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Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as the Community Journal. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.



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Uible takes oath of office as county commissioner By Theresa L. Herron

David Uible of New Richmond officially became a Clermont County commissioner Friday, March 30, in a private ceremony. “With all the commotion in the commissioner’s office, I was afraid if I opened it up, a lot of people would be upset because they were not invited,” Uible said the private ceremony. Also, “my mother is 96 and in hospice and she was the most excited about this. It was all about her,” he said. During the brief ceremony in the commissioners’ session room, Uible was administered the oath of office by 12th District Court of Appeals Judge Robert Ringland, a resident of Clermont County. “I look forward to serving the county in my new role as a commissioner,” said Uible. “Over the next few weeks, I will meet with elected officials and department heads to learn how the various

Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robert Ringland swears in new Clermont County Commissioner David Uible of New Richmond Friday, March 30. THANKS TO KATHY LEHR agencies of county government work separately and together.” “I just want to get my hands around what is going on there,” he said. In the last few years county officials have looked at cutting. “I would like to work on how to raise revenue. With my background of buying distressed companies, I know how to grow companies.” He said he would


like to see how that experience can benefit Clermont County. Uible was appointed commissioner by the Clermont County Republican Central Committee March 14 to fill the vacancy on the board, following the resignation of Commissioner Archie Wilson, earlier this year. Uible must be on the general election ballot in November to serve the remain-

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ing two years of the term in the November election. The new commissioner did not officially invite his fellow commissioners, however, they attended. Commissioner Ed Humphrey said it was not a meeting of the commissioners. “No business was conducted at all,” he said. Uible had to be sworn in by 11:59 p.m. March 30 since the term in office of Interim Commissioner Tom Blust would expire at midnight, said Commissioner Bob Proud. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor David Frye said since no business was conducted, the Sunshine Law was not violated even though three commissioners were present. Uible is a businessman and rancher who studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University and did graduate work at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. He is married and the father of a teenage daughter.

Playgrounds, disc golf planned By John Seney

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GOSHEN TWP. — The volunteers developing Kathryn Stagge-Marr Community Park this year hope to add two children’s playgrounds and a disc golf course. “We feel the children’s playground is a necessity right now,” said Joe Spaulding, park board president. The park board members hope to raise between $40,000 and $60,000 to buy the equipment for a traditional playground, Spaulding said. A traditional playground is one that includes swings, slides and climbing walls, he said. The park board also wants to build what Spaulding calls a natural playground, which involves landscaping an area with hills and other natural elements. The natural playground can be built entirely with volunteer labor and donated items, he said. “We are attempting with the community’s help to get these things done,” he said. The disc golf course is a project on track for completion this

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year. Andrew Miller of the Greater Cincinnati Flying Disc Association said his organization has been working to create a 18-hole disc golf course at the park. Last year, the work involved surveying the area for the course and clearing the land, he said. This year, club members plan to finish cleaning up any debris and preparing the fairways, he said. Miller said by May club members hope to finish installing tee pads at each hole. “The goal is to start playing in June,” he said. Miller said his organization is a non-profit group with about 150 members that promotes disc golf in the Cincinnati area. The group has been involved in developing about 30 disc golf courses. Spaulding said other projects planned for this year include a picnic shelter, rest rooms, a drinking fountain, horseshoe pits, walking trails, picnic tables, benches, basketball courts, a dog park, birdhouses, bird feeders and fish breeding nests in the pond.

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Students learn ‘outside’ the box By Lisa J. Mauch

GOSHEN TWP. — Marr/ Cook teachers aren’t just teaching their students to think outside the box, they’re also taking them “outside” to learn. The elementary staff is installing an outdoor classroom on school grounds. A group of teachers came up with the idea after attending a workshop presented by Goshen High School staff about that nature trail. “We came up with idea of things we wanted to included on the campus,” said Kristin Meiers, second-grade teacher who is one of the organizers. The outdoor classroom is a tool for teaching stu-

Second-grader Zoe Gulley breaks up some dirt in one of the garden beds for the outdoor classroom at Marr/Cook Elementary. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS dents life sciences and social studies, she said. The learning stations will eventually include a bird blind, log decomposition station, weather sta-

tion, wildlife tracks box, sunflower literacy area, herb and butterfly gardens, classroom area and pond life study area, said Meiers.

“The vegetable garden is already established. Every classroom has come out and planted their beds. Instead of learning about it from books, they’re learning by doing it,” she said. The school received a donation of 100 strawberry plants from Herbs & Such Enthusiasts, the herb society in Goshen. The group planted them over spring break. “We’re really excited about this project and we wanted to help them out,” said Diana Phillips, a society member and Meiers’ mother. Donations also were received from Powers Lawn & Garden of soil and mulch from Affordable Tree Service, said Meiers. Students and staff are

fundraising to buy other items needed, she said. Upcoming fundraisers are Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24, Wednesday, April 25, and Monday, April 30 at Eastgate Lanes bowling alley, 1362 Ohio 28, Loveland. Students plus another family member for $15 can bowl for 1 hour 45 minutes, and get pizza and drinks. The outdoor committee will get $7.50 for each student. For more information about the fundraisers, or to volunteer at or donate to the outdoor classroom, call Marr/Cook at 722-2224. To learn more about the outdoor classroom, go to mc_main.

Sewer agreement to benefit two counties By Lisa J. Mauch


An new sewer service agreement will help Warren County residents and generate more funds for Clermont County. The commissioners approved a resolution March 14 to extend the Clermont

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work together, said Tom Yeager, director of the Clermont County Water Resources Department. “We think this is a good cooperative relationship between Clermont and Warren county,” he said. “Warren County would relinquish service of the area to Clermont County and it would be served according to our rules and regulations,” said Yeager. This agreement allows Clermont County to collect fees from Warren County customers, he said. “But there’s no upfront cost to Clermont County because the mains are being constructed by Hartz

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Yeager. “I think it’s a great project. It really opens up the area for economic developYeager ment and, in the process, half the village will have sewer service as well,” said Ed Humphrey, Clermont County commissioner. Sewer service is expected to be available to Warren County by the end of the year, said Yeager. The agreement between both counties will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2030.

By Lisa J. Mauch

WAYNE TWP. — The trustees March 8 voted 2 to 1 to deny a request from Fire Chief Dave Moulden for $16,000 from the fire department’s carryover fund. “I proposed to take $16,00 out the fire fund cash carryover and to finance the remainder of it over a three-year period,” said Moulden. Moulden requested the money for a new chassis with a diesel engine for the department’s 1987 mini pumper, which has a gasoline engine. He said the diesel engine would extend the pumper’s life another 25 years. “I didn’t feel at this time the equipment he wanted to purchase was a necessity for the department,” said Trustee Don Wilson. “He has a projection project list for the next five years and there was other stuff he wanted to purchase that I felt was more important than the chassis,” said Wilson. Moulden submitted a capital equipment replacement plan. The chassis was most important. “If I thought there was a more important need, I would have submitted that,” said Moulden.

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Mountain and Warren County. There will not be any Clermont County monies going in to Humphrey build the line,” Yeager said. Hartz Mountain Corp., a manufacturer of pet care products, has a Pleasant Plain facility. “One of the drivers of this specific request came from the Hartz Mountain facility. They wanted to relocate from New Jersey and lack of sewer service was a consideration,” said

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the township’s new service director. The trustees March 27 authorized Administrator Ray Snyder to negotiate terms of employment with Seyfried. Snyder said he needs to meet with Seyfried and determine job description, hours and salary. He will then be able to recommend to the trustees the appointment of Seyfried to the postion. Seyfried said his background and experience qualified him for the job. He worked for Kings Island for 31 years in maintenance and landscaping.


lection to make,” Trustee Ray Autenrieb said. “We had some highly qualified people. Bob presented himself in an outstanding manner.” Trustees Bob Hausermann and Claire Corcoran agreed Seyfried was the top candidate. The service director job has been open since former Service Director Lou Clemons retired Feb. 1 after working almost 30 years for the township. The service director manages and oversees the township’s road and cemetery operations.


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Seyfried said he also has owned his own landscaping business. He has Seyfried worked part-time for the township as a code enforcement officer since 2009. The township received applications for the job from more than 50 people, Snyder said. The trustees interviewed the three top candidates earlier this month. “It was not an easy se-

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fire at an unoccupied house March 31 caused an estimated $30,000 worth of damage. Stonelick Township Fire Chief Matt Rose said no one was living at the house at 5717 Baas Road when the fire broke out about 3:47 a.m. He said the house was being remodeled. Firefighters from Goshen, Wayne and Jackson townships assisted Stonelick Township firefighters in putting out the fire, Rose said. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was injured, Rose said.


The road is expected to reopen Friday, May 4. Through traffic will be detoured around the road. For more information, call the Clermont County Engineer’s Office at 7328857 or visit

Program canceled CLERMONT COUNTY —

A motorcycle safety program to be held in May has been canceled. ABATE of Ohio’s Destination Cyclesafe was canceled. The event will not be rescheduled. Martha Enriquez of Safe Communities of Clermont County can be contacted with any questions at 735-8409.



A former Clermont County Heath District employee has been indicted for theft and tampering with records Melissa A. Jones, 44, 4152 Kincheloe Road, Georgetown, was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury March 28 on one count of grand theft and 32 counts of tampering with records. Jones is accused of altering paperwork to conceal the theft of more than $8,000. Jones worked for 20 years at the Clermont County Health District, most recently as administrative assistant. She was terminated from her job earlier this year when district officials became suspicious of her work, said Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White.

All you can eat

MILFORD — Lodge No. 54 members will host an allyou-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Masonic Temple, 32 Water St. The breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage patties, goetta patties, biscuits and gravy, toast, hash browns, orange juice, milk, tea and coffee. Donations: Adults $6 and children $4. Everyone is invited to attend. You do not have to be a Mason.

Cinema Drive closed

MIAMI TWP. — Cinema Drive at the intersection of Business 28 was closed April 2, for work on the Business 28 Improvement Project.

The eighth annual dinner gala and auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont County is 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky. The theme this year is “Oceans of Opportunity” and both a silent and live auction will be held. Tickets are $125 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres food stations, an open bar and access to all aquarium exhibits, including “Mighty Mike” the 14-foot alligator. For more information or tickets, contact Michelle Seither or Jill Cochran at 553-1948 or purchase them online at

Goshen park

GOSHEN — Park district officials and Ruby Tuesday have again joined forces to raise money for the Kathryn Stagge-Marr Park. During April, each Tuesday and Thursday Ruby Tuesday will return 20 percent of a visitor’s total check to the park district when a flyer is presented to the server. No other discounts will apply. The flyers can be obtained at the following: Beck Hardware, Goshen BPStation, Goshen Administration Building, Goshen Public Library or the following websites: goshen,, and facebook/

Meeting changes

GOSHEN TWP. — The dates of the township trustee meetings in April have been changed. The meetings will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, and 7

p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Both meetings will be at the Government Center, 6757 Goshen Road.

Library meeting

BATAVIA — The monthly meeting of the Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Union Twp. Branch, 4450 Glen EsteWithamsville Road. For more information, call David Mezack at 7357193.

NAMI meeting

UNION TWP. — A mental health consumer panel will answer questions about living with mental illness at a meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Union Townshhip Civic Center, Queen City Room, 4350 Aicholtz Road. All are welcome. For more information, visit or

Perennial school


The 18th annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the multipurpose building on the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust Street in Owensville. Fee is $40, which includes lunch, trade show, door prizes and a handout. For more information about the 18th annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School, visit the website, email, or call 732-7070, ext. 13.

Pond clinic

OWENSVILLE If you’re thinking of improving the appearance of an existing pond or adding one, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District will again offer a free pond clinic for county residents. The clinic will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the 4-H Hall on the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville. For more information, or to register, contact the Clermont SWCD at 7327075 or visit

Roudebush closed

WAYNE TWP. — Roudebush Road will be closed for a bridge replacement starting Monday, April 9. Through traffic be will detoured around the construction. The road is expected to reopen Friday,

June 15. For more information, call the Clermont County Engineer’s Office at 7328857 or visit


Farm Bureau is offering five, $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. The deadline to submit an application is 4 p.m. Monday, April 16. Applications may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, VoAg instructors or Clermont County Farm Bureau members. They also are available at For more information, call Clermont County Farm Bureau at 888-378-2212.

Tea tasting

MILFORD — The Tea Room will host a tea tasting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 217 Main St. The event will cost $12 per person. The cost includes tastes of six different teas, two scones and a free surprise gift.

Hall of fame

OWENSVILLE — The Owensville/Clermont Northeastern Sports Hall of Fame 2012 induction ceremony and dinner will be April 14th at Clermont Northeastern Middle School. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and induction ceremony after dinner. The cost of the dinner is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for children age 12 and under. Checks should be made payable to Owensville/CNE Sports Hall of Fame and sent to Barb Kelly, CNE High School, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Reservations and

checks are due by April 7. The 2012 inductees are: Owensville - Ken Duchemin (1924) and Verona Benton (1924). Inductees for Clermont Northeastern are: Lisa Apgar (1976), Zach Ison (1976), Ian Lafferty (2002), Dick Reynolds (1960), Stephanie Roy (2001), Patrick Shaw (1991) and the Rocket Pride Award - Rick Crawford (Amelia 1968).

Genealogical society CLERMONT COUNTY —

The Clermont County Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Batavia branch library, 180 S. Third St. Members will discuss the 1940 census. Society president Debby Geesner will discuss the kinds of information to be found in the soon to be released 1940 United States Census. The meeting is free and open to the public.


The Clermont County commissioners invite interested citizens to apply for a vacant position on the Clermont County Planning Commission. The duties include the development, updates, application and enforcement of the Clermont County Subdivision Regulations, county thoroughfare plan (Access Clermont), recommendations to various township zoning authorities pertaining to changes in their local zoning regulations, and other land use planning initiatives. The Clermont County Planning Commission generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Members serve a threeyear term No members are

permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms. To fill out an application, visit or call 732-7300.

Proud to serve CLERMONT COUNTY —

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio has again named Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud as chair of the Justice and Public Safety Committee. The committee will make recommendations on a variety of criminal justice issues in Ohio. Commissioner Proud is in his sixth term as a Clermont County commissioner; he serves on a number of local, regional, state and national committees and boards. Proud is chairman of the state advisory committee for Reasoned and Equitable Community and Local Alternatives to Incarceration of Minors (RECLAIM OHIO) with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and also serves on the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.

