzelman your hand at work in the Perspectives splendor of creation and in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand, our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters, and to experience the joy of life in your presence.” To which I say a great, “Amen!” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Make sure debt is yours before you pay it the bill collection company a n d there’s no Web site listed. All I f o u n d links Howard Ain were to comHey Howard! p l a i n t s , ” she said. T h i s bill collector wanted Beasley to pay more than $2,000, for a bill belonging to a company of which she never heard. “So I called the company and told them and they said they would erase the debt. I just want other people to be aware of these letters com-

ing out,” Beasley said. Clara E. Martin of Anderson Township also got a collection letter for a debt that’s four years old. It was for an unpaid parking lot fee. But, upon close examination she found the license number for the car listed never belonged to her. “If they had the correct license number then I would say, ‘Well, this could possibly be something legitimate.’ But it’s not,” she said. Although she wrote the bill collector and disputed the bill, it didn’t seem to make any difference. “Just recently I received another letter from them. This letter is not different

than the first one, so this is not in response to what I wrote,” Martin said. So I told Martin to send another letter to the bill collector saying she doesn’t owe the debt – and send the letter by registered mail so they have to sign for it. That way you have proof they received it.

vidual pharmaceuticals and personal care products in environmental samples and drinking water. Additionally, a study conducted by the Associated Press in 2007-08 detected drugs in the drinking supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas. “While these levels were not found to be at levels that pose a human health risk, some studies have shown impacts on fish and other aquatic life,” said McManus. “As the use of prescription medications increase, there is a concern that med-

unless you are sure. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints and questions weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Don’t flush old medicine down the drain “Pouring your outdated medications down the sink or flushing them down the toilet can have a negative impact on our streams and ultimately our drinking water,” said Clermont Water Resources Department Program Manager John McManus. While pharmaceuticals have not been detected in local streams or drinking water, to date, they are starting to have an impact on waterways in other parts of the country. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies identified more than 100 indi-

She did that and has not heard from them again. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you need to send such a letter to protect your rights. If you feel the debt is not yours, tell the bill collector in writing to provide proof it belongs to you. Do not admit the debt is yours

icine levels in treated drinking water will also rise.” Unless otherwise directed, it is best not to flush unused medications or pour them down the sink or drain. Throw them in the trash. To protect children and pets, place the unwanted medication in a sealable bag. Before throwing the medication away, remove all identifying personal information from the containers. For more on the proper disposal of prescription drugs, contact the Clermont County Storm Water Department at 732-7880.


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Chocolate ’chips’ in to elevate zucchini bread

I’ve been picking my Italian round zucchini, my Lebanese zucchini and my regular zucchini every day. I’ll make stuffed zucchini for supper tonight and if I have time, a chocolate zucchini bread. I wanted to share that recipe since it’s a little different than the norm.

Chocolate zucchini bread/cake

From an anonymous reader. I haven’t tried this yet but it looks delicious. Let me know how you like it. It’s a cross between a bread and a cake, so either name is appropriate. 11⁄2 cups shredded zucchini 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon cinna-

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mon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 ⁄2 cup canola oil 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 cup l i g h t b r o w n sugar 2 large

eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 ⁄4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-by-5 loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well blended and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes

Mix with mixer until smooth and creamy, but thick consistency. Use vegetables, crackers, chips or pretzels for dipping.

Baked pasta and chicken COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Two unusual zucchini: Lebanese and Italian round. out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling.

Mary Simon’s Catalina dip

From Rose Kutschbach – her mom’s recipe, an alltime favorite. “Mom passed away in ’95 but memories will always be there for us,” she told me. Well said! 1 pound cream cheese, softened 16 oz. Catalina salad dressing Garlic salt to taste

I made this for the grandkids and they (and the adults) loved it. 2 cups whole wheat or regular pastina (or any short pasta) Olive oil 2 chicken breasts, cut up – a good 3 cups or so 1 nice onion, chopped – about 11⁄2 cups 2-3 teaspoons garlic or bit more to taste 28 oz. diced tomatoes with juice 3 cups mozzarella Parsley, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Topping: 1 cup bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese mixed Butter or substitute Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook pasta until just tender, about five minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, film bottom of pan with olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for a couple of minutes. Add onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until onions are soft and chicken is cooked, about five minutes. Put into bowl with pasta. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Put in sprayed casserole. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top, dot with small bits of butter. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

*Water vs. Juice for kids in sports: For Bill, a Northeast Suburban Life reader, whose kids are playing sports. Hydration is paramount. If an activity lasts less than one hour, water is fine.

If it lasts 60 to 90 minutes or longer, a 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate sports drink or diluted fruit juice (to dilute juice from concentrate – and try to use 100 percent juice – use at least twice the water recommended) is good. * Information from “The Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents” which yours truly, along with three talented colleagues, wrote!

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The answer to last week’s clue is the McMurchy’s Arcade mural on the corner of Front and Main streets. Those who correctly identified the clue are: Brady Jenkins, New Richmond; Doris S h e p h e r d , Amelia; Jim Glazer , Pierce Sharon Township; L e o n a r d , Pierce Township; B l a i r Fisher, Monroe Township.

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Council on Aging honors communications office The Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio awarded the Clermont County Office of Public Information (OPI) with the 2009 Community Service Award during the organization’s 38th annual dinner and meeting held Tuesday, March 17. “Clermont Senior Services approached the 2008 Adopt-A-Senior gift program with apprehension, fearing the state of the economy and lack of major business sponsors would seriously impact our ability to provide Clermont County senior citizens with much needed gifts and supplies during the holiday season,” said Clermont Adopt-ASenior program coordinator Sharon Brumagem, in nominating OPI for the award. “OPI utilized numerous forms of media to create community awareness about the situation. The results were amazing. We were able to match 187 seniors with donors, assemble 180 gift bags for seniors from the supply pantry, provide more than $2,000 in gift cards, and add $4,710 to our senior emergency fund. OPI Director Kathy Lehr and her staff members

Rebecca Kimble and Jeff Pulliam, truly show the Clermont Senior Services’ service with heart spirit.” Lehr’s son, Ryan, was also recognized for the award, for organizing the Glen Este Boys Basketball Team collection drive for the AdoptA-Senior program. “On behalf of the OPI staff, we truly appreciate the recognition we have received,” said Kathy Lehr. “We enjoy helping our community in any way we can.” “I would like to congratulate Kathy, Rebecca, and Jeff for their outstanding work in increasing community awareness about this and many other programs throughout the county,” said Commissioner Ed Humphrey. Humphrey and State Rep. Joe Uecker (R66) were on hand for the awards ceremony. “Kathy and Rebecca also adopted two seniors themselves during the holiday season, as did numerous other county offices,” said Brumagem. “OPI is a strong supporter of our agency and gives new meaning to the standard clichés power of the pen and a picture says a thousand words.”

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Howdy folks, The good news is Ruth Ann is doing good we have an appointment each Tuesday to check her blood. Last Wednesday there was a meeting at the Batavia Station for a Public Employees Retirement Inc. These meetings are very good for the retired folks from the state of Ohio. The next meeting will be Sept. 16 at the same place. We meet at 11:30 a.m. to eat and the food is good. Then the meeting is at noon. At this meeting there will be a speaker from Columbus and he will be talking about the changes on our health insurance for the coming year. You folks who are retired from the state of Ohio employment try to make this meeting. I realize times are tough, but we retirees need to keep up on the changes made to our insurance, so if you need more information you may call us and try to get involved with this P.E.R.I. group. Last Thursday afternoon we went grocery shopping for one of the shut-ins we shop for. Then the Kinners from the Riverside Coffee Mill in Batavia came over to get some lumber. We had sawed some for them to build a new fence at their home. They also had some stored here they will use other ways. The coffee shop is doing a good business. They have good sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade pies, brownies, cookies and muffins, along with a great variety of drinks, not just coffee. So if you want a good lunch stop in and see them. Jamie will greet you with a beautiful smile. Friday evening the Monroe Grange and the Clermont Pomona Grange had a picnic at the Lytles out of Batavia. I always thought July was a hot month. Now I was wrong. The picnic was outside but then the cold wind came up and the business meeting was moved into their house. We thank them for their hospitality. The Pomona Grange held an election of officers for the next two years. This Pomona Grange is made up of the three Granges of Clermont, Highland and Clinton counties. The new master is from Highland County. His name is Mark Naylor. The slate of officers is made up from members from each Grange.

