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‘Bye Bye Birdie’ The Milford High School drama department’s spring production will be “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 25, March 1, March 2 and March 3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 3 at the Milford High School auditorium, 1 Eagles Way. Full story, A4

Adam Malofsky, left, president and CEO of Bioformix, Inc., sits with Ohio Gov. John Kasich Feb. 14 at the announcement of the opening of Bioformix's headquarters and research center in Miami Township. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Pattison to present ‘Joust’


Sixth-grade students at Pattison Elementary School will present “Joust,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the school, 5330 S. Milford Road. The musical is based on King Arthur’s Court. Full story, A4

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MIAMI TWP. — A company specializing in the development of high-performance polymers is moving operations to Miami Township. Bioformix, Inc. will employ about 25 people initially at its corporate headquarters and research center at 422 Wards Corner Road. The company has committed to create 43 new jobs during the next three years. “This is really great news,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich Feb. 14 at an event to announce the business relocation. “It’s highpaying jobs.” Adam Malofsky, president and CEO of Bioformix, said the company plans to move about 10 employees from facilities in Connecticut to Miami Township by May or June. The rest of the jobs will be new hires, he said. “We picked Ohio because Ohio is much more business friendly than Connecticut,” Malofsky said. He said the company will maintain a smaller presence in Connecticut, but will conduct most of its operations in Miami Township. “Ohio is the place to be,” Malofsky said. He said the new location near

Interstate 275 was picked because it was near a major highway and because Miami Township has no income tax. Malofsky said there is about 24,000 square feet of space at the new facility, with an option to expand. The company specializes in the development of plastic products that save energy in manufacturing, he said. Malofsky said Bioformix does not do any manufacturing itself, just research and development. “Companies like this are giving us a snapshot into the future,” Kasich said. “I can’t see anything but rainbows and blue skies ahead when it comes to companies like this.” Adele Evans, a development specialist with the Clermont County Department of Community Planning and Development, said Ohio awarded Bioformix an eight-year state tax credit equal to 50 percent of state income taxes withheld on new employees. Evans said Clermont County itself did not award any tax breaks to the company. “However, we did assist them in applying for a grant from the Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation,” she said. A $33,333 grant from the foundation will be used to purchase high-end research equipment, she said.

Miami Twp. to limit polo matches By John Seney

MIAMI TWP. — The trustees would welcome a few exhibition polo matches at Miami Meadows Park, but are not willing to turn the park over for a full schedule of matches and practices. Administrator Larry Fronk Feb. 13 told the trustees a representatives of the Cincinnati Polo Club approached him about using the park. An exhibition match by the club was held in 2010 and was well-attended, Fronk said. Polo club organizers cleaned up the field afterwards, he said. Some additional matches were scheduled for 2011 but were canceled because of wet weather and bad field conditions, Fronk said. The new proposal involves 10

Nearly 1,000 spectators attended a polo match in 2010 at Miami Township's Miami Meadows Park. PROVIDED matches in 2012, two a month June through October. The polo club also asked to use the field for practices one or two times a week. Fronk proposed a fee of $150

for each polo match. Service Director Mike Mantel said because of the weather, the fields at the park often are not mowed until July, which could prevent use of the field in June.

Solicitor John Korfhagen questioned how much damage the matches could do to the fields, compared to regular recreational use. “A 700-pound horse is more damaging than a 60-pound kid,” Korfhagen said. “I don’t know if the field could support a full schedule,” Trustee Karl Schultz said. “A once-a-month exhibition I’m willing to do - weather permitting - but no earlier than July,” Schultz said. Trustee Mary Makley Wolff said the fields should not be available for practices. “I’m not keen on an ongoing relationship,” she said. Fronk said he would get back with polo club officials with a proposal to use the park for once-amonth exhibition matches beginning in July, with no practices.


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Incumbent White challenged by Faris for prosecutor’s seat BIO INFO: D. VINCENT FARIS » Age: 56 » Community: Batavia Township » Education: B.A. University of Kentucky 1976, J.D. University of Toledo 1980 » Job: Attorney » Political experience: FirstFaris time candidate for any public office. » Community/civic experience: I have been actively involved in coaching dozens of youth basketball, baseball and soccer teams. Previous president of the Batavia Community Recreation League and the Clermont-Brown Youth Basketball Association. Past MRDD board member. Batavia High School mock trial legal advisor. » Contact information: Call 732-6871 or 8356271. Email DON WHITE » Age: 65 » Community: Union Township » Education: University of Cincinnati, B.B.A. (1969) – Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D. (1973); Admitted to Ohio Bar (1973); Admitted to White Supreme Court of United States (1979) » Job: Clermont County prosecutor » Political experience: Elected prosecutor in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 » Community/civic experience: Cancer Society President (1979-1980), Girls S/E Soccer – Coach (1975-1982), Milford Knothole Baseball – Coach (1977-1985), Boys SAY Soccer – Coach (1982-1989), St. Andrews Education Commission (1985-1991), President (1988-1991), Archdiocese Cincinnati Education Commission (1988-1991), UC Clermont Advisory Committee (1993-2001), Clermont County Boys/Girls Club Board (20012012) » Contact information: Call 732-1420 or email

CLERMONT CO. — Attorney Vincent Faris is challenging incumbent Don White for the Clermont County prosecutor’s seat in the March 6 election. The Clermont County prosecutor’s office is comprised of the Criminal Division - both Municipal and Common Pleas - the Civil Division, the Appellate Division, and the Juvenile Court Division. The Community Press asked the candidates three questions: Q: Will you be a full-time or part-time prosecutor and why? Faris: Full-time. Reality dictates that a part-time prosecutor cannot be as responsive, have a courtroom presence or offer the same service as a fulltime prosecutor. Outside employment is time-consuming and creates ethical conflicts with the prosecutor’s statutory duties. A full-time prosecutor is also a cost-effective alternative for the county. White: My opponent is a part-time public defender working one or two hours per week. If that is your definition of part time, the answer is no. I will be available to the public and my statutory clients 24/7. The salary may not be full time, but my commitment certainly is. Q: Describe your trial experience and why that is important for a prosecutor. Faris: I have extensive jury trial and criminal and civil trial experience, including obtaining convictions on murder, child sex offenses, major drug cases, and other serious felony charges. Trial experience is important so the prosecutor can personally handle cases in the courtroom and effectively guide staff, as needed.

White: I have over 140 jury verdicts. Since my first election, I have tried 65 juries, including the only capital murder case tried by an elected prosecutor in 50 years. My opponent, during that period, has tried only one jury. I can recognize the qualities of assistant prosecutors and train them. Q: What other qualifications/experience make you the best candidate for this office? Faris: My extensive legal background, small business experience, long-term community involvement, budgetconscious approach, and fulltime commitment make me the best candidate for the office of prosecutor. The Clermont County Republican Party and the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Valley Lodge 112, have recognized this by endorsing my candidacy. White: Having management experience in the private sector at UPS and my private law practice has enabled me to manage the multi-faceted divisions and responsibilities of the prosecutor’s office. No elected official in Clermont County has more experience in running a county office, under budget, than I do.

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Milford High School students rehearse a scene for a production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Milford students to perform ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ By John Seney

MILFORD-MIAMI TWP. — The Milford High School drama department’s spring production will be “Bye Bye Birdie.” Valerie Perez, the assistant drama director, said auditions for the musical were held just before Thanksgiving and rehearsals began just after Thanksgiving. About 50 students are involved in the production, including cast and crew, she

said. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 25, March 1, March 2 and March 3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 3 at the Milford High School auditorium, 1 Eagles Way. Admission is $5 with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the drama department’s web site -

Milford High School students rehearse Feb. 16 for the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." From left are Luke Ohnmeis, Emily Tortorella and Spence Pachta. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Emily Tortorella rehearses a scene from the Milford High School musical production of "Bye Bye Birdie." JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Milford High School student Monica Medevec rehearses a scene for the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Milford High School students rehearse a dance scene Feb. 16 for a production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Students raise funds for new wheelchair By Lisa J. Mauch

GOSHEN TWP. — At the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar last fall, students were encouraged to give back to their community and make a difference, said Shane Davis, a senior at Goshen High School. When the Goshen contingent of students put their heads together to figure out what they could do, one name came up – Austin Jackson. A junior at Goshen, Jackson has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is an inherited disorder that involves rapidly worsening muscle weakness and requires Jackson to use a wheelchair to get around. “They’ve known Austin all their lives and that’s where they wanted to put their efforts,” said Principal Nancy Spears. The students approached her about holding fundraisers to raise money for Jackson to get new wheelchair. He’s had his current one since he was a fifthgrader. Not only has he outgrown it, the chair is worn down and falling apart.

Goshen 11th-grader Austin Jackson has outgrown his old wheelchair, so his classmates are holding several events to raise money for him. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRES

“It’s running on a prayer right now. People have been generous to buy me replacement batteries or I wouldn’t be running right now,” said Jack-

son. “It’s been a good chair, it’s just old,” he said. Bev Price, the school district’s physical therapist, has been looking into wheelchairs for Jackson. Spears said she estimates the cost at $30,000 to $35,000. Spears said insurance won’t cover the cost and Medicaid turned Jackson down. So far, the students have raised around $3,000 with inschool events such as a T-shirt sale, a penny war and a choir concert, said Spears. The students also held pancake and spaghetti dinners to raise funds. The public is invited to a benefit play performance by the drama club of “Cinderella” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $2. “It (makes) me feel like people really do care with what’s going on with me. I feel like I’ve got a family here,” Jackson said. “I know Austin does a lot for kids and inspires us so we thought it was time to give back in some way.” said Davis. For more information call the school at 722-2227.


Sixth-grade students at Pattison Elementary School present a preview of their musical production "Joust," Feb. 16 during the Milford school board meeting. The musical, based on King Arthur's Court, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the school, 5330 S. Milford Road. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Saved his best season for his last By Tom Skeen

MILFORD — For Milford senior wrestler Will Dentino, this was it. There is no next season. Unfortunately for Dentino, it didn’t end the way he would have liked. He lost in the first round of the sectional tournament Feb. 17 to Patrick Campbell of Anderson, who is 23-2 this season and won the 145-pound division at the Lebanon sectional. In his second match, Dentino went up against Jake Conners of Elder and lost a close 3-0 decision. Conners ended up finishing third. So for Dentino, his two losses came against two of the three best wrestlers at the meet. Dentino was feeling confident before sectionals and knew it was his last opportunity.

“I feel pretty good (heading into sectionals),” the 145-pounder said. “It’s sectionals, it’s a big tournament and it’s my senior year. It’s my last year so I’ve got to do good or I’m done. It’s weird being my last year in all.” This season, Dentino had his best performance at the JVH Memorial tournament where he finished second, knocking off two wrestlers who were higher seeded than he was. At the Eagles’ host tournament - the Milford Invitational - Dentino finished fifth, losing to Anderson’s Tyler Faulkner, who finished fourth. At the final regular season meet - the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Championships - Dentino had a good showing with a third-place finish. Despite his loss at sectionals, this was his best season as an Ea-

Milford senior Will Dentino, left, is having his best season on the mat in his four years at Milford. Dentino finished third at the FAVC East Championships earlier this season. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS gle. “I’ve had a pretty good year,” Dentino said. “I am certainly try-

ing to do my best and I’ve had my best season so far. I definitely have improved.”

Dentino is a bit of an odd wrestler. He tries to surprise his opponents with a disguised attack. “I’ve had guys tell me I am the most unconventional wrestler they have faced,” Dentino said. “I guess being a little bit random is my biggest strength. Some guys figure it out eventually, but I try to keep it random on them if I can.” As he rounds out his career as an Eagle on the mat after spending four years on the varsity roster, the senior has enjoyed every minute of it and has cherished his four years at Milford. “The whole experience is pretty cool,” Dentino said. “It’s been a lot of fun. That is all you can really say since I have nothing to really compare it to. It’s been a heck of a lot of fun and a learning experience.”



