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CNE looks into giving staff access to guns By John Seney

STONELICK TWP. — Clermont Northeastern school board members are looking into giving staff members access to guns on school grounds in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. During a discussion Dec. 18 of possible security upgrades at the schools, school board president Mike Freeman suggested some

school staff members trained in the use of weapons be allowed access to guns on school property. The guns would be locked up when not needFreeman ed, Freeman said. “I’m for staffing our people in the buildings with guns,” he said. New board member Alex Cunningham said he was “comfort-

able with that.” “It’s something that needs to be thoroughly explored,” he said. Cunningham said the school district would need to get approval from the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office or the state Attorney General’s Office on the legality of such a policy before proceeding. “I’m open to it if it complies with the Ohio Revised Code,” he said. “It’s something that should be completely voluntary.”

“I think it’s an option,” said board member David Pennington about the idea of arming staff members. He said school officials would have to make sure the staff members with access to guns “are very qualified.” Pennington said he would want to get more feedback from the community and parents before moving in that direction. Board member Danny Ilhardt said he was concerned a student

could overpower a teacher who had access to a weapon. He said he would rather see trained school resource officers in each school. Cunningham also said having school resource officers would be the best case scenario. At the Dec. 18 meeting, board members voted to ask state legislators to provide the funding for school resource officers, who are See CNE, Page A2

Goshen Twp. may raise emergency billing rates By John Seney

GOSHEN TWP. — Fire Chief Steve Pegram said the township needs to look at increasing billing rates for emergency services to pay for providing the services. Township voters in November rejected a safety levy that would have helped fund the fire department. Pegram brought up the subject of EMS billing for discussion at the Nov. 27 trustee meeting. He said he would come back with a specific Pegram recommendation at a meeting in January. The next regular trustee meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the township offices, 6757 Goshen Road. “It’s been two years since we looked at billing rates,” Pegram said. He said money from the billings – about $80,000 a year – pays for supplies and medication. The township uses a service, Medicount Management Inc., to handle the billing. Pegram said if a resident uses emergency services, a bill is sent to the insurance company. “If there is no insurance, they don’t get a bill,” he said. “We do not bill residents.” Non-residents without insurance are billed for the services, but if the amount is not paid after

Goshen’s Chaz Gresham gets his hand raised by the referee over his 182 pound state final victory over St. Paris Graham's Huston Evans March 3 to give the Warrior his second state title in as many year. The Community Journal North is offering a photographic Year in Review of the sports highlights of 2012. For more photos, see Sports, A5. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Clermont Northeastern’s Emily Anderson hurls one towards the mound during the regional final game against Felicity-Franklin May 26 at Wright State University. Anderson was the SBC American Divsion Player of the Year and Division III first team all-state.



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the Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) for a while, but scheduling issues arose and prevented her from using the service. Tom walked to the store when the couple needed groceries until he had a mild stroke walking home recently. It was the third mild stroke he has experienced. “We have wonderful neighbors who help as much as they can,” Shelly said. In spite of the help, it has been difficult not having a car of their own. Representatives from Progressive contacted St. Vincent de Paul representatives for help finding a family to receive the vehicle. Rev. Larry Tensi and Deacon Jim Miller of St. Columban Parish in

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schools. Freeman, who made the proposal on the resource officers, said grants have been available for the officers in the past, but not full funding. CNE has never had school resource officers, he said. Freeman, who is police chief of Owensville, suggested installing a panic button in the schools’ main offices to summon law enforcement officers in case of an emergency. “That way, we don’t have to call 911,” he said. Freeman said other safety measures school of-

ficials need to look into include: » Making sure all door locks are working. » Reviewing the blueprints of all buildings and making them available to law enforcement. » Sending letters home letting parents know what school officials are doing. » Reviewing the policy of letting unaccompanied students move between buildings on the school campus during the day. » Looking at upgrading the camera system at the old elementary school in Owensville, which is being rented to Child Focus Inc.

for preschool and other educational programs. “I would rather be safe than sorry,” Freeman said. Superintendent Ralph Shell said school officials conducted a security audit of all buildings in the days following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school killings. He also asked the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office to do a more in-depth study of security at the schools. Shell said he will look into obtaining money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to upgrade security at the schools.


» Charging for nontransports. Patients now are billed only if they are transported to a hospital. » Changing the billing policy for residents to that for non-residents. “I don’t think that’s the best option for us a this time,” Pegram said. » Sending unpaid bills to a collection agency. This practice is called “hard billing.” Pegram said that option would be politically unpopular.

The chief said he favored the first two options: Increasing the rates but keeping the policy not to bill residents and charging for non-transports. He suggested a $50 charge for non-transports. Trustee Ray Autenrieb said he favored the first two options, as long as the “soft billing” policy remained. Trustees Bob Hausermann and Claire Corcoran said they favored the first two options.

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GOSHEN TWP. — One Goshen couple got an early Christmas gift this year. Tom and Shelly Bauer Dec. 19 received a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer from Progressive Auto Insurance. “We never expected to get such a nice car,” Tom said. “To get here and see this, I don’t know what to say or do.” Progressive employees partnered with Tim and Amy Wood of Wood’s Collision Center to repair and donate the vehicle, which was declared salvaged after an crash. Wood’s Collision Center, 627 Old Ohio 74 in Union Township, is a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), which operates the Recycled Rides program. Although they are NABC members, the Woods have not participated before. “I don’t think we realized how good it would feel until we got here and met the family and realized the impact of it,” Amy said. Tom and Shelly had to give up their previous car when Shelly went on disability three years ago. Since then, the couple have struggled to get where they need to go. Shelly, who is on oxygen and constrained to a wheelchair, said she used

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A new award honoring members of the military is debuting this year. Last year, more than 500 people attended the sold-out banquet. Reservations for the March 12 event will be available in mid January. Founded in 1969, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is an association of about 1,000 businesses working together to make the Clermont County area the best place to locate, operate and grow your business. The chamber’s key initiatives are advocacy, economic growth and member/investor benefits. Find them at The president of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is Matthew D. Van Sant, and the chairman of the board is Steve Hood of Kamphaus, Henning and Hood, CPAs.

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BATAVIA — Judge Stephanie Wyler, who has presided over Clermont County’s juvenile and probate courts for almost 22 years, retired Dec. 31. Wyler said she told her staff members about her plans Dec. 11. “People are still crying,” she said Dec. 12. Wyler said the greatest thing about her time as judge was the people who worked with her in the juvenile and probate courts. “They are fantastic,” she said. Wyler said she is stepping down because of changes in the Ohio retirement system that go into effect in January. “With the financial changes, it would be foolish not to do it,” she said. Before joining the juvenile and probate court in February 1991, Wyler served on the old county (now municipal) court for four years and was in private practice for 12 years.

Wyler said she will stay busy in retirement. She will continue to teach at the Wyler University of Cincinnati, where she is a adjunct professor of criminal justice. “I am also trying to write a novel,” she said. Wyler will stay active in Clermont County, including serving on the board of the Clermont County Boys & Girls Club. “I will devote more time to that,” she said. Tim Rudd, chair of the Clermont County Republican Party, said Gov. John Kasich will appoint a successor to Wyler. He said there is no set procedure for making the appointment. “It is up to the governor’s office to dictate the procedure,” Rudd said. In the past, Govs. Bob Taft and George Voinovich sought input from the Clermont County Central

Committe on appointments, he said. Other governors have used special panels to recommend appointments, Rudd said. “At this point we are waiting on word from the governor on how to proceed,” he said. If no appointment is made before Wyler steps down Dec. 31, the Ohio Supreme Court can appoint a visiting judge to fill in. “When a judge retires, it is not unusual to appoint the incumbent as visiting judge,” Rudd said. Wyler said she would serve as visiting judge, if needed, until Kasich appoints a successor. Rudd said some Clermont County residents already have expressed interest to him in the position. He said they include Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James Shriver, Assistant Clermont County Prosecutor Mary Lynne Birck, Milford attorney David Hunter and Amelia attorney William Rapp.