Saturday the Monroe Grange served food at the Brunner sale on Ohio 222 out of Batavia. This is always a good way for the Grange to make extra money for the projects the Grange donates to. Some of those things are the Clermont County Homeless Shelter, the Free Store in Bethel, the deaf schools, making pillowcases for the child cancer patients, Christmas presents for seniors of Bethel and many more. The Grange is a very busy organization and do so much for the community, so if you would like to be involved give Robert Evans in Batavia a call. He is the

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membership chairman. The Monroe Grange also sponsors a Junior Grange for children 5 to 14 years of age, they have 20 members now and are making projects to be displayed at the Clermont County Fair. The Fair is now through Aug. 1. Stop and see the Grange booths under the grandstand. The fishing is still good with stripers, crappies, bass and catfish being the most fish being caught. We haven’t been on the lake much this year but with Ruth Ann feeling better and with most of the garden fenced in to keep the deer out and the grass seems to be slowing down, so we


might get to go fishing, we hope. T h e Bethel Lions Club had a concert at Burke Park George last Saturday Rooks evening. The entertainOle ment was by Fisherman Drive Beljin and his daughter Anna. They were wonderful and Anna has a beautiful voice and a beautiful young lady. Her dad played the guitar and was wonderful. They will be at the Harmony Hill Winery July 31 out of Bethel. 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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Band ‘Comfort’able with its new CD By John Seney

The Comforts, a band with Clermont County connections, recently released its first CD. David Elmer is a member of the band and also works as Pierce Township administrator. Elmer said the new CD includes six original songs by the band. “I would describe our songs as family-friendly fun PROVIDED pop rock with a slight ele- Members of The Comforts are, ment of danger,” he said. clockwise from upper left, David Elmer, The band started to come Tim Ray, Paul Lake, Frances Lynne together in 2005 when Merk and Jim Maloney. Elmer was standing out in his driveway at his home in regular spots are the AnderUnion Township talking to son Bar & Grill in Anderson his next door neighbor, Paul Township and the York Street Cafe in Newport. Lake. They have done a numElmer mentioned that he ber of special shows, such played bass. “I have a studio in my as the Clermont College basement,” said Lake, who alumni picnic. They also plays guitar and does vocals have played at a lot of church festivals. in the band. “We’re a They hit it off musically, Elmer The band’s new crowd pleaser at biker bars and said, even CD is called church festithough they vals,” Elmer came from differ- “Come On In!” said. ent genres. “He’s He said in more classic rock. I’m more into the their shows they are primaalternative rock music rily a cover band, playing music from such groups as scene.” They rounded up a few the Beatles, the Who and more people, including Fleetwood Mac. They also Elmer’s sister-in-law, throw in some of their original songs. Frances Lynne Merk. The band’s new CD is Lake knew a drummer, Jim Maloney, and after play- called “Come On In!” The ing as a foursome for a original songs on the CD while, they found a key- were composed by Lake, although Elmer said he coboardist, Tim Ray. As it turned out, Mal- wrote one of the songs oney and Ray lived in – “You’re That Girl.” Elmer said the CD is Anderson Township, not far available at Shake It from Elmer and Lake. “Four of the five band Records in Northside and members lived within walk- Barnes & Noble in Kening distance of each other,” wood. He expects it to be Elmer said. Merk, who does available soon on Amazon, vocals for the band, lives on iTunes and CD Baby. For more information on the west side. Elmer said the band has the band, see www. played about 40 shows 2005. Some of their srock.

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July 29, 2009


Anderson Township stables can stay, for now


Horse of a different color

The horses at Bridle Run Stables will move from their Anderson Township home in Johnson Hills Park to a new barn in Clermont County by July 1.

Bridle Run Stables can keep its spot in Johnson Hills Park until October. Owner Larry Waltz recently asked for a lease extension after he was outbid on a potential piece of property for new stables. The Anderson Township Park District told Waltz last year that Bridle Run Stables must be off the property by July 1, so park development could continue. “We’re starting some development work around the stables,” said Duffy

Beischel, park board president. “It won’t impact him and (will) keep us on track.” Beischel said because of issues with purchasing property and constructing the stables, Waltz fell behind schedule and told the board he has reached a contract for another piece of land. Trish Sanders, who runs the- camp for Bridle Run Stables, said they are moving to Bauer Road in Clermont County, roughly 12 miles away. The extended lease terms for the stables run through

New group supports those looking for work A new group is meeting in Milford to support the unemployed and help them get back to work. “I’m reaching out to unemployed men and women in the area to help them with three main things: Career education, networking and character development,” said Karen Tracy, group founder and organizer. “There are a lot of people going through transitions right now ... I felt God was telling me that Milford needed it.” The job search group

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July 29, 2009

Legion Post 318 hosts awards night Anderson American Legion Post 318 recently conducted its annual Awards Night to recognize 2009 local winners and recipients of various American Legion and Post 318 programs. The evening’s activities were attended by numerous Post 318 members, and many of the individuals being recognized and their family or fellow employment staff. Post 318 Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year Awards were presented respectively to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Jones and Anderson Township Firefighter-Paramedic Robert Herrlinger. Recognized as recipients of Post 318 Scholarships, awarded to high school seniors whose parent is a mili-


From left are Deanna Sakal, Anderson High School Post 318 Scholarship winner; Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Jones, Post 318 Police Officer of the Year; Commander Don Bishop, American Legion Post 318; Anderson Township Firefighter Robert Herrlinger, Post 318 Firefighter of the Year; Ben Thaeler, Madison High School, Middletown, Post 318 Boys State attendee; and Michael DiFilippo, Turpin High School, Post 318 Scholarship winner. tary veteran were: Deanna Sakal, Anderson High School; Michael DiFilippo, Turpin High School; and

Bridget Rudy, McNicholas High School. Post 318 sponsored attendees to the American

Legion Boys State Program that were recognized are: Ben Thaeler, Madison High School, Middletown; and

Seniors need help with chores Helping senior citizens live safe, secure and as independent as possible in their own home takes more than providing homemaking, personal care and Meals-on-Wheels. It includes lending a helping hand with light home repair and chores like trimming bushes, cleaning and planting flower beds, washing windows, painting sheds, raking leafs, sealing driveways and shoveling snow, said Sharon Brumagem, volunteer and communications coordinator for Clermont Senior Services.

