Mosaics are fun. Learn how.

Join the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in a series of FREE mosaic tile-making workshops! Tiles will be created using stamps and natural materials and will be installed in our renovated first floor restrooms. Workshops are free but pre-registration is required online or by calling 863-8873 ext.110.

Adult Sessions (ages 18+): Oct. 7 OR 8, 6-8 pm
Youth Sessions (ages 9-17): Oct. 1 AND 15, 6-8 pm


Monthly tornado siren tests may sound different

Several new notification sirens will be heard during the City of Hamilton’s monthly tornado sirens test Wednesday.

The notification sirens designed with improved technologies are located on Wasserman Road at Ridgeway school, Ford Boulevard at North End park, University Boulevard near Miami University Hamilton and a previously installed siren at Hamilton High School.

Older sirens will continue to sound, according to a release from the City. They “will be phased out over time,” the release said.

The City tests sirens every first Wednesday of each month.

List: 2014 fall craft shows

Every year the schools, churches and other areas businesses are abuzz with shoppers. They’re hosting craft shows that feature local artisans.

HEY! Hamilton! is compiling a calendar of those craft shows, and below is a list we’ve gathered simply based off of what we’ve found by surfing online. Does your business plan to host a craft show? If so, comment below and let us know. We’ll get it shared on our website.

Oct. 4

Lakota West High School, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester Twp. Craft show website ENDED

Oct. 5

Lakota West High School, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester Twp. Craft show website ENDED

Sat., Nov. 8

Lakota East High School, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (early bird, 9 a.m., higher admission), 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp. Craft show website

Hamilton High School, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Craft show event page

Sun., Nov. 9

Lakota East High School, noon to 4 p.m., 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp. Craft show website

Hamilton High School, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Craft show event page

Wed., Nov. 19

MUM Yum Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Miami University Middletown, 4200 N. University Blvd., Middletown. Event page

Sat., Nov. 22

Edgewood High School, begins at 9 a.m., 3500 Busenbark Road, Trenton. Craft show info

Weekend of Fire set for this coming weekend

TTDheyhamAn annual festival conducted at the Oscar Event Center will be ablaze with taste this weekend.

Billed as “the largest fiery food show in the midwest,” the Weekend of Fire event takes place Oct. 4-5 and features many vendors with a variety of products to test and buy — mostly sauces. It also includes contests and prizes.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $1 for children each day. Children 5 and younger get in free.

Be warned — Weekend of Fire is not for those who don’t have a palette for a variety of tastes and smells. The staff of HEY! Hamilton has been to the Weekend of Fire and was impressed with the volume of options of sauces and foods.

The event, which takes place indoors and outside, will have beverages for sale to help ease the burn. The festival will also include the crowning of a king or queen. Those who attendee dressed in spicy food-themed costume will be eligible.

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s is located at 5440 Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

Pyramid Hill Art Fair continues today

An alpaca rests near a booth of alpaca wool items for sale at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park's Art Fair Sat., Sept. 27, 2014. Photo by Mandy Gambrell
An alpaca rests near a booth of alpaca wool items for sale at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park’s Art Fair Sat., Sept. 27, 2014. Photo by Mandy Gambrell

The weather is expected to be sunny and warm today as the annual art fair at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park continues.

The entry fee is $5 per carload. It opens at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. It includes several crafts and art vendors, food, live music and more. We were there yesterday  — there’s even an alpaca on the grounds next to a booth of items made from alpaca wool.

Families were walking around checking out the sculptures. There was also an ice cream truck selling cones.

The park is located at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton.

LifeSpan pays tribute to Guardianship program wards

Story and photos by Richard O Jones

John Carr was a quiet man, who lived a quiet life. He worked as a dishwasher at Hyde’s Restaurant in Hamilton, and in his spare time liked to watch westerns in his room at Tri-County Extended Care.

Lisa Frye
Lisa Frye

“He was very soft-spoken,” said Lisa Frye, director of LifeSpan’s Guardianship Program, at a funeral service for John Carr, held September 17 at Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery.

John Carr had been a ward of the Guardianship Program since 2007. When his LifeSpan staff and volunteer Guardians would come to visit him, he always asked for a Pepsi, Frye said, and because he didn’t like the food at the nursing home, he would relish a double cheeseburger and fries from McDonalds.

When John Carr, born June 3, 1943, passed on February 19, 2014, he had no family to take care of his remains, no family plot to be buried in. Thanks to a unique partnership between Greenwood Cemetery and LifeSpan, John Carr did have a place for his remains among the family of LifeSpan clients.

