REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Sept. 12, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) today announced that Monroe Township in Clermont County is free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This follows the eradication of ALB from Stonelick and Batavia townships in March.
“We are excited to see continued success due to the dedication of our state, federal and local partners in the fight against the Asian longhorned beetle,” said Tim Derickson, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This is one more important step to rid this pest from Ohio and we will continue to work together to achieve this common goal.”
Derickson was joined by USDA APHIS representatives, as well as community leaders at an announcement ceremony and tree planting in Fair Oak Park, near the quarantined area in Monroe Township. Commissioners Ed Humphrey and David Painter also spoke.
ODA and USDA APHIS will move to lift the quarantine of Monroe Township. The beetle was first discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County in June 2011. ALB quarantines remain in effect for Tate Township, East Fork State Park and portions of the East Fork Wildlife Area.
Residents should remain vigilant and inspect their trees regularly for signs of the beetle. Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.
Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.
To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.
BATAVIA, Ohio – Interested in learning more about county government? Have you ever seen a K-9 team in action? Do you want to find out more about the county’s Opiate Task Force? If so, please join us in April during National County Government Month.
Clermont County will hold several open houses and activities during the month.
The public is invited and is asked to register at https://clermontcountyohio.gov//national-county-government-month or call Kathleen Williams at 513.732.7597, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 7
Celebrate the outdoors at Sycamore Park
10 a.m.-noon: Nest Fest at Sycamore Park. Learn how to identify bird eggs and nests, use your “owl eyes” for our egg hunt and meet birds of prey up close thanks to our friends at RAPTOR Inc.
Address: 4082 SR 132, Batavia
Meet your new pet
1-2 p.m.: Meet the folks at the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society animal shelter, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia. The new managers of the animal shelter will talk about their philosophy and initiatives. You can also meet the dogs and cats available for adoption.
Address: 4025 Filager Road, Batavia
Thursday, April 12
Celebrating successes in the opiate epidemic fight
2-3:30 p.m.: Join Clermont County’s Opiate Task Force as it celebrates Ohio’s ‘A Week of Appreciation,’ Batavia Township Community Center. Learn more about the task force’s accomplishments, initiatives and resources as it thanks those who have been on the front lines of fighting this epidemic. Light refreshments.
Address: Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike, Batavia
Saturday, April 14
Rendezvous on the River
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Help the Clermont County Park District celebrate spring and National County Government Month with the season-opening event at Chilo Lock 34 Park. We’ll have food, fun and special guests on every floor of the Visitors Center from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy the playground, hike the trails and watch the mighty Ohio River from the boat ramp or the observation deck all day long.
Address: 521 County Park Road, Chilo (off U.S. 52)
Thursday, April 19
Ensuring public health
2-3 p.m.: Public Health is more than just flu shots. Visit your Public Health officials at the Clermont County Public Health Nursing Division to see what it takes to protect the health of Clermont County and its residents.
Birth certificates, flu shots, septic system inspections, plumbing permits, restaurant inspections, WIC, free car seats for needy families, and reducing drug overdoses in the community are just a few of the things that Public Health does. Stop by for an open house and talk to your public health department.
Address: 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Suite 200, Batavia
Enforcing laws & protecting citizens
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Tour the Sheriff’s Office. See the Crime Lab. In the parking lot, see a demonstration by the K-9 unit, and the Special Response Team – including a robot used in dangerous situations.
Address: 4470 SR 222, Batavia – please park in adjacent Municipal Court parking lot
Saturday, April 21
Spring Litter Clean-Up
This annual volunteer event is held in communities throughout Clermont County. Appreciate our county’s beauty? Volunteer to be part of this countywide event – whether in cities, townships and villages, along the Little Miami and East Fork, or at East Fork State Park. Find out more information here: https://www.springlittercleanup.com/. #GreenClermont
Tuesday, April 24
Protecting our water & environment
10-11:30 a.m.: Tour the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant and learn how water from Harsha Lake becomes drinking water. And learn more about how we are protecting our watershed from the Office of Environmental Quality and Soil & Water Conservation District. #GreenClermont
Address: 3960 Greenbriar Road, Batavia
4-6 p.m.: Learn about services offered by the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, as well as other agencies in the Tri-State area that serve children and adults with disabilities. Members of the Clermont County Voices self-advocacy group will be available to give facility tours and answer questions about the challenges they have faced in their everyday lives.
Address: 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia
OWENSVILLE (Feb. 21, 2018) – In a time when a lot people are talking about walls, Max Kelley built a bridge.
The 15-year-old Milford High School sophomore designed and built the structure on the sugar bush trail at Pattison Park for his Eagle Scout project.
He’s been part of Troop 135 out of St. Veronica in Mt. Carmel since first grade and said Scouting provided relief from the bullying he received in grade school.
“I found a bunch of guys just like me, guys who wanted to camp, to work hard, to become leaders,” Kelley said. “I’ve loved the camping and camaraderie.”
