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Budget almost balanced Milford considers alternatives for some funds

By Kellie Geist

Milford City Council members set out this year to approve a balanced budget – and they’ll be able to do that without major cuts if council agrees to change how the income tax revenues are deposited. Milford Financial Director Tim Petric said if the city operates exactly how they did last year, the general fund expenditures will exceed the revenues by about $285,334. The city’s projected general fund revenues are $2,227,641. Bryan Hawkins, chair of the Administrative Services Committee, recommended council cut the income tax contributions to the capital improvement and the parks and recreation funds to make up the difference. Currently, 80 percent of the city’s tax revenue goes into the general fund, 15 percent goes into the capital improvement fund and five percent goes into the parks and recreation fund. Hawkins pro-

posed changing those numbers to 93 percent for the general fund, five percent for the capital improvement fund and two percent for the parks and recreation fund. Council member Ralph Vilardo also suggested looking at freezing the contributions to those funds altogether. City manager Loretta Rokey said the fund contributions were set up in 1991 as a sort of forced savings account so the city could do certain capital and park projects. She said money could easily be put back into those funds if the revenues are better than expected. The current balance for the capital improvement fund is $951,339 and the balance for the parks and recreation fund is $287,681. Hawkins said he hopes changing the contributions is something council will consider. If $285,334 has to be cut from the general fund, council may have to lay off up to five people, he said. “We can’t continue to grow fund balances if the next step is

cutting people. If we have another year like this next year, we’re going to be looking at cutting positions,” Hawkins said. “When this economy turns around, we can look at putting money back into those funds.” “I think council is pretty consistent with saying we need a balanced budget, and with a $285,000 deficit, we’re going to be looking at pretty substantial cuts if we don’t do something like this,” he said. If council cuts the contributions to those two funds by the recommended percentages, the budget will still be $20,000 short of being balanced. However, if council cuts the contributions all together for the rest of 2010, the budget would be more than balanced. Rokey said she would look at what the percentages would need to be to break even. Mayor Amy Brewer recommended the police department consider raising fees or have more effective collection efforts. She also said council could look at making one or two positions part-


Budgeting in March?

Milford City Council started working on the 2010 final budget appropriations in January to be approved by the end of March. Most other local governments, including Union Township, Miami Township and the county government approve budgets by the end of the previous year. City Financial Director Tim Petric said Milford City Council works on the budgets after the first of the year so the new council is seated and the financial department has better revenue and expenditure numbers from the previous year. However, at the request of the council members at the Administrative Services Committee meeting Monday, March 15, Petric will work with council on the 2011 budget this fall. He said the estimates and tax budget should have decent estimates for budgeting and it would actually be easier on his office. time instead of full-time. Rokey said she would look at these recommendations and at other line item funds in an effort to balance the budget. The city’s total budget, including all funds, is $11,879,961. Council will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, to discuss and approve the final budget appropriations. This meeting is open to the public and will be held in the city council chambers, 745 Center St.

Miami Twp. to plant community garden By Mary Dannemiller

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McMaster helps at Winter Olympics

Milford resident Cheri McMaster isn’t an Olympic athlete, but she got a firsthand view of Team USA’s experiences in Vancouver as a volunteer in the P&G Family Home. McMaster, external relations manager for Procter & Gamble, has returned home after a 13day stint at the house, where she spent time with athletes and their families. SEE LIFE, B1

Fundraising begins for Bauer memorial

For the last several years, Milford High School seniors were greeted with a hug and a kind word from Principal Ray Bauer after they officially ended their high school careers at graduation. Bauer died unexpectedly in August and efforts are under way to ensure the senior class who knew Bauer so well will be able to say a final farewell to their beloved principal. SEE NEWS, A6

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Plans for the Miami Township Civic Community Garden are taking shape just in time for spring. The garden will be at the Miami Township Civc Center on an acre of land near the employee parking lot, said Recreation Director Krystin Thibodeau. A steering committee has worked since December hashing out details for the garden and settled on a handful of rules and guidelines for its use, Thibodeau said. “We’re going to have a list of preferred fertilizers and insect control methods we’re going to hand out when people come to orientation,” she said. “It’s not going to be a purely organic garden, but we want to keep it as pure as we can as far as insecticides go.” Trustee Mary Wolff said it was important for the steering committee to create rules for the garden before people began planting there. “Putting the community garden group together to come up with some structure and organization through rules and regulations hopefully will minimize any potential problems we might have,” she said. “We need to have our law director look at things to make sure we have everything done right and then we can get going. A lot of people are just chomping at the bit to get started because it’s spring.” Thibodeau said she hoped people would be able to begin using the garden in mid-April. Residents will be responsible for maintaining the garden, but will pay a small fee for a plot of the land, Thibodeau said. Four-by-10-foot plots will cost $20, 4-by-20-foot plots will cost $25 and 10-by-20-foot plots will cost $35. Anyone 60 years old or older will receive a $5 discount. Wolff said she hoped township residents of all ages would participate in the garden. “For kids who didn’t grow up in agriculture this could be a great life lesson that hard work and patience will allow something to grow,” she said. “You give it the water and nutrients it needs and cross your fingers that you’ll get something good at the end.” For more information about the Miami Township Civic Community Garden, visit

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Milford council regards new marketing efforts By Kellie Geist

Milford may consider asking one employee to dedicate their time to marketing the city to new businesses and the community. At the city council meeting Tuesday, March 16, council member Mark Rohrig said he wanted to find a way to increase the city’s revenue. He said one

way to do this would be to attract more businesses. Rohrig discussed changing the job description of an existing administrative employee to have one fulltime person dedicated to marketing the city and bringing in new business without hiring additional staff. “We need to look at different ways to market Milford ... We need a full-time

person for that,� Rohrig said. This position would not be an economic development director, he said. City Manager Loretta Rokey said the city needs to find a way to increase revenues to help offset the rising costs of fuel, oil and energy as well as city services such as garbage collection. Although costs have increased, the city has not raised rates or asked for a levy.

While no action has been taken on this matter, Rohrig said he would like council to consider the idea. “I think, with adjustments to what’s already in place, we can fix this (revenue) problem,� he said. “There are so many possibilities and we need to have a person in charge of the coordination of these efforts.� “We need to take a look at this budget problem and see an opportunity,� he said.

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By Mary Dannemiller

Jeff Lykins was unanimously appointed as the chair of Milford school district’s Business Advisory Council at the board’s Thursday, March 18, meeting. Lykins will now team with Superintendent Bob Farrell to determine how long members will remain on council. “He has a lot of good contacts in the community and I think by working closely with Dr. Farrell he’ll be able to put together a group that will be a good representation of the Milford-Miami Township business community,�

said school board member Debbie Marques. The appointment comes about two months after the board began hotly debating who should chair the BAC and what council members would do. “I knew we would finally come together on it, but we let everybody express their view,� said Board President George Lucas. “I think (Lykins) is going to do a great job.� Lykins served as the council’s chair last year and said he was glad to see the board come to a consensus. “I’m excited there was a decision finally made and we can get moving,� he said. “I’m a little surprised it was unanimous giving all the controversy at the last meeting, but I’m happy it was.� He also said he was confident this year’s BAC would make more progress than last year’s. “There were a lot of reasons why it didn’t come together last year, but this year we want to have a clear mandate on what the BAC is and hopefully we’ll have that mandate from the board about what they want us to do,� he said.

Public is key to fixing potholes By Kellie Geist

Whether you like the cold weather, no one likes potholes – and you can’t just assume someone else has reported that a pothole needs to be fixed. The Clermont County Engineer’s Office, which maintains about 400 miles of road, depends on the public to notify them of potholes, said Rob Alfieri, deputy of operations with the engineer. “We do count on people reporting these potholes, that’s how they get fixed,� Alfieri said. “I think the important thing to realize is that there are a lot of agencies in Clermont County that take care of the roads.� The Ohio Department of Transportation makes repairs on state roads, the engineer’s office repairs county roads and individual community service departments, including township, city and villages, care for local roads, Alfieri said. Potholes can be created multiple ways, but it’s related to freezing water. Alfieri said most potholes are created when water gets in between the new and old layers of asphalt on the road. When the water freezes and expands, it can pop those layers apart and create potholes. Ed Hackmeister,

spokesperson for the city of Milford Service Department, said potholes also can be created when water freezes in surface cracks. “If there’s a lose spot in the road where water can get in and freeze, it can cause the pavement to pop up,� Hackmeister said. “Then all the traffic on the road, the wear and tear, will create a pothole.� In Milford and at the county level, repairing potholes is a priority because it can be a safety hazard. Alfieri and Hackmeister said their departments try to fix potholes as quickly as possible. “We go out once a week to check for potholes. Then, if we see one, or if we get a call from a resident about one, we’ll write it down and patch it as fast as we can,� Hackmeister said. “If (the pothole) is on a main road, we try to respond right away, but if we’re in the middle of a snow storm or something, it might take a while.� In some communities, potholes also can be a liability. For example, in Union Township, if someone has reported a pothole and then another driver hits that pothole and damages their car, the township could be responsible for paying for those car repairs. However, the county does not have a policy for reimbursing people for vehicle damage.

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Census determines money, power By Kellie Geist

In the next month or two, every household should be receiving a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. While the census may just seem like another survey, it’s important that a survey be filled-out for every address. The information collected helps determine funding levels, grants and financial assistance on the state and federal levels. “Each community is going to get a share of more than $400 billion distributed annually and the census helps determine who will get that,” said Kim Hunter, spokesperson for the U.S. Census Bureau. Hunter said the census numbers also determine the number of representatives Ohio will hold in the House of Representatives. On a more local level, the census reapportions the Ohio legislature. “In a nutshell, it comes down to

money and power,” Hunter said. “That’s why the census is important.” The census is conducted once every 10 years. There are 10 questions including the number of people living in a household and what their names, race and genders are. The survey also asks if the home is rented or owned and for a phone number. Federal law requires that you answer the questions on the census survey. If you decline to answer the questions, you can be fined no more than $100. If you provide false information, you can be fined up to $500, according to the Census Bureau Web site. The Better Business Bureau’s Susan Johnson said residents only have to answer how many people live at an address. All personal information is kept private. The Census Bureau Web site said it’s illegal for them to disclose information including names, addresses (including GPS coordinates) and tele-

phone numbers. A census taker, or person who goes door-to-door for the census bureau, typically only visits those who have not sent in their census survey or to verify addresses. But before you answer any questions, make sure the person on your doorstep is actually with the Census Bureau. Census takers will have a badge, handheld device, Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. The Better Business Bureau recommends you ask to see the person’s identification before answering questions. The census taker will only ask the questions that are on the form. Do not give out any additional information, such as Social Security number, to anyone. Also, beware of e-mails claiming to be from the census bureau. For the 2010 census, the census bureau will not be sending any information through e-mail.

County may create natural gas aggregate By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County commissioners are looking at the pros and cons of creating a natural gas aggregate for county residents. Energy Alliance, representing a gas supplier called Integrys, contacted County Administrator Dave Spinney to about creating a aggregate. If the county does create an aggregate, residents could get a lower rate for natural gas because they would purchase as one customer instead of as individual customers, Spinney said. The commissioners discussed this during a work session Monday, Feb. 8.

To create an aggregate, the commissioners would have to put the issue on the ballot for a popular vote. If approved, residents could choose whether or not to participate. Either way, residents would still rely on Duke Energy for the gas lines and for service; the aggregate would supply the natural gas. However, participating in an aggregate does not guarantee the customers a savings, said county Budget Director Sukie Scheetz. “The rates have to do with when the company goes to market. There is a potential for the rates to be higher (than Duke,)” Scheetz said.

While customers would not see a rate comparison between Duke and the company running the aggregate on their bill, they could end up paying more, Scheetz said. However, all residents would have the option of opting-out of the aggregate. Miami Township currently has a natural gas aggregate for its residents. Commissioner Ed Humphrey, a former Miami Township trustee, said creating a county-wide aggregate is something worth looking into. “I think, if we can help our residents lower their rates for gas or make their rates more stable, then it’s a

good idea. But we haven’t had time to do our due diligence to put it on the primary ballot,” Humphrey said. If a county aggregate was created, Miami Township would be excluded. Spinney said even if the commissioners want to move forward, a natural gas aggregate would not go on the primary ballot in May because he has not had enough time to explore the options. He also said if the aggregate would only benefit a certain number of townships, then creating an aggregate might be better accomplished at a township level.


Goshen Township Fire Chief Steve Pegram points out some new information to Assistant Chief Doug Engled at a March 18 disaster training exercise.

Emergency responders practice disaster skills Imagine a train going off its tracks after hitting a truck, and one of the tanker cars spewing a large chlorine cloud into the air. Then, add snow, ice and hazardous temperatures to the formula while emergency responders try to evacuate people living in the area, establish warming centers and set up roadblocks and evacuation routes out of the collision site. For six hours March 18, 55 individuals representing Clermont County fire, law enforcement, emergency services, Red Cross and other agencies gathered at the Clermont County Jail to take part in an exercise designed to better protect the community. Clermont was among 16 Ohio counties participating in a statewide test of emergency response procedures. “We are mandated by the state and the Local Emergency Planning Commission to hold these types of hypothetical training situations,” said Clermont Emergency Management Agency Director Beth Nevel. “The end result is better

emergency response for our citizens, should a true disaster occur. We have evaluators monitoring our efforts. We will use that information to help us do a better job in the future.” Goshen Township Fire Chief Steve Pegram served as the unified incident commander for the scene. “I’ve only been on the job locally for five months, so this type of interaction with surrounding agencies is a great opportunity,” he said. “I think as a result of this type of exercise, we will all be better prepared when something big happens.” Assistant Hamilton County Health Commissioner Kathy Lordo, who served as an evaluator for the exercise, agreed that human interaction is very important in emergency management. “Even though you have Web-based programs to exchange information, people to people interaction is still very important to get the word out about the situation in a timely matter. I think today’s exercise proved that. It went very well,” she said.