As the senior population grows, so does the desire of its members to live alone. But along with desire is the frustration that comes when a person can no longer independently take care his or her home. “I receive dozens of requests for someone to mow the lawn, rake the leaves, wash windows, repair a porch railing and other normal homeowner tasks,” Brumagem said. “These chores offer excellent volunteer opportunities for business, civic, church and youth groups. The vol-

unteer department has a community engagement program geared towards volunteer groups that offers one-time or seasonal volunteer tasks.” Duke Energy, Amelia Senior Support Commission, Eastgate Christian Church, Faith Evangelical Church, CIMX Corp., Pierce Township Fire Department, General Electric, and Ethicon have stepped forward to lend a hand to seniors in their communities. However, more than a dozen Senior Services customers currently are on the com-

munity engagement waiting list. “Unfortunately, I don’t have a backlog of volunteers waiting to be placed,” Brumagem said. Community engagement groups also can deliver meals to homebound seniors by taking turns delivering meals once a week in their area. “We also have volunteer Meals-on-Wheels routes that need to be filled,” Brumagem said. If interested in volunteering for Clermont Senior Services, call 536-4060

Adam Jhtho, Seven Hills School. Attendees in this program learn about government and participate in mock government administration. Six Anderson High School students were recognized for their participation in the Legion’s American and Government Program testing conducted at the local high school through Post 318. Approximately 400 Anderson students, grades 10-12, participated in the testing, resulting in selection of the high scoring boy and girl from each of the grade levels as local winners. Those students recognized were: Tim Zureick and Alexis Stigall (grade 12); Pat Guanciale and Lisa Larke (grade 11); and Chris Matre and Ellen Phillips

(grade 10). Matre was also a winner of his grade level at the Hamilton County level of the program. Post 318 also recognized one of its own members, Stanley Carter of Batavia, with the presentation of a certificate commending 60 years of continuous membership and service in the American Legion. Don Bishop, commander of Post 318, stated that the sponsorship of these various programs, and the presentation of the annual awards, is but a small part of Anderson American Legion Post 318’s continuing efforts in providing service to both active and veteran military service personnel and their families, and the youth and public of the Anderson Township community.

BUSINESS NOTES Bast named director

The Northern Kentucky University Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business named James Bast director of the NKU Master of Business Administration program, effective July 1 and pending Board of Regents approval. NKU’s MBA program was named as a Best Business School in the 2009 Edition of the Princeton Review and Random House. The MBA program is accredited by AACSB-International and caters to the full-time working professional. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Union Township and have five children.

CiCi’s Endless Buffet

At a time when consumers are looking for ways to get more bang for their bucks, CiCi’s Pizza, a brand known for its value-driven price point and endless buffet, announced restaurants in Cincinnati are experiencing record-breaking sales. At the beginning of the year, Bryan Jones, CiCi’s Pizza franchise owner in Cincinnati, offered guests a recession-relief price of $4.99. Since then, his four CiCi’s locations in Springdale, Fairfield, Eastgate and Florence have experienced a growing guest base. Jones credits the economy as consumers are trading down – frequenting quick service restaurants more then the casual dining. CiCi’s offers guests a fast casual environment at a quick service price point, offering an unbeatable value of a 24foot-long buffet for under $5.

O’Brien receives awards

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Edward Jones financial adviser Robert D. O’Brien of Mariemont recently received two awards for his work during the last year. He received the Regional Leader Award for his outstanding sales and service efforts over the past year. O’Brien also won the firm’s coveted Pacesetter Award, which recognizes financial advisers who achieve high levels of success early in their careers. He is one of only 199 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award. Finally, he won the A.F. McKenzie Achievement Award for his outstanding sales and service efforts over the past year. The award is named for Al McKenzie, who developed the firm’s training program during his nearly 60 years of service with Edward Jones. James D. Weddle, Edward Jones’ managing partner, added, “Robert is an outstanding member of the Edward Jones team who personifies the ideal financial advisor, someone who is 100 percent dedicated to serving the financial needs of his clients. I am very pleased to present this welldeserved award.” O’Brien works in the Union Township Edward Jones office. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and in Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit www.

Religion Clough United Methodist

The church is hosting a “Nearly New” Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. There will be a $3 Bag Sale starting 10 a.m. Saturday. The sale includes gently used quality items such as clothing, toys, furniture, household items and more. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the church’s 2010 Jamaica Mission Trip. The church is hosting Outdoor Family Movie Night at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. All ages are invited to view a family friendly movie. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Donations will be accepted for the church’s 2010 Jamaica Mission

Trip and concessions will be sold. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the church family room. The church is hosting a “Jam for Jamaica” Concert from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. The concert is open to teens in seventh12th grade. The concert features the band Midnight Silence. Students should bring their school ID cards if possible. Admission is $5 per person and concessions will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the church’s 2010 Jamaica Mission Team. For more information about the concert, contact Beth Price at 910-4568. The church is hosting Clough Unplugged, an additional midweek service. The informal “come-

July 29, 2009

as-you-are” service is from 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 20. Nursery care is provided. The summer sermon series is “Facebook Pages of Old Testament Friends.” Call the church office at 231-4301 or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 2314301;

First Baptist Church of Amelia

Community Church of Nazarene

Fox Farm

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

The church is hosting the Homecoming Anniversary Celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, in the shelter. The event celebrates their 207th anniversary. Bring seating, a covered dish, pictures and stories to share. There will also be a pie and cake-making contest. The church is at 85 West Main St., Amelia; 753-5761. The farm is hosting an Outdoor Gospel Sing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The concert features Gospel Messingers, Work In Progress, Back to the Cross, Harpers, 4 Ever His and The Ferrens. Everyone is welcome;

the event is free. The farm is located at 5489 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia; 625-1045.

SonRise Community Church

The church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Bridge Café, 203 Mill St., Milford. Dinner is prepared for you and your family by a small group of volunteers from SonRise Community Church. The meal includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad, Texas toast, dessert and drinks. The church hosts the dinners the last Thursday of each month. All are welcome. For more information, call Dale at 543-9008. The church meets for services at

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Mariemont High School, 3812 Pocahontas Ave., Mariemont; the office is at 203 Mill St., Milford; 576-6000.

Vineyard Eastgate Community Church

The church is hosting Praise in the Park from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Burke Park in Bethel. It is a free Christian concert featuring contemporary Christian music the band Alter East. The event also includes festivities including volleyball, cornhole, basketball and contests with prizes. It is a free family friendly event. Bring lunch and seating. The church is at 1005 Batavia Pike, Glen Este; 753-1993.

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3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189

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ROMAN CATHOLIC 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

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


5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Real Life Assembly of God 2300 Old SR. 32, Batavia, OH 45103 513-735-4228 Sundays Adult Service 10:30am Super Church 10:30am Royal Rangers 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study, Youth Group & Kids Club 7:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Joe’s Place Teen Center 1:00-4:00pm Real People, Real Issues, Real Life


B elfast U n ited M eth o d ist C h u rch 2297 St. Rt. 131 Goshen, Ohio Rev. Ronald Slater, Pastor 724-2715 Sunday W orship 9:15am Sunday School 10:30am Nursery, Junior Church

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

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Saturday: 5:00pm Holy Eucharist Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 8:34am Summer Breakfast 10:00am Holy Eucharist* 11:00am Fellowship & Refreshments *Child care available

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


PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

MT MORIAH UNITED METHODIST 681 Mt. Moriah Dr, Withamsville

513-752-1333 Worship: 9:00am & 10:30am Sundays We Love Children:

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care, Youth G roup (7-12 grades)

Learn more on our Web Site

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Owensville United Methodist Church

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

Sunday day Worship Service......8:30am, 10:30am 10:30 Sunday School.......................9:30am w/nursery & children’s church A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith


Place orders by August 9 Pick up Aug 15, 10am-noon

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


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

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

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


A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song

Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 Meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125

Sunday Worship. 10:00am

THE SALVATION ARMY Worship & Service Center 87 N. Market Street Batavia, OH 45103


Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Chaplain & Care Pastor Mark Owen, Director of Music and Worship Mitch Scott, Director of Youth SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Celebration of Worship.........................10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-6th Grades).................. ...........10:30am Bible Study............................................6:00pm Youth Worship........................................6:00pm Special Music each week Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group.................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Small Group - ages 12-18............7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

NON-DENOMINATIONAL FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, OH 45150 Pastor Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450 A Loving Church in Jesus Name Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Worship 10:45am Thur. Prayer & Bible Study 7:00pm Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship

513-732-6241 - Sunday School 10:00am- Worship 11:00am Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers

Looking for a Church That Loves Kids? Looking for Acceptance & Mercy?

vineyard eastgate community church Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate)

Sunday Services 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM


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


Men and Women’s groups, Active Seniors “Vagabonds” that gather and travel Pastor: Randy Lowe

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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


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

Rev. James R. Steiner, Interim Pastor Nursery care provided

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M. Worship:10:30A.M.(SupervisedNursery) PRESCHOOL: Tues, Weds, Thurs


Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist

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United Methodist Church

Where Faith and Life Bond for Blessing

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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


2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery Thursday “Unplugged” Service 7:00pm 6/11-8/20, with Nursery

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:


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

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




Community Journal




David A. Olphie, 31, 32 Church St. No. 2, domestic violence, July 4.

