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5, 2011



Residents express concerns

Ohio 32 work to impact traffic, private property, library

By Kellie Geist-May

Reaction to the Ohio 32 improvement plans


Krippendorf on national register

The Krippendorf estate, at the heart of the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The addition of the Krippendorf estate to the National Register of Historic Places is unique because it not only includes the lodge, but also Carl Krippendorf’s original 175 acres, all the original buildings on those 175 acres and even the land itself. FULL STORY, B1

ATMs to go into county offices

Automated teller machines ATMs - are going to be installed in two county offices. The Clermont County commissioners approved a contact with Rain1 Solutions of Loveland for three ATMs - one for the BMV in Batavia and one for the clerk’s title office in Milford. FULL STORY, A2

County seeks changes in plan

UNION TWP. - About 200 residents and business owners attended an Ohio Department of Transportation open house Sept. 28 to get their first look at the proposed improvements for Ohio 32. The open house was one of the first times the public was been able to see the alternative plans the state is working with, said ODOT Project Manager Jay Hamilton. It also was the first time library supporters were to examine the possible impact the project will have on the new Union Township Branch Library. The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees, during the week of Sept. 19, heard the new library could be impacted directly by at least a few of the state’s alternatives for an interchange at Glen Este-Withamsville Road and Ohio 32. During the Sept. 28 meeting, ODOT presented some additional plans and solutions for minimizing that concern. “We’ve come up with a few alternatives that skirt the library and don’t directly impact the building, so hopefully those will work,” Hamilton said. “We have to look at how we’re going to get traffic to and from Glen Este-Withamsville on the north side, where the library is, but whatever we do is going to be tight. There’s just not a lot of room.” “Whatever we do will impact

Here’s what some other residents said about ODOT’s plans: • Kathy Marshall: “I live in Summerside and I am here to see how traffic will be impacted. I am especially concerned about Eastgate Spring nursing home. All the alternatives look decent so far - they’ll all fix the traffic on 32.” • John Hirsh: “We aren’t going to be directly impacted, but it’s still going to affect the area in which we live. Whatever they do here is going to affect all of us. We heard about the library and were worried, but it looks like there are some options that would leave it unscathed. I’m impressed with what I see so far.” • Allan Daniel: “I live on Joyce Drive someone,” he said. Union Township Branch Library architect Mark Bredemeier said some of the plans looked OK, but they didn’t have enough information to be sure. “It looks like there are a couple of options that are cause for concern, but some that would avoid the library,” he said Should the library need to be torn down, Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees President Joe Braun said the state should look to budget $6 million. One of the people at the meeting concerned about the library was patron Margaret Limmrish. “This library has been in the making for 10 years – why would the state pay $6 million to tear it down? The township, the county

so my neighborhood is directly impacted by these plans. A few (of the alternatives) would put the ramp through my neighbor’s house. I know something needs to happen with the traffic on and off 32, but they need to come up with better plans that are more clear … It looks like it’s all very up in the air at this point.” • George Milligan: “We live on Old (Ohio) 74 and we are interested in how this will impact traffic. One of the plans would eliminate the traffic in front of our house, but some of the other plans put the secondary traffic on Old 74.” Milligan did appreciate that some of the plans included updating the storm drains near his home. and the state get their money from the taxpayers and they need to look at (protecting) the library,” she said. “There’s nothing definite in these plans, but why can’t they come up with something that works for everybody? They’re engineers.” Resident Pat Smith said he’s worried about all the properties and businesses impacted directly and indirectly by all of the proposals. “It looks like they are looking to put ramps right past the library and I’m worried about access and the building itself. ODOT’s sole concern is traffic on 32, but they are going to be dumping all that traffic onto the secondary roads, which aren’t equipped to handle that. There seems to be a discon-

Clermont County officials have spent more than $10 million trying to get changes in the post-closure plan for the CECOS hazardous waste facility. The facility on Aber Road closed in 1997, but the fight over how to deal with the toxic mix of waste left at CECOS has continued. FULL STORY, A5

Excellent with Distinction

Merwin Elementary School Principal Jackie Hospelhorn received a certificate of recognition on behalf of the West Clermont school board and staff because her school earned “excellent with distinction” on this year’s state report card. From left are: Assistant Superintendents Mary Ellen Steele-Pierce and Al Delgado, school board President Dan Krueger and Hospelhorn. For the full story and more photos, see Schools, A6.

West Clermont schools honored

Three of the elementary schools in the West Clermont Local School District were recognized by the school board Sept. 26 for earning the highest possible rating on the 2010-2011 Ohio Department of Education report cards. Merwin, Willowville and Withamsville-Tobasco elementary schools all earned “excellent with distinction” this year. FULL STORY, A6


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nect between the locals and ODOT,” he said. “These plans are going to impact the library, the residents, the school, the mall and all the businesses in Eastgate.” Library Executive Director and Operations Coordinator David Mezack was happy to see so many people at the meeting even if they weren’t all there for the library. “There are a lot of different parcels affected by this plan, so not everyone at the meeting is concerned about the library, but I think some are. It’s going to take a long time to wash all these ideas alternatives – out before there’s a final plan,” he said. “At this point there are a couple of possibilities that would minimize the impact to the library, but whether or not those are feasible is something we don’t know yet.” Although not everyone liked any one particular plan or alternative, Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger said it’s important that people submit comments. “We often have these public involvement meetings and a dozen people show up. Then you’re trying to create a long-term project that will cost millions of dollars on the input of a handful of people,” he said. “I’m happy with the turnout at this one.” Additional comments can be sent to the Ohio 32 Study Team at TranSystems, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 540 in Blue Ash, OH 45242. For more about your community, visit www.cincinnati.com/uniontownship

UNION TWP. - The Glen Este High School homecoming festivities will start with a parade this year. The parade will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and the route will take participants from WalMart’s far parking lot to Eastgate Square and then right on Clepper Lane and right on Glen Este-Withamsville Road.

Line-up for the parade and float judging starts at 5:30 p.m. and anyone who is in the parade should be in Wal-Mart’s parking lot, 4370 Eastgate Square Drive, by 5:15 p.m. The homecoming game will start at 7:30 p.m. at Glen Este High School, 4342 Glen-Este Withamsville Road. The football team will be playing the William Henry Harrison High School Wildcats. The homecoming court will be presented

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and the king and queen will be crowned at the beginning of half-time followed by a performance by the marching band. The homecoming dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the high school. The dance will be a multicolored theme called “Candyland.” For more about your community and photos from the dance, visit www.cincinnati.com/uniontownship


Community Journal


October 5, 2011

Lawsuit keeps water flowing By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

CLERMONT CO. – Residents in Eastgate Village, Remington Lake and Green Acres mobile home parks don’t have to worry about losing their water just yet. The Clermont County Water Resources Department issued shut-off notices to residents in July because the property owner – Midwest Heritage Management – owes more than $100,000 in delinquent water and sewer bills. The

water was supposed to be turned off Oct. 1. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Mason said the residents filed a class action lawsuit against the property owner in late August. That lawsuit includes a temporary restraining order that keeps the county from turning off the water. “The tenants pay rent and the water is supposed to be included,” she said. “They are paying the rent, so why are the bills so far in arrears? That’s why the

court is involved.” The lawsuit also dictates that, for now, residents pay their rent to the Clermont County clerk of courts, Mason said. “The county and the plaintiffs also are asking that a receiver be appointed. A receiver would take over management of the parks – we have health district issues with those properties too,” Mason said. A hearing on the case was scheduled for Sept. 19 in the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas.

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Aside from what the courts decide, the Clermont County commissioners voted Sept. 14 to certify $45,881 in sewer charges and $67, 573 in water charges to the Heritage properties’ taxes. Green Acres and Remington Lake are both in Miami Township. Eastgate Village is in Pierce Township. “We are sort of in limbo because of the lawsuit, but at the moment we are proceeding with our normal practice of putting those (charges) on the taxes,” said County Administrator David Spinney. The phone numbers listed for both Heritage Management Group and Holbrook & Associates have been disconnected and an email message has not been returned. Heritage property manager Dan Davis previously said the company was working to pay the bills. “This has been a very hard time for the company, but we are working to get it resolved,” he said in August. Based on the number of shut-off notices sent, it’s estimated that there are about 340 total occupied homes in the three parks. Clermont County Budget Director Sukie Scheetz said 540 shut-off notices were sent and about 200 of those were returned. Heritage also is involved in a class action lawsuit filed by the residents of Compton Hills in Hamilton County. That case is ongoing.






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PIERCE TWP. - Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg told township trustees they should look within the county to find a police chief. “I’ve see a lot of chiefs come in from outside of the county,” said Rodenberg during a meeting with trustees held today, Sept. 26. “Many times that has not worked well. They don’t understand

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U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt presented the Union Township trustees with an American Flag that was flown in Washington D.C. and a certificate to commemorate the township’s bicentennial. The presentation was made during the trustees meeting Aug. 26. From left are: Schmidt, Union Township Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell and Union Township Trustees Bob McGee, Tim Donnellon and Matt Beamer.

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the county. Some chiefs could make the adjustment, but they never fit quite right.” The trustees are beginning the process of looking for a new chief to replace Chief James Smith, who was fired in August. “The ability of the police chief to connect with the citizens is vitally important,” Rodenberg said. “My suggestion is to find someone from the immediate area. Look for someone who is from this township or close to this township.” Trustee Bonnie Batchler asked Rodenberg if he favored hiring someone from within the department. The sheriff said he has always been a proponent of hiring from within, but didn’t think the trustees should limit the search to within the department. “It depends on the person,” he said. Rodenberg also said he recommended hiring someone who is actively involved in law enforcement rather than someone who is retired and has been out of the profession for a while.

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Community Journal

October 5, 2011


Emergency situations focus of summit in Union Twp. UNION TWP. - Clermont County will be hosting this year’s annual regional Tristate Medical Reserve Corps Summit from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday July 30. The free event will be at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. The Tristate Medical Reserve Corps is a regional group of Medical Reserve Corps units that encompass 21 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Tristate Medical Reserve Corps units are community-based and function as a way to organize and use volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emer-

gencies. Tristate Medical Reserve Corps volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. Volunteers include non-medical, medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Many community members, including interpreters, chaplains, office workers, counselors and others can fill key support positions. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. At the July 30 summit, breakout sessions will be offered that

include: • Orientation/Introduction to Tristate Medical Reserve Corps – Introducing volunteers to activation, reporting and deactivation procedures and describing the role of the local unit in a public health event or emergency. This session is required if the volunteer has not taken this before. • Pandemic Flu – Hear a local expert discuss past and future pandemic flu outbreaks – how it can affect you, your family and your community. Learn the roles the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps may be asked to fill. • Alternative Dispensing – Discover the alternate methods of dis-

pensing pharmaceuticals or vaccinations during a bioterrorism event. • Radiation Awareness – Learn the basics of radiation, gain hands-on experience and learn what the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps might do during a radiation emergency. • Ohio Leadership Committee – Gain knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the leader out in the field. • Bioterrorism 101 – Find out about the agents that hold the most potential as weapons, how the county is preparing for them and how the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps might be used dur-

ing a response. Registration space is limited. To register go to www.triatemrc.org for a link to the registration survey on the front page. If you do not have Internet access, call Libby Walter at 3577215. If calling to register, leave a message including your name, phone number, which two breakout sessions you would like to attend, if you need a Tristate Medical Reserve Corps ID badge, if you have previously attended an orientation/introduction and your county of residence. Registration deadline is July 22. For more information, contact Carol Kisner at 735-8412.

Clermont Co. works on employee wellness By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com


Video contest winner

Cory Woodruff of Union Township was named the winner of the Union Township Bicentennial Video Contest. The township trustees presented Woodruff with a certificate during the regular meeting Sept. 22. Woodruff also will receive a high definition Vizio TV, which was donated by Wal-Mart. To see the video, visit www.union-township.oh.us. From left are: Union Township Fiscal Officer Ron Campbell, Trustee Bob McGee, Woodruff, Trustee Tim Donnellon and Trustee Matt Beamer.

Clermont Co. to pass FAA grant money to Warren Co. By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

The Clermont County commissioners are passing $150,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grant money to Warren County. Clermont County received this grant from the FAA in 2008, but have not been able to use it because the Clermont County Airport is not compliant with all of the FAA’s regulations, said county Administrator Dave Spinney. Some of those compliance issues require changes to the access points, land plans, costs charges and more, he said. “We’re working on that, but there’s no way we’ll be able to spend the money by the September (2011) deadline,” Spinney said. Warren County reached out to Clermont County and said they have an active project that the grant money could help with. If Clermont

doesn’t transfer the money to another Ohio county, it would go back to Washington, Spinney said. Part of the challenge, Spinney said, is that the county just owns the actual runway and taxi-area. Cincinnati Eastern Aviation owns and operates the rest of the airport. “We have one of the better county airports in the state because of that partnership and the investments (Eastern Cincinnati Aviation) has made,” Spinney said. “But we have to get through these compliance issues together.” Commissioner Archie Wilson said he’d like to clear up the issues as soon as possible. “We don’t want to lose any grant money,” he said. “We are contracted with (Eastern Cincinnati Aviation) through 2018, so it could add up to be a lot of money.”

Signs to remind people to take the stairs, classes and supplements to help people quit smoking, and walking programs are just a few things Clermont County employees might see soon. The county’s department of human resources is working with the Ohio General Health District of Clermont County to create an employee wellness program. “Over the years we’ve had a piecemeal look at wellness,” said HR Director Bob Sander. “We’ve not been doing a wellness program, but we know it’s something the employees are interested in.” In late 2009, a survey showed 67 percent of the county employees would be interested in a wellness program, Sander said. The program, which has not been designed yet, could include monthly incentive classes, events and competitions. Some of the ideas currently on the table are smoking cessation courses, efforts to get employees walking and healthy food challenges as well as more basic services like mammograms, blood pressure screenings and flu shots, he said. “Years ago, the idea of wellness was a nice thing to have, but now we’re paying almost $11.5 million, including the employee’s portion, for health care. It’s no longer a nice thing to have – wellness is something to be used to control costs and make employees healthier and feel better,”

Sander said. “For an investment of $1 in wellness, we can achieve a $3 to $4 savings.” While it could save the county money, Administrator Dave Spinney said having a wellness program could make a difference for county employees, too. “There is some anecdotal and empirical evidence in much larger groups that

(wellness) programs have had a positive impact on the employees in regards to things like reduced sick time and absenteeism,” he said. During a meeting in late January, the commissioners told Sander and Health Commissioner Marty Lambert to move forward with designing the program, as long as the cost was minimal.

Commissioner Archie Wilson said he’d like to have a more formal wellness program meeting when the details are hammered out. “I think we need a meeting specifically about wellness to really hash this out,” he said. “We need an action plan and I don’t want to rush through it. This is important.”

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October 5, 2011

BRIEFLY Homemakers to meet

BATAVIA – The Batavia Homemakers will meet at noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, at O’Charley’s Restaurant on Eastgate Blvd. For additional information call 732-0656.

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Old-time baseball

WILLIAMSBURG TWP. Visitors to the Old West Festival’s last weekend Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 can see how baseball was played in 1869 by the Cincinnati Red Stockings, America’s first professional baseball team.

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The 1869 Red Stockings, a team that travels the region playing baseball by the original rules and wearing uniforms and using equipment made to the standards of that time, will take on their rivals, the Norwood Highlanders, 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The Red Stockings will face the Dayton Clodhoppers 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Also Sunday, Oct. 9, the Old West Festival will have its first Deaf Day. This will be a deaf-friendly event with interpreters on the grounds all day to interpret festival shows. Tickets for Deaf Day can be purchased online for $1 off the regular ticket price. Just enter the coupon code “deafday” when placing an order to receive the discount. The Old West Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The festival is at 1449 Greenbush-Cobb Road, between Mt. Orab and

Williamsburg, just off Ohio 32. Cost is $10 general admission; $6 for children ages 6 to 12; and children under 5 are free. Parking is free. For more information, see www.oldwestfestival.com or call 1-866-937-8337.

Information Place

UNION TWP. - Ryan’s Way, where the new Union Township Branch Library is being built, has officially been renamed Information Place. The Clermont County commissioners approved the name change Sept. 28. The request was submitted by the Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees. The road is about .04 miles long and is maintained by Union Township. The small business center on the end of the road, just south of the new library, supported the name change. No residents or business owners attended the public hearing Sept. 28 to oppose the change.

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BATAVIA TWP. - Batavia High School’s homecoming dance will be 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the high school. The theme for the dance is hakuna matata. The colors are green and brown. There will be a homecoming parade along Main Street in downtown Batavia starting 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The homecoming game will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, against Bethel at the high school stadium. The crowning ceremony for homecoming royalty will be at half-time of the football game.

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BATAVIA – A fundraiser waffle breakfast at The Riverside Coffee Mill on Riverside Drive in Batavia will host a waffle breakfast to benefit the Church of the Good Samaritan Episcopal, 25 AmeliaOlive Branch Road. The fundraiser will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, call the coffee shop at 513-732-2326.

Police receive grant

UNION TWP. – The Union Township Police Department has been awarded $45,923.69 by the Office of Criminal Justice Services and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to be used toward the “High Visibility Enforcement Overtime” campaign. The grant will begin Oct. 1, and continue through Sept. 30, 2012. Officers will be engaged in specific impaireddriving crackdowns and sustained impaired-driving enforcement throughout the year. Violations specifically targeted include drivers operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Officers will be enforcing traffic laws on state and county roads and will target certain holiday seasons. In addition, officers will participate in two national safety campaigns, “Click It or Ticket,” May 21 through June 3, 2012, and “Alcohol Crackdown,” Aug. 17 through Sept. 3, 2012. High-visibility enforcement programs have been shown to reduce alcohol-related fatalities by promoting the public perception that people who violate the law will be ticketed, thereby promoting adherence to the law. The first enforcement by the Union Township Police Department will be the Halloween period, Oct. 28 through Oct. 31.

