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Batavia youth football clean up

Members of Batavia Youth Football took time off from practice recently to make their community more attractive. PAGE, A3

Students asked to get involved

Almost two-thirds of the high school students who attended a youth summit on suicide prevention said they knew someone who had attempted suicide. The April summit at UC Clermont College was organized because of the rising incidence of suicides by young people. PAGE, A4

Batavia Twp. Oks treatment center

Batavia Township trustees Sept. 7 approved a rezoning request for a private drug and alcohol treatment center at a 51-acre site. Township zoning consultant Jonathan Wocher said Dr. Jeffrey Stuckert and Keith Stuckert of Healthcare Venture Partners LLC plan to buy the wooded property at 4560 Ohio 222 and convert it into a facility to provide residential treatment for 14 to 15 adult patients. PAGE, A5

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Dry conditions can cause fire By Kellie Geist

Now that summer has come and gone, it’s time to break out the s’mores, host the bonfires and grill a few burgers before the winds turn cold. But when you light that grill, or start that bonfire, or even just pull your car into the grass at a party, take a minute to consider the risk of a serious fire. “We are in a moderate to severe drought, so the environment is right for a rapidly spreading fire. There are many things that can start a fire in these conditions that most people wouldn’t think twice about,” said Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling. Even something as simple as flicking your cigarette out a car window, starting a charcoal grill or putting a candle in a Halloween luminary can be dangerous, Deimling said. “If you pull your car into the grass and your tailpipe, your muffler or your catalytic converter is hot, you could easily start a grass fire and catch your car on fire,” he said. “If the grass was greener or the moisture content was higher, we wouldn’t even have to think about these things.” “But with the conditions we have now, a hot car can start a fire and that fire is going to spread,” he said. Deimling said there have been restaurants with fire damage because someone put their cigarette out in the mulch. He’s also seen rows of fires along the highway because of sparks from a dragging tailpipe. Deimling said there have been serious brush fires in Brown County and Northern Kentucky and the conditions in Clermont County are the same. “People just need to be aware and use extreme caution,” he said. “These fires are going to happen until we have a significant change in the weather. A pop-up thunderstorm isn’t going to be enough.” Pierce Township Assistant Chief Scott Light said residents also need to be careful with open burns. The Pierce Township Fire Department responded to a residence on Cole Road earlier in September when an open burn got out of hand. “No one was injured and the house didn’t burn down, but about an acre was destroyed,” he said. “People just need to be aware of how dry it is.” Light said even if residents have an open burn permit, they should try to wait until weather changes to light the fire.


Current and former members of the Clermont Senior Services kitchen staff as well as other agency employees, project partners and local government representatives cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Clermont Senior Services kitchen facility Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Senior Services opens new kitchen By Kellie Geist

Clermont Senior Services officially opened the new kitchen facility Wednesday, Sept. 22, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Clermont Senior Services Executive Director George Brown thanked the agency staff, funding partners and project team. This new facility is the first permanent home for Clermont Senior Services Meals-on-Wheels program, which the agency has been offering since 1972. “Having a permanent home for Meals-on-Wheels have been a long time coming,” Brown said. “

... We are grateful for all the people who helped make this possible.” Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud, who used to work for Clermont Senior Services, said it’s great to see how the agency has progressed in the last 25 years. “I want to congratulate Clermont Senior Services on this wonderful facility and thank each and every one of our (citizens) who make the lives of our senior friends so much better,” he said. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by current and former Clermont Senior Services staff members as well as project partners and local government representatives.

Prosecutor challenges commission candidate Wilson’s allegations By Theresa L. Herron

Members of the Union Township Republican Central Committee received a letter last week from Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White rebutting comments allegedly made by GOP-endorsed county commissioner candidate Archie Wilson at an Aug. 2 meeting, White claims. Wilson accused White of not disclosing all the facts in the death of Cecelia Slaby, the 2-year-old left in the back seat of her mother’s car all day in the heat Aug. 23, 2007. The incident happened outside Glen Este Middle School, where her mother Brenda Nesselroad Slaby was a vice principal. White did not prosecute the mother. White asked Ted Stevenot, GOP committee chair, if he could attend another meeting to address Wilson’s alleged comments. Stevenot said White is welcome to a meeting after the election. All committee meetings between now and Nov. 2 are lengthy because members are working to get voters to the polls. “He is welcome to come, but Wilson is the endorsed candidate and this is a Republican meeting,” Stevenot said, who added White

Batavia Township Trustee Archie Wilson is the GOP-endorsed candidate for R. Scott Croswell’s county commision seat. Croswell chose to run for re-election as an indepdendent. was told he could come to the next meeting, be introduced and he could talk to anyone who approached him. “He did not come to the meeting.” “I hardly remember the remarks made that related to Don (White),” Stevenot said. “I’m not sure what the allegations are. I do not remember them being the highlight of the commentary Archie made when he was our guest. I’m surprised by this. I did not leave that meeting and have a lot of people talk to me about what was said.” White said in the letter to committee members that the autopsy done on the toddler stated she died of injuries caused by “systemic hyperthermia.” No other injuries or trauma were found during the autopsy. “There were no other signs of foul play found during the autopsy,” White said. “The Union

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Township police department did a very thorough investigation and they agreed with me and my staff that it was the negligence of Slaby leaving her child in the car all day. There is not one iota of evidence that points in any other direction.” Wilson said last week that he believes more investigation should have been done, and he did not know if an autopsy had been performed. “I never said there was a cover up,” Wilson said. He said an anonymous letter was delivered to his home that said more investigation was needed. The Community Press has a copy of the letter and names and dates have been redacted. “People believe there should have been more investigation,” he said. Wilson also said the prosecutor should have taken himself off the case since Croswell was Slaby’s attorney. White said, “When I made my decision not to prosecute Slaby, she had no attorney. I talked to her personally and told her I would not prosecute. I never knew Scott was going to represent her. I would not have called her if I had known she was represented by an

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Challenge attorney.” As far as the grand jury, White said, “you don’t take cases to the grand jury when you don’t believe you can get a conviction.” Two people at the Aug. 2 meeting verified that Wilson accused White of a cover-up in this case. Union Township Trustee Matt Beamer said Wilson’s


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comments were “over the top, in my opinion.” Union Township resident Barbara Wiedenbein said, “(Wilson) made the comments in front of the whole group at the meeting.” White said Stevenot offered him time at the December meeting. But, “I didn’t see any reason to go there unless I could address

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the whole group. So I chose to send the letter. I sent the letter to the members of the committee. I did not send the letter to the press. I did not intend for it to go to the press. The letter is a way to set the record straight with regard to the cause of death of Cecelia Slaby based on Archie’s misinformation. He is repeating a statement by someone who does not know what he is talking about.” “(Wilson is) talking about this now because he knows I’m supporting Scott Croswell for commissioner. Since I’m supporting Scott, he’s trying to damage my reputation by making defamatory statements about me when he knows they are not true. There is not one word of truth in what he said and he knows it,” White said. Croswell has been elected twice as a Republican, but the party endorsed Wilson for this year’s race. Croswell said he chose to run as an independent to give all voters in Clermont County a chance to determine who holds this seat, not just the Republican Party voters during the primary. “Personally, I will not represent a party whose leadership condones the campaign Mr. Wilson is running. I am running to give the entire Clermont County (community) a choice ... an

opportunity to vote and make a decision.” “I’m not surprised a letter has been sent (by White) because I am aware of the allegations. But I was not aware the letter had been sent,” Croswell said about White’s letter. Croswell, Brenda Slaby’s attorney after her child’s death, said there was no cover-up. “It absolutely did not occur. I never had a personal conversation with Don White concerning the case. My discussions were confined to talking to the chief deputy prosecutor, Woody Breyer.” “Don White had no choice. There was no criminal (offense) under Ohio law. Do you think he would cover up something as public as that case was?” Croswell said. “Mr. Wilson has spent the last year spreading false and malicious rumors about this (my) campaign. This is one of a number of rumors he is doing for what he perceives for political gain,” Croswell said. “I personally think his conduct is deplorable and I wish he would stop to think about the many innocent people he hurts by spreading these rumors,” Croswell said. “True Christians don’t spread these types of vile and vicious rumors that Archie spreads. This can hurt innocent parties.”

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First phase of sewer plant upgrade unveiled By John Seney

It’s hard to get excited about a sewer plant, Rep. Joe Uecker said during a ribboncutting ceremony Sept. 23 for the first phase of Williamsburg’s wastewater plant improvement project. “But Williamsburg has always been a gem in Clermont County. We have to start taking care of our established communities,” Uecker said. Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker said the improvements, to be done in three phases, are necessary to provide the infrastructure for economic growth. “It’s necessary and we can provide it,” she said. Administrator Patti Bates said Phase 1 includes a 254,000-gallon flow equalization basin to alleviate overflows during wet weather, a 100,000-gallon aerated sludge tank and a sludge belt filter press. “The belt press is used to press and dispose of our own sludge instead of paying to have it trucked to New Rich-

mond and paying them to press it,” she said. Village officials were able to obtain grants for the Phase 1 improvements, which cost about $1.6 million. Bates said Phase 2 of the project will include the replacement of all obsolete equipment and will have a total estimated cost of $1.52 million. “We should know in about six weeks if it is 100percent funded,” she said. Phase 2 is scheduled to be bid in November. Phase 3 is scheduled for bid at the end of 2011 or early 2012 and will convert the plant to a bionutrient removal process, Bates said. “The bionutrient removal process will change the process by which the village treats the product before discharge and allow us to meet the upcoming changes in the EPA permit levels for discharge. It will also increase the capacity of the plant from 500,000 gallons per day to one-million gallons per day,” she said. The sewer system serves about 1,150 customers.

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September 29, 2010


Clermont County to adjust appropriations By Kellie Geist


Members of Batavia Youth Football cleaned up and planted flowers at Batavia Elementary School Sept. 14. In front is Caleb Stump (81). In middle row, from left, are Kameron Thompson, Blake Casey (4) and Jeff Sheppard (71). In back row, from left, are “Oakie” Sester (15), Logan Vaughn (99) and Logan Kelly (32).

issues the commissioners will have to consider when working on next year’s budget. “These are only the items that have been brought to us. There are probably other issues departments are working through,” he said. The commissioners probably will be looking at increased health care and liability insurance costs, too, he said. The county’s anticipated operating expenses for 2011 are about $47.9 million. Scheetz’ August estimate of revenue for next year was $46.9 million. She said that may increase slightly in her next report. The commissioners will start looking at the budget later this fall and should approve the 2011 appropriations by Dec. 15, Scheetz said.

contracts in the auditor’s office and at the board of elections and changing the appropriations for the court of common pleas to fill a position. Other changes also are needed, Scheetz said. Scheetz said the county should be able to finish the year without exceeding the original total appropriated amount, but money may have to be transferred between departments and offices to pay for the appropriation increases. Some changes in next year’s budget requests also will need to be addressed, Scheetz said. Some of those changes may include additional money for the county law library, additional costs for broadband and other equipment replacement and maintenance needs. County Administrator Dave Spinney said those are just a few of the

The Clermont County administration must make some adjustments to the 2010 appropriations, but no major changes or cuts are expected at this point. Budget Director Sukie Scheetz presented a budget update to the commissioners during a work session Monday, Sept. 20. During the presentation, Scheetz said the commissioners will have to make some adjustments to the county’s appropriations before the end of the year. Some of those changes include moving money from the county’s reserve fund because employees did not take furloughs, increasing appropriations to pay for maintenance

Pierce Township hires legal counsel Batavia youth The contract is not football players to exceed $32,200 for a period of six months. clean up off field By John Seney

By John Seney

Members of Batavia Youth Football took time off from practice recently to make their community more attractive. Keith Barrett, first vice president of the youth organization, said the kids spent several hours Sept. 14 cleaning up trash and planting flowers at several locations in Batavia Township and the village of Batavia. “We are doing this in lieu of practice to give back to the community we represent,” Barrett said. Members of the football teams worked at Batavia High, Batavia Middle and Batavia Elementary schools and at a cemetery in the township, he said. Members of the cheerleading squads used the time to give a performance at a retirement center. About 225 kids are in

the organization, including football players and cheerleaders, Barrett said. They range in age from 5 to 11. The organization has been in existence 11 years and has done other things to give back to the community and schools, including donating a scoreboard at the middle school football field, he said. Bryan Anstaett, athletic director at the middle school, said adults with Batavia Youth Football recently cleaned up overgrown vegetation along a fence at the football field. “We have a very good working relationship with Batavia Youth Football and we hope it continues,” he said. Barrett said this is the first time all the players participated in a clean-up and flower planting effort. “It will not be the last,” he said. Barrett said Natorps Nursery donated the plants.

Pierce Township will hire an attorney to provide legal advice at trustee meetings.Pierce Township trustees will hire an attorney to provide legal advice at meetings. The trustees Sept. 14 au’thorized Administrator David Elmer to negotiate a

Man indicted on multiple drug charges The Clermont County Grand Jury Sept. 15 returned an eight-count indictment against Jeffery M. Storch, 41, stemming from a search warrant that was served May 4 at his residence, 1174 Nature Run in Union Township, said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. Members of the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force and the Union Township Police Department recovered evidence from the residence that included firearms, currency, a marijuana growing operation,

five pounds of marijuana, anabolic steroids and steroid producing compounds which when properly combined would result in hundreds of doses of anabolic steroids, Rodenberg said. “Jeff Storch is the owner and operator of Body Worx Fitness 24/7, a gym on Old State Route 74 in Union


chemicals to manufacture drugs, second-degree felony; trafficking in marijuana, second-degree felony; child endangering, third-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony; and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony.

