Clermont County Ohio
September 2016
We're hiring vehicle operators

The   Clermont Transportation Connection  (CTC) has several openings for full-time and part-time CDL vehicle operators, as well as full-time non-CDL vehicle operator/CDL trainees.

"We're looking for applicants who enjoy driving and like to help people," said CTC Director Lisa Gatwood. "Our bus drivers pride themselves on their customer service."

CTC provides bus service for Clermont County residents. It offers both fixed-route buses that go between New Richmond and Amelia and downtown Cincinnati Monday-Friday during commute hours, as well as door-to-door routes through its Dial-A-Ride service.

Candlelight vigil Sept. 14
Remembering lives lost to suicide

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 14, when the Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts its 15th  annual candlelight vigil to remember, honor, and cherish the lives of those individuals lost to suicide in Clermont County over the past year. Anyone whose life has been touched by suicide is welcome to attend and pay tribute to their loved one. 
Time & Date:  6:30-8 p.m. , Sept. 14
Where:  Union Township Veterans Memorial Park
Glen Este-Withamsville Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: Lee Ann Watson, 513.732.5400
Hope to offer addiction resource services
127 in summer youth jobs program 

Scott and Lori Conley of Empower Youth with three of their hires:  Angelic Williams, left, Brianna Behymer, and Virginia Hall at Woodlands Lake Camp.

Our 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program had a record number of participants: 48 employers hired 127 young people from throughout Clermont County. 

County school districts again stepped up, hiring 79 teens.  As employers in the community, school districts directly help their own students by offering them summer jobs.
Empower Youth,  a non-profit based in Bethel, hired five youth this summer. Find out more about Empower and the teens they hired, whose work helped contribute to their community.

We thank all the employers who partnered with Clermont County Job and Family Services and Easter Seals TriState to make this happen.
Tire amnesty day Sept. 10
The Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District and Jackson Township Trustees are sponsoring a FREE scrap tire collection event 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.  10. The drop-off is at 3347 U.S. 50, just east of Aber Road. (This is not the Township Hall/Fire Department.) A second amnesty day will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8  at Adams Waste & Recycling, 95 Trefz Road, West Union.

This event is to help clean up scrap tires in the community and may be the last free opportunity to do so.  Businesses and individuals that generate tires as part of their normal course of business are not eligible as this is not a program to subsidize used tire shops and trucking companies.  Tires on rims and agricultural tires will be accepted.  Questions? Call  513.732.7745.
September reminder: Have a plan ready

September is National Preparedness Month.  This is the time of year to review the four steps of preparedness to ensure you are ready for disaster:

Get a kit: Have at least a three-day supply of food, water, and medicinal needs. Don't forget your pets!
Make a plan: How will you contact family/friends during an emergency? Make a communications plan today!
Be informed: Know the hazards of the area(s) where you live and work.

Get involved: Volunteer, take first aid training, or participate in community exercises.

Find more information about preparedness at or

Also, more resources can be found on
Clermont County Emergency Management Agency's new page.
Disaster workshop for small businesses
Disasters, and the interruption of services they cause, cost time, money and resources.  In fact, studies show that one in four businesses do not reopen after a disaster.

Is your small business ready to take on a disaster? If not, plan to attend a two-hour workshop Sept. 13 (including a free lunch) that will focus on how to prepare for emergencies. Among the topics:
  • Smart practices for business continuity planning
  • Overview of cyber security defense methods
  • What businesses should expect following a disaster
  • How your company can help the local community recover
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
Eastgate  Brew 'n View
4450 Eastgate Blvd., Suite H

Sponsors: Siemens PLM Software, Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy, Clermont County Emergency Management Agency, and the Small Business Development Center at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce
News from around the county
Retired Justice Stratton brings Stepping Up Initiative to Clermont County 

 Members of Clermont County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and others met with Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Aug. 26 at the Batavia Township Community Center to find out more about the Stepping Up Initiative in Ohio. Stepping Up is a national project to reduce the number of mentally ill people in jail through better intervention services and professional training. (Clermont County supports this initiative, and has collaborated on this issue for several years.) Above, from left, Commissioner David Uible, Justice Stratton, Commissioner Bob Proud, Commissioner Ed Humphrey, and Chief Deputy Steve Leahy.

CHILI COOK OFF:  The Clermont County Park District will hold its first ever  Chilo Chili Cook Off & Fall Fest from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Chilo Lock #34. You'll find l ive music, games, animal encounters and chili served up by the county's favorite local restaurants.   All proceeds will benefit Clermont County Park District's naturalist and outreach programs, Scout groups and homeschool groups. If you are interested in participating in the Cook Off, click here. Information about tickets can be found on the Park District's website. Also coming up at the Park District: Girl Scout canoe trip Sept. 11; Wildlife Wednesday Sept. 14 at Little Miami Conservancy; Bark in the Park Sept. 18 at Sycamore Park, and Mommy and Me Fitness Class Saturdays at Sycamore Park through Sept. 24For more information  and details on these Park District programs click here

SAVE THE MONARCHS: Monarch butterflies could use your help! The Ohio Pollinator Habitat I nitiative  (OPHI) is asking the public to collect and drop off common and swamp milkweed seed pods from established plants from Sept. 1-Oct. 30 at collection stations around the state. The seeds will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio in the coming years. Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District will collect the pods at its office at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville, OH 45160. Read more here.

TOUCHING HEARTS GALA: Clermont Senior Services is hosting its 17th Annual Touching Hearts Gala on Friday, Sept. 9, at Receptions-Eastgate. Last-minute tickets are still available by clicking here , or by calling the office at 513.724.1255. The evening will consist of a fantastic meal, live music, raffles, live auctions, and casino gaming tables. Plan to attend and support the work of Clermont Senior Services in our community.

LIP SYNC BATTLE FOR DD: Join Clermont DD for its latest fundraiser as local community members compete in a  Lip Sync Battle on Oct. 1. This event will be held at Jungle Jim's "Paradise Pavilion" and is presented by the Clermont DD Empowers Me Board to raise money for equipment that is used in our Respite Program. The Lip Sync Battle will include a raffle, along with the best (and funniest) entertainment Clermont County has to offer!  For more information, email Lisa Davis at or call her at 513.732.4921.

WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? Clermont County Public Health is offering a free tobacco cessation class to the public 5:30-6:45 p.m. Sept. 19 at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Suite 103, Batavia. The class will be led by a public health nurse and tobacco treatment specialist. The class will cover the health and financial effects of tobacco use, education about nicotine addiction, withdrawal symptoms, FDA-approved medications and the basics of a quit plan. Call 513.735.8421 to sign up.

The Clermont County Public Library is a source of many activities and events in September:
* Short Story Contest. Enter your short story now through Oct. 31. Visit for more information.
* Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the Amelia Library.
* Visit our Appalachian Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Felicity Library.
* If you like a good mystery, join us for the Hopeless Diamond Heist, A Library Mystery Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Williamsburg Library.
* The Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo will be at the Batavia Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, and at the New Richmond Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
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