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Hail to the Chiefs! By Kim Beach As we approach the upcoming presidential holiday, we thought it would be fun to highlight the “commanders in chief ” who represent each of Mariemont’s local organizations. Here is a glimpse into the personalities of the people who work tirelessly to keep our local organizations running. Please join us on Monday, February 18 as we celebrate our country’s past and current presidents as well as the very special volunteers who command the Village forces!   The questions we asked of each leader included: What is your favorite TV show? Tell us about your best vacation ever! Your favorite Mariemont spot? Who is your most idolized leader? Share a recent book you’ve read. Favorite candy? Best reason to donate to your organization!

in the classroom: hard work, perseverance, leadership, respect, discipline, teamwork, etc.

Suzanne Bischoff Marielders 1. HGTV 2. Any time with the kids and their kids 3. The Concourse 4. Bobby Kennedy 5. A Memoire of Vietnam by Bill Fee 6. Gum drops from Aglamesis 7. Because life should be good no matter your age

Mark Lewis Mariemont Athletic Boosters Karen Berkich Garden Club of Mariemont 1. Masterpiece Theater 2. Road trip to visit Western National Parks 3. Graeters 4. President Ronald Reagan 5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 6. Snickers Bar 7. The Garden Club of Mariemont stimulates a knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, encourages civic planting, and aids in the protection of native trees, plants and birds.

Dodie Loewe Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati 1. Young Sheldon 2. A cruise around Italy, from Rome to Croatia to Venice to Florence and back to Rome 3. It’s all beautiful 4. Queen Elizabeth II 5. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 6. Esther Price Chocolates 7. WACC just had a mural created by Artworks and dedicated to women past and present, and we were a major part in the initial development and restoration of The Barn in Mariemont. Donations and class and event fees make our continued art offerings and support possible. http://www.mariemontathletic 1. Gold Rush - Discovery Channel 2. Disney Cruise 3. Mac’s Pizza 4. Winston Churchill 5. Landing on the Edge of Eternity by Robert J. Kershaw 6. Doughnuts 7. Mariemont Athletic Boosters membership fees and donations go directly back into Mariemont Jr. High and High School sports for gear, venue improvements (Kusel Field, tennis courts), fees, training, coaches training, and more. Athletics teaches our Warrior student-athletes things not entirely learned

Barbara Policastro Mariemont Civic Association 1. Downton Abbey 2. Cruise around Italy and France with friends 3. The Village Square 4. Cont'd on page 5


Dear Neighbors:

Letter to the Editor: Mariemont Awarded Grant

I wanted to share the good news that Mariemont has been awarded a $268,000 grant contribution from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund for provision of a multi-use path from Settle to Plainville (near the tennis courts and elementary school). No more families walking to school down the middle of the street! AND some substantial financial help in meeting Village responsibilities for sidewalks, ADA issues, and storm water management. As residents on Homewood Avenue near Murray, my husband and I look forward to seeing the greenspace restored and to being able to walk down to the Square for dinner or a movie holding hands (current sidewalks,

where available, are too narrow to walk next to each other). What an opportunity!

Kudos to those who worked on the grant application. Now is the time for the rest of us to help the Health & Recreation Committee of the Village Council put together a plan that will guide us in restoring the Murray Median to its function as cherished greenspace and a safe walkway. The Village has asked Choice One to prepare drawings and closer cost estimates for citizen review and comment – slated to be available in Feb. Once there is a firm and engaging plan, we can attract additional funding support from interested parties to assist the Village in providing this essential function. Work is underway now to

identify and engage that support. I’d like to encourage Villagers to contact any member of the Health & Recreation Committee, (Bill Brown (chair), Mary Ann Schwartz, and Rob Bartlett) to help make this the best possible project. I’d be happy to include anyone interested in the email list I have gathered from residents at the northwest corner of the Village. They can reach me at or call 513.322.6812 for inclusion. I will send out periodic emails to keep everyone informed, and collect comments and suggestions from anyone interested, which I’ll then share with the Committee and Council. Lisa Wharton, Homewood Ave. Resident

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2018 was an exceptional year for real estate in Mariemont. There were 26 more houses sold in 2018 than 2017 and the average price was $64,000 higher. Twelve houses sold over $700,000 in 2018 with only seven selling in that price range in 2017. The average days on market was 55 days with 34 of 74 houses selling in less than ten days. There were 13 houses that took over 100 days to sell and at an average of 13% less than the original list price. If a house is priced correctly and properly prepared for sale, it should sell in less than 30 days in today’s market. Most buyers today prefer homes that are updated in current colors and trends, and those houses sell for a premium price. My expertise and experience in preparing your home for listing will get you a premium price. *Includes Williams Meadow and Mariemont Landing. Hamilton County Auditor. Source: MLS Greater Cincinnati compilation of broker members (01/01/17–12/31/18).

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in Mariemont School District SOLD inby 2018 Shelley Miller Reed #1 Agent in Mariemont School District in 2013–2018! #1 Agent in Mariemont in 2012–2018!


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Vill age Hail to the Chiefs (cont'd from page 1) Our Mayor. His dedication to the Village and its residents is what I respect and want in a leader. 5. The Purpose of a Dog 6. M & Ms 7. Money raised is put back into our community to help with such things as: Eagle Scout projects, After Prom Party, Destination Imagination, landscape projects and plaques, annual fireworks and more. Members also mentor children and help the elderly. Membership is $25 a year, and each month we have an interesting guest speaker.

Heather Rogers Mariemont School Foundation mariemont 1. Watching American Ninja Warrior with my kids 2. Last summer we went camping on the side of a river in Montana and then spent the next day floating the river and fly fishing 3. Driving down Miami Rd. at sunset, when you can see a spectacular sky over our Village. 4. Pat Head Summitt 5. Traction by Gino Wickman 6. Haribo gummy bears – the green ones 7. The Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) supports academic initiatives and experiences across the district that set our schools apart from others. Your donation has the ability to directly, significantly and positively impact virtually every child at each of our schools and at every level of education.

Channel. 2. Our honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand. Sydney is simply the best of all worlds (mountains, beaches, culture, and scrumptious food). 3. The Tot Lot. 4. My mom. She is involved in her community and showed me at a young age that everyone has a voice and can make a difference. 5. I am working through Peaceful Parenting, Happy Kids. 6. Heath Bar 7. MPPG has the future of Mariemont and surrounding communities on our minds. We are focused on the youth and how we can all make this world a better place.

Joe Stoner Mariemont Preservation Foundation www.mariemont 1. Poldark 2. Three-month tour of Europe by motorcycle 3. Viewing the Little Miami Valley from the Concourse 4. Abraham Lincoln 5. The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal 6. Peanut butter fudge 7. With hard work and your donations, MPF keeps Mary Emery’s dream alive across generations through preservation and display of historic documents and items, community activities, tours and presentations, and by working with local and state governments to preserve Mariemont’s historic ambience.

