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Valley View garden By Kellie Geist-May

Turn your thumbs green this summer Township seeks gardeners A3

From sunflowers to scallions and peppers to eggplants, the community garden at Valley View has become a gardening haven. This year, organizers are hoping even more green thumbs will join in. “Last year was the first year for our community garden and it was a huge success. We had more than 40 plots for people to garden and we’re expanding it to have at least another 40 this year,” said Vanessa Hannah, executive director of Valley View. She said last year’s gardeners got the first pick of the plots, but now Valley View is looking for new gardeners to sign up. Each plot is a 5-foot-by-30-foot space with a fence and automatic irrigation system. The cost is $100 for Valley View members and $150 for non-members. “The gardeners have 24/7 access to their plots and they can come and go as they wish. We do have some organized work days for those who want to can work together and share ideas, but you can dig whenever you’d like,” Hannah said. Also, each person is responsible for planting, weeding and harvesting their own plots, she said.


Jean Graham, of Milford, tended her garden at the Valley View Foundation Community Garden during a special happy hour event last summer. Michele Buck, who had a garden at Valley View last year, is looking forward to the spring and said other people should be, too. “The soil is so fertile that it seems like anything you stick in the ground will grow,” she said. “This was my first shot at having an actual garden instead of trying to grow things in pots on my deck

and it was very successful.” Buck planted a wide variety of plants including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squash, flowers and herbs. “I planted things my family and I like to eat and it was great. I’m just thankful to the people at Valley View for giving the community something like this,” she said.

Tiger Cubs from Den 1 of Pack 846 toured the Milford Police Department and the Milford Community Fire Department Jan. 26. FULL STORY, A2

Boyd E. Smith Elementary School thirdgraders Noah Burnett, left, and Tim Greenwell work on a math project using squares and triangles to make other shapes and pictures. For more photos from Smith Elementary, see page B1.

Milford’s finance department officials are hoping residents will consider filing their 2010 city income tax return early and electronically this year. Finance Director Dan Burke said having residents file early and online will make it easier for the city to collect taxes, which is an essential part of the budget. FULL STORY, A3


Miami Twp. looks for gardeners

Salute to Leaders is Feb. 24

Again this year, the stories of those chosen to receive awards will warm your heart. FULL STORY, A4

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Hannah said Valley View’s programs and efforts are all aimed at conserving the 150-acre property and sharing it with the community. “We want to make Valley View a special outdoor place for everyone to enjoy, whether they like to hike, camp or bird watch,” she said. “The garden and all of our activities are in an effort to make sure people know they are welcome and we hope they take advantage of the hard work our volunteers put forth.” In honor of those efforts, Valley View will be receiving the Environmental/Parks & Recreation Award at the Clermont 20/20 Salute to Leaders Thursday, Feb. 24. “We’re very proud to receive the award on behalf of the hard work and passion our volunteers have had since the beginning of Valley View. We are pleased to receive the recognition,” Hannah said. The entrance to Valley View is behind Pattison Elementary School, 5330 South Milford Road, and the community garden is directly to the left behind the trees. Anyone who is interested in the community garden or in learning about Valley View should visit or contact Hannah at 218-1098.

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Milford residents asked to file early

There might be snow on the ground, but Miami Township’s avid gardeners are dreaming of sunny days spent tending their plots at the Community Garden. “I cannot wait to get that first seed in the ground,” said Sandy Fry, who is on the garden committee. FULL STORY, A3


Milford companies to provide services By Kellie Geist-May

Two city businesses will provide landscaping services for Milford this year. Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 18, to authorize City Manager Loretta Rokey to enter into a one-year contracts with Morris Landscaping for turf maintenance in the amount of $15,085 and with LTD Landscaping for flower installation and maintenance for a total cost of $33,855. Assistant City Manager Pam Holbrook, who works with the Community Development Committee, said council has split the landscaping contract before, but it’s been a few years.

“Council started bidding the landscaping contract about five years ago and then, a couple years ago, they decided to split it into two contracts in the event that they wanted to go with one company for one thing and another company for something else,” she said. “They haven’t done that in a few years, but they decided to this year.” Council member and Community Development Committee Chair Charlene Hinners said the contract was split so the city could contract with landscapers in the city. “We wanted to go with local companies and spread the work around,” she said. “We’ve also reactivated the beautification task force to work with the landscapers.”

Hinners said council would like to see the city’s gateways spruced-up a little. Those areas include the intersection of Main Street and Ohio 126 in downtown, Milford Parkway, the intersection of Ohio 131 and U.S. 50, and Ohio 28 near Interstate 275. “Maybe that’s not something we can do this year, but we want to get started on it,” she said. The landscaping contract has been a topic of debate for at least three years. Holbrook said the biggest issue has been finding companies who make the flowers and turf look the way council wants it to while staying within the budget. “It’s an important contract. It’s not high dollar in comparison to

other projects, but it’s important because city council feels it’s important for the city to look good,” she said. “I think one of the biggest issues has been keeping the (flower) pots downtown looking spectacular.” As part of the contract, Morris Landscaping will be responsible for the city’s mowing program as well as weed control, fertilization and turf maintenance. LTD Landscaping will be charged with spring and fall flower installation, spring clean-up and flower bed maintenance. LTD also will plant and care for the plants in the flower pots and bridge boxes downtown, Holbrook said. For more about your community, visit


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February 16, 2011

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. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire on the rear

side of the building on the second floor extending into the attic. The residents had exited the house. Crews worked for about 35 minutes to knock out the majority of the flames, Whitworth said. They received assistance from the Stonelick and Goshen township fire departments, which each had one engine on site. The fire was under control by 9:10 p.m., the chief

said. Crews continued working to make sure there was no hidden fire and investigate the cause. Additional help was requested from Milford Community Fire Department to move an engine into the Central Station. LovelandSymmes Fire Department was asked to move an ambulance into the North Station, Whitworth said. Due to the extent of dam-

age, the family will be displaced for an extended period, he said. The Red Cross was not called in to help the family because there are additional buildings on the property they can stay in, Whitworth said. A large water main break occurred on Ohio 131 early in the fire apparently as a result of firefighting activities, but did not appear to

hamper operations, Whitworth said. Clermont County water resources was notified. At about 10:15 p.m., during the overhaul phase of the fire, FireFighter/Paramedic Lynn Mesley slipped on ice and injured her knee, Whitworth said. She was taken to Bethesda North Hospital by the Milford Community Fire Department. At about the same time one of the homeowners

complained of symptoms consistent with smoke inhalation. He was taken to Bethesda by the Goshen Fire Department. The fire chief also could not give an estimate for the cost of the damage, but said it was likely a large number. “This is probably going to be a pretty decent loss,” he said. “This was an old house and unfortunately, they lost a lot of antiques.”

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incredible learning and social networking opportunities, they open the door to many real and present dangers. When it comes to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, kids are becoming far too educated on how to make, obtain and get high on a variety of dangerous substances, via the Internet. While most parents might say they recognize these potential risks, most kids might say their parents are not regularly monitoring their Website whereabouts or their time spent in cyberspace. Some parents would probably “disapprove” if they really knew what their kids were doing online. Make your family values known and set clear rules to safeguard your tween: • Monitor (and limit) websites visited and amount of time spent online. • Discuss what is and what is not acceptable for sharing, viewing and downloading. • Investigate your child’s social networking sites (Facebook/MySpace). • Be aware of pictures/ postings (incoming and outgoing) with references to

alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviors. • Let your child know you will randomly spot-check their text messages for unknown numbers and inappropriate conversations. Know that kids will warn each other if a parent is looming. For example, POS = parent over shoulder or P911 = parent alert. • Listen to your child’s music choices (iPod, MP3, etc.) to see if they’re hearing pro-drug or other unhealthy messages. Remember, you are your child’s greatest influence. It’s your right and responsibility as a parent to be a part of their everyday world, including their technology world. For more information, please contact the Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township at, 513576-2267, or visit us for our next monthly coalition meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Milford High School. Know! is a program of the Drug-Free Action Alliance. For more tween-texting lingo visit, click on Top 50 Acronyms Parents Need to Know.




Milford Tiger Cub Kalib Pottorf checks out fellow Scout Christian Ohmer with the Milford Police Department’s thermal imaging scanner. From left are Ohmer, Pottorf, Cole Denlinger and Cameron Zoromski.

Tiger Cubs tour Milford PD Tiger Cubs from Den 1 of Pack 846 toured the Milford Police Department and the Milford Community Fire Department Wednesday, Jan. 26. The boys, who are in first-grade, are all from the Milford and Miami Township area. The tour will count toward a community badge the troop is working on. Officer Paul Lane led the tour and emphasized the importance of safety. He said the administration building as well as the police department and fire department belong to the community. “We are a resource. We are here for you,” he told the Scouts.


