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					                                    On the Move
                                                                    a newsletter for citizens
                                                                               January 2008
www.ClermontCountyOhio.gov           Commissioners: Bob Proud, Mary Walker, and Scott Croswell


                             Make Your Vote Count in 2008
                                    Every election day, thousands         Ohio needs more
                                    of Ohioans contribute to their        poll workers. If
                                    communities by helping to             you are interested,
                                    operate polling locations. These      call the Board of
                                    poll workers help safeguard our       Elections today at
                                    election process, and most find the   732-7275.
                                    experience rewarding enough to
This promises to be an exciting
                                    return year after year. However,
year at the polls, as we have a
primary election on March 4 and
a general election, that includes                            For the Kids!
a presidential vote, on November
4, 2008.                              During the holiday season, over 350 children in the custody of
                                      Clermont Chil-
Are you registered to vote?           dren’s Protective
There are a few requirements          Services (CPS) re-
that must be met before you           ceived gifts through
can become a registered voter         the generosity of
in Ohio. You must be 18 years         local businesses,
of age, a U.S. citizen, and have      county agencies,
resided in Ohio for at least 30       and local citizens.
days prior to the election. Once
you register, you do not have         The need does
to register again, however, you       not end with the
need to keep your information         holiday season.
current with the Board of             Donations of gift
Elections by reporting a change       cards and wish-list   CPS Director Anne Arbaugh and Com-
of name or address.                   items are needed in   munity Toy Chest coordinator Sanna Gast
                                      2008 for children’s   prepare to deliver presents to children in
Voter registration forms              birthdays and other   county custody
are available at numerous             special occasions.
locations across the county or
can be downloaded at www.             For more information about the Community Toy Chest program,
ClermontElections.org.                call (513) 732-7173.
                  The Price of Freedom                                             Reminder!
                  An Open Letter of Thanks
                                                                           Dog licenses
Angela and I give thanks             Center. Proceeds will help fund a     are on sale
to all the citizens of                   plaque in his honor at the new
                                                                           through
Clermont County and                        “Celebration Garden” at the
                                                                           January 31,
my fellow county                            Nature Center. Most of the
employees for the                           proceeds, however, will        2008. By
kind words and show                          directly support operations   the way,
of support over the                          at the Nature Center for      based on
past year. Army Sgt                         educational programs and       license sales in 2007, the top 12
Phillip McNeill was                         maintenance of the trails,     dog breeds in Clermont County
killed in action January                  facilities, and land.            are:
20, 2007 while serving
as a combat medic on Sgt. Phillip McNeil Jeff Fiely                           1. Labrador Retriever
his second tour of duty                        Deputy Sheriff                 2. Mixed Breed
in Iraq. Phillip was                            Clermont County
                                                                              3. Labrador Mix
awarded the Bronze Star Medal
                                                                              4. Golden Retriever
and a Purple Heart posthumously.  Contributions can be sent directly or
                                  made in person to:                          5. German Shepherd
In remembrance of this fallen                                                 6. Beagle
soldier, Commissioner Bob             Sgt McNeill Memorial Fund               7. Shepherd Mix
Proud and I have established a        c/o Cincinnati Nature Center            8. Beagle Mix
memorial fund in Phillip’s name            4949 Tealtown Road                 9. Boxer
through the Cincinnati Nature              Milford, Ohio 45150                10. Chihuahua
                                                                              11. Jack Russell Terrier
                                                                              12. Dachshund
What do we do with the tree after the holidays?
                                                                           Visit www.ClermontAuditor.
The answer, of course is to                                                org for more information on
recycle it! In Clermont County,                                            dog licensing and a complete
numerous tree recycling oppor-                                             list of locations where licenses
tunities are available. Check the                                          may be purchased. Remember
Web site www.oeq.net for a list-                                           – licensing your dog is the law!
ing of dates and locations.

“Remember to take everything
off the tree before you recycle
it,” says Office of Environmental                                             January Commissioner
Quality Director Paul Braasch.      Paul Braasch (OEQ), Kathy                       Sessions
“Double check for ornaments on      Lehr (in protective suit) and Ron
inside branches and remove as       Shouse (Park District) take a           Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.
much tinsel as you can.”            break from tree chipping.               Wednesday, Jan.9, 1 p.m.
                                                                            All meetings are held in the
Recycled trees have many uses,                                              third floor session room of the
including being chipped and turned into mulch, they are used for fish       Clermont County Administration
habitats, wildlife sanctuaries, and.are utilized for erosion control.       Building located at 101 E. Main
                                                                            Street in Batavia. Call 732-7300
                                                                            for additional information.
                                                                               Ben Capelle Named
                   January Park Events                                            First Transit
                                      By: Keith Robinson, Park District         Rookie of the Year

