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By Kellie Geist-May

See how some are sharing their holiday spirit with lots of outdoor lights and decortations SEE STORY, B1

Hike-bike trail to be extended

Pierce Township officials signed agreements Dec. 14 that will allow work to begin on an extension of a hike-bike path along Locust Corner Road. FULL STORY, A2

Veterans receive medals for service

William Warren of Amelia, who served in the Navy in Vietnam, went on a lot of special missions where records were not always kept. Warren and four other veterans received the medals they earned in a special ceremony Dec. 15 at the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission offices in Batavia. FULL STORY, A3

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The Union Township trustees are expecting to reduce spending and build the township’s fund balance next year. Administrator Ken Geis anticipates the township to receive $25.6 million in revenue in 2011. During the meeting Thursday, Dec. 9, the trustees approved budgeted expenses of about $25.2 million. When the additional $400,000 is put into the township’s carryover, the total balance will be about $7 million.

“Union Township, overall, is in a fortunate position in that we are not nearly as economically distressed as other communities in the Greater Cincinnati area,” Geis said. The budget does not call for any major cuts, Geis said. “There are just some savings here and there,” he said. About 63 percent of the township’s budget is spent on personnel, Geis said, and no layoffs are planned. However, the budget does not include raises for employees. The township’s actual budget is based on the fiscal year, which

starts in July, but the trustees approve the non-statutory budget based on the calendar year, Geis said. “This budget is really a road map,” Geis said. Department heads have been working on the budget for months, but the trustees held no work sessions like last year. Resident John McGraw wanted to know why. Trustee Tim Donnellon said the work sessions were not necessary because the budget was within the parameters the trustees were looking for. “The budget is in line with

what we were looking for,” he said. “This is 180 degrees from last year.” Trustee Matt Beamer, who spearheaded a number of last year’s budget cuts, agreed. “Last year, the budget presented to us was ridiculous, just way too high … We didn’t have work sessions this year on the budget because the administration in place has done a fine job for us and has presented a conservative budget,” Beamer said. McGraw said he still felt open work sessions would help the township government be transparent.

Dowdney to be Batavia Twp. trustee By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Bill Dowdney was named Batavia Township’s newest trustee Dec. 17, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Archie Wilson, who won election as a Clermont County commissioner in November. Dowdney was chosen during a special session by Trustees Lee Cornett and James Sauls Jr. Seven township residents submitted letters of interest in the position. “I am grateful we had that many people interested in serving our township,” Cornett said. Sauls said Dowdney was someone who was dedicated and “always willing to volunteer” in the community. “We think he adds continuity,” he said. Dowdney is a member of the township’s board of zoning appeals.

He owns a business, Dowdney Associates, which sells machinery to the plastics industry. “As a trustee, I would help run the township the same way I have run my business for the last 25plus years, aggressively promoting it while being fiscally responsible,” he said in his letter of interest. Dowdney’s appointment runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011. His seat will be up for election as a two-year term Nov. 8, and he plans to run. He has never held elective office, but he ran for trustee in 2007. He said he is looking forward to working with his fellow trustees. “We’re going to make a really good team,” Dowdney said. “I want to thank Jim and Lee for having the confidence in me to fill this position.” He said he would focus on two

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Bill Dowdney, center, Dec. 17 was named to fill the Batavia Township trustee vacancy left by the resignation of Archie Wilson, who was elected Clermont County commissioner. The current trustees are James Sauls Jr., left, and Lee Cornett, right. goals as trustee: Attracting manufacturing jobs to the township and pursuing a private marina at East Fork Lake State Park. Such a marina could attract other development to the area, such as restaurants and housing, he said. Dowdney graduated from Batavia High School in 1968 and from the University of Cincinnati in 1973.

He is a member and past president of the Batavia Rotary Club and is a Clermont 20/20 Lead Class graduate. Dowdney is married with three children, three step-children and seven grandchildren. He will be sworn into office Jan. 1. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/bataviatownship.

Girls raising money for park flags By John Seney

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Two sisters are raising money to replace the flags in Amelia’s Shank Park. Lizzie and Christina Umberg told village council members Dec. 6 they recently moved to the village with their parents and enjoy playing in Shank Park. Lizzie said the three flags at the park – the American flag, Ohio flag and POW/MIA flag – are in need of replacement. As a service project for their American Heritage Girls troop, the sisters plan to raise money for new flags. They want to buy 3-foot by 5foot nylon flags that would hold up in all types of weather and last for a long time. The cost is $122. Lizzie said they also would like to buy solar lights to illuminate the flags. Three lights would cost $569.

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Lizzie Umberg, right, and her sister, Christina, make a presentation Dec. 6 at the Amelia council meeting. Listening are Mayor Leroy Ellington, right, and council member Tim Rosser. The girls proposed raising money to replace the flags at Shank Park. Lizzie said the project would cost Amelia residents about 50 cents a household. Lizzie said she would like to have the money raised by spring.

They plan to go door-to-door and ask businesses for contributions. If the sisters exceed their goal, the extra money will be turned over to the village for future pur-

chases to replace flags in other parts of the village, Lizzie said. “Thank you for coming tonight and noticing the flags are in need of replacement,” Mayor Leroy Ellington said. The sisters are home schooled. Lizzie is in the fourth grade and Christina is in the second grade. They belong to American Heritage Girls Troop 0552 in Bethel. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so through the village. Make the check payable to American Heritage Girls Troop No. OH0522 and send the donation to: Amelia Village, Attn: Julie Wartman, c/o Flag Project, 44 West Main St., Amelia, OH 45102. For questions or more information call Julie Wartman at 7189135 or e-mail jwartman@ameliavillage.com. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/amelia.

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December 22, 2010

Agreement leads to hike-bike path extension By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Pierce Township officials signed agreements Dec. 14 that will allow work to begin on an extension of a hike-bike path along Locust Corner Road. The extension had been held up for several years while officials negotiated easements with owners of the Legendary Run Golf Course.

Administrator David Elmer told township trustees the easements had been worked out with the golf course owners. Representatives of the Legendary Run Community Association also signed the agreement. Elmer said a few minor adjustments were made in the plans for the path. “We finally arrived at a consensus as to what was important,” he said.

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He said compensation was part of the negotiations, and was resolved with a $1 payment to the golf course for the easement rights.The next step, Elmer said, is for design work to begin. In October, the trustees approved spending $20,000 for an engineering study. The work will be done by the engineering firm McGill Smith Punshon of Cincinnati. “I’m excited and pleased to be moving forward,” Elmer said. “A lot of people have worked very hard on this,” said Trustee Christopher Knoop. When the Legendary Run development was built,

a hike-bike trail was included. Most of the path was built, but one section was left undone. That section, about 4,800 feet, runs along the southern edge of the golf course from Merwin-Ten Mile Road to near the township ball fields on Locust Corner Road. The money to develop the path is in a tax increment financing fund that can only be used for Legendary Run. There is about $100,000 in the fund. Elmer said he had no estimate on how long the path would take to build or the total cost. He said the engineering firm would provide a cost estimate as part of the study.

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Representatives of Pierce Township, Legendary Run Golf Course and Legendary Run Community Association signed an agreement Dec. 14 allowing work to begin on an extension of a hike-bike path along Locust Corner Road. With a map of the path are, from left: Jim Moyer, president of the community association; Cindy Dierkes, general manager of the golf course; and Trustees Bonnie Batchler, Gregg Conrad and Christopher Knoop.

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Amy Haller of Amelia shovels snow off her driveway. A winter storm dropped several inches of snow all around the Tristate area Thursday morning.

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Tyler Hartness of Amelia shows off his snowboarding skills.A winter storm dropped several inches of snow all around the Tristate area Thursday morning.

John Smith sleds down a hill in Amelia. A winter storm dropped several inches of snow all around the Tristate area Thursday morning.

Kelin Wajert of Amelia kicks up snow as he heads down the hill. A winter storm dropped several inches of snow all around the Tristate area Thursday morning.

Motorist travel through downtown Amelia. A winter storm dropped several inches of snow all around the Tristate area Thursday morning.

Bids awarded for plant upgrade Bids have been awarded for $12.4 million in improvements at the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant in Batavia Township. The Clermont County commissioners approved the bids Wednesday, Dec. 15. One bid was for $1.6 million in electrical work awarded to Lake Erie Elec-

tric, Inc. of Franklin, Ohio. The other bid was for $10.8 million for complete plant work other than electrical awarded to Reynolds, Inc. of Orleans, Ind. Thomas Yeager, county director of utilities, said the project would increase pumping capacity at the plant, which draws drinking water from Harsha Lake at

East Fork State Park. Yeager said money for the project would come from the capital improvement fund and the issuance of bonds. The work is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and take about 18 months. For more about your community, visit www. Cincinnati.com/clermontcounty.


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December 22, 2010

Veterans honored at awards presentation By John Seney

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William Warren of Amelia, who served in the Navy in Vietnam, went on a lot of special missions where records were not always kept. So some of the medals he

earned while serving his country were never awarded to him. Warren and four other veterans received the medals they earned in a special ceremony Dec. 15 at the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission offices in Batavia.

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Rep. Danny Bubp, left, presents medals to William Warren of Amelia at a ceremony Dec. 15. Warren earned the medals serving in the Navy in Vietnam.

“I’m honored and overwhelmed,” he said after receiving his medals. Attending the ceremony was Warren’s son-in-law, Mason Bruce-Kelsey, who has been in the Army 14 years and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. “I’m proud to have my son-in-law here,” he said. The Bronze Star Medal, awarded for meritorious service, was one of the medals awarded to Charles Luithle of Union Township, who served in the Army during World War II. Luithle, who was held by the Germans as a prisoner of war, said he used to think the sacrifices of his fellow soldiers were never fully appreciated by other Americans. Then he visited the World War II Memorial in Washington earlier this year. He was part of an “Honor Flight” sponsored by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that flies veterans to

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The camera was back on Dec. 6 at the Amelia village council meeting. “We welcome back the camera,” Mayor Leroy Ellington said. Village council members voted in July to stop televising meetings as a cost-saving measure. Last month, they reversed themselves and voted to resume the broadcasts. The council also approved a contract with a new provider for the broadcasts. The meetings will be taped by

Ora Steward of TCB Video Productions at a cost of $100 a meeting. Steward will provide the village with nine DVDs of each meeting. Three of the DVDs will go to the Amelia branch of the Clermont County Public Library and six will be available at village hall for residents, council members or village officials. A copy of the recording will be sent to Clermont County Communications for broadcast on the county’s public access channel. Steward also will make recordings available on YouTube. There

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Charles Luithle of Union Township, right, receives the medals he earned in World War II at a ceremony Dec. 15. Presenting the medals is Rep. Danny Bubp. Washington to visit their memorials. “It changed my mind when I took that flight,” he said. “People recognized what we did.” Richard Futrell Jr. of Wayne Township, who served with the Marines in Vietnam, said the medals ceremony meant a lot to him. “I was pretty choked up,” he said. “I thought it was very nice.” Futrell said the ceremony got him thinking about Vietnam, which he had not

will be a link on the village website – www.ameliavillage.com – to the YouTube recordings. Union Township Television handled the taping of the meetings in the past. Union Township charged by the hour, with the cost about $200 to $250 a month. At the Nov. 1 meeting, Council Member Renee Gerber, who voted to halt the broadcasts in July, switched her vote. “We’re going to be faced with some hard issues after the election,” she said. She urged bringing back the cameras so residents could see

done in a long time. Also honored at the ceremony were William Gehring of Hillsboro, who served in the Navy in Vietnam, and Monte Riley of West Union, who served in the Army in Vietnam. “These men have made the sacrifice to make sure we have freedom,” said Rep. Danny Bubp, who presented the medals to the veterans. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ clermontcounty.

Village council members voted in July to stop televising meetings as a cost-saving measure. Last month, they reversed themselves and voted to resume the broadcasts. The council also approved a contract with a new provider for the broadcasts. what council was doing. With a 3-3 vote, Ellington broke the tie in favor of the broadcasts. “I think the broadcasts are of significant value,” Ellington said. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/amelia.

New Richmond man charged in robbery A New Richmond was arrested on charges of robbing a service station with a knife. Dakotah “Cody” Boehm, 23, of 708 Front Street faces charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft.

He is being held in the Clermont County Jail on a $250,000 bond. New Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey said a man wearing a scarf over is face and carrying a 12-inch-long knife robbed the River

City BP Express in New Richmond Dec. 4. The robber held the store clerk at bay before escaping with about $700 in cash. Harvey said police were able to

make the arrest with the cooperation of residents willing to come forward with valuable information. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ newrichmond.

Business fined for illegal burning MHP Holdings-Forest Creek, Ltd. has been ordered to comply with the state’s open burning laws and pay a $1,000 penalty after inspectors from the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services determined the company or its representative burned landscape waste, furniture, rugs, tires, trash and garbage at the Forest Creek Mobile Home Park, Ohio 222 in Monroe Township, Clermont County. In Ohio, it is illegal to burn construction debris, residential garbage, plastics and certain petroleum products. When burned, plastics can give off dioxins and other chemicals that can make people sick. The rules are in place to protect human health and safety. Open fires, including fires in barrels, can release many kinds of toxic fumes that can lead to breathing difficulties. Improperly disposed asbestos can become friable and tiny airborne fibers can become lodged deeply in people’s lungs.

Gases released by open burning also can corrode metal siding and damage paint on buildings. Ohio regulations, http://epa.ohio.gov/portals/47/facts/openburn.pdf, allow some open burning

with written permission from Ohio EPA, or if the fire is for certain limited uses such as cooking fires, campfires, warmth, ceremonial or recreational purposes. Fires must use clean, seasoned firewood or clean

burning fuel, and meet size requirements (ceremonial fires can be five-by-five feet; however camp fires and cooking fires may not exceed 3 feet). They cannot be used for waste disposal.

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$1.2 million to balance budget

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The Clermont County commissioners are planning to spend about $1.2 million from the county’s carryover fund to balance the 2011 general fund budget. Budget Director Sukie Scheetz estimated the county’s 2011 revenue to be at about $46.1 million and expenses to be at about $47.3 million. The county’s carryover is currently at about $12 million, or 25 percent of the total general fund operating budget. Commissioners Bob Proud said the commissioners want to keep the reserve fund at that level. “The idea is to have onequarter’s worth of spending available. That’s our goal,” he said. If the revenues and expenses pan out as anticipated, the reserve fund will drop to about $10.8 million – 22 percent of the general fund expenses. Proud said that if those estimates are realized, the county will rebuild that carryover when the revenue picks up. “A revenue increase is still in our five-year forecast,” he said. This year, however, Scheetz is expecting revenue to be flat with a slight increase in sales tax earnings and a continued reduction of interest earnings. Of the general fund expenses, 36 percent is for criminal justice, 23 percent is for general government, 22 percent is for judicial services, 7 percent is for public safety, 6 percent is for health and human services, 4 percent is for economic development and 2 percent is for other expenses. The county’s total budget, including grants, will be $242.8 million in 2011. This year’s expenses were $253.4 million. A big piece of the difference is a reduction in water and sewer projects, Scheetz said. The commissioners approved the 2011 budget and appropriations Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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December 22, 2010

Although the route for the Amelia Christmas Parade was a little shorter this year, Ohio Pike was still packed with floats and walkers.

U.S. Marine Danny Ruck was the Grand Marshal for this year’s Amelia Christmas Parade.

The employees of Sparkies Lounge in Amelia put together this float for the Amelia Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 12.

