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Vilardo thanked for service to city Former Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. received one last hurrah from council members before relinquishing his position Jan. 3. Vilardo lost re-election to Geoff Pittman in a narrow vote of 4-3 by fellow council members. Before the closure of the council’s first meeting in 2012, Vice Mayor Laurie Walter said she wanted to thank the former mayor for everything he did for council. Full story, A2

New members sought at VFW The VFW Post in Miami Township is in need of new members. The Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562 has been a landmark in the township since the doors first opened in 1971 to veterans. The chapter gained local news coverage when a tank was donated, an attraction that still sits in front of the hall. “We were gaining a lot of news coverage for the tank, and we were doing well because of it,” said Laurie Honican, member of the VFW ladies auxiliary. Full story, A2

Milford police officer honored A detective with the Milford Police Department has been honored with the first annual Larry J. Oaks Memorial Award by his superiors for what they call his constant dedication to those he serves. Detective Paul Lane received the award from Milford Police Chief Jamie Mills in front of family and fellow officers during the Milford City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3. Mills attributed Lane’s work ethic and humanity for why the department employees voted unanimously to present Lane with the award. Full story, A3

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Pittman elected mayor, council split A new mayor was elected in Milford Jan. 3, but not without a heated debate between council members concerning the ethics of the election and creating what one said was an obvious division between city leaders. Council member Geoff Pittman was elected mayor after a 4-3 vote, defeating previous Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. Vilardo had sent an email to council members before the meeting stating he wanted to be considered for mayor again. After the vote, council erupted into a loud discussion on the morality and the standards of the nominations and elections. Some council members were upset

they were not notified anyone was running. “I’m highly disappointed in my other council members,” said Laurie Walter, the newly elected Pittman vice mayor. “I was insulted that nobody else came to me and said that Pittman would make a great mayor and were going to throw him in the ring.” Walter said she was dissatisfied Pittman didn’t announce he was running, and instead kept his candidacy behind “closed doors.” The councilwoman said the vote created a “distinct division be-

tween members.” Amy Brewer matched Walter’s sentiment about the election and added Pittman previously had said he doesn’t believe in the position of mayor. “I’m highly upset we just chose someone to be mayor of the city who doesn’t believe in the position,” said Brewer. “I think it is highly hypocritical that our mayor doesn’t believe in the significance and importance of the (position).” Pittman countered the attacks by saying he never said he didn’t believe in the position, and only advocated that the public realize the truths of the position. “This is not a office I ever ad-

vocated to be dissolved,” said Pittman. “I will certainty hold the oath of mayor and council member with absolute solemnity.” Charles Evans, a Milford resident, said if the division continues between members, it could hinder the progress the city has been making in the past year. “Whether or not the city goes back three years is dependent on the council,” said Evans. “If the (council) decides to not work together, the city will move backward, but if they work together, we will keep moving forward.” Council will meet in 2012 at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month, in chambers, 745 Center St.

Superintendent’s trip may lead to Chinese classes in Milford By John Seney

MILFORD-MIAMI TWP. — A trip to China by Superintendent Robert Farrell could lead to the introduction of Chinese language and culture classes in Milford schools. The week-long November trip was sponsored by the College Board in the U.S. and Hanban, a Chinese organization that promotes education. “I truly learned an appreciation of Chinese culture and their schools,” Farrell told school board members Dec. 15. “It was a great experience.” Farrell said he traveled to China with 450 other educators from the U.S., visiting schools in Beijing and other areas of China. “The students were great,” he said. “They loved to talk to us and use their English.” Farrell said classes are larger in China than in the U.S. The average student-to-teacher ratio is about 60 to one, he said. The days are longer at Chinese schools, starting about 7 a.m. and going to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., Farrell said. “It’s very competitive. Only a small number go on to universities,” he said. Farrell said there a strong appreciation of the arts in Chinese schools. “They showed us a number of different performances,” he said. Many of the performances featured dancing, including some American dances, Farrell said. “They are proud of their schools and they liked to show off to us,” he said. Farrell said he signed a partnership agreement with a Chinese middle school to begin communicating and sharing ideas with Milford students and teachers in the upcoming months. “They want to be like us,” he said. “They want to link knowledge to the real world rather than just rote learning.”

Milford schools Superintendent Robert Farrell visited this physical fitness class during a trip to China. PROVIDED

Milford schools Superintendent Robert Farrell , center, signs a partnership agreement during his November trip to China. PROVIDED Farrell said he would like to have a Chinese language teacher in Milford. “Our children need to be exposed to Chinese language and culture,” he said. A few Milford High School students currently are taking Chinese classes online, but that is

a very difficult way to learn the language, he said. Farrell said the Hanban organization offers a grant that pays 40 to 50 percent of the cost of a Chinese language teacher. School board member Deborah Marques asked Farrell if it would be possible to share a Chi-

Milford schools Superintendent Robert Farrell Dec. 15 talks about his recent trip to China. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

nese teacher with another district. “We have talked with neighboring districts,” he said. “They would like to do that.” Farrell said he will continue to explore the possibility of offering Chinese classes and report back to the board.

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Miami Twp. VFW in need of new members By Matt Schlagheck

The VFW Post in Miami Township is in need of new members. The Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562 has been a landmark in the township since the doors first opened in 1971 to veterans. The chapter gained local news coverage when a tank was donated, an attraction that still sits in front of the hall. “We were gaining a lot of news coverage for the tank, and we were doing well because of it,” said Laurie Honican, member of the VFW ladies auxilia-


Honican said she could remember when her husband, Myron Honican, and she used to dress up as Mr. and Mrs. Clause to help raise money for VA hospitals. Those times are over for the time being, she said, because present members are aging and not coming to the hall, which makes it harder for active VFW members to give back to the community. According to Post Commander Richard Williams, the VFW membership stands at 105, down from 200. Williams said age and

health issues prevent many members from helping with fund raisers. “Over 50 percent of the members we call active don’t participate anymore,” said Williams. “Without members, it’s hard to find funds to do all the community work we did before.” The age of current members is creating an atmosphere that is uninviting to younger veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, he said. The average age of veterans at the post is about 70. “Young veterans have their own families and things to do,” said Williams. “Young life makes them busy, and they probably

VFW Post 6562 members in Miami Township seek new members. think it would be (not) fun to hang with us.” Honican said age though should not prevent a young veteran from joining. The life-long member said the stereotype of the elder veteran is not true,

and one that needs to be eliminated to save the post. “Our membership is decreasing because young vets think we are just an old-man club,” Honican said. “Honestly, though, we are not. We are just a fun

group that wants to help our community.” Williams said he hopes the young veterans coming back to Miami Township will give the organization a chance. The cost for new members is $30 a year, and contributions can be mailed to 1596 Ohio 131, Milford, OH 45150. Another way the members raise money is by opening their canteen to the public. “We have done a lot for the community, but most people don’t think of us,” Williams said. “We’re all veterans who went to war to take care of this country and if we close down, it will take away a lot from this community.”