July 29, 2009

Domestic violence

Criminal damage

Misuse of credit cards

Female reported this offense at 3334 Huntsman Trace, July 14.


Bike taken; $300 at 13 Amelia Park Drive, July 8. Phone card taken from Speedway; $60 at 51 W. Main St., July 9. Photo albums, etc. taken at 45 Floral Ave., July 13. GPS unit, I-pod, etc. taken from vehicle; $825 at 28 Church St., July 11. Credit card used with no authorization and medication taken at 22 Church St., July 14. GPS unit taken from vehicle; $250 at 48 Tall Trees, July 14.


Washer damaged and coins taken at 11 Lori Lane, July 14.



John Evans, 30, 495 Old Boston No. 34, drug possession, July 2. Justin Bowling, 30, 221 E. Main St., criminal damage, disorderly conduct, July 5.

Incidents/investigations Fraud

Male stated ID used with no authorization at 625 Shelley Drive, July 8.


Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $6 at East Main Street, July 8. Cab fare not paid; $8 at 600 W. Main St., July 8.



Jake D. Taulbee, 29, 224 George St., warrant, July 6. Richard Bradbury, 29, 806 Washington St., domestic violence, July 11.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Attempt made to enter residence at 395 Old Susanna Way, July 14.

Domestic violence

At Washington Street, July 11.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Michael J. Turpin, 35, 3696 Par Fore Court, warrant, July 3. Robert J. Houser, 31, 995 Cedar Ridge Drive, warrant, July 3. John R. Prebble, 42, 1751 Ohio 125, warrant, July 7. Vicki A. Callahan, 49, 302 St. Andrews No. A, warrant, July 7. Gregory A. Motley, 26, 3188 Ohio 132, disorderly conduct, July 8. Ashly M. Krekeler, 21, 2929 Ohio 133, theft, July 8. Jennifer K. Riley, 27, 229 N. East St., theft, July 8.



Disorderly conduct

Suspect acted in alarming manner at 1721 E. Ohio Pike, July 8.

Domestic violence

At Riverdell Drive, July 11.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1108 Twiggs, July 9.


Money taken; $100 at 1259 Ohio 125, July 7. Shingles taken at Merwin Ten Mile at Logan Landing, July 7. Nintendo and WII game box taken from Wal-Mart at 1815 Ohio 125, July 6. Merchandise taken from Wal-Mart; $39 at 1815 Ohio 125, July 8. Merchandise taken from Wal-Mart; $30 at 1815 Ohio 125, July 8. Display decorations taken; $200 at 1900 Linkside No. 6, July 10.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 15, criminal trespass, July 8. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, drug paraphernalia, July 8. Jeffrey O. Felix, 41, 68 Lucy Run, persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated, July 8. Douglas W. Snider, 33, 1499 Verdale Court, theft, July 8. Brian E. Walls, 25, 4263 Ferguson, driving under suspension, July 8. Victor C. Walls, 28, 4261 Ferguson, consumption in motor vehicle, July 8. Renee S. Marovich, 28, 700 University Lane, operating vehicle under influence, July 9. Jason C. Matteson, 23, 4404 Eastwood, unlawful restraint, July 8. Rhonda D. Heldman, no age given, 5736 Blue Ridge, dangerous drugs, driving under suspension, July 10. Erin D. Egbert, 24, 6108 Reilly Melville Road, warrant service, July 10. Kenneth B. Hubbs, 42, 7830 Eglington, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, July 10. Andrew M. Tomlin, 27, 4145 Fox Run Trail, open container, July 10. Scott S. Shelton, 27, 3696 Charter Oak, open container, July 10. Keith A. Diebel, 56, 1092 Will O EE, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, July 11. Alan D. Brown, 31, 4594 Ohio 276, disorderly conduct, July 9. Scott A. Hoover, 45, 525 Old Ohio 74, warrant, July 11. Sara A. Reaves, 25, 4700 S. Beechwood, obstructing official business, July 11. Christopher A. Shelton, 19, 895 Ohio Pike, drug paraphernalia, July 12. Lauren M. Myers, 19, 895 Ohio Pike, warrant service, July 12.

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POLICE REPORTS Drive, July 10. Rear bumper damaged on vehicle at 3975 Piccadilly, July 8. Tire cut on vehicle at 4155 Fox Run, July 12. Vehicle damaged at 526 Old Ohio 74, July 14. Fence torn down at 4202 McLean Drive, July 9.

TV, stereo, etc. taken; $4,040 at 2825 Pond Run, July 12. Food and cash taken; $170 at 1751 Ohio Pike No. 114, July 9. Window broken in vehicle at 3348 Ohio 132, July 8. Vehicle scratched at 3627 Lewis Road, July 8. Shaving cream, etc. put on vehicle at 3608 White Hills, July 9.


Female was assaulted at 1257 Birchview, July 5.


At West Main Street, July 7. At Arrowhead Drive, July 13.


Incidents/investigations Assault

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

TV screen scratched at 30 Church St., July 13.

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Kelly L. Smith, 46, 3844 Field Lane, warrant service, July 11. Keith Parsons, 31, 475 Piccadilly, warrant service, July 11. David K. Hiles, 20, 2056 Clermontville Laurel, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, July 11. Benjamin R. Weber, 31, 5032 Mallet Hills, disorderly conduct, July 12. Vernon O. Bradley Jr., 18, 1124 Catalpa, warrant service, July 11. Sean Powers, 36, operating vehicle under influence, July 10. Ella G. Rideout, 48, 930 Ohio Pike, driving under suspension, July 9. Donna L. Kiehborth, 46, 491 Craig Road, drug abuse, operating vehicle under influence, driving under suspension, July 10. Robyn N. Davis, 19, 844 Youngs Lane, domestic violence, July 10. James B. Moore, 30, 4455 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, assault, July 11. Juvenile, 15, criminal damage, underage consumption, July 10. Juvenile, 16, obstructing official business, July 10. Tara A. Arnold, 34, 2150 Smith Road, disorderly conduct, July 12. Shannon N. Mobley, 27, 474 Old Ohio 74, driving under suspension, July 10. Garrett R. Messer, 19, 210 Campbell Ave., warrant service, July 9. Keith E. Fields, 23, 640 Daniel Court, warrant, July 9. Larry Gill Jr., 27, 4 Pineview, driving under suspension, July 9. Jason H. Yee, 37, 576 Terrace View, driving under suspension, July 10. Casey W. Jones, 18, 5863 Hunters Court, assault, July 10. Tricia L. Cresap, 29, 171 Spring St., driving under suspension, July 9. Patricia M. Barr, 36, 57 Maple Ave., driving under suspension, June 16. Austin R. Carter, 18, 895 Ohio Pike, no drivers license, July 12. Mary C. Purdon, 19, 4230 Pleasant Hill, warrant service, July 12. James H. Lang, 23, 4577 Winners Circle, driving under suspension, July 12. Jason D. Hughes, 35, 987 Nottingham, operating vehicle under influence, July 13. Ryan C. Burnside, 36, 2150 Smith Road, persistent disorderly conduct, July 12. Shanna L. Rich, 30, 4683 Summerside, domestic violence, July 12. Tressa Horsley, 33, 419 Market, assault, July 12. Larry Smith Jr., 18, 1625 Vine St., failure to reinstate, July 13. James L. Rebensdorf, 28, 4379 Kinechaloe, drug abuse, driving under suspension, operating vehicle under influence, July 10. John T. Cornett, 20, 2061 Ohio 125, underage consumption criminal damage, July 11. Anthony M. Boeh, 20, 4905 Long Acres, criminal damage, July 12. Jessica M. Crowe, 23, 1602 Country

