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For Wanda Downey, the two decades she spent as a Clermont County Developmental Disabilities board member held special meaning. Her daughter, Marie, has a developmental disability and Downey wanted to do everything she could to help other families in need. FULL STORY, B1

‘Services with Heart’ celebrated

Clermont Senior Services invited close to 200 family and friends to an anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3. Dignitaries, volunteers, donors and staff members for the organization gathered at Receptions Eastgate to celebrate Clermont Senior Services’ 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart.” FULL STORY, A4

Fire displaces Miami Twp. family

A Miami Township family was displaced from their home Thursday, Feb. 3, when a fire tore through the second floor and attic. Miami Township Fire & Rescue received the call for help about 7:36 p.m. to Pineland Farms, 1648 Ohio 131, east of Grieman Lane, said Fire Chief Jim Whitworth. FULL STORY, A2

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State cuts to impact Milford By Kellie Geist-May

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Milford officials are keeping a close eye on the Ohio legislature’s discussion on estate taxes and local government funds. Both are on the chopping block as the state government looks to reduce the $8-billion deficit and cut taxes. If both measures are approved, the city could lose more than $650,000 per year. “This is one of those initiatives where (the state) doesn’t have as

much skin in the game as the local governments do. We’re concerned,” City Manager Loretta Rokey told council Tuesday, Feb. 1. Local government funding is revenue the state passes on to each county, per capita, as part of a cost sharing program. Estate taxes are taxes levied on estates with a net worth more than $383,333 after the owner dies. Milford’s 2011 budget includes $325,000 in local government funds and $225,000 in estate tax funds.

“It’s very important to know that 80 percent of the estate tax funds are returned to the local community, the community that provided services to that citizen,” Rokey said. “It’s a tax, so it’s not attractive, but it’s certainly an important part of our budget.” The estate tax income varies each year, but the city has received an average of $330,949 in each of the last 10 years. That amounts to about 8 percent of the annual general fund budget, Rokey said.

Schools cut $1.9 million from budget

By Mary Dannemiller

The Milford board of education voted to cut almost $2 million from the district’s budget Jan. 27. The cuts total include eliminating 18 teaching positions, one administrator, three custodians, three extended day counselors and several coaching positions. The reductions will save the district about $20 million over the next five years, said Human Resource Director Tim Ackermann. The district is set to lose about $5 million in revenue over the next five years because of cuts in state funding, a potential cut in revenue from Duke Energy and less in other types of taxes, Ackermann said. About $1.2 million will be cut from instruction, about $406,000 from administration and operations, about $244,000 from curriculum and support services and about $99,000 from extracurricular activities. “We’re trying to stay as close as possible to the percentage of what the budget is for those areas and make that percentage of reductions,” Ackermann said. The board of education already cut about $1.8 million from the budget for the current school year, but realized more cuts would be necessary to avoid a $25 million shortfall in fiscal year 2015, Ackermann said. “After receiving the financial forecast in the fall, we cut $1.8 million out of the budget for this school year,” he said. “Most people might not even notice some of things that were cut. For example, there’s a maintenance shed near the entrance of the junior high to the baseball fields that was slated to be replaced, but we’re not replacing that. We also moved two departments from a building we’re renting on Guinea Pike back to the board office.” Other cuts might be more noticeable next school year, which include eliminating some lower level sports teams at Milford Junior High School such as the B teams for boys and girls basketball and for girls volleyball.

“We’re asking coaches to take a few more kids on their other teams and we’re working with PTOs and PTAs to possibly do club sports to keep participation as high as possible,” Ackermann said. “We’re also reducing junior varsity B teams for soccer at the high school and we’ve asked those coaches to take on more student athletes to make up for loss of opportunities to play.” Milford Junior High School also will move to six periods a day from seven, which will save the district money, Ackermann said. “Teachers at the junior high will now be teaching six classes and adding students and increasing enrollment into those classes,” he said. “We’re doing this to accommodate the large number of students coming in to the school and educationally, it makes a lot of sense.” Board member Andrea Brady said the cuts were spread out every department and fund in the budget to reduce the impact students would feel on a daily basis. “Some of the cuts are going to enhance education, especially with going to six periods instead of seven at the junior high,” she said. “This will feel like just a little pinch to students, which is incredible given the economic situation we’re facing.” Without the cuts, Ackermann said the district would have to ask residents to pass an 11-mill levy as early as next year. The approved forecast shows a possible 7-mill levy for next year’s ballot. “When the board of education decides a levy is needed, they will vote on that amount,” Ackermann. “All we’ve done here is put in an example amount for you to see what would happen if a 7-mill levy was passed in fiscal year 2012, to be collected in fiscal year 2013. We’re not proposing a 7mill levy, we’re just putting a number there so you can see what that would mean and move forward with discussion.” The district is hosting a community forum to talk with residents about the cuts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Milford High School.


‘Jar of Hearts’

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“That’s a significant portion of our budget and we will be participating in any meetings regarding repealing that tax,” she said. Milford received $325,280 in local government funds in 2010. Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. said cuts to these two funds could have a serious impact on the city in the future. “Because of our fund balances, this is something we might be able to absorb this year, but it’s something we’d have to address as we move forward,” he said.

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Businesses pair up for Valentine’s Day By Kellie Geist-May

Pruning for 2011

Valentine’s Day should be about two people celebrating love, but sometimes it ends up being about packed restaurants and Hallmark cards. If you’re looking for something a little different this Valentine’s Day, two Clermont County businesses have you covered. Lakeside Vineyard and Winery in Felicity and Auel’s Fine Chocolates in Milford have teamed up to host a special Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate event. This “Wine and Chocolate Discovery” will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Lakeside, 3324 Ohio 756. “I saw an article in the paper about Auel’s and I thought, this is too much of

Tim and Lynn Downey, owners of Lakeside Vineyard and Winery, are getting ready to prune the grape vines for the 2011 growing season. Anyone who would be interested in helping the Downeys should contact Tim at or by calling 876-1810. Tim said they can teach anyone to prune the vines, but it will helpful if the volunteers know how to use a pruner. a coincidence. I didn’t know they had opened and we were looking to have a wine and chocolate event,” said Tim Downey, owner of Lakeside and who is a resident of Miami Township. “They are coming up with a few different chocolates and we’re going to pair them with our wines for a tasting.” Brian Auel, who owns Auel’s Fine Chocolates with his father Randy, said the “Wine and Chocolate Discovery” is a great way for two local businesses to work together.

“When Tim talked to us about partnering, we thought it was an awesome idea. We’ve been wanting to pair up with wineries and restaurants, so this was perfect,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to us to work together.” Auel’s opened at 204 Main St. in November and sells a wide variety of handmade and hand-dipped chocolates. The recipes they use have been family favorites for three generations. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through


Brian, left, and Randy Auel opened Auel’s Fine Chocolates in historic downtown Milford. The two use family recipes to make a wide variety of chocolates and fudge. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 607-7213 or visit m. Cost for the Valentine’s Day event is $12 per couple and includes a three-ounce pour of Lakeside’s Therapy,

deChaunac, Temptress, Crazy and Reggae wines as well as milk chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate covered peanut butter samples. Tim and Lynn Downey have been making wine at Lakeside Winery and Vineyard for about 10 years.

They sell 14 different wines made from grapes grown on site for between $10 and $14 per bottle. The tasting room at the winery is open from noon to 9 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call 876-1810 or visit

Milford moves weather makeup days By Mary Dannemiller

Instead of going to school an extra day at the end of the year, students in the Milford Exempted Village School District might lose a three-day weekend

scheduled for later this month. The Milford board of education voted Thursday. Feb. 3, to move a teacher in-service day from Friday, Feb. 18, to the last day of school, Wednesday, June 8. Students will now have

class Friday, Feb. 18, but the school year will end a day early, Tueday, June 7. The district already has used four calamity days, but the state only allocated three for the 2010-2011 school year. Newly elected Gov. John

Kasich is supporting legislation that will give schools two extra days, but Superintendent Bob Farrell said the district can’t wait for the state to act. “We think one of those laws is going to pass, but we don’t know what’s going

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Korean War memorial effort continues


Jessica Wilson, left, a teller at National Bank & Trust in Milford, takes a deposit from William Knepp for the Korean War Memorial in Miami Township. Knepp was donating $300 he was given for appearing at the Colonial Williamsburg Festival at Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, Ohio.

Just months after the groundbreaking for a Korean War memorial in Miami Meadows park, organizers are already planning their next event. “Saturday, July 2, at 4 p.m. we’re hosting a veterans gathering and reunion,” said organizer Bill Knepp. “People can bring a picnic lunch and be able to see what we have accomplished at that point. It will start taking shape by that time.” Since the groundbreaking last fall Knepp, R.J. Vilardo and Robert Sterling have been busy collecting donations and working on the logistics of the memorial, which will be built in a section of Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township and will feature a 12-foot-by5-foot granite laser etching of a photograph Knepp took dur-

ing the war. The memorial will be a part of a larger area called The Spirit of ’76 Memorial Garden and Arboretum, built to honor veterans from many wars. “We’re looking beyond Korea for the whole memorial,” Vilardo said. “It’s going to be an educational tool which will lead to the youth in our community learning about more than just the one war. It’s going to go all the way back.” Knepp, who is the township’s Town Crier, has been donating the money he receives for making appearances to the memorial fund. “I got $300 from Pine Tree Barn and about $200 from All About Kids and I feel like that should be known,” he said. “In total, I’ve donated about $900.” However, the group is still short of the $50,000 it needs to complete the memorial by its goal date of July 2013,

Milford moves forward with projects By Kellie Geist-May

Before resigning in early January, former Police Chief Mark Machan was working on two city projects. Although Machan is no longer with the department, city staff is still moving forward with the work. The first project was to research and coordinate purchasing an emergency generator for the city municipal building, which houses the police department, at 745 Center St. “City Engineer Bud White is following up with the coordination of plan review for the generator project and it’s almost ready to go to bid,” City Manager Loretta Rokey said. When council decided to move forward with this


City Engineer Bud White is working on the bid documents for an emergency generator for the city municipal building. Currently the building, which houses the Milford Police Department, does not have a back-up power source. project last fall, Machan said the diesel generator estimates were about $170,000. The final project amount will depend on the bids the city receives as well as what type of generator council decides to purchase. The second project Machan was working on was to buy a new police software package.

Interim Police Chief Jamey Mills said the police department is still working on that. “Chief Machan formed a committee in 2010 to look at different RMS (police Records Management Systems),” Mills said. “We have to buy a new system because the Baldwin Group, who we’ve been with since

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MIAMI TWP. – A man was hit by a car as he walked down Buckwheat Road in Miami Township at about 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. George Adams, 34, 1361 Emerson Lane, was wearing dark clothing while walking down the middle of the northbound Buckwheat Road when he was struck by Jeffrey Elliott, 40, of Loveland, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post Commander Lt. Randy McElfresh. Witnesses told investigating officers that Adams had been drinking prior to the crash, McElfresh said. Adams was transported to University Hospital via University Air Care. Elliott was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Help name the room

MILFORD – City Council members are looking to name the city’s newly remodeled meeting space, currently just called Room 205. “I think we just need to come up with a better name. Maybe something that pays homage to our heritage – like the Gatch Room or the Mill Room,” Major Ralph Vilardo Jr. said. Council member Amy Brewer recommended putting the naming idea on the city’s Facebook, The City of Milford, for resident suggestions. Anyone with ideas should post the idea to the city’s Facebook or contact one of the council members. For contact information or a link to the Facebook site, visit

Milford council is hoping to discuss the naming at the next regular meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 745 Center St.

Registration to begin

STONELICK TWP. – Kindergarten registration for Clermont Northeastern residents for the 2011-2012 school year will take place 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Clermont Northeastern Middle School, 2792 U.S. 50. Registration packets may be picked up starting Thursday, Feb. 24, at the registration office in the middle school. Children need to be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Items to bring to registration are: • Official birth certificate (with raised seal). • Proof of residency (current utility bill, lease, deed, etc.). • Immunization record. • Photo ID of parent. • Custody papers (if applicable). For questions about registration, call 625-5478, ext. 371.

Name change hearing

STONELICK TWP. – A public hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, on a proposal to change the name of Old Ohio 132 in Stonelick Township to Stonelick View. The hearing will be in the office of the Clermont County commissioners, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. County Administrator David Spinney said the name change is at the request of the Stonelick Township trustees.

He said the change affects an old section of Ohio 132 left when the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2009 made improvements to the road between Ohio 131 and U.S. 50.

Member sought

MILFORD – The Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for a new member. Tom Fremont resigned from the commission in midJanuary. Anyone who would be interested in the position should e-mail a letter of interest to Assistant City Manager Pam Holbrook at

Tea Party to meet

MIAMI TWP. – Miami Township Tea Party will meet next at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Miami Township Civic Center, in the trustees’ room, 6101 Meijer Drive. Meeting The group works toward limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Contact Paul Odioso at 300-4253 or e-mail or Larry Heller at 575-0062 or e-mail

2001, is no longer making police systems, so we don’t have a maintenance agreement.” The records management system is used to store all of the police records, including incident and offense reports, property storage, contacts and payroll, Mills said. He said the committee is looking at systems that would be compatible with the cruiser laptops. “We have laptops in the cruisers, but, right now, we have to come back to the station to put our reports in. That’s something we’re looking at,” he said. Mills said he met with the committee Tuesday, Jan. 25, but no decisions were made.



