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Detective earns certification

Det. Laetitia Schuler of the Pierce Township Police Department learned how to analyze blood spatter evidence during her training to receive a master criminal Schuler investigator certification from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. FULL STORY, A3

2020 visions

If you haven’t noticed, we begin the second decade of the 21st century Jan. 1. Our question to you: How has your community changed in the last 10 years, and what changes would you like to see, or do you envision, over the next 10 years? E-mail your thoughts to clermont@community Include your name, community and a daytime phone number (not for publication).

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Batavia looks at May levy

By John Seney

The Batavia school board Dec. 20 took the first step necessary to place a levy on the May ballot. The board passed a resolution instructing Treasurer Michael Ashmore to gather information for placing an operating levy of 4.9 mills, 5.9 mills or 6.9 mills on the ballot. Ashmore said he would bring the information to the Jan. 10 board meeting, where the board could pass a resolution asking the Clermont County auditor to determine how much each millage amount will generate. The board would then need to hold a special meeting before the Wednesday, Feb. 2, filing deadline to place one of the options on the ballot. School officials have been holding community meetings the past few months to explain the need for a levy. Ashmore said the district has drawn from the reserve fund the past few years to meet expenses. Board member Mark Ewing said one of the millage amount options will be necessary. “We don’t know for certain,” he said. “There are still a lot of question marks out there.” Ewing said the figures were based on the district’s last operating levy of 6.9 mills. “We will start from that point and then explore the different millages down the scale,” he said. Ewing said cuts will be necessary in operating expenses no matter which option is selected. For more about your community, visit


Sandy Taylor receives a plaque Dec. 20 for being named Amelia Citizen of the Year.Applauding are Council Member Tim Rosser, center, and Mayor Leroy Ellington.

Beauty shop owner honored as Amelia Citizen of Year By John Seney

A beauty shop owner who helps the less fortunate is Amelia’s Citizen of the Year. Sandy Taylor, owner of The Beauty Shop, 71 W. Main St., was honored at the Amelia village council meeting Monday, Dec. 20. Mayor Leroy Ellington said Taylor was being recognized “for her kindness and compassion for the less fortunate.” Ellington said she provides rides to doctors and hospitals to those who need them. She also buys toys and school supplies for children. “This is a person who does so much for others and asks nothing in return,” Ellington said. As a hairdresser, she will do people’s hair after they pass away

and not charge for it, he said. “It’s that kind of integrity that needs to be recognized,” he said. Sissy Benge, who works The Beauty Shop, said Taylor will bring food to people in need. “She’s amazing. She goes above and beyond,” Benge said. Taylor said she was totally surprised by the award. “My husband said it was just a Christmas get-together for businesses,” she said about the village hall presentation. Taylor said she doesn’t do the things she does for the recognition. “You are supposed to help people,” she said. Taylor has owned the beauty shop since 1996. She has eight employees. Her husband, Max, was in the military for 24 years, and when

he retired they moved back to Clermont County, where they both grew up. Taylor went to Glen Este High School and her husband went to Amelia High School. Taylor said there was no special event that prompted her to begin helping people. “I just do it when I see somebody who needs help,” she said. “My mom always said ‘try to help people. Treat them the way you would want to be treated.’” She said she got involved in doing people’s hair at funeral homes when some of her clients asked for the service when they died. Taylor told them to contact the funeral home beforehand and give whatever they wanted to their favorite charity.For more about your community, visit

Teacher brings music, theater to life By Kellie Geist-May

When it comes to getting kids excited about music, Adam Gardner has what it takes. Gardner has been the music teacher at St. Veronica School in Mt. Carmel for seven years. Although he lives in Bridgetown, Gardner said St. Veronica is worth the commute. “It’s just a great school. We have a very supportive principal, staff and community who just love music. You don’t get that in a lot of schools,” he said. And the staff and parents at St. Veronica are thrilled Gardner has stayed with the Catholic school. “He’s a dynamic person, a fabulous teacher and an inspiration to everyone. He inspires and develops children who otherwise might not have been involved with

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Adam Gardner, music teacher at St. Veronica School, gives a group of kids some tips on mastering an audition during Theater Camp this summer. music to get involved,” said Principal Gina Code. “He’s someone to be proud of.” In addition to being the music teacher, Gardner runs the school’s

band, choir and theater programs. At St. Veronica, all of the students who sign up for the school plays and musicals are given parts. Gardner said that creates an

interesting dynamic that helps all kinds of children grow. “Even the shyest of kids may find out they have a passion for (theater) they didn’t even know about,” Gardner said. “That’s what’s really neat about our theater program.” “It’s great to see the growth in the students year after year. Teaching is really a blessing,” he said. “The kids at St. Veronica just really enjoy music and, as long as they are enjoying it, it’s fun for me, too.”

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Union Township resident wins nursing award By John Seney

A Union Township resident who works at Christ Hospital won an award for nursing leadership. Carmen Pitman won the Distinguished Nursing Administrator Award from the College of Mount St. Joseph. “I couldn’t believe I was nominated, much less that I won,” she said. “It was truly the highlight of my nursing career.” Pitman is clinical manager of the hemodialysis department at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Hemodialysis is the process of removing waste products from the blood when the kidney is failing. ”I take care of the staff and inpatient and outpatient




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She earned a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and an associate degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. Pitman also holds a supervisory management certificate in training and development from the University of Cincinnati as well as a nursing diploma from Western Texas College. Pitman and her husband have lived in Clermont County since 1972. Her outside interests include hiking at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Union Township. For more about your community, visit www.

procedures,” she said. She has worked at Christ about two and a half years. Before that she worked at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. She has been in nursing since 1978. Susan Johnson, dean of health sciences at the college, said winners were selected from nominating letters. “She is known at Christ Hospital for promoting quality patient and family care and for creating a quality work place for employees,” Johnson said of Pitman. “She was praised for her commitment to teamwork and for coming up with creative solutions to solve problems.” Johnson said this is the 15th year the college has given out the awards.

have Winnie Gatch to thank. Gatch donated about three acres to Clermont County to build the extension from Old Ohio 74 to College Drive. Old Ohio 74 used to dead-end. Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger and the Clermont County commissioners recognized Gatch at the commissioners’ meeting Monday, Nov. 22. “To say we couldn’t have done it without her is quite the understatement,” Manger said. “When we create a new road, it can be a very emotional experience. You are dealing with someone’s property and that’s important. (Gatch) was great and I can’t thank her enough. It’s a great thing that she was able to donate the land.” “This project is all something we can be proud,” Manger said. He said extending Old Ohio 74 to College Drive is important in a number of ways, especially when it


Carmen Pitman, left, receives the Distinguished Nurse Administrator Award from College of Mount St. Joseph President Anthony Aretz.

comes to public safety. The new connector road provides a second way to access UC Clermont, King’s Way Fellowship and all the other businesses and homes on the hill. “You can’t put a number on that,” Manger said. The access also impacts economic development for the village of Batavia, he said. Gatch said connecting College Drive and Old Ohio 74 was a needed improvement. “There were a lot of people involved in getting this done. It was long overdue and I am thrilled with how it turned out,” she said. The project took about eight years to plan and construct. Gatch said the change has impacted a large number of people. “I must have had 15 people come up to me at a recognition earlier (this year) who thanked me and said how much of a difference the road has made,” she said. Commissioner Bob Proud


Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger presented a framed photo of the Old Ohio 74 connector road ribbon-cutting to Winnie Gatch. Gatch donated the land that made the project possible, Manger said, but was unable to attend the ribbon-cutting to be recognized. thanked Gatch for her donation and for supporting the connection project. “This (connection) has been needed since I went to UC Clermont in 1977. Having two ways to that area is important to public safety and we thank you so much,” he said.

New Richmond buffalo ranch sells products to Jungle Jim’s How do you handle a 2,000-pound buffalo? Carefully is how David Uible answers that question. David and wife Cindy Cassell own and operate Vista Grand Ranch in New Richmond, one of the most fascinating agricultural operations in our area or in the state of Ohio for that matter! Vista Grand Ranch is the home of a herd of American buffalo (bison). Their operation produces and distributes lean, healthy, hormone and antibiotic-free buffalo meat. “The meat is lean with minimal fat content and it’s an attractive and healthy alternative to beef,” said Cindy, a PhD nutritionist. One of the long-time customers and distribution sites for Vista Grand Ranch buffalo products is Jungle Jim’s, soon to have a Clermont County sales site. The Vista Grand buffalo product was recognized several years ago as a great addition to the Jungle Jim’s line up of unique and local foods. David and Cindy began raising buffalo in 1994 when they established their ranching operations on an old dairy farm in New Richmond with views in all


The Vista Grand Ranch is home to a herd of buffalo near New Richmond. It is owned by David Uible and Cindy Cassell.

directions and thus the name. Commissioner Bob Proud assisted in guiding David to a grant that was made available to assist in the development of their meat label and marketing brochure. Their herd size has been as high as 85 head and as low as 45 depending on the time of the year and the market demand. Buffalo meat has become widely accepted and enjoyed because it fits easily into the American diet as a healthy protein alternative. Buffalo meat is higher in omega 3 fatty acids (i.e. good fat versus omega 6 or bad fats), it’s antibiotic-free and hormone-free, its higher in protein, has fewer calories and is a great source of iron. Additionally, because buffalo is leaner than beef, there is less shrinkage on

the grill or in the skillet. Unfortunately, all of these advantages have lead to national chain stores like Kroger selling buffalo, which has created some problems in the marketplace. The price of buffalo has doubled in the last two years because there simply are not enough animals in the country to meet the demand. As large buffalo ranchers out west attempt to meet the rising demand they are beginning to push buffalo through feedlots to speed up the weight gain process, as they do in the beef industry, vs. free-range animals in open pastures as buffalo have always been raised. Vista Grand Ranch animals are all free-range on open pastures and have corn and soybean feed as a free-choice option thus giving their meat its superior flavor. Vista Grand Ranch is a valuable Clermont County business operation. It enjoys long time relationships with many well know clients/sales outlets such as Lehr’s in Milford, New Richmond’s Rivertown IGA, and soon to be Clermont County’s “own” Jungle Jim’s (currently sold at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield).


