The Department of Veterans Affairs has produced it's annual year-end report to the congress, and for the third year running, the rate at which the V.A. acts to render decisions on disability claims fell further behind.
While the goal is to make determinations within 125 days, the reality is, on average it takes a claim 183 days to be acted on.
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OHIO - Recycling just got easier in Deerfield Township. We now provide residents with the opportunity to drop off items to be recycled at dumpsters located at the Township’s three fire stations located at 8375 Snider Road (Station 56); 3380 Townsley Drive (Station 57); and 2095 Kings Mills Road (Station 58).
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, 0HIO - Deerfield Township has openings on various boards for interested residents who wish to serve. Individuals 18 years of age or older should submit a resume and letter stating why they wish to volunteer on a board by the deadline date indicated. Send applications to: Deerfield Township, 4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 180, Mason, Ohio 45040.
Deerfield Township Electronic Program Gets the Message Out
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OHIO - Reaching 29,000 residents is as easy as clicking a mouse, thanks to Deerfield Township’s C-Notify electronic system. This program enables us to alert residents about news that affects their lives — water boil advisories, meeting notices, hydrant flushing, road closures, meeting minutes, Deerfield Digest, or Homeowner Association news.
The system is now up and running, confidential and easy for residents to participate.
Residents should email their preference of notification — email or phone — which we will enter into our database. When a water boil or hydrant flushing is issued, they will be instantly notified. It’s easy and fast, so stay up to the minute on issues that affect your life and send your information to Director of Public Relations Ms. Fran M. Klatte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Original Rockin' Musical
A musical revue with singing, dancing
and the charm of Santa and “Mrs.” Claus
welcoming all to holiday festivities.
Director: Connie Hatfield
Producer: Joyce Stottmann
Choreography: Marjorie Clegg
Music Director: Dennis W. Duvall.
Show Dates: November 30th, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9th
Fri. & Sat @ 8 pm Sunday 3 pm Contact:Joyce Stottmann (513) 770-4342
and Connie Hatfield (513) 683-7639
The November Character Quality of the Month is Determination. It is defined as "Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition." The opposite is Faintheartedness.
To practice Determination , "I will" statements for children and adults alike are: I will.
Make sure my goals are right
Not allow others to discourage me
Face problems head on
My wife Nancy and I attended a book signing recently at Lunken Airport and got to meet Loren Long. He is an illustrator who has done artwork for many children's books, including The Little Engine That Could and a book by Madonna. He was very humble, and he talked of his love for books and baseball and kids and his family. His paintings are, in my mind, remarkable, because they harken back to an earlier era, as do the subjects of many of his books. Ironically, he was seated under some of the murals which grace the lobby of Lunken Airport Terminal. They were painted in 1937 by William Harry Gothard and were part of the New Deal's Works Progress Administration commissions. It struck me that his style of painting was similar to that of Mr. Gothard. Mr. Long agreed and said that he was happy to be able to see the murals again and to keep that style alive.
I mention Loren Long because I believe that he is an example of what I think of as a Cincinnati Treasure. By that, I mean a person who has attained a measure of national or international fame, but who chooses to remain in and around Cincinnati. Examples would be Erich Kunzel of the Cincinnati Pops; Anthony Munoz, Hall of Fame Bengal; C. F. Payne, Jim Borgman, or John Ruthven, famed artists who continue to live and work here; Nick Clooney, Cincinnati Post columnist and commentator; or even Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef and restauranteur. These Cincinnati Treasures are skilled enough, and enjoy enough fame, that they could move to a more prestigious city to operate. Why do they stay here? I'm not privy to their inner thoughts, of course. But I suspect that they do it, at least in part, out of Determination. Being a big fish in a small pond, or a big fish in a more prestigious pond, does not motivate them.To them,
Being a local Treasure does not mean one is perfect or wholly fulfilled. In the musical "Camelot," which recently played in Cincinnati, Lancelot asks King Arthur whether he ever doubted that the Round Table would succeed. Arthur says, "Of course. Only a fool never doubts." I believe that Cincinnati Treasures have attained their level of acclaim not because they are perfectly confident. Rather, they often harbor self-doubts which in many cases push them harder and higher and farther. Maybe reassuring themselves of their worth drives them; it's not about impressing the people on the East or West Coasts.
What about Loveland? Don't we have "Loveland Treasures?" Aren't there people here who could be somewhere bigger and better? If we are lucky enough to keep certain people around here as our own Treasures, we need to praise their Determination. I urge you to seek out our local Treasures. Thank them for the rest of us. Their Determination helps Loveland to Determine its success.
Bill Croskey, NCSP, is the Loveland Intermediate and Middle School Psychologist
Kaitlyn is the 17-year-old daughter of one of our members and attended Little Miami Schools. Kaitlyn was tragically killed on Oct. 13, 2007 in an auto accident. The members of Goshen Fire and EMS and Milford Community Fire Department will be busing tables to benefit the Gentry family. Come join them for dinner, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of your bill to the Gentry family.
MORROW, OHIO - Little Miami High School students led a campaign to ensure the tragic death of junior Kaitlyn Gentry will save the lives of others.
Student Government Representatives at Little Miami High School led an initiative to get more than 2,000 signatures for a petition to change the intersection of Edwardsville Road and Middleboro Road in Harlan Twp. to a four-way stop. The petition calls for the installation of "dangerous intersection" warning signs and a four-way flashing red stop light. The signatures were delivered to Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison.
Mr. Tunison said the county is considering installing flashing red lights will to the stop sign on Edwardsville Road in about a month. Flashing yellow lights would be erected on Middleboro Road.
MORROW, OHIO - Little Miami Intermediate School students are becoming more energy conscious by participating in the Ohio Energy Project. Sixth grade science teachers Julie Bradbury and Stephanie Jauch are using their Encore time to teach students about energy conservation and efficiency.
The teachers were among 77 selected from across the state to participate in the 7-unit program, which provides materials for teaching the lessons. Sponsored by the Ohio Energy Project, this program teaches energy concepts and conservation strategies correlated to both the National Science Education Content Standards and the Ohio Department of Education Science Standards. Additionally, both teachers have received over $500.00 in equipment, supplies, and materials to support the pilot program.
Students received booklets with energy saving tips and actual products to improve conservation and energy efficiency at home. For example, students installed low-flow shower heads and kitchen sink aerators at home, in conjunction with an experiment at school on water conservation. During another experiment, students tested the difference in energy given off by an incandescent light bulb and a CFL bulb.
"Teaching students about energy conservation is a must," Ms. Bradbury explained. "As they become adults, they will have to find alternative energy sources."
Shown is sixth-grader Ashley Ingram taking a thermometer reading of an incandescent light bulb.