These LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV HDVIDEOS were taken on January 10th at the Loveland Kroger store's cheese department during the kick-off of the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Valentine programs.
Loveland, Ohio- In this LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV video you can meet Diane Allen and hear about how she designed the new 2015 Valentine Card. On Saturday at the Loveland Kroger store, Diane unveiled the card chosen as the official 2015 Loveland Valentine Card. The design contest, sponsored by the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce goes back to 1989.
Loveland's Valentine program began in 1971 when the Loveland Businessman's Club began the tradition of mailing Valentine cards from the Loveland Post office with a special post mark.
Diane's cardcan be purchased at the Chamber office, Loveland Kroger, Pizazz Studio, UPS Store, Union Savings Bank, Loveland Health Care Center, Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Lebanon Citizen's National Bank, and The Lodge Retirement Community.
And soon at a special "stamping table" at the Loveland Post Office, if you'd like to personally drop off your Valentine cards for stamping, Chamber volunteers will be set up during the first two weeks in February from 10 AM until 4 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturdays.
Following this LINK will take you to the Loveland Magazine coverage of the win in Canton, Ohio when the Loveland Tigers snowplowed through the Glenville Tarblooders in a 41-23 Division II State Championship victory. Watch the video interviews, highlights, and David Burig and Sue LaChapelle's photos. (Click to Watch on Vimeo)
Our coverage would not have been possible without the very generous support of Jarvis Global Investments.
Loveland Tigers snowplowed through the Glenville Tarblooders in a 41-23 Division II State Championship victory. - See more at: http://davidgmiller.typepad.com/lovelandmagazine/sports/page/13/#sthash.z2uLdTw7.dpuf
Loveland, Oh. - At the October 28 Loveland council meeting Mayor Linda Cox read a proclamination honoring Grailville's 70th anniversary. The proclamation was a re-cap of the history of the organization located just outside of Loveland.
Loveland, Oh - No one was injured today, when just before 11 AM, the Union Savings Bank at 510 West Loveland Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, described by police as, a male Black in his thirties, wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded denim jeans with a tear in one knee or a hole in the right front leg, and tan type work boots, 5'10' to 6' tall, and a red shirt. The robber fled the scene wearing a grey mask, on foot. The neighborhood was searched by Law enforcement units from Loveland and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, by the Loveland K9 unit, and a Hamilton County Sheriff helicopter.
The suspect is still at large.
Loveland police chief Tim Sabransky told Loveland Magazine his officers did an "extensive foot search of the immediate neighborhood" that was called off about 12:30 PM. He said he was not yet aware if any customers were in the bank at the time. "He did display a handgun to the employees," said Sabransky.
Sabransky said, "The last time he was seen, the suspect was on foot heading East on Center Alley, heading toward the Little Miami River." He said the department was looking at any video that may have been taken on cameras inside the bank and it would be released as soon as possible.
An undetermined amount of cash was taken and the FBI is assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with any information about the robbery should contact the Loveland Police Department by calling 513-583-3000.
Loveland, Ohio - On the agenda at the October 28 city council meeting was a request to Hamilton County for a share of the available federal Community Development Block Grant Funds. The resolution listed three projects, in order of council's priority as their wish list. Hamilton County will have about $2.9 million to share with local communities and will make the final decision about any projects.
Up for a vote:
1) Paving of W. Main Street, Highland Avenue, Florence Avenue and Enlage Road within the Heights area of the city. This project would include the addition of parking spaces at Anniversary Park. (project cost $99,900, local match $9,990)
2) Three (3) year financial support of the Loveland Initiative. ($54,625)
3) Building demolition at 897 Loveland Madeira Road (Bowling Alley). (project cost $58,597, local match $13,820) This request was going to be forwardd to
City council could apply for all three projects to be funded, re-order the priority, remove listed projects, or add other projects.
Council voted 5-1 to approve the grant request as propsed. Rob Weisgerber voted against the proposal saying he thought the Loveland Intiative should receive support from, "The faith based community." Paulette Leeper was not at the meeting to vote.
The request now goes before the Hamilton County Commissioners.
Breaking the Tiger single season record held by Jack Morris since 1966, Luke Waddell ended the 2014 season with 1358 rushing yards against Milford
Loveland Sophomore running back, Luke Waddell breaks 48-year-old school record
by Willie Lutz
Loveland, Oh.- When the Loveland Tigers came into the 2014, they were put into a difficult situation. They had to follow the hype coming off of a Division II State Championship in 2013. They lost key senior leaders, because graduation is the natural order of school. They were looked up to like gods, and the fans held them to that standard. However, not everything can be retained.
