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April 2017
Visit us during Nat'l County Govt. Month
Interested in finding out more about Clermont County government, and how your tax dollars work for you? April is National County Government Month -- and we're participating! We are holding open houses on consecutive Tuesdays during the month. Each Tuesday will focus on a theme that reflects some of the county's functions and responsibilities. We invite our citizens to come to any (or all) of the sessions that interest them.

You can register in two ways -- online here, or call Kathleen Williams, 513.732.7597. #CountiesMatter #LeadingTheWay
Spring Litter Clean-up is April 22
Planning for the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up is in full swing and communities across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed are preparing to host groups of volunteers on Saturday, April 22, to help spruce up our local streams, lakes and parkland areas.  

Earlier this year, the 3rd annual T-shirt Design Contest kick-started the event planning and over 181 students submitted designs to be included on the 2017 event  T-shirt. This year's winner is Jenna Bellonby, a 10th-grader at Milford High School -- congratulations, Jenna! Her design is at left.

Volunteers are needed. You can register individually, organize a school/scout group, or bring some neighborhood friends, to participate in this fun, worthwhile event!  Protective gloves and trash bags will be provided.  All volunteers will be given a picnic lunch and event T-shirt, as a thank you for helping out.  You can register online at   www.springlittercleanup.com.

A big thank you to the sponsors:  the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, the Clermont County Convention & Visitors' Bureau, Duke Energy Foundation, and Lykins Energy Solutions.  
Rain barrel auction, plant sale, pond clinic
RAIN BARREL AUCTION:  Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District and Save Local Waters presents the 2017 Rain Barrel Art Auction at the Cincinnati Zoo. Online auction starts April 6 and ends April 19. In-person bidding will be available on April 20; the barrels will be on display at the zoo starting April 6. Auction ends on April 20 at the Zoo's "Party for the Planet."

POND CLINIC: Clermont SWCD will hold a free pond clinic for county residents at 6 p.m. April 4 at Pattison Park Lodge just west of Owensville on US 50. Topics will include pond construction, maintenance and safety. Additional information will be given on fish stocking, aeration, weed control, hazardous algae blooms, and nuisance wildlife. Stormwater retention ponds will also be addressed.

PLANT SALE: SWCD is taking orders through April 10 for its yearly plant sale. This year SWCD is focusing on native pollinator plants. Please go to its website   and click on the plant sale link for more information.
April in the parks: So much to do
Lots going on at the Clermont County Park District in April:

Saturday, April 8: Nest Fest (10 a.m.-noon, Chilo Lock 34 Park). Join us for some spring-themed fun! Learn how to identify bird eggs and nests. Use your "owl eyes" for our egg hunt, and meet birds of prey up close with our friends from RAPTOR Inc!  Free.
 
Wednesday, April 12: Wildlife Wednesday - PolliNATION  (10-11 a.m. @ Little Miami Scenic Scenic River and Trail Center).  Did you know that bees and butterflies aren't the only pollinators? There are actually 200,000 pollinators worldwide! Join the Clermont County Park District and the Little Miami Conservancy as we discover different pollinators and their important role in our environment.
 
Thursday, April 20: Geology Rocks! Homeschool Program (9-10:30 a.m. @ Sycamore Park)
Through interactive studies on the rock cycle, glaciation, soils and fossilization, students will become expert junior geologists. An exploratory hike takes students on a journey back in time before dinosaurs roamed. Program concludes with a fossil hunt.  $4 per person. To register your child, please contact Naturalist Jana Marshall at jmarshall@clermontcountyohio.gov or call 513.240.2615.
 
Sunday, April 23: Hike Club - Navigation and Orienteering (11 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Sycamore Park)
Learn how to find your way around in the woods and gain important orienteering skills. You can exercise your body and your mind on this guided hike through Sycamore Park. Free.
 
