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Annual Christmas Home Tour in Georgetown The U.S. Grant Homestead Association will have its annual Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 12 - 5 p.m. Six historic structures will be featured, each with a fascinating story to tell. Of particular interest to residents and nonresidents of Georgetown, will be the handsome Greek Revival home purchased by Ken and Judy Klosterman in 2000. Formerly owned by Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bullock, who established the house and barn as the “Country Store”, it became a well-respected source for antiques, and the Bullocks retained ownership for 50 years. When the Klostermans purchased the house, their vision for the property included a second level on the west wing to balance the two-story east wing, and a large kitchen addition in the rear. Months of planning were required before the final architectural drawings were completed and construction work could begin. The original structure has been meticulously restored and both additions were executed with painstaking care to perfectly match the original structure. The result is undoubtedly one of the finest homes in southern Ohio. Ken Klosterman, who owns the Klosterman Baking Company and is an accomplished magician, shared the story of first touring the interior of the house. When reaching the third floor he discovered some early magic tricks and items that had been left by a 19th century worker on the property who had apparently occupied that floor. Ken incorporated those items into his impressive magic collection and installed them on the third floor. The house as a whole is a magical place which has been beautifully

restored and furnished by the Klostermans. In addition to the Klosterman home, five other historic homes and buildings are included on the tour: The Grant Schoolhouse, 1830. This small subscription school supplied the Union cause with three generals, an admiral, and several officers of volunteer units and features an authentic, early 19th century classroom. David Ammen Home, 1826. David Ammen was a newspaper publisher, a friend of Jesse Grant, and the father of General Jacob Ammen and his brother, Admiral Dan Ammen, a lifelong friend of Ulysses Grant. Captain Robert H. Higgins Home, 1830. Captain Higgins raised a company of troops and led them at Missionary Ridge and in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. Judge David Tarbell, 1835. David Tarbell was a well-known judge and politician in Brown County during the Civil War era. 2nd Baptist Church, 1864. This historic church was founded and built by former slaves and will feature a special display of vintage and contemporary quilts. The tour will begin at the U.S. Grant Schoolhouse at 508 South Water Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Donohoo Pharmacy at 114 South Main Street in Georgetown or at the U.S. Grant Schoolhouse on the day of the tour. Those who purchase tickets before Dec. 5 will be entered in a drawing for a special John Ruthven Holiday Basket valued at $125. For more information, call the Bailey House Bed & Breakfast at 937-378-3087.

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With the month of December fast approaching, families will start thinking about Christmas, and with Christmas comes the decorations. A house decorated for Christmas can present some hazards for pets, primarily because they will be curious about all the new items hanging around the house. PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. offers these tips to ensure that your pets also have a healthy and happy holiday: o Christmas Trees: Pine needles can get lodged in an animal's esophagus, making it painfully prickly for your pet to swallow. Drinking the water from the Christmas tree base is enough to cause diarrhea, mouth sores, vomiting and loss of appetite. o Deck the Halls: A bunch of mistletoe may tempt a festive kiss, but PETCO warns that eating this holiday greenery could cause a drop in blood pressure, as well as vomiting and swollen throat and mouth tissue. Other holiday foliage, including Holly and Poinsettias, contain toxins that could lead to severe stomach problems, as well as skin, mouth and eye irritation. Worse yet, Yew is extremely toxic, and one mouthful could be deadly. o Tinsel and Lights: A flickering

flame and shiny decorations intrigue companion animals. When lighting the menorah, advent wreath or decorative candles, PETCO advises to keep pets in another room where paws and claws can't reach them. With electrical lights, remember to tape exposed electrical cords to walls or floors to ensure no chewing or tripping. Tinsel and wrapping paper may look like fun toys, but they can cause choking, upset stomach or more serious problems. o Visions of Sugar Plums: PETCO knows that cookies and candies are as much about holiday tradition as a snowy street scene; however, some of them can be dangerous to your pets. For example, chocolate contains a chemical known as theobromine, which can be highly toxic to your four-legged friends. o Antifreeze Alert: The onset of winter often means new antifreeze for the family car, which is a substance that can be especially harmful to the family pet. PETCO notes that antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, which causes rapid and permanent kidney damage to your companion animal if ingested in even small amounts. Finally, the best present you can give to your pets this holiday season is good health and some extra loving attention.

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Christmas Cards appeared in the United States of America in the late 1840s, but were very expensive and most people couldn't afford them. In 1875, Louis Prang, a printer who was originally from German but who had also worked on early cards in the UK, started mass producing cards so more people could afford to buy them. Mr Prang's first cards featured flowers, plants, and children. In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, who are still one of the biggest card makers today! In the 1910s and 1920s, home made cards became popular. They were often unusual shapes and had things such as foil and ribbon on them. These were usually too delicate to send through the post and were given by hand.

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Today this tree, located next to the Masonic Lodge in Sardinia, looks like any other blue spruce. But on Saturday, December 4, it will come alive with lights and decorations during the 2010 Christmas Festival. Events are scheduled between 5 and 9 p.m. Santa Clause will drop by to enjoy a very special lighting of the tree and the event is free to the residents of Sardinia. Local churches will provide Christmas caroling and everyone is invited. To learn how you or your organization can be a part of this event call 937-446-3807.