Winter Bird Count                                                           “I am honored
Saturday, January 5, 8:30 a.m.                                              to have been
Chilo Lock #34 Park/Crooked Run Nature Preserve/Kelley Nature               selected for
Preserve/Sycamore Park                                                      this award,”
Join the Park District staff and volunteers for our                         said Cler-
annual winter bird count. We’ll hit the trails and                          mont Trans-
see which of our feathered friends are out and                              portation
about. This annual count gives us a good idea of                            Connection
which birds spend the winter in our parks. Pre-                             (CTC) Director
registration required; call 513-876-9013 to sign                            Ben Capelle, after learning
up.                                                                         that he had been named First
                                                                            Transit’s “Rookie of the Year.”
Backyard Bird Feeding for Beginners                                         First Transit is a public trans-
Sunday, January 13, 2 p.m.                                                  portation and management
Hartman Log Cabin                                                           company that manages and
                  Do you enjoy watching wildlife? Bird feeding and          operates bus systems, includ-
                  birdwatching have become popular hobbies for many         ing CTC, in 45 states, Canada,
                  Americans. If you’re interested in birds and want to      and Puerto Rico.
                  know more about how to attract them to your yard,
                  you won’t want to miss this program! Discover what        “Every year First Transit
                  types of seed, feeders, and other features are best for   senior managers select a junior
                  attracting our feathered friends. We’ll also show you     manager that demonstrates
                  how to save money and make your own bird feeders.         exceptional qualities when
Pre-registration required; call 513-876-9013 to sign up.                    it comes to safety issues and
                                                                            adheres to our philosophy that
Family Friendly Hike Night                                                  the customer comes first,” said
Friday, January 18, 6:30 p.m.                                               First Transit’s Rick Dunning.
Sycamore Park                                                               “Ben Capelle exemplifies all
Bundle up and head out to Sycamore Park for a fun night out with the        of these qualities and is a great
family. We’ll walk the trails to see which animals are active at night.     guy to work with too!”
We’ll search for raccoons, call for owls, and discover what other
creatures might live at Sycamore Park. Call 513-876-9013 for more           Capelle has been the CTC di-
information.                                                                rector since September 2006.

                                    Clermont Senior Services elves gather packages local busi-
                                    nesses and community members have donated to provide
                                    items to needy senior citizens during the holiday season.

                                    Over 400 seniors received a wide range of items critically
                                    needed, such as canes, bed linens, and food.

                                    To adopt-a-senior in 2008, call Sharon at 536-4060.
          Clermont County Recognizes Love Your Dog-Buy a License Winners

In a December 21, 2007 cer-         The winners
emony attended by parents,          of the elec-
teachers, students, and pet dogs,   tronic media
the Board of Clermont County        category are
Commissioners (BCC) recog-          Adam Kahny
nized winners of the first annual   (first place)
Love Your Dog-Buy a License         from Gos-
competition.                        hen Middle
                                    School and
The competition, sponsored          Jordan Webb
by the BCC, Clermont County         (second place)
Humane Society, and the Edu-        from
cational Service Center, invited    Goshen Mid-
students to submit essays, post-    dle School.
ers, and public service an-         In the poster
nouncements designed to draw        category, Theresa Ruwe, a home
attention to the importance of      school student, won first place
dog licensing.                      and Rebecca Perkins from Goshen
                                    Middle School won second place.
                                    Bethany Barnes of Goshen Middle
                                    School took first place in the poetry
                                    category. In the writing division,
                                    home school student Maria Ruwe
                                    won first place and Alex Huffman
                                    of Goshen Middle School won
                                    second place.
                                                                            Commissioner Walker and Com-
Commissioner Walker presents        In Clermont County last year,
                                                                            missioner Proud congratulate
Adam Kahny with his first place     18,146 dogs were licensed; this
                                                                            Theresa Ruwe for winning first
prizes in the electronic media      number represents only a small          place in the poster category
category                            portion of the dogs actually liv-
                                    ing in the county. Dog licensing
“The winners produced some          is the law, and without one, a lost
outstanding work,” said Cler-       dog may never be reunited with
mont County Commissioner            the owner; monies collected from
Mary Walker. “They did a            licensing supports the Clermont
lot of research and submitted       County Humane Society in hous-
entries that were well thought      ing unwanted animals. For more
out and very creative. The win-     information about dog licensing,
ning posters will be on display     or adopting an animal, contact the
at the Clermont County Animal       Clermont County Animal Shelter at       Commissioner Walker presents
Shelter and the winning public                                              Maria Ruwe with an award for
                                    732-8854.                               winning first place in the writing
service announcement will be
aired on local cable access tele-                                           category
vision channels.”
Clermont County Today……
                     keeping you informed
During the month of January, CCG-TV will be
airing a special Best of Clermont County Today
show, featuring the most memorable interviews
of 2007. Join us as we take a look back over
the past year to see what our elected officials,
county employees, and agencies have
accomplished.                                                           These children listened to
                                                                        stories, made jingle bell crafts,
Beginning mid-January, we will begin new Clermont County Today          and ate cookies during the De-
shows for 2008. We will continue to have your favorite regular          cember Winter Wonderland at
segments, like Sheriff Tim’s Law and Order and Second Chances.          the Union Township Library.
CCG-TV will also continue to bring you the latest events, programs,     Contact your local library for
and happenings from all over Clermont County.                           information on free story times
                                                                        in 2008!
Thanks for watching Clermont County Today!
                                                                             Clean and Green
                                                                             Receives Award
                      Second Chances                                          By: Becky Ploucha, 20/20

