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Your Community Press newspaper serving Goshen Township, Jackson Township, Newtonsville, Owensville, Stonelick Township, Wayne Township We d n e s d a y, M a r c h

William and Liz Smith

Vol. 31 No. 7 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Music venue to open in Goshen

Chuck Land and Lee Lewis have big plans for a vacant building on Ohio 28 in Goshen Township. This spring, the pair will open A Music Cafe, a music venue that will feature live bluegrass and blues music from local bands, a Cincinnati music museum, production studio and a video jukebox with more than 5,000 hours of video. FULL STORY, A2

County to handle Brown Co. planning

Clermont County officials soon will handle emergency planning duties for Brown County. “It’s a Nevel partnership,” said Beth Nevel, is who emergency management director for Clermont County and will assume the same job for Brown County. FULL STORY, A2

Dancing with the Stars tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Clermont County “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate. FULL STORY, A3

It’s tourney time

Check our sports pages for the latest on tournaments in all the winter sports SPORTS, A6


Many people answered our Ch@troom question about the Ohio legislature proposed elimination of collective bargaining. See what your neighbors are saying VIEWPOINTS, A8

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Owensville man indicted

Johnson will face murder charge By Theresa L. Herron

An Owensville man was indicted for murder last week in connection to the death of 3-year-old Brooklyn Upton of Goshen Township Jan. 27. The indictments were handed down by the Clermont County Grand Jury. Samuel L Johnson, 32, 288

Plum St. in Owensville, was indicted on nine counts Feb. 23, said Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White. Johnson faces one count of felony murder, which carries a sentence of 15 years to life if convicted. He also faces one count of second-degree child endangering, with a sentence of up to 8 years, White said. Johnson also was indicted on seven drug-related charges: Four for distribution of hydrocodone, two for trafficking in marijuana

Prosecutor Donald White said the child endangering charge uses the word “restrained,” which lead to the murder charge. and one for possession of heroin. The heroin charge is a fifth-degree felony, while the others are fourth-degree felonies, White said. Johnson was allegedly in the home of the child’s mother, Erin Nicole Pappas, 30, the night the child died. Pappas is being held in jail on drug-relat-

ed charges, White said. The child was found dead Jan. 27 at Pappas’ residence in the Lakeshore Estates Mobile Home Park on Ohio 28. White said the child endangering charge uses the word “restrained,” which lead to the murder charge. “It was a physical act,” White said. However, he would not say anything else about the case. A toxicology test on the child is still pending, he said.

Goshen post office is not closing now By Mary Dannemiller

Goshen Township residents worried about having to drive to Milford to send a package or buy stamps can relax. The township’s post office is not closing, but carriers will soon be moved to the Milford post office on Ohio 28, said U.S. Postal Service Spokesman David Walton. “The post office is not going to close,” he said. “It will remain open to retail services such as buying stamps, mailing packages and the P.O. boxes are still there. The only thing that will no longer be there is the carriers.” Walton said six carriers will be transferred to Milford, but no clerks or carriers will lose their jobs. Clerks will remain in Goshen for now, he said. “We’re working to determine if we’re going to move the clerks as well as where the clerks could move to,” Walton said. “It could be Milford or another nearby office. We’re working with several different unions here and must abide by contractual obligations.” The U.S. Postal Service does not receive federal funding and has suffered since more people started sending information electronically,

Walton said. “In the last five years alone, we lost 43 billion pieces of mail and every time there’s a decline of 3 billion pieces, it equates to a $1 billion in lost revenue so we have to make these adjustments and changes,” he said. “The high cost of fuel also is forcing us to re-evaluate the number of stops our vehicles make.” Residents should not notice a change in their services aside from a possible slight change in mail delivery times, Walton said. “They’ll still get their mail,” he said. “Some might get it earlier, some might get it later, but they’ll still get mail delivery and be provided other services at the post office.” Goshen Township Administrator and Police Chief Ray Snyder said several people have asked him about the rumor that the post office will close. “The rumor was that it was going to be closed within 60 days and they were keeping the whole thing on the down low, but they have no intention to do that at this time,” he said. The Goshen post office is at 1978 Main St. and is open 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is open 9 a.m. through noon Saturday.

Up and over


CNE senior forward Jake Hogue, left, goes up for two points against Wyoming. For more, see Sports, A6.

Firefighters nominated for heroism award By Mary Dannemiller

A group of Goshen Township firefighter/paramedics who rescued two little boys from a creek last year have been nominated for a Syrian Shrine Firefighter Award. Firefighter/paramedic Bryan Broyles was the first to enter the water and was assisted by firefighters Anton Grismeyer, Nathan Crockett and Chuck Hyden as they set up safety lines and put life vests on the boys, Aaron Engel

and Cody Stacey. The boys were rescued from the creek at Ohio 28 and Ohio 132 in Goshen Saturday, May 2. The group will be honored for their actions at a ceremony in March where they’ll be up against other local firefighter/paramedics for the Heroism Award, said Fire Chief Steve Pegram. “What we do every day has some inherent risk, but what those firefighters did on that particular day was above and beyond,” Pegram said. “They put

themselves in an extremely hazardous situation, which was truly life or death. One of those children, if not both of them, would have been swept away.” When Broyles and the rest of the crew arrived on the scene, Stacey was clinging to a tree while Engel held on to his friend’s leg to keep from getting swept down the creek. “Fire and EMS personnel quickly set up rescue rope and sent firefighter/paramedic Bryan Broyles into the water to attempt a

rescue as additional crews set up additional safety lines to catch anyone who may break loose and be swept down stream,” Pegram said. Both boys were rescued in under 12 minutes and after being examined by EMS personnel were released to their families unharmed, Pegram said. “They’re so dedicated, there’s no other word for it,” said Goshen Township Trustee Ray Autenrieb.

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March 2, 2011


Clermont Co. counts homeless

By Mary Dannemiller

Clermont County’s annual mandated homeless count tallied 98 homeless people Tuesday, Jan. 25. The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Clermont County Affordable Housing Coalition conducted the count from midnight through 11:59 p.m. that day, said Rita Hutchison, housing director for LifePoint Solutions. Out of those 98 people,

78 were adults and 20 were children with a total of 75 homeless households, she said. Of those 75 homeless households, 24 were at the James Sauls Homeless Shelter in Batavia while eight households were at the YWCA House of Peace, Hutchinson said. Shelters served 47 people, but 51 were not in shelters. Of those 51, 45 were adults and six were children, Hutchison said. “We’ve done this for several years,” Hutchison said. “It’s a nation-wide day


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designated by HUD and during that 24-hour time period, the community is to go out and identify the homeless individuals and households.” The numbers collected that day is needed by the county to get funding for housing and other programs to help the homeless, Hutchison said. The count was completed by sending surveys to local shelters, churches and other organizations that could identify the homeless. “We’ve done it that way for several years, but our goal is to get back to going out into the community and identifying the homeless that way,” she said. “But, doing it with surveys gives us better numbers. We send them to churches, food pantries, schools and just

about anybody who would come in contact with a homeless person.” Those who are not in shelters often live in tents, abandoned mobile homes and even storage shelters, Hutchison said. “They can afford a storage shed and it has electricity where they can have a little heater,” she said. “There was one we found who lived in a garbage bin. We received an e-mail from a local church that said they had people living in a field in tents. They’re out there, they’re just well hidden.” Hutchison could not say how this year’s count compared to previous years, but said an accurate count is sometimes hard to get because of people she called “couch surfers,” who are homeless and staying with

friends. “Clermont County is still a rural community and we take care of our own so there are lots of couch surfers,” she said. “You’ll find two or three households living in a one household apartment, but we can’t count them as homeless.” LeAnn Townes, homeless shelter coordinator at the James Sauls Homeless Shelter in Batavia, said Clermont County residents might not realize how big the homeless problem is and might be surprised to see who the homeless are. “People don’t understand that it’s everybody. It’s not the stereotypes of alcoholics and drug addicts,” she said. “They’re college graduates, people who have worked at Ford. They lived well when

they had jobs and once they lost their jobs, they lost everything. We’ve seen an array of different people. There’s no discrimination in homelessness.” Though the homeless count is just a sample of the homeless on a specific day, Townes said the actual numbers are much bigger. Last year, the Sauls center served 484 people, but turned away about 800, she said. “With the economy the way it is, people are having a hard time getting jobs and apartments,” she said. “We do have funding for people in the shelter if they have a good, steady job, but we can’t help everybody. There is such a great need out there.”

Clermont to handle Brown County’s emergency planning By John Seney

Clermont County officials soon will handle emergency planning duties for Brown County. “It’s a partnership,” said Beth Nevel, is who emergency management director for Clermont County and will assume the same job for Brown County.

Nevel has been providing the service for B r o w n County since A u g u s t through a Nevel series of short-term contracts. Brown County’s previous emergency management director had retired. Officials from both counties meet in January to work out a long-term agreement. The new one-year agreement will be retroactive to Jan. 22. It will have a oneyear renewal option. Brown County will pay

Clermont County $32,000 a year for the services. State grants cover about half of that cost. Commissioners in Brown County approved the agreement Feb. 14 and Clermont County commissioners are scheduled to vote on it Feb. 23. Nevel has been working part-time for Clermont County and will work parttime for Brown County. County Administrator David Spinney said additional staffing may be needed on Clermont’s part to support the contract. Nevel said the job involves planning and

preparation for potential disasters. Clermont County opened a new emergency operations and training center last year in Batavia Township. Brown County has an emergency operations center in Georgetown. Nevel said she will work out of both facilities. Ohio counties are required by law to have an emergency management director or to contract for the services. Nevel said other counties in Ohio have shared the duties. “It’s not new,” she said.

Residents oppose dog resolution By Mary Dannemiller

Two Miami Township residents spoke against a possible vicious dog resolution at the Tuesday, Feb. 15. meeting. The trustees instructed Township Administrator Larry Fronk and solicitor John Korfhagen to research such a resolution after resident Larry Deel spoke at the Jan. 18 meeting about his experience with a pit bull attacking his Pomeranian. About 25 to 30 people attended the February meeting. “When you have a dog that tends to attack humans or other animals that is uncontrolled, the person that is the owner of the dog is not doing their job,” said Miami Township resident and Clermont County Ken-

nel Club member Richard Foreman. “That’s the problem with breed specific laws.” Miami Township resident Janet Dunham also told trustees she did not support a vicious dog resolution because all breeds have the potential to be vicious. “I’ve had dogs all my life and I’m currently on my third Rottweiler. And after owning many different breeds, this is the most lovable family dog I’ve ever owned,” she said. “I know they can become aggressive, but not with training and socialization. I’ve had several Cocker Spaniels try to attack my three Rottweilers.” Miami Township Trustee Karl Schultz thanked both of them for voicing their concerns and said any action by the board was far

into the future. “We had an individual come and speak to us with a concern and that was basically all that was handled,” he said. “From there, we asked our attorney to look into the laws and we haven’t had any discussion on it since then.” Miami Township Trustee Ken Tracy said Fronk and Korfhagen would research both sides of the argument before the trustees take any action. Until the research is complete, the trustees can’t address the issue of if any resolution would be a general one or for one breed only. Both Dunham and Foreman said owners who do not properly train their dogs should be punished, but certain breeds should not be targeted.

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“They are totally committed and dedicated to what they’re doing. That rushing water could have taken them just as easily as it could have taken the kids away. (Broyles) went in there and he risked his life and that just shows what kind people we have in our department.” Though Broyles, Gris-

mayer, Crockett and Hyden are being honored, there were several other firefighters and police officers on the scene to help with the rescue, Pegram said. “The four people nominated are the ones who were down in the water and were physically part of the rescue, but there were more Goshen Township fire and EMS personnel and police

officers on the scene who assisted in that operation who weren’t directly down in the water,” the fire chief said.


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March 2, 2011



Child Focus braces for deep federal funding cuts By Kellie Geist-May

As Congress continues to debate the national 2011 budget, funding for programs like Head Start hangs in the balance. In Clermont County, Child Focus is bracing for what could be a 22-percent cut to the Head Start program, retroactive to when the fiscal year started in October 2010. That cut could equal as much as $790,000, or 29 jobs lost and 125 children cut from programs, said Berta Velilla, director of early learning programs at Child Focus. “We are very concerned,” Velilla said. “A cut like this would mean layoffs and a diminished ability to provide support for Clermont County’s children and families.” Representatives from Child Focus and the education community met with U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt Feb. 22, to discuss the possible cuts. Schmidt said the budget had passed in the House of Representatives, but was not final. “The senate will probably hit the delete button, so we might be starting over,” she said. “But I’m less than optimistic you won’t be touched because 80 of the new members (of congress) are Tea Party members who are willing to make deep cuts to get to the bottom line.” “The next three to five years are going to be ugly

while we try to get the deficit under control,” Schmidt said. Instead of looking specifically at reducing the cuts, Schmidt asked the Child Focus staff to look at things the government could do to make the agency’s operation easier. Velilla said they would send her a report, but some of the ideas discussed included making audit and certification processes easier as well as looking at what funds and services can be used for local match. Child Focus is a large employer in Clermont County with 235 employees. The organization serves more than 5,000 children and 20,000 total people through Head Start, early childhood education and programming, mental health services, individual counseling, school-based programs, community services and more, Velilla said. Child Focus also sponsors the Clermont County Crisis Hotline and works with the crisis response team when there is a sudden death in the community. “We are a very unique organization. If you look at other counties, they have many smaller non-profits who are very specialized, but we serve a wide range of people,” said Tara Keith, director of marketing and development for Child Focus. “I think people in the community come to us when there is a need for children and for families. We are there when people need us.”

