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Neighbors thank neighbors

Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Community Journal Clermont has a tradition. Every year we salute local people who show us every day what its means to be a good neighbor. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we want you to meet them.

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The Community Journal Clermont was overwhelmed by the response to our request for nominations for “Neighbors Who Care.” Overwhelmed, but not surprised, as it validates the kind of community in which we live. We profiled as many as we could, but if we missed anyone, we will give them their deserved recognition at a later date. And if this feature has caused you to reflect on a caring neighbor in your life, let us know about them. Send an e-mail to You can read about all of our Neighbors Who Care at

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Keith Holden of Union Township nominated Lisa Otten of Union Township, Dawne Parrish of Milford, Carol Tallarigo of Mason and Christa Redden of Madeira as Neighbors Who Care. The four women helped Keith's family during his wife's battle with cancer. From left are Parrish, Tallarigo, Tracy Holden, Otten and Redden. PROVIDED

‘Neighbors’ offer help through family’s struggles By Roxanna Blevins

UNION TWP. — Sometimes the most neighborly people are not necessarily those who live next door. For Union Township resident Keith Holden, the phrase “neighbors who care” brings to mind four women who each live in different parts of Greater Cincinnati. Lisa Otten of Union Township, Dawne Parrish of Milford, Carol Tallarigo of Mason and Christa Redden of Madeira exemplify “neighbors who care,” Holden said. “I cannot thank these ladies enough for the time that they gave to our family,” he said in an email. In 2010, Holden’s wife, Tracy, was diagnosed with a form of bone marrow cancer called multiple myeloma. In November 2011, after a year in and out of treatment, Tracy died. While Tracy was ill, Otten,

Parrish, Tallarigo and Redden cooked meals for the Holdens, cleaned their house regularly and took their children places. “Doing what they did ... allowed me to dedicate the time outside work to spending time with her,” Holden said. In addition to helping with housework and childcare, the women spent time with Tracy at the hospital and at home. “I just tried to make their life easier in a difficult time,” Otten said. All four women said Tracy would have done the same for them if the situation were reversed. “Tracy would give you the shirt off her back without thinking twice,” Otten said. Tallarigo, who often took her to and from treatments, said Tracy’s giving nature rubbed off on those around her. Despite a fear of needles, Tallarigo had the courage to give blood because of Tracy.

“She just wanted everyone to be involved, to be active, to have a voice and to give back,” she said. Redden was “surprised and humbled” to be nominated as a “neighbor who cares.” “I don’t feel like I did anything special, but just be a good friend,” she said. Parrish said the Holdens are like family to her, and she was happy to reciprocate the friendship and love Tracy shared with her. “I really can’t tell you how much I feel she and her family exemplified what true friendship means,” Parrish said. The women did not stop offering assistance to the family after Tracy’s death. They continued offering support and helped with funeral arrangements. “Those four were, besides my family, the closest friends during that time,” Holden said. “They helped us get through everything.”



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UNION TWP. — Kay Horning of Union Township wants to recognize her neighbors Tom and Carol Emery as Neighbors Who Care. Neighbors Who Care are those who display what it means to be a good neighbor through offering help in big or small ways, or simply by being a friend. Horning said the Emerys extend themselves as neighbors by taking care of plants, doing house checks and helping with home repairs. “They’re very helpful, thoughtful, friendly,” she said. For the past eight years Carol has taken care of the Hornings’ plants and checked on their house regularly when they are in Florida.

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“My wife is the type of person who would give you the shirt off her back and never ask for anything in return,” Tom said. Horning said when something goes wrong at her house, Tom is always ready to offer advice or fix the problem. She said there is an addition on her house that has sunk a couple times, and Tom shored it up. “It’s just neighbor helping neighbor,” Tom said. “That’s nothing any other neighbor wouldn’t do.” Horning said she and her husband are “blessed” to have helpful neighbors like the Emerys. “Life would be a lot more complicated without these good folks, and we want to express our appreciation and thanks to them,” she said in her written nomination.

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School officials review safety plans By John Seney and Roxanna Blevins


School officials across the county are reviewing their security measures in the aftermath of the shootings Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Milford Superintendent Robert Farrell said a letter signed by him was sent to all parents in the district Dec.17 addressing the issue of school safety. The letter said the dis-

trict recently instituted ALICE training for all staff members and are in the process of training students in grades seven to 12. ALICE stands for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate” and focuses on empowering staff and students in a shooting situation, the letter said. Parents were informed the district has participated in “Secure our Schools” grants to fund cameras at the high school and junior high school and fund the services of a security consultant.


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All the new buildings in the district have “secure access” – a double door security measure with an outside locked door leading to an outer office area with a second locked door to enter the building, the letter said. “Please reassure your child that our schools are a safe place,” Farrell said in the letter. “The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.” Farrell said school and law enforcement officials meet on a regular basis “to tweak our safety plans.” He said the district has a full-time school resource officer (SRO) from the Miami Township Police Department assigned to the senior and junior high school campus. Another Miami Township officer spends time at all the elementary schools in the township. The Milford Police Department also assigns officers to Pattison Elementary School as needed, he said. At Clermont Northeastern schools, safety was a topic of discussion at the Dec. 18 school board meeting. Superintendent Ralph Shell said officials conducted a security audit of all CNE buildings in the days


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following the Newtown killings. He also asked the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office to do a more in-depth study of security at the schools. Shell said he will look into obtaining money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to upgrade security at the schools. The CNE school board passed a resolution to send a letter to state legislators urging them to fund a SRO program for schools. “They (the state) have dropped the ball on that,” said school board president Mike Freeman. “You can’t put a price on a child’s life.” Freeman said CNE never has had resource officers. He said grants have been available for the officers, but not full funding. New Richmond Superintendent Adam Bird said the district has safety plans in place. “We’re not going to make any changes in that until we hear from law enforcement experts what happened,” he said. “We’re being vigilant every day.” Bird said building principals are seeking input from parents about any concerns they have on school safety. “Administrators will decide if any changes need to be made,” he said. Bethel-Tate Superintendent Melissa Kircher posted a message on the district website early Monday morning. A message also


was sent to parents and staff via email. “It is important for our district and all of our schools to continue to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff,” Kircher said in the message. “I want to assure you that our staff will be diligent.” Kircher said the district has a current crisis plan in place, which is updated annually. “We file our plans with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, and then they are sent to the attorney general,” Kircher said Dec. 19. Two drills were performed this week with representatives from the sheriff’s office present to offer feedback. Many West Clermont school administrators posted messages on their websites. “Like most school districts in America, we take significant steps to keep our school buildings safe and secure,” said John Spieser, Glen Este Middle School principal, in one message. With winter parties taking place at many schools, Amelia Elementary School Principal Stephanie Walker, in a website message, said in an effort to heighten security, she will manage parents entering the building for parties. West Clermont Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks said Dec. 19 district staff are looking at entrance and exit procedures for all

buildings. Newer buildings have buzzer systems, which help with security, he said. Older Shell buildings have been retrofitted to be more secure as well, but some buildings have corridors that are not attached to other parts of the building, Brooks said. He said district staff work with multiple entities, including township, village and county law enforcement officials to carry out school safety procedures. Administrative staff also are considering implementing ALICE training in the district. Batavia Superintendent Jill Grubb said Dec. 19 in light of the Newtown shooting, district staff are revisiting safety plans and procedures. She said she anticipates sheriff’s office staff members are doing the same. Grubb said Batavia schools routinely practice safety drills as required by the state. “We are going to work to stay in communication with local law enforcement,” Grubb said. A message from Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg is posted on the Batavia Local School District website about a tip line. “Please use this tool if you have any concerns about what you see or hear, and if you do so, leave as many details as possible so that the matter can be properly investigated,” Rodenberg said in the message. To report concerns, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line can be reached 24 hours a day every day at 625-2806.

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Glen Este student arrested for alleged threat On Dec. 20 at about 4 p.m., Union Township Communications Center began receiving reports from parents of Glen Este students reporting posts on Facebook rumoring there was going to be “shooting” at the school Dec. 21. This information was taken seriously and an investigation was immediately initiated, according to a press release from Lt. Scott Gaviglia, Union Township Police Department. In addition to the investigation, plans were made and executed by the police department to prepare for any event. The police department Dec. 21 arrested one female, age15, for inducing panic, a felony of the second degree, and tampering with evidence, a felony of

Zoning changes expected to benefit Union Twp. economic development UNION TWP. — The Union Township trustees Dec. 13 approved four projects that are expected to contribute to positive economic development. AE Door & Window Co. requested an Overlay District Plan approval for a single parcel at 760 Eastgate South Drive. The company is purchasing the former Oak & More Express store and will occupy about 55 percent of the 16,000-square-foot structure, where they will set up a showroom. The approval will allow a sublease a portion of the existing structure. Enhancements to the property include an investment in the landscaping and parking lot and cleaning the property. The A&P Technologies expansion project is a very important one, said Cory Wright, township planning and zoning director. A&P makes composites and braids various materials

the third degree. The juvenile initiated the post “to see what would happen,” Gaviglia said. Her actions caused hundreds of phone calls to the police department from concerned parents, and caused other parents to keep their children out of school for the day. The juvenile attempted to destroy evidence prior to the police contacting her. The juvenile who allegedly made the threat was not in school today, she was found at her residence by Union Township Police. She is a student of Glen Este. There are no other suspects. There also were rumors of police finding a weapon at the school. Those rumors are unfounded. The case is closed at this time, Gaviglia said.

son Drive/Ivy Pointe Boulevard roundabout is included as well as an extension of the walking path. The value of TQL II will be $10 million to $12 million. TQL expects to hire an additional 500 to 1,000 employees in the next couple years. Wright said the landscaping plan and architectural elevations submitted “ … are of substantial quality and represent a strong investment in the community.” Ground is expected to be broken in spring 2013. The final project approved is a new 50-bed skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility on Bach Buxton Road. Otterbein Nursing Care and Rehabilitation has several facilities throughout the state, Wright said. “They were denied in Pierce Township and we reached out to them to help them find a location in

Union Township since they want a presence in the central portion of the county,” Wright said. Otterbein will be developing in Clough Pointe Commerce Park, and Wright said it will be an transitional use to the adjoining neighborhoods. The project will bring 50 to 75 new jobs. “I guess this is another example where you have a legitimate business and have an opportunity where you want to find an area that will do business with you,” said Trustee Tim Donnellon. “That’s why we’re here, and the growth and expansion that we continue to push is another example of us being able to put something together where another area is not quite so able to do so.”

