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Milford City Council is making sure Greenlawn Cemetery is well maintained this summer. Council approved a contract Tuesday, April 5, with A&A Lawn Care. The one-year contract cost is $59,925 based on a minimum of 25 mowings and trimmings, said Finance Director Dan Burke. City Council member and Public Services Committee Chair Amy

Brewer said cemetery maintenance has been a concern for a while. “Maintenance has been a issue at the cemetery for years. There’s only so much work our service department can do and a lot of times, depending on the weather, they run into time constraints,” she said. “The cemetery is a very sensitive topic and it’s one of those things that cannot fall below the radar,” Brewer said. Residents often have attended

council meetings and written letters to council members expressing concerns about the grass and weeds at the cemetery. Brewer said the maintenance contract will make sure those issues are addressed while making time for the service department to complete other tasks. Service Director Ed Hackmeister said the service department hasn’t been able to hire summer help, which makes it difficult to keep up with some of the summer assignments. In the summer, the

service department handles preparations and clean-ups for summer events and brush collection in addition to maintaining the city’s parks, streets and facilities. “Contracting for the mowing and trimming will free up time for us to handle anything that pops up,” he said. The service department employees stationed at the cemetery still will do the burials, top the graves, pour the foundations and set the headstones, Hackmeister said.

Uecker speaks to school board

The Milford Board of Education had a special visitor at its Thursday, March 17, meeting: State Rep. Joe Uecker. Uecker was there to thank the board for passing a resolution against unfunded mandates sent down by the state which are often expensive for school districts. These mandates range from requiring BMI testing to all-day kindergarten. FULL STORY, A2

Holbrook is interim manager

Milford City Council appointed Pam Holbrook to the interim city manager position during the regular council meeting Tuesday, April 5. Law Director Mike Minniear, right, gave her the oath of office. Holbrook has been the assistant city manager for four years under former City Manager Loretta Rokey, who resigned effective April 1.

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An expert on the archeology of the early Native American settlers of Southwest Ohio will be a guest speaker this year at the 19th annual Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous. FULL STORY, A3

Milford lacross hopes to repeat

When a team reaches the promised land and wins a championship, the focus the following year becomes on repeating that success – especially when that squad returns several key players from that state title team. The Milford Lacrosse Club is no exception. FULL STORY, A10

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Community Garden opens for spring By Mary Dannemiller mdannemiller@communitypress.com

The Miami Township Community Garden is officially open for spring. Gardeners gathered Saturday, April 9, to begin preparing their plots for the upcoming growing season. Though the garden is only in its second year, the number of plots sold is double from last year, said Miami Township Assistant Administrator Jeff Wright. “We sold out with 71 plots,” he said. One of those plots belongs to a local Girl Scout Troop whose members are growing a wide variety of vegetables to donate to a food bank, Wright said. “For a bunch of 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds to be so enthusiastic about something like this is really impressive,” said garden volunteer Susan Dawes. “They

have a lot of good ideas and they’re very energetic.” Recreation Direction Krystin Thibodeau said she wasn’t surprised in the increased interest in the garden this year because of the popularity of community gardens nation-wide. “It’s really becoming a trend for people to grow their own produce and people are seeing the benefits of gardening.” she said. Though there are several new people in this year’s group of gardeners several from last year have returned, including Diana Cooper. “I had a great experience last year. This is a great bunch of people,” she said. “I live in Milford on a shady lot so this is perfect for me and everyone is so helpful and respectful.” The garden is at the Miami Township Community Garden is at the Miami Township Community Center, 6101 Meijer Drive.

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Uecker speaks to Milford BOE By Mary Dannemiller mdannemiller@communitypress.com

The Milford Board of Education had a special visitor at its Thursday, March 17, meeting: State Rep. Joe Uecker. Uecker was there to thank the board for passing a resolution against unfunded mandates sent down by the state which are often expensive for school districts. These mandates range from requiring BMI testing to all-day kindergarten. “This is my seventh year in the general assembly and I’ve met with administrators every other month for the last several years and as a group, we get together and ask what we can do about

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unfunded mandates to help control your budget and help you be more efficient,” Uecker told the board. “And when (board member Gary) Knepp was first elected to the board he came pounding on my door about this several times so I told him to get me a list of all them.” Knepp and the rest of the school board then put together a list of 67 unfunded mandates, which Uecker has used in the house and even presented to newly elected Gov. John Kasich. “Gov. Kasich is very thrilled to start getting rid of some of these mandates which are road blocks and impede your ability to do a better job in your community,” Uecker said. “What I would like to do is sit down

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with school board members to talk about prioritizing some of these. In some districts some of them are very important and in some they aren’t important at all so we’re working on something now to present to budget committee members.” Knepp thanked Uecker for addressing the board’s concerns and asked the state representative if the evidence based funding model is going to be replaced. According to the Ohio Department of Education, the evidence based funding model uses the cost of education and the local contribution to determine how much state funding certain programs receive. “I find there isn’t evidence to back an evidencebased funding model, it’s a bundle of unfunded mandates such as all day kindergarten,” Uecker said. “When I look at Milford Ohio Department of Education reports, it seems the Milford school district is

doing a fine job of preparing children for first grade without all day kindergarten.” Board member Debbie Marques also asked Uecker about specific mandates, such as the BMI measurement program, and the state representative said state senators and representatives are considering all unfunded mandates as they work on the budget. “BMI measurement was put in place last year, but we were able to waiver out of it this year,” Marques said. Uecker also said he would keep the board updated on any updates regarding the unfunded mandates, even though he is not on the finance committee. “ … but we are briefed regularly so I will keep you advised of what those updates are,” he said. The next Milford Board of Education meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Mulberry Elementary School, 5950 Buckwheat Road.

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Milford Police Chief Jamey Mills, left, recognized former Milford Police Officer Ralph Hodges during the city council meeting Tuesday, April 5. Hodges served the city for 14 years before retiring earlier this year. The officers in the Milford Police Department raised money to buy him a watch and the award the reads, “You can't dodge the Hodge” in honor of his famous chasing skills.

Thorntons helps give back with Reese’s Eggs By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

Needy kids will be able to get Easter baskets thanks to a local gas station and convenience store. When Thorntons in Milford got the first shipment of Reese’s Eggs in March, General Manager Jim Eve knew he wanted to find a way to increase sales and

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give back to the community. “We asked customers if they would like to buy the eggs, two for $1, to either take with them or to donate them to the St. Vincent de Paul,” Eve said. “As of (April 12) we sold 5,482 eggs. I would say 60 or 70 percent of those went to St. Vincent de Paul.” “We always have suggested sales, but donating the eggs has really made a difference,” he said. Nancy Haines, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul at

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When Thorntons in Milford got the first shipment of Reese’s Eggs in March, General Manager Jim Eve knew he wanted to find a way to increase sales and give back to the community. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church, said the Reese’s Eggs donation will make a huge difference for families this month. “All of our funds go to pay for food, electricity and services like that, so there’s no way we could have afforded to put Easter baskets together,” she said. “Being able to give these baskets to families we help during the Easter season really lets these kids know there are people out there who care about them.”

“It makes a difference,” Haines said. Eve said the collection has been so successful that he looks forward to being involved in the community in the future. “We do want to get more involved with community organizations and events,” he said. “The customers and our staff benefit because they are helping others. It’s heartwarming.” The donation collection will continue through the end of April.

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Native American expert to appear at Grassy Run By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

An expert on the archeology of the early Native American settlers of Southwest Ohio will be a guest speaker this year at the 19th annual Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous. Jack Blosser, the site manager at Fort Ancient State Memorial in Warren County, will be making an appearance at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1. The rendezvous will run April 29, April 30 and May 1 at Williamsburg Community Park, 150 E. Main St., Williamsburg. Blosser will be speaking about Native American arti-

facts from Southwest Ohio. He will be identifying artifacts brought in by people attending the event. Visitors are welcome to bring one artifact for identification. “He is probably one of the top authorities in prehistory in the state of Ohio,” said Ron Shouse, president of the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee. Blosser has degrees from Defiance College and the University of Cincinnati and has worked in archaeology for 21 years. His specialty is the Ohio Valley Hopewell. Shouse expects more than 5,000 visitors to attend Grassy Run this year. “We grow each year,” he said.

The event begins with a school day program with special activities aimed at school children from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 29. The school program is by preregistration only. Call 724-3740 to register a school group. “It’s the catalyst for the rest of the event,” Shouse said of the school program. A free “sneak peek” for the public takes place Friday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rendezvous continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. There will be Native American dancers and sto-

rytellers, period crafters and vendors, dulcimer music and demonstrations of beading, outdoor cooking, woodworking, candle dipping and black powder rifles. Visitors can interact with historical figures such as Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone. One first-person portrayer will be Carol Jarboe, who will bring alive the character Maggie, an Irish Indentured servant who came to America in the mid-1700s. Jarboe will tell stories about Maggie’s struggles on the long ocean trip and her life in the fledgling United States. Maggie will be appearing

throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. “This is the largest outdoor historical event in the Cincinnati area,” Shouse said. “Over 200 historical re-enactors will take part in the event that harkens back to a time over 200 years ago when settlers to this area had to work hard to carve out a living for their families in a dangerous rugged frontier.” Williamsburg Administrator Patti Bates said the village is very happy to support the rendezvous. “Not only does it bring people into the village, but it also educates them,” she said. “It is a wonderful organization that puts on a

great event.” The Grassy Run Rendezvous takes place near where the Battle of Grassy Run occurred in the spring of 1792. Frontiersman Simon Kenton led his men against the Indian warrior Tecumseh. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6 to 14; $3 for seniors; and free for active military with ID and children 5 and under. Group discounts are by reservation only. Parking is available on site. All Scouts and leaders in uniform will be admitted for $1. For more information, visit www.grassyrun.org or call 734-1119.

Clermont County considers raising tap-in fees By Kellie Geist-May mdannemiller@communitypress.com

The Clermont County commissioners are looking at increasing the water and sewer tap-in fees for singlefamily homes to help pay for capital improvements. Commissioner Archie Wilson asked county Administrator Dave Spin-

ney, Budget Director Sukie Scheetz and Water Resources Director Tom Yeager to look at Clermont County’s fees in relation to nearby counties – especially Butler and Warren. The current tap-in fee in Clermont County is $1,550 for water and $2,620 for sewer. In recent years, Clermont County has seen

about 350 tap-ins per year, but in times of heavy growth, that number can be closer to 1,000, Yeager said. If the county increased the fee from $4,000 to $8,000 at 375 new tap-ins per year, it could generate an additional $1.5 million annually. Yeager said Wilson is not just looking at raising the fee, but changing the way

the fee is calculated. Right now the fee is based on historical construction costs and the demand new customers place on the system, Yeager said. Wilson only expressed interest in raising the tap-in fees for single family homes. This also would not change the monthly charges for using the system or the water

and sewer petitions residents file to have access to the county’s water and sewer system. Although Wilson wanted to specifically look at new developments, Spinney said a fee increase would affect all new Clermont County Water and Sewer customers, not just developers. Wilson said he didn’t think an increased fee

would have any impact on development in the county. “The fee didn’t keep people from moving to Butler or Warren (counties,) he said. “There is no way that Butler and Warren can get (a larger) fee from their builders and we can’t.” Yeager said it would take up to eight weeks to gathe the necessary information.

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BRIEFLY Easter egg hunt

MILFORD – House of Restoration Worship Center members will host an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the center, 1487 Ohio 131 in Milford. Children age birth to 12 years old are encouraged to participate. For more information, call 575-2011.

‘Hamlet’ on stage

BATAVIA – “Hamlet” will be presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. at UC Clermont College in honor of April – National Poetry Month – and Shakespeare’s birthday. The play will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Krueger Auditorium on the campus in Batavia. “Hamlet” is being sponsored by the Arts Advisory Council. There will be no admission fee. Everyone is invited – students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information, call Jo Ann Thompson, assistant professor of English at 513558-1746. UC Clermont College is at 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia. For directions, visit ucclermont.edu.

UC open house

BATAVIA – UC Clermont College will hold an Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, for new students and their families. Prospective students can preview programs, meet faculty, tour campus and discuss financial aid with staff that will be available to answer questions. The $50 application fee will be waived for anyone who applies that evening. One lucky applicant will win a free three-credit hour class, a $408 value. The event will be held in the Snyder and Edith PetersJones buildings at the UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia.

No RSVP is required to attend the Open House. For more information about UC Clermont College or directions, visit www.ucclermont.edu or call 513-7325319 or 866-446-2822.

Member sought

CLERMONT COUNTY – The county commissioners invites interested citizens to apply for a vacant position on the Clermont County Planning Commission. The duties of this commission include the development, updates, application and enforcement of the Clermont County Subdivision Regulations, county thoroughfare plan (Access Clermont), recommendations to various township zoning authorities pertaining to changes in their local zoning regulations, and other land use planning initiatives. The Clermont County Planning Commission generally meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Members serve a three-year term. No members are permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms. For an application, visit www.bcc.ClermontCountyOhio.gov/Application.aspx or call 732-7300.

Parks & Rec vacancy

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

Interested residents should send a resume or letter of interest to Susan Ellerhorst at sellerhorst@milfordohio.org. For details, call 248-5092.

Directory available

CLERMONT COUNTY – The League of Women Voters, Clermont County, has the 2011 Public Officials Directory available for the public. Published annually by a partnership between the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters, Clermont County, and The Printing Place, Inc., the Public Official Directory includes general voting information, a directory of local, state and federal officials serving Clermont County, and state and county telephone numbers for service and assistance. The Directory of Public Officials is distributed as a community service. Directories are available from the League of Women Voters by calling 752-8011, and at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, 4355 Ferguson Drive. Visit www.lwvclermont.com or call 752-8011.

Spring Fling Tea

MILFORD – The Greater Milford Area Historical Society will host a Spring Fling Tea for girls and their dolls from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Promont House Museum, 906 Main St. in Milford. The cost is $20 per guest. The Spring Fling Tea will feature tea treats, ginger peach tea and a tour of the Promont House Museum. As an added bonus “Preview Productions” will be on-site to offer their special 18-inch doll spring creations for sale. For reservations, contact the historical society at 2480324 or send an email to

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Grassy Run

WILLIAMSBURG – Celebrating 19 years of historical education, the Grassy Run organization will kick-off “Grassy Run” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday April 29, with the school day program. Children from all over the Greater Cincinnati area will converge on Williamsburg, for this oneof-a-kind historical, educational event. By visiting more than 15 stations, children will learn first hand the trials and tribulations of the first settlers who first came to this land to raise a family. They will embark on a journey that will allow them to touch, hear, see, smell and taste history. The public events will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. The Lock, Stock and Barrel children’s area will be open and there will be demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. See a blacksmith work a red hot piece of steel into a useful implement, hear the sweet sounds of a dulcimer or hear from one of the many first-person orators on their lives on the Ohio Frontier. Also appearing this year is the White Oak Singers Native American Drumming group. Shop the many store fronts and traders, barter for that one of a kind period craft. Encampment is at 108 E. Main St., Williamsburg, within the Community Park next to the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Cost is $5 for adults 18 and older, $3 for seniors, $2 for children age 6 to 17 and $1 for all Scouts, American Heritage Girls and leaders in uniform. Children under 6 are free. For school-day registration, contact Kay at 724-3740.

