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.
The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Eastern Area, recently honored a number of individuals for their volunteering spirit at an annual breakfast banquet. The event noted the efforts of several people who have given a lot of their time and energy to helping people. Honored were volunteers in four categories. The Midland Company was chosen for the campaign leadership award, based on their work in helping the United Way to raise money to support social service efforts throughout the region.
Clermont 20/20 youth student leaders have donated $500 to the Batavia James Sauls Homeless Shelter. As part of a required group project for Look to Clermont, the youth leadership initiative of Clermont 20/20, the students held a fund-raiser at the Milford Bowling Lanes on St. Patrick’s Day to raise the donated funds which were presented to the shelter in an informal check presentation ceremony April 18. Bethel-Tate High School junior Tammy Guseman said that they chose the shelter because they wanted to ease the stress and ‘help out’ the homeless population in the county.
The Pierce Township Police Department has arrested a suspect in a violent home invasion/aggravated robbery that occurred Tuesday morning, April 10. The police department said that at approximately 2 a.m., Lloyd Sill, 35, and two black male accomplices help up four people at gunpoint in a Pierce Township home located on Culver Court.