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Milford likely to seek a tax hike By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — Residents in Milford likely will be asked to approve a tax hike for fire and emergency medical services May 6. Milford City Council recently approved an ordinance declaring a necessity for the additional tax levy and asking the Clermont County Auditor’s Office for a statement confirming the amount of money that would be generated annually by a three-year, 12.5-mill fire and emergency medical services levy. Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury said if the additional tax levy is approved, fire and emergency medical services taxes

collected annually by Milford would rise from about $1.5 million to just over $1.8 million. Tilbury provided comparisons between what Milford homeowners pay now for fire and emergency medical services annually and what they will pay if the tax-hike issue passes, based on the assessed value of their homes – which is 35 percent of the homes’ market value. He said taxes on homes with a market value of: » $100,000 would increase from about $322 to $392. » $200,000 would increase from about $643 to $783. » $300,000 would increase from about $965 to $1,175. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Milford City Council will vote on wheth-

er to direct the Clermont County and Hamilton County Boards of Elections to proceed with putting the levy — which would be effective in January 2014 – on the May primary ballot. The Milford council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in City Hall at 745 Center Ave. If voters approve a 12.5-mill levy, they will be renewing a 10.5-mill levy that expired Dec. 31 and assessing an additional levy of 2 mills. “Due to property valuations being decreased in Clermont County, the current 10.5-mill levy does not collect the same amount that it previously did,” said Milford City Manager Jeff Wright. “In 2009, the fire and EMS levies collected approximately

$1.9 million, but in 2013 it only collected an estimated $1.5 million. “The city’s total expenses for the fire and EMS operations in 2014 are budgeted at (just over) $1.8 million,” Wright said. Expenses include a $1.7 million annual contract with the Milford Community Fire Department for fire and emergency medical services, 911 emergency call service with the Hamilton County Communications Center and the annual bond payment for the fire station building at 687 U.S. Highway 50. Fire Chief John Cooper said at the Jan. 21 Milford City Council meeting that the fire department’s planned operating expenses in 2014 are expected to

be about the same as they were in 2013. However the department needs to in 2014 replace an ambulance and install a power generator at the fire station, Cooper said. And although Milford has in the past rolled back its fire and emergency medical services millage when its property valuations have increased, Cooper said it has been at least 20 years since the city has increased the millage. For more about your community, visit Get regular Milford updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Industrial company sues Miami Twp. Township fires back with lawsuit of its own By Keith BieryGolick

MIAMI TWP. — Trustees in Miami Township braced residents for possible legal action when they denied an industrial zonechange request from Irvine Wood Recovery in December. Les Irvine, the president of Irvine Wood Recovery, appealed the trustees’ decision Jan. 7. Not only that, but he is suing the township for rendering his property “useless,” among other things, according to a lawsuit filed by his attorIrvine ney with the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. “Miami Township is essentially ‘freezing’ the ... property to see if the unfunded and aspirational dream called Vision 2025 can ever come into fruition,” said Paul Saba, Irvine’s attorney, in the lawsuit. “As such, Miami Township is depriving Irvine of all economically or viable uses of the ... property.” Vision 2025 is the township’s land-use plan for the future, and it designates Irvine’s property as land that could be redeveloped into residential housing, green space and recreational parks. As such, officials were hesitant to agree to a zone change



that would expand an industrial operation. “The trustees believe expanding industrial zoning along (state) Route 126 is not consistent with the long range zoning plans for the area,” said Miami Township Law Director Joe Braun in an email. “The township plans to defend its position in court.” The lawsuit claims Irvine’s property was unfairly singled out by both trustees and the Miami Township Zoning Commission because the property is abutted by other industrial operations. Irvine bought 7.9 acres of land up the street from his recycling company on Glendale Milford Road for $475,458 in February. The property used to be a trailer park, and 6.8 acres of it is zoned accordingly. About 1 acre of the land is zoned industrial, and Irvine requested the rest of his property’s zoning be changed to match that. “(The property) is an isolated island that is zoned differently from the large swath of land mass that is zoned for planned industrial use that literally fully

Irvine Wood Recovery is trying to expand with additional acreage on Glendale Milford Road. Miami Township trustees denied a zone change of the new property, which is currently zoned for a mobile park home. Les Irvine, the company’s president, appealed the decision and is suing Miami Township for rendering his property “useless.” The township is suing Irvine for violating its Zoning Resolution.KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

encompasses and fully surrounds the ... property,” Saba said in the lawsuit. “(The property is) completely surrounded like a small island in a sea of industrial zoned land.” Irvine is seeking at least $25,000 plus interest, attorney’s fees and other court costs. After the initial zone-change denial was made by trustees, one resident remarked the fireworks were just beginning. It appears they were right. Not to be outdone by Irvine’s appeal and lawsuit, the township



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is suing Irvine for dumping — or allowing someone else to dump — material on his new property. Officials claim this violates the township’s zoning resolution, and are seeking an injunction requiring Irvine to remove the debris and to prohibit him from storing other materials outside. “The township took this action because Irvine is openly violating the zoning laws that govern its property and business,” Braun said in an email. “Irvine is not immune from following the township’s zoning

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laws. The law applies to every person and business equally.” Debris from the property has not been removed since Irvine was served a violation notice Oct. 10. Irvine argued in his response to the violation Oct. 18 that he made significant improvements to the property. “We cannot possibly remove the tree debris (that took six months to accumulate) within the proposed 30-day timeframe (sic),” Irvine said in his reSee LAWSUIT, Page A2 Vol. 33 No. 43 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Milford Main will lose money next year

Former Milford school may be sold

MILFORD — The historic Milford Main School’s fate will likely be decided at a public auction. The Milford Exempted Village School District Board of Education recently directed its superintendent to get an appraisal of the city’s oldest school building, but officials didn’t take any votes or make any binding decisions about its future. With that said, it appears the district is finally ready to part ways with the building. The district’s Business Advisory Committee told officials to sell the property, saying that keeping it is a “business risk for the district.” This is not the first time the committee has said that. Committee officials made a similar recommendation in August, and Tom Rocklin, committee chairman, said about five years ago the recommendation was the same. The district stopped using the building, which

School board could take action soon By Keith BieryGolick

MILFORD — The Milford Main School building’s roof is leaking, and the price tag to fix it will be around $15,000. District Operations Manager Jeff Johnson revealed damage to the more than 100-year-old school at a recent Milford Exempted Village School District’s Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting.

“There’s one area over the gym that is really causing us a lot of fits,” Johnson said. The district received two quotes to repair the roof, but Johnson said he needs to examine them closer before presenting anything to the school board. Both companies are suggesting different ways to attack the problem, Johnson said. “It’s not ice, the roof has become saturated,”

The more than 100-year-old Milford Main School building’s roof has sprung a leak, and it will cost the district about $15,000 to fix. The Business Advisory Committee previously advised the school board to get rid of the building in case something like this happened.JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

he said. The roof is one problem the school district’s Business Advisory Committee cautioned the Milford school board about in August. In its mid-year report, the committee recommended the school board “do whatever it can” to unload the building. Tom Rocklin, committee chairman, told the school board the building wasn’t costing taxpayers any money because the district rents it out. But he warned officials if something like a boiler failure or a roof collapse happened the costs could pile up. Now, with roof prob-


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BRIEFLY Man found guilty of rape

Michael Scott Richardson, of Union Township, was convicted Jan. 13 of eight counts of rape, four counts of gross sexual imposition and three counts of felonious assault. The charges stemmed from sexual conduct that took place between Richardson and three of his nephews. The victims were 4, 7, and 10 at the time of the sexual abuse. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, six of which carried life sentences. Richardson will be sentenced on Feb. 13 by Judge Richard Ferenc.

Art show now accepting artists

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society is accepting artists for the ninth annual Art Affaire. This art and fine craft outdoor show will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the grounds of Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Milford. Art Affaire is a juried show featuring exhibits in the following areas – painting, drawing, photography, paper, print making, clay, glass, mixed media, jewelry, leather, metal, sculpture, wood, basketry, and fiber. The event is open to any artist living in the United States. The application deadline is April 25. Art Affaire is a key fundraiser for the Greater Milford Area Historical Society. Proceeds from the event support the group’s Scholarship Fund as well as other community-oriented programming. Visit for more information on the Greater Milford Area Historical Society.

Deadline nears for home sewage repair

The Clermont County General Health District will accept applications from county homeowners for the repair or replacement of failing household sewage disposal systems between Jan. 27 and Feb.

24. Grant funding is also available to connect eligible homes to public sewers. Eligible homes must be owner occupied and applicants must meet income and asset requirements. All property taxes and inspection fees must be current; there can be no judgments against the property. For more information call 732-7494 or go online to

Meeting to discuss post-secondary options

Council elects new Milford mayor By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — There’s a new mayor in town. A newly sworn in Milford City Council on Jan. 7 elected Laurie Howland to the two-year top post. Howland, Amy Brewer and Lisa Evans were reelected to four-year City Council terms in November. OfficemanagerforThe Howland Group in Milford, Howland has served four years on council. During her last campaign, she emphasized fos-

There will be an informational meeting for students and parents who live in the Milford Exempted Village School District and are interested in Post Secondary Educational Options at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the high school library. Contact school counselor Michelle Dolezal at with questions.