Special meetings Term II Begins October 24th Register Early!

PIERCE TWP. – The Pierce Township trustees will hold two special meetings in the next two months.

The first is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the township administration building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The second is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the township administration building. The purposes of the meetings are to conduct a budget review work session and to discuss any other matter to come before the board. The meetings are open to the public.

Steamboat bicentennial

MOSCOW – The Western Rivers Steamboat Bicentennial will be celebrated in Moscow with a presentation about steamboats and steamboating. Music by Stephen Foster will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, followed by the program at 11 a.m. at the Rivervalley Community Center, 30 Wells St. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call Susan Jones at 553-4200.

Drive-through flu shots

OWENSVILLE – The Clermont County General Health District is offering seasonal flu shots at a drive-through clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. Vehicles should enter through the Locust Street gate off U.S. 50. Because this is a drivethru clinic, participants will stay in their vehicles though the entire process. They should wear layers that allow easy access to the upper arm for vaccination. Flu shots cost $15 each. No checks, Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance will be accepted at the drive-thru clinic. No appointments are needed for the drive-thru clinic. Those on Medicare, Medicaid, or not comfortable with the drive-thru clinic may schedule an appointment to receive a flu shot at the Clermont County General Health District Nursing Division by calling 735-8400. During the drive-thru clinic, participants will help test additional emergency plans by being dispensed candy to simulate medication that could be given during an attack such as anthrax. For more about the flu, visit the website www.ClermontHealthDistrict.org or call the Clermont County Flu Hotline, at 588-5121.

Coin program

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Harmony Hill Association invites the public to attend a program about coins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Harmony Hill Museum, 299 S. Third St. in Williamsburg. This program will be a discussion about the origin of coinage in the late 7th century BC in Greece and will continue through the Roman Empire and the following centuries to the present time. Coins from several different centuries will be available for viewing. Visitors will be able to handle coins over 2,000 years old. The main focus will be on U.S. coins, starting a collection and continuing an interest in collecting. If you have coins that you would like to learn about, bring them. Do not attempt to clean coins as that can destroy the value. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one available. There is no charge for the program, but visitors are asked to register so adequate seating and handouts are available. Call Julia Hess at 513-724-3657 or email JulieScraps@aol.com to register.

Genealogical programs


The following is a list of October programs sponsored by the Clermont County Genealogical Society. They are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Additional information can be found at: www.rootsweb. ancestry.com/~ohclecgs/ or 513-723-3423. The programs are free and open to the public. • Saturday, Oct. 8: Program, “Intermediate Genealogy,” Clermont County Genealogical Society members will discuss “next steps” for the intermediate genealogist, at the Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St., 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monroe Grange to meet

MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the grange hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. The lecturer will have the program for the evening. At the last meeting, the following officers were installed: Master Linda Smith; overseer Bonnie Lytle; lecturer Robert Evans; steward George Rooks; assistant steward Bob Lytle; lady assistant steward Bonnie Evans; chaplain Jamie Kinner; gate keeper Michael Kinner; treasurer Gladys Lytle; secretary Ruth Ann Rooks; ceres Violet Evans; pomona Carol Corbin; and flora Nancy Holcomb. These officers will remain in office for 2011 and 2012. The Grange is a family fraternity with the background of agriculture. Everyone supports agriculture whenever you purchase food, clothing, fuel, etc. Farmers are instrumental in providing these necessities. If anyone would be interested in joining the Grange at Nicholsville, call the Rooks at 734-6980 for more information.

Grant received

CLERMONT COUNTY – Clermont Senior Services was awarded $13,000 from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for critical and safety related home repairs for seniors. “GCF funds will help those who cannot afford repairs to stay in their own homes. We are grateful to have their support,” said Helen Fisher, home repair and customer resources coordinator. The grant was funded through the GCF program called Weathering the Storm. The fund was started in 2009 to help people who are having economic difficulty due to the recession. For additional information about the programs of Clermont Senior Services, call 513-724-1255 or visit www.clermontseniors.com.

Humphrey selected

CLERMONT COUNTY – The National Association of Counties (NACo) has named Board of Clermont County Commissioners (BCC) President Ed Humphrey to serve a one-year term as a member of the NACo Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee. This is the second time Humphrey has been selected to serve on the committee that works with members of the local, regional and national legislature to develop policies and procedures that benefit counties and citizens nationwide.

Youth sewing camp

OWENSVILLE – A youth sewing camp will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Clermont County fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. Call 732-7070 for information; email cler@osu.edu; or visit clermont.osu.edu. The clinic cost is $15. This covers all the materials needed to make two different sewing projects.


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County seeks changes in CECOS post-closure plan By John Seney

Goshen Twp. backs action on CECOS


JACKSON TWP. - Clermont County officials have spent more than $10 million trying to get changes in the post-closure plan for the CECOS hazardous waste facility. The facility on Aber Road closed in 1997, but the fight over how to deal with the toxic mix of waste left at CECOS has continued. Clermont County Administrator David Spinney said there is evidence small amounts of toxic chemicals are leaking into the ground water at the site. CECOS is upstream from Harsha Lake, a major source of drinking water for county residents, he said. There is no evidence chemicals from CECOS have spread from the site or to Harsha Lake, but he said that was a possibility if the leakage is not controlled and properly monitored, Spinney said. Peg Malloy, manager of media relations with Republic Services, Inc. in Phoenix, said she couldn’t comment on the status of CECOS. “We are working with the EPA on a post-closure plan. There are existing plans in place to protect the environment,” she said. “I really can’t comment because we’re still in discussions.” The county raised issues with the post-closure plan for CECOS soon after it was approved in 1994 by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “The county has felt for years that the post-closure plan was inadequate,” Spinney said. In 2007, the county reached a settlement with the OEPA and CECOS that called for CECOS officials to prepare an amended postclosure plan. “What CECOS filed (in response to the settlement) was totally inadequate,” Spinney said. As a result, the county submitted a 90-page petition to OEPA in December 2010 for modification of the post-closure plan originally approved in 1994. The OEPA has yet to act upon the county’s petition. Complicating negotiations over the petition, Spinney said, is the fact that the county’s primary contact with OEPA, Harold O’Connell of the Southwest Ohio District Office, died in August. Other OEPA officials have since become involved in the negotiations, but no

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GOSHEN TWP. - Township trustees voted Sept. 13 to support an effort by state Rep. Joe Uecker to get the Ohio Environment Protection Agency to act on the CECOS post-closure plan. Trustee Ray Autenrieb said the issue was raised by Uecker at a recent Clermont County Township final decisions have been made. State Sen. Tom Niehaus said he has b e e n involved in Uecker some of the recent discussions about CECOS. “This is just a continuation of what I have been working on for the past 10 years,” he said. Resolution of the matter has been hindered by a number of factors, Niehaus said, including new officials at OEPA and changes of ownership Niehaus for CECOS. He said he will continue to work at the state level, but had no prediction when OEPA will make a decision. “It’s extremely important we do everything possible to protect the water supply of Clermont County,” Niehaus said. Meanwhile, the county continues to spend money. Since 1988, the Clermont County has spent about $3 million on attorney fees and about $7 million on testing by geologists and other consultants. The county is carrying out the fight because the amount and variety of hazardous materials stored at the site. The chemicals identified as being dumped at CECOS include PCBs, asbestos, pesticides, benzene and dioxin. “You name it, it’s there,” Spinney said. CECOS started out as a sanitary landfill in the early 1970s, under the name Clermont Environmental Reclamation. It was later renamed CECOS. In 1976, the state approved the disposal of industrial waste at the site. Over the years, more and more hazardous materials were approved for acceptance at the site. CECOS has changed ownership over the years. Browning Ferris Industries bought it in 1983 and Allied

Association meeting. Autenrieb said the trustees should support Uecker’s efforts and send a letter to OEPA Director Scott Nally asking him to consider Clermont County’s petition on CECOS. “Rarely does Joe Uecker ask for support,” he said. Autenrieb said it was important for the township to take a stand on the issue because of possible leakage at the CECOS site.

Waste Industries, Inc. bought it in 1999. In 2008, Allied merged with Republic Services, Inc., the present owner. Spinney said the waste at CECOS is stored in metal drums and other containers buried in large lined pits called cells. “All the cells are supposed to be s e a l e d . They’re not supposed to leak,” SpinSpinney ney said. However, evidence gathered by the county suggests the waste is leaking. CECOS officials assumed in the post-closure plan the liners would last forever, Spinney said. “That’s not acceptable,” he said. “Scientific studies show the liners will leak. It’s just a matter of when.” According to the executive summary of the county’s petition, the wastes at CECOS “are not contained in any meaningful sense.” “The drums and other containers quickly deteriorate, the liners fail, precipitation and other sources of water in the cells comes into contact with and becomes contaminated by the waste inside the cells, and the resulting leachate eventually escapes through the liners into the ground water, and then into the surface water,” the executive summary said. “The evidence that has accumulated since the facility was closed in 1997 indicates that this process is, alarmingly, well under way.” The CECOS post-closure plan does not adequately monitor the presence of escaping hazardous materials, Spinney said. “We need to have an early warning system,” he said. “We feel there needs to be a relocation of monitoring wells to deal with ground water flow to capture any leakage.” Another issue the county has with CECOS is retention of records. “I believe the county has by far the most comprehensive records on what’s happening at the site,” he said.

Free therapy for depressed moms, caregivers By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

Most people have heard of the “baby blues,” but what do you do if your depression is worse than having concerns over your new family life? “I know people talk about the ‘baby blues,’ but sometimes it’s more than that. There are people who are really suffering,” said Michelle Cox, coordinator of outpatient counseling with Child Focus. “It’s very normal and it’s very treatable,” she said. For about three years, Child Focus has offered depression services for expecting and new moms as well as caregivers of young children. The service previously has been paid for by a

state Help Me Grow grant and Family and Children First, but this year’s funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through Clermont FAST TRAC, a system of care initiative of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Clients must live in Clermont County and there’s no cost. The eight-week therapeutic treatment is a homebased program, which Child Focus therapist Jodi Katafiasz is key to its success. “I am a huge believer in the program. When you go into someone’s home, you get a totally different perspective,” she said. “You really see what the needs are. We go in hoping to help the mom bond with the child, but once you get into

the home, you can see if there are other issues going on. It could be financial strain, relationship problems, mental illness or other diagnosis.” Michelle Cox, the coordinator of outpatient counseling at Child Focus, said maternal and caregiver depression fits with Child Focus’ mission because of the impact on children and families. Katafiasz said caregivers, especially new moms, need to understand that it’s OK to ask for help. For more information, call Clermont Help Me Grow at 732-7036 or Child Focus at 752-1555. For immediate help, call Clermont County’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 528-SAVE (7283.)

Many of the records of both the OEPA and CECOS have been lost or disposed of, Spinney said. “Key records are not being maintained,” he said. Finally, the plan needs to deal with perpetual care of the site, Spinney said. The post-closure plan was approved in 1994 for 30 years. “We’re more than half way through that,” Spinney said. The OEPA has the authority to extend the time period, but hasn’t, he said. “After 30 years, they can walk away,” Spinney said. “There’s a billion pounds of hazardous waste there. Things will leak. We have to monitor it.” Niehaus said he did not think the OEPA would allow CECOS officials to walk away. “I think from the beginning it was clear to me the OEPA felt it was necessary

to monitor it as long as possible,” he said. State Rep. Joe Uecker also has been involved in meetings with the Ohio EPA. “We have not finalized the permanent closure plan or after-closure plan,” he said. “We’re still working on it.” Uecker said a decision was “coming down to the wire.” “It’s clear CECOS is trying to wait it out and hoping everyone forgets,” he said. “We can’t allow that to happen.” Uecker said he would look into the possibility of legislation to deal with

CECOS. “Since the state created it, the state should take responsibility for it,” he said. Peg Malloy, manager of media relations with Republic Services, Inc. in Phoenix, said she couldn’t comment on the status of CECOS. “We are working with the EPA on a post-closure plan. There are existing plans in place to protect the environment,” she said. “I really can’t comment because we’re still in discussions.” For more about your community, visit www. Cincinnati.com/clermontcounty.

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West Clermont ‘excellent with distinction’ schools recognized

By Kellie Geist-May


UNION TWP. - Three of the elementary schools in the West Clermont Local School District were recognized by the school board Sept. 26 for earning the highest possible rating on the 2010-2011 Ohio Department of Education report cards. Merwin, Willowville and Withamsville-Tobasco elementary schools all earned “excellent with distinction” this year. Each school also had something a little special about their rating: This is Merwin’s fourth year as “excellent with distinction,” Willowville went from “effective” to “excellent with distinction” and Withamsville-Tobasco had some classrooms with a 100 percent Ohio Achievement Assessment passage rate. “The West Clermont staff and students, across the district, are phenomenal,” Merwin Principal Jackie Hospelhorn said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to earn ‘excellent with distinction’ four years in a row, but I think you’ll see equal growth in all the buildings if you look. We all work very hard to make sure our students are successful.” One of those things includes breaking students into skill groups for 30 minutes each day based on their strengths and weaknesses. For example, students who are working above grade level will be presented with more difficult work during skill groups while those who are below grade level will focus on improving, Hospelhorn said. That’s something all the elementary schools do with students. Students also use Study Island, Fastt Math, intervention and other tools in the classroom. Making sure students achieve more than a year’s growth - called the valueadded measure - is the key component to going from “excellent” to “excellent with distinction,” Willowville Principal Michelle Kennedy said. That element put Willowville at “effective” last year. “Last year we were rated ‘effective’ and we were just devastated. We thought we would be ‘excellent’ because we met all of our indicators, our performance index was over 100 and we met AYP, but when our value-added measure came out in August, we were below expected growth. That automatically put us down to ‘effective,’” Kennedy said. So the staff at Willowville held bi-weekly team meetings, looked


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State report cards

Merwin Elementary School • “Excellent with Distinction” • Met all eight indicators • Earned a 102.4 performance index • Met adequate yearly progress • Rated “above” in value-added Willowville Elementary School • “Excellent with Distinction” • Met all eight indicators • Earned a 101.7 performance index • Did not meet adequate yearly progress • Rated “above” in value-added Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School • “Excellent with Distinction” • Met all eight indicators • Earned a 101.1 performance index • Met adequate yearly progress • Rated “above” in value-added


Members of the Merwin Elementary School staff - as well as the parents and students in attendance - were recognized at the West Clermont school board meeting Sept. 26. Merwin was rated “excellent with distinction” for the fourth consecutive year on this year’s state report card.


The staff, students and parents of Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School were recognized during the West Clermont school board meeting Sept. 26. WT earned “excellent with distinction” for the first time this year. The school was rated “excellent” in the past.


Willowville Elementary School went from being rated “effective” last year to being “excellent with distinction” this year. The staff, students and parents were recognized at the school board meeting Sept. 26. at new instructional strategies, focused on the student performance data and talked about reteaching skills the students didn’t understand, Kennedy said. “We knew our kids and our staff could do better than ‘effective’ so we put more emphasis on working collaboratively and looking at data. I pulled as many resources as I possibly could and put them into the classroom. Supporting student success is the highest need,” she said. Some of those same strategies are used at Withamsville-Tobasco

Elementary School, too. “Our catch phrase last year was that 85 is the new 75. It’s not good enough to think of 75 as passing. We set our sights higher,” Withamsville-Tobasco Principal Tonya Schmidt said. “When we have our data, the teachers talk to the kids about their performance and what they need to work on.” Schmidt said their special education students, who are placed in regular education classrooms, performed especially well on the Ohio Achievement Assessments. Some of the classrooms even had 100

percent passage. Overall the principals said the “excellent with distinction” ratings are thanks to the staff, students and parents in West Clermont. “We believe that every kid can succeed. It’s not just some kooky catchphrase from a kids’ magazine that looks great on a T-shirt. That’s just who we are,” Schmidt said. While the district overall fell from “excellent with distinction” to “excellent” this year, Assistant Superintendent Mary Ellen SteelePierce said residents shouldn’t think the district is performing at a

How other West Clermont schools were rated

• Amelia Elementary School: “Excellent” • Brantner Elementary School: “Effective” • Clough Pike Elementary School: “Excellent” • Holly Hill Elementary School: “Effective” • Summerside Elementary School: “Effective” • Amelia Middle School: “Excellent” • Glen Este Middle School: “Excellent” • Amelia High School: “Excellent” (highest possible for high schools) • Glen Este High School: “Excellent” (highest possible for high schools) • West Clermont Local School District: “Excellent” • Brantner Elementary School: “Effective” • Clough Pike Elementary School: “Excellent” • Holly Hill Elementary School: “Effective” • Summerside Elementary School: “Effective” • Amelia Middle School: “Excellent” • Glen Este Middle School: “Excellent” • Amelia High School: “Excellent” (highest possible for high schools) • Glen Este High School: “Excellent” (highest possible for high schools) • West Clermont Local School District: “Excellent” lower level than last year. “ ‘Excellent’ and ‘excellent with distinction’ are both ‘excellent.’ The difference is a statistical measure of student expected growth from one year to the next. I think of it like the difference between an A+ and an A. Last year and this year our students achieved 26 out of 26 indicators and we continue to meet federal adequate yearly progress. Our performance index (a composite of how kids perform) continues to increase each year,” she said.

Batavia sells passes By Lisa J. Mauch lmauch@communitypress.com

Showing their support


Students in Ambera Robinson’s fourth-grade class at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School created this flag to honor those who died Sept. 11, 2001. The flag was passed around to each classroom to be signed with “thank you” messages. Students submitted several flag designs and, by voting, this one was chosen. There are 13 red and white stripes accompanied by the blue rectangle, which says “In memory of those who sacrificed” along with the names of 25 of the men and women who died 9/11. Students used math, literacy and art skills to measure the flag, come up with the flag’s slogan and create it.

