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Kroger zoning approved, in part The board of zoning appeals approved 10 of the 11 variances requested for the proposed Kroger MarketPlace at the intersection of Ohio Pike and Amelia-Olive Branch. A second public hearing to discuss one tabled variance is schedule for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the township administrative building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The tabled variance is a request for three drive-thru windows for the pharmacy and bank. Full story, A2

Primary ballot The primary ballot is set. Find the list of county candidates on A3.

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Brooks withdraws retire-rehire request By Lisa J. Mauch lmauch@communitypress.com

UNION TWP. — Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks withdrew his retire-rehire request at the Nov. 30 West Clermont board of education meeting. “The board was looking at that as a way to contain some costs and we decided to take it off the table. I don’t want to get in the way of the passage of an operating levy,” said Brooks.

“We have significant funding issues as a district and state education system and for some people the retire-rehiring option deflected from the Brooks central mission of the district to provide an education and provide the funds for that education,” he said. The board voted at the meeting to not place an operating levy

on the March primary ballot. No decision was made as to which millage would be used. Board President Dan Krueger said the retire-rehire would have helped the district financially. “We could have brought him back for less money. It would have saved the school district money. It was enough of a savings it would have been very beneficial,” he said. He would not give a specific amount since it was a topic for discussion in an

St. Bernadette students surpassed their teacher’s expectations when they collected more than 80 bags and boxes of gently-used clothing to donate. “I was expecting maybe 15 bags,” said Max Sherry about his collection goal for the 137 students at the school. Full story, A5

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executive session. Krueger said the board had feedback from community members that it was not politically a good time to have a retirerehire while trying to pass levy. “By waiting, he will lose some retirement money but he felt it was better to help the school district out,” said Krueger. “I think that’s something people don’t understand. He really does care more about the school district which is why he offered to withdraw his request.”

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Police are asking people to be cautious when shopping and traveling this holiday season. Union Township is home to Clermont County’s biggest shopping district as well as some of it’s more notorious traffic areas. Lt. Scott Gaviglia said the Union Township Police Department is asking people to be careful and patient this month. Full story, A4

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Batavia Township residents Maggie Ison and Ron Bertrand braved the cold to walk Ison's dogs Bubba, left, and Patsy. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

New Amelia police chief sworn in By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

AMELIA — David Friend was sworn in Dec. 5 as the new Amelia police chief. He will start work Monday, Dec. 12. Friend, who was hired by village council in September, replaces John Wallace, who served as interim chief since Jeff Sucher retired in May. Village Solicitor Julia Carney administered the oath of office and Friend’s wife, Sheila, held a Bible for the new chief. Mayor Leroy Ellington welcomed Friend and thanked Wallace for the job

David Friend is sworn in Dec. 5 as the new Amelia police chief. Holding a Bible is his wife, Sheila Friend. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

he did as interim chief. During the summer, village council studied the possibility of contracting with the Clermont County Sher-

iff’s Office for police services. However, council members decided to keep the village department. Before being hired by Amelia, Friend was a 27-year veteran of the Tipp City, Ohio, Police Department, north of Dayton, where as a sergeant he was second in command. He also served with the Covington, Ohio, and West Milton, Ohio, police departments. Friend holds a masters degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University, with a minor in public administration.

UNION TWP. — Drivers in the township might have a slightly easier time battling the snow and ice this winter. The Union Township Service Department is going to start using brine to pretreat the roads and melt the snow and ice during a winter event. Service Director Matt Taylor said they started experimenting with brine, which is really just a salt/water mix, last year. “Using the brine creates a layer between the road and the snow and that gives our guys more time to battle the elements. The brine will help us be more proactive in clearing the roads and it should help us save on salt,” he said. The salt savings will come by reducing the amount of rock salt that bounces off the road during application. The service department also will be able to use less salt to melt the snow, he said. Residents shouldn’t see a huge difference except that the roads will have white lines on them before it snows and the snow should melt faster, Taylor said. The drivers will continue to focus on treating the hills, curves, dangerous areas and busy intersections first. They’ll also still apply salt once it starts to snow. “We are hoping the brine helps us get a faster burnoff when it snows and keeps the snow and ice from bonding to the road,” Taylor said. “We have 127 miles of roads and we can’t get to every road right away. If we use brine, when we get back to those streets, it will be easier to keep them clear.” The township already has a direct application spray unit with a 1,300-gallon tank to put brine on the streets, but Administrator Ken Geis said they had to purchase a $11,000 tank and pump to store, circulate and load the brine mixture. Geis said township employees will buy brine from another community rather than make it, but that information is not final. “This is going to save us money - we won’t be wasting salt and we’ll spend less time on the roads clearing snow. It will be more effective,” Geis said. “Using the brine is going to be a great service to the community because we’ll be able to make the roads safer to aid the motoring public, but the school kids probably aren’t going to like it because the snow is going to stick less to the streets,” he said.

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BZA approves all but one Kroger variance By Lisa J. Mauch lmauch@communitypress.com

PIERCE TWP. — The board of zoning appeals approved 10 of the 11 variances requested for the proposed Kroger MarketPlace at the intersection of Ohio Pike and AmeliaOlive Branch. A second public hearing to discuss one tabled variance is schedule for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the township administrative building, 950 Locust Corner Road. The tabled variance is a request for three drivethru windows for the pharmacy and bank. Board members questioned the drive-thru variance since it wasn't one of the examples specifically listed in the zoning code as a permitted accessory use. “Typically, a drivethru would be listed as an accessory use and their dilemma is can we infer that they meant a drivethru to be an accessory use,” said Frances Kelly, law director for the township. The application filed by McBride Dale Clarion on behalf of The Kroger Co. and Select Strategies Realty argues that since the accessory uses section of the zoning code “provides extensive requirements for the design

of drive-thru operations, we do not believe it was the intent of the resolution to prohibit drive-thru operations. … We believe that the failure to include drive-thru operations as an accessory use in the business districts was an omission in the code.” BZA members also questioned if they have the power to make an exception and permit the drive-thrus. “I would agree with you that it should be this way, but I'm not confident I have the authority to do it,” said board member Ray Lembke to zoning consultant Anne McBride. Chair Mike Phelps said, “Being a judicial body and not an executive body, we don't know if that was left out for a reason.” Kelly said she would research case law on this issue before the next public hearing. The approved variances dealt with signage changes, reduction of yard setbacks, reduction of parking spaces, allowance of 24-hour seasonal agricultural sales, and the elimination of some parking islands. The Dec. 19 hearing is open to the public. For more information, call township Administrator Dave Elmer at 752-6424.

Township Administrator introduces Audrey Bolte, Miss Ohio 2012 and a Batavia High School graduate, to the crowd gathered for the Christmas tree lighting event Dec. 6 at the community center. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS BATAVIA TWP. — Many residents were on hand Dec. 6 to light the Christmas at the community center. Fourth-graders from Batavia Elementary sang Christmas carols before the crowd enjoyed punch and cookies. Children were invited to hang ornaments on the tree. Special guests were Santa Claus, Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte and Batavia Village Town Crier Maybelle Murphy.

Residents look on as Batavia Township's tree is lit Dec. 6. Guests at the annual event were treated to Christmas carols, cookies and punch at the community center. PROVIDED Siblings Jill O'Donnell, left, Cheryl Taylor and James Sauls Jr. stand next to the plaque dedicating the concession and rest-room pavilion at Batavia Township Park to their mother, Vivian R. Sauls. It was dedicated Nov. 2, on what would have been her 87th birthday. A portion of money from her estate tax, some of which was returned to the township, was used to build the pavilion. PROVIDED

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The family of Vivian R. Sauls gathered for the ribbon cutting at the dedication of the pavilion in her name at Batavia Township Park. The area is home to the concession stand and rest rooms. From left are: James Sauls Jr., left, Chuck Taylor, Cheryl Taylor, Reese Mills, Ryan Mills, Kristi Wilson, Patricia Semones, Jill O'Donnell, Emily Taylor, Matt Sauls, Tom Semones, Charity Taylor and David Taylor. PROVIDED

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Retail has offered to sell electricity to the village for a flat rate of 5.5 cents a kilowatt hour. Duke Energy Retail is allowed to sell electricity below the state regulated price of Duke Energy, its parent company. Pyle said the rate the village now is paying to Duke Energy fluctuates between 8.7 cents and 69.94 cents per kilowatt hour. Service and billing will remain the same under the new agreement, he said.

Pyle estimated the savings would be $1,500 a month. “Lots of communities are getting significant savings” through Duke Energy Retail, said Solicitor Julia Carney. “It seems like a nobrainer to me,” said Council Member Todd Hart. Council voted unanimously to switch to Duke Energy Retail. The change will take affect after the new contract is reviewed by Carney.

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members of the Clermont County Republican Party’s Central Committee, which Nov. 16 named her “well qualified” for re-election. Ohio’s Second Congressional district includes all or parts of seven counties. Schmidt’s district is expected to expand to eight counties in 2012.

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt was endorsed for re-election Dec. 1 by the Brown County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and she also recently won the backing of GOP organizations in nearby counties. She won the majority of endorsement votes of


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Clermont Co. to use savings to balance 2012 budget By Kellie Geist-May clermont @communitypress.com

CLERMONT CO. — The com-

missioners voted to pull $1.9 million from the county’s fund balance and use $2.8 million in one-time funds to balance the 2012 general fund budget. The Clermont County commissioners approved the 2012 appropriations Nov. 21. In the general fund, the approved expenses are $51million and the estimated revenues are $49.1 million. The revenues include $2.8 million in one-time funding such a land sale proceeds, said county Administrator Dave Spinney. The rest of the difference will be filled with money from the carryover, he said. “The challenge will be that the revenues we have coming in are anticipated to be less than we’ve appropriated,” Spinney said. “We’ve also used some unsustainable revenues to balance this budget, which we’ll need to watch.”