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Man tries to disarm New Richmond police chief The New Richmond life squad was forced to pull over to the side of U.S. 52 at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 20 because the patient became extremely violent. Police Chief Randy Harvey said in a press release he was summonsed to assist the life squad. Upon arrival, Harvey was saw the patient had escaped his restraints and had climbed out the back of the ambulance. The patient, identified

Batavia man killed in crash STONELICK TWP. — A 29year-old Batavia man was killed when his car went off the road early today, striking a utility pole and a tree. Robert Handra Jr., 265 N. Fifth St., was driving a 2003 Ford Focus southbound on Ohio 222 about 1:43 a.m. when the crash occurred, said Sgt. Brian Bost, Batavia post, Ohio

that are used in aircraft, sports and other products. According to Wright, the expansion will be a two-phase one, with the first consisting of a new 25,000-square-foot structure, and the second an additional 42,500-squarefeet facility. The property is on East Tech Drive. Trustee Matt Beamer said it is good to see companies expanding in this economy. TQL already has outgrown its original building, which was completed in 2007. With extra land, the plans for TQL II were modified to take advantage of parking facilities and existing public access points. The site consists of a new 100,000-square-foot building with an additional 1,890 parking spaces for both TQL I and II, and an additional 1,200 spaces for TQL III and IV. A new access drive from the Fergu-

State Highway Patrol. Bost said Handra drove off the right side of the road about a half-mile south of U.S. 50, where his car struck a utility pole and then rolled down a hill, striking a tree. Handra was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

as Issac Stroud, 19, 2109 Beech Cove in New Richmond, came at Harvey screaming, “Give me your gun.” Stroud tried to physically take Harvey’s weapon from his holster, the chief said in the press release. A struggle ensued in the eastbound lane of U.S. 52. Harvey was the only officer on duty for New Richmond at the time. Other emergency medical technicians arrived to help Harvey.

Stroud was transported to Mercy Hospital Clermont for treatment. He was treated and released. Stroud was then taken to the Clermont County Jail and charged with one felony count of assault on a police officer, one felony count of assault on an emergency medical technician and two felony counts of vandalism for the damage he did to the equipment in the life squad, said Harvey in the

release. At the time of the incident, Stroud was out of jail on a $10,000 bond stemming from a high speed pursuit chase that led police through Clermont County and Hamilton County that occurred Dec. 17, said Harvey in the release. Stroud is currently being held on $200,000 cash bond in Clermont County Jail, said Harvey in the release.

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Clermont County to offer two permanent drug drop-off locations The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has partnered with the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Free Action Alliance to provide 66 free prescription drug drop boxes throughout Ohio. Two are in Clermont County. The Goshen Township Police Department installed one of the prescription drug drop boxes at the office, 6757 Goshen Road, and is available to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drop boxes are mailbox-style disposal bins that are placed inside law enforcement agencies to be used by residents during normal business hours. Law enforcement is responsible for monitoring the boxes and properly disposing of the medications. Each location is contracted with a regional incinerator facility, approved by the Ohio EPA, to dispose of the collected medications in the most environmentally-friendly manner. “When a person has unwanted or unneeded prescriptions in their home, there is always a risk that the medication could end up in the hands of a child, a teenager or even a drug addict,” said Goshen Township Police Chief Ray Snyder. “By providing secure drop boxes, residents can safely discard their medications without any concern that the medication could hurt someone.” The second one will be at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, 4470 Ohio 222, in January. “The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to be a partner in this worthwhile endeavor. Pharmaceutical abuse and misuse is continually on the rise, and is frequently connected to old drugs that have not been proper-

ly secured or disposed of,” said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. “The Drug Drop Off program will provide a convenient way for citizens to assist in reducing the presence and availability of medications that might otherwise be abused by others. A drop box will be available in the lobby of our main headquarters 24/7, 365 days a year.” The Pierce Township Police Department started a prescription drug drop-off program earlier this year. For more information, call 752-4100. Dr. Lee Ann Watson, assistant director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said, “It is crucial to have several permanent locations in the county to collect medications in between these events.” Unused medications not only present the potential to harm families; studies show trace amounts of pharmaceuticals can also threaten water quality. John McManus, program manager for the Clermont County Division of Storm Water Management, said, “Unwanted prescription drugs can find their way into our water supply when people flush them or pour them down the drain. Waste water treatment plants aren’t designed to remove these types of chemicals. While not at levels that affect human health, the U.S. EPA has begun to detect some types of medication in streams and drinking water across the nation.” For additional information about the prescription drug dropoff boxes, call Woods at 735-8159 or email

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American Legion Post 288 members will host a New Year’s Eve Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the post, 208 E. Main St. in Williamsburg. The doors open at 8 p.m. Beer and set-ups included in the cost of $15 per person. Music is by Shawn Hammonds.

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Board of Education will hold its annual organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the library of Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place. The meeting will be followed by the board’s regular January meeting.

Garden club

The Williamsburg Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Second and Gay streets. Hostesses for the evening are Gwen Smith, Heather Frost-Hauck and Izella Cadwallader. Brian Gurley will present a program on “Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens.” Members are asked to respond to roll call with their favorite color combination in the garden. The horticulture specimen is to be an evergreen branch. The program is free and open to the public. Anyone who would like to attend, should call 724-3657 no later than Saturday, Jan. 5, to register. The club welcomes new members. Visit or “Friend” them on FaceBook for additional information.

Cemetery rates

Last month, the Pierce Township trustees voted unanimously to make adjustments to cemetery rates effective Jan. 1. The new rates are applica-

ble to the township’s one active cemetery across the street from the township administration building at 950 Locust Corner Road. The new rates were proposed in light of a projected cemetery fund deficit in the next three to five years. Public Works Director Luke Mantle researched price schedules for four area township cemeteries and discovered that Pierce Township rates were low in most categories. “The rate adjustments bring our prices more in line with neighboring cemeteries while also helping to stabilize the budget,” Mantle said. While most rates were increased, a few were decreased to attract more sales: The resident rate for a single lot was raised from $385 to $500 while the non-resident rate was lowered from $1,650 to $1,250. The resident rate for a single lot in Batavia Township is $520 and $550 in Union Township while non-resident rates are $1,200 and $1,500, respectively. “The township takes great pride in our cemetery. We will continue to maintain it as a beautiful and peaceful final resting place,” said township Administrator David Elmer. “Hopefully, our financial strategy will enable us to do so for many years to come.” For more information, visit or call Elmer at 752-6424.

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Junior Nick Kincer, left, junior Ellen McPhillips and senior Rodney Hamilton were Williamsburg High School’s students of the month for October. The each received a certificate and a Best Buy gift card. PROVIDED

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IHM inaugurates new leadership Student council officers and representatives at Immaculate Heart of Mary were recently inaugurated recently at an all school assembly. Sophia Heller, Co-Vice President, led students and staff in an opening prayer and pledge. Katie Coyle introduced the new officers and administered the Oath of Office. Co-Presidents Abby Connaughton and Nick Rokosz gave an inaugural address to the

student body. Officers are Abby Connaughton, Nick Rokosz, Sophia Heller, Zach Woodke, Liam Lindy, Lundy Wright, David Collette, Elizabeth Kott, Carly Dunseath, Carmen Feck, Kate Whitesell, Natasha Camacho, Katie Strickland, Braden Perry, Molly Smith, Christiane Hazzard, Cameron Massa. Representatives are Melissa McMurray, Annie Molony, Erin

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After reciting the Oath of Office and receiving special name badges Nick Rokosz, Zach Woodke, Lundy Wright, Liam Lindy and David Collette are ready to assume their duties as officers. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

Top collector for the school and junior Ann Rack receives a stamp for making it to checkpoint six out of nine on the Walk. "It was really rewarding to reach each check point and know that even though you may be tired, it's for a good cause to benefit the school," Rack said. THANKS TO ANGIE NOBLE

After Gulliver lands on shore, tiny Lilliputians worry how they will feed the giant in this scene from "Gulliver's Travels.” The giant mask used by Julia Dean, Golf Manor, was created by senior Meg Mathile, East Walnut Hills, an AP Art Portfolio student. Lilliputians with smaller masks, from left, are Beckett Schiaparelli, Mason; Sammi Crew, Mariemont; Julia Rosa Helm, Anderson Township; Gillian Fajack, Summerside; Anna Fahrmeier, Turpin Hills; and Maya Mehlman, Clifton. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON


Summit Country day Director Cheryl Couch recently led performers in the production of Don Fleming’s fanciful adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic satire set in 18th century England. The play was performed by Middle School students at The Summit Country Day School’s Kyte Theater.