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Group provides comfort to military families By John Seney

The Whole in My Heart military support group provides a place were activeduty servicemen, veterans and family members can meet with others who share their concerns. Laura Shoemake of Batavia Township joined the group about a year ago when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. “I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to walk into a room where everybody knows what you’re going through,” she said. She regularly brings her three young daughters and “my girls would not miss the meeting for anything in the world.” Her husband, Marine Lt. Col. Thomas Shoemake, recently returned from Afghanistan and retired from the service, but the family plans to continue attending the meetings and being involved in the group. U.S. Army Sgt. Dean Osborne of Miami Township was home on leave from his second tour of duty in Iraq


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when he attended a Whole in My Heart meeting for the first time. He thought it was a good organization that could be helpful to returning servicemen. County Commissioner Bob Proud, one of the founders of Whole in My Heart, said the group was formed about two years ago and meets the first Thursday of each month at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. About 50 to 60 people packed a room at the civic center for the March 4 meeting. The meeting usually begins with updates from military personnel who have recently returned from overseas. Sgt. Osborne said his unit worked with the Iraqis to rebuild the infrastructure of the country. His unit is scheduled to go to Afghanistan next year. “I enjoy the service,” he said. Lt. Dean Ritchie recently returned from Iraq, where he was serving as a Naval intelligence officer.


Army Sgt. Dean Osborne of Miami Township speaks at the Whole in My Heart military support group meeting. “You should be proud of the military out there,” he said. Marine Lance Cpl. Dan Oelker returned from Iraq two months ago, where he was part of the last Marine unit to leave Iraq. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt was at the meeting and thanked the returning military personnel for their service. Dan Bare, the director of the county’s Veterans Service Commission, told the group his agency was “there to do what’s right for the vets.” The help his agency provides includes emergency financial assistance to vets in need, transportation to the VA Hospital in Cincinnati and educating veterans about benefits. “We’re proud of what we’re doing,” he said. Bare said there were three issues his office was working on: The backlog of VA claims, the high unemployment rate among veterans and the lack of teaching in schools about the military’s role in history.

CTC to take over Eastgate Express route By Kellie Geist

Bus riders who use the Eastgate Park and Ride will soon be boarding Clermont Transportation Connection buses instead of Metro buses. CTC and the Clermont County commissioners decided to start contract and funding negotiations with Metro and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority to take over the Eastgate express route, which runs three buses in the morning and four at night. CTC Director Ben Capelle approached the commissioners about taking over the route earlier this year after looking at this year’s Metro contract. Last year, CTC paid $372,000 for Metro to operate the Eastgate route. This year that amount jumped 25 percent to $417,000. Capelle estimated that the contract would cost CTC $685,855 annually by 2013. Capelle said CTC could save about $200,000 a year if they operated the Eastgate Express route instead of going through Metro. “Operating that route

To operate the bus route, CTC will have to get at least five, full-size buses. would save quite a bit of money and I do think it’s our best option,” Capelle said. Capelle also looked at other options including keeping Metro, but cutting other services and raising rates or eliminating the Eastgate Express all together. To operate the bus route, CTC will have to get at least five, full-size buses. Capelle said they will be able to get these buses from the Central Ohio Transit Authority for free. While these free buses will be 1995 models, they are in good condition and should be able to meet CTC’s needs, Capelle said. He said it’s easier to get grants to replace buses than it is to get grants to expand the fleet, so the county may be able to get funding for that in the future. Capelle said CTC’s current facilities can house the larger buses, but it would be ideal to eventually build a new facility.

The reason CTC can operate this route cheaper is because it is part of the county’s government. As such, they do not have to pay separately for things like legal, purchasing and human resources services and insurance is cheaper, Capelle said. The commissioners agreed Capelle should pursue having CTC provide the Eastgate Express route. “It seems like taking it over is the best and most cost effective option for our residents,” said Commissioner Ed Humphrey, who used to be the CTC director. Humphrey said the big downfall to taking over the service will be the county is liable if something happens. “If something happens, we’ll be the bad guys,” he said. Capelle said he and county Administrator Dave Spinney will start negotiating with Metro and SORTA to end the current contract and figure out how the funding, which currently comes through Metro, will be distributed. Capelle said he expects CTC to be operating the Eastgate Express route in June.

OSU Extension to hire educator


By Kellie Geist

The OSU Extension-Clermont County is getting ready to hire another educator. Stephen Wright, OSU Extension regional director covering Clermont County, said extension currently is working on the job description for the new educator. For now, Director Margaret Jenkins is the only educator at extension’s Clermont County office right now. All of the other educator positions were left open after staff left. Wright said OSU Extension eliminated 22 educator positions state-wide as part of the organization’s restructuring plan. “We just didn’t have enough money to pay the cost share for the educators,” Wright said. “That was part of our restructuring plan anyway. We just had to move it up a little.” However, Jenkins said while she does have a number of program assistants in the office, it’s been difficult to

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continue all extension programs. “It’s challenging to deliver all four program areas without another educator,” she said. OSU Extension offers programs in family and consumer sciences, youth development, community development and agriculture/natural resources. One of extension’s signature programs is 4-H. Wright said Clermont County is one of the three counties in Ohio who will be able to hire another educator. Although the new educator will not specifically handle agricultural programming, he or she will probably have an emphasis in that area, Wright said. It was not stated whether or not this person would work with 4-H. However, the commissioners told Wright and Jenkins that they feel agriculture and 4-H programs are most important to the county residents. Commissioner Bob Proud said it was important for the 4-Hers to have an educator they can work with on a regular basis.

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Pride named new job, family services director Michael Pride is the new director of the Clermont County Department of Job and Family SerPride vices. The county commissioners approved the appointment March 17. Pride has served as interim director of the department since January. “I am excited about this new opportunity to serve the citizens of Clermont County,” said Pride, who has worked in the fiscal divisions of job and family service departments in Clermont and Hamilton counties for the past 26 years. He also worked six years in the Ohio State Auditor’s Office where he audited job and family service offices across the state. “Clermont is a progressive county and a great

place to work,” Pride said. “I believe that my financial background will help the agency move forward as we face continuing economic restraints.” “We undertook an extensive search for a new director and interviewed a number of good candidates. Mike exhibited an exceptional level of understanding of the programs, issues and financial acumen that we are seeking,” said Clermont County Administrator Dave Spinney, who was part of the selection panel. “He has a steady, pleasant demeanor and a demonstrated ability to lead that makes him an exceptional choice.” “We felt Mike was the top candidate with a world of experience,” said county Commissioner Scott Croswell. “He is truly an expert in financial models that are used to obtain serv-

ices. Given the difficult economic times we are in, a DJFS director must have the ability to deliver services and the expertise to ensure they are properly funded.” The Ohio DJFS has a complicated funding structure in place; there are 47 different sources that come into the local DJFS and most have stringent requirements that have to be followed to allow the disbursement of funds. Pride leads a “Fiscal 101” course for other DJFS agencies in the state to share his expertise. “Often commissioners must choose between someone with human services experience and someone with good managerial and people skills. Mike is the whole package,” said Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association Executive Director Joel Potts, in a recommendation letter to the commissioners.


BRIEFLY Road to close

MIAMI TWP. – The Clermont County Engineer’s Office will close a portion of Price Road in Miami Township for a culvert replacement and bridge deck repair Monday, March 29. The roadway is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 28. Traffic will be rerouted along McClelland Road, Ohio 28 and Branch Hill-Guinea Pike. For more information, call the engineer’s office at 732-8857.

Air care called

OWENSVILLE – 15-yearold girl was taken by Air Care to University Hospital in Cincinnati after she was thrown from a horse Saturday, March 20, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. Stonelick Township Fire Chief Matt Rose said emergency workers were called to the fairgrounds at 12:34 p.m. Rose said the girl had been thrown from her horse during an event hosted by Clermont County 4-H. Because she landed on

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the upper part of her body, Air Care was called as a precaution and she was flown to University Hospital for evaluation. Rose said because of health privacy laws, he could not release the name of the girl or her condition.

the CNE High School. Complete fish dinners with drink, BBQ, and hotdogs are available. Proceeds will go to local food banks. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children under age 12.

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OWENSVILLE – The Clermont County 4-H Horse Committee will host a speed clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The clinician is Nelson Reese. Cost is $10 per family. Pay upon arrival. Parents and advisers are invited to participate. Problem horses are no problem. A food booth will be open. Call Steve Smith for more info at 513-207-9045.

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STONELICK TWP. – The Northeastern Lions Club will host their annual fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Early Childhood Education Center on U.S. 50 next to

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BATAVIA – At the reorganization meeting of the Clermont County Board of Elections, the board set the regular monthly meeting dates for 10 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month beginning March 25, at the board office, 76 S. Riverside Drive in Batavia.

History meeting

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Historical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in room S143 of Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. The program will be presented by Kelly Wright. She will speak about “Old Business Advertisements.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

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Bauer memorial begin

By Mary Dannemiller

For the last several years, Milford High School seniors were greeted with a hug and a kind word from Principal Ray Bauer after they officially ended their high school careers at graduation. Bauer died unexpectedly in August and efforts are underway to ensure the senior class who knew Bauer so well will be able to say a final farewell to their beloved principal. The school district is accepting donations for a granite memorial which will feature a laser etching of the principal on either side as well inspirational words about Bauer, said Superintendent Bob Farrell. If $11,000 is collected by the Thursday, April 15, deadline the memorial will be unveiled at the school’s Saturday, May 22, graduation ceremony at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. “The seniors were so close with him and I think in a way Dr. Bauer is there with them every day, but this is a way for Dr. Bauer to be with them at graduation because graduation was so special with him,” Farrell said. “Graduation was a personal experience for him, he had something to say to everybody and everybody had something to say to him and we’ll miss that. I think it’s very important for this class to have an opportunity to just remember him because he’s made a difference in their lives.” Students and faculty at the

high school are working together to help raise money for the memorial by doing everything from hosting a faculty and staff talent show for students to selling bracelets in Bauer’s memory. “I’m very proud of the students and the faculty members for the contributions they’ve made in terms of being willing to share their talents,” said Interim Principal Nancy House. “We’re asking for a $3 donation for the talent show. The senior class paid for the bracelets and are now selling them for $2 each.” Members of Bauer’s family have been invited to graduation and will have a private unveiling of the memorial before the ceremony, Farrell said. After graduation the memorial will be placed in the school’s remodeled commons area, which was a place close to Bauer’s heart. “We want to be a living place like Dr. Bauer would’ve wanted it and that’s where he was throughout the day,” Farrell said. “It was his hope to be there to open the new high school. That was one of his dreams.” Donations should be made out to Milford Exempted SchoolsBauer Memorial Fund and sent to Bauer Memorial Fund, Milford Exempted Village Schools, 777 Garfield Ave., Milford, OH 45150. “I would say to people to give as much as you can because this is someone who always gave himself and here’s our chance to give back to the memory of a selfless person who cared so much,” Farrell said.

Fifth-graders Bradley Branham, left, and Josh Graves watch a demonstration of wind power March 17 during a COSI on Wheels visit to Spaulding Elementary School in Goshen Township. The theme of the program was “Investigating Energy.”

Catching the wind Naomi Hairfield, left, and Aubrey Strunk, fifth-graders at Spaulding Elementary School, conduct an experiment on the efficiency of light bulbs during a COSI on Wheels visit to the Goshen Township school March 17. The theme of the program was “Investigating Energy.”

Milford surveys community about same-sex classes By Mary Dannemiller

Officials in the Milford Exempted Village School District want to know what you think about offering same-sex classes. Throughout the next month the district will survey students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community about their opinions on same-sex classrooms. “I think we’ll find out a lot of good information,” said Kathy Frye, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “From our teachers, we want to find out some basic demographic information and if they differentiate instruction based on gender or if they think boys and girls learn differently.” School board member Gary Knepp has been working with a committee to research both the benefits and problems that arise from single-gender learning for more than a year. “Right now, we’re collecting information,” he said. “We’re not going into this study with a predisposed conclusion or recommendations we want to make. Samesex classrooms are a possibility and are part of the discussion, but that is all open and there aren’t any conclusions at this point.” Results of the survey likely will

be presented at the May school board meeting, but recommendations won’t be made for several months, Frye said. Single-gender classrooms which allow teachers to tailor their curriculum to either gender’s needs could have several advantages, Knepp said. “Boys on all national accounts are failing in school,” he said. “We talk about raising achievement levels and our students already do well on tests so if we can find strategies to assist the kids, imagine what the performance level might be.” Though any district-wide implementation or offering of same-sex classes is far into the future, the program could be piloted, Frye said, “We have had some teachers who have told us they’re interested in piloting something like that, but we’re just trying to keep information flowing and gather as much information as possible to take back to the committee,” she said. “The bottom line is we want our students male and female to be successful and be the best they can.” The surveys will be passed out at school, sent to parents and available online at until mid-April.


