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Stand United Music Fest

To Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project

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Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 am- Walk A Thon (registration 9:00 am)
  • 10:00 am- Cornhole Tournaments (registration 9:00 am)
  • 11:30 am- Motorcycle Run Kickstands Up (registration 10:00 am)
  • 2:00 pm- “Brass Tracks Band” Performance
  • 3:30 pm- “Right Turn Clyde” Performance
  • 5:30 pm – “90 Proof Twang” Performance
  • 7:15 pm – Public Announcements
  • 7:30 pm- National Anthem performed by Gary Horn
  • 8:00 pm- “Midnight Special- The Classic Rock Experience”

About the Headliner

On a frigid New Years Eve show in 1976, two local Cincinnati bands where scheduled to perform together. All seemed like just another Happy New Year’s show with the slight exception that only one member from each band had showed up: None other than founding members Gregg St. Charles and Joey Von Richter. The two then scrambled to collect enough pocket change to make a few calls to find some other musicians to help cover the night. What went down on that special night was nothing short of a belated Christmas miracle, for on that magical night was forged the beginning of a band that would come and go for the next 33 years. Midnight Special then went on to tour nationally becoming one of America’s premier rock’n’roll shows, opening for countless national headliners at fairs, theaters, festivals, theme parks and bar mitzvah’s. Midnight Special also enjoyed regional success on Polygraph Records with the release of “Eye to Eye” and “Dixie Normous.”

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New garbage day policies take effect Aug. 1

Hamilton residents will no longer be able to put out piles of garbage on trash day, beginning August 1.

The City has adopted a cart contents only policy, and beginning next month will require residents to place all trash inside a City- or Rumpke-issued trash container for disposal.  The City will still allow for the exception of two large items per week placed outside the curb, but residents must call Rumpke at 1-800-582-3107 FREE to schedule collection.

Residents who fail to prepare their trash correctly will not be serviced.

“We want to create a clean, unified look for trash day,” said Richard Engle, Public Works Director. “Rumpke and the City have been working to educate residents about the new trash set-out guidelines since March in hopes of smooth implementation.”

Earlier this year, all Hamilton households were provided with City-issued trash carts.

Residents were sent a mailer as well as a utility bill insert reminding residents about how to prepare trash for collection. Additionally, Rumpke’s team is labeling containers with stickers to remind residents who place trash outside of their cart about the new trash guidelines.

“We hope the new system will make residents think about the amount of trash disposed and divert more recyclables,” Engle said.

Engle added that if residents haven’t received their replacement City-issued cart by August 1, Rumpke will still collect trash in current container until the new cart is delivered.

To learn more about Hamilton’s new trash set out guidelines, please visitwww.hamilton-city.org.

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Advice for living to be 100: ‘Live your best, day to day’

Long before farm to table was a trendy way of dining, it was a way of life for Ruth Campbell. The Eaton native lived on a farm her whole life, and the fresh produce and eggs helped her family get through the Great Depression. There must be something to eating fresh and locally, too—Ruth is going on 103 in September.
“Plus, when you live on a farm, you have to be pretty active,” Ruth said. “I got a lot of exercise.”

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New coach coming for local rowers

Christopher Greene, former assistant coach for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC), has accepted the position as Head Coach for RowAmerica Hamilton starting August 1.

Coach Greene comes to RowAmerica Hamilton with national-level experience as a rower and a coach. He rowed for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) as a junior athlete while attending Xavier High School, finishing first at the 2004 Youth National Championship in the Varsity 8+. Following high school, he attended Brown University where current U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Lucas McGee and Brown University head coach Paul Cooke coached him. Chris led his freshman 8+ to an undefeated season and an Eastern Sprints championship. During his three years on the varsity squad his crew had top 5 National Championship finishes each year. He then came back to Cincinnati and coached for CJRC at both the novice and varsity levels. All of his crews finished on the podium at Midwest Regionals.

After taking a hiatus from the sport to get his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Coach Greene returned to coaching at CJRC as an Assistant Varsity Coach for the 2014-2015 season. CJRC dominated the entire season leading up to Youth Nationals, winning every event and sweeping Midwest Regionals in every event they entered. At 2015 Youth Nationals, the CJRC Lightweight 4+ went on to win the national championship, the Heavyweight four placed 4th, and the Varsity eight placed 9th.