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Miami Twp. looking for more community gardeners By Mary Dannemiller

There might be snow on the ground, but Miami Township’s avid gardeners are dreaming of sunny days spent tending their plots at the Community Garden. “I cannot wait to get that first seed in the ground,” said Sandy Fry, who is on the garden committee. “The next few months will be busy with planning my plot, ordering seeds and starting seedlings. This is excellent therapy for the long dismal winter months.” The Community Garden is at the Miami Township Civic Center,

6101 Meijer Drive, and offers residents a place to grow everything from squash to sunflowers. A 4-foot-by-10-foot plot costs $20, a 4-foot-by-20-foot plot is $25 and a 10-foot-by-20-foot plot costs $35. Seniors get a $5 discount, said Miami Township Recreation Director Krystin Thibodeau. Though the garden had a successful first season last year, Thibodeau said this year she’d like more community groups such as Boy Scouts or church groups buy plots. “We’re looking for any civic groups who might be interested in having a larger area to do something like plant food for a local

food bank to share with the community and give back,” she said. “We did have mostly residents who owned plots last year and we’d like to take it in a little bit of a different direction.” If civic groups participate in the Community Garden, Fry said it will not only increase the feeling of community in the garden, but also teach more residents about healthy eating. “This would be an excellent opportunity for youth, church and senior groups to share in the experience of growing their own foods or food to donate to a local food pantry or church,” she said. “Hopefully, this could be a way of teaching the next generation

where food really comes from, not a drive-thru window, and how much better something tastes when it is grown and picked straight from the garden.” Thibodeau said there also will be a better support structure this year for new gardeners who might feel overwhelmed. “We want to help people who are struggling because we don’t want them to get frustrated and give up,” she said. “Our team of people on the garden committee want to take a more active role in helping people. They’ll be mentors to help new gardeners when they have issues. “We want there to be a real camaraderie where people will

help others if they have problems.” Anyone interested in a plot should contact Thibodeau at 2483727. Plots went on sale Feb. 1. “Growing your own food is something people take pride in,” Fry said. “This is a great opportunity for families to get involved with their children and to teach them the value and exceptional taste of home-grown, seasonal veggies. We had several families with plots last year and the children had a great time weeding, watering and picking tomatoes.” For more information about your community, visit www.

Milford residents encouraged to file early and online By Kellie Geist-May

Milford’s finance department officials are hoping residents will consider filing their 2010 city income tax return early and electronically this year. Finance Director Dan Burke said having residents file early and online will make it easier for the city to collect taxes, which is an essential part of the budget. “Milford relies on earnings tax revenue to provide essential services like police protection, snow removal,

park and cemetery maintenance and road repairs,” Burke said. Residents can file online with the Regional Income Tax Agency for free at Burke said the city contracts with R.I.T.A. and pays a fee for each return the agency processes. Having residents file online will mean fewer people and shorter wait-times at the municipal building, said long-time city finance department employee Allyn Bartlett. “It’s not that we’re short staffed, it’s just that we are

shorter staffed that we used to be with the idea that people will use R.I.T.A.,” he said. “There are times when I’m the only one here and I’m also trying to take care of the other things that come in like new businesses, landlords, people moving ... We’ll try to get to everyone as quickly and efficiently as possible, it will help if people file early and maybe online.” Filing with R.I.T.A. also might be more convenient for the taxpayers. Burke said those who will receive money back can do that

directly through the website and those who owe money can use an electronic check or credit card. If you owe money and would like to pay another way, you can print the tax forms from and bring the form and payment to the municipal building, 745 Center St. Residents also can bring their W-2s, 1099s if applicable, and completed federal tax return to the Milford income tax office to file. That same information can be placed in an envelope and put in the secure “after-

hours” drop box located on the Center Street side of the city building or faxed to 248-5099. Bartlett said residents need to be aware that the city also taxes gambling winnings, self-employment income, rental income and farm income. Schedules C, E and F may be required for those cases. Also, some people with Milford mailing addresses actually live in Miami Township and won’t pay taxes. Burke said the city staff is trying to accommodate resident needs by being

Extended hours

The income tax department’s normal hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the income tax department, Milford municipal building, 745 Center St. The office hours will be extended to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 13. The 2010 taxes are due by April 18. more flexible and offering online filing options. “We are just trying to be as flexible as we can and, if people could file early and consider filing online, that would be helpful,” he said.

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Share the road with snow plows Miami Township Police Capt. Steve Rogers wants residents to remember to drive safely when they’re sharing the road with large snow plows. “Snow plow drivers can’t

see directly behind their trucks,” he said. “Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow will protect you from possible injury and

protect your car from salting material that plows spread on slick roadways.” Rogers said residents should give snowplow drivers room to work and watch for sudden stops or turns

and use extreme caution if passing a plow. Snowplows sometimes work in tandem, following each other on the highway at close distance. Never try to pass between two plows,

he said. “Snow plows travel below the posted speed limit, be patient when sharing the road,” he said. “Remember, ice and snow, take it slow.”

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Commissioner wants to discuss expanding CIC By Kellie Geist-May

The Clermont County Community Improvement District may look at expanding its involvement. Andy Kuchta, executive director and treasurer of the CIC, said the CIC’s role has been fairly limited since its creation. “The CIC has been used to facilitate special economic development projects the board of county commissioners couldn’t do on its own,” he said. In 2011, the CIC is involved in three major projects: Ivy Pointe and Jungle Jim’s in Union Township and the Ford plant redevelopment project in Batavia Township. Commissioner Archie Wilson said he would like to

discuss making the CIC board larger and expanding the use of the CIC. Currently, the CIC meets as needed about six times a year, typically handles specific economic development projects and owns land on behalf of the county. The members are county Commissioners Wilson, Ed Humphrey and Bob Proud. The board members are Humphrey, Engineer Pat Manger, Clermont 20/20 Executive Director Chris Smith, County Administrator Dave Spinney and Clermont County Office of Economic Development Director Andy Kuchta. Kuchta said the CIC could certainly discuss expanding the board of trustees, “especially if there is an idea to expand the role.” “When we had a big board, five or six years ago,

there was less focus on the CIC. We were there for land transactions and to put money into projects ... and I think we had (trustees) who said, ‘Why are we coming to the meetings?’” Wilson said he thinks having a CIC with a variety of members would add to the CIC’s strengths. “I want to make sure we have a variety of people for good input,” he said. “I like the CIC because it falls under the county government ... and it has the accountability of being a county entity.” Wilson said he wanted to meet with Kuchta to discuss how the CIC could be used to further economic development beyond land transactions and other financial obligations. By description, the CIC is


GOSHEN TWP. – In the Wednesday, Feb. 9, edition of the Community Journal North, Teri Donahoe’s name was misspelled in the story about the new administrative assistant. The Community Press regrets this error.


CLERMONT COUNTY – The Community Journal Clermont incorrectly used the term “winner” Jan. 9 when talking about Salvatore Giunta, Medal of Honor “recipient.” The U.S. Army staff sergeant is the first living person

Black history event

MILFORD – Milford Area Black Heritage Society presents “Black History 2011” from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Day Heights Fireman’s Memorial Building, 1313 Ohio 131, in Miami Township. This is a unique celebration of the black community. See old friends. View historical collections and displays. Enjoy the gifts of area church choirs and a special presentation on Camp

which will lead to new industrial and commercial investment,” according to a handout Kuchta provided CIC members. The annual organizational meeting for the CIC will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 2. During this meeting, the members – the commissioners – will appoint the trustees for 2011. The CIC is managed through the Clermont County Office of Economic Development.

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a non-profit corporation organized to promote, advance and encourage development. The powers include borrowing money, making loans, purchasing property, acquiring business assets and real estate and dealing in securities. The Clermont County CIC “can aid the county in many aspects of the overall adopted economic development strategy, but its current efforts are focused on facilitating land transactions

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CLERMONT COUNTY – The next meeting of the League of Women Voters will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Tri-State Warbird Museum, 4021 Borman Drive in Batavia Township, across the field from the Clermont County Airport. When the story first ran, it was reported the cost was free, however, there is a charge of $7 to enter the museum.No registration is required. For further information, contact Elizabeth Fiene at 575-9359.

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Salute to Leaders to honor community leaders Feb. 24 County Awards

By Theresa L. Herron

Every year, Clermont 20/20 asks Clermont County residents to nominate people in their community for awards that will be presented at the annual Salute to Leaders dinner. This year’s event is Thursday, Feb. 24, at Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate. Make your reservations by Feb. 18. You can go online at www.Clermont or send a reservation with your check to Clermont 20/20, 1000 Ohio Pike, Suite 2, Cincinnati, OH 45245. And again this year, the stories of those chosen to receive awards will warm your heart. For complete biographies on each winner, visit

• William H. Over Leadership Award – Eric Grothaus has volunteered for Clermont Counseling Center, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, UC Clermont, United Way and more. • Dr. Richard Zinsmeister Humanitarian Award – Judy Middeler has been a volunteer for Special Olympics for more than 30 years in Clermont County.

• Human Services – Brenda Cox is devoted to families of children with disabilities.

• Education – Dr. Peggy Hager’s motto is “I live to serve,” which she applies both professionally and personally.

• Rural Interests – Joe Glassmeyer has served 21 years as a volunteer board member of the Clermont County Soil & Conservation District.

• Environmental/Parks & Recreation – Valley View


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updating the athletic facility. • Up ‘N Over Youth Leadership – Amanda White is a senior at FelicityFranklin High School and has a love for learning, the community and giving of herself to help others.

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• Batavia – Ronald & Janet Bratten volunteer at Batavia Elementary School almost every day helping students and teachers alike. • Franklin – Dr. J.C. Rudd says one of his greatest opportunities was working with children and their projects while serving as the Clermont County Fair veterinarian. • Goshen – Stephen Pegram was hired as fire chief in 2009 and has worked every since to improve the township fire and rescue department. • Jackson – David P. Lewis and David S. Lewis: For 12 years, this father and son duo have volunteered their time and auctioneering talent for many charities across Clermont County.

• Miami – Dave & Melissa Fossier have taken the overwhelming pain and sorrow of losing a daughter and turned it into positive actions that support children. • City of Milford – Karen Huff along with a loyal group of volunteers have supported nine military families during their most difficult time, the death of a family member overseas. • Monroe – Harold Taylor was active in bringing the University of Cincinnati to Clermont County, establishing the Clermont County Airport, and active in establishing SEM in Anderson and Milford. • Ohio – Judy Middeler teaches physical education and health to seventh- and eighth-graders at New Richmond Middle School.

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• Tate – Walter C. Carter served on Bethel Village Council. While on council he was on various committees, including helping with roads and sidewalks. • Union – Total Quality Logistics: Ken Oaks has led Total Quality Logistics employees as they logged more than 450 volunteer hours and given more than $210,000 back to the community. • Washington – Sharon Chambers is considered a “go-getter.” Many people say they wish they could help, but Sharon’s motto is “If you need anything give me a call!”

• Pierce – Rick Rack is dedicated to the children of Clermont County and the Boys & Girls Club.

• Wayne – William and Elizabeth Smith, as members of the Wayne Fire & Rescue Auxiliary, served as treasurer and secretary for more than seven years. Both were members of the Newtonsville village council.

• Stonelick – Larry Bach every year uses two days of his vacation time from the Clermont County Engineer’s Office to work at the annual clean up days held at the

• Williamsburg – Lucy Snell, as a charter member of the Harmony Hill Association, Lucy can be found with other members changing museum exhibits.


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• Safety & Justice – Police Officer James Taylor dedicates his life to taking care of the community and especially the children of Goshen Township. • Community Project – Williamsburg Operation Restoration: The first call was made to the Williamsburg superintendent Oct., 4, 2009, with the idea of

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• Health/Health Care – Travis and Michelle Fisher: Travis is the local chiropractor and he donates the sports physicals for the football and soccer programs in Williamsburg. Michelle volunteers hundreds of hours in the schools.

• Civic – Barb Haglage created the Taste of Clermont in 2003 and has directed and managed the event ever since.


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STONELICK TWP. – A fire destroyed a garage in Stonelick Township Saturday, Feb. 12. Steve Downey, assistant chief of the Stonelick Township Fire Department, said firefighters responded 9:17

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a.m. to 5425 Belle Meade Drive. The fire was contained to a detached garage at the address. Downey said the garage was a total loss as well as a tractor and boat inside. He did not have a damage estimate or cause.

Hall of fame drive

MILFORD – By Golly’s Bar and Grill will host a membership drive for the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. The restaurant is at 714 Lila Ave. in Milford. Join Reds Hall of Famers Tom Browning and Jim O'Toole for a night of fun, food, and drinks as Tom and Jim celebrity bartend. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and other surprises. For more information, call 248-4444.

History meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Historical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in McDonough Hall Room 150 at UC Clermont College, 4200

Clermont College Drive. The program will be about the Tri-State Warbird Museum. The museum features World War ll airplanes. The new Clermont County history book will be available for purchase. The meeting is free and open to the public. In other history notes: • This year, 2011, marks 150 years since the Civil War (1861-1865). Celebrations will be occurring through out Ohio and the nation 2011 through 2015. • The 200th anniversary of the first successful steamboat trip on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans occurred October 1811 to January 1812. The New Orleans traveled from Pittsburgh to New Orleans and was able to travel upriver.

Card shower

NEW RICHMOND – Vickie and John Hale, family of Margaret Barger, are looking for people to send birthday cards for Barger. Barger taught fourth- and fifth-grades in a one-room schoolhouse in Nicholsville as well as at elementary schools

in the Goshen Local School District, the West Clermont Local School District and the New Richmond Exempted Village School District. She taught for, and has been retired for, 31 years. Barger will turn 94 March 18. Vickie has asked that anyone who would like to send Barger a birthday card to send them to 304 High Street, New Richmond, Ohio 45157, by March 18.

Tea Party to meet

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate. The guest speaker is Matt Mayer from the Buckeye Institute. Mayer will discuss the “State of the State of Ohio” and will illustrate potential areas Tea Party members can impact to move Ohio forward in a fiscally responsible, limited government and free market perspective. For more information, see

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The Milford schools winter guard program brought home three first-place finishes in the Feb. 13 TriState Circuit competition in Winchester, Ky. The varsity, junior varsity and junior high guards competed in their first show of the season at George Rogers Clark High School. Varsity guard members Brianna Blankenship, Erin Johnson and Beth Schmidtgesling represented the guard during the Scholastic A Class awards ceremony. Top guards are awarded bags of M&Ms. Milford’s next competition is this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Conner High School.


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Some Pattison Elementary students to attend McCormick next year

By Mary Dannemiller

About 95 Pattison Elementary School students will attend McCormick Elementary School next year because of overcrowding at Pattison. The Milford board of education is expected to approve redistricting at its Thursday, Feb. 17, meeting. It will affect 14 streets in Milford including Beechwood Lane, Concord Woods, Oakbrook Place, Observation Court, Signal Hill Drive and Valley View Circle. Pattison has a capacity of 646 students, but currently has about 760 enrolled there. The new students would bring McCormick’s enrollment to anywhere between 620 and 650, depending on the size of the kindergarten class, said Human Resource Director Tim Ackermann.

“We’re roughly 120 students over capacity at Pattison and the classes aren’t getting any smaller there,” he said. “There are students moving out, but we’re continuing to have that same number of students coming to the kindergarten and primary grades.” There is no more classroom space available at Pattison and several rooms have been converted to classrooms to accommodate the large number of students, Ackermann said. After the students move to Pattison, the rooms will be used as learning labs and computer labs. “We no longer have any classroom space left at Pattison, but where we do have some classroom space is at McCormick,” he said. “We don’t see the problem changing at Pattison where enrollment would eventually go down so we’re trying to adjust to solve

the problem.” Superintendent Bob Farrell said the redistricting is not a temporary fix and the students will not be sent back to Pattison if enrollment there decreases for other reasons. He also said the redistricted areas were selected after a careful study of bus routes. “We tried to look at the bus routes, the number of students we had and what neighborhoods were in close enough proximity that we could move them without adding bus routes,” He said. “We wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be an additional cost of the move or additional staff that would be needed.” Ackermann said he’s not yet sure how the plan will affect the time students spend on the bus, but does not expect it to be long. “We won’t be totally sure until we actually run the route, but ini-

tially I’ve been told it wouldn’t be that much longer than it is now,” he said. “We’re going to continue to study that and make it as short as possible.” Parents with children who will be moved to McCormick have been notified and some expressed concerns about the plan at the Thursday, Jan. 27, board meeting. Several children were moved from Seipelt Elementary School to McCormick about two years ago, Ackermann said. “A small portion of Seipelt students were redistricted to McCormick and it went very smoothly,” he said. To make the transition smoother for students, Farrell said they’ll take a field trip to Pattison toward the end of the school year and spend a day there meeting students and getting familiar with their new teachers. There already has been a parents night at

McCormick where those affected could meet with teachers and Principal Don Baker, Farrell said. “They’ll spend time with the classroom of their current grade level and then they’re going to go to the next grade level,” he said. “If they’re in fourth grade, they’ll spend the morning with a fourthgrade class and the afternoon with a fifth-grade class with the other McCormick kids. We want to make the transition as smooth as possible by giving the children and their families experience with McCormick.” The affected streets are: Beechwood Lane, Brooklyn Avenue, Concord Woods, Lantern Post Drive, Main Street, McClelland Road, Milford Hills Drive, Oakbrook Place, Oakcrest Drive, Observation Court, Ridgewood Lane, Signal Hill Drive, Valley Brook Drive and Valley View Circle.

School teams advance in mock trial competition By John Seney

Students from three Clermont County high schools presented their best arguments recently on who had the rights to a deceased family member’s brain cells. It was part of a mock trial competition Friday, Feb. 4, hosted by Clermont County courts.

Teams representing Clermont Northeastern, Batavia and Glen Este high schools competed against each other and teams from seven other Southwest Ohio high schools in the competition. Students from CNE and Batavia did well enough in the district competition to advance on to the next round, the regional contest Feb. 25 in Clermont County.


Nicole Giordano, a student at Clermont Northeastern High School, presents documents to opposing attorneys from Lynchburg-Clay High School during mock trial competition Feb. 4.

Teams that win two trials in the regional competition will then advance to the state competition March 10 to March 12 in Columbus. One winner from that competition will represent the state at the national high school mock trial competition in Phoenix in May. “The mock trial program helps students to develop critical thinking skills by analyzing a problem and developing arguments for each side of it,” said Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Jerry McBride, who helped coordinate the event. “It also promotes citizenship education and active participation in democracy.” CNE Principal Matt Earley said the competition is valuable for students because “personal communication is a key to success with anybody.” “It’s great to see the kids communicate beyond the classroom,” Earley said. “It’s given the kids a lot of important skills.” The Clermont County district competition was sponsored by the Clermont County Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court and Domestic Relations Court. In the district competition, mock trials pitted teams against each other in the morning and afternoon. Students served as attorneys and witnesses. Teams had to win two trials to advance to the next level. Volunteer judges and attorneys served as judges and legal advisers. In each trial, awards were given to the best student attorney and witness. Outstanding attorney awards were given to Erich Numrich of Batavia, Kellie Nause of CNE, Jackson Rains of Batavia, Greg Warman of CNE, Adam Shoff of CNE and Sam Weaver of Batavia. Outstanding witness awards


Clermont Northeastern High School students Kellie Nause, left, and Nicole Giordano were the defense attorneys for their CNE team during the high school mock trail competition Feb. 4 at the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. were given to Tori Thomas of Batavia, Zach Florence of CNE, Lucinda Overbey of Glen Este, Alex White of Batavia, Amber Barber of CNE, Katelyn Hughes of CNE and Sam Farese of Glen Este. The scenario in this year’s mock trials involved a youth who died in a car wreck. An autopsy was performed, with the family’s consent, to determine the cause of death. During the course of the autopsy, a section of the brain was removed and sent to pathology where it was discovered that the brain cells were regenerative.

