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Precious metals that also fetch good money, namely copper and aluminum, which is often stolen. “It falls back on the economy and unemployment rates,” said Det. Paul Lane of the Milford Police Department. “Scrap metal is easy to sell. It’s a quick reward.” FULL STORY, B1

Batavia refiles annexation request

Village officials have filed a new petition with the Clermont County commissioners to annex 286.46 acres from Batavia Township. Dennis Nichols, village administrator, said the petition was filed with the commissioners Oct. 3. Notice was served Oct. 4 to the Batavia Township fiscal officer. FULL STORY, A2

Watch for fire prevention events

Departments across Clermont County will be hosting special events and making extra efforts to educate residents about the dangers associated with fire during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to Oct. 15. The nationwide theme this year is “Protect your family from fire.” FULL STORY, A3


Committee shares levy facts

By Kellie Geist-May

Precious metal thefts on the rise


UNION TWP. - With less than a month until the Nov. 8 election, a group of West Clermont parents and supporters are working quickly to get information to voters. West Clermont residents who visit the polls this November will see a levy request from the West Clermont Local School District. Issue 12 is a 7.9-mill operating levy that will cost homeowners $241 per $100,000 of home value, according to Clermont County Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury. The levy will raise about $10.9 million per year for the district for the next 10 years. “If your house cost $100,000, you’d be paying $20 a month more. That’s like a meal for a family of four at a fast food restaurant. I think that’s very reasonable when you think about the tremendous educational opportunities that money could provide for kids,” said Sheila Vilvens, levy committee co-chair. The school board has promised that, if the levy passes, they will bring back busing as well as art, music, gym and library classes. They’ve also said the school buildings, which currently close right after school, will return to staying open later for community events and groups and the pay-toparticipate fees will be reduced. Jill Jones, the other levy committee co-chair, said the committee is working especially hard to make sure voters are educated on the issue. According to the committee’s website,, the West Clermont school board has reduced the district’s cumulative operating budget by $55 million since the last new operating levy was passed in 2004. West Clermont voters approved a bond issue for new buildings in 2007 and renewed the 2004 levy in 2009, but no new operating money was gener-

ated. “I really want to make sure people recognize what West Clermont has been able to accomplish with very little resources by having excellent schools. I don’t think people realize what a great deal they are getting despite all the cuts that have been made,” Jones said. If the levy doesn’t pass, the school board will have to eliminate another $5 million in spending for next school year. It will put West Clermont on the path to fiscal emergency if they can’t find enough to cut, Treasurer Alana Cropper has said previously. The board has not identified what would be on the chopping block without new revenue. The committee will be doing a number of things in the next 30 days to encourage residents to vote “yes” on Issue 12. Vilvens said they’ll be using donations to pay for 1,500 yard signs, ads in local newspapers and mailers to West Clermont families. The committee also will be using it’s website and Facebook page, Citizens for West Clermont, to deliver information. Jones said school board and staff members also are scheduled to speak at a number of community events and organization meetings before the election. “We are hoping to get the community involved and reach a wide variety of people. This is really a grassroots campaign and we need to get the information out there,” Jones said. “There are a lot of people involved.” She encouraged anyone with questions about the levy to visit or the Facebook page. A monitor is keeping an eye on the Facebook page questions and providing answers. For more information about the district’s finances, visit www. and click on the “finances” link. For more about your community, visit


Homecoming 2011

Steven Stoffel and Julianne Mai were chosen Glen Este 2011 Homecoming King and Queen during the game Friday. They ruled over the dance Saturday, Oct. 8. For more photos from the dance, see page A5.

Friday ceremony to honor Williamsburg supporters WILLIAMSBURG - A ceremony will be held before the Williamsburg football game Friday, Oct. 14, to recognize those who contributed to the effort to revitalize the high school athletic facilities. The ceremony will begin about 7 p.m. at Osborne Field. The Wildcats play Clermont Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. The efforts of all those who contributed to the improvements at the football stadium will be recognized, Superintendent Jeff Weir said. There will be a special recogni-

tion of a “generous” financial contribution from the M.E. Abrams family, he said. The effort was launched in 2009 by a community group called Operation Restoration. New locker rooms, rest rooms and a concession stand were built. The playing field also was upgraded. “This puts a bow on what became a two-year-long effort that yielded a great facility and the wonderful support of the community,” Weir said. For more about your community, visit

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As part of their first buddy meeting, second-grader Peyton Martin, left, and fifth-grader Candace Andy talk about themselves and the things they like. Each buddy group filled out a sheet with this “friend information” and then shared some of those items with the other buddies in the classroom. For more about the group, see Schools, A6.

Time is money. And for nine teachers this summer, their time turned into school supplies worth quite a bit of money. FULL STORY, A6

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Batavia village refiles annexation petition By John Seney and Kellie Geist-May

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tion with the Clermont County commissioners to annex 286.46 acres from Batavia Township. Dennis Nichols, village administrator, said the petition was filed with the commissioners Oct. 3. Notice was served Oct. 4 to the Batavia Township fiscal officer. The area sought for annexation includes land owned by Clermont County along Ohio 222, including the jail, sheriff’s office, municipal court and other county offices. The land also includes





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the privately-owned Glen Wiedenbein farm. Nichols said the village withdrew its original petition for the same land Sept. 19 because the village had obtained a petition request from Glen Wiedenbein II instead of his father, Glen Wiedenbein, who owns the land. The commissioners accepted the petition Oct. 5, but not without discussion. All three commissioners said that while they are required to acknowledge the petition for the record, they do not support the annexation. Commissioner Archie Wilson asked if they could delay accepting the petition so the county offices could research the paperwork. He was especially concerned because the last annexation petition was withdrawn because of a question about the signature on the peti-

CLERMONT COUNTY – The National Association of Counties (NACo) has again named Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud to serve a one-year term as a member of the NACo Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. The committee works with members of the state and national legislature to develop policies and procedures that benefit counties and citizens nationwide. “I am thankful for the opportunity to continue

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tion. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Mason told the commissioners that, if they don't accept the petition, the trustee of the property or the village could challenge the commissioners in court. That action could leave the individual commissioners or the office of the commissioners with court and attorney fees, she said. County Administrator Dave Spinney said Batavia Township has 25 days to file an objection to the annexation before the commissioners will be asked to approve the petition. He said the county does not have the right to object, but the engineer, prosecutor and planning department would review the application. If no objections are filed, Spinney said the commissioners will be faced with a petition approval in either

the end of October or the beginning of November. Rex Parsons, Batavia Township administrator, said the township trustees discussed the petition at their Oct. 4 regular meeting. The township trustees objected to the original Aug. 11 petition, noting that the petition bore the signature of the wrong Glen Wiedenbein. If the township raises a new objection, the county has 45 days from the petition date to review the documentation and decide whether it conforms to the law, Nichols said. If the township raises a new objection, the county has 45 days from the petition date to review the documentation and decide whether it conforms to the law. The process is likely to take until December or January, Nichols said.

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working with NACo in this capacity. This committee has worked hard to focus on criminal justice issues and public safety matters,” said Proud, who has previously served as chair of NACo’s Juvenile Justice Subcommittee. Commissioner Proud serves on a number of local, regional, state and national boards and committees including the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), where he represents elected

officials from 12 Midwestern states. He chairs the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC), chairs the Ohio Department of Youth Services State Advisory Board for RECLAIM OHIO, is a member of the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice, chairs the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) Public Safety and Justice Committee, and is a member of the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County.


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Education is key during annual Fire Prevention Week By Kellie Geist-May

CLERMONT CO. - Departments across Clermont County will be hosting special events and making extra efforts to educate residents about the dangers associated with fire during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to Oct. 15. The nationwide theme this year is “Protect your family from fire.” “We usually visit the elementary schools and participate in the Firefighter Phil program, which teaches kids fire safety through

entertainment. They use a magic show or ventriloquist to teach the kids the message of fire safety,” said Central Joint Fire Chief Kevin Riley, who also is the president of the Clermont County Fire Chiefs’ Alliance. He said those visits probably won’t take place until November, when instructors are available. Other departments are hosting open houses, scheduling public events and planning school visits. For those who don’t see their local fire department during Fire Prevention Week, Riley advised

County projections: Revenue down, expenses up in 2012 By Kellie Geist-May

CLERMONT CO. - The Clermont County commissioners will have to look at ways to increase revenue or reduce costs if they want to stay in the black next year without dipping into the county’s reserves. Clermont County Budget Director Sukie Scheetz met with the commissioners during the informal work session Oct. 5 to discuss the estimated 2012 revenues and the departments’ 2012 budget requests. Scheetz’s estimates show the county’s general fund revenue is expected to drop from $50.4 million in 2011 to $47.6 in 2012. Scheetz also presented the expenditure estimates according to this year’s tax budget – those total $50.6 million in 2012 compared to $49.5 million in 2011. Those

numbers are for the general fund, and do include operating and non-operating revenues and expenditures. “If revenues come in as projected, we will end up drawing down some of the fund balance that’s been retained for financial stability,” Scheetz said. “You can only do that so many years before there’s no fund balance left.” If the county were to draw down the fund balance to stabilize the budget for the next five years, the carry-over would be depleted in the next six years, Scheetz said during her presentation. The current balance is $10.7 million. The commissioners did not discuss what budgets they would look at cutting, but did say they want to give employees a raise. The expenditure estimates do include a two-percent raise for county employees.

should meet at the designated place, account for each person and make sure everyone is safe,” he said. Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling also warned that, with the approaching winter months, residents need to pay attention to their furnaces and carbon monoxide detectors as well. “Home heating is always an issue - whether your have a gas furnace, a fireplace or a wood stove. Those things put out carbon monoxide, which can’t you see, taste or smell. Carbon monoxide

focusing on four things: Smoke alarms, space heaters, chimneys and fire escape plans. Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed twice a year, space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from any combustibles and chimneys should be checked every year for obstructions and build-up. During fire prevention week, every family should review their fire escape plans. “The escape plan should have two ways out of every room in the house if possible and a meeting place for the family. The family

Commissioner Archie Wilson suggested pulling money from economic development or transportation improvements to support salaries. Many employees have not had raises for three years, he said. “I’m more concerned about putting food on the tables of our employees than I am about them sitting in traffic for 15 more minutes. Every department needs to tighten their belts more than we already have so we can (give raises),” Wilson said. While two percent is built into the current estimates, Wilson said he wanted to look at giving three-percent raises. That would cost the county another $300,000, Scheetz said. County Administrator Dave Spinney said if the commissioners wanted to give raises without impacting the fund balance, other

Clermont County Budget Director Sukie Scheetz’s estimates show the county’s general fund revenue is expected to drop from $50.4 million in 2011 to $47.6 in 2012. He also presented the expenditure estimates according to this year’s tax budget – those total $50.6 million in 2012 compared to $49.5 million in 2011.

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cuts would have to be made. “We need to sit down with the departments, look at their tax budgets and see what we can do to get those numbers down a little bit. We’ll see what we can do,” he said. The commissioners are expected to spend time finalizing the budget in November, Scheetz said. For more about your community, visit www.


can make you very sick or even kill you,” he said. “Make sure you are careful and have those appliances and chimneys serviced.” Deimling also said that Fire Prevention Week is a good time for residents to check their fire extinguishers. For more information about Fire Prevention Week or about protecting your family from fire, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at For more about your community, visit

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BRIEFLY Hunt found dead

BATAVIA - A 56-year-old hunter who was reported missing was found dead in a wooded area Dec. 8. According to a press release from Police Chief Mike Gardner, a woman called police about 6:44 p.m. Oct. 7 to report her husband went hunting earlier that day in the area near College Drive and did not return home. Batavia police officers and deputies from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for several hours, but were unable to find the man, Gardner said. The search resumed Oct. 8, and searchers found the man about 9 a.m. in the area between College Drive and Meadowbrook Drive, he said. Gardner said it appeared the man fell out of a hunting tree stand. The death did not appear suspicious in nature. The man was taken to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

The name of the man or any other information is not available at this time.

Walker hearing set

UNION TWP. - A pre-trial was held Tuesday, Oct. 4, for C. Douglas Walker, former Union Township administrator and trustee. Walker was indicted on 75 different charges - six counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract filed March 4 as well as 37 counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, 16 counts of tampering with records, 15 counts of tampering with evidence and 1 count of theft in office filed September 21. During the pre-trial Oct. 4, Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Victor Haddad scheduled a plea or trial-setting for the first six charges for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21. The plea or trial-setting for the other 69 counts already had been set for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

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Union Township will observe Halloween from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. In traditional fashion, police officers in patrol cars will hand out candy, and fire and EMS personnel will be in residential neighborhoods in their emergency vehicles to distribute candy and keep an eye on little trick or treaters. Most importantly, the message to parents is: Follow all safety rules for your children’s healthy and happy celebration.

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Union Twp. – Officials will host the Fall Junk Days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct. 14, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the service department complex behind the police department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Items can include furniture, clothing and appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Items that cannot be accepted are tires, batteries, used motor oil, paints, hazardous waste, yard waste, home oil tanks and insulation. Call the service department at 753-2221 for details.

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BATAVIA TWP. - Amelia High School’s homecoming will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, with the school’s football game against Western Brown High School. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will take place during half-time probably between 8:15 p.m.

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The Batavia Township trustees June 7 presented a plaque to the owners of Prestige Vehicles in recognition of their business. The business at 2030 Ohio Pike specializes in outfitting vehicles for the funeral industry. From left are: Trustee Bill Dowdney; Fiscal Officer Jennifer Haley; Trustee Jim Sauls; and Prestige owners Kelly and Jason Kellerman. and 8:30 p.m., according to coordinator Ron Poince. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. the following night, Saturday, Oct. 15, at the school, 1351 Clough Pike. The theme for the dance is “Welcome to the Jungle.”

Legion dance

UNION TWP. - The Mt. Carmel American Legion Post 72 will host a country-western dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 22, at the post, 497 B. Old Ohio 74. Beer and set-up will be available, but visitors can bring liquor. Landon Williams’ “Country Stone Band” will provide musical entertainment. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and proceeds will benefit the legion’s community events and projects. For more information, call 528-9909.

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New Richmond, 125 George St. Debbie Geesner, a member of the Clermont County Genealogical Society, will lead the discussion on “how to climb your family tree.” After her presentation, there will be a question and answer time. Refreshments will be available. Scones and flavored teas will be offered by Vickie Hale of “Tea Time on the Banks of the Ohio.” This workshop is free to the public and reservations are not required. For more information, phone Libbie Bennett at 5534730 or Linda McKinley at 553-2723.

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voted unanimously Sept. 28 to vacate Davis Street in Batavia Township. The petition was filed by Michael Poehner of Discount Storage Plus, who owns the land on either side of the platted street. The Batavia Township trustees reviewed the petition in August and did not oppose the request, township Administrator Rex Parsons said. Parsons said the streets in the area were laid out in the 1800s and the other section of Davis Street and an alley known as Oak Alley were both vacated in the 1950s. Poehner will take ownership of the land that was set to be Davis Street.

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Glen Este student Wes Kilgore, left, gets lollipops from Miss Lolli, played by Assistant Principal Cindy Leazer, at the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8.

Kayla Scott and Andy Sigmon attend the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8.

Glen Este students enjoy Candyland theme at annual homecoming dance

Queen Frostine, played by Julie McNeal, left, is curtsied to by Julianne Mai and Sydney Shannon at the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8. Mai, center, was homecoming queen.

Glen Este senior class adviser Karen Stautberg plays Queen Kandy, left, and junior class adviser James Shelton plays King Kandy as students Tyler Dieringer and Danielle Melton get “dubbed” at the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8.

UNION TWP. - Candyland was the theme of the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8. Students attending the dance could visit different areas of the gym where school staff members were dressed up in Candylandthemed costumes. The reward for a visit was candy. JOHN SENEY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Glen Este Student Council co-adviser Kathy Lach, center, plays “Gramma Nut” in front of her house in Candyland at the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8. Around her are students, clockwise from lower left, Matt Walter, Calvin VerPlanck, Emmy Roeckner, Emily Connor, Allie Dusha, Holly Flake and Stacy Howell.

Taylor Kennedy and Heath Blandford attend the Glen Este homecoming dance Oct. 8.

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WT buddies build friendships while working against bullying By Kellie Geist-May


Withamsville-Tobasco fifth-grader Dylan Butte, left, and second-grader Dylan Bosworth were paired as a buddy group for the 2011-2012 school year. Throughout the year, the two will meet monthly for special class activities. During this first meeting Sept. 29, Butte and Bosworth got to know each other.