UC Clermont alumnus award nominees sought

UC Clermont College is seeking nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be eligible, an individual should have distinguished themselves through significant professional accomplishment, made contributions to their community and attended UC Clermont College for at least one year. The nomination form can be found online at Submissions are due March 18, 2014. The Distinguished Alum recipient will be honored this year during the annual Commencement Celebration Ceremony on April 25 at the Oasis Conference Center. For more information about the award or nomination process, contact Mindi Klein at 558-3420 or


tering economic development, keeping the budget under control and improving infrastrucHowland ture. “My priority for the next two years as mayor is the same as before: to be part of a great team that will continue to move this city forward and make decisions that benefit Milford today as well as in the future,” Howland said. “I am humbled by the

honor to serve the next two years as mayor. “It is a great honor and privilege and I am appreciative to my fellow council members for this honor,” Howland said. Milford City Council also elected Jeff Lykins vice mayor for two years. “It’s a very humbling honor to be chosen by your peers to lead the city,” said Lykins, whose City Council term ends in December 2015. “It is my plan to work closely with Mayor Howland to reach the council’s goals for continued

growth in the city while still giving the citizens the high quality of services they’ve come to expect.” Howland, Lykins, Brewer and Evans join Ed Brady, Charlene Hinners and Geoff Pittman, whose terms also end in December 2015, on City Council. For more about your community, visit /Milford. Get regular Milford updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit


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Milford water rates to rise 12 percent By Jeanne Houck

MILFORD — The 6,000plus customers of the Milford Water Department will soon pay 12 percent more for their water. Milford City Council recently agreed to raise both the $3.95 water-service fee and the $3.95 per 1,000-gallons-of-water usage rate assessed customers within the city limits every two months to $4.42. The water-service fee and the usage rate as-

sessed customers outside the city limits every two months will rise from $5.90 to $6.61 each. The increases are effective immediately. Milford City Manager Jeff Wright says the Wright city had not increased the water-usage rate since April 2006. “Estimating a 3 percent annual rate of infla-

tion means that the water utility has lost approximately 25 percent spending power to inflation,” Wright said. “Although the city continues to successfully compete for grants to pay for almost half of the capital improvements that have been made fund balances have been substantially reduced since the remaining capital expenses have drawn down the end-of-year cash carryover. “Although operating expenses have been cut

recently, Milford cannot continue to spend down the fund balances,” Wright said. The city commissioned Brandstetter Carroll Inc., which has offices in downtown Cincinnati, in 2013 to analyze the water system and develop a 10-year capital-improvement plan. “Although improvements have been made in the last few years to the treatment plant there are dozens of replacement projects that are necessary to incrementally replace the aged waterlines

that comprise the distribution component of the system,” Wright said. “The 22 recommended waterline replacement projects alone are estimated to total approximately $8.3 million.” Water Plant Supervisor Matt Newman recently told City Council that 4inch, 6-inch and 8-inch waterlines to be replaced along Main Street this year were installed in 1907, 1938 and 1938, respectively. Wright said Milford decreased operating expenses in its water department in 2013 by about 10 percent from 2012. “There are now only five employees in the water department, whereas in 2012 there were six employees,” Wright said. “In addition, staff has kept costs as low as necessary by eliminating some supplier contracts and

eliminating as much contracted labor as possible.” Nevertheless, expenses are rising, Wright said. “For example, lime used for softening water at the treatment plant cost $103 per ton in 2006,” Wright said. “It now costs approximately $150 per ton for an increase of 50 percent since rates were last increased.” Milford’s water is drawn from four groundwater wells. Since groundwater is naturally “hard” it requires the use of lime to reduce the hardness of the water. For more about your community, visit Get regular Milford updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

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Freezing temperatures and snow have hit Clermont County hard this winter, making salt a precious commodity in some communities. “I’ve had so many people call me asking for salt,” said Mike Mantel, service director for Miami Township. “This is the first time I’ve had to say no.” Mantel said Miami Township stores salt for Milford, Sycamore Township and the Clermont County Engineer’s Office. “It’s pretty obvious that this winter is extremely different than last winter,” Mantel said. “Last winter was one of the mildest and this winter is one of the most hazardous.” The township used 1,700 tons of salt last winter. This winter, officials have already gone through 2,462 tons of salt. And its spent more than quadruple the money it did last year. Officials bought 505 tons of salt last winter for $30,895, Mantel said in an email. “We needed to purchase very little (last winter) because we had plenty on hand from previous years,” the service director said in an email. This winter, the township bought 2,705 tons of salt for $130,368.41, Mantel said in an email. “This is not an average winter, and neither was last year,” he said.

Bethel using less salt

Despite the harsh winter, Bethel officials have used less salt this winter than in the past. “Last winter we used a total of 80 tons of salt. So far this year we have used 50 tons and we have 30 tons on hand,” said Travis Dotson, village administrator, in an email. “Cost is comparable last year to this year so far. At this point, we are in good shape, but we have another round of snow coming this week-

end, so I will not be surprised if we have to purchase more salt before this winter is over.” Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin said in an email the village spent $4,960 on salt last winter and $2,805 so far this winter.

Salt use doubles in Batavia Township

Township Administrator Rex Parsons said the township so far has used 768 tons of salt. This is more than double what was used all of last winter when a total of 364 tons was used. However, Parsons said it’s not just the snow but the slick road conditions which have required the use of so much salt. “(It) would almost be better if we got a significant amount of snow on the road, because that can easily be plowed,” said Parsons, adding that slick road conditions are more problematic. Plowing is more cost effective and better for the environment than salt, he said. According to Service Director Ken Embry the cost for salt this winter was $48.19 per ton. The cost of salt last winter was $69.50 per ton. Parsons said so far the total amount spent on salt this winter is about $35,404.

Milford needs to buy more salt

Milford has used 558 tons of road salt this season and has about 300 tons remaining, according to Service Department Supervisor Ed Hackmeister. Hackmeister said Milford only used 180 tons one year ago and 273 tons two years ago. The city paid $34,700 for the 558 tons of road salt it used this year, $11,194 for the 180 tons of salt it used in 2013 and $17,068 for the 273 tons of salt it used in 2012. City Manager Jeff Wright said staff is asking City Council to authorize the purchase of an additional 550 tons of road salt in February.


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he youngest University of Cincinnati December 2013 graduate is Brooke Kirkland, 18, a UC Clermont student receiving a liberal arts degree. Kirkland grew up in Batavia and has been home-schooled her entire life. She started attending the postsecondary program at UC Clermont her junior year of high school and has been attending ever since. Kirkland just completed her high school studies six month ago in May 2013. Clermont Northeastern High School was the granting institution for her high school diploma since she was homeschooled until she came to UC Clermont during her junior year in high school through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program. The youngest University of Cincinnati December 2013 graduate is Brooke Kirkland, 18 THANKS TO MAE HANNA

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Union University fall semester - Mallory Baker

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Ashland University Sarah Alley, Laurin McClure, Angela Phillips and Megan Rohlfs Belmont University fall semester - Julie Altimier, Dylan Bodley, Curtis Brown, Megan Clifford and Samuel Hoffman Bob Jones University fall semester - Jonathon Davis Georgetown College Ashley Anne Conover, of Goshen Ohio Northern University - Shannon Boys, of Miami Township Union College fall semester - Amanda Darling Walsh University Paige Chandler and Michael Madden Wright State University fall semester - Evan Druffel, Daniela Fisher, Emily Greenway, Miranda Puthoff and Austin Schneider. Youngstown State University fall semester Ayah El-Khatib Shannon Boys, daughter of Brent and Lori Boys of Loveland, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the fall semester. She is a junior majoring in environmental and field bio. Ryan Dodds, son of Timothy and Sharon Dodds of Loveland, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the fall semester. He is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. Hannah Peterson, daughter of Kirk and Jili Peterson of Milford, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the fall semester. She is a sopho-

more majoring in comm arts/public relations. Kelli Roundtree, daughter of Timothy and Margaret Roundtree of Milford, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the fall semester. She is a pharmacy sixth year majoring in pharmacy.


Samuel Zang, of Milford, graduated from The University of Akron with the bachelor of arts degree in business and Org Commun-PR. Paige Chandler, of Milford, graduated from Walsh University with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting.


First-year medical student R.J. Sontag, formerly of Milford has been selected to receive an annual scholarship of $30,000 from Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship Fund. He is a student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Under the Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship Program, 50 medical students can receive up to $120,000 in scholarship funding over their fouryear medical education. The program was created with the passage of Ohio HB 198, Ohio’s patientcentered medical home legislation.


Brooke Zwilling of Loveland, has been accepted to Ashland University for the fall semester of 2014. Zwilling, who is a senior at Milford High School, will receive the Provost’s Scholarship for $8,000 annually to attend Ashland University.

Milford school district wins a cafeteria facelift

Three local school districts will get cafeteria overhauls thanks to a partnership between Interact for Health (formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati) and Cook for America, a national program advocating for healthy school meals. The Milford, Erlanger-Elsmere and Norwood school districts will work with Cook for America teams to incorporate fresh food in their cafeterias. The three-phase program helps schools train cafeteria workers, assess their current food program and develop plans to serve healthier

meals. The value of the overhauls is estimated at about $150,000 collectively. Program leaders kicked off the event with a tour of Norwood’s Williams Avenue Elementary School last week. The three districts collectively serve more than 16,000 students. Milford also assists other districts with food service including: Madeira, Wyoming, Finneytown, St. Columban, St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Clermont Educational Collaborative North (autistic children) and multiple preschool programs.

High school juniors sought for program LOOK to Clermont Youth Development Program is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 junior class. LOOK to Clermont is a 4-H youth development program, operated by the Ohio State University Extension Clermont County and UC Clermont College, for high school juniors and seniors. Participants develop personal and team leadership skills, while earning post-secondary enrollment option credit. In order to participate in LOOK to Clermont, the participant must be a high school junior going into the 2014-2015 school year who resides in Clermont County and has: » A sincere willingness to serve the community


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» Participated in school or community activities » A 3.0 GPA or higher » Parental permission and support » A post-secondary enrollment option eligible class load » Access to his/her own transportation If interested, contact your high school guidance counselor. Information packets have been sent to each high school in the county. If you are a private school or home school student, please contact Clermont Extension at 7327070. Applications are due by Feb. 28.