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» Milford won its fourth straight with a 60-50 victory over Kings Feb. 14. Junior Brennan Ferrell led with 19 points. Milford knocked off Little Miami 55-30, Feb. 17. Senior Robert Overbeck and junior Brennan Farrell led with 14 points each. » Goshen lost to New Richmond 48-42, Feb.17. Austin Fischer led the Warriors with 24 points.



The following individuals advanced to the district tournament Feb. 24-25: Division II » Goshen – Anthony Carome (152), Chaz Gresham (182), Tanner Rahm (113), Billy Combs (126), Zane Ellis (195) » CNE – Chad Wendel (120), Zach Bixler (170)


Defending state champion Chaz Gresham from Goshen was named SBAAC American Division Player of the Year - his third PoY honor in four years at Goshen. He went on to defeat Western Brown’s Andy Wallace to claim the 182-pound title at the SBAC Tournament at Clermont Northeastern Feb. 11. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Clermont Northeastern’s Trent Barrett, top, grapples with New Richmond’s Kyle Weeks in the SBAC Wrestling Tournament at CNE Feb. 11. Barrett was defeated by Weeks, who went on to be champion of the 160-pound division. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Rocket hoopsters wrap regular season By Nick Dudukovich

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Milford resident Drew Hall should provide the McNicholas Rockets with offensive sparks as the squad enters postseason play. The senior averaged 19.3 points per game during the regular season, which was the second highest mark in the GCL. McNick begins the Division II sectional tournament against Hughes Feb. 24 at Mason High School. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. The squad finished the year with a10-10 overall record. McNick picked up its 10th win with a 67-56 victory over Anderson Feb. 18. The Lady Rockets’ season ended and with a 3832 loss to Wyoming during Division II sectional tournament play. The Rockets ended the year with a 7-14 record, and a 5-5 conference record, which earned the girls second place in the GGCL Central behind Badin. Sophomore guard Hannah Taylor led the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game. She scored a season high 21 points during the squad’s regular season finale against CHCA, Feb. 11. Senior Ali Miller also made a big impact this season while averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The following individuals qualifed for the state meet in Canton Feb. 22-25: Division I » Milford - Cade Williams, 50 freestyle; Alex Frank, 100 backstroke; Dave Matulis, 100 breaststroke; Beau Robinson, 100 butterfly; boys 200 free relay; boys 400 free relay; 200 medley relay; Kelsey Meranda, 50 freestyle, 100 free; Carolyn Storch, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Julia Prus, 100 breaststroke; girls 200 freestyle relay; girls 400 freestyle relay; 200 medley relay;

SIDELINES Senior baseball signups

McNick's Drew Hall, right, battles Anderson's Kevin Rogers for the ball during McNick’s 67-56 win Feb. 18. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Anderson Men's Senior Baseball League is accepting signups for the spring season for its 35-plus league, which began playing hardball in fall 2002. They will have registration from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3), 5240 Beechmont. There will be a practice and aregistration March 4 and March 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Anderson. The cost is $150 plus $55 for an MLB jersey and hat (for new players). Please call John Gruenberg at 2548221 or email for details. The website is anderson_msbl . There will also be signups 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. March 20 at BW3’s for the 18+ league, which will start its sixth year. This league has doubled in size and will continue to expand. The fall 35-plus league will have signups in early August.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR White always there

Twenty-two years ago my then husband, Michael Webb, killed our son while trying to kill our entire family by fire. My remaining son and I still have the scars from the burns we suffered. The emotional scars are even greater. Twentytwo years ago Don White was there for me and my family 24/7, by making sure Michael Webb got the death penalty. Today Don is still there. Last month Don appeared before the Ohio Parole Board to argue against commuting the death penalty. I know that Don spent over 100 hours in January preparing for the clemency hearing. Don argued with compassion, eloquence and fervor against victimizing me and my family again, 22 years later. The Ohio Parole Board listened to Don White and denied clemency 8 to 0. Please join my Clermont County family in voting to reelect Don White Clermont County prosecutor.

Susan Beck Wilmington, Ohio

White proven leader

Fiscal Responsibility. Limited Government. Free Markets. These are the principles of the Tea Party. Unfortunately, the leaders of the Clermont County Tea Party do not follow these basic tenets of the movement. Tea Party candidate Archie Wilson was recruited to run against conservative incumbent Scott Croswell in the 2010 election because Croswell offended the party chieftains by cutting government budgets. During 2011, Archie Wilson’s first year as commissioner, he increased budgets of other elected office holders and Clermont County spent more than it received in tax revenue necessitating the raiding of the “rainy day” fund to balance the budget. The elected officials who were most vocal in their support of Archie Wilson received the largest percentage increases. Archie Wilson did not represent “fiscal responsibility” and “limited government,” and now faces criminal charges as reported in the local media. The same group that brought us Archie Wilson wants to replace our county Prosecutor Don White. Why? Don White has done an outstanding job as Clermont County prosecutor for the last 23 years. The prosecutor’s office is too important to trust to another “experiment.” Stay with proven leadership and true conservative values. Vote for Don White.

James Cornes Batavia Township

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Why does Clermont County endorse in a primary? I believe that the Republican Central Committee misrepresents itself when it makes an endorsement. It makes the statement that the candidate who receives the majority of votes at its endorsement meeting is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Party. I believe its statement should be that this candidate is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Central Committee. In a primary election, it is the voting members of the Republican Party who name the endorsed candidate as the nominee to run against the Democratic candidate (if any) in the

general election in November. The leaders of the central committee are attempting to dictate their choice of candidates by the use of a sample ballot. It is obvious that they do not believe that individual Republicans are capable of making decisions regarding primary candidates without their input. With the recent scandal of the central committee endorsed commissioner, Archie Wilson, they have lost their right to tell us how to vote. How many Archie Wilsons are on this year’s sample ballot? Do not allow the central committee to dictate your candidate.

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I am encouraging you to endorse, as I am, David Uible on Tuesday, March 6, for Clermont County Clerk of Courts. David is a successful businessman with considerable experience in company acquisitions, restructuring and turn-a-round transactions. David has excellent technology skills, people-management abilities and financial expertise. David will bring fresh new ideas into the clerk’s office. David’s perspective and emphasis is to run the clerk’s office in a cost effective, efficient manner. This is how he runs his businesses. David’s commitment to technology, operational efficiencies and work flow will maximize the performance of the clerk’s office. The result will give the taxpayers of Clermont County the highest possible level of service while carefully managing resources.

Greg Crowell, President The Crowell Company

Elect Uible

It is so nice to see a nonpolitician run for office with a lot of business experience and a track record of turning business around. We need more officials like Dave Uible who is sincerely concerned about the people in Clermont County.

Lillian Ferrante Pierce Township

Correct inaccuracy

I feel compelled to correct a glaring inaccuracy contained in the FAQ sheet released by the Don White re-election committee. It says his opponent, Vince Faris, “ … has 27-plus years of part-time public service in PERS (public defender) working two to three hours per week … ” This leaves the impression that part-time public defenders work only a few hours per week. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mr. Faris has been employed by my office for nearly 23 years as a part-time public defender. In that capacity he works an average of 20 hours per week. The reality is that part-time public defenders are responsible for their own caseloads and must interview the client and any witnesses, obtain and evaluate the state’s discovery, prepare and file motions, conduct motion hearings, pursue plea negotiations, and where necessary, prepare and try the case to a judge or jury. In addition, they must stay current with the changes in the law and attend required seminars. My staff is highly respected and, as a result, the Clermont County Public Defender has been and continues to be recognized as one of the most effec-



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R. Daniel Hannon Clermont County Public Defender Batavia

White has my vote

As a registered Republican, I was very disheartened to watch the vendetta which my party waged against Scott Croswell. The same type of nasty, negative campaign is now being waged against Don White, our prosecutor. I guess it doesn’t pay to support someone the party elites don’t agree with. I admire Don White’s courage in supporting Scott, but even more the fortitude Don White showed by following the law in the Slaby case, even though the public backlash was unfairly vitriolic. We do not elect a prosecutor to do what is popular; we elect him or her to follow the law. With what is happening in the Clermont County Republican Party right now, it is no wonder the public is fed up with politicians of both parties. Don White’s opponent is endorsed by the same cast of characters that supported and endorsed Wilson against Croswell. Don White has the courage to fight the good fight. He has my vote.

Jan Holtsclaw Milford

White stands for justice

As a conservative voter in this county, I write to express my deep concerns about a local trend in Clermont County. A small group of people have usurped the Tea Party movement to promote its own individual goals and self-serving needs. The leadership of the local Clermont County Tea Party, which controls the Clermont County Republican Central Committee with the assistance of several elected office holders, are attempting to politicize the prosecutor’s office. The same group of individuals that brought us Archie Wilson are now trying to oust our prosecutor, Don White. An old adage is applicable to this situation: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame, on me. Please support Don White for re-election as the Clermont County prosecutor. Politics have no place in the pursuit of justice.

Allison Homan Union Township

Re-elect White

As a Clermont County resident, I am concerned with the fact that crime on the streets can affect my family. I am grateful for Don White, our prosecutor. He has made sure that the community is safe for my family. While he works hard

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to get criminals off of the streets, his opponent, a 21-year public defender tries to keep criminals out of jail. Over the past 15 years, I have seen Don consistently leading and supporting charitable causes in Clermont County. He is a person that truly cares about our community. I have never seen his opponent, or his name, at any charitable functions. On March 6, I am voting for a candidate that truly cares about our community and its safety. I am voting to re-elect Don White, Clermont County prosecutor.

Traci Hoskins Batavia

Tim Rudd must go

The Clermont County Republican Party is a disgrace. It’s their way or the highway, ethics be damned. The Archie Wilson scandal is only the tip of the iceberg. When Rudd and his band of insiders claim they had no idea what was going on, I don’t believe them for a second. The Erlanger police report to Sheriff Rodenberg about Wilson goes back to June 2011. And of course they were unaware of Wilson’s slanderous rumors about Prosecutor Don White and independent candidate for Commissioner Scott Croswell? Or Wilson’s back room lies about Roger Maham in the race for recorder, claiming the FBI was investigating him (one of Archie’s favorite tactics)? No, Rudd didn’t have a clue about that either. Mr. Rudd, do the honorable thing for once and resign. Until you do, I will not vote for any candidate endorsed by the Clermont County Republican Party and urge all readers to do the same. Maybe then we can clean out the cesspool in Batavia and return some integrity to Clermont County. John Joseph Goshen Township

Purtell for senate

Faith. Family. Freedom. Steve Purtell not only “talks the talks but walks the walks.” Vote for Steve Purtell, a Republican, for state senator on March 6 in the primary election.

Judith A. Kelch Union Township

Vote for Nichols

Vote for Scott Nichols for State Central Committeeman (14th District). While most of us were complaining about where the country was headed, Scott along with Ted Stevenot and Travis Hall organized the Clermont County Tea Party. Because of this and other Tea Parties across the USA, more people are holding government and politicians “accountable” for their actions. If past actions

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indicate what a person’s behavior will be in the future, Scott Nichols will be a man of action that supports the Constitution.

Judith A. Kelch Union Township

Support Faris

I am writing to express support for Vince Faris who is running for prosecuting attorney of Clermont County. I have been a practicing lawyer in Clermont County for over 31 years. I have been involved in many cases with Mr. Faris over the years, always as the opposing lawyer, in criminal cases when he was an assistant prosecuting attorney and in civil cases when he was the lawyer on the other side of the case. Although we disputed many issues, our disagreements were never personal. Mr. Faris was aggressive about his cases without being offensive. Throughout, he demonstrated honesty and hard work. Even more, he viewed the law as something to be applied fairly and equally to everyone. He would do the same as the prosecuting attorney. He would have no interest in using his office to reward his friends and punish his enemies. His interest would be the protection and welfare of the citizens of Clermont County.