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Former Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. received one last hurrah from council members before relinquishing his position Jan. 3. Vilardo lost re-election to Geoff Pittman in a narrow vote of 4-3 by fellow council members. Before the closure of the council’s first meeting in 2012, Vice Mayor Laurie Walter said she wanted to thank the former mayor for everything he did for council. “I would like to thank you, Ralph. You did a great

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Addressing Pittman and the rest of council, Walter told the newly elected mayor he had “some big shoes to fill.” Pittman agreed, stating Vilardo had redefined the position and what it meant to be a “public servant.” “I think Ralph’s life is all about public service,” said Pittman. “I don’t think we would be the council that we are without Ralph’s service.” City Manager Jeffrey Wright said Vilardo had always served the city and the council well. “I think (Vilardo) did an excellent job. I feel blessed

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Milford presents memorial award to Det. Lane A detective with the Milford Police Department has been honored with the first annual Larry J. Oaks Memorial Award by his superiors for what they call his constant dedication to those he serves. Detective Paul Lane received the award from Milford Police Chief Jamie Mills in front of family and fellow officers during the Milford City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3. Mills attributed Lane’s work ethic and humanity for why the department employees voted unanimously to present Lane with the award. “What impresses me most about Paul Lane is his compassion with people,” said Mills. “That’s very important in a position like detective where we sometimes see people at their worst.” The award’s namesake is dedicated to the late Officer Larry Oaks. Accord-

“What impresses me most about Paul Lane is his compassion with people. That’s very important in a position like detective where we sometimes see people at their worst.”


chie Wilson has been absent from the twice-weekly county commissioners meetings since Dec. 1, the last one he attended. A family member called the commissioners' office to inform them that Wilson also will be absent from the January meetings. “No reason was given other than he would be out for health issues,” said

a detective he a patrol officer, supervisor, instructor and force coordina-

tor. “Milford is a great place to work, I grew up here and I care about this place,” said Lane. “I have been af-

forded a lot of opportunities that people don’t usually get in life and to work in a job that I enjoy every day means a lot to me.”



MILFORD POLICE CHIEF JAMIE MILLS ing to Mills, Oaks spent most of his 49-year career in Milford where he served as not only a police officer, but also as a mentor for young officers before passing away in 2006 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Lane said Oaks served as not only an educator to his fellow co-workers, but as an example of how police officers should create community relationships. “When I first started here, Larry Oaks was the person everyone idealized in the department and respected,” said Lane. “He really installed the idea of

community into all of us police officers.” Mills said the department employees decided the award should commemorate the former police officer and chose Lane because of his constant commitment to follow Oaks principles of community and compassion. “When we talked about who should be the first recipient of this award, all four sergeants and myself couldn’t agree more that it should be Lane.” Lane grew up in Milford and eventually joined the department in 1999. Before

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Milford High School band students who earned chairs in the Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Honor Band are, from left in front, Bridget Kohlman, Megan Yankovsky, Erin Gottsacker, Nick Marques, Molly Newton, Aaron Carpenter. Row two: Ryan Dodds, Natalie Brady, Madison Tippetts, Elijah Romick, Max Hartley. Row three: Emily Lamb, Karen Kuhn, Joseph Luke, Will Kefauver, Tyler Brown and Andrew Giltmier. Kefauver is also a member of the District 14 Select Jazz Band. The honor band's concert was Jan. 8. Many Milford High School instrumental music students recently were selected to perform in the Ohio Music Education Association District14 Honor band and other regional music ensembles. The District 14 concert was Jan. 8 at Princeton High School.

Earning chairs in the honor band were Bridget Kohlman, Megan Yankovsky, Erin Gottsacker, Nick Marques, Molly Newton, Aaron Carpenter, Ryan Dodds, Natalie Brady, Madison Tippetts, Elijah Romick, Max Hartley, Emily Lamb, Karen

Kuhn, Joseph Luke, Will Kefauver, Tyler Brown and Andrew Giltmier. Kefauver was also in the District 14 Select Jazz Band. Students also earned chairs in other regional groups: • Cincinnati Youth Wind En-

semble: Kate Gardin, Aaron Carpenter, Erin Gottsacker, Joseph Luke, Kelsey Meranda and Billie Richardson. • Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra: Laura Fend, Nick Troehler. Troehler was also part of the Overture Awards.

Great Oaks campuses hold open houses for parents and high school sophomores Area parents and high school sophomores will have the chance to get a first-hand look at the 35 career programs available for high school juniors and seniors at the four Great Oaks Career Campuses during upcoming open houses. Each of the campuses will have instructors and students on hand to talk with visitors and demonstrate the work being done in the career labs. Programs available include dental assisting, sports rehabilitation and therapy, construction, lodg-

ing management, cosmetology, masonry, aviation maintenance, heating/ventilating and air conditioning, practical nursing, surgical technology, commercial/residential electricity, robotics, medical office management, animal science, equine studies, and more. The high school programs lead to certification in the chosen career field. About half of Great Oaks graduates also go directly to college. Open houses will be held: » Diamond Oaks Career

Campus, 6375 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. » Laurel Oaks Career Campus, 300 Oak Drive, Wilmington, Thursday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. » Live Oaks Career Campus, 5956 Buckwheat Road, Milford, Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. » Scarlet Oaks Career Campus, 3254 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Career programs are open to

any high school junior living in one of 36 school districts in southwest Ohio. For more information, contact: » Diamond Oaks, Laura Domet, 513-612-7006 or » Laurel Oaks, Karie Emery, 800-752-5480 or » Live Oaks, Sarah Taylor, 513-612-4914 or » Scarlet Oaks, Sarah Wilson, 513-612-5794 or

Great Oaks DECA students in top 10 Four Great Oaks students from Anderson Township, Milford and Sycamore Township recently earned top 10 spots in state marketing competition during the annual Ohio DECA Fall Leadership Conference in Columbus. Lydia Weigel qualified in the top 10 in the DECA Parliamentary Law state competition. Weigel is a junior at Anderson High School in the Great Oaks/ Anderson Marketing Management and Research program. Zachary Kitzmiller, a senior in the Great Oaks/Milford Marketing Management and Research program, received third place in

Patrick Aguilar, left, and Michael Bacha of Sycamore Township place in the top 10 in the Parliamentary Law competition, recently.

Public Relations category. “Zach worked very hard preparing for this competition, which is typical for him,” said instructor Terri Rothfuss. “He is the Milford DECA chapter president and consistently demonstrates leadership skills at the school.” Kitzmiller’s brother, Andrew, who was the 2009 Ohio DECA Public Relations Officer, was in the audience. Patrick Aguilar and Michael Bacha, juniors in the Great Oaks/ Sycamore Marketing Management and Research program, placed in the top ten in the Parliamentary Law competition.


