April is National Autism Awareness Month and a “Walk Now for Autism” event is scheduled for Saturday, May 16. The event includes many families from Clermont County and is set to begin 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Coney Island, in Cincinnati. The walk route will be approximately one to two miles, running through the park. Registration begins 8 a.m. at Coney Island, located 6201 Kellogg Avenue, in Cincinnati.
Several new businesses opened their doors in Williamsburg recently and Mayor Mary Ann Lefker officially welcomed them to the village during the council meeting Thursday, April 9. Four new businesses were announced: PC Mechanic, 314 West Main Street; Louiso Photography, 220 West Main Street; DelVest Restaurant, 305 S. Fifth Street and Shaved Ice, corner of S. Fifth and Spring streets.
Former township trustee Debbie Clepper addressed the Batavia Township Board of Trustees regarding the progress of the Williamsburg-Batavia Hike Bike Trail April 7. The planned 13-mile trail, which will reach from Williamsburg through East Fork State Park, into the campgrounds and end in Batavia, has been 10 years in planning. According to Clepper, the organizers are starting to see progress.
Clermont Northeastern Middle School teachers have several new interactive teaching tools available to them after their requests were granted from the Parent Teacher Organization. According to Principal Heather Powell, the PTO asked middle school teachers for their input regarding purchasing new technology for the students and the teachers requested Smartboards and MP3 players.
There is a new dimension adding to rush hour traffic in the Village of Bethel. In an effort to cut expenses, the Bethel-Tate board of education changed to a tier busing system on March 30. The elimination of high school busing and the change of starting and ending times at the high school and primary school are creating a scheduling problem for many families and a traffic back-up within the village.
A Batavia girl was among five finalists in a recent recipe contest held by Jif Peanut Butter. Morgan Cox, 11, a sixth grade student at St. Louis Catholic School, in Owensville, was a runner-up with her Peanut Butter Fruit Pockets recipe. The Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest accepted recipes from around the nation from August through November 2008. The company received more than 1,000 recipes during the seventh annual contest.
Governor Ted Strickland was in Cincinnati last week and announced that Hamilton and Clermont counties will receive $20 million in stimulus money for the Eastern Corridor project. According to Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey, the money will be used for a preliminary engineering and environmental study for a multi-modal program of improvement.
The Clermont Family YMCA located in Batavia is completing its annual fund-raiser and the state of the economy is affecting donations. According to Erin Wood, membership director, many area businesses that have given in the past are unable to help this year. Their goal of $44,200 is more than $15,000 short of being reached and some of the family-focused services may see cuts in the coming months.
The U.S. Census Bureau has set up operations in Clermont County and local workers have begun the first step toward getting an accurate count for the 2010 census. Nationwide, more than 140,000 census workers will participate in the address canvassing operation, assuring that every housing unit receives a census questionnaire in March 2010.
It has been nine years in preparation, but Clermont County and other western Ohio counties on the route are very close to having signs erected and information published pertaining to the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail.