Things to do this weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Brrr! It got much colder today, just in time for Trick-Or-Treat. The little Hamilton candy seekers will be at your door from 6-8 p.m. today.

There will still be Halloween-themed events happening through the weekend. EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester Twp. continues Jack-O-Lantern Junction for families through Sunday. It includes a kid-friendly, walk-through Halloween maze. Kids will get a free mini-pumpkin in the indoor pumpkin patch.

Middletown Lyric Theatre continues to show “A Couple White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $13 each.

The Niederman Family Farm Festival in Liberty Twp. also continues this weekend, open from 6-8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. There is a corn maze, hayrides, a play area, farm animals and more. Admission is $10, and children younger than 2 enter for free.

PAWS Adoption Center in Middletown will conduct its “Fur the Love of PAWS Charity Auction” from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Lodge at VOA Park in West Chester Twp. Tickets are $60.

The Winter Farmers Market in West Chester Twp. begins Saturday. It is located in the Mulhauser Barn.

Ryan’s Tavern on High Street in Hamilton will host a ghost tour at 8 p.m. today and again Sunday. The cost to participate is $30.

An Intergalactic Bead Show will happen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center.

If you’re looking for a different place to watch the Ohio State football game, Miami Valley Gaming is hosting a viewing party this Saturday and again Nov. 15 and Nov. 22.

Planet Fitness to open on Hamilton’s west side

A Planet Fitness store will be opening in the former Staples building on the west side of Hamilton.

Planet Fitness Fairfield sent an email to patrons today saying the gym will be at 702 N.W. Washington Blvd. in Hamilton, near Walt’s BBQ and Hobby Lobby.

The facility is expected to open in 2015 and will include “over 100 pieces of cardio,” multiple televisions, massage chairs and tanning beds, the email states.

“In addition, this location will feature a brand new Synergy 360 with TRX cross training classes twice a day,” the email says.

Memberships will be available starting Nov. 15, and members at the Fairfield location may transfer membership free of cost.

Hamilton! in the news Oct. 29, 2014

Reminder: Hamilton’s Trick-or-Treat takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The weather is expected to be cold and rainy, much like it was in 2013. Bundle up!

Applebee’s on Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp. celebrated a ribbon cutting following renovations. The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce posted photos here.

The annual Santa Parade will be Dec. 6, and there’s a facebook event page for it. There is also a facebook event page for the Hamilton tree lighting, which is set for Nov. 21. Check that out here.

Some stores are refusing to be open for sales on Thanksgiving Day, and television news station WCPO in Cincinnati published a “Don’t Waste Your Money” piece on it. Check out the list.

RiversEdge, the concert venue along the river in downtown Hamilton, is seeking input on which bands to include in next year’s lineup. Scroll down a bit on its facebook page to see the post and leave feedback.



The Cincinnati Reds are taking sign-ups for the 9th annual Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament, which is scheduled for Dec. 6. Details are here.

Local Trick-Or-Treat times 2014

By Alexa LaSpisa/Flickr Creative Commons photo
By Alexa LaSpisa/Flickr Creative Commons photo

The following are times for Beggar’s Night. Many are Friday but some are Thursday, and times vary per city or township.

Butler County

Fairfield: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Hamilton: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Hanover Twp.: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Liberty Twp.: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Madison Twp.: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday

Middletown: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

Monroe: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Morgan Twp.: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Oxford: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

Ross: 6-8 p.m. Friday

St. Clair Twp.: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Trenton: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday

W. Chester: 6-8 p.m. Friday


College Corner: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Eaton: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Germantown: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Things to do this weekend, Oct. 24-26

ThingsToDoFall2The fall season is in high gear and there are plenty of activities with just a week left until Halloween. Up next: holiday events! Submit yours via email:

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC: 7-8 p.m. today, Oct. 24 at MUH Downtown, 221 High St., Hamilton. Local talent compete for exclusive performance in Spring of next year.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 25, Hamilton city-wide event with several locations.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Lane Library, 300 N. Third St., Hamilton. Children of all ages; registration required. More

HAUNTED HERITAGE VILLAGE: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. Family friendly activities. Free. Details

O SOLE TRIO: 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. EntertainmentPlus event.

PIE BAKE OFF: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Barn-n-Bunk, 3677 Wayne-Madison Road, Trenton. Part of the weekend Fall Festival event; final one this weekend. Benefits Edgewood Food Pantry.

ELISHA MORGAN GHOST TOUR: 8-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Elisha Morgan Mansion at Gilbert Farms Park in Fairfield. More

Hamilton economic development efforts receive international and state recognition

The City of Hamilton and The Hamilton Mill recently accepted awards for their economic development efforts from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and from the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA).