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December 29, 2010


Batavia man indicted for string of thefts, burglaries A Batavia Township man has been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for 21 counts related to his involvement in a series of thefts and burglaries. Roger Stiger, 20, has been indicted for four counts of burglary, a second degree felony; 12 counts of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, and five counts of first degree misdemeanor theft. Throughout October into the

first week of November, a number of subdivisions in Batavia Township experienced a significant increase in thefts from vehicles and garages, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said. Areas of the township impacted were: Bristol Lake, Sycamore Creek, Braxton Parke, Buxton Meadows, Woodsmill, Mt. Holly Preserve and Crown Station Apartment complex along with Wood-

fruff Lane and Whitaker Lane off of Amelia Olive Branch Road. To date, reports of property thefts from vehicles and garages have been taken from 21 citizens of Batavia Township. Property included electronics such as GPS units, cell phones, power tools and hand tools. The total value of the reported property is more than $32,000. Investigators have been unable

to locate any of the stolen property. On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 13, sheriff’s road patrol units were notified by a citizen who observed a suspicious subject in a vehicle at Crown Station Apartments. Deputies arrived on the scene and after a foot pursuit arrested Roger Stiger for theft of property from a vehicle. The night supervisor notified the Criminal Investigative Section, which

immediately began a much larger investigation into Stiger’s activities prior to the Nov. 13 incident. The investigation is continuing, and it is possible additional suspects may be charged Investigators will review reports from surrounding townships to see if there are additional cases in which Stiger may have been involved. He is incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail.

Two injured in Ohio 32 wreck Two people were injured in a crash Tuesday, Dec. 21, on Ohio 32 near Olive Branch-Stonelick Road in Batavia Township. Lt. Randy McElfresh, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Batavia Post, said the crash happened about 11:52 a.m. and involved a semi-trailer truck and a car.

Devin McCoy, 19, of Batavia was driving a 1988 Toyota Camry westbound on Ohio 32 when she lost control, slid across the median and struck the truck driven by Robert Sink, 39, of Hudson, Ind., McElfresh said. After impact with the car, Sink’s truck went off the right side of the road, striking some small trees and a fence.

McCoy was taken to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Sink was taken to Mercy Hospital Clermont for minor injuries. Four passengers in McCoy’s car refused treatment. The crash remains under investigation, McElfresh said.

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Fire heroes

Amelia village council Dec. 20 honored two men who helped eight people escape a burning house. Eddie Powers, left, and Terry Lovell, right, were among passersby who noticed a house on fire Nov. 15 at 28 E. Main St. They knocked on doors to alert the residents, who escaped unharmed. Behind them are Council Member Tim Rosser, left, and Mayor Leroy Ellington.

UNION TWP. – The Clermont County Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 4, at Holiday Inn Eastgate. For details,

Meeting time changed

UNION TWP. – The West Clermont Board of Education has changed the start time of the Jan. 3 organizational meeting to 5 p.m., in the Union Township Civic Center. The board will conduct the organizational meeting and

any other action as may properly come before the board.

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BATAVIA – Drs. Michael McHenry and Todd Williams of Mercy Medical Associates are offering a free class, Quit for Life, to help smokers kick the habit – once and for all. Quit for Life will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Mercy Hospital Clermont in Minning Hall, 3000 Hospital Drive. The class is free and there is no registration required.

Walk-ins are welcome. Quit for Life helps smokers understand why they smoke and, most importantly, why they need to quit. To learn more visit

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CLERMONT COUNTY – Share your story about YMCA Impact and you could win a free membership. In 2010 alone, more than 125,000 people will have come to a YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branch to grow in positive ways.

Through Jan. 13, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati wants to hear how they have or how they can impact you (and/or your family) in one or all of its three focus areas – youth and child development, healthy living and social responsibility. Entering the “Grow at the Y” contest is simple and the top entrant will receive a free one-year YMCA of Greater Cincinnati membership. There are other fun prizes, too. To enter, visit http://learngrow and share your story in 250 words or less.

Pierce Township detective puts training to use By John Seney

Det. Laetitia Schuler of the Pierce Township Police Department learned how to analyze blood spatter evidence during her training to receive a master criminal investigator certification from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. But because there are not a lot of homicides in Pierce Township, she hasn’t had a chance to use that training just yet. She has been putting into practice a lot of other training she

received in 260 hours of courses she took over a two-year period at the Police Officers Training Academy in London, Ohio. “The interviewing and interrogation course I use on an every day basis,” she said. The knowledge gained in a photography course at the training academy also is used almost daily, she said. The training qualified Schuler for a master criminal investor certification, an achievement earned by less than two percent of the law enforcement investigators in Ohio,

said Police Chief James Smith. One other Pierce Township officer, Det. Mike Buckler, received the certification in 2008. Obtaining the certification requires specialized training in as psychological evaluation of suspects, constitutional law, crime scene analysis, sex crimes and forensics. “It’s the type of training needed to become the best investigator,” Smith said. “They give you all the courses necessary to handle any case,” Schuler said. “It’s very time consuming.” Schuler signed up for the train-

ing “to enhance my skills on the job.” It’s not required, but more departments are looking for it.” Buckler said he has used his training on a daily basis. “It’s all very useful,” he said. “It’s a good resource of information.” He said he and Schuler have collaborated on several cases so far in which the training was helpful. Schuler has been with the Pierce Township department for three years. Before that, she worked for seven years for the Cheviot Police Department in western Hamilton County.

“I like working for Pierce Township,” she said. “It’s a good department.” In May, Schuler Schuler was honored at the Clermont County Police Appreciation Banquet with an award for Criminal Investigator of the Year, Small Department. The award was for her investigative work leading to the arrest of a suspect in the theft of copper from Duke Energy facilities. “We’re very proud of her,” Smith said.

Symmes Township administrator is retiring Jan. 1 By Amanda Hopkins

Relaxing and getting to know his new granddaughter are at the top of Gerald Beckman’s agenda. After 10 years as Symmes Township administrator, Beckman, a resident of Union Township, is retiring. His retirement is effective Jan. 1.

Before coming to Symmes Township, Beckman worked for the Madeira police department. He started with Madeira in 1975 and spent the last 14 years of his work in the city as the police chief. Beckman’s career began in 1968 when he worked as a police officer in Maryland. He said he worked several presidential and vice-presidential details and worked

during the anti-war riots at the University of Maryland in the late 1960s. One of the highlights of his career was attending the FBI National Academy. Beckman also helped start and later served as an administrator on the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force. He said taking the position as administrator in Symmes Township after years in law enforcement

was a “gamble,” but it worked out well for him. “I enjoyed doing projects totally different from a law enforcement discipline; building the Safety Service Center, and building parks such as Hopewell and the Meade property,” Beckman said. Beckman said he enjoyed his time both in Symmes Township and Madeira and made many

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Amelia HS chorus continues to grow

By Kellie Geist-May

In 2001, when the West Clermont Local School District implemented small schools, programs like band and choir were only offered after school or to students who were in the performing arts small school at Glen Este High School. But four years ago, the district administration decided that needed to change. “We began looking at it as part of the complete high school experience. The students’ ability to participate in those activities is important,” Superintendent Gary Brooks said. “The (school) board worked with me to bring those music programs back to both campuses so we could have opportunities for kids in all the small schools.” The during-school chorus program at Amelia High School started in the fall of 2008. “We are growing through word of mouth and the friendships the students are making,” said April Hilen, choir director. ”The challenge is getting the students to appreciate music and the arts because they haven’t had (music


Choir teacher April Hilen directs members of the Amelia High School chorus during a performance of “Carol of the Bells” at the West Clermont Local School District school board meeting Monday, Dec. 13. appreciation) at Amelia High School.” She said many of the students start in the program without the basic music reading skills, like understanding quarter notes and scales. It’s also challenging to have a music program open to students in all small schools because of scheduling.

“When I was in high school, it seemed like if you wanted to be in chorus, they found a way to fit it in your schedule. But here, unless you really make an effort, you just have to be lucky enough to have that (period) free,” she said. Brooks said that is something the district is working to improve for next year.

“It’s complicated with small schools, but with any high school, you find out many of your higher performing students (who may need advanced placement classes) are involved in some form of music,” he said. “We’re working to make sure the class schedule has less conflicts next year.” But despite the growing pains,

the choir has had a busy year. The Amelia High School choir students have performed Christmas carols at Sam’s Club and at a performance of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker Dec. 23. They also are currently working to raise funds for a spring trip to New York City. Hilen said the students are selling candy bars, but she is looking for a deal on a charter bus as well as some sponsors who could help pay for the cost. For more information, contact her at Hilen_a@ Sophomore Kaitlyn Riley is in her second year with the choir. She said many of her fellow students “don’t realize chorus is something you have to work at, it’s not an easy ‘A.’” “Now that we’ve had a chorus for a couple of years, we’re really starting to grow and have more people interested. The people who are here now are here because they want to sing,” Riley said. Looking ahead to the future, senior Tyler Boothe said it would be helpful to have additional school support as well as a male vocal teacher on campus. “I just think that’s something we need to be able to grow,” he said.


St. Thomas More School music teacher Miranda Meek, left, and fourth-grade students serenade guests at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Union Township Civic Center Dec. 3.


From left, St. Thomas More School fourth graders Maddie Imbus, Brittany Taylor and Maggie Schoolfield are all smiles at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Union Township Civic Center Dec. 3.

Lighting up Union Township


St. Thomas More School fourth graders serenaded Union Township officials and guests at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Union Township Civic Center Friday, Dec. 3.

Pizza for honor students

Honor students at Glen Este Middle School recently enjoyed a pizza party lunch before Thanksgiving break in reward for their academic work. Straight “A” students were treated to free pizza courtesy of the PTO. Here, Glen Este Middle School students Brooklyn Reese, left, and Emma Kasperczyk, right, enjoy the pizza party lunch for straight “A” students for the quarter. PROVIDED

St. Thomas More School fourth-graders serenaded Union Township officials and guests at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Union Township Civic Center Dec. 3. Braving the cold and wearing their holiday garb, students sang Christmas carols and holiday classics to the delight of the audience. Music teacher Miranda Meek directed the ensemble.


St. Thomas More School fourth graders serenaded Union Township officials and guests at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Union Township Civic Center Friday, Dec. 3.

COLLEGE NOTES Crofts named to dean’s list

Jacklyn Victoria Crofts has been named to the 2010 fall quarter dean’s list at Otterbein University. She is from Amelia.

Pullens awarded scholarship

Jayonda Pullens of Batavia has accepted a Buschmann Award from Xavier University. Pullens, the daughter of Carmen and Damon Pullens, will graduate from Glen Este High School this year, where she is active in athletics and choir. She plans to major in premed at Xavier.


