“The Japanese planes were so close that day, we could have hit them with potatoes,” said Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Whitt, recalling a day he said he will never forget; they are memories that have not grown dim with time. “I had just turned 18 years old and had been in the Navy only 11 months when I found myself on the USS San Francisco on that ill-fated day, Dec. 7, 1941.
The Child Focus Giving Tree Program is using The Paul Sturgill Memorial Fund to help purchase clothing, food and toys for needy children and families over the holidays this year. Paul Sturgill’s wife, Renelda Sturgill, also an employee at Child Focus, said that Christmas was one of Paul’s favorite holidays and the Giving Tree program is a way to honor his memory while helping families in need.
The sixth annual Harvest Homecoming, hosted by the Monroe Township Historic Society, was held Thurs. Nov. 12 at the Grant Career Center. “Just as our early settlers celebrated after a bountiful harvest each fall, our historic society hopes to continue this tradition,” Libbie Bennett, board chair said.
UC Clermont College will offer accelerated real estate pre-license classes in a new weekend class format to prepare students to take the Ohio Real Estate Sales Exam beginning Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at the campus in Batavia. The four required state of the art courses have been developed in consultation with local real estate professionals.
Project Lead the Way has awarded Grant Career Center National Certification signifying that its College Tech Prep Engineering Design Program has met stringent, national quality standards. Grant Career Center has joined an elite group of nationally recognized secondary schools that provide a cutting edge engineering design curriculum for their students.
As our nation honored our veterans on November 11, so did Batavia Township. A new memorial, which features a Humvee, was dedicated amidst current service men and women, veterans and family and friends. In front of several hundred people the Humvee, which displays its headlights and talelights at night, was unveiled.
The Batavia High School Girls Ensemble traveled to Morehead State University on Nov. 9 and 10 to participate in the 50th annual Choral Festival. While there, they sang in a 150-member choir, learned many new singing techniques, learned some great music, and had a great time.
The Nov. 7 Clermont County Humane Society fund-raiser was held at the Norlyn Manor in Batavia Township; the silent and live auctions featured over 300 items including original artwork, deluxe vacation accommodations, and Cincinnati Bengals signed items.
More people are calling Clermont County home. Since 2000, the county has experienced a 10 percent increase in population, growing from an estimated 177,977 to 195,385 residents today. In a recent land use planning survey, Clermont County citizens indicated a desire to balance future growth and development while protecting specific land uses, such as open space.
Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley is a recipient of the “Distinguished County Auditor” award, presented by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO). The award recognizes County Auditors who have completed 100 or more hours of continuing education during their term of office. Fraley was recognized and received the award from CAAO President Doug Green, Brown County Auditor, during the CAAO Winter Conference on Nov. 17.