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Tea Party meeting

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CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Tea Party will be showing the documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. This is a criticallyacclaimed, award-winning presentation on the troubled state of the American public school system, kids who are trapped in it, and those who are finding creative ways to make changes for the better to save a failing system. Admission is free. For more information, www.clermontteaparty.org.

Historical meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Room 105 of McDonough Hall at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), the April speaker will be Gary Knepp who will discuss the Civil War Camp Dennison. The new Historic Clermont book will be available for purchase.

History display

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Collaborative of Historical Organizations and the Clermont County commissioners have a joint project on Clermont County history. The commissioners installed a display case in the lobby of the administration building, 101 E. Main St. in Batavia. Each month a different Clermont County historical organization has a display on county history. During April, Historical New Richmond will

CLERMONT COUNTY – During April, the Clermont County Historical Society will have a display at the Owensville Library marking 2011 as the 200th anniversary of the first steamboat trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans (October 1811). In celebration of this event the display will feature “Steamboats on the Ohio River.” The display is open to the public free of charge during the regular hours of the library.

Promont accessories

MILFORD – The Greater Milford Area Historical Society’s spring exhibit will feature vintage ladies purses, shoes, gloves and other accessories. This exhibit is on display at the Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., and will run through September. The exhibit includes purses from 1890 to 1940 and features 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. The shoes range from dainty lace boots to ornate evening slippers. Miscellaneous accessories include fans, compacts, gloves, hankies and scarves. Promont is open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Proceeds from visits to Promont support the activities of the historical society and help the members maintain the historic Promont house. For more information, visit www.milfordhistory.net, call 248-0324 or send an email to i n f o @ m i l f o r d h i s t o r y. n e t . Promont also is on Facebook.

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Major road projects planned in Clermont The Clermont County Engineer’s Office is embarking on the most ambitious highway and bridge improvement program in the past decade. “We are launching almost $20 million worth of projects this year,” said Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger, who oversees almost 400 miles of roadway in the county. “In previous years, we could have accomplished only one major project. By working closely with townships and other municipalities, we can pool our resources to obtain federal and state grants to move projects forward much faster. We have four major projects

beginning this year, along with numerous roadway resurfacing, landslide repair and guardrail replacements.” Manger said Miami Township will undergo a lot of upgrades in the weeks and months ahead. “We will be working to add a center turn lane to Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road between Ohio 131 and Ohio 28, adding curbs and gutters and softening the curve on the roadway near Raintree Drive. We’ll also be improving Business 28, working with the township to create a gateway into the area. Plans include adding a turn lane, landscaping, building sidewalks, adding street lights and center islands. Then, on

Ohio 28, between the post office at Castleberry Court and I-275, we will be improving the roadway by widening it at that location.” “We recognize there will be a lot of roadwork going on in Miami Township this year, but have been working with the schools and community to ensure that the work will be done in a way that minimizes inconvenience to homeowners, businesses and travelers through the area,” said Manger. Manger said he is really excited about a full-depth reconstruction project that is planned for James E. Sauls Sr. Drive in Batavia and Williamsburg Townships. This is the old Front Wheel

Drive that runs past UC Clermont East, the Clermont YMCA, and Clermont Senior Services. “This is a $1 million project,” he said. “The road was built in the 1970s and the

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• AV Capture, which costs $199 a month and has limited live streaming. The service also can link to the agenda, but a clerk will have to upload the agenda. There are no viewer or storage limits. Of the above services, YouTube and Vimeo cannot link to Clermont County Government Television, but Granicus and AV Capture can. The turnaround time to get a video on the Internet is just a few hours for Granicus and AV Capture, Lehr said. Commissioner Archie Wilson asked if offensive advertisements could pop up on any of the services. Lehr said this was possible with YouTube, but not the other services. Commissioner Ed Humphrey said he favored using Granicus because it “provided the best opportunity for transparency of government.” Humphrey urged going ahead with Granicus, but Wilson wanted to wait until upgrades are completed that would allow broadcasting meetings in the commissioners’ smaller conference room. “People want to see work sessions. They want to see the whole package,” Wilson said. The commissioners hold work sessions in a conference room at the county administration building. They are official meetings and open to the public, but the room is not set up for recording or taping. Lehr said cameras and microphones could be added to the conference room for between $5,000 and $8,000. She also proposed upgrades in equipment in the regular session room and office of public information that would bring the total cost to between $15,000 and $35,000. Wilson said he did not want to be rushed into a decision and wanted to study the proposals further.

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Milford wants residents to prepare for weather Kellie Geist-May

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Rain is causing flooding across the country and Milford is paddling the same boat. Citizens can be prepared for the conditions by watching the city’s website, www.milfordohio.org. City staff put up a link called the “Current River Stage,” which takes users to the National Weather Ser-

vices’ online Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. This site shows the current river stage of the Little Miami River just downstream of Milford. It also lists a few previous days as well as a five-day river stage forecast. City Manager Loretta Rokey said staff members felt it was important to keep the residents informed. “We have two rivers run-

ning through Milford and, as a river town and a mill town, we certainly do have to monitor those as potential concerns,” she said. “The link on the website should be helpful for residents.” Rokey said the gauge is down stream of the U.S. 50 bridge in historic downtown and people should know the measurements are slightly more conservative than what most of the city actu-

ally is seeing. When flooding is a concern, Rokey said Cash Street and the area between Main Street and the Little Miami are affected first. The East Fork River usually doesn’t flood and, she said, and that area is less populated. But flooding isn’t the only issue when the clouds open. Residents also should keep an ear out for the weather siren, which will

sound for severe storms and tornadoes. “When those go off, people need to get inside and get to a radio or television to find out what’s happening with the weather. We always recommend that everyone have a weather monitor,” said Milford Fire Chief John Cooper. Cooper said the sirens will oscillate for a severe storm and sound a steady

tone for a tornado. The sirens also are tested the first Wednesday of every month. Milford’s sirens are operated by the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency. Also, with the help of a community development block grant, the city installed a new siren near Pattison Elementary. The siren at Carriage Way Park also was replaced recently.

Kuchta to get new duties, title Police to learn how best to deal By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

In an reorganization of Clermont County government, the county planning department has been placed under the supervision of Economic Development Director Andy Kuchta. Kuchta will get a new title – community and economic development director – under the plan, which is expected to be approved by county commissioners March 9. The commissioners were briefed on the reorganization at a work session March 2. Assistant County Administrator Scot Lahrmer said the plan is budget neutral – no additional money will be added for salaries. The planning department previously reported to Lahrmer under the county’s table of organization. Kuchta also will oversee

the county’s geographic information systems (GIS) staff members. They were moved from Kuchta the office of technology to the planning department in November. The GIS staff develops maps for a number of departments in the county. Commissioner Archie Wilson said the reorganization was “a benefit to everyone.” Commissioner Bob Proud said he liked the fact that “community” was first in the name of the new community and economic development department. At the work session, Kuchta briefed commissioners on economic development accomplishments over the past year. Most of his efforts at the beginning of

2010 were focused on the sale of the former Ford plant in Batavia Township. Kuchta said 2010 was better than 2009 in attracting economic development. “We’re hoping 2011 will be better than both as far as new jobs and investment,” he said. “We have a lot of strong prospects in the pipeline.” Wilson questioned the practice of “picking and choosing winners” by making land “shovel ready” for economic development projects. “Improving property is not the business the county should be involved in,” he said. Commissioner Ed Humphrey said he agreed with Wilson that county money shouldn’t be spent to get a development to happen. “We need to do the big things like roadways,” he said.

with mental health crisis calls By Kellie Geist-May kmay@communitypress.com

When someone has a mental health crisis, police officers are often the first responders, but basic law enforcement training doesn’t prepare anyone to come to face with someone in that situation. That is something the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board is working to change by offering Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement officials. “CIT is a best practice model that’s nationally recognized and used to train police officers on how to interact with people who have a mental illness or are having a mental health crisis,” said Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the mental health and recovery board. “They will learn deescalation skills – how to

calm a situation down – and get information about mental illness symptoms and common medications and substance abuse disorders.” The first training sessions will be May 2, May 3 and May 4. Officers from Union, Miami and Goshen townships, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and the UC Clermont security team are scheduled to participate. Additional departments are planning to take part in classes this fall, Watson said. The training, and the implementation of a mobile crisis team, are being paid for through a $223,000 Department of Justice grant titled the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Integrated Response Collaborative Project. The mobile crisis team will be available to help law enforcement deal with mental health emergencies, Watson said.

“This will help create a relationship between law enforcement and behavioral health professionals ... The mobile response team can be called to a particular site to do assessments and provide follow-up support to reduce the number of repeat calls,” Watson said. Crisis Coordinator Rachel Bayer, who works at Child Focus, will be managing the mobile response team. She said someone will be on staff 12 hours per day to respond to mental health-related police calls when needed. In fact, 9-1-1 calls can be coded for mental health situations, so the team members could respond automatically. “Our goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary hospitalizations and incarcerations. By having a team member available, we’re hoping the overall outcomes will be better,” Bayer said.

Commissioners OK prayer policy By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Clermont County commissioners now have a policy in place for starting every meeting with a prayer. The commissioners in January began inviting local clergy members to deliver an invocation before meetings, but wanted a written policy to avoid any legal chal-

lenges. Administrator David Spinney said the policy adopted March 16 “passes muster” legally. He said the document is modeled after other policies across the country that have been upheld by federal courts. The policy states the prayer or invocation should be given before the formal

start of the meeting and not be listed as an agenda item. The policy requires the clerk of the board to compile a list of religious congregations and members of the clergy willing to deliver the prayer. An invitation to be sent to members of the clergy states the invocation should not “be exploited as an effort to convert others to the par-

ticular faith of the invocation speaker, nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocation speaker.” Commissioner Bob Proud said he thought it was important to give members of all religions the opportunity to deliver the invocation. “We invite all faiths,” he said.

County wellness program moves forward By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Clermont County employees participating in a wellness program will be able to use the facilities at Thomas A. Wildey Center in Stonelick Township to keep fit. Maureen Serbu of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) said at the Clermont County commissioners work session March 14 the pool and gymnasium at the Wildey Center, operated by CCDD at 2040 U.S. 50,

would be available to county employees for fitness classes after hours. The county’s department of human resources has been working with the Ohio General Health District of Clermont County to create an employee wellness program. Bob Sander, county human resources director, said the program cost will be minimal, capitalizing on volunteer efforts. Serbu said the Wildey facilities would be available only after hours, and after all individuals served by the

facility have left the building. This is typically after 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The CCDD board would waive a requirement for a deposit toward potential damages. To use the pool, a certified lifeguard must be on duty at all times the pool is in use. CCDD will not provide the lifeguard. The building also must be reserved in advance. Health Commissioner Marty Lambert said there has been enthusiasm from county employees for the wellness program.

“It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money,” she said. She said the program could include a smoking cessation program that would promote the use of free resources, such as a smoking cessation hotline. Other activities include monthly incentive events and competitions, efforts to get employees walking and health screenings. County Administrator David Spinney said officials should continue with plans to institute the wellness program.

Clermont Co. assistant administrator to retire By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Clermont County Assistant Administrator Scot F. Lahrmer will retire in August. In a letter to County Administrator David Spinney dated April 3, Lahrmer said he will step down Aug. 1. “I am providing advance notice so that you may have adequate time to find my replacement or determine how best to proceed with this position,” Lahrmer

wrote. “I have enjoyed working under your leadership and have i n t e n s e Lahrmer admiration for your knowledge and management style. I would like to thank you for all the opportunities you have given me. I have enjoyed working with you, the board and department heads for

the past five years, and am ready to move on to the next phase in my life,” he wrote. Lahrmer has been with the county since October 2006. His annual salary is $109,283. Lahrmer previously was city manager of Mason. County Commissioner Ed Humphrey said Lahrmer “will be missed.” He said Lahrmer has worked hard for the county. “We understand his desire to retire. We wish him

well,” he said. Humphrey said Lahrmer’s replacement likely will have a different job description. “Someone more as an assistant to the administrator rather than assistant administrator,” he said. He said the new person would be someone “who could grow into Mr. Spinney’s position.” The salary of the new position hasn’t been discussed, Humphrey said.

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Clermont County apiary inspector Jeff Harris gives an update on the status of bee hives in the county at the Feb. 2 county commissioners meeting.

Clermont County’s bees thriving By John Seney jseney@communitypress.com

Clermont County’s bee hives are in good shape, according to the county’s apiary inspector. Jeff Harris of Clarksville, Ohio, gave an update to county commissioners Feb. 2. He said mites have been on the decline in bee hives and there are no pandemic diseases. There were 60 registered bee hive locations when Harris started working for Clermont County in 2004. Today, there are about 120 licensed beekeepers in the county. That puts Clermont County among the top 10 counties in the state for the number of beekeepers, he said.

The number of bee hives at a location can range from just one or two to more than 100. “There are five locations that have 100 or more colonies,” he said. His job is to register bee hive locations and perform regular inspections. Harris said the local farm markets depend on the health of bees. “Without bees you wouldn’t see so much produce,” he said. Commissioner Bob Proud asked if Africanized bees, also known as “killer bees,” have been a problem here. Harris said they had not. Harris was reappointed inspector by commissioners Jan. 19. The county is required by law to have bee hives inspected, Proud said.


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Milford district-wide art show is April 29, 30

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Milford’s young artists will have a chance to shine during the Milford Exempted Village School District’s first ever district-wide art show Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The show is open to the public and will feature work from 50 students in first through 12th grades, said district spokeswoman Meg Krsacok. Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Nancy House began trying to organize a district-

wide art show while she was interim principal of Milford High School, but there wasn’t funding until the district received a $1,000 donation from the Milford Schools Foundation. The foundation was established last year to support academic programs, capital improvements and other projects in the district, Krsacok said. “When I was interim principal, I met with the art teachers (at the high school) throughout the year and we talked about the fact that we did not have a district-wide art show,” she said.