BATAVIA TWP. -What’s better than cheering on your kids and grandkids at a Bulldogs home game? Cheering them on while saving money. New this year, the athletic department is selling Senior Booster Pass Cards for $20 to anyone age 55 and older. The pass is good for admittance to any regular season home game at Batavia High School and Middle School for soccer, volleyball, football, basketball and wresting. Normally, senior citizens are charged the student rate of $4 for game admittance. “We’ve sold in the neighborhood of a dozen passes,” said Athletic Director Terry Sheehan. “People thought it was a good

deal.” One fan who took advantage of this program is Alan Gordon. Even though he lives in Amelia, his daughter and granddaughter are Batavia graduates and he has a grandson in the middle school. “I did this because I love Batavia sports. I know a lot of the kids and I go to see them play,” said Gordon, who also mans the ticket booth at the high school football and soccer games. “It encourages you to go participate with your grandchildren,” he said, “and to be a part of the support for the teams and the Batavia athletic community.” Money raised from sales of the passes goes towards the operation of the athletic department. Passes also can be purchased at any Batavia home game or by calling Sheehan at 732-2341.


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Glen Este senior Kristina Fultz (blue) practices a serve while teammate and libero Taylor Herrmann (red) awaits her turn in the background. Coach Cheryl Korfhagen’s Lady Trojans are having their best season in years.


Megan Dmochowski is Glen Este’s setter who has led the Lady Trojans to their best season in coach Cheryl Korfhagen’s 13-year career.


• Amelia beat Glen Este 41 as Hannah Fulks and Holly Buten both won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, Sept. 26.

Boys soccer

• New Richmond beat Western Brown 2-1, Sept. 26, behind goals from Tyler Klein and Kevin Reid. • Batavia remained unbeaten in league play with a 5-1 win against Bethel-Tate, Sept. 27. Sophomore Austin Sammons scored a hat trick. The Bulldogs beat Clermont Northeastern 3-0, Sept. 28. Brian Hawk recorded the shutout. • Amelia shut out Western Brown 6-0, Sept. 27. Juniors Cody Sprague and Anthony Clark each scored two goals.

Girls soccer

• Holly Harris scored two goals to lead Batavia to a 2-1 win against Bethel-Tate, Sept. 27. Harris and Mackenzie Fisler each scored goals to lift Batavia to a 2-0 win, Sept. 28, against Clermont Northeastern. Dawn Goodspeed posted the shutout. Batavia capped the week with a 3-1 win against Williamsburg, Sept. 29. Harris, Fisler and Jessie Bauer scored goals.

Job opening

Williamsburg High School is looking for a baseball coach for the 2012 season. If interested, call Rick Healey at 724-5445, ext. 217.

This week’s MVP

• Danielle Lang, junior, Amelia girls soccer Lang scored a hat trick, Sept. 27, in a 4-1 win against Western Brown.

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• Glen Este posted wins against Loveland, Walnut Hills and Wilmington. • New Richmond beat Clermont Northeastern, 2520, 25-17, 19-25, 25-20, Sept. 26. The Lions went out of conference to beat Clark Montessori in five games, Sept. 27. • Batavia got its 13th win of the season, a three-game sweep of Blanchester, Sept. 27.



Lady Trojans volleyball likes net results

By Ben Walpole

• New Richmond clinched the Southern Buckeye Conference American championship, based on five rounds of league competition throughout the season. The Lions finished with 959 team strokes; Amelia was second with 1,001. Amelia’s Jake Brinker and Jeremy Marsh were the league’s top two individual placers and were named first team. New Richmond had the next five highest finishers – Chris Mazzaro, Austin Skaggs, Henry Heidlage, Austin Wells and Evan McKinley. • Williamsburg finished seventh out of 14 competing schools at the Division III sectional tournament, Sept. 27, at Walden Ponds Golf Course. The top four advanced to district. Kendal Young shot a 91 to lead the Wildcats. Justin Kramer and Josh Wells each shot 98. • Batavia sophomore Austin Conner shot an 82 at the Division II sectional tournament, Sept. 26, at Sharon Woods. He nearly qualified for districts as an individual but fell two strokes short.

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Glen Este senior outside hitter Stacy Howell leads coach Cheryl Korfhagen’s Lady Trojans in kills. Howell is one of five seniors who have led Glen Este to the top of the FAVC standings.

UNION TWP. – In her 13 years of coaching at Glen Este High School, Cheryl Korfhagen has never experienced the success she’s had this season. The former Lady Trojan (class of 1983) has her volleyball team on top of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference-East division. Currently, Glen Este’s in line to surpass last year’s 16-7 mark. “Last year was my best year and now this year’s even better,” Korfhagen said. The Lady Trojans lost setter Dani Porter who was the FAVC player of the year last season. Despite that, their veteran leadership has allowed them to defeat most of their league opponents. “We have six seniors and they’re all six pretty strong players,” Korfhagen said. “My juniors and sophomores add in there very well. They get along fine. They did last year and they do this year. It’s a very close-knit team.” Libero Taylor Herrmann and middle blocker Kristina Fultz are both four-year players for Glen Este. The libero position is something that wasn’t around in Korfhagen’s playing days, but is an essential part to winning high school programs. “You have to have quick feet and be able to read, which is the most important skill in volleyball,” Korfhagen said. “You have to know what they’re going to do before they actually do it.” Senior Herrmann does


Glen Este head volleyball coach Cheryl Korfhagen (purple center) has the Lady Trojans on their way to their best season in her career. Korfhagen is a 1983 Glen Este graduate and has coached her alma mater for 13 years. that very well, in spite of usually being the smallest player on the court. Herrmann is a mere 5-3 in a sport full of 5-9 girls. “She’s my quickest player and probably one of my quietest, but she leads by her play,” Korfhagen said. “She’s gotten louder over the years. She’s really come around.” Fultz is one of those 5-9 players and makes up for what Herrmann lacks in volume. “Kristina is my vocal leader on the court,” Korfhagen said. Fultz is second on the team in “kills” with 5-10 Stacy Howell, another senior, leading the Lady Trojans. “Stacy started coming on last year,” Korfhagen said. “This year, she’s just taken over. Another quiet girl who leads by her play.” The team’s setter is senior Megan Dmochowski. “She played behind Dani

(Porter),” Korfhagen said. “We ran a ‘6-2’. We’ve been running a ‘5-1’ this year and Megan’s stepped up. She has not sat out one minute of any match. She gives me 100 percent all the time and she always has.” A 100-percent effort is a necessity for Korfhagen. Not playing hard is not an option in her system. “My favorite quote from Mike Kryzyzewski is, ‘Our role is not to win; it’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself,’” Korfhagen said. “He’s like my favorite coach. I got that from him and that’s what they (Duke) do.” It’s also why Korfhagen goes by “Coach K” at Glen Este. A decal stating such is displayed on her vehicle’s back window. Like all good coaches, she had her team set goals prior to the season. The goals are written in magic marker on an easel and

accompany the Lady Trojans to each practice. “Win the league” is listed at the top. “We used to be the predator, not we’re the prey,” Korfhagen said. “It’s put pressure on us, but they’ve handled it pretty well--probably better than me. I’m pretty much nervous all day on game day. The girls have a taste of what it feels like to win. They’re having fun, and it’s a lot more fun when you win.” To win the league, Glen Este must take care of business and survive the logjam near the top. “Our league could go any way; it’s very exciting,” Korfhagen said. “There’s not like an ‘Ursuline’ team in it. Everyone’s talent is pretty much the same.” For more sports coverage, visit cincinnati.com/blogs/press preps, facebook.com/press preps or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.

Williamsburg pulls out overtime thriller By Ben Walpole

14 at halftime. Schibley ran for a TD, and Weaver threw a touchdown toss to Austin Davidson in the third quarter to put Amelia ahead. The Baron defense took it from there. “I think going into the fourth quarter we were starting to tire out,” said CNE head coach Jason Conley. “Amelia was big and physical. After playing four quarters both way, our boys started tiring out.” Amelia’s defense limited CNE to negative-35 yards rushing.


Low on scoring, high on drama. The Williamsburg High School football team eked out a 7-0 overtime win against rival Batavia, Friday, Sept. 30. “It was a tight game, back and forth,” Williamsburg co-head coach Trevor Foster said. “Two teams kept battling all the way through.” Williamsburg senior Jacob Edmisten made the crucial defensive play, intercepting a Batavia pass near the goal line in the final minute of regulation to halt a Bulldog scoring opportunity. Batavia won the toss in overtime and elected to start on defense. Wildcat tailback Joey Clowerey used the blocking of Anthony Young and Jordan Smith to race off tackle 13 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the extra session. Down seven, Batavia was forced to go for a fourth-and-four. Dakota Doss and Clowerey stopped the Bulldog ball carrier about a yard short to clinch the victory. “Our kids were very happy with that win,” Foster said. “It was a hardfought game.” Williamsburg (3-3) celebrates its Homecoming night, Friday, Oct. 7, with a game against Bethel-Tate. Batavia (0-6) plays at Blanchester.

Alter 27, McNick 24


Glen Este receiver Jake Andres runs after a catch during the Trojans’ 42-17 win over Milford, Sept. 30.

Glen Este 42, Milford 17 New Richmond 10, Glen Este opened Fort Blanchester 7 Ancient Valley Conference

play with a 42-17 win against Milford. The Trojans (4-2) fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter before scoring four straight touchdowns to take control. GE dominated the ground game, out-rushing the Eagles 220-37. Senior Alec Scardina rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown. Drew Byrd added 52 yards and a score on 10 carries. Joey Speigel threw for 72 yards, including a touchdown pass to Jake Andres. Glen Este hosts Harrison, Oct. 7.

New Richmond won its fourth straight. Barely. Derrick Dillow hit Jacob Gundler with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 remaining in the game to lift the Lions to a 10-7 win against Blanchester. Moments earlier, Dillow had found Nick Hill with a pass on a fourth-and-10 play to keep the drive alive. “We battled back and forth,” New Richmond head coach Dan Scholz said. “Very sloppy game, lots of penalties.” Jay Glueck led the Lion offense with 54 yards rushing.


Glen Este junior quarterback Joey Speigel throws a pass during the Trojans' 42-17 win over Milford, Sept. 30. New Richmond returns to Southern Buckeye Conference American play, Friday, with a game at Amelia.

Amelia 28, CNE 20

Amelia used a balanced offense to beat Clermont Northeastern 28-20, Sept. 30. Gabe Weaver threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and Michael Schibley rushed for 92 yards and two scores to lead the Barons (2-4). The game was tied at 14-

McNicholas overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit, but Alter’s 3-yard rushing touchdown late by Malik Zaire sealed the win for the visiting Knights. It was an exciting finish with 27 combined points in the fourth quarter. McNick started the scoring in the final quarter with an 11yard run by Kevin McHale. Alter answered with a rushing touchdown from Joe Penno. McHale answered with a 50-yard touchdown run, but Alter came right back with Zaire’s game-winning run. McHale ended the night with 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Next up: McNick travels to Roger Bacon, Friday, Oct. 7. For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps


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Sports & recreation

October 5, 2011

Batavia cross country seeing double By Ben Walpole bwalpole@communitypress.com

BATAVIA – Don’t squint. Don’t clean your glasses. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. It’s just the Stith twins Griffin and Hunter - crossing the finish line at the same time. The Batavia High School sophomores, nearly identical in appearance, have

helped lead the Bulldog boys cross country team this fall. “We pretty much like all the same video games, all the same music,” Hunter said. “We pretty much get the exact same grades. Everybody thinks we cheat off each other, but we actually don’t.” So it’s only logical that they also run very similar cross country times. Look at

the 2011 meet results: At Western Brown Hunter Stith 10th, Griffin Stith 13th. At Georgetown - Hunter Stith 11th, Griffin Stith 12th. At New Richmond Hunter Stith fifth, Griffin Stith sixth. One trend does emerge, though, and it’s one that Hunter isn’t likely to miss. “I’ve never lost to him,”

2011-12 AYAC BASKETBALL Registration Announcement Boys and Girls Grades K-12th Live Registration Events at Batavia Township Park from 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday October 4th and Thursday October 6th Tuesday October 11th and Thursday October 13th Wednesday November 8th for K-2 and 7-12 grades at a location TBD (check website) If you cannot make one of the live events you can get the registration forms online at www.ayac.us and mail your registration and check to the address on the form. Registration forms should also be available in the schools. If you require further information such as rates and fundraising information you can visit the website or email AYACVPBB@gmail.com Important changes this season Home games will be played at The Sphere (formerly SportsPlus) due to the loss of access to the West Clermont Schools facilities. Practices will be held weeknights in local churches and other facilities. Rates are increased to cover the cost of facility use and lost income from admission and concession at home games. Fundraising will also be required to help pay for court time. Fees do not include uniform costs if required ($10 shorts & $15 jersey) – Grades 1-12 only. You can use uniforms from prior years. Other than admission to road games there are no additional charges. Family admission passes will be provided as part of the registration fees home games at the Sphere. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS OR CHECKS TO THE SCHOOLS CE-0000478090

Hunter said. Griffin is quick to add, “It's getting close though.” The two focused on football, basketball and track in junior high. Last year was their first time running cross country. Hunter, at least, had experience in junior high running the mile. The whole long-distance thing was brand new to Griffin, previously a sprinter in track. “It was horrible at first,” Griffin said. “I was just exhausted. I would come home and just go to bed.” Hunter’s times last season were about a minute faster than his brother. They worked out together this offseason and Griffin has closed the gap. “We trained with the seniors during the summer,” Hunter said. “They got us in really good shape.” The seniors’ leadership in the summer proved to be even more important than expected. Upperclassmen Jacob Braswell and Josh Moon have been sidelined most of the fall season with hip injuries, putting the Stith twins in the spotlight. “These guys have been great leaders for the team,


Batavia High School sophomore twins Griffin, left, and Hunter Stith have been among the best cross country runners this fall in the Southern Buckeye Conference. even though they’re sophomores,” head coach Dona Braswell said. “They’re just fun to work with. They take it seriously when they need to. But they’re easy-going, just really good kids.” The coach said she often has a hard time telling them apart. She uses a notch in Hunter’s hair where he had stitches in his childhood as a good identifier. “They have different styles. But they’re both very

athletic and very dedicated,” Dona said. “They set goals at the beginning of track and cross country season, and they always manage to meet those goals. They’re very focused.” The Bulldogs hope to have Moon and Jacob Braswell back in the lineup in time for the Southern Buckeye Conference meet, Saturday, Oct. 15, at Western Brown. For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps

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The McNicholas High School girls golf squad captured a Division II sectional title with a team score of 419 at Hamilton Elks, Sept. 27. Senior Allison Hickman of Batavia led the Rockets by posting an 86 (44-42), which was two stokes off the medalist pace set by Indian Hill’s Pari Kellye. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams earned berths in the district tournament at Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg, Oct. 5. Willy Corbett, in his ninth year as McNicholas’ coach, is familiar with the winning formula for Division II and saw it play out with Allison Hickman’s 86, a (49-48) 97 by her sophomore sister Sarah, a 101 by junior Lauren Lamping of Pierce Township and a 135 by sophomore Riley Whiteside of Batavia. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “If you can get a girl in the 80s, another one in the 90s and another in the low 100s, you’ve got a chance in Division II. I think the key was Riley at No. 4. She hung in there and didn’t give up. She’s a competitive girl.” Just as the sectional was moved from Fairfield, so the district was moved from Heatherwoode in Springboro to a course with which Corbett and the Rockets – along with many of the other local teams – are unfamiliar. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams move on to the state tournament. “I know there are two teams up there who are way better than us,” said Corbett, whose team missed qualifying for state last year by eight strokes. “Anything’s possible.”


McNicholas golfer Sarah Hickman watches her putt on No. 7 during the Division II Girls Sectional Golf Tournament at the Hamilton Elks Golf Club, Sept. 26.


McNicholas’ Lauren Lamping watches her shot off the No. 5 tee during the Division II Girls Sectional Golf Tournament at the Hamilton Elks Golf Club, Sept. 26.


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I have never felt quite so personally involved in voting than I am this year. Nov. 8 is extremely important. I was unaware of Clermont Senior Services until I needed help. I contacted them and my life got better. If we do the right thing, we can breathe easier for the next five years knowing the services provided by Clermont Senior Services will continue. In every aspect, the services are provided with courtesy, friendliness, professionalism and understanding. I am very grateful to them. The bus service is most appreciated and sorely needed by many seniors. The professional staff at Clermont Senior Services listens to seniors, knows their needs and offers help when needed. Their kindness has often taught us to not be so uppity about asking for help, and their workers help us accept whatever assistance we need with grace and appreciation. God bless them all, learning to ask for and accept help is, in itself, a gift for which I am grateful. My children see I am much less stressed, more energetic and happier for each day. Please vote, because we owe it to each other and to ourselves. I’m praying the services will continue at Clermont Senior Services. Rose Adkins Milford

CSS is the best thing

Clermont Senior Services is the best thing that ever happened to me. I would not be able to stay in my own home if it wasn’t for senior services and the help they provide. I’m so much more comfortable in my own surroundings than a nursing home. I want to stay as independent as possible. That’s where senior services comes in. They take me to my doctor appointments. They sent a handyman to put up grab bars. A wonderful lady comes to help me with personal needs, laundry and other household chores. We’ve become friends and I look forward to seeing her. This has been a godsend to me. Please vote for the senior services levy Nov. 8. Joyce Anderson Pierce Township

Busing is important

In the Community Journal Clermont, a reader wrote, “we” should be ashamed of traffic due to a lack of school busing, caused by failure of the recent the school tax levy. He added he hadn’t voted for the levy before and wouldn’t vote for it next time. This leaves the reader two options, vote “no,” the levy fails, continue sitting in traffic, public roads remain gridlocked, commerce and emergency services remain disrupted, good for him. Vote “yes,” it passes, he pays minimally more taxes for school services to reduce traffic on public streets whether he likes it or not. School transportation is not just luxury for parents with students in school. Increased traffic from lack of school transportation blocks primary and secondary roads, causes a decrease in commerce and business, disrupts police, fire, EMS services. School busing is a vital part of a public and business communities transportation “system.” Not everything is like Walmart, the cost of education cannot be cheaply manufactured by Chinese labor. Some things are worth paying for, our children’s education is one of those things.