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Batavia Floral Designs has been producing beautiful floral arrangements since 1987 Christmas time is a great time for flowers and with more and more people turning to artificial Christmas trees fresh greenery can add the scent of a live tree without the hassle. Batavia Floral Designs on Main Street in Batavia has been producing beautiful floral arrangements since 1987. They offer the award winning designs of Trisha Brasfield and for the Christmas sea-

Mary Lou Parrott and her daughter Trisha Brasfield offer unique, beautiful gifts with a personal touch at Batavia Floral Designs on Main Street in Batavia.

son they sell door decorations, mantle decorations, center pieces, and other decorations for the home. Owner Mary Lou Parrott said customers can also buy gift baskets, fruit baskets and candy bouquets. "With the economy the way it is people are not traveling as far for the holidays," Parrott said. "It's an excellent idea to send flowers or fruit to people out of town that they can't visit this year." Batavia Floral Designs offers delivery in the Greater Cincinnati area and delivery over greater distances through Teleflora and BloomNet. Parrott said she has lived in the village for 45 years, her husband Skip grew up here, their children have gone to school here and now even some of their grandchildren attend Batavia Schools. "We are dedicated to this community. We have made many friends from our repeat customers," Parrott said. "I've watched as their kids were born, went to proms, and got married." That kind of personal touch is something she takes pride in as an owner of a family business. "We can provide more of a personal

Batavia’s Christmas in the Village Batavia’s Christmas in the Village will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The festivities will begin with the lighting of the village Christmas tree, which is being sponsored by Batavia Nursing and Convalescent Home. The tree will be dedicated to all service personnel, including members of local police and fire departments. Activities for the evening will include free pictures with Santa Claus and goodie bags for the children. For children and adults, there will be free horse drawn carriage rides. There will also be a magician performing in council chambers. In addition to many door prizes to be given away, two major prizes – a girl’s and a boy’s bicycle – will be awarded at the end of the evening. Batavia Family Animal Hospital will be set up in the downtown area and will be giving out treats for animals. The evening’s festivities are being coordinated by the village council and the beautification committee. Council-

woman Kathy Turner says that this year’s event will be much more inclusive of village businesses. “There is an emphasis on including our local business people this year,” Turner said. “This year, we’re trying to get people to head down the street and visit our businesses. We’ve had a very positive response from our businesses.” Businesses which have so far confirmed their participation are Main Street Salon, United Dairy Farmers, Grammas Pizza, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Dingo Photography and Imaging, and Batavia Floral Designs. Everyone attending the Christmas in the Village celebration is invited to visit these participating businesses for special promotions and activities. The Salvation Army Service and Worship Center, located at 60 N Riverside Drive, will also be open. Refreshments will be served, and they will also be accepting toy and monetary donations for their annual Christmas distribution for needy families.

touch," Parrott said. "When people call we know what they like to send." She said her personal touch carries over into their internet sales. "A lot of people order directly from our website, and unlike other floral delivery companies they know the order is going directly to us," Parrott said. "We can provide personalized attention and value for their money. They know it's worth it." Parrott said her customers benefit from her creative designers, Trisha Bras-

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field, her daughter, and Mickey Rammel who has been with the shop since we opened in 1987. Trisha trained with a world recognized designer and is well known for her unique and personalized designs. Batavia Floral Designs will be participating in the Batavia Village Christmas walk on the evening of Dec. 11. Parrott said the local store owners will be open that night and will offer specials and discounts.

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Marcy Wilson is a former food editor and cooking teacher. Her recipe column appears each week in The Clermont Sun. WORLD’S BEST BEAN SOUP IN A JAR Bean mix: Mix together and use 2 cups for each jar. You’ll get enough for about 8-9 jars. 1 pound each of the following dry beans: navy, black, great northern, pinto, red, baby lima, yellow split peas, green split peas, black-eyed peas, lentils, large limas 1 pound barley (not quick cooking) Soup recipe: 2 cups bean mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth plus more if needed 1 can, 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, regular or with peppers 2 ham hocks or 1 pound kielbasa 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic, or to taste Salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2-3 cups chopped onion Parmesan cheese 3 ribs celery, diced Directions: Rinse beans and place in pot. Cover with water and soak overnight (at least 8 hrs). Or do a rapid soaking by placing beans in a pan with water to cover. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for one hour. Drain and add beans back to pot. Add broth, ham hocks, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Add rest of ingredients except Parmesan and simmer 30 minutes. Remove ham hock and take meat from bones, chop and return to soup. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan and salt and pepper to tastes. CRANBERRY SPREAD

Delicious as a spread for bagels or toast. Mix together: 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 1/3 cup soft fresh goat cheese (called Montrachet or simply goat cheese) 3 tablespoons plain yogurt 1-2 tablespoons honey


Ingredients: 2/3 cup butter, room temperature 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp Cheddar 1 tablespoon Parmesan 1 large egg 1-2/3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Directions: Oven preheated to 325. Beat butter and cheeses together. Add egg. Beat until blended. Mix dry ingredients together and gradually add to egg mixture. Blend well. Shape dough into a log about 1-1/2” x 10”. Roll in cornmeal. Put in refrigerator until it firms up nicely, anywhere from several hours to a day. Or put it in the freezer to quickly firm it up. You’ll get about 24-32 slices, 1/4” size. Place on sprayed cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. The crackers bake up fairly light.


Wonderful over ice cream, as a fondue for fruit, chilled and spread between ladyfingers, etc. You can double this recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup whipping cream 2 cups chocolate chips 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or splash of favorite liqueur 3/4 cups chopped toasted/sliced almonds (opt) Directions: Bring whipping cream to a boil. Add chips and butter. Turn heat down and cook until smooth, stirring constantly. Add flavorings and nuts. Cool and store in refrigerator. Warm before serving if desired.