In this scene from "Gulliver's Travels” Dr. Gulliver has signed on to be the ship's physician aboard the Adventure. From left are Summit Country Day School sixth-graders Reyyan Khan, Mason, playing a sailor; Sammi Crew, Mariemont, one of two students in the title role; Maria Maples, Amelia, as the captain; and Julia Rosa Helm, Anderson Township, and Mia Semler, Hyde Park, as sailors. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

McNick students walk for 30th year

McNicholas students recently participated in the 30th Annual Walk Day, the largest student-involved fundraiser of the year. Students sold tickets to raise money for McNicholas’ general operating budget. Students raised nearly $40,000. A new approach was taken to raise money through the Walk this year. To encourage participation, students sold tickets for $10 each. For each $10 donation, the donors were entered into a drawing: $500, $300 and $200. The winning names were drawn during a pep rally Oct. 26. “We tried something different with the tickets,” Director of Curriculum Dan Rosenbaum said. “We were hoping to get more people involved, more people giving to McNicholas.” Junior Ann Rack was the top collector for the school, raising $1,050. Rack saw the Walk as an opportunity to show school spirit,

and asked many relatives and neighbors for donations. “I have a lot of family members and friends who were willing to donate to McNick,” Rack said. Students began the Walk at 9 a.m., right after the Homecoming pep rally, and completed a 7.5 mile walk through Mt. Washington. This was extended from the 4 mile walk last year. “We wanted to make it a bigger event,” Rosenbaum said. “This year, most kids finished the Walk around noon. Last year, most were finished around ten o’clock.” After students completed the Walk, they were dismissed. Overall, Rosenbaum was happy with the Walk turnout. “When you have 640 kids walking, things can get pretty chaotic,” Rosenbaum said. “I was very pleased with the good behavior of the students during the Walk.”



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Campbell closes out decorated Duke career

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The following are submissions on student-athletes in the Community Journal Clermont coverage area that have recently participated in a college sport.


crews from Northeastern, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia and Penn at the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie Oct. 28. MacCune and her teammates concluded their fall schedule at Foot of the Charles on Nov. 10. Their novice eight boat led the Terriers with a third-place result beating top boats from UMass, Rhode Island, Rutgers and Buffalo. Submitted by Karii MacCune

Alex Fultz

Alex Fultz is a starting varsity basketball player for Wittenberg University for the 2012-2013 season. At Glen Este High School, he was team captain and MVP his senior year. Fultz was All-Cincinnati Division I first team, AllSouthwest District honorable mention and Fort Ancient Valley Conference first team his junior and senior seasons. Last year, he led the FAVCEast in scoring at 18.8 points per game and was second in rebounds at 11.3. He had eight games of 25 points or more and four games of 30 or more. He also made 85 percent of his free throws and was an inductee into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame for his freethrow percentage. Fultz was selected to the Southwest All Star team and was named a Scholar Athlete by both the FAVC and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He is the brother of Kristina Fultz. Submitted by Tamara Fultz Alex Fultz

Alec Scardina has moved from the Wing-T of Glen Este to Thomas More as a running back. THANKS TO SANDY SCARDINA

Alec Scardina Alec Scardina, former Glen Este running back, finished his freshman season at Thomas More College. The team finished the season 7-3 and lost only by nine points in three games while trying to maintain their PAC championship. They have been PAC champions the last four out of five years. Alec is studying business administration with a double major in sports management. His parents are Sandy and Edward Scardina. Submitted by Sandy Scardina

Kristina Fultz

Jo MacCune (seat two, second from the left) rows with her Boston University teammates. THANKS TO KARII MACCUNE

Josie MacCune

Josie MacCune, daughter of Karii MacCune of Batavia, graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School and is currently a freshman at Boston University and a member of the Terriers women’s rowing team. Her rowing career began at age 12 with the Clermont Crew, whose boathouse is on the shores of Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park. The Terriers finished fourth with a time of 15:48.52 in the novice eight race ahead of

Like her brother, Alex, Kristina Fultz attends Wittenberg where she’s a varsity volleyball player. At Glen Este, she was team captain for three years and a fouryear varsity starter for the Kristina Fultz Lady Trojans. She was MVP her junior and senior seasons. Fultz led the team in blocks and aces during her senior year and was All-FAVC her junior and senior seasons. She was selected to the Southwest All Start Team and was named a Scholar Athlete by the FAVC and the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association. She was also named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Community Journal Clermont. Submitted by Tamara Fultz

McNicholas High School graduate Tara Campbell was a four-year starter for the Duke University Soccer team. THANKS TO SHANE LARDINOIS OF DUKE UNIVERSITY

McNick grad to go down as one of the all-time greats By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

The Duke University soccer program will have a tough task ahead as the squad tries to replace senior goalkeeper Tara Campbell. In her four years on Tobacco Road, the McNicholas alum left her stamp at the school and leaves second in career saves (302), third in shutouts (30) and second in goals-against average (0.91). But before graduation arrives, the civil engineering major added one more accomplishment to her soccer resume. Campbell was named one of five Senior CLASS All-Americans by a nationwide vote of Division I coaches. The CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I soccer, according to Duke’s website. “Anytime you get an award like that, it’s exciting,” Campbell said. “It’s nice to be rewarded for the hard work you put into things.” Campbell is the definition of a student-athlete. Her on-field


Boys basketball » Williamsburg trailed by four at the half and went on to lose 82-71 to Fayetteville Dec. 15. Senior Kendal Young led the Wildcats with 24 points. » Amelia beat Goshen 57-35 as junior Trevor Simon had 15 points on Dec. 15.

Girls basketball

» Sophomore Samantha McElfresh scored 22 points as Batavia beat Gamble Montessori 69-46, Dec. 17. » New Richmond got 16 points from Josie Buckingham, 12 from Bailey Workman and 11 from Alexis Meyer in a 49-34 victory over Felicity Franklin Dec. 17.

» Amelia defeated Goshen 5238 Dec. 15 as junior Elise Whitesell had 16 points. » Glen Este beat Bethel-Tate 5034 Dec. 15. Senior Hannah Carson had 17 points.

Girls basketball

» McNicholas defeated Purcell Marian, 58-7, Dec. 15. Katie Robinson, Danielle Piening and Payton Ramey each scored nine points.

achievements may only exceeded by her work in the classroom. Duke coach Robbie Church said being an engineering major is comparable to being a pre-med major. “There’s a lot of work demanded outside of the classroom,” Church said. “For her to juggle all the things she did as an athlete and two-time captain…it’s just outstanding.” The CLASS award is a fitting end to a stellar college career for the Eastgate resident. On the field, Campbell helped lead Duke to the national championship game in 2011, while helping the Blue Devils reach the elite eight this fall. The success of her junior and senior seasons is more rewarding because of the growing pains Campbell and her teammates went through in her freshman year. In that 2009 season, Duke went 8-9-1, but Campbell started 19 games and had a single-season record with 94 saves. When she arrived in RaleighDurham in the fall of 2009, Campbell didn’t anticipate starting, but knew she’d be given a chance. She remembers feeling nervous as she transitioned to the

Trojans lose fight with Eagles

Girls diving

The world didn’t come to an end, but Glen Este (1-8) dropped its fifthstraight Eastern Cincinnati Conference contest 61-45 to Milford Dec. 21. The boys travel to Kings Friday, Jan. 4, before hosting Walnut Hills Tuesday, Jan. 8.


Glen Este’s Kyle Keszei uses his speed to get behind the Milford defense. The junior was held scoreless in the Trojans’ loss to the Eagles, but is averaging nearly six points a game on the season.

» McNicholas junior Abby Mitchell finished 11th (318.05) at the Comet Classic Diving Meet at Sycamore Dec. 15. Teammate Maddie Mitchell took 13th (310.30). » New Richmond finished with 45 points at the SWOWCA Glenn Sample Classic Dec. 16.


college game but endured with the help of her team. “It was hard to come in as a freshman and play,” she said. “But I was part of a talented class, though. It was easier to get used to (playing) since I had other people on the team doing the same things as me.” The friendships and bonds formed made the team’s later success that much more sweeter. “There were seven of us and we were extremely close as a class. I’ll never forget the girls,” Campbell said. Campbell undoubtedly established herself as one of the game’s elite players while at Duke. She was named to numerous award teams while posting eye-popping stats. But she’s quick to point out her on-field achievements wouldn’t be possible without her teammates. “I don’t think everyone appreciates how much (teamwork) goes into the stats a goalkeeper gets,” she said. Church believes Campbell is one of the best goalies to put on the Duke uniform. “She’s one of the top ones ever… She’s going to be a tough loss for us to replace,” he said.



