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High school students attend a youth summit on suicide prevention at UC Clermont College.

Suicides rise in Clermont County

Suicides are on the rise in Clermont County. The total of confirmed cases rose to 39 in 2009, up from 29 in 2008, according to Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. In 2007, there were 22 suicides in the county, and in 2006, 14. This year, there have been eight, as of May 4. She said 2009 “was a really bad year.” FULL STORY, A8

Memorial Day activities planned

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in the nation’s service. FULL STORY, A3

Brewer resigns to move city forward

Milford Mayor Amy Brewer resigned during city council’s meeting May 18, amid hugs and cheers of “way to go Amy.” Brewer has been the subject of controversy since being a witness into an investigation involving a Milford police officer. An internal investigation found Officer Russell Kenney was having sexual relations with Brewer while on duty. Kenney started serving a 15-day suspension last week. FULL STORY, A2

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Survey says to keep it co-ed

Board member: Evidence shows that may not be best way to teach By Mary Dannemiller

Milford community members, teachers and students have spoken: They don’t think single-sex classrooms are a good idea. Members of the Milford gender data review committee presented limited results of a gender survey to the Milford board of education May 20. The committee began exploring and researching the possibility of single-sex classrooms more than a year ago after board of education member Gary Knepp expressed concern about the differences in learning styles between genders. “A growing body of evidence shows a growing gap between boys

and girls in our schools,” Knepp said. “Boys use different parts of the brain to work math problems, for example. Learning different instructional techniques may improve academic achievement.” Aside from the survey results, the committee also analyzed data about the number of male and female students in gifted and advanced placement programs. “A gap exists between the number of students identified as gifted and the number enrolled in (those programs),” said Interim Milford High School Principal and committee member Nancy House. “In all grades except current seventh-grade students there are more males than females identified as gifted, however there are more girls enrolled in honors and advanced placement classes in reading and social studies.” The same number of male and female students took higher level science classes, but the committee found more male students took hon-

ors and advanced placement math classes, House said. “We need to look at why we have so many students identified as gifted who aren’t taking honors and advanced placement classes,” she said. Differences in behavior and discipline also were presented by the committee. Meadowview Elementary School Principal Rob Dunn, who is on the committee, said he found Milford boys misbehaved more than girls, but said that was in line with national trends. “When you look at national information, it’s made very clear that there is a gap in the sense of discipline and in Milford schools we found that 85 percent of discipline at elementary schools pertain to male students,” he said. “At Milford Junior High School, twice as many male students were disciplined over female students. At the high school level, over 75 percent of discipline is

going towards the male students, which matches the national norms.” According to the results, 62 percent of community members either disagreed or strongly disagreed that Milford should consider single-sex classrooms. Of the elementary school students surveyed, 38 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed that they would participate more and at a higher level in single-sex classrooms while 34 percent agreed. Sixty-three percent of high school students surveyed disagreed or strongly disagreed on the same topic. Because the survey contained a portion with open-ended responses, the committee has not finished reviewing the 1,147 responses, said committee member and Milford Junior High School Principal Kelli Ellison. The committee did not make any recommendations to the board and is not expected to do so until the board’s December meeting.

Bauer memorial displayed at graduation By Mary Dannemiller

Though he died at the beginning of the school year, late Milford High School Principal Ray Bauer was at the senior class graduation Saturday, May 22, at the Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Just to the side of the stage sat a large granite memorial with a laser etched photo of Bauer. It also was inscribed with the dates he was principal, the name of the Bauer Commons where the memorial will be kept and the words “an inspiration to all who knew him.”

The memorial was unveiled earlier in the day during a private ceremony for Bauer’s family and close friends.

“Just seeing the memorial makes me want to reach out and touch him on a personal level,” said his widow, JoEtta Bauer. “He looks so happy. To see all the

For more photos from Milford graduation, see B5. community leaders and everyone tell stories about how he touched them was wonderful.” Bauer was famous for the hugs he gave students, especially at graduation. Before the ceremony began, his widow said she wished she could hug the students this year. “I’m going to be wishing that I was down there hugging them,” she said. “They’re all so special to me now, it’s truly like a Milford family. I just want to hug every single one of them.” Bauer’s brother, Jim, also was there and said he hoped the memorial would help his brother’s memory live on. “I think Ray’s wish would be to have his lessons continue so I hope it does continue,” he said. “Ray’s legacy will go on at Milford.”


R.J. Vilardo and Bill Knepp were on the committee that helped design and raise money for a memorial for former Milford High School Principal Ray Bauer. The memorial was on display at the school’s graduation Saturday, May 22.

Cop’s suspension called best move for city By Kellie Geist

Although he had sex with the city’s mayor while on duty, Milford Police Officer Russell Kenney will continue to be a member of the force. Kenney was suspended for 15 days, but, in the investigation report, Police Chief Mark Machan said he was going to recommend termination. “We were hoping this would go a little differently, but we had to go on what we’ve done in the past and suspend him. We not only go through the law director, but also our labor attorney ... A first offense is not going to get you terminated. The state arbitrator is putting people back to work with things like this,” Machan said. Machan launched an investigation into Kenney after he received a tip that Kenney’s cruis-

er was spending a lot of time at Mayor Amy Brewer’s address. The investigation showed the two were having sexual relations while Kenney was supposed to be on duty. Kenney pleaded “true” to the engaging in conduct unbecoming of an officer and willful disregard of department rules, Machan’s report said. Brewer resigned as mayor during the city council meeting Tuesday, May 18. She will continue to serve on council until 2014. Law Director Mike Minniear said it was better for the city to suspend Kenney than to go through the process of having an arbitrator. In 1997, the Miami Township trustees terminated Sgt. James Young for a variety of charges including conduct unbecoming of a police officer, sexual harassment, immoral behavior, neglect

of duty and gross misconduct. Young had sex with a woman while on the job. Young sued saying the trustees violated the collective bargaining contract between the township and the police union. An arbitrator agreed with Young, but the township fought the decision. Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland ruled: “While this court is not indicating it agrees with the arbitrator or condones the conduct which has occurred,” based on other similar cases he could not set aside the arbitrator’s decision. Young is a current employee with the Miami Township Police Department. In Milford, “The officer did not commit a crime, not a crime you could prove beyond a reasonable doubt. As a police officer, you have extraordinary protection ... A police officer is very hard to remove. You have to have a

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record of progressive discipline,” Minniear said. “If he would have been fired, in all probability, he would have been rehired and given a year’s backpay,” he said. Machan said Kenney has been disciplined twice in the last three years, once for his attitude in court and once for a comment he made to a person in jail. Otherwise, he’s had no problems. Minniear said suspension was the most severe punishment he could recommend. “Until they bring back the stocks and whipping, this is the most we could do,” he said. However, a number of residents at the city council meeting Tuesday, May 18, said they were not happy with the punishment. Mark Ernst said if Kenney was shirking his duties while on the

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Brewer resigns to help Milford move forward By Kellie Geist

Milford Mayor Amy Brewer resigned during city council’s meeting May 18, amid hugs and cheers of “way to go Amy.” Brewer has been the subject of controversy since being a witness into an investigation involving a Milford police officer. An internal investigation found Officer Russell Kenney was having sexual relations with

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Brewer while on duty. Kenney started serving a 15-day suspension last week. While Brewer did not commit a crime, she decided to resign as mayor. She will serve on council until 2014. “Given this recent controversy, I am concerned that council will have difficulty moving forward,” Brewer said during the meeting. “While I remain capable of doing the job as mayor, and it is evident that council does not have enough votes to


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remove me from office, I feel it would be in the best interest of the city of Milford and the citizens to voluntarily resign as mayor.” “I will remain on council and continue to work for the citizens of Milford,” she said. Brewer said she will continue to serve as a council member. Following her statement, but before the public comments, Brewer left the meeting and Vice Mayor Ralph Vilardo was sworn in the new mayor. Vilardo then spoke in support of Brewer. “Amy Brewer has been, and I believe will continue to be, an outstanding public servant. I am truly saddened by her voluntary resignation. What she, and her family have had to endure over the last few weeks is inex-

cusable,” Vilardo said. There would not have been enough council votes to remove Brewer from the mayor position, Vilardo said, but Brewer wanted to help the city. “... She took it upon herself to resolve the situation by stepping down as mayor in an effort to help this city move forward. She did what she felt was in the best interest of this community,” Vilardo said. A number of community members also spoke during the meeting – some in support of Brewer and some in support of her resignation. “I didn’t think I’d say this, but I have to give Amy a pat on the back. I was in the last council that had this problem. It drug on for a year and it played hell with the city,” said former council

Milford cop clock, he should be fired. “You have an officer who’s stealing time ... If I do that with my company, I’m out of a job,” Ernst said. “As far as Amy goes, I don’t care. But as far as the cop who is supposed to be coming back? Nah-uh.” “Can’t you get rid of him? Is that someone you want driving around on

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your streets? Someone who is stealing?” he said. Former council member and mayor Kim McBeath said the city should find a way to make Kenney pay the city back for the time he spent away from his job while on duty. “The families of police officers and the officers themselves are very upset

member and mayor John Aufdenkampe. “I hope that council can get back together and get this town moving forward. We took a hard hit and a major embarrassment with the press.” Another resident, Tiffanie Finn, said Brewer should not have had to endure the embarrassment of the situation. “Mayor Brewer has not been charged with a crime and she has not used her position for any personal agenda ... This matter should have never left the city of Milford, but someone felt the need to smear the reputation of our mayor and our community,” Finn said. “That person has made us (the city of Milford) the laughing stock of the Tristate,” she said. Almost all residents who about the situation because they were left with no coverage,” McBeath said. “If they got into trouble and they needed Officer Kenney, he was busy.” “But he was still getting a paycheck. I think we need to find out how we get the money we paid him back,” she said. Minniear also said since city council is the legislative branch of city government, Brewer has no direct super-


Milford Mayor Amy Brewer, who has been on council for four years and has been mayor since January, resigned as mayor Tuesday, May 18. spoke, regardless of support, asked council to move forward from this situation. “After tonight, let’s move on and show the people of this community what we have to offer,” said Karen Huff, executive director of the Milford-Miami Township Chamber of Commerce. “We’re all in this together and that’s what it’s all about.” vision over Kenney or any city employee. That supervision is handled by the police chief and the city manager.


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Variety of music slated for Frontier Days stage By Kellie Geist

Although it’s often in the background, the Frontier Days Committee members put a lot of thought and effort into the live music visitors will hear during Frontier Days. “We always try to mix it up and have something different every night,” said Karen Huff, executive director of the MilfordMiami Township Chamber of Commerce and committee member. “One night we’ll have Southern

rock, one night we’ll have oldies or Beatles music ... There’s a just a wide variety so there’s something for everyone.” And this year is no exception. The first band to play will be No Name Band. This band will perform their style of rock music, including pieces from the 1950s to present, from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, June 3. BackBeat, a four man local band, will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 3. BackBeat’s music is a modern montage of British Invasion and Blues including original and

cover songs. During Frontier Days Saturday, June 5, Local Alienz will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sidewinder will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Local Alienz is a three-man rock band playing music including rock, classic rock, blues and dance songs. They cover songs from a wide range of artists including AC/DC, Black Crowes, John Mellencamp, Santana and the Rolling Stones. Sidewinder is a group of six guys who play Southern Rock blues music including original songs and covers. They won the

Best Cover Band Award in 2008 and 2009. The music for Sunday is being scheduled. Milford Mayor Ralph Vilardo said, growing up in Milford, Frontier Days always has been a special time of year. “Having the privilege of living on Main Street, I’ve always had an opportunity to have a front row seat for the parade,” he said. “Frontier Days is a great way to highlight all the local businesses and groups.” “It’s important for us showcase the Milford community, for people

County concerned about Rx plan By Kellie Geist

The Clermont County commissioners are concerned the county’s new prescription plan may be causing a hardship for some county employees. The county switched from Humana’s Rx3 plan to their Rx4 plan to help cut down on the county’s health care costs. However, as part of the switch, some employees who were paying $10 for a prescription may now must pay $50. During the commissioners’ work session Monday, May 3,

care because of the tight 2010 budget. “What it really gets down to is dollars and cents. If we didn’t save this money, we would have had to find it elsewhere. It was a matter of going to this Rx4 plan or increasing employee contributions by a substantial amount,” he said. Regardless, the commissioners want to be sure the county’s employees are not seeing a hardship because of the increase in cost, especially for drugs that are maintenance prescriptions. “I want to know, have we made a change that ends up being financially puni-

Humana account executive Alisa Rhoads said the prescriptions for 80 employees have moved from a level one drug ($10 co-pay) to a level three drug ($50 co-pay.) Also, those employees may have multiple prescriptions that have become more or less expensive. The co-pays for 21 employees did decrease, she said. Humana expects the switch to Rx4 and other changes the county made to their health care plan will save the county about $150,000 this year. Spinney said the county had to make some sort of change to county’s health

tive to a certain group of people? What impact has this had on our employees?” said Commissioner Scott Croswell. “I want to know if there are people who maybe had four prescriptions move from $10 to $50 and who are seeing a huge increase in expenses.” Rhoads said Humana cannot specifically target one person or group of people, but she said the company would be willing to work to better educate the county’s employees on ways to save money on prescriptions through the use of generics or mail-order programs.




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Clermont receives favorable bond rating interest costs,” said Clermont Commissioner Scott Croswell. “The Moody’s Investors Service ratings are significant, in light of current economic conditions that impact not only the county but the entire country,” said Clermont County Administrator Dave Spinney. “The report recognizes Clermont’s stable tax base and financial management that can be directly attributed to the fiscally conservative policies of the Board of Clermont County Commissioners.”

Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed Clermont County’s favorable Aa1 bond rating, the second highest bond rating possible. Moody’s also assigned an Aa2 rating to the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District’s 2010 bond issue, an increase from the Aa3 rating assigned to the 2007 bond issue. “These ratings translate into a significant reduction in the cost of borrowing money. It will save taxpayers money due to reduced

In affirming the favorable bond rating, the report notes continued expansion at UC Clermont College, employment growth at Tata Consultancy Services in Miami Township and a county socioeconomic profile that is above state norms. The report also focused on strong population growth in the county, increasing 18.5 percent from 1990 to 2000 and 9.8 percent between 2000 and 2008.

