Alan Hanselman Robert V Nash III Frances L Poole Minnie E Fisher Donovan M Pope Irvin E Stiens Myrtle L Lane Ralph L Davidson August J Pace Carl R Brown Phyllis J Beard Lady G-Men complete sweep of Tigers in SBAAC Nat’l Division G-Men pluck Cardinals, 6-4 Warriors climb to 4-1 in SHAC with victory over North Adams Broncos rally in 7th for 5-4 win over Batavia Blue Jays still in search of first win Three million dollar jail expansion planned Higginsport enforcing speed with camera Unemployment rate falls in county, southern Ohio Varnau not restricted from talking online about Goldson case Rockets fall to 4-1 in SHAC with loss to North Adams Bronco tennis team tops Bethel-Tate, 5-0 Lady G-Men rise to 7-4 with win at Goshen Lady Broncos’ big bats hammer out 11-0 win over Batavia G-Men showing improvement Keith Shouse Diane L Steele August Hensley Louise R Murrell Fire strikes Mt. Orab Bible Baptist Church Grant Days 2017 attractions Man accused of sex crime, giving pot to kids Ten indicted by Brown County Grand Jury 5th Annual Rick Eagan Memorial 5K Run/Walk coming up in May Birds of Prey Three sentenced in common pleas court John H Young II Sally A Gibson Barbara Burris Mary Ann Napier Martha L Newland Marlene Thompson Patricia A Firrell Kellie J Berry Mt. Orab, Hamersville students take part in ‘Hoops for Heart’ Eastern players take part in District 14 All-Star Games DeWine meets with local officials Eastern Superintendent praises students accomplishments during board meeting Local author’s story appears in new book Four sentenced in common pleas court Three to run for Municipal Judge Grant Days 2017 coming in April Lincoln’s Generals at Grant Days Brenda R Harris Mock crash staged at Georgetown High School Georgetown to hire eighth full time police officer Reception honoring Becky Cropper April 2 PRC to host annual community supper Rockets blast past the Blue Jays Georgetown hosts ‘season opener’ track and field invite Lady Rockets cruise to 10-0 win over Ripley Lady Warriors, Lady G-Men split games in season opener double-header Bobby A Reed Harold L Barger Ralph M Gaither Stranded students rescued by Brown County cooperation 4-H Teen Ambassador Dunning attends SHOT Show Veterans Service Commission invites veterans to seek help with benefits Unemployment rate rises in Brown County Pick a Lollipop, help a dog A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels Fayetteville man is charged with child porn April 1st Grand Opening for Jacob’s Ladder Resale Boutique in Georgetown Talent Show auditions at Gaslight Theatre Nine indicted by county grand jury Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall visit coming next May to BC Fairgrounds In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Varnau’s face second defamation suit Attorney General to visit Georgetown schools Clermont County GOP hosts Wenstrup, DeWine at dinner

Spring is coming

Howdy folks.

I am writing about the Senior Services program this time. I have been a board member for several years. It is one of the best services folks can have. My mother got Meals-on-Wheels for several years. My brothers, Herb and Frank, and myself paid for this service. If unable to pay, a person can still get the meals. With this service a person can stay in their home and have someone to see them each day when they deliver the meal. This is important so vote for the levy – your taxes will not raise. This is a renewal levy – the first levy was passed in November 1982 so it must be renewed every five years. Please vote yes for senior services renewal levy.

This morning I heard an owl holler. This is their mating season – it won’t be long until spring is here. This is the time of year for baby squirrels and rabbits. If you are cleaning up your yard or garden where there is some tall grass be careful – the mother rabbit will dig a hole and line it with her hair for her babies. She will cover the hole with grass then come back after dark to feed the babies. I have been cleaning some places and uncovered the babies—just cover them back up and don’t touch them. The birds will be looking for bird houses, holes in trees or any place they can build a nest. The barn swallows will build a nest in a barn or any building they can get too.

Spring for me is a wonderful time of the year. Everything is coming to life – it is the time to start gardening now. I have peas planted in cups that are about 10 inches tall. I also have lettuce, two tomato plants, and several kinds of flowers planted in the house. I needed to get something growing. I will be putting the walls of water in the garden to warm the ground up. Then I will put the tomato plants in them April 1. I have used them for several years and they work. One year the weather turned cold. The walls of water were frozen but the tomato plant was pretty and green – no damage.

The folks who have green houses are starting to get ready for spring – the Grants Farm have three places—one on state Route 131, one in Milford, and the other one at the farm on Bucktown Road. There is another green house on Tollgate Road out of Williamsburg – the Ellis Farm. He has all kinds of plants, herbs, mulch and other kinds of plants and flowers. His telephone number is 513–724–3930. He just spun honey out for people but he got busy.

Now something to brag about, the Bethel Girls Basketball team won the District Tournament – first time this has happened in school history. Congratulations Ladies and Coaches – this was wonderful!

I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said the East Fork Lake was a little murky with the rain and wind. The temperature was in the 40’s but the fishermen are catching some fish. He said folks that are fishing farm ponds are doing good—lots of nice bluegills. These folks have got some fine eating. As for me, the crappie and bluegills are some of the best eating. Now I know there will be some folks that this is not the case for, so eat whatever your choice is and enjoy them – good eating. Mike said the coyotes in Brown County are getting to be a problem so there were 150 teams of four people to a team – they started at noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday hunting for the coyotes. It was reported there were 45 or 46 killed. If you have a cat or small dog, the coyotes would kill and eat them. We have had two cats that the coyotes got. I try to keep Chester close to the house but he has a mind of his own. As I am writing this, I let him in at 9 a.m. He will eat some dry food then get in my chair and sleep until about 3 p.m.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.

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George Rooks is retired as a park manager for East Fork. He can be reached at grrooks@yahoo.com.

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