Bethel’s annual Christmas Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 1 as part of the village’s Down Home Christmas Celebration. The parade, which started at the Bethel Church of the Nazarene and ended at William Bick Elementary Primary School, featured floats sponsored by local churches and businesses, the Bethel-Tate Middle/High School marching band, antique cars and tractors decorated for the season, and many other participants.
Progress continues to be the buzzword of the day for the new Clermont County Homeless Shelter project. Billie Kuntz, executive director of community action, said that the project is shaping up well and could be completed by summer if all goes as planned.
Two members of the Batavia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were recognized recently by their coworkers because of the effort they put into their work. Trooper Christopher Krantz and Dispatcher Ron Newman were each selected by coworkers as trooper and dispatcher of the year respectively.
The status of a war memorial project to be located in Batavia Township is at the same time more solid and less sure than ever. A presentation given by the memorial committee to the Batavia Township Trustees disclosed both a great deal of time and thought put into the memorial’s design.
The managers of the Burke Trust have extended a cautious support for the restoration and preservation of the Accord Cabins in Burke Park. The cabins, which have been falling into disrepair in recent years, were slated for sale and removal a year ago before a committee of concerned citizens formed to preserve the cabins in their current location.
They have illuminated the past and are now almost ready to shed light on the future of the village of Batavia. Always mindful and devoted to preserving the rich history of Batavia, The Village Association of Batavia is in the process of restoring the unique custom-made lampposts that have been lighting the village bridge over the East Fork of the Little Miami River for nearly a century.
This year’s annual Down Home Christmas celebration in Bethel will be expanded to include activities sponsored by the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee and Bethel Burke Park Cabin Committee. “A Pioneer Christmas” will be held in conjunction with the Down Home Christmas parade and celebration, and will include a number of activities centered around the Accord Cabins in Burke Park. The goal is to celebrate Christmas the “pioneer way.
Milford’s 23rd annual Hometown Holidays Frosted Event was once again a holiday success. Twinkling, scintillating lights, the exuberant laughter of children, the delightful bell-jangling clod of horse feet, and a merry saxophonist performing Christmas music were but a few of the mirthful sights and sounds that accompanied festival-goers as they casually strolled through the decorated streets of old Milford Nov. 23-25.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees expressed gratitude to a Boy Scout last week for his beautification efforts at the township park. Daniel Donaworth, a scout looking to complete a project for his Eagle Scout ranking, approached the township to see if there was anything he could do in the park to help out. The township was able to oblige, giving Donaworth the chance to go the extra half mile.
The investigation is deepening into drug possession charges for a Union Township family. A search warrant executed at a residence on Oct. 22 by the Union Township Police and the Clermont County Narcotics Unit resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old on drug and weapons charges.