Tato - Owner/CEO of “Corporate Consciousness” 5. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen 6. Groovy Gumball’s “Crispy Cakes” 7. Arts education matters. Our lives, and our children’s lives, would be more empty without the arts. The Mariemont Arts Association is a group of community members who provide financial and volunteer support to the students in studio/ visual arts, choir, band, and orchestra within Mariemont schools.

Ken White Kiwanis of Mariemont kenrwhite 1. Doctor Who 2. Key West, Fla. 3. Historic art deco lobby at Kellogg’s office on Mariemont Ave. 4. Gandhi 5. End of Life as We Know It by Michael Guillen 6. Butterscotch hard candy 7. Kiwanis is a 100% volunteer organization that provides college and HOBY scholarships, mentors for the Stock Club, Builders and Key Clubs in all four MCSD schools.

Dina Wilder Mariemont Tennis Association Amanda Waltz Mariemont Arts Association Mandy Rohal Mariemont Preschool Parents Group 1. We rarely have on the TV in our house, but when the kids go to bed I sneak on the Hallmark Mariemont Town Crier mariemont-arts-association/membership 1. Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” 2. New Zealand 3. The Concourse (at Sunrise or Sunset) 4. Deni 1. Travelers on Netflix 2. Girl Scout/family trip to Iceland and Europe 3. South 80 4. John Bogle (founder of The Vanguard Group) 5. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd 6. Tie: Hot Tamales and Dark Chocolates 7. The goal of MTA is to encourage everyone to join the club and play tennis… or pickle ball! Page 5

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Just aWalk in the Woods: Mariemont's Nick Geary Conquers the Appalachian Trail By Pete McBride Town Crier Reader Alert: If Mariemont resident Nick Geary ever asks if you’d like to go for a walk, ask him a simple question: “Where to and for how long?” That’s because earlier this year, Nick became one of the approximately 150 people - about 20 percent of those who try each year - to successfully complete a “thru-hike” (i.e. the entire 2191-mile length) of the north-to-south (southbound or SOBO) route of the iconic Appalachian Trail in one continuous trek. Not only will Nick take you on a long hike, but he doesn’t hang around either; completing the trail in 4 ½ months (July 7 to Nov. 21) versus the average six months. Nick explained there are several categories of Appalachian hikers. “In comparison to thruhikers, section-hikers walk portions of the trail over many years. Flip-flop hikers, very popular amongst the slower hikers, start in the south, then when they get about half way, skip to the northern end and then hike south back to point they stopped. The flip flop offers a longer time window.” There are also the north-bounders (NOBOs), who must wait for the snow to disappear in the southern states before starting and finish before the snow closes the mountains in the north. Similarly, SOBOs have to wait until the snow melts in the north – usually around early June – and then finish before the snow makes the southern trail impassable …. So less of a hike and more a race against time.

At the start at Mt. Katahdin. and his family moved here from the Syracuse, NY area. Well-enabled by his PhD in chemical engineering from LSU, he worked for Procter & Gamble for 27 years in product research, process, and “scale-up” with such venerable P&G product lines as Ivory Soap, Olay, Head-and-Shoulders, Pert, Clairol, Actonel, Macrobid, and Align Probiotics.

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Nick’s wife, Peggy, is a Montessori school elementary math teacher. They have three daughters – Catherine (who attends Mariemont High School), Lizzy (in her third year of college) and Emma (works in the field of child psychology).

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Vill age Walk in the Woods (cont'd from previous page) Nick has enjoyed hiking since he was a teenager, including treks through the Lake District in the UK, across the Continental Divide in Utah, The Smokies in Tennessee, and along the trails from Banff to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. With that experience and know-how already in his backpack, and with supportive encouragement from Peggy, who is not particularly a fan of camping out (“no showers!”), he decided to put the granddaddy of American hiking trails on his bucket list right after he retired in 2018. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy describes it as “the longest hikingonly trail in the world.” Setting out in early July from the northern terminus of the “The National Scenic Trail” at Mt. Katahdin in Maine, Nick quickly found out that he either had too much to carry, or the essentials weighed a ton! “You quickly learn that if you are going to carry a backpack for 4-6 months, it needs to be light – ideally, less than 20-30 pounds,” said Nick. “You also learn that really light things are not really cheap, and of course wear out at the most inconvenient times.” Nick’s destination was nearly 2,200 miles away at Springer Mountain in Georgia. En route, he passed through 14 states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey,

Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.

across your face at night and the latter loving to coil up in your sleeping bag.”

The highest point on the trail is Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (6643 feet above sea level), and the lowest point is Bear Mountain State Park (124 feet). And for portions of the journey at and in-between, the word “trail” is somewhat misleading.

The sad irony of encountering an actual restaurant or café, said Nick, is that after living on lightweight but nutritious energy bars, cheese, oatmeal, and freeze-dried food packs for days on end, a menu offering pizza, ice cream and homemade pies, etc. can be seductively enticing.

For example, Nick came upon a “rock scramble” near the ME-NH border, after navigating a steep slope of smoothly eroded shale rock, which demanded to be descended not by walking but by using a humbling technique perhaps best described as “butt-sliding.” All the while he was loaded down with camping tools, food, sleeping bag, canteen, and a few “selfindulgent luxuries” such as his wallet, cell phone, a few spare clothes, matches, and bandages. Other times Nick had to squeeze under fallen rock, pushing his pack ahead of him, or carry his pack above his head as he waded through deep water.

However, given you are several thousand calories in deficit (it not being possible to carry enough food to replenish the 5,000-6,000 used daily), the so called “feast” is more a force feeding of 10,000 plus calories in as little time as possible, in order to stay on course. These meals usually included an extra-large pizza, a family-size lasagna, a packet of cookies, half a gallon of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and half a gallon of milk.

There are few amenities along the trek: hostels every four days or so tied for first place with small towns and villages with cafes offering “real food.” The next luxury was shelters every 10 miles or so where hikers can rest and sleep. “It is called a shelter because it has a roof - that’s it,” exclaimed Nick. “Shelters are open at the front, so offer no protection to the wind and cold; nor to mice and snakes – the former loving to scurry

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Nick still managed to lose 30 pounds during his kike. Of course, this was a lot better than what happens to many hikers, who lose all their body fat and then burn muscle to the point they can no longer continue. Hiking the Appalachian Trail also gave Nick plenty of time to think, self-reflect and, yes, fret and worry. He describes mood swings ranging from euphoria and exuberance for the first 2-3 weeks, to resenting the daily routine – walk, stop, cook, eat, sleep, repeat. Then self-doubt, frustration, and apprehension takes over, leaving the hiker thinking only of either quitting (“Why am I doing this when I don’t have to?”) or reaching the end of the trail (“How many more days?”). And of course, you don’t want to “let down” yourself or, especially, your family, friends, and supporters. Eventually hiking the trail becomes a way of life; one that has many rewards. Almost, but not quite, to the point that Nick began to see the merits of being a hermit. What did Nick worry about the most? Well, incurring critical injury, for starters. Cont'd on next page