Ingredients: 2 cups whole almonds, skin left on and toasted 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons ea: honey and water 2 teaspoons Canola oil Directions: Mix sugar and salt in large bowl and set aside. Stir together honey, water and oil in pan and bring to a boil. Immediately stir in nuts and continue to cook and stir until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Immediately transfer nuts to bowl with sugar/salt mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour out onto sprayed cookie sheet. When cool, break up and store airtight at room temperature up to a month. **To toast nuts: Pour in single layer on cookie sheet. Roast at 350 until fragrant, about 8-12 minutes. Stir from the outside edge into the center a couple of times. 8 | Christmas Celebration | 2010


All the good things you put on top of bruschetta go into a jar to make the best gift ever for hungry snackers! Now how much you put in of each ingredient depends on you. To serve on French bread, cut everything into smaller chunks. To serve as an antipasto, you can make bigger chunks. Ingredients: 1 pound Mozzarella cheese, cut into small chunks Pepperoni chunks Red & green bell pepper chunks Olives Celery cut into nice size pieces

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes or fresh parsley, leaves chopped or torn into small pieces Enough bottled Italian dressing to cover

Directions: Put everything in a large glass jar. Or put it in a big bowl and stir until everything is coated. Store in refrigerator. Serve on crackers or thin slices of French bread.

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Play Santa this season - ‘adopt’ a senior The 2010 Adopt-A-Senior holiday gift program, sponsored by Clermont Senior Services, is well underway. The program provides much-needed gifts for Clermont County seniors. Some donors like to collect household items or fill gift baskets/boxes with personal care items or cleaning supplies for the gift pantry. Others want to be matched with seniors and buy gifts from their “wish lists”. Gift cards to area retail stores, gas stations and fast food restaurants, along with monetary donations, also are donated. One gift recipient from last year’s

program commented, “While searching through the beautiful gift bag, I thought how unusual for a stranger to send me presents that I needed, yet couldn’t purchase myself. I burst into tears at this showing of genuine caring.” Another added, “I appreciated the box of goodies from Boy Scout Troop

196. It perked me up to think young boys would do such a nice thing for the elderly.” If you would like to participate in this year’s Adopt-A-Senior program, please call Connie at 536-4021. You also can e-mail her at

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Amelia Christmas Parade We are happy to announce that the 30th Annual Christmas Parade will once again march down Main St. with your support!! This year’s theme is going to be: Christmas Throughout Our Lives The theme is meant to reflect on the 30-year history of this event, but more importantly – the history of Christmas: from the first Noel, to each Dec. 25th in our lives. Fond memories, shared with family and friends throughout the years! The parade is now being hosted by a private effort called “Amelia Parade LLC”. This volunteer group is seeking any volunteers available to help with everything from cooking food to warm up volunteers working the parade, parade workers themselves, and the timely task for organizing it all to work (without a hitch hopefully). The Christmas Parade Committee is working busily to help ensure that this year’s parade is as wonderful as the parades you may recall from the past 29 years. Your participation is needed to make that happen. Please join us in this Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m. This is a one-of-a-

kind event in this area and is enjoyed by all ages! The parade provides free recognition for families, community groups, and business. This year, we need to ask for-profit entrants for a suggested donation of $25-$50 to offset the police and event insurance requirements that support the parade permit and safety of all who partake. We will still be accepting donations to off set some of the costs and all remaining monies will be donated to a Charity called Our Military Kids whose Mission is as follows: Our Military Kids provides tangible support to the children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserve personnel and to the children of the severely injured service members through grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices military parents make and to ensure that the children have access to activities and support that help the children better cope with challenges arising during a parent's deployment or injury recovery. 2010 | Christmas Celebration | 9

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Living Spaces is a full-service company Living Spaces Custom Design is a family-owned Kitchen and Bath Design company located in downtown Batavia. Living Spaces owner and head designer Pam McKiernan is an award-

winning designer with a degree in interior design and more than 15 years experience. The company’s showroom, located at 350 East Main Street in the heart of

Batavia, has been completely remodeled. It now boasts the latest trends featured for any remodeling project. Living Spaces also provides in-home consultations, and during the design process, all options available are discussed with the client. After a contract is signed, clients are provided with floor plans, elevations and perspective drawings, as well as computer outputs of the new room. “For most of our customers, the kitchen or bath project we are helping them with is a one time project for them,” co-owner Mark McKiernan said. “For us it doesn’t matter if they have a large or small budget – we want to do everything possible to give them their dream kitchen or bath.” Living Spaces Custom Design is a full-service company that offers not just design, but cabinetry, countertops, appliances, lighting, plumbing, fixtures, tile and more. It is one of the finest in-

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SSCC South to host Holiday Heritage Festival on Dec. 4 Coming next month to Southern State Community College’s Appalachian Gateway Center is the annual Holiday Heritage Festival and Sale. Open to the public, this event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the college’s South Campus, 12681 U.S. Route 62, near Fincastle, just north of U.S. Route 32. “The goal of SSCC’s Appalachian Gateway Center is to preserve the sacredness of the Appalachian culture, and one way this is accomplished is through the annual Holiday Heritage Festival,” said Amanda Lewis, event coordinator. “What is so unique about the festival is the focus on the traditions and significance of local art forms in Appalachian culture while also providing the joy and celebration of the holiday season for all ages.” The Holiday Heritage Festival and Sale is a cherished tradition perfect for the entire family. Guests will have the opportunity to browse and admire unique arts and crafts created solely by local artists. Craft vendors will offer

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jewelry, pottery, soaps/ lotions, quilts/ blankets, metalworking, candles, accessories, decorations and much more. Aside from viewing these local artworks, the public will have the opportunity to experience seasonal baked goods and herbs, witness various demonstrations in artwork, and enjoy musical entertainment provided by the Southern State Singers choir and local Appalachian and Celtic/folk musicians throughout the festival. Perfect for little ones, Santa’s Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 3-12 accompanied by an adult. Activities for the children include storytelling with Mrs. Claus, $1 craft kits for the children to create gifts and, most importantly, free pictures with Santa Claus! Assistants will be available to help children with the various activities that will provide lifelasting memories. For more information about the Holiday Heritage Festival and Sale, please contact Lewis at 1-800-628-7722, ext. 3520.