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Draft storm water plan ready for review Draft copies of the Clermont County Storm Water Management Plan are available online at Printed copies of the plan are available by contacting the Clermont Storm Water Management Department at (513) 732-7880. Public comments on the draft will be accepted through Tuesday, June 7. The Ohio EPA requires Clermont County and 12 urbanized townships and municipalities within the county to create and put into action a plan that reduces water pollution caused by storm water runoff. The county’s first plan was adopted by the Clermont County commissioners in March 2003. Revisions are now necessary to reflect improvements made to the program over the years and to address new Ohio EPA permit requirements that went into effect in 2009. “It is important to note that the focus of this plan is improving stream quality by reducing the amount of pollutants that are washed into local creeks and rivers during a storm,” said John McManus, storm water management department program manager.

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Sojka Named Dean at UC Clermont College Gregory S. Sojka, PhD, has been named the dean of UC Clermont College effective July 1, 2010. Anthony J. Perzigian, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, announced this appointment, pending approval by UC’s board of trustees May 25. “We have identified an outstanding and experienced leader for Clermont College. Dr. Sojka joins UC at an exciting juncture as we strive to play an expanding leadership role in the University System of Ohio. He will lead a vibrant college committed to academic excellence and community engagement. The search committee was impressed with his administrative accomplishments and his commitment to ensuring an even brighter future for the college and all of its

stakeholders,” said Perzigian. “I look forward to advancing the regional and national standing of Clermont College by working with the faculty and staff to meet growing student demand as well as the needs of the local community,” said Sojka. Sojka has held administrative and faculty positions at Wichita State University, the University of Wyoming, Casper College Center and Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He moved to the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1994 to 2006 and president from 2006 to 2008. Sojka earned his bachelor of arts in secondary English education at State University of New York, Fredonia, and

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MIAMI TWP. – Firefighters responded to a fire at an abandoned mobile home at 3 a.m. Monday, May 24. Fire Chief Jim Whitworth said the fire was at Lot 76 in Lake Remington Mobile Home Park on Glendale-Milford Road. The trailer has been boarded up for about three years with no gas or electric service, leading Whitworth to believe the fire could have been arson. “There was no gas or electric connected so there’s no reason why it should’ve ignited,” he said. “This was a suspicious fire.” No firefighters were injured while extinguishing the blaze. Anyone with information about the fire should contact Whitworth at 248-3700.

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STONELICK TWP. – Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies along with fire/EMS units were dispatched to a Verizon cell phone tower on Baas Road in Stonelick Township about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 23, for a report that someone had entered the fenced area and climbed to the top of the tower. A witness said a male climbed the tower, started

screaming, then climbed down and ran from the scene when dispatched units as were arriving. Later at about 1 a.m. another report was received that the subject had returned to the tower. Deputies responded and arrested the subject without incident. James R. Smith, 5823 Baas Road, Batavia, 19 years old, was charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and underage consumption, and taken to the Clermont County Jail for confinement.

Trash collection

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Car show

GOSHEN TWP. – The Williams Corner Church of God is hosting Saturday evening Cruise-Ins for all classic cars in the area. Each Saturday evening at 6 p.m. the oldies starts and the food is ready. The church is at 6162 Ohio 132 in Goshen. For more information, call 513-625-6459 or 513-2881977. I there is no answer, leave a message and your call will be returned.

Click it or ticket

GOSHEN TWP. – The police department will participate in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization Monday, May 24 to Sunday, June 6. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage motorists to buckle up. Officers will be targeting drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts and issue tickets. The fine for a driver not wearing a seat belt in Clermont County is $105.

CCDD meeting

STONELICK TWP. – The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Clermont DD) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 U.S. 50, one mile west of Owensville. The board’s ethics committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. The Thomas A. Wildey School Graduation Ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the board meeting. Call (513) 732-4921 for more information.

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‘Dawn’ breaks at Smith Elementary By Mary Dannemiller

After eight long months of painstakingly difficult and detailed work, Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students finally unveiled their clay mosaic, titled “Dawn” May 17. Though a core group of 17 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were the lead artists, every student in the school worked on the clay mosaic, said art teacher April Cooper. “The leaves at the top were made by the majority of the students in the school,” she said. The students began working on the project in September and finished it Sunday, May 16.


Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students worked on an art project for eight months to create this mosaic now on display in the front lobby.


The mosaic at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School also includes a nod to Milford Junior High School teacher Steve Heck who will be traveling to space. “It’s been so great to see the students shine,” Cooper said. “Honestly, this it the greatest thing I’ve done in my life aside from having my children. I’m so proud that we were able to contribute something beautiful to the school.” Cooper and her students spent many lunch periods and hours after school working on the project, she said. “Specials only meet one day a week for 45 minutes and that really wasn’t enough time so they worked during lunch and after school,” she said. Aside from a greater appreciation for art, the students were able to learn many important lessons while working on the mosaic, Cooper said. “It taught the students perseverance, hard work, team work and about community,” she said.

“This is a community-based project. I tried to explain to them that this is by the community, for the community. It also gave them confidence in themselves and they learned how to reflect on their work.” Principal Jill Chin called the mosaic “beautiful” and said she was proud of the students’ work. “I think her vision and commitment really transferred to the kids,” she said. “She’s very good, as are all our teachers, at sharing a vision and getting students to work together. They’re sharing this legacy with the future children of Smith.” Chin and Cooper both thanked the parents who also helped with the project. “It’s so incredibly rewarding,” Cooper said. “Every bit of the way was so fun. I formed great relationships with the students and


The group of 17 core students who were the project’s lead painters incorporated their names into the final product.


Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students cut out letters to spell a message: “We all have something to teach each other. Teachers are learners. Students are teachers.” there were three moms who helped out a lot and now we’re good friends.”

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Scarlet Oaks student Nina Volle teaches Seipelt Elementary School students how to use icing during Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

Seipelt students learn about careers Great Oaks students visited Seipelt Elementary School Tuesday, May 18, to talk to the children about everything from nursing to cake decorating. Heidi Huffer, the school’s title reading teacher and grade level coordinator, said the goal of Career Day was to show students how many opportunities are available to them. “What we’ve done in the past was invited partners from the community and parents to talk, but I thought these kids would connect with our students more,” she said. Students were polled about which careers they’d like to learn about and students studying those fields at Great Oaks were then invited to speak, Huffer said. Featured careers included culinary arts, emergency services, law enforcement, nursing and computer drafting.


Jarod McCarthy demonstrates how to put on firefighter gear during the Seipelt Elementary School Career Day Tuesday, May 18.


St. Louis School honored alum U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy and his family at a Memorial Mass May 14. From left are: Robert Neville, eighthgrader and scholarship winner Cathy Neville, seventh-grader and scholarship winner Daria Hofman, Tim Hofman and Bill and Jane Erdy.

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Alyssa Hinners talks to a group of students about nursing during Seipelt Elementary School Career Day Tuesday, May 18.


Seipelt Elementary School student Vance Geeslin decorates a cupcake during Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

St. Louis School and church honored U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy, fallen war hero and alum, and his family at a Memorial Mass at the school May 14. Through community support, the Nick Erdy Foundation offers scholarships to the schools that Erdy attended. Junior high students submitted essays

and winners of the scholarships were selected by the committee for demonstrations of Christian attitude, leadership and athletic participation. Winners were Cathy Neville of Fayetteville and Daria Hofman of Batavia.


St. Louis School honored alum U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy and his family at a Memorial Mass May 14. Here, fourth- and fifth-graders read a commemorative poem in Erdy’s honor.



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May 26, 2010

Suicides are on rise in Clermont County By John Seney

By the numbers

Suicides are on the rise in Clermont County. The total of confirmed cases rose to 39 in 2009, up from 29 in 2008, according to Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. In 2007, there were 22 suicides in the county, and in 2006, 14. This year, there have been eight, as of May 4. She said 2009 “was a really bad year.” Watson said the actual number of suicides might be h i g h e r because many suicide deaths are ruled Watson accidental overdoses. Also, Clermont County residents who complete suicides in other counties are not counted in these statistics. Mental health professionals are stepping up their efforts to cut the suicide rate. “People need to realize there is help out there,” Watson said. A suicide prevention hotline is available 24/7 at 528-SAVE. The hotline is staffed by mental health professionals. “People can call if they are experiencing a difficult time. You don’t have to be suicidal,” Watson said. Watson said schoolbased mental health pro-

High school students attend a youth summit on suicide prevention April 16 at UC Clermont College. grams are trying to raise awareness among young people. A youth summit on suicide prevention April 16 at UC Clermont College was attended by 180 students representing each high school in Clermont County, including Loveland. Dennis Virginia Dennis, prevention coordinator for Mental Health

America of Southwest Ohio, said the purpose of the summit was to get ideas about how to deal with teen suicide. Dennis said national surveys indicate 27 percent of high school students have thought about suicide and eight percent have made an attempt. “The professionals are looking to you guys to get information,” Dennis told the students at the summit. “We want you guys to give us the scoop.” The students talked


about suicide in small group sessions and then filled out surveys. The information collected was compiled and will be presented at a town hall meeting in the fall. Some of the topics discussed included the stigma of suicide, why teens might attempt suicide and bullying. Bullying was attributed as one of the factors leading to the suicide of a Glen Este cheerleader several years ago. Dennis, who was part of

Of the 39 suicides that occurred in Clermont County in 2009, 32 were by men and seven by women. The age group with the most suicides was 11 by those between age 40 and 49. Eighteen of the suicides, almost half, were by those between age 31 and 49. Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County

Mental Health and Recovery Board, said more middle-aged men are completing suicide, a trend she said could be tied to the economy. The statistics show suicides by young people also continue to rise. For those between the ages of 13 and 30, there were 10 suicides in 2009, nine in 2008 and four in 2007.

the crisis response team sent to the school after that suicide, said the girl had been friends with one group of students and then began hanging out with another group of students. She said there were indications she was feeling pressure from the former group of friends. The crisis team also found the girl was showing signs of depression leading up to the suicide, including declining grades, Dennis said. Jayne Wessel of Monroe Township is one parent who lost a young person to suicide. Her son, Aaron, was 20 at the time, six weeks short of his 21st birthday. He would have been a senior at Cleveland State University, having transferred his junior year from the University of Cincinnati. He was a graduate of New Richmond High School. “He was doing really well in school,” Wessel said. “He was an ‘A’ student.” Wessel said Aaron was sitting at their kitchen table one Sunday afternoon in

June 2006. A sheriff’s deputy pulled into the driveway Monday to tell the Wessels their son had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left no note or any indication he was contemplating suicide. “No one had an inkling,” she said. After Aaron’s death, Wessel and her husband Mike attended support groups and met with others who lost children to suicide. “We hear this story all the time,” she said. “It’s so frightening.” She said the support groups are helpful “knowing you aren’t the only ones experiencing this.” Wessel supports efforts like the youth summit. “Education is huge,” she said. Wessel said she believes help lines, crisis response teams and any other interventions are necessary and save lives. “I wish that Aaron had called a help line, a friend or anyone. Perhaps he would still be with us,” she said.

Economy may be taking toll on older men By John Seney

Suicide affects all age groups, but in the last several years, statistics point to more middle-aged men taking their own lives. “We can’t know for sure, but it is most likely tied to the economy,” said Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Of the 39 confirmed suicides in Clermont County in 2009, 18 were by people between the ages

of 31 and 49. Men accounted for 32 of the 39 suicides. Debra Clancy’s husband took his life 14 years ago when they was living in Massachusetts with three young children. Her husband was 31 years old at the time and had a history of mental illness. Clancy has since remarried and moved to Loveland. “It will always be a lifelong journey,” she said. “I am trying to make a difference rather than sweep it under the carpet.” Clancy is active in the local

chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is willing to tell her story “to anyone who will listen.” Since her husband’s death, she has learned a lot about mental illness. “He would never go for help or accept that there was something wrong,” she said. Her husband had a lot of high expectations of himself he felt he was unable to accomplish. After years of threats, he took his own life. Clancy said she had to deal

with the guilt of what she could of done to prevent his death, though she has since realized “there wasn’t anything I could have done.” Although her husband’s death probably was the result of his own mental problems rather than economic conditions, the stress of raising and supporting a young family could have been a contributing factor, she said. Clancy said the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers programs for those at risk of suicide and their families. The group’s national Web site is

Clermont suicides by age group

Age 2009 2008 2007 13-20 4 4 2 21-30 6 5 2 31-39 7 6 3 40-49 11 7 6 50-59 4 4 4 60-69 3 2 0 70-79 1 0 1 80+ 3 1 4 Total 39 29 22 Source: Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the local chapter’s site is

Social media can provide suicide warning signs By John Seney

Young people today convey their thoughts and feelings to their friends via social media like Facebook. That is often the case when those thoughts turn to suicide. Lee Ann Watson, associate director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said she has heard of recent cases where young people who committed suicide announced their intentions through social media. “It is happening,” she said. “It’s very sad.” A recent case involved a Loveland teenager who announced his intentions on social media before completing suicide. Virginia Dennis, prevention coordinator for Mental Health America of Southwest Ohio, said a

Hamilton County crisis team was sent to Loveland High School to counsel students. Because of the suicide, 22 students from Loveland High School were invited to attend a youth summit on suicide prevention April 16 at UC Clermont College. Dennis said the summit originally was intended just for high schools in Clermont County. Although Loveland High School is in Hamilton County, many of its students live in Clermont County. “I thought it was a really good idea to add them,” she said. Another case involving texting occurred after a suicide by a Felicity-Franklin High School student last year. A couple of the student’s friends were texting each other “If he can’t make it, neither can I,” said Guy Hopkins, FelicityFranklin principal. The students who were texting

Some of the warning signs include: Previous suicide attempts, feelings of helplessness, talking or writing about suicide, suffering a significant loss, sudden improvement after a period of depression, withdrawal from friends or school discipline problems. were counseled by school personnel with the help of the crisis team, Hopkins said. Randy Silar, a psychologist with the Clermont County Educational Service Center, was part of the crisis response team that visited Felicity-Franklin after the suicide. He said it was not uncommon after a suicide for friends of the

victim to contemplate suicide. “One of the primary things we do is to prevent contagion,” he said. Silar said the team passed out literature at the school, detailing warning signs of suicide. Some of them included: Previous suicide attempts, feelings of helplessness, talking or writing about suicide, suffering a significant loss, sudden improvement after a period of depression, withdrawal from friends or school discipline problems. Dennis is not surprised young people use social media to talk about suicide. “That’s how they talk to each other about everything,” she said. In one sense it can be a positive, she said, because youth are opening up and talking about their problems. A suicide can be prevented “if you pay attention to the warning signs.”

Dennis said social media is addressed now when suicide prevention programs go into the schools. “We talk about ‘what happens when you see this message?’” She said one example shows how communication can prevent a suicide. A couple of students at Milford High School got a message from a friend who was thinking about suicide. The two friends went to a teacher. “She (the teacher) called me,” Dennis said. “We worked together and got him help. I think with education and awareness it does make a huge difference.” Watson said the best way to deal with the problem is to educate young people to look for warning signs. “If you see something, tell somebody, tell an adult,” she said.