SCHOOL NOTES Milford student shows skills

Connor Weeks of Milford represented The Schilling School for Gifted Children in the MathCounts Regional Competition at the University of Cincinnati Feb. 20. In his practice session at St. Margaret of York School, Weeks, a sixth grader, achieved the highest score on the team and advanced to the fast-paced countdown round at the end of the evening.


Shelina Rittenhouse of Milford, daughter of

Monica and Steve Rittenhouse, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University. She will graduate from Cincinnati Christian High School, where she is active in athletics, art and cheerleading. Rittenhouse plans to major in pre-veterinary study at Xavier.

Rader honored

Stephen Rader of Milford High School and Live Oaks Career Campus recently was recognized for his entry in the 2010 Army JROTC essay contest. His essay “JROTC Builds Character and Leadership” was cited as one of the best among all Ohio JROTC. Rader is a student in the Live Oaks Construction Technology program.

Teachers recognized


Clermont Northeastern High School teachers Cihan Taktak and Stephanie Hoeppner were recognized at the March 18 school board meeting for their presentations at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus. From left are, board member Mike Freeman, Taktak, board members Danny Ilhardt, Hoeppner, board member David Pennington, board member Patty Spencer and high school Principal Matt Earley.



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MJHS band makes music at OMEA By: Natalie Brady

Most people were sleeping in Jan. 30, enjoying their Saturday. But, other people were at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), enjoying music made by the Milford Junior High School eighthgrade band. Playing six songs, this band really blew the crowd away. The MJHS eighth-grade band consists of 55 eighthgraders and 13 selected seventh-graders. When band members found out they’d be performing at OMEA, they celebrated for five minutes, and then groaned for the rest of the time. Paul Schrameck, one of the three band directors, admitted the kids were immensely excited at first … until they found out how much work and extra practices they’d


The Milford Junior High School eighth-grade band performed at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in Cincinnati Jan. 30.


The Milford Junior High School eighth-grade band’s trumpet section before the recent Ohio Music Education Association conference performance. have to put into this conference/performance. It’s a big honor to be one of the few bands to play at the OMEA conference, this one was held in Cincinnati. The bands come from across Ohio. “Over 130 audition CDs were presented by junior high school, high school

and college musical ensembles from throughout the state of Ohio. The Milford Junior High School Concert Band was one of only three junior high bands selected to perform at the OMEA Conference,” said Schrameck. “I had a lot of fun playing at the OMEA confer-

ence. It felt like the band was important to play in a big room, in front of people who actually knew what we were doing,” said Joseph Luke, an eighth-grade trombone player. Kate Gardin, a seventhgrade tuba player, said, “It was so much fun to perform at the conference. A ton of my friends went, and it felt like a real honor to be performing in front of people all over Ohio who taught kids like us how to play our instruments. Walking into the giant ballroom draped in crystal chandeliers, I was thinking wow! In an hour I’m going to be performing in here. As more and more people crowded in, the more

people I saw who I knew. Even some of my teachers showed up! You could tell we had an amazing performance, and our band directors couldn’t have been more proud of us.” And they couldn’t have been. Schrameck, Brian Brown and Amiee Everett, all band directors at MJHS, were proud of the work these kids did, and what a wonderful performance they had. The band directors presented the kids with very advanced music and they accepted every challenge thrown at them. They worked hard and came to rehearsals prepared. There were more than 23 hours of

extra rehearsals outside of regular school day band classes. The band played six pieces: Temecula Valley Fanfare by Richard L. Saucedo; Nightsong by Richard L. Saucedo; Celtic Suite by Elliot Del Borgo; and Improvement March by Harold Bennett were all directed by Schrameck. Whale Warriors by Brian Balmages, was directed by Everett. Mountains of Mohon by Sean O’Loughlin was directed by Brown. You won’t want to miss this band. They’re utterly amazing. Natalie Brady is a student correspondent at Milford Junior High School.

Milford girl competes in state robotics competition By Mary Dannemiller


Students of the month

The Live Oaks January Students of the Month are, from left, Rodney Rivers (Glen Este High School), Chris Gardner (Milford High School), Raven Rabb (Madeira) and Dana Sanchez (Milford High School.) Not pictured, Aaron Stoner (Milford High School).

COLLEGE CORNER Marcello, Matthew Allan McNaul, Timothy Robert McNaul, Lauren Kelly Paluch, Emily Ann Schubeler, Allison Michelle Smith, Brian Jeffrey Smith, David Michael Smith and Rachel Mariele Williams.

He is from Milford.

Student teacher

Greg Tissot, a multi-age physical education/health major at The University of Findlay, was selected as a student teacher with Blanchard Valley School in Findlay, Ohio. A 2004 graduate of Milford High School, Tissot is the son of Renee and Mark Tissot.

Dean’s list

Katie Vota was named to the 2009 fall dean’s list at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is from Milford.

Dean’s list

Elyse C. Budkie of Miami Township has been named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Berea College. She is a 2008 graduate of Milford High School.

Greg Tissot has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at The University of Findlay.

Hannah E. Schneider has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is from Milford.

Ashleigh Christine Prato and David Anthony Presley have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Samford University. Both are from Milford.

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Miami University – Emily Celeste Etzkorn, Melissa Carol Nye and Andrew Robert White.

Provost’s list

Andrea Bever was named to the 2009 fall semester provost’s list at Lipscomb University. She is a graduate of Milford High School.

President’s list

Miami University first semester – Mary Elizabeth Carroll and Andrew Thomas Martin.

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Dean’s list

Miami University first semester – Krista Lauren Adkins, Yuxiao Bian, Nathan Ryan Dall, Katherine Isabelle Foster, Justin Paul Hawk, Steven C Lamping, Kristen Ashley Lintz, Jamie Catherine Luther, Kara Ann Marie

Andrew Huynh and Benjamin G. King were named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Dayton. Both students are from Milford.

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Elizabeth Grace might only be in seventh-grade, but she’s already helped build a robot and helped her school reorganize its busy car line. Grace, a seventh-grader at Cincinnati Country Day School, is the building leader of the school’s robotics club and recently traveled to Columbus for a state competition. Though the club didn’t take home any awards, Grace said she enjoyed presenting the group’s project to the judges. “We had to present our robot, which we named Ollie because he has a fork lift on the front of him so he looks like an elephant, and

the judges really liked our design,” she said. Rob Baker, the school’s director of technology, said he was proud of Grace and the rest of the team despite their lack of awards. “It’s a huge accomplishment just qualifying for state,” he said. “It was our first trip to state and we learned a lot from the experience and we’re planning on going back next year and doing even better.” Aside from the robot, the group participated in a team work challenge and presented their plan to help streamline the school’s car line. “We rearranged our car line so it’s a lot more efficient,” Grace said. As the club’s building leader, Grace helped build attachments for the robot

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In the semifinals

Allison Nagle of Milford played on the Shawnee State University women’s basketball team in the semifinals of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, March 15. To view the game, visit the NAIA Web site at

Baserunning camp

Milford High School is conducting a one-day fielding and baserunning camp March 28 for players in grades one through 12. Milford High School head coach Tom Kilgore will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. The session will last for three hours. The cost is $50. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. Call 866-622-4487.

Uhl no-hitter

Sophomore pitcher Paul Uhl, a graduate of McNicholas High School, threw a no-hitter in game one as the Thomas More College baseball split a non-conference doubleheader with Penn State-Behrend College March 19 at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Ky. The Saints won game one, 10-0, but fell, 5-4, in the nightcap.

SIDELINES Sand volleyball leagues

Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club, located at 837 U.S. 50 Milford, is celebrating 20 years in business and is now registering teams for the upcoming seasons. Spring, summer and fall leagues are available for adults, grade school, high school and college kids. The club also offers company leagues and park rental. Players can register on line at or by calling 8314252. The park opens April 4.

Swim team registration

The Milford Area Swim Team (MAST) will be conducting registration for the Spring / Summer season from 6 to 8 p.m., March 22-26, at the Milford High School Pool located at 1 Eagles Way. MAST is a year round swim team of about 75-100 athletes from the ages of 618. The Swimming Eagles have called Milford High School Home for the past 19 years. The MAST coaching staff strives to give the best possible stroke instruction and physical conditioning while maintaining a fun and positive atmosphere with the primary goal of helping each swimmer reach their full potential both in and out of the pool. Programs are offered for all ability levels from beginner through competitive. Coaches will be on hand during registration to evaluate your child for group placement. For more information, visit and click on MAST.

Hoops training camps

Stan Kimbrough is conducting training and camps at Nothin’ But Net, 4343 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road. For private and small group skills and shooting lessons, call 229-0863.

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Goshen duo has history in sight By Mark Chalifoux

Goshen High School hasn’t had a state champion since 1979 when Mike Holcomb won the heavyweight class title. The Warriors have a pair of wrestlers who seem poised to be the next to carry that mantle for Goshen High School next season. Sophomores Chaz Gresham and Joey Ward qualified for the state meet for the second consecutive season. Gresham finished third in the 152-pound weight class and Ward was hurt during the state finals and did not place this season. Both placed in their first trip to state in 2009. “Chaz lost 1-0 to the eventual state champion, so I think he really has a chance to win a state championship,” head wrestling coach Dallas Rise said. “He has a legitimate chance.” Ward, too, has a chance at the state championship if he continues on his current


Joey Ward (top) from Goshen wrestles against Chip Ratcliff from Bethel-Tate in their Division II Sectional Championship match at Goshen High School. Ward defeated Ratcliff 20-5 and made it all the way to the state tournament. pattern. “The key to their success is their commitment to the sport,” Rise said. “A lot of kids start wrestling in December and then quite in late February when the season is over. Those guys wrestle year-round and are definitely well-deserving of

their accomplishments.” Rise said their success at the state level has been an eye-opener for other kids on Goshen’s wrestling team. “It lets other kids see if they put in the time and work that good things can happen. Having kids like that has helped wrestling in

the community overall. A few kids from the youth program placed at the grade school tournament and more people are getting involved because you have people that do well,” Rise said. Though they are only sophomores, Gresham and

Ward were team captains this season and Rise said he hopes to see them grow and mature even more in their last two years of high school. Gresham is now one of only two wrestlers in Goshen history to have placed twice at the state meet. The other, of course, is Holcomb. Ward is likely to make it three for Goshen next season. “They are probably the best favorite to win a state title next in the Goshen school district,” Rise said. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment. They have such incredible athletic ability and the sky is the limit for them.” Rise said he enjoys watching them wrestle and that they can be successful collegiately as well. “They are already drawing interest from colleges and I think they will be successful at the next level,” Rise said. “Depending on how far they want to go, they could pursue Olympic dreams.”

Senior leadership to rule tennis season By Adam Turer

Senior leadership will be critical for the three area boys’ varsity tennis teams this season. Milford and Clermont Northeastern will count on their seniors to lead otherwise inexperienced teams. Goshen faces the biggest challenge, having to replace five seniors from last year’s squad. How the new members of each team mesh with the veterans will go a long way to determining how much success each team has this year.


The Rockets return five starters from last year’s team with hopes of improving on last year’s one-win season. That squad was very young and inexperienced. This year’s team is still young, but should be improved after a year of varsity competition. Seniors Jeremiah Kirby and Thomas Carwell will lead the Rock-

ets. Kirby returns at the top singles spot and Carwell returns as the top doubles player. The second and third singles starters from last year also return. Junior Cody Tidwell returns at second singles and sophomore Jacob Schultz returns at third singles. Junior Connor Tellep returns at second doubles. Kirby and Carwell will be counted on for more than just wins on the court. Head coach Chris Schultz expects his seniors to help the rest of the team prepare for matches. “We have two experienced seniors in Jeremiah and Thomas who have been working with our younger players to improve their skills,” Schultz said. “We are a young team with a lot of potential, but we have a lot of work to do.” Senior Donald Werner, junior Adam Patchell, and sophomore Zach Bixler are three newcomers who could make an impact in their first season. With the right blend of senior leadership and fast-

learning underclassmen, the Rockets should be able to notch a few more wins this season. “Our returning players have improved upon last year’s skills and our new players are working hard to hone their performance,” said Schultz.


The Warriors graduated five seniors from last year’s 8-7 team, including two allconference players. Seniors Chris King and Donovan Kennedy will be counted on to play much bigger roles on the team this season. “We have a lot of new players so we will be very inexperienced,” head coach Pete Patterson said. “We lost five seniors from a pretty good team last year.” King and Kennedy will likely be the top doubles team after playing second doubles last season. Both will also likely play in the top three singles spots. Sophomores Austin Hayslip and Brandon

Kennedy will be expected to make an impact as underclassmen. A trio of first-year seniors – Adam Evans, Jon Asher, and Anthony Liu – will also be counted on to contribute. With limited experience across the board and more experience in doubles, the Warriors will need players to step up and fill the top singles spots. Patterson expects his inexperienced squad to improve as the newcomers adjust to varsity tennis. “I look for good improvement over the season, with more strength at doubles than singles,” he said.