The youth’s family filed a lawsuit against the county coroner claiming the coroner violated the family’s due process rights by sending the regenerative cells to a research lab instead of returning them to the body. Teams represented either the family’s side or coroner’s side in the trials. The Ohio mock trial program was begun in 1983 with 28 teams competing statewide. This year, about 350 teams from 150 high schools, involving more than 3,500 students, competed in the district competitions.

CNE seventhgrader is spelling bee champion By John Seney

A seventh-grader at Clermont Northeastern Middle School was the champion of the CNE spelling bee Jan. 24. Chris Smith, CNE middle school assistant principal, said 62 middle school students competed in the bee. After 11 rounds, the field was narrowed to three: Aulbrie House,

a seventh-grader; Alexis Overbeck, an eighth-grader; and Alex Craig, a sixth-grader. House correctly spelled “hexagonal” to eliminate Overbeck and Craig. House then spelled “biscotti” to win the championship. Smith said she will represent CNE at the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee area competition in Cincinnati. Craig and Overbeck will serve as alternates.


The top three finishers in the Clermont Northeastern Middle School spelling bee are, from left, Aulbrie House, the champion; Alexis Overbeck, an alternate; and Alex Craig, an alternate.





The week at Goshen

• The Goshen boys basketball team beat Bethel-Tate 89-73, Feb. 5. Derek Koch led Goshen with 36 points. On Feb. 8, Goshen beat FelicityFranklin 53-50. Goshen’s topscorer was Derek Koch with 19 points. • In girls basketball, Goshen beat Blanchester 4131, Feb. 7. Goshen’s topscorer was Kelsi Steele with 10 points. On Feb. 8, Goshen beat CNE 51-35. Goshen’s topscorer was Kelsi Steele with 12 points. Clermont Northeastern’s top-scorers were Alexis Schmidt and Chelsea Meade with 11 points each.

The week at CNE

• The Clermont Northeastern girls basketball team beat Batavia 52-35, Feb. 5. CNE’s top-scorer was Audrey Schmidt with 13 points. On Feb. 9, CNE beat Manchester 55-49. CNE’s top-scorer was Cydney Hill with 15 points. On Feb. 10, Bethel-Tate beat Clermont Northeastern 53-32. CNE’s top-scorers were Audrey Schmidt and Shelby Moore with eight points each.

The week at Milford

• The Milford boys basketball team beat Anderson Township 53-40, Feb. 8. Milford’s top-scorer was Jess Stankeveh with 15 points. • In boys bowling, Milford beat Kings 2,494-2,261, Feb. 8. Milford’s Adam Edwards bowled a 419. On Feb 9, Milford beat Loveland 2,7102,476. Milford’s Brad Long bowled a 453. • In girls bowling, Milford beat Kings 2,143-1,905, Feb. 8. Milford’s Kara Bough bowled a 346. The Loveland girls bowling team beat Milford 2,292-2,039, Feb. 9. Milford’s Jessica Olson bowled 350.

Alumni game

The Goshen High School class of 2013 is conducting the eighth Annual Alumni Basketball Game on Friday, March 18. Games will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Goshen High School. The class is looking for girls players/coaches, boys players/coaches, pep band members and cheerleaders. Contact Beth Perrmann at perrmannb@goshen, or Heather Edwards at edwardsh@goshen, or 722-2227.

The week at McNick

• In girls swimming, McNicholas’ M. Mitchell placed first with a score of 315-85 in the Mason D2 finals of the Division II Sectional Diving Championships at Miami University, Feb. 7. McNick’s Bradley placed fourth with a score of 300; and A. Mitchell placed fifth with a score of 283.35. • In boys bowling, Glen Este placed first against McNicholas’ 2,536 and Kings’ 2,230, Feb. 7. McNick’s Jason Hinson bowled a 463. • In girls bowling, Glen Este placed first with a score of 2,575 against Kings’ 1,844 and McNicholas’ 1,709, Feb. 7. McNick’s Ali Quitter bowled a 304. • The Elder boys basketball team beat McNicholas 65-52, Feb. 8. McNick’s top-scorer was Drew Hall with 20 points.

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Craycraft discusses diving career By Nick Dudukovich

Milford High School senior Margaret Craycraft became an FAVC record holder at 1-meter diving when she posted a score of 241.65 at the January’s FAVC championships. Craycraft, who now has three FAVC diving championships under her belt, will aim to make her third consecutive state tournament appearance later this month. Here, Craycraft discusses her success on the diving board, the upcoming postseason, and her decision to continue diving at Princeton University next season.


Milford’s Margaret Craycraft added to her decorated career with a 1-meter diving win at the 2011 Division I Mason Sectional, Feb. 9.

You broke a record that goes back to 2003. How does it feel to be an FAVC record holder? “It’s feels good, especially considering that it’s taken me four years to do it. I think I could have (broken the record) last year, but it feels good to get it on my last chance” You’re a very accom plished diver. What kind of dedication did it take to get to this point? “After my freshman year, I decided to quit swimming and concentrate on diving. I joined a club, TriState Diving. I dove every single day for two hours a day. Sometimes, over the summer we would have two-a-day practices. It’s just about putting in a lot more hours...” When did you realize you had the talent to swim at the college level? “I never considered col-

time, and then I have to stay up late to do my homework and try to catch up on anything I fell behind on. I just make sure I’m prepared and I try to concentrate on (one thing at a time).”

it’s a great school.”

What’s your favorite memory diving for Milford? “The first time I made it to the state meet my sophomore year. After my freshman year, when I was not diving year round, I actually did pretty well and finished 11th (at districts). The next year was nerve-racking. I didn’t know if I would make it to state, so when I did, I was pretty excited.

To go to Princeton, you’ve got to be great at academics. With the time diving takes up in your life, how did you find a balance between your studies and sports? “A lack of sleep, I guess. Practice takes up a lot of

What would it mean to you to end your high school career with another state appearance? “If I didn’t make it, I would be pretty disappointed. My goal at state this year is to make the top eight.”


Margaret Craycraft of Milford High School dives during the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Southwest Ohio District Diving Championships at Miami University Feb. 9. lege diving until the end of my sophomore year, when I went to state meet for first time. I knew I had some natural talent and that’s why I decided to dive year round. So, it was at state I realized that I was a contender. I didn’t realize until then that I could dive in college.”

You’re continuing your diving career at Princeton University. What do you like about the school? “I love the campus a lot. It’s so pretty. It reminded me of Hogwarts. I loved taking pictures around the campus (when I visited). I wish my whole family could see it. It’s so pretty, and of course,

Rocket wrestlers seek new heights By Nick Dudukovich

There’s been a freight train running through the competition in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference wrestling ranks this season. His name is Nick Simpson and he’s 37-0 on the year at 112 pounds. With a first-place finish at the SBAAC championships under his belt, Simpson will now now focus on the bigger picture. The senior, who was named the American Division co-wrestler of the year, is determined to qualify for

the 2011 state tournament after making it to state twice as an alternate. “He wants to win out and his main goal is to place as high as possible at state,” CNE head coach Scott Wells said. Simpson was poised to do damage during last year’s postseason, but was hampered by the effects of an ankle injury that caught up with him during sectionals. If he can stay healthy, Simpson will try to end his final high-school season with a bang. “He’s been very driven to make up the ground that


Clermont Northeastern High School 112-pound SBAAC champion Nick Simpson (top) was named the American Division cowrestler of the year during the league meet at Amelia High School, Feb. 12.

