On this segment of Clermont County Today, host Kathy Lehr talked with Dr. Lee Ann Watson, Mental Health and Recovery Board and Virginia Dennis, Suicide Prevention Coalition, about measures their organizations are taking to reduce the number of teen suicides locally.
(Editor's Note: This video has previously been published in Loveland Magazine, and the Town Hall meeting talked about in the video has already taken place. Never-the-less, important information about the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Clermont County is discussed here.)
If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis: Help is available! The Clermont Crisis Line is staffed 24 hours with trained mental health professionals. Call 528-SAVE. For more information on the signs of suicide: www.ohiospf.org. The Clermont Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets weekly on Mondays at 6:00 at The Mental Health and Recovery Board. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Clermont County is actively involved in providing the community with education in the hopes of preventing more suicides. For more information on the Suicide Prevention Coalition, contact Lee Ann Watson at (513) 732-5406.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports thatsuicide is the second leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds, and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. In 2009, six youth committed suicide in Clermont County.
A sucide prevention and awareness group is forming at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Miami Township. Participants are all ages including teens. For more information contact Pastor Lisa Kerwin at 677-9866 or via e-mail.
The New Year, like a fresh unspoiled snow, invites new beginnings. But it’s amazing how quickly a beautiful blanket of snow becomes dingy and the weather begins to feel just plain cold! The same thing can happen to your hopes for the new year, if you don’t know how to keep the energy sparkling in your intentions.
In this post, you’ll find insights and tips to help you move forward in bringing your wishes for the new year into reality.
So – hang on to your optimism, and let’s get started! Read on...
Many Children Removed From Mothers at the Hospital
Number of Physical Abuse Cases up 50%
308 Children Currently in County Custody
"Clermont County is critically in need of foster parents," said Tim Dick. In 2010, the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services’ (DJFS) Children’s Protective Services (CPS) division removed 235 children from homes, because of abuse or neglect; that is a 51 percent increase over 2009. “Heroin abuse has had a big impact on this situation,” said CPS Deputy Director Tim Dick. “Too many times law enforcement has called our staff to the scene where a parent has overdosed and the child was there to see it, living in filthy conditions. There have even been cases where the child has pricked himself with a heroin needle he picked up at his home or ingested prescription drugs that had been obtained illegally. It is sad.”
DJFS Director Mike Pride added that many of the children in CPS custody were removed from their mothers at the hospital, shortly after they were born. “Many of these children are born addicted to drugs, including heroin,” said Pride. “These children face numerous physical and developmental difficulties because their parents made bad choices.”
“While we strive to keep children with other members of the family, we are finding that in some cases, they too are addicted to drugs,” added Dick. He said the number of physical abuse cases among children locally is also up. “In 2008, we had 208 cases. Last year, we had 427 cases,” he said, adding that drug abuse by the parents had a significant impact on the numbers.
“We encourage the community to contact us if they witness or suspect a child is being abused,” said Pride. “We will not reveal your name to the families we investigate.” He is also asking that citizens consider becoming a foster parent to ensure children-in-need receive a safe, loving, and nurturing environment. Call (513) 732-7173 or visit the website www.ClermontSupportsKids.org for more information on child abuse or becoming a foster parent.
While it is too early to tell whether the number of drug-abuse/children-abuse cases will increase in 2011, Dick is concerned. There are 308 children currently in county custody. “This behavior has got to stop,” he said. “These people have got to start thinking about how their behavior is hurting, even destroying their children.”
Pictured above: CPS Deputy Director Tim Dick and DJFS Director Mike Pride look over a recent report on local child abuse cases.
In Warren County call: Call your local children services agency or local law enforcement agency to make a report about the abuse. In Warren County, Warren County Children Services can be contacted Monday through Friday,8:00am-5:00pm at (513)695-1546. During evenings, weekends, and holidays, call (513)695-1600. In the event of an immediate emergency, call 911. Child Advocacy Center of Warren County.
Children's Meetinghouse Montessori School has implemented a new Healthy Living curriculum. Teachers read about several scientific studies showing that students who exercised as part of their daily routine performed better in the classroom than those students who did not exercise. The faculty also wanted to help students make good diet and exercise choices to help avoid later health problems that are associated with lack of exercise and a poor diet.
The first through sixth graders spend at least 15 minutes walking, jogging, skipping, or running on the circular drive every morning. Teacher John Phenix said, "The goal is to get kids up and moving and feeling good. After our morning exercise, I see my students' energy focused on their work. They have greater attention spans, have higher concentration levels, and are doing better than before we implemented the exercise plan."
