You can join the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce at the Loveland Stage Company as they iuntroduce the 2012 Valentine Lady, Jan Ranard and Valentine Card design winner, Jamie Morath. Refreshments will be provided by the Loveland Kroger's and there will be live entertainment from the Loveland Stage Company.
This event is FREE to the public.
Call the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce to register at 513-683-1544.
Loveland Post Mark on Your Cards
You can have your Valentine's stamped with a special message, and the Loveland, Ohio post mark.
If you'd like to personally drop off your Valentine cards for stamping, the Chamber will be set up at the Loveland Post Office during the first two weeks in February from 10 AM until 4 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturdays.
The Clermont County Common Pleas Court is looking for a member of the community to fill a vacancy on the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority Board; the unexpired term of the appointment runs through March 14, 2016.
The Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority Board oversees the agency that helps low income families secure affordable housing opportunities while striving to achieve self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives. The Housing Authority currently maintains 223 public housing units and administers 891 Section 8 units throughout Clermont County.
“Members of the Board meet the fourth Monday of each month at 9 a.m. and this member will serve the remaining four years of a five-year term without compensation,” said Clermont Common Pleas Court Administrator Shannon Disbennett. “We encourage members of the community interested in the position to submit a brief resume and a letter stating their interest in becoming a member of the Board.” Send the resume and letter to Clermont County Common Pleas Court, c/o Court Administrator, 270 East Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Applications for the position are due by Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Clermont County Metropolitan Housing Authority is governed by a five-member board appointed by the Board of Clermont County Commissioners, judges of Common Pleas Court, the judge of Probate Court, and the City of Milford. The Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority Board plans for the future of the agency, establishes policies and budgets, and monitors finances.
"You can feel the love of our community." - Loveland Artist Jamie Morath
Loveland, Ohio - The 2012 Valentine program will kick-off on January 7 at 11 AM at the Loveland Stage Company, 111 S. 2nd Street (State Route 48). The public is invited to the free event.
This is a new location for the Valentine Program kick-off.
You can welcome and congratulate the 2012 Valentine Lady, Jan Ranard, and the 2012 Valentine card artist, Jamie Morath.
"Yes I did win," said an excited Morath when contacted about her winning card design. "I actually turned it in at last second too. I have been so busy with commissions and was so close to being done - I decided to take the morning to complete it. Glad I did."
Morath said, "So this will be my third win." She said that her art career actually began with a 2008 win, when both Morath and Nancy Sullivan submitted card designs. Sullivan's design won the distinction of the "official" card that year, however the Chamber liked Morath's design so much that they also printed a limited edition run of her card. She said she remembers that her card sold out the first week.
"I was babysitting for Holly McAtee and I would draw pictures for the kids to color. One day she asked me to enter the Valentine Card contest and I told her she was crazy." Morath said she thought because her art was so different - it was bad. She thought here was no chance of a win. "When they called me to tell me not only did I win - I won Limited Edition version - I was so excited jumping around screaming calling everyone I knew." From that point on, Morath said she believed in herself, and realized different was good. "That's when my passion for my art really came to life."
In 2009, Morath's design took top honors for the first time. She said, "In 2009, I won the actual thing."
Morath said that her 2012 winning card design (pictured above) took her awhile to decide on what to do. The Chamber cards always must incorporate the saying, There is nothing in this world so sweet as love as the love. She said, "When I think about the saying, I like to say to myself 'There is nothing in this world so sweet as love - as the love in Loveland."
When she thinks of that slogan, she thinks of Historic Downtown Loveland and all the people riding bikes with their kids and walking their dogs. "There's never a day I drive around there and not see a lot of people. You can feel the love of our community."
The 2012 Valentine cards will be available for sale at the kick-off, and thereafter at selected Loveland retailers.
This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Occupy Cincinnati movement. Time Magazine has named “The Persons of the Year” is The Protester. Loveland Magazine recently attended an “Occupy” meeting in Northside.
by Alana Johnson
After seven groups met individually, Occupy Cincinnati gathered as one large unit to discuss each team’s priorities. Donna and Reigal chaired the General Assembly. Teams expressed the ideas discussed in the small groups. These were written down on a large easel in the middle of the floor.
Team One’s priorities were the City of Cincinnati’s Housing Codes.
