LOVELAND, OHIO - "Without the use of any school budget funds, Latin instruction was held for three 8-week sessions on the campus of the Loveland Intermediate and Middle schools this year," said Naomi Ruben. Under the leadership of Robin Stevenson, a graduate of Indiana University who has a B.A. in Classical Civilization and Classical Languages, an average of 25 students per session covered topics in four specific areas: language, mythology, culture and history.
Ruben said, "Because of the tremendous success, a Classics Club for high school students is now forming for the 2010-2011 school year." You can contact Naomi Ruben to indicate your interest.
Classics Club students learned the Greek and Latin alphabets, Latin verb conjugations, and by the completion of class, were able to read simple stories.
They learned the Pledge of Allegiance, and learned to count in Latin as well. Olympic Gods, the Titans, and Homer’s The Illiad and The Odyssey were covered throughout the year. Chariot racing, life in the legions and the 7 wonders of the ancient world were some of the cultural topics studied this year. Club members also studied Roman bullas, and learned about gladiators. The history portion focused on the founding of Rome, Rome’s monarchy, and politics in the Republic era.
Stevenson used various means to keep the students’ attention. She shows movies, such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Masada, and Clash of the Titans. To review their studies, the class played a Jeopardy-like game called Certamen. "She whets the students’ appetites with Mythology Bingo, Roman army parades, Latin counting games, and more," said Ruben.
The Classics Club will continue for Intermediate and Middle school students for the 2010-2011 school year, at a cost of $65/session. If parents are interested in a Latin Club for 3rd and 4th graders, contact Ruben.
Each candidate will
spend a day in the district which will conclude with an evening
community meeting. At the community meeting there will be a time to
meet the candidate and ask questions in both a formal and an informal
On Wednesday evening Dr. John Marschhausen met with the community and Board. Loveland Magazine was there to record Marschhausen' opening statement.
Below is video of Marschhausen's opening remarks about himself and how he would lead the Loveland District into the future.
Next Meet the Candidate Community Meetings at the Loveland
Intermediate/Middle School Media Center:
Friday, April 30, 7-8 pm- Mr. Scot Prebles
Wednesday, May 5, 7-8 pm- Mr. Patrick Dubbs
Prior to the community meeting, each candidate will meet with the
Board of Education in executive session at 5:30 pm. It is the Board’s
goal to name a Superintendent sometime in May.
“The bat industry has become an arms race and we’ve neglected to protect kids from these weapons.” - Scott Schlesner
LOVELAND, OHIO - Play For 4, has announced that it will donate 1000 All-Star baseball fielding helmets to youth pitchers, players and coaches in order to improve player safety on the baseball field during the 2010 season. The All-Star fielding helmets look like traditional baseball hats but are made of high impact ABS plastic exterior shells and layered foam which is more effective at protecting a player’s head from ball impact.
“This program allows us to help keep baseball players safer on the field,” said Steve Plitt, President of Play For 4. “Each year hundreds of kids suffer head injuries playing baseball, and unfortunately some have injuries severe enough to cause death. Baseball is one of the only sports that has not made any significant advances in player safety over the past 10 years. The bats these kids play with continue to get better and that puts our kids in greater danger.”
The bats that Plitt refers to are metal alloy or composite bats that tout faster swing speeds, increased power and larger sweet spots for improved performance. These bats are used by approximately 18 million players in the United States. “The bat industry has become an arms race and we’ve neglected to protect kids from these weapons,” said Scott Schlesner, whose son, Cole, was hit by a line drive while pitching in May 2009 and continues to recover from a traumatic head injury.
While a number of baseball organizations have recognized that new bat technology may be dangerous, it is unlikely that these bats will be banned entirely. In 2000, the NCAA began restricting the performance level of non-wood bats. It created specific standards including weight-to-length ratio, length, diameter, and other specifics. The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee has proposed a ban on composite bats beginning with the 2010 season. New York City and North Dakota have both banned the use of metal alloy and composite bats for youth and school baseball.