Michael A. Kennedy Batavia

County needs Faris

This March I ask you to consider Vince Faris for Clermont County prosecutor. I have been fortunate enough to know Vince for the past 10 years, and have come to know him as a generous and humble man with formidable integrity. As the county prosecutor, I trust that Vince will uphold the values of our communities while ensuring our communities are safe. I got to know Vince after he volunteered to assist me in advising the mock trial teams at one of the county high schools. He has generously offered an inordinate amount of time and his expertise to each of my students. More importantly, however, beyond the teams’ successes Vince has always been more concerned about the success and well-being of the students. As prosecutor, I have no doubt he will put the community and its values first. Vince is not entrenched in the vitriolic political scene that has plagued the county recently. This county needs a fresh start with fresh perspective. Vince Faris is exactly what this county needs, a man of integrity, who is willing to exert the time and energy to make the county a better place to live.

Brian Lyons Batavia

Appreciate White

I support the re-election of our Clermont County Prosecutor Don White. I met Don last year when he gave me an American Flag that had been flown over the headquarters of the U.S. Troops in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2010. Don had purchased the flag at an auction for the benefit of Clermont Senior Services. Through research, he found out that my son, Spc. Gregory James Missman, was the first casualty from Clermont County in the Afghanistan See LETTERS, Page A7

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Wiedenbein is full-time clerk I have been your common pleas clerk of courts for the past seven years. My office has one of the most respected reputations in this county and beyond. We receive compliments daily on our efficiency and customer service. There have been many improvements and advances that were made during my term in office and I would encourage you to visit my website,, to read about my achievements, goals, community involvement etc. I would very much like to talk to you only about what I hope to accomplish in the next four years, but I unfortunately feel that I must address many things my opponent has stated during the course of this campaign. First, my opponent has claimed that he will enact e-filing and that my office is not automated. What he doesn’t realize is that e-filing has been extensively researched and will be enacted when the economy improves and the $800,000 approximate initial phase alone can be initiated without causing the county possible financial stress. I am more concerned

with protecting county employee jobs and I stand behind this decision. E-filing is a fantastic system when Barbara the timing is Wiedenbein COMMUNITY PRESS right. Secondly, I GUEST COLUMNIST am a fulltime clerk. My opponent talks of his businesses and working farm often. I have been a small business owner, my husband grew up on a farm, and in fact my husband farmed the land where we now shop at the Eastgate Mall. Owning a small business and a farm are full-time positions in themselves. I believe the citizens deserve a full-time clerk. Lastly, my opponent has openly stated that, “he just wants to get his name out there this time.” I cannot explain how insulting this comment is to the voters of this county. If you decide to run for public office you should believe that you can make a difference, represent the county well, and are qualified for the position you are running for. The common

pleas clerk of courts position should not be used as a “stepping stone.” I am saddened that someone would run for an elected position with such a disregard for the serious nature of the job. It has been my privilege to represent you during the past seven years. I am not a career politician. I am a 55year Clermont County resident, taxpayer and former small business owner who decided to run for public office because I felt I could make a difference. A change is not needed in this office based on the tremendous service we provide, outstanding reputation our office has earned, as well as the continuous improvements we have enacted and will continue to do so in a fiscally-responsible manner. I do not plan to run for other offices. I am dedicated to the clerk’s positions on a daily basis. If you have questions, I encourage you to call me 254-7101, or visit my website. I would greatly appreciate your vote on March 6. Your vote counts.

Barbara Wiedenbein is the Clermont County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts.

CH@TROOM Feb. 15 question Do you think Catholic health organizations should be permitted to opt out of Obama's health plan for birth control?

“If a Catholic organization requires its employees to be practicing Catholics, then the assumption is that that requirement covers their reproductive life (because Catholicism does), and so the organization can do as it feels is right. If employees are not required to be practicing Catholics, then those employees need the same health coverage as anyone else, and the organization should be held to the same standards as any employer. “Catholic organizations can either be inclusive or exclusive-they cannot have it both ways.” E.M.S. “This is yet another example of the Obama regime's welfare state. If people want some sort of birth control that's their business. Being paid for by taxpayers is insane. I don't see this as a religious issue, but rather a limp ploy for votes.” J.G. “I think President Obama should stop trying to run our sex lives and learn how to run the nation.” R.V.

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“Absolutely. In fact I'll take it a step further: President Obama and the federal government had no business interfering in this whole health issue – this is the private sector, and our government is not a dictatorship. In addition, forcing Catholics to pay for birth control and abortion is like forcing Muslims to eat pork.” Bill B. “Any institution that accepts any money, including tax breaks, from the federal government should be held to the same rules and regulations as all other entities. It should be the option of the individual employee if they wish to or not to follow the mandates of the bishops.” “For disclosure sake, I am a Catholic with 17-plus years of Catholic education behind me.” J.Z.

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War. I appreciate Don’s support of our veterans and the families of our heroes lost in the conflict of war. I also appreciate the work that Don White does to make us safe in Clermont County. Please join me and vote to re-elect Don White as the Clermont County prosecuting attorney.

Jim Missman Union Township

Uecker for state senator

I am writing to ask you to join me in voting for Joe Uecker for state senator in the 14th Senate District. We need his experience in Columbus. Joe Uecker has earned the respect of his peers through his hard work and strong family values. He works behind the scenes, doesn’t seek publicity, and works across the aisle to build consensus on tough issues. Joe Uecker’s experience is also needed because, due to term limits, at least two of the three state representatives elected in the 14th Senate District will have no legislative experience. The third has only two years experience. These three individuals work closely with the state senator on issues affecting the entire region. I know from personal experience that, when you need help in Columbus cutting through the bureaucratic red tape, you want someone who knows who to talk with at the right state agency to get help. Joe Uecker has those relationships and that experience. Make sure your voice is heard on the critical issues that will be debated in the legislature. Joe Uecker will be your voice and your advocate. Please join me in voting for Joe Uecker March 6.

Emily Niehaus New Richmond

Support Don White

Tim Rudd, chairman of the Republican Party in Clermont County, turned his back on conservative principles advocated by then Commissioner Scott Croswell in 2010, in favor of protecting the budgets of his office and his political allies. In response, Rudd engineered the Republican endorsement of Archie Wilson as county commissioner to replace Scott Croswell. Wilson’s alleged illegal actions have stained the reputation of Clermont County and embarrassed its citizens. Wilson

becoming commissioner is a direct result of political maneuvering by Tim Rudd. As if running Scott Croswell out of office did not cause enough harm to Clermont County, Rudd has now engineered the endorsement of another Republican candidate over Don White, Clermont County prosecutor. This is payback for White’s support of Croswell in the 2010 election. Don’t be fooled twice by Rudd, who is more concerned with protecting his political allies than the welfare of the citizens of Clermont County. Rudd is counting on Republican voters to simply check the box with (R) next to it instead of choosing the more deserving candidate. Please support Don White in the Republican primary for Clermont County prosecutor, and say no to the dirty politics of Tim Rudd and the Clermont County GOP.

Glen Olson Miami Township

Uible for clerk of courts

David Uible is running as a Republican in the March 6 primary election against the incumbent Common Pleas Clerk of Courts. I have witnessed David apply his fiscal and social conservatism and business experience on numerous economic development projects in the New Richmond area. I believe his energy level and ability to inject and follow though on new ideas makes him the perfect candidate to help move the Clermont County GOP away from the “old boy/girl network” and bring a responsible, insightful thought process to our county government.

Ray Perszyk New Richmond

No change needed

It appears to me that every few years we as a voting public become obsessed with the idea of change. We hear from the media, from candidates and in some cases change can be good, except when it is not. In the case of the common pleas clerk of courts election, I encourage you to cast your vote for a proven leader, respected in her field and dedicated to her job on a daily basis. Barb Wiedenbein has accomplished many things while in office and has plans for technology advances as well as increasing efficiency in her next term. Her office is respected by not only Clermont County, but neighboring counties as well.

Her excellent working relationship with local car and truck dealers and the organization of her title division has kept title fees in Clermont County. She was instrumental in the development of the Batavia “one stop” and if you have ever had to get a car or truck title you can appreciate the efficient standards her office has implemented. I could name numerous other examples as well. Barb Wiedenbein is the obvious choice on March 6; she is experienced, dedicated, and respected. No change needed here. Thank you.

Sue Risner Union Township

Faris is ethical

I worked for Don White as an assistant prosecutor for nine years. I wholeheartedly support Vince Faris for prosecutor. Vince Faris will be a full-time prosecutor. White is part-time. White is also a partner in the private law firm of Nichols, Speidel and Nichols. He employs all five of his partners as part-time prosecutors. They all receive a higher salary than some of the county’s full-time prosecutors. He and his partners take over $400,000 a year from the county for their parttime work. Part-time prosecutors seldom set foot in a courtroom to represent the county. As a prosecutor I saw Don White in a criminal courtroom only once. I saw him more often on his private civil matters. Vince Faris will give up his private practice. Don White won’t. Vince Faris has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police. Even the police don’t support Don White. Vince Faris is one of the most talented and ethical attorneys I know. I believe Vince will put an end to the cronyism and bias that exists now. A vote for Vince Faris is a vote to bring justice to Clermont County. Carol Rowe Sharonville

Know the facts

In answer to a question regarding two clerks in Clermont County asked by this paper, Mr. Uible stated “it should be noted that the largest counties in Ohio (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery) each have one elected clerk of court.” A minimal amount of research shows this to be totally false. Each county has an elected common pleas clerk per Ohio

law. In addition, municipal courts are served by elected or appointed clerks generally determined by size. The general rule is if a municipal court jurisdiction serves more than 100,000 in population then the municipal clerk is to be elected. The total municipal clerks, besides the elected common pleas clerk mandated for each county, for the counties named by Mr. Uible are: Franklin has one countywide elected municipal clerk like Clermont; Montgomery has two municipal clerks - one elected, one appointed; Summit is served by three elected municipal clerks; Cuyahoga has 13 municipal clerks, four elected and nine appointed. Only Hamilton County is served by one elected clerk, which is one of two exceptions to Ohio Law. It is helpful to know the facts surrounding a debate before entering one. This paper did an excellent article in 2009 regarding costs. Tim Rudd Clerk of the Clermont County Municipal Court Batavia

Faris is dedicated

This letter is in support of Vince Faris for Clermont County prosecutor. I have known Vince for 20 years and during that time he has always demonstrated integrity, honesty, dedication and values which we should all strive to attain. He is a dedicated family man who has put them ahead of career goals. I first met Vince when our children played sports together in Batavia. During that time he volunteered to coach numerous teams and I saw the care, generosity and concern for not only the young people on his team, but for everyone involved in the activity. Mr. Faris waited to run for office until he was able to make a full-time commitment to a full-time job. As I have grown to know him, he has never demonstrated less than total commitment to improving the community. Vince is a person one would love to have as a neighbor because of his willingness to help others. It would be difficult to find another person who has the attributes and abilities that exceed those of Mr. Faris. I enthusiastically support Vince for the office of Clermont County prosecutor and ask that you vote for him in the primary election.

Ed Stewart Batavia

Uible is efficient

The real issue is not how many clerks each county in Ohio has, but how many elected clerks Clermont County needs to get the job done in the most cost effective and operationallyefficient way possible to fulfill the duties as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. Government offices in general, at the county, state and national level seem to have grown unchecked over the last decade or more. In these new economic times all elected officials owe it to the taxpayer to evaluate every opportunity to do more with less. This is what I do for a living at Uible Management Group, cut waste and streamline operations, and this is where I will start when elected the next clerk of court of common pleas on March 6. Please don’t forget about your right to vote.

David Uible New Richmond

Faris for prosecutor

Throughout the course of his campaign, Mr. Faris has demonstrated integrity and character. He has never spoken ill about his opponent or spread untruths to members of the community. He has focused on his position and the contribution he hopes to make as prosecutor. Sure, he has had to defend himself and refute misstatements by the opposition, but he has conducted his campaign with poise and class without sacrificing his morals for a chance at victory. Mr. Faris has received the Republican Party and the FOP endorsements, both of which speak volumes for his campaign. Sheriffs and police officers have worked closely with Mr. White for over 20 years. The fact that they endorsed Mr. Faris over Mr. White is evidence that they, like myself, believe it is time for a change. Clermont County deserves a full-time prosecutor. Mr. White has stated that while he is only a part-time prosecutor, he would be available to Clermont County 24/7. However, this doesn’t make sense since he also works full-time in his private practice and serves as magistrate for Springdale and Mariemont in Hamilton County. Give Clermont County the prosecutor it deserves. Elect Vince Faris.