Men’s baseball signups

The Anderson Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) is accepting signups for the spring season for its 35-plus league. The league began playing Hardball in fall of 2002. Registration will be Feb. 22 at Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3) from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. BW3 is located at 5240 Beechmont Ave. Call John Gruenberg at 254-8221 or email



Clermont Northeastern High School’s Josh Forkner (left) squared off against Ameila High School’s James Sayers during the SBAAC wrestling championships, Feb. 12.

he’s missed out on the last couple of years,” Well said. “He’s not just happy with making it to state, he wants to place as high as he can.” Throughout the winter, the Rockets have also received strong efforts from freshman Jordan Jeffers. Jeffers, a freshman, is 23-8 while wrestling a in the heavyweight class. Well said he was surprised to see Jeffers have early success at such a

tough weight class. “He doesn’t get scared to step onto the mat with anybody,” Wells said. “He’s a big boy, but he’s smaller than the kids he wrestles against, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.” Junior Connor Reynolds has also had a solid season despite battling injuries for most of the winter. Reynolds is 25-8 while wrestling at 130 pounds. Wells attributed

Reynolds’ success on the mat to his offseason dedication. “He took a lot of initiative to get better in the offseason,” Wells said. “To be successful in this sport, you just can’t win it in season, you have to put the time in during the offseason, and that’s what Connor has been exemplifying.” For more coverage, visit presspreps


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I was offended at some of the comments that your guest columnist, Mr. Harding, made in his article. First, I don’t believe what he said about the Tea Party “officially” being against mine safety, food safety and inexpensive, universal health care. I don’t think his comment was truthful or accurate. And while I am not a Tea Party advocate, his comment about Tea Party people being “bullies” and “Storm Troopers” could be construed as hate crime comments if used in connection with other groups. Secondly, his comments about Representative Jean Schmidt were unfair, calling her the “ultimate government welfare queen.” And being “on the government dole” and “sucking down government bennies” are comments that are offensive to all the good people in her district who put her in office. If she were such an evil character as he paints her, then I suppose all those who voted for her must be devoid of any intelligence. I think that both the Tea Party and Representative Schmidt are trying to serve our country and the Constitution and are doing a good job. Charles Books Goshen Township

Kudos’s to Harding

Mr. Harding’s grossly impaired logic defies reason. I bet he’s really a Reagan conservative planted by the newspaper to elicit controversy. Space limitations prohibit addressing all his distortions, but let’s just take a few: Calling Jean Schmidt a welfare queen is akin to calling Barack Obama a patriot. The Constitution is designed to be changed? Yes, but changed by congress, not the president or activist judges. (Are you familiar with the Bill of Rights?) Our Constitution was a work of genius in 1789 and its core precepts still stand strong in 2011. Your non-sequiturs about voting rights, hospitals, slavery and Storm Troopers are so sophomoric they are rebutted at face value. If you truly believe what you write, you are too far gone to be swayed by me or anyone else. You’re an enemy of our Republic and simply must be defeated, not converted. Thank you for helping us do just that. Last November’s wakeup call could not have happened without you. Continue on, Len. Stay strong, stay loud, and above all, stay stupid. We’ve only start-

CH@TROOM What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “Most romantic Valentine’s Day gift; being a man, this isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” B.B. “After the Super Bowl I would have like some questions on the commercials. There were a few really questionable ones (in my opinion). I would like to know if anyone else thought the same way. For instance: Pepsi ... ‘I want to go to bed with her ...’ The shoe commercial with her trainer ... ‘you’re the best I’ve ever had ...’





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Next question What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@ with “chatroom” in the subject line. “How bold are we getting and where is the protection of the children who are also in the living room? How to bring this up for discussion and awareness.” W.D. “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. No individual one stands out, they have all been romantic and special.” E.E.C.





What are we to make of the November 2010 election results? What were the citizens really telling their elected officials? To me it was very clear – they were sending a strong message to Washington, D.C.; to Columbus, Ohio; and, to many local governments, that enough is enough and they do not like the direction our elected officials are taking our great county. The Tea Party Movement that emerged several short years ago played a significant role in attaining the results from the last election and the movement has gained momentum nationally and locally. Like-minded conservative individuals banded together here, and across America to have their voices heard. Here in Southwest Ohio, there are in excess of 30 local Tea Party groups and additional groups continue to form. People from all walks of life and all political parties continue to pull together to have their voices heard. A majority of the people want congress to stop excessive spending, to reduce current expenditures and to balance the budget. They also want the current

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laws implemented fairly and justly to everyone in our country. The over regulation of our personal and business lives must be stopped. A majority of the people want the new health care law repealed and replaced with sensible, cost effective health care


solutions. I know that many brave Americans fought and some gave the ultimate price for our freedom and our rights. Therefore, the least I could do was to honor them by exercising my right to vote. I also trusted our elected officials to do the right thing. Unfortunately, that has not happened. Many individuals, once elected, morph into lifetime politicians concerned primarily with power and remaining in office, with only a secondary concern for serving the interests of the people. So what can we do as individuals to have our elected officials do the right thing? How can we

begin to take back our country? The answer is civic responsibility and accountability. Remember Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, ”government of the people (recognizes our right and ability to govern ourselves), by the people (assumes our willingness to do so, to actively participate in the government we establish), for the people (bestows upon our elected officials a responsibility and accountability) shall not perish from the earth.” Our founding fathers knew that if “we the people” did not stay involved with our elected officials and government processes, then our republic would cease to exist. So, what do you say? Can your country count on you? Let’s hold them accountable and exercise our civic responsibility. If you want to get involved but don’t know how, come to one of our monthly Tea Party meetings held every second Thursday of the month at the Miami Township Civic Center or visit us at We can and will help you get started. Larry Heller is a member of the Miami Township Tea Party and he lives in Miami Township.

Do your homework about the Tea Party The article that Mr. Harding wrote regarding the ‘official’ information on the Tea Party is certainly ‘non-official.’ Here are some facts pertaining to the ever-growing Tea Party: It is not a group of bullying Storm Troopers imposing its will upon the American people; it consists of hard working, voting Americans from various economic, educational, religious, and, yes, even political backgrounds; it stands for Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government and Free Markets. When attending the meetings, we open with The Pledge of Alliance, and a prayer. We are men and women who believe in the Constitution, which was not meant to be changed, but amended. We inform ourselves with the Founders’ written history, such as, the Federalist Papers. We believe that our federal

government needs to stick to the Constitution. As for imposing healthcare, well, how can the federal government create a better system when Randy Kleine it cannot even Community balance the budgPress guest et? We are very regardcolumnist concerned ing the national debt. For years to come, our future generations will be working to pay off this inflated debt. That is, if they have employment to do so. Throughout our history, it was the ingenuity and hard work of our citizenry that brought forth the American Dream; not big government. Remember the Wright brothers

and Thomas Edison? The Tea Party recognizes this historical fact. Tea Party members are taxpayers, even though, we think Americans are taxed way too much. We go to the polls and cast our ballots. We are veterans of the Armed Forces. Our children wear this nation’s uniforms. We go to our various houses of worship, and give thanks to God. We are hard working Americans, not Storm Troopers, and anyone can join our peaceful organization. Our voice is calling across this great land of ours ... “come join us, we are Americans, who believe in ourselves, not the federal government, to make our choices.” Now, Mr. Harding, do your homework! Dory Perkins lives in New Richmond.

Freedom Center needs to be unshackled So the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center seeks to be part of the federal plantation? Former P&G CEO John Pepper has been a main support of the center since its inception, but apparently is running out of favors he can call in from his well-heeled friends. Although the expensively-built, government-subsidized structure offers well-designed, interesting exhibits, one can go to Joseph-Beth and buy a coffee-table book that offers more complete information with many more photos that can be read, without standing, in the comfort of one’s armchair. Unlike a book, which is easilyrevisited and which is but one of many on one’s shelf, why would anyone return to the Freedom Center for a second visit? At the start, the center was vastly over-staffed. Fortunately, the

staff has been trimmed – during our recent twohour visit on a weekend, we counted only six other patrons. Still, the staff on hand seemed little interDory Perkins ested in enhancing Community our educational Press guest experience. Ironically, I was columnist unable to find any reference to educator Booker T. Washington whose monumental book “Up From Slavery” encourages and instructs people to rise up from meager beginnings through personal educational efforts and hard work, not through charity and government-provided handouts extracted from the taxpayer. The center presumably

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prefers to highlight the works of Mr. Washington’s contemporary, Marxist W.E.B. Dubois. My suggestion for the center’s survival is to unshackle the negative focus that largely centers on the evils of black slavery by positively broadening its approach to include all who have contributed to freedom, especially the United States veteran, 600,000 of which (incidentally) died to free the slaves during the American Civil War. That may not happen until the center frees itself from leadership by liberal dinosaurs like curator/spokesman Carl B. Westmoreland and financial angel Pepper, and radicals like Damon Lynch III who want to imprison the taxpayer by forcing them to federallysubsidize the operations of this stillborn museum. Randy Kleine lives in Milford



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Jacob Jordan places Fruit Loops on a string as part of the 100th day celebration Feb. 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary School in Goshen Township.




Tommy Hansford counts out 100 Fruit Loops as part of the 100th day celebration Feb. 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary in Goshen Township.




Rylie Pelchea, left, and Olivia Day do the “Cha-Cha Slide” for 100 seconds Feb. 7 to celebrate the 100th day of school at Marr/Cook in Goshen Township.


Aleah Zapf, left, and Jonny Payne string 100 Fruit Loops as part of the 100th day celebration Feb. 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary in Goshen Township.

Marr/Cook students celebrate 100 days Students at Marr/Cook Elementary School in Goshen Township celebrated the 100th day of school Monday, Feb. 7, with a variety of fun and educational activities. Students throughout the entire school participated in an

activity every 100 minutes. At one point in the day, the entire school did a dance, the “Cha-Cha Slide,” for 100 seconds. At another point, all the students hopped in place for 100 seconds. There also were activities

in individual classrooms. In Dorothi Phillips’ second-grade class, students counted out 100 Fruit Loops and then placed the loops on a string. For more about your community, visit www.


Second-grader Laynie Metsker touches the ice while she thinks about how long it will take to melt during science class at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School.


Jason Jackson and other students do the “Cha-Cha Slide” for 100 seconds to celebrate the 100th day of school Feb. 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary School in Goshen Township.


Nate Dozier strings 100 Fruit Loops as part of the 100th day celebration Feb. 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary School in Goshen Township.


Maria Acuff and Grant White work on a math project in their third-grade class. For this assignment, the students had to use a certain number of squares and triangles to create pictures.

