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Vineyard becomes a destination

When Tim and Lynn Downey bought a farm in Felicity in 1993, they intended to do research into alternative energy. But 17 years later that land is home to Lakeside Vineyard and Winery. “We started getting interested in grape production in 1997. There was an article published by the Ohio State University that said the 34 wineries in Ohio at the time has brought 1,000 tons of grapes from other states to supplement the 1996 harvest,” Tim said. FULL STORY, B1

First responders praised for rescue

For Larry Willis it was “every parent’s nightmare” when he received word his 4-year-old daughter was missing. But the incident ended happily and Willis expressed great appreciation for the law enforcement and rescue personnel who helped avert what could have been a tragedy. FULL STORY, A2

Summer camp all about tech careers

Tata Consultancy Services employs more than 300 people at its 223-acre campus in Miami Township. Most of them are highlyeducated software engineers developing computer systems for Fortune 500 companies across the nation. According to Amar Naga, director of operations at the Miami Township offices, not enough young people are going into technical careers to satisfy Tata’s hiring needs. FULL STORY, A6

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A 1982 Sutphen fire engine has been saved from the auction block, thanks to the efforts of Erwin Walker and the Francis Fagin Education Foundation. The engine was set to be sold at a Saturday, July 10, vehicle auction at the Goshen Township Government Center, but the trustees opted to donate it to the foundation after Walker spoke to them about its historical significance. “I was elated,” Walker said of the trustees’ decision. “My goal was to explain the foundation and get the truck pulled off the July 10 auction.” The truck is a replica of one several Goshen firefighters designed in 1978 and was dedicated to Francis “Smoke” Fagin, who worked for the department for 46 years and helped turn it into a full service department, rather than a bucket brigade. It was only in service for a short time before it was destroyed in an crash in April 1980, Walker said. “The truck is something I knew would be a perfect puzzle fit for the foundation because it’s a piece of history of the Goshen Fire Department,” he said. Walker said he will store the engine in a large barn when it’s not being used for parades and demonstrations. Fire Chief Steve Pegram said he was glad the engine would continue to serve Goshen residents rather than being sold for parts. “Anytime something that possesses some history can be salvaged and secured to be here for future generations, it’s a good thing,” he said. “Firefighters get a little sentimental about their trucks.” Though the truck could have made money for the department at auction, Pegram said money will still be saved by donating it to the foundation. “It costs us money to maintain

Erwin Walker talks about the unique attributes of the fire engine donated to the Francis Fagin Education Foundation. the vehicle,” he said. “Obviously, we’re looking at the budget so we can save money where we can, but it made sense for us to have this truck removed from our fleet.” Goshen Township Trustee Bob Hausermann agreed with Pegram and said the truck’s history was worth more than any money it would have received at auction. “I think it would’ve brought in a very minimal amount,” he said. “That would’ve been an absolutely horrible fate for that piece of equipment with all that history behind it. Money is always an issue, but that wouldn’t have brought in any big money at all.”



This antique fire engine was saved from auction by Erwin Walker for the Francis Fagin Education Foundation.

Goshen firefighters receive second raise By Mary Dannemiller

Goshen Township Fire & EMS Department employees have received their second raise in six months, effective Thursday, July 1. In February, the trustees approved the first round of 2.75percent raises for full-time fire and EMS personnel as dictated by the union labor agreement. That agreement stipulated fire and EMS employees would receive a 2.75percent raise every six months for the next two years. “The union was in contract negotiations for over two years and during that time, they did not receive any increases,” said Fire Chief Steve Pegram. “They agreed to accept raises for the next two years, but did not require us to pay them back pay. Essentially, it seems like a big increase but rais-

es over two years is a much smaller amount than it would have been to pay back pay.” In April, the trustees approved a 2.75-percent increase for noncontract fire and EMS employees and they also received raises effective Thursday, July 1. Goshen Township Trustee Ray Autenrieb said it has been six years since non-contract employees received raises. “They didn’t even get a cost of living increase,” he said. “Whether they’re full-time or parttime it’s still very costly to train them. If they then decide to go elsewhere to earn some more money, we have to turn around and train somebody new and buy new uniforms and equipment. We felt it would be cheaper and fairer to just give them the same amount across the board.” Pegram agreed, saying it was

difficult to retain employees when they can make more money in neighboring communities. “We have some very dedicated people who have been here for six years without a pay raise and that shows their level of dedication and that it’s not about the money to them,” he said. “They enjoy working here, but at the same time you have good, qualified candidates who can make $8 an hour in Goshen, but can make $16 an hour at Miami Township. It becomes a problem for us when they can work at another department for twice the money.” The raises were part of the department’s 2010 budget, but Pegram said the department is doing what it can to cut costs wherever possible including not giving the firefighters physicals and not purchasing new equip-

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ment. “We’re not overspending,” he said. “The raises were awarded by an arbitrator so we didn’t have a choice in that, but as far as the operating budget goes we’ve done a good job with the things we can control by not purchasing some things.” Autenrieb said the fire and EMS personnel have been understanding of the department’s finances and thankful for the raises they received. “I personally have been thanked by a number of individuals in the fire department,” he said “I think they’re very appreciative. They realize we can’t give them any more than what we have.” The next Goshen Township trustee meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the Goshen Township Government Center, 6757 Goshen Road.


Community Journal North Clermont

July 7, 2010


County seeks grant for sewer project By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County Water Resources Department is hoping to secure a $300,000 Revitalization Grant to fix the sewage issues in Newtonsville. Some areas in the village have very high levels of E. Coli. For example, the sampling from the center of town – near the intersection of Main and Cross streets – showed 241,960 colony forming units, according to a water resources report issued in April. Water resources department Director Tom Yeager said 200 colony forming units is high. E.Coli usually comes

from animal and human feces. He said the high levels could be a result of the failing on-site sewer systems, Yeager said. This revitalization grant, which is offered through the Ohio Department of Development, would help do an analysis and potential design for a village-wide sewage collection system, he said. A public hearing was held on the grant application Monday, June 21. Yeager said he expects to know whether or not they receive the grant in September. If the county is awarded the $300,000 grant, the department will have two years to spend the money.

Yeager Yeager said the problems in Newtonsville are unique in Clermont County. “The challenges are that they have very small lots with poor soil conditions with existing on site systems,” he said. “The problems are fairly pervasive ... This is fairly unique because it’s not close to any of our existing facilities.” The county looked at the sewage issues in Newtonsville in the mid-90s, but the solutions were cost prohibitive for residents, Yeager said. Because of the recent sample findings and requests from the village officials, the county decided to take another look.

Goshen Boys & Girls Club seeks donations By Mary Dannemiller

Goshen Police Officer James Taylor’s six year-long crusade to establish a chapter of the Boys & Girls Club in the township is almost over, but he needs help. Taylor has until Sunday, Aug. 1, to raise $150,000 to open club. “That deadline gives me plenty of time to get this up and going before Labor Day,” Taylor said. “My goal is there to be a place for these kids to go after school starting this upcoming school year.” To raise the money, Tay-

lor established a patron program which will allow Goshen residents and business owners to team up to support the club. “This is a fundraising program that is made up of 300 patrons. A patron can be an individual, group, family, organization or business owner,” he said. Patrons will then pledge $500 throughout a calendar year to provide a steady stream of revenue. “Those like myself who cannot afford $500 can still donate to the club for programs or group up with other individuals to be a patron, such as through the

Goshen Police Officers Association,” he said. Township Trustee Ray Autenrieb said all three trustees have donated to Taylor’s efforts and encouraged other members of the community to help. “Something like this has to be funded one way or another so this is the best way to get people to pledge and volunteer their services,” he said. Autenrieb also said the club would provide a safe place for the township’s teens and children to go after school, which will possibly lighten the police department’s load.

First responders praised for rescue By John Seney

For Larry Willis it was “every parent’s nightmare” when he received word his 4-year-old daughter was missing. But the incident ended happily and Willis expressed great appreciation for the law enforcement and rescue personnel who helped avert what could have been a tragedy. Willis was in Franklin, Ohio, on business the morning of March 26 when he took a call from the Clermont County Communications Center advising him to return to his Stonelick Township home because his daughter, Rachel, was missing. Willis’ wife, Melody, noticed Rachel was missing about 8 a.m. and called 911. It snowed the night before and it was extremely cold outside. Willis moved into the house on U.S. 50 about a month before. “It was a big house, an old house, and our first thought was that she was somewhere in the house,” Willis said. Clermont County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene and after a search inside the house, called Willis, who was still on his way home, and told him they were convinced Rachel was not in the house. “When they said that, I got sick to my stomach,” Willis said. By the time Willis got home, sheriff’s deputies had called in a bloodhound and were searching the wooded area around the house.


Rachel Willis with some of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office deputies who helped in her rescue. From left are, Sgt. Jeff Sellars, Deputy Garry Summers and Lt. Steve Leahy. There is a lake in the woods behind the home, and Willis said he feared “she either froze to death or drowned.” After about an hour, a pair of boots were found in a creek along U.S. 50. “I didn’t want to believe they were her boots,” Willis said. “At that point I thought, ‘This is it.’” Deputies expanded the search out from the point where the boots were found. Lt. Steve Leahy, who was part of the search team, was walking along a gravel access road that comes off U.S. 50 when he noticed an object on the front porch of a house. At a distance, he thought it might be a doll, but as he got closer, he realized it was a little girl. Wet, cold and barefoot, Rachel had managed to crawl out of the creek and make her way to the house, which was unoccupied. Leahy said he was “elated” when he found the girl alive. “I’m a father myself,” he said. Stonelick Township EMS


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workers arrived and transported Rachel to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her core temperature had dropped to 88 degrees, Willis said. Hospital workers were able to get her temperature back to normal and she returned home the next day. Willis said she has recovered fully with no permanent damage. “It was just a miracle,” he said. Willis said Rachel apparently woke up about 5 a.m. and walked out the back door to “see her pet bunnies.” She wandered off in the dark and fell in the creek. Since the incident, Willis has installed alarms and locks on all the doors in the home. He had nothing but praise for the deputies and EMS workers involved. “They were so professional at a time when we were so hysterical,” he said. “Everyone was extremely sympathetic to the situation.” “We appreciate his comments,” Clermont County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Combs said. “Anytime something like this happens, it’s an all-hands-ondeck situation.” Willis wrote a letter to the Stonelick Township trustees June 16 in which he praised the township EMS “for their attention to detail and top-notch medical treatment they gave my daughter.” Fire Chief Matt Rose said new IV warmers recently obtained by the department helped the girl on the way to the hospital. “My guys did an excellent job,” he said. “The outcome was really nice.”


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July 7, 2010




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2010 Lead Clermont class graduates

Congratulations to another impressive group of 17 individuals who have completed the course work, study and projects necessary for graduation from Clermont 20/20’s Leadership Program. These people are bright, talented and thoughtful individuals who are committed to making Clermont County a better place to live, work and play. More than 400 Clermont County citizens have been through the Leadership Program over the past two decades. In that time, we have developed a pool of leaders who participate in many organizations throughout our community from coaching to Boy Scouts and Girls

Scouts, to Senior Services, to school boards, planning and zoning committees, social service agencies, service organizations like Kiwanis and Chris Smith Rotary, business Community organizations like Press guest the Chamber of other columnist Commerce, corporate boards, parks and recreation committees, local initiatives, levy efforts, United Way, Boys & Girls Club, library and literacy councils, and on and on. We are fortunate to have

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

What does patriotism mean to you? Who is the most patriotic person you know?

“Being patriotic is doing what is right for your country, not the popular thing. Too many groups and individuals wrap themselves in the flag and think they are patriots. “Real patriotism does not include the mindless parroting of the ultra-right wing. A true patriot does not need to yell epitaphs at our president because he is not ultra-conservative. “A true patriot needs to think and a lot of the flag wavers do it by rote. People who do not use cognitive reasoning are just puppets. “That does not mean we all should come to the same conclusions, only that Fox News and the pundits are a poor source for a thinking person. “Think. Then wave the flag.” J.Z. “Unfortunately many folks think that patriotism is unqualified support of our country no matter what activities are being conducted. “I believe that a true patriot is 1) a thoughtful person, 2) not afraid to articulate an opinion even when it is contrary to the popular opinion, 3) not afraid to be critical of activities in which the country is engaged (war or some other public policy) when their opinion is intellectually honest and thoughtfully supported by reason and logic. “A patriot is willing to support their country/government even when it means sacrificing personal pleasures and comfort to accomplish a desirable goal or resort. “As has been said a true patriot is one who can be critical even when their position is contrary to the popular opinion. Courage to be critical for improving a situation even when this subjects them to disparaging comments. “Making sure that they under-

Next questions Do you think weather warning sirens are effective? Why or why not? What changes would you make to the warning system? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to loveland@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. stand how government really works and what must be done to make it work the way it was designed. Going along with the crowd when they do not agree with the crowd is being a coward not a patriot. “Too many folks are ignorant of what our country really stands for. It is liberty and justice for all not just a few.” J.S.D. “Patriotism to me is the love and devotion to our country. To be a patriot, one must obey and support the authority and interest of their country. “In today’s narration, I do not feel that our government stands behind our Constitution, as there seems to be ever-ending amendments trying to change our way of life. “We have laws that support the criminal, we have laws against the disciplining of children, and we have laws against the protection of our property, etc ..., etc ... “Our country was founded on the premise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, we have to fear not only for our lives, but for the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. “Our freedom rights seem to less and less, not only physical but economically. Many surveys given on TV indicate that we are not happy campers. “We all can be patriotic, not only this July 4th, but everyday – flying our flag, say the pledge, singing the national anthem, viewing patriotic parades, and especially honoring our soldiers, past and present.” D.J.

