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More than 100 firefighters from the Greater Cincinnati area came to Clermont County Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a seminar about investigating vehicle fires. Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling said the seminar had classroom-style education in the morning and hands-on investigation in the afternoon. SEE LIFE, B1

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Milford working on strategic plan By Kellie Geist-May

Heat of the moment


Milford’s city council and administration are working together to create a long-term vision for the city by creating a strategic plan. “Our goal is to provide a strategic plan for projects as we move forward,” Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. said. “The strategic plan will be a living, breathing document. We are taking our history and identifiying some of the key projects we have in the works.” Vilardo said the plan will lay out some of the city’s long-range projects and goals while creating a strategic budget. City Manager Loretta Rokey said the plan will be designed to include initiatives for

has a new idea, it doesn’t get dismissed, it gets put in an order in the strategic plan. This plan will help Milford grow and be better prepared for the future,” he said. The strategic plan also will include an asset replacement schedule for the city’s departments. “The city should have a plan that includes when different things like service department vehicles or police cruisers need to be replaced so we can prepare for that. We can plan to have the resources available for those replacements,” Vilardo said. City Council will hold its second strategic planning meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the city council chambers, 745 Center St.

“We want to make sure that if something comes up or someone has a new idea, it doesn’t get dismissed, it gets put in an order in the strategic plan. This plan will help Milford grow and be better prepared for the future.

Ralph J. Vilardo Jr. Milford mayor

the next five to 10 years. “While we have had capital improvement plans for water, wastewater, street and storm sewer projects, we have not developed a similar plan for utilizing other fund balances,” Rokey said. “This is a more comprehensive approach designed to set a plan in motion that may be tweaked from year to year, but will serve as a guide for future decision-making

related to long-term goals and budgeted resources.” As an example, some of those long-term goals could include building and maintenance of parks, improvements to the city’s gateways and business development along Lila Avenue and the upper part of Main Street, Vilardo said. “We want to make sure that if something comes up or someone

Bear-ly there

Milford teachers recently attended the Earth Expedition Conference held at the Cincinnati Zoo. SEE SCHOOLS, A4

Music venue to open in Goshen

Chuck Land and Lee Lewis have big plans for a vacant building on Ohio 28 in Goshen Township. This spring, the pair will open A Music Cafe, a music venue that will feature live bluegrass and blues music from local bands. FULL STORY, A3

Coaster crazy

Permanent job

Jamey Mills is in line for the permanent Milford police chief position. City Manager Loretta Rokey recommended Tuesday, March 1, that Mills be appointed as chief. She said he would be officially given the job and sworn in during the regular council meeting Tuesday, March 15. SEE STORY, A2

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Pattison Elementary School student Kane Gormley, left, watches as a marble zooms down a model roller coaster he built with his classmates. Pattison students Kylie Hudson and Kaitlyn Kruse, right, cheer as a marble successfully goes through a loop design in their model roller coaster Friday, March 4. The students built the models during a science lesson.

District summer camp to cost more per child By Mary Dannemiller

Sending your children to the Milford Exempted Village School District’s summer camp program will be a little more expensive this year. Rates for the popular program for school-aged children jumped

about 10 percent, but not because the district is trying to make money off the program, Superintendent Bob Farrell said. “That account is outside of the school district’s general fund and we have to make sure those accounts always run in the positive,” he said. “What we do is charge them for any administra-

New fee schedule

First child Second child Third child

Five days $123 $110 $101

Four days $108 $98 $87

tive costs and labor costs that might be incurred on the district. We are a non-profit.” The cost of the camps, which have sessions from June 8 through July 16 and July 13 through Aug. 17, includes eight off-site field trips and one on-site event per week, district treasurer Randy Seymour said.

Three days $93 $81 $74

According to Seymour, it will now cost $123 for the first child in a family to attend five days of camp, $110 for the next child and $101 for the third. For four days of camp, it will cost $108 for the first child, $98 for the next child and $87 for the third. For three

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New chief has support from all corners Mills has been interim police boss since January By Kellie Geist-May

Jamey Mills is in line for the permanent Milford police chief position. City Manager Loretta Rokey recommended Tuesday, March 1, that Mills be appointed as chief. She said he would be officially given the job and sworn in during the regular council meeting Tuesday, March 15. The recommendation came after a majority of council voted Feb. 15 to support hiring Mills, who was the interim chief, for the permanent position without posting the job. Council still has to vote to

“I’m happy to have the job, but I had no reservations about going through an interview process for this position. I felt like I was the best candidate and I have my heart in the right place. I want what’s best for the city. I want this town to be great.”

Jamey Mills New Milford police chief

officially hire Mills as police chief. “At the last meeting, four of seven city council members expressed their support of Jamey Mills and did not support initiation of a hiring process,” Rokey said during the meeting March 1. “ ... It is clear to me that city council members, citizens and members of the business community support the appointment of Jamey Mills as chief of police – and I do, too.” Mills grew up in Miami

Summer camp From A1 days of camp per week, it will cost $93 for the first child, $81 for the next child and $74 for the third. “I think everyone knows there have been rising costs for everything,” said Milford Board of Education member Debbie Marques. “We just need to ensure this


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program continues to be able to pay for itself and we had to increase prices slightly. The idea is not to make a profit, but break even. Marques, who is on the district’s finance committee, said she and other board members keep a close eye on the summer camp and extended programs to make sure they’re running efficiently. “This and food services are areas where we look really carefully to make sure that they are able to pay for themselves,” she said. “We go over expenses and revenues very carefully.”

Township and graduated from Milford High School in 1990. He started at the police academy in 1992 and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. He is a certified law enforcement executive and a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College. Mills has been a member of the Milford Police Department since 1994. He worked part-time for three years and as a plain clothes The popular summer camp program offers a variety of theme weeks ranging from Vacation Station June 13 through June 24 to an Animal Antics week July 25 through Aug. 5 for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. “The parents like it and the kids love it,” Marques said. “I think especially when you get into the upper grades, it’s hard to find somewhere to have your child go that’s safe and this offers a great alternative. We care about our kids and we’d rather have them do this in the summer.” For more information about the summer camp program, visit milford

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detective for seven years. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and was appointed as interim chief in January. “I have been excited from the beginning, but I am just humbled and honored by the outpouring of support from the community, from city council and from the administrator. I have a ton of support and it’s all on my shoulders now,” he said. Although some council and community members expressed concerns over posting the police chief position, Mills said he didn’t share those worries. “I’m happy to have the job, but I had no reservations about going through an interview process for this position. I felt like I was the best candidate and I have my heart in the right place.


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I want what’s best for the city,” he said. “I want this town to be great.” Councilwoman Amy Brewer, who spearheaded not posting the position, said she is thrilled to have Mills to lead the police department.

“The outpouring of support from this community is a true testament to your character,” she told Mills during the March 1 council meeting. “I want to congratulate you.” Former Police Chief Mark Machan resigned March 3.

Tea Room in Milford hosts first scone-baking contest By Kellie Geist-May

The Tea Room in Milford hosted its first scone-baking contest Monday, Feb. 28. There were 15 people who entered the contest and the tea room was packed with supporters for the judging, which was done by Marilyn Harris of “Cooking with Marilyn” and The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Polly Campbell. “I was thrilled and, in my opinion, it was a huge success,” tea room owner Cheryl Flaherty said. “Everybody had such a great time. We hope to make this an annual event.” The winner was Lisa Dayton of Terrace Park, who baked a batch of orange cranberry scones.


The Tea Room in Milford owner Cheryl Flaherty, far right, watches while Cincinnati Enquirer food critic Polly Campbell, front, and Marilyn Harris of “Cooking with Marilyn” judge the scones submitted for the tea room's first scone-baking contest.

Clermont works on employee wellness By Kellie Geist-May

Signs to remind people to take the stairs, classes and supplements to help people quit smoking, and walking programs are just a few things Clermont County employees might see soon. The county’s department of human resources is working with the Ohio General Health District of Clermont County to create an employee wellness program. “Over the years we’ve had a piecemeal look at wellness,” said HR Director Bob Sander. “We’ve not been doing a wellness pro-

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In January, Jamey Mills took the oath of office to be the Milford Police Department Interim Chief. He is expected to be appointed as the permanent chief Tuesday, March 15.

gram, but we know it’s something the employees are interested in.” In late 2009, a survey showed 67 percent of the county employees would be interested in a wellness program, Sander said. The program, which has not been designed yet, could include monthly incentive classes, events and competitions. Some of the ideas currently on the table are smoking cessation courses, efforts to get employees walking and healthy food challenges as well as more basic services like mammograms, blood pressure screenings and flu shots, he said.


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“Years ago, the idea of wellness was a nice thing to have, but now we’re paying almost $11.5 million, including the employee’s portion, for health care. It’s no longer a nice thing to have – wellness is something to be used to control costs and make employees healthier and feel better,” Sander said. “For an investment of $1 in wellness, we can achieve a $3 to $4 savings.” While it could save the county money, Administrator Dave Spinney said having a wellness program could make a difference for county employees, too. “There is some anecdotal and empirical evidence in much larger groups that (wellness) programs have had a positive impact on the employees in regards to things like reduced sick time and absenteeism,” he said. During a meeting in late January, the commissioners told Sander and Health Commissioner Marty Lambert to move forward with designing the program, as long as the cost was minimal. Commissioner Archie Wilson said he’d like to have a more formal wellness program meeting when the details are hammered out. “I think we need a meeting specifically about wellness to really hash this out,” he said. “We need an action plan and I don’t want to rush through it. This is important.”



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Family-friendly music venue to open in Goshen By Mary Dannemiller

Chuck Land and Lee Lewis have big plans for a vacant building on Ohio 28 in Goshen Township. This spring, the pair will open A Music Cafe, a music venue that will feature live bluegrass and blues music from local bands, a Cincinnati music museum, production studio and a video jukebox with more than 5,000 hours of video. “We want it to be a familyfriendly establishment that has quality American roots bands five

days a week,” Land said. “We’ll sell beer and wine, but we don’t want to be known as a bar so we’re not selling liquor.” The cafe also will feature a yetto-be-determined dinner menu, Lewis said. “It’s not going to be a bar, it’s going to be a nice venue where you can go in and get a meal and listen to some good music,” he said. “We’ll have certain types of food on different nights. We want it to be a place where you can bring your 6-year-old to listen to some music, eat some ice cream and

drink a pop.” Though rock bands will occasionally be included in the line-up Lewis said the majority of the bands will play bluegrass and country music. “Every Wednesday night we’ll have a jam session,” he said. “We’re basically going back to America’s roots with blues, country, bluegrass, a little bit of old school and a whole variety of music.” Lewis also said he hopes the venue attracts some of the township’s young people who may not

have had a chance to play live music in front of an audience before. “Hopefully, there’s a lot of young musicians around that never get to play that will come in,” he said. “We’d like to feature some young talent and make it a place for the youth of Goshen to go. We hope to offer some music lessons and stuff like that, which will give them something to do other than hanging out in the streets.” The music museum will highlight local musicians such as Boot-


Garden club to meet

The auxiliary also will host a raffle for a flat screen TV that will be given away during the final fish fry Friday, April 22.

