On the Move
a newsletter for citizens
www.ClermontCountyOhio.gov Commissioners: Bob Proud, Scott Croswell, and Ed Humphrey
Do You Have Your Free Discount Drug Card?
“This is exciting news for everyone “This prescrip-
in Clermont County,” said Cler- tion card is
mont County Board of Commis- accepted at most
sioners President Ed Humphrey. pharmacies in
The county is introducing a free the county and
discount drug card program that is will provide sig-
available to everyone in the county, nificant savings
regardless of age, income, health, or to the un-insured
employment status. The program, and under-
sponsored by the National Associa- insured,” said
tion of Counties (NACo), offers an Humphrey. “Ev-
average savings of 22 percent off ery household
the retail price of commonly pre- in the county
scribed drugs. The discount drug is eligible for a
card program is administered by card; it can help
CVS Caremark at no cost to Cler- citizens with
mont County. There are no enroll- prescriptions not Commissioner Ed Humphrey hands a discount
ment forms, no membership fees, covered by insur- drug card to Melanie Jewell of Batavia at the
and no limit on how many times the ance.” If you have
Batavia branch of the Clermont County Public
card can be used. It can even cover insurance, simply
pet prescriptions! The card can be present both cards
used immediately. to the pharmacist mont County Commissioners office
and you will pay the lower of a dis- (101 E. Main Street in Batavia),
counted price or Workforce One (756 Old SR 74 in
the pharmacy’s Union Township), Clermont Senior
regular retail Services, Clermont County Public
price. Library branches, and at many so-
The free cards cial service agencies throughout the
are avail- county. They will also be available
able (one per at the Taste of Clermont (September
household) at 11-13, 2009) at Eastgate Mall.
County Depart- “In this tight economy, this program
ment of Job and offers citizens a potential way to
Family Services stretch their health care dollars,”
(2400 Clermont said Humphrey. To find out whether
Center Drive your pharmacy participates in the
in Batavia), the discount drug card program, call
Board of Cler- 1-877-321-2652.
You Can’t Miss the Clermont Town Crier! September
It’s called the Old Glory Mobile stands in the car and rings his cer- Commissioner Sessions
and the red, white, and blue emonial bell while his wife drives.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 1 p.m.
patriotic car is a fixture at many “The other day a Kentucky State Wednesday, Sept. 9 1 p.m.
parades and events across Cler- trooper stopped me just to ask Monday, Sept. 14 1 p.m.
mont County; the car’s sunroof me about the car,” said Clermont Wednesday, Sept. 16 2 p.m.
is often populated by Clermont County’s number one promoter. Monday, Sept. 21 1 p.m.
County’s official town crier Bill Did he get a ticket for anything? Wednesday, Sept. 23 1 p.m.
Knepp. “No, the trooper asked me to pose Monday, Sept. 28 7 p.m.
for a picture with him. What do Wednesday, Sept. 30 1 p.m.
you think of that?”
All meetings are held in the
third floor session room of the
Knepp has not only
Clermont County Administra-
been a popular tion Building located at 101 E.
fixture across the Main Street in Batavia. Call
county, he’s been a (513) 732-7300 for additional
part of the Cincin- information.
nati Reds opening
day parade, he’s
led the Holland
Tulip Time parade How does he decide what he
in Michigan, and wants to “cry” to the crowd?
he’s been featured This true red, white, and blue
in several national guy always leads crowds in a
“I seriously believe that being publications including USA Today cheer promoting our homeland
the town crier for Clermont and American Profile magazine. or the stars and stripes.
County, Miami Township,
Milford, and New Richmond
has made me younger. It’s kept
me moving with the adrenaline
flowing!” said 78-year-old Bill
Knepp of Miami Township.
UC Clermont - Enrollment At-a-Glance
“I am having so much fun • Fall 2008 – up 10% from fall 2007.
with this,” said Knepp who is • Spring 2009 – up 12 % from spring 2008
generally wearing red, white, • Summer 2009 – up 20 % from summer 2008
and blue colonial garb when • Fall 2009 – projecting 15 % increase
he makes appearances leading • Highest increase in enrollment of any two-year regional
a parade or opening an event. college in Ohio.
He makes an impression wher- • Current Enrollment 3,318 students
ever he goes, tooling around • Full-time students - 63%
the county in his so-called Old • Part-time students – 37%
Glory mobile; the red, white, Female – 59%
and blue decorated car was Male – 41%
donated by local businessman 25 years or older – 34%
Jeff Lykins. It has a removable
sun roof; during parades, Knepp
UC Clermont Enrollment Boom!
