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Judge Wyler stepping down Dec. 31 By John Seney

BATAVIA — Judge Stephanie Wyler, who has presided over Clermont County’s juvenile and probate courts for almost 22 years, is retiring Dec. 31. Wyler said she told her staff members about her plans Dec. 11. “People are still crying,” she said today, Dec. 12. Wyler said the greatest thing about her time as judge was the people who worked with her in the juvenile and probate courts. “They are fantastic,” she said. Wyler said she is stepping


down because of changes in the Ohio retirement system that go into effect in January. “With the financial changes, it would be foolish not to do it,” she

said. Before joining the juvenile and probate court in February 1991, Wyler served on the old county (now municipal) court for four years and was in private practice for 12 years. Wyler said she will stay busy in

retirement. She will continue to teach at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a adjunct professor of criminal justice. “I am also trying to write a novel,” she said. Wyler will stay active in Clermont County, including serving on the board of the Clermont County Boys & Girls Club. “I will devote more time to that,” she said. Tim Rudd, chair of the Clermont County Republican Party, said Gov. John Kasich will appoint a successor to Wyler. He said there is no set proce-


dure for making the appointment. “It is up to the governor’s office to dictate the procedure,” Rudd said. In the past, Govs. Bob Taft and George Voinovich sought input from the Clermont County Central Committe on appointments, he said. Other governors have used special panels to recommend appointments, Rudd said. “At this point we are waiting on word from the governor on how to proceed,” he said. If no appointment is made before Wyler steps down Dec. 31, the Ohio Supreme Court can ap-

point a visiting judge to fill in. “When a judge retires, it is not unusual to appoint the incumbent as visiting judge,” Rudd said. Wyler said she would serve as visiting judge, if needed, until Kasich appoints a successor. Rudd said some Clermont County residents already have expressed interest to him in the position. He said they include Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James Shriver, Assistant Clermont County Prosecutor Mary Lynne Birck, Milford attorney David Hunter and Amelia attorney William Rapp.

Brooks to retire from West Clermont schools UNION TOWNSHIP — Dr. Gary Brooks, superintendent of the West Clermont Local School District, will retire this spring after 31 years of service as an educator.

Sgt. Derek Roat of the Army National Guard Dec. 12 was recognized by the Clermont County commissioners for his service to the country. Roat, a graduate of Glen Este High School, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. From left are county Commissioner David Uible, Roat, Commissioners Bob Proud and Ed Humphrey. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Gary Brooks.

Brooks took the helm at WCLSD in 2004 and immediately set out to improve academic achievement while simultaneously reducing the district’s operating expenditures. “Dr. Brooks has always had great passion for and belief in this district, and challenging economic times did not matter,” said Doug Young, board president. “He insisted we could achieve and we have. Despite having no additional operating money since his arrival, the district rose to “excellent with distinction,” graduation rates dramatically improved, two aging buildings were replaced and the funding stream was stabilized.” Board members are scheduled to accept Brooks’ retirement at their next meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, an the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The search for a new superintendent will begin immediately.

Batavia signs new trash contract with Rumpke Price to residents remains the same By Roxanna Blevins

BATAVIA — Village council members Dec. 3 approved a bid from Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. for waste collection services. The contract is for one year, with the option to continue services on an individual year basis for 2014 and 2015.

“The rate that we submitted for the one-year period is less than the village of Batavia currently pays,” said Brett Gaspard, Gaspard Rumpke Municipal and Public Sector manager. The village pays $12.29 per household per month, but in 2013 the cost will drop to $11.97. This cost includes $9.27 for trash and $2.70 for recycling collection.

“Since the last time we bid the contract, fuel rates - believe it or not - for diesel have gone down,” Gaspard said. Residents will continue to pay a $14.16 monthly fee to the county for services, which include waste collection, billing and overhead costs, said Village Administrator Dennis Nichols. He said the fee has remained the same when the village’s rates have gone up in the past, and if the village’s rates increase after 2013, the residents’ fees will remain the same.



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Republic Services, Inc. and Forest Green Waste Service submitted bids as well. Only the bids for Rumpke and Republic were considered at the council meeting. Republic’s bid for the first year of service was $12.48 total for trash and recycling collection. In the second and third years the cost dropped, so the combined cost for three years amounted to $19,762, in contrast with Rumpke’s three-year total of $20,872. Nichols said he felt both ven-

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dors were good candidates, but he recommended council award the bid to Rumpke. “My own opinion is that when we have a vendor who has given us good service, we should take that into account,” Nichols said. “We should probably hesitate to move the contract from a successful service provider.” Rumpke has provided waste collection for the village for more than 10 years. The new contract between the village and Rumpke will take effect Jan. 1. Vol. 32 No. 38 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Village council accepts bid for property By Roxanna Blevins

BATAVIA — Village council members Dec. 3 accepted a bid for two parcels of land on Clark Street. The parcels will be sold as one property, which includes a building. The property doed not have a proper address, but Administrator Dennis Nichols said it now will be known as

241 Clark Street. Two bids were placed for the property, for $6,000 and $7,100, respectiveNichols ly. Council accepted the $7,100 bid, made by Tom Hoffman of the TEH, Inc. construction company.

Nichols said the building on the property must be fixed up or replaced and have a certificate of occupancy within one year, or the property will revert back to village ownership. “I have not written up a deed or sale contract pending approval, but I told the bidders that if they win and it’s in the bid specifications - that they have to get the building either up to

snuff or replaced,” he said. Hoffman plans to rebuild it as a single-family house, Nichols said. “I have no doubts that he will finish it on time,” he said. Council members Earl Carter and Kathy Turner voted against accepting the bid. Nichols said the village received the property because of unpaid taxes,

which include a water and sewer service assessment. The new property owner will assume the current tax bills, but not the old ones, which already had been written off by the court. Once current taxes are paid, Nichols said the village will again begin receiving the water and sewer service assessment. Carter said he did not think it was fair for the un-

paid assessment to be written off. “Do you guys want to write $3,444.93 off of mine (taxes)?” he asked. “I’m just asking, is it fair or not?” Turner said if it were not written off, she would have voted in favor of accepting the bid. “I guess that’s the way it’s done, but I just didn’t think it was fair,” she said.

Teen installs fence at YMCA for Eagle Scout project Clermont Family YMCA lifeguard Jacob Fahrnback spends a lot of his free time at the Y, so it wasn’t too surprising when he decided to make the Batavia Township facility part of his Eagle Scout project. For the past four months, the17-year-old Amelia High School senior, has designed, raised money for, and worked with Lowe’s to build a chain link fence around the playground at the Y, 2075 James E. Sauls, Sr. Drive. “We are extremely

thankful for Fahrnback’s project,” said Clermont Family YMCA Executive Director Sheila Hinton. “The playground is attached to part of our pool deck and was previously only available to our members when the outdoor pool was open and guarded. By building the fence around the playground, our preschool and after-school childcare program can now use the playground yearround.” “I’m glad I could help

Clermont Family YMCA lifeguard Jacob Fahrnback recently built a chain-link safety fence around a playground at the Batavia Township facility. THANKS TO KATHY LEHR make the area available for kids to play in year-round,” said Fahrnback. “There

were some difficult times putting the fence up. I had to pour a ton of concrete in

one hole to keep the fence post straight. I was surprised how much time it took to prepare for the project.” Fahrnback credits his family and other Scouts for helping him complete the project. It’s part of the process he must undertake to be considered as an Eagle Scout. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5 percent of all Boys Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scout-

ing. It’s been a hectic past few months for Fahrnback. In October, he put his lifeguard training to the test. “We had a guy suffer a seizure in the pool and I had to jump in to keep him afloat until the paramedics arrived,” he said. “His family later called, told me he would be OK, and thanked me for helping to save his life. I am glad I was there to help.” For more information, call 724-9622.

Union Twp. Police receive AAA Platinum Award UNION TWP. — ­ On behalf of the Union Township Police Department, Officer Brent Grammel accepted the highest American Auto-

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achieved “astounding success” within the area of traffic safety, according to AAA. Grammel said this award was given after an examination of a collaboration of programs and projects completed in 2011. “They look at an agency’s crash statistics and community involvement and score that agency into different categories: Bronze, silver, gold and platinum,” Grammel said. “This award was given for a myriad of different projects, from educating Scout groups to organizing indepth studies of traffic patterns and traffic complaints.” As part of the Traffic Unit, Grammel said the award is important to him because it represents recognition from an outside organization.

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The American Automobile Association (AAA) Platinum Award was given to Union Township Police Department at a dinner Nov. 28 along with some other awards. The Platinum Award reflects “outstanding success” in traffic safety, according to the AAA. Officer Brent Grammel, in front second from the left, accepted the award on behalf of the department. PROVIDED “That says we are making a difference,” he said. “Personally, we, as officers, may get bogged down in some of the more negative aspects of what we experience. This is a validation of the hard work that we put forward every day. “We should all be proud as a department because it shows that the sweat and the sacrifice we make on a daily basis do have a tangible effect on our community. “This award shows that we are dedicated to the safety and security of our residents,” Grammel said. There is support within the UTPD for all their pro-

grams, but especially for traffic safety, he said. “Every day, our officers and administrators make the commitment to maintain a safe environment for our citizens,” Grammel said. “This award is not so much a reflection of one person’s work, but the labor of an entire department of dedicated officers.” Police Chief Terry Zinser echoed Grammel’s remarks. “I am proud of the continued effort of all our personnel in our effort to make travel through Union Township safe,” the chief said. “We continue to monitor traffic patterns to insure

safety and improvements “I applaud the American Automobile Association for their support and interest. I also congratulate neighboring agencies and recipients of similar awards,” Zinser said. There is also support from outside the agency. “Many of the things we did to receive this award could not have been accomplished without the assistance of local businesses and residents,” Grammel said. “This award is recognition of all our efforts, whether that be police officer, citizen or corporation, to make our community greater.”

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Clermont Co. social services partner to create ‘safety net’ The Interfaith Community Choir sings Christmas carols Dec. 7 at Cranston Memorial Presbyterian Church during New Richmond's River Village Christmas. From left in front are: Lena Wilson of Pierce Township, Irene Conover of Pierce Township, Margaret Schuchmann of Pierce Township, Arlene Nichting of Ohio Township and Vickie Hale of New Richmond. Back row: Don Conover of Pierce Township, Kenneth Wright of Pierce Township, Bill Summerville of Monroe Township and Bill Porter of Ohio Township. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

New Richmond Village Christmas ‘fun’ “Saturday was a good day and it was a lot of fun,” said Linda Shuck, committee member for the New Richmond Village Christmas that took place Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. “Friday was better than expected with the rain. The weather was damp but our spirits weren’t.” About 35 Boys & Girls Club members came to the tree lighting and they visited with Santa, she said. Then, they made lots of crafts. “There was glitter everywhere.” The two parades were popular, Shuck said. “We want to grow our Santa Paws parade.” “We absolutely will be back,” she said. Next year, it will be the second weekend in December. Shuck also is president of Historic New Richmond.

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trustees will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike. On the agenda is a request for a special overlay zoning application for the old Ford plant. The application involves renovations to the building for Huhtamaki Inc. and changes to the previous overlay district application for UC East.

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Christmas supper

Monroe Grange members will hold their Christmas Supper program and $5 gift exchange at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the hall, 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. The ham and drinks will be provided. Bring a couple dishes to share and a gift to exchange. The men should bring one for a man, the women for a woman, a


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The Union Township Police Department will conduct a high-visibility enforcement patrol during this holiday season through Wednesday, Jan. 2. These enforcement efforts are to increase public awareness and perception of traffic laws. Officers will be conducting high-risk traffic safety enforcement for violations such as speed, red light violations, following too closely, seat belts and operating vehicles under the influence.

The League of Women Voters of Clermont County had their annual holiday dinner party Dec. 5 at the Oasis in Miami Township. A live concert was provided by a combined choral group from the West Clermont schools called “By Request.” The members contributed to a fund to pay for gifts for children who are in the care of Children’s Protective Services. Many gifts were provided, but many more are needed. League members encourage all groups and individuals to help those in need this holiday season.

Council seat open

AMELIA — Village council has not made any decision on replacing Council Member Bob Pollitt, who died Dec. 3 at the age of 84. Mayor Todd Hart said council members paid tribute to Pollitt at the Dec. 11 meeting, but took no action on naming a replacement. Hart said council will have 30 days to appoint a successor to Pollitt, whose terms ends Dec. 31, 2013. If council members fail to choose a replacement in 30 days, the mayor can appoint a replacement, Hart said.

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Tree recycling

Stonelick Township officials will offer Christmas tree recycling Dec. 26 through Jan. 11 at the Clermont County fairgrounds.

Special meeting

The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The purpose of the meeting is to consider personnel issues and any other business as may properly come before the board. The meeting will be conducted in executive session.

