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West Clermont looks to reorganize Steele-Pierce resigned Nov. 27 By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — The West Clermont board of education Nov. 27 accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent and longtime district employee Mary Ellen Steele-Pierce. Steele-Pierce started out in the district as a parent volunteer at Clough Elementary School. Over time, she took on roles as an English teacher at Amelia High

School, communications director for the district, supervisor and assistant superintendent. “We go way back,” SteeleSteele-Pierce Pierce said. “With the exception of a two-year stint with the Educational Service Center of Clermont County, West Clermont has been my home.” Board members expressed both sadness to see Steele-Pierce leave and gratitude for her service in the district.

“When I came onto the board she was such a big help to me with learning all the things I needed to learn so I could make good, informed decisions,” said board Vice President Denise Smith. “I hate to see her go, but I’m very happy for this next part of her life for her.” Despite the board members’ desire to keep Steele-Pierce as assistant superintendent, her resignation offered an opportunity to consider reorganization within the district. “Despite the fact that we’re very sad Dr. Steele-Pierce is leaving us, we do have an oppor-

tunity to really take a look at the organization (of the district office), how it’s structured and how we get work done on a daily basis,” said Assistant Superintendent Keith Kline. Her role will be replaced with a human resources director position in an effort to reduce expenses. Kline will remain in his position. Superintendent Gary Brooks said an interim human resources director will be contracted through the Educational Service Center of Clermont County beginning in January. He said he anticipates needing an interim


director for a maximum of 100 days. The interim director will assist Kline, Brooks and the board in crafting a job description for the human resources director, which Brooks hopes to have complete by late February or early March. A permanent human resources director most likely will be selected by August, he said. The district will also be losing coordinator of pupil services and test coordinator positions. The board will work with district administrative staff to re-craft job descriptions for the positions.

No changes in election results By John Seney

Work is under way at the site of a new Kroger Marketplace store on Ohio Pike near Lori Lane. The new store will be partly in Amelia and partly in Pierce Township. The 123,000-square-foot store is expected to employ about 400 people when in opens in 2013. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

BATAVIA — The results of the Nov. 6 election did not change as a result of the votes being certified. Judy Miller, director of the Clermont County Board of Elections, said the board certified the results Nov. 27. “Nothing changed,” Miller said. “There are no recounts.” She said the final tally included counting 2,699 provisional ballots countywide and an additional 185 absentee ballots that were not counted election night. Passage of the Batavia schools bond issue and tax levies, which won by just 36 votes on election night, held up in the official count, passing with 2,638 votes in favor to 2,543 votes opposed, a 95vote victory margin. The official count confirmed losses for levies in the Milford and West Clermont school districts, and for a safety levy in Goshen Township. The official results can be found at

Pierce Twp. may get full-service recycling By Roxanna Blevins

PIERCE TWP. — Despite a decrease in millage for a waste collection levy, residents soon will receive an increase in waste removal services. A five-year, 2.3-mill replacement levy recently approved by township voters will support the increased services provided by Rumpke Consolidated Compa-

nies Inc. Rumpke Municipal and Public Sector Manager Brett Gaspard said he anticipates full-service recycling to begin in the township in January 2013. Parts of the township also might transition from manual to automated collection. Automated collection uses a special truck, equipped with a mechanical/robotic arm, to lift and empty special trash containers with-

out the driver leaving the truck’s cab. Due to accessibility issues such as steep terrain, some parts of the township may maintain manual pickup regardless of whether or not township officials move forward with the change, Administrator David Elmer said. “It really works well in residential areas where there’s a lot of subdivisions,” said Rumpke



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Doyne said he was a little surprised when notified he’d won the award, noting other doctors who have received the award in recent years have been involved in developing legislation and political movements. “There’s a lot of fantastic pediatricians,” he said. “I think it’s because I’ve lived this long.” Doyne said while practicing medicine is his career, he’s also spent decades teaching medical students at Children’s Hospital. He said each medical student spends a year


One local doctor with deep roots in the community is being recognized for his educational and medical achievements. Dr. Emanuel Doyne, pediatrician at the Pediatric Associates of Mt. Carmel, was recently honored by the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Elizabeth Spencer Ruppert Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year Award. “It is my privilege to give Dr. Doyne our highest award for his distinguished achievements and outstanding contributions to the advancement of pediatric care and education for patients and physicians of Ohio,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics executive director. Doyne has been practicing with Pediatric Associates of Mt. Carmel since 1976 and is co-director of the section of community pediatrics for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was also named Professor Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine this year, where he has taught since 2001.

BATAVIA — The Clermont County commissioners created the county’s Port Authority in August with the mission of fostering economic development. Commissioners and members of the port authority board Nov. 13 met with representatives of the Brunner Port Of Cincinnati Development Authority to learn how the larger and older agency operates. “We’re trying to learn what we can and can’t do,” said County Commissioner David Uible. Laura Brunner, president and CEO of the Cincinnati port authority, said all port authorities operate differently. “There are vast differences in the way port authorities run,” she said. Susan Thomas, vice president of public finance for the Cincinnati port authority, said the agency has been involved in financing major projects in Cincinnati. She said the port authority issued bonds for construction of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square, the tallest

building in Cincinnati. Thomas said the port authority also has been heavily involved in “brownfield” projects, which involve reclaiming underused or compromised industrial and commercial land and restoring it to productive use. She told the Clermont County group port authority officials are “a wonderfully cooperative group.” “Don’t be hesitant to reach out to us,” Thomas said. Melissa Johnson, director of transportation and logistics for the Cincinnati

port authority, said she has been working with the Northern Kentucky port authority on a regional study of cargo markets. “Transportation doesn’t fit into boundaries, it is regional,” Brunner said. Paula Boggs Meuthing, vice president of real estate reutilization for the Cincinnati port authority, said the agency is involved in a land bank project in which vacant and abandoned properties are acquired by the port authority and put back into productive use.

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The St Ursula Academy students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. are, in front, from left, Camilla MacKenzie, Marissa Luft, Libby Nawalaniec, Claire Goertemiller, Sarah Braley, Kathleen Guilfoyle and Abigail Morgan; in middle, Jordan Maier, Natalie Shoemaker, Kristen Ochs, Lauren Boeckermann, Kathleen Coughlin, Kathryn Marcellus, Cara Anderson and Emily Sullivan; and in back, Kristen Smith, Abigail Heyd, Katherine Paeltz, Samantha Anderson, Madeline Reilly, Brigid Connelly, Kathryn Wernke and Elizabeth Kelly. THANKS TO JILL GREVER CAHILL

St. Ursula has National Merit semifinalists St. Ursula Academy recently had 23 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2012-2013. Nine St. Ursula seniors earned honors as National Merit Semifinalists and 14 SUA students are National Merit Commended Students. The nine seminfinalists finished in the top 1 percent of students nationwide who took that PSAT exam as juniors. These academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for more than $36-million in National Merit Scholarships. They are among 16,000 semifinalists who will have an opportu-

nity to compete next spring for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32-million. Finalists will be notified in February 2013 and National Merit Scholarships will be offered in March 2013. 14 SUA students are National Merit Commended Students, meaning they finished in the top 5 percent of students nationwide. Local commended students are: » Camilla MacKenzie of Symmes Township “Our students choose St. Ursula for its consistent high standard of academic excellence

knowing that the curriculum and co-curricular activities are designed to unlock the potential of each student and help them achieve their goals,” said St. Ursula Principal Craig Maliborski. St. Ursula Academy teachers and students work together to participate in an educational process that promotes critical thinking, problem solving techniques, and higher level thinking. All are necessary elements for success on the PSAT test, which determines those chosen for the National Merit Program as either Semifinalists or Commended Students.