CLERMONT COUNTY — Ten Clermont County residents have been nominated by U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt for acceptance into four of the nation's service academies. The 10 nominees from Clermont County are among 33 nominations submitted by Schmidt for Ohio’s Second Congressional District. At least one nominee from the 33 could be accepted by each institution. All members of Congress may nominate up to 10 candidates per opening. The academies usually make appointments by March 31. “They are looking for individuals who are well-rounded – academically, physically, and socially – who have demonstrated leadership qualities, community service and a strong desire to serve in the military as an officer,” Schmidt said. A record number applied this year to be nominated by Schmidt. They were interviewed by two Naval Academy and two Air Force Academy graduates at Schmidt’s Cincinnati office. Her nominations were based on the panel’s recommendations. Schmidt held a reception Dec. 29 at her Cincinnati office to recognize the nominees and their families. The nominees from Clermont County: » The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (Army): Christopher Lau of Pierce Township, a student at Miami University. » The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.: John Braden Miller of Miami Township, a student at St. Xavier High School; and Nicholas Twine of Stonelick Township, a student at Clermont Northeastern High School. » The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.: William Hamiter of Union Township, a student at Moeller High School; Edward Hoffmann of Stonelick Township, who is home schooled; Henry Jentz II of Union Township, who is home schooled; Erik Shinkle of Tate Township, a student at Bethel-Tate High School; and Zachary Sullivan of Miami Township, a student at Milford High School. » The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.: Kayla Bomske of Union Township, a student at Amelia High School; and Nathaniel Adams of Milford, a student at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Yockey to lead Milford school board By John Seney

MILFORD — David Yockey was elected president of the Milford school board at the Jan. 5 organizational meeting. Board members also choose Andrea Brady as vice president. New board member Rob Hewlett, who was elected in November to his first term, was sworn into office by Interim Treasurer Deborah Caudle. Board member George Lucas, who was re-elected, also was sworn in. Lucas, the outgoing president, announced board commit-

tee assignments for 2012. Brady asked the board to look into the possibility of more rotation of the committee assignments. She said some board members have been on the same committee for several years. Yockey agreed there should be more rotation on committees. “Everyone ought to be exposed to every facet of the board’s operation,” he said. “You represent the district and need to be on different committees. I think it’s important to have rotation.” Lucas suggested the board

adopt a policy dealing with rotation of committee assignments. Superintendent Robert Farrell said he would draft a proposed policy for presentation at a future board meeting. “It’s not clear in the present policy how the committees are formed,” he said. The board also set the meeting schedule for 2012. Most meetings will be 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. The location of the meetings will rotate among the schools in the district. The board changed the March meeting date to March 22 and the July date to July 26

because of schedule conflicts. The 2012 meeting schedule: » 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Milford High School cafeteria, 1 Eagles Way. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Pattison Elementary School, 5330 South Milford Road. » 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Seipelt Elementary School, 5684 Cromley Drive. » 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Mulberry Elementary School, 5950 Buckwheat Road. » 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Milford Junior High, 5735 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road. » 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Milford High School auditori-

um, 1 Eagles Way. » 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Milford High School auditorium, 1 Eagles Way. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Milford High School auditorium, 1 Eagles Way. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Boyd Smith Elementary, 1052 Jer-Les Drive. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at McCormick Elementary, 751 Loveland-Miamiville Road. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Meadowview Elementary, 5556 Mt. Zion Road. » 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Milford Junior High, 5735 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road.


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Reynolds going all in for senior year

By Tom Skeen

OWENSVILLE — It has been three years of success for Clermont Northeastern wrestler Conner Reynolds. With district appearances in both his freshmen and sophomore years, an injury kept Reynolds from the districts in 2011after suffering a concussion. He was unable to wrestle in a match at sectionals, resulting in a fifthplace finish in the 132-pound weight class. For most, a fifthplace finish would be acceptable or at least respectable, but it was considered a step back for Reynolds. But, 2012 is a new year and Reynolds is expecting nothing less than an appearance at the state tournament to finish out his stellar career as a Rocket. The senior is currently ranked 30th in the Division II state poll and is off to a perfect 3-0 start to the year. “(Conner) is very solid,” coach Scott Wells said. “He is well-

rounded, good on his feet, pretty aggressive and a very quick wrestler. He is one of the most athletic wrestlers I’ve had.” Over his career, much like all athletes, Reynolds has worked on his game to improve in all facets on the mat. One key to his success has been that he has been surrounded by great wrestlers while at CNE. Last season he had Nick Simpson to learn from. Simpson, who placed first at districts and third in state, may be a smaller wrestler (103-pound weight class) but was a successful veteran who could show the younger wrestlers how to get the job done and what it takes to make it to state. This season it has been a focus on chain wrestling and working on his feet. According to Wells, Reynolds has became a much better transition wrestler, meaning that if one move isn’t working for him, he now has no problem transitioning to another. Working with your feet will improve your takedowns which provide Reynolds with an ultimate advantage.

“(My feet) are probably my strongest asset as a wrestler,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been working on takedowns every day in practice with kids 20 pounds bigger than me so that when I go for a move in a match the takedown is that much easier.” Wells believes the mental part of the game is just as relevant as working on technique and style. “We’ve really worked with Conner’s mental toughness. Many forget this sport is harder mentally than it is physically, and it’s really hard physically.” Having earned one victory in two trips to the district tournament in two appearances, it is coming down to his final year at CNE to make the state tournament. Reynolds is putting all his stock in this year and leaving nothing behind. “(My senior year) means everything,” the senior said. “My older brother had the same dream of getting to state, and I am just working on that goal. I am keeping my diet right and working at home to reach my goal.”

CNE's Conner Reynolds pins Lockland's Devin Baker in the first round of the recent Madeira Wrestling Invitational. Reynolds would place sixth in consolation. GEOFF BLANKENSHIP/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Team is the key to success for Eagles By Tom Skeen

Milford High School's Morgan Wolcott converts a short-range jump shot during the Eagles' 41-23 first-round sectional loss to Mount Notre Dame last year. FILE PHOTO

MILFORD — For the Milford Lady Eagles and first-year basketball coach Kristi McKenney, it’s all about team. Yes, they have senior Morgan Wolcott, who has played at the varsity level all four years at Milford, and who is in the top five in multiple statistical categories in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, but they also have three other players scoring over five points a game and three ladies pulling down more than three rebounds a game. “This year we have really come together as a team,” the senior said. “We are starting to get the hang of the offense and defense, and it is starting to show.” Wolcott, heading to Ohio State University to play soccer, is scoring just over 14 points and grabbing nearly nine boards a game – both rank her fifth in the FAVC – and shooting more than 50 percent from the field. Wolcott also averages more than two assists, two steals and a block per game. “Morgan is a very gifted athlete,” McKenney said. “When she is on the floor there is a presence that is unexplainable. Our kids respond so well to her play.” While her statistical numbers are key, McKenney loves what she has accomplished from a leadership standpoint. “She has always been a leadby-example type of person,” the first-year coach said. “She has really stepped up vocally along with a lot of the other upperclass-

men.” Another one of those upperclassmen is Kelly Yee. Like Wolcott, Yee has been a four-year varsity player. Yee is second on the team in steals and blocks, and third in scoring with more than seven points per game. “(Kelley and I) have known each other for a while,” Wolcott said. “It’s like we read off of each other out there, and we know what each other are going to do on the court.” While she may not be a senior, she is the leader of the team. Point guard Meghan Canter runs the offense and facilitates what goes on for everybody else. She is dishing out 2.2 assists per game, tied for best on the team, and is scoring just under six points a game. “It’s her team,” McKenney said. “She runs the team which has been a plus to our success.” These three have been a big part of the Eagles’ success and getting off to an 8-1 start, including a six game win streak. Their lone loss came in a 40-30 defeat to first-place Wilmington in early December. They won’t have to wait long for the rematch, as it will take place at Milford Jan. 18. “We didn’t play well (in the loss),” McKenney said. “We are definitely hungry for that game.” With a couple games before the rematch, Wolcott and her teammates are just as hungry to face the Hurricanes again. “That is one of the things we talk about as a team,” the future Buckeye said. “We are really looking forward to playing them again.”


Boys basketball

» Clermont Northeastern got past West Union 59-46, Jan. 3. Senior Alex Gilkerson led CNE with 13 points. » Glen Este slipped past Milford Jan. 3, 49-46. Milford senior Robert Overbeck led all scorers with 22 points.

