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Goshen trustees transfer money to pay large bill By John Seney email@example.com
GOSHEN TWP. — The trustees used surplus funds in the 2011 budget to pay a workers compensation insurance bill that was $27,000 more than expected. Administrator Ray Snyder told trustees Dec. 13 that when he prepared the 2011 budget a year ago, he estimated the cost for the workers compensation insurance at $45,000, based on a quote from
the insurance company. When the bill came in, it was for $72,000, he said. “What we pay in 2011 is based on our experiences in 2010,” Snyder said. Higher than anticipated claims in 2010 resulted in the higher bill, he said. To make up the $27,000 shortage, Snyder said he and Fiscal Officer Lisa Allen went through the budget and found money in eight budgeted line items that was not
used in 2011. The trustees approved the transfer of funds from the eight unused line items to pay the insurance bill. Those line items included unused election expenses, savings on the gas and electricity bill. “It’s something we have to do,” said Trustee Bob Hausermann. Snyder said $45,000 was set aside for workers compensation insurance in the 2012 budget.
the $6-million mark for revenue in April 2011. The additional annual pay for 2011 for trustees would be $2,434.72; the additional pay for the fiscal officer would be $2,089.28. “This is the first time I’ve ever been asked to vote myself a raise,” said Trustee Bob Hausermann. Trustee Jack Kuntz asked Allen if the trustees had to approve the raise. “It has to be done because for 2011 the Ohio Auditor of State brought it to my attention,” she said. Administrator Ray Snyder
said failure to approve the raise would be a negative finding on an audit. Trustee Ray Autenrieb asked if the trustees could donate the raises back to the township. “You can make a donation at any time,” Allen said. The trustees passed several motions to transfer funds for the raises, with Hausermann abstaining. “I can’t do it,” Hausermann said about voting himself a raise. The annual pay for trustees before the raises was $12,346; the annal pay for the fiscal officer was $21,221.
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There are different kinds of war: A war of words, of weapons, a culture war. In America, there is an ongoing war to remove the word Christmas. This secret conspiracy has attacked every sign and symbol that identifies Christmas as the birth of Christ. Christmas is celebrated all around the world except in America. Silently, this evil force has replaced the word, Christmas, with “happy holidays.” At every shopping mall, it’s evident this generic “holiday” celebrates snowmen, reindeer, elves and Santa. Merchants have removed everything that reflects the Nativity: No stars, angels, noshepherds and no “baby” Jesus. Even their employees are “programed” to say “happy holidays” to customers. Full story, A8
luctantly voted themselves a raise Dec. 13 after they were told it was mandated by Ohio law. Fiscal Officer Allen Lisa Allen said state auditors told her when revenues for a township go above $6 million, it changes the salaries mandated by state law for trustees and fiscal officers. Allen said the township passed
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Goshen Township trustees Dec. 13 presented fellow trustee Jack Kuntz, right, a certificate of appreciation at his last meeting as trustee. From left are Trustees Ray Autenrieb and Bob Hausermann. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY
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The Goshen Township trustees Dec. 13 presented fellow Trustee Jack Kuntz, right, a certificate of appreciation at his last meeting.
“It's the most important professional thing I've ever done in my life,” said Kuntz of his four years as trustee.
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BATAVIA — Despite a tighter budget, officials at Clermont Senior Services say they will be able to maintain services in 2012 without cuts. Cindy Gramke, who will be taking over as executive director of the agency Jan. 1, said even though a Senior Services levy renewal was passed in 2011, it Gramke will generate about $500,000 less in revenue in 2012 than in 2010. That is because of a reduction in property values, Gramke told the Clermont County commissioners Dec. 7. The agency also is facing a reduction in state and federal funding, she said. “We have worked hard to come up with a plan,” Gramke said. “We have put efficiencies in place.” She said the agency is saving money by cutting salaries through attrition. The agency also has new software that saves on transportation costs. George Brown, who is retiring as executive director at the end of December, said the demand for transportation for seniors grows, with 60,000 trips projected this year. He pointed to other services the agency continues to provide, including home repair assistance, Meals on Wheels and adult day services. The agency recently opened a new adult day care center on James Sauls Sr. Drive that serves up to 60 people a day. “Senior services does a great job of supporting seniors and allowing them to stay in their own homes,” said County Commissioner Ed Humphrey. Brown said the agency plans to build a 40-unit senior housing facility at 611College Drive in Batavia. He said construction of the facility, called Dimmit Woods Senior Housing, should begin in the spring of 2012. “It’s for older folks able to stay independent,” he said.
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Jane Schmidbauer, left, receives a recognition certificate from Assistant Superintendent Brian Bailey at the Dec. 12 Goshen school board meeting. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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Six third-grade students from Spaulding Elementary School were chosen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance Dec. 12 at the Goshen school board meeting. From left are, Chase Forman, Cirsten Prewitt, Amy Lozano, Sam Lowry, Alexis Sweeney and Jack Webster. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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Holiday giving helps Clermont County children Community support from citizens and businesses will enable the Clermont County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Community Toy Chest to provide a warm coat, clothes and toys to more than 300 children in county care this holiday season. Last week, a last minute plea for community assistance was issued; sponsors were still needed for 60 children, between the ages of birth to 18. “I would like to thank each and every individual that responded to our
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George Rise, left, is sworn in as a member of the Goshen school board Dec. 12. Treasurer Todd Shinkle administers the oath. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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Miami Township Fire & EMS paramedics have a new tool to to help save lives. The video device allows paramedics to directly see the opening to a patient’s airway, thereby ensuring a tube inserted to breath for the patient is going in the right place. The device will be used in cases where patients have suffered serious trauma with neck injuries, or for patients whose anatomy makes the normal means of placing a tube into the airway difficult. Firefighter/paramedic Jason Peng researched and tested a variety of devices on the market. A decision was made to purchase the recently released King Vision video laryngoscope. The device is simple to use, provides high quality video of the patient’s throat, and
Miami Township Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Peng demonstrates the use of the new King Vision video laryngoscope. PROVIDED is designed to withstand the rigors of out-of-hospital use. Also, this device is about one-tenth the price of other similar ones on the market. This allowed Miami Township to purchase one for each ambulance.
Paramedics recently completed a training session on the device that included a lecture outlining its use, hands-on training using Miami Township’s highly-detailed airway training manikins.
Senior agency to maintain services By John Seney
BATAVIA — Despite a
tighter budget, officials at Clermont Senior Services say they will be able to maintain services in 2012 without cuts. Cindy Gramke, who will be taking over as executive director of the agency Jan. 1, said even though a Senior Services levy renewal was passed in 2011, it will generate about $500,000 less in revenue in 2012 than in 2010. That is because of a reduction in property values, Gramke told the Clermont County commissioners
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tor at the end of December, said the demand for transportation for seniors grows, with 60,000 trips projected this year. He pointed to other services the agency continues to provide, including home repair assistance, Meals on Wheels and adult day services. The agency recently opened a new adult day care center on James Sauls Sr. Drive that serves up to 60 people a day. “Senior services does a great job of supporting seniors and allowing them to stay in their own homes,” said County Commissioner Ed Humphrey.
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Milford City Council members, administrators and fire chief wore pink to the council meeting Oct. 18 to show their support for breast cancer awareness. In front from left are: Council members Lisa Evans and Amy Brewer, Milford Fire Chief John Cooper, and council members Laurie Walter and Charlene Hinners. Back row: Law Director Mike Minniear, Administrator Jeff Wright, council member Jeff Lykins, Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. and Vice Mayor Geoff Pittman. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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Great Oaks has information for homeschool families Homeschoolers living in one of the 36 southwest Ohio school districts served by Great Oaks Career Campuses have the option of attending a Great Oaks campus for their junior and senior years. Students who attend can become certified in one of dozens of professional fields and earn college credit at the same time. A parent/student information session will be held at the Live Oaks Career Campus, 5956 Buckwheat Road in Milford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Guests at the information session will have the chance to talk with homeschool students who are attending Great Oaks and learn more about the ca-
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Meteorologist Cyndee O’Quinn of WCPO Channel 9, meets with Bear Dens 6 and 7 from McCormick Elementary’s Cub Scout Pack 46. O’Quinn gave the boys a tour of the studio and allowed each boy to stand in front of the green screen and try to point out locations on a map of Ohio. THANKS TO SUSAN ABT
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MIAMI TWP. — The Milford school board has come out in opposition to a bill being considered in the Ohio House that would expand the state’s school voucher program. Board members voted unanimously Oct. 20 to urge the defeat of House Bill 136. Dr. Robert Farrell, Milford superintendent, said the proposal would allow parents of children in grades kindergarten through
The students of the Month for October at Live Oaks Career Center are, from left, in front: Cayla Wolfangel, Samantha Lee and Amanda Featherston. Back row: Brian West, Randy Gross and Brian Roberts.
12th-grade to use vouchers to attend private or parochial schools. The vouchers would be available to families earning less than $95,000 a year, Farrell said. He said the present voucher system is available only for students attending under-performing schools. The vouchers would be paid for by deducting the money from state funding in the districts where the students live, Farrell said. “This has the potential to decimate our budget,” said board
member Debbie Marques. “We have no control over it. It’s taking the voucher system to a whole new level.” Board member David Yockey said the plan is asking taxpayers to fund increased participation in private and parochial schools. Board member Gary Knepp, who said he supported the voucher system for students in underperforming schools, was opposed to HB 136. “The state is not looking at the unintended consequences,” he said. “We need to say ‘no.’”
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Milford High School students who scored in the top 5 percent on the national PSAT test were recognized Nov. 17 at the Milford school board meeting. From left are Mark Lutz, high school principal; and students Nicholas Troehler and Karen Kuhn. Also recognized but not at the meeting were students Julia Evanoff, Alexander Frank and Eliza Marchant. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
STUDENT COUNCIL LEADER Jared Dettmer, president of the Meadowview Elementary School student council, talks to the Milford school board Nov. 17 about the student group, which was formed this year. At right is teacher Stephanie Pangallo, the student council adviser. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Seipelt Elementary fifth=graders visited Milford Community Fire Department recently. From left in front are: Maddy Richards, Jennifer Engel, Austin Isenhower, Braydon McConnaughey, Mason Doherty, Lucas Neidhart and Michael Figgs. In back are Firefighters/Paramedics Dana Nichols, Walt Ritchie, Phill Nause, Russ Stansell and John Buttrick. THANKS TO RYAN HANNA
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CLERMONT COUNTY BOARD OF DD 2010 Annual Report and Outcomes Management Summary Executive Summary – Sharon Woodrow, Superintendent 2010 was a good year in many respects and we were able to realize some signiﬁcant outcomes. In this document you will read about our various programs and services and how people beneﬁted from them and from this community’s support during this year. You will note measurable outcomes in the areas of access, satisfaction, efﬁciency and effectiveness and you’ll read Directors’ comments and observations regarding the data collected from that information. I would like to comment here on just a few of the major ones that impacted our entire organization and the people we serve. The most notable outcome for 2010 was the passage, in May, of our .9mil replacement levy. This levy, ﬁrst passed in the early 1980s, had reduced in value over the years due to rollback and property valuations. The support of this community to replace this levy and bring it up to current value, during these uncertain economic times, was immensely gratifying and shows how much the people living in Clermont County value both our work, and the quality of life of its citizens with developmental disabilities. The additional 2.9 million dollars in revenue generated will allow us to provide services to more individuals, avert crisis for our most vulnerable people, and will help “plug the hole” we may have from a reduced state budget in 2011. Another important outcome of 2010 was the adoption of four basic core values. These are: Safety and support of the individuals and families we serve and of our staff; Understanding of all; Responsibility to all; Engagement of all. Coined “SURE” by our Long Range Planning Committee, these values will drive our goals for 2011 and beyond and we built our strategic planning around this acronym as well as planned training for our staff. Our respite program, Gift of Time, received revenue from our ﬁrst ever “Dancing With the Stars Extravaganza”, held during DD Awareness month, in March, of 2010. Additionally, our agency received a lot of attention to the work we do as a result of this really fun event. People came together to have a good time, but learned a lot about us – thereby helping us build awareness of the needs of the people we serve and the importance of passing the levy. Gift of Time grew in size of participants as well as in numbers of volunteers in 2010. In the summer of 2010, our ﬁrst coordinator, Linda Horn, had to resign to take care of her own family responsibilities but we were able to contract with another dedicated person, Robin Cook, who is just as passionate about the mission to ﬁnd respite for families caring for children or adults with disabilities. This program has been a long time in the planning and wishing stages. 2010 was the year when it became ﬁrmly rooted in our mission and program delivery. Also in 2010 the Clermont County Board of DD partnered with the Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board, and other agencies in Clermont County who serve children, to implement a federal Systems of Care Grant – a 6 year, 9 million dollar venture. Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the grant proposes to provide needed services to families with children with mental illness and other disabilities, CCDD’s responsibilities to the grant are for respite and we’ve added two additional respite events per month to our services for children served through this grant. Obviously it is too early to measure outcomes of this particular program, but there is no doubt that respite is meeting a real need in our community.
