The Clermont Transportation Connection is hoping to further increase service to county residents through the creation of a new scheduled bus route later this month. A dedicated route, which will run from New Richmond to Cincinnati, will be a new daily service that may grow, said CTC director Ben Capelle.
An estimated 300 Clermont County residents participated in this year’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica held at East Fork State Park April 28. For the past 37 years, the annual WalkAmerica event has been taking place to help the March of Dimes in its on-going fight to save premature babies. Karen Keller, the March of Dimes executive director, said that half a million premature babies are born every year in the United States (300 a year in Clermont County) and the annual incidence of preterm birth has increased 30 percent since 1983.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft has called off its search and recovery efforts for the two fishermen who disappeared on the William H. Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park earlier this month.
Milford resident Ralph Vilardo was appointed to the vacant seat on the Milford City Council April 18. Milford Mayor Kim McBeath appointed Vilardo, 41, to council after three secret ballots of the remaining five councilmembers failed to give any one of the three interested candidates a majority for the appointment. The Milford City charter dictates that the city mayor is the one to make the appointment under those unique circumstances.
More than 2,000 people attended the open house at Grant’s Farm and Nursery April 21-22. Grant’s has two locations. Grant’s Farm and Greenhouses are located at 5552 Bucktown Road, which is 13 miles east of Milford off State Route 50. Grant’s Garden Center is located at 2115 State Route 131, between Day Heights and Newtonsville.
Miami Township celebrated the opening of its newest park attraction last week, and the visitors to the new facility were wagging and drooling with delight. The “bark park,” located in Miami Meadows Park, is a park facility designed to give dogs a fun, park time experience that is more than run-of-the-mill.
The Bethel Village Council may soon be clear of the old Bethel Swim Club property. The council voted April 24 to proceed with a sale to a township couple who will, as part of the sale agreement, annex into the village. The sale of the property will benefit the village recreation fund by helping to maintain and make improvements to the existing park area in Bethel.
A peaceful-sounding creek located down from Marriott Road in Brown County’s Lewis Township flows opposite the site of a tragic and outrageous crime that occurred last summer. But thanks to the efforts of some workers who labored April 21, what had been a ugly sight because of what it represented has turned into a humble-appearing and poignant monument dedicated to the memory of a 3-year-old autistic boy named Marcus Fiesel.
The Clermont County Fair Board tried something a bit different this year, holding a contest to choose the winning design for the annual fair book cover. Each year, 40,000 fair books are printed and distributed in the county, and contain the schedule of events and descriptions of events held at the fair. This year was the first time a contest was used to determine the winning cover. Reed works locally as a photographer, graphic artist and webmaster. Many of the local village websites, he said, were designed by him, another area in which he has earned awards.
Amy Baker appeared in a Clermont County courtroom April 23 to fight being extradited to Mason County, Ky. for her role in and subsequent cover-up of the murder of three-year old foster child Marcus Fiesel. Mason County Ky. prosecutors have charged Baker with tampering with evidence, a class D felony which carries a minimum five-year jail sentence.