MILFORD – Milford Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at the home of Marsha Christman. New members are welcome. Call 625-6487 for information and directions. Note the new meeting time.

Council interviews

Combat Challenge

MILFORD – The Milford/Miami Township Firefighter Combat Challenge organizers will hold a wingeating contest to raise money for the challenge. The contest will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Quaker Steak & Lube, 590 Chamber Drive in Milford. There is a minimum $25 donation. For more information, contact the Milford-Miami Township Chamber of Commerce at 831-2411. Participants must pre-register with the chamber by Monday, March 14. The Firefighter Combat Challenge will be Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, in front of Target, 100 Rivers Edge.

Dinner for seniors

GOSHEN TOWNSHP – Senior citizens are invited to the Goshen local schools annual senior citizens event April 14 at Spaulding Elementary School, 6755 Linton Road. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with social time and pictures. The evening will include dinner and a performance by selected students from each school building. Admission is free and valet parking will be available. To make reservations, call the school board office at 722-2222 before April 5. The event is sponsored by the Community and Staff Public Relations Committee of Goshen local schools.

sy Collins and recording studios based in Cincinnati, Land said. “A lot of our young people have not clue about Kings Records or Herzog Records where Hank Williams recorded right here in Cincinnati,” he said. “Basically, it’s just going to bring awareness to our music heritage.” A Music Cafe is expected to open at 1513 Ohio 28 this spring. For more information, visit

Taking the stage


Milford High School’s varsity color guard won third place Sunday in the Winter Guard International regional competition at Kettering Fairmont High School in Dayton. The guard, competing in the Scholastic A division with their “Jar of Hearts” show, will also compete in a WGI super regional in Nashville and the WGI world finals in Dayton in the next month. Getting ready to take the floor to perform in the preliminary round while their performance floor is placed are, from left, Erin Johnson, Brianna Blankenship, Emily Schulte, Brittany Chin, Olivia Duguid and Caitlin Presley, with co-director Jay Logan. The guard is directed by Drew Steinbrecher, Logan and Megan Scott. The guard will also compete in the TriState Circuit competition it hosts on March 19.

Farmers’ breakfast

OWENSVILLE – Clermont County residents are invited to attend a "Farmers Share Breakfast” presented by Clermont County Farm Bureau and supported by local businesses and friends of agriculture. The breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Blue Ribbon Cafe on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, 1000 Locust St. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice, milk and coffee for 50 cents per plate. The cost of the breakfast represents the average price farmers receive for producing this meal. Event-goers also will have a chance to view agricultural displays and learn more about local agriculture and its

impact on the community.The vision of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is “forging a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace.” Currently Clermont County has almost 2,700 members. For membership information please visit For more information on the breakfast, call the farm bureau office at 937-378-2212.

from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station in Newtonsville, 797 Wright St. You also can call 625-6212 to place a carryout order. The menu will include fried fish, shrimp or barbecue with two items, dessert and a drink for $7. Kids meals are $3.50. A la cart items also are available.

MILFORD – Milford City Council will interview candidates who applied for the open city council seat during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the city council chambers, 745 Center St. The position is available because Mark Rohrig resigned March 16. He was voted to office in November 2009. Council is expected to appoint the new council member during the regular meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in city council chambers.

Parks and Rec position

MILFORD – The Milford Parks and Recreation Commission is searching for a city resident to fill a commission vacancy. The Parks and Recreation Commission is a five-member volunteer board appointed by city council which reviews and recommends plans for park improvements and monitors the implementation of the Park and Recreation Master Plan. The Parks and Recreation Commission meetings typically are held on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in being considered for this posi-

tion, please send a resume or letter of interest to Pam Holbrook at For more information, call 248-5093.

’50s & ’60s Dance

UNION TWP. – Clermont Senior Services will host the sixth annual 50s and 60s dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Mt. Carmel American Legion Hall, Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74. Special guest is the “Music Professor” Jim LaBarbara. Cost is $20 per person. Ticket price includes admission, chips and pretzels, soda and beer, and a meal. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Dancers and Best Costume. There will be a raffle, split the pot, and door prizes. Make reservations by March 11 by calling 513-5364002.

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Members of McCormick Elementary’s Dragonfly Club recently designed catapults and tested the distance a cotton ball would travel. Here, the students test their self-made catapults.

Catapult capers

Members of McCormick Elementary’s Dragonfly Club, an inquiry-based science club for third- and fourth-graders, recently designed catapults and tested the distance a cotton ball would travel. The students looked at other catapults, designed their own and modified placement of the parts to get one that would send the cotton ball furthest. PROVIDED

Milford teachers recently attended the Earth Expedition Conference held at the Cincinnati Zoo. Here, Mary Pat Harris of McCormick Elementary meets the Cincinnati Zoo’s bearcat while at the conference.

Earthly expeditions Milford teachers recently attended the Earth Expedition Conference held at the Cincinnati Zoo. Earth Expeditions is a global conservation and education program.


Members of McCormick Elementary’s Dragonfly Club members Sammie Ernest, Ross Flick and Mark Ostander determine which catapult design sends a cotton ball furthest. They recently designed catapults and tested the distance a cotton ball would travel.

HONOR ROLLS Clermont Northeastern Middle School

The following students have earned honors for the first trimester of 2010-2011.

All As

Victoria Baker, Rachel Barnes, Maggie Bierman, Kynlyn Brown, Alexis Burden, Tyler Camacho, Brianne Carwell, Shannon Carwell, Kayla Christman, Sydney Coogan, McKenzie Cooper, Kayla Diekmann, Alexandra Flower, Sydney Gacek, Renee Gadzinski, Olivia Hoerth, Andrea Johnson, Kyle Jones, Katherine Kelley, James Lambing, Hailey Mantel, Hannah Mantel, Brooke Marlow, Morgan Schweiger , Jessica Shafer, Madison Sommer, Johannah Stegemann, Jacqueline Sullivan, Rachel Ward, Timothy Warner, Kyle Watson, Terra Werring, Briana Whalen, Savannah Wills and Josh Yaggi.

As and Bs

Caitlin Adams, Mark Aselage, Anna Beck, Jessie Blevins, Hannah Bowles, Trevor Braun, Gwena Caldwell, James Camacho, Storm Cole, Kellie Costigan, Leann Crawley, Jesse Davidson, Ethan Diemer, Hunter Doughman, Owen Ellis, Jennifer Erickson, Joshua Feldkamp, Sarah Frantz, Rachel Gadzinski, Taylor Gardner-Alexander, Dylan Gentry, Allison Gilkerson, Jessica Glancy, Crystal Gott, Morgan Gregston, Chandra Griffis, Andrew Harcourt, Trysten Harris, Kyle Heagy, Hannah Hoerth, Justin Imholt, Nathan Jacobs, Angel Johnson, Dylan Jones, Shelby Joslin, Patrick Kelley, Sierra Kibbey, Maggie Libbert, Christopher Lindsley, Jakob Lloyd, Taylor Lowe, Jonathon McLemore, Bryan (Hunter) McQuitty, Brandon Mullins, Jenna Mummert, Luke Newton, Leah Noakes-Miller, Nicholas Penning-

ton, Katelyn Phillips, Hannah Ross, Holly Sanft, Rebecka Scherzinger, Josie Seibert, Jacob Shafer, Luke Shaw, Cody Shoupe, Shaylynn Slone, Keely Smith, Makayla Stahl, Angus Stenger, Jennifer Stockton, Kimberly Sturgill, Holly Sullivan, Lynzee Sullivan, Brian Switzer, Kyle Toles, Shelby Valenti, Lexie Walker, Lydia Walker, Sarah Werring, Michael Whalen, Tiffany Williams, Kayla Wilson, Victoria Winland, Aaron Witt, Bailey Wood, Samuel Wooten, Casey Worley and Lindsay Wright.


Milford teachers recently attended the Earth Expedition Conference held at the Cincinnati Zoo. Pictured is, from left: Thane Maynard, chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Zoo; Bernadette Plair, Neo Tropical Conservation program manager at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the zoo; and Mary Pat Harris, McCormick Elementary teacher.

St. Louis School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.

A Honors

Zach Arnold, Max Boland, Cassidy Carstens, Madison Espelage, Brian Gauch, Paul Jaehnen, Molly Kidwell, Brendan McGreevy, Katherine McManus, David Smith, Sadye Sutton, Grace Weber, Luke Weber and Ted Weber.

A/B Honors

Jackson Ayers, Luke Baker, Alexandria Battaglia, Gigi Beebe, James Bockhorst, Maria Bockhorst, Jacob Carlier, Darryl Cousineau, Morgan Cox, Mitchell Davis, Cristina Egred, Jonathan Esz, Rachel Esz, Taylor Fox, Abigail Gauch, Philip Gentry, Conn Gerrard, Cullen Gerrard, James (Griffin) Gilreath, William (Gannon) Gilreath, Samuel Hardie, Isabella Herron, Ethan Howell, Nicholas Howell, Luke Jaehnen, Jenna Lawrence, Connor Peed, Donovan Peed, Grace Penker, Elijah Proffitt, Keane Reed, Quinn Reed, Will Scheffter, Raquel Schmid, Nicole Scott, Erika Smith, Isabel Steinmetz, Eliah Tueimeh, Izzat Tueimeh, Hannah VanZant, Joe Welage, Katie Wolf and Ellen Wright.

Wisby awarded Xavier scholarship Alyssa Wisby of Owensville, daughter of Malissa and Chad Vance, has accepted a transfer scholarship from Xavier University. She graduated from Blanchester High School in 2008 and plans to major in psychology and criminal justice at Xavier.


Milford teachers recently attended the Earth Expedition Conference held at the Cincinnati Zoo. Pictured are Milford teachers, from left, Rachelle Rapp, Mary Pat Harris and Raylene Gerber, with Dan Marsh (second from left), director of education at the Cincinnati Zoo.


McCormick Elementary student Chris Van der Loo, right, performs magic tricks for other students.


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Some students learn about math concepts using geoboards.

Math Night

McCormick Elementary recently held Math Night at the school for students and parents. Teachers from each grade level provided activities for families to work on together.



McCormick Elementary student Michael Van der Loo places straws on the board to solve a math problem.

McCormick Elementary student Jay Gibson compares his height to a corn snake’s recent shed. His brother Hayden, top, and another student calculates how many inches he’ll need to grow to be equal in length.

McCormick Elementary students use colored cubes, which can be arranged in patterns or assigned values, to learn about math. PROVIDED

Milford swimmers go to Jr. Olympics Coming off of a stellar performance at the Ohio Short Course Regional Championships at Mason High School, the Milford Area Swim Team (MAST) is sending 10 swimmers to the Ohio Junior Olympic Championships in Bowling Green Ohio, March 11-13. MAST will send their 9and 10-year-old girls 200 yard medley relay team and 200 yard freestyle relay team consisting of: Megan Lubinski, Natalie Martinez, Marcy Smith and Cora Striet. Lubinski also qualified in the 50-yard breaststroke and Striet qualified for the 50-yard backstroke in individual events. MAST swimmer Sean Kunkemoeller qualified in the 50-yard freestyle. Jacob Westerkamp qualified in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke.