                         Casey is a beautiful, domestic short haired    The Clermont 20/20 Clean
                         cat who came to the shelter as an owner        and Green Program received a
                         surrender. She is about 3 years old, front     second place Great American
                         declawed, and spayed. Casey does not seem      Cleanup Project award at the
                         to particularly like dogs, but she may learn   Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
                         to live with one. She would make a great       “Just Desserts” event, held
                         addition to any home.                          on November 15, 2007. The
                                                                        award was in recognition of
                                                                        the very successful Clean and
                                                                        Green Spring Litter Pickup,
Big Ben is a lab/shepherd mix, neutered,                                held in April 2007. The award
and about 1½ years old. He was picked                                   was presented by Brad Linder,
up as a stray in the Batavia area. He is                                President of United Dairy
energetic, and would fit in great with                                  Farmers, and Chris Monzel,
owners who have time to take him for lots                               Cincinnati City Councilman.
of walks. He has a sweet personality, and
seems to love everyone.                                                 The purpose of the “Just
                                                                        Desserts” event is to recognize
                                                                        the work done by volunteers
If you are interested in these, or any of the wonderful animals         and communities in their efforts
available for adoption at the Clermont Animal Shelter, please call      to reduce or eliminate litter
732-8854. Won’t you consider giving Ben or Casey a second chance        and to complete beautification
at a happy life?                                                        projects.

                                                                        Congratulations, Clean and
                                                                        Green!
  Animals Awaiting Adoption at Clermont Animal Shelter




Billy and Bonnie        Rudy                 Peaches




                        Josie

    Daisey                                     Lucy




                        Jimmy
     Sally                                    Toby


                          Clermont
                       Animal Shelter
     Tessie              732-8854
                                                                          Friends of the Library Book
                                                                          Sale
                                                                          Friday, January 25, 1 p.m. – 5
                                             By: Tammy Craig, Library
                                                                          p.m. and Saturday, January 26,
                                                                          10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Reading is Going to the Dogs                                              Milford-Miami Township
Saturday, January 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                             Branch
Batavia Branch                                                            Gently used books, puzzles,
Attendees in grades K-3 can improve their                                 and audio/visual materials for
reading skills by reading their favorite book to                          all ages will be available for
Spooky, a therapy dog. For more information                               purchase. Proceeds from the
or to register, call 732-2128.                                            sale go to the library. A special
                                                                          preview sale will be held from
Family Fun Night                                                          6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday,
Monday, January 28, 7 p.m.                                                January 24 with an entrance
Goshen Branch                                                             fee of $5.00 per family (the
Families are invited for wool spinning demonstrations by Mary Helen       January 25 and 26 dates have
Mack. Make a craft you can take home. For more information or to          no entrance fee). For more
register, call 722-1221.                                                  information, call 248-0700.