Center were in discussions to start a second shift, so more individuals could attend a program away from home during the day or early evening. That project was not able to come to fruition due to scheduling difﬁculties, but it did lead to further discussions with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries as a possible partner.Towards the end of 2010, plans were in the works for Ohio Valley Goodwill to rent space in the Krenning Center and to provide services to individuals from SODC in partnership with our Adult Services program. For most of 2010, the Adult Services Department was able to operate without a waiting list for the programs offered. Two other projects were started toward the end of 2010. One was Bridges to Transition, receiving funds from the Ohio Association of County Boards and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation to start transition services with school children at a younger age to give them a chance to learn about the work world at an earlier age and to gain experience that might help them/their families in the future. Secondly, renovations began at Grissom Center to create smaller, quieter, work areas for individuals. Wildey Center (Adult Program) The Next Chapter Book Club had success in the community. Staff and individuals used the Wildey Gym on certain days of the week. Additional classes offered were cooking and computer classes. The Dancing with CCDD Extravaganza took place, in which a number of individuals and various staff participated in a dance contest similar to the one on T.V. The Melissa Doyle Memorial Garden was dedicated in May and really beautiﬁed the outside area leading up to the Adult Services doors at the Wildey Center. Donald A. Collins Center (DAC) Efforts were ongoing to expand options that are engaging to individuals served. There were a number of plans to look at environmental needs, the creation of a small sensory room, and opening a small work area away from the larger work ﬂoor. 2010 saw the expansion of life enrichment classes for anger management, coping skills and dealing with grief. Daily curriculums were expanded to allow staff to plan more interesting activities. The implementation of the Mandt system had the biggest impact at DAC. Staff learned new systems for crisis prevention and individual interaction. Towards the end of 2010, documentation showed a reduction in the number of aversive physical techniques having to be used. One of the exciting projects was the purchase of a small greenhouse at DAC. The goal is to have individuals involved in growing a number of different types of plants next year. Grissom Center This program offers individuals the opportunity to work in a sheltered employment environment. Individuals that attend the Grissom Center can work on jobs that involve small parts assembly, kit assembly, packaging, sorting, labeling, etc. Additionally, individuals can participate in the art studio, attend life enrichment classes, and participate in physical activities if they choose. Community Employment and Enclaves This department placed a total of 24 individuals in community jobs and 26 community work assessments. 125 referrals were received from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and dollars billed were $140,734.50 for 2010. Those individuals placed into area businesses averaged an hourly wage of $8.07 and worked an average of 25 hours per week. This department currently does not have a waiting list for services. They serve students interested in transition from school to work and individuals who may be interested in leaving the sheltered employment settings to ﬁnd community employment. The department has a good relationship with the local BVR ofﬁce and works closely with these counselors to ﬁnd employment for those with signiﬁcant disabilities. This department supervised the Bridges
Along with Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties, CCDD has formed a Council of Government. This “COG” will assist the four counties identify shared administrative and programmatic efﬁciencies that will enable all four agencies to provide quality services in the most cost effective manner. Avoiding duplication and maximizing resources in these tough times are the goals of this collaboration. First discussed in 2009, 2010 marked the formal organization of this cooperative and planning for 2011 includes the shared management of certain services. At the end of 2010, the Clermont County Board of DD, and Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries agreed upon a partnership whereby Goodwill will lease the empty building that Clermont has been trying to sell, to provide services to individuals living at Southwest Ohio Developmental Center who cannot be served by CCDD because of capacity issues. This inability to get services to some of the individuals at SODC has been cause for concern for our board; however resources just wouldn’t allow any expansion in that area. With Goodwill leasing the building and ﬁlling this need, Clermont will receive some revenue and people will be served – a win/win situation. We can’t ask for a better outcome than this. As always we look back on our accomplishments with open eyes – proud of what we’ve been able to do, happy for the individuals who received needed support, grateful to our community for their support of the work we do, and planful for the next year. There is always more to do, and we intend to be here every day – ﬁnding ways to do it. I. SERVICES PROVIDED DURING 2010** Early Intervention—The Early Childhood programs operating under or coordinated by the CCDD in 2010 were: Early Intervention (EI) - Specialized services for children under the age of three with a developmental delay, disability or a diagnosed medical or physical condition; Help Me Grow (HMG) - System for the coordination and implementation of services to children birth to three including Part C and At Risk/Parenting; Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) - Services for children birth to three identiﬁed with hearing loss and their families. Enrollment in the Early Intervention Program stayed relatively the same as other years. Stafﬁng number was 245. Overall, the program evaluated, screened and/or provided services to 700+ children. This measurement serves as a guidepost for helping understand whether we are reaching all families who may be eligible for our program, reﬂects satisfaction of currently enrolled families, and drives decisions made on structure and stafﬁng levels. School Age—CCDD School Age Services provides special education to Clermont County students through placement from their Local Education Agency. We currently serve 46 students residing in Batavia, Bethel, Blanchester, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity, Goshen, Milford, Loveland, New Richmond, West Clermont, and Williamsburg school districts. The Wildey School is a special education option on the continuum of services addressing intensive medical/physical needs, multiple disabilities, signiﬁcant behaviors, and autism spectrum disorders in a public separate facility for students age 6-22. School Age enrollment decreased only 2% between September 2009 and September 2010.We had four students graduate in May 2010 and ﬁve new students enrolled in August 2010. We reduced individual aides by 12%; in September 2010; 15 students required additional assistance of an educational aide which was provided by the home district. Adult Services – Services were offered in: the Wildey Center (adult wing); Donald A. Collins Center; Grissom Center, and community. They offered an opportunity to earn a paycheck or receive life enrichment through activity programs that occur in the program and in the community. Adult Services took on two big initiatives in 2010: the development and implementation of our CORE values, and the adoption and implementation of the Mandt crisis prevention/behavior support initiative. Staff were trained on the CORE values: “Safe and Inviting Environments; Understand; Responsibility; and Engagement.” A number of management staff became Mandt trainers, and the department had all staff go through three days of this training. We became a Mandt provider in August. Patty Mitchell, an art consultant, spent a week with us to help establish an art studio at Grissom Center. She helped staff become familiar with ways to support individuals in creating different mediums for art. Adult Services and our partners from Southwest Ohio Developmental
to Transition venture. Mobile work crews for 2010 remained busy with the lawn crew, hotel room cleaning, records preparation for destruction, and packaging work for a local manufacturer. Community Relations—This department participated on several committees including: the Summer and Other Adventures Expo Committee, Clermont Chamber Committees, Batavia Rotary, Clermont County Public Relations Committee, Partnership for Mental Health Board, Business Advisory Council, and the Hope and Heroes Event Committee. Several groups volunteered or took tours of our facilities and programs—Miami Valley Christian Academy volunteered in School Age and Adult Services; 35 teens from WECIPA spent the day interacting with students from the Wildey School Program; other groups were St. Louis School, Live Oaks Nursing Students, and UC Clermont’s Nursing Students. Over 200 people participated in tours in 2010. Volunteers always play a major role at CCDD. Some have been involved for over 35 years…these are the local American Legions in Mt. Carmel, Bethel, and Loveland who organize dances and other activities each year. St. Veronica Church and School hosted monthly Bingo for over 40 each month. In general, over 250 people volunteered in 2010. As community partners, we were invited to attend several exhibits/fairs that included: the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Mental Health Fair on the Square (Fountain Square in Cincinnati), the FAST TRAC “My Feelings are a Work of Art Project” the West Clermont Transition Fair, and Walmart Health Fairs at the Amelia and Milford Locations. We hosted two booths at the Clermont County Fair, giving away information about the agency, distributing over 2,000 cookbooks and making announcements at the Paging Booth. The Business Advisory Council hosts Employer of the Year Award nominations and the winners are determined in Large and Small categories. In 2010, awards went to Deilming/JELIHO, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and the Eastgate Village Retirement Community and were presented at the Chamber’s Legislative Luncheon on October 5. Felicity, Bethel, and New Richmond schools invited us to back-to-school events where we could distribute pens/pencils, school supplies, cookbooks (for parents), resource directories, and additional CCDD information to their children and parents. The Community Relations Department organized or helped organize several events that invited the public to get a glimpse of what we do. Awareness Month Activities took place in March and commemorated the accomplishments of the people we serve including, the Summer and Other Adventures Expo at Tri-County Mall, Ohio Public Images Awards in Columbus, the Annual Leadership Breakfast for county department and business leaders, a photo contest and exhibition (winners photos were displayed on the Ohio Department of DD’s website), and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce basketball game against our own Wildey Comets. In addition, we created awareness month posters and mailed them to all churches, village councils and township halls to announce Awareness Month in community, and the Clermont County Commissioners signed a proclamation in honor of the month. In 2010, we held our ﬁrst “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. This entailed asking Clermont County ofﬁcials and local business leaders to take dance lessons and compete for the mirror ball trophy (just like the TV show). It was a rousing success and gave our agency a lot of positive publicity. Although we didn’t originally do this as a fundraiser, we raised over $3,000 that was donated to our “Gift of Time” respite program. CCDD also held a Free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in October. Community Support Services/Family Support Services—At the end of 2010, there were 167 individuals on Individual Option waivers, 59 individuals on Level 1 waivers, 35 individuals served by the Supported Living program, 139 individuals with Individual Budgets, and 58 individuals receiving ongoing behavior support services. Since there were no new positions added within CSS in 2010, it was critical that the Community Support Services Department improve efﬁciency to maximize staff expertise in performing vital system functions. CSS added 21 new waiver enrollees and 3 waiver transfers from other counties in 2010. Everyone in the Department has taken on additional work and duties to accommodate the increase in individuals serviced. SSA caseloads expanded and new technology was implemented to increase efﬁciency. Due to delays at the Ohio Department of DD in developing the tools/
providing training, we did not receive training on the new web-based program for waiver cost projections (CPT) until November and December of 2010. Therefore use of the CPT was not for ready for implementation until January 2011. Efﬁciency was achieved in using the current tools in operation for cost settings throughout 2010. Behavior support needs for individuals in need of these valued services are being heard. The Board adopted the Mandt System as our Crisis Prevention/Intervention training program. The required train-thetrainer course occurred in March. We trained 12 individuals to become trainers, including training 2 community based waiver providers. Since adopting Mandt, training for Adult Services, EI, Maintenance/ Custodians and the Community Support staff was completed by the end of the year. Our Coordinator’s active participation on the ODDD Behavior Advisory Committee is a great resource and guide. In addition to our efforts to decrease restraint and seclusion, we are also making efforts to increase our knowledge of issues related to the support needs of the dually diagnosed (Mental Illness/DD). As a result of collaboration with community partners to address needs of children with MH diagnoses, a program called FAST TRAC was developed from a $9 million federal grant awarded to the Family and Children First Council and Mental Health and Recovery Board. The grant is aimed at children, aged 3 to 21 with emotional and behavioral issues and a mental health diagnosis and will help improve existing mental health programs as well as add new ones, such as the Respite. Our agency became the Respite Provider through a contract for an 8-hour period one Saturday a month beginning in October. In April 2011, the plan is to add an additional Saturday each month. Our Respite Coordinator implemented this program as well as the Gift of Time Respite Cooperative. The GOT respites are for 4-hour periods one Saturday each month. We completed a Provider Meeting calendar of dates and topics for the year. We were able to include it in the Beacon and posted it on our web site. All meetings were designed to meet the requirements for annual training for Providers. We are represented on the Academy of Direct Support Professionals Board by our Compliance Review Specialist, who will serve as Vice President. Specialized training was offered to the Provider community in the areas of Provider Compliance reviews, medication administration/health related activities, documentation, waiver billing, social security, positive intervention culture, rights and incidents affecting health and safety during the monthly Provider meetings. The Academy of Direct Support Professionals continued to offer one to two trainings per month as well as a one day conference. Added in 2010 to the Academy’s offerings were eight hour trainings to fulﬁll initial provider certiﬁcation requirements. New in 2010 were opportunities of online training modules which could be purchased. Webinar opportunities were also forwarded to Providers on our mailing list. The Provider Luncheon was held in August and was a beach luau with picnic fare grilled/served by the CSS staff. There were 27 Providers who attended the event. 