Family fun challenge May 13

Clermont Public Health is holding the 2nd annual Family Fun Adventure Challenge at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, May 13, at Batavia Township Community Center. Bring your family out for the one-mile obstacle course and family fun run. A family fun festival will take place after the run with inflatables, climbing wall, and food vendors.  The Community Center is at 1535 Clough Pike.
Court of Appeals visits
The 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals, out of Middletown, heard appeals of two cases in Clermont County Common Pleas Court on March 21. From left, Judge Robert Ringland, Presiding Judge Robert Hendrickson, and Judge Michael Powell. Students from AP Government classes at Milford High School attended the court session.
'Hillbilly Elegy' author to speak at college
Mark your calendars for May 19 when the Clermont County Public Library will host J.D. Vance (left), New York Times bestselling author of "Hillbilly Elegy." The visit will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Krueger Auditorium at UC Clermont College.

In April, the library has many great events.

* The Ready to Read Festival is for parents who want to know more about helping their child get ready to read. The event is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 8, at the Union Township Library.
* Learn about growing fruits and vegetables with the help of the OSU Extension Services at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Goshen Library, or at the New Richmond Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.
* Learn more about vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free cooking at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Union Township Library.
* Experience music from the Civil War at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Batavia Library.
* Discover how bees play a role in our daily lives at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, in the New Richmond Library.
* Plant some edible landscaping plants at home. Learn how at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Milford-Miami Township Library.
* Pick up some used books at the Goshen Library sale April 27-29. Call 513.722.1221 for times.

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News from around the county

SPEED MENTORING: Commissioner David Painter was one of several mentors who spent time on March 7 in a speed mentoring event at New Richmond High School, organized by the Clermont Chamber's Workforce Readiness Initiative. During the event, 110 high school juniors interacted with business professionals who discussed their career paths, skills and interests with the students, 7-10 minutes at a time. "In my case, I was sitting in the high school where I had graduated from some 40 years ago," Commissioner Painter said. "I was able to relate my experience and career path starting from the exact chairs they were sitting in. It was a great opportunity to contribute to our youth and instill confidence in their ability to achieve."

Congratulations to the Workforce Readiness Initiative, which was recently recognized by Gov. John Kasich as a successful Community Connector program in fostering student mentorships.

PERENNIAL SCHOOL: OSU Extension Clermont will hold its annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust St., Owensville. The event will feature presentations including a trade show, staffed by regional vendors and gardening organizations. To learn more about it and/or to register, visit Clermont Extension at clermont.osu.edu, or contact Gigi Neal at 513.732.7070 or email her at neal.331@osu.edu.

GRAIN BIN TRAINING: OSU Extension Clermont, in partnership with Stonelick and Jackson Township and Fayetteville Fire and Rescue, will host a Grain Bin Rescue Awareness program April 22-23, at the Stonelick Township Fire Department on US 50, Batavia. The workshop at 9 a.m. April 22 is open to the public, and will teach farmers, farm families and community members about the hazards associated with stored grain. The workshop April 23 is open only to fire/EMS professionals.

LOOK LEADERSHIP: Registrations are being accepted for OSU Extension Clermont's LOOK Summer Leadership Experience. This summer program consists of five themed fun-filled days, packed with leadership experiences. This experience will be a service learning project; allowing students to practice their leadership skills, and includes several networking opportunities. RSVP by June 1.

SENIOR EXPO: Clermont Senior Services will hold its 3rd Annual Senior Living Expo, presented by Superior Care Plus, on May 11, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Admission is free. Exhibitors are encouraged to participate by signing up here. And, check out Senior Services' new website!

A WINNER: Juvenile Court Judge James Shriver recently held a poster contest for grade school students to illustrate the importance of school attendance. The winner was Spaulding Elementary (Goshen School District) fourth-grader A.J. Cameron, shown at left with the judge, whose poster of a rainbow was titled "Which Side Will You Choose?" Positive outcomes were illustrated on one side of the rainbow in bright, vibrant colors, while less desirable outcomes were illustrated with dull colors and rain. The poster is now hanging in Juvenile Court's virtual lab to encourage students in their attendance.

CORRECTION: In the March newsletter, the name of the DD client who received a proclamation from the Commissioners was misspelled. It is Cory Blevins, not Cody.
Shred Day May 6

The Clermont County Records Center and Shred-It will sponsor a FREE Shred Day from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 6, at the DJFS parking lot, 2400 Clermont Center Drive. Witness the secure disposal of your personal documents via the Shred-It Mobile Shredding Truck.
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