She said the Head Start programs make up about half of Child Focus’ services and include more than 700 children. Heavy cuts to the Head Start funding could mean fewer early childhood education teachers and classes, Keith said. Velilla said congress needs to look at the impact of Head Start and early childhood education programs before they finalize the budget. “We are all concerned about the deficit and I know some tough decisions have to be made, but the return on investment for early childhood education is between $7 and $12 for every dollar we spend,” she said. “By investing in programs like Head Start, we are saving money longterm.” Velilla said she hopes the local community, especially schools and businesses, will step up and talk to local legislators. “We are all in this together. The children we work with are the kids who end up in local schools and being employed by local businesses,” Velilla said. When the state legislators cut $3 million in statewide Early Learning Initiative funding in 2009 and 2010, Child Focus laid off 18 staff members who served 300 kids. “Those are families who had one month’s notice that they wouldn’t have child care. We don’t want that to happen again,” Keith said.

Clermont considers increasing jail capacity By John Seney

Clermont County officials are looking for ways to increase the number of inmates that can be locked up at the jail. More than 70 beds at the jail have been lost since 2008 because of budget cuts resulting in the reduction in the number of corrections officers. Offenders sentenced to jail often have to be put on a waiting list before serving their time. The total capacity of the jail is 512 beds, but only 245 beds are open. Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg told county commissioners at a work session Feb. 16 he could increase jail capacity by 32 beds at a cost of $525,000 a year. Rodenberg’s plan would require hiring nine corrections officers to staff the jail’s “Super Max” cell block. The estimated cost would cover wages and benefits

Because it would take several months to hire and train the new officers, it would be June or July before the cell block could be opened. for the new officers, inmate clothing, bedding and food. “By opening the Super Max cell block area, we would get the most bang for the buck (highest number of beds for the officers needed and cost) and would give us maximum flexibility in housing various levels of offenders in the jail,” Rodenberg said in a report to the commissioners. Because it would take several months to hire and train the new officers, Rodenberg said it would be June or July before the cell block could be opened. That would reduce the cost to about $262,000 for the remainder of 2011. Commissioner Archie Wilson said the crime problem continues to grow and

his priority would be to put more money into the criminal justice system rather than economic development. He said he favored opening up more jail beds. “People like to feel safe in their neighborhoods,” Wilson said. Doug Brothers, assistant to the county administrator, said another section of the jail could be opened that would add another 40 beds to the 32 in the sheriff’s plan. Rodenberg said he did not want to get into a situation where more corrections officers were hired and then had to be laid off. “I don’t want to lay off another person in our office as long as I’m sheriff,” he said. County Administrator David Spinney said he would look into the costs of adding 32 or 72 beds and report back to the commissioners. “The board will have to decide where to take the money from to do this,” Spinney said.

Looking for top dog


Judges looked at photographs of 98 Clermont County dogs Feb. 18 to determine the winner of the Best Dog in Clermont County Contest. From left are, Chris Geise, who was helping his mother, Molly Geise of the Humane Society; County Commissioner Archie Wilson; Cindy White of the county auditor’s office; Commissioner Bob Proud; and Cindy Hawk of the auditor’s office. The winners will be named at special meeting to be announced. A poster with the winner will be unveiled.

Dancing with the Stars tickets on sale Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Clermont County “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate. Clermont Commissioner Bob Proud, Clermont Prosecutor Don White, Rep. Joe Uecker (R-66), Milford Mayor Ralph Villardo, Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board Director Karen Scherra, CNE Superintendent Neil Leist and Williamsburg Superintendent Jeff Weir are among the contenders for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy that will be presented to the winner of the Dancing With The Stars-Clermont County edition. “Having two right feet (notice I didn’t say “left”), I was never much of a dancer,” said Uecker. “This has really helped push me into doing something I’ve always wanted to learn to do. My partner, Meredith Delaney, is one of the most accommodating persons I’ve known. I suspect as soon as her toes heal, she may even go on to professional dancing.”

“Learning our dance has been so much fun,” said Scherra, who will compete with dance partner Proud. “Bob and I chose a patrioticthemed song. We are motivated to beat the other couples, especially Rep. Uecker and Meredith. They are our toughest competition, but we plan to ‘boogie woogie’ our way to a win.” “These two are really in it to win it,” said CCDD Communications Director Lisa Davis. The dancing duos are receiving professional coaching by a local instructor in swing, cha cha, or jitterbug dancing. “The audience will select the winner, but we do have some colorful characters who will serve as judges, just like they have on the TV show,” said Davis. “After two decades of chaperoning school dances, the only dance I was familiar with was the electric slide,” said Weir, who will be dancing with his wife, Kelly. “This is far more enjoyable that what we could have imagined, but we are nervous.” In addition to the dancing competition and open dancing, the West Clermont

School of Dance will perform; hors devours and other refreshments will be available. Tickets are $50 and include an hors d’oeuvre bar, one drink ticket, and the chance to watch local Clermont County “stars” dance the swing, jitterbug and chacha in a friendly competition for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Open dancing is 9 p.m. to midnight and is included with each ticket purchase. A raffle will take place throughout the night and features gift baskets created by staff from various departments of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Sponsors of the “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza include Park National Bank, Peter Paul Office Equipment, Duke Energy and Petermann Bus. Bryan Equipment Sales is a raffle sponsor. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Clerco Gift of Time Respite Cooperative Program. To purchase tickets, call 732-5028. Visa, MasterCard, checks, and cash are accepted.

“After helping a customer, I noticed he walked to his car in the pouring rain, threw his hands up and shook his head. He had accidentally left his keys in the car, and his dog jumped up in excitement, landed on the door lock and locked him out. I promptly got in my truck and asked if he needed a ride home, which he graciously accepted. I am glad I could help him out.”

Eric Toft, BSA/AML Analyst

County purchases new waste oil heater By John Seney

A waste oil heater at Clermont County’s fleet vehicle maintenance garage serves a dual purpose: It gets rid of used motor oil and keeps the building warm at no cost. But the 12-year-old heater is in need of replacement and county commissioners Feb. 9 voted to purchase a new one at a cost not to exceed $21,873.99. Wade Grabowski, facilities management director

for the county, said the heater provides all the warmth for the building where the county’s vehicles are maintained. “We’re self-sustaining,” he said. “We burn our own used oil. We don’t have to buy any waste oil.” Sukie Scheetz, county budget director, said the funds for the purchase of the new heater are set aside in the county’s capital funds account. “It’s a worthwhile investment,” Grabowski said. County Commissioner

Bob Proud pointed out members of the public can drop off their old motor oil at the county facility. Grabowski said the maintenance facility at 4005 Filager Road in Batavia Township is open for the public to drop off used oil 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. “If you stop in, we’ll be glad to help you unload it,” he said. The contract to purchase the new heater was awarded to Pressure Spray, Inc. of Cincinnati.






March 2, 2011

BRIEFLY Chamber meeting

MILFORD – The Community Development Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in room 143B of the city municipal building, 745 Center St. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss landscaping proposals and city gateway projects. The members also will discuss any other appropriate business.

day, March 16, at Grant Career Center, 718 Plane St. in Bethel. Registration, social hour and a raffle will begin at 11 a.m. A buffet lunch, free to CCRTA attendees, will be available at 11:30 a.m. At 12:45 p.m., a program will be presented to by Pam McKinney and students about their Teacher Academy. A business meeting will follow the presentation. When arriving, drive to the far end of the building to park and enter via steps by the handicapped ramp. This takes you into the conference center to the buffet location. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a potential new member. Register with Pauline Caudill, 3382 Clover Road, Bethel, OH 45106 by March 9. A $3 donation would be appreciated for the scholarship fund. For the latest STRS news and CCRTA information, visit

Tea Party meeting

Preschool night

GOSHEN TWP. – Join Goshen Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly networking meeting at 6 p.m. for networking and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Evans Funeral Home, 1944 Ohio 28 in Goshen. Andy Evans will talk about Evans Funeral Home and answer all of your questions on the services they provide. Call 722-3272 for more information.

Community meeting

MIAMI TWP. – Miami Township Tea Party will meet next at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Miami Township Civic Center Trustee’s Room, 6101 Meijer Drive. The Tea Party members work toward Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. Contact Paul Odioso at (513) 300-4253 or e-mail or Larry Heller at (513) 575-0062 or email

Retired teachers meet

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Retired Teachers Association (CCRTA) will have a special meeting at 11 a.m. Wednes-

GOSHEN – School officials will host Preschool Information Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Marr/Cook Elementary School, 6696 Goshen Road. Parents will learn more information about the preschool programs as well as tour the classrooms and meet the preschool teachers. Parents attending may begin the registration process that evening. Registration will begin for those who cannot attend Thursday, March 17, and continue until all spaces are filled. For more information, contact Jen Schlosser, Learning Academy director, at 7222224, ext. 4015, or e-mail

Dog agility contest

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Dog Training Club will hold a twoday, indoor dog agility competition from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 and March 6. The dogs will maneuver through a agility course of jumps, tunnels, tires and more. From rescues, to show ring champions, the dogs just want to have fun. Stop in and see for yourself why this is America’s fastest growing canine sport. The event is open to the public with free admission. Bring a chair. Only dogs entered in the competition are permitted in the building during the event. Clermont County Dog Training Club, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1974. The club offers classes in obedience, conformation, agility and rally. CCDTC is at 6058 Kells Lane in Miami Township on U.S. 50, just east of Perintown. Call 625-4337 for more information or visit

Adopt a cat

CLERMONT COUNTY – The League for Animal Welfare will host a Happy St. Paws Day Cat Adoption Event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and March 13, at the shelter, 4193 Taylor Road. During this weekend only, cat adoption fees for all cats will be reduced to $35 for the first 35 adopters. Additionally, with every cat adoption, those adopting pets will receive a free gift bag filled with cat food, treats, toys, and more.

All adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, vet checks, micro-chips and tests for FIV and feline leukemia. “Adopting out cats in this tough economy is difficult, but even more challenging is matching the right cat with the right home,” said Joyce Blersch, League for Animal Welfare board member. “If you’re considering adding a cat to your family, then now is the time,” Blersch said. The League for Animal Welfare has more than 60 cats looking for their “fur-ever” homes. There will also be activities and refreshments at the event. The League for Animal Welfare reserves the right to refuse any adoption. Call 735-2299 for more information.

Alumni game

GOSHEN TWP. – The Goshen High School Class of 2013 is hosting the eighth annual Alumni Basketball Game Friday, March 18. Games will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Goshen High School. Anyone and everyone is invited to support the alumni. Committee members are looking for girls players/coaches, boys players/coaches, pep band members and cheerleaders. Contact Beth Perrmann at or Heather Edwards at, 513-7222227.

Pancake breakfast

STONELICK TWP. – Have you ever tasted real maple syrup? You can try it out on a stack of steaming hot pan-

cakes at the annual Clermont Parks’ Pancakes in the Park breakfast, set for 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, just west of Owensville. “In addition to filling your stomach, you can fill your head with knowledge about making maple syrup,” said Clermont Parks’ Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “From now through the middle of March is a great time locally to tap trees for sap that can be put into an evaporator and transformed into a delicious pure maple syrup.” This year, the park district is offering community members the chance to sponsor a sap bucket at the park. For $25, your name will be placed on a bucket, you will receive two tickets to the pancake breakfast, and a leaf-shaped bottle of pure maple syrup, produced from syrup collected at the park. Call (513) 8769013 for more information.

YMCA fundraiser

CLERMONT COUNTY – Through March 31, neighbors, friends, parents, students, members, and seniors – all of whom share a common passion for strengthening the community – are joining the Clermont Family YMCA in a grassroots “Better Together” Campaign to raise $34,000. Donations will go toward helping provide access for everyone who wishes to become healthier, confident, connected and secure through the Batavia YMCA branch. To learn more or to make a donation, call the Clermont Family YMCA at 513-7249622 or visit

Pasture, hay clinic

STONELICK TWP. – Carney’s Feed Mill will host a Horse Pasture and Hay Clinic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Clermont County 4-H Hall on the fairgrounds. Greg Myers, OSU Extension, will talk about soil and pastures. John Reed, Purina, will talk about the nutrition of forage. This horse pasture and hay clinic will give attendees the tools to create or manage your pasture to bring out its maximum potential. It will also give you an understanding of the different types of hay available, and teach you the basics of forage nutrition.

