On a recent morning, several hallways at the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services’ offices in Batavia were lined with brightly wrapped gifts, as Santa’s elves began sorting them by number to ensure they would reach their destination quickly.
It was like their first visit to the fire station as a young child. None of the participants in the LEAD Clermont Class of 2009, a leadership program of Clermont 20/20, could have envisioned what was in that big, round metal structure at the corner of Clough Pike and Withamsville-Tobasco Road.
Long-time Milford High School/Great Oaks marketing teacher Ed Pregitzer will be honored with Ohio DECA Honorary Life Membership Award at the student business and marketing association’s March 2010 conference.
The Stuart G. Luginbuhl post of the American Legion in Mount Carmel was filled with the sounds of laughter and celebration Dec. 3 as Santa paid an early holiday visit to 90 children from across Clermont County. The tradition began in 1945, when a wealthy local businessman donated money to the Legion to help make the holidays a little brighter for needy children.
Rolland Kelch of Eastgate (aka Santa) and a meals-on-wheels driver for Clermont Senior Services, loads up donated gifts for senior citizens as part of the Adopt-A-Senior program. More than 200 seniors received gifts this year, and nearly $1,500 in gift cards and more than $2,200 in cash also was donated to the agency’s senior emergency fund to assist seniors this winter. For information on any of the volunteer programs, including meals-on-wheels, call Sharon at 536-4060.
In response to the great need felt by families during the winter holiday season, Grant Career Center’s Student Advisory Council led the charge to raise money to provide meals and necessities during the holidays for families at the Career Center. The students volunteered to coordinate the school’s efforts to raise money as well as to shop for groceries and gifts, sort food drive contributions and wrap and distribute all the items to the Grant Career Center families in need.
The Amelia Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gerdes Council #3123 recently presented $2,512.80 to organizations that work with individuals who have disabilities. Clerco, Inc./Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Wildey School, and Clermont Special Olympics are the agencies that will split the donation this year, each receiving $837.60 to be used in 2010 for various activities.
Clermont County Common Pleas Administrative Judge William Walker has been named “2009 Trial Judge of the Year” by the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association. Judge Walker was honored during the organization’s annual recognition dinner on Nov. 17 in Cincinnati. First elected to Clermont County Common Pleas Court in 1986, Judge Walker has served as Presiding and Administrative Judge for many of his years on the bench.
Clough Pike Elementary School third grade teacher Cathy Cumbow has been awarded an “Eddy Award” by Sylvan Learning Center. Cumbow was honored for her efforts to help new students feel welcome at Clough Pike Elementary.
The State of Ohio recognizes the important contributions and sacrifices veterans made in the defense of our nation. During World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, thousands of young men and women across this country left high school to serve in the military before completing high school.