115 individuals went through intake and eligibility determination in order to begin receiving services, an increase of 26 %. To address the requests for services, we offered a variety of community referrals and assisted individuals/families with placement on appropriate waiting lists. We developed a mechanism in the intake process to identify any one time, immediate needs that could be addressed expeditiously to reduce the need for long term services. Several of the CSS Staff worked on guidelines to assist families who requested funds for summer camp programs.The Board committed special funding for camp to supplement monies available from FSS. As a result, we funded 13 campers. The Board renewed the contract with the Resident Home Corporation for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services. This service provides education to families that allow them to implement the plan-driven strategies on a day-to-day basis independently. County Board staff were pleased with the service delivery to our families. The program grew from serving 5 families in the beginning of the year, to 10 by December. We were fortunate to be contacted by the Outreach Coordinator for The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO). CILO has been actively assisting individuals in Hamilton County who have physical, sensory, cognitive and/or psychological disabilities with a focus on helping those individuals maintain an active, productive life of their choosing. He informed us that CILO was expanding services to Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Highland and Warren Counties through his position as the Outreach Coordinator. After meeting in October, we quickly developed a list of ways he could assist our families in capacities beyond our intake and SSA capabilities. He spent one day a week at the Wildey Center and has helped several families connect with needed resources and assisted with our People In Action Conference. We were very pleased with this new resource. We developed a goal of focusing on ways to assure that future transitions for all individuals serviced would be as seamless as possible. The CSS SSAs and Adult Services held Bridges Meetings to target issues such as these where information sharing enhances our ability to understand roles more completely and minimize any gaps that could occur. People In Action fundraisers this year were bake sales. They used these funds for self-advocates to attend trainings/conferences throughout the state. Representatives from Clermont’s People In Action Chapter attended the People First Conference in Wilmington in March and attended the April Board Meeting to report on their experience. Their executive committee reported a slow increase in attendance for the monthly meetings. They are now including updates in the monthly Beacon newsletter to increase awareness, recruit new members and announce activities and fundraisers. Family Support Services—CCDD contracts with the Arc Hamilton County to administer our Family Support Services Contract. This contact was renewed on July 1 for another ﬁscal year. A goal for using this service is to assist in caring for individual family members in their homes. The support provided with FSS funds enhances the quality of life for the entire family unit, and includes: respite care, adaptive equipment, and home modiﬁcations to accommodate the family member with a disability, special diets, and other services/items that are individualized to meet the needs of the family. The County Board has always supported guidelines for this program and has capped the annual amount per family at $1,000. By November, all of the funds for the ﬁrst half of the ﬁscal year had been utilized. It was necessary for the FSS Coordinator to inform the families that funds would not be available until January 2011 and she began a waiting list as she received requests. During the ﬁrst half of the ﬁscal year, a total of $104,856.04 was spent serving a total of 204 families. In 2010, there was an increase in cases of crisis intervention and reviews of emergencies to address. There were also several special reviews required due to problems revealed during routine monitoring. Our new way of doing business has also resulted in an increased number of waiting lists to manage but is giving us a better picture of what is the true need. Investigations— This unit manages information for all DD service providers, including County Board operated programs and services, involving signiﬁcant incidents that pose a risk to the health and safety of individuals with DD. This information is generated through the Major Unusual Incident (MUI) process. The Ohio Department of DD deﬁnes certain types of occurrences as Major Unusual Incidents, or incidents that have the potential to pose a signiﬁcant risk to the health and safety of the individuals we serve. Major Unusual Incidents are deﬁned as the alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of abuse; attempted suicide; death; exploitation; failure to report; injuries of known origin; involvement with law enforcement; medical emergency; misappropriation; missing person; neglect; peer to peer acts; prohibited sexual relations; rights code violations; unapproved behavior support; injury of unknown origin; and unscheduled hospitalization. 2010 saw an increase in the rate of MUI reporting of about 9% over 2009. Hospitalization remains the most frequently reported incident, accounting for an average of 30 % of all MUIs. Reporting numbers across all categories are very similar in nature to 2009. Additionally, ICFMR facilities continue to report the highest percentage of MUIs, accounting for 43% of the incidents ﬁled. Licensed waiver facilities accounted for 29% of reports, and the remainder from workshops and other home and community based services. CCDD conducts a quarterly review of all MUIs occurring within the program and services it operates. CCDD additionally monitors and reviews the incidents occurring in services provided by individual service contractors. Business Operations—In the past year, our primary goals were to ﬁnd ways to deal with the economic crisis resulting in reduced funding. The Board was able to ﬁnd additional revenue. The Board requested the Clermont County Board of Commissioners to put a .9 mill replacement levy on the ballot for the 2010 primary election. This levy was originally passed in 1982 and had an effective millage of approximately .015 mills. Replacing the levy would raise the effective millage back up to .9 mills and would generate approximately 2.8 million new dollars. Fortunately, the Clermont County tax payers passed the Board’s .9 mill replacement levy and we will receive the new revenue starting in 2011. We gained efﬁciencies through pooling resources and sharing services. The Board is now a member of a Council of Government (COG) with the Hamilton, Butler and Warren County Boards of DD. The COG’s purpose is to pool resources and ﬁnd efﬁciencies in sharing services. In 2011 the COG will start administering our family resources program to reduce administrative costs paid by each county. As the COG develops, there are numerous areas where pooling resources/sharing services will beneﬁt each County DD program. During 2010, the Director of Business Operations provided the Board a set of monthly ﬁnancial statements to include a fund balance report, budget to actual statements and a recap of monthly expenses. These statements provided the Board with reliable and timely information to assist the Board in maintaining ﬁnancial stability. A ﬁve year forecast was presented
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to the Board quarterly, to assist the Board in making long-term service and ﬁnancial decisions. The forecasts evolved through the year, based on continual changes to the Board’s revenue sources. As part of the Board’s budgeting process, each Department Director is given a departmental budget and is charged to manage their program within budget.The Director of Business Operations presented to the Directors a monthly budget to actual statement and met with them quarterly to discuss their department’s adherence to their budget. The Board as whole and each Department were within budget for 2010. Information Technology We implemented a new IP based phone system. The new system reduced our monthly phone expenditures by nearly half. The phone system also has many new features, such as phone conversation recording, voicemail to e-mail function for easy storage, and “ﬁnd me follow me” to direct callers to alternative phone numbers when not on site. Another goal came from our agency-wide green initiative: we replaced nearly one third of the old energy inefﬁcient CRT monitors with energy saving ﬂat panel monitors. In the School Age program, we deployed computers to all the classrooms with the necessary adaptive equipment needed for that speciﬁc classroom. Human Resources We continued to perform regular duties, while coordinating participation in the County-Wide Food Bank Drive, conducting our third Hoxworth Blood Drive, and United Way campaign. The Human Resources manager resigned to take an HR position with UC. We assessed the duties of that position and needs of the HR department, will ﬁll that position in 2011 with an HR Clerk. Beginning in the fall, HR spent a great deal of time planning for salary negotiations with the Clermont County Special Education Association. In 2011, the Auditor’s Ofﬁce began ﬁnal preparations to implement a new paperless payroll system. All staff now receive pay stubs via email. We attended trainings/meetings with the Auditor’s ofﬁce to determine how to implement this system at our agency. We worked with the County’s IT department to gain remote connectivity to their computer system, and trained secretaries in each department how to use the new payroll system and enter data. Our web-based training program was put on indeﬁnite hold early in the year due to funding and the upcoming levy. This system was once again budgeted for 2011. Overall, employee turnover for the agency in 2010 was higher for permanent positions than in 2009 because of a number of resignations from employees who moved out of state. 22 people who ended permanent employment with CCDD, 10.5% of the staff employed for the year. 11 of them (33%) were substitutes. 57.5% of all employees who left the agency were from Adult Services, 18% from School Age, 15% from the EI, and the remainder from Central Ofﬁce. The majority of people resigned voluntarily due to retirement or for other employment opportunities. Administrative Quality and Compliance We continued to monitor operations to ensure compliance with all accrediting bodies, rules, and regulations. Each Board policy was reviewed on an annual basis, updates/ additions to policies were made as needed. Accreditation Self-Review documents and CARF Annual Conformance to Quality Review were completed. We will continue to address and resolve issues or concerns if they arise. CARF survey is in the spring of 2011. Facilities Management Adult Services made a number of requests for modiﬁcations to the DAC and Grissom buildings due to programming and consumer needs. In June, the Facilities & Safety Coordinator resigned to return to his previous industry, and the position was ﬁlled at the end of August. The Custodial Supervisor’s position was enlarged to include the supervision of specialized building projects and grounds keeping duties; the title was changed to Building Supervisor. The Facilities Coordinator gathered preliminary information on the old Wastewater Treatment Plant at Wildey worked with the Business Operations Director to prepare an RFP for bids to repair and/or replace the system. The bid process was prolonged into early 2011. An additional area of concern was backup power in the event of a longer-term outage, and another RFP was prepared to solicit bids for a generator. The Krenning Center was also under strong consideration for a lease agreement, and the Facilities department worked to get that building ready for occupancy by a new tenant. Transportation Management We continued our contract with First Transit for Adult Services transportation. Throughout 2010 we were able to reduce the bus loading departure times. There were no other changes to the Transportation Rules in 2010. Employees in Adult Services received their annual driving procedures training, as did the SSA staff and one School Age employee. II. ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE Early Intervention: The Help Me Grow Program received over 531 referrals during the year 2010. The target numbers for Part C were surpassed. The ‘At Risk” component of Help Me Grow slowly declined in enrollment over the course of 2010 because of the change of eligibility for services. The Help Me Grow GRF funds received a 10% decrease during the second half of 2010. The Regional Infant Hearing Program received several hundred referrals and served an average of 55 children/families per month. Ongoing feedback/recommendations from oversight entitles (Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of DD, Local Family and Children Frist council, Local Help Me Grow Advisory and Executive Councils) provides information on a regular basis. Programmatic/policy decisions are considered and altered based on this feedback. A sample of 196 child outcomes were tracked as being met, partially met, or not met through the IFSP. Of the 196 goals measured, 95% were partially met or met. This indicates the overall EI services are successful. The Ohio Department of Health implements a system of gathering data on each child’s progress. This data is compared to children state wide and will eventually provide Clermont County speciﬁc information regarding children’s progress in HMG. School Age: Indicator 3 – Statewide Assessment All 3rd - 8th grade students are required to take the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) and 10th grade students are required to take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Students may participate in Alternate Assessment rather than the traditional test based on the needs of the students. Their scores are
9 total reports (8% of total MUIs) Types of incidents Heimlich maneuver or back blows (8), blood sugar levels. Involvement with Law Enforcement: 2 total reports (2% of total MUIs). Charges include disorderly conduct/ aggrevated trespass (guilty, probation); indecent exposure (dismissed). Death: 5 natural deaths (5% of all MUIs). Cause of death include cancer (2), septic shock, respiratory arrest, organic brain syndrome, cardiac arrest, encephalopathy.Two incidents involved patients who had been hospitalized for some time due to illness and whose condition worsened in the hospital. Attempted Suicide: 0 total attempts. Missing Person: 1 total report (1% of all MUIs). Failure to report: 0 total report. Total group MUIs ﬁled in 2010: 3; Number of individuals represented: 93; Number of individuals with 4 MUIs: 1; Number of individuals with 3 MUIs: 3; Number of individuals with 3 MUIs: 19 III. PARTNERSHIPS, STAKEHOLDERS, AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION School Age: We enhanced communication when we introduced our “One Call” system to notify families of closings, 91% of families thought the “One Call” was convenient. All teachers/therapists have computer access/ email accounts which increases communication with parents. We provided training and internship opportunities for undergraduate students from Xavier and UC. Nurses from UC complete their practicums. Students supported their community by raising $115.08 in a 100th Day of School penny war and donated it to Make a Wish Foundation. Asia Moore, 2010 graduate, was named Student of the Month by Batavia Rotary in March. Our vocational classroom sold dog treats in the community and at the Milford Craft Show. Wildey students participated in Special Olympic events such as Swimming, Bowling, Basketball, and Track & Field. Two students attended State Special Olympic Games in Columbus. Transition classrooms spent one day a week in the community. Field trips included the Shrine Circus, Newport Aquarium, Brown County Fair and Suburban Bowl. Community Relations: Several groups volunteered or toured our facilities and programs including Miami Valley Christian Academy, WECIPA and St. Louis School. Over 200 people participated in tours in 2010. Teen and adult volunteers assisted with activities and respite.Volunteers from local American Legions in Mt. Carmel, Bethel, and Loveland organized dances and other activities. St. Veronica Church hosted monthly Bingo— over 40 people attended each month, January through May. Over 250 people volunteered at CCDD in 2010. We attended several exhibits/fairs that included: Clermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Mental Health Fair on the Square (Fountain Square in Cincinnati), FAST TRAC “My Feelings are a Work of Art Project,” West Clermont Transition Fair, Walmart Health Fairs (Amelia and Milford), two booths at the Clermont County Fair, and back-to-school fests at Bethel, Felicity, and New Richmond. We distributed Employer of the Year Awards with the BAC to Deilming/JELIHO, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and the Eastgate Village Retirement Community; awards were given at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon. March Awareness Month Activities included Summer Adventures for All Kids Expo at Tri-County Mall, Ohio Public Images Awards in Columbus, Leadership Breakfast, a photo contest and exhibition (winners photos were displayed on the Ohio Department of DD’s website), and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce basketball game against the Wildey Comets. Awareness