Girls basketball

» Milford easily got past Loveland Jan. 4 with a 57-28 victory. Senior Morgan Wolcott fin-

ished with 17 points. » Goshen had no trouble getting past Clermont Northeastern 53-39, Jan. 5. Senior Kelsi Steele led Goshen with 13 point while freshman Allison Gilkerson led CNE with 10.

Boys bowling

» Goshen was defeated by Anderson 2,743-2,331. Sophomore Lucky Singleton rolled the high series for Goshen with a 365. » Milford lost a close one to Glen Este 2,543-2,323, Jan. 3. Sophomore Kyle Chance had the high series for Milford with a

332. Milford took another loss to Glen Este 2,950-2,652, Jan. 4. Chance earned the high series with a 391.

Girls bowling

» Goshen was edged out 1,721-1,716 by Anderson. Rian Adams rolled the high series for Goshen with a 271. » Milford lost to Glen Este 2112-1951, Jan. 3. Jessica Olson had the high series for Milford with a 321. Glen Este defeated Milford for the second time in as many days 2,292-2,078, Jan. 4. Sopho-

SIDELINES more Delaney Ward rolled the high series for the Eagles with a 344.

Boys swimming

» Turpin edged out Milford 90-84, Jan. 5. Eagle’s senior Beau Robinson won the 200yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events.

Girls swimming

» Turpin crushed Milford 121-64, Jan. 5. Senior Julia Prus won the 100-yard breaststroke event and junior Marlee McCloud scored a 149.65 to win the diving event.

Baseball signups

Miamiville Baseball will have signups for 2012 youth baseball from 8-9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the McCormick Elementary lobby. Additional registrations will be in the Boyd E. Smith Elementary lobby from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25; and from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4. Miamiville Baseball is a community league for Miami Township residents, and is affiliated with the Cincinnati District 4 Knothole Program. Miamiville baseball fields teams ranging in age from tee ball through middle school age. For additional details, please contact the following e-mail:


Editor: Theresa Herron,, 248-7128


Essays tell student’s experiences with drugs In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, the Partners for a DrugFree Milford Miami Township sponsored a drug-free essay contest for students in grades five through 12 who attend school in Milford or Miami Township. Students in grades five and six addressed the theme, “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug-Free” and submitted essays that addressed making smart choices about not using drugs.

Students in grades seven through 12 wrote about an experience they or someone they know has had with drugs, the importance of being drug-free, or the negative impact drugs have on the community. The following are four essays chosen to be shared with the community. If you have any questions, contact Stacy Mathis at 513-576-2267 or

Fighting together, drugs can be beat Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. Everyone has a choice in what they do with their life, but not everyone makes the right choice. People make many mistakes, but it is up to them if they learn from them or not. My mom, she used to be a very pretty woman, with a lot going for her. She used to be an accountant, making good money and living life well. That is until she married a guy, a seemingly ordinary guy, who changed her life, and all of ours around her. He was a drug user, mostly abusing pills, and before anyone saw it, he had my mom hooked. She lost her job and before she was aware she lost her house, too. When I was seven she drove us up from Florida and dropped my siblings and I off at my grandma’s. She drove away and I didn’t see her for a while. When she finally came back it wasn’t for us. She came back for money, for a car and anything else she could get. My grandma, loving her daughter so much, helped her out and signed for her to get a car. Six weeks later she wrecked it because she was high. She began her long journey of going in and out of prisons, rehabs and jail. I am now 17 years old, and my mom has been in rehabs, jail, and prison more times than I can count. She is currently in prison now. Every time she goes in these

places I can’t help but hope she will change, that maybe she will come out a better person and decide that her family is worth loving and caring about. She promises my family that she has changed, and that she wants to have another chance, yet when she gets out she goes right back to her old ways. It is said that love never dies, that it only becomes stronger with time. In order for that to be true, it has to be the same person. My mom, while on drugs, cannot be my mom. She focuses her whole life on getting drugs, taking drugs and has no room for anyone else. I love her, in the way that every daughter loves her mom. Yet, at the same time there is a hatred at what she has done to her life and mine because of drugs. The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have been conquered, but to have fought well. Drugs are real. They ruin people’s lives. Once drugs are started it is hard to quit. And everyday everyone around them has to live with the effects of drugs. We shouldn’t be fighting against drugs after it’s a problem. We should be fighting before it becomes a problem. The fight against drugs is not easy. But in fighting as one, it can be conquered.

Kayla Harrison


Kayla Harrison is a junior at Milford High School.

one really knows why he started drugs. Donald’s parents went through a nasty divorce and his father moved to Florida. After he started drugs, he lived in his mother’s basement. His relatives were afraid of him since he had been to prison. After prison, he went to rehabilitation, and underwent methadone programs. Everyone thought he was getting better. He even joined a work program. After a while, people found out that he had been stealing goods and pawning them off for money for drugs. He was found dead in his basement room by his mother. Donald’s drug use led to the dissolving of his family. He lost his brother, father and many relatives. Drugs tore his family apart and made his life miserable. Drugs hurt others, not just the people who take them. Colleen Grimm COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST




Drugs just aren’t worth it

Drugs took the life of my cousin. He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin and a friend. No one knew that he used drugs until he was found dead with an empty shot of heroine in his arm. He unfortunately overdosed. I will never forget his funeral. Everyone was crying and some couldn’t even go in the room. My aunt, his mother, dropped to her knees crying at the sight of her dead son, her oldest baby. I lost my oldest cousin. I looked up to him and will cherish the memories I have with him. I miss him. Because of drugs, I will never have my cousin back. Yet, he will never be forgotten. Another member of my family who I am, or was very close to, used drugs. I saw how drugs affected his education and his relationship with his father. Because he smoked weed, his grades dropped and he was failing classes. He began to not care whether or not he passed. He did not pay attention to his homework. This angered his father and they began to fight almost daily. His father didn’t know he was using drugs. I saw some of their fights get physical and I would have to step in and tell them to stop. Seeing them fight

affected me greatly. It made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe. But one day he got caught at school smoking weed on school property and was expelled. Obviously, his father did not take this well and punished him at home as well. He was grounded for a long amount of time and was not able to do certain things. His father lost a lot of trust in him. He acted like he didn’t care, but I know he did. I knew he needed someone he could talk to who would not judge him and I decided that should be me. He would open up to me sometimes and tell me how he felt. We became close. Always hanging out and exchanging advice. But he unfortunately didn’t stop smoking weed and was not able to graduate at Milford and had to move to Florida with his mother and try to graduate there. I will never forget the day he left. My family and I were all at the airport. I stood there with tears pouring from my eyes as I watched him leave. We never see each other now. We text occasionally but I am the only one in my family that he really keeps in touch with. This hurts his faJessica Lucas


ther’s feelings, but there is nothing I can do about it. I miss him and hope to see him soon. Another member of my family that I’m very close with used drugs. He smoked weed. No one ever expected him as the kind of person who would use drugs. He’s very smart and known as a good kid. But he got caught twice at school with some weed. He was suspended and had to go to court. Court let him off the hook both times. His parents lost a lot of trust in him. Eventually, a lot of people at his school and my school found out what had happened. Because he smoked weed, people assumed that I did, too. That made me very angry because it wasn’t true. It honestly kind of embarrassed me. Yet, I stood up for him and myself. But today I believe he is drug-free. Drugs killed my cousin, caused a member of my family (his) education and his relationship with his father to suffer, and another member of my family his parents lost trust in him and got him in some trouble. Drugs aren’t worth it, trust me. They affect the people that use them and the people around them.