TOPS open house

MILFORD – TOPS Milford will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Milford schools transportation building, 5934 Buckwheat Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Clermont County Area Captain Sue Reed will be the keynote speaker. Reed has been a TOPS member for 37 years, has achieved a weight loss of more than 100 pounds and served TOPS in many various ways. Also, a few members from the chapter will speak about their TOPS experiences. Attend the open house and be eligible for a drawing. Bring a friend and get two chances. For more information about TOPS #OH 2176, Milford, contact Compton at or call 937-205-2546. Additional information is available at is www.TOPS.ORG.

The Milford Schools Foundation just celebrated our 1 year anniversay! Thank you for your donations and support this past year! Companies 20 Brix Best Buy Brower Insurance Agency Clermont County Equipment D & L Leasing DER Development Early Antiques Enchanted Moments Eric’s Beauty Salon Fred’s Pies FifthThird Bank Firestone Complete Auto Care Hermann’s Florist Horan Associates Jessee’s Shell Keiser Photography Kirk & Company Jewelers Lee & Kissick Lehr’s Market Lovins Insurance Lykins Companies Marco’s Pizza Marcum’s Pool Care Me & Mac Antiques Milford MiamiTownship Advertiser MHS Alumni Reunion (classes 1954-1965) The Mid-Ohio School Mike Castrucci Chevrolet Sales, Inc. Mike Castrucci Ford Sales, Inc. Milford MiamiTownship Chamber of Commerce CE-0000449058

National Bank & Special thanks to National Bank & Trust Trust Company for sponsoring our Norris Jewelers Night of Stars Dinner! Padrino PNC Bank River Hills Bank Row House Gallery Schmidt for Congress Committee Semple and Associates, Inc. Auctioneers Serendipity Salon and Day Spa Shooters Sports Grill Speedpro Imaging Strauss &Troy Sugar Plum Cupcakery Tech King Operations, Inc. Texas Roadhouse Ultimate Air Shuttle Valley View Foundation Valetone Cleaners Valvoline

Individuals Don and Jean Ackermann Rob Arenson Darrell Baumann Dorothy Bell Rick Blackburn Joe Braun Kenneth Buxton

Crowe Family Ellie Desimpel-VanderMolen Carol Eckman Karen Huff Edwin H. Humphrey Ralph Hyre Charles J. Kubicki Foundation Larry and Donna Luecke Floy Ann Marsh Mike and Kathy McCurdy Bruce and Joan Mickey Mike Minniear Robert and Barbara Mount Todd Munro Jim Parker Ray Parker Stuart and Margaret Parsons Cecil and Linda Powers Robert and Joann Ray Paul and Glenda Richards Peter and Jeanette Schmidt Gary and Cathy Schulte Jason Sims The Zach Strief Dream Big Foundation William and Lois Swisher JimTerrell James Quatman Dick and Mary Anne Will Douglas and Mary Makley Wolff Cynthia Wright


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Boyd E. Smith Science Night a success


Miami Township Police Officer Skip Rasfeld helps Megan LaFrance as she attempts to walk a straight line wearing beer goggles, which show the effect of alcohol on the body.

McKenzie Kolb, Natalie Rogers and Emily Noll gasp as they see Cincinnati Museum Center’s hissing cockroaches.

Hissing cockroaches, snakes, slime and even a chicken invaded Boyd E. Smith Elementary School Thursday, Feb. 24, for the school’s Science Night. The Cincinnati Zoo, the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Miami Township Police Department and Mad Science were just a few of the many organizations there with demonstrations to help the students learn about science.


Cincinnati Zoo volunteer Kimberly Mosgrove holds on to snake as it flickers its tongue toward Charley Anne Gfroerer at Boyd E. Smith.

UC Clermont to honor distinguished alumnus with award UC Clermont College is seeking nominations for its 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be eligible, an individual should have distinguished themselves through significant professional accomplishment, made contributions to their community and attended UC Clermont College for at least one year. Throughout its 38-year history, UC Clermont College has opened the door to higher education to thousands of students – many of

whom believed a college degree to be an unattainable goal. To nominate a former student, contact Meredith Delaney, director of development at 513.558.9964 or Submissions are due Friday, March 4. Download the nomination form directly from the UC Clermont College website:


Cincinnati Observatory volunteer John Barnes helps Noah Earley peek into a telescope.


Cincinnati Zoo volunteer Marcia Huff holds a rooster for the children to see at Boyd E. Smith Science Night. MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF

Archbishop visits

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr visited St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Miami Township Feb. 11 to conduct a Mass for St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. In back row, from left, are Principal Tom Devolve, Archbishop Schnurr, the Rev. Michael Cordier of Seton parish and the Rev. Robert Waller of St. Andrew parish. Third-graders in front row, from left, are Jordan Lewis, Cole Moeke, Kaycee Brumagen, Clayton Messer, Emma Rack, Joseph Pacella, Nicholas Wiley, Thomas Strotman and Emily Stiles. JOHN SENEY/STAFF



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The following results involve teams or individuals who advanced in the winter posteason.

Boys swimming/diving

tournament play with a 76-49 win over Bethel-Tate on Feb. 23. On Feb. 26, the Rockets lost to top seed Indian Hill 72-46, ending their season at 13-9.

The following athletes performed at the state swimming and diving tournaments in Canton. Diving was Feb. 23-24. Swimming was Feb. 2526.

• No. 9 Milford fell to No. 24 Colerain 66-53 Feb. 26.

Division I

Division II

• Beau Robinson, Milford (100 butterfly, 51.60); 7

Girls swimming/diving

The following athletes performed at the state swimming and diving tournaments in Canton. Diving is Feb. 23-24. Swimming is Feb. 25-26.

Division I

• Margaret Craycraft, Milford – 1meter diving, 436.05; 7

Division II

• Maddie Mitchell, McNicholas – 1-meter diving, 338.00 • Amanda Bradley, McNicholas – 1-meter diving, 317.40 • Abby Mitchell, McNicholas – 1meter diving, 306.60

Girls basketball Division II

Boys basketball Division I

• No. 4 Goshen plays No. 3 McNicholas in the sectional semifinals March 1 after deadline. If victorious, Goshen plays the winner of No. 2 North College Hill vs. No. 7 Indian Hill in the sectional finals March 5. • No. 8 Clermont Northeasten beat No. 6 Wyoming 54-49 Feb. 26. CNE plays No. 5 Finneytown in the sectional semifinals March 2.


The following wrestlers advanced to the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships March 3-5 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Division II

• Nick Simpson, CNE (103); 1 • Chaz Gresham, Goshen, 189; 2

• No. 3 McNicholas opened up



Milford’s Robinson reflects on season By Adam Turer

The Milford High School swim season ended at the state meet in Canton on Feb. 26. The Eagles expect to have another successful season in 2011-2012, led by Beau Robinson. The junior placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly at state. He also led the team’s 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay to 11th- and 14thplace finishes, respectively. Robinson holds several school and meet records and earned his second individual conference title in the 100-yard butterfly this year. He has qualified for state in each of his three varsity seasons and is focused on making his senior season his best one yet. When you look back on this season, what will you take away from it? “It was a good learning experience to know that our sophomores coming up are getting really fast. It opened my eyes to the level of competition out there.” What are your offseason plans? “I plan on practicing with my club team (Milford Area Swim Team) every day. I’ll start with dry land condition and weightlifting to get stronger.” What are your biggest goals for the 2011-2012 season? “I want to go to state again, and I hope to be able to pull out first place. I also think our relay teams can get to state next year.” Which accomplishment from this season makes you the most proud? “At the Southwest Classic, I broke the meet record


Milford High School’s Beau Robinson takes his turn in the butterfly during the boys 200-yard medley race earlier this season. He represented Milford at the state swimming meet. in the 100-meter butterfly. That record was from 1986, so it was a pretty big record.” (Robinson also broke the meet’s 100-yard individual medley record.) You have one more year to cement your legacy at Milford. What do you want that legacy to be? “I want to be able to leave my mark at Milford. I want to stay on the record boards for a while. I want to swim in college and make a name for myself and for Milford. There have not been a lot of Milford swimmers that have made a big mark at the college level.” How is the college recruiting process going and what criteria will you be looking at when making

your decision? “I definitely plan on swimming in college. I’ve been looking for the best academic school that also has a really great swimming program.”

really supportive and been a great support system for me.”

Will your role on the team change next year since you’ll be a senior? “I think my team has kind of already seen me as a leader. With this year’s seniors gone, I’ll have to take on that role of being a senior leader.”

At what point did you realize you had a chance to become one of the top swimmers in the state? “I started swimming for my club team when I was 10. My freshman year, I realized I could keep up with the seniors and push them. When I started swimming in high school is when I realized I could really compete at this level.”

What has this year’s senior class meant to the program and how have they helped you develop? “Our senior class has nine seniors on our swim team, which is a lot of people. They have always been

What motivates you to excel in the pool? “I keep an eye on the competition across Ohio. I think they’re out there training and working, so I need to be training and working even harder.”

Reversal of fortunes sends CNE to round 2 By Nick Dudukovich


Clermont Northeastern’s Nick Simpson, a senior, grapples with Trey Davisson, a senior at New Lexington, during their match in the 103-pound division of the 2011 Division II District Wrestling Championships at Goshen High School on Friday, Feb. 25. Simpson won a district title two matches after beating Davisson.

BRIEFLY CNE AD resigning

According to the agenda for the Feb. 28 Clermont Northeastern Schools Board of Education meeting, conducted after deadline, the board will receive the resignation of Athletic Director Charlie Tackett.

SIDELINES Spirit Warriors basketball signups

The Spirit Warriors select basketball program for boys in grades seven to 11 is conducting tryouts in early to mid-March, with play beginning in early April and ending June 2. The program is designed to help players get better and help them get exposure for potential college opportunities. Coach Ted Creamer has coached players who have gone on to play for Ohio State University, UC, Xavier University, Miami University, University of Dayton, Indiana University, Purdue University and others. He teaches the game at a high level and is a demanding coach. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sharonville Recreation Center on Thornview Avenue. Practice is once a week on Mondays for the older league, and

Wednesdays for the younger league. Milford, Mason or Loveland are the likely practice sites. Cost to play in the Spring League is $285, which covers games, practices, jersey and more. Tournament play is also available, but players do not have to play tournaments to play in the league, and vice versa. About four or five tournaments are played in April and May that do not require an overnight stay. Tournaments cost about $35-$45 per player. In June and July, Creamer is willing to take the teams to compete in the best tournaments in the country, which feature the nation’s top teams and which are attended by hundreds of college coaches. Travel is required. Tournaments cost $60-$80 per player. For more information, call Creamer at 875-3859.

Clermont Northeastern High School head basketball coach Steve Mummert is optimistic about his team’s playoff hopes. The first-year CNE coach selected to play Wyoming High School in the first round of the Division II Mason sectional because of familiarity. The Cowboys, behind post players Tony Davis and Eric Price, knocked the Rockets out of last winter’s postseason in a closely contested game. In a reversal of fortunes, the Rockets beat Wyoming 54-49 Feb. 26. Proving to be the difference this year was Rockets’ leading scorer, Jake Hogue, who did not play during the 2009-2010 season. He led the Rockets over Wyoming this year with 16 points. Hogue’s strong play this winter has helped open up CNE’s offense. “A lot of teams have seen Jake’s effort and have focused on preparing to stop him,” Mummert said. “And when they do that, having the abilities of Ryan Mummert and John Bailey inside helps us out because of their ability to score.” Ryan and Bailey combined to average 18.1


Clermont Northeastern High School junior Alex Gilkerson, left, and senior Troy Miller, center, box out Wyoming senior Tony Davis during sectional action Feb. 26 at Mason. CNE won 54-49. They move on to play Finneytown at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at Mason. If victorious, the boys play the winner of the New Richmond/Roger Bacon game at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at Mason. points per contest during the regular season. The successes of Hogue, Bailey and Ryan, as well as

players such as guard Brandon Coon, Josh Hogue, Noah Slusher and Hunter Voshell, have made CNE a

formidable opponent all season long. “Other teams can’t key on one particular player to shut down,” the coach said. “Eight players have led the team in scoring this year. It’s hard for other teams to prepare for us.” The Rockets’ all-for-one, one-for-all attitude has the squad confident heading into the playoffs, according to Mummert. “They aren’t intimidated at all by Wyoming, but I’m trying to instill in them that we have to play a disciplined game to beat them,” he said before the game. Mummert said he is appreciative to have had the opportunity to coach his current squad. “They’ve played hard for me,” he said. “A coach (told me) he’s watched us play five times, and he thought the kids always played hard, and that made me feel good because, to me, it’s about the kids, and I want the most success possible for them…on the court and in life.” The Rockets play Finneytown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Mason High School. If victorious, they will play the winner of the New Richmond/Roger Bacon game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Mason.