School meeting

The West Clermont Board of Education has scheduled the 2013 Organizational Meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.





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STEM students score top in nation

One student is top in Ohio for math test By John Seney


Sixty elementary school students from Bethel-Tate and Williamsburg schools were recognized for achieving high scores on a national mathematics competition. They are members of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for gifted students run jointly by the two school districts. Fay Wagner, gifted intervention specialist for Bethel-Tate, said the students were honored Dec. 11 at a meeting of the program’s parents’ group PALS (Parents for Advanced Learners). The contest was a math problem-solving competition held twice a year, she said. The Williamsburg and BethelTate students took a test in No-

vember to participate in the competition. Wagner said 11,989 students from 621 teams across the nation participated. “The purpose of participating in the contest is to stimulate interest in math and to inspire students to excel,” Wagner said. “The preparation for and participation in this contest lays a solid foundation for students as they progress through their years in school, and will prepare them for possible careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The contest results show that these students are rising to the occasion to meet new challenges.” Wagner works with Heather Frost-Hauck, who runs the gifted program for Williamsburg schools. “The enthusiasm among students and families surpasses my expectations,” Frost-Hauck said of the program. “The kids are excited about learning.”

West Clermont plans move to shared substitute teacher service By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — The West Clermont board of education Dec. 6 discussed plans to use a shared service known as Council of Governments for hiring substitutes. The discussion was a continuation from the board’s Nov. 26 work session, when members Kline also discussed district reorganization. The COG and reorganization concepts are being explored by the board as cost-saving measures. With the COG, substitute teachers would be hired through the Hamilton County Educational Service Center, reducing West Clermont’s work. “It reduces the paperwork, and all the pieces that are attached with hiring subs, but you’re still able to maintain the quality,” said Assistant Superintendent Keith Kline. Kline said the hope is the amount of work saved would be equivalent to the work of a halftime secretary. In the future when a central office secretary resigns, the position would not be filled.

“It is a cost savings,” he said. “Not an immediate cost savings, but a little while down the road it will allow us to do further (staff) reductions in central office.” He said no changes will be noticeable to teachers or building administration, who use the Aesop system to find substitutes when needed. Some board members expressed concern about potential changes in the selection of substitute teachers. “Will that still enable our principals to have input as to substitutes they don’t want, or substitutes that they do want?” asked JoAnn Beamer. Kline said although Hamilton County will be responsible for hiring the substitutes, educational service center employees are taking all of West Clermont’s recommendations at this point. Batavia, Bethel-Tate, Deer Park, Madeira and Northwest school districts all currently use the COG system, as do schools in Butler and Warren counties. Kline said things are on track for switching to shared services Jan. 2. To switch to the COG system, the board members must change the day rate for substitutes. They are expected to vote on the change at the next regular board meeting Dec. 10.

These STEM program students were some of the top scorers from Williamsburg and Bethel-Tate schools in a national math contest. From left to right are Autumn Gregory (Williamsburg), Aiden Harrison (Bethel-Tate), Garret Harrison (Bethel-Tate), Samuel Frondorf (Bethel-Tate) and Cooper Reinert (Bethel-Tate). PROVIDED Students who made the national honor roll by scoring in the top 10 percent in the nation in the competition were: Samuel Frondorf, the top scorer in Ohio (Bethel-Tate), Garret Harrison (Bethel-Tate), Trinity Donahue (Bethel-Tate), Cooper Reinert (Bethel-Tate), Aiden Harrison

(Bethel-Tate) and Nicholas Moorehead (Bethel-Tate). Students receiving national honorable mention by scoring in the top 50 percent in the nation were: Meredith Goff (Williamsburg), Kevin McCalla (Williamsburg), Brandon Pointer (BethelTate), Cody Crocker (Bethel-

Tate), Autumn Gregory (Williamsburg), Kirstyn Thomas (Williamsburg), Karis Jurgens (Williamsburg), Lily Wood (Bethel-Tate), Austin Gray (BethelTate), Henry Gee (Bethel-Tate), Luke Frondorf (Bethel-Tate), Elijah Ryan (Bethel-Tate), Lincoln Montunnas (Bethel-Tate), Noah Weis (Bethel-Tate), Montana Reynolds (Bethel-Tate), Brett Jones (Bethel-Tate), Lily Williford (Williamsburg), Amanda Bush (Williamsburg), Alexander Black (Bethel-Tate), Rhianna Adams (Williamsburg), Trey Hollins (Williamsburg), Eric Riedel (Bethel-Tate), Sarah Gardner (Bethel-Tate), Casey Fisher (BethelTate), Cordelia Brumley (BethelTate), Isaiah Weeks (BethelTate), Mason Marsh (BethelTate), Drew Cranfill (BethelTate), Alex Manz (Bethel-Tate), Abigail Hill (Bethel-Tate), Kiarah Swartz (Bethel-Tate), Nathan Ball (Bethel-Tate), Grace White (Bethel-Tate) and Austin Neat (Bethel-Tate).


Clermont Education Collaborative North (CEC-N) in Milford was selected to receive $1,000 from Amelia Walmart's Teacher Rewards. This award is given to offset out-of-pocket expenses for teachers. CEC-N is a social communication program serving students in or near Clermont County with autism or other social needs. From left are Amanda Rivenbark, manager of Amelia Walmart; Debbie Snoke of Clermont County Educational Service Center; and Tamara Ratley, principal of CEC-N. PROVIDED

Spring semester at UC Clermont starts Jan 7. Spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 7, at UC Clermont College. Spring semester runs through April 27. UC Clermont College will hold information sessions and tours every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. These weekly sessions offer prospective students and their families opportunities to check out UC Clermont College in person. No reservation is required to attend.

Learn more about UC Clermont College and the connection to University of Cincinnati, the degrees and programs that are offered at this location and UC East, how to navigate the admission process and financial aid, student life opportunities, campus activities and more. The sessions are generally small, so attendees will have personal attention. Information sessions begin in the Student Services Building,

Room 100. The campus directions and map can be found on Tuition rates for UC Clermont can be found at UC Clermont College offers one of the best tuition rates in the area $218 a credit hour for in-state tuition. For more information, call 732-5319 or visit

Blackham advances in national Cisco contest Mark Blackham, a second year Cisco student from Union Township progressed to the final round of the Cisco Academy NetRiders North American Competition. This is the first time a UC Clermont student has made it to the final round of the NetRiders Competition. This competition is held annually for Cisco Academy students throughout the world. UC Clermont’s Cisco Academy participated in the North America competition, which includes the United States and Canada. Second-year students participated in the first test that was

proctored on campus in October. This exam was an hour long and about 950 students across North America participated. Blackham Out of those nearly 40 UC Clermont students, five advanced to the second round - Adria Klocke, Doug Colthar, David Payton, Matthew Hickey and Blackham. The top five grades over the 60 percent threshold advanced to the second round and included more than 300 qualifying participants.

The second round was held in early November and was a twopart exam - a written test and a working knowledge test. Each test was an hour long and was proctored by an instructor. Three finalists per state advanced and only the one from each school. “I was really surprised and shocked to learn I was the finalist from UC Clermont’s Cisco Academy. There are so many bright and intelligent students in our classes,” said Blackham. “Mark has worked exceptionally hard to improve his Cisco networking skills and is always striving to improve his reper-

toire of IT skills.” Mark finished 65 out of 944 competitors across the United States and Canada,” said Jeremy Herzog, Cisco instructor at UC Clermont. The final round was a virtual event hosted on Cisco Webex. All the participants were connected via web cams and phone. “The nearly 100 contestants throughout North America were connected along with the Cisco NetRiders team. It was pretty impressive to see all the contestants and within 60 minutes of completing the exams, the top 10 finishers were announced. The top four received an all-expense paid trip to Cisco headquarters in San

Jose, Calif. The final round (of) tests were very challenging. I ended up finishing 65 in the final round,” said Blackham. Blackham grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, and graduated from Idaho State University in 1986 with a BBA in accounting information systems. He is a networking and infrastructure manager at Medisync in Norwood where he has worked for the past nine years. For more information about UC Clermont’s Cisco Academy, email Cindi Scibelli, assistant professor of Cisco/CSST at or call 7325268.



Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573




Glen Este wants to strike ECC titles By Scott Springer

UNION TOWNSHIP — The new Eastern Cincinnati Conference bowling race should be interesting to say the least. Largely made up of the old Fort Ancient Valley Conference, the league usually comes down to Glen Este and Loveland. However, a few schools are trying to spoil the party. Last season, Glen Este won their third straight boys bowling title. On the girls side, it was Loveland holding off Glen Este. This year, coach Kathy Demarko’s girls are trying to ward off Loveland and Milford. With the assistance of Tony Kellerman, her boys are battling Loveland, Milford and Anderson. Glen Este’s girls are currently1-2-3 in the ECC in scoring with juniors Leslie Campbell and Haley Vogelgesang and senior Katlyn Fite. Junior April Belanger and seniors Erin Hunley and Amber Walters are also in the top 10 region and they’re surrounded by Loveland’s Lady Tigers. Leading Demarko’s pack is Campbell who is back bowling with her right hand as she did her freshman season. As a sophomore, she was forced to roll lefthanded thanks to an injury to her strong arm. Despite the disadvantage, she still finished fifth in the old league with a 169.4 average. Back on the right side, Campbell’s averaging nearly 30 pins more. “I went through therapy and did a lot of band work,” Campbell said. “I used a lot of bands to strengthen it. That’s pretty much it.” She’s now back in the thick of things recruiting-wise with a strong wing and considerably higher scores. “It’s going good,” Campbell said. “Currently, NKU and Wright State are looking at me.” Campbell will have another year to attract suitors for her strikes, as will junior teammate Vogelgesang. The daughter of an accomplished bowler, Vogelgesang sometimes shares a lane with some of Glen Este’s boys and more than holds her own. She claims to not know her best series, but many area lads would gladly take her numbers. “I’ve done pretty good,” Vogelgesang said of her highest series. “I honestly don’t know. I want to say high 400s or like 500.” Once again, Glen Este is neck and neck with Loveland, with the two not contesting each other until the Jan. 12 league tournament at Northwest Lanes. On the boys side of the lane, the Milford Eagles and Anderson Redskins have joined Loveland’s Tigers in trying to take down the Trojan “horses.” All four are within “striking

New Richmond sophomore Tina Lawrence tries to go baseline on two Mariemont defenders during the Lady Lions’ two-point victory Nov. 27 at Mariemont. Lawrence is the lone Lady Lions averaging double digit scoring (10.8 points) other than center Josie Buckingham. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Glen Este's girls team coached by Kathy Demarko smiles before a match with Loveland. In front from left are: Gabby Ruehlman, April Belanger, Emily Doppes, Madi Frye and Kaitlyn Fite. Back row: Amber Walter, Erin Hunley, Haley Vogelgesang, Leslie Campbell and Nicole Slusher. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Hatfield looking for more from his Lions By Tom Skeen

Glen Este's boys bowling team is coached by Kathy Demarko and Tony Kellerman. In front from left are: Ryan Stroup, David Hood, Justin Taylor, Jacob Maryo and Jacob Klump. Back row: Kyle Smith, Andrew Aubrey, Brady Dunnigan, Tanner Davis, Blake Huber, Tyler Clark and Cole Hunley. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Glen Este junior Blake Huber is all business after a shot at Cherry Grove Lanes. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRE

distance.” Junior Blake Huber is the league-leader in average and already has had one of the better afternoons in the city with a 567 series. It consisted of a 290 game and a 277. In most families, that’s pretty good. When your name is Huber and your uncle used to be the Glen Este boys coach (Tom Huber) it’s not so surprising. “My uncle has thirty-three 300s,” he said. Blake Huber has the demeanor of many athletes from other disciplines. Like a starting pitcher preparing to take the mound, he comes to the alley zoned in. With earphones on, he’s polite, focused and won’t divulge what

Glen Este's Leslie Campbell is eying college bowling opportunities. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

he’s listening to for motivation. “Just get-up and go,” Huber said. “Don’t worry about anything. Just listening to random stuff.” Behind Huber is a strong Glen Este group of seniors Tyler Clark and Justin Taylor, junior Ryan Stroup and freshman Kyle Smith. Sophomore Jacob Maryo and freshman Cole Hunley are also top 20 scorers. Glen Este will meet Loveland Jan. 12 in the league tournament and then will have to fend off Milford and Anderson later in the month to reach February with their name on another trophy.

