Mike Scharf was sworn in as Amelia’s new mayor in council chambers Jan. 2 due to the surprise resignation of elected mayor Mark Menz. Menz resigned the Amelia mayoral post on Dec. 31 to become the new village administrator.
Forty first grade students at the Clermont Northeastern Primary School were treated to an entertaining puppet show performed by the CNE High school drama students Jan. 4. Calling themselves the Imagination Station Puppeteers, the high school drama students created and conceived the puppet show as a way to teach parables and life lessons through various short puppet vignettes.
The Union Township board of trustees will have to wait a little longer to make a decision as to the design of a new fire house. The new station is currently in the design stage, but a strong dose of winter illness has delayed that process for the near future.
The Batavia Township board of trustees approved a new contract to hire a second full-time deputy to patrol the township during their Jan. 9 meeting. The new deputy began work with the township on Jan. 3, bringing the number of deputies who patrol in Batavia Township only to two.
Clermont Northeastern Elementary School Dean of Students and physical education teacher Val Davis has received the 2006 Elementary Physical Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented annually by the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD).
The Morris Nursing Home in Bethel has been identified as one of the top 35 nursing homes in the state by the Ohio Department of Aging. In a 2006 survey completed by family members and loved ones, the Morris Nursing Home received an outstanding overall score of 94.2 percent, making it the only nursing home in Clermont County to rank in the survey. The Morris Nursing Home, which has been a nursing home for 55 years, employs 23 people and offers a nurse’s aide training program. It is an 18 bed, dual-license facility that offers everything from many wellness therapies and hospice care to rehabilitation.
Clermont County residents looking to purchase a home may benefit from a class being offered by the Clermont County Department of Community Planning and Development.
County veterinarian and New Richmond resident Daniel Meakin has recently returned from an African adventure. In October, Meakin, accompanied by his brother Chuck, enjoyed a two-week African safari, including a climb to the pinnacle of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Jamie Kinner came home one day and told her husband Michael that she had an idea, an exact vision of what she wanted to do. She wanted to open a coffee shop, but a different kind of coffee shop. Jamie and Michael Kinner both have professional food and beverage experience, and Jamie’s vision was realized with the shop’s opening Dec. 16.
After 24 years of service, the Small Business Development Center operated by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce was recognized by Governor Taft for the contributions they make to business in the region. John Melvin, Director of the SBDC, said that the center received written recognition recently for their efforts.