Way cleared for new manufacturer at old Ford plant By John Seney

BATAVIA TWP. — The owners of the old Ford plant will build two new parking lots for UC East to allow a major manufacturer to move into the complex. The township trustees Dec. 21 approved two zoning requests to facilitate the plans. Huhtamaki, Inc., a Finnish firm, wants to buy 900,000 square feet of the Ford plant and about 60 acres of land to produce paper and plastic cups and plates. The plant will employ about 300 people, according to Huhtamaki. For the deal to go through, Huhtamaki needs a parking lot now being used by UC East, a tenant in the complex, said Jonathan Wocher, a zoning consultant for the township. Huhtamaki wants to use the parking lot, which is to the east of the UC campus and has about 666 parking spaces, for truck loading and parking, Wocher said. Wocher said the owners of the old auto plant, IRG (Industrial Realty Group), will build two new parking lots for UC – one a 30-space parking lot northeast of the UC building and another lot with about 519 spaces to the south of an existing lot west

The owners of the old Ford plant in Batavia Township plan to build two new parking lots for UC East. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

of UC. The two new lots along with the existing lot west of UC – which has about 176 spaces – will give the college about 725 parking spaces, less than the 842 spaces now available to UC. Dean Miller, vice president/leasing with IRG, said land is available to build more parking for UC if needed. Miller said details of the deal still are being worked out among the parties, but everyone is cooperating. Greg Robinsion, senior architect with UC, said the college “supports the concept.” “The goal is to make sure everybody is treated fairly,” said Trustee Jim Sauls. The application by Huhtamaki includes provisions to add landscaping to their parking lot and build a 14foot wall between the parking lot and UC East, Woch-

er said. Matthew Van Sant, president/CEO of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, said the action by the trustees “demonstrates they are supportive of economic development.” “This is a huge deal,” Van Sant said. “Clermont County is excited to see the building back into full production.” At the beginning of the special meeting, Trustee Bill Dowdney recused himself from discussions about Huhtamaki because of a potential conflict of interest. Dowdney said he is in the plastics business and Huhtamaki will make plastic products at the plant. Trustee Randy Perry said he has done plumbing work for IRG, but to avoid a situation where the trustees lacked a quorum, Perry said he will no longer do any work for IRG.

County commissioners OK Ford plant tax incentive By John Seney

BATAVIA — The Clermont County commissioners Oct. 29 gave their support to a tax abatement for a Finnish firm that wants to buy part of the old Ford auto plant in Batavia Township for a drinking cup manufacturing facility. Andy Kuchta, director of the Clermont County Community and Economic Development Department, said Huhtamaki, Inc., which is based in Espoo, Finland, wants to buy 900,000 square feet of the Ford plant and about 60

acres of land. The facility will create 237 full-time jobs over a four-year period, he said. The company’s total investment will be $64.6 million, including $7.6 million for acquisition, $27 million for renovations and improvements and $30 million for machinery and equipment. The commissioners backed a 10-year tax exemption on $3 million in valuation on the property. The exemption does not include the $7.6 million purchase price, which will become the new base value, Kuchta said.

The new base value cannot be exempted and will increase future tax revenue for the township and Batavia school district, he said. Both the school district and township have voted to support the tax abatement. “We are looking forward to closing the deal,” said Mike Gross, plant manager for a Huhtamkai facility in New Vienna, Ohio. Kuchta said the Huhtamaki deal would not displace any current tenants of the plant owned by Industrial Realty Group LLC.

OKI looks to communities for input By Roxanna Blevins

MILFORD — The OhioIndiana-Kentucky Council of Governments (OKI) is seeking input from residents of the region. OKI officials in the eight-county Greater Cincinnati region are collecting feedback via questionnaire as part of an outreach campaign called “How Do We Grow From Here?” The purpose of the campaign is to determine which areas to focus on in their Strategic Regional Policy Plan. The OKI Land Use Commission adopted the plan, which focuses on the land usetransportation connection, in 2005.

Regional Planning Manager Travis Miller said the plan is intended to be a guide document for local governments for decisions about issues like transportation and environmental issues. “Since this is a landuse policy for an eightcounty area, I hope Milford residents and business owners give their feedback so we will carry some weight,” City Manager Jeff Wright said. “It benefits residents to voice their feedback.” Miller shared some background about the survey Nov. 20 and thanked Milford City Council members for posting the link on the city website. “Most of my remarks

are asking and kind of a plea to communities to assist us,” he said. “Tonight I’m here to say, ‘Thank you,’ because you’re already ahead of us on some outreach efforts.” He said 28 strategic regional issues are identified in the policy plan. The issues are organized into six categories – transportation, public facilities and services, natural resources and open space, housing, economic development and land use. “As we’re starting the update of the plan, we want to make sure that those issues are still relevant,” Miller said. The questionnaire is at



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Police, public must work together

In the aftermath of the unfathomable tragedy in Connecticut , I felt it was appropriate and important for me as sheriff to offer some thoughts. What happened was a wake-up call that rang loud and clear throughout our country and county that what happened in the placid communiA.J. “Tim” ty of Newtown Rodenberg can happen anywhere. The fact COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST that the target of COLUMNIST the attack was an elementary school with very young children makes the reality even more stark. Years ago in the aftermath of Columbine and other school shootings, the Clermont County law enforcement community came together as one to address


Not allowing prayer in school and murdering the most innocent of all ... what have we taught our children? We are bringing them up in a Godless society where life is not respected. Want to change things? Put God back in public schools and change the laws so that all life is protected from conception to natural death. How many times did horrific events occur in our country when the most innocent of all were protected, prayer was allowed in public schools, and religious freedom was guaranteed. There is no doubt in my mind that the violence in today’s society is a product of the lack of these freedoms upon which our country was founded. God bless America.

JoAnne Lacey Milford

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this perplexing issue. We trained as a “team” to hone tactics that were recommended for responding to school shootings. Also, through monthly meetings of the Clermont County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association, we discuss critical issues and problems facing our community. We will continue to do so and after the horrific event of last week will re-focus upon school safety as a top priority. I will personally do whatever I can to facilitate this process and in collaboration with other county law enforcement executives and our dedicated troops we will leave no stone unturned. We need your help. In a number of past tragedies involving school shootings, there was a preview of what was coming. Stray comments, text and e-mail messages, journal entries, Facebook posts and other communications contained indicators of the approaching storm. It, therefore,

behooves everyone of us to keep our eyes and ears open to the written and spoken words of those around us. If anything is heard or seen that raises a red flag - take action immediately. Report your concerns to a trusted loved one, school official or law enforcement. Better safe than sorry is clearly applicable here. In Clermont County, the sheriff’s office has a 24/7 anonymous tip phone line 513-625-2806. Individuals can call at anytime of the day or night and leave a message. Please use this tool if you have any concerns about what you see or hear, and if you do so leave as many details as possible so that the matter can be properly investigated. To parents, stay connected with your children, and particularly be vigilant regarding their behavior as they become teenagers. That chapter of life can be overwhelming for our youngsters and in most school

shooting incidents the perpetrators have been teenagers or young adults struggling with mental health or emotional challenges. Some of the plans and logistics of school tragedies have been conceived at home, in the bedrooms and on the computers of the young perpetrators. Sadly, more than once, evidence of this has been discovered only after the carnage. For our teachers, you have a difficult and often thankless task today. Many students spend more time in contact with you in their lives than they do with parents and families. That puts you in a position to observe and perceive behavior than is troubling and potentially destructive. Remain alert for this and if a potential problem is seen, heard or suspected, report it promptly to school or law enforcement officials. Finally to our young citizens you are facing challenges and

stressors in your development and passage into adulthood that can be very unsettling. Yet, there are many around you, including those in the law enforcement community, who stand ready, willing and able to help you navigate the storm. If you feel you are alone, adrift or sinking, talk to someone. If you have a friend who you see in distress or floundering do something to help them, if not on your own, through somebody else. The late Martin Luther King once said, “We must all live as brothers or will perish as fools.” This tragedy truly brings home the fact that we must strive to be our brother’s keepers and of all our responsibilities and priorities in life this is of tantamount importance. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg’s office is at 4470 Ohio 222 . The 24/7 anonymous tip phone line is 513-625-2806.

Control access to ammunition Hope your holiday was tolerable. Tolerable seems a reach given recent developments; one would be forgiven for asLeonard suming that Harding COMMUNITY PRESS perhaps the intolerable has GUEST COLUMNIST become commonplace. While guns don’t kill people, etc.; it is painfully obvious that they make it so easy to kill people that even the unskilled can become efficient killers. Is this really what the Second Amendment was intended to protect? I’m not sure that a wellarmed populace ensures my freedom, I am sure that unrestricted access to very dangerous automatic rifles and pistols makes going to the movies or school a risky proposition. Can

we actually take guns away from people? Sure, right after we get all the illegal immigrants to leave on their own, stop underage drinking, and institute rational drug laws. I don’t even pretend that there is something that we can institute called “gun control” because once a weapon is sold, there is no governmental control, just rules that can only be enforced when broken. On the other hand, maybe we can think real hard and come up with ways to get everyone on board with a set of logical social norms that will cut across the ideological divide in the country. We all need to get on board with this. While we cannot prevent access to guns, we can control access to munitions, which have no constitutional protection in the strict-constructionist sense. We control access to cigarettes, alcohol, certain over-the-counter drugs and toxic substances. Why

not do the same with ammunition? Tax it and make the theft of ammunition a long-term punishment with financial aftereffects, like forfeiture of property. Enforce this type of control up through the chain of commerce to the owners and managers of the concerns that produce the stuff. Mass-murder is not a modern phenomenon; it is not even an American aberration. It’s a human urge that needs to be controlled. As I have written in these pages before, we need serious anger management efforts in this country. Road rage is not a lot different than other sorts of rage, but we have taken steps to get it under control. We also need to invest in mental health programs while instituting public service efforts at de-stigmatizing the act of seeking help for mental distress. It won’t be easy because rage and the desire to obliterate peo-

ple who oppose us has become an acceptable facet of American public discourse - witness our elections. I don’t want to come across as a vigilante, but to be honest, if I were the Count of Clermont, I would instruct my bondsmen, reeves and men-atarms to aim for carriers of assault weapons in any public contretemps. I would give them to understand that persons who carry assault weapons in situations that contravene the peaceful flow of civil discourse be deleted from the human inventory. While it wouldn’t prevent criminous malefactors from carrying rapid-fire automatic weapons immediately, even the dumbest miscreant will eventually figure out that such weapons are truly dangerous to have and hold. I’m just sayin.