Pam Lee, who is retiring from her position of utility and permitting specialist, was recognized for her 33 years of service to Milford during the city council meeting Dec. 18. City Manager Jeff Wright, left, recounts a story about Lee. THANKS TO SUSAN ELLERHORST

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Milford to form senior engagement committee By John Seney MILFORD-MIAMI TWP. — In honor of R.J. Vilardo, a longtime supporter of Milford schools who recently passed away, school board members want to establish a committee dedicated to senior engagement. Marques Board member Debbie Marques made the suggestion at the Dec. 20 board meeting. “It will increase opportunities for senior members to be-


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come more involved,” Marques said. School board president Dave Yockey said the committee would be a good way to get more input from the community. Marques agreed to chair the committee and board member Andrea Brady will serve as co-chair. Community Vilardo members will be invited to be members of the committee, Marques said. Vilardo died Nov. 20 at the age of 82.

Fair highlights Ohio’s top public school programs One hundred of the most innovative public school programs and projects in Ohio were spotlighted Nov. 13 in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Student Achievement Fair. Marking its 14th anniversary, the Student Achievement

Fair at OSBA’s 57th annual Capital Conference and Trade Show highlighted outstanding initiatives created by school districts across the state. Topics to be featured in presentations and displays at the Student Achievement Fair include: Agriculture, energy con-

servation, performing and graphic arts, science, community service, character building, technology, career-technical projects and much more. Participating school districts from Clermont County were Batavia, Goshen and West Clermont.


STUDENT ATHLETES HONORED The Rev. Michael Cordier, right, Nov. 16 blesses boxes students at St. Elizabeth Seton School filled with gifts for needy children during the holidays. Students at the school this year collected more than 250 boxes. Students watching the blessing are, in front from left: Meredith Evans, Emma Rack and Dana Kern. Back row: Matt Longwell, Emily Fridley and Michael Luiso. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Two Goshen High School student athletes were recognized at the Nov. 5 school board meeting. From left are Courtney Turner; Ashlie Adkins, their cross country coach; and Brittany Clark. Turner and Clark participated in both cross country and soccer during the fall sports season, while maintaining 4.0 grade point averages. PROVIDED

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The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. Fourth-Grade High Honors: Sarah Adams, Jacob Bateman, Jaquey Bean, Praneel Bhandari, Adi Bharathan, Amit Bharathan, Hector Camacho, Natalie Earl, Nick Fischer, Cailey Fritz, Ben Hornsby, Jared Jetter, Neil Johnson, Jack Laing, Alayna Lee, Chase Lemle, Elijah Litton, Blake Marcin, D.J. Messink, Parker Morgan, Juan Ortiz-Rivera, Drew Rawlins, Matthew Ridsdale, Spencer Turner, and Dennis Wells Fifth-Grade High Honors: Kristen Bales, Caden Barraco, Bryce Brown, Taylor Collett, Sophia Daniels, Chloe Fanning, Dylan Hacker, Mikenna Haywood, Reddick Herbert, Austin Hicks, Garrett Hornsby, Hunter Johnson, Kaylee Jones, Trent Kelly, Jonah Kolik, Emalyn Kuhnell, Olivia Land, Megan Loux, Sean Lyons, Alexis Montalvo, Ellie Norris, Tyler Rawlins, Clay Ruehrwein, Ashley Stamper, Abby Thierauf, Max Ward, and Madison Williams Sixth-Grade High Honors: Darci Akers, Sereena Allen, Andrea

Armstrong, Tyler Babinec, Chase Beuerlein, Kayleigh Bush, Zane Buttram, Madison Clark, Morgan Clawson, Emily Cornelius, Devin Crabb, Brianna Dietrich, Rachel Dolezal, Chase Fisher, Liam Fitzgerald, Isabella Flynn, Alyssa Hargis, Richard Hauke, Ethan Hemming, Jasmine Hodge, Sarah Hodgkins, Savannah Hoffman, Alexis Holland, Andrew Horning, Emily Houser, Victoria Kittrell, Nathan Klick, Bailey Kolb, Lakha Miles, Alexa Mueller, Jessica Norman, Chase Ott, Eli Pavlyuk, Katherine Perez, Casey Roeder, Tyler Rutter, Erica Sharp, Josiah Slaughter, Haley Smith, Pakse Sneed, Brian Stevens, Brooklyn Tankovich, Hunter Taylor, Kasey Warner, Adriana Wedding, Laney Wieland, Joshua Wilmes, and Charissa Wilson Fourth-Grade Honors: Jayne Baker, Josie Baker, Ansley Bell, Connor Brandt, Cassidy Brothers, Doug Bushman, Reagan Cain, Anthony Carlisle, Nick Carr, Avery Chialastri, Madalyn Cooper, Kay Crabb, Ashley Dalrymple, Nathan Ebner, Julia Fisher, Casey Gessendorf, Mark Gibson, Austin Haerr, Olivia Hawk, Drake Johnson, Rhyann Johnson, Luke

LaSelle, Alyssa Malone-Ladd, Tyler McDulin, Ryland McGahey, Larry Messer, Jackson Muldoon, Haley Page, Izik Pavlyuk, Jenna Paxton, Olivia Snyder, and Azyiah Williams Fifth-Grade Honors : Anna Bacher, Anthony Bailey, Jazmine Bechtel, Calvin Brandt, Brennan Clark, Ava Cook, Samantha Cropper, Hunter Frank, Donald Franz, Caleb Fritz, Nolan Garland, Joseph Gillum, Allyson Grover, Jagger Hoopes, Rico Howard, Jack Kline, Dajla Luckey, Sophia Mailloux, Jadyn Mays, Emma Neal, Jordan Rieger, Daisy Riek, Paige Riek, Catherine Schutte, Brendon Sears, Isaac Sheldon, Cade Sneed, Alexis Tipkemper-Sparks, Dakota Uchtmann, and Garrett Woodward Sixth-Grade Honors : Alexis Allen, Brooke Avance, Rebekah Beamer, Seth Cann, Madison Chinn, Megan Foreman, Keaton Hahn, Alex Hoefler, Mykkel Holland, Sarah Horsley, Hayden Johnson, Ben Jordan, Michael Kozakiewicz, Alex Moore, Myndia Poff, Christopher Ruddy, Kris Schnell, Emily Stavrakis, Charlie Stegemoller, Cameron Sunderlage, Max Tedrick, and Cameron Tracy


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A fired-up Chaz Gresham wins the 182-pound state title over St. Paris Graham's Huston Evens March 3. The victory gave Gresham back-to-back state titles. He was the 2012 Sportsman of the Year. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Dimitri Foreman (24), a senior at Goshen High School, runs toward an Amelia player to make a tackle Sept. 22. Despite being deaf, Foreman is just like his teammates in any other way. The football player has lost the majority of his hearing over the years and regularly wears hearing aids, but having a sign language interpreter has helped him flourish in school and on the football field. Foreman led the Warriors with 71 tackles. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS With 2013 upon us, here is a photographic look back at the highlights from the 2012 sports year for the Milford-Miami Advertiser and Community Journal North Clermont.