Township” said Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs. Combs said Storch is facing the following felony charges: Illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; trafficking in anabolic steroids, seconddegree felony; cultivation of marijuana, second-degree felony; illegal assembly of




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Elmer said Kelly will provide the board and staff members with legal services. “We’re pleased and excited about what she brings to the township,” he said. Kelly said she plans to attend trustees meetings. A Pierce Township resident, Kelly is the prosecuting attorney for the Bethel



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Students encouraged to become involved in suicide prevention efforts By John Seney

Almost two-thirds of the high school students who attended a youth summit on suicide prevention said they knew someone who had attempted suicide. The April summit at UC Clermont College was organized because of the rising incidence of suicides by young people. There were 39 suicides in Clermont County in 2009, the most ever, said Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. The groups with the


Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Sept. 22 discusses results of a youth summit on suicide prevention. highest numbers, she said, were adult males, elderly males and young people. “We needed to see what

we can do to change things,” said Virginia Dennis, coordinator of the Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition.. Dennis said 165 students from 10 high schools participated in the summit. The students discussed issues such as bullying, the stigma of suicide and why young people choose suicide. Their opinions about suicide and how to deal with it were collected, and the results presented at a Sept. 22 town hall meeting. “It was one of the most exciting events I’ve ever been involved in,” Watson said. “The kids had fabulous

ideas.” Dennis said the coalition’s next step is to encourage students who participated in the summit to get the message out to the rest of the students at their schools through peer groups. Watson said steps being taken to lower the suicide rate include promotion of the crisis hotline number (528-7283). The number is being printed on the back of student ID cards at Clermont County schools this year. “We’re trying to push the hotline so people have a place to call,” she said. Samantha Servizzi, a Milford High School senior who attended the April

What the students said Some of the results from a survey of 165 high school students who attended a youth summit on suicide prevention in April: • 65 percent knew someone who attempted suicide. • 37 percent had thoughts of suicide in the past 12 months. • 14 percent said they have made at least one suicide attempt. • 58 percent said they have been bullied at school. • 40 percent reported cyberbullying. summit and the town hall meeting, said she started taking suicide seriously when she lost someone she knew to suicide. “If you can’t tell, you should take it seriously,”

• 60 percent said feeling depressed and possibly suicidal was a common feeling. • 49 percent had lost someone they knew to suicide. • 61 percent wanted to be involved in suicide prevention efforts. • Before the summit, 89 percent said they would tell an adult if someone they knew was suicidal; after the summit, 98 percent said they would tell an adult. • 99 percent thought the summit was important and should be held yearly. she said. Servizzi said the summit and town hall meeting were helpful. “I thought it was great to get more of the community involved,” she said.

Police dog will have nose for prescription drugs By John Seney

While many police dogs are trained to sniff out illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, a dog being purchased by the Pierce Township police also will be able to detect prescription drugs. “More people are misusing prescription drugs,” Police Chief James Smith said. “We want to stay ahead of that.”

He said prescription drugs such as Oxycontin often are sold illegally on the black market. The dog will be trained to smell the prescription drugs and alert its handler to their presence. The dog also will be able to detect illegal drugs, he said. The township trustees Sept. 14 approved spending $4,000 of a $10,000 grant to train a dog through Police Dog Services LLC. Smith said the rest of the grant

will be used to purchase and care for the dog. The grant was obtained through the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and was funded by the drug company Purdue Pharma. “It’s a groundbreaking program,” he said. Smith said the dog also will be used in the schools, not so much for drug detection, but to interact with the kids.

“The kids are enthusiastic about dogs,” he said. Pierce Township police conducts outreach programs at three schools: Locust Corner and Merwin elementaries and St. Bernadette School. “The dog and officer will enhance our ability to engage the community,” Smith said. He said the dog probably will be a Labrador retriever. The dog will be available for

use outside the township for investigations by other law enforcement agencies, Smith said. Township Trustee Gregg Conrad asked what would happen if the program does not work out. Smith said he and school officials will evaluate the program, and if it doesn’t work out, the officer involved has agreed to keep the dog. “It will not be put out on the street,” he said.

Flag flown over Baghdad finds home in Pierce Township By John Seney

An American flag that flew over Baghdad, Iraq, will be displayed in the Pierce Town-

ship trustees’ meeting room. The flag was brought back from Iraq by firefighter/EMT Derek Roat, who also is a combat medic in the Army National Guard.

Roat was deployed to Iraq in August 2009. While stationed there, he sought permission to have a flag flown over his base, Victory Base Complex, in recognition of

the Pierce Township Fire Department. When he returned to the U.S. in June, he brought the flag and a document certifying the date it was flown. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Light displayed the flag and certificate at the July 13 trustees meeting. After the meeting, Light was approached by township resident Don Conover of Locust Corner Road, who asked if he could make a frame for the flag and certificate.


An American flag flown over Baghdad, Iraq, was presented to the Pierce Township trustees Sept. 14. From left are Trustee Christopher Knoop; Fiscal Officer Karen Register; Trustee Bonnie Batchler; Trustee Gregg Conrad; firefighter/EMT Derek Roat, who brought back the flag after returning from Army National Guard service in Iraq; township resident Don Conover, who made the display case for the flag; and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Light.



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September 29, 2010


Humane society Batavia Township OKs treatment center may terminate Clermont County contract By John Seney

By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County commissioners may be looking for an alternative way to run the animal shelter. The contract with the Clermont County Humane Society is for services including emergency needs, a dog kennel and the dog warden, which the Ohio Revised Code says the county must provide. The contract is for the amount collected in the Dog and Kennel Fund, which county officials estimate will be about $315,000 this year. However, that fund is now projected to be down about $20,000. The Clermont County commissioners recently received a letter from humane society attorney Jeffrey Greenberger. In the letter, he asked the county to fund the difference between the estimated and actual revenue collected in the Dog and Kennel Fund for 2010 and to accept a 2011 fixed-price contract of at least $327,000. “Quite simply, the society can no longer afford to provide ACO services to the county unless it is paid at least $327,000 next year for 37.5 hours of operation

with an emergency run program,” Greenberger said in the letter. He also said the humane society would terminate the contract with the county, effective Dec. 31, 2011, if this contract is not accepted. County Administrator David Spinney said the county could consider paying the $20,000 this year to match the estimated amount, but he and the commissioners agreed they could not justify the proposed contract. “We are cutting back and everyone is suffering. We need to be able to run a shelter for less than $315,000 ... We appreciate the relationship, but if they can’t make it work, it might be time to find another way,” said Commissioner Scott Croswell. Commissioner Bob Proud said the money is not available to increase the contact. “They do a great job, I don’t think that’s the issue. It all comes down to dollars and cents,” he said. The county owns the building the humane society uses, but the humane society owns much of the moveable equipment. The Ohio Revised Code does not require the county to shelter cats or other animals, such as horses.

Batavia Township trustees Sept. 7 approved a rezoning request for a private drug and alcohol treatment center at a 51-acre site. Township zoning consultant Jonathan Wocher said Dr. Jeffrey Stuckert and Keith Stuckert of Healthcare Venture Partners LLC plan to buy the wooded property at 4560 Ohio 222 and convert it into a facility to provide residential treatment for 14 to 15 adult patients. The rezoning request was for a change from agri-

cultural to planned development district. Wocher said the f a c i l i t y ’s o w n e r s Bennett w o u l d remodel an existing 10,000 square-foot home, but planned no new construction. Any future expansion or construction would have to be approved by the township, Wocher said. Attorney Jay Bennett, representing Healthcare Venture Partners, said the facility would be physician-

run and be staffed by counselors and nurses. There would be an innkeeper living on the premises to prepare meals and perform housekeeping duties, he said. He said the impact on surrounding properties would be nonexistent. “It is a very unique project because the property stays virtually unchanged,” he said. Trustee Jim Sauls asked if there would be security. Bennett said security wasn’t necessary because the facility was all voluntary with no court-ordered patients.

He said patients would be paying between $25,000 and $30,000 for a minimum stay of 28 days. William Recker, who lives on Jessica’s Chase near the proposed facility, questioned the lack of security. “A lot of people on drugs need security,” he said. Jeffrey Stuckert of Healthcare Venture Partners said all the patients “are looking to get better,” and can leave any time they want. “These people are motivated,” he said. Trustee Lee Cornett said as long as the patients stay on the property, “I don’t see a problem.”

Union Twp. endorses voluntary energy programs By Kellie Geist

Residents in Union Township soon will be able to opt-in to energy aggregation programs to save money on electric and natural gas. The Union Township trustees agreed Sept. 9 to sponsor programs with Duke Energy Retail Sales for electric and Integrys Energy Services for natural gas. With the Duke program, customers will be able to choose either a fixed price per unit of energy or an overall 18 percent discount. The distributor would still be Duke Energy-Ohio, so the service and billing would not change. Duke spokesman Paul Smith told the trustees typical customers save between

$20 and $30 per month. With the Integrys program, customers will be able to secure a fixed price. Also, Integrys has agreed to donate $1 to a Union Township conservation program for each new account created. “We would be the first community in the Greater Cincinnati area to offer that ... (Residents) will be contributing to a fund that the

board of trustees will be able to use for conservation purposes,” Township Administrator Ken Geis said. Geis said any money raised for this conservation program, with the approval of the board, will go toward an arbor program. “The arbor program, planting more trees in the township, is something we’d like to continue,” Geis said. Both aggregation pro-

grams are voluntary and will be available at no cost to the township or the residents. As part of the endorsement programs, the township’s logo and name will be included on the promotional material from Duke and Integrys. The trustees unanimously voted to endorse the programs, which about 15 other Greater Cincinnati communities have endorsed.

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Order of Police, stating, “We are pleased to advise you that the general membership of the F.O.P. voted to endorse you as a candidate for Clermont County Commissioner.” Wilson was invited to an interview where he spoke at length about his vision for Clermont County. Wilson said, “I really

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September 29, 2010

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Sunday, Sept. 19, was a great day to be an Amelia Elementary School Tiger or a Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School Bobcat. The two new buildings were officially dedicated. Both opened to students Sept. 7. It was a sentimental day for Superintendent Gary Brooks, who has a special connection to both buildings

as an Amelia Elementary School graduate and a former Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School principal. In his speeches, Brooks talked about the history of the two schools and the legacy of education the community is providing for its students. “When the first school building was built here 130 years ago, it was a very different time,” he told the audience at Amelia Elemen-

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Batavia student selected for wind ensemble


Second-grade teacher Judy Varney gives an Amelia family a tour through the new school after the dedication ceremony Sunday, Sept. 19. From left are: Varney, Tom Mooney, Julie Mooney, Margaret Krueger and Cadi Krueger. tary School. “But what parents wanted then is the same as now. They want a better life for their children.” At Withamsville-Tobasco, a tearful Principal Tonya Schmidt thanked the community, the students, the


Representatives from each grade helped with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony at Amelia Elementary School Sunday, Sept. 19. From left are: Steve Hoyt from Turner Construction, John Rademacher from SFA Architects, first-grader Ellie Speed, second-grader Sarah Padilla, school board President Dan Krueger, Amelia Elementary School Principal Stephanie Walker, Superintendent Gary Brooks, third-grader Mazzy McMillian, fourth-grader Josh Thomas, school board member Jo Ann Beamer, fifth-grader Matt Schneck, board member Barbara Hartman, retired teacher Dave Anderson and board member Denise Smith.

staff and the building team. “This has been an amazing experience. It’s still hard for me to imagine that I am part of something so huge,” she said. “Thank you for helping to make this spectacular building possible.” Schmidt also recognized former Withamsville-Tobasco students and staff members and the old building itself. “We took our lessons from the previous Withamsville-Tobasco and that spirit is still with us. It has made us even stronger as a staff and as a community,” she said. School board president Dan Krueger said the new buildings represent the community’s commitment to education. “By supporting these buildings you have reaffirmed your belief in the power of education for another few generations,” he said.

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AHS student Hart named National Merit Semi-finalist Amelia High School senior, John Hart, has been named a 2011 National Merit Semifinalist. Hart earned this honor by being one of the 16,000 students nationwide, out of 1.5 million, whose scored

high enough on the PSAT/NMQT Test to qualify. Hart now will have the opportunity to advance in the competition and possibly become a finalist and win scholarship money.

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The week at Batavia

• The Indian Hill girls soccer team shut out Batavia 8-0, Sept. 20. The Clermont Northeastern girls soccer team beat Batavia 4-1, Sept. 21. Mackenzie Fisler scored for Batavia. • The Milford girls tennis beat Batavia 5-0, Sept. 20. • In boys golf, Batavia placed first with a score of 185 against Reading’s 190 and Norwood’s 236, Sept. 20. On Sept. 21, Batavia placed second with a score of 176 against Blanchester’s 151, East Clinton’s 184 and Georgetown’s 203. On Sept. 22, Batavia scored 179 to beat Amelia’s 182 and New Richmond’s 184. Batavia’s Eric Brown medaled with 5 over par 41 on the front nine at Friendly Meadows. • In volleyball, Batavia beat Bethel-Tate 25-22, 2513, 17-25, 25-14, Sept. 22. On Sept. 22, Goshen beat Batavia 3-2. Batavia’s Caitlin Knudsen and Nancy Gerrard beat Musgrove and Robbins 6-2, 2-1 (retired); and Hannah White and Amanda Harbottle beat Ryle and Schoemaker 61, 6-0.