“They all said they would love to see it happen so I started meeting with all the district art teachers and they were all very excited about it.” Aside from giving the students an opportunity to showcase their work, the show also will allow the students to learn from each other, House said. “Each building has its own art show, but this really gives them the chance to see the art work of students outside of their building,” she said. “To have our students in the elementary schools who are inter-

ested in art see what the high school students are producing is going to be extremely inspirational.” Mulberry Elementary School art teacher Ashley Scribner also said she’s looking forward to seeing art work from students other than her own. “I am very excited for the show because I think it is important for the students to see their artwork on display and be proud of the work they have done,” she said. “It is also fun to see what the other students and teachers in the district are doing because we don’t

have a lot of time to meet and see their lesson plans.” Scribner and the district’s other art teachers also will be a part of the art show, with an entire area dedicated to showcasing art work done by the teachers. “Each teacher is going to have something to display,” House said. “I think it’s important for students to see that and realize their teachers are real artists.” The art show is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Milford High School, 1 Eagles Way.

Mulberry Elementary hosts Fine Arts Night Mulberry Elementary School recently held its eighth annual Fine Arts Night. Students displayed their art work and even performed a musical number while wearing colorful masks. “It was neat how the fine arts teachers combines art with the musical production,” said Principal Gary Schulte.

Mulberry Elementary School students wore colorful masks and played instruments at the school’s recent Fine Arts Night.

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Mulberry Elementary School recently hosted a Fine Arts Night, which allowed students to showcase their art work for parents, teachers and classmates.

HONOR ROLLS Spaulding Elementary School

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

Third grade

A Honor Roll – Ben Bross, Carleigh Combs, Jenna Hall, Blake Keuchler, Zoey McAninch, Austin Paprocki, Abby Smith, Bree Wallace, Kennedy Watson and Brecken Wells. A&B Honor Roll – Kay Aleander, Kiya Alloway, Cameron Anderson, Madison Arnett, Dylan Ashcraft, Ethan Belknap, Silas Bowman, Gunnar Bryant, Christopher Burns, Dylan Campbell, Lili Cash, Jonathan Chandler, Brianna Chewning, D.J. Conover, Samuel Cooper, Sophia Craig, Peyton Crandal, Madison Curee, Nathan denOuden,

Samantha Dunaway, Dylan Dutlinger, Cole Faulkner, Paisley Fry, Dalton Garrison, Zachary Grubbs, Carinae Harris, Madison Hatfield, Madi Hayslip, Alex Hirsch, Connor Holmes, Morgan Horr, Josua Hunter, Cylee Keith, Emma Lambert, Elizabeth Leppert, Hope Libecap, Nathan Maphet, Logan Marlowe, Emma Meiers, Caleb Morris, Dakota Mose, Morgan Owens, Jayden Parrott, John Philpot, Starr Poore, Cerena Prewitt, Colton Rich, Morgn Riddle, Connor Robinson, Caleb Sexton, Jon Sheets, Morgan Shelton, Sarah Slate, Bailey Smith, Allison Sparks, Gabe Spaulding, Madison Walter, Logan Weddle, Sara Whitt, Isabelle Williams, Makenzie Wilson and Luke Zeinner.

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A Honor Roll – Trey Armacost, Anna Bauer,

Emily Craigmyle, Brett Dietrich, Sarah Drees, Paige Garr and Olivia Litzau. A&B Honor Roll – Jessica Benson, Caleb Bittner, Ariya Bradley, Beth Cannava, Haley Carrier, Zac Casey, Ty Clements, Jackson Cooper, Mackenzie Croucher, Trevor Dato, Hailee Dillion, Cierra Eldred, Annelise Elmore, Olivia Fick, Abbie Frazer, Madison Freeman, Corey Gerhardt, Page Gibson, Selina Guerrero, Jacob Haas, Aric Hap, Jessica Honican, Eli Hughes, Sami Huhn, Luke Jeandrevin, Melanie Jenkins, Dylan Koepke, Dylan Lambert, Erin Lauderback, Laura Luthy, Zack Manning, Paige McIntosh, Dinah Middick, Taylor Munafo, Samantha Perkins, Logan Perry, Jeremiah Price, Braedon Ramer, Tristyn Shull, Hobert Skinner, Adam Slusher, Chad Taylor, J.T. Teague, Erica Tomes, Makenzee Turner, Dilan Velagic, Brianna Vonderau,

Trevor Webb, Cheyenne West, Ethan West, Sydey Wilkins, Hannah Wothington and Zachary Zengel.

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A Honor Roll – Sebastian Abshire, Avery Amundson, Brooke Ashcraft, Alyssa Chaney, Carley Cox, Dion Culum, Jared Ellerman, Annie Grause, Allie Popp, Lyric Rains-Bury, Lauren Smith, Abby Tackett, Jordan Ward, Dougie Widner, Jade Williams and Jesse Williamson. A&B Honor Roll – Daniel Adamson, Jessica Albers, Andrew Arnold, Kordell Ash, Daniel Baldridge, Reed Barrett, Ayden Bennett, Kenneth Boyd, Brandi Bradley, Nikki Branham, Brice Briggs, Collin Briggs, Ethan Brown, D.J. Cayse, Christopher Chandler, Caitlyn Clancy, Kierstin Coldiron, Andrew Council, Ben Cranston, Tyer Dees, Savan-

nah Deuer, Brian Dusebout, James Fetter, Sam Foote, Cole Geary, Jason Glass, Alan Gregor, Madisen Gresham, Logan Hedger, Austin Heim, Kristen Hillman, Alyssa Hittinger, Mattew Hodge, Mikey Hoff, Zonnie Hoffer, Randy Holmes, Katie Horlander, Kendra Huffaker, Doata Hughes, Rehannon Hutchens, Dillon Ivey, Maggie Kelly, Jacob Kube, Payton Leugers, Taylor Lewis, Tia Long-Plummer, Wesley Lyons, Logan Mantz, Miranda Meyer, Ariana Nelson, Lexi Payton, Aaron Pemberton, Crystal Price, Dawson Ramey, Ethan Reilly, Dagan Reusch, Josie Rodgers, Hailey Sextonm, Allison Sheltonm, Brandon Singleton, Emerald Smoke, Jacob Tatman, Dylan Tenhundfeld, Jessica Tyler, Seanna Underwood, Hannah Walker, Taylor Webster, Brooke White, Daniel Wilson, Andrew Wooley and Michaela Workman.


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Farmer wins $2,500 for CNE FFA Christy Dailey of Clermont County has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local

non-profit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Dailey has designated the Clermont Northeastern FFA to receive the award. An award ceremony took

place April 11 at CNE High School’s FFA room, 5347 Hutchinson Road. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to

highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the pro-

gram, which is designed to benefit non-profit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. For information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com.

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Brianna West, left, a sixth-grader, and Cailyn Ransom, a kindergartner, make a grass man April 7 at Family Night at Goshen’s Marr/Cook Elementary School. To make a grass man, students drew a face on a cup and added dirt, grass seed and water. When the grass sprouts, it becomes the grass man’s hair. JOHN SENEY/STAFF

Three-year-old Jaden Blanchard, left, works on a picture April 7 while sister Trinity Blanchard, 18 months, and mother Tracy Brown watch at Marr/Cook Elementary School’s Family Night.

Spring Fling theme of Marr/Cook Family Night Spring Fling was the theme of Marr/Cook Elementary School’s Family Night April 7. Students, siblings and parents were invited to participate in a number

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Aiden Bryant works on clues to what’s inside the mystery box, at right, one of the activities at Marr/Cook Elementary School’s Family Night April 7. Aiden is in kindergarten.

of activities at the Goshen Township school. Activities included arts and crafts projects, a magnetic egg race, a bunny hop and a “Worm Bowl” with racing worms.

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Parker Horr, a first-grader at Marr/Cook Elementary School, watches worms race in the “Worm Bowl,” an activity at the Goshen school’s Family Night April 7.

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Kindergartner Michael Blanchard shows the picture he made April 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary School’s Family Night. His grandmother, Janie Blanchard, is at right.

Kindergartner Layla Oehler draws a butterfly April 7 at Marr/Cook Elementary School’s Family Night.

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CNE Elementary recognized for Blue Ribbon honor The State Board of Education during its April meeting honored Clermont Northeastern Elementary School for being named a

Blue Ribbon School in 2010. CNE was one of 18 schools in Ohio that were recognized by the board for achieving the Blue Rib-

bon School status. The U.S. Department of Education initiated the Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program in

1982 to identify and bring national attention to outstanding public and private schools that have demonstrated sustained academic

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• The Clermont Northeastern softball team beat Russia 9-0, April 9. CNE’s Chelsea Osborn was 3-3, hit a triple, scored a homerun and had three RBI. On April 13, CNE beat Bethel-Tate 2-1 in nine innings. Emily Anderson pitched 18 strikeouts for CNE, and also hit a double and had two RBI. On April 14, CNE beat Blanchester 9-5. Anderson pitched 11 strikeouts, and McKena Miller was 3-3 with an RBI and two runs. • In baseball on April 13, Amelia beat Clermont Northeastern 6-5. On April 14, CNE beat Blanchester 10-0 in five innings. Aaron Wright was 22, scored a homerun, hit a double, had two RBI and scored two runs.

The week at Milford

• The Turpin boys tennis team beat Milford 5-0, April 12. • In baseball, Milford beat Turpin 6-4, April 13. Milford’s Frank Sullivan pitched 10 strikeouts, and Connor Ferguson scored a homerun and had two RBI. Turpin beat Milford 10-5, April 14. Milford’s Hunter Britt was 2-4, hit a double and had two RBI. • The Turpin softball team won the April 13 game against Milford 3-2. Sarah Alley pitched nine strikeouts for Milford, while Alison Moore and Hillary Woodall hit one double each. On April 14, Milford beat Loveland 4-1. Milford’s Kahla Simmons hit a double and had two RBI.

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When a team reaches the promised land and wins a championship, the focus the following year becomes on repeating that success – especially when that squad returns several key players from that state title team. The Milford Lacrosse Club is no exception. Milford (5-2) rides high expectations into the 2011 season with the return of several contributors from last spring’s Division III (club level) championship team. Returning players, such as Pat McClanahan (attack), Andrew Walsh (defense) Clark McCloud (attack), Jake Harrington (midfield), Cole Ciambro (midfield) and Matt Butler (goalie), are poised to make another run at title again this season, according to head coach Brian Cross. Cross said his veteran players are still hungry and aren’t content with their

2010 performance. “They are not resting on last year’s championship,” Cross said. “They understand what it takes and they see what we have to do and what we have to become to get another state championship.” Experience will be the theme for Milford, considering that the Eagles feature players that have more than one year of varsity experience under their belts. McLanahan, who is the senior captain, has played varsity since he was a freshman. Ciambro, who is a junior, has also been a part of the club since his first year of high school. Butler, who is a senior, has been a varsity goaltender for three years. “They have a ton of experience and you can’t throw a lot at them that’s going to rattle them,” Cross said. “Kids look to them to be leaders and they are.” While many Milford players bring on-field expe-

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Senior Pat McClanahan returns to the Milford Lacrosse Club after earning firstteam, all-state honors in 2010.

The mission for the girls of the Milford Lacrosse Club is simple: Advance to the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association’s state title game. The Eagles will attempt to get over the hump this spring after advancing to the state semifinals the previous three seasons. Led by a nucleus of returning talent, the Eagles have a good chance of achieving its postseason goals. Milford will turn to upperclassmen Maggie Moberg (attack), Angie Phillips (center), Chelsae Nelson (defense) Paige Shiplett (attack) and Maddy Gearhart (attack) to provide leadership this season. Junior Lindsey Michael (defense) Marlee McCloud (goalie) Amy Ridgway (goalie) and freshman Megan Young (defense) should also be valuable contributors to the squad. “That team goal is to go

as far as we can and hopefully win it,” Milford head coach Scott Phillips said. “And individually, I want them to improve their games and their level of play so they can all continue to make their mark on Milford lacrosse.” Phillips said his team’s success hinges on whether or not the girls can play as a tight-knit group throughout the season. “This team has a lot of talent,” he said. “They need to continue to build better team cohesiveness through disciplined practice to help the team achieve its maximum potential.” While April showers and a grass field have cut into the Eagles practice time, Phillips remains optimistic about his squad’s chances because of his team’s passion for the sport. “The entire squad loves to play lacrosse,” he said. “What our entire program tries to do is build a love the game first…” From a big picture view, the Milford program looks

healthy. The varsity squad, which features 13 players, is backed up by a junior-varsity team of 18 members led by head coach Nichole Abramson. “We’re one of the few southwest Ohio club programs that are successful enough to have a junior varsity and varsity team,” Phillips said. “The junior varsity has a full slate of games. There are nine new players on the team, which is unheard of. There are a lot of new people that love to play.” It’s the love of the game fostered in the program that could propel the varsity squad to a state championship appearance. “These (girls) are threeto four-year lacrosse players and they’ve come through the Milford program and they’ve received good instruction…they have a lot of passion for the game,” Phillips said. For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com /blogspresspreps

Goshen, CNE have bright spots on court By Adam Turer eastsports@communitypress.com

Past high school football players are forming teams in one more full contact football game representing their old high school against a top rival. The games will be Loveland vs. Kings and Loveland vs. Milford. These are complete high school rule games. Equipment will be supplied. Players supply the greatest hits. To sign up, go to alumnifootballusa.com. Players should click on their state and find their team. Players can also call Beau at 877578-8547 to get on a team. Those who don’t see their team can also call Beau and tell him they want to play. Only the first 40 guys on each team will get to play. Teams fill up fast. More than 300 guys from Ohio schools signed up already.

rience to the club, Cross and the Eagles are giving two sophomores, Josiah Greve and Nick Ehrman, a chance to start on defense. Cross thinks the duo has what it takes to make significant contributions throughout the spring. “They keep maturing and getting better every game,” Cross said. “It’s different at the varsity level and they realize it. They keep getting more confidence and they are coming along.” While repeating as state champs can serve as a tall order for any team, Cross, whose team is ranked No. 2 in the Laxpower.com Division III computer rankings, said his roster is determined to succeed. “They won’t accept anything less…if these guys don’t go back and don’t win, they’ll be let down. That’s their attitude.” For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com/ blogs/presspreps

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• The Goshen boys tennis team lost 5-0 to Western Brown, April 13. On April 14, Goshen beat East Clinton 3-2. Goshen’s Austin Hayslip beat Jay 6-3, 6-2; Evans won by forfeit; and Hadley and Jesse Dziech beat Knisley and Dean 7-6, (7-3), 75. • In baseball, Goshen beat Batavia 5-2, April 14. Goshen’s Derek Koch pitched 14 strikeouts, and was 3-4 with a double and an RBI. • In softball on April 14, Batavia beat Goshen 23-4 in five innings.