Lake, complicity to theft, July 12. Comenzo O. Fuller, 33, 1909 Race St., theft, July 12. Jenee G. Wilson, 43, 4762 Beechwood, driving under suspension, July 13. Laura M. Glover, 24, 2001 Stillwater, drug possession, paraphernalia, July 13. Raymond L. Forsee Iii, 35, 4226 Gensen Loop, corrupting another with drugs, tampering with evidence, July 13. Elizabeth D. Nutgrass, 19, 3811 Kennett, obstructing official business, July 12. Vincent M. Gilbert, 32, 4384 Squaw Valley, warrant service, July 12. John W. Casey, 26, 279 Harwood, driving under suspension, July 14. Cabeb W. Polston, 25, Box 239, driving under suspension, July 14. Rajean Polston, 22, 132 W. Burrough, wrongful entrustment, July 14. Dustin King, 25, 144 Cheryl, warrant service, July 15. Christopher S. Svensson, 21, 3742 Willoway, no drivers license, operating vehicle under influence, July 14. Alaura M. Tagge, 19, 1030 Minning Drive, underage consumption, July 14. Lisa A. Martz, 44, 4612 Blackberry, domestic violence, July 14. Tommy C. Parsons, 22, 65 Sierra Court, assault, July 15. Justin Perry, 20, 1015 Cobra, falsification, marijuana possession, paraphernalia, warrant service, July 15. Chad M. Barnes, 24, 605 Fern Court, drug abuse, July 15. William Dixon, 22, 4392 Aicholtz, warrant, July 16. Trevor Taylor, 24, 533 Hamblen Lane, warrant, July 15. Robert D. Culbreth, 22, 2165 Ohio 50, driving under suspension, July 15. Joshua Holley, 22, 1180 Nature Run, disorderly conduct, July 14. David Coghlan, 22, 4479 Eva Lane, falsification, driving under suspension, July 14. Dillard E. Pegg, 25, 2974 Ohio 131, trafficking in drugs, paraphernalia, July 14.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female was assaulted at 4261 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, July 12. Male juvenile was assaulted at 4292 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, July 14.

Breaking and entering

Counterfeit $5 bill received at 469 Old Ohio 74, July 9.

Domestic violence

At Argentine Court, July 9.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 810 Clough, July 7.

Improper discharge of firearm At 625 Charwood, June 25.


Credit card taken and used at 635 Chateau, July 8. Cellphone charger taken from vehicle at 621 Old Ohio 74, July 7. Clothing and a purse taken from Dillard’s; $412 at Eastgate Blvd., July 8. Drinks taken from United Dairy Farmers; $45 at Ohio Pike, July 9. TV taken from Sears; $800 at Eastgate Blvd., July 7. Cellphone taken at Applebee’s; $410 at Gleneste Withamsville, July 11. Two metal ashtrays taken from Buffalo Wings & Rings; $400 at Old Ohio 74, July 9. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $85 at Eastgate Blvd., July 10. Handgun taken from vehicle; $50 at 3885 Bennett, July 11. Clothing taken from Wal-Mart; $39 at Eastgate Blvd., July 10. Jewelry taken at 4015 Brandychase No. 382, July 10. Gasoline not paid for at Thorntons; $25 at Newberry Drive, July 10. Earrings taken; $2,208 at 3854 Fox Trail No. 6, July 7. Money taken; $230 at 582 Old Ohio 74, July 12. Radio taken from vehicle at 895 Ohio Pike, July 12. Multimedia player taken from vehicle at 3998 Riesling Drive, July 12. A loose diamond taken from Fred Meyers Jewelers; $24,730 at Eastgate Blvd., July 12. DVDs taken; $335 at 4441 Stirrup Lane, July 11. Purse taken at Kroger at Ohio Pike, July 12. Merchandise taken from Wal-Mart at Eastgate Blvd., July 13. Handgun taken from vehicle; $225 at 808 Lilly Lane, July 14. Rings taken from Sears; $465 at Eastgate Blvd., July 15. Merchandise taken from Kohl’s at Eastgate Blvd., July 15.


Reported at Motel 6 at Nine Mile Tobasco, July 12.

Chain saws, etc. taken; over $600 at 558 Anna Mae, June 30.


Fishing gear taken; $225 at 4493 Schoolhouse, July 14. Items taken from vehicle at 4704 Beechwood No. 314, July 11. Entry made into residence at 671 Wilfert, July 15.

Gail P. Mccarthy, 45, 4487 Eastwood Drive, operating vehicle under influence, July 3. Eric D. Widdmeyer, 20, 176 N. 8th St. No. 11, domestic violence, July 3. Juvenile, 15, assault, July 7.

Mailbox damaged at 4780 Pewter, July 11. Vehicle damaged at 828 Wingate

Male juvenile was assaulted at 549 W. Main St., July 7.


Criminal damage


Incidents/investigations Assault


Monies taken; $30 at 102 W. Main St., July 6.

Domestic violence

At North 8th Street, July 3.


CDs, boots, etc. taken from vehicle; $607 at 120 N. 2nd St., July 5. Wallet taken from purse on porch of residence at 473 S. Broadway, July 6. Stereo equipment taken from vehicle; $1,020 at 176 N. 8th St., July 6. Purse taken from vehicle at 224 N. Broadway, July 6.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Incidents/investigations Arson

Fireworks in mailbox at 4889 Clemons Road, Batavia, July 19.


Female was assaulted at 1248 Ohio 125, Amelia, July 18. Female was assaulted at 100 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, July 18. Male was assaulted at 5697 Marathon Edenton, Williamsburg, July 19.

Breaking and entering

Unlisted items taken at 2636 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, July 19.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle tampered with at 2755 Ohio 132 No. 98, New Richmond, July 18.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 2191 Ohio 125 No. 12, Amelia, July 19.

Domestic violence

At Jefferson Lane, Amelia, July 19. At Maple Drive, Batavia, July 19. At Bainum Road, New Richmond, July 18. At Ohio 132, New Richmond, July 13.


Two female juveniles reported missing at 2100 block of Ohio 125, Amelia, July 20.

Public indecency

Male exposed himself at Ohio 32, Batavia, July 17.


Unlisted items taken from vehicle at 3882 Jefferson Lane, Amelia, July 20. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at Ohio 125, Amelia, July 18. Unlisted items taken at 1549 Maryan, Amelia, July 17. Cigarette case taken from vehicle at 3733 Maple Brooke Lane, Amelia, July 17. Unlisted items taken at 600 University Lane No. 104, Batavia, July 19. Unlisted items taken from Smyth Automotive at 1900 Ohio 131, Batavia, July 19. Medication and cash taken at 4246 Summit Road, Batavia, July 19. Unlisted items taken at 2086 Natchez Trace, Batavia, July 18. Quadrunner taken at 4425 Elmwood, Batavia, July 17. Items taken from vehicle at 2205 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, July 18. Items taken from vehicle at 600 University Lane, Batavia, July 18. Male stated money taken from account with no authorization at 4287 N. Ellis, Batavia, July 17. Unlisted items taken from vehicle at 3236 Old Ohio 32, Williamsburg, July 20.