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Knepp said. “Private donations are creeping along slowly, but steadily,” he said. “We didn’t really want to go after the big donations until we put together our infrastructure, but we’re at a stage now where we’re ready.” Knepp said he hoped the memorial would teach the park’s visitors about the importance of the Korean War. “Sixty years is much too long to go without paying respect and honor to those who gave their all,” he said. “It’s no longer the forgotten war. The purpose of The Spirit of ’76 Memorial Garden and Arboretum is to have a living, green park space to honor them.” To make a donation, visit the National Bank & Trust, 735 Lila Ave., in Milford. Cash donations are not accepted and no one from the group is soliciting donations from residents.

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Clermont Senior Services celebrates ‘Service with Heart’ Clermont Senior Services invited close to 200 family and friends to an anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3. Dignitaries, volunteers, donors and staff members for the organization gathered at Receptions Eastgate to celebrate Clermont Senior Services’ 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart.” KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Clermont Senior Services celebrated 40 years of “Service with Heart” Thursday, Feb. 3. From left are Calvin Aicholtz of Union Township, Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Zuk and Municipal Court Judge Ric Ferenc. Zuk and Ferenc both live in Pierce Township.


Penny and Hugh Nichols of Batavia attended the Clermont Senior Services anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 3.


Clermont Senior Services trustee John Nelson, Gayle McLaughlin, and Clermont Senior Services vice-chairman Mick McLaughlin mingle at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary Thursday, Feb. 3.


WLW Radio personality Jim Scott, who was the emcee for the Clermont Senior Services 40th anniversary celebration Feb. 3, welcomes Marty Brennaman to the stage.


Ohio State Rep. Danny Bubp, left, rubs shoulders with Ruth Ann Rooks and her husband George Rooks of Tate Township as well as Tom Stitt, left, of Milford.


Williamsburg residents Lucy Snell, left, and Izella Cadwallader, center, and Batavia resident Frances Wilson spent a little time catching up at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary.


During the Clermont Senior Services anniversary, the staff thanked the volunteers and donors who contributed to the organization over the years. A number of local government officials as well as other community figures attended the celebration, including Union Township Trustee Tim Donnellon and his wife Monica Donnellon.


Margaret Jenkins, right, and Martha Solano of Batavia Township talk about Ohio State Extension during the Clermont Senior Services 40th anniversary of “Service with Heart” Thursday, Feb. 3.


Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, talked about the 2011 baseball team during his keynote speech at the Clermont Senior Services anniversary Thursday, Feb. 3.

‘Service with Heart’ is a way of life for local agency Clermont Senior Services is celebrating more than 40 years of “service with heart.” The agency was founded by Lois Brown Dale, and although that specific phrase was not used, it was the standard from the beginning. We initiated the “service with heart” tagline around 2002. We all feel strongly about it. We’ve done a lot of talking about service with heart, and we use the phrase often, but what is it really?

It has to do with providing exemplary customer service. One might ask, “Why is ClerLinda Eppler m o n t Community S e n i o r ervices Press guest Sdedicated columnist to providing exemplary service when most of our customers don’t have a lot of other options?” In

many cases, people have no family and we are the only organization that will provide service on a donation basis. So why seek a higher standard? It’s because we sincerely care about the people we serve. Our mission is to help older adults live as actively and independently as possible, but we don’t just provide services, we want to improve their quality of life. We want them to feel valued and respected. But it doesn’t stop there.

We want to improve the quality of life of our employees (at least their work life) as well, and we want them to feel valued and respected. We stress courtesy and respect for our external and our internal customers – everyone we see or talk to in a day’s time. A couple of years ago a team of employees created the “Service with Heart Guide to Employee Performance Excellence.” It’s a 22-page booklet, stating exactly what service with heart is and establishing it

as the backbone of our company culture. In the booklet, employees determined “service with heart” means they will do everything they can to exceed the needs or expectations of everyone with care and respect. That’s not just the person receiving a meal, transportation or home care. That includes the person we sit next to at work, the person we see in the hall, the vendor who calls on the phone, the unhappy customer, the frustrated employee, the wrong num-

ber that reached our office by mistake. Anyone and everyone we come in contact with during the day – that’s who our customers are. Each of us is responsible and accountable for serving them – with care and respect. And here is the reason for it: By improving the quality of their lives, we improve the quality of our own. Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.


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School officials from Clermont and Brown counties met with state legislators in Columbus Jan. 25. From left, Jim Frazier, superintendent of the Brown County Educational Service Center; Rep. Danny Bubp; Jeff Weir, superintendent of Williamsburg schools; Neil Leist, superintendent of Clermont Northeastern schools; and Brian Switzer, treasurer of CNE schools.

Superintendents share cost-saving ideas By John Seney

School officials from Clermont and Brown counties met with state legislators in Columbus Jan. 25. Two Clermont County school superintendents recently were able to share some of their cost-saving ideas with the chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee. Clermont Northeastern Superintendent Neil Leist and Williamsburg Superintendent Jeff Weir met Jan. 25 with Rep. Gerald Stebelton. The meeting came about, Leist said, after Rep. Danny Bubp gave Stebleton a copy of Leist’s book, “$uperintendent $avings $trategies: Stretching the Taxpayer’s Dollar in Your School.” Leist shared some of the ideas in the book, including obtaining surplus items for the district from government and private agencies and forming partnerships with businesses. “Mr. Stebelton seemed to appreciate what we have done at CNE,” he said. Leist said he was invited back to talk about his ideas on the House

floor in the next couple of months. He said the meeting was helpful in opening up a direct line with the people making the big decisions on education. “It was nice for southwest Ohio to be heard,” Leist said. Also attending the meeting were Jim Frazier, superintendent of the Brown County Educational Service Center, and Brian Switzer, treasurer of CNE. Weir said the talked about some of the things Williamsburg has done to share resources with other districts, including sharing some transportation expenses with Batavia schools. “I’m hopeful they can use some of the ideas,” he said. Leist agreed that “with the economic situation we’re in, we need to start teaming up with each other.” The superintendents also talked about a bill being debated in the House that would do away with unfunded mandates. “All these mandates end up costing us money,” Leist said. For more information on Leist’s book, see


Milford High School varsity winter guard members Erin Johnson, Emily Schulte and Brittany Chin prepare for the beginning of their 2011 competition show, “Jar of Hearts.” They will compete this winter in various Tristate competitions as well as in national competitions in Dayton and Nashville. The junior high and high school guards performed a preview show for parents and friends Feb. 2 at Milford Junior High School. The guard is directed by Drew Steinbrecher, Jay Logan and Megan Scott.

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Members of the Milford schools winter guard program performed a preview show for parents and friends on Feb. 2 at Milford Junior High School. The guards are traveling to their first competition of the season this weekend at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky. The program has two high school guard units, one junior high unit and and elementary age “dance and drill” team.

Goshen changes snow makeup days By John Seney

Clermont County schools are making plans in anticipation of a bill now being debated in the Ohio General Assembly that would restore the number of calamity days this year from three to five. Because of the possible change, the Goshen school board held a special meeting Jan. 26 to change the makeup days on the school calendar. Goshen’s makeup days originally were designated as Feb. 18, Feb. 21, June 3, June 6 and June 7. Feb. 18 was a conference exchange day with no school and Feb. 21 was the President’s Day holiday. Goshen already had used five calamity days because of snow as of Jan. 26, which meant students would be going to classes on Feb. 18 and Feb. 21 under the three-day rule. Superintendent Charlene Thomas said if the law is changed, those two makeup days might be unnecessary. “We didn’t want to make up days we didn’t have to,” she said. The board voted to keep Feb. 18 and Feb. 21 as days with no school and added June 8 and June 9 as calamity makeup days.

Thomas said a special meeting was needed because the next regular board meeting was not until Feb. 14, which would not give enough time Thomas to get the information out to parents if a change were made. At Clermont Northeastern schools, six days had been canceled because of snow as of Jan. 31. Superintendent Neil Leist said that meant CNE will have to make up either one day or three days at the end of the year, depending on what the legislators decide. The designated makeup days on CNE’s calendar are June 3, June 6, June 7, June 8 and June 9. The number of calamity days was reduced from five to three for the 2010-2011 school year in a law backed by former Gov. Ted Strickland. When John Kasich was elected governor in November, he said he favored restoring the calamity days to five. House Bill 36, introduced in the General Assembly in January and now being debated, would restore the number of days to five immediately.


The Milford High School junior varsity winter guard performed its show “Winter Song” at a preview show for parents and friends Feb. 2.


Milford Junior High School winter guard member Molly Milinovich strikes a pose at the end of their 2011 competition show, “Stuck Like Glue.” The junior high and high school guards performed a preview show for parents and friends Feb. 2 at Milford Junior High School.





The week at CNE

• The Rocket boys basketball team got a big road win at Georgetown, 74-69, Feb. 1. Jake and Josh Hogue combined to score 39 points. They beat New Richmond 70-49 Feb. 4. Ryan Mummert had a game-high 20 points in the win. • CNE’s girls basketball team lost to Goshen, 28-21, Feb. 1. The Rockets bounced back to beat Amelia, 49-43, Feb. 3. Ten CNE players scored, led by Cydney Hill’s 10 points.

The week at Goshen

• The Goshen boys and girls bowling teams each finished second in a pair of trimeets, Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, behind Milford and ahead of Little Miami. • In girls basketball, the Warriors beat rivals Clermont Northeastern, 28-21, Feb. 1. Kelsi Steele led a balanced attack with nine points. Goshen lost to Western Brown, 59-53, Feb. 3. • In boys basketball, Goshen beat Amelia 64-41 Feb. 4. Top scorer for the Warriors was Derek Koch with 25 points.

The week at Milford

• The boys basketball team beat Turpin, 75-51, Feb. 1. Cody Diercks and Nick Hittner scored 18 points apiece for the Eagles. The boys beat Glen Este 68-62 Feb. 4. Top scorer was Hittner with 17 points. • Milford’s girls basketball team beat Anderson, 44-29, Feb. 2. Morgan Wolcott scored 15 points. • The Milford boys bowling team won a pair of tri-meets with Goshen and Little Miami, Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Seniors Jason Ashcraft and Brad Long each bowled a 338 series on Jan. 31, while Kyle Chance bowled a 390, Feb. 2. The Eagles beat Kings, 2296-2030, Feb. 3. Ashcraft bowled a 375. • The Milford girls bowling team took first in a pair of trimeets, Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, downing Goshen and Little Miami. Kara Bough led the way, bowling a 326 series Jan. 31 and a 306 on Feb. 2. Milford defeated Kings in a duel, 1981-1703, Feb. 3. Jessica Olson paced the Eagles with a 337 series.

The week at McNicholas

• In boys basketball, the Rockets fell to Alter, 70-56, Feb. 2. Drew Hall led McNick with 29 points. On Feb. 4, McNick lost to Badin, 53-43. Hall scored 20 points for the Rockets. • In girls basketball, the Lady Rockets defeated Roger Bacon, 68-24, Feb. 2. Stephanie Krusling led the squad with 13 points. • In girls diving, Maddie Mitchell won the GGCL Central Grey Division diving championship with a score of 187.40, Jan. 30. Abby Mitchell placed second in the event, and Amanda Bradley finished third.

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Milford hoopsters shoot for FAVC title By Nick Dudukovich

The Milford High School boys basketball team took a key step in securing the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East title with their 68-62 win over Glen Este, Feb. 4. Milford High School’s Zach Baker (3) is fourth in the FAVC with 14.2 points per game. Brandon Severn/Contributor With the victory, the Eagles find themselves in control of their own destiny for the remainder of the regular season. The Eagles (13-3, 11-1) led Glen Este (12-2, 9-1) by percentage points heading into the contest. Milford standout Zach Baker said the squad has been taking opponents one at a time, but admitted that the Eagles were looking forward to their second matchup against the Trojans. “The team had been waiting for this game for a while and it meant a ton,” Baker said. The Eagles won the first meeting, 50-37, Jan. 4. Milford has shown resiliency of late, after suffering a 24-point loss to Taft at the end of January.

Baker and the Eagles wasted no time bouncing back from the defeat and handed Turpin a 24-point loss, Feb. 1. According to Baker, the Taft loss instilled a desire in the team to never suffer through such a defeat again. “The main thing about the Taft loss was embarrassment. Losing is terrible, and losing like that is worse,” he said. “It makes you play harder because you never want that to happen again.” As the squad prepares to enter the postseason, the Eagles will continue to rely on the presence of several key players. Callan Hughes has been a spark for the Eagles coming off the bench. The senior guard is shooting 42.6 percent from three-point range and will undoubtedly be a weapon for the Eagles down the stretch. One of Hughes’ best games of the season came during Milford’s 71-53 win over Walnut Hills, Jan. 21. He was 4-of-4 from three-point territory and ended his night with 17 points. “When he comes in, he has an energy boost that helps us go on runs and helps us pick up our intensity,”

Baker said. Senior forward Nick Hittner and point guard Jess Stankeveh will also continue to play pivotal roles on the floor. Hittner is grabbing 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, while is contributing 7.3 points and 2.9 assists per game. “If other teams key in on me or Callan, Nick is down in the post dominating, making the defense think about him,” Baker said. “And Jess has been phenomenal. I’ve been playing against or with him since second grade. I love the kid to death and he creates so much for our shooters and our post players. Without him, we are a totally different team.” Baker, who is fourth in the FAVC in scoring with 14.2 points per game, should also continue to be a valuable piece to the Eagles’ FAVC title hopes. Baker credited his success to the strong play of his teammates. “This has been awesome because there are so many guys that can score – game in, and game out,” Baker said. “A lot of people contribute and that makes it easier on me to score because everybody on the floor is a threat as well.”