Sec. 1117-05. Purpose. 1117-05.1 General: The purpose of this Housing Code is to establish minimum housing standards necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health, and general welfare in all buildings, portions thereof, or premises used or intended to be used for dwelling purposes; to assign the maintenance responsibility of owners, operators, and occupants of dwellings and accessory buildings; and to adopt the administrative and penalty provisions of Chapter 1101 CBC (Administration).
Is the Housing Code being enforced fairly?
Team Two’s number one concern is gentrification (restoration of run down urban areas by the middle class resulting in the displacement of low-income residents.) Their specific concern is with 3CDC (Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation.) 3CDC defines itself as a non-profit, tax-exempt, private, real estate development and finance organization focusing on the revitalizing of Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, the State of Ohio and the Cincinnati Corporate Community. 3CDC focuses on the central business district and Over the Rhine.
A comment was made that Over the Rhine has the largest income disparity in the USA.
Team Three’s priorities are the privatization of public assets, public space and public services.
Team Four’s concerns were the growing plutocracy (government run by the wealthy) in America. Corporate control of government has become the norm in the US.
Team Five’s priority was campaign finance reform. The Supreme Court’s ruling on “Citizens United” that granted corporations “personhood” must be overturned. Corporations are citizens and can give politicians unlimited, anonymous amounts of money.
Team Six addressed the issues of income disparity, foreclosures and unemployment. They stressed the need to start locally.
Team Seven’s concerns were health and wellness. Our food supply is provided mainly by corporate farms. Food security and food labeling were concerns. Monsanto owning patents on organisms it develops were mentioned. The inner city being a food desert and environmental degradation were discussed. Water supplies and utilities should never be privatized. They belong to the public.
Another concern mentioned was that the major media (TV and radio stations) are owned by corporations and access to information could be restricted.
Continue Reading the other Installments of this Series and read about Loveland resident Casey Abernathy...
Loveland, Ohio - It took overtime, but Loveland beat Little Miami on the hard court on December 16, 69-65. Luke Schoettinger scored a game high 27 for the Panthers, and Austen Funke led the Tigers with 22.
Loveland plays at home on Tuesday, December 27 against Mason.
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is game highlights and reporter Rickey Mulvey's Post Game Report from the game.
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Loveland: City residents can call Public Works Department for disposal drop off options, or call 683-0150, ext. 1439 for pick-up. Trees will be collected from December 19 through January 9.
Miami Township: Residents can bring Christmas trees cleared of all decorations to either Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows for chipping. Trees can be dropped off seven days a week during daylight hours from December 26 through January 31. Call (513) 248-3728 with questions.
Milford: Christmas tree collection will be held every Wednesday in January, 2011. Please rid the tree of all lights, tinsel, and decoration, and place it at the curb. Trees not meeting the above requirements will be left at the curb and not collected. If you have any questions, please call Michael Haight at (513) 831-7018.
Symmes Township: The Township will offer Christmas tree recycling for its residents this year from December 26, 2011 to January 8, 2012. During that time residents can drop off their trees at the designated area behind the Township building at 9323 Union Cemetery Road. The trees will be recycled so all ornaments and tinsel need to be removed.
Kindergartners from St. Margaret of York visited retirement facilities Active Day in Blue Ash and The Lodge in Loveland to spread holiday cheer on Friday, December 16. The children sang songs, performed a Nativity Play, brought ornaments and made crafts for the residents to celebrate the holidays.
Each day, the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library processes over 14,000 books, DVDs, music CDs, and other materials. By hand, it took us nearly 16 hours to sort these items. That was then. This is now.
This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts—from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili—but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier.
The United States Postal Service (USPS)—the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution—is governed by rules that limit its financial viability. To address a growing deficit, more than 120 post offices and 10 mail processing centers in Ohio have been slated for possible closure because of financial challenges.
These closures could prove costly for middle-class families in our state, resulting in job losses and deteriorated service. That is why I fought for a moratorium on all postal facility closures until May 2012. With this additional time, Congress can modernize the rules and usher in the next era of the USPS.
Private delivery companies perform an important service. But the Post Office should be able to compete for all the parcel business, too. That’s why I’m fighting to pass the Postal Service Protection Act, legislation that would help bring the USPS back to fiscal solvency.