From the age of 8, Max has had a goal to serve in the U.S. Army as an officer. He hopes reaching the rank of Eagle Scout will help set him apart as pursues a college career at either West Point or The Citadel.
‘Serve my community’
“I know how to persevere and how to do some things at 15 that some adults never do,” he said. “I’m just trying to be the best I can and to serve my community and, eventually, my country.”
His service started with a love for the Clermont County Park District.
“The woods behind the sugar shack are usually pretty quiet, not a lot of people,” Kelley said. “The parks for me are kind of a peaceful place where you can just go, be quiet, enjoy the nature and clear your head. I really enjoy the nature part of the Clermont parks.”
Working with Park Director Chris Clingman to identify a need at Pattison, Kelley began his Eagle project last spring and put the finishing touch – handrails for the bridge – on his creation Feb. 13.
“I know Max had some obstacles, but we’re glad he’s finished,” Clingman said. “Eagle projects take a lot of time and effort to organize. Max’s bridge will make it easier for our naturalists to collect sap during maple season and for our guests just to get across the creek and enjoy that side of the woods.”
Kelley agreed there were challenges. His first build day – with about 20 family members, friends and fellow scouts as volunteers – resulted in a productive effort, but revealed some flaws in the design that needed to be corrected. Several other attempts to build were foiled by weather.
A demanding process
All part of the demanding Eagle Scout process. Fewer than four percent of all Boy Scouts attain the rank nationally. Kelley raised the money for the project – eventually about $1,100 in materials like lumber, concrete and gravel – including a $500 donation from RiverHills Bank.
His father, brother and best friend were on hand to help install the handrails.
“It feels pretty darn good, like a lot of hard work has been completed,” Kelley said of the finished bridge. “I hope I can come back with my own kids some day, show them this bridge and ask them, ‘What do you want to do with your lives?’ This bridge for me is the beginning of what I want to do with mine.”
The Clermont County Park District welcomes Boy Scouts looking for Eagle projects and volunteers of any kind. Interested in getting involved with one of your community’s best public resources? Please call the park district office at 513-732-2977 or write to email@example.com.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 8, 2017) – Clermont County residents who are interested in learning more about improvements to Shor Park in Union Township are invited to a public input meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.
Shor Park, 4659 Tealtown Road, is operated by the Clermont County Park District. The proposed improvements include a pavilion housing a picnic shelter and restrooms, and an all-access playground that will allow children of all abilities to use play structures and equipment. Paved walking paths are planned for the site as well.
The meeting will be in an open house format. Residents can talk to project representatives, view drawings and the site plans, and submit comments.
The improvements are possible thanks to a levy approved by voters in November 2016.
For more information, call the Park District at 513.732.2977.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Aug. 29, 2017) — Join the Clermont County Park District on Sept. 23 during the Great Outdoor Weekend for a naturalist-guided canoe adventure down the East Fork of the Little Miami River to search for beaver, wood ducks, turtles, and other aquatic wildlife. We’ll make a brief stop on the Wilson Nature Preserve island before ending at Sycamore Park. After the trip, grab a kick net and help us collect aquatic insects to determine the quality of the water in the river. Participants will be given a brief safety demonstration before entering the water.
The canoe adventure is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Trips will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Spots are limited. Participants should meet at Sycamore Park at least 15 minutes before their scheduled trip. To register, please call 513-732-7075 ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATAVIA, Ohio (July 8, 2016) — Clermont County Park District is partnering with Interact for Health and East Cincy Yoga to offer free Yoga classes at Shor Park in Union Township. The classes were made possible through a grant from Interact for Health – Join the Fun program. Certified yoga instructors from East Cincy Yoga guide participants of all abilities through each class.
“The Park District wants to encourage people to be active in the parks as part of a healthy lifestyle. Yoga in the Park is a different and new program to help people to get active in the parks,” said Chris Clingman, Director of the Clermont County Park District.
“Participants in the classes leave feeling rejuvenated and energized for the day,” said Jana Marshall, Lead Naturalist for the Park District. “They are also entered into a drawing with a chance to win Ideal Image gift package valued at $1,000. The drawing is to be held following the final class on Aug. 20.”
The free classes are each Saturday morning from 9-10:15 a.m.at Shor Park. Adults, from beginner to advanced, are welcome to attend. Please bring a water bottle (required), towel and a mat if you have one. Complimentary mats will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. For questions, call Lori at East Cincy Yoga at 513.331.9525.
Shor Park is located in Union Township at 4659 Tealtown Road at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road.
About Clermont County Park District: Clermont County Park District consists of five parks, three nature preserves, Williamsburg to Batavia Bike Trail, and several greenspaces, protecting more than 600 acres of Clermont County’s natural heritage. For more information on the Park District go to http://www.clermontparks.org/ or call 513.732.2977.