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Starting to look up

Georgia Buckingham (12) and the New Richmond girls basketball squad ended 2010 with a three-game winning streak to improve their record to 4-3. After dropping games against Clermont Northeastern and Milford earlier in the month, the Lady Lions rebounded to defeat Bethel-Tate, Goshen, and Norwood. New Richmond resumes action at home against Madeira, Jan. 4.

New Richmond forward Lindsey Blankenship is averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 defensive rebounds per game for the Lions this season.


New Richmond’s Sarah Shoemaker is fourth on the team in scoring, with 6.9 points per game.

BRIEFLY The week at St. Xavier

The St. Xavier boys basketball team beat Glen Este 60-39, Dec. 18. Glen Este’s top-scorer was Corey Goedde with 13 points.

The week at Batavia

• The Batavia boys basketball team beat Riverview East 48-23, Dec. 18. Batavia’s top-scorer was Luke Bradburn with 11 points. • The Summit Country Day girls basketball team beat Batavia 42-25, Dec. 18. Batavia’s lead scorers were Abby Hericks and McKenna Fraley with seven points each. On Dec. 21, Batavia lost 87-25 to Fayetteville. Batavia’s top-scorer was McKenna Fraley with seven points.

The week at New Richmond

• The New Richmond girls basketball team beat Goshen 51-46, Dec. 18. New Richmond’s Reno Frayne led her team in scoring with 13 points. On Dec. 20, New Richmond beat Norwood 50-37. New Richmond’s top-scorer was Lindsey Blankenship with 13 points.

The week at Glen Este

• The Glen Este girls basketball team beat Turpin 5951, Dec. 18. Glen Este’s topscorer was Lakin Louiso with 24 points. • In boys basketball, Glen Este beat Wilmington 71-53, Dec. 21. Glen Este’s top-scor-

er was Mike Bouley with 23 points.

The week at McNicholas

• The McNicholas girls basketball team beat Roger Bacon 64-33, Dec. 18. McNick’s top-scorer was Katie Robinson with 11 points.

The week at La Salle

• The La Salle boys basketball team beat McNicholas 56-31, Dec. 21. McNick’s topscorer was Drew Hall with 19 points.

The week at Williamsburg

• The Williamsburg girls basketball team lost 45-37 to Blanchester, Dec. 18. Williamsburg’s top-scorer was Heidi McManus with 12 points. On Dec. 20, Williamsburg beat Deer Park 65-41. Williamsburg’s top-scorer was Tara Dennis with 25 points. • In boys basketball, Williamsburg beat Landmark 76-63, Dec. 21. Williamsburg’s top-scorer was Elliot Young with 35 points.

The week in Amelia

• On Dec. 20, Milford beat Amelia 61-56 in overtime. Amelia’s Kymmy Simon led her team in scoring with 25 points. The Mount Healthy boys basketball team beat Amelia 64-48, Dec. 21. Amelia’s topscorer was Tanner Owens with 16 points.


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Clermont County wrestlers work hard during break By Adam Turer


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December 29, 2010

Most of the area’s high school wrestling programs catch a break between meets during the holiday vacation. While their coaches are pleased with their early season performances, each team still has work to do. The coaches plan on using the extended practice time to get their grapplers in peak condition heading into the new year. Batavia “We get a little bit of a break,” said Batavia head coach Robert Walker. “We feel like we can work on conditioning and work on what we learned about ourselves in our early matches.” The Bulldogs have gotten off to a strong start, finishing fifth at the Roger Bacon invitational, third at the Blanchester duals and defeating conference foes Amelia and Clermont Northeastern in a tri. Batavia won the Bob Guy Invitational at Williamsburg High School. The team’s strength is its middleweights. Chase Eldridge (135 pounds), Zack Hargis (140), and Mike Musselman (145) have led the team early in the season. Jake Prindle (116) and Gabe Archer (171) also bring varsity experience to the team. The goals for the remainder of the season are to continue improving and take advantage of every opportunity presented to the Bulldogs. “We want to learn from our mistakes,” said Walker. “Our goal is to not lose any matches that we should win.” New Richmond New Richmond also has found suc-

cess and expects even more once the Lions get through some early-season growing pains. The Lions still are working to get wrestlers to meet their desired weight class. “Once we get everybody situated, we should be all right,” said head coach Deron Shinkle. The Lions have just three seniors and are once again a young team. However, several members of the deep junior and sophomore classes gained valuable varsity experience last season. “We had a young team last year,” said Shinkle. “We’re still young, but we have more varsity experience this year.” New Richmond recently placed third among small schools at the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Classic held at Harrison High School. The large invitational featured several Division I teams from the Cincinnati area. “The kids are gaining confidence,” said Shinkle. “They realize we can compete with the upper echelon of teams around Cincinnati.” Shinkle is looking forward to the holiday vacation to give his team extra time to prepare before their next matches. “(The break) is critical as far as getting experience,” he said. “We are polishing up stuff we’ve been working on all season long. The kids are really coming along and stepping up.” Glen Este Glen Este placed 12th at the Coaches Classic. Michael Kennedy led the way for the Trojans, placing sixth in his 215-pound weight class. Kennedy is one of several Glen Este wrestlers

boasting a winning record through the season’s first few weeks. Amelia Amelia has a much younger team, featuring several freshmen, sophomores and first-year seniors. The Barons currently have 13 out of 14 weight classes filled and are hoping to round out every position in the coming weeks. With a strong stable of eighth-graders waiting in the wings, the future is looking bright for the program. “Our youth and inexperience will hurt us this year,” said head coach Derrick Tessoff. “I am encouraged by the boys’ work ethic. Their commitment level makes them so much easier to coach.” The Barons next wrestle at the Mt. Healthy duals Dec. 28. Williamsburg Williamsburg has its lineup set. The Wildcats do not have to worry about dropping or gaining weight or moving wrestlers around into different classes. What they do have to overcome is their youth. The Wildcats have no seniors. Junior heavyweight Jordan Smith and 103-pound freshman Roger Thornberry are leading the way this season. And 135-pound sophomore Corey Stith has been a bit of a surprise. The young wrestlers are gaining experience and building the foundation for the program. “We’re just looking to get better,” said head coach Mark Isaac. “Kids are starting to fill in from our youth and junior high programs. We are starting to see some results at the varsity level.” The Wildcats return to the mats Dec. 31 at Norwood.

Gelter earns one last football game appearance in New Richmond By Scott Springer

A center may be the most important player on a football team. Without a good snap and a decent block, an offensive play rarely succeeds. Such a blow occurred to the New Richmond Lions in 2010 when projected starting center Zach Gelter was in a serious traffic accident in February at Nine Mile Road and U.S. 52. Gelter’s vehicle was hit by an oncoming truck and he sustained serious injuries to his brain. Fortunately, no broken bones were suffered, but the injury to his brain required a six-week stay in two different hospitals. “Zach had to do some rehab in every capacity,” said New Richmond head football coach Dan Scholz. “We found out late in summer that football was absolutely done for him.” After re-learning how to walk and talk, the news was devastating to the Lions senior. Despite that,

New Richmond senior Zach Gelter with his head football coach Dan Scholz.


New Richmond’s Zach Gelter before the Lions Senior Night 2009. Gelter refused to give up on his teammates. “When he was told that he wasn’t going to be able to play, he (still) came every single day,” said Scholz. “He did everything he could to help our team win. He carried bags, he carried boards, he was there with the offensive linemen helping younger kids on technique and things.”

Still, doing without the game he loved, particularly in his last year of high school, was difficult. “It was the worst experience I’ve ever had to deal with,” said Gelter. The pain of not being with his fellow Lions was mentally as challenging as the long road he faced following the traffic crash. “There were a lot of days when we first went out for practice that Zach left crying,” said Scholz. “When we first went out in pads, he was all sad. Almost every Friday night, whether we won or lost, Zach was walking away with tears in his eyes overwhelmingly frustrated that he didn’t get the opportunity to be out there.” As the season and Zach’s health progressed, Scholz got an idea prior to New Richmond’s Senior Night game in late October. The inspiration came from remarks Gelter had made himself. “In his senior speech, he said one of the most proudest things that he gets to do

is put his jersey on every Friday and go out with the team,” said Scholz. From there the plan was hatched to allow Zach Gelter suit up in jersey 64 one more time. Only this time, in full pads. “We had to talk with his parents and get everything cleared,” said Scholz. “We were going to put him in for our ‘victory formation.’” “It was probably the best surprise I’d ever heard,” said Gelter. Though it took a late turnover from Bethel-Tate to come to fruition, Gelter put the exclamation point on New Richmond’s 7-3 league championship season with three consecutive kneeldowns. “I had to move him back, I was afraid someone was going to hit him,” said Scholz. “He was about 35 yards from the ball when we took our ‘victory formation.’ The crowd was cheering and the players were cheering. He got to come in and play in his senior year, so that was kind of fun for us.”

Louiso leads Trojans with three pointers The following is a submitted game summary. Girls basketball Glen Este 61, Milford 36 – Point guard Lakin Louiso Dec. 22 hit five of five treys and a total of 21 points in the first three quarters as

she led the Trojans to a 6136 non-league win over Aiken Wednesday. Hannah Carson added 12, as Katie Gaskill and Jackie Young each had eight, while Jesse Brenes, Molly Patrick, Sydney Strohmeyer and Sarah Par-

rish rounded out the scoring for Glen Este. The Trojans go to the Christmas break with a 6-2 overall record, 5-1 in FAVC league play. Nine players scored for Glen Este’s Junior Varsity as their pressure defense wore

down a much bigger Aiken team, 57-15. Ashley Keith had 10; Jessie Goedde, 9; and Kayla Gregory 8; but the overall team defense was the story, holding Aiken to two second-half points, as Glen Este improved to a 5-3 record.