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Riebel is positive, energetic

Ever wonder what motivates people to run for elective office? For some, ego fulfillment is a factor; others may have an ax to grind; and a few might be using the position as a stepping stone to more power-driven pursuits. I favor those rare candidates who just have a heart for serving the community. Rich Riebel, a candidate for Pierce Township trustee, is such a person. I had the good fortune to work with Rich while serving as principal of New Richmond High School while he was serving on the New Richmond board of education. Upon meeting Rich, it doesn’t take long to realize there is something different, something refreshingly special about this man. He is positive, energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about his community. Most importantly, he is a man of integrity. Rich has structured his life, and built his businesses upon Christian principles. At a time in our history when there is unprecedented disdain for politicians, Riebel presents a sharp contrast to the typical candidate. Take the opportunity to learn more about Rich at www.RichForTrustee.com and if you do, I am confident you will join me in supporting Rich Riebel as our next Pierce Township trustee. Mike Chandler Pierce Township

Golf scramble a success

On Sept. 10, our local VFW Post 9630 conducted the second annual Larry Davison Memorial Golf Scramble at White Oak Golf Course. We would like to thank Butch Novak and his staff at the course, our many golfers and over 65 hole sponsors and contributors toward raffle items in supporting our post mission statement of community requests and in trying to help ever-growing needs of veterans and their family members. Our memorial team in a joint effort, provides over 150 ceremonies per year in honoring fallen veterans of all wars and of all conflicts. Up until two years ago, Larry was a team member. He was a Vietnam veteran and while in a memorial team uniform at a cemetery function, suddenly collapsed and died shortly thereafter. Our VFW Post is open to the public seven days a week. Many veterans and civilians got to know Larry over the years. His sudden death impacted many that got to

know him. In closing and on behalf of our VFW family and post commander, we again wish to thank all that helped in keeping Larry’s memory alive. Next year’s outing is set for Sept. 8. Jim Hesler Post golf chairman Batavia

Cann for full-time trustee

Come Nov. 8, Pierce Township residents will have the opportunity to chart a new course for the township. If you are like me, you have been disappointed in the actions, or lack thereof, of some of our township leaders over the past several years. More recently, the absence of management oversight has led to news coverage headlines to my (and hopefully your) embarrassment involving the gross behavior of some township employees. A new, fresh perspective is needed and who is better suited than someone who can devote full-time to the position and ensure accountability on all levels. Donna Cann is the best qualified of our choices. Business experience, in-depth financial knowledge and a 10-year employee of the township, positions her well to represent our needs in a no-nonsense, multi-dimensional way. Donna will be an effective leader from the start and won’t be hampered by any learning curve issues. Visit her website at www.cannfortrustee.com to learn more about her vision and commitments to our community. Vote for Donna Cann for Pierce Township trustee on Nov. 8. Tom and Judy Hulsey Pierce Township

Put ‘trust’ back in trustee

I started attending the Union Township trustee meetings after the Ivy Pointe expose done on Channel 12 two or three years ago. I observed a man, John McGraw, who would ask for clarification on items before the trustees (he had usually done some investigating). Through his questions/comments, he brought more transparency of the meeting to the general public. I met John a couple of months ago and got the impression he is a honest man with integrity whom I am proud to support and will vote for Nov. 8. Judith A. Kelch Union Township

Pierce Twp. needs balance

We need balance on the Pierce Township Board of Trustees. I have found Rich Riebel to be a person of integrity. He has experience with conducting business in the real world. Rich is accustomed to meeting with people to find out what is needed, then taking the initiative to move things forward toward getting something done. Rich knows about road maintenance issues, he is knowledgeable about equipment, and he has experience in dealing with various county agencies. Rich knows how to develop a rapport with people to get things accomplished. He is experienced with planning and he cares about the community and about our community standards. Rich Riebel cares about the future of Pierce Township. Rich Riebel has my vote for Pierce Township trustee. William Light Pierce Township

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CH@TROOM WC needs the money

I’ve done a lot of research to remove some emotions from the decision-making for the West Clermont school levy. The question is: Do they really need the money? Ohio school districts spent an average of $10,512 per pupil in FY2010. West Clermont spent $8,777. West Clermont is also below the state average for administrative costs per pupil, while it’s above the state average for instructional costs per pupil. The numbers don’t include the drastic cuts in play this school year, cuts that have an devastating impact on students from lower income families. Check out the following to get the data: www.westcler.k12.oh.us and www.ode.oh.us. Homeowners, especially those without kids in public schools, should visit www.realtor.org/library/library/fg 307 for data about property values and local schools. Ohio reduced West Clermont’s funding by $6.4 million over the next two years, and Columbus is pushing more and more funding requirements to the local level. If we don’t step up and do the right thing, our kids are going to suffer. Therefore, I ask you to support Issue 12, the West Clermont emergency school levy. They really do need the money. Christopher McKee Union Township

Contract questions

Who negociates the WC teachers’ union contract? If it’s the board, well they’re all teachers or former teachers, and if it’s the supertindent, well he’s a teacher and if it’s the board attorney, well he works for people who are or were teachers. This is like the crooks guarding the bank. This must be fair, it’s been going on forever. Maybe that’s why the teachers don’t pay for their medical or pensions, the taxpayers do. It’s time for a change and it’s time for a new WC school board, one that has working professionals that represent the taxpayers. Jim Pennington Union Township

Pierce roads and realism

Rich Riebel’s recent column leads one to believe that Pierce trustees have done little or nothing in regard to repair of roads in the township. That simply is not true. I’m sure that if funds were available, the current board of trustees would have seen to the repair of roads. Citizens need to be aware that not all roads in Pierce Township are the responsibility of the township to maintain. Many are Clermont County and state roads. Pierce has no jurisdiction over these; therefore, they cannot repair them. On leaving my home, I only have to go about a quarter mile before I turn onto a Clermont County road and a short distance before on a state road. I urge citizens to do a reality check and learn which roads are Pierce’s responsibilities to maintain. Presently our public works team is doing an outstanding job of working on the roads and I commend them for their efforts. It seems that Mr. Riebel is running his campaign on roads and leading us to believe that the roads will magically be repaired as soon as he is elected. That is not a reality. It takes time and money. Myron A. White Jr. Pierce Township

Last week’s question

Do you agree with the decision of state officials to move Ohio’s 2012 primary election from Super Tuesday in March, to May? Why or why not? “Who knows? Every state wants to position their primary to be important. But no one can foresee which date will be the deciding one. “A few years ago Ohio moved up its primary to become more meaningful because in previous years the late date was, well, too late. “The best solution would be for the primary dates and states be divided in half or quarters and rotate them. But that would require cooperation. Lots of luck on that.” F.N. “I don’t see a two-month delay of Ohio’s primary election as a big deal. It will give voters a little more time to evaluate the candidates, and that’s a good thing.” Bill B. “I agree because Ohio voters can better assess party candidates closer to the election. Issues and events and how candidates respond can determine who is best for the next four years.” R.V. “I think it should stay as is. Some people get confused enough about when to vote. Moving the date could just add to that confusion.” B.N.

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Beamer works toward for fiscal security Smog is The 2011 campaign for Union Township trustee offers some very clear choices for our residents. One of the most important issues that separate the candidates is my position on economic development and the tools Ohio law gives townships for that purpose. Both Mr. McGraw and Mr. Acres have taken positions in opposition to the Jungle Jim’s project and the use of TIF and JEDD districts. The Jungle Jim’s project represents a $8.5-million investment that will return $10.8 million to the taxpayers in lease payments alone while producing nearly 400 new jobs. The JEDD revenue is expected to exceed $150K per year. Clermont County will receive its share of the sales tax revenue

generated by the activity there as well. None of this would have happened without the TIF and JEDD tools available to the township. Matt Beamer Recent cuts at Community the state level reduced the Press guest have revenue Union columnist Township will receive by almost $2 million per year. This has presented local governments throughout the state with challenges in maintaining services. Precisely because Union Township has used these tools wisely in

attracting Jungle Jim’s and other economic development projects, we are not faced with the raise taxes/cut services challenge and are planning neither. I have led the efforts to advance responsible township participation in these projects while closely monitoring the costs of delivering the services our residents expect. By maintaining tight controls on spending and finding creative ways to bring jobs and revenue here, Union Township will continue to be a vibrant, growing community. So the choice in this election is clear. If you favor the Jungle Jim’s project and others like it that bring jobs, activity and revenue to Union Township and Clermont

County, I am the only candidate in the race that is on the record as supporting these endeavors. If you prefer no township participation in economic development which means empty buildings and property tax increases or layoffs of police and firefighters to offset loses in state funding, you have a couple of other candidates from which to choose. I believe the majority of township voters support these projects and producing revenue from these sources rather than property tax increases. I respectfully ask for your vote to allow me the opportunity to continue to do so on your behalf. Matthew B. Beamer is a Union Township trustee seeking re-election Nov. 8.

We understand service, belt-tightening When you’ve tightened your belt as much as you think you possibly can and you realize it is not enough, what do you do? You take a deep breath and tighten it again. This is what we have been doing at Clermont Senior Services for the last few years. Space does not permit a detailed accounting of the austerity measures we have taken, but the numbers tell the story. Expenses declined from 2008 to 2009, declined again in 2010, and are on track to further decline in 2011. As revenues have also declined during this period, we remained firmly committed to not spending money we did not have. Sound stewardship in the use of the dollars entrusted to us is a responsi-

bility we take seriously. Programs have been meticulously reviewed and optimized allowing us to maintain and, in Tom Rocklin some cases, Community even expand Press guest services. We now face columnist a formidable challenge. The current senior services levy, which represents nearly 80 percent of our funding, will expire at the end of 2011. The five-year levy must be on the ballot in November to continue funding from 2012 through 2016. The citizens of Clermont

County have consistently supported this five-year levy cycle. However, some may not be aware that, if the senior services levy does not pass, funding will cease for Meals-on-Wheels, medical transportation and other vital services that help older adults continue to live at home. The only alternative for many would be Medicaid-funded nursing home care, which is more costly for all taxpayers. Our board of trustees has requested that the board of county commissioners place a 1.3-mill renewal levy on the November ballot. A renewal levy will not increase taxes for the citizens of Clermont County. Significant financial risks lie ahead, such as rising gasoline prices. The uncertain and pro-

longed downturn in the economy requires that we deliberately and carefully manage what we have, just as struggling families throughout Clermont County must do. We cannot predict that waiting lists may not be necessary at some point in the future. But be assured, “Service with Heart” is our cornerstone, and we remain unwavering in our resolve to provide high quality, cost effective services that make a difference in the lives of those we serve - just as we have done for the past 40 years. Please, join your neighbors and me. Vote for Issue 13, the senior services levy, on Nov. 8. Tom Rocklin is the Clermont Senior Services Chair Emeritus and a Miami Township Resident

Retired teachers: Vote ‘no’ on Issue 2 We chose teaching careers knowing full well that it was not considered a high paying job. None of us went into the profession because of money. Teaching has never made anyone rich. We believe the same is true of the public employees who are still in the workforce and who are currently under attack. That is why it is so unbelievable that teachers, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers as well as nurses, firemen and policemen would be blamed for our current economic situation because of their “unearned high salaries and unreasonable health benefits.” That is exactly what the supporters of Issue 2 would lead you to believe. “Spending has gotten out of control. Local governments can’t make ends meet. Therefore, let’s make the public servants pay.” Let’s do a reality check, please. These public servants are responsible for protecting you and

saving your home, taking care of you when you are ill, and seeing that your children are educated, transported to school as well as being Jan fed. Does the Schoellman government not that these Community think people are also Press guest suffering in this columnist economic climate? They pay taxes, too. They pay high fuel costs for heating their homes and getting to work each day just like everyone else. Yet because they are in the public sector, Senate Bill 5 was passed to make these homeowners and families sacrifice even more than they already do. Proponents of Issue 2 say that all they want is for public employ-

ees pay 10 percent of their own retirement plan. The truth? Ninety-eight percent of public employees already do. What Issue 2 really does is take away freedoms and attain more government control over that segment of the public control their lives. Any rights and/or benefits that public employees now have were hard earned though the process of collective bargaining which is a give and take process. To get better healthcare, something else usually salary - was sacrificed. Senate Bill 5 takes some of those negotiated items off the table. Healthcare - gone. Longevity salary raises - gone. Some retirement benefits - gone. Why did our legislature feel that taking away the rights of public employees and limit collective bargaining in the future was the way to save money? We believe the answer to that question is that public employees make up one of the

largest (if not the largest) labor forces in the state. Obviously millions of dollars can be saved by reaching into the employee pockets and robbing them of their livelihood. But is that fair? Is that the right thing to do? We say it is neither fair nor right. We may be senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and perhaps dinosaurs. We were your teachers when you were growing up. You trusted us and followed our advice. Please do so now. The Clermont County Retired Teachers Association passed a motion at their last meeting to urge everyone to vote “no” on Issue 2 this November. We urge you to do so as well. In fact, we are making it your homework assignment. Jan Schoellman is a member of the Clermont County Retired Teachers Association and lives in Wayne Township. She taught for 30 years in the Goshen Local School District.

New EPA regulations zap power plants In its zeal to protect us, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might inadvertently cost scores of jobs in Greater Cincinnati and affect the quality of education for about 2,500 students. New regulations have prompted Duke Energy to announce it will pull the plug on the part of the Beckjord power plant in Clermont County that relies on coal-fired generators to produce electricity. The EPA thinks the plant will cause more air pollution than allowed by agency rules that take effect in 2015. Duke Energy couldn’t justify investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the 60-year-old power plant into compliance with the new standards. Duke also plans to close one of its units at the Miami Fort generating plant in Hamilton County, which provides electricity to Kentucky. Again, the reason is it would cost too much to upgrade

that plant near North Bend to comply with the new EPA standards. It makes more economic sense for Duke to buy electricity Jean on the wholesale Schmidt market and resell it to local Community customers. It’s Press guest too soon to say columnist whether customers will see increases in utility bills, a Duke spokeswoman told me. Four oil-fired generators at the Clermont County plant, which is in New Richmond and Pierce Township, could continue to operate past the deadline. But the net effect will be to export an important part of Clermont County’s tax base to wherever Duke Energy has to go to buy

electricity. This is not something we need. Closing part of Beckjord will cause harm to the community. The plant employs about 120 people. Duke will try to redeploy as many workers as possible to other sites, the company spokeswoman told me. The fate of teachers, police officers and firefighters/paramedics whose salaries depend on Duke taxes is unclear, but layoffs are possible. Estimates indicate Pierce Township could lose more than $766,000 annually, I was told by a township official. New Richmond, which has about 2,400 residents, could lose about $350,000 annually – not counting the income taxes now paid by Duke workers, a village official told me. The New Richmond school district, which employs about 350 fulltime workers and 150 part-timers, could lose about $2 million annual-

ly – nearly 10 percent of its operating budget, I was told by a school official. The district serves about 2,500 children from the villages of New Richmond and Moscow and the townships of Pierce, Monroe, Ohio and Washington. For people in Washington, D.C., where trillions of dollars are tossed around these days, $2 million doesn’t get the kind of respect it used to command. But to residents of Southwest Ohio, it still looks like a fortune. The people who end up paying for the revenue lost because of the EPA’s regulations will be the students whose schools are not as well equipped as they should be, the teachers who lose jobs or are not paid what they deserve, and the parents who have to dig deeper into their pockets to cover tax increases that these localities could be prompted to seek. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.

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When a smog alert is issued, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Will the protective membranes in my nose and throat swell? Will I have red, itchy eyes? Will my working lung capacity will Loren decrease? Koehler Chances are, probably not. Community But those Recorder questions are guest issues that could columnist arise when smog levels are high. Smog is formed when pollutants are present in the air and they react with sunlight. These pollutants are formed from emissions from vehicles, industries and consumer products such as oil-based paint and cleaners. Smog is harmful to your cardiovascular system as well as your respiratory system. If you already have respiratory problems, such as bronchitis or asthma, smog could further exasperate your condition. When particulate matter (dust and soot) is inhaled, it can get into your nose and throat and dry it out causing swelling. The small particles can also decrease the working capacity of your lungs. This can allow for more infections to take place within the body. Cardiovascular problems result from inhaling particulate matter and ozone which allows the fine airborne chemicals to get into your lungs; aggravating allergies. This could in turn reduce the blood flow and oxygen supply to your heart. Although smog affects every person, there are three categories that are affected at higher levels than everybody else when smog levels rise. The first group includes children because their lungs are not fully developed and are more prone to infections by breathing smog infested air. The elderly are another high risk group, due to the fact they may have pre-existing cardiovascular and respiratory problems. They typically also have weaker lungs, heart and immune systems which can make them more susceptible to illnesses and infections. The last group includes people that already have respiratory problems. These people have poor lung function and therefore, asthma attacks and other breathing issues are more prevalent because of the inflammation in the lungs. It is impossible and unrealistic to completely avoid the air outside but there are several things you can do to stay healthy. Be aware when smog alerts are issued through your local media outlets and websites such as OhioKentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments’ www.doyourshare.org. Avoid long-term exposure to the outdoors when a smog alert is called, especially if you are in one of the three high-risk categories. There are no safe levels of smog. However, if you take action by keeping your vehicle maintained, driving less, hydrating more, and avoiding the use of gas powered equipment before 8 p.m. everybody can breathe a little easier. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit www.doyourshare.org, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/doyourshare, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Loren Koehler is a communications intern for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

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Carl Krippendorf embellished his lodge, now part of the Cincinnati Nature Center, with stick-style architecture. Visitors can see the stick-style on the lodge’s doors, porch and even grate coverings. LISA MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

AC Lockdown owners Mary and Russell Durbin pose inside one of the cages they build and sell from their Tate Township farm. It's designed to protect AC units from copper thieves.

