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Veterans receive service medals
By John Seney
Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received service medals in a ceremony May 11 at the offices of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. FULL STORY, B1
Sr. Mary George of Mercy dies
“Sister Mary George, from the early days, was the face of Mercy Clermont. Her tenacity and genuine love for the people of our area Boklage made Mercy Clermont a success from day one,” said Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud. FULL STORY, A2
Car damages Miami Twp. house
Miami Township Police investigated a crash that occurred at 3 a.m. Sunday, May 15, when a man drove his car through the garage portion of a residence after allegedly leaving an underage drinking party. FULL STORY, A2
Alicia Bock’s first-grade class at Pattison Elementary School in Milford had a surprise visitor via Skype. Chaplain Jess Abbott is deployed to Iraq with the 310th ESC, Indianapolis. His granddaughter, Abigail Abbott, is a student in the class and wanted to show the kids how she talks with her Grandpa while he is away. FULL STORY, A6
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MILFORD - City council members May 12 selected Jeff Wright as the new city manager. Wright, who is assistant administrator for Miami Township, previously worked as assistant city manager for Milford. He also served as assistant city manager for Loveland between the Milford and Miami Township positions. He replaces Loretta Rokey, who left as city manager in April to take a job with the village of Glendale.
Milford Assistant City Manager Pam Holbrook has been serving as acting city manager since Rokey left. Wright will be paid an annual Wright salary of $96,000. His last day with Miami Township is June 9. He will begin working for Milford Monday, June 13. City Solicitor Mike Minniear will swear in Wright June 13 so he can begin work. He will have
another, formal swearing in ceremony at the Tuesday, June 21, regular council meeting. “We are very fortunate we were able to come to an agreement with Jeff Wright,” Mayor Ralph Vilardo Jr. said. “We look forward to him serving the city as he did before.” Wright said he had a great 18 months working for Miami Township and was not looking to leave that position. “It is important for the larger community of Miami Township and Milford to continue to work together,” he said. “I appreciate this opportunity,”
Wright said. “I have heard positive things about Mrs. Holbrook and the other department heads.” “This is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Milford,” Council Member Amy Brewer told Wright. “We are lucky to have you.” “I am very excited about Jeff Wright coming to the city of Milford,” council member Jeff Lykins said. “That’s why I worked so hard to recruit him.” “We wanted to make sure to get someone to lead the city into the future,” Lykins said. “Jeff Wright is an an outstanding young man, a perfect fit with the team we have to move forward.”
Harlem Wizards to play here May 20 By Mary Dannemiller firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent Bob Farrell has faced several difficult decisions in his time with the Milford Exempted Village School District, but his recent decision to play basketball against the Harlem Wizards was easy. “They’re just going to make fun of us, but that’s it’s for a good cause so I’m OK with that,” Farrell said. “I saw the Harlem Wizards when I was a child so I know they’re just going to torture us and tease us. I can guarantee on the Wizards side you’ll see some good basketball and on our side, you’ll get some good laughs.” Farrell will join Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo, Milford Human Resources Director Tim Ackermann, Milford High School Principal Mark Lutz, Milford Junior High School Principal Kelli Ellison and more teachers and principals in a game against the Wizards Friday, May 20, at Milford High School. The event is sponsored by the Boyd E. Smith Elementary PTO and started as a fundraiser for the school, but quickly grew to a district-wide event, said PTO President Cyndee Seals. “We were looking for something different because in the past we’ve done door-to-door sales and a couple of walk-at-thons, but we were looking for something that would be an event for our students,” she said. “I sent off for the information about the Wizards and liked the idea, but it became more of an event for the entire district and the community.” The Harlem Wizards will perform a twohour show complete with alley-oops, slam
dunks and other tricks as part of their 50th anniversary Basketball and Beyond Tour, Seals said. “This is a fun family night,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun because it’s not just a game you go sit and watch. There’s audience participation so you may get pulled on the floor during the half-time comedy routine. It’s something that’s very unique and a fun thing to do on a Friday.” Mulberry Elementary Principal Gary Schulte, who is retiring at the end of this school year, will coach the celebrity team, Seals said. Students and parents should expect to see the district’s principals, teachers and administrators being silly with the Wizards, Lutz said. “It should be a night of fun since it’s a chance for them to see the high school principal and the elementary principals in a way they haven’t seen us, which is in a silly and fun atmosphere,” Lutz said. Farrell said he hopes students are drawn to the show so they can see their teachers and principals get teased by the Harlem Wizards. “They like to see that their teachers can laugh and joke and be teased,” he said. “They think it’s funny and it shows our human side.” Proceeds from the event will go to the Boyd E. Smith Elementary PTO’s technology fund, Seals said. Discount tickets can be purchased online for a $1.25 convenience fee at harlemwizards.com or at the school, 1052 Jer-Les Drive, she said. Advanced tickets cost $8 for students and $10 for general admission, but cost $10 for students the night of the game and $12 for general admission.
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Get your palate ready for Frontier Days By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com
With Frontier Days just around the corner, it’s about time to get your taste buds ready to help a variety of local groups. Not only will the festival have the usual fare, event-goers will be able to enjoy pizza to help the Milford Swim Team, corn for the Partners in Education, kettle corn for the Christian Ministry Campus,
Texas Roadhouse ribs for Boy Scout Troop 128, food from the Tye Wilson Foundation booth and a classic Kiwanis-style chicken dinner for Boy Scout Troop 244. Troop 244 Committee Chairman Johnny Evans said they wanted to take on the chicken dinner for two reasons: To bring back a Milford favorite with the Kiwanis original recipe and to raise money for troop adventure trips.
“This is our fourth dinner as a troop, but it will be the first time we’ve done it at Frontier Days. The Kiwanis used to do the chicken dinner … and they loaned us their recipe for the chicken and we’ll be using my grandmother’s recipe for the coleslaw,” Evans said. The troop, which is out of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, also will host their annual dinner the second Sunday in September at the church.
The Frontier Days chicken dinner starts at noon Sunday, June 5, and goes until they’re out of food. The cost is $8 for an adult meal or $6 for a child’s meal. The meal includes chicken, homemade Saratoga chips, homemade coleslaw, dessert and a drink. The dinner will be at the American Legion Post 450 picnic shelter at 450 Victor Stier Drive.
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Mercy Clermont’s longtime leader dies By Kellie Geist-May
Sister Mary George Boklage, a driving force behind Mercy Hospital Clermont, died Thursday, May 12. She was 87. “Sister Mary George, from the early days, was the face of Mercy Clermont. Her tenacity and genuine love for the people of our area made Mercy Clermont a success from day one,” said Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud. “The reason Mercy Clermont is listed among the top 100 hospitals in the nation is because Sister Mary
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Sister Mary George Boklage started working with the Clermont County Hospital Commission in 1971 until she was appointed as the Mercy Hospital Clermont administrator when the facility opened in 1973. George’s vision and dogged dedication.” Boklage started working with the Clermont County Hospital Commission in 1971 until she was appointed as the Mercy Hospital Clermont administrator when the facility opened in 1973. “The Clermont County area will always be grateful to Sister Mary George for not only what she did, but
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who she was. She was definitely and angel among us,” Proud said. Boklage was born in 1924, grew up in Louisville and joined the Sisters of Mercy religious community in 1941. After completing the nursing education program at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Boklage obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Our Lady of Cincinnati College in 1953 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing Service Administration from the Catholic University of American in 1959. She served at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Mariemont until 1962 when she moved to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Owensboro, Ky. She worked at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Tennessee until 1971, when she returned to Cincinnati to be the assistant administrator of the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and, later, to lead Mercy Hospital Clermont. Boklage retired as Clermont Mercy Hospital’s CEO in 1995. “Back in the days when most CEOs were male, she was on top of her game,” said Phil Dever, who worked in human resources
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with Boklage from 1979 to 1992. “She was a very strong, knowledgeable person,” he said. Proud said Boklage’s commitment to the hospital and to Clermont County has made a “huge difference” to Clermont County. “If people are looking to put down roots or open a business, a high quality hospital is a huge attraction … Mercy Clermont plays a vital role in the every day life of Clermont County. They’re not just running a quality hospital, they’re involved in the community,” he said. Proud recommended people take the time to read Boklage’s book, “Out of the Cornfields: A 25 Year History of Clermont Mercy Hospital.” While leading Mercy Hospital Clermont from 1973 to 1995, Sister Mary George helped the hospital stay ahead of the growth in Clermont County, according to information provided by Pete Gimmer, spokesperson for Mercy Health Partners. She oversaw the expansion of patient rooms, the emergency department and the behavioral health department, as well as the addition of new services and physician specialties. She also participated in the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new medical office building and atrium, which were added in 2006. Today, Mercy Hospital Clermont is an award-winning, nationally-recognized hospital that is twice the size it was when it opened in 1973. Sister Mary George Boklage’s funeral was Monday, May 16, at St. Clare Church followed by the burial.
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Miami Township Police investigated a crash that occurred at 3 a.m. Sunday, May 15, after a man drove his car through the garage portion of a residence after leaving an underage drinking party. The driver was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired, said Police Chief Steve Bailey. No one was hurt in the crash, but the home at 774 Bramblewood Drive suffered extensive damage. A vehicle owned by the homeowner that was parked in the driveway also was damaged. Police wrote a ticket to 19-year-old Sterling Bourne, 459 Vista Glen Ave., Cincinnati, with operating a vehicle while impaired. Witnesses stated Bourne had consumed at least 10 beers and had brought a bottle of liquor to
This house at 774 Bramblewood Drive in Miami Township was damaged when a car crashed into the garage Sunday, May 15. the party, Bailey said. Police followed up on the crash by citing the host of the party for providing a place for underage consumption of alcohol. The party host, 18-year oldAndré Altaly, 6265 Hollow Wood Circle, Loveland, was cited under the keg law for allegedly allowing the alcohol consumption.
“We’re representing two good organizations, the Kiwanis and the Boy Scouts, so we hope people will come by and support us,” Evans said. If you’re looking for something on the exciting side, you may want to put your name in for the Padrino Spaghetti Eating Contest, which will be at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in front of the Frontier Days main stage near the American Legion. “We just wanted to have a fun event that would let people know there’s a restaurant in Milford named Padrino,” said Hunter Thomas, part-owner of Padrino. “This will be our third contest, but it will be the first time it’s down on the grounds.” The contest previously was at the restaurant, 111 Main St. Unlike last year, this year’s contest will not include professional eaters. The challenge is to eat as many one-pound plates of spaghetti as you can in 10 minutes. Thomas said they are looking for about 10 competitors and a few alternates.
To sign up, stop by the restaurant or call 9650100. If you’re not feeling the actual contest, Padrino has a daily food challenge to eat four pounds of spaghetti with meatballs and bread, Hunter said. In addition to the nonprofit organizations hosting food booths, Big Poppa Slim’s Cafe on Main will have pulled pork sandwiches; Waffle World will have hot waffle ice cream sandwiches; Midwest Best Sauces and Rubs will have smoked sausage and chopped chicken; and Wagner Concessions will have fried bologna sandwiches, ham and soup beans and roasted sweet potatoes. There also will be festival hamburgers and funnel cakes and China Rainbow will bring Asian cuisine. Frontier Days will kick off with the parade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2. The festivities will continue from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 3; from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 4; and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. For more information, visit www.frontierdaysmilford.com.
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Suicide vigil helps families honor, remember loved ones By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com
As New Richmond resident Jayne Wessel waits for the fifth anniversary of her son’s death, she’s going to take some time to honor, remember and celebrate his life. Jayne and her husband, Mike, lost their son Aaron to suicide in June 2006. “He was just a couple months shy of his 21st birthday. He was going to school in Cleveland and had just been home that weekend … He was sitting with us at the kitchen table Sunday and we were making plans for vacation,” she said. “There were no apparent indicators that he was suffering from depression or was suicidal. It was a total shock to all of us.” The Wessels will be attending Lives Remembered, Lives Saved: A Candlelight Vigil for Suicide Prevention to light a candle for
Aaron’s life and to be a light for others suffering a loss. The vigil is at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The event is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Wessels were speakers at organization’s first vigil last year. “It’s a very emotional event. You can come, not know anyone there, but be joined with them. Maybe you want to come and talk about your loss or maybe you just want to take in the events of the evening – either way, it’s important to see that you’re not alone,” Wessel said. Debra Clancy, co-chair of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Board of Directors, said it’s also important for suicide survivors to be able to come together for a shared cause. “The vigil is a safe place for people to come together,
share their stories and honor their loved ones. We all know what everyone is going through because we’ve all lost someone to suicide,” Clancy said. “When you can share those stories, it’s like huge weight has been lifted. You don’t have to be ashamed – there’s no reason to be ashamed – it’s OK.” Jayne Wessel said the vigil is also a chance for her to help others. “It has helped us to reach out to others and give back. I can meet someone for the first time and think, ‘Oh my gosh, that was me however many months or years ago’ and reach out to them. You can do more than survive the death of your loved one. You can live again,” she said. For more information about the vigil or the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention visit www.afsp. org/cincinnati or check them out on Facebook.
Student competes in speech contest Sean Spurlock of Miami Township advanced to the state finals in the American Legion High School National Oratorical Program's Constitutional Speech Contest in Columbus. He won the opportunity to represent Ohio in the national competition. Spurlock began this competition at the local American Legion post, and then continued to the district and regional levels where he competed against students
from Turpin and St. Xavier high schools. Having won those challenges, Spurlock advanced to the state level March 20. He delivered an original 10-minute speech on the U.S. Constitution and prepared a four-minute explanatory speech for each of the following Constitutional Amendments: 8th, 10th, 26th, and 27th. The judges chose that day which of the amendments Spurlock would address.