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Vill age Walk in the Woods (cont'd from previous page) There is no such thing as a speedy rescue out in the wilderness – the best one can hope for is an uncomfortable night followed by a jolting stretcher ride the next day. Then there was the fear of a minor but movement-impairing fall (Nick used 20 bandages in one day just to cover scrapes, cuts and bruises). But also worrisome were missing his family, bad weather, the quickly decreasing daylight, the rapid advance of winter, increasing mental and physical exhaustion, and sheer monotony. Oh, yes. And there was also that big and hungry-looking bobcat in Massachusetts. As Nick said: “That could’ve gone badly.” What provided Nick’s most-empowering “up-lifts?” People. Fellow hikers and staff at hostels were always encouraging and upbeat. (“Waytago!” “Never quit on a bad day.”) Planned

rendezvous’ with and companionship of friends along the way – even for two or three days – were terrific support. Nick’s friends John Morgan and John Renner (both of Mariemont) joined him for at least three hours (that’s another story!) in North Carolina. Matt Lynch, also of Mariemont, joined him in Tennessee for 54 miles. There also were colleagues from Procter and Gamble. And, perhaps best of all, Nick’s three daughters – mom had to work - accompanied him and cheered him on for the final mile of the hike. Of course the sheer beauty and majesty along the trail was always an encouragement (minus the two hurricanes Nick hiked or nearly swam through).

His advice to would-be thru-hikers? “Don’t be a hero; sliding on your butt is OK.” “Enjoy the journey! If it’s just about the destination don’t hike; fly there.” “Your whole mind is on survival.” But most of all, despite the falls, the cold, the blisters, etc., Nick would advise you to go for it! “It was simply beautiful and so empowering.” A big “way-to-go,” Nick! We’re proud of you. I, for one, will never again complain about a walk to Graeter’s.

Did You Know? South-to-north is the most popular direction. Perhaps it is because it was the direction the first ever thru-hiker (Earl Shaffer) travelled, and hikers can depart as early as March/April vs. mid-June for SOBOs trekkers, hence more daylight. The success rate for completing the entire trail for both trekker groups is only about 20%, the same odds that Scott got for returning safely from the South Pole. One half of all hikers drop out a quarter of the way into the trip; threequarters do so at the half-way mark.

At the finish, 30 pounds lighter, with daughters Catherine (17), Emma (22) ans Lizzy (20) who walked the last mile with dad to the summit of Springer Mt.

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This Month in Sustainable Mariemont By Margaret Jevic This holiday season’s recycling brought in over 200 pounds of holiday lights. That’s many Ace trips and a few trunk loads worth of lights being diverted from the landfill, all thanks to you! We’ve also gotten our weight lifting in this year hauling batteries from bins to trunks to recycling center. The pill bottle bin can’t be emptied fast enough, going straight to Matthew 25 Ministries. Ink cartridges are catching on and picking up steam. As fruitful as collections are, there have been some severe misuses of the bins over the holidays. Items not being collected are being left, with volunteers having to make special trips or store themselves until we run another collection. Hazardous and inappropriate items have also been left – at one point we received a sealed Biohazard bag and full medicine bottles in the bin. We love to run these

convenience of Ace is unbeatable, so let’s all do our part to only bring items currently being collected, making sure to follow all instructions for the safety of our volunteers.

collections, and we’re pretty sure the Earth appreciates the effort too, so we hope it won’t become a scenario where one person ruins the whole gig for everyone else.

Holiday light collections ended the last day of January, returning to regular collections in February of household alkaline batteries in plastic bags, empty pill bottles with personal information removed, and household ink cartridges. You may bring your items to the storefront of Ace Hardware on Wooster Pike and place them in the marked bins.

The people checking the bins are your neighbors, and volunteering their time to do so. Sustainable Mariemont will continue collections at Ace, but if bin misuse continues to be an issue, we will look into other collection sites that are better monitored. The

Also upcoming this spring, Sustainable Mariemont will be hosting a composting seminar in April. If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email or visit our Facebook page, Sustainable Mariemont.

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MariElders News Do you know what happens at THE MARIELDERS? Most people think we are just a bunch of old people sitting around knitting. Boy, are they wrong! We thought you should know what really takes place…. Mondays 9:15 Meditation 9:30 Tech Support 10:00 Core & Balance Exercise Class 1:00 Canasta 2:00 Mystery TV Series Tuesdays 10:00 Tai Chi Flow l 11:00 Tai Chi Flow ll 1:00 Mah Jongg 1:00 Art Club 1:30 In House Movies Wednesdays 10:00 Laughtercise 1:00 Dominos Thursdays 10:00 Chair Yoga

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1:30 Piano Lessons 2:00 Line Dancing Fridays 9:15 Meditation 10:00 Maintaining Your Strength Exercise 11:00 Needle Nook 12:30 Party Bridge 12:30 Advance Bridge Wait! We are not done yet. We also offer… Anatomy classes Is this Art? Great Decisions TED Talks Lectures and Lunch Fiction Book Group Non-Fiction Book Group Brunch at the Inn Members Meeting Holiday luncheons Day trips ... and so much more Hope you aren’t tired yet because we aren’t. Join us and see how much fun you will have.

You must pre-register for all of our activities, so stop by the Center and sign up today. THE MARIELDERS is located at 6923 Madisonville Rd. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Empowering Residents to Battle Memory Loss By Kathy Chapman-Dick “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most” I used to laugh at that quip. But what if “mind” means memory? Not the memories of summer vacations, first love, the names of all your pets … But your MEMORY. Like, where you’re going when driving, where the bathroom is in your house, remembering to turn the oven on after you put the chicken in, or worse … forgetting to turn the oven off. Nothing to laugh at. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) involves memory loss that is more severe than what is considered normal for the aging process. In MCI, memory loss does not interfere with everyday life and is not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia. In many cases, memory loss in people with MCI does worsen.

Dementia is memory loss that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks, along with other cognitive skills, such as language use, judgment, and awareness.

becoming informed and having a plan are essential to helping your loved one feel safe, understood, and loved.

When we begin to notice that a loved one is having memory issues, we might feel compelled to dismiss it, or “protect” them. But we should think it through, unpleasant as that might be, and realize that memory loss is progressive. It can be managed by drugs, if treated early on. But it will progress.

It helps to become familiar with support tools such as respite care programs and home-visiting professional care. Caregivers can alleviate their depression and anxiety by getting together with other caregivers. There will be the eventual need for memory care in an assisted living community that is safe, compassionate and engaging for your loved one.

Memory loss can bring other behavioral changes, like suspicion, fear, and aggression. Realize that there also are “second victims” of Dementia—the caregivers. They may experience poorer quality of life, physical illness, social isolation, emotional distress, and financial hardship due to lost time at work. Ultimately,

Knowledge and preparation are empowering for family members of a loved one who has memory loss. Read up and talk to professionals and healthcare providers. THE MARIELDERS can provide referral service for agencies to help families get started on a path of care that works for everyone.