Milford sophomore AnneE Dalziel runs at the ECC Tournament where she finished second. The sophomore finished 43rd at the Division I regional meet. TOM

From left, the Milford 200-yard medley relay team of, front, Beau Robinson and Cade Williams and, back, Alex Frank, Thomas Prus and Dave Matulis were state qualifiers last season. Robinson also qualified for the 100-yard butterfly event where he finished 13th. THANKS TO MARK

Goshen running back Marcus Casey (21) finished with more than 1,300 rushing yards for the 5-5 Warriors. His 1,363 rushing yards were good enough for 14th in the city. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Goshen High School’s Courtney Turner, left, and Brittany Clark both made a run to the cross country regional meet. Clark was named SBC American Division Runner of the Year, while Turner was first-team all-league. THANKS TO MARK SLAGLE.

Clermont Northeastern’s McKena Miller lays down a bunt in the first inning of the Lady Rockets’ regional final game against Felicity-Franklin May 26. Miller hit over .500 and was named 2012 Sportswoman of the Year, first-team All-SBC and Division II-IV first team All-Star by The Enquirer. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Clermont Northeastern pitcher Tanner Sanders throws one to the plate against Bethel-Tate April 30. Sanders was named first team All-SBC and helped the Rockets to an American Division title and another Division II sectional championship. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Lucas Wolfe of Clermont Northeastern jumps to catch a high pass against Bethel-Tate. Wolfe was a SBC American Division first-team player. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS





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It has been an honor and a privilege The two case workers in my office estimate that they have received a total of about 6,300 requests for constituent services since I came to Congress in 2005. That’s not counting the hundreds of questions the case workers have answered each year for constituents without having to open case files. Responding to the needs of the people who live in the seven counties that make up Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District has been one of my top priorities as your representative in Washington over the last 7.5 years. My current term will conclude Jan. 3. My Hamilton County and Adams County offices are wrapping up several cases involving constituent services, but future requests for such help will be referred to the offices of Ohio’s two senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. My staff has done an extraordinary job of navigating the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the thousands of people who have telephoned or written to

request help over the years. Some cases, such as requests to expedite passports or visas, can be handled in a U.S. Rep. Jean few days or Schmidt weeks. More COMMUNITY PRESS complex matGUEST COLUMNIST ters, such as those involving immigration, can take six months to three years to resolve. “It can be frustrating at times, but it’s always rewarding,” one of my case workers said. Many times, my office has been the last hope for people facing financial difficulties. Common issues have included delays by the Internal Revenue Service in processing tax refunds, or demands for additional paperwork to process the payment of Medicare bills. In one case, we helped a constituent get long-overdue Social Security benefits that totaled $68,000.

Farewell message from the Ohio House I have been fortunate to serve parts of Clermont County in the Ohio House of Representatives for eight years now. The experience has been gratifying and humbling, to say the least. Beginning next year, I will start working in a different capacity - the Ohio Senate. Before I begin my new venture, I want to thank all the people in the county who have reached out with comments, questions and concerns. Your participation is what makes our system of government work. Your letters, phone calls and face-to-face interactions with my office have been immensely helpful in knowing the needs and opinions of the 66th House District. Joe Uecker Sessions have now conCOMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST cluded for this year and also for the 129th General Assembly. I believe a lot of good work has been done - particularly over the past two years - in improving Ohio’s economy and getting people back to work. More than 100,000 jobs have been created in Ohio this year, largely because businesses have seen the competitive advantages to investing in our state. The unemployment rate in the state has also either decreased or stayed the same for 16 consecutive months, now standing at 6.9 percent. In January 2011, the unemployment rate was 9 percent. Many challenges still exist, including some coming from Washington. Businesses must face the headwinds of the federal healthcare law, which will be fully implemented by the end of 2014. I know my colleagues in the House, and my new colleagues in the Senate, will continue to work hard to make it easier for businesses to hire new employees through competitive tax rates and regulations that are consistent and fair. With a national economy that is still struggling, the last thing our state or country needs is more government intrusion into the lives of entrepreneurs and innovators. Once again, I’d like to thank all the people of the 66th House District for your support throughout the years. I am excited to serve the people of Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto and part of Lawrence counties in my new position as a state senator, and as always I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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Other times, my office has helped veterans or their families obtain the medals earned years ago for military service. My office has also cut through red tape to help veterans or their widows obtain tens of thousands of dollars in overdue VA benefits. Other times, my office intervened to help resolve pay or retirement issues for active-duty members of the military. My case workers also have helped constituents with claims involving thousands of dollars in compensation and medical benefits related to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. People who have waited on claims for months or even years have been amazed that something could be done to speed things up once a congressional office made a phone call or sent an email. I’ve also worked closely with local and state officials to obtain federal funding for public works projects that have benefited

residents throughout Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses Adams, Brown, Clermont and Pike counties, and parts of Hamilton, Warren and Scioto counties These include the Interstate 275 interchange improvements in Eastgate and Cincinnati’s central riverfront street grid project. I’m particularly proud that I was able to help line up federal funding for the Banks project along the Ohio River, which is a vital part of the redevelopment of downtown Cincinnati. Other beneficiaries include Shawnee State University, the Parker House in Brown County, the Portsmouth Industrial Park redevelopment, Talbert House drug treatment programs in Warren and Hamilton counties, and the Cincinnati Police Department. I’ve gone to battle for farmers in Southern Ohio, opposing undue regulations and pushing for programs that ensure our nation has the safest and most stable food supply in the world.

I’ve pushed for reforms for the food stamp program, but argued against drastic cuts that would force many Americans to go hungry. Child-nutrition issues have been a major concern of mine. I also have championed many projects related to jobs and getting our economy back on track, including the lengthy fight to prod the administration of President Obama to support the USEC uranium-enrichment plant in Pike County. The importance of constituent services is something I recognized long before becoming the first woman to represent Southern Ohio in congress. Previously, I spent four years as a state representative in the Ohio House, and I was a Miami Township trustee in my native Clermont County for 11 years. For each of those 22 years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you.

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt serves Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Clermont County.

CH@TROOM Dec. 26 question Following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., should Congress enact tougher gun-control laws, such as reinstating the nation’s assault-weapons ban, closing the so-called gun-show loophole permitting the sale of guns without a background check, or prohibiting the manufacture of high-capacity magazines? Why or why not?

“We have enough gun control laws already. I mean, guns are no more responsible for killing people than a spoon is for making Rosie O’Donnell fat. The solution to this problem---in fact the solution to most of our Nation’s problems---is to humanely euthanize all the politicians in Washington. Then replace them with people who have at least half a brain, some semblance of common sense, and most importantly love their Country more than themselves. If this isn’t plausible, thank God I live in the conservative bosom of Clermont County where I can live out my remaining years sequestered from the liberal lunatics feeding on the carcass of a our once great Nation like a pile of maggots. They’ll get us eventually, but I’ll be on the right side of the grass by then. God save our children and grandchildren!” J.J. “To be effective, gun legislation must limit the availability of guns to those who would do harm with them. None of the proposed legislation does more than give people a feeling that their security has improved as opposed to actually making a difference. “For example, it takes less than a second to change magazines in most weapons so does restricting them to 10 rounds instead of 20 make much of a difference? Smaller magazines are actually more reliable and jam less often. The ‘gun show loophole’ is the inability to control the sale of guns between private individuals including in the front seat of a car or across a kitchen table. How would that work any more than you can prevent me from selling my lawnmower in a private sale. Every gun in existence would have to be registered like a car and the registration updated every time it changed hands. What incentive do people have to make that happen or pay attention to the requirement? “How do you define ‘assault weapon’ in such a way that manufacturers do not produce weapons that just leave out those features? What do you do about the millions of them already in private hands? Guns don’t wear out very often. The ones out there now will be around A publication of