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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shortage No Christ child? of jobs or shortage of skills? License your dog – it is the law … What if there never was a “Christ child?” Can you imagine how that would affect life as we know it. There would be no salvation, no promise of eternal life. The Holy Bible as we know it

The community project undertaken by this year’s Leadership Class, sponsored by Clermont 20/20, is an important one for the future of Clermont County. The class is building upon a recent study done by the University of Cincinnati’s E c o n o m i c Research Center. The top 10 major employers in Clermont County were asked to identify the skills that Chris Smith seem to be lacking or missing in Community their recently Press guest hired workforce. columnist The results were interesting in that the needed skills missing were not all of a traditional academic nature. Yes, reading comprehension, math and writing skills were noted as deficient, but more frequently noted were skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, collaboration and ability to work in teams, better oral and written communication skills, computer and technology abilities. The leadership class currently is surveying more than 100 additional businesses in Clermont County broken out into various industry sectors. These sectors include manufacturing, retail, service and technology so that a broad cross sampling of firms and employee needs can be tabulated and assessed. The firms being surveyed also include target industries that have great future job creation potential because of their unique position in the marketplace. The designation of “target” company is due to the product, device, procedure or technology that gives the firm a competitive edge in the domestic and global marketplace and appears to position this company (or industry sector) in a more sustainable position for future growth and stability as well as high skill job content that generally translates into higher wages. The results of what is being called “21st Century Skills Assessment” will be shared with community stakeholders from business, education, and government. The intention is to assess, analyze and inform. The next step is to share the data with our education partners throughout the Clermont County community to obtain feedback on ways that identified skill gaps might be addressed in innovative and creative ways through their curriculum. While we recognize that there are legislative instructional mandates at the state and federal levels as well as fiscal constraints, several school districts in the community already are looking forward to seeing the results of this study and are indicating a willingness to look at ways that our business and education stakeholders can better cooperate and collaborate in the process of building a better future Clermont County workforce that will be attractive to our existing and future business base, thus providing more and varied job opportunities for all Clermont County citizens. Chris Smith is the executive director of Clermont 20/20.

License your dog – it’s the law and could mean a safe return home. Ohio law requires that every person who owns or keeps a dog must license that dog each year. The 2011 dog tags are on sale through Jan. 31 for $14. They can be purchased at several locations throughout the county including the county animal shelter, 4025 Filager Road and the auditor’s office, county administration building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. After Jan. 31, tags will be sold for $28. The Clermont County Humane Society, for the past 14 years, has been contracted by Clermont County to manage the county animal control operation. The sale of dog tags is the primary revenue source for this operation, which includes the employment of animal control officers, operating an animal shelter, containment of stray dogs, enforce-

would not exist. People wouldn’t go to church because there would be no place to worship. There would be no Trinity because there would be no Christ. Won’t Satan love that?

ment of animal cruelty laws, as well as an afterhours emergency program for sick/injured stray dogs. In a county with 452 square Nadora Hill miles to cover, your three offiCommunity cers responded Press guest to 4,000 comcolumnist plaints in 2009 of animals either running loose, being neglected/abused or abandoned. Of those charged with animal cruelty, there was a 100-percent conviction rate. What this operation looks like can vary depending upon how much revenue is generated in any given year. It is estimated that only 50 percent of the dogs in Clermont County are licensed. Warren and Butler counties are

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But he did come and we do have the promise of eternal life. I know Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but it can be a wonderful time of year, too. It’s when we realize how important our faith and our family means to

way ahead of Clermont in terms of sales volume. If you have already purchased your dog’s tag, thank you. You are doing your part. If you haven’t, there is still time to make that purchase. No one expects their dog to get lost – but it happens every day. And it (a dog tag) is such a small price to pay when you think about how much your pet means to you and how much your pet depends upon you for his/her safety. Nearly 5,000 animals come through the shelter annually – many of them without a license. Not only does the tag help to reunite you with your pet, but you are funding a critical operation for your community and the animals who need this service the most. For a complete listing of sales locations to purchase a dog tag, visit For more information about Clermont County Humane Society,


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Christmas seems to bring out the best in people. Keep Christ in your Christmas and remember he is the reason for the season. Phyllis Holcombe Batavia

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Veterans should get credit for experience I was browsing the classified ads recently and crossed an advertisement for a security firm hiring a security consultant. I took a quick inventory of my skills and thought that if any, this job would suit me nicely. As I read down the column, it informed me that I would not be able to secure a job at this firm because I lacked a bachelor’s degree. The strange thing was, I possessed all of the necessary skills with the exception of “that little piece of paper.” As I sat there, contemplating my next move, I transported myself in my mind to the job interview, where I was interviewed alongside one of my peers. My counterpart possessed a bachelor’s degree in business management, I did not. As I was about to be excused by the gentleman from the personnel department, I began to state my case. I

took a different road to reach this place, spending five years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. To anyone who has served Timothy in this particular Koester occupation speCommunity cialty, one thing paraPress guest remains mount at all columnist times, security. Whether you are on patrol, in a patrol base, clearing a building or occupying a surveillance site, nothing is done without careful consideration of security. I do not have a piece of paper describing my competence. I then explain I was a noncommissioned officer for half of my enlistment, serving as both corporal and eventually sergeant as team

leader, in charge of individuals usually right out of high school, and to those who have managed such a demographic in the workplace, imagine your supervision covering a 24-hour workday and if they quit, you are held accountable. Operating with little or no instruction and determining whether a fellow human being sees another sunrise is a skill not taught in Business Management Tools 101. Living with foreign forces who do not speak your language can prove difficult, and is an experience few are lucky to experience. Working more than 200 consecutive days is another experience that is not available at the local community college. I am in no way marginalizing a degree. The individuals who take that road, deserve the credit for their hard work. I am sure many worked in bad situations and

CHATROOM Last week’s questions

Do you support the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway for certain illegal aliens to become legal U.S. residents? Why or why not? “The DREAM Act is a nightmare waiting to happen. We don’t read our history so we always repeat it and make the same mistakes. One of the many reasons the Roman empire collapsed – aside from corrupt, big spending politicians – was a little change in their military that caused big problems. “Rome originally only allowed their citizens to join the Army and as they expanded they allowed non-citizens to join and these new troops did not have the same loyalties as their original citizen soldiers. The same is going to happen if we throw open our military – do you think these folks joining the military will have the same passion for this country when the only reason they are there is to get a shortcut to citizenship for them and their countless relatives?” mlb

“I tend to support the DREAM Act in allowing certain illegal aliens in becoming legal U.S. residents. Certain caveats are in order for the working in that no criminal acts of past or present are tolerated and that wage taxes are paid including medical coverage and government assistance equally applied as is now to all American citizens. “You must allow a dream. Most of us are of immigrants. If you think that they are “different and taking our jobs,” I suggest you “suck up your pride,” roll up your sleeves, remove your shirt and tie or office attire and do the following. Stop drawing that seemingly endless check at now taxpayers’ expense. Set short-term goals, redirect your life if it literally mean starting all over. No one asks you to pick fruit. “If you’re not a second dreamer, at least agree that others can hope to fund what you worked so hard on the first time.” J.W.

This week’s question Are you pleased or disappointed in the way your community plows snow from your streets? Why? “We live on the side of a hill along Clough Pike, which has to be the most treacherous stretch of Clough ending at Main Street in Batavia, at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. It’s a stretch of about one-half mile and now involves two steep grades since the road was rerouted several years ago. “In living directly across the street from Karen Drive, I continue to be disappointed in the needed frequency of road treatment during snow and ice fall. Too often in working third shift, I have not been able to make it up one or both of these hills. I am not alone. Also, my good neighbors on Karen Drive have had to park in my driveway while awaiting a plow truck in their attempt to get home to the subdivision on the hill. Who is it that sets priority of treatment? “This stretch of Clough Pike

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worked strenuous hours while trying to write a paper between work and school. The fact that many of our country’s best and brightest fall by the wayside is a tragedy indeed. With more and more qualified individuals returning from overseas, they are deemed unqualified because their skills are intangible and unable to be credited on paper. And until employers begin reconsidering their hiring protocols, this will continue for many years. Ninety percent of what you do at your job is taught by your employer. The other 10 percent is from school and life experience. We should be aware that people’s 10 percent goes much deeper and is much more diversified. I excuse myself from the interview and apologize for my lack of qualifications. Timothy Koester lives in and attends UC Clermont College.

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Do you think the economy will improve in 2011? Why or why not? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. from Main Street up and down the first hill is then marked at the second hill’s attempt by an unforgiving ditch on one side and a guardrail bordering our steep property line on the other side. “Every medium to heavy snowfall finds vehicles in the ditch and/or vehicles off the narrow road and up against the guardrail. Every time. Again, who sets the priority of treatment in knowing that traffic has increased due to several new subdivisions up the road? “As an observant homeowner of the past 12 years, too often I would refer to this stretch as under “category 3” regardless of close by areas being under category 1.” J.W.



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Again this year, Community Journal honors those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better.

Liotta gives back to community By John Seney


Joe Liotta of Batavia Township is involved in a number of volunteer activities in the community. Among them is teaching an AARP safe driving course.

When Joe Liotta of Batavia Township retired as a marriage and family therapist in the 1990s, he decided it was “time to give back to the community.” He has devoted himself to a number of volunteer efforts, including teaching an AARP safe driving class. “I am interested in safety,” he said. “My latest pet peeve is cell phone use while driving.” He has been teaching the

class about four years, Martha Enriquez, coordinator of the Clermont County Safe Communities Coalition, said Liotta has been a reliable volunteer, helping out with seat belt surveys and other driver safety efforts. Liotta serves as president of his AARP chapter and is active in the Knights of Columbus. “I enjoy doing it,” he said. At St. Louis Catholic Church in Owensville, he has helped with marriage and

bereavement counseling. “He did a lot of good work with our bereavement group,” said the Rev. Jerry Hiland of St. Louis Church. Denise Franer of Stonelick Township knows Liotta from St. Louis Church. She said he is always willing to volunteer and help out. “He is a wonderful guy,” she said. “A real gentleman.” Liotta is a widower who moved to Ohio from New York to be close to his daughter.


Linda Bloom, who drives bus 71 in the West Clermont Local School District, also works with the Union Township Kiwanis on programs including ReadyFest.

Bus driver, Kiwanis member Bloom helps kids in need

Valetone Cleaners helps make coat drive successful

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Union Township Kiwanis member Linda Bloom had surgery one week before this year’s ReadyFest, but that didn’t stop her from making sure kids in the West Clermont Local School District had what they needed to start school. Bloom, who also drives a Petermann bus for West Clermont and is the Kiwanis chair of ReadyFest, said she just thinks all kids should start on the same level. “As a bus driver, you really see how much need there is out there. I just think all the kids should start school with the basic things they need,” she said. Not only was this year’s event a huge success, Bloom made sure she was there to help. Bloom said it’s not so much about running around at the event as it is about getting good people to help her. “Basically, I make sure I do my best to find good

When someone holds a coat drive, who makes sure those donated coats are clean and ready to be worn? For the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter, that person was Tim Schutte. Schutte, owner of Valetone Cleaners, volunteered his company’s services to clean and finish all 511 coats collected by the Greater Cincinnati area CPCU members. “Having Valetone (Cleaners) involved made the whole coat drive a success,” said Jim Vogel. Vogel, of Liberty Mutual Group in Fairfield, worked with Schutte to arrange the drycleaning services as well as drop-offs and pick-ups. “Valetone could not have been better to work with,” Vogel said. “We literally had


Valetone Cleaners owner Tim Schutte, right, and plant manager Morry Johnson stand in front of the last batch of recently cleaned and finished coats that will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank and Hope Emergency.