Nine Seven Hills students are National Merit semifinalists Nine Seven Hills School seniors qualified as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. Approximately 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country enter the program each year. Of those, 16,000 high scorers, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school graduating seniors, qualify as semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition that honors talented U.S. high school students. Seven Hills’ National Merit semifinalists are Nicholas AuYeung of Loveland, Chris Baggott of Blue Ash, Katherine King of Wilder, Ky., Priyanka Parameswaran of Kenwood, Kyle Patel of Mason, Claire Romaine of Maineville, Katie Shen of Anderson Township, Peter Todorov of Batavia and Leah Yuan of Mason.

Nine Seven Hills School students are National Merit Semifinalists. In front are Kyle Patel, Priyanka Parameswaran, Katherine King, Chris Baggott. In back are Nicholas Au-Yeung, Katie Shen, Leah Yuan, Chaire Romaine, Peter Todorov. THANKS TO SUSANNA MAX

The following students earned first honors for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year at St. Ursula Academy. Freshmen Josie Adams, Batavia; Taylor Ashmore, Union Township; Alexandra Burbick, Pierce Township; Sydney Lang, Union Township; Erin Niebuhr, Union Township; Sarah Overberg, Union Township; Madison Pico, Batavia; Allison Ross, Union Township; Stephanie Stoops, Pierce Township; Sarah Tippenhauer, Union Township; Kaihlan Williams, Union Township Sophomores Jamie-Rose Conine; Mary Friedl, Union Township; Hannah Kiessling, Union Township Taryn Osborne, Batavia; Olivia Stanforth, Pierce Township; Jessica Zalewski Juniors Erin Clark, Pierce Township; Sara Friedmann, Pierce Township; Cecilia Long, Union Township; Hope Montag, Union Township Seniors Kathryn Buczek, Pierce Township;

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Fair highlights Ohio’s top public school programs One hundred of the most innovative public school programs and projects in Ohio were spotlighted Nov. 13 in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Student Achievement Fair. Marking its 14th anniversary, the Student Achievement Fair at OSBA’s 57th annual Capital Conference and Trade Show highlighted outstanding initiatives created by school districts across the state.

Topics to be featured in presentations and displays at the Student Achievement Fair include: Agriculture, energy conservation, performing and graphic arts, science, community service, character building, technology, career-technical projects and much more. Participating school districts from Clermont County were Batavia, Goshen and West Clermont.


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Led by coach Larry Smith, Batavia returns senior Gabe Archer, who made it to the state tournament last year. He will be the leader of the Bulldogs in 20122013, looking to make it back-toback state appearances. No other information was available before press time.

Glen Este

The Trojans were 13-1 last season, but that was second place in a league that included Loveland. In his fifth year, coach Jason Roush has six starters returning with sophomores Matt Sicurella,

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Evan Gottis and Matthew Kennedy, juniors Max Davis and Christian Boggess and senior Austin Rowan. Davis was a first-team Fort Ancient Valley Conference selection last year and will wrestle between 138 and 145 pounds this season. Sicurella was at 120 pounds as a freshman and will move to 126-132 this season. He was FAVC second team, as was Matthew Kennedy at 152 and Austin Rowan at 182. Roush is also hoping for some pins for 106-pound sophomore Gage Branson. “This year’s team, though very young, brings back three district qualifiers in Sicurella, Davis and Rowan,” Roush said. “Four wrestlers had over 20 wins last season (Sicurella, Davis, Kennedy and Rowan).” Rounding out Glen Este’s roster is junior Andy Berger, sophomores Nick Charles, Owen Reeves, Jason Belcher and Kyle Kushner, and freshmen Brandon Hertel, Brandon Smith, Avery Jones, Nate Stone, Clayton McCune, Seth Crissman, Austin


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Amelia and coach Derrick Tessoff are coming off a fifthplace finish in the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division. The Barons return two promising sophomores in Isaac Shalash and Alec Holste. Shalash was SBAAC second team at 106 pounds, while Holste achieved the same honor at 113. Amelia also has seniors Andy Clolinger and Derrick Hopper, along with sophomores Jake Hopper and Alex Tobergta, as wrestlers to watch. Clolinger has 75 career wins and could break the century mark and the Amelia career record (102) this season. “We’ll be competitive in most every weight class, with a young core of guys overall,” Tessoff said. Also on the squad are Zac Leppert, Nick Pangallo, Naeem Shalash and Cohen Canter. The Barons are at the Edgewood Invitational on Dec. 8 before hosting Senior Night with Blanchester and Withrow on Dec. 12.


Glen Este’s Austin Rowan, left, returns as a senior for coach Jason Roush. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Phillips, Bobby Farrell and Dakota Watson. “I’m also very excited about our incoming freshman class,” Roush said. “Last season as eighth-graders, the group experienced a lot of success and brings a lot to the table. Clayton McCune and Seth Crissman were junior high state-placers.” Glen Este hosts New Richmond Dec. 7 in the In-School


A duo of returning district qualifiers will lead the McNicholas Rockets into the new season. According to the school’s website, both junior Adam Baca and junior Tyler Gumbert will strap on the headgear this season. Gumbert was named firstteam all-GCL last winter, along with senior teammate Sean Ruiz, who’s also expected to return. Junior Cameron Engel earned second-team all-league recognition wrestling for head coach Jason Babinec last winter.

New Richmond

The Lions return senior 285pounder J.R. Forsee after he placed seventh at state last season. In addition, the Lions return six district qualifiers who will help New Richmond compete near the top in Division II. The four wrestlers the Lions sent to state a season ago was a school record. “It helps going into this year because we’ve got some leadership and the other boys now know what it takes to get there,” coach Deron Shinkle told Gannett News Service.


Seniors Corey Stith (138pounds), Shane Jeffers (160) and Jamie Simmons will lead a young Williamsburg team. Freshmen Kendal Johnson (106), Dawson Davis (126) and sophomore Mason Hall (170) are expected to play big roles as well. “We have a very young team, but for the first time in the history of Williamsburg since 1972, we are going to fill a full team,” coach Mark Isaac said. “So things are looking up a little bit.”

The New Richmond Lady Lions basketball team overcame a five-point, fourthquarter deficit to win their season-opener 30-28 over Mariemont Nov. 27 at Mariemont.


Boys basketball

» New Richmond won its season opener as they beat Deer Park 63-62 in overtime Nov. 30. Junior Josh Heiden led the Lions with 20 points. » St. Bernard edged Batavia 40-37, Nov. 30. Senior Neil Wilson led the Bulldogs with 10 points.

Girls basketball

» Fayetteville handled Williamsburg 93-24, Nov. 27 as the Wildcats drop to 0-2 on the season. Senior Becca Chase led ‘Burg with 10 points. » Batavia beat Williamsburg 58-50, Nov. 29 behind 14 points from senior Katelynn Everhart. Chase led Williamsburg with 19 points. » New Richmond overcame a two-point halftime deficit to beat Goshen 43-38, Nov. 29. Sophomore Tina Lawrence led the Lady Lions with 15 points.

Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Amelia on Nov. 26 with Blake Huber rolling the high series of 429. On Nov. 27, Huber rolled a 567 series as the Trojans beat Wilmington.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este beat Amelia on Nov. 26 as Leslie Campbell had the high series of 408. On Nov. 27, Campbell had a 461 and Haley Vogelgesang a 400 as the Lady Trojans defeated Wilmington.