NEW RICHMOND — Usually a 3-1 record is a sign that your basketball team is playing well. That isn’t the case for the New Richmond Lady Lions according to coach Brad Hatfield. “Our defensive intensity is not good, our ball handling and offensive execution has not been good,” Hatfield said. While admitting his girls are fast and athletic, Hatfield doesn’t believe they are going 100 percent in practice and that is one of their biggest problems. Their three victories have come by a combined 10 points, while their lone loss came by 10 to Amelia. “I feel like the couple of close games should not have been close if we were playing the way we should,” Hatfield said. “The close game we lost we kind of deserved to lose because we didn’t do things right … We haven’t been doing the small things.” Coming off a 16-4 season, Hatfield returned just three players with varsity minutes and is running out a freshmen point guard to run the offense. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Hatfield said, who is in his sixth season coaching the Lady Lions. “ … We have a lot of kids that haven’t played together.” The biggest bright spot has been the play of junior Josie Buckingham. The 6-foot-5 center is averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a game while shooting more than 50 percent from the field. “She’s definitely the best player on the floor every night because she is so disruptive and gets so many rebounds,” her coach said. “Offensively she is dependent on others getting her the ball … She’s doing everything she can.”

New Richmond center Josie Buckingham tries to keep the ball away from two Mariemont defenders during the Lions 30-28 victory on the road Nov. 27. Buckingham is averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a game for the 3-1 Lady Lions. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

While Buckingham has looked dominate at times, like when she scored 33 in a three-point win over Bethel-Tate, she only scored 10 points in the loss to Amelia and put up just five points in a twopoint season opening win over Mariemont. Besides getting their center the ball, the Lady Lions have really struggled to score from and defend the perimeter. New Richmond is just 4 of 35 from 3-point land, while allowing 16 made 3pointers by opponents. “We need another (scoring) option especially on the perimeter,” Hatfield said. “We’ve been outscored from the perimeter incredibly this season… We have some kids that have proved they can shoot, but it hasn’t translated into the games just yet.” For the sixth-year coach, it all comes full-circle back to what his girls do in practice. “You practice like you play and we don’t play with a lot of intensity in practice and that translates into the game.”


Boys bowling

» Glen Este beat Kings Dec. 10. Junior Ryan Stroup led the Trojans with a 427 series. Dec. 11, the Trojans beat the Knights again. Senior Tyler Clark rolled a 376 series. » McNick earned a GCL Central win by beating Purcell Marian, 2,511-1,931Dec.13. Senior Zeb Bolling posted a 414 high series.

Girls bowling

» Glen Este beat Kings Dec. 10. Katlyn Fite had the high series of 362. Dec. 11, it was another Glen Este win over Kings as junior Leslie Campbell rolled a 405 series.

Boys basketball

» Amelia downed Norwood 7638 Dec. 11. Junior Trevor Simon led the Barons with 14 points. The Barons beat New Richmond 60-35 Dec. 14 as sophomore Garrett Weaver had 14 points. » New Richmond slipped passed Bethel-Tate 48-44 Dec. 11

behind 10 points from senior Evan McKinley. The Lions dropped to 2-3 after a 60-35 loss to Amelia Dec. 14. Junior Josh Heiden scored 12 points. » Williamsburg stayed perfect on the season after overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit and winning 59-57 over Clermont Northeastern Dec. 11. Young led the Wildcats with 17 points. » Batavia got its first win of the season by beating Felicity 4038 Dec. 14. Senior Dillon Gilbert scored a team-high 15 points.

Girls basketball

» Batavia dropped to 2-4 following a 43-37 loss to Clermont Northeastern Dec. 13. Samantha McElfresh scored 14 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. » McNicholas guard Hannah Taylor turned in a 16-point effort as the Rockets beat Carroll 50-48 Dec. 8. Katie Robinson chipped in 15 points.


» Amelia beat Withrow Dec.12 as part of a tri-meet with the Tigers and Blanchester. Scoring

pins for the Barons were freshman Cody Fite at 145 pounds, sophomore Alex Tobertga at 182, junior Naeem Shalash at 220 and junior Cohen Canter at 285.

Boys swimming

» Glen Este’s Joe Randazzo won the 50 freestyle in a tri-meet with Turpin and Loveland. » New Richmond (61) defeated Little Miami (22) and Summit Country Day (8) in a tri-meet Dec. 13. Senior Cole Bird won the 100yard butterfly (1:15.61) for the Lions.



Bonds to be issued for Batavia schools By Roxanna Blevins

BATAVIA — The Board of Education Nov. 29 authorized the issuance of $13.64 million in bonds for construction of a new elementary school. The decision to issue the bond notes came on the heels of the final certification of election results, ver-

ifying that a combination bond issue and tax levy passed by 95 votes. The district’s local share of the Ashmore cost for construction of a new elementary school is $12.64 million and the Ohio Facilities Con-

struction Commission will cover the remaining 49 percent of the project. “This is step one right here because we need to have the notes in process to even sign the agreement with (Ohio Schools Facilities Commission),” said Treasurer Michael Ashmore. The new school is expected to be built next to

Recruiter hired to facilitate adoption By Roxanna Blevins


Officials in the Department of Job and Family Services recently hired a recruiter with funding from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The grant is awarded to adoption agencies though the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program to hire adoption professionals to help children in foster care find permanent adoptive homes. Sharon Wiesenhahn joined the department in October as a recruiter, not long after the commissioners approved the grant agreement. Wiesenhahn will focus on finding homes for children who are 8 years old or more, or who are part of a large sibling group. “The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is a proactive, child-focused

recruitment program that focuses exclusively on moving America’s longestWiesenhahn waiting children in foster care into adoptive homes,” she said. Children ages 8 and up and those with large sibling groups often are labeled “unadoptable,” Wiesenhahn said. “We are never too old to need a family,” she said. Job and Family Services Permanency Planning Supervisor Julie Jordan said when people think about adoption, they tend to consider infant or international adoptions. Many people are unaware of the need for adoption of older children in the United States. “These children need homes as much as they

younger ones,” Jordan said. Children referred to the program by age 8 are one-and-a-half times more likely to be adopted, Wiesenhahn said. For older children, the numbers are higher. Children referred to the program by age 11 are two times more likely to be adopted, and children referred by age 15 are three times more likely to be adopted. Wiesenhahn is one of 30 recruiters contracted in Ohio and one of more than 150 in the nation. Jordan said this is the county’s first opportunity to participate in the program. She said Job and Family Services staff hope the grant used to contract with Wiesenhahn will be renewed next year. For more information, call 732-7765 or visit

Batavia High School. The remaining $1million of the bonds is for the district’s local initiative, which includes the addition of a new entrance to Batavia High School to accommodate for increased traffic. The bond notes for the local share and local initiative will be issued together to save money. “We can issue them as

one, which will save some issuance costs and be less expensive,” Ashmore said. The authorized notes are six-month notes. Long-term notes will be issued at a later date. “We’re trying to get the money in the bank as soon as possible to draw interest on it,” Ashmore said. Board members and district administration said

they will keep the public updated on the project’s process. “What we’d like to do is on our webpage have an ‘under construction’ tab,” said Superintendent Jill Grubb. Grubb said she hopes to post updated photos throughout the duration of the project so people can track its progress.


Amelia village officials held a Halloween yard decorating contest. The winners were announced at the Nov. 13 council meeting. Accepting the awards are, from left: Eric Kuhl of Deer Creek Drive, first place, who won a $100 gift certificate to Great Scott restaurant and a pumpkin trophy; Jay Williams of Partridge Drive, second place, who won a $50 Kroger gift certificate; and Megan Cox of Shady Creek Lane, who won a $25 Gold Star gift certificate. Cox is holding her 8-month-old daughter, Abby. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128



I’m responding to the editorial by Nancy Haines in the Dec. 5 issue of the Community Journal. Does she really think states are trying to secede from the USA because a black man was elected president? She also states that those of

us who voted against Obama have a “close minded way of thinking.” No Nancy, I did not vote against a black man. I voted against our nation going bankrupt and against infanticide.

Heather Byron Union Township

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Spend time with family Even though preparing large meals and purchasing Christmas gifts add to our stress level this time of the year, I’m excited, as are so many, that the Christmas season is here and people still view this season as a time of celebration and spending time with family. Having already attended several Christmas parades this year, I can say with certainty that the residents in our area continue to go out of their way to smile a bit more and extend their kindness as the day we celebrate Christ’s birth approaches. As we prepare for Christmas day, we recognize that regardless of the conflicts in our world, we are all striving to live our lives in peace with one another. To me, that includes the acceptance of those who make different choices than me, including those with different

cultural and religious backgrounds than I have. ‘Tis the season for political correctness, though. Every Danny Bubp COMMUNITY PRESS year, it seems there are a few GUEST COLUMNIST ACLU-types out there who stir up conflict because they do not celebrate Christmas or honor the reasoning behind it. They would rather that we do not have community nativity scenes and that we stick to words such as “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” This has got to stop. We all recognize that we live in a very diverse world in which people make their own life choices according to how they see fit. This doesn’t mean that we re-

strict others from their customs. It means that we all have something to bring to the table, and Christmas is part of that for the vast majority of Americans. As we continue through the month of December, I encourage you to live out your faith, beliefs and traditions - whatever they may be - without apology. Respect others, learn about one another’s traditions, and teach others about yours. Spend time with your family and friends, and enjoy this joyous time of year. The birth of Christ is reason to celebrate. As for myself and my family, we wish all of you a very “Merry Christmas.”

Rep. Bubp may be reached by calling (614) 644-6034, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Danny Bubp, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

One-day gift of pet is lifetime commitment

It is so tempting, I know. Christmas is coming up and what a Hallmark moment it is to see a child or significant other tear off the wrapping to find a wiggling little puppy underneath. However, as an animal lover and positive reinforcement dog trainer, I’d like to share some Lisa Desatnik thoughts before COMMUNITY PRESS you make your GUEST COLUMNIST purchase. Puppies are not toys. They are living, breathing, chewing, playing, barking, eating, urinating, beings who will come into your life with a lot of needs. The first six months of your puppy’s life will be critical when it comes to socialization, teaching it all of the many life skills to set it (and you) up for success. As its parents, family, and teachers, you will have a huge role in developing your dog’s lifelong behavior. Do you have the knowledge, the tools and the time to supervise young children around the puppy in order to prevent interaction that may cause ten-

sion (that may lead to aggression) and instead foster joy and trust; to teach error-free house training, impulse control, or basic behaviors such as sitting; or to introduce it to many different people and other puppies? Can you afford a puppy? In its first year alone, you will have veterinary bills including vaccines, spay or neuter or possible illness. You will also need to budget for a dog crate, exercise pen or baby gate, chew toys, an ongoing supply of treats, high quality dog food, a comfy bed, a leash and collar (halter or Martingale or gentle leader), and training. You may need to fence in your yard. Depending on your dog, it may require regular grooming. If you take a vacation, you will need to budget for doggy care. Affording a puppy is not just a measure of money. Ask yourself this, “Realistically, how much time can I give my dog to exercise it not just now but for a long time to come?” In general, sporting, hounds, herding and terrier breeds will require more daily exercise than guardian or companion breeds. (However, all dogs will benefit from exercise.)

Lisa Desatnik and her pet dog, Sam. THANKS TO LISA DESATNIK

in a movie, and you want one just like that. While it is important to choose a dog’s breed (or breeds if it is mixed) with the general characteristics that will fit your lifestyle, remember even among puppies in the same litter there are a wide range of temperaments. There is no such thing as a ready-made, well behaved dog. Once you bring your little guy home, it is your responsibility to teach it so that it can grow to its fullest potential and adapt successfully to your lifestyle, your family, and your home. You can find a good starter search for breed specific information on the American Kennel Club’s website at If you have considered all of this and you think the time is right to add a new bouncing puppy to your household, how about giving a gift certificate or a gift basket filled with pet toys and supplies instead? Then, when the stress and chaos of the season is over, you can have fun picking out your gift together.

If you think that is expensive, consider that your puppy will grow into adulthood and will more than likely be your respon-

sibility for well over 10 years. Please do not buy a puppy on an impulse or because you saw a breed of dog down the street or

Lisa Desatnik is a positive reinforcement dog trainer with So Much PETential. Visit her website at

the suburbs? “If the city wants to entice people to shop downtown they need to make it easier, more convenient and cheaper. Raising prices is only going to drive more people away. It's common sense, something our city leaders are woefully short on.” J.S.K.

that needs control.”

CH@TROOM Dec. 12 question Would you shop less at Cincinnati businesses if the city leased its parking facilities to a private company and rates increased?

NEXT QUESTION Now that Michigan has approved legislation to ban mandatory collection of union dues as a condition of employment, becoming the 24th state in the nation to pass a right-to-work law, do you think Ohio lawmakers should attempt to pass similar legislation? Why or why not?

“To be honest, we seldom do our shopping anywhere but in Anderson Township and the Eastgate area; all of our needs are met in these locations. But if we did shop downtown the issue of who owns parking facilities, or how high the rates were (provided they were not astronomical), would not be a deterrent.” Bill B.