Winter weather pauses for Amelia parade

The Sheppard family, of Amelia, with the Mighty Fine Motorcycle Group wait for the Amelia Christmas Parade to start Sunday, Dec. 12. Clockwise from back left are: Bob, Nicole, Bill and Ella Sheppard.

Mother Nature took a short break from the winter weather for this year’s Amelia Christmas Parade. The snow stopped for just a few hours Sunday, Dec. 12, in time for the annual parade. This year’s route was a little shorter, but not for a lack in participants. Hundreds of Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, companies and community members lined the street to be in the parade. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Daisy Troop 40136 of Batavia dresses as Christmas presents for the Amelia Christmas Parade. The parade was Sunday, Dec. 12.

Amelia Cub Scout Pack 443 and Boy Scout Troop 443 line-up for the Amelia Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 12.

Santa Claus rode in a sleigh provided by the Withamsville Ace Hardware in this year’s Amelia Christmas Parade.

The Brandstetter family, owners of parade-sponsor Kanga Roof, get ready for the Amelia Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 12. From far left are: Maria, Julia, Joshua, Mark, Jacob, Sarah and Duane Brandstetter.

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Club making quilts for soldiers’ children By Rob Dowdy

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The Newtown Quilt Club started several months ago, yet its work is already reaching across the globe. Pauline Murrie, who started the club, said members recently agreed to make quilts for the Greg Missman Memorial Fund, which supports children who’s parents are deployed

To learn more about the Greg Missman Memorial Fund, visit www.gregmissman fund.com. To learn more about the Newtown Quilt Club or to purchase raffle tickets prior to Winterfest, call Pauline Murrie at 272-2030. overseas or who’s parents are veterans in need of assistance. She said the quilt club is

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Cub Scout Pack 116 of St. Bernadette in Amelia brought their “holiday dogs” for the Amelia Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 12.

making 15 quilts for the fund, and has produced 75 other quilts that have been given to the needy, senior citizens and others. “We are touching a lot of lives,” Murrie said. Jim Missman, founder of the Greg Missman Fund, said he began the fund after his son was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Missman is from Pierce Township and his son grew up in Union Township and graduated from Glen Este High School. “We’re strictly about kids,” he said. Missman said he was discussing the fund with Murrie when he suggested combining the efforts of the quilt club with his charitable group, which gave teddy bears to children with active duty parents. He said many of the bears given away to chil-

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Jim Missman, founder of the Greg Missman Memorial Fund, and Pauline Murrie, member of the Newtown Quilt Club, have joined forces to help children whose parents are serving overseas or who have parents who were killed in combat by offering quilts and teddy bears. dren this year will come with a personalized quilt. Murrie said the quilt club also will raffle off a quilt at the village’s Winterfest, with proceeds benefiting the

club’s efforts to provide quilts to the Greg Missman Memorial Fund. To read more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/newtown


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December 22, 2010

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Last-minute donors save ‘Shop with a Cop’ outing By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Help from some lastminute donors saved a “Shop with a Cop” outing for school children in Pierce Township. Police Chief James Smith said a corporate sponsor for the annual program backed out at the last minute. “We had already made a commitment to the children and could not tell them no,” Smith said. “At the last moment private sponsors stepped forward with checkbooks in hand to make a better Christmas for the children.” The new sponsors were: • Lorin Williams and Beechmont Ford, providing each child with a stocking

with toys. • Pierce Point Cinema 10 on Ohio Pike in Pierce Township, donating money to buy presents. • One-Shot Gun Shop and Police Supply in Newtown, donating money to buy presents. • Hunter’s Den Gun Shop on Ohio Pike in Pierce Township, donating money to buy presents. Donato’s Pizza on Ohio Pike, which treated the kids to lunch in the past, came through again this year, Smith said. The Pierce Township Police Department also gave each child a stocking with toys and an ornament. Three children were treated this year to a shopping trip with police officers.

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The Pierce Township Police Department recently participated in a “Shop with a Cop” outing with children. From left are Carmen Kelley from St. Bernadette School, Officer Erica Haught, Officer Jason Doerman with Dougie the Drug Dog, Tanner Taulbee from Locust Corner Elementary and Justin Fuston from Merwin Elementary. They were selected by school officials as being exceptional students, Smith

said. The event was organized by Det. Laetitia Schuler with

assistance from Officer Erica Haught and Officer Jason Doerman. Dougie the Drug

Dog also participated, Smith said. “Our event went very well and the kids seemed to have a great time,” Schuler said. Some other police departments, including Miami Township, have changed the name of the program because someone filed a copyright for the “Shop with a Cop” name. Smith said he was unaware of the copyright and intended to stick with the name. “I don’t have a problem with ‘Shop with a Cop,’” he said. “All we are trying to do is help kids.” For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/piercetow nship.

BRIEFLY Water main break

Santa Claus talks with sisters, from left, Sydney Durbin, 3, and Kylie Durbin, 6, at the Batavia Township Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 7.

Children help decorate tree in Batavia Township Children helped decorate a 14-foot Christmas tree with ornaments Dec. 7 at Batavia Township’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The event featured Christmas carols sung by students from Batavia Elementary School and an appearance by Santa Claus. Punch and cookies were served to those who attended. PHOTOS JOHN SENEY/STAFF

WEST CLERMONT – Amelia High School and Amelia Middle School are closed today, Dec. 20, because of a water main break. Superintendent Gary Brooks said there was no water available for drinking or rest rooms while the break was being repaired. He said the break should be fixed in time for school to resume Tuesday. The last day of school before winter break is Thursday, Dec. 23.

VFW event

BATAVIA TWP. – Members of Clermont County VFW Post 3954 will host a New Year’s dance and hog roast from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the post, 4070 Greenbriar Road in Batavia Township. Hey Mr. D.J. Music will provide the tunes. Door prizes will be given out and split the pots will take place. Draft beer, soft drinks, coffee, water and snacks will be provided. Bring your own bottle. Cost is $25 per couple or $15 per single. Call 732-2436 for more information.

Separate township

The Christmas tree is decorated Dec. 7 at Batavia Township’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

NEW RICHMOND – A meeting has been scheduled to discuss a proposal by New Richmond officials to form a separate township. The meeting will include representatives of New Richmond, Ohio Township and Pierce Township. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at New Richmond Village Hall, 102 Willow St. New Richmond passed a resolution in November to petition the county commissioners to approve a new township. The village now is part of both Ohio and Pierce townships.

Employees switched

CLERMONT COUNTY – Employees responsible for

developing mapping databases have been switched to a new department. “It’s a little bit of a reorganization.” County Administrator David Spinney said. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff members are being moved from the Office of Technology to the Planning Department. Spinney said the reorganization involves no changes in staffing levels or pay. The GIS staff develops maps for a number of departments in the county, Spinney said. The maps are used for the county dispatch system, for tracking water and sewer issues and by the auditor’s office. As part of the reorganization, county commissioners Nov. 8 approved the creation of a new position of GIS program administrator. Spinney said the position is held by Kelly Perry. “It’s the same job as before,” he said.

Lost chickens

MONROE TWP. – The Clermont County commissioners Dec. 8 authorized the payment of $380 to an Ohio Township man who lost 38 chickens to a fox. Commissioner Bob Proud said according to Ohio law, if a wild animal kills livestock, the owner can petition the county commissioners for reimbursement. David Schafer, 2062 Franklin-Laurel Road, made the claim for the loss of 35 frizzle chickens and three guinea chickens Oct. 27.

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AMELIA – The Clermont County commissioners Dec. 8 approved the acquisition of six used buses from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. County Administrator David Spinney said the buses were acquired at no cost to Clermont County. The buses were not being used by the Dayton, Ohio, agency. The buses will be used on the Amelia route, said Ben

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Organizational meeting

UNION TWP. – The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education has scheduled the 2011 organizational meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The public is welcome.

Pet wish tree

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Animal Shelter invites you to visit their Holiday Wish Tree, select an ornament, then purchase the attached item that will benefit stray, abandoned and neglected animals in the county. “The snowflake ornaments have tags on them that range from paper towels and dish soap all the way up to a commercial dryer,” said shelter volunteer Susan Frazier. The Holiday Wish Tree is in the lobby of the Clermont County Animal Shelter, 4025 Filager Road in Batavia. “You can select an ornament Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” said Frazier. For more information on the Holiday Wish Tree, contact the Clermont County Animal Shelter at 732-8854.

YMCA awards

CLERMONT COUNTY – Through Jan. 15, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is looking for stories of youth who are wonderful examples of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. Forty YMCA Character Awards will be presented in April to local teens who, through volunteerism,

mentoring, advocacy, leadership and selfless giving are making a positive difference in the world around them. YMCA Character Award nominees must be between 12 and 18 years of age; be enrolled in an elementary, junior or senior high school; reside within the Greater Cincinnati Tristate area. They also must agree to participate in the honoree orientation event in March and the YMCA Character Awards Event during the week of April 11. To nominate a teen, visit http://myy.org/our-ys/branches/community-services/form or call the Community Services YMCA at 961-3200.

Organizational meeting

BATAVIA – The Batavia school board members will hold their organizational meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10. The meeting will be at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place. The purpose of the meeting is to elect board officers for 2011 and to finalize other organizational items for the new year. The organizational meeting will be followed by the regular monthly board meeting.

Tree drop off

UNION TWP. – Residents may drop off Christmas trees at the township’s service department throughout the month of January. Staff will be available to help unload trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but there will be a designated drop-off area for all other times. The service department is behind the Union Township Police Department at 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Call 753-2221 for more information.

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The West Clermont staff is working to be sure the district operates as one entity. That goal is part of the district’s strategic plan and falls under the guidance of the Processes Committee. Committee Chair Mary Ellen Steele-Pierce, assistant superintendent, said having specific processes in place for things like hirings, textbooks adoptions and technology upgrades is essential. “Process is especially important

when you have a large district with 12 schools. We are trying to work to ensure we all really follow the same decision-making model,” Steele-Pierce said. “We believe our work in that area has led us to the ‘excellent with distinction’ designation.” The committee presented a strategic plan update during the school board meeting Monday, Dec. 13. The presentation had three main focuses: Technology, teachers and textbooks. District Network Coordinator Jim Stahl said the committee plans to make sure all elementary stu-

dents have the same access to technology. That means each school will be wireless with a central computer system and computer lab and each classroom will have a one teacher desktop computer, a projector, interactive white board, two netbooks and a classroom phone. Each grade level also will share a laptop cart. The new Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco elementary schools already have that technology. “We set guidelines and standards to upgrade the technology in our schools by 2013,” Stahl

said. When it comes to textbooks, the district staff works closely with teachers to decide which textbooks to order as well as to make sure the new textbooks are properly implemented, said Tanny McGregor, supervisor of educational programs. “When we think about ordering new textbooks, we have to establish need, review the materials, follow the adoption process ... roll out the new textbooks and provide support,” she said. The Processes plan also calls for a specific recruitment and hir-

ing plan for bringing in new staff members, especially teachers. Angie Ferguson, who is a teacher and the teacher induction program coordinator, said it’s important for the district to continue to work with area colleges to bring in interns and student teachers who may be hired upon graduation. The new staff person then will go through a series of professional development training sessions and will work with a mentor. “The goal is to get the highest qualified person in every position,” Ferguson said.

Fall test scores good news for Williamsburg By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

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Monroe Elementary’s Art & Earth Club, pictured, is raising money for Bophelong Elementary School in Mamelodi, South Africa, by creating and selling jewelry.

Monroe artists raise money for South African school Monroe Elementary’s Art & Earth Club is raising money for Bophelong Elementary School in Mamelodi, South Africa, by creating and selling jewelry. “The impoverished township that Bophelong is located in does not receive government funds and is struggling to educate their children,” said Alicia Dodson, a New Richmond High School graduate and senior at Northern Kentucky University, who is doing her student teaching at Monroe. “Children in Mamelodi go to school, but do not have materials or educated teachers.” The Art & Earth Club members will make beads from rolled magazines and beading them to create bracelets. “Beading is a South African art form and is worn with traditional South African clothing,” said Dodson. “After the beading is completed the students will be responsible for selling them to their family and friends. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards purchasing supplies for the Bophelong school.”

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Summerside Elementary held their annual walk-a-thon fundraiser Oct. 15. Students, families, staff, PTO and volunteers all walked together to raise more than $8,600 for Summerside. From left, Emmaline Moore, Emma Phipps and Rylee-Jade Simmons enjoy their time at the walk-a-thon.

Student wins scholarship to Ashland University

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Monroe Elementary’s Art & Earth Club is raising money for Bophelong Elementary School in Mamelodi, South Africa, by creating and selling jewelry. Student teacher Alicia Dodson, right, shows Monroe students (from left) Courtney Price, Jasmine Hinkston, Mackenzie Adams, Josie Blome and Elise Bezold the South African art form of beading.

New Richmond work study students helping NRE Students in New Richmond High School’s work study program are gaining valuable employment skills through a partnership with the New Richmond Elementary School. “I have a group of 10 students who volunteer at (the elementary) four times a week,” said Amy Carey, intervention specialist at the high school. “The students work in the (ele-

Williamsburg third-graders ranked first in Clermont County for the percentage who scored proficient or above on the state’s fall reading test. Superintendent Jeff Weir said the students will take the test again in the spring when other tests are administered and the state will take the better of each student’s two scores in the final calculations for the district’s and school’s grade on the state report card. According to preliminary results from the Ohio Department of Education, 73.9 percent of Williamsburg third-graders scored proficient or above on the October test administration. The second-highest score, 68.6 percent, was by third-graders in Goshen schools. Last year, 65 percent of Williamsburg third-graders scored proficient or above on the fall test. “The kids really did well,” Weir

said. “We were just thrilled.” Weir said the scores were a starting point for improving the district’s report card. “There’s lots Weir more to do,” he said. For the 2009-2010 academic year, the district and elementary school were rated effective. Jane Croswell, principal at the elementary school, said one of the factors behind the improved scores is current third-graders are the first class to go through allday kindergarten in the district. Other factors include more concentration on writing at the second-grade level and more time spent helping students who are struggling academically. “We are very pleased with the results,” Croswell said. “You like to have concrete proof what you’re doing is working.”

mentary) library, volunteer in Rosemary Wiebell’s kindergarten class and help on PTO projects.” The project was featured at the November meeting of the New Richmond board of education, held at the elementary. “Because of (high school principal Diana Spinnati) and (elementary principal Gary Combs), my students have a wonderful opportunity to build employability

skills,” said Carey. “The work study program provides the students with an opportunity to learn and gain a handson approach to the education profession,” said Combs. “Our teachers at New Richmond Elementary extend a helping a hand to our high school students interested in becoming educators.”

Desiree Belew has been awarded an $11,000 Provost’s Scholarship to attend Ashland University based on her academic achievements. Belew has been student council treasurer at Glen Este High School since 2005 and is a member of the National Honor Society, track and field and cross country teams, Drama Club stage crew, History Club and was a participant in Operation Zero. She has been an after-school volunteer at Clough Pike Elementary four days a week for the last

two years and volunteers every Saturday at the Eastgate PetSmart. The renewable Provost’s Scholarship is awarded to Belew incoming freshmen based on high school grade point averages and ACT/SAT scores. The daughter of Danielle and Chris Macaluso, Belew is a senior at Glen Este.

COLLEGE NOTE Cabral awarded scholarship

Kacie Cabral has received a $500 scholarship from the office of Dr. James N. Thacker. To be considered for the scholarship, offered to current and prior patients of Dr. Thacker, applicants submitted essays titled

“What I Have Learned About Myself Through Orthodontics.” They also submitted academic and community service information along with reference letters from teachers. A graduate of Glen Este High School, Cabral currently attends the Art Institute of Cincinnati and is pursuing a career in graphic design.