Boys soccer

» Amelia senior Anthony Clark was named to the Ohio Division I all-district team. » Kyle Schmitgen and Neil Wilson of Batavia were named to the Division II all-district team. » McNicholas’s Patrick Henry was named secondteam all-state for Division II. Henry, Trevor Hogue and Gannon McHugh were named alldistrict.

Girls soccer

» Amelia junior Madison Terry was named to the Ohio Division I all-district team. » Batavia senior Mackenzie Fisler was named to the Division II all-district team. » McNicholas soccer players Savannah Carmosino, Alex Lang, and Alli Thul made the Division II all-district team. Lang was also named first-team All-State for Division II by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.


» McNicholas kicker Pat Disalvio was named thirdteam All-Ohio by the Associated Press Nov. 28. Teammate Bryan Corpuz received special mention. » The Ohio Valley Athletic League Conference recently recognized several Miami Valley Christian Academy football players. On first team all-conference is Jack Lang, a tight end/ wide receiver; quarterback Layne Cherry; and linebacker Daniel Hallberg. Making second-team allconference are offensive lineman Isaac Owens, tight end/ wide receiver Michael Gates, running back Jeff Dedeker, defensive lineman Jesse Taylor and linebacker Jack Lang.


New Richmond guard Tina Lawrence looks for an open teammate during the Lions’ 30-28 win over the Mariemont Lady Warriors Nov. 27 at Mariemont. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

New Richmond junior center Josie Buckingham attempts to pass the ball to a teammate during the Lions’ 30-28 win against Mariemont Nov. 27. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

» The Ohio Valley Athletic League Conference recently recognized several Miami ValSee HIGHLIGHT, Page A7



Amelia High lauded by OHSAA

The OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee recently tapped several area schools to receive school sportsmanship awards for the 2011-12 academic year. A total 29 schools met the “Respect the Game Challenge,” while 24 of those schools also earned the Harold A. Meyer Award. Area Harold A. Meyer Award and “Respect the Game Challenge” recipients are: » Amelia High School » La Salle High School » Nagel Middle School » Saint Ursula Academy » Sycamore Junior High School Area “Respect the Game Challenge” recipients are: » Indian Hill High School » Loveland High School This is the second year the OHSAA’s revised three-tiered process for the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity school awards has been implemented. In order to meet the ‘Respect the Game Challenge,’ schools must complete a comprehensive checklist that confirms the various sportsmanship, ethics and integrity programs within their school. Besides developing a wellplanned, educational program on sportsmanship, the form reminds schools to develop a com-

prehensive student-athlete campaign; a coaches campaign; a student body, student support group, parents and fan campaign; and a public address announcers campaign. Schools that have met the challenge will receive a “Respect The Game” banner that can be displayed in a prominent area of the school. Meeting the ‘Respect The Game Challenge’ is the precursor to being considered for the Harold A. Meyer Award. That award, named in honor of the late OHSAA commissioner from 1969 to 1977, is presented to schools that demonstrate via a PowerPoint presentation they have completed an eight-part program that promotes sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in their schools and communities. The applications and presentations were judged by students from Ohio Dominican University, in collaboration with the OHSAA staff. The last tier of the SEI awards is the Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship. The SEI committee is still determining which schools will receive this award, but finalists come from the Harold A. Meyer Award entrees that submitted a public service announcement. The winners of the Commissioner’s Award will be honored at the state basketball tournament.

SIDELINES Fastpitch players wanted

Cincy Slammers Fastpitch, a select softball organization based in the Loveland/Goshen/Mason area, is looking for girls to fill positions on its 10U team for the 2012-13 season. Winter practices are currently taking place at DNA Sports Center in Milford. Parents of girls who would like to play

softball beyond the rec level are encouraged to contact club Vice-President Michelle Ripperger, or 254-8411, or 10U Team Manager Sherry Hyden, or 340-5749, for more information on joining Cincy Slammers Fastpitch. Inquiries on other teams within the club can also be made to Michelle Ripperger.

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ley Christian Academy volleyball players. The MVCA volleyball team was crowned co-champion of the OVAL league this season, along with Mars Hill Academy. Both schools posted 11-1 records. MVCA’s Carley Hilsher was named player of the year. On first-team all-conference are Hilsher and Katie Park. Making second-team all-conference are Grace Simunek and Alli Huxtable.

Home for the Holidays

Anderson forward Anna Kerregan, left, and McNicholas guard Corrie Sheshull battle for a loose ball. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Count it

McNicholas edged out rival Anderson 41-39 when Rockets’ senior center Katie Rogers hit the go-ahead jumper with just two seconds remaining in regulation Nov. 28. McNick junior guard Hannah Taylor scored 19 points, while teammate Corrie Sheshull pitched in 12 points of her own. Anderson sophomore Madison Temple led the Redskins with 17 points, while senior Haley Temple scored 13. The Rockets, ranked second in the Division II-IV Enquirer area coaches’ poll, improved to 2-0 with the victory, while Anderson fell to 0-1.

Hall of Fame nominations

» New Richmond High School is now taking nominations for the 2012-13 Hall of Fame class. Nominations are due by Dec 17 into the high school office. Print a form off the athletic website and mail, fax, email or bring in.

McNicholas guard Hannah Taylor scored 19 points to lead the Rockets. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE



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» The Community Journal Clermont again will present “Home for the holidays: Catching up with college athletes.” Parents of athletes who played in the college ranks during the 2012 calendar year can submit by email a few paragraphs and, if interested, a photo to share where they are, what they’re playing and how they did. Be sure to include the athlete’s name, parents’ names and the community newspaper they get at home. The submitted information will be compiled by newspaper and run the issue of Dec. 26-27. Send the email to by Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@ or 248-7573.


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Proud to be an American

This morning, Nov. 16, I was watching “The Today Show” on NBC. They featured 30 people who recently became American citizens. These people came from war-torn countries with little to no freedoms. I was moved to see how proud they were to become American citizens with all the freedoms, rights and privileges that they truly appreciate. I saw how proud and thankful they were to be here in the U.S.A. I then think of the people, who are currently signing pet-

itions to secede from the U.S.A. because Barak Obama, an African-American man was re-elected as president of Nancy Haines the United COMMUNITY PRESS States of AmerGUEST COLUMNIST ica. This President not only convincingly won the electoral vote but the popular vote as well. As a hard working middle-class Amer-

ican, I rise every day at 4 a.m. to go to work preparing food for Procter & Gamble employees. I take pride in my work that I perform with distinction. After work, I volunteer for non-profit causes and organizations that help clothe, feed,and shelter the poor in our society. I see firsthand the differences that this President has made improving the lives of these people during his first term and I am proud to call him my President. I am also enthused that he was re-elected because while we have made

great strides, we have a long way to go and we are progressing in the right direction. The new citizens on “The Today Show” reminded me that it is our freedom and right to vote and elect all of our government officials. They also reminded me how precious these rights and freedoms are. The people signing the petitions reminded me that there are people in our society that take our freedoms and rights for granted, especially when it doesn’t follow their close-mind-

ed way of thinking. To me freedom means that all people have a right to their opinions, even if it is not the same as yours. As for me, I am proud to be an American and a citizen of Ohio and the United States of America.

Nancy Haines is a resident of Miami Township, is the 2010 Clermont County League of Women Voters Woman of the Year and the 14th annual Orpha Gatch Citizenship Award Recipient.