Every week The Community Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

“Currently I do not shop downtown at all. Mostly I avoid downtown due to panhandlers. Why go downtown and pay more for parking when I can easily get to several malls pay nothing and feel safer.” K.S.

“I would likely curtail a lot of my business in the city. Right now I enjoy the downtown region, including the OTR, on a regular basis. “If rates go up and they lengthen the time of operation like they


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did in Chicago, Cincinnati proper will have a hard time getting my money. “What they gain in immediate profit they will lose in the long run due to retail and restaraunt operations closing. “It is very short sighted and there are examples of how poor a deal they are looking at.” J.Z. “One reason my wife and I prefer to shop at suburban stores is free parking close to the businesses we patronize. “While we don't shop downtown we do visit the main branch of the public library and I have season tickets for the Bengals. Higher parking costs will only make me rethink both pursuits.” R.V. “Of course! Why should I pay to park when I can park for free in

“I think selling the parking meters and some city garages is a ridiculous idea. Our council is not functioning properly. They have to work on a budget that works. Selling off city owned facilities is not the answer. “Also we can recently give our city manager a big raise, plus back pay, and now we have to try and cover this type of expenditure. This is not the way to run a business. “I think we have a dysfunctional council governed by a mayor

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“We already don't go downtown as much as we like because of parking prices! So yes it would mean shopping less :( .” K.H. “Raising parking costs on the patrons who are supporting the city core is a huge step backwards for the city, and it threatens the progress made over the last few years. “Worse, it is short sighted to separate the parking revenue from the city that benefits from filled parking spots. “To a parking company, 100 spots filled at $10 a spot is exactly the same as 1,000 spots filled at $1 a spot, but it's not hard to figure out which is better for the city.” Brian

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





The train display in Herbst-Pride draws observers during the Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 7. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Williamsburg trains draw good crowds The Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 7 went “really well considering the rain,” said Terri Ousley, event chair. “We had a good turnout.” Melinda Peck of Amelia won the train that was given away that night. The large train display at the legion was one of the most popular gathering places that night, Ousley said. “The report I got was that people just stood there a long time. All the trains do that to people. They are mesmerized.” “We were thrilled we had turn out we did with the weather. Businesses do a lot for the night and people still came out despite the weather. It was exiting to see,” she said. The event will return next year, Friday, Dec. 6, Ousley said.

Hilary Floyd Gatch of Williamsburg stands with a coal-fired steam-gauge locomotive at the Williamsburg branch of the Clermont County Public Library. The locomotive, which was made by Gatch's father Frederick Alfred Floyd, functions as a regular sized locomotive would and can pull up to five adults. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Nathan, left, Doug, Alex and Angie Steinhaus of Williamsburg look at a train set in the window of Holtman's Donut Shop during the Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 7. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Rachel Banks of Williamsburg walked through the village with her dogs and children during the Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 7. From left are Seth, Leah, Wally, Macy, Rachel and Owen Banks. ROXANNA Second-graders from Williamsburg Elementary School sang Christmas carols at the Williamsburg Times building during the Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk Dec. 7. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Village Christmas a success

Town Crier Maybelle Murphy announces the start of Batavia's Christmas in the Village Dec. 8. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It was great,” said Kathy Turner, council member and event organizer. “We had a nice sized crowd. It really was.” “The carolers from Southern Ohio Developmental Center, they are very good and very enthusiastic and everyone just loves them. Ray Seibert brought his train to village hall. Derl Turner and his grandson Max Turner ran the train,” she said. “We will do it again next year, of course, on Dec. 7, Saturday,” Turner said. The rain stayed away, she said. The evening was cold, but clear and the wagon ride was a big success. “People line up to ride the wagons,” Turner said. “And the event is all free.”


Children and volunteers enjoy a train set up during Batavia's Christmas in the Village celebration Dec. 8. From left are, Jolon Reid, Thomas James Stiles, Kaya Reid and Matt, Max and Derl Turner, all of Batavia. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Carolers from the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center sang to a crowd outside the Batavia mayor's office Dec. 8 during Christmas in the Village. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Dining Events

Exercise Classes

Art Exhibits

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

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

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

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

Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 6:30 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Vendors set up items for sale as well. Benefits Autism. $2. 4740123. Anderson Township. Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Walgreens - Withamsville, 719 Ohio Pike, Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits Inter Parish Ministries. Free. Presented by Fill the Truck. 250-4116; Withamsville.

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

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Goshen Internal Medicine, 6746 Dick Flynn Blvd., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Goshen. Seasonal Flu Shots, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clermont County General Health District, 2273 Bauer Road, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a seasonal flu shot every year; especially those most at risk for complications from flu for age six months and up. Health district is unable to bill HMOs. Through Dec. 21. $20; Medicare Part B, Ohio Medicaid and Caresource accepted. Appointment required. 735-8400; Batavia.

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. Nativity narration in Spanish, too. Bring canned goods to donate to those in need locally. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

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; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road, You pick Christmas tree, staff cuts. Colorado blue spruce

Holiday - Christmas

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a Winter Solstice Hike beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50. Meet by the picnic shelter. For more information, call 876-9013 or visit FILE PHOTO. and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. $35-$45. 753-4572. Clermont County.

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

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

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

Music - Blues


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Winter Solstice Hike, 7:30 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Celebrate shortest day of year that marks beginning of winter. Learn about astronomical and cultural significance of special day. Meet by picnic shelter. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 Art Exhibits

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

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

Clubs & Organizations


Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati Meeting, 7 p.m., Child Focus, 551 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Support group for families affected by No. 1 birth defect: congenital heart defects. 1 in 100 babies is born with this birth defect. Child care available with advance registration. RSVP: Presented by Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati. 688-8280. Union Township.

Food Drive, 9-11 a.m., Danbarry Dollar - Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Free film admission with canned/boxed food donation. Children receive free popcorn/ drink package. Benefits YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. Presented by YWCA. 947-8222; Union Township.


Dining Events Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8, $4 sandwich only. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

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

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

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

Holiday - Trees

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

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

Films Canned Food Drive Special, 10 a.m., Danbarry Dollar - Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Familyfriendly movie will play. Free popcorn and drink package for children during the holiday show. Benefits: a local area food pantry. Free admission with canned food donation. 7536588; Union Township.

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; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Blues The Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Township Fields and Tavern, 4575 Mount Carmel Road, 831-0160; Anderson Township.

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

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; Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Clermont County.

Music - Religious Christmas: Past, Present and Future, 10 a.m., Clear Mountain Community Church, Free. 7243341; Williamsburg.

MONDAY, DEC. 24 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

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

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

Literary - Libraries Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, Free. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

Music - Acoustic Acoustic Thursday, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes


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

Music - Religious

Art Exhibits

Holiday - Christmas

Christmas: Past, Present and Future, 7 p.m., Clear Mountain Community Church, 4050 Tollgate Road, Light-hearted, Christ-centered look at Christmas in 1940s, 1980s and future. Free. 724-3341; Williamsburg.

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

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

Music - World

Exercise Classes

Lagniappe, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Anna Ree’s Andouille, 1329 U.S. 52, Cajun. 699-4102; New Richmond.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

On Stage - Comedy Comedy on the Ohio River, 7:30-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Peacock Stage. Lineup of local comedians. Free. 843-6040; New Richmond.

Pets Adoption Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary Thrift Store, 221 Front St., Shop in thrift store. Funds Angel’s Rest: hospice facility for old, sick and unadoptable animals. Free. Through Dec. 29. 800-6738; New Richmond. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 23 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Community Dance Henry Ford Squares, 5-7:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Western style square dance club for experienced dancers with round dance and line dancing. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Union Township.

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

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Music, poetry, etc. All material must be family friendly. Free. 474-0123. Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

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

Music - Country Tana Matz, 7-10 p.m., Green Kayak Market and Eatery, 204 Front St., Free. 843-6040. New Richmond.

Community Dance

Music - Oldies

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

Elvis, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, Free. 943-4637; Amelia.

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.



Holiday recipes for busy families

The closer we get to Christmas, the busier I get. Sound familiar? Even though I keep reminding myself of the true meaning of this holiday, there are still gifts I need to make. If you’re in the same predicament, here are some “make-andtake” holiRita day treats Heikenfeld from the RITA’S KITCHEN kitchen.

2 tablespoons white vinegar 5 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon powdered cloves

Thai party snack mix

Buttercream frosting

2 cups each: corn, wheat and rice Chex cereal (or 3 cups of any two kinds) 2 cups sesame sticks, regular or Cajun 11⁄2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half, or tiny squares 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts

Melt together: 1 stick unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce, regular or low sodium 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons sugar or substitute Cayenne powder to taste – start with 1⁄8 teaspoon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250

Holiday “no peek” standing rib roast

After reading the recipe for high-heat roast beef, a “loyal reader” asked if I could find a recipe she lost for a standing rib roast. “I need it for Christmas dinner. Meat starts out in hot oven and roasts for an hour, then the oven is turned off and you leave

roast in to finish later. I can’t remember the “later part,” she said. This looks just like what she needs. 5 pounds standing rib roast with bone in Seasoning to taste

Let roast sit at room temperature for a hour or bit more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season roast and place on rack in pan with rib side down and fat side up. Roast 1 hour. Turn oven off, leave roast in and don’t open door. About an hour and 15 minutes before serving time, finish by turning oven back on to 375 degrees and roast for 30-40 minutes. Remove and tent with foil. Rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts Several readers wanted Mount Washington Bak-

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Thai party snack mix is a familiar favorite with a twist. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. degrees. Drizzle coating over cereal mixture, tossing well. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and taste. Add a bit more curry powder and/or cayenne if you want. Tip: After baking, add a can of wasabi peas. This is optional, but “delish.” Store: Keep in airtight container one month. Makes 12 cups. For gift giving: Pack in Chinese “to-go” cartons.

Greek sweet potato fries: Dave and Eileen Dowler, Batavia, said they use Cavender’s Greek seasoning on their sweet potato fries.

ery’s gingerbread cookie recipe. I talked with Nick, the owner, and he said these heirloom cookies are huge sellers and the recipe is 80 years old. The bakery reopens in April and they will be making the cookies then. Nick told me he’d be glad to share the recipe in a couple of months, since he’s away from home right now. Meanwhile, try these. They are a treasured cookie from the family of my daughter-in-law Jessie’s mom, Maggie Hoerst. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. I’m putting in my order now! 1 cup solid shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses


1 pound powdered sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons milk

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Having trouble with the white chocolate melting into the dark? Make sure the dark layer is almost set or completely set if you prefer. You can wait to melt white chocolate after the dark layer has set. If you want, let the white chocolate cool a bit pouring onto the dark, making sure it is still in a pourable state.


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Really different than the usual Chex mix. A fun appetizer. I change this recipe up depending upon what I have on hand. Here’s the most current version: Mix together:

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vinegar, beat well. Sift dry ingredients into it and blend. Refrigerate three hours. Roll and cut out. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. To decorate, use favorite frosting or Jessie’s buttercream.

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things on the freezer door. In fact, she says neither the freezer nor the refrigerator have worked right since the day the repairman was there. The repairman’s receipt says there’s a 30-day guarantee on the work, but getting him to return has been a problem. “He said there was a 30-day warranty and if anything happened he’d come back out and fix it, but he hasn’t done it. I’ve tried calling him and he’s

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failing to check out the firm’s history. That’s where the Better Business Bureau comes in handy. I found the BBB gave this company an “F” rating because, among other things, it was unable to get an address for the firm. A check of Hendley’s receipt showed the same thing: There was just a company name and phone number but no address. Having no address is a red flag, you do not want to do business with a company that won’t tell you where it’s located. The Better Business Bureau also keeps track of those who run companies and can tell you if they’re also using several differ-

ent company names — another red flag. BBB reports tell you how many complaints the bureau has received against a company and whether the company was able to resolve them. Last, but certainly not least, the BBB tells you how long the company has been in business. This is important because you want to do business with firms that have been around for a while and have good track records. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Learn how to cope with holiday blues Christmas is a time that most people look forward to with a sense of heightened expectations of family, friends and fun. But for some, the holidays are a time of dread and dismay. Even after the holidays have passed, a sense of loss may continue. Holiday blues are normal after the loss of a loved one, and different from depresLinda Eppler CARING & SHARING sion. With holiday blues, feelings may be intense and unsettling, especially if the people around you are full of holiday cheer. But these feelings are short-lived, lasting only a few days to a few weeks. There are physical symptoms that go along with the blues, such as headaches, insomnia, hypersomnia (sleeping too much), change in appetite, anxiety, diminished ability to think clearly, and decreased interest in activities that usually bring pleasure. As a general rule of thumb, if symptoms last more than two weeks or if they worsen, see your doctor. It may be depression. Finding ways to keep your loved one’s memory alive can help reduce stress. Try to begin a new tradition such as lighting a memory candle or putting a fresh flower on the table - not to make you feel guilty, but to remind you to be happy for the life you shared. You loved them when they died, and

you always will. Experts offer the following suggestions for coping with holiday blues. Be realistic. There will be pain, especially when there is an empty chair at the table, but don’t try to block bad moments. Be ready for them, deal with them and let go of them. Anticipation is often worse than reality. If you feel lonely, get out and be around people. Consider volunteering. Giving and caring for others is a healing thing to do for yourself. Pace yourself. Don’t take on more activities than you can reasonably handle. Be kind to yourself. Leave the word “ought” out of the holidays. Take care of yourself physically. Hold on to your pocketbook and charge cards. You can’t spend grief away, though you might be tempted to try. Work at lifting depression. Take responsibility for yourself. You cannot wait for someone else to wrap up some joy and give it to you. You have to do that for yourself. Look for joy in the moment. Learn to celebrate what you have instead of making mental lists of what you’re missing. What helps one day may not help another. My younger brother never married and had a family of his own, so I have always felt close to him. He died suddenly at age 56 the week before Thanksgiving. This year I’ll be taking my own advice.