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SunQuest Hair Designs has been serving the Brown County area for 21 years SunQuest is a full service salon and tanning center that accommodates the entire family .“Our salon has a clean and professional atmosphere where clients can enjoy the friendly environment and the staff. ,” says Angela Isner, owner/operator who started the business when her two sons, Eric and Michael were children. “I have thoroughly enjoyed operating SunQuest and I want to thank my customers for their loyalty and support through the years.” The SunQuest staff makes it a priority to know their clientele by focusing on meeting the hair care needs of the client with the latest trends and techniques in haircuts, color, perms and hair care. At SunQuest Hair Designs we know that you want to be heard and we take the time to listen and create your specific, individual style. Another main concern to the staff is maintaining the highest level of education in order to

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Nearly 3,000 high school juniors and seniors attend one of four Great Oaks Career Campuses High school students walk down the halls at Live Oaks Career Campus, many of them in the uniforms of their career program. Health Technology students in scrubs walk alongside classmates wearing the coveralls of the Heavy Equipment Operations and Engineering program. Biotechnology students in lab coats mix with the uniformed Veterinary Assisting students. Of course, not everyone is identifiable by program. Digital Arts and Design students blend in with Early Childhood Education students and Computer Service Technician and networking students. But no matter how they’re dressed these students all have one thing in common: They are preparing themselves for careers and college. “Even though more than half of our students go on to college, and many of them earn college credit while they’re still in high school, there are still some people who think that career-technical students are the ones who aren’t going

on to postsecondary education,” said Great Oaks President/CEO Robin White. “The truth is that these are young men and women who already know what they want to do in life, and they’re looking for a hands-on education as well as academic classes.” Nearly 3,000 high school juniors and seniors attend one of four Great Oaks Career Campuses: Diamond Oaks in Dent, Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, Live Oaks in Milford, and Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville. They’re involved in 37 different career programs, from Animal Science and Management to Welding. Great Oaks serves 36 school districts in southwest Ohio. It’s a public school district that was formed in the early 1970s when the Ohio legislature created Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs). “JVSDs make sense for students, taxpayers, and the community,” said Dr. White. “Career-technical programs are expensive to set up and operate, and school districts can’t

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Amelia Florist is now bringing you exquisite fresh flowers from all over the world The leaves and the temperature may be falling, but things are heating up at Amelia Florist. New Owners, Vickie and Bruce Wenstrup are proud to have their 35 years of experience in the industry, back to where it all started. In 1987 Vickie Wenstrup, then Vickie Young, was fresh out of design school, starting a new career in floral design at Amelia Florist. It was a love at first design for Vickie. The fragrance of the lilies, beauty of hydrangea, and the brilliant hues of the roses… Nature at its finest. Inspired by her mother, and her next door neighbor, Mrs. Haggerty, Vickie has always had a passion for flowers. Her ambitions, talents, and experiences grew her into an award winning designer, Taking Best of Show in Dramatic Table setting at the 2010 Cincinnati Flower show in Loveland. Vickie’s affection and passion for flowers and plants grew with her talents and empowered her to become one of Cincinnati’s well-known designers. Little did Vickie know 35 years later she would own the very company, where it

all started. Amelia Florist is now bringing you exquisite fresh flowers from all over the world. Vickie goes to the Fresh Flower Market every day to hand-pick the best flower selection and to ensure only the finest quality of fresh flowers and plants. Offering a newer selection of up-scale products including, hydrangeas from Holland, Orchids from New Zealand, Proteas from Africa, along with seasonal products grown in the United States and right here in the tri-state area. The perfect flower combination for any Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, or a tribute for your loved one. Just as the seasons are changing so is Amelia Florist. From the time you pull into your parking space, our new addition of self-watering Flower Framers planter boxes will welcome you. Overflowing with Kale, pinecones, artichokes and softened by fragrant holiday pines. Need a holiday hug? - A natural garland of hydrangea, grapevine, bittersweet and seasonal textures will give

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you a warm feeling as they adorn the entrance. Once inside you will feel at home and be inspired by the beautiful holiday dining table setting and know just what floral to send to Mom for her table. The distinctive selection at of holiday décor, Gift Baskets, Wine, Cheese, flowers, and plants will have you checking those names off your list in just one visit. – We even Deliver to anywhere in the tri-state area! So come get your creative juices flowing on how to set your table and Decorate your home for the Holidays. Stop by and visit with us today! Vickie is enjoying her new venture together with her husband, Bruce, and their two sons, Andy and Adam and would love to meet you. Although there are many exciting changes taking place at Amelia Florist, you will still see the familiar faces that you have known to love in Dianelle, Pat and Troy, employees of Amelia florist for the last several years. Come enjoy the new Amelia Florist on Friday afternoon for Happy Hours from 4 pm to - 6pm and buy 2 stems of

flowers and get one free! You can even select a bottle of wine to take home. Perfect to relax and enjoy your weekend!