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another 15 individuals who our community can draw upon and tap into their ideas and energy. Please join me in congratulating the following: • Andy Baker, of Amelia, director of Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont. • Tom Curee, Amelia, logistics coordinator supervisor, Total Quality Logistics. • Lori Ann Dameron, Amelia, branch manager, RiverHills Bank. • Keith Hensley, Amelia, claims manager, The Midland Co. • Pam Holbrook, Loveland, assistant city manager, city of Milford. • Naren Kanteti, Batavia Town-

ship, manager, business applications, The Midland Co. • Diane Morrison, Stonelick Township, senior nursing officer, Mercy Hospital Clermont. • Julianne Nesbit, Blanchester, assistant health commissioner, Clermont County Health District. • Julie Pedersen, Anderson Township, prevention education coordinator, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. • Vicki Rankin, Milford, partner/shareholder, Kamphaus, Henning & Hood CPA. • Connie Taggart, Felicity, retired teacher, Felicity-Franklin Local School District. • Matt Taylor, Union Township, service director for Union Town-

The summertime job One thing is certain: Nothing’s better than having fun this summer while earning a few extra dollars. No matter how cool the job may be, make sure to look at the tax deductions when your first pay check is issued. Some of the taxes you’re paying as an employee will help you quality for Social Security benefits later. To learn more about your Social Security number or how you earn credits for Social Security coverage, visit www.socialsecurity. gov/pubs/10072.html. Here’s another important thing to know as you go out to find summer employment: Your Social Security number. Knowing your Social Security number is important as you enter the workforce. Treat your number as confidential information and keep it protected. Memorize your number and do

not carry your Social Security card with you unless you need to show it to your employer. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers. Luciano If your DeLeon employer wants see your card Community to and you don’t Press guest know where it is, columnist it’s easy to apply for a new one. Simply complete an Application For a Social Security Card (Form SS-5) and show us original documents proving your U.S. citizenship or immigration status, age and identity. The online application includes examples of documents you may need; you can


find the application at Then, take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office. We will mail your Social Security card to you. If your card is lost or stolen, you can apply for a replacement for free. However, you are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Whether you find a job filing paperwork or cooking burgers, have fun this summer as you work and save for your future. Luciano DeLeon is the manager of the Batavia Social Security office. Do you have a question about Social Security? Would you like to schedule a free Social Security-related presentation for your workplace or organization? E-mail your question or speaker request to

One in four can suffer mental illness At a recent meeting at the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, I met U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt. At the time I spoke to her, I didn’t have all the statistics on hand and subsequently sent her the following information. I think this is important to share with the community. At NAMI, we are working to normalize mental illness to show that mental illness is an illness like any other and to eliminate stigma so people will seek professional help as soon as possible. Early intervention will result in a dramatic reduction in health care costs for patients, businesses and the public health care systems. Here are some facts to consider. Major mental disorders cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Mental illnesses – depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addictions, anxiety and eating disorder – constitute the No. 1 public health problem facing Americans. One out of four people are affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Less than half seek treatment. (Reports from the Surgeon General, 2008). Without treatment,

people living with mental illness may face unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide. The stigma surrounding menJudy tal illness can Bonhaus often lead people to self-medicate Community with illegal drugs Press Guest or alcohol, hoping Columnist to reduce the pain without facing a diagnosis. Self-medication often results in addiction, which often leads to crime. Crime leads to incarceration. • It costs about $25,000 per year to keep someone in prison. It is estimated that more than 30 percent of those incarcerated have a mental health disorder, and 18 percent have a serious mental illness. • It costs $525 per day in the state hospital. Paying for state hospital days takes funding away from community based services. • It costs between $4,000 and $6,000 per year to serve a mental health consumer in outpatient treatment in the community mental health system.

While these statistics are startling, they do not convey the most startling statistic of all: Untreated mental illness results in loss of quality of life, self-esteem and dignity for individuals impacted by these disorders. • While the costs of emergency room visits and community hospital stays vary widely, the cost are exorbitantly expensive compared to the costs of providing stable and consistent treatment in the community. While these statistics are startling, they do not convey the most startling statistic of all: Untreated mental illness results in loss of quality of life, self-esteem and dignity for individuals impacted by these disorders. Research now clearly indicates that major mental illnesses are a result of a malfunction of the complex systems in the brain, not a personal weakness, a character flaw or a result of poor parenting. It’s time that stigma is replaced with science. Judy Bonhaus is executive director of NAMI-Clermont County.

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ship. • Douglas Thomson, Anderson Township, president, Douglas W. Thomson Co. • Nikki Vargas, Williamsburg, program coordinator, UC Clermont College. • Joe Wagner, Terrace Park, vice president, Park National Bank. • Warren Walker, Newtonsville, manager, Duke Energy Ohio. • Dan Wallace, Cincinnati, district executive, Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America. Chris Smith is the executive director of Clermont 20/20. He can be reached at 753-9222.

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Youth re-enact pioneer trek

The narrow path winds through 2-foot high weeds. The wheels of the loaded handcarts extend far beyond the cleared path, and teens dressed in long skirts and bonnets and western hats and suspenders wrangle the carts through the weeds. These teens, hailing from the Anderson Township, Union Township, Milford, Loveland, Sycamore Township, Wilmington and Georgetown areas, gave up cell phones, computers, shorts and swimming for a weekend of learning about and appreciating their religious ancestors and heritage. FULL STORY, B1

Wayne Twp. opens fire station bids

A local company will be working this fall and winter to build the new fire station in Wayne Township. D.E.R. Construction, a Milford company, submitted the winning bid to build the new station for the Wayne Township Fire and Rescue. FULL STORY, A2

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By John Seney, Mary Dannemiller and Kellie Geist

School districts, townships, village and cities across Clermont County will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in expected revenue this year because of a change in how Duke Energy pays its taxes. Late last year, Duke filed a dispute with the Ohio Tax Commissioner to allow the company to pay taxes based on economic conditions rather than the cost of personal property, said Pat Hoffman, Duke Energy spokesperson. The tax commissioner has been asked to respond this summer. “Duke Energy Ohio is paying second-half taxes, but we are basing our payments on our analysis, which we believe is an accurate assessment of the value of our personal property,” Hoffman said. “The state uses a sys-

Local annual impact

CNE schools: $86,232 Goshen schools: $119,928 Goshen Twp.: $88,630 Jackson Twp.: $3,886 Stonelick Twp.: $13,190 Wayne Twp.: $8,014 Newtonsville: $132 Owensville: $1,746 * Values were provided by the Clermont County Auditor’s Office.

tem that looks at the historic cost of personal property minus deprecation and the system we’re using is a well-accepted system that uses a fair market value approach. It takes into consideration costs and also economic conditions and income.” The Goshen Local School District will lose $119,928. Treasurer Todd Shinkle said that represents about one percent of the budget. “It’s definitely a killer,” he said. “It doesn’t help our budget out.”

Shinkle said district officials have made no decisions on cuts. The Clermont Northeastern Local School District will lose $86,232 in Duke taxes annually. “We’re on a shoestring budget at this point,” said board member Mike Freeman. “It’s going to be bad. It’s going to impact our budget and schools.” Stonelick Township will lose $13,190 a year. Trustee Skeets Humphries said no decisions have been made on any cuts. He said most of the township’s departments are operating with minimum staffing. “We’re already pretty lean,” Humphries said. “We’ll have to deal with it as best we can.” According to Tilbury, Goshen township will lose about $88,000 per year. Fiscal Officer Lisa Allen said the township’s general, road and bridge, police, fire, ambulance and safety services levy funds

will be hit hardest by the lost revenue. “It’s going to affect all of the funds that have real estate taxes coming in,” she said. “All of them with the exception of the general fund and road and bridge are related to police and fire, which are the two departments we’ve already had issues with. Those departments are always affected by the economy.” Allen said she expects the trustees to discuss Duke’s decision at upcoming meetings. At the county level, Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury said the general fund will see a loss in revenue of $179,276. Although it’s a big chunk of money, that amount is less than half a percent of the county’s $45 million general fund budget, said Budget Director Sukie Scheetz. Scheetz said the loss in revenue from Duke Energy will be incorporated into the 2010 revenue re-evaluation.

Goshen police dog marks one year By Mary Dannemiller

When you meet Goshen Police Officer Matt Bucksath’s partner it’s hard to imagine her as anything but a playful black German Shepherd, but don’t be fooled. Jynx transforms into what Bucksath calls “werewolf mode” when she corners a criminal. “If someone is acting funny she starts barking and growling. Her snout curls up and she slobbers everywhere,” he said. “She’s all black so she looks like photos of werewolves you see or werewolves in the movies.” In the year since Bucksath teamed up with Jynx, the two have created a reputation throughout Clermont County as excellent trackers and have helped find fleeing criminals in communities like Union Township. In February, Jynx tracked down a man who had fled the scene after throwing beer cans and stabbing a motorist on I-275. “That Union Township case was pretty noteworthy,” said Goshen

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Township Police Chief Ray Snyder. “(Union Township Lt.) Scott Gaviglia told me that case would not have been solved without her help.” More recently, Jynx and Bucksath were called upon to find a man who broke into a house and stabbed someone as the result of a domestic dispute. “The perpetrator fled into a wooded area so we called Jynx in the middle of the night,” Snyder said. “She was off-duty, but she located the suspect in that wooded area. It’s very likely we wouldn’t have found the individual without her assistance.” Bucksath said once they arrived at the scene, Jynx was able to find the suspect in about four minutes. “The gentleman who fled from the stabbing urinated in his pants when she approached him,” Bucksath said. “She had that effect on him.” Jynx has about an 80-percent success rate with tracking down suspects and doesn’t give up easily, Bucksath said. “She’s very focused,” he said. “If we haven’t found somebody and we’re walking back to the cruiser she’ll still have her nose to the ground the entire way back to the car. She’s relentless.” At home, Jynx enjoys life with Bucksath’s wife and children, but knows when it’s time to go to work. “She’s great with my kids. Usually when we get home and I let her out of her cage, she spreads out on the living room floor chewing on a ball,” Bucksath said. “She recognizes when I’m in uniform and she knows when she’s in that


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July 14, 2010

Owensville fire ruled as arson Arson has been ruled the cause of a fire that destroyed a building at an Owensville business June 19. The fire at Owensville Landscaping Supply, 330 E. Main St., caused $300,000 in damage, said Stonelick Township Fire Chief Matt Rose. Shane Cartmill, spokesman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said investigators found specific evidence indicating the fire was

intentionally set. The investigation is continuing and details were not released of how the fire was set. More than 70 firefighters from seven departments responded to the fire that broke out about 11:30 p.m. Departments responding included Stonelick Township, Jackson Township, Wayne Township, Williamsburg Township, Goshen Township, the Central/Joint Fire and EMS District and Fayet-

teville Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Rose said the building destroyed by the fire was used to store logs to be cut into smaller pieces for firewood bundles. Equipment stored in the building also was destroyed. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-589-2728, or the Stonelick Township Fire Department at 732-1136.


A fire at Clark’s Landscaping Supply in Owensville June 19 has been ruled an arson. The fire destroyed a building where wood was kept for cutting into firewood bundles.

Hearings scheduled on elimination of bus route By John Seney




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major shopping areas along the way. Humphrey said the public hearings are being held to gather public input on the proposal. If commissioners vote to eliminate the service after the hearings, the area served by the route would revert to Dial-a-Ride demand-only bus service. The hearings are: • 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug.

10, in the trustee meeting room at the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. • 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the office of the county commissioners, third floor, Clermont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. • 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Goshen Township Civic Center, 6757 Goshen Road.

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CTC wants to eliminate the route because the service “has not proven to be effective.” He said ridership sometimes averages less than one rider per lap. The route began service in March 2008, using a twoyear trial grant from the federal government. The route roughly follows Ohio 28 between Milford and Goshen Township, hitting

A local company will be working this fall and winter to build the new fire station in Wayne Township. D.E.R. Construction, a Milford company, submitted the winning bid to build the new station for the Wayne Township Fire and Rescue. Bids were opened Thursday, July 8. The bid was for $852,359 and included everything except the septic system, which will be bid separately, and engineering costs. “Even with the construction, engineering and septic systems the cost comes to about $940,000, which is about $20,000 less than the FEMA estimate,” said David Moulden, fire chief and fiscal and management consultant for Wayne Township. The original bid was for $3,100 less, but the trustees decided to add energy saving light bulbs to the project. “Essentially, that will save us money. We’ll pay the $3,100 back in about

five years and then we’ll save $500 to $600 annually,” Moulden said. In September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $820,000 grant to build the new fire station behind the township hall at 6320 Ohio 133. The original project estimate was more than $1 million and Moulden said, if costs remain at $940,000, the township only will have to come up with $120,000 in matching money. The fire department paid $50,000 in engineering costs and the trustees are looking at ways to finance the additional $70,000 or $80,000, trustee Don Wilson said. Wilson said the trustees


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have contacted a local bank for information on taking out a loan. He also said Dave Frye, Clermont County assistant prosecutor, said the township could borrow money from the general fund to pay for the construction, but only if enough money is available. “I’m not saying that’s what we’ll do, but it’s an option. It all depends on what the interest rates are,” he said. Money is available in the general fund – if the economy rebounds. But, if the present situation remains and the township needs some extra cash, depleting the general fund could be a problem, Wilson said. The township received 21 bids – nine for complete construction and 12 for partial construction. Moulden said D.E.R.’s bid was lower than all other options. The project’s engineering firm, McCarty Associations, checked the company’s references and recommended D.E.R. to the trustees. The contract with D.E.R. Construction currently is being written and should be finalized by the end of this week, Moulden said. Once the contract is signed, D.E.R. will have 210 days to complete construction. The Wayne Township Fire and Rescue should be able to move in sometime in February or March, he said. Wilson said he’s looking forward to the construction and working with D.E.R. “I know of their outfit from being in construction and everything I’ve heard about them has been good. I’m excited to get this project moving,” he said.


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MidSummer a hit despite storms Community Press Staff Report

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Housing starts on rise in Clermont County By John Seney

Permits for single family housing starts for the first five months of this year are up in Clermont County compared to last year. There were 198 permits issued for single family homes from Jan. 1 to May

31, according to building activity reports kept by Clermont County Permit Central. For the same period last year, 153 permits were issued. Union Township led the way with 38 permits issued this year, followed by Miami Township with 33, Amelia with 32, Batavia Township with 28, Goshen Township

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vidual lots, officials in the townships and villages said most of the activity has been in subdivisions. Cory Wright, Union Township planning and zoning director, said about 90 to 95 percent of the new single family homes in Union Township are in subdivisions. Permits in Union Township are down from the 48 issued during the same period last year, but Wright said 2009 was a strong year compared to 2008. “I’m hopeful that activity will continue to remain strong throughout 2010,” he said. Miami Township had 33 permits issued this year, compared to 13 in the same period last year. Assistant Administrator Jeff Wright said about 90 percent of the new housing activity is in subdivisions. “It helps that we have multiple subdivisions under construction, with a variety of housing choices,” he said. “We also are helped by strong school districts and a park system.” In Pierce Township, there have been 10 permits for new homes so far this year, compared to four for the same period last year and 11 for all of 2009. “We’re way ahead of last year,” Zoning Administrator Donna Cann said. She said about 75 percent of the new homes are in subdivisions, with Fisher Homes doing most of the building. Cann said permits for things like decks, pools, fences and patio rooms on existing homes also are up. “People are feeling more comfortable spending their

Where new homes are being built

Permits issued for new single family homes in Clermont County, according to reports from Clermont County Permit Central: Township/village Jan. 1-May 31, 2010 Jan. 1-May 31, 2009 Amelia 32 8 Batavia Twp. 28 32 Bethel 6 0 Goshen Twp. 21 22 Jackson Twp. 1 5 Miami Twp. 33 13 Monroe Twp. 2 3 New Richmond 18 2 Ohio Township 1 1 Pierce Twp. 10 4 Stonelick Twp. 4 3 Tate Twp. 0 4 Union Twp. 38 48 Washington Twp. 1 2 Wayne Twp. 3 3 Williamsburg Twp. 0 2 Williamsburg 0 1 County total 198 153 Note: If a township or village is not listed, numbers for both periods are zero. Milford has none. money,” Cann said. “I think it’s positive.” New Richmond saw housing starts jump from two in the first five months of last year to 18 so far this year. Village Administrator Dave Kennedy said the vast majority of the new homes are in the Riverview Bluffs subdivision behind the Rivertown Market shopping center off U.S. 52. Kennedy said new home building steadily increased since the Ohio River flood of 1997, reaching a peak of 41 in 2005. The numbers declined after 2005, but are now coming back, he said. New housing permits in Amelia jumped from eight in the first five months of 2009 to 32 this year. Mayor Leroy Ellington said close to 100 percent of these are in subdivisions. Two subdivisions that have seen a lot of building activity recently are South Ridge and Woodside Park. He said people are attracted to Amelia because “it feels

like a slice of Americana” with the old downtown Main Street area, yet offers new housing back in the subdivisions. Ellington said he would like to see more new commercial development in Amelia to provide a stronger tax base to go along with the boom in housing. In Batavia Township, permits are down from 32 in the first five months of 2009 to 28 this year. Zoning Administrator Denise Kelley said activity has been picking up in the past several weeks, with permits coming in from several large subdivisions. She said about 75 percent of single family permits come from subdivisions. In Goshen Township, permits declined slightly, from 22 in the first five months of 2009 to 21 this year. Zoning inspector Kathie Alley said most of the building activity in Goshen has been at the Villages of Belmont subdivision, which is almost full.