Spring benefit

OWENSVILLE — The Friends of the Fair will host their annual Spring Benefit from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 5, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. There will be dinner, dancing, silent auction and cake auction. The proceeds will be used to improve the hog barn and show arena on the fairgrounds. Cost is $25 per couple, $15 per single, $5 for children age 9 to 18 and free for children under age 8. For more information, call Lisa at 262-3229 or Jack at 937-378-4134.


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Secretary of state visits Melink By Lisa J. Mauch

UNION TWP. — Secretary of State Jon Husted was in Clermont County March 28 and stopped by Melink Corp. to present the company with an Ohio Business Profile Commendation. Melink Corp. provides energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions for commercial and institutional buildings. The company has three divisions: Melink Test & Balance Service for HVAC

service technicians, IntelliHood for commercial kitchen ventilation controls, and Melink Solar for large-scale solar panel projects. “It’s cutting-edge. They’re helping other businesses save money and leading by example,” said Husted after touring the facility. “This is in Clermont County, not some university research lab. This is reality and it’s happening right here,” he said. Melink headquarters on River Valley Road achieves

net-zero energy use in part by using a wind turbine and solar panels, said President Steve Melink during the tour. “We are generating more (energy) than we use in the spring, summer and fall,” said Melink. Husted said he created the Ohio Business Profile in 2011 as a way to promote Ohio companies who “have been innovative and have the American entrepreneurial spirit.” March’s awards were for businesses making Ohio

green, both in terms of economics and commitment to the environment. “What a thoughtful gesture for the secretary of state to come visit us in southwest Ohio, and to give us recognition for what we have done here as a pioneering leader in clean energy,” said Melink. For more information about Melink Corp., visit To nominate a company for an Ohio Business Profile, visit

Secretary of State Jon Husted, second from left, visited the Melink Corp. in Union Township March 28 and presented COO Dave Boezi, left, CFO Donna Jones, President/Owner Steve Melink and CSO Richard Bailey with an Ohio Business Profile Commendation. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Uecker wins close Michael Webb denied clemency state Senate race Webb said By John Seney

BATAVIA — Joe Uecker of Miami Township won the Republican primary race for the 14th District Ohio Senate seat by 179 votes. The results were certified March 27 by the boards of elections in Clermont and Lawrence counties Election officials in Brown, Adams and Scioto counties certified their results March 21. The district covers Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto counties and part of Lawrence County. Only 131 votes separated Uecker and Paul Hall of Brown County in the unofficial results released after the March 6 election. Also running in the primary were candidates Tony Adkins and Steve Purtell. In the official totals from all five counties, Uecker received 17,912 votes, Hall 17,733 votes, Purtell 3,912, and Adkins 2,715. “I am very pleased and honored to have the votes,” Uecker said. In Clermont County results only, Uecker led with 14,790 votes; Hall had 8,143 votes; Purtell 2,007, and Adkins 1,454. Hall came in first in Brown, Adams, Lawrence and Scioto counties. Uecker is now the repre-

sentative from state House District 66 in Clermont County. He did not seek reelection to that seat because of term limits. The certification process included the counting of provisional and absentee ballots. Across the district, there were 650 provisional ballots that had to be counted. Also, there were 660 absentee ballots out that had to be post marked the Uecker day before the election to be counted. Each of these absentee ballots had to be in the respective boards of election offices by March 16, 10 days after the election. Mike Keeley, deputy director of the elections board, said in Clermont County, there were 285 provisional ballots and 15 absentee ballots received after the election. No Democrat ran for this seat, so the Republican primary winner will be unopposed in November. The seat is now held by Tom Niehaus. Niehaus is not seeking re-election because of term limits. To view the Clermont County results online, see the website www.clermont

‘Meet the Buyer’ at Expo CLERMONT COUNTY —

“Meet the Buyer” is a special feature of the National Bank & Trust/Clermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo designed to provide an opportunity for large businesses in the region to showcase best practices of their purchasing agents while offering suppliers a rare opportunity to connect with those large

businesses. Sessions scheduled as follows: Lykins Companies at 1 p.m., American Modern Insurance Group at 2:30 p.m., and Xpdex at 4 p.m. Advance registration is suggested. The Expo will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Oasis. . Contact the Chamber at 576-5000 for information.

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testimony not based on science

By Theresa L. Herron

The Ohio Parole Board Feb. 1 issued a recommendation that clemency should not be given to former Goshen Township resident Michael Webb. The recommendation will go to Gov. John Kasich for review. Webb, who had been scheduled to be executed Feb. 22, was sentenced to death in 1991 after a Clermont County jury found him guilty of setting his home on fire in an attempt to kill his wife and four children. A stay order was issued by a federal judge in Cleveland Jan. 26. Webb is one of 106 Ohio death penalty inmates contesting the state’s lethal injection procedure, calling them unconstitutional. The Ohio Supreme Court has stepped in and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the stays issued by the federal judge, said Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White. A response is expected quickly, maybe within 30 days. Before the stay was issued, Webb had a clemency hearing Jan. 24. Before any execution, by law, inmates on death row are allowed a clemency hearing with the Ohio Parole Board in Columbus. The federal court’s stay of the executions did not delay the clemency proceeding, White said. Defense attorney James Owen of Columbus, at the clemency hearing, asked the parole board to commute Webb’s death sentence to life in prison. If that happens, Owen said he would file a request for a new trial. Owen said Jan. 27 that when Webb was tried in 1991 the law did not require that expert opinion be based on science. The law changed in 1999. Owen hired Gerald L.

Hurst, Ph.D., a consultant just can’t fathom a person in fires and explosions, can be that evil.” who said in his final reAt 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 1990, port, “There is no evi- the Wednesday morning dence to support the before Thanksgiving, state’s theory that the fire Webb spread gasoline had a second area of ori- throughout the house and gin in the area of the bath- ignited it with matches, room where the defen- White said. dant was located at the inWhite said the problem stant of ignition of the with Owen’s arguments is gasoline trail in the hall- they don’t go far enough. way.” Hurst did not testi- Webb’s daughter, Tami fy at the clemency hear- Webb, saw her father ing, but his report was spreading gasoline, he used. said. And two books of “According to the sen- matches were found, one tencing judge and review- with a clear bloody fingering courts, the linchpin of print belonging to Webb, Webb’s conviction and White said. death sentence was the “We made a big thing ‘expert’ testiof the matchmony of then “I will never books because it Goshen connected Miforget this Township chael Webb to Fire Chief case.” the crime,” Virgil MurWhite said. phy,” Owen DONALD WHITE Also, White said in his fil- Clermont County said, it was deing with the Prosecutor termined years parole board. ago the former “And we have shaken boyfriend was not inthe foundation of the trial volved in this fire. testimony of evidence Webb had two motives used to convict him,” for setting the fire, White Owen said Jan. 27. said. When his first wife Owen also suggested died in a car crash his the possibility that a for- daughters inherited mer boyfriend of his about $100,000, he said. daughter Amy set the Also, the girls’ grandfafire. This statement was ther left them about made in his filing with the $51,000 when he died, parole board. White said. Webb was to Webb’s 3-year-old son, take care of the money, Mikey, died after suffer- but it was discovered he ing burns to more than 80 had used it to support his percent of his body. His 1- family, he said. The court year-old son, Charlie, and had called him in to find then wife, Susan, were not out where the money was, breathing when they were White said. carried out of the burning In addition, he had house. They both had to be promised a girlfriend he revived and suffered ex- would leave his wife, tensive burns. His two White said. older daughters, 20-year“His house of cards old Tami and 17-year-old was falling in and he had Amy, were able to escape. nowhere to go. The only White spoke at the money he had coming in clemency hearing as did was Amy’s Social SecuriWebb’s former wife, Su- ty check,” White said. san, and Stonelick Town- “Susan thought the money ship Fire Chief Matt Rose, was coming from his auto who then worked for the body shop.” Goshen Township Fire “He finally had to pay Department. the piper and he came up “I will never forget with this grand plan,” this case. Of the 140 (trial White said. decisions) in my career It was not easy in this is the case I remem- court, White said. Susan, ber above all,” White said Tami and Amy along with Jan 25. “The fact that Webb’s family did not besomeone could even think lieve he set the fire, he about doing what he did, I said.

That opinion changed about a year after Webb was convicted, White said. Webb tried to blame Tami of setting the fire, he said. Susan began using her maiden name of Beck after divorcing Webb. She said the clemency hearing was “pretty tough, but it’s over.” Beck said she had a lot of support at the hearing. “I guess we made quite an impact. We blew them out of the water.” She credits Rose with saving her life and Charlie’s. She calls him her “hero.” Rose said he tried to paint a picture for the parole board about what happened that night. “We rolled up on the scene and (Webb) was standing in the front yard. I went in and passed (Susan and Charlie) out. I dropped on my hands and knees and found (Mikey). I took him out and we worked on him and that man never once came up to us. “I was a voice for Mikey Webb (Jan. 25),” Rose said. “I am not a hero. I did my job.” Rose said the courts have spoken numerous times on this case and Webb was found guilty every time. He asked the parole board not to let him out so he can do something like this again. Beck and Charlie had many surgeries to repair the burns suffered in the fire. She continues to have problems with her hands. The skin grafts have caused “ugly” scars. They also saw a counselor. “This has made me stronger,” Beck said. “Getting through what we went through 20 years ago, we had to be strong. Now we have to go through it again.” Beck said she’s looking for closure. “I would like to hear a confession. We’re not going to get it. And it won’t bring Mikey back. It will never get rid of that hurt.” “This makes me more determined to stop them. I want it to end,” Beck said. “I want it to be over.”

Milford’s Riverside Park to be renovated By Matt Schlagheck


MILFORD — Milford residents will no longer have to drive all the way to Great American Ballpark to see baseball played under the lights after Riverside Park is complete. City Manager Jeff Wright said Milford City Council and Milford Youth Baseball reached an agreement to share the ex-

penses of revitalizing Riverside Park. The park is on Water Street, across from the city’s water department. The baseball park had not been used for organized baseball games since 2007, said Milford Youth Baseball president Bob Bowman. “A lot of now grown up men and women remember as children playing on this field and revitalizing

it will allow their children to share in that experience,” Bowman said. Milford officials have constructed a new dirt infield, improved the already built concession stand and installed a surrounding fence. The last improvement will be adding new lighting to allow games to be played past sunset. “The city is now bringing back one of the best

ball diamonds in the city and surrounding area, while sharing the responsibility with Milford Youth Baseball,” Wright said. “Adding lighting will only add to the uniqueness of this field.” Coaches can schedule a practice or game at the field by calling Milford Youth Baseball at 831-9931. Residents who would like to reserve the field can call Wright at 831-4192.


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Fundraiser to boost technology at MCA By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. — Members of the parents organization at Milford Christian Academy are hosting a fundraising dinner and auction to raise money to upgrade the technology at the school. The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Heritage Hall, 1705 Ohio 28 in Goshen Township. Lisa Williams, one of the organizers, said the parents group the MCA Booster Club - has done other fundraisers, but this is the first dinner and auction. Members of the group hope to sell 250 tickets to the event,

which is open to the public, she said. Ticket prices are $35 for a couple and $20 for a single. The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions. Williams said a number of businesses already have made donations. “The businesses in the community have gone above and beyond anything we could have imagined,” she said. Some of the auction prizes include vacation packages in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and Cincinnati Reds and Kings Island tickets. Kim Ragle, principal of the

academy’s elementary school, said money raised from the event will be used to purchase projectors and iPads for the school’s classrooms. “We hope to increase the capability of using technology in the classrooms,” she said. Ragle said the new technology will be available to all grades at the school, kindergarten through high school. “The booster club helps bring in a lot of things the school wouldn’t be able to afford,” she said. For more information on the event or to order tickets, see the website


Eighth-grade homeroom leaders from Clermont Northeastern Middle School proudly display the total amount donated to the Leukemia Society during the school's “Pennies for Patients” program. PROVIDED

CNE Middle raises $4,036 for LLS During three weeks in February the Clermont Northeastern Middle School students collected $4,036.00 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southwestern Ohio. This collection was part of the national “Pennies for Patients” school campaign. Students participated in a homeroom competition to see which class could raise the most money per student. Each home-

room had a team of eighth-grade students as leaders to encourage participation, plan fun activities and count the class’s donations. School-wide activities included a pajama day, hat day, school dance and giant “knock out” basketball game. Karen Floyd and Laura Carlier’s homerooms were the winning classes. These students won an Olive Garden pasta lunch March 29. Written by Sherry Newberry

Burdsall earns State FFA Degree

Milford Junior High School students have been selected for the Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Junior High Honors Orchestra. They are, from left, Jake Jaeger on tuba, Brennan Dodds on French horn, Clare Cartheauser on bassoon, Kelsey Brown on bassoon, Amelia Pittman on French horn and Hunter Hoffman on trumpet. The members of the honors orchestra are selected by audition from schools in Hamilton and Clermont counties. THANKS TO GARY PRESLEY

Live Oaks to host free community event By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. — Live Oaks Career Campus students and staff are reaching out to the community April 14 with Super Service Saturday. The free event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Live Oaks campus, 5956 Buckwheat Road. “We wanted to do a schoolwide community service event,” said Live Oaks Dean Dan Cox. “It’s a chance to give something back to the community.” The event also is a way to highlight the campus and facilities to visitors, he said. Free services available to the public include a car wash, hot dog lunch, fitness test, computer cleanup and toolbox building. A kid’s zone will feature face painting, a petting zoo and free ID kits. Though not connected with

the Super Saturday event, the school will be hosting a craft show on campus the same day, Cox said. He said this is the fourth year for the Super Service Saturday. “It’s been pretty successful, and we’re always looking for ways to attract more people,” Cox said. Jon Wiedlich, communications director for the Great Oaks Career Campuses, said Live Oaks was the first campus in the vocational school system to host such an event. He said the Laurel Oaks campus in Wilmington has added a similar event, which will be on the same day as the one at Live Oaks. “It’s a tremendous activity and a great community event,” Wiedlich said. For more information, call 612-4902 or visit

Amanda Burdsall, a member of the CNE FFA Chapter, has just received word from state evaluation meeting that she has earned her State FFA Degree, and will be recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention in Columbus May 4. This award is the highest degree that a member can receive win at the state level. Burdsall is senior at Clermont Northeastern High School and is the daughter of Paul and Bridget Burdsall. Burdsall has been an active member and a strong leader in the CNE FFA Chapter. She has served as past vice president, Star Chapter Farmer, outstanding junior, top junior leader and scholar winner. Her FFA activ-

ities are livestock judging, soil judging, Milford Ag Day and CNE Ag Day. She also has attended the national and state FFA Burdsall Conventions. Her livestock projects that she has raised over the past four years are market hogs, lambs, steers, breeding heifers and feeder calves. Burdsall is a member of the National Honor Society and a three-member of the high school basketball and volleyball teams. Her future plans will be to attend Northern Kentucky or Xavier University to study nursing.