Giavanni Ricci had 6 catches for 103 yards
The Tigers worst nightmare came true on Halloween night against the Milford Eagles when they lost 20-17 on a field goal with two seconds remaining. On that night, the team lost the rivalry Crosstownship Victory Bell that has sat outside their locker room for years, their playoff bid, and a chance to retain their title. Instead, their season is now overshadowed by what it could have been.
Going on the road against a rival always seems like a trap. The Milford-Loveland football rivalry has been dwindling for years, as Loveland annually demolished the Eagles. Instead, the Tigers saw an inspired Milford squad with nothing left to lose. The team couldn’t make the play-offs and nearly everyone had written this game off as a walk-through for the Tigers.
Milford had the Loveland defense spinning in the early stages of the game. The Eagles offense was a zone read (the quarterback either keeps the ball or hands it off depending on what he sees in the defense), which is the same offense that gave the Tigers trouble in their loss against Lebanon in week two. Ashcraft ended the game with 158 yards rushing, which was more yards than Loveland’s entire rushing squad who had 141.
Loveland showed life in the final stages of the game. Milford lead 14-10 at the half. With 0:48 left in the third, Luke Waddell slammed home an 8-yard run to tie the game at 17-17. Then, in the fourth quarter, both defenses went to war. Milford and Loveland were trading punts, as both team’s offenses seemed overwhelmed by their opponent’s brick walls of defense on the other side.
Then, the Eagles broke through. With 0:14 left in the game, Milford got the ball down to the Loveland five-yard line and lined up for a 21-yard field goal. The first one was a fake and Loveland snubbed it out. Drew Ashcraft threw an incompletion. The Loveland defense ran across the field to the sideline, jumping and cheering. What they didn’t realize is that there were two seconds left on the clock; Milford had another chance. Milford kicker Zach Laudermilk lined up and drilled a 21-yard field goal to end Loveland’s playoff hopes.
The only true positive for the Tigers was a record-breaking night for sophomore running back, Luke Waddell. Waddell broke Jack McCoy’s 48-year-old school record of 1358 rushing yards in a single season set in 1966. Waddell would finish the day with 152 yards on the ground to add to his season total of 1464 yards on the ground, which was more than enough to lead the ECC in rushing.
The Tigers season ends with a second place tie in the ECC and an empty feeling in their stomachs. They finished 6-4 and three-tenths of a computer point away from the playoffs.
Hit the Road to Milford on Halloween to an opportunity that should send chills down fans spines
Luke Waddell #37 and Josh Horton #44 celebrate Waddell's 37 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter
by Willie Lutz
Loveland, Oh.- "We've got two options. We can keep out chins held up high and fight like Tigers or we can pout and moan,” Loveland Tigers’ head coach, Fred Cranford, said after an embarrassing week five loss at Kings. The Tigers were a pathetic 2-3 due to sloppy play, dumb mistakes, and poor focus. Four weeks later, after they looked like their chances of reaching the playoffs were a thought of the past, the Tigers have rallied to four straight victories, outscoring opponents 159-34 in that span, including their most recent win, a 24-13 victory of Turpin.
Loveland has come alive in all three aspects of the game; offense, defense, and special teams. Offensively, Luke Waddell and the offensive line have rallied to carry the unit. The sophomore back, who couldn’t find a hole in the first couple of weeks, has now rallied to a league-leading 1312 yards rushing. Waddell is getting a great push from his offensive line now, which he thrived off of last season. When the hole isn’t there, he pushes and shoves until he makes his own.
In the match-up with Turpin, the Loveland running game was world-class overall. While Luke Waddell had 224 yards and three touchdowns (which seems to be an average day for him at this point), the team rushed for a cumulative 289 yards, averaging six yards a carry. The rushing unit alone out-gained Turpin’s entire offense.
Defensively, this team is night and day compared to the first half of the season. They would inexplicably lose their focus and allow the opposition to haul off huge gains, if not huge touchdowns. They have found clarity on the defensive line. The defensive line, led by Dylan Norton and Jake Saunders, are giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares.
Against Turpin, they only allowed 13 points. Turpin is a very steady team offensively, but they didn’t have an answer for the Tigers’ rush. They sacked Turpin quarterback, Bennie Stoll, three times, which forced him to play out of his comfort zone for a majority of the game.