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Tyler Babinec, 10, a Milford Area Swim Team member, competes in the Ohio Short Course Regional championships. The 9- and 10-year-old boys 200 medley and free relay team of Tyler Babinec, Cameron Egleseder, Connor Gleim and Nathan Hawkins also qualified for the championships. Eglseder also had an individual qualification

in the 50 yard butterfly. The 10-year-old Babinec continues his end of season streak qualifying in nine individual events and the two relay teams. Babinec has qualified in the 50-yard butterfly, freestyle, back-

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Gresham wins state, Simpson takes third By Adam Turer

Goshen High School junior Chaz Gresham is the 2011 Division II state champion wrestler at 189 pounds. He became the second state wrestling champion in school history and first in 32 years. He also accomplished the feat in the same year his stepbrother, Joey Ward of Moeller (see separate story), won a title in the 125-pound weight class. “It means a lot,” head coach Dallas Rise said. “He set the goal for himself at the beginning of the year that he wanted to win state.” Gresham placed at state in each of his first two varsity seasons, but fell short of first place. His coaches knew he had the potential to break through this season. Gresham faced some of the top competition in the state and in the country throughout the season. He wrestled at the Walsh Ironman Invitational in December, one of the nation’s top high school wrestling meets. “We put together a really tough schedule for him,” Rise said. “He lost some matches early in the year to some high-caliber kids.” After a second-place district finish, Gresham breezed through his first few matches at the state tournament. “He’s so good that kids


Goshen High School Chaz Gresham gets a win over Mantua Crestwood’s Joey Monroe in the 189 weight class on March 4 in the Ohio High School Division II State Wrestling Tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Columbus. facing him for the first time have a real tough time trying to figure him out,” Rise said. The state final was a rematch from the previous weekend’s district final. Gresham avenged a controversial loss at districts. Despite losing to St. Parish Graham’s Huston

Evans the week before, Gresham was confident heading into the rematch. “In his mind, he knew that he could beat him,” said Rise, of Gresham’s mindset going into his championship match against Evans. Senior Aaron Walker traveled up to Columbus to

help Gresham train in between matches. Walker just missed qualifying for state himself at 140 pounds, but supported Gresham by warming up and drilling with him in Columbus. The state championship was a culmination of the grueling season and years of hard work for Gresham. It was an emotional moment for the junior, his coaches, and his family. “In the last few seconds of the championship match, his dad started to tear up a bit,” said Rise. “He’s not the kind of guy to do that, and seeing him choked me up a bit too.” Rise hopes to obtain a blown-up print of the final state bracket, showing Gresham as the last man standing. He wants to hang the print up in the school’s wrestling room to motivate future Warriors. “We have a few really good kids in our youth program and this gives them something to look to,” said Rise. “This can definitely be used as a motivation tool.” Clermont Northeastern senior Nick Simpson capped his record-breaking career with a third-place finish in the 103 pound class at state. “We’re very proud of Nick,” head coach Scott Wells said. “He lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals.” Simpson’s third-place medal was the second-highest in school history and


Clermont Northeastern’s Nick Simpson, a senior, shown grappling with Trey Davisson, a senior at New Lexington, during their match in the 103-pound division at districts, took third place at state. best since 2002. He set the CNE single season and career wins records this season. Simpson was named the Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference American Division cowrestler of the year and won a district title this season. He also won his third sectional title. After crushing his first two opponents by a combined score of 28-0, Simpson fell to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Mike Rix 10 in the semifinals on Friday, March 4. Rix went on to win the state championship. Simpson won both of his matches on Saturday,

March 5, to earn the thirdplace medal. In his five state matches, Simpson outscored his opponents by a total score of 33-2. He wrestled at 112 pounds during the regular season, but dropped down to 103 pounds for the postseason. He was the only senior in that class at state, and faced a strong batch of young wrestlers. Simpson finished his CNE career with 136 wins, to just 21 losses. He posted a 46-1 record this season, setting the CNE single-season record for wins. “Nick will be hard to replace,” Wells said. “I hope younger kids see that they can do this at CNE.” Simpson set the standard for all future Rockets wrestlers, both on and off the mat. He challenged himself in the classroom and in the gym. Simpson leaves behind a winning legacy at CNE. “Nick represented CNE very well,” said Wells. “He’s a classy young man and a great student-athlete. He’s well respected by his teammates and his teachers.” Simpson hopes to wrestle next year in college and will begin going on college visits in the coming weeks, said Wells. Wells is hopeful that Simpson’s achievements and positive influence will help boost the CNE wrestling program’s profile. “I hope the school and community recognize Nick’s accomplishments,” he said.

Moeller’s Ward wins championship By Scott Springer

The Moeller wrestling machine continued on in Columbus as the Crusaders sent eight to state, along with three alternates, from March 3-5 at the Schottenstein Center. District champion junior Joey Ward proved his worth statewide by taking first place at 125 pounds in Division I. Ward beat by decision Kagan Squire of one of the big DI powerhouses, Wadsworth for the championship. "It's really (about) who's on, matchups and who can handle some of the pressure," coach Jeff Gaier said on winning a state title. Ward handled all of his pressure fine as he pinned

his first opponent, wasn't scored on for the next two, then hung on for the championship against Squire. Ward was Moeller's only state champion, and it was a family affair for the Wards as his stepbrother Chaz Gresham of Goshen won the state title at 189 pounds in Division II. "He was in a good position and a good spot on the bracket," Gaier said of his junior champ. "He believed he could win it. That's half the battle if you can get the kids to believe." Before Ward's feat March 5, Moeller's last state champions were from 2007 – Germane Lindsey at 140 pounds, who wrestled at Ohio University, and heavyweight Frank Becker, who

went on to play football at UC. Even though they had multiple qualifiers, a team title for Moeller was difficult. Lakewood St. Edward (near Cleveland) had 10, Wadsworth had nine, Massillon Perry had eight. Gaier saw those three schools as the top Division I threats and they were (it was Lakewood St. Edward, Massillon Perry and Wadsworth in that order). Elder finished fourth, with the Crusaders six points back in fifth. "They had guys that were ranked a little higher," Gaier said. "It was going to be tough to get past those three." Among Moeller's other wrestlers faring well was 119-pound senior Brian

MacVeigh who took third place over Del Vinas of Twinsburg. MacVeigh had to battle back through the consolation rounds after losing his first match 2-1 to Mitch Newhouse of Massillon Perry. Gaier also sent some youthful Crusaders to the state mat as freshmen Dean Meyer (140), Dakota Sizemore (145), Jerry Thornberry (189) and Chalmer Frueauf (215) all got a chance to tangle for a title. Of the four freshmen, Frueauf took fourth, losing the third-place match to Jason Gott of Elyria 11-6, while Meyer and Thornberry both placed eighth. "For them to put together as many good matches as they did as freshmen is

quite a feat," Gaier said. "We've only had a handful of freshman ever qualify for the state tournament. To have four of them in one year is a pretty nice accomplishment." It also means Jeff Gaier and Moeller will be loaded with talent again next season as only one of his five state placers graduates (Brian MacVeigh). The key to winning a state title is tough to teach. Moeller's advantage is their reputation and experience in being in the big venues. "The biggest thing is that the nerves don't get to you," Gaier said. "It is intimidating. You walk out there and you've got 17-18,000 people. We've had guys win state titles against guys that


At Value City Arena in Columbus March 5, Moeller’s Joey Ward wins the Division I 125 pound State Wrestling Championship. Ward’s stepbrother, Chaz Gresham, also won a state title in Division II for Goshen at 189 pounds. beat them handily the previous week and I think it was because of nerves. It just comes down to being loose and confident."

Goshen hoops exceed expectations By Adam Turer


Derek Koch of Goshen uses his speed to catch the McNicholas defense off guard. No. 3 seed McNicholas met the No. 4 seeded Goshen Warriors in the second round of the district tournament March 1.

It’s not every year that a high school basketball coach fields a team of 10 seniors. For Goshen’s Scott Wake, this was a special season. The Warriors exceeded expectations, but their season ended on March 1 with a 35-34 loss to McNicholas in their first game of the sectional tournament. The Warriors drew a bye in the first round and faced the 14-7 Rockets in the second round. McNick’s Ryan Haynes sunk a free throw with two seconds left to give the Rockets the one-point victory. “That was probably one of the toughest losses I’ve ever had,” Wake said. “Both teams played really well defensively. There weren’t a lot of

shots to be had.” Despite the heartbreaking tournament exit, the Warriors have plenty to be proud of this season. The Warriors posted a 9-1 record in Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference American Division play to win the league championship. Wake said he picked his team to finish third in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll. The team finished with a 17-4 overall record, the most wins for a Warriors team since the mid-1980s, according to Wake. “Looking back, it was a great year,” Wake said. “We were not expected to win the league or win 17 games. I think we exceeded our own expectations.” The team’s 10 seniors have left an impressive legacy at Goshen. Derek Koch, Anthony Voto, and Nick

Wake earned first team, all-SBAAC honors. James Ashcraft was named to the second team. Nick Wake was named the American Division Player of the Year, while Scott Wake earned Coach of the Year honors. Nick Wake, the team’s leader in scoring, assists, and steals also earned second team all-Southwest District honors. “This was as good a group of seniors as we’ve ever had,” Scott Wake said. “They have always been successful, going back to seventh and eighth grade. They found a way to win. It’s a tribute to their hard work in the offseasons and during the season.” Next season, the Warriors will field an entirely new varsity roster. The junior varsity also had a winning season this year. The players will need to adapt quickly against

more experienced varsity opponents next year. For Scott and Nick Wake, this season was the culmination of years of working together. The father coached his son to be a successful point guard and leader. The son dedicated himself to the program, leading his team to its best season in nearly 20 years. The reality that their run together at Goshen is over after four seasons is starting to set in for coach Wake. “It’s going to be different not coaching Nick next year,” said Scott Wake. “It was harder than I thought it would be when that last night came.” “Hopefully someone will be willing to work as hard as he did to be someone we could always count on at that position.”


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Lots of common ground can be found I am grateful that I live in America where people like Len Harding and myself are free to have different opinions and to share them with others. I believe name calling and grouping people together under various headings shows shallow understanding and is a classic tactic to avoid discussing the issues while trying to discredit those who you may not agree with. Our system of government requires an open dialog on the issues so each voter may hear both sides to determine their own position. Offering a few words of praise for Representative Schmidt does not mean someone agrees with her every move. Without com-

ments to our representatives identifying which of their votes we agree or disagree with how will they know the will of the citizens they represent? Lumping all attendees of the Tea Party under the heading of Republican or big business schemers could not be farther from reality. Instead Tea Party members are guided by a few simple core values – Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Governments and Free Markets. These values are independent of political parties. As a conservative I was rarely happy with the decisions of President Bush. I was not satisfied with John McCain as the Republican candidate in our last election. I

voted for both of them because while they differed from my values and principles they were closer to my position than the other candidates. As a conservative I also don’t like the Wall Street fat cats that use money for political influence in both major political parties. This leads to corrupt politicians chasing the lobbying dollars for their own re-election instead of keeping focused on their job of working for and representing the citizens. Both President Bush and President Obama have appointed Wall Street insiders to positions in their administrations. They do this for many special interests just so they can receive their financial backing.