Spurlock is a senior at Miami Valley Christian Academy in Newtown and plans to attend King's College in the fall to major in economics and political science. Spurlock also is an active member in the Miami Township Tea Party movement.
The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, with the help of the Clermont County courts and local police departments, put together a Crisis Intervention Training, which was held Monday, May 2, through Wednesday, May 4. Twenty police officers from Clermont County graduated from the training and are now recognized as certified crisis intervention officers.
20 police officers complete Crisis Intervention Training By Kellie Geist-May firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, with the help of the Clermont County court system and local police departments, put together the county’s first Crisis Intervention Training Monday, May 2, through Wednesday, May 4. Twenty police officers representing seven departments completed the training, which teacher Lee Ann Watson said would give them the tools to deal with a mental health crisis in the field. A $223,000 Department of Justice grant was used to pay for the training and implementation of a mobile crisis team. The grant is
titled the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Integrated Response Collaborative Project. Additional departments are planning to take part in classes this fall, Watson said. The first CIT graduating class includes: • Chris Baarlaer, Paul Kamphaus, Jeff Sellars, Chris Stratton and William Vaught of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department. • Mike Szpak of the Loveland Police Department. • James Taylor of the
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Ball oversaw growth of Boys & Girls Clubs By John Seney email@example.com
During her last week as executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont County, some of the club members presented Nancy Ball with a going-away gift. “It was a book full of letters from each one of them,” she said. “I will treasure it for the rest of my life.” Ball left the job in April to take on a new assignment as regional service director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national organization. She calls her time in Clermont County as “the best job I ever had. ” “It gave me the chance to get to know the kids,” she said. “It was an
incredibly enriching experience.” She worked for the Clermont clubs 12 years, the last 10 as executive director. Under her leadership, the organization experienced tremendous growth. When she started, there were only two employees, including her, and a single club in New Richmond. There were less than 200 members, and the organization had an annual budget of $100,000. Today, there are three clubs in the county – New Richmond, West Clermont and Felicity. A fourth club is on the way – a teen center at a renovated movie theater in New Richmond. Club membership is now more than 1,000, with more than 4,000 young people served through out-
reach programs. There are now 17 staff members and a budget of $1.1 million. Ball said the growth came, “thanks to a wonderful board of directors.” Thomas Wildey, one of the directors, said Ball had a lot to do with that growth. “When we started in New Richmond, we had a vision to grow into every community in Clermont County,” he said. “Nancy was the perfect person for that job.” “She’s one of those visionary people,” Wildey said. “She was always thinking outside the box.” Wildey said Ball was important to fund raising by being able to network. “She was someone visible to the movers and shakers of the commu-
nity,” he said. “She’s truly going to be missed.” Ball said her biggest accomplishment was being able to make a difference in the lives of young people. In the letters the members gave her for a going-away present, “many of them said how important it was to have somebody to talk to.” “The Boys & Girls Clubs is the primary place they get support,” she said. Ball said Jill Cochran, the director of operations, will be acting director of the Clermont clubs until the board selects a new executive director. She said she is sad to leave the Clermont job, but excited about her new assignment. “It’s an opportunity to move my
career to the next level and share the things I learned the hard way as execu- Ball tive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” she said. In her new job with the national organization, her regional home office is in Chicago and the clubs she oversees are in West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri. Because the job requires traveling in the three-state region, she will continue to live in the Cincinnati area. “It makes sense to travel from here,” she said. Before going to work for the Boys & Girls Club, Ball worked for another non-profit organization – the Girl Scouts – and owned her own software business for a while.
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not replaced because of budget restraints. “This at least gets us back on the road to where we were,” he said. Rodenberg said the grant application was due by the end of May. The county will find out in the fall if the grant is approved. The sheriff said the commissioners can always reject the grant in the fall if they decide not to make the commitment for the local match. If the county receives the grant the deputies would be hired after Jan. 1, 2012. Chief Deputy Rick Combs said the county would have to buy some equipment for the deputies, but no new
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commissioners May 11 the grant is being offered through the U.S. Department of Justice COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program. The program would pay for hiring four entry-level deputies for three years. There is no local match required for the first year, but after that the county must pick up the difference between the entry-level pay rate and the pay rates for second- and third-year deputies. After the three-year period, the county is required to keep the deputies for one more year, paying 100 percent of their salaries.
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impacts the integrity of the justice system. About 2,100 individuals have outstanding warrants and have been recited. Of those, about 1,000 have more than one recite and 140 have more than five. Brothers said most recites are for post-dispositional issues, meaning the individuals have already had their trials, but did not complete the requirements of their sentences. He said officials have begun establishing a priority list of individuals wanted on warrant recites. The highest priority will be for people who did not appear for arraignment and have four or more recites. When 32 new beds open at the Clermont County Jail
this summer, individuals high on the priority list will be taken to jail rather than recited, Brothers said. Commissioners in March agreed to a plan by Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg to reopen the “Super Max” maximum security section of the jail. The plan would restore 32 jail beds that were lost over the past several years because of budget cuts. About 15 to 20 of the new jail beds will be set aside for the warrant recites. Brothers said the process will be tested with a smaller priority list before the new jail beds actually open. Commissioner Archie Wilson asked if there would be any effort to encourage people with old warrants to turn themselves in.
patrol cars would be needed right away. Rodenberg Administrator David Spinney asked Combs to find out how much any other costs would be to hire the deputies. Combs said the new deputies would be used to increase patrols. “I need to build up uniform forces, so we can put deputies in the neighborhoods,” he said. The commissioners voted to authorize the sheriff to apply for the grant. “We 100 percent support you,” Commissioner Bob Proud said.
Doug Brothers, assistant to the county administrator, told the county commissioners April 20 that when police stop an individual wanted on a warrant, the person often is issued a citation or notice for another court hearing because no space is available in the jail. Wilson said there might be someone who was recited on a warrant 10 years ago, but now has kids and a job. “If he reads about a roundup, he might turn himself in,” he said. Brothers said county officials plan to publicize the process before putting it into operation. “We believe people will respond to publicity,” he said.
County wants firm loan repayment agreements By Kellie Geist-May firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clermont County commissioners are looking to solidify when interdepartmental advances are repaid. The county commissioners are waiting for about $1.9 million in advancements to be repaid from other county departments and affiliates. Of those advances, some are for reimbursable grants and others are like loans. For example, the commissioners loaned the Clermont County Law Library about $62,000 to be repaid “upon receipt of revenues sufficient to cover repayment,” the report about advances shows. County Administrator Dave Spinney said that is to be repaid by the end of the year, but
there’s not a specific written agreement. Other revenue advances have been made to Fleet, the Clermont Transportation Connection and Planning and Development. The commissioners said they are looking for more than a handshake on future advances. “For the most part, a gentleman’s agreement has been enough, but that’s not always the case,” Commissioner Bob Proud said. Commissioner Archie Wilson said he would like to see not only a written and signed agreement, but also a schedule of advancement reimbursement payments like you might have for a bank loan. This may not always apply to reimbursable grants, he said, because they are generally
repaid when the grant money comes in. Spinney said departments who receive advances do designate when they expect to pay that money back, but it’s not a binding agreement. “We want to work with everyone, but we want to have a written agreement,” Wilson said. “If I’m going to loan money to someone, I want to know when they are going to pay me back. Even if they aren’t going to pay me back, I still want to know.” “I think that’s what we need to do if we’re going to be in the loan business,” he said. Spinney agreed the administration would work with departments to set up loan repayments in the future.
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Clermont Co., global economy should be positive in 2012 By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com
CLERMONT COUNTY With rising gas prices, disasters in Japan and military conflicts around the world, people are worried about the economy. But economist Brian Beaulieu, who spoke at the 2011 Clermont Chamber of Commerce Economist Forecast Breakfast Thursday, April 28, said things are looking up for the next couple of years. “Growth is going to slow a little in 2011, but 2012 is going to be a good year,” he said. “In fact, 2012 will be a surprise to most people because of its strength.” “Businesses who aren’t ready will be left behind,” Beaulieu said. When times are tough, it’s easy to be conservative, but Beaulieu said companies should take this opportunity to be aggressive.
“The pain of 2008 and 2009 is still very real and, because we’re feeling that pain, we’re not making changes or being aggressive,” he said. “We need to be aggressive about the future, not conservative because we’re worried about the past.” Beaulieu, the CEO of the Institute of Trend Research and the chief economist for Vistage International and TEC, advised companies to invest in employee training and equipment now to prepare for growth next year. When it comes to the general public concerns about the economy, Beaulieu said many of the most-talked-about factors won’t be a big problem. Beaulieu said Japan’s state should not have a significant impact on the global economy because the country is mostly a supplier instead of a buyer. Those goods should be
available, albeit maybe more expensive, from other countries. “Japan won’t be enough to turn the global economy upside down,” he said. “Although it might create a temporary increase in prices.” Gas prices also shouldn’t be a factor in economic recovery – unless prices reach $120 a barrel for more than three consecutive months, said Beaulieu. “When ordinary consumers have to make a choice, the economy takes a downturn,” he said. While the picture is optimistic for 2011 and 2012, the second half of 2013 and 2014 are cause for concern. At that point, the country’s deficit, unemployment rates, weakening currency and inflation will become an issue, Beaulieu said. That recession, he said, will be on par with the economic dip in the early
CLERMONT COUNTY – The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is hosting a public meeting to describe the major findings and recommendations of the draft Clermont County Water Quality Management Plan and to get feedback from citizens. The meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Union Township Civic Center. For more information, call 621-6300, ext. 104.
GOSHEN TWP. – A lowcost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Goshen United Methodist Church, 6710 Goshen Road. The clinic is sponsored by the Clermont County General Health District in partnership with Family Animal Hospital of Batavia. The clinic will be held rain or shine. Shots cost $5 each and must be paid in cash. All dogs and cats must be on a leash or contained in a carrier. A three-year vaccination will be given to animals that have proper documenta-
tion of current vaccination status. All others will receive a one-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient documentation to administer a three-year vaccination. For details, call the Clermont County General Health District at 732-7499.
impact. Pre-registration and payment of $15 per attendee is required. Space is limited. You can register at www.clermontchamber.com. Call 576-5000 or visit www.clermontchamber.com.
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MILFORD – Members of Milford Lodge No. 54 in Milford will host an All-You-CanEat Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Masonic Temple, 32 Water St. Also included is an extensive salad bar, bread, dessert, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The cost is: Adults $6 and children $3. Everyone is invited to attend. You do not have to be a Mason to enjoy dinner.
MILFORD – officials have scheduled the weekend of May 20 for the spring city-wide yard sales in conjunction with the “Great U.S. 50 Yard Sales.” During this weekend, Milford residents can host a yard sale at their home without paying a permit fee. Before participating in the citywide yard sale, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind: • Sale hours may be scheduled 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Signs cannot be placed within the city’s right-of-way or on utility poles. • Signs may be placed on private property with the permission of the property owner. • All signs must be removed 24 hours after the sale ends. Call the city at 831-4192.
BATAVIA TWP. – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative Network is hosting a tour of the Clermont County Airport from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, starting at the Hawk Building, 4160 Taylor Road in Batavia Township. The program includes lunch provided by Fischer Homes, tour and information abut the airport’s economic
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year are some short-term, mid-term and long-term actions and strategies to help (business owners) manage their business risks.” Van Sant said he was happy with this year’s presentation and the way the business owners participated in the discussion. “We were very pleased,” he said. “These are the companies that will lead our community in job creation and investment over the next one, three and five years.”
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hand you’re dealt.” Chamber President and CEO Matt Van Sant said the annual economic forecast program is put together to help local companies and business owners make decisions for the future. “Part of the mission of the chamber is to safeguard the collective interest of the business community and this particular event is to change the way companies look at the world and the way they participate in the economy,” he said. “One of the big takeaways each
1990s. To prepare, companies should be investing in people and equipment and individuals should look at buying and renting property, purchasing high-grade commercial bonds, converting American dollars into foreign currency and investing in agricultural markets like soy, wheat and sugar. “It won’t be severe enough that we can’t find a way to manage through,” he said. “The next five years are whatever you want them to be … you make the best with the
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MILFORD – The Milford Amateur Radio Club will hold their 21st annual Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Eastside Christian Church in Miami Township, 5874 Montclair Blvd. This is the old Milford Cinema off Ohio 28. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. Tailgating outside is $1 regardless of the spaces needed. Inside tables are $5 and requires an admission ticket. For more information, call Jim WB8RRR at 513831-6255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Commercial vendors are invited. Hourly door prizes will be given out along with a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. VE exams will begin at 9 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring identification.
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Wellness policy would ban food from Milford classrooms
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The Milford board of education is considering a new wellness policy that would ban food from classrooms, whether it’s cupcakes a parent brought in for a child’s birthday or a piece of candy used to reward a student who correctly answered a question. If passed, the policy states “there will be no food served in the classroom at anytime with the exception of the school-sponsored breakfast program, snacks for an individual student brought from home by that student each day, or specified on a student’s Individual Education Plan.” It does not affect after-school clubs and other activities. The district must pass a wellness policy with rules in accordance with Senate Bill 210, which has an emphasis on physical activity during the school day and requires schools to offer food which meet nutritional guidelines. The food ban in the classroom was added to the policy by district officials in an effort to protect students with severe food allergies, said Superintendent Bob Farrell. “The primary goal is to ensure student safety because of the great increase of food allergies at all levels,” he said. “The secondary goal is to reinforce those nutritional standards that are in Senate Bill 210. If we truly believe kids should be eating healthy, nutritional food we should show it through what we offer the kids.” Human Resources Director Tim Ackermann said the student handbooks currently dictate that
any food brought in the classroom should be pre-packaged with ingredients listed on the side, but not everyone follows that rule. “We ask they bring it in with the label so we can make sure it doesn’t have any of the ingredients that can potentially harm one of our students,” he said. “I don’t know of any instances of students ingesting things they shouldn’t have, but mistakes do happen where foods are brought into an area where they shouldn’t be.” Though teachers would not be allowed to pass out any type of food item under the new policy, principal-sponsored parties such as Student of the Month parties would still be allowed, Farrell said. The policy was sent out to teachers prior to its first reading at the Thursday, April 28, board meeting, and several have reached out to both the superintendent and members with concerns. “The concerns I’ve heard is teachers who use food in their lessons,” Farrell said. “For example, in the foreign language classes you give them food as an example of their culture or use food in math manipulations or in a science class about the different senses. Teachers also use food as incentive or rewards and right now, the recommendation is that would be eliminated.” However, Farrell said he is planning to meet with teachers and parents in the next few weeks to discuss their feelings about the policy and any suggestions they might have to revise it. The policy needs to be adopted by July 1.