U.S. Postal Service Now at ACE Hardware

By Rex Bevis

Almost exactly one year from the closing of the Mariemont Postal Service location at The Villager Store in Mariemont on December 31, 2017, a new location has come to life at ACE Hardware. I met with Bill Anderson, ACE Store Manager, on ‘opening day.’ Bill was excited to be able to house the Postal Service. He told me customers had been inquiring for weeks as to when the service would be available. ACE constructed a dedicated office housing the Postal Service towards the rear of the ACE Hardware retail facility. It is modern and has the look and feel of a small U.S. Post Office. I learned from Bill that other ACE Hardware sister facilities in Lebanon, Hamilton, and

West Chester also housed U.S. Postal Service facilities so there is familiarity within the local ACE family of stores.

Services provided at the ACE Hardware facility include domestic and international mail service, insured, certified, and registered mail services, return receipt, USPS tracking, and, of course, stamps. Hours of Operation are extensive: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. Ace Hardware employee / postmistress Jeanne with Opening Day – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Mariemont resident customers. 7:00 p.m.; closed on Sundays and Holidays. The primary Postmistress is Jeanne, a delightful ACE employee. Other Several customers arrived with packages ACE personnel will staff the facility when and to make stamp purchases in the short Jeanne is not at work. time I was meeting with Bill. The first customer of the new ACE Postal Service and of the New Year was Mariemont’s own Ken White, a familiar citizen and Mariemont School Board Member. A big “Thank you” to Bill Anderson and his team at ACE Hardware for bringing back U.S. Postal Service to Mariemont, Columbia Township, and the surrounding area.

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What’s Happening at the Mariemont Branch Library - February

Children Movers & Shakers — 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays Bring the little ones in for stories, songs, and dancing as they learn about the Library. Ages 1-4. Library Babies — 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Have fun, meet other parents and babies, and promote early literacy! Ages 6-18 months. Tales to Tails — 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Read a story to Bonny the therapy dog. Ages 5-10. Crafty Kids — 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Make and take a fun craft. Ages 5-10. Family Pajama Storytime — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 Enjoy stories, songs, and activities in your favorite jammies! All ages welcome! Teens Tween Hot Chocolate Book Club — 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 See staff for book title. Ages 10-14. Registration required. Adults Technology Tips: How to Download eBooks — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Registration required. Easy and Beautiful: Valentine Bookmarks — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Registration required. Which Craft? Needle Craft Club — 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2 & 16 Stop by with your current work in progress for pointers or just to have fun with co-enthusiasts. Knitting, crochet, needlework — whatever you like to do. Book Club — 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 We will discuss Dreamland by Sam Quinones. Copies will be available at the branch. Library hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

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By Rex Bevis

Village Insurance Debuts at Old Town Square

Long-time Mariemont resident Kim Beach has opened Village Insurance, an independent Property & Casualty Insurance Agency, at 6700 Chestnut Street on the Old Town Square. Village Insurance offers insurance products such as Auto, Homeowners, Renters, and Business Insurance. Ms. Beach grew up in the Village, attended Mariemont schools, and then returned with her husband Ted in the 1980s to raise their two sons, Chase and Jimmy. The Beach family has long been associated with the insurance business. Kim’s father-in-law, Ted Beach Jr., established C.T. Beach & Company in 1972 as an independent agency specializing in life insurance planning (personal and business). In 1983, his son, C.T. “Ted” Beach III, joined the company. Kim began her insurance career by obtaining

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her Life & Health Insurance License in 2017. She followed that up with her Property & Casualty License in 2018, opening Village Insurance on November 12, 2018. An important distinction between Village Insurance and C.T. Beach & Company: Kim’s agency, Village Insurance, provides auto, home, renters and business insurance while Ted’s firm specializes in life, health, disability and long-term care insurance.

I had the opportunity recently to meet with Kim in her delightfully decorated office on the Old Town Square. Kim is enthusiastic about the new business and welcomes all neighbors to stop by. She is a very vibrant person and has previously been in advertising sales with WKRC-TV for 15 years. As an example of her exuberant nature, consider the following: Over the holidays she held a photo session for families and their dogs with Santa (husband Ted) at Village Insurance. The event was well attended by friends and neighbors in the Village. She also held an Open House to announce the opening of Village Insurance.

congratulate Kim on her new business endeavor! Stop by and say “Hello” to a wonderful business person and Village of Mariemont stalwart.

Kim Beach

As Kim related to me, she has already been able to help friends and neighbors by enhancing their current coverage while saving them money. Since everyone has a need for auto, home or business insurance, she is excited about the opportunity to serve the residents and businesses of Mariemont. At this point in her life, Kim is interested in giving back to the Village of Mariemont, which she loves; success in her new business will help facilitate her goal of giving back to our community. The Town Crier would like to

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FAB Affair 2019 Celebrates the Mariemont Schools’ “Gold Standard”

By Kristin Van Scoy, FAB Marketing Chair The ninth annual FAB Affair will take place Saturday, March 9, at The Summit Hotel. This year’s event celebrates the “Gold Standard” and features a plated dinner, live auction, basket raffles, and some fun surprises! Plus, for the first time, FAB will include an afterparty at the Overlook, perfect for those who don’t want the night to end at 10! Hosted jointly by the Mariemont School Foundation (MSF), Arts Association (MAA) and Athletic Boosters organizations, the FAB Affair packs three fund raisers into one spectacular night. Funds raised are split

equally between the groups, funding critical school district needs in the areas of education

excellence, athletics and arts. This fun event is a great way to catch up with friends throughout the school community. It has become such a popular way to give back that tickets regularly sell out. Not much of a “going out” person? You can also contribute by purchasing raffle tickets for some amazing packages. Ticket sales kick off February 10; to reserve your seat and/or purchase raffle tickets, visit https://www. To become involved as an event sponsor, contact the MSF office at info@

Panera Announces Opening on Rte. 50

Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, will open its newest bakery-café near Mariemont, at 7510 Wooster Pike, across from the Kroger Plaza, on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 a.m. This will be the first new Panera in Hamilton County since the downtown bakery-cafe opened in late 2012. The new Wooster Pike Panera is

a 4,700-square-foot, next-generation, freestanding bakery-cafe with a convenient drive-thru, as well as a patio for guests to enjoy a meal outdoors when the weather permits. In addition, it offers kiosk ordering stations. The kiosks are just one of a series of integrated technologies the chain introduced to the marketplace in recent years to enhance the guest experience for all consumers no matter

how they choose to use Panera.

As part of the Grand Opening celebration, $1 from every specially-designated $5 gift card redeemed in the first two weeks post- opening will be donated to the University of Cincinnati’s football coach Luke Fickell’s 2nd and 7 Foundation (https://www.secondandseven. com/) to support literacy in the tristate area. In addition, all funds collected in the register coin canisters at the new café through March 31 will also be given back to the non-profit. The new bakery-cafe is the first of four openings planned in the tristate this year for Panera, with locations on the docket across Northern Kentucky in 2019, including Union, Cold Spring and off Buttermilk Pike. In addition, the Milford Panera is currently under construction for a new drive-thru addition set to open this spring. See Panera’s ad in this issue of the Town Crier for the many Grand Opening exclusives and giveaways at the Wooster Pike Panera on Feb. 26-27. The new café is also offering 50 percent back in a Panera Gift card when a Panera Catering order is placed by March 19, 2019 with minimum purchase of $100.