The school has also started a running club on Thursdays after school. The program begins with stretching and warm up walking. Students then run, jog or walk for nearly an hour. The students also play games or run relays to help increase their endurance. "We encourage kids to set their own goals. A student might try to run one more lap than last time or to work toward doing a 5K." said program co-leader and teacher Karen Whitlock.
In addition to increasing activity levels, elementary students enjoy fruit and vegetables every day. First through third grades have 'Fruit Sharing' in the afternoon, where students wash, slice, and distribute fruit to their classmates. The activity fosters good eating habits, as well as the motor skills required to carefully prepare the fruit. The older children have a fruit and vegetable tray every morning. Fifth grader Jacob Eicher said, "It is great! Kids really like carrots, grapes, watermelon, cucumbers, and pomegranates. We even had star fruit and cactus pears!"
The students at Children's Meeting House Montessori School took a step back in time when they visited the historical site at Shawnee Lookout. First the students visited a log cabin and heard a period interpreter describe how early people made soap, cooked their meals over an open fire, and turned wool into yarn and then into cloth. The students learned that settlers planted three crops together: corn, beans, and squash, which were known as 'the three sisters'. The tall corn acted as a lattice for the vining pole beans to climb and the squash wound itself directly on the ground. Next, the children saw an outdoor fire site and learned how early people used charcoal and flint to make a fire. They saw skins from skunk, fox, beaver, deer, rabbits, and other local animals and learned how these pelts were traded with Native Americans to acquire goods. Finally, they toured the one room school house and were surprised to learn that students had to answer questions with a "yes, ma'am" or "yes, sir". The students were even more surprised to learn that school was predominantly for boys, as the girls were often home doing chores, such as washing, weaving, cooking, or carrying water. For more information about Shawnee Lookout visit: http://www.greatparks.org/parks/shawnee.htm
In the photo: A period interpreter helps Marissa Handler put on the clothing a child would have worn two hundred years ago. The students were surprised to learn that the small log cabin was home to a family with nine children.
Students from Children's Meeting House Montessori School held a candy drive for U.S. troops stationed overseas to help boost morale and to make them feel appreciated this holiday season. The drive collected 300 pounds of candy for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center (YRSC) in Batavia, Ohio. After the delivery, the students were given an informative tour of the center by Keith Maupin and learned about scholarships the YRSC offers in memory of fallen soldiers and other work preformed by the center. The Yellow Ribbon Support Center, which was started in 2004, has sent almost seven thousand care packages to troops stationed overseas.
In the photo above: Ryan Eicher, Matthew Weinstein, David Weinstein, Alex Eicher, Racheal Weinstein, Michael Weinstein, and Jacob Eicher pose with Keith Maupin during their tour of the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Batavia, Ohio.
Ingrid Keller, pianist, is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University. While there, she was nominated by the faculty as one of their most outstanding pianists to participate in the 2002 Thaivu-Isaac Competition, which she won.
Keller earned a Master of Music degree and a Performer Diploma, both with high distinction, at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler. She has received numerous prizes and honors including first place in the MTNA East Central Division in 2004.
In 2008, she participated in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project representing the IU Jacobs School of Music. Keller has been the resident coach/accompanist for Indianapolis Opera’s Young Artist Program and was a Piano Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the 2009 season. There she appeared as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group, critics describing her performance as “Superbly performed, Keller bringing richness and transparency to the challenging score.” Ms. Keller is currently an active recitalist, collaborative artist, and teacher and is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University.
Elaine Whitaker is a new Piano, Guitar and Adaptive Lessons Teacher at Loveland Music Academy. Whitaker graduated with a degree in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton in May 2009. She finished her internship at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL in May 2010 and passed the CBMT board exam in early September 2010. She has completed practicum semesters in nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, high school special education classrooms, early intervention preschool classrooms, and hospice wings in hospitals.
Whitaker has been playing piano since age 7 and guitar for the past 5 years. Classically trained, she also has taken three years of jazz piano. She has been singing "as long as she can remember" and has sung in school choirs, school musicals, and in a Sweet Adeline barbershop chorus. Whitaker also cantors in church and has competed in barbershop quartet competitions for 4 years. Her present barbershop quartet won the regional competition this year and will move on to Internationals in the Fall. Whitaker played flute in her grade school band and played recorder and other historical instruments as part of a medieval and Renaissance ensemble in college. She also took percussion lessons in college as part of her degree. Her newest ambitions are the ukulele and the violin.