Jessica Lucas is a ninth-grader at Milford High School.

It’s up to me to be drug-free Hi, I’m Leizbel and I’m 11 years old. This is what I’m up to each day. Go to school (good grades), hang with friends, I go to sleepovers, play with my pet hamster, technically enjoy life. This is what I’ll do if I take drugs. I’ll have bad grades, I won’t have as much friends, and no one will invite me to their houses. Technically, I will be a big wreck. When I become 16 and clean, I would love to have a sweet 16 party, have a nice date and decent boyfriend, and just party with friends, again enjoying life. This is what will happen to me when I’m 16 and taking drugs: I will probably not have a sweet 16 party (not a lot of people will come anyway), not too many parties I will be invited to, I won’t have a decent boyfriend and I won’t be able to even finish high school and not even start college. When I’m 22, I hope to be out of college and have a successful job, at least have an apartment,

to be able to travel the world, have a COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST lot of hobbies and learn new things and try to find my future husband. If I take drugs at that time, I won’t be able to do any of those things. And finally when I’m 25, I hope to be married with healthy children and a lovely husband. If I take drugs, my children might be born with many kinds of problems. So I hope and will try to not take drugs and I won’t. I can’t imagine myself that way. Having a drug-free life is not just about being clean, it’s about knowing and understanding why you should be clean and how does that affect your life whether you are or you’re not. In the fifth grade, I had a class called D.A.R.E. The class was about not taking drugs and what would happen if you do. I learned so much in the class that now I know I’m surely not Leizbel Perdomo

Drugs tear families, friends apart My mom’s cousin Donald became addicted to drugs when he was in high school. He started out as a “pot-head.” Ultimately, Donald was disowned by his father, brother and later on in life, his brother’s family. His mother always took care of him. Donald was arrested for drug use and went through rehabilitation. He seemed to get much better, but five years ago, he died of a drug overdose. He was just getting his life back together. It was the drugs that had killed him. Donald was nice to everyone, he seemed completely normal, but he had one vice: Drugs. He was 41 when he died. I never knew my great cousin Donald. I was told stories about him when he died. He was the nicer of my mom’s two cousins. Donald always seemed like a normal person. He collected blues records and beer cans. He was smart, good with cars and always helped his mother. No


Drugs tear apart families and friends. They kill people and cause despair. Drugs are bad for everyone. They cause people emotional and physical pain. Drugs create stress for the user and their family and friends. This ruins lives, destroys families and hurts others. Donald had a good life. He was smart, friendly and kind. No one knows why he started drugs: It could have been the divorce. He may have been bullied, tormented or worse; but, all the same, it caused him problems and hurt a lot of people along the way. Drugs do nasty things. No one wants to see the results of drug use; so, do yourself a favor and put your money away. Don’t waste money on destroying your life.

A publication of

Colleen Grimm is an eighth-grader at Milford Junior High School.

going to take drugs ever in my life. Having a drug-free life is important because if you are on drugs it can affect your family and people who love and care about you. For example, if you’re on drugs you might lose your job, your family might not trust you to do something important as they did before, all these things might happen if you take drugs. That’s why I want to avoid it. Having a drugfree life is very important because it’s not just about having trust, it’s also about being healthy. People that take drugs under 21 like me; it can damage your brain. When people read this, I really hope if they take drugs they will change their life because of me. And if they don’t I hope they will follow the same healthy dream that I want to follow. Thank you. Leizbel Perdomo is a sixth-grader at Meadowview Elementary School.

CH@TROOM Jan. 4 questions Do you think Iraq will deteriorate into sectarian violence after the U.S. pulled its troops out of the country? Why or why not?

“Why should Iraq be any different from any of the other Middle Eastern countries where deeply entrenched segments of the population seem to be completely intolerant of each other? “In hindsight, perhaps Sadaam Hussein's assassination, brutality and torture were the only glue that could maintain civil order. Much like Yugoslavia, when the brutal dictator was gone, the country fell apart. “I would like to believe we have given them a chance for a new start, but I am not hopeful that they won't waste the monumental effort we invested.” F.S.D. “I think the violence has already begun and I feel, as a lot of

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people, that Iran will try to take over Iraq. “... these people know violence and not much more. We should get the oil from them and then stay out of their lives. “We opened up a can of worms over there that now is more like a hornet’s nest. We can’t afford to police the world and for Gods sake quit giving these people money.” D.D.

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Veterans recognized for inductions By John Seney

BATAVIA — William Knepp of Miami Township said he lost six of his fellow 23rd Infantry comrades during the Korean War. “I would not be here today if it was not for them,” he said. “Especially the one who pushed me aside from an ambush by the enemy.” Knepp was one of four veterans recognized Dec. 21 by the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. Clermont County native Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Knepp were honored for being inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in Columbus. Knepp was inducted into the hall in November; Grant was one of the hall’s first class of inductees in 1992. Also honored by the commission were Vietnam veterans Larry Isaacs of Union Township and John C. McDonald of Anderson Township in Hamilton County for being inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor in Columbus. Isaacs was inducted in 2011 and McDonald in 2010. Howard Daugherty, president of the Veterans’ Service Commission, said he wished Grant could be here to accept the honor. Grant led Union forces in the Civil War and went on to become the 18th president of the United States. He was born in Point Pleasant. “I am proud to have a man like Grant from Clermont County,” Daugherty said. Isaacs served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

By Kellie Geist-May

William Knepp, left, of Miami Township, speaks during a ceremony Dec. 21 at the Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission offices in Batavia. Knepp was honored for recently being inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Commission President Howard Daugherty is at right. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Howard Daugherty, left, president of the Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission, congratulates Vietnam veteran Larry Isaacs of Union Township. Isaacs was honored Dec. 21 for recently being inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

He distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions in 1966 while serving as a squad point man during a search and destroy mission near Tuy Hoa, Daugherty said.

Isaacs said he accepted the honor “for all the guys that came home and those that didn’t come home.” Daugherty said Knepp was chosen for the hall of fame not

John C. McDonald, right, of Anderson Township was honored Dec. 21 at the Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission offices in Batavia. He was recognized for being inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. Commission President Howard Daugherty is at left. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS just for his service in Korea, but for his community service, including efforts to establish a Korean War memorial in Miami Township. Knepp said when the Korean War began he was told he would not be called to active duty if he was married by a certain date. “Nancy (his future wife) said ‘No way. I not getting married that way.’ So I served,” Knepp said. McDonald, who served in the Army in Vietnam, was honored for heroism in ground combat against an armed hostile force in 1968, Daugherty said. “It’s a great honor,” McDonald said. “I thank God I’m from this country.” U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt also thanked the veterans.