UNION TWP. - It’s not uncommon for fifth-graders at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School to know the second-graders or for third-graders and kindergartners to be friends. That’s because the school staff implemented “buddy groups” – a monthly program that partners a class of older students with a class of younger students. Principal Tonya Schmidt said these buddy groups create friendships and build a sense of school community while providing the younger students with mentors and raising awareness about bullying. “This started about three years ago because we were having some problems on the bus. The older kids didn’t realize that what they were talking about, the way they were talking or even the way they play - like pushing back and forth can be scary for the younger kids,” she said. “Having the buddy groups is almost like having sensitivity training for the older students.” While much of the actual




Fifth-grader Hannah Dougherty, left, talks to her second-grade buddy, Zada Benson, during Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School’s first buddy meeting of the 2011-2012 school year. bullying prevention education is done in the classroom, the buddy groups create a bond between the different age groups that teachers say makes a difference. “The buddy groups really build a connection between the older and younger kids. The students really love and respond to it and they look forward to meeting with their buddy every month,” second-grade teacher Amy Sweeney said. “I think the culture has changed

because the kids are more aware of what is considered bullying and that being a friend can be as simple as a smile.” During the first 20112012 school year buddy meeting, which was held Sept. 29, second-grader Nicole Brown was excited to find out who she was partnered with for the year. “I’m excited to have a buddy. Buddies are your friend and you get to have fun,” she said. Her buddy, fifth-grader

Alexis Fathman, said spending time with the younger students is fun for the older kids, too. “It’s fun to come together and spend time with (your buddy). I have younger cousins I don’t get to see all the time, so it’s nice to see my buddy, who is younger, too,” she said. “I think the bullying has gotten a lot better since we started having buddies.” Another fifth-grader, Hailey Manis, said the buddy groups also provide a


At Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School, every student is part of a buddy group. This is the third year for the buddy group program and Principal Tonya Schmidt said it creates a feeling of school community that raises awareness about bullying, helps kids meet new friends and provides mentors for the younger students. needed break to the school day - especially since they don’t have art, music or gym anymore. “It’s not all school work in the buddy groups. We get to make new friends and get to know them. It really is fun,” she said. The buddy groups will meet for about 45 minutes

once a month for the entire school year. Each time, they’ll focus on a theme and an activity. September’s theme was community and the activity was centered on the song “You’ve got a friend in me.” For more about your community, visit www.

Teachers bring home free supplies By Lisa J. Mauch


St. Thomas More teacher Scott Day helps Maddie Gentile, center, and Lauren Bishop explore density during a science lab experiment. St. Thomas More, for the third consecutive year, has been recognized by the Ohio Academy of Science and has earned a Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities from Gov. John Kasich.

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UNION TWP. - For the third consecutive year, St. Thomas More School has been recognized by the Ohio Academy of Science and has earned a Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities from Gov. John Kasich. This award is given to schools with a proven track record of student-originate, inquiry-based science education. Only 48 schools in Ohio - three of them in Cincinnati - were selected for this honor, said St. Thomas More Principal Peg

Fischer. The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this program the recognize schools who stimulate student research in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) beyond traditional classroom activities. Lead science teachers at St. Thomas More include Scott Day (grades six to eight), Theresa Rein (grade five) and Sharon Fryman (grade four). For more about your community, visit ship

BATAVIA - Time is money. And for nine teachers this summer, their time turned into school supplies worth quite a bit of money. Sixth-grade science teacher Jackie Chambers has been volunteering once a month at Crayons to Computers for the past five years and this summer eight of her colleagues from Batavia Middle School joined her. For every three hours a teacher volunteers, he or she earns a shopping trip through the free store for school supplies. “It’s like the lottery,” said Chambers. “You never know what you’re going to find.” Chambers said the nine of them had brought back more than $9,000 worth of supplies for the middle school. “It’s unbelievable how much they can fit in their cart,” said Sarah Holland, special projects and volunteer coordinator for Crayons to Computers. Chambers’ big ticket item came a couple of years ago when she spotted a brandnew color copier/scanner/ printer with a full set of ink cartridges on the shelf. “On my last trip, I picked up an entire grocery cart full of supplies, plus two toner cartridges for my printer,” said Chambers. Some of the other supplies the teachers picked up included basics such as pencils, notebooks, binder,


Sixth-grade science teacher Jackie Chambers was one of nine Batavia Middle School teachers who volunteered this summer at Crayons to Computers to receive free shopping trips through the school supply store.

C2C Volunteers The following Batavia Middle School teachers volunteered at Crayons to Computers this summer: • Mary Bradburn, grades 5-8 gifted and talented language arts • Jackie Chambers, sixth-grade science • Melissa Copestick, eighthglue, scissors, crayons and paper. “You get what you can and share what you have with the teachers who need it,” said Chambers. Most of the Batavia teachers had volunteered before, but Title I teacher Donna Ginn and seventhgrade math teacher Lisa Young were first-timers. “What happens a lot is

grade language arts • Lisa Cordrey, sixth-grade language arts • Mel Davis, seventh-grade science • Susan Ericksen, grades 7-8 intervention specialist • Donna Ginn, Title I teacher • Jennifer Hester, fifth-grade math • Lisa Young, seventh-grade math teachers are bringing other teachers in. They keep spreading the word,” said Holland. Crayons to Computers started in 1995 and has since grown into a regional operation that has distributed $75 million worth of items to the community for free. Supplies are donated by businesses and individuals. The free store is a

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resource available to 16 counties in the Tristate area. Some schools automatically qualify for monthly shopping trips based on the number of free and reduced lunch students in the district. For those that don’t, the teachers volunteer in exchange for “shopping” trips. According to Holland, parents, community members and businesses also can volunteer on “behalf” of a teacher or school. Duties range from stocking shelves and helping at checkout to sorting donations and organizing the warehouse. For more information about Crayons to Computers, call 482-3290 or visit www.


October 12, 2011

Live Oaks students now work with netbooks By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. - All students at Live Oaks Career Campus this year were issued netbook computers to use with their classes. The students will be responsible for the computers 24 hours a day and can take them home. They must turn them in at the end of the year, said Joe Moon, assistant dean at Live Oaks. The netbooks made by Acer are smaller versions of a regular laptop computer. “The teachers are integrating them with their classes and coming up with new ways to teach,” Moon said. Dan Cox, dean at Live Oaks, said each student’s computer is customized for his classes. Textbooks and links to online learning resources are available on the netbooks. “For instance, the preengineering students have links loaded for sites they frequently use,” he said. Loading the textbooks on the netbooks allows the school to cut down on the cost of traditional textbooks. “Textbooks are very, very expensive,” Cox said. The school has not gotten rid of traditional textbooks completely, but that is the goal, he said. “That is still a few years off,” Cox said. The netbooks have a program called Blackboard that allows teachers and students to communicate about assignments outside of class. “The student can communicate with the class even if he is not there,” Cox said. The netbooks give students access to email and the Internet, but there are restrictions on using the technology. “That’s a little harder to control when they take the netbooks home,” Cox said. “We teach students to use the technology responsibly.” Because some parents prefer their children not bring the netbooks home, there is to option of drop-

ping them off in the afternoon and picking them up the next morning, he said. Jon Weidlich, community relations director for the Great Oaks campuses, said the program began two years ago at the Laurel Oaks campus in Wilmington. “It was the ideal pilot program because it is the smallest campus,” he said. Last year the program was extended to the Diamond Oaks campus in Cincinnati. This year, the two remaining campuses – Live Oaks and Scarlet Oaks in Cincinnati – got the computers. At $600 each, it cost the Great Oaks system about $1.7 million to provide netbooks for 2,800 students at four campuses. Weidlich said the price tag includes software for the netbooks. He said the school system bought higher-end netbooks that have better memory and programming than models that can be purchased at retail stores. “We decided to do that so we could get four years of life out of each one,” Weidlich said. He said the purchase was put out for competitive bid, and the lowest bid was chosen. In the past, the schools had larger laptops available in the classroom for use by students. Those laptops were becoming obsolete and needed to be replaced, Weidlich said. Rather than replace the larger, more expensive laptops, it was more cost-effective to buy the netbooks, he said. “We had money allocated in the general fund to replace the laptops,” Weidlich said. The student is responsible for the netbook if it is lost or broken. Parents are given the opportunity at the beginning of the year to buy an inexpensive insurance policy to cover the replacement cost. For more about your community, visit miamitownship.


Devin Mentzel, left, and Joe Hooker of Batavia are the Live Oaks Students of the Month for September.

Twelve Cosmetology II students from Grant Career Center, supervised by Sue Goodman, senior instructor, opened their salon for business Sept. 13. Current salon hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The salon offers a wide variety of services, including haircuts, color, perms, waxes, facials and manicures. Conditioning treatments, highlights, lowlights, shampoos and sets also are available. Clients are charged a minimal cost, ranging from $1 for a shampoo, $2 for a haircut, $16 for a perm, or up to $30 for a color service. The school is located west of Bethel on Ohio 125 with the salon entrance in the front of the building. For an appointment, clients should call 7346222. The salon provides students with exposure to clients and with practical experience to help them pass their state boards and prepare for the work world. Cosmetology senior Andrea Philpott said, “I really enjoy working with clients and preparing for the state board examination. Every day I have the opportunity to practice my skills


and build my clientele. I want to attend make-up school and become a personal stylist after graduation and this is a great way to get the experience I need to be successful.” Senior cosmetology students worked in the salon during their junior year and enter their senior year experienced and confident. Senior Sarah Moore enjoys working in the salon creating new looks for the


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Live Oaks Career Campus honored two students from Batavia this month as Students of the Month. Joe Hooker, a senior, and junior Devin Mentzel are both students in the Heavy Equipment Operations and Engineering program. Hooker is the first senior this year eligible for job placement and is currently working for CJ&L Bushelman. According to instructor Barney Brill, “His boss, Jim Kossen, is a no-nonsense person, so when he tells me that Joe is one of the finest he has seen, it is a huge compliment.” Joe will be working on large construction projects in the Cincinnati area over the

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clients. “I like interacting with clients and making them happy. I really enjoy practicing my skills and making clients look and feel their very best.” Many clients have been visiting the Grant Career Center salon for years. Goodman and the cosmetology students are eager to see former clients and welcome new ones. They invite the public to stop in and find a new look.




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CLERMONT CO. - 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. “We’ve been wanting an ATM for a while. We can’t take credit cards and there

are many times when customers come to the BMV, they get the transaction taken care of, but they don’t have cash or a check to pay. This is just a matter of customer service,” Fraley said. Fraley said they also are hoping to get an ATM for Clermont County Clerk of Municipal Court Tim Rudd’s office in Batavia Township. The ATMs will be at no cost to the county, but customers will pay a $1.75 fee to make a withdraw. Common Pleas Clerk of Courts Barb Wiedenbein said they

could have charged more and kept the additional revenue, but that wasn’t something she or Fraley were interested in. “We really just want to provide this service more than anything - times are bad enough as it is, so we didn’t want to charge an additional fee,” Wiedenbein said. “We have people who come in and they just don’t deal with cash anymore. Some even get upset that we don’t already have an ATM.” Clermont County Com-

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Long-time Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 member Steve Tam presented a certificate of appreciation to U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt Sept. 26 to thank her for supporting all the veterans of Clermont County.

Sam’s Club helps Clough Pike Elementary UNION TWP. - Sam’s Club helped 10 teachers at Clough Pike Elementary purchase much-needed classroom supplies through its Teacher Rewards program. Through the Teacher Rewards program, management teams at local Wal-Mart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations across the United States were able to select one local public school and provide $100 reward cards to 10 teachers. The Eastgate Sam’s Club team selected nearby Clough Pike Elementary School. Winning teachers were able to use the funds to purchase essential items for their

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Clermont Parks welcome Youth Conservation Teams at Shor Park A swarm of activity took place recently at Shor Park in Union Township as members of the Ohio River Foundation’s Youth Conservation Team worked on several projects designed to repair damage from heavy rains that washed out portions of park trails and pushed sediment into the watershed. “We’re also removing the invasive Autumn Olive plant, an invasive shrub native to Asia,” said Hailey Rolfes, who attends Harrison High School. “These types of projects can improve conditions in small creeks and tributaries that will help improve water quality in the Ohio River watershed,” said Ohio River Foundation Executive Director Rich Cogen. “This is a really great program that is helping our parks, while educating the young people involved

about watersheds and the environment,” said Clermont Parks’ Director Chris Clingman. The Ohio River Foundation selected the 10 young people involved in the sixweek program that partners with both Clermont and Hamilton county park districts. “In addition to actually doing the work onsite, the young people selected also have a day of education that supplements the protection and restoration work they are doing,” said Cogen. As Tony Losekamp from McNicholas High School and Taylor Batty of Madeira High School dug a trench to re-channel water from a trail, they talked about how this experience has taught them to have a greater appreciation of the outdoors and how important it is to take care of nature for

future generations to enjoy. “I just didn’t realize how much physical work would be involved,” said Batty. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of doing this,” said Noah Yasgur from Sycamore High School, as he cut branches from a large Autumn Olive shrub. “I’ve always been interested in the environment, and thought it would be cool to be able to really get involved in something like this. It will be my major in college.” Cogen said the Youth Conservation Team has been so successful in its first year that they are moving forward with plans for next year. For more information about the Ohio River Foundation, visit the website Submitted by Kathy Lehr, director of the Clermont County Office of Public Information.


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Cross Country

• Batavia finished fourth out of 19 in the Division II portion of the St. Xavier Invitational, Oct. 1, at St. X. Hunter Stith was 17th in the individual standings, with an 18:09. Seniors Jacob Braswell (18:13) and Josh Moon (18:14) returned fto the lineup in a big way, after missing most of the season with hip injuries. Griffin Stith (18:30) was 28th. • Glen Este’s Steven Stoffel won the Ross Invitational, Oct. 4, with a time of 17:14. Teammate Michael Stamper was fifth in 17:55. The Trojans finished fifth as a team. The GE girls, meanwhile, were team runner-up at Ross, losing only to the host Rams. Dana Jones (sixth), Ashley Keith (eighth) and Kenliegh Howard (ninth) led the Trojans.


• Batavia beat Georgetown in a remarkably close match, 23-25, 26-24, 25-27, 25-21, 17-15, Oct. 3. They followed with wins against Summit Country Day and East Clinton later in the week. • Amelia rallied to beat New Richmond 15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-13, Oct. 4.

Boys soccer

• New Richmond beat Goshen 2-0, Oct. 4. Kevin Reid and Tyler Loyd scored goals. • Amelia beat Blanchester 9-0, Oct. 4. Junior Cody Sprague scored two goals to lead a balanced Baron attack. The Barons blanked Goshen 3-0, Oct. 6, as Josh Drennan scored twice. • Batavia improved to 120-2 with a 7-1 win against Felicity, Oct. 4. Neil Wilson and Kyle Schmitgen each registered hat tricks. The Bulldogs beat Georgetown 3-0, Oct. 6. Wilson and Tim Knauer scored. Brian Hawk had the shutout.


AMELIA - In his four years as boys golf coach at Amelia High School, Creed Cornett had not had a golfer of the year. That changed in the last week of September when junior Jake Brinker took those honors in the Southern Buckeye ConferenceAmerican division. Finishing the year with a 38.80 average, Brinker was eight strokes better than his closest competitor for the award, teammate Jeremy Marsh. Brinker was chosen based on four rounds on four different courses. Brinker and Marsh scored better than five New Richmond golfers who took positions three through seven. “Jake’s a consistent golfer,” Cornett said of his No. 1. “He puts it in the fairway and his putting’s been remarkable. He doesn’t really have a long drive, but he’s a straight golfer. He gets to the green, evaluates the hole and puts it right in there.” Amelia finished second to New Richmond in the league. Just as the golfer of the year numbers show, Brinker and Marsh were close all season long. Marsh’s average of 40 was just a stroke back of Brinker. Both Barons were first team all-league. “They battle it out all the time,” Cornett said. “They’re pretty close.” When not playing at Friendly Meadows, Brinker works and plays at Royal

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• Alex Ariapad, senior, New Richmond cross country Ariapad was the top local finisher in the St. Xavier Invitational Division II standings, Oct. 1. He ran an 18:01 to finish 14th. New Richmond was eighth as a team.