Highest increase of any two-year regional college in state -
expecting to set fall ’09 enrollment record with 15 percent increase
By: Mae Hannah, UC Clermont
UC Clermont College is pre- Currently, the
paring for its largest fall enroll- college is seek-
ment ever. Enrollment reports ing space in the
indicate a 15 percent increase nearby commu-
for fall classes beginning on nity to accom-
September 23, 2009. modate the ex-
pansion of the
The new academic year brings allied health
plans to expand off campus programs. In
to accommodate the needs of addition, UC
the swelling campus and new Clermont Col-
programs. lege hopes to
build the next
The boom didn’t happen 50,000 square-foot building in the
overnight, the college has been next few years. the university.
growing steadily; since 2000,
enrollment has increased 48 The college recently announced the The college is in the final
percent. Last academic year addition of the Physical Therapist stages of projecting a 10-year
alone, the enrollment increase Assistant degree which will be master plan and it can’t come
was in the double-digits: fall – offered on campus beginning this a moment too soon with Cler-
10 percent; spring 12 percent fall. mont College currently experi-
and a whopping 18 percent for encing the largest space short-
this summer. This new and highly competitive fall of any regional campus in
program has sparked a huge inter- the state (square-foot per stu-
“The growth we’ve seen on est from the community. “We’ve dent ratio), according to Mary
campus is tremendous. More been consistently asked to offer this Beth McGrew, associate vice
than ever, it means that we are particular degree for years. Once president of planning, design
a vital resource for our com- the word started to leak out that we and construction at UC.
munity and partner in work- may be offering this degree, the in-
force development,” said Dean terest list grew to over 150 people,” “Planning for the future re-
James F. McDonough. “With said Sharman Wilmore, Director quires an analysis of the past,
this highest increase in enroll- of Allied Health at UC Clermont acknowledgement of the
ment of any two-year College. present, and thoughtful plans
college in the for the future. UC Clermont is
state, we will Originally offered doing just that in their master
be receiving on the UC Up- planning work. Part of the plan
the highest town Campus, implementation involves the
increase in the degree was leasing of space for the large
state sub- officially trans- number of students while plans
sidy – 24 ferred to the for additions and a new build-
percent for Clermont campus ing are being considered,” said
2009.” this spring as part of McGrew.
the restructuring within
Think Local...Shop Local
The Parnes Family of Miami Township
Receive discount coupons from Clermont County businesses, retailers, and
restaurants at the SHOP CLERMONT booth during
TASTE OF CLERMONT
September 11-13, 2009 at Eastgate Mall
SHOP CLERMONT is a public education project of the Clermont County Public Relations Group
Call (513) 576-5013 for more information
September 10 Candlelight Vigil Clermont Library
for those Lost to Suicide Changes Hours
By: Virginia Dennis, Mental Health and Recovery Board By: Amy Prewitt, Clermont
The eighth annual candlelight The Clermont County Public Library
vigil to remember those lost (CCPL) will change its operating
to suicide will take place on hours starting September 1, 2009.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 The new operating hours will affect
at Union Township Veteran’s all 10 branches in Clermont County
and are as follows:
Memorial Park on Glen Este
Withamsville Road; the vigil Monday and Tuesday:
begins at 7 p.m. Anyone whose 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
life has been touched by suicide Wednesday and Thursday:
is welcome to attend and pay 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
tribute to their loved one. There Friday & Saturday:
will be a ceremonial lighting of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
candles and a balloon release.
“When we initially changed the
The candlelight vigil will hours to 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., it was
occur during National Suicide merely a stopgap measure. We
wanted to receive feedback from
Prevention Week (September 6 - 2009, 24 Clermont County citizens the public prior to instituting long
September 12, 2009), sponsored have committed suicide. While term hours,” said Dave Mezack,
by the Clermont County Suicide it is difficult to determine, the Executive Director. “The public has
Prevention Coalition, the downfall in the economy may be a been very proactive letting us know
Clermont County Mental Health contributing factor to the increase which operating hours would best
and Recovery Board, and the in suicides. accommodate their needs.”
Mental Health Association of
Cincinnati. These hours reflect recent survey
Suicide is preventable; please results indicating the public’s desire
reach out for help by calling the for more flexible hours. Surveys
Suicide is a major public health Clermont Crisis Line at (513)
concern that impacts us all. were administered at the Clermont
528-SAVE. If the situation seems County Fair and at all Clermont
Suicide claims approximately out of control, or you know County Library locations. This sur-
one million lives worldwide someone who you suspect may vey is still available online at www.
each year. In Clermont County, be thinking about suicide, help is clermontlibrary.org.
the number of suicides is available seven days a week, 24
increasing. Through August hours a day.