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This week in baseball

• Milford beat Walnut Hills 11-0 in five innings, May 14, in Division I Sectionals. Milford’s Frank Sullivan pitched seven strikeouts, and Nick Hittner was 2-2 with three RBI. • Bethel-Tate beat Goshen 10-0 in Division II Sectionals, May 14. • Clermont Northeastern beat Indian Hill 4-2, May 15, in Division II Sectionals. CNE’s Seth Varner was the winning pitcher, and Ryan Krebs hit a homerun and had three RBI. • Fairfield beat Milford 1110, May 20, in Division I sectional finals. Milford’s Wes Minton was 2-3 with a double. • McNicholas beat Clermont Northeastern 8-7 in Division II sectionals, May 20. McNick’s Chris Linneman pitched six strikeouts, and Tommy Fraiz was 3-5 with two RBI. CNE’s Troy Miller was 23 with three RBI.

This week in softball

• New Richmond beat Goshen 1-0, May 14, in Division II Sectionals. • Mercy beat McNicholas 9-0, May 14, in Division II Sectionals. • Fairfield beat Milford 1-0, May 18, in Division II Sectional finals. • Clermont Northeastern beat Deer Park 10-0 in the Division III sectional final, May 19. CNE’s Emily Anderson pitched nine strikeouts, and was 2-3 with a double and two RBI.

SAY soccer signups

Milford SAY Soccer is currently accepting applications for the fall season. Teams are forming for players ranging from 4 to 19 years old. Our instructional teams are for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old players with birthdays between Aug. 4, 2004, and July 31, 2007. Teams are also forming for older players in all other ages groups. Register by May 31 and receive an early bird discount and be guaranteed placement on a team. Find out more and register online at, or mail in an application to Milford Soccer, P.O .Box 67, Milford, OH 451500067.

This week in track

• Goshen boys placed first in the Division II District Meet, May 18. Goshen’s J. Allen won the long jump at 20 feet, 4 inches.

Milford grad heads to open

Michael Auterson (Milford Class of 2003) qualified to compete in the Sectional portion of the U.S. Golfers Association’s (USGA) U.S. Open Golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif., in June. Auterson’s caddie, Marc Rahall, is also an alumnus of Milford High School (2003). Auterson birdied the first playoff hole beating seven other players at Maketewah Country Club to advance. Sectional qualifying, which is played more than 36 holes, will be held at two international sites on May 24 and 13 sites in the United States June 7. Auterson will compete at a Florida site near his current residence. Auterson played four years of varsity golf at Milford High School during the 19992002 seasons.

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CNE softball, baseball teams bow out

Rockets post record-breaking seasons By Adam Turer

Even record-breaking seasons have to come to an end. For the softball and baseball programs at Clermont Northeastern High School, the 2010 season will live on in the record books. Each team set a singleseason record for most wins in program history. Each earned the top seed in its respective sectional tournament bracket. Each team lost a heartbreaking one-run game to end its tournament run. It took two days and 15 innings before the softball team was ousted from the tournament. CNE and Middletown Madison played two scoreless innings on Friday, May 21, before the game was postponed due to weather. The teams resumed play the next day and played 13 more innings. The game ended without an earned run scored by either team. Middletown Madison prevailed 1-0 on an unearned run in the 15th inning. “It was crushing,” head coach Bill Goldfuss said. “It is devastating to lose a game like that.” Each team had opportunities to score earlier in the game, but pitching and defense ruled the day. An errant throw to third base during a rundown allowed the winning run to score. “It was a great game, back and forth the whole time,” said Goldfuss. “We knew it would be a pitchers’ duel and we knew one bounce would decide the game. We can’t hold our heads.” The Rockets entered the game on a 13-game winning streak including shutouts of their first two postseason opponents. After earning a first-round bye, the Rockets defeated two opponents by a combined 15-0 to easily win a sectional title. CNE finished the season 24-4, 12-2 in Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference play. “I don’t think there’s any question that this is the best


Clermont Northeastern’s Hunter Voshell runs between second and third base Thursday, May 20, with Ryan Curran of McNicholas lunging for the ball during CNE’s loss to McNick, 8-7, in the Division II Sectional Championship finals.


Clermont Northeastern freshman shortstop Chelsae Osborn comes up throwing during a Lady Rocket win Thursday, May 6, over Amelia, 2-1. season I’ve had here as a coach,” Goldfuss said. “Especially when you consider that we basically had a whole new group of girls this year.” Only four seniors graduate from this team. Goldfuss will need to replace his entire outfield, but the infield and pitching staff will return intact. “Our seniors will be missed, but we have laid a nice foundation for the next three to four years,” Goldfuss said. “We have a lot to build on for next year.” It will be hard to top a 24win season, but the Rockets have the pitching and experience to make another deep run in 2011. The pressure will be even greater next season, but Goldfuss in confi-

dent that his team will respond well. “The girls know that next year we’ll be the hunted, not the hunters,” he said. “We had close games all year, so we’re used to the pressure. The kids responded well to it. They played their hearts out.” In head coach Mike Kirk’s second year at the helm, the baseball team posted a school record 21 wins. The Rockets also set a school record for most league wins, posting a 12-1 mark in Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference play. The Rockets secured the top seed in the Division II sectional tournament and earned a first round bye. The long break between games

may have been more of a detriment than a benefit to the red-hot Rockets. “It was hard to stay fresh with the layoff,” Kirk said. “It was difficult to keep the kids fresh and focused in practice. We felt we had a lot to prove.” Their momentum slowed, the Rockets were upset by McNicholas High School, 87, May 20 in the sectional final. It was only the second loss of the season for CNE ace Seth Varner. The senior pitcher set a school singleseason record with 99 strikeouts. As a team, the Rockets posted a 0.81 ERA in conference games. “Seth was able to throw a lot of big games for us,” said Kirk. “We also had good pitching behind him.” The Rockets dominated league play, outscoring opponents by a total of 120-21. “Our goal going into the season was to win the conference,” Kirk said.

It was the first outright league title for the baseball program since 2000. The Rockets will graduate five seniors, all starters. There is a deep class of juniors and most of the 10 seniors-to-be saw varsity action this year. “We will have kids step in to those positions next year,” Kirk said. “We are excited about the future here. We don’t want this to be our only league title for the next 10 years.” For those returning players, this season raised expectations for the program and gave the players a boost of confidence. They know that they will likely be the favorite to win the SBAAC crown next season and will get each opponent’s best shot each game. “I think confidence will be a huge thing for us next year, knowing we can beat anybody and win big games,” Kirk said. “We want to win the league again and win a sectional title.”

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It’s a miracle


Milford High School graduate Adam Miracle, on left, celebrates with his Mt. Olive College volleyball teammate Alex Hoekstra, a Lakota East graduate, after winning the Conference Carolina Championships. Miracle was also named Freshman of the Year in the Top Conference Men’s Volleyball Awards.

Fairfield High School got the best of Milford’s baseball and softball teams last week as the Eagles suffered a pair of season-ending losses on the diamond. Milford’s baseball team fell during the Division I Sectional Championship finals Thursday, May 20, with its loss to Fairfield, 11-10. The Lady Eagles’ softball team was dispatched by Fairfield, 1-0, during the Divison I Sectional Championship finals Tuesday, May 18. The Eagle boys finished at 17-11 overall while taking first place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference

Buckeye Division with an 82 conference record. Wes Minton led the Milford boys with 44 hits, 12 doubles, eight triples, 39 runs and a .489 batting average in 2010. Minton also contributed 35 RBI and six stolen bases. A.J. Wilson batted .329 while finishing with a teamhigh 36 RBI. Finishing with a team batting average of .341, Milford’s boys had eight players with 20 hits or more this spring. Milford’s softball team finished at 18-9 overall while taking third place in the FAVC Buckeye Division

at 7-3 in the conference. Sarah Alley led the Lady Eagles both at the plate and from the mound in 2010. Alley finished at 18-9 overall while throwing 169 innings for Milford with 230 strikeouts, seven shutouts and a 0.83 ERA. Offensively, Alley led Milford in numerous categories with 44 hits, 29 runs, 14 doubles, a .468 average and a .528 on-base percentage. Kara Atwell (.368 average with 28 hits and 22 RBI) and Brittany Norman (.321 average with 25 hits and team-high 25 RBI) also hit above the .300 mark for the Lady Eagles this spring.



May 26, 2010

Sports & recreation

McNick rockets to district title By Mark Chalifoux

The McNicholas High School baseball team got hot at the end of the season, winning a sectional title with an 87 win over No. 1 seeded New Richmond May 20 and drawing a familiar foe, Tippecanoe, in the Division II District final. The Rockets got after Tippecanoe and won the district title with a 5-2 win. “We faced them in the district six years ago,” McNick baseball coach Willy Corbett

said. “They were a top team in their league and were a lot like us. They have a few good pitchers and solid hitting.” The Rockets have benefited from some timely hitting. They broke the New Richmond game open with a big third inning as McNick scored six runs in the third frame. “That was the key,” Corbett said. “We had some key plays with two outs that turned a three-run inning into a six-run inning.” The team won dramatically over Roger Bacon 5-4 in extra

innings May 13 in the Rockets’ first tournament game. The game featured several lead changes and several big plays at the plate and McNick won in the 12th inning. “That was as great a high school baseball game as you can have,” Corbett said. “It was as entertaining as it gets.” McNick’s offense has been carrying the load lately for the Rockets (14-14), who have now won seven of their last eight games. “We’re all kind of sharing the load and hitting the ball

really well,” Corbett said. “The guys have been hitting up and down the lineup and even when they aren’t hitting they get on base. They have been aggressive in nature. We’re not afraid to run and make things happen on the base paths.” Tim Gormly is hitting .432, Jesse Mehring is hitting .414, Craig Hyson is hitting .406 and leads the team in RBI with 30 and Ryan Curran is hitting .400. “Our top four hitters are hitting .400 and we moved


Tim Gormly puts down a bunt in the third inning of play against Clermont Northeastern in the sectional final May 20. Pat Fitzgerald to the four spot and he’s come along really well. Tommy Fraiz has been in the leadoff spot and keeps getting on base and that’s definitely a strength for us,” Corbett said. Gormly had three RBI against Tippecanoe and Fraiz and Fitzgerald each had a double. Hyson had three hits as well. “More importantly, we’re pitching a little better and fielding much better. We struggled defensively early and we’re making the plays now,” Corbett said. McNick turned two double plays against New Richmond. Chris Linneman has thrown the most innings for

the team and leads McNick with five wins. Ryan Haynes was strong against Roger Bacon and picked up the win against Tippecanoe. Haynes, the team’s top strikeout pitcher, had nine strikeouts in the win. Bobby Jubak and Andrew Lamping are two seniors who have been solid on the mound as well for McNick. Corbett said playing a tough schedule makes a “huge difference” for McNick in the tournament and battletested Rockets are moving on to the regional tournament. McNick’s next game is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the University of Dayton against Franklin.

Track, District Championships

Locals across all three divisions for Ohio high school track concluded districts Saturday, May 22, with the top four individuals in each event advancing to regionals. Below is a list of district champions from the local high schools:

Division I Districts (Mason)

Boys 800: 1, senior Nick Regueyra (Milford), 1:57.62. Boys High jump: 1, junior Hayden Frey (Moeller), 6-02.

Division II Districts

Boys 400: 1, freshman Marcus Casey (Goshen), 50.95. Girls 800: 1, junior Lauren Clark (McNicholas), 2:17.79. Boys 1,600: 1, senior Jeff Griffiths (McNicholas), 4:28.67. Girls 100 hurdles: 1, senior Haley Fitzpatrick (McNicholas), 15.84. Boys 4x400 relay: 1, McNicholas, 3:30.01. Girls 4x800 relay: 1, McNicholas, 10:08.09. Boys 4x800 relay: 1, McNicholas, 8:19.91. Girls Discus: 1, junior Sarah Hayes (McNicholas), 95-06. Girls High jump: 1, sophomore Rebecca Heise (McNicholas), 5-02. Girls Long jump: 1, senior Aja Pettit (Goshen), 16-01. Boys Long jump: 1, junior Jake Allen (Goshen), 20-04. Girls Shot put: 1, junior Sarah Hayes (McNicholas), 3405.25.


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Thank you for belt check

Clermont County Safe Communities has just completed a county-wide seat belt check at all our high schools. This project was initiated to bring awareness to high school students about the importance of buckling up. In cooperation with all the county schools and UC Clermont, volunteers checked several thousand vehicles during April and early May. A project this comprehensive does not happen easily, nor without the cooperation of many people. Administrators and school resource officers from Goshen, New Richmond, Milford, Felicity, Amelia, Batavia, Grant Career Center, Live Oaks, Williamsburg, Bethel, Clermont Northeastern, Glen Este and UC Clermont were all interested and cooperative about hosting the checks. Law enforcement officials from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Goshen PD, New Richmond PD, Miami Township PD, Felicity PD, Williamsburg PD, Union Township PD and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post all assisted in this project. Student drivers that were buckled up were given a coupon from Chick-fil-A at Eastgate, courtesy of owners Tom and Callie Sutton. Thanks to all these volunteers and partners, all area high school students have had a lesson in seat belt safety. My sincere appreciation to all involved. Martha Enriquez, MS Safe communities coordinator Clermont County General Health District Bauer Road Batavia Township

Thanks for the apology

Thanks to Mayor Amy Brewer for her heartfelt apology for her little faux pas, though she appar-

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CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Should a U.S. Supreme Court justice have prior judicial experience? Why or why not? “The U.S. Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the law of the land. Justices need to understand all the nuances of the law and relate current questions to the precedents that have gone before. “The most important attribute is to understand the law. Being a bench judge is certainly good experience but it is not the primary duty of a Supreme Court justice. Deep judicial understanding of the law, a breadth of academic experience and exceptional logical skills and intelligence are much more important. “A new justice will have a long time to learn the skills of the bench on the job and the benefit of the best teachers in the land, his or her fellow justices.” F.S.D. “Yes, by all means. Some top jobs, like president, are filled by persons with no experience, but the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. If a justice is found lacking in judicial skills it’s too late.” R.V. “The question is not ‘should’ – which forces a negative response to imply they should not. That would be ridiculous. “The proper question is ‘must’ – as in, ‘Must a US Supreme Court Justice have prior judicial experience?’ “My answer is no, but I would expect that he or she bring other



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This week’s question Which roads in your community are most in need of repair? Does the Reds’ early-season success make it more likely that you will go to a game, or more games, this season? Why or why not? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. legal experience and qualifications to the table, such as being a long term and well-respected Harvard Law School professor. E.S. “I would think that a rational individual would respond by saying something like, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’ Likewise, the question ‘Why or why not?’ should be unnecessary. … “Serving as a magistrate in our judicial system will at least give a candidate some experience in seeing both sides of issues that end up in court, even if they remain biased. “To appoint someone who has no such judicial experience to the position of Supreme Court of the United States justice is simply ludicrous. It would be akin to appointing someone with no medical experience to head the AMA.” B.B.