Some people like to point out everything they disagree with in a group like the Tea Party. I think if you instead list everything you agree with you will see that you have longer list of things you share in common than are different. For example, I have a family member that is a union member who has voted differently than me during each Presidential election for the last 25 years. Someone taking a simplistic view of this would say we disagree on everything and make this an issue about political parities. When we discuss issues like taxes, government spending, government regulations, special interest lobbying, abortion, gay marriage, political

corruption, oil and energy independence, farm subsiStuart dies, foreign Kennedy affairs and so on, Community we agree on about 90 percent Press guest of the issues. columnist I suggest that Mr. Harding and everyone else attend a Tea Party meeting and decide for themselves what they think of the Tea Party. You might learn we really are party neutral and instead approach each issue with our core values. You might even learn that you agree with us some of the time. Stuart Kennedy lives in Union Township.

Chronic pain real, often silent


Cincinnati Reds fans cheer their team against the Philadelphia Phillies during the National League Division Series at Great American Ball Park.

CH@TROOM March 2 questions

Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? “Am I looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last? “Isn’t it strange how age and the world situation can change your perspective? I can remember in the ’70s when we hung out with neighbors outside on the sidewalk, listening to Johnny Bench, Joe Nuxhall, Davie Concepion, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and all the rest of them, never missing a pitch. These days, my interest has really waned. Maybe all of the scary stuff going on in Egypt and the mid-East, as well as our struggling economy and the strife involving public employees labor unions keeps me from enjoying things like baseball.” B.B. “It would be so great for Cincinnati to have a winning team again! While last season was fabulous for the Reds and the community. It would be amazing to see the Reds go to the World Series in 2011. With a NFL team that is so lousy, it’s fun to have a baseball team that wins! It’s good for improving the community spirit and good economically for Cincinnati! Let’s have another winning season. Go, Reds!” E.E.C.

This week’s question Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing protesters at military funerals? Why or why not? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “No, as a teacher in the state of Ohio I simply can not sit by and watch millions of dollars being thrown to the wind on sports players.” K.S. “I am very much looking for the Cincinnati Reds season. I think the Reds are an asset to the city and we need to do what we can to support them. Furthermore, I think we have the talent to have a winning team this year.” E.S. “Ahhh. The warm sunshine, the green grass, and the crack of the bat. I look forward to the opening of the Reds’ season every year. I think this year will bring more pressure on the team, and hopefully more fans in the stands so that Mr. Castellini can afford to keep our good team together. Go Reds!” M.T.

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My son Trevor has been through more in his 18 years than most adults deal with in their lifetime. As parents, it is extremely difficult to see your child fight for his life and live with chronic pain. I pray for you that you never have to endure that. As Trevor’s mother, I’ve tried to stay as upbeat as I can in front of our son, encouraging him and praying for him through his fight. Knowing this, can you imagine how painful it is to hear disbelieving comments about his medical conditions of chronic pain? I’ve heard the snide remarks about how well he “looks;” he needs to push through it; and people treating him downright rude and/or ugly because they are ignorant in understanding what chronic pain is. It has happened with our family (not those who live with him); school administration; his teachers; his peers; a school counselor; a school nurse; family friends; his employer; and more. The most hurtful remarks are from people who should believe you because they are your family. None of these people are his doctors. He has never ever had a doctor question the amount of pain he is in. Most people who endure chronic pain do not share these private matters with many people. You should feel honored they

Trevor Ratley and Tamara Ratley Community Press guest columnists chose you. You can encourage them by listening and being positive. If you are not encouraging the person with a positive presence and positive comments, they don’t need you. I’ve experienced sharing about the pain he recently endured to hear, “well he looks perfectly fine to me.” My internal reaction is how sad for you to have a need to put down a person who already is fighting to keep themselves positive. Thankfully, there are a few people who have been Trevor’s advocate; his grandparents; Dr. Kelly Kirwan; some close friends; and a couple teachers. On a positive note, Trevor has had two big miracles in his medical diagnosis, which doctors cannot explain. Trevor’s Muscular Dystrophy

Injury leads to understanding So far this year, I felt as if I was an Everybody Counts participant learning what a senior with health issues goes through daily. It started three days before Christmas when I fell in the snow. I sprained my wrist, cracked a tiny bone in my hand and reinjured my left knee and thigh muscle. My hand required a splint. I didn’t realize how much I used my left hand until I had to answer phones or drive with one hand. Putting on a sweater or coat created problems, especially when Velcro on the splint attached itself to the coat lining. When a co-worker saw me come to work one cold day with my coat barely draped around my shoulders, she gave me a poncho to wear instead. And, forget tying my snow boots. I also couldn’t lift anything over five pounds or kneel. When I subbed at our information table at a neighborhood Kroger, I relied on one of our bus drivers for transportation. As he routinely does with seniors, Driver Ron Potraffke helped me on the bus, buckled my seat belt, assisted me off, and carried our agency sign, easel and my tote bag.

While riding the bus, I struck up a conversation with a veteran named Robert. He goes to a treatment clinic three days a week. He has no other transportation except Clermont Senior Services. That gave me a jolt. I grumbled about being inconvenienced by my injuries, yet circumstances for many seniors like Robert are permanent. They rely upon CSS drivers/buses to get to and from doctor appointments, medical treatments and hospitals while coping with health issues that are far more than an inconvenience. After Robert was dropped off at the clinic, I asked Ron what it is like driving a bus for CSS. He said most passengers have a positive attitude and consider the agency and its services a blessing. I also found friendships are made and rediscovered while seniors ride buses. “Some seniors who have lost touch with former co-workers or classmates meet up again on the bus,” Ron said. “Others, who ride to and from lifelong learning centers, start socializing outside centers.” Driver Steve Hess picked me up from Kroger. He expressed his commitment to seniors, saying being a

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diagnosis stated he was supposed to either not be with us or he was supposed to be completely crippled and his cardiologist is amazed that Trevor’s heart is doing so well. Miracles do happen. Trevor’s grandma and I took Trevor to a research hospital in New York several times. With different medications and therapies Trevor went from once bed-ridden to the young man you may see walking down the hallway at Anderson High School. He attends school full-time for the first time in more than four years; and is only one or two classes behind graduating with his peers. Trevor is undoubtedly the bravest person I know. He is tougher than any athlete I’ve known and he is exceptionally emotionally strong. He deals with daily chronic pain. My husband and I are very proud of Trevor. Our prayers will continue for healing and who knows maybe he will have yet another miracle that the doctors cannot explain and he will be pain free, too. Tamara Ratley is the mother of Trevor Ratley. The family lives in Anderson Township. Tamara and her husband work in Clermont County. She wrote this column in response to a column about chronic pain written by Amy Monahan, community editor for the Community Press.

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CSS driver is the one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable jobs he has ever had. “It’s nice going home at Sharon the end of the day Brumagem knowing I have made a difference Community in a senior’s life.” Press guest Drivers are not columnist the only ones making a difference. This year’s frigid winter took a toll on many heating systems. For several weeks the intake department daily answered calls from frantic seniors without heat. When we had problems with our furnace, my co-workers offered us space heaters. You better believe my understanding increased the next time a senior called worried about losing heat and whether or not pipes would freeze. My experiences definitely were enlightening about what others deal with every day. Sharon Brumagem writes Town Crier and is communications assistant for Clermont Senior Services.



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George Brown to retire after 20 years with Senior Services By Kellie Geist-May

After more than 20 years with Clermont Senior Services, Executive Director George Brown will be passing on the agency’s reins. “I’ve had a wonderful career in the field of aging and, as I’ve aged myself, I realize how precious time is and I have lot of things I want to do. It was just time to consider moving forward,” Brown said. “Retirement is not unlike a kid going off to the first grade. You’re excited about the new adventures you’re going to have and the things you’ll discover, but you still have some concerns about leaving the comfort of home and your family,” he said. “I’ll be leaving the comforts and security of works and my associations in the community, but retirement is an important rite of passage and I’m privileged that I will be able to have the opportunity to have a retirement period in my life to enjoy exploring new opportunities.” Some of those opportunities will include traveling with his “travel trailer sweetheart” and hiking the


Clermont Senior Services Executive Director George Brown talks to Batavia resident Ruth Ann Ashburn at a Dimmitt Woods Community Review meeting. national park system. Brown said he has no plans for a second career. “I also want to spend more time with my family and my grandchildren. I anticipate that I might still have some opportunities to be involved in the community, but I don’t have any

specific plans,” he said. Brown announced his retirement Wednesday, Feb. 23, but his last day won’t be until Dec. 31, 2011. “We are in the midst of a construction project to relocate the adult day services program, and we will break ground on our seventh sen-

ior housing facility this spring. Plus, the senior services levy will be on the ballot in November. It will be a busy year,” Brown said. “I wanted to announce my retirement early so the community would be aware of our transition plans. I’m





Impact on facilities

During his time with Clermont Senior Services, Executive Director George Brown has spearheaded multiple housing and facility projects. Here are some highlights: • Clermont Senior Services moved into and expanded at 2085 James Sauls Drive. • Built the new kitchen facility for the Clermont Senior Services campus and Meals-on-Wheels. • Built six senior housing facetious including The Crossings at Amelia, Garrison Place, Lytle Trace, Steamboat Trails, O'Bannon Terrace and Summerside Woods. The agency also is working to build Dimmit Woods in Batavia. • Clermont Senior Services, this summer, will finish renovations to open a new Adult Day Services facility on the agency's campus. Those services currently are housed at the YMCA. going to be leaving things in good hands,” he said. Cindy Gramke, who has been working with Brown as the associate director for two years, will take over as the director of Clermont Senior Services after Brown’s retirement. Before her most recent stint with Clermont Senior Service, Gramke worked for the agency for 15 years and as the Executive Director of Clermont 20/20 for 11 years. She worked under both Brown and Clermont Senior Services founder Lois Brown Dale and served on the board of trustees for eight years. “It has really been a wonderful experience to work with George. If he walked in tomorrow and told me he wasn’t going to retire for another three or five years, I’d say ‘OK.’ I just have so much respect for him and his style of leadership,” Gramke said. “I’ve truly analyzed at what George and Lois have done to learn from them.

They have taught me so many lessons and I feel like I’m being given an amazing opportunity to carry on this legacy,” she said. “My leadership, with everything Lois and George have instilled in me, will be a continuum of the culture and tradition of care and ‘service with heart.’” Brown is only the second executive director Clermont Senior Services has ever had. “It is extraordinary that we have had only two directors during the 40 or so years that the agency has been serving the older citizens of Clermont County. The scope and quality of the services we provide today are the director result of the exemplary leadership provided by Lois Brown Dale and George Brown, and the phenomenal staff teams they organized,” said Board Chair Tom Rocklin.