Free Outdoor Concerts
Bring a lawn chair for the Cler- The next concert will be on Sunday,
mont Philharmonic Orchestra’s September 20, at the Miami Township
For more information, visit the
free outdoor concerts in Sep- Performance Pavilion, beginning at 6
Web site www.clermontphil-
tember. The first concert will p.m.
harmonic.com or call (513)
be held at the Union Township 753-7051.
Amphitheater on Aicholtz Road, The concerts will feature music from
on Saturday September 19. The “South of the Border”, including a
concert begins at 7 p.m. Salsa band and dance group.
Clermont Seniors Auction Benefits Labor Day 2009
Elderly in Community
Spend a fun evening bidding on According to the Census Bu-
a wide range of items including reau, the first observance of
a primitive wash stand, Bent- Labor Day involved a parade
wood rocker, child’s desk from of 10,000 workers on Septem-
an early Milford school, and a ber 5, 1882 in New York City.
limited edition Ruthven print at President Grover Cleveland
the annual Art, Antiques, and signed the bill establishing it as
Collectibles Auction, sponsored a federal holiday in 1894.
by Clermont Senior Services.
The event will be held on Who are we celebrating?
Friday, September 11, 2009 at Connie Landock organizes some of the
Receptions-Eastgate, located hundreds of items available at the Cler- 155.1 million
at 4450 Eastgate Boulevard in mont Seniors’ auction The number of people 16 and
Union Township. The silent older in the nation’s labor force,
auction and appetizers begins at port the many programs offered by as of May 2009.
5 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., and Clermont Senior Services,” said
the live auction kicks off at 8 83%
Clermont Seniors Development
p.m., just as the frenzied silent The percentage of full time
Director Debbie Siegroth.
auction bidding winds up! workers (18-64) covered by
health insurance during all or
The cost to attend is $40 a
part of 2007.
person for appetizers, dinner,
and the live and silent auctions.
Raffle tickets will be sold to
The number of workers who
win items, such as a 32-inch
hold down more than one job.
LCD HD television, a three-day
vacation at a Lake Cumberland
resort, a limited edition signed
The number of moonlighters
nature print by artist David
who work full time at two jobs.
Atkins, and several $100 gas
cards! You do not have to at-
tend the event to purchase raffle
The median number of years
workers have been with their
Sharon Brumagem displays one of the current employer.
For more information on the
many unique items available at the auction, to donate an item,
auction 10.4 million
make a reservation, or buy a
The number of self-employed
raffle ticket, call Connie at
Clermont Senior Services, (513)
“The silent auction gets pretty 536-4021.
crazy,” said Connie Landock,
Clermont Seniors development
assistant. “Everyone is trying to “Nothing great was ever achieved without
outbid each other as the tables enthusiasm.”
close!” “This is a really fun
event and a great way to sup- - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Start Saving Energy and Money Today! Satellite Pet
With the winter months rapidly approaching and many families trying
to find ways to save money, it is important to know that there are
The Clermont County Humane
many simple, low-cost ways you can save energy and in return, save
Society will be holding satellite
money! According to www.energysavers.gov, there are also many no-
pet adoptions on the following
cost things you can do to conserve energy in your home.
• Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably
warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. Saturday, September 12
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR label. Milford Petsmart
• Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
Saturday, September 19
• Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power
strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
Come out and take a look at
• Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees F. some of the
• Take short showers instead of baths. animals
• Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
• Drive sensibly! Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, adoption!
and braking) wastes gasoline. While you’re there, ask the
Humane Society volunteers
• Look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing home appli-
about the importance of
licensing your dogs, spaying
and neutering your cats
Check out the Energy Savers booklet available on the and dogs, and how having
U.S. Department of Energy Web site at www.eere.energy. microchips implanted in your
gov. Also, look for information in the October newsletter pets can help lead to a happy
about the Clermont County Energy Fair, coming Thursday, reunion-- in case your pet ever
November 19 at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in gets lost.
Owensville, where you can learn even more about energy
efficiency and conservation for your home and business! If you’re unable to make it to
Wanted! Used Cooking Oil events,
Did you know that the Clermont Fleet will also accept iron, steel, and
County Fleet Management aluminum, as long as they are not part
of something else (for example, they County
department will accept many of
your household and automotive will not accept box springs, unless it’s Animal
fluids for recycling? Fleet just the springs by themselves). Shelter between 11:30
Management will take oil, a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday
transmission fluid, coolant, cooking For more information, call (513) through Saturday. For more
oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel, all of 732-7775. information, call (513)
which are used in waste oil heaters 732-8854.
to provide heat in the winter.
