Amelia police officer and Marine Corps MP Matt Braden, 26, is being deployed to Iraq for a one-year tour of duty. In honor of his willingness to serve the United States in this time of war, Lance Corporal Braden was honored by Amelia Mayor Mike Scharf and the Amelia council at the village’s regular meeting Nov. 19.
The Union Township Fire Department promoted or hired a number of men and women last week, adding four to their roster of lieutenants. The public servants and their families filled the township meeting room for the promotion ceremony, which took place during the November board of trustees meeting.
Members of the River Valley Longbeards, Clermont County’s National Wild Turkey Federation chapter, were full of cheer and enthusiasm at the YWCA last week. Members of the outdoors club were on-hand for their third annual donation of turkeys to the YWCA’s food pantry for families in need of a Thanksgiving meal.
In Williamsburg, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Trains of Williamsburg Christmas event chugs and rolls into the village the weekend of Dec. 7-8. The annual holiday family event, which has been a 20-year tradition in the village, is a community walk and a weekend of festive activities designed to bring attention to the businesses in the village and also a way for residents to enjoy the holiday.
Like Nick’s life, it will be remembered. The third annual Nick Erdy Foundation benefit dinner, dance, and auction was held at the Norlyn Manor in Batavia Nov. 17. The fund-raiser, which attracted more than 400 people, was an enormous success, said Nick’s mother Jane Erdy.
The Clermont County Crisis Hotline, (513) 528-SAVE (7283), has been awarded accreditation for another three years by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). This recent accreditation announcement marks the second consecutive time that the Clermont Hotline has received the award from the Washington D.C.-based AAS organization.
Three surprised staff members of the Felicity-Franklin School District received Patriot Awards at a Veteran’s Day Assembly Nov. 9. Felicity-Franklin superintendent Bill Shepherd, assistant superintendent Glenn Moore, and seventh grade language arts teacher Heather Taulbee were recognized.
A little community involvement went a long way in diffusing a bit of excitement in Bethel last week. Police Chief John Wallace told the village council that the help of several citizens helped corner and capture three car thieves that were spotted at a local store.
Ohio 88th House District Representative Danny Bubp will see his public service move into a far more intense theater of action than Columbus next year. Bubp, a Marine reservist, has been called to active duty in Al Anbar province, an area near the insurgent hotspot of Fallujah. Bubp will be leaving soon to undergo training for the role, which will take him overseas in January and keep him busy for about six months.
The West Clermont School District has breathed a sigh of relief and is not wasting any time in planning the replacement of the two schools that district voters approved with the passage of last week’s $30 million bond issue. West Clermont School District Director of Operations Edward Dyer travelled to Columbus Nov. 12 to meet with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to begin the planning stages.