Linda Volkerding Batavia


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White seeks re-election as county prosecutor I first ran for prosecutor as an unendorsed candidate in the 1988 Republican primary. I ran on a platform of restoring efficiency and effectiveness to the prosecutor’s office. I emphasized that I intended to do this while maintaining the allowable “prosecutor with a private practice” status. I made it clear that I would hire the best available attorneys and keep them. I promised the best possible representation to the citizens of Clermont Don White County. I won that COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST first election in 1988, and my record since that time speaks for itself. I have kept those initial campaign promises throughout 23 years of service. My staff has been professional, effective and award-winning. It has included attorneys considered among the best in Ohio. Under my leadership, the office is now among the most technologically advanced and efficient in the state. I have run the office under budget every year since being elected, while handling a steadily increasing caseload. The diversion programs I created are used as models throughout the state. My peers elected me president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and I was presented with their Leadership Award in 2006. It is because of this record of achievement that I have received the endorsement of the Republican Party for the past 23 years. I am currently endorsed by Cincinnati Right to Live and The Citizens for Community Values. My opponent in the Republican primary on March 6 is running on the express platform that Clermont County needs a prosecutor with a full-time salary. He maintains that in exchange for that full-time salary he will spend his days in the courtroom trying cases, even though he has spent the last 21 years avoiding jury trials while I was personally trying over 60. He concedes that he would be honored to work with my current staff. He has not indicated which of these fine attorneys he would fire so that he could take their place in the courtroom. He recognizes that after making minimal contributions to the Ohio Public Employee’s Retirement System, as a part time public defender, he could work three years as a full-time prosecutor and quadruple his retirement benefits, experiencing nearly a $1 million windfall. My opponent is endorsed by the same Republicans and organizations that supported and endorsed Archie Wilson. Why am I not endorsed by the people who endorsed me for 23 years? Quite simply, because I refused to endorse Archie Wilson for commissioner in 2010. I believed at the time that Archie Wilson would be an embarrassment to Clermont County. The central committee and its leaders promised to make me pay for that political choice. Only you can determine who exercised better judgment in making that decision. During the 2010 election cycle, Archie Wilson maintained that all he had was his integrity. My opponent recently commented that the Republican Central Committee endorsed him because they believe in his personal integrity. Can the voters of Clermont County afford to swallow that endorsement a second time?

Don White is the Clermont County prosecutor. He lives in Union Township.

Presidential rankings interesting Since 1948, when James Schlesinger released his first list, ranking the presidents has become something of a parlor game. They have been ranked by scholars and the public, liberals and conservatives, and by precise mathematical calculations and gut instinct. President John Kennedy wasn't impressed, saying: “No one has a right to grade a President … ” because only someone who has “sat in his chair” can do so. Among scholars, George Washington - the “Founder,” Abraham Lincoln - the “Savior,” and Franklin Roosevelt, who brought us through the Depression and World War II, have consistently been declared “great.” James Buchanan, Warren Harding and Andrew Johnson generally have been seen as “failures.” With the public, the rankings have been more volatile. A 2000 Gallup poll showed that Americans thought Kennedy, Lincoln, FDR, Ronald Reagan and Washington were the five greatest. Eleven years later, Gallup released a shuffled ranking: Reagan,

Lincoln, Bill Clinton, Kennedy and Washington. FDR fell to sixth. Kennedy always has Gary Knepp been held in COMMUNITY PRESS high esteem GUEST COLUMNIST by the public. Political scientist James Piffner explained Kennedy's appeal: “He became a martyred hero whose soaring rhetoric inspired many in the United States and abroad.” The professionals haven't been as kind. The Federalist Society surveyed 78 historians, political scientists and attorneys. They placed him 18th, just below his disgraced successor, Lyndon Johnson - barely in the “above average” category. In the same survey, 43 of those polled found him to be the most “overrated.” One criticized him for having “brought the Cold War to dangerous heights.” Dwight Eisenhower's ranking illustrates one of the major variables of the game: The

“A 2000 Gallup poll showed that Americans thought Kennedy, Lincoln, FDR, Ronald Reagan and Washington were the five greatest.” passage of time. Although Ike's approval ratings while president were often near 70 percent, contemporary professionals ranked him only in the “20s.” They saw him as a lackluster, unengaged, golfplaying-place-holder. Now he is universally ranked in the top 10 as a “near great.” Why the change? Fifty years have passed. Ike can now be seen within the stream of history in comparison with his successors. The Federalist Society survey ranks him as the third most “underrated.” Alvin Felzenberg gave Ike high marks for “competence,” noting his successes in start-

ing the Interstate Highway System and the space program. Piffner lauds his deliberate, open decision-making style for keeping us out of Vietnam after the fall of Dienbierphu in 1954, a war Eisenhower predicted “would absorb our troops by the division.” Fred Greenstein, after examining Ike's personal papers, found that he was far more engaged and effective in exercising power than previously thought, especially in bringing down Senator Joseph McCarthy. He called Eisenhower's tenure the “Hidden Hand Presidency.” Ranking our presidents is fun and interesting, but may be of limited value. The true value, Piffner writes, is in asking the questions, i.e. How important is character, vision and competence? What kinds of experiences prepare a person to be president? Perhaps this is an exercise we should all do as we focus on the 2012 presidential election.

Gary Knepp is an attorney who lives in Milford. He teaches the American Presidency Class at UC Clermont College.

2011 was successful for legislature

I am pleased to say 2011 was a successful year for job creation in the state of Ohio. There is still much work to be done, but Ohio is headed in the right direction. From balancing an billion budget to reducing taxes for Ohioans, the 129th General Assembly enacted historic legislation. One of the most important legislative accomplishments of the year was established with House Bill 1, which created the framework for JobsOhio. JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to lead Ohio’s job-creation efforts by attracting and retaining jobs, specifically emphasizing strategic industry sectors in areas of statewide and regional strength. JobsOhio has been instrumental in enabling Ohio to be more competitive in its economic development efforts. An important aspect of creating jobs is ensuring that businesses are equipped for growth. InvestOhio is a tax incentive that was included in the budget this year to spur small business investment by linking small businesses with the money

needed to grow and create jobs. The goal is to generate at least $1 billion in new private investment by Danny Bubp 2013 and lead COMMUNITY PRESS to 30,000 new GUEST COLUMNIST jobs. This program should see increased investment in small businesses, which will boost the number of jobs available and strengthen Ohio’s economy. Aside from the significant legislative feats in job creation, there are a few pieces of legislation that I am particularly proud to have had a hand in developing. This past year I sponsored House Bills 45, 79, and 162. HB 45 expands the locations in which a concealed carry licensee may legally enter while carrying a handgun, including restaurants that serve alcohol. At the same time, it prohibits licensees from being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while in possession of a

“We have passed an unprecedented amount of legislation in the hopes of creating a thriving environment for Ohioans .”

concealed handgun. H.B. 45 offers greater freedom to concealed carry licensees while preserving the safety of the public at large. I also sponsored H.B. 79, which prohibits a qualified health plan from providing coverage for an abortion unless the life of the mother is at risk. The bill's purpose is to affirmatively opt Ohio out of a provision of the federal healthcare reform law that would allow a qualified health plan covering abortions to participate in Ohio's health benefit exchange. Finally, H.B. 162 provides, under defined conditions, opportunities for veterans to

re-enter the workforce with a smooth transition. Some of these opportunities include the removal of the residency requirement for civil service exams, the renewal of expired licenses or certificates without penalty costs, and receiving education and training to qualify for them. This is an important legislative step in ensuring that Ohio’s veterans are not disadvantaged in the job market because of their service to the nation. It has been a successful year in the legislature. We have passed an unprecedented amount of legislation in the hopes of creating a thriving environment for Ohioans in which to live and conduct business. Serving in the legislature this year has been a privilege. I look forward to what can be accomplished in 2012 to further improve the great state of Ohio.

Rep. Danny Bubp may be reached by calling (614) 644-6034, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Danny Bubp, 77 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Don’t distort public debate on Wilson Mad, sad, depressed, disgusted – if those describe your reaction to the disclosure of the alleged crimes committed by former commissioner Archie Wilson, well join the club. Mad at how someone abused the trust placed in him. Sad for the tragedy forced upon his family. Depressed, well that goes along with the first two. I am personally disgusted with both the details of the crime and with some who approach this tragedy with gleefulness in order to exploit it for their own political gain. Former Commissioner Wilson was endorsed for election over incumbent Scott Croswell in 2010 based upon the issue of economic development and the proper role of county government. In 2006, Croswell voted to expend approximately $8.2 million of general fund money, over 15 percent of county normal operating funds and over 37 percent of the beginning fund balance to intervene in the private market for economic development without any voter in-

put. Such expenditure reminded many of President Obama’s failed economic stimuTim Rudd lus of picking COMMUNITY PRESS winners and GUEST COLUMNIST losers. After the endorsement, Croswell bolted the party while making false personal allegations and subsequently filed to run as an independent in the 2010 general election. Croswell would even get reprimanded by Gov. Kasich for using a picture of Kasich on campaign literature without permission. Wilson, who was serving his third term Batavia Township trustee, promised to bring fiscal conservatism to the board of commissioners. Wilson openly admitted to being a recovering alcoholic who at times could lose his temper. Hardly the current alleged crimes of trafficking and soliciting. Before the endorsement I spoke with people who

“Before the endorsement, I spoke with people who worked with Wilson... I received overwhelmingly positive reviews.” worked with Wilson at Batavia Township, business leaders, and other acquaintances. I received overwhelmingly positive reviews. I am sure that all were subsequently shocked by the current events. The only way to have known about former commissioner Wilson perverted proclivities would have been to have followed him 24 hours a day. To suggest that the Republican Party, its leadership, and the voters of Clermont County would put someone in office openly knowing that he participated in the activities alleged to have been committed by Wilson is sheer lunacy. I ask you who would risk their own good name and rep-

utation over what gain? As much as the alleged crimes of former commissioner Wilson disgust and sicken me so does the fact that some are trying to exploit this tragedy for their own political reasons. Some have even tried to question the timing of a properly handled investigation in order to sow confusion. Why try to sow all the confusion and mistrust. Easy, we are in primary season and the timing of this tragedy could not have been better for anyone to exploit in order to raise doubts about the party and their endorsed candidates. We endorse based on issues. When you can’t argue the issues you use personal attacks, distortions, half truths and lies. Sounds like the tactics of a former commissioner and prominent criminal defense attorney currently attempting to distort the primary debate. Pray for the family. Tim Rudd is chairman of the Clermont County Republican Party.