Milford's Zach Baker (3) is fourth in the FAVC with 14.2 points per game. Baker has helped the Eagles build a 13-3 overall record during the 2010-2011 campaign.

Milford youth has 3 Super Bowl teams Milford Youth Football and Cheerleading has developed into a top notch youth football and cheerleading organization. As a testament to this Milford Youth Football and Cheerleading had 50 percent of their teams reach the Super Bowl this season. Milford Youth Football and Cheerleading voted a few years ago to join the Southern Ohio Youth Football Association Inc. This allowed MYF&C to play a competitive schedule and somewhat align with what our high school program is doing. Milford sent its 7-, 8and-9-year-old teams to the 2010 Super Bowls in their respective divisions. The organization’s 10 year olds missed the Super Bowl by one game in a playoff loss to Wyoming. As the final Super Bowl day concluded the Milford 9-year-old boys were crowned 2010 Super Bowl champs and the 7s and 8s were runner-ups. “I want to congratulate all our teams for a highly successful 2010 season. The board and coaches have all worked so hard the past few seasons to rebrand, educate and train so we could maintain top



The Milford Youth Football team celebrates making it to the 2010 Super Bowl. Coaches, from left, are David Velie, Justin McClanahan, Jeff Edwards, Chad Fritz, John Kilmore, Tom Winrod and Fred Killingsworth. In top, from left, are Garret Hornsby, Theo Week, Brenden Hochhausler, Riley Rudd, Mark McQueary, Brendon Sears and Austin Hicks. In middle from left are Brandon Edwards, Nick Alcorn, Michael Kilmore, Luke Schave, Jordan Winrod, Eli Velie, John Killingsworth and Jonah Fouts. In bottom, from left, are Rico Howard, Damian Derose, Adam Anderson, Austin McClanahan, John Hackler and Julian Giver. Cheerleaders from left are Kylee Ellis, Madison Reckman, Jordan Rieger, Kaylee Jones and Layce McQueary.

“Our recent success is a function of balancing new concepts, engagement with our High School program, sportsmanship and good instruction.”

Jeff Edward

notch instruction for our football players and cheerleaders,” said Jeff Edward, vice president of football. “Our recent success is a function of balancing new concepts, engagement with

our High School program, sportsmanship and good instruction. We believe at MYF&C we can have all our teams reach the Super Bowl next year with the direction our program is going.”

The Milford Youth Football and Cheerleading 7-year-old team celebrates its success at the 2010 Super Bowls. In first row are cheerleaders Kaylee Bauer, Raenise Jackson, Sarah Kilmore, Jocelyn Ellison, Courtney Fletcher, Alyssa Kilmore and Gia Shope. In second row are Seth Beckman, Zachary Matzen, Brayden Gilmore, Joey Hodgkins, Bryan Walther, Parker Morgan, Carson Rainone, Kyle Sams and Peyton Clemons. In third row are Payton Bauer, Sathvick Vasa, Matthew McQueary, Anthony Lagemann and Mitchell Boggs. In fourth row are Drew Malott, Michael Dermudy, Johnny Mickler, Kane McKinzie, Gabe DiTullio, Ben Hornsby, Alec Carpenter, Anthony Carlisle, Conner Wheat and Dakota Brown. Coaches are Eric Carlisle, Kenny Hodgkins, Matt Bauer, Kirk Hathaway, Gary Hornsby, Chad Boggs and Bryan Walther.


The Milford Youth Football 9-year-old team celebrates at the 2010 Super Bowl. In back from left are assistant head coach Jeff Kozakiewicz, linebackers, corners Todd Girty, offense Mike Steele, head coach Drew Codner, defensive coordinator Clay Codner, assistant coach Chris Kells and assistant coach Chad Wehrman. In middle, from left, are Zach Haskell, Brady Ray, John Codner, Braden Steele, Ben Girty, Bryce Johnson, Cameron Kells, Christopher Rinner, Zach Carpenter and Jackson Reusser. In front, from left, are Nathan Klick, Kobey Broanaugh, Hayden Rubenstein, Markell Hoskins, Luke Haberer, Michael Kozakiewicz, Jacob Wehrman and Seth Freeman.

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Goshen point guard Nick Wake (center) leads the Warriors with 15.5 points and 3.8 assists per game (stats recorded through 13 games).

Goshen High School senior Derek Kock (12) scored 25 points during the Warriors’ win over Amelia, Feb. 4. Koch followed up his performance with a career-high 36 points during the squad’s 8973 win over Bethel-Tate, Feb. 5. The Warriors (123, 6-1) have won six of their last seven games (through Feb. 6) and are in first place of the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference’s American Division.



Goshen’s James Ashcraft converts a layup during the Warriors’ 23-point win over Amelia, Feb. 4.



Our trustees were so hot to raise our taxes they led us to believe Goshen would go down in flames. By defeating the fire levy, I hope it has made the trustees and their managers understand you must run the township as a business and forget about future politics and pleasing everyone. Hopefully, the trustees now know in order to be a successful business you cannot accept wish lists, accounting figures and hearsay without proper investigation. The cuts of $600,000 were not tangible cuts, but cuts of wish lists. The accounting figures were not based on previous expected income. The hearsay thinking was to raise taxes and you will have plenty of money. (A no brainer). The 3-mill levy was not just one year, but for yours and your children’s lifetime. Let’s be practi-

CH@TROOM What grade would you give President Barack Obama for his first two years in office? Do you plan to vote for him in 2012? “Yes, I do think Barack Obama is doing a great job given what he was left with. It is amazing to me that this man is the picture of integrity. I believe he has the country’s best interest in his forethought and will do what is best in spite of the incredible, despicable odds he has had to endure during the last two years. “I will definitely vote for him in 2012 and will campaign relentlessly for him. I am sick and tired of the trouble makers like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman who flap their gums and say absolutely nothing and contribute nothing.” A.T.





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cal and not try to compete with Indian Hill. Goshen is not there yet. You have to spend money to make money. Maybe the trustees might consider instead of spending money on polishing fire trucks adding a qualified person to help and assist them in running our township like a business. Keep our taxes low. Ken Klosterman Goshen Township

Opinions differ

Mr. Harding, you are entitled to your liberal opinion and I’m entitled to my conservative opinion. Issues are decided at the ballot box by the majority of the taxpaying public. However, the last time I checked, paying taxes was not a requirement for voting rights. There lies the problem. Robert Taylor Batavia

This week’s question What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? Every week TThe Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. destroyed. “Since there was nothing I could have done to prevent what happened, or what was done afterward, I probably shouldn’t feel the way I do, but I can’t help it.” B.B.

“Having applauded John F. Kennedy’s support of the space program in the ‘60s, I watched with great interest every aspect of space exploration in the years to follow. I thought we were pretty skilled and beyond disasters. What do you remember “The disasters of ‘86 and ‘03 about the Space Shuttle Chal- taught us that while it’s an amazlenger explosion in 1986 of the ing journey, there are risks and Space Shuttle Columbia disas- lives can be lost. ter in 2003? “I remember the Challenger “I was teaching at an elemen- disaster most vividly and with tary school in West Clermont horror still today. School District. We wheeled in a “Seconds into the flight, every‘state of the art’ big screen TV to one in the crew was gone, all watch it as a group of fifth/sixth- those bright minds that would graders. have made such a difference to “When it happened everyone our future in space as well as to fell silent. There was nothing but their respective families. shock. We had a moment of “While the Columbia disaster silence then returned to class.” was equally as troubling, I K.S. remember watching the takeoff of the Challenger and “The Chalthe horror of seeing lenger disaster it explode. was a very trau“I’m not so sure matic experience these days if the for me, similar to space program is as the assassination important as I of President thought years ago. Kennedy. I was Today, I focus more familiar with most FILE PHOTO on the needs of peoof the crew mem- The Challenger crew ple living on Earth bers, and I simply and the need for was stunned when it happened. peace. I don’t know that as “I recall being depressed for humans, we can manage Earth days about it, and found myself and its challenges and outer space wondering how our scientists and and its challenges.” government could have taken the E.E.C. risks they did (of which I was largely unaware, because I am not “I vividly remember both a professional). events. Challenger was more trau“Strangely (and I’m not proud matic because nothing of the sort of this), my memory of Colum- had ever occurred in the U.S. bia’s loss is not nearly as clear, space program and my wife and I even though it was only 8 years had been to the Cape to witness ago. the launch immediately before “I cannot explain this. Maybe I Challenger. was caught up in other pressing “The Columbia disaster happersonal issues, but whatever the pened on a Saturday morning and reason, I regret that my feelings I recall watching television news were not as intense as they were coverage. Very painful!” when the Challenger was J.G.





It’s official, the Tea Party is against mine safety, food safety and inexpensive, universal health care. The local TP have decided that U.S. Rep. Schmidt is their kind of gal. She did sit next to Michelle Bachman at the State of the Union photo op. Workplace safety and a disease-free food supply used to be considered an appropriate application of government authority. I guess the good Clermont TP folk feel that the chicken growers and mine owners are the best judges of what’s best for their workers and the rest of us. Just like in feudal times. I am mystified as to how that ultimate government welfare queen, Representative Schmidt, can be seen by anyone as a champion of reduced government expenditure. She’s been on the government dole at one level or another since I’ve been back in this area, but I have yet to hear her renounce the benefits she gets (but wants us to eschew). I guess she’s a hero to them because she carries off the pose of being anti-government while sucking down government bennies with such aplomb and complete disdain for irony. I don’t understand the insis-

tence that the words in the Constitution are limited to their meanings in 1789. Odd how people want to take us back to 1789 to accomLen Harding modate their polbut who are Community itics, also more than Press guest happy to accept columnist the medical, mechanical and comfort changes that occurred between then and now. The Constitution was designed so that it could be changed. In 1789, voting was restricted to white men with unencumbered property. Women could not vote; married women’s property belonged to their spouse; they did not get custody of children even when they could divorce – nor did they get their money back. Hospitals were places where people went to die and childbirth was the most dangerous thing a women could do. Slavery was defined by “race,” and black people could not testify in court to prevent being remanded into slavery. Current arguments regarding

the lack of constitutional authority for taxes, welfare/unemployment, civil rights, or universal health insurance have a common thread: They deny the right of government to act in ways to improve the welfare of the nation. The TP does not, however, apply such thought to the new “rights” and authority of corporations that were also created by the Supreme Court under the 14th amendment. I guess that’s why those rich businessmen love the TP, they’re ignorant in all the right places. Since these people are so keen on the lessons of history, and they enjoy being bullies, I suggest that they look a little closer, time-wise and a couple of countries over, map-wise. The TP acts more like an updated group of Storm Troopers (Sturm Abteilung) than they do honorable revolutionary heroes. They threaten and shout, and they like to bully those who disagree. The TPSA is just the right mix for making sure we do not get into the future without some serious pain and social dislocation. Way to go. Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford, where he has lived on and off since 1947. You can reach Harding at

4-H may be just the activity for your child I think it was 1968 when Mom took me to my first 4-H meeting. I didn’t understand 4-H, but 10 years later, 4-H had become a major part of my life. It still is. What I learned from 4-H is hard to describe in a few words. I learned how to finish a project, run a meeting, work with others, plan events and speak in public. I also learned how to set and achieve goals, be a leader in one group and help the leader of another. I have good friends I met in 4H oh so many years ago. Regina Howerton of Felicity and I have been best friends since meeting at 4-H camp way back when. Her family lived in Union Township. Back then, talking meant a toll call, so she and I wrote letters. You know, the old fashioned kind, with pen and paper. She married David Howerton of Felicity and has lived there for more than 20 years, but that’s no problem for us. If you are looking for something for your child to do, especially this summer, consider 4-H. These days, 4-H is about so much more than raising and showing livestock. I did show dairy cattle while in 4-H. Regina’s kids raised and showed cattle and sheep. But she and I also took other projects. Just ask her about our little rivalry in cooking. We would compete each year about who

would go to the state fair. I can still see our mothers rolling their eyes at us. But hey, but we had fun. There is photography, another Theresa L. one of my Herron favorites. Kids can learn how to Editor’s safely shoot guns, Notebook learn about taking care of lawnmowers, fishing and woodworking. Kids can learn how to take better care of their dogs and cats. One of my favorite parts of the annual county fair is when awards are announced for “general projects.” To see the faces of two 10-year-old boys with their first blue ribbons and grins from ear to ear, well it’s just something to see. Of course one was my nephew, Jarod. As a volunteer, this is what we work for – to see how excited kids get when they see what they can accomplish and have their parents, grandparents and friends in the audience to see them get a ribbon. Without sounding silly, it’s just plain special. To learn more about 4-H in Clermont County, call the office at 732-7070 and talk to Scott Cangro, the program assistant. The deadline for joining 4-H this year to participate in the fair is

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Downey honored for 20 years of CCDD board service By Mary Dannemiller


Queen City Coin Laundry owners Dave Menz and Carla Menz at their new location in Miami Township.