The Eagles finished third in the very competitive Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division last season, posting a 6-3 overall record. Milford returns five starters, led by seniors Gil Marchant and Stewart Dowd. Like their counterparts at CNE, these seniors will be

counted on for their leadership as much as for their tennis skills. “Our seniors will need to be valuable team captains for the younger players in the program and will be relied on to lead us on and off the court,” head coach Jeffrey Hoover said. Other returning starters include juniors Ryan Wagner, John Mechlin and Ari Fitter. Junior Franklin Underwood and freshman Andrew Beckerich will complement the experienced upperclassmen. The newcomer likely to have the biggest impact is senior Timo Lange, a foreign exchange student from Germany. “We have some new faces that should improve the overall balance of our team,” Hoover said. Hoover also noted his team’s tournament experience and an increased level of competition in practices. The upperclassmen have established a winning program and aim to give the Eagles their third straight winning season.

Elite blue

The Warren County United U-15 Girls’ Blue team celebrates winning the Elite Copa Division of the CASL College Showcase tournament in Raleigh, N.C. The girls went undefeated, scoring 10 goals and only giving up one. In front are Ashley Woolpert, Sami Rutowski, Paige Jones, Christina Murr, Brooke Weber of Loveland, Ariel Fischer of Loveland. In second row are Jami Pfeifer, Brieh Walker, Morgan York, Andi Felix, Demi Moses, Kayla Byrnside of Milford, Jennifer Williams and Cassidy Copeland. Coaches are Mike Tucker and Johns Moses, not pictured Dave Langner. PROVIDED


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Consider voting Libertarian May 4 I see libertarians. I talk to libertarians. I hear libertarians on the radio, on TV. I read quotes from libertarians in the newspaper, in magazines, online, everywhere. What I want to know is, where are all the Libertarians (note the upper case “L”)? To be fair, to be officially affiliated with any political party in Ohio, you must vote the party ballot during the primary election. There hasn’t been one of those in Ohio since 2000, and before that, 1982. So I will give the benefit of the doubt for the time being. Contemporary politics is alive with Tea Parties, 912’s, Constitution groups, Coffee Parties, and other “liberty” groups that are, in theory, disgusted with government at all levels. We haven’t seen this kind activism since the 1960s when there were real issues to get excited about. The Tea Party movement is a great example of large groups of people mobilizing, organizing and verbalizing their disdain with the current crop of politicians in office. The Libertarian Party (upper case “L”) has grown to the largest “third party” in the nation. The state of Ohio granted full ballot access to the LPO, among others for this election year. I’m fairly certain this was not due to a moral obligation, or a sudden urge to observe the First Amendment, but a response to a couple of lawsuits filed by the Libertarian Party of Ohio. We’ll take it for now, but sooner or later, the General Assembly will have to deal with H.B. 260, which addresses permanent ballot access for minor parties, among other election issues. On May 4, 2010, all of the aforementioned “libertarians” will

have the real, genuine opportunity to become Barry Cox “Libertarians.” Community Suit up, show up, grab a Libertarian Press guest Party ballot, fill in columnist the bubbles, and, Voila!, instant party affiliation. Forever, or until you choose to switch. For us Libertarians, this is a giant leap for mankind. In the November election, for everyone who decides to exercise their sacred right to vote, there are a plethora of choices. Tired of voting against a candidate? Maybe you will dig down deep into the core of your soul and vote for a candidate who truly mirrors your beliefs with respect to government and politics. One of the most common responses I get when talking about the viability and critical nature of third-party candidacy is “well, I don’t want to waste my vote,” or “if I vote Libertarian, it may split the results in favor of the other side.” Horse hockey. The way I see it, I have wasted my vote the last 20 years or so, voting for the lesser of two evils. In conclusion, a vote is never wasted if you vote with passion, vote for what you believe in, vote for a valid platform that is based on freedom, small government and minimum taxes. When you stand before the ballot, remember that this is one time, one event in your life when you can make a statement, perhaps make a real and positive impact on government. What do you have to lose? Barry Cox lives on Tomahawk Trail in Milford. He can be reached at

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Do you think businesses are right to block employees’ access to NCAA Tournamentrelated Web sites during the tournament? Why or why not? “I do think an employer has the right to block employees’ access to NCAA tournament-related Web sites as well as any other Web sites that are not related to the employee’s job. Employer’s are constantly trying to limit the amount of company time spent on personal business … phone calls, e-mails, texting. There is so much out there to distract an employee’s attention. The less available distractions, the more productive an employee will be.” D.M.R. “Absolutely. Businesses have the right to expect their employees to be focusing on the job when at work. If employees want to watch the games, take vacation time.” M.S. “The employer should not have to do this – the employee is supposed to be working! It is sad employers find it necessary to block the sites.” D.H. “Yes, I do. Employers have enough problems without employees spending untold hours completing brackets and watching games. It’s only fair to the employers and clients to make the job come first.” B.H.



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Next question What are your favorite Opening Day traditions? Do you plan to go this year? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community with “chatroom” in the subject line.

“Employers should be allowed to control non-business related access if they are providing the Internet service during business hours. They have a right to control (to a reasonable degree) the distractions for the people they are paying to work.” D.K. “Yes. Employers are right to block employee access to NCAA sites during the tournament. Employers pay their employees to work, not catch up on the tournament results.” M.S. “Yes. Businesses are within their rights to block employees’ access to NCAA Tournament related Web sites during the tournament because the employer isn’t paying them to watch basketball in all likelihood – and especially not to use the employer’s resources for same.” S.K.M.







Business and community members should get more involved in our schools. Business people and citizens can tutor students. With more people volunteering and businesses sponsoring, they are more likely to vote for levies. Business workers can use their skills to assist teachers. Therefore, I believe that community members and businesses should be more involved in our schools. Volunteers can help teachers in their work. For instance, volunteers can tutor students, and in this way students can get more one-on-one attention, which can improve their school work. Volunteers also can help teachers by grading papers, which gives teachers more time to focus and study on their lessons or on other plans. Citizens also can use their own skills to teach students. This is a wonderful way for citizens to help in their community. Business and community involvement can increase funding. Citizens and businesses who help



Emma Brockman, center, is the winner of the “Be A Journalist” Sixth Grade Column Contest at Mulberry Elementary School in Milford. The two runners up are Noah Robinson, left, and Dominic Dalessandro. are more likely to donate money. Different businesses can sponsor our school. Citizens can not only donate their money, but their time. Therefore, with more business and community involvement, school funding will increase. Business people also can use their skills to help in the schools. For example, they can use their skills to help teachers manage projects. They can assist the school board in financial planning. Business people can show and explain to students their careers

and what they do which can give students a good idea of a job for the future. This is not only benefiting the school, but the business people, too. This is why I think business people can show and use their skills in our schools. Business and community members should be more involved with our schools. This can create wonderful benefits for our schools and a rewarding opportunity for citizens to give back to the community. Supporting our schools will not only benefit the schools and citizens, but also businesses that help and sponsor our schools. This partnership will build a stronger community and this also will inspire students to volunteer for the next generation. In conclusion, I believe that business and community members should be more involved in our schools. The winner of the “Be A Journalist” Sixth-Grade Column Contest at Mulberry Elementary School in Milford is Emma Brockman. The two runners up are Noah Robinson and Dominic Dalessandro.

Town crier is feeling nostalgic I feel pretty nostalgic. Some of it is because Bob and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this past December; but, as you may know, I also celebrated my 40th class reunion in October. Apparently, the Class of 1969 spirit continues in 2010. It is almost like what happened when the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Grassy Run in 1992. Afterwards, members looked at each other and said, “What next?” None of us wanted the excitement to end. Some of you may say, “Come on, Sharon! The Grassy Run group continued because all of you are nuts for wanting to sleep in floorless canvas tents, cook over an open fire, light your camp with candles instead of a Coleman, and exchange your TVs and DVDs for tomahawk throwing.” I guess that isn’t the best comparison. Nevertheless, I know that’s how some of my classmates feel. Besides the 1968-1969 football conference champs being honored at the 2010 Bethel-Tate High School Hall of Fame dinner and at the basketball game that followed that evening, several of us gals meet monthly at various restaurants to share memories, our lives and our friendship. In a way we’re becoming the Class of 1969 support group. When one of us finds out that another classmate is going through one of life’s experiences (both good and bad), we spread the word. Whether it’s a looming birthday (We got into a big e-mail chat on who’s the oldest in the class and who is the youngest), birth of a grandchild, or Reds spring training (Way to go, Agent Joe Bill!), we share it with classmates. Unfortunately, I missed the

March dinner date because I was covering the Bethel Village Council meeting for The Bethel Journal. When I e-mailed my regrets for having Sharon to stand the group Margie Brumagem up, Williams Peters eCommunity mailed me back, Press guest lightly teasing, columnist “Hey, our Gals Night Out is more important than the village council meeting.” Margie, I secretly thought so, too, but I don’t think News Editor Theresa Herron or Bethel village council feel the same way. I do promise to do my best to attend the April gathering. By the way, Margie, when Bob was cleaning out a strong box he found ticket stubs for the Jimi Hendrix concert we went to with our dates. Would you believe the guys only paid $5 a piece for our tickets? My nostalgia affects my current taste in music. Besides country, Celtic or Native American flute music, I’m dialed into Golden Oldies. Example: While writing this column I’m listening to music from the era of the “British Invasion.” This induces more excitement about attending the Clermont Senior Services 50s & 60s dance March 27. I plan to “get in the groove” by not spending all my time on the dance floor taking pictures. I may even don my old Bethel-Tate pullover and wear Bob’s class ring around my neck. I don’t know if you can find the colorful strands of angora that we used to weave around our boyfriend’s ring, and I don’t have enough time to properly wrap

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Milford resident returns to native Canada to help with Olympics By Mary Dannemiller


Three-year-old twins Emma, left, and Ainsley Hull model their Bonnet Blankies. Their mom, Mandy Hull, invented the blankies and sells them on

Bonnet Blankies honor brother’s memory By Kellie Geist

If you ask 3-year-old Emma Hull where she got the blanket she wears on her head, she’ll tell you – Emma’s mom, Mandy Hull of Batavia, invented the Bonnet Blankies, or blankets children can wear on their heads, after losing her brother, Mike Martinelli. Martinelli died of a heart attack after suffering severe injuries in a fire in early 2008. Although Martinelli, 30, didn’t have any children of his own, he was very close with his nieces. Before the funeral, Hull cut pieces out of her daughters’ blankets to place in the coffin with Martinelli. To fill the holes in their blankets, she sewed in pieces of one of Martinelli’s T-shirts. “It was supposed to be like a pocket, but the T-shirt was pretty stretchy and they spontaneously started putting (the blankets) on their heads,” Hull said. “We would be out and people who say what a great idea the blankies were ... After so many positive comments, we thought we would see if we could make it work.” Hull and her husband, John, worked together to create a quality product at a reasonable price. They’ve been selling the reversible satin and polyester blanket hats for about a month and, so far, the reaction has been positive, she said.

A portion of all sales will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children in Martinelli’s memory. The inventors also have donated a number of bonnet blankies to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the hospital’s gift shop is selling the invention on an experimental basis. Hull and her family said the patent-pending Bonnet Blankies give them a way to preserve Martinelli’s memory. “We feel like this is something positive that’s come out of something negative. It’s a way to keep his memory alive and maybe help children have a better quality of life,” said Judy Martinelli, Hull’s mom, who has been helping with the endeavor. “It’s tough to lose one of your children, but it’s nice to see something like this come from it. We feel like, if we can make this work, it will be our way to keep Mike’s memory.” Judy Martinelli also said the Bonnet Blankies are practical, especially with cooler temperatures. “Kids hate wearing hat, but with the Bonnet Blankies, (Hull’s) kids are always warm. They are so soft and comfortable,” she said. The Bonnet Blankies, which are currently available in green and brown and pink and brown, are $29.99 each. For more information about the Bonnet Blankies or to order one, visit

Milford resident Cheri McMaster isn’t an Olympic athlete, but she got a firsthand view of Team USA’s experiences in Vancouver as a volunteer in the P&G Family Home. McMaster, external relations manager for Procter & Gamble, recently returned home after a 13-day stint at the house where she spent time with athletes and their families. Since families aren’t allowed in the Olympic Village, the house provided a space where athletes could spend time with their children, spouses, mothers and other family members, said Dave McCracken, Procter & Gamble’s director of North America external relations. “The P&G Family Home has surpassed our expectations. It has been the home away from home for the athletes, their families and friends throughout the 17 days of the Olympic Winter Games,” McCracken said. “Cheri played an instrumental role in the program, along with a number of P&G employees and our agency partners. What was probably most rewarding for Cheri was the relationships she developed with the athletes and their moms.” Along with the complimentary meals, laundry and salon and spa services offered at the home, the athletes’ mothers were each given a Procter & Gamble


Carter McMaster enjoys the action and food during a Sweden-Belarus hockey game in Vancouver. gift card as a thanks for all the support they’d given their athletes over the years. “My role was to give every single Team USA athlete’s mom a gift card and that was fantastic,” McMaster said. “It was for a significant amount of money and a lot of the parents needed financial help. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in my life.” The trip was something of a homecoming for McMaster, who lived in Canada before moving to

Milford with her husband 16 years ago. “We are Canadian so I didn’t know what team to root for,” she said. “I think I was leaning toward Team USA because I was in the family home with the American athletes and families, but with hockey I had to cheer for Team Canada.” Though McMaster spent most of her time at the family home, she was able to watch some events when her 14-year-old son Carter joined her toward the end of her trip.


