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S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 4 • M a r i e m o n t, O h i o • Vo l u m e X X X I X , N o .


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Dear Mariemont Residents, As we get ready for another great year at Mariemont City Schools, we have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to accomplishing this school year. Earlier this month, our very own Mariemont High School was ranked #1 in Cincy Magazine. I am so proud of all of the students, staff members, parents and community members that have invested in our schools, making this recognition possible. Our goal is to maintain the quality programming at all grade levels that supports this ranking. In order to make that possible, we are coming to our community to ask you to support our schools this November 4 at the ballot. Our school district is requesting approval of a 5.95-mil operating levy to fund the day-today operations of our schools. These dollars will allow us to keep great teachers and maintain small class sizes. This funding will also be used to keep our curriculum resources current and competitive ensuring we preserve existing levels of educational programming. And these dollars will protect what we have, maintain our beautiful

buildings and help keep property values among the strongest in the county.

a district and a community that chooses excellence every day, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together thus far.

We were able to make the last levy last one additional year even with steep losses from the state and have made $1.8 million in cuts and reductions to operate within our means. Now, all of that is no longer enough, and our forecast shows the need is now for additional revenue. For more information about the levy, please visit our district homepage, www.mariemontschools. org, and look for the link “Important Information about the District’s November 4 Levy.”

Thank you for your continued support of our schools. Please stay updated on school events and news by visiting our Facebook page and Twitter feed and by downloading our school app. You can also follow me on Twitter (@Estepp) and Instagram (Sestepp). I also look forward to seeing many of you at our school events. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and look forward to another great year at Mariemont City Schools!

There are so many positive things happening in our school district. You will have the opportunity to read about many of our accomplishments with the release of the 2013-2014 Quality Profile. If you haven’t received yours already, keep an eye on your mailbox for this important publication, packed full of important information about your school district. You can also access it by visiting the district website. The Quality Profile reflects

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Kiwanis to Hold Annual Art & Craft Fair

The Kiwanis Club of Mariemont will hold their 29th Annual Fall Art and Craft Fair Sunday, September 7 from 11 am to 5 pm on Wooster Pike in the heart of beautiful, downtown Mariemont. This year’s Fair will feature close to 100 exhibitors from across the Tri-State area, including many in our local community. Exhibitors will be showing a wide variety of original art and craft ideally suited for home and office décor, gifts and collections. Jumpstart your holiday shopping while supporting a great cause! Because of their unique nature, most items are not available anywhere else. This year’s event will once again feature a raffle, with prizes including a Kroger gift card, Mariemont Night Out, and a grand prize of a flat screen TV. The Annual Fall Art and Craft Fair is Mariemont Kiwanis’ largest fundraiser for local scholarships. The Kiwanis Club of Mariemont

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exists to serve the youth of the Fairfax, Terrace Park and Mariemont communities. Along with our annual spring golf outing and holiday nut sale, the fall fair helps raises close to $15,000 in scholarship money for graduating seniors of the Mariemont School District. In addition, Kiwanis works closely with students in the surrounding communities to provide mentoring relationships and support local youth activities. For information about how you can become more involved in serving our youth, stop by the Kiwanis booth at the Fair or visit their website at The Kiwanis Club of Mariemont meets every Tuesday morning at 7:45 am in the Mariemont Elementary school cafeteria. A continental breakfast is served and guests are welcome anytime. Meetings last less than one hour and feature a variety of local speakers

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Girl Scout Troop Gives Back in Boston On June 7 GS Troop 41262 traveled to Martha’s Vineyard and Boston.  The troop spent two years saving for this amazing trip. On Martha’s Vineyard, they learned about the local area from a naturalist on Chappaquiddick Island and enjoyed a kayak tour near State Beach.  In Boston, they took a Duck Tour and walked the Freedom Trail.  In addition to learning about American history, the troop also volunteered at  Room to Grow.  This organization supports babies born into poverty during their first three years of life.  The girls spent an afternoon sorting toys, books, and clothing. They were great ambassadors

from Cincinnati and took time out of their day to give back to the city they were visiting. This trip not only allowed the troop to visit interesting places, it also taught them about compromise, group dynamics, and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Pictured are:  Second row - Matisse Peppet, Nathalie Weiss, Emily Ferguson, AnnaClaire Lackney, Alcid Jacobs, Taylor Powers, Nina Payiatis, Katherine Alsfelder, Rebecca Michels, Jennifer Teague from Room to Grow, Fiona Kane  First row - Lily Grantham, Clare Oberton-Vester, Ellie Long, Madison Telgkamp

Kleinfeldt Scholarship Established at MHS Prompted by their 20 year reunion, Mariemont High School’s class of 1994 has created a scholarship to honor the late, great, much beloved Hank Kleinfeldt. Realizing that many people were touched in some way by Hank, they would like to extend to the opportunity to donate to the scholarship to the entire district community. This scholarship was established in honor of a man who was a fixture at Mariemont High School (MHS) and within the Mariemont community. Hank made each person whose life he touched feel special and important. His unsolicited and

and who didn’t expect perfection from others. The student honored with this scholarship should embody the spirit and giving nature of Hank, who is considered a friend to all and a person for whom citizenship is an important part of daily life. There is no GPA requirement, but students should have a post-high school plan