According to All-Star’s Director of Product Development, Stan Jurga Jr., “These helmets are a first line of defense in protecting infielders and base coaches from line drives. The time a pitcher has to respond to a batted ball can be a fraction of a second, which is simply too fast for a player to respond with his glove or duck out of harm’s way. The fielder’s cap is composed of a stiff plastic shell and two layers of interior foam. The stiff outer shell helps deflect the ball’s energy away from the head and spreads any remaining impact energy over a larger area which recruits more foam to absorb the force of the impact. The second layer of soft foam ensures a snug fit so that the helmet does not shift during active play. Additionally, the style of the fielder’s cap preserves the look and feel of the traditions of baseball since it closely resembles the shape of a baseball hat. We hope that the Play For 4 program raises awareness of the safety issues and lack of player protection. At some point parents need to realize that these kids need to be better protected. If the leagues will not promote improved equipment choices then maybe the parents will step up.” Initial response to the program has been overwhelming. Once the 1000 All-Star fielding helmets have been donated, Play For 4 will offer the helmets for $21 plus shipping with proceeds donated back to Play For 4.
About Play For 4
Play for 4 is a non-profit organization that was established in 2009 after Cole Schlesner, a 14 year old from Loveland, Ohio was struck in the head by a line-drive while pitching in a youth baseball game. Cole suffered a traumatic brain injury and was air-flighted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he had life-saving surgery. Cole continues his journey to recovery. Play for 4’s mission is to provide financial assistance for adolescents who suffer traumatic brain injuries due to an athletic related activity and those responsible for the expenses associated with their care. Play for 4 also actively promotes safety in youth sports through education and special programs.
To this point in the season, it hasn’t felt like spring.
Not many rain-outs, cancellations, or games postponed. But on Monday,
when the rains came, it threw all events out on Monday, including many
Loveland baseball was scheduled to
travel to Milford on Monday, but Mother Nature had other plans for her
afternoon. That game will be made up on Thursday April 29,
following the first game of a home-and-home on Wednesday April 27
at Loveland H.S. If either team sweeps the 2 game series, they are
guaranteed at least a share of the 2010 FAVC Buckeye Championship. Adam
Engel will go for his record breaking 36th double in his
career, trying to surpass 1999 Loveland HS graduate Larry Schildmeyer
Jr., for the all time record.
The Tigers are led by
Adam Engel in the hitting department so far this season. Engel
is hitting .574 in the DH role. Engel to this point has a career
batting average of .503, and can break Scott Gordon’s record if he can
stay above .483 for his career. Loveland also is getting good offensive
contribution from Joe Moran who is batting .540, and has an on base
percentage of .627.
On the mound, Mitch Louis,
Jordan Hawk, and Joe Ford continue to lead. Louis has appeared in 4
games, has a 3-0 record, and an ERA of just 2.45. Hawk has appeared in 3
games, with 12 innings pitched, and has an ERA of 4.08. Ford, who has
pitched in numerous FAVC Buckeye games has pitched a team high 24.2
innings, and has an ERA of 4.83 including 17 strikeouts.
Loveland is currently 11-6 (6-2), trailing Milford by 1
game in the division.
softball currently stands at 11-7 (5-3). The Tigers are sitting in a
tie for 3rdin the FAVC Buckeye. Glen Este, who some believe
is # 3 in the city, leads the division with an impressive 7-1 record.
The Tigers are led by Haley Shuemake offensively with a
.456 batting average in 56 at-bats. Freshman Allie Suder continues to
impress with a .429 batting average as well. Tara Spencer has scored
over 20 runs this season, meanwhile compiling over 20 hits as well while
On the mound, Loveland’s Courtney
Allen continues to show her strength with an ERA of 3.18, and has struck
out more than 110 batters in 15 appearances, and 83 innings. Allen is
7-6 on the year.
Loveland next takes the field
against Princeton on Thursday at
home beginning at 4:30.
an undefeated 2009 season within the FAVC, Loveland is back at it
again, with a 4-0 record, leading the division. Loveland currently sits
9-3 overall, which is good enough for 5th in the current
Cincinnati Enquirer’s Coaches Poll. Ian Streicker is 6-3 for Loveland in
the overall first singles for Loveland. Junior Austin Stahl is 8-1
overall in second singles for the Tigers. Jon Treloar also is doing well
with a 2-0 record overall in the year. Loveland will next take the courts on May 3 at home against C.H.C.A. All matches
begin at 4:00pm.
girls track has continued to pick up where they left off in 2009. The
Tigers have many girls leading various categories, including senior
standout Jessica Ajunwa who leads in the 100 and 200 Meter Dash events
with times of 12.34 and 25.90 seconds respectively. Katherine Johnson
leads the division in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.20. Senior
Sarah Fisher is 2nd in the 800 meter and 1600 meter runs. In
the 800 meter, Fisher ran a 2:25.00, and in the 1600, ran a 5:08.00.
