March 2021
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Animal shelter team saves life of gunshot victim
Thanks to quick action by the Clermont County Animal Shelter’s team, a pit bull mix named John Wick survived a gunshot wound.

The Animal Shelter became involved after receiving a call from a concerned citizen who had brought two stray pit bull mixes into her home due to inclement weather. The dogs, both over 2 years old, appeared to be siblings.

A neighbor had shot John Wick with a 45-caliber gun after he attacked her cat.

Program helps those behind on rent, utilities
Clermont County residents who have fallen behind on rent and utility payments (except telephone, cable and Internet) due to the pandemic can get financial help through a new program.

The Board of County Commissioners on Feb. 10 approved a Clermont County Job and Family Services’ contact with Clermont County Community Services to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Fund. Clermont County received $6.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for renters through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

This program covers rental payments that are late and overdue as well as utility payments, including gas, electric, fuel oil, trash removal, and water and sewer.

Job fair features openings in manufacturing, healthcare and more
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On Tuesday, March 9 OhioMeansJobs of Clermont County will present its first Virtual Job Fair. This event is hosted by the BCW|Workforce, operated by the Workforce Investment Board of Butler, Clermont, and Warren Counties, along with OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) and REDI Cincinnati, (a JobsOhio Network Partner).

This virtual career fair will be offered at no cost to employers and job seekers and will focus on the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Logistics & Distribution sectors. Participating employers and job seekers will be offered an immersive virtual career fair experience -- all from the comfort of a computer or mobile device.

There will be hundreds of jobs available in Clermont County from companies like Huhtamaki, HealthSource of Ohio, Cintas, Amazon, Home Instead Senior Care, Milacron, and more.

For more information, including an updated list of employers, please contact Eric Plummer at OhioMeansJobs at eric.plummer@jfs.ohio.gov. The next Virtual Job Fair currently is scheduled for May 4, 2021.
Calls to 528-SAVE increase during pandemic
Ongoing stress due to the pandemic has contributed to increased calls to the Clermont County 528-SAVE Crisis Hotline the past several months.

The Clermont County Crisis Hotline has seen a 21-percent increase in the number of calls in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020, as compared to the previous 12 months. The hotline has also seen an increase in the number of suicidal/crisis calls.

“The long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to take its toll,” said Lee Ann Watson, associate director, Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board. “This has been a challenging time for nearly everyone, especially those with possible underlying behavioral health concerns.”

National Weather Service seeks spotters
Here’s a great opportunity for public service for individuals with interests in weather and communication: Take a free 2-hour virtual class led by a National Weather Service meteorologist to become a Skywarn Weather Spotter.

Skywarn spotters volunteer to become the “eyes and ears” of the National Weather Service. Spotters serve their community by acting as a valuable source of information when dangerous storms approach.

Answering COVID questions
Commissioner Bonnie Batchler (below) and assistant Jennifer Haley (left) helped staff the Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 Call Center (735-8500) in mid-February.
They mainly answered questions about the COVID vaccine and helped people on the Clermont County Public Health's waiting list register for vaccinations, if they didn’t have access to the Internet.
Rides to vaccination appointments
Clermont Senior Services is offering transportation services to those over age 60, to Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

Please call 513-536-4115 to schedule a ride.
Domestic Relations Court announces new hours with no break in service
The Domestic Relations Court and the Clerk of Court, Domestic Relations Division, are pleased to announce the Court’s new hours.

Starting Feb. 16, the Domestic Relations Court is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with no break in service midday.

Judge Mary Lynne Birck thanks her staff as well as Clerk Barb Wiedenbein and her staff for accomplishing this in record speed.
Solid waste districts offer workshop to help prevent wasted food
Did you know that up to 40 percent of food grown and imported into the United States is wasted? Solid Waste Management Districts across Southwest Ohio are working with foodservice businesses and institutions to implement wasted food management practices that save money, benefit society, build customer loyalty, and improve the environment.

At a virtual workshop, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will provide an introduction to implementing wasted food prevention, donation, and diversion programs in institutional kitchens. Participants will participate in two breakout sessions and will have a chance to meet with local service provider experts. Click here to register
Sewer system project moves ahead with purchase of land for plant
A $12.4-million sewer system for the Newtonsville area took another step forward on Feb. 17 when the Board of County Commissioners purchased about 6.5 acres at 794 Wright St. in Wayne Township for construction of a wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewers.

The purchase, recommended by the Clermont County Water Resources Department, was priced at just under $75,000. The project is being funded through a combination of grants, loans, wastewater funds and special assessment of benefited properties.
Now's the time to enroll in Clermont County 4-H
4-H enrollment season is here! Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun through experiential learning. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop skills, become leaders and assist in shaping their communities.