Fire investigation seminar draws large crowd By Kellie Geist-May

More than 100 firefighters from the Greater Cincinnati area came to Clermont County Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a seminar about investigating vehicle fires. The class was hosted by the Clermont County Fire and EMS Chief’s Alliance and State Farm Insurance. It was held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate in Union Township. “We have some training available in Cincinnati and in Columbus, but we felt we needed to provide some local training on vehicle fires. It’s not that we have more vehicle fires than anyone else, but they can be difficult to investigate,” said Kevin Riley, chief of the Central Joint Fire Department and president of the alliance. “The feedback we got was very positive.” Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling said the seminar had classroomstyle education in the morning and hands-on investigation in the afternoon. “We pre-burned a few vehicles so we could investigate the cause and look at

“We pre-burned a few vehicles so we could investigate the cause and look at the burn patterns, but we also burned three more cars during the seminar so everyone could see how the fire progresses and the types of patterns those fires create. Most investigators are called out after the fact, so they don’t really get to see those fires first hand.”

Stan Deimling Union Township Fire Chief

the burn patterns, but we also burned three more cars during the seminar so everyone could see how the fire progresses and the types of patterns those fires create,” he said. “Most investigators are called out after the fact, so they don’t really get to see those fires first hand.” Union Township Television also videotaped the burning for future educa-


Members of local fire departments met Monday, Feb. 21, to pre-burn four vehicles in preparation for a fire investigation seminar held Tuesday, Feb. 22. tional purposes. Deimling said it’s important for investigators and people in the safety services industry to keep up on continuing education for fire investigation. “We investigate the cause of every fire that occurs because we need to determine if it was intentional or an accident,” he

said. If a fire is a criminal act, then the person who started the fire needs to be charged, Deimling said. It the fire was accidental, people need to know if there is a way to prevent that fire or if a product is unsafe. This was the second seminar hosted by the chief’s alliance. Deimling

said he hopes to the association continues to offer continuing education. “I think the seminar went very well and the attendance was excellent,” he said. “Most seminars are all classroom, but we made sure this was more handson. I think that made the

difference.” Riley said he wanted to thank the Union Township Fire Department, Holiday Inn and the Fire Investigation Committee of the Clermont County Chief’s Alliance for making the seminar possible.



After burning this truck with gasoline, members of multiple Clermont County fire departments look at the burn patterns and damage. Fire was set to the vehicle in preparation for a fire investigation seminar held Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Union Township Fire Department Lt. Scott Childs tosses a flame onto a truck doused in gasoline. The fire, which was quickly put out, was used to show burn patterns of the fuel. The truck was one of four vehicles pre-burned for a fire investigation seminar held Tuesday, Feb. 22.


Smoke billows out toward state Route 32 as members of local fire departments put out a car fire during the fire investigation seminar pre-burn Monday, Feb. 14.



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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.


Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Eastgate, 4380 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 753-6325. Union Township. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Anderson Township.


Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Inspire and offer suggestions. Ages 13 and up. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


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


Salamander Celebration, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Program and naturalist-led hike to the ponds to look for Jefferson salamanders. Bring flashlight. Ages 5 and up. $7, $3 children; $5, $1 children for members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. Maple Sugaring Days for Scouts, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Learn science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Includes guided hike in sugarbush, information on origins of sugaring and visit to Sugar House. $150 for 21-30 scouts with three free chaperones; $100 for 13-20 scouts with two free chaperones; $50 for 10-12 scouts with one free chaperone. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 1


Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 140 N. Sixth St., Includes fish, shrimp, crab cakes, tuna melt, cheese pizza, sides, soup, salad and desserts. Carryout available. $4$9. Presented by Holy Trinity-Batavia. 7322024; Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish or shrimp platters, fish sandwich, French fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, desserts and drinks. Other menu items available. Carryout available. Benefits veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. $6.75 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, baked potato, macaroni and cheese, Saratoga chips, coleslaw, cottage cheese and apple sauce. Carryout available. Family friendly. $6. 8319876. Milford. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Grilled salmon, shrimp and fish dinners, fish sandwich, pizza, sides and beverages. Drivethrough available. $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. Goshen United Methodist Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road, Includes fish, chicken, shrimp, macaroni and cheese or French fries, cole slaw and desserts. Carryout available. Benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 12 and under. 722-2541; Goshen. St. Veronica Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Includes fries and baked fish and shrimp platters, fish sandwiches, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, sides and more. Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. $7.50 platters, $4.50 sandwich. 528-1622. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford. Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5890 Buckwheat Road, Dinners include fried cod or shrimp, or baked salmon or tilapia, or cheese pizza. Sides and drinks available. Carryout available. $9, $4 children. 575-0119. Milford.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Black Bone Cat, 9:45 p.m.-1:45 a.m., Pete’s Cafe, 1220 Ohio 28, Free. 575-2150. Milford.


Lagniappe, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Anna Ree’s Andouille, 1329 U.S. 52, Cajun. 699-4102; New Richmond.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St., Highlyacclaimed Broadway and movie hit. $16, $14 students and seniors. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 683-9687; Loveland. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 1 2


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

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati Charity Dinner, 6:30-10 p.m., Ivy Hills Country Club, 7711 Ivy Hills Blvd., Food, cash bar, silent auction and information about Labradors who need homes. Benefits Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati Inc. 753-7572; Newtown.




Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.

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

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


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


Elvis Night with Jo-El, 7-8 p.m., Great Scott, 106 E. Main St., All-night movie, music, food specials and music. Family friendly. Free. 943-4637. Amelia.


Live Bait Comedy, 7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Comedians Kim Sherwood, Michael Rudolph, Myles Kapson and Rob Wilfong. $5 donation. 5289909. Mount Carmel.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland.


Miami Valley Christian Academy Open House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Miami Valley Christian Academy, 6830 School St., Meet teachers and tour school. All grade levels. 2726822. Newtown.


Miami Township Art Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Room. Local artists display and sell art in variety of media such as paintings, wood working, jewelry, photography and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Miami Township Parks and Recreation. 2483727. Miami Township. GIG Metal Designs Trunk Show, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, 16 Main St., Custom, made-to-order sterling silver and copper hand stamped jewelry. Includes Dog Tags for Kids, latest Beach and Love XO series and a collection of popular metal necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Free. Presented by GIG Metal Designs. 8318300; Milford.


Goshen United Methodist will hold a fish fry 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the church, 6710 Goshen Road. The fish fry includes fish, chicken, shrimp, macaroni and cheese or French fries, cole slaw and desserts. Carryout is available. The event benefits United Methodist Men’s church projects. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 722-2541 or visit See all local fish fries listed under the “Food & Drink” category on Friday, March 11. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 1 3


Indoor Tennis, 4-5 p.m. (Beginner) and 5-6 p.m. (Intermediate), Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Continues weekly through April 17. Facilitated by Joe Foley, tournament champion and former captain of UC tennis team. Access to locker rooms and sauna. Bring your own racquet. $69. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932, press 2; Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK Country Buffet Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, All-youcan-eat buffet includes coffee and juice. $7. 831-9876. Milford.


Guys and Dolls, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland.

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Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland.


Matt Snow, 6:30-9:30 p.m., By Golly’s, 714 Lila Ave., Performing Frank Sinatra tunes. Family friendly. 248-4444. Milford. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 5


HR Roundtable: Effective Recruitment and Selection Strategies, 8:30-10 a.m., Clermont Chamber of Commerce, 4355 Ferguson Drive, Suite 150, Interactive forum for anyone who has HR responsibility, including small business owners, office managers and front line supervisors. Free. 576-5000. Union Township.



Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; Amelia.

MMA Big Show: The Primus, 6 p.m., Big Show Gym and Fitness, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. No. 200, Mixed martial arts amateur competition. $48.25 VIP section D; $38.25 sections C-E. 258-3545; Union Township.


Scleroderma Foundation Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital Anderson, 7500 State Road, Medical Office Building 2, Conference Room A. Group leader: Debbie Metz. 866-849-9030. Anderson Township.


Comboni Rhythms Irish Festival, 2-6 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Indoor family event with Irish music, dance, games, food, raffle, silent auction, face painting and entertainment. Benefits Comboni Missionaries. $10 family, $5 per person. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

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

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

All Ages Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Goshen Branch Library, 6678 Ohio 132, Stories, hands-on activities and crafts. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 722-1221; Goshen. Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd., Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond. Story Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50, Stories, crafts and hands-on activities. Ages 6 and under. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-6084. Owensville.


Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; Mount Carmel.

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


Multi-platinum and Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform at the Aronoff Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Special guest is Ben Taylor. For tickets, visit or call 513-621-2787.

Learn to Crochet, 6-7:30 p.m., Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St., With Molly Dutina. Learn basic stitches, how to read a pattern and how to count stitches. Contact branch for list of supplies. Ages 14 and up. Free. Registration required. 732-2128. Batavia. Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.


The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, held March 10-12 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, will feature more than 600 domestic and international wines from more than 100 exhibitors. Grand Tasting tickets are $60-$70 in advance, with a $5 increase if purchased at the door; Special Tasting Room tickets are $35 with purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket; and charity auction and luncheon tickets are $125. The festival benefits local charities. For tickets and tasting times, visit or call 513-723-9463.



March 9, 2011


We have only a limited time in which to bloom It is easier to be a couch potato than an Olympic participant. There are no gold medals for sitting and watching. To be a contestant in the Olympics requires that a person be able to say “no” to themselves and “yes” to a goal. To be a participant in intensifying life we must learn to say “no” to ourselves and “yes” to soul growth. For years an Olympian athlete must say “no” to an easier way of life; “no” to sleeping in; “no” to eating what they want; “no” to doing whatever they feel like doing. How we hate to say “no” ourselves. Yet, to live a successful life it’s necessary. Good parents frequently say “no” to themselves so they can say “yes” to their children; athletes say “no” to their comfort and “yes” to difficult training in order to win; loving spouses say

“no” to tantalizing affairs in order to say “yes” to their own love relationship; and Father Lou r e s o l u t e Guntzelman s t u d e n t s Perspectives say “no” to television so they can say “yes” to their homework and a brighter future. All such self-discipline is extremely difficult. Many Christians are just beginning a six-week period of spiritual self-discipline called Lent. The type of discipline chosen is determined by the person who takes their spiritual growth seriously. Lent is a sort of reality check on ourselves. A television “reality show” is one where we sit and watch how others handle their

lives and on-screen relationships. In Lent we are called upon to honestly look at our own lives. We ask, “How well am I really living my life, my relationships, my responsibilities? Where we see we’re deficient in some way we select some plan to work on our weaknesses in this concentrated period of time. What are some of the disciplines we might consider? Traditionally, Lenten observers “give up” something or “take on” some worthwhile action. The main areas ripe for discipline are food, money, time and relationships. Food is given up by fasting; money by almsgiving to the poor or those who help the poor; overly busy people moderate their busyness by “taking on” periods of silent meditation, reflection and prayer; and relationships are deepened by sharing more quality time

together. Once I suggested to a group of married people that a husband might consider taking his wife out to eat dinner once a week during Lent. They smiled and thought I was kidding. I wasn’t. What really frightens some people is to suggest that they stay away from the computer, or turn off the television, one night a week. Instead, they could read, talk, play games as a family. That suggestion is usually greeted by rolling eyes and a desperate cry, “Then what will we do?” Only gradually do we discover that self-discipline counteracts self-centered egos and the tendency toward instant gratification and ease. It develops a certain mental toughness and sense of responsibility. Too many lives are floundering, aimless and