month posters were mailed to churches, villages and townships. The Clermont County Commissioners signed a proclamation in honor of the month. In 2010, we held our ﬁrst “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. We raised over $3,000 for “Gift of Time” respite program. A Free Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was held in October and new cinema ad to reﬂect our name change (in conjunction with the Region 3 COG—Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren County DD Programs) aired in October. We submitted columns to the newspaper and worked with local reporters as we got closer to Election Day. IV. RISK MANAGEMENT, SAFETY, AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Security cameras were installed at the Grissom and DAC locations to complete working cameras at all locations. An Emergency Preparedness Fair was held to remind us to prepare for disaster situations. Individuals learned how to safely exit a burning building by touring the Miami Township Smokehouse and gathered valuable preparedness information from various vendors. Members of the community attended. The One Call Phone Emergency System alerted individuals/families/ providers/staff of calamity days and other important activities. This system was sponsored in 2010 by a grant from Duke Energy. CCDD agreed to by the Volunteer Reception Center for the county, in the event a disaster should strike. Training for volunteers will be held in 2011. V. EXPANSION OF SERVICES School Age: The Wildey School used remaining American Recovery Reinvestment Act funds for professional development, assistive technology and classroom learning materials. We received two $1,000 grants from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links program. The ﬁrst was titled “ Video Learning is Fun” and purchased video cameras for each classroom. The second was titled “Making All Reading Materials Accessible to Everyone” and purchased an Intel Reader to translates printed text into spoken text for non-readers. Wildey PTO completed Phase 2 of the adapted playground with grant and PTO funds. Phase 2 included adapted swings and picnic tables. The PTO supported several events including Grandparent’s Day and Christmas Carnival. The PTO donated funds for ﬁeld trips, classroom materials and pool equipment. Community Support Services: This department added 21 new waiver enrollees and 3 waiver transfers from other counties in 2010. Staff took on additional work and duties to accommodate the increase in individuals served. Caseloads expanded, and new technology was implemented to increase efﬁciency. The Mandt System was adopted as Crisis Prevention/Intervention training program. Twelve individuals were trained as trainers during the course March 1st -5th. Mandt Training for Adult Services, Early Intervention, Maintenance and
reported to their individual home district and are included in the district’s local report card. Eleven (11) students participated in the OAT (grades 3-8). Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proﬁcient and Basic. All grades were assessed in Reading and Math, grades 5th and 8th were also assessed in Science. 2010 Scores—Reading: 64% Advanced, 18% Accelerated, 18% Proﬁcient; Math: 91% Advanced, 9% Accelerated; Science: 40% Advanced,60% Accelerated; S. Studies: None Given. Two (2) students participated in the OGT (10th grade). Scores range from Advanced, Accelerated, Proﬁcient and Basic. 2010 Scores—Reading: 100% Advanced ; Math: 100% Advanced; Science: 100% Advanced; S. Studies: 100% Advanced. We met all compliance deadlines by completing 100% of all IEP’s and ETR’s on time. 14 ETR meetings were held and 43 IEP meetings; 84% of parents or guardians Investigations: The Ohio Department of DD conducts an annual compliance review of the incident reporting process. Total MUIs ﬁled in 2010: 109; Category Breakdown Unanticipated Hospitalizations: 33 total admissions (30% of all MUIs) Conditions included abnormal blood levels; altered state; dehydration/volume depletion; heart problems; infections (including cellulitis, sepsis, and UTI, treatment for head injury after fall; effects of neuroleptic malignant syndrome; tube issues; bowel issues). Signiﬁcant Injuries: 24 total injuries (22% of total MUIs) 17 injuries of known origin (71% of all injuries) 7 injuries of unknown origin (17% of all injuries). Known origin, fractures most frequently reported injury, including of arm, wrist (2), ankle, leg (due to MVA), rib, skull, clavicle. Falls is #1 cause of fractures. Other known injuries laceration requiring closure (6), dental injury. Unknown injury (non suspicious) all fractures, including toe (2), wrist, clavicle (2), ankle (2), ﬁnger, rib. Some of these were not immediately identiﬁed by xray, and not discovered for a period following initial cause. Unauthorized Behavior Support: 15 total reports (14% of all MUIs), 7 incidents occurring in a County Board operated program (47% of all unauthorized behavior support). Types include restraint of hands (3), baskethold (3), physical escort (4- includes 2 by operation of wheelchair controls), carry (2), method not approved, supine. Medical Emergency:
Custodians and the Community Support staff was completed by the end of the year. CCDD became the FAST TRAC Respite Provider. This is for an 8-hour period one Saturday a month beginning in October. Gift of Time respites are for 4 hour periods one Saturday each month. New in 2010 were on-line training modules which could be purchased from OACBDD. Webinar opportunities were shared with Providers on our mailing list and email list. The Board committed special funding for camp to supplement monies available from Family Support Services. As a result, we were able to fund 13 campers. Also in 2010, the Board renewed the Resident Home Corporation contract for CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services. The service provides education to the family that allows them to implement plan-driven strategies on a day-to-day basis independently. The program grew from 5 families in the beginning of 2010, to 10 families by December. The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) expanded services to Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Highland and Warren Counties. The Outreach Coordinator spent one day a week at the Wildey Center, helping several families connect with needed resources and assisting with our People In Action Conference. VI. INPUT FROM FAMILIES, CONSUMERS, STAKEHOLDERS, & COMMUNITY Early Intervention: Opportunities for families and caregivers to provide feedback in 2010 included: an agency wide, survey to families and community partners (November 2010), ongoing phone surveys to families by Families Connected (January-December 2010), exit surveys by phone conducted by Families Connected (January-December 2010), quarterly Roundtable discussions by Families Connected (January-December 2010), Parent Participation on FCF and HMG Councils (Monthly meetings through 2010), Anecdotal feedback from families on a regular basis as a part of routine service delivery (Jan.-Dec. 2010), A specialized survey in 2010 for twenty families who participated in pilot primary service provider set of practices (November 2010), A specialized, targeted survey in 2010 by the Ohio Department of Health, Ongoing administrative review of requests
made by families for changes in services as well as celebrations shared by families throughout a calendar year (January-December 2010) Actual number of comments and feedback received through these various measures are very low. One prominent theme that we learned from direct conversations with families is that many parents had concerns about their child’s development when their child was 6-18 months. Many families were told by doctors they should ‘wait and see’ how their child develops. For many families this meant putting off in-depth developmental testing until the child was older, thereby receiving early intervention services later. This concern from families has also brought to light the need for a goal to work more cooperatively with other DD Services in our region. School Age: In October we sent home our School Age survey to families. 51% of families returned their surveys. Results reﬂected high levels of overall satisfaction with programming, communication and staff. Families liked the new “One Call” system; they found IEP meetings to be at convenient time; only 22% of families have accessed the “Gift of Time” respite co-op program. Adult Services: In 2010, Adult Services utilized volunteer assistance to contact individuals, family members, guardians and providers for satisfaction surveys. The department received 166 surveys out of the almost 280 individuals served (60% return rate). The following is a summary of results from the surveys: When being made aware of program options, 83% were either very or somewhat satisﬁed; Satisfaction with building environments--98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with cleanliness and upkeep, 98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with accessibility; 98% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with building safety; 90% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with building comfort. Satisfaction with Direct Staff-- 94% were either very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff friendliness; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with treating individuals with dignity and respect; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff training; 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with staff’s ability to provide enough support when needed. Satisfaction with Program Managers--95% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the availability of program managers when needed; 91% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the program managers’ knowledge of their job; 93% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with program managers asking for input; 91% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with program managers follow through. Satisfaction with the work/ activities offered--85% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the quality of work offered; 85% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the quality of the activities offered; 82% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the variety of work offered; 84% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the variety of the activities offered; 84% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the availability of work. Satisfaction with the transportation services offered: 94% were very/somewhat satisﬁed with the transportation services offered. Overall satisfaction with the day program services offered--93% were very/ somewhat satisﬁed with the overall services offered. A survey theme related to activity programming was the desire to see the program implement a swimming program for adults at the Wildey Center. We will evaluate this for 2011 in the Community Integration program. It has been difﬁcult in 2010 to ﬁnd a variety of work opportunities for individuals. At the end of 2010, the department was able to establish a work relationship with a local “green” company for contract work. Our Business Development Team will be exploring new ideas to establish our own work opportunities through possible franchise opportunities/ developing our own product. Community Support Services: We used various surveys including our Individual Satisfaction Surveys, Provider Selection Surveys, and Family Support Services Satisfaction Surveys in addition to scheduled Quality Assurance Reviews. We dedicated the Supported Living Council as the mechanism of reviewing/evaluating input from various summary reports. This Council reviewed the input and noted satisfaction as well as areas of concerns. The CSS Department worked with other Board representatives in addressing any issues. Community Relations: Each year, we survey community stakeholders about the basic understanding of CCDD program and other communication-related items. The Long Range Planning Committee developed an agency survey that was sent to local community leaders and providers in November. We emailed the survey to 441 stakeholders; 266 to community leaders and 175 to providers. Only 29 surveys were returned, which was a much lower amount than in previous years. (7% of sampling size, down 20% from 2009). Of those returned, 19 felt they were familiar with our programs; 20 were familiar with the location of programs; almost all were aware of events taking place (including the Motorcycle Ride, 5K Run, Dancing with the Stars, and other community-partnered activities); and most prefer receiving information via mail or email (the website was only chosen by 3). VII. REVENUE, EXPENSES, & OTHER FUNDING Community Support Services: People In Action held bake sale fundraisers in 2010 and used these funds to help self-advocates to attend conferences throughout the state like the People First Conference in Wilmington March 19-21. Community Relations: Various fundraisers were held that assisted our program and levy campaign. Dancing with the Stars - $3,000 (donated to respite); Quaker Steak and Lube Nights - $3,900 (levy); 4th Annual Motorcycle Ride – $2,200 (levy); 5K Run/Walk - $2,000 (levy); Coupon Books - $1,000 (levy); At the end of 2010, we began selling Kroger Cards for the respite program. Revenue Expenses Local 7,397,136 Adult 6,463,081 Federal 1,595,598 Transportation 1,595,927 State 2,233,636 Service & Support 1,886,297 Other 4,726,418 Community Svs. 1,408,207 Total 15,952,788 Early Intervention 2,497,666 School Age 1,971,443 15,822,620 Adult: Adult Services, Employment Services, Enclaves, Individual Budget, and Self Determination. Transportation: Adult Transportation Service & Support: Case Management, Service & Support, Staff involved in Community Services, and Investigations Community Services: Supported Living, Family Resources Services, I/O, Level One, Room & Board, % Non Waiver Community Service Early Intervention: Early Intervention, Regional Infant Hearing, and Help Me Grow OUTCOMES MANAGEMENT SUMMARY Adult Services: Obtain 4 grants—1 grant obtained. Access Homecare waiver funding—CCDD became an Ohio Homecare waiver Provider in 2010. Communicate with stakeholders—takes place quarterly. Adopt one new computer-based system to replace paper—Not achieved. Establish committee to review behavior support debrief process—Achieved. Revise Adult Services handbook—Achieved. Expand Book Clubs into each program—Achieved. Expand new curriculum on agency shared computer drive—Achieved. Consult Client Council on volunteer opportunities—Not achived. Seniors program at Wildey continues to volunteer. Develop a second-shift contract with SODC—Not achieved. Partnering with Goodwill in 2011. Business Operations: Maintain CCDD ﬁnancial stability—Achieved. Purchase new telecommunications system—Achieved. Make access to and navigation of buildings more accessible—Achieved. Purchase webbased training program—Achieved in late 2010 to be implemented in 2011. Develop capital improvement plan and budget—Achieved in late 2010 to be implemented in 2011. Community Relations: Raise at least $30,000 at gala fundraiser—10% achieved. Create 2 new activities—Achieved. Build awareness of CCDD program—90% achieved. Determined satisfaction with general public— Achieved. Community Support Services and Family Support Services: Ensure payment authorizations for services are completed—Achieved. Maintain funding of FSS program—Not Achieved. Funds for ﬁrst half were depleted in November. Support CCDD in fundraisers and volunteer opportunities—100% achieved. Make CSS page of website more organized/user friendly—50% achieved. Survey was not web-based. Create a seamless transition system and ensure continuity—Achieved. Improve efﬁciency of positions and duties—Achieved. Maximize the efﬁciency of CSS Department—Achieved. Early Intervention: Increase funding—Achieved. Increase access to research-based training at no cost to program—Achieved. Achieve collaboration with other agencies—Achieved. Increase quality of program and parent satisfaction—Achieved. School Age: Speak at 5 schools/group tours—100% Achieved. Transition plans in place for students 18+--100% Achieved. 10% reduction of 1:1 personal assistants—Achieved. Reduced by 12%. All instructors trained on Quality Indicators—100% completed. Investigations: Enhance efﬁciency/effectiveness and improve communication in reporting process—87% achieved. Enhance coordinated prevention planning and collaboration by teams/coordinate with county-wide incident analysis—69% achieved. Monitor CCDD and provider notiﬁcation process to ensure same-day notiﬁcation to required parties—100% achieved. Provider information/support/training to programs in the area of health and safety awareness and education— Achieved. Safety alerts distributed regularly and abuse/neglect training given. **An expanded version of this entire report can be found at www.clermontdd.org.
