September 2019
Your monthly news & updates
The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition will join with the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention this year for the 18th annual Candlelight Vigil honoring loved ones lost to suicides on Sept. 10, National Suicide Awareness Day, at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park, 425 Victor Stier Drive, Milford. Also, in September, Clermont County will join 14 counties across Ohio to Stand Up to Suicide. Communities are coming together to train the most people possible in the suicide prevention tactics of Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR).
Lack of hope, isolation contribute to suicide trends

As Clermont County prepares for the National Suicide Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil (details above) on Sept. 10, we face some stark -- and perhaps startling -- realities:

• Middle-age white men (ages 45-64) complete suicide more than any other age group, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. White males accounted for seven in 10 suicide deaths in 2017.

• In 2017, Clermont County adults ages 45-54 had the highest rate of suicide, followed by those 85 and older. Nationwide, suicide rates for women 45-64 increased nearly 60 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For men that age, the rate increased about 37 percent.

• Clermont County had the state’s 16th-highest suicide rate, 2008-1017, according to the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Public Health. During that period, 310 people took their own lives, or nearly 16 per 100,000, representing 11,161 years of lost life. Just under half died from firearms.
Commissioner Claire Corcoran, Tracy Trammell, Tina McDerman and Michelle Snyder of the Records Center, Commissioner David Painter, Commissioner Ed Humphrey cut the ribbon at the new Clermont County Records Center.
New Records Center opens
Local officials celebrated opening of the $2.5 million, 20,000-square-foot Records Center, off Clermont Center Drive behind the Clermont County Family Support Center, on Aug. 26. 

The building holds records for more than 40 county offices and departments. The new facility allows Clermont County to continue its mission of securely storing and preserving the records of Clermont County for generations to come.

An old Records Center had outgrown its office on Main Street in the Village of Batavia. 

Vote now for SWCD Board of Supervisors post
If you are a resident or landowner in Clermont County, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites you to participate in the election for its Board of Supervisors. The election runs through the annual meeting at the County Fairgrounds in Owensville on Sept. 12.

One person will be elected to the Board for a three-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2020. Candidates for the election include Laura Carlier and Connie O’Connor. Candidate biographies can be viewed at Votes can be cast at Clermont SWCD’s office on the fairgrounds, or a request form for an absentee ballot can be downloaded from the District’s web site.

More teens and parents see alcohol, pot use as OK
While grateful that attention to the opiate crisis has helped reduce overdoses the past three years, Director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County Mary Wolff expresses alarm about “drugs of initiation” – alcohol, marijuana and liquid nicotine (e-cigarettes).

The percentage of both middle and high school students reporting a perception of parental disapproval of these substances has decreased. So has the percentage of middle and high school youth reporting a perceived risk of using these drugs.

Attention to the opiate crisis and the legalization of marijuana in some states has helped shape perceptions.

Wolff notes that, on average, children in Clermont County first use alcohol, marijuana or nicotine at age 13. However, local data shows that despite the perception that everyone uses alcohol and drugs, the majority of Clermont County youth do NOT use these substances.

Board gears up for big election
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited on Aug. 13 with Clermont County Board of Elections leaders and staff as part of his tour of counties across the state. "The world is watching," LaRose told his local partners in the election process. He spoke of the responsibility to ensure a "fair, honest, accurate" process as Ohio once again finds itself as a swing state in a contentious presidential election.
Board of Elections hears from Secretary of State Frank LaRose (center, in front of flag).
Recording fee changes coming
On Oct. 17, statewide recording fees for most documents will increase by $6 due to the enactment of HB 166 state budget legislation, according to Clermont County Recorder Deborah Hall Clepper.

Gala benefits Senior Services
Clermont Senior Services' 20th Annual Touching Hearts Gala takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Norlyn Manor in Batavia. The event features a casino night with games, entertainment and an auction.

Adult Day Services open event

Check out the amazing things happening at the Adult Day Services Open House at the Lois Brown Dale Welcome Center 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20. The center provides a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment for older adults with physical and cognitive impairments.

Schedule immunizations now
Now that school has started, don’t forget your child’s immunizations! If you have a student in Kindergarten, 7th grade, or 12th grade, they may need up-to-date immunizations for school.

Click here for a list of required vaccines for school.

If you still need school immunizations you can schedule an appointment with Clermont County Public Health by calling 513-735-8400. 
Mental Health and Recovery Board awards 14 mini-grants
Clermont County's Mental Health and Recovery Board has awarded 14 mini-grants to local organizations for the period of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. The Mental Health and Recovery Board plans, funds, and monitors mental health and addiction services locally.

