Clermont County Ohio
December 2017
38 children find Forever Families
Savannah, Sam, Erica, Samantha Steele
Savannah, left, Sam, Erica, and Samantha Steele.

It will be a joyous holiday for many "new" families in Clermont County. By the end of 2017, 38 children who were in the permanent care of Children's Protective Services will have been adopted by 23 families.

Seven families adopted sibling groups of two; and four families adopted sibling groups of three. Five of those adopted were between the ages of 15 and 18. 

We recently visited one of these families. Meet Erica Steele, and her official new daughters, Samantha and SavannahRead more here about their family.
New Humane Society to manage shelter
Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society (CACHS) will assume operations of the county animal shelter beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. On Nov. 29, Commissioners approved the nonprofit as the shelter's new operator for a one-year term, with the option to extend the contract for two additional years. The contract amount is for $310,000.

CACHS presented an ambitious proposal that pledged to reduce shelter intake; accept owner surrenders; and engage the community by offering opportunities to volunteer, foster, donate and adopt.  Read more here.
Body Scanner makes jail safer

Capt. Mike McConnell on how a new body scanner at County Jail 
has made the jail safer for inmates and staff.
Aicholtz street address changes OK'd
Commissioners on Nov. 8 approved several street address changes as a result of the Aicholtz Road Connector project, which has been completed. The changes were recommended by County Engineer Pat Manger.  Read more here.  
Public Health earns accreditation
  Congratulations to Clermont County Public Health! It is now officially accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board.The path to national accreditation began in 2011. To become accredited, CCPH had to show it met or exceeded a set of standards by going through a self-assessment and peer review. The accreditation program works to improve the quality of the nation's public health departments. Read more here.
Deadline is Dec. 8 for syringe services survey
Clermont County Public Health continues to seek input on a proposed syringe services program (SSP).

SSPs are intended to reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. The programs provide access to sterile syringes to people who inject drugs. The program can also make referrals to substance use disorder counseling and treatment programs. They also provide education on the prevention of infection and offer testing and referral for treatment for hepatitis C and HIV.

The proposed program in Clermont County would be a collaborative effort between Clermont County Public Health, Hamilton County Public Health, the Cincinnati Exchange Project, and Mercy Health Clermont. If approved by Public Health's board, a van would come to Mercy Clermont's parking lot a half-day a week.

Please go to this link to find out more about the program and participate in a survey. The deadline to participate in the survey is Friday, Dec. 8.
December at our parks

Winter Lecture Series: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 (tonight), Pattison Park Lodge
Learn about the birds that endure winter and what they like to eat. Ornithologist Jay Stenger speaks on how to help these tough birds, and Raptor Inc. will introduce you to local birds of prey. Free.
Pop-up Naturalist Series -- Animal Tracks & Signs: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Kelley Nature Preserve
Hone your observation skills for our LAST Pop-Up Naturalist program of the year! During this naturalist- guided program, we will introduce you to local wildlife and provide tips on how to identify these elusive creatures. Free.

Learn to Square Dance! Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Pattison Park Lodge
Grab your partner and save the dates for FREE square dance lessons with musicians and caller, Barb Hirst Shade Childers and Russ Childers. First lesson is Jan. 16, then every Tuesday -- Jan. 23, 30; Feb. 13, 20, 27. Final square dance party March 13. Call 513.240.2615 or email to register for these lessons! YEE HAW!

  Clermont County Park District
News from around the county

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, better known as NAMI of Southwest Ohio, held its 8th Annual Evening of Hope on Nov. 1 at the Cintas Center where it announced its Excellence in Mental Health Care awards. This year, Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, was recognized for Outstanding Leadership in a Community Setting. In addition,  Dr. Katherine Schmidt, also from Clermont County who works for Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, received the Exemplary Psychiatrist award. From left, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services CEO Jeff O'Neil; Heather Turner, NAMI Executive Director; Karen Scherra; Dr. Katherine Schmidt; and MHRB Chairperson Karen Conrad. Read more here.
News from around the county
RAIN BARREL ARTISTS: Professional and student and amateur artists are invited to apply to be a part of the 6th annual Rain Barrel Art Project, a joint effort of  Save Local Waters , and the  Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

As part of this initiative, students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley are asked to submit artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels that are then displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo and auctioned off to raise funds for conservation education. Read more here.

OVI GRADUATION: The Clermont County Municipal OVI Court Specialized Docket held its 26th graduation ceremony on Nov. 1. (OVI is an acronym for operating a vehicle while impaired.) The event, presided over by OVI Court Judge Kevin T. Miles, featured seven graduates. Nicholas Melvin, a substance abuse counselor at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, was the guest speaker. The OVI Court Specialized Docket is dedicated to rehabilitating high-risk multiple OVI offenders through a combination of intensive community control supervision, frequent judicial monitoring, and specialized substance abuse treatment at the Clermont Recovery Center. To learn more, contact Brian Dixon at 513.732.8142.

Brenda Bayne and Mary Huddle 4-H VOLUNTEERS: OSU Extension Clermont County celebrated its 4-H volunteers at its annual banquet on Nov. 17. In particular, Brenda Bayne and Mary Huddle  (photo at right) were honored as recipients of the Clermont County 4-H Committee Leadership and Service Award. Brenda is the head adviser of Ruff 'n Stuff 4-H'ers and serves on the Clermont County 4-H Committee. Mary is the head adviser of Young Riders 4-H, serves as the horse consultant for the Junior Fair, and is on the Clermont County Horse Committee. Congratulations, Brenda and Mary!

AT THE LIBRARY: The tradition continues this holiday at the Clermont County Public Library. Make a gingerbread house together as a family to enjoy all season. We have lots of times available. Visit our website for a list of times and dates. 

The library also has the following programs planned for December:

* Winterfest, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9, New Richmond
* Art Academy Family Art Day, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Milford-Miami Township
* Create a 3D Collage, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Goshen 
* A Night of Christmas Splendor, 6 p.m., Dec. 12, Bethel
* A Visit from the Cultural Center of India, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Union Township
* Learn how to take great photos, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Williamsburg
The library will be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 25.

Enjoy your holiday!

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