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 email@example.com.
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.
MORROW, OHIO - Little Miami High School PTO's "Holiday Home Tour" is on Saturday, December 1, from 4-8 PM. There will be refreshments and raffle items at each home. Ticket cost is $20 per person, and this includes admission to all seven homes, plus 5 free raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at each of the homes. For tickets, call Annette Megie at 513-899-4434, or Tracy Smith at 513-899-3444.
Pictures are from the home of Ted and Susan Ruoff in Morrow Meadows. Their home will feature a Christmas Village consisting of over 125 houses, a Crystal Christmas tree, and many holiday collections.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO - The Loveland school show choirs, By Request and Revolution, will present the holiday show, Carnival of Carols.
Santa will be there for photos. Frosty and Rudolph will entertain as well. there will be games, and prizes, and lunch will be available.
Loveland High School Saturday, December 8 Show Times: 11 AM and 1 PM Admission: Adults - $5.00, Children/Seniors - $3.00, Children under 3, admission is free Carnival game and food tickets are 2/$1.00 or 12/$5.00
Loveland ’s Middle and IntermediateSchool students collected more than 3,000 food items for the Loveland Food Pantry.
This is the seventh year for the annual “Pass It On” food drive sponsored by the Loveland M/INT PTSA. This year’s goal for students was 2,008 items and 3,081 items were collected, which was 153% over the goal. In addition, there was a cart and a half of food items donated that were not on the request list, like soups, muffin mixes, etc. The staff at LIS and LMS also collected two bins worth of gift wrap and supplies and additional food items. Over the course of the past seven years, Loveland staff and students have collected some 20,000 items for the pantry.
LOVELAND, OHIO - The Loveland High School Jazz Band and Orchestra will perform on 11/29.
Take time to get into the holiday spirit.
The Loveland High School Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Orchestra will be performing a holiday concert on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The groups will be performing a few holiday favorites and according to Band Director Mr. Maegly, "some fine jazz."
The free performance will be held at the Loveland High School Auditorium. Refreshments will be served.
LOVELAND, OHIO – Loveland United Methodist Church's Pat Blankenship says, “Join us in the Celebration. Experience the Hope, Peace, Love and Joy awaiting you this Christmas Season at Loveland United Methodist Church.”
Sunday Worship: 8:30, 9:30 & 10:45 AM
Nursery Care all morning; Sunday School: 9:30, 10:45 AM
The Living Nativity: Dec 1st & 2nd: 4:30 –7:30 PM
Christmas Cantata: Dec. 16th: 8:30 & 10:45 AM
Praise Band & Children’s Choirs: Dec. 16th: 9:30 AM
National Adoption Day
began in 2000 as a “collective national effort to raise awareness of the
114,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving
families,” according to nationaladoptionday.org. Since its inception,
nearly 17,000 foster children have been placed with families and more than
3,300 foster children were adopted on National Adoption Day last year.
The need to find families
for the 114,000 foster children whose parents’ parental rights have been
terminated is acute. It is estimated that the average foster child waits more
than 3 years to be adopted and, 21% of foster children waiting to be adopted will
wait 5 years or more. Each year, 25,000 foster children “age out”
of the system without ever having lived in a real family environment.
Statistics indicate that the future for these children is bleak.
The Loveland Initiative is proud once again to host the 10th Annual Christmas Toy Store. The Toy Store was created to help low income families who could not afford toys & gifts. Purchasing toys & gifts at a discount helps parents feel they are contributing to their child's Christmas.
We are committed to using the money raised by the Toy Store for the betterment of children and families in Loveland. The past eight years, the money raised has been used for the Tracy Johnson Scholarship Fund which assists a student to further his or her education. We are very proud that twelve college scholarships have been awarded to Loveland graduates. Each year, we award a $1500 scholarship. Any additional money raised will go towards our other educational programs. We feel one of the ways to empower people is through education and is the way to break the cycle of poverty. Without you we can not offer to help these children. We will be accepting donations of NEW UNWRAPPED toys and gifts for children, preteens and teens ages newborn to 18.
Drop off NEW UNWRAPPED Toys & Gifts Every Monday between 6:30pm-8:30pm Starting November 26th & December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and Saturday Dec 22nd At The Loveland Initiative 405 Loveland Madeira Rd. Across the street from the Goodwill and United Dairy Farmers Contact Information Terri Rogers 677-1057(home) & 255-6821(cell) Lill Lane 774-7878
Last minute items can be dropped off at the Loveland Fireman's VFW Hall (227 East Loveland Avenue) Tuesday December 18 2:00pm-7:00pm, Wednesday December 19 2:00pm-7:00pm and Thursday December 20 12:00 noon-8:00pm. We can also make arrangements to pick up gifts. In addition to gifts we always need volunteers for pick-up wrapping, displays and transportation. We are confident that our community will once again come together to help the children and families in Loveland. Please feel free to call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your help!
Bill Moyers Asks: What is the Meaning of the Nooses?
In this week's JOURNAL, Bill Moyers put the following question to Dr. James Cone:
How do you explain the current spate of the appearances of the noose again? Up comes this story right here from the suburbs of New York -- a noose found in the basement locker room of the village police department. The deputy chief of police is black. And then you've got Jena and you've got what happened at Columbia [University], near your office.
Do you think these people understand what that's the symbol of? Of what actually happened to human beings when that noose was placed around the neck? Or is this just some kind of grim game?