An Evening with Chris and Victoria
Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m.
Owensville Branch
Spend an evening with Chris Leonard and Victoria McDevitt, local
musicians who will be entertaining library guests by performing
acoustic folk/rock music that appeals to all ages. Light refreshments
and coffee will be served. For more information or to register, call
732-6084; register online at www.ClermontLibrary.org.                         History of New Years’
                                                                                  Celebrations
Game On!
       Friday, January 18, 7 p.m.                                         “Auld Lang Syne” literally
       Union Township Branch                                              translates as “old long since”
       Teen arcade night begins! Attendees can play Guitar                – the popular New Year’s song
       Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Simpson’s Road Rage, and             is actually an old Scottish tune
       Nintendo Wii. For more information or to register, call            first published in 1796.
       528-1744; register online at www.ClermontLibrary.org.
                                                                          In Spain, it is a New Year’s
Drop-In Story Time                                                        tradition to eat 12 grapes
Tuesdays, January 15, 22, & 29; 10 a.m.                                   at midnight – it is meant to
Williamsburg Branch                                                       secure 12 happy months in the
Bring your child, from age infant to 5, to drop-in story time. Children   upcoming year.
will listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For more
information, call 724-1070.                                               In the Netherlands, people burn
                                                                          their Christmas trees and launch
                                                                          fireworks on New Year’s; the
                                                                          bonfires are meant to purge the
                                                                          old and welcome the new.
              In the Kitchen with Margaret                                                   CTC Expands
                           By: Margaret Jenkins, OSU Extension-Clermont                   New Richmond Shuttle

                                                                                        Clermont Transportation Connec-
                     TURKEY SPLIT PEA SOUP                                              tion (CTC) will expand express
                                                                                        bus service between New Rich-
Ingredients:                                                                            mond and downtown Cincinnati,
    •	 7 cups Turkey Broth (recipe follows) or low                                      on Monday, February 4, 2008. An
       sodium chicken bouillion                                                         additional daily route will pick up
    •	 1 pound dried split peas, washed and                                             passengers at the Rivertown Mar-
       drained                                                                          ket, located at 1041 Old U.S. 52 at
    •	 2 cups chopped onions                                                            6:45 a.m. and will drop them off at
    •	 1 cup chopped carrots                                                            one of four bus stops in Cincinnati.
    •	 ½ cup chopped celery                                                             CTC will then pick up passengers
    •	 1 clove garlic, minced                                                           at 4:45 p.m., with a scheduled drop
    •	 3 tablespoons dried parsley                          Margaret Jenkins            off at Rivertown Market. This
    •	 1 bay leaf                                                                       route will be in addition to the 7:15
    •	 1 pound turkey ham, cut into ½ inch cubes                                        a.m. daily express route between
                                                                                        New Richmond and Cincinnati that
Directions:                                                                             includes a 5:15 p.m. return trip.
1. Prepare turkey broth. In 5 quart saucepan, over high heat, combine broth,
peas, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce   CTC will be offering passes for 10
heat to simmer, cover, and cook one hour. Remove saucepan from heat and                 free rides during the first week of
discard bay leaf.                                                                       service. “We believe that riding
2. Gently whisk soup to blend peas. If desired, soup can be processed in food           the bus should be as easy, if not
processor or blender for smoother texture.                                              easier than driving your car,” said
3. Return soup to medium-high heat, add turkey ham and bring to a boil. Reduce          Capelle. “We hope the free passes
heat to simmer and cook, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 8 servings.                 will entice people to try CTC.” To
                                                                                        obtain a free 10 ride pass, call CTC,
                                                                                        or simply ask for one from the
TURKEY BROTH
                                                                                        express service bus driver.
        4 cups water
        Turkey giblets
        1 rib celery, sliced                                                            For more information about CTC,
        1 carrot, sliced                                                                visit the Web site www.Clermont-
        1 onion, sliced                                                                 CountyOhio.gov and click on
        1 bay leaf                                                                      the services link, then scroll to
        3 sprigs parsley                                                                Clermont Transportation Connec-
        4 black peppercorns                                                             tion. You can call (513) 732-7433
                                                                                        (extension 2) to schedule a ride.
1. In large saucepan, over high heat, bring water, giblets, celery, onion, bay leaf,
    parsley and peppercorns to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 1
                                                                                        On the Move is a service of
    hour.
                                                                                        the Board of Clermont County
2. Strain broth and refrigerate until needed. Remove giblets and store in
                                                                                        Commissioners. For more
    refrigerator until ready to make gravy or dressing. Makes about 5 cups.             information about any of the
                                                                                        articles included in this publi-
                                                                                        cation, contact Kathy Lehr or
NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING: 243 CALORIES, 4 GRAMS TOTAL                                Rebecca Kimble in the Office
FAT, 1 GRAM SATURATED FAT, 34 MG CHOLESTEROL, 754 SODIUM, 31                            of Public Information at (513)
GRAMS CARBOHYDRATE, 7 GRAMS DIETARY FIBER AND 23 GRAMS                                  732-7597 or e-mail klehr@
PROTEIN.                                                                                co.clermont.oh.us.

				
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