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

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Play Bingo FREE the week of your Birthday Progressive Jackpots Win Diamonds & Simply Grand

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


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5900 Buckwheat Road • Milford, Ohio (575-0093) ext #8) Every Wednesday and Sunday Doors open at 5:30pm

Paper Entrance Packages $10.00 $3500 payout each night with 130 players or more. Computers Available $1000.00 coverall guaranteed 14 of your favorite Instants including Joe’s, Ft. Knox, King of the Mr. and Win on Diamonds

Free Dinner 3rd Wednesday of month (First 100 players between 5:30pm and 6:45pm)

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Sunday Night Bingo


Animal Rescue Fund Bingo NEW LOCATION! 1300 West Ohio Pike, Amelia, Ohio Every Thurs-Friday Doors Open 5:30 pm

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Loads of Instant Tickets Must be 18 yrs. old.

513-843-4835 for more information

Maple Street Homes, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, new, 29 Ashwood Place, Amelia Village, $73,500. John Windle, Amelia, pole barn,, 1238 Nottingham Road, Batavia Township, $3,000. Steven Holland, Goshen, deck, 1203 Nottingham Road, Batavia Township, $900. Custom Projects & Remodeling, Cincinnati, Jergola, 4275 Fox Ridge Drive, Batavia Township, 45,720. A-1 Pools, Williamsburg, pool, 1840 Clough Pike, Batavia Township. Ronnie Akers, Bethel, alter, 2276 Bethel New Richmond Road, Monroe Township. Scott Payne, New Richmond, deck, 200 Lights Pointe Court, New Richmond Village, $2,850. Allen Mitchell, Amelia, deck, 1380 Locust Lake, Pierce Township, $500. Diana McDonald, Amelia, alter, 3416 Cole Road, Pierce Township. Erica McCorvey, Cincinnati, addition, 640 Quail Run, Union Township, $50,000. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 530 Aspen Glen Drive, Union Township; HVAC, 557 Maplevalley Court. Jansen Heating and Air, Cincinnati, HVAC, 3838 Vineyard Green, Union Township. Complete Electric Inc., Cincinnati, alter, 4472 Timber Chase, Union Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1182 Meadow Knoll, Union Township. Kurlemann Homes, Mason, new, 4496 Ravenwood, Union Township, $300,000. Kena Willingham, Williamsburg, alter, 4161 Ohio 276, Williamsburg Township.

On the record

July 29, 2009

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


Lee V. Roades and Laura J. Roades Surgery Center of Cincinnati LLC, et al., professional tort Jacob Goewey vs. Kalen Deardorff, other tort Holly M. Burnett vs. Carrie A. Allison and HCR Manorcare Medical Services of Florida LLC, other tort Arthur F. Meredith vs. Sears Roebuck and Co., et al., worker’s compensation Jason A. Larger vs. Burd Brothers Trucking, worker’s compensation Citimortgage Inc. vs. Kale Struve, et al., foreclosure Taylor Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp. vs. David W. Guy, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. John Praschak, et al., foreclosure Household Realty Corp. vs. Beverly Kabler and Treasurer of Clermont County, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kevin D. Gallenstein, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Benjamin Horton, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Robin Roots, et al., foreclosure Everbank vs. Gary T. Lawson, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. John Fenner, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Mike Schirmer, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Maurice R. Howard, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Troy Vanhook, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Amanda Dunnagan, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. John D. Toppen, et al., foreclosure Taylor Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp. vs. Scott R. Adams and Kristeena E. Adams, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Jeremy Dodson and Brandy Dodson, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Shannon M. Cantwell, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company National vs. Sharon S. Brooks, et al., foreclosure Everhome Mortgage Company vs. Frank W. Chambers and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Jeffrey





Jill H. Warman vs. Daniel G. Warman


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. William B. Truitt, 37, 8611 Second St., Pleasant Plain, attempted rape, gross sexual imposition, aggravated burglary, assault, kidnapping, Goshen Police. Ryan Daniel Lee James, 19, 1642-1 Beckelhymer Road, Moscow, vandalism, breaking and entering, criminal damaging, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. David Nathan Burns, Jr., 43, 1403 Naegele Road, Amelia, grand theft, Pierce Township Police. Charles Matthew Ruthstaller, 24, 400 University Lane #210, Batavia, rape, gross sexual imposition, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Dan C. Daly Jr., 43, 1751 E. Ohio Pike #211, Amelia, theft from an elderly person, misuse of a credit card, Pierce Township Police. Joshua G. Page, 25, rape, gross sexual imposition, Owensville Police. Todd William Malpass Jr., 24, 4879 Powderhorn Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, Union Township Police Department. Terry Walter Shuemake, 34, 1558 Oakland Locust Ridge Road, Mt. Orab, breaking and entering, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.


Crystal Marie Bartlett vs. Aaron Andrew Bartlett Sondra J. Chaney vs. Steven A. Chaney Diane Stephens vs. Larry Stephens Heather G. Hutton vs. Nick R. Hutton Tiffany Gettys vs. Ryan Gettys Robert L. Kelly Jr. vs. Kimberly A. Kelly Carol Perkins vs. Bobby Perkins Jean Staley vs. Alfred Staley Monkia A. Sagin vs. Serdar S. Sagin Matthew Preston Senteney vs. Kristin L. Harris Walter David Orick Jr. vs. Jebels Gabutan Orick Charlene Metzger vs. Paul Metzger


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: Rodney Lee Sears vs. State of Ohio, presiding judge H.J. Bressler, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed, with dissenting opinion, the decision of the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas.


Jeff Wiesenhahn vs. Tracy Wiesenhahn Shawn M. Sheppard vs. Kelly R. Sheppard Anthony R. Dominick vs. Angela D. Dominick Bridgett A. Phelps vs. David R. Phelps Charles W. Barcroft vs. Melissa A. Barcroft Melissa Price vs. Michael Price Geraldine Henson vs. Golden Henson James R. Miller vs. Victoria A. Miller Seth Stephen Petre vs. Jamie Lee Petre

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


11 Bobwhite Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Claudia Bergeron, 0.191 acre, $91,500. 35 Heron Drive, Timothy & Janice Nye to Barkley & Paula Young, 0.285 acre, $135,000.


1303 Autumnview Drive, L.T. Zaring Builder II LLC. to Levi & Elizabeth Jones, 0.2324 acre, $232,923.03. 78 Chapel Road, Ronald M. Webb, et al. to U.S. Bank National Assoc., as trustee, 0.512 acre, $46,667. 4551 Citation Court Lot 78, Traditions Investments Batavia Ltd. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., 0.1383 acre, $43,695. 4283 Fox Ridge Drive, NVR Inc. to Andrew S. Rohne, 0.355 acre, $177,390. 1411 Gumbert Drive, Judy A. Miller to Jason Bargo, 0.23 acre, $105,000. 3634 Heartwood Road, Christian & Jennifer Voelpel to Dewane Barnes & Victoria Estes Barnes, 0.355 acre, $188,000. 1337 Inlet Court, Thomas J. Ringel, et al. to HSBC Bank USA, $103,334. Old Boston Road, Frank C. Meder to Monica & Joseph Friedl Jr., 2.348 acre, $12,750. 4620 Trophy Lane, Thomas & Carol Swiderski to Stephanie Beaver, $94,000. 4580 Vista Meadows Drive, Potterhill Homes LLC. to Brian & Shelly Drewry, $198,020.