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Annual Warrior Run Supports Youth Mental Health Education By Randy York Since its inception, the Warrior Run has donated nearly $150,000 to the Surviving the Teens suicide prevention program and this year in partnership with the High School Challenge, the event promises even deeper community outreach and expansion. The Warrior Run started as the “Jim Miller Memorial Mile” in 2008. The event was established to honor Mariemont resident Jim Miller and evolved into the Warrior Run under the direction of race director, Nancy Miller. The race has continued to grow exponentially with its family oriented events and last year it drew a crowd of almost 1,400 participants and raised $50K for the Surviving the Teens program. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11 and a record crowd is expected to descend upon the streets of Mariemont to participate. Surviving the Teens is a suicide prevention program of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that provides assistance, information and other resources to teens coping with mental illness. Surviving the Teens is now in over 24 schools in the area and has helped over 70,000 area teens and their families facing the threats of mental illness. The program teaches students depression and suicide prevention, providing adaptive ways of coping with stressors,


ways to connect and positively communicate with parents, how to help themselves or others who may be depressed or suicidal, and how to access referral sources. For more information about this program, and to review reports detailing the positive results of this program please visit www. This year the High School and College Challenge will join the 2014 Warrior Run. The High School and College Challenge was organized

to encourage students to practice healthy habits while supporting their school. The goal of the program is to encourage and teach students to improve their physical and mental fitness and to give back to the community by volunteering and fundraising for their school. Students will participate in the Warrior Run 5K or 1 mile walk on Saturday, October 11, 2014. In addition students are encouraged to volunteer in


programs targeted at building a stronger, healthier community. Finally, students are encouraged to use a number of fundraising methods to raise money for their school. All funds will go directly to the school and will be used to create mental health programs on campus. Each school will earn a score based on participation, community service and fundraising. The winning school will receive a traveling trophy, a $1,500 scholarship, a Skyline Chili cheese coney party, and a broadcast from your school by Cincinnati Local 12 TV. The new challenge allows for local partnerships so funds raised can go directly to the communities where the students live, through people they already know and trust. The partnership with Mariemont City Schools/Mariemont Schools Foundation supports in-school mental health programs. The race will begin at 5:15 pm and will be followed by a night of music, carnival-style kids games, food. Food for the event includes City Barbecue pulled pork and chicken, Homemade Chili, LaRosas pizza, UDF ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cookies and muffins. Concurrent with the USA Track and Field sanctioned 5k Warrior Run will be an untimed one-mile walk through the scenic Village Of Mariemont. Both courses start and finish near the Bell Tower at Dogwood Park, off Pleasant Cont'd on next page



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Popular Taste of Mariemont Returns The annual Taste of Mariemont was held on August 24 and was again organized by the Mariemont Preservation Foundation (MPF). Village residents enjoyed food offerings from The Coffee Shop on Wooster, Dilly Bistro Bar and Bottle Shop, Graeter’s, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Mango Tree Thai and Sushi, National Exemplar, Quarter Bistro, and The Sweeterie. Also on hand were our fabulous firefighters, grilling corn with the help of the Mariemont Civic Association. There was live music, a balloonist for the kids, and popcorn and cotton candy, courtesy of MPF. This year, MPF offered tables to local organizations so they could share information and recruit members. Some that participated include: Marielders, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Garden Club of Mariemont, Kindervelt #54, Kiwanis, Mariemont Civic Association, Mariemont Warrior Run (from previous page) Street, in the Village of Mariemont. The event will also will also include a Bidn-Buy event with merchandise donated by area merchants. Music will be provided by radio station 94.9, and at dusk the event will conclude with the showing of a movie on a temporary big screen erected in the center of the Bell Tower Park. Early Bird Registration Fees are $25 for the run and party or $20 for the Walk and party through September 11. Children 5 and under are free. $15 for kids 5-12 (no t-shirt), and $12 for kids 13-18 (no t-shirt). Teams of 4 or more receive a 25% discount. Pre-Registration includes race t-shirt, parking, electronic goody bag plus admittance to after race party. Please postmark mail-in registration by Friday, October 3, 2014 or pre-register online by October 7 at www. Early Packet pickup is on Friday, October 10, 10 am to 7 pm, Bell Tower Park, Corner of Wooster and Pleasant., and late/ race day registration begins at 4:00pm at the Bell Tower. Complete race results will be posted online Sunday morning at There are many ways to be involved in this event, not only as a walker or runner but as a volunteer as well. Registration information as well as the course map and more race history can be found at Mariemont Town Crier

Recreation Association, Mariemont Preschool Parent Group, Town Crier, Warrior Coalition for a Drug Free Mariemont, and the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, and the School Levy Campaign. MPF hosts the popular event as a “gift of tradition to the Village.” It is not a fundraiser for the organization as the restaurants keep the proceeds. MPF would like to especially thank the following: The Village of Mariemont - Maintenance Department and Police Department, Mariemont School District, Lisa Hopkins, National Exemplar (Food Vendor Organizer), Mariemont Fire Department, Mariemont Civic Association; Mariemont Preschool Parents Group, Mariemont Theater, and all the “Friends of MPF” Volunteers. The Taste of Mariemont offers tasty treats for all ages!

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Village Church of Mariemont Dedicates New Building

The Village Church of Mariemont officially dedicated their newly acquired church building on Sunday, June 15. Located at the corner of Oak and Maple Streets in the Historic District of Mariemont, the building originally served as the first village tool shed on the corner of Wooster Pike and Beech Street during the initial construction of the Mariemont community back in the 1920’s. The building was eventually moved by rolling it along logs to its current location where it was renovated and served as the first schoolhouse and village community center, before it was eventually given to the Masons for use as their local lodge. Special guests at the dedication included Mayor Dan Policastro, who proclaimed June 15 “Village Church of Mariemont Day” as well as several community residents who

were instrumental in helping the church acquire the historic building, Jerry Garrison and Rick Hopkins.