Budget Director Sukie Scheetz said 2012’s revenue estimates show a 3.5-percent decrease from 2011. She also said taking $1.9 million from the general fund to balance the budget will bring that carryover balance to less than 25 percent of the county’s annual general fund operating cost. Despite those losses, most county employees should expect to see a 3-percent raise this year. The commissioners voted to include a salary action in the 2012 appropriations. Scheetz said that 3 percent will cost the county about $500,000 per year. Commissioner Archie Wilson said they could cut somewhere else if the raises created funding shortages in the future. He recommended looking at things like economic development and transportation improvements as places to cut should the need arise in the future. “There is income in the county and we have to be wise about how we spend it,” Wilson

general fund, the commissioners appropriated $240,991,669 in expenses with an anticipated revenue of $233,253,866. Scheetz said the difference in the expenses and revenues includes the gap in the general fund as well as planned carryover spending from multiple levy-funded budgets, especially for Clermont County Development Disabilities and the Mental Health and Recovery Board. Spinney and the commissioners thanked the Office of Management and Budget employees as well as the department heads and elected officials for their hard work and cooperation when it came to putting together the 2012 appropriations. “I just want to thank everyone,” Spinney said. “This is not as balanced of a budget as we’ve had in the past. We’re just going to live on this one-time money and fund balance through 2012 and hope for the best … or we’ll have to make adjustments.”

said. “We need to take care of our employees.” Fellow Commissioner Bob Proud said he thinks the county employees Spinney understand the budget situation. “I support the 3 percent, but we can’t say we can do it every year. I think that’s the reality and I think the employees understand that we’ll give raises when we can and we won’t when we can’t,” he said. Commissioner Ed Humphrey voted to approve the budget, but expressed concerns about the proposed salary actions. “I feel bad that the employees haven’t had raises for three years, but I’m afraid 3 percent won’t be sustainable. That adds $500,000 to our budget every year from here on out. I’m not sure we can do that,” he said. In all funds, including the

MARCH PRIMARY BALLOT SET The following candidates have filed petitions for electionwiththeClermontCounty Board of Elections to be placed on the March primary ballot. Commissioner (full term commencing Jan. 2, 2013) 1. Ed Humphrey (R) Miami Township 2. Bob Turner (R) Milford Commissioner (full term commencing Jan. 3, 2013) 1. Bob Proud (R) Amelia County Prosecutor 1. Vince Faris (R) Batavia 2. Don White (R) Union Township Clerk of Common Pleas 1. David Uible (R) New Richmond

2. Barb Wiedenbein (R) Union Township County Sheriff 1. A.J. Rodenberg, Jr. (R) Pierce Township County Recorder 1. Deborah J. Clepper (R) Batavia Township County Treasurer 1. J. Robert True (R) Union Township County Engineer 1. Patrick Manger (R) Miami Township County Coroner 1. Brian Treon (R) Milford Common Pleas Court Judge (full term commencing Jan. 1, 2013) 1. Jerry R. McBride (R) Common Pleas Court Judge (full term commenc-

ing Jan. 2, 2013) 1. Richard P. Ferenc (R) Common Pleas Court Judge (full term commencing Jan. 3, 2013) 1. Victor M. Haddad (R) 513-732-7890 State Senator 14th District Democrat 1. Charles W. Carlier (D) Goshen Republican 1. Tony Adkins (R) Union Township 2. Paul Hall (R) Williamsburg 3. Steve Purtell (R) Batavia 4. Joe Uecker (R) Miami Township State Representative 65th District

AMELIA — A 47-year-old woman died Nov. 29 after she and another pedestrian were struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Ohio Pike. Police Chief John Wallace said the woman and a 41-year-old man were crossing the road about 5:40 p.m. at Floral Avenue near Amelia Elementary School when they were struck by a sports utility vehicle. The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital Anderson where she was pronounced dead, Wallace said. The man was taken to University Hospital where he was treated for injuries. A 30-year-old man driving the SUV was not injured. Wallace said police are still trying to locate relatives of the woman and names are not available. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed. Wallace said he did not want to release the name of the driver until the investigation is complete. He said the pedestrians were struck near a crosswalk, but it has not been determined if they were in the crosswalk. There was no traffic signal near the crosswalk, he said.

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Democrat 1. Steve A. Myers (D) Batavia Republican 1. John Becker (R) Union Township 2. Michael R. Brem (R) Batavia State Representative 66th District Democrat 1. Ken P. Mcneely, Jr. (D) Williamsburg Republican 1. Doug Green (R) Mt. Orab 2. Rick Herron (R) Bethel 3. Leo Lopez (R) Milford 4. Nick Owens (R) Batavia The only issue on the primary ballot is a local option request in Miami Township.

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Shoppers: Take care this holiday By Kellie Geist-May clermont@communitypress.com

UNION TWP. — Police are asking people to be cautious when shopping and traveling this holiday season. Union Township is home to Clermont County’s biggest shopping district as well as some of it’s more notorious traffic areas. Lt.

Scott Gaviglia said the Union Township Police Department is asking people to be careful and patient this month. “There are going to be more people than usual and shoppers and drivers need to be aware of that,” he said. “Just take your time and be aware of your surroundings.” Gaviglia said shoppers

should remember to keep their purses and wallets with them and closed, not just tossed in a cart or hanging open. Union Township Police Sgt. Scott Blankenship asked shoppers to let someone know if they see someone who could be involved in criminal activity. He said the police - or mall security - are more than hap-

py to look into the situation. “Just keep an eye out. If you see someone who looks suspicious, let someone know. That’s what we’re here for,” he said. When you’re not in the store, try to take note of where you park, keep your purse on your arm and secure purchases and valuable in your trunk or at home, he said.

“If you leave things sitting out in plain view, it creates the opportunity for someone to break into your car or steal out of your cart. Even if gifts are wrapped, try not to keep them in the backseat,” Blankenship said. “Leaving things out may cause someone to take advantage of the situation.” Once you’re on the road,

make sure to leave extra space between vehicles and expect extra travel time. Gaviglia said there are always more cars during the holidays. “Just be patient. Everyone is trying to get somewhere,” he said. To contact the Union Township Police Department in a non-emergency situation, call 752-1230.

a vehicle. The male juveniles got stuck about 4 p.m. in a creek near Old Ohio 74 and Stonelick-Olive Branch Road, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg in a press release. The two youths got out of the vehicle and stood on top until help arrived, Rodenberg said. Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies rescued the boys without complications. The boys did not suffer any injuries and were placed in the care of their parents, Rodenberg said. No charges have been filed.

family residence, 684 Barg Salt Run. According to Chief Stanley Deimling, the cause of the fire was ashes from a wood-burning stove. He said the owners had placed the ashes in a metal bucket for a few days before transferring them to a large, plastic garbage container by the side of the house. There were embers that weren’t out yet and the garbage caught fire. “It damaged one side of the building, ground level to roof line, and it damaged part of the deck on the back of the house," said Deimling. He estimated the damaged at $4,000. No injuries were reported. Deimling said this is a common accident each winter. “People need to remember hot embers and ashes in a can can stay hot for up to seven days,” he said. “So your best bet is to add water to it before you throw it out.”

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department responded to two chimney fires last week. The first fire was reported at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at 1173 Binning Road. The second was at 8:45 p.m. Dec. 9 at 4640 Aston Road. In both cases, the creosote buildup in the chimney caught on fire. “It looks like a blow torch coming out of the chimney when creostote catches on fire,” said Fire Chief Stan Deimling. Deimling said the fires burned so hot, the mortar in the chimneys cracked. No damage estimates are available. Inspections are needed on both chimneys to determine if they must be replaced or can be repaired. No injuries were reported. “The most important

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The Clermont County Collaborative of Historical Organizations and the Clermont County commissioners have a joint project on Clermont County history. The commissioners installed a display case in the lobby of the administration building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. Each month a different Clermont County historical organization has a display on county history. In December, the Clermont County Historical Society will have a display about the first steamboat trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans in October 1811. In celebration of this event the display will feature “Steamboats over 200 years.” The display is open to the public and is available for viewing during the regular hours of the administration building.

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MILFORD — The Spirit of ’76 committee is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2002 white Ford Crown Victoria. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Korean War memorial at Miami Meadows Park. R.J. Vilardo said the committee is looking for groups and organizations willing to sell a minimum of 50 tickets. They will receive $5 for every $15 in tickets they sell. To view the car, go to John Sora’s Affordable Used Cars, 731 Ohio 28. The drawing is scheduled for Jan. 25. For more information, call R. J. Vilardo at 2364959 or Bill Knepp at 8312932.

CECOS fees

BATAVIA — Clermont County commissioners Dec. 7 approved spending an additional $39,500 in engineering consulting fees in the county’s effort to force the clean up of the CECOS waste dump in Jackson Township. The county has spent more than $10 million in legal and engineering fees since the 1990s to get CECOS to amend its post-closure plan to address problems of leaking toxic waste. The latest spending was an amendment to a contract with Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants of Westerville, Ohio, for hydrogeologic and engineering studies of CECOS. County Administrator David Spinney said the consulting work was needed to deal with requests for information from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and to review documents submitted by the owners of CECOS.

Council vacancy

Village council members are looking for residents interested in filling a vacancy on council expected to open in January. Council member Todd Hart was elected mayor Nov. 8 and will take office Jan. 1. The remaining council members will choose Hart’s replacement when he resigns his council seat. At the Dec. 5 meeting, council members passed a motion to seek letters of interest from residents interested in serving on council. The letters of interest are due Jan. 1. For more information, contact the village offices at 753-4747. AMELIA

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Grange to meet

MONROE TWP. — The Monroe Grange will have their annual Christmas supper and program with a $5 gift exchange at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. Ham will be provided, bring a couple dishes to share and the gift marked for man, lady or child.

Special meeting

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trustees will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. The meeting will address year-end issues such as health insurance renewal and bookkeeping. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact township Administrator Rex Parsons at 732-3888.

Truck to be repaired

AMELIA — Council members Dec. 5 approved spending $3,500 to repair a truck needed for snow removal this winter. Public works supervisor Rick Rowland told council members the village has one truck in operating condition, but a second truck was in need of repairs. Two trucks are needed to clear the village’s streets during a heavy snowfall, he said. Rowland said he has looked into purchasing a new truck, but there was not enough time to order one and have it outfitted for snow removal for this winter. “It sounds like we don’t have any other choice at (this) time,” said council member Todd Hart, who made a motion to repair the old truck and start looking at a bid package for a new truck. Rowland said a new truck would cost between $52,000 and $57,000.

One-alarm fire

UNION TWP. — The Union Township Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at a single-

Self-defense

UNION TWP. — The police department will hold two women’s self-defense classes 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Queen City Room on the lower level of the civic center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Applicants must complete a registration form and waiver to participate in the class. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and a parent or guardian signature is required for those under 18. Registrations can be found on the Union Township Police Department website, www.utpd.org. Class size is limited. Completed registration forms should be sent to: jmills@union-township.oh.us.