A6 • CJN-MMA • DECEMBER 21, 2011
Editor: Melanie Laughman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-248-7573
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THE YEAR IN PHOTOS The Clermont Northeastern baseball team had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2011. The Rockets beat Bethel-Tate and Roger Bacon to win the Division II sectional championship, before falling to Greenville in the district title game. FILE PHOTO.
While everyone prepares to flip their calendars to 2012, it’s a perfect a time to reflect on the past year and the teams and student-athletes that made 2011 memorable.
Milford High School senior Cole Ciambro has just accepted a scholarship to attend Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C., and play on the men's lacrosse team. They are the No. 1 ranked NCAA Division II lacrosse team in the country. Cole has played lacrosse since they brought lacrosse program to Milford, seven years ago. In addition, as played for two travel teams as well as competing in several tournaments along the east coast. Most recently he played for Velocity and Cincinnati Royals. He was named first-team all-state and he was ranked No. 1 midfielder in the state of Ohio. PROVIDED
Milford water polo seniors Aleeyse Utech, pictured, and Julia Prus were selected first team all-state this fall. Both the Eagle boys and girls water polo teams advanced to the Final Four. FILE PHOTO.
Hunter Kehr, pictured, and the Milford boys lacrosse team reached the state finals in June. The Eagles wound up state runners-up, losing to Anderson in the title game. FILE PHOTO.
Senior John Nagle, left, was one of several standout players on the Milford boys soccer team this fall. The Eagles went 15-4-2 and won the Division I district championship. Nagle also shined as the placekicker for the Milford football team. FILE PHOTO.
Chaz Gresham, right, brought a state championship back to Goshen High School in March. Gresham won the 189-pound weight class title at the Division II state wrestling meet. It was his third straight appearance at the state tourney. FILE PHOTO.
Milford posted wins against Withrow, Fairfield and Kings to claim the Division I sectional baseball title this past spring. Connor Ferguson was named the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East co-Player of the Year. He was joined on the conference's first team by teammates Frank Sullivan, pictured, and J.C. Crowell. FILE PHOTO.
Point guard Nick Wake, pictured splitting the Amelia defense for a shot attempt, led the Goshen boys basketball team to a 17-3 record and the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division title. Wake was named the league's Player of the Year, and is now a freshman guard for Heidelberg College. FILE PHOTO.
Morgan Wolcott recovered from summer knee surgery to help lead the Milford girls soccer team to the Division I regional title game. The Eagles, who won the FAVC East title during the regular season, advanced farther in the tournament than any other team in the program's history. FILE PHOTO.
SPORTS & RECREATION
DECEMBER 21, 2011 • CJN-MMA • A7
A WHALE OF A WIN
The Milford Beluga Whales sixth-grade boys basketball team is the champion in the rec division of the Cincinnati Bounce pre-season tournament with a 4-0 record. In back, from left, are coach Brian Maltry, Alex Lutz, Michael Shulte, Dan Lutz, Caleb Fogleman, Jarrod Maltry and Coach Coleman. In front are Jacob Fryman, Dillon Coleman and Jack Ballard. Not pictured are J.T. Homan and Nathan McGeorge. THANKS TO BRIAN MALTRY
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The Community Press is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@community press.com. Questions? Email Nick Dudukovich at ndudukovich@community press.com or call 248-7570.
Milford High School senior Cole Ciambro has
made a verbal commitment to play college lacrosse for Limestone College. Ciambro helped lead the Eagles to the state finals in 2011, earning first team allregion and first team allstate. He also was named the 2011 Club Position Player of the Year for midfield. Limestone College is a Division II school located in Gaffney, S.C.
Milford opened league play with a 47-39 overtime win against Walnut Hills, Dec. 9. Junior guard Brennan Farrell nearly scored half the Eagles’ points, tallying 22 points, three assists and three steals. The Eagles posted another FAVC win, Dec. 13, 43-39 against Wilmington. Rob Overbeck paced Milford with 17 points. Goshen defeated Amelia 57-45, Dec. 9. The Warriors put four players in double figures – Nick Messer (15 points), Ryan Ashcraft (14), Austin Fischer (13) and Kyle Wake (10). The Warriors kept the momentum going with a 7452 win against Williamsburg, Dec. 12, in a battle of last season’s SBC division winners. Ashcraft scored
17 points, and Wake added 16, as the Warriors sank 11 3-pointers.
Milford beat Turpin 5642, Dec. 10, in a game between two of the FAVC’s best teams. Senior Morgan Wolcott had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Brittany Glasgow added 12 points, and Kelly Yee chipped in with 11. The Eagles downed Glen Este 53-42, Dec. 14, to improve to 5-1 on the season. Wolcott tallied13 points and 11 rebounds. Clermont Northeastern freshman Allison Gilkerson had a breakout performance, scoring 25 points, in a loss to Williamsburg, Dec. 13.
Book details Moeller sports MONTGOMERY — Although the teaching career of Dick Beerman began in the fall of 1968 in the classrooms of his own alma-mater Purcell High School, he has served in one capacity or another at Moeller High School since the fall of 1976. Long before he actually retired in January 2003, it had been his plan to continue his service on a volunteer basis as the school’s archivist. His first major undertaking in that role was to create record books for each and every program sponsored by the school. By the summer of 2007, that goal had been achieved. Around that same time discussions began in earnest on the topic of the 50th anniversary of the school’s existence. Dick had begun
to reflect on all of the many athletes and coaches, who had established their legacy in the record books now available. The more he thought about it, the more he believed that these men deserved a more public legacy. Thus, began his next project the book, “We are the Big MOE.” Three and one-half years later, after an estimated 1,800-2,000 hours of his time, the book was ready for its first printing. The first 250 copies were quickly off the shelves in less than three months. Following a short period of upgrading and refining, the second printing is now available. The book encapsulates the entire athletic history
of Archbishop Moeller High School in the 350pages of this book, a yearby-year, sport-by-sport history of the first 50 seasons. It is dedicated to the memory of Brother Lawrence Eveslage S.M., the founding principal of the school and to Gerry Faust. It is available during normal school hours in the Moeller Spirit Shop in the lobby of the school. Place an order by phone by calling 791-1680, ext. 1105, or through the publisher at www.wearethebigmoe.com. The cost of each book is $39.95, plus $5 shipping and handling if it’s being mailed. Copies are also available as e-copies for $19.95. All profits realized will be directed toward tuition assistance.
Sixth-grade Loveland and Milford boys from On Goal, a Christian ministry that combines soccer excellence with Christian values, recently won the Division 5 Cincinnati United Soccer League Boys U12 Championship. On Goal has programs throughout the United States, Brazil and Scotland, and this local, winning team trains out of Eastside Church, located off Ohio 28. Congratulations to our local champions, who finished the season 7-1. In front are Stephen Oliver, Daniel Kingsley, Kyle Donahue, Michael Limberg and Tyler Rinn. In second row are Jason Wanamaker, Danny Haskins, Dylan Hacker, Christian Grothaus, Nick Rodrigo and Coach Brian Limberg. THANKS TO TED HASKINS
Milford rolled past Turpin 2,547 to 2,217, Dec. 12. Junior Zach Wilson bowled a high series of 426.
Milford defeated Turpin 2,022 to 1,996, Dec. 12, behind a 367 series from Delaney Ward. The Eagles got the better of Turpin for a second time, Dec. 15, 1,904 to 1,805. Jessica Olson bowled a 359.
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A8 • COMMUNITY JOURNAL NORTH CLERMONT • DECEMBER 21, 2011
Who stole Christmas? children must listen to “holiday” concerts. I wonder exactly which holiday they are celebrating. School administrators refuse to let them hear beloved Christmas carols like “Silent Night,” which tells of Jesus’ birth in a stable. No Christmas trees; no red-andgreen decorations in their classroom and definitely no class parties. Indeed Christmas is now a “politically incorrect” word. Taxpayers should question how they can completely ignore this national holiday. Don’t 99 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas? Years ago, we found nativity scenes in public places and parks. In 2011, it is illegal to have a Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger there. Recently, some nativity scenes on private property, have had the baby Jesus taken by pranksters. Don’t they know Jesus is the reason for the season? Why do we give gifts at Christmas? Why do we put a star on the top of our Christmas tree? In America today, most people have no idea why we have these traditions. A few know its based on the Wise Men bringing gifts to Jesus, whom they found by following the star. Recently, a young girl was being interviewed on TV and when asked “what is Christmas,”
this child had no idea. In our culture, that’s a reality check for America. This year Christmas falls on Sunday, Dec. 25. Many churches will cancel their services. Why? So families can stay home to enjoy all the gifts that “Santa” brought. How can these people celebrate Christmas? It's like having a birthday party for Jesus, but forgetting to invite Him. Who is this “grinch” that stole Christmas? It’s no secret. Read the papers, watch TV. Could this “grinch” be the ACLU? Can the battle be lost before those in God’s army realize there is a war? The ACLU promotes the fable that Americans must recognize the so-called “separation of church and state.” Most Americans know the truth: Our founding fathers believed in freedom-of-religion, not freedom-from-religion. We must win this silent war before the grinch i.e. ACLU steals Christmas. Everywhere we go, let’s say Merry Christmas as we remember the angel’s message to those shepherds so long ago “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” Libbie Bennett is a resident of Monroe Township.
Safety is important this holiday The holiday shopping season can be a busy and stressful time. It is important to always pay attention to one’s surroundings. Following these Rick Combs tips can help COMMUNITY PRESS prevent a theft, robbery or burGUEST COLUMNIST glary. » Keep your purse with you at all times; don’t leave it in a shopping cart. » Carry your wallet or cash in your front pocket. » Don’t carry large amounts of cash; pay for purchases with checks or a credit card if possible. » If you lose your credit card while shopping, notify the card issuer immediately to prevent unauthorized credit card use.
Keep a list of credit card account information and contact numbers in a safe place at home to aid in contacting companies in case of theft. » Some thieves may look in parking lots for packages left in vehicles. Place purchases in the trunk of your car or out of sight. » If shopping at night, park in a well lit area. » Keep your car locked at all times. When returning to your vehicle, have your keys ready to unlock the door and check the interior of the vehicle before opening. » Minimize shopping at night or alone and be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. » Consider online shopping with reputable merchants. Safety is also important in the home. Don’t make Christmas tree and gifts easily visible through an outside window making them an easy target for burglars.