First, it would deal with the USPS’s fiscal challenges. This bill would address a broken pension system which currently costs the USPS more than $5 billion every year. Right now, the Postal Service must pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health care benefits in just 10 years. With this legislation, we can address immediate fiscal problems facing the USPS by overhauling the USPS retiree benefit requirements.
Second, it would allow the Post Office to innovate. By easing current financial constraints on the agency, the USPS would have additional avenues to earn income—like shipping beer or issuing a state fishing license—that can put the Postal Service back on the road to fiscal health.
The legislation would also protect a six-day delivery—preserving Saturday delivery and maintaining current standards for first-class mail delivery. This is vitally important for seniors and patients who depend on timely delivery of life-saving prescription medications.
With any postal reform legislation Congress considers, we must take into account what affect these decisions will have on America’s recovering economy. What would inaction mean for Ohio families?
Postal workers—many of them veterans, women, and rural residents—do more than deliver holiday cards and news from home. They also watch out for elderly neighbors, and help build a sense of community. Since 1775, the USPS has kept Americans connected with one another and the rest of the world.
Our state ranks eighth in the nation for the number of USPS employees—including letter carriers and sorters—who help Ohioans cash checks, obtain passports, and operate small businesses. We must help the USPS, a self-supporting government entity, adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.
A robust Post Office means that small businesses and non-profits have reliable and affordable means to conduct their business. It means that the shopping centers and small businesses in urban areas—which, in many cases, are anchored by the presence of a post office—can continue to thrive. It also ensures that seniors can receive their mail-order prescriptions and Social Security checks without delay.
The motto of the Post Office: “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” dates back to antiquity. The Greek letter carriers likely faced unleashed dogs—though not email. Yet I’m confident that we can and must overcome the challenges faced by the USPS. This is our promise to our neighborhood postal worker, our neighbors, and our communities.
This summer, I helped launch the “Solar by Soldiers” project which helps put veterans back to work. This program helps train veterans in clean energy technology and installation and then connects them with opportunities in this high-growth industry. And it is already generating results in our state. Flannagan’s in Dublin, a small business eager to install energy efficient technologies, completed the first building retrofit through Tipping Point Renewable Energy’s “Solar by Soldiers” program. A Marine from Central Ohio recently told me that he spent two years, following his return from Iraq, applying for jobs. With few promising leads, he heard news reports about the “Solar by Soldiers” program and went to Tipping Point Renewable to find a job. He has been working for them ever since.
We need to do more to help Ohio veterans find jobs.
Servicemembers – already armed with the discipline and skills needed to strengthen the 21st century economy – should not have to struggle to find a job when their military service ends. Yet, in the United States, more than 20 percent of veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 years old are unemployed.
Some of America’s highest achieving young people are spending months searching the Internet, attending job fairs, reading the classifieds, and looking through the telephone book to find work – without success.
This is unacceptable.
That is why I have been partnering with local leaders and working with my colleagues in Congress to pass meaningful legislation, like the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, to connect veterans with new jobs.
We all have a responsibility to help America’s veterans find the resources needed to resume their civilian lives. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act – a new law that provides tax credits for employers who hire unemployed veterans and helps connect veterans with job opportunities – moves us closer to fulfilling that obligation.
The Vow to Hire Heroes Act also ensures that all veterans have access to the Transition Assistance Program – an interagency workshop coordinated by the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs aimed at helping servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. To ensure a seamless shift from the military to civilian life, it also allows servicemembers to start the federal employment process prior to separation from service so that they can interview at the VA, Homeland Security, or other federal agencies in need of veterans’ expertise.
With this law, veterans and those who hire veterans will have access to the services needed to find good-paying jobs, and we have a critical new tool to combat high unemployment levels for Ohio’s veterans.
When local leaders, small business owners, and members of Congress work together to pass legislation that matters to Americans in places like Hamilton County, with more than 60,000 veterans, we can make a big difference. That is why I recently held a VA hearing at Columbus State Community College to build on this momentum and continue improving the lives of Ohio’s veterans. This hearing was an important reminder that listening to Ohio’s veterans helps shape policies that will be beneficial to their continued career development and lifelong success.
By raising awareness of veterans’ jobs services and better coordinating the range of resources available to them, we can help improve job prospects for America’s heroes.