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Address: 977 Lila Avenue, No. 4 (Milford Shopping Center) Phone number: 513-8315523 E-mail address: bins overflowing at our office and he not only helped clean the coats, but also with storing them until we could pick them up.” Schutte, who has owned Valetone Cleaners for 12 years, is celebrating the

company’s 50th anniversary this year. “This was a perfect year for us to give back more and to get involved,” he said. “I’m really proud that we cleaned and finished the coats because whether you’re the president of a big corporation or a pauper, you deserve a nice coat. This was a great opportunity for us to show what we do.” Cleaning a coat, depending on the heaviness and style, can cost between $15 and $20, Schutte said. So to

have all 511 coats cleaned would have cost at least $7,500. “Where would we have gotten the money for that? Valetone really made the coat drive possible,” Vogel said. Schutte said he’s happy Valetone was able to be part of the coat drive. “Our customers are great and have been very supportive. It’s nice to be able to give back in this capacity,” he said. The coats were donated to the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati and to Hope Emergency in Brown County. In addition, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group donated a pair of winter gloves for each coat collected. In the last three years, Valetone Cleaners also has donated more than $5,000 to the local St. Vincent de Paul Conference through the “Share the Discount” program.

people to help me make ReadyFest happen. It takes a lot of work, but I have a lot of good help,” she said. She also runs the Kiwanis horse show at the annual Clermont County Fair. West Clermont school board member Jo Ann Beamer said she’s never known Bloom to turn down anyone in need. “I know Linda always thinks about others before she thinks about herself,” Beamer said. “She’s just the kind of person who will be there when you need help.” In addition to ReadyFest, Bloom has been known to help the kids on her bus route – which covers Merwin Elementary School, Amelia Elementary School, Amelia Middle School, Amelia High School – with winter coats, gloves and shoes. “I think that’s something all bus drivers and teachers deal with,” she said. “It bothers me to see kids without the basics and I’m just trying to help.”

Walker is passionate about volunteering By Mary Dannemiller

This year, Erwin Walker has brought a town crier to Goshen Township, saved a historic fire engine from auction and worked to establish a cancer awareness group. Walker is a part-time firefighter for the Goshen Township Fire & EMS Department, but volunteers for organizations throughout the community. “I think Erwin is the prime example of somebody that absolutely loves the town he lives in and will do

almost anything and everything to help the entire community, not just the fire department,” said Fire Chief Steve Pegram. “People like him are what make Goshen a great place.” Walker is often seen at community events in Goshen with his camera and often volunteers to take photographs, Pegram said. “He’s one of those people you’d like to clone,” Pegram said. “If you need help with a project, whether it’s work or taking photos or whatever the project is, Erwin always is willing to show up and help.”

Aside from his work with the Francis Fagin Foundation, which he established to honor the fire department’s history, the cancer group and other organizations, Walker also spends much of his time volunteering at Goshen United Methodist Church. “Erwin is an individual that we can count on for things that need to be done around the church,” said Pastor Johnny Phillips. “There’s a lot of handiwork that our facility needs and he’s someone we can always count on for it. He helps with our fish fries at

Lent. He’s always helpful with his camera and he plays the drums in our praise band Sunday morning. The place wouldn’t be the same without him.” The breast cancer support group, which is a chapter of Guardian of the Ribbon, is Walker’s current focus. “I have a neighbor who got cancer in 2008 and she spent a whole year going through it so I took that time to educate myself,” he said. He hopes to eventually have a fire truck painted pink to take to parades, festivals and other events to

raise breast cancer awareness. He’s also planning a Shop with a Cop-type event for next Christmas, which will include both police officers and firefighters. “I do have a passion for getting involved,” he said. “I want to help make a difference. I like Goshen because it’s still got a country feel to it, but there are businesses here, too. But it’s really the people I’ve met over the years in the fire service and in the church and the way they come together to help others that makes me want to make a small difference.”


Erwin Walker unloads some food at the Goshen United Methodist Church food pantry. The church is just one of several places in the community where Walker volunteers.

Eula Mae Gaskin has kind words to those in need By Mary Dannemiller

At 82 years old, Bethel resident Eula Mae Gaskin isn’t slowing down. She works part-time as a secretary at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, makes quilts and donates them to local pregnancy crisis centers and on a recent snowy morning, was out shoveling her own driveway.

“ M y father died when I was 12 so she basically raised three kids by herself,” said Gaskin her daughter, Beverly Maxey. “She has this determination where she’s not just going to sit around. If someone needs something they don’t have,

she’ll round it up for them or find a way to get it to them.” Aside from making and donating quilts, Gaskin also is known for making teddy bears and donating them to hospice patients. “I haven’t done it much lately, but my cousin was doing it and said to me and my sister that we should, too,” she said. “I wasn’t doing anything much so I decided to make them. The

people at the hospice give them to their patients and it really makes you feel like you’re worthwhile. These people are sick and they can’t help themselves so helping them makes you feel good.” Chuck Wisby has worked with Gaskin at the funeral home for almost 30 years and said he admires the way she speaks with people who call or come in. “She is a very compas-

sionate and caring person,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a finer person than Eula Mae.” Maxey said her mother’s own experience with death help her relate to the funeral home’s clients. “I think it’s the best job for her to have since she lost her husband at an early age,” Maxey said. “She’s just always been compassionate and can really relate

to people because she has that experience.” Gaskin said some people questioned why she would want to work at a funeral home when she got the job three decades ago, but she said she enjoys it. “It just makes you feel good knowing you can do something for somebody, even though there’s nothing they can do for you in return,” she said.


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Art Activities for Parents and Children, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Happen Inc., 5210 Beechmont Ave., Materials provided. Open art studio before and after sessions, 3:30-5:45 p.m. and 6:45-7:30 p.m. Free. 751-2345; Anderson Township.


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

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


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


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


Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane, Holiday Grab Bag 2: A variety of wines with an emphasis on sparkling wines and a buffet of food. $15. 231-9463; Mount Washington.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Art Activities for Parents and Children, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Happen Inc., Free. 7512345; Anderson Township.


Clermont County Tea Party, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Free. Presented by Clermont County Tea Party. 8310542; Union Township.


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


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


Victorian Christmas, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Decorations, displays, activities and gift shop. $5, $1 ages 11 and under. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 2480324. Milford.


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


Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Bring in your extra winter holiday cards. Cards left by other patrons will be available to swap. Everyone who participates in the program will be entered into a drawing for a box of thank you cards. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford. Summer in December, Noon4 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Warm weather movies. Luau atmosphere. Includes refreshments. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476. Loveland.

Winter Holiday Card Exchange, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 248-0700. Milford. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 1


Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, A variety of wines with an emphasis on sparkling wines. $10. 231-9463; Mount Washington. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Applebee’s, 4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, 7520700; Union Township.


Winter at Withrow, 3 p.m., Withrow Nature Preserve, 7075 Five Mile Road, Meet the naturalist in the parking lot for a hike on Trout Lily trail. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, J A N . 3

EXERCISE CLASSES Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 4079292; Anderson Township. FOOD & DRINK

Premium Tasting, 7 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane, Kinkead Ridge Reds. $75. Reservations required. 2319463; e-mail; Mount Washington.


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



Yoga Flow, 7-8:30 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Continues weekly for eight weeks. Improve and provide relief from some chronic health conditions. Release life-long stress from body. Learn basic postures, breathing and relaxation techniques suitable for those of intermediate fitness level. $88. Registration required. 3109029. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.

The Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society will present herpetology programs 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the auditorium at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Attendees will learn more about reptiles and amphibians. Cost is free for CNC members; $5 for nonmember adults; $1 for children. For more information, call 831-1711 or visit



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


Pre-School Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Holiday Yoga Class, 7-8:30 p.m., Anderson Township Branch Library, 7450 State Road, Natalie Hosfeld, instructor. Ages 13-60. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6030. Anderson Township. WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.


Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus, 10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Birney Lane, Rehearsals for April 29-30 and May 1 show at Anderson Center Theater. Rehearsals for program are Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Baby-sitting available. Christmas program performances are various times in December. Includes refreshments. Presented by Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus. 232-7504. Anderson Township.

To submit calendar items, go to “” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 7


Baby Adventurers, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Weekly through Feb. 25. Discover wonders of nature with your child using simple sensory experiences and indoor and outdoor play. For parents and their children ages 1-2. $66, $48 members per eight week session. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Art Activities for Parents and Children, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Happen Inc., Free. 7512345; Anderson Township.

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Health Screening, 3-6 p.m., Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. Appointment recommended. 753-6325. Union Township. Back and Spinal Care Class, Noon-12:30 p.m., Homan Chiropractic, 4380 Glen EsteWithamsville Road, Introduction to chiropractic care and what conditions it can help. Importance of spinal health, good posture, proper ergonomics and biomechanics discussed to help prevent injuries. Free. 7536325. Union Township.


Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., LaDonna’s Cafe, 1340 Ohio Pike, 752-1461. Batavia Township.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. 4743100; Anderson Township.


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


Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, Paired with food. $15. 2319463; Mount Washington. Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave., Dinner menu items include: fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. 231-7351; Mount Washington.

Nature at Night, 6 p.m., Shor Park Nature Trails, 4659 Tealtown Road, Explore sights and sounds of newest park within the Clermont County Park District. Listen for owls, coyotes and other nocturnal creatures. 8769013; Milford. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 8


Inhumanwich! Cast Auditions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Seeking large, diverse volunteer cast for sci-fi horror comedy film. Must be available to shoot most weekends Feb. 12-April 24, in Cincinnati and surrounding suburbs. Free. Presented by Argo One Productions. 237-4220; Union Township.

Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 5980 Meijer Drive, Free. 965-8240. Milford.