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• The McNicholas boys volleyball team beat Edgewood 25-13, 25-14, April 9. • In softball, McNick lost 1-0 to Badin, April 12. Mercy beat McNicholas 40, April 13. • In baseball, McNicholas beat Carroll 8-7, April 13. McNick’s James Hunt was 2-3 and had two RBI. On April 14, McNicholas beat Bethel-Tate 16-10. McNick’s Ryan Haynes was 24 and scored a homerun.

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Both Goshen and Clermont Northeastern hope to put together an encouraging season on the tennis courts this year. While neither program is expected to contend for a league title, each team will have its bright spots. For Goshen, a young and inexperienced squad will prepare itself to be a force in 2010. For CNE, veterans will lead the way while promising newcomers develop their potential. The Warriors started the season losing three of their first four matches. This year, the win-loss record is not the team’s main focus. Goshen graduated the top five players from last sea-

son’s team. This year’s players either lack experience at the varsity level entirely, or at the position they will be asked to play this season. The good news for the Warriors is that every member of this year’s team is expected back next season. “We are very inexperienced and young this year,” head coach Pete Patterson said. “Realistically, we’re building for 2010 when all our players return.” For now, juniors Austin Hayslip and Brandon Kennedy will carry the team. The two paired up last year as a doubles team. This season, Hayslip will play first singles and Kennedy will play second singles. They are joined on the varsity by fellow juniors Tanner

Herrington, Shane Davis, and Alex Burch. Sophomore Jesse Dziech and freshman Pierce Kain will also contribute and gain valuable varsity experience. While this seems like a reloading year for Goshen, the Warriors can still improve upon last season’s 4-14 record. At best, the Warriors win more than four matches this season and gain confidence to go with their experience. At worst, the Warriors struggle to win matches but use the experience earned in 2011 to make a run at a league title in 2012. Clermont Northeastern brings back two very experienced leaders. Cody Tidwell is playing his fourth season for the Rockets, while Connor Tellep is play-

ing for the third year. Their leadership will be crucial, as the younger Rockets gain varsity experience. Tidwell brings talent and leadership to the team. His efforts in practice are just as important as his performance in matches. “Cody is the anchor of this team,” CNE head coach Chris Schultz said. “He is very determined and accurate.” Tellep continues to get better each season. Entering his third year playing for the Rockets, he is expected to take on his biggest role yet. “Connor has improved immensely over the last three years,” Schultz said. The boys will be joined by German exchange student Denise Beck, who brings her skills as a ping

pong player to the tennis court. Connor’s younger brother, Evan Tellep, is a promising freshman playing a big role on varsity this season. “Evan is a freshman with great potential who is currently doing well in first doubles for us,” Schultz said. The Rockets stumbled out of the gate, losing their first three matches. Schultz is not concerned with his players losing focus and expects them to bounce back quickly. CNE may not win a lot of matches this year, but the Rockets expect to be feisty competitors each time they step on the court. “Our biggest strength is that the team is very motivated,” Schultz said. “They love tennis and they are in great shape.”


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Do you support efforts to repeal Senate Bill 5, and Ohio Democrats’ proposals to allow recalls of state office holders? Why or why not? “This 2 part question has enough discussion to fill the entire Press for weeks! First, the recall efforts should be stopped. Recalls should be kept for extremely serious situations of criminal or major ethical reasons. Just because you disagree, does not mean you can recall. Elections have consequences and like it or not, we all have to suffer through administrations we don’t like. Secondly, Senate Bill 5. This piece of legislation has taken courage and strength. We have been looking for leaders to do the right thing for generations. We finally have a group of people who are serious about fixing Ohio, possibly at their own political peril. Isn’t this what we all want? In order to balance the $8 billion shortfall, hard decisions have to be made. Kicking the can will not work anymore. I am the granddaughter of a union founder and the daughter of a union member. Both of them support SB5. They see the unions are no longer just protecting the people; they have become tax-funded political machines. Even FDR, grandfather of the labor union, said the following: “All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” And, “Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees.” This is not a union vs. non-union situation. This is a moment to realize you are doing the right thing for your kids and grandkids. J.U. “SB5 has nothing to do with the private sector unions, AF of LCIO, Teamsters, etc. For advocates of public sector unions to claim that SB5 does affect private sector unions, is a lie. The members of the AF of L and CIO unions are among the citizens that are being required to pay the wages and benefits that exceed those that they themselves receive from their employers. J.C. “I am in absolute support of SB5; for some 3-4 years the economy has struggled along; seniors have been hurt bad; they are on fixed incomes and yet those property taxes seem to keep going up; how do they stay in that home they thought provided them a secure retirement? There is that couple that is trying to get their children through primary school and off to college; everything but their income seems to be going up and more than anything is that cost of college tuition; how do they balance it all? Then we have that young couple that is trying to

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What plans do you have for your garden this year? How much do you plan to spend? How does that compare to last year? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@ communitypress.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. get out of an apartment where they have a yard for their young children to play and they can build toward that college for their children and retirement dream; the price of the home is in constant flux maybe even decreasing but the property taxes are steadily rising; the rent is steadily rising as the property owner struggles to meet the property taxes; they look at the monthly payment chase as they have less to save for that down payment just what is the future for this couple and their family? Across the board we all struggle with the same issue, those constant rising property taxes; every time we go to the poles there is another question of tax increases and if we do not agree then they will create some other situation we must deal with. How many times must we have to deal with that, either give us more or we will have to eliminate busing, or we will have to eliminate something else; they always hold something over our heads to make us concede to the union demand for more and yet we have less. When does it all stop? When do grandma and grandpa get to live out their golden years in security; when does that challenges for that couple with young adults headed to school be overcome for themselves and those young adults? When does that young couple get to move and live that American Dream? “The left wants to say that collective bargaining is a right; I disagree; if it is a right then we would allow all entities to do it but we do not; if a company colludes with others to set prices they are punished. How is that any different than workers forcing a wage or benefit increase? It is not a right – it is a privilege, a privilege that has been abused many times through the years and now those abuses are forcing issues across society. As with all privileges that are abused they need to be reduced; Senate Bill 5 does just that – it brings reasonable restraint to a process that had become unmanageable; it allows families to again see what their budget looks like into the future and make decisions; it allows communities to budget long term while providing public services. This had become necessary because of the union’s abuses and we should support the politicians that did the right thing, Senate Bill 5.” R.J.S. “We support SB5 legislature and we do not support the recall efforts by the Democratics and the unions.” L.H. and M.H.

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Miami Twp. is fiscally responsible, solvent There has been much rhetoric recently regarding the need for governments to actually practice fiscal responsibility. While all of us reasonable people question how the national debt has ballooned to its current tragic state or how the state of Ohio has gotten into such dire straits that it has to fill an $8billion budget hole, it is important to keep in mind that not all local governments can be painted with the same, broad brush. I would like to take this opportunity, with the space allowed, to point out a few of the ways that Miami Township has budgeted in a responsible manner to remain solvent. Local governments receive a bond rating periodically from Moody’s or one of the other recognized bond rating firms. Think of this as a credit rating for your household. Miami Township’s bond rating is Aa, which is the second highest rating out of the nine possible scores. Moody’s describes Aa rated communities as “demonstrating very strong creditworthiness relative to other U.S. municipal or taxexempt issuers or issues.” This

excellent rating is largely based on the fact that the township has a very low debt ratio and has a track record of extremely limited borrowing and Eric Ferry wise spending. A n o t h e r Community demonstration of Press Guest the township’s Columnist belt tightening is that as full-time job vacancies have occurred through attrition in the service, police and fire departments, we have not backfilled the vacancies with new, full-time personnel. Instead, we are providing the same service levels with part-time and seasonal help to manage payroll and benefits costs. Additionally, beginning in 2009 and carried forward in 2010, we have lowered personnel costs in the administration and fiscal offices by reducing head count with a net difference of 1.5 fewer employees in these two, small departments. Miami Township has pursued

opportunities to collaborate with other local governments for cost savings long before the idea had been suggested by the powers that be in Columbus. For example, last summer Miami Township and the city of Milford collaborated on a repaving project for Brooklyn Avenue, a well-traveled road that winds in and out of both communities. Rather than each community design and award a separate contract to two different companies, a single contract was bid out and awarded to one contractor. Since approximately 2,600 linear feet of roadway was repaved, this resulted in cost savings of several thousand dollars to both local governments. We are actively pursuing additional possibilities for collaboration that result in cost savings. I appreciate the opportunity to explain some of Miami Township’s achievements and strategies for controlling our expenditures and welcome anyone who wishes to discuss this further to contact me at Eric.Ferry@MiamiTwpOH.gov. Eric Ferry is the fiscal officer for Miami Township.

Cancer advisory board needs your help At some point, in almost every American’s life, cancer will touch them in a very personal way. They will have a child or family member, close friend or neighbor develop the disease. Their loved one will fight hard to be a survivor; some will win while others will not be victorious. This year, almost 900 Clermont County families will have a loved one diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. They will join ranks with other Clermont County families currently fighting cancer. While so many are fighting, and may even win, 350 residents will lose their battles with the disease. Cancers, of all kinds, continue to be one of the leading causes of death for Americans of all ages. The Southwest Ohio Region of the American Cancer Society is on

a mission to educate our community about different cancers, the importance of early detection, patient and family support and research for findKim Laing ing cures. Community They are curin the Press guest rently process of estabcolumnist lishing a Clermont County Advisory Board. Claire Combs, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Mercy Health Partners, will be leading the new advisory board in ways to reach out to our county community through education about different forms of cancers, disease prevention and the need for continued research into treat-

ments and cures. The advisory board is seeking representatives from the business and healthcare community to expand the programs and services available in Clermont County. If you have a passion for fighting against cancer, please contact Laura Metzler, at the American Cancer Society at 888-227-6446, ext. 4101. And don’t forget Relay for Life season is in high gear. Relay for Life is a 24-hour walking event that raises money for cancer research. It supports those fighting cancer, celebrates those who have beaten it and remembers those who did not. Check out relayforlife.org to find a relay in your area. Join us in the fight, won’t you? Kim Laing is a resident of Miami Township.

Lead Clermont to present study results The Clermont 20/20 Leadership Class of 2011 is approaching the end of their class year and the conclusion of their community project. This year’s class started last August. The Class of 2011 made an ambitious selection for their community project: “21st Century Workforce Skills, Closing the Gap Between Worker Skill Sets and Employer Needs.” The class surveyed more than 100 small- to mid-sized Clermont County companies. The survey added to work previously done by the UC Economic Research Center, the Clermont County Office of Economic Development, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and Clermont County’s Workforce One Center. The survey asked employers what skills they need current and incoming employees to possess? What skills seem to be lacking or deficient? Employers were asked if they were having difficulty finding the employee talent they needed and wanted. Employers also were asked to project forward the quantity and quality of jobs, positions and skills needed for the next couple of years as our economy slowly gains strength and momentum.

A summary of findings will be shared by the class with our community partners in education, business and the political arena May 12. RecomChris Smith mendations will Community be made on how Press guest best to “close the if necessary columnist gap” so that Clermont County can be positioned to have a talented, skilled workforce that will make the community an attractive location for companies to locate and expand. The key to community wealth and prosperity hinges to an ever greater degree on not just jobs, but jobs of a more technical nature, containing higher skill content. These jobs typically come with higher wages, diminished outsourcing possibilities and greater likelihood of sustainability in this global economy. Having a workforce possessing these skills improves Clermont County’s opportunity to successfully pursue and bring higher value/higher

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wage jobs into our community. We all know as a result of this deep and difficult recent economic downturn how important jobs are. We also know that other parts of the world are developing work forces with increasing skill sets that rival those of U.S. workers. Clermont County must increase the skills of our workforce in order to remain competitive in the pursuit of more technology-related companies. The alternative is to default back to lower skill, lower wage jobs that provide minimal earning capacity and limit the options and opportunities for Clermont County citizens and their families. Please join us in hearing the survey results and recommendations from the Clermont 20/20 Class of 2011 (the best class) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Receptions Eastgate. Join us to hear the project results, a brief graduation ceremony and networking. RSVP by May 5 to officemgr@ clermont2020.org or 513-7539222. A $10 cover charge will be accepted at the door. Chris Smith is the director of Clermont 20/20 Inc.

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Wood box may be home to baby squirrels Howdy folks, A feller that read our article about the Ellis’ that put a squirrel house up in some trees is an animal lover. I imagine he has lots of bird feeders like we do. We thank this feller for the squirrel box and it is in a maple tree. The tree is close so we can see the baby squirrels. That will be exciting. We had a squirrel have babies in a bird house by our house a few years ago. Last Thursday evening Ruth Ann and I went to Peebles for a funeral visitation. This feller was 99 years young. He had farmed and done lots of carpenter work. The flowers on top of his casket had carpenter tools, a folding rule, saws, carpenter pencil and square in them. When he and his wife came to Grange meetings he always wore bib overalls. That was the way he dressed on the farm. This feller and wife were very devoted to

their Grange and families, also the church and community. Now you may wonder who these folks are they are Glenn and Juanita Gustin. This feller will be missed. Last Friday we set out eight tomatoes plants in the walls of water. They were Celebrity and Supersonic. These will be early tomatoes. Our daughter pulls the first ripe tomato. We also set out two kinds of cabbage, a red acre and early flat dutch. Our daughter likes the red cabbage better than the green. We also set Brussel sprouts out. Our son-in-law likes them as much as we do. This plant is a long grower and needs frost to make it extra good. At the Monroe Grange Card party last Saturday evening, I was lucky to win a book called; “Chicken Soup for the soul, What I learned from the Cat.” I like to read so it is hard to put it down. There are 101 stories about cats. This book makes you think how

smart cats are. Have you noticed how they train us? When Dixie wants milk he stands by the refrigerator. When he wants water he goes to the sink. The first thing in the morning he stays right by me until I give him his canned cat food. Now he only likes one brand so we have learned the brand. He also wants some treats and only the kind he likes. If Ruth Ann starts to sew, Dixie will come and get on her lap and pester her to pet him. Last Sunday afternoon, we went up to the Bethel United Methodist Church for a Boy Scout, Eagle Scout Award. This young feller has done some amazing things to get this award. His Mom, Dad, brother and sister have really supported him and they are a good Christian family. This Boy Scout is Dale Anderson. Congratulations from the Ole Fisherman and wife.

