A “dry hydrant” will soon be available for fighting fires in eastern Batavia Township after board action at the Batavia Township board of trustees. Last week, they approved a joint-easement plan with Williamsburg Township to allow the installation of the fire hydrant, which will draw water from a pond instead of from a water line. Paul Berringer of the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District spoke on behalf of the plan, which would give firefighters a much-needed boost in that area, should a fire ever occur.
Renee King, Felicity-Franklin Middle School Teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist, has been awarded the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Award from ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank.
The Bethel Village Council is hoping to clean up a dangerous and frustrating problem at the westernmost traffic light in town, where motorists attempting to beat traffic have caused numerous accidents in past weeks looping through parking lots to catch lights. The dangerous synchronized routine has caused frustration in the village, as well as injuries, and has the council baffled as to a solution.
A 2-year-old girl named Cecilia Slaby was found dead inside her mother’s parked car in the Glen Este Middle School parking lot Aug. 23. Slaby had been left in a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicle by her mother, Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby, while she attended an in-service day for school staff and administration to prepare for the first day of school Aug. 23.
Several dangling issues were tied up at the Aug. 27 Bethel Village Council meeting, including a county inspection of a building that had been described at the previous meeting as a clear and present danger to the residents of the village. According to village business owner Russ Whitley, an abandoned structure on the west end of town behind the Sunoco station was in danger of collapse.
CASA for Clermont Kids, an organization that helps children in the court system who have been abused or neglected to find stability, will be the beneficiaries of a unique auction activity. Queen City Direct Sales Network will be holding a monthly quarter auction, the proceeds of which will be given to CASA to help the non-profit operate and touch lives.
The best in local food and entertainment is once again coming to downtown Batavia as part of the 4th annual Taste of Clermont, Sept. 7 – 9. The annual taste, to be held from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, is sponsored by the Village Association of Batavia and will feature returning local restaurants as well as several new participants.
A benefit concert was held at the Lovin’s Ball Field Aug. 24 to raise money to build the Farquar family a brand new home. The concert was sponsored by The Center Pointe Christian Church, in partnership with the Landmark Baptist Church. The concert attracted more than 100 people and raised more than $23,000 in cash, construction material, and labor.
Amelia officials are hoping to widen the narrow stretch of Main Street that runs through the village. In 2000, the village adopted an in-depth comprehensive plan with many goals and objectives that reflect the aspiration of Amelia residents (and council) in order to achieve the highest possible quality economic, social, and environmental vitality for the village, said administrator Mark Menz.
Get ready to deck out those dogs and costume those cats. Animals of all sorts are invited to participate in Batavia’s first annual Clermont Critter Costume Parade.