March 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Sorting through recycling helps planning
Hannah Lubbers, director of the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District, and team on Feb. 21 sorted items dropped off at the Pattison Park recycling bin. Among the more unusual non-recyclable items found in the containers? A set of encyclopedias, a lawn chair and a damaged cooler full of rotting food.

Their findings will help determine how much -- and what type of -- contamination enters the county's recycling stream. The information will be used in an education campaign.

“We’ll do another sort after a month or two of signage at the site," Lubbers said. "Then we’ll hope to see less contamination in the drop-off – things like plastic bags, polystyrene, garbage, et cetera.”

The Solid Waste District pays Rumpke for recycling -- and contamination drives up the cost, as it requires more sorting. Counties around the state have seen rising costs, so the district is working to head off large increases.

Much confusion centers around plastics. Rumpke only recycles bottles and jugs where the mouth is smaller than containers. Yogurt tubs, for example, are not recyclable. Also, please put recyclables in paper bags or cardboard boxes because plastic bags get caught in sorting equipment.

The audit and ensuing educational campaign are funded by a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“We have a long history working with the Solid Waste District,” said Chris Clingman, Clermont Park District director. “We both want to preserve and protect Clermont County’s natural resources, so kicking off the education campaign at Pattison Park is a great fit."

Here's more info about recycling: https://oeq.net/recycling/
Two graduate from Family Recovery Court
Chrissy Lilly, 34, of Batavia, and Amy Lyons, 40, of Batavia, graduated from Clermont County Family Recovery Court on Jan. 30. A previous graduate, Lorraine Brock, had the honor of giving the speech.

Clermont County Family Recovery Court, a specialized docket under Judge James A. Shriver, emphasizes treatment over punishment. It helps participants re-establish themselves in many ways, including finding employment, establishing housing, taking care of legal matters, and creating a sober support system, while at the same time attending Substance Use Disorder (drug addiction) treatment.

On average, the program takes more than a year to complete. Families (couples or individuals) voluntarily enter Family Recovery Court.

Congratulations to Amy and Chrissy!
County enhances election security
The Clermont County Board of Elections recently announced the successful completion of security upgrades required by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

“The Clermont County Board of Elections and the County Information Systems Department worked diligently to meet the secretary of state’s directive,” said Julia Carney, director, Clermont County Board of Elections. “The implemented security enhancements will serve to defend the security and integrity of Ohio’s elections.”

Ohio program helps with notification of kin
Through the Next of Kin Emergency Contact Information Program, Ohioans can identify the person they choose to be notified in the event they are involved in an accident or emergency leaving them unable to communicate with law enforcement or emergency medical providers.

The Next of Kin program gives Ohioans with a driver's license, temporary permit or State ID the option of adding emergency contact information to their Ohio driver's license/ID record.

State tests digital messages on SR 32
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Division of Statewide Planning is piloting a digital message board project on westbound SR 32, between the Glen Este-Withamsville Road intersection and the Eastgate Boulevard interchange, Feb.10-March 6.

Motorists can see travel times to key locations and updates about construction or crashes.

Traditionally, ODOT has not used the signs on Ohio’s non-freeway routes to display travel times.

County Commissioners appoint experienced chief dog warden
Clermont County Commissioners on Feb. 12 appointed Troy Taylor (center) as chief dog warden. He brings years of experience from a position in Nebraska.

Pictured (from left) Carolyn Evans, executive director of Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, Commissioner Claire Corcoran, Taylor, Commissioner David Painter and Commissioner Ed Humphrey.
Clermont County gears up for accurate 2020 census count
Matt Van Sant (right) of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 12 joined Jeff Blom (left) of the Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tyla Ward of the U.S. Census Bureau to give an update about the Clermont Counts effort. Kelly Perry of Clermont County Community and Economic Development also participated in the briefing.

They explained how partners from business, government, education and other areas are coming together to ensure an accurate count in this year's census. A group of volunteers received training across the hall from the county commissioners' session room after the update.

Commissioners thanked the group for volunteering its time. They stressed the importance of census data in determining federal funding and representation in Congress.
Registration for Clermont County 4-H program ends March 15
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 40 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, check out the 2020 4-H Family Guide, and visit Project Central to preview project book content and activities. 

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 f ind a club in your area, please visit the About Clermont County 4-H page, or contact Kelly Royalty, Clermont County director & 4-H youth development educator, at 513-732-7070 or email royalty.9@osu.edu.
Senior Services seeks exhibits
Clermont Senior Services is seeking exhibitors to attend the annual Senior Living Expo on May 15, at Crossroads East Side.

