LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS - Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Ashley M. Cooper has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training Cooper studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Cooper is the daughter of Dennis Cooper of Creekside Drive, Loveland, Ohio, and a 2003 graduate of Loveland High School.
Army National Guard Pvt. Brian P. Welling has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma.
During the eight weeks of training, Welling studied the Army mission and received instruction in drill and ceremonies, rifle marksmanship, weapons, map reading, tactics, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions, and special training in human relations.
Welling is the son of William and Jackie Welling of Ashwood Drive, Loveland, Ohio.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS - The Loveland Stage Company is bringing the Madcap Puppets to Loveland for two shows on January 14.
"Mosey on down to the farm and learn about life cycle science in this hilarious new puppet play. Animal environments, life cycles of organisms (the talking egg is a hoot), and food chains are cleverly woven into traditional folktales."
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,
The Freaky Flying Beak.
Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre is a nonprofit, touring children's theater company, which combines giant puppets with actors to create a unique style of puppet theater. Madcap introduces children to a whole new concept of puppetry, "one that allows all the elements of theater to be combined in an artistic and educational performance." Madcaps are now in their twenty-first year.
January 14, 4 PM and 7 PM at the Loveland Stage Company Theater, 111 S. 2nd Street (St. Rt. 48) in Historic Downtown Loveland, Ohio. Admission is $8.00 for all ages. Call (513) 677-1409 for tickets.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – A lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Loveland's Solicitation and Peddling ordinances has resulted in Loveland City Council declaring an "Emergency" to change the law's wording.
The Federal law suit was filed by Lisa Mason, Mark W. Miller and Suzanne LaChapelle. They alleged their right to go door-to-door to distribute leaflets and talk to city residents, was prohibited by a law that required them to first obtain permission from the city manager and pay a fee.
Mason is a former Loveland resident, Miller is a resident of Hamilton County, and LaChapelle is a current resident of the City. They told the court they wanted to distribute leaflets and other material to private residences and business properties, and circulate referendum and initiative petitions, but that the City's Soliciting, Hawking, and Peddling ordinance prohibited them from doing so. They wanted to tell local citizens about the, "oppressive government tax policies" and "overzealous and disproportionate" criminal prosecutions in Loveland" but were fearful of being prosecuted under the law.
The issue arose after national uproar over the prosecution of Loveland resident Deborah Combs for owing $1.16 in back taxes, and for failure to file Loveland tax returns for three years she owed no money. Mason faces similar charges over $0.50 in back taxes
The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Michael Watson on December 1 after City attornies told the Judge that they did not intend to restrain or interfere with the Plaintiffs right to participate in any of the activities. The court concluded that even though the law "could have been more artfully crafted," and amid assurances from the City that they would not interfere with the plaintiff's first amendment rights, prosecution under the law was not remotely possible. Because of these factors, the Judge ruled that the plaintiff's had no legal "standing" to challenge the law's constitutionality.
In response to the case being dismissed, a press release was issued by Tom Carroll, Interim City Manager for the City of Loveland, titled, "Federal Judge Dismisses Frivolous Lawsuit Filed Against Loveland." Carroll said, "Mr. Finney and Mr. Adams have made some very negative statements and allegations about Loveland in the media and in their lawsuits. I think the Judge’s dismissal of the case shows that they are off the mark both legally and in terms of their public comments. I hope they recognize they are doing a disservice by making such strong, negative comments about municipal government." Christopher Finney and Steven Adams are representing the three plaintiffs.
However, at he end of the regular City Council meeting of December 13, Council declared an emergency and passed changes to the Solicition and Peddleing ordinances.
Consideration of the ordinance was not on the published agenda for the meeting and not discussed until the meeting was about to be adjourned. The ordinance was read by title only - "Ordinance Amending Chapter 731 and Declaring an Emergency." The city solicitor discussed some of the wording changes, but neither he, nor councilmembers discussed the need of an emergency being declared to change the language of an ordinance they had recently defended in Federal Court.