Clermont County Animal Shelter
Flash Oreo Mitzi
Stripe Justin Rex
June Bug Daisy Mike
September Clermont Park Events
By: Keith Robinson, Park District
Preschool Story Time: Butterflies
Wednesday, September 16, 1:30 p.m. – Sycamore Park
Explore a flying wonder just a preschooler’s size – the butterfly! We’ll search the flowers and forested
trails for butterflies, listen to stories with Angie the Librarian, and make a butterfly craft.
Saturday, September 19, 2 p.m. – Chilo Lock #34 Park
Join in the nationwide citizen scientist research project into the famous Monarch
migration. We’ll catch Monarch butterflies, then place a small, harmless tag on
their wing before releasing them to finish their journey. If they are recaptured
anywhere on their migration or found at their final destination in Mexico, we’ll
be able to find out and follow their progress. There will also be an update on the
Monarchs tagged at last years’ event. Bring your own butterfly net, if you have one,
and make sure you wear sturdy shoes and long pants.
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m. – Pattison Park
How well do you know your trees? Follow a naturalist and find out, as you learn more about our local
trees, and what uses they have. Meet at the picnic shelter.
Weather for Homeschoolers
Thursday, September 24, 11 a.m. – Pattison Park
Bring your homeschooled children out to learn the basics of weather forecasting.
We’ll examine warm fronts, cold fronts, high and low pressure systems, and even
how to forecast the weather by looking at clouds. This program is geared for
children 8 and older. Pre-registration is required; call (513) 876-9013 to sign
Great Outdoors Weekend
Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Chilo Lock #34 Park
In the mood to get your feet wet? Or are you trying to stay dry? Take one of
our walks through the wetland, and you can decide! Explore what’s going on
underwater and search for flowers, butterflies, and other wetland visitors along
the edge. Discover for yourself why these habitats are so fascinating. The
wetland walks will begin and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information about these or any other park programs, call (513) 876-9013, or visit the Web site
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your
eyes off your goal." - Henry Ford
By: Tammy Craig, Clermont Library
Appalachian Festival the library can do to help your handouts with Web sites for
Saturday, September 26 child excel! This is meeting one scholarships, typical college
2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Felicity Branch of a four-part series. For more application essay questions, and
Bring the entire family for an information or to register, call library resources available. For
afternoon of fun, food, and (513) 724-1070. more information or to register,
festivities! Enjoy Old Tyme call (513) 732-6084.
Music by the Lawson Family Back to School: Family Foods
Singers, storytelling by the Cooking Class Wii Game Drop-In
Dreamweavers, visit with Saturday, September 19 Thursday, September 17
local artisans, and watch a 10 a.m., Amelia Branch 2:30 p.m., Bethel Branch
demonstration by the Cardinal Join Margaret Jenkins from OSU Teens and Tweens are invited
Quilters group. The library Extension-Clermont to drop-in after
volunteers will hold a used book for a demonstration of school to play Wii
fair during the festival. For food preparation that Sports, Guitar Hero,
more information, call (513) is delicious, healthy, and Dance, Dance
876-4134. and safe. For more Revolution. For more
information or to information, call
Swashbuckler’s Academy register, call (513) (513) 734-2619.
Saturday, September 19 752-5580.
2 p.m., New Richmond Branch Fifty Years of Service
Landlubbers are invited to enroll Family Fun Day: Princess Party, Tuesday, September 29
in the Swashbuckler’s Academy! and Knights, too! 6 p.m., Milford-Miami
Children in Saturday, September 19 Township Branch
grades K-3 are 11 a.m., Goshen Branch Join us in celebrating 50
invited to learn The entire family is invited to years of library service! We’ll
how to talk, listen to medieval stories and have a presentation from the
act, and think make a craft fit for a princess or a library director and other local
like a pirate. knight. For more information or to officials on our years of service
Enjoy activities register, call (513) 722-1221. to the community. Enjoy a
such as how to read a treasure swing dance demonstration
map, and make your own eye How to Find Money for College and refreshments. For more
patch and glasses. For more Saturday, September 19 information, call (513)
information or to register, call 2 p.m., Owensville Branch 248-0700.
(513) 553-0570. Students and
parents are invited
Homeschooler Help for advice on how For more information
Thursday, September 3 to find assistance about these and other
1 p.m., Williamsburg Branch on what resources library programs, visit
Do you homeschool your kids? are available for the Web site www.