“It’s not a fight,” he said. “We’re listening to people to see if we can meet the goals we have and it could be a different policy we bring forth after our discussion. We want to meet our goals and meet the concerns of parents and teachers.” Milford board of education member Debbie Marques said the policy was written by the district’s administration with input from principals and administrators, but that teachers should have a voice, too. “I’d really like to get the teachers’ input on this and the parents’ input on it,” she said. “I honestly am very torn because I can see both sides of the issue. I want to keep our kids safe and healthy, but being a parent I also feel like I don’t want the district to go too far in what we do.” Board member Andrea Brady also said she will need more time to think about the policy before casting a vote either for or against it, but that can empathize with both the district’s stance and the teachers. “It’s fun to be able to bring stuff in for parties and a child’s birthday, but I think there are other ways to celebrate that don’t involve food,” she said. “I’ve gathered a lot of interesting feedback on both sides of the issue and once we have more data, I think we’ll be able to make a better decision.” The next Milford board of education meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Milford Junior High School, 5735 WolfpenPleasant Hill Road.
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Abigail Abbott watches her Grandfather Jess Abbott via Skype as he talks to her first-grade class at Pattison Elementary.
Skyping links students, deployed soldiers Alicia Bock’s first-grade class at Pattison Elementary School in Milford had a surprise visit via Skype. Chaplain (LTC) Jess Abbott is deployed to Iraq with the 310th ESC, Indianapolis. His granddaughter, Abigail Abbott, is a student in the class and wanted to show the kids how she talks with her Grandpa while he is away. Bock told the kids shortly before the surprise visit and they
prepared questions for Mr. Abbott to ask him about Iraq. The students also had flags and waved them to say thank you. They found out about the weather, what kind of cars people drive in Iraq, and learned about the kids there. Mr. Abbott talked about an Iraqi Kids Day soldiers helped with and how the children loved playing basketball, getting their faces painted and playing with a water hose.
St. Louis student competes at State Science Day
Zach Arnold, a seventh-grader at St. Louis Elementary School in Owensville, earned a Superior rating at the State Science Day competition May 7 in Columbus. His project involved the training of worms.
Zach Arnold, a seventh-grader at St. Louis School in Owensville earned a Superior rating at the State Science Day competition in Columbus. Arnold earned a 37 out of a possible 40 points for his zoology project, Training Worms, which was based on Ivan Pavlov’s theory of conditioning animals to respond to a stimuli. Judges looked for projects that embodied the scientific method and investigated original topics creatively, as well as for students who could communicate their findings in a compelling way. State Science Day was May 7 at French Field House and St. John Arena at the Ohio State University. In all, 1,200 students representing 299 schools from 66 Ohio counties were at the annual science contest.
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Mrs. Alecia Bock’s first-grade class at Pattison Elementary received a surprise Skype visit with Chaplain (LTC) Jess Abbott who is deployed to the Joint Base Balad in Iraq.
The Clermont Northeastern FFA visited the kindergarten classes at Seipelt Elementary in Milford April 8 for a program called Ag Day. Kindergarten teacher and former CNE FFA member Christa Borchers, FFA instructor David Jelley and FFA members talked with the students about the care of farm animals including horses, feeder calves, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats. The students asked many questions about the farm animals and the FFA members shared their experiences. The FFA students involved were Maria Hill, Kylie Sumner, Amanda Burdsall, Tyler Berkshire, Katlyn Crooker, Emily Ansteatt, Cody Haddix, Emily Bowles, Patrick Cornett, Catie Morrison, Erin Applegate and Raelyn Reynolds.
Students at McCormick Elementary School recently ventured outside for a math class. They compared the growth of spring plants using maps, timelines and graphs. They hypothesized why flowers bloom earlier in two of the school’s gardens. From left are, Grace Troutner, Madison King, Robert Curry, Nathan Ulery, Drew Schweinefus and Lilly Copp.
The week at Milford
• The Milford baseball team shut out Kings 12-0 in six innings, May 7. Milford’s Keston Vonderhaar was 3-4 with a double and two RBI. The Oak Hills baseball team beat Milford 10-3, May 7. Oak Hills Jay Schunk was 2-4 with a homerun, a double and four RBI. On May 9, Milford beat Kings 4-3 in eight innings. Milford’s Ted Litzler was 3-4 with a triple. On May 10, Milford beat Withrow 18-5 in five innings in sectionals, advancing them to play Fairfield on May 12. Milford’s J.C. Crowell was 3-4 with a double, four runs and three RBI. On May 11, Milford beat Anderson 7-3. Milford’s Zach Cook was 3-3 with three RBI. On May 12, Milford beat Fairfield 3-2. Milford’s Keston Vonderhaar was 1-3 with a double and two RBI. • The Milford softball team shut out Anderson 10-0, then 12-0 in 10 total innings in a double-header, May 7. Brittany Norman scored a homerun and was 2-3 for Milford in the first game. In game two, Sarah Alley threw 11 strikeouts, and Hillary Woodall was 2-3 with a double and a triple. On May 9, Milford lost 2-1 in eight innings to Kings. On May 11, Milford beat Anderson 10-0 in five innings in sectionals, advancing them to play the winner of Oak Hills vs. Ursuline on May 16. Alley threw nine strikeouts for Milford, and Kahla Simmons collected two RBI and scored a homerun. • The Indian Hill boys lacrosse team beat Milford 16-8, May 9. Milford’s Ciambro, McClanahan and Harrington scored two goals each; and Lockwood and McCloud scored one goal each. Butler made 11 saves for Milford. • In girls lacrosse, McAuley beat Milford 14-13 in overtime, May 10. Milford’s Shiplett and Moberg scored four goals each, and McLoud made 22 saves. Cincinnati Country Day beat Milford 1613, May 11. Milford’s Phillips scored four goals, and Jones made 12 saves. • The boys track team took first place with a score of 57 in the FAVC East Championships, May 11. Milford’s Ryan Golden won the long jump at 21 feet, 3 inches, and Logan Chaffin won the shot put.
The week at CNE
• The Glen Este baseball team beat Clermont Northeastern 6-5, May 7. Tanner Sanders collected two RBI for CNE. On May 9, Clermont Northeastern beat Batavia 169. CNE’s Hunter Voshell was 3-4, hit a double, scored a homerun and had three RBI. On May 12, Clermont Northeastern beat Bethel-Tate 8-1. Tanner Sanders tossed 11 strikeouts, and Ryan Mummert was 4-4 with three RBI, a double and a homerun. • Clermont Northeastern lost 3-2 to Norwood in boys tennis, May 9. CNE’s Poe beat Cole 6-4, 6-4; Teller and Woermann beat Cromer and Tran 6-1, 6-1. • In softball, Clermont Northeastern beat Mariemont 12-0 in five innings in sectionals on May 12, advancing them to play Batavia on May 16. CNE’s Emily Anderson threw 15 strikeouts, and McKena Miller was 3-3 with a double and three RBI.
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Milford, CNE baseball looks to continue postseason success By Nick Dudukovich firstname.lastname@example.org
OWENSVILLE – Clermont Northeastern High School, the reigning Southern Buckeye Conference American League baseball champions, couldn't have picked a better time for the postseason to start. The Rockets (14-8, 7-3) had won four of their last five games heading into their opening-round playoff game against Bethel-Tate, May 12. Behind Tanner Sanders’ (6-0) 11 strikeouts, the Rockets coasted to an 8-1 victory over Bethel, and will play Roger Bacon for a sectional title at Fairfield High School, May 19. Rockets head coach Mike Kirk believed the Rockets’ bats were its strongest asset down the stretch. During the Bethel game, his words proved correct. Ryan Mummert went 44 with a home run and three RBI, while Aaron Wright (2-4), Zach Myers (2-3) and Sanders (two RBI) also had big days at
the plate. As the Rockets prepare for Roger Bacon, Kirk made no bones about his club’s postseason goal. “We would love to capture a sectional title,” he said. “We have not had one in who knows how long.”
The Eagles will play for sectional title against Kings at Western Hills High School, May 19. Milford's success this season stems from the effort of Milford’s top hurlers. “We got good outings from our pitching staff in the tourney to give ourselves a chance to make a run,” head coach Tom Kilgore said. Starting pitcher Frank Sullivan picked up his fourth win of the year in a 3-2 win over Fairfield in second-round play, May 11. Throughout the season, pitchers such as Nick Hittner (3-1, 2.80 ERA), Lou Bruck (3-2, 3.99 ERA) and Austin Walker (three saves) have been instrumental to
CNE’s Zach Myers fields a grounder during the Rockets’ 8-1 victory over BethelTate, May 12.
Clermont Northeastern pitcher Tanner Sanders struck out 11 Bethel-Tate batters to guide the Rockets to an 8-1 postseason victory, May 12. Milford’s success, according to Kilgore. At the plate, Connor Ferguson (.462, 17 RBI), J.C. Crowell (.347, 20 RBI) and Ryan Houser (.352 16 RBI) have provided the offensive sparks. While Milford’s pitching and hitting have been impressive, Kilgore thinks good defense will be the key to Milford’s postseason hopes. “Our problem area all season is playing solid defense,” he said. “When we have been ‘just good,’
on defense, we have been able to get wins.”
The Warriors season ended with a 4-1 loss to Wyoming, May 10. Despite the early exit, head coach Mark Reed believes his squad started playing as a team, rather than as individuals down the stretch. The fact that the Warriors won three of their four final games heading into the playoffs helped prove
Reeds’ point. At the plate the Warriors featured several strong hitters, led by Derek Koch, who hit .557 with two home runs and 24 RBI. He also led the pitching staff with three wins and a 2.85 ERA. Roenick Whitney (.441, 14 RBI) and Matt Taulbee (.431, 11 RBI) also provided sparks to the Goshen lineup throughout the spring. For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com/blogs/prespreps
Milford, CNE aces have softball squads in the hunt By Nick Dudukovich email@example.com
MILFORD – Led by the arm of pitching sensation Sarah Alley, the Milford High School softball team squared off against Ursuline Academy for a sectional championship May 18 (after Community Press deadline). E-Gals head coach Christy Gregory was impressed with how her team ended the season, especially since late-April rain brought havoc to the team’s schedule. “Our team continued to fight through this every difficult spring due to Mother
Milford's Shannon Boys camps out under a fly ball during the E-Gals' 10-0 sectional-tournament win over Anderson, May 11. NICK DUDUKOVICH/STAFF
Clermont Northeastern's Emily Anderson fires a strike against Amelia during the Lady Rockets’ 5-0 win, May 5. With the win, CNE moved to 14-4 on the season. Heading into the contest, Anderson had 13 wins, to go along with a 187 strikeouts and a 0.80 ERA.
The week at Goshen
• The New Richmond baseball team beat Goshen 13-10 in eight innings, May 9. Goshen’s Derek Koch was 4-4 and had three RBI. On May 10, Wyoming beat Goshen 41 in the Division II Sectionals. Goshen’s Steve Morris hit a double. On May 11, Goshen lost 17-7 in five innings.
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Milford’s Kahla Simmons takes a swing during the E-Gals’ 10-0 tournament win over Anderson, May 11.
Nature,” Gregory said. “We never got the chance to put any type of streaks together.” Gregory pointed to Milford’s pitching as a reason why the Eagles were able to amass a 21-5 record heading into the Ursuline contest. Alley led Milford with a 20-5 record on the spring. She struck out 218 batters and posted a 0.72 ERA in 155 innings pitched.
At the plate Kahla Simmons (.316, 19 RBI) and Kara Atwell (.290 16 RBI) gave Milford an offensive boost. Despite several strong individual efforts, Gregory said the highlight of Milford’s season was that the E-Gals played as a team, and that on any given night, any one of the girls could step up to help lead Milford to victory.
The Lady Rockets (16-4) battled Batavia for a sectional championship, May 16 (after press time). Entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Division III sectional, the Rockets made quick work out of Mariemont in their opening round game with a 12-0 win. With the win, CNE hurler Emily Anderson picked up her 16th win of the season. She also struck out 15 batters to raise her season total to 222. McKena Miller also came up big against Mariemont, and went 3-3 with a double
and three RBI. On the year, Miller leads CNE with a .571 average. Run producers for the Rockets this year include Cydney Hill (.411, 23 RBI) and Chelsae Osborn (.410, 17 RBI).