SPORTS BRIEFLY

The week at Amelia

• The Amelia boys basketball team beat New Richmond 64-30, Dec. 11. Amelia’s Kevin Morse was the team’s topscorer with 13 points. New Richmond’s top-scorers were Tanner Wolfe and Chris Tuner with six points each. • In wrestling, Amelia placed 14th with a score of 81.5 in the Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 11. • In boys bowling, Goshen beat Amelia 2,223-2,195, Dec. 14. Amelia’s Michael Seebohm bowled a 358. • In girls bowling, Amelia beat Goshen 1,829-1,433, Dec. 14. Amelia’s Sarah Flory bowled a 323.

The week at Batavia

• In girls basketball, Felicity beat Batavia 51-38. Batavia’s top-scorer was Sarah Gibson with 11 points.

The week at Williamsburg

• The Williamsburg boys basketball team beat Georgetown 59-50, Dec. 11. Williamsburg’s Elliot Young was the team’s top-scorer with 24 points.

The week at New Richmond

• The New Richmond boys basketball team lost 46-37 to Norwood, Dec. 14. New Richmond’s top-scorers were Tanner Wolfe and Chris Turner with 10 points each. • In boys swimming, New Richmond beat Summit Country Day 51-42, Dec. 14. • In girls swimming, New Richmond beat Summit Country Day 73-17, Dec. 14. New Richmond won the 200 meter medley relay in 2 minutes, 24.05 seconds, the 200 meter freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 5.06 seconds and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 5 minutes, 9.66 seconds. • In girls swimming, Seven Hills beat New Richmond 5836, Dec. 15. • In boys swimming, New Richmond beat Seven Hills 65-29, Dec. 15. New Richmond won the 100 meter medley relay in 2 minutes, 8 seconds, and the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 48.22 seconds.

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You would think a celebration would be planned if a high school coach reached a milestone like 200 wins. Not if you’re Glen Este girls basketball coach Jeff Click. Shortly after recording No. 200 against Turpin 5951 on Dec. 18, Click raised his arms briefly, shook hands with his assistant, got in the “good game” line, and then walked off the court as the PA announcer made mention of the career highlight. Click’s biggest concern? His fourth-grader had a game at Eastside Sports in 45 minutes. Seeing as he

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View a segment of Scott Springer’s interview with Glen Este High School girls basketball coach Jeff Click at cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps. also coaches that team, it was off to another sideline and another bench. Turns out, Click coached the fourth-graders that morning, led his Glen Este girls to victory mid-afternoon, then was out the door for roundball nightcap. In between, he answered some questions about the 200th victory as friends and family mulled about outside of Glen Este’s gym. “I try not to think about

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it too much,” Click said. “We haven’t been talking about it. At the end of the day, when I come home tonight and I’m with my family, I’ll think about how much time I spent up here (and) how much fun it’s been.” Glen Este was led by senior guard Lakin Louiso as she hit for 24 points. Turpin’s three-point shooting (led by junior Ashley Long’s 8-11 day and 26 points) kept the Spartans in the game, but they got no closer than three points in the second half after trailing 30-23 at the break. Sophomore forward Katie Gaskill also helped Coach Click’s cause with a double-double effort (13

points and 11 boards). So, what began in 1995 is at 200 wins after 15 years. Just as planned, right? “I just don’t think you think about that,” Click said. “We just try to keep things simple and coach them as hard as we can. Teach them to play the game the right way.” For the record, Click knows a thing or two about the game having led the city in scoring in the late ’80s as an Amelia Baron sharpshooter. Averaging 28-29 points per game can give you a lot of confidence and Click transcends that with his floor presence. “It’s a credit to all of the players,” said Click of his

success. “I’ve been lucky. I think you stay some place for 15 years, it tells you a couple things. One, you have great people that you work with, and we’ve been lucky with great players and great parents that are very supportive of what we do.” Click hopes the support continues as he plans on staying around for the next couple of hundred victories also. “Oh, I think so,” said Click. “I just turned 40. I don’t plan on going anywhere. My daughter’s in fourth grade, and I’m hoping she’ll be up here in a few years and I’ll coach her.” Why not? Glen Este’s girls program does seem to be “Clicking.”

Williamsburg impressive in early wins By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich@communitypress.com

This could be the start of something good for the Williamsburg High School boys basketball squad. After posting an 8-13 record last season and a 120 mark during the 20082009 campaign, the Wildcats opened their schedule with four consecutive wins. They were 4-0 after their Dec. 17 win over FelicityFranklin High School, 7965. Williamsburg head coach Dan McKibben believes his squad’s fast start is due to the experience his team gained throughout the past few winters. “We’re playing as a team, and we’re more experienced,” McKibben said. “We had five underclassmen last year and that’s

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Williamsburg's Elliot Young is averaging 25.7 points per contest for the Wildcats through three games this season.

paying dividends now with the experience we have.” McKibben added that a bolstered defensive effort has aided his squad’s fast start. “They are a hardworking

group and we put a lot of work in during the offseason…and they’ve responded well,” McKibben said. The Wildcats dedication is also evidenced by the squad’s victory over Georgetown, Dec. 11. It was the first time the Wildcats beat Georgetown in 24 tries dating back to 1998, according to McKibben. While many classes have come and gone through Williamsburg’s program since then, McKibben and his squad used the victory to gauge where they stand among Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference competition. “You hear people talk and after awhile you start to doubt yourself,” he said. “(The Georgetown win) gives them confidence going into the rest of the

season because Georgetown was picked to finish higher than us by other coaches, so to beat them at their place gives us a big confidence boost.” Forward Elliot Young has proved to be the catalyst for the Wildcats in the early going. He averaged 25.7 points per game through the squad’s first three contests. Young’s play is on par with what McKibben expected to receive from his senior starter. “Right now, Elliot is a complete offensive player (in the post) and (on the perimeter),” McKibben said. “When he’s hot, he’s pretty difficult to stop.” The Wildcats are also getting contributions from other players who have made the squad’s success a true team effort. First-year varsity point

guard Jacob Herren has done a solid job running the squad’s offense and is averaging 10 points on the year. “Jacob’s come a long way, and he’s done a nice job of running the point,” McKibben said. “He’s handled the pressure pretty well.” At forward, 6-foot-3 senior Matt Richardson has been a force in the post for the Wildcats with 8.7 points per game and seven steals on defense. The Wildcats are also getting a taste of their future with the play of guard Kendal Young. The sophomore is averaging 6.7 points and is second on the squad with six assists through three games. See more sports coverage at www.cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps

Depth is trademark for GE wrestling By Mark Chalifoux mchalifoux@communitypress.com

• Glen Este boys bowling beat placed second with a score of 4,389 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. On Dec. 13, Glen Este beat Wilmington 3,020-3,603. Glen Este’s Jaekob Pesnichak bowled a 491. On Dec. 15, Glen Este beat Wilmington 2,733-2,674. Glen Este’s Jarred Brewer bowled a 425. • In girls bowling, Glen Este placed 11th with a score of 3,424, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 13, Glen Este beat WIlmington 2,506-2,290. Glen Este’s Leslie Campbell bowled a 365. On Dec. 15, Glen Este beat Wilmington. Glen Este’s Campbell bowled a 384.

The week at McNick

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• In girls basketball, McNick lost 62-40 to Alter, Dec. 11. McNick’s top-scorer was Hannah Taylor with 11 points. On Dec. 15, McNick lost 42-31 to Badin. McNicholas’ Stephanie Krusling led her team in points with 12 points. • In wrestling, McNick placed 15th with a score of 76 in the Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 11.

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Air McCabe

New Richmond’s Joey McCabe, No. 5, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bethel-Tate’s David Hammock, right, in the first half of the Dec. 17 game between the New Richmond Lions and the Bethel-Tate Tigers at Bethel-Tate High School. New Richmond lost in overtime, 5655. McCabe added 14 points.

The Glen Este High School wrestling team is deeper than in the past few years, and that’s reflected in the Trojans duals record, as Glen Este is 5-1 to start the season. “We started off the season in the Harrison duals, like we always do, and we made it to the finals for the first time any of the coaches can remember,” said head coach Jason Roush. “We lost in the finals to Harrison 37-34 and had some tight matches that didn’t go our way, but it was a good start.” Senior Cory Burris, wrestling at the 160-pound weight class, was selected as the most outstanding wrestler of Glen Este’s pool. Glen Este followed the good start with a win over New Richmond in an in-school dual and then went to Ryle High School for a tournament with teams from four neighboring states and finished sixth out of the 16 teams. “So far things have gone well,” Roush said. Burris has started the season quickly, going 10-1. Drew Kearns, a junior at the 130pound weight class, is also 10-1. Senior Blake Meyers is 9-2 and is a returning sectional champion and led the Trojans in wins last sea-

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Max Davis of Glen Este (right) wrestles with Keaton Thomas of Union County during the Ryle Raider Rumble Dec. 11. son. Senior Travis Jones, at 189-pounds, is another returning sectional champion for Glen Este. “We have nine seniors in the starting lineup, which is the most we’ve had in a long time,” Roush said. “12 of our 14 starters are returning wrestlers and eight of them qualified for the district tournament last season.” One goal for the Trojans is to have a state qualifier this season, as Glen Este didn’t have one last year and it’s been more than a decade since the Trojans have gone consecutive seasons without a state qualifier. Roush said the team is much more experienced this year and is a better dual team because of the good depth and is different from some of the teams he’s had in the past. “Two years ago, we had three or four elite wrestlers, we had two district champi-

ons that year and the program had only had three total before that,” Roush said. “We also had a few holes on that team and this year, we haven’t had anyone stand out as the top guy in the city, but we also have a very solid lineup. We’re just waiting for them to make the jump from solid wrestlers to elite wrestlers.” Roush said having so many seniors in the lineup has helped him as a coach because of the strong leadership in the room. He also said the kids have done well early in the season, which can be the toughest part of the year. “We have some big tournaments coming up and really the first few months are the toughest as we wrestle a tough schedule before we get into the league, and then we won’t have any more big tournaments until the postseason,” Roush said.


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And so the Christmas season’s inevitable controversy arrives About letters & right on schedule. The Freedom columns from Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently launched their latest cruWe welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other sade in Brookville, Ind., to remove topics. Include your name, address, that most offencell and home phone numbers so we sive of all symmay verify your letter or guest column. bols from the Letters may be no more than 200 grounds of the words and columns must be 400 to Franklin County 500 words. Please include a color Courthouse. Not headshot with guest columns. All a swastika. Not submissions will be edited for length, a burning cross. accuracy and clarity. Not a hanging Deadline is noon Friday. noose. E-mail: clermont@community Bob Bridges Rather, the press.com. Fax: 248-1938. Community intolerable disU.S. mail: The Community Journal, Press guest play from which 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, all of the good columnist citizens Loveland, Ohio 45140. of Letters, columns and articles Franklin County submitted to The Community Journal must be protected consists of a may be published or distributed in handful of statues of kings, shepprint, electronic or other forms. herds, peasants and farm animals, carefully arranged around a cradle Another response is to look all in a makeshift stable. The very first Constitutional around us at the myriad of philanamendment states that “Congress thropic acts committed in the shall make no law respecting an name of religion by disciples of establishment of religion, or pro- faith-based institutions that are hibiting the free exercise thereof.” funded by the generosity of reliI am not a lawyer or a Constitu- gious people. Our community is aglow with tional scholar, but those words the merciful works of hundreds of seem simple and direct. I struggle with the premise of such faith-based agencies that equating this basic tenet of our serve the poor, the disabled, the democracy to the right of freedom unemployed, the sick, the elderly, the hungry, the from religion. lonely and the Thank God for Freedom from religion emotionally and the separation of logically implies a freedom physically dependchurch and state. Thank God we from these agencies’ ent. They include live in a country missions. God forbid that hospitals, schools, that affords each kitchens, any members of the FFRF soup of us the freedom drop-in centers, of religion, ever find themselves in social networks, including the need of these services. universities, homefreedom to pracless shelters, and tice or profess no religion at all. However, I don’t second-hand shops. Despite all of understand why the FFRF feels the government safety nets, there entitled to the freedom from reli- is never a shortage of clients whose needs are met by these gion, even on the public square. The Constitution guarantees no agencies. Freedom from religion logically one on the public square protection from a host of exhibits and implies a freedom from these behaviors he might be consider agencies’ missions. God forbid that any members of the FFRF undesirable or offensive. At some point, all of us will be ever find themselves in need of offended by someone or some- these services. But if they ever should, I hope thing that we encounter on the they seek help from any one of public sidewalk. Freedom of expression demands the tolerance these hundreds of faith-based institutions. of ideas with which we disagree. If they are hungry, they will be History affords us no shortage fed. If they are sick, they will be of unspeakable crimes committed by men in the name of religion. treated. If they are hurting, they One reaction is to resent religion, will be consoled. Perhaps they to take offense to a seasonal sym- might also receive a different perbol like a manger scene, and to spective on a little manger scene lobby to deprive an entire commu- on the town square. Bob Bridges lives in Union Township. nity of a treasured tradition.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR About 237 years ago, Colonists disguised as Indians boarded British ships and dumped tea into Boston Harbor. This first Tea Party was a protest about taxation and British rule. That same Tea Party spirit recently forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to drop his $1.27 trillion, 1,924page spending bill after Republicans threatened to read it aloud on the floor. The problem was not just the wasteful earmarks and funding for Obamacare, but the way it was drafted. Obama’s promise of open dialogue continues to be a sham. Next to go was the so-called “Dream Act.” Add the fall of

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“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and we have three reasons to be cautiously optimistic. Conservatives are slowly getting the message that Americans are fed up, and have been for decades. We must continually hold their feet to the fire, especially Republicans who still don’t understand what Nov. 2 was all about. Don’t waste your time on Democrats. Most are beyond getting it, but will self destruct soon enough if we stand firm. If you have friends who voted for Obama in 2008, thank them for this wake-up call. It couldn’t have happened without him. John Joseph Goshen Township

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What services would you do without to help your local municipalities’ budget? “I would be willing to give up our lawmakers voting their own raises and rely on the people to vote on how well they did their job.” RJS