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Amelia’s Jake Brinker looks down the fairway after a shot at the Division I sectional Oct. 4 at Glenview. Brinker shot 83 to lead the Barons, but fell short of qualifying for the district tournament. With a 38.8 nine-hole average for the season, Brinker was named the Southern Buckeye Conference-American division golfer of the year. Oak Country Club. “I play about seven days a week,” Brinker said. “I do something with golf seven days a week.” Brinker credits a “belly putter” with saving his game. The longer putter is anchored to the golfer’s chest. His proximity to putting greens and hard work has also improved a game that didn’t start until he was 14 years old. “I knew about the game, but I never really played,” Brinker said. “I never picked up a club until the summer before my freshman year.”

Brinker was a baseball and basketball player before catching the golf bug. Now, it’s all golf all the time as he constantly strives to improve himself. “He plays a lot of tournaments in the summer,” Cornett said. While Cornett marvels at Brinker’s putting, Brinker thinks his consistency comes from something very basic - he hits the ball square. “My ball striking’s probably the best part of my game,” Brinker said. Currently, Brinker prac-

tices and plays, and is looking ahead to playing beyond high school. “Hopefully I have a good summer and a good season next year so I can go to college,” Brinker said. He’ll have to step up his game for those reasons and for competitive reasons. Out of Amelia’s starting five, four are seniors (including Jeremy Marsh). That leaves Brinker as Cornett’s only returning starter. Rebuilding gets a little easier though when your base is the defending

Amelia’s Jeremy Marsh takes a shot at the Division I sectional at Glenview Oct. 4. Marsh finished second in the voting for Southern Buckeye ConferenceAmerican division golfer of the year behind teammate Jake Brinker. Marsh averaged 40 for nine holes this season. SBAAC-American golfer of the year. Brinker also will have something to shoot for as a senior as he unfortunately did not qualify for districts at the sectional at Glenview Oct. 4. Brinker led the Barons with an 83, but Amelia finished 11th and the score wasn’t good enough to qualify individually. For more sports coverage, visit preps, preps or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.

Lion tennis trio district-bound By Ben Walpole

Girls soccer

• Batavia beat Goshen 72, Oct. 3, behind two goals apiece from Morgan Turner and Mackenzie Fisler. Turner and Fisler were at it again a day later as the Bulldogs edged Felicity 3-1, Oct. 4. Holly Harris scored the other Batavia goal. Gaby Bond scored twice in a 4-0 Batavia win against Georgetown, Oct. 6. Dawn Goodspeed pitched a shutout. • New Richmond downed Goshen in SBC American play, 5-1, Oct. 4. Savannah Glenn netted two goals, and Sarah Glenn, Kelsey Hensley and Emily Barcheski eached added a score. • Amelia beat Blanchester 8-0, Oct. 4. Kymmy Simon scored three goals, and Katie Brown and Danielle Lang each added two. Freshman Brittany Koehnke had the shutout in goal. Amelia drilled Goshen 9-1 Oct. 6 as Madison Terry found the net four times, and Brown scored three goals. • Glen Este beat Western Hills 4-0, Oct. 5. Morgan Terry, Madi Velten, Lindsey Singleton and Marisa Lavatori scored goals. Freshman Allyson Saylor had the shutout.



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New Richmond High School’s Miranda Stilwell, left, and Alex White qualified for the Division II district doubles tournament.

NEW RICHMOND - New Richmond High School will be well-represented this week at the round of district tournaments. Miranda Stilwell and Alex White finished fourth at the Division II sectional tennis doubles tournament at the ATP Tennis Center, Oct. 7, to earn a berth in the districts. “They were really excited,” New Richmond head tennis coach Terri Flamm said. “They’re really proud of themselves, and they worked very hard.” Stilwell and White’s first three wins came against

doubles teams they had already beaten earlier in the year – a helpful scenario for a duo that had never advanced so far in the postseason. “As far as allowing them to relax and not let their nerves get the best of them, I think that was really important,” Flamm said. This marks the first trip to districts for either player. They’ll play in the Division II district tournament at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 at the ATP Tennis Center. “Really they’re just excited to be at districts, just hoping to have a good showing there,” Flamm said. “Their plan right now is just one game at a time.”

Meanwhile, in boys golf, New Richmond competed in the Division I sectional tournament for the first time. The Lions previously had been Division II. Junior Austin Wells shot an 81, Oct. 4, at Glenview Golf Course to qualify for the district tournament as an individual. The top four teams advance, along with the top four individuals not on a qualifying team. New Richmond was seventh as a team. Wells was 14th as an individual. He will play in the district tourney, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown. For more coverage, visit

New Richmond, Williamsburg win big By Ben Walpole

Maybe it was the weather. A week after winning ugly in cold, rainy conditions, the New Richmond and Williamsburg High School football teams scored early and often in week-seven wins, Friday night, Oct. 7. “The weather was wonderful,” said Williamsburg co-head coach Trevor Foster. “We try to be as balanced as we can be on offense. We were able to run and throw.” Senior quarterback Jacob Edmisten was responsible for a lot of that balance by himself, leading the Wildcats to a 49-7 win against Bethel-Tate on Homecoming night. He threw for 171 yards and three

touchdowns and also ran for three touchdowns. Senior tight end Anthony Young also had a big night, totaling 130 yards receiving and hauling in two TD passes. The ‘Burg defense found an unlikely hero in freshman linebacker Mason Hall, who had 13 tackles. “Even though he’s a freshman, he plays with a lot of aggressiveness, very physical,” Foster said. “We have high hopes for him and a couple other kids in that freshman class.” Williamsburg (4-3) hosts Clermont Northeastern in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Nick Hill set the tone for New Richmond, returning the opening

kickoff for a touchdown in a 41-14 win against Amelia, Oct. 7. The Lions forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Danny Scholz, Jay Glueck and Matt Forsee. Hill rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Glueck added 136 yards and a TD. “Anytime you can get both of those guys rolling that’s a good thing,” New Richmond head coach Dan Scholz said. New Richmond (5-2) has won five straight games. The Lions can clinch a share of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championship with a win against Goshen, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Amelia (2-5) hosts Western Brown, Friday, Oct. 14.

Blanchester 49, Batavia 6

The Bulldogs dropped their seventh-straight contest. Zainn Ison rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Batavia hosts Bethel-Tate, Oct. 14.

Harrison 41, Glen Este 7

The Trojans rushed for 223 yards, including 152 by senior Alec Scardina, but were hurt by three lost fumbles. Drew Byrd rushed for Glen Este’s lone touchdown. Glen Este (4-3) hosts Anderson at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. For more coverage, visit


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October 12, 2011

Sports & recreation

Five from ATA compete as state champs Although instructor George Sizemore Jr., third-degree black Belt won a state championship in American taekwondo back in 2001, no student at the Anderson ATA run by Sizemore and coowner Jason Brown, third-degree black belt, had ever been crowned state champ. But that changed in a big way this past summer, when five students at the school completed the American Taekwondo Association’s tournament year as Ohio state champions. “We all worked hard and put forth a lot of effort.” said 11-year

old Heather Wardwell, a sixthgrader at Glen Este Middle School, who led the Anderson contingent with championships in five events: Forms, sparring, weapons, creative forms, ad creative weapons. “The competition was tough,” added Rebecca Kaye, a 12-yearold seventh-grader at Nagel Middle School, “but we were determined.” Rebecca, who earned state titles in forms and sparring, began training and competing after becoming “bored” as a mere spectator at her brother Dustin’s tour-

naments. Dustin, an 11-year-old sixthgrader at Sherwood Elementary School and the only black belt in the group, won championships in sparring in weapons. Championship taekwondo is a family affair for the Wardwells, too: Heather’s 8-year-old brother, Hunter, a thirdgrader at Brantner Elemetary, won a state title in forms. Rounding out the Anderson ATA school’s roster of state champions is Sarah Amrine, a 9-year-old Sherwood Elementary fourth-grader who earned championships in creative forms and creative weapons.

The group of champions gives much of the credit for their success to their school and instructors. The Black Belt Academy, where they train three nights a week and on Saturday mornings, is “a fun place to learn about defending yourself,” said Dustin. Rebecca attributed substantial improvements in her “self control and self-confidence” to her work with Sizemore and Brown. “We love our instructors,” Sarah said. It may be that the instructors find some inspiration in their students’ hard work as well. Ten

years after winning his first state championship, Sizemore is now state champ again, having earned the “triple crown” of titles in forms, sparring, and weapons. At a ceremony attended by the highest ranking ATA member in this region, sixth-degree black belt Master Marjorie Templeton, Sizemore’s students presented him with his new state champion uniform jacket after receiving their own jackets on Aug. 6. Their attention now turns to the new tournament year, as the school hopes to equal or exceed its success of 2011.

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Yesterday’s Kids, a Thursday senior softball league for players 65 and older celebrate being Senior League Champs, having gone wire to wire this season with no losses. In front, from left, are Larry Benne, Cliff Gward, Dave Beamer, Manager Tom Kloenne, Ed Hiser, Dick Schaa, Jim Pearson. In second row are Bruce Conway, Mo Henry, Bob Touchton, Dave Snider, Chris Shaff and Jim Wheeldon. If interested in playing, call Warren at 8521644. The 16-team league played at Riverside Fields.

Cincinnati United Soccer Club continued its success recently at one of the season’s strongest events, the CUSA Mead Cup. Almost 600 teams participated in this year’s event and CU had boys and girls teams from U8-U14 take part. After three days of games, Cincinnati United finished with seven champions and two finalists. The club won more titles, including the most in the tournament’s top flight – Five Star, than any other club in the event. “The skillful play, quality defending, and passion for the game shown by our youth teams this past weekend was a testament to the

environment they train in at Cincinnati United,” CU Director of Coaching Bobby Puppione said. “Sweeping the U9 through U12 girls Five Star Divisions and taking home three boys titles is a sign of the strength in our youth development. We are excited to see our players continue to grow at CU.” Here is a list of the club’s champions and finalists from the event: • CU Sycamore Mason U9 Girls Barcelona, Champions of Five Star – DOC Bobby Puppione. • CU Lakota U10 Girls Thunder, Champions of Five Star -- coaches Schuppe,

Bierman, and Griffis. • CUP U11 Girls Gold, Champions of Five Star – coach Kim Scheper. • CUP U11 Boys Gold, Champions of Five Star – coach Paul Rockwood. • CUP U12 Girls Arsenal, Champions of Five Star -DOC Andy Szucs. • CUP U12 Boys Flamengo, Champions of Gold Division – coach Steve Bryan. • CUP U13 Boys Black, Champions of Gold Division – coach Colin Mullaney. • CUP U11 Girls Black, Finalists of Gold Division – coach Katie Gaus. • CUP U12 Boys Santos, Finalists of Five Star – DOC Jon Caldwell.

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Enter the door across the parking lot from the football locker room. Call Ken Dunn 378-9847. Visit glenestewrestling.weebly. com/youth.html.

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Senior levy is so important

I just wanted to write in support o the Clermont Senior Services levy. This is so important. I don’t know what we would do without them. They’re here when we need them and it helps us so much to be able to stay in our own home. I hope everyone will vote in favor of the levy. You might need them some day yourself. Jack and Barbara Armstrong Owensville

Electives, buses needed

On behalf of the children in the West Clermont school district, I encourage you to vote “yes” for the November operating levy. We must come together as a community to support our district and to get back our elementary electives and our normal transportation. This year we have seen increased class sizes, numerous program reductions and/or eliminations, and increased pay to play. Enough is enough. I would like my children to have the same educational opportunities that I was lucky enough to receive. I urge you to consider what’s really at stake - our children. Vote “yes” for the West Clermont operating levy. Brittany Baker, Union Township

Vote for Lloyd Acres

To the taxpayers of Union Township, after what I saw in Wednesday’s Community Journal about Mr. Walker and our township trustees voting right along with him to award his son jobs that took our taxpayers money, I think all of them should be replaced. We need someone who is for the people. Our tax money should go towards something to benefit us, the taxpayers. So when you go to vote Nov. 8, please replace Beamer with Lloyd Acres, who is an honest person, who will work hard for the taxpayers of Union Township. I will be voting for Lloyd Acres, a longtime resident of Union Township. Owen Brooks, Union Township

Senior services is needed

The Clermont Senior Services levy will be on the ballot in November. I and other seniors who receive their services are in need of your vote for approval of this year’s levy. Clermont Senior Services helps seniors in so many ways. They provide services such as personal care, homemaking, adult day care, Meals-on-Wheels, home repair, and other services. They instill a feeling of confidence and sense of security for seniors to know there are people who care. As a senior, it is nice to feel loved, appreciated and respected. Seniors need to feel they are still an important part of society; that just because they may need help with some of their daily activities, they are still useful and their lives still have meaning. One important fact about the staff at Clermont Senior Services is that they always take time to listen. They care, they always leave us with a smile, and they encourage us to not give up on life. They help ease some of our worries and burdens brought on with age. As a senior who appreciates the help I receive, I encourage you to vote for the senior services levy. Carol Cantor, Miami Township

Vote ‘no’ on Issues 2

Senate Bill 5 is touted as the

vehicle to reduce personnel costs for school districts. This is not true. Of greatest importance is the fact collective bargaining is the vehicle through which school districts can control costs. Through collective bargaining, West Clermont teachers agreed to a zero-salary increase for two years. Through collective bargaining, the majority of Clermont County teachers pay over 10 percent of their health insurance costs. (CNE teachers pay 20 percent, Milford teachers 15 percent). All teachers in Ohio pay 10 percent of their retirement, per state law. Administrators, however, can negotiate their own contracts (since they have no collective bargaining agreements) and can end up with more perks than those who spend their days with students. For example, they may have their retirement picked up by the board. Senate Bill 5 doesn’t address that problem; its loopholes allow administrators and politicians to come out way ahead of “ordinary” public employees, the middle class people who teach your children, put out your fires and keep your streets safe. Stop vilifying teachers and other public employees; let them do their important work, and not be just pawns of political wrangling. Support your middle-class neighbors. Vote “no” on Issue 2. Terry Conway, Union Township

Not taking it any more

We all have limits for tolerance, but it seems some Pierce Township leaders have lost sight of what we, as taxpayers, are willing to take. Change can sometimes be good and sometimes be disappointing, but Nov. 8 we need to make a stand and elect a person of integrity to help foster change for the better. That person is Donna Cann. She has served the township in many ways for over 16 years, 10 years as an employee and who offers a broad business and financial background. Who better would know the strengths and, unfortunately, the many areas of improvement, that need addressing? Township road repairs are just one element of what we expect as residents. A one-dimensional focus won’t suffice for the future of our community. We need a character of leadership, intelligence and curiosity to challenge the status quo and a “get-thingsdone” approach to meet our needs. Help us and others like us, who demand a new professional approach and are not going to take mediocre representation anymore. See Donna Cann’s website at to learn more about Donna and vote for her Nov. 8. Carryl Crump, Pierce Township

Vote for Issue 2

How many of you folks have had a job go away or had a friend or relative who lost his/her job or some of their benefits? Are you aware that this bill does nothing more than let government try and keep the cost to taxpayers down by having government employees help pay part of their health care and benefits? Do not most of the private sector workers already do that in their jobs? Have any of the public sector workers actually had any of their benefits reduced? Or their pensions taken away or reduced? Or their salaries cut? I did before I retired, many years before, I retired in 2001. How many government employ-

ees have we lost in the last three to four years? If you check closely, I’ll bet it has been percentagewise less than the private sector jobs that have been lost, yet we taxpayers continue to pay their benefits almost fully with no help from those who benefit. Vote for Issue 2/SB 5 and let us try and keep the government running without bankrupting our children and grandchildren to pay for it. Robert Dollenmeyer, Milford

Don’t mess with our children

Good ole American greed is out of hand in the schools, too. You want to fill your pockets and over staff the new schools we didn’t need, then tell our children, “sorry we spent all of mom and dads tax dollars, so you won’t have buses unless mom and dad pay up again.” You are worried about laying off more teachers. Mom and dad are worried about keeping their house if they are still lucky enough to have one these days. It’s real easy to over spend when you are spending someone else’s money. The school said it’s not their responsibility to bus children. Do they think every one should quit their job just so they can drive children to and from school? Seems like the only thing the school is concerned about is laying off teachers. What about the laid off bus drivers. The schools like to sign contracts, but the only one they should sign is for bus service. The safety of our children should come first. The parents would rather see 55 teachers laid off than they would see their children walk to school just so you can have a job. Don’t mess with our children. Kathleen Eads, Amelia