BATAVIA, Ohio (May 13, 2016) – If yoga positions such as Up Dog and Cobra intrigue but intimidate you, this may be a good summer to try Yoga in the Park. Free classes will be held 9-10:15 a.m. on Saturdays this summer, beginning June 4 at Clermont County Park District’s Shor Park.
Certified instructors from East Cincy Yoga will guide participants through yoga poses. “You’ll feel distractions disappear as you breathe in fresh air under the blue sky and green trees,” said chief naturalist Jana Marshall.
People of all ages and yoga experience — from beginner to advanced — are encouraged to attend. Please bring a water bottle (required), towel and a mat if you have one. Complimentary mats will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are not required but if you have any questions please call Lori at East Cincy Yoga, 513-331-9525.
Shor Park is located at 4659 Tealtown Road, Milford, Ohio 45150.
BATAVIA, Ohio (April 15, 2016) – Clermont County Park District’s Summer Camp Programs provide wonderful opportunities for children of all ages to spend a week exploring nature, making new friends and learning. The week includes outdoor adventures, hands-on activities, storytelling, active games and craft projects. Check out www.clermontparks.org to find out more details and reserve your child’s spot today by calling the main office at 513-732-2977.
Pre-K Summer Camp & Storytime Session 1 (Ages 3 ½ – 5 **Must be potty-trained and must be 3 years old by January 2016)
Time & Dates: 9:30 a.m.-noon June 13-17
Location: Sycamore Park
Join us for a week of morning fun at Sycamore Park. Each day features a different “color” in nature! Pre-K campers will enjoy hikes, active games, crafts, songs and puppets.
River Camp #1 (Ages 6 -7)
River Camp #2 (Ages 8 – 10)
Time & Dates: 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. June 27-July 1
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
River campers will explore different aspects of the Ohio River and surrounding habitats. Become a Junior Biologist as you explore and test water quality through sampling and searching for elusive macroinvertebrates. Learn about the water cycle and the history of Chilo and the Ohio River through hands-on activities and fun games.
Outdoor Survival Camp (Ages 10 – 13)
Dates: July 18-July 20 Campout: July 21-July 22
Time: Mon -Wed 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Campout: Thurs- Fri 6 p.m.- 9 a.m.
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
Compass? Check! Hiking boots? Check! Shelter? Check! Outdoor survival skills? Check! Are you prepared for the wilderness? What about a zombie apocalypse? Join our naturalists for a weeklong adventure in the great outdoors! Survivalists will acquire important outdoor survival skills including how to read a compass and orienteer, build shelters, identify edible plants, set up a tent, fire building, knot-tying, and animal track and sign identification. On Thursday evening, campers will learn how to use their night vision during a night hike, test their skills by cooking their dinner over campfire, and sleep under the stars during our overnight campout.
Pre-K Summer Camp & Story time Session 2 (Ages 3 ½ – 5 **Must be potty-trained and must be 3 years old by January 2016)
Time & Dates: 9:30 a.m. -noon Aug. 8-Aug. 12
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
Join us for a week of morning fun at Chilo Lock #34 Park. Each day features a different “letter” in nature. Pre-K campers will enjoy hikes, active games, crafts, songs and puppets.
All registrations must be received by 9 a.m. on the Friday before the camp starts. All fees are used to improve parks and educational programs.
BATAVIA, Ohio (March 23, 2016) – The Clermont County Park District will celebrate the Cincinnati Reds and the start of baseball season from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Chilo Lock #34 Park.
The Chilo Lock #34 Museum and Visitor Center will be open. The park will offer a complimentary cookout – as long as the food lasts! – as well as games, face painting and other activities.
Chilo Lock #34 is located on US Highway 52 in the Village of Chilo. For more information, visit www.clermontparks.org or call 513-240-2615.
BATAVIA, Ohio (March 22, 2016) – Clermont County Park District’s Spring Break Day Camps on March 28 and March 30 provide wonderful opportunities for children to spend a day exploring nature. The day is full of outdoor adventure, hands-on activities, storytelling, active games and craft projects. Campers are divided into groups of similarly aged children. Kids should dress in layers for indoor and outdoor activities, pack a lunch and drink, and be ready for fun!
Hop into Spring! Monday, March 28
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
5-8 years old
Chilo Lock #34 Park
All of our favorite cold-blooded friends are waking up for spring and are waiting to meet you! Discover signs of spring as we hike through the meadow and explore the bog. Create a springtime craft, join in on fun games and hands-on activities.
Plant Power! Wednesday, March 30
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
6-13 years old
A dandelion may be just a weed to some but to us, it is a delicious treat! Did you know that plants have a secret life? Join park naturalists as we unlock these secrets and discover other wild edible plants during our hike. Enjoy hands-on activities, taste test some “wild” edibles during lunch and create a seed bomb with Ohio native wildflowers to help make our Earth an even more beautiful place!
To register your child(ren), contact naturalist Jana Marshall-Westhoven at email@example.com to reserve your spot. The fee is $25 per child. Please make all checks payable to Clermont County Park District. All proceeds go to improving parks and educational programs.