Do you support the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway for certain illegal aliens to become legal U.S. residents? Why or why not? “No, I do not want certain Illegal aliens to become legal residents. They are illegal. They broke our laws. Why should we reward them. They are already making a statement that they do not respect our laws and that they should be rewarded for it. Our law makers just want votes, and they don’t respect our laws either. Look at all they break.” RJS “The Dream Act is a nightmare! This legislation is a perfect example why the Democrats got drubbed in the recent election. Who in their right mind would support a law that would reward, and therefore encourage, illegal immigration? Answer: a party so desperate to win elections that they would compromise the safety of our borders and the privileges of citizenship.” T.H. “My parents came to the U.S. legally as immigrants in the first decade of the 20th century. They went through the process at Ellis Island as they were required to do by law. It saddens me to know that so many people have flouted our immigration laws, and have gotten away with it with no penalty. “I sympathize with people who are trying to escape dire circumstances in other countries, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. “However, it seems to me that the conditions and limitations imposed by the DREAM act are reasonable, and could be seen as a sensible loosening of current restrictions on illegal aliens for a very select group. “Requirements for ‘amnesty’ include the fact that they must have entered the country as minors, they must have graduated from U.S. high schools, they must complete either two years in the U.S. military or two years in college. After that, they would only have temporary residency for six years. “ A study of the bill’s highlights should reassure Americans that passage is a good thing to do, and the fact that there is considerable bi-partisan support is also encouraging.” B.B. “Basically I approve. However, I am troubled by the requirement for college or military service. “College has become hugely expensive (unfunded mandate here), and when did it become an article of faith only the collegeeducated contribute value to society? This goes for U.S. citizens too. If the Deficit Commission recommendations are followed defense spending will be cut and it will be harder to enter the military.” F.N. “The Dream Act does nothing so far as addressing America’s huge problem with millions of for-

eigners illegally entering our nation with impunity. “That the Senate and House bother with an insignificant piece of legislation when faced with many other huge problems demonstrates one of America’s worst problems: an ineffective national government. “It’s no different than Nero fiddling while Rome burns.” R.V. “We all need to support the DREAM Act, since it will take out the current hypocrisy of recognizing that we do have hundreds of thousands or more of illegal aliens, especially ones who were brought here as infants or small children, and this is the only place they have known. “Illegal aliens are not taking away GE engine assembler's $25plus an hour jobs. They are not taking away software engineers jobs. They have been providing a low-cost, highly productive service to many Americans, including wealthy ones, who sit on both sides of the aisle in Congress. “Millionaires entrust their child care to illegal aliens, many hire them for their excellent lawn care and gardening services, while tricky cleaning employers and temporary help agencies use them for highly productive work at below minimum wages, without benefits, and threats of reporting if they complain about sexual harassment, no overtime pay, or lost wages. “Even George W. Bush wanted to provide some kind of program to help the illegal aliens gain legal citizenship. Thousands and thousands serve with honor in our military, and most are good, law abiding citizens who came here to the United States out of desperation – to get free of dangerous conditions at home from drug cartel incited violence, to find a home where their children can get a good education, and where they can be safe. “I don't know why our immigration system is so encumbered by bureaucracy that it would take most of the illegal immigrant families five to 10 years to come here legally. By then, many of them might be dead! “We need to stop making this a political ploy, and step up and provide a transition means for them to become fully enfranchised citizens. That is what most of the families want. “Yes, it would mean that they would then be eligible for minimum wage, but last time I looked, the minimum wage wasn't what I would call a ‘living wage.’ Helping our law abiding illegal citizen families to transition to full citizens is the right thing to do. “We do need to keep out criminals who come here from anywhere to set up crime syndicates, to deal drugs, or deal in human slavery or prostitution. Once found, they need to be deported immediately, and identified to prevent returning. “I suspect that 95 percent of our illegal aliens came here for the same reason our ancestors did – for a good life, where often our work effort and ability to save and invest can create a good, secure life for our families. “If there were a common sense way that they could apply and come legally, they would have – unfortunately, we don't have a system capable right now to use computers interfaced with other systems to identify good citizens of other countries from criminals.” “Support the Dream Act, our first generation ancestors would have done so!”

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This week’s question Are you pleased or disappointed in the way your community plows snow from your streets? Why? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community press.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. Dr. W.S.W. “I feel that if the question works in the right way, it is good. Those who qualify and achieve the goals under the Dream Act( Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) would be a benefit to society. “If you read the premise of the act, it is not a welfare package, but a way that youths can establish themselves to becoming citizens via education or the military.” D.J. “Yes, I support the DREAM Act. Those who would benefit are talented, intelligent, and dedicated young persons who know only this country as home. They can become some of the future leaders of our country, provided we allow them the opportunity to pursue their dreams. “This bill offers a fair opportunity to earn citizenship if they commit to and complete at least two years of college or two years of honorable service in the military. It is important to note that these young persons entered the U.S. with their parents at a young age, and therefore did not enter without inspection on their own will. We would all do the same thing in a similar situation. “The U.S. is the only country that they know. They have incredible talent and energy and are awaiting a chance to fully contribute their talents to our nation and reach their God-given potential. We should not deny them that chance. The DREAM Act enjoys bipartisan sponsorship in Congress and is strongly supported by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.” D.M. “A person who spends most of his or her childhood in the U.S. grows up as an American, regardless of where that person was born. They should have a chance at citizenship. The sins of the parents do not make the child a criminal and they should have a chance to fulfill a civic obligation that grants them citizenship in the only country they know. “We should not be deporting young men and women who have the potential to be good and productive citizens.” F.S.D. “No. My family came over from Poland, which was not an easy task! But, they followed the immigration rules. “Today, in our free country, supposedly free anyway, we have to follow the rules. “The police surround us now, even when we are being good citizens. We can get tickets via a police camera for almost speeding. High school kids are pulled into the sheriff's office for toilet papering someone's yard in this new age. When a head light is out, you are pulled over. “No, Americans are being bullied today. Hence, there should be no ‘Dream Act.’ Bottom line is this: We all have to follow the rules in Gestapo America, therefore, illegal aliens should not get to be legal unless they follow the rules like the rest of us have to!” P.P.

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These colorful lights add flair to a house in the village of Bethel.

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Holiday lights glow bright across Clermont County

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Lights spell out Noel in the front yard of this house decorated for the holidays on Main Street in Williamsburg.

A home is decorated for the holidays on Gatetree Lane in Batavia Township.

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On Cooper Avenue in East Milford you can find this home complete with flashing snowflakes on the entrance ramp.

Holiday lights brighten up this house on Charles Snider Road in Goshen Township.

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This home on Belt Street in Milford was decorated in a variety of colors for the 2010 holiday season.

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December 22, 2010

THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 2 3

ART EXHIBITS

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Rowe Woods Auditorium. Framed and unframed silk screens, prints and posters. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 6

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 7991 Beechmont Ave., Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits Shriners Hospital. Through Dec. 31. 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Ages 21 and up. $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Missionaries, 1318 Nagel Road, Roomsized animated display with special lighting, motion figures, narration and music. Free, canned good donations accepted. 4744997. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - TREES

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

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Bring in your extra winter holiday cards. Cards left by other patrons will be available to swap. Everyone who participates in the program will be entered into a drawing for a box of thank you cards,. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.

NATURE

Birds of Prey, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, D E C . 2 4

ART EXHIBITS

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

ART EXHIBITS Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township. CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, Noon-8 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Sinatra Night, 6-9 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1055 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Dinner available starting at 5 p.m. Family friendly. Free. 248-2999. Milford. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 8

ART EXHIBITS

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. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Union Township.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

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

NATURE

Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Small teams hike to count birds for census. All ages and experience levels. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Benefits National Audubon. $5. Registration required. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org/seasonal-adult-programs.html. Union Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 7

ART EXHIBITS

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Scoliosis Screening, 3-6 p.m., Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

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

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, Noon-8 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford.

CIVIC

DANCE CLASSES

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

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

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

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

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Paxton’s Idol, 9 p.m., Paxton’s Grill, 126 W. Loveland Ave., Karaoke competitions with prizes. 583-1717; www.paxtonsgrill.com. Loveland. Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., LaDonna’s Cafe, 1340 Ohio Pike, 752-1461. Batavia Township.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford.

NATURE

Kids Crafts, 2 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50. Free. Bring old, clean plastic bottle and get help turning it into simple bird feeder. 876-9013; www.parks.clermontcountyohio.gov. Owensville.

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township. Beginner Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Locust Corner Elementary School, 3431 Locust Corner Road, Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. $5 per class. Registration required. 871-6010. Pierce Township.

FILE PHOTO

The Charley Harper Art Show will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Framed and unframed silk screens, prints and posters from the artist and naturalist will be available. The event is free; vehicle permit required. For more information, call 521-7275 or visit www.greatparks.org. Pictured is a 2010 Charley Harper calendar.

RECREATION MUSIC - JAZZ

Sinatra Night, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Padrino, 111 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.”. Family friendly. Free. 965-0100; www.padrinoitalian.com. Milford. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 2 9

ART EXHIBITS

Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; www.stveronica.org. Mount Carmel.

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EXERCISE CLASSES

ART EXHIBITS Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

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

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford.

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ART EXHIBITS Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Union Township. CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty Anderson, 474-3500; www.huff.com. Anderson Township.

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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

Summer in December, Noon-4 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Warm weather movies. Luau atmosphere. Includes refreshments. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476. Loveland.

CIVIC

EXERCISE CLASSES

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR’S

Family New Year’s Eve Party, 6-9 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Registration required online by Dec. 27. Crafts, activities, snacks, magic show with Phil Dalton and stories from Paul Ingram. Special ball drop at 9 p.m. $5 ages 3-12, free for adults with paid child admission; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK

WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; www.milfordfirstumc.org. Milford. Martini Night, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Cafe Mediterranean, 7454 Beechmont Ave., The cafe offer specials regarding its martinis. Pair with some great Turkish and Greek fares. Ages 21 and up. 232-2400. Anderson Township. PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)!” It is a holiday romp through everybody’s favorite Christmas stories. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27-28, at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., downtown. An extra performance has been added for New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. Tickets are $22. Visit www.cincyshakes.com or call 381-2273.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screening, 3-6 p.m., Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. Appointment recommended. 753-6325. Union Township.

PROVIDED

A roaring, juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex imitates the movement of a real dinosaur in a new 3,000-square-foot exhibit, “Dinosaur Bones: Titans of the Ruyang.” At the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum of Natural History and Science through Jan. 2, the exhibition highlights the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in a small rural village in China and includes 12 real fossils on display for the first time in North America. It also includes three animatronic dinosaurs, including the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, a Tyrannosaurus rex moving head and a juvenile Ruyangosaurus giganteus, the newly discovered species. Admission is free for members. Admission to the museum is $8.50; $7.50 ages 60 and up; and $6.50 ages 3-12. Visit www.cincymuseum.org or call 800-733-2077.


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December 22, 2010

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Christmas reminds us of the home beyond our address then they eventually We’re either pushed or move on. drawn. Are humans homeThe November 2010 less? Our hearts are. issue of “National GeoWe may remain at graphic” and its recent TV one address most of special dealt with the power our years; we may of being drawn. They have a wonderful famdepicted the great movespouse, children ments in nature called Father Lou ily, and friends, and migrations. Guntzelman express ourselves in a Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, cranes, Perspectives fulfilling job. Yet, in the deepest monarch butterflies, sea turtles and other species make long- sense of all we are homeless. The distance journeys across the earth happiest person occasionally has the shadow of loneliness and to get somewhere. “One biologist noted the homelessness cast a dimness over ‘undistractibility’ of migrating ani- their life. We have an inner realization mals,’ ” says the NatGeo article. “A nonscientist might say they that there’s more love and satishave a sense of a larger purpose.” faction than we are experiencing. These travelers of nature are Some of us “migrate” to other homeless. The road is their home. spouses, jobs, friends, towns, etc. Their instincts lead them into where we expect to find the occasional temporary homes for “more” we feel we’re missing. But food, mating, and birthing, but our yearning never ends.

“We have no lasting home here,” writes Paul, “but we’re looking for the home that is to come.” (Hebrews 11:14) What’s he talking about? He’s talking about the real goal of our existence and all our traveling – our eternal home with the God who created us. We’re inexorably drawn to return there. St. Augustine became aware of the same thing. After oat-sowing in the first half of his life, he changed drastically when he became aware of the reality of God. With affection he wrote, “Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, O Beauty ever new.” He came to understand why this world never fully satisfied him or any of us. He admitted, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” We’re about to celebrate Christmas. Inevitably, among the songs

and emotions that color this feast, comes the remembrance and celebration of home, family, love. It’s either our home of the past, present, or the one we hope to have. Underneath it all is that spiritual dimension of our personhood, that archetypal desire of all of us to live everlastingly in our ultimate home that leaves no residue of want in our hearts. If we consider Christmas only from the point of view of a secular mindset, only an exercise in robust consumerism, or merely a “holiday” with no spiritual or psychological meaning – then the inbred emotions we experience are unexplainable. If Christmas has no eternal significance for us, then Santa just won’t do and the Grinch was right. We humans long for a permanent home of unallayed contentment, love, and life.

Former professor of divinity at Harvard, Harvey Cox, acknowledges our yearning for a place, a home or city, in which to live joyously forever: “Christian hope suggests that man is destined for a City. It is not just any city, however. “If we take the Gospel images as well as the symbols of the book of Revelation into consideration, it is not only a City where injustice is abolished and there is no more crying. It is a city which a delightful wedding feast is in progress, where laughter rings out, the dance has just begun, and the best wine is still to be served.” To my readers, I wish you and those you love, a Merry Christmas! Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

You may have free extended warranties available Although a lot of stores push extended service warranties when you buy electronics items, such warranties are generally not good investments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get such a warranty for free. That’s what a Milford man learned after having problems with a robot vacuum cleaner he bought more than a year ago. “It’s supposed to vacuum the floor, hardwood and carpet, and it’s a remote robot,” said Andy Holcomb. “It automatically vacuums and then returns to its base after it’s gone through its cycle.” Holcomb said it worked great until just before the one year warranty expired. He called the company and received replacement parts. But, he said, after

installing the new parts it still didn’t w o r k right. “A little time went and I Howard Ain by realized it Hey Howard! was not going to be fixed. I contacted the company again and that’s when they told me it was out of warranty,” Holcomb said. “It was now something they could no longer fix,” Holcomb said the robot vacuum had done a good job picking up dog hair, but it never did deep cleaning of the carpet. Nevertheless, he said, “I was obviously hoping to get at least three years out of

the $400 purchase, which is what we spent on it when we bought it for my wife as a birthday gift.” The manufacturer has offered him a new robot vacuum for $117. That’s when I told him he may have an extended warranty on the unit and not even realize it. “I bought it directly from the manufacturer on a credit card,” Holcomb said. But, he said, he never thought to check whether the credit card will extend the warranty for the items he buys using the card. Holcomb then checked and found he bought it with a Citibank MasterCard and it does, in fact, double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year. He’s now contacting the bank to use that warranty.

MasterCard, Visa and American Express all offer extended warranties automatically – depending on the bank that issues the card. They will double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to a maximum of one additional year. Terms and conditions vary by credit card, but you don’t have to

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December 22, 2010

Enjoy easy pot roast during hard days of winter The thermometer read 2 degrees this morning but it’s sunny and the sky is a brilliant blue. The air couldn’t be more fresh. We were up early filling the truck with wood to store in the garage. That way it’s dry for carrying into the house to fuel the woodstove. It’s also a pot roast kind of day. I made one of my favorites in the pressure cooker – 40 minutes and it was falling-off-the-bone done. I’ll be taking it to a neighbor who needs a bit of cheering up, as there’s nothing like the aroma of an old-fashioned roast that says, “I care,” especially on a frigid day. It’s a good one for this busy holiday season.

Easy pot roast, veggies

I have taught gourmet roasts and stews for years. Two of my favorites are French boeuf bourguignon and veal ragout, but you know what my “go to” pot

roast/stew is when time and budget are both a bit lean? It’s this one, and it never fails Rita to please. Heikenfeld A good for Rita’s kitchen supper this busy holiday season, too. 1 chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. approximately 1 clove garlic, minced (opt.) 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 pouch dry onion soup mix 1 ⁄2 cup dry red wine (opt.) or 1 cup water 3-4 potatoes, chunked up 3-4 carrots, chunked up Spray crockpot. Trim roast and put in crockpot. Mix soups, garlic and wine. Pour over roast. Total cooking time is seven to 10

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Winter is the perfect time for easy pot roast and veggies. hours on low or four to five hours on high. I add veggies the last two hours of cooking time, or cook separately and stir in when roast is done. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Instead of potatoes and carrots, microwave a box of frozen peas and carrots and stir in the cooked roast. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. To cook in pressure cooker: Cook for 40 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and cook five to 10 minutes more.