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A hearing for a Duke Energy employee arrested in Owensville for drunk driving has been set for Aug. 20. William K. Foster, 45, of Seaman, Ohio, was arrested May 11 on U.S. 50 in Owensville. He was charged with drunk driving, speeding and driving with a license under suspension. He was driving a company truck he was allowed to

take home, but was off-duty at the time. A hearing before Clermont County Municipal Court Judge Thomas Herman June 29 was continued to 9 a.m. Aug. 20. The purpose of the hearing was to consider a motion to suppress and a motion to dismiss. Foster’s arrest was the second drunk driving incident in three days in Cler-

mont County involving a Duke employee. Kenneth Mathers of Tate Township was arrested for drunk driving May 9 after he was involved in a crash with two other vehicles in the village of Batavia. Mathers was driving a Duke truck and was on duty. Mathers has a July 19 hearing in Clermont County Court of Common Pleas.

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John Espy might be Milford High School’s new assistant band director, but he’s not a stranger to the program. Espy has been working with the band’s percussion section for three years in an unofficial capacity, but will now have the opportunity to teach the students fulltime. “I’m very excited,” said band director Brian Brown. “John has actually worked with our marching band for the past couple of years so he’s familiar with the program and he knows a

lot of the kids. I think he’s going to be great.” As an assistant director, the Milford native will work with junior high school bands, lead the high school concert band and continue to work with the marching band’s percussion section. “To be working with such a great group, such an established group is going to be great,” he said. “It’s great to be coming back home to teach music.” Before accepting the job with Milford, Espy was the band director at Mount Healthy High School. “It’s going to be very different, but I’ve worked with the Milford

bands before so I have a pretty good foundation,” he said. “I’m eager to get started and get working on everything.” Espy said teaching students about life and not just how to play their instruments is his favorite part of working with bands. “It is a band and it is music based, but you can learn so many things about life,” he said. “I try to teach them to be successful in life whether they’re going to be a professional musician or not. It’s really great to see students work, put the time in and be able to succeed and reach their goals. That’s really what it’s all about for me.”


Mulberry Elementary School Principal Gary Schulte congratulates Alex Herbst and Carlos Perez.

Mulberry sixth-graders say good-bye to school The sixth-graders at Mulberry Elementary said good-bye to elementary school May 27. At an assembly that included teachers and parents, students were recognized for academic high-honors,

as well as the Presidential Outstanding Academic Excellence Awards. Afterward, students were treated to a celebration picnic at Community Park on Buckwheat Road.


Mulberry Elementary School sixth-graders, from left, Michael Stevens, Noah Robinson, Jake Chialastri, Palmer Bowman, Dylan Brothers, Alex Herbst, Dominic Dalessandro enjoy the party.


C.J. and Cody Haddix of Wayne Township built these hog pens with the help of their father to house the pigs they will show at the Clermont County Fair later this month. They are both members of the Clermont Northeastern High School FFA Chapter.

CNE FFA members weigh fair projects CNE FFA members, C. J. and Cody Haddix are getting their market hogs ready for the Clermont County Fair. To be successful with their projects at the fair, the members need to feed, water and walk their mar-

ket hogs each day. The market hogs need to be at the correct weight to show at the fair. The correct weight can be from 220 to 290 pounds at the show. The brothers are weighing their

hogs now to make sure they are progressing well enough to make the weight range. Both of these members are successful with their projects and are active in the CNE FFA Chapter, said their instructor David Jelley.

Adults given a second chance More than 200 Clermont County residents earned a “second chance” in June. The Clermont County Educational Service Center celebrated its 23rd annual graduation ceremony for the Adult Basic and Literacy Program (ABLE) June 10 at UC Clermont College. During the 2009-2010 program year, 201 people took the GED test and 146 received their GED Equivalency Diploma. The Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program provides a “second chance” opportunity for adults to receive their high school credentials. The GED Equivalency Diploma will allow those adults to continue

their education at post-secondary institutions, help their children with homework, meet new job requirements and mark a significant milestone in their lives. Twenty graduates assembled at UC Clermont College to receive an award of recognition for successful completion of the GED Equivalency Diploma. The graduates wore the traditional cap and gown to mark the importance of the event. More than 200 family members and friends were in attendance to share the celebration. Barbara Wallace, UC Clermont College, welcomed the graduates and their families. The college plays a strategic

role in the GED process. In collaboration with the Clermont County Educational Service Center, UC Clermont College provides space for the Adult Education classes. The college also provides the facility for the graduation ceremony. “Our classes provide a second chance to adults who have not completed high school,” said Jimmi McIntosh, supervisor of the Clermont County Educational Service. “Many of our students realize they can’t get a promotion, the job they want or get a college degree. Getting students inside the door is the most difficult chore. You must make a commitment not to give up. The test is not easy.”


Mulberry sixth-graders get ready for one of the races. From left are: Rayce Curry, Michael Stevens, Megan Jofriet, Emma Brockman.

HONOR ROLLS St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School The following students have earned honors for the third trimester of 2009-2010.

Eighth Grade

First Honors – Maxwell Bruns, Timothy Dombrowski, Ashley Dundon, Andrew Pearson, Daniel Renner, Patrick Renner, Shannon Rokey, Katrina Schroeder, Alex Stanula, Sarah Thaxton, Sara Voss, Mikaila Wenker, Emily Wolfe, Sarah Wuerfel and Elizabeth Zappia. Second Honors – Jake Barbara, Samuel Bruggemann, Patrick Bryant, Leah Callahan, Christine Chandler, Kristi Duncan, Matthew Estes, Brendan Farlow, Justin Gerbus, Paul Hanna, Madison Hartwell, Samuel Kirkeng, Hannah Lorenz, William Loxterkamp, Megan Luiso, Lauren Murphy, Anna Redington, Elisha Rizzo, Andrew Strotman and Patrick Chandler Wheat.

Seventh Grade

First Honors – Ethan Callahan, Brendan Collins, Sydney Connor, Kelsey Donahue, Jessica Duncan, Lauren Fisher, Molly Grothaus, Austin Herriott, Trevor Hogue, Alex Johnson, Colleen Johnston, Lillie Koczwara, Elliott Trey Langlois, Alana Osterday, Anna Pierce, Andrew Reinhart,

Whitney Schroeder, Jeffrey Shagena, Nicholas Shooner, William Weber, Meaghan Wheeler and Anthony Zappia. Second Honors – Ryan Belleman, Anthony Castelli, Christina Driskell, James Giebler, Caroline Johnstone, Ericka Kaimer, Nicholas Keri, Claire Messer, Lauren Moeller, Leah Pentecost, Stacey Pitman, Andrew Richards, Savannah Richards, Kristen Teter, Stephen Voto, Natalie Wenstrup and Henry Woodard.

Sixth Grade

First Honors – Cesar Aguilera, Austin Angeline, Colleen Barbara, Megan Brinkworth, Jason Bruggemann, Nathan Bush, Megan DiSalvo, Lauren Dundon, Camille Eckelman, Madeline Farlow, Ashley Foulks, Mitchell Hartwell, Nicholas Heuker, Jared Holbert, Andrew Krsacok, Sean Masterson, Clayton Peterson, Joshua Poole, Jacob Round, Jackson Sager, Grace Strotman, Duncan Weir, Trent Wenker, Libby Woodard and Hannah Wuerfel. Second Honors – Matthew Barbara, Anna Bollinger, Emma Bowling, Bethany Brownfield, Kennedy Castelli, Grace deJesus, Lauren Devolve, Shane Estes, Chad Evans, Nadeem Farhat, Gregory Foster, Jenna Gerbus, Jordanne Hazenfield, Trenton Hemmert, Madeline Leesman, Reed Leesman, Zachary Lorenz, Nora Oliver, Lauren Pearson, Maya Pentecost and Taylar Scott.




July 14, 2010

Clermont County Fair just around the corner By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County Fair is just around the corner and there are a number of new things visitors can look forward to this year. The biggest change? Parking. After 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, eventgoers will be able to park at the old Clermont Northeastern elementary school in Owensville and take a shuttle to the fairgrounds. This will not only help alleviate the parking at the fairgrounds, but it also will help visitors with vehicles that don’t do well off-road. “That shuttle will be helpful and we’ve hired a fulltime police officer to watch the cars in the parking lot, so people don’t have to worry about anything being broken into,” said fair board president Bill Scharber. Also, the new back parking lot is open and ready for

use, Scharber said. But parking isn’t the only thing new this year. Hot Wax, a 50s and 60s style Las Vegas style band, will play a concert in the grandstand from 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. “For as long as I’ve been on the board, we haven’t had any musical entertainment in the grandstand, so this will be fun,” Scharber said. Other musical entertainment will still be in the entertainment tent near the center of the fairgrounds. Fair visitors also can ride the rides, check out a variety of vendors, grab a bite to eat and attend the other fair events including the tractor pull, the demolition derby and the military tribute. “We have something for everybody, it just depends on what you’re interested in ... We had a lot of people come last year, but the rain really hurt us. We hope to have a lot of people come to the fair this year,” Scharber said.

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Also, kids involved in the animal-centered groups around the county will have access to the new horse barn facility. This barn was built this summer by the Friends of the Fair organization. Scharber said the electricity was being installed in early July and the barn will be ready in time for the fair. Scott Cangro, the Ohio State University Extension Service employee in charge of 4-H, said the fair is an important experience for kids in 4-H, FFA, Heritage Girls, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, all of whom participate in junior fair. “It’s important because it’s so multi-faceted ... Each of the events allow the youth an opportunity to improve and grow in relation to their skill sets,” he said. “The skills they learn, including procedures and leadership skills, will carry them through the rest of their lives.” Four-H alone has more than 900 participants in Clermont County alone, Cangro said. For the kids caring for a animal and the actual participation in the fair is a challenge for the kids. Kids also participate in

Clermont County Fair Highlights Sunday, July 25 Preview day, no admission 2 p.m. - Stonelick Township Firefighters Association Parade 4:30 p.m. - Opening ceremony 5 p.m. - Royalty contest 5:30 p.m. - Horseshoe contest 7 p.m. - Clermont County born and raised cattle show Monday, July 26 Kids Day, free admission for children 12 and under 7:30 a.m. - Flower and horticulture show 10 a.m. - Home Depot kid’s workshop Noon - Rides open 1 p.m. - OSU Extension workshop 2 p.m. - YMCA exercise class 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Baby contest 7 p.m. - OSTPA tractor pull Tuesday, July 27 Family Day, $2 off regular admission prices 9 a.m. - Clermont County born and raised cattle show 11 a.m. - Home Depot kid’s workshop Noon - Rides open 1 p.m. - OSUE workshop 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Hank Peters Lumberjack Show 2 p.m. - YMCA exercise class non-livestock projects and will participate in a variety of events and activities at the fair. “They have to get up very early to feed the animals,

6 p.m. - Cake auction 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Hot Wax concert Wednesday, July 28 Senior Citizen Day, $3 admission for seniors 60 and older 7:30 a.m. - Tabletop and floral design show 9 a.m. - Open class rabbit show 9 a.m. - Open class poultry show 10 a.m. - Senior citizen activities and recognition 1 p.m. - OSUE workshop 1 p.m. - Senior Citizens entertainment 2 p.m. - Rides open 2 p.m. - YMCA exercise class 6 p.m. - Karaoke contest 7:30 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull Thursday, July 29 Honoring our veterans (Note: All veterans in uniform or with ID get in free every day) 1 p.m. - OSUE workshop 2 p.m. - Rides open 2 p.m. - YMCA exercise class 6 p.m. - Pie auction 6 p.m. - Veterans recognition 7 p.m. - Bootjack Corner Band 7:30 p.m. - Demolition derby

clean the stalls, take care of them and keep track of the records. Those are all very important and time consuming ... Fair is fun and it’s challenging,” Cangro said.

Friday, July 30 Free rides 7:30 a.m. - Flower and horticulture show 9 a.m. - Open class beef show and showmanship 10 a.m. - Antique tractor pull 10 a.m. - Senior citizen activities and recognition 1 p.m. - OSUE swine calling contest 2 p.m. - Rides open 2 p.m. - YMCA exercise class 3 p.m. - Bishop’s bicycles races 4 p.m. - Pedal pull 7 p.m. - Sutton Avenue Band 7:30 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull Saturday, July 31 Free rides 9 a.m. - Kiwanis open class horse show 11 a.m. - Fair board elections 11 a.m. - Cheerleading preliminary Noon - Rides open Noon - Music by Mt. Moriah Methodist Church 3 p.m. - Music by Daniel Patrick and Family 6 p.m. - Cheerleading finals 7 p.m. - Cornhole tournament 7 p.m. - Pick up premiums and exhibits 7 p.m. - Cheap Thrill Band 7:30 p.m. - Demolition derby The Clermont County Fair is Sunday, July 25, through Saturday, July 31, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St. in Owensville.