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By Fran Turner

First Garden Club of Spring is Almost Upon Us

Garden Club members are still hibernating but looking forward to our first meeting in 2019 on Wednesday March 6. It will start at 1 p.m. at The Barn. Brian Jorg will be speaking to us about bulbs. Brian is the Manager of the Native Plant Program at the Zoo and the owner of Brian Jorg Outside. Obviously very knowledgeable and an interesting speaker. I think that bulbs are the easiest plants to grow, and they can be put almost anywhere there is soil and a little chance of the sun. During the warm spell in early January, my crocuses and some daffodils began to grow! As the freezing weather sets back in, the tips will be frozen, but the bulbs and flowers will still bloom. At the right time, in the spring, I will have inspiring color in my yard, with no effort on my part. Who could ask for anything more?

Looking ahead, on April 3, also at 1 p.m. at The Barn, Jason Neumann from the Nature Center will speak on Dandelions: Panacea or Plague. I can’t wait to hear the Panacea part. Also in April, on Wednesday the 17th, we will have a guest speaker on bats! Kathy Edelon is the Founder of EchoBats, Inc. As this should be of interest to family members of all ages, we will have the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Barn. More information will follow in the next Town Crier. This is a good time of the year to rethink your landscape. If you want  to redo most of it and need some help, it is a good time to consult a landscape designer. A local nursery could recommend someone. If you would rather do it yourself, now is a very good time to take a hard look at your yard, from the street, and

see what you need in overall design to make it more attractive. Then if you need something, say, tall and skinny to break up the horizontal look of your plantings, go to a nursery and tell them what you need. Tell them how much sun you get in that spot, how high you’d like it to grow, and whether you want something that stays green all year or not, and they should be able to help you.


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By Delta Crabtree

Move for Good “Earns” $500 Toward New Trees Wooster to Murray. Yoshino Cherry trees were planted on Cherry Ln., and London Planetree trees on Center St. The MPF would like to continue to expand the tree program, including treating the “Christmas Tree” on Old Town Square.

Our inaugural program to encourage Mariemonters to walk for a cause was a success! We had 16 total walkers, participating in one or more of the three scheduled group walk times— two on weekday mornings and one on a weekday evening. Some of the participants also added their individual walking/running miles outside of our group walks. Our collective miles during the two and a half months totaled over 520! In particular, I would like to recognize the participants who earned gift certificates donated by Tri-state Running: 50+ miles ($20 gift certificate): Linda Bartlett, Anne Schneider, Joe Schneider, and Suzy Weinland 20+ miles ($10 gift certificate): Delta Crabtree, Elaine Gescheider, Laura Karnes, Teresa Mikesell, Kim Beach, Kristin VanScoy As a group we earned the very generous donation from our Mariemont Comey & Shepherd corporate office of $500 that was earmarked to be used by the Mariemont Preservation Foundation (MPF) for their treeplanting project. Trees are one of the things that make Mariemont special. The MPF has given special attention to maintaining our “Tree City USA”

designation and keeping the founders’ vision of Mariemont alive by starting this tree replacement project on Arbor Day 2018. Trees have a life cycle, and to keep their leafy beauty, they must be continually replenished with quality stock. The MPF began this initiative by donating $10,000 to the Village of Mariemont to start the quality replacement of trees around the Village that have been lost due to aging, storms and/or disease. The MPF is working with an arborist and the Village to develop a long-term master plan to determine the best kinds of trees and locations. By the end of 2018, Red Oak and Yoshino Cherry trees were planted on Oak St. from

Deciding where to place the new trees is a joint effort by the Village Maintenance superintendent John Scherpenberg, urban forester Wendi Van Buren with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and MPF representatives. The group walks around the Village and notes where, on Village right of way, a new tree would be beneficial. Prime locations would be where trees have been lost. For replacements, John Nolen’s plan would be consulted as well as current best practices in urban forestry. Resident’s suggestions are also welcome! Feel free to email the MPF at The Move for Good group plans to start a new “walking for a cause” program in the spring – so stay tuned for details. Thank you to Comey & Shepherd and Tri-State Running for their support!

February is Canned Foods Month In 1987, February was designated as Canned Foods month in an effort to debunk misconceptions at the time around the safety and/or nutritional value of these goods. Because of their long shelf life, canned foods are an excellent item to donate to the less fortunate among us. Comey & Shepherd on Mariemont Square is collecting cans during the month of February and distributing the donations to local area food pantries. Please consider stopping by with your contributions during regular business hours Monday through Friday. A box will be placed in the office lobby for easy drop-off.

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It’s a Busy Winter at the Barn

The Readers’ Theatre Project Comes to the Barn Thanks to the efforts of The Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center Foundation, also known as The Barn, the Readers’ Theatre Project (RTP) is coming to the Cincinnati area, with a season of readings of some of the world’s great plays, performed by a group of the region’s finest actors.

The artists will present more than 50 original oil paintings for viewing or sale, which feature several genres of styles including portraits, landscapes and still life. The exhibition, Coming Together: Community and Art, runs from February 13-19. Weekdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on the weekend 2-4 p.m. A reception will take place February 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

You are invited to the first reading, the awardwinning play Win Wells’ Gertrude Stein and a Companion, which will have one performance at The Barn on March 6 at 7 p.m. The play is an insightful and often humorous conversation between two iconic figures of the 20th century

of 16 regional artists, known as The Brush & Palette Painters, who’ve completed their pieces en plein air representing the local landmarks, rural landscapes, and gardens of the region, as well as still life paintings painted at their Montgomery studio. The show will feature 60 to 70 paintings in oil, watercolors, and pastels in a variety of styles and sizes, according to Martha Carmody, event spokesperson. “(It’s) always an exciting show,” said Carmody, an Evendale resident.

Kimberly Daniel (L) and Dale Hodges (R). Published by permission of the Actors Equity Association. arts world—Stein and Alice B. Toklas—beginning on the day of Stein’s funeral. Kimberly Daniel* will serve as Artistic Director. She will join friend, Dale Hodges*, one of Cincinnati’s favorite actresses, for this reading.

Community and Art to Benefit La Soupe The Hog Bristle Painters, formerly known as the Tuesday Night Painters, invite the community to open their hearts on February 14 at their second annual art show to benefit La Soupe. Thanks to the generosity of La Soupe, you and your Valentines can enjoy free portions of homemade soup, complimented with cheeses and breads from local ovens. La Soupe is a Newtown-based charity who has provided more than 9000 pounds of food and about 357, 983 servings to needy families in the Cincinnati area since 2014. The artists of Hog Bristle, who meet weekly at the Woman’s Art Cultural Center to paint and to share ideas, agreed to donate 20 percent of their sales to La Soupe in support of their efforts. Last year, the group contributed more than $600 to the cause.