Marr/Cook teachers rewrite lesson book By Lisa J. Mauch

GOSHEN TWP. — Marr/Cook kindergarten and first-grade teachers are busy doing their homework. The elementary instructors are redesigning their old classroom curriculums over to the new Common Core standards. “The Common Core are national standards in reading and math. In 2014-2015, all Ohio schools will have to teach by the Common Core standards,” said Theresa Scherzinger, director of curriculum and gifted education for Goshen schools. She described the Common Core standards as being fewer than the ones currently used, but applied more rigorously. “I think having fewer standard for teachers to focus on is a great idea. Instead of going an inch deep and a mile wide, like the old standards asked, the new standards are a mile deep and a mile wide,” said Scherzinger. She said the new standards were created to ensure students are ready for college and careers. The Common Core is being implemented at Marr/Cook first because students starting kindergarten next school year will

Principal Troy Smith, left, meets with Marr/Cook teachers, from left, Kristen Meiers, Crystal Ranson, Leta Whitley and Debbie Wolary to redesign curriculums to the Common Core standards. PROVIDED be the first group of students assessed on the Common Core standards, said Scherzinger. “So instead of waiting until those students are in the third grade and facing a new standardized test, we’re going ahead and building the foundation next year,” she said. Principal Troy Smith said they’ve already tried some of the standards in the kindergarten

classes as a test so see what works. “Next year will be our first year rolling into it, so there’s going to be adjustments and changes made along the way,” he said. “Our Common Core implementation has been the single focus this year. Our teachers have done a phenomenal job with a lot of change,” said Smith.


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GMS wins Radio Disney event By Lisa J. Mauch

GOSHEN TWP. — Thanks to students’ willingness to “get up and go,” the sixth-grade class at Goshen Middle School won the Get Fit Get Active contest. Sponsored by Radio Disney and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the contest required students to “get active” for 20 minutes a day for 40 days. “I’m so proud of them. I heard them talking about it in the hallways and encouraging each other,” said Karen Wood, gym teacher at Goshen Middle. Wood said 92 percent of the sixth-grade students met the goal, making Goshen Middle one of 20 schools in Ohio to win the contest. “It was an opportunity to show we’re not lazy kids. That we could do something and have fun doing it,” said sixth-grader Abby Tackett. Radio Disney and Anthem provided music, games and prizes March 22 for the sixth-grade class. “I think it is absolutely fabulous that the kids care that much about their fitness and the teachers inspired them to get outside and get moving,” said Principal Tina Reichert.

Student teacher Heather Bennett struts her stuff for the “teacher dance competition” during the Radio Disney event at Goshen Middle School March 22. LISA J.

Kordell Ash strikes a pose during the sixth grade’s Radio Disney event at Goshen Middle School March 22. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Sixth-grader Samantha Strunk leads the warm-ups for her classmates on stage during the Radio Disney event at Goshen Middle School March 22. LISA J.

During the Radio Disney event March 22 at Goshen Middle School, sixth-grader Ayden Bennett competes for a prize by jumping rope as fast as he can.



Sixth-grader Samantha Ilijin shows off her hula-hooping skills during the Radio Disney event at March 22 at Goshen Middle School. LISA J.

Sixth-grader Jodie Walters tests her soccer skills March 22 during the Radio Disney event at Goshen Middle School. LISA J. MAUCH/THE



Goshen Middle School Principal Tina Reichert, left, and gym teachers Karen Wood and Chris Gregory accept a banner and certificate from Radio Disney member Taylor Markowitz, right, for being one of 20 Ohio schools to win the Get Fit Get Active contest. LISA J. MAUCH/THE

Sixth-graders Brooke Ashcraft, left, and Michaela Workman follow along to the dance moves being demonstrated on stage at Goshen Middle School during the Radio Disney event. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY

Jimmy Strunk shows off his dance moves during Radio Disney. Goshen Middle School's sixth-grade class won the event from the Get Active Get Fit contest. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY




Goshen MS students ‘Spread the Love’ by raising money By Lisa J. Mauch

GOSHEN TWP. — In its third year, February’s “Spread the Love” campaign at Goshen Middle School raised money for Pennies for Patients as well as gave back to the community. Pennies for Patients is a yearly campaign when schools across the country collect coins to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We are so very proud of the compassion and how the students all worked together to raise over $4,000,” said Principal Tina Reichert. Each week of the “Spread the Love” campaign had a different theme. Students collected coins for Pennies for Patients the first two weeks. The second week they

Principal Tina Reichert dressed up a clown to show her appreciation for the money raised by Goshen Middle School students. Taking advantage of Pajama Day are students Amber Strunk, left, and Naomi Bernert. PROVIDED collected canned goods and clothing for the food pantry at the Goshen United Methodist Church.

The final week was dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness and had a different theme each day, such as Pajama Day and Go Green Day for recycling awareness. Superintendent Darrell Edwards said it was nice to see the students so fired up about helping others. “We had teachers and staff members willing to do silly stuff to get the kids excited,” he said. Students collected enough money each week to have different teachers wear a chicken or bunny costume, or to be put “in jail.” And the grand total was enough to have the principal dress up as a clown. For participating in Pennies for Patients, the school receives a plaque, a silk banner to display at the school, and $150 in gift cards to Office Depot.


Emily Cox, a member of CNE FFA, placed fifth and won a gold rating in the sub-district FFA Creed Speaking Contest. This contest is the first opportunity for FFA members to compete in speaking. This contest is competitive and develops strong leadership abilities, said David Jelley, FFA adviser. PROVIDED


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Little snow means savings By John Seney, Lisa Mauch and Matt Schlagheck

The mild winter save taxpayers money, even though kids were not happy about the lack of snow.


City Manager Jeff Wright said officials spent $3,000 less this year in maintenance costs for salt trucks and equipment. City workers used 150 tons of salt. During a typical winter, the city uses more than 750 tons. Each ton costs about $61. “Besides the amount we save on salt, we are saving on the wear and tear of dump trucks and that kind of equipment,” Wright said. “It is really expensive to keep the equipment working.”

Goshen Township

Goshen Township Administrator Ray Snyder said the exact tonnage of salt used this year was “substantially less” then the 160 tons of salt the township used last year. He did not have an exact amount. Fiscal Officer Lisa Allen said the township spent a total of $40,135.66 on salt in 2010; $19,858.29 in 2011; and $7,747.90 in 2012.

Miami Township

Township Service Director Mike Mantel said the service department responded to five snow events and used 424 tons of salt this winter. By this time last year, the township service department had used 2,068.75 tons of salt and responded to 22 snow events. The total cost of salt last year was $158,158.26, compared to $46,080.70 this year.

By Matt Schlagheck

Clermont Co. — Clermont County has surpassed Butler County in the highest number of parents currently incarcerated in stateoperated prisons for not paying child support. As of Feb. 22, there were 41 Clermont County parents who were in prison, according to statistics provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. “It really takes a lot to be put in jail for not paying child support,” said Theresa Ellison, lead attorney for the county’s child support division. “We have so many programs to keep these offenders out of jail so I am completely surprised we’re at the top of the list now.” One program is the child support enforcement agency’s diversion program. The program, created in 2003, is meant to keep offenders out of prison. “As part of their punishment for not paying, the diversion program monitors the non-supportive parents until they get a job and start paying,” Ellison said. “It has really been successful and we help a lot of dependent parents get their money.” Since the program was created in 2003, it has collected $1,058,044.16. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Breyer said he is “surprised” the county leads the state because of the success of the county’s diversion program. “These people who are going to jail have failed a number of times,” he said. “We give them a chance with the diversion program, they fail. Then we give them more tries and if they keep failing then I have no sympathy for them going to prison.”

Wear blue for child abuse awareness By Lisa J. Mauch

County has most deadbeat parents in state prison

Tim Dick, left, deputy director of Children’s Protective Services, accepts the proclamation designating April “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Clermont County from Interim Commissioner Tom Blust at the March 26 board meeting. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

To be convicted on a felony non-support charge in Clermont County and be sent to prison, a non-custodial parent has to miss payments for 26 weeks out of a consecutive 104-week period, Breyer said. “The number of those in prison reflects the worst of the worst,” said Mary Brock, deputy director of probation. “They have had every possible chance and at some point you have to just let go and send them to prison.” The felony charge lands each non-supportive parent five to 12 months in prison. Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said the sheriff’s office has seen a slight increase in the number of child support offenders in the past year. According to statistic provided by the ODC, 10 percent of Clermont County state prisoners are non-supportive parents. “In the 25 years I have been involved in the system, child support offenders have been a constant presence,” Rodenberg said. “With the current economy we understand it is hard for them to pay, but we know if the enforcement agency tells us to find someone then he or she is just not willing to pay support.” Currently, five of the 10 most wanted in Clermont County includes non-supportive parents who have “skipped bail,” Rodenberg said. Ellison said to have the most non-supportive parents in prison is “disappointing” and is not the goal of the enforcement agency. With a parent in jail there is no possibility of getting support, she said. “If you make it to the prison level then you are not going to be easily rehabilitated,” she said. “If you are willing to go to prison rather then pay for child support then there is little hope for you.”

CLERMONT COUNTY — Clermont residents are being asked to wear blue Wednesday, April 11, to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. This request was part of the proclamation approved by commissioners at the March 26 board meeting making April “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Clermont County. April also is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. “It seems like we don’t go a week without reading in the paper about a child being abused,” said Interim Commissioner Tom Blust. “All children deserve to

grow up in a safe and nurturing environment to ensure they reach their full potential, said Blust, reading the proclamation. Accepting the proclamation was Tim Dick, deputy director of Children’s Protective Services. He described how the agency recently intervened in the case of a 2-year-old boy being severely abused. “If it was not for someone calling and reporting it to us, we would have no idea he was living in that home under those abuses,” said Dick. “It’s a difficult problem because people don’t like to get involved in other people’s business. That was just the way we

were raised. You have to be able to step in where you were (once) used to minding your own business. It’s important to involve the people that can investigate and do something,” said Blust. “Our prevention month, is April but we don’t want to prevent it for a month, we want to prevent it forever,” Blust said. Dick encouraged the public to report abuse and not to assume it’s already been reported. He also put a call out for people willing to become foster parents. To report abuse in Clermont County, call 732-STOP. For more information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, go to

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK McNeely running for state representative

Kenneth (Ken) P. McNeely, Jr. of Sterling Township in Brown County is running for the Ohio House of Representatives, 66th District. McNeely, a conservative Christian Democrat, has worked in the private business sector for a number of McNeely wholesale HVAC businesses, a transportation aftermarket company and substitute teaching. McNeely was endorsed by the Clermont County Democratic Party Feb. 10. Ohio’s 66th House District represents portions of Clermont County, including the villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo,

Felicity, Moscow, Neville, New Richmond, Williamsburg; townships of Batavia, Franklin, Jackson, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Tate, Washington, Williamsburg; and all of Brown County.

House approves cybersecurity legislation

State Rep. Danny Bubp (RLake Waynoka) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) said the Ohio House of Representatives has passed House Bill 331, which creates the Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council. The council’s duty is to study how the state’s cybersecurity operations could be improved and how growth in the state’s cybersecurity industry could be accelerated. The establishment of the council will ensure greater safekeeping of personal identifiable

information (PII), while simultaneously helping develop one of the fastest growing employment fields in the state. This safeguard is necessary due to state governments becoming more and more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks because they maintain the largest collection of PII. Legislation that creates a council of this sort is unique to Ohio, and bodes great potential for growing and maintaining a relevant workforce in the 21st Century. The council consists of 12 members who are appointed and serve two-year terms. The bill authorizes the council to request the assistance of other state offices and requires offices to provide requested assistance. H.B. 331 passed by a vote of 96-0 and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.


Police officer honored MIAMI TWP. — Miami Township Police Cpl. Glenn Evans has been awarded the title of Lifetime Certified Crime Prevention Specialist by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. Brenda Kuba, director of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, said Evans achieved the honor by completing continuing education requirements by the association. Evans and other officers who achieved the honor “have been recognized for their commit-

ment to excellence in the crime prevention field and for their ongoing pursuit of knowledge,” Kuba said. Police Chief Evans Steven Bailey said Evans has worked for the department for more than 32 years. His current assignment is crime prevention and community relations officer.

Milford schools Superintendent Robert Farrell, left, and Bill Knepp, organizer of an effort to build a Korean War memorial at Miami Meadows Park, update the Miami Township trustees March 20 about the district’s contibutions to the memorial. Farrell said students at each school are raising money to purchase benches for the memorial. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Ciambro leads young Eagles Lacrosse club lost 21 seniors last year By Tom Skeen

MILFORD — In its ninth year,

the Milford club lacrosse team starts with an inexperienced squad after graduating 21 seniors last year. “We are excited,” coach Brian Cross said. “We returned a handful, but we are real young. We are thin this year with eight or nine less guys. We are the kind of club that should start putting stuff together by the middle of the year with the youth we have.” The team lost to Anderson in the state finals last season and has reached the finals four year

“We are definitely focused, but we are trying to find our identity right now with our inexperience.”

BRIAN CROSS, HEAD COACH in-a-row and won the title in 2010. Senior attacker and midfielder Cole Ciambro, who has committed to Division II Limestone College in North Carolina, is one of the top returners from last year. “He’s a great player,” Cross said. “He breathes and lives lacrosse. He is in his eighth year playing and he is one of our key

players.” Junior defensemen Josiah Greve and Nick Ehrman, along with senior Shane Bachman, are all returning starters from the state finals team last season. While they are not sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the team plays 90 percent of their schedule against Division I and II sanctioned opponents. On their schedule this season is Turpin, Wyoming, Indian Hill, Anderson, Sycamore and Mariemont as well as Bowling Green, St. Francis de Sales and the Dayton Club team. “We like our chances,” Cross said. “We are definitely focused, but we are trying to find our identity right now with our inexperience. It’s going to take some time, but they are working hard and

Senior attacker and midfielder Cole Ciambro is one of the club team’s top returning players. Ciambro has committed to play at Division II Limestone College in North Carolina next season. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

there is no quit in these guys.” Even after losing their first

CNE’s Anderson leads local softball squads



» Milford got the season under way with 10-0 and 15-5 victories over Walnut Hills. Zach Cook struck out eight batters in four innings in game one. Senior Nick Paul recorded nine strikeouts in game two. » Clermont Northeastern defeated Withrow 13-7, March 27. Senior Alex Gilkerson hit two doubles and drove in five runs. After a victory over New Richmond March 28, the Rockets are 2-3 on the season. » Goshen lost 4-2 to Amelia March 28. » Moeller beat Ross 4-2 on March 6. Zach Williams got the win and Ryan LeFevers drove in two runs. Cameron Whitehead had a run-scoring double. The Crusaders beat Glen Este 13-3 on March 27. Ty Amann was 2-3 with a triple and three runs batted in.