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are still down compared to last year, the Clermont C o u n t y budget is looking a lit- Proud tle better than anticipated. Budget Director Sukie Scheetz presented a 2010 budget update and the 2011 tax budget during the Clermont County commissioner’s meeting Monday, June 21. During the presentation, Scheetz said the 2010 operating revenue is down 3.4 percent, or about $700,000 year to date. For the year, the revenue was estimated to be down about 4.6 percent, or a total of $2.2 million less than last year. Scheetz said the percentage is lower because of two additional revenue sources – the taxes being collected from Medicare providers, which wasn’t anticipated,

and the conveyance fees. The conveyance fees are already $328,000 ahead of the 2010 estimate. On the flip side, interest earnings are still $191,000 behind the planned estimate and are not improving, Scheetz said. Looking at the 2009 revenues and expenditures and the 2010 results, Scheetz asked each department in the general fund to submit their 2011 tax budget with a 2.6 percent cut. A tax budget is a state mandated budget document laying out the county’s estimated revenues and expen-

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ditures. Typically Clermont County creates an extensive tax budget later used to form the actual budget. However, this year the commissioners decided to only ask for the mandated information, including what the estimated spending needs will be next year, to save time for other major projects. While the tax budget includes a 2.6 percent cut, departments won’t actual make those cuts until more solid 2010 numbers are evaluated and 2011 estimates created, Scheetz said. “If this were a tax budget like we’ve done in the past we wouldn’t be planning a lot of changes. But we’re going to look at this before the end of the year when we come back with the actual budget,” Scheetz said. “The revenue is still declining, just not as much as we expected.” Commissioner Bob Proud said he was happy to hear the revenues are not down as much as estimated, but he said it’s important for the county to continue to be frugal. “You plan for the worst and pray for the best,” he said. “We need to get our expenses down in line with the revenues.”

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UC Clermont baseball 2nd in national game The UC Clermont Cougars men’s baseball team finished second in the U.S. College Athletic Association’s (USCAA) National Baseball Championship, May 10-14, in Old Orchard Beach, ME. The Cougars were defeated in the championship game by Briarcliffe College (NY) 16-4. The Cougars finished the tournament with a 4-2 record, having lost in an earlier round to Briarcliffe 8-4. Seeded No. 6 in the 10team tournament, the Cougar wins came against No. 3 seed Southern Virginia (3-1), No. 8 seed Clark State Community College (10-3), No. 1 seed Apprentice College (10-8) and No. 4 seed Penn State Beaver (6-3). The USCAA consists of small colleges throughout the United States and holds national championships for all major men’s and women’s college sports.


The UC Clermont Cougars celebrate placing second in the USCAA National baseball championship. More information is at The Cougars were also the Ohio College Athletic Conference League Champions with an 11-1 conference record.

Overall, the Cougars finished the 2010 baseball season with a 27-18 record. The Clermont Cougars are coached by Head Coach Joe Spriggs and assistant coaches Dino Costanzo and Jack

Harbison. The players are made up of students from all over the Greater Cincinnati area. More information about UC Clermont Baseball can be found at www.

seball.html. Individual honors for the players include: • Dominic “Nic” Costanzo 1B (Junior/Mariemont) First team - USCAA AllAmerican. He hit .460 in

Metro softball tourney fast approaching By Anthony Amorini


Danney Saylor, the Amateur Softball Association Cincinnati Metro commissioner, hands out coins for one of the many team draws used to establish brackets for the Cincinnati Metro City Championships at Rumpke Ballpark during a previous installment of the nation’s largest softball tournament.

Known affectionately by locals as The Metro, the 58th installment of Cincinnati’s large-scale softball tournament hosted annually by Rumpke Ballpark begins open division play Thursday, July 29. The 2010 event is officially dubbed the 58th Annual EMR Group/Ohio Army National Guard Amateur Softball Association Cincinnati Metro Championship. Cincinnati’s Metro has the impressive distinction of being the largest ASA Metro Tournament in the nation

for 25 years. The Metro includes more than 300 teams competing in 11 divisions of play. Referred to as the City Tournament, the bulk of tournament play begins Thursday, July 29, with the start of competition for nine open divisions including Men’s Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V and Level VI and Women’s C and D, and Co-Ed. Registration for the nine open divisions closes at noon Sunday, July 24, with the draw taking place Tuesday, July 26th. The open divisions conclude play Wednesday, Aug. 11. The final divisions – the

Men’s 35-over, 40-over, Modified and 16-inch divisions – begin tournament play Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14 and 15. The Metro’s two largest divisions, Men’s Level IV and Level V, will continue using Dual and Quad formats with American and National brackets for Level IV and American, National, East and West divisions for Level V. The winner of each division will advance to a double-elimination tournament to determine a champion. ASA Cincinnati Metro Commissioner Danney Saylor is once again at the helm of the event for the summer

the regular season and led the USCAA in walks with 39. He also made it to the top of the following USCAA categories: on-base percentage .593; RBI 49; and runs scored - 48. • Andrew “Drew” Hord LF (Sophomore/Glen Este) Honorable Mention - USCAA All-American. He hit .425 in the regular season and posted a team high, 5 home runs. He was also named to the USCAA National AllTournament Team. • Steve Hendrickson CF (Sophomore/Wayne) and Chris Alfaro (Sophomore/ Anderson) were also named to the USCAA All-Tournament team. • Nic Costanzo, Steve Hendrickson, Drew Hord, Nate Janscics P (Freshman/Loveland), Jeff Muse P/OF (Sophomore/Oak Hills) and Bobby Noeth 3B (Junior/Western Brown) were all selected for the OCAC All-Conference team as well.

Metro schedule

Cincinnati’s 58th Annual Metro Softball Tournament will be at Rumpke Ballpark, 10400 Ohio 128, in Harrison. The schedule for the Amateur Softball Association Metro Championship events: • July 10, 11: Men’s B and C Industrial Metro • July 29 to Aug. 11: City Championships for Men’s Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V and Level VI and Women’s C and D • Aug. 14, 15: Men’s 35over, 40-over, Modified and 16-inch of 2010. Rumpke Ballpark is at 10400 state Route 128 in Harrison. Visit or call the office at 738-2646.

Harsha Lake home to rowing nationals “This is what we have all been working so hard for,” said a tired but smiling Clermont Crew rower Amy Van Syoc of Milford, after completing a Friday race at the 2010 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships at Clermont County’s East Fork State Park. “This is the biggest deal in competitive youth rowing,” said Anne Jaroszewicz with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, which hosted the June 11-13 event. “We have teams representing 29 states and 320 cities.” This is one of only a handful of U.S. Rowingsanctioned events held across the country each year. “This event attracts an estimated 10,000 people to the park each year and packs hotels within a 30mile radius,” said June Creager Mason with the Clermont Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “The nationals mean about a half million dollars in local hotel business.” Lots of visitors to the nationals enjoyed Clermont’s hospitality, including Nola Duvall of Aberdeen, Wash., who watched her granddaughter from California compete. “This area is absolutely beautiful,” Duvall said. “We are enjoying the hospitality, the beautiful countryside

and homes, as well as the racing.” “Lake Harsha, here at East Fork State Park, provides a perfect venue for rowing,” Jaroszewicz said. “The lanes are straight, and because it’s a lake, there are no current problems.” Tony Geara, head coach of the Clermont Crew, said, “Locally and nationally, I’ve noticed more and more kids are getting into competitive rowing. We’ve been practicing really hard the past few weeks and I am very proud of our kids.” What does he mean by practicing hard? “The past few weeks we’ve been rowing and weight lifting twice a day!” said Marie Cordes of Amelia. Her teammates, Emma Melton of Williamsburg and Jessica Youngstrom of Milford, said the daily practices run for six hours at a time. What’s it like when you are getting ready to race in the nationals and know that all of those years of hard work will come down to a single 1.2 mile competition? “It’s scary,” said Brenna Clifton of Milford. Van Syoc will continue her rowing career at the University of Louisville. “Everything is on the line, but it is so cool to have just made it to the nationals,” she said.



Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park is home to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships June 11-13.

Signing on

Chelsea Gilman, Milford High School senior, signs her letter of commitment to play softball for Otterbein University where she plans to study physical therapy. Gilman was a four-year starting middle infielder for the Eagles. In her career she batted .217 with 13 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 46 RBI. She was named the captain of the Milford squad her junior and senior seasons, and earned second-team All-FAVC honors both of those years. After her senior season she received the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, which is given to a senior who has gone above and beyond the playing field to contribute to the greater common good of the high school and community at-large. Standing, from left, are Christy Foster, Milford Softball Head Coach, and Susan Urlage, Milford Softball Assistant Coach. Seated, from left, are Jody Gilman, mother, Chelsea Gilman and Randy Gilman, father.

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Clermont Crew Head Coach Tony Geara and members of the Clermont Crew – Marie Cordes, Amy Van Syoc, Jessica Youngstrom and Emma Melton – get ready for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, June 11-13.

One of the most respected baseball organizations in the country is now holding tryouts for next year’s Midland Baseball 9U team. Participants should not turn 10 before May 1, 2011.

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July 14, 2010

Milford to work with the CCTID By Kellie Geist

Milford City Council has decided to make annual contributions to the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District to help with projects in and around the city. In January, CCTID Secretary Steve Wharton asked council to consider making

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contributions to help with CCTID projects including the improvement to the intersection of Milford Parkway, Ohio 131 and U.S. 50; the widening of Ohio 28 from Interstate 275 to Castleberry Court, and the interchange improvements at Milford Parkway, exit 59. The CCTID is a countywide organization that pools local political, financial and

intellectual resources to improve the transportation infrastructure in the county. By using pooled local funds, the CCTID is able to secure a variety of grants for major transportation projects. Milford City Council approved an agreement with the CCTID May 15. The city will give the CCTID $50,000 annually for the first two years and

will help the city embark on more projects and finish them faster. “In the past, we (the city) would go after these grants and low-interest loans to do projects and we were competing with the county and the CCTID,” Vilardo said. “As a consortium, we can come together and, as a whole, work on projects for the greater good

of the entire community.” Besides Rokey the money from the city, the CCTID also receives $600,000 annually from Miami Township, $100,00 annually from Union Township and contributions from the Clermont County Engineer and the Clermont County Commissioners.

– Residents of Clermont County can apply now for help paying their summer energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program’s Summer Crisis Program operates in Ohio from July 1 to Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted. “This program is critical for residents who need help staying cool during extreme temperatures,” said Billie Kuntz, executive director of Clermont Community Services. “Clermont Community Services, Inc. can help by providing payment assistance or an air conditioner to eligible families.” The Summer Crisis Program is designed to assist low-income households with an elderly member, age 60 or older, or someone with a documented medical need for air conditioning. Each household is eligible for up to $175 in payment assistance. Households also must be living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Line ($44,100 for a family of four). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the HEAP staff at (513) 7322277, ext. 3.

hamburger, cheeseburger, brat, mett or hot dog and a choice of homemade side dishes. If you can’t attend, send your tax deductible donation to American Legion Post 450, attention Terri Clifton, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Milford, Ohio 45150.

BRIEFLY Crash injures child

MIAMI TWP. – A 2-year-old was airlifted from the scene of a crash on Woodville Pike in Miami Township Friday, July 9. The child was one of five passengers in a vehicle which hit a fire hydrant and went off the road into a culvert, said Miami Township Fire Chief Jim Whitworth. “We flew out the 2-yearold because we had a suspicion of head injury,” he said. “The two other kids there I believe had multiple fractures.” The crash happened at about 11:25 p.m., he said. “According to reports that were filed they were driving erratically and went off the road right in front of the big Baptist church on Woodville Pike,” he said. The driver and another

adult passenger were transported to the hospital with chest injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

P.E.R.I. meeting

TATE TWP. – The Clermont County P.E.R.I. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the Rooks’ home in Tate Township for a picnic lunch and meeting. District representative Franklin Thomas will attend to answer questions and provide information. Bring a couple of dishes to share and a lawn chair. George and Ruth Ann Rooks will provide fish and drinks. For directions, call 734-6980.

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at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in the city council chambers, 745 Center St. During the meeting the committee will discuss the city’s parking ordinances and any other appropriate business.

Pacesetter awards

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2009 Pacesetter Award recipients at the annual dinner Nov. 4. The Pacesetter Awards honor an outstanding businessperson living or working in Clermont County, outstanding corporate Clermont County citizen and an outstanding retired Clermont County public servant from nominations provided by the Chamber membership. Review the qualifications for each award and take a moment to nominate a fellow Chamber member for one of these awards. Download the nomination form at

Chamber tailgate

MIAMI TWP. – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce and St. Mark’s Community are hosting a business community tailgate 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at St. Marks Community, 5853 Buckwheat Road in Miami Township. Chamber Tailgates are a way to promote your business with fellow Chamber members and guests and enjoy lunch in the great outdoors. The Tailgate will feature hot dogs and beverages and is open to any company that wants to build business relationships in Clermont County. There is no charge to attend the Chamber Tailgate, but registration is requested. To register for the Tailgate, call the Clermont Chamber at 576-5000 or register on-line at

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BZA meeting

MILFORD – The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in the city council chambers, 745 Center St. During the meeting, the board will discuss an application submitted by Frieda Kehrt to enclose an existing deck which would not meet the required minimum rear yard setback at 777 Main St. The building is a non-conforming structure and is zoned B-3, General Business District. The specific variance is from Section 1157.09 Minimum Rear Yard Setback. The board also will discuss any other appropriate business.


MILFORD – Members of American Legion Post 450 are asking you to help foster children get everything they need to start the new school year. And, the post members are throwing a party to thank everyone who helps. Many kids who are part of the foster care system are removed from their homes with few or no belongings. They are taken to a new home and often have to attend a new school. All proceeds from this benefit will go to purchase book bags and school supplies for these children. The party is noon to midnight Saturday, July 24, at the American Legion Pavilion, 450 Victor Stier Drive in Milford. The event includes raffle prizes, split the pot, live music by Powertrain and a picnic dinner with cash and the tiki bars, complete with fun drinks. Cost is $5 which includes your choice of a freshly grilled

Tea party meeting

MIAMI TWP. – Tea Party members will meet next at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Miami Township Civic Center, in the trustee’s room, 6101 Meijer Drive. Contact Paul Odioso at (513) 300-4253, e-mail or Larry Heller at (513) 575-0062, email

Rodenberg appointed

CLERMONT COUNTY – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland recently announced appointments to several state university boards of trustees and other boards and commissions, including: Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg of Batavia to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission. Rodenberg has served as sheriff since 1997. He also has served as an instructor for the Ohio Certified Police Academy since 1995. Rodenberg previously served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Clermont County from 1987 to 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1978. Commission members are responsible for conducting a review of Ohio’s sentencing statutes and sentencing patterns, and making recommendations regarding necessary statutory changes.

Benefit helps troops

CLERMONT COUNTY – Troop Box Ministries and The Matt Maupin Scholarship Fund will benefit from a concert hosted by the Mulberry Street Blues Club. The concert will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Lebanon Elk’s Lodge 422, 29 E. Mulberry St. Ben Duke & The Dukes will perform. The public is welcome. Call the lodge for more information, 513-932-1903.