Evan Burig is a man that doesn’t get the credit he deserves. His holder, Jeff Prifti, gets even less credit for his job. When the two are together, a very average Evan Burig turns into something special. Burig looks more comfortable with Prifti holding, which is a huge understatement. Although he did miss a 40-yard field goal against the Spartans, he didn’t miss by much. The left-footed kicker also drilled a 31-yard field goal that left no doubt it was going in from the time it left his foot until the time it split the uprights; something we didn’t often see without Prifti holding.
Now, the Tigers have spent a majority of the season on the outside looking in for the playoffs. In the state of Ohio, only the top eight teams in each region qualify, and with the Turpin win, they took the number 8 seed in this week’s computer rankings. The 6-3 Loveland Tigers will now face the rival 4-5 Milford Eagles in their final regular season matchup. The Tigers will be in the state playoffs with a victory, with a loss, things would be shaky. They will head on the Road on Halloween in a game that sends chills down fans spines, via the fact that a surprise loss could knock them out of play-off contention.
Tigers at Milford Friday. Game time is 7 PM. They will play for the CrossTownship Victory Bell.
Loveland quarterback Drew Plitt was 10 for 18 passing against Turpin
Tony Hauser tells Loveland City Council his personal story of growning up with the help of the Loveland Initiative and how he now helps them.
Three local residents went to the Loveland council meeting on October 14 and plead with intimate, passionate, and personal stories - urging council to consider applying for federal money that would help the Loveland Initiate re-open their community center.
One was Tony Hauser, who as a young boy became part of the Loveland Initiative's Teen Group, then the Loveland Shalom Teen Group. Tony tells council how in grade-school, the group taught him about community service, helped him with his school work, and later provided him with a scholarship that helped him with his college degree. He talked about how all these years later as a young man, he continues to serve not only the clients of the Loveland Initiative, but the entire community. "We helped others in the community as well as learn things ourselves." Tony was instrumental as a twelve-year-old in providing leadership, that continues today, in the State of Ohio recognized Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Loveland, now in it's twelth year. He said, "I used to go to the Cool School, then I tutored at the Cool School. I was provided a backpack for school, now I help with the backpack drive."
The Loveland Initiative operated out of a church for several years, however, the church grew its programming and there was no longer room for them. This Loveland institution is currently without a place to call home. The staff is working out of their homes at this time.
Homeless herself when she moved to Loveland was Debbie Jones. She talked about having nothing when she found an apartment, however the Loveland Initiative gave her things like a comforter and electric skillet. She decided to volunteer with the group and was able to help people when, "When they needed food after their house burnt down." She talked about kids who got toys and parents who got shoes.
The City is considering applying for the federal funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to save budgeted road funds for other needed paving projects. The project the city has been considering, would repave W. Main Street, Ridgeland Avenue, and Englage Avenue and would add parking at Anniversary Park on West Loveland Avenue.
Supporters of the community group would like to see a portion of the money the city might receive, go to helping the Loveland Initiative do more again.
The Loveland Initiative was organized in 1996 by a group of neighbors supported by the Loveland community. It was created as a way for neighbors to assist neighbors when times were tough. It was founded on the principle that all local folks have assests they can bring to the table, whether they are folks of great wealth, or of lesser welth, or a business, or the fire department. They serve Loveland’s under-served children and their families to improve their lives. They offer both immediate and long-term solution, programs - advancing their mission to provide educational support and assistance to under-served children and their families.
For the last seventeen years, they have successfully provided services in our community; such as the Tracy Johnson Scholarship fund, the Cool School Enrichment Program, the Holiday Toy Store, the State reconogized Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, the Set for Success summer program, the DreamMakers Teen Group, the family Resource Center and the annual Back-to-School Fair in partnership with Loveland Interfaith Effort. Their efforts led to the founding of the L.I.F.E. food pantry.
Charleen Craft explained how the Cool School was run when it operated their center in the small strip mall across the street from Goodwill. "The children got off the school bus, had homework time, had snacks, they had computers, and they had tutors."
Seventy-percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons, according to their request. The Loveland Initiative provides services to those families in the Loveland area. Their grant request is for $18,000 a year for a three-year period for office and meeting space; to include rent, utilities, insurance, and office supplies. They told city council that 500 children annually, and 81 families are served through their programs. They currently, have board meetings in homes, and business meetings are held at New Hope Baptist Church
The Loveland Initiative has many programs which are designed to enhance the capabilities of low income families in the Loveland area. In order for the Loveland Initiative staff to properly serve the community and children they want to again have a location to work from. Many types of supplies, equipment, donations are dropped off and there needs to be space to house these items and to meet with the families in need.