The following is a list of students who received A and A & B Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Grade 3 A Honor Roll: Julia Allgeyer, Zachary Ammon,Aiden Bryant, Ethan Cameron, Elizabeth Cavanaugh, Hudson Ellen, Marina Garr, Hannah Grimm, Sydney Hill, Madison Hundley, Lindsey Ketring, Ethan Lengyel, Christian Mooney, Layla Oehler, Nathan Paprocki, Connor Redman, Tristyn Smiley, Sabrina Sturgill, Carly Treadway, Mallory Trefzger. A & B Honor Roll: Alexis Abshire Joe Alvarado, Seth Anderson, Jamie Asche, Tim Bauer, Nick Boberschmidt, Matthaus Buechner, Brooklyn Bunch, Noah Bunch, Sarah Cordell, Madison Coriell, Ethan Cox, Mariyah Davis, Kasinda Fellers, Amber Frazer, Rachel French, Brayden Fricker, Kila Frietch, Gabe Gulley, Sarah Haas, Thomas Hansford, Kacey Herlinger, Christina Hodges, Zeek Holtzclaw, Ruby Hoskins, Drew Hundley, Jacob Jordan, Sarah Kemper, Joel Kerth, Tily Kwaidah, Bryce Lambert, Kenlee Latchford,Jonathan Lee, Jacob Lester, Emily Lozano, Carlee Lynch, Chase Mahaffey, Jacob Maphet, Jacob McDaniel, Angel Menkhaus, Jessica Merritt, Breanna Miracle, Bradley Moore, Alyssa Mose, Cameron Mueller, Daniel Myers, C.J. Newberry,Brice Noland, Tucker O’Donnell, Kyle Paolo, Braden Porter, Cirsten Prewitt, Piper Rice, Andy Rios, Domonick Sexton, Summer Shaw, Taylor Smith, Emily Sommer, Austin Taylor, CoreyWatkins, Raven Weber, Trey Wilson, Logan Wittmeyer, Aleah Zapf. Grade Four A Honor Roll: Josh Belknap, Isabella Burdick, Leala Denham, Delaney Geary, Megan Hoffrogge, Chloe Johnson, Mark Mason, Adalyn Middick, Tracker Newberry. Grade Four A & B Honor Roll: Brayden Allen, Alec Amundson, Alyssa Anderson, Cory Baird, Jake Bauknecht Steven Beckstedt,, McKinnley Benzinger Evan Blattner, Faith Bolton, Brice Brewer, Brody Brittain, Ellie Bross, Sophia Carbone, Sydney Chandler, Karley Cooper, AveryCranston, Dylan Crockett, Devin Dangerfield, Michael Deffinger, Alex Dick, Dakota Dutlinger, Tristan Foster, Kacie Gadberry, Zoe Gulley, Olivia Haeufle, Cordelia Hannah, Ray Harvey, Nathan Heyne, McKenna Hill, Leila Hirsch, Madison Hornsby, Parker Horr, Gabrielle Howell, Peyton Knochel, Austin Kube, Jacob Lemmel, Grant Lewis, Olivia McLean, Amy Meyers,Julia Matthewson, Tanner Newberry, Quentin Pairin, Chloe Plamann, Cole Prevette, Everett Redmon, Tyler Reed, Emma Riddle,Clayton Schmidt, Darian Shawkey, Abby Sluder, David Smith, Brianna Thomas, Jakob Ulrey, Makayla Warren, Piper Webb, Kellen Wells, Garrett Whitaker, Jaylin White, Lorelei Williams, Hayden Woods. Grade Five A Honor Roll: Veronica Belousov, Abby Boberschmidt, Kyleigh Campbell, Jaeden Canter,Lillie Casey, Matthew Deffinger, Eric Eickenhorst, Chase Forman, Jeremiah Fruth,Tyler Greenawalt, Tori Inabnitt, Noah Johnson, Samuel Lowry, Maria Paolo, Aiden Poe,Brooke Reeves, Robbie Tomes, Jack Webster, Miranda York. Grade Five A & B Honor Roll : Alexis Abshire, Joe Alvarado, Seth Anderson, Jamie Asche, Tim Bauer, Nick Boberschmidt, Matthaus Buechner, Brooklyn Bunch, Noah Bunch, Sarah Cordell, Madison Coriell, Ethan Cox, Mariyah Davis, Kasinda Fellers, Amber Frazer, Rachel French, Brayden Fricker, Kila Frietch, Gabe Gulley, Sarah Haas, Thomas Hansford, Kacey Herlinger, Christina Hodges, Zeek Holtzclaw, Ruby Hoskins, Drew Hundley, Jacob Jordan, Sarah Kemper, Joel Kerth, Tily Kwaidah, Bryce Lambert, Kenlee Latchford, Jonathan Lee, Jacob Lester,, Emily Lozano, Carlee Lynch, Chase Mahaffey, Jacob Maphet, Jacob McDaniel, Angel Menkhaus, Jessica Merritt Breanna Miracle,Bradley Moore, Alyssa Mose, Cameron Mueller, Daniel Myers, C.J. Newberry, Brice Noland, Tucker O’Donnell, Kyle Paolo, Braden Porter, Cirsten Prewitt, Piper Rice, Andy Rios, Domonick Sexton, Summer Shaw, Taylor Smith, Emily Sommer, Austin Taylor, Corey Watkins, Raven Weber, Trey Wilson, Logan Wittmeyer, Aleah Zapf.


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CNE hires ‘old-school’ coach for football team

Rheude back from ACL injury better than ever

Larry Blackstone a hall of famer at 2 schools

Milford senior spent year as 'assistant to the assistant’ By Mark D. Motz

By Mark D. Motz

MILFORD — One day in third grade, a little girl brought home a piece of paper and said the magic words. “Dad, I want to play basketball.” Fast forward nine years and that little girl – Bridget Rheude – grew up to be the starting point guard for the Milford High School varsity team. It’s a scenario that would have happened sooner if not for a torn anterior cruciate ligament Rheude suffered during a varsity soccer scrimmage as a junior. Rheude missed the entire soccer season and had to sit out basketball, too. But she used her nine-month recovery time wisely and came back to basketball this year much improved. Not only did she rehabilitate her knee – Rheude doesn’t even wear a brace these days - but she increased her basketball IQ in the process. “She really was the assistant to the assistant coach,” Eagles head coach Kristi McKenny said. “I think she really learned a lot sitting there, observing the game from the bench rather than being out there. “I was impressed at how much she soaked up on the bench. When she decided not to play soccer this fall, I saw how much she dedicated to basketball.” Rheude agreed. “It was definitely helpful,” she said of her time on the sidelines. “I see a lot more on the floor now that I didn’t see before.” To the point where she leads the Eastern Cincinnati Conference at 3.8 assists per game - just ahead of teammate Kelly Noll (2.8) – and is second in the league in steals (2.3). “I definitely like being the assist person more than the scorer,” Rheude said. “I like getting my teammates involved, in setting them up for good shots.” Which isn’t to say she can’t score. Rheude recorded a careerhigh 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting and a 5-for-6 performance at the free-throw line in a Jan. 22 road win over Loveland. She added her customary four assists, two steals and two rebounds, as well. “She’s the engine that makes us run,” McKenny said. “She doesn’t

OWENSVILLE — Forgive the newest Clermont Northeastern High School football coach if he seems a little shaky on geography. “I saw the ad in the Community Journal they were looking for a coach,” said Larry Blackstone, the man in question. “I called my daughter and asked where the place was. Turns out it’s 10 miles from my house.” CNE athletic director Mike Kirk is happy Blackstone found his way to the Rockets. Because while Milford resident didn’t know his way around greater Owensville, he certainly knew his way around the football field, as evidenced by a 45-year high school and college coaching resume. Blackstone spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson. He was a hall of fame player at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968. He’s also in the Salem International University (W.Va.) hall of fame as a head coach. “I was excited to see the number of people who were interested in the job (which was about 30 applicants), but Larry stood out,” Kirk said. “He’s a structure-and-discipline kind of guy, very old school. “That said, he doesn’t cuss and he won’t let his players cuss. He wants to shake hands with every kid at the end of every practice, look them in the eye and have them look him in the eye. Kids like the structure and want to be held accountable.” Blackstone credits his father with the handshake concept. “My dad was a farmer

and we worked with him morning to night, hard work,” he said. “He’d get after us pretty good – there were plenty of times we didn’t like him too much but at the end of the day, when we were going in, he stopped my brothers and me and shook our hands and said ‘Good work today, son.’ “That always stuck with me. You could never get too mad at him for how he got on you because you knew he loved you.” Blackstone said he will get on the CNE players, too. “I’m a yeller and a screamer, but before they leave every day, I want those boys to know I appreciate them and I have their backs. The whole thing is we’re trying to hold everybody accountable. “A lot of teams will huddle up and yell ‘1-2-3 … Win’ or something. We’re going to say ‘1-2-3 … 1-11.’ That’s one team, 11 guys. If you can get 11 guys just doing their jobs together, good things will happen.” Which is what Kirk expects. “We’ve been 17 years without a winning season,” he said. “He knows Rome wasn’t built in a day, but he’s going to bring a different attitude here. “We’re excited about what he brings. Not only will he help the players, but he’ll be a good influence on the whole coaching staff. We’ve had a lot of new hires the last few years, but getting somebody with his experience is going to benefit all of us.”

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Milford High School senior guard Bridget Rheude ignites the Eagles’ fast break during a 49-29 road win at Loveland Jan. 22. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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come off the floor. She plays hard. She’s smart. She knows where everyone on the floor is supposed to be. You can’t ask for much more in a point guard. “With her leading the league in assists and second in steals, I think that shows she understands both sides of the ball and how good defense can turn into good offense.

Her defense turns into a lot of fast breaks, a lot of easy baskets for us.” Rheude is interested in playing college basketball, but has yet to decide on a school. She said math is her favorite subject– she’s taking honors pre-calculus right now – and wants to be a math teacher herself some day. Or a physical education teacher. Or – maybe not surprisingly given her recent history – a physical therapist. “I want to do something where I can help people better themselves,” Rheude said.


PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Mark D. Motz and Scott Springer

Boys basketball

» Clermont Northeastern beat Felicity-Franklin 81-31 at home Jan. 24 to improve its record to 510. » McNicholas beat Deer Park 67-40 Jan. 18 as Danny Byrne scored 17 to lead the Rockets. McNick fell 47-45 at Middletown Fenwick Jan. 24. » New Richmond won 59-40 at Goshen Jan. 24; Frankie Taulbee led the team with 11 points and

John Buckingham added 10. » Milford Trevor Bullock’s 14 points and eight rebounds weren’t enough as Milford came up short in Springboro, falling 4945 Jan. 18. Milford slipped to 8-5 with the loss and suffered its first non-conference defeat of the season. » Senior Grant Benzinger had 17 points on Jan. 24 as Moeller came from behind to beat St. Xavier 52-48.