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“Absolutely, but we need a lot more. If the NRA has its way the first thing that will happen with a nation full of schools with armed teachers and staff is that a shooting will take place because one of those people got angry and had a gun handy. “The carnage in this nation is tragic because nearly all of the 100,000 people who are shot every year are shot with guns that were bought legally by friends or family, and doubly tragic because we don’t understand the nature of the problem. “I was shocked last week to learn how lawmakers have catered to the NRA by defunding ATF and CDC programs which used to provide us with accurate statistical analysis of the gun carnage in this nation. “We need a national attitude change, but it starts by putting the gun lobby and their scare tactics into the correct perspective, and shaming the lawmakers who cater to them.” N.F. “What caused the massacre in Newtown was not a lack of gun laws. Anyone who thinks rationally will admit that once guns were invented and technology kept improving their efficiency and deadliness, there is no power on earth that could reverse that, except perhaps some apocalyptic occurrence which reduced humanity to a primitive state. “It is like the genie being out of the bottle. If we forbade decent people to own guns, do you think the evil people among us would obey those laws? Guns are available, and they always will be, no matter what the 'laws' are. No law could have stopped the Muslim terrorists from carrying out their abomination on 9/11/ 01. We all have free will and the truth is, some of choose evil instead of good, and it isn't always because of some 'mental illness.' We should not discount the possibility of the existence of the demonic, and the power that it wields over vulnerable people. Adam Lanza would never have acted this way had he been raised in a stable, religious environment like that which existed in this country in the 1950s

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“ "In my opinion the only way to insure the security of our school children is to arm and train the administrative staff at schools – the principal, assistant principal, etc ... I do not believe we should put police in schools as it sends the wrong message and further the police/security guards would be the first target. If you take on the responsibility of being a school administrator you must be able to protect your charges so arming them is necessary. I do not, however, believe that teachers should be armed. Tougher gun control laws would not help.” D.B. “Gun show loophole ... ever been to a gun show? You cannot just go up to any table and grab any gun and buy it outright without going through a background check. I have bought a few from a show, and the checking process can last up to an hour depending how busy the people performing those checks are. As for tougher gun control laws, that will not stop anyone from purchasing a gun. The law abiding purchasers may have a tougher time obtaining one with tougher laws, but for the common criminal, they can have one illegally purchased and in their possession in a matter of minutes. Assault weapon ban extension is not a bad idea. O.H.R.

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command new Navy nuclear sub He is 1989 Milford High School grad By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. — A Milford High School graduate is the commanding officer of a new U.S. Navy nuclear submarine still under construction. The USS John Warner, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will not begin active service at sea unCaldwell til 2015, but Cmdr. Dan Caldwell already is at work training and overseeing construction. The submarine is being built at Newport News, Va., said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Group 2. Caldwell and about two dozen senior officers and enlisted men have been assigned to the new submarine since November, Cragg said. “As the ship is built, we bring the crew aboard to get the crew

trained and qualified,” Caldwell said. “It is powered by a nuclear reactor, so there is extensive testing we need to do.” Caldwell said more crew members will be brought on board over the next two years until the full contingent of130 officers and enlisted men is met. He said he does not yet know where the submarine will be permanently based. Caldwell grew up in Miami Township and graduated from Milford High School in 1989. He said he still has family members in the area and comes back often to visit. After high school, Caldwell attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a degree in engineering in 1994. He joined the Navy during his senior year at UC as part of a delayed-entry program. Caldwell said the motivation for joining the service was the first Iraq war, which began when he was a sophomore in college. The USS Warner is the first command for Caldwell, who previously served as executive officer of the nuclear submarine USS Scranton. He said being a sub commander was “the greatest job in

the world.” “I have the privilege of working with the hardest-working people the country has to offer,” Caldwell said. The ship is named after John Warner, former U.S. senator from Virginia. It is the first in the class named after a person. The previous ones were named after states. “The capabilities of the submarine are amazing,” Caldwell said. The USS John Warner is the 12th submarine of the Virginia class to be built, he said. The sub class has been in service about12 years. Caldwell said the advantage of the Warner and other Virginia-class subs over older subs is the advanced technology. The new sub also has stealth capabilities, he said. The next big milestone in the construction of the sub is the keel laying, scheduled for March at the shipyard in Virginia. Caldwell, who will have 20 years in the Navy next year, has not decided how long he will stay in the service. “I will finish this tour and then figure it out,” he said.

Batavia resident Keith Neer was recently honored with the Michael Fortune Fellowship award, which is for outstanding woodworking. Neer owns Clermont Woodworking and Design, where he works on personal projects, takes on customer projects and teaches classes. ROB DOWDY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Batavia Twp. resident wins national honor By Rob Dowdy

Mariemont DAR members invited Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud and three servicemen to a recent meeting. From left are: Marine Sgt. Benjamin Curry, Marine Cpl. Danny Ruck, Army Sgt. Brad Gantz, and Clermont County Commissioner Robert Proud.

Powerful message delivered by veterans, commissioner

At the November meeting of the Mariemont DAR, members and guests heard powerful reflections of military men Army Sgt. Brad Gantz, Marine Sgt. Benjamin Curry, Marine Cpl. Danny Ruck and Clermont County Commissioner Robert Proud. Clermont County is known as the “Yellow Ribbon Capital” because this particular county has given more in blood than any surrounding area. This fact motivated Bob Proud, six-term commissioner and active military advocate, to help found “Whole in My Heart,” a military support group that provides assistance to the families of deployed troops. The organization serves 50 to 60 families a month. “Families serve right along with their men,” Proud said as he presented the emphasis on helping the total family. “Military people are humble people.” Army Sgt. Brad Gantz, a

Glen Este High School graduate, was deployed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, for 15 months. He served with Medal of Honor winner Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. Gantz, who recently graduated with a bachelors degree from UC wants to be a U.S. Customs Agent and currently works for the Clermont County Juvenile Court. Marine Cpl. Danny Ruck, a graduate of New Richmond High School, spent four months in rehab after receiving several shrapnel wounds and traumatic brain injury from an IED exploding under his truck. He talked about the effects of the “invisible wounds” related to post traumatic stress (PTS). Ruck has had a lifelong desire to be a sheriff. Marine Sgt. Ben Curry, also a New Richmond High School graduate said, “I dedicated my life to America.” His son was

born while he was deployed and he talked about enjoying working with Afghan children. Curry now lives in Florida and was accompanied to the meeting by his wife, son, brother and grandmother. He is now attending college preparing to be a high school social studies teacher. Proud and the veterans emphasized the importance of contact with home in an environment so foreign to their home communities. Contacts made through letters, cards and packages represent love and many of the troops do not have family or close friends to provide this support. Mariemont DAR supports the military as one of the three tenants of our National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. For additional information, call Proud, “Whole in My Heart,” at 518-2230.

BATAVIA — Keith Neel is dedicated to woodworking, and that dedication recently paid off with a national award and thriving business. Neel was recently honored with the Michael Fortune Fellowship award, which is awarded by the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Neer, who retired from Kroger nearly eight years ago after 30 years of employment, built his Clermont Woodworking and Design facility and became a fulltime furniture builder after years of being a “woodworking hobbyist.” Neel said before starting classes in 1999 at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, he made “mediocre” gifts for family members. While taking classes, he got to know Michael Fortune, who is “probably the best furniture designer and builder in North America.” Fortune asked Neel to assist in teaching classes at the school, and Neel then decided to pursue the fellowship. Marc Adams, director of Marc Adams School of Woodworking, said Neer is an “incredibly talented” woodworker who and building his final project, which took approximately a year to complete. “He’s truly a treasure … for any community,” Adams said. It took Neer about 10 years to complete the Michael Fortune Fellowship, which forces the woodworker to exhibit skills in

design, joinery, carving, turning, chair-making, finishing, veneering and complete an intensive apprenticeship. Adams said the school has been open for nearly 20 years, “and only eight people have been able to complete it.” The Michael Fortune Fellowship requires woodworking mastery in a challenging “Artist In Residency” program. The fellowship ends in a major project that is juried by a group of the school’s instructors and previous fellowship recipients. For his final project, Neel built a table and chairs set with challenging rounded corners and curves. He said prior to enrolling in the school, he was unable to complete numerous aspects of the project. “I have no idea what my score was, but it was good enough,” Neel said. With the fellowship completed, Neel is continuing his various woodworking projects as well as taking on projects from customers. With his advanced skills, Neer said he can handle most customer requests. “If they’ll come to me with that need, I usually say, ‘Yeah, I can do it,’” he said. Neel also stays busy teaching others to complete their own work. He said his students range from those with little to no skills to those with advanced skills, but in need of assistance. For more information on Neel’s work, or to discuss potential classes, visit or call 3730098.

