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   Hello and welcome. I know it has been a while but I really needed some rest after the effort to rid Ohio, Clermont County, Batavia and Pierce Townships and the citizens of Amelia the wasteful, irresponsible, untrustworthy, archiac, inept and uneeded form of government known as the Village of Amelia.

   Now some of the links in the Pre May section are not going to work. For exmple the link to the Dissolve Amelia CAP website has has been erased as well as the Keep Amelia (liars) website so neither one of those will work until I get a chance to fix them. In addition most people seem to like the format I used so I am going to stay with it with some modifications that I hope wll improve it.

   Where time was important before May it is no longer necessary for me to write and post 7 or 8 articles a day. So I will be spell checking and other such good things and well as spending more time on creating the articles. I left hundreds untouched that I intend to publish but in addition I will have some new sections that are entirely different about the Amelia I used to know. I believe you will all enjoy them, even those who voted to keep the Village.

 






Amelia On Election Day And After


  The Beginning, Ramifications Of Not Dissolving Amelia - September, 2008
  The Campaign, The Truth About Amelia's Adminstration, etc. - January, 2009
 
 
 
 


 
Pre May Election Information

   Hello. The information contained in this section was all recorded prior to the May election.

The Truth About Amelia's Adminstration, etc.
Latest Articles              Listing By Category              Color Codes

Because That Is What A Community Does, It Takes Care Of It's Own!
AMELIA WILL NOT LOSE IT'S IDENTITY!
Feedbacks Without A Response
READ THIS AND TELL ME YOU STILL WANT THIS VILLAGE!!!
PART I
The Small Business Really Needs To Read This!
John M Toren
27 W Main Street
943-7249
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Why Save Amelia?
02/06/2009 - Your New And Improved Webslop, oops sorry, Website, My Opinion
Updated 02/09/2009
02/07/2009 - What will happen if the Union Township levy fails?
Updated 02/07/2009
02/10/2009 - What The Adminstration Department Costs You!
02/21/2009 - APOLOGIES TO THE UNION TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT!

02/22/2009 - How Menz got the job

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Why Save Amelia?
02/22/2009 - The Income Tax Is Not Going Away
02/22/2009 - What Is A Ramification?
02/22/2009 - The Rumpke Debt On The Letter Of August 11th,2008

