Batavia High School senior Lora Faris captured first place in the Batavia Rotary Club’s annual 4-way speech contest. “I am very happy,” a proud Faris said after her victory at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Feb. 26. “We all worked very hard on our presentations. I actually love to speak in front of people, so this whole experience has been very exciting for me. If people want to listen, I could talk all day.”
A little over a dozen Clermont high school students spent a snow day last week under the watchful eye of various law enforcement officials in the county. Members of the Look to Clermont class of 2007-2008, the students put a day of time off school to work getting to know more about the criminal justice system in the county, in order to make better leaders in the future.
Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery owners Bill and Patti Skvarla are searching for a local gentleman who visited the winery in the summer of 2007. The visitor brought with him to the winery a barrel stencil that he identified as a family heirloom.
Batavia Township will begin to look more closely at parking habits in developments around the township. After meeting with a concerned citizen, the township trustees are considering a requirement for developers that make placing no parking signs in cul-de-sacs mandatory.
The Child Focus, Inc. Head Start program has received commendations as a high quality program. Last week, a group of reviewers from the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, and California made that determination after seeing the Head Start program in action.
A program called the Ohio Benefit Bank is working to make sure that families can be certain of receiving their due tax refund in full and on time. The Benefit Bank, which recently opened a branch in Felicity, is currently providing free tax filing services to income eligible families. That, said Jane Beattie, who operates the new Felicity Benefit Bank, is important for local families.
Nutrition specialists with Milford schools are hoping to promote their healthier cafeteria fare with a little fun. A nutrition fair will be held on March 5 at Seipelt Elementary School from 6:30 – 8 p.m., and will be designed around promoting a healthy lifestyle while having a little fun.
To spread the message of traffic safety, members of the Felicity-Franklin School District teaching staff and the Ohio State Highway Patrol played a friendly yet competitive game of basketball in the Felicity High School gym Feb. 13.
The Amelia Middle School held a senior citizen’s fair Feb. 19. Attended by approximately 100 people, the senior fair was a way to show appreciation and to engender solidarity and goodwill between the West Clermont School District and the many seniors that live in the West Clermont community.
Due to a shortage of qualified families to house them, children in the county separated from their families by the Department of Job and Family Services are increasingly being moved to other Ohio counties to receive foster care. About two thirds of the children removed from their homes for whatever reason are unable to be kept locally, because there are not enough foster families available locally to deal with the demand.