With its new home, the Village Church of Mariemont has continued to grow throughout the summer, celebrating the baptism The Village Church of Mariemont's new home has a historic past. of nine members, during the Labor Day weekend. organizing several youth leadership and mission trip opportunities, All are welcome to join us Sundays at 10 and hosting their first Vacation Bible School am. Sunday school classes are available for in mid-August, which was enjoyed by children in nursery through junior high. For children from across the area. Their annual more information, visit the church’s website, “Church in the Park” continues to be a staple event at the Mariemont Bell Tower Park

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Coalition Corner The Warrior Coalition would like to welcome all families to a new school year! The start of the school year is incredibly exciting but can also be very stressful. It is important to keep kids and teenagers engaged but new routines, academic and extra- curricular expectations and lack of adequate free time can occasionally cause our youth to feel overwhelmed. We know feeling overwhelmed can lead to poor decisions regarding alcohol and drug use. With that in mind, we would like to offer some tips parents can use to help reduce their child’s stress level: Suggest to your children that they avoid excess caffeine intake which can increase feelings of anxiety and agitation. Encourage “quiet time” and turn off electronics. Encourage meditation and teach your children relaxation exercises (abdominal breathing and muscle relaxation techniques).

Make time for regular exercise. Schedule “walks and talks” with a parent or friend to talk over the week’s stresses. Help your children build a network of friends who help them cope in a positive way. Create structure and routine wherever possible, i.e. bedtime, mealtime, homework, exercise and bedtime. If you do notice signs of withdrawal, agitation, changes in eating or sleeping habits or other behaviors that seem out of character for your child, contact your school counselor, pediatrician or specialist who can advise you. Adapted from The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Facts for Families Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families_Pages/ Helping_Teenagers_With_Stress_66.aspx.

“The Warrior Coalition is a community organization focused on protecting the children of the Mariemont City Schools District from substance abuse. Our mission is to provide awareness, education and prevention programs to support our parents and to encourage our children to make healthy choices.”

Help your children develop assertiveness training skills and learn how to establish boundaries. Encourage your children to practice situations which cause stress. For example, sign them up for a speech class if talking in front of a class is a source of anxiety. Teach your children coping skills. For example, teach them how to break a large task into smaller, more attainable tasks. Help them decrease negative self- talk: help them challenge negative thoughts about themselves with alternative neutral or positive thoughts. Put aside perfection. Help your children learn to feel good about doing a competent or “good enough” job rather than demanding perfection from themselves. Encourage your children to take a break from stressful situations. Activities like listening to music, talking to a friend, drawing, writing, or spending time with a pet can reduce stress but minimize screen time.

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Mariemont Community Gardens Flourish By Doug Welsh This summer the Mariemont Community Gardens have been full of activity, neighborliness, beautification, creativity and…well…fun! The mission of the Community Gardens, located in the South 80 Park, is simply to host a community of active gardeners. Here are some of this year’s highlights on how we’re serving our mission: In early summer we successfully installed a well, complete with a brand-spanking new hand pump. The drilling was completed by Jersey West drilling company, and with help from Kevin at the Mariemont Maintenance department, we installed a hand-operated pump—which produces 3-4 gallons of water per minute. With the help of gardeners and the community at large, we have cleared several of the inactive gardening plots, reducing weed propagation, improving the appearance of the gardens and creating more plots for new gardeners. With one or two additional allhands-on-deck work sessions, we will be able to clear the remaining inactive, overgrown plots by the end of the season. This year has seen a tremendous increase

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in participation. As of early August, we have a total of 53 gardeners managing 108 plots— and of those 53 gardeners, 33 are first timers!

colorfulness of the gardens.

Many first timers have been able to prepare their plot by using a tiller owned by the Boy Scouts. This has been a tremendous asset, as many gardeners don’t have access to equipment to get a garden started.

As I spend time working my plot, it is a simple blessing to hear the other gardeners as they exchange greetings, weed and harvest, teach their children how to harvest what they have sown, and sometimes catch a tune someone is humming as they spend time working a passion in a peaceful spot near a beautiful river a few minutes from home. So next time you are out walking, take the long way around the Village and come visit the gardens. You can also get occasional updates by viewing the Facebook page ‘Mariemont Community Gardens’.

We had our first gardener’s pitch-in picnic in June at the Shelter near the pool and have a second planned for late August. The most wonderful combination of flowers and garden art is starting to show up in various plots—adding to the overall

And best of all:

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What’s Happening at the Mariemont Branch Library September

All Ages

History of the Blues: Live music from the Cincinnati Blues Society. Thursday, September 11, at 4:30 pm Talk Like a Pirate Day: Join us for games and crafts, Friday, September 19, at 2:00 pm Bats: Fact and Fiction: Find out the truth from a bat expert! Tuesday, September 23, at 6:30 pm Children

Tales to Tails: Practice your reading with therapy dog Tater Tot. Thursday, September 11, at 4:00 pm. Ages 5 to 10. Stuck on Reading Book Club: Each month, the club features a children’s book series. Read at least one book from the series then stop in the library to complete an activity and earn a magnet. Collect three magnets to receive a free pizza coupon from Snappy Tomato. Movers and Shakers: Wednesdays at 10:30 am Bring the little ones for stories, songs and dance as they learn about the library. Ages 1 to 4. Library Babies: Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Lap songs and books for infants. Pre-school Story Time: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. Join us for stories and crafts. Ages 3 to 5. Crafty Kids: Thursday, September 25, at 4:00 pm. Ages 5 - 10.



Porsche Rallye Returns to Mariemont The PCA-Ohio Valley Region is again hosting its signature event, Rallye Porsche Mariemont (RPM), in early October. Here are the “do not miss” details: Saturday, October 4, early AM road tour in Northern Kentucky, and the RPM main event display show in historic Mariemont, OH, a leafy suburb of Cincinnati. The

InBeTween Club: DIY: Button Making. Thursday, September 18, at 4:00 pm. Ages 10 to 18. All About Olive Oil: Discover the benefits of fresh olive oil. Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 pm. Soapmaking: Create unique soaps to take home! Tuesday, September 30, at 6:30 pm. Downloads Class: If you are struggling with downloading eBooks to your Kindle or other device, we offer an introductory class Mondays at 6:30 pm. Please call to register as this is an individual, one-on-one session.