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

Puzzled, 1-6 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. All things in nature are pieces to an environmental puzzle. Families can work as teams to solve giant floor puzzles, crossword puzzles and even a few nature mystery puzzles. Learn how you are a piece of the puzzle too. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

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

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes

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


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

Fashion Shows

Dining Events

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

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

Exercise Classes

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

Pets Puppy Social, 10-11 a.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. 797-7397; Amelia. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, coffee, tea, juice and milk. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

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

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.



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

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

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


WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

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

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

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

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

Music - Acoustic Thomas the Tank Engine rolls through the Trains, Trestles & Traditions show at the Krohn Conservatory. The show, which was designed by the Applied Imagination crew, runs through Jan. 6. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tickets are $6, $5 seniors and $4 for children. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. FILE PHOTO

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

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

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:3010:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford.

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

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 13 Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

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

Lectures Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture, 3-4:30 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar John Kampen presents “Modern Research on Ancient Texts: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” To add context to exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center. Presented by Methodist Theological School in Ohio. 740-362-3322. Anderson Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 14 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 315-1302. Anderson Township.

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

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 Benefits Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

The Wonderful World of Wool: A Felting Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, With Susan Gilbert of Heartfelt Handworks. Utilizing felting needle and wool fiber, participants learn to embellish woolen garments as well as create three-dimensional figures upon wire armature. $35. Reservations required. 6832340; Loveland.

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

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

Nature Winter Hiking and Survival Skills, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Learn basic survival skills and practice sheltermaking abilities. Meet at picnic shelter. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

Exercise Classes


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

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

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

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 Art & Craft Classes

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 831-9876. Milford.

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

Nature Winter Hike, 1 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Moderately strenuous three-mile hike through Sycamore Park and Wilson Nature Preserve. Meet at bridge. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Batavia.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23 Dining Events

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

THURSDAY, JAN. 24 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; Milford. Zumba Fitness Class with Robin, 7 p.m., Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, $5. 310-5600; Monroe Township.

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

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

Nature Homeschool Program: Winter Plant Identification, 10 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, For homeschool groups. Learn winter tree and plant identification skills. Meet at park lodge. Free. Registration required by Jan. 22. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 976-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 Art & Craft Classes Mandalas for a New Year: Meditative Writing and Art, 2:30-5 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Led by Grailville’s Amy Tuttle, artist, and Pauletta Hansel, poet and facilitator of Practice of Poetry programs. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Dining Events Robert Burns Dinner, 5:30-11 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Celebrating life and works of Scotland’s beloved poet. Traditional haggis ceremony. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Entertainment by Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Cincinnati Scots, Cincinnati Highland Dancers and the Royal Scottish Country Dancers and more. $24, $12 ages 12 and under. Reservations required. Presented by Caledonian Society of Cincinnati. 574-2969; Loveland.

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


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Rita reviews food trends for 2013 chefs are discovering what some of us have used and loved for years, like cauliflower and Rita even Heikenfeld grapeRITA’S KITCHEN fruit. Brazilian food made the list (it is influenced by the Portuguese, African, Lebanese and German cuisines, so you know it’s good) and so did the spice sumac and DIY yogurt (yep, staples in my Lebanese kitchen). My step-by-step recipe with photos for homemade yogurt is on my blog. As far as technique goes, pan roasting is going to be big. That’s when you start something on top of the stove in an ovenproof pan and finish it off in the oven. More DIY condiments include sriracha, mayo, horseradish and mustard. Gene Goldschmidt, our own mustard and horseradish king here in the Tristate, has been elevating these two humble condiments into gourmet treats for a long time. We enjoy eating the more mild horseradish leaves and flowers along with the pungent root. Check out my blog for his tips and recipes along with area

Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine veggies and chicken pieces. Coat lightly with olive oil. Spray a large, shallow roasting pan, big enough for everything to fit in single layer. Chicken should be skin side up. Sprinkle all with coriander/cumin mixture, salt and pepper. Roast, stirring veggies once, until chicken is done and veggies are cooked, about 40-45 minutes. Chicken will be beautifully crisp on top. Serve with pan juices and a couple of lemon wedges to squirt on.

Homemade sriracha sauce

This roasted chicken and vegetable dish uses warm spices that were mentioned in the Bible, cumin and coriander. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD vendors.

Roasted chicken, cauliflower and carrots with Bible spices Yummy! For the Northern Kentucky and Delhi Township readers who wanted more highheat recipes for chicken and veggies. Adapted from Martha Stewart using two of my favorite Bible spices. I keep tweaking this, sometimes using more cori-

ander than cumin, and vice versa. The coriander has a lemony/sagey taste and is anti-inflammatory. Cumin has an earthy, distinctive flavor and enhances the immune system. Do the sniff and taste test on coriander as it loses its flavor fairly quickly in the pantry. Both carrots and cauliflower are full of antioxidants, and the chicken is a good protein source. After the dish is done, taste and, if you want, sprinkle on

a bit more seasonings. 1 pound carrots, peeled, if necessary, and cut into large chunks 1 nice head cauliflower, about 4 cups florets 2 teaspoons ground coriander and 1 tablespoon cumin mixed together Olive oil About 3 pounds your choice chicken pieces, leave bones in and skin on (we like thighs and legs) Salt and freshly ground pepper

Sibshops are coming thanks to FAST TRAC Thanks to Tara Keith

Sibshops are coming to Cincinnati thanks to Clermont FAST TRAC, a system of care initiative of the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs, including mental health needs, is for some a good thing, others a not-sogood thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that

Eldercare meetings to be planned Thanks to Linda Eppler

Clermont Senior Services recently hosted a presentation on eldercare and longterm care to help caregivers and seniors understand what services are available, their benefits and rights. The response was overwhelming with more than 60 people attending in a near-capacity setting. Thomas Bedall, attorney from Pro Seniors, answered dozens of audience questions during the town hall meeting. Topics of interest included elder law, Medicaid, powers of attorney and wills. Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides free legal advice to seniors age 60 and older. Due to the enthusiastic response, Clermont Senior Services plans to offer more forums in the future. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, call Linda Eppler at 536-4058.

brothers and sisters have much to offer one another - if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities. They give the “typical” sibs an opportunity to work through issues they may have regarding his/her family member with a disability. Don Meyer, creator and Director of the Sibling Support Project in Seattle, Washington, will provide the twoday Facilitator training. Meyer is a sought-after trainer and is involved with many projects, including the

“Supporting Extended Family Members” program at the University of Washington. If you’re a parent, adult sib, student or service provider interested in sibling issues, but not interested in running a Sibshop, the first day of training is for you. You’ll hear from a panel of sibs about their unique concerns and talk about what parents and service providers can do to address sibling issues. Participants will hear poignant stories, share laughs, meet courageous sibs and learn practical advice. The second day is for facilitators-in-training only. Meyer will guide facilitators