Clermont County seeks more foster parents By John Seney

CLERMONT CO. — More Cler-

mont County residents are needed to become foster and adoptive parents for abused or neglected children. “There are entirely too many children being sent out of the county,” said Tim Dick, deputy director of the county’s Children’s Protective Services division. “We don’t have enough homes in Clermont County.” Dick said the agency has placed about 160 children with foster care agencies outside of Clermont County. Some of the children are being sent as far away as Cleveland. “Sending them all over the state has an obvious impact on the children,” Dick said. “It makes it more difficult for the children to adapt to a new location.” When the agency has to remove a child from his parents’ custody, the first option is to find a relative or family friend willing to take in the child. “The second choice is to look within the homes we have licensed,” Dick said. There are about 85 foster



homes the agency has licensed, most of them in Clermont County, with a few in nearby counties. The third option is to place the child with one of the more than 20 foster care agencies throughout the state the county has contracted with. “That’s when a child is more likely to be placed outside of Clermont County,”

Dick said. A typical child only has about a one in six chance of finding a home in Clermont County, he said. “I would like to keep children within their own community,” Dick said. In order to increase the chances of a child staying in Clermont County, the agency has launched a new initiative for 2012 called “Foster a Future.” Dick said the initiative involves using recruiters to inform and educate the public about fos-

Clermont video captures memories of the 1937 flood The flood of 1937 has left a lasting imprint on Clermont County; it was the worst natural disaster to ever strike this area. For 10 days, the Ohio River rose, spilling out of its banks and washing away entire communities. The flood claimed 385 lives in river communities from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois. “We saw the water coming up and my husband and I packed up our household items and put them in the back of our Model-T pickup truck to take them to the second floor of a friend’s house on higher ground,” said Margaret Fulton, who was 24 years old, newly married, and living in New Richmond in 1937. “We moved in with my in-laws, but soon the water started coming up and we had to move again.” She is one of those interviewed by the Clermont County Office of Public Information for a video on the local impact of the flood. The video is airing on local cable television access channels and is available at “The flood of 1937 was our Katrina,” said Edna Burns with the Historic New Richmond organization. “People were scrambling just to survive and many lost everything. Many businesses closed because of the flood and never returned.” Historian Rick Crawford said New Richmond fared better than many river towns. “We had so many vibrant communities along the Clermont riverfront in 1937 prior to the flood,

Edna Burns with Historic New Richmond looks at 1937 flood pictures. THANKS TO KATHY LEHR. communities like Palestine, Clermontville, Rural, Smith’s Landing and Utopia. They were just about wiped away due to the flood,” he said. “Also, keep in mind this flood happened in the middle of the Great Depression, when families were already struggling to survive. The devastation was everywhere.” “I remember riding in a john boat with some of my family and going down streets in New Richmond that we used to travel in by car,” reflected the 99-year-old Fulton, who eventually returned to New Richmond to start over, with her family and friends. Even though reservoirs such as East Fork State Park was built to hold river water back, could a flood like that ever happen again? “History has taught us never to say never,” said Crawford. Submitted by Kathy Lehr

ter parenting. “We want to give people more information and answer their questions,” he said. Robert Farrell, one of the recruiters, said the initiative involves reaching out in the community by hosting events at churches, civic groups and other public gatherings. “We’re recognizing the need to get more aggressive in getting the information out,” Farrell said. Part of the process is convincing people they would make good foster parents, he said. “People who thought they weren’t good candidates find out they are,” Farrell said. “We answer questions and provide information on what steps are involved,” said Cindy Huxel, another recruiter. “There are a lot of people who may have thought about it, but don’t know where to start,” Huxel said. Dick said a prospective foster parent must take 36 hours of classes and go through a background check and home study. Foster parents are paid, Dick said, “to make it financially feasible to support the child.” He said foster parents can be

FOR MORE INFO For more information about Clermont County foster care or adoption, visit the website or call 732-7765.

single or divorced. They must be 21 years old. One of the biggest misconceptions, Dick said, is that foster parents do not have any choice about the child that is placed with them.Foster parents can choose the age and gender of the child and what medical conditions they can handle, he said. “We do not want to place a child in somebody’s home they don’t feel capable of providing for,” Dick said. “We want to know what the foster parent’s comfort level is.” Dick said children in need of new homes are removed from their parents’ custody for several reasons: » Physical abuse of the child. » Exposure to domestic violence in the home. » Neglect of the child. » Drug use in the home. “In 2011, 70 percent of the

cases were related to drugs,” Dick said. To remove a child from his parents, the agency must obtain a court order by proving the parent is unable to take care of the child, Dick said. “We have to prove our case in court,” he said. The agency also works with people who want to adopt a child. “A child is not available for adoption until the court gives us permanent custody,” Dick said. The first priority is to work toward the child’s unification with his family, he said. “After a certain period of time, the court can give us permission to place a child for adoption,” Dick said. Most children are adopted by the foster family that is caring for them, he said. “We also are looking for parents who only want to foster or only want to adopt,” Dick said. There is no cost to adopt through Clermont County Children’s Protective Services, he said. “We welcome single people and couples in southwest Ohio to consider becoming a Clermont County foster care provider or an adoptive parent,” Dick said.

‘Macy’s Arts Sampler’ Feb. 25 By Matt Schlagheck

The Macy’s Art Sampler will be coming to UC Clermont College campus Feb. 25 to present free public art events throughout the day. The event celebrates the arts through “hands-on” programs that include face painting, jewelry designing and quilt making. UC Clermont’s Director of College Relations Mae Hanna said the university has been hosting the program for 15 years. “The college has participated in this on a yearly basis because we feel it fits perfectly with our mission to be a center for community activity and a center for the arts,” Hanna said. Nearly 400 Clermont County residents participated in the event last year and the college is expecting the same amount this year, said Hanna. “Adults, families and children can all participate in this event and that is what makes it so fun,” she said. “It is a great way to beat the winter blues.” UC Clermont’s Program Manager Nikki Vargas said several professors and volunteers from the university would be leading presentations and “hands-on” events. Professors Kim Taylor and Kelly Frigard will be presenting various techniques to help residents create their own “modern masterpiece,” said Vargas. “We gear our activities to be family friendly, but our professors and volunteers get everybody involved including students, adults and whoever else chooses to come,” she said.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES » 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., theatre performance, Peters-Jones Building, Krueger Auditorium. “The Ugly Duckling” presented by ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Recommended for ages 5-10. » 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., craft corner, Peters-Jones Building, student lounge balcony. » 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Art Treasure Hunt, Snyder Building, hallway across from art gallery. Search the campus for famous art reproductions. Read the clues and find the solution within the art work. Add up the clues to solve the puzzle, leading to the Art Treasure Chest and a special prize. » 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Esme Kenney Memorial Quilt Show, Snyder Building, Art Gallery, Room S140. This exhibit is dedicated to Esme Kenney to bring awareness to violence against women. » 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., face painting, Snyder Building, Art Gallery, Room S140. » 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Color Explosion, Snyder Building, Art

The event will take place throughout the university’s campus, highlighting the campus as well as the college’s outreach program, Hanna said. “A lot of this event is just giving back to the community that has been so welcoming to us,” Hanna said. “But also this event gives parents and their children a chance to see how large and beautiful this campus is, and it

Lab, Room S153. Explore an abstract style of painting called Color Field painting. All members of the family can try their hand at this workshop. » Noon to 1 p.m., Fun with Beads, Snyder Building, Room S143. Join UC Clermont Associate Professor Kelly Frigard to learn how to make necklaces with beads for girls and boys. » 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., theatre performance, Peters-Jones Building, Krueger Auditorium. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. What happens when feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples? Comical adventures, mistaken identities, and a silly play-within-a-play. The cast of William Shakespeare’s comedy is on tour joined by Nick Bottom and the Mechanicals as they hilariously attempt to rehearse and perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. In this whimsical forest, a happy ending is guaranteed for both sprites and mortals alike. Recommended for ages 10 to adult.

is all in their backyard.” “We are so happy to host this event because it facilitates artistic development, but also gives the community a chance to see what we stand for and what we offer,” Vargas said. “It is a win-win for everybody.” The activities will begin Saturday Feb. 25, 10 a.m., at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 23 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Lectures Liberal Media: True or False?, 7-8:30 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Examination of the way media covers the stories that shape our national perception and drive public policy. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 250-4116; Symmes Township.

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

Nature Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Story time followed by short activity. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

or carryout. $7. Presented by Victor Stier American Legion Auxiliary. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 896 Oakland Road, 683-7903; Loveland.

Music - Oldies A Tribute to Elvis with Jim Jones, 7-9 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., Free. 2271893. New Richmond.

Music - Religious Coming Together in Spirit and Song, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Journey of discovering, integrating and refining both the voice and self-expression. Ages 18 and up. $65, includes lunch. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

SATURDAY, FEB. 25 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 9:30-11 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. Free. 752-8539; Anderson Township.



Family Night: Free Dog Park, 6-9:30 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. All dogs welcome. Dog owners required to bring proof of dog’s vaccinations. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

Sacred, Herbal and Healing Beers, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Learn to brew your own “green” beer using herbs and other natural materials while exploring history of brewing and it’s sacred role in various cultures. With Christopher Smyth, brewer. Irish herbal beer for St. Patrick’s Day and seasonal ginger beer. $35. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland. Writing for the Love of It: A Workshop for Girls who Love to Write, 1:30-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Writing workshop to encourage young girls’ passion for writing and help challenge and inspire them to write their hearts out. Exploring variety of writing genres, writing time with prompts offered and option of free writing. Girls ages 12-17. $25. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Recreation Hikes for Scouts, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Hour-long hikes begin at Sugar House. $50 up to 12 Scouts, one free chaperone. $100 13-20 Scouts, two free chaperones. $150 21-30 Scouts, three free chaperones. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.

Dining Events St. Margaret of York Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of York, 9483 Columbia Road, baked salmon, breaded and hand-dipped fish, shrimp, mac-n-cheese, fries, hush puppies, pizza, slaw and salad. Kids meals. Drink and dessert included. Cash bar. Senior early bird special 5:30-6 p.m. Benefits youth ministry mission trips. $5-$10. 683-7100, ext. 201; Deerfield 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. $5.50 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 5752102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, butterfly shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, coleslaw, tossed salad, apple sauce, cottage cheese and desserts. Eat in

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Zumba fitness and Zumba Gold classes. $5. Presented by Kimberley “KC” Coniglio. 240-5180; Bethel.

Home & Garden School Garden Developer Workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, How to build on the success/overcome the challenges of your first year. $25. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland.

Music - Blues Tempted Souls, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., Featuring the Sisters Milligan. Classic soul, R&B, classic rock and blues. Ages 21 and up. Free. 233-7613; Anderson Township. The Blues Merchants, 8:30 p.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, With Amy McFarland. 697-8111. Loveland.

Nature Snowbirds, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn about the birds that call Ohio home all year. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Bird Walks, 8-10 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Meet in Rowe Woods parking lot. Hike to look for winter birds. Dress to be outdoors and bring binoculars. Beginners welcome. $8, free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.

Pets Puppy Play: Free Dog Park, 1-3 p.m., KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Cedar Grove Dog Park. For puppies up to age one. All puppies must have completed, at minimum, their second round of puppy shots. Family friendly. Free. 831-7297; Milford.

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 Auditions The Fantasticks, 1-4 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Show dates: May 11-13 and 17-20. Cold readings from the script. Singers: prepare a song that showcases your vocal range. Accompanist provided or you can audition using your own music on CD. Dancers should dress appropriately and bring jazz or tap shoes. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 280-0861; Loveland.

Dance Classes Belly Dance Classes with Maali Shaker, 2-4 p.m., Dance Etc., 5985 Meijer Drive, Beginner/Intro Technique 2-3 p.m. Choreography Class 3-4 p.m. Choreography participants have opportunity to perform in Cincinnati Belly Dance Convention show Aug. 18. $18 both classes; $12 one class. Registration required. Presented by Maali Shaker Egyptian Dance. 576-1400; Milford.

Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Hall Milford, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, toast and sausage gravy. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $8, $4 ages 10 and under. Presented by American Legion Post 450. 831-9876. Milford.

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

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

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Auditions The Fantasticks, 7-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, Free. 280-0861; Loveland.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Ages 8 and up. Instructor: Sharon Murphy, licensed square dance caller. $5. Presented by Beechmont Squares Dance Club. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes

Fish Fry season has kicked off! Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131 in Milford, hosts one from 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 575-2102. FILE PHOTO.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Music - Blues

The Cincinnati Irish Cultural Society's 32nd Irish Ceili is 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Music Hall Ballroom. Call 470-4480 or e-mail PROVIDED. Sonny Moorman Group, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Township.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, “Longing for Spring,” selection of songs by Schubert. Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Reiko Uchida, piano. “Three Romances” by Clara Schumann and “Sonata in a minor” of Beethoven. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 4-6 p.m., Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Batavia.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. grief. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745. Anderson Township.

cludes lunch. $10. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Exercise Classes

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.