Tate Township couple builds air conditioning cages to wards off thieves By Lisa J. Mauch lmauch@communitypress.com

Tate Twp. - For most people, having thieves steal their property is a traumatic experience. For Mary and Russell Durbin it was a motivation. In December, the air conditioning unit outside a home they had bought to renovate and sell was stolen. So the couple came up with a new business idea – steel cages to keep metal thieves at bay. And that’s how AC Lockdown Security was born. The Durbins sold their first cage this spring. Since then business has been growing as the number of AC thefts continues to rise. “You have no idea of the stories we hear,” said Mary. “It’s out of control and it’s not stopping anytime soon. Every single day we hear of someone else being robbed.” Oddly enough, a house in foreclosure that abuts the Durbins’ property was in the process of being robbed when Mary and Russell noticed an out-of-place car there. They came across a man and a woman breaking in and taking the AC unit. Russell, a former Pierce Township police officer, detained them until the police could arrive. “It’s just another example of how it’s happening everywhere,” said Russell. The Neville Freewill Baptist Church also had its AC unit stolen in December. It cost the church $4,000 to replace.

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Where: 1821 Antioch Road When: Call to make an appointment Phone: 797-5625 Email: sales@aclockdown security.com Web: http://aclockdown security.com After that, the church had one of AC Lockdown Security’s cages installed. “It’s very good,” said Pastor Roger Daniel, who worked at Sears for 25 years and recently sold his own HVAC company, of the cage. “He uses high-quality steel that’s impossible to cut with a saw blade. He took a lot of care to design it to make it service friendly,” he said. The cages are built out at the Durbins’ farm in Tate Township from welded oneand-a-quarter-inch tube steel with a tamper-proof lock encased in heavy steel. The standard cage size is 40-by-40 inches. Custom sizes – and colors – are available. Prices start at $795 for a standard cage. Payment plans are available. AC Lockdown Security also handles the installation and the cages are anchored in 12 to 18 inches of concrete. “Once he puts his cage in it’s impossible to steal that unit … unless you have a key,” said Daniel. “It’s a very good investment. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ clermontcounty.


AC Lockdown owner Russell Durbin shows the tamper-proof lock he used on the cages.

CNC’s Krippendorf estate listed on National Register of Historic Places By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

UNION TWP. - The Krippendorf estate, at the heart of the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The announcement came this summer after an application was written and submitted by nature center historian Jane Stotts and local historical preservation specialist Beth Sullebarger. “This all started when Bill Hopple (CNC executive director) and I were walking up the path to the lodge. We started talking about the possibility of nominating the property for the register because the lodge is so historic. He asked me if I would be interested in doing that and, I said I would,” Stotts said. The addition of the Krippendorf estate to the National Register of Historic Places is unique because it not only includes the lodge, but also Carl Krippendorf’s original 175 acres, all the original buildings on those 175 acres and even the land itself. “We have a wonderful history here – even in the land,” Stotts said. “Through our research we found that 60 percent of what Carl Krippendorf planted is still here.” Those plants range from the English gardens on the property to the daffodils visitors flock to the nature center to see each spring, said Kristi Masterson, marketing and membership manager for the Cincinnati Nature Center. “CNC nominated the entire Krippendorf Estate rather than just the building … our nomination recognized the unique landscape as well as the Krippendorf Lodge - very few listings include the landscape,” Hopple said. Carl Krippendorf came to Clermont County in 1875 after coming down with typhoid fever at 8 years old. The doctors told him to move to the country. “His father put an ad in the newspaper and Dr. Spence (from Perintown) told him to send the boy here. Young Carl found his paradise here in the woods,” Stotts said. Carl Krippendorf started building his lodge in 1898 and he and his new wife, Mary, spent their honeymoon there in 1900. Throughout the years, Krippendorf - the son of a successful shoe businessman - added a water tower, maids cottage, ice house, a garage and even Clermont County’s first swimming pool. Krippendorf had a lavish home, but his real love was nature. While the Cincinnati Nature Center is committed to preservation, Krippendorf spent his days working on landscaping. Even


The Krippendorf Lodge, 175 acres and original buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge and grounds are part of the Cincinnati Nature Center in Union Township.


Carl Krippendorf planted daffodil bulbs, his favorite flower, all around the lodge. This picture was taken near 1905. The daffodils are now one of the things that make the Cincinnati Nature Center famous.


Carl Krippendorf, the son of a German immigrant and successful shoe businessman, built the Krippendorf Lodge between 1898 and 1900. He also did much of the estate’s landscaping. After Krippendorf died in 1964, the estate became the Cincinnati Nature Center, which opened in 1967. today, visitors can walk Krippendorf’s original trails, see his stone and plant walls and visit his English herb garden, Stotts said. “He did have landscapers, but Carl did a lot of the work himself. He was always outside. This was his place of wellness,” Stotts said. After Krippendorf died in 1964, lifelong friend and “Naturalist Afield” columnist Karl Maslowski met with Stanley M. Rowe Sr. and Krippendorf’s daughter Rosan Krippendorf Adams. They convinced Adams to sell the property so it could be used as a nature center. In 1967, the Cincinnati Nature Cen-

ter opened. While Rowe Woods has grown to more than 1,000 acres and the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Long Branch Farm encompasses about 600 acres, the organization is still very committed to their history. “Being on the national register is our chance to recognize our efforts for preserving this land and the buildings. This property has an important history,” Masterson said. Stotts wanted to thank Sullebarger, Mary Clark Stambaugh, Ric Snodgrass, Bill Creasey and Doug Kinslow for their help on the project. To be eligible to qualify for the national register, a structure must be more than 50 years old and either be historically significant, have an association with the lives of historically significant people, have architectural merit or have the potential to yield archaeologically important information. The Cincinnati Nature Center’s application was reviewed by the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board and the National Park Service. For more about your community, visit www.cincinnati.com/uniontownship


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Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Family friendly. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, 4343 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Combines body sculpting exercises with high-energy cardio. Ages 16 and up. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba Fitness with Sue. 3794900. Mount Carmel.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.

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


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.


Old West Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, America’s Pastime Weekend. Relive days of Wild West in unique entertainment experience. Re-enactments, trick shooting and roping, demonstrations, rides, food and music. Free parking. Rain or shine. $10, $6 ages 6-12; free ages 5 and under. 866-937-8337; www.oldwestfestival.com. Williamsburg.



Hand-Painted Floormats, 6:30-9 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own usable work of art. All materials provided. Family friendly. $50. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond.


Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 8317297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford. F R I D A Y, O C T . 7


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; www.jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.


Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Annual Fall Fest. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. Family friendly. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215. Williamsburg.

Fall on the Farm Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Hay rides to pumpkin patch through pumpkin town and pumpkin circus, seven-acre corn maze, paint ball pumpkin, caramel apples, concessions, play area and more. Free admission. Through Oct. 30. 697-9173; www.fallonthefarm.com. Loveland.

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All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450. 831-9876. Milford.


Old West Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Old West Festival, America’s Pastime Weekend. $10, $6 ages 6-12; free ages 5 and under. 866937-8337; www.oldwestfestival.com. Williamsburg.


Fall on the Farm Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, Free admission. 697-9173; www.fallonthefarm.com. Loveland.


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


Linked Music Festival, 1-8 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., Music by Blessid Union of Souls, Holly Spears Band, James Potts Band, Nick Wing, Marissa Rhinehart Trio, Lee Roessler Duo and Tresler Comet. Concert created to build awareness for the CityLink Center. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Linked Music Festival. 227-4746; www.linkedmusicfestival.com. Loveland.


Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.


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


Scleroderma Foundation Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital Medical Office Building II, 7502 State Road, Conference Room A. To help scleroderma patient and their friends deal with the devastating symptoms of the disease and its emotional impacts. Free. Presented by Scleroderma Foundation. 232-5210. Anderson Township. S U N D A Y, O C T . 9

ANTIQUES SHOWS Antiques and Crafts on the Ohio, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Setup for dealers 7 a.m. Rain or shine. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 753-1909. New Richmond.


Blooms & Berries Farm Market hosts Fall on the Farm Fall Festival through Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, at 9669 S. Ohio 48. There is a 7-acre corn maze, hayrides and concessions (weekends only), a play area, pumpkin paintball and more. Visit www.fallonthefarm.com. Pictured is last year’s corn maze. M O N D A Y, O C T . 1 0


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.



Harvest Festival Pig Roast, Noon-2:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Pulled pork dinner. Hot dogs available for children. Carry out available. Youth Group bake sale. Free activities for all ages including hay rides, bounce house, lifesize Connect Four game and balloon artist on stilts. Family friendly. $25 per family; $10 per person. 231-4301. Anderson Township.


Historic Walking Tour, 1-3 p.m., Greenlawn Cemetery, 687 Ohio 50, Tour sheds light on histories of some of Milford’s most significant residents who now reside below-ground. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society. $15, $10 advance. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; www.milfordhistory.net/news/historicwalkthroughgreenlawncemetery. Milford.


Granny’s Garden School Harvest Volunteering, 6-8 p.m., Granny’s Garden School Executive Office, 20 Miamiview Drive, Families from Loveland School District and members of community help harvest from the gardens. Email grannysgardenschool@fuse.net to register. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; www.grannysgardenschool.org. Loveland.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford. T U E S D A Y, O C T . 1 1

DRINK TASTINGS Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Signature Series: Walter Hansel. $65. Paired with food. Reservations required. 831-2749; email Clay@20brix.com; www.20brix.com. Milford. EXERCISE CLASSES

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.


Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. info@lovelandfm.com; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

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


WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; www.milfordfirstumc.org. Milford.


Homeschool Science, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Students and parents can explore interactive learning stations, science lessons and a guided hike. Online registration due five days prior to program. Ages 5-12. $4, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060. Anderson Township.


Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop, 6:308:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own colorful stepping stone. Family friendly. $40. 6831581. Symmes Township.


Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Join naturalist for stories, crafts and chance to explore nature. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; www.parks.clermontcountyohio.gov. Batavia.


Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 8318039; www.milfordag.com. Miami Township.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 9211922. Anderson Township. Job Loss Support Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Unload burdens, get support, ask questions and understand grief. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745. Anderson Township.


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 24:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. Family friendly. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


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



The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden ushers in Halloween with HallZOOween Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8-9, Oct. 1516; and Oct. 22-23. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume and fill up their goodie bags as they trick-or-treat through the zoo. Kids can check out Pumpkin Pandemonium, the zoo’s animal version of trick-or-treating. Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion is 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Also on hand are pumpkin carving demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, Halloween animal meet and greets, train rides and the Scare-ousel. HallZOOween is free with zoo admission: Adults, $14; ages 2-12, $10; under 2, free. Visit www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Milford. Epilepsy Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Share tips, mutual concerns, common issues, challenges and successes with other members. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. 721-2905; www.cincinnatiepilepsy.org. Miami Township.


Actor and comedian Sinbad comes to the newly renovated Taft Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. He has been ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time. Tickets are $40. Visit www.tafttheatre.com or call 800-745-3000.


October 5, 2011

Community Journal


A nice, slow way to a very good crockpot roast Every spring and fall, I check my pantry herbs and spices. Since this time of year many of them go on sale, it’s a good idea to do the “sniff” test and check which ones need replacing. Check out my blog at Cincinnati.com (Cooking with Rita) for a video on how to buy and store dry herbs and spices. You’ll love my tip about putting an “open” date on the container.

Lottie’s easy crockpot pot roast

Lottie Hilgefort is my daughter-in-law, Jess’, sister and typical of a very busy mom. You may recognize this recipe as I’ve shared my version in the past. After making Lottie’s today, hers is my new “go to” pot roast. It’s that good. Lottie said: “ I adapted this from different recipes I liked until I came to perfection. It is so delicious and moist. I always serve with mashed potatoes, as you have lots of delicious gravy.” 3-4 lb. roast (whatever looks good and is on sale) 1 envelope beefy-onion dry soup mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 soup can good red wine 3 tablespoons flour 2 beef bouillon cubes Place roast in sprayed crockpot. Mix remaining

ingredients and pour over. Cook on low eight to 10 hours.

Rita Dutch Heikenfeld apple pie Rita’s kitchen jam

T h i s would be great with a pork roast, or as a breakfast jam. And I’ll bet you could melt this with some apple cider or apple juice and make a terrific topping for ice cream and cake. Make it while apples are in season. 4 cups prepared fruit (about 1 pound Granny Smith or other tart green apples, 1⁄2 cup raisins and 11⁄4 cups water) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon or so cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 4 cups granulated sugar 1 box dry pectin Peel, core and grind or finely chop fruit. Add raisins and water. Measure 4 total cups into large pot. Stir in lemon juice, cinnamon and allspice. Stir pectin into fruit. Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in both sugars. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly one


After making Lottie’s easy crockpot pot roast, hers is my new “go to” pot roast. It’s that good. minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Ladle quickly into sterilized, hot jelly jars and wipe rims and threads. Seal. Process in a water bath for five minutes. This makes the jam shelf-stable. You can also simply cook up the jam without putting in a water bath, and store in the refrigerator up to three months or in the freezer up to nine months.

Tips from readers

Crystal chili update. From Terry, who said the recipe died with the last surviving family member of the restaurant “a few months ago.” Terry said he makes one close to Crystal’s and I hope he’ll be willing to share it with us for Connie, who requested this heirloom favorite. Thirty-minute veggie

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soup updated with kale and corn. Marsha Barker made my recipe but substituted kale (added it at the beginning of cooking time) and also some fresh corn from the cob. “Everyone raved,” she said. Granola bar nutrition. Lois Daley made the granola bar recipe I put in the paper recently and everyone loved them, but she wanted to know if I could provide nutritional information. I don’t have software, or real-

ly, the background, to do this. Paper bag apple pie recipe possibly not suited for some ovens. I got a call from a reader who said she’d made this in her gas oven, but when she baked the pie in her electric oven, the bag caught fire. I have made it in my electric oven with no problem, but ovens and paper varies, and I’m glad she shared this information. To be cautious, make a “bag” out of parchment paper, which is totally oven proof.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Homemade produce wash for apples and other hard-skinned fruit. For the reader who called and said she quit eating apples because of the pesticides, etc. on them. I know you can buy produce sprays, but try this easy one: equal amounts of clear vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray apples and let sit a minute. Rinse well. The vinegar helps remove pesticides and toxins.

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Community Journal


October 5, 2011

Seed, Soil, Sun


The Clermont County Farm Bureau has donated the newest award-winning literature book, “Seed, Soil, Sun” written by Cris Peterson, to the 10 branches of the Clermont County library. From left are Meghan, Alie and Garrett Carter of Anderson Township reading the book.

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The Clermont County YWCA is struggling to keep the shelves of its food pantry stocked. “We are experiencing a 30 to 40-percent increase in the number of people coming to us for assistance, compared to last year,” said YWCA Eastern Area Shelter and Outreach Coordinator Kirstin Eismin. “We need everything from cereal and canned food to pillows for our domestic violence shelter.” Located at 55 S. Fourth St. in Batavia, the Eastern YWCA serves children and


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families in Clermont, Brown and Adams counties. “We try to wrap our arms around those in need and help them get through a difficult time,” said Eismin. “Our domestic violence shelter is almost always at capacity.” The YWCA Eastern Area’s largest fundraiser to help support its services is the annual Circle of Women Luncheon that will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Oasis Conference Center in Miami Township. “We need table captains

for this event,” said Eismin. “Basically, the table captains invite their own circle of friends to the free luncheon that includes various presentations on the mission of the YWCA and the importance of community support.” Dr. Tonya Matthews, vice president of museums for the Cincinnati Museum Center, will be the keynote speaker. For more information or to volunteer to become a table captain for the event, call 732-0450.

United Way annual campaign kicks off in Clermont Co. United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Eastern Area has announced a goal of $1,446,100, said Stewart M. Greenlee, CEO, CenterBank, and chair, United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Eastern Area 2011 campaign. “We’re are urging everyone to join us and become part of our broad community effort to make significant advances and create lasting change in Brown and Clermont counties in the areas of education, income and health, the building blocks of a better life for all,” Greenlee said. Pacesetter campaigns and early leadership gifts have gotten the campaign off to a great start, he said. These include Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County,

one of the Top 25 Pacesetters in the full regional campaign, having already raised $3,207, with $1,194 new dollars. “Strategies in place to help us reach our goal include a matching gift program, affinity group efforts, and outreach to retirees and to people who gave in the past but not last year,” Greenlee said. The campaign ends Oct. 28. To learn more about the 2011 campaign, what it supports and how you can get involved, visit United Way’s web site at uwgc.org, like United Way on Facebook at facebook.com/UnitedWayofGreaterCincinnati or follow on Twitter at @UnitedWayGC.

Chatfield College appoints alumni association director Chatfield College officials have hired Susan Green of Williamsburg as the alumni association director. Green will assist in database management of alumni records as well as collecting and increasing the accuracy of all alumni contact information. She will coordinate communications with all Chatfield alumni at both the St. Martin and Findlay Market campuses. Green has more than eight years of experience as a quality assurance manager at Vivanda LLC as well as an expertise in recruiting, training and customer care. “I’m excited to be the first alumni association director and honored to have been given the opportunity to assist in the growth that Chatfield Col-

lege is experiencing now and in the future. I would like to see the alumni participation increase and to have more alumni involved in activities and future growth at Chatfield College,” said Green. Green currently lives in Williamsburg with her husband Jim. She’s also an active member of Chatfield College’s Performance Workshop class and enjoys riding her horses, kayaking and traveling. Alumni of Chatfield College should contact Green to keep up to date on the latest campus events and activities. Email her at alumni@chatfield.edu. For more information, visit www.chatfield.edu, call 513-875-3344 or email admissions@chatfield.edu.