Here we go again, into Silly Season; primary elections are over and the serious business of jostling for petty interests and personal vendettas begins. It’s interesting just how out of sync our little town is. Milford comes to all issues too late. And when there are no issues to beat to death, we opt for flat-out tawdry. Witness the neo-lynching of the ex-mayor at the most recent council meeting. She was done in by the morals vigilantes – they have an agenda that is hard to decipher other than it concerns whatever they find wrong. I always enjoy scenes of metaphorical immolation mostly because I am a fan of Savonarola, (1452-1498; vehemently preached against the moral corruption . . . (was) hanged in chains from a single cross and an enormous fire was lit beneath ... (He was) executed in the same place where the “Bonfire of the Vanities” had been lit - from Wikipedia; little bit of history there). It’s always instructive to watch Karl Marx’s dictum in action: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

But the sex thing is not the only contretemps brewing: Our zoning codes are under attack from a former council person whose lawyer is the forLen Harding mer mayor. Community Is that special Press guest or what? decide if columnist thisCan’t is a case of extortion or professional suicide; extortion because the formal council member said he will “turn in” everyone else who also violates the zoning ordinance he seeks to overturn (this is hearsay, I have not had a direct conversation with him or with city administration on the subject – only been told this by other parties involved). Professional suicide because while the former mayor may find this to be a case of protecting the sacred rights of developers who wish to do as they please, he has to realize that others will note that he did not move to change the regulation he seeks to destroy while he was on council. He’s either a charlatan (which

probably isn’t a professional kiss of death among lawyers), or too dense to see that he was in on both ends of this dispute and thus failed to act in the best interest of his client on at least one of the occasions – he either failed to protect Milford, which he swore he would do; or he is leading his client to defeat knowingly – and for pay. Either way, the city continues to be made to look foolish at the hands of those who are (and were) suppose to work in our interests. What’s worse is that while the city is allegedly worried about the expense and effort that will be required to deal with the situation of a known scofflaw, it could spend thousands on high-tech equipment and gadgetry to pursue two rather ordinary people whose real offense is philandering, something that is not really a threat to the city, just its reputation. Meanwhile, we await further development of the morals squad’s agenda. Stay tuned. Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford, where he has lived on and off since 1947. You can reach Harding at

Take time to remember this Memorial Day According to a recent Gallup Poll, only 28 percent of Americans know the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Each war has taken many loved ones but it seems we have become calloused to those sacrifices that will impact a family for the rest of their lives. I can only assume this occurs because current wars touch a small portion of our society. As the old saying goes “out of sight, out of mind.” When a family loses a loved one through military action it is unimaginable that our society treats it so casually. For mothers who have a 9year-old child, I would like to give you something to think about. Imagine, in only 9 more years your child will be 18 and legally qualified to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. That also means he or she could be put in harm’s way that may require the ultimate sacrifice. I feel a true sense of sadness because it’s highly likely this will come true. I’m not saying this to be mean spirited but to simply put the situation into proper perspective that creates real feeling, sensitivity and appreciation and not

just a date on the calendar for another three-day weekend. I pray our wars will end and none of our young men and women will be taken. Dan Bare Since the RevCommunity olutionary War, Journal Guest more than 1.3warriors Columnist million have made the ultimate sacrifice. The loss of each one created great pain and suffering for their mother, father, other family members and friends. While the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may touch fewer families, and the number killed is lower than most previous wars, tell that to the mother who lost her son or daughter. This is not all about total numbers because the true heartache is felt by one mother at a time. The eldest of all the mothers that still feels the pain are those that lost a son or daughter in Vietnam. Yes, the mothers would be in their 80s but are still thinking about their child.

A friend of mine recently shared a quote from John Stuart Mill: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” This Memorial Day, think about all those fighting men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and liberties. Try to look at each one from a mother’s perspective. Please take time to honor them properly and pray for emotional and spiritual peace for their family members and especially mothers who still clearly remember the days when their son or daughter was 9 years old. Danny D. Bare is executive director of the Clermont County Veteran Service Commission. He is a Vietnam Combat Veteran.

Plan for township sidewalks rolls on I was happy to learn during the May 18 Miami Township trustees meeting that the township’s Vision2025 Comprehensive Plan on the Pathway Priorities project is moving a step closer to reality. Soon we should expect to see bids for sidewalks along Ohio 28, adding to the segments along Buckwheat and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill roads. The entire plan will take a long time, but the work of the original “pathways” committee is bearing fruit and the individuals who were involved should be commended again for their vision. I did a report on the pathways project while I was in high school and to be able to see the plan and then be on some of the roads on a regular basis I think that I can understand the value of this project, and while I was hoping to see

sidewalks on Ohio 131 before I graduated high school, maybe they will be in place by the time my brother graduates in four years. I am happy Joseph to see some visual that Langschwager evidence sidewalks are Community coming to the Press Guest area. I know Mr. Columnist Fronk, the trustees, and the Ohio Department of Transportation are working hard to get the ball rolling. Good luck to them. I hope the township can get sidewalks in place for the high and junior high school students in the next few years so students

may walk to school with less risk. I rode my bike to school most mornings so I would have benefited from bike lanes and safer crossings on main routes (such as Ohio 131 and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill). I know the plan is in the works but will take time to be implemented. I hope the township and its residents stay true to the plan, and seek to accelerate the timetable. The trustees have done a great job getting the approvals and I personally would like to see the sidewalks done well before 2025, but construction is always weather dependent and this is a huge project, so best of luck to the township. Joseph Langschwager is a member of the Milford High School Class of 2010. He lives on Eagle Ridge in Miami Township.

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Orin, left, and Levi Housh hold some of the strawberries their mother Michelle, in the berry patch, grows on Monterey-Maple Grove Road in Jackson Township.

Strawberry lovers can pick their own By John Seney

A new U-pick strawberry farm has opened in Jackson Township. Michelle Housh of Maple Rey Farms said even though this is the first year for the half-acre strawberry patch, she has been practicing for about four years. “I was trying to do the best, with the least amount of chemicals I could,” she said. Though not fully organic, she is trying to use as many organic and natural methods as possible. Practicing included learning how to keep the strawberries from spreading out of control, getting the right spacing between rows and making the patch “peoplefriendly” so customers could pick their own. Picking season began in mid-May and is expected to last until the beginning of July. So far, business has been good, Housh said. The biggest obstacle has been the rainy weather. “We’re praying for sun,” she said. The farm is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Maple Rey Farms is at 4962 Monterey-Maple Grove Road, between U.S. 50 and Jackson Pike. Parking is

available, with room to park a bus for school visits. There also is a rest room available. Containers are provided for pickers. The price is $1.50 a pound. Picked strawberries are available for $2.50 a pound. Housh suggests calling 833-5354 first to check for availability. She decided to start the farm because she couldn’t find any U-pick strawberry farms close to her. “All the U-picks are gone.” Housh said there is a lot of work involved in the farm, but it’s something she likes to do. “It’s beautiful and I enjoy it,” she said. “I love to garden.” She gets a lot of help from her husband, Michael, who farms. Latham Farley, of The Ohio State University Agricultural Extension Office in Clermont County, said Maple Rey is the only Upick strawberry farm he knows about now open in the county. He has talked to several other farmers who are planning U-pick strawberry farms, but they are not ready to open this year. Rouster’s Apple House, 1986 Ohio 131 in Stonelick Township, every year grow blackberries and blueberries for U-pick which will be ready later this summer, said co-owner Donna Rouster.

Members of the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Civil War re-enactors, line up at the dedication May 22 of the Cook Log House in Goshen Township.


Log house dedicated in Goshen Township

Goshen Township paid tribute to its history with the dedication Saturday, May 22, of the Cook Log House. The house is part of the Marr Education Center at Cook Farm on the campus of Goshen High School, 6707 Goshen Road. Jim Poe, president of the Goshen Township Historical Society, said the original log house on the site was built in 1803. The land was acquired by the Goshen Local School District after the death of Aurelia Ellen Cook, who lived at the farm her entire life. The historical society leased the farm site from the school district and rebuilt the house with a new foundation. Farm buildings at the site also will be restored as part of the education center. The dedication was part of a weekend of activities May 21-23 which included the encampment of the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Civil War re-enactors.


Civil War re-enactors from the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry camped at the Marr Education Center at Cook Farm in Goshen Township the weekend of May 21 to May 23. From left are Dwight Mullins of Lebanon, Mike Davis of Columbus and Sam Davis of Dover.

THINGS TO DO Community dinner

SonRise Community Church is hosting a Community Dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the church office building, 203 Mill St. in Milford. Dinner is prepared by church volunteers. It includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. The event is free. Call 543-9008.

Fish fry

Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562 is hosting a fish fry 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at 1596 Ohio 131. Dinners include fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and fries. Carryout is available. The cost is $6 and up. Call 575-2102.

Book fair

Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in the Nature Shop, 4949 Tealtown Road. It includes books with nature, science and wildlife themes for elementary school-age children. Non-members pay daily admission; free for members. Call 831-1711 or visit www.


Rich Pierce of Ohio 727 loads a cannon May 22 at the Marr Education Center at Cook Farm in Goshen Township.


Magician Taylor Martin of Indianapolis, right, demonstrates a magic trick with Goshen Township Trustee Jack Kuntz May 22 during activities at the Cook Log House in Goshen Township.


Cook Log House in Goshen Township was dedicated May 22.


Clermont County Public Library is hosting the Volunteers of the Library meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at the Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131. Learn more information on how you can help with library fundraising and book fairs events. Call 2480700 or visit www.clermont

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Lee Lewis of Goshen Township fires a cannon May 22 at the Marr Education Center at Cook Farm in Goshen Township. JOHN SENEY/STAFF

Jim Poe, president of the Goshen Township Historical Society, speaks at the Cook Log House dedication ceremonies May 22.


The plaque on the front of the Cook Log House in Goshen Township.



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Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Free. 683-2340; Loveland. Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Moonstone Salon, 7466 Beechmont Ave. Suite 414, Paintings provided by local artist Pamela Ramey created by Ugandan orphans who have lost one or both parents. All pieces on sale. Benefits Ugandan villages where artists reside. Free. Through June 30. 231-4300. Anderson Township.


Clermont Chamber of Commerce Morning Mixer, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Commercial Construction Management & Resource Group, Inc. (CCMR), 151 Castleberry Court, Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 831-3138; Milford.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Beechmont Squares, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Pick your own strawberries, browse garden center, pet goats and view ducklings. $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. Presented by Blooms and Berries Farm Market. 697-9173; Loveland.


Community Dinner, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. SonRise Community Church Office Building, 203 Mill St. Dinner prepared by church volunteers. Includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Free. Presented by SonRise Community Church. 543-9008. Milford. Police Appreciation Banquet, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Honors Clermont County’s lawenforcement community. Cocktails, 5:30 p.m. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 752-4400; Union Township.


Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Applebee’s, 4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. With half-price appitizers and drink specials. 752-0700. Union Township.

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To submit calendar items, go to “” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Summer Story Time, 10 a.m. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. Stories, games and crafts. Ages 0 to 6. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 732-2128. Batavia. Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. New Richmond Branch Library, 103 River Valley Blvd. Interactive story time with parent. Tickle time, lullaby rhymes, songs and short stories to introduce your child to literature. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 553-0570. New Richmond.


Waiting on Ben, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Bucks Tavern, 3299 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, 677-3511; Loveland.


Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road. Nature Shop. Includes books with nature, science and wildlife themes for elementary school-age children. Non-members pay daily admission; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township.

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Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland. Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Moonstone Salon, Free. 231-4300. Anderson Township.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 17. 474-3100; Anderson Township. Constitutional Class for Young People, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Queen City Room A&B. Learn things schools are no longer teaching. Get informed about basis of Constitutional rights and liberties and how to protect them. Class uses “The 5,000 Year Leap” book. $5. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 843-5551, ext. 110; Union Township.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS FOOD & DRINK Thursday Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 p.m. “Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See. Milford-Miami Township Branch Library, 1099 Ohio 131, Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 248-0700. Milford.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Ages 3-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia. Drop-In Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Stories, dance and a craft. Ages 3-6. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township. Drop-In Toddler Time Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Union Township Branch Library, 4462 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Stories, songs and play. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 528-1744. Union Township.

Friday Night Grillouts, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music by Katie Pritchard. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Includes specialty and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95-$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663. Symmes Township. Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Doc Dan & the Stray Dog Band, classic rock ‘n’ roll songs from the 1960s to the 1980s. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road. 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel. Fish Fry, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes coleslaw and fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.


Sonny Moorman Group, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Red Rock Tavern, 3159 Montgomery Road. $5. 444-4991; Deerfield Township.


Murder on the Oriental Rug, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, 180 E. Main St. Interactive satire of Agatha Christie-style murder mystery with a twist. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by The Clermont Inn Players. 732-2174; Batavia. PROVIDED


Friday Night Racing, 4:30 p.m. Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road. Quartermile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. $13$15, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. Through Oct. 1. 937-444-6215; Williamsburg.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Family Movie Night, 7 p.m. “Down and Derby,” a family comedy movie about a small town Pinewood Derby competition. First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills, 1674 Eight Mile Road. Free. 474-2441. Anderson Township.


Village-Wide Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Village of New Richmond, 102 Willow St. Business and residential sales. 553-4146. New Richmond. Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Nonmembers pay daily admission; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 9


Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland. Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Moonstone Salon, Free. 231-4300. Anderson Township.


Genealogy Classes, 1 p.m. Doris Wood Branch Library, 180 S. Third St. For anyone interested in learning about researching family history or interested in improving their research methods. With Adele Blanton and members of the Clermont County Genealogical Society. Free. Presented by Clermont County Genealogical Society. 723-3423; Batavia.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 2 p.m.-9 p.m.The Suburbanites, two piece folk/pop/blues/funk band, 2-5 p.m. and John Ford, folk, blues, roots and rock. Harmony Hill Vineyards, 50 cents per sample. 7343548; Bethel.


Bob Cushing, 7 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. 697-9705. Loveland.

Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting a Herpetology Program from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. It is their monthly meeting. The Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society discusses reptiles and amphibians. Admission is $3, $1 children; free for members. It is family friendly. Call 831-1711 or visit


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m. MJ’s on Main, 18 Main St. Free. 8319888. Milford.


Featherey Fun, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Make up to three bird related crafts. Ages 5-10. $2, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Murder on the Oriental Rug, 7:30 p.m. Clermont Inn, $30. Reservations required. 7322174; Batavia.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. Through Oct. 31. 683-5692; Loveland.


Village-Wide Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Village of New Richmond, 553-4146. New Richmond. Scholastic Book Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, Nonmembers pay daily admission; free for members. 831-1711; Union Township. S U N D A Y, M A Y 3 0


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.

HOLIDAY - MEMORIAL DAY Memorial Day Service, 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Amelia, 85 W. Main St. Includes memorabilia on display and special music. With guest speaker Commissioner Bob Proud. 753-5761. Amelia.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.


Summer Wine Sampling and Entertainment Series, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Michael Rickey, a singer/songwriter whose acoustic, electric style is a blend of Dave Mathews and Lyle Lovett, and Michela, blues, folk, rock. Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery, 50 cents per sample. 734-3548; Bethel.


Splash!, 6 a.m.-7:30 a.m. M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike. Thirty-minute, scheduled water safety lessons. YMCA certified aquatic instructors teach backyard and community pool, boating, and beach safety. Children receive introductory swim lessons. Ages 511. Free. Registration required. 474-1400. Anderson Township.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.

HOLIDAY - MEMORIAL DAY HEALTH / WELLNESS Memorial Day Services, 10 a.m. Services will end in time for attendees to join the American Legion services for veterans buried in the adjoining cemetery. Old Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, Bantam, East Fork State Park, Presented by Old Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Society. 7342819. Bethel.


Open Jam Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Red Rock Tavern, 3159 Montgomery Road. Free. 4444991; Deerfield Township.


Holiday Kids’ Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Isabella, 10174 LovelandMadeira Road. Registration 9 a.m. Trophies awarded. Ages 12 and under with an adult. Space is limited. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Symmes Township. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 1


Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Moonstone Salon, Free. 231-4300. Anderson Township.


Frontier Squares Square Dance Classes, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall Milford, 111 Race St. No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Aug. 31. 9292427; Milford.

Community Blood Drive. 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Williamsburg Fire and EMS, 915 W. Main St. Free. Appointments recommended. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 724-7382. Williamsburg.


Karaoke with DJ Julie J, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Red Rock Tavern, 3159 Montgomery Road. Free. 444-4991; Deerfield Township. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 2

EDUCATION Splash!, 6 a.m.-7:30 a.m. M.E. Lyons YMCA, Free. Registration required. 474-1400. Anderson Township. EXERCISE CLASSES

Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, $5. 310-5600; Pierce Township.


Pick Your Own Strawberries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, $1.75 per pound. Daily picking times change, check website. 697-9173; Loveland.


First Wednesday Book Group, 2 p.m. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. Amelia Branch Library, 58 Maple St. Adults. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 752-5580. Amelia.


New Richmond Concert Series, 7 p.m. Praise and Honor Concert. The Bandstand, George and Susanna Way. Free. Presented by Village of New Richmond. 553-4146. New Richmond.


Makin’ Tracks, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Children and their families can make up to three crafts and learn about the footprints animals leave behind. $2; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3 1


Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.


The newly renovated Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery at the Newport Aquarium will show off some of the strangest marine animals there are, such as a fish that walks and crabs with 10-feet-long legs. Pictured is a Giant Pacific octopus that will be on display in a new multi-dimensional, 360 degree, see-through aquarium. The aquarium begins extended summer hours Friday, May 28, which are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and last until Sept. 4. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $22, $15 for ages 2-12, and free for 2 and under. Visit


Friendly Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Lutheran Church, 1300 White Oak Road. $5. Through Dec. 29. 310-5600; Pierce Township.


The ASA Action Sports World Tour comes to Kings Island from Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, with five of the top pro skateboarders and BMX stars from the X Games showcasing their talents with performances each day. Skateboarders Anthony Furlong and Josh Stafford and BMX riders Jay Eggleston, Koji Kraft and Jimmy Walker (pictured) will perform. The shows are free with park admission or a season pass. Visit


Some thoughts on going or not going to church We don’t go to church for God’s sake, we go for ours. Some think when we worship we’re doing God a favor. There’s also the impression we’re gaining points with God or using our attendance as a bargaining chip – “I do this for you, God, now you do something good for me!” Worshipping with those attitudes proves one thing – our spiritual life is in the childish category. God doesn’t need favors, doesn’t keep count, and doesn’t enter into quid pro quo deals, i.e. you scratch my divine back and I’ll scratch yours. God just loves us intensely. Worshipping is just one of many ways that we say with our lives, “And I love you, too!” More than clergy encourage developing the spiritual dimension of a person’s life. Psychiatrist Carl

Jung reached the conclusion that besides sexuality and aggression, there was in us a religious function of the utmost importance which we neglect at our peril. In “Modern Man In Search of a Soul,” Jung wrote: “Among all my patients in the second half of life, that is to say over 35, there has not been one whose problem in the past resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. “It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has really healed who did not regain this religious outlook.” True spiritual health programs psychological health, and vice versa. “True” is italicized because not all organized religions are

healthy. Religion is, ironically, the safest place to hide from God and become spiritually malformed. But in its healthy forms, religion is also one of the best places to find God. So, caveat emptor! Let the buyer (believer) beware. Humans are social beings. Gathering together for a common purpose in a church or temple, listening to the words of scripture, hymns, preaching and prayers gradually forms us. God’s grace is subtly present. If we’re open to it we gain personal insights into the meaning of life itself as well as our own individual lives and relationships. All this engenders understanding, serenity and a courage amidst the storms that often rage outside or inside us. When the spiritual dimension of life is undeveloped, we lack this


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invisible means of support. Lacking faith, the weight of our struggles and sufferings can intensify or overwhelm us. A minister, preaching on the need to grow spiritually, entitled his sermon it: “Faith: you can’t wait ’til you need it.” Some excuses for not attending church are the following. 1. “Look at the news, there’s just a bunch of hypocrites there.” That’s correct. A church or temple is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners. 2. “Organized religion is just a crutch to try and handle life.” Response? “And what makes you think you don’t limp?” 3. “I pray better to God by myself in nature.” That’s wonderful. But we still benefit much from the communal nature of worship. 4. “I don’t get anything out of


the religious service, so who go?” Granted, some places of worship are not in touch with people’s needs today. They offer ill-prepared servFather Lou ices, mediocre Guntzelman music and inadequate preaching. Perspectives If that’s so, try somewhere else. Your spiritual life is too important to abandon. 5. “I’m too busy to attend church services.” Guess whose priorities are out of whack? Yes, life is too busy. But the question Jesus Christ once asked still holds true: “What does it profit you to gain the whole world and lose yourself in the process?” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Selling home might reveal true property value actually sold for next to nothing recently and she believes its those sales that have adversely affected her home’s value. “We’re definitely finding that values can be lower than the auditor’s assessed value because that value was done a few years ago,” said Guy Wesselkamper, a certified residential appraiser. Wesselkamper, who was not involved in McGee’s

appraisal, said one local survey done by another appraiser found area home values have lost about 10 year’s worth of appreciation. “The median value in 2000 was $129,000. It went up to $133,000, then $138,400, and it kept going up. Then it started going down, and right now we’re at $129,000 again,” he said. McGee said, “I just feel

like there are other people out there that aren’t aware of what’s going on and they need to find out. They may be planning on selling their house expecting to get one amount, and they’re not going to get it.” Fortunately, those buying McGee’s house really wanted it, even though a second appraisal also put the value at $530,000. As a result, they paid additional money to make

the deal work – but McGee said she still lost money. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said he’s not surprised by the drop in the home’s value. He said some prior appraisals had been greatly inflated and now appraisers may actually be deflating values in order to protect the banks. In addition, the county’s last mass appraisal was in 2008 – just before many values dropped. Rhodes

said new county appraisals will be done next Howard Ain year and will take Hey Howard! effect in January, 2012. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


You could be paying too much in property taxes if the value of your house has dropped significantly. Unfortunately, you may not realize just how much of a drop there’s been until you go to sell it. That’s what an area woman says she’s learned. Mary McGee said she was fine with the county auditor’s value of her Loveland house, which had gone up in value over the six years she’s owned and made improvements to it. McGee says, “When I went to sell the house my expectation was I would be able to sell it for at least what it was appraised for.” The auditor’s website set the value at $630,000. “There was no problem with the buyer, it’s just that when his appraiser came back, (hired by) his mortgage company, the appraisal was so low it just devastated us, devastated everyone,” said McGee. The house was appraised at $530,000, which is $100,000 lower than the value given by the county auditor in his 2008 appraisal. In fact, at that time, the auditor said her home had actually increased in value. “I didn’t do anything but pay more taxes, and then I really didn’t feel the effect of this until I sold my home. I’m wondering about other people, (I’m speaking up) for other people,” she said. McGee said some of the homes in her neighborhood and surrounding area have

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We finally got most of the garden in, except for pickling cucumbers, more summer squash and pumpkins. Our corn is up a couple of inches, and the bachelor buttons that I transplanted from volunteer seeds (they overwintered in the garden) have turned into a 20-foot row of bobbing pink and blue flowers. They make a nice border next to the early greens. And if Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll soon be picking strawberries and gathering in my kitchen to make homemade jams. We like the cooked jam and the recipe is always included in the box of pectin that you buy.

Sugar-free strawberry jam

Try this with other berries and gelatin, as well. 2 cups strawberries 1 cup cold water 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin, sugar free Crush berries in saucepan. Add water and gelatin and mix well. Over medium heat, bring mixture to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a few minutes. Pour into jars, let set until cool, and then cover. Store in the refrigerator for a week or frozen up to a month or so.

Homemade gourmet strawberry syrup

Try this over ice cream, pancakes or even as a flavoring for sodas and shakes. Pour some into some carbonated water or lemon soda and crushed ice for an impromptu spritzer. Again, any type of good, ripe berry can be used. Minimum cooking time is the key to freshness. You’ll get about 3 cups.

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

4 generous cups ripe strawberries, c a p s removed 1 cup water Sugar R e d food colori n g (optional)

Line colander or strainer with double layer of damp cheesecloth. Set over bowl. Combine berries and water and bring slowly to boiling point. Reduce heat and cook very slowly for 10 minutes. Pour into lined colander/strainer and let stand, without squeezing, until juice has dripped into bowl. Then gently squeeze pulp to get remaining juice. Measure juice into saucepan. For every cup of juice, add 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and syrup comes to a boil. Boil two minutes. Remove from heat, skim off foam and put a few drops of coloring in if you want. Pour into clean jars and cool. Cover and refrigerate up to two months or freeze up to a year. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

Speed scratch strawberry crisp

Or should I call it strawberry “dump” cake? This uses the same technique for the popular “dump” cakes, where you just “dump” ingredients in a pan, layering as you go. Make this with 2 pounds frozen, unsweetened berries if you can’t get fresh. Try raspberries in here, too. 7-8 cups strawberries, caps removed 1 box, 18.25 oz, plain

yellow cake mix 2 sticks butter or margarine, cut into little pieces Whipped cream for garnish Toasted slivered almonds for garnish (optional but good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put berries in bottom of sprayed 13-by-9 baking pan. Cover with half of dry cake mix. Sprinkle half of butter over mix. Cover with rest of mix and sprinkle rest of butter pieces of top. Bake 1 hour or so until golden and crisp on top. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and a sprinkling of the toasted nuts.

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Tips from readers

Cottage cheese pie: This is one popular pie. Most readers, including Joan Daugherty, who baked “Pie No. 3,” said it took a lot longer to bake, up to 11⁄2 hours, though it was delicious. Some of you wanted to know what kind of canned milk is in Mrs. Bauer’s recipe. My thinking is it is evaporated, not condensed. Darker sauerbraten gravy: I’m still getting tips about this, and most, including Marge Thomas of Western Hills, said to either brown it in a dry skillet on top of the stove, or put it in an ovenproof skillet and brown slowly in the oven, stirring occasionally. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is a herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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RELIGION Eastgate Baptist Church

The Proclaim Ministry Team from Pensacola Christian College will present their program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 30, at the church. Proclaim features music and/or dramatic selections and a DVD presentation about the college. There is no charge for the program. The church is at 717 Barg Salt Run, Union Township; 528-9191.

First Baptist Church of Amelia The church is presenting a special

Memorial Day Service to honor veterans at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30. There will be memorabilia on display, special music along with special guest speaker Commissioner Bob Proud. The church is at 85 W. Main St., Amelia; 753-5761.

Locust Corner United Methodist Church

The church hosts Sunday School at 9 a.m. and Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is at Locust Corner and

Wagner roads, Pierce Township; 752-8459.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

The church is hosting VBS Galactic Blast: a Cosmic Adventure Praising God! Board the starship Galactic Praise from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 21-25. Dinner at the Astro Bistro Sunday, June 27, space cadets report what they learned. Immediately following church there will be a barbecue picnic prepared and blessed by the “holy smokers.” Again this

year, the church will be collecting non-perishable food items for the L.I.F.E. food pantry. They would like you to bring case lots, if possible, but any food item will be acceptable. To be part of part of a cosmic adventure and more details, call the church at 6832525 or visit 2010.htm. All youth groups now meet at 6 p.m. every Sunday night beginning with supper, a short worship service and group sessions. The church is at 360 Robin Ave.,

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


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

“Room for the Whole Family” GOSHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6710 Goshen Rd, Goshen Across from Goshen High School 513-722-2541 Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Blended Worship Traditional and Contemporary Youth Fellowship 6:00pm Nursery Available

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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

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

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Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Wade, Senior Pastor


Real People...In a Real Church... Worshipping a Real God! 1675 Hillstation Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122 722-1699 Pastor Tim McGlone Service Schedule Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 10:45am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Youth Service 7:00pm Saturday Service 7:00pm

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


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

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

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Rev. Dale Noel, Congregational Care Pastor Mark Owen, Worship Director SUNDAY: Sunday School (All Ages)....................... 9:30am Worship Service.................................. 10:30am Children’s Worship. (1st-5th Grades) Bible Study............................................6:00pm Nursery Care Provided Handicapped Accessible MONDAY: Ladies’ Prayer Group...........................10:30am WEDNESDAY: Adults Prayer Meeting............................7:00pm Youth Group - Grades 6-12....................7:00pm Small Groups meet in various locations and at different times throughout the week. S.Charity & E. Water Sts. Bethel, Ohio 45106 513-734-4204 Office: M-F 8:00am - 2:00pm E-mail:



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“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) 513-831-0262

330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176

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

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

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

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Handicap Accessible 513-753-4115

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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

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A concert will be 7 p.m. the third Friday of each month, featuring new bands and artists. Free food and music. Call Angel at 513-8760527 or 734-7671. The church is at 513 Market St., New Richmond.