Whitaker started teaching piano lessons her freshmen year of high school in 2001 at the Music Station in Loveland and now gives private lessons in the home. She has been giving private guitar lessons since 2009.
Her dream is to make it possible for anybody to learn to play an instrument, no matter what difficulties they are facing. Her motto can be anybody's motto, "If I can't play it yet, I will soon."
Grailville Retreat and Program Center invites men and women to Write with the Voice You Have: A Poetry Weekend with George Ella Lyon and Pauletta Hansel held February 12-13, which includes a daylong workshop for men and women with the option of an overnight retreat for women only.
About her writing workshops, George Ella said, “My approach is always that writing comes from abundance. We all have a wealth of feelings and experiences to write from and we all have a voice we can trust in putting words on paper.”
Saturday, February 12 10-4 pm
Poetry Workshop: Men and women are invited to explore their creativity through poetry in this one day workshop with George Ella Lyon and Pauletta Hansel. There will be opportunities for writing and receiving feedback from other poets. Lunch is included. $60
Saturday, February 12, 10 am –Sunday, February 13, noon.
Poetry Retreat. (Women Only) Delve deeper into poetry through a weekend of writing, reflection and community. Saturday evening and Sunday morning sessions led by George Ella and/or Pauletta will focus on poetry as a spiritual practice.
$150 Double Occupancy, $175 Single, $125 commuter
George Ella Lyon’s most recent collection of poems is Back, from Wind Publications. She is an author of books for children and young adults, as well as a novelist, memoirist and editor. George Ella’s work is featured in the PBS series, "The United States of Poetry;" she travels throughout the country leading programs for writers, teachers and children. Pauletta Hansel, MFA is a poet, teacher and author of Divining and First Person. She leads Grailville’s Practice of Poetry programs for women and men.
George Ella Lyon and Pauletta Hansel will read at Thomas More College’s Outloud Festival, Sunday, February 13 2:00-5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For information call 859-344-3375.
CINCINNATI, OHIO - arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati, formerly ballet tech cincinnati invites dancers, tumblers and gymnasts of all ages and dance genres to audition for its 10th Season Series Leaping for Literacy production, the World Premiere of Lord of the Jungle on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16.
Lord of the Jungle will feature community and pre-professional dancers and gymnasts from age 5-60+, a great soundtrack, stunning sets and costumes and original choreography. Join the arts innovation movement and be a part of this Family Friendly show that highlights the Tarzan Stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Auditions will be on Saturday and Sunday, February 12-13th from 2-6PM. February 12th, 2-3:30PM Auditions for dancers, tumblers and gymnasts age 5-10 and 4-6PM for age 11 and up; and on Sunday, February 13th, 2-3:30PM Auditions for dancers, tumblers and gymnasts age 5-10 and 4-6PM for age 11 and up. 3:30PM Cast/Parent meeting each day to answer questions and provide show information.
All auditions will be held at the arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati, World Headquarters and Community Arts Center in Kennedy Heights, 6543 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213. Dancers should bring ballet, jazz, tap or pointe shoes, if qualified.
Rehearsals will start in late February with weekend rehearsals up to the April 15th Premiere.
The performances will be at the Aronoff Center on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10AM for SchoolTime Performance and 8PM and Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 2PM and 8PM.
MILFORD, OHIO - J. O’Neal Johnston said, "Delicious homemade bean soup will be available as carryout orders." The 20th Annual Habitat “Souper” Bowl Bean Soup Sale will be on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5 from 10 AM until 4 PM and Sunday, February 6, from 10 AM until 12:30 PM, at Milford First United Methodist Church Welcome Center, 541 Main Street, Milford, OH 45150 for a minimum donation of $4.00/quart.
Soup crew leader, Johnston, said “The bean soup fund raising project was conceived by Anna Campbell, an original Board Member of the Clermont County Habitat for Humanity Chapter, in 1991 to draw attention of the need to eliminate sub-standard housing in our community as a contrarian focus to the hoopla associated with the Super Bowl Football Championship.” In recent years, a Habitat for Humanity House has been built during Super Bowl week in the host city by football players and fans.
Johnston said, "Anna, who had worked as a food manager in the Milford Schools, prepared the wonderful bean and ham soup recipe that could be prepared in 60 quart volume for community churches to use as a fund raising effort to support Habitat house construction in Clermont County."
Toomey Natural Foods has donated 150 pounds of great northern beans and Placon, Inc. provided quart food containers. Over the years almost 7,500 quarts of Souper Bowl Bean Soup have been prepared which provided funds to purchase construction materials for each of 36 Habitat houses built in Clermont County according to Johnston.