Community Journal

October 5, 2011


Ole’ Fisherman met Ruth Ann in her father’s store four grandchildren, one grandson-inlaw and a great granddaughter that meeting in the hardware store was great. I thank the Good Lord for George that. Rooks We finally got Ole to go fishing and some fine Fisherman caught crappie. Last Monday afternoon we got out after the rain. I cleaned 10 big crappie and 22 bluegills. The filet on the bluegills are not big but it is so good. Ruth Ann put the fish filets in four bags, 10 crappie filets in each bag and 11 bluegills in each of two bags. The Grants Farm and Green Houses have some beautiful pumpkins, Indian corn, mums, cut fodder and sugar corn along with other items to sell. Now writing I’m about them having mums, but

they have no dads. Ha Ha. Last Sunday the homecoming at the old Bethel M.E. Church here at East Fork was held. This was the biggest crowd we have ever had with over 90 people. The music was provided by the Kinner Express. There were nine people in the group that furnished the music. They played and sang the well known songs and the crowd really enjoyed singing along with them. Then we had the great historian Rick Crawford tell some of the history of the area. After the program there were cookies and drinks on the lawn and folks sure enjoyed visiting with each other and reminiscing about old times. The work on the belfry is to begin next week. It will be good to get it repaired and back in order. The fishing here at East Fork is good with lots of big crappie. The crappie tournament that The Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton

held last Sunday had these results: The winner with seven crappie, weighed almost 7 pounds, second place was 6.5 pounds. There were 20 boats in the tournament. The bait shop that Mike operates does a great job and he runs a good crappie tournament. His bait shop is well known. The deer season for bow hunting came in Sept. 24 this year. They can be checked in online. Mike has helped several folks so far. The garden is still producing. The zucchini are going good, the tomatoes are still ripening, the lettuce and spinach we planted is sure doing good. The green beans are about ready to be picked. Of course the deer have been sampling them that were around the outside of the fence. The first time we got to go fishing, when we came home with the pontoon, the cat, “Richoette,” remembered last year the boat

Fall Festival in Chilo is Oct. 8


Fall awareness through art

Clermont County General Health District Senior Safety Program Coordinator Denise Franer, right, presented a six-month YMCA membership to Judy Pedigo of Batavia Sept. 28. Pedigo won first place in the health district’s Fall Prevention Week art contest for her poster submission. Second place, including a Wal-Mart gift card and a Clermont Senior Services gift certificate, went to Geraldine Stevens. Linda Enxweiler took third place and won a safety tote. All the submissions were on display at the Milford-Miami Township Branch Library in September.

Enjoy a ride through the Chilo Lock #34 Park in a mule-powered wagon as part of the park’s Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 8. The park is off U.S. 52 in Chilo. Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. “we will have lots of family activities to celebrate fall,” said Keith Robinson, chief naturalist for the Clermont County Parks. “There will be a pumpkin patch available and the opportunity to paint your own pumpkin. Live music is planned and you can catch the trolley to the Augusta, Kentucky, Turning of the Leaves Festival.” The wagon rides will be provided by the Gorman Heritage Farm, a 120-acre

Recycle computers Oct. 8 Clermont County citizens are invited to take advantage of a free computer recycling event Saturday, Oct. 8, at the UC Clermont Campus, South 1 Lot, in Batavia. The event runs from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Computers, monitors (CRTs and LCDs), printers, keyboards, networking equipment, speakers, scanners, external hard drives, laptops, servers, cables, towers and internal video cards will be accepted for recycling. Televisions cannot be accepted at this event.

“Recycling computers is a great alternative to simply tossing old computers in the trash, which can result in the buildup of toxic metals in local landfills,” said Clermont Office of Environmental Quality Program Manager Hannah Gonzalez. “The copper, steel, and plastic found in electronics are valuable commodities which can be recycled into new products, thereby decreasing the consumption of natural resources.” Many computers can be reused. They will be refurbished and donated to

schools and the elderly. The hard drives will be stripped, so none of your personal information will be accessed. The Cincinnati Computer Cooperative (C3), a nonprofit organization, is coordinating the event. C3 partners with local businesses and individual donors to offer computer recycling and reuse programs across the Greater Cincinnati area. Businesses that are interested in donating during the Oct. 8 event can contact Daniel Meek, C3 program coordinator, at 771-3262 or

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working and educational farm in Evendale. “You might be surprised to know that the mules pulling the wagon are a cross between a female horse and a male donkey,” said Gorman Farms volunteer Chuck Melampy. “George and Jim (the mules) love people and pulling the wagon. They are pretty smart animals. I’d compare them to dogs.” For more information about the Fall Festival, visit the Clermont County Park District website at www.parks.ClermontCountyOhio.gov. Watch an interview with Robinson about the Fall Festival at www. clermontcountyohio.gov/vi deo09162011keith.aspx.

Many computers can be reused. They will be refurbished and donated to schools and the elderly. The hard drives will be stripped, so none of your personal information will be accessed. email dmeek@cincinnaticomputercooperative.org to schedule an individual pickup or drop off. For more information about the event, call the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District at 732-7894.

held fish so he was ready. It is amazing how they remember these things. He kept meowing and following me as I got ready to get the fish out of the live well on the boat. Ruth Ann had a pan of water and filet knife ready so as I went to the cleaning table the cat kept me company and ate lots of the rib cages I cut out of the fish. The cat, “Dixie,” that we have had was 17 years old, was blind and partially deaf, he died last week. We sure miss him. He was so loving. By the way Ruth Ann’s leg is healing up fine. She caught the biggest crappie. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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Howdy folks, I have been writing some about my dad and mom, well, here is some about Ruth Ann’s folks. Her dad was a farmer at Dodsonville in Highland County, then a lumber salesman. He retired as a Clermont County building inspector and a good one. The builders were always glad to see him. Her dad also had a hardware store in Newtonsville. Ruth Ann and her mother also worked in the hardware store. There was an elderly lady that came in each day for a creamscycle ice cream bar. Her dad kept ice cream bars I think just for this lady of course he sold to other people. Her mother was a homemaker, after Ruth Ann was in high school her mom worked in the Newtonsville Post Office. The hardware store is where I met Ruth Ann Mattox and love grew from that time. Now with two daughters, two sons-in-law,


Community Journal

October 5, 2011


Second Clermont Co. Business Plan Competition to begin


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Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM

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


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

considered plan,” said John Melvin, director of the Small Business Development Center at the Clermont Chamber. All competitors are encouraged to attend the free business planning classes offered by UC Clermont College in conjunction with the Ohio Small Business Development Center and sponsors of the competition. All classes are from 6:30

p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia. Classes are free, but registration is required. Contact Jeff Bauer at 513732-5257 to save a seat. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Individuals or teams may submit entries. Winners will be announced Nov. 15. Competitors must submit a complete business plan of no more than 30 pages for a company that operates or will operate in Clermont County. It should be for a new business, early stage company, or a proposed expansion or recovery of an existing business. Winners must use their winnings in

the business itself. Awards will be as follows: First place – $5,000; second place $2,500; third place $1,000. Complete rules and the Business Class schedule are available www.clermont chamber.com or by calling 513-576-5000. The Business Plan Competition is sponsored by: Park National Bank, Ohio Small Business Development Centers, KinkerEveleigh Insurance Agency, RiverHills Bank, UC Clermont College, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood, CPA Inc., Center Bank, U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, CenterBank, National Bank & Trust, Fifth Third Bank and WesBanco.




Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst


All competitors are encouraged to attend the free business planning classes offered by UC Clermont College

Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM www.stmaryparishfamily.org

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 www.stpeternewrichmond.org


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

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

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

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



Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

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

LINDALE BAPTIST CHURCH 3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 797-4189

Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm


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


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

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

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770 www.faithchurch.net

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


Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN




Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

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


Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 www.goshenchurchofgod.org 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


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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church 19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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

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 www.epiphanyumc.org CE-1001652113-01

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

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith


Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to areeves@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Community Journal, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140.

Williamsburg Community Prayer Meeting

Members will be host a craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church. Table space is available starting at $10. Call for details: 513-846-8305 or 513748-7405. The church is at 200 Hamilton St.; 553-3465.



New Richmond Nazarene Church

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305 WburgUMC@aol.com


Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan


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



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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 www.FirstChurchofJesusChrist.org 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450


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

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


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S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail: bethelnaz@fuse.net www.bethelnazarenechurch.org

PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525

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 www.cmcchurch.com Mark Otten, Pastor

Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided www.calvin-pc.org

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


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About religion

The Williamsburg Community Prayer Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at one of four churches. Dates and places are Nov. 7 at Clear Mountain Community Church; Dec. 5 at First Church of the Nazarene; and Jan. 2 at Trinity Christian Fellowship. In more than 13 years of monthly gatherings, there has been a positive impact on the community. For more information, contact Pastor Rex Schrolucke at 724-3500.


Trinity United Methodist


The church is sponsoring a three-day rummage sale in the Educational Building from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. A $5 bag sale will take place Saturday. Dishes, linens, adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, knickknacks, tools, small appliances and much more will be available for bargain hunters. There also will be a large amount of furniture. Mount Moriah has developed a reputation for offering satisfied customers special rummage sales. The merchandise is clean and in good condition. There is always a large selection. The church is at 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Withamsville; 752-1333; www.mtmoriahumc.org.

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Mount Moriah United Methodist Church

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

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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

Nursery provided for all services

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

Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


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 www.monumentsbaptist.org


All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412

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

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

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Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am CE-1001604952-01

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and UC Clermont College will again host the Business Plan Competition that is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and increase awareness of resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Clermont County. “The Business Plan Competition is an excellent opportunity for business owners and start-up entrepreneurs to build their skills in business planning while also competing for a substantial cash prize. In this tough business environment, there is nothing more critical than having a well-


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October 5, 2011


Bogards named Williamsburg ‘Gardeners of the Year’


Jackie and Ron Bogard, 396 Gay St., were named the “2011 Gardeners of the Year” by the Williamsburg Garden Club. From left are Jackie Bogard accepting a yard marker from Williamsburg Garden Club President Carol Sandberg.

The Williamsburg Garden Club named Jackie and Ron Bogard the “2011 Gardeners of the Year.” The Bogards reside at 396 Gay St. The award is given annually to the individual or individuals whose gardens are judged the most beautiful. Their home is landscaped

from spring through fall with flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals. They were presented a yard marker by Garden Club President Carol Sandberg. The beautification of Williamsburg is one of the club’s year-round projects. Club members maintain plants at the community

entrances, the Memorial Garden at Town Square, along Main Street and the flower boxes on the bridge. The club recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, making it one of the oldest in Ohio. For details about the club, visit www.williamsburg-garden-club.org.

Plans under way for Clermont Chamber’s Women’s Day 2011 Clermont County business women will have a unique self-development opportunity Oct. 20 at the annual Clermont Chamber of Commerce Women’s Day Event 2011 … Your Personal Brand: Create It! Use It! at the Holiday Inn and Suites Cincinnati Eastgate from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This half day event features Jenn Stark, owner of Outcome Branding, and Kendra Ramirez, manager of Open Commerce for Ascendum Vora Innovation Center. Prior to launching Know Your Brand, Stark held executive and leader-

ship positions with both corporate and start-up organizations, leading communications initiatives to drive growth and brand recognition. Ramirez is a nationally-recognized social media authority and was a finalist for the 2009 Social Media Innovator of the year award. The first session, Personal Branding for Business Success, will highlight how to define and refine your brand and how to present your brand consistently in every professional and personal interaction. In the lunch session,

Using LinkedIn for Personal Branding, women will learn how to create a persuasive and professional LinkedIn image, how to leverage LinkedIn for job search and business development, how to set yourself up as an expert in your area of expertise and how to work social media into your calendar. The event will include activities on how to create and use a personal statement or brand for a business career. According to Women’s Day 2011 Event Chair, Amy Foley, executive director of

Chamber will host UC provost at monthly luncheon Oct. 14 The Clermont County BAC honors employers each October for their positive influence in working with people who have developmental or mental health disabilities, while giving these individuals the opportunity to participate in community employment or work assessments. Agencies who serve as BAC members are the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Clermont County Office of Economic Development, the W.I.N. Work Initiative Network, Workforce One of Clermont County, and the Greater Cincinnati Behavior Health Services. The Chamber would like to thank Grant Career Center for sponsoring and participating with a delegation of students and teachers through the Chamber’s PLUS Program. The PLUS Program brings the business and education communities closer together by introducing students to a business

event atmosphere and educating them on current events affecting the Clermont County business community. The Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at R.S.V.P. on Wards Corner Road. Registration is $25 per member and $40 for non-members. To register, call the Clermont Chamber at 513-576-5000 or visit www.clermontchamber.com.

Network Committee and is sponsored by Mercy Hospital Clermont and the Women’s Network of American Modern Insurance Group. Women’s Day 2011 includes sessions on branding, how to effectively use social media and a continental breakfast and luncheon. The event cost is $35 for Clermont Chamber of Commerce members and $45 for non-members. Corporate tables of eight are available as well as vendor tables.

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The Clermont Chamber of Commerce will host University of Cincinnati Provost Santa J. Ono and the Clermont County Business Advisory Council Employer of the Year Awards at their monthly luncheon meeting Oct. 14. Dr. Ono will be presenting “Building an Academic Master Plan for the University of Cincinnati.” In his presentation Ono will discuss the process and potential impact of developing a forward-leaning, consensus-driven plan that will guide UC’s academic priorities and resourcing for years to come. In addition, the Clermont County Business Advisory Council (BAC) will award its 2011 Employer of the Year Awards in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Round Bottom Recycling of Milford will receive the Large Employer of the Year Award. J&A Cleaning of Amelia is the Small Employer of the Year.

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Female was assaulted at 370 North St., Sept. 10.

Incidents/investigations Criminal simulation

Disorderly conduct

Male received fraudulent money orders at 33 Lori Lane No. 4, Sept. 9.




Tools taken from truck box; $400 at 22 Woodsong Court, Sept. 13. Class ring taken; $130 at 34 S. Deer Creek Drive, Sept. 13.

Male stated card used with no authorization at 325 Broadway, Sept. 8.

Domestic violence

A sand trailer, air compressor, etc. taken; $4,000 at 295 Old Boston Road, Sept. 13. Two AC units taken from Lytle Auctions; $8,000 at 675 College Drive, Sept. 14.

Theft, vandalism

Three AC units taken at Life Point Solutions; $1,500 at 43 E. Main St., Sept. 20.


Violation of protection order


Juvenile, 12, disorderly conduct, Sept. 8. Rodney A. Ogeltree, 35, 395 Spring St., obstructing official business, resisting arrest, Sept. 10. Michael Collins, 57, 240 E. Glen Ave., open container, Sept. 10. Melissa Halcomb, 28, 193 S. 4th St., warrant, Sept. 12. James K. Johnson, 30, 495 Old Boston Road, warrant, Sept. 13. Jeffrey C. Couch, 28, 160 S. Riverside, warrant, Sept. 17.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Money and cellphones taken at gun point; $200 cash at 160 S. Riverside, Sept. 12.




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Female reported this offense at work at 4399 E. Bauman Lane, Sept. 15.



Joseph L. Morgan, 27, 221 Front St., warrant, Sept. 10. Nadeem I. Khouri, 24, 5147 Arbor Knolls, driving under influence, Sept. 11. Adam W. Lewis, 28, 2755 Ohio 132, warrant, Sept. 14. William R. Ratliff, 30, 209 Walnut St., warrant, Sept. 14. Jamie M. Troxell, 27, 120 Paddle Wheel Drive, warrant, Sept. 14. Douglass W. Baucom, 30, 283 Dun Bar Road, warrant, obstructing official business, Sept. 14.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

Vehicle was keyed at 1135 Bethel New Richmond, Sept. 16.



Silvestre L. Salcido, 32, 776 Delhi Road, warrant, Sept. 17. Franklin W. Bates, 31, 306 St. Andrews Drive, recited, Sept. 16.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering



Subject failed to pay gas bill; $105 at 527 Sycamore St., Sept. 13. Medication taken from vehicle at 409 Willow St., Sept. 13. Wallet taken at 708 Front St., Sept. 14.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Fred W. Cosand, 39, 4368 Eastwood, recited, Sept. 11. Robert H. Wilson II, 26, 3382 Cole Road, warrant, Sept. 13. David Ridenhaur, 38, 718 Market St., theft, Sept. 18. Christina L. Reno, 22, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 206, domestic violence, Sept. 18.

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Copper pipe taken at 3416 Jenny Lind, Sept. 16.

At St. Andrews Drive, Sept. 16. At East Ohio Pike, Sept. 18.

Felonious assault

Female was assaulted at 3048 Pond Run, Sept. 11.


Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1381 Ohio Pike No. 5F, Sept. 13.

Passing bad checks

Female reported this offense; $369 loss at 1508 Ohio 749, Sept. 13.