RPM main event is a casual affair supported by serious Porsche folks and their families, and features a German Beer Garden (yes, you heard that right), vendor booths, a tech session for kids, and other family oriented activities. PreRegistration at www.ClubRegistration. net is urged for either the road tour or the main event, or both! PS: Local meteorologists are promising clear skies this year; really.

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Ms. Mary’s Kids Take Action By Renee Tecco During the warm days of summer you can see the children of Miss Mary’s Place walking all around Mariemont. They walk to the library with an arm load of books. And then they walk back to the daycare with even more books. They walk to the movie theater. They walk to the park. At six years old, Caroline is the oldest of the group and expressed the issue succinctly, “Since we are walking a lot, we don’t really have a car, when we see someone that needs help we want to do something.” And it was on one of their walks to the park that they saw something awry. On Tuesdays, Miss Betty the Crossing Guard helps the children cross the street. That day it was noticed that the sign that designated the parking spot for Miss Betty was worn and faded. The children discussed it among themselves and decided something must be done. “We should talk to Mayor Dan,” said four and a half year old Violet. And they did. Mary Marchal’s daycare is near the center of everything in the Village, their own little microcosm learning about the world. It’s filled with children from the surrounding areas of Mariemont, Fairfax and Terrace Park. “All these outside communities are a community,” Marchal said “This is where we live but we try to do as much as we can for our community.” When the children of Miss Mary’s Place learned that the Mariemont Elementary 6th grade was collecting for a community food drive they also agreed to help, bringing in cans to feed families across Cincinnati. So when the children saw the state of the sign they wanted to help Miss Betty. Miss Betty has been the crossing guard at the intersection of Madison Road and West Street for the last four years, and during that time she wasn’t guaranteed a close parking spot. At 81 years old she has arthritis that sometimes inhibits her walking. Her job requires her to stand at her post for ninety minutes during the lunch hour, waiting for Page 12

From left to right: Miss Betty, Mayor Dan Policastro, Mary Marchal and her "kids". children and parents who need help crossing the busy street. There isn’t a bench to sit down on and she is prohibited from leaving the vicinity when on duty (someone may need her help crossing the street) so during the long stretch, especially in inclement weather, Miss Betty would sit in her car. But sometimes Miss Betty had to park far away from her post. Because she didn’t have a designated space sometimes parents unknowingly would park in her usual spot. During the construction of the condominiums a construction worker would sometimes park in the space. At these times Miss Betty would have to park on an adjacent street, which meant she wasn’t able to sit in her car. A gym teacher noticed her predicament and created a sign for her. It was attached to an orange cone. “That was pretty good,” Miss Betty said. “Until Christmas time I guess these young kids stole it and it was found behind Graeters so then he had to make another one.” The new laminated sign was stapled to a tomato

stake but the weather of this past winter gave it a beating, making it faded and warped. When the children saw the battered sign it was decided they should take the problem to Mayor Policastro. Ms. Mary set up an appointment and when the mayor arrived the children expressed their concern about the parking space. He conceded their ideas were valid and ordered a sign that would assign a specific space for Miss Betty’s car. “This one is going to be real nice because even if I get sick or retire or whatever someone will permanently have it,” Miss Betty said. “And if the contractor would park there I’d block them and say, 'Hey, you’ve got my parking place' and they were real nice, they’d move. And then they quit parking there.” All the children are happy they were able to help Miss Betty and consider helping her a lesson as important as learning to read. “We learn how to share and be nice to other people,” Carson added. Life lessons honed at an early age and also implemented!


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By Rex Bevis

There's No Place Like Home

Jeff and Suzanne Bischoff had lived in several homes in Mariemont as they raised their family and sent the children through the Mariemont schools. Living out of the

As the Bischoffs became more serious about returning to Suzanne’s childhood home, they selected Michael Pachen, a Wyoming, Ohio architect, to assist them in considering renovation options. The design breakthrough came when Mr. Pachen

The Bischoff family home prior to renovations... Village for the first time in many years, they wanted to return and wondered about relocating to Suzanne’s childhood home. Suzanne’s mom, Virginia Bay, was in need of additional care and was moving to a care facility so Jeff and Suzanne considered this option. The house located at 4004 Lytle Woods Place (at the intersection with Miami Road) was built in 1946 and the original occupants were Virginia and Paul Bay, Suzanne’s Mom and Dad. Suzanne and her sister, Amy (since deceased), grew up in the house. At times, Suzanne’s grandmother also lived in the house so there have been three generations living there. Suzanne told me that “including our children, Spencer and Nikki, there have been 17 or 18 Bays and Bischoffs attend the Mariemont Schools. My mom, Virginia Bay, was in the first Dale Park kindergarten class in 1925, and my daughter, Nikki, was in the last Dale Park kindergarten class.”

For Jeff and Suzanne, the return to Mariemont and to Suzanne’s childhood home has proven “there is no place like home.” Those of us who have known the Bischoff family for many years are also very happy they have returned.

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envisioned the Grand Porch. As the visual centerpiece of the house, this welcoming addition leads into a living room / dining room area in the front of the house and a completely remodeled kitchen and family room in the rear of the house. The Bischoffs also incorporated a first floor master bedroom suite / master bath to complete the downstairs renovation. Tim Howland of Howland Construction implemented this total house remodeling.

If readers have similar stories about returning to their childhood homes in Mariemont, please inform the Town Crier Staff for a follow up article.

