During the current economic crisis and with the health care industry in turmoil, the Veterans Administration is offering veterans an alternative to meet all their health care needs. A new VA Medical Center Clinic opened its doors Sept. 1 and doctors, nurses and administrators are now meeting the health care needs of more than 3,300 veterans at the facility.
During the Disabled American Veterans National Convention held Aug. 22 – 25 in Denver, Colo., two area men were elected to national positions. Colonel Joseph Johnston was elected to the position of 4th Junior Vice Commander for the year 2009-2010.
Clermont County is introducing a free discount drug card program that is available to everyone in the county, regardless of age, income, health, or employment status.
The fourth annual Art Affaire at Promont House Museum will be held from 12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 12. The event will feature local artists in various media, including painting, pottery, wood carving, jewelry, fiber arts and wearables, and more.
The 2009 Autism Expo will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Live Oaks Campus in Milford. This is a free event for families and teachers of students with autism.
The Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky alpaca community will host the fourth Annual Alpaca Gala from noon – 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. The event will be held at the New Richmond Alpaca Farm located 1240 Bethel-New Richmond Road. Organizers invite the public to this free event to learn more about alpacas and find out about purchasing alpacas.
The Taste of Clermont is celebrating its sixth year with some new events, including the state finals for the Colgate Country Showdown on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Eastgate Mall parking lot. Seven bands are on the schedule for the competition and will be representing areas from around the state. They will be performing beginning 6:30 p.m. and are expected to conclude about 9:30 p.m.
The second annual Lantern Lighting Ceremony will be held from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The event was launched in 2008 and met with such success among township residents and their guests that the organizers have scheduled it again this year.
President Barack Obama spoke to students in schools around the country at noon Tuesday, Sept. 8 in a live presentation. However, with the controversy surrounding the possible political ramifications of the speech and the short notice to prepare for the presentation, many schools in Clermont County opted not to present the speech to students.
The parents of an 11-day-old infant girl who died Dec. 20, 2008 were in court on Aug. 28. Samantha Smith, 25, of Loveland and John Foster, 26, of Milford were each charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering children in the death of their daughter.