Girls basketball

» Clermont Northeastern lost 47-36 at home against CHCA Jan. 20.

» New Richmond posted its 10th straight victory with a 59-24 home win over Goshen Jan. 23; Bailey Workman led the team with 18 points. » Milford led after each of the first two quarters, but couldn’t sustain the momentum and lost 47-44 to Anderson Jan. 18. Senior point guard Bridget Rheude led the Milford offense with 12 points. Rheude scored a careerhigh 18 on the road road at Loveland Jan. 22 to lead the Eagles to a 49-29 victory and level their record at 8-8. » Anderson beat McNicholas 52-39 Jan. 22;

Payton Ramey and Hannah Taylor each scored 12 in the losing effort.


» Glen Este beat Milford 56-18 in the first round of Region 8A the OHSAA State Duals Jan. 22. Winners for the Eagles included Jeremy Dentino, Jake Ashcraft, Aaron Buchanan (avenging an earlier loss against Glen Este) and Jack Noll.

Glory Days

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JANUARY 29, 2014 • CJN-MMA • A7

Rockets set personal records at Coaches Classic By Mark D. Motz



Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Or the ME Lyons YMCA. One of those places with initials. Either way, the McNicholas High School swimming and diving team arrived at the annual Southwest District Coaches Classic meet under unusual circumstances. First of all, Rockets head coach Tessa Lengerich missed the Jan. 18 and 19 event, having just given birth to her second son, William John Lengerich, who clocked in at more than 11 pounds. So firstyear assistant coach Taryn Diersing – Lengerich’s sister - took over head coaching duties. Diersing’s phone – and with it her digital stopwatch – broke during the meet, so she had no way to time her swimmers. Many of the swimmers themselves were coming off a prolonged stretch of illness that did not bode well for the classic. So how did they do? “It was a little overwhelming, but I was ecstatic,” Diersing said. “We had a lot of personal records. I had a lot of swimmers do surprisingly well. “We’d been swimming meets basically every weekend and improving, but the personal records were falling by one and two seconds. For them to drop so much time was a definite surprise. A good surprise.

McNicholas High School senior swimmer Mitch Bloemer set a pair of personal bests in the Southwest District Coaches Classic Jan. 18 and 19. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It’s possible because it’s a big stage and it was adrenaline. But Mason is a fast pool, too, deep and cold, all the perfect conditions for good swims. The kids did great.” Senior Mitch Bloemer – one of two McNick boys on the team - swam four events and set personal bests in two of them, the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. “Considering who was there and the magnitude of who was there, I was very happy,” he said. “In a meet like that you just have to swim against yourself. One of the guys next to me from Moeller said he was going to the (Olympic) trials. I have to be happy with going for times, improving my own times.” Bloemer is closing in on his preseason goal of swimming the 50 free in under 28 seconds. He’s at 28.1 now and said by the time he shaves and tapers for tournament swimming, he should find him-

self in the high 27s. Not bad for a guy better known at McNick as a golfer. He’d like to make that sport his life’s work, double majoring in business and golf management next school year with an eye toward becoming a club or resort PGA professional. The Anderson Township resident played basketball at Immaculate Heart of Mary, but he found the competition for a roster spot in high school hoops too fierce and began looking for another way to spend his winters. “My sister (Anna) was on the swim team,” he said. “She was a senior when I was a freshman and that sibling rivalry kind of kicked in. I thought if she could do it, I could, too. I jumped in with both feet.” Diersing said the McNick girls who found similar success at the classic. Senior twin divers Abbie and Maddie Mitchell finished 14th and 15th, respectively, for the Rockets. Shellby Miller scored points in the 500 free and led a relay contingent in the 200 and 400 free that also included freshmen Skye Lewis and Molly Jordan and senior Karina Cabrera. “(Miller) is almost at her 500 time from state last year and she hasn’t started to taper,” Diersing said. “And the 400 and 200 relay school records they set last year, they should be coming down again soon, too.”

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The Saints Margaret and Columban boys cross country team complete another successful season, winning the small school All City Middle School Cross Country championship for the sixth year in a row. The following week they competed in the Ohio State Middle School Cross Country Championship in Columbus, where they won the division II cross country championship. In back, from left, are coach Mark Holly, Michael Holly, Brian Mauch, Conor Faulhaber, Daniel Shisler, Evan Sugure, Ben Cummins, Nick Mills, Evan Stahl, Jared Klaber, Cameron Wilson, coach Phil McDonald. In front are Teddy Houseman, Nathan Weisgerber, Michael Vanderloo, Ryan Konkoly, Joey Weisgerber, Sean Saud, Scott Kinross, Ben Bowers, Aiden Soberano, Sam Cook. Not pictured is Will Bachman.

SIDELINES Goshen soccer registration

Registration for Goshen Youth Soccer Association leagues will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Goshen Community Center. Soccer fees are $95. Early bird special is $10 off the fee. If the player is re-using a uniform from the fall, there is a $15 discount.

Athletic breakfast » The Milford High School Athletic and Band Boosters are joining forces again this year in

sponsoring the second annual Milford Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Milford High School Cafeteria. Despite the snow last year, the first pancake breakfast was well attended and great fun. Attendees will get all-youcan-eat pancakes, two sausages and beverage. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and senior adults. Tickets sold in advance and at the door) The Milford High School band will provide music and the

cheerleaders will provide fun activities for the younger kids.

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AAU Girls and Boys Basketball Tryouts coming up in February! CE-0000582130

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2014 Youth Baseball and Fastpitch Softball Registrations On-Line registration opened on December 1, 2013. For more information, check our website: ee Spo ports In-Person registrations at Jamboree Sports (130 Cemetery Rd., Milford, OH OH): Saturday, January 25, 2014 Thursday, February 6, 2014

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CH@TROOM Last week’s question Are you worried about terrorist attacks at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? Why or why not?

“I am always worried about terrorist attacks. It is a shame that an event like the Olympics can’t go on without this fear. “I am pretty sure that the athletes will be protected but I am not so sure about the general public. One other thing, I know our president doesn’t allow it but I call them Islamist terrorists, these are not the little sisters of the poor.”

NEXT QUESTION President Obama has said addressing income inequality will be the focal point of his agenda for the rest of his term. What can be done to address income inequality? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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How can we balance the national budget? The Ohio legislature recently passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention. The purpose of this convention would be to add an amendment to the Constitution mandating a balanced budget. Gov. Kasich stated in an op-ed in the Enquirer this is possible as the state of Ohio has managed to balance its budget. A balanced budget is something we would all like to see coming out of Washington. Passing a Constitutional amendment raises several questions. How would the budget be balanced? The current year’s deficit is roughly $600 billion. Are the people in the Ohio House proposing to cut the budget by this amount or are they in support of raising taxes? According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, the current budget has $1.2 trillion of discretionary funding, roughly half of that going to defense. Medicare and Social Security take up about 45 percent of the budget. The simplest thing would be to stop all discretionary funding, but that would mean closing down the Pentagon and virtually all of the government. If we wish to continue these programs Congress will have to either raise taxes or make cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Another question arises when we think back to 9/11 and 2008. What will happen the next time the United States goes to war or during the next financial meltdown? Are we willing to pay for our wars? In all of U.S. history all wars were paid for by raising the national debt. If we were to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we would have to


pay more than $4 trillion according to a Harvard study. Are we going to force Congress to raise taxes or cut the rest of government in order to fight the next

bad guy? When the next financial bubble explodes who will make sure we don’t end up with a depression? In the 1930s the unemployment rate reached more than 25 percent. Franklin Roosevelt increased the deficit in order to pay for the programs which gave people food and work. The only reason the banking system didn’t collapse in 2008 and tens of thousands of auto workers didn’t lose their job was because the government spent more than a trillion dollars. How would the government manage the next financial crisis when it cannot have the ability to infuse money into the system, without having to take the same amount out in order to balance the budget? When we buy cars we usually take a loan and pay it back. Will the government be allowed to take loans if it has to keep a balanced budget? How will those loans be paid off? Where would the money come from? Making popular declaration is easy. Putting substance into such declarations is much harder. Ask your representatives what kind of tough decisions they are willing to make. Oded Zmora is a resident of Pierce Township.

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It’s time to replace state Rep. Stautberg This guest column is written on behalf of The Anderson Tea Party, but it reflects the views of similar liberty groups in Ohio House District 27. Group leaders representing these groups have decided unanimously that state Rep. Peter Stautberg should be replaced. Our position to replace Rep. Stautberg has not been taken frivolously. It comes after in-depth conversation and consideration by a diverse cross section of conservative voters. The action is being initiated on behalf of concerned conservatives throughout the district; Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, etc. While some Republicans in the district may not be particularly enamored with the Tea Party, based on an erroneous perception created by the media, we believe that they heartily support this initiative that is dedicated to preserving the rights of individual liberty and personal property for everyone in Ohio House District 27. At issue is not just Rep. Stautberg’s lack of conservative votes, but also his absence of leadership and continuous failure to take a public position on critical issues affecting constituents. » Common Core. There are many reasons why Ohio parents, teachers and taxpayers

are concerned about Common Core. If allowed to stand, state and local school board members, along with Judy parents and Guju COMMUNITY PRESS teachers, will cede local GUEST COLUMNIST control of assessments - and by default curriculum - to unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Rep. Stautberg will not co-sponsor HB237 legislation that seeks to repeal Common Core in Ohio, nor will he go on record opposing this federal takeover of our local school districts. Note: The Republican National Committee and the Hamilton County Republican Party have passed a resolution condemning and rejecting Common Core. » Medicaid expansion in Ohio. It is deeply disappointing that conservatives in Ohio 27 had to work tirelessly for 10 months in an attempt to get Rep. Stautberg to take a stand against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio. While Treasurer Josh Mandel, along with conservative Ohio legislators, made immediate and forthright statements condemning Medicaid expansion, Rep. Stautberg has refused to go on record. Ohioans in a clear majority

reject this backdoor means of ceding federal health care in Ohio. » Former Anderson Trustee Kevin O’Brien. Rep. Stautberg’s apathy, in excess of three and a half years, to introduce legislation allowing for a recall election for incompetent trustees exposed Anderson residents to four years of liability and fiduciary risks. Waiting until a few months before O’Brien’s term expired failed to mitigate any of these potential damages. » Allegiance to lobbyists. Rep. Stautberg undermines his representation of District 27 constituents’ local wants and needs in favor of business interests from outside our district, specifically, interests involving the utility industry. Critical to Ohio’s future and District 27, is a representative we can trust to represent us, like our former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who served admirably before he was termlimited. There are a number of other highly qualified Republicans in our district, who should consider running and are worthy of the support of all conservatives in the district. It is our intention to reach out to them and to other interested individuals.