The No. 8 seeded Warriors (2-8, 1-6) scored a 104 win over Taylor, May 12, and advanced to the sectional finals against No. 1 Mercy, which was played May 17 (after deadline). For more coverage visit Cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps
Sports & recreation
May 18, 2011
Time to vote for Sportsman of the Year May 20 Friday, May 20, is the time to start voting for the third-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. Go online to cincinnati. com/preps and look for the red and blue Sportsman icon on the right hand side of the page. You may need to scroll down. Once you click on the icon, you will see a photo
gallery of last year’s winners and links for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 ballots in Ohio that are attached to specific Community Press newspapers, such as the Milford-Miami Advertiser and Community Journal North Clermont. Eligible schools are listed below the newspaper name. The ballots will be online
during the day Friday, May 20, and will run until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Voters will need a cincinnati.com user account to cast a final ballot. (It will not be necessary to make one to nominate an athlete.) Sign up in advance of the voting period using the link at the top, left-hand corner of cincinnati.com. Contact Jordan Kellogg at firstname.lastname@example.org om for assistance to get your account set up. For all other questions on the Sportsman of the Year, contact Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@ communitypress.com.
MHS alum wraps up college career Katie Klein, a Milford High School graduate, concluded her time at Heidelberg University and with the women’s soccer program at the 158th commencement ceremony May 15. Klein spent the last four years studying athletic training, while providing leadership with the resurging women’s soccer team. On the soccer field Klein was a four-year letter winner and found a spot in the starting line up on defense as a freshman in 2007. She helped to guide the Berg to the OAC Tournament as a junior and in her final cam-
paign Heidelberg finished with a record of 9-8-2 and just missed the postseason. As an athletic training major Klein balanced being a student and an athlete with tremendous poise. She earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in her final three seasons. In 2009 she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Women’s Scholar All-East Region Team and earned a spot on the Academic All-Ohio Third Team in 2010. Klein will continue her education in the fall at Logan College of Chiroprac-
tic in Chesterfield, Mo. On April 29 at the Heidelberg Student Awards Assembly, Klein was awarded the Sayger Award, given to one male and female student-athlete who is the most likely to succeed. The award is voted on by the athletic department at Heidelberg. Prior to Heidelberg, Klein attended Milford High School where she was a two-year letter winner on the soccer field. She earned the Comeback Player of the Year Award and was a member of Milford’s district championship team in 2006.
Let it rip
Goshen High School senior Austin Arnold went 118-6 in the discus to place fourth at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Invitational, May 4. Overall, Goshen placed second out of eight teams.
Goshen High School senior Kenny Eickenhorst recorded a mark of 5-08 in the high jump to earn third place at the CHCA Invitational, May 4.
Goshen High School freshman Ian Martell took first place in the pole vault competition with a mark of 11 feet during the CHCA Invitational, May 4.
BRIEFLY Update on Jefferson
Clermont Northeastern High School graduate Mike
Jefferson was drafted in the 46th round of the 2010 draft, but did not sign. Instead, the former Cler-
mont standout returned to Louisiana Tech University. The junior southpaw hasn’t slowed since returning to
school, and earned Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the week honors for April 18. Through that date, Jefferson had not allowed a run in his last 19.1 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .176 batting average during that stretch. The 6-foot-4 Jefferson is 4-3 on the season with a 3.25 ERA. Opponents are batting .242 off the lefty. He has 55 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched and was
named the seventh-best draft-eligible prospect in the WAC by Perfect Game USA. Jefferson was an honorroll student and lettered four years at CNE.
The week at McNicholas
• The McNicholas softball team beat Indian Hill 13-3 in five innings, May 7. Hannah Schoolfield was 3-3 with two doubles and two RBI, while
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Thanks to trooper
April 10, my car broke down at 6:45 p.m. while driving east up Ohio 131. The hill is steep and the car quit about half way up. There isn’t too much room to pull off in that area, just before the I-275 overpass. I had not been there five minutes and was on the phone calling my wife to bring me some gasoline when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled up behind me with his lights flashing. The officer asked what was wrong and when I told him he said he would stay with me until we got it out of harm’s way. Trooper Christopher Krantz, from the Batavia Post, was very friendly and stayed while I put the gasoline in the car and determined that was not the problem. I called AAA and Krantz stayed the whole time and conversed with myself, my wife and developmentally disabled daughter. It was a treat for my daughter as she loves police, firefighters and anyone in uniform. Krantz stayed until the AAA wrecker arrived. If Krantz is any indication of
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, Ohio should be proud. Thanks for being so friendly and helpful. Robert Dollenmeyer Milford
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What do you think of the way the administration has handled the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, including the conflicting stoies about the mission, and the decision not to release photos? “I believe President Obama is doing it the right way with media control. We have enough speculations and second guessing by the media on military missions, which of course is broadcasted for anyone to see.” O.H.R. “The issue of photos is something that occurs regularly in civil litigation in our courts. The courts ask a basic question when considering whether to admit photos into evidence. Will the photos really add anything to the process of proving something? If someone is dead, what will a photograph add? “Usually a death certificate is sufficient. Testimony under oath by witnesses is an acceptable alternative. I am one of those that believe that releasing the photos adds nothing to the information already released by the government. If someone is suspicious of the government, a photo is probably not going to change that opinion. “It is unfortunate that we have a segment of the population that wants to discredit the government at every opportunity. It has long ago been established that people believe what they desire. Since they desire to discredit the government they form an opinion that conforms to that desire. “Irrationality is too pervasive in society. Just another display of ignorance in action. It is part of the anti-intellectual attitude held by mostly uneducated folks in our society. If someone is not like them they condemn them. Uneducated and ignorant condemn the educated. “My intellect tells me that we do not need photos of a dead person to prove they were killed. If you need the photos you will probably conclude that they were altered or faked if they are released.” J.S.D. “This is one of those situations in which no matter what you do, you are not going to please everyone.
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What do you remember of your high school graduation? Should the U.S. continue to give tax breaks to oil companies? Why or why not? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to clermont@community press.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. “The truth is that bin Laden was consummately evil, and no punishment could have been enough for what he did. “Pakistan might be understandably upset that we invaded their borders to do this, but that is the price that has to be paid. “I haven’t trusted the leadership of that country for a long time, and I don’t really think that the Islamic population has any love for the U.S. “It is hard to believe that this monster could have lived in that compound for five years without someone getting wise to it; if they did know, then they are complicit in protecting him. “As to conflicting stories, our intelligence community has a tough job of balancing the need to tell the public as much as possible, without compromising our security. “As to the photos, yes, a part of me would like to see that satanic face with holes in it, but I understand that you can’t always satisfy curiosity; it serves no purpose. “I’m not a fan of the Obama administration, but I’m glad they got this job done.” B.B. “I think it is a shame that the media concentrates on trivialities instead of the over-arching issues of what our policy towards the Middle East countries ought to be, and how we ought to go about getting it. “We need to recognize that our oil addiction is driving us to insanity. Whenever that point is raised someone points out how little of our oil comes from there, but U.S. oil consumption drives world oil demand. “China is catching up, but only because they have six times as many people as we do. They still use very little oil per person. “A strong climate solution could solve our Middle East oil dependence.” N.F.
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Everyone should have a security system Thefts from homes and businesses are a regular occurrence and are not restricted to any particular community based on demographics or level of police protection. The only constant is that almost all thefts from homes and businesses occur where the victims do not have security alarm systems. Those who employ security systems rarely experience anything beyond an attempt to breach a door or window where the alarm is tripped and the perpetrator flees the scene empty handed. Why then doesn’t everyone have a security system in their home or business? Perhaps it’s because of a false sense of security that comes with living in a lowcrime neighborhood. Maybe it’s because of a belief that alarm systems are too expensive. Whatever the reason, the choice not to install an alarm makes a home or business an easy target for those looking to steal something they can turn into quick cash. Those who commit home and business invasions are becoming
more emboldened every day. It’s also becoming more common to see news reports where thieves are encountering homeowners inside the home Sgt. Al Fatute surprising both Community parties and in cases resultPress guest some ing in a violent columnist encounter. Much of this newfound boldness is driven by drug addiction where the addict’s need to turn some quick cash to feed their addiction. The simple truth is that the police can’t be everywhere all the time and the criminal has the advantage of picking the time and place to commit their crime. As a result, the police become reactionary; investigating the crime in an attempt to locate stolen personal valuables such as jewelry, electronics, medication or cash after the offender is gone. Many times the loss is much greater than the cost of a simple security system.
Most of us spend more on coffee or soft drinks than the average monthly fee for alarm monitoring and some companies will install a basic system at no cost if you sign a monitoring agreement for a couple of years. In addition, most insurance companies will give you a discount on your homeowner’s policy if you have a security system. We’ve all taken steps to warn our children about the hazards of talking to strangers, to make sure they wear their seat belts and the dangers of using illegal drugs. Many of us even invest in cell phones for our children thereby providing the comfort of knowing that they can call us if they find themselves in some sort of trouble. Yet when we are most vulnerable, asleep in our beds, we trust a pane of glass or a simple door lock to keep us secure in our homes. Don’t be fooled by a false sense of security or the belief that it will never happen to you. Play it safe by investing in an alarm system that will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Sgt. Al Fatute is a member of the Miami Township Police Department.
May is Mental Health Month Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed with all the things going on in your life? Have you noticed that when you feel stressed, you can also feel anxious and irritable and have physical symptoms such as a headache or backache? Mental and physical health are closely connected, and one impacts the other. Mental health is essential to the overall health and well-being of every person. But, what exactly is the relationship between these components of health, and what are the components of a healthy body, healthy mind? The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease … ” Mental health can be defined as the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with life’s stressors and all the ups and downs you face. One health model suggests looking at the balance between mental and physical health when assessing
well-being, including increasing activity in one area to offset an over-emphasis in another. For example, someone who is working long Lee Ann hours at the office, Watson expending much energy, Community mental and possibly headPress guest ing towards columnist burnout, may be advised to incorporate more physical exercise and relaxation into his/her lifestyle to bring the wellness system back into balance. What can you do to take care of your mental health and create mental wellness? Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns is the first step to achieving mental wellness. Be aware of your body’s cues regarding your stress level. Are you having difficul-
ty sleeping at night? Are you irritable or having difficulty concentrating? It may seem simple, but take time to relax and do something you enjoy, whether it’s gardening, reading a good book, or doing a fun activity with your family/friends. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, keep active, drink alcohol sensibly, keep in touch with your friends and family (that social wellness piece), prioritize what is really important to you (family, friends, health), and ask for help when you need it. The Clermont County Crisis Hotline has mental health professionals available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 528-SAVE for free and confidential assistance. Lee Ann Watson, Ph.D. is the associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, which funds the Clermont County Crisis Hotline and other community-based behavioral health services in Clermont County. For more information, contact www.ccmhrb.org.
National Day of Prayer celebrated The 60th annual National Day of Prayer was held Thursday, May 6, across our nation. Here in Clermont County, Christians prayed for our country, our county, our community and our children, America’s next generation. After days of rain and talk of building an ark, the Lord showered us with warm sunshine and blue skies Thursday, May 5, at noon in downtown Batavia. As the Stars and Stripes waved in the wind, patriotic music echoed from the steps of the county court house. Soloists included John Hale, the Eve Moody family and Jennifer Thomas. Commissioner Bob Proud greeted those who had gathered to pray for the nation. With an emphasis on America’s leaders, Gertrud Whitaker, representing U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, did a Bible reading while Pastor Mark Otten, Clear Mountain Community Church, lead the prayer. Those military on active duty, their families and vets came forward to be recognized on the steps. Carolyn Maupin, mother of Matt Maupin, had the Bible read-
ing while Pastor Gus Lavin, Laurel-Spring Grove M e t h o d i s t Church, had prayer for them and all military around the world. Other elected Libbie officials who did Bennett Bible readings Judge Community included James Shriver and Press guest Sheriff A.J. “Tim” columnist Rodenberg, with Lt. Roy Short representing all fire and EMS personnel in the county. Prayer for our “hometown heroes” was lead by Pastor Chris Jones, Orchard Baptist Church. Pastor John Martin of Eastgate Community Church, a retired elementary school principal, invited all children with their parents to come forward. His wife, Lynn, also a retired teacher, reminded parents to “train up their children in the ways of the Lord.” As Pastor John lead the prayer, we were reminded that these are
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America’s future. The noon prayer service concluded with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps as each one recalled the sacrifice of “all gave some and some gave all” so we have freedom to meet and pray in public parks, church pews, the state house or the county court house. The county task force would like to thank Tim Rudd, honorary chair of the pastors brunch, Pastor Dale Campfield of Eastgate Community Church, his dedicated volunteers, Dee Deaton, Carol and Howard Bunch, who prepared a bountiful brunch for pastors and their special guests, the county’s elected officials. Also a special note of appreciation goes to Pastor John Martin, prayer walk coordinator; George and Cathy Vandergriff, bible reading coordinators; and Vickie Hale, adopt-a-leader chair. May we never forget to pray for America 365 days a year. God bless America – America, bless God. Libbie Bennett chairs the National Day of Prayer County Task Force.