LEGAL NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF STATE LAW,THERE BEING DUE AND UNPAID CHANGES FOR WHICH THE UNDERSIGNED IS ENTITLED TO SATISFY AN OWNERS LIEN OF THE GOODS HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED AND STORED AT UNCLE BOB’S SELF STORAGE, LOCATED AT; 1105 OLD ST.RT.74,BATAVIA, OH. 45103 (513)7528110, AND DUE NOTICE HAVING BEEN GIVEN, TO THE OWNER OF SAID PROPERTY AND ALL PARTIES KNOWN TO CLAIM AN INTEREST THEREIN,AND THE TIME SPECIFIED IN SUCH NOTICE FOR PAYMENT OF SUCH HAVING EXPIRED,THE GOODS WILL BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION AT THE ABOVE STATED LOCATION(S) TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF ON MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 at 3PM Joseph Collins 192 Cardinal Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244 Household Goods, Boxes, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Lisa Furnish 4328 Long Lake Dr. Apt 4209 Batavia, OH 45103 Furniture, Boxes Nicholas Johnson 1408 Locust St. Apt 6 Cincinnati, OH 45206 Furniture Chris Myers 643 Charwood Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244 Furniture, Boxes Dawn Hatfield 4430 Eastwood Dr. Apt. 8202 Batavia, OH 45103 Boxes, Appliances, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Charles Fribourg 306 Sweetbriar Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Appliance, TV’s or Stereo Equip. Danielle Dailey 704 Stonelick Woods Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes Robert Schmitt 4126 Otter Creek Dr. Amelia, OH 45102 Household Goods, Furniture

through a four-hour workshop with 12 to 15 local youth volunteers. The two-day training is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, at Child Focus in Eastgate, 551 Old Ohio 74.

I found a couple of nice recipes for this and linked them on my blog ( Rachel Jepson Wolf’s recipe uses honey. Erin Wyso’s vegan blog contains one with palm sugar.

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Let me know if you want my recipe. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Among the food trends for 2013 are, believe it or not, duck eggs. When we had ducks, the eggs made it to our table in many recipes. According to Bon Appetit, chefs are moving out of the hen house and ditching chicken eggs for their larger and tastier siblings: duck eggs. Restaurants from Venice, Calif., to Cambridge, Mass., are incorporating them into their menu. Some Whole Foods Markets sell them and I have found them at farmers’ markets. This is good news for Bill and Maria Krusling, my sister-in-law Claire’s niece and her family. Maria and Bill have a farm in Albany, Ohio, near Athens, and they have a flock of 450 golden 300 hybrid ducks. Bill and Maria will be selling duck eggs. They also have sheep, cattle, chickens, and herding and sheep dogs. Bill is developing a recipe for high quality raw dog food to sell, as well. With their girls, Rachel and Isabella, they are what I call true “backto-the-landers” and always have the most interesting, and unique, stories to tell about their way of living. As far as other trends for the new year,

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Be careful when looking into auto refinancing With interest rates at record low levels, you need to be wary of companies’ emails and letters claiming you’re pre-approved for a much lower interest rate on your car loan. Many scam artists are turning from the home mortgage market to auto refinancing and claiming they can drop your payments by hundreds of dollars. But you need to do a lot of research before rushing into any such deal. A friend of mine received a letter saying her current interest rate of 13.55 percent on her car loan could be cut dramatically. The letter said the

company has “Prequalified you from $7,500 to $33,000 to refinance your vehicle with a Howard rate as low Ain as 3.99 HEY HOWARD! percent.” My friend liked the idea, especially the claim that dropping her interest rate could save hundreds of dollars on her auto loan. However, after filling out a lot of papers and having her credit score checked, the interest rate quoted her was higher than 3.99 percent.

While the deal would still save her money, I suggested she first check with her local credit union. She found a nearby credit union and was told if she joins, for just a few dollars, she could get a loan with an even lower interest rate. The company that sent her the refinancing offer didn’t mention an advance fee for the loan, but many other lenders have large up-front fees. The Better Business Bureau suggests you have the company proposing the refinancing disclose, in writing, all the services it’s performing, how much it will cost, terms of refunds and any money-

can go wrong with the vehicle during that time and she could end up paying on the loan even though she no longer owns the car. Bottom line, if you’ve got an auto loan with a high interest rate, it could pay you to contact a credit union and see if you qualify for a lower rate. These are very unusual times with record low interest rates and, if you qualify, you could save yourself a lot of money.

back guarantees. The BBB says you need to be as careful about these refinancing brokers as you would any others touting themselves as instant credit-fixers. My friend was also attracted by the lower monthly payments that came with longer lending periods. While it’s true the longer the loan repayment period the smaller the payments, you need to be careful. My friend’s car is already more than a year old and she was considering taking out a new auto loan for a five-year period. I cautioned her against such a long loan because a lot of things

Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Thank you for supporting Adopt-a-Senior program - again I’ve been with Clermont Senior Services for just over 18 years. When I first came, the Adopt-a-Senior program was providing gifts to five or six seniors every year. For the first few years, it barely grew at all. Then one year I wrote about a customer named Edward. I had offered to deliver a couple of donated gifts to him so he would have them before Christmas day. I found Edward’s mobile home located in an isolated part of the county. It was set back in a valley between heavily wooded, steep hills. There was one small, frame house a bit farther down the road. Aside from that, there was no other

sign of civilization. As I approached the front door, I noticed breadcrumbs sprinkled on the ground for the birds and squirrels. I suspected that they were the only regular visitors Edward ever had. When he opened the door, I saw an elderly, stoop-shouldered man with a broad, friendly smile. He wore an old tattered sweater fastened down the front with large safety pins. I smiled to myself, knowing that one of the boxes contained a new sweater. I visited with Edward for close to an hour. He was 90 years old and had a lot to talk about. He told me how much he enjoyed watching the

wildlife from his window and I remembered seeing bread crumbs Linda on the Eppler CARING & SHARING ground. Then he told me how much our Meals-on-Wheels and homemaking services meant to him. It wasn’t just the food and help that were important, but he liked having the volunteers and staff stop by. Seeing him stooped over a walker, I knew that he could not manage on his own and I was glad that we could help him continue living in his own home.

wrapped and many gift bags had personal, handwritten notes, wishing the senior a Merry Christmas - personal notes from one stranger to another. You don’t have to know someone to sincerely care for them and wish them well. The people of Clermont County have big hearts and they are committed to giving no matter what the economic forecast. Many thanks to all of you who generously supported the elderly citizens of our community. Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Edward is deceased now, but it was his simple story that ignited the Adopt-a-Senior holiday program. It’s been strong ever since. This year was the biggest ever. Hundreds of generous volunteers donated more gifts than we could count. Including group donations, around 700 seniors received gifts this year. Some seniors received gifts specific to them. Others received more generic items, such as towels, personal care items and so on. But these gifts are no less appreciated. There were some fun things too puzzles, cookies, games and pet treats. Once again the gifts were beautifully

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

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Summerfair Cincinnati is now accepting exhibitor applications for the 46th Summerfair, scheduled for May 31, June 1 and June 2 at Coney Island. The fair features more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from across the country. Artists exhibit and sell works in 10 categories, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber and mixed media. A youth arts entertainment area and a variety of gourmet arts round out the experience for visitors and art aficionados. “Summerfair is a wonderful opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “We not only received recognition from ‘Sunshine Artist’ magazine as one of the top art shows in the country, we also experienced record-breaking crowds at last year’s Summerfair. We’re anxious to see what talent and creativity this year’s artists will bring.” Exhibitor applications are being accepted until Feb. 8. Applicants must apply online through ZAPP at All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, comprised of artists and art educators with backgrounds in the categories offered at Summerfair. To be considered, works submitted must be original art produced by the applicants. Exhibitors will be notified March 8 regarding their acceptance. The following categories of works will exhibit at Summerfair: Ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber and mixed media. Summerfair 2013 drew more than 25,000 visitors last year. The attendance topped the crowd averages of 20,000 patrons since 2005. . For more information, visit or call 531-0050.