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The week at Glen Este

• The Glen Este boys golf team finished third with a score of 176 against Amelia’s 175 and Western Brown’s 174, Sept. 20. Glen Este’s Kyle Collette medaled with 5 over par 40 on the front nine at White Oak. • In girls golf, Glen Este placed third with a score of 244 against Indian Hill’s 219 and Cincinnati country Day’s 222, Sept. 20. On Sept. 21, the girls placed ninth with a score of 479 in the FAVC Golf Tournament. • In boys soccer, Milford beat Glen Este 7-2, Sept. 21. Cassie Howell and Corti Pullens scored Glen Este’s goals. On Sept. 22, Milford beat Glen Este 9-1. Tyler Curtice scored for Glen Este. • The Glen Este volleyball team beat Little Miami 30-28, 28-26, 25-17, Sept. 22.

The week at McNick

• In girls golf, St. Ursula beat McNicholas 165-200, Sept. 20. McNick’s Lucy Frey medaled with 4 over par 39 on the front nine at Royal Oak. On Sept. 21, McNick placed second with a score of 207 against Ursuline’s 157 and Mercy’s 208. • In boys soccer, McNick lost to Ryle 2-1, Sept. 21. McNick’s John Sandmann scored his team’s goal. • In boys golf, McNick placed first with a score of 167 against Taylor’s 167 and Madeira’s 178, Sept. 21. • The girls soccer team beat Alter 2-0, Sept. 22. McNick’s Alli Thul made six saves, and Tricia Walsh and Megan Simmons scored the goals.

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Glen Este girls soccer on the rise

By Mark Chalifoux

The Glen Este High School girls’ soccer team is a much improved team in 2010 and the program is on the rise, according to head coach Ginger Kash. “This is the best team I’ve seen here,” said Kash, who has been a coach there for six years. “I’m so excited for the future of this squad.” Kash has a young team this season, with six freshmen and two sophomores on the varsity roster. Kash said the upper classmen, she has four seniors and five juniors, have done a great job bringing the team together. “They are unifying as a team and are playing as a group and they are competing with upper level teams,” she said. “They are a hardworking, determined group

and they are willing to go the extra mile to get things done. If someone is having a bad game, a teammate always picks her up.” Kash said she knew the freshmen coming in would be able to play at the varsity level because they play a high level of club soccer and the other kids helped get them ready to play at the varsity level. While Glen Este has a young team, the Trojans are also a high-scoring team. Glen Este has more than 40 goals midway through the season, and having that type of scoring power hasn’t been a staple in the program. “These kids have the hunger and the drive, from the front to the back,” Kash said. “We have a fullback who hasn’t scored since her freshmen year who has three goals already. The


Glen Este’s Erin Harfield chases down a ball in the game against Milford Sept. 21. drive to score is a huge asset for this team.” Glen Este is hovering around .500 as the Trojans were 4-5-1 through the first month of the season. “It’s been very enjoyable to watch because they play the game so beautifully,” Kash said. The team is led by senior

captain Karina Atkinson. Atkinson is the team’s leading scorer with 19 points through 10 games. “She absolutely dominates the center of the field and can deliver the ball to anyone,” Kash said. “J.J. Pullens and Cassie Howell are strong and fast and they have been a dynamic asset

for us this year.” Pullens has missed some time due to injury, but freshman striker Hannah Dufresne has played well in her slot while Pullens is out. “The beautiful thing is, we don’t have one star player,” Kash said. “We have 11 players on the field who can make plays and all the kids on the bench are capable of going in at any time.” Kash said the change in the team was never more apparent than in an early season game against Little Miami. Glen Este fell behind 3-0, but fought back to tie the game 4-4. “In years past, they don’t come back from that,” she said. “They continued to play and work hard and tied the game. It’s a totally different dynamic this year. You can even see the excitement in the way they warm up.”

Trojans lose to Kings in close roller coaster game

The week at Amelia

• The Amelia boys golf team placed second with a score of 175 against Western Brown’s 174, and Glen Este’s 176, Sept. 20. • The Winton Woods boys soccer team beat Amelia 2-1, Sept. 21. Anthony Clark scored Amelia’s goal. • In girls tennis, Amelia beat New Richmond 3-2, Sept. 21. Amelia’s Fulks beat Casey White 6-2, 6-0; West beat Sarah Jones 6-3, 6-0; Chamberlain beat Megan Tucker 6-0, 6-3. New Richmond’s Miranda Stilwell and Alex White beat Houston and Buten 6-4, 6-4; Marisa David and Savannah Glenn beat Patel and Dusing 6-2, 7-6 (5).

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September 29, 2010

The following is a submitted game summary for Glen Este football.

Batavia running back Zainn Ison runs behind lineman Jacob Parks for a big gain against Amelia.


Q&A with Batavia coach Ogden By Nick Dudukovich

Despite posting an 0-5 record for the 2010 season, Batavia High School head football coach Ron Ogden is optimistic about his program because of the play he is receiving from his sophomore class. Ogden recently spoke to the Community Journal and talked about his squad’s season as well as the team’s outlook for the rest of the year. All individual statistics are based on the first four weeks of the season. What are your thoughts on the season? The kids have given us a good effort and they are playing hard. I just think the teams we’ve run into are pretty good. I mean Madeira and Mariemont were both 3-1 (through four games) ... which is pretty good. How’s team morale? The kids are good. We had a good week of practice. We’re really young and we started nine sophomores against Ameila (in week four). The kids are holding up good and they are practicing hard. They are getting after it, so things will turn around here, I think.” Who are some sophomores that are impressing you? Gabe Archer (linebacker/tight end, 127 yards receiving and one touchdown), Ryan Grossly (full back/middle linebacker, 125

yards rushing, one touchdown), our center Brody Browning, he’s done good job, cornerback Austin Lenhardt and safety Tyler Luginbuhl. With so many sophomores getting varsity experience, you would have to think the future is bright for this group of kids? Yes, six of these kids started as freshmen and we’ve added to that, but we don’t have very many seniors. (Against Ameila), we started three seniors and two of them got hurt and they are out for a while. Who are the seniors that were injured? David Brauch, was playing linebacker and fullback, and Jacob Prindle, who was a three starter for me, played running back and linebacker. How big are those losses for the team? Those two are real big. Those are two of the seniors who were tough kids and good players. They are smart kids and they understood the game and they helped us a lot. I’d like to have them the next few weeks but we don’t, and we’ll have to go from there. How do you replace that senior leadership? Our sophomores and a couple juniors have done a good job of leading. I think we lead by example really well with the Archer kid and Gormley. They are two real good players and they lead by example. They are two

leading tacklers on defense. Our kids are up beat. Aaron Wood has done a good job. Nick Bonavita (offensive guard/defenseive end, 11 tackles, two sacks) has, too. How hungry are the boys for their first win? They are pretty hungry. They are working very hard in practice and it’s just a matter of time. If we get a win we can roll for a while, so we just have to get that first win. At this point of the season, what facet of your team’s game are you most satisfied with? I think that the team’s we’ve played have been good offensively and we’ve been outmatched a little bit, but I think our defense is still a strong point. We start a lot of sophomores and if our running game is going, we’ll be fine What can fans expect to see out of the Batavia football program the rest of the year? I guarantee our kids will play hard and get after it. It’s just one of those things. This might be the youngest varsity football team I’ve coached the last few years and they’re good kids. They are really good kids. When the sophomore class are seniors, and even next year as juniors, there is going to be some good football here. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Our kids are playing hard and they give a good effort. Their hustle is unbelievable.

You can see a Kings Island roller coaster from the football stands at Kings High School. But Thursday night, the 32-30 Kings win over Glen Este provided fans of both teams with more ups, downs, and thrills than even the “Diamondback” could provide. In a game of contrasting styles, the Knights’ wide-open pistol offense, with the help of touchdowns from their defense and special teams, barely outgunned the rugged ground game of the Trojans during a shoot-out between two formidable offenses in the local TV game-of-the-week. For the third straight game, Glen Este’s strong offensive line led the way on long, time-consuming scoring drives. Center Michael Kennedy, guards Brandon Jones and Kyle Turner, along with Cory Downs, Tim McBride and Corey Burris consistently opened holes for the bevy of

Trojan running backs, especially in the second half. Mike Hogue’s 31-yard run keyed a 14-play Glen Este drive leading to the first of Jerdon Louiso’s three field goals in the opening quarter. After a 37-yard scoring run by Jamire Westbrook and a 33-yard fumble return for a TD put Kings up 14-3, GE’s Shane Seckman capped a 10-play 60-yard drive with a quarterback sneak, cutting the margin to 14-10 with seven seconds left in the half. Runs of 16-yards by Austin Duncanson, 22 by Alec Scardina, and 12 by Colin Pittman sparked the 1:51 minute drive. Glen Este rushed 66 times for 307 yards, with Scardina netting 122, Pittman 73, Hogue 53 and Duncanson 50. Victor Cave caused a fumble recovery for the Trojans, as Trey Blank and Mitchell Crooks each recorded sacks while Justin Mulloney and Matt Jones shared a third. The Trojans will open FAVC league play Friday, hosting Milford on homecoming weekend.

GE nabs two big wins Girls varsity soccer

The Glen Este girls soccer team evened their season record at 4-4-1 the week of Sept. 12, winning at Wilmington 10-1, then at Withrow 10-0. Hannah Dufresne, Maranda Melton and Katrina Atkinson each scored three goals on the week, while several Trojans netted their first score of the season. Three of Glen Este’s next four starts are against teams ranked in the city’s top 10, including Milford at home and Turpin away this week. Glen Este 10 Wilmington 1. Atkinson, Melton, and Madi Velton each scored twice for Glen Este as the

Trojans took an early 5-0 lead and coasted home, Sept. 14. Dampening the evening for the visitors was the loss of seniors J. J. Pullens and Cassie Howell to ankle injuries, which may keep them out of action for two to three weeks. Glen Este 10 Withrow 0. Regular goalkeeper Kelly Banfill, playing in the field for the first time this season, registered a goal and an assist, as did defender Jessie Goedde, Sept. 18. Erin Hatfield also recorded her first score of the season, while newcomer Jamie Merritt had the shutout in the nets during her first varsity start for Glen Este.



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September 29, 2010






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Seniors to benefit from plan

Regarding your recent “Last week’s question” column in which a retiree expresses anxiety over “The Messiah’s Health Care Plan.” I find this confusing. Retirees stand to benefit greatly from the reformed healthcare plan: Those with Medicare drug prescription coverage may be eligible for a tax-free $250 rebate to pay for prescriptions this year. Some may also be eligible for a 50-percent discount on brandname medicines starting in 2011. Some preventative services, including but not limited to annual physical exams, will be covered without co-pay or deductible starting in 2011. Lower Medicare Part B premiums are also expected moving forward, resulting from reduction in government payouts to private insurance companies under the Medicare Advantage program. Dave Clark Union Township

Levy will not raise taxes

Nov. 2, you can help provide significant support services to our most vulnerable citizens, children at serious risk and those neglected, abused and dependent children who have been removed from unsafe – even dangerous surroundings. The renewal of the .8-mill Children’s Protective Services Levy will continue to supply the needed funds to pay for these services without raising taxes. I have friends who are foster parents and have had the privilege of observing miracles occur as they provide the loving home and essential medical and therapeutic services necessary to give these children a chance of living healthy, happy, productive lives. None of the money raised by this levy pays for administrative costs or salaries, but it does purchase the services needed by these children. The funds provide intervention that has changed the

direction of children’s lives helping to reduce the need for later, more costly remediation. The 320 children in the custody of Children’s Protective Services and the nearly 5,000 children who received services last year are clear evidence of the need. I strongly encourage you to join me to Keep Our Children Safe and vote “yes” Tuesday, Nov. 2, for the CPS levy. Visit Kathy Freudenberger Tate Township

Vote for children

I am currently working with several children who are in foster care for various reasons. The services provided for these children, parents, and foster parents are very important. Some children are able to return home because their families received counseling and parenting classes from Children’s Protective Services. Without these supportive

Wilson will use tax dollars effectively “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Those were words were first penned by Benjamin Franklin, but I think that sentiment still holds true today. In this economy people are trying to do more with less and being fiscally responsible is an absolute necessity. Government needs to be aware of the needs of the people they serve and use taxpayer dollars in the most effective ways possible. About 30 years ago, my partner and I began a small business here in Clermont County. Over the years, with hard work our business has grown. I want Clermont County to be a business-friendly community and I want to see new jobs for our residents. I believe this can be done with openness and integrity. Tax dollars need to be used to keep our communities safe. There needs to be consequences for crime and the entire jail should be available so people can serve out the sentences they are given for their crimes and not given house arrest just because there isn't room at the jail. People need to know that the communities they live in are safe places to raise their families. As I have traveled throughout the county I have had the opportunity to listen to what is important to the residents who live

here. I have found many people who share my beliefs of conservative, moral and fiscal values and I am energized by the growing number of people who are supporting me. I want to make a difference in making this county Archie better than it is today for Wilson our children and grandchildren. Community This November the votPress guest ers of Clermont County will columnist have the opportunity to make a change in county government. I believe that hard times require overtime and I am willing to put in the time necessary to get the job done. I am asking for your vote and your support in my bid for commissioner. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 513-4030405. Archie Wilson is a candidate for Clermont County commissioner Nov. 2. He is a resident of Batavia Township and currently serves as a township trustee.