New wash bay

PIERCE TWP. — In preparation for winter, a new wash bay has been installed for township departments. “It’s a place that facilitates the washing of vehicles and equipment, where there was not one before,” said Luke Mantle, public works director. “That’s going to be a real plus for the township as far as preventative maintenance. We had to do a lot of work this past year to get the salt trucks up to snuff,” he said. According to Mantle, the township uses biodegradable soap. The soap is diluted and sprayed on top of the vehicles when they’re dry to help neutralize the effects of salt. “It’s going to save on the vehicles, especially on the undercarriages,” said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Light. “Now, we’ll be able to get up under there with high pressure wands.”


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Reality Store promotes education, teaches fiscal responsibility BATAVIA TWP. — Students at Amelia Middle School Nov. 22 got a taste of the real world by participating in Reality Store. Classic Federal Credit Union with the help of the Batavia Rotary Club, Landmark Baptist Church, UC Clermont, Basco Shower Doors, Duke Energy, Smyth Automotive and volunteers hosted the educational event. During Reality Store, students - accompanied by their parents - were assigned a job and income level. Then they had to visit a variety of stations to pay bills and make life choices. The exercise helped the students understand the importance of an education and a good job.

Students attending Amelia Middle School, along with their parents, were invited to stop by the Classic Federal Credit Union-sponsored Reality Store Nov. 22. During this activity, the students were assigned a job and income level. They then had to figure out how to spend and budget their time and money. THANKS TO CARL FITE JR.

Volunteers from the local Rotary Club as well as Landmark Baptist Church helped the Amelia Middle School staff and Classic Federal Credit Union offer the Reality Store Nov. 22. During this event, students had to figure out how to pay their bills while being assigned a specific job, education and income level. THANKS TO CARL FITE JR.

Students and parents worked together to figure out income levels and spending abilities during the Amelia Middle School Reality Store Nov. 22. THANKS TO CARL FITE JR.

St. Bernadette students donate clothes, time By Lisa J. Mauch lmauch@communitypress.com

PIERCE TWP. — St. Bernadette students surpassed their teacher’s expectations when they collected more than 80 bags and boxes of gently-used clothing to donate. “I was expecting maybe 15 bags,” said Max Sherry about his collection goal for the 137 students at the school. “Everybody, when they see the collection we have, they are floored by it, by the generosity of everyone involved,” said Sherry, who teaches religion and social studies and organized the drive. Sherry, along with the sev-

St. Bernadette students, from left, Cole Carmosino, Vincent Neiheisel, Lauren Alvey and Miranda Roesel with the clothes the school collected to donate to Mercy Franciscan at St. John in downtown Cincinnati. THANKS TO MAX SHERRY

St. Bernadette seventh-graders served food to the homeless Dec. 2 at Mercy Franciscan at St. John's "Sandwich Window." THANKS TO MAX SHERRY

enth-grade class, was scheduled to deliver the clothes Friday, Dec. 2, to Mercy Franciscan at St. John in downtown Cincinnati. “It’s amazing and wonderful, particularly during the Christmas season,” said Stephanie Brown, volunteer coordinator at Mercy Franciscan. “We always need clothing donations, particularly donations for children and babies. This time of year when the season has turned cold people are needing warm clothing,” she said. “Since the economy has been so bad the number of people needing help has gone up.” The St. Bernadette group also planned to serve food at the “Sandwich Window” and help

sort clothes and canned goods at the facility. Sherry said he became familiar with Mercy Franciscan while taking confirmation classes there for service events. “When we got down there we discovered this facility had so many good facets about it to help Cincinnati’s needy,” he said. He said the students involved the parishioners in the drive as well, collecting donations from them after Sunday Masses. “I hope they get the idea, especially looking at the overall collection, of what generosity looks like in a tangible form,” said Sherry. “I want them to develop an excitement for community service.”

St. Bernadette seventh-graders Miranda Roesel, left, and Lauren Alvey sorted clothes Dec. 2 at Mercy Franciscan at St. John in downtown Cincinnati. THANKS TO MAX SHERRY

St. Bernadette students, from left, Vincent Neiheisel, Cole Carmosino, Miranda Roesel and Lauren Alvey helped collect clothes to donate. THANKS TO MAX SHERRY


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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Ben Walpole bwalpole@communitypress.com

Highlight reel

» To watch the Press Preps writers chat about the upcoming wrestling season, check out cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps

Home for the holidays

» The Community Journal is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or en-

joying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@community press.com. Questions? Email Nick Dudukovich at ndudukovich@community press.com or call 248-7570.

Boys basketball

» Glen Este’s Alex Fultz posted 35 points and 11 rebounds in a season-opening loss to Mt. Healthy, Dec. 2. On Dec. 6, the Trojans beat Western Brown 72-67. Austin Rieck had 30 points, Alex Fultz 23. » Batavia started the season with a 59-53 win against St. Bernard, Dec. 2, led by Alex White’s 17 points. » Williamsburg pounded West Union 62-47, Dec. 2. Junior Kendal Young scored a game-high 22. » New Richmond defeated Felicity, 54-44, Dec. 6. Junior Austen Craig had 12 points to lead the team.

With the win, the team improved to 1-1.

the Mason Dec. 3.

Girls basketball

Wrestling

» New Richmond improved to 3-0 with a 40-15 win against Felicity, Dec. 5. Senior guard Camie Keets led a balanced Lions attack with 11 points. The squad followed up with a close, 37-36 win over Amelia, Dec. 8. Sophomore center Josie Buckingham led the team with 14 points. » Glen Este whipped Walnut Hills 50-31 Dec. 7. Hannah Carson had 16 points for the Lady Trojans.

Boys swimming

» Glen Este was 14th at

Invitational

» New Richmond was the tournament champion at the Roger Bacon Duals, Dec. 3. The Lions defeated Roger Bacon and Talawanda in the first round; Reading and Oak Hills in the second; and Batavia in the third. On Dec. 9, New Richmond lost to Glen Este, 4036 in a dual met, but Brody Hooks (113), Austin Skaggs (126), Cody Gabelman (132), Kevin Reid (170), Luke Hoskins (182) and J.R. Forsee (285, win by forfeit) all picked up individual victories. » Glen Este beat New

Richmond 40-36 on Dec. 9. Gage Brason, Matt Sicurella, Drew Kearns, John Mikolay and Austin Rowan had pins.

Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Walnut Hills Dec. 6, 2649-2508. Tyler Dieringer had the high series with a 407.

Athlete of the week

» The award goes to Glen Este’s Jenny Howell, who won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke at the Mason Invitational, Dec. 3. As a team, Glen Este placed 11th overall.

Demarko CEO of Trojan rollers By Scott Springer sspringer@communitypress.com

UNION TWP. — With last year’s Glen Este boys coach Tom Huber stepping down for health reasons, Kathy Demarko has her hands full as the official Glen Este CEO of bowling. Both Huber and Demarko were named league coach of the year last season. Overseeing both squads is a role she’s quite comfortable with as she, Huber and Tony Kellerman have pretty much trained most

Glen Este senior Austin Doppes lets it fly at Cherry Grove Lanes Nov. 28 as the Trojans faced Loveland. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

of the Clermont County young bowlers anyway through a successful youth program she’s run for years at Cherry Grove Lanes. Many of her students are now decked in purple and black as the efforts have produced a pretty dominant program. Both the Glen Este boys and girls were Fort Ancient Valley Conference champions last season. Sophomore Leslie Campbell enters her information at the beginning of Glen Este's match with Loveland Nov. 28. Because of a shoulder injury, Campbell has had to switch to bowling left-handed. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Glen Este boys

The Trojans lost three seniors from last year’s squad that ran the table in the league. The postseason was slightly disappointing though as lefthander Jarred Brewer was the only roller to make it to the

state tournament. Still, Demarko and Huber were very proud of Brewer who had a nice run and is now a senior captain. “He stepped up big time,” Demarko said. Brewer gave Demarko a scare earlier this fall with a concussion in football, but he’s back and full-go for the Trojans. Along with the reliable lefty, Glen Este returns senior captain Tyler Dieringer and senior Austin Doppes. “Austin Doppes has been really, really stepping up this year,” Demarko said. “When we first got him on the team, he had a 111 average.” Sophomore Blake Huber, nephew of Tom, bounced up and town from

Sophomore Haley Vogelgesang rolls her ball at Cherry Grove Lanes Nov. 28 before Glen Este faced Loveland. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

job,” Demarko said of the youngster who was averaging 161 through the first 12 games to lead Glen Este. Junior Amber Walters, junior Erin Hunley, junior Katie Hudson and sophomore Leslie Campbell are also making meaningful contributions. “We don't rebound, we reload,” assistant coach Tony Kellerman said. Campbell now is the difference between Glen Este’s success last winter and some slight struggles early. Campbell was the FAVC bowler of the year as a freshman, but has had to deal with injury in her second year on varsity. “She had shoulder sur-

gery, so now she's lefthanded instead of righthanded,” Demarko said. “She's averaging about a 136 left-handed. She was at 192 last year right-handed.” Demarko and Kellerman hope to get her to the 160s. She'd have to re-establish her average righthanded. Before you wonder, one can’t bowl with both arms in the same match. The coaching staff anxiously awaits her return to her strong arm. “When the doctors release her, we'll start working on it,” Demarko said. In the meantime, the fact that Campbell is even competitive left-handed is truly amazing. “It is very difficult,” Demarko said. “She's actually very coordinated. A lot of our kids have grown up do-

JV to varsity as a freshman and has improved this season. Demarko has also seen contributions from juniors Tyler Clark and Justin Taylor. Taylor just tried out this fall. The Trojans have started out strong again this season and all indicators make them the team to beat. “Wilmington has a good team and so does Loveland,” Demarko said. “Early on, no one's been able to touch us.”