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

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

“Yes. There was a time in this country when people had to work in sweat-shop conditions and accept whatever compensation and terms their employers offered them. Those days are long gone. “For one thing, there have been a myriad of regulations imposed on employers with respect to how they treat their employees. The need for the kind of protection by unions that existed in the late 19th and early 20th century has diminished greatly. Unions still serve a purpose, but not the same as they originally did. “Another consideration is the corruption that has flourished in some cases, and mob ties to unions. Restriction of individual


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freedom has always been of immense importance to me, and that kind of coercion is definitely in play when people are told they must join a union and pay dues in order to work. “Yes, there is a negative element in the right-to-work environment which enables non-union workers to benefit from the privileges won by union representation. But forcing people to join unions is not the answer. As in everything else, there needs to be a sense of balance.” Bill B. “Ohio needs to pass right-towork legislation for three reasons. First, it is the right thing to do. No one should be forced to pay union dues or fees in order to get or keep a job. “Second, it will give a muchneeded boost to Ohio's economy. Our labor laws will be more friendly to business, which will motivate employers to keep jobs in Ohio or to bring new ones here. “Third, it is a lot easier to do this by passing a law than to have to put a referendum on the

NEXT QUESTION Following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., should Congress enact tougher gun-control laws, such as reinstating the nation’s assault-weapons ban, closing the so-called gunshow loophole permitting the sale of guns without a background check, or prohibiting the manufacture of high-capacity magazines? Why or why not? Every week, The Community Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

ballot. The legislature needs to do this soon so that we don't lose ground to Indiana, Michigan, and many other right-to-work states.” T.H. “Yes. Ohio's current legislature couldn't care less about the citizens, trying to force-feed abortion, isolating and offending simply every minority, and making sure that guns are allowed in bars. “The only way to reign in public union leaders, who throw their members under the bus at every turn, is to take the state back through tough legislation similar to the state of Michigan.”

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K.P. “Yes, workers should be free from compulsory union membership in order to get a job. While the unions have made great strides in improving working conditions, hours and fringe benefits, it should still be an individual choice. “Some employers do deduct 'negotiation fees' from paychecks on behalf of the union to cover union costs at the bargaining table. But that fee should be fair, not the full union dues which I saw at my last job.” R.V.

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Union Twp. woman ‘blessed’ with help By John Seney

UNION TWP. — Tricia Cantrell says her neighbor, Linda Reser, “has been a life saver to me.” Cantrell nominated Reser as a Neighbor Who Cares. “Linda has been my neighbor for over 20 years,” Cantrell said. “After my husband passed away she checks on me daily and makes sure that if I need anything she takes care of it.” “She even came up with a way for me to alert her that I needed her ASAP. All I have to do is hit the alarm button on my car and

when she hears it sound off she is over at my house in a flash,” Cantrell said. “When I had to have surgery she took me, stayed with me and even took me back to the doctor for the checkup afterward. If my dog is sick and I am at work she will go over and even check on her as she knows how much my dog means to me. I have been very blessed to have her as a neighbor,” Cantrell said. “She’s a sweetheart,” Reser said of Cantrell. Reser said she helps out her neighbor because “that’s the type of person I am.”

Melissa Copestick, a parent volunteer at Bethel-Tate High School, teaches an eighth-grade language arts class at Batavia Middle School. ROXANNA BLEVINS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Parent volunteer shows she cares

By Roxanna Blevins

BETHEL — A few months ago, Jonathan Loudermilk moved from Alabama to take take a position as athletic director for Bethel-Tate High School. Aside from his wife’s family members, Loudermilk, who is originally from Buford, Ga., knew few people in the area. One person who has been particularly helpful during his transition is parent volunteer Melissa Copestick, who Loudermilk nominated as a Neighbor Who Cares. “She’s kind of the go-to mom around Bethel,” Loudermilk

said. She helps schedule banquets and invitationals for the school’s cross country and soccer teams, he said. She also helps schedule indoor soccer practices. “She never asks for a dime,” he said. Copestick, who is an eighthgrade language arts teacher at Batavia Middle School, also serves as the co-president of Bethel-Tate’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the president of Parents of Advanced Learners. “I just see where there’s a need, and I try to help,” she said. “I don’t do it for myself.” She is a Bethel graduate and

has children in the district, one of whom is on the boys’ soccer team. Her pride for her community fuels her desire to volunteer. As a teacher, she also has learned how to organize people and events. “I’ve always tried to be a very helpful person and a very resourceful person.” Although she has organizational skills and time to devote to volunteering, Copestick said the help she offers should not be attributed solely to her. “I can’t do (nearly) anything without the help of others,” she said.

He helps many when he’s back in Miami Twp. By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. — Jeff Sutherland works in and has a house in Knoxville, Tenn., but frequently returns to a home he still owns on Woodspoint Drive in Miami Township. That’s where he raised his family and it’s still home to him, Sutherland said. According to Jerry Hackmann of Woodspoint Drive, Sutherland continues to be a good neighbor and is always willing to help out. That’s why Hackmann nominated him as a “Neighbor Who Cares.” “He comes up here every two weeks for a three-day weekend and finds time to cut my grass,

or pick up the leaves,” Hackmann said. Hackmann said he’s 83 and not able to get out much. His wife, Tessie, is 79. He said Sutherland’s son, P.J., lives in and takes care of Sutherland’s house when he is gone. “P.J. takes up the slack and cuts the grass when he isn't here,” Hackmann said. He said Sutherland helps other people in the neighborhood when needed. “When the snow comes down, Jeff is here with his snow blower and does the driveway,” Hackmann said. “He must do the whole neighborhood before he is done.” “When he has a cookout he leaves his guests and brings us a plate over,” Hackmann said. “He

Lee and Brenda Braden run the Kitchen of Hope at the Bethel United Methodist Church. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bradens ‘given’ Kitchen of Hope By John Seney

Jeff Sutherland, on tractor, mows the yard of neighbor Jerry Hackmann on Woodspoint Drive in Miami Township. Hackmann's wife, Tessie, is behind the tractor. PROVIDED

also finds time to come over and visit with us for a few hours and chats and watches sports with us. He’s a very nice guy.” Sutherland said he helps his neighbors because “it’s the right thing to do.” “You should treat people like you want to be treated,” he said.

BETHEL — Brenda Braden said it was not her idea to start the Kitchen of Hope at the Bethel United Methodist Church. “The Lord gave it to me,” the Tate Township woman said. “One day it came to me.” She argued with herself that she couldn’t do it, but couldn’t sleep while thinking about the idea. “One day I said, ‘I will try,’” Braden said. “I got the best night’s sleep of my life.” The kitchen now has been in operation for four years. Braden, her husband Lee and other volunteers serve a free meal to whoever shows up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays at the church at 402 W. Plane St. The Rev. Bill Bowdle, pastor of the United Methodist Church, said the Kitchen of Hope serves

about 100 people a week. “It is meant to serve those hungry or those just lonely who want to gather,” Bowdle said. He said the Bradens are deserving of being chosen as Neighbors Who Care. Brenda Braden said the kitchen has received numerous donations of food, money and other items to help run the operation. “We’ve truly been blessed,” she said. She said they do not take any donations from the people who come for the meals, because she does not want them to feel obligated. Everyone is welcome. “We don’t care if they are rich or poor,” Braden said. The people who show up range from senior citizens to children. She said they do not preach to the people who show up for meals, although some people ask for prayers.

BP station owner gives back to the community By John Seney

GOSHEN TWP. — Officer James Taylor of the Goshen Township Police Department said Ed Meyer, who owns the Goshen BP station at 6778 Goshen Road, has helped the police department over the years with contributions for needed equipment.

Taylor helps run a Boys & Girls Club program at the Goshen Community Center during the summer, and Meyer helps by contributing Meyer snacks and other items for the program. “He does a lot of other stuff

helping organizations,” Taylor said. “He doesn’t do it for recognition.” Meyer was instrumental in organizing an effort by township businesses to renovate the scoreboard at the Goshen schools’ Jim Brown Stadium, Taylor said. He said Meyer’s efforts make him deserving of being a Neighbor Who Cares. Although Meyer lives in

Northern Kentucky, he says it’s important to support Goshen Township because he runs a business there. “I believe you have to give back to the community as a business owner,” Meyer said. “I’ve always been a proponent of that.” He said the stadium scoreboard was in poor condition before the recent renovation.

Meyer said he had a friend who owned a sign company who agreed to help. He also made some calls to other business owners who agreed to sponsor ads on the scoreboard. “We got the project done,” he said. “I’m a great believer in what can be done when the community pulls together,” Meyer said.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Nativity narration in Spanish, too. Bring canned goods to donate to those in need locally. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

Literary - Libraries Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Teens and adults. Free. 7241070. Williamsburg.

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

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

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

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” continues through Dec. 30. Remaining show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. Tickets start at $30. For more information, call 421-3888 or visit Avery Clark is the Ghost of Christmas Future and Bruce Cromer is Ebenezer Scrooge. PROVIDED. slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford.

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

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

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

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:3010:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Music - Oldies

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; Union Township.

Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Through April 28. 8319876. Milford.