Jell-O dessert

Ruth Ann Parchman, a

Symmes Township reader, shares this heirloom “broken glass” Jell-O dessert. Ruth Ann’s traditions mean a lot to her. “The recipe came from my grandmother, Laura Ash, who was born in 1885 and lived to be 99 years old. I have fond childhood memories of this dessert at family gatherings.” This would be nice served alongside the holiday meal. 24 single graham crackers, processed into crumbs 1 ⁄2 cup butter melted 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 small package each of lime, orange and cherry Jell-O 1 envelope of Knox gelatin 1 ⁄4 cup cold water 8 oz. pineapple juice heated 1 pint whipping cream 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Make the Jell-O using 11⁄2 cups of boiling water for each package. When hard cut into small cubes.

Dissolve Knox into 1⁄4 cup of water, add hot pineapple juice and chill. Add in butter and sugar to cracker crumbs. Reserve 2 ⁄3 cup for topping and pat remaining mixture into 9by-13 pan. Whip cream with 1⁄2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Add pineapple mixture and then stir in Jell-O cubes. Pour over crust and top with the remaining graham mixture. Chill at least eight hours. Cut into squares. Serves 12

Edible ornaments

I used to make these, but forgot about them until my sister, Madelyn, wanted the recipe. She loved the way they turned out so I thought it’s worth sharing with you. Use your creativity to make any kind of shape you want – candy canes, trees, wreaths, etc. The basics are: Foil a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Candy canes: Use 7 to 8 hard lifesavers to make candy cane shape. Lay next

to each other. Check after 3 to 4 minutes. As soon as candy has melted remove from oven. Spray the bottom of a straw or skewer and poke a hole in the top of the candy right after it comes out of the oven. It will harden in minutes.

Maraschino cherries

This is one recipe I never thought could be made at home. But leave it to Julie Niesen, the popular “Wine me, Dine me” blogger whose blog is always fun and informative to read, to share a recipe. Log onto Julie’s blog at www.Cincinnati.com for the recipe and photos. And check out my blog for a recipe for chocolate-covered cherries, along with photos, too. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Blue Christmas is the toast of Clermont County The Clermont County Recorder’s Office was the Judge’s Choice winner of the Clermont Safe Communities Mocktail competition. The annual event promotes making available a fun nonalcoholic drink for guests during holiday parties.

Mona Kirker with the Recorder’s Office served up the blue brew from a multistory fountain, as a tree decked with blue ornaments stood nearby, a blue-robed Santa looked on and Elvis crooned “Blue Christmas” in the background.

“We thought this would be a fun drink with a tropical feel,” said Kirker. The concoction features two cups each of orange-pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, tropical colada, ginger ale, lemon lime soda, blue Hawaiian Punch, Rose’s blue

raspberry mixer and some added blue food coloring. “December is generally a difficult month for the patrol, due to increased drunk driving arrests,” said Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Batavia

Post, who served as a Mocktails judge. “This year our post has already had 700 impaired driving arrests. Around 40 percent of those we picked up are repeat offenders. Events like this one encourage people to offer non-alcohol drinks at their parties and help us get the message out to have a designated driver who agrees not to drink alcohol during that event.” Also serving as a judge at the Mocktails competition, was Clermont Municipal Court Judge Anthony Brock. “This is such a positive event to highlight the negative effects of drinking and driving,” Brock said. “We

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Fastiques donates $50K to Shriners The Fastiques Custom Car Club celebrated more than just the holiday season this past weekend at their annual luncheon. The car club, which dates back to the early 1970s, donated more than $60,000 to area organizations. The donations were as follows: • $50,000 to Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenCincinnati. • $3,000 to the Earth Angel Foundation. • $3,000 to Hillbilly Clan Unit, an organization affiliated with Syrian Shriners. • $5,000 to the Clermont County Agricultural Society. • $750 to the Clermont County Homeless Shelter. The Pumpkin Run car show, the largest event of its kind in southwestern Ohio, welcomes more than 8,000 visitors to Owensville each October. “The show is one of the most family-friendly events

in our area,” said Dan Gavey, Owensville resident and Fastiques president. “To make these types of donations to our community is one of the greatest gifts the Fastiques can give back.” In all, the Fastiques have donated more than $663,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati. “The generosity and thoughtfulness of the Fastiques says a lot about this extraordinary group of families,” said Jerry Hardisty, chair of the hospital’s board of governors. “Their gifts, not only to Shriners Hospitals for Children, provide meaningful contributions to their entire community. I can’t imagine putting a figure on the number of people who are impacted by their donations.” For more about your community, visit cincinnati.com/owensville.

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Jackie Foy accepted a $2,900 donation from the Msgr. Gerdes Knights of Columbus Council No. 3123 in Amelia on behalf of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Clerco Inc. Pictured are, from left, Thomas Craver of Jackson Township, Grand Knight Joseph Liotta of Pierce Township, Jackie Foy and Deputy Grand Knight Larry Bush of Pierce Township.

Knights of Columbus give to CCDD, Clerco Jackie Foy accepted a $2,900 donation from the Msgr. Gerdes Knights of Columbus Council No. 3123 in Amelia on behalf of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Clerco Inc. The donation comes from the Measure Up Cam-

paign, chaired in 2010 by Thomas Craver. Members of the Knights of Columbus Council collected money then donated the funds to Clermont DD/Clerco Inc. to be used for holiday events and to purchase needed equipment for adults with special needs.

other kinds. Both of us get a lot of enjoyment watching the different kinds birds. The George of feed is Rooks e x p e n s i v e Ole but it is the Fisherman worth cost. I have written several times if a person is house-bound, hang a feeder where they can see it. Also get a bird book, a pencil, and paper so they can write down the different kinds of birds. If you don’t have your Christmas tree yet, the Grant’s Farm and Green House have some beautiful trees on Bucktown Road in Jackson Township and at the Milford Garden Center. They also have Christmas wreaths, fruit baskets, candy, apples, oranges, grapefruit and much more. If you need a last minute gift, give them a call and have a fruit basket made. The Bethel Methodist Church have a free meal on Saturdays, 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. There is also a free clothing store the Bethel Ministerial Association helps sponsor. If you need any clothing, go to the store. Every thing is washed and clean. Last Saturday evening our church hosted the annual “Yankee Exchange.” It was held at the Marquettes house and there was a good crowd there.

Each family brought an appetizer or a desert to enjoy. The gifts were brought by each person, each person got a number then a number was drawn that person got to pick a gift. They would open the gift so everyone could see it. Each gift could be swiped twice then the second time, it was frozen and that person got to keep it. We took a bird feeder and a bowl we made. This is always a fun evening for everyone. Last Sunday afternoon we along with our daughter, sonin-law, his parents, our grandson-in-law and great granddaughter and other granddaughter and her boyfriend went to the Sharonville Convention Center for our granddaughter’s graduation from ITT. She completed a two-year associate degree in business administration. There were 50 young folks who got diplomas in different fields. There was a large crowd to see this. We are very proud of our granddaughter. Congratulations Jennifer. The young folks accomplished something in their young lives. This will help them get a better job and be self supporting. Last week I wrote about a restaurant in Bethel that served a lot of meals over the Thanksgiving weekend to folks who needed food. This lady served 300 meals free. She sure has a big heart to feed people that don’t have a lot of food. This lady Bonnie also caters meals. For the Thanksgiving meals the food was all

It is time to plan winter safety Frigid winter temperatures can be deadly. And we’ve already had a number of dangerously cold days in December. Meteorologists are saying temperatures have been as much as 25 degrees below normal. As I write this column, snow is predicted for the weekend, which means power outages are possible. One serious safety concern during power outages is cordless and digital phones. When the power is out, cordless and digital phones don’t work. When the wind chill is below zero and your furnace is off, the indoor temperature will drop very quickly. It can become dangerous to stay in your home after only a few hours during a power outage. A couple of years ago, I spoke with a coworker whose power was out for more than 12 hours before he and his wife decided to leave their home. The indoor temperature was down to 45 degrees. Imagine if the power was off for two or three days. When the power is out for more than a few hours, you must be able to call for help. Many seniors do not

have cell phones – and cell phones run out of power anyway. A cordless is Linda phone false securiEppler ty. In fact, Community even a cordphone Press guest ed with a builtcolumnist in answering machine may not work without electricity. Everyone that gets their phone service from a telephone company should keep a no-frills, standard, corded phone in their home. If you don’t have a second phone jack, keep the corded phone in your closet and plug it in when the power goes off. A phone like this can be purchased at discount stores for less than $10, and it could save your life. Unfortunately, if you have digital phone service from a cable company, this won’t work. Digital phone lines don’t work when the power is off, and there is no phone you can plug into the line that will make them work. I was

reminded of this during a power outage a few months ago. We bundled our phone line with our cable and Internet service to get a special price, but now the phone is dead when the power is off. I didn’t have a full charge on my cell phone, so I sat in the garage with my cell phone plugged into the car to talk to a fellow employee. (Remember, never run the car motor with the garage doors closed.) In frigid weather, it’s dangerous even to walk to a neighbor’s house. How will you let someone know if you need help? Have a safety plan in place. Make sure you are able to contact someone or know that someone is checking on you. Let your neighbors know that when the power is off, you cannot call for help. Give them a number they can call for you. If at all possible, have a phone that works without electrici-

Clermont weatherization program. Those eligible for the weatherization program (homeowners or renters) will receive a computerized energy audit to help determine which areas of their home can be more energy efficient. For more information on the weatherization assistance program and to obtain an application for assistance, call 735-8811. HEAP is available now until March 31, when the program ends. Those eligible for the E-HEAP pro-

gram have had their utilities disconnected, faces the threat of disconnect, or have 10 or fewer days supply of bulk fuel remaining. It allows a onetime payment per heating season to restore or retain home heating services. For more information about the HEAP and E-HEAP program, call 7322277, ext. 3. To download an application for the HEAP program, visit the website w w w . puco.ohio.gov.

ty. Test it by unplugging the electrical cord and see if the phone still works. For about $30 to $50 you can get an emergency radio that is powered by a crank – not batteries. Some have flashlights and are able to charge cell phones, too. The time to plan for an emergency is before it happens – that means now. Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.

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supplied and delivered by plenty of help. The name of this restaurant is From Scratch on West Plane Street. The Bethel Lions Club held their Christmas meal at the Kel’s Restaurant and Catering on East Plane Street. The owner is Linda Davis, the food was great, the service was wonderful. These folks also do catering. The folks in Bethel are so fortunate to have these two restaurants that prepare food the old fashion way. The atmosphere in both restaurants and the special attention each person gets is special. The Lions Club do so much for the school children with eye glasses. They also help older folks. If you have old glasses you don’t need, give them to a Lions Club member and they will be given to a special group to give to the Haiti mission or the V.O.S.H. for folks in other places. We say congratulations to the Riverside Coffee Mill on Ohio 222 in Batavia. They have been in business four years now and thank everyone for their patronage. So stop in and have a sandwich, soup, salad, coffee or other non-alcoholic drink and say thank you to them. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord Give him thanks for all you have. God bless all and Merry Christmas to all. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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The Fastiques Custom Car Club recently donated $50,000 to the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Cincinnati. From left are club members Joe Herrera of Middletown, Rose Acree of Owensville, John Walters of Withamsville, Mary Davis of Milford, Fastiques President Dan Gavey of Owensville, hospital board of governors chair Jerry Hardisty, Syrian Shriners officer Wayne Bunnerand and Syrian Shriners member Marvin Kuhn.

Howdy folks, Last week we had some friends here for the noon meal. The menu was fried crappie, cornbread, scalloped taters, asparagus, cranberry salad, apple crisp for desert and, of course, coffee and iced tea. The cornbread was baked in a cast iron divided skillet. The pieces look like a piece of pie. Boy, did they go good with plenty of butter and honey. As the feller ate his apple crisp, he also had a piece of cornbread. We got some used flooring (poplar) so I was making bird feeders with it. We have one in use here and the birds are sure enjoying the feed in it. We have started putting peanut butter in a small tree limb, then putting bird seed in the peanut butter, then hanging it from another limb. It doesn’t take the birds long to eat all of it so I refill it a couple times each day. It is good to see the different kinds of birds eating it. The bird feeders we have up are busy and the suet blocks are getting lots of attention. We have seven suet feeders, five seed feeders and two thistle feeders. The feeders need to be refilled every two days. Last week we got the bird book and started making a list of the birds we saw so here it is. White breasted nuthatch, cardinals, pilated woodpecker, red headed woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, house wren, blue jays, all kinds of sparrows, tufted titmouse along with

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PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jamie Fischer, 21, 1751 Ohio Pike, theft, Nov. 30. James D. Philpot, 23, theft, Dec. 1. Nathan Hicks, 21, 1095 Orchard Lane, marijuana cultivation, Nov. 22. Donna L. Hudson, 40, 940 Meadowland, recited, Nov. 23. Ralph E. Byrne, 47, 30 Honeysuckle, bench warrant, Nov. 23. Kevin Pendergrass, 25, 143 Morris, no drivers license, Nov. 24.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 3357 Ohio 132 No. 4, Nov. 30.

Burglary

Copper pipes taken at 3390 Ohio 132, Nov. 23.

Criminal damage

Window broken at 3409 Ohio 132, Nov. 29.

Domestic violence

At Tracy Court, Dec. 2.

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Female stated card used with no authorization; $614 loss at 890 Old Course Lane, Nov. 29.

Negligent assault

Female was accidentally shot in leg at 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 152, Dec. 1.

Rape, kidnapping

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Radio taken from Walmart at Ohio Pike, Nov. 24. Christmas decorations taken at 1197 Elmwood, Nov. 28. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $21 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 30. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $63 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 30. Gasoline not paid for at Marathon; $20 at Ohio Pike, Nov. 29. Clothing taken from Walmart; $65 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 1. Stereo taken; $350 at 1339 Cathy Way, Dec. 1. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $163 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 2. Coat taken from Walmart; $24 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 3. Catalytic converters taken off vehicles at 360 St. Andrews and 54 Stillmeadow, Dec. 4.