Herpetology Programs, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Auditorium. Learn more about reptiles and amphibians with the Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society. CNC Members free, $5 nonmember adult, child $1. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society. 831-1711; Union Township.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 6

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Art Activities for Parents and Children, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Happen Inc., Free. 7512345; Anderson Township. PROVIDED

Holiday Junction keeps choo chooing its way through the Cincinnati Museum Center until Jan. 2. The model train winter wonderland and train exhibit includes Cincinnati’s own Carlisle & Finch model trains. The museum also hosts Toys Through Time for the holiday season through Jan. 2. The exhibit shows favorite games, toys and dolls of yesteryear. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. All museums admission is $12.50; $8.50 ages 3-12; $11.50 ages 60 and up. One museum admission is $8.50; $6.50; and $7.50. Call 513-287-7000 or visit


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


The Taft Museum of Art celebrates old Christmas favorites with “Antique Christmas” through Jan. 9. The galleries will be decked with vintage decorations from the 1890s to the 1940s, pictured. In the Keystone Gallery, on display is “The Colors of Christmas: Victorian Paper Decoration,” adornments used to create homemade ornaments and decorations in the 19th and early 20th century. Admission is $8, $6 students and seniors and free for under 18. Free for all on Sundays. Call 513-241-0343 or visit


December 29, 2010

Community Journal


How many kinds of time are there in our lives? As we prepare to enter another calendar year, it might benefit us to reflect for a moment on time. We seldom think of time. Probably a fish seldom thinks of water and just lets it all slip by. The ancient Greeks had two words for time. One was the word chronos and the other was kairos. They operate in our lives all the time, though chronos is usually what we understand by time. Chronos time is time in a quantitative sense. It is the kind of time we can count and divide into minutes, days and years. It’s the kind of time we can calculate on our clocks and watches, the kind we measure on our calendars and planners. It’s the time we feel runs out on us, goes faster than it should, and wreaks havoc with our joints and supple bodies. This is the kind of time with which we are the most familiar – and with which we expect God to be the most familiar. Kairos, the other Greek word, means time in a qualitative sense - not the kind the clock or calendar measures. In fact, it can’t be measured at all. It’s the time that is characterized by what happens in it.

In the B i b l e , kairos time is o f t e n translated as “the fullness of time,” or, Father Lou “now’s the Guntzelman r i g h t Perspectives time.” A businessman may have been struggling with what decision to make for his company, or his family. Eventually he comes to the deep realization that “This is what I should choose! Now it’s the right time to act!” Kairos time occurs when we realize and feel within ourselves it’s the appropriate time, “to grow up,” “to be more responsible,” or “to apologize,” or to “kill this drug habit once and for all.” Kairos time is more important than chronos because it usually affects our lives and futures the most. It indicates that something is happening inside us for our betterment. Some people’s lives can become sterile and small when they become deaf to the kairos urges of their soul. Cohabitating couples may avoid thinking and reaching a “fullness of time”


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Chronos time is time in a quantitative sense. It is the kind of time we can count and divide into minutes, days and years. It’s the kind of time we can calculate on our clocks and watches, the kind we measure on our calendars and planners. to say “It’s time to get married; or, to end this relationship.” There could be a 30year-old man, still living at his parent’s home and watching TV all day, who keeps smothering kairos feelings that have been calling for years saying, “It’s time! Get up off your duff and make something of your life!” But he refuses to listen. Without kairos times, one’s life becomes merely a string of years that have lost any identifying and personal characteristics. The only markers in our lives then come from outside us: when at 16 we can get a driver’s license; at 21 begin to legally drink; and at 65 retire. The years in between become memorable only because our town’s home team “won ‘em all that year,” or “it was the year we had that big flood.” There is no way we can

develop our soul just by watching and waiting for the months and years to go by. Chronos time does nothing to the soul, it only enfeebles the body. There is no way to cultivate our souls in a hurry. Great and soulful events like falling in love, opening our hearts to God, giving birth to ideas or babies or creativity do not match to


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chronos and kairos. These are the right and left hemispheres of the incarnate Spirit that keeps calling us to wholeness. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Community Journal


December 29, 2010

French ‘toast’ the new year with breakfast casserole I remember my parents saying, “where did the year go?” and I w o u l d hardly unders t a n d Rita what they Heikenfeld were talking about Rita’s kitchen s i n c e ,

when you’re young, even a month is a long time. Now I get it! I hope the New Year finds you with good health, family and friends, and lots of good food to share. In thinking about a whole year of writing columns, it couldn’t be done without the wonderful staff I work with, like Gary Presley and Lisa Mauch, my “go to” editors. I’m looking forward to

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another year with each of you, and especially enjoy your shared recipes.

French toast casserole

I love this recipe from celebrity “down home” Southern cook Virginia Willis. My friend, Perrin Rountree, another Southern gal, told me I had to get this book. I’m not disappointed. Virginia is the kind of cook who makes you feel right at home while whipping up incredibly delicious food. This casserole is good for a New Year’s brunch. For more about Virginia and her book “Bon Appetit, Y’All” by Ten Speed Press ($32.50) check out her website at Don’t pass up her Southern pantry, either. Awesome rubs and mixes. This is my adaptation of her French toast casserole from the book. 1

⁄2 stick butter, melted 1 cup packed light brown sugar About 11⁄2 pounds French bread, sliced 11⁄2-inch thick 8 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon




⁄4 teaspoon ground gin-


⁄4 cup chopped pecans Confectioners’ sugar Maple syrup

Combine butter and sugar in baking dish. Arrange bread in dish. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, spices. Pour over bread, letting soak in. Top with nuts. Cover and refrigerate three hours or up to 12 hours. Remove to take chill off, about 20 minutes. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until browned and set, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Sift sugar on top. Serve with maple syrup.

Baked Dijon salmon

Keegan’s Seafood, in Anderson Township has return customers due to Tom Keegan going to unbelievable lengths to bring his customers the best. Tom’s philosophy: Buy the best and prepare it simply. Here’s his recipe for baked salmon. 1

⁄4 cup butter, melted 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 11⁄2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoon butter 1 ⁄4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped pecans 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 4 (4-ounce) fillets salmon Salt and pepper to taste 1 lemon, for garnish Preheat oven to 400

degrees. Stir butter, mustard and honey together. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, pecans and parsley. Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, then sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with fork. Season to taste. Seafood and oyster shucking video: On my blog at and www.Keegan’

Tomato avocado bruschetta

Brush slices of French bread with olive oil and toast. Spread guacamole on top. Sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice and top with chopped tomato. Season to taste.

Hoppin’ John

This recipe is in a book that starts the New Year out right: “America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2011: The Year’s Best Recipes Lightened Up” ($35). According to the book, in the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia, eating hoppin’ John at the start of the new year is said to bring 365 days of good luck. The editors of Chris Kimball’s test kitchen have come up with lots of my favorites, simplified and healthier, yet with no loss of flavor. From snacks to soups to mains to desserts, this book will steer you right. I especially like the Hoppin’ John recipe for New

Year’s Day. Check out my online column at for it.

Peppermint bark update

This candy has now reached cult status. Some of you are having trouble with the bark separating. Here’s tips from my webmaster, John, who says patience is the key. John lets the first layer set up for 20 minutes (barely set up), then lets it sit out for a few minutes before spreading on the white chocolate which he cools for four minutes before spreading. Before cutting, he lets it sit on the foil out of the pan for 20 minutes before cutting.

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Gurus in your backyard

I like featuring recipes from your favorite delis, restaurants, shops, independent grocers, etc. I know there are still lots of these folks around and we need to keep them here. Let me know about them. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

Window broken in vehicle at 3369 Huntsman Trace, Dec. 6.

Domestic violence

At Hunters Court, Dec. 1.

Misuse of credit card

Male stated ID used with no authorization at 29 E. Main, Dec. 2.


TV and a dog taken; $1,700 at 35 Lori Lane, Nov. 30. Laptop computer, GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $2,559 at 149 Hunters Court, Dec. 1. Gasoline not paid for on several occasions at Speedway; $181 at 51 W. Main, Dec. 2. Aluminum siding taken at 30 E. Main St., Dec. 6. Cellphone, iPod, etc. taken from vehicle at 4 Amelia Park Drive, Dec. 10.



Kelly B. Forte, 28, 12006 Pippin Road, warrant, Dec. 11. Dwayne Clark, 22, no address given, warrant, Nov. 27.

Incidents/investigations Felonious assault

Male was assaulted at Spring Street, Dec. 12.


DVDs taken at 16 S. Riverside No. 8, Dec. 5. 1997 Jeep taken at 350 W. Main St., Dec. 12.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 180 S. 4th St., Nov. 26.



Robert J. McGregor, 26, 502 Hanna, warrant, Dec. 1.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Money taken at knifepoint at BP Express at 410 Sycamore St., Dec. 4.


Male was assaulted at 1101 Front St., Dec. 5.

Breaking and entering

Wire cable taken; $500 at 506 Front St., Dec. 4.


Male reported this offense at 520 Sycamore, Dec. 5.

Passing bad checks

Bad check received at New Richmond Food Mart; $57.71 at 527 Sycamore St., Dec. 6. Bad check received at New Richmond Food Mart; $843.76 at 527 Sycamore St., Dec. 6.


Bell taken from True Church of God at 513 Market St., Dec. 3.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Dawn Engle, 45, 221 Union St., theft, Dec. 2. Trisha Schneider, 25, 2047 Cedarville, theft, Dec. 3. Tara R. Beach, 26, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 124, felony theft, Dec. 4. Patrick C. Barr Jr., 30, 33 Edgecombe, domestic violence, criminal damage, theft, Dec. 5. Alma M. Shockley, 50, 1346 Locust Lake, disorderly conduct, Dec. 8. George E. Barrett Jr., 34, 294 Fair Ave., theft, drug instrument, Dec. 9. Jason R. Boedicker, 33, 825 Millville, theft, Dec. 9.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Window pried open at Special Occa-

sion Bridal at Ohio Pike, Dec. 5.


Snow blower and tools taken; $630 at 131 Ohio 749, Dec. 7.

Criminal damage

Vehicle damaged at 1139 Ohio Pike No. 2, Dec. 5. Windshield and tire damaged on vehicle at 360 St. Andrews, Dec. 6.

Disorderly conduct

At 1721 Ohio Pike, Dec. 8.


Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 1296 White Oak, Dec. 6. Tools, etc. taken; $2,209 at 3649 Lewis, Dec. 6. Medication taken from vehicle at 1758 Culver Court, Dec. 7. Tools, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,000 at 1200 E. Locust Corner, Dec. 13.