Easter extravaganza

Miami Township Parks and Recreation is hosting Easter Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27, at Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. The Easter Bunny will make a special visit. Children are invited to make crafts, decorate cookies, have their faces painted and play games. There will be no egg hunt. Parents may bring cameras. It is family friendly. Call 248-3727 or visit

Breakfast with a bunny

Goshen United Methodist Church is hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the church, 6710 Goshen Road. Breakfast is

“I did get to go to men’s figure skating and we went to a hockey game, of course,” she said. “We also got to watch curling and the crowd was going crazy so it was fun to watch. I think they need a curling rink in Milford.” Athletes ranging from skeleton participant Noelle Pikus-Pace to former Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Kristi Yamaguchi spent time in the house, McMaster said. “Some of the big athletes from the past like Nancy Kerrigan and Kristi Yamaguchi are reporters now so they were always in the house looking for people to interview and it was cool meeting them because they’re legends,” she said. “Speed skater Chad Hedrick is a new dad so he was there a lot. It was fun to see these serious athletes crawling around on the floor with their babies, it was adorable.” McMaster returned to Milford Sunday, Feb. 21, and will have to watch the rest of the games from her living room. “I’m so exhausted, but since we were working I’ve been able to see more events now than I did when I was there,” she said. “I miss being there with all the athletes and being on the inside of things.”


Carter and Cheri McMaster also attended a curling match.

pancakes with toppings and ham. The Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt will follow. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny are available. Proceeds benefit the senior high mission trip. The cost is $6, $3 per child, free for children under 3. Call 722-2541.

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Cheri McMaster, left, gives two mothers of Olympic athletes P&G Thanks Mom gift cards in Whistler.


Carter McMaster and Cheri McMaster at the Team USA House in Whistler, British Columbia.



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Jazzercise, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road. $20 per month. Presented by Jazzercise Amelia. 520-6390. Amelia.


Community Dinner, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Sonrise Community Church Office Building, 203 Mill St. Dinner prepared by church volunteers. Includes roast chicken, baked potato, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Free. Presented by SonRise Community Church. 5439008. Milford.


Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Interactive story time with parent. Tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Frog Foray, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Program and naturalist led hike. Bring flashlight. Ages 5 and up. $6, $3 children; $4, $1 children for members. Registration required. 831-1711. Union Township.


Honk! The Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive. UC Clermont Krueger Auditorium. Spring drama production. $8. Presented by Clermont Northeastern High School. 686-0070. Batavia.


Breakfast & Bingo, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Chickfil-A Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. No. 612, Free bingo with prizes. Coffee free for seniors. Free. Through April 1. 943-4232. Eastgate. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 2 6


Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry, Fish, cole slaw, french fries, hush puppies and beverages. Carryout available. $8 meal; $4 sandwich. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Early Childhood Education Center, Clermont Northeastern, 2792 U.S. 50, Fish dinners with drink. Barbecue and hot dogs available. Benefits local food banks. $6, $5 senior citizens, $4 children. Presented by Clermont Northeastern Lions Club. 625-5478. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish or shrimp platters. Other menu items available. Carryout available. $6.50 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Fish, shrimp, chicken, fries, baked potato, coleslaw and applesauce. Includes dinner and two sides. Carryout available. $6 dinner, $4.50 sandwich only, $1.50 extra per side item. 831-9876. Milford. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Mary Church, 3398 Ohio 125, Includes fish, shrimp, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryout available. Presented by St. Mary Church - Bethel. 7344041. Bethel.

St. Columban Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road. Salmon, fried cod, shrimp, cheese pizza, sandwiches, gourmet or tossed salad, baked potato, fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Drive-through and walk-in carryout available. $1-$9. 683-0105; Loveland. St. Peter Men’s Club Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Peter Church - New Richmond, 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Fried and baked fish and sides. Dessert and drink included. Carryout available. Benefits parish projects. $7.50 adult, $4 ages 12 and under. 553-3267. New Richmond. Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-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. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5890 Buckwheat Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish, baked salmon, fried shrimp, and cheese pizza and more. Benefits church ministries. Family friendly. $4-$8. 575-0119; Milford.


The Wehry Family, 7:30 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1123 Ohio 28, Faith-based preaching and singing family. 575-9708. Milford.


Honk! The Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. UC Clermont Campus, $8. 686-0070. Batavia.


Anything Goes, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 seniors and students. 697-6769; Loveland. Going, Going, Gone, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Murder mystery. Includes dinner buffet with dessert. $19. Registration required. Presented by Performing Live on the Town. Through March 28. 623-3589. Eastgate. Flanagan’s Wake, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. Interactive Irish wake. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. Through March 27. 732-2174. Batavia.


Used Magazine Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 752-5580. Amelia. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 2 7


Haiti Relief Drive. 9 a.m.-noon, Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4183 Mount CarmelTobasco Road. Drop off peanut butter, canned meats, baby cereal, infant formula (powdered), shoes for children, linens and towels. 528-0230, Mount Carmel.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 12:30 p.m. Room S143. UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive. Free. 753-8672. Batavia.


Drum for Fun Children’s Workshop, 11 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Ages 6-10. Workshop helps children learn to express themselves through music. Parents invited to stay while instructor Bob Laake works with children. Drums provided. $10, $8 members. Registration required. 831-1711; Union Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to The Making of America Seminar, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Based on Dr. Cleon Skousen’s books “The 5000 Year Leap” and “The Making of America.” Designed for any citizen who values freedom. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 868-8764; Union Township.


Jazzercise, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Church of the Good Samaritan, $20 per month. 520-6390. Amelia.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9 a.m.11 a.m. Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road. Pancakes and toppings, and ham. Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt to follow. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny available. Benefits the senior high mission trip. $6, $3 child, free children under 3. 722-2541. Goshen.


Coming Together in Spirit and Song, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Journey of discovering, integrating, and refining both the voice and self-expression. Ages 18 and up. Ages 21 and up. Women’s Singing Retreat: fee $65 including lunch, or $85 with additional seperate dinner & evening program. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Bird Walk, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Dress for weather, bring binoculars. Included with admission: $5, $1 children; free for members. 831-1711. Union Township.


Honk! The Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. UC Clermont Campus, $8. 686-0070. Batavia.


Anything Goes, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 seniors and students. 697-6769; Loveland. Going, Going, Gone, 7:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, $19. Registration required. 623-3589. Eastgate. Flanagan’s Wake, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, $30. Reservations required. 732-2174. Batavia.


Turkey Shoot, 1 p.m. American Legion Post 237, 2215 Memory Lane. Free, additional cost to shoot. 732-0331. Batavia.


Grailville Garden Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.noon, Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Work in organic garden and kitchen. Wear clothes and footwear that can get dirty. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, hat and snacks. No experience required. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.


Miami Township Parks and Recreation is hosting Easter Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27, at Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Township. The Easter Bunny makes a special visit. Children are invited to make crafts, decorate cookies, have faces painted and play games. There will be no egg hunt. Parents may bring cameras. It is family friendly. Call 248-3727 or visit S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 8


Henry Ford Squares, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Western style square dance club for experienced dancers with round dance and line dancing. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Union Township.


Breakfast Buffet, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive. Country buffet breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash and more. Eggs cooked to order along with coffee, juice and milk. Benefits American Legion Post 450. $7, $3 children 9 and under. 8319876. Milford.


Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive. Includes cookie decorating, crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny and visits with farm animals. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford.


Wildflower Walks, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Join leaders to learn wildflower identification along trails. $5, $1 children; members free. 831-1711; Union Township.


Going, Going, Gone, 2 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, $19. Registration required. 623-3589. Eastgate.


Promont House Museum, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 11 and under. 248-0324. Milford. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 6834686; Symmes Township.

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Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Milford.


Preschool Story Time, noon, Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St. Ages 3-6. Free. Registration required. 734-2619. Bethel.


Dining and Dancing with the Cincinnati Sinatra, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Matt Snow on vocals. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet. Family friendly. $16.95, discounts for seniors and children. Reservations required, available online. 576-9766. Eastgate.


Used Magazine Fair, noon-8 p.m. Amelia Branch Library, 752-5580. Amelia. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 3 1


Haiti Relief Drive. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mount Carmel Christian Church, 528-0230, Mount Carmel.


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.


Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Stories, dance and crafts. Ages 2-6. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700; Milford. Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Bethel Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 7342619. Bethel. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 5281744. Union Township.


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


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Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Hosted by Jerome. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. PROVIDED

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March 24, 2010


When will I ever be a normal person?

We can base it on low esteem or unrealistic comparisons. The fact remains that too many of us, even apparently successful people, have an unspoken suspicion of being Father Lou “less than Guntzelman others� or Perspectives “not normal.� That sad and secret inkling leads to the silent question, “Will people ever see me, or I see myself, as a normal and typical human?� What a relief it is to realize emotionally and intellectually that there is no such thing as being normal. Jungian analyst Lawrence Jaffe says, “Normality is an abstraction derived from the study of statistics. It doesn’t really exist.� That usually takes a long time to grasp. Instead of

appreciating our unique grandeur, we’re busy comparing ourselves to others, trying to be “normal,â€? like them. Take, for example, scientists studying stones in a certain river. They develop certain statistics. These statistics inform them that the average, or normal, stone in that riverbed is four inches long and two inches wide. Yet, a search may never find a stone exactly that size. Doesn’t the same process occur in scientifically studying and trying to find the normal person? “Man is not complete,â€? writes Jung, “when he lives in a world of statistical truth. He must live in a world where the whole of a man, his entire history, is the concern, and not that of merely statistics‌ When everything is statistical all individual qualities are wiped out‌ and he becomes a statistical average, a number; that is, he becomes nothing.â€?

We need to constantly be reminded, as Isaac Singer reminds us in “Love and Exile,� “Every human character occurs only once in the whole history of human beings.� This uniqueness means the best advice to another is that which Shakespeare’s Polonius gave his son, Laertes, “This above all; to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as night the day, that thou canst not then be false to any man.� Whether we are extroverts or introverts; gregarious of lovers of solitude; a mathematician or an artist – to thine own self be true. Or as St. Francis de Sales proclaimed: “Be yourself! But be your best self.� Each of us is a mystery. We’re meant to be something unprecedented, not clones of someone else. One of the hallmarks of Carl Jung’s psychology is individuation (misunderstood at times as individuality, or a focused self-centeredness.) Individuation can

be defined as becoming what we have it in us to become. It means becoming our Creator’s image of us. There would be no such thing as individuation if there were not roadblocks, obstacles and detours on the path of our life. Then we would not need to deal with them in our own way and by our own choices. Just as there would be no path we made if there were no wilderness and undergrowth. The path toward our goal is an inner path. The singularity of our paths is part of what makes finding it and staying on it so difficult. In “Liberating the Heart,� Lawrence Jaffe writes: “Nothing is so important as to carry your own cross, says Christ. That means the same as finding and following the path of individuation which has been prepared for you from

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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What to do with your basket of eggs

It’s not official, but on my little patch of heaven, spring is here. That means pruning berry canes, raking leaves and debris from the asparagus patch, and readying the gardens for planting. It also means planning Easter brunch. I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of egg casseroles, since that’s usually the basis of our brunch. Today I’m sharing one that is too easy but looks like you went to a lot of trouble making it. My kind of recipe!

Quiche muffins

This is a master recipe,

so do with it as you like. Any kind of cooked m e a t w o r k s well. Or none. I Rita m a d e Heikenfeld mine with 1 Rita’s kitchen ⁄2 pound cooked sausage and chives. I layered the add-ins before pouring in the egg mixture, as it was easier to divide evenly. Recipe doubles or triples well. Don’t omit the baking powder. It gives just the right amount of lift. Yield

will depend upon size of muffin tins.

Master recipe:

5 large or extra large eggs 1 ⁄2 cup milk 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder Salt and pepper 11⁄2 cups to 2 cups shredded cheese Good add-ins: 1⁄2 pound cooked sausage or bacon, crumbled, handful of chopped chives, frozen spinach, thawed and drained well, sautéed onions, leeks, mushrooms, etc. Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs, milk, baking powder, salt and pepper

together. Spray a 6- or 8-cup muffin tin really well, since the egg mixture tends to stick. Divide cheese among muffin tins along with other add-ins before pouring base mixture on. Check after baking 20 minutes. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean, but don’t overbake. Can be baked up to a day ahead and microwaved gently to rewarm, or in 350 degree oven, covered, until hot throughout. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Check baking powder for leavening power. Pour a teaspoon into 1⁄2 cup warm water. It should fizz right away if it’s fresh. Write date when you open can on the lid. It’s good for about one year if kept away from heat and light.