Election support was humbling experience I’m glad that’s over with. A butt-whipping at the polls, as a candidate for Clermont County commissioner, is good for the soul. The only sour notes were love taps of sorts: Two vandalism episodes at my house on two successive nights in early August. The Milford Police didn’t see the love and took immediate, effective counter-measures. Our police have impressive CSI-type expertise. They are good. They had my vote and support before, after this I will pass up no chance to spread the good word we have a flat out superior police department. I need to mention my two most favorite and bestest of all best supporters, Marcia Oganow-

ski and Coleen Binning. These women said and did so many wonderful things about and for me that I’m still not sure if they Leonard know me. WithHarding COMMUNITY PRESS out Marcia, I would have GUEST COLUMNIST been just a guy walking around saying he was running for office. If you need a campaign manager who can do everything, she’s the one. Without Coleen, well, I just can hardly say. If you know her, you know how I feel. She is the best. And then there’s my wife. She went

Special gifts for seniors A lot of generous people have been very busy shopping for needy senior citizens in our communities through the adopt-a-senior program of Clermont Senior Services. Each year we receive calls from individuals and organizations that want to help out the elderly during the holidays by providing them with a few small gifts. We usually try to provide these secret shoppers with a list of modest gift choices. Of course it is up Linda Eppler to the shopper CARING & SHARING to choose what they want to spend. No one is obligated to purchase every item on the list, we just offer options. Sometimes volunteers adopt more than one senior. So far, we have matched about 425 seniors with donors, but we still have close to 75 left. Calls are still coming in. Every year, there are a few seniors that have higher priced items on their list. This year is no exception. Several seniors requested microwaves. This is not a luxury item for an older person living alone. Heating up a prepared meal is more efficient and realistic than preparing one from scratch and using the stove or oven – especially if you are frail and cannot stand for very long. We make sure that all of our meals-on-wheels customers have microwaves. We need about 10 per year to replace those that stop working. A few seniors requested

small TVs. TVs are not a luxury item if you are an older person living alone. TV is your companion and a window to the outside world. There are also requests for vacuum cleaners. We provide homemaking services for people who are not physically able to clean for themselves. However, the senior must provide their own cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner. If they don’t have a working vacuum cleaner, then the carpet cannot be vacuumed. Most of our customers are very low to moderate income. Many of them take multiple medications, so there is little discretionary income. These items are too pricey for them to afford. If you or your group would like to help one of these items, please call Jeanne, volunteer manager, at 536-4021. Please note: the TVs should be small, 20 inches to 26 inches in size. The microwaves should be small as well. They take up less counter space, and the lower priced ones have fewer ‘bells and whistles’ and are simpler to operate. The same thing goes for vacuum cleaners. Simpler is better. We only accept new items, and we don’t need dozens of the items mentioned above. However, there will be more seniors that need microwaves and vacuum cleaners in the coming year, so a couple of extras of those would be helpful. One thing about shopping for one large item – its fast!

Linda Eppler is director of Communications for Clermont Senior Services.


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along with the whole program without losing sight of the county’s demographics - the outcome was no surprise for her. I asked if she would be up for another run. She said: “Sure. You can run for my coffee. By the way, where will you sleep during your next adventure?” I am a lucky man. I have so many wonderful friends. I’m neither interesting nor particularly smart. What separates me from others is that I have interesting, intelligent and marvelously clever friends. Many of the people who offered to help are people who don’t know me well, but have read what I have said over the years, and thought the effort was worth their support.

That is a humbling experience, my friends; people who will put forth effort in full knowledge that the outcome is chancy but who tighten their chinstraps and get busy regardless. That’s called character. I still don’t know quite what to make of it all. Then there are the Democrats. There are darn few of them in this county, but boy-oboy do they work hard. The two major sub-organizations are the West Clermont Democrats and the Quin-T Club. The West Clermont group meets at By Golly’s once a month; I never even knew they existed and now I owe so much to them. By Golly’s hosted an event for me despite some blow-back from people who don’t

really like Democrats. The good part was that until that kerfluffle, no one at the bar had bothered to ask about party affiliation. They just were helping out, being good people. That’s also called character. It would have been more fun to win, but life’s about the journey, not particularly the destination. Now I can get back to my original bucket list, the one with less stressful things in it. As for the Republicans? I think Clermont County is a good swap-out for the presidency.

Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford. You can reach Harding at

CH@TROOM Question: Do you think cutting entitlements, such as raising the Medicare eligibility age in line with that of Social Security, is the best solution to control the national debt? Why or why not?

“Why pick on Social Security? How about recovering the massive loss of all the bank stimulus monies that was never paid back, and eliminating about half of all these ‘committees’ and their subs who soak up money not solving anything. “Raising the Social Security age will only add to the belief that those who will be eligible would pass on before they apply. I say cut the salaries to minimum wages of Congress and the House. They get everything else paid for!” O.H.R. “The national debt should be resolved by a combination of cuts in spending, such as domestic and defense, along with modest tax increases. The tax increases should be designed to minimize damage to the economy, not increase the poverty rate, and only impose modest additional burden on the middle class. “Tax reform changes should treat passive income earned by high-income earners be taxed at least as high as tax rates paid by the everyone else on ordinary income. “Social Security and Medicare also require a solution to be viable in the long-term. I oppose increases to the payroll taxes funding these programs. The payout rates and eligibility ages for future retirees should automatically adjust based on the amount of money coming in through payroll taxes.” D.M.

NEXT QUESTION How do you plan to do most of your holiday shopping this year: in person or online, from national “big box” stores, or from locally-owned businesses? Every week The Community Press ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

“No, the only way to control the national debt is to cut government spending. Our government should not spend more than it takes in. But the people have spoken, they want four more years of uncontrolled spending and bigger, more controlling government.” J.S.K. “Raising the Medicare eligibility age in line with Social Security is a start. For instance, people are living longer and are more viable for a longer time, and do not need services as early as in the past. How hard is that to figure out? “Let’s make the adjustments that will work for everyone. “Nothing will ever be perfect, but, if we can ascertain what basically works for the majority, let’s tweak the system and move forward. Unfortunately, because of political posturing, words and phrases that incite and divide are used randomly, causing division and mistrust. “Could we just do the right thing? The bottom line is that we are stretched beyond our limit. We need to find a way that is equitable for all people ... rich (a dirty word these days) and poor. Perhaps we can all focus on Gratitude and Sharing (which includes everyone).” L.D.

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“Both actions are a mere drop in the bucket. They can be cut back to exclude those for whom they were not intended when first enacted and that would help. But what America really needs is an immediate cut in overall spending! “When you don’t have cash and your credit is maxed out, you stop spending. That goes for governments too. At least Social Security and Medicare are bringing in some money. They used to pay their own way until the politicians started giving benefits to millions of people who never paid into the programs nor do many of them deserve our largesse.” R.V.