Service with a heart

One of the success stories in our community is Clermont Senior Services. As a volunteer for this agency, I’ve had the opportunity to see “up close and personal” how the lives of seniors are touched by this fine organization. Their motto is Service With Heart, and they provide it daily to seniors throughout the county. Although the services of CSS are wide-ranging, their mission is simple: Provide seniors the help needed to safely remain in their homes. When you consider the cost of nursing home care can exceed $5,000 per month, the in-home services of CSS ($1,000 or less per month) generate a tax savings of roughly $4,000 a month for every person that remains at home due to CSS services. And since it’s a renewal of an existing levy, it will not raise taxes. Without taxpayer support, CSS will have to close its doors. There will be no “bailout” of this worthy organization. No more Meals-OnWheels, transportation to local medical facilities, in-home personal care, home repairs, senior centers and more. Please join me in giving CSS a well-deserved “thank you” for Service With Heart to Clermont seniors by voting “yes” on the ballot this November. Mark Eppler, Milford

May need services someday

The Clermont Senior Services levy will not raise taxes. It is imperative that it passes for the seniors of Clermont County. Coming to the Welcome Center (Adult Day Services) helps me associate with people my age. It also is good for my health because the staff feeds us well. We get breakfast, lunch and a snack

every day. We do great crafts. We have helpful exercises. I ask for all voters to vote “yes” for the levy because someday you may have to rely on Clermont Senior Services. George Featherstone, Amelia

Vote ‘no’ in West Clermont

In response to the letter of Wednesday, Oct. 5, in which the writer feels the cost of restoring busing would be “minimal” to the taxpayer, the word “minimal” is relative depending on one’s income. Owners of a $150K home would be paying around $363, added to the $100 assessed in January 2011, or nearly $40 a month. To many seniors and families struggling to stay in their homes, this amount is not “minimal.” To a senior, it could mean the difference between food, medicine or utilities and to a struggling family, it could mean the end to college fund contributions, along with eliminating some necessities. I would urge voters to demand the same belt tightening from West Clermont that the rest of us have had to endure during these tough economic times by voting “no” in November. Dawn Harsley, Pierce Township

Vote ‘yes’ for Issue 2

During a passionate debate on State Issue 2 between a state senator and an attorney for the firefighters’ union, Steve Lazarus, the attorney, asked the question: How much is too much to pay someone who goes to work every day and say to their spouse and children, goodbye and they may or may not be coming home at the end of their shift? A recent survey listed as the most dangerous job in the USA is the mom and pop stores, quick stop gas stations, etc. The clerks who work in these businesses are robbed, beat on and even shot and work for minimum wage. They get no benefits or pension and work until they can collect a small Social Security check at 65 possibly 67 or even in the near future 70 and they pay taxes to support the lucrative benefits of unions. Also the family of the mom and pop business will not receive government benefits if they get injured or don’t come home. Maybe workman’s compensation only. Please vote “yes” on Issue 2, SB5. Robert Holbert, Milford

Welcome Center is a highlight

The opportunity to come to the Welcome Center (Adult Day Services) is the highlight of my day. It keeps me smiling and content. The staff works to create a stimulating atmosphere and, in this, they succeed admirably. Please seriously consider voting for the Clermont Senior Services levy, and thus, making a great difference in the success of their programs. Frank Huttlinger 967 Palamore Drive, Loveland

Cann has experience

Donna Cann has the experience to restore leadership as Pierce Township’s next trustee. Several past leadership errors resulted in almost one half million taxpayers’ dollars wasted on a “township planner” position that yielded no results. This apparent lack of control and direction has to change. Donna has the courage to take a stand on tough issues and hold

those accountable who would otherwise “run their own show.” Her 10-year employment as zoning inspector and a total of 16 years of serving Pierce Township, has given her unique insights on what we need for change. I volunteered on different focus groups, levies and the BZA because of Donna and saw first hand her desire for the improvement of the township. What other candidate has attended almost every trustee and special meeting over the past 10 years? Answer: Donna Cann. Vote for her on Nov. 8 if you want a trustee who has the experience necessary to raise our leadership to a new level of professionalism. Steve Inkrot, Pierce Township

Riebel will be good for twp.

In response to Mr. White’s letter about “Pierce roads and realism,” the reality is that the road closures this past year have been a problem and the state of those roads did not simply happen overnight. We may not repair non-township roads, but we can sure provide influence to ensure our township is provided the attention it deserves. Rich Riebel’s experience in general contracting and the relationships he has with key people will be a huge benefit to our township. I will agree that we have made an excellent hire with our new public works director who has assembled a quality team. Perhaps Mr. White should inquire with our new director as to who he has sought advice from over the past nine months. Yes, that’s right, Rich Riebel. Additionally, as the column clearly outlines, Rich Riebel brings much more than his knowledge around roads. His honesty, integrity, leadership and business experience is what this township needs. We need the trustees to be leaders, not full-time managers. We strive to hire good people, but let them do their jobs. Please support Rich with your vote on Nov. 8 and for more information, go to Dean Johns, Pierce Township

Vote ‘yes’ on Issue 2

Question: What do the firemen and policemen do that the military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries of conflict do not do? Do they get paid the same? If not, why not? Our country is broke. If not and we could afford it, I would vote for “each” of them to get a million dollars a week. “I” respect and appreciate their sacrifices for us. Issue 2 asks them to pay at least 15 percent of their health insurance, “less” than half of what private sector workers are paying on average. It ties compensation to quality of work rather than seniority, just like private sector employees. It preserves collective bargaining, but it also gives government managers the flexibility to make decisions based on affordability and efficiency, just “like” the private sector. It asks them to make a small contribution, 10 percent, to their publicly-funded retirement plan. Government employees will still get their pension benefit, an annual payment that averages their three highest annual salaries. Vote with me on Nov. 8. Vote “yes” on Issue 2. Together we “can” and “will” make a difference. Judith A. Kelch, Union Township

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Speak out now about Ohio 32 plans On Sept. 28, at the public open house, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio 32 Study Team introduced several proposals for public review and comment regarding redevelopment of the Ohio 32 corridor that will change the existing access on Ohio 32 within Union Township, which are available for review on the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District website: These alternatives provided several options that addressed the needs of ODOT in order to ensure the provision of safe traffic flow and to reduce congestion along Ohio 32 corridor. However, these proposals did not show any improvements to Old Ohio 74 or Aicholtz Road or other local roadways, which will be forced to accommodate the redirection of all local traffic and would likely shift safety and congestion issues onto the local and county roads in this area. Without considering the

inclusion of the redevelopment of all secondary roadways w i t h i n U n i o n Township in Alex order to Lambros i m p r o v e and Community safety congestion Press on the Ohio Guest 32 corridor, Columnist ODOT will inadvertently pass the financial burden to the Clermont County taxpayers to make improvements to our local roadways and jeopardize the safety of our citizens in emergency situations. As taxpayers of Union Township and the entire county, we must express our concerns regarding ODOT’s lack of consideration in the implications of resulting improvements necessary on the local road infrastructure and the financial burden to the citizens of Clermont County. We as taxpayer must make the time to express

About letters & columns We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address, cell and home phone numbers so we may verify your letter or guest column. Letters may be no more than 200 words and columns must be 400 to 500 words. Please include a color headshot with guest columns. All submissions will be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. our concerns regarding the safety implications for our secondary roadways within Union Township and the financial burden to the local taxpayers regarding ODOT proposals during the open comment period which will expire Oct. 26. The bottom line is that our secondary roadways, in their current state, will never be able to accommodate the increased traffic volume and jeopardize the safety of our citizens, places an unreasonable financial burden on local taxpayers and substantially reduces

Deadline is noon Friday. E-mail: clermont@ Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: The Community Journal, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. our ability in economic development. We cannot sit in the sidelines and expect the government always to do the right thing. Speak out, this is our only chance. To contact the ODOT SR32 Study Team, contact: Andrew Schneider, Project Manager TranSystems, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 540, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242; email:; 513621-1981, ext. 32-205; fax: 513-621-2901, Attn. Ohio 32 Study Team. Alex Lambros is a resident of Union Township.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Do the recent changes to the Facebook network concern you? Why or why not? “They don’t so much concern me as deter me. Facebook is fun, but not a necessary part of my life. I don’t have time to keep relearning how to use the site effectively. I find myself spending less time on Facebook, and not really missing it all that much!” J.S.B. “Seems to me that the privacy issues are of a concern, though Facebook insists it is doing all they can to protect your privacy. One example is the archiving and retrieval of the messenging area, and that alone can be disturbing when you are privately messaging someone ... ‘just sayin’!’” O.H.R. “I’m not a Facebook user ... I have enough ‘social interaction’ on the telephone, via email, and faceto-face with friends and neighbors. (I still trade ‘let-

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How do you think school districts should best schedule professional development, or in-service, days for their staff – by having regularly scheduled early dismissal for students, or by having entire days off for students? Why? Which of Steve Jobs’ products mattered most, and which is your favorite – iMac, iPad, iPhone or iPod? Why? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. ters’ with a few people too – remember what those are?) However, my wife is an avid Facebooker, and she says that the changes will mean little or nothing to her.” Bill B. “I don’t do facebook ... it takes up too much time. Call me a dinosauar.” J.K. “I am not a Facebook user so any changes don’t bother me at all.” B.N.


Riebel is honest, reliable

I have had the privilege of knowing Rich Riebel for several years. During that time, I have known him to be honest, hard working, reliable, a moral compass and a friend. I had the honor or serving on the New Richmond Exempted School District Board of Education with him for eight years. During that time, his knowledge of general contracting was immeasurable in decisions we had to make. As fellow contractors, I have witnessed his knowledge of road maintenance, which Pierce Township so desperately needs. His desire to serve our community is apparent and we would be fortunate to have him on our township trustee board. I urge you to vote with me for Rich Riebel on Nov. 8. Nancy Light, New Richmond

Support of Issue 12

I attended Brantner Elementary, Glen Este Middle School and graduated from Glen Este High School. It has been a joy returning to my elementary school and seeing my daughter experience the same upbringing as I did. At my Brantner Elementary school, I was able to enjoy music class. I remember attending music class with my two best friends, who both had alto voices while I sat in the opposite side of the class as a soprano voice. I remember singing Christmas songs during school performances. My daughter will not have the opportunity to learn if her voice is soprano or alto, she will not learn Christmas songs at school, and she will not experience the joy of performing for parents and classmates. I have very fond memories of my Brantner Elementary school and it saddens me to think my daughter will not have the same opportunities. I am very passionate about Issue 12 and restoring these programs to add to our children's academic progress. These programs should be a regular part of our children's school curriculum. I ask for

your support on Issue 12. Our kids are counting on us. Cindy Maki Union Township

Senior services cares

On Nov. 8, we will be asked to vote for a renewal levy for Clermont Senior Services. For several years, I have depended on many of their services including transportation to and from doctor appointments, therapy, Meals-on-Wheels and home care. They have been very attentive to my needs and they will do the same for you. Clermont Senior Services cares for its seniors. The entire staff is there to help you. Believe me, they are wonderful. Please give this renewal levy your full support. It is vital for the needs of every senior citizen in Clermont County. And remember, this levy will not raise your taxes. This can be one way to say “thank you” for a job well done now and in the future. Vote for Clermont Senior Services on Nov. 8, Election Day. Marilyn Moore, New Richmond

Cann is most qualified

Donna Cann is “hands down” the most qualified candidate for Pierce Township trustee. Donna’s depth of experience is impressive: Zoning inspector for 10 years; board of zoning appeals for six years; worked with members of the zoning commission; worked with consultants to re-engineer the zoning resolution; and worked with developers to bring quality improvements to the township. Over Donna’s career, she issued hundreds of zoning permits and resolved numerous zoning issues, not always popular with residents who were in violation of the zoning code. Beyond those initiatives directly related to her job, she organized the annual Easter Egg hunt and community concerts and raised significant contributions to remodel the fire department’s kitchen. She has also assisted residents in getting the county health department to help clean up abandoned properties and quite

often, has been the point person for finding lost pets. We as residents have a duty to elect the person who will best oversee our needs. Donna’s experience and commitment to Pierce Township has equipped her well to assume the trusted role we expect. Visit Donna’s website at to learn more about her. Vote for Donna Cann on Nov. 8. Dan Owings, Pierce Township

This is not acceptable

How can one of the Union Township trustees be a crook and the administrator and the other two trustees and financial officer not know anything about it for two years. This has a smell I don’t like. Sounds like “don’t ask, don’t tell.” After all 69 counts for alleged wrongdoing, and the county prosecutor made excuses for them, they were all new people and relied on the crooked trustee’s judgment. This is not acceptable, they should follow the lead of Mrs. Wiedenbein and resign. Jim Pennington Union Township

Vote for senior services levy

I’m writing to express my support for the Clermont Senior Services levy. My roots run deep with Clermont Senior Services. I had the privilege of working for the agency’s founding director, Lois Brown Dale, for four years before being elected to serve on the board of county commissioners. I continued my service as a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer for another 15 years. As I made the rounds on my meal route, I saw first-hand how much the older folks need and appreciate the home meal service. For many, this is the only hot meal they have each day. The county commissioners has been contracting with Clermont Senior Services to administer the senior services levy since it first passed in 1982. The agency’s board of trustees and George Brown do a great job making wise and efficient use of our tax dollars. The senior services levy

on the November ballot is a 1.3-mill renewal issue, which means it will not raise taxes. I’m asking you to join me in voting for the senior services levy to assure that Clermont Senior Services is able to continue providing Meals-on-Wheels, transportation and other services for the next five years. Bob Proud Clermont County Commissioner Batavia Township

Issue 12 is about us

I am going to vote for the West Clermont levy and I hope you do, too. I, along with everyone else, don’t like the idea that my taxes will increase, but our district has not received any new operating dollars for seven years. I just can’t imagine what will happen to our schools and community if the levy fails. Additional cuts due to a failed levy will jeopardize the quality of education available to our district’s residents. Let’s join together to get this levy passed for our community. We have all chosen to call West Clermont our home. Issue 12 is all about us. Please vote for the West Clermont levy. Lisa Radcliff, Amelia

Riebel is right for Pierce Twp.

As a Clermont County transplant, I have known Rich Riebel for over 10 years. Many things can be said about Rich, but perhaps the most important is that he is a man of integrity. As a small business owner himself, he knows the difficult challenges of this economy, but has maintained a successful business without lowering his quality standards. He has demonstrated in a real way, that honesty is the best policy. That’s why my husband and I believe that Rich Riebel is the man for the job of Pierce Township trustee. He brings real world business experience, and a genuine concern for the needs of his fellow constituents. I can tell you that he will approach every decision with caution and concern. That’s what we need here in Pierce Township. Real concern for the needs of the township residents.