Applications available for Summerfair 2011 Summerfair Cincinnati, the non-profit arts organization, is accepting artist applications for Summerfair 2011, set for June 3, June 4 and June 5 at Coney Island. Established more than 40 years ago, Summerfair is a combination of more than 325 fine artists and craftspeople from across the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography, four stages of local and regional entertainers, a youth arts entertainment area and a variety of gourmet arts. The annual fine arts fair is Summerfair Cincinnati’s primary fundraiser and consistently ranks among the top 50 art shows nationally. Applications for Summerfair 2011 are available only online through ZAPPli-

cation at Registration on ZAPPlication is free to artists. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4. Acceptance notifications will be emailed, via ZAPP e-mail, to artists March 4. All applicants’ work will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of artists and art educators with backgrounds in the categories offered at Summerfair. To be considered, works submitted must be original art produced by the applicant. Works in the following categories will be featured: Ceramics, drawing/printmaking, glass, jewelry, leather/fiber, metal/sculpture, painting, photography, wood and 2D/3D Mixed Media. Summerfair 2011 will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10

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‘Grow!’ ‘Grow!’ ” If we listen closely, we’ll hear the same call encouraging us this Lenten springtime. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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March 9, 2011

Enjoy ‘mixing’ it up with gluten-free goodies I met Anne Byrn, aka “The Cake Mix Doctor” at a book signing event at Joseph-Beth last week. Anne and I were chatting before the event, and I asked how she acquired this cake mix doctor empire. Her career began simply. Anne was writing a food column for a Nashville newspaper. One summer, right before she went on vacation, she put in recipes for five of her family’s favorite cakes. The hook: start with a boxed mix. This began a frenzy of requests for more “doctored cake mix recipes.” So the cake mix doctor series of books was born, using mixes as a primary ingredient. That idea morphed into her newest book “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free.” “Thirty million in the U.S. are gluten-intolerant or have a gluten sensitivity,” she said. Her readers begged for a gluten-free dessert book. “They didn’t let up,” she told me. I can understand the need since I get requests all the time for gluten-free goodies, including the latest from reader Brenda Nicholson, who specifically asked for “recipes tweaking boxed

glutenfree cake mixes.” Anne makes it easy for people challenged w i t h Rita g l u t e n Heikenfeld ( a n d Rita’s kitchen dairy) to e n j o y desserts. The book has cakes, bars, cookies and muffins. And talk about connecting with the crowd: Anne shared stories of her own life raising a family, juggling a career, etc. We left feeling like we made a new friend.

Gluten-free orange bundt cake

Vegetable oil spray for misting pan 1 tablespoon rice flour, for dusting pan 1 medium orange Orange juice 15 oz. pkg. yellow gluten-free cake mix 1 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

and, using a toothpick or skewer, poke a dozen holes in top. Slowly pour glaze over cake so that it soaks into holes and dribbles down sides. Or omit glaze and sift confectioner’s sugar on top. Let cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature up to three days, or freeze unglazed cake, wrapped in foil, up to one month. Let thaw on counter overnight before glazing.


Rita Heikenfeld, left, met author Anne Byrn, aka The Cake Mix Doctor, during a book signing event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers for “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free.”

Glaze (optional):

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted and blended with 3 tablespoons orange juice

Dairy free:

Substitute margarine for butter Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly mist 12-cup bundt pan with oil spray and dust with rice flour. Shake out excess flour. Grate enough orange zest to measure 2 teaspoons. Squeeze enough juice to measure 2⁄3 cup. If necessary, add juice from

carton or more freshly squeezed juice to make 2⁄3 cup. Put zest, juice, cake mix, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low until ingredients are just incorporated, 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, 11⁄2 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides again if needed. Pour into pan, smoothing top, and bake until golden brown and top springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes. Run long, sharp knife around edge of cake, shake pan gently, and invert onto wire rack. Transfer to serving plate

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Check out my online column for gluten-free cranorange muffins recipe. Go to and search “Heikenfeld.” See it! I have a glutenfree strawberry cake video posted on my blog at

Favorite salmon patties

So many requests for this! Makes sense since Lent is here. The recipe originally came from friend and former colleague, Bonnie Kareth, a Northern Kentucky reader. Here’s my adaptation. Go to taste on onion and celery. 1 can salmon (I used pink salmon) 1 egg, lightly beaten Finely diced onion and celery, 1⁄3 cup each 1 ⁄2 cup Panko bread


Rita’s favorite salmon patties with a side of potatoes and mixed vegetables. crumbs or your favorite Pepper to taste Drain salmon and mix everything together lightly. Form into patties and fry in olive oil over medium heat until brown on both sides and serve with lemon wedge and/or dill sauce. Nice sides are sautéed potatoes and mixed veggies.

So good dill sauce

I like this so much I use it on other seafood dishes, as well.

Mix together: 1

⁄2 cup mayo Juice of half a lemon or more to taste 1 generous teaspoon dried dill leaves or palmful fresh chopped Hot sauce to taste 1 tomato, finely chopped (opt.) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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is the governing body for the Clermont Health District, providing financial oversight and evaluating the work of the district when it comes to protecting and improving the health of all Clermont County citizens. The board of health meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Clermont County General Health District offices, 2275 Bauer Road in Batavia Township. The vacancy on the Clermont Board of Health comes from the departure of longtime member Dr. William Miller. “We want to thank Dr. Miller for his service,” said Clermont Health Commissioner Marty Lambert. “He is the longest-serving member of the board in the agency’s history. Since 1978, Dr. Miller has contributed his dedication and expertise to ensuring the health and safety of Clermont County citizens.” The Board of Health vacancy is for a five-year term. If interested in being considered, send a resume and brief cover letter to Mary Ann Lefker, health district advisory council chair, c/o Clermont County General Health District, 2275 Bauer Road, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Letters of interest should be received by March 11. Specific questions about the position can be directed to Clermont County Health Commissioner Marty Lambert at 7327499. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of being a board of health member, visit and click on the Ohio Association of Boards of Health logo at the bottom.


Time for ’mater planting is fast approaching Howdy folks, Last week the Clermont Senior Services held their annual board retreat meeting. There were several new members that will be on the board for the next two years in attendance. The Senior Services do such a wonderful service for the older folks so they can stay in their homes and be with their families. It is the morning of March 1 as I write this article. It is getting closer to spring and we can start the garden. I was looking at one of our big tanks we use to plant. The spinach we planted late last summer is about ready to be cut so we can have fresh spinach. The Grant Farm and Greenhouses have tomatoes that are over 4 inches tall when we are looking at them. I get excited about planting the garden. When the tractor tires get some drier weather we will till them and put the walls of water on each so the ground can start warming up. The first of April the tomato plants can be put in each of them. If nothing happens the last part of June there will be some ripe tomatoes. Our daughter Debby always pulls the first ripe ‘mater’ (when you buy them out of the store they are called tomatoes and out of the garden they are called ’maters). The Grant Farm and Greenhouses open house is April 16-17. Don’t forget this is the time to make

your purchases and get a 20 percent discount. This is also the time of year we start thinking of gardening and fishing. Some of the pay lakes are stocking trout and open for fishing. The lakes close to us are Sherry’s Lake and Cedar Lake. Sherry’s Lake is off Ohio 222 on Slade Road. They stocked trout last Thursday and again Wednesday, March 2. These trout are extra fine and good eating. Give them a call at 797-5300 to get prices to fish and the limit of trout. These folks do so much for the community. The other lake that stocks trout is Cedar Lake off Ohio 28. They have been open for several days with some big trout being caught in the range of 4 pounds. Their phone number is 575-0124. The lady I talked to there said someone had caught a spoonbill catfish at their lake. They have three of them in their lake that have been there for a number of years. They weigh from 14 pounds to over 30 pounds. These are protected fish. There is a pay lake in Bethel called Sunrise Lake that will be stocking catfish in a few days. We have several friends that fish that lake and catch some fine catfish. Mark your calendar for the Clermont Chapter of the PERI meeting March 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Batavia at Grammas Pizza on Main Street next to UDF. It is important to keep track of our retirement ben-

efits. The meetings George this year are Rooks going to be Ole held in different locaFisherman tions around the county with a speaker at most of the meetings, according to the president, Judy. This should help the attendance, since the members can attend when it is in their area. I have written about putting a bird feeder outside where a person can see the different kinds of birds. We had a call from a feller and he said how much he has enjoyed watching the birds at his feeders. In watching the birds at our feeder eating the black oil sunflower seed and how they shuck the seed out of the husk. Is very interesting since they don’t have hands like we do. Last Sunday after church, Ruth Ann and I went down to the Forest Hills Care Center to visit our friend Jim Rogers and his wife. Jim had back surgery and is there for rehab. That is a new center and it is sure beautiful. The folks that work there are concerned about the patients and their care is given with such loving attention. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

Learn how to protect older adults from falls One in every three adults over the age of 65 will fall within the next year, yet falls are an under-recognized public health issue. Even worse, no one wants to talk about the problem. Studies show seniors don’t talk to their doctors about falling because they think it is an unavoidable “accident,” or they are not personally vulnerable, or they think family members might try to move them to a nursing facility. A recent survey of 2010 Senior Safety Program participants shows that only 15 to 20 percent of those seniors discussed their fall history with their physicians. So there is an elephant in the room. The Clermont County General Health District Senior Safety Program hopes to bring some awareness to this issue and get people talking about fall prevention. Some of the steps older adults can take to lower their risk of falls are simple: Wear good sturdy shoes, get a yearly eye exam, have a home safety check, engage in regular exercise and have a medication review. These simple steps are the cornerstone of a healthy, active lifestyle that will help seniors live independently and productively in the community. It’s time to quit ignoring

the “elephant in the room” and start talking about fall prevention so older adults can live to their fullest potential and be injury free.

For more information on the Senior Safety Program or how to reduce the risk of falling, contact Denise Franer RN at (513) 735-8421.

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Clermont Co. recorder rolls out electronic welcome mat “There are lots of exciting things going on in our office, with the goal of making this branch of county government more userfriendly,” said Clermont County Recorder Debbie Clepper. Her office, located on the first floor of the Clermont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia, is tasked with keeping vital records pertaining to ownership of real estate, land, and to all encumbrances or liens filed. “The most frequent users of our office are title examiners and people who are doing historical or property research. In fact some of them are here so often, someone may think they’re part of our staff,” said Clepper. She is especially proud of the new look for the recorder’s website, More information has been added. There’s an opportunity to file documents online instead of mailing or hand delivering them, fee schedules are posted and there are tips on how to file different types of documents. “You can even sign up for e-mail alerts that can be transmitted to your computer and cell phone,” said Clepper. “This free service is a great way to update our frequent users of new policies, or if inclement weather, like we had last winter, forces us to close the office for the day.” Clepper also is pooling resources with the auditor’s office by sharing computer

space set aside for individuals who come into the office to do research. While e-recording information is still in its infancy locally, she is seeing more and more people rely on it. “It’s safe and secure, and even though the company that manages the site for us charges a fee, it is faster and less costly than paying someone to deliver the documents,” she said. “If there is a problem with a document filed electronically, we can send it back to the person who sent it to us for changes right away. They can make the changes and the filing is complete within a short period of time. A lot of our bigger customers really like this feature.”