Queen City Coin Laundry expands to Miami Twp. By Mary Dannemiller

Dave Menz wants to change your opinion about laundromat. His Queen City Coin Laundry locations in Amelia and Miami Township aren’t dingy, dimly lit places with decades-old machines. They’re bright, cheery places with state-of-the-art machines, big screen televisions and porcelain floors. Menz opened the Miami Township location, 923 Ohio 28, this month and plans to add stores throughout Clermont County. “One thing we’ve learned since we’ve been in the business is a lot of laundromats are run by people who don’t really have ‘nice’ in their vocabulary,” he said. “We want to define ourselves as a top-notch, high quality laundry facility. We believe in treating people the right way and we see a tremendous demand in Cincinnati and Clermont County for a nice laundry facility.” The location in Amelia opened in April and has been a success. So when the space in Miami Township became available, Menz decided to go for it and spent the next several months renovating the building, formerly known as Milford Commons Laundry. “Queen City Coin Laundry is a passion for me,” he said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 5years-old. This is a passion I’ve carried with me for 25 years, anybody who wants anything for 25 years is going to approach it the right way.” The store features 37 new machines, laundry carts, tables, new rest rooms and a high definition video

surveillance system. Menz also said his stores offer customer service that’s hard to find at other laundromats. “You’re lucky if you can find a phone number if you have a problem, but we have a rapid refund policy if customers lose money or have trouble with the machines,” he said. “They fill out a voucher and are guaranteed to have their money back in three business days. My personal cell phone number is on five different signs so a customer can call me for emergencies at 2:30 a.m. and if I can’t help over the phone, I’ll jump out of bed and go down to the store.” Miami Township Assistant Administrator Jeff Wright said Queen City Coin Laundry was just one of several businesses moving into the township. “Miami Township is proud to welcome Queen City Coin Laundry to our community and we have no doubt that they will be very successful at their location on (Ohio) 28,” he said. “This new business is another confirmation that a variety of retail outlets and corporations are selecting us as a desirable place to do business. While new commercial construction may still be slow in all locations, Miami Township continues, month after month, to have new enterprises opening in existing spaces since we are recognized as a businessfriendly community.” In March, the Miami Township store will offer $1 prices for double-load machines which are normally $2.25, Menz said. For more information about the laundry mat, which is open 24 hours a day, visit

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For Wanda Downey, the two decades she spent as a Clermont County Developmental Disabilities board member held special meaning. Her daughter, Marie, has a developmental disability and Downey wanted to do everything she could to help other families in need. “She knew what it was like before she knew about our agency and the way she fought for Marie made her want to fight for everybody’s kids,” said CCDD Superintendent Sharon Woodrow. “She’s very passionate.” Downey is stepping down from the board and has served for 12 consecutive years and previously served an eight-year term. She will be honored for her service at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Wildey Center Cafeteria, 2040 U.S. 50. “There have been so many changes in the program and it’s been a constant learning process, but it’s been wonderful,” Downey said. “The kids give such unconditional love.” One of the things Downey said she’s enjoyed most about her time with CCDD is working with fellow board members and Woodrow. “I really hope they continue with the same superintendent and the same board,” she said. “There are such wonderful people in


The Clermont County Developmental Disabilities Board honored Wanda Downey Thursday, Jan. 27. First row: Superintendent Sharon Woodrow, board member Sheila Madden, Wanda Downey, board member Jen Mailloux, board member Laurie Benintendi and board member Garrett Slone. Second row: Board member Gary Carson, board member Harry Snyder, board member Kim Pellington and Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey.


Wanda Downey and her husband, John.

there now and I am so pleased with Sharon. The young people on the board are so interested and even though not all of them have children who receive services, they take such an interest in what we do.” Harry Snyder is one of the board members who has worked closely with Downey, who has served as

the board’s president, over the last few years. “She has done an excellent job,” he said. “She has been good about mixing up committees so I feel comfortable our board as a whole has good experience. She inspired people, and not only board members who have students, to follow in her footsteps.” Watching her daughter participate in CCDD programs also has been a highlight for Downey. “She’s grown so much and has come to be so much more independent,” she said. “She didn’t talk until she was about 5 years old and I took her to the diagnostic clinic and said I didn’t care what she said as long as she said something. Well, I think she’s said it all by now, many times over. She will not stop talking and I’m


Thomas Wildey III and former CCDD Superintendent Donald Collins.

so thankful.” Downey said she might re-apply for a spot on the board in two years when she’s eligible, if there is a position available. “I plan to volunteer and I’m currently serving on the supported living council,” she said. “I have to leave the board for a couple of years, but I could go back. This is so near and dear to my heart.”

Union Twp. veteran served with Medal of Honor winner By John Seney

An Army veteran from Union Township served in Afghanistan with the only living person to win the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Brad Gantz served with medal winner Salvatore Giunta in Afghanistan for three years, from 2005 to 2008. They were both in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Although they were in different companies, they knew each other because of some mutual friends, Gantz said. Giunta received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions saving the lives of members of his squad during an ambush by the Taliban in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan Oct. 25, 2007. Gantz said the day of the ambush he was on patrol on the other side of some mountains. “There was a valley between us,” Gantz said. “It was pretty quiet on our side.” When Gantz’ unit got back to their base, a sergeant told them about the ambush and Giunta’s heroics. The sergeant said Giunta would probably get the Medal of Honor and asked if anyone knew him. “The only one who knew


Brad Gantz, left, was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Rep. Jean Schmidt, right, for his Army service during a Clermont County commissioners meeting in 2008. him was me,” Gantz said. Gantz said no one would ever guess Giunta as someone who could win the Medal of Honor. “He was really laid back, real mellow, a really good guy,” he said. Before deploying to Afghanistan, Gantz and Giunta both were stationed at an Army base in Italy. Gantz remembers the last night before they were deployed, he, Giunta and some other friends went to Venice together to celebrate. One of the friends was Joshua Brennan, who Giunta tried to save in the Korengal Valley ambush. Brennan later died from wounds suffered in the attack. Gantz went to Washington, D.C., when Giunta

received his Medal of Honor from President Obama Nov. 16, 2010. He was not able to attend the ceremony because of the limited number of people allowed into the White House, but was able to watch it with other members of his unit on a big screen television at a hotel near the Pentagon. Gantz was able to attend Giunta’s induction into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes the next day. “It was awesome,” Gantz said. “A once in a lifetime thing. It was good to see how much support he has from his unit.” Gantz, 25, grew up in Union Township and attended Glen Este High School. He has been out of the Army for two years and

is now attending the University of Cincinnati. After he gets his degree, he would like to work for the government. Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said Gantz has participated in some events with the military support group Whole in My Heart. “He’s helped us out a lot,” Proud said. The last time Gantz talked to Giunta, who is still in the Army, was at the ceremonies in Washington. “What you see on TV is how he is,” Gantz said of Giunta. “He’s really humble.” At the White House ceremony, Obama, according to the Army website, said of Giunta, “Now, I’m going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy. I think anybody – we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about. And it just makes you proud. “ “This medal today is a testament to his uncommon valor, but also to the parents and the community that raised him; the military that trained him; and all the men and women who served by his side,” Obama said. For more about your community, visit uniontownship.



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Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Works by Kelly Frigard addresses life’s questions about sacrifice, transcendence and spirituality. Media includes embroidered textiles, stuffed and ceramic animals, sculptural wings and dresses using felted wool, rabbit fur and found fabrics. Presented by UC Clermont College. 732-5200; Batavia.


Miami Township Tea Party Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. Group of citizens concerned with direction of government at all levels. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Tea Party. 300-4253; Miami Township.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Network of weight-loss support programs. $24 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike. High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Family friendly. $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


Health Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. 697-9705; Loveland. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 1


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.

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Fragility of Spirit, 8:30 a.m.-noon, UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia.


Cheers for Tender Years Event, 6-10 p.m., Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road. Includes dinner for two, four drink tickets and an entry into reverse raffle for a chance to win $1000. Silent auction, Chinese auction and Balloon Bonanza. Benefits Tender Years Cooperative Preschool. Ages 21 and up. $65. Presented by Tender Years Cooperative Preschool. 5884975. Loveland.


Poetry Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. With George Ella Lyon and Pauletta Hansel. Opportunities for writing and receiving feedback from other poets. Includes lunch. Ages 18 and up. $60. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland. Poetry Weekend Retreat for Women, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Through noon Feb. 13. Delve deeper into poetry through weekend of writing, reflection and community. $150 double occupancy, $175 single, $125 commuter. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave. Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave. Ten-week contest including one week of semifinals and one week of finals. Winner of the contest receives $500 cash, second place receives $250, and third place receives $100. Run by Moonlight Entertainment. 248-4444. Milford.


Bob Crawford, 9 p.m.-midnight, Bucks Tavern, 3299 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, Acoustic rock covers from ‘60s to today. Free. 677-3511. Loveland.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.

Earthhuggers, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Maple Time: Bundle up and come along as we get a sweet taste of winter at the Sugar House. Indoor discovery time, songs, games, art, hike, snack and story. Topic varies monthly. Ages 3-4. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Awareness, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Awareness of Sap and Syrup. Begins four-part series. Story, hike, craft and snack. Topic varies monthly. Ages 5-6. $56, $36 members for four-part series. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Discovery, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. From Tree to Table. First in four-part series. Introduction, hike and snack. Topic varies monthly. Ages 7-9. $56, $36 members per four-part series. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Naturalist Explorers, 1-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Maple Sugaring, a Behind the Scenes Look. Ages 10-13. Outdoor skills training, purposeful exploring and guided offtrail forays to provide unique outdoor experiences. $100, $68 members for five-part series. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Hands-On Backyard Maple Sugaring Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, sap storage and boiling as well as finishing and canning syrup on a small scale discussed. Ages 18 and up. $8, $5 members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township. Naturally Trivial, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Families can enter a “game show” about local wildlife. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. With Steve Bobonick. Meet guide in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for weather. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $5, free for members. 831-1711; Union Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 1 5


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Yoga for Golfers: Longer and Straighter in 2011, 2-3:30 p.m., Simply Power Yoga, 732 Middleton Way, Katherine Roberts’ Yoga for Golfers system. $40. Reservations required. 807-0658. Loveland.

Prostate Cancer Education/Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., For prostate cancer survivors, men undergoing treatment and men recently diagnosed. Wives and significant others also invited. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society - Cincinnati. 253-9333; Milford.



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Two by Two, 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Learn how animals get together to start a family. Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.




The Clermont County Park District will present Making Maple Syrup for Preschoolers at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Owensville. With hands-on activities and taste tests, preschoolers will learn how maple syrup goes from tree to table. Cost is $1. Registration is required; call 513-876-9013. Visit

Turkey Shoot, 1-6 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, $3-$5. Presented by VFW Post 6562-Milford. 575-2102; Milford. M O N D A Y, F E B . 1 4

ART EXHIBITS Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia.

Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugar brush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Making Maple Syrup for Preschoolers, 1:30 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, With hands-on activities and taste tests, preschoolers learn how maple syrup goes from tree to table. $1. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Owensville. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 1 6


Painting Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Passage Books, 126 Front St., Includes art supplies. $45. Registration required, available online. Presented by The Twisted Brush. 313-9330; New Richmond.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 5980 Meijer Drive. Free. Presented by Applebee’s Services, Inc.. 965-8240. Milford.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel. Little Nature Nuts, 10-10:45 a.m., Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road. Each class has different outdoor/nature theme. Ages 18 months-4 years. $10; $5 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave. Weekly through April 20. Children from all faiths welcome. Christian formation process in which children experience and form faithful relationship with God. Family friendly. $100 family, $50 child. Registration required. 474-4445. Anderson Township. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 1 7

ART EXHIBITS Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $24 annually, first meeting free. 843-4220. Anderson Township.

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Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia.


Grow With Us Anderson Theatre Gala, 6:30-11:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Music by top Anderson students, dinner, dancing with music by DJ Ronny Young and silent auction. Benefits Friends of Anderson Drama. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. 474-3427. Eastgate.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


Health Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, Free. 753-6325. Union Township.


Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.


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


Full Moon Walk, 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Snow Moon. Meet at Cabin. Ages 8 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Maple Sugaring for Homeschoolers, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugar brush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $5 participants, free ages 2 and under. 831-1711. Union Township.


Fragility of Spirit, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., UC Clermont College Art Gallery, 732-5200; Batavia.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Cincinnati Opera hosts community performances of its first education touring production of the season, “This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price,” with soprano Adrienne Danrich, pictured. Performances are Feb. 12, 20 and 26. It is a musical tribute to Anderson and Price and the role music played during the Civil Rights Movement. The program is recommended for students in sixth through 12th grades, families and adults. Performances are 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 7080 Reading Road; at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway; and at 6 p.m. Feb. 26, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cost $5 at the Freedom Center; other performances are free. Call 513-768-5562 or visit

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


Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., LaDonna’s Cafe, 1340 Ohio Pike. 752-1461. Batavia Township.