Louise Feed & Seed is now open at the corner of Ohio 32 and Old Ohio 74, just east of Eastgate. MATT SCHLAGHECK FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Louiso Feed & Seed now open in Union Twp. By Matt Schlagheck

A local Tristate lawn care business that has been a favorite for more than 1,000 loyal customers recently transitioned to a new location. The owners of Louiso Lawn Care and Landscapes opened Louiso’s Feed & Seed Store in Union Township Saturday, Dec. 10, nine months after the project first broke ground. The company’s previous location was on Round Bottom Road. The store features an attached greenhouse with fresh vegeta-

Clermont Co. OSUE budget calls for youth educator

bles, two facilities to store lawn care equipment and a large retail outlet for the sale of various brand-name feeds for animals ranging from dogs to horses. Owner Rob Louiso said he sought the advice of animal nutrition consultant Neil Bumgarner to help find “quality products at competitive rates.” “He called us and said he wanted the best quality for his customers and their animals,” Bumgarner said. “Now even an officer with the Cincinnati Canine Dog Unit shops here for his canine’s food.” Louiso said he hopes the loca-

tion, at the crossroads of Ohio 32 and Old Ohio 74, will bring traffic into the store. “We’ve had so many people drop by lately just because they saw our new building when driving by,” he said. According to Louiso, many of the curious include regular customers, some dating back to the opening of his landscaping business nearly three decades ago. General manager Mike Strobl says Louiso has kept customers happy by creating a family-like atmosphere, a practice he established when he started out, pushing around a lawnmower as a high school student.

“We’re still mowing and landscaping lawns on a weekly basis that (Louiso) started doing 28 years ago,” said Strobl. “We serve more people now but we still provide the same great service.” Regular customer Michal Tennison said it’s the company’s willingness to help that will keep her and other customers coming back. “I am always impressed with the way their employees want to help you,” Tennison said. “They always carry everything to my car and willing to do anything to make the customer happy.”

CLERMONT CO. — The Ohio State University Extension office will be better staffed next year. The Clermont County commissioners voted in mid-November to increase the county’s contribution to the OSUE budget by about $26,000 for 2012. In 2011, the budget was about $175,000. Next year, it will be closer to $201,000, said Clermont OSUE Director Margaret Jenkins. That increase will allow the organization to fill the youth development educator position, which has been vacant since early 2009. The youth development educator heads 4-H as well as the Look to Clermont program, CARTEENS, Junior Fair Board and more. “For the last few years, we’ve spread those responsibilities among every other staff member in the office and relied on our volunteers Jenkins to keep those programs running,” Jenkins said. “By having a youth development educator, we’ll be able to have more services, workshops and Humphrey expertise from the state.” Changes at the state-level also impacted Clermont County’s OSUE operations in the last two years, Jenkins said. Jenkins asked an advisory committee and the commissioners for two additional educators. She said she’s happy the commissioners budgeted enough to fill one of those positions. “I know these are hard times and I’m excited the commissioners recognized the value of our extension programming and agreed to an increase,” Jenkins said. The position request has been sent to Columbus and Jenkins said she hopes to have someone hired as the youth development educator by February. Commissioner Ed Humphrey, who serves on the advisory board, said the commissioners agreed to the funding increase because of OSUE’s county-wide impact and the value of the programming, especially 4-H. “We felt funding that educator was a good use of resources. We know 4-H is a vital program in Clermont County,” he said. “We have to remember our agricultural roots.” Humphrey said he was impressed a few months back when he heard Juvenile Court Judge Stephanie Wyler say that she’s never had a case involving a child in 4-H. “It’s clear that 4-H builds leaders,” he said. To fund the OSUE increase as well as raises for county employees and other requests, the commissioners will use $1.9 million from the county’s fund balance and $2.8 million in one-time money to balance the general fund budget.

B2 • CJN-MMA • JANUARY 11, 2012

THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 513-379-4900. Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 513-697-9705; Loveland.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-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. 513-831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 513474-3100; Anderson Township.

Civic Christmas Tree Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 513-946-7737. Newtown.

Dining Events

Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, coleslaw, tossed salad, apple sauce, cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in or carryout. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 513-8319876. Milford.

Do, 6448 Sherman Ave., Workshop for parents, children and teachers to learn and share techniques and tactics to not be victims or participate in hazing, bullying, etc. Free. 513-346-0540. Mount Washington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater

Music - Blues

Music and Fun with Zak Morgan, 7 p.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Grammy-nominated recording artist Zak Morgan’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems. $5. Presented by UC Clermont Calico Children’s Theater. 513-558-1215; Batavia.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 513-289-9713. Loveland.

Auditions American Girl Fashion Show Model Auditions, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Beechmont Toyota, 8667 Beechmont Ave., Girls ages 4-13 of all ethnic backgrounds who would like to model historical and contemporary American Girl Doll fashions at the Amer-

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 513-697-9705; Loveland.

Pets Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 513-831-7297; Milford.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 Business Seminars Recycle Christmas trees at several sites throughout Clermont County. ican Girl Fashion Show the weekend of April 27-29 at Music Hall. Free. Presented by Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children’s Trust Foundation.; Anderson Township.

Civic Christmas Tree Drop-off, noon-3 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 513-9467737. Newtown.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

Music - Classic Rock

PUBLIC NOTICE TO LOW INCOME RENTERS The CLERMONT METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY will be accepting applications for the PUBLIC HOUSING ONE BEDROOM WAITING LIST effective January 9, 2012. Applications for the one bedroom waiting list are for the Bethel Woods elderly designated units. Applicants must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Applicants may fill out an application online at the Authority’s website Applications are no longer accepted at the Authority’s Administrative Office. Applications must be properly completed to be accepted and only if the composition and income is within the HUD guidelines. If you have any questions, please call the Administrative Office at 513-732-6010 or for the hearing impaired call TDD 732-6010. Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO CASE NO. # 2011 CVE 1929 Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for LSF6 Mercury REO Investments Series 2008-1, vs Plaintiff Unknown Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold, et al. Defendants Unknown Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold, whose last places of residence were unknown and whose present places of residence are unknown, will take notice on October 27, 2011, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for LSF6 Mercury REO Investments Series 2008-1 filed its Complaint in Case No. 2011 CVE 1929 in the Court of Common Pleas Clermont County, Ohio alleging that Defendants, Unknown Heirs at law, legatees, devisees, next of kin of Joetta M. Arnold have or claim to have an interest in the real estate described below: P.P.N, 47-34-03G-057 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 3204 Ernies Drive, Pleasant Plain, Ohio 45162 A Copy of the full legal description may be obtained from the County Auditors Office. The Petitioner further alleges that by reason of default of Joetta M. Arnold in the payment of a promissory note, according to its tenor, the conditions of a concurrent mortgage deed given to secure the payment of said note and conveying the premises described, have been broken, and the same has become absolute. The Petitioner prays that Defendants named above be required to answer and set up their interest in said real estate or be forever barred from asserting the same, for foreclosure of said mortgage, the marshalling of any liens, and the sale of said real estate, and the proceeds of said sale applied to the payment of Petitioner’s claim in the proper order of its priority, and for such other further relief as is just and equitable. DEFENDANTS NAMED ABOVE ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER ON OR BEFORE THE 16th DAY Of February 2012. BY: Keith D. Weiner & Associates Co., L.P.A. , Stan C. Cwalinski (0078189) 75 Public Square, 4th Floor Cleveland , OH 44113 Tel: (216) 771-6500 1001682668


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Nature Bird Walk, 8 a.m. Meet in Rowe Woods parking lot., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. Included with daily admission, free for members. 513-831-1711. Union Township. Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Kids and adults can join the naturalist inside the traveling indoor planetarium to learn what objects and constellations are visible this time of year. There also will be hands-on discovery stations. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 513-5217275; Anderson Township. Grownups in Nature, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Intensive class on how to best utilize the Playscape and elements. Participants learn why children need to play in nature for healthy development and what they can do to encourage their own children to get outdoors and explore. Ages 18 and up. $8, free for members. Registration required. 513-831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Music and Fun with Zak Morgan, 10:30 a.m., Krueger Auditorium, University of Cincinnati Clermont, $5. 513-558-1215; Batavia.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1 p.m.-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. 513-831-7297; Milford.