Editor: Theresa Herron, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-7128
EDITORIALS | LETTERS | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM
There are different kinds of war: A war of words, of weapons, a culture war. In America, there is an ongoing war to remove the Libbie Bennett word ChristCOMMUNITY PRESS mas. This seGUEST COLUMNIST cret conspiracy has attacked every sign and symbol that identifies Christmas as the birth of Christ. Christmas is celebrated all around the world except in America. Silently, this evil force has replaced the word, Christmas, with “happy holidays.” At every shopping mall, it’s evident this generic “holiday” celebrates snowmen, reindeer, elves and Santa. Merchants have removed everything that reflects the Nativity: No stars, angels, noshepherds and no “baby” Jesus. Even their employees are “programed” to say “happy holidays” to customers. Of course, they don’t know long ago that word meant “holy day.” Even our schools are promoting this conspiracy by changing their calendars: Winter break instead of Christmas break. Our
Do not post information about being away from home or being out of town on social networking sites such as Facebook, or leave a voice mail/answering machine greeting indicating the same. To make homes appear occupied while away, use a timer on home lights. Arrange for someone to pick up mail and set out trash cans. Give any spare keys to trusted neighbors or family members instead of hiding them near doors. Burglars know typical hiding places. After Christmas, break down descriptive (TV, stereo, computer) packing boxes before placing them out with the trash. Burglars can get an idea of what items are in your house by the boxes left out with your trash. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Rick W. Combs is chief deputy at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
CH@TROOM Last week’s question Do you think the FAA’s rule requiring airline passengers to turn off their electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and tablet computers during taxi-out and takeoff is reasonable? Why or why not?
“It's beyond reasonable. The rule is in place for a reason and with that it should be obeyed … even if you're a celebrity and think the rules don't apply to you. Rules are rules (on the streets, in the air) and it won't hurt anyone - Alec Baldwin! - to stop texting and tweeting for 10 whole minutes during take-off and landing. No one is THAT important that he or she has to put the lives of countless others at risk just to post one more thing that can surely wait 30 minutes.” J.K. “An aircraft is loaded with electronics that perform critical functions. It is reasonable to speculate that other electronic equipment could potentially interfere with those functions at the worst possible times, landing and take off. “It is my belief that speculation about an unknown suspected threat is the source of the rule. I do not believe that there is any exhaustive research to confirm or refute this threat and the cost to perform that research would be prohibitive given the number of potential devices. The FAA has taken the most conservative approach, asking that devices be turned off. “Many people ignore this request with no apparent consequences, even making a game out of hiding their devices. These are the same idiots who think it is OK to not wear a seatbelt or to blow secondhand smoke on their children. “If the FAA really believed there was a credible threat, they would prohibit these devices and make us leave them behind, the same way they treat weapons. “While I have no problems following the current request to turn off electronic devices, I do not believe this procedure produces any real added measure of safety.” F.S.D.
“Computers and cell phones and similar devices generate what is known as RF (radio frequency energy). It is possible that it can interfere with an airplane's navigational or radio communications gear. “Why the FAA or other responsible agencies do not provide a rationale for their decision is a mistake. Poor communications. “A simple light bulb in a lamp gives off a frequency (60 hertz) but that is very low in frequency and not a threat to an airplane's guidance systems or communication gear. “In the modern age of electronics there is a lot of spurious signals being generated. An abundance of caution is certainly reasonable when you have a hundred or more lives involved.” J.S.D. “So, I'm a Barber. You come in with your laptop and cell phone, moving your head around and not paying attention, yackity yak ... probably sue me if something goes wrong with the scissors, huh. Dad always said ‘there's a time and a place for everything.’” K.P. “ABSOLUTELY! These devices can and have been known to interfere with communications between the tower, ground crews, and planes since they have instantaneous wireless capability when turned on. “Taxing out to take off is crucial, but same is said for landing the aircraft.” O.H.R.
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Many of us interact with government employees but don’t always take the time to say thank you. Over the years, I’ve worked with staff from Clermont County auditor’s, clerk of courts, commissioner’s, engineer’s, recorder’s, sheriff’s and treasurer’s offices and can’t say enough good things about them. Maybe it’s because I work with them the most, but in my opinion, the Clermont County Board of Elections has been one of, if not, the best governmental offices that I’ve ever worked with. Their professionalism, competency and courtesy is second to none. If I had to choose any one person for the employee of the decade award, it would be Tonia Blackburn. Again, it may simply be because I work with her the most, but she is certainly an outstanding employee. So, special thanks and kudos to Ms. Blackburn for her hard work and dedi-
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Turner is refreshing
It is very refreshing to see new faces stop up and decide to run for elected office to help better manage our local county government. Bob Turner is running for Clermont County commissioner and comes to his candidacy in the manner fashioned by our founding fathers. He is not a career politician, but rather successful in business and a true family man who wants to bring back conservative core principles to county government. Bob Turner recently won the Clermont County Republican Party endorsement over the incumbent commissioner. This speaks volumes to the concerns many in the county have over the current direction and manner in which Clermont County government is being managed. Now is the time
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for real fiscal conservative leadership and Bob Turner brings that to the table. I encourage you all to support Bob Turner for Clermont County commissioner in 2012. Alice Maklem Milford
Turner for commissioner
As a retiree in Clermont Coun-
ty I read, and I am concerned, that we are fiscally heading into the red. This means the likelihood of more taxes being added somewhere down the line on something. I cannot afford more taxes laid on my household. I would like Clermont County to slow down
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spending for a few years until things either get cheaper, like gasoline, or other taxes let up, such as school taxes or property taxes. My pay does not increase by 3 percent every year. Bob Turner is making it a goal to slow down spending through these tough times, and I appreciate his sensitivity to that, and so I just wanted to say thanks to Bob for running. His opponent, although he is a good man, cannot do the same because he is caught up in the intricate money-spending system that is the apparent norm for most communities. If there was a way to disclose all TIF and TID spending, to every source, and it shows legal and valuable to our community, and that it is justified for the times, then things would be fine. I cannot afford more tax increases. So Bob is my pick for commissioner. Calvin Pauley Milford
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES
George and Dorothy Cox of Maplewood Drive in Owensville won the light up contest again this year with a display that includes this merry go round that moves, Santa watching from the porch, a nativity set, reindeer and lots of lights. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Decorated homes show holiday cheer â€” Residents have decorated their homes and yards with lights and decorations for the holidays. Here is a sampling of some of the holiday decorations.
A star and lighted candy canes welcome everyone to this home on Maplewood Drive in Owensville. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
This house on Mulberry Street in Goshen shines bright even with the still blue sky above. THERESA L.
Holiday lights fill this yard on Bedfordshire Drive in Miami Township. JOHN
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A helicopter is the featured item in this Christmas light display in front of a home on Snider Road in Goshen Township. THERESA L. HERRON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 22
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A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, 211 Main St., Collection of original art works by Mark Eberhard. Free. 8318300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Nature Shop. Celebration of the life and work of artist and naturalist. Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. Through Dec. 31. 8311711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Movies for children and families. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; www.cincinnatilibrary.org. Symmes Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. Through Aug. 2. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Family friendly. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Milford. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Thousands of cut-yourown Canann and Balsam fir, and Scotch and white pine; up to 12 feet. Tree cleaning, baling and saws available. Wreaths and balled-and-burlapped trees available. Farm animals, Nativity display and hot chocolate. Family tailgate parties welcome. $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, 1348 Lyons Road, You pick Christmas tree, staff cuts. Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sizes range 5-10 feet. $35-$45. 753-4572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, 2651 Bartels Road, Pre-cut blue spruce, Frasier and Balsam fir, from 5-12 feet. Selection of wreaths and roping in 1/4, 1/2 and full rolls available. Hot chocolate, soft drinks and a cozy fire free. Family friendly. $50-$100. Presented by Moeller Knights of Columbus. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, 699 Old State Route 74, Company is teaming up with United Service Organizations to provide care packages for soldiers serving overseas. Bring donations to store during military appreciation month. Family friendly. Free donations accepted. Presented by Eastgate Harley-Davidison/
Music - Acoustic Frankly Speaking, 8-11 p.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777; www.putterstavern.com. Milford.
Music - Blues
Dirr Nurseries, $40 any size. 625-2000; www.dirrnurseries.com. Goshen. Davidson Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Farm, $35-$45. 7534572. Amelia. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
Music - Rock
Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; www.mamavitas.com. Loveland.
Gangbox, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777; www.putterstavern.com. Milford.
Music - Jazz
Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond.
Candlelight and Communion Services, 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
Nature Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Story time and a short activity. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.
Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.
Religious Services Candlelight and Communion Services, 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, 1487 Ohio 131, Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 30. 575-2102. Milford.
Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 4767522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Trees Dirr Nurseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
SATURDAY, DEC. 24 Art Exhibits A Mark Eberhard Art Celebration, 10 a.m.-noon, Row House Gallery, Free. 831-8300; www.rowhouse.com. Milford. Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Trees Spring Grove Farm, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spring Grove Farm, 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Scotch and white pines, Canaan and Balsam firs, and spruce 5-12 feet. Free baling in net. Saw and rope provided. Other times available by appointment. Family friendly. $69-$89 dug, balled and burlapped; $38 cut-your-own tree any size. 734-4394 or 734-4440. New Richmond. Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; moeller-kofc.org/. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; www.kennelresorts.com. Milford.
Religious Services Christmas Services, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Family service), 7-8 p.m. (Candlelight service with music by adult choir) and 11-11:30 p.m. (Late candlelight service with guitar music), Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Free. 233-96765; www.lcrescurrection.org. Anderson Township. Christmas Eve Services, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-7:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, 1487 Ohio 131, iPad giveaway during 6 p.m. service. Free. 575-2011; www.hofr.org. Milford.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25 Religious Services
Frankly Speaking will perform from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court in Milford. For more information, call 831-5777 or visit www.putterstavern.com. From left are Jordan Schneider and Jesse Waits of Frankly Speaking. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER.
Christmas Services, 11 a.m.noon, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Free. 233-96765; www.lcrescurrection.org. Anderson Township.
MONDAY, DEC. 26 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., presents "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 31, and at Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. All tickets are $25. Tickets for performances at Arnold's do not include dinner. Seating for pre-show dinner begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 381-2273 or visit www.cincyshakes.com. Pictured from left are Miranda McGee, Billy Chace, Sara Clark and Justin McCombs in CSC's "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" THANKS TO JEANNA VELLA. Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Clubs & Organizations Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 5285959. Anderson Township.
Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Art Exhibits
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Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Milford.
Winter Wonderland Pony Camp, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Teal Lake Farm, 2301 Whitmer Road, Ages 6-13. $65, $60 advance by Dec. 1. Registration required by Dec. 14. 532-6299; www.teallakefarm.com. Batavia.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Health / Wellness Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060. Anderson Township.
Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Holiday - Christmas
Honoring Military at Home and Abroad, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Eastgate Harley-Davidson/Buell, Free donations accepted. 5281400. Withamsville.
Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford. Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Milford Martial Arts Academy, 1053 Ohio 28, Intense workout to burn calories. Ages 18 and up. $60 per month for eight classes, $10 walk-in. 3838339; www.milfordmartialartsacademy.com. Milford.
Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.
Holiday - Veterans Day
Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8 p.m.-midnight, Putters Three-Putt Tavern, 5723 Signal Hill Court, 831-5777. Milford.
Music - Jazz Wine Down Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., Great Scott, 1020 Ohio Pike, Wine specials and music by Fathead Davis. Free. 752-4700; www.1greatscott.com. Withamsville.
Nature Animal Encounters, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Take an up close look at a few animals who call the park home. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.
Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 831-8039; www.milfordag.com. Miami Township.
Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Anderson Township.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Art Exhibits Charley Harper Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free for members, included with daily admission for non-members: $8, $3 children, free ages 3 and under. 831-1711; www.cincynature.org. Union Township.
Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, $38 per month. 476-7522; www.jazzercise.com. Milford.
Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/ postural evaluation. Free. 7536325. Union Township.
Literary - Libraries Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, Free. 369-6001; www.cincinnatilibrary.org. Symmes Township.
DECEMBER 21, 2011 • CJN-MMA • B3
‘Legendary’ cake, plus gifts from the kitchen
One of the meaningful “perks” of what I do is the people I meet, like Chris Lipnick. Chris is an associate at Macy’s housewares in Florence who immigrated to this country from Rita Germany. Heikenfeld She keeps RITA’S KITCHEN her heritage alive in the way she feeds family and friends. Chris is an expert cook and baker, and whenever we chat, food is part of the conversation. Chris is sharing her special apple cake today for the holidays. “After one bite, everyone wants the recipe,” she said. In fact, at the store and among Chris’ family and friends, the cake has become legendary. And true to Chris’ creativity, she gives two options for topping the cake.