Sports & recreation


March 2, 2011


Moeller follows welcome mat to state

By Scott Springer

Thirteen is not usually considered to be a lucky number. In the case of Moeller High School wrestling coach Jeff Gaier, 13 is very lucky this year as 13 Crusader wrestlers qualified for the district wrestling tournament. Of those 13, eight are moving onto the state championships. Then again, it might not be luck when you consider since 1992 Gaier’s teams have won Greater Catholic League titles in every year but one (Saint Xavier won in 2001-02). He’s also been GCL-South coach of the year five of the last seven seasons. Come league tournament time, you almost wonder if Moeller

even bothers removing the trophy from its case. (They do). “It’s a traveling trophy,” Gaier said. “I always get worried when I take the trophy over to the tournament, and I always feel great when I’m bringing it back. It’s a special league, and we’ve had a pretty good run. You have to work at it if you’re going to stay on top in this league.” Not surprisingly, the Crusaders are on top again as you can add 2011 district champions to their accolades. Despite having just won district title winner (125pound junior Joey Ward), the Crusaders took the tournament at Fairfield High School outpointing their closest rival, Elder by 21. 119-pound senior Brian MacVeigh, came into the tourney

34-5, and 125-pound junior Joey Ward was 34-9. Not many wrestlers reach 30-plus wins in a season. Both will go to state now, Ward as 125 champion (beating Princeton High School’s Corey Selmon, 9-2) and MacVeigh as third-place winner after pinning Kettering Fairmont High School’s Josh Parrett. They’ll be joined by third-place winners Dean Meyer (140), Dakota Sizemore (145), Michael Blum (152), and Chalmer Frueauf (215). Jerry Thornberry at 189 and 285-pounder Caleb Denny lost their third-place matches but also qualify to advance. Gaier also marvels at his program’s youth as four freshman are moving on (Meyer, Sizemore,

Thornberry and Frueauf). “Usually your younger guys are going to be the lighter weights,” Gaier said. “For us to have two quality upper weights as freshman is really unheard of.” Thornberry and Frueauf are both football players and will grow according to Gaier, who claims his best wrestling athletes are typically football players. The recipe for success in Gaier’s 29 years at Moeller lies not only with his staff and supportive parents, but with the youngsters he is given to mold. Youth wrestling has allowed him to fine tune his Crusaders into productive “pinners” at the high-school level. “Now, instead of training everybody, we get kids who have wrestled for quite a few years,”

Gaier said. “We have probably one of the best youth programs and junior high programs in the area and that’s a big difference. You don’t have to start from scratch.” Tournament time is always rewarding for Gaier as he gets to watch his finished products reap their rewards. Long, arduous practices are often forgotten when a young man’s hand is raised in the postseason. “It’s the best part of the year,” Gaier said. “If you’re fortunate enough to have someone make the finals, it’s a great experience. I think we’ve got some guys good enough to do it this year. It’s been neat to see how this team’s come together.” The state tournament begins March 3.

Meadowview boy nabs Bengals tickets for essay By Ashley Marie Rinner Student Correspondent


Hatcher hitting

Champions Baseball Academy conducts a Billy Hatcher Hitting Clinic on Jan. 29. Hatcher is a former major league player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. He was also a first-base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hatcher is currently first-base coach for the Cincinnati Reds, where he just completed his third season. Some of the players who attended this clinic are from the Cincinnati Stixs organization. From left are: Back, pitching coach Jeff Hauteman, Blake Baumgartner, Jerrett Huff, Tyler Soth, Mahlon White, Rusty Cole, Brandon Chitwood, Chad Roberts, Tyler Greene and Billy Hatcher; front, Paul Collins, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Burton, Zack Holland, Ben Dobrowolski, Joey Cockerham, Tyler Sloan, Kevin Ruiz and head coach Jeff Keith.


Battle of Rocky Top champs

The Milford Eagles fifth-grade football team won the Battle of Rocky Top championship 125-28 in Knoxville, Tenn., during a weekend competition Nov. 19-21. Pictured, from left, back row, is Grayson Kiser, Jacob Ward, Zekai Geier, Mason Bernhardt, Nathan Gallimore, Brendan Sigurdson, Michael Watkins and Ben Harris; and front row, Max Lewis, Blake King, Gabe Johnson, Adam Bartrum, Deonte Bailey, Ryan Toles and James Ward. Not pictured are coaches Kevin Bernhardt, Jake Bartrum, Chad Sigurdson, Robert Toles, Steve Gallimore, Scott King and Tim Harris.

Christopher Rinner is a fourth-grader at Meadowview Elementary. He had amazing luck when he wrote an essay about his favorite football player and what his family does to stay active. Christopher’s favorite NFL football player is Chad Ochocinco. Chad plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. Christopher chose Ochocinco because “he is really cool and fun.” Also because he tells funny jokes and is a riot to be around. Christopher is told he is just like Chad Ochocinco because he also says funny things to his teammates. Christopher is proud to be compared to Ochocinco. Christopher also had to write about how his family stays active and healthy. He wrote about how his family belongs to MAC, the gym. He also wrote that his family members stay healthy and fit by eating right and by swimming and getting involved in other sports. Christopher is a firstprize winner of the NFL Play 60 Super Bowl Contest. He and 32 other kids out of 20,000 won two tickets to a NFL Regular Season game and the EA Active

Christopher also had to write about how his family stays active and healthy. NFL Training Camp for Wii. Even though he won all that, he was not the grandprize winner. The winner this year was Ava, who received a trip to the Super Bowl XLV game in Dallas, Texas. Ava also had the chance to hand the game ball to the refs at the Super Bowl XLV game.


Christopher Rinner, a fourth-grader at Meadowview Elementary School, is a first-prize winner of the NFL Play 60 Super Bowl Contest. He and 32 other kids out of 20,000 won two tickets to a NFL Regular Season game and the EA Active NFL Training Camp for Wii.

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The St. Gertrude third-grade basketball team celebrates winning the St. Peter and Paul tournament in February. In front are Tommy Bayer, Jimmy Stines, Jack Staudigel, Brandon Gerwell, Jack Kirby and Jake Sumerel. In second row are Logan Hoerst, Liam Glorius, J.P. Ittenbach, Cal Collins and James Butschie. Coaches are Harold Glorius, Tony Glorius and Todd Kirby.


Off to the races

McNicholas High School’s Stephanie Krusling leads a fast break during the Rockets’ 76-49 sectional win over Bethel-Tate, Feb. 23.On Feb. 26, the Rockets lost to top-seed Indian Hill 72-46, ending their season at 13-9.


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Information requested

I would like to contact any reader who knew Korean War veteran Avon Edward Eads for a book I am writing about the Korean War. Sergeant Eads was born in 1915 and was a member of Battery A, 38th Field Artillery, 2nd Division. He was captured Nov. 30, 1951, and is believed to have died March 31, 1951, in POW Camp 5 in North Korea. Please contact me at 513-7323415 if you have any information you would like to share. Gary Knepp Batavia

Intelligent and well written

Len Harding’s Feb. 9 Viewpoints article was a refreshing read in the local journal. I appreciate his thoughtfulness and courage in writing it and respect his right to do so. Tea Party themes originate from Carl Rove, the Koch brothers and others who don’t serve the best interests of our nation, ordi-

nary citizens or the Tea Party. Their issues with “big government,” as they call it, and taxation are troublesome. Seems to me that (big) government unifies our country into an impressive entity and that we’re blessed to be its citizens. Taxation provides our defense, infrastructure, parks, education, food/work/health safety, and so much more – all for the good of the people. Yes, there are issues concerning how we’re governed (possibly thanks to unqualified elected officials but whose fault is that) and taxes, but in a democracy citizens work together in a civil manner to address issues. Or once did. They don’t just throw the baby out with the bath water. Len’s article was intelligent and well-written. It made my day. Hopefully, the Dems can find a candidate like Mr. Harding to run against our local welfare queen rep next election. That might make my day, too. Marlena Tyre Pierce Township

CH@TROOM Previous question

What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? “No I do not plan to visit – I passed Statistics in school.” M.B.

Last week’s question

What do you think will be the effect if collective bargaining is eliminated for state workers? “Potential disaster is the likely effect of eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, especially if (oh, excuse me, WHEN) this idiotic idea spreads to our teachers – that heroic group to which my daughter belongs. “Despite the figures in recent skewed reporting, public servants (state, city, federal employees and, in particular, educators) work for much smaller salaries, but in most cases benefit from decent health care and retirement plans. “Take away their ability to fight for and retain those important compensatory benefits and we will reek havoc on our educational system and the fragile public service sector. ‘Nuff said!” M.M. “Workers should have the right to organize but they should not have the right to hold the government hostage or bargain the ‘lifetime jobs’ from which they cannot be laid off or fired, even if they do a lousy job. “Why should Cincinnati sanitation workers get a better deal than Rumpke workers? Why should public employees have the right to accumulate years worth of sick and vacation days when the rest of us can’t. “Procter & Gamble, one of the premier private employers in our area doesn’t allow the accumulation of vacation days beyond April of the following year and employees are required to take a minimum number each year. There are no accumulating sick days, and most people take time off only for legitimate reasons. “Sick days are not an entitlement. If your illness lasts more than 5 days, you go on short term disability. Public workers are ‘our employees.’ Their jobs should not be immune to the market forces of



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This week’s question Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. supply and demand. “Over 9 percent of our population is unemployed today. If those public employees are getting such a raw deal, let them try their hand in private industry and give some folks who are willing to work a shot at their jobs.” F.S.D. “It is important to note that collective bargaining would not be eliminated for schools, counties, cities, townships, police, and fire, though many provisions of current law would be reformed. “For example, does anyone in their right mind think that teachers throughout Ohio, who only work 37 weeks, need 15 ‘sick days’ a year? Frankly, that makes me sick!” T.H. “Collective bargaining in the private sector is different from the public sector. The difference? Competition for the product or services provided. “When there is a strike in the private (industry) sector a competitor can supply the services or product. Ford goes on strike, buy a GM product. “When the fire department goes on strike there is no alternative. When the teachers go on strike there is no alternative. “With the element of competition missing in the public sector; labor has an unfair advantage. It is obvious to any person interested in solving the fiscal problems that plague the public sector that the unions have to compromise. “Total elimination is not the answer. Elimination of the ability to strike would be helpful. No it is not all about the children. It is all about power. “As they say, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” J.S.D.





Salute to Leaders was memorable event I want to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors, donors, committee participants, attendees and in particular our award winners from Clermont 20/20’s Salute to Leaders event Thursday, Feb. 24. It was a terrific event and a chance to celebrate and recognize the dedicated work and positive outcomes throughout Clermont County initiated by generous, selfless and considerate individuals and organizations performing good deeds in their local community. The level of time, commitment and talent in making Clermont County a better place to live, work and raise a family is very apparent. It is particularly gratifying to see this level of concern, of initiative and significant sacrifice when you consider the current economic conditions, where needs are greater than ever and resources limited. We saw numerous examples of people stepping forward to assist those in need and providing a helping hand at a critical time. Clermont 20/20 has a history of engaging leaders from public, private and philanthropic sectors in order to create a platform for ideas, problem solving, mentoring, leadership and community development/community improvements. A major benefit as a result of these efforts has been more people remaining, investing and prospering in our communities. More than ever, this year’s winners are to be commended. We salute you! This year’s winners are: • William H. Over Leadership Award – Eric Grothaus

• Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award – Judy Middeler • Civic – Barb Haglag • Education – Dr. Peggy Hager Chris Smith • Environmen& RecreCommunity tal/Parks ation – Valley Press Guest View Foundation Columnist • Health/Health Care – Travis and Michelle Fisher • Human Services – Brenda Cox • Rural Interests – Joe Glassmeyer • Safety & Justice – Police Officer James Taylor • Community Project – Williamsburg Operation Restoration • Up 'N Over Youth Leadership – Amanda White • Batavia – Ronald & Janet Bratten • Franklin – Dr. J.C. Rudd • Goshen – Stephen Pegram • Jackson – David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis • Miami – Dave & Melissa Fossier • City of Milford – Karen Huff • Monroe – Harold Taylor • Ohio – Judy Middeler • Pierce – Rick Rack • Stonelick – Larry Bach • Tate – Walter C. Carter • Union – Total Quality Logistics • Washington – Sharon Chambers • Wayne – William and Elizabeth Smith