Medication taken/lost at Kroger at 1783 Ohio Pike, Sept. 8. Debit card taken while at Kroger at 1783 Ohio Pike, Sept. 16. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $40 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 18.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jody L. Genovese, 49, 4109 Independence Drive, domestic violence, Sept. 14. Jonathan A. Weber, 20, 1369 Mountain Ash, warrant service, Sept. 14. Cynthia L. Davis, no age given, lka 3991 Delhi Pike, destruction of property, Sept. 14. Joshua B. Lovins, 29, 4442 Mount Carmel Tobasco, driving under suspension, Sept. 14. Clifton Bostic, 47, 12764 Rummel Rod, warrant service, Sept. 14. Robert L. Day, 24, 3998 Hamblen, warrant service, Sept. 20. Lindsay D. Williams, 20, 708 Hillview, warrant service, Sept. 20. Benjamin Scarborough, 26, 699 Old Ohio 74, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 20. Cierra D. Wynne, 20, 3984 Brandychase, domestic violence, Sept. 20. Angie Bailey, 35, 3893 Bennett, warrant service, Sept. 20. Andrew T. Blankenship, 46, 4430 Erickson Court, domestic violence, Sept. 20. Janelle May, 29, 421 Dartmouth, domestic violence, Sept. 20. Paul A. Martin, 28, 1641 Sycamore, warrant, Sept. 21. Brittany Coop, 26, 5799 Brookstone, warrant service, Sept. 21. Jacob E. Schnapp, 22, 5 Park Ave., theft, Sept. 12. Kirby S. Schneder, 23, 4647 Buckskin Trail, driving under influence,



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Sept. 13. Brandi N. Zimmerer, no age given, 511 E. Main St., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Sept. 18. Lisa M. Bowman, 29, 511 E. Main St., disorderly conduct, Sept. 18. Jason T. Lewis, 31, 482 Piccadilly, disorderly conduct, Sept. 18. Eric Payne, 39, 772 Rue Center, warrant service, Sept. 17. Wendell Thompson, 55, driving under influence, child endangering, Sept. 17. Shawn A. Glins, 22, 3806 Red Fox, aggravated drug possession, dangerous drugs, paraphernalia, Sept. 16. Daniel M. Deweese, 20, 4956 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 16. Janelle Birch, 45, 3951 Lori Lynn, driving under influence, open container, Sept. 17. Douglas E. Neal, 40, 4504 Aicholtz, drug instrument, paraphernalia, Sept. 16. Justin Singleton, 29, 4745 Treeview Court, driving under suspension, Sept. 16. Tina M. Holt, 30, 48 Honeysuckle, theft, Sept. 15. Steven A. Orick, 26, 48 Honeysuckle, theft, drug instrument, Sept. 15. Brett J. Wrightsman, 29, lka 18 Tidewater, theft, Sept. 17. Nicholas E. Hines, 27, 520 Glenrose, warrant, Sept. 18. Jeffrey P. Vitale, 22, 1102 Heatherstone, drug possession, Sept. 17. Joey Vitale, 22, 1102 Heatherstone, drug possession, Sept. 17. Juvenile, 17, drug possession, Sept. 17. Michael Miller, 32, 500 University Lane, warrant service, Sept. 18. Robert G. Webster, 31, 1024 Bellwood, warrant service, Sept. 18. Kyle Klausing, 26, 200 Logsby, driving under suspension, Sept. 19. Matthew See, 28, 498 Piccadilly, theft, drug instrument, obstructing official business, Sept. 19. Linda Tucker, 25, 715 N. Broadway, driving under influence, Sept. 16. Christopher Waklatsi, 24, 5351 Tompkins, driving under suspension, Sept. 15. Bo T. Warren, 24, lka 4551 Woodglen, domestic violence, Sept. 15. Monica Goodman, 21, lka 1516 Beth Lane, theft, Sept. 15. Justin Clements, 19, 11290 Smokey Row, drug abuse, Sept. 16. Nicholas A. Millennor, 21, 761 Rue Center, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Sept. 16. Ashley D. Ditmore, 18, 761 Rue Center, underage consumption, Sept. 16. Brandon S. Clontz, 18, 761 Rue Center, drug paraphernalia, underage consumption, Sept. 16. Brittany L. Combs, 18, 518 Glenrose,




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The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: Amelia, Interim Chief John Wallace, 753-4747. Batavia village, Chief Mike Gardner, 732-5692. underage consumption, Sept. 16. Andrew Powell, 19, 4177 Forsythia, underage consumption, Sept. 16. Sarah Smith, 28, 3307 Yelton, warrant service, Sept. 15. Cletus J. Lampe III, 29, 683 Land Drive, driving under suspension, Sept. 15. Three Juveniles, 14, burglary, theft, Sept. 14. Chynna Lawson, 20, 3055 Jenny Lind, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 19. Walter Kling, 53, 1373 Avon Place, driving under suspension, Sept. 18. Heather M. Urban, 28, 1373 Avon Place, recited, Sept. 18. Carol E. Shafer, 54, 1373 Avon Place, open container, Sept. 18. Clayton D. Drew, 22, 1736 Bainum, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 18. Rick A. Whitford, 33, 1736 Bainum, recited, Sept. 18.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 4137 Fox Run, Sept. 14. Female was assaulted at 4268 Teal Lane, Sept. 20.

Attempted theft, criminal damage

Lines were cut on AC units at 50 Anchor Drive, Sept. 14.

Breaking and entering

Lock broken at 880 Old Ohio 74, Sept. 14. Copper taken from Winnelson; $210 at Commercial Blvd., Sept. 20.


Computer, WII system, etc. taken; $1,000 at 155 Southern Trace No. A, Sept. 20. Entry made into residence at 4430 Eastwood No. 302, Sept. 17. Cash and diamond ring taken; $1,900 at 4115 Long Acres, Sept. 18. Entry made into residence at 4670 Northridge, Sept. 15. A drill and change taken; $105 at 521 Kaldy, Sept. 14.

Criminal damage

Writing on vehicle at 4591 Timberline, Sept. 17.


1990 Acura taken at Stoddard Lane, Sept. 15.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization at 4547 Forest Haven, Sept. 15.


Cellphone taken at 824 Clough, Sept. 13. AC units taken from Cincinnati Plastech; $35,000 at Ferris Road, Sept. 14. DVDs taken from Meijer; $360 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 14. Laptop computer taken from vehicle; $1,200 at 730 Ohio Pike, Sept. 14. Medication taken at 4524 Weiner Lane No. 18, Sept. 14. Medication taken at 4700 Beechwood No. 215S, Sept. 14. Copper line taken at 1111 Shayler Road, Sept. 13. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 4326 Eastwood, Sept. 14. Firewood taken from Circle K; $6 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 19. Batteries taken from Sam’s Club; $600 at Clepper Lane, Sept. 20. Set of keys taken at 3982 Piccadilly, Sept. 18. Medication taken at 4081 McClean Drive, Sept. 16. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $52.49 at Old Ohio 74, Sept. 15. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $60.16 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 16. Wallet taken during a fight at 4513 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Sept. 16. One furnace taken and two others damaged; $1,800 value of stolen furnace at 4365 Long Lake, Sept. 16. Cosmetics taken from Kroger; $38 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 16. Necklaces, etc. taken; over $2,000 at 3856 Hopper Hill, Sept. 17. DVDs taken from Walmart; $620 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 15. Silver rings taken from Meijer; $764 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 17. Rings taken from Walmart; $1056 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 15. Lottery tickets and cigarettes taken from B.P. Station; $9,983 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 16. AC unit and electric stove taken; $5,400 at 4504 Aicholtz, Sept. 18. Merchandise taken from Home Depot; $76 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 17. Bike taken at 4626 Clayton, Sept. 15. Two catalytic converters taken at Protech at Ohio Pike, Sept. 14. Aluminum boat taken at 1205 Binning, Sept. 16. Wallet taken from vehicle at Vets Park at Clough Pike, Sept. 19. Diamond ring taken; $10,000 at 672 Holiday Drive, Sept. 18.

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Male juvenile acted in disorderly manner at Bauer Avenue, Sept. 8.

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At 619 Carefree, Sept. 13.

New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121. Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 7523830 Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230. Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261. Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500.


Graffiti painted on vehicles at 1st Baptist Church of Gleneste at Old Ohio 74, Sept. 14.



John L. Culbreth, 58, 2664 Herold Road, contempt of court, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Sept. 6. Roger L. Brown, 39, 245 N. 4th St., driving under influence, Sept. 7.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Laptop computer and blanket taken; $464 at 169 N. Front St., Sept. 7.


Wesley Miller, 22, 3991 Afton Elklick Road, Batavia, gross sexual imposition - victim < 13, statutory, rape at Afton Elklick Road, Batavia, Sept. 22. Douglas Adamski, 26, 421 Leath Ave., Cincinnati, breaking and entering, theft at 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, June 15. Lonnie E. Goodin, 25, 81 Sheehan Ave. No. 3, Cincinnati, breaking and entering, theft at 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, Sept. 19. Jonathan W. Vance, 29, 5983 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, misuse of credit card - use expired, revoked, etc., theft at 5983 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 19. Travis G. Lanter, 28, 1200 Golf Club Lane, No. 5, Cincinnati, breaking and entering at 3007 Ohio 132, Amelia, Sept. 19. Timothy Lee Jones, 25, 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, No. 25, Amelia, receiving stolen property at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 12. Andrew R. Farquer, 22, 7781 Love Road, Hamersville, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 21. Courtney Swart, 20, 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, Lot 60, New Richmond, receiving stolen property at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 19. Bill M. Wilder, 20, 1951 Ohio 232, New Richmond, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 609 W. Plane St., Bethel, Sept. 19. Christopher M. Kroener, 26, 8436 Ohio 132, Pleasant Plain, forgery, receiving stolen property at 1196 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19. Mark Martinez, 24, 3515 Neals Circle, Batavia, drug paraphernalia at 3515 Neals Circle, Batavia, Sept. 20. Christina Lynn Reno, 22, 38 Estate Drive, Apt 3, Amelia, possessing drug abuse instruments at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Sept. 20. Scott A. Pursell, 48, 2655 Jackson Pike, Batavia, domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm, possession of drugs - marijuana at 2655 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 20. Victor Charles Lee Bauer, 37, 3471 Virginia Drive, Amelia, domestic violence at 3471 Virginia Drive, Amelia, Sept. 21. Juvenile, 14, possession of drugs, Batavia, Sept. 22. Juvenile, 15, possession of drugs, Batavia, Sept. 22. Juvenile, 16, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs, Batavia, Sept. 22. Stephen Troy Diehl, 37, 3547 Taylor Road, Williamsburg, violate protection order or consent agreement at 5572 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Sept. 21. John A. Cooper, 35, 3767 Waterstone Court, Amelia, disorderly conduct, failure to disclose personal information at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Sept. 21. Alexander James Cummins, 21, 4000 Hyde Park 41, Columbia, MO, theft at 10 Rockwood Drive, Amelia, Sept. 22. Raymond J. Ballew, 20, 3955 Fulton Road, Cincinnati, burglary at 10 Rockwood Drive, Amelia, Sept. 22. William Miller, 36, 1963 Lindale Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana at 1963 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Sept. 22. Lawrence C. Napier, 38, 3529 Ohio 132, Amelia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm at 3529 Ohio 132, Amelia, Sept. 22. Shawn L. Supe, 39, 5572 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, open liquor container - stationary motor vehicle at 3633 Weaver Road, Batavia, Sept. 23.

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Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 22.

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


73 Amelia Olive Branch Road, James Walters to Richard & Deborah Merrill, $65,000. 1422 Glenwood Court, NVR Inc. to Brandon & Arienne Sandusky, 0.2490 acre, $222,872. 1348 Millstream Drive, Fischer Development Co. II LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2760 acre, $28,000. 1506 Thornberry Road, HSBC Bank USA NA to Melvin & Rhonda Royster, 0.3380 acre, $120,494. 4584 Vista Meadows Drive, NVR Inc. to James Buckingham, 0.2320 acre, $154,820. 1424 Woodbury Glen Drive, NVR Inc. to Lien Dang, 0.2970 acre, $282,120.


Compass Court, Freedom Homes to Vaughn Johnson II & Jennifer Lawson, 0.6500 acre, $5,000. 205 Compass Court, Holiday Homes Inc. to Vaughn Johnson II & Jennifer Lawson, 0.2410 acre, $174,797. 209 Compass Court, Freedom Homes to Amanda Rudd, 0.3590 acre, $5,000. 121 Regatta Drive, Grand Communities Ltdx to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.2020 acre, $27,001.

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 25. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 2152 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 24.

Breaking and entering

At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 25. At 4349 East Bauman Lane, Batavia, Sept. 20. At 3007 Ohio 132, Amelia, July 21. At 2164 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 23. At 2522 Pocahard Drive, Batavia, Sept. 22. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 6. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 6. At 4349 East Bauman Lane, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 22. At 4875 Monteray Maple Grove, Batavia, Sept. 22.


At 5769 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 10 Rockwood Drive, Amelia, Sept. 22. At 237 Sunny Meadow Drive, Batavia, Sept. 24. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 10. At 4149 West Fork Ridge Drive, Batavia, Sept. 24. At 4509 Cedar Hill Drive, Batavia, Sept. 22.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Sept. 24. At 237 Sunny Meadow Drive, Batavia, Sept. 22. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 19. At 3378 Musgrove Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 20. At 400 University Lane, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 4160 Summit Road, Batavia, Sept. 24. At 4306 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Sept. 19.

Criminal mischief

At 364 Seneca Drive, Batavia, Sept. 20.

Criminal trespass

At 2359 Rolling Acres Drive, Amelia, Sept. 23. At 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Sept. 20.

Disorderly conduct

At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Sept. 21.

Domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm

At Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, Sept. 24. At Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 21. At Ohio 132, Amelia, Sept. 22.

Domestic violence

At Buckler Road, New Richmond, Sept. 21. At Virginia Drive, Amelia, Sept. 21. At University Lane, Batavia, Sept. 25.

Drug paraphernalia

At 3515 Neals Circle, Batavia, Sept. 20. At 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 24.

Failure to disclose personal information

At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Sept. 21.


At 1196 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19. At 1465 Quail Ridge Road, Batavia, Sept. 23.

At 3845 Greenbriar Road, Batavia, Sept. 24.

Misuse of credit card - use expired, revoked, etc.

At 5983 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, July 1.

Misuse of credit card

At 4205 Rapture Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25.

Obstructing official business

At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 23.

Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor

At 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 24.

Gross sexual imposition victim < 13, statutory

Open liquor container stationary motor vehicle

Having weapons while under disability

Possessing drug abuse instruments

At Afton Elklick Road, Batavia, Sept. 21. At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23.

Illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana

At 1963 Lindale Nicholsville Road, Amelia, Sept. 22.

At 3633 Weaver Road, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Sept. 20.

Possession of drugs - marijuana

At 2655 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 21. At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23.

Possession of drugs


At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 19.

At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 21. At 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 24.


At Afton Elklick Road, Batavia, Sept. 21.

Receiving stolen property

At 1196 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 10. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 6. At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23.

Selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs

At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 21.


At 10 Rockwood Drive, Amelia, Sept. 22. At 1870 Balzhiser, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 3007 Ohio 132, Amelia, July 21. At 3431 Twin Bridges Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 20. At 4955 Benton Road, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 22. At 13 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Sept. 21. At 1465 Quail Ridge Road, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 19. At 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, Sept. 22. At 2308 Rolling Acres Drive, Amelia,

Sept. 23. At 3378 Musgrove Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 20. At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 25. At 4205 Rapture Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. At 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. At 4306 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Sept. 20. At 5700 Ohio 132, Batavia, Sept. 25. At 5983 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, July 1.

Trafficking in drugs

At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

At Ohio 132, New Richmond, Sept. 20.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, Sept. 21.

Vandalism - property used for business, $500 or more in value

At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, March 25.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 5572 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Sept. 21.

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


Franklin Braun vs. Walmart Stores Inc., et al., other tort. Paul R. Harper vs. Michael T. Ladd, et al., other tort. Anna Burrage vs. Ford Motor Co. Batavia Transmission Plant/Stephen Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation. Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Holly Parker, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Sam Liberto, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Christopher A. Huser, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Gail D. Rich, et al., foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kelly C. Nixon, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America successor by merger vs. Scott C. Schultz, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. George McVicker, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Gregory S. Buchanan, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Naomi Ruth Young, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Kenneth Griffith, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Michael Warren, et al., foreclosure.

Citimortgage Inc. vs. Constance G. Crissman, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA as trustee for Aegis vs. Darlene Kiefer, et al., foreclosure. PHH Mortgage Corp. vs. Barbara J. Jackson, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. John P. Koeppe Sr., et al., foreclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Robert L. Oaks, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Phyllis A. Neal, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Candy K. Curles, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True as Clermont County Treasurer vs. Heritage Property Group LLC/First Security Trust Bank, foreclosure. J. Robert True as Clermont County Treasurer vs. Heritage Property Group/Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Carol Miller, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Craig P. Kopp, et al., foreclosure. PennyMac Loan Services LLC vs. David Vanoli, et al., foreclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Robert D. Bruce, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Robyn Hunter, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Earle K. Kelch III, et al., foreclosure.

J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Stephen L. Banks, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Edith Marie Adkins, et al., foreclosure. Midfirst Bank vs. George E. Case, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Paul W. Oser, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Barbara L. Simpson, et al., foreclosure. Brittany Lipscomb vs. Ruth Nurre, et al., other civil. EMC Insurance Co., et al., vs. Brooke Elaine Blalock, other civil. Robert E. Smith Sr., et al., vs. Robert C. Sebastian Jr., et al., other civil. LVNV Funding LLC vs. Andrew Nicolaysen, other civil. Robert Brock vs. Garrett Slone, et al., other civil.


Deborah L. Holland vs. William Holland David Kuhl vs. Alisha Bray Robert S. Jones Sr. vs. Amy Jones

Tiffaney Joosten vs. Stanislaus Joosten Dennis R. Evans vs. Corinda M. Evans Justin L. Kritzwiser vs. Hannah K. Kritzwiser

Legal separation

Tracy Mullenix vs. Paul Mullenix Jr.