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

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Exercise Classes




Business Seminars

Dance Classes

Hikes for Scouts, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.

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

Religious - Community

Dining Events

Belly Dance Classes with Maali Shaker, 2-4 p.m., Dance Etc., $18 both classes; $12 one class. Registration required. 576-1400; Milford.

End of Life Issues, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Heritage Hall. The Rev. Mike Seger, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary professor of moral theology, explains church teaching on the dignity of the end of life. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Social Ministries Commission. 388-4466. Anderson Township.

St. Margaret of York Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of York, $5-$10. 683-7100, ext. 201; Deerfield Township. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, $5.50 and up. 575-2102. Milford. Auxiliary Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall Milford, $7. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 683-7903; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 Art & Craft Classes Watercolor Painting Classes, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Village Art House, 120 N. Market St., $85 for eight classes. 732-2177; Batavia.

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

Exercise Classes Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Health / Wellness Group Hypnosis for Weight Loss, 7-9 p.m., The Face Place, 632 Main St., $50. Reservations required. Presented by Sweetdreams Hypnosis. 800-385-0765. Milford.

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

Support Groups Job Loss Support Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Unload burdens, get support, ask questions and understand

Music - Oldies A Tribute to Elvis with Jim Jones, 7-8 p.m., Skyline Chili, 730 Lila Ave., Free. Presented by Skyline Chili - Milford. 227-1893. Milford.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 9:30-11 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Free. 752-8539; Anderson Township.

Benefits Dinner, Art and Wine for Canines, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Wine tasting, art showing, dinner, auction and raffle with keynote speaker Tina Mooney and Stone, service dog team, “Building a Life You Like Even When it’s Not the One You Wanted.” Benefits Circle Tail Inc. $450 table of 10; $90 for two, $50 single. Presented by Circle Tail Inc. 877-3325; Loveland.

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

Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

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

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, $5. 871-6010. Withamsville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba with KC, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bethel Community Center, $5. 240-5180; Bethel.

Music - Cabaret Sinatra Night, 5:30 p.m., Tong’s Thai Restaurant, 1055 Main St., With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Dinner available starting at 4:30 p.m. Family friendly. Free. 248-2999. Milford.



Art & Craft Classes

Experiencing the Grail, Noon-3:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Through conversations, music, hands-on activities, and multimedia presentation of The Grail’s history, participants deepen their understanding of how The Grail and Grailville manifest their vision of spiritual search, social transformation, ecological sustainability and the release of women’s creative energy. In-

Watercolor Painting Classes, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Village Art House, $85 for eight classes. 732-2177; Batavia.

Dining Events WAVE Free Community Dinner, 6 p.m., Milford First United Methodist Church, Free; donations accepted. 831-5500; Milford.


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Bill Bayer had tears in his eyes when he came to visit his wife of 64 years on the anniversary of their special day, Dec. 20, 1947. Unbeknownst to him, the SEM Haven staff in Milford had planned for a new dress, make-up, hair styling and decorations. Bill, Jennie and their family enjoyed cake and Jennie's favorite Cherry Cordial ice cream. The couple fed each other a bite of cake and gave pointers to a long marriage - just keep respect for each other. Provided.

Coalition receives grant to fight underage drinking The Drug-Free Action Alliance has awarded $1,000 to the Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township Coalition to impact underage drinking through the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t Be A Party To Teenage Drinking - It’s Against The Law program. The coalition is one of only 22 organizations selected from across Ohio to receive the grant, designed to reduce the number of parent-hosted teen alcohol parties. The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township have been promoting drug-free environments for youth and providing

education about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use since 2008. The grant monies will be used to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties. Grant funding for the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t Be A Party To Teenage Drinking It’s Against The Law program is available with support from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. For more information, go to www.DrugFreeAction

Goetta: It’s a Cincinnati tradition Sometimes when I put this column together, I have so many recipes running through my mind that I don’t know which ones to share at any given time. Right now I have goetta recipes, the Heritage Restaurant’s signature house dressing, awesome Rita chunky Heikenfeld granola and RITA’S KITCHEN a host of others for naturally colored Easter eggs. I guess I’ll start from square one with goetta and go from there. Goetta has Germanic origins, but most people who live in Germany have never heard of it. Inge, my German daughter-in-law who grew up in Germany, said she didn’t have a clue until she moved to Cincinnati. Yes, it’s definitely a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky “thing.” A possibility about the name is that it comes from the German word “gote” or “gotte,” which means peeled grain. The word became Americanized to mean “goetta,” since the ingredient you cannot do without for authentic goetta is pinhead oats (also called steel-cut oats). Dorsel’s is a common brand.

Rita’s goetta

I’ve been making my mother-in-law Clara’s goetta for years with pork shoulder, just as she made it when they slaughtered hogs in the fall. We fry it with bacon, which is THE way. Goetta freezes well.

How do you make goetta? What’s your “secret” ingredient? Share your favorite goetta recipe on my blog, Cooking with Rita, at

I’ve changed my recipe over the years and this is my latest one. If you’d like my original one using pork shoulder alone with very few seasonings, check out my blog at You’ll find West Side reader Bill Sander’s recipe, there, as well as Milford reader Don Deimling’s recipe made in a roaster. I’ve borrowed some of Don’s ideas for this recipe. 2 pounds fresh pork shoulder 1/2 of a 19 oz package Johnsonville original bratwurst, skinned (no substitutes) ½ pound ground chuck 1 large onion, chunked up 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 5 bay leaves 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder and poultry seasoning Couple dashes ground allspice 1-2 tablespoons seasoning salt Pepper to taste 8 cups water 3 generous cups pinhead oats

Put everything but oats into big pot. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour liquid back in pot, chop everything finely and set aside. Add oats to liquid and simmer 2 hours, stirring often, until oats are fully cooked. Stir in meat mixture. Cook another hour

or more until a spoon can stand straight up without falling over in the center of the pot. Mixture should be stiff. This is important so goetta sets up later. Pour into plastic wrap-lined pans, and refrigerate uncovered for a day or so. Cover, store in refrigerator, or freeze.

stirring often for another two hours. Don’t be tempted to add water, even though goetta gets very thick. If it becomes too thick to stir, add water sparingly but remember, the thicker it is when done, the better it will fry up. Spoon into casseroles, seal tightly and after it cools, put one in the refrigerator and the other in the freezer if desired. To serve, sauté in a non-stick or cast iron skillet until both sides are browned. (Add enough salt or it will be bland. The bouillon cubes will help with this.)

Jim Reinhart’s slow cooker goetta

Jim is an Indiana reader who makes his in a slow cooker. A time-tested reader favorite. 3 cups pinhead oatmeal 5 cups water 1½-2 tablespoons salt 1 pound each: ground pork and ground beef 2 medium onions, diced 6 bay leaves 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, sage 2 teaspoons allspice 4 beef bouillon cubes 2 additional cups water

Combine 3 cups of oatmeal with 5 cups water in sprayed slow cooker and cook on high for two hours, stirring occasionally. An hour and a half after putting oatmeal in slow cooker, combine bay leaves, garlic powder, sage, allspice, red pepper, black pepper and bouillon with 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Strain and add liquid to slow cooker. While spices are cooking, brown beef and pork with onions. Drain grease and add mixture to slow cooker, either before or after spice mixture goes in. When all ingredients are in slow cooker, turn to low and mix well,

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Check nearby properties before buying new home With home buying starting to pick up, it’s important to carefully check out not only the house you’re considering but the surrounding property. That’s what an Independence woman learned after she bought a house with a creek in the backyard. Ardella Bachmann bought her house in 1988 and says she didn’t think much about the small creek running through the back of her property. “The creek was not even close to the width it is now. It was much, much narrower. You could stand in it and touch the sides. Since then it’s gone out of control,” her grandson Kevin says. Heavy rains, along with new home construction and the subsequent increase in rainwater runoff, have led to the increase in the size of the creek. “We had a bridge put in about 15 years ago and we came out one night and saw the bridge had washed down the stream to the neighbor’s yard,” Kevin says. After that, they bought a new, longer bridge and erected it over the span of the creek. Unfortunately,

now the ground below the new bridge also is starting to wash away. Part of the problem Howard appears to Ain be storm HEY HOWARD! water emptying into the creek from a large pipe buried under the Bachmanns’ side yard. There’s a lot of erosion at the site where the pipe empties into the creek. During a heavy rainfall, Bachmann says the water gets so high it reaches the bottom of the bridge as it continues to erode the land. “We will eventually lose this house due to all the moisture and it’s going to get worse. The back deck is very close to the creek now, and it’s going to pull the siding off the house,” Kevin says. The Bachmanns have asked the Kenton County Sanitation District to pipe the water through their backyard so they don’t lose any more land, but they’ve been turned down because the creek is on private property. Ardella Bachmann says she knew the creek was

there when she bought the house 24 years ago. She says, “That’s what they say, ‘Sorry about your luck, you knew about it when you moved in.’ But the creek was small and it was really kind of nice. I had no idea it was going to create a problem or I would not have bought the property.” The creek is naturally flowing on the Bachmann property, so county officials say they are not allowed to do anything to help. What about that pipe bringing in storm water and adding to the problem? Officials say its carrying water from a naturally flowing culvert that had been there. It was piped through the yard by the developer when he sold the property years ago. The Bachmanns says they are very upset about the county’s inability to help, noting it was the county that initially approved all the construction, including building the house so close to the creek. Bottom line, if you’re thinking of buying a house, check it out carefully if there’s a nice little stream in the backyard. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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Scouts in the McCormick Elementary Cub Scout Pack 46 who received a trophy, from left, are Jason Poleski, Lucas Weir (Bear cub first place winner), Ben Foster, Zach Dower (Tiger cub first place winner), Braeden Messerschmidt, Aaron Kizer, Dustin Pigg (Webelos first place winner and overall pack winner), August Abt, Jack Prior, Kurtis Ackermann (Wolf cub first place winner), Parker Morgan, and Evan Lehane. PROVIDED.

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McCormick Elementary Cub Scout Pack 46 recently hosted its annual Pinewood Derby night. The evening started with a catered dinner generously donated by Rivers Edge Gold Star Chili. Regional Franchise Consultant Sharon Dowers and General Manager Cissy Cates served chili and coneys to the more than 50 Scouts and their families. Each rank competed for first, second and third place beginning with the Tiger Cubs. The top winners from each rank competed for the pack’s overall championship race, which was won by fourth-grader Webelos Scout Dustin Pigg. The safest driver from each rank participated in the Cub Master Race, and was won by fifth-grader Webelos Scout August Abt. The honorary emcee of the evening was “Mark Setgo” (Joe Gilvary), who not only announced the winners, but entertained the crowd with his vast knowledge of pinewood derby history. In addition to trophies for first, second, and third place in each rank, trophies were awarded to Scouts based on the design of their cars and voted on by the pack’s committee and the Scouts. Trophies were awarded to: Braedon Messerschmidt for Most Creative Design; Michael Meadors for Solo; Sawyer Copp for Spirit; Evan Lehane for Fastest Looking; and Payne Ackermann for Best Design. Many parent volunteers and hours of preparation were required to put together the event. The pack’s committee chair Dave Grilliot and Cub Master Joe Gilvary were instrumental in organizing the evening’s events. A few of the highlights from the event included a slideshow of pictures of the Cub Scout activities from the prior year including a portrait of each Scout with his car, instant slowmotion playback of each race, and instant results of each race including speeds and a picture of the winner.