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up in hospitals, shelters, in jail or dead. Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic disorders. On average, people living with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the rest of the population. One reason is less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment. Early identification and intervention result in better outcomes; treatment works, but only if a person can obtain it. Both people with existing illnesses and those, who face hard economic times may be experiencing anxiety or depression

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Croswell for commissioner

As I travel Ohio as part of my job and as a board member of a regional organization, I am pleased at how many people complement Clermont County about how well the county has handled the difficult economic conditions

Last week while he was campaigning in Clermont County, I had the opportunity to talk with John Kasich about his plan to help turn things around in Ohio. As Kasich has been traveling around the state, he has been telling people that we need to create a climate more conducive to business relocation and job creation in Ohio. Kasich has repeatedly said that this can only be accomplished by balancing the budget and shrinking the size of government. I could not agree more with John Kasich. For the past eight years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as your county commissioner. During that time, I have worked hard to promote the ideals of limited government, lower taxes and job creation through economic development. Like John Kasich, I believe that if we do not ensure Clermont County is a place where businesses want to locate and believe their companies will thrive, we will never see an increase in well paying and stable jobs. This is one of the reasons I led the fight to redevelop the old Ford Plant in Batavia to attract new jobs there. This is also one of the reasons I was not afraid to cut bureaucratic budgets during my time in office even though it meant I would not receive a political party endorsement. We must identify government waste, and when we see it we cannot be afraid to do the right thing and make the necessary cuts even if it impacts your own party leaders. Too often politicians place their allegiance to party leaders and special interests ahead of the people who elect them. I have

for the first time, and need access to treatment. Now, more than ever, we need to protect and strengthen state and local public mental health services. Major mental disorders cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone. NAMI provides all services free of charge. To fund our services and to promote awareness, we are having our second annual NAMI Clermont County Wellness Walk Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Union Township Veterans’ Park, the helicopter park, 906 Clough Pike. Honorary Chairperson Jen Dalton of WKRC-TV will kick-off the walk at 9:30 a.m. This free family event will have food, fun, music and entertainment. To register visit and click on Wellness Walk or call 513-528-5500. Mike Brown is the president of the NAMI Clermont County board of trustees.

refused to do that in the past, and I will not do it in the future. When I first ran for commissioner, I told people that my campaign was about people – not politics. I still believe that today. If entrusted to return as your R. Scott county commissioner, I to continue to lead Croswell III pledge the fight in balancing the Community budget, cutting the size of Press guest government and making columnist sure the money you entrust to your county government is well spent. I will also make sure these cuts are done in such a way that we protect the vital services you have come to expect from your county government. Ensuring we continue to have one of the finest law enforcement agencies, making sure the needs of our seniors are taken care of, protecting our children and remembering the debt we owe to our veterans are all priorities. I don’t have to promise to voters that if elected I will be a fiscal conservative because I have an eight-year record to prove it. If re-elected as your county commissioner, I will continue to be a watch dog of your money and prevent it from being spent foolishly. R. Scott Croswell is a resident of Miami Township and has served as Clermont County Commissioner for the past eight years. He is seeking re-election Nov. 2.

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How far do you think the Reds will go in the playoffs? Why? “My answer: first round. “Why? Because whenever I get enthusiastic about our teams, be it the Reds or Bengals, they lose. If I’m apathetic or pessimistic, it might help them.” B.B. “Good pitching is the key to winning postseason baseball. It will have to come together strong for Reds pitching in October. “We need see strong outings by starting pitchers Arroyo, Cueto and Volquez. Furthermore, Cordero will

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of the past two years. Economic conditions such as these require the very best in our leadership. We are very fortunate to have qualified county leadership that have the strength and integrity to manage the financial minefield in the face of heavy political pressure, and who do not just talk about, but exhibit their dedication to fiscal conservatism. Scott Croswell has a long history of fiscal conservatism. Scott has demonstrated our values; worked to create a climate for job creation, and to reduce the size and cost of government. Scott has served us exceptionally well over the past nearly eight years. He has a proven track record. I support the candidate who has done the job, and endorse the candidate who has given us proven results. Vote Scott Croswell Clermont County commissioner. Karl Schultz Miami Township

Croswell is a proven fiscal conservative

NAMI to host Wellness Walk Oct. 2 Do you have days when you just don’t want to get out of bed or you are too tired to do anything or you feel as if the whole world is against you? What if those feelings repeat themselves day after day after day with no end in sight? Then you would have a microimage of the world of those experiencing untreated mental illness. Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), the week of Oct. 3 promotes public awareness and education about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. MIAW is especially important this year as severe budget cuts threaten mental health services across the country, creating an unprecedented mental health crisis. The costs of cutting state mental health budgets are high – people who do not receive treatment end

services, children placed into foster care might not receive all the help they need to support their various delay/developmental issues. This is why I am encouraging everyone to vote “yes” for Issue 5 Nov. 2. The levy does not increase taxes, it is a renewal for .8-mill. Every dollar goes directly toward the children who have been affected by abuse, and/or neglect. Visit Nicole Patterson Clermont DD Early Intervention Specialist Felicity

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Goshen Township Police Officer Matt Bucksath watches as Jynx searches a car for drugs during the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Saturday, Sept. 18.


Union Township Police Officer C.J. Holden is attacked by the department’s dog, Darren, during the criminal apprehension portion of the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Saturday, Sept. 18.


Goshen Township’s police dog, Jynx, sits to signal she’s found narcotics at the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Saturday, Sept. 18.


Union Township Police Office C.J. Holden is attacked by Kash, a dog from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department during the criminal apprehension portion of the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputy Meredith Walsh and her dog, Arron, walk through the obedience portion of the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Ohio Law Enforcement K9 Association Top Dog Competition at Amelia High School Sept. 18. Eight teams of local police officers and their canine partners competed in narcotics, obedience and criminal apprehension. The teams came from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the Kettering Police Department, the Sharonville

Police Department, the Goshen Township Police Department, the Union Township Police Department and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. The title of Top Dog went to Warren County Sheriff Deputy Kelly Hammonds and his dog, Tango. Second place went to Kettering Police Officer Brad Lambert and his dog Brix, while Clermont County Sheriff Deputy Meredith Walsh and her dog, Arron,

took third place. “I was happy with how he did,” Walsh said. “All of the dogs in the competition performed well. They performed exactly how they were trained, but it’s about speed, too. The difference between placing and not placing came down to seconds.” Next year’s competition will be hosted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Amelia grad participates in D-Day jump, earns promotion Jennifer Skunza, a 1996 graduate from Amelia High School, was promoted to Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army June 6. Her ceremony was not the typical Army celebration. The paratrooper was selected as part of an elite airborne team to represent her unit, the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), based in Columbus, Ohio, in the annual Normandy jump to celebrate D-Day. The promotion ceremony transpired in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, one day after she jumped into Normandy. Skunza made her historic jump out of a German C160 aircraft. The Normandy jump is an annual reunion, an

anniversary celebration. The event is a joint team effort: British, French, German and U.S. paratroopers jump to commemorate the D-Day anniversary. To be selected, Skunza was recommended by her battalion. She was screened among hundreds of interested paratroopers. The 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, Skunza’s higher headquarters, was given 10 slots. Skunza was given the nod over many interested applicants. As a member of the select few, Skunza savored her opportunity to go to England and France as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. “She did such a great job, she was selected to be a member of the color guard

for some of the parades and processions,“ said 1st Sgt. Jeffrey Clewell, also a member of the 412th. The Normandy operation was not all training and preparation. The citizen soldiers had some free time to enjoy the small towns they visited. “France was great,” said Skunza. “The townspeople treated us very well. We were able to visit many small villages and interact with the locals.” The international teams traveled together. The common bond among military personnel – teamwork – is paramount. That solidarity was displayed in the small towns, and the French were glad for all the paratroopers’ par-

ticipation, even the Germans. All the soldiers are cognizant of World War II history. “The French citizens from around Normandy were glad the Germans participated, and we all came together for this event,” said Skunza. “The French citizens are very appreciative of America’s involvement and their rescues during WW II. The people study and are very cognizant of history and are grateful to the United States.” “The French citizens showed appreciation for all the members of the teams,” said Clewell. “Only a little animosity (was shown) toward the Germans from some of the older people, but


Jennifer Skunza of the U.S. Army receives the pin of her new rank, Sgt 1st Class, from 412th Civil Affairs Battalion 1st Sgt. Troy Cochran in the promotion ceremony in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 6. She is a graduate of Amelia High School. they appreciated all of us.” The newly promoted Skunza, who is married to Army Sgt. Dan Skunza, has two children – Vincent, 7, and Susan, 4. Skunza relishes her

jumps and being a paratrooper so much, she is taking her skills to the next level. She prepares to become an Airborne Jumpmaster in September at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Lytle is considered the father of Clermont County When the Harmony Hill Association celebrated the birthday of Major Gen. William Lytle Aug. 29, the photos of the event did not include information about Lytle’s contributions to Clermont County. The following information is from the Clermont County Historical Society. In 1791, William Lytle, 21, already had four years of Indian warfare under his belt, was learning the science of surveying and had begun a lucrative career in land speculation.

In the mid 1790s he acquired several hundred acres of land on the East Fork of the Little Miami River. In the winter of 17951796, William, with his brother John, platted a small town on the west bank of the river and named it “Lytlestown.” Not long after, when this new town was officially dedicated, the name was changed to Williamsburgh. When Clermont County was established by proclamation Dec. 6, 1800, William Lytle’s flourishing village was designated the seat of justice for the

new county. Williamsburg remained the county seat until 1824 when the courts were moved to Batavia. Due to Lytle’s efforts in promoting the settlement of the area that later became Clermont County, he is frequently referred to today as the “Father of Clermont County.” When the courts first convened at Williamsburg, William Lytle was commissioned the first clerk of courts. He held this position until Ohio’s admission as a state in March 1803. Lytle remained in

Williamsburg until 1809 when he moved to the rapidly growing “Queen City of the West,” Cincinnati. There, he built a home on the site of present-day Lytle Park, directly across Pike Street from today’s Taft Art Museum. By the time Lytle moved his family to Cincinnati, he had become a wealthy man from his many land deals and business ventures. He moved among the circles of the powerful and influential and, shortly after war erupted between

the U.S. and Great Britain in 1812, William Lytle was appointed a Major General of the Ohio Militia. He was thereafter known as “General Lytle” the remainder of his life. In 1829, he was appointed surveyor general of the public lands of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan by his friend President Andrew Jackson. Unfortunately, he did not enjoy this high position for very long. He died March 17, 1831, at age 61.


Community Journal

September 29, 2010

BRIEFLY Homecoming is Oct. 1

GLEN ESTE – The Trojans will play the Milford High School Eagles for their homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 1. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming dance will be 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. the following night, Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Glen Este High School gym, 4243 Glen EsteWithamsville Road. The theme for the dance is “Neon Lights” and the colors are hot pink, electric green, bright orange and fluorescent yellow. Tickets are $13 for students and $15 for guests.

Homecoming is Friday

WILLIAMSBURG – homecoming activities will include a parade, football game and dance. The parade will be 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. It will run along Main Street and end on Spring Street at Williamsburg Elementary School. The homecoming football game will be 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, at Osborne Field. The Wildcats will play Batavia. The homecoming dance will be 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the high school. The theme of the dance is “Midnight at Sapphire Manor.” The homecoming attendants are freshmen Connor Malott and Madi Book; sophomores Josh Gerlock and Tiffany Tibbs; juniors John Armstrong and Kelsey Keeton; seniors Zach Reynolds, Dane Weeks, Jason Zavislak, Molly Bruns, Rachel Meisberger and Brittany Miller. The king and queen will be chosen from the senior attendants and will be crowned at half-time during the football game.

Open house

UNION TWP. – “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is the official theme for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3 through Oct. 9. This year’s campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and to encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection. The Union Township Fire Department will observe Fire Prevention Week with an Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Water Tower Station 51, Clough Pike and Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The public is welcome.

Foreclosure forum

NEW RICHMOND – The River Valley Ecumenical Churches, a consortium of churches in the New Richmond area, will host a forum to discuss the foreclosure issue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Market Street. The forum is open to anyone interested in this issue, who knows of someone who is behind on their mortgage payments or in danger of foreclosure. For details, call 541-4109, ext. 105.

Clean up days

BATAVIA TWP. – Residents can get rid of unwanted items during clean-up days. Dumpsters will be available at the Batavia Township Service Department, 2401 Old Ohio 32, and Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. For more information, contact Ken Embry, service director, at 732-1363.