ArtsWave presents its annual Sampler this year over six weekend days instead of just one weekend. The Arts Sampler of free arts events begins Saturday, Feb. 12 and runs Saturdays, Feb. 12, March 12, March 26, April 10 and April 23. Different neighborhoods and arts organizations are featured each Saturday. Saturday, Feb. 12, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, pictured, is one of the featured organizations. There will be backstage tours at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Storyteller David Gonzalez is in "Aesop Bops!" at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 4 and up; Creative Dramatics for Children (ages 4-12) is at 11:30 a.m. and Scene Shop Tours are at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for all ages. For all events, visit


The type of love that shines the brightest Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. A handsome young man stood at a jewelry store counter. In front of him, on a black velvet cloth, were three glittering stones. All were cut with precision and to the uneducated eye all three looked like diamonds. Actually however, one was glass, one was zircon, and one was an elegant diamond. The price range went from $75 to several thousand. Only a professional gemologist could immediate tell them apart. They looked stunning but needed to be carefully distinguished – just as types of love need to be carefully distinguished as regards their value. In fact, we can use the three stones before the young man to symbolize three possible kinds of love. The faceted glass stone could represent a particular kind of love called “if-love.” It’s the most common type of love. Of course, it glitters and glistens but it’s not very valuable and easily scratched. It has strings attached. If-love is not love at all. It’s self-centered and offered only in exchange for something our alleged lover wants

from us. “If you put me first, meet my expectations and be what I want you to be; if you’re sexually fulfilling; if you overlook any kind of treatment from me, I’ll love you.” So many ifs. So many strings attached. So much self-centeredness. Many such fragile relationships crack and break apart after awhile. Expectations eventually are not met, disillusionment sets in, and whatever we bartered away to get this ifonly love wasn’t enough. What was thought to be genuine love turns into disinterest or hate. Sometimes even parental love can be tainted by the “if” kind of love. Whether its expectations are the too-strict demands of Tiger Mom, or the absence of needed discipline from Too Soft Moms, young children can become confused over whether they are truly loved at all. The second stone, representing the second kind of love, could be called the “because” kind of love. A person is still not loved for themselves but because of some quality they possess, something they have, or something they do. “I love you because you have such a

beautiful body; because you’re rich, powerful, popular or well-known.” This kind of love gave birth to the belief that “power, money and position are the greatest aphrodisiacs!” Of course, if we’re loved because of some thing or quality we have, what will happen if we lose it or someone else comes along with more of the lovable quality? What happens when age takes away the quality, poor economic times deplete our resources, or an accident deforms our body? If we can have an inkling that we are loved with a because-kind-of-love, insecurity results. We stay on guard lest it appear we have lost the tenuous quality which endear us. We worry: “If the quality goes, will love go, too?” The third stone, the brilliant diamond, symbolizes unconditional love. Colloquially we could call it “in spite of” kind of love. There are no strings attached, no list of expectations, we do not deserve it or earn it – we just mysteriously receive it from the one loving us. We are loved just because the one loving us sees some great worth in us as a person. We probably don’t even


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see it ourselves. We are irreplaceable to the one who loves us. This is also the kind of love with which God loves us. It’s not because we’ve done everything right and earn it, but it comes from the heart of the one loving us. This unconditional love is rare among humans. Yet, this is the kind of love for which

our hearts are desperately hunger. It is a very rare gem to find. Fortunate are those who experience it. Victor Hugo stated well its importance: “The supreme happiness in life is the conviction of being loved for oneself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of oneself.”


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PUBLIC SALE The following Storage unit(s) from Stronghold of Eastgate will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 758 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. and will continue until all units are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follow: INVITATION TO BID Unit #154 & 158 - Ford C. Greene, 4661 Mel- The City of Milford will accept sealed bids for the following professioLEGAL NOTICE ody Lane, Cincinnati. nal services: REQUEST FOR Ohio 45245. 620049 QUALIFICATIONS CONTRACT NO. WATER, WASTEWA LA - 2011 - 1C - CEMETERY GROUNDS MAINTENANCE LEGAL NOTICE TER, STORMWATER City of Milford SYSTEMS AND The City will hold a mandatory pre-bid meeting on March 9, 2011 at Request for STREET IMPROVE 1:00 p.m. at Milford City Hall; firms interested in submitting bids must Proposals (RFP) MENT CAPITAL attend this meeting. All bids must be properly labeled and received at PROJECTS DESIGN The City of Milford is the offices of the City of Milford, 745 Center Street, Suite 200, Milford, requesting qualified Ohio 45150 until opened and read aloud at 1:00 p.m. on March 16, CONSULTANT The City of Milford is engineering firms to 2011. requesting qualified submit a proposal for engineering firms to engineering design, Work under CONTRACT NO. LA - 2011 - 1C is generally defined as submit their qualifica- administration of proj- turf maintenance and mowing including all incidental and necessary tions for engineering ect bidding, and con- appurtenances. The contract documents may be picked up between design, administration struction inspection 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the following location: of project bidding, and services for design of construction inspec- a supervisory control City of Milford tion services for future and data acquisition 745 Center Street, Suite 200 capital projects up- (SCADA) system for Milford, Ohio 45150 grading the City’s wa- the Milford Water ter treatment and dis- treatment plant. Questions may be directed to Ed Hackmeister, Service Supervisor at tribution system, The preferred meth- 513-831-7018. wastewater treatment od to obtain the RFP and collections sys- is to download it at Each bidder is required to furnish with its proposal, a copy of Worktem, stormwater sys- http://www.milfordohi ers’ Compensation certification, Comprehensive Liability Insurance tem and street system (on the Com- and affidavit of indebtedness (according to Revised Code Section A 5719.042). Each bid must be accompanied by a 10% bid bond subimprovements. The munity page). preferred method to copy may be picked ject to the provision of section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. The obtain the RFQ is to up at the city of Mil- successful bidder shall also be required to post a performance bond. download it at ford Municipal Build745 Center Each proposal must contain the full name of the party or parties subhttp://www.milfordohio. ing, org (on the Communi- Street, Suite 200, Mil- mitting the proposal and all persons interested therein. ty page). A copy may ford, OH 45150 (513be picked up at the 831-4192). The Owner is seeking the most responsive and responsible bidder city of Milford Municiand reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all pal Building, 745 Cen- Proposals must be bids. No Bidder may withdraw the bid within sixty (60) days after the ter Street, Suite 200, submitted to William actual date of opening thereof. Milford, OH 45150 (Bud) White, City Engineer, on or before Loretta E. Rokey (513-831-4192). February 2, 2011 Qualifications must be 4:30 p.m. Friday, City Manager Date submitted to William February 25, 2011. City of Milford (Bud) White, City En- This RFP does not 745 Center Street, Suite 200 gineer, on or before commit the City to Milford, Ohio 45150 1001618106 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb- award a contract, to ruary 18, 2011. This pay any costs incurRFQ does not commit red in the preparation J. ROBERT TRUE the City to award a of a response to this contract, to pay any request, or to procure CLERMONT COUNTY TREASURER costs incurred in the or contract from servReminds you, that the last day to pay first half 2010 Clermont preparation of a re- ices or supplies. The County Real Estate Taxes without penalty and sponse to this request, City reserves the possible interest is or to procure or con- right to accept or retract from services or ject any or all proposFEBRUARY 10, 2011 supplies. 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It’s a piece of cake to make your own Valentines I remember well my first box of Valentine’s candy. I was 16 and my boyfriend, Jim, brought over two huge heart-shaped boxes of candy from the drugstore. One was, of course, for me, and the other was for Mom. Needless to say, Jim scored brownie points that day. But he taught me a valuable lesson: Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts.

Cake pops

So trendy! Lots of specialty pastry makers have these for sale. You can make your own. 1 box favorite cake mix or homemade, baked according to directions

Favorite icing:

Think of combos you like with cake

For dipping:

Melted chocolate

To decorate:

Tiny candies

Let cake cool completely. Break into pieces and, with a mixer or fork, crumble cake into fine crumbs. Start adding icing, about 1 ⁄2 cup at a time. You’ll notice

the more you mix the cake with the icing, the m o r e moist it gets. A d d Rita more icing Heikenfeld depending how Rita’s kitchen upon you like the finished pops – with a cakelike or creamy center. (Make a small ball, about an inch or so. If it holds together, and it’s still a bit cake-like in texture, you can use it like that. For a more creamy texture, add a bit more icing. I like mine cake-like). Put in freezer for an hour to get hard. Or refrigerate until very firm, a couple of hours. (You can leave them in the fridge several days or in the freezer a couple of weeks at least). Dip in melted chocolate and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle on toppings before icing sets. Insert on sucker sticks and put them into a foam base, covered with foil, etc. Or put them into paper candy liners, or make individual gifts by wrapping

each pop in a cellophane bag. Store in fridge, covered. Bring to room temperature before eating. Even easier: Use doughnut holes instead of the cake. This is especially fun for the kids to do. I like to use glazed doughnut holes. Optional but good: Substitute up to 1⁄4 cup of favorite liqueur for liquid used in cake mix, or add an extra dash of vanilla, some cinnamon, etc.

Chocolate-covered cherries

Rivals store bought! Make as many, or as little, as you like. I first tasted these when friend and colleague Perrin Rountree, an Anderson Township reader, brought me some. 1 jar, l0 oz., maraschino cherries with stems Drain cherries very well for several hours. They must be dry for fondant to adhere.

Fast fondant

Not a true fondant, but an easy one. You’ll have


It’s easy to make food from the heart for your special Valentine. fondant leftover. Freeze fondant up to a month. 3 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 cups powdered sugar 12 oz. or so melted chocolate Mix butter and syrup, then mix in powdered sugar. It will look a bit dry but will come together as you knead it smooth. If too soft to handle, chill for 15 minutes. (Mixture can also be made a week ahead and brought to room temperature). Shape 1⁄2 to l teaspoon mixture around each cherry,

fitting the fondant closely to the cherry, enclosing the base of the stem as well. Roll in your palms to smooth fondant. Place on baking sheet and chill until firm. This is necessary for the chocolate to adhere. Melt chocolate. Let cool a bit – chocolate will still be warm and very liquid. Dip cherry into chocolate. Seal completely or juice could leak out. Place on sprayed baking sheet. Chill until firm. To store: Store in tightly covered container in fridge. Bring to room temperature before eating.

Tips from readers Dairy-free


chips: Read labels. Alexia Kadish, a Loveland reader, cautions to read labels to make sure chips are dairyfree. The recipe from a reader last week for dairy-free chocolate chip cookies called for chocolate chips. Some are dairy-free; others are not; others may be dairy-free but processed in a plant that uses dairy. As Alexia suggests, “A good way to locate chocolate chips without dairy is to look for the kosher label that has a tiny reference to ‘parve’ next to it.” Checking further, “parve” means by rabbinical supervision there will be no milk, butter or dairy in it. ‘D’ or ‘dairy’ will mean it could be possible that dairy is included. Thanks, Alexia!

Can you help?

Thriftway ham loaf. Randy Sias is still looking for the ham loaf made at the Thriftway on Five Mile Road in Anderson Township. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Programs teach about genealogy

The Clermont County Genealogical Society has programs planned this spring that are free and open to the public. Additional information can be found at: www.rootsweb. or call 723-3423. The programs are at 1

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‘Global warming?’ This winter? In Clermont? Howdy folks, The winter doesn’t seem to be getting any better. We are lucky only getting rain and maybe a little ice. Other parts of the country are really getting hit hard. They say this is “global warming” maybe, I don’t know! Last week at the Senior Service meeting a lady had pictures of an albino squirrel. It was a true albino being white with pink eyes. They named it Chippie. The lady said it was always looking for something to eat. This is something to be enjoyed. We were talking to some folks at a funeral visitation last Friday evening. They think they have a raven at their feeder in Bethel. According to our bird book the raven is bigger than a crow. It is rare in the east, so I don’t doubt them. Several years ago I saw a snow owl down at Twin Bridges before the East Fork Lake filled. It was rare for this bird to be here, so this could be a raven. It is so

exciting to see these birds. This opportunity doesn’t happen very often. It pays be watchGeorge to ing the bird Rooks feeders, to Ole see the difkinds Fisherman ferent of our feathered friends. Last week I wrote about a feller that took his dog team to Alaska to haul supplies for the Iditarod. He also brought them to East Fork. There also was a feller that ran his dog team here at East Fork. He was from the New Richmond area, I think. He had a little wagon they pulled and would use the road side back to the boat ramp on Road No. 1. This was exciting for me to see this. They would be here several times a week getting ready for the big race in Alaska. If we look around we can see some exciting things.

Last week while looking at the seed books and planning to use the raised beds again this year, a thought came to me about raised beds. As we were going on an errand to get kerosene for the carpenter shop, I saw some tanks that were for sale. These could be taken apart and could make a raised bed for some person in a wheelchair. It looked like the half would be about two feet tall. This would make an ideal garden for someone on crutches or in a wheelchair. Just think how it would please a person to know they have raised some of their vegetables to eat. I knew a feller that had a raised garden bed that was on crutches and he raised several items. We have been busy in the carpenter shop making bookends with figurines on each. When we made yard ornaments we had lots of figurines like angels, horses, dogs, cats and other items. I was thinking how to use these and the Good Lord

Historical society publishes book sponsors profiles. “Historic Clermont County, an Illustrated History” is a great place for any resident to begin to learn about the county’s roots and development, and a necessary addition to anyone’s current history collection. The book can be ordered directly by writing to: CCHS, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, OH

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Start your week by going to the week by going to the church of your choice and give God the praise for what you have and your family. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.



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



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


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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GOSHEN 1828 Woodville Pike • 625-5512 Pastor Junior V. Pitman Sunday School – 10:00am Morning Worship – 11:00am Prayer Time – 5:30pm Sunday Evening – 6:00pm WED. Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00pm Nursery provided for all services

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3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 Pastor John Davis 797-4189 Sunday School..............................9:30am Sunday Morning Worship............10:30am Sunday Evening Worship...............6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Service ...........7:00pm Wednesday Youth Group...............7:00pm

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



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


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Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia


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ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Holy Eucharist* 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite III 11:15am Choral Eucharist Rite II *Childcare Provided

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

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Owensville United Methodist Church


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

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

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



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


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Pastor Mike Smith



Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

638 Batavia Pike Corner of Old St.Rt. 74 & Summerside Rd Phone: 513-528-3052 Pastor: Joseph Jung Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 & 10:40 Nursery Care Available Sunday School for all ages: 9:30 Web: E-mail:

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Christmas Eve Services 5, 8, & 11:00 p.m. Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262


SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES Morning Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. High Voltage Youth 6 p.m.