02/22/2009 - Budget Appropriations Since The Menz Era Started

02/22/2009 - Huge Debts Coming Unless We Dissolve

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Why Save Amelia?
02/23/2009 - Debt On The Ramifications Letter of August 11th, 2008
02/23/2009 - $12,500.00 plus $500.00 = $12,500.00
02/23/2009 - ORC Reference On Ramifications Letter Incorrect
02/23/2009 - Does The New ISO Rating Reduce Your Insurance Preimums?
02/23/2009 - The $3,700,00.00 Debt According to Menz
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Why Save Amelia?
  02/24/2009 - The $3,700,00.00 Debt According to Ellington
  02/24/2009 - From Now On A Threat Letter!
  02/24/2009 - Are People Who Rent In Amelia Taking Advantage Of Us?
  02/25/2009 - Are We Going To Lose Our Kinship?
  02/25/2009 - No One Knows What The Debt Is!
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Why saveamelia.org
  02/25/2009 - Will You Lose Your Identity And Closeness?
  02/26/2009 - The Sequence Of These Postings
  02/26/2009 - We Are Providing You This Service(LOL)
  02/26/2009 - What Is The Current Debt?
Updated 03/03/2009
  02/26/2009 - Armageddon, Horrific, Zealots, Glossing Over, Destroying, Risking Friendships, Limiting Taxes
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Why saveamelia.org
  02/26/2009 - We Lose Another Right To Choose!
03/01/2009 - Structures Being Removed On SR125
03/02/2009 - Number Of Contracts For Our Debt
03/02/2009 - Another Revenue Service At 44 W Main!
03/02/2009 - Should We Have A Full Time Administrator?
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Why saveamelia.org
03/02/2009 - Recording The Council Meetings
03/02/2009 - Mayor's Pay - $8,400 to $5,000 to $8,400 in 10 Days
03/03/2009 - John "C" Turns Christmas Parade Into A Political Forum!
03/03/2009 - Hey Veterans, This Is What They Think Of Our Flag!
03/04/2009 - Police Officer Daily Report Statistics For 2008
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Why saveamelia.org
03/04/2009 - Town Hall Style Meetings, Just Another Broken Promise!
03/04/2009 - Hey John "C" Pierce & Batavia Townships Both Have Easter Egg Hunts!
03/05/2009 - Menz Says "the earnings tax will help go a long way"
03/05/2009 - Clermont County Sheriffs Protect And Serve Amelia Already
03/07/2009 - Feedbacks From Melita Ellington
Updated 03/10/2009
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Why saveamelia.org
03/08/2009 - COAST Endorses Effort To Dissolve!
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03/09/2009 - Value Of Village Assets
03/09/2009 - How To Obtain Ordinances
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Why saveamelia.org
03/09/2009 - Menz To Rosser - It Makes Sense To Raise The Doubt!
03/10/2009 - Wainscott Sends Amelia Businesses A Threat Letter!
03/10/2009 - Police Patrols, Another Issue Of Truth
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03/10/2009 - Whose Going To Run The Amelia Revenue Service?
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Why saveamelia.org
03/11/2009 - What Is A Conflict Of Interest?
03/11/2009 - Why The E-Funk Band? - Conflict Of Interest And The Truth
Update - 03/14/2009
03/11/2009 - Typical Of Ellington - My Tax Bill Went Down!
03/12/2009 - Breach Of Contract By Union Township Fire/EMS Department?
03/12/2009 - 1% Earnings Tax Passed On Ordinance O-2008-44?
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03/12/2009 - Village Administration - Getting Calls To Remove Signatures
03/12/2009 - Who Else In The Administration Wants The Income Tax?
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03/14/2009 - Fact Sheet, High Road - Your Joking Right?
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03/14/2009 - Council And The Who Concert - Time For Some Humor!
03/14/2009 - Here's A Scary Thought!
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03/15/2009 - Income/Earnings Tax Evidence Index
03/15/2009 - Let's Help Our Employees!
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Why saveamelia.org
  03/15/2009 - We Would Lose Our Home!
  03/15/2009 - Menz Sends False Information To The Pierce Township Administrator
  03/15/2009 - What Is Electoral Fraud?
03/15/2009 - What Is Cronyism?
03/15/2009 - Call For Administrator Menz's Immediate Resignation
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Why saveamelia.org
03/16/2009 - Remove Ellington As Village Mayor Immediately
03/16/2009 - What Is Oblivian?
  03/17/2009 - Sink Into Oblivian - It Just Makes You Look Stupid!
03/17/2009 - Whose Fault Is It That We Are In This Situation?
  03/17/2009 - A Time To Pause And Reflect
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Why saveamelia.org
03/17/2009 - What Is A Census-Designated Place?
03/18/2009 - Where Did Council's Email Addresses Go?
03/18/2009 - What Are Liquidated Damages?
  03/18/2009 - Rumpke's New Contract - Good News But....
03/18/2009 - D Day On Ordinance Web Slop!
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Why Save Amelia?
03/18/2009 - Here We Go Again Only This Time It's The Police
03/18/2009 - Pierce Township And Zoning
03/19/2009 - Finally, I Am Not The Only One!
03/19/2009 - Finally Someone Noticed Our Main Street Sidewalk Mess
03/19/2009 - Series Of Debates Pro And Con For Dissolution Of The Village
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Why Save Amelia?
03/20/2009 - READ THIS AND TELL ME YOU STILL WANT THIS VILLAGE!!!
PART I
03/20/2009 - Ellington Considers Replacing The Adminstrator's Position!
03/20/2009 - READ THIS AND TELL ME YOU STILL WANT THIS VILLAGE!!!
PART II
Updated 03/29/2009
03/20/2009 - Feedbacks, What Are They For - Attention "tired of bs"
03/21/2009 - Pierce Township Or Amelia Village? - as of 03/20/2009
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Why Save Amelia?
  03/21/2009 - Sometimes I Just Can't Believe What I Read, LOL!
03/21/2009 - AMELIA WILL NOT LOSE IT'S IDENTITY!
03/22/2009 - Menz And The Pond
03/22/2009 - The Website, Another Voice Heard From
03/22/2009 - What Is Wrong With The Third Email?
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03/23/2009 - A Few More Tears And Prayers
03/24/2009 - The Small Business Really Needs To Read This!
03/24/2009 - Because That Is What A Community Does. It Takes Care Of It's Own.
03/24/2009 - Barker's Letter Is On The Village Website! Where Is Toren's?
03/25/2009 - Even The Village Powers To Be Don't Trust Their Council!!
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Why Save Amelia?
03/25/2009 - Would Barker Actually Want To Put Someone In Danger?
03/25/2009 - Toren's Letter, Part I. Totally Ignored To Make Them Look Good!
03/25/2009 - Questions For Council Concerning The Union Township Fire/EMS Contract
03/28/2009 - Batavia Township, Limited Home Rule And The Income Tax
03/30/2009 - Mr. Rosser, Questions About The Pond Issue, Part I
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Why Save Amelia?
03/30/2009 - Toren's Letter, Part II. Totally Ignored To Make Them Look Good!
04/01/2009 - Barker's Response To The Letter On Village Website
04/01/2009 - Technical Violation On The Union Township Fire/EMS Contract?
  04/01/2009 - Ellington, Can He Ever Give A Straight Answer?
04/01/2009 - Accountability, As Far As I Can Tell It Doesn't Exist In A Village!
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Why Save Amelia?
04/01/2009 - Union Township Oral Agreement Staffing Change Status
04/02/2009 - Clermont County Sheriff's Department - Disbanding Of Amelia, Preliminary Report
04/02/2009 - Red Light Running, The Most Ridiculous Police Department Statistic!
04/03/2009 - Senior Visitation Services, Compliments Of The Clermont County Sheriffs
04/03/2009 - Clermont County's Special Response Team, Good To Have Such A Powerful Service
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Why Save Amelia?
04/03/2009 - Which Lie, Falsehood, Ignorant Statement, Et Al, Do You Want To Believe?
04/03/2009 - Can The Village Get Any Lower Than It Is Now?
04/04/2009 - How To Find Articles On Cincinnati.Com
04/04/2009 - I Am Not Joking - Ellington Accuses Someone Else Of "Political Positioning"
04/05/2009 - Journalistic Ethics, What Are They?
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Why Save Amelia?
  04/05/2009 - Brunsman, Trainer For The Village Or Reporter?
  04/05/2009 - Back To The $600,000.00 Political Positioning Lie!
04/06/2009 - Feedbacks From Derrick Campbell
  04/08/2009 - Sedona Ridge Retention Pond, More Information
04/08/2009 - Can You Really Believe Anything Ellington Says?
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Why Save Amelia?
04/09/2009 - "American Arbitration Association" - Union Township Fire/EMS Contract
04/09/2009 - Oral Amendments To The Union Township Contract, Maybe An Answer?
04/11/2009 - Attorney Privileged, Checking To Make Sure
04/11/2009 - Arbitration Or Mediation? - Union Township Fire/EMS Contract
04/11/2009 - Mediation Disputants - Union Township Fire/EMS Contract
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Why Save Amelia?
  04/13/2009 - Union Township The Lowest And Best Or The Highest And Worst?
04/13/2009 - Ellington Requests A Meeting With Pam Barker - The Outcome!
04/13/2009 - Ellington's Forum - My First Six Questions - The Mitchell Incident!
04/13/2009 - Sedona Ridge Pond - Another Resident Chimes In!
04/14/2009 - Income Tax Exposed, Mystery Of Ordinance O-2008-44 Solved!
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Why Save Amelia?
04/14/2009 - Veterans Take Note Of The Village Disgrace - Feedback From A Disabled Veteran!
04/15/2009 - Shank Park - A Feedback With A Lot Of Issues
04/15/2009 - Amelia Parks, Seasonal Recreation Facilities At Best!
04/15/2009 - What Town Hall Meetings In Amelia?
04/15/2009 - What Is A Town Hall Meeting?
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MAY 5TH - AMELIA'S BOSTON TEA PARTY DAY!