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Is Harding afraid to attend a meeting? “Storm troopers?” Really? I just wanted to say well done, and thanks to Charles Brooks, John Joseph, Randy Kleine and Larry Heller for their comments in the Feb. 16 issue of your paper. Brooks, Joseph and Kleine were responding to Len Harding’s comments the week before. Mr. Harding’s column from Feb. 9 exemplifies the arguments we often hear from the left: They make no sense, they use sweeping generalizations, they stray from topic to topic, their facts are suspect and they use sophomoric, mocking, name-calling when they have no real substance to offer. As a member of the local Tea Party movement, we stand for three simple principles: Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. Mr. Harding, you’ve written several guest columns regarding the Tea Party, and it’s clear you don’t like us. If I can be direct, what is it, Mr. Harding, that you find so distasteful about our three principles? Back in November, I publicly invited you in this paper to visit one of our local meetings to see first hand who we are and what we’re about. We meet every sec-

ond Thursday at the Miami Township Civic Center. However, three months have gone by, and we haven’t seen you. Yet you remain critical. Don’t you Bob Turner think you should Community have the courage learn about Press Guest to those whom you Columnist are so critical of? Especially when you can do so very easily. We’re just up the road, a few short minutes away from Milford. You have the opportunity to learn about us first hand, in person. No one will keep you out. In fact, I’m sure we’ll all treat you with respect. There’s nothing to be concerned about. We’re just local citizens, friends and neighbors, who gather to discuss what’s happening in government today. We’re concerned and we’re trying to make things better. Larry Heller’s Feb. 16 guest column made the case for civic involvement very well and that’s all we’re doing. Yet you call us “bullies” and “an updated group of storm troop-

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ers.” You might have an ideological difference with some of our members, but really, “storm troopers?” We are Americans! We are tax-paying, freedom-loving, hardworking citizens exercising our First Amendment Rights, and you call us “storm troopers?” It is our taxes that fund all levels of government. On average, 40 percent of what we earn, our hard work, our time and our effort supports government. Our money! Are you saying we’re “storm troopers” because we’re interested in, and critical of, how the government handles our money? You should be ashamed of yourself for the name-calling. If you have a real argument, then make it. If you have courage, then come see who we are. Otherwise, find a new topic. So, despite your attitude towards me, and my fellow Tea Party patriots, I sincerely invite you again to come see who we are and what we’re about. Or is it easier for you to hide behind your keyboard and be critical from afar? Bob Turner has been a resident of Miami Township since 1998.


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Salute to Leaders honors those who work behind the scenes By Theresa L. Herron

More than 420 people attended the 2011 Salute to Leaders event Feb. 24 to honor individuals and organizations who work to make Clermont County a better place. The event is hosted each year by Clermont 20/20 as a way to salute the many people in the county usually who work behind the scenes and often prefer not to be recognized. This year’s winners are: • William H. Over Leadership Award – Eric Grothaus • Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award – Judy Middeler • Civic – Barb Haglag • Education – Dr. Peggy Hager • Environmental/Parks & Recreation – Valley View Foundation • Health/Health Care – Travis and Michelle Fisher • Human Services – Brenda Cox • Rural Interests – Joe Glassmeyer • Safety & Justice – Police Officer James Taylor • Community Project – Williamsburg Operation Restoration • Up 'N Over Youth Lead-


The 2011 Salute to Leaders Stonelick Township Award was presented to Larry Bach for his help with clean-up days at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. Also pictured are Clermont 20/20 Vice-Chair Patricia Pryor and presenter Kurt Kiessling. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

William and Liz Smith were given the Wayne Township Award at the 2011 Salute to Leaders. The Smiths were both members of Newtonsville Village Council and of the Wayne Township Fire and Rescue Auxiliary.


Goshen Township Fire Chief Stephen Pegram was given the Goshen Township Award at the 2011 Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. Presenting the award was Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith, right. Pegram was honored for his work with the fire department.


Clermont 2002 graduate Gene Bishop presented the 2011 Safety & Justice Award to Goshen Police Officer James Taylor. Taylor has dedicated his time to helping the children of Goshen Township through a summer police academy and other programs. He’s also working to raise money for a Goshen Boys & Girls Club.

ership – Amanda White • Batavia – Ronald & Janet Bratten • Franklin – Dr. J.C. Rudd • Goshen – Stephen Pegram • Jackson – David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis • Miami – Dave & Melissa Fossier • City of Milford – Karen Huff • Monroe – Harold Taylor


Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith, left, and Clermont 20/20 board chair Kurt Kiessling gave the 2011 Salute to Leaders Milford Award to Karen Huff for her work helping military families in their time of need. • Ohio – Judy Middeler • Pierce – Rick Rack • Stonelick – Larry Bach • Tate – Walter C. Carter • Union – Total Quality Logistics • Washington – Sharon Chambers • Wayne – William and Elizabeth Smith • Williamsburg – Lucy Snell



Eric Grothaus was given the William H. Over Leadership Award for his work with the Clermont Counseling Center, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, UC Clermont, United Way and more. The award was presented at Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Holiday Inn Eastgate.


Judy Middeler was given the 2011 Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award. She was recognized because of her work with Special Olympics both in Clermont County and at the state level.

The Valley View Foundation was recognized at the 2011 Environmental/Parks & Recreation Award winner at Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. Valley View Foundation President Chris Habel accepted the award for the group that maintains a natural area along the Little Miami River in Milford. Valley View has a community garden and is open for school groups to learn more about nature.



The 2011 Jackson Township Award was given to David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis. The father-son duo are auctioneers who volunteer their time and talent for a variety of charities in the county. From left are: Kurt Kiessling, Clermont 20/20 board chair; Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith; David P. Lewis; David S. Lewis; and Clermont 20/20 Vice-Chair Patricia Pryor.

Melissa and Dave Fossier were given the Miami Township 2011 Salute to Leaders Award during the event Thursday, Feb. 24. They host the 5K Fly Thru the Park fundraiser in Miami Township each year in honor of their daughter who died suddenly in 2007. The money helps students in the Milford school district.

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Writing for the Love of It, 4-5:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Weekly through March 31. For teen girls. $75. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Inspire and offer suggestions. Ages 13 and up. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


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


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 4


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.


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, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Cheerleading Tryouts, 6-10 p.m., Anderson High School, Free. 885-1413. Anderson Township.


Board Game Day, 2-4 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Scrabble and variety of board games. All ages welcome. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619; Bethel.


Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - CHILDREN’S THEATER Russia and Beyond, 7 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Hear the sounds of the balalaika, a traditional Russian triangular three-stringed instrument. Audience sings and plays the instruments on stage with Russian Duo. Ages 3-13. $6 adults, $4 seniors, UC students and children. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 5581215; Batavia. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 5


Mardi Paws Adoption Event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The K9 Company, 9159 Lighthouse Way, Showcase of adoptable dogs and cats. Includes food, music, education, silent auction, $15 vaccinations, $20 microchipping, $5 nail trimming and $10-15 bathing. Benefits spaying and neutering of rescue pets of Our Gang Rescue and other organizations. $5 or pet food donation. 578-8886. Loveland. Benefit Dance, 8-11:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Dancing, cash bar, appetizers, sodas and water. Music by Soul Pocket, a 13-piece band. Benefits Benefits Cultural Center of Batahola Norte, Managua, Nicaragua, and Our Lady of the Mountain, Staton, Ky. $25; $20 before March 4. 232-9701; e-mail; Anderson Township.

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Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, Ages 21 and up. Free. 827-9146. Anderson Township.


Maple Syrup Making, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge. Experience process of producing maple syrup from sap. Interactive sap-collecting maple hikes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. start from the Sugar House. $5, $1 child, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.


Russia and Beyond, 10:30 a.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, $6 adults, $4 seniors, UC students and children. 558-1215; Batavia.


A country buffet breakfast will be held at American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Milford. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes coffee and juice. Cost is $7. For more information, call 831-9876.


Clermont County Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., Program: “First Families and Settlers and Builders of Clermont County, Ohio.” CCGS members will present the program on the application process for the two lineage societies in Clermont County. Learn about these lineage programs and local resources for obtaining required records. Obtain forms, ask questions and seek advice. This program will be of particular interest to those who can trace their ancestors back to the early settlers (prior to 1820-1860) of the county. Free, visitors welcome. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. 723-3423; Batavia.


Race to Nowhere, 7 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Documentary exposes the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and workplace unprepared and uninspired. 2314172; Anderson Township.


Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave., Semifinals. 10-week contest including one week of semifinals and one week of finals. Winner of the contest receives $500 cash, second place receives $250, and third place receives $100. Run by Moonlight Entertainment. 248-4444. Milford.


JT Townsend, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Author of “Queen City Gothic” presents program based on book for adults fascinated by sinister side of Cincinnati’s history. Copies available for purchase following program. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.

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Troika! Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Learn about the Russian three-horse-drawn carriage known as troika and how it was used. Learn the dance and perform it to music. With Russian Duo. Grades K-5. Family friendly. $4 children, free adult. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 558-1215; Batavia.


Dream Vacation Expo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Center Court. Information and savings on River Cruises, Europe Vacations, Alaska, Hawaii, Cruise and Family Vacations. Free. Presented by The Travel Authority. 272-2887; Union Township. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 6


Brunch in the Park, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road, Mardi Gras Brunch. Three seating times. Buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelette as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other favorites. Special beverages available for $3.50 each. $13.95, $6.95 ages 212, free ages 23 months and under. Vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 474-3008; Anderson Township. Country Buffet Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, All-you-can-eat buffet includes coffee and juice. $7. 831-9876. Milford.


Queen City Bronze Handbell Choir and Cincinnati Choral Society, 3-5 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” with Thomas Sherwood, baritone. Family friendly. $12, $10 students and seniors, $6 children. 2314172; Anderson Township.

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Book Chat, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson. Book discussion group for adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 5281744. Union Township.

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Learn to Crochet, 6-7:30 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., With Molly Dutina. Learn basic stitches, how to read a pattern and how to count stitches. Contact branch for list of supplies. Ages 14 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7241070. Williamsburg.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 8


The Practice of Poetry: A Writing Workshop Series for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Weekly or bi-weekly through May 3. For women interested in writing as spiritual and creative practice. Optional craft workshops on alternate Tuesdays. $175 weekly or $115 bi-weekly. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Clermont County Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Clermont County Board of Health, 2275 Bauer Road Suite 300, 7327499. .


Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Signature Series. JAQK Cellars with David Dees. $80. Paired with food. Reservations required. 831-2749; e-mail; Milford. 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.


Book Discussion, 2-4 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., “Ireland” by Frank Delaney. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Check It Out Book Discussion, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, “Run” by Ann Patchett. Adults. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 7221221; Goshen.


Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 2480700. Milford. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories and games with different theme each week. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.


Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., “Dream When You’re Feeling Blue” by Elizabeth Berg. Adults. Free. 7241070. Williamsburg. Second Tuesday Book Discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 248-0700. Milford.


Wii Mixer, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. Includes snacks. Ages 12-18. Free. Registration required. 732-6084; Owensville.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


The Pink Floyd Experience comes to the Aronoff Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. The Pink Floyd Experience will present the album “Animals” in its entirety with a light and video show. Six musicians will perform an authentic Pink Floyd experience, including greatest hits, “Money,” and “Comfortably Numb.” Tickets are $42, $38 and $32. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Epilepsy Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Share tips, mutual concerns, common issues, challenges and successes with other members. Ages 18 and up. Free. 721-2905; Miami Township.


The Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, presented by CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky Honda Dealers, brings the best of the best in regional landscaping and home design together at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. The show continues March 2-6. Times are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12, free for children 13 and under. Monica Pedersen, co-host of “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2011” will be a special guest Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. For more information, visit or



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Are being human and being holy a contradiction? Occasionally the American Catholic laywoman, Dorothy Day, is mentioned as a possible candidate for sainthood. I realize the uneasiness of many who are not Catholic about the whole issue of saints. However, I would like to use some factors of her life to speak about being holy. Dorothy Day was a Greenwich Village radical in the 1920s. In her early years she was a friend of leftists like John Reed and a drinking buddy to writers like John Dos Passos. By the age of 30, she had had an abortion, been divorced, and borne another lover’s child. Later, after converting to Catholicism, she changed drastically and dedicated her life to the poor – not as a nun but as a layperson. She built a string of hospitality houses for the homeless and hungry. She championed the rights if immigrants and farm laborers

through her newspaper “The Catholic Worker,” and founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her commitment was so sinFather Lou cere that she Guntzelman practiced poverty her life. She Perspectives in was wary of adulation, advising friends not to “trivialize me by trying to make me a saint.” She died in 1980 at the age of 83. But what about her early life and sainthood being mentioned in the same breath? Judgmental people, and many pious Catholics, will sniff disapprovingly at her coming to be considered an exemplar of holiness. “She’s certainly not my idea of a saint,” many would say. To them

her past will overshadow her transformation and what she grew to become. We have a blurred image of what holiness means. Our idea usually includes degrees of antihumanness. We prefer saints be born as plastic people and remain so. When I was younger I remember hearing some saint’s childhood extolled with words similar to these: “She was so dedicated to God, that from the age of 10 she often chose to spend hours alone praying in church rather than join in the frivolous games of the other children.” If I heard of such a child doing that today I’d wonder about what unhealthiness, not holiness, lurked in that child’s life and why. Such a child would have as much transformation to accomplish as Dorothy Day. Holiness is wholeness, human wholeness.