Linda Eppler is director of Community Services for Clermont Senior Services, Inc.

BUSINESS NOTES Recycling rep. from Batavia Township

Batavia Township resident Bill Dowdney of Paramco, Inc. is now a sales representative for Starlinger plastic recycling equipment. Privately owned and headquartered in Vienna, Austria, they also have a US office in Greenville, S.C. In January 2013, they will break ground in S.C. to build a tech center to demonstrate their equipment.

TQL named one of the top job creators

Total Quality Logistics (TQL), the nation’s second largest freight brokerage, was named to Inc. Maga-

zine’s inaugural list of the top 100 privately-held businesses that are adding jobs and rebuilding the economy. TQL was ranked15th on the magazine’s “Hire Power Awards” list. TQL created 787 jobs between 2008 and 2011. TQL is actively recruiting and hiring for its nationwide offices, particularly in Cincinnati, Chicago and Tampa, Florida. The company is looking for entry-level sales professionals who can help the company secure new accounts and manage their customers’ transportation needs. Interested candidates should visit the company’s web site at



Garden still producing fresh vegetables Howdy folks, As I write this it is starting to feel like winter. The temperature is 33 degrees, but the weather folks say by the weekend it will warm up again. This is pneumonia weather, up and down, and damp. Now folks, this is unusual, we pulled carrots, cut broccoli florets, I call them, Brussels sprouts and turnips. It is good to be able to eat good fresh garden items. The other morning, while we were reading the paper, Chessy, was laying on Ruth Ann’s lap. When I went to get coffee, Chessy didn’t seem to know it, but if she is laying on my lap and Ruth Ann goes to the kitchen she jumps down, and goes with her. Now if Ruth Ann goes to the bedroom, she doesn’t mind, but that turn to the kitchen gets her attention. Chessy was laying on my lap, so Ruth Ann got up and she was watching her. When she went to the bedroom, Chessy laid her head back

down, then Ruth Ann turned to the kitchen, so that cat knew and gave a jump, while her claws George dug into my Rooks leg, OLE FISHERMAN through my sweat pants, and off to the kitchen she went. Her ears are always moving even when she is asleep. Last Saturday morning Ruth Ann fixed sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, while all this was taking place Chessy was under foot and kept pestering the cook, for a bite of sausage. What a blessing she is. Last week, the weather forecast was for rain, so we cleaned the eve troughs of leaves, fixed the downspouts and are we glad we did this. By doing this, the basement was dry after the rains. The Maple trees by our house are beautiful, but

the leaves sure make a mess in the gutters, so this needs to be done. Last week we met our friends Mort and Barb for supper, they call it dinner, at the Applebee’s in Eastgate, then went to the Glen Este Church of Christ to listen to the Forest-Aires sing. Folks if you have never been to one of their concerts, you have missed some beautiful singing. The director of them does a fine job. He is a very entertaining feller and his lovely wife does a wonderful job on the piano while the ladies sing. They will be singing at different places this season, so if you hear they are going to be somewhere, go and listen to them. In the spring, they do an ‘Encore’ at the Anderson Center so watch for that. Now it doesn’t seem we are getting close to Christmas, but we are, so there is lots of rejoicing to do, especially for the Christ Child. We don’t want to forget that is what Christ-

mas is all about. If you folks need a fruit basket to give to someone, give Grants Farm a call at 625-9441 or call the Milford Garden Center at 248-4531. Now the best is to go to either of these places unless you need a special order. They sure have some fine items to sell, Christmas trees, either cut or ready to plant, a wonderful train display at Milford. Folks, this costs money to display and there is a box to make a donation. Now I heard Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there again Dec. 22 from 5 til 7 p.m. By this time Santa will be very busy, getting the last requests from the boys and girls for Christmas. There may be some requests the children have forgotten, now this is not a problem for Santa. Some items may be a little late, but it will be there. You know Old Santa is a busy feller. Well, we lost another fine friend we have been

close friends for several years. When we got together or went to their home, Gene always wanted fresh fish that we had caught. We are so thankful we got to see him and take him some fish the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. His lovely wife, Virginia, went to be with the Good Lord a short time ago. Now Gene is with his lovely wife and the Good Lord. This family were farmers and good hunters. They were married 62 years here on earth. Now they will be together again for eternity. They will be missed by lots of folks, especially their lovely family and the folks from the Bethel United Methodist Church and that smile both of them had. The different churches will be holding Christmas Eve services so go and help celebrate the birthday of Christ. This is special. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait shop at Afton. His grandma

broke a bone in her leg, so she was in a nursing home for a while recuperating. I wrote that she was at Mikes for Thanksgiving. Well, she liked it so much, she is now home for good. That is special. Welcome home “Grandma” from the Ole Fisherman and wife. God Love you. Mike said they held a crappie tournament last Sunday. There were three boats in the tournament and the winning weight was 8 pounds 5 ounces. That is good fish. The Ole fisherman and wife wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Be safe and enjoy your family. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. Now celebrate Christmas and Christ’s birthday. God bless all. More later.

Walriven; sister Linda Waters; nine grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Walriven. Services were Dec. 11 at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Survived by children Donald (Sandi), Richard (Kim), Dan (Lana) Ward, Kathy (Steve) Paul; 10 grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Norborne “Knobby” Ward, brother Richard Brown. Services were Dec. 8 at Maham Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

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

DEATHS Joan Evans Joan Simonton Evans, 79, Union Township, died Dec. 11. Survived by husband John “Jack” Evans; children Joanie (Bill) McGrath, Jean (Bob) Finlay, Joyce (Jeff) Fritz, Jenny (Mike) Kelley, John (Marlene), Jeff (Kim) Evans; sisters Patricia Wilbers, Sister Mary Donata; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 14 at St. Veronica. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Mildred Firth Mildred Nordmeyer Firth, 97, New Richmond, died Dec. 3. She was a cook. Survived by children Robert (Sue) Firth, Linda (John) Baird; granddaughters Gena (Tim) Money, Kara (Derrick) Johnson, Julie Baird; great-grandchildren Morgan, Hayden Money, Mia Johnson. Preceded in death by husband Wilson “Speed” Firth, brother Albert Nordmeyer. Services were Dec. 8 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the New Richmond Food Pantry.

Mary Gilmore Mary Jamison Gilmore, 71, died Dec. 8. Survived by children Deborah (the late Gillis) Halloran, Charles (Robin) Gilmore, Michelle (the late Pete) Ornelas; grandchildren

MaryAnn, Gillis Halloran, Deborah Asher, Daniel, Jessica, Gabriella Gilmore, Monica Winpigler, Keri, Theodore Ornelas; sisters Alice Dill, Frances Wirmel; six great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 11 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Bonita Kendall Bonita Neale Kendall, 67, Batavia, died Dec. 11. Survived by siblings Mary Augustina, Virginia Fulchner, Don (Kathy) Neale; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Carol Scholl, Johnny Neale. Services were Dec. 14 at Moore Family Funeral Home.

John Maier John J. Maier, 102, Union Township, died Dec. 8. He was a tool and die maker. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children Roseann (the late Herman) Braun, David (Lynn), Paul Maier; grandchildren Mark (Laurie), Debby (David), Elizabeth (Joseph), Adrienne (Brad), Nicole (Derrick); great-grandchildren Tori, Hunter, Eric, Jessi, Sebastian, Sierra, Skyla. Preceded in death by wife Jennette Maier, son Dennis Maier. Services were Dec. 13 at St. Veronica. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Veronica Church.

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Frances Paian Frances Heiny Paian, 94, Amelia, died Dec. 8. Survived by children Irene, Phillip Paian. Preceded in death by husband George Paian. Services were Dec. 12 at Moore Family Funeral Home.

Mary Peters-Watkins Mary Root Peters-Watkins, 84, Union Township, died Dec. 4. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Larry (Barb), Donald (Margaret), Mark Watkins, Connie (John) Lutes; stepchildren Rodney Peters, Roberta Riggs; brothers Norman, James (Charlene) Root; seven grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husbands Donald Watkins, Charles Peters. Services were Dec. 8 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s


Patricia Semones Patricia “Boppy” Semones, 77, Amelia, died Nov. 30. She was a registered nurse. Survived by children Tim, Tom, Tricia Semones; granddaughter Arizona Semones; the Sauls Family. Preceded in death by siblings Glen, Donny Johnson, Vivian Sauls. Memorials to: James Sauls Homeless Shelter, 3003 Hospital Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

Doris Ward Doris Arlene Ward, 83, Batavia, died Dec. 5.

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RELIGION Locust Corner Community Church UMC

Members will host some special events for the Christmas Season. Dec. 23, 10 a.m., Christmas Sunday church service with appearance by Santa and treats for the kids immediately following. Dec. 24, 8 p.m., Christmas Eve candlelight service. The Church is at 917 Locust Corner Road, at Behymer in Pierce Township; 752-8459. Everyone is welcome. Regular church services are: Thursday

choir practice, 6 p.m.; Thursday Bible Study, 7 p.m.; Sunday Bible School 9 a.m.; Sunday

Regular Worship with children’s church 10 p.m.

ABOUT RELIGION 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, 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.

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ABOUT BUILDING PERMITS These requests have been filed with the Clermont County Permit Central. Hader Roofing & Furnace, Cheviot, HVAC, 4243 Muscovy, Batavia Township. David Bauer Custom Homes, Blanchester, new, 1080 Ohio 52 Spur, Ohio Township, $360,000. T & J Construction, Milford,

deck, 5225 Terrace Ridge, Union Township. M/I Homes of Cincinnati, new, 4170 Keller Court, Union Township, $107,000.



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4571 Citation Court: Fischer Single Family Homes to Clara Henderson, 265,310. 3844 Bach Grove Court: Darly Haraguchi to Jessica Knepfle, 156,000. 3306 Pliney Drive: David Fichtel to Bank of America, NA, 56,667. 3486 Virginia Drive: Ronald and Sharon Brooks, et al. to Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co., NA, 30,600. 3904 Pebble Creek Lane: Nathan and Bridgette Vanover, et al. to PNC Bank, NA, 83,334. 1308 Twin Spires Drive: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to David and Karen Cundiff, 68,000. 11 MacArthur Drive: Ryno Investments, LLC to Bonnie Brown, 82,500. 3815 Misty Meadow Lane: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Myron and Susan Buczak, 100,000. 3705 Loch Lamond Drive: Rick and Gayle Sebastian to Candra and Michael Bryant, 141,000. 3500 Ohio 222: Rafael and Isabel Vargas to Bethany Schneider, 75,000. 3804 Grey Birch: Daniel and Margaret Delany to William and Mary Davis, 153,000. 1692 Clough Pike: Jennifer and Dana Neal to Joseph Breeze, 247,500. 1031 Minning Drive: Michael and Shawna Zeh to Michael and Ashley Brock, 135,000. 2013 Wood Brook Drive: Robert and Lori Jackson to James Moore, 165,000. 3680 Bristol Lake: Franklin and Margaret Wesley to AH4R I OH LLC, 152,000. 2211 Siesta Drive: Matthew and Rebecca Bishop to AH4R I OH LLC, 140,000. 1542 Creekside Road: Jesse and Darcia Putnam to Brian Edward Ocilka, 140,000. 4258 Trotters Way: James Michael Beard, et al. to Jennifer Neal, 170,500. 4545 Meadow Lane, Vista Meadow Development, LLC to NVR, Inc., $23,500. 4321 Southcross Drive, The Drees Company to Mary Eleanor Webb, $221,660. 1420 Woodbury Glen Drive, WBG Development, LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $32,500. 1420 Twin Spires Drive, Fischer Attached Homes II, LLC to Stephanie Shinkle, $123,984. 1212 Traditions Turn, Fischer Development Company to Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC, $46,713. 3874 Greenbrook Drive, Matthew and Catherine Sauls to AH4R I OH, LLC, $147,000. 3674 Shorewood Drive, Elizabeth and Matthew McHale to AH4R I OH, LLC, $141,000. 3701 Ohio 222, William and Barbara Bruner to Stephen Yavorsky and Ana Gallegos Yavorsky, $232,000. 2012 Winter Haven, Contadino Homes, LLC to Luis and Idalis Laureano, $171,500. 3791 Charter Oak, JPC Homes, LLC to John Caldwell, $120,000. 3572 S. Heartwood Road, Caroline and Anthony Flower, Jr. to AH4R I OH, LLC, $152,500. 1914 Ohio Pike, Barbara Ann Jones to Donald and Bonnie George, $100,000. 1402 Post Woods Glen, William and Lynn Detering to Michele Lindsey, $180,000. 2373 Vista Lake Drive, Vancouver Homes, Inc. to Matthew and Pamela West, $149,900. 1529 Creekside Road, Paul Salupo to Gregory and Lisa Koenig, $155,000. 777 Deanna Drive, William and Shelly Bolte to Gary and Allison Sanders, $277,000. 4315 Amelia-Olive Branch Road, Bonnie Brown to Donny Brown, $12,000. 69 Wolfer Drive, Jackson Investment Properties, LLC to Donald Brunet, $48,000. 4226 Barton Drive: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., as Trustee to Cincinnati Premier Homes, LLC, $24,600. 4226 Barton Drive: Cincinnati Premier Homes, LLC to Mary Cann, $29,900. 3353 Whispering Trees Drive: Steven Swaynie to James Henline, $135,500. 1514 Creekside Road: Nathan and Cristin Gildow to Paul and Heather Gorse, $149,000. 3876 Copper Ridge Court: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Steve and Krista Dalton, $132,000. 1251 Bugler's Sound Circle: James and Diana O'Neal to Eric Strecker and Gregory Strecker,



