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Scout completes Eagle project at Batavia Township Park

One local Boy Scout learned that the motto “be prepared” is more than something you memorize for scout meetings. While finishing his Eagle Scout project, Brian Kittrell found out that things don’t always go as planned. Recently, Kittrell and Batavia Township partnered to place 20 bluebird boxes in the new Batavia Township Park. The project, which effectively completed the requirements for Kittrell’s Eagle Scout project, came just days before Kittrell turned 18, the deadline to complete the necessary requirements to attain Eagle Scout status.

Founders’ Day held at Burke Park

Frog jumping, candle dipping, gospel singing, tomahawk throwing, pie eating, husband hollering, and a watermelon-eating contest were only a few of the popular events that attracted an estimated 1,000 people to the Bethel Founders’ Day Festival at Burke Park June 29-July 1. Last weekend’s successful Founders’ Day historical festival was the first such celebration of its kind since the village of Bethel celebrated its bicentennial in 1998. Bethel is second only to Williamsburg, which was founded in 1796, as the oldest village in Clermont County.

Economic Development Committee moving forward in New Richmond

The New Richmond Economic Development Committee is moving forward with its mission of revitalizing the economy and making the village a family-oriented destination. The economic development committee is made up of more than 30 concerned village residents.

Organic Farm at Bear Creek certified to meet all USDA organic standards

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, located in Washington Township near the village of Chilo, is a family enterprise that produces high quality and certified organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Care must be taken with fireworks

Celebrating our national birthday has long been an explosive affair. Fireworks, a warm-weather friend to many, can wow an audience and spread wonder and cheer among both children and adults. Each year, millions include the purchase and detonation of commercial grade fireworks into their July 4 or Labor Day celebrations.

Charity event to raise money for disease research

Members of a local charity dedicated to wiping out a rare disease are hoping to promote healing through a little fun. CURED, or the Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease, will be holding their second annual bowl-a-thon on July 7 at Cherry Grove Sports Center. All proceeds from the event will go to aid in research of the illness that often prevents people from being able to eat.

Utopia Cakes opens in river village

The Meece family of Utopia has turned a love of baking into a home enterprise. Utopia Cakes, a home bakery that sells old-fashioned gourmet cakes, opened for business last September.

Harmony Hill Vineyards’ ‘Cellar on the Hill’ opens

The Harmony Hill Vineyards & Estate Winery in Bethel celebrated its Memorial Day grand opening last month with the addition of an interesting underground wine cave. Taking 10 months of planning and six months of actual construction to complete.

Kennedy-Stevens Funeral Home sold

The Kennedy-Stevens Funeral Home, a landmark on Plane Street in Bethel, was recently purchased by E.C. Nurre Funeral Homes. The purchase of the funeral home marks E.C. Nurre’s most recent expansion.

Cable bill signed by Governor

Senate Bill 117, which was signed into Ohio State Law by Governor Ted Strickland June 25, could provide either a significant benefit or equally significant drawback to Ohio residents. Depending on who you talk to, the bill has the potential to bring better cable television services at a better price to residents, but could in fact backfire, say opponents.


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