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.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher Rebel Martin has been selected for the 2009 Ohio State Highway Patrol Telecommunications Award at the Batavia Communications Center. The selection of Dispatcher Martin is in recognition of outstanding service during 2009 at Batavia as a Dispatcher. The selection of Dispatcher Martin is in recognition of outstanding service.
Robert O’Brien has been named to the CASA for Clermont Kids! – Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children board. CASA For Clermont Kids! is a local non-profit agency that is working to improve the lives of abused, neglected and dependent children of Clermont County.
The summer of 2009 was the season of restoration for the renowned 1885 Koehnken & Grimm pipe organ in historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Ohio. The historic pipe organ had been rebuilt in 1933 to update it from the original “tracker action” to an enlarged instrument.
State Representative Danny Bubp (R-West Union) has announced the passage of legislation from the Ohio House to add the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program to Ohio CORE curriculum. The measure passed by a vote of 96-0. “It is an honor to work with the JROTC instructors and cadets across Ohio to preserve this essential program in our high schools,” said Bubp.
Education-what is the end result? Employers and colleges want reliable, independent, motivated, and responsible people who can work well with others and represent their company or college respectfully. With the partnership of several schools, Hopewell Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) supplies a unique service; an educator who assists at-risk students with credit recovery, employability skills, and community involvement.