This YouTube music video of Ghosts Along the Mississippi was recorded on Saturday, October 24 at
the Chicago Recording Company. Presented by the students of Aaron
O'Keefe: www.aaronokeefe.com. O'Keefe is co-Founder of the Loveland Music Academy.
Army Pvt. Brian Harmon has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
During the nine weeks of basic combat training, Harmon received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area.
Harmon is the son of Joyce and James Harmon of Hayward Circle, Milford, and is a 2007 graduate of Milford High School.
CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO - What does real maple syrup taste like? You can try it out on a stack of pancakes at the annual Pancakes in the Park breakfast on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Pattison Park, located on SR50 in Stonelick Township. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and has some fun activities for the whole family to do, to work off the delicious breakfast at the park lodge. “We will have hands on activities to show you how to tap a tree and there will be demonstrations of how Native Americans and pioneers boiled down the tree sap to make syrup,” said Clermont Parks Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “We will have naturalist-led hikes in the park to help you identify various trees and wildlife.”
Robinson also invites citizens to sponsor a bucket used to collect sap. “For $25, you can have your name on a bucket that is attached to a tree, two free tickets to the pancake breakfast, and a bottle of pure maple syrup, made right here at Pattison Park.” This year, the syrup is being cooked in a new evaporator, purchased by the Pattison Foundation.
Tickets for the Pancakes in the Park breakfast cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children, with those ages 5 and under free. The tickets are available at the park on the day of the event, or by calling (513) 732-2977.
A college campus isn't the first place that comes to mind in a discussion about violent crime.
But research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1
out of 5 college women will be sexually assaulted. NPR's investigative
unit teamed up with journalists at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI)
to look at the failure of schools — and the government agency that
oversees them — to prevent these assaults and then to resolve these
cases. Listen to the story at NPR
Adults age 55 and over are invited to register for these programs
online below or by sending your name, address, daytime phone number and
the appropriate fee to Great Parks Club, Hamilton County Park District,
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Make checks payable to the
Hamilton County Park District.
Shafer says levy problems for Little Miami were a contributing factor, but not the ultimate factor.
MORROW OHIO - Mike Shafer said the uncertainty that surrounds the future of Little Miami athletics wasn’t the deciding factor in his decision to take the head football coach position at Madeira High School.
The resources you need for everyday living can change at the drop of a hat.
For me, they changed recently when my 93 year old mother broke her hip and after surgery, came to live with me permanently. I live in a small house with one small bathroom. For the time being she uses a walker that just fits in the bathroom with barely enough room to run around. I was really pleased to learn of a new vanity design that is almost half as deep as the standard 24" that was in my bathroom. They are available at Home Depot and Lowe's, are $200 and come in a variety of styles. Some have composite and others have porcelain sinks. After years of composites that scratch and quickly become hard to clean in our hard water, I went back to porcelain. I also went with a single lever faucet. It is easier to operate and I've had enough of the one piece two handle faucets that are so hard to keep clean between.
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Evolving Attitudes About Church and Religion Presents a Challenge for Minister and Young Congregation
One of Maineville’s youngest mainline congregations - under 30 years old - installed its third permanent pastor at a special service on Valentine’s Day. Rev. Jennifer Bannerman was elected to pastor Lakeview United Church of Christ in July of last year.
Bannerman was formerly Senior Pastor of Birmingham UCC in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Master of Divinity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and is expected to receive her Doctorate in Ministry this May, through Luther Seminary of St. Paul, MN.
Pastor Jennifer, as she is often referred to by church members, says that her last four years of ministry and her study for her doctorate have given her the opportunity to learn in-depth how current trends and shifting paradigms are shaping congregations. She admits that no one yet has discovered the solution to declining attendance in mainline churches, but said her studies and experience offer insight to the process of how to adapt to modern times.
She sees the struggles of church members and their fear of change directly relating to the struggles and hard times experienced by Moses in the dessert with the Israelites. “Many church folk I have talked to feel as if they are lost in the wilderness, not knowing anymore what to do to bring people to church or to God.” says Bannerman. “We in the church can long for the good old days as much as we want, but if we do not start making changes, we will not last for long.” She adds, “We need to somehow help our people understand that being open to the changing world can be a way to go deeper into our core convictions. If we never let anything challenge our beliefs, then how do we really know what we believe?”
The United Church of Christ itself models Bannerman’s attitudes about adapting to the times. It is a denomination that establishes its mission statements based on lay leadership for the most part, in contrast to other church denominations that rely on a pastoral hierarchy to instruct and dictate to the congregation. Lakeview United Church of Christ has as part of its statement of faith: “We are a people that continue to discern and be inspired by a still speaking God. We are a church that takes the Bible seriously, but not literally - and invites all to the communion table.”
In early 2009, after much conversation, consternation and prayer , Lakeview became an “Open and Affirming” church following the UCC Synod recommendations made back in 1985. The term “Open and Affirming” means that a church does not discriminate, and in fact welcomes into the full life of the church, those for whom sexual orientation and gender identity have meant exile from a spiritual community.