Naturally colored Easter eggs

I have my mom, Mary Nader, to thank for making us such “green” advocates. She colored our eggs with onion skins. When we were kids, we liked commercially colored eggs better, but as I grew older, I came to appreciate just what the onion skin eggs meant. More than just coloring, they were a way of telling a story and passing history on to the next generation. I do the same with the little ones today, and have expanded that to include more natural dyes. Here’s how I do it: CE-0000385041.INDD

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Little quiches made in muffin tins. In a saucepan, place as many papery outer skins of yellow and/or red onions that you have. Cover with an inch of water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until onion skins have colored the water, about 10 minutes. Use this same method for red cabbage (just chunk it up), beets, greens, etc. Even used coffee grounds can be used. Strain and add a tablespoon or so of clear vinegar to set the dye. Put boiled eggs in. Depending upon how long they sit in the dye, the eggs made with yellow onion skins will be pale yellow to dark amber. Red onion skins produce eggs that are brick/brown red. Red cabbage is the winner: it makes beautiful teal blue eggs! Turmeric makes the eggs more brilliantly yellow than the marigolds my dad, Charlie Nader, used to plant in front of the porch on the


tiny front lawn. Turmeric colored eggs require a different method: Stir 3 tablespoons or so of turmeric in 11⁄2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove, let cool but don’t strain. Add a tablespoon or so of vinegar. Place boiled eggs in dye, stirring to coat. When you remove the eggs, gently wipe off turmeric with soft cloth or run them very quickly under running water.

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Celebrating birthdays is wonderful Howdy folks, The past week has been busy for the Ole Fisherman and my family. Saturday, March 6, we had a very special time. We went to our daughter and son-in-law’s house for our youngest grandson Curtis’ birthday supper. It seems they grow up so fast. Happy Birthday. Any time we can get together to celebrate a birthday or anniversary with our family is great. On Tuesday evening, Ruth Ann and I went down to my brother and sister-inlaw’s for supper. Our other brother Randy and our nephew and his wife were there. What a wonderful evening and a super meal as they always have. Again being with family was great. The meal was turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, salad and desserts. Wow, how good. On Friday we went to a sale above Newtonsville at the Stahls farm. This was where Henry Stahl lived and farmed. He had a fine family and a working wife Hazel. Both of them have gone on to be with the Lord. Now I don’t know if Heaven has any gardening or crops raised but if there are any, Henry can sure get the job done for the Good Lord. We lived below them on a farm. They worked hard the same as my family and both families ran a dairy.

We milked 12 cows and they milked 35 cows. We milked ours by hand, they had the milkGeorge electric ers. But Rooks when the Ole electric went Fisherman out, Mother would say when you boys get done go up and help the Stahls get their milking done. Their farm was at the cross roads of Ohio 131 and 133. There was a creek that ran under the road and years ago there was a black smith shop across the creek. Then on Friday evening there were 12 folks who met at the Monroe Grange Hall for a covered dish supper and to make pillowcases for children who have cancer. After the child comes back to their room from their treatment they have a new colorful pillowcase on their bed. The hospitals sure enjoy having these for the children. The Grange has made these pillowcases before and given them to the Children’s Hospital. These little folks need all the cheering up they can get. Now on March 26 the Clermont Northeastern Lions Club will have their famous Fish Fry at the Northeastern Middle School starting at 4 p.m. until 7:30

p.m. This club does so much for the community so mark your calendar and go get a good meal and help support the club. There will be lots of your friends there. Last Saturday morning Ruth Ann and I went down to the Riverside Coffee Mill to help serve the waffles for a fundraiser for a young lady that will go to Africa to help some engineers work on their water quality. It seems the folks there are having problems with the water they are drinking, so this seems to be a good mission. Now you might wonder who this young lady is. Well her name is Kate Hart. When you see her congratulate her and give her a boost. Those at Riverside Coffee Mill are so interested in what these folks are doing. If your are in Batavia stop and say hello and thank them for the super job they are doing. And have some of their good food and drinks. While Ruth Ann and I were there Ruth Ann was washing dishes and I was cleaning tables. A young couple and their daughter came in to eat and support the young lady. I got to talking to them. The feller had gotten out of the military service last year and they moved back down here. They had been in Alaska so I asked if they traveled much while they were there

and they said they did. The feller is looking for a job, so I hope he has luck. So if any of you folks have a job for him call. He spent four years in the Army, their names are Jenna, Eric and daughter Kelsey Meyer. On Sunday we had a birthday dinner for our daughter Debby. The menu was corn, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cheese steak, Swiss steak, homemade noodles, cheese potatoes, Jello salad, apple salad, deviled eggs, rolls, German chocolate cake, apple bars and ice cream. Ruth Ann and I spent Saturday afternoon and came home from church early to finish the meal up. Now part of the meal came from the freezer here at home. Don’t forget the Bethel Community Choir will begin the Holy Week Services on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church by singing the musical titled, “Come, Touch the Robe.” We are singing in this one and are enjoying the beautiful music. 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.

Coping with dementia, memory loss Many people confuse forgetfulness with dementia. The truth is simple. Forgetfulness is part of the normal aging process. It can be caused by stress, fatigue, grief or an overload of information. The problem is usually with recall, not memory. It is not a sign of, nor does it lead to, dementia. Most people have so many things going on in their lives that it is normal to forget some details. Dementia, on the other hand, is the result of a disease process, and although it is more common with advancing age, it is not a normal part of growing older. Symptoms of dementia include impairment in thinking, learning, memory and judgment, as well as changes in personality, mood and behavior. More than 100 reversible conditions can mimic dementia. If left undiagnosed and untreated, they may become irreversible.

Not only does the patient suffer from the effects of dementia – the family is greatly Linda also affected. Eppler Losing the Community person they Press have always n o w n , Guest kalthough he Columnist or she is still physically present, can be very painful. One family member said, “It’s like a funeral that never ends.” Gerontology specialist Vicki Schmall suggests the following guidelines to help reduce stress and anxiety for both the dementia patient and the caregiver. Keep expectations realistic to reduce frustration for both the caregiver and the patient. Limit food and clothing choices. This helps reduce

confusion. Put out only the utensils the person will need at mealtime. Use repetition. Memoryimpaired people need frequent, patient reminders. Be prepared to repeat the same instructions daily. Limit the demands for the recall of facts, names and schedules. Say to a person who has difficulty remembering you, “I’m Jane, your daughter.” Avoid saying “Who am I?” Make the environment safe. Don’t expect the person with dementia to take responsibility for his or her own safety. They may have lost the judgment needed to avoid accidents. Using reminiscence about the past may help the person become involved in what he can remember. Treat the person as an adult. Memory-impaired people have feelings and don’t like to be treated as children. Reassure and praise.

They also need a feeling of success. Small accomplishments amount to tremendous victories for those who have problems with memory. Maintain a sense of humor. Finding garden tools in the refrigerator may provide you with the opportunity for a good laugh. Laughter and humor have positive effects on both physical and mental health. Caring for a family member with dementia is physically and emotionally exhausting. Our Adult Day Center is a great option for caregivers who need a break. It provides a safe, caring environment for loved ones, and provides activities that stimulate each person at their own level of participation. For information, please call 724-1255. Linda Eppler is the director of communications and lifelong learning at Clermont Senior Services.


Perennial gardening school is April 1 Are you bonkers for begonias? Do you dig daylilies? If so, the annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School is for you. This one-day workshop, sponsored by Ohio State University Extension-Clermont, will be held Thursday, April 1, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds multi-purpose building, 1000 Locust Street in Owensville. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. through 3:15 p.m. “Perennial School is perfect for beginners or individuals who have been gardening for years,” said OSU Extension-Clermont Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Cindy Burskey. “We will have

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RELIGION Calvary Baptist Church

The church is hosting the Wehry Family in Southern Gospel Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. The church is at 1123 Ohio 28, Milford; 575-9708.

Christ Presbyterian Church

The church is hosting an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28. Activities will include cookie decorating, rub on tattooing, crafts, pictures with the Easter bunny and visits with farm animals. For directions or more information, call 831-9100. The church is presenting a tableau of DaVinci’s “The Last Supper” masterpiece. Members of the congregation will portray the 12 Apostles as they react to the announcement that one of them will betray Jesus. The Apostles take their place at the table at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. More information is at The church is at 5657 Pleasantview Drive, Miami Township; 831-9100.

First Baptist Church of Mount Repose

Evangelist Dr. Don Mathis will preach at the Easter revival and evangelistic services at the church. Services begin April 4, Easter Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. Services continue at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 5 to April 7. Mathis is president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has been a pastor for 30 years. For more information, call 5751121, e-mail, or visit The church is at 6088 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Mount Repose; 5751121.

Goshen United Methodist Church

The church is hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27. It includes free pictures with the Easter Bunny and a free Easter Party and egg hunt. The cost is $6, $3 per child. Proceeds benefit the senior high mission trip.

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Bernadette Church 1479 Locust Lake Rd Amelia, Oh 45102 753-5566 Rev. Bill Stockelman, Pastor Weekly Masses, Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

We’re trying a New Blend

Contemporary and traditional with live music and multi-media.


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

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


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

HOUSE OF RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER 1487 SR 131, Milford, OH Rev. Jeff Wolf 575-2011

Schedule of Services: Sunday School 9:00-9:45am; Sunday Morning Celebration 10:00am - Nursery provided; Childrens Ministry 10:00; Sunday Evening Operation Great Commission 6:00pm; Wed - Bible Study 7:00pm; Wed. - Youth Group 7:00pm.


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists

Amelia United Methodist Church “To Become and Make Disciples Of Christ”


EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:30am

United Methodist Church

Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30am Corner of Old SR 74 and Amelia-Olive Branch Rd 732-1400

Faith United Methodist Church 180 North Fifth Street, Batavia, Ohio David W. Phaneuf - Minister 732-2027 Sunday School 9:15am; Worship 10:30am Nursery Provided United Methodist Youth, Men & Women Organizations Handicap Accessibility


176th Year in Felicity Walnut & West St. Felicity Rev. Jane Beattie, Pastor 876-2147 Contemporary Worship..... 9:00am Sunday School.................10:00am Traditional Worship..........10:45am Nursery provided for all Sunday morning services

“Room for the Whole Family”

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

Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.

Pastor Mike Smith


Come Join Us…. Marc Quinter, Pastor

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


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

Trinity United Methodist Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High) 513-831-0262

A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 meeting at WT Elementary 1/2 mile east of I-275 on SR 125 Sunday Worship. 10:00am

vineyard eastgate community church

Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate) Sunday Services 9:00, 10:15 & 11:45 AM



Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director


SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible

LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm

MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:

Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH



Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Rev. Kathleen B. Haines Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Nursery care provided

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

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

“Encircling People with God’s Love” 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley Youth Director- JD Young

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

Sunday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; Dustin Nimmo - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor

Owensville United Methodist Church

AUMY! Youth Group grades 6 to 12

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Sunday 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

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176


Children’s & Junior Church During Service Infant / Toddler Nursery Available

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

Welcomes You

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

Come visit us at the

A special prayer and healing service on the 1st Sunday evening of each month at 7:00pm



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

Sunday School Class 9:30 a.m.


25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115


(St. Rt. 125 & Church St.) Amelia, Ohio

THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist

In 1495 in Milan, Leonardo DaVinci painted his interpretation of “The Last Supper.” The painting was inspired by the description of that event in the book of John. A tableau of DaVinci’s masterpiece will be presented by Christ Presbyterian Church in Milford. Members of the congregation will portray the 12 apostles as they react to the announcement that one of them will betray Jesus. The apostles take their place that the table at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. The church is at 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Milford. More information is at

Sundayy Worshipp Service......8:30am,, 10:30am School.......................9:30am Sunday unday School 93 w/nursery & children’s church

Located at 19 East Main Street


The Last Supper




Reaching the Heart of Clermont County




Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 7:00pm

1300 White Oak Road Amelia, Ohio 513-752-5265


BAPTIST Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm;

Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Growing our Faith, Family & Friends Sunday Worship 10:00AM (Child Care Available) Sunday School (Ages 3-12) 9:30AM

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

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


513 831 0196

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

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


844 State Rt. 131

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

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


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

Pastor: Tom Bevers

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

SonRise Community Church

The church is hosting a free community dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the SonRise Community Church Office Building, formerly the Bridge Café. Dinner is prepared for you and your family by a small group of volunteers from SonRise Community Church. They’ll be serving roast chicken, baked potato, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. All are welcome. For more information, call Dale at 543-9008. The church meets for services at Mariemont High School, 3812 Pocahontas Ave., Mariemont; the office is at 203 Mill St., Milford; 576-6000.

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


The Maundy Thursday Service is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. The Good Friday Service is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2. Easter services are at 7 a.m. for the Sunrise Service and the 10:30 a.m. service featuring the choir’s Easter Cantata. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road, Goshen; 722-2541.