Milford students work on wide variety of projects during school A typical day at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School in Milford has students working everything from math projects containing different shapes, to determining how fast ice melts, to art projects with beads after school.


Riya Patel and fellow sixth-graders Ali Zawadski, left, and Caroline Hakel, right, work on a chandelier art project during recess at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School.



Randall Felts, a third-grader at Boyd E. Smith, thinks about how he can make a triangle fit into his art made of squares. Felts and the other students worked on these shape-themed projects during math class.


Alex Troescher, left, and Ben Campbell, both second-graders at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School, estimate how long it will take for a cube of ice to melt.

Sixth-grader Caroline Hakel works to thread beads onto a wire for a “Lead Artists” art project. This group of students meets during recess and after school to work on a variety of art projects. The current project will be a beaded chandelier.


Kaitlyn Hewlett, left, and Kierstin Robbins are both part of a “Lead Artists” sixthgrade group. The two spent some of their recess time working on a beaded chandelier.



February 16, 2011



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.


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 sugarbush, 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. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BENEFITS 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. Through June 30. 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. Free weekday child care available. Family friendly. $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


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


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


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 sugarbush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $5 participants, free ages 2 and under. 831-1711. Union Township. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 9

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. Presented by Friends of Anderson Drama. 474-3427. Eastgate.


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.


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.


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.


Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692. Loveland.




Cincy Royals Winterfest Dance, 7 p.m.-midnight, Day Heights Fire Department Building, 1313 Ohio 131, Music by DJ, split-the-pots, Barrel-of-Cheer silent auction, catered Italian dinner, snacks, soft drinks and beer included. Benefits Cincy Royals youth baseball. $25. Presented by Cincy Royals. 722-7792; Milford.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Paranormal Activities Research Group, 57 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, 177 S. Riverside Drive. Meet paranormal investigative team which serves your community, ask questions of members and more. Free. Presented by Paranormal Activities Research Group. 239-7274; Batavia.


Ohio Driver Intervention Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Clermont Recovery Center, 1088 Wasserman Way. State-approved Adult Remedial Driving Program for two-point credit against drivers license. $85. Registration required. 735-8100; Batavia.


Zumba Fitness Class,10-11 a.m.,Anderson Dance Academy,8263 BeechmontAve. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with notice.$50 for 10 classes; $7.474-7800.Anderson Township.

Maple Syrup Making, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Sugar House near Krippendorf Lodge. Experience process of producing maple syrup from sap. Interactive sap-collecting maple hikes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. start from the Sugar House. $5, $1 child, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township. Making Maple Syrup, 1 p.m., Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Hands-on program and tasting. Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Owensville. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0


Bread Making Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Learn to make whole-grain bread with Grail member Elizabeth Robinson. Part of Grailville’s 2011 Good Earth/Good Eats Series. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Brunch in the Park, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road. President’s Day Brunch. Three seating times. Buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelette as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other favorites. Special beverages available for $3.50 each. $13.95, $6.95 ages 212, free ages 23 months and under. Vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 474-3008; Anderson Township.

A Texas Hold’em tournament (5 p.m. to midnight) and Euchre tournament (7 p.m. to midnight) will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, at Clermont Northeastern High School, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Owensville. The 18-and-up tournaments are $60 each; $50 in advance (buy-in for Texas Hold’em). There’s also an optional $30 add-on for Texas Hold’em. Both benefit the CNE Athletic Boosters. No alcohol is permitted. Registration is required. Call 576-6770 or 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 . 2 1


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.







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Evening Nature Knowledge Series, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Making Your Home Energy Efficient. With Colin Vogt, an energy efficiency and renewable energy trainer and educator, and instructor at Cincinnati State. Presentations cover wide range of natural history topics. Presenters include CNC naturalists. Ages 18 and up. $5, free for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 2


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


Sinatra Night, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Padrino, 111 Main St. With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Free. 965-0100. Milford.

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Volunteer Exploration Sessions, 10-11 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Discover many volunteer opportunities available at CNC, including gardening, controlling non-native species and land stewardship, office assistant, Gift Shop, guides, teachers, teachers and guides, and more. Free. 831-1711; Union Township.

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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.

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Some suggestions for the blahs and down times No one’s life is comprised of all highs. We are all experienced sufferers of “down times.” There is no life without times of depression, vulnerability, and fear. They are as much our human birthright as joy, wonder and love. In her book, “After The Darkest Hours,” Kathleen Brehony deals at length with a dozen strategies to help us cope with our darkest hours. I mention here six of her dozen strategies and express them with comments of my own. They’re appropriate for our unsettled times and the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger perspective. One of the reasons difficult times frequently result in a personal spiritual uplift is because they lead us

to see our lives in a larger perspective. The pictures of our journey to the moon gave us a stunning view of earth no one ever had before. We saw ourselves and our world as specks in an immense universe and participants in an astounding mystery. In hard times, trust this mystery and where it is taking us through our good and bad times. 2.) Show compassion and help others. It expands the heart and eases our troubles when we realize we all suffer. Helping others develops a sense of togetherness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal navel gazing and feeling sorry for ourselves. Helping

others doesn’t mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger frequently said, “When certain depressed people come to me, to some of them I say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someone.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our self-image, when we tell

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hard times rather than in comfortable times; Father Lou and in soliGuntzelman tude and silence Perspectives more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons). Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften. Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas,

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide into three portions: Roll each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Roll up jellyroll style, starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.

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Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and

minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.)

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Rice with edamame

cut into cubes. Stir in when you add the rice. This is a riff on S u s a n P a r k e r ’s Rita wonderful Heikenfeld recipe. usan Rita’s kitchen is Sproprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and her vegetarian recipes are always bursting with flavor and nutrition. Susan rinses her rice. I usually don’t. Brown rice is nutritionally superior to white, and edamame contains vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber.

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Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.

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

Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services



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


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

Sunday School 9:45am - Worship 11am (nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service 6pm-Youth 6pm 513-575-1121 MONUMENTS BAPTIST CHURCH

2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities


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

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


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

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

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


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


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

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm


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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

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


Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am


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

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


Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140


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

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EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

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

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

101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am


Pastor Mike Smith




7:00pm 7:00pm

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


You Are Invited! 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


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

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

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

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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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


330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

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


10:45 a.m.

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM


Trinity United Methodist

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


Something for children at each service


Worship Service

513 831 0196

Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

9:30am 10:30am

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm


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.

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


Owensville United Methodist Church

19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”

844 State Rt. 131

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


Amelia United Methodist Church


Bethel Nazarene Church

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

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.



MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group



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


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”

PUBLIC SALE The following Storage unit(s) from Strong hold 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: Unit #154 & 158 - Ford C. Greene, 4661 Melody Lane, Cincinnati. Ohio 45245. 620049

LEGAL NOTICE Day Heights Storage 1360 St. Rt, 131 Milford, Oh 45150 (513) 831-2082 Auction date 02-25-11 Andrew Brandon Unit # 343 5741 Stonelick Williams Comer Rd Batavia, OH 45103 Rick Partin Unit # B-49 &50 5499 Betty Ln. Milford, OH 45150 1620153 PUBLIC NOTICE TO LOW INCOME RENTERS The C L E R M O N T METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHOR ITY will be accepting applications for the PUBLIC HOUSING 3, 4 AND 5 BEDROOM WAITING LIST effective February 16, 2011. Applicants may fill out an application online at the Authority’s website Applications will no longer be accepted at the Authority’s Administrative Office. Applications must be properly completed to be accepted and only if the family composition and income is within HUD guidelines. If you have any questions, please call the Administrative Office at 513-732-6010 or for the hearing impaired call TDD 7326010. Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity 20925 PUBLIC NOTICE The Annual Financial Report of the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority for the fiscal year end September 30, 2010 has been completed and is available for public inspection at the Authority’s Administration Office located at 65 S. Market Street, Batavia, Ohio. The Authority’s hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed daily from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. A copy of the report can be provided upon request. Equal Opportunity Housing Equal Opportunity Employer 20926 LEGAL NOTICE Alex Carter, B12 899 Locust Lane Cincinnati, Ohio 45245; Libby Wakefield F9 1144 Nature Run Rd. Batavia, OH 45103; Roger Asbury G10 4602 Muirview Ct. Batavia, OH 45103; Ramon Ramirez G32 810 Clough Pike Cincinnati, OH 45245; Terry Mullins I2 105 Washington St. Room 3, New Richmond, OH 45157; Lori Richmond B41 3855 Little Creek Dr. Amelia, OH 45102. You are hereby notified that your personal belongings stored at Eastside Storage, 4400 St. Rt. 222, Ste A, Batavia, OH 45103, 715 Cincinnati Batavia Pike Cincinnati, OH 45245 1170 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 will be sold for payment due. 1620998 To place your BINGO ad call 513.242.4000