The process of discussion for this decision was not without the agony of losing some members and the pain associated with loss of years-long relationships. Donna Wyatt, who was Council Moderator for 2008 and 2009, says that “The leaders of Lakeview at that time felt we needed to handle this conflict within our congregation prior to hiring a new minister. We felt that we had no chance of hiring a minister to a church still tottering on the edge of the fence on this issue.”
Council 2010 Moderator, Bob Sandman, says of the future of Lakeview UCC with Pastor Jennifer, “Our goal as a church is to involve people into a commuity of love and hope, serve others and learn where God is leading us.”
Dodgeball Tourney on Thursday to Meet $15,000 Goal
LOVELAND, OHIO - Loveland Middle School French teacher Hillary Pecsok and her students have led district and community wide fundraising efforts for Haiti the past month. They have successfully raised close to $9,000 from community service projects and donations. Their goal is to raise $15,000 that would support five schools in Haiti for a year each to keep children out of slavery.
LMS/LIS Hope for Haiti Dodgeball Tournament will be taking place this Thursday evening, February 25. The LMS Stageband will be performing in the LMS gym, beginning at 6 PM to welcome guests and the tournament will begin at 6:30. There will be concessions, a raffle, and a half-time show, and, Mr. Jean-Robert Cadet, founder of the Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation (to whom they are donating the money), will be attending the tournament along with other Restavek Foundation staff. Mr. Cadet will be speaking at the half-time show.
All community members are welcome to come support the cause, have some pizza and delicious treats, and to watch the dodgeball games in both the LMS and LIS gyms! Admission at the door will be $3.00 per person and overflow parking will be available at the United Methodist Church and the Grace Church on S. Lebanon Road.
A timely poetic drama: Part of Grailville’s new Third Sunday Poetry Series
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
Grailville Retreat and Program Center invites you to attend The Global Lovers, a reading of poet Rhonda Pettit’s timely poetic drama examining sex slavery and its relationship to U. S. consumer culture on Sunday, March 21, at 2 PM. This event is the first in Grailville’s new Third Sunday Poetry Series.
A woman in Kentucky reads newspaper advertisements and considers the objects she might purchase. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, a young girl is forced into sex slavery. What must they learn about themselves -- and each other? The Global Lovers offers an energetic, timely, and localized focus on this challenging subject. The performance is followed by a conversation with the playwright and with the director, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo.
The Global Lovers, a poetic drama in five scenes, was presented to a sold-out audience at the Cincinnati Playwrights’ Initiative in February 2009. Author Rhonda Pettit, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Blue Ash. A recipient of fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Hedgebrook, her poems have appeared in many journals and in the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights.Director e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has worked on over thirty short films and, most recently, edited the feature film Night Fliers. In 2004, Charlton-Trujillo won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award for her first novel Prizefighter En Mi Casa. Charlton-Trujillo's latest endeavor Fallen (The Revolution), a webseries designed for television, will be pitched in February 2010 in LA.
Grailville’s Third Sunday Poetry Series offers monthly opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to gather for readings, performances and discussions, followed by an optional poetry craft workshop. Participants will give and receive feedback on poems they have brought with them. There is a $15 fee for each 2 PM performance; the 3:30 PM Poetry Workshop is by donation.
Grailville’s Third Sunday Poetry Series is co-sponsored by Cincinnati Writers Project, Dos Madres Press, Greater Cincinnati Writers League and InkTank. Spend Sunday afternoon with learning from and with accomplished poets from the Cincinnati area and beyond! Future programs include:
Giving Your Poems Roots and Wings: A panel discussion on publishing your poems on Sunday, April 18.
Appalachian Poets: Celebrate Appalachian Month with poets George Ella Lyon and Frank X Walker on May 16.
All programs are at Grailville, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. For information or to register contact visit www.grailville.org or call 513-683-2340. Supported in part by the Tomcinoh Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Radio personalities Chris and Janeen from WGRRs Chris and Janeen Married with Microphones were present for the first fish fry of this Lenten season at St. Columban Church. Bob Reilly, of WGRR's promotions, also accompanied them. Their parked van was broadcasting St. Columban's location and menu - which could be heard when arriving at the Fish Fry. WGRR plays classic rock from the 70s and is referred to as "Cincinnati's Greatest Hits."
"The hospitality at St. Columban was overwhelming. We felt very welcome with the special table set up with flowers and silverware, the delicious fish dinner, the yummy cake and the large welcome WGRR sign." said Chris. St. Columban was the first Lenten Fish Fry of his and Janeen's Tri-State Fish Fry World Tour Stop.
Coming to St. Columban's Fish Fry is more than about Fish: It's all about community. It's an event where the entire Parish comes to the Cafeteria to socialize with friends and eat fish as they adhere to the Lenten Practice of fasting from meat on Friday.
Every Friday during Lent, St. Columban Boosters sponsor a Fish Fry in the Cafeteria 5 - 8:00 PM.