Junior Morgan Williams is 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles with a
time of 00:49.40.
On the men’s side, Loveland is
looking to capture their first championship since 2002. Jeremy Sears is
currently 5th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 00:11.42.
In the 200 meter dash, Sears and Ryan Smith are in 4th and 5th
place respectively with times of just over 23 seconds. Senior Will
Fisher is 2nd in the 3200 meter dash with a time of 10:24.00.
and Girls Lacrosse
On the girls side,
it has been a tough stretch these last few weeks. The Tigers have had to
face consensus #1 Sycamore, #2 Mason, and #6 Lakota West, all in a 1
and a half week span. Loveland currently sits 10th in the
rankings. The Tigers are led by UC commit Katie Jarvis. Jarvis has
scored the most goals on the team to this point. Also leading the Tigers
is senior captain Holly Hubble, who on Tuesday officially announced
that she will be playing college Lacrosse at The College of Mt. Saint
Joseph. Hubble has been a constant fixture on the Tigers defense for her
career, and was named defensive team MVP in 2009.
the boy’s it has been a battle of inconsistency all year. Some games
you watch them play and think to yourself “Wow! This team is top 5 in
the city!” And then there are some games where you wonder “What were
they doing for 48 minutes?” The Tigers most recently fell victim to the
Centerville Elks, after defeating a good Lakota West team just a handful
of days prior.
The girls will next play on
Thursday against St. Ursula at home beginning at 6:00pm. The boys will
next play Friday night at home against backyard rival, Kings with games
beginning at 5:30.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Four Loveland High School seniors have been named Finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are: Sean Hadley, Sarah Mosby, Amanda Shelton, and Maria Stamatakos. All of these students were recognized earlier in the school year as Semi-Finalists. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Liberty City Barbeque has relocated to the Loveland Bike Trail. The address is 200 West Loveland Avenue, behind Blue Chip Cookies. Their phone number is 583-8020.
The inspiration is Liberty City, Florida, named for the Liberty Square Housing Projects built in the 1930's. It is often called the Pork 'n Beans Projects because of the paint colors used on the front doors of the homes.
In this Loveland Magazine video, Sheldon “Tico” Greene shares some Floridan cuisine cooking secrets and talks about the new location.
On this segment of Clermont
County Today, host Kathy Lehr talks with Clermont County
Commission President Bob Proud about his campaign to keep President
Grant on the $50 bill, and how you can help by becoming a fan of the
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KeepGrant
CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO - The week of April 24 through May 1, 2010 is National Infant Immunization Week, set aside to highlight the benefits of immunizations. Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease in the United States, parents are often unaware that their children are at risk for so many life-threatening illnesses. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; health experts recommend that children be fully immunized against 14 vaccine preventable diseases by the time they are two years old.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if a child is not vaccinated and is exposed to a disease germ, the child’s body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio. Those same germs exist today, but babies are now protected by vaccines, so we do not see these diseases as often. The CDC reports that immunizing individual children also helps to protect the overall health of our community, especially those people who are not immunized.
The Clermont County General Health District offers low cost immunization clinics for children throughout the county. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Health District’s Nursing Division at (513) 735-8400.
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 Grailville Retreat and Program Center invites you to join them for a special afternoon celebrating whole foods and art, followed by a "delicious Grailville Sunday Supper"
Rejoice in the earth and its visual and culinary bounty
This opening reception for a show celebrating Ohio landscapes as rendered by fiber artist Rebecca Hill of Grailville and painter Diane Debevec begins at 3:30 pm. Hill is a member of the Grail and is currently on staff at Grailville. She holds a BFA in painting from Indiana University and has worked extensively work with quilting. Her new work on exhibit will be fabric landscapes. Debevec is a visual artist living and working in Cincinnati specializing in oil and pastel landscape and waterscape painting. She shows her work regionally and has completed a number of commissioned paintings.
The reception includes a raw foods “cooking” presentation by culinary artist Tracy Jo Duckworth, a cooking instructor who has studied at the Culinary Institute of America. Owner of Vital Sensations, she is "dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives through food, yoga and massage."
This afternoon reception and workshop is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Why not stay for supper?
At 5:30 pm Grailville serves up one of its Sunday Suppers, A "Summer Feast" featuring Grailville-grown food and other seasonal offerings. The cost of the Sunday Supper is $15/$10 children. Prepaid reservations are required.