Glen Este girls

The Lady Trojans are youthful, but very experienced. Sophomores Haley Vogelgesang, Gabby Ruehlman and April Belanger have all had early strong outings. “Haley's done a good See BOWLING, Page A7

Tony Kellerman, left, who assists Glen Este's bowlers speaks with Trojans head coach Kathy Demarko before a match with Loveland Nov. 28. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McNick bowls into new season By Nick Dudukovich

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The McNicholas bowling squad will have a tough road ahead as it tries to topple the hold Roger Bacon’s had on the Greater Catholic League Central Division dating back to 2006. The Spartans have won the division five of the past six seasons, but the Rockets’ head coach Brian Combs believes his team possesses the ability to win the league. “The Rockets boys bowling team competes in a very tough league but has the ability to win the GCL Central and I expect several players to make conference, first or second team,” Combs said by email. The Rockets returned a quartet of upperclassmen

The 2011-2012 McNick girls bowling team are, from left: Front, Reagan Powers, Ali Quitter, Caroline Castleman; back row, Allison Hickman, Gretchen Semancik, Kelsey Overley, Meghan Baker and coach Becky Ayers. THANKS TO SUSAN ROHLFS

at the start of the season, led by seniors Kyle Grogan, Jason Hinson and juniors Tristan Dumont and Zeb Bolling. Grogan is averaging 163.1 pins per game this season, and has a high game of 176. Hinson, who grabbed

the school’s record with a high game of 278 last winter, is averaging 166.4 pins. Dumont earned a spot in the starting lineup after a stellar offseason, according to Combs. He owns the team’s best average (171.1) and rolled a season high 213 in the

The 2011-2012 McNicholas bowling team included, from left: Front, Cameron Roesel, Peter Huffman, William Klunk, Zeb Bolling; back row, coach Brian Combs, Tristan Dumont, Evan Yannetti, Kyle Grogan and Jason Hinson. THANKS TO SUSAN ROHLFS

team’s opening match against Turpin, Nov. 21. “(Tristan) worked hard over the summer to make it into the starting lineup …and opened the year with a team high 402 series,” Combs said. Bolling will attempt to better his 170 average from a season ago, while sophomore Cameron Roesel also

looks to leave his mark on the season. The Rockets are 2-2 to start the season.

McNicholas girls

Behind senior Ali Quitter, the Lady Rockets started the season off with a 2-2 record (though Dec. 6). The McNick senior owns the fourth best aver-

age (150.1) in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League’s Central Division. Quitter has looked impressive this season, and owns a high game of 212, which she rolled against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, Nov. 29. Senior Allison Hickman should also be a key contributor for the Rockets this season. Fresh off an appearance in the state golf championships this past October, Hickman owns a game high of 155, which she bowled against Roger Bacon, Dec. 6. Other bowlers taking to the lanes this season for the Rockets include Kelsey Overley, Gretchen Semancik, Reagen Powers, Caroline Castleman and Meghan Baker.


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Changing of the guard at Batavia By Ben Walpole bwalpole@communitypress.com

BATAVIA — You can just hear the excitement in Terry Sheehan’s voice. He’s about to have a lot more time to help his wife, Joan, with the household chores. “I’m going to bother my wife around the house until she yells at me,” Sheehan said. “Which shouldn’t take too long.” Sheehan is retiring from his post as the Batavia High School athletic director. His last day on the job is Thursday, Dec. 15, before ceding the position to Batavia alum Ben Stewart. “When I came here I

wasn’t sure I’d stay at Batavia the rest of my career, but I’m glad I did,” said Sheehan, who has Sheehan worked in the Batavia schools since 1991, after stints at Little Miami and Turpin high schools. “It’s just a good community. I’m happy about all the relationships I’ve been able to make here.” Sheehan said he’ll most miss the daily opportunity to watch students succeed. “Being able to share that

success with the kids and the families, it’s been very nice being able to do that,” Sheehan Stewart said. Mike Hatfield, who has been the head boys basketball coach throughout Sheehan’s tenure as AD, said Sheehan was especially good at working with the coaches. “It’s not a ‘Win games and I’ll treat you right’ thing with him,” Hatfield said. “He just treats you right.”

The transition from old to new should be fairly smooth. Stewart was approved for the job by the school board last summer, so he’s had the chance to prepare this fall with the help of Sheehan. “He’s been just the greatest mentor I could ask for,” Stewart said. “I’ve been working with him since August. He’s shown me as much as he could possibly show me about the job, from the smallest details to the big-picture stuff.” Stewart is a 2004 graduate of Batavia. He was a standout athlete in both football and track and field.

New Richmond has benefit for graduate with leukemia

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This logo will grace many of the products that will be available at the benefit for New Richmond High School 2007 graduate Nate Kramer, who was diagnosed with leukemia. PROVIDED » Bake sale in school lobby. Small baked goods as well as whole cakes and goodie baskets perfect for the holiday season. Prices range from $.50-$30. » Music Video festival in the school theater from 4-5 p.m. Students in the Poetry in Rock Music and TV production classes made music videos and we picked the best ones to show. $5 admission » Many different vendors in the school cafeteria, including Avon, Mary Kay, Silpada, Pampered Chef, Longaberger baskets, New Richmond Alpaca Farm, and many other local crafters and artisans. All vendors are donating at least15 percent of sales to Nate’s family. » Pictures with Santa in

the cafeteria for photos with kids of all ages. Cost is expected to be $5-10. Two Newfoundland dogs dressed up for Christmas will also be available for photos. » Raffle/silent auction. » Hoxworth Blood Drive in the school library. Anyone able and willing to donate blood may participate. » Swim caps for sale ($5) with the event logo. » T-shirts for sale ($10) with the event logo. Donations to the Nate Kramer Medical Fund can be made at any U.S. Bank branch or sent directly to the Kramer family at 3620 Highland Green, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. New Richmond High School teacher Logan Min-

siastic. “He kind of bleeds green. It’s important to him.” Sheehan, meanwhile, may not actually be thrilled about the household chores part of retirement. But he said he hopes to do some traveling in Texas and Florida, as well as helping parttime at his alma mater Purcell Marian. “It’s been awesome. He’s a great guy to work with,” Hatfield said. “I can’t say enough good things about him.”

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High School 2007 grad Nate Kramer, a record-holding swimmer, was diagnosed with leukemia last June folKramer lowing the completion of his collegiate swimming career at the University of Cincinnati. A benefit is being conducted at New Richmond High School for the Nate Kramer Medical Fund from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. After being cut from basketball in middle school, Kramer switched to swimming and went on to set school records in the 200-meter and 500-meter freestyles, the 200 individual medley and the 100-meter backstroke and won a scholarship to swim for UC. The first benefit was conducted at the high school pool after school Nov. 22 featuring the high school swimming team joining the University of Cincinnati swim team in holding a “Ted Mullin Hour of Power” cancer awareness swim relay. The Dec. 18 event will include: » Zumba-thon in the school gym; $5 per hour of Zumba » Swim-a-thon in the school pool; $5 per hour open swim

He’s spent the last three years teaching social studies at the high school, while also coaching football, basketball and track. “I guess I just like being around sports,” Stewart said. “I like being around competition.” Hatfield and Sheehan agreed that among Stewart’s greatest attributes is his lifelong passion for Batavia sports. “I think Ben will do a wonderful job here,” said Hatfield, who still remembers teaching Stewart when he was a sophomore. “I can’t think of anybody better to replace Terry. He’s organized; he’s enthu-

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Protect yourself during the holiday season

CLERMONT CO. — The Pierce Township Police Department suggests these tips to assist you in having a safe and happy holiday season. They may reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim. » Never leave anything of value in view in your vehicle. Place items purchased out of sight preferably in a locked truck. Cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, GPS systems and satellite radios are a few items that would make a thief’s Christmas list.

» Never leave your purse, wallet or cell phone unattended in your shopping cart. It only takes a matter of seconds for Jeff someone to Bachman these COMMUNITY PRESS take items while GUEST COLUMNIST you are looking at merchandise. » Don’t carry large amounts of cash or extra credit cards.

Carry only those cards that you will need to use that day. » Be careful of scams during the holiday season. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. » Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. During this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intent of taking your money or belongings. » When using an ATM, be careful of who is in the area. Use your hand or body to shield

the ATM keyboard when entering your pin number. Do not give someone else the opportunity to see the number that you are entering. » Only make online purchases from trusted, secure websites. » Have purchases delivered to your home when you will be at home, or to a neighbor that will be home. Packages left on the front porch have a tendency to “walk away.” » If going out of town for the holidays, fill out a vacation

West Clermont schools need our help efficient that a Recently, I spoke at the West bus comes down Clermont school board meeting. I our street only to spoke to the school board about pass the first 20 trust. Trust is defined as a “firm houses and picks belief in the reliability, truth, up my son at ability or strength of someone or house No. 21. something.” I told the school I reflected on board that I believed that trust is how a few weeks the reason our levy did not pass. ago a member of Although the members of this Jessica our community board were faced with difficult Farmer decisions, it was these past ac- COMMUNITY PRESS asked them to tions that affected the way this GUEST COLUMNIST look at having volunteers come community perceives the way in and oversee the art, music and our school board does their job. Their reliability, strength, gym classes and the fact that they trust have been diminished. I shot his request down. Finally, I asked them to stop asked the school board to review the items that they had to cut at hurting the profitability of our our schools. In particular, I asked Market Day fund-raisers for our that they reconsider the busing schools by allowing the schools to situation, the removal of art, gym be open after hours. At the end of my speech, I reand music from our elementary schools, and the use of our school quested that the school board buildings after school. I ex- earn some of the trust back from plained that I didn’t think it was this community and focus on

ways to get these things back for our kids. I told them that the fight for these things is not over and that we needed to dig deep, think out of the box and come up with alternative solutions to the items that had to be eliminated. At the end of my speech, two of the board members criticized me indicating that the things that they cut had to be done. I didn’t get the chance to tell them that they missed the point of my speech. See, it is no longer about cutting. The levy did not pass, and although I am hopeful for the next vote, we have to figure out what we are going to do until then. I urge you to contact the board, offer alternative solutions to these cuts, and get our kids back the things that they deserve. Why not?

Jessica Farmer lives in Union Township.

CH@TROOM Dec. 7 question Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. Are you happy about the ban? Are you stocking up? Do you prefer the incandescent bulbs or the LED bulbs?

“How many years has the public known this was coming. Do we constantly have to drag the Luddites’ into the 21st century. Yes, the CFLs and LEDs are more expensive, but they last many times longer than the incandescent bulbs and are more cost effective in the long run. Despite the protestations of the anti-science climate change deniers, we need to do everything we can to reduce our consumption of carbon based fuels.” THC “I am absolutely hoarding these bulbs. I keep them in the bunker next to the lawn darts, my Pinto, Baby's melamine fortified formula, my mimeograph and thermofax, the pickup with the gastank sloshing behind the driver, the leaded gasoline storage tank, all my old phones, the typewriters, the black and white TV's , and my Edsel.” A.D. “Banning the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs is just one more example of the oppressive government restrictions that are creating so many problems in this country and making life difficult for companies who are trying to stay in business and individuals who want to buy certain products, but find themselves unable to do so because 'Big Brother' is putting his nose into things that are not his concern! “As a person who does a lot of needlework, I find the new bulbs to be woefully inadequate in the amount of light that they pro-

NEXT QUESTION Do you think the FAA’s rule requiring airline passengers to turn off their electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and tablet computers during taxi-out and takeoff is reasonable? Why or why not? Every week, The Community Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermontcommunitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

duce, so I am planning on stocking up on the bulbs (if I can even find them) before my freedom to buy them is taken away Jan. 1. I like the fact that the newer bulbs last so long, but hate the fact that they are an environmental disaster waiting to happen and that the mercury contained within them is hazardous to me if one of the bulbs breaks and releases its vapors to my unsuspecting lungs and eyes. “If one breaks or burns out, it must be disposed of as 'hazardous waste.' The incandescent bulb provided a lot of light and was never an environmental hazard. I could simply throw it in the trash when it burned out or broke. I could also see well enough to sew, knit, and crochet with the old-style bulb.” C.H. “Am I happy about the ban? Absolutely not. I think it is a futile action, and another instance of excess government interference in the private lives of citizens. I hadn't thought about stocking up, but after thinking about this question I might do that (providing Kroger still has a supply).” Bill B.