4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 Pastor, Troy P. Ervin

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

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Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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PRESBYTERIAN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275

1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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

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


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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

4050 Tollgate Rd, Williamsburg, OH 513-724-3341 Mark Otten, Pastor


10:45 a.m.

Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service

Contemporary Worship Practical Message Classes for Children & Teens Nursery Care Sunday 6:00PM Avalanche Youth Service Wednesday 7:00PM Bible Study (adults) / Avalanche Youth We have many other groups that meet on a regular basis


Trinity United Methodist

You Are Invited!

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Something for children at each service


A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today!

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

9:30am 10:30am

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm


Worship Service

513 831 0196

SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades)


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

Classes for every age group

1/2 mile east of Route 50 Sunday School 9:30a Sunday Worship 10:30a Youth Worship 10:30a Nursery provided.

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


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844 State Rt. 131

Bethel Nazarene Church

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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301



MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.

Amelia United Methodist Church


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


Clermont Chamber announces Small Business Award winners

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

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

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

Sunday School 9:30am Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Sunday Equipping Hour 6:00pm Adult Bible Study/Youth/Kids Club 7:00pm WED “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”

The Clermont Chamber of Commerce has selected the following companies for the 2010 Small Business Best Practices Awards to be presented at the annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for non members. Call 576-5005 to register or visit

Customer Focus Award (1-50 employees)

Express Employment Professionals in Eastgate is a locally-owned franchise in place to help people find jobs and help businesses find the people and human resource services they need. Express now also offers professional search and contract staffing services through its Specialized Recruiting Group. Through this new service, candidates with experience in accounting, engineering, information technology and many other fields are placed in short- or long-term contract work or full-time positions. The owners of the local franchise and their employees have distinguished themselves with exceptional service and courtesy to those seeking jobs in this challenging economy. The businesses they serve have benefited as well from prompt attention and thorough follow-up on every placement.

Customer Focus Award (51-250 employees)

Park National Bank has several locations throughout Clermont County, including a brand new office in Eastgate. Every new employee of Park receives a service standards document that in very simple terms outlines what is expected when dealing with customers. Park goes beyond the words with quarterly awards to any associate who goes above and beyond the call to assist a customer. Customers are regularly surveyed about service and Park’s President/CEO, Doug Compton, personally follows up at random with customers to learn more about why they rated service as they did. Park uses mystery shoppers to further validate service activities. In addition, Park has a Customer Sales & Service group tasked with a monthly review of service and consideration of ideas for new ways to better serve customers. This spring, Park will launch a “Service Excellence Program” throughout the corporation.

Emerging Small Business Award (1-50 employees)

Current Electrical & Lighting on Ohio 28 in Goshen Township is another business that reinvented itself to survive and be in position to thrive in a difficult marketplace. Current’s management recognized early on the thrust toward green energy and rather than remain a struggling “old school” supplier to the construction industry, Current shifted its focus to providing customers with help in reducing energy costs in a significant way. Current was awarded the Southwest Ohio Education Purchasing council contract, gaining access to 127 school districts in Ohio. Current has retrofitted more than 1,000 inefficient gymnasium and warehouse lighting fixtures, performed hundreds of energy audits, held seminars on

the cost benefits of energy saving lighting and are in the process of reconfiguring their website to promote their expertise in the green market.

Emerging Small Business Award (51-250 employees)

LifePoint Solutions in Amelia. Clermont Counseling Center was founded in 1973 as the first community mental health center serving Clermont County. In 2007 two long-standing service providers in the Greater Cincinnati area recognized an opportunity to strengthen existing programs and increase the population able to be served within the community. Clermont Counseling Center and Cincinnati-based Family Service began taking the steps necessary to make this opportunity possible. July 1, 2009, after a nearly two-year process, LifePoint Solutions was formed, leading the way to providing truly comprehensive and integrated client-driven services. The formation of LifePoint Solutions allows for the opportunity to offer more comprehensive services to families, children, couples and adults at multiple locations in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. LifePoint is now better positioned to grow its core programs by building on its collective expertise, infrastructure and geographic reach.

Innovative Small Business Award (1-50 employees)

Innerwood, LLC in Milford is being recognized for the innovative steps management took to reposition this business for continued success in the face of a recession that was devastating to residential and commercial construction. Before the economic downturn, Innerwood depended heavily on the new housing market for its custom cabinetry, bookcases, mantles and moldings. Instead of waiting for the housing market to rebound, Innerwood management chose to think outside the box and diversify into related markets. The first venture was into manufacturing teak outdoor furniture. That was followed by Internet sales of American Classic Kits, which are manufactured DIY 3D puzzles, guitars and furniture. The latest activity is the manufacture of wooden speaker boxes.

Innovative Small Business Award (51-250 employees)

Cold Jet, LLC in Miami Township is being recognized for a similar diversification that opened new markets for this pioneering manufacturer of dry ice blasting systems. For many years, Cold Jet focused on making dry ice pellets and dry ice blasting systems that were used worldwide for cleaning and coating removal. In 2010, Cold Jet formed an alliance with Airgas to provide environmentally responsible turnkey cleaning solutions for food and beverage processing, manufacturing lines, power generators, disaster remediation and packaging and printing. Cold Jet also formed a new unit to focus on dry ice production for the worldwide market. The Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee, from nominations submitted by the membership and business community at large, selects small Business Best Practices Awards.




MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Martin S. Tynan, 55, 1136 Immaculate Lane, domestic violence, Jan. 18. Karen Budkie, 52, 5923 Pinto Place, domestic violence, Jan. 19. Gretchen Frith, 34, 5781 Mt. Vernon Drive, disorderly conduct, Jan. 21. David C. Lingo, 43, 6001 Rosetree Court, assault on police officer, resisting arrest, Jan. 21. Danielle J. Oshea, 37, 6630 Simons Lane, disorderly conduct, Jan. 21. Anthony M. Showalter, 22, 1342 Woodville Pike, theft, Jan. 22. Mary Frisby, 54, 1230 Vanderveer Ave., criminal trespass, Jan. 23. Michael C. Kesselring, 22, 708 Terrace Hill, drug abuse, receiving stolen property, Jan. 22. Tyler R. Smith, 19, 3831 Gatewood, obstructing official business, underage consumption, Jan. 22. Samantha M. Mickler, 20, 1606 W. Concord, underage consumption, Jan. 22.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Forced entry made into Seipelt Elementary at Cromley Drive, Jan. 22. Entry made into First Church of God at Buckwheat Road, Jan. 22.


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Meadow Drive No. 17, Jan. 17. Laptop computer, TVs, etc. taken; $6,800 at 6587 W. Knollwood, Jan. 18.

Criminal damage

Vehicle keyed at 1100 Commons Drive, Jan. 17.

Criminal mischief

Snow put inside vehicle at 1277 Deblin Drive, Jan. 22.

Criminal trespass

Trespassing on property at 1430 Emerson Lane, Jan. 23.

Domestic violence

At Deblin Drive, Jan. 18. At Pinto Place, Jan. 19. At Hanley Close, Jan. 21.


Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $13 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 18. Coffee maker, etc. taken from Kohl’s; $200 at Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $44.43 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 18. Money taken from register at McDonald’s; $499 at Ohio 28, Jan. 19. Gasoline not paid for at BP station; $34 at Ohio 131, Jan. 20. Medication taken at 1213 Queenie Lane, Jan. 20. X-Box and games taken; $280 at 1342 Woodville Pike, Jan. 22. Electronics, clothes, etc. taken; $655 at 5554 Mt. Zion, Jan. 22.




POLICE REPORTS Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $35 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 22. Golf clubs, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,000 at 934 Paxton Lake, Jan. 23. iPod taken from vehicle at 1329 Prayview Court, Jan. 23. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1430 Lela Lane, Jan. 21. Shoes, etc. taken at 1509 Commons Drive, Jan. 24. TV taken from Hilton Garden Inn; $500 at Tri-Ridge Blvd., Jan. 24.

Brandon Oakes, 18, 121 Promontory, theft, Jan. 26. Yirga Tesfai, 31, 601 Edgecombe, theft, Jan. 29. James M. Watson, 21, 6166 Manila, making false police report, Jan. 26.

Incidents/investigations False police report

Male made this offense at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 26.


Male was assaulted and cash, etc. taken at Ohio 50, Jan. 30.

Sexual abuse



Bruce W. Benedict, 24, 72 Barmil Drive, warrant, Jan. 30. Amanda M. Cobb, 31, 5408 Brushy Fork, contempt of court, Jan. 28. Amanda F. Ernhardt, 22, 6099 Donna Day, driving under suspension, Jan. 29. Joseph T. Gaccione, 21, 109 Loveland Madeira, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Jan. 27. Amanda L. Haynes, 31, 6047 Jerry Lee, theft, Jan. 26. Joshua D. Hibbs, 29, 1931 Oakbrook, recited, Jan. 26. Tasha R. Huddleston, 22, 707 Ohio 28, disorderly conduct, Jan. 29. Julia Kohls, 35, 7613 Glendale Milford, physical control, Jan. 29. Saleh Mansour, 26, 501 Edgecombe, theft, Jan. 29.

Female reported this offense involving juvenile, occurred from 2005-2007 at 700 block of Ohio 28, Jan. 26.


Merchandise taken from Walmart; $31 at 201 Chamber Drive, Jan. 26. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Jan. 27. Merchandise taken from Kroger at 824 Main St., Jan. 29.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Kristina Kern, 28, 1552 Woodville Pike, warrant. Christine Crabtree, 29, 1374 Ohio 28, trafficking in drugs, endangering children. Phillip Christopher, 32, 1374 Ohio 28, trafficking in drugs, endangering

children. Juvenile, 12, disorderly conduct, assault. Jeffrey McLean, 38, 1495 Bardwell Road, warrant. Jason Loveless, 29, 1332 Gibson Road, theft. Kenneth Kier, 43, 3690 Glady Road, aggravated menacing. Juvenile, 12, theft. Three Juveniles, 15, criminal damage.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

At 1800 block of Main Street, Jan. 14.


At 6707 Goshen Road, Jan. 12.

Breaking and entering

At 1678 Ohio 28, Jan. 12. At 1691 Ohio 28, Jan. 12. At 2066 Ohio 28, Jan. 13.

At 6747 Oakland Road, Jan. 15. At 1607 Ohio 28, Jan. 15. At 6613 Goshen Road, Jan. 16. At 41 Heather Drive, Jan. 21.


Anthony Settembre, 25, 6329 Dustywind Lane, Loveland, criminal damaging/endangering, theft at 3238 Ohio 131, Goshen, Jan. 24. Amber Kristeen Couch, 18, 6585 Taylor Pike, Blanchester, domestic violence at 6585 Taylor Pike, Blanchester, Jan. 29.

Incidents/investigations Burglary


At 2047 Cedarville Road, Goshen, Jan. 26. At 6133 Newtonsville Road, Goshen, Jan. 26.


At 3238 Ohio 131, Goshen, Jan. 1.

Criminal damage

At 1546 Buckboard, Jan. 16. At 2558 Allegro Lane, Jan. 25.

At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 16, Jan. 15. At 1375 O’Bannonville Road, Jan. 16. At 1761 Stumpy Lane, Jan. 20. At 1534 Red Oak, Jan. 20.

Domestic violence

At Carol Court, Jan. 12.

Criminal damaging/endangering Domestic violence

At Taylor Pike, Blanchester, Jan. 29.


At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Jan. 25.



At 1462 Woodville Pike, Jan. 19.


At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 16E, Jan. 14.

At 3209 Martin Road, Pleasant Plain, Jan. 26. At 3238 Ohio 131, Goshen, Jan. 1.

DEATHS Phillip Lee Bryan

Phillip Lee Bryan, 67, of Goshen died Jan. 30. Survived by wife, Patricia L. Maybury Bryan; children, Jacqueline L. (Ron) Bogard, Monica L. (Brandon) Crawford and Jason E. (Julia) Bryan; grandchildren, Emma and Maggie Mathews, Jessie Crawford and Anna and Ella Bryan; mother, Marie H. Morrison-DeMarco; and siblings, Rodney and Stephen Bryan and Donna Morris. Preceded in death by father, Leo W. Bryan. Services were Feb. 5 at Newtonsville United Methodist Church. Memorials to: Newtonsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117, Newtonsville, OH 45158; Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597; or, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

William A. DeBruler

William A. “Willy” DeBruler, 83, of Wayne Township died Jan. 29. Survived by wife, Joyce A. (nee Roberts) DeBruler; children, David (Sherry) DeBruler, Pamela (Duane) Doyle, Stephanie (Fred) Fisher and Deanna (Scott) Meadows; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Delores DeBruler.

Preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Gladys DeBruler; sister, Anna Marie Roark; and brother, Charles DeBruler. Services were DeBruler Feb. 3 at Graceland Memorial Gardens. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Paul Virgil Hill

Paul Virgil Hill, 85, of Milford died Jan. 30. Survived by children, Karen (Ron) Richmond, Daniel P. (Joan) Hill and Bettie (Steve) Aubrey; 12 grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and sister, Marilyn Harper. Preceded in Hill death by father, Raymond Hill; and mother, Velma May Hill. Services were Feb. 4 at Mulberry Wesleyan Church. Memorials to: Mulberry Wesleyan Church, 949 Ohio 28, Milford, OH 45150.