This event takes place at Grailville, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. To reserve or for more information contact 513-683-2340 or www.grailville.org.
Educators participating in the Granny's Garden - "Teaching in the Gardens" program are eligible to earn graduate credit from the University of Cincinnati, through the Economics Center for Education and Research. This credit option does not require any previous registration with the university or payment of any additional university fees. This option is offered in cooperation with Granny's Garden School.
Course - Integration and Content for Teachers (22-ECED-630, section 101, Summer Quarter, 2010)
Payment - You pay only $199 per credit hour ($597 total for three quarter hours). The Economics Center provides a scholarship for the remaining UC tuition cost.
Full U.C. graduate tuition is $425 per credit hour.
Registration - Complete the University of Cincinnati registration form at the program.
Submit your payment with your registration form. Make checks payable to "University of Cincinnati." NOTE: Credit card payments are assessed a 2.5% processing fee by the university. To pay with a credit card, contact David Heflin, 513-556-2952. Grades reported June 15, 2010.
Adam Engel has been
a special athlete all of his life. He was the MVP of the football this
year, he was a part of the FAVC Buckeye Championship Basketball team a
year ago, and he has been the creator of many great plays all of his
life. Now, after many years playing baseball, Engel is just 1 double
away from breaking the all time Loveland record for most doubles in a
career. Engel tied the record against Wyoming on April 15, but has had
trouble getting that double in the past 4 games. Engel has tripled a
handful of times in the week since, but still no doubles. Loveland was
scheduled to play in the annual “Beast of the East Tournament” this
weekend, but due to the inclement weather, that was canceled. Engel
will next attempt to break the record on Monday April 26
against FAVC Buckeye leading Milford. Engel also notched the 100th hit of his career against Winton Woods this week against Winton Woods.
Loveland will face Milford on Monday and Wednesday in
what equates to a mock FAVC Buckeye Championship series. Both teams
control their own destiny, as Loveland comes into the 2 game series
trailing Milford by 1 game. If Milford can win 1 game, they are
guaranteed at least a share of the championship. Should Loveland win
both games, they are guaranteed a share of the title, since Harrison
also has a 6-2 record to this point in the FAVC. Harrison will play
Anderson on Monday and Wednesday.
The game against
Loveland and Milford on Monday will take place at the Blue Ash Sports
Complex at 4:30 PM. The game on Wednesday will be at Dave Evans Field at
Loveland High School with the same 4:30 PM start time.
Jaybird Farms is offering samples of their tasty home made products that will go very nice with one of the special teas being offered by Three Cups of Tea in the tea room at Granny's Spring Garden Party & Plant Sale.
"What a perfect combination. If tea is not your thing, sip a cup of Blue Chip coffee and munch on one of their yummy cookies while contemplating which herbs to plant in your gardens this year. We will have just about anything you could want. If we don't let Granny know and we'll be sure and grow them for next year's sale."
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan. "To ensure this meets the future needs of our customers, please give us your input on this survey. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete."
LOVELAND, OHIO - The 12th Annual Quilt Show at the Loveland Library runs May 1-29.
There will be a reception to honor the quilters, and an Open House and Reception on Saturday, May 1, from 2 - 5 PM. There will be refreshments and music by Wild Carrot 2 - 4 PM.
Classes for quilters and would-be quilters.
You can learn some new quilting techniques on Saturday May 15 from 2 -4 PM with demos and hands-on experience. Fat quarter fabric swap also, so -- bring your stash! Quilt crafts and stories for kids at the same time in the children's area.
Families/Fiber Arts & Needle Crafts
All ages Loveland Branch Library Sunday, May 2 - Noon
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with some father/daughter bonding through food
Learn delicious simple and healthy eating for our busy lives — and eat the fruits of your shared labors. Grailville Retreat and Program Center and Nzuzu, a life coaching organization, invite girls aged 11 and up and their dads or other male mentors to learn from and with each other Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 10 am–1 pm.
This program is led by one of Grailville’s cooks Amanda Heisler and her husband, JC.
Rites of Passage gatherings are designed to "support the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of girls on the path to womanhood."
"Programs help girls make a positive, healthy, self-aware and self-sufficient transition into young adulthood."
The Rites of Passage Gathering will be held the day before Father’s Day on Saturday, June 19, 2010, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Grailville, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Tuition (which includes lunch) is $40 for an intergenerational pair. Scholarships are available. For information about this or any Rites of Passage program, or to register contact 513-683-2340 or www.grailville.org.