3033 US 50: Grace Baptist Church to Norman Wilkey, 50,000. 3895 Moore-Marathon Road: Silas Ray Caudill, et al. to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc., 40,500. 4903 Clemons Road: Debbie Masterson, et al. to Bank of America, NA, 60,000. Burdsall Road: Thomas and Elizabeth Collins to Nick and Crystal Wiederhold, $37,000. 4237 Moore-Marathon Road, Carolyn Nabors to Thomas and Lori Cornwell, $14,500. 4855 Burdsall Road, Garry Lee McDaniel to Michelle Elizabeth Baker, $76,000. 5040 Ohio 133, Anita Colonel to Keli and Flemon Ramey, $60,000.


1567 Frank Willis Road: Brenda and Michael Bene to Michael Bene, 10,000. 2963 North Dunham Road: Samuel Butcher, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, $33,333.34. 1647 Indian Road: Carroll and Bridgette Dunbar, et al. to MorEquity, Inc., $138,945. 2917 Fair Oak Road, Unit 7: Joseph and Wamarta Huebner, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $36,666.67. 1780 Lindale-Mt. Holly Road: Angela and Edward Sales to Jessica Smith, $83,000. 2963 Ohio 222, Wendy Crawford to Betty Hyden, $100,000. 1468 Woodland Lane, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Angela Sue Chesnot, $116,000. 2946 Fair Oak Road, Brian and Melissa Cunningham to Jason Scardina, $145,000. Clermontville Laurel Road, Chris and Sharon Woodside to Cristian & Cerasela Ganicenco, $52,000. 2441 Jett Hill Road: Lesley and Joshua Collier to Cindy Dashley, $15,200. 2066 Laurel Point Isabel Road: Terry and Beverly Hoskins to William Rapp, $17,716.03.


2782 Ohio 132: Franklin Braun, Jr., et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $33,333.34. 4644 Goebel Hill Road: Mary Ruth Binder to Joshua and Laura Schafer, $139,000. 2143 Beech Cove Road, Thomas and Lisa Stahl to William Newton, $230,000. 3050 Bachelier Road, Grace Walker to Mark and Michelle Heggood, $194,000. 1735 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Marcia Howe to Eric John Howe, $80,000. 2080 Beech Cove, Mark Covas to Richard and Pamela Lane, $485,000.


3663 Parfore Court: Sandra Bryant to Linda and Joseph Conrad, $55,000. 979 Cedar Ridge Drive: Carrie Taylor, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $36,667. 3406 Ohio 132: Forest Ramsey, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $60,000. 3525 Heather Hill Court: Great Traditions Homes, Ltd. to John Dennis Heglin, $329,434.82. 1408 Locust Lake Drive: Beth Auxier, et al. to Robert and Rafaela Schooley, $69,900. 3567 West Legendary Run, Jeffrey Glenn Singleton, Trustee to Jack Tucker, Trustee, $405,032.07. 1125 Ivy Farm Way, Timothy Buckley, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $192,298. 3753 Arcadia Lane, Lynn Forschbach, et al. to U.S. Bank National Assoc., $60,000. 1391 Naegele Road: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Thomas Brown, $68,500. 3481 Hickory Lane: Freedom Homes, Inc. to Larry Noble, $123,390. 1356 Naegele Road: Estate of Walter Brill, Sr. to Jacquelyn Anthony, $86,800. 1186 Sycamore Lane: Linda McCart to Nicholas Green, $136,000. 41 Locust Hill Road, Douglas and Marianne Sandhage to John and Janet Harris, $975,000. 3462 Hickory Lane: Freedom Homes to Raymond Williams and Sarah Leming, $144,515. 3827 Bennett Road: Estate of Lloyd Sheldt, Jr. to Linda Higginbotham, Trustee, $34,100. 3575 Parfore Court: Zachary and Megan Dotzauer to Brandon Konieczka, 178,000.

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. 1018 Gaskins Road: Jeffrey Bedinghaus to Nathan Webster, 147,000. 963 E. Legendary: Terrance and Rebecca Luginbuhl to James and Maxine Racer, 357,700. 3814 Fulton Grove Road: Charles Mack, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 80,000. 3834B Bennett Road: Rebecca Hoeter, et al. to Bank of America, NA, 117,000. 1408 Dale Rd. Unit B: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Joseph Ritter, 60,000.


957 Shayler Road: L. Craig Kendrick, Trustee to Todd Vance, 39,000. 3822 Ohio 125: Judy and Ramona Cox to William and Linda Taylor, 120,000. 4140 Woodsly Drive: Maryilyn Cozzi, Trustee to Beverly and James Whitaker, 175,000. 440 Maplecroft Drive: John and Nellie Moseley, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 160,000. 4473 Bent Creek Drive: Janell Page to James Brescol, 205,000. 4773 Beechwood Road: Carol Willoughby to Douglas Oliver, 179,000. 617 Carefree Drive: Brian Ocilka to Stephanie Foltz, 89,900. 1292 Heitman Lane: Stonelick Properties, LLC to David Belford and Christopher Payne, 115,000. 4116 Beamer Court: M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Amy Shinkle, 189,950. 680 McCormick Lane: Lawrence Deringer to James and Carla Moore, 203,000. 906 Debby Carol Drive: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Bradley Ryan, 82,360. 1245 Ben Avon Court: James and Amy Hawkins to Fernando Rico-Alarcon, 161,000. 624 Quail Run: Thomas Jones, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 126,666.67. 1077 Valley Wood Drive: Mary and Terry Hanson to AH4R I OH LLC, 168,000. 449 Beech Tree Lane: PNC Bank, National Assoc. to CP Buyers, LLC, 48,500. 449 Beech Tree Lane: CP Buyers, LLC to Greenwater LLC, 54,900. 1988 Ohio 133: Fifth Third Bank to Mike Eckel, 160,000. 560 Sonny Lane, Thressa Smith to Deah Behler, $116,000. Eastgate Boulevard, Charles Kubicki, LLC to ShenandoahUnion Co., LLC, $927,850. 521 Elm Ridge Court, Michael and Brit Roberts to AH4R I OH, LLC, $160,500. 527 Sugar Maple Court, KEOZ, Ltd. To AH4R I OH, LLC, $132,500. 1029 Westchester Way, Johannes and Ann de Jong to Michael and Paula Williamson, $339,950. 642 Bellaire Court, Cindy Becker, Executor to Estate of Oscar Morrison, $30,000. 672 Holiday Drive, Wilmington Trust Company to Chris Cooper, $93,000. 4245 Deepwood Lane, Justin and Kimberly Jones to Marilyn and Kevin Nelson, $146,000. 500 Gennie Lane, Dennis and Karen Sunberg to Stacy Van Ngo, $180,000. 4333 Beechmont Drive, Beverly Ann Kelch to John Edward Smith, $25,000. 858 Eastgate North Drive, Eastgate Motel Company, LTD to Sunshine Hospitality, LLC, $7,625,000. 5015 Mallet Hill Drive, Craig Gosdin and Rachael FowlerGosdin to Gregory Spindler, $250,000. 783 Picket Way, Danny and Peggy Hixson to Jesse and Dawn Nicholas, $128,000. 4576 Bells Lane, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Shawn Partin, $83,500. 4490 Ravenwood Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Timothy and Kathleen Schmalz, $465,475. 5132 Oak Brook Drive, Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Charles and Michelle McFarland, $281,333. 4580 Creekwood Court, Lori and Robert Forrest to James Campbell and Ellen Barrie, $114,000. 4510 Tealtown Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Ronald Cambron, $53,500. 4157 Aubrey Lane, M/I Homes of

Cincinnati, LLC to Jamie Pappas, $157,950. 1143 Chestnut Court, Holly Sturgill, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $60,000. 4672 Cardinal Drive, James Wheeler, et al. to Daniel and Virginia Lammers, $90,775. 4565 Northcross Court, Michael Caudill, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $40,000. 592 Mercury Drive, Thomas and Veda Kirklin, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $55,000. 4577 Vermona Drive, Rachael Slone, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $66,667. 1123 Valleywood Drive: Ned and Linda Morrell to Brandon Cox, $160,000. 1033 Vixen Drive: Brian Keiser and Angela Burkey to Tucker and Andrea Stone, $166,000. 4214 Roundhouse Drive: Gregg Pieples and Diane Eisen-Pieples to Travis Zeigler and Jameie Bath-Zeigler, $213,000. 4565 Tealtown Road: Rachel Hermansen to Jessica Schliesman and Matthew Richardson, $130,000. 4271 Wuebold Lane: Gloria Showers, Trustee to Kimberly Emmert, $131,000. 450 Birchwood Drive: Margaret Sunberg to Joe Destefano, Jr., $215,000. 457 Sanoma Court: Robert and Elizabeth Staggenborg to Ali Bahar, $136,500. 1160 Shayler Woods Drive Unit 13-C: Marjorie Wildt, Trustee to Diane and Michael Jansen, $154,000. 3894 Mark Court: Ronald and Nancy Morgan to Bank of American, NA, $30,000. 548 Aspen Glen Drive, Unit 1010: Charles Rubenbauer, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $46,667. 4609 Laurel Ridge Court: Stephen Hall to Natalie Smith, $140,000. 4628 Rumpke Road: Cynthia Weissmann, Trustee to Donald and Heather McKinley, $115,000. 4285 Cider Mill Drive: Robert and Karrin Frilling to Sarah and Luther Hayes, $137,950. 25 Boundary St.: Susan Greer, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank, NA, $46,667. 551 Sonny Lane: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Paul Lowry, $66,031. 671 Amber Trail : Irma Roberts to Patricia Hartlaub, $193,000. 4429 Todd Rose: Karl Akdogan to Kelly and Norman Myers, $161,900. 449 Beech Tree Lane: David Aldi, et al. to PNC Bank, NA, $60,000. 4526 Tealtown Road: Deborah Danowski to Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, $66,667. 4792 Klatte Road: Bradley Chaney II, et al. to Bank of America, NA, $73,333.34. 4594 Ridgewood Court: Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Dereck and Kelly Heming, $197,845. 4798 Tealtown Road: Norman Kilpatrick, Trustee to Linda and John Miller, $68,900. 3861 Hopper Hill Road: Lisa and Pete Hartman to Curtis Siler, $91,500. 3880 Pin Oak Drive: Estate of Mary Braun to Terry and Alice Davis, $135,000. 4300 Mt. Carmel Road: Carl and Betty Bickel to John Gratsch, $60,000. 683 Holiday Drive, Jason and Brenda Black to GMAC Mortgage, LLC, $82,800. 4620 Hallandale Drive, Christopher and Leslie Morehouse, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $120,000. 1267 McGuffey Lane, Mary Jo Farrell, et al to Bank of America, NA, $170,000. 494 Clough Pike , Maria Andrade, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $46,667.67. 4561 Wood Forest Lane, Christopher Rector, et al. to Coldwell Banker Mortgage, $73,333.34. 5152 Oak Brook Drive, The Drees Company to Drees Premier Homes, Inc. , $60,000. 5152 Oak Brook Drive, Drees Pemier Homes, Inc. to Mark and Kelli Williams, $364,305. 4485 School House Road, Cecil and Beverly Broughton to James and Barbara Shinkle, $28,000.