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

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

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Art Exhibits

Holiday - New Year’s Family New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration, 6-9 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Music by Red Cat Jazz Band at 8:30 p.m. Crafts, games, face painting and balloon art 6-9 p.m. Animal program 7 and 8 p.m. Illusionist John Louis 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ball drop and sparkling grape juice toast 9 p.m. Ages 2 and up. $4, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. 30+ Catholic Singles New Year’s Eve Dance, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Includes shrimp cocktail, hot appetizers, snacks, deserts, two drink tickets and a midnight Champagne toast. Additional beer and wine available for purchase at two fo Doors open 7 p.m.r $5. $30, $25 advance. Presented by 30+Catholic Singles. 388-4466; Anderson Township.

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

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

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

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s annual PNC Festival of Lights continues through Jan. 1. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Zoo admission is $15, $10 for children age 2 to 12. For more information, call 281-4700 or visit AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

Fashion Shows Fashion Angels Charity Fashion Event, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Showcasing local designers and artists. Benefits American Cancer Society, Freestore Foodbank and the Beautiful Minds. $50, $35. Presented by Rob Deaton Photography. 646-249-3830; Loveland.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:3010:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

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

Pets Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 474-0005; Anderson Township.

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All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

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

Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Nature Puzzled, 1-6 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. All things in nature are pieces to an environmental puzzle. Families can work as teams to solve giant

floor puzzles, crossword puzzles and even a few nature mystery puzzles. Learn how you are a piece of the puzzle too. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 7 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Beyond Fitness with Lisa’s Resolution Solution Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beyond Fitness Private Studio, 7226 Baltic Court, Weekly through Feb. 27. Fat-burning workouts, group nutrition coaching, strategies for avoiding holiday weight gain, bonus tips, recipes and more. $295. Registration required. 859-512-0912; Newtown.


Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township. Beyond Fitness with Lisa’s Resolution Solution Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., Beyond Fitness Private Studio, Weekly through Feb. 28. $295. Registration required. 859-512-0912; Newtown.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.



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designate a sober driver before the party begins. 2. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Even one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi or call a sober friend/family member. 3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement.

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what you need ... when you need it ... due to our extensive inventory of “hard-tofind” specialty grade metals and in a variety of thicknesses … Slice of Stainless is a service center for stainless steel distributors and end-users alike … From day one, we have taken pride in serving a variety of customers in diverse industries throughout the world.” Owner Robin Tackett has this to say about her now deceased partner and co-founder, Todd Reed, “No matter how demanding the need, Todd would literally drop everything to satisfy a customer. Because Slice of Stainless continues to take this approach toward customer service, our clients have a level of confidence and trust in us rarely seen in our industry.” It is this attention to great customer service that has kept Slice of Stainless on track and growing in a challenging business environment. Customer Focus (51 to 250 employees) - Sam’s Club - Eastgate. Sam’s Club - Eastgate is an involved community partner and active chamber member, contributing support to many local charities and

recently recognized by the Clermont County Business Advisory Council (BAC) as its 2012 Business Associate of the Year in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Sam’s Club of Eastgate sponsors Mentor Day during October every year where individuals from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities get a chance to shadow Sam’s Club associates to learn more about various jobs within the store. Sam’s Club recently spent more than $4 million to upgrade its parking lot and store interior to better serve its many customers and is especially appreciated by its target commercial restaurant and food service customers. Innovative Business Practices or Products (1 to 50 employees) - Kingdom Productions, Inc. When your iconic life-sized rhinoceros figure has deteriorated and needs to be either rehabbed or discarded, where do you go? That was the problem for the Cincinnati Zoo in early 2012. The answer was Kingdom Productions on Mount CarmelTobasco Road and the re-

sult was a rhino and its calf that were more lifelike and durable than the originals. This sign, graphic design and themed environments company has hit its stride in the last few years with realistic tigers, large display trees, themed outdoor cafes, and 5-foot iPhones for a variety of exhibitors, zoos and marketers across the country. Hank Pryor tied his 30 years of design and creative experiences together with a small team of similarly skilled creators and brought his vision of “imagineering” to life to help his customers showcase the best of who they are and what they do. Innovative Business Practices or Products (51 to 250 employees) - International TechneGroup, Inc. Best known as ITI, this Milford business was instrumental in pioneering computer-aided technologies and product development practices that soon became standard throughout industry. Today ITI continues to progress Best Practices for New Product Development processes and transferring that knowledge to its clients around the world. ITI was

the first supplier of niche technologies in support of concurrent engineering. Similarly, the firm has played a leading role in bringing new technology to the marketplace. Accomplishments include: » The world’s leading provider of product data exchange tools, services and programs. » Incorporating Quality Function Deployment (QFD) as an integral planning function in concurrent engineering and developing the first QFD software to facilitate this activity. » Developing the first platform independent tool for IGES translator development. » Implementing cutting edge CAD Model Quality diagnostics specific to improving manufacturability. Emerging Small Business (under 50 employees) - Bioformix, Inc. Bioformix is a sustainable materials start-up company that has raised $1.05 million in capital funding through CincyTech and the Queen City Angels. This Wards Corner Road corporation is developing a new

class of green, sustainable, environmentally and biologically benign monomers, resins and polymers using proprietary chemistry. Initial markets include high value-added adhesives, coatings and sealants. Emerging Small Business (51 to 259 employees) - HealthSource of Ohio. HealthSource of Ohio is a private, not-forprofit Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) which offers primary care services consisting of medical, dental, mental health and pharmacy. HealthSource offers services to more than 20,000 patients through offices in Eastgate, Goshen, New Richmond and Batavia. In 2012, HealthSource invested more than $9.7 million in facilities to better serve its needy clientele. HealthSource currently employs 125 service providers in Clermont County. These awards will be presented at the annual meeting of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate.

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Seniors remember Christmas’ past with Ole Fisherman Howdy folks, Last week we attended the funeral of our good friend Gene Henderson. The family had some very good remarks about their young lives with Gene and Virginia. They have both gone to be with the Lord just 57 days apart. We will miss both of them as will their family and other friends. We delivered the Bethel Lions Club birthday calendars and sold tickets for the pancake breakfast that was held Saturday. This is our big fundraiser to purchase eyeglasses and other community service projects we do. There was a nice crowd at the breakfast. We thank all of you for your support. Our next one will be in February. Last Tuesday, Ruth Ann and I went to the Senior Services Adult Day Center. I talked to them about memories of their best Christmas presents. These folks had some great stories about their early memories, how their parents got ready for Christmas. The clothes they received were homemade.

Very few got presents. Several women did say they got a doll. One man said he got a BB George gun. One Rooks feller said OLE FISHERMAN his dad made him a sled. The stories they told matched up with what I remember. We go there once a month and I speak to the group. In January, I asked them to think about if they made any New Year’s Resolutions. This will be interesting, I know. The center has this building for the seniors to use each day and that is wonderful. The Kinner Express will be playing music for them at different times. This beautiful building is also available to hold parties or receptions by making reservations with the Golden Rule Catering company in Amelia. We were over to the Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses on Bucktown Road. They have made about 300

wreaths and still make more. They have made a bunch of fruit baskets. They have plenty of fruit to keep making the fruit baskets and they sure do a great job. The employees sure do a fine job. So when you see them, thank them for a good job. Last week, we had Randy, our adopted brother, here for a noon meal. Ruth Ann had fried fish, fried taters, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, lime pickles, corn bread and banana pudding for dessert. WOW, what a meal. Randy was so good to Mother and took good care of her when she was in her home. Randy is retired and has a spoiled dog. This animal is spoiled like our cat Chessy. They know how to get our attention. As I write this, our friend Tony was here and Chessy was laying in his lap. Tony said he needed to get home so Ruth Ann took Chessy. Tony kept talking so Chessy got back on his lap. You can’t fool these animals. Since I am writing about Chessy, Ruth Ann got some different

kind of dry cat food. By golly, the cat sure does like it. We delivered the calendar to Wendell Kelch last week and saw some of the old equipment and trucks that they work on. I called Mr. Kelch about the old 1911 truck. It is an International Harvester Auto Wagon, but he was not there, so he called me back. This feller has some very exciting equipment. Last Monday, I pulled the last carrots from the raised bed, then pulled the turnips also, cut the last broccoli and Brussels sprouts. The garden has sure been good this year. The times we have been at the Milford Garden Center helping Santa Claus has been great. We have talked to several children, also grown-up children. The requests they have is wonderful. I think I need to be watching the cartoons on television to learn the names of the different kinds of toys and the other items they have. The churches are having Christmas programs, so try to attend some. This

Knights of Columbus give back Larry Bush and Tom Craver from the Amelia Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gerdes Council #3123 presented a check from their Measure Up Grant to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The check for $3,867.06 is for the Thomas A. Wildey School and Adult Services Program. For several years, the

Knights of Columbus have collected money in public areas, sold raffle tickets, and organized other fundraising events for CCDD and its affiliated programs. This year’s donations came primarily from the donations of shoppers at the Amelia Kroger and Catholic churches in Clermont County. “We met some very generous people this

past Monday evening, the 50 plus couples group Ruth Ann and I head u, met at the pastor’s house here in Bethel. There were 18 people there. Everyone brought a covered dish. Of course, they put something in the dish. There was plenty of food and several pies. What a meal. The group took up a collection and gave it to the pastor’s wife, Janet. She is the children’s director and there is a big group that is wonderful. The money will help buy Bibles for the Sunday School classes, so the children have one to use in class. The children put on a program Sunday morning and it was great. These folks do a super job with the children. The title of the play was “O Little Christmas Town.” Merry Christmas. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and pray to the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Tom Craver, left, and Larry Bush from the Amelia Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gerdes Council #3123 presented a check from their Measure Up Grant to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The check for $3867.06 is for the Thomas A. Wildey School and Adult Services Program. From CCDD are Ronika Caseltime, sitting, and Jeanette Lorentz.

year,” said Bush, Grand Knight. “We collected over $600 in change alone.” The Measure Up Grant is a main charitable event for the Msgr. Gerdes Council and takes place with the help of many council members. Craver and his daughters spent many volunteer hours asking the public to make a donation. For more information, call 797-8868.