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Gift certificates open doors to lifelong learning Is your Christmas shopping all wrapped up, so to speak? Or do the senior citizens on your list have you stumped? Most seniors don’t have everything, but they have just about everything they want. Many have downsized, sold their homes and moved into condominiums or apartments. Before making the big move, they probably gave away a mountain of mementos to family members and the leftovers went to whatever charity was picking up that week. So, what are the gifts of choice? Consumables! Give something that can be used up, eaten up, mailed out, or given away. It’s here today, gone tomorrow! And a year from now it’s not setting on a shelf gathering dust, or worse, still in the gift box or bag it came in, taking up precious closet space. Clermont Senior Services offers an innovative consumable gift option for seniors – gift certificates to their lifelong learning centers! The gift certificates sell for $10 each, and, of course, you can purchase as many as you like. Here’s how and why it works. First of all, we are NOT in the business of selling gifts or even gift certificates, we ARE in the business of

promoting a healthy lifestyle through friendship, socialization, education, and mental and physical stimulation. And it seems that the people purchasing these certificates are looking for the same thing - for their parents! We had a son and a daughter (who are not related to each other) purchase $100 worth of gift certificates each for their parents. They each want their parents to get out of the house and have some fun. They know that spending a lot of time alone is not good for their health and wellbeing. “The certificates are great, because they can be used for any activity at any of our centers, and they have no expiration date. And the senior can choose what he or she is interested in, rather than their son, daughter or friend signing them up for a particular class,” said Lifelong Learning Program Manager Jeanne Siegel. Sometimes all the urging in the world by family members will not get a lonely person out of the house. But a gift certificate, purchased by a friend or family member, creates a sense of obligation to use it so the money isn’t wasted. So who wants a gift certificate to a lifelong learning senior center, you say? Almost anyone.

How about this for choices: watercolor painting, portrait painting, basket weaving, beading, scrap booking, wood carving, line dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba, French lessons, computer classes, and photo shop editing? Not enough? How about calligraphy, flower arranging, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, and billiards. Still not enough? Add daytrips to the Aronoff,

LaComedia, The Syndicate, and much more! If you are interested in coaxing a senior out of the house, this is a great idea. A $10 dollar certificate is a unique stocking stuffer. If you are interested, call 947-7333. Better yet, take a tour of one of our centers, and see for yourself.

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Verbarg’s is family owned and operated Harold and Shirley Verbarg opened Verbarg’s Furniture in January of 1978 in Amelia with the goal to sell moderate to high end furniture for the best value. After more than 30 years in the business and an ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction, Harold and Shirley still believe that fine furniture with superb craftsmanship never goes out of style. Verbarg’s is family owned and operated – in fact all five of Harold and Shirley’s daughters (as well as extended family members) are involved in the business. It is because of this that they are able to see the process through from start to finish. Their creative design staff is available to assist in the selection process from the wall color, to the furniture placement and the finishing touches of lamps, pictures, and accessories and even custom floral design. Verbarg’s is also able to offer

custom draperies and bedding! With their own warehouse, trucks, and delivery professionals, they have more control over the safe delivery and set up of your furniture. Verbarg’s is the exclusive tri-state dealer of Stickley – which is collected and admired throughout the world – and is a fine example of true craftsmanship and value. Other lines like Harden and Henkel Harris are among many of the companies that are family owned and American made. Verbarg’s is proud to offer some of the finest lines available to the furniture industry. Verbarg’s has much to offer… from children’s furniture, custom upholstery, home office and entertainment, leather sofas and chairs, solid wood bedrooms and dining rooms, to casual dining and even mattresses! Of course they also have wonderful accessories, lamps, pictures and even holiday items in their

Final Touch area to compliment all of their furniture! Verbarg’s Furniture and Design welcomes you to visit our Kenwood loca-

tion at 8155 Montgomery Road, or our Outlet at 1912 Ohio Pike in Amelia and experience why Verbarg’s is Cincinnati’s premier furniture company!

Trains of Williamsburg, Christmas Walk, December 3rd from 5-9 PM. 5:30-6:00 p.m. Williamsburg Elementary 3rd Grade 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Williamsburg High School Band & Choir 6:45-7:30 p.m. Williamsburg/CNE/St. Louis Girl Scout Troops Caroling 7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Trinity Christian Fellowship

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DECEMBER 10 & 11 FRIDAY 6:00pm - 9:00pm 6-9:00 pm PRIMATIVE TEE-PEE DISPLAY 6:00 pm-9:00 pm NUMEROUS FESTIVITIES along Front St: Petting Zoo /Animal Rescue /Alpacas /Carolers /Choirs /Crafters /Vendors /Artists. Shops and Businesses Open late to browse & shop with Shopkeepers dressed in period costumes. Visitors are invited to dress up too! 6-9:00 pm TRAIN DISPLAY DISPLAY (Metzgers, 400 Front St) 6:00 pm EVENT OPENS with Town Crier (Bill Knepp) 6:15 pm JOHN HALE SINGS (our very own vocalist) 6-9:00 pm Girl Scouts Caroling 6:30 pm SANTA & MRS. CLAUS ARRIVE by Fire Truck MAYOR ROMONA CARR will light the Village Christmas Tree NR High School Men's & Women's Choirs will Carol on the Friday Night (12 yr old Molly will “sign” Christmas Songs for the Deaf) CRAFTERS GALORE at the Cardboard Boat Museum & Along Front Street LIVE NATIVITY in Haussermann Park featuring the St. Peters Youth Group NEW RICHMOND AREA ELEMENTARY STUDENT Art Show at Frames of Mind (206 Front Street) HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES (Donations - Carriage & Occasions) BID N BUY/SILENT AUCTION (126 Front St) SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE by Rocket Man Productions (along Front Street) 7-9:00 pm Hay Wagon NEW RICHMOND HISTORY TOUR by Historian Greg Roberts (125 George St- Ross Gowdy House) 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm PHOTOS WITH SANTA: 126 Front St. FAMILY PHOTOS (in the Sleigh at the Bandstand at George St. & Susanna Way) 7:00 pm FREE HOT DOGS & HOT CHOCOLATE (The Landing back patio - 401 Front Street) INFORMATION BOOTH (Front St.) General Information /Raffle Tickets /Split the Pot Tickets FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Kirschner 513-207-3184 or 513-553-2222 or Margie Keck 513-207-9240 Thanks… to Our Volunteers, Friends & Sponsors