Ramona Reed Horton

Ramona Reed Horton, 73, of Milford died Feb. 1. Survived by children, DeWayne Horton and Tanya (Don) Strider; grandchild, Logan Stephens; great-grandchildren, Mason Stephens and Kentley Stephens; and Horton siblings, Tom Wentz, Jeannie Stevens and Donna Nutter Preceded in death by husband, Kent Ray Horton Jr.; and parents, Bert Reed and Cleo Petra (nee Hackney) Wentz. Services were Feb. 5 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 1668 Ohio 28, Goshen, OH 45122.

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt, 63, of Miami Township died Jan. 24. Survived by daughters, Colleen (Jerome) Darenkamp and Donna (Robert) Engels; brother, Bill Hunt; sisters, Betty Queen, Emily Stewart, Mary Speaks, Ethel Randolph, Dorothy Jones and Diana Sue

Rubenstahl; grandchildren, Richard G. Hunt, Ryan Engels, Alex Engels, Sean Engels and Megan Darenkamp; four great-grandchildren; and Hunt numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Clyde and Mabel (nee Glover) Hunt; brothers, Robert Franklin Hunt, John J. Hunt and Clyde Hunt Jr.; and sister, Audrey Stewart. Services were Jan. 28 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St. #1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203-1742.

Adrienne Marchmann

Adrienne Marchmann, 98, formerly of Milford died Jan. 26. Survived by son, C. William (the late Gretchen) Marchmann; grandchild, Evan D. Marchmann; stepgrandson, Brian J. (Patricia) Anderson; and step-great-grandchildren, Emily and Kelsey Anderson. Preceded in death by son, Peter D. Marchmann; and siblings, Ray Stouffer and Kathleen Stouffer


Brookstone Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 6100 Southern Hills Drive, Goshen Township, $150,000. Daniel Schuckman, Milford, addition, 5900 Wade Road, Miami Township, $4,000. Donald Sanborn, Loveland, alter, 1133 Windsail Cove, Miami Township, $15,000. JJ Smith Heating & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 769 Twin Fox Drive, Miami Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 1723 Cottontail, Miami Township. People Working Cooperatively, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1405 Wade Road, Miami Township. Paul Wilson, Milford, alter, 5679 Bee Lane, Miami Township. Koogler-Eyre Realtors, Batavia, alter, 1955 Parker Road, Goshen Township. Ryan Homes, West Chester, new, 5978 Marsh Circle, Goshen Township, $95,000; new, 6015 Marsh Circle, $72,000; new, 6000 Marsh Circle, $68,000; new, 6025 Marsh Circel, $65,000; new, 1091 Sophia Drive, Miami Township, $159,000; new, 5625 Wittmer Meadows, $139,000. Potterhill Homes, Milford, garage, 5620 Water Mills, Miami Township, $8,850; new, 5620 Water Mills, $80,900. Jeremy Adams, Milford, alter, 5508 Mallard Pointe, Miami Township. Thompson Heat/Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 6660 Gentlewind, Miami Township. Tim Beresford Plumbing, Batavia, remodel, 438 Main St., Milford City. Carl Samson, Milford, remodel, 233 Laurel Ave., Milford City. Ricky Robbins, Loveland, alter, 47 O’Bannonville, Goshen Township. Time Savers Heat & Cooling, Loveland, HVAC, 6568 Shannon Branch, Goshen Township. Curry Electric, Cincinnati, alter, lots 48,

60, 64 969 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Logan Services, Dayton, HVAC, 6810 Fairwind, Miami Township. Timothy Hosler, Batavia, alter, 5572 Stonelick Williams Corner, Stonelick Township.


American Trademark Construction, Clayton, alter, 1600 Ohio 28, Goshen Township. Bellamy Family Manufacturing, Goshen, alter, 2375 Ohio 28, Goshen Township, $6,000. Becker Fire Protection, Cincinnati, fire suppression, 1079 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Myers Y. Cooper Co., Milford, alter, 1079 Ohio 28, Miami Township, $60,000. BIC Roofing, Loveland, alter, 6417 Branch Hill Guinea, Miami Township. JJ Smith Heating & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1159 Ohio 131, Miami Township. Tri-State Sign, Hamilton, sign, 1149 Ohio 131, Miami Township. A21 Creative Building Solution, Cincinnati, alter, 1700 Edison Drive, Miami Township, $85,000. Plumb Tech Services, Batavia, alter, 1067 Ohio 28, Miami Township. New Harmony Baptist Church, Milford, HVAC, 1397 Emerson, Miami Township. Rodger Kahrs, Pleasant Plain, addition, 6568 Ohio 727, Wayne Township, $5,000. Concord Fire Protection, Cincinnati, fire suppression, 848 Molly Lane, Miami Township. RTF, Cincinnati, fire suppression, 1700 Edison Drive, Miami Township. Triangle Fire Protection, Blue Ash, fire suppression, 55 Techne Center, Miami Township. Park 50, Cincinnati, alter, 55 Techne Center, Miami Township, $35,500. John Grier, Cincinnati, alter, 848 Molly Lane, Miami Township, $165,000.

Grate. Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

William E. Ponchot

William Edward “Bill” Ponchot, 67, of Goshen Township died Jan. 18. Survived by wife, Sharon Kay (nee Harris) Ponchot; sons, Shaun (Jane) Ponchot and Dan (Julie) Ponchot; daughters, Robin (Ray) Davis and Amy (David) WhisPonchot man; brothers, Gene Ponchot, Jim Ponchot and Bob Ponchot; sisters, Janet Kenny, Wanda Williams, Judy Brusman and Linda Riddle; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Delbert and May (nee Denny) Ponchot; brothers, Don and Jack Ponchot; and sister, Ruby Ponchot. Services were Jan. 22 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family, Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Heartland Christian Church, P.O. Box 230,

Goshen, OH, 45122; or, Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45204.

Jack L. Shields

Jack L. Shields, 74, of Milford died Jan. 27. Survived by wife, Noreen (nee Lay) Shields; children, Mike Shields, Rodney (Robyn) Shields and Sheila (Sean) Brewer; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Dailey, Betty Mullins, Charlie Shields and Billy Shields; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, James Herbert Shields; mother, Mary Alice (nee Fleek) Shields; child, Jackie Shields; and siblings, Jim Shields, Carolyn Freidhof and Eddie Shields. Services were Feb. 1 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

Amie Roberta Siler

Amie Roberta Siler, 97, of Milford died Jan. 27. Survived by children, David Sr. (Martha), Cris Sparks and Karen (David) Paschal; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Robert C. Siler. Services will be held at a later date.

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


6041 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to Kemberly Proud, 0.1020 acre, $111,000. 5931 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to Christopher Brewer, 0.1472 acre, $109,000. 1859 Parker Road, David Maines to Fannie Mae, 2.0380 acre, $40,000. 1409 Stella Drive, Dorothy Caudill to Albert & Shirley Crawford, $47,500. 1884 Sunnyside Drive, MJV Properties Investments LLC to Jason Sears & Ashley Ernest, $118,000. 7112 A. Goshen Road, M. Shane Gainey, et al. to Christopher Coursey, $140,000. 6333 Manila Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Richard Jivoin, 0.8200 acre, $20,000. 1789 Parker Road, Shannon Cumberland, et al. to Citimortgage Inc., 0.6800 acre, $70,000. 1682 W. Huntley Road, Rosebud Development Co. LLC to Jeanne Collins, 1.0490 acre, $55,000. 6672 Bray Road, George & Margaret Cornwell to Robert Greve Sr., 1.0000 acre, $140,000. Woodville Pike, Jesse Hornsby to Denny Hornsby, 2.0000 acre, $7,000.


3063 Jackson Pike, Christopher Witt to Deborah & James Roberts, 1.0000 acre, $63,100. 4599 McKeever Road, Charles & Phylliss Durbin to Susan Steffensen, 5.0000 acre, $157,000.


Bee Lane, Robert Gatch to Bonnie Chance & Beverly Garner, 5.1130 acre, $12,000. 1201 Eagle Ridge Drive, Judith & Vernon Sluder to Fannie Mae, $113,334. 1096 Hayward Circle, Bank of New York Mellon to Scott Orton & Rachel Pandorf, 0.3110 acre, $219,000. 1106 Heatherstone Way, Roy & Janice Hyser to Fannie Mae, $73,334. 6088 Main Street, Hill Top Research Corp to Hill Top Purchaser Inc., 18.5790 acre, $1,101,890. 6413 Pheasant Run Road, Tiffiny Van Johnson to Fannie Mae, 1.5400 acre, $123,334. Red Bird Road, Cynthia McFarland to Glenn &

Colette Ledford, 2.8280 acre, $31,600. 6712 Sandy Shores Drive, John & Ivy Boehm to Thomas & Cheryl Murphy, 0.7270 acre, $563,000. 1076 Sophia Drive, Greycliff Development to NVR Inc., $65,000. 846 U.S. 50, Albert Argo & Andrew Argo to Rivergate Properties Ltd., 14.6600 acre, $41,177.50. 1078 Weber Road, Jennifer & Travis Buerkle to Flagstar Bank, 0.4600 acre, $86,667. 5858 Winchester Drive, Mark & Karen Richardson to Citimortgage Inc., $170,180. 6455 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Timothy Fath to Michael Fath, $128,000. 773 Cedar Drive, David & Holly Novosel to Erin & Joseph Sharpe III, 1.1830 acre, $525,000. 6369 Derbyshire Lane, Gary & Catherine Warzala to William Bayer & Eileen Corcoran, 0.5460 acre, $229,000. 5438 Forest Ridge Circle, Elizabeth Miller to Taye Alf, 1.1430 acre, $133,000. 325 Front Street, Michael & Sarah Yajko to Donna King, $142,000. 5879 Hanley Close, Household Realty Corp. to Heather Weider, $40,000. 962 Hidden Ridge, Robert & Linda Gilbert to Gerald Racette Jr., 0.7200 acre, $247,000. 813 McCelland Road, Gary & Ginger Templeton to Joshua & Jennifer Wilson, 0.4800 acre, $155,000. 5644 McCormick Trail, Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Gregory & Karen Houdek, 0.3530 acre, $334,190. 6033 Mill Row Court, The First Baptist Church of Milford to Chad & Laura Braley, $110,000. 1291 Monticello Court, Jeffrey Murphy to Jason & Christy Brown, 0.2900 acre, $157,000. 6325 Pine Cove Lane, Christopher & Annette Cundiff to Ronald & Melissa Dimuro, 0.4250 acre, $420,000. 1707 Smoke House Way, Thomas & Cassandra Cote to Evalyn & Sanford Fram, 0.1960 acre, $181,000. 5786 Tall Oaks Drive, U.S. Bank NA, as successor trustee to Jeffrey & Rebecca Fueger, $75,500. 1095 Torrey Pines Drive, Elliott & Marianne Langlois to Thomas & Cassandra Cote, $242,500. 887 Wards Corner, Jackie Langefeld, trustee to Gregoy Crosley, 0.5590 acre, $75,000. 1427 Windstar Court, Roger Burleson, et al. to Cayenne Holdings LLC, 0.1810 acre, $116,700. 5620 Brooks Holding Unit 66, Caroline Moersdorf

to Jodi Rudd, $90,000. 6305 Councilridge Court, Paul & Sharon Vraciu to Sarah Tucker, 0.5300 acre, $203,000. Lot 32 Deerfield Pointe Sub., Deerfield Pointe LLC to Dixon Builders II LLC, 0.7580 acre, $15,000. 5431 Dry Run Road, Daniel & Michelle Lewis to Terry & Robin Perkins, 11.4100 acre, $298,000. 928 Duntreath Lane, Randall & Lori Wells to Michelle & Kevin Sorg, $227,700. 1206 Linda Lane, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Charles Lindsay, $68,000. 824 Miami Ridge Drive, David & Michele Sweeney to Michael Kramer, $326,000. 1385 Ridgecrest Drive, Thomas Jetter to James & Danielle Short, $131,000. 1088 Sophia Drive, Greycliff Development LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, $55,000. 6618 Stableford Drive, Charles & Cynthia Walter to Jason & Peggy Reiling, 1.3030 acre, $460,000. 849 Travis Court, Rangarajan Srinivasan, et al. to Thomas Wilmanns, $222,500. 6211 Watchcreek Way No. 203, Goldene Livingston, trustee to George Heiob, $102,500.


150 Gateway Drive Unit E, U.S. Bank NA, as trustee to Steven Gifford, $78,000. 5 & 7 Main Street, Linda Davis to John & Karolina Mikesell, 0.0500 acre, $75,000. 973 Seminole Trail, Robert Burns, successor trustee to Matthew Stiverson, $82,500. 20 Valley View Circle, Colin Odell et al to Wells Fargo Bank, 0.3850 acre, $73,333. 980 Wallace Avenue, Jerome Massey to Fannie Mae, 0.4930 acre, $83,334. 121 Laurel Avenue, William Newton to Prashant & Anna Singh, 0.2400 acre, $228,000. 206 Stoneridge Drive, Perry Ross to Kai Jie & Ailing Wang, 0.2750 acre, $215,000. 12 High Street, James Kirkpatrick Jr. to Jeff & Janet Henderson, 0.1520 acre, $115,000. 204 Locust St., Mark Deem to Richard Block, 0.0380 acre, $32,500.


5891-A Belfast-Owensville Road, James Spicer to Anthony & Amy Cioffi, $140,000. 5053 Rosewood Drive, Blaine & Linda Chetwood to Kathryn Harcourt, 21.5900 acre, $280,000.