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

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


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”

To place your

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


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

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March 24, 2010


Gilkerson of CNE recognized by Rotary

also chosen a SBAAC player of the year. Additionally, she has participated on the cross country team and the dance team. While at CNE she has taken all the advanced placement classes the CNE offers and is in the top five percent of her class. In addition to her school activities, Gilkerson works two part-time jobs and has volunteered of 200 hours of service time at one of her favorite institutions, the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camp Ernst. Gilkerson has been accepted into Ohio Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EW Scripps School of Journalism, where she plans on pursuing a degree in public relations with a specialization in International Social Work. Gilker-

son has plans of taking a mission trip to Africa or Haiti before heading off to college this fall. The Batavia Rotary Club is a diverse group of community-minded members from Batavia and the surrounding areas that are working together to address various community and international needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Batavia Rotary Club meetings are held at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the Hawk Building on Taylor Road, Clermont County Airport. Prospective new members and visiting Rotarians are always welcome. Visit


Among the Delta Chi members who attended the 2009 Alpha Delta State Convention in Mason are: Phyllis Neal, Vanda Gregory, Margaret Edwards, Dr. Mary Jane Kaufman, Mary Jo Beziat, Cris Voss and Janet Stewart. dren through education. A contribution, obtained through a silent auction, was sent to the Central Asia Institute for this purpose. Two major events the past two years were the Alpha Delta State Convention held at the Cincinnati Marriott in Mason. Delta Chi was honored as one of their members, Dr. Mary Jane Kaufman, presided. Other Delta Chi officers are Melody Newman, first vice president, of Goshen Township; Joan Ballbach,

second vice president, of Fayetteville; Margaret Edwards, treasurer, of Goshen Township; Janice Denny, assistant treasurer, of Milford; Janet Davidson, recording secretary, of Moscow; Joyce Maynard, corresponding secretary and editor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delta Chi Dateline, of Felicity;â&#x20AC;? and Cris Voss, immediate past president, of Batavia Township. Members plan to attend the Alpha Delta State Convention in Dublin, Ohio.

Jerry Vineyard from Boy Scout Troop 635 (Epiphany United Methodist Church, Loveland) recently earned his Eagle Scout Award. Vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project involved leading, planning and executing the construction of three memorial benches placed at the local VFW/American Legion Halls honoring and thanking veterans for their dedication to country. Vineyard completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review in November, and the troop held a Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the New Scout Achievement Center in Cincinnati. Rob Weisgerber, mayor of Loveland, left, attended the ceremony and bestowed accolades and praise for Vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishment.

YMCA gears up to raise funds Volunteers, staff and members whose lives have been enriched by the Clermont Family YMCA are about to embark on a pursuit of an ambitious goal. Their mission? To raise more than $30,000 through March 31 in the first phase of a year-round effort to ensure the YMCA can continue its vision of never turning anyone away from opportunities to grow in spirit, mind and body. Every day lives are empowered, families are spending affordable quality time together, parents are being healthy role models for their children, and children are growing in positive ways because of their neighborhood YMCA. The success for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EveryONE Deserves a Y Annual Campaign has never been more important as the difficult economic times are burdening families with increased stress and heightened need for focusing on well being. For many, these opportunities simply wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be possible without the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Membership For All sliding scale fee making opportunities affordable for everyone. Last year alone 27,000 people throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky participated in neighborhood YMCA memberships, summer camps, sports, swim lessons, classes and programs with financial assistance from the YMCA totaling more than $3.6 million. Forty-one percent of the kids participating in YMCA sports, swim lessons, structured afterschool, nurturing child care and camp were able to do so because of reduced rates. They learned positive character

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From left are Ashley Gilkerson, CNE student of the month; Matt Early, CNE High School principal; and Ed Nurre, Rotary student of the month program chair.

Delta Chi Chapter projects reviewed Miami Township resident Vanda Gregory, president of Delta Chi Chapter (Clermont County) of Delta Kappa Gamma International, along with officers and committee chairs, recently reported to the state and international organization of the work of the local chapter. The organization is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 115,000 members in 17 member countries around the world. Members provided supplies for The House of Peace. A $500 grant-in-aid is available annually to a Clermont County college woman who has completed two years and is planning to continue in the field of education. Support for a Haiti mission was obtained through a raffle and contributions from individual members. Since the report, members became aware of the need to improve the lives of Afghanistan chil-


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March 24, 2010

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Kenneth Vogel, 46, 6164 Branch Hill Guinea Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated/open container, March 2. Teresa L. Worley, 54, 2047 Cedarville, theft, March 2. Trisha A. Schneider, 25, 2047 Cedarville, theft, March 2. Stephen S. Wilson, 55, 6567 Hollow Lane, aggravated menacing, March 2. Harold Moeller, 27, 70 Glendale Milford Road, theft, March 3. Ryan N. Muschong, 29, 3325 Cardiff Ave., recited, March 3. Kate D. Crank, 18, 6036 Belfast, drug possession, March 5. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, March 5. Juvenile, 15, theft, March 6. Juvenile, 17, theft, March 6. Debbie A. Mchaffie, 48, 470 Branch Hill Loveland Road, domestic violence, March 5. Veronica L. Merrill, 47, 76 Greenlawn, disorderly conduct, warrant, March 6. Shane Nicholl, 39, 5470 Country Lane, theft, March 8. Ethan D. Deutenberg, 19, 1370 Finch Lane, cultivation of marijuana, March 7. Timothy Leppert, 36, 6246 Price, disorderly conduct, March 7. Syd D. St. Pierre, 19, 2676 Hamilton Mason Road, drug abuse, March 8. Juvenile, 16, drug abuse, March 8. Juvenile, 14, drug abuse, March 8. James W. Blevins, 36, 1448 Ohio 131, drug possession, paraphernalia, March 8. James T. Switzer, 47, 1689 Cooks Grant, disorderly conduct, March 9.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing


507 Arrowhead Trail, March 4. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 5790 Buckwheat Road, March 4. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $13 at Branch Hill Guinea Road, March 2. Gasoline not paid for at Speedway; $12.41 at Ohio 131, March 2. Food not paid for at Applebee’s; $42.63 at Meijer Drive, March 2. Jewelry taken from vehicle; $11,170 at 5807 Lockwood Commons, March 2. Merchandise taken from Kroger at Ohio 28, March 3. Pocket knife taken from Meijer; $22 at Ohio 28, March 6. Check taken from mailbox; $1,150 at 5368 Country Lane, March 5. Clothing taken from Meijer; $73 at Ohio 28, March 7. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 6076 Weber Oak, March 6. Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 587 Wards Corner, March 6. Jewelry taken; over $1,200 at 967 Hidden Ridge, March 7. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton’s; $15 at Ohio 28, March 7. Tools taken from K-Mart at Ohio 28, March 5. Monies taken; $1,600 at 1629 Ohio 131, March 5. Dump trailer taken from Sardinia Concrete; $7,000 at Ohio 50, March 5. Jacket and medication taken from vehicle at Taco Bell at 907 Ohio 28, March 7. TV taken; $1,200 at 603 Commons, March 6. 1989 Ford taken at 1197 Sovereign Drive, March 8. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $91 at Ohio 28, March 8. Jewelry taken; $3,000 at 6110 2nd St., March 4. Money taken from register at Meijer; $640 at Ohio 28, March 8.

Vandalism, improper discharging firearm into school

Male was threatened with knife at Sleepy Hollow Inn at Bridge Street, March 2.

Breaking and entering

Bullet shot at Milford Junior High at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, March 2.

Criminal damage


Domestic violence

Vance D. Adkins, 26, 501 Edgecombe, contempt of court, March 10. Megan Brownfield, 22, 4293 Moore Marathon, contempt of court, March 8. Jeremy G. Dean, 39, 2542 Woodville Pike, contempt of court, March 10. Robin A. Eastham, 32, 310 Main St., warrant, March 9. William T. Honchell, 37, 707 Ohio 28, intoxicated in roadway, March 12. Jason S. Jarman, 29, 141 N. Main, possession of drug abuse instrument, March 14. Matthew D. Jarman, 26, 141 N. Main, possession of drug abuse instrument, obstructing official

Tools taken from sheds at 1102 Heritage Lane, March 6.

Window broken in vehicle at 1010 Cooks Crossing, March 4. Signs, shed, etc. spray painted at Kennel Resorts at Meadowview, March 4. Sign post damaged at Branch Hill Guinea Road at Glen Echo Lane, March 3. Side of vehicle damaged at 5943 Creekside, March 7. At Broadview Place, March 4.

Public indecency

Male exposed self at 603 Commons, March 1.


Male stated ID used with no authorization at 70 Glendale Milford Road, March 3. Gasoline siphoned from vehicle at







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POLICE REPORTS business, March 14. De’Andrea L. King, 27, 501 Edgecombe, warrant, March 13. Scott A. Lawson, 32, 70 S. Terrace Drive, contempt of court, March 10. Jerome Mathis, 42, 4 Crestview Drive, domestic violence, March 8. Jessica Mcquesten, 27, 2165 Oakbrook Place, recited, March 14. Angela Mcroberts, 31, 242 Sunny Meadow, recited, March 10. Christopher M. Miller, 22, 404 Cemetery Road, warrant, March 9. Richard C. Minton, 20, 5473 Dry Run Road, contempt of court, March 10. Melinda Osborn, 22, 701 Edgecombe, domestic violence, March 10. John Osher, 25, 1224 Todds Foster Run, recited, March 10. Donald S. Shearer, 60, 7801 Hopper Road, operating vehicle under influence, March 12. Courtney A. Smith, 23, 141 N. Main St., obstructing official business, driving under suspension, drug abuse, March 14. Jason S. Wilson, 38, 5617 Happy Hollow, recited, March 12. Thomas W. Wilson, 34, 506 Main St., domestic violence, March 8.

St., open container. Donald Pettigrew, 46, 1585 Ohio 28, warrant. Ricky Kidd, 32, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 76, receiving stolen property. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct. Donald Paytes, 42, 161 Club Drive, warrant. Amy Curee Bassett, 38, 148 Holly Park, trafficking in drugs, warrant. Edward Bassett, 48, 3008 Ohio 131, trafficking in drugs. Gregory Kirk, 51, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 56, trafficking in drugs. Kimberly Helton, 35, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 56, trafficking in drugs. Kristina Scholl, 28, 584 Youngs Lane No. 3, theft. Elmer Scholl, 29, 584 Youngs Lane No. 3, theft. Mary Gerhardt, 56, 1569 Ohio 28, warrant.

Incidents/investigations Assault


Two men involved in a fight at 896 Mohawk, March 10. Female juvenile was assaulted at 6 Robbie Ridge, March 14.

Criminal damage

BAC/simulator hose port damaged at 745 Center St., March 11.


At 6 Robbie Ridge, March 13.

Domestic violence

At Crestview Drive, March 8. At Main Street, March 8. At Edgecombe Drive, March 10. At Chateau Place, March 10. At Edgecombe Drive, March 11.


At 11 Potowatomie Trail, March 14.


Vehicle and credit card taken and used with no authorization at 203 Mound Ave., March 9. Tree service equipment taken; $3,869 value at 636 Roundbottom Road, March 12. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $45.17 at 100 Chamber Drive, March 13. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $20 at 100 Chamber Drive, March 13.

Unauthorized use

Vehicle taken at 701 Edgecombe, March 12.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Trisha Schneider, 24, 2047 Cedarville, warrant. Jeffery Buchanan, 20, 2575 Reeder Road, underage consumption. Christopher Lykins, 23, 753 Spring

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage

At 6074 Deerfield, March 3.

Criminal mischief

At 185 Bruce Court, March 1.


At 1501 Royal Oak Court, Feb. 27. At 46A Meadowcrest, March 1. At 6707 Goshen, March 3. At 1822 Lois Lane, March 5.


At 2004 Freda Lane, Goshen, March 11. At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, March 9.

Breaking and entering

At 5757 Deerfield Road, Milford, March 10.


At 5655 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, March 12. At 2550 Presley Lane, Goshen, March 10. At 5757 Deerfield Road, Milford, March 10.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 3798 U.S. 50, Marathon, March 13. At 6931 Number 5 Road, Pleasant Plain, March 12.

Domestic violence

At Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, March 12.

Drug paraphernalia

At 6355 Marathon Edenton Road, Goshen, March 9.


At 308 W. Main St., Owensville, Feb. 9.

Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals or substances for manufacture of prohibited weapons At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, March 7.

At 6022 Deerfield, Feb. 26. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 309, March 2. At 6833 Oakland, March 5.

Interference w/ custody

At 255 Patrick, March 4. At 606 Country Lake, March 4.

Menacing by stalking

Domestic violence Theft

At 2028 Cedarville, Feb. 27.


Amber D Hauck, 30, 11785 Fite Hauck Road, Sardinia, forgery, tampering w/ records, theft at 308 W. Main St., Owensville, March 12. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, Goshen, March 9. Juvenile, 17, possession of drugsmarijuana, Goshen, March 9. Juvenile, 17, unruly juvenile offenses, Goshen, March 9. Robert E Rowe, 44, 2004 Freda Lane, Goshen, assault at 2004 Freda Lane, Goshen, March 11. Austin Krewina, 19, 2004 Stillwater Lane, Apt 3, Milford, assault at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, March 10. David A Theaderman, 43, 4706 Beechwood Road, Apt 210E, Cincinnati, aggravated menacing, domestic violence at 6660 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, March 12.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 6660 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Pleasant Plain, March 12.

At 3345 Patterson Road, Bethel, Feb. 26. At 6585 Taylor Pike, Goshen, March 9.

Misuse of credit card

At 331 W. Main St., Williamsburg, March 3.

Notice of change of address

At 1638 Ohio 28, Loveland, March 1. At 28 Lucy Run, Amelia, March 3.

Obstructing official business

At 1386 Ohio 125, Amelia, March 6. At 3345 Patterson Road, Bethel, Feb. 26. At 617 Market St., Felicity, March 3.

Offenses involving underage persons-underage consume beer intoxicating liquor At 1869 East Concord Road, Amelia, March 4.

Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor

At Batavia Meadows Drive No. 3, Batavia, March 4.

Possessing drug abuse instruments

At 5970 Belfast Road, Batavia, March 3.