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“I've been hoarding incandescent bulbs for the past year. Yep, call me crazy. Just don't call me when you run out of yours!” L.A.D. “The ‘ban’ is yet another gross over-stepping of a government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ YES, I am stocking up! All this edict will create is a thriving black market, similar to the prohibition blunder.” J.G. “It's a dim-witted approach to conservation! The mercury in those LED bulbs concerns me much more than the use of incandescent bulbs. I don't like the LED bulbs from an aesthetic point of view either. Would love to know why our legislators think this is a bright idea.” S.J.P. “I have never used 100-watt bulbs, other than in a three-way bulb, but this whole idea of our government telling us what kind of bulbs to use is ridiculous. It belongs in the same category as shower heads and toilets that restrict the flow of water. As a result, they don't do half the job that the old ones used to do. “I certainly respect the planet because it is God's creation, but I don't worship it. There is a big difference between the two. Some of these measures come pretty close to worshiping the planet. (And no, I don't recycle or use cloth bags at Krogers, either.) “Most of those measures do more to make the participant feel good about themselves and to look good to others than to really do much for the environment.” T.H.

request on the Pierce Township website or call the police department at 752-4100 to have one filled out. Remember to have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers. Cash, credit cards, and other property can be replaced, your life can’t. For more tips from the Pierce Township Police Department, visit http:// police.piercetownship.org/ holiday-safety-tips.

Jeff Bachman is the interim police chief in Pierce Township.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Pro-life conservative

Steve Myers is the pro-life conservative we need as our state representative for the 65th District. He wants to put politics aside to protect unborn children and make sure they are given the right to life. He believes all kids deserve the same opportunities he enjoyed growing up, and wants to protect life from the radical interests that oppose it. Steve has been on the frontline for our communities, seniors and schools. Mr. Myers wants to bring quality jobs to Clermont to attract families to our area. Steve Myers is committed to making jobs 1) easy to create for businesses, 2) easy to get for workers, and 3) easy to retain in Clermont County. By doing this, Steve says Clermont will retain college graduates and attract new families. Steve Myers is the pro-life, pro-business conservative we deserve and need at the statehouse, where he will continue to fight for our neighborhoods and livelihoods. Steve has been an active member of our community his entire life, and is in favor of putting politics aside to do what is right. Please help us send a common-sense conservative to the statehouse. Mary Dillman Miamiville

Another levy try

I can’t believe West Clermont schools have the nerve to try another levy in June. Not only is this a second time in eight months, but the new board says they need more money and the 7.9-mill levy won’t even reinstate busing. I will vote for a West Clermont levy if: 1. All teachers and administrators take a 5 to 10 percent cut in salary and benefits like the rest of us in the private sector. 2. Eliminate small schools. The administrative costs can no longer be absorbed. 3. Sell or borrow against the $2.3-million land purchased with taxpayer money. 4. If you are really for the kids, no more fired teachers, cut costs for athletics and reinstate some of the important busing. 5. Get you union to shop around for cheaper insurance and stop all the special interest deals on a state basis like Wisconsin did. The schools are solvent there since the jacked-up teachers’ insurances have been slashed. Get it through your head, West Clermont. We are not passing a levy so a selected few can continue to get a raise, over priced insurance and a pension nobody can afford. This is definitely not a plan for our kids.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: clermont@communitypress.com web site: www.communitypress.com

Lee J. Eyerman Pierce Township

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“Also, by mutual agreement between the board and Superintendent Gary Brooks, the superintendent withdrew his retire-rehire request.” With the WC school district in financial disrepair, a situation which would allow one individual to increase his take home pay by 25 percent to 75 percent is troublesome. While the practice is not illegal, it does raise questions. Should an individual collect two paychecks when up to 55 employees would be losing theirs? Double-dipping is presented to the public by the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) as a cost-savings for their cashstrapped districts, a so-called win-win. However, an analysis in 2010 by Ohio’s eight largest newspapers found retire-rehire deals are not as tax friendly as school officials promote. They found in most cases studied superintendents made more salary after their “retirements.” The practice of double-dipping serves as a drain on STRS, which has suffered investment shortfalls and last year sought a taxpayer bailout. Even though superintendents represent a small share of the double-dippers, they stand out because of the size of their pensions. I believe that state law requires a public hearing on the proposed rehiring of a retiring teacher or superintendent. That would be an interesting meeting. John E. Miller Pierce Township

Community Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron therron@communitypress.com, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011

Frosty the Snowman gets hugs from Cadence Hicks, 7, and Elizabeth Hicks, 6, during the Christmas walk in Williamsburg Dec. 2. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Two-year-old Taylor West enjoys the train display at the post office during the Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 2. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

Walking in Williamsburg WILLIAMSBURG —

The village held its annual Christmas Walk Dec. 2 downtown. More than 25 businesses stayed open late to offer special treats, including hot chocolate and cookies. There were several train displays, holiday decorations, dulcimer music and carolers to get people into the holiday spirit. Lauren Fitzgerald and her fiance John Houston hand out candy outside the pharmacy during the Williamsburg Christmas Walk. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY

Karson Gibbs, 4, and Madison Gibbs, 6, make reindeer ornaments out of their thumbprints at Baskets & Treasures Flower & Gift Shop in Williamsburg. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

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Tom Cruse, a member of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society, makes an adjustment to the cars on display at American Legion Post 288 in Williamsburg. LISA J.

Annabelle Terell, 6, visits with Santa at the "North Pole" during Williamsburg's annual Christmas walk. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

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Grassy Run member Dave Dowler played a hammer dulcimer inside Windy's World during the Williamsburg Christmas Walk. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

Grassy Run Historical Arts members Eileen Dowler, left, and Jo Ann Segrist wore pre-1840s outfits during the Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 2. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

A crowd gathers outside Holtman's Bakery to enjoy the train display in the window Dec. 2 during the Williamsburg Christmas Walk. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

Older sister Casey Marcum looks on while her brother, 4-year-old Jake Lakes, tell Santa what he wants for Christmas Dec. 2 in Williamsburg. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

Barbershop quartet Forte performs for the Christmas walk crowd outside Fitzgerald's Pharmacy in Williamsburg. The singing group is composed of Todd Farrow, left, Ernie Blevins, Terry Healey and Randy Goss. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS

Paula Roehm decorates her downtown Williamsburg home every year for the annual Christmas walk event. A recent edition is a singing and dancing Frosty. "I do it for the kids. They really enjoy the snowman," said Roehm. LISA J. MAUCH/COMMUNITY PRESS


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 15 Art Exhibits International Creche Exhibit and Luncheon, Noon-2:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Includes more than 40 creches from numerous countries and cultures. Works by Trina Paulus. $15, $10 ages 10 and under. 683-2340; www.grailville.org. Loveland. A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, 211 Main St., Collection original art works by Mark Eberhard. Free. Through Dec. 24. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. Through Dec. 17. 683-1696; www.lovelandartscouncil.org. Loveland.

Fight for Nate: Share the Spirit of the Water, a benefit for 2007 New Richmond High School graduate Nate Kramer, is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Proceeds benefit a medical fund for Kramer, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. For more information, call 553-3191, ext. 10204, or visit bit.ly/vKjn5M. PROVIDED.

Civic Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-9 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; podioso@yahoo.com. Miami Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Family friendly. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7-9 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness 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. 7536325. Union Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Girl Scouts, American Heritage and Cub Scouts Christmas Caroling, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 3398 Ohio 125, Free. Presented by St. Mary Church - Bethel. 734-4041. Bethel.

Holiday - Trees 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; www.dirrnurseries.com. 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. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, 2651 Bartels Road, Pre-cut blue spruce, Frasier and Balsam fir, from 5-12 feet. Selection of wreaths and roping in 1/4, 1/2 and full rolls available. Hot chocolate, soft drinks and a cozy fire free. Family friendly. $50-$100. Presented by Moeller

Knights of Columbus. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, 699 Old State Route 74, Company is teaming up with United Service Organizations to provide care packages for soldiers serving overseas. Bring donations to store during military appreciation month. Family friendly. Free donations accepted. Presented by Eastgate Harley-Davidison/ Buell. 528-1400. Withamsville.

Literary - Libraries Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Movies for children and families. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; www.cincinnatilibrary.org. Symmes Township.

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

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Third Grade Choir, 2:45 p.m., Ayer Elementary School, 8471 Forest Road, Auditorium. Performing international songs. Family friendly. Presented by Forest Hills School District. 474-3811; http://www.foresthills.edu. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees

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

Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

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Holiday - Veterans Day

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. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.

Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.

Music - Jazz

Recreation Free Music Time Fun, 10:3011:15 a.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Program of music and movement activities specially designed for young children. With Mimi Sinclair. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Music Therapy Services. 474-6064; www.music-therapy-cincinnati.com. Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Art Exhibits International Creche Exhibit and Luncheon, Noon-2:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, $15, $10 ages 10 and under. 683-2340; www.grailville.org. Loveland. A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; www.lovelandartscouncil.org. Loveland.

Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; www.jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. 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. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon, Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Creative, interactive classes for ages 4-10. Each class includes nature-based craft activities and cooking lesson. Benefits Cincinnati Horticultural Society. $20, $18 Symmes Township residents. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 6772799; www.cincinnatiflowershow.com. Symmes Township. Loveland Hardware Garden & Craft Classes, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Hardware/Eads Fence, 131 Broadway St., $5-$20. 646-5354; craftloveland@gmail.com. Loveland.

Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; www.lovelandartscouncil.org. Loveland.