Join us for this meet and greet scholarships. ClermontLibrary.org.
for parents that homeschool. Participants will
Take a tour and discover what receive useful
You Tube September is National Preparedness Month
Did you know Clermont County National Preparedness Month is Be sure every member of your
has a You Tube channel? Check the perfect time to develop your family knows the phone num-
it out for information about new Family Emergency Plan; ready.gov ber and has a cell phone, coins,
county programs and events. has some tips to help you. or a prepaid phone card to call
The Web site is at www.you- the emergency contact.
tube.com/clermontcounty. Identify an out-of-town contact. It
may be easier to make a long-dis- Teach family members how to
You can subscribe to the chan- tance phone call than to call across use text messaging (also known
nel, and every time a new Cler- town, so an out-of-town contact as SMS or Short Message Ser-
mont County feature is added, may be in a better position to com- vice). Text messages can often
you will be notified. municate among separated family get around network disruptions
members. when a phone call might not be
Know what’s happening in your able to get through.
What do I do with my old TV Rate Flat in July
or computer? According to the Ohio Depart-
If televisions or computers are Computer Reuse Center, available ment of Job and Family Ser-
in working condition, at (513) 554-4944, accepts comput- vices, the Cincinnati region’s
they can be donated to ers with Pentium I, 200 mhz or unemployment rate in July hit
Cincinnati Computer higher, working monitors 17" 10.3 percent. In southwest
Cooperative by calling or larger, laser or jet printers, Ohio, Butler County had the
(513) 771-3262, Good- plus office equipment and highest county rate in July
will, or the Salva- supplies. at 10.6 percent; Clermont
tion Army Store. County’s July rate stood at 10.4
Clermont County USA Lamp and Balast percent.
also holds annual Recycling, at (513)
computer recycling 641-4155, is a mail-in re- Jobless rates rose in all local
events; check cycling program and counties in July, except Cler-
the Office of can recycle some mont, where the rate was flat.
Environmen- television sets and The highest unemployment
tal Quality Web computer equipment for rate among Ohio’s 88 counties
site, www.oeq.net, for updates. a fee. was Williams County, at 17.5
percent. Geauga County had
Office Depot accepts television Adams Brown the lowest rate in July at 7.4
sets under 18" for a $15 fee and Recycling in percent.
Best Buy accepts television sets Georgetown
under 32" for a $10 fee. Tech- will recycle “You will never
nology Recycling Group, avail- television
able at (513) 761-5333, accepts sets for $.40 a
‘find’ time for any-
Sony, LG, or Zenith TV sets pound. thing. If you want
free of charge and will accept For more re-
other televisions and computer cycling information, visit the Web
time, you must make
items for a fee. site www.oeq.net. it.” - Charles Bruxton
In the Kitchen with Margaret Second Chances
By: Margaret Jenkins, OSU Extension-Clermont
Hearty Beef Stew Meet pretty
Hearty Beef Stew She is an
makes about 4 - 8oz. servings 8-month-
Ingredients cat with a
2 teaspoons canola oil great per-
2/3 cup chopped onion sonality.
2 garlic cloves She is spayed, and seems to get
2 small carrots, sliced along just fine with other cats
1 lb. or 16 oz. of lean stew beef, cut into 1 inch and dogs. She would make a
cubes great addition to any family!
2 cups low-fat, low-sodium beef broth
½ teaspoon paprika Introducing Bandit! Bandit is
½ teaspoon black pepper an Akita/
2 small pears and 2 small apples, unpeeled and chopped into 1 inch Boxer mix
pieces with a
Preparation coat. He’s
1. Heat the oil in large stockpot over medium-high heat. approxi-
2. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. mately one
3. Add carrots and sauté for another 5 minutes. and a half
4. Add the meat and brown. years old,
5. Drain off any accumulated fat. and he seems to be housebroken.
6. Add the broth, paprika, and black pepper. He’s very loveable and friendly.
7. Bring to a boil over high heat.
8. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 and ¼ hours. If you’re interested in Penny,
9. Add the apples and pears and cover. Bandit, or any of the great ani-
10. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes until the apples and mals available for adoption, call
pears are soft, but not mushy. the Clermont County Animal
Shelter at (513) 732-8854. The
Kitchen Equipment Needed: shelter is open Monday through
Large stockpot with lid Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until
Cutting board and knives 4 p.m. Won’t you give one of
Measuring cups and spoons these animals at second chance
Mixing spoons at a happy life?
NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING: 310 calories, 10g total fat
(3g saturated fat), 31g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 100mg cholesterol,
5g dietary fiber, 85mg sodium
On the Move is a service of the Board of Clermont County Commissioners. For more information
about any of the articles included in this publication, contact Kathryn Lehr or Rebecca Kimble in the
Office of Public Information at (513) 732-7597 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.