BUSINESS NOTES Schaefer among best lawyers

Kimberly J. Schaefer, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Cincinnati office, was selected by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” 2013. Schaefer, of Milford, was recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of Corporate Law. She is a member of the corporate and finance group. She concentrates her practice on financial institutions, securities, franchising and general corporate matters. Schaefer regularly represents companies in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, and franchising issues.


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100-year-old tractors and trucks fun to see and hear Howdy folks, Last Week Ruth Ann and I delivered a calendar that the Bethel Lions Club sells to Wendell Kelch. While we were there, Wendell showed us some of the old trucks and tractors he has. He had a 1913 International Auto Wagon. It had belonged to a feller by the name of Mr. Neal. We wanted to take some pictures of it. He started it up and backed it out of the barn so we could see it better. The engine sure sounded good. Wendell is sure proud of this vehicle. We got some great pictures. Now he had another one that was a 1911, this one belongs to a feller in Waco, Texas. These folks sure know how to work and fix up these older vehicles or tractors. While in the barn, there sat a 1913 International tractor, a Titan, by its side. There was a 1915 Mogul tractor, also International Harvester. This is an education to go talk to Mr. Kelch. He also has a 1908 I.H.C. friction tractor, the first one made. They have

John Deere, IHC, high crop tractors and many more. He showed us a John Deere tractor that will George go to AusRooks tralia. This OLE FISHERMAN crew is known all over this country and also other countries. They did work on a 1936 Case tractor for us. Last Wednesday evening, we went to White Oak Valley Grange at Mowrystown for their Christmas supper. This was a wonderful evening to fellowship with friends and a good meal along with gifts. Last Thursday, Ruth Ann and I had the pleasure of going to Mort and Barb’s house to share a meal with them. This Christmas season is the time to give thanks to the Good Lord, for family and friends, and Jesus’ birth. Last Friday evening, the weather was bad so Monroe

Grange was canceled. We invited Tony and Kate to share a meal with us and spend the evening. Last Saturday morning on the R.F.D. station, Orion Samuelson, had his Christmas show. He always has a church to celebrate Christmas. This one was the Batavia United Methodist Church in Batavia, Illinois. What a coincidence with the town of Batavia, Ohio, here. This feller always does a super job. It was quite interesting. They made windmills there and have a museum park of windmills. Last Saturday as we went down to the Milford Garden Center owned by Danny Grant, to help Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, we stopped at my brother and sister in law’s Herb and Inez’s to spend some time with them. We always enjoy the time we can spend with them. Now Herb sure likes the fish. We take and Ruth Ann fries for all of us so we will do that soon. Now it seems other folks

like Chessy the same as we do. She got a Christmas card in the mail last week from Denny and Elaine and their cats. They have wonderful cats the same as we do. Now Chessy says thanks. She has another fan that brought her some treats, so when Tony is here she expects him to give her a treat and she will set on his lap. Last Monday, the Christmas Eve service at the Bethel United Methodist Church, the choir sang, “Do you Hear What I hear,” and a lady in the choir sang a solo part in the song. This lady and her husband have sheep, so her husband brought a lamb in there while she sang. It was a beautiful sight and so touching. It brought tears to a lot of eyes. Now there was another solo by Elaine, “Welcome to our World.” This young lady is blessed with a beautiful voice and the ability to play the piano beautifully, too. The Good Lord has given each of these ladies a great talent

and they are using it for his glory. For breakfast on Christmas morning Ruth Ann fixed fried eggs, bacon and biscuits. Now on her plate she put two slices of bacon. On my plate she put three slices of bacon. Now I knew what the extra slice was for. Chessy set at my feet at the table looking at me, like “here I am.” As a friend of mine always said, “I tella you folks’ it doesn’t get any better than that.” All our family were together Christmas Day evening at our daughter and son-in-law’s house. It seemed a little feller sure got lots of attention. This little feller is 5 months old. He sure is bright and a figgety one. He doesn’t seem to miss much. He sure got lots of clothes. He will look nice in them. Our great-granddaughter decided she wanted to stay with her other grandmother, so she didn’t come, but everyone else had a good time. Debbie and Bob play golf, so Bob got a golf ball re-

triever that he can reach out in a pond to get golf balls, and two bags of golf tees. That is a thing the golfers lay their balls on to hit it. Now I have never played golf, haven’t got the time. It is a very popular game and that is good. Some of these folks are good at it. We hope all of you folks had a good Christmas and had all your family together. The Kitchen of Hope at the Bethel United Methodist Church had a Christmas meal Tuesday. Brenda said they had 58 folks to eat, so this is great. The folks that work this service are to be blessed. Something like this is special. God bless all of them. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.






Saint Mary Church,Bethel

All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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



4779 Burdsall Road, Joseph and Jana Burnette to Gregg and Kristy Welte, $173,000.


5770 Elmcris Drive, Jerry Weymiller to Gary Strotman, $126,000. 6301 Councilridge Court, Steven and Tara Parr to National Residential Nominee Services, Inc., $222,750. 6233 Fay Court, Eric and Shelly Battenfield to Ronald and Patricia Petty, $202,000. 5537 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Diana Craig to Anne and Craig Laun, $315,000. 6634 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Della Martin to Marc and Sabrina Fogle, $171,500. 6309 Blackhawk Court, Rusdyn Lindsey to Patrick and Denise Foley, $176,250. 6047 Bridgehaven Drive, Carol Deimling to 8008 Miracle, LLC, $190,000. 786 Andrea Drive, Tammy Ashby to Lisa Bryson, $244,000. 5746 East Tall Oaks Drive, Daman Hillard, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $77,437. 870 Eagleview Court, Gregory and Daria Wood to Brookfield Relocation, Inc., $550,000. 870 Eagleview Court, Brookfield Relocation, Inc. to Renee and John Seavey, $550,000. Stonelick Township 2164 U.S. 50, Linda Turner to Velma Caudill, $117,500.


3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041

509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM

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 ExperienceThe 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



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;

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Saint Peter Church

Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142

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


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

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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


2164 U.S. 50, Linda Turner to Velma Caudill, $117,500. 6379 Ohio 727, Rosemarie Daniel, Successor Trustee to Dennis Uecker, $28,250. 2824 Bigam Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Sharon Fuller, $45,000.

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

Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

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


212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565

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

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

LINDALE BAPTIST CHURCH 3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 797-4189

Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm

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

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services

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4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor F O R M A L LY N A M E D K I N G ’ S W A Y

9am, 11am & 6pm Youth Service at 6pm (in Youth Center) Watch LIVE online Sunday's at 11am & 6pm

Troy P. Ervin, Pastor

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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201

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 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: Bryan Price Church: 513-575-5450

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5056 Charles Snider Road, Estate of Anna Lang to Ralph and Patricia Cornelius, $122,675. 6112 Misty Creek Drive, William and Darla Watt to Stacey and John Lambert, II, $169,000. 6940 Hill Station Road, Gladis Irene Smith to Andrew and Jodi Smith, $132,000. 1322 Cross Creek Drive, Amy Collene Carr to Katrina and Roger Shea, Jr., $167,000. 1812 Hill Station Road, Luther and Barbara Gaffney, Trustees to Raymond and Donna Andres, $31,000.