4443 Dogwood Drive, Bank of New York Mellon to Bank of New York Mellon, $64,300. 4443 Dogwood Drive, Bank of New York Mellon to EH POOLED 612 LP, $16,650. 4560 Schoolhouse Road, Nathan and Debra Lacey to Katie Howard, $116,000. 475 Craig Road, Mt. Washington Savings Bank to John Bowman and Associates, Inc., $40,000. 4611 Crosswood Lane, Christopher Frazee and Mary Lex to Brandee Platt, $75,000. 709 Wilfert Drive, Randy Sanderfer to Dale and Bessie Hughes, $133,000. 884 Sycamore Blvd., Leroy and Georgia Seminatore, et al. to Robert and Beverly Binning, $89,900. 4272 Babson Place, Alan and Janet Crouch to Robert and Zelda Quadland, $298,000. 4678 Galaxy Drive, Patricia Frederick and Jack Burden to Robert and Dolores Remington, $72,000. 1011 Chanticlear Way, Charles and Elizabeth Franzago to Lana Shoup-May and Robert May, $195,000. 1218 Shayler Road, Roger and Tracey Curran to Donnie and Pamela Wilson, $330,000. 4190 Brandonmore Drive, Michael and Diane Jansen to Troy Hensley and Sharon Cornetet, $235,000. 4207 N. Yorkshire Square, Edna and Terry McCormick to AH4R I OH, LLC, $155,000. 5301 Terrace Ridge Drive, NVR, Inc. to Andrew Finn, $268,140. 4164 Keller Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Misty Wyen, $192,084. 540 Forest Ridge Court, Westley Yancy to Sandra Gregory, $131,500. 3984 Youngman Drive: Phillip & Tracy Crabtree to Wells Fargo Bank, NA, $53,334. 4769 Shephard Road : Catherine Oliver, et al. to Refuge Property Management, LLC, $14,336.24. 705 Woodgate Road: Jeffery & Kerri Dean to Jerry & Katherine Eaton, $104,000. Maple Ridge Ct & Ravenwood Ct: Ivy Trails, LLC to M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC, $280,485. 4510 Tealtown Road: Douglas Brown to Federal National Mortgage Assoc, $43,334. 1163 Westchester Way, Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Jonathan and Julie O'Brien, $291,964. 4289 Pinetree Lane, James Huber to Angela Vitchner , $235,000. 1149 Chestnut Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Trisha Hendricks and Bill Harkleroad, $59,000. 561 Berry Court, Alex Campbell and Tom Pollitt to Jeremy and Rebecca Lewis, $77,000. 672 East Lake Lane, Richard Heming and Danielle Holmes to AH4R I OH, LLC, $160,000. Klatte Road Tract #2, Michael Stegman and Lynn Croteau Stegman, Trustees to Theresa and Robert Crews, $52,500. 4607 Bethany Glen Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Edgar Construction, LLC, $121,500. 4605 Laurel Ridge Court, Christopher and Angela Hurley to National Residential Nominee Services, Inc., $1,549,000. 4605 Laurel Ridge Court, National Residential Nominee Services, Inc. to Kevin Albertson and Kathryn Zajac , $154,900. 760 Loda Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Paul Evans, $50,750. 539 Aspen Glen Drive #431, Dannett Conley to Karen Criswell, $49,800. 432 Harrison Lane, David Bavis to Oville Ind, LLC, $626,816.50. 445 Auxier Drive, David Bavis, Trustee to Oville Ind, LLC, $17,685.50. 4166 Keller Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Roger and Alice Lawson, $193,643. 4130 Beamer Court, M/I Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Natalie and James Fite, $218,920. 3897 Fulton Grove Road, Erin Christie Schmidt to Steven and Debra Himmel, $127,220. 5201 East View Drive, NVR, Inc. to Michael and Kristin Maher, $285,245. 4087 Woodsly Drive: Kevin and Rebecca Bessenbach to Matthew and Elizabeth McHale, $223,000. 1135 Forest Run Drive: Beneficial Financial I, Inc. to Andrew and Amanda Sergent, $126,000. 4330 Cider Mill Drive: CP Buyers, LLC to Brick Street Properties, LLC, $78,900. 816 Deer Valley Drive: Martin

and Rebecca Davis to Dane and Karen Smith, $195,000. 485 Kimmey Court: Katherine and Victor Gaskins, Jr. to Jessica Bailey, $160,000. 1249 Timber Ridge Court: National Residential Nominee Services, Inc. to Krystle Lambertsen, $155,000. 613 Mercury Drive: Denver and Annie Chapman to Joshua and Emily Green, $74,000.


Twin Bridges Road: Betty Ritter to Javan and Ruby Chambers, 60,000. 3427 Concord Hennings Mill: Robert Lawson to Fannie Mae, $96,667. 3747 Cobb Road, Estate of Gurstil Barber to Ray Dronet, $82,500. 4221 East Fork Hills Drive, Aaron and Rebekah Royer to Harold Strunk, $55,000. 4306 East Fork Valley Drive: Christopher Duncan, et al. to Everbank, $33,334. 3788 Bass Road: Clinton Fields, et al. to Gary and Jean Jordan, $100,000. 4217 Ohio 276: Settlements of Kain Run, LLC to Sehlhorst Equipment Services, LLC, $433,000. 4392 Ashton Road: Carico Enterprises, LLC to Thomas and Diane Craver, $43,000. 3327 Bethel Concord Road, Jonathan Wardlow, et al. to JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, $60,000. 2856 Old Ohio 32, Daniel Policastro and Michael O'Donnell to Ray and Phyllis Redmon, $5,000. 3 Allison Court, Margaret Glutz, Trustee to Earl Schmid and Faye Wiedrich-Schmidt, $245,000. 4165 West Fork Ridge Drive: Barbara Caudill to Melinda Elkins, $25,000. 3473Bootjack Corner Road: Richard Lawton, Jr., et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $36,666.67. 4136 West Fork Ridge Drive: Mary & Robert Smith, II to Wells Fargo Bank, NA, $43,334. 4272 North Ellis Road: Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Dustee Fritz; $43,572. 174 S. Sixth St.: Richard Hoffman and Thomas Hoffman to Daryl and Suzanne Cragwall, $70,000.


11 Glenpark Court: Lynn Ellerhorst to AH4R OH LLC, 132,000. 63 Robin Way: Michael Gibson, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 104,850. 6 Spencer Court: Byron Mays to Michelle Borchers, $91,000. 2 Wood Duck Drive: Luis Flores and Ada Cruz Roman to AH4R I OH LLC, $143,500. 7 Parkwood Place: The Drees Company to Justin and Julia Fender, $169,550. 19 Eastridge Drive: Donald Shane Hauser, et al. to AH4R I OH, LLC, $89,000. 54 Beech Circle, Denise Hoffard, et al. to Intuit RPM, Inc., $56,670. 6 South Ridge Drive, Freedom Homes to Barry and Helen Hauser, $144,800. 60 Red Bud Circle, Michelle and Mark Heggood to AH4R I OH, LLC, $135,000. 15 Ashwood Place: Michael Radzimoski to AH4R I OH, LLC, $155,000. 9 Finch Court: Elizabeth Hollstegge to AH4R I OH, LLC, $135,000. 28 Partridge Drive: Warren and Melissa Parker to AH4R I OH, LLC, $129,000. 9 Bobwhite Ct.: Aaron Leszkai & Libertye Lindsey to Federal National Mortage Assoc., $130,000. 121 Woodside Park 3E: The Drees Company to John Edward Walters, $120,000. 19 Pond Lane, John Wilson to AH4R I OH, LLC, $98,000. 4 Grouse, Jason Augenstein to AH4R I OH, LLC, $131,000. 27 Pond Lane, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Terry Johnson, $90,000. 64 East Main St., Diane Coulter to Sharon and Stan Davis, $40,000. 82 Wooded Ridge Drive, Amelia Development Group, LTD to Potterhill Homes, LLC, $32,000. 3 Pintail Court, Beneficial Ohio, Inc. to First Title Agency, Inc., $87,000. 61 Wooded Ridge Drive, Tiffany and Daniel Dacey to AH4R I OH, LLC, $145,000. 9 Belwood Court: Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to AH4R OH LLC, $161,000.



POLICE REPORTS BATAVIA Arrests/Citations Juvenile, 17, drug possession, Nov. 24. Adam Haley, 20, 497 Old Boston Road, warrant, Dec. 1. John P. Jones, 54, 300 University Lane #117, warrant, Dec. 3.

Incidents/Investigations Criminal mischief Egg thrown at vehicle at 35 N. 5th St., Dec. 1. Eggs thrown at vehicle at 490 E. Main St., Dec. 1. Passing bad checks Three fraudulent checks passed at National Bank & Trust; $2,916 at Main Street, Nov. 23.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Benjamin Warren, 23, 2635 Case Road, domestic violence, Nov. 27. Scott R. Welden, 43, 2406 Grandview Ave., warrant, Nov. 21. Heather Swensen, 25, 419 Ohio133, theft, Nov. 29. Timothy M. Henson, 25, 306 St. Andrews #A, recited, Nov. 29. Jessica L. Besanko, 24, 306 St. Andrews #A, warrant, Nov. 29.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Female was assaulted at 342 St. Andrews , Nov. 27. Female was assaulted at 1748 Culver Court #11, Nov. 28. Burglary Jewelry and change taken; $540 at 3480 Lewis Road, Nov. 27. Criminal damage Mailbox damaged at 3391 Cole Road, Dec. 2. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property at 1070 Bethel New Richmond Road, Dec. 1. Domestic violence At Culver Court, Nov. 27. Gross sexual imposition At 300 block of St. Andrews, Nov. 29. Female juvenile reported offence at 3600 block of Merwin Ten Mile, Nov. 28. Heroin possession Drug found on subject during traffic stop at area of Muirfield and Dog Leg, Dec. 1. Menacing Female was threatened at 330 St. Andrews #A, Nov. 26. Theft Fishing gear taken from truck at Walmart; $329 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 28. Currency and I-pod taken from vehicle; $440 at 3596 White Hills, Nov. 29. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $144 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 29. Beer taken from Sunoco; $2 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 29. Beer and change taken from garage at 3735 Willow Way, Dec. 1.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Tyler Jones, 21, 4263 Ferguson, warrant, Nov. 30. Tiffany Taylor, 32, 3971 Piccadilly, warrant service, Nov. 28. Rachel Taylor, 33, 3971 Piccadilly, warrant service, Nov. 28. Kristina Kern, 30, 1552 Woodville, warrant service, Nov. 28. Nicole M. Kinman, 30, 2993 Lindale Mt. Holly, warrant service, Nov. 28. James A. Hail, 55, 728 Ohio Pike #12, aggravated menacing, Nov. 27. Joseph B. Stewart, 29, 16 E. Main, warrant, Nov. 28. Michael D. Glass, 37, 4491 Eastwood #16116, domestic violence, Nov. 23. Timothy J. Gastineau, 21, 3970 Piccadilly, warrant service, Nov. 25. Charles A. Staten, 49, 3631 Lewis Road, theft, Nov. 24. Collin V. Vorhees, 31, 137 Southern Trace, recited, Nov. 25. Amy Corcoran, 18, 4418 Eastwood, warrant service, Nov. 24. Juvenile, 13, , underage consumption, Nov. 24. Larry D. Hall Jr., 21, 5677 Hutchinson, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 24. Pedro Rodriguez, 22, 4310 Long Acres #D, driving under influence, no drivers license, Nov. 24. Thomas L. Flick, 25, 593 Terrace View, driving under influence, Nov. 25. Donnie R. Towner, 30, 832 Fayebanks, warrant service, Nov. 25. Adam W. Hornschmeier, 28, 3527 Ohio 132, no drivers license, Nov. 25. Billy J. Hollan, 27, 719 Drott St., warrant, Nov. 24.

