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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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C OMMUNITY J OURNAL C OMMUNITY J OURNAL NORTH CLERMONT 75¢ WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER22,2014BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Your Community Press newspaper serving G oshen Township, J ackson Township, N ewtonsville, O wensville, Stonelick Township, Wayne Township Vol. 34 No. 29 ©2014 The Community Press A LL R IGHTS R ESERVED News .......................... 248-8600 Retail advertising .............. 768-8404 Classified advertising ......... 242-4000 Delivery ........................ 576-8240 See page A2 for additional information Contact us SINKING FEELING B1 Some seaworthy, some not at Cardboard Regatta POLLING PLACE Everything you need to know for Nov. 4 - or before. MIAMI TOWNSHIP — After l ast year’s heavy snows, officials in Clermont County’s Miami T ownship are taking steps to ensure that township roads are c leared this winter. On Oct. 14, the Miami Towns hip Board of Trustees adopted legislation on an emergency basis to allow township officials to declare a snow emergency. Alt hough local governments in Clermont County have the au- t hority under Ohio law to declare snow emergencies, most rely on the county to do so. “In the past, the (Clermont C ounty) sheriff has always de- c lared snow emergencies for t he entire count y,” Miami Towns hip Service Director Mike Mant el said. “But the county is so large t hat the weather conditions in the n orthern part versus the south- e rn part could be drastically different, so how do you declare a countywide snow emergency?” By giving Miami Township t he authority to declare a snow emergency, officials hope it will g ive them another tool to ensure that the township’s 440 streets covering 153 miles are cleared faster this winter. In the past, ve- h icles have parked on both sides o f township streets during h eavy snowfalls, making plow- i ng impossible, especially on cul d e sacs. The township also is ordering 2 00 signs prohibiting parking during snow emergencies. Mant el will start posting them in township neighborhoods next m onth, and he expects to be finished installing them in early D ecember. The prohibition against parking on a township street during a snow emergency won’t take effect until a sign is p osted. When Trustee Mary Makley W olff asked how the township would handle vehicle owners who don’t have anyplace to park their car other than the street, M antel and Miami Township L aw Director Joe Braun said a c ommon sense approach would b e used in enforcement as well a s in deciding where to post no parking during snow emergen- c y signs. Next month, Miami Township w ill start running public service announcements on Time Warner C able notifiying residents of the changes and recommending t hat they sign up for twitter if they haven’t done so to get updates from the service department when snow falls. Informa- t ion also will be posted on the township’s website and face- b ook page. Residents on twitter can follow the service department @miamitwpserv. Despite recent salt short- a ges, Mantel said he should have 2 ,700 tons of salt in the town- s hip’s salt dome when winter beg ins. That’s more than the 2,500 t ons the township uses in an average winter to treat roads. H owever, during last year’s bad winter, the township used 3,700 t ons. Mantel said he has another 3 ,000 tons of salt on order that should arrive between late Dec ember and late January, but he isn’t counting that until it arrives. “Until that salt’s in our dome, w e’re going to be very efficient with our use of salt,” he said. Want to learn more about what’s happening in Miami Township? Follow me on Twitter @CindyL- Schroeder. Miami Township prepares for snow By Cindy Schroeder Mantel MILFORD — To kick off Meado wview Elementary School’s annual walkathon, Principal Rob Dunn has portrayed every- o ne from a pirate walking a ship’s plank to a flag-waving super hero atop a Humvee in a c onvoy of military vehicles. “Each year, it’s getting hard- e r and harder to make a big en- t rance,” Dunn said. “The first year, I jumped out of a plane. T he second year, I came in on a helicopter. How do you top something like that?” F or Meadowview parents, students and staff, the school’s annual walkathon is important b ecause it means the school can buy programming and resources it otherwise couldn’t af- f ord for its 715 students in kindergarten through grade six. That could include things like the Cincinnati Zoo’s ambassador program that brings ani- m als to classrooms, programs from COSI (Center of Science and Industry), as well as the annual teacher appreciation lunch, grants for staff to further i nstruction and the purchase of resources such as lap tops and books. This year, the Oct. 10 event r aised a record $33,000, surpassing the school’s $25,000 goal, said Amy Reindl, who org anized the Meadowview PTA event. To inspire student walkers, p hysical education teacher Adam Langdon creates an annu- a l video for YouTube that’s s creened at a student assembly weeks before the event. Stud ents also can earn prizes, including laser tag or a movie night. Anyone who raises at l east $225 gets to have lunch with the principal at Texas Roadhouse, one of many local c orporate sponsors who help underwrite the event. For parents, the annual “one a nd done” fundraiser offers a break from the constant sales of items like candy, gift wrap and magazines. “It’s so nice as a parent to al- w ays have just this one fundraiser for the school instead of several throughout the year,” said Beth Baker, whose sons, Nathaniel and Nick, are in fifth- a nd second-grade at Meadow- v iew. “The kids really enjoy it too.” F or this year’s walkathon, Meadowview’s seven-year principal faced one of his biggest c hallenges yet – working with a horse. “I kept saying I wouldn’t do i t, because live animals aren’t predictable,” Dunn said. In keeping with this year’s c ountry western theme, the principal relented. Besides the horse, courtesy of the Goshen Horse Thief Detectives, the event featured chickens and g oats at stations along the walkathon route. When the horse balked at CINDY SCHROEDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Students at Milford Schools’ Meadowview Elementary line up to see how Principal Rob Dunn will make his grand entrance at the school’s annual walkathon. CINDY SCHROEDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Rob Dunn, principal of Meadowview Elementary School in Milford, and physical education teacher Adam Langdon help kick off this year’s annual walkathon. The Oct. 10 event raised a record $33,000 for the school with 715 pupils in K-6. Country western walkathon raises record amount for Meadowview Elementary By Cindy Schroeder SeeSCHOOL,PageA2

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