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Kirchen to open boutique in Milford By Kellie Geist-May
Amy Kirchen has always had an eye for fashion. The 26-year-old spent her days at Williamsburg High School sketching and painting. In 2007 and 2008, the self-taught fashion designer started creating dresses. After launching her first “Amy Kirchen” line in 2010, she knew she would spend her life designing clothes. “At that point, I had custom clients flocking to my door,” she said. “What sets me apart is that I can create a garment tailored to your personality. Designs should be as unique as the women who are wearing them.” Kirchen will open her own boutique in historic downtown Milford Tuesday, May 24. The shop, at 205 Main St., will feature Kirchen’s own line as well as a variety of other handpicked designer lines and a custom studio space. Although the fabrics are from places like London and New York and the lines are sold in Los Angeles and Chicago, Kirchen wants people to know her boutique is affordable. “You’re not spending an arm and a leg on fashionable garments. It’s guilt-free shopping – guilt-free fashion,” she said. Kirchen’s boutique also only carries a few of each piece to keep the outfits unique. Fox 19 reporter Sara Celi is one of Kirchen’s custom clients. After seeing Kirchen’s dresses at the 2010 Cincinnati Fashion Week and Cincy Chic’s Red, Pink and Blue event, Celi wanted to give the local designer a try. Kirchen cur-
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After years arguing cases for both the defense and the prosecution in front of judges, Richard Ferenc is on the other side of the bench. Ferenc has been a Clermont County Common Pleas Court judge since January and has more than 30 years experience as an assistant prosecutor, private practice attorney and public defender. “I want to use that experience to really try and make some type of positive impact on how justice is administered here in the county and certainly to impact the criminal defendants,” he said. “That’s an enjoyable feature of this job. It’s intellectually challenging and that’s exciting as well.” The judge not only works in the county, but has called Clermont County home since 1961 and is a graduate of Glen Este High School. “This is home,” he said. “My wife grew up here and I have great roots here, a lot of family ties and a lot of friends. It’s a good place to
Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Richard Ferenc has been on the bench since January. live and it’s a great place to practice law.” And the judge’s affection for Clermont County doesn’t end with his family, friends or law community, he also recently donated several boxes of three-ring binders to Batavia Local Schools. “When I got in, I wanted to take stock of everything for my cases, including the evidence room,” he said. “We found there were some notebooks stored there that
weren’t evidence so I sent them down one of the elementary schools. My wife was a school teacher so I know how much teachers need.” R. Daniel Hannon, director of the Clermont County Public Defender Office, has known Ferenc for several years and has worked with him as a public defender and against him on Clermont County’s first death penalty case, when Ferenc
was an assistant prosecutor. “I think his extensive court room experience makes him well-suited to be a judge,” he said. “He understands the trepidation that attorneys and litigants have in appearing in the court room and because of that, he has a strong foundation to work from.” Hannon also said Ferenc’s time as a public defender gives the new judge an unique perspective on defendants. “You get two things from working as a public defender,” Hannon said. “You get some empathy for the defendant, but you also get a healthy dose of cynicism. He’s not going to buy in to every cockamamie story that comes down the pike.” Though he’s early into his term, Ferenc said he hopes to establish a reputation as a judge who is respectful and makes thorough, careful decisions. “I think any judge would like to be known as someone who listens fully to all sides of the issue,” he said. “You want everyone to walk out of the court room knowing they’ve gotten a fair consideration.”
Veterans receive medals By John Seney
BATAVIA - Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received service medals in a ceremony May 11 at the offices of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. “Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for our freedom,” Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud told the medal recipients. Terry Dennis of Batavia, holding back tears, accepted the medals of behalf of her husband, James Dennis, who died earlier this year. She said her husband was a surveyor in the Army during the Vietnam War. “He was proud of his country. He was proud he served,” she said. When her husband died in February he was buried at a military cemetery in Kentucky. “It was a wonderful service,” she said. The medals given to Dennis were the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Donald Bates of Pierce Township served in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines as a point man for his patrol. Bates received the Bronze Star Medal for bravery and valor in capturing enemy forces during a night
Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received medals during a ceremony May 11 at the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission offices. From left are John Slye of Nicholsville, Donald Bates of Pierce Township, Marvin Belkin of Blue Ash and Terry Dennis of Batavia, the widow of James Dennis. patrol. He was supposed to receive his award from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, but the ceremony never took place. Years later, he made inquiries about the medal and he finally received it. “It came in the mail,” he said. He said the ceremony at the Veterans’ Service Commission was much better than getting the medal in the mail. Other medals he received were the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with One Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with One Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal for Japan, Honorable Service Label Button and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar. John Slye of Nicholsville served in Europe with the
Army during World War II. During a battle in January 1945, his squad was ambushed by Germans. “I knew they were killing my friends,” he said. “Every man in my squad was killed or wounded except me.” “Just get me back,” he remembers praying at one point. He won the Bronze Star Medal for helping repel enemy forces during the battle. Other medals he received were the European-AfricanMiddle Eastern Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button and Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar. Marvin Belkin of Blue Ash served with the Army Air Corps during World War II.
A bomber he was flying in was shot down during the war and he was held in a prison camp. “It’s hard for him to talk about it,” his wife, Maida Belkin, said of his experiences. “I’m proud of him.” After the war, Belkin helped start the Israeli Air Force, his wife said. Medals he received were the Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Bombardier Wings, Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar and Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you,” said Dan Bare, executive director of the Veterans’ Service Commission, told the medal recipients.
May 18, 2011
THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, M A Y 1 9
ART EXHIBITS Charley Harper Art Show, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Art exhibit and sale featuring works by the late artist. Free. Presented by Row House Gallery. 831-7230; www.rowhouse.com. Loveland. 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.
Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m., Rplace, 23 Swan Lane, $5. 310-5600; www.zumbawithrobin.webs.com. Amelia. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Free weekday child care available. Family friendly. $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township. Zumba Dance Fitness Exercise Party, 7-8 p.m., Milford Preschool, 1039 Ohio 28, All experience levels welcome. Ages 10 and up. $5. Presented by The Zumba Experience. 875-2463; thezumbaexperience.webs.com. Milford.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Free. Speaker: Greg Roberts presents “Clermont County Postcards.” The new “Historic Clermont” book will be available for purchase. Presented by Clermont County Historical Society. 7538672; clermonthistoric.org. Batavia.
Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.
FOOD & DRINK
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.
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.
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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.
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Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 0
Charley Harper Art Show, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 831-7230; www.rowhouse.com. Loveland.
Crop Out Cancer, 6 p.m.-midnight, Goshen Community Center, Francis Fagin Way and Wood Street, Goshen Community Center. Scrapbooking crop. Six hours of scrapbooking, dinner, drinks, snacks, one door prize ticket and a goodie bag. Benefits Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Relay for Life. $10. Registration required. Presented by Team Davis - Relay for Life. 335-6511. Goshen.
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.
Ladies’ Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Entertainment and High Tea luncheon. Fashion show courtesy of T.J. Maxx. Jewelry, beauty, hobby and home products vendors. Appropriate for women ages 12 and up. Benefits A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. Presented by A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center. 300-3565. Union Township.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Paranormal Activities Research Group, 57 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, 177 S. Riverside Drive, Meet paranormal investigative team which serves your community, ask questions of members and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Paranormal Activities Research Group. 239-7274. Batavia.
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.
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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.
MUSIC - POP
Harry Perry, 9 a.m.-noon, Melodie’s Coffee Cafe, 8944 Columbia Road, “The Traveling Piano Man” plays requests and favorites. Free. 697-1330; www.melodiescoffeecafe.com. Loveland.
All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township. Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Annual Armed Forces Night. All Military in Uniform or with I.D. are free. Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-444-6215; www.molerracewaypark.com. Williamsburg. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 1
Sporty’s Fly-In, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport, 2001 Sportys Drive, Industry exhibits, educational seminars, tours and more. Free. Presented by Eastern Cincinnati Aviation. 735-9500; www.sportys.com/flyin. Batavia Township.
Mayfest Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Music by Acoustic Edge. Includes snacks. $10. 732-9035. Batavia.
Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.
HOME & GARDEN
Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to make your own hypertufa containers. $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township.
Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:304:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 248-0324; www.milfordhistory.net. Milford. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections. Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.
“Drawing the Line: the Art of Comics, Illustration, Animation,” will be on exhibit in the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont College through Monday, May 23. It features professional artists, students, and friends and colleagues of curator Kim R. Taylor, former artist at “The Simpsons.” Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; and closed Sunday. The exhibit is free. Location is 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. Destination CycleSafe, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Riders and non-riders welcome. Motorcycle stunt show with Brian BuBash. Miami Township Police Motor Unit demonstrates precision riding. Family friendly. Free. Presented by ABATE of Ohio Inc.. 460-4661. Owensville.
Clermont County Master Gardeners Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Variety of perennials, annuals, ground covers and shrubs. Gardening items, tools, books and magazines for sale. Benefits community projects created and maintained by volunteer master gardeners. Presented by Clermont County Master Gardeners. 607-2302. Owensville. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 2
Charley Harper Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 831-7230; www.rowhouse.com. Loveland.
Union Township Summer Concerts, 8 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheatre behind center. Music by DV8. Bring seating. Free. 752-1741. Union Township.
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. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.
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Birding at Grailville, 8-11 a.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Ann Oliver and John Robinson lead rambling walk to listen for and spot birds during their spring migration. $15. Reservations required. 683-2340; www.grailville.org. Loveland.
Birds of Prey, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, M A Y 2 3
All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township.
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.
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EXERCISE CLASSES Zumba Dance Fitness Exercise Party, 7-8 p.m., Milford Preschool, $5. 875-2463; thezumbaexperience.webs.com. Milford. FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Signature Series: Chateau Montelena. “Come taste of the winery that started it all!” $80. Paired with food. Reservations required. 831-2749; e-mail Clay@20brix.com; www.20brix.com. Milford.
HOME & GARDEN
Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township. Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.
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. W E D N E S D A Y, M A Y 2 5
Luncheon Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Panel discussion on running a successful business. Registration required by May 20. $30, $25 WIFS members. Presented by Women in Insurance and Financial Services. 588-4994; www.wifscinci.com. Loveland.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
Word Stone Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Put your favorite word in stone for all the world to see. $25. 683-1581; www.lovelandgreenhouse.com. Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own miniworld/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.
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. 528-1744. Union Township.
MUSIC - ACOUSTIC
Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Rong Tan’s Bistro & Lounge, 606 Ohio Pike, 752-1907. Withamsville.
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. 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
Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.
LITERARY - CRAFTS PROVIDED
Jazz and bluegrass come together on stage as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band blend the sounds of Appalachia and New Orleans in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are $22.50, $32.50, $42.50 and $52.50. Call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.
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.
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The Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden present “Back to the Zoo,” a free, family-friendly concert at the zoo’s Wings of Wonder Theater, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Opera, memories from zoo days, and encounters with animals, will follow a reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 6 p.m. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Call 513-241-2742. Pictured are singers John Christopher Adams, Megan Dewald, Nathan Stark, and accompanist Carol Walker, joined onstage by a llama and its handler.
May 18, 2011
Can good people occasionally become angry at God? (Jeremiah 20:7) Many of the Old Testament psalms are known as Lament Psalms, prayers of complaint registered against God. They show that people, in touch with their humanness, and to whom God was real, felt free to express their frustration to God. Praying such psalms can give us words we hesitate using on our own. Where else can we be totally human if not before the One who made us humans? We certainly can feel free to pray our anger, conflicts, and frustrations that question divine fairness until we’ve emptied them out and sent them echoing through the universe. Then, as Job did or as we often do in our human relationships, we begin to see things differently. We forgive original impressions, recant, see things anew and accept – until the next time. Being open with God is conducive to letting God be open with us. It permits us to
deliberately caused s o m e painful incident in their lives. Anger is a human emotion. Father Lou It’s as norGuntzelman mal as conPerspectives tentment, loneliness, sexuality or satisfaction for a job well done. Anger arises from the perception (right or wrong) that someone has disrespected us. Are we allowed to shake our fist at God without fearing repercussions? Certainly. The Bible abounds with such examples. Some prophets became angry at God and said so. A prophet, the stature of Jeremiah, once rebuked God for mistreating him, “You duped me, O God, and I let myself be duped … I have become a laughingstock all day long.
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shake our fist at God on one occasion and break into feelings of thankfulness on another. We appreciate anyone who accepts our true feelings and understands why we feel and think the way we do. We learn to trust such a person. One is only able to express
anger at a Beloved because we feel safe. We realize the one who loves us will neither react with violence, reject us, or erect a wall of distance between us – but still love us. May good people ever become angry with God? Of course. Paradoxically our human struggles with God
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Some pious people say that their faith is so strong they never feel angry at God. If we’re honest with ourselves, however, I think most of us would admit there are times we become angry with God. An old monk claimed “It’s better to be honest than pious.” We become angry at God for many reasons: he seems so silent, so unresponsive when we pour out our hearts, so unrelenting in the misery we perceive he lets go on in our lives and in the world. Anger is one of our greatest blocks to prayer and a maturing spiritual life. When we were children we hid much of our anger toward authorities such as parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Our restraint was possibly for one of two reasons. 1. We were becoming acquainted with the power of our anger and what harsh things we could say or do under its influence. 2. We were also afraid of what these authority figures might do to us if we challenged them with our anger. Parents could discipline or reject us, teachers could administer punishment or poor grades, and coaches could put us off the team or never permit us to play. Thirty, 50 or 70 years later good people may hide their anger at God for variations of the same reasons: fear of receiving divine punishments such as illness, financial loss, loss of love, or “thunderbolts” of displeasure administered to us in some painful way. There are those who stop praying or worshipping because they imagine God
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Time to ‘stalk’ up on tasty rhubarb recipes 1 1⁄ 2 cups sliced strawberries
Our rhubarb has shot up overnight. In fact, some of it is starting to flower, so I went out to the garden this morning and cut as many stalks as I could. When we were kids, I didn’t like rhubarb at all. I guess it was the tanginess of it that made my mouth pucker. Interestingly enough, now I absolutely adore rhubarb. And it’s something that is at its best in season. Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. Rhubarb contains calcium and is good for our skeletal system. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, as well
Preheat oven to 3 5 0 degrees. Rita Combine 2⁄3 Heikenfeld cup cake and Rita’s kitchen mix sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Add nuts and set aside. Put rest of cake mix in bowl, add eggs and sour cream and mix. Fold in rhubarb and berries. Spread into sprayed 9by-13 pan. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 40 to 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Icing (optional) Stir in a couple tablespoons water into 1 cup confectioner’s sugar. If too thick, add a bit more water. Or put 1⁄2 cup cream cheese frosting (purchased) in the microwave for 15 seconds. Drizzle over cake. Serves 12 to 15.