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


Amy Druck and Robert Varble, other tort Kristy Fishback, et al. vs. Miles Ruby, other tort Rita Darnell vs. Petermann LLC, et al., worker’s compensation Yvette Riley vs. Milford Dog Grooming Salon and Marsha P. Ryan Administrator, worker’s compensation Morequity Inc. vs. Jeffrey K. Morehouse, et al., foreclosure Everbank vs. Brent N. Lowe, et al., foreclosure PNC Bank NA vs. Lessie Mae Conrad, et al., foreclosure Riverhills Bank vs. Jamie M. Gibson, 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 Bank of New York Mellon vs. Andrew Friesner, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Barry Jay Hoffman, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Robin R. Drewry, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Kathleen Coulter, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Leslie W. Koch, et al., foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. David Nieter, et al., foreclosure First Clermont Bank vs. Mary Ann Mattox, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Jay L. Harbison and Clermont County Treasurer, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Aaron Younstrom, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Robert C. Fuersich, et al., foreclosure Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company vs. James C. Jackson, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Rhonda L. Wade, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Michael Bishop, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. David Craig Clark, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Harlan Boyce, et al., foreclosure Everbank vs. Todd A. Scott, et al., foreclosure J Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Bear Run LLC, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Christi Begley, et al., foreclosure Alan Woods Trucking Inc. vs. JZ Regional Contractor LLC, other civil PNC Bank NA vs. D&D Masonry Inc., et al., other civil Beckman Environmental Services Inc. vs. JK Meurer Corp., other civil Juanita Baker vs. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and John Baker, other civil Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Jorge A. Diaz, other civil American Express Bank FSB vs. Timothy J. Butler, other civil JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Robert D. Bruce, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Patricia L. Burke, other civil Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Peggy Duttweiler, other civil CNH Capital America LLC vs. Gayle L. Creager, other civil Diane Redlich vs. Amy Bradley Swerdlin, other civil Safe Auto Insurance Company vs. Brian Reeves Jr., et al., other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. Greg Kane and Trace Logistics, other civil


Stephanie A. Gilbert vs. Jerome Gilbert Lisa Williams vs. Albert J. Williams Barbara J. Mehalic vs. Peter M. Maglocci Gabriella Neal vs. Christopher Neal Douglas R. Moore vs. Patricia S. Moore Vanessa Powers vs. Ronny Powers


Lori Schuehler vs. Joshua Schuehler George R. Reuss vs. Rachel L. Reuss Lisa A. Henkes vs. Douglas Henkes Kelly Rahn vs. Paul E. Rahn Jr. Mary Ellen Disalvo vs. Raymond Paul Disalvo Bobbi R. Jacobs vs. Louis J. Jacobs Peggy Ware vs. Carl Ware Timothy Jason Tate vs. Michelle Martinique Tate Jessika Meese vs. Kris Meese


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. Walter Tyler Richardson, 25, burglary, grand theft of firearms, theft, safecracking, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Eric Licount Lewis, 30, burglary, grand

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George S. Kennedy, 23, 401 Commons Drive, domestic violence, Jan. 25. Hannah Patton, 19, 4572 Hallandale, underage consumption, open container, Jan. 25. James M. Hayes Jr., 23, 141 Cardinal, keg law, open container, Jan. 25. Kenneth Rummel, 31, 300 Russell, disorderly conduct, Jan. 27. Lindsay M. Vaske, 20, 5602 Trenton Court, obstructing official business, Jan. 28. Ryan N. Werner, 21, 1164 Ronlee, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, Jan. 31. Kenneth Rummel, 31, 300 Russell, open container, Jan. 31. Charles R. Donaldson, 30, 83 Park Ave., open container, Jan. 31.

Damian Cummings, 18, 310 Main St., contempt of court, Feb. 3. Scott Deemer, 42, 903 Mohawk Trail, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 31. Christopher M. Dever, 25, 1608 Huntcrest Drive, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Feb. 5. Nicole L. Dople, 29, 58 Greenlawn Drive, contempt of court, Jan. 31. Carol A Drew, 35, 718 Washington St., contempt of court, Jan. 31. David Edelman, 64, 7424 Drake Drive, failure to comply, resisting arrest, Feb. 1. George S. Elias Jr., 23, 1785 Ohio 28, contempt of court, Feb. 3. Anthony A. Ferralli, 23, 6502 Snyder Road, recited, Feb. 5. Tasha R. Huddleston, 22, 707 Ohio 28, contempt of court, Feb. 3. Tameka S. Johnson, 36, 514 Mill St., driving under suspension, Jan. 31. Charlie Jones, 42, 6307 Shade Drive, recited, Feb. 1. Lisa M. Keck, 26, 1931 Oakbrook, recited, Feb. 2. Adrianna Kelly, 28, 33 Cemetery Lane, drug abuse, Feb. 5. Kayla M. Kemen, 22, 4652 Buckskin Trail, no drivers license, recited, Feb. 6. Nichole McElroy, 33, 50 Concord Woods, contempt of court, Feb. 3. David C. Meyer, 39, 4306 Aicholtz Road, vandalism, theft, Feb. 2. Walter T. Richardson, 25, 6956 Goshen Road, drug abuse, Feb. 2. John Sherrill, 34, 5 Robbie Ridge, warrant, Feb. 3. Timothy H Shields, 32, 10 Iroquois Drive, contempt of court, Feb. 1. Gary W. Smith, 20, 4450 Dogwood, criminal trespass, Jan. 31. Adam C. Sydmor, 18, 932 Tarragon Lane, assault, Feb. 2. Joseph M. Wagner, 26, 866 Cincinnati Batavia Road, contempt of court, Jan. 31. Shawn M. Watson, 26, 6296 Traylor Lane, contempt of court, Jan. 31. Brandon Woodruff, 32, 800 Lila Lane, theft, Feb. 1. Deshun G. Young, 21, 1900 Oakbrook, recited, Feb. 6.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

TVs and jewelry taken; $3,600 at 582 Wards Corner, Jan. 24. TV taken; $3,200 at 1891 Pebble Ridge No. 7, Jan. 29.

Criminal damage

Motor home damaged at Storage Unlimited at Ohio 28, Jan. 25. Door damaged on RV at Storage Unlimited at 1294 Ohio 28, Jan. 27. Vehicle driven through yard at 6071 Donna Jay, Jan. 28.

Domestic violence

At Commons Drive, Jan. 25.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 5694 Willnean, Jan. 24.


Male received a counterfeit $20 bill at 1362 Lela Lane, Jan. 25. Money paid for work not done; $950 loss at 1411 Blackstone Place, Jan. 25. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $49 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 25. Cash taken; $140 at 10 Meadow Drive No. 13, Jan. 25. Food not paid for at O’Charley’s; $24 at Ohio 28, Jan. 25. Cash lost through phone scam; $2,800 at 5882 Stonebridge, Jan. 26. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $100 at 469 Wards Corner, Jan. 26. Tools taken from trailer; $6,010 at 1238 Ohio 131, Jan. 26. TV taken; $1,500 at 18 Meadows Drive No. 28, Jan. 28.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 1244 Kent Drive, Jan. 28.







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Incidents/investigations Assault At 930 Lila Ave., Feb. 2.


At 861 Lila Ave., Feb. 1.


Money taken; $80 at 540 Lila Lane, Jan. 31. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, Feb. 1. Money taken by ex-employee at 861 Lila Ave., Feb. 2.




Time to prune fruit trees, grapes

Merchandise falsely returned to Walmart; $328 loss at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 3. Merchandise taken from Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 4. Merchandise taken from Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 5.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Michael Gerald, 21, 290 Redbird, marijuana possession, illegal manufacture of drugs, drug paraphernalia. James Brandstutter, 19, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 94, criminal damage. Juvenile, 13, marijuana possession. Brandy Rollins, 18, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 322, theft.

Incidents/investigations Burglary At 1392 Ohio 28, Jan. 27.

Criminal damage

At 7176 Goshen Road, Jan. 25.


At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 53B, Jan. 27. At 2558 Allegro Lane, Jan. 25.


At 1761 Stumpy Lane, Jan. 20. At 1534 Red Oak, Jan. 20.


At 6855 Clubside Drive, Jan. 25.

Receiving stolen property

At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 244, Jan. 21.


At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 239, Jan. 26.


At 41 Heather Drive, Jan. 21. At 1367 Norma Lane, Jan. 25. At 1610 Ohio 28, Jan. 25. At 6878 Clubside, Jan. 26. At 6725 Dick Flynn, Jan. 27.


James L. McKeehan, 22, 6156 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford, resisting arrest at 6156 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford, Feb. 4.

Incidents/investigations Assault

At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, Feb. 1.

Breaking and entering

At 1881 Ohio 131, Milford, Feb. 4. At 6150 Belfast Road, Goshen, Feb. 1.

Resisting arrest

At 6156 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford, Feb. 4.


At 2861 Cedarville Road, Goshen, Feb. 2.