Judy Guju is a Republican Party Central Committee member of Anderson Township and Hamilton County.

Nation operates by law crafted by the many This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a case concerning President Obama’s improper – and as a lower court ruled, unconstitutional – appointment of members to the National Labor Relations Board. These appointments are just one example of the precarious drift that our government is taking - moving away from the rule of law and toward governing by executive decree. In a manner that I feel would sadden our founding fathers, President Obama’s administration has engaged in contemptible abuse of our constitutional system. We see draconian regulations from bureaucrats that have the power of law without representation. Work-seeking requirements written in the law have been eliminated from welfare programs without any vote to change the law. Presidential orders have been given to ignore existing immigration laws. Requirements under the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA, or Obamacare) have been waived for special interest groups. Manipulation of the health care law has been the most blatant example of executive abuses. The President has redrafted, reinterpreted, and delayed large portions of the law, without a single vote by the lawmaking branch of the

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federal government: the United States Congress. The Constitution gives a president the authority to Brad sign or veto Wenstrup legislation COMMUNITY PRESS passed by GUEST COLUMNIST Congress, and tasks him to “faithfully execute” and enforce the law. A president cannot write, pass, or rewrite legislation. Our nation’s laws are not options on a menu, where politicians and presidents can pick and choose what will be enforced and what will be ignored. Defenders of the ACA are quick to say, “It’s the law, upheld by the Supreme Court,” yet they are silent about the administration not actually adhering to the law. Don’t get me wrong. I support repealing the ACA and replacing it with patient-centered, free market solutions that increase access to care, lower costs, and help and protect those with pre-existing conditions. Just one example is the American Health Care Reform Act, currently cosponsored by a majority of Republicans. Off-the-cuff changes and delays to the ACA, decided by the president without proper legis-

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lative authority, confuse and confound American individuals and businesses alike. More so, these actions by the administration trample the Constitution and upend the vital balance of power the framers intended. We’re taking action in the House. Legislation that I have cosponsored seeks to stop these abuses; the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution (H.Res. 442) seeks a civil injunction as the rampant abuses by President Obama are challenged in the courts President Obama has said, “We’re going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress.” Members of Congress were elected to represent “We the People” as well. We were formed as a nation of laws laws crafted by representatives of the people. America has achieved great things by adhering to the principles of our legal framework. The fundamental genius of the American Republic came from the simple, yet absolute, affirmation that we as a nation operate by rule of law, law crafted by the many, not the one. Congressman Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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A small plane takes off at the Aviation Campus of UC Clermont. New federal regulations and an increasing number of retirees from the ranks of professional pilots are creating a strong demand for new pilots. UC Clermont wants to fill the void and is seeing an increase in the demand for its aviation curriculum as more young people look to pursue this career choice. AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

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ron Asher counts himself among recruits to an old line of work gaining new cachet: commercial pilots, entering the workforce as warnings of a nationwide pilot shortage grow. Asher landed a job with Republic Airlines, a regional carrier based in Columbus, after finishing pilot training at University of Cincinnati Clermont College. “I see this as an ongoing issue for the next 20 years,” said Eric Radtke, chief aviation instructor at UC Clermont’s aviation program. Twenty students are pilot trainees at UC Clermont, a 25 percent increase over the past three years, Radtke said. Thousands of pilots are retiring this year just as the Federal Aviation Administration is introducing rules requiring new training and more rest between flights. The FAA recently announced a new rule requiring co-pilots or first officers to get 1,500 hours of flight time for certification, up from 250 hours. Starting next year, the minimum rest period before flight duty will rise from eight hours to 10. Radtke said aviation schools also are being pressed for more graduates because the military is turning out fewer trained pilots. “The future has never been brighter” for aspiring pilots, he said. Boeing, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial passenger aircraft, estimates that, worldwide, airlines will need to hire almost half a million pilots through 2032. Analysts say the brunt of the shortage will be felt by regional carriers, which operate half the nation’s scheduled flights. They won’t be able to compete with big airlines. “The major U.S. airlines are just beginning the longest and largest pilot hiring binge in his-

tory, and the ‘wake turbulence’ will be very disruptive to smaller flight operations who feed them pilots,” said Louis Smith, president of, a company that provides career and financial advice to pilots. UC Clermont College is the only college in Greater Cincinnati that offers a professional pilot program that combines academic study with actual pilot training. All of the training is done in partnership with Sporty’s Academy at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport in Batavia. The school recently added career track programs with Dayton-based PSA Airlines and South Burlington, Vt.-based CommutAir, both regional airlines. In just the past few weeks, Radtke says several instructors have left for airline jobs. “What many people don’t realize is that you don’t have to be superhuman or a math and science whiz to be at the controls of an airliner,” he says. “You must possess a valid medical certificate of health, but you don’t need perfect vision.” Becoming a commercial pilot requires an associate degree, and a bachelor’s degree is encouraged, Radtke said. UC Clermont partners with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, allowing students to combine an aviation degree with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a path of study preferred by many airlines, he says. Flight and classroom training runs roughly $50,000 at UC’s Professional Pilot Training Program, and further training or education can add to that. Entry-level pay for a commercial pilot is low, with most starting in the low-$20,000s, Radtke said. A senior captain at a large carrier can earn six figures, but that can take years to achieve. Not everyone is buying the projections of a dire pilot short-

Student Randall Queen of Owensville does a preflight check at the aviation campus of UC Clermont College, where demand is rising.AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

age. Katie Connell, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, which represents the industry, says it’s overblown. “Long-term projections ... are based on assumptions about airline growth that have often proved to be faulty,” Connell said. “We expect the major commercial airlines will be appropriately staffed, and are not expecting any shortage within the next few years.” Asher tells college freshmen thinking of a pilot’s career to do it for the love of flying. “When I chose flying it was because I enjoy doing it,” he says. “It wasn’t mainly for the money. I enjoy going to work every day.” m

Instructor Dan Whitaker, right, works with student Nick Hicks of Florence as they do a preflight check at the Aviation Campus of UC Clermont. AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

Antique Appraisal Fair returns to Mt. Moriah UMC The Mt. Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor the ninth annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the church. No appointment is necessary to have items appraised. Just bring them to the

sanctuary at the church and let one of four qualified appraisers take a look. They will give an honest opinion of the worth of the items and may be able to give a little history on items. Cost is $5 per item, or 6 items for $25. Bob Branson, Mike Brandley, Dell

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back, front, sides and interior details. » Do some research first in order to ask more detailed questions. » Have reasonable expectations. » Take notes. Appraisals will be given verbally only, so bring a notebook and pen.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 30 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Visual artist displays selections of his artwork. Using oils, acrylics and water colors, his African-American spirit paintings tell detailed storylines with titles such as “The Market Place,” “The Soap Box Derby,” “Jazz Metamorphosis.” Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Call for pricing. Through Feb. 6. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, 58 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. For seniors. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, 4421 Aicholtz Road, Pool Room. All levels welcome. Bring water shoes and towel. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Eastgate.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Share cup of coffee or tea while counting birds. Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Tree I.D. for Homeschoolers, 11 a.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Join naturalist as you discover how to identify winter trees. $4. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013; Owensville.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

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 coleslaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6-$6.50. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. Through Dec. 26. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267

Mount Holly Road, Gentle yoga begins in chair and ends on mat. Focus on strength, flexibility, pain management and relaxation. $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. Presented by Sharon Strickland. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger Mount Carmel, 550 Ohio 32, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Mount Carmel.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., Ages 21 and up. Free. 827-9146; Anderson Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

On Stage - Theater Dig It: Wild West Interactive Dinner Show, 7-10 p.m., Schoolhouse Restaurant, 8031 Glendale-Milford Road, Show written by Debbie Lawhorn. $35. Reservations required. Presented by P.L.O.T.T. Performers. 201-7568; Camp Dennison.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, 267 Mount Holly Road, Focus on core strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation. $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. Presented by Yoga with Sharon. Through Feb. 8. 237-4574. Amelia.

Nature Eagle Exploration Weekend, 1-4 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. At 1 p.m., join the naturalist at the Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp to look for bald eagles. Hands-on discovery stations teach all about bald eagles. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Backyard Maple Sugaring: A Hands-On How-To Workshop, 1-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Advice for those wishing to make syrup on small scale. Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage and boiling as well as finishing and canning syrup addressed. Ages 18 and up. $16, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Winter Tracks Hike, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Take hike and look for clues left behind by winter wildlife. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 732-2977; Owensville.

On Stage - Theater Dig It: Wild West Interactive Dinner Show, 7-10 p.m., Schoolhouse Restaurant, $35. Reservations required. 201-7568; Camp Dennison.

Pets Puppy Social, Noon-1 p.m., All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike, Puppies socialize with other pups under supervision of professional trainers at indoor facility. Free. Through March 7. 797-7397; Amelia.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 7-8 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, 4240 Mount Carmel Tabasco Road, Non-contact workout including cardio and strength training in energizing environment, using kicks, jabs, hooks and uppercuts to improve overall agility and power. $5. 652-0286. Union Township.