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Young Eagles link. The event will be at the Hawk Building at the airport, 4184 Taylor Road in Batavia Township. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Hawk Building is close to the approach end of Runway 4. Look for Young Eagle Rally signs event day. Parking is available in the

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The church is hosting a free community dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at 203 Mill St. in downtown Old Milford. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks will be prepared and served by a small group of volunteers from the church. All are welcome. If you have any questions, call Dale at 543-9008.

Farmers Insurance agent Keith A. Clonch of Milford has been inducted into the Farmers Topper Club and invited to attend the 2010 annual meeting of Farmers’ top sales producers. Clonch is being recognized by Farmers for his sales achievements during 2009. The Topper Club conven-

provide the pilots and general aviation aircraft that take to the skies. More information is available at A parent’s or guardian’s signature is required for participation. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Go to www.eaa and click on the

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

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The church meets for services at Mariemont High School, 3812 Pocahontas Ave., Mariemont; the office is at 203 Mill St., Milford; 576-6000.

tion will give Clonch an opportunity to meet with other top Farmers agents and district managers to discuss local, state and national trends and activities affecting the insurance business in their communities. Clonch represents Farmers Insurance through Clonch Insurance Services, 962 Lila Ave. in Milford.

Chapter 174 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will hold its annual Young Eagles Rally at Clermont County Airport Saturday, June 12. This event provides free airplane rides to youngsters from 8 to 17 years of age. Volunteers from Chapter 174 organize this event and

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

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A Loving Church in Jesus’ Name Sunday School..............................10:00AM Sunday Morning Worship..............10:45AM Thurs Prayer & Bible Study..............7:00PM Nursery Provided for Sunday Morning Worship 6208 Guinea Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150 Pastor: Melvin Moore Church: 513-575-5450

Rev. Kathleen B. Haines, Pastor Nursery care provided

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

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

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


Garden is growing, deer are being pesky My gal sure knows how to cook! Ruth Ann is embroidering a baby quilt for a baby. George special Dixie can Rooks be asleep on Ole the other Fisherman end of the couch when she starts to embroider, he will get up and start bothering her. After she pets him for a while he will lay down on the arm of the couch beside her with his tongue sticking out. We were volunteering at the Riverside Coffee Mill Saturday morning for the benefit waffle breakfast they were having. A couple ladies came in. I was talking to them and one said she was a twin. She said they were identical and in school they would switch classes and the teacher didn’t know it until they would tell them. Their dad couldn’t tell them apart. I was talking to a feller and he said he had been fishing the riffles at Tunnel Mill above the East Fork lake. The stripers were small but the catfish were of nice size. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop and a couple fellers caught stripers that weighed 10

The Grants Greenhouses have plenty of sweet potato plants and now is the time to get them planted. pounds and 111⁄2 pounds. Boy that would give a big fight. There were a couple fellers fishing off the boat ramp on the Afton side and one caught a shovelhead catfish that weighed 42 pounds, the other feller caught one that weighed 58 pounds. Both fish were weighed on the scales at the Boars Head where they weigh the crappies from the tournaments. A feller at church last Sunday was telling me he killed a turkey that had a double beard. I was talking to Mike at the bait shop about this and he said they had some “jakes” that had double beards. Now you might wonder what a “jake” is. Well it is a young turkey. He said they have checked one turkey that had three beards. This is very unusual. The Boar’s Head has checked in 279 turkeys this year and Sherry’s Lake on Slade Road had about 150 checked in, three hen turkeys that had beards. Last year a young boy caught a carp at a gravel pit and Gary at Sherry’s Lake

The America Heritage Girls Troop OH2004 from St. Louis Parish in Owensville participated in a nature and wildlife merit badge activity as a service to their community. The girls planted a Kwanzan Cherry Tree in memory of Agnes Gauche at Gauche park. The tree was donated by the Martin and Bev Dennison Family. The groups leader and helper are Beth Koch and Colleen Reed. From left are Kailey Kappel, Julia Shrum, Madison Pico, M a r i a Bockhorst, Anna Beck, Charlotte Carlson, Kelly Beck, Quinn Reed and Meghan Koch.

weighed it in and it tipped the scales at 55 pounds. The little boy was sure tired. The Kitchen of Hope at the Methodist Church here in Bethel is open to the community for a hot meal on Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Everyone who needs a good meal is welcome. Don’t forget Monday, May 31, there will be a Memorial Day service at the Old Bethel Church here at the East Fork going toward the beach, starting at 10 a.m. The Kinner Express will furnish the music. Then at 11 a.m. the legion from Bethel will hold their service in the cemetery. Then go down to the lake for their service to honor the ones who died at sea. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.




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Howdy folks, The Good Lord has taken a couple good friends to his home in heaven. They were Burton Smith and Tom Gardner. We will miss these two along with their families and a host of friends. Both were farmers and knew their farming good. Last week we built another raised bed and planted spinach in it. The raised beds are doing good. The big garden is so wet. The new asparagus bed we planted is growing good. We needed to put a fence around it because the deer were biting the tops off. We need to fence everything. The Grants Greenhouses have plenty of sweet potato plants and now is the time to get them planted. They have other plants, too. The other morning Ruth Ann was talking about doing something on the computer. Dixie (the cat) jumped up in the chair Ruth Ann uses at the computer. He turned around three times and laid down. So Ruth Ann got another chair pushed the one he was laying in out of the way and sat in the other chair. He didn’t even look up. For dinner the other day we had cranberry beans, deer steaks, green onions, cornbread, wilted lettuce and lemonade to drink. Now folks that is a meal.


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May 26, 2010

Rotary recognizes student of the month A high school student from Clermont Northeastern High School (CNE) is honored by Batavia Rotary members during the first meeting of each month during the school year. These students live their lives in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” Jennifer Werring was honored as the club’s “Student of the Month” for May. Werring was recognized for her service in the school community and the Greater Clermont County community. CNE High School Principal Matt Early said, “Jennifer is one of the many examples of CNE’s continuing group of student leaders

who are committed to their family, school and community. Jennifer demonstrates this ability through her commitment and leadership in the classroom and outside the classroom.” Werring is a senior at CNE High School and currently serves as secretary of the National Honor Society. While attending CNE, Werring has been active in a multitude of activities. She has served as a freshman mentor and tutored younger CNE students. Werring is the president of the Student Senate, and has worked on a variety fundraising activities including “Pennies for Pasta” and CNE’s blood drive. She also is a member

of the school’s Leo Club. Werring was a member of the CNE girl’s varsity soccer team, basketball team, softball team and cross country team. She was chosen for numerous athletic awards presented by her teammates and coaches. While at CNE she has taken all the advanced placement classes the CNE offers and has maintained a 3.97 GPA. In addition to her school activity, Werring is involved in 4-H where she raises and shows hogs at the Clermont County Fair. She works a part-time job and has volunteered her time for numerous community service projects and initiatives. Werring plans on attending

the college of her choice where she plans to pursue a medical degree. The Batavia Rotary Club is comprised of a diverse group of community-minded members from Batavia and the surrounding areas that are working together to address various community and international needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Batavia Rotary Club meetings are held at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the Hawk Building on Taylor Road, Clermont County Airport. Prospective new members and visiting Rotarians are always welcome. Visit


Batavia Rotary members honored Jennifer Werring as the Student of the Month for May. From left, are Ed Nurre, rotary Student of the Month program chair; Matt Early, CNE principal; Jennifer Werring, student of the month; Peter Weighlin, Batavia Rotary Club president; and Jane Werring, Jennifer’s mother.

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New Richmond High School Alumni Class – is having a reunion for classes 1931 through 1965, 69:30 p.m., Saturday June 19, at Locust Corner Elementary Auditorium. This year’s reunion is hosted by the class of 1960, which is celebrating its 50th year. Call Jerry Edwards At 513-553-4664.

Madeira High School Class of 1964 – is conducting its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Members of the classes of 1963 and 1965 are also invited. For more information, contact, or go to

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planned for 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Raffel’s Banquet Hall in Evendale. The class will also meet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Sharon Woods, on Saturday, June 26, at Cardinal Crest camp site for a cookout. All classmates should contact Jim Young at or Janice (Renner) Wilkins at

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Talawanda High School classes of 1964 and 1965 – are having a 45th reunion for 1965 and 46th reunion for 1964, July 23, 24 and 25, in Oxford. Contact Alice Anderson Wedding at, on, or at 831-0336. Anyone is welcome to help plan. Deluxe Check Printers employees – are having a reunion July 24. Email deluxe2010reunion@ for more information, or call Rodney Lee at 205-1136. Western Hills High school Class of 1970 – is looking for missing classmates. Classmates should sent contact information to: Bill Rothan or Sue Wilson at, or call 2872341. The reunion is planned for early October of this year.

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Learn creative drawing through various mediums in this 10-week class that begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. Cost is $90 for VIP and $100 for guests.



Milford Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion, including classes of 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972. An informal gathering is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at Milford American Legion’s sheltered pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17, a golf scramble is planned at Deer Track Golf Course., The main event is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 17, at St. Andrew Parish Center. Contact Gary Landis at or 831-4722, Judy Culbertson Smyth at or 8318215; or Daryl Zomes at or 561-3189.

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Decorative garden stone Is there a place in your garden where nothing grows? Make your own stained glass garden stone in this one-day class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Union Township Lifelong Learning Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. The class is limited to four. Cost is $50 for VIP and $60 for guest.

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The class proves that playing with your food is fun. Learn how to make a fruit mug arrangement at several centers throughout the county. Cost is $8 for VIP and $14 for guest. • Tuesday, June 22: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Williamsburg Center, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 330 Gay St. • Wednesday, June 23: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Union Township Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. • Friday, July 9: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Miami Township Lifelong Learning Center (Civic Center), 6101 Meijer Drive. • Thursday, July 15: New Richmond Center, Steamboat Trails, 1221 Bethel-New Richmond Road. • Tuesday, July 20: Bethel Center (community building), 129 N. Union St.

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Author Denise Gwen will host a book signing from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the Union Township Center, 4350 Aicholz Road. This intergenerational program for grandmothers and granddaughters features a discussion of Gwen’s book, “House of Wacks,” a catered lunch by Golden Rule, and the opportunity to purchase the highlighted book. Cost is $6 for both VIP and guest, but does not include cost of book.



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Foster parents can be lifesavers The Clermont County commissioners proclaimed May as Foster Care Month. In making the proclamation May 10, the commissioners recognized the valuable and extraordinary contributions of foster families who show unconditional love and support for children in crisis. Currently, there are 100 foster parents in Clermont County, but there is a need for many more. “This is about saving children’s lives,” said Com-

missioner Scott Croswell. “Most of the children come into foster care from despicable and horrific conditions. Our foster care program and its volunteers provide a loving and nurturing environment that gives these children a life they would otherwise not have.” “We have 320 children in the custody of the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS); because we do not have enough foster parents

locally, many of these children have to be placed outside the county,” said DJFS Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Director Tim Dick. “Keeping these children in the community lessens the trauma children experience after being removed from their homes.” Melissa Burke has been a Clermont County foster parent for four years. “When we first welcomed a 16month-old girl into our

home she was biting and acting out. Now, I am happy to say our story has a happy ending. Our daughter now eagerly runs to meet us when we enter the house, showers us with kisses, and interacts well with her three brothers.” Burke and her husband adopted the girl and her brother. “I never thought I could get attached so quickly; loving them was so easy.”

Leslie Fehlinger has been a Clermont foster parent for five years. “Yes, it is stressful and emotional, but it is the most rewarding experience I have had in my life. Foster parents give so little and get so much back in return. Clermont County has a unique program that links caseworkers and foster families; a lot of help is available.” Fehlinger adopted two of

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UC Clermont students intern at ACTV Four Clermont County residents are working as interns this quarter at Anderson Community Television. Associate Professor Andy Curran, program coordinator and faculty advisor for interactive multimedia technology at UC Clermont, selected four candidates to participate in the UC Clermont/Anderson Community Television Internship program. Joshua Clark of Bethel, Lanie Braaksma of Goshen, Josh Clock and Logan Singleton of Pleasant Plain are getting some on-the-job television training. Recently, they worked with Mae Hanna, director of college relations at UC Clermont, on the monthly “College Connection” program. The first guest was UC Clermont Interim Dean Robert “Mick” McLaughlin. While assisting ACTV with the day-to-day operation of the station, they are afforded the opportunity to enhance and improve the skills they’ve attained in their college curriculum. Anderson Community Television welcomes volunteer participation at any skill level. For additional information call 474.3488 or visit

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Male reported an Internet scam at 6256 Hunterwood, May 8.

Playstation and radio taken from vehicle; $300 at 1203 Red Roan, May 4. Cellphones, etc. taken from locker at Milford High; $646 at 1 Eagles Way, May 4. Gasoline not paid for at Kroger; $28 at Ohio 28, May 4. Copper wire taken from cell tower; $1,200 at Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, May 4. Trailer taken from M & E Pump & Equipment; $1,500 at Kells Lane, May 4. Heat pump taken from vacant residence; $3,000 at 6193 Branch Hill Guinea, May 4. Coins taken from vehicle at 6342 Paxton Woods, May 6. Wallet taken from vehicle at 962 Palomar, May 6. Rings taken; $2,000 at 6721 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, April 30. Brass round stock taken from lab at Live Oaks; $1,500 at Buckwheat Road, May 6. Gasoline not paid for at Thorntons; $32.69 at Ohio 28, May 6. GPS unit, tools, etc. taken from vehicle at 6406 Mueller Lakes, May 6. Watch, vitamins, etc. taken from vehicle; $405 at 934 Paul Vista, May 6. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $99 at Ohio 28, May 7. Items taken from vehicle at 55 W. Technecenter, May 7. Credit cards taken from vehicle at 5638 Miss Royal Pass, May 7. Perfume, etc. taken from Meijer; $75 at Ohio 28, May 8. Charger, coins, etc. taken from vehicle at 5555 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill, May 8.

Female was threatened at 6362 Pawnee Ridge, May 8.


Radios taken from vehicle; $400 at 1286 Pebble Brook, May 4. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $24.50 at Wards Corner Road, May 4.