The City of Hamilton received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development award from IEDC for the 2013 Economic Development Annual Report in the Annual Report category for communities with a population between 25,000 to 200,000. The City utilizes the report as a marketing piece in its business retention and attractionefforts. View the 2013 Economic Development Annual Report here.

The City of Hamilton was runner-up in the Excellence in Economic Development Marketing category from OEDA for the Utilities Marketing Campaign. The Utilities Marketing Campaign is a partnership between the Economic Development Department and Hamilton Utilities. It is an effort to educate the Hamilton community about the City’s publicly-owned utilities and to market Hamilton’s utility advantages regionally and nationally to foster economic development.

Liz Hayden

Additionally, Liz Hayden, Business Development Specialist for the City of Hamilton, received the Rookie of the Year award from OEDA. The Rookie of the Year award recognizes one who has met the challenges of providing economic development early on and who demonstrates the dedication to positively impacting the state’s economic growth.

The Hamilton Mill received the Excellence in Economic Innovation award from OEDA. This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of economic development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. The Hamilton Mill also received the Bronze Excellence in Economic Development award from IEDC in the Green/Sustainable Development category for communities with a population between 25,000 to 200,000. These awards recognize the efforts of The Hamilton Mill, the recently rebranded business incubator that specializes in advanced manufacturing, clean technology, and digital technology.

Rahul Bawa

Rahul Bawa, Chairman of The Hamilton Mill Board, was runner-up in the Excellence in Volunteerism from OEDA. This award recognizes exceptional volunteer individuals who have assisted in successful economic development efforts in Ohio.

The IEDC honors were presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 21, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held in Fort Worth, Texas. The OEDA honors were presented at an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 23, during the OEDA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

“This is the second consecutive year the City has been recognized for its economic development initiatives by these two organizations and serves as validation that Hamilton’s economic development initiatives are heading in the right direction,” Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith stated.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The OEDA’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.

Students at Miami University Hamilton will gather to remember and honor those who have served in the armed forces and offer support to those who are currently serving.

Miami Hamilton’s Student Government Association will host a Veteran’s Commemoration and fundraising event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

The cost for the event is $10; free for Veterans and children under 5. This spaghetti dinner and silent auction will raise funds for the Nicholas Olivas Valor Award Scholarship; established last year in honor of Army Cpl. Nicholas Olivas who was killed May 30, 2012 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

He was a 2010 Fairfield graduate who grew up in Hamilton and Fairfield. The award provides financial assistance for student veterans on the Miami Hamilton. To RSVP to the event, please contact Carla Ledford at 513-785-3020.

Miami Hamilton’s Center for Civic Engagement invite the public to bring their children, parents or friends to help make holiday cards and care package for those serving overseas on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Schwarm Commons. Care packages and cards will be sent to Operation Show Our Love. Holiday cookies will be served to volunteers. To RSVP, donate personal items or to make a monetary donation, call 513.785.3005.

For more information, call 513.785.3020. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

City-Wide Clean Up Day set for this Saturday

The City of Hamilton’s “Make a Difference Day Clean-Up” will be held this Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations throughout the city.

The City has designated 10 neighborhoods for the city-wide clean up. These neighborhood locations are listed below with meeting locations in parentheses:

  • 2nd ward (Bailey Square on South Second Street)
  • 5th ward (Crawford Woods School on Hensley Avenue)
  • Downtown (The Presbyterian Church on Front Street)
  • German Village (The Carriage House on Village Street)
  • 4th Ward (Roosevelt School on South 12th Street)
  • Lindenwald (Heaven Sent on Pleasant Avenue)
  • North End (Ball Fields on Joe Nuxhall Boulevard)
  • Rossville (Partners in Prime on Ross Avenue),
  • West Side (Lowe’s on Main Street),
  • Large Group (City Hall at 345 High Street).

Volunteers should plan on meeting at the aforementioned locations at 9:00 a.m. and dress in comfortable working clothes and shoes. Cotton gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Dump trucks will be placed in each of the neighborhood locations where volunteers can dispose of their bags.


Volunteers will be focusing their efforts on picking up loose trash throughout the City.  Volunteers will not collect garbage set out at the curb or any of the following items: appliances, monitors or tv’s, hazardous waste or construction items.
To volunteer for the clean-up call Program Coordinator for Volunteers, Karen Wittmer at 513-844-8050.

Learn history, have fun at Night at the Museum

The 2014 edition of Night at the Museum will be on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Come join your friends for a night of fun and intrigue. Let the super sleuth in you go to work as you solve riddles and use clues to find “hidden meanings” in the Museum’s collection. Prizes are awarded for those solving the most riddles. Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Butler County Historical Society

327 N. Second Street

Hamilton, OH 45011

Tickets: $25 a person or $40 a couple

Please make checks payable to BCHS and mail to the above address or tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call the BCHS at 513-896-9930. Dress is casual and beverages, beer, wine and light food will be provided.