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

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spring Grove Farm, 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road,

Scotch and white pines, Canaan and Balsam firs, and spruce 5-12 feet. Free baling in net. Saw and rope provided. Other times available by appointment. Family friendly. $69-$89 dug, balled and burlapped; $38 cut-your-own tree any size. 734-4394 or 734-4440. New Richmond. Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.

Nature Evergreen Centerpieces, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by Dec. 12. Make a centerpiece with fresh evergreens. Bring gloves and pruners. Ages 12 and older. $20, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

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

Schools Musical Performance, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Ayer Elementary School, 8471 Forest Road, Auditorium. By students in grades 1-3. Presented by Forest Hills School District. 474-3811; www.foresthills.edu. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Benefits Fight for Nate: Share the Spirit of the Water, 1-5 p.m., New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Swim-a-Thon, Zumbathon, music video festival, bake sale, silent auction and raffle. More than 25 vendors and local crafters and photos with Santa and/or two dogs dressed up for the holidays. Food available. Benefits Nate Kramer Medical Fund. Price varies per activity. 553-3191, ext. 10204; bit.ly/ vKjn5M. New Richmond.

Dining Events 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.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, thirddegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 293-0293; www.atacincinnati.com. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spring Grove Farm, $69$89 dug, balled and burlapped; $38 cut-your-own tree any size. 734-4394 or 734-4440. New Richmond. Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

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Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.

Nature Birds of Prey, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township. Winter Solstice Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Celtic music by Dark Moll, West Clermont by request singing holiday classics and dulcimer music in Krippendorf Lodge. Guests invited to join a drumming circle. Some activities may require additional fees. Cash only. $14, $6 children; $6, $3 children for members. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.

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

MONDAY, DEC. 19 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford.

Clubs & Organizations 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. Through Dec. 26. 528-5959. Anderson Township.

Dance Classes 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.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Veterans Day

Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford.

Exercise Classes Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford. Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Milford Martial Arts Academy, 1053 Ohio 28, Intense workout to burn calories. Ages 18 and up. $60 per month for eight classes, $10 walk-in. 3838339; www.milfordmartialartsacademy.com. Milford.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Holiday Band and Choral Concert, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. High school choruses, choirs and band will perform. 232-2772, ext. 2913. Anderson Township. Turpin Chorus Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Auditorium. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 232-7770; www.foresthills.edu. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.

Support Groups 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.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford.

Dining Events 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. Through May 16. 831-5500; www.milfordfirstumc.org. Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township.


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Easy homemade rolls for holiday dinners

I know baking yeast rolls can be intimidating, and that’s why I’m sharing this special recipe with you today for the holidays. The instructions are detailed enough that even a novice baker will have success. I always bless anything I get my hands into, including dough, by making an indentation of a cross in the center before it rises. That’s to thank the Lord for my abundant blessings – and it’s good insurance that the rolls will turn out well, too!

Homemade buttery crescent rolls

During my catering days with friend Bert Villing, these rolls were a staple in our repertoire. Guests always wanted the recipe, but we never shared it, until now. 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup milk or half & half, scalded ½ cup very warm water, between 105 and 110 degrees (about as warm as a baby’s bottle) 1 envelope dry yeast 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 cups all-purpose flour For brushing on rolls before they go into oven: Melted butter

Place sugar, butter and salt in mixing bowl. Stir yeast into water with a pinch of sugar to feed it. Set aside. In a couple of minutes, it will get foamy. Pour scalded milk over sugar mixture. Cool until lukewarm. Add yeast mixture and egg to milk mixture. Beat to combine

ingredients – batter may be a bit lumpy but that’s OK. Add 2 cups flour and mix on medium Rita speed until Heikenfeld smooth. RITA’S KITCHEN Pour 1½ cups flour in and mix well. Gradually add remaining ½ cup flour and mix until dough wraps around beater, leaving sides of bowl. Bless dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, in warm place. Punch dough down. Let rest 5 minutes to allow gluten to relax. Divide into two balls. Roll each ball into a 10-12” circle. Cut circle into halves, then into fourths, then into eighths, then into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wide end and curve into crescent shape. Lay, seam side down, on parchment lined or sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 35-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minute or so. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Makes 24 rolls and freezes well.

Maryanne Stauback’s potato pancakes, Perkins style For Nick, who misplaced this recipe. “I want to make them for Hanukkah. They’re a family favorite.” Maryanne developed this recipe with her

dad. Reheat leftovers in oven or microwave.

3 eggs, separated 3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled 1 pound onions or less, to taste 1¾ cups flour 3 teaspoons salt or less to taste 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk 3 tablespoons canola oil

Whip egg whites and set aside. In food processor with grating blade, grate potatoes and onions. Pour into bowl. Using the chopping blade, blend egg yolks, milk and oil. Add potatoes and onions and pulse until chopped coarsely. Whisk dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Pulse until blended. Batter

should be slightly lumpy. Pour into bowl and fold in whipped eggs. Heat griddle and add oil. Fry like pancakes over medium heat. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 9-12 servings.

Easy fruitcake

This recipe is almost 30 years old and much easier to make than traditional fruitcake. Vary dried fruit to suit yourself. 1 pound diced candied mixed fruits 8 oz. candied cherries, halved or cut

8 oz. candied pineapple, cut up 1½ cups chopped nuts ½ cup each dried cranberries and raisins ½ cup flour1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II moist spice cake mix 1 four serving size vanilla instant pudding ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs ¼ cup water

ingredients. Stir in fruit mixture. Batter will be very stiff. Spread in pans and bake 1½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans. Wrap, store at room temperature. Glaze: Optional but good. Brush on warm cake: 1/4 cup clear corn syrup mixed with a couple generous tablespoons rum.

Preheat oven to 300. Spray two loaf pans, line with waxed paper or foil and spray again. Mix fruits and nuts with flour. Set aside. Beat together rest of

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BATAVIA — Mothers hand many things down to their daughters – advice, recipes, the good china – but Mary Lou Parrott has sold Batavia Floral Designs to her daughter, Patricia Brasfield. Trained as a nurse, Parrott bought the business from the original owner in 1987. Her daughter, who was a nursing assistant, started working there a couple of years later after discovering her flair for flower design. “She just blew me away,” said Parrott. “I didn’t know the talent that girl had.” Brasfield even studied with a world-renowned flower designer in Arizona and has won numerous

awards from the Cincinnati Horticultural Society at the Cincinnati Flower Show. “I never thought I had an artistic bone in my body. I can’t draw worth a lick,” said Brasfield. She said artistic talent isn’t limited to pen and paper, hers came in the form of flowers. That is why she plans on changing the name of the shop from Batavia Floral Designs to Batavia Floral Creations & Gifts to better reflect her creative contribution and her hope to expand the shop’s gift section in the future. Both Parrott and Brasfield want their longtime customers to know nothing else about the familyowned business is changing and the staffing and customer service will re-

main the same. Brasfield’s husband, Lee, will be helping out with IT and the business side of the shop. Parrott also plans on popping in from time to time to help during the holidays or when things get busy. “We’ve always prided ourselves on the quality of flowers and the professional design they receive,” said Parrott. One frequent customer is Moore Family Funeral Home in Batavia. “They are little-town florists with big-town enthusiasm,” said Scott Runck, manager at funeral home. “If you need something right away, (they) get it done. That’s why we continue to do business with them. They do a fantastic job for us.”

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Debra Weber bought a vacant house in Delhi Township in an estate sale earlier this year. She learned just how badly things can go when buying a vacant house. She had the water turned on after she bought it and moved in. “One month later, Nov. 14, I got water in my basement. My sewer backed up,” Weber says. Weber says she never expected anything like that to happen and immediately called a plumber. “They ran a camera and said all my pipes were broken, had holes or cracks or whatever, and they needed to replace all those pipes. It would cost $9,000,” she said. But after paying to fix all the pipes she found water was still getting into her basement. “Now they think it’s a foundation problem. My issue is it was so bad I don’t believe the previous owners couldn’t have known about it,” Weber says. The problem is since this was an estate sale the required seller’s disclosure statement didn’t tell anything about the condition of the house. It never stated whether there were any sewer problems or leaks in the basement. Those selling the house made no claims about the condition because they had not lived there. Weber did get a whole house inspection but that failed to pick up any of these problems. What’s worse, Weber says, is the inspector told her she did not need to be present during the threehour inspection. As a result,

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Squirrels bury old walnuts for winter Howdy folks, Last week was a busy one, shopping for seniors, cutting up and cooking pumpkins for the freezer (enough for six pies) and keeping the bird feeders full. We sure have a good selection of birds and squirrels. We had some old walnuts that have been in the carpenter shop for quite a while in a wire bag so we put them out for the squirrels. They didn’t need to squeeze into the carpenter shop to get them like they did before for those that were in a box. We could watch as they hulled the nut then took it and buried it for later. Friday Ruth Ann and I went to the Faith United Methodist Church for their Christmas Bazaar and lunch. There was a good crowd to enjoy the fine meal. The menu was sloppy joes, chicken sandwiches, vegetable or bean soup, salads, desserts,

coffee tea, or water. Thanks for their good cooks. Last week for breakfast we had George French Rooks toast and OLE FISHERMAN bacon. We have a new kitten who came in so he likes bacon, too. So the next day Ruth Ann made an extra slice of bacon so Chester could have one. When our grandson Curtis was here on Wednesday before Thanksgiving he asked Grandma if he could name him. On Thanksgiving he said his name would be Chester. Curtis and Ralph named the yellow cat Summer about six years ago. Since the kitten has arrived on the scene, Summer has left, he evidently was a very jealous cat. The other two

cats we had Ricochette and Dixie they were full grown and Summer tolerated them but not the kitten. Now I need to own up to spoiling Chester the kitten. He now likes to set on my lap. Saturday the Down Home Christmas was held here at Bethel. That evening the parade was held and what a parade it was. We got to be bystanders and see it. The parade was probably the best one they ever had. There were floats from different churches, businesses, tractors, old cars, fire equipment, the Bethel band and Felicity band. Both schools can be very proud of their bands. The Felicity one had a very large group. Thanks to all participants. On Saturday evening at 7:30 the Bethel United Methodist Church hosted the program “A 1940’s Christmas Home coming," presented by the commu-

nity choir from churches around Bethel. The crowd on Saturday evening was very big. Then on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. the program was held again. The choir with 38 people sang and was directed by Rhonda Bennett. The entire evening was such a joy for Ruth Ann and I to sit and enjoy the singing and the drama. The children had a part and as usual they were the hit of the evening. The program was started by some Marine retirees presenting the colors and everyone saying the pledge to the flag. The folks that were presenting the colors are friends and we thank them for their service to us and our country. Thanks from the Ole Fisherman and wife. Some may disagree with me, but the Bethel community is one of the best places to live and the folks are always looking for ways to help. I know

each town and community are so special and you will think your area is the most special. You should feel that way, all of Gods people will say Amen. Ruth Ann and I feel so thankful to live in a free nation. Ruth Ann was talking to a friend we used to go to church with at the Stonelick Brethern Church. They had a good visit on the phone reminiscing. I called Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop. He was deer hunting last week. He was waiting on a special deer, one that has a very big rack. There was a winter crappie tournament held on Sunday, Nov. 20. The results were great, they weighed in seven crappie, and the first place was 8 pounds 9 ounces. The big crappie weighed 2 pounds. One feller caught a muskie that was 38 inches long. If you are going for muskie use some heavy

tackle. Good luck. With the holiday season coming be very concerned about your neighbors, to see if they have food and heat. The Bethel Ministerial Association, Lions Club, churches and restaurants are doing a super job. The Bethel Lions Club pancake breakfast is Dec. 17 at Bethel-Tate High School, from 7:30 till 10:30 a.m. We learned Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the Grant’s Milford Garden Center Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. The time is 3 till 7 p.m. Start your week at the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord, give him thanks for your family and all you have. Merry Christmas. God bless all. More later.

