More than 60 people attended the departure party for Amelia police officer and Marine Corps MP Matt Braden, who is being deployed to Iraq this month. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington said that the open house, held in council chambers Feb. 26, was a way to honor Braden’s willingness to serve our country and to provide his family and friends the opportunity to thank him for the sacrifice during this precarious time of war.
Pierce Township has recently established two green space funds, one of which is in the memory of January Knoop, the deceased wife of Pierce Township trustee Christopher Knoop. The Jan Knoop Memorial Fund and the Pierce Township Memorial Fund, two different funds hoping to accomplish the same mission, were initiated by trustee Knoop last year.
Two new school buildings may be in the Batavia Local School District’s future, and district officials and residents have begun examining construction options. The Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state agency which helps local school districts fund, plan, design, build and renovate schools, last year conducted an assessment of Batavia’s school buildings and presented its findings to the district.
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.