Jones described her house as being like Santa came, after the grandmother of six was allowed to shop for the children at the Loveland Initiative's Toy Store. She said she hopes and prays that the Loveland Initiative now gets the help they need so they can open up the resource center again. She let out a long sigh and cried leaving the microphone.
Hauser said, "I know these things are really important to the community. I would implore you, to be so generous, because I know we could put this money to good use for many years to come."
Listen and watch as they make their case...
Loveland Initiative Trustee, Susanne O’Neill spoke at the September 23 council meeting introducing their request for consideration of CDBG funding.
O'neill talked about the Loveland Intiitaive's enrichment program that provides after-school help in the Loveland Elementary School to "children who are at risk", and the other community services they provide.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CURRENT PROGRAMS/PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES There are a total of eight current programs that serve as the provider of resources for families:
Quarterbacks are now having nightmares of Loveland’s Jake Saunders
by Willie Lutz
Loveland, Oh.- Last week, the words “new breed of tigers” were in the headline. This week, that breed proved once again that they’re in for the long run. In this case, the long run is the playoffs. A team that looked dead for the first half of the 2014 season has now outscored its last three opponents 135-19 (an average score of about 45-6), including a 45-0 win against Walnut Hills last Saturday.
Consistency; it’s a word that been used in nearly every piece of Loveland football news this season. Now, the Tigers have found the positive side of it. The whole team is clicking. It could be argued that the return of a key leader, Jeff Prifti, has awaken the sleeping monster.
Jeff Prifti has been Evan Burig’s kick holder since their sophomore year. Saturday, Burig effortlessly nailed a 40-yard field goal and 6 extra points. Burig has kicked 33 extra points and has put 44 points on the scoreboard in 8 games.
Jeff Prifti is a key component on all three fronts for Loveland. On defense (though he hasn’t had any reps at the position this season), Prifti is a lockdown corner. On offense, Prifti provides another running threat to complement Luke Waddell. However, Prifti’s impact on special teams is probably the most significant. Jeff Prifti has been Evan Burig’s kick holder since their sophomore year. Burig looked shaky earlier this season, but in the game against Walnut Hills, he effortlessly nailed a 40-yard field goal and 6 extra points.
The offense is turning into a three-headed monster with Giovanni Ricci, Luke Waddell, and Drew Plitt leading one of the most explosive units in Southwest Ohio. Giovanni Ricci is providing a crucial target for Drew Plitt. Ricci, who committed to Western Michigan, leads the ECC in receiving yards and seems to constantly be catching first down passes for Drew Plitt.
Luke Waddell is part of Loveland's offensive three-headed monster. He averaged more than a 1st down every time he ran the ball against Walnut Hills (208 total and 12.2 yds. per-carry)
Luke Waddell could make any team stay afloat. The team leaned on the running back to carry them through the rough start. The 5’8” sophomore finds ways to make even the strongest defense look irrelevant. Waddell trails Kings’ running back, DeAndre Barnett by 48 yards for the league lead (Barnett has 1136, Waddell has 1088) on 50 less carries. Waddell now has six games with over 100 yards rushing, including 208 yards Saturday over Walnut Hills (he also rushed for three touchdowns in the game).
Finally, Drew Plitt has learned a lot about Drew Plitt throughout this season. Plitt seems to have learned that you can’t hit the home run pass without setting it up with some small ball. Plitt, who couldn’t catch a break in the beginning of the season, now owns the second best quarterback rating among ECC starters. He has found his groove and now acts as a leader in the most important position on the field.
Drew Plitt with blocking from Luke Waddell
Loveland's Junior Quarterback Drew Plitt can be found lately tucked safe in the o-line's pocket
Now, you can’t win 45-0 without the help of some defense. In this match-up, Loveland’s defensive line was lights out. The front four were led by junior Jake Saunders, who hasn’t had his name called very often, only acting as a run stopper, until the Withrow match-up. Quarterbacks, Walnut Hills’ Kevin Blount especially, are now having nightmares of Loveland’s #90. The junior had Blount on his back on plenty of plays throughout the night.
The now 5-3 Loveland Tigers will now move onto a week nine home match-up against the 3-5 Turpin Spartans. The Tigers need a win in their next two games if they want a shot in the playoffs. The team sits at #10 in the Division II, region 6 computer rankings, needing to be in the top eight to qualify for the postseason. The game will be at 7 PM inside Tiger stadium, where the Tigers are undefeated this season.