Goshen, Milford have mix of youth, experience By Tom Skeen

Area girls have started another exciting softball season. Here is a look at the local teams’ prospects:


» CNE moved to 5-0 after wins over Franklin, Edgewood, BethelTate, Boone County and New Richmond. Junior pitcher Emily Anderson totaled 61 strikeouts in the five games. » Milford was all over Walnut Hills 17-0 in its season opener March 26. Senior Alison Moore went 3-4 with a double. Milford beat Reading 12-2 in five innings March 29. Senior Hannah Woodall went 3-3 with two doubles. » Goshen lost to Amelia 4-1 March 28. Sophomore Rian Adams went 2-3 with a double and two RBI.


Coming off a trip to the regional semifinals last season, the Clermont Northeastern Rockets return the talent to make another run this season. Back for her junior season is Division III all-state selection Emily Anderson. Last season she was 18-6 with a 0.71 ERA, 254 strikeouts and 13 shutouts. The Toledo verbal commit hit .382 and knocked in 21 runs. Junior first baseman McKenna Miller hit .541 last season, recorded 40 hits, scored 34 runs and had eight doubles. Junior shortstop Chelsea Osborn hit .384 with 28 hits, 19 RBI, six triples and two home runs. The Blue and Gold didn’t just do it at the plate and on the mound, their defense was exceptional. Miller had a fielding percentage of 1.000, while Osborn’s was .938 and Anderson fielded a .980. “Our goals are pretty much the same every year,” coach Bill Goldfuss said. “We want to win the league, advance to sectionals, win sectionals, go to districts, win districts and get back to regionals and improve upon where we were last year. The girls know it’s hard and takes a lot of work, but with the schedule we set up, it will help us to prepare for the tournament.”

Boys tennis

Goshen senior pitcher Kaitlyn Tucker brings it to the plate during the Warriors game against Bethel-Tate March 30 at Goshen. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Clermont Northeastern pitcher Emily Anderson hurls a pitch during the Rockets semifinal contest against West Liberty Salem at Wright State last year. FILE PHOTO


The Goshen Lady Warriors bring a mix of experience and inexperience to the table this season. Some key returning senior talent this season is starting pitcher Kaitlyn Tucker, center fielder Kelly Parriman and third baseman Rebecca Strauss. The Lady Warriors add two big bats this season in sophomore shortstop Bethany Strauss and first baseman Rian Adams. In its first game of the season, Goshen lost 4-1 to Amelia. “Amelia is one of the top teams in the

contest of the season to Delaware Hayes 6-4, Cross knows the key to the season is how they finish. “The key to this year is patience,” he said. “We have to be patient and grow together. Like I tell the kids, it’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. The guys believe we will be in the state finals again, but it will take a lot of hard work, and if we stick with our plan, we feel confident we can do it.”

a shot to do that,” he said. “We are a solid team with a mix of experience and inexperience and solid talent across the board. If we have an injury we could be in a little trouble, but our starting nine are really solid.” league,” Strauss said. “We held our own pretty good.” Even with the loss, Strauss has high goals for his squad this season. “Our goal is to compete for championships in the (Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference), and we have


After a 22-6 season and a secondplace finish in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division, the Lady Eagles lost their top offensive player and See SOFTBALL, Page A9

» Milford went down 4-1 to Fairfield March 27, but rebounded with a 4-1 win over Harrison March 28. Milford lost 3-2 to Wilmington March 29. The Eagles were victorious in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. » Clermont Northeastern lost 5-0 to New Richmond March 27. » Goshen was edged out 3-2 by Amelia March 27. The Warriors were victorious in both their doubles matches. Goshen lost 4-1 to Bethel-Tate March 29. Sophomores Cole Hadley and Chris Treadway picked up the lone victory in No. 2 doubles.


» Milford boys finished third in a quad-meet with Turpin, Anderson and Glen Este, March 24. Senior Mike George was victorious in the pole vault. The girls won the meet and senior Savanna Termuhlen won the 100and 200-meter events. » McNick finished second at the Finneytown Quad. Thomas Voegele took first place in the 100- (11.6) and 200-meter dashes (24.2). » McNick took first place at the Finneytown quad March 27. Kelsey See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9


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McNick serves up new tennis season By Nick Dudukovich

MOUNT WASHINGTON — As temperatures warm,

teams from across the state are beginning to embark on the 2012 tennis season. The Rockets and head coach Adam Conrad will field a youthful lineup this spring. Experienced returnees, such as Alex Lancester, Adam Dill and Kuzi Makore will attempt to navigate the squad through the Greater Catholic League’s Central Division.

Other players to watch include Luke Headings, Jake Headings, Adam Dill and Steven Sinclair. The Rockets dropped their first two matches of the year, but Conrad is optimistic about the rest of the spring. “We had a bit of a rough start, but a lot of the players have a good tennis background and have been taking lessons, so there is a good foundation to work with,” he said. The Rockets next home match is scheduled for April 18 against Madeira.

SIDELINES Select baseball

A Midland 9U select baseball team is looking for a couple of pitchers. Call 240-4446.

Sand volleyball season starts

Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club in Milford is opening April 16, with league play starting April 23. Registration is going on now for leagues for adults, youth, high school and college students. Doubles, quads and six-person teams, both recre-

Milford High School senior Lorin Conti signs her letter of commitment to run cross country and track for Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. She has chosen special education as her major. Conti was a four-year varsity cross country runner and three-year varsity track & field athlete. She earned a Sportsmanship Award for integrity, honor and showing concern for others in the sport of cross country in both her junior and senior years. She was second-team all-league all four years in cross country and second-team all-league for track in the 3,200 meter race as a freshman. In front, from left, are dad, Chuck Conti, Lorin Conti and mom, Cathy Conti; in back, from left, are Milford cross country assistant coach Matt Jorden and Milford girls cross country head coach Leah Sears. THANKS TO MARK TROUT

ational and competitive, are available. Doubles are $100, quads are $220 and sixes are $295. There is no park admission fee. Registration is available at, or call 831-4252. The club is at 837 U.S. 50, Milford.

Moving on

If you’d like to submit a notice for your team, please send the information (you may include a photo) to mlaughman@

Milford High School athletes recently signed letters of intent to play sports in college.

CIA girls finish 1st at expo The CIA Agents of Cincy All-Star cheer teams and Youth Dance Team placed first in the Greater Midwest Cheer and Dance Expo in Troy. They also won high score for their level. The dance team won first place and in addition won the most entertaining routine. The Youth Level 2 Agents have received a paid bid to the U.S. finals in Indianapolis. Mini Level 1 Cheer Members: Kimberly Allen, Sophia Batchler, Paityn Crooks, Hannah Graves, Sierra Hurley, Gracie McNeal, Natalie Maraccini, Lainie Jo Mason, Celine Norris, Jadyn Simpson, Brooke Westerkamp

Youth Level 2 Cheer Members: Kimberly Allen, Clare Batchler, Jenna Batchler, Kealin Sue Bond, Katie Braun, Brogan Cassity, Hannah Graves, Selena Hurley, Sierra Hurley, Brooke Williams, Katelynn McNeal, Natalie Marraccini, Lainie Jo Mason, Lindsey Miller, Celine Norris, Jordyn Polet, Mya Rhoden, Samantha Rolsen, MacKenzie Santos, Caroline Stacey, Lauren Staccey, Grace Tilley, Brooke Westerkamp, Sidney Womacks Youth Dance Team: Kaitlin Bahten, Sierra Hurley, Celine Norris, Lexi O’Neal, Mya Rhoden, Cameron Rolsen, Samantha Rolsen, Brooke Westerkamp, Sidney Womacks


» The Rockets defeated Oak Hills, 3-1, March 27. The squad followed up up with a 4—1 win over GCL Central rival Purcell Marian March 29.

Mueller was victorious in the 400-meter dash, while Olivia Fitzpatrick took first in the 800 and 1,600meter races.

Tweets from the beat

Boys volleyball

» @MikeDyer: McNicholas junior QB Austin Ernst scheduled to visit previously reported


17-0 win over Walnut Hills and a 10-0 loss to Vandalia Butler.

» Milford lost to Lakota West, March 26 in straight sets to open the season.

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pitcher in Sarah Alley. Last season, Alley tossed 171 innings with a 21-6 record and 239 strikeouts while recording a 0.82 ERA. At the plate, the FirstTeam All-FAVC player hit .400 and drove in 18 runs. Infielder Kahla Simmons takes over as the top returning offensive player after hitting .292 with 20 RBI last season. Senior outfielder Hannah Woodall will need to up her .261 average from last season. Pitching duties will fall into the hands of junior Katie Noll and sophomore Hannah Wolbers. Through March 28, the Lady Eagles are 1-1 after a

Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate

The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the

community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/ female ballots that represent specific community


newspapers, such as the Milford-Miami Advertiser. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day.

Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email mlaughman@ with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.


Head coach Tim Ross and the Rockets will field a team made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores in 2012. Despite its youthfulness, Ross sees potential in his roster. The Rockets will have key upperclassmen setting an example for the younger players. Seniors Haley Stultz (CF) and Courtney Curran (3B) will be key to the squad’s defensive efforts, while junior pitcher Abby Jones returns. Jones won six games last season while posting a 1.34 ERA. She accumulated 279 strikeouts during her first two seasons on the varsity squad.

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bout the College recruiting process?

Join Dr. Scott Rogers for a presentation about college recruiting, the new NCAA regulations and his newly developed “Prescription for Success” program. This program is designed for parents of junior high and high school athletes. Dr. Rogers will discuss: • Understanding the college recruiting process • New NCAA regulations • Common pitfalls for parents • Prescription for Success program


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Bryce Anderson, a Milford High School senior, signs his letter of commitment to play baseball for Huntington University in Huntington, Ind., where he will study exercise science. Anderson has played for the Milford Eagles Baseball program for four years, earning varsity letters in his junior and senior seasons. In front, from left, are Tommie Anderson, Bryce Anderson and Jane Anderson. Standing, from left, are Milford head baseball coach Tom Kilgore and Huntington University head baseball coach Mike Frame. THANKS TO MARK TROUT

Milford High School senior Savanna Termuhlen signs a letter of commitment to run track for Wright State University, where she will major in nursing. Termuhlen is a four-year varsity member of the Milford High School track and field team, participating in the 100m and 200m dash, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay events. She earned the Eagle Award as a junior for her hard work, dedication and discipline in the sport of track. She was named the team MVP for Sprints/Hurdles three years in a row. Termuhlen holds the Milford school record for both the 100m and 200m. In 2011, she was the FAVC East league champion in both the 100m and 200m dash races. Also in 2011, Termuhlen came in 4th in the Regional meet and was a state qualifier for the 100m dash. In front, from left, are Michelle Termuhlen, Savanna Termuhlen and Chris Termuhlen. In back are Jason Babinec, Milford girls track head coach Shane Bartholomew and Milford boys track head coach Eric Kroell. THANKS

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3. Nighttime driving. For all ages, fatal crashes are more likely to occur at night; but the risk is highest Martha for teens. Make Enriquez sure your teen is off the road COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST by 9 or 10 p.m. COLUMNIST for at least the first six months of licensed driving. Ohio law restricts drivers under age 17 from driving between midnight and 6 a.m. unless with a parent or guardian. Drivers that are 17 are restricted between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. with a few exceptions. 4. Not using seat belts. The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to buckle up. This simple step can reduce your teen’s risk by about half. Model this by buckling up your-

self. 5. Distracted driving. Distractions increase your teen’s risk of being in a crash. Don’t allow talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or playing with the radio. 6. Drowsy driving. Young drivers are at highest risk for drowsy driving, which causes thousands of crashes every year. Be sure your teen is fully rested before he or she gets behind the wheel. 7. Reckless driving. Research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment and maturity to assess risky situations. Help your teen avoid the following unsafe behaviors: Speeding, tailgating, insufficient scanning, impaired driving. Here in Clermont County, the juvenile court system deals with hundreds of teen driving offenders each year. According to data over the past three years, the top reasons teens

receive traffic citations are: Speeding, failure to maintain assured clear distance, failure to control, no drivers license, no seat belt, driving under the influence. While most of these incidents involve no injury or property damage, occasionally a life is lost or a loved one is injured. Encourage your young driver to be careful and make good choices when they drive. One teen lost to a traffic crash is one too many.

Martha Enruiqez is the director of Clermont County Safe Communities, which is available to speak to groups regarding traffic safety, including teen driving, motorcycle safety, impaired driving and seat belt use. Safe Communities is a program of the Clermont County General Health District and partners with local groups and agencies to reduce traffic fatalities. Contact her at 735-8409 for more information.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question: What are your expectations for the Reds this season? Do you have an Opening Day tradition? If so, what is it?

“We most definitely do have an Opening Day tradition. My husband, a native to Cincinnati, has been a Reds fan his entire life. All three of my boys wore a Reds cap home from the hospital just after birth! We have a room in our home, painted Cincinnati Red, dedicated to over thirty years of Reds memorabilia, photographs and newspaper articles! We start out Opening Day with the Opening Day parade, then head home. With Opening Day tickets being out of our reach, we have our own game day at home. (The sole reason we got satellite TV was so that they could watch the Reds’ games.) My husband takes the afternoon off work, we all dress up in Reds attire, and we all gather in front of the television. We stand for the National Anthem and then settle in for game day festivities. I periodically wander through as a food vendor with various baseball foods: nachos, cheese and chips, hotdogs wrapped in aluminum foil, root beer, big pretzels, cotton candy. I act like a vendor yelling out “Hot Dog, here! Who wants a hot dog?” “Root beer, here!” And then I walk by pretending like I didn’t hear them yell “Here! Here!” We pass the food or drink down the line (like you would at the game) and then I wander off again until the next round of food. We started this when the boys were very young and we still continue it even though most of them are in their teens. It’s a fun day for this Reds’ Fan Family. Most recently, we’ve started going to the Opening Night game which is starting out to be a fun tradition as well!” D&BO Previous question: Should the U.S. release some of its oil reserves to keep the price of gasoline down and help the economic recovery? Why or why not?