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1 package, 18 oz. approx., yellow cake mix, divided 2 ⁄3 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 3 ⁄4 cup chopped walnuts 2 large eggs 8 oz. sour cream 11⁄2 cups finely chopped fresh rhubarb (substitute frozen if you want, thaw slightly and drain if necessary)
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Freshly cut stalks of rhubarb from Rita’s garden. 4 cups chopped rhubarb 2 cups strawberries, halved 1 ⁄2 cup each: sugar and orange juice Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon (opt.) 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla Put in pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce to simmer, skim off any foam and cook until rhubarb is tender, about 10 minutes. Store in fridge. Makes about 4 cups. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Only the stalks of rhubarb are edible, not the leaves.
Israeli spiced chicken with carrots, cauliflower
Rhubarb berry sauce with ginger
This has now become a family favorite. Once you try it, you’ll see why. The
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The cauliflower and carrots roast alongside the spiced chicken. Then sprinkle on coriander and cumin, making sure all pieces are coated with the mixture. Spray a large, shallow roasting pan, big enough for everything to fit in single layer. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and roast until chicken is done and veggies are cooked, about 40 to 45 minutes. Chicken will be golden brown. Serve with lemon wedge.
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National Day of Prayer celebrated Howdy folks, Last Tuesday evening Ruth Ann and I went up to Panhandle for a Grange meeting, this place is close to West Union. There was a good group there. This was a Grange Pomona meeting. There are two Granges involved in this meeting, Louisville and Jerusalem Granges. These folks are like other folks. There is a lot of sickness among them. These folks are hard workers and very church dedicated. If you need any garden plants, trees, shrubs, garden seeds, mulch, flowers, honey bee supplies, bags of Miracle Grow soil or other items, now that the weather is getting better, the Grants Farm and Greenhouses have plenty of them. They have three locations. The Farm is on Bucktown Road, off U.S. 50 east of
Owensville, one is on Ohio 131 east of Willliams Corner and the third is at the Milford Shopping center on the hill. So stop and see them for your supplies. Last Thursday evening at the Bethel Nazarene Church the National Day of Prayer was held. There was a good crowd. The music was good. The Bethel Community Choir opened the service with the song, “Worth is the Lamb.” The ministerial association conducted the service with each minister praying for a different group of people. The closing music was by the Nazarene Choir. The Bethel community is so fortunate to have the churches join together in services. The ministerial association members do a super job with the needs of the community. Last Saturday Ruth Ann
and I went to Zanesville to the Ohio State Friendly Hills Grange Camp, for a Grange deputies meeting. This meeting was to meet with different officers of the Grange and take pop tabs, used eyeglasses and the baking contest items. These glasses will be checked at Pomroy, Ohio, then taken to the third world countries and given to people in need of glasses. The pop tabs are sold and the money is given to the Deaf Schools of Ohio. They estimated more than 2,000 pounds were turned in. The Granges across the state collect these. The Monroe Junior Grange brings in quite a few. Monroe Grange and the Bethel Lions Club collected 543 pair of used glasses plus donated another 100 pair to the Clermont Northeastern Lions Club to be
sent to Haiti. There is a need for these glasses. One lady that went along to give glasses out said one elderly lady in one country had never seen her grandchildren or the flowers clearly. When she got these glasses she could not believe how clear everything looked. I apologize for not wishing each Mother a Happy Mother’s Day last week. Ruth Ann and I have both lost our Mother and Father as many of you folks have. Have you noticed the new signs by the Bethel school office and bus garage with the World Walker, Steve Newman. The older sign had been up for several years and the U.S. Grant Vocational School made a
new one and it is beautiful. Thanks! The other day we were looking at seeds and I got to wondering about them. A grain of corn planted will produce a stalk and an ear of corn. A bean seed will produce big plants with plenty of beans on it. The same with other plants. Now when you plant, there is an old saying, “one for the rook, one for the crow, one to die, and one to grow.” We hope the garden is drying so folks can plant. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said some folks were fishing in the parking lots and catching lots of stripers and some crappie. The lakes that don’t hold
water back for flood control like George Stonelick, Rooks Cowan and Rocky Fork, Ole the fishing is Fisherman g o o d . Stonelick Lake has no outboard motor. But the other lakes Cowan, has a limit 9.9 horsepower, Rocky Fork, is all right for a bigger motor. 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.
May is Older Americans Month May is Older Americans Month. I’m not sure who determines which month is the official month for what, but the month of May has 79 designations, including National Carrot and Cauliflower Month and National Hamburger Month. Seems like National Picnic Month should be in there, too. But Older Americans Month is different. It is a designation to recognize a special group of people. It is a chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy and local character what they are today. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in healthcare, education, technology and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and
standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in Linda their comEppler munities. O l d e r Community adults also Press guest serve as columnist a d v o c a t e s and volunteers in our communities. They provide a reservoir of knowledge and experience. They’re involved in the lives of their grandchildren, their churches and other community organizations. And they possess a high degree of political savvy. Older Americans step up to help one another as well. In fact, many of our daytime volunteers are senior citizens. They deliver Meals-on-Wheels, grocery shop, visit, make minor home repairs, build wheelchair ramps, work in the office and serve on our
board of trustees. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits. Many seniors remain active in the workforce to help support themselves and their families. Some are raising their grandchildren. They readily learn new technology as well. They email and text their families, book travel arrangements on the Internet, download music, shop online and Photoshop their digital photographs. Healthy, active seniors are the happiest. They are lifelong learners and lifelong givers of themselves. We are blessed by the lives of the senior citizens in our communities. They exemplify grace, generosity and responsibility. Have you hugged a senior citizen today? Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.
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BRIEFS Milford resident Rick Arnest will be honored at this year’s May Festival for his 10 years of service to the May Festival Chorus. Members of the chorus are given a service pin, worn onstage at the May
Festival and recognized in the program as they pass five-year milestones of service. The chorus is a considerable commitment of time and it takes real dedication and talent to be involved with the chorus year after year. In all, 15 singers will be
recognized this year for lengths of service ranging from five years to 40. The May Festival Chorus is the 140-member volunteer chorus that is the core of the May Festival since 1880. The May Festival is America’s oldest choral festival, dating from 1873.
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RELIGION Loveland Presbyterian Church
RIVER OF LIFE Assembly of God 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Ohio 45153 Pastor: Ralph Ollendick Sun. Contemporary Service SS -9:45am, Worship 11:00am Wed.- Informal Biblestudy 7-8pm Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services
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
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
CHURCH OF CHRIST
937 Old State Route 74 (Behind Meijer) 513-753-8223 www.gecc.net
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.
Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship 11am; Sunday Evening Service 6pm;
GOSHEN CHURCH OF GOD
EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Amelia-Olive Branch Road
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
Sunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship and Childcare 10:30 am http://www.emmanuel-umc.com
Contemporary and Traditional live Worship Music and Multimedia
EPISCOPAL ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL
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 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd.
Sunday 10:30am ... Holy Eucharist 10:30am...Sunday School (Lil’ Samaritans) Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115 www.GoodSamaritanEpiscopal.org
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FELICITY Sunday School Sunday Worship Sunday Eve. Childrens Mission Sunday Eve. Adult Discipleship Sunday Eve. Worship Wed. Eve. Adult Bible Study
9:45am 10:45am 6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm
LINDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
3052 ST. RT. 132 AMELIA, OH 45102 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
Morning Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. High Voltage Youth 6 p.m.
4359 E. Bauman Lane | Batavia, OH 45103 Pastor, Troy P. Ervin
Contemporary: 5:00 pm Saturdays and 9:00 am Sundays Traditional: 10:30 am Sundays www.epiphanyumc.org
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 Something for children at each service
A New Life - A New Prospective A New Song Pastor: Michael Fite info: 753-3159 c 3868 M Man Rd., Withamsville, OH 45245 (behind the Water Works car wash) Sunday Worship. 10:00am www.newsongohio.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
Prayer and Fasting Wednesday at 6:00pm
Pastor Mike Smith
5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770 www.faithchurch.net
Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services
Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right
Trinity United Methodist “Encircling People with God’s Love” Traditional Worship.......8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship..................9:30am Sunday School...............................9:30am Nursery Available 5767 Pleasant Hill Rd (next to Milford Jr. High)
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)
Williamsburg United Methodist Church
101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am http://www.princeofpeaceelca.org
Sunday Morning Schedule: 9AM - Worship: Traditional 10AM - Classes & Groups 11AM - Worship: Contemporary Nursery care provided
19 E. Main St., Amelia OH 45102 ‘To become and make disciples of Christ”
You Are Invited! Sunday School ~ 9:30 am Classes for every age group
Worship Service 10:45 a.m.
A Blend of contemporary and traditional styles, with a relevant message for today! Nursery / Children’s Church during 10:45 Worship Service
LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services
Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities
Mary Ruhstaller turned 105 in April. She was born and raised in Covington, Ky., with her younger brother William and has lived and worked in the Greater Cincinnati area her entire life. Ruhstaller worked for a bee company maintaining bee hives and selling honey. She also worked at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital as a bookkeeper, retiring after 40 years. One of her favorite pastimes is watching the Cincinnati Reds baseball games. She likes Pete Rose whose number was the same as her birthday, “14.” Ruhstaller was able to attend a home game in 2009, and was thrilled to visit the new stadium. Ruhstaller has traveled coast to coast, claiming San Francisco as her favorite place to visit. She continues to read the local paper every day and especially enjoys celebrity gossip magazines. Mary moved to SEM Communities in Milford in 1991 and has been a resident of SEM Haven since 2004. She has a great sense of humor and is loved by all
CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1177 West Ohio Pike (SR125)-Phone 752-2525 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am
Bethel Nazarene Church Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor Rev. Cynthia Church, Discipleship Pastor Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Kent Davenport, Youth Pastor SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages) Worship Service Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Discipleship Hour Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible
WEDNESDAY: ‘Bethel Chapel’ Prayer Service Youth Group - Grades 6-12
Amelia/Withamsville - 3mi. East of I-275
Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided www.calvin-pc.org
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 199 Gay Street Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 Phone: 513-724-7985 Sunday School: 9:30A.M.
Worship:10:30A.M.(SupervisedNursery) PRESCHOOL: Tues, Weds, Thurs
WESLYAN MULBERRY WESLEYAN CHURCH
S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Ofﬁce: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail: email@example.com www.bethelnazarenechurch.org
949 SR Bus. 28, Milford 831-3218 Eric George, Pastor Kent Underwood, Minister of Worship & Music
9:30am Sunday School Worship/Children’s Church 10:30am Tuesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Mtg 7:00pm Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7:00pm Friday Young Adult Mtg. 7:30pm “A friendly Church for the Whole Family”
Williams Corner Church of God
The Williams Corner Church of God has begun their Classic Car Cruise-ins every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. These will take place each Saturday through July 9. There will be plenty of food and great oldies music. Those there with old cars will be eligible for door prizes. Admission is free and so is car registration. The church is at 6162 Ohio 132, Goshen; 513-625-6459.
and in the decade has been “hosting” bachelor degree programs such as the nursing program offered here by the College of Nursing. This degree differs because it’s truly a Clermont College degree – created, taught and administered by Clermont College faculty. “The BTAS in Applied Administration is our response to the needs of eastern Cincinnati businesses and organizations for a highly qualified workforce that can adapt to the changing conditions of the 21st century. By leveraging their technical expertise, BTAS graduates will be prepared to assume greater leadership roles in their current organization and their communities,” said Jeff Bauer, professor of management and marketing and chair of the Business, Law and Technology Department. For more information regarding the BTAS, contact Monica Vesprani, 513-5586197, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit: http://www.ucclermont.edu/documents_cms/ Academics/BTAS_FAQs_v0 4final.pdf. This program is offered only on UC’s regional campuses – Clermont College and Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash.
Milford’s Ruhstaller celebrates 105 years
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Pastor: Rev. Duane A. Kemerley
UC Clermont College announces its first homegrown bachelor’s degree – the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) in Applied Administration – beginning in the fall of 2011. The BTAS degree is designed for working adults who want to move into supervisory or administrative positions in a technological field. “It’s a perfect fit for someone who has earned their technical degree here (or elsewhere) and wants to pursue a bachelor degree without leaving the comfort of Clermont College,” said Dean Gregory Sojka. This program is a pathway for people who have work experience and who already hold a technical associate degree – an associate of applied science, associate of applied business or associate of applied technical studies. The BTAS program provides graduating students with an edge in their current positions and will help prepare them for a supervisory position within their company or industry. BTAS classes will be offered at UC Clermont College’s newest location – UC East. For 38 years, UC Clermont College has been offering associate degrees,
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ship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens in grades seven to eight and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525; www.LPCUSA.org.
UC Clermont announces first bachelor’s degree
360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH
MONDAY: Ladies’ Bible Study/Prayer Group
330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176
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Amelia United Methodist Church
212 Prather Rd. Felicity, OH Pastor: Chad Blevins 876-2565
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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
CHURCH OF GOD
Wednesday Eve. Prayer Service & Bible Study, 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
PASTORS: Bill Bowdle -Sr. Pastor Steve Fultz - Assoc. Pastor; J. D. Young - Youth Pastor Janet Bowdle - Children’s Pastor
Sunday Morning 10:00AM
Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN
770 South Riverside, Batavia OH 45103 Raymond D. Jones, Pastor 732-2739
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
2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301
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BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 513-734-7201 www.bumcinfo.org
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Loveland Presbyterian Church’s Holy Smoker Heavenly BBQ Team announces their second annual BBQ Dinner, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the church, for some slow-smoked pulled pork, pulled chicken and all the fixins. Adults are $8, seniors are $6 and children are $5. Call 683-2525 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 21 for take-out orders. Reservations and advance orders can be made at email@example.com. Worship service time is 10 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for a free dinner, fellow-
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Mary Ruhstaller, who lives at SEM Haven Health and Residential Care Center in Milford, turned 105 in April. who know her.