We appreciate the quality of Rich’s character and the depth of his experience. That’s why we’re supporting Rich Riebel for trustee. Visit to find out more about Rich’s stance on critical issues. Karen Riel, Pierce Township

Specials are special for kids

I love helping in my kids’ classrooms at Clough Pike. I was helping a teacher a few weeks ago. I was asked to cut shapes with the paper cutter which is presently housed in the vacant art room. I walked in, turned on the lights and was stunned and saddened. I looked around me at the crusty paint bottles lining the shelves. Art books dumped in a pile on the desk where the teacher once sat. I instantly remembered the day my daughter brought home a pottery bowl she made in art class. She proudly displayed this bowl on our kitchen table for weeks. My son, who is a year behind, couldn't wait until he could make a bowl next year. But there's the empty music room too where my son would learn about new instruments and tell me all about them with enthusiasm. The sit up ribbons from gym class are still on my son’s door. The books in the school library are now collecting dust. I am pleading with every one to please vote “yes” for our schools. The specials are a treasured opportunity for our kids. Tanya Schroeder Union Township

Riebel good for Pierce

I have been reading with interest the few letters that have been in support of Donna Cann who is running for Pierce Township trustee. On April 19, 2011, at a special trustees meeting Mrs. Cann was dismissed from her position in zoning. She was receiving a annual salary of about $52,000 from Pierce Township. We don’t need someone as trustee who possibly has a bone to pick, so to speak, with the township or could possibly be seeking

revenge. She apparently wasn’t an asset to the township or they would not have fired her so how could she be a asset as a trustee? What we need is someone who is positive, knowledgeable in many areas and cares about the future of Pierce Township. I firmly believe the person who could bring to the table everything needed to keep the township moving forward is Rich Riebel. He is a man of integrity who genuinely cares about our community. When you love and care about the community you live in, you are only going to try to make it even better which is what Mr. Riebel will do. Please join me and vote for Rich Riebel for Pierce Township trustee. Faith Slagle, Pierce Township

WCLSD doesn’t care

WCLSD doesn’t care about our families, our economy or the fact an increase in taxes will put more seniors out of their “paid for” homes. Most seniors live on SS only and earn about $1,050 a month. I’ve seen our taxes for the WCLSD go from $167.02 in 1996 to $614.43 in 2002 to $1,788.17 in 2007 … and still growing. So in 11 years, WCLSD taxes increased 13.26 times. We haven’t received increases in pay to match this. Our seniors haven’t had increases in SS the past three years. I have heard the teachers voted down a two-year pay freeze and it was mentioned there would not have been cuts in staff had they taken it. Why is it now $276.50 per $100,000 home value instead of the $242 that has been quoted over and over? (WCLSD … pretty sneaky). Don’t forget about the movement of millage, which is costing us extra. No new taxes. For students in Braxton Park, Sycamore Creek and Bristol Lake, there is a walk-thru easement at the end of Greentree (off Buxton Meadows Drive). This might help the walkers and parents with drop offs. Angie Tucker, Amelia

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Clermont County is seeing rise in thefts of precious metals

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By Lisa J. Mauch

With all the “cash for gold” businesses advertising today, it’s natural to think of gold first when hearing the words “precious metal.” But there are other precious metals that also fetch good money, namely copper and aluminum, which is often stolen. “It falls back on the economy and unemployment rates,” said Det. Paul Lane of the Milford Police Department. “Scrap metal is easy to Lane sell. It’s a quick reward.” Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said the areas being hit by copper thieves run the gamut from rural sections of the county to more urban areas. He said two areas hardest-hit are Franklin and Batavia townships. “A lot of wires are being taken from construction sites and where wire is stored,” Rodenberg said. “It seems to be increasing everywhere.”

44 copper thefts

But it’s not just the copper found at construction sites being stolen, it’s the copper and aluminum found in air conditioning and heat pump units. Rodenberg said 44 thefts of copper from sources other than AC units were reported between January and October of 2010. In the same time span this year, 83 have been reported. As for AC units, 14 were reported stolen in 2010 between January and October. That number jumped to 56 for the same time this year. “We are basically tripling and quadrupling in AC/heat unit thefts and copper thefts have doubled,” he said. “The cost of those metals is Rodenberg valuable.” Clermont County Prosecutor Don White said his office has noticed an increase on copperrelated thefts as well. “Observation-wise, there has been a significant increase,” he said. “We’ve seen that in the last year.” And while thefts from construction sites are typical, he said, thefts of ACs and other materials from residences and businesses is relatively new. “I’ve been doing this from both sides for a long time … and I can’t ever recall anybody stealing ACs,” said White.” He said he even had a case


The remains of an air conditioning unit after parts were stolen by illegal scrappers in Clermont County. involving the theft of some guard One business that was hit in longer strip the metals at the site. rails at East Fork State Park. Milford was Boberschmidt & The take the whole AC unit to “That was the first time we had Associates. There was an attempt strip later, decreasing the risk of seen that,” he said. on its unit Aug. 22. getting caught, Gaviglia said. And while the thieves didn’t “For someone who knows make off with the entire unit, what they’re doing, they can It’s the economy office manager Jason Bober- remove an AC (unit) in a matter “I believe there’s been a signifschmidt said, they did get the cop- of minutes,” he said. icant increase in property crime per lines and that let dirt and According to Union Township and we can water inside the Police’s Invesrelate that to the AC unit, ruining tigative Section, economy,” said it. 57 thefts involvWhite. “There “It’s definitely ing copper have are a lot of a concern that been reported to vacant houses they’ll come date this year. because of foreback,” BoberLast year, closures and schmidt said. there were 32 that’s an open “Unless your reports of copper invitation to White unit is on top of Mills theft and 12 Gaviglia thieves.” the roof … it’s reports of thefts Milford Police Chief Jamey Mills susceptible to being stolen.” involving other metals, such as said it’s been mostly businesses Union Township Police Lt. aluminum. that have been hit in the city, Scott Gaviglia said copper thieves “People need to be vigilant of though some residences and two also seem to be targeting busi- suspicious vehicles and people in of the city’s cell towers have been nesses in Union Township, along their neighborhood,” said Gavhit as well. with large apartment complexes. iglia. “Most of these thefts occur “This is certainly one of the at night, but we have had some problems we want to address,” that occurred in the afternoon.” said Mills. “Our goal is to decrease Prize targets metal thefts by 5 percent next “Air conditioning units are a year,” he said. prize target because of the copper Mark your stuff Mills said the Milford Police inside and the aluminum,” he Aside from keeping an eye out, Department is in the planning said. “Aluminum is emerging as a Gaviglia also suggested that peostages of a “directed patrol” pro- target. It hasn’t been until recent- ple can spray paint the copper to gram that would use marked and ly that aluminum prices have make it more identifiable. The unmarked cars to patrol and help risen high enough to make it an police can then look for the unique prevent specific crimes, such as attractive target.” markings at metal scrap yards. He AC thefts. Another trend is thieves no said if they find it, they’re able to

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has a message for illegal scrappers. “We are coming to get you. We will find you,” said Greg Moran, an investigator with the sheriff’s office. “In 2010, we had 161 reports of thefts of air conditioners, copper wiring and other metals. This year, we have already had 175 reports. Unfortunately, as long as metal prices are high, this type of activity will likely continue.” Moran said the eyes and ears of the community provide law enforcement with valuable tips that help them find many of the illegal scrappers. “Neighbors often call us when they see suspicious cars and vans in the driveway of vacant houses,” he said. “Some of these thieves are so bold they actually walk up to a house and knock on the door to ensure no one is at home.” While vacant houses are a big target, the illegal scrappers also hit homes during the day when people are at work, and also have been stealing from churches, businesses and construction sites. “A large home air conditioner can be taken apart quickly, and the aluminum and metal can bring the illegal scrapper around $1.73 a pound,” said Moran, who estimates that unknowing recyclers could pay the thieves around $180 for items related to each air conditioning unit. “The scrappers usually operate in teams with one person serving as a lookout.” The penalties for illegal scrapping can be high. “It can be a felony, based on the worth of the item taken. Scrappers face numerous charges including breaking and entering, theft, utilizing criminal tools and even a violation of the Clean Air Act because Freon is improperly released from the unit,” said Moran. If you suspect an illegal scrapper is stealing from a home or business in your neighborhood, contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 732-7500 or your local law enforcement agency. Submitted by Kathy Lehr, director of the Clermont County Office of Public Information. identify it as stolen property because of the markings and find out who brought it to the scrap yard. “One piece of copper truly looks like the next and we can’t ID it,” Gaviglia said. “But if it’s painted or marked, it’s easier to ID. Marking your valuables is a common prevention tool.” For more about your community, visit

Quilt show benefits artists, nature center By Kellie Geist-May


This is one of the nature-themed quilts that will be featured at the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists Show at the Cincinnati Nature Center Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.

UNION TWP. - The Cincinnati Nature Center and a group of local artists will be teaming-up this month to help promote fiber arts and raise money for the nature center. The annual Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists Show at the Cincinnati Nature Center will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Cincinnati Nature Center’s auditorium, 4949 Tealtown Road.

“We’ll have local crafters and artists selling their works and demonstrating their art. These are all really talented artists,” said Kristi Masterson, the nature center’s director of marketing and membership. A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to help support the Cincinnati Nature Center, Masterson said. Having an art show, especially one with fiber arts, is a good fit for the organization, said Marilyn Bridges, manager of The Nature Shop. “Cincinnati Nature Cen-

ter has a wonderful relationship with a variety of local artists and our members enjoy shopping for quality artwork locally produced,” she said. “There is a real connection between art and nature and we like to support each other.” Carol Lang, vice president of the Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Artists group and art show organizer, said the quilts and wares on display at the nature center aren’t typical blankets. “This is not a traditional quilt show and these aren’t your grandmother’s bed

quilts. This is fiber art for your home,” she said. “We usually have anywhere from 70 to 100 quilts, including the items in our small boutique. Almost everything will be for sale.” One of Lang’s quilts will be raffled-off as a fundraiser. The quilt show starts Friday morning, but there will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening. The public is invited to attend. The show is free to Cincinnati Nature Center members and non-members pay the regular nature center entrance fee. Those fees are


This quilt, made by Carol Lang, will be raffled off to support the Cincinnati Nature Center. $3 for children, $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and active military personnel. For more information, call the nature center at 831-1711 or visit


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October 12, 2011



Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Beechmont Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; 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; 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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Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; Milford.


Flu Clinic/Health Fair, 9-11 a.m., CurvesLoveland, 531 Loveland-Madeira Road, Includes flu shots, blood pressure checks, body fat analysis and information on diabetes, heart health and breast cancer. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 6779333. Loveland.


Haunted Laser Tag, 6 p.m.-midnight, Scallywag Tag, 491 Ohio Pike, Spooky Laser Tag 6-9 p.m. with spooky theme. Haunted Laser Tag 9 p.m.-midnight with people in arena to scare participants. $20 for 3 hours, various prices for individual games. Reservations required. 528-3696; Anderson Township. Haunted Tour, 7-10:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, A tour of the grounds. Hear tale of original property owners and witness the fate of those who dared to cross federal guard John Reeves. Ages 10 and up. $7. 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; Milford. F R I D A Y, O C T . 1 4


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. 4743100; 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. 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford. S U N D A Y, O C T . 1 6


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.


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

Harvest Moon Hike, 6 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Take a night hike with a naturalist to see nature in a different light. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Scarecrow Making, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Bring your own clothes: $25. Get clothes from scarecrow clothes closet: $35. All other materials provided. 683-1581; Symmes Township.

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



ART & CRAFT CLASSES Hand-painted Glassware Workshop, 6:309 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.

Hogwild, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KC’s Pub, 928 Ohio 28, Free. 248-0358. Milford.


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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; Milford.


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. 697-9173; Loveland. Haunted Laser Tag, 6 p.m.-midnight, Scallywag Tag, $20 for 3 hours, various prices for individual games. Reservations required. 528-3696; Anderson Township. Haunted Tour, 7-10:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $7. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to make your own hypertufa containers. Family friendly. $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

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 to register. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland.


The Blue Chip Jazz Band will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Front Street Cafe, at 120 Front St., New Richmond. For information, call 553-4800. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; 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; 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; Milford. T U E S D A Y, O C T . 1 8

EXERCISE CLASSES Yoga Flow, 7-8:30 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Improve and provide relief from some chronic health conditions. Release life-long stress from body. Learn basic postures, breathing and relaxation techniques suitable for those of intermediate fitness level. Family friendly. $88. Registration required. 310-9029. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; Milford.

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


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


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.


Word Stone Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Put your favorite word in stone for all the world to see. Family friendly. $25. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Lisa Lillien, 6-8 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Food Network star and author discusses and signs “Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival.” Anderson Township.


Little Nature Nuts, 10-10:45 a.m., Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road, Parents participate outdoors with their children. Ages 2-5. Family friendly. $10, $7 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


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.; Loveland.


Hand-painted Floormats, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own usable work of art. All materials provided. Family friendly. $50. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, $5. 3794900. Mount Carmel.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Hand-painted Floormats, 6:30-9 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $50. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


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


Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford. F R I D A Y, O C T . 2 1

BUSINESS SEMINARS Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township. CRAFT SHOWS



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.

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; Milford.

Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 8318039; 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. T H U R S D A Y, O C T . 2 0

EXERCISE CLASSES Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.

Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists Weekend Quilt Show, 5-8 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Auditorium. Opening reception. Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists create in all fiber arts, including quilting, weaving, embroidery, rug hooking, doll making, wearable art, knitting, beading and crochet. Meet the artists, view pieces and demonstrations. Free. 831-1711; Union Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6 and up. 575-2102. Milford.


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. W E D N E S D A Y, O C T . 1 9


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; Milford.


Kids can go trick or treating through Kings Island’s new Dinosaurs Alive! attraction as part of Howl-O-Fest, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. Besides candy stops, hundreds of pumpkins, prizes, and crafts, kids can uncover a giant skeleton at a dig site or decorate a mini pumpkin to take home. Entrance to Dinosaurs Alive! is an additional fee of $5. Howl-O-Fest, which is noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October, also includes a hay bale maze, petting zoo, costume contest and more. For tickets, visit Halloween Haunt opens 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 for those looking for a bone-chilling time. There are 13 attractions, including two mazes. It is not recommended for children. For tickets, visit

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; Anderson Township.


“Art Deco: Fashion and Design in the Jazz Age,” a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, showcases art deco costumes. Curator Cynthia Amneus is shown with pieces in the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 1. Call 513-721-2787 or visit


October 12, 2011

Spicy or traditional, meatloaf is still comfort food Each month, I film my cable TV show “Love Starts in the Kitchen” at Union Township TV located at Firehouse No. 51 in Union Township, Clermont County. Sometimes I have guests and sometimes it’s just me cooking. Justin Hawthorne is the media production specialist who does the filming, and he and Gina DiMario, media/communications manager, do the editing together. Between just the three of us, we put out award-winning cooking shows. I do the shows the same way I do these columns, and jokingly call it “reality cooking” since it’s me who does all the purchasing, prep, cooking, etc. I just finished a show on my favorite comfort foods, and I couldn’t leave out this delicious meatloaf.

Really Good Meatloaf: Two Ways

Meatloaf with spicy glaze/sauce

Mae Ploy is a sweet, yet hot, chili sauce. It’s addictive and can now be found in most grocery stores. Now if you don’t like a sauce with a kick, substitute the optional barbecue sauce. That’s what makes the meatloaf “two ways.”

Preheat oven to 375. Film bottom of skillet with olive oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is soft but not brown. Set aside. Mix ketchup and Asian chili sauce together and divide into half. You’ll have 1 cup total and will put 1⁄4 cup into the meatloaf mixture and the rest will be used to baste and serve as extra sauce on the side. Mix together breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, parsley, Worcestershire, oregano, 1⁄4 cup ketchup mixture, salt and pepper. Add meat and onion mixture and gently mix to combine. Shape into a loaf and put on sprayed baking sheet. Bake 50 minutes to 60 minutes or until done – internal temperature will be 160 and/or juices will run clear. About 15 minutes before meatloaf is done, baste with about half of ketchup mixture. After roasting, let sit five minutes before slicing and serve with extra sauce.

Meatloaf with traditional glaze/sauce:

This has more traditional flavor. Use 1⁄4 cup of this in the meatloaf mixture and use the rest to baste and serve alongside.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:

Use a light hand when forming meatloaf or burgers. Don’t form too “tight” of a mixture – that’s what makes them tough. A light hand gives you a much better texture. Bacon on top? Why not? Regular or turkey bacon works fine. Even easier: Use your favorite purchased barbecue sauce

Smashed potatoes with chives Great meatloaf.




Rita’s got two ways for you to fix that old favorite, meatloaf. Season to taste and add a dollop or two of butter if you like.

Eileen Bittman’s stewed fresh tomatoes

Eileen, a Colerain Township reader, is a wonderful cook. This would be deli-

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cious alongside the meatloaf. Eileen sautés a small chopped onion in a bit of butter. It takes a while over medium heat until the onion is very soft but not brown. Sometimes she adds garlic. She adds a generous couple of cups chopped tomatoes.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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VVA 649 recognized

Vietnam Veterans of American Buckeye State Council named the VVA Chapter 649 “Chapter of the Year” for 2011. The award is given to a chapter with outstanding achievement in areas of veterans services, chapter membership and community service. Chapter President Ken Williamson, right, accepted the award. Goshen Township resident and VVA 649 member Joanna Gregory, left, received the Associate Member of the Year Award for her outstanding service and contribution to the mission of the chapter. VVA Chapter 649 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.

Visit for your chance to be an honorary ball kid at a Xavier University men’s basketball game. Each winner will be notified by Xavier and will serve as a honorary ball kid at one home game. Winners will receive two tickets to the game, a shirt and shorts and the thrill of being on the Cintas Center floor during the game.