“Releasing oil from our

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strategic reserves would be like offering an aspirin to a cancer patient. It has a slight chance of relieving short term pain, but does absolutely nothing towards creating a cure. In 2008 when President Bush released oil from our reserves it brought short term relief, but to create longer term relief he also signed an executive order to expedite permit approval on federal lands to create additional long term supply. When Obama released reserves the first time, he didn’t take the secondary measures Bush had taken and therefore there was a minimal short term affect on the market as those reserves were quickly absorbed into the supply curve. “Yes, there is a greater global demand today than ever before, and yes we would all like to see the advent of alternative renewable energy sources. Unfortunately, the reality is that those sources are currently nowhere near ready for prime time. After all, cars run on gasoline, they don’t run on wind mills and we don’t currently have the technology to put a battery in a car that makes a significant difference. The solution for the near term (the next 20 years or so) is pretty simple. We need to ensure that supply keeps up with demand as we continue to develop realistic alternatives.” “There is an old adage that you shouldn’t quit your current job until your future job is secured. The same hold true with energy. Our very existence relies on the idea of having usable energy available to sustain ourselves. If we take away our existing sources of that energy on the “hope” that these new energy sources quickly pan out, then we are taking an incredible and unnecessary risk with our future.



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Biggest dangers of teen driving According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight teens a day are killed in vehicle accidents. That is nearly 3,000 per year. Here are the leading causes of teen crashes and rules to help them stay safe. 1. Driver inexperience. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Provide at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months. Make sure to practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions. 2. Driving with teen passengers. Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car. Follow your state’s teen driving law for passenger restrictions. The law in Ohio for drivers under the age of 17 is that they may only have one passenger in the vehicle that is not a family member.


Taking the first step of releasing reserves can create short term relief, but what’s really needed is a longer term cure.” M.J.E. “The primary issue here is addressing our country’s overwhelming dependence on oil/ gasoline. Gas prices are going through the roof for what I believe are three main reasons (all of which are blamed on President Obama, but none of which rest solely on his shoulders - along with all the other government ills he was handed when he was first elected!): the greed of our gasoline producers/dealers, our sluggish development of alternative fuels and our absolute refusal to give up the giant, gas-guzzling SUVs and luxury cars on our highways. Since we are effectively held hostage by the major oil-producing countries of the Middle East, we may have to release some of our own reserves - or perhaps consider drilling in areas where known oil sources are located, but the best way we can reduce our oil dependency is to stop manufacturing gigantic Urban Assault Vehicles and concentrate on high fuel-efficient/low emission vehicles while we concurrently develop some alternative fuel options. Our planet is already suffering the effects of our total lack of concern for its dwindling resources and we will all pay the price! ‘Nuff said!” M.M. “No. Those reserves are for emergencies. We shouldn’t raid rainy day funds like the city and county do. The problem is supply and demand. Use less and drill for more. That’s the only long term solution.” P.C. “Previous releases caused the price to go down for less than five days. At the present time each American uses 25 barrels of oil per year. In China each Chinese uses two barrels of oil a year. In the future the demand for oil will continue to increase. Get used to it. Any release of ‘emergency oil reserves’ is a political strategy with no real affect on the price. It has been done in the past and that has what oc-

curred. Folks seem to have no memory for history. The Americans pay very low prices for gasoline compared to the rest of the world. Ten years ago I paid almost $5 a gallon in Europe. Currently Germans pay over $6 a gallon. Americans continue to show their ignorance of how circumstances price commodities. Oil is in global demand which has been and will continue to increase in the future. Drilling at home will not reduce the price either. Additional crude oil will be sold to the highest bidder. Drilling at home will not preclude selling crude to foreign countries. Why would you keep it in the USA and get less for your crude?” J.S.D. “The strategic oil reserve is too small compared to our current consumption to help with the price of oil today. It may be useful in countering short term effects of passing events but historically its use has been managed wisely. “Our current problem is due to the ridiculous lack of vision that has blinded this nation after 40 years of dependence on imported fuel. We cannot drill our way out of this because we already used all the shallow high quality resources, and everything left will be deeper, further away, and therefore more expensive. And ‘more expensive’ is the core of our current recession. Keystone won’t provide cheap oil. It will just lock in our addiction at about today’s prices. “We can’t end our oil dependence over night, and we don’t know how to displace all of it with sustainable technologies, but we can cut our use in half with efficiency, and replace some of the rest with electric vehicles, better public transportation, better planning in the distribution of goods and much more. The solutions are much cheaper than continuing to ignore the problem. And the same technologies which are making renewable electricity cheap will drive the cost of batteries down and give us future transportation options which are much better than what we have today.” N.F.

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Myers seeks 65th District seat My name is Steve Myers and I am humbled to be the Democratic nominee for state representative for Ohio’s 65th district. As a conservative Democrat for state representative, I am running to help: 1) create jobs, 2) fix schools and 3) protect families and the environment. Today I want to introduce myself. My father, Glen Myers, was a builder in Cincinnati. My mother was a founding member of a church in Milford and my father built the church that they were the first ones married in in 1955. In 1957, I was born, the youngest of four sons. I grew up in South Milford. I worked for my father, mother and grandparents in our Steve Myers COMMUNITY PRESS small family businesses. I GUEST COLUMNIST developed a great work ethic and learned a lot about people and projects from my father and mother. I never received an allowance, but was always paid for the work I did. I complimented my 50 years of work experience with a great education. I attended Milford public schools and college at the University of Cincinnati, where I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with national honors in economics, human resources, leadership and psychology. I grew up in South Milford and have lived in the 65th District my entire life. I have worked for General Electric and General Motors, and other large Fortune 500 companies, and have spent 30 years in human resources, consulting and negotiations for family businesses, civic organizations, employee associations and schools. I am the candidate who knows both large and small businesses and understands what it takes to create jobs without leaving families behind. As a human resources professional, I have recruited and staffed, developed and matched thousands of people and jobs. I believe we can do better to bring quality jobs to our district by encouraging green jobs, energy, manufacturing, business services and information technology services as well. I understand how difficult it can be to send students to college and afford to continue to save. My two children were blessed to attend excellent public schools in Milford that prepared them well for college. However, few of Ohio’s children actually have that opportunity from K-12th grades. Over the next months, public K-12 education reform and higher education affordability will be a major focus of my candidacy. The best thing you can do for my candidacy is pray. Visit my website at to review information and events across our district. I look forward to meeting you and your family in the days ahead as we seek to make Ohio a land of opportunity and fairness.

Steve Myers is the Democratic nominee for the Ohio House of Representatives 65th District, which includes Milford, Loveland (inside Clermont County), and the townships of Union, Miami, Goshen, Stonelick and Wayne.

Community Journal Editor Theresa L. Herron, 248-7128 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.



Ohio State Rep. Joe Uecker and UC Clermont’s Director of Development Meredith Delaney dance during the 2012 “Dancing with the Stars.” Uecker and Delaney were the event’s 2011 winners.



WCPO-TV Meteorologist Steve Norris, left, introduces UC Clermont’s Director of Enrollment Services Martha Geiger, center, and her partner Jomo Leing, right.

Clermont County ‘celebrities’ face-off in dance competition Photos and story by Matt Schlagheck

CLERMONT CO. — Clermont County “celebrities” hit the stage March 9 for the third annual “Dancing with the Stars.” Proceeds benefit CCDD’s “Gift of Time Respite Cooperative.” The program provides support for families by giving them time away from the demands of caring for a disabled loved one. Eight “celebrity” couples from Clermont County participated in the event including: First Transit employee Carolyn Kelley with her

husband Gary; Southwest Ohio Developmental Center Superintendent Jim Krumer and Goodwill’s Assistant Director of Developmental Disabilities Leslie McCurley; Koogler-Eyre Realtor Partners Len Koogler and Beverly Eyer; Landmark Insurance Agent Jason Dimac and Leah Wainscott of Boy Scouts of America; MTCI General Manager Guy Guckenberger and his wife Kristy; UC Clermont’s Director of Enrollment Services Martha Geiger and veteran Jomo Leing. Guy and Kristy Guckenberger won the mirror ball trophies for first place and Dimac and Wainscott won the “Judges Choice Award.”

Jason Dimaculangan of Landmark Insurance Agency and Leah Wainscott with Boy Scouts of America won the 2012 “Judges Choice Award.”

Miami Township Trustee Ken Tracy and his partner Jayne Mummert of the Clermont County Family & Children First Council were one of the “Showcase Stars” that came back to dance during the March 9 event.

Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg dances with his partner Sarah Negley, a Clermont County Developmental Disabilities volunteer.

MTCI General Manager Guy Cuckenberger Jr. celebrates with his wife and dance partner Kristy after being awarded their mirror ball trophies.

Debora Beebe of Clermont County Developmental Disabilities dances with her son Paul Beebe. The couple were an “honorable mention” for first place.

“Dancing with the Stars” 2011 winners, Ohio State Rep. Joe Uecker, right, and UC Clermont’s Director of Development Meredith Delaney, left, present MTCI General Manager Guy Guckenberger and his wife and dance partner Kristy with their mirror ball trophies.

Clermont County Prosecutor Don White and his wife Bonnie were one of the “Showcase Stars” who came back to dance during the 2012 event.

Clermont DD Superintendent Sharon Woodrow and Xavier University student Christopher Lachat came back during the 2012 “Dancing with the Stars” event to perform their dance routine.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Music - World Community Drum Circle, 7-9 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, 177 S. Riverside Drive, With Bob Laake. Plenty of extra Djembe drums to participate. Free. 732-2326; Batavia.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Religious - Community Is It I Lord?, 7-8 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Tableau of DaVinci’s master piece “The Last Supper” presented by members of the congregation who portray 12 apostles as they react to the announcement that one of them will betray Jesus. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289 Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. $8. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish platter for $6.95, shrimp platter for $6.95, fish sandwich for $5.75, order of shrimp for $5.75, macaroni and cheese and fries for $1.50, coleslaw for $1.25 and dessert for 75 cents. Baked fish also available. Patters include french fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and a non-alcoholic drink. Carryout available. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 5-9:30 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, 704 Old Ohio 74, Haddock, cod, shrimp and chicken platters. All side dishes are homemade: coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies and french fries. Dine in or carryout. $7. 383-1178; Union 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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, coleslaw, tossed salad, apple sauce, cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carryout. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford. Wayne Fire and Rescue Annual Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Wayne Township Fire House, 797 Ohio 131, Phone orders welcome. 625-6212. Newtonsville.

Films Free Movie on Good Friday, 7-10 p.m., Greater Cincinnati Worship Center, 8290 Batavia Pike, Church sanctuary. Time of fellowship and refreshments prior to the showing of “The Passion of Christ.” Free. 3497730. Newtown.

Religious - Community Lenten Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Take the time to reflect on the Lenten season and to contemplate the hopes of

Spring. $25-$45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland. Journey to the Tomb, 6-9 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Passion Story of Jesus, shared through drama and song in a guided, 11-station, 30-minute walking tour. Free. 683-1738. Loveland.

leads wildflower identification along trails and steps. Walk lasts about 90 minutes. Included with admission: $8, $3 childrem; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. Old Growth Forest Hike, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn characteristics of old-growth forest in lecture and then take 3-mile hike through mosaic of forest types. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Fire-N-Food, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Families bring lunch and cook over fire in Nature Playscape. Family friendly. Nonmembers pay daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 9:30-11 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. Free. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

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

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Quilts on display on loan and from GLHSM collection. 6835692; Loveland.

Films Metropolitan Opera Live: Massenet Manon, Noon-4:30 p.m., Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive, Anna Netrebko’s portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. $24, $22 seniors, $20 students, $16 children. 248-2169, ext. 0; Milford.

Historic Sites Open House, 1-4 p.m., Ross Gowdy House Museum, 125 George St., House built around 1853 during New Richmond’s most prosperous era of steamboat manufacturing. Demonstrates local architecture and displays of historical items. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Holiday - Easter Easter EGG-stravaganza, 1-4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills, 1674 Eight Mile Road, More than 2,000 candyfilled eggs to hunt, inflatables, prizes and more. Rain or shine. Ages 2-12. Free. 474-2441. Anderson Township. Anderson Post 318 Easter Egg Hunt, Noon, Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Lawn. Children will be divided into age groups to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy. Some of the eggs will contain winning numbers that will be redeemable for special surprises. Ages 10 and under. Free. Presented by American Legion Post 318. 703-2287. Anderson Township.

Literary - Signings Arcadia Book Signing, 1-4 p.m., Ross Gowdy House Museum, 125 George St., Author pens new book featuring stunning collection of vintage photographs providing readers with unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Historic New Richmond. Free. Presented by Historic New Richmond. 543-9149. New Richmond.

Nature Pond Hopping, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Leatherleaf Shelter. Take a closer look at the critters who make their home in the park’s ponds. Participants may get wet and muddy. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must

Pets The Ross Gowdy House Museum sits at 125 George St., is a New Richmond landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. FILE PHOTO have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.


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Art & Craft Classes Watercolor for Beginners, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Concludes April 15. Entry-level class provides opportunity to paint outdoors with Nancy Foureman, professional painter and instructor at the Richmond Art Museum. Ages 18 and up. $165, $150 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

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Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Goshen Internal Medicine, 6746 Dick Flynn Blvd., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Goshen.

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Watercolor Painting Classes, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Village Art House, 120 N. Market St., Weekly through May 29. $85. 7322177; Batavia.

Landscaping with Native Plants, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Wes Duran from Marvin’s Organic Gardens returns with latest and greatest native plants for your yard and garden. $8, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

Films Rave Cinema Classic, 1-3 p.m., Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive, Movies from the Golden Ages of Hollywood. Weekly event includes popcorn and a drink. $3. 248-2169; Milford.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Nature Hands-on Nature: Open Discovery, 5-7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play Facilitators provide variety of tools and toys for children to borrow to explore the Playscape. Family friendly. Free for members,


Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; Miami Township.

Bridge Basics, 7-9 p.m., Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road, Four Monday classes. For beginner/intermediate bridge player who would like to improve and update his or her game. Short tips on play of the hand, evaluation of the hand, doubles, pre-emptive bidding and leads. With Helen Ogle. Ages 18 and up. $55. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills Community Education. 231-3600; Anderson Township.