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


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


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

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

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




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

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223

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


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

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

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Mary Church,Bethel


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

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

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)


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

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

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

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

Williamsburg United Methodist Church

Welcomes You

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley

NAZARENE Bethel Nazarene Church



BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30amSunday School For All Ages: 9:30 & 10:45am Nursery Care for Age 3 & under Full Program for Children, Youth, Music, Small Groups & more Handicapped Accessible PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor


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

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


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

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

Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love”

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

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


360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group

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

Trinity United Methodist

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

You Are Invited!


Something for children at each service

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


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

Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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

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


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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

Worship Services

Pastor Mike Smith


Phone 734-4041

Saint Peter Church


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


3398 Ohio SR 125

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


Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Full childcare & church Loveland, OH 45140 school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor



Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am


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

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

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.


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

Nursery provided for all services

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

By Mary Dannemiller




Clermont stars go dancing

Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12


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

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

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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

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

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

9:30am 10:30am



7:00pm 7:00pm

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

Clermont County’s brightest stars will shine Friday, March 11, as compete in the Clermont Developmental Disabilities Dancing with the Stars. Participants include Clermont County Prosecutor Don White, Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo, Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud and State Rep. Joe Uecker. “We have so many good dancers,” said CCDD Director of Community Relations Lisa Davis. “So many people said they wanted to dance, but didn’t know the first thing about dancing so our instructor Jeff Bill did an amazing job and our dancers have done a great job of taking it upon themselves to practice. I’m looking forward to seeing the final performance on the dance floor.” Last year’s CCDD Dancing with the Stars raised about $3,000 for the organization, which was donated to the Clerco Gift of Time Respite Cooperative Program, which provides free care to caregivers of children or adults with disabilities. This year, all of the proceeds will be donated to the same program. “What respite does is it allows folks to bring their child or adult with disabilities here on a Saturday or an evening and then you can go out to dinner or go shopping or go see a movie,” said CCDD Superintendent Sharon Woodrow. “We’re expanding the program to send people into their homes because sometimes they can’t bring their person with a disability out so that’s the next step in the program. This will help pay for that program to operate, pay for coordinators and make it bigger so we can get this program out to more people.” Woodrow competed in last year’s event, but is leaving the dancing to her husband and CCDD retiree and volunteer Carl Woodrow, who will dance with their granddaughter Kathryn Lachat. “I’m so excited,” Sharon said. “It’s one of the most fun things we do all year and so many of the people dancing I know really well, one of whom is a retiree from our organization who happens to be my husband so you know where my votes will go.”

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The Dancers

• State Rep. Joe Uecker and UC Clermont Development Director Meredith Delaney • Miami Township Trustee Ken Tracy and Clermont County Family & Children First secretary Jayne Mummert • Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud and Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board Executive Director Karen Scherra • CCDD Adult Services Director Dan Ottke and Clermont Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications & Development Julie Graybill • Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo and The Literacy Council of Clermont/Brown Counties Executive Director Susan Vilardo • Park National Bank Marketing Manager Stefanie Warren and her husband, Aaron Warren • Clermont Northeastern Superintendent Neil Leist and his wife, Candace Leist • Williamsburg Superintendent Jeff Weir and his wife, Kelly Weir • CCDD volunteer Carl Woodrow and his granddaughter, Kathryn Lachat • Clermont County Prosecutor Don White and his wife, Bonnie White Audience members will get a chance to show off their own moves on the dance floor in a new open dance portion of the evening from 9 p.m. to midnight, Davis said. “We had a lot people from the community who called and asked if we were doing something like that,” she said. “It didn’t cross our minds until people in the community started asking for it.” Those who are unable to attend but want to cast a vote can purchase four votes for $1 by calling 7325028. Regular tickets will be available at the door and are also being sold in advance for $50. Each ticket includes access to the hors d’oeuvre bar and one drink ticket. “It’s a good deal for a good cause,” Woodrow said. Clermont Developmental Disabilities Dancing with the Stars will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday March, 11, at the Holiday Day Inn & Suites Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Open dancing will follow the competition from 9 p.m. until midnight. For more about your community, visit

RELIGION The Athenaeum

Dennis D. McManus, DLitt, theological advisor to the Archbishop of New York and visiting professor at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, N.Y., will present The Athenaeum of Ohio’s Leblond Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. The Athenaeum is at 6616 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2223.

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church invites everyone to “The Second Coming of Christ” series by Johnny Pressley, professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University, at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, March 27, at the church. The series will continue at 6 p.m. Sundays, March 27, April 3, April 10 and April 17. The church is at 937 Old Ohio 74; 753-8223.

Holy Trinity Church

The church is having a fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m., every Friday from March 11 to April 15. Menu items include fish, shrimp, crabcakes,

tuna melts, with cheese pizza, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids. Dinner is from $4 to $9.50, and includes sides, hushpuppies and drink. There are a variety of sides, soup, salad and desserts. The event is dine in or carry out. For more information, visit The church is at 140 N. 6th St., Batavia; 732-2024.

St. Peter Catholic Church

The Men’s Club of St. Peter Catholic Church in New Richmond is sponsoring a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, March 11 through April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Offered will be a choice of deep fried cod, French fries or macaroni & cheese; baked cod with tossed salad and baked potato. Also grilled cheese is on the menu that offers eat-in or carry-out service. Homemade dessert and drink is included with the price of the meal. Proceeds to benefit parish projects. The church is at 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road; 553-3267.











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David A. Higgins, 28, 7232 Vine St., tampering with vehicle, resisting arrest, drug instrument, Feb. 17. Juvenile, 15, drug trafficking, Feb. 17.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Attempt made to enter residence at 1379 Red Bud Lane, Feb. 16.

Criminal damage

Tire cut on vehicle at 14 Meadow Drive No. 10, Feb. 16. Door damaged on vehicle at Storage Unlimited at Ohio 28, Feb. 17.

Drug paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia found in locker at Milford High at Eagles Way, Feb. 17.

Drug trafficking

Marijuana prepared for sale at Milford High at Eagles Way, Feb. 17.


Wallet, left at Carriage House Auto Spa, taken; $500 cash at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Feb. 16. Forged time sheets presented to Midwestern Construction; $3,136 loss at Cook Road, Feb. 16. Check taken at 6224 Tanglewood, Feb. 16.

assault, Feb. 22. Stephen Perrin Jr., 41, 7725 Hunt Club Drive, driving under influence, Feb. 20. Audrianna Pilchen, 20, 843 Campbell, warrant, Feb. 23. Amy L. Roland, 25, 904 Mohawk Trail, warrant, Feb. 24. Vincent M. Self, 28, 918 Mohawk Trail, recited, Feb. 24. Teresa Slone, 51, 927 Mohawk Trail, criminal mischief, Feb. 22. Raeshawn Wilson, 21, 2046 Oakbrook Place, drug abuse, public indecency, resisting arrest, criminal damage, Feb. 20. Zachary Wirmel, 21, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 23A, warrant, Feb. 19.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

Window broken in vehicle at Walmart at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 20. Tire cut on vehicle at 927 Mohawk Trail, Feb. 21. Christmas lights damaged at 31 Mound Ave., Feb. 22. Vehicle keyed at 991 Lila Ave., Feb. 26.


Disorderly subject reported at 2000 Oakbrook, Feb. 20.

Domestic violence

At Oakbrook Place, Feb. 19.




Jesse Coffey, 43, 4756 Folchi Ave., theft, Feb. 23. Shannon Collins, 34, 333 Broadway St., theft, Feb. 25. Daniel D. Dean, 22, 996 Seminole Trail, drug abuse, Feb. 19. Vanessa R. Donaldson, 30, 2047 Oakbrook, domestic violence, Feb. 19. Nicole L. Dople, 29, 2115 Oakbrook, warrant, Feb. 19. Joseph E. Elam, 32, 6 Pineview, contempt of court, Feb. 26. Amanda Evans, 26, 4527 Eastwood, warrant, Feb. 19. Ashley Hess, 18, 1932 Oakbrook, theft, Feb. 25. Johnathan M. Hodges, 20, 6577 Shiloh Road, assault, Feb. 22. James R. Imholt, 42, 9 Travis Lane, contempt of court, Feb. 26. Juvenile, 14, telephone harassment, Feb. 22. Juvenile, 16, criminal damage, Feb. 26. Greg Kaleja, 33, 2718 Morning Ridge Drive, contempt of court, Feb. 26. Zachary L. Kramer, 19, 500 Hudson, recited, Feb. 22. Shawn P. Martin, 42, 2 Montgomery Way, criminal damage, Feb. 20. Joseph Murphy, 29, 890 W. Loveland Ave., contempt of court, Feb. 21. Matthew R. Orick, 19, 120 Cross St., assault, Feb. 22. Amy N. Otto, 33, 1287 Sandwood Drive, recited, Feb. 21. Darren C. Owens, 20, 6212 Manila,

Granite counter tops taken and some were broken at 750 Main St., Feb. 19. Male received bad check in payment for sale of car at 530 Brandon Ave., Feb. 19. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $68 at 100 Chamber Drive, Feb. 19. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $50.68 at 702 Main St., Feb. 20. Jewelry taken; $800 at 104 Sycamore St., Feb. 21. Attempt made to taken tool; $23 value at 960 Lila Ave., Feb. 23. Wallet and medication taken from vehicle at 801 Main St., Feb. 25. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $25 at 201 Chamber Drive, Feb. 25. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $20.13 at 100 Chamber Drive, Feb. 26. AC unit taken and another damaged; $4,000 at 27 Water St., Feb. 26. Male stated debit card used with no authorization at 801 Lila Ave., Feb. 27. Vandalism Front glass door broken at 1059 Main St., Feb. 22.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

April Lewis, 31, 2525 Moler Road, theft. William Ingstrup, 19, 6836 Oakland Road, marijuana possession, paraphernalia.





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Juvenile, 16, possession of drugs. Vance Durbin, 18, 313 Buddy Lane, domestic violence. James Pfeiffer, 27, 6105 Roudebush Road, marijuana possession.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage At 6714 Oakland, Feb. 14. At 6605 Goshen Road, Feb. 15.

Criminal mischief

At 7176 Goshen Road, Feb. 9. At 6812 Goshen Road, Feb. 10.


At 1950 Parker Road, Feb. 17. At 5832 Deerfield Road, Feb. 17.

Domestic violence

At Buddy Lane, Feb. 13.


At 700 block of Country Lake, Feb. 14. At 6382 Belfast Road, Feb. 16. At 2287 Woodville, Feb. 16. At 134 Garden Drive, Feb. 16.


Jason William Gentry, 31, 5821 Deerfield Road, Milford, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, Feb. 21. Micah D. Kidd, 44, 5830 Wade Road, Milford, passing bad checks at 5549 Brushy Fork Road, Batavia, Feb. 24. Megan Hughes, 19, 2368 Cedarville, Goshen, offenses involving underage persons-underage consume beer intoxicating liquor at 2358 Cedarville Road, Goshen, Feb. 27. Brian S. Wiederhold, 44, 6025 Hunt Road, Goshen, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs-marijuana, domestic violence at 6025 Hunt Road, Goshen, Feb. 27.

Incidents/investigations Assault

At 2358 Cedarville Road, Goshen, Feb. 27.