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The Art we Make Continues The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati 2019 presents its annual show and competition through February 10. The exhibition, The Art We Make, will draw works from the club’s more than 200 members. Anderson Township resident Litsa Spano, a gallery owner and art consultant for more than 25 years, will serve as event judge. She is the author of Secrets of the Art World and Blink Art Resource. The show is open Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. A public closing reception will be held Sunday, February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wine and hors oeuvres au gratis.

March Magnificence The Brush & Palette Painters invite the community to their annual art show at The Barn—an event that always welcomes Spring to Cincinnati each year. “March Magnificence” will present the work

The opening reception occurs on March 1 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at The Barn. Guests to this free event will have an opportunity to meet the artists of the Brush & Palette Painters who include: Nancy Achberger, Laurie Arshonsky, Martha Carmody, Mary Beth Dowlin, Helene Fondacaro, Adele Garneret, Nathalie Gerberick, Joy Kashdan Glaser, Susan Grier, Diana Kilfoil, Christine Kuhr, Ivanka Lempitskiy, Dodie Loewe, Nancy Nordloh Neville, Dana Olsen, and Mary Jean Weber. The show runs through March 24. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on weekends from 1 – 4 p.m. Wine and hors oeuvres au gratis. For more information, please visit Facebook (Cincinnati Brush and Palette Painters) or go to

Is this seat taken? The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings Deondra Kama Means version of Rosa Parks to the Loft on February 16 at 10 a.m. When Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man more than sixty years ago, she was tired and weary from a long day of work. Little did she know that this simple act would significantly Cont'd on next page Mariemont Town Crier

Wo m a n ’ s A rt C l u b C u lt u r a l C e n t e r change the course of our nation. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by going to cincyregister. com or calling 513-272-3700.

Art, Architecture, Public Spaces and Museums—all at The Barn The Barn is offering the community an opportunity to learn about the most stunning architectural features in the world during an eightweek lecture series entitled Art, Architectural, Public Spaces and Museums. The lectures are on Sundays through March 3, from 2 - 4 p.m, in The Barn’s newly-renovated loft. Students will travel the world with Gene Johnston, a Mariemont resident, and discuss the greatest historic and current creative achievements of civilization. “We will also view and discuss how humanity’s visual voice, at its best, propels us into the future and influences how we interact with our world. We will explore how new materials and methods make new legacies exciting as we enter a new world of creative thinking,” Johnston said. The entire series costs $50 per person. Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati members will receive $10 off the fee. Johnston, who managed an art gallery in Paris for three years, has also been a designer of interiors, furniture, fashion, jewelry, and owner of retail stores and art galleries. She has given this lecture series for various organizations throughout the years, including the UC/Ollie Adult Education Program and other educational venues. Since retirement, she has devoted her time to teaching subjects related to the great art and architecture of France, Italy, and Ireland. Other classes included topics concerning the World Health Organization, the European Union, Russian Foreign Policy, world problems, and others of a similar genre. “We are thrilled to have her present in our newest arts space,” said Lynn Long, who serves as Mariemont Town Crier

executive director at The Barn.

March ARTflix features Rembrandt The Barn invites the community to its monthly feature film. This month’s features is Rembrandt, an 85-minute, 1936 film made by London Film Productions regarding the life of 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This free film begins at 7 p.m. Door prizes and snacks au gratis. BYOB. To sign up, go to the Barn. or call 513-272-3700. The Barn welcomes walk-ins!

A Flurry of New Classes Drawing the Face and Hands with Charlie Berger: Skill Level: Intermediate, or Beginner with some experience. Graphite and charcoal. Each session with a professional model. Fee: $175 includes the model fee. Call 513-272-3700.

Oil Painting with Jan Boone: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 - 4:15 p.m. $20 per class. 513-791-7044 or Acrylic Painting with Dave Laug: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – Noon and at 7 – 10 p.m. or 513-885-5284. Drawing and Painting: Thursdays with Mary Lou Holt. 1:30 -4:30 PM. Through March 7.  513226-3833 or Oil Painting with Jeff Morrow: Thurs. from 6-9 p.m. or 937-267-6868. Graduate Pastels with Ray Hassard: Second and final Fridays of each month. 12 -3 p.m. 513- 941-1116.

Classes for Kids!

Drawing Bootcamp: Essentials of Good Drawing with Charlie Berger: Five Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Classes are for those with little experience. Fee is $145. 513-212-4679.

NEW! Drop In and Draw with Maria Bailey: Thursdays through May 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Grades 1-4, FREE. You must reserve your child’s spot ahead of time at

Drawing Mariemont: Landscapes and Adventures with Charlie Berger: Five Fridays beginning Fee: $165. 513-212-4679

NEW! House Fit For a Mouse with Maria Bailey: Mondays, Jan. 28- March 4, 3:45-5 p.m. Grades 1-3. Spots still available. Cost: $75 (prorated), includes all materials. Register at

Mosaics with Sandy Caruso: To sign up, go to the Art Academy Community Education page. Pencil, Paint and Composition with Eileen McConkey: Tuesdays at Noon.  513-801-7648 or Introduction to Creative Drawing and Painting with Dave Laug: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All levels. 513-831-5338 or WACC Open Studio: Tuesdays from 10 a.m.3 p.m. Free for members; $5 for non-members (Cash only, please.) No sign-up required. WACC Open Model Sketch: First and Third Tuesdays, 1 – 4 p.m., $10 for members, $15 for non-members—cash only. Deborah Ridgley at 513-259-9302.  Mixing Oils and Colors with Carol Shikany: Mondays Jan. 1 -Feb. 25. Problems in Painting with D.J. Bernard: Call 513-680-6497 or write Jan. 8-Feb. 12 from 6-9.

NEW! Pinterest Palooza for Kids with Maria Bailey: Mondays, Jan. 28-March 4, 5-6:30 p.m. Grades 6-8. Spots still available. Cost: $75 (prorated), includes all materials. Register at Shadow Puppet Theatre with Christine Langford: Weds., Feb. 6-27, 4-5:30 p.m. Register by emailing Christine at (type “Barn Registration” in subject line). Ballroom Dance for High Schoolers: Instruction with Emily Landreaux and John Beatrice. Fridays, Feb. 1-22, 7-9 p.m. $55 for all 4 weeks. For more information about the class and registration, email or contact instructor Art4Kids: This class is offered by the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Students will be introduced to a variety of art methods and techniques through hands-on projects. This class will cover a range of materials (provided), and is great for aspiring young artists. Select Saturdays, 1-3:30. Ages 5 to 12. To register, call 561-6262. Page 19

Vill age G overnment Get Help with Taxes at New Office Location

for more details on the grant.)

As of October 30, the Village of Mariemont Tax Office officially moved into its new space inside the Village Municipal Building. This move brings all Village offices under one roof. Staff assistant Debbie Combs continues to greet and help residents during office hours from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., M-F. The phone number remains the same: 271-1606, or you may dial 271-3246 and choose option #5. As noted in the December Mayor’s Bulletin, outside access was gained to a Tax Department email box on the Village’s mail server at Spectrum. The Mariemont Tax Office reminds residents that while e-Filing is secure, sending unencrypted personal documents via email is inherently insecure. Residents are encouraged to submit any confidential documents either by dropping them off in person or by using the United States Postal Service. Those residents who may have been affected by the breach have already been contacted by the Village. If you find you have been affected, please check with your homeowners insurance provider to see if your policy covers such events. The Mayor is available at 615-5729 with any questions.