Beer Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., 21st Amendment Brewery Tasting. $45. Reservations required. 831-2749; Milford.

County Park District. 876-9013; Union Township.

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Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Music - World Community Drum Circle, 7-9 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, Free. 732-2326; Batavia.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford.

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

Nature Frogs and Toads, 8 p.m., Shor Park, 4659 Tealtown Road, Join naturalist to search flooded fields and ditches in search of American toads and spring peepers as they sing all night in search of a female. Bring waterproof boots and flashlight. Free. Presented by Clermont

Art Exhibits Open Studios, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Open studios where more than 40 artists are showing their works in one building. Free. 683-7283; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692; Loveland.

Karaoke and Open Mic Poetry Slam, 7-9 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Loveland area high school students have chance to win part of $500 prize. Deadline for submission is April 7, and students can submit up to three poems in each category. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Loveland. 683-7195. Loveland.

Music - Classic Rock The Foxx, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., 827-9146. Anderson Township.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., Ages 21 and up. $5. 474-2212; Anderson Township.

Nature Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet in Rowe Woods parking lot at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. Included with daily admission, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Wildflower Walk, 10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Marjie Becus, CNC Volunteer and Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society member,

Parent Teacher Organization Spring Shopping Fling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., New Richmond Elementary School, 1141 BethelNew Richmond Road, Gymnasium. Featuring vendors from Avon, UsBorne Books, T-ware, 31, Massage Therapy, Pampered Chef and more. Raffle prizes. Free admission. 876-0886. New Richmond.

Sports Adult Co-Rec 11-v-11 Soccer, Noon, Riverside Park, 3969 Round Bottom Road, Weekly through May 26. Games played in afternoons and evenings. Family friendly. $360 per team. Registration required by March 21. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.

Volunteer Events Habitat Help Day, 1-3 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Help remove invasive garlic mustard in Sycamore Park. All ages welcome, bring gloves. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Batavia.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Community Dance Henry Ford Squares, 5-7:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Western style square dance club for experienced dancers with round dance and line dancing. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Union Township.

Dance Classes Belly Dance Classes with Maali Shaker, 2-4 p.m., Dance Etc., $18 both classes; $12 one class. Registration required. 576-1400; Milford.

Dining Events All-you-can-eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450. 831-9876. Milford.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692; Loveland.

Nature Grownups in Nature: Mirrors, 1-2 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Intensive class on how to best utilize the Playscape and elements. Learn why children need to play in nature for healthy development. Ages 18 and up. $8, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 831-7297; Milford.


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Slow cooker casserole perfect for Easter breakfast I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. I’ll use pansies and violas, since they are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorite culinary herbs, and as the thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the Rita boxes. The Heikenfeld marjoram RITA’S KITCHEN is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

Slow cooker breakfast casserole

I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

2 lbs. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, bacon, ham, etc. cooked plus extra for garnish, if you like 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice (I used 1½ cups cheddar and ½ cup Parmesan) plus extra for garnishing ½ cup julienned or diced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained 1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 12 eggs 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half tomatoes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Rita's slow cooker breakfast casserole is an easy dish for Easter breakfast or brunch.

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MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy. Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes: 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Filling: 6 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream

2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bakers I know. Here’s her latest creation: 1 18.25 oz. box yellow sugar-free cake mix ¼ cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas mashed, a little over 1 cup 1 cup water ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on cen-

Avon gives $40K to YWCA The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 one-year grant to the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and provide mammograms to under-served women. It is the seventh year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence. The Breast Health Program of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati will educate Greater Cincinnati area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program also will link women to valuable breast health re-


sources in the community through a collaborative approach. Since its start in 1997, the Breast Health Program of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati has reached more than 38,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 7,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the American Cancer Society, 8,990 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Ohio this year and 1,879 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from

breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the YWCA Breast Health Program help ensure all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically-underserved women. “The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati is honored to receive continued funding from the Avon Foundation for Women. The funding from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program allows us to provide underserved women access to mammograms and education on breast health,” said Charlene Ventura, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati president/CEO.

ter rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

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Donna’s Depression cake for wedding Check out my blog for this recipe.

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Head Start taking applications The Clermont County Head Start Program is a federally-funded comprehensive preschool education program operated by Child Focus, Inc. There are 11 different locations in Clermont County offering Head Start. Children can participate in the program by attending a preschool classroom or by enrolling in home-based services. Children ages 3 to 4 of income-eligible families can attend at no cost. Services also are available at no cost for children with special needs, in foster care or homeless. Head Start application days for the 2012-2013 program will be: » April 12, 11 a.m. to 3

p.m. at the Extended Day Preschool Bldg., Milford schools. » April 12, noon to 4 p.m. at Thomaston Woods Center, Amelia. » April 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marr-Cook Elementary School, Goshen. » April 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at former CNE Primary, Owensville. » April 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Child Focus Learning Center, Mt. Carmel. Parents should bring child’s shot record, birth certificate, Social Security card, medical card, income documentation and custody papers, if applicable. For more information, call Child Focus Inc. at 528-7224 or visit


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Bethel Lions Club continues to help tornado victims Howdy folks, It has been busy around home. Last week, Ruth Ann and I cleaned the rhubarb beds and they look great and are growing. We got to mow the yard last week, and are still working on the tornado relief. The Kroger cards are gone. Now we have Walmart cards and are giving some of them to the tornado victims. If anyone wants to donate to these folks, we suggest that you purchase gift cards from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Even though some folks have insurance, some things are not covered. Or they have not received any money yet. They can get things to repair their buildings. We lost another neighbor. This feller sure enjoyed his cattle. Now I don’t imagine the good Lord has a herd of cattle, but if he does Jerry Craycraft is the man to take care of this herd. Jerry will be missed by not only his family but lots of

neighbors. He was always willing to help where he was needed. It was our privilege to George know Jerry. Rooks Now OLE FISHERMAN something about you know who Chessy. In the morning, as I have said, Ruth Ann and I have a yogurt. Well Chessy now has to have a little yogurt, too. If we don’t get to eating it quickly she will walk back and forth between us. After the yogurt is gone she wants to go outside, but we don’t let her out until it gets daylight. The reason for this is the birds that nest in the low branches can wake up and are either eating at the feeders or are someplace else. She doesn’t bug us to go out while it is dark. This morning she came in with a little baby rabbit. Now that we don’t like, but that

will happen. She sets by the corner of the garage and keeps watching for birds that she hasn’t caught yet. The grass is getting tall so she can set in the grass and kinda hide. The white on her still stands out and lets the birds see her. We are still working on honey bees. We went this morning and got a big bunch out of an old house. There was lots of comb so that is in the hive for the bees to work on. Mark your calendar for the U.S. Grant Vocational School here in Bethel. The date is April 21. This will be their annual community appreciation dinner thanking the community for their support. After you eat the wonderful meal, don’t leave. Go to their green house and get some plants or flowers. Visit with the students and teacher that take care of the green house. These students do a super job along with their teacher Mr. Gary Broadwell. The

Beware Internet brokers When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware of ticket brokers – some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the

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greenhouse will open on April 20. The Grants Farm and Greenhouses are ready for spring planting with some nice plants. They have a large assortment of plants, trees, strawberry plants, blackberry plants, blueberries and raspberries and other items. Their open house at their locations on Ohio 131 and Bucktown Road will be April 21 and April 22. Ruth Ann will be in the store selling seeds and I will be in the tomato house helping customers pick the plants they want. The next Bethel Lions Club Pancake breakfast will be Saturday, April 21, from 7:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. So come and enjoy the breakfast and fellowship with your neighbors. The Grassy Run Rendezvous will be in the park at Williamsburg on April 27, 28 and 29. The park is along the East Fork River. The Monroe Grange will be serving the food and drinks, hot dogs,

Mercy Health offers orthopaedic presentations

Mercy Health will host free orthopaedic presentations. The orthopaedic series, which is being offered in collaboration with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, features experts in orthopaedic care sharing information and answering questions on a variety of topics related to knee, hip, foot and ankle pain. The orthopaedic series runs through the fall. The full schedule of dates and topics are as follows: » April 18, Suresh Nayak, orthopaedic surgeon, hip arthritis and advances in treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital » May 16, Arthur Lee, orthopaedic surgeon: knee/hip arthritis and treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anderson Center. The events are free, but seating is limited. Register by calling 95-MERCY (513-956-3729).

Blaske now partner at Grayden Head Ritchie

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Employees of dunnhumbyUSA prepare a hearty brunch with all the fixings for guests at the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati. More than 1,000 families every year spend time at the facility while their children receive treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In back, from left, are Kim Keefe of Miami Township, Dawn Shirley of Anderson Township, Steve Maltarich, Scott Reeling, Leroy Anthony, Chris Skiba of Loveland, Joe Conte of Hyde Park, Matthew Tripepi of Columbia-Tusculum, Kirk Jackson of Union, Ky., and Ken Wacker; in front are Linsey Knueven of Hyde Park and Danielle Hallion of Hyde Park. THANKS TO SUZANNE BLACKBURN

Members of the Dragonfly Club at McCormick Elementary School in Milford took a walk March 27 around school to look at nature after winter. The students found a praying mantis egg case. THANKS TO

Drug-free group attends forum Representatives from Clermont County went to Washington, D.C., recently, joining nearly 3,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 22nd annual National Leadership Forum. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training facility for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers. Besides the opportunity to learn the latest strategies to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, the coalition members heard from such conference headliners as Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. James Fowler, author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, and a professor in the School of Medicine and Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. The coalition representatives met and briefed senators and members of Congress from Ohio during CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day. The coalition recently worked on the annual Red Ribbon Campaign in the schools to increase awareness among youth of the dangers of drug misuse.

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Saint Mary Church,Bethel


3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041

509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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

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


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


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

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

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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Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

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

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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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


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


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


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


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.


Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115



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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

EVANGELICAL FREE 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

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 %($#))#&'"##!$)#


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

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

Trinity United Methodist

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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


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

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2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

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

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

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

Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans)


Thru April 6, 2012 10663 Loveland-Madeira Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 (In The Shoppes of Loveland between Blockbuster & Great Clips) Phone 677-9760 • Fax 677-9763 M-F 9:00-7:00 Sat. 9:00-5:00

Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am

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



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

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052



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


Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

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

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

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”


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


1247 Blue Ridge Way, Patricia McConkey to Gregory Tissot & Ashley Thompson, $147,000. 1202 Cobblestone Court, Unit 301, Rian Keller, successor trustee to Pamela Rogers, $90,000. 5732 Cromly Drive, Bank of America NA

to Muddy River Homes LLC, $53,000. 6067 Delfair Lane, MorEquity Inc. to Paula & J.C. Smith, 0.2330 acre, $132,000. 1123 Glen Echo Lane, Thomas Deeds, et al. to Josh & Sarah Falter, $225,500. 6248 N. Shadow Hill Way, Amanda & Matthew Palmer to Jeffrey Dayton, et al., $219,000. 6112 Oakbridge Way Unit 304, John Murray & Tammy Murray to Teresa Patsfall, $107,000. 5772 Observation Court, William &

Kelley Reynolds to Aaron & Sarah Tyler, 0.4590 acre, $145,000. Wittmer Meadows Drive, Conrad Meadows LLC to Maronda Homes of Cincinnati LLC, 0.3500 acre, $37,000.

son to Ruby Leyendecker & Jason Jordan, 0.3490 acre, $110,000. 118-120 Main St., Nature Outfitters Inc. to White Wolf LLC 0.1760 acre, $225,000.



320 Miami Lakes Drive, Kamilla Mazanec to David Schlegel, $123,900. 943 Forest Avenue, James Morris to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 0.1600 acre, $50,000. 607 Garfield Ave., Jack & Emmet John-

5766 Baas Road, Roger & Kimberly Volz to Flagstar Bank, 9.69 acre, $126,667. Graves Road, Earl & Julia Paston, et al. to Robert Mounce Jr., 5.0 acre, $6,600.

RELIGION Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Chorale will present Eastertide Vespers at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great on the Athenaeum campus, 6616 Beechmont Ave. The Rev. Anthony Brausch, vice rector of the Athenaeum’s Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, will preside. Festival Easter Music will be sung by the chorale with brass ensemble and timpani. The event is free and open to the public.

Belfast UMC and Goshen UMC

Church members will offer a special “Holy Week Visioning Service” at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Belfast UMC. Belfast UMC welcomes the community Easter Sunday, April 8, for a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. An egg hunt for ages 11 and under is at 8:15 a.m. The Worship Service is at 9:15 a.m. A community breakfast is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Everyone is invited. Free. Donations will be accepted. Belfast UMC is at 2297 Ohio 131, Goshen; 625-8188.

service will be “The Living Last Supper,” a dramatic musical experience of Christ’s last evening with His disciples. There will be a lay-lead service for Good Friday at 7 p.m. April 6; and Easter services will be 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7; and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 8. The church is at 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Hill Station Missionary Baptist Church

Members will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Corcoran Soccer Fields, corner of Goshen and Cedarville roads. Children ages 1 to 12 are invited to participate. There will be 7,000 eggs at the hunt and three or four differnt age groups. Call the church at 683-9240.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Church members will host their annual Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. The church is at 5657 Pleasantview Drive, Milford; 831-9100.

Lenten sermon series, “24 Hours that Changed the World” began Sunday, Feb. 26. Sunday morning chapel is 8:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. is the Engage! contemporary service; and 11 a.m. is the classic traditional service. Visit, Facebook, or call the church office at 683-1738 to find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Mt. Holly Christian Chapel

Christ Presbyterian Church

The church is having a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 5. The

Children ages 5 to 12 and toddlers accompanied by parents are invited to

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. an Easter egg hunt from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Bus pick-up begins at 12:15 p.m. from Apple Creek, Holly Towne, Eastgate Village, Trade Winds, Tall Timbers and Forest Creek. Enjoy games, food and prizes. Call 607-9412 for more information. The church is at 2141 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia.

Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church

The Mt. Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor a three-day rummage sale 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 13; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the church. A $5 bag sale will be conducted Saturday. Dishes, linens, adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, knick-knacks,


The 2012 World Choir Games

July 4-14

See hundreds of choirs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and South America competing in 23 categories over 11 thrilling days. There will be parades, singing in the streets, dramatic competitions and exciting ceremonies. For tickets or to get the latest updates on choirs, venues and other breaking news, visit Presenting Sponsor

furniture, tools, small appliances and more will be available for thrifty bargain hunters. A large amount of furniture will be available. The church is at 681 Mt. Moriah Drive in Withamsville; 752-1333.