SATURDAY 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 11:00 am-5:00 pm NUMEROUS FESTIVITIES along Front St: Petting Zoo /Animal Rescue /Alpacas /Carolers /Choirs/Crafters Vendors /Artists / Shops and Businesses open to browse and shop with Shopkeepers dressed in period costumes. Visitors are invited to dress up too! 11 am-6 pm TRAIN DISPLAY DISPLAYS Metzgers - 400 Front St Cottage Garden -108 Susanna Way Trendy’s - 100 Front St Hay Wagon Rides NEW RICHMOND HISTORY TOUR (by Historian Greg Roberts) & FAMILY RIDES & CAROLING THRU TOWN (various times during the day- Load up at bandstand) CRAFTERS GALORE @ Cardboard Boat Museum -311 Front St., RiverHills Bank-110 Front St, Santas Work Shop, 126 Front St. NEW RICHMOND AREA ELEMENTARY STUDENT Art Show at Frames of Mind (206 Front Street) HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES (Donations- Carriage & Occasions) BID N BUY/SILENT AUCTION (at 126 Front St) SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE (along Front Street) 11:00 am-11:30 am CHILDREN’S CONTEST (best period costumes – All visitors are invited to dress up too) Girl Scouts Caroling 11:00 am Resurrection Bell Ringers (Front St Café) 11:00 am -1:00pm Ecumenical Choir 11:45 am–12:00 pm SANTA & MRS. CLAUS Arrive by Boat (weather permitting) 12:00 pm -1:30 pm PHOTOS WITH SANTA (in the Sleigh at the Bandstand) Girl Scouts Caroling 1-6:00pm LITTLE ELVES CRAFT CORNER… • Face Painting • Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders for town trees • Make decorations for Hausermann Park’s Holiday Trees 3:00 pm REINDOG & PET PARADE (Line up starts at 2:30 p.m. Main & Front – $1.00 registration fee per pet) 3:30 pm REINDOG & PET PARADE (Judging in front of RiverHills Bank) 5:30 pm HOLIDAY PARADE (decorate a golfcart/float/boat/bike. Line up at Front & Plum Streets (by the Ice House)


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The Village of New Richmond kicks off the holiday season The Village of New Richmond, Ohio is kicking off the Holiday Season in glittering style by Lighting Up businesses and residents in the 45157 Zip Code. Join the Victorian characters of

Alice’s Wonderland for special photo opportunities (need that one-of-a-kind Holiday photo?) throughout the day, and evening, as they lead all in the Official Light Up Count Down on Saturday, November 27 at 6PM in

Hausserman Park. Return on December 4 from 10am6pm for Mad Hatter Tea Party day, filled with specials, fun, games, and CAKE!

Top your week-ends of shopping off with A River Village Christmas on Friday, Dec 10’s Opening Ceremony and Dec 11 when Santa Officially comes to town by boat!

ried spontaneously by a traveling "parson," a Protestant minister. Some thought those lyrics sent the wrong message to children, and another ver-

sion was written with a circus clown, instead. The song has been sung with either bridge in place and even both in lengthier versions of the tune.

Seasonal song becomes holiday favorite The song "Winter Wonderland" has become a staple of holiday radio. Much like "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland" was not intentionally written to become a Christmas carol, but evolved into one over time. The song was published in 1934 by composer Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith. Smith resided in the town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to write the lyrics of the song after seeing Honesdale Central Park and his own childhood home blanketed in snow. Smith actually wrote the lyrics while being treated in

the West Mountain Sanitarium in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for tuberculosis. Many singers have performed the song throughout the years, so much so that it is often a standard song on artists' holiday compilations. Some of the better-known and earlier versions were made by The Andrews Sisters and Perry Como. "Winter Wonderland" has evolved into one of those songs that inspires visions of snowy splendor. Original lyrics feature a portion of the song mentioning young lovers being mar-

L IGHT UP N EW R ICHMOND Lights, Cameras & Action! We’re LIGHTING UP New Richmond for the HOLIDAYS with a Lighting Contest!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shop, Play, and Eat along the banks of the Ohio River!

Don’t be late for a very important date: Official Magical Lighting Ceremony Hausserman Park, 6:00 P.M., Walnut and Front Streets Kick-off your Holiday Season... Join Classic Victorian Characters Alice’s Wonderland on Nov. 27 10am-9pm, & a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Dec. 4, 10am-6pm -Special Games & Prizes - Take great Photos for that special One-of-a-Kind Holiday Card!

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“A River Village Christmas” on Dec. 10 & 11 when Santa officially comes to town! Light-Up Sponsored by: Barnabas Community Development,, 513-226-8000;, 513-402-2852; Print Zone 513-553-2077

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Add a visit to the library to your holiday season To Do list It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There are parties for hosting and marshmallows for… well, you know how the song goes! Whatever your holiday season involves, the Clermont County Public Library is a treasure trove of resources. Add a visit to the library to your holiday season To Do list. Attend a holiday open house, build a gingerbread house, make a holiday wreath or discover how other cultures celebrate the holiday sea-

son. We have something for the entire family at prices that can’t be beat! From cookbooks to seasonal decorating to holiday music – we have it! Planning on skipping the holidays and jetting off to Hawaii or flying to visit relatives? Book your flight online using one of our Internet computers & grab some reading material for your flight while you’re here! There’s no Black Friday at the library, no clipping coupons, no waiting

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Dreaming of a white Christmas? Many people look forward to newfallen snow to add to the picture of the holiday season. How many, though, give thought to how snow actually forms? Snowflakes are ice crystals that form in the clouds. Water vapor freezes and clings to the dust particles in the air. As the crystals group together, they form snowflakes. Snowflakes are hexagonal crystals, meaning they always have six sides. Snowflakes can grow in different forms, including columns, needles, plates, dendrites, columns with plates, and irregular shapes. When snowflakes melt and refreeze they may come down from the sky in the form of a ball instead of a flake. These are known as graupel.