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Lawson, $145,000. 524 Elmridge Court, Adam & Carrie Schmidt to National Residential Nominee Services Inc., $148,000. 524 Elmridge Court, National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Steven & Jessica Becker, $148,000. 969 Glendale Drive, The Bank of New York Mellon to Luke Steffen Ellis, $95,000. 3878 Gordon Drive, Kathy Picklesimer, et al. to Michael Hensley Jr. & Jessica Fox, $126,000. 4988 Guards Lane, David & Helga Weaver to Bryan F. Tylor, 1.45 acre, $280,000. 4123 Hallfield Lane, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Jayshree Patel, et al., 0.289 acre, $273,491. 489 Harrison Woods Court, Potterhill Homes LLC. to Jane Muindi, $140,000. 715 Levitt Place East, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to John Willoughby, $116,565.64. 786 Loda Drive, Helen Jones & Patricia Aleshire to Brian Kasselman, $63,333.32. 786 Loda Drive, William E. King, executor to Brian Kasselman, $31,666.68. 4055 Mclean Drive, William W. Riley to Matthew W. Moore, $95,500. 1277 Misty Lake Lane, Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., $45,000. 4203 North Yorkshire Square, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Edward E. Santen, 0.086 acre, $179,290. 1238 Parkside Drive, Ronald & Takako McKinley to Jayson & Shannon Linville, 0.319 acre, $224,000. 3819 Portrush Way, Villas at Waterford Glen LLC. to Wes & Terri Loyd, $179,842. 504 Roney Lane, James Ahern to Chad Murrell, 0.4362 acre, $119,900. 4160 South Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Jill C. Buswell, 0.0863 acre, $123,825. 859 West Anson Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Bernard & Mary Fledderman, 0.0863 acre, $117,137. 3847 Witham Woods Drive, Melinda S. Woods to Union Savings Bank, $90,000. 4561 Wood Forest Lane, CitiMortgage Inc. to Christopher & Megan Rector, $115,000.

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July 29, 2009

DEATHS John E. Marsh Sr.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE CLERMONT COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY The following changes to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Clermont County Agricultural Society have been proposed to comply with state rules and regulations or for clarification purposes. New language is in bold print and old language is struck through. A majority of the membership of the Clermont County Agricultural Society must approve these changes in order for the changes to take effect. Voting will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2009 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Fair Board office. You must be a current member of the Clermont County Agricultural Society to vote. Memberships may be purchased at the Fair Board office until Wednesday noon of fair week for $35.00. You must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Clermont County qualify and you must purchase your own membership. Memberships can not be sold to second parties. ARTICLE I – TITLE—no change ARTICLE II – OBJECT—no change ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP—no change ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS Section 1. The management of the Clermont County Agricultural Society shall consist of no more than 20 members, one elected or appointed from each of 15 townships in Clermont County plus up to 5 members at large. Each member at large must be nominated by an elected board member and voted upon within 90 days by the majority of the Board Members present. present. All 20 members will serve for a term of 3 years and the terms so arranged that the terms of one-third of the members expire annually. Section 2.—no change ARTICLE V – ELECTION—no change of existing language. Addition of the following: Section 6. No director or other officer of a society shall use society funds, facilities, or employees: 1. To promote the candidacy of any member who seeks election or re-election to the board of directors of the society; or 2. To influence the votes of members upon any amendment to the constitution or by-laws of a society which is submitted as provided by regulation 901-5-08 3. No person employed by a society shall engage in any of the activities specified in this rule. ARTICLE VI - ANNUAL MEETING Section 1. The annual meeting of the members of the Society shall be held in Clermont County (place and time to be selected by Directors) on the second nd Wednesday of December November of each year or date set by the Board of Directors. Section 2.—no change ARTICLE VII - ORGANIZATION & MEETINGS Section 1: The Board of Directors shall meet annually on the 2nd Wednesday of November each year, and elect a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The president, vice president and treasurer Said officers may serve and the secretary not more than three two years as the board may determine and until their successors are elected and qualified. Section 2.—no change ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS—no change ARTICLE IX – COMPENSATION—change in amendment 2 only AMENDMENT No. 2 The Board is to pay directors as authorized by the O.R.C. the monthly stipend of $15 per meeting for a maximum of 12 meetings per year and mileage from the director’s home to the meeting and return at a rate ate of 30¢ 40¢ per mile. ARTICLE X – BONDS—no change ARTICLE X – FAIR DATES—no change BY-LAWS ARTICLE I – QUORUM—no change Section 1. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Society. ARTICLE II – MEETINGS-- no change of existing language; addition of the following: Section 4. In the event that a special meeting is called, proper public notification will be made by posting notice on Fair Board office door. ARTICLE III - ORDER OF BUSINESS—no change ARTICLE IV - DUTIES OF OFFICERS—no change ARTICLE V - RULES—no change MEMBERSHIP The membership ticket may be purchased for the sum determined by the Board of Directors. Membership tickets will be on sale from the first day of January of the current year until Wednesday of fair week at 12:00 noon. No memberships for the current year will be sold after this date and time. To purchase a membership, phone the office at 513-732-0522. Memberships may be purchased at the fair board office. This ticket provides for three benefits. 1) Admits members only at the gate for all sessions of the Fair, including automobile. 2) Entitles member to place entry in any or all departments for exhibition. 3) A resident of Clermont County 18 years of age or older may purchase a membership in the Clermont Agricultural Society and have voting rights. RULES FOR EXHIBITORS—no change ENTRY FEES AND TERMS—no change JUDGES—no change PROTESTS—no change PROTECTIVE MEASURES—no changes except for the following: 23. No exhibitor will be allowed to give or to sell any article that will conflict with rights sold to privilege men persons. 26. Where general and special rules conflict, special takes precedence. Fair Board reserves the right to pay all premiums pro rate. Health requirements for all livestock to conform to the rules of the State. Entries for all livestock classes close at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21 the Saturday before the first day of the fair, except for Jr. Fair exhibitors. Stalls, pens are available. Each exhibitor must furnish own straw. MISCELLANEOUS—no changes except for the following 34. The fair board office will be open daily Monday-Saturday at Fair Grounds beginning Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Monday of July each year. The office will be closed July 4th. 35. Tags will not be mailed after Saturday, July 12, but can be picked up at the Fair Grounds. 36. 35. Collectors for both auto and pedestrian gates will be under supervision of the members in charge of the 36 department gates and admissions department. 37. 37 36. Every precaution will be taken to properly protect exhibits, and for this purpose night watchmen will be on duty during the continuance of the fair. There will also be a daily police force. The Association, however, will not be responsible for any property or injury to any persons attending the fair at any time indoors or out. 38. 37.. The Association Society will not be responsible for theft of autos, accessories or contents. 38 39. 39 38. Ample space will be provided for systematic parking. Section 1711.07 (Board of Directors and Annual Election of County Society) The board of directors of a county or independent agricultural society shall consist of at least eight members. An employee of the Ohio State University extension service and the county school superintendent shall be members ex officio. Their terms of office shall be determined by the rules of the department of agriculture. Any vacancy of the board caused by death, resignation, refusal to qualify, removal from county, or other cause may be filled by the board until the society’s next annual election, when a director shall be elected for the unexpired term. There shall be an annual election of directors by ballot at a time and a place fixed by the board, but this election shall not be held later than the first Saturday in December, and not later than the fifteenth day of November each year thereafter. The secretary of the society shall give notice of such election, for three weeks prior to the holding olding thereof, in at least two newspapers of opposite politics and of general circulation in the county a newspaper of general circulation in the county, or by letter mailed to each member of the society. Only persons holding membership certificates at the close of the annual county fair, or at least fifteen calendar days before the date of the election, as may be fixed by the board, may vote, unless such election is held on the fairground during the fair, in which case all persons holding membership certificates on the date and hour of the election may vote. When the election is to be held during the fair, notice of such election must be prominently mentioned in the premium list, in addition to the notice required in newspapers. The term of office of the retiring directors shall expire, and those of the directors-elect shall begin, not later than the first Saturday, and not later than the thirtieth day of November each year thereafter. The secretary of such society shall send the name and address of each member of its board to the director of agriculture within ten days after the election. Section 1711.08 (Reorganization Meeting of Officers) The board of directors of a county or independent agricultural society shall annually meet not later than the first Saturday of January, and not later than the thirtieth day of November, and at such meeting shall elect a president, a vicepresident, a treasurer, a secretary, and such other officers as it may deem proper. The president, the vice-president, and the treasurer shall serve one year, and the secretary not more than three years as the board may determine, and until their successors are elected and qualified. The president and the vice-president shall be directors. The secretary and treasurer may or may not be directors. Before election of officers the newly elected directors shall qualify by taking oath or affirmation before a competent authority, and in electing officers the board shall conform to the rules of the department of agriculture. Section 1711.08(1) (Eligibility for Public Office) —no change Section 1711.12 (Forbidden Activities) —no change Section 1711.13 (Powers of County Society) —no change ELECTION OF FAIR BOARD DIRECTORS In addition, an election will be held to fill the Board of Director seats for the following townships: Goshen, Jackson, Miami, Monroe, and Stonelick. Each position is for a three year term commencing on December 1, 2009. In order to qualify, you must be a resident of Clermont County, be 18 years of age, be a member of the Clermont County Agricultural Society for the current year, and live in one of the above townships. A petition must be obtained prior to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the opening of the fair, have ten (10) valid signatures, and returned to the Fair Board office by 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the opening of the fair. Those signing the petition must also be members of the Clermont County Agricultural Society for the current year. No one can sign another person’s name on the petition. Non-members will be declared invalid. The Fair Board Election will be held on the last day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 1st between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Fair Board office at the same time and place as the vote on the Constitution and By-Law changes. Submitted by Dan Hodges, Fair Board Secretary