Domestic violence

Susinia Jean Gould

Susinia Jean Gould, 79, of Miami Township died Feb. 27. Survived by children, Connie (William) Arnett, Donald (Janice) Halcomb, Sandra (Walter) Bessey and Michael (Melanie) Gould; siblings, Joseph, Joann, Jerry, Betty, Nick and Mary; grandchildren, Bobbi, Gwen, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Matthew, Jennifer, Natalie, Jake, Sydney and A.J.; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Maddie. Preceded in death by husband, David Gould Jr.; father, Nicholas Heinrich; and mother, Helen Samson. Services were March 3 at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Bobby Jerry Gredig

Bobby Jerry Gredig, 67, of Goshen died Feb. 25. Survived by wife, Sheila Carol Sullivan Gredig; children, Lynn (Joe) Aurand, Rob (Becky) Gredig and Carolyn Gredig; grandchildren, Caleb, Hannah and David Aurand and Bryce and Cooper Gredig; and sister, Peggy (Albert) Falch. Services were Feb. 28 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Evelyn E. McHenry

Evelyn E. McHenry, 86, of Miami Township died Feb. 23. Survived by husband, Charles E. McHenry; sons, Charles (Deborah) McHenry Jr., Jim (Cammy) McHenry, Dennis McHenry, Claude McHenry and Doug (Bev) McHenry; daugh-

ters, Mary Davis and Ethel (Steve) Shelton; brothers, Donald Irwin, Elbert Irwin, Bob Irwin and Raymond Irwin; sister, Iola Butler; grandchildren, Andi McHenry Miller, Charles Lee McHenry, Kathryn Glaser, Ryan McHenry, James McHenry Jr., Theodore Shoop Jr., Kristie Seibert, David McHenry, Jessica McHenry and Brian Sheffield; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Archie B. and Ethel A. (nee Hill) Irwin; and sisters, Mildred Bailey and Dorothy Hambley. Services were Feb. 26 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

Edward C. Metzger

Edward C. Metzger, 83, of Milford died Feb. 28. Survived by wife, Marti (nee Haas) Metzger; son, Edward L. Metzger; stepson, Dan Popp; grandchildren, Bryan E. and Kevin M. Metzger, Erin M. McClure and Jennifer K. and Allison M. Popp; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings, Leo H. Metzger Jr., Mary L. Metzger and JoAnne Williams. Services were March 3 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Blue Ash. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Tracey E. Nunner

Tracey E. Nunner, 45, of Milford

died Feb. 26. Survived by husband, Patrick Nunner; children, Eric, Kevin and Kelly Nunner; parents, Sidney and Lydia Jordan; and sister, Pamela (Jeff) Shaw. Services were March 3 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home & Crematory.

Samuel Clifford Potts

Samuel Clifford Potts, 92, of Miami Township died Feb. 27. Survived by sons, Samuel Potts Jr., Charles “Butch” Potts and John Potts; sister, Marion Cole; grandchildren, Dwain, Kenneth, Mary Ann, Potts Michael, John, Nicole and Jennifer; and 12 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Alice (nee Doll) Potts; wife, Elizabeth Mae (nee Switzer) Potts; daughter, Janet Armstrong; and siblings, Clyde, Mary and Alice Francis. Services were March 3 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

Linda Lee Ware

Linda Lee Ware, 61, of Milford died Feb. 22. Survived by daughter, Vikki L. Ware; sister, Carolyn Dorn; and nieces and nephews, Loretta Souder, John, Jim and Jeff and their families. Preceded in death by sister, Emily Souder; and nephew, Rob Souder. No services were held.

At Hunt Road, Goshen, Feb. 27.

Drug paraphernalia

At 6025 Hunt Road, Goshen, Feb. 28.

Identity fraud

At 6608 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, Feb. 21.

Misuse of credit card

At 6608 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, Feb. 21.

Offenses involving underage persons-underage consume beer intoxicating liquor At 2358 Cedarville Road, Goshen, Feb. 27.

Periodic verification of address

At 1101 Edgecombe Drive, Milford, Feb. 21.

Possession of drugs-marijuana

At 6025 Hunt Road, Goshen, Feb. 28.

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


6376 Belfast Road, Anthony Maxwell to Sarah Crockett, 0.5 acre, $50,000. 1409 Stella Drive, Albert & Shirley Crawford to Timothy Scott & Rebecca Gilley, $47,500.


4870 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Timothy & Mary Rosprim to Gerald & Deborah Bridges, 2.51 acre, $101,000. 5038 B Ohio 133, HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to James Arrowood, 0.5 acre, $170,000.


5486 Carter Way, David Kitte, executor to Carrie Angel, 0.73 acre, $92,000. 5596 Garrett Drive, Scott Steiner. et al. to Deusche Bank National Trust Co., $83,334. 6561 Hollow Lane, Wells Fargo Bank NA to John Bagnall & Jessica Drusell, $53,750. 1406 Lela Lane, James Campbell, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $76,666.67. 851 Miami Ridge Drive, Eric VayoSmith, et al. to Xceed Financial Credit Union, $200,000. 325 Tarkington Lane, Sandra Miller, executrix to Matthew & Victoria Hassert, 0.5 acre, $40,000. 859 Trappers Crossing, Jim & Sharron Franks to Alan & Andrea Bowsher, 0.438 acre, $276,000.


830 Forest Ave., Kristina Swank, et

al. to Gerald McNabb, 0.165 acre, $74,000.


5854 Baas Road, David & Sandra Clark to Ripley & Debbie Ledbetter, 1.2 acre, $55,000. 2766 Yeager Road, Pamela & Robert Tasny to Mark & Julie Jurges, $30,000.


6223 Newtonsville Road, Saundra Beiber, et al. to Deusche Bank National Trust Co., 1 acre, $60,000. 6559 Ohio 133, Vicki Mescher to James Winchester & Scott Kleinert, 0.241 acre, $20,500. 6590 Shiloh Road, George Fornash, executor to Richard & Teresa Bromagen, 5.44 acre, $36,000.


Ryan Homes, West Chester, new, 6301 Shade Drive, Goshen Township, $81,000. Champion Patio Rooms, Cincinnati, addition, 5648 Willnean Drive, Miami Township, $31,401. ARBS Contracting, Milford, alter, 6618 Stableford, Miami Township, $22,000.

Elmer McMurray, Milford, shed, 1137 Valley Forge Road, Miami Township, $2,500. John Huber Homes, Loveland, new, 1221 Church Hill Farms Drive, Stonelick Township, $450,000.


6559 Branch Hill Guinea. Atlantic Sign Co., Cincinnati, sign, 1079 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Milford Village Board of Education Schools, sign, 5735 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, Miami Township.

Ginter Electrical Contractors, Cincinnati, alter-Cincy Bell electric pedestals, 6875 Smith Road;

ADS facility under way

Despite the harsh winter weather, work is progressing on schedule for the construction of the new Adult Day Services facility. Occupancy is planned for mid to late summer. The new center will increase service capacity and provide a permanent home for the adult day program, currently in the senior wing of the YMCA. Lease of the senior wing expires in early 2012. This concrete truck is used to fill the floor of the new wing on the building that will be home for the Adult Day Services program sponsored by Clermont Senior Services.

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Milford boy sets sight on West Point By Chuck Gibson


Joe Beatrice, a 16-year-old Milford resident who seeks appointment to U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Joseph Beatrice comes from a long line of military men. The 16-year-old Milford boy is the grandson of Loveland’s Chuck Donabedian, a Vietnam veteran and founder of the DET3 Foundation, which supports men and women serving in the U.S. military. “I have a long family history of military service,� Beatrice said. “It’s something like 22 out of 25 of my uncles, grandparents and father served in the military at some point; World War I, World War II, Vietnam, peacetime and so forth. It’s something I’ve always considered, ever since I was a little kid.� He has his sights set directly on attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Today his single-mind-

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About West Point at: About DET 3 Foundation at: www.DET3.US (Military support organization founded by Joe’s grandfather, Chuck Donabedian.) all Army officers live by. It is ‘A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.’ That really struck me.� He comes from a Catholic family, he’s home-schooled and has studied in a specially developed program throughout his high school years. The program is taught by priests, retired college professors, parents and professionals. It’s provided him with a strong liberal arts education and religious background. Studying theology, ancient history, Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas helped define what he hopes to become as an adult. “I knew I wanted to go somewhere I could grow as a moral person; as a Christian man,� he said. “When I saw the honor code at West Point was center stage to everything they do there, I thought ‘this is fantastic!’ West Point is a great liberal arts college. And, it’s the Army!� They don’t make it easy. He filled out a “candidate questionnaire� in December. Beatrice was one of a small percentage of candidates chosen to apply from thousands who filled out the questionnaire. That put him a step closer, but still a long way from West Point “They said I can apply,� he said. “I’ll apply to the school in July. It’s hard to piece together all the information. They don’t put it all out there. If you really want to go, you’ll look into it and find the information.� He’s also applying to the same liberal arts schools his older sister and brother attended in Dallas and Michigan. He’s the middle of five Beatrice children, with a younger brother and younger sister still at home. Family military ties gave him the opportunity to meet some important people in his quest to go to West Point. “I took a trip with my grandfather,� Beatrice said. “He’s a member of the Army War College. I met a few of his friends there; retired Army colonels and I met a two-star general, his aides; a colonel, a young captain and I met a retired three-star general.� He was nervous meeting Gen.Greg Martin, a West Point graduate and Army Ranger, but he was ready with questions his grandfather advised him to prepare. Martin spent an hour with


Milford resident Joe Beatrice studies one of his files regarding application for a West Point appointment. him answering questions and talking strategy. All told he had four separate meetings with generals and colonels. It left a strong positive impression on him. “I learned a lot,� he said. “They talked to me a lot about the admissions process; what it takes to get into the school.� Joe’s taking all the right steps to obtain the appointment to West Point. He’s already contacted the office of U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt and has prepared a letter for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman requesting their support for the congressional nomination he needs. Key criteria for admission to West Point include academics, leadership skills and athletics. “I’m very proud of him,� said Donabedian, a member of the War College. “Joseph is a very mature young man. I think he’ll make a great officer.� “I haven’t changed the world,� Beatrice said. “I really embrace faith, the ideas of liberty, country. That’s why I love America because of where our founders were going with it, and we can still go. No one has the opportunities to build a free nation like we do.� He’s a championship extreme Frisbee player, has coached youth athletes, will become an Eagle Scout this summer, volunteers and supports charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the DET 3 Foundation. Beatrice has set high academic standard for himself and expects to achieve at least a 2200 of 2400 on the SAT exam. Next up, West Point? “I definitely see myself going to West Point,� Beatrice said. “I want to be a career Army officer. West Point is the best preparation to do that. I want to go to West Point to become a better person; so that I can do more to further liberty in this country and the world.�

County selected for CDC program The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has selected the Clermont County General Health District as one of 67 agencies nationwide to host a CDC apprentice. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the health district,� said Clermont General Health District commissioner Marty Lambert. “The CDC takes care of his salary for the two-year local apprenticeship. This will enable the county to dedicate more time to several important public health projects.� “The first year of the apprenticeship, I look forward to working with the Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (Cler-

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