And we never begin life with an accomplished wholeness spiritually or psychologically. We are embarrassed at being human. We regret not being God – as did the first humans depicted in Genesis. We abhor being imperfect, weak, humbled, having to struggle to become more than we are. It is especially difficult for a generation of achievers to accept the intrinsic weakness of human nature. Genuine human growth and holiness (wholeness) are spread over a lifetime. Some religiousappearing people may just to be good pretenders. George McCauley S.J. wrote beautifully of one of the most forgiving and empathetic moments for a human that occurred in the scriptures. It was the incident when the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus Christ for condemnation.

McCauley writes: “When Jesus defends the woman taken in adultery, he is also defending himself. He has identified with her shame and pain because he has learned that to be human is to be caught in a complex web of circumstances that constantly trip and trap us.” “He does not defend evil. But he defends evildoers against all the righteous fakes and phonies who fail to sympathize with our laborious ascent from primeval slime to glory on high. He sets kind standards for the pace of our transformation, so that he may always hold out hope.” That seems true for people like Dorothy Day and for people like you and me. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

If a fire hits your home, check out restoration company received most of t h e m o n e y. But, after 1 0 months m u c h Howard Ain remains to be done. Hey Howard! In fact, To r b e c k said her insurance company refused to pay anything more to the restoration company after the first of the year. “I don’t have bathrooms yet, there’s no showers, no tubs, the kitchen isn’t finished, the flooring is not finished. There’s no way we could be living here now,” she said. The company’s contract with Torbeck calls for it to get all necessary permits and inspections, so I asked her about that.

“I called to get inspections for the electrical, plumbing and sewer,” Torbeck said. “I was told I could not schedule those because we do not have any active permits on the house. “There’s a pending permit posted on the front window. It’s a form from Hamilton County. But, when I called on it, they told me it was never finalized,” she said. I called the restoration company and the owner told me the county had approved all the work. But, when I called, building department officials told me although permits were applied for they were never approved. The department even sent a list of required changes to get the permit approved, but officials said they never heard back from the company.

Now Torbeck is working with her insurance company to bring in new contractors to finish the house. She said she’s learned a valuable lesson: carefully check out a fire restoration company – and consult an attorney before signing any contract. The morning after a fire all you want to do is get a contractor to board up the property and nothing more. In addition, for any major reconstruction always get your own expert to regularly inspect the work. You can hire an ASHI Certified Home Inspector or a licensed, professional engineer depending on the type of work to be performed. But, by all means, make sure permits are taken out,

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Have a full house with King cake, jambalaya on Mardi Gras Ever since we put salad greens, radishes and peas in the cold frame and plowed the garden, I’ve been anxious for warm weather so I can start some serious gardening. Turning the calendar from February to March means I’ve had it with winter, even though Mother Nature does not usually cooperate. The onset of Mardi Gras and Lent is a good barometer for letting us know that spring is not that far away.

Easy King cake for Mardi Gras

Let the kids help with this. Traditional King cake is a yeasted cake, and I’m sharing a recipe for that in my online column at (search “Heikenfeld”). You’re supposed to share the cake with friends and family. The oval shape represents the unity of faiths. The colored sugars are typi-

cal Mardi Gras colors: purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. T h e Rita p l a s t i c Heikenfeld baby repRita’s kitchen r e s e n t s b a b y J e s u s . Whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake is blessed with good luck. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed completely 1 ⁄2 cup sugar Cinnamon, about 3 tablespoons 1 ⁄2 cup finely chopped pecans (opt.) Melted butter


2 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4-6 tablespoons water or

milk Green, purple and yellow colored sugars Tiny plastic baby On a lightly floured surface, roll the bread dough into a 9-by-11 rectangle. (If it snaps back at you, let it rest a bit and then proceed). Brush with melted butter. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and nuts together and scatter the mixture all over. Starting at the long end, roll up tightly. Shape into an oval and lay on sprayed cookie sheet, seam side down. Brush with more melted butter. Bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Hide the baby in the cake after it has cooled a bit. You can do this by inserting it in the bottom. Make frosting and after cake has cooled, pour the glaze over. Immediately sprinkle with colored sugars, giving each color their own section on the cake. You may have glaze left. It keeps in the fridge for a

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Eggless cake tip from Annie Hoffman

Reader Annie Hoffman shares this good tip for box cakes sans eggs. “For a good cake just use regular cake mix, the oil required and use a can of diet soda to replace the eggs and water. “Diet soda works better than the regular, you can use either one. Just use a flavor that compliments your cake for example, use diet sprite for white, yellow or lemon cake mix, diet cherry cola, diet cola or diet chocolate for chocolate ones. “Make sure to only use the amount of soda in a can not a bottle. If you buy the bottle just measure it out.”

Chicken and sausage jambalaya Go to taste on this.

1 pound Cajun style smoked sausage or regular smoked sausage, cut into 1⁄4inch slices 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 1 medium to large onion, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic or more to taste, minced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 3-4 cups cooked diced chicken 32 oz. chicken broth 11⁄4 cups Uncle Ben’s converted rice Cajun seasoning to taste: start with 2-3 teaspoons Salt to taste Tomato slices and thinly sliced green onions for garnish Film bottom of pan with olive oil. Sauté sausage, celery, onion, garlic and green pepper over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

UC Clermont College is accepting applications for its juried 2011-2012 art gallery. The spacious 1,000-square-foot gallery is ideally suited to a variety of art exhibits such as painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. The gallery, sponsored by Park National Bank, is situated in a highly visible and glass enclosed area in the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia. Artists interested in exhibiting in the gallery are required to submit: • Ten photographs or digital images on CD – representative of current work. • A current resume and artist statement on CD or a completed artist information form. • A completed entry

form. • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of art work (only if you would like it returned). Artists interested in exhibiting as a group show in the gallery are required to submit: • Twenty photographs or digital images on CD – representing all artists who will be showing in the exhibit. • A completed entry form. Use one person as the contact for the group. • A current resume for each group member on one CD or a completed artist information form for each group member. • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of art work (only if you would like it returned). • A one-page typed statement may be submitted


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Add chicken, broth, rice and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower to simmer and cook until rice is done and liquid is absorbed, about 25 to 40 minutes or so. Add salt. Cooking time will depend on the type of rice you use, if the chicken is straight from the fridge, etc. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves eight. To serve: Place jambalaya on plate. Lay a tomato slice on top. Sprinkle with green onions.

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to better explain the purpose or details of the show. To be considered for the 2011-2012 season, Sept. 2011 to Aug. 2012, all application materials must be postmarked or received by March 15. Mail or deliver in person to: Nikki Vargas, UC Clermont College Community Arts, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Snyder 141, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Important deadlines: • All entries due March 15. • Notification of jury results mailed May 1. Download a copy of the application at: /collegecalendars/Art_Galler y/call_to_artists.html. For more information, visit or contact Nikki Vargas, UC Clermont College Community Arts at 513-558-1215.

Do you know where your birth certificate is? In the past, replacing a lost birth certificate could be a time consuming process, but not anymore. As of Jan. 1, all birth records filed in the state of Ohio are available at the Clermont County General Health District and other health district offices statewide. “Previously, people had to obtain a copy of the birth record from the county where they were born or from the state office of vital statistics,” said Missy Jones, vital statistics registrar with the Clermont County General Health District. Birth records are available for those born in Ohio dating back to 1875. “New birth records are generally available eight to 10 weeks after the date of birth,” said Jones. For more information about obtaining a birth certificate, visit the Clermont County General Health District website w w w. c l e r m o n t h e a l t h or call 732-7499.



March 2, 2011


Ole Fisherman helps judge chili Howdy folks, Last week Ruth Ann and I along with Joel T. and Laverne Wilson had the privilege of judging the chili, soup and bread cookoff at the Clermont Senior Services office. These foods were just ‘scrumptious,’ and it was hard to pick the winners. The cooks of each did a wonderful job. Senior Services not only have good cooks, the agency does a super job of taking care of senior citizens with Meals on Wheels and other services. This helps them stay in their own homes. Clermont County is so fortunate to have this service and the housing that has been built for seniors under the leadership of Mr. George Brown. I have been on the Senior Services board for some time. It is a privilege to serve along with other fine folks who feel it is important to help the organization. We attended another funeral visitation last week for Mr. Lawrence Wiederhold. He ran a welding shop above Marathon along with his sons. This was a loving family. He will be missed

by all in the community. Friday we were at Nurre’s funeral home for the visitation of a dear lady, Ruth Smith. She was a very loving person and her family will miss her along with the Laurel Methodist Church. While we were there we learned of a friend who was a farmer. I used to work for him and his brother when I was at home many years ago. He had passed away and the funeral was Thursday and we didn’t know it. This feller was Edward Stahl. They lived close to Laredo and were good farmers. Him and his brother Henry ran a dairy for many years along with their dad. They milked 30 or 40 cows. We extend our sympathy to all these families. We counted up that we have gone to 10 or 11 funerals or visitations since the week before Christmas. That is just toooooo many! Friday afternoon, our granddaughter, grandson-in-law and great granddaughter, Brooklyn, came for a visit. Brooklyn had gotten two shots that day so she was not too happy. But it was

great having all of them here. We are so fortunate with our loving family living near by so we can see them or call them on the phone. Saturday morning the Bethel Lions Club had the pancake, sausage, tater cake, juice, milk, and coffee breakfast at Bethel-Tate High School. This was another successful one. The next one will be April 16 so mark your calendar now. This is a time when you can come and sit down and visit with your neighbors. The Lions Club do so much for the community. Purchasing eye glasses, Thanksgiving meals for a needy family, Christmas gifts for a couple of seniors, uniforms for some school athletic teams, doing maintenance on the walking path, which they were instrumental in putting in and much more. If anyone would like to join the club, please give any Lions Club member a call. There is always a need for folks to help with this organization to help serve the community. If you have any old glasses you don’t need, give them to a

Lions Club member. These used glasses will help folks in Haiti and other third world countries see better. Eye sight is something we don’t need to neglect so help with used glasses. Saturday evening, Ruth Ann and I had supper with a couple wonderful folks at Mt. Orab. They are involved with feeding the birds and wildlife as we are. They have a very beautiful home with a woods in back of their house. This kid has several bird, squirrel and deer feeders in the woods. They have some feeders that will close when too much weight gets on the feeder. Mr. Ellis had two boxes put up in the trees for squirrels to nest in and he thinks each year the squirrels will raise young in each of these boxes. That is a good idea so we need to put a box up in a maple tree here at home. We had a squirrel to raise a batch of babies in a bird house here one year. Now you may wonder who these folks are. They are Dennie and Elaine Ellis. Elaine plays the piano and has a beautiful singing voice and teaches

school at New Richmond and has for several years. George These folks Rooks have some beautiOle ful cats. They were showing us an Fisherman album of pictures of their cats. They have no children so the cats are given their love. The meal was great and we thank them for the hospitality and friendship. We will have them here at our home in the future. Again thanks Dennie and Elaine for your friendship. The Monroe Grange Card Party will be held Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and is open to the public so come and enjoy yourself. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Read a book and win a Nook Clermont County Public Library is hosting an adult reading program March 1 through April 16. Adults, 18 and older, can read or listen to a book on CD to enter their name and book title into a drawing either at a local library branch or on the library’s website for the chance to win a Nook eReader. A winner will be selected Monday, April 18, and announced as part of the National Library Week celebration, which is the week of April 10. The Clermont County Public Library now offers downloadable audiobooks,

ebooks, music and video. The lucky Nook recipient can start using their prize immediately when they use the library’s downloadable collection available online. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. Clermont County Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music and video, available to download from the library’s website. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit and select the Ohio eBook

Project link under Quick Links. Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software available on the OverDrive website. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including the Nook. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

Couple honored for 40 years of serving others Jim and Betty Douglas certainly deserve the award bestowed on them Feb. 10 at the governor’s residence in Columbus. The Ohio Department of Aging honors long-married volunteers around Valentines Day every year. Couples must share a commitment to volunteering and have been married 40 years or longer. This year we nominated the Jim and Betty Douglas of Pierce Township. Twenty-two couples were honored from all over the state of Ohio. It was my privilege to attend the reception. After 53 years of marriage and decades of volunteering, helping others comes naturally for Jim and Betty. They have helped Clermont Senior Services for several years. First, as volunteer shoppers and they have also been active in our Adopt-a-Senior program. Plus, they have helped with

mailings at the office. T h e y have “adopted” two senior ladies whom they and run Linda visit errands for. Eppler Jim also does Community some light Press guest home repair them. columnist for They truly have a heart for serving and are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in Clermont County. But it doesn’t stop there. Betty volunteers for the Wellness Community and Jim served as an advocate for CASA for Clermont Kids. They both have served on the CASA fundraising committee. There’s more. They serve as Boy and Girl Scout leaders, and volunteer at their church, as well. Jim has



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Jim and Betty Douglas, center, of Cincinnati were recently recognized for their volunteer service by Ohio First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich, far left, and Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman, far right, at the Governor’s residence in Columbus. served as a volunteer firefighter and spent 21 years in voluntary military service. They have been faithful servants to the people around them for many years. It is an honor to know two such lovely people who give so freely of themselves. Jim and Betty, on behalf of the many people of all

ages whose lives have been enhanced by your dedication and kindness, I wholeheartedly congratulate you and thank you. We are all blessed by knowing you. Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.