May 18, 2011
Prayers delivered on steps of courthouse “A mighty fortress is our God” was the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer activities were held May 5 in front of the Clermont County Courthouse in Batavia. County Commissioner Ed Humphrey read a proclamation from the commissioners officially designating the day for prayer in Clermont County. Commissioner Bob Proud said the activities at the courthouse included prayers for several groups: Elected leaders, both national and local; the military and veterans, hometown heroes including police, fire and EMS workers; and children. Representatives of these groups and area ministers read Bible passages and offered prayers. Several people also sang patriotic songs.
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Carolyn Maupin, center, the mother of Matt Maupin, who was killed while serving in Iraq, offers a prayer for members of the military May 5 during National Day of Prayer observances. On the steps of the Clermont County Courthouse are activeduty members of the military, veterans and military family members.
Children stand on the steps of the Clermont County Courthouse May 5 during National Day of Prayer observances in Batavia.
People hold hands while praying at National Day of Prayer activities May 5 in front of the Clermont County Courthouse in Batavia.
Singing “America the Beautiful” at the National Day of Prayer May 5 in Batavia were Eve Moody, right, and her daughters Sarahann, left, and Tabitha, center.
Lisa Allen of Goshen Township sings during National Day of Prayer observances May 5 in Batavia. On the steps of the Clermont County Courthouse are active military personnel, veterans and military family members.
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The CLERMONT METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY will be closing the 3 BEDROOM WAITING LIST effective May 31, 2011.
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The fourth Clermont County Shred Day will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Department of Job and Family Services parking lot, 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia. “Clermont County citizens and businesses are encouraged to bring boxes of their documents to be disposed of by the Cintas Mobile Shredding Unit,” said Clermont County Records Center Manager Barb Brown. “It doesn’t matter if the documents contain staples, paper clips or rubber bands. This is a safe and secure way to ensure that your personal information on those items is destroyed.” Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Matt Farmer said he has seen too many people have their identity stolen by thieves stealing credit card application forms, and personal information left in cars and gym lockers. “Today’s identity thief is savvy,” said Farmer. “They watch people putting purses, wallets and laptops into car trunks while they go shopping or hit the gym. As soon as the person is out of sight,
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BUSINESS NOTES Veterinarian building new hospital
Veterinarian Dr. Tim Fouts of Miami Township and his staff held a groundbreaking ceremony recently for the new Hillside Small Animal Hospital, 4400 Hartman Lane, in Batavia Township. Hillside Small Animal Hospital has been in its current location since opening its doors in 1996. They are a full-service veterinary hospital offering routine health and wellness care for area dogs and cats. “We’ve simply outgrown our current facility,” said Dr. Fouts. “This new hospital has been designed with the future in mind. Our patients and their owners will be more comfortable in our spacious new waiting and exam room areas. And we plan to take advantage of some of the newest technologies available to keep pets healthy and happy. These
include the latest in highspeed dental equipment, digital X-ray, computerized record-keeping, blood-pressure and intra-ocular pressure monitoring, as well as a state-of-the-art surgical suite.” The new facility should be open for business in the fall. Call 735-0738, fax 7350736 or visit www.hillsidesmallanimalhospital.com.
Row House, church host art exhibit
for sale will be an assortment of Harper’s serigraphs, lithographs and giclee prints. In addition, the show will feature a mini-collection of art works by Charley Harper’s wife, Edie Harper. Charley Harper’s unique minimalist approach is unmistakable. He had an alternative way of looking at nature. For more information, call Row House Gallery at 831-7230.
Row House Gallery & Custom Framing will host a Charley Harper Art Show, through May 22. “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,”said Teresa Metzger, executive director, River Hills Christian Church. On display and available
AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts will host local wire sculpture artist Sal Villano for a trunk show featuring a collection of his original beaded, Bonsai and wire tree art works. The event, which is free, will be 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20; and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Call AllyBeads at 513-831-8300 or visit www.AllyBeads.com.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
DESTIN BEACH Local owner has condos at Majestic Sun Resort, 5 star oceanfront property, at hotel prices. May 28th & June 4th Specials! For more information, call Dave Burke at 513-582-4649
THANKS TO SUSAN ABT
Cub Scout Master Rob Kunkel, above, helps August Abt and Jordan Gerwe raise the American flag during a family campout at Dan Beard’s Cub World in Miami Township. The Scouts are from McCormick Elementary Pack 46. Cub Scouts from McCormick Elementary Pack 46 in Milford, left, take a break from the fun activities during their recent Spring Family Camp Out at Cub World in Miami Township. From left to right is: Abby Gilvary, Payne Ackermann, Cameron Pigg, Jordan Gerwe, Kurtis Ackermann, Nathan Grilliot, August Abt, James Gilvary, Malachi List, Franklin Abt and Aaron Kizer.
MARRIAGE LICENSES Earnest Campbell III, 24, 110 Candlelight Way, Mt. Orab, mental health technician, and Tracee Neal, 24, 3808 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, pharmacy technician. Patrick Brueggeman, 910 Felicity-
Cedron Road, Felicity, mechanic, and Anastasia Eichler, 24, 742 Dayton St., Hamilton. Duke Haag, 36, 342 S. East St., Bethel, mechanic, and Amanda Combs, 34, 342 S. East St.,
Bethel, nursing. Brian Wiederhold, 44, 6025 Hunt Road, Wayne Township, truck driver, and Jill Wright, 41, 6025 Hunt Road, Wayne Township, phone coordinator.
Plan a stay with Seashore Vacations. Oceanfront condos. Walk to dine and shop. Golf discounts. Free tennis. Call 1-800-845-0077 or book online at www.seashorehhi.com.
FLORIDA Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387 www.garrettbeachrentals.com
DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asummerbreeze.com
PANAMA CITY BEACH The Summerhouse - 2B/2B Family Accommodations . Beach side pools, tennis, WiFi & More. 800/354-1122 THE BEST BEACH VACATION VALUE! www.SummerhousePC.com BEST OF SIESTA KEY Gulf front condo, Crescent Beach. All amenities. Bright & airy. A few weeks avail. from May 21 thru Oct. Reas. rates! Cincy owner, 232-4854
CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2 BR , 2 BA Gulf Front con do. Heated pool, balcony. Many upgrades. 513-771-1373, 448-7171 www.go-qca.com/condo
Clearwater/Indian Rocks Beach GULF BEACHES BEST VALUE! Beach condo, 2BR, 2BA, pool. Rent weekly. Local owner. 513-770-4243. www.bodincondo.com
CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2012, Monthly Discounts • www.ourcondo.com
SANIBEL ISLAND Quality, beachfront condos. Excellent service! Great rates! www.SanibelIslandVacations.com 1-888-451-7277
NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit: www.riversidetowerhotel.com
NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty www.SpinnakersReach.com
SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949. www.seabrook-vacations.info
1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987. www.firesidechalets.com
A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699. smokymtncrossrdrentals.com GATLINBURG. 2 br, 2 full ba condo in Tree Tops. Great location! Indoor pool, hot tubs, picnic areas w/grills, fitness ctr. Avail Sept, Nov or Dec. $910 incl tax. 513-385-7214
SATURDAY, MAY 28 1-2 p.m. Faux Frenchmen 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The Cincy Brass 4-5 p.m. The Pinstripes 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mark Ballas 6:30 p.m. Mixing with Molly Wellmann (demo) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Seedy Seeds 9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Pomegranates
*Ofﬁcial Metromix Stage Afterparty at Neons Unplugged!
SUNDAY, MAY 29 1-2 p.m. The Minor Leagues 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Giant Wow 4-5 p.m. The Tillers 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Lions Rampant 7 – 8 p.m. Buffalo Killers 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Walk the Moon 10 – 11 p.m. 500 Miles to Memphis MONDAY, MAY 30 1:00 p.m. Presentation of The Spirit of Katie Reider Award 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Kelly Thomas and The Fabulous Pickups 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The Kickaways
Walk the Moon
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6:30 – 8:00 p.m. FREEKBOT
(featuring Freekbass and DJ Tobotius from Animal Crackers)
FRIPP ISLAND û A great family vacation destination! 3 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo (sleeeps 8) on pri vate resort island next to champion ship golf course. Offering early & late summer discounts! 513-451-7011
DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit www.majesticsunindestin.com
DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids’ pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. www.us-foam.com/destin . D- 513-528-9800, E- 513-752-1735
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617 www.oceancreek.net
GATLINBURG. Limited May Special! 4 nights $333.33/cpl., 5 nights $444.44/cpl. Luxurious cabins with hot tubs; on trout streams in parklike setting. Near Dollywood & National park. 800-404-3370 www.countryelegancecabins.com PRESENTED BY
HILTON HEAD ∂ Ocean Palms 2BR, 2BA, luxury 1st fl. villa in Port Royal and Westin. View of lagoon & golf. Free golf & tennis. Available Aug., Sept. & Nov. 859-442-7171
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NORRIS LAKE. Powell Valley Resort. 2 BR, 1BA, covered porch, deck, lake access. $95/nt., (2 night minimum. third night free with 3pm or later check-in). 423-562-8353, or e-mail: email@example.com
Photo Credit: Mark Ballas/Provided, Walk the Moon/David DeWitt, 500 Miles to Memphis/Stephanie Keller, Kelly Thomas/Stephanie Keller
MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations
Luis A. Aguilar, 22, 1304 Commons Drive, open container, April 27. Douglas A. Bingaman, 48, 4348 Park Road, open container, drug possession, April 28. Margaret F. Hoeter, 35, 106 Queens Road, child endangering, driving under influence, April 26. Jennifer Voss, 43, 987 Seminole Trail, theft, April 28. Douglas Voss, 47, 987 Seminole Trail, theft, April 28. Steven Padgett, 37, 2 Kelly Lane, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, April 30. Claudia S. Cates, 57, 5691 Tall Oaks, driving under influence, obstructing official business, open container, April 30.
Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing
Male was threatened at 5857 Hunters Court, April 27.
Set of dishes taken at 5867 Whitegate, April 26.
Vehicle driven through yard at 5797 Willnean Drive, April 26. Tires and wiring damaged on trailer at 5710 Buckwheat, April 26. Wiring cut on vehicle at 5872 Winchester Drive, April 27. Wiring cut on vehicle at 2143 Oak-
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wood, April 27. Door damaged on vehicle at 6379 Shallowbrook, April 27. Mailbox damaged at 6674 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, May 1. Mailbox damaged at 6248 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, May 2. Motorcycle damaged at Pebble Brooke Trail No. 5, May 2.
Paint balls shot at vehicles at 6564 Paxton Guinea, April 28.
Male stated ID used with no authorization at 5427 Cherry Blossom, April 28.
Cellphone taken from classroom at Milford Junior High at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, April 26. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton’s; $20 at Ohio 28, April 27. AC unit taken from vacant house; $3,500 at 6085 Deer Crossing, April 28. Basketball stand taken from driveway at 317 Miami Valley Drive, April 28. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton’s; $28 at Ohio 28, April 28. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $624 at Ohio 28, April 29. Male stated money taken from bank account with no authorization; $970 at 1300 block of Lindencreek, April 29.
Violation of protection order
Female reported this offense at 2143
POLICE REPORTS Oakwood, April 27.
Megan Back, 28, 901 Edgecombe Drive, warrant, May 8. Lincoln Colwell, 44, 5 Robbie Ridge, warrant, May 5. Laura Morgan, 26, 500 Eli St., warrant, May 4. Charles W. Wells, 42, 894 Mohawk Trail, menacing, May 7. Jeffrey L. Wilson, 29, 204 Highland St., contempt of court, May 2. Christopher Wambsganz, 27, 5954 Deerfield, warrant, May 8.
Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Window broken in vehicle at 940 Mohawk Trail, May 3.
Eggs thrown at vehicle at Main Street, May 6.
Attempt made to pass $100 bill at 100 Rivers Edge Drive, May 6.
Victim was threatened at 894 Mohawk Trail, May 7.
Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, May 2. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, May 3. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy
Farmers; $75.25 at 100 Chamber Drive, May 3. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, May 4. Purse taken from vehicle at bike trail at Ohio 126, May 5. Scrap metal taken at 301 Milford Parkway, May 6. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, May 7. Purse taken from vehicle at 500 Rivers Edge Drive, May 7.
Customer causing trouble at 1099 Lila Ave., May 2.
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations
Mathew Nash, 22, 6435 Manila Road, domestic violence. Michael Gilbert, 37, 6435 Manila Road, domestic violence. Greg Graves, 32, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 203, falsification. Dionna Kursim, 34, 308 Buddy Lane, drug possession. Michael Autry, 34, 179 North 6th St., marijuana possession, drug possession, paraphernalia. Verna Sparks, 37, 590 Wood St., drug trafficking. Gregory Gannon, 28, 412 Commons, theft. Spencer Bowles, 30, Noble Court, theft, breaking and entering. Juvenile, 14, rape.
Clites Holloway, 29, 890 W. Loveland, public indecency.
Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering
SHERIFF’S OFFICE Arrests/citations
Kenneth Seibert, 45, 5420 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, Milford, receiving stolen property at 1342 Post Creek Road, Batavia, May 5. Brandon S. Hymer, 33, 3116 Park Road, Goshen, domestic violence at 6227 Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3. Jacob L. Snider, 23, 3322 Sandy Lane, Blanchester, illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse detention mental health facility, possession of drugs at at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 4. Donald M. Swing, 23, 5721 Tall Oaks Drive, Milford, menacing at 700 University Lane, Batavia, May 6.
At 1798 Ohio 28, April 23. At 1692 Ohio 28, April 29.
At 5632 Ivy, April 25.
At 1491 Rolling Knoll, April 30. At 2289 Woodville, April 22.