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coffee, water and soda. Now to make some of you folks hungry, Ruth Ann made some George mush SunRooks day eveOLE FISHERMAN ning to have for breakfast Monday and Tuesday mornings along with bacon and syrup. Boy, it was good. Monday we along with Jim put the sign out for the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, which consists of pancakes, sausage, potato cake, orange juice, milk and coffee. On Monday evening we went to Whiteoak Valley Grange at Mowrystown for a Pomona Grange meeting. The lecturer had

the program and it was about Valentine's Day. One item she had was she gave each of us a construction paper heart and we were to write a poem with the words rhyming, love, heart, and rose, then Bonnie read each one and it was interesting and funny. Tuesday there was a seminar at the Holiday Inn at Eastgate for the poll workers to get the latest information on how the March 6 election will be conducted. Everyone learned something at this meeting. Several new folks were there. Mark your calendar for another date. The Grants Greenhouse and Farm open house will be on April 21 and April 22. This may be a little early for the information but mark it down. Come buy your

plants, seeds, trees, bushes, gardening supplies. They will have a discounted special at this time to save you some money. We were over there last Tuesday and they have tomato and cabbage plants up. These will be ready to plant by April 1. Now I will write a little about our new family member. You guessed it, Chessy the kitten. Ruth Ann and I have a yogurt each morning. Now Chessy has a preferred kind, peach. When Ruth Ann opens her yogurt, Chessy is laying on her lap and gets to lick the lid. When Ruth Ann opens the fridge door she is standing, waiting for a little milk. They train us, don't you think? I have written about the Farmers Institute.

This will be the 108th annual event, on Feb. 24, at the Clay Township Park Building in Buford (the old school). The entertainment this year will be Drew Hastings, a wellknown comedian. There will be a dinner served in the gym from 4 til 6 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Clay Township Park Commission. There are many door prizes and lots of laughs from the auctioneers and crowd. The Hess Auction firm will do the honors so come and see how high each item will go. We will donate a couple log bird houses to help keep the institute going. I talked to Mike at the Boars Head Bait shop in Afton. He was asked to help with a bass tournament for the Masons

Lodge 590 May 5. We will have more on this later. Mike has set the dates for the crappie tournament this year so mark the dates down. For more information call Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop, 724-1211. The dates are March 25, April 15, April 22, May 6, June 10, June 24, Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 7. The champion fish-off is Oct. 20-21, so get your crappie fishing equipment ready and the crappie fishing this year will be great. Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later.






Saint Mary Church,Bethel

ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

3398 Ohio SR 125 Phone 734-4041

509 Roney Lane Cincinnati Ohio 45244 T: 513.528.3200 E:

Services: Sunday Worship 10:30 AM - Children’s Church Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM - Rangers and Girl’s Ministry Friday 24 hour prayer 6:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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 Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.


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

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

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


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

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

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

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

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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

Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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 Something for children at each service

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

Pastor Mike Smith




Trinity United Methodist


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

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 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


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

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am •

Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)


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



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George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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Howdy folks, Mark your calendar for an Easter Cantata on April 1. This may be a little early but you can schedule it on your calendar. This will start the Holy Week services for the Bethel churches. We have been busy in the carpenter shop making log bird houses. They will be ready for spring when the birds start nesting. They are nice. Friday evening the 50-plus couples group from the Bethel United Methodist Church went to Bob Evans at Amelia for the monthly get together and had a great supper and fellowship. There were four couples there as some were sick and unable to attend. Saturday we had neighbors here for the noon meal and a long visit. It was a great day since it had snowed and was cold. We got a DVD on our honey bee vacuum. I was curious on how the feller got the bees out of the wire canister. This is what I wanted to learn. We have used ours several times already and it does a great job. The guests we had enjoyed a meal of liver and onions, deer steaks, macaroni and cheese, harvard beets, lime pickles, homemade bread,


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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

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

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


Welcomes You

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

Pastor: Rev. Jay Madigan

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

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


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Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, assault, Jan. 31. Juvenile, 14, drug abuse, Jan. 30. Nancy E. James-Dombrowski, 49, 1548 Georgetown, domestic violence, Jan. 31. David C. Mueller, 35, 1300 Commons Drive, disorderly conduct, Feb. 1. Debora R. Hutchison, 47, 969 Ohio 28 No. 3, harassment with bodily fluids, assault on police officer, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 14, underage consumption, Feb. 2. David E. Waddell, 38, 616 Paxton Ave., theft, concealed weapons, criminal tools, Feb. 2. Sonja L. Waddell, 33, 616 Paxton Ave., theft, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 14, underage possession of tobacco, Feb. 3. Juvenile, 17, theft, Feb. 4. Juvenile, 16, theft, Feb. 4. Nicole R. Pate, 31, 1893 Pebble Ridge No. 1, felonious assault, Feb. 4. Lisa Boone, no age given, 10192 Walnut, theft, Feb. 4. Juvenile, 17, drug abuse, Feb. 6.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Two tires cut on vehicle at 6308 Melody Lane, Jan. 31. Domestic violence At Georgetown Road, Jan. 31. At Heide Lane, Feb. 2. At Romar Drive, Feb. 3. At Briar Cove Court, Feb. 6. Drug abuse Male student admitted to smoking marijuana before school at Milford Junior High at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Jan. 30. Drug abuse Student observed smoking

The Community Journal North/Milford-Miami Advertiser publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department, call: » Miami Township, Chief Steven Bailey, 248-3721 » Goshen Township, Chief Ray Snyder, 722-3200 » Milford, Chief Jamey Mills, 248-5086 » Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, 732-7500 marijuana in vehicle at Milford High School at 1 Eagles Way, Feb. 6. Felonious assault Male juvenile was assaulted at Milford Junior High at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Jan. 30. Male juvenile was assaulted at Milford High at 1 Eagles Way, Feb. 2. Male was cut with knife at 1893 Pebble Ridge No. 1, Feb. 3. Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization at 1420 Return Shot Lane, Feb. 1. Male stated card used with no authorization; $1,498 at 679 Signal Hill, Jan. 19. Safecracking, breaking and entering Money taken from various machines-ATM, Lottery, etc. at Greenies at Ohio 28, Jan. 17. Theft Heat pump taken from Chandler Group Bldg. at Ohio 28, Jan. 15. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 1282 Pebble Brook, Jan. 15. Medication taken at 2001 Stillwater No. 3, Jan. 15. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 1309 Commons Drive, Jan. 16. Money obtained through pur-

chase of used gift cards; $600 at Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Gasoline taken from vehicle at Wendy's at Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Sewer cover taken area of Dodd's Monuments at 800 block of Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $80 at Ohio 28, Jan. 16. Money taken from room at Arbors of Milford; $110 at Meadowcreek, Jan. 16. Jewelry taken; $700 at 5468 S. Garrett, Jan. 17. Camera taken; $250 at 1180 Ronlee Drive, Jan. 18. Shoes taken from Kohl's; $78 at Ohio 28, Jan. 18. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 6279 Tri-Ridge Blvd., Jan. 18. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $51 at Ohio 28, Jan. 19. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $400 at Ohio 28, Jan. 18. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton's; $25 at Ohio 28, Jan. 19. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $14 at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Jan. 20. Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $82 at Ohio 28, Jan. 22. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 1189 Brightwater, Jan. 22. Work paid for, work never done; $6,422 loss at 6040

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Carole Drive, Jan. 22. Electric services taken with no authorization at 5877 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Jan. 20. Wallet, GPS, etc. taken from vehicle at 1025 Klondyke, Jan. 21. Amplifier taken from Backyard Inn; $583 at Ohio 28, Jan. 23. Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 10119 Ohio 132, Jan. 31. Tote bag taken from vehicle at 4000 Arrowhead Trail, Jan. 30. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $659 at Ohio 28, Feb. 2. A poster was taken from Dollar General at Lee Lavati Court, Feb. 4. Make-up items taken from Meijer; $16 at Ohio 28, Feb. 4. Bottle of Vodka taken from Kroger; $9 at Ohio 28, Feb. 4. Cover for vehicle taken from Meijer; $170 at Ohio 28, Feb. 5. Meat items taken from Kroger; $200 at Ohio 28, Feb. 5. GPS unit and change taken from vehicle at 1202 Teakwood, Feb. 5. Charcoal grill taken at 6736 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Feb. 6. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 1200 Ronlee Drive, Feb. 6. Wood pallets taken from ODOM Industries at Ohio 50, Feb. 6. Underage consumption Intoxicated juvenile reported at Milford High at 1 Eagles Way, Feb. 2. Vandalism Locks damaged at Vance DDS at Ohio 28, Jan. 19.

MILFORD Arrests/citations Heather Bolin, 24, 1934 Oakbrook Place, recited, Jan. 25. Gerald A. Byland, 49, 604 Wards Corner, theft, Jan. 29. Barbara L. Erwin, 35, 1789 Ohio 131, theft, Jan. 27. Juvenile, 16, underage consumption, Jan. 29. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, Jan. 29. Karen M. Macinnis, 26, 2755 Ohio 132, recited, Jan. 28. Earl R. Malicoat III, 32, 926 Mohawk Trail, breaking and entering, theft, Jan. 25. Heather Patrick, 19, 406 Lila Ave., domestic violence, Jan. 25. Brock Ramsey, 21, 401 Edgecombe, warrant, Jan. 25. Stephanie Shadoan, 21, 2108 Oakbrook Place, recited, Jan. 29. Nathanael R. Skiles, 28, 6 Robbie Ridge, recited, Jan. 27.

Dan A. Smith, 26, 15 Powhatton Drive, warrant, Jan. 25. Kevin E. Williams, 23, 1935 Oakbrook Place, warrant, Jan. 27. Brandon Woodruff, 33, 6056 Donna Jay Drive, warrant, Jan. 28. Jennifer M. Zieger, 21, 5835 Belfast Owensville Road, contempt of court, Jan. 26. Alexandrea M. Anglin, 19, 558 Davis Road, recited, Feb. 7. James E. Banks III, 19, 6555 Graf Drive, warrant, Feb. 10. Scott F. Carroll, 49, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 75C, recited, Feb. 6. Kimberly M. Chiavetta, 28, warrant, Feb. 12. Daryl L. Cromer, 46, 901 Mohawk Trail, domestic violence, Feb. 8. Daniel T. Jetter, 46, 13 Kenny Court, warrant, Feb. 11. Benjamin T. Johnson, 31, 25 Clertoma Drive, assault, Feb. 6. Kelly L. Johnson, 31, 3929 Lebanon Road, warrant, Feb. 8. Sarah Johnson, 19, 25 Clertoma Drive, warrant, Feb. 6. Kayla M. Kemen, 23, 224 S. 4th St., warrant, Feb. 6. Gabriel C. Mills, 18, 64 Kenner Ave., recited, Feb. 6. Marc A. Minshall, 32, 7 Pebblestone Court, recited, Feb. 8. Joseph B. Neighbor, no age given, 5802 Price Road, warrant, Feb. 8. Eric Reynolds, 22, 4499 Eastgate Woods, warrant, Feb. 10. Vincent M. Self, 29, 105 Kenner St., contempt of court, Feb. 7. Kelli P. Stehling, 47, 748 Park Ave., driving under influence, Feb. 8. Brett J. Wrightsman, 29, 60 Melody Lane, warrant, Feb. 6.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary Female reported this offense at 2108 Oakbrook Place, Jan. 29. Breaking and entering Power tools taken at 5633 Happy Hollow Road, Jan. 24. Burglary Unlisted items taken at 927 Moahawk Trail No. 7, Jan. 23. Domestic violence At Lila Avenue, Jan. 25. At Mohawk Trail, Feb. 8. Fighting Large fight reported at 25 Clertoma Drive, Feb. 6. Robbery No other information given at 101 Old Bank Road, Feb. 10. Theft AC units damaged and tampered with at 700 block of Ohio 28, Feb. 7. Medication taken at 1001 Edge-

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GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, unruly. Theresa Collins, 46, 302 North St. No. 15, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia. Scott Black, 42, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 63, domestic violence. Juvenile, 13, felonious assault. Tyler Riddell, 19, 384 Redbird Drive, menacing.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage At 12 Gateway, Jan. 7. Criminal mischief At 1398 Stella Drive, Jan. 8. Disorder At 1310 Cross Creek, Jan. 15. Dispute At 1541 Woodville Pike, Jan. 15. Domestic violence At Redbird Drive, Jan. 9. Harassment At 1549 Buckboard, Jan. 15. Theft At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 101D, Jan. 15.

CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations Frances Dee Baldwin, 47, 21674 Woodville Road, Blanchester, assault at 3742 Bauer Road, Blanchester, Jan. 26. Emily Faygayle Ferguson, 18, 3936 Turtle Creek Road, Lebanon, criminal damaging/endangering at 6109 Hunt Road, Goshen, Jan. 25. Ron A. Grundy, 35, 5293 Ohio 123, Morrow, criminal damaging/endangering at 6109 Hunt Road, Goshen, Jan. 25.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated trespass At 3742 Bauer Road, Blanchester, Jan. 18. Assault At Bauer Road, Blanchester, Jan. 18. Burglary At 5459 Belfast Owensville Road, Batavia, Feb. 6. Criminal damaging/endangering At 6109 Hunt Road, Goshen, Jan. 25. Criminal mischief At 5516 Mount Zion Road, Milford, Feb. 12. Domestic violence At Jordan Road, Pleasant Plain, Jan. 29. Illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance _ possess, view material or performance At Shiloh Road, Goshen, Jan. 24. Pandering obscenity involving a minor _ buy, procure, possess, obscene material At Shiloh Road, Goshen, Jan. 24. Theft At 1000 Locust St., Owensville, Jan. 21. At 2886 Ulrich Road, Pleasant Plain, Jan. 27. At 6795 Ohio 727, Goshen, Jan. 28. At 6206 Taylor Pike, Goshen, Feb. 7. Unruly juvenile offenses At Moler Road, Goshen, Jan. 10.


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DEATHS Linda Brown Linda Cornwell Brown, 64, formerly of Goshen, died Feb. 4 in Panama City Beach, Fla. She was a teacher and athletic director for Lakota schools. Survived by husband James Brown Jr.; daughter Jamii Brown; brothers Paul (Denita), Roger Cornwell. Preceded in death by parents Montie, Adeline Rodgers Cornwell, sister Peggy Coker. Services were Feb. 11 at St. Elizabeth Seton. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405.

Robert Hitchin Robert Kenneth Hitchin, 60, died Feb. 12. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. Survived by children Shannon, Eric Hitchin, Stacie HitchinKathman, Kendra Libro; grandchildren Araya, Imani, Aubrey, Jada, Anya; parents Sidney, Laura Garrison Hitchin; sisters Linda, Deborah, Rebecca. Services were Feb. 15 at the Graceland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7128 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. five grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Albert Poirot. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home.

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Lucy Jones Lucy Reeves Jones, 86, Goshen, died Feb. 12. Survived by children Phillip Jones, Shawna McCoy; eight grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in Jones death by husband William Jones, daughter Bonita O’Conner, siblings Grace, Emma Birchwell, Noah, Bill, Ollie, John, Charlie Reeves. Services were Feb. 17 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home.

Verna Poirot Verna Elizabeth Poirot, 77, Milford, died Feb. 11. Survived by children Zelma (Vernon) Goodine, Gerald Poirot;

Rita Bowman Stevens, 65, Goshen, died Feb. 11. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Owensville Chapter 370. Survived by children Roni (Steve) Wright, Monica Branham, Robert (Jessica) Stevens; grandchildren Chris, Crystal, Bradley, Ginger “Nikki,” Nicholas “Shane” Branham, Steven Delmore, Dakota, Alex Wright, Dallas, Hunter Stevens; greatgranddaughter Shayla Branham; sisters Barbara, Dottie Bowman, Kate (Ronald) Lang; niece Melanie Lang; several nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by husband Ronald Stevens, parents Robert, Blanche Bowman, brothers Robert Jr., James Bowman. Services were Feb. 15 at Evans Funeral Home.

Jack Varney Jack Ronald Varney, 78, Goshen, Odied Feb. 5. Survived by sons Jack (Beverly) Jr., Jerry (Sandy) Varney; grandchildren Sarah Teke, Brittany Varney Gabbard, Jeff, Nick, Matt Varney; great-grandchildren Jared, Melissa, Lily,

RELIGION Hunter, Fisher; brothers Ralph Jr., Larry Varney; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Martha Varney, brother Paul Varney, parents Ralph, Susie Varney. Services were Feb. 8 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Kay West Kay Minnick West, 70, Owensville, died Feb. 13. Survived by husband Stephen West; daughters Laurie (Jake) Northrup, Beth (Randy) Phillips, Dee (late Jeff) Hughes, Rachel (Allen) Wood; sister West Betty (late Bill) Hines; grandchildren Chelsea, Kate, Jake Walters, Summit Northrup, Tristan, Quinn, Graham Phillips, Jamie Elfers, Bailey, Samuel, Harper Wood; sistersand brother-in-law Elsie (late Walter), Ruby (late Gene), Berta (late Billy) Minnick, Stanley (late LaVerne) Dollenmeyer; many nieces and nephews. Services were Feb. 18 at Owensville United Methodist Church. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Virginia Zimmerman Virginia Retherford Zimmerman, Pierce Township, died Feb. 12. Survived by husband Richard Zimmerman; children Peggy (Jim) Price, Phyllis Cunningham, Linda Thase, Sharon (Pat) Fullmer, Sandra (Ralph) Royalty, David (Theresa) Zimmerman, Peter (Laura) Zimmerman, Ellen (Tony) Mantle, Brenda (Mark) Wilson, Connie (Mike) Baker; siblings Helen Smith and David and Irvin Retherford; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 18 at St. Thomas More Church. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is having several ways to start the Lenten Season. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21 and ending at 6 p.m., Feb. 22, there will be a 24 hour prayer vigil. Ash Wednesday service ia 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Following the service, there will be a light meal to break the fast for those fasting. All are welcome. The church is having a workshop for blended families. Join Meg King, a certified stepfamily coach through the National Stepfamily Foundation ( for this six-week workshop for blended families. Christian values and behaviors will be the underlying foundation of this course and will help guide couples through the ups and downs of this unique stepfamily dynamic. The workshop will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 23. For information or to register, e-mail King at The church is at 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Goshen United Methodist Church

A fish fry is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday starting Feb. 24 through March 30. Dinners include fish fry, chicken or shrimp dinners and all the fixin’s. Suggested donations: $11 for all you can eat, $9 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under. There will be à la carte pricing available at the door. Desserts and drinks will be available. All profits go towards the United Methodist Men projects for the church.

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to areeves@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Community Press, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. The church is at 6710 Goshen road, across from the high school.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Ash Wednesday worship is 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Lenten sermon series, “24 Hours that Changed the World” begins Sunday, Feb. 26. Sunday morning chapel is 8:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. is the Engage! contemporary service; and 11 a.m. is the classic traditional service. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for children is 11 a.m. for ages 4 through sixth grade. Nursery care will be provided all morning on Sunday. Check out our website at, Facebook, or call the church office at 683-1738 to find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC. We have opportunities for all ages. Explore Small Groups, Bible Studies, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adults Ministry, Senior’s Ministry and Mission/Outreach opportunities. We also offer opportunities to connect in various

worship arts ministries such as music, drama, and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738; Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

Milford First United Methodist Church

Ash Wednesday services are 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Lenten dinner potluck is 5:30 p.m., SUnday, Feb. 26. Primetimers will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and March 27. Speaker on Feb. 28 will be Joan Ballbach on children in Haiti. The in-house program speaker for March 27 will be about identity theft. The program starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $7. Call the church for reservations. All ages are welcome. Enjoy entertainment and a delicious dinner at the Irish Fling at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17. Call the church office for tickets. The Community Missions Auction is Sunday, March 18. Preview starts at 5 p.m., and bidding begins at 6 p.m. The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500.

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State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal traffic crash that happened on Ohio 132 at the intersection with the Ohio 32 exit near Batavia about 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The preliminary investigation indicates James Bickett, 24, of Goshen was turning left onto Ohio 132 from the Ohio 32 exit ramp when he failed to yield at a stop sign, pulling into the path of a truck driven by Ethan Riggs, 21, of Batavia, said Lt. W.V. Price, commander of the patrol’s Batavia Post. Bickett was taken to Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital by Central Joint Fire Department personnel where he was pronounced dead. There was no evidence that Bickett was wearing a seat belt, said Price. Riggs was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, Price said. Price reminds motorists to buckle up and drive safely.

Work session MILFORD-MIAMI TWP. —

The Milford school board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the conference room of the board offices, 777 Garfield Ave.

Agg. burglary

MILFORD — The Milford Police Department is investigating an aggravated burglary. Police Chief Jamey Mills said the burglary oc-

curred at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Oakwood Apartments, 2108 Oakbrook Place. The suspect broke into a apartment with a handgun and stole an “undisclosed amount of currency,” said Mills. He was described as a black male, in his late 20s with a medium build. Mills said the suspect was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and knit cap. If anyone has any information about this burglary, call 513-248-5084.

Dancing with stars CLERMONT COUNTY —

Mark your calendars for the third annual Clermont DD “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 9 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Just who will win the mirror ball trophy? Ticket information will be available soon. And if you are interested in dancing, don’t hesitate to volunteer … there’s still time to sign you up for classes. The 2010 winners were Linda Fraley and Jeff Diesel. Joe Uecker and Meredith Delaney won in 2011. For more information, call Lisa Davis at 732-4921.


The Forest-Aires women’s chorus invites former members to celebrate five decades of song at a 50th anniversary luncheon March 3. If you have ever sung with the Forest-Aires and would like to be part of this fun event, call Linda at 513528-6233 by Feb. 24.

K registration MILFORD-MIAMI TWP. —

Milford schools will will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2012–013 school year in March. Registration is by appointment and will be held at the board of education office, 777 Garfield Ave. Call 576–4163 for an appointment. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2012. Registration dates and times: » Monday, March 5, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. » Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. » Wednesday, March 7, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. » Thursday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. » Friday, March 9, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. » Monday, March 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. » Tuesday, March 13, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. » Wednesday, March 14, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. » Thursday, March 15, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. » Friday, March 16, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following will be required at the time of your appointment: » Kindergarten registration packet completed. This packet is available at or can be picked up at any of the elementary school buildings. » Child’s original birth certificate or passport. » Parent/guardian driver’s license or state issued ID card. » Proof of residency: A current utility bill, lease/ rental agreement with the

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STONELICK TWP. — The Clermont County Park District staff are hosting Pancakes in the Park from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 Saturday, March 10. The public can watch the trees being tapped and the syrup being made, and enjoy a pancake breakfast. The hands-on activities will run through 12:30 p.m. The event is at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, just west of Owensville. Cost for the pancake breakfast is: Adults are $5, senior citizens are $4, children 6 to 12 are $2 and children under 6 are free. For more information, call 732-7977 or visit

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Bob Derr is the new president of the Clermont Veterans’ Service Commission. He was appointed to the position during the annual reorganizational meeting of the commission Jan. 11. Cliff Riley will serve as vice-president, Donald Chandler will be secretary, and Ken Cook and Howard Daugherty will be members of the commission in 2012. The office is at 76 S. Riverside Drive in Batavia. For more information, visit www.ClermontCountyVe-

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GOSHEN TWP. — Goshen High School students and staff are hosting a variety of fundraising events to help junior Austin Jackson buy a new wheelchair. Jackson, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has outgrown his existing one. The next event is: » The matinee performance by the drama club of “Cinderella” 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $2. For more information, call the school at 722-2227.

Crisis program CLERMONT COUNTY —

Clermont Community Services in partnership with Ohio Department of Development and Office of Community Assistance will continue accepting applications for the Winter Crisis Program through March 31. Income eligible households whose main heating source is threatened with disconnection, already has been disconnected or have a less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel may apply for assistance. The HEAP department will see applicants by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Walk-ins will be accepted Tuesday and Thursday with no appointments. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the HEAP staff at (513) 732-2277, option 3. Have a pen and paper ready for a list of information you will need to bring. Due to the high volume of calls you may receive a recording. If so, leave a brief message and your call will be returned as quickly as possible.


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