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Grant birthday celebration is April 30 A birthday celebration for Ulysses S. Grant will be held at Pt. Pleasant April 30. This event will be a wonderful learning experience for the history buff, offer a soulful melody for the music lover with the music of the Civil War era, period food and arts and craft booths. There will be also be reenactors, historical lectures, dramatic readings, museum tours and musical renderings through out the day. The keynote speakers and lecturers are some of Ohio’s best and brightest and is led by Ohio State Senate President Tom Niehaus,


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March 2, 2011

RELIGION Belfast United Methodist Church


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

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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




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


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


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

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

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


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

Nursery provided for all services


Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 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

Worship Services 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-1001614369-01


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

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

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


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

Northside Baptist Church 320 Brown St. Bethel, Ohio 45106 Pastor: Ben Hurst Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"

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

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

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Owensville United Methodist Church

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

9:30am 10:30am

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible



7:00pm 7:00pm

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

Goshen United Methodist Church

Church members will host a weekly fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays March 11 to April 15, at the church, across the road from Goshen High School. Chicken will also be available. Dinners come with all the fixin’s. Desserts and drinks will be available as well. All profits go towards the United Methodist Men projects for the church. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road; 722-2541;;

St. Columban

Parish members invite the community

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Parish members will host a fish fry every Friday during lent except Good Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 11 through April 15, at the church. The menu includes fried cod and shrimp, baked salmon and tilapia, cheese pizza and a choice of two sides: Green beans, new potatoes, mac & cheese, French fries and onion rings. Dinner includes drinks, roll and Cole slaw. Carry out is available. The church is at 5900 Buckwheat Road; 575-0119.


UNITED METHODIST Amelia United Methodist Church

Pastor Mike Smith



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

Worship Service

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:

“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



Are you in this picture?

The Forest-Aires women’s chorus is approaching its 50th anniversary and would like to include former members in upcoming festivities. Former Forest-Aires members and Forest-Aires scholarship recipients can e-mail or call Linda at 513-528-6233 or Jan at 513-232-4736 to share their contact information and their favorite songs from their Forest-Aires days.

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


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

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

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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

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

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


10:45 a.m.

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

4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor


Trinity United Methodist

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

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

Something for children at each service


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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


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

SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades)


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

Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor

to the annual Fish Fries from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays March 11 to April 15, at the church cafeteria. Dinners can be eaten in or carried out. See the website for the complete menu, which includes fish, shrimp and grilled salmon, a la carte and side dishes. Dinners are $7 to $9 each. The Fish Fry is sponsored by the St. Columban Boosters. The Codfather hopes to see you! The church is at 894 Oakland Road in Loveland; 683-0105;


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

Bethel Nazarene Church

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

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



MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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

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

Church member is hosting a Community Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the church. This homecooked meal is free, and the public is invited to enjoy the good food and fellowship. For more information, call 625-8188 or Rev. Doug Ervin at 300-2299. Donations are welcome. The church is at 2297 Ohio 131 in Goshen Township.

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

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


The Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati will host the ninth annual Books & Brunch April 28. Committee members are, from left, in front: Jan Stahl and Pam Brackett, chairs. Back row: Rosemary BeCraft, Cyndie Willson, Lanni Wuest, Audrey Stehle and Barbara Burke. Willson and Burke live in Milford.

Books & Brunch set for April 28 The ninth annual Books & Brunch, hosted by Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, will be April 28 in Schiff Banquet Hall at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. The following four authors will be speakers: Sharon Draper, an educator and New York Times best-selling author, will discuss her book, “Out of My Mind.” Judi Ketteler, author of “Sew Retro,” has written stories for Better Homes and Gardens. Sena Jeter Naslund, a New York Times best-selling author, will discuss her new book, “Adam & Eve,” which explores the contrasting views of evolutionists and creationists in the tale of an ordinary woman guarding two extraordinary

secrets. Heather Henson, the author of “That Book Woman,” a Junior Library Guild Selection and A Parenting Magazine Best Books 2008 Selection. The Bookshelf of Madeira will have books for sale. Authors will be available to sign books and chat personally with guests. Basket raffle proceeds will benefit the philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati. Each basket contains a minimum of $300 worth of merchandise. Ticket price is $45 and a portion is tax deductible. For reservations visit For more information, e-mail or call 513221-4447.



MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Chad A. Deatherage, 32, 6521 Arborcrest Lane, obstructing official business, driving under influence, Feb. 8. Jill L. Grange, 44, 2103 Arrowhead Trail, wrongful entrustment, obstructing justice, Feb. 8. Jason T. Loveless, 25, 1147 Gibson, falsification, driving under suspension, Feb. 9. Austina M. Davis, 23, 611 Kilgore No. 11, drug abuse, paraphernalia, driving under suspension, Feb. 11. Derrick D. Keith, 36, 13 Oakview Drive, domestic violence, Feb. 13. Robin C. Herndon, 43, 5401 Sugarcamp, driving under influence, open container, Feb. 11. Rebecca L. Hopkins, 23, 5511 Trenton Court, telephone harassment, Feb. 13.

Incidents/investigations Attempted breaking and entering

Attempt made to enter storage room at 20 Meadow Drive, Feb. 8.


Pressure washer taken; $300 at 5648 Pleasant View, Feb. 9. Battery charger taken at 5937 McPicken, Feb. 9. Camcorder, I-Pod, laptop computer, etc. taken; $1,600 at 6224 Tanglewood, Feb. 14.

Criminal damage

Mailbox damaged at 1117 Redbird, Feb. 12.

Domestic violence At Oakview, Feb. 13.


Checks forged and money taken from bank account; approximately $85,000 at 5900 block of Meadow Creek, Feb. 11.









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Failure to pay for food at 840 Lila Ave., Feb. 17.

Misuse of credit card


Female stated card used with no authorization at 5652 Harvest Ridge, Feb. 11. Female stated card used with no authorization at 1202 Cobblestone, Feb. 14.


Bus bar and copper wire taken at Cincinnati Bell site at 5851 Deerfield, Feb. 8. Money taken from on-line checking account at 2401 Arrowhead Trail, Feb. 8. Pop-up tent taken from camper at Storage Unlimited; $400 at 1294 Ohio 28, Feb. 8. Purse taken from vehicle at 5985 Meijer Drive, Feb. 8. Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $32.29 at Ohio 131, Feb. 8. Female stated card used with no authorization at 1754 Millbrook Lane, Feb. 9. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $20 at Ohio 28, Feb. 9. A necklace, coins, etc. taken at 6634 Loveland Miamiville, Feb. 9. Trash can taken at 750 Deerwood, Feb. 10. Trash can taken at 6013 Grist Mill, Feb. 10. Tire caps taken off tires at 5602 Brooks Holding, Feb. 12. Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $30 at Ohio 131, Feb. 12. Gasoline not paid for at Kroger; $30 at Ohio 28, Feb. 11. Jewelry, etc. taken from Meijer; $2,045 at Ohio 28, Feb. 13. I-pod taken from vehicle at 5799 Tall Oaks, Feb. 12. Credit card taken at 703 Commons Drive, Feb. 14.


Shane Brinegar, 18, 5695 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, theft, Feb. 16. Lora J. Cole, 28, 6051 Ohio 22 No. 3, theft, Feb. 17. Miranda D. Green, 18, 1296 O’Bannonville Road, underage consumption, Feb. 16. Jamie L. Groh, 30, 324 St. Andrews, contempt of court, Feb. 15. Brandon Kendrick, 26, 3361 Treasure Court, recited, driving under suspension, Feb. 15. Blake Reynolds, 31, 401 Edgecombe, trafficking in drugs, criminal trespass, Feb. 15.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Bike taken; $6,400 at 114 Cleveland Ave., Feb. 17.

Criminal damage

Vehicle damaged at 155 Gatch St., Feb. 17. Window broken in vehicle at 6 Wallace Grove, Feb. 17. Vehicle damaged at 144 Cleveland Ave., Feb. 17.


119 Laurel Ave., Feb. 17. Money taken from vehicle; $2 at 233 Laurel Ave., Feb. 17. Unlisted items taken from vehicle at 171 Gatch St., Feb. 17. Coins taken from two vehicles at 244 Laurel Ave., Feb. 17.


Tiffany Jefferies, 18, 322 Elm St., drug paraphernalia. Mason Harris, 19, 5560 Marathon Edenton Road, drug possession, paraphernalia, underage consumption. Tommy Richardson, 28, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 381, theft, marijuana possession. Zachary Fagin, 19, 2888 Prebble Ridge No. 3, criminal trespass. Gary Hargis, 18, 1878 Main St., criminal trespass. Stephen Grant, 58, 6691 Pin Oak Drive, carrying concealed weapon, weapons while intoxicated, marijuana possession, paraphernalia.

Incidents/investigations Assault

At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 80C, Feb. 6.

At 1900 Parker Road, Feb. 6.

Wallet taken from vehicle at 1099 Lila Ave., Feb. 14. Female states subject will not give her, her medication at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 14. Prescriptions taken from purse at Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 15. Unlisted items taken from vehicle; $400 at 232 Laurel Ave., Feb. 17. Money taken from vehicle; $110 at

At 321 Buddy Lane, Feb. 8.


At 6608 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, Feb. 21.


At 1101 Edgecombe Drive, Milford, Feb. 21.

Periodic verification of address Possession of drugs - marijuana

Howard E. Davis, 31, 9389 Swigert Road, Loveland, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 14. Michael Lawson, 18, 3050 U.S. 50, Batavia, possession of drugs marijuana at 2023 Ohio 131, Goshen, Feb. 18. Austin D. Thies, 19, 224 Short St., Owensville, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs - marijuana at 115 W. Main St., Owensville, Feb. 20. Caleb W. Polston, 26, 21630 U.S. 68, Blanchester, driving under ovi suspension, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, possession of drugs - marijuana at Ohio 32 / Batavia Road, Batavia, Feb. 20. Jason William Gentry, 31, 5821 Deerfield Road, Milford, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 21.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Breaking and entering Burglary

At 6725 Dick Flynn, Feb. 6. At 1600 Ohio 28, Feb. 7.



Male reported this offense at 109 Main St., Feb. 16.

Misuse of credit card


At 2062 Cemetery Road, Feb. 7.

Daniel Raymond Lobitz Jr.

Daniel Raymond Lobitz Jr., 78, formerly of Milford died Feb. 15. Survived by daughters, Holly (James) Hillmann, Jennifer (Michael) Hales and Becky (Christopher) Kern; grandchildren, Grant and Claudia Hillmann, Daniel and Joshua Hales and Mitchell and Mallory Kern; and sister, Diana (John) Herbst. Preceded in death by wife, Joan Thiemann Lobitz; and parents, Emma Rothan and Daniel Raymond Lobitz. Services were Feb. 26 at St. Andrew Church. Memorials to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549; or, the Aplastic Anemia, 100 Park Ave., Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850.

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At 2210 Woodville Pike, Feb. 8.

At 1881 Ohio 131, Milford, Feb. 14.

Domestic violence

Drug paraphernalia

At O’Bannonville Road, Feb. 5. At Redbird, Feb. 5. At Goshen Road, Feb. 6.

At 115 W. Main St., Owensville, Feb. 20.

Identity fraud

Patient abuse

At 6608 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, Feb. 21.

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Charles Ray Daugherty, 78, of Milford died Feb. 17. Survived by wife, Fay A. Grooms Daugherty; son, Kenny (Bonnie) Daugherty; grandchild, Kacy Daugherty; stepgrandchildren, Steven Clifford, Chelsea and Christian Watson; great-grandson, Logan Kempf; siblings, Gennita Bryant, Johnny, Glenn and Earl Daugherty; 16 nieces and nephews; and good friend, Sue Gaston. Services were Feb. 22 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford. Memorials to: Milford American Legion Post #450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Milford, OH 45150.

