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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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