Jeff and Suzanne were also concerned about water issues at their location at the bottom of Miami Hill so they employed Matt Warren of Warren Landscaping to design a rear yard water containment / redirection system and complete rear and front yard landscaping. The resulting landscaping is a perfect complement to the house. Mariemont Town Crier

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Fill the Silo… The Barn’s Annual Campaign needs your help! The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation’s Annual Campaign is in full swing and we need your help to complete our goal. Let’s get to the top of the silo! The Barn turns 90 this year and hopefully you have experienced the amazing transformation that has taken place in the building over the years. The next stage of the transformation is two fold. The exterior of the building needs new paint and a new roof, and the vision for the “hayloft” is to create a space for performing arts as well as for additional educational opportunities.

Blues” themed evening will offer good food, good drink, good music, and good fun! This year’s band is 46 Long, a little band with a

Classes, Classes, Classses….

big groove, definitely not your usual Blues group. High energy and soulful, you have to be there to hear them! Craft brews from 5 different breweries will be on tap (including our local 50 West), the grill will be serving up favorites and spooky pumpkins will again haunt the loft. Mark your calendars now, tickets will be available soon.

There are classes galore at the Barn this fall. We offer classes in oil painting, pastels, watercolor, ballroom dance, improv, drawing and more. All are open to adults or children from all over the tri-state. Please check the website for the specific classes, schedules, fees and to reserve your spot in a class.

In the Gallery… Please remember, the Public is always welcome to the opening receptions of all shows and all exhibits are free. For each individual exhibit’s hours, please refer to the website.

The 2014 Campaign is designed to both maintain and enhance our venerable 90-year-old building. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful Barn as a vibrant cultural center in our community. We need your support. Please refer to our website and follow the link to the Barn and to the “Donate to our Annual Campaign” tab. You can make your donation securely on line. Save the Date for “Brews & Blues” Artoberfest is returning to The Barn on Saturday October 18. This “Brews and Page 14

Patricia Wakeman Exhibit “One Painter’s Journey”: September 6-28. Opening reception is Saturday, September 13 from 5-8 pm. This retrospective exhibit will grace the gallery walls during the month of September. Pat’s oils and watercolors, Impressionistic in nature, celebrate her sojourns in nature, travels, and memories of beautiful moments. Much of her inspiration has come from hiking the footpaths of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in Highland County, Ohio and the Rocky Fork Gorge. Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati All Members Show “Our Stories”: October 4-19. Opening Reception is Saturday, October 4 from 3-6 pm. Members of the Woman’s Art Club will display artwork and the personal stories behind the art in this popular annual show.

Two after-school classes are being offered for young people this fall. “Drawing & Painting” will be on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm beginning September 3 for students age 10 and up. “Art Club” will be held Tuesdays from 3:30-6 pm. Call Lynn at 272-3700 or visit the website for more information. (Continued 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 Mariemont Preservation Presents The Barn is proud to present the schedule for a new year of programming for families, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Mariemont Preservation Foundation. Once a month on Saturday morning, “Mariemont Preservation Presents” unveils a new activity for families to share together, whether it is an arts performance, a craft workshop or a musical experience. All programs will start at 10:30 am and the admission is only $5 per person. Please register for the upcoming performance or the entire season on our website, www.

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“The Rose and the Thorn” by Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill “Pirates of Penzance” by Cincinnati Opera-wear your pirate costume! Parent & Child Craft TBA “The Night Before Christmas” Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Parent & Child Craft TBA Bi-Okoto Drum Workshop Parent & Child Craft TBA “Birdbrain” by Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill

happiness to be the servant of a hideous Beast in order to protect her father and family. Based on the 18th century version of the story, the play embraces slapstick, satire and high camp styles even as it explores the darker depths of the tale, which proves that true beauty is always more than skin deep. Recommended for ages 7 and up. The Woman’s Art Club Membership

The first Mariemont Preservation Presents is “The Rose and the Thorn,” (a retelling of Beauty & the Beast) by Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill on Saturday September 27. We are the opening show in the city for this comedic version of the original story of beautiful Rose, who sacrifices her own

The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is always welcoming new members who enjoy monthly meetings with speakers, artist demonstrations, and museum trips, gallery hop nights, free open studio on Tuesdays, and the chance to exhibit in the All Members Show each October. Dues are only $55 yearly, and information and application is available on our website. This year the President is Marie Smith, a long-time Mariemont resident, and she is shaking things up in

this over 120-year-old organization that is now 250 women strong. Come and further explore your inner artist! Join the Barn Mailing List The best way to keep up on Barn news is to subscribe to our email list on our website. Our subscribers are the first to know about new classes, children’s classes & events, exhibits and more, and there is always a direct registration link to make signing up easier. Please see all our contact info below: Contact the Barn Phone – 272-3700 Email – Website – Facebook Page – thebarnfoundation Instagram – Thebarn1892

Help Us Launch a New Feature – Creative Corner The Town Crier is planning a recurring feature, currently called Creative Corner (but if we get a more creative suggestion, we may change it!). We invite our readers of any age to send us drawings, photos, songs, poetry, cartoons, SHORT stories, and anything creative you do. Maybe you create art from re-purposed objects. If so, send us a picture and description! It can be anything, really, but the staff reserves the right to choose one or two to showcase in each issue. Entries that are too long for us to print can be posted to our Facebook page…videos, too! Help us encourage participation in the arts and send us your creative output. Digital formats are best. Email to in .doc, .jpg, or .pdf formats. If you send in an original, we cannot guarantee you will get it back! The editorial staff reserves the right to edit for content and length.