Cassie Anderson, his Mom, started the American Heritage Girls, which is a Christian Girls Scout club at the Bethel United Methodist Church, along with other ladies. The last count I heard was there were 85 girls. Now mark your calendar for the Grants Farm Greenhouse open house. You get 20 percent off everything April 16 and 17. They have three places, the main farm is on Bucktown Road off U.S. 50 five miles east of Owensville. One is on Ohio 131 by Bass Road near Williams Corner. The third is in the Milford Shopping Center on top of the hill where 131 comes into 50. They are all well stocked with plants, shrubs, trees and other gardening items. On April 16 from 7:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. the Bethel Lions Club has a pancake breakfast at the Bethel-Tate High School on the east end of Bethel. Come and have breakfast and support the Lions

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AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts in Milford will host award-winning jewelry artist, Hannah Rosner, in a solo show during regular store hours May 1 through May 14. A collection of Rosner’s art jewelry works will be on exhibit and for sale. A meet the artist reception will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The show and reception are free and open to the public and will be held at AllyBeads Jewelry &

Gifts, 16 Main St. “Hannah is a very accomplished bead artist,” said AllyBeads owner JoEllen Miller. “She specializes in exquisite handmade jewelry items, each one a unique work of art.” Hannah Rosner is coowner of Good River Gallery in Westerville, Ohio. She was a semi-finalist in the lampwork category for Bead Dreams 2009 and won second place for her bead embroidered collar piece in the Treasures of Toho 2009 contest. The Treasures of Toho necklace can also be seen in the February 2010 issue of Bead & Button magazine. “I have been lampworking since 1992 and bead weaving since 1986,” says Rosner. “My passion for

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Club. On that same evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the George U.S. Grant VocaRooks tional School will Ole have the Community Appreciation Fisherman Dinner. The cost is $5 for the buffet. On Sunday evening at 7 p.m. April 17 the community choir will present the musical “Come Touch The Robe” at the Bethel United Methodist Church. This is the beginning of the Community Holy Week Services. 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.

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Collin Briggs, left, and Brice Briggs pick up trash along the fence near Milford Main and the intersection of Lila Avenue and Ohio 28. While the Briggs live in Goshen Township, they are members of Milford Boy Scout Troop 415.

Brothers Jacob Maphet, 7, and Nathan Maphet, 9, of Goshen Township help clean up along Goshen Road April 16 for Clean & Green.

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Clean & Green volunteers pick up trash Volunteers from across Clermont County picked up trash and litter Saturday, April 16, as part of the Clean & Green effort sponsored by Clermont 20/20. Despite rain throughout the day, about 650 volunteers participated in the event, said Becky Ploucha of Clermont 20/20. There were 15 staging areas around the county. About 1,500 bags of litter were picked up in addition to other debris such as 12 tires and a windshield. “It was successful despite the rain,” Ploucha said. Volunteers received Tshirts and refreshments. “We look forward to the event next year,” Ploucha said.

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Sterling Briggs, a Goshen Township resident and member of Milford Boy Scout Troop 415, dumps water out of a cigarette box before throwing it away during Milford’s Clean & Green Saturday, April 16.

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Bailey Wood, 12, left, and Sam Wood, 10, of Stonelick Township clean up April 16 for Clean & Green at Gauche Park in Owensville.

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Diane Snow and 11-year-old Nicholas Snow picked up trash along Mohawk Trail in Milford during Clean & Green Saturday, April 16. They are from Miami Township.

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Helping clean up at Goshen Road and Ohio 28 are, from left, Lisa White of Goshen; Jeremiah Loveless, 10, of Goshen; and Anita Crowder of Loveland.

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Jonathan Dick and Jillian Dick came to Bethel’s Burke Park for Clean & Green ready for the rain.

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Logan Vargas and Magwire Graybill help clean up the streets of Williamsburg Saturday, April 16.

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Scarlett DiMario of Blanchester, right, holds open a recycling bag for Ceilia Litchfield of Milford, right, and Alyssa Gabriele of Eastgate during Milford’s Clean & Green. The three were helping RDI Marketing Service, located in the Milford Shopping Center, clean up the area near Main Street.

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Ben Cranston, right, with Boy Scout Troop 237 in Goshen, gets a T-shirt from Ken Hurst of Goshen for helping clean up April 16 for the Clean & Green effort in Goshen Township.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 1

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Network of weight-loss support programs. $26 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

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

FOOD & DRINK

Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289 Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Fish, fries, coleslaw, dessert, hush puppies and coffee. Carryout available. 732-9035. Batavia. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74, Fish or shrimp platters, fish sandwich, French fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, desserts and drinks. Other menu items available. Carryout available. Benefits Veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. $6.75 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 450, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, French fries, baked potato, macaroni and cheese, Saratoga chips, coleslaw, cottage cheese and apple sauce. Carryout available. Family friendly. $6. 8319876. Milford.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, 1272 Ohio 28, Raffle of 20-inch flat-screen TV, premium price paid for aluminum cans, drinks, snacks and annual Earth Day festivities. Free. 575-0661; mandrrecycling.com. Loveland. Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Inspire and offer suggestions. Ages 13 and up. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg.

MUSIC - BLUES

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

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Union Township Summer Concerts, 1:30 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheater behind center. Music by Zak Morgan. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 752-1741. Union Township.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Is It I Lord?, 7 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 5657 Pleasant View Drive, Tableau of DaVinci’s master piece “The Last Supper” presented by members of the congregation who portray 12 apostles as they react to the announcement that one of them will betray Jesus. Free. Presented by Christ Presbyterian. 831-9100. Milford. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 2 2

BUSINESS SEMINARS

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

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Free. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), Gary Knepp speaks about the Civil War Camp Dennison. Presented by Clermont County Historical Society. 753-8672; clermonthistoric.org. Batavia.

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EDUCATION

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

EXERCISE CLASSES

HOLIDAY - EARTH DAY

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

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Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Mount Carmel Social Club, 704 Old Ohio 74, Haddock, cod and chicken meals with all homemade side dishes. Dinein or carryout. $8.50. 383-1178. Union Township. Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - EARTH DAY

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; mandrrecycling.com. Loveland.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Loveland, 800 LovelandMadeira Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Loveland. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Anderson Township.

HOLIDAY - EARTH DAY

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; mandrrecycling.com. Loveland.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Board Game Day, 2-4 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Scrabble and variety of board games. All ages welcome. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619; www.clermontlibrary.org. Bethel.

MUSEUMS

Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Exhibit from 18901940 includes 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. Shoes include dainty lace boots to ornate evening slippers. Miscellaneous accessories include fans, compacts, gloves, hankies and scarves. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House. $5, $1 ages 12 and under. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; www.milfordhistory.net. Milford.

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Enjoy an Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at M&R Recycling, 1272 Ohio 28. There will be a raffle of 20-inch flat-screen TV, premium price paid for aluminum cans, drinks, snacks and annual Earth Day festivities. Call 5750661or visit mandrrecycling.com.

MUSIC - OLDIES

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

NATURE

Wildflower Walk, 1 p.m., Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Free. Presented by Clermont County Park District. 876-9013. Batavia. Backyard Safari, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn how to provide a natural habitat for wildlife. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

RECREATION HOLIDAY - EASTER

Easter Egg Hunts & Adult Egg Scramble, 10 a.m. (children) and noon (adults), Riverside Park, 3969 Round Bottom Road, Egg hunts for children 17 and under and adults 18 and up. Adult Egg Scramble starts at noon. Family friendly. $2 per hunt, per person. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township. Egg Hunt, 12:30 p.m., House of Restoration Worship Center, 1487 Ohio 131, Egg hunt, games and more. Ages 12 and under. Free. 575-2011. Milford. Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., Pierce Township Park, 961 Locust Corner Road, Registration begins at 10 a.m. Easter bunny arrives at 10:30 a.m. Free. Presented by Pierce Township. 752-6787; www.piercetownship.org. Pierce Township.

MUSEUMS

Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland. Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; www.milfordhistory.net. Milford.

Three-on-three Basketball Tournament, 9:30 a.m., Clermont Northeastern High School, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Gymnasium. Five-man roster; three games guaranteed. Clermont Northeastern Athletic Boosters. Ages 18 and up. $60 per team. Registration required by April 16. 576-6770. Owensville. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 5

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

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MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cheeseburger in Paradise, 812 Eastgate North Road, Bring instrument. All genres welcome. Free. 967-0427. Union Township.

MUSIC - JAZZ

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

SHOPPING

Sneak Peek Ladies Night, 5-8 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Check out what plants and products are available before the garden center officially opens for spring. Wine, food and ten percent discount on purchases. Free. 697-9173; www.bloomsandberriesfarmmarket.com. Loveland. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 7

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; www.fitnessforfunctioncincy.com. Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK

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

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

Baby Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Ages 18 months and under. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Rong Tan’s Bistro & Lounge, 606 Ohio Pike, Presented by Rong Tan’s Bistro and Lounge. 752-1907. Withamsville.

RECREATION

Bingo at St. Veronica, 5 p.m., St. Veronica Parish, 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Parish Center. Birthday specials, raffle, Lucky Loser, giveaways and door prizes. Food and drink available. Ages 18 and up. $10, free ages 84 and up. 528-1622; www.stveronica.org. Mount Carmel. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 8

BUSINESS MEETINGS Economic Forecast Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Brian Beaulieu, economist and CEO of the Institute for Trend Research, returns to Clermont County to examine what the trend probabilities are through 2012 for the nation and the local area. $75, $40 chamber members. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 5765000; www.clermontchamber.com. Union Township.

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

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 6

EXERCISE CLASSES

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

HOME & GARDEN

PROVIDED Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” comes to Coney Island under its Grand Chapiteau, Thursday, April 21 through May 15. “Ovo” takes the viewer into a world of insects crawling, fluttering and playing. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. No 4 p.m. performances on April 22 and May 7; the May 7 evening performance is at 8:30 p.m.; dark on Tuesday, May 10; there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Wednesday, May 4 and on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are: $45-$350 for adults; $31.50-$275 for ages 2-12; and $40.50-$212.50 for students ages 13 and up, seniors 65 and up and military. For tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo or call 800-450-1480.

Container Gardening, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own ‘gold medal’ container flower pot. Bring your own container or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 2-3:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own mini-world/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Infamous Love Songs” with the band Over the Rhine, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Aronoff Center. Over the Rhine performs live with with the contemporary ballet work. Performances are at 8 pm., with an additional show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$70. Call 513-6215282 or visit cballet.org.


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Why I believe in Easter’s message: Christ’s and our resurrection Each of us has our own reasons for believing or not believing unprovable religious events like Easter. In spiritual terminology, we basically call our subjective reasons, buffered by God’s grace, our faith. If someone asked for some of my personal reasons, here are a few that sustain my faith that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and promised that we will too. 1. The insufficiency of all that is attainable. All through our lives we yearn for the fulfillment of our dreams, our needs and desires. We are constantly reaching out for what we think will fulfill us, intensify our living, end all our restless searching, and bring us into the arms of a perfect love that is final and lasting. Yet, the longer we live, complete satisfaction appears futile. Yes, our dreams are partially

satisfied at times by dear people and events that occur in our lives. And though pleasing to us, their presence eventually reminds us of the Father Lou more we don’t Guntzelman have. St. Augustine Perspectives noticed this and said: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” So what do we do about life’s insufficiency? One option is that we can become cynics and see our lives as years tinged with a tantalizing sadism – a wanting and needing of that which will never occur. This option is well stated in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound

and fury signifying nothing.” Or, if we believe in the promises of God, we can choose to see the insufficiency of this world and our hunger for sufficiency as a foretaste and prediction of the unimaginable afterlife into which death ushers us. I believe the latter. 2. Which is more difficult: to create or sustain? If we are brought into existence from nothingness by a Creator, isn’t that a greater action than the Creator sustaining us forever as a person already existing? If a characteristic of the Creator is that he is true to his word and says “Yes” to our existence, why would his love ever vacillate and say “No?” 3. The presence of eyewitnesses. The public death of Jesus Christ was witnessed by many people and followers. After his resurrection, he seemed to them changed in some ways and his identity was recog-

Sexual abuse prevention program protects children The statistics are shocking. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Research indicates that most are abused by someone they know, including parents, teachers, coaches, mentors and counselors. “We are offering a new prevention program aimed at ending the cycle of abuse,” said Julie Pedersen, prevention education coordinator with the YWCA in Clermont County. “This free program is being offered on Monday, April 25, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., in Room

143 of the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont Campus in Batavia.” The facilitator-led Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program includes a video and workbook that detail the stories of victims of abuse, and their long path to healing. “Children only have one childhood and it is up to us to make sure they have one,” said Pedersen. “The training will cover how to develop sex abuse prevention policies and procedures to create environments that are safe for children.” Pedersen said the Stewards of Children program

empowers adults to be proactive in ending the epidemic of child sexual abuse. “These children suffer emotionally and physically,” she said. “Victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to suffer from obesity and heart disease, and are more likely to get involved with alcohol or drugs.” Register by Wednesday, April 20, for the free Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program on the website www.SurveyMonkey.com/s/J3Y8Z78 or contact the YWCA’s Kirstin Eismin at 732-0450, ext. 10.

nized as valid. He ate with them, spoke with them, permitted a doubter to touch him, etc. His presence was judged so authentic that many were eager to spread the word about him though sometimes it led to their death. 4. My losses of people I’ve loved. When I stood beside my mother’s body just minutes after her death, besides my grief there also surfaced from the core of my being a crucial question. For I am a human who is a priest, not just a priest who is human. My heart and mind are mine, not pages from a “rightanswer book.” My core question was, “Lou, what do you really believe has just happened to your mother? “As she died, did this kindly person merely disintegrate and evaporate into the emptiness of the universe and she is no more? “Or, is her person still living

and existing in a state of beatitude unimaginable to her before this? Is she more alive than she has ever been?” I had to say “Yes” to my final questions. I realized that it would be more difficult for me to believe in her evaporation than her fulfilled and continued existence. Her person was so important to me, what must it be to her Creator? The magnificence of resurrection and an astounding afterlife cannot be scientifically proven. The best summation for such a faith might merely be this:

To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ communitypress.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Clowns to crowns for Forest-Aires Chorus The Forest-Aires spring show takes you from clowns to crowns this year. Join Bethel resident and Forest-Aires chorus member Eileen Sipple as “Encore! 2011” spends its first half at the circus, with musical numbers such as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Be A Clown” and “Lydia the Tattooed Lady.” In the second half, the women’s chorus competes in a pageant to see who will be named Miss SINGular Sensation. Will it be Miss Understood? Miss Guided? Miss the Boat? Miss Fit? Local weather caster Rich

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The Forest-Aires audience will help judge the Miss SINGular Sensation Pageant at the Encore! 2011 show. Bethel’s Eileen Sipple, center, vies for the title, along with Montgomery’s Karen Newman, trying to impress preliminary judge Vivian Banchy of Anderson Township. Apuzzo emcees the pageant, which features musical numbers including “I Feel Pretty,” “I’m on My

Way,” “Smile Though Your Heart is Breaking” and “Celebrate.” “Encore! 2011” performances this spring for the Forest-Aires women’s chorus are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road. Tickets are $10, or $9 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Shows sell out, so call 232-7504 or 232-4736 to reserve in advance. Proceeds fund voice lessons for high school students, who perform solos in the show.