The grants will fund programs that enhance mental health and/or prevent addiction in Clermont County.The grant applications were initially reviewed by a three-member committee. A total of $40,910 was allocated, with maximum funding per project of $4,000.

Honoring Detective Bill Brewer
U.S. Rep Brad Wenstup on Aug. 19 presented Sheriff Steve Leahy with a flag that flew over the Capitol the day that Detective Bill Brewer was buried, Feb. 8, 2019.

On Feb. 2, Detective Brewer was shot while in the line of duty. The 20-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office later died as a result of gunshot wounds.

A gathering of local officials was on hand for the memorial, including Commissioners David Painter and Claire Corcoran, Auditor Linda Fraley and Recorder Deborah Clepper.
At our parks in September  

Family Canoe Day
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Chilo Lock 34 Park
Join us for a 2-mile paddle on the Ohio River and into the estuary of the Crooked Run Nature Preserve. Learn about the park’s unique history and the many creatures that call the area home. Afterward, we’ll have a hot dog lunch on the grill. Space is limited. Registration is required to

Wildlife Wednesday – Birds of a Feather
10 to 11 a.m. Wed. Sept. 18, Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center
Birds are very unique animals. How do they stay in the air? Why do some fly south while others endure freezing winters? Join us as we dive into the world of our feathered friends.

Friday Night Hikes – Family Campfire and Night Hike 
7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Chilo Lock 34 Park
Have a s’more and a little campfire fun with your favorite naturalists. We’ll enjoy stories and fun activities before we hit the trails. RSVPs are appreciated to

Great Outdoor Weekend – East Fork Canoe Adventure
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, Sycamore Park
We are once again partnering with our friends at the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District for a short paddle on the East Fork Little Miami River. Naturalists will give a brief talk along the way about the surrounding flora and fauna while you enjoy nature from the water. Children over 5 are welcome. Participants need to be able to get in and out of canoes and walk through shallow waters. You will get wet! The canoe float will begin at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited. Registration is required to

Great Outdoor Weekend – Wonderful Water
Sunday, Sept. 29
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Izaak Walton League (544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd, Loveland, OH 45140)
2 to 4 p.m., Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center (211 Railroad Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140)
Drop by at either time and place to explore beneath our river’s surface. Try your hand at testing river water quality, and see what animals depend on our healthy river systems.

At our libraries in September

September is a great month to visit a Clermont County Public Library. Besides checking out a book or two, mark your calendar for one of these great programs. Visit for a full list of activities.

• Used Book Sale at the Union Township Library, Aug. 31 to Sept. 7.

• Cinci Martial Arts Presents an Anti-Bullying Workshop, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Miami Township.

• The Cincinnati Zoo will visit at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Owensville.

• The Amelia Garden Club will show you how to save seeds for your spring garden, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Amelia.

• Learn how to raise a bonsai tree, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Miami Township.

• Learn the stories behind the Andy Griffith Show, 11 a.m. Sept. 14, Miami Township.

• Escape room challenge: Escape the Toy Box, starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 14, Amelia.

• Used Book Sale, Sept. 14, Sept. 16 and Sept. 17, Bethel.

• Ken Williamson will discuss his time in Vietnam, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Miami Township.

• Teens and young adults will learn how to handle their finances, 6 p.m. Sept. 23, Union Township.

• Learn about education savings plans, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Miami Township.

• Ohio Night Stalkers, who track Bigfoot, will visit, 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Miami Township.

• Learn about the Bricca Family Murders, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Union Township.

Library plans free event with many activities for small children
If you have small children, mark your calendar for the Clermont County Public Library's Ready to Read Festival 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Miami Township Branch, 5920 Buckwheat Road.

The Corner will provide the music. Every child who has finished the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program will be recognized. Children can wander through the pretend town to take part in lots of activities, including sensory stations, an iPad play center, and games. Story times will begin at 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Visit all the stations and get a map stamped to win a free book to take home.

Additional activities will be provided by community partners who are part of Play Learn and Grow, including balloon animals, a photo booth, music and free car seat checks by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

This is a free event and no registration is required.
Monte Carlo-theme fundraiser benefits Clermont County Animal Shelter
Don’t miss the chance to join Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society for an exciting Monte Carlo-theme fundraiser with dinner, games and silent auction. This is the society's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. 

Special guest emcee for the evening is Mollie Watson from Q102, with Julie Bauke, CACHS board president, and Meaghan Colville, director of Lifesaving Programs, talking about CARE’s mission and impact in Clermont County. 

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