Ending veterans’ long waits between the end of service and the start of a new career will require smart legislation, local support, and continued outreach to veterans. If you’re interested in joining our efforts, contact my office at 888-896-OHIO (6446) or www.brown.senate.gov for additional information on how we can help end high unemployment among America’s veterans.
The community came through in a big way this holiday season. Clermont Senior Services is reporting that the 2011 Adopt-a-Senior holiday program has been its most successful ever. “We had 460 senior citizens ‘adopted’ for the holidays,” said Clermont Seniors’ Communications Director Linda Eppler. “Citizens, businesses, churches and Scout troops provided gifts to lower-income seniors across Clermont County. Many of the seniors are alone with no family nearby and live without the basics that many of us take for granted; the generosity of the community will help make the holidays a little brighter.” The seniors’ wish lists included items like cleaning supplies and bath towels.
Eppler said one elderly man who received his gifts last week told a Clermont Seniors volunteer, “I am trying to hold off until Christmas to open my gifts. But, I may get excited and have to open them early.” Thousands of gifts were donated to the Adopt-a-Senior program this year, along with $3,000 in cash and numerous gift cards.
“The many smiles, tears, and words of thanks are so rewarding,” said Eppler. “Thank you and happy holidays to everyone who had a part in making this program the best one ever.”
Additional information about the Clermont Adopt-a-Senior program is available on the website www.ClermontSeniors.com.
Pictured above: 93-year-old Stella from Batavia, opens a gift from an Adopt-a-Senior donor. She was overwhelmed by the number of gifts she received and how beautifully they were wrapped. She was especially thrilled with her new bed pillow. She said, “They get kind of flat after 30 years!”
Avoid Having Your Case Transferred to Debt Collection Agency
LOVELAND, OHIO - In a press release issued today by City Manager Thomas Carroll, if you owe money to the Loveland Mayor’s Court on delinquent cases, you have until Friday the 13 of January to avoid having your case transferred to a debt collection agency based in Columbus.
Also, by Contacting the Mayor’s Court now, the Clerk “...may recall any warrants, waive warrant fees, and dismiss any new charges on delinquent cases so that the defendant does not have to reappear in court.” Carroll is calling this a, “Loveland Mayor’s Court Amnesty Program.”
The Mayor’s Court clerk can be reached at 513-774-3030.
The release said that after January 13, the Clerk will begin transferring all delinquent cases to Capital Recovery Systems Incorporated, a debt collection agency based in Columbus, that works exclusively with government clients.
Children's Meeting House Montessori School (CMH) began a new winter tradition that celebrates the school's diversity and the beauty of the natural world. The students constructed a large grape vine wreath from wild vines they collected along the school's hiking trails. Guided by the CMH outdoor educator, the students then carefully selected items from nature to adorn the wreath. "Children collected items including bittersweet, privet berries, moss, fungi, sulfur berries, fir, pine, oak leaves, wild grasses, asters, and iron weed," says CMH naturalist and outdoor educator, Veronica Brannen. She continues, "The students worked together and used their imagination to create an organic wreath with tremendous natural beauty. Our children are members of the CMH school community and are truly represented by this wonderful winter wreath."
Prior to the wreath's construction, the children learned that wreaths have much history and symbolism associated with them. They learned that the circle is the geometric basis for the wreath and symbolizes unity and perfection. Wreaths are usually made from evergreens, which symbolize strength, as they survive even the harshest of winters. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, the wreath symbolized art, literature, education, and government. Today various cultures and religions use wreaths to celebrate significant life events and holidays.
The school plans to have the wreath adorn the building all year, as a representation of the school community and its students. "We look forward to adding fresh flowers, leaves, and even feathers as the seasons pass and the wreath evolves with changing colors and textures. The wreath is a timeless symbol that embodies our students, school community, and natural seasonal flora of this area," says Brannen.
Children's Meeting House Montessori School serves children preschool ages three years of age through sixth grade. In 2012, CMH will celebrate forty years of excellent Montessori education and creating a legacy of leaders and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.childrensmeetinghousemontessori.com or call (513) 683-4757
Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said. READ ON...
Loveland, Ohio - The Loveland Presbyterian Church established a tradition to give a Christmas gift to each of the children in the Loveland Head Start program, which resides at LPC. The gift is a children’s reading book and an animal that is featured in their book.