St. Peter Catholic Church

The Men’s Club is sponsoring a fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, at the church. Menu includes a choice of deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw; baked cod with toss salad and baked potato. Also grilled cheese. Eat in or carry out. Homemade dessert and drink included with price of meal. Proceeds benefit parish projects. The church is at 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road.

Taylor’s Chapel United Methodist Church

The church will have the following Easter services: “The Way of the Cross” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 6; and sunrise service Easter Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8. breakfast will follow the service in the fellowship room. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 2460 Greenbush West Road, Williamsburg.

Trinity Christian Fellowship

Church members invite the public to a Passover Seder Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Bring a covered dish to share. The church is at 3730 Cobb Road, off Dela Palma Road between Williamsburg and Mt. Orab; 724-3500.

POLICE REPORTS MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Tanner R. Herrington, 18, 2927 Rontina Blvd., drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, March 14. Kristin Wells, 34, 6001 Grist Mill, endangering children, March 16. Kevin L. Downs, 47, 1807 Louis Lane, driving under influence, open container, 72 hour hold, March 17. Eric M. Thoms, 31, 5866 Monassas Run, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, domestic violence, March 17.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing Male was threatened at 6095 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, March 15. Attempted felonious assault Shots fired in direction of juveniles at area of 969 Ohio 28 at 8th St., March 16. Breaking and entering Money taken from maintenance building at Oasis Golf Center at Loveland Miamiville Road, March 14. Burglary Electronics, etc. taken at 70 Glendale Milford Road No. 83, March 18. Criminal damage Sidewalk spray painted in front of Eastside Christian Church at Montclair Blvd., March 17. Three tires punctured on vehicle at 608 Wards Corner, March 19. Criminal mischief Speed signs spray painted at 900 block of Woodcreek, March 15. Substance thrown on van at 6586 Branch Hill Guines Pike, March 17. Paper bag set on fire on porch at 5679 Cypress Way, March 18. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property at 1197 Ridgewood Drive, March 15. Trespassing on property of Meijer at Ohio 28, March 16. Endangering children Three small unknown children found unattended at 6017 Grist Mill, March 14. Three small unknown children found unattended at 6213 Mill

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Just visit or call (513) 977-6363 Awards Ceremonies: July 7, 13 7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony: July 4 July 8, 14 Competitions: July 5-7 and July 11-13 Celebration of Nations: July 10 Celebration Concerts: July 5,6,8,11,12 7:30 p.m. Free Downtown Parade & Party Champions Concerts: July 8, 14 2:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony: July 14

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APRIL 4, 2012 • CJN-MMA • B7

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B6


Stone, March 16. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 664 Jannie Lane, March 16. Menacing Threatening note thrown at residence at 969 Ohio 28 No. 90, March 15. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization; $220 at 5588 Garrett Drive, March 14. Public indecency Reported at Meijer at Ohio 28, March 17. Theft Firearm taken from truck; $250 at 977 Newberry St., March 13. Attempt made to enter vehicle at 1052 Rainbow Trail, March 14. Coins taken from vehicles at 5813 Elwynn Drive, March 14. Medication taken from vehicle at 1298 Deblin Drive, March 14. Checks taken from vehicle at 1161 Ronlee Lane, March 14. Female stated card used with no authorization at 949 Hidden Ridge, March 16. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $57 at Wards Corner Road, March 16. Money obtained through phone scam; $1,204.75 at 500 block of Lodgepole Drive, March 17. Medication taken from residence at 518 Black Hawk Trail, March 18. GPS unit, I-Pod, etc. taken from vehicle; $455 at 1270 Deblin Drive, March 18.

contempt of court, March 24. Jerod W. Blevins, 38, 153 Holly Lane, warrant, March 14. Ryan E. Colvin, 25, 14663 Day Road, driving under suspension, expired license, March 22. David W. Dougherty, 21, 1219 Cash Drive, contempt of court, March 20. Shawn Fox, 47, 959 Mohawk Trail, making false alarms, March 22. Keri A. Fuhrman, 38, 960 Staghorn Drive, contempt of court, March 21. Regina S. Sloan, 45, 1037 Old Ohio 74, recited, March 21. John B. Smith, 35, 216 Cereal St., theft, March 23. Jillian M. Stall, 28, 1259 Ohio 50, driving under influence, March 22. Chris Termuhlen, 38, 1003 Commons Drve, driving under suspension, March 24. Kortnie E. Wilson, 18, 812 Commons Drive, contempt of court, March 23. Corey Zapf, 23, 20 Susan Circle, warrant, March 19.




Attempted burglary Attempt made to enter residence at 523 Dot St., March 20.

Michael T. Autry, 35, 179 N. 6th St.,

The Community Journal North/Milford-Miami Advertiser publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Miami Township, Chief Steven Bailey, 248-3721 » Goshen Township, Chief Ray Snyder, 722-3200 » Milford, Chief Jamey Mills, 248-5084 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 7327500 Breaking and entering Attempt made to take two trimmers at 313 Water St., March 20. Burglary Attempt made to enter apartment at 14 Lila Chateau No. 3, March 24. Criminal damage Tires slashed on vehicle at 6 Robbie Ridge No. 6, March 20. Fraud Attempt made to use female's debit card at 527 Clark, March 21. Theft Gasoline not paid for at Main Street, March 19. Medication taken at 2163 Oakbrook Place, March 19. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, March 20. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $59 at 100 Chamber Drive, March 21. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $75.32 at 100 Chamber Drive, March 21. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, March 22. Money obtained thought receipt fraud

at Walmart; $53.88 loss at 201 Chamber Drive, March 22. Commercial trailer taken at 805 Ohio 50, March 22. Food consumed not paid for at 475 Rivers Edge Drive, March 23. Vacuum cleaner taken from Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, March 24. Unlisted items taken at 100 Rivers Edge Drive, March 25.

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CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Anne Nicole Gulat, 22, 4764 Hawley Road, Owensville, endangering children, obstructing official business at 4764 Hawley Road, Batavia, March 19. Michael Joseph Brewer, 31, 1290 Woodville Pike, Milford, domestic violence _ knowingly cause physical harm, drug paraphernalia at 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, March 22. Incidents/investigations

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering At 6505 Ohio 133, Goshen, March 25. Burglary At 5500 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, March 22. Criminal trespass At 5780 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, March 22. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 2848 Hwy. 50, Batavia, March 21. Theft At 2535 Hwy. 50 Apt. 51, Batavia, March 22. At 2548 Hwy. 50, Batavia, March 24.

All About Kids wins for green practices All About Kids Childcare and Learning Centers have received the People’s Choice Award in the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2012 Green Business Awards Competition. The annual program, produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Regional Chapter, recognizes people and organizations that are demonstrating leadership in sustainable practices. As part of the annual program, Business Courier readers are invited to vote on their favorite Green Business Awards finalist. The people, organization or project with the most votes is named the People’s Choice Award winner. All About Kids is a USGBC registered company and at Wards Corner, Anderson and Centerville, and is working on becoming the only LEED Certified Green childcare centers in the Tri-State area and one of the only ones in the country.

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

Filings Sandra Lahley vs. Zachary Horton, et al., other tort. Tina M. Gibson, et al., vs. Progressive Insurance Co., et al., other tort. Melvin D. Howard vs. CKS Solutions Inc., worker’s compensation. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Elizabeth C. Bolt, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Roy H. Grubb, et al., foreclosure. Saxon Mortgage Services Inc. vs. Stephen R. Sims, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Michael G. Whalen, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA as trustee for Aegis vs. Thomas Walker, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Bryan Amann, et al., foreclosure. M and T Bank vs. Barbara A. Johns, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Charles E. Heckler Jr., et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Sabrina L. Blythe, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Rickie Sturgeon, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Arthur Hughes, et al., foreclosure.

U.S. Bank NA vs. Anthony Pollock, et al., foreclosure. First Clermont Bank vs. Steven E. Parks Jr., et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Michael P. Mitchell, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Antonio Olan Muniz, et al., foreclosure. Federal National Mortgage Association vs. Carlos Rios, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. David A. Bauer, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Financial Ohio 1 Inc. vs. Tonya J. Neece, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Daniel G. McFadden, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Matthew T. Cockerham, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Robert D. Bailey, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Gerald J. Dwyer, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Tracy Callahan, et al., foreclosure. James B. Nutter and Co. vs. Stephen L. Hodge, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. May M. Derkson, et al., foreclosure. Freedom Mortgage Corp. vs. Dwayne D. Rhodes, et al., foreclosure.

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Bank of New York Mellon vs. Maria M. Smith, et al., foreclosure. Bank of New York Mellon vs. Sandra L. Hughes, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Philip H. Spence, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Bertie Randolph, et al., foreclosure. Cooks Grant Condominium vs. Karen Sora, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Gene H. Bell, et al., foreclosure. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. vs. Joshua D. Goodson, et al., foreclosure. Bank of America NA vs. Tye J. Sellers, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. James Tyler Davis, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Darryl Lynne Slusher, et al., foreclosure. Union Savings Bank vs. Leigh Switzer, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust vs. Janet L. Campbell, et al., foreclosure. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC vs. David J. Barnard, et al., foreclosure. LVNV Funding LLC vs. Bruce Johnson, other civil. Robert Houston vs. Juanita Jamison, other civil. Discover Bank vs. Lonnie R. Winter, other civil. Bridge Terminal Transport Inc. vs. Total Quality Logistics LLC, et al., other civil. Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Culinary Standards/RSW Distributors LLC, other civil. Kathleen Hanson vs. Destanie Berlin, et al., other civil. ODOM Industries Inc. vs. Diversified Metal Products Inc., et al., other civil. Total Quality Logistics vs. Peter Ventura, et al., other civil. Autovest LLC vs. Angel M. Young, other civil. Trevor Ball vs. American Family Insurance Co., other civil. Jeremy Powers vs. Jim Reid, et al., other civil. Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Sean Duane Castle, et al., other civil. CitiBank NA vs. Janice E. Roy, other civil. Michael P. Waddel vs. Deborah Gold, other civil.

Divorce Holly C. Broyles vs. Anthony E. Broyles James Stewart vs. Michele Stewart Robert G. Mills vs. Mindy C. Mills Jennifer L. Nassar vs. Nizar W. Nassar Jamie K. Payton vs. Matthew Payton Andrew J. Block vs. Ann M. Block Michael E. Massey vs. Marcella R. Massey Brenda S. Young vs. Kenneth L. Young Elisa A. Alexander vs. Kevin M. Alexander Andrea Murphy vs. Patrick Murphy Melinda Spencer vs. Jeffrey Spencer Donna J. Farley vs. Ottus S. Farley Sara A. Rigg vs. David A. Rigg Anthony E. Branham vs. Marianne S. Branham

Dissolution Kelly W. Gregoire vs. Stephen L. Gregoire Millisa Billingsley vs. Randall Billingsley Claudine Poch vs. Craig McCoy Scott A. Humphrey vs. Ayrie A. Uckotter Leroy Deck Jr. vs. Kelly J. Deck Jessica M. Tomes vs. David S. Tomes Brian L. Gilmore vs. Kelly L. Gilmore Hilda K. Gaston vs. Richard N. Gaston Anthony Springer vs. Helene J. Springer William V. West Jr. vs. Jo Ann West Wendell W. Wheaton III vs. Kristen N. Wheaton Valerie Smith vs. Darryl Smith

Indictments The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Richard Alden Williamson Jr., 38, 174 North 8th St. No. 4, Williamsburg, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. William Hoard Yazell IV, 31, 4711 Tealtown Road, Milford, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Benjamin J. Vickers, 33, 1813 Hopkins Drive, Cincinnati, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Shaun Lawrence Whitson, 31, 2107 Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, non support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Andrew Jeffrey Ewald, 24, Clermont County Jail, theft, grand theft, forgery, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Athena Gabrielle Walsh AKA: Athena Gabrielle Jenkins, 30, Clermont County Jail, burglary, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Paul Gay, 32, Duval County Jail 4727 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL grand theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, Union Township Police. Cyntha Mae Tussey, 32, 73 Bethel Park Drive, Bethel, grand theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, Union Township Police. Bryan Michael Curtis, 24, 824 Clough Pike Apt. 8, Cincinnati, receiving stolen property, Union Township Police. Randy Lee Hale, 22, 824 Clough Pike Apt. 8, Cincinnati, burglary, theft, Union Township Police. Maurice Hargrove, 22, 989 Long Leaf Drive, Forest Park, Georgia theft from an elderly person, Milford Police. Melissa A. Jones, 44, 4152 Kincheloe Road, Georgetown, grand theft, tampering with records, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. William Robert Blevins, 25, 100 Broadway St. No. 6, Batavia,

endangering children, felonious assault, domestic violence, Batavia Village Police. Donald Lee Keith, 45, 126 2nd St., Williamsburg, illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Amanda Lynne Wisby, 24, 126 2nd St., Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Stephanie Lauren Shadoan, 21, Clermont County Jail, possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, permitting drug abuse, Narcotics Unit. Adrianna Powell, 22, 1825 Oakbrook Place, Milford, possession of heroin, permitting drug abuse, endangering children, Narcotics Unit. Tina Marie Kelley, 31, 11 Apple Creek MHP, Amelia, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Jason Robert Sloane, 24, Clermont County Jail, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Dianna Pinkerton, 49, 11 Apple Creek MHP, Amelia, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Kenneth Marion Piersall Sr., 41, 1680 Pinoak Drive, Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Stephanie Renee Lester, 27, 4680 Sharps Cut Off Road, Williamsburg, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, Narcotics Unit. Wendy M. Ratliff, 37, 3365 Old State Road, Mount Orab, deception to obtain a dangerous drug, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jessica Lea Ringland, 34, 4687 Shephard Road, Batavia, deception to obtain a dangerous drug, forgery, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Thomas Lee Zink, 35, 1263 Twin Oaks Lane, Loveland, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Nelly Marie Shinkle, 33, 1277 Village Glen Drive, Batavia, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Douglas Ross Boyer, 47, 3312 Scioto Drive, Cincinnati, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit.