Snowflakes are unique in that no two are the same. Because they are ice crystals, they are also clear in color. However, when gathered on the surface of roadways or other items, they collectively reflect the light and give off that white hue. A snowflake is often the universal symbol for winter or wintertime conditions. In Russia, people have long made paper snowflakes during the Christmas season and hung them in the windows. A snowflake also was the symbol of the winter olympics in 2002. Although snowflakes are cold, snow can actually act as an insulator. The intricate shapes of snowflakes trap air in between the flakes as they pile up. These tiny pockets of air prevent air from circulating, thus preventing heat from being transferred by convection.


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RiverHills Bank is a local, community bank A full-service financial institution, RiverHills has been serving people just like you and your family in Clermont County for more than a century. RiverHills Bank offers conventional financing, providing residential mortgages with fixed interest rates. Applicants may choose among several conventional options, including a zero closing costs program. The bank also offers a suite of government lending products, including FHA offers financing up to 97 percent of the purchase price and providing a streamlines refinancing program with great rates and reduced fees. The USDA Rural Housing Development program offers zero down-payment, no monthly insurance premiums and no limit on seller concessions or gifts. Other government lending programs include Veterans Administration and OHI Housing Finance Agency programs. RiverHills Bank is active in construction lending, providing temporary financing to qualified applicants. The bank is also able to help cus-

tomers take advantage of the low mortgage rates using its local processing and underwriting services, which enable the bank to lock in a low rate and close on a loan with 25 days. As rates continue to drop, now is the best time for consumers to make educated decisions about refinancing their homes. Many consumers are wasting money by making excessive mortgage payments. Refinancing can help many homeowners save money.

Loan officers at RiverHills Bank are available to assist homeowners in taking the necessary steps to lower their monthly payments to and to aid homebuyers in securing the financing needed to purchase their dream home. Call one of our RiverHills branches, conveniently located in Milford, Felicity, Amelia, and New Richmond and speak to one of our loan officers today to find out how much can be saved.

MAGIC REINDEER MIX by Marcy Wilson Really, the reindeers love this! The glitter is the “magic” ingredient! And so do Santa’s elves, if you leave the glitter out! 4 cups oat, rice or corn cereal squares 2 cups dry roasted peanuts 2 cups favorite dried fruit 2 cups yogurt covered raisins Glitter Combine all ingredients. Place in decorated bags or jars and put out with Santa’s cookies for the reindeer! Or make a trail to the house using the reindeer mix – the glitter will shine and the reindeers will see it! Tip from Marcy’s kitchen: If you put glitter in there, make sure you indicate on the gift tag that it is not edible.

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Furniture Solutions sells predominantly Ohio-made products A family-owned Ohio business selling predominantly Ohio-made products. This best describes Furniture Solutions, a Sauder Manufacturing concept store located in the Milford Shopping Center on Lila Avenue (St. Rt. 50). Founded in 2005, the Schuttes opened the doors in the Anderson Towne Center (Anderson Township) for three years before moving to Milford two years ago. "Unlike the owners of the Anderson Towne Center, the Toebben’s (Shopping Center owners) worked out a good lease arrangement that will keep us in Milford for many years," owner and store manager Dave Schutte, Jr., said. "It took four-to-five months to get the word out that we had moved to Milford but we’re now growing rapidly. We pride ourselves in integrity, honesty and respect for customers. ’’ Sauder Manufacturing, located in Archbold, Ohio, has been around since 1934 and specializes in desks, book shelves, television stands, entertainment centers, bedroom sets, along with office chairs, storage cabinets, DVD and VHS storage units and sewing and

craft centers. "We take pride in selling furniture produced in Ohio,’’ Schutte, Jr., said. "We not only feature a full line of Sauder furniture but also Spring Air, a top quality mattress produced in Columbus, Ohio." Furniture Solutions also sells Corsicana Mattresses, a Tennessee company that sells to independent dealers. All Sauder furniture comes with a five-year warranty with the company sending parts via UPS for five years if damaged during assembly or during normal wear and tear. "We dare our growing customers to compare prices with the competition,’’ Schutte said. "We take pride in saving customers money. We have many of the national competitor’s prices (taken from internet) listed in the store." During the past year, the Schutte’s have added a Clearance Corner with numerous items available including leather sofas, love seats and sofas, kitchen and dining room tables and chairs, bars and roll-top desks from other manufacturers. "We’re continually adding products from other manufacturers,’’ Schutte

said. "My uncle, Tom Schutte, has 40 years experience in the furniture business and has the contacts to makes great buys that allow us to sell at rock-bottom prices." Customers can check out the newly renovated website ( and click on the Clearance Corner tab to access the latest products.

"Customers are never pressured at Furniture Solutions,’’ Schutte said. "It is a relaxed atmosphere which is what our shoppers want and deserve." Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the store at 513-231-9400.