Possession of drugs

At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 7. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 7. At 3863 Little Creek Drive, Amelia, March 6. At 4536 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, Batavia, March 1. At Robin Way & Jenny Lind, Amelia,

March 1. At Ohio 125/Ohio132, Amelia, March 4. At 6355 Marathon Edenton Road, Goshen, March 9.

Prohibitions concerning companion animals-torture

At 3601 Sodom Road, Hamersville, March 4.

Receiving stolen property

At 1751 Swope Road, Bethel, Aug. 28. At 617 Market St., Felicity, March 3.

Resisting arrest

At 1869 East Concord Road, Amelia, March 4.


At 6085 Belfast Road, Batavia, March 2.

Tampering w/ records

At 308 W. Main St., Owensville, Feb. 9.


At 20 Van Fleet Road, Amelia, Feb. 9. At 132 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, March 2. At 2216 Lobrook Court, Amelia, March 1. At 226 N Ash St., Bethel, March 2. At 2333 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 2. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, March 2. At 3212 Ohio 756, Felicity, March 2. At 100 University Lane, Batavia, March 2. At 2041 E Hall Road, New Richmond, March 2. At 2174 Ireton Trees, Moscow, March 6. At 2506 Bethel New Richmond Road, Bethel, March 5. At 2543 Ohio 222, New Richmond, March 3. At 2630 Ohio 222, Bethel, March 2. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, March 3. At 32 Estate Drive, Amelia, March 1. At 331 W. Main St., Williamsburg, March 3. At 4266 Tranquility Court, Batavia, March 6. At 500 University Lane, Batavia, March 5. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, March 4. At 814 Ohio 131, Newtonsville, March 4. At 891 Mullen Road, Moscow, March 4. At 308 W. Main St., Owensville, Feb. 9.

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At 42 Lucy Run Road, Amelia, March 4.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor At 1803 Stonelick Woods Court, Batavia, March 1.

Unruly juvenile offenseshabitually disobedient

At Market St., Felicity, March 3.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At 6355 Marathon Edenton Road, Goshen, March 9.

DEATHS James A. Andrews


James A. Andrews, 89, of Milford died March 11. Survived by wife, Jeanette (nee Defossett)

Andrews; children, Susan and Kenneth Heuser, and Holly Burnett; grandchildren, Eric Dwyer, Justin Lanter, Melody Heuser and Alicia Heuser; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, James W. Andrews; and mother, Bertha (nee Gerbacher) Andrews. Services were March 16 at Union Cemetery.

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Wanda J. Boettcher

Wanda J. (nee Willis) Boettcher, 85, of Collinsville, Ill., and formerly of Milford died March 10. Survived by son, Robert R. (Sandra) Boettcher Jr. of Collinsville, Ill., brother, James W. Willlis; grandchildren, Erica Tabler, Ryan Boettcher, Lisa Millhouse, Steve Floyd, Tony Meyer and Kristy Gutreuter; 13 great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Preceded in death by husband, Robert R. Boettcher Sr.; daughter, Brenda Floyd; father, Ether D. Willis; and mother, Jessie Mae Willis. Services were March 12 at Bethel Baptist Church, Troy, Ill. Memorials to: Bethel Baptist Church, 7775 Collinsville Road, Troy, IL 62294-1361.

Floyd Fox

Floyd Fox, 65, of Miami Township died March 13. Survived by wife, Tilda McIntosh Fox; daughter, Miscelane “Missy” (Curtis) Day; and siblings, Diane Piper, Sherry Lantum, Wanda, Donald. James, Jimmy, Clayton, Roscoe and Walter Fox. Preceded in death by brother, Benny Fox. Services were March 17 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen.

Peggy Ann Hunt

Peggy Ann Hunt, 61, of Milford died March 14. Survived by husband, Richard E. Hunt; children, Colleen (Jerome) Darenkamp and Donna (Robert) Engels; grandchildren, Richard G. Hunt, Ryan Engels, Alex Engels, Sean Engels and Hunt Megan Darenkamp; great-grandchildren, Mersadeyes Hunt, Starla Hunt, Chloe Hunt and Sierra Hunt; brother, LeRoy Tupman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Clifford Tupman; mother, Isabell Dell Reynolds; and sister, Carol Vogeli. Services were March 19 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

Marcella M. Jones

Marcella M. “Aunt Sissy” (nee Rottinghaus) Jones, 72, of Goshen died March 14. Survived by children, Kathy (Larry) Heist-Staten, Clayton (Becky) Jones and Denise (Andy) Pyott; grandchildren, Jimmy (Brooke)

Heist, Kyle (Abby) Heist, Hanna Marie Jones, Clay Jones, Elle Marie Pyott, Ryan “Brian” Staten, Josh Staten, and Jo and Jaz Kramer; great-grandchildren, Haley and Gavyn Heist; uncle, Theodore Rottinghaus; siblings, Dorothy (Don) Zurek and Rose (Bob) Foster; sisterin-law, Judy Rottinghaus; also survived by many nieces and nephews and family members. Preceded in death by husband, Carl “Speed” Jones; husband, Henry Mitchell; brother, Albert “Sonny” Rottinghaus; and sister, Betty (Ray) Kallmeyer. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon Thursday, March 18, at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: Clermont Senior Services, 2085 James E. Sauls Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

Bertha M. Spradlin

Bertha M. “Bert” (nee Griffin) Spradlin, 68, of Batavia died March 11. She owned and operated Bert’s Florist in Milford for more than 30 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Batavia. Survived by husband, Elmer “Bud” Spradlin; children, Karen (Robert) Taylor and Kim (Jeff) Little; grandchildren, Jimmy, Randi, Cory, Zeke, Jeffrey and Alicia; great-

grandchildren, Seth, Lilly, Paige, Audrey and Ellie Mae; siblings, Mary Griffin (Steve) Smith, Joe (Edna) Griffin, Johnny (Gail) Griffin, Randy (Darlene) Griffin, Rocky (Cindy) Griffin, Cecil (Sue) Griffin, Ricky (Faye) Griffin and Jimmy Griffin. Preceded in death by siblings, Elmer (Lucille), Gig, Tommy and Marvin Griffin. Services were March 13 at Victory Baptist Church. Memorials to: Victory Baptist Church, 4577 Ohio 276 Batavia, OH 45103.

Allen Frederich Trovillo

Allen Frederich Trovillo, 71, of Milford died March 13. Survived by wife, Catherine Allen Trovillo; child, Michael Trovillo; grandchildren, Abigail, Annabelle and Allison; and siblings, Harry, Jerry and Brud Trovillo, Jackie Bryan and Carol Mazzei. Preceded in death by daughter, Kimberly Dawn Trovillo. Services were March 18 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: United States USO,, USO Headquarters, Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860.

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


1902 Brixton Court, Michael & Julie Hanchey to The Huntington National Bank, 0.2240 acre, $106,667. 5736 Clemens Drive, NVR Inc. to John Wright II, 0.1178 acre,

$112,040. 3701 Clydesdale Circle, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC. to Sarah Miller, 0.1495 acre, $115,840. 6968 Goshen Road, Beverly Bundy to April Sexton, $50,000. Hill Station Road, Richard Hoffman, trustee to Ronan & Melissa Ragiel, 0.1604 acre, $4,900. 6055 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to Shannon Zapf, 0.1102 acre, $114,584. 6034 Marsh Circle, NVR Inc. to David & Vicki Howard, 0.1323 acre,

$125,157. 3942 Pettit Drive, Painter Dev. Co. to Vernon & Mistie Thurman, 5.3430 acre, $15,000. 7092 Shiloh Road, Donald Galloway to HSBC Mortgage Services Inc., 0.4590 acre, $50,000. 1903 Woodville Pike, Citimortgage Inc. to Teddy Shelton, 0.5050 acre, $34,000.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP 2836 Jackson Pike, Ethel Peter to Anthony & Dorothy DeFelice, 2.0990 acre, $25,000.


6149 Branch Hill Miamiville, Third Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. to Lynn & Sherry Bueckman, 0.5260 acre, $118,000.

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Russell Smith, Milford, addition, 1896 Seven Lands Drive, Goshen Township, $8,000. GHD Construction Inc., Milford, addition, 1515 Fay Road, Goshen Township, $58,000. Redesign & Renovation by Bran, Mason, alter, 6867 Clubside, Goshen Township, $28,000. Bockrath Heating & Cooling, Milford, HVAC, 1400 Oakridge, Goshen Township. Ryan Homes, Lebanon, new, 5720 Clemens Drive, Goshen Township, $77,000; new, 5724 Clemens Drive, $72,000; new, 5734 Clemens Drive, $72,000; new, 6032 Marsh Circle, $91,000; new, 6043 Marsh Circle, $85,000; new, 5726 Clemens Drive $84,000; new, 865 Trappers Crossing, Miami Township, $155,000; new, 5314 Oakcrest Court, $132,000; new, 5646 McCormick Trail, $123,000. The Schnicke Co., Loveland, addition, 6688 Morgans Run, Miami Township, $97,000. Clermont Community Services, Batavia, HVAC, 893 Wards Corner, Miami Township. Thompson Heating Corp., Cincinnati, HVAC, 6108 Donna Jay, Miami Township; HVAC, 6742 Oak Bark Drive. Tim Fain, Cincinnati, alter, 866 Trappers Crossing, Miami Township, $13,000. Poirier Electric, Milford, alter, 5646 Colonial Drive, Miami Township. Chisman Electric, Loveland, alter, 6550 Hollow Lane, Miami Township. Felty Electric, Dayton, alter, 6281 Ohio 727, Wayne Township. CAW Construction, Loveland, garage, 1944 Parker Road, Goshen Township, $17,000. Steve Glass, Goshen, alter, 6855 Obannon Bluff, Goshen Township, $20,000. Koepke Excavating, Goshen, demolition, 1880 Main St., Goshen Township. G & C Renovations, Batavia, demolition, 5080 Ohio 133, Jackson Township. Champion Patio Rooms of Cincinnati, addition, 5573 Peach Orchard, Miami Township, $15,000. Rick Ogden Heat & Air, Loveland, HVAC, 6105 Main St., Miami Township. Robert Grant, Milford, HVAC, 1283 Michael Lane, Miami Township. Rossman Electric, Maineville, alter, 5737 Linda Way, Miami Township. JE Heating & Cooling, Milford, HVAC,

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GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


TENNESSEE HILTON HEAD . A great family oceanfront resort! 2 BR, 2 BA condo. Largest pool on the island, tennis onsite. Golf nearby. Book now for discounted rate. 513-753-1401 Hilton Head Island, SC

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •


The new Shuffleton home model, named after a Norman Rockwell painting, features an open floor plan with a modern look and feel designed by Thomas L. Hoskins II, host of the TV show Great Lifestyles. Hoskins will be on hand during the event to share his design inspirations and mingle with guests.

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

Visit and plan a getaway with Seashore Vacations. Clearwater/Indian Rocks Beach GULF BEACH’S BEST VALUE! Beach condo with 2BR, 2BA, pool. 513-875-4155. Rent weekly, May rates.

Cincinnati Computer Cooperative will be on hand to accept old computer equipment to be recycled. In partnership with Cincinnati Fashion Week Spring Cleaning Campaign, there also will be an opportunity to donate women's contemporary, interviewappropriate skirt and pants suits, crisp like-new blouses, blazers and jackets and professional accessories. Contemporary prom dresses will be accepted. Clothing must be clean/dry cleaned. Donation site for the computers and clothing is 307 Front St. in the historic Dr. Rogers House. Call Becky Ploucha at or 753-9222 for more information or to get pre-registered. Volunteers can pre-register online at

513.768.8285 or


CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

unless otherwise indicated. Volunteers will meet Saturday, April 17, in: • Goshen – Goshen Township Hall • Miami Township – Miami Twp Police/Fire Department, 5900 McPicken Drive • Milford – Milford City Hall • Owensville – Gauche Park The event adheres to strict safety guidelines and all volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the task. Crystal Clear Science, Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Program and the village of New Richmond are hosting an Earth Day Celebration in New Richmond from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Crystal Clear Science will host activities at the Bandstand. This celebration will include the spring litter pickup and

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THE DOOLIN HOUSE INN. Premier Inn. Gourmet breakfast. Minutes from Lake Cumberland. Join us for a romantic weekend/women’s retreat. 606-678-9494

Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387

The Clermont 20/20 Clean & Green Spring Litter Pickup – Great American Cleanup is a great way to celebrate spring and Earth Day. And Clermont County needs you. “We will have staging areas throughout Clermont County where volunteers can meet and register. Tshirts, gloves and trash bags will be distributed at that time. Volunteers will then meet back at the staging area for a cookout and celebration,” said Becky Ploucha, Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green program director. “Many high schools in our area have added this event as a way to accrue community service hours for graduation,” said Rex Parsons, Batavia Township administrator and community captain. The event starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon

Our beach is free. Specials available for golf, tennis, dining, more. Visit our

1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

site or call toll free: 800-845-0077.

N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Fantastic Specials Available!! 100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

Call for free brochure 866-780-8334

CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617 GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

TRAVEL THE WORLD! Niagara Falls & Toronto , June 2125 $499 pp. Lancaster, PA & Dutch Country, Oct. 4-7 $415 pp. Catch a CRUISE! Carnival Destiny, Nov. 11-15, starts $465 pp. Sherrie @ 513245-9992. or


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