Call Rumpke with Questions Beginning the first week of January 2019, if your trash, recycling, yard waste, and/or large items are not picked up on your regular trash day (Tuesday), please call Rumpke’s customer service at 851-0122, Ext. 8751. The Village office will no longer be taking those calls.

Village Receives Two Grants The Village has been awarded a $268,000 grant contribution from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund for provision of a multi-use path from Settle to Plainville Rd. Additional funding is needed to be able to make this project happen. Residents can contact Health & Recreation Committee Chairman Bill Brown, Vice-Chairmain Rob Bartlett or Member Mary Ann Schwartz to find out more or to get involved in helping with fundraising. (See Council Meeting notes, below,

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The Ohio Public Works Commission has awarded Mariemont a Local Transportation Improvement Program grant in the amount of $99,000 for the work that needs to be done on the south end of Petoskey Avenue. According to the December Mayor’s Bulletin, the last step needed in order to receive the funds is for the new governor to approve and sign the budget in June 2019. The work on Petoskey would then be done in 2020. Below is a summary of minutes from recent Mariemont Village Council and committee meetings. Complete Council and various committee agendas and minutes can be found on the Village website at You can also request that agendas and minutes be emailed directly to you by contacting Sue Singleton in the Village administration office at

Upcoming Meetings February 11 - 2019 Permanent Improvement Fund meeting, 6 p.m., Council Chambers.

Regular Council Meeting Minutes December 17, 2018 Mr. Keyes said Building Inspector Tensi is retiring and he is looking into finding a replacement. Ms. Palazzolo requested clarification for why tax collections were lower for November 2018 than they were for November 2017. Ms. Busam stated it appears lower for 2018 because payments were abnormally high for 2017 due to changes in the tax code that were to take effect in 2018. These changes would prevent people from deducting tax donations come 2018, so they prepaid the year before. There may be changes in collections again in 2019 due to changes in federal law.

Council Representatives Rob Bartlett Bill Brown Avia Graves Maggie Palazzolo Kelly Rankin Mary Ann Schwartz Mayor: Dan Policastro still waiting on grant money and will take out a second note for the remaining balance. Once all grant monies have been received and paid toward this new 6 month note, they will convert this short term note into long term financing for the balance. Mr. Brown asked if we could avoid this interim note, and Ms. Wehmer said we could have three weeks ago but approvals have already been made. Mr. Brown asked if there is a pre-payment penalty and Fiscal Officer Borgerding said based on his conversations with PNC, there is not. Mr. Brown asked if there are fees associated with the interim note, and Ms. Wehmer said there are some fees but they are half of a 12-month note fees. Mr. Brown asked why we can’t do a long-term note now, and Mr. Borgerding said it is because we don’t have the grants in hand. Mr. Bartlett asked for clarification of “Section 8” about tax levys. Ms. Wehmer said they are not issuing a new tax to pay for the debt but certifying that there is enough inside millage to cover the debt.


“A Supplemental Ordinance to Make Appropriations for Current Expenses and Other Expenditures of the Village of Mariemont, State of Ohio During the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2018” had a first reading. Fiscal Officer Borgerding said he made a mistake in doing this year’s appropriations and did not include the 27th payroll period that occurs every 7 years. As such, there were additional expenses paid early for 2019 in order to receive a rebate. The ordinance had a second and third reading. Ordinance was adopted.

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Vill age Council Minutes (cont'd from previous page) Officer, Mayor, and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Ms. Palazzolo moved, seconded by Mrs. Rankin to accept the recommendation of the Safety Committee, which met November 26, 2018. The Committee recommended that the Village install new crosswalk signs that promote stopping at a crosswalk for pedestrians to cross at the following intersections: Wooster Pike at Plainville Rd., West St., Indianview Ave., East St., Beech St. and Pleasant St. Madisonville Rd. at West St. Miami Rd. at Rembold Plainville Ave. at Chestnut In addition the Committee recommends an additional crosswalk on Madisonville Road in front of the Livingood Condominiums. Mr. Brown discussed the remaining financial details of the payment regarding the building addition. The total is estimated to be $834,704. The original estimate was $797,000. Mayor Policastro asked about money being refunded to the Village for the damage caused by Perkins Carmack to existing infrastructure and contents. Mr. Brown responded that those damages should be part of the final negotiating. Mrs. Graves asked whether there would be a ceremony to inaugurate the museum once it is finished? Mr. Brown said yes. Mayor Policastro indicated that he would put it in the Mayor’s Bulletin when a date is decided upon.

November 26, 2018 Meeting opened with discussion about the noise ordinance with The Barn. The building is currently zoned as “Residential A,” but the owners have been granted conditional use. Approved uses for the space are as an art gallery, classroom, studio, office, or similar. Any larger events requiring additional parking must have a shuttle arranged and approved. It is not permitted to host parties and receptions. The way The Barn is currently being used will be changing, and Mr. Don Keyes is communicating with The Barn to discuss these changes. Going forward, The Barn will need to request variances from the Planning Commission for events already scheduled, as well as go before the Planning Commission for approval for events outside its granted use (e.g., weddings, receptions, and parties).

Stelzer and Rick Greiwe as organizers of a fundraising group for the express purpose of raising the matching funds required in the grant. Mr. Brown said Choice One’s total project estimate was $399,000, which included $41,500 for landscaping and other miscellaneous items. The actual cost of construction was $356,000. The grant was $268,000, which leaves a match of $89,000 for construction. Mr. Bartlett said design is built into the cost. Engineer Ertel said he was not sure of that and has not used a grant like this before. He wants to make sure there is not an error and will prepare a spreadsheet for the next council meeting. ODNR is currently making sure there are no environmental concerns. We should have official word December 2018/January 2019. “To Appoint Marcia Duval as a Member of the Parks Advisory Board for the Calendar Year of 2019” had a second reading.

Council approved the minutes from November 12, and stated that other communities’ councils approve their minutes before releasing them to the public. Council recommended this change to be implemented here. Should anyone want a copy of the minutes before they are approved, they will need to fill out a written form and the draft minutes will be released to them.

“To Appoint Joan Vago as a Member of the Parks Advisory Board for the Calendar Year 2019 and 2020” had a second reading.

Council and residents discussed the proposed multi-use pathway down Murray. The Health & Recreation Committee recommends using Choice One Engineering to do a topographical survey, identify utilities and obstacles, and come up with a plan view document of the layout. The Committee also recommends that Council recognize Joe

“Resolution Adopting the Hamilton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan” had a second reading.

“To Appoint Andrew Seeger as a Member of the South 80 Trails, Gardens, and Park Advisory Board for the Calendar Year of 2019” had a second reading.