Garden club to meet

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Garden Club will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the home of Nancy Karlen with Anita Russell acting as co-hostess. The program for the evening, “The Governor’s Heritage

Garden,” will be presented by club member Denise DeMoss. The specimen is to be a chrysanthemum. The club welcomes new members. For information call 625-2602.

Auxiliary breakfast

BATAVIA – Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary will host the monthly All You Can Eat Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. S u n d a y, Oct. 3, at the lodge, 265 Foundry St., in Batavia, at the corner of Clough Pike and Ohio 132. Cost is $7. The menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and more. Call 732-9035 for carry out and/or more information.

Location changed

WEST CLERMONT – The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education has changed the venue for two regularly scheduled meetings. The first October meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Amelia Elementary School, 5 East Main St. in Amelia. The first meeting in November will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School, 3950 Britton Blvd. in Withamsville. The board decided to hold meeting at the two new elementary schools so people who watch the meetings on TV will have a chance to see the new buildings. Also, during each meeting, the principal and staff of that school will talk about how the new buildings are working so far.

Special meeting

WEST CLERMONT – The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The purpose of the meeting will be for strategic planning and any other actions as may properly come before the board.

Card party

MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 1, in the Grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. Plans will be completed for the card party the next evening. The card party is open to the public and euchre is played. If you don’t play euchre, there are other board games. The cost to play is $1.50 and there prizes are given. Food will be available.

Meeting time changed

BATAVIA TWP. – The starting time of the Oct. 5 meeting of the trustees has been moved from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m. The change is to accommodate numerous zoning issues before the board. The meeting will be at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike.

Tea Party meeting

UNION TWP. – Clermont County Tea Party will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Holiday Inn Eastgate. Harald Zieger, a local business owner and immigrant from East Germany, will tell of life under communism and why many recent government policies are very similar. Voter information also will be available for the November election. For more information, visit


BATAVIA – Homecoming activities at Batavia High School include a parade, foot-

ball game and dance. The parade will be 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, on Main Street in the village of Batavia. Groups wishing to participate in the parade should meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Batavia License Bureau, 457 W. Main St. The football game will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the high school. The Bulldogs will play Blanchester High School. The introduction of the homecoming court and the crowning of the king and queen will be at half time. The homecoming dance will be 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the high school. It will be a formal dance. Adults are needed to help chaperone the dance. To volunteer or for details e-mail

Junk days

UNION TWP. – Fall Junk Days will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 15, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Items that can be disposed of include furniture, clothing, appliances including refrigerators and air conditioners. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, used motor oil, paints, hazardous waste, yard waste, home oil tanks and insulation. The drop-off will be behind the Union Township Police Department, 4312 Glen EsteWithamsville Road. Proof of residency required. For more information, contact the service department at 753-2221.

Assess rules

CLERMONT COUNTY – The commissioners Sept. 15 approved the county’s Access Management Regulations. The regulations set specifications for things like property and driveway access, joint access drives and minimum roadway and driveway spacing. The regulations go into effect Oct. 16. County Administrator David Spinney said some minor changes were made in the original proposal to address questions raised at several public hearings.

Meeting changed

BATAVIA TWP. – The November meeting date for the Batavia Township trustees has been changed. Trustees voted to change the meeting date from Tuesday, Nov. 2, to Wednesday, Nov. 3. The meeting will be 6 p.m. at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. Administrator Rex Parsons said the change was needed because the community center will be used as a polling place for the Nov. 2 election.

Trick or Treat

UNION TWP. – Trick or Treat Night in Union Township will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31. The trustees voted on the time and date during the regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 9.

Berry to retire

PIERCE TWP. – Service Manager Daryl Berry plans to retire after working 30 years for the township. “We’re going to miss Daryl,” Administrator David Elmer said. Berry’s retirement will be effective Jan. 1, 2011. Elmer said he has posted the job opening, with a Sept. 24 deadline for applications. The service manager supervises the maintenance of township roads, parks and cemetery. Job information also may be obtained at the Pierce Township Administration Building, 950 Locust Corner Road, or online at www.pierce-

Watch birds

BATAVIA TWP. – What is the closest you’ve ever been to a cardinal, robin or woodpecker? Come to the William H. Harsha Lake Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, to view these birds up close and personal. Discover how placing a small metal band on a thin bird’s leg helps scientists track migration patterns, populations and health of birds in this area and beyond. Nets will be in place by 7:30 a.m. for any “early birders.” All programs are offered free of charge. For more information or directions, call the ranger at (513) 797-6081. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is at 2185 Slade Road, just east of Ohio 222, about five miles south of Batavia.

Wildlife badge

BATAVIA TWP. – Attention Junior Girl Scout Leaders. Register your troop now for the Wildlife Badge Day at William H. Harsha Lake Visitor Center 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 9. This program is designed to help Scouts discover more about their environment, including a stop at a bird-banding demonstration. It will satisfy most badge requirements. Children should wear long pants, closed-toes shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Attendance is limited, so register early. All programs are offered free of charge. Pre-register, by calling the ranger at (513) 7976081. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is at 2185 Slade Road, just east of Ohio 222, about four miles south of Batavia.

Meeting changed

BATAVIA TWP. – The November meeting date for the Batavia Township trustees has been changed. Trustees voted to change the meeting date from Tuesday, Nov. 2, to Wednesday, Nov. 3. The meeting will be 6 p.m. at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. Administrator Rex Parsons said the change was needed because the community center will be used as a polling place for the Nov. 2 election.

Date changed

BATAVIA – The regular meeting of the Batavia school board, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, has been changed to Tuesday, Oct. 12. The meeting will be 7 p.m. at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place.

Trick or treat

UNION TWP. – Halloween Trick or Treat is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Treats will be available at the Union Township Police Department, 4312 Glen EsteW i t h amsville Road, and police officers will distribute treats while on patrol. The fire department will have all their units at the following residential locations to watch over trick-or-treaters and give out candy. Station 48 will be at Witham Woods, with extra personnel at the Strathmore subdivision. Station 49 will have a unit at the Polo Fields, with extra firefighters at Beechwood Farms. Station 50 will be at McGuffey Estates, with an added presence at Willowbrook. Station 51 will be positioned at Wetherby Farms and have staff at Brandonmore. Station 52’s unit will be at Sedona Ridge, with extra people at Shaylor Crossing.

Candlelight vigil

AMELIA – The Women of Worth Program will hold a Candlelight Vigil Ceremony to honor survivors and deceased victims of domestic violence while raising awareness of domestic violence within the community. The vigil will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the LifePoint Solutions parking lot, 43 East Main St. in Amelia. This event will include messages of hope and inspiration, survivor testimonial, remembrance and honor through silence and lighting of the candles, song and music with refreshments and conversation following the event. For more information or to speak with someone regarding a domestic violence situation, call Christy, WOW program director, at 947-7213 or e-mail The Women of Worth Program is a Program of LifePoint Solutions funded by United Way.

Newcomers meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Eastside Newcomers Club will host their October luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Pompilio’s Italian Restaurant. The Pompilio family will share family and Newport history, as well as, instruction in the game of bocce ball. Attendees will be able to play bocce ball or share in other planned courtside activities. Eastside Newcomers Club is a social organization open to women from the east side of Greater Cincinnati. Members are either new or looking to reconnect to the area. E-mail your interest to or call 7538007. Include your name and daytime/evening telephone number. Cost is $15 and due by Oct. 9. For more information about the group or luncheon go online to


UNION TWP. – Collage Salon in Withamsville will hold a cut-a-thon Sunday, Oct. 17, for breast cancer awareness and to raise money for a stylist who was recently diagnosed with the disease. Stylists at the salon, 773 Ohio 125, will cut hair for $10 and wax eyebrows and lips for $5 from noon to 5 p.m. to raise money for Linda Hall. For information, call 752-1111.

Raise healthy kids

Clermont County – The county commissioners has joined with President Obama and lawmakers in proclaiming September as “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” The Clermont County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (CAN) has been formed to improve nutritional awareness and encourage physical activity. “We invite the community to visit the website and click on Clermont CAN. You will find information about no cost or low cost places and spaces for physical activity, along with tips on how to work exercise into your life,” said Marty Lambert, Clermont County Health District commissioner. “I believe that by drawing attention to this problem, we can create awareness that will result in parents, children, and communities making healthier decisions” she said. Clermont CAN encourages everyone to be active and eat smart.

Small animal clinic

OWENSVILLE – OSU Extension Clermont County is offering a clinic to show kids

what small animals they can show in 4-H and during the Clermont County Fair. The clinic is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the 4-H Hall on the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The clinic is open to children age 8 to 18. Registration is due by Oct. 10. Visit for a form. Experts include Brian Finch, Chris and Tina Hunt and Jerry Krebs. They will discuss small animals, chickens and rabbits. For more information contact OSUE, Clermont County at 732-7070 or e-mail cler@

Food drive

OWENSVILLE – Clermont County 4-H members are teaming up with the River Valley Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Clermont County Farm Bureau to help those in need. They are collecting items for a Thanksgiving Food Drive. They are accepting traditional Thanksgiving items: Canned cranberry sauce, canned corn, c a n n e d beans, cream of mushroom soup, canned fried onions, stuffing mix, gravy mix, instant potatoes, boxes of cake mix and cake frosting. They would like to fill 200 Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in the community. Drop off items to the Clermont County Extension Office by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the 4-H Hall on the Clermont County fairgrounds.

Sewing clinic

OWENSVILLE – OSUE, Clermont County will host a sewing clinic for youth ages 8 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in the 4-H Hall on the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The clinic is for beginners and intermediate sewers. Bring an equipped sewing box or basket. Cost is $15. Registration is due Oct. 1. Print a registration form at For information, call 7327070 or e-mail

Yard sale/bash

AMELIA – Women of Worth will host their fifth annual yard sale and Harvest Celebration Bash from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the LifePoint Solutions parking lot, 43 E. Main St. in Amelia. The event includes a Silent Auction, Yard Sale, Bake Sale, Grill Out, Live Band, D.J., Book Fair, Karaoke, Free Hair Braiding for Kids, Kid's Corner, Clowns, Free Face Painting for Kids, Free Balloons for Kids, Popcorn, Slushies, Cotton Candy The Women of Worth Program is a United Way program designed to educate abused women, children, family members and the community about domestic violence while providing support, counseling and court advocacy to victims of abuse. All proceeds from this event will be used to support victims of domestic violence in Clermont and surrounding counties. For more information about the Women of Worth program or about this event, call: Program director Christy at 9477213 or e-mail

Bridge closed

WILLIAMSBURG TWP. – Bridge work required the closing of Ohio 133 over the East Fork of the Little Miami River in Williamsburg for 45 days. Work began Monday, Sept. 13. The detour during the closure is Ohio 32 to De La Palma Road and back to Ohio 133.


September 29, 2010

Community Journal


Empty churches, crowded pathways and loneliness Over most of my many years as a priest, when I offered Sunday Mass it was done in a crowded church. Sometimes only standing room. No longer is that so except for Christmas and Easter. The Cincinnati Enquirer (Sept. 19, 2010) carried a front page story about diminishing Mass attendance in Catholic churches. Except for non-denominational groups, many Christian churches are experiencing the same problem. More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood. So says the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life based on reviews with 35,000 adults. The people who are not at church on Sunday are not at home brooding over the church’s faults. They are sleeping, shopping at the mall, working in their yard, having team practices, jogging, walking, watching football or baseball, etc. They want the church to be there when they want it, even if they do not want it very often. These are not bad people. There is no conscious conspiracy against going to church, values and spirituality. What is happening is

that a number of important factors have been happening over the last 50 years that Father Lou h a v e Guntzelman brought us this Perspectives to point. Now it has become difficult not just to think about God or to pray, but to have any interior depth whatsoever. Father Ronald Rolheiser writes, “It is not that we have anything against God, depth and spirit, it is just that we are habitually too preoccupied to have any of these show up on our radar screens. We are more busy than bad, more distracted than nonspiritual, and more interested in the movie theater, the sports stadium, and the shopping mall and the fantasy life they produce than we are in church.” Besides this busyness and preoccupation, another significant factor that has “gotten to us” is individualism. After countless centuries, the modern world is shifting from being ruled by the power of the mace and the miter. Now spiritual