No purchase is necessary. You must be a resident of Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana and be in the 4th-8th grades to be eligible to enter. A parent or legal guardian must enter for each child. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. October 26, 2011. For a complete list of rules visit

UC Clermont professor publishes ‘Fighting the Future War’ Born in Europe to a military family and raised on stories about the Cold War, it seemed natural for UC Clermont History Professor Fred Krome to compile a book based on what he loved - history and sciencefiction. Krome recently published his second book “Fighting the Future War.” Krome describes science fiction as a mirror of contemporary issues. “If you think about the medium - science fiction is set on another planet, in a future world - each one of those enables you to do something you may not be able to do in your contemporary society,” said Krome. He sites for example, the “Twilight Zone,” a television anthology series

created by Rod Serling in the early 1960s. The creator was able to freely criticized the arms race, racism and the Vietnam War because it was set in another world. In his book, Krome introduces the collection of future war stories and infuses historical information about both the authors of the stories and the historical time period. “When I started to organize the material, I found a logical progression from World War I, when technology and technological speculation was a dominant theme, and usually considered to be a positive force, to the 1930s, when ambiguities about race, degeneration and the fear that another

world war would destroy society, were common themes,” said Krome. Krome hopes to someday publish a second book in this genre that examines the period after 1945, and how entering the nuclear age effected the mindset of authors and readers. Beginning this fall, Krome is teaching a class called “The History of the Future,” and will use this book as the primary text. The book has been published by Routledge. Krome is also a wellknown Holocaust historian as well as an expert on film propaganda. Submitted by Kathy Lehr, Clermont County director of public information.

Mini facelifts at Mercy Dr. Som Tandon, plastic surgeon, is performing mini face lifts for patients as an outpatient procedure at Mercy Hospital Clermont, greatly reducing the recovery time typically involved in such a procedure. A mini face lift differs from a full face lift in that it is a minimally-invasive procedure that causes the patient very little discomfort. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the cost is lower than a traditional face lift. “The mini face lift allows patients to retain a youthful look without the effort of a full face lift,” said Tandon. “We tailor the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient by focusing on specific trouble spots.” Mini face lifts can help reverse the effects of aging, and patients can specifically

focus on problem areas such as: Neck, jowls, mid-face, nasolabial folds and eyes. Tandon first studied plastic surgery in India and completed his boards. He then traveled to the United Kingdom to receive advanced training in his field. During the course of five years, Tandon trained at the University of London, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Dublin. He later traveled to the U.S. to complete a residency and fellowship in plastic surgery. Tandon has numerous years of experience in plastic surgery and is affiliated with many of the area Mercy hospitals. To learn more about the mini face lift, or to make an appointment, call 3851122.

UC Clermont wins $5,000 grant


UC Clermont College won a $5,000 grant from Humana Inc. to help fund a walking path project on the campus in Batavia. “While our college provides opportunities to exercise, our minds through academic programs, we are pleased to receive the support of the Humana Communities Benefit grant in conveying the importance of exercising our bodies as well through the development of the campus walking path,” said UC Clermont College Dean Greg Sojka. The college currently provides no outdoor space dedicated to physical activity and the current sidewalk system provides a disjointed pedestrian experience.

The walking path will provide a safe opportunity for 4,000 students, faculty and staff to engage in physical activity. The path will serve as a centerpiece for the scenic campus and community wellness campaign. The Walking Path Project includes four phases, the first one being a one-mile continuous fitness loop that uses existing sidewalks and promotes visibility at intersections. The estimated cost of Phase 1 is $100,000. Those interested in investing in the advancement of this project can contact Meredith Delaney, director of development for UC Clermont College, at 513-558-9964.


October 12, 2011

Community Journal


It’s apple season, get some for making pies and eating Some folks are gathering walnuts to sell to a company in either Winchester or Seaman that buys the walnuts. I understand they shell the walnuts then pay for the walnuts without the hull. This is a way for folks to make some extra money for Christmas or to buy whatever they need. This will take work, but is a good family project. The honey bees are busy working on the fall flowers and golden rod. The hive needs a lot of honey for the bees to survive over the winter. A friend loaned us a picture of an American Indian holding a peace pipe and had the 10 commandments of the Indians. Here it is. The Earth is our Mother, care for her. Honor all your relations. Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect .Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more. Do what needs to be done for the good of all. Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day. Speak the truth; but only of

the good in others. Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun. Enjoy life’s journey, but leave no tracks. Go to the house of worship of your choice, and


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and paint.” The Park National Bank Art Gallery is in the Snyder building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia at 4200 Clermont College Drive. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The gallery is closed Sundays.


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praise God. 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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ners for a birthday party for a young lady that is 11 years old. There was a good group of family and friends there, her grandmother, and us as adopted grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. Claire enjoyed several nice gifts and some money. The Faith Tabernacle for the Kids will have the Christmas Ministry Santa List. These folks know there are children that don’t have much for Christmas, so they are hoping to provide some enjoyment. These folks want the children to know they are loved, by not only the Good Lord but the church members. If you want to call, the telephone number is 659-5801. The garden is starting to wind down. Some of the raised beds will be cleaned out and mulch and lime put on for winter. The dead tomato vines need to be removed. As I write this a squirrel is looking for something to eat in the side yard, getting ready to store food up for winter. The walnuts, hickory nuts and acorns are starting to fall.


Ruth Ann Rooks. The charge is $75 and $25 for clean up. Our phone number is 734-6980. George Saturday Rooks a f t e r n o o n Ole there was a Fisherman special birthday party for a little angel that was 1 year old. Now I imagine you have guessed who this angel is. If not it is our great granddaughter Brooklyn. Her aunt Michelle made a Mickey Mouse cake with figures around it. She was more interested in the figures than the cake. Mike from the Boar’s Head Bait shop at Afton called this Monday and gave me the results on the crappie tournament that was held last Sunday. There were 15 boats in the contest. They can weigh in 7 fish. First place was 7 pounds, the big crappie weighed 1 pound and 12 ounces. That’s some fish. Sunday evening Ruth Ann and I went to the Kin-


Howdy folks, The A.& M. Orchard out of Fayettville has apples. They have picked ones and also those you can pick for yourself. We are hoping to go this week and pick some. Ruth Ann likes the Stayman Winesap apples to make pies or to cook and they are good to eat also. Of course there are many varieties that are good for cooking and make a fine pie. These folks do a fine job with their orchard and are so helpful with their customers and friendly. Thursday evening as Ruth Ann and I were coming home from choir practice at church, the wind was blowing hard, the ground was covered with leaves. I said it looks like the leaf fairy has been here. We keep mulching the leaves so they don’t get real deep on the yard. Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. there was a wedding at the Old Bethel M.E. Church here at East Fork Park. There was a good crowd. The old church is available for weddings. If interested give us a call, George and


Community Journal

October 12, 2011


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Sewing for a Cause

Brittany Taylor, 13, of Amelia spent the summer sewing wheelchair bags to donate to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Taylor’s grandmother, Sue Taylor of Anderson Township, designed the bags after seeing people using wheelchairs and walkers struggle to carry anything. With help from her grandmother and Aunt Deborah Taylor Davidson, Taylor learned to sew and started making the bags. She used bright colors and materials with kid-themes to donate to children confined to wheelchairs and walkers. Taylor is the daughter of JoAnne Taylor and Wayne Taylor Jr. and a student at St. Thomas More School. She delivered more than a dozen bags to Children’s Hospital Donors Relations Officer Britt Nielsen.

509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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


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


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



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


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

ROMAN CATHOLIC 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

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


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

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

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

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

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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.

Nursery provided for all services

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

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 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

New Richmond Nazarene Church

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.


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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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


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

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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


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Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am


Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

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UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

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

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

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

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

Owensville United Methodist Church


Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)


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


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

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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

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

Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan


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

9:30am 10:30am


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


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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:

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am


Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Come visit us at the

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am

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You Are Invited!


Trinity United Methodist


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

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

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.

Welcomes You


The Williamsburg Community Prayer Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at one of four churches.


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

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142


The church is at 200 Hamilton St.; 553-3465.

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.


The church is at 937 Old Ohio 74, Glen Este; 753-8223.

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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 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

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church is having a revival at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Art Bush will be the evangelist with preaching and singing. The revival will conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, with a concert by Art Bush. Call the church for details.

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• If your Kindle is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you will need to transfer the eBook to your Kindle via USB. • If you choose to purchase the book from the Kindle Store or check it out again at a later date, all of your notes and highlights will be preserved. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Contact the library for more information or assistance.




book. • Click the “Get for Kindle” button. This opens the website. You may be required to sign in with your account if you are not already logged in. • Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the “Get library book” button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB. • An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.

Clermont County Public Library cardholders can now check out and download eBooks to their Amazon Kindle or free Kindle reading app anytime, anywhere by visiting Select Downloads under Quick Links on the left-hand side and select Ohio eBook Project. You can also access eBooks through the online catalog. How to read on Kindle Visit the collection of eBooks through the website. • Browse and check out a Kindle

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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith



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

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

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

WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


October 12, 2011

Community Journal


Class ring found after decades in Anderson creek By Lisa Wakeland

ANDERSON TWP. – As Avery Dorsch walked back to her house and up the banks of Four Mile Creek in mid-July, something caught her eye. It was small, but Avery, 10, was curious and went to investigate. “I usually pick up something that’s shiny,” she said. “I thought it was an earring at first.” She was shocked when she discovered it was an Anderson High School class ring from 1966 with the initials “JK” engraved inside. When she brought the ring to her parents, Avery’s mom, Suzanne, was also surprised. “We saw it as a great mystery to solve,” Suzanne said. “We knew there had to be a story behind it.” The Dorsch family went to a neighbor and searched through an old Anderson


Anderson Township resident Avery Dorsch, 10, right, returns the Anderson High School class ring to John Kaldmo, 63. High School yearbook to see if they could identify the mysterious “JK,” but it was to no avail. It was after finding a class reunion website that Avery and her family had their first big lead. John Kaldmo, who lives in Amelia, received an email that an Anderson High

School 1966 class ring had been found, but the email said different initials were engraved on the inside. Kaldmo, 63, said he would often tell stories about the day he lost his class ring when he went to check out the summer flooding on Four Mile Creek. “I got too close to the

Farm Bureau has annual meeting The 2011 Clermont County Farm Bureau annual meeting was conducted Thursday, Sept. 1, at the US Grant Career Center in Bethel. President David Lewis called the business meeting to order and welcomed about 127 members and guests. Loretta Blevins, Scott Cangro, David Lewis, Jim Liming, Kathy Mosbaugh and Carl Schoellman were elected to three-year terms of office on the board of trustees. Cindy Cassell, Mark Foebar and Carl Schoellman were elected to serve as delegates to the 2012 Ohio

Farm Bureau annual state meeting. Several policy resolutions were presented and passed. The Wild Ones council won a $25 gift card for having the largest percentage of members in attendance. Stormy Bonea, Harrison Hobart and Anthony Wolfer were recognized as the recipients of the 2011 scholarships. State trustee Craig Adams gave an update on the happenings at the state level including legislative issues. Heather Utter recognized the Team Action Leaders: Communications, Linda McKinley; Food and Animal Issues, Jim Liming; organi-

zation, David Keller; public policy, John Manning; membership, Virginia Meyer and Jan Schoellman. Virginia Meyer received a $25 check for selling the most annual meeting tickets. Margie Liming presented the “Farm Woman of the Year Award” to Melissa Morgan of Felicity. The 2010-2011 Action Team Leaders will be Linda McKinley, communications; Jim Liming, food and animal issues; Don Andrews, organization; Carl Schoellman, public policy; and Jan Schoellman, Virginia Meyer and Cindy Cassell, membership.


Avery Dorsch points to where she found the ring in Four Mile Creek while Kaldmo points to the area he lost his ring 45 years ago. shore and fell in,” he said. “When I got out I realized my class ring was gone. I didn’t try to look for it because it would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack. It was a real disappointment.” He later learned that there was a typographical

error in the email and the ring was the one he lost on the banks of Four Mile Creek nearly half a century ago. After making the connection the Dorsch family arranged a meeting to return the ring to Kaldmo. “It was really exciting,”

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John Steiner, Regan Binder, Riley Binder, Hailey Steiner and Jessica Schimpf arrive at Clough United Methodist Church for the Backpack Blessing. Students and school staff receive prayers for a safe and successful school year at the Blessing.

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Clough United Methodist Church recently conducted its annual Backpack Blessing. Students brought their backpacks to church and teachers and other school staff were given apples by the students. Both students and staff received prayers for a safe and successful school year.

Librarian – Helen Weis, Anderson Township Facilities – Linda Fulton and Vivian Banchy, Anderson Township Publicity - Jan Sherbin, Anderson Township Sopranos Chair – Linda Swope, Union Township Second Sopranos Chair – Sharilyn Schuchmann, Anderson Township Altos Chair – Karen Newman, Montgomery The Forest-Aires bring a Christmas performance to various venues in December and perform a full-length show in the spring. Performance proceeds fund voice scholarships for high school students.



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Avery said of being able to return the ring. “I could barely sleep that night. I was blown away and so amazed we found him.” Kaldmo said he immediately recognized the area where he fell into the creek when Avery showed him where she found the ring. It was half-hidden under a rock, traveled about 50 feet and Avery said she thinks the recent storms exposed the ring. “Getting the ring back, especially from Avery, is beyond description,” Kaldmo said. “It seemed like a dream and it’s just beyond belief. I can’t believe that the whole family took such an interest in tracking me down.” Kaldmo said he plans to wear the ring to his class reunion in September and now, 45 years later, he will have a different tale to tell. For more about your community, visit Cincinnati. com/andersontownship.

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


Pleas W. Nichols vs. Stephen Buehrer Administrator/Ohio Bureau of Executive Management Services Inc. of IN, worker’s compensation. Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Matthew E. Marshall, et al., forclosure. PennyMac Loan Services LLC vs. David Vanoli, et al., forclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Robert D. Bruce, et al., forclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Earle K. Kelch III, et al., forclosure.

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Midfirst Bank vs. George E. Case, et al., forclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Paul W. Oser, et al., forclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Adam Jansen, et al., forclosure. Village of Woodcreek Condominium Owners Association vs. Christopher J. Murphy, et al., forclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Keith R. Sanderfer, et al., forclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Glenn Lewis, et al., forclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Michael A. Redslob, et al., forclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. John T. Boots, et al., forclosure.





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IN THE COURTS J. Robert True Treasurer Clermont County vs. Gregory Richard Henson, et al., forclosure. OneWest Bank FSB vs. Eric C. Huber, et al., forclosure. U.S. Bank NA ND vs. Arthea M. Tremper, et al., forclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Marie Fritz, et al., forclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Kellie Palm, et al., forclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Sandra Dutlinger, et al., forclosure. Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Ryan J. Fisher, et al., forclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Janice Ferguson, et al., forclosure. Village of Woodcreek Condominium

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Owners Association vs. Jerry Kovacik, et al., forclosure. Weststar Mortgage Corp. vs. Christopher T. Smith, et al., forclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Crystal Beverly, et al., forclosure. HSBC Bank USA vs. Shawn A. Armstrong, et al., forclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Linda Lykins, et al., forclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Sonya R. Holt, et al., forclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. John R. Strong, et al., forclosure. First Place Bank vs. Rita C. Grizzle, et al., forclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Richard E. Stowell, et al., forclosure. United States of America acting through the Rural vs. Myrtle Ruth Mills, et al., forclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Stephen E. Neaves, et al., forclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Jay Price, et al., forclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Deborah L. Schrichten, et al., forclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Kenneth P. Clark, et al., forclosure. Shoppes at Kennedy’s Landing vs. Ju Jus Boutique Inc., et al., other civil. State of Ohio Department of Health vs. McNamaras Irish Pub LLC, other civil.