“To Authorize the Solicitation of Bids for 2019 Street Repairs; and To Declare Emergency” had a first reading. Mrs. Rankin moved, seconded by Mrs. Graves to suspend the rules to allow for the second and third readings. On roll call; six ayes, no nays. The Resolution had a second reading. Mayor Policastro said the project is for Petoskey, which we have two years to use. Engineer Ertel said it will take a year to get the design. The Resolution had a third reading. Mr. Bartlett moved, seconded by Mrs. Rankin to adopt the Resolution. On roll call; six ayes, no nays. Mrs. Rankin moved, seconded by Mr. Bartlett to invoke the emergency clause. On roll call; six ayes, no nays. Mayor Policastro discussed the breach in email at the Tax Department. It has been turned over to the insurance company. Homeowners can contact their insurance companies to see if there is coverage. Mr. Bartlett wanted to work with Assistant Fiscal Officer/IT Wendler and Tax Administrator Busam to investigate software systems to improve efficiency and security.

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Valentine’s Day Trivia (You’ll ‘luv’ it) 1.) According to the Greeting Card Association, approximately 85% of the 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sold each year are purchased by: a. women b. men c. children d. a very lonely and desperate bachelor in Cleveland 2.) Valentine’s Day originated as a feast day honoring one or more early Christian saints named “Valentinus” who: a. liked giving flowers and candy to friends b. were martyred at the hands of Roman emperors c. believed that Roman soldiers should not be allowed to marry d. were added to the Christian calendar in 1904. 3.) The group that reportedly receives the most valentines each year is: a. cardiologists b. children under 12 c. teachers d. members of Congress 4.) According to the 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings song lyric, you’d think that people: a. would have had enough of silly love songs b. wanted a Beatles reunion c. love you…. yah, yah, yah d. wonder who…oooh…oooh… oooh-oppydoo… who wrote The Book of Love 5.) The first recorded reference in English literature to Valentine’s Day being associated with romantic love is found: a. in Geoffrey Chaucer’s work Parliament of Foules b. as a reference to the early spring courting habits of birds c. in tribute to the first anniversary of King d. Richard the Second’s engagement to be married e. all the above

some historians have linked St. Valentine’s Day to: a. the Greco-Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia b. a traditional date for marriage proposals across many northern European cultures c. the approach of the Lenten season d. Groundhog Day

7.) Before the heart became the almost universal symbol of love and emotion, some cultures associated such feelings with: a. Fleecy Fabric Softener b. the sense of smell c. the liver d. the lungs 8.) The first mass-produced valentines in the U.S. were created and sold by: a. Hallmark b. the U.S. Postal Service c. a paper manufacturer in Maine d. a female entrepreneur who owned a stationery store in Massachusetts 9.) “Fancy Boxes”, decorated, heart-shaped

boxes of chocolates were introduced by: a. British chocolate manufacturer Cadbury b. The American Dental Association c. Graeter’s d. Hershey’s, to promote the sale of “Kisses” 10.) In South Korea, February 14 is celebrated: a. by lovers visiting the demilitarized Zone b. spouses going for rides in Hyundai’s c. in conjunction with “Kiss Day,” “Rose Day,” and “Hug Day” d. with women giving chocolate to men 11.) Which of the following is Billboard Magazine’s #1 on the “Top 100 Love Songs of All Time?” a. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2009) b. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992) c. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie “I Will Always Love You” (1994) d. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962) 12.) In classical mythology, Cupid, the diaper-wearing and arrow-shooting god of desire, attraction, and affection, is portrayed as the offspring of: a. Zeus and a wood nymph b. King Midas and Mrs. Midas c. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian d. Venus (Goddess of Love) and Mars (God of War)

Answers: 1.) a 2.) b 3.) d 4.) a 5.) d 6.) a 7.) c 8.) d 9.) a 10.) c and d 11.) c 12.) d

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Love Conquers All On Valentine’s Day, love is in the air! This year, let’s spread the love by considering what it mean to love those around us on a daily basis – family members, neighbors, friends, teachers, colleagues, bosses, volunteers, clerks and contractors… you get the idea. Here is a little “love guide” submitted by Mariemont resident Carolyn Tuttle, shared by Rev. Gene Wells, pastor emeritus from her church. Thank you, Carolyn and Gene!

What Does it Mean to Love One Another? … to have a positive regard for one another. … to treat others as you want to be treated. … to go the second mile for your neighbor. … to forgive one another. … to pray for one another. … to speak the truth to one another. … to set aside race, religion, and cultural effects and see the person.

What Loving Each Other Does NOT Mean …you have to like what the other person says or does. …you have to agree with everything your neighbor believes. …your politics have to be the same as others. …getting along with others will be easy.

Village Worship Services Village Church of Mariemont Todd Keyes, Pastor Jamie Keyes, Children’s Ministries The Village Church invites you to bring a friend or neighbor and join them for worship services each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Mariemont Memorial Stone Chapel on Cherry Lane. Children’s Sunday School for pre-K through 6th grade is provided during the service at the Oak Street Building, 3920 Oak St. (corner of Oak and Maple), just a block from the Chapel. 

Current Sermon Series: The Sermon on the Mount

We will explore the longest recorded sermon by Jesus, which summarizes the Christian Life in its rawest form. Jesus challenges His followers to live countercultural to the traditions of the day and live as God intended. Hope you can join us for this engaging series.

Ongoing: Wednesday Night Prayer - Join us every Wednesday night in our Oak Street Building at 6:00 p.m. for prayer. Whiz Kids - Weekly after-school reading program at Mariemont Elementary; anyone interested in tutoring a child in this program please contact Jamie Keyes at jamiekeyes6@ Men’s Breakfast - First Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Oak Street Building fellowship hall.

Paul Rasmussen, Worship Pastor Leslie Seetin, Children’s Director Mariemont Community Church welcomes you to their Sunday services, held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Parish Center building, 3908 Plainville Rd. All activities are held at the Parish Center unless otherwise noted.

Current Sermon Series: Building Strong Families in a Complex World We have begun a new sermon series on Sunday mornings, which runs through April 14. The following are the titles of the topics for January and February: January 20:: God’s Strategy to Win the World through Families January 27: The Power of Thinking Multi-Generationally February 3: The Crucial Role of the Father February 10: The Crucial Role of the Mother February 17: Seeing Children as Arrows February 24: Family on Mission

Ongoing/Coming Up:

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Family Shop Sales, located in the basement of the Parish Center, are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9: a.m. - noon. February 9: Techwise Seminar for Families Interested in Impact on People and Families. This seminar takes place 9-11:30 a.m. at the Mariemont Church Parish Center, 3908 Plainville Road. Page 23

Craig White, Physical Therapist since 2001 Anne Reed, back to living her life

After a hospital stay, make the right choice for rehab. After a stay in the hospital I told them my first choice for rehab was Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park. The staff was incredible and they lived up to their reputation for getting people healthy, home and back to living their lives. No wonder they have consistently high patient satisfaction scores and were selected by area hospitals as a Center of Excellence for short-stay rehab. And yes, even the food was great. Call Annie Novak 513.533.5014 or visit

Expertise includes orthopedics, cardiac, respiratory and wound care. Page 24

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