April 15th, Amelia Revenue Service Day. On this day next year you will be filing your 3rd or 4th level of taxation at 44 W Main Street if it is up to Ellington and Council!
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Why Save Amelia?
04/19/2009 - Why I Am Not Going To Ellington's Meetings
04/20/2009 - People Make Places, Places Do Not Make People!
04/20/2009 - Questions For Amelia Elementary And The School Board
04/20/2009 - Children Used As Political Couriers By "Rogue Employee"
04/21/2009 - Children Used As Political Couriers - Information Coming
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Why Save Amelia?
04/22/2009 - "What Did You Think You Accomplished Here Tonight Besides Making An Ass Out Of Yourself?"
04/23/2009 - Town Hall Meeting Of April 21st, 2008 - Listen To The Recording
04/23/2009 - What Honorable People Do, Dr. Gary Brooks, Superintendent, West Clermont School District
  04/24/2009 - Union Township Staffing Levels Fall More In The First Quarter
04/20/2009 - Union Township Fire/EMS Proposal Lowest And Best - Another Thing!
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04/24/2009 - What Part Did 44 W Main Play In The Children's Wednesday Packet Misuse!
04/25/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - The Moon Is Made Of Green Cheese!
04/25/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Fantasies Of The Desperate!
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Let's Add Some More To Our Rich History!
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - An Invitation To keepamelia.org
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  04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies, Improvements, Mandates And Costs
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies, Imposing The 1% Tax, Waste Collection, Shortfall
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies, ODOT, Costs, Impose The Tax
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies, Mandates And Slander!
04/26/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies & Hypocrisy, Income Tax
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Why Save Amelia?
Please read the last 5 articles that are just above this headliner! You really need to do this to understand the magnitude of the lies and deceptions on liars.org. Then click below to read the detail on the second to the last article of just one page of liars.org. Lastly don't forget to go to their website, click here, and see for yourself what they are all about!