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333


A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

683-2525 •

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

Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am

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

5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)

Nursery Available


PRESBYTERIAN 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


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POLICE REPORTS MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Ashley Wilson, 25, 1185 Ronlee Drive, domestic violence, Dec. 11. Kevin M. Aasen, 55, 1736 Cottontail Drive, hunting without

permission, Dec. 12. Juvenile, 16, drug possession, Dec. 14. Chris Hogan, 36, 5913 Mcpicken, domestic violence, Dec. 14. Wade A. Pattison, 43, 6209 Watch Creek Way #302, persistent

disorderly conduct, domestic violence, Dec. 15. Clarence McCarthy, 45, 6675 Epworth, disorderly conduct, Dec. 14. Susan Stracy, 36, 6558 Hollow Lane, domestic violence, Dec. 15.


LEGAL NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Education of the Reading Community Schools ("Owner") until 12:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Treasurer’s Office, located at 1301 Bonnell Avenue, Reading, Ohio 45215 for the Roof Replacement Project for the Reading Community School District. Projects are located at Hilltop Elementa ry School 2236 Bolser Drive, Reading, Ohio, and Reading High School located at 810 E. Columbia, Reading, Ohio. A Pre-Bid meeting will be held at 1:00, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 starting at the Hilltop Elementary School located at 2236 Bolser Drive, Reading, Ohio 45215. The Bids shall be opened and read publicly. The probable cost for the total base bid construction contracts is $320,000. Bids shall include all labor, materials, equipment, special tools, and services required to complete the work in accordance with the Contract Documents. Plans and specifications for the Project may be examined at the Architect’s Office or at area Plan Rooms. Bidders may purchase copies of the Contract Documents from Key Blue Prints, Inc. 411 Elliott Avenue, Cincin nati, Ohio 45215, Fax 513-821-6333, Phone 513-821-2111. Each proposal shall contain the name of every person interested therein. Each proposal shall meet the regulations of Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Guaranty in the form of either a Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond for the full amount of the bid (including add alternates) or a certified check, cashier’s check, or an irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to 10% of the bid amount (including add alternates), in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. No bids may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after the bid opening. The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities in bids, to reject any or all bids, and to conduct such review as necessary to determine the respon sibility of any bidder submitting a bid for the Project. The advertisement to bid is also posted on the Reading School District website at By Order of the Board of Education Mr. Cary Furniss, Treasurer 1742191


Assault Female was assaulted at 5409 N. Timbercreek, Dec. 15. Burglary A pistol, Playstation, etc. taken; $1,100 at 969 Ohio 28 #115, Dec. 13. Criminal damage Ignition switch damaged on vehicle at Jacobs Auto Service at Ohio 131, Dec. 14. Vehicle driven through lawn of Milford Self Storage at Ohio 28, Dec. 14. Windows broken at Mosaic Cincinnati Church at Arborcrest Road, Dec. 16. Criminal simulation Counterfeit $10 bill passed at Meijer Gas Station at Ohio 28, Dec. 13. Domestic violence At Ronlee Drive, Dec. 11. At McPicken Drive, Dec. 14. At Watch Creek Way, Dec. 15. At Hollow Lane, Dec. 15. Drug possession Female student had marijuana in her possession at Milford High at 1 Eagles Way, Dec. 14. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1676 Wilderness Ridge, Dec. 10. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1232 Baywood Cove, Dec. 13. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 6230 Rustler Court, Dec. 14. Male stated his checks were taken and forged $3,995 at 5726 E. Tall Oaks, Dec. 17. Hunting with no permission Subject bow-hunting on Civic Center property at Meijer Drive, Dec. 12. Misuse of credit card Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 5520 Mallard Point, Dec. 13. Theft Jewelry and cash taken from residence; $11,881 at 6412 Pheasant Run, Dec. 10. Gasoline not paid for at United

Dairy Farmers; $21 at Wards Corner Road, Dec. 12. Candy items taken from United Dairy Farmers at Ohio 50, Dec. 12. Diamond necklace taken; $3,000 at 5885 Thorny Ridge, Dec. 12. Video game taken from Meijer; $20 at Ohio 28, Dec. 13. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $49.52 at Ohio 50, Dec. 15. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $15.45 at Wards Corner Road, Dec. 16. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $220 at Ohio 28, Dec. 17.

MILFORD Arrests/Citations Ashley N. Konkle, 18, 3065 Watson Road, warrant, Dec. 17. Evan R. Decker, 24, 70 Concord Woods, assault, Dec. 17. Charles Smith III, 24, 2704 W. North Bend Road, contempt of court, Dec. 17. Sherri L. Goble, 40, 6057 Belfast Road, contempt of court, Dec. 17. Christopher R. Smith, 34, 1285 Pebble Brooke #2, public indecency, sex conduct, Dec. 18. Dee Marie Langford, 24, 5193 Ohio 132, warrant, Dec. 18. Brandon R. Scott, 26, 6616 Loveland-Miamiville Road, warrant, Dec. 18. John Hutchinson, 56, 4861 Ohio 133, driving under the influence, Dec. 19. James R. Smith, 21, 5823 Baas Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Dec. 20. Dallas D. Neidich, 21, 4200 Taylor Road #A3, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Dec. 20. Cassandra Highley, 29, 2165 Oakbrook Place, contempt of court, Dec. 20.


Assault Multiple calls for a female screaming at 70 Concord Woods, Dec. 17. Breaking and entering Offense reported at Facet Jewelry at 505 Chamber Road, Dec. 20. Domestic dispute At Cash Street, Dec. 17. At Main Street, Dec. 19. Public indecency Male exposed himself at 300 Main St., Dec. 17. Theft Female stated credit card used with no authorization; $1,094 at 820 Milford Vista, Dec. 18. Vehicle parts taken at 710 Osage Trail, Dec. 18. Septic tank pump taken at 21 Glendale Milford Road, Dec. 19.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/Citations Brian McAfee, 28, 3500 Ohio Pike, drug abuse instruments, Jan. 0. James Smith, 21, 5823 Baas Road, marijuana possession, paraphernalia, Jan. 0. Cynthia McNew, 21, 2066 Old State Road, forgery, Jan. 0. Jennifer Bonham, 28, 1568 Fay Road, heroin possession, drug instruments, Jan. 0. Juvenile, 16, marijuana possession, paraphernalia, Jan. 0.

Incidents/Investigations Custody dispute At 1785 Ohio 28 #425, Dec. 10. Disorder At 7014 Shiloh, Dec. 9. At 188 Bruce Court, Dec. 8. At 1507 Meadowbrook, Dec. 8. At 6106 Pine Meadows, Dec. 8. Theft At 1541 E. Meadowbrook Drive, Dec. 10. Verbal dispute At 1785 Ohio 28 #146, Dec. 11.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal North/Milford-Miami Advertiser publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Miami Township, Chief Steven Bailey, 248-3721 » Goshen Township, Chief Ray Snyder, 722-3200 » Milford, Chief Jamey Mills, 248-5084 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500


Thomas Brown Thomas Brown Jr., 87, Goshen, died Dec. 23. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Betty Jean Turner Brown; daughter Tomi; granddaughter Keri Groppenbacher-Gordon; great-grandchildren Nic Rigdon, Gabbi, Nathan, Noah, Gabe Gordon, Kelly Russell, Tom Hanson; siblings Maria Brown, Geneva Hammiel, Rae Ballis, Yvonne Sterns, Christine Barnett. Services were Dec. 28 at Evans Funeral Home.

Nicholas Hale Nicholas Hale, 63, Milford, died Dec. 19. He was a monk. He was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. Survived by fiancee Joan Whalen. Preceded in death by parents Ruth Garvin, Allen Hale. Services were Dec. 21 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice or in the form of Masses.

James Riley Sr. James T. Riley Sr., 79, died Dec. 20. He was an Army veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Clara Riley; children Debbie (Doug) Bartsch, Gayle (David) Smith, James T.(Barbara) Riley II; sister Betty Watkins; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 26 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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