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Ruby Campbell, instructor of the Hi-Steppers line dance group from the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center leads a group of customers, staff, volunteers and visitors in a line dance at the recent “Let’s Dance!” celebration presented at the LBD Welcome Center and sponsored by Clermont Senior Services. The Hi-Steppers were one of the groups invited to perform at the all-day event. THANKS TO SHARON BRUMAGEM

Let’s dance

The Let’s Dance! Celebration, sponsored by Clermont Senior Services, recently provided all-day fun and entertainment at the LBC Welcome Center. Dance, Etc. Teacher Kelly Lorenz watches as student dancers Isabelle Rowe, Jessica Ellis and Olivia Pascale do a run through of their lyrical ballet performance before taking the stage at the recent “Let’s Dance!” celebration hosted by the LBD Welcome Center, a Clermont Senior Services facility. Nearly 40 dancers from Dance, Etc. of Milford participated in the all-day event. THANKS TO SHARON BRUMAGEM

Liberty employees aid Cancer Support Community Many people have seen the Liberty Mutual Insurance “Responsibility” television commercials featuring individuals doing good deeds for others after witnessing a stranger doing something helpful for someone else. Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community) saw it happen in real life when 35 local Liberty Mutual employees from the Fairfield office left their own work at the office to each spend five hours volunteering at the non-profit cancer support organization, helping with essential landscaping and interior and exterior cleaning and maintenance chores. The two-day service project was part of a global effort called “Serve with Liberty” organized by the insurance company to cel-

ebrate its 100th anniversary. Liberty Mutual employees around the world were encouraged to participate in the project and permitted to take time off on either June 21 or 22 to serve at a nonprofit organization. Worldwide, “Serve with Liberty” resulted in 25,000 people from 19 countries providing 106,000 hours of service to 760 different charities. In Greater Cincinnati, approximately 700 Liberty Mutual employees took part, choosing from service projects at nearly 50 pre-approved nonprofit organizations. At Cancer Support Community, 20 Liberty Mutual employees worked on landscaping and grounds keeping projects in the sweltering heat for five hours June 21 and then 15 more em-

ployees spent five hours June 22 doing a “deep clean” inside. According to CSC’s director of development Betty Cookendorfer, the help was much needed and very appreciated. “We have a beautiful facility here in Blue Ash which provides a comfortable, relaxing, homelike environment where people with cancer and their loved ones can come for support groups, educational programs, and healthy life style classes like Tai Chi and yoga that help relieve the stress that fighting cancer can present,” Cookendorfer said. “But it can be a lot to maintain for a non-profit with a very small staff, so having so many committed volunteers from Liberty Mutual willing to provide so many hours of hard work is a huge help for us.”

"Serving with Liberty" at Cancer Support Community are Aaron Johnson, Julie Humphries of Amelia, Megan Sustar of Hyde Park, Brian McClure of Westwood, Jason Moore and Matt Cahall. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

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Holiday - Trees

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Thousands of cut-yourown Canann and Balsam fir, and Scotch and white pine; up to 12 feet. Tree cleaning, baling and saws available. Wreaths and balled-and-burlapped trees available. Farm animals, Nativity display and hot chocolate. Family tailgate parties welcome. $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road, You pick Christmas tree, staff cuts. Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. $35-$45. 753-4572. Clermont County.

Auctions Quarter Mania, 6:30-9 p.m., American Legion Post 773, 137 E. Main St., Bidding begins at 7 p.m. Food and drink available. Family friendly. Benefits Clermont County Relay for Life. $1. Presented by Clermont Direct Sellers. 553-2909. Amelia.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, 719 Ohio Pike, Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits Inter Parish Ministries. Free. Presented by Fill the Truck. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, 3054 LindaleMount Holly Road, Ages 10 and up. All experience levels. $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

Films Tarantino XX: Pulp Fiction, 7 p.m., Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive, The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Rated R. $12.50; plus fees. 248-2169; Milford.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Eastgate Family Medicine, 4421 Eastgate Blvd., Suite 300, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Reservations required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 686-3310; Union Township. Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, 2273 Bauer Road, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a seasonal flu shot every year; especially those most at risk for complications from flu for age six months and up. Health district is unable to bill HMOs. Through Dec. 21. $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Bata-

ing Francis Chan, Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper. Free. 753-6770; Amelia.


On Stage - Student Theater Dead Serious.. About Life, 3-6 p.m., Bethel-Tate High School, $9. 459-7268; Bethel.

MONDAY, DEC. 10 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.


Literary - Libraries Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Teens and adults. Free. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Peacock Stage. Try out new originals or play old classics. Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Support Groups Autism Spectrum Support Group, 6:30 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Support for parents, friends and loved ones. Free. Presented by Autism Support Group. 900-0932; Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events 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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Health / Wellness Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

The Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, is hosting a Charley Harper Art Show Dec. 6-31. The show is free for members, and included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children and free for children ages 3 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pictured is “Cardinal Close-Up” by Charley Harper. For more information, visit or call 831-1711. Holiday - Christmas A River Village Christmas, 6-9 p.m., Village of New Richmond, Front Street, Stroll streets lit with old lamp lights, shop stores and eat food. Premier craftsmen set up to offer gifts for Christmas. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Art Openings Charley Harper Art Show, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Continues through Dec. 31. Free for opening, remaining days of show free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Clubs & Organizations TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Talk about healthier choices for living a healthier life. Ages 18 and up. Free. 753-6770. Amelia.

Craft Shows Craft and Activity Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Craft vendors, Zumba, open swim, book sale, bake sale and food court. $25 booth fee for vendors; food or cash donations accepted for New Richmond Food Pantry. Benefits New Richmond Marching Band. Free. 553-3191, ext. 10204. New Richmond.

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Shop in thrift store. Funds Angel’s Rest: hospice facility for old, sick and unadoptable animals. Free. Through Dec. 29. 800-6738; New Richmond.

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

Topo Trail Run Series, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., East Fork State Park, Ohio 125, No-frills trail running. Each location will have 5-mile and 10-mile option. Races to be timed, but no individual race awards, no T-shirts, etc. Cash prizes to male and female winner of each race. $15. Registration required. Presented by Topo Adventure Sports. 7344323. Bethel.

Holiday - Christmas

Art Exhibits

A River Village Christmas, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Village of New Richmond, 543-9149. New Richmond. Pet Photos with Santa Paws and His Elf, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends of Noah Adoption Center, 1894 Ohio Pike, Pet photos with Santa and his favorite Elf. Multiple pets welcome. Benefits Friends of Noah Adoption Center. Family friendly. $10. 797-7387, ext. 112. Amelia. Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Breakfast served until 11 a.m. Followed by pictures with Santa, crafts and puppet show. Free. 732-1400. Batavia.

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Classic Rock Micheall & John (from Cheap Thrill), 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040. New Richmond.

Music - Oldies Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, 106 E. Main St., Each week, Jo-El or Jason Griffin take stage as Elvis. Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

On Stage - Student Theater Dead Serious.. About Life, 6-9 p.m., Bethel-Tate High School, 3420 State Route 125, Musical written to appeal to teenagers. Issues of abortion, alcohol, drugs, religion, sex and suicide. $9. Presented by Mishpachah, Inc. 459-7268; Bethel.

Pets Adoption Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary Thrift Store, 221 Front St.,

Runs / Walks


Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.

Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Carol Fest, 7-8 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Christmas music. Join in singing familiar Christmas carols. Free refreshments follow the sing-along. Free. 231-4301. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Religious A Women of Faith Christmas, 6-8:30 p.m., Amelia United Methodist Church, 19 E. Main St., Traditional holiday music, hymns and story telling featur-

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Mulberry, 1093 Ohio 28, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Mulberry. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township. Diabetic Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Educate yourself on prevention, maintenance, signs and symptoms of diabetes. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 2366486; Anderson Township. Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Literary - Crafts Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Evening of crochet. Learn basic crochet stitches and how to read and follow crochet patterns. For 12 and up. Free. 724-1070; Williamsburg.

Music - Benefits Night at the Orchestra, 7-9 p.m., Batavia Middle School, 800 Bauer Ave., Performance by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra String Quartet with guest speakers. Presented by Bully No More Incorporated. Benefits Bully No More Incorporated. $10, $5 ages 5 and up. Registration required. 732-2133. Batavia.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens Withamsville, Free. 250-4116; Withamsville.



An easy way to make peanut brittle Plus roast beef and sweet potato fries

shorter time to make the candy than the recipe calls for. Check out my blog – – for step-by-step photos.