04/27/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - How Many Lies Do You Need From Just One Page!
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04/28/2009 - Keep Amelia Web Site - Lies, WHY IS ISSUE ONE ON THE BALLOT?
04/28/2009 - Molly Parker - "She Left The Front Of The Room And Stormed Over To Me Yelling And Screaming"
04/30/2009 - 'COUNCIL MEMBER' Mitchell And His Repulsive Insult
Update - 04/30/2009
04/30/2009 - Ellington's TV Performance On Sunday April 19th - My Take
05/20/2009 - If Village Democracy Works This Way It Is Not Just Our Right But It Is Our Duty To Dissolve!

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   I believe that most folks have made up their minds about how they are going to vote on May 5th so as far as any more articles are concerned I see no reason to be in a hurry to post more until after the election.

   What I would like to do is just talk a little about the journey I have been on since last August 11th and what I pray will happen on election day. For the most part I am finished with the truth about the Amelia Administration for now. All the articles that I have written speak for themselves.

   In many ways this has been a terrible journey and in many ways it has been a wonderful journey.

   I want to get the terrible side of this journey finished first because I want the wonderful side of my journey to be the last thing you remember on this visit to this website. The terrible side can be seen in and among most of the articles that have been posted on this website. There are over 180 articles on this part of the website and if you go back to last years there is a total of 279. As of this morning since February 17th when I began to keep track this website has had 18,436 page views. As far as good news and bad news that could go either way but I will tell you this. The article on how Mr. Menz got his job was read 377 times since I posted it. I have a lot more articles that I simply didn't have time to finish and post so as they say in the movies "Nuff said" about the terrible side!