A Habitat Partner family will be helping prepare the soup as part of their pre-construction “sweat equity” hours to qualify for the housing program. Their new home will be build on property from a bank-donated, foreclosed, abandoned house.
Johnston said, "The new Habitat house will remove a community eyesore and provide unique opportunity for a family to achieve a life-long dream. Habitat not only builds homes but builds lives and community – one family at a time."
TriState Habitat for Humanity builds "affordable, simple housing" for working low-income families in Clermont County and seven other counties in the tri-state area. The families perform 500 hours of sweat equity on Habitat projects as part of their down payment. Habitat Families purchase these homes with zero interest loans at cost, which is further reduced by volunteer labor and donated materials. Their mortgage payments to Habitat are applied to the construction of additional homes. "Thus, a gift to Habitat works in perpetuity, reinforcing the cycle of community responsibility and improvement," said Johnston.
TriState Habitat for Humanity has built more than 200 Habitat house in their 8-county service area and tithed funds to support construction of over 200 International Habitat Houses. For more information contact: TriState Habitat office at 513-942-9211; or www.habitat-tristate.org.
ZAIDON, IRAQ - Lt. Colonel David Volkman is on military leave as a Loveland High School government teacher and has been serving in Iraq. He is featured in this news report about the re-opening of the Zaidon Milk Factory in Zaidon Iraq. Volkman previously served a tour of duty in Afganistan.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers a wide range of resources that can help you this tax season. Pick up copies of current tax forms or access them online at any of the Library’s 41 locations across Hamilton County. And, beginning Friday, January 28, volunteers from the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) will be at the Main Library to help people prepare their 2010 taxes.
Free Tax Assistance at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Downtown AARP | American Association for Retired Persons
Who: Taxpayers age 50 and up When: Fridays: January 28 – April 8, 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. Where: Main Library, 800 Vine St. - Room 2A How: Service available by appointment only. Call 369-6900 to schedule. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
More Tax Resources at Your Public Library
The Main Library’s Information and Reference Department has an extensive collection of current copies of most federal individual tax forms, either for free distribution or for photocopying. In addition to federal forms, the department distributes Ohio tax forms, and City of Cincinnati forms are available for customers to photocopy. Most of the Library’s tax forms are for individuals only, but selected forms for corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations are also available.
During tax season, selected copies of current tax forms are available for both reproduction and free distribution at all branch libraries.
Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Michael A. Maurer has been promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Maurer, an air transportation specialist with 21 years of military service, is assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the son of Michael and Pam Maurer of Wards-Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio, and graduated in 1989 from Loveland High School.
Joseph A. Farrell has been promoted to the rank of Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Farrell, an electrician warfare technician with one year of military service, is assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the son of Joseph and Kathleen Farrell of Waynoka Drive, Sardina, Ohio, and graduated in 2008 from Milford High School.
HAMILTON TWP. — Little Miami voters will decide in May on the district’s eighth attempt to increase school revenue and emerge from insolvency.
The state-appointed commission overseeing the district’s finances and operations while it remains in fiscal emergency approved resolutions Thursday to put a five-year levy on the May 3 ballot. Read on...
Black state lawmakers blasted Gov. John Kasich yesterday over the absence of racial diversity in his cabinet and called on the Senate to reject his appointments until he takes steps to add minorities to his leadership team.
"Today in 2011 it feels more like 1811 in the state of Ohio under a governor who just does not get it," said Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland. Read on...
LOVELAND, OHIO - A collection of bells from around the world by bell collector Marilyn Grismere of Miamiville will be the 2011 opening display at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, beginning February 5.
Grismere has been collecting bells from around the world since 2004. Many of them are antiques and quite unique. "Not only is she a collector, but also the editor of The Bell Tower, the official publication of the American Bell Association International, Inc.," said Janis Fogle.
In her spare time, Ms. Grismere teaches three computer classes at Raymond Walters and an Ocher Lifelong Learning Institute class for students 55 or older. She spends a lot of time researching bells and where to find them on the Internet and travels to various bell conventions and shows around the country.
Bells made of brass, porcelain, crystal, silver and copper are included in the collection. It includes hotel bells, wedding bells, toy bells, Christmas bells, plus bells collected from many famous companies, including Fenton Glass, Pairpoint, Wedgewood, Murano, Meissen and Dresden.
"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011
In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for "coexistence" with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack. Read on...