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RELIGION Trinity Christian Fellowship

Pastor Rex Schrolucke and Trinity Christian Fellowship invite the public to a free concert with Blaine Bowman and HIS Good Time Band at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Come enjoy an evening of music, worship and holy humor as Blaine Bowman, his wife, Christine, and children, Tiffany and Luke can provide! Join us as this live four-piece band celebrates Jesus in their own unique way. “Them Bowman’s” have had five No. 1 songs on charts across the USA and the world, in 2005 they won “Comediean of the Year” award from the Country Gospel Guild, and were nominated in 2002 by the CGMG for “Band of the Year”, “Trio of the Year”, and “Comedian of the Year.” The church is at 3730 Cobb Road, Williamsburg; 7247729.

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DEATHS Earl Azbill Earl B. Azbill, 64, Batavia, died Dec. 15. He worked in maintenance for Zumbiel Packaging. He was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Survived by children Amie (Dean) Liggett, Andrew Azbill; grandchildren Nolan, Reagan Azbill; friend Jane Schuler. Services were Dec. 20 at Evans Funeral Home.

Stanley Carter Stanley L. Carter, 88, Union Township, died Dec. 11. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Bernice Carter; children Gary Carter, Deborah (Russell) Appleyard, Dianna (Gary) Townley; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Stamley R., Gladys Henderson Carter. Services were Dec. 17 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home.

Everett Davidson Everett R. Davidson, 80, Amelia, died Dec. 17. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was an Army veteran of Korea and a member of Amelia Masonic Lodge 590. Survived by wife Valletta Davidson; children Pamela (Henry) Laws, Mark (Raye Jean) Davidson; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Charlie, William, Arthur, Monroe, Dan, Earl, Hiram, Armel, Fred Davidson, Victoria Meguire. Services were Dec. 22 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to Mount Moriah United Methodist Church.

Darren Givens Darren Bryant Givens, 43, Union Township, died Dec 11. Survived by wife Joyla Givens; children Audri, Emma, Evan


Givens; parents Larry, Kathleen Givens; siblings Michael Givens, Amy Givens-Roderick; parentsin-law Harley, Givens Juanita Shadoan, Karen DeVore. Preceded in death by sister Melissa Givens. Services were Dec. 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to: Amyloidosis Foundation, 7151 N. Main St., Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346.

Lillian Mead Lillian McElfresh Mead, 91, New Richmond, died Dec. 15. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. Survived by son Robert Mead; granddaughters Nickole (Ron) Ketterer, Tracy (Kevin) Stave; great-grandchildren Ellie Mead, Gus Ketterer; siblings Evelyn Hamilton, Mary Ireton, June Ginn, Everett, Kenny McElfresh. Preceded in death by husband Robert Mead, parents Wayne, Lucille McElfresh, siblings Marcella Newman, Clyde, Darl McElfresh. Services were Dec. 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. As a memorial, please become a member of

Kathleen Young Kathleen Johns Young, 86, Monroe Township, died Dec. 13. Survived by children Caroline (Robert) McCarthy, Kenneth (Mayra), Terry (Susan), Timmy (Tina) Young, Nancy (Caroll) Barger; brother Wade Young; 12 grandchildren; a host of greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Gilbert Young, sister Ilene Pfeiffer. Services were Dec. 15 at Laurel Cemetery. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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BATAVIA Arrests/Citations Cody L. Worsham, 20, 401 E. Main St., warrant, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, Dec. 4. Juvenile, 16, underage consumption, Dec. 4. Dennis J. Drewry, 59, 3383 Whispering Tree, open container, Dec. 6. Amber Sears, 25, 2058 Donald Road, warrant, Dec. 9.

Incidents/Investigations Criminal mischief Eggs thrown at vehicle at 490 E. Main St., Dec. 1.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Robert C. Tarter, 32, 1699 Ludlow, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 29. Juvenile, 17, assault , Nov. 28. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence, Dec. 3. Holly Kendle, 22, 362 St. Andrews #F, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 4.

Incidents/Investigations Domestic violence At Rivendell Drive, Dec. 3. Marijuana cultivation, paraphernalia, drug possession Offenses reported at 82 Stillmeadow #201, Dec. 5. Theft Female stated money lost through scam; $1,000 at 3800 block of Hopper Hill, Dec. 3. Medication taken at 82 Stillmeadow #201, Dec. 3. 25 handbags, etc. taken; $7,450 at 3612 White Hills, Dec. 4.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, Dec. 9. Emmanuel N. Chima, 33, 4486 Spruce Creek #6, domestic violence, Dec. 9. Shawnta R. Clayborne, 25, 503 Piccadilly, violation of protection order, Dec. 7. Jonathan R. Miller, 38, 4700 Beechwood, warrant, Dec. 9. Emily Davidson, 22, 1858 Fire-

side, warrant service, Dec. 4. Bridget A. Sandlin, 34, 4115 W. Fork Ridge, warrant, Dec. 6. Meagan A. Fambry, 19, 101 Southern Trace, disorderly conduct , Dec. 6. Brittany C. Sullivan, 20, 9311 Hunters Creek, disorderly conduct, Dec. 6. Brittany N. Rossio, 20, 101 Southern Trace, disorderly conduct, Dec. 6. Nathan Fein, 27, 4151 Fox Run Trail #12, unauthorized use, theft, Dec. 5. Daniel Yarbrough, 23, 3876 Field Lane, warrant, Dec. 6. Drew J. Ezell, 24, 1700 Fairways Blvd. #5, theft, drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, Nov. 29. Michael P. Fields, 19, 661 Park Ave. #C2, theft, drug abuse, drug possession, Dec. 6. Blair A. Kugele, 26, 661 Park Ave. #C2, drug instrument, theft, drug abuse, falsification, Dec. 7. Maxine S. Martin, 46, 1880 Possum Hollow, driving under suspension, Dec. 12. Carl Leggett, 29, 304 St. Andrews, theft, falsification, Dec. 11. Michael Maddox, 56, 4187 Cannon Gate, warrant service, Dec. 12. Michael Ward, 46, 65 Apple Lane, warrant, Dec. 12. Brandon Braden, 24, 25 Church St., driving under suspension, Dec. 12. Gerald C. Johnson Jr., 49, 7028 Monongehela, driving under influence, Dec. 10. Julian Gaudio, 18, 3901 Winding Way, aggravated burglary, assault, unlawful restraint, Dec. 10. Brandon Furnish, 19, 4328 Long Lake, warrant service, Dec. 11. Joshua Fisher, 27, 2152 Ohio 286, warrant service, Dec. 10. Gary Smith, 39, 1808 Linkside, improper handling firearm, driving under influence, Dec. 10. Nathan Patterson, 22, 4453 Mt. Carmel Tobasco #9, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 10. Cheyenne Collins, 24, 4453 Mt. Carmel Tobasco #9, warrant service, Dec. 10.

Codi D. Adams, 23, 581 Sutton Court, driving under suspension, Dec. 10. Michael Maddox, 56, 4187 Cannon Gate, inducing panic, weapons while intoxicated, Dec. 10. Lisa A. Webster, 41, 474 Piccadilly, theft, criminal trespass, Dec. 8. Sherry Crissman, 47, 4506 Forest Trail, driving under influence, Dec. 8. Crystal Williams, 27, 4384 Eastwood, disturbing the peace, Dec. 8. Mark J. Faust II, 18, 4986 Mallet Hill, drug possession, Dec. 7. Christian Corgan, 19, 1597 Lighthouse Cove, drug possession, Dec. 7. Elisha Mwangaba, 27, 2711 Erlene Drive #808, driving under suspension, Dec. 7. Ashly E. Allen, 23, 741 Francis, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Dec. 9.

Incidents/Investigations Aggravated robbery Purse taken, at knifepoint, at Kroger at Ohio Pike, Dec. 7. Assault Male was assaulted at 4753 Tealtown, Dec. 9. Breaking and entering Leaf blower, etc. taken; $800 at 497 Roundbottom, Dec. 5. Unlisted items taken from vacant residence and garage at 3944 Banks, Dec. 7. Forced entry into Salvation Army Family Store at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. Shoes taken at 130 Southern Trace, Dec. 8. Burglary Tools taken at 536 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 7. Criminal damage Vehicle damaged at 810 Clough #12, Dec. 5. Christmas lights damaged at 718 McCormick Lane, Dec. 9. Window broken in vehicle at 497 Old Ohio 74, Dec. 7. Thrown object broke windshield of vehicle at a of I-275 at Ohio125, Dec. 8. Tire cut on vehicle at 4328 Long Lake, Dec. 11. Thrown object damaged hood

of vehicle at area of Ohio 32 near Old Ohio 74, Dec. 11. Criminal mischief Christmas lights damaged at 451 Ivy Trails, Dec. 5. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1141 Wellesley, Dec. 10. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 2102 Stonelick Woods, Dec. 12. Kidnapping Adult female stated offense occurred area of JB Tavern at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Dec. 5. Overdose Male overdosed on heroin at 510 Anchor Drive, Dec. 12. Sexual imposition Offense involved female juvenile at 400 block of Vancouver Court, Dec. 11. Theft Monies taken; $27 at 4141 Clough Lane, Dec. 6. I-phone taken at Eastgate Mall; $549 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 6. Merchandise taken from Icings by Claires; $515 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 4. Merchandise taken from Dillard's; $331 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 5. Car battery taken from Walmart; $84 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 4. Unlisted items taken at 4140 Mt. Carmel Tobasco #4A, Dec. 5. Food not paid for at Grammas Pizza at Old Ohio 74, Dec. 5. Laptop case taken from vehicle at Hampton Inn at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 5. Necklace taken from Kohl's; $60 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 5. Merchandise taken from United Dairy Farmers; $9 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 9. Merchandise taken from Meijer's; $29 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. Cash taken from Walmart; $30 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 7. Medication taken from vehicle at Home Depot at Ohio Pike, Dec. 8. Merchandise taken from Bed, Bath & Beyond; $70 at East-

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Continued from Page B6 gate Blvd., Dec. 10. Currency taken; $326 at 605 Terrace View, Dec. 10. Shirts taken from Kohl's; $280 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 10. Subjects took merchandise from Walmart and Meijer's; $2,231 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 6. Video games taken from Sam's Club; $987 at Clepper Lane, Dec. 12. Attempt made to cash stolen check at Check Smart at Ohio Pike, Dec. 11.