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French toast, stuffed peppers are good Easter brunch items In my family, you’re never too old to receive an Easter Basket. All of the little ones get their own and the parents share one between them. Each year I make a promise to myself not to overdo on the candy and each year I break the promise. But I am getting better – I’ll put some savory items in the baskets, like salted nuts and cheese crackers. And, of course, the colored hardboiled eggs. I guess my idea of an abundant basket goes back to my childhood. No matter how meager Easter Bunny’s budget may have been, each of us nine kids got a basket overflowing with sweet treats. Granted, there were an awfully lot of generic jelly beans but in the center sat a Papas chocolate-covered egg. Opera cream heaven! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and

friends. Remember those folks who may be alone. Give them a call, send a card – or better yet, invite them to your table.

4 tablespoons margarine or butter The night before: Break a loaf of bread into pieces and place in a sprayed 9-by-11 baking dish. Whisk eggs, half-andhalf and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour mixture over bread, Cover and refrigerate until morning. Before baking, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over egg-bread mixture. Dot margarine on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until bread is set. Serve just the way it is or sprinkle with powdered sugar or dip in maple syrup.

Mitzi Gelter’s baked French toast

I enjoyed this at a brunch daughter-in-law Courtney gave for family and friends. I loved the fact that it can be assembled the night before and asked Mitzi, a Western Hills Press reader and Courtney’s grandma, to share the recipe. Wouldn’t this be an easy addition to for Easter brunch? Now if you don’t like nuts, leave them out. 1 loaf white bread 1 dozen eggs 1 pint half-and-half 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup chopped nuts

Western & Southern cafeteria’s stuffed peppers

I was so excited to receive this recipe. Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams both sent it in for Ann, a Delhi reader who

was looking for it. This is what makes this column so fun for me – the community sharing of recipes that everyone thought were long lost. Mary Ann retired four years ago – she worked at the company almost 37 years and found the recipe in their monthly news magazine. Thornton said this recipe was in the magazine back in the 1960s! Seems like everyone enjoyed them.

Meat and rice stuffing:

4 large or 5 medium peppers 11⁄2 lbs ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon salt added to water to cook rice 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Accent (see tip) 1 ⁄4 cup rice (boil according to package directions, in salted water, until done and stir in pepper and Accent.)

Sauce:

3 cans, 101⁄2 oz. each, condensed tomato soup 24 oz. can tomato juice 2 teaspoons salt Pinch of black pepper

Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Note: One cup of this sauce is to be used in the meat and rice mix. In a heavy skillet cook and stir beef until crumbly. Add onions and continue cooking until meat starts to brown. Remove from heat, add flour and mix well. Add seasoned rice and one cup of tomato sauce. Mix and set aside.

Peppers:

Wash and cut peppers in half. Remove seeds. Put in boiling water. Remove from heat and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Stuff peppers with meat and rice mix. Put in baking

pan and pour sauce over peppers. Bake in Rita moderate Heikenfeld oven, 350 d e g r e e s , Rita’s kitchen about 11⁄2 hours or until peppers are tender. Baste peppers with the sauce during baking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Accent is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer. Some people may be allergic to it. If you don’t want to use it, you may want to add a bit more salt. Or substitute seasoning salt. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Girl Scouts help animal shelter Recently, the Girl Scouts of Troop 44026, who meet at Mulberry Elementary

School in Miami Township, wanted to embark on a community service project

that would benefit homeless animals. The girls set out to make

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life a little easier for some sheltered animals and chose animals housed at the Clermont County Animal Shelter in Batavia to help. The girls were able to collect various items to donate, including old blankets, toys, bowls, bleach and food. The girls also painted about a dozen ceramic feeding bowls and donated them to the animal shelter. The animal shelter displayed the feeding bowls in their lobby with the hopes of selling

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 44026 volunteered at the Clermont County Animal Shelter in Batavia recently. From left are: Ashley Dalrymple, Kaelin Nunner, Meghan Gentry, Cassidy Brothers, Shreya Terala. Not pictured Jenna Paxton. The girls meet at Mulberry Elementary School in Miami Township. them to the public. The proceeds will be and are the troop’s contribution toward the daily operations of the facility. The girls concluded their community service project

with a guided tour of the animal shelter. The girls spent hours preparing for this event. They saw where the animals were housed and how the staff cared for each animal.

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Goshen High School students David Ballinger, Matt Hart, Zac Chess, Zack Whitaker and Anthony Byrd.

Parriman, Dority named GHS prom royalty Goshen High School students danced the night away at Paul Brown Stadium Friday, April 15, during their Neon Night Under the Lights-themed prom. Seniors Gary Parriman and Tiffany Dority were named prom king and queen, while juniors Jack Gaffney and Kaitlyn Tucker took the title of prince and princess. The other nominees for prom king were Eric Coleman, Kort Dwyer, Kenny

Eickenhorst, Derek Koch and Matt Taulbee. Queen nominees were Becca Eakin, Shelby Lewis, Stefanie Mott, Olivia Snider and Becca Schwartz. The princess nominees were Emily Buchanan, Kiley Collins, Allie Jeandriven, Tesla Mueller, Kelly Parriman and Kelsi Steele. The prince nominees were Austin Brayton, Drew Burch, Chaz Gresham, Austim Hayslip, Brandon Kennedy and Marc Taylor.

PHOTOS BY MARY DANNEMILLER / STAFF

Goshen High School students Isaac Cunningham and Nikki Anderson at the school’s prom at Paul Brown Stadium Friday, April 15.

Goshen High School students Zack Walker, April Williamson, Katie Birt and Zach Popp.

Cody Ladrigan and Molly Weideman at the neon-themed Goshen High School Prom Friday, April 15.

Goshen High School students Cody Randolph and Stephanie Smith.

Goshen High School students Drew Burch and Kelsi Steele were on the junior prom court.

Goshen High School students Corinne Whitley, Stefanie Mott, Shelby Lewis, Becca Schwartz and Olivia Snider. Goshen High School senior Gary Parriman celebrates after winning prom king.

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Milford resident Kevin Corn and his son Bryce wait for the Firefighter Combat Challenge to start Saturday, April 16. The two-day event was held in the Milford Target parking lot.

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Firefighter Combat Challenge Kids Challenge operator Bobbi Chase helps 5-yearold Mallory Henderson, of Union Township, operate the hose. Also pictured is Mallory’s dad Jim Henderson.

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The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Honor Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, April 16, in the Milford Target parking lot.

Firefighter Combat Challenge returns for third year The 2011 Miami Township/Milford area Firefighter Combat Challenge was held Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, in the Milford Target parking lot. About 100 competitors showed up for a chance to run the course both individually and as relay teams in the “Toughest Two Minutes in Sports.” Results from the races will be posted at www.firefighter-challenge.com. Despite a brisk Saturday, families, friends and community members attended the event to cheer on the firefighters and compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge Kids Challenge.

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Miami Township/Milford area Firefighter Combat Challenge co-organizer Tom Porter takes a minute to hang out with his wife Jaimie Porter and 2year-old daughter Emma Porter during the competition. The Porters live in Miami Township.

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Craig Smith, a firefighter with the Hebron Fire Department in Kentucky, drags Rescue Randy to the finish line during the Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, April 16.

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Miami Township resident Bobby Morgan, 5, wrangles the hose at the Firefighter Combat Challenge’s kid challenge Saturday, April 16, in Milford. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF

Miami Township firefighter Keith Armstrong pulls a fire house during the Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, April 16, in Milford.

Miami Township firefighter and Firefighter Combat Challenge area coorganizer Ross Pawlak, in the reflective jacket, welcomes about 100 competitors to the challenge Saturday, April 16, in Milford.


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Fresh spinach is ready in the garden Howdy folks, Last week we moved some Iris from the side yard to the front yard and they seem to be doing fine. Last Wednesday afternoon, Ruth Ann and I were having some ice cream at 3 p.m. Dixie was asleep while we were getting it. I don’t know how he knows when we get ice cream, but he does. If it is not vanilla, he is not interested. It seems his hearing and eyesight is failing him. But his desire for attention and food has not changed. He is over 16 years old. I got him as a kitten and we would be lost without him. He seems to know if we are going some place. They are smart. Last Thursday we cut fresh spinach. This is the

second time we cut it. Along with spinach we had dandelion greens. It was extremely good. Last Friday evening the 50-plus couples group of the Methodist Church met at the church for our monthly gathering. We had a great supper. There was a good group and we welcomed the Walkers back from Florida. We got several quizzes from Donna on the Constitution and other items. We have our bird feeder hanging where we can see them. Have you seen the Goldfinch how they have changed colors? They are so beautiful. Some call them Canaries. We had some birds we were having trouble identifying. We found them in the

birdbook. They are the brown headed cowbird. The male cowbird is glossy black with chocolate brown head. We finally had the chance to see them clear and finally identified them. We had a rare opportunity last week to see the ritual of the blackbird try to lure a female to nest. I saw the male by the squirrel box we put up. It would flap it’s wings several times then chirp. It repeated this several times until a female entered the box. Then both of them were in the box. This was a thrill for both of us. We have seen this on television, but to see it here, what a thrill. This is the time to get birdhouses put up. We have several bird boxes up and

are making more. It is about time for my favorite bird to be here. That is the hummingbird. They usually come about the middle of April so the feeder is ready. We generally put two feeders up and they feed pretty heavy until the flowers are blooming. There seems to be different kinds. We like all of them. Last Sunday evening at our church was the last Lenten Sunday evening service. After a meal there was a testimony by Allen, it was good. This Sunday, April 17, the Bethel Community choir will be singing “Come Touch the Robe” at the Bethel United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. This will begin the Holy Week Services for the

community. The services each evening will be held at different churches with different preachers giving the message and different choirs singing. The Easter Sunrise Service is always so special. One of the best services I remember was held at the Brethern Church on Ohio 727 close to Stonelick Lake. As the preacher was preaching I remember the sun coming up and what a beautiful moment that was. I felt like I could see the Good Lord. The Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton held a crappie tournament last Sunday. There were 15 boats entered. The first place winner with 6 crappie had a

total weight of 5 pounds 3 ounces George and the big Rooks c r a p p i e weighed 1.5 Ole pounds. Fisherman W i l d Turkey hunting season comes in Monday, April 18. 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.

Golf scramble June 2 will help seniors Sunny, spring days start bringing out the golfers. I’m not a golfer myself, but I enjoy watching it on TV. Actually, it’s not so much the game as the beautiful scenery in places like Augusta, Calloway Gardens and St. Andrews. Spectacular scenery is an important part of golf. If not, then why would golf course designers and developers take such pains to make the layout of the course so beautiful? This year, the Clermont Senior Services Golf Scramble will be held at the Golf Club at Stonelick Hills on U.S. 50 in Stonelick Township. It’s special place for golfers. In 2009 it was

ranked as the fourth Best Public Access Golf Course in the state of Ohio. The clubLinda house and Eppler surrounding Community lakes are Press guest spectacular. But that is columnist only part of it. Golfers experience a one of a kind course, routed through heavily forested hills and over and around numerous ponds and lakes. All golfers will appreciate the uniqueness of each hole. Enjoy your round as a relaxing

stroll through nature, inhabited by the variety of wildlife typical of the unspoiled surroundings. The date of the outing is Thursday, June 2, with a shotgun start at noon. Come early for lunch at 11 a.m. The scramble is followed by dinner, awards and raffle drawings. Tickets are $125 per person, $500 per foursome. Par Three game tickets can be purchased on the day of the event. Raffle prizes include a Wheelbarrow of Cheer, flat screen plasma television and a gas grill. Sponsorships are available, too – from $200 for a Hole Sponsor to $2,000 for a Major/Dinner Sponsor. For

information or reservations, call Frankie Hughart at 513-536-4022. Not a golfer, but love to be outdoors? Volunteers are needed to help, so why not spend a beautiful summer day enjoying the beauty of the course? Besides being a day of fun, you will help senior citizens in communities all over Clermont County. The proceeds help support the programs of Clermont Senior Services, including Meals-on-Wheels, home care, transportation, adult day care and more. Take a relaxing escape from the hectic pace of today. Join us at Stonelick Hills.

Linda Eppler is the director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.

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School children and Appalachian Festival goers know Russ and Barb Childers of Batavia as much for their old timey music as Bear Foot, as they do for the Childers bluegrass harmonies in the Rabbit Hash String Band. Families visiting the Appalachian Festival at Coney Island will be able to see the Childers perform as both. Bear Foot will be on stage at noon Friday, May 6, during the Festival’s Education Day. Rabbit Hash String Band will be on stage later that day at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7. One of Cincinnati’s most popular family events – the Appalachian Festival – will be transforming Coney Island into a mountain-life

village with down-home bluegrass music, handmade crafts, artisan demonstrators, storytelling, a pioneer village, mouth-watering food and educational exhibits. The Appalachian Festival has always been known as a value-packed festival with modest ticket pricing. Friday, May 6, is extra special with a half-price admission all day. Frugal Friday pricing is adults $4, seniors $2, and children age 4 to 11 $1. Children under 3 get free admission. Pricing Saturday and Sunday is adults $8, seniors, $4, children age 4 to 11, $2. Parking is $6. Festival hours are Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.appalachianfestival.or g.