Registration is available online: http://clermontseniors.com/events/2020-senior-living-expo/ or by contacting Jennifer Harcourt at 513-536-4022 or jharcourt@clermontseniors.com

Primary election takes place soon

Early voting started on Feb. 19 at the Clermont County Board of Elections for the March 17 primary.

Polls will be open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on March 17.
Staff and volunteers from Clermont County.

Many dogs, cats adopted
Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society enjoyed a successful adoption weekend at My Furry Valentine, the region's largest adoption event, Feb. 15-16, in Sharonville. MFV was founded and is led by members of the Clermont Animal CARE leadership team. More than 600 adoptions took place. Twenty-one Clermont dogs and 15 cats were adopted.
Clermont County hiring for variety of positions
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Bids sought for park improvements
Clermont County Commissioners on Feb. 19 approved a request to advertise for bids for improvements to Pierce Township Park.

The project includes construction of 1,991 feet of multi-use trail, extending the existing trail network into the southwest portion of the park. Plans also call for constructing a berm along the south side of Locust Corner Road. It includes improvements to the pedestrian crossing of Locust Corner Road and additional drainage.

The request was made in concert with a Pierce Township Board of Trustees grant project ratified by the Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 6. The Pierce Township Trustees applied for a Federal Grant to complete this project and the County will be administering and inspecting the construction of the project on behalf of Pierce Township.The project is estimated to cost $235,000 with 80 percent of the costs covered by the Federal Grant and the remaining costs funded by Pierce Township Trustees.

Bids will be received until 2 p.m. March 19.
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At our parks in March

The Clermont Park District celebrates one of the area’s sweetest natural resources – maple syrup.
 
The 15th Annual Pancakes in Park event is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Pattison Park Lodge (2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103).
 
Breakfast tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available at the door and include pancakes served with real maple syrup, sausage and beverages.
 
In addition to the meal, Pancakes in the Park offers guests the opportunity to tour the sugar bush trail and sugar shack, see demonstrations on making syrup, pioneer demonstrations by the Grassy Run Historical Arts Society and enjoy interpretive displays on nature and history.
 
A $30 bucket sponsorship gets interested supporters two complimentary tickets to the breakfast, a bottle of the Park District’s blue-ribbon maple syrup and their name/message on a bucket for display as guests tour the sugar bush trail. 
 
Sponsorship deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Please fill out the sponsorship registration form here
 
“This event has become a wonderful tradition for the Park District, one of our signature events,” said Park District Director Chris Clingman said. “We’re looking forward to having people enjoying the meal, enjoying the chance to learn and just enjoying a morning in the park.” 
 
Pancakes in the Park also marks the first big event of the Park District’s 50th anniversary year. A free commemorative magazine highlighting the past, present and future of the district will be available to guests.
 
Since January, Park District staff and volunteers have been on the sugar bush trail tapping trees and collecting sap to make syrup. (It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of syrup.)
 
The Park District interpretive team offers a variety of maple-related programs to a wide range of audiences leading up to Pancakes in the Park.
 
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At our libraries in March

Even though the groundhog said Spring is just around the corner, the weather is still chilly enough to enjoy some great programs at one of your Clermont County Public Libraries.

• Learn how to recognize someone in crisis and offer help, QPR Training, Miami Township Library, 1 p.m. March 2.

• Get a healthy start for your child during this breastfeeding class, Amelia, 6 p.m. March 3.

• Enjoy a puppet show, Union Township, 6:30 p.m. March 3.

• Meet some Cool Critters, Batavia, 6:30 p.m. March 3.

• Get your garden started, New Richmond, 2 p.m. March 7.

• Cook with your family with the New Leaf Garden, Union Township, 10 a.m. March 7.

• Get help with your income taxes, Union Township, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through April 13.

• Make a clock with an old vinyl record, Union Township, 6:30 p.m. March 17.

• Used Book Sale, Union Township, March 20 and March 21.

• Learn the history of railroads, Owensville, 6:30 p.m. March 23.

• Cincinnati Etiquette & Leadership Institute presents Principals of Professionalism and Favorable First Impressions, Miami Township, 6 p.m. March 24.

• Learn another side to Abraham Lincoln, the storyteller, Williamsburg, 6:30 p.m. March 24.

• Discover the art of Bonsai trees, Felicity, 6:30 p.m. March 30.

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