   On the wonderful side of my journey:

   I have met some of the nicest people that you can imagine on both sides of this issue. Now when I say met it may have just been by phone, or email and not just direct contact. Those who wanted to keep Amelia made their feelings known to me in a respectful rational manner and we communicated with each other like adults trying to resolve our differences. I even have plans to meet with some after the election when I have more time.

   I have visited two out of the three Fire Stations on the Batavia side and in addition to Fire Chief Riley I met a number of Fire/EMS personnel. What a wonderful group of people! I have had several meetings with chief Riley and I was impressed with his honesty and his persona.

   I have met people at the Clermont County Communications Center who were most helpful in my research. Not only helpful but extremely competent in their work.

   I visited the Board of Elections and I will tell you this! The people who work there and are in charge are wonderful hard working people who are extremely competent and very very good at what they do for a living. They are pleasant to talk to and treat you with great courtesy in spite of the fact that at election time they are as busy as bees in the hive! Just to give you a little idea of what I mean I recently received a phone call from the Board and it was a lady who I had talked to probably three months earlier and who I had asked for some information about how many registered voters there were in Amelia. They didn't have the latest information available at the time and she had told me that when it became available they would inform me. Three months later she calls me to tell me that the information was available and she gave me the statistics! It had been so long that I had forgotten about it but they didn't! How's that for government that works!!!

   Dr. Brooks, the West Clermont School Superintendent is as responsible a government employee as you will find anywhere! His honesty and integrity are above reproach! He proved this by his actions after he became aware of the children's flyer incident! During our time in working out the details of this issue we also came to find out that we had some things in common. His aunt was my English teacher at Anderson High school during my senior year, 1959! The talk we had turned into a little history lesson about our two families who both lived in the Anderson Township area during that period of time. We plan to have coffee together and talk about those times after the election.

   One of my recent feedbacks was from a resident who did not want to dissolve Amelia but he did want to get rid of certain members of the Administration and try to fix the problem rather than to dissolve the problem. He told me about his families history in Amelia and one of the interesting things he mentioned was that his uncle's name was on the WW II memorial in front of the elementary school! He told me his uncle's name and that he was part of the "Band of Brothers". It immediately peaked my interest because I am very interested in the Band of Brothers and have done a lot of research about this brave group of men. I had a list of all those members of the 506th PIR (parachute infantry regiment) killed in WW II because year before last me and a buddy of mine, whose is a crusty old Marine vet, made a trip to Taccooa Georgia where the 506th PIR had taken their initial training. I wanted to make it to the top of Currahee Mountain on foot following the same trail the paratroopers took during their training. My buddy and I also wanted to say a prayer for each of the fallen and put a memorial stone for each on the side of the mountain so their spirits would always be remembered. That is what the list was for. Well I checked our prayer list and sure enough his uncle's name was on it! It just seemed so ironic to me that a neighbor of mine had an uncle who I had prayed for down on Currahee Mountain and at the time I didn't even know this connection existed. To me it was wonderful and amazing. I intend to post this sometime after the election with some pictures as well. We also plan to get together after the election!

   I met all the Trustees of Batavia Township at a meeting I attended so that I might get some answers to what the ramifications would be if we dissolved Amelia. Both the meeting itself and the demeanor and judgement of the trustees was a great surprise to me after what I was used to living here. The trustees seemed like mature, sincere individuals who we in Amelia helped elect and gave honest and reasonable answers to all the questions asked. They seemed very pleased to see us and were very friendly and cordial. I also talked to the township Secretary who had spent I believe she said 18 years in the BMOP Fire/EMS Department. Although I didn't remember her she was with that wonderful department when they saved both my house and at the time my brother's house from burning down! With a minimal of damage I might add! She was also on the EMS run the day my brother passed away. He was dead when we called but the respect that all the personnel who showed up that day was unforgettable! She was on that run and so we had a wonderful conversation about all the things BMOP had accomplished on my family's behalf.