⁄2 stick unsalted butter ⁄2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 to 11⁄2 cups nuts: your favorite (We like salted mixed nuts) 1

In my house, you’re never too young, or old, to have a stocking hung on the mantle for St. Nicholas to fill. When we were kids, we hung ours (and they weren’t the fancy ones I have today but our regular socks) on our bedposts. A pomeRita granate Heikenfeld was included if it RITA’S KITCHEN fit mom’s budget, and I carry on that tradition today. Yesterday, the little ones hung their stockings up and 4-year-old granddaughter Eva, who has a 4-month-old sister, Emerson, said “I’ll share mine with Em.” Now that’s what the holidays are about!

Easy peanut brittle

This is not as sweet as the kind of brittle that you buy. I’ve used both light and dark corn syrup and the dark is what my family prefers, but use whatever you have on hand. This recipe does not contain baking soda, which gives some peanut brittle the customary honeycomb texture. Now depending upon the kind of pan you use (I used a stainless steel), it may take a little longer or


Spray cookie sheet. Over medium heat, stir butter, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla until melted, smooth and bubbly. Cover and cook one minute. Stir in nuts, raise heat to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are fragrant, lightly browned and the mixture is very golden, about five minutes. What happens is the mixture will reach the hard crack stage (300 degrees). If you put a bit in a glass of cold water, it will make a hard ball. Immediately pour onto cookie sheet, spreading thinly as possible. A sprayed offset spatula or butter knife helps here. Cool until hard, about 15 minutes, then break into pieces. Keep covered at room temperature.

Perfect roast beef

Good for that holiday sirloin tip or similar roast, not chuck, which needs to be roasted differently. An unconventional way of roasting. Cranking up the oven to 475 develops moist, flavorful meat. Yes, you may have some splatter in the oven, but that should clean up OK. 3-4 pounds beef roast (see above)

Rita’s recipe for peanut brittle is not as sweet as store-bought versions. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Season with salt and pepper and brown on all sides in oil in ovenproof pan (or scrape up brown bits and place all in roasting pan). Roast until temperature reaches 110 degrees, 45-60 minutes or so. Leave in oven and increase heat to 475 degrees. Cook until temperature reaches 120 degrees for rare, 125 for medium rare or 130 for medium. This will take up to 30 minutes or so. Check after 20 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with pan juices. Tips from Rita’s kitchen Put several slivers of garlic in meat. Add a little dry red

wine or beef broth during last 20 minutes.

Healthy sweet potato fries

A good time of year to make this since sweet potatoes are good buys in season. I’ll add a pinch of cayenne if making for adults. Let kids help toss together and talk about eating “from the Garden of Eden,” the brighter the color of the veggie, the better it is for you! 4 sweet potatoes Canola or olive oil Salt to taste Cayenne pepper, optional (A little goes a long way)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet. Peel potatoes, cut into wedges. Put in bowl

and toss with a couple or three tablespoons oil. Place single layer on sheet, sprinkle with seasoning, and bake 20 minutes. Turn potatoes over and bake until golden and tender, about 20 minutes. If potatoes are cut thin, they may take less time; if thicker, a bit more.

Giftgiver’s hot chocolate mix with variations On my website, Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

BUILDING PERMITS Residential Day Roofing, Mt. Orab, addition, 4 Shady Creek, Amelia Village, $5,000. Thomas Horn, Batavia, alter, 4056 Zagar Road, Batavia Township, $1,000. Drees Premier Homes, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 1205 Sundew Court, Batavia Township, $109,188. Freedom Homes, Milford, new, 316 Faith Way, Bethel Village, $120,000; new, 3462 Hickory Lane, Pierce Township, $131,000. Losekamp Paradise of Homes, Batavia, garage, 1775 Fox Tail Chase, Monroe Township, $25,000. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 116 Regatta Drive, New Richmond Village, $74,890. Turning Point Remodeling, Liberty Township, alter, 807 Clough Pike, Union Township.


Concord Fire Protection, Cincinnati, fire suppression-Kroger, 262 W. Main, Amelia Village. Champlin/Haupt, Cincinnati, alter, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia Township. La Bamba Restaurant, Greenfield, fire suppression, 23 N. Riverside Drive, Batavia Village. Hattar Inc., Cincinnati, alter, 813 Ohio 125, Union Township.

ABOUT BUILDING PERMITS These requests have been filed with the Clermont County Permit Central.

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Have a written contract before work starts

You have a house fire and your home needs major repairs. Although you’re fully insured, you can still run into problems that can bring you close to bankruptcy. That’s what an area man fears may happen to him. Daniel VanDean has owned a house in Hidden Valley Lake for the past two years. In February, there was a fire in the lower level of his house. “The smoke got up into the walls, into the insula-

tion, and basically the whole house had to be gutted completely,” he said. VanDean hired a Howard contractor Ain to do most HEY HOWARD! of the repairs. “He was given two checks. One of them, for $15,000 to get started, and then another for $25,000 to continue the work,” he

said. But, although the job was to have been completed in August, it was far from complete months later. VanDean says he learned a lot of the workers weren’t getting paid and liens were being filed against his home. “So, out of that $40,000 the contractor kept the $40,000. “I’m paying for the rest of the work out of my own pocket. This is going to leave me quite a bit of

money short finishing my house,” VanDean said. VanDean’s insurance agent looked at the work that had been performed and wrote a letter saying he felt the work was substandard. In one case, he found a used vanity had been installed in one of the bathrooms. That vanity has since been replaced with a new one, but VanDean says it took more than a week for him to correct construction problems. It turns out most of the

conflict with the contractor is over work VanDean says he never authorized. He says the problem is, “It wasn’t in writing. It was ‘word of mouth’ and that’s where the legal system says I should have had it in writing.” So I called the contractor who took issue with the quality of his work, saying it did pass a county inspection. He says there was a signed agreement but admits a lot of work was done with just a verbal OK. He says that extra work added more time to

the job. So protect yourself when hiring a contractor. Get written estimates from three contractors. Then make sure the contract you sign includes any changes, in writing, and make certain it states who pays for the materials and subcontractors so there’s no question about it later. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

DEATHS Geraldine Akers


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



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

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


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


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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 11:00am Nursery provided at all services

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


4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 F O R M A L LY N A M E D K I N G ’ S W A Y

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


9am, 11am & 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center)

Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 11am & 6pm

Cincinnati Fox19 @ 11am Troy P. Ervin, Pastor

4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103


Nona Arnett Nona Susan Arnett, 59, Batavia, died Nov. 24. She was a medical billing clerk. Survived by daughters Melissa Arnett, Patricia (Brent) Huffman; father John Potter; sister Nancy Potter. Preceded in Arnett death by mother Lorna Potter. Services were Nov. 29 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home.

Terry Arnold Terry V. Arnold, 69, Union Township, died Nov. 23. Survived by wife Cheryl Ar-


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

8:30 & 11:00

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

6:00 pm

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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

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

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


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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

“Encircling People with God’s Love”


Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am $&)(%%(#"'(*!)%(

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Arts/Crafts and Bake Sale Freedom In The Wind Church Sat., December 8, 2012 from 10am-4pm. 1232 St. Rt. 131 Milford, Ohio 45150

Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

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


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

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

nold; brothers Thomas (Sandra), Timothy (Barbara) Arnold; seven nieces and nephews; nine greatnieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents William, Jane Arnold. Services were Nov. 29 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Lewis Benner Lewis G. Benner, 79, Union Township, died Nov. 19. He owned Lew Benner Body and Frame for 50 years. Survived by wife Dolly; children Melissa, Lewis M. (Tammy) Benner; stepchildren Connie, Amy, Gary, Andy (Debbie), Mark (Lisa) Hill; grandchildren Miranda (Nathan) Hensley, Allie, Brianna Benner, Steven Burton; several step-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Allie Benner, parents Lewis B., Beulah Benner. Services were Nov. 26 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Bessie Burns Bessie Elizabeth Burns, 89, New Richmond, died Nov. 22. Survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Marcum Burns, siblings Florence Hileman, Laura Lambert, Raphael Sr., James, Charles, Henry, Harry, John, Neal, Ira Jr., George, Jewell Moak. Services were Nov. 28 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to Hospice of Cincinnati.