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A Swing Through Time Mariemont Preschool Parents Group Celebrates Its Past, Continues to Thrive By Gretchen Griffith, 2014-2015 MPPG VP On a sunny summer afternoon, families gather under the majestic trees at Dogwood Park. Children run about, swing, climb, and slide on the playground equipment, giggling and reveling in the joy of playing outside. While this is an activity regularly enjoyed by so many Mariemont families, one such gathering on a July day was notably unique. This group comprised several founding members of what’s evolved into the Mariemont Preschool Parents Group (MPPG). They gathered for a reunion and shared stories of their efforts over three decades ago to make the “Tot Lot,” as it’s fondly called, a reality enjoyed by so many today. Looking Back: Origins of the “Tot Lot” The 1977-78 board members of the PreSchool Parents sought a permanent gift for the Village benefitting all of its current and future children. After traveling to Chicago and seeing many playgrounds in urban neighborhoods, Libby Schroder suggested the idea of a playground in Mariemont. A committee formed, consisting of Suzanne Bischoff, Bobbie Bahler, Carolyn Tuttle, Kathy Rubery, and chairperson Vicki Schwartz. After nearly eighteen months of research and fundraising, the Mariemont Council approved the placement of playground equipment at the Bell Tower location. The Pre-School Parents offered seed money; additional funds were provided by Cincinnati Gear, Kroger, Emery Memorial, Kiwanis Club of Mariemont and matching funds from Village Council. To keep the costs down, several community fathers generously donated their time and skill to install most of the equipment.   A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 24, 1979, in conjunction with the celebration of the International Year of the Page 16

Nora Frazier with grandfather Stan. Granddaughter of Bobbie and Stan Bahler, daughter of Emily and Paul Frazier. Photo courtesy of Linda Budelsky. Child. Mr. Warren Parks, resident engineer during the construction of Mariemont in 1923 and a special friend to all children, cut the ribbon on the first piece of equipment: a bridge slide. Over the following years, the amount of equipment grew and was accompanied by park benches.

note from one of the homeowners saying that since the completion of the playground, they had spent many hours sitting in front of their bay window, watching the mothers with their children. At that moment, after a good cry of joy, all the hard work and sacrifices to create the Tot Lot were fully realized.” 

After all the equipment had been installed, a dedication ceremony was held on September 5, 1981. Mr. George Yostel, an Indian Hill sculptor, designed a plaque with the following inscription:  “The Mariemont Tot-Lot given to The Village of Mariemont and Dedicated to the Children on September 5, 1981, from the Mariemont Pre-School Parents”

Tot Lot Grandparents Reunion

Reflecting back on her experiences, Vicki Schwartz recalled one of her fondest memories. “I personally visited the owners of two houses that face Dogwood Park. I explained the playground, showed them drawings and asked if they had any concerns. They were very gracious and said it would be a welcomed addition for the village. Later on, after the playground was completed, I received a lovely

This past July several of the Tot Lot founders returned to the site of their success. Many friendships forged during the formative days of the Tot Lot have lasted over 40 years. “My dream had always been to someday bring our grandchild to the Tot Lot where his father had participated in the groundbreaking and played for many years,” remarked Vicki Schwartz. While Vickie’s son celebrated his reunion with his Mariemont High School class, Vickie and a handful of other grandparents gathered with their grandchildren for a reunion of their own. This included Stan and Bobbie Bahler with their grandchildren, Riley & (Continued on next page) Mariemont Town Crier

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enjoy insightful monthly meetings, organized playgroups, access to a spring preschool camp, and exclusive invitations to over seven seasonal family events. While MPPG offers many benefits to its members, it also serves as a community

percentage of Luminaria profits is donated annually to a charitable cause voted on by group members. Recent contributions have funded the aforementioned Dogwood Park improvements, as well as programming and furniture for the Mariemont Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Continued Park Updates Park improvements remain a strong focus of the Mariemont Preschool Parents Group. In 2012, Dogwood Park hosted another dedication ceremony, this time to celebrate the installation of new playground equipment. Over the past several years, the Group has partnered with the Village to fund the aforementioned equipment, fencing to enclose the playground space (and the little ones who enjoy it), and bathrooms in the Bell Tower. The Group also contributed to resurfacing the park’s platform benches and ongoing sidewalk improvements.

“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are important. You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends on him. He will assume control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities and corporations…. The fate of humanity is in his hands.” - President Abraham Lincoln, as quoted by Vickie Schwartz at the Tot Lot’s Groundbreaking Day Ceremony on October 24, 1979

A Generous Community of Parents…. While families continue to enjoy Dogwood Park, the Mariemont Preschool Parents Group continues to thrive. Its activities and focus extend well beyond the Tot Lot; members

benefactor. MPPG is the founder and primary coordinator of one of Mariemont’s beloved annual traditions: Luminaria. Every group member contributes to the event’s success, from event planning to luminaria kit sales, to cleaning up after the event’s conclusion. A

MPPG also contributes to the Taste of Mariemont and Caring and Sharing Program for community outreach via Mariemont Elementary during Christmas. Members also regularly collect items for donation to those in need.

With each passing year, MPPG members contribute their time and talent to benefit others as well as their families. “MPPG offers a great opportunity for parents and families to meet, have fun, and give back,” says Alicia Cline, the Group’s 2014-15 President. The Group’s decadeslong existence and impact on the community is a testament to the vision and values of many. Mariemont’s founder, Mary Emery, dreamed of the Village as a special place for family life. MPPG strives to perpetuate that dream and make Ms. Emery proud! MPPG Membership Information and Annual Opening Meeting Despite the group’s name, membership is not restricted to residents of Mariemont. MPPG welcomes anyone with birth through preschool-aged children (or expecting) to attend their annual opening meeting on Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 pm at the Mariemont Community Church. For additional information, visit the group’s website at or email info@ Historical records detailing the Tot Lot’s creation reside with the Mariemont Preservation Foundation. Mariemont Preschool Parents Group Annual Opening Meeting Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 pm Mariemont Community Church Visit for more information

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Farmers market Attracts a Crowd! "The Mariemont farmers market was in full swing this summer. There are still a few weeks to check it out and sample the bounty from a wonderful summer for growing! Pictured is a young fellow sampling delicious shaved ice and the O'Donnell children from Indianview Avenue. See more photos on our Facebook page! (photos courtesy Ron Schroeder.)