Nature Eagle Exploration Weekend, 1-4 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township. A Taste of Nature: Great Grains, 2-3 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Local experts provide brief program full of easy-to-digest factoids followed by theme-based foods from caterer Elegant Fare. Dr. Kent Harrison from Ohio State University talks about Great Grains. Samples of breads and toppers. Ages 21 and up. $16, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

MONDAY, FEB. 3 Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel. SilverSneakers, 9-10 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. Beginner Yoga Classes, 6-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Choose from Beginners Power Yoga Class at 6 p.m. or Candlelight Relaxation and restorative slow flow class at 7 p.m. $7 or $12 for both classes. 675-0954. Mount Carmel. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Bethel.

Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1117 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Doors open 4:30 p.m. Free. 248-2999. Milford.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m. Members of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra share music for Flute and Strings. Beethoven Serenade for flute, violin and viola; John Harbison “Six American Painters” for flute quartet and String Quintet by Dvorak., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, 1280 Nagel Road, Tour school, meet faculty and learn about teaching methods. Free. 474-5292; Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 11-11:45 a.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Gold/Silver Sneaker Flex with KC, 3-3:45 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, $5. Presented by Zumba with KC. 240-5180. Union Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Nature Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature

The Mount Carmel Kroger, 550 state Route 32, is hosting the mobile van from The Heart Institute of Mercy Health from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. There are several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. An appointment is required, call 866-819-0127. For more information, call Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Delve into science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, look into Native American origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone; $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

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Drink Tastings

Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; Anderson Township.

Paired Wine Tasting: Highlighting Local Winemakers, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers. Featuring wine specialist Chip Emmerich of Burnet Ridge Winery, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Desafinado. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church Milford, 552 Main St., Undercroft. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Milford.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

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. Familyfriendly meals. Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel. Cardio Kick Boxing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ATA Taekwondo of Cincinnati, $5. 652-0286. Union Township. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Nature Herpetology Program, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, PowerPoint programs on reptiles and amphibians. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society. 831-1711. Union Township.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; Anderson Township.

THURSDAY, FEB. 6 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 947-7344. Union Township. SilverSneakers, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Crossings of Amelia, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Amelia. SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. SilverSneakers, 1:30-2:15 p.m., O’Bannon Terrace, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Goshen. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township. Aqua Zumba with KC, 1-1:45 p.m., Comfort Inn, $5. 240-5180. Eastgate.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township. Maple Days for Scouts, 4:305:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $50 up to 12 Scouts, 1 free chaperons; $100 13-20 Scouts, 2 free chaperones; $150 21-30 Scouts, 3 free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Life on the Appalachian Trail, 7 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Hikers from the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail share their stories and pictures. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 732-2977; Owensville.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 7 Art Exhibits Anthony Stollings Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 677-7600; Loveland.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $6$6.50. 575-2102. Milford.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, 9-9:45 a.m., Union Township Civic Center, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Union Township. Chair/Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or $50 for 10 classes. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Go Red for Women Heart Awareness Event, 7-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Heritage Hall. Dr. Blake Smith, University of Cincinnati Stroke Team, and Judy Geoppinger, parishioner and stroke survivor, talk about stroke. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Nurses Team. 388-4466. Anderson Township.

Nature Project Feeder Watch, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Free. 831-1711. Union Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8 Drink Tastings Maple on Tap, 3-7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Launch of new collaborative beer called the Maple Doppelbock with Mount Carmel Brewing Company. Guided maple hike to collect sap and learn about process of making maple syrup from maple trees. Ages 21 and up. $30. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Mat Yoga, 9-10:10 a.m., Yoga with Sharon Studio 1, $6 drop-in or 10 classes for $50. 237-4574. Amelia. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball, 6:30-9 p.m., Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 6800 School St., Music and dancing, snack, refreshments, and door prizes. Babysitting available for ages 9 and under. Ages 18 and up. Free. 474-2303. Newtown.

Nature Ohio Young Birder’s Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Youth-led group interested in hiking and watching birds. Hosted by CNC volunteer Brian Herriott. $10 online pre-registration required to join club. 831-1711, ext. 125; Union Township.


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Appetizers to get you through the big game Whether you root for the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, you’ll need food to get cheer your team to victory. Along with appetizers, we serve pizza and my husband, Frank’s, Caesar salad. Dessert is always my homemade Rita glazed doHeikenfeld nuts, RITA’S KITCHEN which the kids help me make. I make simple round donuts, but let the little ones freeform the donuts and we wind up with all sorts of weird shapes! I’ve shared the donut recipe here in the past, but am putting it on my blog just in case you might want to make them.

Classic shrimp cocktail with two sauces For Melanie, who wanted to serve shrimp for her Super Bowl party. “I want to make the shrimp cocktail myself instead of buying it. Do you have any tips for cooking the shrimp and for an easy sauce?” she asked. Shrimp 2 dozen raw shrimp, deveined with tails on (see tip from Rita’s kitchen) 8 quarts water 1 lemon, cut in half 2 garlic cloves, smashed 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning 2 teaspoons salt

Bring water and seasonings to a boil. Add shrimp and when the water returns to a boil, the shrimp should be done. They will be bright. Have a bowl of ice water ready

about five minutes until golden brown. (Carol says you really need the canola oil, as the goetta will be very dry since it contains no fat from meat).

to put the shrimp in after draining to cool them off. As soon as they’re cool, remove from water and refrigerate while making sauce. Cocktail sauce Mix together:

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

⁄2 cup chili sauce ⁄4 to 1 cup catsup 1 ⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced Horseradish to taste Worcestershire, Tabasco and lemon to taste 1


Even easier: Just mix chili sauce and catsup to taste

Horseradish sauce

No real recipe here but I stir grated horseradish into whipped cream. Or just buy horseradish sauce and use that. Sometimes I put a squeeze of lime into the sauce.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Rita’s classic shrimp cocktail recipe features two sauces: Cocktail and horseradish.THANKS TO

If you buy frozen shrimp, thaw in ice water in frig. and drain. Most shrimp come already deveined. If you’re squeamish about it, ask to have them deveined before you purchase.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook sausage and drain. Transfer to bowl and mix with cheeses. Spoon mixture into each pepper half and arrange in single layer in sprayed baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.

Cajun barbecued shrimp

Carol’s vegetarian goetta

Check out my blog for two fun recipes.

Sausage-stuffed jalapenos

I have to admit, these are addictive. I’ve changed the original recipe a bit. Be careful when seeding hot peppers. Use gloves. You could use a sweeter pepper if you like. 1 pound favorite pork or turkey sausage 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 cup shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese 1 pound large fresh jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

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When I asked for readers to share goetta recipes, one of the first I received was from reader Julie B. Julie shares her mom’s vegetarian goetta recipe. Here’s what Julie says: “I have to share my mom’s vegetarian goetta recipe. She has been making traditional slow cooker goetta for years and then decided she needed an option for her many vegetarian grandchildren. It is delicious, spicy and flavorful! I hope you decide to share it.” Well, Julie, this does look so good and, yes, I’m happy to share your Mom’s vegetarian goetta.

11⁄2 cups pinhead oats 3 cups warm vegetable broth 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil 1 medium chopped onion 5 cloves minced garlic 15 ounce can black beans, drained 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1-2 teaspoons cumin (Julie likes 2) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine everything in slow cooker. Cook on high for about two hours, covered. Transfer to sprayed loaf pan, cover and cool overnight. When ready to cook, heat canola oil in skillet and add sliced goetta. Cook on each side



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7063 Bryant Lane, Victor Burkhart Jr. to Jason & Alicia Smith, $260,000. 5986 Marsh Circle, Stacey Wilson to William Zimmerman & Christina Stone, 0.1150 acre, $132,000. 5109 Oakmont Drive, O’Bannon Properties LLC to Brookstone Homes LLC, 0.1930 acre, $20,000. 1514 West Meadowbrook Drive, Edgar Construction LLC to Gene & Krista Stanford, 0.4100 acre, $119,700.


6403 Birch Creek Drive, Hal Homes/Willow Bend LLC to Jon & Gina Bowling, 0.5950 acre, $832,701. 5726 E. Tall Oaks Drive, PNC Bank NA to John Duncan, 0.1500 acre, $73,600. 346 East Poplar, Ruth Todd Lawrence, trustee to Mark Tsonton, $83,000. 1270 Hickory Woods Drive, Richard Oakes, trustee to Tracy & Joseph Guy III, 0.9300 acre, $240,000. 831 Miamiridge Drive, Patrick & Regina Lee to Craig & Lindsay Lutsi, 0.4590 acre, $420,000. 1353 Mills of Miami Blvd., Pottenhill Homes LLC to Joseph Abney, 0.1200 acre, $193,042. 721 Oskamp Drive, Priscilla Duermit to Brent Hall, 0.4590

acre, $98,000. 6397 Paxton Woods Drive, Jeanne Mitchell to Christopher Jarvis, 0.5110 acre, $178,000. 1278 Ridgewood Drive, Zicka Family Homes Ltd. to Kenneth & Elizabeth Walters, $602,319. 1699 Smoke House Way, Nathaniel & Amanda Sylvester to Kyle Chartrand & Heather Paluszczak, 0.1790 acre, $178,000. 1202 Sovereign Drive, Stacie Steinberg & Robert Trauth to Monica & Gary Chapman, et al., 0.3350 acre, $190,000. 1428 Wade Road, Sabrina & Marc Fogle to Michael Smith, 0.6890 acre, $75,000. 1074 Weber Road, William & Tayna Scholl to Paul & Marcella Thomayer, 0.4600 acre, $204,500.

sham, 18.0890 acre, $80,000. 6130 Taylor Road, Michael & Louise Whalen, et al. to Bank of America NA, 2.0000 acre, $33,333.34. CE-0000575633

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30 Big Oak Lane, Linda Swensson, trustee to Bonnie Frederick, $117,000. 122 Laurel Ave., Merrill Lynch Trust Co. to Heather June, $140,000. 645 Wallace Ave., Judith Sidwell to Michelle Benitez-Davis, et al., 0.2240 acre, $108,500.