Fraud alert one way to prevent identity theft One of the most popular ways for criminals to steal your identity is to try to get a credit card in your name. If they succeed they can run up thousands of dollars in charges, and you may not find out until the thief has fled. Amy Winegardner of Wyoming suspected someone was trying to steal her identity when a financial company notified her about a credit card for which she had never applied. “I got a letter saying my husband and I had applied for a credit card and that we were declined. I would never had applied for one, and I’m like surprised,” she said. Winegardner was not only surprised but a little worried too about what such a credit application really means. “I think somebody got information on me and applied for a credit card and … but my credit’s not the best so it was declined – which was great,” she said. This is not the first time something like this has happened. “In 2008 there was (an unauthorized) withdrawal out of my checking account from a German file hosting company,” Winegardner said. I had Winegardner check her credit report on the Internet. She said she hadn’t checked it in quite a while. She needed to look for unusual things like unauthorized credit card applications and accounts. Winegardner checked and found nothing out of the ordinary. However, because someone did try to open a credit card in her name, she filed a fraud alert with the credit bureau. She says she never

realized this was an action she could a n d should take. “No, I didn’t until Howard Ain we were Hey Howard! r e a d i n g the ‘ requently asked questions.’ Like it said, the initial alert is for 90 days and the extended one is for seven years.” You can place an extended fraud alert on your credit bureau report if you’ve been the victim of identity theft and provide the credit bureau with a police identity theft report. Fraud alerts prevent an identity thief from opening any accounts in your name. You only need to contact one of the three credit reporting companies to have an alert placed on all their reports. When a business sees the alert it must first verify your identity before issuing credit. Be advised, this may cause some delays if you apply for credit. You should check your credit report yearly and can do so for free at Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

authority is seen as especially being held in the hands of the individual person and his or her conscience. “Habits of the Heart” is a successful book first published in the mid-1980s. One of its chief observations was the growing number of youth and adults who looked to themselves alone as the possessors of spiritual truth, not organized religion. As a result of this book, a study was done. One of the participants in the study was Sheila Larson, a young nurse. She expressed her idea of religion and spirituality thus: “I believe in God. I’m not a religious fanatic. I can’t remember the last time I went to church. My faith has carried me a long way. It’s Sheilaism. Just my own little voice.” So succinctly did she verbalize extreme individualism that ever since the name Sheilaism designates many who live their lives accordingly. The spirituality revolution that is going on assumes that the individual knows best. The idea is that a person who is independent of organized religion and from centuries of religious indoctrination and

tradition, becomes more free and truly spiritual. They bristle at authoritative approaches to their personal spirituality and relationship with God. Individualism usually leads to isolation and loneliness. It encourages us to think of ourselves as selfsufficient and self-enclosed. What is lost is a sense of communal togetherness, support during stressful times of life and death, and the absence of fulfilling rituals of passage such as bap-

tisms, weddings, funerals, etc. As the years go by and questions about life and death multiply, extreme individualists experience an increasing spiritual illiteracy. They lack a fuller and sustaining grasp of crucial beliefs such as baptism, the incarnation, resurrection, redemption, and an adult understanding of scripture. Authoritarianism and poor education by church leaders, and individualism and lack of openness by

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September 29, 2010

Tempt them with some homemade apple rollups Today’s the first day of autumn and even though the temperature is at an alltime high, it still feels like fall outside, what with the leaves falling from the trees and crinkling underfoot, and the apples ripening on our tree. (We don’t have many apples this year, and I have to be vigilant about picking them before the deer find them).

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen artificial stuff.”

A n d I’ve had a slew of requests to m a k e h o m e m a d e applesauce and “fruit rollups like you buy but without all the

I’m happy to say I can help on both counts!

Homemade applesauce, fruit rollups/leather

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Wash, core and cut 3 to 5 pounds of fruit into chunks (apples or pears). Leave skin on because the pectin in the peel helps remove cholesterol.

Cooking options:

Crockpot – Spray pot. Put fruit in. Cook on low for six to eight hours or high for three to five hours until fruit is soft enough to mash. Stovetop – Place in heavy or nonstick large pot. Add up to 1 cup water, cider or apple juice (to keep fruit from sticking), and simmer until fruit is soft. You may have to add a bit more liquid. Careful – the mixture tends to sputter up. Oven – (my preferred method). I use a restaurant steam table pan but use anything that has sides and which will hold fruit. Spray


Day three of making fruit rollup.

pan. Cook in 350-degree oven until soft.

To purée:

Run through food mill or sieve, blender or food processor. Or just chunk up with a potato masher. If desired, sweeten to taste with sugar or a substitute. I usually don’t add any sweetener. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to taste. Do this while fruit is still warm. Now you have the best tasting applesauce ever!

Drying to make fruit rollups/leather:

Spray cookie sheets. Pour puree evenly onto sheets, about 1⁄4-inch deep. I dry mine in the sun. (I’ll cover with cheesecloth if bees are a problem and bring it in at night or if it rains). It takes about three days to make the rollups. You can also dry it in a warm oven. Mine only goes down to 170 so I prop the door open. You don’t want it





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Oceanview Room. This resort has unique room amenities such as a mini-bar and liquor dispenser, 24-hour all-inclusive drinks and snacks, five restaurants and Children’s Mini-Club and playground for kids. $ 99* Available Oct & Nov 7 Nts from $1599


Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

GOLDEN åååååå Unlimited-Luxury®. VALUE PLUS: Kids 12 yrs and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE, plus FREE Non-Stop Transfers! Available October; $ add $100 for November 7 Nts from $1799


Cancun’s Riviera Maya

NOW Jade Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

GOLDEN åååååå Unlimited-Luxury®. VALUE PLUS: Two Kids 12 yrs and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE, plus $200 Resort Coupons per room per stay (restrictions apply) plus FREE Non-Stop Transfers! Available October; $ 99* add $100 for November 7 Nts from $1799


BlueBay Grand Esmeralda ååååå Nine restaurants buffet and a la carte and three bars. 24-hour room service. Three pools and separate children’s pool. Daily and nightly entertainment included. $ Available Oct & Nov 7 Nts from $1329


All meals and unlimited domestic and international drinks, six restaurants, two bars, four swimming pools and Daisy’s Kids Club. VALUE PLUS: Two Kids 11 yrs and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE! $ 99* Available Oct & Nov 7 Nts from $1499


Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya GOLDEN ååååå This sleek resort overlooks the natural beauty of a hidden cove on Akumal Beach. Discover Mayan Ruins, people-watch at the swim-up bar, or just drift along in the lazy river pool. VALUE PLUS: First Child 11 yrs and under Stays, Plays and Eats FREE! $ 99* Available Oct & Nov 7 Nts from $1699


Sandos Caracol Beach Resort & Spa

åååå This fabulous resort was constructed in an extensive area close to an exotic jungle, immersed in unique vegetation, mangrove lagoons and nature lakes. VALUE PLUS: Two Kids 12 yrs and under Stay, Play & Eat FREE! Available October; $ 99* add $30 for November 7 Nts from $1499


Hotel Marina El Cid Spa &

Beach Resort Riviera Maya ååååå Your ideal vacation spot in Mexico where pleasing your senses and dreams are part of our daily routine, offering an array of relaxing, sporting and sightseeing activities. VALUE PLUS: Two Kids 12 yrs and under Stay, Play & Eat FREE! $ 99* Available Oct & Nov 7 Nts from $1699


Punta Cana ~ Winter 2011 Sirenis Resort Punta Cana

åååå This resort has it all. . . 24-hour snack bar, disco and casino on-site, large free-form pool with swim-up bar and two separate children’s pools and a $ 99 Mini-Club for Kids. 7 Nts from $1399


NH Real Arena

ååååå This beautiful resort features all meals, snacks and domestic and select international brand drinks, five restaurants (including Asian, Italian, Surf & Turf and Gourmet), eight bars, swimming pool with swim-up bar, casino, spa and Kid's & Juniors Club.

7 Nts from $1549


Cancun’s Riviera Maya




Non-Stop Flights Included!

Majestic Elegance

ååååå Plus This resort is the answer to fulfill the needs of a clientele which is becoming more demanding of a high-end menu of facilities and services.

7 Nts from $1899



Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

GOLDEN åååååå Unlimited-Luxury®. VALUE PLUS: FREE Non-Stop Transfers. Enjoy themed a la carte restaurants, and live nightly entertainment. Explorer’s Club and Core $ Zone Teen’s Club. 7 Nts from $2099


Punta Cana available most February and March departures

APPLE VACATIONS RESORT RATINGS: GOLDENå= Exceptional Standard of Service & Quality; + = Enhanced services, features and/or facilities, 6å = Luxurious, 5å = Superior First Class, 4å = First Class, 3å = Budget

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to cook too quickly or it will be hard. It will take anywhere from four to eight hours or more depending upon the kind of apples, etc. If it’s late in the evening and it’s still not done, turn the oven off with the leather still in, and proceed in the morning.

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In refrigerator, up to six months, and up to one year in freezer.

Healthier Waldorf salad

I’m excited to be able to attend the Pink Ribbon Luncheon next week at the convention center. Celebrity chef Cat Cora is going to serve up some fun healthy, tasty recipes. Last year, she shared healthy recipes for the American Heart Association and I adapted her Waldorf type salad to serve during one of my heart-healthy classes. Here’s what I came up with. To see Cat’s original recipe, check it out on our online version of my column at or call 513-5916163 to request a copy.


Mix together:

Pink Ribbon lunch

What: Ninth annual pink ribbon program and luncheon with Cat Cora. Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, downtown Cincinnati When: Monday, Oct. 4, at noon Details: Visit or call 1-866-577-7465. 1

⁄2 cup walnut pieces, toasted if desired 1 large apple (or 2 small), cored and chopped 11⁄2 teaspoons dry dill leaves or more to taste 1 rib sliced celery 1 ⁄2 cup grapes, sliced in half


Mix together and toss with salad: Juice of 1⁄2 lemon – a couple of teaspoons Salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons each: plain fat free yogurt and Canola or walnut oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Scant 1⁄3 cup rice vinegar Zest from one orange Couple shakes of sugar substitute or drizzle of honey, if you want Place on plate of salad greens. Serves four. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Community Amelia HS ramps up homecoming week The Amelia High School homecoming team has added a number of student and community events to the homecoming week line-up. This year’s Powder Puff contest has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 29. The evening begins with a faculty/student game at 5 p.m. and concludes with the championship game at 8 p.m. All events will be held at the football stadium. There will be a community-wide chili dinner from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Amelia High School cafeteria, 1351 Clough Pike. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Amelia High School Performing Arts Boosters. During the chili dinner, students can participate in a cornhole tournament. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. The homecoming football game against Clermont Northeastern High School will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. The banner winners, spirit point winners, class courts and homecoming king and queen will be announced during half-time. This year’s homecoming dance, themed “Cities in Lights” will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Amelia High School gym.

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Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

The Athenaeum Chorale, beginning its 31st season, will present Sunday Vespers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. The performance is free and open to the public. The Athenaeum is at 6616 Beechmont Ave.

Bethel Assembly of God

As you get ready for back to school, why not come back to church, too. Besides being a great place for your kids to learn moral values, studies show attending church makes you healthier and happier. The church offers great programs for kids – from babies to teens, rele-


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Mount Moriah United Methodist Church

The Mount Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor a three-day rummage sale in the Educational Building at 681 Mt. Moriah Drive, Withamsville. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9. A $5 bag sale will be on

Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


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


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

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

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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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


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

Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 4:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

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

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

Parishioners are preparing to celebrate its 160th anniversary with a Home Coming Mass and potluck dinner on Sunday, Nov. 7. Plans are underway to invite former pastors to concelebrate the Mass. The Parish also would like to invite

former members to share in the Liturgical Celebration and social planned to follow the service. They are also looking for any old Parish or St. Peter School memorabilia or photos to display and share at this event. Any former parishioner or family member of former parishioners that are interested in being a part of this celebration or who have memorabilia to share are asked to call the Parish at 5533267 ext. 6 and leave contact information. The planning committee intends to send out personal invitations in early October. The church is located at 1192 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond; 553-3267.



Saturday. Dishes, linens, adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture, books, small appliances, knick-knacks and more will be available for thrifty bargain hunters. There will be a large amount of furniture. The merchandise is clean and in good condition. The church is located at 681 Mount Moriah Drive; 752-1333.

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church


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

3398 Ohio SR 125


vant teaching to help people live lives connected. Sunday school is 9:45 a.m. Sunday services is 10:45 a.m. Come early for refreshments and coffee. The church is at 321 North Main St., Bethel; 734-2171.


Saint Mary Church,Bethel

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September 29, 2010

844 State Rt. 131

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

513 831 0196

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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist C h ur c h

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


Sunday School ~ 9:30 am


Outdoor Shelter Service

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

Indoor Worship Service

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


Classes for every age group

Sunday Worship


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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


Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

Pastor Mike Smith



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


A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

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

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



BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

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

Trinity United Methodist

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400 Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Full childcare & church Loveland, OH 45140 school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor


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

“Room for the Whole Family”

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

“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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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

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


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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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

683-2525 •




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

The Williamsburg United Methodist Women will be having a Fall Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the church. For sale will be clothing, household items, collectibles and maybe antiques. Hot dogs and beverages will also be available. The church is located at 330 Gay St., Williamsburg; 734-6305.

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

10:45 a.m.

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


Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM (Wed) Thomas J. Trunnel, Pastor

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

8:30 a.m.

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson)

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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


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

Summerside United Methodist

The Summerside United Methodist Women are sponsoring a one-day rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The church is at 638 Old Ohio 74 at Summerside Road; 753-3131.


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

9:30am 10:30am



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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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


7:00pm 7:00pm

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

949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor 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”



September 29, 2010

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



William Hannah, 24, 11 Lori Lane No. 5, assault, Sept. 7. Jesica Stout, 28, 11 Lori Lane No. 5, domestic violence, Sept. 7. Jesica Stout, 28, 11 Lori Lane No. 5, possession of drug instrument, Sept. 11.

Monte S. Williams, 50, 619 Market St., driving under influence, open container, Sept. 4. Monte S. Williams, 50, 619 Market St., warrant, Sept. 7. Allen D. Hennesey, 52, 1016 U.S. 52 Spur, warrant, Sept. 8.



Incidents/investigations Assault

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence

Male was assaulted at 11 Lori Lane No. 5, Sept. 8.

At U.S. 52 Spur, Sept. 8.