Christopher A. Bailey, 25, 2210 Oakbrook Place, domestic violence, May 12. Sonya Brewer, 34, 4308 Batavia Meadows, recited, May 12.


Jacob B. Miracle, 24, 2275 Ohio 132, assault, May 6. Juvenile, 16, drug abuse, May 6. Joseph S. Pels, 18, 8433 Smith Road, theft, May 7. Derek Miller, 20, 969 Ohio 28 No. 97, drug possession, May 7. Charles Bundy, 46, 70 Glendale Milford, open container, May 9.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Knife brandished at Sunoco at Ohio 131, May 7.


Male was assaulted at Pete’s Café at Ohio 28, May 6.

Breaking and entering

Several unlisted items taken from residence at 911 Blackburn, May 5. Appliances and tools taken from residence; $1,650 at 5867 Deerfield, May 8.

Criminal damage

Window broken in vehicle at 1077 Bridlepath, May 5. Window broken in vehicle at 5952 Brushwood, May 6.

Criminal mischief

Milkshake thrown into vehicle at Buckwheat Road, May 10.

Drug abuse

Male student had marijuana in his possession at Milford High at 1 Eagles Way, May 6.


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POLICE REPORTS Tara N. Chitwood, 24, 3128 Bellewood, recited, May 14. Nicole L. Dople, 29, 2115 Oakbrook Place, warrant, May 11. Nicole L. Dople, 29, 2115 Oakbrook Place, child endangering, May 14. Ashley Ellis, 19, 1824 Oakbrook Place, persistent disorderly conduct, May 14. Juvenile, 15, warrant, May 11. Daniel M. Knuckles, 22, 707 Ohio 28 No. 503, domestic violence, May 16. Samuel A. Moore, 22, 513 Brandon Ave., drug abuse, May 15. Patricia Pratt, 41, 442 High St., recited, May 16. Cameron Quinn, 23, 30 Lila Chateau, theft, May 14. Benjarett Raisor, 41, 4508 Ohio 222, expired drivers license, driving under influence, May 14. Ann C. Walters, 45, 5613 Happy Hollow Road, recited, May 16. Jerry R. Wheeler, 28, 71 Deerfield Road, contempt of court, May 15. Christopher A. Williams, 21, 1824 Oakbrook, persistent disorderly conduct, May 14. Joshua L. Williams, 22, 70 Melody Lane, contempt of court, May 16. Ronald Willis Jr., 32, 3422 Clover Road, warrant, May 13. Jennifer A. Wilson, 34, 7437 Fairground Road, theft, May 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Heated argument reported at Finley Ray Park, May 15.


Door broken in at 513 Brandon Ave., May 13.

Criminal trespass

Two juveniles trespassed on property at 200 Olympic Drive, May 15.


Disorderly customer at 25 Main St., May 11.

Domestic violence

At Oakbrook Place, May 12.

At Ohio 28, May 16.


Male juvenile reported missing at 500 block of Belt Street, May 12.

Persistent disorderly conduct

Disturbance in hallway at 1824 Oakbrook Place, May 14.

Sex related

Female reported this offense at 2100 block of Oakbrook Place, May 12.


Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 100 Chamber Drive, May 10. Aluminum ladders taken at 531 Brandon Ave., May 11. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $36.34 at 100 Chamber Drive, May 14. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $203 at 824 Main St., May 14. Shoplifter reported at Kroger at 824 Main St., May 15. Shoplifter reported at Target at 100 Rivers Edge, May 16. Gasoline not paid for at 702 Main St., May 16.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Mack Rollins, 21, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 322, warrant. Michael Gilbert, 36, 6435 Manila Road, warrant. Sebastian Colding, 19, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 15A, warrant. Jerry Brooks, 52, 5641 Ivy Lane, warrant. Juvenile, 17, failure to comply, marijuana possession. Valery Buis, 22, 203 Country Lake, warrant. Roger Keaton, 35, 65 Redman Circle, warrant.

Incidents/investigations Assault At 139 Garden Drive, May 1. At 2120 Woodville, May 5.


At 337 Redbird, May 2. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 298, May 3. At 704 Charles Snider Road, May 4. At 1926 Hickory Lane, May 7. At 200 Lakeshore Court, May 7.

Criminal damage

At 6853 Shiloh, May 2. At Ohio 28 No. 381, May 2. At 1526 W. Meadowbrook, May 3.


At Heather Street, May 3. At 1888 Main St., May 5. At 6441 Smith Road, May 7.


At 6873 Goshen Road, May 5. At 1785 Ohio 28 No. 128, May 6.

Endangering children

At 6074 Deerfield Road, May 5.


At 7001 Goshen Road, May 4. At 6988 Goshen Road, May 4. At 6551 Ohio 48, May 5. At 1812 Lois Lane, May 5. At 213 Gateway, May 5. At 402 Windsor Lane, May 6. At 6618 Oakland, May 8.


lence at 300 W. Main St., Newtonsville, May 13. Dale L Sweet, 31, 10 Tidewater Trace, Batavia, criminal trespass, theft at 2118 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 16. Sam D Latham, 72, 349 Center St., Miamiville, criminal trespass, theft at 2118 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 16.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

At 2735 Spring Hill Road, Goshen, May 11.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 2535 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 15. At Ohio 28 and bypass 28, Milford, May 10.

Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles

At South Broadway, Owensville, April 29.

Domestic violence

At W. Main St., Newtonsville, May 13.


At 6884 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, May 10.

Illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance At 444 South Broadway, Owensville, April 29.

Inducing panic

At 5327 Newtonsville Hutchinson Road, Batavia, May 14.

Harold W Russell, 44, 2015 Collingwood Drive, Loveland, receiving stolen property at 6568 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, April 15. Juvenile, 14, disseminate matter harmful to juveniles, Owensville, May 13. Juvenile, 15, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, Owensville, May 13. Rebecka R Rideout, 19, 4811 Tealtown Road, Milford, breaking and entering, theft at 2636 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 14. William K. Striblen, 33, 300 W. Main St., Newtonsville, domestic vio-

Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor

Served with 1st Marine Division 3/7 Kilo Company, Vietnam 67-69. Recipient of Purple Heart with four gold stars, as well as other numerous combat citations. Survived by wife, Vickie L. Whitlock-Mescher, 52; and brother, Paul M. Mescher, 50. Memorial service to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Journeymen MC Club House, 6818 Ohio 727 Goshen, OH 45122.

Survived by wife, Deloris Marie Campbell Scales; children, Brenda L. and John E. Scales; grandchildren, Brooke Griffin, Logan and Zachary Scales; and siblings, Norma Schweitzer and Shirley Townsend. Services were May 19 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen.

At 444 South Broadway, Owensville, April 29.

Receiving stolen property

At 6568 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, April 14.


At 2118 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 16. At 6568 Ohio 727, Pleasant Plain, April 14. At 6884 Garrison Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, May 10.

Unruly juvenile offenses

At Ohio 131, Goshen, May 11.

DEATHS Charles C. Diekmeyer

Charles C. Diekmeyer, 71, of Miami Township died May 11. Survived by wife, Suzanne Diekmeyer; daughter, Kristin (John) Dullaert; son, Erik Diekmeyer; and grandchildren, Erik and Aren Dullaert. Services were May 21 at St. Andrew Church. Memorials to: St. Andrew Church Beautification Fund, 552 Main St., Milford, OH 45150; or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Heather Kristine Frisby

Heather Kristine Frisby, 19, of Milford died May 12. Survived by father, Dave Brian Frisby Sr.; mother, Melanie Jane (nee Goodin) Frisby; brothers, David (Sara) Frisby, Jr. and Joshua Frisby; grandparents, Patricia and Lawrence Frisby; great-grandmother, Thelma Frisby Frisby; niece, Alison Frisby; nephew, Aiden Frisby; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many dear friends. Preceded in death by grandparents, Kenneth and Dottie Goodin.

Services were May 16 at Milford High School. Memorials to: Heather Kristine Frisby Memorial Fund, c/o Any Fifth Third Bank Location.

Mary E. Hannah

Mary E. Hannah, 87, of Goshen died May 13. Survived by children, Marilyn (Charles) Haddix, Linda (Al) Nemenz and John “Mike” Hannah; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Doris Lilly. Preceded in death by husband, Ray Hannah; children, Ruth, Connie, Ronnie and Sherry; and siblings, Carlos Walker, Hazel Borders, Lloyd and Virgie Walker. Services were May 17 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen. Memorials to: Destiny Hospice, 4350 GlendaleMilford Road, Suite 110, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Delphia Dean Harr

Delphia Dean Harr, 88, of Goshen died May 15. Survived by sons, Charles David (Bernice) Harr and Stephen Philip (Juli) Harr; daughters, Thel- Harr ma Jean (Benjamin) Faith and Bon-

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Mark Hornsby

Mark Hornsby, 44, of Williamsburg and formerly of Milford died May 16. Survived by daughter, Jessica Day; grandchildren, Hanna and Taylor; siblings, Johnny Hornsby, Terry Hornsby, Gary Hornsby of Goshen, Cindy Hartic, Kimberly Hornsby, Robbie Hornsby and Mary Zeilman; and friend, Jonna Downs. Preceded in death by siblings, Danny Hornsby, Ricky Hornsby and Kenney Hornsby. Services were May 21 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen.

Clyde H. Jenkins

Clyde H. Jenkins, 72, of Loveland died May 14. Survived by daughters, Nancy Beatty and Bobbie Tracy of Miami Township; sons, Harvey Jenkins and Danny; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Barton and Nancy Mason; and brother, Rocky Jenkins. Preceded in death by wife, Roberta Jenkins; sister, Alice Mason; and brother, Paul Jenkins. Services were held at the convenience of the family.

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Wanda Ella Latchford

Wanda Ella Latchford, 63, of Greenfield, Ohio, died May 15. She was a bus driver for Goshen schools. Survived by husband, Cliff Latchford; son, Steve Carpenter; daughter, Rebecca Koch; grandchildren, Stephanie Carpenter, Doug Koch and Katrina Giancola; and brother, Rodney Grimes of Milford. Preceded in death by parents, Warren Grimes and Thelma Grimes. Services are at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Lavon F. Light

Lavon F. Light, 87, of Goshen died May 17. Survived by sons, Robert (Sylvia) Light and James (Rachel) Light; six grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, James and Margaret (nee Sears) Light Todd; husband, Claude M. Light; and brother, Irvine Todd. Services were May 21 at Hill Station Baptist Church, Goshen.

Harry Joe Mescher

Harry Joe “Socks” Mescher, 62, of Wayne Township died May 13.

Jean Ellen Purden

Jean Ellen Purden, 89, of Goshen died May 18. Survived by daughters, JoAnne (Kenneth) Ward and Carol Haley; son, Joe Purden; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, George Joseph Purden. Services were May 20 at Evans Funeral Home, Goshen.

James Warren Rumple

James Warren Rumple, 90, of Milford died May 16. Survived by children and spouses, Raul Rumple, Danny and Elisabeth Rumple, Maureen and Jerry Tuerck, Dennis and Linda Rumple and Donald and Madeline Rumple; 14 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Preceded in death by siblings, Lester and Art Rumple. Services were May 20 at St. Andrew Church, Milford.

John Edward Scales

John Edward Scales, 73, of Milford died May 16.

Hurstle Stanfill

Hurstle Stanfill, 86, of Goshen died May 18. Survived by wife, Martha Lovitt Stanfill; son, Dwayne Stanfill; and siblings, Marie Neal, Bernice Smith, Vernon and Clayton Stanfill, and Madge McClain. Preceded in death by siblings, Pearl Neal, Eunice Baird and Goldie Rowe. Services were May 20 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford.

Danny Craig Wilson

Danny Craig “Dan” Wilson, 50, of Harrodsburg, Ky., and formerly of Milford died May 13. Survived by parents, Carlie and Shirley Daws Wilson of Harrodsburg, Ky.; brothers, Jeffrey Wilson of Kennesaw, Ga., and Stephen Wilson of Florence, Ky.; sister, Melissa Gentile of Cincinnati; former wife, Sherry Whitehouse Wilson; and three nephews and one niece. Services were May 17 at Mann and Greenwell Funeral Home, Bardstown, Ky. Memorials to: Gideons International Bible Distribution at; or Freedom Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg, P.O. Box 332, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

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


2536 Allegro Lane, John Papania to Douglas & Abby Stacy, 0.1100 acre, $119,900. 6522 Charles Snider Road, Mark Patterson, Executor to Jo-Lin Properties LLC., 5.5000 acre, $326,000. 7117 Hill Station Road, BAC Home Loans Servicing LP to Gary & Barbara Zorb, 8.0010 acre, $234,500. 6544 Manila Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Bertram & Oda Durham, 3.7620 acre, $55,000. 304 Oakwood Lane, HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to Amber Fambry, 1.2100 acre, $78,900. 6295 Ohio 132, Marion Scott, et al. to Phyllis Redmon, 0.5240 acre, $27,000. 6301 Ohio 132, Alan & Sally Doggett to Thomas Doggett, 0.4270 acre, $35,000. 2342 Werling Way, Phillip & Anita Morris to Jerrold & Gloria Settelmayer, 5.0000 acre, $235,000.

5211 Woodtop Drive, Betty Lear to Robert & Janine West, 0.2410 acre, $130,000. 5213 Woodtop Drive, Leatha Zelaya to Chad Hammon & Jamie Knepp, 0.2410 acre, $130,000. 2311 Woodville Pike, Robert & Charlene Beckler to Terry Watson, $90,000.


5403 Bucktown Road, Martha Gacek to Steven Gacek & Laura Kretzer, 6.0750 acre, $200,000. 3342 U.S. Route 50, Estate of Raymond Goodwin to James Vaughn, 2.1940 acre, $16,160. 3342 U.S. Route 50, Estate of Shirley Goodwin to James Vaughn, 2.1940 acre, $11,840.