Fallen soldier’s ride

MILFORD – The Christian Bikers Motorcycle Association will host the Fallen Soldier’s Ride Saturday, July 24, beginning at the Eastside Christian Church, 5874 Montclair Blvd. in Milford. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with kickstands up at noon. A donation of $10 for a single rider or $15 for doubles will benefit the American Red Cross. Food, drinks and raffles will be available at the conclusion of the ride. For more information call 502-1949 or 335-0002.

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Ohio forfeits $525,000 for disabled veterans

A state program intended to help disabled veterans re-enter the work force saw its funding slashed by more than $500,000 because state officials fell short of a federal requirement to hire and retain vocational counselors. Now let me get this straight, we are presently in two wars and the returning disabled men and women are not getting proper vocational support and training because the (ODJFS) Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the governor and his bureaucrats are not doing their jobs. By the way, this occurred after several months of warnings from the U.S Department of Labor that state officials were jeopardizing

the grant by understaffing the program. Terry L. Janke, former program a d m i n i s t r a t o r, brought this critical need to the attention of the Dan Bare governor’s office Community that unfortunately not acted Journal Guest was upon. As a result Columnist the grant was reduced from $6.2 million to $5.7 million. Now I fully understand our state is struggling economically, but at the same time we cannot make those cuts on the backs of our disabled

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Do you think weather warning sirens are effective? Why or why not? What changes would you make to the warning system? ∫“I do not believe they are very effective. I live relatively close to the siren near Wilson School and can hear it clearly when I am outdoors. “Inside is a different story. I am consistently surprised at how well my house dampens the sound. The same is true in a car. Even if I hear the siren, it does not tell me anything about the threat or where it is located. “I usually respond to the signs of threatening weather by checking my TV or the Internet. “I think the system of sirens is outmoded and a waste of money. In this day and age, you could send a text message to all the cell phone towers in the threat area and reach a lot more people with more accurate information. The siren system is a truly blunt instrument.” F.S.D. “The systems are pretty good, but they need a dose of human common sense also. “The warning for the wind storm of 2008 was pretty poor. Damage was occurring south and west of us in Louisville and Lexington, yet, even though this storm was heading our way we got little warning of its severity. “It seems pretty obvious to me that simple weather observation should have alerted NOAA and private forecasters of the danger. Granted, to have near hurricaneforce winds in this area is very unusual, but it seems to me that many folks were ‘asleep at the switch.’ “I know of a young boy who was severely injured by a falling tree. He still suffers from his injuries. It did not have to happen.” T.H. “Are weather warning sirens effective? Probably yes. “They certainly give more people a better chance of getting ∫to

Next questions The Post Office has announced plans to raise its price for a firstclass stamp from 44 cents to 46 cents, effective in January. Do you think this increase is reasonable? Why or why not? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to loveland@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. shelter than they would have without them (as do the warnings on radio and TV). However, they don’t do much to minimize the property damage that results from the severe weather. “Life is a crap shoot in some respects; we’ll never be totally safe, and even if we could be we would still have to be prepared to check out of this life at some point. (Insurance ads used to try to avoid using the term ‘death,’ and instead used quotation marks around some euphemism. So my wife and I use the term ‘quote quote’ when we discuss this subject, to add a little humor.)” B.B. “Weather sirens have a limited effect. I often strain to hear them. Not very loud in a lot of places. “How to improve would be more such sirens. Used only when there is imminent danger. “More use of TV broadcasting with louder noises coming from the sets. Mandated that every broadcaster use that method including FM and AM radio. Interrupt the program and cease the broadcast of the program.” J.S.D. “Yes I do. The sirens are supposed to warn you in the event of a probable tornado, and they do sound when there is a tornado watch along with a severe thunderstorm warning. But many say this is ‘cry wolf.’ “Tornados happen very quickly if the conditions are right so when the sirens sound I often look at the sky and turn on the weather service to see the latest.” O.H.R.

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veterans and especially during this time of war. I would like to know what distorted and self serving logic was used to arrive at this outrageous decision. Was there even one military veteran consulted within the administration before taking such short-sighted action? Was the director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs consulted? As a self-proclaimed “friend of the veteran community,” why isn’t Governor Strickland making absolutely certain veteran issues are addressed properly and on a timely basis? Governor, the disabled veterans don’t have the luxury of waiting around for the politicians to finally do their job.

They desperately need and deserve to get on with their lives and with proper support from the government that sent them into harm’s way. To add insult to injury, the governors spokesperson tried to explain this decision away with typical mumbo jumbo that included a statement that went something like this, “While this is unfortunate and we have learned valuable lessons, we don’t believe we owe the veterans an apology,” blah, blah, blah. Governor Strickland, we are not looking for apologies since everyone realizes such apologies, from all politicians, have become a dime a dozen these days. I think

Economy trapped by politics After 12 consecutive months of double-digit unemployment, has your family felt the pain of this economy and the lack of leadership in Ohio? Back in April 2009, Ohio’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 10.2 percent – the highest unemployment rate in our state in decades. Now, state unemployment is at 11 percent, despite numerous promises from state leaders to save jobs and make Ohio more business-friendly. But to date, these promises have been left unfilled. Instead of working to fix the economy and make Ohio more competitive, many of the tax-and-spenders in the Statehouse have forsaken long-term solutions in favor of short-term fixes. I ask you – can your family afford yet another 12 months of double-digit unemployment and more job losses? Can you afford the higher taxes, lower standard of living and substandard economy that have been created by Columbus’ big spenders? As your state representative and a staunch fiscal conservative, I believe the key to expediting Ohio’s recovery is to look inward

at state spending before even considering increasing the burden on taxpayers. This General Assembly, I cosponsored numerous initiaDanny Bubp tives to reduce spendCommunity wasteful ing, which in turn Press guest would reduce the columnist tax burden on Ohio’s families and businesses while encouraging economic activity. One such initiative is House Bill 65, which would require the Ohio Auditor of State to conduct performance audits of state agencies. When a similar audit was performed in the state of Washington, more than $4.1 billion in waste was discovered and eliminated from the budget. I believe that with Ohio facing an $8 billion deficit in the next biennial budget, a performance audit of the same nature would help fill the budget hole. House Bill 65, along with a collection of other House Republican job-creation and waste-reduction bills, could have both fostered


a better business environment and encouraged job creation within our borders. My colleagues and I understand that to fix Ohio’s economy, we first need to be able to compete nationally for jobs. Instead, those in control of Ohio government have perpetuated a high-tax, antibusiness status quo that families and small businesses simply can no longer afford. This General Assembly has been a time of missed opportunities and constant disappointment. The down economy could have served as a catalyst to bring about fundamental changes to the way Ohio does business, yet House Democrats chose the easier option – to raise taxes after squandering the dollars they already had. I will continue to encourage my colleagues across the aisle to explore cost-saving options that will benefit our existing businesses, so we can create jobs and boost our economy. Rep. Danny Bubp may be reached by calling (614) 644-6034 or by writing to: Rep. Danny Bubp, 77 S. High Street, 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. He may also be reached by e-mail at

Climate change reality The column headline stated “Climate change is nothing new for Earth.” That’s obviously true and well known to most Americans. The real question is whether or not the current rate of increase in global temperatures is being exacerbated by human activity. Gary Knepp in his recent column argued there is no scientific consensus regarding this issue. To the contrary, there is very definitely a consensus the global climate has warmed in recent decades and human activities contributed significantly to this change. This finding has been endorsed by every national science academy that has issued a statement on climate change including the science academies of all of the major industrialized countries. For example, the world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, adopted an official statement on climate change in 2006 that declares “The scientific evidence is clear: Global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” This organization had more than 125,000 individual and institutional members at the end of 2008, and is the publisher of the well-known scien-

tific journal Science. A survey of all p e e r- r e v i e w e d abstracts on the subject “global climate change” published between 1993 and 2003 Robert J. showed not a sinMiller gle paper rejected the consensus posiCommunity tion that global Press guest warming is being columnist caused by human activity. Seventyfive percent of the papers agreed with the consensus position while 25 percent made no comment either way. To bolster his position Mr. Knepp referred to a petition opposing the Kyoto Protocols that was reportedly signed by more than 31,000 scientists. But who are these scientists? It turns out that the vast majority of signers are unqualified in climate change science. Less than 0.5 percent have a background in climatology. However, a survey of active climate researchers indicated about 95 percent agree human activity is a significant contributing factor to global warming. One might also ask who is Dr. Fred Singer whose conclusions on other scientist’s research on global

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it’s time to clarify the difference between pandering during election cycles and actually making tough decisions for the veterans when the heat is on. I contacted the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs and the State Commanders of the Big 5 Veteran Organizations. This life changing matter for many disabled veterans should not be allowed to simply be played off with a press release. Ohio veteran organizations, it’s time for each of you to stand up and let your organizations be heard. Danny D. Bare is executive director of the Clermont County Veteran Services Commission and a Vietnam Combat Veteran.

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warming are referred to by Mr. Knepp. Dr. Singer has done no direct research himself, but has served as a consultant to Exxon, Shell, Unocal, Sun Oil, ARCO, Ford and GM. All of these companies, of course, have vested interests in preventing federal regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Mr. Knepp referred to the Climategate controversy and stated that “models were corrupted by coded embeds designed to insure a warmer outcome.” This is not true. Five separate investigations have all largely sided with the climate researchers including the most recent which exonerated the scientists of charges that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming. The debate over anthropogenic global warming is still being waged in the media, but it has been over for some time in the scientific community. Of course there will always be skeptics and deniers, but if you do a little research you will find that they are a very small and not particularly credible minority. Robert J. Miller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He lives on Woodlands Lane in Miami Township.



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Clermont Co. youth re-enact pioneer trek By Rachel Murdock


Krista Tevar, owner of Sugar Cupcakery, is featured in the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” with her sister Karla Jennings.

Sugar Cupcakery: Food Network was ‘amazing experience’ By Kellie Geist

After Sugar Cupcakery owner Krista Tevar and sister Karla Jennings competed in the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, they brought back more than ideas and experience – they brought back business. “The night the show first aired, our Web site received 2,000 hits and it’s been going like that ever since. This week we’ll be doing nationwide shipping and we’ve already got people on a waiting list,” Tevar said. Sugar Cupcakery opened last September in historic downtown Milford. The shop sells all organic cupcakes as well as vegan and gluten-free cupcakes on certain days and by order. Just a few months after opening, the shop was converted into a film set for a Cincinnati Bell commercial featuring Nick Lachey. Then, in February, Tevar received a call from the Food Network. “They said they were casting a show and picking 32 of the best cupcake shops in the country,” Tevar said. “We sent in a small video we made, not thinking a shop like ours that had been open such a short period of time would ever make it.” Within a week, Sugar Cupcakery had been selected to compete in the Food Network’s new series, “Cupcake Wars.” “I thought, ‘How are we going to pull this off? We’ve barely gotten the store open,’” Tevar said. “It was challenging to work under the time constraints and to be out of our element. We didn’t have the equipment we’re used to and everything was different, especially the ovens.” “Vegan cupcakes in particular have certain cooking temperatures and times that we’ve honed to our equipment. We have no real culinary experience, so it was hard to jump into another

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The “Cupcake Wars” episode “George and Ann Lopez Charity Golf Tournament,” which features Sugar Cupcakery, first aired as the series pilot June 13. It also officially aired as part of the series July 13, on the Food Network. The episode will rerun at midnight Wednesday, July 14, at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 18 and at 2 a.m. Monday, July 19.


Another location?

If you watched the Cupcake Wars episode featuring Sugar Cupcakery, you may have noticed that Krista Tevar and Karla Jennings said, if they win, they might use their prize money to open a second location. While Sugar Cupcakery didn’t win the challenge, Tevar said opening a second location could be a plan for the future. However, there are no plans at this time. “It’s a possibility ... It would be the logical next step,” she said. “The business is growing exponentially – much more than I could have ever predicted. We make mini and regular cupcakes, but I probably bake about 500 cupcakes a day.” place,” she said. Food Network’s Vice President of Programming and Special Projects Brian Lando said Cupcake Wars is a fun experience for bakers of all backgrounds. “It’s exhilarating, exciting and nerve-racking. There is a lot at stake since these are the best cupcake makers in the country who are trying to prove their worth on national TV,” he said. Despite the challenges, Sugar Cupcakery made the first cut and got to compete in the episode’s finals against Hollis Wilder of Orlando’s Sweet! Although they didn’t win, Tevar said the experience and exposure was worth the trip to Los Angeles. “We got to meet with other people who do what we do and receive criticism from the experts. It was an amazing experience,” she said. Following the show, Jennings, who was helping Tevar open Sugar Cupcakery, decided to leave Milford to resume her life in Atlanta and attend culinary school. She was unavailable for comment. Sugar Cupcakery is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shop, 32 Main St., has a party room and patio that are available for reservation. Also, Sugar Cupcakery is taking orders for weddings and special events. If you’re around town and looking for a cupcake, Sugar Cupcakery’s cupcakes can be found at Nordstrom and Sidewinder’s and can be ordered through Farm Fresh market. Visit

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The narrow path winds through two-foot high weeds. The wheels of the loaded handcarts extend far beyond the cleared path, and teens dressed in long skirts and bonnets and western hats and suspenders wrangle the carts through the weeds. As they reach a small footbridge, it is clear the cart is too wide to fit both wheels onto the bridge, so some of the youth steady one wheel on the bridge, while others hold the opposite wheel in the air as they hike through the muddy creek bed. This group of teen members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, many of whom meet with congregations in Union Township and Montgomery, may look as though they belong in a scene of 160 years ago, but are actually current high school students from the east side of Cincinnati. Their model handcart trek was staged at Caesar Creek State Park near Wilmington, Ohio, June 17 to June 19. These teens, hailing from the Anderson Township, Union Township, Milford, Loveland, Sycamore Township, Wilmington and Georgetown areas, gave up cell phones, computers, shorts and swimming for a weekend of learning about and appreciating their religious ancestors and heritage, said youth leader Jan VandeMerwe. From 1847 to 1869, thousands of Mormon pioneers were expelled from the United States and made the journey to the Salt Lake Valley in current Utah. About 70,000 traveled in wagons, but to save on the cost of expensive wagons and livestock, about 3,000 of these pioneers made the journey on foot, pushing small handcarts. Each person was allowed to carry only 17 pounds of personal belongings. These modern teens recreated this experience, making a difficult trek of


Michelle Belliston of Milford carries the family “baby” on her hip as her family gets started for the day.