Theft, domestic violence

$2,429 loss at Par Fore Court, Dec. 5.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Thomas M. Huber, 26, 3730 Fulton Grove, driving under suspension, Dec. 8. Joshua D. Bonomini, 30, 1560 Bethel New Richmond, warrant, Dec. 9. Dale Carroll, 46, 4702 Galaxy, persistent disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, attempted vandalism, Dec. 8. Juvenile, 14, criminal trespass, breaking and entering, obstructing official business, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 17, criminal trespass, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 13, criminal trespass, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 3. Logan W. Robinette, no age given, 64 S. Howard, theft, receiving stolen property, Dec. 8. Bobby E. Turner, 28, 2191 E. Ohio Pike No. 63, theft, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 12, assault, disorderly conduct, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 13, assault, disorderly conduct, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 13, assault, Dec. 3. Vernon S. Ferrell, 33, 5085 Ohio 132, warrant service, Dec. 6. William C. Bravard, 78, 3836 Vineyard Green, no drivers license, disorderly conduct, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 17, menacing, Dec. 6. Kim A. Wilson, no age given, 484 Old Ohio 74, driving under suspension, Dec. 12. John A. Rodgriguez III, 25, 4523 Eastwood, driving under influence, Dec. 12. Tracy A. James, 50, 505 Old Ohio 74, driving under influence, Dec. 12. Logan S. Kuhn, 24, 1085 Shayler, driving under suspension, Dec. 12. Gina M. Martin, 33, 482 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 10. Joshua T. Seltzer, 26, 1407 Wind Willow, driving under suspension, Dec. 9. Darek W. Moorehouse, 27, 1386 Buxton Meadows, physical control, Dec. 11. Melody Sturgill, 35, 1744 Bantam, warrant service, Dec. 11. William R. Rudd, 38, 4150 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, driving under influence, Dec. 11. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, Dec. 9. Juvenile, 16, underage consumption, Dec. 9. Juvenile, 15, drug possession, Dec. 11. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Nov. 14.





Your Community Press newspaper serving Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Franklin Township, Moscow, Neville, Tate Township, Washington Township E-mail:

Taryn M. Young, 35, 605 Carefree, warrant service, Dec. 11. Jamie M. Troxell, 27, 120 Paddlewheel, domestic violence, Dec. 11. Alastair Means, 25, 4003 Brandychase, warrant service, Dec. 11. Robert A. Tunney, no age given, 515 Piccadilly, theft, Dec. 12. Michael P. Miller, 31, 498 Piccadilly, receiving stolen property, Dec. 12. William B. Carson, 26, 3768 Merwin Ten Mile, persistent disorderly conduct, drug possession, open container, Dec. 10. Myrl Stillwell, 36, 2296 Bethel New Richmond, warrant service, Dec. 12. Brad S. Naegele, 29, 506 Commons, theft, Dec. 10. Keith R. Nally, 38, 2225 Woodglen, theft, criminal damage, trespassing, Dec. 10. John Woods, 58, 33 Timber Trail, leaving the scene, Dec. 13. Sabrina Hicks, 32, 2452 N. County Road, driving under suspension, Dec. 14. Aarin M. Smith, 20, 5782 Meadow View, driving under suspension, Dec. 13. Matthew A. Gober, 25, 4037 Ashwood, tampering with records, obstructing official business, Dec. 13. Paul J. Walker, 47, 4900 Long Acres, warrant, Dec. 14. Robert A. Powell III, no age given, 3970 Piccadilly, warrant service, Dec. 14. Jamar A. Pope, 24, 1599 Karahill Drive, warrant service, Dec. 14. Stephen M. Mattes, 31, 11 Choctaw Lane, domestic violence, Dec. 12. James R. Gatlin, 37, 3973 Piccadilly, domestic violence, Dec. 14. Juvenile, 16, causing false alarm, Dec. 10. Marty J. Hail, 47, 2525 Bantam, driving under influence, Dec. 10. Joshua M. Vallance, 31, 234 Main St., drug possession, Dec. 14. Robert J. Stankorb, 19, 4264 Ferguson, passing bad checks, Dec. 14. Joshua E. Frederick, 26, 879 Main St., driving under suspension, Dec. 14. Marc V. Romano, 21, 4430 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, drug instrument, Nov. 27.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Female was assaulted at 688 Winding Way, Nov. 26. Female was assaulted at 482 Piccadilly, Nov. 23.

Breaking and entering

Tools, etc. taken at Perry Kelly Plumbing at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Dec. 3.


An attempt was made to enter residence at 464 Piccadilly No. A, Dec. 9.

Passing bad checks

Bad check received at Chase Bank at Wyler Park, Nov. 23.


Cellphones, etc. taken from Pike 40; $5,000 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 8. Diamond ring taken; $13,075 at 646 Polo Woods, Dec. 8. Christmas decorations taken at 512 Park Place, Dec. 8. DVDs taken from Walmart; $444.40 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 10. Clothes taken from Kohl’s; $59 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $108 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. Merchandise taken from DEB; $84 at Eastgate Blvd., Nov. 28. AC unit taken at 860 Ohio Pike, Dec. 6. Clothes taken from Walmart; $51 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. Perfume and jewelry taken from Kohl’s; $416 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 10. Clothes taken from Kohl’s; $64 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 10. Merchandise taken from Hallmark & Sally’s; $44 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 11.

GPS unit, etc. taken; $210 at 4176 Fallcrest Drive, Dec. 11. MP3 players taken from vehicle; $300 at 206 Cardinal, Dec. 11. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 530 Anchor No. F, Dec. 11. Purse taken at Smokey Bones at Ohio Pike, Dec. 11. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $66.98 at Ohio Pike, Dec. 12. Computer, etc. taken from Walmart; $596 at Eastgate Blvd., Dec. 9. AC unit taken from Mercy Urgent Care; $3,000 at Old Ohio 74, Dec. 13. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 756 Ohio Pike, Dec. 13.

Unauthorized use

1997 Honda taken at 3967 Piccadilly, Dec. 6.



Christopher L. Stewart, 28, 60 High Meadow No. 9, bench warrant, Dec. 4. Jeffrey D. Hinkle, 47, 3490 Clover Road, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Dec. 4. Jennifer S. Campbell, 36, 3594 Bootjack Corner, driving under influence, Dec. 7. James W. McKnight, 31, 455 W. Main St., warrant, Nov. 26. Shaunaleetee M. Frisby, 27, 242 S. 6th St., warrant, Dec. 4.

Incidents/investigations Misuse of credit card

Female reported this offense at 175 N. 8th St., Dec. 5.


Christopher E. Lake, 23, 5812 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, aggravated burglary at 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Aug. 10. Lee J. Macinnis, 21, 210 Quarry St., New Richmond, aggravated burglary at 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 13. Jessica Knight, 22, 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, theft, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 291 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 19. Matthew Schermbeck, 19, 595 Felicity Higginsport, Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 3055 Bolender Road, Felicity, Dec. 14. Gregory Schermbeck, 47, 513 Walnut St., Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 3055 Bolender Road, Felicity, Dec. 14. Walter Eric Feiler, 30, 3977 Youngman Drive, Cincinnati, conspiracy at 96 Sierra Court, Batavia, Dec. 15. Brad Naegele, 29, 1643 Stewart Harbough, Williamsburg, receiving stolen property at 5580 Wild Rose Lane, Milford, Dec. 3. Dustin S. Robinson, 22, Piccadilly Square, Cincinnati, theft at 5580 Wild Rose Lane, Milford, Dec. 13. Robert E. Sturgill, 32, 235 Mulberry St. Lot 5, Felicity, burglary at 2691 Ohio 756, Moscow, Dec. 14. Lee Dumford, 31, 11629 Colthar Road, Bethel, theft at 2599 Ohio 232, New Richmond, Dec. 15. Ebony A. Clancy, 22, 610 Walnut St., Felicity, theft at 3512 Franklin Lane, 17, Felicity, Dec. 14. Jason Edward Guthrie, 28, 1450 Breckenridge Drive, Amelia, forgery at 520 W. Main St., Batavia, Dec. 16. Danette Burke, 24, 14202 State Road 1, Brookville, IN, forgery, theft at 1199 Lenroot Road, Bethel, Dec. 16. Joseph Hodge, 31, 706 Country Lake Circle, Goshen, disorderly conduct at 2535 U.S. 50 No. 16, Batavia, Dec. 13. Levi C. Mahaffey, 25, 276 Sherwood

Court, Batavia, domestic violence, having physical control of vehicle while under the influence at 296 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 13. Jessica R. Godby, 26, 2532 Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, domestic violence at 2532 Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, Dec. 13. Tiffany Motley, 30, 2506 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, fugitive from justice at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 14. Nicholas E. Smith, 25, 715 Main Street, Felicity, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 412 Light St., Felicity, Dec. 14. Sherry Light, 34, 1 Sari Lane, Amelia, endangering children, using weapons while intoxicated at 1 Sari Lane, New Richmond, Dec. 15. Juvenile, 14, obstructing official business, Batavia, Dec. 14. James L. Dresel, 32, 2518 Pochard St., Batavia, criminal damaging/endangering, domestic violence, driving under OVI suspension, failure to comply with order or signal of P.O., theft at 2518 Pochard Drive, Batavia, Dec. 15. Christopher Gregory Calvert, 29, 2813 Ohio 132 No. A, New Richmond, theft at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Dec. 15. Nicole Smith, 25, 2061 Ohio Pike Lot 50, Amelia, obstructing official business at 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 15. Robert L. Day, 23, 2179 Ohio Pike Apt. 17, Bethel, theft at 2630 Ohio 222, Bethel, Dec. 15. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, Amelia, Dec. 16. Crystal Bininger, 39, 112 Hunters Court, Amelia, violate protection order or consent agreement at 3199 Reisinger Road, Bethel, Dec. 16. Brittany Pierce, 22, 26 Church St., Amelia, disorderly conduct - insulting, taunting, obstructing official business at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16. Shane Pierce, 18, 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, aggravated menacing, domestic violence at 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16. Robin Combs, 34, 716 Vine, Felicity, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at Union St./Main St., Felicity, Dec. 18. Mitchell L. Hodge, 18, 2024 River Birch Drive, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 595 W. Plane St., Bethel, Dec. 18. Christopher Borders, 19, 1758 Culver Court, Amelia, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 19. Shawn Merrell, 20, 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 19. Derek McMillan, 19, 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 19. Zach C. Hammann, 19, 2099 Dean Road, Bethel, offenses involving underage persons at Brown Road/ Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 20. Vincent Dochs, 24, 903 Suire Ave., Cincinnati, open container liquor at Brown Road/ Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 20. Wesley Jones, 18, 818 Sand Run, West Harrison, IN, offenses involving underage persons at Brown Road/ Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 20.