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The church is at 360 Robin Ave.; 683-2525.

George Rooks is a retired park ranger. He served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

RELIGION Amelia United Methodist Church

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The community is invited to the presentation of “The Winter Rose” Christmas Cantata at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. The church is at 19 E. Main St.; 753-6770.

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

Christ Presbyterian Church

Pastor Chris White and the congregation invites the community to attend Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Sing along to familiar Christmas carols, hear the Bell Choir and join in the lighting of the candles to the strains of “Silent Night.” The service is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the church. The church is at 5657 Pleasant View Dr. Milford; 831-9100.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool has openings for the 18-24 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Parents may choose one or two

days a week. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is having Christmas Eve services. A children’s service is at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. is a contemporary service and a traditional service is at 11 p.m. The church will have a traditional service Christmas Day at 11 a.m. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Faith United Methodist Church

Everyone is invited to a free community meal at the Kitchen of Faith from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 17, at the church. This is an outreach ministry the third Saturday of each month for anyone in need of a good hot meal in fellowship with others. The church is at 180 N. Fifth St. in Batavia; 732 2027.

Laurel United Methodist Church

The church is having a carry-in Christmas dinner at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. Bring in a favorite Christmas dish to share and enjoy the fellowship. At 6:30 p.m., there will be the children’s Christmas program, “A Mouse’s Tale.” The church is at 1888 LaurelLindale Road.

The church members will have a candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the church. Everyone is invited to share the evening. Christmas Day worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 917 Locust Corner Road in Pierce Township.

Loveland Presbyterian Church The annual Christmas Pageant will be presented during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 18. All are welcome. Christmas Eve Services to be announced.

Trinity United Methodist Church

The church is having Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. The church is at 5767 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262; trinitymilford.org.

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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"

ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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

THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

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

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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EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Amelia-Olive Branch Road

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

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FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

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

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sure. Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York vs. Jean L. Hussa, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Rosemarie Austine, et al., foreclosure. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation vs. Carl P. Mills, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Harold L. Bare, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Tony Dunn, et al., foreclosure. Compass Bank vs. Tommy Nguyen, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Mary A. Ball, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Marlene K. Hendrigsman, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. David G. Fitchtel, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank Naitonal Trust Co. vs. Debra Cannady, et al., foreclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Keith W. Shebesta, et al., foreclosure. Geico General Ins. Co., et al. vs. Tyler A. Craver, other civil. Belinda Ward vs. John R. Kasich, et al., other civil. Diana McCloud vs. Ford Motor Company, other civil. Discover Bank vs. Kimberly A. Sexton, other civil. Cintel Financial Credit Union vs. Gail A. Low, other civil. Ford Housing Finance Services vs. Burlin Hatfield, other civil. RAB Performance Recoveries LLC vs. Timothy C. Klaber, other civil. Ohio Receivables LLC vs. Donald R. Smith, other civil. Shanda G. Douglas, et al. vs. George Eckert, et al., other civil. Divorce Shelby E. Lucas vs. Betty L. Lucas David Hendricks vs. Diane Hendricks Thomas Casteel vs. Daena Casteel Shawn Wiseman vs. Melissa Wiseman Todd Shinkle vs. Tracey Shinkle Andrea Hill vs. Jonathan Hill Dissolution Rebekah L. Castro vs. Antonio C. Castro Chrystal L. Smith vs. Roger C. Smith Tammy Jordan vs. Adam Jordan Michael R. Wagner vs. Julie L. Wagner Bret A. Schlosser vs. Trisha Emery Theodore R. Stanley vs. Diana L. Stanley Margaret J. Booth vs. David Booth Indictments 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. Timothy Wayne Miller, 35, 1785 Ohio 28, Lot 244, Goshen, theft, Goshen Township Police. William Robert Rains, 28, 1785 Ohio 28, Lot 264, Goshen, burglary, Goshen Township Police. Thomas Darrel Headley, 50, Clermont County Jail, robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, Milford Police.


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POLICE REPORTS Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Christmas display cord was cut at 30 Hummingbird Way, Nov. 23. Tire flattened on vehicle at 1 Osprey Court, Nov. 23. Theft Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $9 at 51 W. Main St., Nov. 21. Debit card either taken or lost at 6 Sandpiper Court, Nov. 29.

BATAVIA Arrests/citations Jessica V. Behrmann, 20, 16809 Malady, warrant, Nov. 17. Tobin W. Huebner, 43, 3885 Ohio 222, driving under influence, Nov. 18. Nicholas B. Wheeler, 21, 1610 Ridgewick, warrant, Nov. 22. Incidents/investigations Theft Medication taken at 160 S. Riverside No. 4, Nov. 16. Golf clubs and bag taken from vehicle; $750 at 343 Clark St., Nov. 17. Personal papers taken from vehicle at 189 Broadway, Nov. 17. 2001 Ford taken at 520 W. Main St., Nov. 17. Silverware taken; $2,500 at 160 N. Market St., Nov. 18.

NEW RICHMOND Arrests/citations Joshua C. Randolph, 28, 2374 Ohio 132, warrant, Nov. 11. Scott C. Parks, 31, 418 Market St., warrant, Nov. 20. Frederick McClanahan, 24, 2365 Laurel Lindale, warrant, Nov. 21. William R. Hanna, 25, 4504 Carter Road, warrant, Nov. 22. David L. Elkins, 29, 603 Walnut St., warrant, Nov. 25. Richard McMurry, 46, 1757 Ohio Pike, warrant, Nov. 25. Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Attempt made to break into safe at 1020 Market St., Oct. 6. Theft Check taken; $400 at 111 Washington St., Oct. 20. Package taken; $55 at 314 Front St., Nov. 14. Cellphone taken at 205 Main St., Nov. 23.

Counterfeit $10 bill passed at Walmart at Ohio 125, Nov. 26. Counterfeit $10 bill passed at Walmart at Ohio 125, Nov. 27. Disorderly conduct Male acted in disorderly manner at 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 186, Nov. 23. Domestic violence At Culver Court, Nov.19. At Ohio Pike, Nov. 27. At Stillmeadow Drive, Nov. 25. Drug paraphernalia Items found in vehicle by K-9 unit at area of Ohio 125 at Lori Lane, Nov. 18. Items found in vehicle during traffic stop at 328 St. Andrews, Nov. 20. Theft Three ladders taken; $800 at 3472 Merwin Ten Mile, Nov. 22. Money taken from vehicles at Rivendell Lane, Nov. 19. Refrigerator and a stove were switched; $900 loss at 3715 Par Fore Court, Nov. 26. Diamond ring and checks taken; $86,728 at 5521 Locust Run, Nov. 25. Extension cord taken at 1761 E. Ohio Pike No. 201, Nov. 27.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Robin M. Owens, 38, 320 Hannah, failure to reinstate, Nov. 22. Alexander K. Duval, 22, 4460 Timberglen, drug possession, Nov. 23. Connie Davis, 33, 3973 Piccadilly, domestic violence, Nov. 21. Juvenile, 16, domestic violence, Nov. 21. Starr A. Jessee, 26, lka 1616 Harrison, passing bad checks, Nov. 22. Jessica J. Glenn, 31, lka 2910 Ohio 133, receiving stolen property, passing bad checks, Nov. 22. Jason D. Petty, 27, lka 14 Montgomery Way, warrant service, Nov. 22. Michael S. Bryant, 48, lka 4111 33rd St., receiving stolen property, Nov. 21. Jerry T. Agostini, 48, 1193 Old Ohio 74, theft, Nov. 21. Randall L. Vaughn, 49, 1177 Witt Road, driving under suspension, Nov. 21. Jason L. Scholl, 28, 4524 Weiner Lane, obstructing

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, 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.