Chris Lipnick’s apple blossom cake 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1¼ cups canola oil 3 cups all purpose flour ½ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups peeled and chopped apples (Chris likes Granny Smith) 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 and
Candy cane peppermint sauce is great over ice cream and frozen yogurt. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.
grease and flour Bundt pan. Beat sugar and eggs until creamy. Add oil slowly and beat until blended. Sift flour with spices, salt and baking soda. Pour into egg mixture and blend. Add vanilla, apples and nuts. Blend well and pour into prepared pan. Bake 1¼ hours. Cool and remove from pan. After cake cools completely, dust with powdered sugar or make a glaze of lemon juice and powdered sugar. Serves 10-12.
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You may wind up with a small amount of candies that won’t melt. Just dump that bit out. Wonderful over ice cream, frozen yogurt. Awesome gift from the kitchen! 1 generous cup crushed peppermint 1½ cups whipping cream, unwhipped 1 7-10 oz. jar marshmallow crème
Combine ingredients in pan and cook over low/ medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Most of the peppermint will melt. Pour into containers and store in the refrigerator.
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Salad Arrange five Bibb lettuce leaves in a fan. Sprinkle with cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and pine nuts or walnuts, toasted. Drizzle with dressing. Dressing keeps, covered in the refrigerator, up to a week.
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Deal with holiday anxiety positively Once again the holidays are upon us, which means it’s time for partying with Linda friends Eppler COMMUNITY PRESS and family, sharGUEST COLUMNIST ing gifts and laughter - and getting depressed. That’s right. For many people, the holidays bring on feelings of sadness and
anxiety that can be hard to shake. Reasons for feeling blue around the holidays are numerous. They range from fatigue from holiday activity - to financial limitations and family tensions. Experts say one of the fastest routes to holiday depression is unrealistic expectations. People often focus on what they think is the ideal holiday, and are depressed when they are unable to reproduce it. It is important to set
realistic goals. If your holiday plans require you to run around shopping and going to parties until you are exhausted, and staying up all night to wrap presents, your plans aren’t very realistic. You need to pace yourself and get enough rest so that you won’t be grouchy and testy. Other factors that contribute to feelings of sadness around the holidays are memories of deceased loved ones and strained family dynamics. The holidays are associated with
family togetherness. Don’t let all of the pressures of shopping, family issues and missing lost loved ones overwhelm you. There are a number of things you can do to keep stress, anxiety and depression at bay. First of all, let go of the past. Don’t be disappointed if your holidays aren’t like they used to be. Life brings changes. Embrace the future, and don’t dwell on the fact that the “good old days” are gone. One of the best antidotes
for holiday blues is doing something for someone else. Volunteer your time to help others who have less than you do. Not only do you help other people, but it adds more meaning to your holiday season. Delegate. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. People often want to help and be involved. By breaking down tasks and doling them out to friends and family, everything becomes more manageable. Give yourself a break and accept the facts. You’re
not perfect, families are not perfect, and holidays are not perfect. If despite your best efforts to remain upbeat this holiday season, you find yourself feeling down for a sustained period of time, get help. Don’t try to “tough it out” alone. There are treatment options available to you that could make a significant difference in your outlook.
Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.
Loveland Eagles give students a lesson in generosity By Jeanne Houck
LOVELAND — A $4,000 donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Loveland to a local Montessori school will mean more than upgraded technology
and outdoor education programs for students. The donation also will teach young people at the Children’s Meeting House in Miami Township the importance of helping others, said Meg Thomas, head of school.
“Montessori education instills in children not only a love of learning, but the importance of reaching beyond our immediate world to show respect and responsibility,” Thomas said. “In a Montessori school, this involves community
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The Fraternal Order of Eagles in Loveland has donated $4,000 to the Children's Meeting House Montessori School in Miami Township for, among other things, computer program upgrades. Here, senior classroom teacher John Phenix works at a computer with sixth-grader Avery Lawrence of Loveland. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS once again put their motto ‘People Helping People’ into action by supporting the Children’s Meeting House with a generous donation of $4,000,” said Bonnie McNett, spokeswoman of the Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. “The Fraternal Order of Eagles has financially supported the Children’s Meeting House to allow the school to provide an unparalleled educational experience for students.
“The Children’s Meeting House, a non-profit organization, will use the money towards two major areas of program enhancements: Technology upgrades and continued development of nature initiatives and the outdoor education program,” McNett said. To learn more or to make a donation, visit http://www.childrensmeetinghousemontessori.com/.
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Seniors have new gathering place
Howdy folks, On Tuesday afternoon, the Senior Services of Clermont County held an open house for the new adult Day Care Center, it is beautiful. The seniors will surely enjoy the center. The fireplace sure put a lot of warmth out and a person could sit on the couch and take a good warm nap. The Clermont County Senior Services do a super job for the seniors of the county. My Mother got the Meals on Wheels, my brother and I made sure to do that. Mom liked the meals and the people who delivered them. There were two reasons for the celebration to let folks see the newly remodeled facility and celebrate the news that Mr. George Brown is retiring after 20 years of service at the end
of December. The feller has sure done a super job, I am sure Cindy Gramke will do the same. It is a real pleasure for me to be on the Senior Citizens board and George help the Rooks seniors of OLE FISHERMAN Clermont County. We were over to the Grants Farm, then stopped at the Carneys Feed Mill and got some bird seed. The bags had 25 pounds for $6.95 or $6.50 per bag, if you buy two bags. The mix was good. The birds and of course the squirrels sure enjoy it. We are making a new kind of bird feeder. It is one
to put peanut butter and bird seed mixed together in the drilled holes. The birds sure do enjoy the mix. We have several kinds of feeders so if you need one, give us a call. Our phone number is 734-6980. Back to the Grant’s Farm, they have beautiful trees, wreaths, poinsettias and fruit baskets. So go see them and get your Christmas items. We wrote about our cats, two of them died. Dixie was over 17 years old. We sure enjoyed that cat. He was a member of the family. The other cat Ricochette was a very active feller and gave the birds a rough time. He died. Now the third cat Summer, when a young kitten showed up, as I wrote last week, he left, he had lots of years on him, too. Now the kitten has
finally warmed up with us. Last week, Ruth Ann was sewing on a pair of coveralls of mine, she noticed the kitten setting on it. When we get up in the morning Chester is setting at the door. Cats are smart. I put milk on our cereal last week and he saw it. Now when he sees the milk jug, he starts setting up and meowing. Cats are a joy as are dogs. Chester likes the birds, but he has not caught one yet. But the time will come I am sure he will get one. He sleeps in the building by the carpenter shop. Monday evening the 50-plus folks from our church met at the pastors home for our Christmas party and supper. There was a fine group of folks and the fellowship was wonderful. The food was super. Each brought a gift
for either a man or lady. Thanks Pastor Bill and Janet. Sunday evening the children’s program at the Bethel United Methodist church was held. The program was super. The children knew their parts and songs. The folks that had worked on this program sure need plenty of thanks and pats on the back. There was probably over 40 children and adults in the program. The church was pretty full. After the program, there were snacks for folks to enjoy and fellowship. The children sure draw folks to their programs. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said there were several folks fishing and catching their limit of 30 crappie.
Keep check on you neighbors to see if they have heat, food and warm clothing. The free store in Bethel has plenty of clothes. Their hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. So stop and get warm clothes if you are in need of some. We wish each of you a very Merry Chirstmas. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord and give thanks. God bless all. More later.
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770 South Riverside, Batavia OH 45103 Raymond D. Jones, Pastor 732-2739
Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*
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1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor
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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm
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Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm
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Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 www.goshenchurchofgod.org Pastor Tim McGlone Service Schedule Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 10:45am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Youth Service 7:00pm Saturday Service 7:00pm
Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia
Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible
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Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Director Janet Bowdle - Children’s Director
Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org
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2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN
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Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com
Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor www.epiphanyumc.org
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Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142
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101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30am & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am http://www.princeofpeaceelca.org
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A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am www.newsongohio.com
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NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12
A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship www.FirstChurchofJesusChrist.org 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450
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PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525
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All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412
Trinity United Methodist
Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM
Ph: (513) 734-6040 Sunday School 10:00-10:45 Children’s Church Provided Worship 11:00 Wednesday Prayer Service 7PM Come grow with a church on a "mission"
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509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E: email@example.com
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George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.
Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am Something for children at each service
Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm
Pastor Mike Smith
Sunday Morning 10:00AM Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 www.cmcchurch.com Mark Otten, Pastor
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M.
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WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH 949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music
Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”
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BIRTHS | DEATHS | POLICE | REAL ESTATE
POLICE REPORTS MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Lacey A. Glass, 25, 3846 Beavercreek, theft, obstructing official business, aggravated menacing, Nov. 29. Josey S. Glass, 20, 3846 Beavercreek, theft, drug possession, Nov. 29. Kevin T. Smith, 42, 969 Ohio 28 No. 139, marijuana possession, domestic violence, Nov. 29. John A. Armstrong, 18, 5692 Day Circle, driving under influence, drug possession, underage consumption, Dec. 2. Jami Haboush, 19, 5368 Country Lane, underage consumption, Dec. 2. Diana F. Harrison, 27, 1282 Pebblebrook No. 7, drug paraphernalia, domestic violence, Dec. 3. Benjamin J. Harrison, 30, 1282 Pebblebrook No. 7, domestic violence, Dec. 3. Jarad R. Martin, 28, 106 Railroad No. 3, disorderly conduct, Dec. 4.
Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery Deposit bag taken from victim at knife point at U.S. Bank; $1,874 at McCelland Road, Dec. 4. Burglary Cash, etc. taken from trailer; $150 at 969 Ohio 28 No. 155, Nov. 29. Jewelry taken; $600 at 1749 Cottontail, Dec. 1. TVs, X-Box, etc. taken; $4,500 at 5720 Buckwheat, Dec. 4. Criminal damage Windows broken in restrooms at Miami Meadow Park at Ohio 131, Nov. 28. Door knob broken on door at
780 Carpenter Road, Dec. 5. Go-cart driven through lawn at 5021 Silvermine Court, Dec. 3. Criminal mischief Christmas lights cord cut at 1036 W. Bridal Path, Nov. 30. Criminal trespass Trespassing in residence at 6763 Epworth, Dec. 2. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 5813 Monassas Run, Dec. 1. Gross sexual imposition At 550 block of Betty Lane, Nov. 30. Theft Mailbox taken at 1332 Prayview, Nov. 28. Racking beams taken from Pallet at Green Life; $6,000 at Kells Lane, Nov. 28. Jewelry taken; $1,400 at 5473 Dry Run, Nov. 28. Framed print taken off wall at Dairy Queen; $450 at Meijer Drive, Nov. 29. Jewelry taken; $6,700 at 770 Cedar Drive, Nov. 29. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $168 at Ohio 28, Nov. 29. Cast-iron fittings taken from vehicle; $7,000 at 834 Ohio 28, Nov. 30. Wallets taken at Live Oaks at Buckwheat Road, Dec. 1. I-Pod taken from room at the Arbors at Meadow Creek, Dec. 2. Wallet taken from locker at Live Oaks at Buckwheat Road, Dec. 2. Wallet taken from vehicle at 6058 Kells Lane, Dec. 2. Cellphone, change, etc. taken from vehicles; $82 at 5838 Highview Drive, Dec. 3. Tool box, nailgun, etc. taken from vehicle at Lowe's; $2,740 at 5694 Romar, Dec. 3. 2008 Jeep taken; $16,175 at 1000
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Cooks Crossing, Dec. 4. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $37 at Wards Corner Road, Dec. 4. Purse taken from vehicle at 1030 Cooks Crossing, Dec. 4. Currency, etc. taken from vehicle; $342 at 5821 Highview Drive, Dec. 3.
MILFORD Arrests/citations Christopher L. Allen, 30, 820 Milford Vista Lane, disorderly conduct, Dec. 9. Peter N. Ambrose, 30, 1755 Stumpy Lane, theft, Dec. 8. Michael Autry, 35, 179 N. 6th St., warrant, Dec. 7. Travis L. Borders, 30, 2118 Oakwood Drive, warrant, Dec. 9. Timothy M. Bray, 46, 531 Dot St., recited, Dec. 8. Dezirae Covey, 21, Asbury Road, warrant, Dec. 8. Dominic A. Flannery, 35, 2115 Oakbrook Road, warrant, Dec. 6. Nestor R. Garlejo, 34, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 142, warrant, Dec. 7. Jessica Ravenscraft, 19, 2986 Jackson Pike, contempt of court, Dec. 7. Timothy C. Robertsosn, 27, 4075 Ohio 41, warrant, Dec. 5. Shannon N. Smith, 28, 900 Wallace Ave., driving under influence, Dec. 8. David M. Whitton, 66, 8554 Donegal Drive, driving under influence, Dec. 6. Brandon Woodruff, 32, 6056 Donna Jay Drive, contempt of court, Dec. 9.