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Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati Inc would like to welcome Dr. Tiffany Pickup to their practice located at 7794 Five Mile Rd., Suite 240 in the Anderson Towne Center. She joins Dr. Nancy Pelc, Dr. Denise Smith and Megan Marshall, Certified Physicians Assistant. Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati, Inc, formerly Lee J. Vesper, M.D. Inc has been caring for patients in the Anderson area since the early 70’s. Dr. Pickup is a licensed, board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete Dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati. She was the Chief Resident of Dermatology in her final year. She has written articles that have been published in medical journals including Archives of Dermatology and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Pickup’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She also earned a Masters in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, specialized in pediatrics where she worked in both Hematology/Oncology and Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital prior to obtaining her medical degree. Dr. . Pickup resides in Anderson Township with her husband, Jon Pickup, and their 5 year old daughter, Madeline, and their eight month old daughter, Emily. Dr. Pickup and Dermatology Specialists are currently accepting new appointments for both adults and children. Dr. Pickup also offers a variety of cosmetic services including: Botox, Fillers, Chemical Peels and Laser Skin Services. Laser Services are offered for conditions such as rosacea, sun and age spots, hair removal and warts. Call the office at


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On the record

March 2, 2011

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

125 STORAGE 1958 OHIO PIKE AMELIA, 45102 (513)797-8515 Jeff Comberger J351/ 370, Motel 6 #227, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 Brandon Darnell S730, 2061 SR125 #6, Amelia, OH 45102 Elizabeth Ellis R651, 6 Lyndale Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 Kristina Ireton F176 & F213, 3335 Whispering Trees Drive, Amelia, Ohio 45102 Clarence Justice B30 & M434, 419 South Broadway, PO Box 300, Owensville, Ohio 45160 Delbert McCoy C76 & G249, 4352 Springmeadow Lane #3, Batavia, Ohio 45103 1001623426 LEGAL NOTICE Thomas Hastings 1070 Rochester Dr. Goshen, OH 45211 #21; Thomas Morgan 923 Mohawk Trl #8 Milford, OH 45150 # 2 3 1 ; H e a t h e r R i c h e y , 9 0 1 Edgecombe Dr. #10 Milford, OH 45150 #283; Richard Pierce 6108 St. Rt. 727 Goshen, OH 45122 #309. You are hereby notified that your personal property now in Fortress Storage Milford, Ohio may be obtained for the balance due plus all other expenses or the property will be sold at public sale. The last day to obtain your property is 3/3/2011. 1622906


Corinda Childress-Evans vs. Stephen Doelker DDS, et al., professional tort Dennis Stewart vs. Rodney Vivian M.D., professional tort Vickie Schmitt and Steve Schmitt vs. Angela Tumser, et al., other tort Bucciere Financial vs. Nadia David and Insider Pages Inc., other tort Debra J. Frey vs. Peterman LLC and Stephen Buehrer Administrator, worker’s compensation Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Chad R. Mosley, et al, foreclosure Citifinancial Inc. vs. Deanna McKenzie, et al, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Michael A. Browning, et al, foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Jerry B. Foster, et al, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Benjamin H. Frierson, et al, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Gary L. Smith, et al, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Barbara S. Heslar, et al, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Martin L. Clements and American General Financial Services Inc., foreclosure Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Joshua T. Herald, et al, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Robert A. Bosken and Barbara Bosken, foreclosure First Place Bank vs. April L. Sloand and Advantage Bank, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Michael E. Jackson, et al, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kelly J. Meade, et al, foreclosure Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. David R. Bode, et al, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Mildred E. Galbraith, et al, foreclosure JPMC Specialty Mortgage LLC vs. Lisa Sims, et al, foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Elizabeth C. Bolt, et al, foreclosure Riverhills Bank vs. Sluder Enterprise LLC, et al, foreclosure Franklin Savings and Loan Company vs. Gilmer Hess, et al, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Darrell A. Wilson, et al, foreclosure Cranberry Financial LLC vs. Andrew P. Morgan, et al, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Com-

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LEGAL NOTICE By order of the City of Milford, sealed Propos als will be received at the Offices of the City of Milford, City of Milford Municipal Building, 745 Center Street, Suite 200, Milford, Ohio 45150, until 11:00 A.M., EST, March 10, 2011. Proposals are being requested for furnishing all materials, equipment, tools and labor necessary to complete the following: NEW DIESEL GENERATOR AT THE CITY OF MILFORD MUNICIPAL BUILDING 745 Center Street, Milford, Ohio 45150 Bidders may purchase a set of plans and specifications from ARC (formerly Queen City Reprographics), 2863 E. Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45241, 513-326-2300. The bid documents will be available at ARC on February 23, 2011. Additional questions can be directed to McClorey & Savage, Architects, Ltd., 5757 Mariemont Avenue, Ste 101, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227, 513-527-8640.

pany vs. Nicholas M. Pastura, et al, foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Geoffrey Little, et al, foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Beverly Andrews, et al, foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Randall H. Denton, et al, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. James E. Rigdon, foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Chris L. Devito, et al, foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York vs. Lesley Dean Sawyer, et al, foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Bridget M. Denier, et al, foreclosure Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Chris W. Edwall, et al, foreclosure American Express Bank FSB vs. Michelle L. Bricker, other civil Cach LLC vs. Tina M. Sharp, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Richard A. Parker, other civil Firstenergy Solutions Corp. vs. Sluder Enterprises LLC, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. DM Logistics Inc., other civil Chase Bank USA NA vs. Robert S. Waibel, other civil FIA Card Services NA vs. John C. Mohr, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Joseph J. Urban, other civil General Electric Credit Union vs. Dennis Evans, other civil General Electric Credit Union vs. James L. Strotman, other civil Carlos M. Tellez, 53, 904 Mohawk Trail Apt. 11, Milford, identity theft, Ohio State Patrol. Jade Rae Williams, 31, 31101 Eleventh Ave. SE Trailer 9, Auburn, Wash., non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Michael Joseph Bolton, 36, 16554 Clements Road, Mt. Orab, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Robert Benjamin Seaman, 41, 104 North St., Denniso, Ohio, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Thomas Dewayne League, 29, notice of change of address, registration of new address, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Lee Langdon, 27, 700 University Lane #11, Batavia, possession of heroin, Clermont County Sher-

iff’s Office. Robert W. Schubert, 39, 324 Redbird Lane, Loveland, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. William Northern, 44, 6520 Taylor Pike, Blanchester, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Paul Dickson Eckert III, 31, 895 Ohio Pike Apt. 30, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Kenneth Brineger Jr., 28, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Ashley Luehrman, 20, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Tonya Lynn Lancey, 44, 6364 Marathon Edenton, Blanchester, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Casey D. Adkins, 24, 6364 Marathon Edenton, Blanchester, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Krista Mae Knuckles, 19, 2607 Woodville Pike, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Troy Douglas Atwood, 51, 153 Chapel Road, Amelia, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, driving under suspension, Union Township Police Department. Robin Helton, 33, 3699 N. 175 E. Lot 155, Warsaw, Ind., failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office.


Emilly J. Stamper vs. Angus J. Stamper Christina Stevens vs. Lawrence

Stevens Jennifer Clement vs. Zachary Clement Lola Schaffer vs. Mark Schaffer


Mariea Hope Hogg vs. Donald W. Hogg Curtis S. Ellerhorst vs. Lisa Ann Ellerhorst Carl Barnickle vs. Michelle Barnickle Heather Senior vs. Adam Senior Patricia Gayle Ghearing vs. Billie Joe Ghearing


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Lisa Marie Smallwood, 34, 16 Rose Lane, Amelia, felonious assault, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Charles Balside, 25, 1490 Verdale Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Marcus Anthony Stineman, 26, 4591 Lakeland Drive, Batavia, attempted aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Samantha Loudermilk, 21, 215 N. East St. #8, Bethel, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. George S. Elias Jr., 23, 285 Jonathan Court, Loveland, theft, Miami Township Police. Cortney A. Reid, 24, 1962 Balnum Road, New Richmond, theft, Miami Township Police. Tyler Robert Smith, 19, 3831 Gatewood Drive, Cincinnati, obstructing official business, Miami Township Police. Steven Rider, 18, 1785 Ohio 28 101, Goshen, aggravated robbery, Miami Township Police. Rock J. Behymer, 37, 3957 Youngman Lane, Cincinnati, theft, Union Township Police Department. Drew Eugene Baitz, 24, 435 Chestnut St., Newport, Ky., burglary, grand theft, Union Township Police Department. De’Andrea Lamar King, 28, domestic violence, abduction, intimidation, Milford Police. Kayla Nichole Wachter, 18, receiving stolen property, Pierce Township Police. Heidi Noel Wagner, 28, 3489 Ohio

AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts to host bridal show

AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, Ohio’s premier bead shop, will host its second annual AllyBeads Bridal Show from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at 16 Main St. in Milford. The main event will include the following businesses: • AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts. • Chaz Bridal & Consignment. • The Best Cruise Shoppe. • Kirk & Company Jewelers.

• McIntire Photography. • Row House Gallery & Custom Framing. • Sugar Cupcakery. .In addition, the following businesses and artists will feature selected offerings: Auel’s Chocolates, Floral Keepsakes, Gayle’s Vintage Clothing, GIG Metal Designs, Good River Gallery, MJ’s on Main and Phoenix Rising Designs. During the AllyBeads Bridal Show, one lucky bride-to-be will win a $50 AllyBeads gift certificate toward the creation of custom jewelry for anyone in the bridal party. For more information, call AllyBeads at 513/8318300 or visit

Peters inducted into Circle of Honor

UPS recently announced that 61 drivers from Ohio, including Tammy Peters of Goshen, are among 1,122 newly inducted drivers into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Globally, 5,248 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 147,244 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 188,000 times. The number of new

inductees represents the largest increase in new members in a single year in the company’s history.

Free Zumba class

The Zumba Experience will host a free complimentary class from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Milford Preschool/Day Center Gym, 1039 Ohio 28, Milford, across the street from Castrucci Ford. Wear comfortable clothes and gym schools. Bring a water bottle and a small towel. For more information, visit

The residents of Pinebrook Retirement Living, Milford, have an ongoing Wii bowling tournament with sister community, One Lincoln Park in Kettering. The Pinebrook team of Walt Rohrig, Phyllis Patenaude, Catherine Bauer and Bill McGrath were the winners, keeping the rotating trophy at Pinebrook until the next rematch. PROVIDED

No bids may be withdrawn for at least ninety (90) days after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or part of any, or all of said Proposals, and to waive informalities in the bids.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site,\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Howard G. Renner, presiding judge William W. Young, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Municipal Court. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Danny L. Pelcha, presiding judge Robert A. Hendrickson, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert P. Ringland. The appeals court dismissed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: Archie Ireton, et al. vs. JTD Realty Investments, LLC, et al., presiding judge William W. Young, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas.

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Proposals are to be made on blank forms to be obtained in the bid packets. Forms should be placed in a sealed envelope, plainly marked on the outside "NEW DIESEL BID". All bid Proposals GENERATOR should be delivered to the City Engineer of the City of Milford, City of Milford Municipal Building, 745 Center Street, Suite 200, Milford, Ohio 45150, no later than the time and date indicated above.

By order of the City of Milford: Loretta Rokey, City Manager



Each Proposal shall contain the name of every person interested therein. Each Propos al shall meet the regulations of Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. Bid Bonds are to be executed on the Bid Bond form included in the bid package and are to be in an amount equal to 100% of the bid amount. The contractor may, at his option, submit a certified check, cashier’s check or irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the bid. The Contrac tor must complete the Certified Check Form included in this Specification, if this option is chosen.

The Proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud by the City Engineer of the City of Milford at the City of Milford Municipal Building, City Council Chambers, 745 Center Street, Milford, Ohio 45150, at 11:00 A.M., EST, March 10, 2011.

132, Amelia, breaking and entering, Pierce Township Police. Clyde Ray Warren, 27, forgery, breaking and entering, grand theft of a firearm, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jerry Agostini Jr., 48, 1193 Old Ohio 74, Batavia, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Mitchell E. Perry, 32, 7156 Thompson Road, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Timothy Cole Jr., 18, 7160 Thompson Road, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy, Narcotics Unit. Chad C. Rowan, 22, burglary, theft, New Richmond Police. Samuel Lee Johnson, 32, endangering children, murder, trafficking in drugs, trafficking in marijuana, possession of heroin, Goshen Police. Jerry L. Allen, 33, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office.


SJC Snider Co., Pleasant Plain, pole barn, 6375 Barre Road, Goshen Township, $40,000. Norman Allen, Goshen, alter, 6972 Gaynor Road, Goshen Township. Bauscher Construction & Remodel-

ing, Loveland, addition, 982 Woodcreek, Miami Township, $20,000. Clark Heat & Air, Milford, HVAC, 3 Kelley Lane, Miami Township. Time Savers Heat & Cooling, Loveland, HVAC, 968 Paxton Guinea, Miami Township.

Buckhead Homes, Cincinnati, new, 6315 Weber Woods Court, Miami Township, $242,017. Ryan Homes, West Chester, new, 5554 Falling Wood Court, Miami Township, $185,000. John Pettigrew, Batavia, alter, 431 S. Broadway, Owensville Village.


United Maier Signs Inc., Cincinnati, sign, 6726 Dick Flynn Blvd., Goshen Township. Hoffman Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 1700 Edison Drive, Miami Township.


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