4-H gives youth a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers to cake decorating, from building rockets to raising sheep. 4-Hers go places – to camp, to fairs, to state and national conferences and competitions. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.

Clermont County has nearly forty 4-H clubs, specializing in home economics, leadership, shooting sports and animal science. Through individual and group projects, 4-H instills integrity, service, leadership and personal growth in youth. To view a list of projects and resources, please visit ohio4h.org/familyguide.

To be a 4-H member, a child must be age 8 and in the third grade. For younger children (age 5 and in Kindergarten), Clermont County offers a program called 4-H Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands on interest areas. Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan.

To learn more about 4-H or to find a club in your area and advisor contact information, please visit our website, or contact Kelly Royalty, 4-H Youth Development Educator, at 513-732-7070 or email royalty.9@osu.edu.
OSUE Clermont offers Successful Co-Parenting
Successful Co-Parenting Online is an online educational class that familiarizes parents with information, skills, and techniques to minimize the negative effects of separation and divorce on children to promote positive adjustment during the divorce process.

Backed by the online security of Ohio State University, SCP Online offers individuals a confidential, self-paced learning experience. A trained Extension professional will host each participant as he or she progresses through the program. These trained hosts will respond to questions as well as verify completion of the class.

Successful Co-Parenting is being offered in cooperation with the Clermont County Court of Domestic Relations and meets the co-parenting education requirement assigned by the court. Participants need 90 minutes – 2hrs to complete the course. A certificate of completion will be emailed to participants upon completion of the course. Registration is $35 per person and payable online by credit card through a secure registration site (Cvent). There are NO refunds issued for this course.
Two appointed as park commissioners
Clermont County Probate Judge James A. Shriver has appointed two new members to the Clermont County Board of Park Commissioners. John Stowell, a long-time resident of Miami Township, and Andrew McAfee, a lifetime resident of Union Township, have joined David Anspach, who has served on the board since 1997. This year, Anspach will serve as chairman and Stowell as vice chairman.

Stowell and McAfee fill the seats left open by long-time board members Ken Stewart and William Stearns, both of whom retired at the end of 2020.  All three commissioners serve three-year terms without pay and provide stewardship over Clermont County’s six parks, three nature preserves, the Williamsburg-Batavia bike trail and several green spaces.

Stowell (above) is retired from Duke Energy where he served in a number of executive positions, including leading the company’s government affairs, energy and environmental policy and international policy groups. In his 28 years with the company, he worked with Congress to help shape the Clean Air Act of 1990 and repeal the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. He is originally from Buchanan, Mich., and is a 1975 graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in journalism. He lives in Miami Township just outside of Loveland with his wife Marlene. They have two grown children, Maria and Stephen.

Stowell, who describes himself as an avid bicyclist and outdoors lover, said he was anxious, upon his retirement, to contribute toward improving the community. The opening on the park board, he said, provided that opportunity.

“My goal as a board member is to help and improve and grow our outstanding county park system,” he said. “I am particularly excited about our latest addition at Grailville, which will bring recreational and educational opportunities to residents in the northern part of our county.”
McAfee (left) is the Director of Government Affairs for the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Field Representative in Clermont County and, during the recent election, took a leave of absence to serve as his campaign manager. Adopted as a baby from Honduras, McAfee is a lifelong resident of Clermont County and resides in Union Township. He is a graduate of Glen Este High School, the University of Cincinnati, and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Administration at Eastern Kentucky University.

McAfee’s interest in Clermont County parks goes back to his childhood.

“Growing up, I was a frequent visitor of the parks throughout Clermont County," he said. "During the stay-at-home order early last year, I really got to know all of the parks even better as an alternative to the gym. When I saw the opportunity to join the board, I thought it would be a great way to protect and promote the parks that I have grown to love throughout my life.

“As a young professional in Clermont County, I’m really looking forward to working with the parks team on ways to promote and highlight all of the great things our parks have to offer, especially to millennials and young families. We have so much to offer here in Clermont County and I cannot wait to help showcase all of our great parks!”
Gates appointed to Commission on Dispute Resolution
The Supreme Court of Ohio has appointed Magistrate Penny Gates to the Commission on Dispute Resolution serving as the nominee of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, serving a 3-year term that began Jan. 1.

"The Justices of the Court appreciate your commitment to serve your profession and the people of Ohio as a member of the Commission on Dispute Resolution," Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said.
Give input into improvement plan
Clermont County Public Health and local partners are seeking input from the community to help guide the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The CHIP is a long-term plan used to address public health concerns in a community. The plans are based on the assessment of the needs of a community and feedback from the citizens in that community.

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