UNION TOWNSHIP Tamara Morton, 21, 4731 Shephard, burglary, Nov. 30. Robert L. Stankorb, 19, 4263 Ferguson No. 6, passing bad checks, theft, Nov. 30. Shaun P. Burke, 32, 1002 Kennedy’s Landing, warrant service, Dec. 1. Zachary Keith, 19, 3800 Lake Grant Access, driving under suspension,

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Dec. 1. Timothy A. Dennemann, 26, 5607 Trenton, warrant service, Dec. 1. Marc V. Romano, 21, 4430 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 1. Paul Smith, 39, 4430 Glendale, aggravated menacing, Dec. 1. Diana M. Stephany, 54, 1272 McGuffey, driving under influence, Nov. 30. Shaun P. Burke, 32, 1002 Kennedy’s Landing, domestic violence, Nov. 30. Brooke L. Kalpin, 22, 986 Cleveland Ave., warrant service, Dec. 2. Natasha L. Beal, 27, 231 Hilltop, warrant service, Dec. 2. David W. Chaffin, 33, 4200 Long Acres, warrant service, Dec. 1. Chasity Haas, 24, 1674 Drake, warrant service, Dec. 8. Siree P. Monhollen, 18, 692 Blue Bird, theft, Dec. 7. Jason T. Lewis, 30, 482 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 2. James C. Cook, 28, 754 Rue Center, driving under influence, Dec. 7. Melissa Zieger, 45, 2850 Ohio 133, driving under suspension, Dec. 7. Paul Smith, 39, 4430 Glendale, burglary, aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct, Dec. 7. Jennifer L. Burke, 31, 1432 Captains Bridge, burglary, Dec. 7. Josh Brown, 27, 752 Augcliff, unauthorized use, Dec. 6. Destiny R. Mayne, 18, lka 991 Crisfield, theft, breaking and entering, Dec. 2. Christopher D. Riddle, 22, 3677 Galaxy, theft, breaking and entering, Dec. 2. Richard Williams, 37, 1274 Old Ohio 74, driving under suspension, Dec. 3. Franklin E. McCarty, 30, 3505 Weaver, driving under suspension, Dec. 1. Steven E. Adams, 53, 4007 Brandychase, domestic violence, Dec. 2. Branden L. Stevens, 26, 4700 Beechwood No. 1015, domestic violence, Dec. 1. Justin R. Krieg, 28, lka 14 Lori Lane, drug abuse, receiving stolen property, Dec. 1. Thomas B. Wilks, 26, 17 Arbors Circle, driving under influence, Dec. 3. Joey Witherspoon, 41, 15 E. Ridge, driving under influence, Dec. 2. Dwayna J. Young, 20, 600 University, warrant service, Dec. 2. Damian L. Russell, 21, 824 Clough, warrant service, Dec. 2. Latasha Hall, 25, forgery, obstructing official business, wrongful entrustment, Dec. 3. Shawn D. Tucker, 20, 3313 Ohio 131, theft, Dec. 5. Juvenile, 17, complicity, Dec. 5. Juvenile, 16, complicity, Dec. 5. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, Dec. 5. Stacey R. Fugate, 21, 4 Hilltop, receiving stolen property, Dec. 3. Krista M. Sizemore, 20, 1137 Thornhill, theft, Dec. 5. Larry Haynes, 45, 439 Yarabee, warrant service, Dec. 4. Danny D. Gilbert, 55, 1443 Gibson, resisting arrest, domestic violence, Nov. 26. Christie A. Custer, 34, 3957 May St., warrant service, Dec. 5. Tamara M. Morton, 20, 4731 Shephard, warrant service, Dec. 5. Sandra Titcomb, 46, 498 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 5. Heather N. Conley, 23, 4704 Beechwood, warrant service, Dec. 3. Tiffany L. Scalzih, no age given, forgery, criminal simulation, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 14, public indecency, Dec. 4. Two Juveniles, 16, public indecency, Dec. 4. Shirley L. Reinert, 55, 2838 S. Bantam, theft, Dec. 3. Heather N. Conley, 23, 4704 Beechwood, domestic violence, Dec. 2. Jenna L. Tyner, 19, 2248 Flora, driving under influence, underage consumption, Dec. 4. David A. Gardner, 18, 1138 S. Timbercreek, open container, Dec. 4.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Computer, cash, etc. taken from Cincinnati Nature center; over $2,500 at Tealtown Road, Dec. 5.

Burglary

Male reported this offense at 559 Roundbottom, Dec. 2.

violence Holy Trinity SVDP Bingo Domestic At Kennedy’s Landing, Nov. 30.

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Arrests/citations

Misuse of credit card

POLICE

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At Beechwood, Dec. 2.

Menacing

Male was threatened at 4430 Glendale No. 60, Dec. 1.

Theft

AC unit taken from UNI Source; $1,000 at 3229 Omni Drive, Dec. 1. AC unit taken from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; $1,000 at Clough Pike, Dec. 7. Laptop computer taken from office at Starbucks at Eastgate North, Dec. 7. Generator taken from vehicle at 4343 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, Dec. 7. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $24.70 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 2. Patio furniture taken from Eastgate Pools at Old Ohio 74, Dec. 3. Medication taken at 896 Staghorn, Dec. 3. Drills taken from vehicles; $500 at 3968 Pharo Drive, Nov. 30. Chain saw taken from Tractor Supply at Ohio 32, Dec. 4. Tools taken from vehicle at Home Depot; $3,200 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 4.

Merchandise taken from JC Penney; $84 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 5. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 3987 Brandychase, Dec. 5. Jewelry taken; $500 at 995 Crisfield, Dec. 4.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations

Steven M. Lance, 48, 3114 Jack Frost Way, Cincinnati, telecommunications harassment at 2606 Jett Hill Road, New Richmond, Dec. 12. Roger Stiger, 20, 79 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, criminal damaging/endangering, theft at 1280 Avian Way, Amelia, Dec. 8. Jonathan D. Walters, 24, 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, driving under OVI suspension, leave the scene at 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Dec. 9. Jason Wayne Allen, 25, 3854 Fox Trail, Apt 6, Amelia, having weapons while under disability drug related conviction, receiving stolen property at 404 Bethel Concord, Bethel, Dec. 6. Michael Brandon Keller, 24, 3975 Piccadilly Circle No. C, Cincinnati, notice of change of address, periodic verification of address at 3975 Piccadilly Circle, Cincinnati, Dec. 8. Sharlene Schuster, 23, 4302 Batavia Meadows No. 37, Batavia, falsification - public official, mislead at 4302 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Dec. 10. Ebony A. Clancy, 22, 610 Walnut St., Felicity, theft at 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 7. Jessica Knight, 21, 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, theft at 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 7. Juvenile, 15, rape - victim < 13 nonforcible, New Richmond, Dec. 10. Robert Kevin Deweese, 21, 78 Lucy Creek Apt. 6, Amelia, domestic violence at 78 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, Dec. 7. Timothy M. Bray, 45, 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, falsification at 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 8. Joshua R. Minton, 26, 2408 Ginn Road, New Richmond, aggravated menacing, domestic violence at 2408 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Dec. 9. Greg Louis, 22, 724 McCormick Lane, Cincinnati, possession of drugs at Amelia Olive Branch at Pine Bridge, Amelia, Dec. 10. Orlando Joseph Morales, 25, 3120 Montana Ave., Cincinnati, possession of drugs at 72 Lucy Run, Amelia, Dec. 11. Holly Hesketh, 21, 2149 Picketside, Batavia, possession of drugs, selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs - possess at 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11. Kraig Hennessey, 25, 4185 Clough Lane, Cincinnati, possession of drugs at 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11. Blane Vize, 42, 3461 Blue Sky Park Road, Williamsburg, domestic violence at 3461 Blue Sky Park Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 11. Zachariah Perkins, 29, 2510 Ohio 132, New Richmond, domestic violence at 2510 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 11. Tiffany Goodman, 19, 1904 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, falsification - public official, mislead at 1904 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, Dec. 12. Myrl Stillwell, 36, 2296 Bethel New Richmond Road, Bethel, fugitive from justice at 4700 E. Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 12. Jackie Burriss, 43, 5715 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, endangering children - create substantial risk of harm at 5715 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 12. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 12. Jerry Quesnenberry, 64, 5287 Edman Road, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 1895 U.S. 50, Batavia, Dec. 12. Brad Naegele, 29, 1643 Stewart Harbough, Williamsburg, receiving stolen property at 5580 Wild Rose Lane, Milford, Dec. 3. Ralph Herbert Wilson, 43, 300 Creekside Drive, Moorehead, KY fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 29. Amber Nicole Masterson, 26, 3357 Ohio 132, Apt 6, Amelia, theft at 2 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Nov. 29. Robert E. Kelch, 49, 5847 Goddard Lane, Flemingsburg, KY, burglary at 29 W. Martha Jean Drive, Amelia, Nov. 29. Donald Stanley Ilhardt, 20, 5682 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, breaking and entering, theft at 2460 Bauer Road, Batavia, Nov. 30. Anthony Schaffer, 32, 1357 Greenbush West Road, Williamsburg, violate protection order or consent agreement at 42 Woodruff Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. Jason Todd Evick, 36, 20755 Ohio 132 Lot 61, New Richmond, violate protection order or consent agreement at 2076 Natchez Trace, Batavia, Dec. 2. Tonya A. Criscillis, 36, 273 Sherwood Court, Batavia, theft at 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, Dec. 2. Jacob Crawford, 19, 3940 Youngman, Cincinnati, possession of drugs at 1114 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 3. Brendon Aj Kirker, 21, 2595 Case

Road, New Richmond, criminal damaging/endangering at 2383 Donald Road, Bethel, Dec. 3. Russell Bravard, 49, 15063 Hillcrest Road, Mount Orab, open container liquor at 2914 Ohio 222, Bethel, Dec. 4. Joseph E. Lung, 46, 15333 Holman Road, Williamsburg, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle at 5367 Stonelick Williams Corner Road, Batavia, Dec. 4.

At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 8.

Illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance - possess, view material or performance

At 2892 Bigam Road, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle

5367 Stonelick Williams Corner Road, Batavia, Dec. 4.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Interference w/custody

Assault

At 2108 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Sept. 29.

At 2408 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Dec. 9.

At 2199 W. Garrison Road, Amelia, Dec. 4. At 2877 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 19. At 3437 Concord Hennings Mill Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 2. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 5. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 7. At 502 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Breaking and entering

At 1366 Buxton Meadows Drive, Amelia, Oct. 11. At 1879 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Aug. 2. At 2460 Bauer Road, Batavia, Nov. 20. At 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Nov. 30. At 3634 Ohio 131, Williamsburg, Nov. 29. At 2077 River Birch Drive, Amelia, Dec. 8. At 3101 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 11. At 3366 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 5593 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 9.

Burglary

At 29 W. Martha Jean Drive, Amelia, Nov. 29. At 300 University Lane, Batavia, Nov. 29. At 41 Mt. Holly Lane, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 4212 Taylor Road, Batavia, Nov. 30. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 3278 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Dec. 6. At 4302 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Nov. 28. At 4427 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, Dec. 6.

At 1904 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, Dec. 11.

Involuntary manslaughter Leave the scene

At 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Nov. 7.

Menacing

At 1 Bulldog Place, Batavia, Dec. 9.

Missing person

At 1904 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, Dec. 11.

Notice of change of address

At 3975 Piccadilly Circle, Cincinnati, Nov. 23.

Pandering obscenity involving a minor - buy, procure, possess, obscene material

At 2892 Bigam Road, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Periodic verification of address

At 3975 Piccadilly Circle, Cincinnati, Nov. 23.

Possession of drugs

At 3554 Bootjack Corner Road, Williamsburg, Nov. 30. At 1114 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 3. At 3704 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Nov. 30. At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 72 Lucy Run, Amelia, Dec. 11. At Amelia Olive Branch at Pine Bridge, Amelia, Dec. 10.

Rape - victim < 13 nonforcible

At Augusta St., New Richmond, Dec. 3.

Receiving stolen property

At 3607 Graham Road, Fayetteville, Nov. 27.

Corrupting another w/ drugs

Selling, purchasing, distributing, or delivering dangerous drugs possess

Criminal damaging/endangering

Theft

At 2108 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Sept. 29.

At 3218 Marshall Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 229 Sulphur Springs, Batavia, Nov. 29. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, Nov. 29. At 3659 Shorewood Drive, Amelia, Dec. 1. At 3710 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, Nov. 29. At 4141 West Fork Ridge Drive, Batavia, Dec. 4. At 1280 Avian Way, Amelia, Nov. 1. At 1338 Inlet Court, Amelia, Dec. 8. At 1428 Whitaker Lane, Amelia, Dec. 12. At 2090 Erion Road, Batavia, Dec. 7. At 3278 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Dec. 6. At 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Dec. 7. At 908 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Criminal mischief

At 2535 U.S. 50, Batavia, Dec. 11.

Criminal simulation

At 2199 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 2.

Criminal trespass

At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 4560 Water Dance Drive, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 4990 Clemons Road, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 12.

Cruelty to animals

At 5731 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 11.

Death investigation

At 2108 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Sept. 29.

Discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises

At Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 10.

Disorderly conduct

At 4700 Batavia Meadows, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 1895 U.S. 50, Batavia, Dec. 12.

Domestic violence

At Ginn Road, New Richmond, Dec. 9. At Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 12. At Blue Sky Park Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 11. At Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 11. At Lucy Run Road, Amelia, Dec. 7.

Driving under OVI suspension

At 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Nov. 7.

Drug paraphernalia

At 38 Estate Drive, Batavia, Dec. 4.

Endangering children

At 5715 Marathon Edenton Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 12.

Engaging in pattern of corrupt activity

At 2108 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Sept. 29.

Falsification - public official, mislead

At 1904 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 4302 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, Nov. 28.

Falsification

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 8.

Felonious assault

At 2877 Jackson Pike, Batavia, Sept. 19.

Forgery

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11.

At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Nov. 30. At 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 3218 Marshall Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 41 Mt. Holly Lane, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 1273 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, Dec. 2. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 1. At 1366 Buxton Meadows Drive, Amelia, Oct. 11. At 1627 Bittercreek Road, Batavia, Dec. 3. At 1759 U.S. 50, Batavia, Nov. 30. At 1879 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Aug. 2. At 1908 Pearl Street, New Richmond, Dec. 5. At 2 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Nov. 29. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Nov. 29. At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 5. At 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 2460 Bauer Road, Batavia, Nov. 20. At 2599 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Nov. 30. At 2964 N. Dunham Road, Amelia, Dec. 1. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Dec. 5. At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 3772 Bass Road, Williamsburg, Nov. 30. At 41 Mt. Holly Lane, Amelia, Sept. 29. At 4396 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia, Dec. 4. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 5. At Lindale Mt. Holly Road/Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 3. At 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, Nov. 7. At 1280 Avian Way, Amelia, Nov. 1. At 13 Montgomery Way No. 1, Amelia, Dec. 10. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 10. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 8. At 1428 Whitaker Lane, Amelia, Dec. 12. At 1649 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, Dec. 8. At 1842 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, Dec. 10. At 2090 Erion Road, Batavia, Dec. 7. At 2098 James E Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Dec. 9. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Nov. 29. At 2191 Ohio Pike Lot 19, Amelia, Dec. 6. At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 3443 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 7. At 3461 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 3607 Graham Road, Fayetteville, Nov. 27. At 4306 Gary Lane, Batavia, Dec. 12.

Trafficking in drugs containing heroin

At 2108 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Sept. 29.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

At 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 2. At 3115 Leeds Road, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 2.

At 520 W. Main St., Batavia, Dec. 10.

Unauthorized use of property

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Nov. 29. At 4700 E. Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 12.

Violate protection order or consent agreement

Fugitive from justice

Identity fraud

At 5289 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, Nov. 29.

At 2367 Michael Drive, Lot 1, New Richmond, Dec. 1.

At 42 Woodruff Drive, Amelia, Dec. 2. At 2076 Natchez Trace, Batavia, Dec. 2.


On the record

December 22, 2010

Community Journal

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REAL ESTATE AMELIA TOWNSHIP

14 Mynah Drive, Pius Ekhaeyemhe, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.1969 acre, $93,333.34. 44 South Deer Creek Drive, Holiday Homes Inc. to NVR Inc., $26,500. 62 South Deer Creek Drive, Freedom Homes to Robert & Allison Hicks, $150,000. 24 & 28 W. Main Street, Diane Knause to Linda Holt, et al, 0.7400 acre, $38,966.

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP

65 Amelia Olive Banch Road, GSB Properties Inc. to Earl Parson, 0.8710 acre, $62,000. 90 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Estate of Edith Weddington to Michelle Murray, $89,900. Cedar Pond, David & Linda Herald to Jason & Cheryl Maillet, 4.1260 acre, $50,000. 208 Chapel Road, 1st National Bank to Amber & David Thomas IV, 0.4200 acre, $105,000. 2285 Chesterfield Lane, Sarah & Steven Kelley to St. Property Solutions LLC, $72,000. 18 Lawson Drive, Midwest Equity Holdings Inc. to Ian Turner, $103,500. 4578 Vista Meadows Drive, NVR Inc. to Erica Nuesse, 0.3790 acre, $144,790. 3854 Golden Meadow Court, NVR Inc. to Nikki & Eric Howard, $205,490. 3767 Waterstone, Aurora Loan Services LLC to James & Patricia Cooper, 0.2661 acre, $131,000.