Domestic violence Fraud

Female was threatened at 1070 Bethel New Richmond Road, Sept. 2.



At Lori Lane, Sept. 9. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 15 Ashwood Place, Sept. 9.


Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $20 at 51 W. Main St., Sept. 8. Gas grill taken at 1 Amelia Park Drive, Sept. 14. Jewelry taken; $4,630 at 7 Sutton Way, Sept. 15. Money taken; $706 at 14 Lori Lane No. 133, Sept. 15.

Arminda Otey, 31, 82 Stillmeadow, domestic violence, Sept. 7. Kelly L. Hull, 50, 1920 Ohio 222, theft, Sept. 2. Tara Beach, 25, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 124, domestic violence, Sept. 5. Jackie G. Scott, 40, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 124, domestic violence, Sept. 5. Juvenile, 17, theft, Sept. 9. Charles A. Sweeney, 21, 1759 Clermontville Laurel, obstructing official business, Sept. 9.



Nika A. Bastin, 20, 709 Spring St., warrant, Aug. 31.

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Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Female was threatened at 1751 Ohio Pike No. 150B, Sept. 13.

Breaking and entering

Entry made into garages at 3700 block of Maplewood Drive, Sept. 8. Chainsaw and pressure washer taken; $475 at 3743 Fallen Tree, Sept. 8.


Entry made into residence at 679 Locust Corner, Sept. 8.

Criminal damage

Two tires cut on vehicle at 336 St. Andrews, Sept. 9. Three tires punctured on vehicle at 368 St. Andrews, Sept. 12.

Domestic violence

At Ohio Pike, Sept. 6.


Female reported this offense at 1381 Ohio Pike No. 18, Sept. 10.


Money taken from vehicle; $620 at 1783 Ohio Pike, Sept. 6. A sword, DVD player, etc. taken; $130 at 1167 Ohio Pike No. D, Sept. 6. Diamond ring taken at 1000 Fairway No. 4, Sept. 7. Pre-paid phone cards taken from Marathon; $60 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 7. Pump taken from Sky Valley Golf Course; $600 at Ohio 749, Sept. 7. Check taken; $100 at 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 178, Sept. 9. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $38 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 9. Tent, etc. taken from trailer; $504 at 230 Vineyard Trace, Sept. 10. Money lost through scam; $288 at 927 E. Legendary, Sept. 12. Various tools taken; $1,080 at 3382 Cole Road, Sept. 11. Money obtained by making false returns of merchandise at Walmart; $1,903 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 10. GPS unit, camera, etc. taken from vehicles; $392 at 1423 Elrond Drive, Sept. 10. Golf clubs, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,778 at 1878 E. Concord, Sept. 10. Purse taken from vehicle at 3217 Jenny Lind, Sept. 10.


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Diana L. Wharton, 45, 4511 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, warrant service, Sept. 10. Jennifer R Michael, 35, 730 Ohio Pike, warrant, Sept. 10. Gary L. Scott, 25, 4457 Glen Willow, warrant service, Sept. 10. Andrew S. Blankenship, 24, 4575 Montclaire, warrant service, Sept. 9. Morgan N. Canter, 19, 4544 Wood Glen, warrant service, Sept. 10. Gail A. Moffitt, 31, 3960 Nine Mile Road, open container, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 10. Juvenile, 15, assault, Sept. 7. Two Juveniles, 17, theft, Sept. 11. Ashley M. Brown, 25, 5956 Newtonsville Road, driving under suspension, Sept. 9. Tanesha Patterson, 24, 105 Southern Trace, domestic violence, Sept. 8. Christina B. Develvis, 23, 4527 Eastwood, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 8. Earl R. Malicoat, 77, 4623 Muirridge, driving under influence, Sept. 8. Michael A. Jones Jr., 21, 4508 Kugler Mill, driving under suspension, Sept. 10. Melinda J. Anderson, no age given, 3887 Crescent, physical control, Sept. 10. Misty D. Lakes, 21, 1179 Brightwater, theft, Sept. 9. Scott Stevens, 25, 563 Marilin Lane, receiving stolen property, Sept. 7. Josh A. Schaefner, 27, 4100 Long Acres, drug instrument, Sept. 10. John R. Mageveny, 20, 1079 Birney Lane, warrant service, Sept. 10. Tyler S. Marshall, 20, 82 Judd Road, drug possession, Sept. 10. Lee M. Self, 20, 2034 Cristata Court, driving under suspension, Sept. 10. Demarcol Cain, 28, 4524 Weiner Lane, persistent disorderly conduct, Sept. 9. Christina Battle, 33, 4524 Weiner Lane, warrant service, Sept. 9. Sylvia Barnett, 34, 3243 Eastern Ave., warrant service, Sept. 9. Katrina L. Custer, 28, 4603 Summerside, driving under suspension, Sept. 10. Lawrence Thomas, 20, 4388 Eastwood, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 11. Linda M. Jones, 53, 358 Royal Oak, warrant service, Sept. 11. Kenneth G. Bond, 46, 451 No. A Yarrabee, abusing harmful intoxi-

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cants, Sept. 12. Julien N. Abner, 30, 1051 Crisfield, domestic violence, Sept. 13. Jonathan L. Jacobs, 30, 28 Lucy Run, domestic violence, Sept. 12. John Mageveny, 20, 503 Piccadilly, criminal trespass, Sept. 12. David W. Smith, 22, 754 Rue Center, assault, Sept. 12. Jennifer M. Camery, 29, 4704 Beechwood, soliciting, Sept. 12. Christopher M. Diamond, 31, 1561 Pleasant Hill, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 10. Demarcol Cain, 28, 4524 Weiner Lane, domestic violence, Sept. 10. Andrew Farwick, 23, 1640 Fay Road, drug possession, Sept. 11. Branden Cook, 35, 303 W. State St., improper handling of firearms in vehicle, Sept. 11. Frederick J. Thomas, 24, 4315 B Long Acres, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 15. Christopher K. Gogolin, 22, 4715 B Long Acres, disorderly conduct, Sept. 15. Heather N. Conley, 23, 12004 Fife Road, driving under influence, Sept. 15. Crystal R. Donaldson, 32, 3974 Piccadilly, wrongful entrustment, Sept. 14. Bobby J. Seilers, 27, 2275 Madison Ave., driving under suspension, Sept. 14. Robert D. Love, 26, 716 No. 3 Old Ohio 74, driving under suspension, Sept. 16. Randy Wagers, 33, 311 Elm St., unauthorized use, driving under suspension, Sept. 15. Robert E. Sturgill, 31, 235 Malberry, recited, Sept. 15. Bobby G. Long, 34, 1094 Richey, warrant service, Sept. 15. Kevin L. Webster Jr., 19, 475 Piccadilly, warrant service, Sept. 15. Logan S. Kuhn, 23, 4605 Bells Lake, open container, Sept. 15. Juvenile, 16, theft, Sept. 15. Juvenile, 15, assault, Sept. 15. Tyler J. Disney, 25, Clough Pike, criminal trespass, Sept. 15. Shane E. Mosley, 41, 796 Greenmound, domestic violence, Sept. 12. Scott A. Brown, 25, 58 Amelia Olive Branch, drug possession, Sept. 14. Tiffany McClure, 23, 3893 Old Savannah, warrant service, Sept. 14. Juvenile, 17, theft, Sept. 13. Juvenile, 15, theft, Sept. 13. Juvenile, 15, marijuana possession, Sept. 14. Jacob Anglin, 22, 558 Davis Road, drug instrument, Sept. 14. Holli M. Ewing, 22, 100 Citation Court, warrant service, Sept. 12. Mark R. Stanley, 18, 6062 Jonna Jay, contributing to delinquency, paraphernalia possession, marijuana possession, Sept. 14. Ryan Howard, 20, 9270 Silva Drive, drug abuse, open container, Sept. 14. Justin M. Demaio, 22, 4636 Courtwood, driving under suspension, Sept. 12. Thomas J. Demaio, no age given, 4636 Courtwood, wrongful

entrustment, Sept. 12. Ryan A. Lewis, 19, 2027 River Birch, leaving the scene, Sept. 12. Joshua L. Fuston, 21, 3852 Crescent, inducing panic, aggravated menacing, Sept. 11. Rachel Spencer, 20, 4698 Woodfield, underage consumption, Sept. 11. Kenneth D. Wolfer, 40, 4319 Ohio 743, physical control, Sept. 13. Richard S. Rogers II, 29, 3910 Banks Road, warrant service, Sept. 14. Jordan C. Elsen, 24, 437 Fleming, open container, Sept. 14. Donald L. Schwab, 27, 27 Courthouse Green, driving under suspension, Sept. 13. Steven M. Ross, 33, 4009 Brandychase Way, warrant service, Sept. 13. Laura E. Thom, 61, 5462 Beechmont Ave., warrant service, Sept. 13.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 8.

Breaking and entering

Entry made into storage shed at Med Lab at Ohio Pike, Sept. 12. Entry made into BP Station at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Sept. 11. Purses taken from Dillard’s at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 15.


Medication taken at 4277 Bantam Lane, Sept. 8. Laptop computer taken; $800 at 749 Miles Lane, Sept. 10. X-Box system, etc. taken at 831A Fayebanks, Sept. 12. Crossbow, etc. taken; $500 at 4426 Bergen Court, Sept. 10. Ceiling fan, etc. taken at 3921 Nine Mile Tobasco, Sept. 15.

Criminal damage

Video camera was broken at 844 Vinings, Sept. 7. Door damaged on vehicle at 688 Winding Way, Sept. 11. Rocks thrown through windows at Summerside Elementary at Vermona Drive, Sept. 13. Vehicle damaged at 1120 Old Ohio 74, Sept. 15.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $50 bill passed at Hobby Lobby at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 9.

Domestic violence

At Shayler Road, Sept. 12. At Beechmont Drive, Sept. 14.

Illegal processing of drug document

Reported at Kroger Pharmacy at Ohio Pike, Sept. 13.


Male was threatened at area of Terrace Drive and Clough Pike, Sept. 6.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization at 6881 Shiloh, Sept. 7.


Female reported this offense at block 11 Carriage Station, Sept. 2.


CDs taken from Walmart; $32 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 8.

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On the record DEATHS Barbara Sue Johnson, 65, of Amelia died Sept. 12. Survived by children, Robert Eagy, Connie Underwood, Deborah (Larry) Fronsoe and Kimberly Johnson; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nine brothers and Johnson sisters. Preceded in death by father, Jake Thomas Phillips; mother, Ruby Francis (nee Lovins) Phillips; two brothers; and one sister. Services were Sept. 19 at Woodland Mound Park.

Mary Jean Lightner

Mary Jean Lightner, 71, of Union Township died Sept. 21. Survived by daughters, Jackie Lightner and Kristy (Gary) Schwab; brothers, Paul and Roger Biggs; and grandchildren, Heather, Mackenzie, Ryan and Stacy. Preceded in death by husband, Ronald E. Lightner; father, Paul Biggs; and mother, Lucille Fisher. Services were Sept. 24 at T. P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Clara Ruth Otten

Clara Ruth Otten, 85, of Williamsburg died Sept. 19. Survived by children, Patricia Miller, Mary (Mark) Taylor, Ginny (Michael) Jacobs, Anita (Keith) Hensley, Theresa (Walter) Boyle, Joseph (Pamela) Otten, William (Susan) Otten, Michael (Diana) Otten, Mark (Lisa) Otten, Timothy (Connie) Otten, John (Sandra) Otten, Paul Otten, Lori Otten and Peggy Otten; 26 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; and siblings, Carl, Keith, Earl and Pat Spangler. Preceded in death by husband, Howard W. Otten. Services were Sept. 23 at Clear Mountain Community Church. Memorials to: Clear Mountain Community Church Benevolence Fund,

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Sheila Ratliff

Sheila Ratliff, 63, of Batavia died Sept. 15. Survived by son, Mike Sinclair; daughter, Tonya Sinclair; brother, Bob Ratfliff; grandchildren, Ashley (Daniel) Donley and Kiefer Sinclair; and dogs, Stevie, Ruby and Rosco. Preceded in death by brothers, Larry, Teddy, Charles, Bill, Fred, Ernie, Donnie and Ray Ratliff; and sister, Elaine Banks. Services were Sept. 20 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, New Richmond.

Ann M. Sizemore

Ann M. Sizemore, 71, formerly of Mt. Carmel died Sept. 21. Survived by children, Steve (Marilyn) Sizemore, Donna (Mike) Kiehborth and Carol (Robert) Thompson; sisters, Jean Winchenbach and Marta Pauletti; grandchildren, Sean M. Sizemore, Sarah Linder and Jaret Thompson; greatgrandchildren, Sean Robert and Brandon Gibbs; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Sept. 24 at All Saints Lutheran Church.

Mertie Mae Wilkey-Sullivan

Mertie Mae Wilkey-Sullivan, 93, of Blanchester died Sept. 19. Survived by children, Rita (George) Smith, Norman (Norma) Wilkey, Patty (Harold) Sparks, Russell (Karen) Wilkey and Dell (Janet) Wilkey of Williamsburg; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Harmon Hurt. Preceded in death by husbands, Alva D. Wilkey, Ralph McCally and William Sullivan; brothers, Wayne Hurt, Howard Hurt and Robert Hurt; and sisters, Mary Kavalauskas and Sara Bacon. Services were Sept. 23 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen.