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Second Generation Serving Village's Insurance Needs In 1983, Ted Beach joined his father in the family insurance business. Hailing from a long line of insurance executives, Ted represented the fourth generation of Beaches to embark on a career in the insurance industry. Ted’s father (Ted Jr.) began his career in Cincinnati in 1954 and ultimately started Mariemont Insurance in 1965 with his friend and colleague Ken Fowler. Eventually, Ted Jr. went out on his own and started C.T. Beach & Company in 1972. Ted Jr. enjoyed numerous years of serving the families of Mariemont and developed longlasting relationships with neighbors and local business owners. As a young man, Ted III watched and learned as his dad took care of the needs of Village residents. After graduating from Miami, Ted III knew that he wanted to continue the family legacy of protecting families and businesses with insurance. A lifelong resident of Mariemont, Ted III grew up on Pocahontas Avenue and currently resides only four houses from his childhood home. He is a graduate of Mariemont High School where he met his wife, Kim. Their sons, Chase and Jimmy, also graduated from MHS and both currently attend college at Wittenberg University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. Walsh_Asset_Mgmt_031714.pdf


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the relationships that my dad had with his Mariemont clients and I am thrilled that I get to continue his efforts. We provide a service that is a necessity for all the families of Mariemont.” C.T. Beach & Company provides insurance coverage for life, health, disability and long term care. Through his affiliation with Mariemont Insurance, he can also address your auto, home and business insurance needs too. A focus on life insurance coverage for families and business owners/executives has been a big part of Ted’s career. He adds, “Life insurance may be one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make but it’s a subject no one wants to talk about. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and an ideal time to make sure your family has enough coverage.” Ted is active in the community helping with youth lacrosse coaching, the Mariemont Alumni Committee, and the Mariemont Community Church. He is the President of C.T. Beach & Company which is located at 5725 Dragon Way in Fairfax. His company is housed with Mariemont Insurance, an independent property and casualty agency. If you would like to talk to Ted about your personal or business insurance needs, please call him at 513-252-4258 or 513-271-4060 or visit 10:57:59 PM









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Mariemont Players Announces Auditions For The Glass Menagerie Director Laura Boggs will hold auditions for the Mariemont Players production of The Glass Menagerie, the classic drama by Tennessee Williams, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road (just east of Mariemont) at 7:00pm on Sunday, September 14th and at 7:00pm on Monday, September 15th, 2014.  In Tennessee Williams’ shattering classic, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams for a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom -- a would-be poet and the story’s narrator -- gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband. The Glass Menagerie is considered to be one of the most beautiful dramas in American theatre. The cast consists of two women and two men. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short monologue, plus there will be readings from the script.  The production will be staged January 9th through January 25th, 2015. Questions about auditions? Contact the director at 859-512-2693 or laura.m.boggs@

Pirates in the Park

Welcome aboard mates! Join in the fun as the Cincinnati Opera performs a mini version of the Pirates of Penzance. Sunday, October 12. Dogwood Park at the Bell Tower will be transformed into a pirate’s island with an evening full of music, food and adventure for the whole family. This event will cast off with a Carillon concert, performed by Mr. Richard Gegner at 4:00 pm. A BBQ dinner feast will be available from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and $5 for children under 12 for dinner and the opera. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the MARIELDERS weekdays 9 am-4 pm, 6923 Madisonville Road, Mariemont. For more information please call Kathy Chapman at 271-5588 or visit our website at

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From Kate Fenner: e-mail Dated August 1, 2014 re: Request for 4-Way Stop Signs at West Street and Madisonville Road. Mayor Policastro said we have looked at this a year or so ago and felt that it was not a good thing to put a stop sign on Madisonville Road due to the potential to back up of traffic on Wooster Pike through the square and the five-way intersection. He referred the matter to the Safety Committee for further discussion. Ms. Schwartz moved, seconded by Mr. Tinkham to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to discuss the renewal of the Village liability insurance. Present were Finance Committee Members Eric Marsland and Joe Miller. The Committee recommends that the Village remain with the Hylant Group rather than change to USI due to Hylant’s many years of exemplary customer service and concerns raised by Solicitor McTigue. Committee members asked the legislation include the emergency clause as the insurance policy is due to expire late August 2014. Mr. Tinkham asked what the price difference was and percentage of increase. Ms. Schwartz said it was approximately $8,000 but the Committee was not sure of the percentage increase. Solicitor McTigue said his concerns were not economical but from possible legal issues. When you get into a pool and if there is a big claim from another entity you have to ride

Council Representative Information District 1: District 2: District 3: District 4: District 5: District 6: Mayor:

Dennis Wolter Joe Miller Eric Marsland Maggie Palazzolo Mary Ann Schwartz Jim Tinkham Dan Policastro

along with it whether you like it or not. Mayor Policastro said it will make the premium go up the following year and it makes it hard to get out of the pool. Solicitor McTigue said he and Mrs. Van Pelt feel very strongly on the excellent customer service Hylant has provided over the years. Mayor Policastro said when we got into the healthcare pool we had savings the first year but the savings were gone by the second year. We were unable to do competitive bidding the following year because we could not get out of the pool due to other insureds in the pool having large losses. Mr. Wolter said what he likes about not being in a pool is we can control our safety to a certain degree. When others are involved you have no control over the safety of other partners in the pool. He is willing to pay more for insurance that we know is good than insurance we do not know a whole lot about. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Ms. Palazzolo moved seconded by Mr. Miller