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Tailwater Trail open again at Harsha Lake The Tailwater Trail located in the Corps Operations Area adjacent to East Fork State Park is open again to walking and hiking, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After weeks of clearing downed trees and brush, the 1.5-mile trail has been marked with white paint and is ready for anyone looking for adventure or solitude. This challenging trail winds up and down steep hills, through mature woods and meadows, and across a stream. It provides

a view of the river valley and the two dams that form William H. Harsha Lake. Hikers can look forward to colorful wildflowers this spring. Maintaining trails in the park takes time and effort. If you notice a trail maintenance issue, or can volunteer to help keep the trails in good condition, call the Corps park ranger at 7976081 or go to www.LRLP O C harsha@usace.army.mil. To reach the Tailwater Trailhead, turn onto Slade Road

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RELIGION The Athenaeum

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CLOUGH PIKE BAPTIST CHURCH 1025 CLOUGH PIKE

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

752-3521

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

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

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

BATAVIA BAPTIST TEMPLE

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

Reaching the Heart of Clermont County

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

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

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

OWENSVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST

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

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

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

LINDALE BAPTIST CHURCH

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 www.lindalebaptist.com

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

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

Saint Peter Church

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

Saturday Mass - 5:00 PM Sunday Masses – 8:30 & 11:00 www.stpeternewrichmond.org

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

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 www.cmcchurch.com Mark Otten, Pastor

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

CHURCH OF GOD

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GOSHEN CHURCH OF GOD

Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 www.goshenchurchofgod.org 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

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Amelia-Olive Branch Road

732-1400

Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia

Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com

FIRST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

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 www.FirstChurchofJesusChrist.org 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am

EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL www.stthomasepiscopal.org

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

Sunday Morning 10:00AM

937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223 www.gecc.net

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

BAPTIST

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

GLEN ESTE CHURCH OF CHRIST

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

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

The Church of the Good Samaritan Holy Week and Easter * Apr 20, Wed Holy Eucharist 7pm * Apr, 21 Maundy Thursday Eucharist 7pm * Apr 22, Good Friday Liturgy 7pm * Apr 24 Easter Eucharist 10:30am * Lil’ Samaritans Class 10:30am

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

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GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 www.goshenmethodist.org Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available Come visit us at the

Owensville United Methodist Church

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

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

Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.

Something for children at each service

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

513-735-2555 www.kingswayfellowship.com

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

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

Christ Presbyterian Church

Christ Presbyterian Church members invite the community to participate in a silent auction to benefit Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is a local non-profit group that offers a safe place for young adult men to recover from addictions. This group has been successfully serving this community for many years. The silent auction will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the church. Church members also will offer a meal during this time. The Classical Guitar Ensemble of the University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music will present a program of solos, duos, trios and quartets at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 5657 Pleasant View Drive in Miami Township; 8319100.

Church of the Good Samaritan Episcopal

The church continues the observance of Holy Week with a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. On Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, the church will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and his washing of their feet. At the Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 21, the church will read together the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and understanding why it is called “good.” Worship on Easter Day is 10:30 a.m. April 24, beginning with triumphant Easter hymns. The church will read the story of Jesus resurrection. The church is at 25 Amelia Olive Branch Road; 753-4115.

Glen Este Church of Christ

The church is having its Resurrection Day Services on Sunday, April 24, at the church. The sunrise service

Goshen United Methodist Church

Goshen United Methodist Church is hosting the “Stations of Hope,” celebrating the glory of the resurrection, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. “Stations of Hope” encourages participants of all ages to visit a series of stations, or places of prayer, which focus on Christ’s resurrection. The church is at 6710 Goshen Road.

Laurel United Methodist Church

Laurel United Methodist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the church. Children from sixth grade and younger are invited to participate. The church is at 1888 Laurel-Lindale Road; 553-3043.

Mount Moriah United Methodist Church

The Mount Moriah United Methodist Women will sponsor a three-day rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 6; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the education building at the church. A $5 bag sale will take place Saturday. The sale will be a month later than usual because of a conflict with the people who pick up the leftover rummage. Dishes, linens, adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, knick-knacks, furniture, tools, appliances and more will be available for bargain hunters. All money received from this sale will be used for on-going projects that need to be done to the church facilities. Mount Moriah has developed a reputation of offering satisfied customers special rummage sales. The merchandise is clean and in good condition, and there is always a large selection from which to choose. The church is at 681 Mount Moriah Drive, Withamsville; 752-1333.

Taylor’s Chapel United Methodist Church

The church is having the following Easter services: “The Way of the Cross” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21; sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 24, with breakfast following the service. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 2460 Greenbush West Road, Williamsburg.

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MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Francisco M. Olivares, 21, 6853 Shiloh, driving under influence, drug possession, paraphernalia, March 29. Kenneth E. Ashley II, 35, 5699 W. Day Circle, domestic violence, March 30. Derrick A. Maserang, 18, 1073 Oasis Point Drive, domestic violence, March 30. Joseph D. Browning, 33, 969 Ohio 28 No. 76, warrant service, March 30. Tasha A. Barrett, 27, 969 Ohio 28 No. 76, marijuana possession, obstructing official business, March 31. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, March 31. Clifford Butts, 36, 1280 Pebble Brooke Trail No. 3, abduction, March 31. Donald W. Barnes, 38, 6547 Abingdon Hall, obstructing official business, driving under suspension, April 1. Nathan W. Stephens, 18, 55 Steam Furnace Road, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Drew J. McFarland, 18, 135 Ty Drive, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Blake Justice, 18, 1675 Jacksonville Road, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Juvenile, 16, theft, April 3. Jeff Puttoff, 39, 411 Tarkington, child endangering, driving under influence, April 3. Brandy Roach, 27, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 282, open container, April 3.

Incidents/investigations Abduction

Female stated she was held against her will at 1280 Pebble Brooke No. 3, March 31.

Aggravated arson

Fire started, possibly with Molotov cocktail at Main Event Reception

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Hall at U.S. 50, March 31.

Attempted abduction

Male reported this offense at 1711 Arrowhead Trail, April 1.

Burglary

Electronics, etc. taken; $8,180 at 5784 Buckwheat Road, March 29. Guitar and record player taken; $1,567 at 1428 Cheltenham, March 30. Stove, refrigerator, AC unit, etc. taken; $2,300 at 1183 U.S. 50, March 31.

Criminal damage

Vehicle keyed at Milford High School at 1 Eagles Way, April 1. Eggs thrown at residence at 5327 Oakcrest Court, April 3.

Domestic violence

At West Day Circle, March 30. At Oasis Point Drive, March 30. At South Timber Creek, March 31.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization; $776 loss at 6228 Whileaway, March 29.

Theft

Gasoline not paid for at BP; $53.59 at Ohio 131, March 29. Camera, etc. taken from vehicle; $288 at 1278 Woodville Pike, March 29. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $218 at Ohio 28, March 29. Oil container taken from truck at Marks Donuts at Ohio 131, March 29. Cash taken from vehicle; $10 at 6590 Miami Trails, March 30. Copper wire taken from Cincinnati Bell cell tower at 5871 Montclair, March 30. Sunglasses taken from vehicle; $400 at 1054 Jer Les Drive, April 1. Fencing, etc. taken from Cincinnati Sand Volleyball at U.S. 50, April 2. Wallet taken at 6126 Weber Oaks, April 3. Energy drink taken from Meijer at Ohio 28, April 3. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $10 at U.S. 50, April 2.

Divorce

Mary Harness vs. Dewey Harness Terri M. Hartman vs. Stuart C. Hartman

Dissolution

Jennifer Hickey vs. Samuel T. Hickey Amanda S. Sacksteder vs. Geoffrey Sacksteder Lindsey Yaczik vs. Jason Yaczik Rebecca Campbell vs. Scott J. Campbell Kristy Smith vs. Seth Smith Richard Cole vs. Elizabeth Cole Patricia J. Forester vs. Craig Forester Robert R. Peltier vs. Susan M. Peltier Ryan T. Bagnall vs. Brittney L. Bagnall

Indictments

The following people have been

X-Box taken; $450 at 114 Queens Road, April 3. Septic motor taken; $600 at 962 Woodcreek, April 3. Trailer taken; $920 at 919 Ohio 28, April 1.

MILFORD

Arrests/citations

Christopher A. Baker, 30, 55 Hawthorne St., recited, April 7. Jesse Coffey, 43, 4756 Folchi Ave., recited, April 7. Darrell W. Crooms, 49, Homeless, recited, April 9. Steve A. Davis, 33, 430 Batavia Meadows, recited, April 9. Earl M. Dean, 20, 1050 Wilshire, recited, April 7. Amanda L. Haynes, 31, 6047 Jerry Lee Drive, contempt of court, April 6. Ashley A. Hutchins, 22, 4326 Southcross, recited, April 7. Juvenile, 16, criminal trespass, April 9. Christopher A. Williams, 22, 4110 Long Acres, recited, April 10. Paul D. Wilson, 49, 6981 Cambridge Ave., recited, April 7.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

Silly string sprayed on vehicles at 809 Walnut St., April 10.

Disturbance

At 801 Edgecombe, April 6. Someone kicked door at 2108 Oakbrook, April 6.

Fighting

Two females reported to be fighting at Brooklyn and Main Street, April 7.

Menacing

Female was threatened at 1900 Oakbrook Place, April 8.

Theft

Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $10 at 100 Chamber Drive, April 4. Money taken from purse while victim was working at 225 Cleveland Ave., April 5.

Can goods taken at 707 Ohio 18 No. 416, April 6. Gasoline not paid for at 702 Main St., April 8. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $21 at 100 Chamber Drive, April 9. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $32 at 100 Chamber Drive, April 9.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile, 15, theft, drug paraphernalia, domestic violence. Angela Turner, 42, 3231 Martin Road, theft. Kenneth Jones, 38, 5640 Stonelick Williams Corner, aggravated trespassing. Two Juveniles, 17, underage consumption. Two Juveniles, 15, underage consumption. Juvenile, 14, underage consumption.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

At 1692 Ohio 28, March 28. At 1540 Ohio 28, March 31.

Criminal damage

At 2244 Woodville Pike, April 1.

Criminal trespass

At 93 Crosstown, March 28.

Disorder

At 91 Park Ave., March 29. At 193 Bruce Court, March 29. At 6755 Linton Road, April 1. At 77 Crosstown, April 1. At 1568 Woodville, March 26.

Theft

At 264 Patrick Lane, March 26. At 5884 Deerfield, March 26. At 6725 Dick Flynn, March 26. At 6725 Dick Flynn, March 29. At 6400 Patricia Blvd., March 29. At 1860 Walnut St., April 1. At 6563 Ohio 48, April 1.

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indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Mallory Nicole Hill, 28, 1808 Stumpy Lane, Goshen, forgery, Goshen Police. Star Lynn Powell, 32, 1808 Stumpy Lane, Goshen, forgery, Goshen Police. Amy Nichole Otto, 33, 1887 Pebble Brook, Apt. 8, Milford, theft, misuse of credit card, Goshen Police. Donnie Wayne Applegate, 33, 1330 Hodge St., Newport, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, attempted forgery, Union Township Police Department.

Incidents/investigations Assault

At 3117 Park Road, Goshen, April 8. At Bucktown and Weaver Road, Batavia, April 4.

Criminal damaging/endangering

Mark W. Rice, 48, 4312 Upper 5 Mile East, Mt. Orab, restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters at 764 Wright St., Newtonsville, April 7. Kenneth R. Vinson, 42, 1173 Bennings Road, Milford, vandalism property used for business, $500 or more in value at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 11. Mark E. Lawhorn, 50, 3085 Park Road, Goshen, aggravated menacing, assault - knowingly harm victim, endangering children - create substantial risk of harm, unlawful restraint at 5321 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 7. Matthew S. Horwarth, 27, 6 Robbie Ridge, Milford, drug paraphernalia at 5055 Ohio 276, Batavia, April 7.

At 3158 Martin Road, Pleasant Plain, April 5.

Arrests/citations

At 3527 Number 9 Road, Goshen, April 9.

Criminal mischief

Identity fraud

At 6567 Ohio 133, Pleasant Plain, April 4.

Obstructing justice

At 2670 Cedarville Road, Goshen, April 9.

Restrictions on depositing litter on public property, on private property owned by others and in state waters At 764 Wright St., Newtonsville, March 28.

Theft

At 3798 U.S. 50, Marathon, April 9. At 5946 Eckman Lane, Newtonsville, April 6. At 6490 Long Glady Road, Goshen, April 8.

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Dispute

At 6569 Ohio 48, March 28. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 309F, March 30. At 6662 Shiloh Road, March 31. At 613 Redman, April 1. At 1003 Country Lake, April 2. At 1707 Country Lake, April 2.

Domestic violence

At Mindy Lane, April 1.

Joseph Brian Huffman, 42, 11093 Madison Pike, Independence, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, attempted forgery, Union Township Police Department. Larry Darnell Gaines, 31, 203 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, theft, forgery, Union Township Police Department.

Jamie Lee Cottrell, 34, 3117 Park Road, Goshen, assault at 3117 Park Road, Goshen, April 8.

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DEATHS Harry Crawford Jr.

Harry Bushnell Crawford Jr., 64, Milford, died April 9. He was a manufacturing engineer in the machine tool industry. He was an Air Force veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Marjorie Meece Crawford; son Shawn Crawford; sister Rita (George) Krempin; mother-inlaw Linda Meece; sister- and brotherin-law Brenda, Gary Meece; niece Jennifer Bridgman. Preceded in death by parents Harry Sr., Mary Barry Crawford, father-in-law Carl Meece. Services were April 13 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or American Lung Association.

Geraldine Richardson

Geraldine Richardson, 76, Milford, died April 10. She was a deli clerk for Kroger. She was a member of the Miami Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Survived by children Teresa (David) Beel, William (JoMarie) Richardson; grandchildren Courtney Hauck, Billie Jo, Sam Richardson, Joseph Beal; nephew Doug (Robin) Murray. Preceded in death by parents Herbert, Leona Murray. Services were April 14 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Miami Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Attn. Cliff Roland, 5900 McPicken Drive, Milford, OH

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John Smith

John F. Smith, 64, Stonelick Township, died April 6. He owned Miami Valley Building, Inc. He was a veteran of Vietnam, and a member of the Milford Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners and Fraternal Order of Eagles New Lexington. Survived by wife Dee Keister Smith; daughters Sherri (Kevin) Corn, Jennifer (Rob) Roelling; grandsons Jonathan, Bryce; mother Mary Clements Smith; nephews and niece Mark (Char), Kim, Bryan (Haley) Smith; many cousins. Preceded in death by father Mahlon Smith, brother Mahlon Smith Jr. Services were April 11 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to a food bank of the donor’s choice.