   I also visited a Pierce Township meeting as well. Talk about a great way to run a government. You just will not find a better way anywhere in the world! Public input was so different that what we are used to living here. You could hold up your hand at any time and ask a question about the issue being presented. They even provide a podium and a microphone for you to speak from! The Trustees, who you in the Pierce Township side, already help elect are similar in nature to those in Batavia Township. They are mature individuals who seem to know exactly what they are talking about and are not afraid to give out reasonable and direct answers to any questions presented. There is by no means any attempt to cover up their decisions. They take the heat, provide rational answers and move on. I had an opportunity to talk to Police Chief Smith face to face while I was there. I had contacted him a number of times to try to find out what response the Pierce Township Police Department would provide if the Village were dissolved. Chief Smith was honest in his answers and I came away with great respect for Chief Smith and his department. The other thing that impressed me was the work that the Village Administrator had put in the planning should the Village be dissolved! These people know what they are doing. No doubt about it.

   I also met on a number of occasions with the Village Solicitor Laura Abrams. I was impressed with her seemingly honesty the first time we had a direct conversation and that impression proved to be true. I have through a number of phone conversations as well as direct conversations come to believe that she is honest and professional and can be trusted. We have had some interesting conversations believe you me and we have had to agree to disagree on quite a few issues but the nice thing is we can still communicate openly in spite of our disagreements. I like and respect Laura and I am glad I have met her. She invited me to have lunch after this is over and I am looking forward to this. I told her we need to add Chief Sucher to our lunch party! If I ever need a good lawyer I know where I can find one!

   As long as I am talking about Chief Sucher I may as well say that I also like and respect Chief Sucher. Although we have had issues that could have turned nasty we were able to go man to man over these issues and resolve them. I told Chief Sucher that I believed him to be "a good man in a bad position" and I meant it. I cannot say much about the Officers themselves because I don't know a single one of them except Rick and I don't know Rick that well. But my son does know Rick and has for years and he has nothing but praise for him.

   Then there is the Dissolve Amelia committee crew. When I first became involved not only did I not know a single member or employee of the folks at 44 W Main Street and I only knew one person involved in the dissolve group and that was a person who I known for decades! I trusted this person without question! I then met some other members who as far as I can tell are the people I would best want as my neighbors and friends! Every one of them! I believe our comradeship in this crusade has turned into loose friendships that over the years will grow into something closer. At least I hope so. These are wonderful feelings about wonderful people. For the most part I also believe them to have a sense of responsibility and honor that meets my standards. They have never, to my knowledge, made mistakes in all the verbiage that we have put out into the arguments that they haven't corrected when they found it was wrong. And they have shown great courage in standing up for what is right! I am proud of all of them and I admire them all for their courage. And some have shown that they are true Christians by telling me that their prayers are for people on both sides of the issues! Mine are also! I would never have met these fine people had it not been for this crusade.

   In my quest for the truth I have also discovered that I really didn't know a lot about the County and the Townships that we live in terms of things like services, parks, concerts and events and even restaurants! Each of you should go to their respective websites and look at all the things available from Clermont County, Pierce Township and Batavia Township! You will be impressed! I donít want to go over all the delightful things I uncovered but I would like to tell you about a few that really stood out to my wife and I. We go to the parks a lot, mostly to either use the walking trails or picnic. The one we use the most is probably one of the Pierce Township parks down on Locust Corner. It is a beautiful well kept area that has all you could want in the way of taking a nice walk or having a picnic. It has beautiful flowers and trees and is always well maintained. It also has toilet facilities 365 days a year which are extremely important. The second park we use is the Helicopter Park down close to Eastgate. I believe it's real name is Veterans Memorial Park but we always call it Helicopter Park. This is one of the best in the area if you are looking for a long walk on a paved surface. There is ample parking and toilet facilities 365 days a year. We love the pond and the ducks that frequent the park and enjoy just sitting and watching them when they are busy scrounging for food! It really is a nice place for an extended walk. However, all the parks that we have been to none, and I mean none, are as impressive to my wife and I as Sycamore Park over near Batavia. What a gorgeous place! Huge, with more than ample parking, more things like tennis, softball, swinging and kids stuff, walking trails, picnics, and I mean huge picnic areas and much much more including toilet facilities 365 days a year. If you haven't been there you need to go take a look!