Gerald G. “Jerry” Barnes, 69, of Union Township died Dec. 13. Survived by wife, Jenny A. Barnes; daughter, Jenna R. Barnes; brothers, Tom (Diane) and Mike (Karen) Barnes; niece, Michelle (Tony) Bicknell; and nephew, Brian Barnes. Preceded in death by father, Edward Barnes; and mother, Ruth Tierney. Services were Dec. 18 at St. Thomas More Church. Memorials to: American Lung Association, 4050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 402, Cincinnati, OH 45241; American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 432163549; or, Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Susan A. Church

Susan A. Church, 98, of Amelia died Dec. 15. Survived by sons, Phillip R. Church and William Church; daughter, Shirley Sue (Ken) Smith; grandchildren, Dottie Vincent, Beth Ann Parsons, Karen Allen, Brian Jones and Katina Jones; eight greatgrandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by husband, Raleigh W. Church; grandson, Phillip

Wayne Church; sisters, Alleen Sigel and Mildred Lytle; and brother, Horace Lytle. Services were Dec. 17 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Ralph Frazier Jr.

Ralph Frazier Jr., 63, of Union Township died Dec. 15. Survived by wife, Susan Frazier; son, Ralph Frazier III; daughter, Stacy Frazier; children-in-law, Ronnie Jo Frazier and Daniel Bauer II; brother, John Frazier; sisters, Linda Frazier, Brenda Frazier and Kim Ubel; and grandchildren, Clayton Frazier and Jarrett Frazier. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Elizabeth Frazier. Services were Dec. 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

Annie L. Georgeton

Annie L. Georgeton, 67, of Union Township died Dec. 18. Survived by sons, Joby (Tammy) and Chris (Michelle) Houck; brothers, John (Paula) and Jim (April) Magnussen; and grandchildren, Anna, Abby, Adomas, Andrew, Anthony, Allison, Alex, Ethan, Grace, Lauren, Maggie and Sarah. Preceded in death by father,

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Mark Magnussen; and mother, Opal Wolferding. Services were Dec. 22 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Ruth Frances Johns

Ruth Frances (nee O’Meara) Johns, 76, of Batavia died Dec. 17. Survived by sons, Charles Johns Jr. and Gregory Johns; daughters, Linda Johns, Deborah (Burlin) Hatfield and Teresa (Jeff) Ping; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends. Preceded in death by parents, James and Thelma (nee Tolle) O’Meara. Services were Dec. 23 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

Loretta M. Lake

Loretta M. Lake, 90, of Cherry Grove died Dec. 21. Survived by children, Kathleen (Thomas) Breen, Thomas (Jane) Lake, Jim (Sally) Lake and Paul (Sharon) Lake; twin sister, Helen Cronin; grandchildren, Julie, Erin, Ryan, Leslie, Annie, Mary, Olivia, Andrew, Victoria, Rachel, Brendon, Destiny, Randy and Michael; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, Lester J. Lake; son, Lawrence Lake; father, Peter Deck; mother, Mary Mulligan; brother, John Deck; and sister, Marie Kuhr. Services were Dec. 23 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Memorials to: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255.

Robert L. Williams

Robert L. Williams, 84, of Summerside died Dec. 21. Survived by daughter, Constance Weartz; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat grandchild. Preceded in death by wife, Violet Ruth Williams; daughter, Barbara Schenkel; and parents, Ebolee Williams and Ollie Bastin.


At 30 Hammann Drive, Amelia, Dec. 14. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 3085 Park Road, Goshen, Dec. 14. At 4302 Batavia Meadows, Batavia, Dec. 16.

Breaking and entering

At 3055 Bolender Road, Felicity, Oct. 30. At 405 Washington St., Chilo, Dec. 17. At 1710 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 13. At 3101 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, Dec. 18. At 4294 Gary Lane, Batavia, Dec. 13.


At 3512 Franklin Lane, 17, Felicity, Dec. 2. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 15. At 2691 Ohio 756, Moscow, Nov. 19. At 79 Shady Lane, Amelia, Dec. 13. At 96 Sierra Court, Batavia, Nov. 6.


At 96 Sierra Court, Batavia, Nov. 6.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 2518 Pochard Drive, Batavia, Dec. 15. At 312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Dec. 14. At 320 Brown St., Bethel, Dec. 19.

Disorderly conduct

At 2535 U.S. 50 No. 16, Batavia, Dec. 13. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16.

Domestic violence

At Pochard Drive, Batavia, Dec. 15. At Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16. At Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 13. At Bethel Maple Road, Bethel, Dec. 13. At Shady Lane, Amelia, Dec. 16.

Driving under OVI suspension

At 2518 Pochard Drive, Batavia, Dec. 15.

Drug paraphernalia

At 412 Light St., Felicity, Dec. 14. At 595 W. Plane St., Bethel, Dec. 18. At Union St./Main St., Felicity, Dec. 18.

Endangering children

At 1 Sari Lane, New Richmond, Dec. 15.

Failure to comply with order or signal of P.O.

At 2518 Pochard Drive, Batavia, Dec. 15.


At 1199 Lenroot Road, Bethel, Dec. 11. At 1450 Breckenridge Drive, Amelia, Dec. 17. At 412 Light St., Felicity, Dec. 13. At 520 W. Main St., Batavia, Dec. 10. At 5580 Wild Rose Lane, Milford, Nov. 22.

Fugitive from justice

At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Dec. 14.

Having physical control of vehicle while under the influence At 296 Sherwood Court, Batavia, Dec. 13.


At 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Aug. 10.

Missing person

At 1205 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Dec. 14.

Notice of change of address

At 473 Roney Lane, Cincinnati, Dec. 16.

Obstructing official business

At 1205 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, Dec. 14. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Dec. 15. At 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Aug. 10. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16.

Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor

At 3418 Ohio 132, Amelia, Dec. 19.


At 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Aug. 10.

Aggravated menacing


At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, Dec. 16.

Services were Dec. 23 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Summerside United Methodist Church, 638 CincinnatiBatavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244.

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Charlene Ulmer

Charlene Ulmer, 68, of Pierce Township died Dec. 16. Survived by husband, Bruce Ulmer; son, Raymond (Lisa) Ulmer; daughter, Pam (Craig) Williams; mother, Muriel (Blake) Fluck; sister, Rose (Perry) Schmidt; and grandchildren, Ashley and Trevor Ulmer and Curtis, Carter and Courtney Williams. Services will be held at a later date.

Aggravated robbery

At 2323 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Aug. 10.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary

DEATHS Gerald G. Barnes





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December 29, 2010


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Remember those in need this holiday season

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

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


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


844 State Rt. 131

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

513 831 0196

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST 937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

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

Phone 734-4041 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor Saturday Mass – 5:00 PM Sunday Mass – 10:30 AM

Saint Peter Church

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

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00

It doesn’t take the birds long to find it and clean it out. I was reading a book last week and there was a remark about how snow doesn’t keep any secrets: The deer tracks, birds, coons, possums or whatev-

er. We turned the kitchen light on this morning at 4:30, and there was a possum eating the dry cat food. When I went to get the morning paper, the coyote in the park were having a good time yelping. They may





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

UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

Sunday Morning 10:00AM Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

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

You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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

Come visit us at the

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith




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

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




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

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

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

CHURCH OF GOD BROWN COUNTY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 3072 Lakin Chapel Rd Bethel, Ohio 45106 (Anderson)

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

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite III 11:15am Choral Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided

Saint Mary Church,Bethel 3398 Ohio SR 125

were watching a couple cedar waxwing birds sitting in a bush. I don’t think we have any of these birds, yet. We have started putting peanut butter on limbs, that I have drilled holes in, then coating them with bird seed.


seed and a couple of them got to fussing, flying up. Then after their quarrel, both went back to the thistle feeder. We get a lot of enjoyment watching the birds. A friend told us Sunday that he and his wife


Howdy folks. Last week, Ruth Ann and I went shopping for a lady in Bethel. She is in a wheelchair. We need to be helping folks. The other day, after breakfast, the goldfinch were feeding on the thistle


2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN




Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Full childcare & church Loveland, OH 45140 school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor CE-1001573340-01


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


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

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

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

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

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

“Room for the Whole Family”


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

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


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

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

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

One block north of Main Street at 3rd 513-724-6305

683-2525 •

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley


Worship Services

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

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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



Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12

9:30am 10:30am



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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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


7:00pm 7:00pm

S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

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

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

have gotten some food. Last Sunday morning George the choir at the Bethel Rooks U n i t e d Ole Methodist Fisherman Church sang s e v e r a l songs at the first and third service. The choir has been working on this music for several weeks. We heard folks say other churches had some very special music. This is special to be doing God’s work. We went to the Faith United Methodist Church in Batavia Sunday evening for their Christmas program. They had a Christmas pageant that was beautiful. It was, ‘‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Then they had “Mayhem in Bethlehem” done with puppets with a purpose. This was very exciting and well done. After these programs, everyone was invited to go downstairs for refreshments and fellowship. Ruth Ann and I went to Clermont Mercy Hospital to be with some folks from our church. That is in the 50plus group. The feller was having surgery. We along with his family and friends were there until after the surgery. The associate pastor Steve Fultz was there to have prayer before the surgery and to thank the Good Lord after the surgery. This is so important to have the pastors of each church be there when a member of their church is having surgery and be with the family. One of the Leonard’s sons is a pilot. Dave was showing me how his iPhone, worked. He brought our house number up and it showed our place. Modern technology has sure changed from the time I was a boy. The time seems to keep going faster. I saw a cartoon where two boys were talking and said, “boy, it don’t seem Christmas will get here,” and then two ladies said, “don’t the time seem to fly.” Hope you got all your Christmas shopping done. Last week Ruth Ann needed to get a couple more gifts so we went down the road to the Target Store. The parking lot was packed. There is a real need for food and gifts this year so help keep your neighbors and family warm and have food for them. The organizations and churches do a wonderful job of doing God’s work. I get to thinking back when I was a boy at home, how Christmas has changed. The amount of gifts were nothing like they are now. Back then it was a warm home, plenty of food, an orange, an apple and a little candy. My Dad and Mom did like us to raise plenty of garden food, and freeze and can it for winter. Ruth Ann is doing lots of baking. Last Saturday after the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, she went to our daughter’s and baked cookies with her and our granddaughter. This is something they have done for several years. Michelle always sets a date for this cookie making. After I dropped Ruth Ann off I came home and took care of our animals, then went back over to be with our great-granddaughter. When I got back over there, Ruth Ann had been holding her and put her to sleep, but I did get to hold her a little, while she was asleep. Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and Day. George Rooks is a retired park ranger.

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