Ellen Walters

Ellen L. Walters, 60, Goshen Township, died April 14. She was a stock room manager for Kmart. Survived by daughters Melissa (James) Coy, Danielle Walters, Heather (Kevin) Downs; grandchildren Ashley, Austin, Kayla, Jaden, Paige, Evan, Gavin; sisters Shirley Meadows, Garnett Wiley; companion Ivan Rush; friend Helen McNamera; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. Services were April 18 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

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

1491 W. Meadowbrook Drive, Estate of Harriet Downs to Ivalee & Robert Jones, $45,000.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP

3034 U.S. Route 50, Estate of Virginia Jenkins to Laura McComas, 1.8300 acre, $108,500.

2337 Ohio 28, Phyllis Redmon to Anthony & Leanna Christie, 1.0330 acre, $103,900. 6741 Ohio 48, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA to Tsiuri Gelashvili, 0.4640 acre, $18,000. 1859 Parker Road, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Debra Zinnecker, 2.0380 acre, $30,100. 7244 Shiloh Road, Francis & Jana Fitzgerald to Brandon Mueller, $107,900.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP MIAMI TOWNSHIP

6590 Branch Hill Guinea, Todd & Beth Riley to William & Heidi Weber, $155,000. 1158 Falcon Ridge Court, John Renz to Craig Gonyou, 0.4330 acre, $224,000. 5596 Garrett Drive, Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Hobart

Roark, $73,000. 1139 Heritage Court, PNC Mortgage to Ryan & Heather Hurff, 0.2520 acre, $203,000. 5641 McCormick Trail, Lloyd & Christine Dixon to Rick Drescher II, $250,000. 5822 Mount Vernon Drive, Cory Wells, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $83,334. 2126 Oakwood Drive, Linda Turner to Rachel Johnson, $107,500. 5858 Winchester Drive, CitiMortgage Inc. to Pacifica Loan Pool LLC, $64,988. 5987 Woods Bend Drive, JoAnn Nicoletti to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $160,000.

STONELICK TOWNSHIP

2502 Ohio 131, James Stokes to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 1.6260 acre, $106,667.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP

6710 Edenton Pleasant Plain Road, Robert Alcorn to Jerry Alcorn, 0.8700 acre, $79,900. 3254 Martin Road, U.S. Bank NA as trustee to Merlin Homes LLC, $45,650. 6159 Taylor Pike, Linda & Stanley Byrd to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 5.0490 acre, $90,000.

BUILDING PERMITS Residential

Frisby Construction, Milford, addition, 6851 Clubside Drive, Goshen Township, $9,000. Clarence Phillips III, Loveland, alter, 5206 Woodtop, Goshen Township, $20,000. Justin Perkins, Goshen, pole barn, 6370 Manila Road, Goshen Township, $11,600. BOC Home Loans Servicing, Texas, HVAC, 3580 Ohio 131, Jackson Township. Osborne Reconstruction Service, Mil-

ford, carport, 5473 Overlook, Miami Township. Phillip Stover, Milford, shed, 5598 Day Drive, Miami Township, $2,000. Gary Youmans, Milford, addition, 1244 Day Circle, Miami Township, $4,000. Todd Eppert, Loveland, deck, 333 Whispering Pines, Miami Township, $2,500. Eco Enviroments, Milford, alter, 1241 E. Mills Drive, Miami Township, $10,000.

Matthew Hassert, Loveland, alter, 325 Tarkington, Miami Township. Reeves Heating, Hebron, Ky., HVAC, 1066 Klondyke Road, Miami Township. Thomas Beckler, Milford, HVAC, 5686 Greimann Lane, Miami Township. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 5552 Falling Wood, Miami Township, $99,470. Curry Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 969 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Donald Wagner, Cincinnati, shed,

5450 Belle Meade Drive, Stonelick Township, $5,000.

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Row House Gallery & Custom Framing is hosting a Charley Harper Art Show from now through Sunday, May 22. As part of the event, there will be a Celebration of Art Reception Thursday, May 12, at River Hills

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said Teresa Metzger, executive director, River Hills Christian Church. “At River Hills, we believe in supporting the creative arts in our congregation and community. We are happy to partner with Row House Gallery to showcase this event.” “In cooperation with the Charley Harper Art Studio, we were recently able grow

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Shepard, Woodruff perform in Children’s Theatre Production Shelby Shepard and Brooks Woodruff, both of Milford, performed in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. at the Taft Theatre. Shelby, a junior at Mount Notre Dame, played the fairy Vidia and a mermaid in her debut with TCTC. She has appeared in major roles in “Clue,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Footloose,” “Once on this Island,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Music Man,” “Arsenic and

Old Lace,” and “Mame.” She participated in the STAR program with TCTC and choreographed “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and “Willy Wonka Jr.” Brooks played a pirate and an Indian. He has participated in the STAR Program for the last two years, but this was his first MainStage show at TCTC. He has performed with the CSO, The Cincinnati Pops and The May Festival Youth Chorus. Brooks currently studies voice with Karl Resnik and Lincoln Chapman at The Musical Arts Center.


April 20, 2011

Is IBS with CONSTIPATION keeping you from your favorite seat?

If you’re not finding overall symptom relief,† ask your doctor if AMITIZA can help. Millions of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). †Symptoms are defined as abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, bowel habits, and other IBS symptoms.

AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily is approved to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older.

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• AMITIZA is not for everyone. If you know or suspect you have a bowel blockage, do not take AMITIZA. If you are unsure, your healthcare provider should evaluate your condition before starting AMITIZA.You should not take AMITIZA if you have severe diarrhea.

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• AMITIZA has not been studied in pregnant women and should only be used during a pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus. Women should have a negative pregnancy test before beginning treatment with AMITIZA and need to practice effective birth control measures. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated with AMITIZA, talk to your healthcare provider to evaluate the risks to the fetus. • Some patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea or diarrhea. If nausea occurs, take AMITIZA with food. If your nausea or diarrhea becomes severe, tell your healthcare provider. • Within an hour of taking AMITIZA, a sensation of chest tightness and shortness of breath may occur. These symptoms usually go away within three hours, but may recur with repeated use. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms. • The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily, pink capsules for IBS-C are nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These are not all the side effects associated with AMITIZA.

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Please see Brief Summary on adjacent page. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Initial U.S. Approval: 2006 BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION – Please see package insert for full prescribing information. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Amitiza ® is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Amitiza is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥ 18 years old. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Amitiza should be taken twice daily orally with food and water. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation 24 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation 8 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Amitiza is available as an oval, gelatin capsule containing 8 mcg or 24 mcg of lubiprostone. • 8-mcg capsules are pink and are printed with “SPI” on one side • 24-mcg capsules are orange and are printed with “SPI” on one side CONTRAINDICATIONS Amitiza is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Pregnancy The safety of Amitiza in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone has been shown to have the potential to cause fetal loss. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test prior to beginning therapy with Amitiza and should be capable of complying with effective contraceptive measures. See Use in Specific Populations (8.1). Nausea Patients taking Amitiza may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with Amitiza may reduce symptoms of nausea. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Diarrhea Amitiza should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to inform their physician if severe diarrhea occurs. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Dyspnea In clinical trials conducted to study Amitiza in treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and IBS-C there were reports of dyspnea. This was reported at 2.5% of the treated chronic idiopathic constipation population and at 0.4% in the treated IBS-C population. Although not classified as serious adverse events, some patients discontinued treatment on study because of this event. There have been postmarketing reports of dyspnea when using Amitiza 24 mcg. Most have not been characterized as serious adverse events, but some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea. These events have usually been described as a sensation of chest tightness and difficulty taking in a breath, and generally have an acute onset within 30–60 minutes after taking the first dose. They generally resolve within a few hours after taking the dose, but recurrence has been frequently reported with subsequent doses. Bowel Obstruction In patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction, the treating physician should perform a thorough evaluation to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating therapy with Amitiza. ADVERSE REACTIONS Clinical Studies Experience Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza in 1175 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (29 at 24 mcg once daily, 1113 at 24 mcg twice daily, and 33 at 24 mcg three times daily) over 3- or 4-week, 6-month, and 12-month treatment periods; and from 316 patients receiving placebo over short-term exposure (≤ 4 weeks). The total population (N = 1491) had a mean age of 49.7 (range 19–86) years; was 87.1% female; 84.8% Caucasian, 8.5% African American, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and 15.5% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 1 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. In addition, corresponding adverse reaction incidence rates in patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg once daily is shown. Table 1: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) Placebo System/Adverse Reaction1

Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension Flatulence Vomiting Loose stools Abdominal discomfort2 Dyspepsia Dry mouth Stomach discomfort Nervous system disorders Headache Dizziness General disorders and site administration conditions Edema Fatigue Chest discomfort/pain Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Dyspnea

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Nausea: Approximately 29% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of nausea; 4% of patients had severe nausea while 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to nausea. The rate of nausea associated with Amitiza (any dosage) was substantially lower among male (7%) and elderly patients (18%). Further analysis of the safety data revealed that long-term exposure to Amitiza does not appear to place patients at an elevated risk for experiencing nausea. The incidence of nausea increased in a dose-dependent manner with the lowest overall incidence for nausea reported at the 24 mcg once daily dosage (17%). In open-labeled, long-term studies, patients were allowed to adjust the dosage of Amitiza down to 24 mcg once daily from 24 mcg twice daily if experiencing nausea. Nausea decreased when Amitiza was administered with food. No patients in the clinical studies were hospitalized due to nausea. CE-0000456793

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Diarrhea: Approximately 12% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of diarrhea; 2% of patients had severe diarrhea while 2% of patients discontinued treatment due to diarrhea. Electrolytes: No serious adverse reactions of electrolyte imbalance were reported in clinical studies, and no clinically significant changes were seen in serum electrolyte levels in patients receiving Amitiza. Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably or definitely related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: fecal incontinence, muscle cramp, defecation urgency, frequent bowel movements, hyperhidrosis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, intestinal functional disorder, anxiety, cold sweat, constipation, cough, dysgeusia, eructation, influenza, joint swelling, myalgia, pain, syncope, tremor, decreased appetite. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in 1011 patients with IBS-C for up to 12 months and from 435 patients receiving placebo twice daily for up to 16 weeks. The total population (N = 1267) had a mean age of 46.5 (range 18–85) years; was 91.6% female; 77.5% Caucasian, 12.9% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Asian; and 8.0% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 2 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. Table 2: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (IBS-C Studies)

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Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly or probably related, as assessed by the investigator). Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: dyspepsia, loose stools, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, edema, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased aspartate aminotransferase, constipation, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspnea, erythema, gastritis, increased weight, palpitations, urinary tract infection, anorexia, anxiety, depression, fecal incontinence, fibromyalgia, hard feces, lethargy, rectal hemorrhage, pollakiuria. One open-labeled, long-term clinical study was conducted in patients with IBS-C receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily. This study comprised 476 intent-to-treat patients (mean age 47.5 [range 21– 82] years; 93.5% female; 79.2% Caucasian, 11.6% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian; 7.8% ≥ 65 years of age) who were treated for an additional 36 weeks following an initial 12–16-week, double-blinded treatment period. The adverse reactions that were reported during this study were similar to those observed in the two double-blinded, controlled studies. Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Amitiza 24 mcg for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Voluntary reports of adverse reactions occurring with the use of Amitiza include the following: syncope, allergic-type reactions (including rash, swelling, and throat tightness), malaise, increased heart rate, muscle cramps or muscle spasms, rash, and asthenia. DRUG INTERACTIONS Based upon the results of in vitro human microsome studies, there is low likelihood of drug–drug interactions. In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicate that cytochrome P450 isoenzymes are not involved in the metabolism of lubiprostone. Further in vitro studies indicate microsomal carbonyl reductase may be involved in the extensive biotransformation of lubiprostone to the metabolite M3 (See Pharmacokinetics [12.3].). Additionally, in vitro studies in human liver microsomes demonstrate that lubiprostone does not inhibit cytochrome P450 isoforms 3A4, 2D6, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2E1, and in vitro studies of primary cultures of human hepatocytes show no induction of cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A2, 2B6, 2C9, and 3A4 by lubiprostone. No drug–drug interaction studies have been performed. Based on the available information, no protein binding–mediated drug interactions of clinical significance are anticipated. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Pregnancy Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1).] Teratology studies with lubiprostone have been conducted in rats at oral doses up to 2000 mcg/kg/day (approximately 332 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area), and in rabbits at oral doses of up to 100 mcg/kg/day (approximately 33 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area). Lubiprostone was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone caused fetal loss at repeated doses of 10 and 25 mcg/kg/day (approximately 2 and 6 times the highest recommended human dose, respectively, based on body surface area) administered on days 40 to 53 of gestation. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. However, during clinical testing of Amitiza, six women became pregnant. Per protocol, Amitiza was discontinued upon pregnancy detection. Four of the six women delivered healthy babies. The fifth woman was monitored for 1 month following discontinuation of study drug, at which time the pregnancy was progressing as expected; the patient was subsequently lost to follow-up. The sixth pregnancy was electively terminated. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking the drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether lubiprostone is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from lubiprostone, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been studied. Geriatric Use Chronic Idiopathic Constipation The efficacy of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation was consistent with the efficacy in the overall study population. Of the total number of constipated patients treated in the dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term studies of Amitiza, 15.5% were ≥ 65 years of age, and 4.2% were ≥ 75 years of age. Elderly patients taking Amitiza (any dosage) experienced a lower incidence rate of associated nausea compared to the overall study population taking Amitiza (18% vs. 29%, respectively). Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation The safety profile of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation (8.0% were ≥ 65 years of age and 1.8% were ≥ 75 years of age) was consistent with the safety profile in the overall study population. Clinical studies of Amitiza did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Renal Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have renal impairment. 1

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Hepatic Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have hepatic impairment. OVERDOSAGE There have been two confirmed reports of overdosage with Amitiza. The first report involved a 3-year-old child who accidentally ingested 7 or 8 capsules of 24 mcg of Amitiza and fully recovered. The second report was a study patient who self-administered a total of 96 mcg of Amitiza per day for 8 days. The patient experienced no adverse reactions during this time. Additionally, in a Phase 1 cardiac repolarization study, 38 of 51 patients given a single oral dose of 144 mcg of Amitiza (6 times the highest recommended dose) experienced an adverse event that was at least possibly related to the study drug. Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of these patients included the following: nausea (45%), diarrhea (35%), vomiting (27%), dizziness (14%), headache (12%), abdominal pain (8%), flushing/hot flash (8%), retching (8%), dyspnea (4%), pallor (4%), stomach discomfort (4%), anorexia (2%), asthenia (2%), chest discomfort (2%), dry mouth (2%), hyperhidrosis (2%), and syncope (2%). PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION Dosing Instructions Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Marketed by: Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814 and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Deerfield, IL 60015 Amitiza® is a registered trademark of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMT0509-R1/brf L-LUB-0509-8


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