   I didn't know that Clermont County had a philharmonic orchestra either. Most of their performances are free and they perform a lot of their concerts at UC Clermont College which is great for people our age who cannot sit in the grass to listen to good music. They have many concerts throughout the year and the wife and I will be attending some soon. The Philharmonics also has an Educational Outreach Program that assists organizations such as the Northern Kentucky Youth Strings which were a special guest of theirs during a recent concert. What a wonderful feature of our county this organization presents.

   Then there is "a restaurant" that we never knew existed. I am not sure how we came to see this but we were driving towards the entrance to 132 to go down to Eastgate and we were talking about the old Hardees restaurant the we used to go to quite often. We were curious to see what happened to the building and as we passed it the place looked like it had been another type of restaurant but it looked closed. A few days later we were passing by it again and there were some cars in the parking lot so since it was lunch time be pulled in and found it to be open! We decided to give a try and we had such a great lunch we added it to our eat out list of places! Just yesterday we went over a little later, about 6PM, and had dinner there. This time they had two individuals who were playing and singing and it was our kind of music! The place is called the "Carriage House" and you should at least go there once and try it! Restaurants of course a matter of opinion and taste but I think you owe it to yourselves to try this one at least once, preferably after 6PM when the music starts.

   I learned so much about so many things I can't possibly post them all here and expect you to read them! Just too many! But there is some interesting and significant information that I think is positive but it is not my intention to make this statement a political statement but what my journey was all about. But I can say that I learned so much more about Village, Township and County government than I ever would have had this crusade not been necessary. I learned so much more about the people who govern us. I learned so much more about the financial condition of the respective governments. I have learned so much more about the character of the residents of Amelia. I have learned so much more about how the media works when it comes to government officials versus the private individual. I have learned so much more about the laws governing the forms of government that are involved with this issue. I'm quitting here, there is just too much. Needless to say I received an education that I wish I would have received a few years ago!

   I did find out some history about my family along this journey. While I was out gathering petitions I was talking to an old time Amelia family that my wife and I have known for the 43 years we have lived here. When we were talking they told me that the old CG&P railroad had come through their backyard which was a farm in the day and that the railroad had stopped at their place to pick up containers of milk for the trip to Georgetown. My Grand father was a conductor on that railroad and I have some pictures of him and the crew. As a matter of fact I have one from 1898 showing all the crew in front of the old steam engine before it left Georgetown to return to Cincinnati! They still had the milk cans!!! It struck me that my grandpa probably picked up those very same cans and put them on the train! At the least he probably drank some of the milk!!!! What a great time I had talking to these people. The place where the track was laid is still visible even today! They even told me that the old station building still exists. It is in bad shape but it is still there. I walked down to take a look at it because my grandpa without a doubt left his mark there. I need to get some pictures before it is gone.

   I could ramble on forever but I need to get going on my last before election project so I will leave you with this information. Dissolve the Village or not I am going to keep this website open for the residents of Amelia. I will change the format but how depends on if we dissolve the village which is what I am hoping and praying will happen. If that is the case most of what you have read will be delegated to history just as last years was delegated to "What Happened Last Year". I also have some surprises in store for you so please keep coming back!

   May your Creator bless and protect you and yours regardless of which side you are on.

   Kindest Regards

   John M Toren


Important Links

Dissolve Amelia Now! Website.

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Report

What Happened Last Year



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