Ramona Curtis Ramona Ginn Curtis, 82, New Richmond, died Nov. 21. Survived by children Charles (Carole) Jr., Cheryl Curtis, Sharon (Jeff) Brooks; grandchildren Quentin, Devin Mecklenborg, Rachel Peacock, Amanda Peach, Accena Malicoat, Jimmy Eugair, Justin Brooks; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by husband Charles Curtis Sr. Services were Nov. 26 at the First Baptist Church of New Richmond. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the First Baptist Church of New Richmond.

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Trinity United Methodist


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

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

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

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Saint Peter Church

Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Saint Mary Church,Bethel Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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


Phone 734-4041

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



Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am


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

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




Geraldine Akers, 62, Amelia, died Nov. 20. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Cindy (J.R.) Spurlock, Tammy Easter, Caryl (Troy) Pendleton; grandchildren A.J., Brittany Ashurst, Richard Reinhardt, Christine Gastineau, Rebecca Barton, Samantha Cook, Cody Easter, Andrea Blevins; great-grandchildren “Lil” A.J., Evan, Austin, Joshua, Braxton, Michael, Skylar, Jaydon, Zada; brothers Jimmy, Roger, Bobby. Preceded in death by siblings Kenny Tallant, Patricia Robinson. Services were Nov. 24 at Evans Funeral Home.

Diana Spinnati, 58, died Nov. 23. She was principal of New Richmond High Spinnati School. Survived by father Joseph (Mary) Spinnati; brothers Frank,

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DEATHS Continued from Page B4 James Spinnati; stepsister Cheryl Iiames; sister-in-law Vicki Spinnati; six nieces and nephews; 13 great-nieces and nephews; friends Carol Ann Coulter, Terri Flamm, Becky Lewis, Christen Davis. Preceded in death by mother Waneta Kurtz, brothers Alan and Greg Spinnati. Services were Dec. 2 at New Richmond High School. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre

Funeral Home. Memorials to: Diana M. Spinnati Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1131 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, OH 45157.

Alan Tarter Alan D. Tarter, 59, New Richmond, died Nov. 28. Survived by wife Geraldine Tarter; children Kevin Tarter, Jerry Lee (Tomi) Maynard; grandchildren Jonathan, Morgan, Seth; mother Thelma


Tarter; siblings Raymond Tarter, Sherry Crosthwaite, Alisa Lynch; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Ray Tarter. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Survived by children Ethel Mae Day, Garry (Patricia) Turner, Rosetta (Richard) Turner Christian; grandchildren Heather (Ron) Hoerst, Kendra (Justin) Siefert, Garry Turner, Rose Mahon, Vera Kassen, Mary Beth (Josh) Tucker; 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Marie Turner. Services were Nov. 30 at Batavia Community Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Junior Turner Junior Turner, 92, died Nov. 22. He was a farmer. He was an Army veteran of World War II, receiving a Purple Heart.


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Incidents/investigations Dogs at large Male stated dog attacked his dog while walking at 41 Quail Brace, Nov. 10. Female was bitten by dog at 17 Woodlands Drive, Nov. 8.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Charles H. Cast, 55, 4448 Schoolhouse Road, warrant, Nov. 9.

Incidents/investigations Assault Juvenile was assaulted at Batavia Middle School at Bauer Road, Nov. 14. Criminal damage Door handle, etc. damaged on vehicle at 176 North St., Nov. 14. Theft Jacket taken from vehicle; $100 at 265 Foundry, Nov. 13.

NEW RICHMOND Arrests/citations New Richmond police made no arrests and issued no citations.

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Ray Kuhnell, 65, 48 Quail Brace Court, dog at large, Nov. 10. Brenden Schnabel, 18, 6936 Buckingham Place, underage consumption, Nov. 13. Ronald L. Strack, 59, 4010 Gleneste Withamsville Road, open container, driving under influence, Nov. 15.

Justin D. Moermond, 27, 3625 Bootjack, drug possession, drug instrument, Nov. 10. Terry Profitt, 22, 300 University Lane #312, warrant, Nov. 18.

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Incidents/investigations New Richmond police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Christopher D. Crabtree, 19, 320 #B St. Andrews, warrant, Nov. 10. Thomas J. Shay, 20, Homeless, warrant, Nov. 11. Nathan B. Thomas, 32, 68 Lucy Creek, theft, Nov. 14. Crystalle Morgan, 27, theft, Nov. 14. Elmer M. Willis, 66, 2586 Ohio 132 , theft, Nov. 15. Ashley Patchell, 20, 366 St. Andrews #C, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption, Nov. 16. Linda S. Coffey, 57, 1111 Ohio 133 #45, theft, Nov. 16.

Derek L. Rosenow, 20, 1758 Culver Court #9, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 20. James V. Ayers, 52, 2173 Ohio 125, warrant, Nov. 11.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Handgun, etc. taken; $802 at 958 White Oak, Nov. 13. Entry made into residence at

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal Clermont 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, Chief David Friend, 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.

3344 Jenny Lind, Nov. 17. Criminal damage Wall damaged at 1248 Fagins Run, Nov. 15. Criminal mischief Tomatoes and bottles thrown in lot of Angels at Play at East Ohio Pike, Nov. 14. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property of Skyline Chili at Ohio 125, Nov. 13. Theft I-pod,etc. taken from vehicle;

$900 at 1307 Dorado Court, Nov. 12. Guitar taken; $1,200 at 1751 E. Ohio Pike #168, Nov. 12. DVDs taken from Walmart; $35 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 14. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $406 at Ohio 125, Nov. 14. Gun, etc. taken from Walmart; $140 at Ohio 125, Nov. 15. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $120 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 16. Heater taken from Walmart; $160 at Ohio 125, Nov. 16.

Computer taken from Walmart; $798 at Ohio 125, Nov. 16.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Ryan Colvin, 26, 14663 Day Road, drug possession, drug instrument, Nov. 11. David Nimmo, 29, 568 Clough, warrant service, Nov. 7. Sarah J. Calvert, 35, 2747 #B Ohio 132, theft, Nov. 7.