MONROE TOWNSHIP

1764 Bainum Road, Patricia Lynch to Roscoe & Deborah Cartwright, 1.2900 acre, $25,500. 2840 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Rita Hamilton to Linda McConnell & Margaret Peter, 1.1600 acre, $80,000. Lot 11 Rolling Meadows, First Financial Bank to Robert & Tina Wells, 5.0000 acre, $23,900.

NEW RICHMOND VILLAGE

717 Greenmound Road, Jeremy Dodson, et al. to Citimortgage Inc., 0.3620 acre, $70,000. Old Ohio 52, Charles & Eileen Cash to David & Vickie Sexton, $9,000. 862 Old US 52, Keith Steinius, et al. to Flagstar Bank FSB, $100,000.

OHIO TOWNSHIP

2996 Ohio 132, David Wylie & Timothy Dufau, trustees to Steven Brock, 2.8800 acre, $35,000.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP

962 East Legendary Run, James & Jamee Taylor to Brent & Rebecca Johnson, 0.3440 acre, $267,000. 3839 Gatewood Drive, Linda Russell, et al. to U.S. Bank NA, $150,400. Hickory Lane, JTD Realty Investments LLC to CL Realty Investments LLC, 0.2880 acre, $15,000. 3642 Highland Green, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Eric & Holly Stein, $256,210. 3749 Hopper Hill Road, HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to Suhail Masadeh, $51,000. 1306 Wilson Dunham Hill Road, Monica Long, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.9940 acre, $114,600. 3771 Arcadia Lane, KBR Commercial LLC to Carrie Hembree, $110,000. 1102 Orchard Lane, Clifton Sandusky to Patricia & Theo Metcalfe, $50,000. 3638 Highland Green, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Laurel & Phyllis Huff, $244,300.

UNION TOWNSHIP

1210 Beechwood Place, NVR Inc. to Samantha & John Paul Compton II, 0.3790 acre, $160,286. 3953 Benjamin, Jack Firth, et al. to Foundation Bank, $80,000. 4709 Blue Jacket Road, Franklin Harris, et al. to Pete Misch, 0.6740 acre, $74,000. 647 Carefree Drive, John Gosney to Ronald Campbell, $84,000. 4210 Clough Lane, Mary Ellen Williams to Melissa Spear, 1.4700 acre, $92,500. 4118 Durhams Crossing, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to James Sayatovic, $215,000. 548 Forest Ridge Court, Scott & Becky Erickson to Laura Gilbert & Chad Neu, $139,900. 4710 Galaxy Lane, Theodore & Kimberly Byrnside to Chad & Eileen Davis, $103,000. 4002 Hamblen Drive, Margie Smith to Francis & Judith Suttles, 0.3050 acre, $86,000. 3939 Hopper Hill Road, J. M. Hopkins LLC to Catherine Jonas, $105,000. 3914 Kenton Court, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Timothy Contadino, $90,000. 3904 Kerr Avenue, Barg Salt Properties LLC to Melissa Greene, $99,000. 4077 Lenox Drive, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Donald &

Jeanenne Campbell, 0.8220 acre, $192,000. 4306 Minute Man Drive, William MacDonald, et al. to U.S. Bank NA, $80,000. 4150 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Edward Elliott, et al. to CitiMortgage Inc., $52,000. 4256 Pinetree Lane, Timothy & Patricia Moore to Susan Halkovics & Timothy Friend Jr., $148,000. Lot 682 Polo Fields Sub., Beechwood Partners to Drees Premier Homes Inc., 0.4644 acre, $60,000. 636 Polo Woods Drive, James & Patricia Polito to Roger & Tracy Wakeman, $366,000. 690 Regent Road, Donald Whitaker Jr. & Kimberly Cromer, Co-Executors to Thomas & Amanda Gwilt, $165,700. 1100 Shayler Road, James Collier to Rainbow Rascals Batavia LLC, 2.2650 acre, $800,000. 4584 Shephard Road, Fifth Third Bank to Edward & Kristel Krieger, 0.3800 acre, $117,500. 987 Shephard Woods Court, SWDC LLC to NVR Inc., 0.4018 acre, $25,000. 950 Shephard Woods Court, NVR Inc. to Drew & Tiffany Martin, 2.2008 acre, $318,273. 3 Spotswood Common, Household Realty Corp. to Todd Naylor, $35,500. 4501 Tealtown Road, James & Linda Davis to Cincy Realty Solutions LLC, $66,000. 4501 Tealtown Road, Cincy Realty Solutions LLC to J. Michael Ammerman, $73,000. 4571 Timberline Court, Darrell McKenzie, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $53,334. 4628 Vermona Drive, John Howard, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., $100,000. 4077 Woodsly Drive, The Drees Co. to Kimberly Granneman, 0.3080 acre, $296,315. 4085 Woodsly Drive, The Drees Co. to Eric & Anna Hyrne, 0.3370 acre, $242,215. 4629 Blackberry Lane, Michael Giordano to Lydo Properties LLC, $68,000. 833 Dorgene Lane, Kim Ballard to Lori Bowman, 0.5560 acre, $275,000. 4114 Durhams Crossing, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Donald & Kerry Sebera, $249,369. 4112 Durham’s Crossing, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Jennifer Best, $210,755. 9 Queens Creek, Citi Mortgage Inc. to Stuart Mardis, $40,000. 985 Shephard Woods Court, NVR Inc. to Brent & Patricia Huffman, 0.2755 acre, $161,190. 2388 Vista Lake Drive, NVR Inc. to Raven Cooper, 0.2760 acre, $145,215. 812 West Anson Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Adam Wessel, 0.2054 acre, $160,725. 804 West Anson Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to William Stewart, 0.1604 acre, $164,102. 478 Windfern Forest Lane, Timothy & Kathleen Dalton to Bradley & Jennifer Jarrold, $250,000. 2 Banberry Trace, Edward Curry, trustee to Gary & Dawn Caudill, $60,000. 1133 Beechridge Court, Joseph & Jamie Schutte to Michael & Sherri Everett, $132,000. 4954 Beechwood Road, Charles & Marilyn Bickel to Clifford & Barbara Willis, 0.4610 acre, $122,000. 1237 Ben Avon Drive, Bradley & Jennifer Jarrold to Devin & Joseph Tinker, $135,000. 690 Bostwick Court, Scott & Jennifer McLachlan to James & Amy Owens, 0.5290 acre, $375,000. 4232 Clough Lane, Darrell & Carmella Johnson to Esther Howard, 0.5000 acre, $60,000. 860 Ellery Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Judith Lindlar, $135,699. 4090 Ellis Avenue, Beverly Beckman to Harold & Rhonda Day, $102,135. 554 Glenrose Lane, Larry Walling, et al. to Household Realty Corp., $50,000. 1167 Lamplighter Way Unit 249, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Anne Steffen, $60,375. 901 Meadow Ridge Drive, Estate of Francis Speigel to Kierston & Curtis Sparks, $105,900. 5117 Oak Book Drive, Beechwood Partners to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.5610 acre, $60,000. 4183 South Gensen Loop, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Adrienne Fleck, 0.1709 acre, $160,000.

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

SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CLOUGH PIKE BAPTIST CHURCH 1025 CLOUGH PIKE

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

www.cloughpike.com

752-3521

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

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

2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities www.monumentsbaptist.org

BAPTIST BATAVIA BAPTIST TEMPLE

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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services

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

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

9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

LINDALE BAPTIST CHURCH

3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189 Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm Wednesday Youth Group...............7:00pm www.lindalebaptist.com

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

Saint Peter Church

1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00 www.stpeternewrichmond.org

WILLIAMSBURG VILLAGE

106 Bear Track Drive, Patricia & Clifton Thomas to Brent Shafer & Rebecca Ledger, 5.0010 acre, $55,000.

UNITED METHODIST

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223 www.gecc.net

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

OWENSVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST

A fellowship where God changes people for life. Come visit us! 2545 Highway 50 Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-2324 Sunday School 9:00am Childrens Church 10:00am Worship 10:00am Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

CHURCH OF GOD BROWN COUNTY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD

www.cloughchurch.org

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Amelia-Olive Branch Road

Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM (Wed) Thomas J. Trunnel, Pastor

GOSHEN CHURCH OF GOD

Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 www.goshenchurchofgod.org Pastor Tim McGlone Service Schedule Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 10:45am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Youth Service 7:00pm Saturday Service 7:00pm

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

www.stthomasepiscopal.org Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite III 11:15am Choral Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided

Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor www.epiphanyumc.org

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140

CE-1001573340-01

FELICITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship..... 9:00am Sunday School.................10:00am Traditional Worship..........10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

“Room for the Whole Family”

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

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Dec. 24.....9pm Christmas Eve Eucharist Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org

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

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

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

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

Owensville United Methodist Church

Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

9:30am 10:30am

6:00pm

10:30am

7:00pm 7:00pm

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

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm CE-1001502948-01

513-732-2211

UNITED METHODIST

You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

www.ameliaumc.org

513.753.6770

4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 www.cmcchurch.com Mark Otten, Pastor

FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

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

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

513-735-2555

www.kingswayfellowship.com

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

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

LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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

638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Joseph Jung Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: www.Summerside-umc.org E-mail: Summerside_umc@yahoo.com

Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love”

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Christmas Eve Services 5, 8, & 11:00 p.m. Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262 www.trinitymilford.org

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525

www.LPCUSA.org • LPCUSA@fuse.net

PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided www.calvin-pc.org

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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

WESLYAN

Welcomes You

Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis

PRESBYTERIAN (USA)

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

Pastor Mike Smith

LUTHERAN

10:45 a.m.

www.milfordchurch.org www.fusionmcc.com info@milfordchurch.org

Bethel Nazarene Church

732-1400

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com

A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today!

513 831 0196

NAZARENE

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

CE-1001565768-01

3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson) bcfcog@aol.com

Worship Service

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

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

Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

Classes for every age group

844 State Rt. 131

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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

CHRISTIAN - CHURCH OF CHRIST

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

GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Amelia United Methodist C h ur c h

WILLIAMSBURG TOWNSHIP

4075 Maple Drive, Estate of Kevin Woodrum to Eddie & Rae Jean Beavers, 0.4130 acre, $102,000. 4125 West Fork Ridge Drive, Kimberly & Daniel Stanton Sr., et al. to U.S. Bank NA, 0.4590 acre, $56,667.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

CE-1001604952-01

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

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

www.williamsburgumc.com

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


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Community Journal

On the record

December 22, 2010

DEATHS Allabelle B. Baker

Allabelle B. Baker, 68, of New Richmond died Dec. 9. Survived by husband, Buell D. Baker; sons, James O. Baker, Thomas D. Baker and Buell R. Baker; daughters, Beverly A. Kleinick, Linda M. Cater, Diana S.

IN THE COURTS

Baker and Rose M. Baker; brother, Dennis Ward; and sister, Marilyn McGraf. Preceded in death by daughter, April Baker; brother, James Ward; and sister, Linda Groh. Services were Dec. 14 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

BUSINESS NOTES

Yaden opens plumbing business

Mike Yaden opened Mike Yaden Plumbing Sept. 20 in Mt. Carmel and serves the entire I-275 loop and surrounding counties for residential plumbing needs. Yaden is a fully insured, licensed plumber with 13 years of residential and commercial plumbing experience. This experience includes drain cleaning, water heater repair/replacement, gas line work, home remodeling, new construction and other basic plumbing needs. Yaden will work with

customers to negotiate a affordable rate. Yaden offers 24-hour emergency service seven days a week and provides free estimates. Senior discounts will be applied to those 60 years and over. The goals of Mike Yaden Plumbing are customer satisfaction and prompt, reliable service. He guarantees customers will be pleased. Call 513-519-2470. Visitwww.wix.com/yade nplumbing/mikeyadenplumbing. E-mail yadenplumbing@gmail.com.

LEGAL NOTICE PIERCE TOWNSHIP RECORDS COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that Pierce Township will hold a Records Commission Meeting on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce Township Hall, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. This meeting is being held in accordance with Ohio Revised Code, Section 149.42. The Records Commission for Pierce Township is composed of the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and the Township Fiscal Officer. LEGAL NOTICE PIERCE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL CLEAN UP MEETING The Pierce Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Pierce Township Hall, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct final 2010 business, personnel matters and any other business to come before the Board. LEGAL NOTICE PIERCE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING The Pierce Township Board of Trustees will hold an organizational meeting on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, to start at the conclusion of the Clean Up Meeting at the Pierce Township Hall, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. The purpose of the meeting is for organizing business for 2011 and any other business to come before the Board. 3200812/1611663 LEGAL NOTICE Francis Zimmerman D62, 171 Spring St. Batavia, OH 45103 Michael Yoak F18 908 Staghorn Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45254 Brenda Smith B2 2966 S Bantam Rd. Bethel, OH 45106 Mark Mills G5 3610 Todds Run Foster Rd Williamsburg, OH 45176 Scott Grisham B49 4131 Westfork Ridge Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 Marty Clements B48 3791 Charter Oak Dr. Amelia, OH 45102 Timothy Piersall D25 1196 Sycamore Lane Amelia, OH 45102 Gregory Sturgill D47 1744 Bainum Rd. New Richmond, OH 45157 Andrea Lovins E40 3957 Youngman Dr Cincinnati, OH 45245 Jason Krass H49 2866 Reed Rd. Sabina, OH 45169 Joshua Melton E6 1203 Stonelick Woods Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 You are hereby notified that your personal belongings stored at Eastside Storage, 4400 St. Rt. 222, Ste A,Batavia, OH 45103, 715 Cincinnati Batavia Pike Cincinnati, OH 45245 1170 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 will be sold for payment due.