SUNDAY, JAN. 15 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450.


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Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, third-degree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 513-293-0293; Anderson Township.

Lectures Winter Travel Series, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “A Journey to East Africa” with Al Klee., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, View scenery and learn about cultural and natural history of places near and far. Ages 18 and up. $8, free for members. 513-831-1711; Union Township.

Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 513-521-7275; Anderson Township. Hands-on Nature at the Nature PlayScape, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Play Facilitators provide variety of tools and toys for children to borrow to explore the Playscape. Family friendly. Included with daily admission, free for members. 513-831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. Single adults ages 21 and up welcome to share love of dogs with other single adults. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Free. 513-831-7297; Milford.


Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 513-369-6001; Symmes Township.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 513-474-2212. Anderson Township.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Celebration of 35-year anniversary of Kalichstein-LaredoRobinson Piano Trio. With Michael Tree, violist; Harold Robinson, bassist. World premier quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 513-381-6868; Loveland.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 Exercise Classes Cardio Bootcamp, 9:30 a.m.-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. 513-383-8339; Milford.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Part of Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary event. No church service attached, no reservations needed. All welcome. Family friendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 513-831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

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Square Dance Lessons, 7 p.m.-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. 513-8716010. Withamsville.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

Literary - Libraries Happy Birthday Martin, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Find out about Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate his birthday with songs, story and birthday cake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public

Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 513-474-3100; Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Healing Rooms, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Milford Assembly of God, 1301 Ohio 131, Spiritual, financial, physical or emotional healing. Free. 513-831-8039; Miami Township.

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Batty Jamboree, 10 a.m. Registration required online by Jan. 17., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Explore the secret world of bats. $5; children ages 3-5. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 513-5217275; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21 Education Writing and Meditation: A Pairing of Words and Silence, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Workshop dedicated to deepening your personal development. Facilitated by Ingrid Farnham and Pauletta Hansel. $50, includes lunch. Reservations required. 513-683-2340. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

Nature The Seasonal Naturalist: Winter at CNC, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Bill Creasey, chief naturalist, shares basics of what to observe in this season of snow as you explore woods and fields. Dress to be outdoors part of time and bring snack for trail. $20, $10 members. Registration required by Jan. 14. 513-8311711. Union Township.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 513-831-7297; Milford.

SUNDAY, JAN. 22 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, $8, $4 ages 10 and under. 513-831-9876. Milford.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 513-2930293; Anderson Township.

Lectures Winter Travel Series, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “A Summer Cruise to Greenland and Iceland” with Al Beach., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $8, free for members. 513-8311711; Union Township.

Pets Singles Night: Free Dog Park, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, Free. 513-831-7297; Milford.

Schools Open House, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Children’s Meeting House Montessori School, 927 O’Bannonville Road, Prospective parents tour six-acre campus and visit classrooms. Teachers available to answer questions, discuss hands-on classroom materials and talk about Montessori method. Family friendly. Free. 513-683-4757; Loveland.


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Homemade soup, stock perfect for winter’s day It’s a soup day at my house. We spent most of the day outside. We cleaned out the flue on the woodstove, spread some ashes and chicken manure on the garden, and Rita took down the last of Heikenfeld the outdoor RITA’S KITCHEN decorations. I meandered through our little patch of woods down to the river and the sun made the water positively sparkle. It’s cold enough that small patches of ice hung onto the bank. Today was the perfect day to hang out bedding, too. When my head touches the pillow tonight and the fresh aroma of a winter’s day surrounds my senses, all will be right with my world.

Joy of Cooking’s version of U.S. Senate bean soup Cathy, an East reader, wanted a recipe for this famous soup, which to this day is still served in the Senate’s restaurant in Washington, D.C. One story goes that the bean soup tradition began around 1900 at the request of Sen. Fred Dubois of Idaho. Regardless, it’s a soup that’s stood the test of time, and there have

Rita shares the "Joy of Cooking" version of U.S. Senate bean soup. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD been a bunch of recipes replicating it. The best that I have found is from, Ethan and Susan Becker’s online site. It’s a fun and easy site to maneuver through, and tells the history of the Joy of Cooking family. When they lived in Cincinnati, both Ethan and Susan were always ready and willing to share their abundant talents. And they’re still doing it, but now from their Half Moon Ridge retreat in the mountains of East Tennessee. I made a version of this in my pressure cooker. Check out my blog, Cooking with Rita, at for details. 1¼ cups small dried white beans, such as navy or Great Northern, rinsed and picked over 1 small ham hock 7 cups cold water

Soak beans. Drain and place in a soup pot with

ham hock and water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1¼ hours. Remove the ham hock (leave the soup at a gentle simmer). Discard the bone, skin, and fat; dice the meat. Return it to the pot and add: 1 large onion, diced 3 medium celery ribs with leaves, chopped 1 large potato, peeled and finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Simmer until the potato pieces are quite soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash with a potato masher until the soup is a bit creamy. Stir in parsley.

Immune-boosting homemade vegetable stock For Frank, a Dayton

reader who gets this column online and who is leaning toward becoming vegan. “I want to make my own stock so it’s completely natural,” he said. This is lighter in taste and texture than stock made with bones or meat. If you like, add a bit of soy sauce (check label for ingredients) or the vegan equivalent at the end of cooking time for a deeper flavor. 2 large cloves garlic 1 generous cup each: carrots, celery and onions, chopped 1 leek, chopped, white part only 2 bay leaves Handful fresh parsley 2 sprigs thyme, about 2 inches each 1 whole clove Shake or two of dried tarragon or a 3-inch fresh sprig, optional 8-10 peppercorns 1 teaspoon dried oregano 8 cups water

Put everything in soup pot and bring to a boil. Cover, lower to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Strain. Season with salt and pepper. Can be refrigerated up to a week or frozen three months. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Check refund policy on daily deal websites Daily deal and couponing websites are attracting many people on the Internet. There are many great deals offered, but what happens if you don’t get the deal for which you paid? Lisa Anderson of Hidden Valley Lake says she’s used the Living Social website about a half dozen times and likes the variety of offers it has. “I’ve used them before for manicures and pedicures and things like that. I saw a coupon for an auto detailing package that was a really good price and decided I would go ahead and try that,” Anderson said. After paying half price with the offer, $45, Anderson tried to contact the detailing company. “I tried over a period of two weeks to schedule the appointment by phone. I got no response, not even a call back to say were busy,” she says. She tried to contact them over the Internet but also got no response. Finally, Anderson contacted the website Living Social and requested her money back. She was told to wait because sometimes a vendor may be overwhelmed by the huge response received for an offer. Eventually, Anderson received an e-mail saying she can’t get a refund. “They do not refund. You get a credit toward some future purchase with Living Social,” she says. There are plenty of offers on the Living Social website, so Anderson says she’s confident she’ll be

able to buy one of them to use the credit. But, she says, it would have been nice to know in the beginning Howard there are no Ain refunds. HEY HOWARD! “Buyer beware a little bit more, and research how these outfits really work,” she says. To avoid getting caught up in impulse buying, most deal websites like Living Social offer you at least five days to cancel and get a full refund. After that time, Living Social says it only provides refunds if the merchant goes out of business. Otherwise, you’ll get a credit good for another deal. For high-priced items, like vacation trips to China costing about $1,200, Living Social says it will give you a full refund, no questions asked, up to 30 days after your purchase. That allows both the customer and the merchant to confirm the purchase. Living Social’s refund policy is found on the company’s website in the “Terms and Conditions” section. This is something you should check out before you buy from any coupon or deal website. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Family is planning two weddings this year Howdy folks, It seems that two of our grandchildren are engaged. Their fiances are wonderful people and we will welcome them into our family. It looks like there will be a wedding this year and one next year. This is exciting for Grandma and Grandpa. Tuesday evening, Ruth Ann and I went up to Bethel to see our friend Alan Ausman be sworn in as the Bethel mayor. Congratulations Alan. There was a good crowd of folks and wellwishers, then a fine meal. The past mayor and new mayor and family go to the Bethel United Methodist Church.