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LEGAL NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF STATE LAW,THERE BEING DUE AND UNPAID CHANGES FOR WHICH THE UNDERSIGNED IS ENTITLED TO SATISFY AN OWNERS LIEN OF THE GOODS HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED AND STORED AT UNCLE BOB’S SELF OLD AT; 1105 STORAGE,LOCATED ST.RT.74,BATAVIA, OH. 45103 (513)7528110, AND DUE NOTICE HAVING BEEN GIVEN, TO THE OWNER OF SAID PROPERTY AND ALL PARTIES KNOWN TO CLAIM AN INTEREST THEREIN,AND THE TIME SPECIFIED IN SUCH NOTICE FOR HAVING SUCH OF PAYMENT EXPIRED,THE GOODS WILL BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION AT THE ABOVE STATED LOCATION(S) TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF ON WEDNESDAY,12/19/12, AT 10 A.M. Donald Slone 1919 Clermontville Laurel Rd Household 45157 OH, Richmond New Goods, Boxes Christina Henderlight 123 W 68th St Cincinnati, OH 45216 Boxes Brittany Kinner 4482 Schoolhouse Rd Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Appliances, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Richard Scott Keoler 4522 Tealtown Rd Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Tools Elizabeth Workman 340 St Andrews Dr Cinti, OH 45245 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Andrea Yanez 740 Riverwalk Cir. Apt 1A Corunna, MI 48817 furniture Sarah Fisher 6851 Shiloh Rd Goshen, OH 45122 Household Goods, Furniture Fredrick Cardeman IV 24 North Look Ct Batavia, OH 45103 Household goods, furniture, boxes Travis Isaacs 3964 Pharo Dr Cincinnati, OH 45245 Household goods, boxes Corey Powell 400 University Ln Apt 207 Batavia, OH 45103 household goods, furniture, boxes Meloney Mounce 4079 Tollgate Rd Batavia, OH 45103 household goods, furniture, boxes Amanda Stehlin 212 Center St. Apt B Bellevue, KY 41073 household goods, furniture, boxes Sherry Bailey 668 Charwood Dr Cincinnati, OH 45244 household goods, furniture, boxes, appliances Drew E Wymer 4479 Spruce Creek Dr Apt #2 Batavia, OH 45103 household goods, furniture, boxes Sarah Freeman 115 Commonwealth Ave Ne Massillon, OH 44646 household goods, furniture, boxes, appliances Leslie Combs 1466 Elmbrooke Ct Amelia, OH 45102 household goods, furniture, boxes Will Del Vecchio 3890 Mark Ct Cincinnati, OH 45255 household goods, boxes, tools Veronica Bayes 4549 Wood Glen Cr Batavia, OH 45103 household goods + boxes 1001746974

broccoli fresh from the garden. By golly, they were good. Ruth Ann as usual, cooked the better part of two days. Our great granddaughter, granddaughter and grandson-in-law didn’t get to come because Brooklyn was sick with a virus, and our grandson and his family went to Kayla’s Mother’s, but everyone else was here, including the newlyweds, for supper and what a wonderful time we had. The table was laden with plenty of food. I told Ruth Ann there was two things that needed to happen. One was less food or the other a bigger plate. She is like her mother and our daughter, Pauline, is like her too. There is always plenty of food for more folks. The Good Lord sure has blessed our family and I always thank Him for the food he has helped me to provide for us and everyone. Now for the pies, Ruth

LEGAL NOTICE Village of New Richmond, Ohio The Village of New Richmond will receive proposals and Bids for SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING PROGRAM until January 3rd, 2013 at 1 PM in the office of the Village Administrator. This notice may be reviewed by visiting the Village’s website at If the Village needs to issue any addendums or clarifications prior to the bid opening date, it will done so no later than noon on December 28th, 2012. The bids shall be sealed and clearly marked on the envelope: "Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Program." All bids shall be opened in public on January 3rd, 2013 at 1 PM in the New Richmond Council Chambers. No bidder may withdraw the bid within sixty (60) days after the actual date of opening thereof. The Village of New Richmond reserves the right to reject any and all Bids and to waive any irregularities in the Bid, to hold any Bid thirty days before accepting same, and to accept that Bid which is in the best interest of the Village. 1739389

Ann made four pies; one pumpkin ,from a pumpkin a neighbor of Pauline’s sent over for her to try, and it was good; one peach, and two pecan pies. Some of the kids like different kinds, but me, I like them all! On Saturday, I took Ruth Ann out for the day, because she had worked so hard getting food ready for Thanksgiving. We stopped at Jungle Jim’s first. Then we went to Hobby Lobby to get some votive candles and also got some battery operated candles. We are making a wooden board with three or four candles on it for a table decoration. After that shopping spree we went to Perkins to eat. This was the noon meal for my gal. Then we went to Eastgate Mall, got a seat and watched folks. My mother used to enjoy doing this too. While we were setting there, there were five neighbors that stopped to visit with us. We enjoyed watching the “train” they have for kids and their parents to ride in. They were sure having fun. After a while we left there, then went to visit my brother and sister-inlaw. This was good. This was a busy day. Then we went to the Milford Garden Center that Danny Grant has. We met Santa Claus there and Mrs. Claus for a couple hours. There were several folks that came to see Santa. One little feller, about 3- or 4-years old, told

Santa,” I know you are not the real Santa, I saw him on TV.” Santa asked him what do you want Santa to bring you, he said, “I already told one Santa.” Children are so special. The highlight of the evening was when we had the privilege of holding our great grandson on Santa’s lap and lots of pictures were taken. He is 4 months old, what a beauty. When our great granddaughter was 3 months old, two years ago, she got to sit on Santa’s lap too. Now Santa will be there at the Milford Garden Center every Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 22, so mark you calendar and come down to see the trains and all the beautiful things they have. The Grant’s farm and green house, on Bucktown Road, out of Owensville, and the garden center in Milford, have Christmas trees, wreaths, roping,poinsettias, candy, toys and other gifts for you to purchase and will have fruit baskets later in the month. You can call and order fruit baskets made up. Keep a check on your neighbors that may need some help. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.

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LEGAL NOTICE Tate Township Trustees are accepting sealed bids for a 1997 Ford E350 Braun Ambulance. The unit had the engine replaced in 2003 and currently has 63,739 miles on it, ,total miles on the unit is currently 169,290. The ambulance has good tires on it and is currently being used as a backup unit for the Fire Department. The unit will be sold to the highest bidder in asof bid minimum with condition, is $3000.00. The ambulance will not be ready for possession until the Fire Department’s new ambulance is delivered, which will be sometime in late spring or very early summer. For further information on this ambulance, call the fire station at 734-4444 Mon-Fri 8a-4p. Sealed bids for the ambulance can be sent to the Bethel-Tate Fire Department, Attn: Tate Twp Trustees Sealed Bid, 149 N. East St., bethel, Ohio 45106. Sealed bids will be opened Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:00p. Tate Township trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 1001737407 LEGAL NOTICE The following parties having stored property at A & A Mini Storage, 4317 Mt. CarmelTobasco Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45244-2356 are hereby notified that stored goods will be sold at public sale. Anthony H. Haagg, last known address, 7876 YMCA Road, Cinti, OH 45244 Stored property includes household goods and misc items. Duckett , last known address, Kimberly 4453 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd, Cint, Ohio 45244 Stored property includes household goods and misc items Russell Brown , last known address, 4815 Long Acres Apt. C. Cinti, Ohio 45245 Stored property includes bikes, tool chest and misc items. Esther Drake Eichelbranner, last known address, 450 Craig Rd. Cinti, Ohio 45244 Stored property includes household goods and misc items. The sale will be December 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the mentioned storage facility. If your stored property is not sold at that time it may sale sold or de desubsequently subseque t y be so d at a private ate sa e o stroyed at our option and without further notice. Any inquiries regarding this account should be directed to Maggie, agent for owner, at 4317 Mr. Carmel tobasco Rd., Cinti, OH 45244-2356 or call 513-528-6118. 1738298

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Howdy Folks: Last Tuesday Ruth Ann and I went to visit Gene Henderson. His health is not the best. He is living with his daughter and son-in-law. We have been friends for several years. Gene loves the crappie that we catch, so we took a pack from our freezer for him to have to eat. The visit was great. Him and his dad ‘Mut’ went out to another state to hunt big game in the years past, and always came back with meat. The game protector at that time, Edgar Ansteatt, always got some of the meat for the

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