official business, Nov. 22. Robert N. Gregory, no age given, 425 Manring, driving under suspension, Nov. 22. Bradley K. Parrett, 19, 1178 Lorlei, underage possession, Nov. 20. Nathan D. Wiesmore, 18, 2424 Straight St., drug possession, Nov. 20. Barbara A. Allen, 60, 4712 Galaxy, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Nov. 22. Gregory C. Trifilio, 47, 9371 Westbury, open container, Nov. 20. Michael Pope II, no age given, 9 Tidewater, open container, Nov. 29. Kevin M. Creamer, 27, 4901 Ohio 276, open container, Nov. 29. Aaron Hall, 20, 322 St. Andrews, warrant service, Nov. 29. William M. Bravard, 55, 3836 Vinegarden, theft, Nov. 29. Kevin L. Morrison, 29, 742 Clough Pike, aggravated menacing, Nov. 29. April Dugan, 24, lka 1409 2nd St., theft, Nov. 29. Juvenile, 11, disorderly conduct on school property, resisting arrest, Nov. 29. Sharon A. Mullis, 67, 522 Kaldy St., obstructing official business, Nov. 24. Jean A. Mullis, 43, 522 Kaldy St., obstructing official business, Nov. 24. Sarah E. Mullis, 25, 522 Kaldy St., obstructing official business, Nov. 24. Loretta Marcum, 55, 4007 Brandychase, warrant service, Nov. 29. Mariah C. Wilson, 19, 401 N. Charity, obstructing official business, Nov. 29. Brian W. Kellison, 22, 4440 Glendale No. 8, as-

sault, Nov. 28. Angel R. Ore-Vicars, 21, 510 Old Ohio 74, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 27. Brandon Stevens, 27, 918 Russell, domestic violence, Nov. 27. Shaun R. Donohoo, 35, 45202 Eva Lane, driving under suspension, Nov. 28. Catherine E. Kapellas, 52, 439 Maple Croft, obstructing official business, Nov. 27. Robert J. Kapellas, 29, 439 Maple Croft, warrant service, Nov. 27. Juvenile, 16, driving under influence, underage possession, drug abuse, Nov. 26. Craig M. Davis, 58, homeless, criminal trespass, Nov. 27. Erica J. Johnson, 33, lka 4604 Northridge, ID fraud, Nov. 27. Joseph M. Benroth, 24, lka 9055 Cherry Blossom, theft, Nov. 28. Ashley P. Embry, 21, 300 University Lane No. 105, theft, Nov. 25. Renee L. Wheeler, 33, 11635 Stone Mill, driving under suspension, Nov. 26. Heather Menze, 29, 7972 2Nd St., warrant, Nov. 26. Karrie E. Hart, 35, 4311 Cider Mill, driving under suspension, Nov. 26. Anna C. Halloran, 50, 3921 Randolph, disorderly conduct, Nov. 27. Jason M. Phillips, no age given, 310 E. Vine St., driving under influence, Nov. 27. Larry Holleman Jr., 36, 3208 Bassett, violation of protection order, intimidation of witness, Nov. 22. Kara M. Lindsay, 36, 4428 Fayard, drug abuse, Nov. 23.

Willie D. Wenske, 37, 1217 Arbors, heroin possession, Nov. 23. Robin R. Hollen, 50, 361 Senca, corrupting another with drugs, heroin possession, Nov. 21. Chasidy M. Snyder, 24, 2061 Ohio 125, tampering with evidence, drug possession, obstructing official business, Nov. 21. Angela R. Jackson, 32, 2191 Ohio Pike, tampering with evidence, drug possession, obstructing official business, Nov. 21. Incidents/investigations Assault Female was assaulted at 4416 Dogwood, Nov. 23. Male juvenile was assaulted at 1123 Sparrow Wood, Nov. 22. Breaking and entering Door of shed pried open at 749 Regent, Nov. 24. Burglary Jewelry taken at 4637 Melody Lane, Nov. 24. TV and Playstation games taken at 4504 Tealtown, Nov. 27. Criminal damage Mailbox damaged at 4955 Beechwood, Nov. 23. Three tires damaged on vehicle at 3889 Old Savannah, Nov. 23. Criminal simulation Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Great Clips at

Ohio Pike, Nov. 21. Domestic violence At Southern Trace, Nov. 26. At Clough Pike, Nov. 24. At Staghorn, Nov. 23. Extortion Male reported this offense at 4658 Elmont, Nov. 23. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 3890 Hopper Hill, Nov. 21. Fraud, misuse of credit cards Female stated card used with no authorization at 1237 Woodchase Trail, Nov. 28. Lost/stolen Diamond jewelry missing; $12,000 at 853 Eastgate N. Drive, Nov. 22. Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization at 784 Fairway, Nov. 21. Male stated card used with no authorization at 4215 Yorkshire, Nov. 25. Passing bad checks Bad check issued to Economy Moving & Storage at Bach Buxton, Nov. 23. Rape Female reported this offense at 4100 block of Woodsly Drive, Nov. 17. Female reported this offense at 4500 block of Summerside, Nov. 16.

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A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011at 9:00 a.m. at the Authority’s administrative office at 65 S. Market St., Batavia, Ohio. The purpose of the Special Meeting is to do any legal business of the Authority.

Arrests/citations Derrick M. Voltz, 19, 334 St. Andrews No. A, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 20. Charles J. Kiser, 24,1752 Culver Court No. 2, resisting arrest, domestic violence, Nov. 19. Ann Brock, 30, 774 Rue Center No. G, warrant, Nov. 14. Ronnie Lee, 39, 2280 Hillcrest, disorderly conduct, Nov. 23. Dean Allen, 38, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 202, domestic violence, Nov. 27. Lindsey McNutt, 24, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 151, warrant, Nov. 23. William J. Ramos, 18, 174 Stillmeadow, warrant, Nov. 25. Incidents/investigations Burglary TV taken; $300 at 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 203, Nov. 22. Criminal simulation

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Frank Tirrell “Terry” MacDonald, 70, Batavia, died Dec. 4. He was an engineering technologist. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. Survived by wife Margaret MacDonald; daughters Kristine Mahaffey, Elizabeth MacDonald; grandchildren Jillian Penny, Mallory Mahaffey, Garret MacDonald; brothers Kenneth, David MacDonald. Preceded in death by parents Reginald, Lucille MacDonald, brothers Douglas David MacDonald. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Christeen June Conn, 87, died Dec. 6. Survived by children Gary, Lee, Clovis “Buck,” Larry Blanton, Theresia Bergman, Linda Fararra; 14 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband James Conn, siblings Irene Gay, Aileen Reiser, Elsie Mitchell, Harold Cooper. Services were Dec. 10 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Wethington. Preceded in death by husband Alvin Dolan. Services were Dec. 9 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 44017.

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Jacqueline Mohr Dolan, 67, died Dec. 6. She was a sales associate. Survived by children Theresa (Gary) Gibson, Tom Wethington; grandchildren Brandon, Ryan, Lynsey Roberts, Andrew Wethington, Gary Gilkinson; great-granchildren Seth, John, Allison Roberts; sister Mary Jane Medlin; niece Leah Roberts; former husband Nelson

Frank A. Fischer Jr., 74, Amelia, died Dec. 4. Survived by children Frank III, Suzanne (Bruce Thomas), Amy, Andrew Fischer; grandchildren Nathan, Arias Fischer; siblings Frances, Tina, Henry, Betty, George, Joe, Toni, Bill, Pete, Ted. Preceded in death by sister Emily. Services were Dec. 10 at St. Peter Cemetery. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre

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Richard T. “Rick” Hilton Jr., 59, Union Township, died Dec. 3. He worked in security. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by sisters Linda (Jim) Bassett, Nancy (Robert) Denman, Mary Pat (David) Harrington; five nieces, one nephew and two great-nephews. Preceded in death by parents Richard “Dick” Sr., Irene Hilton. Memorial visitation is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Arthritis Foundation.

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11 Arrowhead Drive, Jeffrey & Cheri Crouch, et al. to The Bank of New York Mellon, 0.1970 acre, $130,000. 3373 Huntsman Trace, Justina Fazioli, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $40,000. 38 Quail Brace Court, Three J Investment Group to Brandy Trout, $89,000. 54 Robin Way, Lynne & Michael Steeber Jr., to Joseph & Thalia Conrady, 0.2830 acre, $161,000.

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3795 Arbor Lane, Alice Fitzgerald, trustee to John & Sarah Georgin, $233,000. 878 Country Club Drive, Jeffrey & Debra Mackey to John Whalen, $430,000. 831 Locust Corner Road, James & Beverly Welch, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.9020 acre, $43,334. 7 Stillmeadow Drive, Jacqueline Block, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $40,000. 3454 W. Legendary Run, Stephanie & Jerome Gilbert Jr., to Roberto DiSalvo & Francesca Cecioni, 0.5910 acre, $405,000. 1684 West Concord Road, Robert & Helen Ryan to Katherine Plummer, 2.0000 acre, $82,000.

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Edith L. Moore, 87, Union Township, died Nov. 26. Survived by children William (Sandy), Jack (Barbara), Arnold (Susan), Rodney “Gene” Moore, Sondra (Bill) Allen; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Moore Jack Moore. Services were Nov. 30 at New Life Baptist Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

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Corner of Beechmont and Forest across from Anderson Towne Center. Go to www.andersonhillsumc.org for more information and directions. Plenty of parking behind church.

7515 Forest Road

Edith Moore

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4596 Blackberry Lane, Elbert Thornton to Jennifer Boggs, $97,000. 4192 Cannon Gate Drive, Kenneth & Courtney Williams, et al. to HSBC Mortgage Services Inc., 0.4660 acre, $70,000. 4616 Laurel View Drive, Gary Kettnacker Jr., to CitiMortgage Inc., $136,755. 4059 McLean Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc to John Bauer, $85,000. 4676 Northridge Drive, Dennis Wayne Cooper, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $40,000. 5154 Romohr Road, Andrew Ulmer to Larry & Rita Reed, trustees, 1.2350 acre, $200,000. 1271 Shayler Road, Brian Winch, et al. to U.S. Bank NA, 0.6200 acre, $46,666.67. 4321 Terrace Drive, Jerri Kirby, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $53,333.34. 1191 Village Green Drive, Catherine Peery, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, $83,333.34. 688 Winding Way, James Davis, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $63,333.34. 4217 North Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Derrick Purdy, 0.176 acre, $164,982. 4207 North Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Jacklyn & Jacob Meddles, 0.151 acre, $171,695. 5125 Oak Brook Drive, Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Matthew & Brie Janke, 0.508 acre, $350,925. 4885 Rumpke Road, Karen Dressler to Julie Bohl, 10.09 acre, $315,000. 997 Shephard Woods Court, SWDC LLC to NVR Inc., 0.419 acre, $28,000. 933 Shireton Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Valerie Vogelsong Rowland, 0.198 acre, $175,000. 1162 Abbott Road, William & Theresa Kimball to Amanda & Mark Lutz, 0.4240 acre, $330,300. 4620 Aston Drive, Elizabeth Wright to Wells Fargo Bank NA, $116,583. 4285 Babson Park Place, Tim & Jennifer Wallace to Tim Ecker & Doralynn Osborne, Trs., 0.3240 acre, $265,000. 4372 Beechmont Road, Estate of Ann Sizemore to TriState Holdings, LLC, $38,000. 4372 Beechmont Road, TriState Holdings, LLC to Doyle Custom Construction, $49,900. 5015 Beechwood Road, Michael Adams, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 0.5890 acre, $70,000. 458 Blossom Lane, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Rebecca Walter, $80,000. 474 Clough Pike, Danny & Patricia Buttrum to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.4600 acre, $76,666. 866 Ellery Drive, MI Homes of Cincinnati to Diane Demaris, $149,955. 1153 Forest Run Drive, Brian & Michelle Crider to Keith & Margrit Quesnell, $195,000.

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Some listings may not include complete information.


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