Child Focus, Inc. is participating in a state-wide initiative called Step Up To Quality. The state program, which was piloted two years ago and just made available statewide this year, is a completely voluntary, quality rating system for early care child centers and their early childhood education programs.
The time has come to experience “A Whole New World” at the 158th Clermont County Fair. Sponsored by the Clermont County Agricultural Society, which adopted the “A Whole New World” theme recently for this year’s annual event, the Clermont County Fair will take place at the Owensville fairgrounds July 22 – 28.
Look up in the sky – it’s a bird (house), it’s a plane – well, it’s sort of both – and it’s flying over the friendly skies of Moscow. No, we are not under enemy attack or surveillance; we are only in the farm yard of 73-year old Moscow resident Larry West. West, who has always liked to build things and has made somewhat of a hobby out of building birdhouses on his Moscow mini-farm, has recently built a unique Martin birdhouse in the shape of a B-52 Bomber airplane. “Building birdhouses is something enjoyable that I just like to do,” he said while touring his picturesque farm property July 14. “This latest one of the B-52 bomber took several months to complete. Using thick plastic, I framed it in, screwed it together, placed aluminum siding all around it, and there she is, surveying all that she sees.” The birdhouse, which West said that he had always dreamed of building, is 5 feet, 10 inches long from wingtip to wingtip, stands 18 feet high in the sky, and has a total of four engines (the real B-52 Bomber planes have eight engines, West said).
Legendary Artists and Frames-Of-Mind presented an “Artists In The Park” cultural event in New Richmond’s riverfront Haussermann Park July 14. Attended by more than 300 people, the event was designed to showcase the artistic talent in Clermont County while promoting the cultural aspect of New Richmond.
Farmers in Clermont County are all praying for one thing – rain. The few inches of rain that have fallen on the county in the past couple of weeks have helped, but have not changed the fact that, according to U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly, Clermont is still in the middle of a very severe drought. The Ohio State University Extension and the Farm Service Agency are very concerned with this lack of moisture and are expecting lower yields this year from the more than 900 farms in the county as a result of these dry conditions, especially in the southwestern portions of the county.
After what they describe as a successful year of implementation, the Milford schools administration will be making changes to their random drug testing program, hoping to test more students in a more effective fashion during the upcoming school year.
An exemption to the homestead act has expanded the tax break program on real estate for those age 65 and older across the state. The homestead act, which reduced the taxed value of real estate for older or disabled Ohio citizens, has been expanded in both scope and eligibility to give more residents a helping hand on their property tax.
Dr. Leonid Macheret has opened up a part-time medical office in the Medical Arts Building at Mercy Hospital Clermont. Russian-born Macheret specializes in occupational and preventive medicine for his patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and connective tissue disorders.
Troop Box Ministries has announced that they will sponsor a golf outing/scramble at the Cedar Trace Golf Club in Owensville Saturday, Aug. 18. Troop Box Ministries, which is located in Hamersville, is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 by sisters Diana Lawrence and Jean Johnston. The organization is committed to sending cards, letters, and boxes of supplies to American military troops fighting overseas.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced that it has set a new membership record with its current total of 230,473 official state members.