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What to know about retailer security breaches News that both Target and Nieman Marcus stores are the latest to have had their computers hacked has made a lot consumers nervous – and rightly so. The big thing to be concerned about is the use of debit cards at these retailers. Credit card charges are sent to you in statements each month allowing you to review them

before you pay. Debit card charges come right out of your bank account, so if someone steals your debit card information they can empty all the money from your account before you become aware. Then, you’ve got to notify your bank and try to get your money back, which can take several days. In the meantime, you could be

left unable to pay your bills. So, if you believe you’re affected by this, I recommend you cancel your debit card and get a new number. Target is now offering affected customers one year free credit monitoring, but emails from the retailer are creating problems of their own. One area woman received what appears to be a legitimate email from Target. It contains links so she can sign up for the credit monitoring. However, she tells me she’s never given Target her email address so she has serious questions about the email’s authenticity. I agree, there are real

questions about that email so I suggested she not click on any of the enclosed links. Howard Rather, Ain she can go HEY HOWARD! directly to Target’s website and get the information about how and where to sign up. Target also says shopper’s personal information appears to have been stolen and that means there could be attempts at identity theft. That’s why credit monitoring is so important. You can also sign up for free

credit monitoring with Credit Karma. It also provides your credit report, including credit score, for free. You can sign up at If your personal information has been stolen, and thieves open charge accounts in your name, they can be very difficult to resolve. The best thing to do is contact your state attorney general. In Ohio, the attorney general set up a special Identity Theft unit that handled 578 such cases in 2013. Incidentally, the number of phony emails out there appears to get larger by the week. One of the newest to watch out

Milford church plans to have Super Bowl party Milford First United Methodist Church will conduct a free community Super Bowl Party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Food, contests, and prizes will be available and the football game will be projected onto the screen in the Great Hall. The Super Bowl party follows last year’s Community Easter Egg Drop, and

the regular W.A.V.E. (Wednesdays Are Very Extraordinary) free dinners at the church, as an effort by Milford First to expand its mission. “Even if you’re not a Broncos or Seahawk fan you’ll have a blast with our Super Bowl Party,” said Lead Pastor Clark Hess. “Join us for this indoor tailgate party!”

A follow-up event is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23, and will feature former Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl safety David Fulcher. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required, by calling the church office at 831-5500. Milford First is located at 541 Main St.

for appears to come from your utility company. It claims you haven’t paid your bill and demands immediate payment. At the top of the bill are the letters PG&E, not Duke Energy These emails are being sent all over the country prompting Pacific Gas and Electric to say it is investigating. If you get one of these emails just delete it without clicking on any links or attachments. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

RELIGION Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. The church also welcomed its new pastor, Rev. Dr. Lonnie Darnell and his wife, Melody, in January. Come and hear his first sermon on Feb. 2. He is looking forward to meeting his new congregation and community. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;;

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


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2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 SS 9:30AM, Sun Worship 10:45AM Wed. Prayer Service 7:00PM Childcare Provided for All Services Growing in Faith Early Learning Center NOW ENROLLING 513-427-4271 growinginfaith


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

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

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

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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

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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.

Pastor James Dinkel 513-528-9142



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

CHURCH OF CHRIST GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30am Bible Study: 9:30am & 6:00pm Youth Groups: 6:00pm (except summer)


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

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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 Locust Corner Community United Methodist Church 917 Locust Corner Rd. (at Wagner) 513-752-8459 Traditional Worship : Sunday,10 am Bible Study : Sunday, 9 am Thursday, 7 pm Pastor: Allen R. Mitchell Join us in worshipping our risen Lord and sharing Christ’s love with our community.

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Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care 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

Sunday Night Live 6:00PM Exciting classes for all ages! We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis 4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor

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Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship 8:15am & 11:00am

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Contemporary Worship.........9:30am Sunday School......................9:30am

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A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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

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Milford First United Methodist Church will conduct a free community Super Bowl Party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Food, contests, and prizes will be available and the football game will be projected onto the screen in the Great Hall. A follow-up event is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23, and will feature former Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl safety David Fulcher. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required, by calling the church office at 831-5500. WAVE Free Community Dinners are 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14, No church service is attached, no reservations are needed and all are welcome to these family-friendly meals. The meals are free; donations are accepted. Call 831-5500, or visit the church website for more information The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500;www.milford

Milford Trinity United Methodist Church

The Alpha Course, presented on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, is a practical introduction to the Christian faith that gives one an opportunity to learn more about Jesus, Christianity and the meaning of life. The course is presented in a relaxed, friendly and nonintimidating way. Each session has a video segment and discussion about the “question of the week.” Designed for the unchurched, established Christians can also benefit from participating in Alpha. Participants are also welcome to come to Stone Soup dinner at 6 p.m. in the Christian Center prior to the Alpha meeting. For more information or questions, contact the office visit the website The church is at 5767 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road, Milford; 831-0262;

Trinity United Methodist Church

Weekly Sunday services are: Traditional at 8:15 and 11 a.m. with contemporary worship (and children’s Sunday school) at 9:30 a.m. Trinity at 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Milford; 8310262;www.trinity


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Bluegills and ice fishing a tasty combo Howdy Folks; It is 3 p.m. we just got back from Krogers to get a prescription filled. It seems like I got a head cold, folks said the cold would settle in the weakest part of your body. I was working back in the carpenter shop last week and that place is cold so I guess I won’t work there for awhile, until it warms up some. We got an almanac the other day, it says, that on the 20th-27th, could be fog in Ohio and Tennesee Valley and the 28th-31st, rain or snow for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Now that is what the almanac says. We got one seed catalog the other day that has a 3 lb. tomato, so we are going to try them, that would be something to have at the price of tomatoes. We got a price on a packaage of honey bees and queen, they are ‘only’ $90. The price has risen

over the past years, I guess everything is getting more expensive. Now I haven’t George written Rooks anything OLE FISHERMAN about ‘Chester,’ well, he is OK, full of vinegar and likes to play. He likes to lay on the register when the blower is running. He won’t let us sleep late in the morning, he wants his breakfast, then he is wound up, which he keeps up until about noon, then he takes a three-hour nap, then look out again. We have an appointment for Feb. 4 to have him neutered; we hope that will calm him down some. His claws are so sharp and he likes to bite, but we must remember he is a kitten. The Bethel Lions Club

is planning on having an anniversary party for their 70th anniversary in April. The club has been around a long time, it is exciting to be involved in this celebration. When it was chartered the majority of the members were businessmen. The Lions Club does so much for the community and schools; it is a very busy organization. The Lions International does eye research, and sponsors Pilot Dogs for the blind or sight inpaired, and diabetes research. We will have another pancake breakfast on Feb. 22, so plan to come out and help support our projects. Danny Grant said he had planted some tomatoes for early gardners, like me, and will have some good plants early. I like the early tomatoes, they taste so good. The Grant’s will have the greenhouses at the farm on Bucktown Road

and at the garden center above Williams Corner and the one at Milford Garden Center. They will be having their open house in April, then the Monroe Grange will have a plant sale on May 3 starting at 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. This is held at the Grange hall on state Route 222 in Nicholsville. We have it the same day each year, with plenty of good healthy plants so load up and come. It seems old man winter is sure dropping the snow on us this winter, making up for a lot of winters. The temperature has been something below zero, or just above zero. Now be extra careful of the ice on the ponds, we have already lost one boy in the area, so make sure it is at least 4 inches thick. I like to ice fish and always made certain the ice was thick enough to hold me. Now when you are ice

New president of drug-free group named happening to other friends and families.” The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County promotes drugfree environments for youth by providing education to the community about the risks of alcohol and drug use. The vision of the Coalition is to ensure every youth in our community grows up in an environment that is purposefully drug-free.

The Coalition is seeking additional members who wish to take action to provide youth with the knowledge that will lead to healthy choices. Coalition meetings are open to all interested persons and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. The meetings take place at the Mental Health and Recovery Board office located at 2337 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia.

If you wish to learn more about the prevention efforts of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, please visit For information about how to get involved, call the Coalition office at 513-7358159.

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Last year’s Milford Schools Foundation's Outstanding Alumni Award winners.PROVIDED

Nominate distinguished Milford High School alumni Milford High School history. These alumni are honored at the annual Night of The Stars banquet in the fall. The goal is to make the entire community aware that the Milford schools produce outstanding graduates. Also, through a SeniorAlumni Assembly, the foundation wants to increase the awareness of our current students to the limitless potential that awaits them in their own careers. The Milford Schools Foundation is accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards. Any Milford High School graduate who has ex-

The Milford Schools Foundation has established an Outstanding Alumni Award. This award honors graduates who have distinguished themselves in many diverse fields of endeavor after leaving Milford High School. They have done this through career achievements, service, or contributions to society in one of the following areas: Arts/Humanities, Business/Industry, Community Service, Science/Education, Public Service, Military Service, Athletics, or Special Recognition. In the past, these honorees have represented seven generations of

celled in his/her personal or professional life is eligible. Nominations for this year’s awards should be sent to Mary Anne Will, foundation president, at either of the following: or Mrs. Mary Anne Will, 2902 Traverse Creek Drive, Milford Ohio 45150. Please enclose the nominee’s name, contact information, and a brief explanation of why you are suggesting that we honor this MHS graduate. Nominations must be received by the Milford Schools Foundation by Friday, Feb. 28.

Graceie is now home in Miami Township with her very grateful owner, thanks to the persistence of dedicated Clermont County Humane Society Animal Control Officer Anthony DeRose. Tim Liming said Graceie, a 1 ½-year-old black and white shepherd mix, disappeared from his home in early November. Immediately, Liming said he began putting up posters with his dog’s picture asking anyone who finds her or sees her to call him. Then, he noticed another sign nearby saying they had found a shepherd mix. Liming, in a letter to the shelter, said he immediately called the number on the poster and was heartbroken to be told that the dog had been given away. The distraught owner asked if the man on the other end of the line would please help him get his dog back and the man emphatically said no. Liming visited police who referred him to the shelter where he met DeRose. “He told me his dog had escaped from his fenced- in yard and about everything he had done to try to find her,” said DeRose, a 15-year employee of the shelter. “As Tim talked about Graceie I could see how upset he was. He confirmed the dog is his and provided me with pictures of the missing dog, vet records, and copies of flyers he had posted. I


told him I would call him as soon as I could find anything out about Graceie.” DeRose followed up and called the person who originally found the dog. Later that day, an unidentified woman called saying she wanted to return the dog to her owner, even though she said her family had fallen in love with her. “I told the woman I would need to come to her home to positively identify the dog,” said DeRose, who also informed her how the dog became a “stray” and that her owner was desperately trying to find her. “It was hard for the lady to return the dog, but, she did and I took Graceie back to her owner.”