Howdy folks, This is the time to start pruning your fruit trees and grapes. The weather will get so a person can do this without snow falling down your back. Ruth Ann and I have been cleaning and rearranging the carpenter shop. I am a saver and this gets kinda messy, so this is something we need to do. Just because I lived in the depression time, that is no excuse to keep items we don’t need. Ruth Ann and I attended a birthday party last Thursday evening at the Receptions in Eastgate. There were 230 people there celebrating the 40 years of service for the Clermont Senior Services. This is a wonderful service for seniors, Meals on Wheels, home care, caregiver support groups, senior housing, home repair and several other services. It is important for folks to adopt a senior at the holidays. The Bethel Lions Club adopted two seniors at Christmas and a family for Thanksgiving to furnish them a meal. The Monroe Grange also furnished a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need and adopted a senior for Christmas. We need to be concerned about our neighbors. The Clermont Senior Services do a great service for the folks who live in their own homes. The person that delivers the meal each day has the opportunity to see how the person is doing and whether they have a need for further service. The guest speaker for the evening at this event was Marty Brennaman and the

emcee was Jim Scott. This was the first time we have heard either of them speak. Mr. Brennaman was so interesting talking about the Reds ball team and comments about some of the players and how good they play the game. Ruth Ann and I enjoy watching the games. He also talked about how each player acts when getting ready to bat and when they are out in the public. Each of them are true sportsmen. We are so fortunate to have a ball team like the Reds. Marty spoke about Joe Nuxhall and the good times they had together and how they promoted the Reds when they went golfing or on a personal appearance. They both were gentlemen. While Marty was talking I got to thinking about Wayte Hoyte and Casey Stengel. When they were on the radio folks were glad when there was a rain out so these two fellers could talk and tell stories. They both were great. Last Saturday evening the Monroe Grange had a card party with a good crowd. Everyone sure enjoyed the evening and playing Euchre and some other folks played different games. Last Sunday morning we saw one of the most wonderful services we ever saw. It was about the four chaplains who gave their lives to save the lives of others. When the life jackets were gone, they gave up theirs. The chaplains were Jewish, Methodist, Catholic and Reformed Church of America. The last they saw of the four chaplains, they were standing on the ship’s deck with their arms linked

together praying to the One God they all served. During George the third Rooks service at the Ole Bethel United Fisherman Methodist Church, there was a large group of veterans holding flags of the U.S. and branches of service. During this service and reading about each chaplain, there were several eyes that were wet. Ruth Ann and I want to thank the veterans who took part in this service and for the service they each have done for our freedom, Thanks! Mark your calendars for Feb. 19. The Bethel Lions Club will have their pancake breakfast at Bethel-Tate High School from 7:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. So come and have a great breakfast and fellowship with your neighbors. Also mark the calendar for Feb. 25. This will be the Farmers Institute at Buford. There will be a dinner from 4 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Then the program will start at 7 p.m. This is always a great time with fun and fellowship. The Hess Auction Co. usually auctions the donated items off with a lot of enjoyment. Ruth Ann and I will be there. We always donate an item to help keep this Farmers Institute going. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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


DEATHS Lowell L. Adams

Lowell L. Adams, 75, formerly of Bethel died Feb. 4. Survived by wife, Ruth (nee Althaus) Adams; children, LeAnne (Danny) Alsept, Shawn (Jay) Wilson of Milford, Nicole (Michael) Long and Lesley (Robert Herzner) Bee; grandchildren, A.J. and Baylie Wilson, Raven and McKenna Long, Jacob Fry, Taylor Bee and Peyton Herzner; and sister, Pauline Moss. Preceded in death by brother, Dale Adams. Services were Feb. 9 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: The Bethel American Legion Post 406, P.O. Box 42, Bethel, OH 45106.

Harry Allen Hodges

Harry Allen Hodges, 90, of Milford died Feb. 8. Survived by wife, Vera (nee Schessler) Hodges; and son, Ralph (Diane) Hodges. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph E. and Julia G. Hodges; and brother, Ralph E. Hodges Jr. Services were Feb. 9 at Milford First United Methodist Church. Memorials to: Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Milford, OH 45150; or to the charity of your choice.

Alma D. Miller

Denis Michael Pierce

Denis Michael Pierce, 49, of Milford died Feb. 9. Survived by wife, Jeanne L. Bell Pierce; children, Travis Pierce and Joshua (Carly) Pierce; grandchild, Carmindy Pierce; mother, Carolyn Pierce; siblings, Timothy (Melanie) and Kathy Pierce; and parents-inlaw, Norma and Don Bell. Preceded in death by father, Barney Pierce. Services were Feb. 14 at West Chester Wesleyan Church. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Coba E. Reeder

Coba E. Reeder, 77, of Goshen died Jan. 19. Survived by wife, Phyllis (nee Cefalu) Reeder; children, Judy (Rocky) Lockard and Rick Reeder; grandchildren, Nathan Lockard and Danny Reeder; and eight siblings. No services were held. Memorials to: The Alzheimers Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Edward Smith

Edward “Ed” Smith, 61, of Milford died Feb. 5. Survived by daughter, Kristy (Cliff) Weir; brothers, Jack Dickey, Chris Dickey and Ray Smith; and sister, Marlene Smith Paolello. Preceded in death by parents, John and Dorothy (nee Perry) Dickey. No services were held.

Gerald E. Vance

Gerald E. Vance, 74, of Milford died Feb. 5. Survived by wife, Monica Vance; children, Richard (Terri) Vance, Julia Copenhaver, Jennifer (Tom) Kutcher, Jerod Vance and Marlise (Brian) Vance; nine grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in Vance death by sister, Joan Burdett. Services were Feb. 10 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home & Crematory, Milford. Memorials to the charity of your choice.

Jessie Lee Wright

Jessie Lee Wright, 74, of Goshen Township died Feb. 1. Survived by husband, Bill “Bill the Barber” Wright; sons, “Howie” William (Katrina) Wright and Jim (Mindy) Wright; brothers, Josh (Norma) Howard; sister, Donna (Larry) Snow; grandchildren, Sydney, Matthew, Alex and Jessica; Wright and sister-in-law, Flossie Howard. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Opal (nee Matheny) Howard; and brother, Johnny Howard. Services were Feb. 5 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, P.O. Box 43027, Cincinnati, OH 452430027.

5783 Buckwheat Road, Todd & Carlee Coffman to Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority, $120,000. 5685 Crooked Tree Lane, Laurie Benedum & Sarah Amyotte to Gregory & Patricia Neff, 0.5000 acre, $199,000. 5661 Highland Terrace Drive, Michael Martin to Shayla & Jeffrey Becze, $166,900. 5702 Longfield Drive, Daniel Hadley to William Goodwin, $109,000. 6238 Shagbark Drive, Robert & Bonnie Duncan to William Davis, 0.4700 acre, $195,000. 6254 Shagbark Drive, Alan & Andrea Bowsher to Jessica & Matthew

Faris, 0.4500 acre, $176,000. 1104 Tumbleweed Drive, 1104 Tumbleweek Drive LLC to Marjorie Beyrer, $240,000. 5653 Willnean Drive, HSBC Bank USA as trustee to Scott Pullins, $97,760.


6003 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Larry & Ruth Ann Locke to Hayes Custom Homes LLC, 1.0600 acre, $7,194.94. Number Nine Road, Charles Shipley, et al to Vernon Bellamy, $22,000. 3958 Pettett Drive, Steven Spruance to Bryan & Teresa Drake, 5.0000 acre, $30,000.


Robert Siller, Loveland, alter, 1597 Ohio 28, Goshen Township. McClain Electric, Georgetown, alter, 6593 Ohio 132, Goshen Township. Michael Mills, Williamsburg, woodburning stove, 5301 Bucktown Road, Jackson Township. Anthony Wallace, Goshen, demoli-

tion, 3002 Ohio 50, Jackson Township. Jamie Mason, Milford, alter, 1090 Heatherstone, Miami Township. Thompson Heating & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1130 Deerhaven, Miami Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 1194 Kash Drive, Miami Township. Fischer Single Family Homes,



Tri-State Sign, Hamilton, sign, 1149 Ohio 131, Miami Township.


From B6 theft of firearms, safecracking, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Joshua D. Bonomini, 31, 1560 Bethel-New Richmond Road L82, New Richmond, grand theft, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. John R. Pribble, 44, burglary, theft, breaking and entering, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Kayla Nicole Wachter, 18, breaking and entering, grand theft, obstructing justice, burglary, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Lee Fischer, 21, burglary, theft, breaking and entering, Pierce Township Police. Tara Beach, 26, 1751 E. Ohio Pike Lot 124, Amelia, theft, Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services. Erin Nicole Pappas, 30, illegal use of food stamps or WIC program benefits, Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services.

Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 5643 McCormick Trail, Miami Township, $120,222. James Scott, Blanchester, alter, 6908 Johnson Road, Wayne Township.

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Alma D. Miller, 86, of Owensville died Feb. 8. Survived by son, Nick Miller; daughters, Rose Marie Miller and Diane (W. Kenneth) Zuk; brother, Joseph (Fran) Dawson; grandchildren, Daniel Zuk and Amanda (Adam) Kuhn; great-grandson, Liam Kuhn; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, John P. Miller; sisters, Mary Bosrock, Zora Kusko, Martha Mackinaw, Ann Del Vecchio, Theresa Dawson and Catherine Lococo; and brothers,

Paul, George and Robert Dawson. Services were Feb. 11 at St. Louis Church. Memorials to: St. Louis Church, 250 N. Broadway St., Owensville, OH 45160.

1019 Canterbury Lane, Christine Thompson to Michael & Peggy Mohler, 0.1316 acre, $109,000. 2337 Ohio 28, Curtis Lester, et al. to Phyllis Redmon, 1.0330 acre, $63,400. Lots 9-23 Peggy Drive, William & Amy Fiedler to Cynthia & Frederick Mason II, $72,000.





February 16, 2011






Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Florence! By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies, Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If they are rare enough one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime an 1894S Barber sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold. says Helms, even Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains: all half dollars, quarter and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said.

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, HalfDollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherented you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at


Here’s How It Works:








DIRECTIONS: (859) 371-4400 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767

All denominations made before 1934.



Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.

Recent Finds:


Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.



1893 Morgan PAID $1,800


Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.

1916 Mercury DIme


PAID $2,800


1932 Washington Quarter

Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc. Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling. CE-0000447463


PAID $250

1849 Gold Dollar PAID $8,500

1803 $10 Gold PAID $14,000


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