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Susannah J. Linz, 30, 740 Reading Road, No. 8, Mason, burglary, Goshen Township Police. Jason Isbel, 31, Hamilton County Justice Center, breaking and entering, theft of drugs, possession of drugs, Goshen Township Police. Jessica Michelle Lee Boots, 34, 1317 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, theft of drugs, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, New Richmond Police. Michele Renee North, 41, 784 Greenmound Road, New Richmond, domestic violence, New Richmond Police. Timothy Hans Feige, 36, 2713 Bach Lane, Goshen, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Samantha Joann Walker, 24, 8151 Witts Meadow Lane, Cincinnati, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Kayla Nicole Giddings, 29, 663 Marieda Drive, Cincinnati, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Scott Edwin Jones, 40, Clermont County Jail, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, violating a protection order, Union Township Police. Andrew J. Gardiner, 20, Clermont County Jail, burglary, breaking and entering, Pierce Township Police. Jason Thomas LaFountain, 23, 3616 Niles Court, Lexington, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Natasha Michelle Money, 20, 3616 Niles Court, Lexington, burglary, grand theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Appeals 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,\newdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: Charlene Lane vs. Jarrod L. Brewster, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges Robin N. Piper and William W. Young. The appeals court affirmed the trial court's decision to grant Charlene Lane a civil protection order against Jarrod Brewster. In the matter of: suitability of Debra Henneke to be licensed as an insurance agent in the State of Ohio, presiding judge Robert A. Hendrickson, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robin N. Piper. The appeals court affirmed the trial court's decision to revoke Debra Henneke's bond license and impose a $105,000 fine. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Jeremiah C. Craycraft, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges Robert P. Ringland and Rachel A. Hutzel. The appeals court affirmed the decision of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court of resentencing Craycraft on two counts of felonious assault. In the matter of: Shuna Chen vs. Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, et al., presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robin N. Piper. The appeals court affirmed the common pleas court's decision affirming the commission's determination that Chen was properly terminated and was not entitled to unemployment benefits. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Ricky D. Miller, presiding judge Robert A. Hendrickson, judges Robin N. Piper and Patrick T. Dinkelacker. The appeals court affirmed in part and reversed in part Miller's convictions for rape and sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings regarding the imposition of mandatory postrelease control. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Jeremiah C. Craycraft, presiding judge Stephen W. Powell, judges Robert P. Ringland and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court affirmed the decision of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court of resentencing Craycraft on two counts of felonious assault.


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Veteran trying to start Purple Heart chapter By Lisa J. Mauch

CLERMONT CO. — Twenty veterans with Purple Hearts are all Sgt. Michael Mather needs to get an official Clermont County chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart off the ground. Even with more than 15,000 veterans in the county, according to the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs, the task is proving to be difficult. So far, said Mather, the group numbers three - he and two Vietnam veterans. “I need 23 members that actually show up to the meeting itself. I have plenty of people interested and wanting to join, but they don’t show up to the meetings,” said Mather. The meetings are 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. “Right now, I’m a part of Chapter 3620 out in Cheviot. That’s a long drive for me and I’m not nearly as bad off as some other guys,” said Mather, who lives in Pierce Township and was wounded in Iraq. He said each region is allowed a certain number of chapters and he wants to have one in the county not just for Clermont veterans, but also for people in

Brown and Adams counties and along the river in Kentucky. “I just figured, we need Mather one out here since Clermont County, I’m told, has the majority of southwest Ohio’s Purple Hearts. Waugh This location here is prime real estate,” said Mather. One of the Vietnam veterans who atWhalen tend the meetings, Tom Whalen, said he was injured twice during the war. “I know what these young guys are going through right now because I went through it. They just want to be left alone and forget,” said Whalen, who lives in Wayne Township. He said coming to the meetings has helped him open up more about his wartime experiences. “I didn’t have anybody to talk to. Back in the ‘60s

and ‘70s, people just shut their mouths and went back to work. I think it would benefit (younger veterans) to get together with people who have been injured so they can share their experiences,” he said. Besides the chance to connect with other Purple Heart recipients, the group’s aim is to provide benefit information, said Mather. Brown County resident Rufus Waugh comes to each meeting and encourages others to do the same. “Our Purple Heart veterans have benefits that most of them don’t know about. I didn’t know about them until I went down there and found out you could get license plates for free. I had heard about Purple Heart plates, but I thought it was a specialty plate and you had to pay extra,” said Waugh. The cost to become a lifetime member of the national organization is $50, which the state of Ohio pays for, said Mather. He said there is a ladies auxiliary as well for the spouses of Purple Heart veterans to do fundraising work. “It’s a special group of individuals who have something in common serving their country and being injured in war,” said Dan Bare, executive director of Veterans’ Service

DEATHS Roy Cupp Roy Edward Cupp, 73, Goshen, died March 26. He was a carpenter for Towne Properties. Survived by wife Ruth Edwards Cupp; children Rebecca Vance, Theresa Koch, Connie Cullen, Brian Cupp, Catolyn Bolton; grandchildren Jeremiah, Jonathan Vance, Matthew, Thomas, Derek, Aaron Koch, Edgar, Andrew Happel, Ronnie Powell, Brianna Cupp, Christopher Oliver, Faith Bolton; great-grandson Wyatt Vance; sister Della. Services were March 29 at Evans Funeral Home.

Bob Dumford

The Purple Heart is awarded to military personnel injured or killed during combat. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Commission of Clermont County. “It’s important for the younger generation to get involved because the benefits we are receiving now as veterans have only come to be a reality as a result of the veteran organization over the many years having a presence in Washington,” said Bare. Mather said he is available to help any Purple Heart veteran fill out a membership form and learn about the benefits available. Call him at 6802229 or email

Robert S. “Bob” Dumford, 88, Pierce Township, died March 26. He was a private first class, Company A, 147th Infantry, in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Survived by children Joseph (Sherri), David (Betsy) Dumford, Emily (Carl) Jones; stepchildren Dennis, Doug (Jenny) Cooper, Wanda Anderson, Pam (Ted) Meyer; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Oneida Dumford, son Robert (Janet) Dumford. Services were March 31 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

Thelma Faul Thelma Mae Faul, 81, Milford, died March 26. She was a school bus driver for Indian Hill schools. Survived by daughters Linda (James) Burchfield, Rhonda (Roger) Robinson; grandchildren Jodi, Kelly, Codi, Chase; greatgrandchildren Aidan, Izik, Gabrielle, Emma, Collin; siblings Nancy Seng, Pat Calkins, Daniel England. Services were March 30 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Timothy Hughes Timothy John Hughes, 44, died

Circle Tail hosts annual dinner Circle Tail, which trains (through prisoners) service dogs for placement with people with disabilities free of charge, held its second annual Dinner, Art & Wine for Canines March 3 at Receptions in Loveland. A full-capacity crowd enjoyed dinner, auction, raffle, beer and wine bar,

and wine tasting with suggested pairings by emcee Amy Tobin, culinary and lifestlye expert and host of “Amy's Table,” heard on Q102. Keynote speaker was Tina Mooney, with service dog Stone, who spoke on “Building the Life You Like Even When it's Not the One You Planned.”

Circle Tail president Jennifer Kiblinger (left), Anderson Township, and Marlys Staley at the group's annual dinner. PROVIDED

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. March 24. Survived by wife Jacqueline “Renee” Hughes; stepson Joshua Bush; grandchildren Dawson, Lillian, Xander; parents Donald, Gwendolyn “Sue” Murphy Hughes; brother Ted (Christina) Hughes; grandmothers Ruby Murphy, Dorothy Hughes; nephew Xavier, Roman, Ted, niece Megan Hughes. Preceded in death by grandfathers Edward Murphy, Ross Hughes. Services were March 28 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to Springvale Baptist Church.

Stephen Mazza Stephen Mazza, 66, Miami Township, died March 24. He worked in information technology. Survived by wife Anita Trier Mazza; children Philip (Ilyse) Mazza, Mazza Maria (Carlos) Martinez; grandchildren Jack, Kyle, Zoe; father August Mazza; sisters Catherine (Joe) Mazza. Preceded in death by mother Aleda Pfost Mazza. Services were March 29 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home. Memorials to: Families with ASD, 5989 Meijer Drive, Suite 9, Milford, OH 45150 or The Gettysburg Foundation, P.O. Box 4629, Gettysburg, PA 17325.


Tina Mooney (left), Anderson Township, and Circle Tail executive director Marlys Staley (Pleasant Plain) at the group's annual dinner. PROVIDED


Douglas Moore, Goshen, alter, 2291 Woodville Pike, Goshen Township. Yvonne Kain, Loveland, hot tub, 5991 Marsh Circle, Goshen Township. Charles Benson, Loveland, HVAC, 6690 Susan Drive, Goshen Township. Remodeling by Design, Loveland, addition, 589 Miami Crest, Miami Township, $18,204. C. Butler Inc., Batavia, addition, 1126 Rainbow Trail, Miami Township, $15,000. Hammer Rite, Cincinnati, addition, 978 Paxton Lake, Miami Township, $27,500. Branhan Electric, Amelia, alter, 6548 Arborcrest, Miami Township. James Cole, Milford, fire repair, 5781 Elwynn Drive, Miami Township, ,$30,000. Maronda Homes of Cincinnati, new, 5579 Eagles Watch Way, Miami Township, $144,000; new, 5631 Wittmer Meadows, $160,000. Potterhill Homes, Milford, new, 1239 East Mills Drive, Miami Township, $120,000. Andy Dickerson, Milford, miscellaneous work, 5440 S. Milford

ABOUT BUILDING PERMITS These requests have been filed with the Clermont County Permit Central. Road, Milford City. Schumacher Homes, Williamsburg, new, 2695 Riggs Lane, Stonelick Township, $180,000. TC Services, Hamilton, fire repair, 6874 #5 Road, Wayne Township, $13,500. Leonard Birkley, Milford, alter, 2791 Cedarville Road, Wayne Township.


Engineered Protection Systems, Grand Rapids, MI., fire alarm, 1082 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Joel Galloway, Union, Ky., alter-Consolidated Health Services, 1700 Edison Drive, Miami Township, $181,000. Karen Hall, Milford, site development, 5801 Deerfield Road, Miami Township.

Ann Schmidt (Pierce Towhship), event chair of the annual Circle Tail Dinner, Art & Wine for Canines. PROVIDED

LEGAL NOTICE A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Authority’s administrative office at 65 S. Market St., Batavia, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss hiring an Executive Director. 697416 Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity

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B10 • CJN-MMA • APRIL 4, 2012

Roaring ’20s Gala raises $45K By Chuck Gibson Contributor

Ethan Eiselt touched the hearts of everyone with his story at the Ohio Valley Voices gala Saturday, Feb. 25. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A Roaring ’20s theme inspired creative costumes and a great giving spirit from the 160 guests who raised $45,000 for Ohio Valley Voices at their its gala Saturday, Feb. 25. Ohio Valley Voices is a school where deaf children learn to speak. Yes, deaf children learn to speak at the school in Miami Township. Because that is true, no words you read in this story will come close to describing the moment when Ethan Eiselt took the microphone and told his story to the guests. “It was fun,” Ethan told me afterward. Thankful for the opportunity to speak, he added: “They let me share what I feel and how OVV helped me be this person and feel special.” If you’d been there and heard him, you would never know “this person” is deaf. He is. Like a polished speaker, this seventh grade student mixed humor with a poignant tale of overcoming deafness, learning to hear and speak, and entering the mainstream public school. Ethan told how he plays drums in the school band and runs cross country too. His parents, Eric and Alyssa Eiselt, were at the Cincinnati Club with him. “We were just very proud seeing him do that and accomplish that,” his mom, Alyssa, said. “He worked very hard. He did a great job.” Guests were clearly

Tyler and Lori Lang, in gangster suit and flapper dress, are parents of a deaf child currently attending Ohio Valley Voices school. Lori was a featured speaker at the gala. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

moved by Ethan’s personal story and the OVV program. They gave $10,000 during the live auction after his talk and a net total of $45,000 for OVV. The OVV board, staff, and faculty set a goal for guests to have fun and learn a little about what they are doing at the school. With music, cocktails, a formal dinner, Ethan’s speech, and Monte Carlo style gaming, there was plenty of fun for everyone. There were women in “flapper” style dresses, with colorful feather boas, and men in “gangster” style suits with fedoras and spats. A mini jail cell with a sign on the door proclaiming “The Clink” and a bathtub made to look like it was filled with “bathtub gin” likened the setting to an old speak easy gin joint. The mood was light and festive, but the cause is se-

Guests enjoyed the Monte Carlo style gaming along with cocktails, dinner and live music at the Cincinnati Club. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

FOR MORE INFORMATION More at: www.ohiovalley, or contact Ohio Valley Voices at (513) 791-1458

OVV executive director Maria Sentelik and chair of the gala organizing committee, Lynette Pugh, are all smiles after netting $45,000 to help support the school CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

rious. This school, right here in our own backyard, is making a difference in the lives of deaf children and their families. “I don’t think the people understand the power of what OVV has to offer these kids and what other schools are missing,” said Eric Eiselt, Ethan’s dad. “OVV is by far, like Ethan said, the Harvard of the hard of hearing schools. They’re going to teach you. It’s going to be tough. I feel bad about the kids that don’t get to that school.” Eric and Alyssa Eiselt told a story about visiting a public school program for deaf kids. “We watched kids that had been there for two years and they were grunt-

ing,” Eric said. “They were literally grunting. After two years at OVV, the same kinds of kids are talking. It gives you chills when you see those kids talk.” Eric questioned why, if those public school kids were literally grunting after two years, why are the OVV kids talking? It is one of the greatest challenges OVV staff and faculty face in building awareness of what they do in teaching deaf children to hear and speak. Getting that message out to others with deaf children is a key reason for their gala. “It’s sad that the public schools think they can do what OVV does,” Alyssa said. “They can’t.” Eric and Alyssa

watched their own son Ethan, graduate from OVV, enter and succeed in mainstream public schools. They believe OVV just knows what to do combining the technology of cochlear implants and amazing teachers. “I don’t think they cookie cut it,” Eric said. “It’s very individualized. It is an amazing school. It is.” Just like no single word can describe the OVV gala, there are no words to really describe what OVV is doing for deaf children and their future. Like Ethan said to any child who is deaf: “I would tell them, just because you’re deaf doesn’t mean you can’t really be someone. Just always follow your dreams.” At OVV, they’re opening up pathways to those dreams. You just have to go there and see; no correct that, hear for yourself. More at:, or contact Ohio Valley Voices at (513) 791-1458

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Ohio Valley Voices board member John Caulfield arrives at Cincinnati Club for the annual gala with his wife, Leslie. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Carl and Mary Kindberg got caught in "the clink." Mary helped organize the Ohio Valley Voices gala event. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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