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


55 Deer Creek Drive, David & Rose Woessner to Cartus Financial Corp., 0.0480 acre, $135,500. 55 Deer Creek Drive, Cartus Financial Corp. to Daniel & Kristyn Kleinhenz, 0.4800 acre, $135,500. 27 South Deer Creek Drive, Jeremy Rankin to Brian & Jennifer Haglage, 0.2310 acre, $150,000.


4225 Curliss Lane, Koch RP Holdings I LLC. to Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., 20.1020 acre, $3,050,000. 3862 Golden Meadow Court, Freedom Homes to Daniel & Shonda Arnold, $35,000. 1219 Nottingham Road, Jacqueline & John Canter to Clarence Canter, 0.6400 acre, $160,416. 2027 Wood Brook Drive, KWS Group I LLC. to Larry & Ruth Ann Engleman, $146,243. 9 Woodruff, Elisabeth Murton to Grace Rolph, trustee, 0.4620 acre, $12,000.


2168 Ireton Trees Road, Charles Reardon, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 5.6020 acre, $166,666.67. North Altman Road, Katherine’s Ridge Dev. LLC. to Alimorad & Catherine Ariapad, 23.4520 acre, $70,356.


953 E. Legendary Run, Julie Rohrer to Joanne Wojtkun Kinker, trustee, 0.4390 acre, $342,900. 887 Southerness Drive, Kenneth & Cheryl Graf to Tamara Rogers, 0.4710 acre, $365,000. 3744 Willow Way Court, Kondour

From B6 Currency and medication taken; $1,070 cash at 3939 Wilma Court, Sept. 7. 2000 Ford taken at 4621 Locust Grove, Sept. 7. Cosmetics taken from Walmart; $47 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 10. Stereo equipment, etc. taken from vehicle at 3891 Bennett Road, Sept. 9. Laptop computer and radio taken from vehicle; $1250 at 550 Anna Mae, Sept. 8. AC unit taken; estimated $2,000 value at 4501 Tealtown, Sept. 8. GPS unit and change taken from vehicle at 4607 North Ridge, Sept. 8. Phone cards taken from Shell at Ohio Pike, Sept. 7. DVDs taken from Blockbuster Video at Gleneste Withamsville, Sept. 12. Golf gloves taken from Walmart; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 12. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $35 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 11. Clothing taken from Meijer; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 11. DVDs, etc. taken from Walmart; $140 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 10. A battery and CD player taken from vehicle at Lowe’s at Mt. Moriah, Sept. 10. Wheel hubcaps taken off vehicle at 4448 Schoolhouse Road, Sept. 10. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $51 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 10. Clothes, etc. taken from Kohl’s; $122 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 10. Medication taken at 1101 Shayler, Sept. 12. Camera taken at 101 Southern Trace, Sept. 13. GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $330 at 3910 Hopper Hill, Sept. 13. Money taken; $100 at 4700 Long Acres, Sept. 12. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $236 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 14. Jewelry taken at 1292 Heitman Lane, Sept. 14. Tools sets taken from Sears; $850 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 11. DVDs taken from Walmart; $65 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 14. Costumes taken from Halloween Express; $225 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 13.


REAL ESTATE Capital Corp. to Christopher & Jennifer Gregory, et al., $170,100.


685 Bluebird Lane, HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to Lydo Properties No. 3 LLC., $67,320. 4578 Brookview Drive, Jeffrey King, et al. to David Fahrnbach, $78,000. 818 Danny Drive, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Greenstone Developers LLC., $60,000. 4070 Independence Drive- Unit 3H, Alice Fisher to Carlton & Marilynn Guertler, $32,000. 4264 Jones Lane, Stanley Davis, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.9640 acre, $56,666.67. 4611 Laurel Ridge Court, Jeffrey Voelpel to Brittany Woodall, $155,000. 4300 Lexington Green Drive, Arnold & Susan Moore to Beth Anne Lowe, $175,000. 455 Napa Court Unit 7F, Henry Boppel to Dianne Bambeck, trustee, $245,500. 3994 Pharo Drive, PennyMac Loan Services LLC. to Paul Wright, 0.4800 acre, $45,000. Lot 666 Polo Fields Sub., Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Mary Ann Curran & Bruce Conway, 0.4767 acre, $61,200. 543 Rancho Lane, John Lemker to Thomas Fischer, $103,000. 982 South Apple Gate Drive, Flora Jean Scarpino to Gregory & Jane Sojka, $224,000. 4744 Vicbarb Lane, Estate of Marcella Reber to Gregory & Kathleen Senior, $99,000. 1157 Village Glen Drive, HSBC Bank USA NA, as trustee to Troy Hinkston, $90,800.


3792 Happy Hollow Road, Citizens Union Bank to Mark Nickell, 5.0360 acre, $153,000.




Cleamon B. Phelps, 70, 122 W. Main St., driving under influence, Aug. 31.


Meria McClanahan, 26, 206 East Fork Crossing, Batavia, theft at 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Sept. 17. James L. Bowman, 32, 679 Park Lane, Loveland, receiving stolen property at 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Sept. 17. Alex Lee Jackson, 20, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road No. 11, New Richmond, theft at 2774 Wilson Road, Bethel, Sept. 18. Steven P. Brate, 25, 5673 Malsbeary Road, Williamsburg, sexual imposition at 4146 Ohio 276, Batavia, Sept. 13. Ronald S. Hipsher, 46, 1792 B Cherokee Drive, West Carrollton, receiving stolen property at 489 Old Ohio 74, Cincinnati, Sept. 14. Juvenile, 13, false report of child abuse or neglect, New Richmond, Sept. 15. Joyce Pelfrey, 39, 4239 Ohio 132, Batavia, telecommunications harassment at 1794 Sunny Acres Drive, Amelia, Sept. 13. John J. Byess, 29, homeless, Batavia, breaking and entering at 1088 Wasserman Way, Batavia, Sept. 13. Doyle Douglas, 55, 5626 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 5626 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 13. Kelly G. Young, 41, 1068 Terrydell, Cincinnati, criminal trespass at 2488 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 14. Joshua E. Iker, 33, 2191 Ohio Pike Lot No. 42, Amelia, disorderly conduct at 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 14. David R. Cowell, 26, 2191 Ohio Pike Lot 150, Amelia, disorderly conduct at 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 14. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Batavia, Sept. 15.

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Jonathan C. Wahl, 25, theft at 618 Old Ohio 74, Cincinnati, Sept. 19. Kimberly Dean, 20, 4556 New Market Court, Amelia, domestic violence at 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 16. Mark G. Kirchoff, 53, 3324 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, theft at 3324 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 17. Kelly G. Young, 41, 1068 Terrydel Lane, Cincinnati, public indecency at 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Sept. 13. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct, Batavia, Sept. 17. Michael Shane Humphries, 26, 3496 Sneakville Road, Lawrenceburg, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 17. Jonathan W. Baker, 23, 38 Rose Lane, Amelia, domestic violence at 38 Rose Lane, Amelia, Sept. 18. Erric L. Hutchins, 54, 3594 Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 3594 Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 18. Matthew Picolo, 22, 2061 Ohio Pike No. 157, Amelia, domestic violence at 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19.

Gross sexual imposition

Receiving stolen property

Identity fraud


At 1196 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 18.

Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs

At 824 Gay St., Williamsburg, Sept. 18.

At 1019 Bucktown Trails, Williamsburg, Sept. 19. At 105 Center St., Georgetown, Sept. 18. At 64 Shady Lane, New Richmond, Sept. 19.


At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Sept. 17.

Passing bad checks

At 1878 East Concord Road, Amelia, Sept. 13.

Permitting drug abuse

At 4610 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 17.

Public indecency

At 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Sept. 13.

Rape - victim under 13 nonforcible At Ohio 232, New Richmond, Sept. 14.

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At 3579 Todds Run Foster Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 19. At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Sept. 19. At 1942 Elklick Road, Batavia, Sept. 18. At 2 Estate Drive, Amelia, Sept. 18. At 2170 Wilshire Circle, Batavia, Sept. 16. At 224 Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, Sept. 19. At 2296 Wilshire Circle, Batavia, Sept. 17. At 3320 Weaver Road, Batavia, Sept. 14. At 4313 Southcross Drive, Batavia, Sept. 17.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 2225 Bauer Road, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 3665 Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 13.

Criminal trespass

At 2488 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 14. At 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 13.

Disorderly conduct

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 14. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 15. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 17.

Domestic violence

At Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19. At Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 18. At Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 13. At Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 16. At Rose Lane, Amelia, Sept. 18.


Endangering children

At 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 16.

False report of child abuse or neglect

At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Sept. 11.

Felonious assault

At 2877 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 19.

Fugitive from justice

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 17.

Gross sexual imposition victim under 13, statutory

At Ohio 232, New Richmond, Sept. 14.


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DN Electric, Cincinnati, fire repair, 19 Floral Ave., Amelia Village. Gary Calloway Jr., Amelia, alter, 31 S. Kline Ave., Amelia Village. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 4569 Citation Court, Batavia Township, $105,066. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 4582 Vista Meadows, Batavia Township, $112,000; new, 950 Shephard Woods, Union Township, $161,000. Robert Schmitgen, Batavia, alter, 4227 Wilsons Landing, Batavia Township.


September 29, 2010

Fishing is good this time of year Howdy folks, Last week we went to the Batavia Station Restaurant for the P.E.R.I. meeting. There was a nice crowd, but we need more people to be involved in this. This is the union for Public Employees Retirement Incorporated. This is something each state of Ohio retired workers needs to keep informed about how their retirement funds, which they have invested, are being han-


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dled. Ruth Ann and I went fishing last Friday morning and caught a fine bunch of crappie. They need to be 9 inches long. We cleaned 21 fine crappie 9 to 11 inches long. This bunch made four big packs for winter eating. Along with the fish there will be plenty of vegetables and of course cornbread. According to the R.F.D. television station there is wheat harvested someplace in this world every month of the year. They showed a “spelt” grain that takes the place of wheat. I was talking to a feller about the corn head for the self-propelled combine. He said the item that really surprised him was a 40-foot bush hog that will fold up for road travel. There are folks in this country who can master problems and create big equipment like the one we saw that can pick up 10 round bales of hay and then drops one at a time. Our garden is doing good.

The radishes are ready to eat, the spinach is doing good along with the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and green onions. We are so lucky so far the deer haven’t gotten into these vegetables. I had better “peck on wood.” There are different ways folks are using to keep deer out. A neighbor said he uses caution tape, the slight little breeze will make the tape move and that seems to scare the deer so we are trying it. It looked like the weather was going to be cooler but today as I write this the temperature will be close to 90 degrees. Well it will get cooler sometime. Last Saturday Ruth Ann and I went up to the Ratliff’s for their shrimp harvest. This was the second Saturday. They have two ponds. The amount of frogs that were in the pond was probably in the dozens. There were some big ones but most were small. When the water came out into the stilling basin there were a lot of tadpoles along

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with the shrimp as the water got shallow. There were folks that would wade into the mud picking up some shrimp. Ruth Ann was sitting in the truck watching these fellers wade in the mud and some of them would get stuck then another would help pull the boot out of the mud. When the water got low around the drain pipe, Mr. Ratliff has a tank of water on a trailer to flush the pipe. Then the shrimp really get heavy coming into the stilling basin. One of their daughter’s waded out to the drain pipe to get a section off so the water and shrimp could flow better. The water was better than knee deep. Their children like their parents are hard workers and don’t hesitate to get the job done. They are good farmers and their crops show it. The Kinners from the Riverside Coffee Mill in Batavia were there and when the kids saw the baby pigs Ethan said “I want one.” I imagine the folks in Batavia would be very thrilled as would his parents to have one.

When the Ratliff’s took a basket of shrimp they George put them into Rooks clear water to wash them. Ole After this Fisherman they put them in ice water to kill them before selling them. These fresh water shrimp were big and the folks were buying them several pounds at a time. The Ole Fisherman and wife say congratulations to a hard working family. See you at the Brown County Fair. The Monroe Grange Card party will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 We play Euchre and other board games. The charge is $1.50 and there are prizes and food is available. Come and enjoy an evening with friends. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.


125 Storage 1958 Ohio Pike Amelia, Ohio 45102 1. Amy DeRose I339 3119 Macedonia Bethel, Ohio 45106 2. Courtni Evans E151 53 Maple Avenue Amelia, Ohio 45102 3 . Bruce Marshall B22 3420 SR 132 #8 Amelia, Ohio 45102 4. Brian Norton K393/409 2907 Fairoak Road Amelia, Ohio 45102 1907 September 20, 2010 LEGAL NOTICE PIERCE TOWNSHIP ZONING COMMISSION CASE 271 An Amendment to the Full Text of the Pierce Township Zoning Resolution Adopted January 1, 1961. The Pierce Township Zoning Commission will hold a hearing on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, starting at 6:30 p.m., at 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. The purpose of the hearing is to consider Zoning Case 271, a full text amendment of the Pierce Township Zoning Resolution adopted January 1, 1961. The text change for the proposed amendment is available for public examination in the office of the Zoning Inspector, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 during regular business hours. All interested parties are invited to attend the hearing. Steve Steinkuhl Zoning Commission Chairperson.1592915

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