AMELIA Incidents/Investigations Assault Male was assaulted at 47 Hunters Court, Dec. 2.theft Female stated debit card used with no authorization at 20 Arrowhead Drive, Dec. 7.

WILLIAMSBURG Arrests/Citations Gregory C. Richmond, 54, 408 Milboro Springs, driving under influence, Dec. 2. Jeremy L. Hayslip, 31, No Address Given, warrant, Dec. 6.

Incidents/Investigations Breaking and entering Entry made into fenced area of Cincinnati Restaurant Equipment Resource at North 5th Street, Dec. 3.burglary Entry made into apartment at 60 Highmeadow Lane #12, Dec. 6.

NEW RICHMOND Incidents/Investigations Burglary Lock damaged on door of residence at 211 Union St., Nov. 22. TV taken; $2,000 at 508 Front St., Nov. 23. Theft Candy bars taken from Speedway at 520 Sycamore St., Nov. 25.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/Citations Daniel Ray Muse, born 1988, 823 Willow St., Williamsburg, burglary, 3224 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 11. Christopher Michael Charles, born 1990, 2061 Ohio Pike, Lot 163, Amelia, theft, 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 11. Juvenile, born 1997, 2235 Ohio 131, Batavia, falsification public official, mislead, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 10. Juvenile, born 1997, 2235 Ohio 131, Batavia, falsification purpose to incriminate another, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 10. Tricia Lynn Kelley, born 1991, 1070 Bethel-New Richmond Road #17, New Richmond, falsification - public official, mislead, 1070 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 11. Alyssa Cleo Wilson, born 1979, 519 E. Main St., Hamersville, possessing drug abuse instruments, 1815 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 12. Alyssa Cleo Wilson, born 1979, 519 E. Main St., Hamersville, possession of drugs - schedule III, IV, or V substance, 1815 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 12. Joshua Lee Whitacre, born 1988, 519 E. Main St., Hamersville, possessing drug abuse instruments, 1815 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 12. Nathan Scott Bainum, born 1978, 350 S. Broadway St., Williamsburg, breaking and entering, 4373 McKeever Pike, Williamsburg, Dec. 12. Gregory Allan Tumbleson, born 1986, 2 Pineview Drive Apt. 3, Amelia, obstructing official business, 2 Pine View Drive, Amelia, Dec. 12. David Matthew Tumbleson, born 1991, 2 Pineview Drive #3, Amelia, obstructing official business, 2 Pine View Drive, Amelia, Dec. 12. Juvenile, born 1998, 48 AmeliaOlive Branch, Amelia, theft, 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 14. Jahmee Rashaan Pickett, born 1991, 8572 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, failure to comply with order or signal of P.O. elude or flee, 4335 Mt. CarmelTobasco Road, Dec. 13. Nathan SCOTT Bainum, born 1978, 350 S. Broadway St., Williamsburg, possessing drug

abuse instruments, 350 S. Broadway St., Williamsburg, Dec. 13. Thomas James Lucas, born 1990, 1503 Creekside Road, Amelia, fugitive from justice, 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 14. Andre Parris Wright, born 1978, 12 Clinton Springs, Cincinnati, assault, 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 14. Cody Wayne Nehus, born 1988, 9 South Ridge, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, 1260 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 15. Blaine E. Sherman, born 1984, 6949 Edenton-Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, possession of drugs - marijuana, Ohio Pike 133 and Blue Sky Park Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 16. Timothy Dante Ring, born 1992, 3668 Ohio 131, Williamsburg, underage person not to purchase or consume low-alcohol beverage, 460 Shannon Court, Batavia, Dec. 16. Sondra Nicole Brewer, born 1980, 2671 New Harmony-Shilo, Mt. Orab, theft, 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 16. Christopher L. Bowery, born 1984, 4242 Muscovy Lane, Batavia, possession of drugs – marijuana, 2409 Old Ohio Pike 32, Batavia, Dec. 16.

At 1070 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 11. Falsification - purpose to incriminate another At 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Dec. 10. Forgery At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 15. Fugitive from justice At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 14. Gross sexual imposition victim < 13, statutory At Riebel Ridge Road, New Richmond, Dec. 10. Identity fraud At 6394 Oregon Pass Road, Cincinnati, Dec. 12. Identity fraud - obtain, possess, or use to hold out as other person At 4266 Tranquility Court, Batavia, Dec. 16. Menacing At 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 13. At 157 Sweetbriar Drive, Batavia,

Dec. 13. At 4352 Spring Meadows Drive, Batavia, Dec. 14. Menacing by stalking At 275 East Fork Crossing, Batavia, Dec. 12. Misuse of credit card At 4266 Tranquility Court, Batavia, Dec. 16. Obstructing official business At 2 Pine View Drive, Amelia, Dec. 12. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 1815 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 12. At 350 S. Broadway St., Williamsburg, Dec. 13. Possession of drugs marijuana At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 11. At Ohio 133 and Blue Sky Park Road, Williamsburg, Dec. 16. At 2409 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Dec. 16. Possession of drugs schedule III, IV, or V

substance At 1815 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 12. Telecommunications harassment At 4352 Spring Meadows Drive, Batavia, Dec. 14. At 2264 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 15. At 400 Terra Place, Batavia, Dec. 16. Theft At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 5. At 61 Wolfer Drive, Amelia, Dec. 10. At 1 Bulldog Place, Batavia, Dec. 10. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 11. At 3434 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 11. At 30 North Look Court, Batavia, Dec. 12. At 4373 McKeever Pike, Williamsburg, Dec. 12. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, Dec. 13.

At 208 Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, Dec. 13. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 14. At 2023 Ohio 131, Batavia, Dec. 15. At 5521 Ohio 132, Batavia, Dec. 16. At 1788 Ohio 125, Amelia, Dec. 16. At 2200 Winemiller Lane, Batavia, Dec. 16. At 200 University Lane, Batavia, Dec. 16. Theft - without consent At 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, Dec. 16. Unauthorized use of property At 2058 Ginn Road, New Richmond, Dec. 10. Underage person not to purchase or consume low-alcohol beverage At 460 Shannon Court, Batavia, Dec. 16.






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TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF LOCATION! P E R F E C T F O R H O L I D AY T R AV E L S ! 2007 CHEVROLET HHR LT MAROON, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, #C8164 .........................................$8,988 2006 CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE 20K MILES, LIKE NEW!.......................................$8,995 2007 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, V6, AUTO, AIR, STOW N’ GO, #C8159............$9,885 2007 PONTIAC G6 GOLD, V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, POWER SUNROOF, #C8165 .........................$9,995 2006 JEEP LIBERTY 4X4, V6, AUTO, AIR, #B8242..............................................................$10,982 2006 DODGE MAGNUM SXT V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, EXCELLENT COND, #C80181....$11,988 2007 SCION TC COUPE, SUNROOF, AUTO, PW, PL,CLEAN, #C8163 ......................................$11,985 2010 CHEVROLET COBALT SEDAN, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, 30+ MPG, #C8092...........................$12,885 2008 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE BLACK, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, #C8153 ...................$12,988 2009 SCION XB WAGON BLUE, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, LOW MILES, #B8327..............................$13,250

2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, CD, #C8082................................... $13,775 2007 JEEP COMPASS SPORT SMALL SUV, 4WD, ALUMINUM WHEELS, LOW MILES, #B8233.. $13,885 2011 DODGE CALIBER MAINSTREET ORANGE, SUNROOF, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, #C8156........ $14,588 2010 FORD FOCUS SES RED, AUTO, AIR, ALUMINUM WHEELS, #B8288............................... $14,825 2010 HONDA ACCORD SEDAN, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, #B8280..................................... $15,988 2009 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, V6, AUTO, AIR, 7 PASSENGER, #C8080........ $16,995 2010 FORD FUSION SEL RED, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, #C8139 .................. $16,988 2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SUV, AWD, PW, PL, CD, #B8135.................................................. $17,988 2007 GMC ACADIA SLT V6, AUTO, AIR, DVD, LEATHER, ALUM WHEELS, LUGGAGE RACK ...... $19,775 2012 CHRYSLER 300 BLACK, V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, CD, #C8116....................................... $23,572 10-Year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty ON SELECT MITSUBISHI MODELS





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