Incidents/investigations Damaging Building was damaged at 1 Main St., Dec. 8. Disorderly conduct
Dispute between family members at 714 Lila Ave., Dec. 9. Theft Female stated her Kindle was stolen at 15 Whitewater Way, Dec. 5. Handgun taken from truck at no address given, Dec. 5. Subject attempted to transfer title to a stolen vehicle at title office at no address given, Dec. 6. Purse taken at MAC Center at 930 Lila Ave., Dec. 7. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Dec. 7. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Dec. 7. Theft was reported at 245 Rivers Edge Drive, Dec. 8. Gasoline not paid for at 824 Main St., Dec. 9. Delivery package taken off porch at 527 Clark St., Dec. 9. Vandalism Rear of Target building spray painted at 100 Rivers Edge Drive, Dec. 9.
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Shawn Porter, 37, 1458 Ohio 28 No. 2, violation of protection order. Juvenile, 16, unruly. Anthony Polly, 31, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 406AA, theft. Brandi Young, 33, 1233 Lytle Lane, failure to obtain vendors license. Clarence Young, 45, 1233 Lytle Lane, failure to obtain vendors license. Kendall Meyer, 44, 2730 Ohio 222 No. 7, failure to obtain vendors license.
ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Journal North/Milford-Miami Advertiser publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Miami Township, Chief Steven Bailey, 248-3721 » Goshen Township, Chief Ray Snyder, 722-3200 » Milford, Chief Jamey Mills, 248-5086 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 Accidental shooting At 6720 Oakland, Dec. 1. Assault At 78 Gibson, Nov. 26. At 1822 Lois Lane, Dec. 2. At 402 Windsor, Dec. 3. Breaking and entering At 227 Mindy Lane, Dec. 3. Disorder At 6526 Ohio 132, Nov. 27. At 172 Barry, Nov. 27. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 405, Nov. 27. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 54, Nov. 27. At 1851 Kirbett Road, Dec. 1. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 10, Dec. 3. Dispute At 2500 Gibbs Road, Nov. 28. ID fraud At 1812 Lois Lane, Dec. 3. Passing bad checks At 1617 Ohio 28, Nov. 29. Rape At 1700 block of Ohio 28, Dec. 1. Theft At 1873 Ohio 28, Nov. 27. At 6725 Dick Flynn Blvd., Nov. 28. At 6725 A Dick Flynn Blvd., Nov. 28. At 629 Redman, Nov. 29. At 6707 Goshen Road, Nov. 30. Unauthorized use of vehicle At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 406, Nov. 30.
At 6944 Goshen, Dec. 3.
CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations James M. Pfeiffer, 28, 6105 Roudebush Road, Goshen, burglary at 4726 Hawley Road, Batavia, Dec. 7. Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering At 6286 Ohio 132, Goshen, Dec. 9. Drug paraphernalia At Ohio 727/Shiloh Road, Goshen, Dec. 10. Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs At Ohio 727/Shiloh Road, Goshen, Dec. 10. Menacing At 6421 Marathon Edenton Road, Blanchester, Dec. 8. Theft At 844 Wright St., Newtonsville, Nov. 29. At 5100 Ohio 132, Owensville, Dec. 9.
DEATHS Lillian Bruner Lillian Mae Bruner, 90, Milford, died Dec. 12. She was a secretary for the League of Women Voters and the United Way. Survived by brother Eugene Combs; nieces Patricia Fix, Barbara Scott; great-nieces and nephews Rebecca, Andrew Fix, Terry, Douglas Scott, Martha Enriquez. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.
Gracie Colding Gracie LeeAnn Colding, infant daughter of Katy Wood and Sebastian Colding, died Dec. 10. Also survived by grandparents Cheryl (Lonnie) Boyd, Roger Wood, Clifford (the late Rheta) Fredrick, Lucretia Colding, David (Shelly) Colding; aunts Maci Green, Alicia Banks, Jennifer Mitchell; uncle Randy Wood. Services were Dec. 14 at
Milford First Baptist Church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.
Janice Heithaus Janice Faye Heithaus, 70, Pleasant Plain, died Dec. 11. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband David Heithaus; sons Michael (Kathy) Myers, David, Bryan Theaderman, Joseph Heithaus; grandchildren Angela (Matthew) Adams, Shane, Stephanie Theaderman; great-grandchildren Page, K.J. Gibson, Maddox, Lydia Adams, Nicholas Theaderman; sisters Shelby Savage, Naomi Roberts. Preceded in death by siblings Shirlene Taylor, Donnie, Ronnie Summers. Services were Dec. 16 at Edenton First Baptist Church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.
Sue Icard Sue D. Icard, 62, Miami Township, died Dec. 7. She worked in sales administration. Survived by husband Arthur Icard; parents Mae, George Brown, Sr.; stepson Tony Icard; siblings George Jr., Charlie Brown, Yvonne Bricker; aunt Betty Jo Armstrong; nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 12 at Graceland Memorial Gardens Chapel. Arrangements by Evans
Kenneth Innis Kenneth Roy Innis, 57, Milford, died Dec. 14. He was a cabinet maker. Preceded in death by parents Roy, Janice Speidel Innis; brother Tom Innis. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.
James Irwin James Elbert Irwin, 81, Goshen Township, died Dec. 9. He was a cement finisher. Survived by children Diana, Eric Irwin, Debra (Raymond) Bicker, Terry (Robert) IrwinMcKenny; granddaughter Gabrielle Bicker; siblings Donald (Velma), Robert, Raymond (Betty) Irwin, Iola (Robert) Butler; brother-in-law Charles McHenry; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters Evelyn McHenry, Dorothy Hambly, Mildred Bailey. Services were Dec. 15 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7525 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 or Clermont County Senior Services, 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.
Lois Schibley Lois Ann Schibley, 86, Milford, died Dec. 12. She was a home-
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Ruth Thompson Ruth Thompson, 83, Goshen, died Dec. 15. She worked for Southwestern Publishing. Survived by husband Robert Thompson; daughters Denise (Mike) Hultz, Connie (Mike) Wiedemann; siblings Myrtle, Creed Million; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 17 at Evans Funeral Home.
RELIGION Loveland Presbyterian Church
The annual Christmas Pageant will be presented during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 18. All are welcome. Christmas Eve Services to be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, with a fellowship period afterwards. The church is at 360 Robin Ave.; 683-2525.
Williams Corner Church of God
Sunday, Dec. 25, church members will celebrate Jesus’ birth with a service at 11 a.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a treat as they leave. Mark 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, on the calendar for the midweek youth service geared
toward all ages. Saturday, Dec. 31, church members will ring in the new year with a pot luck dinner at 8:30 p.m. Following the dinner, a Watch Night service will be
held to pray in the New Year. Start the year at the 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, service. The church is at 6162 Ohio 132, Goshen; 513-288-1977.
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Humane society annual dinner a success The Clermont County Humane Society hosted their 18th annual fund-raising dinner/auction Nov. 5. Attendance was more than 350 and society members raised more than $40,000. Next year’s dinner is set for Nov. 3. Proceeds from the auction benefit the homeless animals of Clermont County.
Jean Dalhover, president of the Clermont County Humane Society, Todd Dykes of WLWT Channel 5, and Nadora Hill, a society member, take a break from the festivities.
Carol DeBrunner, left, Shari Duff, both of Amelia, take a look at the items in the silent auction.
Bill Dowdney, a Batavia Township trustee, was one more than 350 people who attended the annual Clermont County Humane Society dinner, one of two major fund-raisers for the year.
Theresa Johnston, right of New Richmond, takes a look at the jewelry on the silent auction.
Dr. Stewart Smith, a veterinarian and a member of the Clermont County Humane Society, places a bid. THANKS TO TRACI HOSKINS FOR THE PHOTOS
Miami Twp. author’s book remembers men of forgotten war MIAMI TWP. — Tutt Lambert spent eight years in the U.S. Army, but the period he remembers best is the two years during the Korean War he spent with the 822nd Engineer AviaLambert tion Battalion. “Of all the units I was in, it was the best,” the Miami Township resident said. Lambert recently wrote a book, “The Men of K-2 in the Forgotten War,” about the unit. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, the newly-created U.S. Air Force had no engineer units for building air bases, Lambert said. The 822nd, an Army unit based in Okinawa, was temporarily reassigned to the Air Force as a SCARWAF (Special Category Army Reassigned With Air Force) unit. When Lambert joined the 822nd in 1951, most of the men in the unit were older World War II veterans who had stayed in the service after the war. “They were very adept at carrying out their jobs,” he said. The unit was sent to Korea to refurbish an old Japanese air base at Taegu. The Air Force code name for the base was K-2. “We built a two-milelong concrete runway in 29 days - working two 12-hour shifts,” Lambert said. The 822nd helped build other bases during the war, he said. “We were all over the peninsula,” he said. When Lambert decided to write his book, he found most members of the unit had died.
He was able to get in touch with about 80 members of the unit who supplied first-hand accounts and photographs. Excerpts from a diary of one of the unit’s officers were used. “I took about 5 years to do the book,” Lambert said. The book contains a roster of the men who served in the 822nd. John Munnelly of Kalamazoo, Mich., a member of the 822nd who served with Lambert, said the book “captures a little known chapter of the Korean War.” “He’s done a wonderful job,” Munnelly said. “It’s a must read.” The last chapter in the book is about a trip Lambert and his wife made in September 2010 to South Korea. The trip was at the invitation of the South Korean government to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of Seoul during the war, he said. “There were approximately 100 veterans and wives, family and relatives who participated,” Lambert said “Our entire group was accorded many honors and recognized wherever we traveled,” he said. “I was impressed with the sincerity expressed by all South Koreans for our sacrifices made during the war.” Lambert also has written several family genealogies and articles about the Civil War. He worked for Milford schools for 26 years as a teacher and principal. Lambert also worked for Sycamore schools for six years before retiring in 1992. may be ordered from Little Miami Publishing Company, Inc.,19 Water St., Milford, Ohio 45150. Purchase price is $22.50, not including shipping.
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YWCA honors ‘Rising Stars’
The members of Cub Scout Pack 120, Den 2, lead "The Pledge of Allegiance" at the Milford City Council meeting Nov. 1. This particular group of scouts is from Pattison Elementary School. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Judge Kathleen Rodenberg receives judicial award CLERMONT CO. At the 2011 fall conference banquet of the Ohio Association of Magistrates held Sept. 22 in Columbus, Clermont County Domestic Relations Judge Kathleen M. Rodenberg was one of two former magistrates now judges - to receive the Ohio Association of Magistrates Judicial Award. The award, which is presented annually to no
more than four judges in Ohio, recognizes individuals who have been strongly supportive of judicial education and who continue to support the 500-member association in helping magistrates better perform their judicial duties. Prior to her election in 2011, Rodenberg served nearly 15 years as a magistrate in the domestic re-
lations court as well as the municipal court. The other recipient of the 2011 Judicial Award was Judge Barbara S. Carter of the Butler County Domestic Relations Court. For futher information about the Ohio Association of Magistrates, contact OAM president David Jump at 614-645-8714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati recently selected the 2011 class of YWCA Rising Stars. The YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement created the Rising Star program in 2002 as a way to mentor and support younger women (age 25 40) in pursuit of excellence in their careers. The Academy consists of women who have received the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award over the past 32 years. Nominated by YWCA Academy and YWCA Board members, YWCA Rising Stars receive more than just the recognition from the award itself, but are then invited to participate in exclusive educational, networking and social events sponsored by the YWCA. Now in its 10th year, the Rising Star program has grown into a well-established and highly respected honor. Aligned with its mission to “Eliminate Racism and Empower Women,” the YWCA continues to develop women as the future leaders of the Greater Cincinnati region. This year, forty-eight women join the more than 400 YWCA Rising Stars in Greater Cincinnati. Following are the young professional women selected for this year’s honor: Dena Benesh, Director, Benefits Marketing and Communications, Macy's, Inc. (Loveland); Lisa M. Lickert, VP & General Manager, CBS Personnel Holdings, Inc. (Milford); Natalie Maddux, Manager, Tax, Ernst & Young (Pierce Township). YWCA Academy and Board members nominate younger career women for the award. Nomination criteria include having the qualities of an outstanding performer and demonstrating a po-
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