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BCGH Foundation ‘Celebration of Lights’ planned for Dec. 3 The Brown County General Hospital Foundation is planning its annual ‘Celebration of Lights’ for Friday evening, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the BCGH in Georgetown. Individuals and families sponsor trees, in memory of loved ones who have passed away or in honor of loved ones still with us. Those who purchase trees make a gift to the BCGH Foundation of one-hundred dollars. Signs are placed in front of each tree to indicate in whose memory or honor the tree is named. The Foundation is also selling suncatchers made locally at the Glass ReFactory in Georgetown. Luminaries that can be purchased in memory or in honor of loved ones are also available for $10 each. The program will include special music and the reading of the names of those who are being remembered and

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The gift of volunteerism for the Holidays ever-present in many people's minds. However, financial insecurity due to the sluggish job market and economy will likely result in more people hoping to volunteer their time instead of their finances this holiday season. Volunteering one's time is a way to give back without expending funds. Just as charities and other organizations are in need of money to operate their causes, they also need manpower to put

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• Schools are often understaffed and can use the help of parents and other community members. Volunteering beyond the typical call of duty can help school programs flourish. Volunteering time as a coach or as a librarian can ensure children have the resources and programs for a well-rounded education. • Consider spending time with the elderly at a nearby assisted-living facility or as part of a home-visitor program. Individuals who don't have family nearby may appreciate a visit from someone, even if it's just to sit and chat. This is something the entire family can do, even children. • Something as simple as carpooling or offering to shop for busy people is another form of volunteer work that doesn't require being part of a particular organization. Why not babysit for a person who has to catch up on some holiday shopping? There are plenty of ways to contribute without writing a check. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to think in a giving way.


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plans in action. Busy people may think they don't have the time to volunteer, but this is not the case. According to Charity Guide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting flexible volunteerism by inspiring and facilitating acts of kindness, volunteer work can take as little as 15 minutes per week and be based on a flexible schedule. When considering volunteerism, individuals can pick a cause that is dear to their hearts. Organizations that raise awareness about medical conditions to animal rights groups are all charities that can use assistance. Here are some ways the average person can volunteer service. • Business owners who provide a particular product or service can donate such items to the charity. For example, a printing company can offer to print letterhead or envelopes for an organization. A baker can offer food for luncheons or fundraisers. Donation of time doesn't necessarily have to mean manning the phones.


Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable. Research indicates that 50 percent of charitable donations are made between Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the season of hospitality and togetherness, making charitable donations is

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Easy Ways to Extend Your Holiday Budget The holiday season can prove an exercise in financial flexibility for many families. While the spirit of the season centers around faith and family, it's easy for families to overdo it when it comes to holiday shopping. Parents can easily find themselves expanding their budgets to ensure their kids get everything on their wish list, while fellow shoppers may easily get lost in finding the perfect gift for family and friends. While overspending might be a holiday tradition in many families, it's no doubt the most costly as well. Credit cards often allow shoppers to overspend on holiday shopping, making January a cringe-worthy month for shoppers who put too much on plastic during the holidays and get the bills the next month. It's always best to avoid overspending, but there are ways shoppers can extend their budget during the holiday seasons. • Look for "no interest" deals. "No interest" deals are not necessarily hard to find, but they might be a bit of a misnomer. Larger retailers sometimes offer no interest financing for 12 or 18 months

on items that cost above a certain dollar amount. But these deals are only "interest free" for the designated time frame. This means no interest will be charged if the balance is paid in full (there's often a minimum monthly payment) before the 12 or 18 months is up. However, if the balance is not paid in full, shoppers will be responsible for all interest that accrued over that 12- or 18-month period. These "no interest" deals are a great way to extend a holiday budget, but shoppers should make certain they pay the balance off before the grace period is up. • Comparison shop. As sensible as it seems, many shoppers find little time to comparison shop during the often hectic holiday season. Shoppers looking to extend their budgets, however, should find the time to comparison shop. Significant savings could be had simply by scanning the different flyers in the Sunday newspaper. Such efforts only take minutes but could save shoppers hundreds of dollars during the holiday season. • Shop early. Shopping early not only gives shoppers access to more and some-

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budgetary leeway as a result. • Go in on gifts with a friend or relative. When holiday shopping, it's perfectly reasonable to share the cost of a gift with a friend or relative. The recipient won't mind if the gift is from one, two, three, or four people, and each gifter will come away satisfied that their loved one got a gift he or she loves and no one's budget was busted.


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Chatfield College to host annual Christmas Program Cecilia Huber, OSU will present her annual Christmas program of original music Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel on the St. Martin campus. This year’s program, "Who Is Coming To Our House?" is based on the book by Joseph Slate. The concert is a wonderful way to start the advent season, featuring the Children’s Choir from St. Louis School in Owensville,

Mariah Blair, Soprano II; Holly Burkhardt, Bassoon; Sam Ivers, Tenor; Jack McKee, Tenor; Tricia Pence, Harp; Ryan Steward, Trumpet; Sue Toth, Flute; Martha Wetzel, Soprano I, and Terry Wenninger, Alto. The program is funded through the Chatfield College Lulu O. Craig Fine Arts Fund. There is no charge for admission; a free will offering will be taken at the end of the program.

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Boot Country has been a family owned business for over 28 years President and Owner Bill Van Fleet started with just one single store in Cincinnati, OH, only selling western boots, now has grown into 4 retail locations across the Tri-State Area. Our locations include Eastgate, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, and Burlington, Kentucky. Boot Country has expanded in many directions to make it your one stop shopping place. We are now Boot Country Work Country-Two Stores In One! We have western boots, western apparel, work boots and work apparel. Boot Country carries an extensive line of western and work apparel, boots, hats, jeans, leather goods, accessories and gifts for men, women and children. We have something for the whole family!

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Luke 2: The Birth of Jesus

AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  2 (And this taxing was first made when Cy-re ni-us was governor of Syria.)  3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:1-14 10

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