To place your

BINGO ad call

513.242.4000 or 859.283.7290

LEGAL NOTICE The Fiscal year 2010 financial statements for Williamsburg Local School District are completed and available to the public. Anyone wishing to view or obtain a copy may contact the Treasurer’s office at (513) 724-7970 during normal business hours from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Julie Kamphaus, Treasurer, Williamsburg Local Schools 1001600363

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 Road 74, C cincinnati, Ohio 45245 on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 1:00 pm and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #222Anthony W. Williams, 4051 McClean Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Units #88, 166 & 165HealthPlus Medical Management, 8190 Beechmont Ave., Ste A, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Unit #182Andrew W. Kendrick, 3A Cedar Ct. Lebanon, Ohio 45036; Unit #098-Jimmy H. Frost, 4221½ Lafayette Ct. Apt #2, Erlanger, KY 41018; Unit #255-Kimberly Coates, 1002 Kennedy’s Landing #3, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245; Units #36 & 262-Christy L. Byrd, 1154 Beechridge Ct., Batavia, Ohio 45103; Unit #280-Elizabeth R. Boone, 4494 Pearle Lane, Batavia, Ohio 45103. 3116116/609697

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that copies of the proposed fiscal year 2012 tax budget for West Clermont Local School District of Clermont County are on file at the office of the Treasurer of the Board of Education and open to inspection by the public pursuant to the requirements of law. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on Monday, January 10, 2010 at Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati,OH 45245 at 5:00 p.m. Alana Cropper, Treasurer 1001610539

LEGAL NOTICE The Goshen Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Goshen Township Government Center, 6757 goshen Road, Goshen Ohio 45122. Case #298 applicant Donald Bauer L, et al c/o Hilda R. Harrison, 1377 Wade Rd., Milford, Ohio 45150 requesting a zone district and map change to approximately 1.75 acres from R-3 Medium Low Density Residential to B-2, General Business District located on the north side of State Route 28, at 1630 St. Rt. 28, Loveland, Ohio 45140. The application may be viewed ten (10) days prior to public hearing at the zoning office 6757 Goshen Rd, Goshen, OH 45122 during normal business hours. 3210171/1611782

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

Filings

Anna Noble vs. Brian Shiff MD, et al., professional tort American Family Insurance Company vs. Joseph Z. Keith and Melissa J. Bocks, other tort Myra S. Wilde and Glenn Wilde vs. Kenneth A. Simone and Unilever United States Inc., other tort Yvette Riley vs. Milford Dog Grooming Salon and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator Ohio Bureau of Worker’s, worker’s compensation Citimortgage Inc. vs. Julie A. Beasley, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Vickie Runck, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Mark A. Ritter, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Allyn Meier, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Renaissance Properties, et al., foreclosure First National Bank vs. Early Custom Home LLC, et al., foreclosure Bethel Building and Loan Company vs. Dennis John Gregovich, et al., foreclosure Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Richard P. Martin and Norma L. Martin, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. John J. Whitaker, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Jack Burton, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Sallie Ransohoff Kreines and PNC Bank NA, foreclosure PHH Mortgage Corporation vs. Lisa Senters, et al., foreclosure Citibank NA vs. Robert Bullock, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Shawn W. Whisman, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Johnny Tull, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kenneth A. Ostrander, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Tina L. Robinson, foreclosure Mers Inc. vs. Barbara J. Stanley and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Jennifer Collett, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. James Hesler, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Fernando P. Mendoza, foreclosure HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Joseph Wooten, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Connie S. Skillman, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Christopher J. Stover, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Kimberly Compton, et al., foreclosure PNC Mortgage a division of PNC Bank NA vs. Todd A. Boothe, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Glenda Huff, et al., foreclosure Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC vs. James Coburn, et al., foreclosure Unifund CCR Partners vs. William E. Applegate Sr., other civil Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Mark Minton and CTC Global Logistics LLC, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. Nations Transport Inc., other civil Riverwalk Holdings LTD vs. Donald T. Votaw, other civil KSB Inc. vs. Environmental Fluid Solutions LLC, other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. David L. Gossett, other civil Lambda Research Inc. vs. Terry Jacobs, et al., other civil Amy B. Wisby vs. American Family Insurance, et al., other civil Darrell Sizemore vs. Dusty Younker and Rumpke Consolidated Company, other civil Yvonne Eads and Derek Miller vs. Marie Richards, et al., other civil Kim Moore and Frank Moore vs. Kim

Pangallo and Healthcare Custom Design Benefits, other tort Lori Patton and Gerald R. Patton vs. Carol J. Rollins and Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., other tort Total Quality Logistics vs. Donald C. Erickson, et al., other tort Total Quality Logistics vs. Stanley Freight LLC, other tort Lorena G. Gambrel and George A. Gambrel vs. Terri L. Woodruff, et al., other tort Wanda Donaldson vs. GMRI Inc. and Marsha Ryan Administrator Bureau of Workers, worker’s compensation Kelli J. Braunagel vs. Marsha P. Ryan and Extendicare Health Services Inc., worker’s compensation BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Paul Presta Jr., et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Anthony R. Vuccolo, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Home Loans vs. Ronnie R. Adams, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Traci F. Rutledge, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Paul M. Perry, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Cecil R. Whitworth, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Deborah S. Holt, et al., foreclosure Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp. vs. James G. Schmidtbauer, et al., foreclosure Bluffs at McGuffey Lakes Community Association Inc. vs. Jamie A. Liming, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Larry W. Howard, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Julie A. Beasley, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Melisa R. Levy, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. David F. Grothaus, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Rene K. Foster, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Richard J. Field, et al., foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. Sarah Louise Hamilton, et al., foreclosure OneWest Bank FSB vs. Gary Carmichael, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Gayle G. Block, et al., foreclosure Beneficial Financial I Inc. vs. Jerry Rauh and Rae A. Rauh, other civil Thomas Brokaw vs. Lillian Morrow and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, other civil Laura Piwinski and Michelle Mounce vs. Ridge Grainger, et al., other civil Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Best Express Foods U.S. Bank NA vs. Robert Stout, other civil U.S. Bank NA vs. Brandie M. Barger and John L. Barger, other civil Raymond Felts vs. Sean E. Martin, et al., other civil Target National Bank vs. Brenda S. Carter, other civil Beneficial Financial I Inc. vs. Collin J. Espy and Dawn Espy, other civil Bethesda Hospital vs. Robert Marion, other civil

Divorce

George J. Marsh vs. Rebecca Ann Marsh Anthony L. Napier vs. Tina Napier Robert Montgomery vs. Tina Montgomery Raymond Thomayer vs. Kelly Thomayer Maria Socoro Gonzales vs. Santos Gonzales Erika Randall vs. Michael Randall

Dissolution

Shannon Leigh Lehman vs. Ian James Lehman Amy L. Harris vs. James H. Bush IV Cheryl L. Fannin vs. Norman D. Fannin Jr. Mark Batchler vs. Yvonne Batchler Bobby Bates vs. Donna Bates James Michael Clark vs. Cindy Jane Clark Teresa Ann Marion vs. Timmie Ray Marion Carla Jane Osborne vs. Dean Benson Osborne

Indictments

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

grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Frad Wallace Cosand Jr., 19, 1304 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in drugs, Owensville Police. Thomas Smallwood, 33, 7084 Goshen Road, Goshen, aggravated possession of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Chad Raymond Dean, 34, 1161 Bruce Ave., Cincinnati, theft, New Richmond Police. Kenneth Alan Jones, 38, burglary, menacing by stalking, Goshen Police. Jason Trent Loveless, 29, 971 Stone Valley Lane, Milford, grand theft of a motor vehicle, Goshen Police. Michael Shane Seals Jr., 19, burglary, breaking and entering, theft, safecracking, Goshen Police. Stephen Robert Phelps, 32, 1785 Ohio 28 Lot 384, Goshen, burglary, breaking and entering, theft, receiving stolen property, Goshen Police. Anthony W. Brackett, 23, 3015 Ledgebrook Court, Louisville, Ky., aggravated burglary, felonious assault, Goshen Police. Harold Tim Fultz, 45, 2310 Robin Lane, Goshen, illegal processing of drug documents, Goshen Police. Marla D. Redic, 37, 24350 Lakeshore Blvd. #304, Euclid, Ohio, theft, receiving stolen property, Goshen Police. Jennifer L. Wright, 31, 304 E. 208th St., Euclid, Ohio, theft, receiving stolen property, Goshen Police. Gerald Sarver, 35, 233 Sulphur Springs, Batavia, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, Union Township Police Department. Brian Lee Irwin, 24, 4169 Yorkshire Square, Cincinnati, burglary, theft, Union Township Police Department. Jacob James Anglin, 22, 3935 Wilma Court #110, Cincinnati, theft from an elderly person, theft, Union Township Police Department. Andrew Kirby Farwick, 23, 1640 Gay Road, Goshen, possession of cocaine, Union Township Police Department. Brandon David Cook, 36, 303 W. State St. #44, Georgetown, possession of cocaine, improper handling of firearms in motor vehicle, Union Township Police Department. Thomas Daniel Nelms, 59, 2811 Warsaw Ave. #5, Cincinnati, theft, Union Township Police Department. Antwan Lamont Merritt, 27, 529 Belton St., Cincinnati, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, Union Township Police Department. Dana S. Burris, 36, identity fraud, forgery, Union Township Police Department. Paul Caleb Creed, 22, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, Miami Township Police. Ronald Wayne Williams, 30, theft, Pierce Township Police. Michael S. Keller, 24, at large, notice of change of address, periodic verification of current address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Ray Partin, 31, 27 Lori Lane #2, Amelia, receiving stolen property, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Adam Lee Kayata, 28, 6633 Grant Ave., Cincinnati, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Jason Wells, 39, 1820 Howard St., Middletown, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Thomas Eugene Humphrey, 33, 459 S. Mulberry St. #113, Wilmington, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Danny Ray Mofford, 27, 206 E. Fork Crossing, Batavia, aggravated robbery, abduction, Pierce Township Police. Zachary Homer McClanahan, 21, 2730 Ohio 222 Lot 17, Bethel, aggravated robbery, abduction,

non-support of dependents, Pierce Township Police. Jason T. Evick, 36, domestic violence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Margaret Ellen Winters, 43, 8399 Morrow Woodville Road, Goshen, theft, forgery, Union Township Police Department. Joseph Lee Young, 29, at large, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possession of drugs, engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, Narcotics Unit. Christine Nicole Moore, 23, 120 S. Glenn St., Hillsboro, Ohio, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Kristy L. Anderson, 26, 369 Chantiugua Road, Peebles, Ohio, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Jessica Taylor, 29, 65090 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Max Daniel Powell, 33, 235 Nevels Drive, Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Walter D. Demmitt, 38, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Jimmie J. Payne Jr., 19, 7113 Cloverknoll Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Donna M. Ashcraft, 26, 4533 E. Miami River Road, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Antonio Edward Stanley, 29, 1921 Webman Court, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Todd William Malpass Jr., 25, 4879 Powderhorn Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Derek D. Jodrey, 25, 82 Bethel Park Drive, Bethel, theft, Bethel Police. George Richard Flaugher, 64, 355 Felicity Cedron Road, Felicity, having weapon while under disability, felonious assault, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Randy A. Brewster, 29, 2535 U.S. 50 Apt. 4, Batavia, felonious assault, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Timothy Gilbert Valter, 40, 1319 Betty Lane, Milford, possession of heroin, Miami Township Police. Ebony D. Denton, 38, passing bad checks, theft, Milford Police. Catherine Alice Dick, 24, 150 Western Ave., New Richmond, endangering children, Pierce Township Police. Christopher C. Vincent, 23, 288 Plenty St., New Richmond, grand theft, Pierce Township Police. Daniel Edward Murphy Jr., 35, violating a protection order, menacing by stalking, Goshen Police. Darron Stuart McClair, 43, 3601 York Lane, Cincinnati, theft, possession of cocaine, Union Township Police Department. David Anthony Tucker, 33, 449 Thomas Lane, Cincinnati, possession of heroin, Union Township Police Department. Shaun M. Brooks, 21, 1876 Main St. #3, Goshen, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Goshen Police. Douglas R. Waldo, 44, 1751 Hill Station Road, Goshen, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, sexual battery, Goshen Police. Alex William Deel, 23, 4349 Dela Palma Road, Williamsburg, involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in heroin, corrupting another with drugs, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Keith M. Wieland, 25, involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

BUILDING PERMITS Residential

The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 18 Cedarwood Drive, Amelia Village, $132,230. Marian Easterling, Amelia, HVAC, 1307 Hammann Drive, Batavia Township. Amos Robbins, Batavia, HVAC, 4270 Amelia Olive Branch, Batavia Township. Patricia Hall, Batavia, HVAC, 4338 Courtesy Lane, Batavia Township. Logan Services, Dayton, HVAC, 4645 Elmwood, Batavia Township. Tim Curry, Cincinnati, alter, 640 Shelley Drive, Batavia Village. Lisa Rowe, Amelia, woodburning stove, 2145 Berry Road, Monroe Township, $1,500. Sehlhorst Equipment Services, Hooven, demolition, 24 Wells St., Moscow Village; demolition, 818 Ohio 52, Pierce Township. Floyd Roberts, New Richmond, alter, 121 Dickenson St., New Richmond Village, $20,000. Potterhill Homes, Milford, new, 136 Paddlewheel Drive, New Richmond Village, $87,050. Bradford Smith, Cincinnati, addition, 980 Gaskins Road, Pierce Township, $15,000. John Skidmore, Amelia, addition, 1297 White Oak Road, Pierce Township, $10,000. Cowans Custom Carpentry, Cincinnati, addition, 3851 Palmer Court, Pierce Township, $57,000. James Gailey, Cincinnati, HVAC, 3767

Stillmeadow, Pierce Township. JJ Smith Heat & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 3825 Bennett, Pierce Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 3641 Highland Green, Pierce Township, $95,066. AA Moore, Sharonville, alter, 632 Candle Court, Union Township, $40,000. It’s Electric, West Chester, alter, 4210 Clough, Union Township. Craftsman Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 641 Brandy Way, Union Township. Reliable Comfort, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4646 Cardinal Drive, Union Township. Drees Premier Homes, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 5113 Oak Brook, Union Township, $226,657. Gray’s Excavating, Amelia, alter, 4632 Ireton Road, Williamsburg Township. Icon Environmental Group, Cincinnati, alter, 1476 Monroe Farms, Monroe Township, $30,000. Holiday Homes, Milford, trailer, lot #64 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly, Monroe Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 305 Light St., New Richmond Village; HVAC, 4553 Tealtown Road, Union Township. David Kramer, Amelia, addition, 101 Mullens Way, Pierce Township, $55,000. Buckeye Mechanical, Oxford, alter, 1390 Carmosino Drive, Pierce Township.

Wilma Armstrong, Cincinnati, addition, 882 Meadow Ridge, Union Township, $5,000. Sean Seebohm, Amelia, alter, 4157 Clough Lane, Union Township. Morris Heat & Cooling, Burlington, Ky., alter, 4230 Deepwood, Union Township. JJ Smith Heat & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 4835 Forest Meadow, Union Township. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, new, 4201 N. Gensen Loop, Union Township, $120,000; new, 864 Ellery Drive, $110,000.

Commercial

Lonnie Baldwin, Sardinia, alter, 104 N. Main St., Sardinia Village. Select Strategies, Ft. Thomas, Ky., alter-White Box, 1395 Ohio 125, Pierce Township, $2,500. The Crowell Co., Cincinnati, alterOptitech,, 4355 Ferguson, Union Township, $6,699. Planet Fitness, New York, alter, 4394 Eastgate Sq., Union Township. Studio for Architecture Inc., alter, 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Williamsburg Township, $84,400. Utility Trailer Mfg. Co., Batavia, alter, 4225 Curliss Lane, Batavia Township, $250,000. ABC Signs, Cincinnati, sign, 1259 Ohio 125, Pierce Township. Stanley Security Solutions, Sharonville, fire alarm, 3935 McMann Road, Union Township. Tribble Refrigeration, Milford, alter-

Library, 4450 Ryan’s Way, Union Township. Express Employment, Cincinnati, alter, 754 Old Ohio 74, Union Township. Accent Signs & Graphics, Cincinnati, sign, 754 Old Ohio 74, Union Township. Shannon Excavating, Bethel, demolition, 28 Main St., Amelia Village. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., sales center, 1210 Ohio 125, Batavia Township, $75,000; shell space, $1,000. Eckert Fire Protection Systems, Cincinnati, fire suppression, 4394 Eastgate Sq., Union Township. DRS Mobile Environmental Systems, Cincinnati, alter, 1032 Seabrook Way, Union Township. Stephen Muenchen, Okeana, alter, 700 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township. Melink Properties, Cincinnati, solar panels, 5140 River Valley, Union Township, $8,000; solar panels, $108,000; solar panels, $94.200; canopy, 5130 River Valley, $103,500. Harrigan Refrigeration, Cincinnati, HVAC, 853 Eastgate N. Drive, Union Township. United Maier Signs Inc., Cincinnati, sign, 4394 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township. Atlantic Sign Co., Cincinnati, sign, 700 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township.


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