“Many times when our wards or clients pass, they don’t have family, so they don’t have anyone to take care of them after they pass and that becomes an issue,” said Bill Staler, Chief Executive Officer of LifeSpan.  “So we’re fortunate that we have a partnership with Greenwood Cemetery who’ve been very generous in donating the land to put those folks to rest who have no other options.”

The Butler County Probate Court is responsible for appointing guardians for elderly, mentally ill and developmentally disabled people who have no family member able or willing to look out for them. LifeSpan staff and volunteer guardians make decisions for these clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues.

Judge Randy Rogers leads a reading of the 23rd Psalm.

Probate Court Judge Randy Rogers spoke at the ceremony, calling the Guardianship Program “one of the most important things that I am involved in,” which he has since its inception in 1996, before leading a call-and-response recitation of Psalm 23.

“A lot of lives have been touched,” he said. “In a way, my role as probate judge is to be a shepherd to this program, so there is nothing I would rather do today than to read about my favorite shepherd.”

The Rev. Mark Finfrock

Mark Finfrock, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, read several passages from the Holy Bible, including the famous passage from Corinthians 1, “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.” O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’”

LifeSpan memorial marker
LifeSpan memorial marker

The partnership with Greenwood Cemetery began in 2012, when three former LifeSpan wards who were laid to rest was held at Greenwood Cemetery on December 4: Robert Singer, Frank Evans and Lois Overbey.

The ashes of John Carr have been interred near a stone memorial, which will be engraved with the name and years of birth and death for 25 other individuals in the Guardianship Program who have passed away since the initial ceremony in 2012.

For more information about the Guardianship program, call 513-868-3210.


Events this weekend include festivals, Pink Floyd tribute, and more

This is the time of THINGS TO DOyear when there are plenty of outdoor activities celebrating Fall and the upcoming Halloween holiday.

The list below doesn’t include everything, but highlights some of the bigger activities throughout Hamilton and Butler County. Good news as far as weather goes … sunny skies throughout the weekend with highs in the low-80s each day.


Seven Bridges Road Concert: The Eagles tribute band performs at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Miami University Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally: The second annual fan pep rally for families and students is from 6-8 p.m. at Goggin Ice Center, 620 S. Oak St., Oxford. Free.

An Evening of One Acts: Fairfield Footlighters performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. Tickets are $14. (513) 867-5348;

Side by Side by Sondheim: Middletown Lyric Theatre musical at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. MLT is located at 1530 Central Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $15. (513) 425-7140

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Twp. Open 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday for $9 per person (kids 2 and younger are free).

Saturday, Sept. 27

Barn-N-Bunk Fall Festivals: The farm market opens its grounds for fall celebrations each weekend at noon-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Family event includes cider making, a kiddie tractor pull and more. Free.

St. Ann Oktoberfest: Second annual German-themed event at St. Ann Catholic School, 3064 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton. Events from 6-11 p.m. include music, food, games and more. Site:

Jack O’Lantern Junction: EnterTRAINment Junction kicks off its family Halloween activities on this day, and they run through Nov. 2. Includes a trick-or-treat maze, kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Prices vary.

12th Annual Art Fair: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum hosts its annual art fair at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Pioneer Days: DeWitt Log Homestead, 4824 Oxford Road, Oxford. Free event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday includes pioneer crafts, demonstrations, games from the 1800s and food. Free. Online at

The Dolphin Tale: Free showing of the movie “The Dolphin Tale,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Hamilton Lane Library, 300 North Third St., Hamilton.

Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd Concert: Band performance at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Band-O-Rama: 38th annual event at Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Multiple area bands compete and perform beginning at 5:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary. More details at

Oct. 3

Operation Pumpkin: Festival in downtown Hamilton through Oct. 5. Little Miss Pumpkin contest, local artisans, food vendors, pet parade, rides, live music and more.

Oct. 9

Blood Brothers musical: The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre performs its first show of the season, a musical called “Blood Brothers,” through Oct. 12. Tickets are $17 and are on sale ay (513) 737-PLAY or

Oct. 18

Behind the Gates of Greenwood: A historical walking tour through Greenwood Cemetery, 1602 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton. Tours are 1.5-hours long from 3-6 p.m. A guide takes groups on a leisurely stroll through the cemetery and re-enactors tell stories in period costumes. Registration required, tickets are $5. (513) 603-9105.

Oct. 19

5K Haunted Trail Run: A benefit for the Animal Friends Humane Society shelter on Princeton Road. 10 a.m., Honey Tree Stables, 3150 Lanes Mill Road, Oxford. Free parking. $30 preregistration, $40 on race day. Register at