261 Apache Trail, Mary Fox to George Burger, $126,500. 5526 Betty Lane, Magnolia Family Limited Partnership to James Turner, et al., $139,000. 1077 Bridlepath Lane, Peter Williams to Andrew & Leah Crouch, 0.5150 acre, $220,000. 5739 Buckwheat Road, Lucy Chris-

teen Hill to Catherine Gehring, 0.6500 acre, $100,000. 5676 Cypress Way Drive, Eric Bradley to Katy & Jeffrey Donaldson, $116,500. 1002 Duckhorn Court, Greycliff Dev. LLC. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., 0.3416 acre, $48,000. 1180 E. Glen Echo Lane, Jack & Jerrel Sawyer to Thomas Young, et al., 0.1973 acre, $239,000. 5710 East Tall Oaks Drive, Robert & Sheila Adams to Stephen Blake, $111,000. 5560 Falling Wood Court, Greycliff Dev. LLC. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., 0.7628 acre, $48,000. 1104 Hayward Circle, NVR Inc. to Jose Bonner, 0.2940 acre, $186,540. 956 Hidden Ridge Drive, Sandra Ford to Bradley Watterson & Kristina Jessen, 0.6700 acre, $259,000. 1586 Hunt Club Drive, Bradley & Melissa Winterod to Thomas & Lisa Gray, 0.3150 acre, $265,500. 5803 Lockwood Commons Drive, Alex Kruglov to Linda Cook, $90,000. 5676 Mellie Avenue, Bruce Hinrichsen to Christiana Hazlett, et al.,

$99,000. 1739 Millbrook Lane, Viji & Robert Grant to Svetlana & Mark Farrell, $317,500. 5311 Oakcrest Court, Jeremy & April Dunham to Kodi & Kenneth Terry, 0.5432 acre, $295,000. 947 Palomar Drive, Bradley & Elizabeth Brougher to Andrew Frietch & Brittney Hart, 0.3440 acre, $216,000. 6338 Paxton Woods Drive, Kevin & Joyce Duell, trustees to Kristy & Michael Hein, $262,500. 736 Pine Ridge Road, Jason & Beth Bell to Troy Davisson & Jennifer Collins, $154,000. 1270 Ronnie Drive, Brad & Patricia Kelley to Alice Swadner, 0.4590 acre, $158,000. 1110 Sophia Drive, Greycliff Dev. LLC. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC., 0.3550 acre, $48,000. 369 Wards Corner Road, Stephen & Rosemary Cicak to Jeffrey Roberto, 1.1200 acre, $135,000.


6088 Manila Road, Carroll & Thomas Riley Sr. to Mathias Keller, 15.1960 acre, $230,000.

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IN THE COURTS The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.


Melissa Farkas vs. Jesse J. Reet, et al., other tort Jamie Scott vs. Meijer Stores Limited Partnership, other tort Wynetta L. Johnston and Virgil Johnston vs. Brittany D. Faber and Progressive Specialty Insurance Company, other tort Sharon Gillman vs. Marsha P. Ryan and Batavia Nursing Care Center, worker’s compensation Charisse Carter vs. Marsha P. Ryan and Holman Motors Inc., worker’s compensation Bank of New York Mellon vs. Jeffery P. Moore, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Patsy M. Ranieri, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Ashley Foster, et al., foreclosure First Franklin Financial Corporation vs. Mark A. Good, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Jeffery L. Ferrall, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Geoff A. Moores, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Brandon S. Kenser and Shelly M. Kenser, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Nicholas J. Bengel, et al., foreclosure JP Morgan Chase Bank NA vs. Richard M. Staples, et al., foreclosure HSBC Bank USA NA vs. Mary L. Clegg, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. David M. Sturgeon, foreclosure Bank of New York Mellon vs. Larry N. Keith, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans LP vs. Dianna L. Mercer, et al., foreclosure GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Christina M. Blankenship, et al., foreclosure Huntington National Bank vs. Robert L. Oaks, et al., foreclosure Sharefax Credit Union Inc. vs. Jonathan M. Barger, et al., foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Tommy J. Smith, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Charles Feldkamp, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Edward Farris III, et al., foreclosure Midfirst Bank vs. Danny C. Sims, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Nathan T. Ealy, foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Brandon L. Reed and Stephanie Reed, foreclosure Deutsche Bank National Trust Company vs. Mark A. McDowell, et al., foreclosure Everbank vs. Lawrence L. Collier, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Robert S. Lese, et al., foreclosure Chase Home Finance LLC vs. Sadie Smith, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Russell E. Ogden, et al., foreclosure Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Albert S. Quales and Donna K. Quales, foreclosure

BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Brian E. Jones, et al., foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Dennis R. Bella, et al., foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Jeffrey Jay Jones, et al., foreclosure BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David M. Flaherty and Americas Wholesale Lender, foreclosure Citimortgage Inc. vs. Joe Rumping, et al., foreclosure Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Denise E. Evans and FCC Investment Trust I, foreclosure U.S. Bank NA vs. Michele Head, et al., foreclosure Allied Building Products Corp. vs. Ron Singleton Construction Inc. t/a Singleton Homes and Ron Singleton, other civil GMAC Inc. vs. Cathy Singleton, other civil Freeman Industrial Products LLC, et al. vs. Armor Metal Group, other civil FIA Card Services NA vs. John E. Vierling, other civil Huntington National Bank vs. Sole Necessity LTD and John G. Pol, other civil Total Quality Logistics vs. NBS Transport Inc., other civil American Express Bank FSB vs. Robert Brown, other civil Richard Perry Jones and Joan K. Jones vs. Charlene Hathorn Trustee and William R. Wade Trustee, other civil Melancthon Chatfield vs. Robert H. Welch, other civil M and I Bank FSB vs. Gary A. Housemeyer and Laurie R. Housemeyer, other civil Total Quality Logistics LLC vs. Shannon Tree Farms Inc. and Britta Weitman, other civil American Express Bank FSB vs. Steve Rouff, other civil

Coombs Electric, Loveland, alter, 6917 Shiloh Road, Goshen Township. Jennifer Philpot, Batavia, deck, 5034 Ohio 133, Jackson Township, $650. Kyle Murray, Milford, deck, 5561 Falling Wood, Miami Township, $5,000. Celine Brotherton, Loveland, altere, 6511 Lewis Road, Miami Township. Mae Ison, Milford, HVAC, 6133 Branch Hill Guinea, Miami Township. Recker & Boerger, Cincinnati, HVAC, 5902 Wade Road, Miami Township. Pendery Construction Inc., Loveland, alter, 6261 Sweet Briar Court, Miami Township, $30,000. Thompson Heating/Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 603 Three Chimneys Lane, Miami Township. Freedom Homes, Milford, new, 6725 Smith Road, Miami Township,


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. Michael Dean Armstrong, 41, 2938 North Dunham Road, Amelia, gross sexual imposition, felonious assault, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Amanda J. Myers, 31, 138 Frump Lane, Peebles, Ohio, unauthorized use of property; computer cable or telecommunications property or services, Ohio State Patrol. Paul Squire Ferguson, 39, 319 Main St. Apt. 2, Felicity, trafficking in marijuana, Narcotics Unit. Andrew Shane Caldwell, 21, 749 Rue Center Court Apt. L, Cincinnati, vandalism, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Markham Wilson Riley Jr., 33, 3172 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Amelia, burglary, theft, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Debra Carmosino vs. Richard Carmosino Raymond Niederhelman vs. Melanie Niederhelman Kathryn A. Lind vs. Carl M. Lind James E. Southerland vs. Kelly A. Southerland Tracy R. Wagner vs. Travis L. Wagner Joseph T. Worthington vs. Cheri D. Worthington Jeff D. Murphy vs. Melanie R. Murphy Donald L. Amshoff vs. Pamela M. Amshoff Linda Renee Jordan vs. Irvin John Jordan Michelle Marie McQueen vs. William Albert McQueen Barbara S. Moore vs. Michael A. Garnett Debra Ann Wright vs. Michael Anthony Wright Mark Dakin vs. Paula Lee Dakin Linda L. Abrams vs. William P. Headley Christopher James Decker vs. Debbie J. Decker Roxan K. Byrge vs. Anthony A. Byrge Carissa J. Hall vs. Christopher M. Hall


Cliff Dietrich vs. Angela Sue Dietrich Katherine R. Johnson vs. Gregory W.

$133,850. Apple Orchard, Southfield, MI., trailer, 969 Ohio 28, Miami Township. Howard Niehaus, Batavia, alter, 5477 Belfast Owensville, Stonelick Township, $65,500. Richard Doughman, Batavia, alter, 5007 McKay Road, Stonelick Township. Steve Meadors, Blanchester, alter, 1669 Craver Road, Stonelick Township; alter, 1635 Craver Road. John Huber Homes, Loveland, new, 1222 Church Hill Farms Drive, Stonelick Township, $250,000. Grady Reed II, Batavia, alter, 5705 Stonelick Williams Corner, Stonelick Township.


Kellerman Co., Milford, alter, 6069 Kells Lane, Miami Township.

Nicole Christine Bivins, 26, 82 Bethel Park, Bethel, endangering children, Bethel Police. Paula Michelle Smith, 34, 237 Sunny Meadows, Batavia, theft, tampering with records, Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services. Thomas Reed Elam Jr., 34, 3395 U.S. Highway 52, Georgetown, non-support of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Michael Anthony Elsbury, 25, 460 Craig Ave., Greendale, Ind., nonsupport of dependents, Clermont County Department of Support Enforcement. Mark Joseph Schneider, 20, 3861 Hopper Hill Road, Cincinnati, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, having weapons while under disability, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth E. Mathers, 59, 3048 Schaller Road, aggravated vehicular assault, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily substances, Batavia Village Police. Troy Isaac Gentry, 31, 4537 New Market Court, Batavia, kidnapping, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Kile Lee Helderbrand, 30, 6818 Plum St., Cincinnati, kidnapping, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

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SOUTH CAROLINA ANNA MARIA ISLAND $499/week/1BR. Great Beach Fun! 1 & 2 BR units. Spring & summer available. Call now for best selection! 513-236-5091

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

Island Batiks • RJR Wilmington Prints • Clothworks and many more.

Vacation Resorts of South Carolina. Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach. Lovely 1 or 2BR condos, rates from $775 to $2200! Excellent locations too! 877-807-3828 Hilton Head Island, SC

Visit and plan a getaway with Seashore Vacations. Our beach is free. Specials available for golf, tennis, dining, more. Visit our

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

The Quilt Cabin LLC

1703 St Rt 28 Goshen, OH 513-722-7332



Clearwater/Indian Rocks Beach GULF BEACH’S BEST VALUE! Beach condo with 2BR, 2BA, pool. 513-770-4243. Rent weekly.

5989 Deerfield Road, Milford, Ohio presents


Sunday, May 30 - Program Starting at 12:30

Annual Roll Call Veterans of Foreign War Post #6562 and the Ladies & Mens Auxiliary Office Open Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Open Memorial Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority, Clermont County Ohio will receive proposals for Architectural Services to prepare drawings, specifications and to perform inspections for Capital Fund Project 501.09, until 4:30 p.m. local time, on June 12, 2010.

125 Storage 1958 Ohio Pike Amelia, OH 45102 Ph: (513)797-8515 Fax: (513) 797-4726 1. BEN CHANEY N494/474 3386 SR 132 AMELIA, OHIO 45102

Copies for the Request for Proposal may 2. KENDRA C54 be obtained at the office of the Authority at CHARLES 66 CHERRY HILL 65 South Market Street, Batavia, Ohio. WILLIAMSTOWN, The Authority will award the contract KY. 41097 based on evaluation factors as set forth in the Request for Proposal. The Authority re- 3.TIM HILBERT serves the right to reject any and all bids, C80 734 WASHINGTON or to waive any informality in the bidding. STREET NEW RICHMOND, OHIO Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority 45157 Sarah Kincaid, Executive Director

LEGAL NOTICE Victory Ind Products D29-4160 Half Acre Rd Batavia,OH 45103 Kristen Comberger E22-78 Hunters Ct. Amelia, OH 45102 Tarah Hudson D55 1214 Teakwood Dr. Milford, OH 45150 You are hereby notified that your personal belongings stored at Eastside Storage, 4400 St. Rt. 222, Ste A, Batavia, OH 45103, 715 Cincinnati Batavia Pike Cincinnati, OH 45245; 1170 Ohio OH Amelia, Pike 45102 will be sold for payment due. 1399813/1560513

To place your

BINGO ad call 513.242.4000

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617 CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •

Community Classified 513.242.4000

Sell it quicker by selling it closer to home.

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

DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. D 513-528-9800, E 513-752-1735

4. SCOTT KASSEN F178/197 2601 SR 133 BETHEL, OHIO 45106 5. ANTHONY KLEIN D115 & E164 3373 W. LIBERTY STREET CINCINNATI, OHIO 45205 6. TRACY MCGAN S706 221 E. MAIN STREET #5 OHIO BATAVIA, 45103 7. PEGGY MEADORS G222/241 & Q627/601 134 SOUTH UNION STREET #2 BETHEL,OHIO 45106 8. BRENDA RANDOLPH O540 520 OLD SR 74 2ND FLOOR CINCINNATI, OHIO 45244 1470952/1560254

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.


DESTIN. 2 great condos , 2 br, 2 ba golf, pools, dazzling Gulf view . Check our website for availability & rates. Local owner, 513-561-4683 Visit or


Equal Opportunity Employer Equal Housing Opportunity 1001561724



DESTIN . Maravilla & Majestic Sun Resorts. Local owner has gorgeous 2 BR condo with breathtaking views, 2 pools & tennis. Only 20 steps to the beach! Close to everything. Specials for weeks of 5/29, 6/5 & 6/12. Visit online at or call the Burkes at 513-582-4649.

EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

PANAMA CITY BEACH The Summerhouse 2B/2B Family Condos. Beach side pools, tennis, WiFi & More. r 800/354-1122 THE BEST BEACH VACATION VALUE!

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

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

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit

NORRIS LAKE. Located at Powell Valley Resort. 2 BR/1BA, fully furnished priv. home. Covered porch, deck. Lake access. $95/nt. 423-5628353,



May 26, 2010

Memorial Weekend Sale

Weekend Hours: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun Noon-5pm, Memorial Day 10am-5pm

Clearance Corner:


while supplies last

• HEAVY DUTY • Maple Finish

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• HEAVY DUTY • Maple Finish



• Alder Finish • 2 File Drawers




• Daydreamer twin mattress • Mates bed • Head board (403147) • Available in spice pine or white







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THERATOUCH DELUXE ALL FOAM MATTRESS SET W/ MEMORY FOAM We won’t mention other brand names but if you compare our mattress with the big name brands, you find a better mattress at a much lower price.

MATTRESS SALE! THE FRANKLIN MATTRESS A 14” plush pocketed coil w/ foam encased edges. Ultra comfort of the pocket coil with enough foam padding to fully conform to your body. A great mattress at a fantastic price!



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SALE ENDS JUNE 3 We invite you to our no pressure atmosphere at Furniture Solutions and see why you’ll want to use us for all your mattress needs. You won’t be disappointed!








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FURNITURE SOLUTIONS Milford, Wilder, KY OH 1400989 Gloria LilaTerrell Ave. Dr. Wilder, KY 41076 Milord Shopping Center

513-231-9400 859-442-7225


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