The ordinance now exempts "Individuals" from its provisions.
"This Ordinance is hereto determined to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety and welfare of the City of Loveland. Also it is necessary to further clarify at the earliest date possible that Codified Ordinance Section 731 is not designed to restrict individuals from engaging in religious, charitable or political speech or the distribution of religious, charitable or political literature and this Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon it passage."
The three had asked the Federal Court to strike down as unconstitutional sections of the Loveland Code of Ordinances dealing with solicitation on private residences, and the requirement to obtain a permit before distributing material to private property.
Before the law was changed, charitable organizations and candidates for public office could distribute literature on private property without first obtaining permission from the city manager, but individuals were not exempt. The lawsuit claimed that before individuals could go on private property, they must first disclose their identity to, and ask permission from the city manager before speaking to their neighbors.
Lawyer, Finney had already appealed the court decision before Loveland changed the law. He said in a phone interview that he was not aware of council's action, but it would not affect the pursuit of the appeal. "We've sued six or eight communities with similar laws, and they have all done the same thing - change their laws." Finney said that this only means they have accomplished one of their goals, to get the law in line with the U.S. Constitution. "But my clients had already suffered damages under the old law."
Washington, DC - I have
always believed that southern Ohio is home to some of the most
charitable, good-hearted people on earth. The spirit of giving is
present year round, but is especially strong during the holidays. As
I've traveled throughout the Second District over the years and during
this holiday season, I have witnessed again and again the strong sense
of charity in our communities. The spirit of giving is the backbone of
our area, and it is alive in our schools, places of worship, hospitals,
community charities and non-profit organizations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Guard Bureau has announced a unique opportunity for the youth of America. Students who will be high school juniors or seniors by August 2006 are eligible to participate in the National Guard's Youth Rendezvous essay contest. Ten students from each state and territory will be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and earn an all-expenses-paid trip to North Dakota August 13-18, 2006.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS – In a breakout game for his team and himself, and a game where scoring was spread among 11 players, Senior Ross Siekman scored 29 points to lead the Loveland Tigers over Walnut Hills on Thursday, December 22 at Loveland High School.
Loveland 83 Walnut Hills 57.
Eleven Tigers were in the scoring column with 31 points coming off the bench.
Against a quick, but smaller Walnut Hills team, Loveland was able to grab defensive rebounds that led to many layups for the Tigers. Siekman also pulled down 5 offensive and 6 defensive rebounds and blocked one shot. He shot 12 for 16 from the field and put in 5 of six foul shots.
Siekman said his previous game high was 18 points and that the game was the best his team had played all season.
Senior Kurt Texiera coming off the bench put in 3 for 5 from the field and a perfect 6 for 6 from the foul line to contribute 13 points. Senior Rich Dowd scored 9 and Junior Justin Gaton 8.
Loveland's record stands at 2 wins and 1 loss in the conference and 2 wins and 4 losses overall. They next play Amelia High School, who are also 2-1 in league play, at home on January 3.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – Bobbie Joe Miller is a 2005 graduate of Loveland High School and enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. He is on leave from training at Fort Knox in Kentucky until the first of the year. Miller will be a crew member on an M1A1 tank.
While at home in the Loveland area, he is assigned to help local recruiters. He said he is not yet sure what his next assignment will be, but is assuming he will go to the 29 Palms Air Ground Combat Center in southern California's Mojave Desert or the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, south of Los Angeles. He also said that he will certainly serve a tour of duty in Iraq in the coming year.
Miller said that as he is out about in public and in air ports, people regularly come up to him and thank him for his service. He said that older veterans especially , “get real emotional” and he has seen tears come to their eyes as they thank him. Miller said that even though he has not seen combat yet, he does appreciate the attention he gets.
On Tuesday morning, Miller stopped to help load presents and bicycles onto a Loveland School Bus that was heading to the Loveland Firefighter's Hall for the Annual Toy Store sponsored by the Loveland Initiative.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – When asked what were the best gifts the community gave to the Loveland Initiative's Annual toy Store, Lil Lane said, “All of the volunteers.”
Lane also said that 100% of the money raised from the event, where parents can purchase new, unwrapped gifts for their children, goes to the scholarship fund given annually by the Initiative to help area youth attend college. “The way to break the circle of poverty is through education. You've heard me say this a hundred times, but I really believe it to be true.” Lane explained that besides all of the toys that have been donated, everything required to put on the event is also donated by area residents, churches, organizations, neighborhood associations, and local businesses. “All of the wrapping paper, ribbon, scotch tape, food for volunteers, even the plastic garbage bags the moms use to carry the presents home.”
The decade old program was originally started and the rules established, by mothers in the community that couldn't afford to buy their own children Christmas presents. Other community volunteers chipped in to make the program a success. The toys are all brand new and unwrapped. Individuals, community groups, and businesses have toy drive programs to support the project, the Loveland schools also participate with their own toy collections.
The program was always meant as a way the working poor and others living in poverty, could select the gifts themselves from the rows and rows of tables lined with toys, yet have the dignity of purchasing the gifts and not feeling they were just getting a handout from an unknown person that decided what their children wanted or needed as a Christmas gift.
Prices are marked at the end of each table and are sold, “pennies on the dollar” compared to their true store price. A one dollar table, followed by a two dollar table, etc. Nothing sells for more than five dollars, except the four bicycles collected at Loveland High School. They sold for $10 each.
Volunteer Lisa Mason excitedly brought a Cabbage Patch Doll and showed that they still have the “adoption papers” inside. She said this was one of the favorite toys they had at the Toy Store. “Still, after all these years,” she said. Her Daughter Brianna Brooks said that on Tuesday night when they were setting up everything getting ready for all of the shoppers to come in on Wednesday, that she and some twenty-year old volunteers, who were ten years her senior, couldn't help but play with an electronic game called “20 Questions.” She said, “It cracked me up beating the older guys. It was fun.”
In its first year the proceeds from the sale bought a new computer that was used by the students at the Cool School; the after-school tutoring program held in the community center at the Westover Village Apartments. The Loveland Initiative was called the Loveland Shalom Initiative at the time. It was after a local resident of Westover and Loveland High School graduate, Tracy Johnson, died from a lifelong battle with Muscular Dystrophy, that the proceeds started being put into a scholarship fund bearing her name. Johnson had become a hero to the children and the adults at the Cool School because of her heroic struggles to get into, and stay in college in spite of her degenerative disease. At one point, Johnson nearly died while attending Wright State University in Dayton when the aid that was assigned to her, left her alone in her dorm room for a weekend without care. Every time that Johnson seemed on her way to getting the college degree she so badly wanted, her disease interfered with her dreams.
Terri Rogers, President of the Loveland Initiative said some of the popular gifts that were donated for older children were bath and body products, “a lot of DVD's. and nice clothing such as Bengals and Bearcat wear.”
Rogers said that more than twenty-five adult volunteers helped with the set-up, the sale, and the clean-up. More that thirty students from Loveland High School's Student Council also volunteered. On Monday they helped load the gifts from the Initiative Center at Westover, into a Loveland school bus, and helped deliver them to the Loveland Firefighter's Hall on Karl Brown Way. Use of he “Bingo Hall” for the Toy Store was another donation from the community. On Wednesday, after parents shopped for their Children's presents, the Loveland students wrapped each of the gifts for them.
Rogers said by the end of Wednesday, they will have helped seventy-nine families, 146 children, fifty-eight grandchildren, and thirty-one teenagers.
Other area residents brought Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the volunteers on Wednesday morning and one local woman bought all of the volunteers dinner at McDonald s on Tuesday night.