Michael Proudfoot of the Sycamore area and Michael Murdock of Milford pull the family handcart across one of the wider bridges on the trek. Pa Mark McCuistion of Montgomery brings up the rear. their own as they carried sparse personal belongings and hauled handcarts through challenging terrain, VandeMerwe said. Kathleen Pearson, another adult leader on the trek, said the teens stopped regularly to view vignettes where other church members recreated pioneer figures and shared what life was like for them on the trail. They mentioned burning buffalo chips for fuel, living on rations of 2 cups of flour a day – and when times were difficult, less – losing family members to illness and finding romance. “We have this trek to help the youth understand and appreciate the sacrifices of those early members, as well as build their own faith and courage,” Pearson said. The teens cooked and ate food similar to what the pioneers would have had, she said, such as stew made of water and root vegetables, simple biscuits, beef jerky and fruit leather. The most significant thing about trek for Gil Marchant, 18, of Milford, is an appreciation for the

importance and significance of family. “When it comes right down to it, in the biggest trials and tribulations you have in life, your family are the ones who are always there for you,” Marchant said. “They’re the ones who will always be there to back you up.” Madeline Vance, 16, of Loveland agreed. “The most challenging thing would be to stay mentally positive, even though we were working so hard pushing a huge handcart, but I was able to do that because my family was singing the whole time and really working together.” This bonding with her trek family as they worked together was the best part of trek, Vance said. Matthew Benson, 15, of Sycamore, said he gained an appreciation for how difficult the journey must have been for pioneers. “It was really nice to be able to go and see what our ancestors went through. We just gave stuff up for two or three days; they gave it up forever. We just went for few days in the


Clermont County Public Library is hosting “Twilight Celebration II Eclipse” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Goshen Branch L i b r a r y, 6678 Ohio 132. Bring a black cotton Tshirt to personalize. It also includes food, games and trivia. For teens. Registration is required. Call 722-1221.

Walk with butterflies

The Clermont County Park District is hosting a Butterfly Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Kelley Nature Preserve,

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Ohio 126, Miamiville. Tour the meadows on a quest to find butterflies and summer wildflowers. Bring butterfly net if you have one. The event is free. Call 513876-9013.

Pig roast

The Order of the Eastern Star, Owensville Chapter 370, is hosting a pig roast at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Hamer Lodge 228 Sixth Masonic District, 270 E. Main St. Dinner is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes pork, French fries, green or baked beans, slaw, dessert and beverage or hot dogs. The event also includes music by Bethel Boys Band, Darci the DJ and door prizes. The cost is $10, $4 for children age 6 to 10, free for ages

5 and under. Call 625-1957.

ID fossils

Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting Fossil Identification from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 17, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn about collection, identification and classification of fossils from Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. The cost is $5, $1 for children, free for members. Call 831-1711 or visit


Mason Blackham of Batavia hugs his trek “mom,” Debbie Talbert of Milford, good-bye. forest; they went all the way across the United States.” Several of the teens were surprised by how physically demanding the journey was. Melissa Bingham, 16, of Batavia said, “It was literally, physically tough. I didn’t think it was going to be as tough as it was,” To get through the challenging tasks, Bingham said her family would sing songs, and talk about our lives “back home,” their schools and their favorite foods. “I learned to take advantage of the things I have and not be so materialistic. Being on trek makes you very grateful for everything you have. I am really grateful I don’t have to go an trek every day, like they did.” she said.

Sporting women

Eastern Hills Rod & Gun Club members are hosting the Sporting Women Event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the club, 5595 Anstaett Road, near Owensville. The event includes trap, fishing, pistols, archery and more. More than 20 classes are offered, with arts and crafts, lunch and bluegrass music. It also includes a silent auction, raffles and more. The cost is $40. Registration is required. Call 484-5403 or visit

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Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Applebee’s, 4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. With half-price appetizers and drink specials. 752-0700. Union Township.


Mystery Book Club, 12:30 p.m. “The Assassin’s Touch” by Laura Joh Rowland. MilfordMiami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Adults. Bring bag lunch. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.


Creative Writing Group, 11 a.m. Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St. Inspire and offer suggestions. Adults only. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


Drop-In Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Stories, dance and a craft. Ages 3-6. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Stories, songs, and crafts. All ages. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580; Amelia. All Age Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Stories, games and crafts. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221; Goshen. Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Interactive story time with parent. Tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Summer Fun Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Music by Rusty Griswold, 8 p.m.-midnight. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Rides, games for all ages, bid ‘n buy booth, food and drink booths, air-conditioned children’s area and prizes. Gambling tent and Texas Hold ‘em Tournament. Alcohol with ID and wristband. 388-4466; Anderson Township.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Twilight Celebration II Eclipse, 6 p.m. Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Bring a black cotton t-shirt to personalize. Food, games and trivia. For teens. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221. Goshen.


Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Stories, dance and crafts. Ages 2-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700; Milford.


Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.


The Music Man, Jr. 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St. Children’s summer workshop production. American musical classic following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa. $8. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 683-4950; Loveland.


Frontier Square Dance Club, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. Plus-level square and round dance club. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. $5. 929-2427; Milford.

Exhibit This!, 7 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. The Metropolitan Museum of Art comes to life. The inmates of a famous painting stage a daring escape, a couple of Egyptian mummies consider a job offer and a pair of neighboring paintings flirt with romance, while a tour guide who has her own issues, offers commentary. Dinner included. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. Through July 24. 732-2174; Batavia.



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Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland.

Friday Night Racing, 4:30 p.m. Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road. Quartermile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. $13$15, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. Through Oct. 1. 937-444-6215; Williamsburg.


School Immunization and Vaccination Seminar, 6 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church, 402 West Plane St. For parents of preschool age children. A representative from the Health Department discusses recent changes in immunization and vaccine programs for infants. Seating is limited. No childcare. Free. 734-7201. Bethel.

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Pig Roast, 4 p.m. Hamer Lodge #228 Sixth Masonic District, 270 E. Main St. Dinner from 4-6 p.m. includes pork, French fries, green or baked beans, slaw, dessert and beverage or hot dogs. Includes music by Bethel Boys Band and Darci the DJ. Door prizes. $10, $4 children 6-10, free ages 5 and under. Presented by Order of the Eastern Star Owensville Chapter #370. 6251957. Owensville.


Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Milford Shopping Center, 1025 Lila Ave. Group of local growers sell fruits, vegetables, honey, potted flowers, cut flowers, herbs, seasonal decorations and more. Severe weather may shorten market times. Presented by Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. 633-5218; Milford. Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Shaw Farms Produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Shaw Farms Produce, 575-2022. Miami Township.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


BillyRock Band, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Padrino, 111 Main St. 965-0100. Milford.


Stream Exploration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Stream Access B on Geology Trail. Learn about collecting and identifying fossils. All ages. $5, $1 children, free members. 831-1711; Union Township. Fossil Identification, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn about collection, identification and classification of fossils from Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. $5, $1 children, free members. 831-1711; Union Township. Butterfly Walk, 1 p.m. Kelley Nature Preserve, Ohio 126, Tour meadows on quest to find butterflies and summer wildflowers. Bring butterfly net if you have one. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Miamiville.


The Music Man, Jr. 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $8. 683-4950; Loveland.


Exhibit This!, 7 p.m. Clermont Inn, 732-2174; Batavia.



Pictured is Rebecca Denison, founder of WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease). The print is part of the Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit, “The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography,” on display through Sept. 19. It features more than 200 works portraying human emotion and the cycle of life. It is included with admission, $8.50; $7.50, 60 and up; $6.50 ages 3-12. Call 513-287-7000 or visit

Sporting Women Event, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern Hills Rod and Gun Club, 5595 Anstaett Road. Trap, fishing, pistols, archery and more. More than 20 classes offered, arts and crafts, lunch and bluegrass music. Silent auction, raffles and more. $40. Registration required. Presented by Sporting Women Eastern Hills Rod & Gun Club. 484-5403; Owensville.


Non Profit Animal Adoption Event, 1 p.m.7 p.m. PetSmart Eastgate, 650 Eastgate South Drive. All breeds and puppies, too. Presented by Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. 917-292-6779; Eastgate.


The Log Cabin Herb Society is hosting a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 19, at Hartman House Log Cabin, 5272 Aber Road, Williamsburg. The society encourages the knowledge and use of herbs by providing a monthly educational program. Guests are welcome. Call 768-6137.


Volunteer Exploration Sessions, 10 a.m.11 a.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Discover many volunteer opportunities available at CNC. Ages 18 and up. Free. 831-1711; Union Township. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 8

ART EXHIBITS Historic Images on Review, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center, 211 Railroad Ave. Artists Nancy Sullivan, Paul Schliesser and more entertain and promote the upcoming juried art exhibit, Images of the Past-Visions of the Future, Sept. 18Oct. 3, at Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum. Call to artists deadline August 20. Other requirements at web site. Presented by Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum. 683-5692; Loveland. LITERARY - SIGNINGS

MotesBooks Authors Reading, 2 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. With Kate Larken, Jason Howard, Anne Shelby and others. Followed by optional poetry craft workshop led by Pauletta Hansel, poet and Grailville co-director. Workshop participants: bring three copies of three poems. Ages 18 and up. $15 for reading; workshop is by donation. 6832340. Loveland.


Loveland Concerts in the Park, 6 p.m. Music by 8 Days a Week. Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave. Presented by City of Loveland. 683-0150; Loveland.


Lulu Roman, 7 p.m. Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 330 Gay St. “Hee Haw” actress, author, singer-songwriter sings and shares her testimony. 724-6305. Williamsburg.


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FARMERS MARKET Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Market, 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sports Page Cafe, 453 Cincinnati Batavia Pike. Group of local growers sell fruits, vegetables, honey, potted flowers, cut flowers, herbs, seasonal decorations and more. Severe weather may shorten market times. Presented by Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. 688-1009; Mount Carmel. FILMS

Family Film Festival, 10 a.m. “Hotel for Dogs.” Rave Cinemas Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge Drive. Free family-friendly movies and discounted concession items. Free. 2482169; Milford.


Explorer’s Club, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Science experiment, craft, snack and activity related to water. For elementary students. 752-5580. Amelia.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Preschool Story Time, noon, Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Ages 2-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.

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Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 248-0700; Milford. Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Bethel Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 7342619. Bethel. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 5281744. Union Township. Preschool Story Time, 3:30 p.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Learn about a different sense every week. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Preschool Story Time in the Park, 1:30 p.m. Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Enjoy stories, crafts and hikes with naturalist. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Batavia.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m. St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel.

The Music Man, Jr. 3 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $8. 683-4950; Loveland.


Non Profit Animal Adoption Event, 1 p.m.5 p.m. PetSmart Eastgate, 917-292-6779; Eastgate. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 9


Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2736. Union Township.


Log Cabin Herb Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Hartman House Log Cabin, 5272 Aber Road. Society encourages the knowledge and use of herbs by providing a monthly educational program. Guests are welcome. Presented by Log Cabin Herb Society. 768-6137. Willliamsburg.


Bookends Book Club, 1 p.m. “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Book discussion group. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570; New Richmond. Bethel Book Discussion Group, 1 p.m. “Candide” by Voltaire. Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619. Bethel.


An Evening with Sting is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. The concer features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with Steven Mercurio, conductor. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit



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Some factors involved in becoming mature Consider, “If you find that your challenges balloon out when you think they should be diminishing; if you feel too tired to get up again but realize that life never lets you down very long; if life is even less fair than they warned you it would be; well, you are probably quite healthy and normal.” So writes psychologist Dr. Eugene Kennedy. What he’s expressing are some of the elements involved in becoming mature. When we’re young we think that becoming mature means that troubles level off and we’re more in control of life. The truth is that the difference between an adolescent and a mature adult is not that the adult has fewer problems. Rather, it’s because the adult – if he or she is actually becoming more mature – becomes more accomplished in coping.

C o p i n g means figuring out healthy ways of dealing with the problems of life rather than seeking escapes from them. Father Lou Mature adults Guntzelman come to realize, Perspectives at least in some subtle way, that how we handle our problems and pressures is what brings about maturation. It may sound paradoxical, but Carl Jung said, “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” The Aztecs had a saying: “A boy remains a boy until there is need of a man.” The same for all of us. The vexation and pain of our own prob-

lems powerfully show us the need for a mature man or woman to be standing in our shoes. If we’re courageous, we rise to the occasion. If we’re wimpy we opt out with some excuse, get high, or get lost in the world of technology. The contradictions, pressures and inconsistencies of life are the midwives that give birth to many precious human qualities. Jung also noted, “The serious problems of life are never solved, and if they seem to have been solved, something humanly important has been lost.” Another important factor in becoming mature is learning how to balance. To be mature is not a matter of getting 100 on some kind of Life Test. It is rather a balancing of the demands of life so that A equals B equals C.

These alphabet letters, of course, represent various ingredients of a healthy life which have to be integrated in a reasonably harmonious balance. What are the ingredients that need balancing? Aspects such as self and others, gratification and discipline, bodily needs and spiritual needs, intellect and emotions, action and reflection, self-assertion and respect for others and the demands of relationships. The over-riding goal is to become more human. Do the young have a more rugged road? Is it more difficult for most people to mature today? Author Joseph Gallagher thinks so. He writes; “The pressure problem of many people today is the problem of too-much-ness… Too much noise, too much news, too

many distractions, too many meetings, too many memos, too many social obligations, too many expectations, etc.” These make it more difficult to cope in a healthy way. Some of us opt out of maturing by adopting the pose of a martyr. We shirk our responsibilities, claim we haven’t had the right breaks, and say that our problems are always someone else’s fault. We need to roll up our sleeves and struggle with the inconsistencies of life, and listen to the advice of coach philosopher Lou Holtz: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Area veterans recognized for service Area veterans belonging to The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio were recognized at the society’s Memorial Day event. They include veterans who served in combat from World War II to the first Gulf War. Raymond Drew, for example, flew DC-3 planes over the Himalayas from Burma to China – a particularly dangerous route – during World War II.

The event honored those who have served in the military and those who have given their lives in service to country from the colonial era until the present. The society promotes appreciation of America’s colonial history and heritage, and all society members have colonial-era ancestors who served in the military or significant government positions. It

awards college scholarships and sends history teachers to Colonial Williamsburg for a week’s immersion program in colonial history. Sixteen-year-old William Ulrich of Oregonia in Warren County played Taps at the event. He is a Junior ROTC Cadet First Sergeant at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., working toward a career in the military.


Veterans recognized are: Front row, from left Burton Closson, Jr., Indian Hill; John Zinke, Indian Hill; Philemon Dickinson, Hyde Park; Richard Duval, East Walnut Hills; Andrew McClintock, Anderson Township; William Howe, Hyde Park; Frank Gorman Davis, Hyde Park. Second row: William Ulrich, Oregonia; Dr. Thomas Carothers, Hyde Park; Prescott Bigelow, Anderson Township; Allen Elliott, Hyde Park; Edmund Lunken, Indian Hill; John Schmidt, Hyde Park; Pierson Davis, Milford. Third row: Raymond Drew, Hyde Park; Daniel McKinney, Hyde Park; Dr. Frank Welsh, Indian Hill; David Sanders, Sr., Indian Hill, William Ogden, Hyde Park; Dr. Warren Harding, Indian Hill; Dr. Ted Jones, Indian Hill, at podium. Fourth row: Dr. Donald Hawley, Hyde Park; John Mickam, Loveland; John Ulrich, Oregonia; Vern Corbin, Mt. Airy; William Hardy, Hyde Park.