At 77 Crosstown, April 26.
At Manila Road, April 22. At Bruce Court, April 26. At Park Ave., April 28.
At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 116, April 25.
At 6400 block of Manila Road, April 27.
Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering
At 6276 Taylor Pike, Goshen, May 7. At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, May 6.
At 92 Park Ave., April 23. At 6698 Plum St., April 24. At 1982 Cedarville, April 25. At 6643 Manila Road, April 25. At 278 Redbird, April 26. At 1420 Woodville, April 26. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 120E, April 27. At 6725 Dick Flynn, April 28.
At 6725 Dick Flynn, April 29.
Theft, trespassing Trespassing
Criminal damaging/endangering At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, May 6.
At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 4. At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3. At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3.
At Ohio 131, Goshen, May 5. At 2821 Cedarville Road, Goshen, May 7. At 3246 Ohio 131, Goshen, May 5. At 6276 Taylor Pike, Goshen, May 7.
At 1829 Parker Road, April 29.
IN THE COURTS The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.
Benjamin F. Barger vs. Curtis C. Williams, et al., other tort. Paul L. Crawford vs. Yard Wox, et al., worker’s compensation. Teresa Cahall vs. Marsha Ryan, et al., worker’s compensation. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Esteban M. Berry, et al., foreclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Richard Hacker, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Eric Marsh, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Mark Jones, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. David T. Fithen, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Marlin B. Cox, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Krista J. Sorge, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David E. Shenefelt, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Tara Foley, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Michael D. Hall, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Pamela Willman, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Kurt Miller, et al., foreclosure. Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Wayne M. Roehm, et al., foreclosure.
Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Harley F. Roush, et al., foreclosure. Cheviot Savings Bank vs. Gregory A. Hogue, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Brian O. May, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Connie Gale Fajardo Applegate, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Joseph A. Ogletree, et al., foreclosure. PNC Bank NA vs. Roderick Howard, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Elizabeth Waldeck, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. George Smith, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Brian K. Koger, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Tony A. Back, et al., foreclosure. Everbank vs. Matthew Knapp, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher J. Wright, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Alejandro Monfort, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. John E. Brown, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Sherl H. Engel, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. John M. Partin, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kathryn Newberry, et al., foreclosure.
Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Melody Irwin Keeton, et al., foreclosure. National Bank and Trust Co. vs. Christina M. Collins, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Mary Davis, et al., foreclosure. Velocity Investments LLC vs. Julie A. Browne, other civil. Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Robert Barcheski, other civil. Ryan A. Fromm vs. BMW of North America LLC, other civil. William Reeves, et al. vs. Billy Bradburn, et al., other civil. CACH LLC vs. Brian M. Allen, other civil. Jacqueline Randolph Wilson et al. vs. Nicole Weaver, et al., other civil. Pierce Township vs. Curt C. Hartman, other civil.
Connie M. Moore vs. Randy W. Moore Cynthia J. Decker vs. William D. Decker Angela Evanchyk vs. Jamey Evanchyk Felicia McCall vs. Kyle McCall Katherine K. Shipley vs. Nicolas Shipley Ashlyn Baker vs. Michael Baker Mindi Czarnecki vs. John P. Czarnecki Paula Bradford vs. Jordan Bradford Leslie J. Charleville vs. Maureen S. Charleville
Edwin Drotar vs. Evette Drotar Rita S. Darnell vs. Nicholas R. Darnell Dana B. Todd vs. Donnie D. Todd Jr Diane M. Brunner vs. Michael L. Brunner Kenneth E. Gray Jr. vs. Darlene M. Gray
The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Patricia L. Freeman, 22, 169 Felicity Cedron Rural Road, Georgetown, theft, forgery, Miami Township Police. Mark A. Horn, 39, 3530 Ohio 125, Bethel, theft, forgery, Miami Township Police. Henry Albert Burson Jr., 36, 10703 Arnheim Dayhill Road, Georgetown, sexual battery, pandering sexual oriented material involving a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, Union Township Police. Kelly Ann Reilly, 26, 1 Queens Creek, Batavia, escape, Probation. Morgan N. Davis, 29, St. Andrews Drive, Cincinnati, complicity to escape, Probation. Kyle Andrew Hesler, 25, 980 Old
Ohio 74, Apt. E, Cincinnati, abduction, domestic violence, Union Township Police. Amanda L. Houillion, 32, 5632 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, theft of drugs, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, Union Township Police. Lester Gregory, 60, 316 St. Andrews, Apt. D, Cincinnati, tampering with evidence, Pierce Township Police. Phillip A. Brady, 27, 4121 West Fork Ridge Road, Batavia, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Christopher J. Johnson, 21, 2002 Stillwater Lane, Apt. 2, Milford, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Justin Allen Walker, 20, 11 Montgomery Way, Apt. 1, Amelia, receiving stolen property, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Sam Massengale, 44, 282 W. Charles Street, Batavia, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily functions, vandalism, Williamsburg Village Police. Jeffrey Duane Russ, 31, 3674 Oakwood Drive, Amelia, non-support of dependents, Clermont Depart-
ment of Support Enforcement. Walter J. Hopper, 50, 1 532 Greenfield Lane, Apt. 8, Erlanger, nonsupport of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Bradley Steven Bohl, 43, at large, non-support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement. Richard John Miller, 35, 3554 Bootjack Corner, Williamsburg, domestic violence, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Cody Ray Clark, 24, PO Box 1602 Whitley, Kentucky, breaking and entering, burglary, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Kevin Driggers, 48, 360 Old Boston, Batavia, illegal manufacture of drugs, possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Robert G. Laake, 53, 360 Old Boston, Batavia, illegal manufacture of drugs, : possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Narcotics Unit. Linda Sue Croucher, 57, 20 Susan Circle No. 6 Milford, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Narcotics Unit. Matthew Gedon, 35, at large, failure to appear, Prosecutor’s Office.
tion of Ohio. Survived by children Chuck, Mary Jean, Bill Hartman; grandchildren Matt, Travis, Carley, Hannah Hartman; sisters Gloria Berger, Joyce Owens, Donna Walter. Preceded in death by husband Arthur Hartman. Services were May 10 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
and many other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Norman Lush, brother Bill. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.
DEATHS Virginia Alter
Virginia Augspurger Alter, 96, died May 5. Survived by daughter Cheryl (Al) Hanson; grandchildren Alicia (David) Harwell, Derek (Krisha) Hanson; great-grandchildren Liam, Colette Harwell. Preceded in death by husband Franklin Alter, parents Victor, Minnie Augspurger, sisters Jean Augspurger, Jane Warner. Arrangements by Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.
Ronald R. Brotherton, 84, Miami Township, died May 6. He was a paint repairman for General Motors.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Esther Brotherton; children Ronald (Gloria), Garry (Carol), Terry Brotherton (Stephanie), Joseph (Carol), Mark, Celine Brotherton, Dorothy (David) Christian, Audrey (Ross) Crouch; 29 grandchildren; 38 greatgrandchildren; adopted granddaughter Dezirre Marker; foster daughter Marlene Hedger; many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Preceded in death by parents Raymond, Marie Brotherton, son Steven Brotherton, nine siblings.
BUILDING PERMITS Residential
Lee Lewis, Loveland, alter, 1513 Ohio 28, Goshen Township, $550. Triangle Fire Protection Inc., Blue Ash, fire suppression, 502 Techne Center, Miami Township. Park 50, Cincinnati, alter-suite G, 502 Techne Center, Miami Township, $78,000.
Jerome R. “Jerry” Clark, 70, Milford, died May 11. He was a designated Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters insurance underwriter. He was a 39-year member of Milford First United Methodist Church, founder of Insuring the Children, president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the CPCU Society and a national director of the CPCU Soci-
ety. Survived by wife Shirley Clark; children J. Randolph “Randy” (Dana) Clark, Kerry Allen, Allyson “Beth” (Joel) Rohrbacher; brother John Clark; 11 grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Services were May 16 at Milford First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: Insuring the Children or Milford First United Methodist Church.
Janice Lewis Hartman, 74, Milford, died May 6. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Loveland and Hillsboro garden clubs and was on the board of the Beautifica-
Barbara Schenk Lush, 65, Milford, died May 5. She was a registered nurse. Survived by daughter Marie (Brian) Metz; siblings Janet, Marjorie, Betty, Elaine, Jim, John, Paul, Roy; niece Megan, nephew Devin,
REAL ESTATE Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley.
6051 Marsh Circle, Tyrone Feighery, et al. to Flagstar Bank FSB, 0.1641 acre, $90,000. 1503 Quarter Horse Circle, M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Sandra Daye, $104,000. 1502 Royal Oak Court, Richard Setty, et al. to HSBC Bank USA NA, $53,334. 6301 Shade Drive, NVR Inc. to Robert & Laura Cummings, 0.1820 acre, $119,395. 6121 Bett Ann Lane, Sharon Wall, Successor trustee to Brian & Tina Hunter, $85,000. 6718 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Donna Gasdorf & Philip Runyan to Jesus Sanchez & Maria Dominguez, 0.8850 acre, $50,000. 6697 Deerview Drive, Janine Mashny
to Kimberly & Nathan Anderson, 0.5710 acre, $326,000. 5552 Falling Wood Court, Greycliff Development LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC, 0.3720 acre, $40,000. 1089 Hayward Circle, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Eric Bernard, 0.5090 acre, $225,777. 1044 Hayward Circle, Timothy McDermott to Bathanh Vo & Tram Ha Huynh, 0.5370 acre, $230,000. 5638 Indian Ridge, C. David & Marilyn Poppe to William Ruehr & Suzanne Cassidy-Ruehr, 12.9510 acre, $560,000. 964 Paxton Lake Drive, David G. & Julie C. Koo to Sheila & David Shrofe, 0.4380 acre, $277,000. 6690 Raes Creek Court, Thomas & Mary Barbato to Donald & Danielle Yeager, 0.6850 acre, $274,900. 5628 Sugar Camp Road, RaeMarie Wyatt & D. Scott MacLean to Edward & Della Lehane, 2.3000 acre, $288,500.
Lourene Strunk, 90, Owensville, died May 11. She was a homemaker. Survived by sons Autrey (Johanna), Fred, Clarke (Cathy) Strunk; sister Etta Laxton; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Willard Strunk, siblings Hazel Stone, Justine Savage, Hubert Phillips. Services were May 14 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.
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Rodney Lawson, Goshen, alter, 7081 Shiloh Road, Goshen Township. Tritek, Williamsburg, porch, 4813 Burdsall, Jackson Township, $18,000. Trevor Speeg, Williamsburg, alter, 4712 Richey Road, Jackson Township. Able Services Restoration, Cincinnati, addition, 1648 Ohio 131, Miami Township, $220,000. Dan Hinkle, Pleasant Plain, addition, 1655 Fairway Crest, Miami Township, $8,000. James Brock, Milford, deck, 6065 Jerry Lee Drive, Miami Township. Cooper Electric, Cincinnati, alter, 5774 Elmcris, Miami Township. KT Design Group, Cincinnati, alter, 1103 Oak Ridge, Miami Township, $25,000. Aquarian Pools, Loveland, pool, 1867 Cole Farm Lane, Miami Township. William Wilson, Loveland, alter, 6050 Carole Drive, Miami Township. Jansen Heat & Air, Cincinnati, HVAC,
738 Wards Corner, Miami Township. Herbert Jones, Loveland, HVAC, 6517 Arborcrest, Miami Township. Zicka Walker Homes, Cincinnati, new, 6567 Jenna Lane, Miami Township, $500,000. Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 1109 Sophia Drive, Miami Township, $99,470. Mike Brown Construction, Cincinnati, garage, 927 Klondyke Road, Miami Township, $20,000. Edna Emery, Batavia, alter, 5263 Brushy Fork, Stonelick Township. Mainstream Homes, Morrow, new, 5875 Belfast Owensville Road, Stonelick Township, $275,000.
Services were May 10 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214, Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263 or Good Shepherd Building Fund, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.
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Milford High School’s prom was a “Persian Paradise” based on Arabian nights with jewel tone colors. From left are: Milford High School seniors Zach Jones, Christina Davidson, Brandy Riddle and Stephen Iran.
Milford High School prom king and queen candidates Zach Baker and Heather Bowling make an entrance during the court introductions at the dance Saturday, May 14.
Milford students visit a ‘Persian Paradise’ for prom
The 2011 Milford High School Prom Court is as follows, from left: Clay Shaw, Megan Knight, Zach Jones, Audrey Halquist, Wyatt Underwood, Taylor Kelly, Drake Stewart, Gabby Medvedec, Zach Baker and Heather Bowling.
Milford High School’s junior senior prom was held Saturday, May 14, at Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center. From left are: Milford High School seniors Nikki Moses, Megan Knight, Mandy Knight and Milford High School alumnus Devin Duncan.
Milford High School juniors Sara Savitz and Connor Ferguson were the 2011 Prom Prince and Princess. They crowned the king and queen during the dance Saturday, May 14.
Milford High School junior Alex Smith and senior Michelle Belliston enjoy their juniorsenior prom Saturday, May 14, at Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center.
Live Oaks junior Loren Billingsley and Scarlet Oaks junior John Sturgeon enjoy Milford High School’s prom Saturday, May 14.
Milford High School junior Cody Martin brought Williamsburg High School sophomore Alex Johnson to his prom Saturday, May 14.
This group of Live Oaks and Milford High School seniors shared a table at Milford’s prom Saturday, May 14. From left are: Kasey Helbling, Savannah Kaylor, Katie Stockton, Amber Sigel and Emily Altom.
The colors for the 2011 Milford High School prom were dark red, purple, emerald green and royal blue. Milford seniors Emily Bullock and Dylan Hardin take a break from dancing.
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Published on May 23, 2011
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