On Thursday at noon, we had a table full of folks to eat a meal here at George home. Rooks Ruth Ann's two cousOLE FISHERMAN ins, Kayla, Karen, Tim and the Massman's Karen and Ron and Lorraine. What a good family. The menu for that meal was fried fish, chicken tenders, corn, carrots, salad and for dessert apple and cherry pie, water, iced tea and I had coffee. All enjoyed the meal and fellowship. On New Years Day, Ruth Ann always fixes

sauerkraut and some kind of pork. So this year it was smoked sausage and mashed taters. This has been a meal for us on New Years Day for several years. It along with good coffee. We hope all of you folks had a good New Year’s Eve. We really celebrated it here at our house. Ruth Ann popped corn and we had a glass of eggnog, then checked our eyelids for cracks then went to bed. Someone asked if we watched the New Year in. Well, I figured it was coming in without us watching and by golly it did! Hope you got to watch the Rose Parade on Monday. There was a funeral dinner at the

Bethel United Methodist Church so we took corn and a salad up, then went to visit the family and back home to watch the parade. The R.F.D. television station had a big float in the parade. They were celebrating Roy Roger’s 100th birthday. They also had Trigger and Bullet the dog on the float, along with some of Roy's children and grandchildren. This was exciting. We watched the program for years and for the R.F.D. station to honor Roy this was special. Thanks. The kitten Chessy spent the night last night in the basement as it was cold and windy. Always before she want-

ed to be outside at night. When I opened the door to the basement this morning, she was at the bottom of the steps and came up quickly. I went and opened the door to the outside to see if she wanted to go out. She sat and looked up at me like to say, It is cold outside and I have no intention of going out! That kitten has sure got both of our numbers, and knows how to get attention. She sure likes to lay in Ruth Ann's lap. She will get on my lap for some petting then go get on a blanket on the couch. She likes to set by the garage and try to catch a bird, but so far no luck. Now that pleases us. When we had

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DEATHS Carl Ballachino Carl Ballachino, 89, Milford, died Jan. 1. He was a welder with General Electric. He was a World War II veteran. Survived by children Pat (Jeff) Routt-Dardis, Carl (Patti) Ballachino Jr., Barbie (Rick) Dezarn; grandchildren Ronda, Joey, Angie, Amie, Tommy; six greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild. Preceded in death by wife Irene Thompson Ballachino, seven siblings. Services were Jan. 5 at St. Andrew Church. Arrangements

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Jerry Lee Biddle, 71, Goshen, died Dec. 28. He was a plumber. Survived by wife Wilda “Joyce” Hopper Biddle; children Jerry Biddle Jr., Vanessa Mazza, Carolyn Meade; stepson Glen Allen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughters Rita Hunt, Debrah Hudgins, siblings John Biddle, Ronnie Warner. Services were Dec. 30 at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

Evalena Marie Brewer, 64, Milford, died Jan.2. Survived by husband Lloyd Brewer; parents John, Helen Higby; brother John; stepsiblings Douglas, Martha, Bonnie. Services were Jan. 6 at Evans Funeral Home.

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1192 Bethel-New Richmond Rd New Richmond, Ohio 45157 Phone 553-3267 Rev. Michael Leshney, Pastor

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00

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

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


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

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

LUTHERAN All Saints Lutheran Church 445 Craig Road Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244 513-528-0412 Services Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

UNITED METHODIST )2$5!. #1!+$& 0$+"/&!,+ %"*-(" 6/* )-$ 31'!+$&4 57%"2& 5$9##4 ; +)1( 2' (:311'1 &62 '+'2" 3$' $26.5

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

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

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

Trinity United Methodist Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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

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

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



Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Blended Worship 8:00 & 10:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 & 10:45 am

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


Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


Laveda Mindum Laveda Lee Mindum, 70, Goshen Township, died Dec. 27. She was a self-employed caretaker. Survived by child Kassie (Rick) Stroud; stepchildren Sueann (Rick) Stroud, Cheri (Kurt) Stemmer; grandchildren Kerre (Todd) Shumard, Kyle (Amanda) Hadley; sister Rosemary (Lefty) Schrichlon; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by children Mark (Margie) Hadley, Karrie (Hop) Hopton, Chris (Jen) Hadley, grandchildren Katrina, Tony (Ashleigh) Stroud, Casey, Cole, Liz Hadley, Jessica, Emily, Zack Hopton. Services were Dec. 30 at Evans Funeral Home.


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

MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School ......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities

Nancy Jean Long, 70, died Jan. 5. She was a caregiver. Survived by children Becky Hummeldorf, Randy Glacock, Steve Brodbeck; grandchildren Daniel, Amada, Eric, Carl, Timmy, Jake, Eli, R.J., Rhiannon; great-grandson Ian; sisters Karen Mason, Debi Panowicz. Services were Jan. 10 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati. •


SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

Nancy Long

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

9:30am 10:30am



7:00pm 7:00pm

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



THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans)

A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

Welcomes You

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



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




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

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



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

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY 9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 3868 McMan Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am

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Nursery provided for all services

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

Contemporary Service.......................9:00am Traditional Service.......................10:30am


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

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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Reaching the Heart of Clermont County


Located at 2580 US Hwy 50 (next to the library) or (1mile east of Owensville on 50)

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

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

GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available

Something for children at each service

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142


509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

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


5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Derrick Dion Keith, 37, Milford, died Dec. 28. Survived by children Cayla, Cylee Keith; mother Jawanica Durham; sisters Raeann Scott, Patricia Richmond; grandmother Margie Lykins. Preceded in death by child Keith Camryn Keith, father Charles Keith, brother Michale Keith. Arrangements by TuftsSchildmeyer Family Funeral Home.

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

PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525

Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am


Nursery care provided

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

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

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

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

The best way to let homes and people find each other.

Acy and Kim Reynolds of Batavia, Ohio announce the engagement of their daughter, Angel Marie Reynolds to David Lee Kabler, son of Mrs. Kathy Armacost of Amelia, Ohio and Mr. Michael Kabler of Felicity, Ohio. Ms. Reynolds who graduated from Amelia High School attends The University of Cincinnati and is studying Early Childhood Education. Mr. Kabler who graduated from Felicity High School is a United Steel Worker, local 14734 for Rotex Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Angel and David plan to be married in October 2012; date to be announced at a later time.


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