Jani Skirvin vs. Danny L. Skirvin Janet Moorhead vs. Robert Moorhead Richard S. Farley vs. Christine A. Farley Daniel W. Brooks vs. Deanna D. Jester


Kevin Harner vs. Nicole Harner Jennifer R. Ores vs. Brian J. Ores Sandra R. Dooley vs. Scott H. Dooley Heather D. Molen vs. Jeramy D. Molen Christa L. Osborne vs. Darren K. Osborne Sue Adkins vs. Gregory Gheen James L. Gerald vs. Tammy L. Gerald Penny D. Peveler vs. Ronald B. Peveler

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

evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Grand Jury Shannon Dangela Taylor, 22, 2002 Still Water Lane No. 8, Milford, theft, tampering with records, Department of Jobs and Family Services. Dale Anderson Jr., 34, 6819 Oak Grove Road, Georgetown, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Devin M. Holm, 25, 3650 Rolling Ridge Road, NE Canton, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Travis Gardner Brewer, 39, 107 Foote Ave., Bellevue, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Anthony Joseph Smith, 28, 415 Main St., New Richmond, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Brett Amos Noonan Jr., 25, at large, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Johnathan Lewis Adkins, 27, at large, notice of change of address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Earl Idler, 22, Clermont County Jail, S rape, gross sexual imposition, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Joshua Tyler Gosney, 22, 10934 Creekside Drive, Pleasant Plain, trafficking in marijuana, receiving stolen property, having weapons while under disability, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Alexander James Cummins, 22, 3612 North Heartwood, Amelia, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Raymond Jackson Ballew Jr., 20, 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Sydney Coley, 30, 10604 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro, forgery, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Justin Wayne Howard, 24, 5615 Happy Hollow No. 12, Milford, theft of drugs, Miami Township Police. John Keith Gunter, 40, 1464 Ohio 28, Loveland, receiving stolen proper-

ty, Miami Township Police. Eric J. Ross, 18, 6528 Covey Court, Loveland, burglary, theft, Miami Township Police. James Martin Hill, 25, 108 Main St. No. 3, New Richmond, felonious assault, New Richmond Police. Edward Michael Dickson, 45, 4480 Glenwillow Drive, Batavia, pandering obscenity involving a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, Union Townshio Police. Jacob Lee Day, 20, Clermont County Jail, aggravated robbery, Union Townshio Police. Stephanie A. Gude, 22, 484 Old Ohio 74 Apt. C206, Cincinnati, complicity to aggravated robbery, Union Townshio Police. Rebekah Nicole Tanner, 20, Clermont County Jail, theft, Union Townshio Police. Amber Nicole Simpson, 23, 4451 Glendale Lane, Batavia, theft, forgery, Goshen Township Police. Cristina Marie Partin, 22, 2301 Old Ohio 32 ,Batavia, receiving stolen property, forgery, Goshen Township Police. Danielle Nicole Unthank, 21, 1785 Ohio 28 Lot 300 ,Goshen, receiving stolen property, forgery, Goshen Township Police. Amber Marie Kinser, 20, 5371 South Milford Road, Milford, receiving stolen property, forgery, Goshen Township Police. Jillian Carroll Truesdell, 23, 4200 Taylor Road Apt. C1, Batavia, receiving stolen property, forgery, Goshen Township Police. Matthew Lee Sturgill, 22, Clermont County Jail, rape, Goshen Township Police. Dade L. Walker, 38, Clermont County Jail, illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, Narcotics Unit. Kelli L. Walker, 31, Clermont County Jail, illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, Narcotics Unit. Dustin E. Hamilton, 23, 3318 Jenny Lind, Amelia, failure to stop after a non-public road accident, Pierce Township Police.


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


10 Cecelia Drive, Donald & Theresa Hammons to Michael & Martha Pierson, $54,000. 14 Cedarwood Drive, The Drees Co. to Eric Burchfield, 0.1687 acre, $139,615. 69 E. Main St., Karen Keeton to 69 E. Main St. LLC, 0.2500 acre, $104,500. 22 Sparrow Lane, Jonathan Baughman, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $86,667.


4289 Hickory Park Lane, Margaret Collier to Stephanie Mahaffey & Jessica Burns, $118,469.54. 3808 Lilac Lane, Valerie AlmesticaRodriguiez, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, $73,334. 3509 Ohio 222, Richard & Kathleen Marshall to Dawn Rish, successor trustee, 1.0900 acre, $117,500. 4223 Pekin Court, John Stuchell to Impact Property LLC, 0.2320 acre, $157,750. 2153 Picketside Drive, D. Ryan Jones, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 0.2250 acre, $90,000. 4537 Winners Circle, Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Mary Flood, $155,900.


2049 East Ohio Pike, William Lynn, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 9.0150 acre, $83,334. 2292 Hulington Road, David Krieger, et al. to Victory Community Bank, 0.4020 acre, $40,000.


109 Canal Court, Kevin & Alison Lowry to Brooke & Dennis Carr Jr., 0.2920 acre, $177,500.


3450 Ballymore Court, Estate of Patricia Weiskittel to William Trees, 0.1652 acre, $235,000. 549 Davis Road No. 5, Mary Lynn Flood to James & Neanna Helton, $56,800. 1469 Denny Drive, Gregory Kelch, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mort-


gage Corp., .0.454 acre, $50,000. 3344 Jenny Lind Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Barbara Brewer, $30,000. 3524 Macpherson Place, Gary & Gail Harvey to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.1556 acre, $150,000.


4274 Babson Park Place, Scott Wolf, trustee to Brian & Jacqueline Scragg, 0.5030 acre, $259,900. 1181 Binning Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Bruce Rolfes, $21,700. 604 Branter Lane, Richard Deller, trustee to Timothy & Anita Patton, 0.5500 acre, $135,000. 613 Carefree Drive, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Mathew Yamark, $54,900. 4504 Clermont Lane, Household Realty Corp. to Claude Lawson Jr., $45,001. 1012 Crisfield Drive No. 139, Carolyn Gaines, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $43,333.34. 3900 Dieckman Lane, Stephen & Susan Rosenberger to James & Alice King, 0.4500 acre, $84,900. 536 Halifax Circle, Alice Reed, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $46,666.67. 4053 Hearthstone Court, John Haggerty to Kristina Payne & Ryan Larck, $125,000. 4286 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Peter Lahni to Pathlight Properties LLC, 1.9000 acre, $380,000. 3985 Ponder Drive, Mark Ritter Jr., et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.4590 acre, $130,000. 795 Round Bottom Road, Timothy Miracle to Lydo Properties Management LLC, 1.2430 acre, $54,000. 844-846-848 Youngs Lane, Marku III Properties LLC to Timber Creek Investments of Mount Carmel LLC, 0.9480 acre, $273,000.


3147 Old Ohio 32, Dorothy Newcomb to Brett Bogan, 0.4700 acre, $73,500.


227 Winding Trails Drive, John Sanders, et al. to CitiMortgage Inc., $70,000.

Community Journal

October 12, 2011

Juley Cramer

Juley Cramer, Amelia, died Sept. 27. Survived by children Crystal King, Chuck, Bobbie Jo Cramer; grandchildren Lexi Hicks, Summer, Jayden King, Dylan Cramer; siblings Darlene (Raleigh) Shepherd, Barbara (Bruce) Crabtree, Pauline (Ronald) King, Charles Boldt, Robert Miller; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Janet Estep, Otis Miller. Services were . 3 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Betty Hampton

Betty E. Hampton, 77, Mount Orab, died Oct. 5. Survived by children Jeffrey, Ronald Hampton, Janis Carson; daughter-in-law Christina Brewer; grandchildren Ronald Jr., Kurt Jr. Hampton, James III, Heather Carson, Melissa, William Smith; sister

Ethel Claypool; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Donald Hampton, son Kurt Hampton. Services were Oct. 8 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Denise Hoobler

Denise Hoobler, 59, Williamsburg Township, died Oct. 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband Darryl Hoobler; daughter Kristina (Kenneth) Wisby; grandchildren Carson, Lydia Wisby; siblings Debbie (Bob) Brown, David Moermond; nephew Jason Moermond. Preceded in death by parents Leslie Moermond, Susan Alt. Services were Oct. 6 at T.P. White Funeral Home.

Peggy Maxey

Peggy Beach Maxey, 62, Amelia, died Oct. 3.

Survived by stepmother Jo Ann Beach; siblings Tina, Jim Jones; uncles Ralph, Earl McKinley, Homer, Harvey Beach. Preceded in death by daughter Rachel Maxey, parents Harold, Nellie Beach. Services were Oct. 5 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2873 Ohio 132, New Richmond, OH 45157.

Christopher Thomas-Taylor

Christopher Leo Thomas-Taylor, 18, Mount Orab, died Sept. 30. Survived by parents James, Connie Taylor; siblings Kayla Fowler, Caleb, Seth, Josh, Nena, Desteny Taylor; grandparents Alvin, Maudie Davidson, Henry, Louise Taylor; and members of his birth family. Services were Oct. 5 at Western Brown High School. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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


Harry Petty, Batavia, deck, 4429 Legacy Greens, Batavia Township. Bowlin Group of Companies, Walton, Ky., alter, 1403 Gumbert Drive, Batavia Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1337 Autumn View, Batavia Township, $82,204; new, 1331 Autumn View, $88,426; new, 130 Regatta Drive, New Richmond Village, $69,740; new, 128 Regatta Drive, $65,968; new, 1270 Misty Lake, Union Township, $79,825. Showcase Remodeling Inc., Edgewood, Ky., addition, 365 Wood St., Batavia Village, $16,000. Dennis Kehoe, Cincinnati, HVAC, 524 Topfield, Pierce Township. Joshua Jones, Cincinnati, deck, 1077 Kensington, Union Township. Chris Cooper Construction, Milford, HVAC, 4712 Blue Jacket, Union Township. Thompson Heating/Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1186 Parkside, Union Township; HVAC, 4015 Afton Elk-


lick, Williamsburg Township. Complete Electric Inc., Cincinnati, alter, 979 Clepper Lane, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 997 S. Apple Gate, Union Township, $170,000. Geoff Strobl, Williamsburg, pool, 15993 Colonial Drive, Williamsburg Township. A & W Roofing, Batavia, garage, 3171 Old Ohio 32, Williamsburg Township, $25,000.


Richard Hoffer, Amelia, fire suppression-Village Pizzaria, 19583 Ohio 68, Fayetteville Village; alter, $10,000. Composite Industrial Group, Batavia, alter, 4400 Roudebush Lane, Batavia Township. Clermont County Facilities Mgmt., Batavia, alter, 2340 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Township. Cincinnati Commercial Contracting, fire suppression, 1761 Ohio 125, Pierce Township.

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On the record

October 12, 2011


Incidents/investigations Fraud

Female reported this offense at 7 S. Kline, Sept. 20.


AC unit taken at 21 Lori Lane, Sept. 26. Purse/contents taken from vehicle; $1,184 cash at 198 W. Main St., Sept. 26. Bucket, etc. taken at 63 E. Main St., Sept. 26.



Kimberly E. Hair, 27, 6546 Sherman Ave., warrant, Sept. 18. Kimberly Rooks, 21, 712 Wards Corner, warrant, Sept. 18. Eddie D. Davis, 40, 314 St. Andrews Drive, criminal trespass, Sept. 19. John Lutes, 46, 621 S. Erie Hwy., open container, Sept. 20. Adam N. Haley, 19, 497 Old Boston Road No. 24, warrant, Sept. 22.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Money taken at gunpoint from Amelia Food Mart; $300 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 26.


Jewelry taken; $7,800 at 845 Castlebay Drive, Sept. 19. Forced entry made into residence at 848 Castlebay, Sept. 26. TV taken; $1,500 at 1312 White Oak, Sept. 26.

Domestic violence

At Will-o-ee, Sept. 20. At St. Andrews Drive, Sept. 24. At Stillmeadow Drive, Sept. 26.

Drug possession, paraphernalia

Items found in vehicle during traffic stop at 3300 block of Merwn Ten Mile, Sept. 20.


Incidents/investigations Burglary

Laptop computer taken; $500 at 814 Old Riverside Drive, Sept. 17.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 221 E. Main St., Sept. 19.


Purse taken from vehicle at 1938 Clough Spur, Sept. 25.



Neal D. Donley, 21, 928 Old U.S. 52, warrant, Sept. 17. Timothy M. Winterod, 26, 919 Oho 52, warrant, Sept. 18. Haile R. Moore, 28, 2968 Sydny St., warrant, Sept. 18. Kimberly R. Deane, 21, 4556 New Market Court, recited, Sept. 18.

Incidents/investigations Information

Injured deer was dispatched by officer at 1154 Bethel New Richmond Road, Sept. 18.


A trailer axle was taken at 1001 Front St., Sept. 17.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Charles Hulsey, 52, 3267 Sugartree, recited, Sept. 20. Michael Abbott, 27, 1266 Pine Forest, drug possession, Sept. 24. Travis Baker, 28, 342 St. Andrews No. C, domestic violence, violation of protection order, Sept. 24.

Jaremy Bell, 26, 2015 Clermontville Laurel Road, drug possession, paraphernalia, Sept. 20. Robert J. Baumgartner, 28, 1133 Will-O-Ee, domestic violence, Sept. 20.

Sign taken at 1466 Locust Corner, Sept. 20. Jewelry taken; $1,900 at 334 St. Andrews No. A, Sept. 22. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $108 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 23. Dealer plates missing/taken from Royal Auto Sales at Ohio Pike, Sept. 23. Fishing gear taken from Walmart; $64 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 25. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $56 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 25. Jewelry taken; $475 at 1266 Pine Forest, Sept. 26. Medication taken at 1889 Ohio Pike, Sept. 22.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Daniel R. Stevens, 31, 7437 Brock, warrant service, Sept. 21. Terry L. Nutter, 55, Homeless, warrant service, Sept. 21. Carl A. Donise, 19, 4495 Eastwood, driving under suspension, Sept. 22. Shane M. Hogel, 26, 600 Fern Court, driving under suspension, Sept. 22. Warren T. Beckham Jr., 30, 2191 E. Ohio Pike, warrant service, Sept. 22. Imogene M. Buhl, 31, 883 Hawthorne, warrant service, Sept. 22. Joshua R. Baker, 30, 131 Bramblewood, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Sept. 24. Shawn A. Glins, 23, 3960 Nine Mile, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 24. Daniel M. Deweese, 20, 3787 Stillmeadow, warrant service,

Sept. 24. George K. Newman, 20, 314 Brown St., open container, Sept. 24. David M. Scott, 23, 401 Marshall Ave., open container, Sept. 24. Thomas A. Williams, 45, 1056 Linn St., theft, criminal tools, criminal trespass, Sept. 23. Janet Veal, 53, 1621 Pulite St., driving under suspension, Sept. 23. Paul F. Smith III, 40, 4570 Dameron, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Sept. 23. Robert Ludwick, no age given, 4726 Beechwood, open container, Sept. 24. Nicholas A. Steele, 25, 1241 E. Glenwood Court, drug trafficking, tampering with evidence, Sept. 23. Amanda Braden, 24, 165 Walnut, obstructing official business, Sept. 24. Maxwell A. Schmidt, 34, lka 2424 Priest, obstructing official business, Sept. 24. Juvenile, 15, assault, Sept. 25. Juvenile, 17, driving under influence, underage consumption, no license, Sept. 24. Juvenile, 17, driving under influence, drug paraphernalia, probationary driver, Sept. 25. Juvenile, 15, telephone harassment, criminal tools, Sept. 25. Alexander Lavalle II, 31, 4524 Weiner, drug abuse, Sept. 24. Tracy L. Martella, 38, 7222 Baltic Court, disorderly conduct, Sept. 25. Christopher M. Martella, 43, 7222 Baltic Court, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Sept. 25. Lisa S. Marlow, 46, 3890 Jefferson, obstructing official business, Sept. 26. Rosamarie A. Bennett, 29, 551 Aspen Glen, domestic violence, Sept. 24. Jessica Godby, 27, 2532 Bethel Maple, theft, Sept. 22. Cynthia A. Zistler, 41, 4840 Dearborn, driving under influence, Sept. 21. James Burson Jr., 40, 4523 Tealtown, open container, Sept. 23. Kathy A. Worley, 44, 4534 Tealtown, driving under suspension, Sept. 23. Timothy M. Smith, 20, 3804 Charter Oak, domestic violence, Sept. 22. Beth N. Springer-Cates, 30, 2460 Ohio 28, forgery, Sept. 21. Adam D. Highley, 28, 752 Augcliffe, drug instrument, Sept. 26. Rachael A. Taylor, 32, 4343 Beechmont, warrant, Sept. 26. Deborah Mancini, 26, Paradise Lane, telephone harassment, Sept. 25. Steven J. Clifton, 24, 958 Denton, drug possession, intoxicated in roadway, Sept. 27. Aaron Stoner, 19, 3889 Old Savannah, criminal damage, Sept. 20. Peter T. Sumo Jr., 31, theft, Sept. 27. Tereana L. Qulat, 53, lka 4764 Haw-


ley, theft, Sept. 26. Tina M. Burke, 42, 1617 Ohio Pike, theft, misuse of credit card, Sept. 27. Felicia Wallace, 25, 3982 Piccadilly, warrant service, Sept. 27. Sarah J. Beck, 25, 4582 Roxbury Circle, warrant service, Sept. 27. Nichole L. Hoffard, 21, lka 1553 Donny Drive, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 28. Shawn A. Glins, 22, 3806 Red Fox, drug paraphernalia, Sept. 28. Jeremy Williams, 31, 3960 Nine Mile, warrant service, Sept. 27. George S. Kramer, 42, 730 Ohio Pike, driving under suspension, Sept. 27. Jerry Lee, 45, 4347 Beechmont Drive, warrant service, Sept. 27. Lynne L. Miller, 57, 4048 Hearthstone, warrant service, Sept. 28.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Money taken at gunpoint from BP Station at 593 Ohio Pike, Sept. 23.