John E. Marsh Sr., 65, of Union Township died July 19. Survived by children, John E. (Ginger) Marsh Jr., Misty Clark, Jason Marsh and Josh Marsh; grandchildren, John E. III, Jewelia, Jessica, Jared, Clarissa, Braxton, Alexandria, Katrina, Owen and Ollie; and siblings, Ralph Marsh, Tom Marsh, Dan Marsh, Gene Marsh, Greg Marsh, Carl Marsh, Sue

Phillips and Peggy Eubanks. Preceded in death by father, Ralph Marsh; and mother, Nettibel (nee Moore) Marsh. Services were July 23 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

James Edward Werring

James Edward Werring, 73, of Hamilton Township died July 15. His

family lives in Clermont County. Survived by wife, Eileen Schill Werring; sons, Fred (Amy) Werring, Bill Werring and David Werring; daughter, Sue (Jeff) Norman; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brother, Paul (Judy) Werring. Preceded in death by brother, Donald Werring. Services were July 21 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.

REUNIONS Lloyd Memorial High School Class of 1974 – is having its 35th class reunion Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2. The class will meet at 5:15 p.m., in front of the high school for a tour of the school at 5:30 p.m. A party at Florence Nature Park will follow from 611:30 p.m., rain or shine. Cost is $4 per person. Classmates and guests are welcome, and should bring their own drinks, coolers and a snack to share. From 7-11 p.m., Aug. 1, will be the reunion with dancing at Brodnick Hall at St. Timothy Church in Union. Cost is $25 per person. Beer is $1, but soft drinks are included. Live music by Power House and a hot meal. At 10:30 a.m., Aug. 2, will be Christian Fellowship at the Railroad Park in Erlanger, led be classmates Scott Denham and Larry Bubb. Contact Debbie Schneider at 513977-3035 or e-mail

678-516-6460; Will Munn, 513227-4481; Anna Dickson, 917605-4579; Rhonda Bristol, 513602-2891. Amelia High School Class of 1984 – is having its 25th year reunion from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, with a picnic at Sycamore Park in Batavia ( rk+map+8x11.pdf). Admission is free. Classmates should bring their own lunch. Afterward, food and spirits are planned at Great Scotts ( from 6 p.m. to close. Separate tabs are available. RSVP to Wini Foster at 866-433-7543, or e-mail

New Richmond High School Class of 1999 – will have its 10-year reunion at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at Great Scott in Amelia. RSVP to and join the group on Facebook and MySpace.

Glen Este High School Class of 1979 – The Glen Este High School Class of 1979 reunion committee is planning its 30-year reunion for Aug. 8 at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Any classmates interested in attending the reunion should contact Kelly Clements Blom at or 513-9320164 with your name, e-mail address (please put “Reunion” in as your subject), mailing address and telephone number.

Princeton Class of 1999– will be having its 10-year reunion. Classmates will meet 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Sharon Woods. Contact info for the committee is as follows: Kelli Martin,

Princeton High School Class of 1974 – Is planning a 35th class reunion for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center. Pricing is $85 per couple or $45 for a single if the



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tickets are bought before July 1. After that date, a couple is $95 and singles are $50. For more information, e-mail Debbie (Owens) Fuson at Taylor High School Class of 1989 – The 1989 graduating class of Taylor High School is conducting its 20-year reunion at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Madison, 740 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. Cost is $45 per person, and dinner will be served. Come out for an evening of catching up with old friends, dancing, eating, drinking and having fun. Amelia High School Class of 1989 – The 1989 senior class of Amelia High School is conducting its 20th class reunion Aug. 9 at Coney Island’s Moonlight Pavilion. If you are a member of the class or know of anyone who is, contact Connie Weisenborn-Heilman at Connie or at 513-752-7390. Milford High School Class of 1989 – is having its 20-year reunion Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15. A pre-reunion gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, at Greenies in Milford at 1148 Ohio 28, Milford. On Saturday, the reunion will be from 7 to midnight, at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront Bluegrass Ballroom. Dress is summer dressy/semi formal. Tickets must be purchased before the event, and will not be available at the door. Mention the Milford High School 1989 Class Reunion when making reservation to get a discounted rate. Reservations must be made by July 15. Everyone that reserves a hotel room at the Radisson will receive a welcome bag. The reunion committee is putting a slide show together for viewing during the reunion. Old and new photos can be e-mailed to Jeff Jounson at Reunion dinner is $45. Cost includes dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks, dancing and door prizes. To sponsor the event, contact Jennifer Lewis at Visit Clermont Northeastern High School Alumni – is planning a second alumni weekend for Aug. 14-16. Weekend activities include a Friday evening social hour, a Saturday evening dinner/dance at the Fastiques and Sunday picnics and gatherings for various classes. Cost for the dinner and dance, which starts at 6:30 p.m. is $25 per guest. The Class of 1959 is gathering at Lake Lorelei on Sunday, Aug. 16. Alumni are also asked to contact friends and family who are also alumni about the weekend. To sign up, e-mail, or Shirley Shipley at Norwood High School Class of 1979 – Is conducting its 30-year reunion from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 15, at the Blue Ash Banquet Center. For information, contact Karen (Faulkner) Parker at 513351-6616 or e-mail her at Clermont Northeastern High School – Alumni weekend is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 14 and 15. Friday night, all the classes are invited to meet their friends at the following locations: 1958-1969: Quaker Steak and Lube, 59- Chamber Drive, Milford; 1970-1979: Putters, 5723 Signal Hill Court, Milford; 19801989: Greenies, 1148 Ohio 28, Milford; 1990-1999: Buffalo Harry’s, 1001 Lila Ave., Milford; 2000-2009, Buffalo Wild Wings, 175 River’s Edge Drive, Milford. Saturday night is a dinner dance, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour at the Fastiques Building at the fairgrounds. Send name, telephone number, address, e-mail address and graduating class to: Clermont Northeastern Alumni Association, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, OH 45103. Cost is $25 per person. Deadline is July 31 for reservations. Our Lady of Visitation Class of 1989 – is celebrating its 20-year reunion at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, at Top Shelf Sports Bar and Grille, 6507 Harrison Ave. For questions or to RSVP contact Katie Abrams-Muldoon at


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