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Zucchini: The other green summertime vegetable Last week it was all about pickling cucumbers. This week the requests are pouring in for zucchini bread recipes. T h e ones I’m sharing today are in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.” These are Rita the most Heikenfeld requested, especially Rita’s kitchen this time of year. The zucchini, like everything else in my garden, is a couple weeks early and I’m already picking every day. With county fairs coming up, I’ve had lots of requests for zucchini bread recipes that, as one reader said, “will win me that elusive ribbon.” One of the recipes I’m sharing today did just that: It won a blue ribbon for Susan Zugohoer, a Northern Kentucky reader. She shared her recipe several years ago and it’s a popular one. How’s that for a testimonial?

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 20 minutes.

Susan’s blue ribbon zucchini bread

3 cups finely grated zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 3 cups sugar 11⁄2 cups vegetable oil 4 eggs 3 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts Grease and flour 9-by-13 pan or 3 loaf pans. Mix zucchini, sugar, oil and eggs. Beat two minutes. Combine dry ingredients. Add to mixture and blend well. Add nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour or until done. If desired, frost with cream cheese icing.

Chocolate zucchini bread/cake

It’s a cross between a bread and a cake, so either name is appropriate. This has become a favorite of everyone who has made it.

Butterscotch zucchini bread


My editor Lisa Mauch’s version of the recipe for chocolate zucchini bread/cake. 11⁄2 cups shredded zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 ⁄2 cup canola oil 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 ⁄4 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips are nice)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-by-5 loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well blended, and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling. Variation: These also are good made as muffins/cupcakes.

Don’t take it out of the oven too soon. I baked one pan for 50 minutes – it looked great coming out of the oven, but it sunk in the middle when it cooled, a sure indication of underbaking. 3 eggs 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons vanilla (I used 1 tablespoon) 2 cups sugar 2 cups grated zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used 2) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ginger 1 ⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 ⁄2 cup rolled oats 1 package (3.4-ounce size) instant butterscotch

pudding mix 1 cup nuts, raisins or other dried fruit Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together well. Add zucchini. Then mix the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients together and then add to the egg mixture, blending well. Pour into two greased, floured, wax paper lined pans. Bake one hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Lemon frosting

Mix and spread on bread after it cools. 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons butter, softened Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

REUNIONS Milford Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion, including classes of 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972. An informal gathering is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at Milford American Legion’s sheltered pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17, a golf scramble is planned at Deer Track Golf Course., The main event is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 17, at St. Andrew Parish Center. Contact Gary Lan-

dis at or 831-4722, Judy Culbertson Smyth at or 8318215; or Daryl Zomes at or 561-3189. Woodward High School Class of 1970 – is having its 40th Anniversary bash on the weekend of July 16-17. A meet-and- greet is scheduled for 5 p.m. until midnight, Friday, July 16, followed by a Class Mixer at the Embassy

Suites Hotel in Blue Ash. Saturday, July 17 features a picnic in French Park and high school “Invitational” to other schools who were longtime rivals in PHSL sports. There will be lots of food, fun, music and laughter in French Park as Woodward grads challenge old foes and new for fun in flag football, Scrabble, corn hole and spades. There will be family sack races, board games, dodge ball and more. Attendees must register to attend.

The cost is $10 per event for all guests. The picnic cost is $19.70 for families. Call 981-8500 or go online at, Woodward Class of 1970 Events or email the class captain, Gilda Jones Bailey at Milford High School Classes of 19791990 – are having a class reunion from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, July 17, at Miami Boat Club, 6071

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Miami Boat Club, Mary Anne Will, 2902 Traverse Creek Drive, Milford, OH 45150. Indian Hill High School Class of 1975 – is having its 35th-year reunion at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 17, at the Kenwood Country Club. Contact Meg Kuhn Hilmer (608-0385 or; Alvin Roehr (312-6363 or Enjoy this Healthy Reward offer in July from the Kroger Dairy:

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July 4 is time to appreciate freedom Ruth Ann catches fish. If she catches more than I catch or bigger, that is OK because she is with me and that is important, because I love her. Last Sunday evening we went up to the Daley’s farm for a picnic, fishing, ball games and fireworks. What an evening. The Kinners from the Riverside Coffee Shop in Batavia went with us. Now don’t think we were the only ones there. There were a few hundred people that came to watch the fireworks including some of our family. The food was great. Mr. and Mrs. Daley have spent lots of money and time to make the ballfields and stadiums the way they are. They are wonderful people. Thanks. Now about the fishing there. It was slow. Grace, Claire and Ethan were fishing. Grace got her line and hook caught in a tree. So Dad (Mike) helped. He got it loose then she decided she didn’t want to fish anymore. So dad used her pole

to fish and caught a small bluegill. The two girls and Mom (Jamie) took a canoe ride on the lake and sure enjoyed the ride. Well Claire enjoyed the ride because Mom and Grace did the paddling!. Monday for breakfast Ruth Ann made biscuits, bacon gravy, jelly and coffee for a wonderful meal. She is a great cook. When you look at me you can tell that. Monday a lady, her husband and a grandson came to our place to pick up some pillowcases the Granges over the state of Ohio have made for the children who have cancer and are in Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. The folks at Monroe Grange met one evening at the Grange Hall and made 17 pillowcases. When the folks came to get the ones the directors had left last weekend, there was a picture made of the giving of our 17, too. When Ruth Ann can get a picture put on the comput-

Fashion with Passion: Giving with a twist Our Lifelong Learning specialists are constantly looking for new and creative things to do. It’s hard to keep coming up with new ideas, but they do. In a few weeks they are hosting a unique event – a fashion show called Fashion With Passion. It is held in collaboration with the American Cancer Society: Discovery Shop. The Discovery Shop in Cherry Grove sells quality, nearly-new clothing and accessories. It is not consignment, because all the money from sales goes to the ACS, not the donor. Through the sale of donated merchandise, dozens of ACS Discovery Shops across the country make a substantial contribution in continuing the fight. The heart of the Discovery Shop efforts is its volunteers. The shops are owned by the American Cancer Society and operated by volunteers and staff. I visited the shop myself and was surprised at the quality of clothing. It also carries some furniture and home décor, including china and glassware. The shop is

larger than I expected. The items are professionally displayed and the store has nice Linda aupscale look. Eppler It’s at 454 Community Ohio Pike, in corner of Press the the shopping Guest center near Columnist H a n c o c k Fabrics. Clothing and accessories from The Discovery Shop will be modeled by volunteers selected from each of our lifelong learning centers. Each one is a cancer survivor or has a family member who has been touched by cancer. In my own family, I have lost two grandparents, both of my parents, an aunt and a brother to cancer. I suspect there are few families that are untouched. That’s one reason why this collaboration is so special. Fashion With Passion will be held at the beautiful Royal Oak Country Club Thursday, Aug. 5. Guests will enjoy a special lunch

prepared by the Royal Oak’s chef, while taking in the gorgeous view overlooking the golf course. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Afterwards the Jeanine Groh Trio will entertain, followed by the fashion show emceed by Christy Larrison, a professional designer who volunteers many hours at the shop. There is a raffle for gift baskets and centerpieces. Plus every guest receives a gift. The show is open to the public and guests are encouraged to donate a likenew clothing item the day of the show. Tickets are $20 or $15 for VIP members. Please RSVP by July 29. This is a unique event that we hope will be repeated. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please come early to shop. The Discovery Shop will have a display of fashions and accessories for sale. For information or reservations, call 947-7333. Linda Eppler is director of communications and lifelong learning at Clermont Senior Services.

er we will try to get it in the paper. The folks who were here from the Monroe Grange to give them to the contact person were Bob, Gladys and Bonnie. The contact person Linda will take them to the hospital. This is a great project for the Grangers to do. It is called Conn-Kerr. Pillowcases made of children’s print given to a child when they come back from a treatment. Then they can take it home with them. Now since there are many zucchini squash’s coming in right now, Ruth Ann will put in a recipe for Zucchini Rounds. Takes just minutes to prepare. Mix 1/3 cup packaged biscuit mix (Bisquick), 1/4 cup grated parmesan

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soups in the winter. She looked up in George her Ball Book and it Rooks said you can Ole either can Fisherman them or dry them. So this is a way. Ruth Ann grates them and freezes them for bread or zucchini rounds. They are watery so she drains them before making the items. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.



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cheese, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 2 slightly beaten eggs, butter or margarine to fry. In mixing bowl, stir together biscuit mix, cheese and pepper. Stir in beaten eggs just till mixture is moistened. Fold in zucchini. In a 10-inch frying pan melt about 2 tablespoons butter or margarine over medium heat. Using 2 tablespoons of the mixture for each round. Cook 4 rounds at a time, about 2 or 3 minutes on each side or till brown. Keep warm while cooking remaining rounds. Makes 12 rounds. You usually have to add more butter for the additional frying. A lady called Ruth Ann the other day and asked if there was a way of preserving zucchini for making

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Howdy folks, Last week we forgot to write something about the 4th of July. But folks, we are living in the best country. We can go to the church of our choice and can go any place we want to, without being arrested or bothered. I thank the service people for this freedom and thank the Good Lord for this country. When you see in the news about other countries, boy are we privileged! Ruth Ann and I went fishing last week and she done it again! Caught the two biggest crappie, one 10 inches and the other one 12 inches! Now don’t think I didn’t catch any fish, I sure did. The crappie have to be 9 inches before you can keep them. The ones I caught were 6 inches, 7-1/2 inches and 8-1/2 inches so they went back into the lake. I did catch two channel catfish, one was a pound and the other one 3 pounds. The meat sure looked good. I also caught some bluegills. I am always glad when


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July 14, 2010

Evangelist Breidenbaugh ministers at Lerado Church

RELIGION Christ Presbyterian Church

Evangelist Rick Breidenbaugh was called June 13 to minister with the Lerado Church of Christ. Prior to this ministry he has served as evangelist with the New Hope Church of Christ in Waverly, Ohio; Beechwood Heights Church of Christ in Parkersburg, West Virginia; and First Church of Christ in Peru, Indiana. In addition, he helped several other congregations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Breidenbaugh has been preaching the gospel for 37

years. He has held revival meetings, seminars and lectures in several different states. Breidenbaugh received his education at the University of Maryland, Kentucky Christian College and Indiana University. He is the founding evangelist of The Gospel Defender Ministries, a gospel radio and publishing ministry, which he has directed since 1982, that is located in Chillicothe, Ohio. This ministry can be heard on several radio stations.

He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 44 years and together they have four daughters and 10 grandchildren. He and the Lerado Church of Christ, 5852 Marathon-Edenton Road, just off St. Rt. 131 in Lerado, invite you to visit with them. The times for their Sunday assemblies are, Bible School at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. and evening service at 6 p.m. For further information, call 740-703-5140 or 683-2741.

The church is hosting an Art Show and “Chalk Walk” at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture of local artists will be on display. Artists and budding artists are encouraged to submit their works. A student gallery will be available for entrants from K through 12. There will be no entry fee and no charge for admission. Some of the artists’ works may be offered for sale. In addition to the traditional media, there will be an opportunity people of any age to express their artistic side with chalk on a section of the church’s sidewalk. Those wishing to participate will be furnished a box of chalk and a portion of the walk to use as their “canvas.” During the show, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., music on the dulcimer and guitar will provide an appropriate background. Entry forms are available at the church,





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Plein Air Painters from around the Tri-state will be in Milford Saturday, Aug. 7, for the second annual all day Paint Out event. This Paint Out, hosted by The Ohio Plein Air Society, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to all artists. “Plein Air” means to paint in the open air in natural light. This art form became a very important part of the Impressionist Movement and to artists such as Van Gogh and Monet, said event organizer Nancy Achberger. This event is free and the public is invited to attend to watch and participate. At 9 a.m. artists will set

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MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Shielah Simmons-Wood, 43, 6721 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, failure to confine pit bull dog; no insurance on pit bull, June 21. Samuel J. Spencer, 25, 4948 Beechwood, drug abuse, drug possession, June 21. Martin Vota, 20, 883 Windrow Lane, drug abuse, drug possession, paraphernalia, June 21. Evan R. Martin, 21, 202 Arrowhead Trail, keg law, June 25. Andrew N. Viox, 20, 7948 Hickory Hill, underage consumption, June 25. Andrea E. Tobler, 19, 8457 Timber Lane, underage consumption, June 25. Michelle L. Howard, 19, 4457 Pond Meadows, underage consumption, June 25. Collin S. Martin, 19, 6425 Woodridge, underage consumption, June 25. Matthew C. Piezer, 20, 4984 Kenwood, underage consumption, June 25. Russell C. Taylor, 25, 334 Center St., drug paraphernalia, June 24. Joseph A. Maynes, 24, 114 Queens, obstructing official business, June 26. Amy K. Gilday, 22, 6628 Ohio 132, obstructing official business, June 26. Joseph S. Maynes, 62, 2361 Holly Road, operating vehicle under influence, June 26. Nicholas D. Mitchell, 27, 6601 Beechmont, persistent disorderly conduct, June 26. Daniel T. Jetter, 44, 206 Commons Drive, disorderly conduct, June






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28. Ronald R. Schaefer, 54, 409 Commons, open container, June 28.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at Chinatown Buffet at Ohio 28, June 21.

Breaking and entering

Tires, chainsaw, etc. taken; $1,750 at 6144 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, June 23.


Entry made into residence at 2143 Oakwood, June 22.

Criminal damage

Trampoline, etc. damaged at 5945 Creekside, June 21. Sugar put into gas tank of vehicle at 1101 S. Timber Creek, June 23. Mailbox damaged at 6319 S. Devonshire, June 26.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 6989 Ohio 48, June 23. Trespassing on property at 323 Beech Road, June 27.

Domestic violence

At Newberry Street, June 28.

Gross sexual imposition

Female reported this offense at 800 block of Commons Drive, June 23. Female juvenile involved in this offense at 5800 block of Highview Drive, June 25.

Passing bad checks

Bad check issued to Village Grocery at Loveland-Miamiville, June 12. Bad check issued to Marty’s Corner Store; $78 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, June 24.






Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $30 at Ohio 50, June 21. Weed trimmer, etc. taken; $875 at 6319 Paxton Woods, June 21. Bike taken at 1542 Apgar, June 21. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $10 at Ohio 50, June 21. Interior parts of AC unit taken at Brewer Cote at Ohio 50, June 23. Gasoline not paid for at BP Station; $32 at Ohio 131, June 24. Copper wire taken from celltower; $2,000 at 6005 Bricktech Blvd., June 24. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $80 at Ohio 28, June 25. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $35 at Ohio 28, June 25. Sunglasses, skateboard, etc. taken from vehicle; $2,890 at 2003 Weber, June 25. Computer taken from vehicle; $2,000 at 6558 Mulholland, June 26. Inside parts taken from AC unit at Tournesol Site Works; $6,000 at 1004 Tech Drive, June 28. Copper wire and bars taken from celltower; $1,500 at 6551 Branch Hill Miamiville, June 28. Comic books taken; $376 at 1222 No. C Ohio 28, June 28.