to accept the recommendation of the Safety Committee which met at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 30 to consider a request for a stop sign at the intersection of Miami Bluff and Mariemont Avenue. Present were committee members Jim Tinkham and Maggie Palazzolo, Chief Hines, Mayor Policastro, Dennis Wolter and Michael Kinter of 6504 Miami Bluff. Committee member Joe Miller was excused. Mr. Kinter gave his request and reasoning for stop signs at the intersection of Miami Bluff and Harvard. (Harvard is the unmarked street that makes up the third leg of the triangle along with Mariemont Avenue.) After deliberation the committee recommends to the council that (2) stop signs be installed: (1) On Harvard Street – to stop southbound traffic before turning onto Miami Bluff due to blind curve and (2) On Miami Bluff – to stop eastbound traffic before entering intersection with Harvard Street. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Resolutions: “To Appoint Kirk Hodulik as Building Commissioner for the Calendar Years 2014 and 2015: To Set Compensation; And To Declare Emergency” had a second reading. Mr. Miller moved, seconded by Mr. Wolter to suspend the rules to allow for the third reading. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. The Resolution had a third reading. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Mr. Tinkham to adopt the Resolution. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Ms. Schwartz moved, seconded by Mr. Miller to invoke the emergency clause. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Resolution No. R-10-14 was adopted. Ordinances:

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Vill age G overnment Hank Kleinfeldt Lane” had a second reading. “To Amend Mariemont Code Section 78 Schedule III of the Mariemont Code of Ordinances” (stop sign at Hammerstone & Cachepit) had a second reading. Mayor Policastro said the curbs should be marked in yellow. He will work with Superintendent Scherpenberg to get those painted. “To Appoint Anthony Borgerding as Village Fiscal Officer for the Calendar Years 2014 and 2015 and To Declare Emergency” had a second reading. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Mr. Tinkham to suspend the rules to allow for the third reading. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. The Ordinance had a third reading. Ms. Palazzolo moved, seconded by Mr. Tinkham to adopt the Ordinance. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Ms. Schwartz to invoke the emergency clause. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Ordinance No. O-2014 was adopted.

Ordinances” (Stop Signs at Miami Bluff and Harvard Street) had a first reading. Mr. Tinkham said he has had complaints about on-street parking. He does not know if parking permits should be more strictly enforced

or if they should be a paid permit. He has talked with Chief Hines and believes it should be referred to a committee for further discussion. Mr. Wolter said it should be based on a ‘need’ basis. Mayor Policastro referred it to the Safety Committee.

Hats Off! At this year’s Memorial Day Parade, Amy Fisher was honored with the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. Amy has been a resident of the Village for more than 25 years. When her children were younger, Amy was involved in Boy Scouts, and served as president of the PTO. As a part of the Preschool Parents Group, Amy initiated the Luminaria, which has become a treasured tradition in the Village. She has served as a trustee of the Mariemont Preservation Foundation and works tirelessly to assist in the publication of the Village directory. Amy has been a long-time volunteer for Town Meeting and served as the chairperson for two years. Congratulations to Amy! (photo courtesy Ron Schroeder.)

“To Amend Ordinance O-8-13 of the Mariemont Code of Ordinances to Increase Payment for Employees” had a second reading. Mr. Miller moved, seconded by Ms. Schwartz to suspend the rules to allow for the third reading. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. The Ordinance had a third reading. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Ms. Palazzolo to adopt the Ordinance. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Mr. Tinkham moved, seconded by Ms. Schwartz to invoke the emergency clause. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Ordinance No. O-21-14 was adopted. “To Renew Current Contract for the Following Kinds of Insurance; Real and Personal Property, Comprehensive General Liability, Business Automobile and Other Coverages; To Pay Premiums; and To Declare Emergency” had a first reading. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Mr. Miller to suspend the rules to allow for the second and third readings. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. The Ordinance had a second and third reading. Ms. Schwartz moved, seconded by Mr. Miller to adopt the Ordinance. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Mr. Wolter moved, seconded by Mr. Tinkham to invoke the emergency clause. On roll call; five ayes, no nays. Ordinance No. O-22-14 was adopted. “To Amend Mariemont Code Section 78, Section III, of the Mariemont Code of Mariemont Town Crier

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Summer begins with Memorial Day...

And ends at the Mariemont Pool...

Just in time for school to start!

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Oil Painters of America (OPA) Coming to Mariemont to “Paint the Town”

Be on the lookout for a wandering band of painters who are coming to Mariemont on September 13 for a plein air outing. On that Saturday afternoon from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, participating artists will be scattered throughout the Village, capturing its beauty and charm en plein air,

or “in the open air.” “OPA artists are really looking forward to coming to Mariemont and spending some quality time capturing the beauty of this area,” said executive director Kathryn Beligratis. The public is invited to view and purchase these exceptional works of art throughout the exhibition

period. Gallery viewing hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed Sundays.

The outing is part of the Oil Painters of America 2014 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, which will be held at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, September 12 – October 9. Collectors and art lovers are invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, September 12, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with the awards presentation at approximately 7:00 pm. Paintings will be available for sale at the opening reception and throughout the duration of the exhibition. Total cash and merchandise awards for this year’s Eastern Regional are $15,000 including a $4,000 Best of Show.

“Oil Painters of America is very excited to be coming to Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time,” said OPA president and Signature member Ken Cadwallader, “We know that the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art has an exceptional reputation and we couldn’t be more delighted to have them host this year’s regional exhibition.” Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is located at 5729 Dragon Way, Cinti, OH. 45227.

This year’s show will feature approximately 100 paintings by some of the best oil painters on the eastern half of the United States, including several notable OPA Master Signature Members, as well as some of today’s most talented emerging artists. Remodeling • Roofing • Concrete Plumbing • Electric • Int./Ext. Painting Complete Handyman Service

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