On the record

February 9, 2011

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


Phyllis Francie Boehm, 52, 2176 Franklin Laurel Road, New Richmond, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. James Emerson Sipple, 66, 4483 Eastwood Drive No. 17209, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Christen Asten Boone, 25, 4631 Old U.S. 68, Ripley, Ohio, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Eugene Coogan Jr., 34, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Shawn James, 33, illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Jennings Lee Childress, 34, 1685 Ohio Pike, Amelia, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Steven A. Lee, 48, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Douglas Paul Clark and Romona Clark vs. Destiny McBeath, et al., other tort Steve Allen Davis vs. One Royal Oak Clermont LLC, other tort Donna W. Phillips vs. Marsha Ryan Administrator and American Micro Products Inc., worker’s compensation Greg V. Inboden vs. Marsha P. Ryan and Chapin Logistics Inc., worker’s compensation Teresa Prather vs. Family Dollar Stores of Ohio Inc. and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator Ohio Bureau of Workers, worker’s compensation David Wilson vs. Rent-A-Center Inc. and Administrator Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, worker’s compensation Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Kimberly Ann Lea, et al., foreclosure Union Savings Bank vs. Farah Sagin Individually and as Executor, et al., foreclosure Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Roger V. Hold Jr., et al., foreclosure Fannie Mae vs. Jeff A. Wiebell, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Anthony Tambash, et al., foreclosure Bank of America NA vs. Gary W. Dalton, et al., foreclosure Riverhills Bank vs. James Wayne Wallace, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Justin Baughan,

foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Roy Waugh, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher Foster, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Danny L. Alsept and Leanne K. Alsept, foreclosure Keybank NA vs. Janet F. Goldbach, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Jacqueline H. Wilson and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Melissa A. Richardson, foreclosure Huntington National Bank Asset Recovery vs. Douglas W. Follmer, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Mark Monterosso, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Amy Mangold and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Steve W. Miller, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David N. Crist and Gloria G. Crist, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA ND vs. Darlene M. Nichols, et al., foreclosure Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Brian J. Simpson, et al., foreclosure OneWest Bank FSB vs. Fred L. Favia and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Everbank vs. Brent N. Lowe, et al., foreclosure Mt. Washington Savings and Loan Company vs. Derrick Garner, et al., foreclosure Liberty Savings Bank FSB vs. Noah Acuna and Regina Acuna, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher L. Combs, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Christine M. Acierni, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Lessie Mae Conrad, foreclosure Riverhills Bank vs. Jamie M. Gibson, foreclosure PHH Mortgage Corp. aka Cendent Mortgage Corp. vs. Martha A. Castellon Vogel, et al., foreclosure Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Chad R. Smith and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Keith Slayback, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas vs. Mary H. Davidson, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Clay F. Becker, et al., foreclosure

Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Alan L. Hornsby, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA successor by merger to Firstar Bank vs. Heather L. Zoeller and Cooks Grant Condominium Unit Owners Association, foreclosure Advantage Bank vs. Elks Bell LLC, et al., foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Andrew Friesner, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Charles Lee McHenry, other tort CACH LLC vs. William S. Hague, other tort Emma Sowder and Roger Sowder vs. Mac Daddy and Mommy LLC, other tort Anna Rayhawk vs. Legacy Auto Sales Inc. and John McGrath, other tort Capital One Bank USA NA vs. Andrew W. Graham, other tort Asset Acceptance LLC vs. Christopher Donabedian, other tort Huntington National Bank vs. Skeffingtons Formal Wear Inc. and Jayson Patrice, other tort Lary Holden vs. Anodyne Services Inc. and Custom Design Benefits Inc., other tort Larry W. Best vs. Dana Gilbert, other tort John R. Schilling Trustee vs. Clermont County Treasurer and Clermont County Auditor, other tort American Express Centurion Bank vs. Kirk Taylor, other tort Union Township Board of Trustees vs. Wayne Jones and Linda Jones, other tort Calvary SPV I LLC vs. Danielle A. Storms, other tort Overnight Air Express of Cincinnati vs. Jim Riley, other tort


Randy Crosby vs. Melinda Crosby Marcia Hein vs. Rodger Hein Shawn Simpson Sr. vs. Kimberly Simpson Melinda Jones vs. Christopher Jones


Ladeana Browning vs. Jason Browning Dana J. Pawlowicz vs. Dean B. Pawlowicz Melinda Whisman vs. Richard A. Whisman James R. Pierce vs. Heather Lynette Pierce Lisa R. Barger vs. William T. Barger Timothy J. Carson vs. Tracy White Carson Susan J. Klosterman vs. Kenneth R.

Klosterman Lindsey K. Murphy vs. Miles M. Murphy Jamie Ann Davisson vs. Hassan Davisson


The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Daniel Joseph Brooks, 29, 1396 Blue Orchard Drive, Cincinnati, tampering with coin machine, Union Township Police Department. Andrew Scott Blankenship, 24, 4575 Montclair Drive, Batavia, burglary, Union Township Police Department. Douglas Glass, 39, 217 Arnold Drive, Middletown, felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. Joseph Senecal, 21, 11603 Timber Ridge Lane #9, Sharonville, felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. Rickey Hiter, 37, 1587 Meadow Hill Court, Florence, Ky., felonious assault, aggravated riot, Union Township Police Department. David C. Meyers, 39, 4306 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati, theft, aggravated theft, vandalism, attempted vandalism, Union Township Police Department. Russell Larry, Hill, 53, 5854 Abernathy Road, Hillsboro, Ohio, possession of cocaine, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffery August Kellerman, 45, 3551 Snyder Malott, Mt. Orab, breaking and entering, theft, Pierce Township Police. Andrea J. Iery, 28, 5951 Hunt Road, Blanchester, theft of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, Goshen Police. James L. McKeehan, 22, 6156 Branch Hill Guinea Road, Milford, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, carrying concealed weapon, trafficking in heroin, Goshen Police. Eric B. Sherman, 26, 610 Valley Brook Drive, Milford, illegal processing of drug document, Union Township Police Department. Ben Brewer Jr., 31, 19 Henry St., Dayton, breaking and entering, grand theft, safecracking, vandal-

ism, disrupting public service, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Miami Township Police. Michael S. Riley, 38, at large, breaking and entering, grand theft, safecracking, vandalism, disrupting public service, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Miami Township Police. John Pratts Wilds Jr., 48, 719 Dodds Road, Otway, Ohio, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, corrupting another with drugs, Union Township Police Department. Andrew M. Buskirk, 27, 3443 Lewis Road, Amelia, possession of marijuana, illegal cultivation of marijuana, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Ryan L. McDaniel, possession of marijuana, illegal cultivation of marijuana, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Otis James Beckley, 23, 151 Hunters Court, Amelia, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. P. Michael Hicks, 59, 1095 Orchard Lane, Amelia, permitting drug abuse, Narcotics Unit. David Dean Morgan, 33, 1399 Cathy Way, Amelia, trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Brittney R. Smith, 27, 1751 Ohio 125 #104, Amelia, receiving stolen property, Narcotics Unit. Amanda Matheny, 27, 3160 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. William H. Asbury, 27, 3160 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Mark A. Richey, 43, 1198 Elmwood Road, Amelia, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Aleisha K. Casbar, 20, 1025 Terrdel Lane, Cincinnati, trafficking in marijuana, permitting drug abuse, Narcotics Unit. Jason McIntyre, 36, 352 St. Andrews Drive C, Cincinnati, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. William John Quick, 51, 82 Stillmeadow Drive #103, Cincinnati, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit.

David L. Hartman, 26, 82 Stillmeadow Drive #103, Cincinnati, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Kimberly Dawn Sebastian, 35, at large, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Grady M. Stemmerding, 21, at large, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Mark Anthony Gillespie, 33, at large, trafficking in drugs, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Steven Day, 51, 3705 Ohio 125 #3, Bethel, aggravated trafficking in heroin, Narcotics Unit. Lorenzo Allen Rossi, 25, 4589 Muirvalley Drive, Batavia, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, Narcotics Unit. Erin Nicole Pappas, 30, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, permitting drugs abuse, Goshen Police.


The following decisions were rendered through the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Interested persons are urged to obtain copies of actual decisions by visiting the court’s Web site,\ne wdecisions.asp so that the full text of the court’s opinions can be carefully read. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Jeremiah C. Craycraft, presiding judge H.J. Bressler, judges Stephen W. Powell and Robert A. Hendrickson. The appeals court reversed in part and remanded the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Darren L. Runyon, presiding judge William W. Young, judges H.J. Bressler and Robert P. Ringland. The appeals court reversed and remanded the decision of Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. In the matter of: State of Ohio vs. Donnie R. Brabant, presiding judge H.J. Bressler, judges Stephen W. Powell and Robert P. Ringland. The appeals court affirmed the decision of Clermont County Municipal Court.

BUSINESS NOTES Lykins purchased company in Kentucky

Lykins Cos. in Milford has acquired Brinkman Oil Co., a Northern Kentucky supplier of heating oil and other petroleum products. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Brinkman’s staff and former owner, Emma Obertate, daughter of founder Richard Brinkman, will remain with Lykins. “The Northern Kentucky office will be run by the same people our customers have known and trusted for 40 years, just with a different company name,” she said in a statement. Family-owned Lykins, one of the largest private companies in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, employs 180 providing branded and wholesale fuel, commercial transportation and home heating oil and propane.

Bernard wins insurance agent award

Sue Bernard, an American Family Insurance agent, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distin-

guished Insurance Agency Program. She joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service. Bernard has been an agent for American Family since October 2005. Her office is located at 1120 Cottonwood Drive in Loveland. Bernard, who has qualified for this award for three years, lives in Miami Township. The service excellence distinction was determined through a two-part evaluation process conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. The first part consists of a customer satisfaction survey, which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent. In order to proceed to the second step, agents must meet or exceed the standards measured on a national benchmark established by J.D. Power and Associates’ annual auto and home insurance customer satisfaction studies. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all agencies nationwide based on customer satisfac-

tion surveys are eligible to become a Distinguished Insurance Agency.

Hill Top Research Corp. joins BA Research

Hill Top Research Corp. will be joining forces with BA Research, one of the most highly regarded Life Science Companies in India. Hill Top has a facility in Miami Township. BA Research specializes in conducting Phase I-IV clinical trials in various therapeutic areas and other clinical studies. Hill Top Research is a leading provider of efficacy testing services for personal healthcare products and also specializes in managing Phase I-IV clinical trials with a focus on dermatology, particularly transdermal patch safety testing. “By combining with BA Research, we have significantly expanded our expertise and capabilities in clinical research, dermatology, data management and laboratory services. There will be new investment in our people, equipment and facilities to improve our core competencies and to extend into new areas. Integration with the highly trained peo-

ple, clinical sites and laboratories of our new partner in India will enable Hill Top Research to provide our clients with the latest technologies to meet all clinical research needs. We are very enthusiastic about our future with BA Research India following its acquisition of our company,” said John Murta, CEO for Hill Top Research. “Both firms are committed to a smooth integration of services with all current clinical sites in North America and India in full operation going forward. Our synergy together will drive expansion of services and growth”, said Vijay Patel, CEO for BA Research. “We will continue to be known as Hill Top Research in North America – the same company, only bigger and better.” Founded in 1947, Hill Top Research is a leading provider of CRO Services and clinical research services to the global biopharmaceutical and personal healthcare industries. More information about Hill Top Research can be found at Fore more about BA Research, visit


Readers on vacation

Christopher Myers, 22, of Milford stands with a copy of the MilfordMiami Advertiser at the Cham Temple Hindu complex in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Myers spent three weeks on a class trip with other students from the Ohio University Global Leadership Center while he researched the country’s largest private bank.

Clermont Senior Services offers lots of activities

Seniors, don’t let your mind and body hibernate this winter. Sign up for one of the following activities offered at area lifelong learning centers sponsored by Clermont Senior Services. • What better way to beat the dreary winter blues and tap into creativity than signing up for a landscape art class, instructed by Mary Helen Wallace. Participants learn to paint landscapes in watercolor or pastel. The class is presented at 1 p.m. start-

ing Wednesday, March 2, at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Cost for the 10-week class is $90 for VIP and $100 for guest. For information or to register, call 947-7333. • Exercise is a good remedy for beating winter blahs. Kimberley Coniglio, certified Zumba instructor, will start Zumba Gold classes at Union Township and Miami Township Lifelong Learning Centers in March.

Classes being at Miami Township, 6101 Meijer Drive, at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, and at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Union Township, 4350 Aicholtz Road. For information or to register, call 947-7333. • Look forward to spring by signing up for a trip. The Mega Caverns in Louisville, Ky., is a great place to learn about science, history, green building technology, and see a replica of the Cuban Missile Crisis Bunker.

Touring the cavern is fun and comfortable on a tram with an escort telling the details of the underground adventure through 17 miles of corridors under the Louisville Zoo. Lunch is on your own at an undisclosed Louisville location. The trip is Thursday, March 31, with departure at 9:15 a.m. (Union Township Center) and 9 a.m. at Busken’s Bakery in Milford. Cost is $40 for VIP and $65 for

guest. For reservations or information, call 947-7333 or 2484345. • It’s not too early to sign up for a trip to the Kentucky Derby Museum. The trip is scheduled for Thursday, April 28. Pickup points are 8:15 a.m. at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center and 8 a.m. at the Milford Busken’s Bakery. Cost is $47 for VIP and $63 for guest. For reservations, call 9477333.


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