In the photo above is Pastor Stephen Melton, the new Interim Pastor distributing the gifts to the Head Start morning class.
Co-Chair Virginia Reynolds said, “I think the show looked great and we had a lot of people here.”
Mary Karg, the other Co-Chair said, “The thing I always like about our Winter Show is, it’s not a juried show, and anyone who has always wanted their art displayed on a gallery wall, can enter our show.” She said it may be the first chance many have to show their work to the public. She also complimented the many accomplished artists who don’t mind their own work on the same wall with the newcomers. “I give them kudos for that. It makes it sort of like an ‘Indie’ show.”
Karg realizes many first timers can get encouraged and carry their endeavors to the next level when they see their art in a public gallery. “I have seen examples of that. For instance, Loveland resident, Jamie Morath first displayed her art during one of our Summer art shows, and has now gone on to great commercial success." Her art is now for sale in many places around Greater Cincinnati and she has won many area awards for her art.. “I like to think of Jamie as one of the Art Council’s great success stories.” View Morath's Web Site.
A photograph of a bird sitting on top of a cactus titled, “Ouch” by John Ritter was selected as the “People’s Choice”.
Sarah Lucus was judged the first place winner in art for high school age. Arts Council member, Edward Aufdemkampe said he was very impressed with Lucus’ art. “Incredible for someone her age.”
First Place in the adult category judged by the Arts Council was "Sandy Shoals" by Nancy Achberger.
For more photos of the show and its art, visit the Loveland Arts Council’s FaceBook page.
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO was taken on December 2 during the opening reception of the show. Also in the video is reporter, Alana Johnson’s interview with members of Saltbox the four-piece band that entertained the crowd that evening.
You can contact Saltbox at 513-607-7491 or via E-Mail. firstname.lastname@example.org, watch their music videos on YouTube, or find them on FaceBook.
Miami Township resident, Bonnie McNett, a nature photographer and regular contributor to Loveland Magazine took these photos behind her home on Monday morning. She said that does are normally a bit “freaked out” by the big turkeys, but not the bucks. “They have head armor and are not afraid to use it.”
The “subject line of McNett’s e-mail was, “Two Bucks and six Turkeys walk into a bar....”
This is the third in a series of articles on the Occupy Cincinnati movement. Time Magazine has named “The Persons of the Year” is The Protester. Loveland Magazine recently attended an “Occupy” meeting in Northside and introduce another WARRIOR for JUSTICE:
by Alana Johnson
Sherry Baron is on the committee to set up this Renue and Refresh event on December 10th at the “Off the Avenue” community space in Northside. She estimated that about sixty people were in attendance. The attendees broke up into seven groups with the intention to brain storm ideas and set priorities. December 11th the General Assembly would meet and decide how “Occupy” would move forward. They would also decide on the “nitty gritty” issues such as “outreach with the communities,” contacts with the press,” and intercommunication.
Continue Reading the First and Second Installment of this Series and read about Loveland resident Casey Abernathy...
Hamilton County residents struggling to pay for gas, food, health care and other items can learn more about assistance available to them in a Dec. 22 online chat with Hamilton County’s Department of Job and Family Services.
The 11 a.m. chat is an opportunity to ask questions about public assistance programs. Many who are working but making lower incomes do not realize they are eligible for a debit card to help pay for food. Also, the elderly and many low-income children are eligible for health care assistance. And those in between jobs can receive cash assistance to help them back on their feet.
Loveland, Ohio - Loveland Police Sergeant Michael J. Szpak graduated from the Supervisor Training and Education Program (STEP) with thirty two other law enforcement supervisors from throughout Ohio on December 14.
The STEP program is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation and the Ohio Association of Chief’s of Police. It is an intensive supervisory and management training program consisting of fourteen instructional modules including topics such as; Leadership Strategies, Performance Management, Employee Development and Critical Incident Management. The program requires a substantial amount of independent work conducting research, writing papers and reviewing case studies.
“This program is another phase in Sergeant’s Szpak’s development as a supervisor and key member of the Police Division’s management team” says Police Chief Tim Sabransky.
Szpak, who also holds an Associate degree in English from the university of Cincinnati, was promoted in December 2010. He has been a member of the Police Division since August 1996.