Clermont County Ohio
October 2016
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 11

The deadline for registering to vote in Ohio for the Nov. 8 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. You can register at the Clermont County Board of Elections, 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, or at any public library branch, Bureau of Motor Vehicles location, and several other locations you will find listed here.

Early in-person voting begins Oct. 12 at the Board of Elections office. Early voting will include the two weekends before the General Election: Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 6-7. The Board of Elections website has complete information on early voting hours, as well as absentee ballot voting, polling locations and sample ballots.

On Election Day, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 
Recycle old computers Oct. 29

A computer recycling day will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at UC Clermont College in the South 1 parking lot.  Items that can be recycled include laptops, desktops, flash drives, network equipment, mice, speakers, scanners, printers, cables, memory towers, servers, monitors, keyboards, UPS or any internal computer components.  Televisions, radios or appliances will not be accepted.  The event is sponsored by the   Adams/Clermont Solid Waste District ,   UC Clermont College , and   Cincinnati Computer Cooperative .
Candlelight Vigil promotes healing

On Sept. 14 at Veterans Park in Union Township, Clermont County held its 15th annual Candlelight Vigil to remember loved ones whose lives have been lost to suicide. Speakers included Commissioner Ed Humphrey and Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. In 2015, the number of suicide deaths declined in Clermont County. Scherra attributed that to better education, and more awareness of the crisis hotline, 528-SAVE.  Read more here.
Judge Shriver elected chair of Judicial Conf.

Judge James A. Shriver (front row, center) of Clermont County Common Pleas Probate/Juvenile Division was recently elected Chair of the   Ohio Judicial Conference . He begins his two-year term on Oct. 1. "I am both humbled and honored that the judges of Ohio have placed their confidence and trust in me to lead the Ohio Judicial Conference in this time of a new beginning," Judge Shriver said. Judge Shriver, known for his many innovative practices both in the Prosecutor's Office and as a longtime judge,   will help lead the work of over 20 committees of judges active in all areas from judicial ethics, public confidence and community outreach. Read more here.
Sheriff's Office earns certification 

Congratulations to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office , which recently was certified for meeting the standards in use of force, recruitment and hiring that were established a year ago by the   Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board . This is part of the State of Ohio's efforts to strengthen community and police relations. "The state developed these standards so that all law enforcement agencies are on the same page when it comes to such things as use of force," said Deputy Chief Steve Leahy. He is at left in photo, with Capt. Chris Stratton. Read more here.
Officers complete crisis training
 Training helps law enforcement better respond to those with mental illness
These law enforcement officers were certified Sept. 29 as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers in Clermont County -- the 11th group to have gone through the training. More than 85% of full-time police officers in Clermont County are certified as CIT officers. CIT training promotes a partnership between mental health professionals and first responders. Since law enforcement is often the first to arrive to a call for help, they are often the first to have the opportunity
Role playing during Crisis Intervention Training Sept. 29, 2016.
Role playing during the CIT training. The staffer appeared very agitated while the officer demonstrated how to respond.
to identify a mental health concern. During training, the officers go through role-playing exercises to help them learn how to respond to those with mental illnesses. 

Participating agencies included Clermont County Sheriff's Office (deputies and corrections officers); Felicity Police; Goshen Township Police; Miami Township Police, and Union Township Police. 

For more information on CIT,  contact Lee Ann Watson of the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board at 513-732-5400.
News from around the county

RETAIL JOB FAIR: Job seekers interested in retail opportunities can interview with more than 20 employers at two locations from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 5 as  OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County and  Eastgate Mall host an Eastgate Retail Job Fair. OhioMeansJobs/Clermont is located at 756 Old State Route 74, Suite A, behind the mall. Eastgate Mall is located at 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati 45245. Read more here.

TIME TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT: Flu season will be here soon. Don't wait to vaccinate! Call Clermont County Public Health at  513-735-8400 to schedule an appointment for your seasonal flu shot. Nasal spray flu vaccines are not available this flu season. Denise Franer, R.N. with Clermont Public Health, talks about this year's flu shot in this #FAQFriday video.
CASA NEWS: On Sept. 14 more than 20 local leaders brainstormed ideas to help grow the CASA for Clermont Kids Board of Directors membership and programs.  CASA advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children who have been introduced into Clermont County Juvenile Court. CASA recruits and trains citizens as Guardians ad Litem who work within the court system to serve as the child's advocate and court representative.  If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in sharing their talent, experience and knowledge with CASA, please contact CASA Board President Jessica Faris at 513-732-1141 or by e-mail at

FUNDRAISER FOR CASA: Clermont County Farm Bureau and Baxla Tractor Sales are holding a "Girls Night Out" from 6-9 p.m. Oct 13 at Baxla Tractor, 610 W. Main St., Batavia, to raise money for CASA for Clermont Kids. This event will feature locally sourced farm-to-table food, speakers, equipment demonstrations, and various items from women-owned businesses. More information can be found here.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Registration is now open for the Clermont County Organizational Leadership Academy by  OSU Extension Clermont County. The Academy is designed for elected officials from county, municipal, and township governments, and appointed individuals serving on local government committees, zoning and planning commissions, school boards or task forces. The academy includes eight, two-hour workshops to be held weekly in January through March of 2017. For more information visit  OSU Extension Clermont County or contact Trevor Corboy at  or 513-732-7070.
LIVE HEALTHY EMAIL CHALLENGE: OSU Extension Clermont County will hold a "Live Healthy, Live Well" fall email challenge from Oct. 17-Nov. 27. Any adult with an email account is invited to participate in this free program. You'll get educational messages twice a week, a printable tracking log to track your progress, and articles to help you stay on track.   You can sign up here. For more information, contact Margaret Jenkins at or 513-732-7070.

AT THE LIBRARY: The Clermont County Public Library has lots of fall activities with something for everyone. 
* The Short Story Contest continues through Oct. 31. Stories will be accepted from teens and adults.
* Learn more about Bigfoot at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Goshen Library.
* Kids can learn more about forensic science at 1 pm. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Milford-Miami Township Library.
* If you love Stephen King, visit one or both discussion groups about the author: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Milford-Miami Township Library, or 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the New Richmond Library.
* As Veterans Day approaches, listen to stories from veterans who served. The program is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Batavia Library.
* Used Book Sales take place at the Goshen Library Oct. 20 to Oct. 22; Bethel Library Oct. 22 to Oct. 25; and the Milford-Miami Township Library Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.
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