Paula Bumbarger, 27, 2108 Oakbrook Place, theft, July 1. Carol Drew, 35, 2113 Oakbrook Place, contempt of court, July 1. Juvenile, 15, unruly, July 1. Alexandra R. Your, 18, 129 Union Ridge, theft, June 30.

Incidents/investigations Fraud

Female stated money taken from account with no authorization; $200 at 6 Robbie Ridge, June 28.

Passing bad checks

Bad check was received at 865 Lila Ave., June 28.


Two knives were taken at 137 Main St., June 28. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $9 at 100 Chamber Drive, June 30. At 1123 Main St., June 30. Unlisted items taken from vehicle at 5364 S. Milford, July 1.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 17, underage consumption. Nicholas Keller, 20, 10129 Pleasant Plain, underage consumption. Carl Sanderson, 25, 519 Parkwood, aggravated menacing, obstructing official business, warrant.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 501 Country Lake, June 21.


At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 405AA, June 20. At 6532 Manila Road, June 20. At 6725 Dick Flynn, June 20.


At 1606 Country Lake, June 20.


Joseph G Arrowood, 24, 1550 Ohio 131, Milford, burglary at 4181 Otter Creek Drive, Amelia, June 29. Morgan E. Fields, 20, 4322 Harding Ave., Cincinnati, burglary at 5805 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, June 29. Scott Anthony Tarvin, 23, 3518 Edvera Lane, Cincinnati, burglary, safecracking, theft at 5805 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, July 1. Timothy R Tolle, 20, 371 W. Main St., Owensville, assault at 371 W. Main St., Owensville, June 27. Kerry A Taylor, 42, 6566 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, aggravated menacing at 6568 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, June 29. Derik Young Demangone, 29, 1794 Hill Station Road, Goshen, notice of change of address at 1794 Hill Station, Goshen, July 2. Latasha T Lowe, 24, 7027 Watersedge Drive, Cincinnati, forgery, misuse of credit card, theft at 375 Rivers Edge Drive, Milford, July 2. Chanse Piercefield, 19, 312 E. Main St. Apt 4, Owensville, offenses involving underage persons underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 4909 Benton Road, Batavia, July 2.

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At 6568 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, June 29.


At 330 E. Main St., Owensville, June 29.


At 371 W. Main St., Owensville, June 27. At 6275 Ohio 727, Goshen, June 27.

Breaking and entering

At 3087 Meek Road, Goshen, June 29.


At 2697 Pringle Road, Goshen, June 29. At 3087 Meek Road, Goshen, June 29. At 6249 Taylor Pike, Goshen, June 28.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 6215 Ohio 133, Goshen, June 27.


At 375 Rivers Edge Drive, Milford, July 2.

Misuse of credit card

At 375 Rivers Edge Drive, Milford, July 2.

Notice of change of address

At 1794 Hill Station, Goshen, June 30.


At 5805 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, May 21.


At 375 Rivers Edge Drive, Milford, July 2. At 5805 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, May 21. At 2303 Ohio 131, Goshen, June 30. At 3087 Meek Road, Goshen, June 29. At 3307 Ohio 131, Goshen, June 28. At 3818 U.S. 50, Marathon, June 28. At 5805 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, May 21.

DEATHS Brenda Rae Bales

Brenda Rae Bales, 56, of Fayetteville/Wayne Township died July 4. Survived by father, Raymond Gullett; husband, James Riley Bales; children, Chad (Whitney) Bales and Mike (Asha) Bales; grandchildren, Parker Bales, Carter Bales and Destiny Bales; and siblings, Marcy Elkins, Linda Goble, Debbie Sarver, Raymond Gullett and Rick Gullett. Preceded in death by mother, Thelma (nee Major) Gullett. Services were July 8 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

James Henry Evans

James Henry Evans, 72, formerly of Fayetteville died July 3. Survived by wife of 51 years, Stella Moore Evans; children, Karen (Mark) Brown, Carmen Evans and James “Jimmy” H. Evans II; grandchildren, Jaime and Paige Litkenhaus, Alex and Sara Woroncow, and Brian and Katy Brown; great-grandchild, Stella Madeline Carle; also survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins and great friends. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Gertrude Aubry Evans; and siblings, Lawrence Evans and Sara Mae Brackney. Services were July 12 at Nativity Church, Pleasant Ridge. Memorials to: Ancient Order of Hibernians,

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Jeanette Elizabeth Fry

Jeanette Elizabeth Fry, 88, of Stonelick Township died July 1. Survived by husband, Ernest Fry; daughters, Jan (Robert Battig) Cooper, Barbara (Clark) Porter and Wanda (Harold) Ball; daughter-inlaw, Donna Fry; grandchildren, Kim Schelle, Tom Cooper, Lynn Hill, Rob Buckner, Steve Buckner, Brad Buckner, Tiffany Ahmadieh, Susan Barry, Jill Porter, Jon Porter, Tracy Shields and Jerry Fry; 23 greatgrandchildren and five great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Jerry Fry. Services were July 6 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford.

June A. Hurst

June A. Hurst, 93, formerly of Loveland died June 26. Survived by daughter, Jeanne (Tom) Savona; grandson, Mark L. (Sheryl) Sheldon of Milford; greatgrandchildren, Cameron Sheldon and Tate Hurst Sheldon; many

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nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by father, Herman Furniss; mother, Ethel Liston Furniss; husband, Lincoln Hurst (formerly of Loveland); and daughter, Lynne Hurst. Services were July 11 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

died June 27. Survived by child, Lisa (Steve) Gallimore; grandchildren, Ryan and Nathan Gallimore; and sister, Virginia (late Jay) West. Preceded in death by child, Laura (Gary) Vix; and sister, Evelyn (late Richard) Hauke. Services were July 1 at the Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory in Milford.

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Ralph Bernard Jessee Sr., 83, of Milford died July 7. He was the long-time owner of Jessee’s Service Station in Milford. Survived by wife of 60 years, Irene (nee Johnson) Jessee; son, Ralph Bernard (Karen) Jessee Jr. also of Milford; grandchildren, Allison and Kevin (Meg) Jessee; siblings, Greta, Sybil, Linda, Ray and Ronnie; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by siblings, Jacqueline, JoLynn, Helen, D.W. and Larry. Services were July 10 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials to: Clermont Senior Services, 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

Betty Ann Neu

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Mary Anne Stroup

Mary Anne Stroup, 63, of Dunnellon, Fla., and formerly of Milford died June 26. Survived by daughter, Beth Prescott of Bethel; sons, Brian Bohl and Brad Bohl; and several grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, Wilbur Stroup and mother, Leona Snell. Services were July 3 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford. Memorials to: Pets in Distress Inc., 521 S.W. 59th St., Ocala, FL 34471.

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Kevin D. Woodrum

Kevin D. Woodrum, 44, of Batavia died July 6. Survived by father, Larry Dean Woodrum; mother, Lula F. (nee Dillon) Woodrum of Milford; step-mother, Denean Woodrum; sister, Tammy (John) Roberts; stepsister, Erin Woodrum Richter-Wood; niece, Amy (David) Roberts-Guckenberger; nephew, John Roberts; and step-nephews, Christopher Richter and T.J. Wood. Services were July 9 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: ALS Association, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 4078580,; or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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Grace Katherine Romohr, 87, of Milford died July 5. Survived by daughter, Teresa Jo (Terry “Chip”) Conway. Preceded in death by husband, Clarence Joseph Conway; husband, Dale F. Romohr; mother, Caroline Bauman Davis; and father, Albert Davis. Services were July 8 at Milford First United Methodist Church. Memorials to: Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Milford, OH 45150; or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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Louis G. Pappas, 85, of Goshen died June 17. Survived by wife, Theresa (nee Jim) Pappas; children, Lois Pappas (Michael) Swift, Louis J. (Kim) Pappas, Pamela Pappas (Mark) Feldhues, Terri Pappas Pappas (Frank) Alderson and James E. (Maureen) Pappas; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, George Louis Pappas; and mother, Fay (nee Maroon) Pappas. Services were June 22 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Memorials to: SW Ohio VFW Memorial Team, 6826 Goshen Road, Goshen, OH 45122.

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Matt Fein, Loveland, addition, 1675 Hill Station, Goshen Township, $255,400. M/I Homes, Cincinnati, four family residence, 4001 Quarter Horse Circle, Goshen Township, $420,000; four family residence, 3901 Quarter Horse Circle, $420,000. Whalen Electric, Morrow, fire alarm, 5956 Buckwheat, Miami Township.

Rering Remodeling, Cincinnati, alter, 913 Ohio 28, Miami Township, $75,000. CR Architecture & Design, Cincinnati, addition-Milford Junior High, 5735 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Miami Township, $932,000; new, units, $50,000. Abbot Studios, Columbus, alter-suite F, 1064 Ohio 28, Miami Township, $28,000. Sign Vision Co., Columbus, sign, 1064 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Charles Combs, Loveland, site development, 6750 Epworth Road, Miami Township.

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Kentucky author and mother Kimberly HaddixFisher experienced the death of her firstborn, a spiral into depression and hostility, and an epiphany that brought her out of Haddix-Fisher her selfdestructive grief. In her new book, “Foreshadow,” she shares her true experiences, both good and bad, as a brokenhearted mother and the path she followed to make sense of her life once more with the help of her heavenly Father and child. The book follows Josie Mae Fisher’s journey to help her mother fulfill her destiny. What her mother thinks is her fate, Josie Mae's birth, foreshadowed years before by vivid dreams, is actually only a

stepping-stone on the path to her future. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available in bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at and by visiting or Haddix-Fisher lives in Independence, Ky., with her husband, Mike, and daughter Bobbie Maria, who is the reason she is happy today. She was raised in Milford and lived there for 30 years. She also has a daughter, Amy, who lives in Denver, Colo. Her parents live close to her in Kentucky. She serves as a vice president for a company in Louisville, Ky., but her hobby and passion is writing. For more information, contact Traci Jones, marketing representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an e-mail t o

BUSINESS NOTES Ramirez named to CSO staff

Susana Ramirez has been named director of volunteer services for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ramirez has held leadership positions in several art and education nonprofits in Ramirez Ohio and Wisconsin. Most recently, she worked with the Fine Arts Fund to develop a program that would fund minority talent around the tri-state area. Ramirez received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Universidad Latina in Costa Rica. She lives in Milford.

Coldwell Banker relocates

Coldwell Banker West Shell recently announced the relocation of its Milford office into its Anderson Township office, renamed the Anderson East Regional Customer Service Center. The new office location is at 7946 Beechmont Ave. The remodeled office features state-of-the-art space for sales associates and the resources of Coldwell

Banker West Shell, Residential Title and Coldwell Banker home loans.

Psychiatrist to fill void

When people in Clermont County need mental health medications and other specialized care, they often turn to their primary care physicians for help due to a lack of options in the area. Soon, those patients can visit Dr. James Peter Cho, a licensed psychiatrist, who has joined Katkin & Associates. Katkin & Associates, a team of psychologists and therapists who practice in Milford, noticed the need in the area for a medical doctor who is specifically trained to help with mental health care and can prescribe mental health medications. “Dr. Cho is a wonderful addition to our team because he provides a unique perspective when it comes to delivering care to those suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, bipolar and attention deficit disorder,” David Katkin said. “I am excited to welcome him to our team and I think his skills, experience and passion will be a tremendous asset in Clermont County.” Cho received his medical degree from Saint George’s University School of Medicine. He is holding office hours at Katkin & Associates now.

Clermont Senior Services asking for help with fans In response to the current heat emergency, Clermont Senior Services is requesting donations of fans or cash to purchase fans for senior citizens trying to cope with extreme heat. Severe illness and even death can occur from dehydration or when a person’s body is overcome by heat and the stress is too great for the heart. It is especially dangerous for older adults. New window air conditioners are needed as well. There are about 100 available every year through a grant, but those are already gone. However, some seniors cannot afford the higher electric bill, so fans are their only option. “Oscillating fans on a

pedestal stand are best since they can be placed at window height, and blow air in or out of a house or mobile home,” said Helen Fisher, intake and home repairs coordinator for Senior Services. “This type of fan costs about $25. Box fans sit on the floor and are not as effective.” Older adults are advised to call their physician or seek other medical help if any of the following occurs: Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, great weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, vomiting or cramps. If you would like to help, call Fisher at 536-4080.


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


6143 Goshen Road, James Lang to Thomas & Angie Cornwell, 3.4900 acre, $60,000. 1867 Main St., Gerald Hill & Cynthia Bruns to Xiao Xia & Robert Bradley II, 0.3150 acre, $85,900. 5965 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to Ryan Smith, 0.1300 acre, $102,115. 6031 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to Elisa & Kevin Alexander, $129,115. 4005 Oakland Hills Drive, John Woliver, executor to O’Bannon Properties LLC., 0.1313 acre, $8,467. 4005 Oakland Hills Drive, O’Bannon Properties LLC. to Brookstone Homes LLC., $30,000. 1277 Sandwood Drive, Michael Morris to Karen Weast, $191,000. 8113 Sterling Spring Drive, Tane Smith to Kevin Butler, 0.2490 acre, $148,000.

3103 Thoroughbred Drive, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Vicki Jo White, $125,539.


1251 Day Circle E., HSBC Bank USA, NA to Matthew & Katherine Ritchey, $100,000. 5613 Day Drive, U.S. Bank, N.A., trustee to Patrick & Angela Stoddard, $95,000. 6077 Deerfield Road, Robert & Jonnie Rubenbauer to Kenneth Pemberton, $103,500. 5553 Falling Wood Court, Greycliff Development LLC. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., $55,000. 14 Lots Glenwood Trails, Glenwood Trails LLC. to Fischer Development Co. II Inc., $259,000. 6078 Jerry Lee Drive, Gregory Holleran to Robin Fille, $103,500. 5810 Karen Lane, Greg Handleton, et al. to Wells Fargo Bank, NA, $80,000. 6754 Little River Lane, Amy Junker,

Milford graduate is new president at Columbus college David T. Harrison, formerly of Milford, is the new president of Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Harrison began his new position July 1. Columbus State serves more than 28,000 stud e n t s through its downtown campus, 20 Harrison suburban locations and online courses. Before joining Columbus State, Harrison was vice provost at The University of Central Florida, covering 11 regional campuses. Previously he was vice president of educational programs at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and in Ohio held positions of dean of business technologies, and director of the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Center in Dayton. Harrison said he is thrilled to return to Ohio. His parents still live in Milford. He will be relocating from Winter Springs, Florida, to Columbus with his wife, Tracy, and daughter, Julie, entering Ohio State in the fall, and sons, Mark and Samuel. He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1980, earned his bachelors degree from the University of Dayton, received his doc-


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