Even though the dog owner was cited for not having a current dog license (the best way to unite a missing dog with his owner), he was overjoyed to have his Graceie home. “The only reason Graceie is home today is because of Officer DeRose,” said Liming in his letter. “Next time you see the officer please give him a hug from both me and Graceie.” DeRose said, “It really makes you feel good when you know you have helped someone.” For more information about dog licensing, visit the Clermont County Animal Shelter website at or call 732-8854.

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POLICE REPORTS GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations John Arnett, 55, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 282, trafficking in drugs. Jeremiah Busham, 39, 2439 Woodville, disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Thomasina Liming, 40, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 359, drug possession. Devin Butler, 21, 2822 Bigam Road, importuning, trafficking in drugs. Jerry Spears, 45, 133 Vineyard, drug possession, trafficking in drugs. Myrtle Goble, 62, 351 Walnut, trafficking in drugs. Sherri Goble, 38, 351 Walnut, trafficking in drugs. Ricky Murphy, 24, 621 Charwood Drive, drug possession, disorderly conduct. Jimmy Compton, 38, 6964 Goshen Road, heroin possession. Heather Shannon, 21, 8 Lake Drive, heroin possession. David Howard, 54, 6034 Marsh Circle, drug abuse instruments. Jerod Blevins, 40, 1901 Parker, warrant. Juvenile, 14, unruly. Jeremiah Busam, 39, 2420 Moler Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence.

Incidents/investigations Burglary At 1513 Ohio 28, Jan. 7. Criminal damage At 2509 Moler Road, Jan. 2. At 6074 Marsh Circle, Jan. 2. At 2255 Cedarville, Jan. 7. Disorder At 27 Park Ave., Jan. 5. At 1901 Parker Road, Jan. 4. At 2439 Woodville, Jan. 5. At 1504 Country Lake Circle, Jan. 2. Dispute At 82 Crosstown, Jan. 2. At 12 Gateway, Jan. 2. At 63 Melody, Jan. 4. At 1711 Arundel Court, Jan. 5. At 1139 O'Bannonville, Jan. 6. At 2355 Warrior Way, Jan. 7. At 2301 Ohio 28, Jan. 7. Domestic violence At Dick Flynn Blvd., Jan. 6. Theft

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, 248-5084 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 At 1863 Parker Road, Jan. 6. At 1619 Ohio 28, Jan. 6.

Window and siding of residence shot with BB gun at 1269 Woodville Pike, Jan. 7.



Arrests/citations Kristin M. Cope, 19, 830 Ohio 50, failure to confine pit bull, Jan. 9. Kenneth L. Davis, 54, 9750 Coreytown, open container, Jan. 7. James T. Whalen, 49, 661 Hobby Horse Lane, domestic violence, Jan. 7.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Camera taken and an attempt made to remove and ATM machine at Sunoco at Ohio 131, Jan. 10. Burglary Microwave, tools, TV, etc. taken; $2,480 at 6755 Epworth, Jan. 6. Domestic violence At Hobby Horse Lane, Jan. 6. Theft Curtains, etc. taken; $275 at 5605 No. A Creekview, Jan. 6. Female stated credit card number taken and used with no authorization; $515 at 6393 Pine Lane, Jan. 6. Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $205 at Ohio 28, Jan. 6. Wallet, etc. taken from vehicle at 133 Commons Drive, Jan. 6. Delivery package taken; $1,431 at 6569 Hollow Lane, Jan. 8. Christmas decoration taken at 1739 Millbrook, Jan. 8. Personal checks taken and cashed; $2,219.17 at 6362 Pawnee Ridge, Jan. 9. Vandalism

Arrests/citations Rachel S. Hodge, 32, 1185 Ronlee Drive, driving under suspension, Jan. 10. Jason C. Perry, 33, 5851 Deerfield Road, recited, Jan. 10. Charles W. Wells, 45, 5977 Meadow Creek No. 3, contempt of court, Jan. 10. Justin M. Drake, 21, 2581 Riverside, warrant, Jan. 11. James R. Montgomery II, 27, 6105 Roudebush, warrant, Jan. 11. Clint Farmer, 25, 725 Fox Creek Lane, theft, Jan. 11. Haiden G. Brown, 21, 133 Orchard Circle, drug abuse, Jan. 11. Patrick L. Fernella, 27, 4247 Pleasant Acres, recited, Jan. 12. Patricia Kitschbaum, 38, 1703 Oakbrook, contempt of court, Jan. 13. Jacob D. Ellinger, 24, 236 S. Mary Ellen, theft, Jan. 13. Jeremy L. Coleman, 27, 1844 Brewster Ave., warrant, Jan. 14. Joseph R. Hunt, 33, 7 Winnebago Drive, assault, menacing, Jan. 15. Donna Tidball, 52, 3979 Brandychase, contempt of court, Jan. 15. Lisa M. Poe, 33, 500 University Lane No. 202, contempt of court, Jan. 15. Cindy Young, 38, 6707 Acorn Drive, contempt of court, Jan. 15.

Kenneth R. Richardson Jr., 36, 1052 Rainbow Trail, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 16. Kimberly Francis, 40, 3806 Simpson, contempt of court, Jan. 16. Jason M. Riddle, 38, 707 Ohio 28 No. 421, domestic violence, Jan. 16. Wendy A. Neulist, 28, 1394 Deerfield Road, theft, Jan. 16. Stacey E. Edmonson, 26, 9939 Lincoln Road, theft, Jan. 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 7 Winnebago, Jan. 15. Burglary Apartment broken into at 20 Susan Circle No. 10, Jan. 10. Domestic dispute At Cash Street, Jan. 10. At Seminole Trail, Jan. 13. At 745 Center St., Jan. 13. Domestic violence At Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Menacing Reported at Cracker Barrel at 475 Rivers Edge, Jan. 14. Theft Reported at Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 10. Product ordered, was not in delivered mail at 707 Ohio 28 No. 115, Jan. 10. DVDs taken from Walmart; $68 at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 10. Reported at Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 13. TV taken from Target at Rivers Edge Drive, Jan. 13. Reported at Target at Rivers Edge Drive, Jan. 16. At 304 Valley Brook Drive, Jan. 16.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations James Kyle Patrick, 27, 2199 Laurel Lindale Road, New Richmond, possession of drugs heroin, Jan. 15. Nicholas Eugene Martin, 29, 234 Main St., Batavia, possession of drugs, Jan. 14. Phillip Roger Harmon, 25, 125 Starling Road, Apt. 1, Bethel, theft - beyond express/implied consent, Jan. 17. Patricia Lynn Howell, 46, 337 Marshall Ave, Georgetown,

theft, Jan. 16. Andrea N. Reisert, 34, 708 Ohio 133, Felicity, criminal simulation, Jan. 17. John James Spegal, 23, 728 Ohio Pike Apt. 11, Cincinnati, receiving stolen property, Jan. 18. Ciara Dawn Helphinstine, 23, 16 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, falsification - public official, mislead, receiving stolen property, Jan. 14. James Allan Black, 35, 2900 South Holly Lane, Amelia, criminal trespass, Jan. 14. Deantae Deshawn Warren, 26, 68 Lucy Creek No. 3, Amelia, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 14. Leann Miracle, 36, 3217 Jordan Road, Pleasant Plain, possessing drug abuse instruments, Jan. 17. Donald Ray Combs, 24, 2105 Hwy. 50, Batavia, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, Jan. 15. Ronald J. Treftz, 32, 3449 Jenny Lind Road, Amelia, theft, Jan. 16. Jamison Stanley Parker, 42, 2730 No. 82 Ohio 222, Amelia, domestic violence, drug paraphernalia, illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse - detention mental health facility, Jan. 16. Shawn Ray Wilcox, 26, 105 Lake Shore Drive, Batavia, theft, Jan. 16. Brittany Suzanne Lemmel, 20, 4630 Locust Grove Court, Batavia, possession of drugs, Jan. 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia, Jan. 15. Burglary At 6014 Belfast Road, Batavia, Jan. 14. Criminal damaging/endangering At 2602 Saltair Maple Road, Bethel, Jan. 16. At 2772 Crane Schoolhouse Road, Bethel, Jan. 16. At 4200 Taylor Road, Batavia, Jan. 17. At 6313 Manila Road, Goshen, Jan. 16. Criminal simulation At 395 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Jan. 13. At 412 Light St., Felicity, Jan. 12.

At 806 Market St., Felicity, Jan. 14. Criminal trespass At 2602 Saltair Maple Road, Bethel, Jan. 16. At 2972 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, Jan. 14. Domestic violence At Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 16. At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, Jan. 17. At Taylor Pike, Goshen, Jan. 14. Drug paraphernalia At 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 16. At Ohio 125 at Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, Jan. 14. Falsification - public official, mislead At 1196 Ohio 125, Amelia, Jan. 8. Illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse - detention mental health facility At 2730 Ohio 222, Bethel, Jan. 16. Menacing At 6313 Manila Road, Goshen, Jan. 16. Misuse of credit card At 852 Hopewell Road, Felicity, Jan. 15. Passing bad checks At 3806 Hwy. 50, Marathon, Jan. 14. Possessing criminal tools At 806 Market St., Felicity, Jan. 14. Possessing drug abuse instruments At 6614 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, Jan. 14. Possession of drugs - heroin At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, Oct. 12. Possession of drugs At 2235 Bauer Road, Batavia, Nov. 13. At 2173 Ohio Pike, Amelia, Jan. 14. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, Jan. 17. Receiving stolen property At 1196 Ohio 125, Amelia, Jan. 8. At 32/Old 74, Batavia, Jan. 15. At 395 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, Jan. 13. Resisting arrest At 32/Old 74, Batavia, Jan. 15. Theft At 2147 Berry Road, Amelia, Dec. 30. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, Jan. 14.


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