Amy M. Corcoran, 18, 4418 Eastwood, domestic violence, Nov. 23. Tasha Watkins, 26, 2191 Ohio 125, warrant service, Nov. 24. Lisa M. Partin, 26, 3819 Rohling Oaks, warrant service, Nov. 23. Michael Spivey, 20, 407 Mcguire, drug possession, Nov. 22. Brandon T. Stone, 30, 1899 Parker, violation of protection order, Nov. 21. Thomas Cook, 36, 604 Cross St., theft, Nov. 17. Tyler J. Richards, 20, 1087 Split Rail, warrant service, Nov. 22. Jodi Wilson, 38, 118 Southern Trace, driving under influence, Nov. 22. Laura R. Mock, 27, 738 Augcliffe, drug instrument, Dec. 3. Francisco Moore Jr., 24, 3001 Lake Trail, drug possession, paraphernalia, Dec. 3. Dylan Frey, 18, 4483 Eastwood, driving under suspension, Dec. 2. Shawna R. Byrd, 19, 1608 Stonelick, warrant service, Dec. 1. Ashley N Combs, 26, 5156 Lytle Road, driving under influence, Dec. 2. Yvonne Henson, 40, 3977 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 2. Andrew D. Beasley, 23, 15620 Meadow Glen, disorderly conduct, Dec. 2. Daniel S. Coley, 31, 1751 Ohio Pike, driving under suspension, Dec. 1. Mary B. Smith, 30, 362 St. Andrews, passing bad checks, Nov. 28. Brendann Payne, 18, 4263 Ferguson, drug abuse, underage consumption, Dec. 1. Brenden P. Schnabel, 18, 841 Carol Drive, underage consumption, Dec. 1. Jerome Dewald, 33, 6150 Manila, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Dec. 1. Daniel Rutherford, 112, 25 Tidewater Trace, warrant service, Dec. 3. Marcella L. Poole, 55, 4513 Jackie Court, domestic violence, Dec. 5. Shawnta Clayborne, 25, 503 Piccadilly #F, aggravated menacing, aggravated trespass, Dec. 2. Donald H. Cox Iii, 25, 507 Old Ohio 74 #204, domestic violence, Nov. 30. George Kiehborth, 112, 491 Craig Road, warrant service, Nov. 30. William S. Hart, 40, 1186 Parkside, domestic violence, Dec. 1. Thomas A. Wylie, 34, 13270 Ogden, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, Nov. 29. Garrett Walker, 26, violation of protection order, Nov. 28. Robert M. Montgomery, 20, 4800 Stoney Brook, disorderly conduct, Nov. 29. John J. Hensley, 31, 4450 Schoolhouse Road, carrying concealed weapon, Nov. 29. Amy Vega, 31, 3975 Piccadilly, driving under suspension, Nov. 26. Shiquith Helton, 112, 5460 Beechmont Ave. #16, theft, drug possession, warrant, Nov. 27. Matthew Spurlock, 22, 135 Park Ave., theft, Nov. 27. Joshua A. Buttrick, 20, 4420 Wiborg, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 26. Brandon Reed, 19, 772 Rue Center, drug possession, Nov. 26. Charles Ruhstaller, 46, 3819 Rohling Oaks #702, domestic violence, Nov. 27. Michael Arsman, 24, 4390 Eastwood, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 4. Joseph Raisor, 28, 5406 Marshal, theft, Dec. 4. Rhonda Bayson, 38, 1143 Anderson Ferry, complicity, Dec. 4.

Incidents/Investigations Aggravated menacing Female reported this offense at 728 Ohio Pike #12, Nov. 27. Assault Female was assaulted at 1162 Muirwood, Dec. 1. Female was assaulted at 4704 Beechwood #216, Nov. 27. Burglary TV, etc. taken at 924 Surrey Trail, Nov. 21. Enty made into apartment at 4434 Eastwood #8312, Nov. 25. Diamond ring taken; $500 at 4704 Beechwood #306, Nov. 23. Medication and jewelry taken at 4797 Summerside, Nov. 19. Lock damaged on door at 710 Woodgate, Nov. 26. A mattress and pillows were taken at 722 Ohio Pike #F, Nov. 26. Criminal damage Graffiti on clubhouse, etc. at Willowbrook Point, Nov. 25.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal Clermont publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Amelia, Chief David Friend, 753-4747 » Batavia village, Chief Mike Gardner, 732-5692 » New Richmond, Chief Randy Harvey, 553-3121 » Pierce Township, Officer in charge Lt. Jeff Bachman, 752-3830 » Union Township, Chief Terry Zinser, 752-1230 » Williamsburg, Chief Mike Gregory, 724-2261 » Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500. Window shot with BB gun at 4629 Eddy Drive, Nov. 24. Vehicle damaged on Eastgate Square at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 23. Door damaged on vehicle at 4417 Kitty Lane, Dec. 3. Laptop and VCR damaged at 771 Rue Center #F, Dec. 3. Criminal mischief Eggs thrown at residence at 4630 Locust Grove, Nov. 18. Criminal simulation Counterfeit $100 bill passed at Meijer at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 25. Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Speedway at Old Ohio 74, Nov. 26. Domestic violence At Eastwood Drive, Nov. 22. At Muirwood Lane, Nov. 30. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1518 Denny Drive, Nov. 21. Misuse to credit card Female stated credit card used with no authorization; $5,000 at 484 Old Ohio 74 #B305, Nov. 27. Passing bad checks Bad check received at Joe Kidd Auto; $57.18 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 27. Theft Merchandise taken from Home Depot; $25 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 28. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $30.33 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 28. Computer Tablet taken from Kohl’s; $250 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 28. Cash taken from Burger King; $55 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 25. Currency, diamond ring, etc. taken from vehicle; $2,650 at 4435 Aicholtz, Nov. 20. Wallet, etc. taken from vehicle at 4475 Glendale, Nov. 21. Wallet taken while victim was at Eastgate Mall at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 24. Rings were taken; $9,000 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 23. Cash and credit card taken at 4479 Spruce Court #7, Nov. 23. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $430 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 24. Ladders taken at 3914 Dieckman, Nov. 22. Scrap metal taken at 1174 Forest Run, Nov. 24. Gasoline not paid for at Kroger; $71 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 25. CD player, GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $700 at 562 Rancho Lane, Nov. 25. CD player, etc. taken from vehicle at 4386 Eastwood, Nov. 24. Trailer taken at 4032 Brandy Chase, Nov. 24. Food consumed not paid for at Applebee’s; $73 at Glen Este Withamsville, Nov. 17. Handgun taken at 586 Baltic Court, Dec. 4. Gun taken from vehicle at 863 W. Anson, Dec. 4. Air compressor not returned to EZ Rent All; $945 at Nine Mile Tobasco, Dec. 4. Clothing taken from JC Penney; $136 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 4. Cellphones taken from Best Buy; $570 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 4. Shoes taken from JC Penney; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 4. Credit card taken at 1226 Parkside, Nov. 28. Cellphone charger taken at 4033 Havenwood, Dec. 4. GPS unit taken from vehicle; $300 at 1004 Kennedy’s Landing #2, Dec. 3. Desktop computer, etc. taken from Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 2. Delivery package (TV) taken at 590 Virginia Lane, Dec. 2. Boots taken from Boot Country; $170 at Old Ohio 74, Nov. 27. Stereo, etc. taken at 4023 Crosswood, Nov. 29. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $279 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 29.

Merchandise taken from Jungle Jim’s; $24 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 26. Make-up taken from Meijer’s; $375 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 27. Ladder taken; $150 at 3983 Piccadilly, Nov. 27. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 4318 Long Lake, Nov. 27. Merchandise taken from Meijer’s; $69 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 21. Credit cards taken while victim was at Eastgate Mall at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 15. Diamond earrings taken from Rogers Jewelers; $1,669 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 30. Medication taken at 3977 Piccadilly #A, Nov. 30. Sunglasses and coins taken from vehicle; $302 at 997 Kennedys Landing, Dec. 1. Cellular headset taken from Cincinnati Bell Wireless; $400 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 29. Wallet taken from shopping cart at Meijers at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 3. Unlawful sexual conduct with minor Offense involved female juvenile at 1100 block of Old Ohio 74, Dec. 1. Violation of protection order Female reported this offense at 1062 Glendale, Nov. 29.

WILLIAMSBURG Arrests/Citations Nathan C. McMellan, 34, 20 High Meadow Lane #7, unauthorized use, Nov. 23.

Incidents/Investigations Unauthorized use 2001 Chevrolet taken at 904 Country Lake, Nov. 23.

AMELIA Arrests/Citations Buddy D. Bullock, 45, 56 Charmalee , domestic violence, Dec. 2. Mason Boling, 32, 3115 Leeds Road, violation of protection order, Nov. 30.

NEW RICHMOND Incidents/Investigations Burglary X-box, games, etc. taken; $1,630 at 191 Race St., Nov. 10. Theft Sunglasses, medication etc. taken at 319 Sophia St., Nov. 19. Pack of cigarettes taken at Speedway at Sycamore Street, Nov. 15.

Five sewer grates taken; $1,500 at Market Street, Plum Street, etc., Nov. 19. Cellphone and wallet taken at 223 Front St., Nov. 22. Trash can taken at 123 Columbia St., Nov. 20.

AMELIA Incidents/Investigations Domestic violence At Charmalee, Dec. 2. Theft Two cartons of cigarettes taken at 63 E. Main St., Nov. 26. Bike taken outside apartment at 37 Lori Lane #6, Nov. 28. Violation of protection order Female reported this offense at 151Hunters Court, Nov. 30.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/Citations Joseph C. Wahl, born 1992, 300 University Lane. Apt. 102, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, 300 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 8. Leslie Jean Hawkins, born 1982, 3906 Wolf Creek Lane, Amelia, obstructing official business, 3906 Wolf Creek Lane, Amelia, Dec. 7. Leslie Jean Hawkins, born 1982, 3906 Wolf Creek Lane, Amelia, theft, 3906 Wolf Creek Lane, Amelia, Dec. 7. Juvenile, born 1999, 5327 Newtonsville-Hutchinson Road, Batavia, disorderly conductphysically offensive condition/ risk of harm, 5327 Newtonsville-Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 5. Juvenile, born 1995, 611 Kilgore Ave, Batavia, theft, 162 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, Dec. 4. Juvenile, born 1982, 500 University Lane, Batavia, domestic violence - cause belief of imminent physical harm by threat or force, 500 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 3. Laura Felts, born 1632, 5025 Ohio 132, Batavia, disorderly conduct - offensive gesture or noise, 2580 US 50, Batavia, Dec. 4. Samantha J. Norris, born 1975, 497 Old Boston Road, Batavia, disorderly conduct - offensive gesture or noise, 2580 US 50, Batavia, Dec. 4. Cherie Anne Anter, born 1987, 2588 Bethel-Maple Road, Bethel, fugitive from justice, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 3. Bryan Keith Shouse, born 1982, 137 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, disorderly conduct, 137 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, Dec. 4. Bryan Keith Shouse, born 1982, 137 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, 137 Drive Maria Dr, Amelia, Dec. 4. Michael G Shaw, born 1572, 2740 Shawnee Trace, Blanchester, disorderly conduct - physically offensive condition/risk of harm, 6109 Belfast Road, Batavia, Dec. 4. Juvenile, born 1952, 987 Kenndy’s Landing, Cincinnati, disorderly conduct, 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 5. Edemonds Lamont Meredith, born 1986, 400 University Lane, Batavia, criminal trespass, 400 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 4. Christopher Ryan McNeal, born 1981, 1765 Deer Run, Hamersville, drug paraphernalia, Main

Street at South Fifth, Williamsburg, Dec. 4. Christopher Ryan McNeal, born 1981, 1765 Deer Run, Hamersville, possession of drugs, Main Street at South Fifth, Williamsburg, Dec. 4. Damion Michael Wombles, born 1994, 70 Harmony Lane, Georgetown, drug paraphernalia, Old Ohio 32 at Bauer Road, Batavia, Dec. 5. Damion Michael Wombles, born 1994, 70 Harmony Lane, Georgetown, possession of drugs - marijuana, Old Ohio 32 at Bauer Road, Batavia, Dec. 5. Antwan Blythe, born 1980, 463 Pedretti Ave., Cincinnati, criminal damaging/endangering, 247 Seton Court, Batavia, Dec. 3. Timothy Paul Doty, born 1989, 344 St. Andrews Drive, CIncinnati, theft, 1704 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 7. Juvenile, born 1995, 25 S Deer Creek Drive, Amelia, offenses involving underage persons, 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 7. Joseph Fredrick Bolton, born 1982, 32 Hitchcock Lane, Amelia, resisting arrest, 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 6.

Incidents/Investigations Assault At 341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 4. Breaking and entering At 505 Apple Road, Amelia, Dec. 3. At 3320 Whispering Trees Drive, Amelia, Dec. 5. Burglary At 300 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 6. At 104 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, Dec. 5. Criminal damaging/endangering At 247 Seton Court, Batavia, Dec. 2 Criminal trespass At 400 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 4. Disorderly conduct At 137 Santa Maria Drive, Amelia, Dec. 4. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 4.

LEGAL NOTICE The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati Ohio 45245 on Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #234, Karrie Adams, 1723 South Elm St., Muncie, IN 47302; Unit #402, Jarrod Applegate, 4448 Eastgate Dr., Batavia, OH 45103; Unit #286, Daniele Ayers, 4799 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208. 1741248

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