Attempted theft

Steering column damaged on vehicle at 678 Old Ohio 74, Sept. 22.

Criminal damage

Paint damaged on vehicle at 3900 block of Nine Mile Tobasco, Sept. 14. Vehicle damaged at Meijer at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 24. Window broken at 3967 Piccadilly, Sept. 24. Vehicle damaged at 50 Apple Lane, Sept. 25. Two tires cut on vehicle at 471 Glenrose, Sept. 22.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Speedway at Ohio Pike, Sept. 28.

Criminal trespass

Subject entered residence with no permission at 4200 Shayler Creek, Sept. 11.

Domestic violence

At Odin Drive, Sept. 23.


Chainsaw taken from Sears; $210 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 22.


Clothing taken from Dillard’s; $1,127 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 23. Two iPods taken; $450 at 3974 Piccadilly, Sept. 21. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $54 at Ohio Pike, Sept. 20. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 486 Ohio Pike, Sept. 15. AC unit taken from Take it for Granite at McMann Road, Sept. 21. Wallet and football helmet taken from vehicle; $250 at 832 Faye Banks Road, Sept. 21. Credit card taken at 550 Anchor Drive No. E, Sept. 24. Two AC units taken at 507 Piccadilly, Sept. 24. Bike taken at 3902 Witham Woods, Sept. 23. Bike taken from porch at 132 Southern Trace, Sept. 25.

TV, Playstation, etc. taken; $2,700 at 1002 Kennedy’s Landing No. 1, Sept. 25. AC unit taken; $2,500 at 445 Van Vista, Sept. 22. 2004 Ford taken at 551 Aspen Glen, Sept. 22. Cab fare not paid for; $63.75 at area of Regent and Highlander, Sept. 23. AC unit taken; $4,000 at 765 Eastgate Sq., Sept. 26. TV, etc. taken; $500 at 484 Old Ohio 74 No. A112, Sept. 26. Failure to return nailgun to E-Z Rental; $322 at Nine Mile Tobasco, Sept. 27. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $36.60 at Old Ohio 74, Sept. 26. Clothing taken from Meijer at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 26. An adapter taken from vehicle at 1127 Wellesley, Sept. 27. Unlisted item taken from vehicle at Pro-Tech at Ohio Pike, Sept. 27. Earrings taken from Kohl’s; $185 at Eastgate Blvd., Sept. 27.



Matthew A. Partin, 23, 5036 Ohio 133, disorderly conduct, Sept. 29.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct

Male continued to act in turbulent manner after repeated warnings at 268 W. Main St., Sept. 29.


Juvenile, 16, theft, Amelia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 16, criminal damaging/endangering, Amelia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 16, receiving stolen property, Amelia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 16, receiving stolen property, Batavia, Oct. 1. Juvenile, 16, theft, Batavia, Oct. 1. Daniel J. Vice, 29, 4703 Ohio 276, Batavia, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 4701 Ohio 276, Batavia, Oct. 1. Christopher A Baker, 31, 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, theft at 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Sept. 26. Jerry D. Bray, 25, 201 West Pike Street, Fayetteville, theft at 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 28. Dylan S. Sanders, 19, 3579 Snider Malott Road, Mount Orab, receiving stolen property, theft at 4484 Harris Lane, Felicity, Oct. 2. Dylan S. Sanders, 19, 3579 Snider Malott Road, Mount Orab, theft at 209 W. Plane St., Bethel, Oct. 2. Delaney Bell, 20, 2226 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, receiving stolen property at 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 28. Matthew E. Idler, 22, 235 MulBerry

About police reports

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. New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121. Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 752-3830 Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230. Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261. Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500. St., No. 18, Felicity, gross sexual imposition at 235 MulBerry St., Felicity, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 17, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles, Batavia, Sept. 26. Juvenile, 15, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles, Batavia, Sept. 26. Christine Henges, 27, 6294 Hunt Road, Fayetteville, discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises - upon or over a public road or highway at 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, Sept. 27. Lawrence Baker, 26, 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, having weapons while under disability - drug related conviction at 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, Sept. 27. Tim H. Feige, 36, 6720 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property at 6720 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Sept. 26. Captain N. Davidson, 32, 6266 Corbly Road Apt.34, Cincinnati, breaking and entering at 2260 Berry Road, Amelia, Sept. 27. Stephanie Davidson, 36, 6266 Corbly Road Apt. 34, Cincinnati, breaking and entering at 2260 Berry Road, Amelia, Sept. 27. Matthew C. Holaday, 30, 807 Greenbush East Road, Sardinia, breaking and entering at 2260 Berry Road, Amelia, Sept. 27. Steven R. Dooley, 34, 2988 Ohio 133, Oh, domestic violence at 2988 Ohio 133, Bethel, Sept. 27. Alexandria L. Webster, 18, 5452 S. Garrett Drive, Milford, obstructing

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October 12, 2011

Clermont County businesses honored for excellence When it comes to manufacturing excellence, three Clermont County companies are among the 15 best in the Tristate, according to an independent panel of judges determining winners of “Cincy Magazine’s” fifth annual Manny Awards. The awards recognize companies that have shown success in five key areas: Creating great workplaces, designing new products, making breakthroughs, charting growth and creating jobs. Eagle Coach Co. of Pierce Township, Interplex Medical of Miami Township, and Melink of Union Township were among the companies honored during a recent ceremony at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Eagle Coach is recognized for new job creation. In 2010, the company spent $700,000 to add production

capacity for a line of executive and funeral limousines, creating 30 new jobs. With a total workforce of 94, the company is poised for continued growth. “We’re optimistic about 2011 and the momentum we gained in 2010 taking us forward,” said Eagle Coach President Tim Lautermilch. “We are pleased to have nominated Eagle Coach for this award, and we’re thrilled that all three of these companies have been recognized for their achievements,” said Clermont Commission President Ed Humphrey. “Clermont County has purposely focused on maintaining a business-friendly environment in order to promote economic development; the number of current and past Manny winners is a testament to the success that

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Mercy Health offers hip, shoulder pain sessions


Manny Award winners are, from left: Tim Lautermilch, Eagle Coach CEO; David Boezi, Melink VP of Renewable Energy Solutions; Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey; and Matthew Otten, Interplex Medical VP of Business Development. businesses can achieve with a Clermont County location.” Interplex Medical is recognized for new product development and innovation. The company has codeveloped a stent-delivery device that can be used in both vascular and non-vascular stent delivery applications; it is one of the first devices of its kind. Internal sales have exploded from near zero to $2 million in less than a year, enabling Interplex to hire new personnel and expand its facilities. Melink is recognized as a top growth company; it has been listed as one of the

fastest growing companies in the nation for the past four years. Melink has increased its revenue by 39 percent to $17 million since 2007 and has added 15 new jobs; revenue for 2011 is expected to be $30 million as the company moves aggressively to add the renewable energy market to its core commercial building market. Melink recently partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to develop the largest publicly accessible, urban solar array in the nation, a system with 6,400 panels installed on a canopy structure that will supply the zoo with 20 percent of its power.

Two orthopedic surgeons who are part of the Mercy Health medical staff will provide free presentations and answer questions related to the treatment of joint pain and total joint replacement surgery. The “No Bones About It” lecture series is hosted by Mercy Health and Wellington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Suresh Nayak is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will discuss the signs and symptoms of hip pain related to arthritis or injury and cover options for treatment, including total hip replacement surgery. His presentation will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia. The event is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 732-8255. Dr. John Favorito is a

board-certified orthopedic surgeon and one of the few physicians in the region who focuses on shoulder injuries and total shoulder reconstruction. He will discuss the signs and symptoms of shoulder arthritis and new options for treating this condition. His presentation will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road in Anderson Township. The presentation is free, but seating is limited. To register, call 624-4784 or send an email to jmmanzo@

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

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

Dr. John Favorito will discuss the signs and symptoms of shoulder arthritis and new options for treating this condition.

POLICE REPORTS From B10 justice - harboring at 117 Fagley St., Bethel, Sept. 27. Dade L. Walker, 38, 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, endangering children, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs at 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, Sept. 28. Kelli Walker, 31, 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, endangering children, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs at 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, Sept. 28. Henry M. Mills, 28, 3379 Mauch Road, Amelia, theft at 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 28. Sylvia Beckelhymer, 45, 208 E Osborne St., Bethel, burglary at 2270 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Sept. 28. Scott W. Butler, 56, 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, obstructing official business, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, Sept. 29. Juvenile, 16, assault, Batavia, Sept. 29. Gregory S. Whitt, 39, 5967 Hunt Road, Blanchester, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 29. Angela Vandegrift, 40, 1713 Mears Ave, Cincinnati, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 29. Rashon Cheatham, 24, 1601 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, obstructing official business at 601 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 15, assault, Batavia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 14, assault - knowingly harm victim, Amelia, Sept. 30. Juvenile, 14, menacing, Amelia, Sept. 30. Ethel B. Vannatter, 58, 522 Apple Road, Amelia, domestic violence knowingly cause physical harm at 522 Apple Road, Amelia, Oct. 1. Juvenile, 9, domestic violence, Batavia, Oct. 1. James D. Philpot, 24, 128 Williamsburg St., Williamsburg, fugitive from justice at 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Oct. 1. Lisa Fisher, 23, 5304 Seip Road, Georgetown, aggravated trespass, disorderly conduct - intoxicated create risk of harm at 3672 Spring Grove Road, Bethel, Oct. 2. Christopher R. Lawrence, 22, 1366 Wagner Drive, Fayetteville, drug paraphernalia at 4372 Eastwood Drive, Batavia, Oct. 2.


At 1977 East Concord Road, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 2270 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Sept. 28. At 2505 Fairoak Road, Bethel, Sept. 30. At 3467 Smyrna Road, Felicity, Sept. 28. At 3574 Starling Road, Bethel, Oct. 1. At 4272 North Ellis, Williamsburg, Sept. 27. At 4350 Spring Meadows Drive, Batavia, Oct. 2. At 6817 Ohio 727, Goshen, Sept. 26.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 1225 Nottingham Road, Amelia, June 28. At 1631 Ohio 222, Bethel, Sept. 29. At 2129 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 30. At 2379 Laycock Cutoff Road, New Richmond, Sept. 30. At 2845 Dixie Lane, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 3122 Pennington Lane, Williamsburg, Sept. 26. At 4309 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Sept. 29.

Criminal mischief

At 8 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Sept. 29.

Criminal trespass

At 972 Ohio 133, Bethel, Sept. 30.

Discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises - upon or over a public road or highway

At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, Sept. 27.

Disorderly conduct

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 3672 Spring Grove Road, Bethel, Oct. 2.

Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles

At Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 26.

Domestic violence - knowingly cause physical harm

At 522 Apple Road, Amelia, Oct. 1.

Domestic violence

At Ohio 133, Goshen, Sept. 26. At Ohio 133, Bethel, Sept. 27. At Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Oct. 1.

Drug paraphernalia

At 4372 Eastwood Drive, Batavia, Oct. 2. At 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 6720 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Sept. 27.

Endangering children

At 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, Sept. 27.


At 2224 Siesta, Batavia, Sept. 27.

Fugitive from justice

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia, Oct. 1.

Gross sexual imposition

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 235 MulBerry St., Felicity, Sept. 25.

Aggravated trespass

Having weapons while under disability

At 1369 Mountain Ash, Batavia, Oct. 1. At 4317 Marbe Lane, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 3672 Spring Grove Road, Bethel, Oct. 2.

Assault - knowingly harm victim

At 5 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Sept. 30.


At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Sept. 30. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 27. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 30. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, Sept. 27. At parking lot of Stonelick Woods, Batavia, Sept. 26.

Breaking and entering

At 1011 Ohio 133, Bethel, Sept. 28. At 1171 Richey Road, Felicity, Oct. 2. At 2260 Berry Road, Amelia, Sept. 27. At 2471 Oak Corner Road, Hamersville, Sept. 26. At 3089 N Campbell Road, Bethel, Sept. 26. At 4700 Ohio 276, Batavia, Sept. 26. At 5304 Monterey Road, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 89 Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Sept. 26.

Having weapons while under disability - drug related conviction

At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, Sept. 27.

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

Identity fraud

At 517 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Sept. 26.

Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs

At 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, Sept. 27.


At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Sept. 28.

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Sept. 30. At 5 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Sept. 30.

Obstructing justice - harboring

At 117 Fagley St., Bethel, Sept. 27.

Obstructing official business

At 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 601 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Sept. 30.

Permitting drug abuse

At 3915 Greentree Terrace, Amelia, Oct. 2.

Possession of drugs - heroin

At 3915 Greentree Terrace, Amelia, Oct. 2.

Possession of drugs - marijuana

Sept. 27. At 4701 Ohio 276, Batavia, Sept. 2. At 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Sept. 5. At 777 Maple Creek Road, Moscow, Oct. 1.

Trafficking in drugs

At 2411 Harvey Creek, New Richmond, Sept. 27.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

At 2361 Laurel Nicholsville, New Richmond, Sept. 26. At 4701 Ohio 276, Batavia, Sept. 2.

At 1155 Richey Road, Felicity, Sept. 29.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

At 348 Bear Creek Road, Felicity, Sept. 30.

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At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23. At 4607 Citation Court, Batavia, Sept. 28.

Receiving stolen property

At 1225 Nottingham Road, Amelia, June 28. At 1338 Cedarpoint, Batavia, July 8. At 3955 Fulton Grove Road, Cincinnati, Sept. 23. At 4484 Harris Lane, Felicity, Sept. 20. At 6720 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, Sept. 27. At 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, Sept. 5.


At 3894 Jefferson Lane, Amelia, Sept. 26.

Tampering w/ evidence

At 2272 Baas Road, Batavia, Sept. 27.

Theft - deception

At 209 W. Plane St., Bethel, Oct. 2.


At 2277 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 1000 Grays Lane, New Richmond, Oct. 2. At 1474 Thomaston Drive, H, Amelia, Sept. 28. At 2005 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, Sept. 27. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 26. At 2379 Laycock Cutoff Road, New Richmond, Sept. 30. At 2965 Norman Lane, Amelia, Sept. 28. At 4700 Ohio 276, Batavia, Sept. 26. At 4726 Hawley Road, Batavia, Sept. 27. At 1011 Ohio 133, Bethel, Sept. 28. At 1225 Nottingham Road, Amelia, June 28. At 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Sept. 28. At 1338 Cedarpoint, Batavia, July 8. At 1474 Thomaston Drive, G, Amelia, Sept. 28. At 1631 Ohio 222, Bethel, Sept. 29. At 1881 Ohio 131, Milford, Sept. 26. At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Oct. 2. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Sept. 23. At 2177 Elklick Road, Batavia, Sept. 29. At 2200 Winemiller Drive, Batavia, Sept. 30. At 2212 Siesta Drive, Batavia, Sept. 27. At 2224 Siesta, Batavia, Sept. 27. At 2274 Siesta Court, Batavia, Sept. 27. At 2663 Chilo Cemetery McKendree Chapel Road, Felicity, Sept. 30. At 3212 - 19 Ohio 756, Felicity, Sept. 27. At 3532 Franklin Road, Felicity, Oct. 1. At 3687 Shag Bark Drive, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 3746 Cobb Road, Williamsburg, Sept. 29. At 4208 Rapture Drive, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 422 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 4389 Sharps Cutoff, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 4484 Harris Lane, Felicity, Sept. 20. At 4536 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, Sept. 28. At 4544 Sharps Cutoff Road, Batavia,

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