Keith Berry vs. Ronda Berry Jeana A. Merwine vs. Frederick A. Merwine Jr. Michael J. Burton vs. Stacy M. Burton Megan K. Talley-Lindsey vs. Douglas J. Lindsey Sr. Joshua McKinney vs. Jeniece McKinney Dallas J. Roy vs. Jawanica R. Roy Angela L. Stebbin vs. Edward S. Stebbin Philip K. Pope vs. Cathy J. Pope Janet T. Davis vs. Bruce A. Davis Jr.


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members


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3262 Alpine Terrace, HSBC Bank (USA) to Joshua Crousey & Jiaying Mo, 2.4510 acre, $114,900. 6452 Braewing Court, Thomas Stark to Kyle & Karen Martin, 0.2930 acre, $275,000. 3059 Jenny Lind Drive, William & Iryna Gouhin to Jeffrey Earley, 2.7720 acre, $275,000. Lyons Road, A2 Property Solutions LLC to Garlet & Martha Davidson, 5.0000 acre, $14,100. 1425 Ohio 749, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Keith & Kimberly Davis, 5.3040 acre, $175,101. 1707 W. Concord Road, Mark & Mary Beaver, et al. to John & Virginia Kaldmo, 1.0200 acre, $40,001.

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of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Lloyd M. Wells, 59, 2061 Ohio Pike No. 35, Amelia, workers’ compensation fraud, deception to obtain dangerous drug, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. Amy Lynn Singh, 41, 278 Redbird Drive, Goshen, trafficking in heroin, Miami Township Police. Ashley Renee Steele (aka Ashlee), 25, 2116 Oak Brooke Place, Milford, permitting drug abuse, Miami Township Police. Jason Ryan Craig, 22, 13 Mount Holly Lane, Amelia, trafficking in heroin, Miami Township Police. Sean Charles Wilson, 18, 1187 Brightwater Circle, Milford, trafficking in heroin, Miami Township Police. Noah J. Schardt, 32, 7137 Woodridge Drive, Cincinnati, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, Miami Township Police.

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Loran Jacob Osborne, 23, 4039 Bardwell Buford Road, Mount Orab, obstructing official business at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 23. Dustin W. Hall, 25, 2191 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, theft at 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. Brittney M. Oldham, 19, 9153 Five Points Fincastle Road, Sardinia, theft at 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. Rachelle A. Staley, 25, 4400 Eastwood Drive, Apt 4212, Batavia, theft at 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. Johnathan Michael Maskiell, 21, 160 Huckleberry, Amelia, theft at 4226 Grissom Drive, Batavia, Sept. 25. Charles E. Dove, 39, at large, Batavia, burglary at 237 Sunny Meadow Drive, Batavia, Sept. 24. Juvenile, 13, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm, Batavia, Sept. 24. Vincent Combs, 19, 6 Potomac Court, Loveland, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 24. Richard A.. Ducker, 19, 3223 Martin Road, Pleasant Plain, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 4531 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 24. Kevin Campbell, 40, 1710 Old Silo Drive, Loveland, telecommunications harassment at 83 Deermeadow Lane, Batavia, Sept. 25.



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Community Journal

On the record

October 5, 2011

DEATHS Cheryl Addington

Cheryl Smith Addington, 47, died Aug. 28. She was a former restaurant general manager. Survived by husband Randy Addington; children Chasidy, Chet, Chauna Marler; granddaughter Aryana Marler; stepsons Randy, Matt, Kyle Addington; parents Shirley (Willie) Davidson, Kenneth (Sue) Smith; siblings Eric, Bruce Smith, Diana (Wayne) Winter; step-siblings Willie Jr., Wes Davidson, Brian Jones, Beth Parsons, Karen Allen, Pamela Woodman, Kim Landsberg, Cindy Martindale, Sherry Noble; former husband Chester Marler Sr. Preceded in death by grandparents William, Penelope Sparks, Arllie, Ethel Smith. Services were Sept. 2 at E.C.

Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice.

Tootsie Collett

Thelma Ward “Tootsie” Collett, 75, Union Township, died Sept. 25. Survived by children Wayne (Sheri), Jerry (Renee), Boyd (Jennifer), Robert Collett, Susan (Don) Wells, Jean Ann Kennedy, Joannie Hill, Roberta (Eugene) Donathan; siblings Beulah Bloomfield, Ernest Jr., Ricky Ward, Marilyn Wuebold, Margaret Daughtery; 12 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Robert Boyd Collett. Services were Oct. 1 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-3914.

IN THE COURTS From B7 Ronald Burdine II, 38, 11557 Ohio 774, Bethel, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Ryan L. Scott, 24, 14457 Upper Cumberland Road, Mount Orab, endangering children, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, Pierce Township Police. Riannon Ashley Ward, 22, 1044 Terry Del Lane, Cincinnati, endangering children, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, Pierce Township Police. Ryan William Harris, 18, Clermont County Jail, breaking and entering, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Paul Junior Vicars, 45, 510 Old 74 No. 2, Cincinnati, burglary, grand theft, theft, receiving stolen property, Union Township Police. Marshall Gene Payne, 26, 1113 Orchard Lane, Amelia, breaking

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PUBLIC NOTICE TO LOW INCOME RENTERS CLERMONT The METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHOR ITY will be accepting applications for the SECTION 8 WAITING LIST effective October 10, 2011 until further notice. The Public Housing Waitremains List ing closed until further notice. Applicants may fill out a preapplication on line at the Authority’s website www.clermontmha.org. Applications are no longer accepted at the Authority’s Administrative Office. Pre-applications must be properly completed to be accepted and only if the family composition and income is within HUD guidelines. If you have any questions, please call the Administrative Office at 513-732-6010 or for the hearing impaired call TDD 732-6010. Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity 1001665399 LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with of provisions the state law, there being due and unpaid which for changes the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owners lien of the goods here-after described and stored at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, located at; 1105 Old ST.RT.74, Batavia, OH. 45103, (513)752-8110, and due notice having been given to the owner of said property and all parties know to claim an inand therein, terest the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the above stated address to the highest bidder or othof erwise disposed Wednesday, on 10/19/11, at 10 A.M 1. Ashley Lynn 400 University Ln. Apt. 310 Batavia, Oh., 45103 (Housegoods,boxes, TV’s or stereo equip.) 2. Danny Collins 4471 Timber Glen #12, Batavia,Oh. 45103 (Household goods, furniture) 3.Lance Burns 315 East Fork Crossing Batavia, Oh. 45103 (household goods) 4.Carolyn Boggess 1561 Clearbrook Ln. Amelia,Oh., 45102 (household goods, furniture, boxes, appliances, TV’s or steraccount eo equip., records) 5. Crystal McCarty 3359 Concord Hennings Mill Rd. Williamsburg,Oh., 45176 goods, (household furniture, boxes, appliances) 6.Andrea Jobe 314a St.Andrews Dr. Cincinnati, Oh. 45245 (household goods, furniture, boxes, sporting goods, appliances, TV’s or stereo equip., office furniture) 1001665806

Paul A. Gabriel, 82, Union Township, died Sept. 25. He was an Air Force veteran. Survived by wife Wanda Gabriel; sons David (Darla), Paul (Susanne) Gabriel; grandchildren Hannah, Adam, Alyssa, Matthew; siblings Norman (Bernice), Alfred (the late Jeannine) Gabriel, Pauline (Harry) Moeller, Virginia (the late Henning) Hansen. Services were Sept. 30 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mildred McMullen

Mildred Taylor McMullen, 85, Union Township, died Sept. 24. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Carol (George) Wagner, Toni (Dennis) Hacker, David McMullen; grandchildren Debbie, Tracy (Jason), Angie (Ray), Dustin (Kem), Shawn (Angie), Nicki (Donny); 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Oliver McMullen, parents Lee, Luella Taylor. Services were Sept. 30 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Kathleen O’Neill

Kathleen O’Neill, Batavia, died Sept. 24. She was a Homemaker. Survived by children Michelle (Joe) Landry, Tricia, Patrick, John III O'Neill; grandchildren Jack, Madeline, Hannah, Zach, Skilee; siblings Sylvia (Lou) Solzsmon, Paul Schmidt; brother-in-law Mike Scola; former husband John (Shari) O'Neill II; friend Marianne Sandhage. Preceded in death by sister Nita Scola. Services were Sept. 26 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

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28 Lot 244, Goshen, theft, breaking and entering, Goshen Police. Frank Taylor Jr., 63, 6566 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Goshen Police. Sebastian David Colding, 20, 1785 Ohio 28 Lot 15A, Goshen, burglary, theft, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, Goshen Police. Mitchell Everett Perry, 32, 7156 Thompson Road, Goshen, theft, Goshen Police. John Howard Summerfield, 24, 3650 Franklin Road, Felicity, theft, receiving stolen property, Ohio State Highway Patrol. Andrea Mae Taylor, 32, 3650 Franklin Road, Felicity, theft, receiving stolen property, Ohio State Highway Patrol. Lonnie Edward Goodin, 25, 739 Steiner St., Cincinnati, breaking

and entering, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Kyle Joseph DeJohn, 19, 263 Legent Road, Cincinnati theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site, www.twelfth.courts.state.oh.us\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: State of Ohio v. Christopher Crosby, presiding Judge Stephen W. Powell, judges Robin N. Piper and Rachel A. Hutzel. The appeals court affirmed Crosby’s convictions and sentence.

BUILDING PERMITS The following requests have been filed with the Clermont County Permit Central.


Franklin Dewar III, Amelia, HVAC, 16 Ledgerwoods Drive, Amelia Village. More than Decks, Cincinnati, handicap ramp, 1751 Stable Trails, Batavia Township. KAC Remodeling, Hebron, Ky., alter, 1751 Stable Trails, Batavia Township, $45,200. Freedom Homes East, West Chester, new, 2367 Vista Lake Drive, Batavia Township, $80,000; new, 4594 Vista Meadows Drive, $90,000; new, 2368 Vista Lake Drive, $92,000. Eddie Cunningham, Amelia, HVAC, 1130 Orchard Lane, Pierce Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 57 Stillmeadow, Pierce Township; HVAC, 3677 Parfore Court; HVAC, 525 Alvina Lane, Union Township; HVAC, 4042 Ashwood Court; HVAC, 763 Dorgene Lane. Willis Heating & AC, Cincinnati, HVAC, 381 Palmer Court, Pierce Township. Fischer Single Family Homes,

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The following requests have been filed with the Clermont County Permit Central.

Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 3582 Hiatt Ave., Pierce Township, $74,191. Rineair Heating & AC, Cincinnati, HVAC, 514 Harrison Lane, Union Township. A-1 Pools, Williamsburg, pool, 654 Polo Woods, Union Township. Branhan Electric, Amelia, alter, 4579 George Ann Lane, Union Township. Riverside Electric Inc., Woodlawn, alter, 4970 Cinnamon, Union Township. Reeves Heating, Hebron, Ky., HVAC, 692 Bluebird Lane, Union Township. Drees Premier Homes Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 5146 Oak Brook, Union Township, $175,302. Best Barns, Harrison, garage, 915 Surrey Trail, Union Township, $30,000. Keller Electric, Mt. Orab, alter, 4141

Oleway Drive, Williamsburg Township. Steward Heating & Plumbing, Williamsburg, alter, 4016 Tollgate Road, Williamsburg Township.


Blankemeyer Electric Co., Bethel, alter-Glenn Wallace Show arena, 325 W. State St.; alter-cattle show arena; alter-Danny Gray activity center, Georgetown Village; addition-Pork Producers cookshack; alter-Rhonamus Hall; alter-Cahall Sales building; alter-Paul Hall Insurance. PBM Wireless Services, Hillard, Ohio, antenna-Duke Energy; generator, 3560 Ohio 125, Lewis Township; Charlie Craig & Assocs., Centerburg, antennas, 2035 Ohio 286, Perry Township, $7,500. Lonnie Baldwin, Sardinia, alter-Bare Bones Bar & Grill, 104 N. Main St., Sardinia Village, $10,500. Church of God, Batavia, alter, 2451 Straight St., Batavia Township. Clermont County Board of Commissioners, alter, 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township. JD Stine, Bethel, alter, 4161 Taylor Road, Batavia Township. Buckingham Electric, Howard, Ohio,

Loaned executives work with United Way Gloria Dresel of Batavia, who works for the Ford Motor Company; and Lisa Frederick of Batavia, who works for Macy’s Inc., recently became Loaned Executives to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, working toward reaching its annual campaign goal of $60,625,000. The Loaned Executives came on board in late July and work as extensions of

staff, working with volunteers and Employee Campaign Coordinators to establish and run workplace campaigns, develop campaign strategy and facilitate volunteer trainings. The participants not only support the campaign by giving their time to the fundraising efforts; they also receive valuable experience in marketing, management,

c u s t o m e r Dresel service, and strategic planning. T h e L o a n e d Executive program returns wellr o u n d e d Frederick employees to local companies while assisting United Way in reducing overhead costs.

Clermont County company, Melink, is fueled by sunshine A Clermont County company is celebrating what only a handful of others

Mr. and Mrs. David Reed, of Milford, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Benjamin Reed to Lauren Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Adams of Girard, OH. Lauren is a 2005 graduate of Girard High School and The Ohio State University. Benjamin is a 2005 graduate of Mil ford High School and The Ohio State University. They both live in Colum bus and are employed at The Ohio State University. Benjamin and Lauren will be married October 22, 2011 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard, OH.

and entering, theft, Union Township Police. Paul W. Glaser, 42, Hamilton County Justice Center, breaking and entering, theft, Union Township Police. Travis Glenn Lanter, 28, 1200 Golf Club Lane No. 5, Cincinnati, breaking and entering, theft, Union Township Police. Edward Wiley Malicoat, 39, 500 University Lane, Batavia, breaking and entering, theft, Union Township Police. Hope Bowman, 26, 811 Massachusetts Drive, Cincinnati, possession of heroin, Union Township Police. Shanda Dawn Kirschner, 23, 134 Augustas Drive, West Union, burglary, theft, possession of heroin, Union Township Police. Charles Iowa Forsee Jr., 43, 16 McArthur Drive, Amelia, possession of heroin, Union Township Police. Timothy Wayne Miller, 35, 1785 Ohio

around the globe have been able to accomplish, achieving net zero energy. “Essentially it means that due to conservation, energy efficiency, and on site generation from renewable energy sources, we have zero outside energy consumption,” said Steve Melink, president of Melink Corp. The Melink Corporation held a Net-Zero Energy Open House Sept. 28. Business leaders toured the Union Township headquarters to learn how renewable energy benefits business and boosts the economy. Founded in 1987 by Melink as an HVAC testing and balancing firm, the company also has developed a commercial kitchen ventilation control system, and launched Melink Solar. The Cincinnati Zoo recently installed an $11million Melink solar canopy in the zoo parking lot that will harness the sun’s rays for electricity and provide

shelter from its harsh rays. “Let the sun shine. I believe that we should utilize every asset Mother Nature has to share,” said Melink. With the installed panels, it’s estimated the Cincinnati Zoo could produce 20 percent of the energy it needs to operate. “In 2010 we had $17 million in sales. This year we anticipate $30 million in sales,” said Melink, adding the company hopes to hit the $100 million annual sales mark in the next five years. Surveying the lush green grounds that surround his “green” building flanked by large solar panels, Melink said the headquarters was built with energy efficiency in mind. There are lots of windows and panels, welcoming natural light. “If we can do this in Clermont County, businesses and homes everywhere can begin energy conservation efforts and take steps

alter, 2300 Ohio 125, Batavia Township; American Tower, 4381 Newberry, Union Township. Robert Carmosino, Cincinnati, site development, 4161 Taylor Road, Batavia Township. Monuments Baptist Church, Amelia, sign, 2831 Ohio 222, Monroe Township. Bitzer’s M & R Construction & Roofing, Batavia, alter, 100 Western Ave., New Richmond Village, $6,500. PFB Architects, Cincinnati, alter-suite A, 1761 Ohio 125, Pierce Township, $40,000. PBM Wireless Services, Carmel, In., antenna-Duke Energy, 4721 Summerside, Union Township. Solid Rock Ministries, Monroe, sign, 3946 Hopper Hill, Union Township. Kathman Electric Co., Cleves, alter, 4767 Rumpke Road, Union Township. 885 Ohio Pike, Batavia, alter-suite A, 885 Ohio 125, Union Township, $2,400; alter-suite B, $2,400; alter-suite C, $2,400. Indy Power Systems, Indianapolis, In., alter, 5140 River Valley, Union Township. Chandrika Patel, Amelia, alter, 977 Ohio 125, Union Township.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Robert Herzner, 35, 2157 Ohio 222, Bethel, manufacturing, and Lesley Bee, 37, 2157 Ohio 222, Bethel, child care. Earl Faulkner, 62, 12897 Locust Road, Williamsburg, retired, and Teresa Hughes, 46, 307 N. Main St., Bethel. John Miller Jr., 41, 3439 Ohio 774, Bethel, unit administrator, and Amanda Perrine, 33, 3439 Ohio 774, Bethel, administrative assistant. Richard Reinert, 31, 2580 Airport Road, Bethel, operations engineer, and Melissa Dietrich, 25, 2521 Pochard Drive, Batavia, nursing student.

The Cincinnati Zoo recently installed an $11-million Melink solar canopy in the zoo parking lot that will harness the sun’s rays for electricity and provide shelter from its harsh rays. toward becoming energy self-sufficient. I believe we will have a much stronger economy and job growth if more people embrace renewable energy; we will not be so reliant on others for fuel and power.” “I am confident that the sun will rise; I believe it is a much better investment than many other options available,” said Melink, who does admit giving his employees sweaters in the winter when he keeps the building a little cooler. “I prefer to invest in good people,” he said with a smile, switching off the light as he left the meeting room. To watch an interview with Steve Melink, visit the website www.clermontcountyohio.gov/video09162011m elink.aspx.

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