Coach Greene joins RowAmerica Hamilton as Head Coach with a strong passion and knowledge for the sport that he hopes to spread to all those interested. Using his background in clinical psychology, he relates very well to not only youth rowers but adults as well, understanding what motivates each individual and successful ways to build camaraderie within the team. Director of Rowing, Joy Nix, is “excited to have Chris on the leadership team at RowAmerica Hamilton. He brings great experience with him and will take our racing programs to the next level in attracting competitive athletes to the team, directing athletes in getting rowing scholarships to colleges, and getting crews on the top of the podium at Nationals.”

Coach Greene shared that; “I hope to make an immediate impact on performance, retention, and club culture. My ultimate goal for RowAmerica Hamilton is to help push athletes past their own expectations not only as individuals but as rowers and teammates as well.”

Chris will coach a number of programs this season with his focus on the Youth Racing Team starting August 24, 2015. He will also coach the Youth Intro programs and Adult Intro programming to help build up our program base. “Having Chris coach the introductory programs gives all programming a level of consistency and will help new athletes get on the path to competing with the racing teams more quickly should that be their goal,” adds Nix.

For more information about RowAmerica Hamilton, please contact Joy Nix at (513) 642- 9569 or jnix@rowhamilton.com.

How to save energy during this heat wave

With some of the hottest temperatures of the year forecast in Hamilton and across the eastern United States through Thursday, Hamilton Utilities has issued a Peak Power Alert to help its customers save money on their electric bills.

The Hamilton Electric System does not expect power interruptions during these peak days; the Peak Power Alert is issued strictly as a means to assist customers in saving money. By voluntarily conserving energy from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday this week, customers can help lower the City’s peak demand to keep electric rates low for everyone.

Director of Public Utilities Doug Childs said, “As a non-profit, consumer-owned organization, it’s our responsibility to let customers know when we see higher-than-normal prices so they can take actions to minimize the financial impact on their electric bills. Hamilton Utilities’ electric rates are designed to cover the cost of providing service.  By working together to reduce electric use on high-cost days like those forecasted this week, our consumer-owners can help reduce the impacts on their electric bills.”

“The Hamilton Electric System is a member of the PJM Interconnection, the regional electric transmission organization that manages the electric grid,” explained Director of Electric Kevin Maynard. “Per PJM rules, the City’s electric costs are in part based on how much electricity the City uses during peak summer days. Forecasts project that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week have a high likelihood of being peak days in 2015. Reducing the City’s electric use during peak days will help to keep our electric rates stable and among the lowest in the region.”

Mr. Maynard offered the following easy ways customers can help reduce peak electric demands:
  • Set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees. Some central cooling systems allow you to use the unit’s blower fan to circulate air in your home or business without running the power-intensive air conditioner compressor.
  • Use fans, including ceiling fans, to circulate air in your home or business.
  • Draw shades and blinds to prevent the sun from adding heat to your home or office.
  • Use outdoor grills or microwave ovens instead of ranges and ovens, or go out to eat tonight!
  • Turn off any unnecessary lights.
  • Water lawns, gardens and landscaping before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use clothes washers and dryers before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Run dishwashers before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Set automatic dehumidifiers to their highest settings or turn them off between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“A good rule of thumb is: ‘If you’re not using it, turn it off.’  This includes lights, televisions, stereos and computers,” Maynard added.

Customers are encouraged to check the local media for Peak Power Alerts from June through September. Anyone with questions can contact Lauren Gersbach at 513-785-7278.

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MUH Biology Students Score Big with Research

Undergraduate biology students wanting a fast track into the world of biodiversity and conservation are not likely to find a better place to start than the Miami University regional campuses.
Three Miami Hamilton students who graduated last year after working in Dr. David Berg’s Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory have had papers published already, and two recent graduates have papers that will be submitted for publication before they begin graduate school.

“The coin of the realm in scientific research is publication,” Dr. Berg, a Hamilton Campus professor of biology, said one recent afternoon in his Pearson Hall lab in Oxford. “At a government agency such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, you might not be doing research, but you’re going to have to write reports. The fact that you’ve demonstrated that you can write and have met the standards of a scientific journal during your undergraduate education is really important.

“If you’re going to graduate school,” he said, “publishing a paper as an undergraduate is like being born with a savings account. Most people don’t start publishing until they’ve finished graduate school, but you’ve already got a paper or two out.”

Cayla Morningstar, a Miami Hamilton student who just graduated in May and immediately landed a job as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, had her first paper published from Dr. Berg’s lab when she was only a sophomore and has another in the works. The job offer, Dr. Berg said, “was based primarily on her research experience.”

Trevor Williams, another Hamilton campus student, also graduated in May and will be entering the PhD program in biology at Brigham Young University.

“Based on his research experiences in my lab and his academic performance, he received a doctoral fellowship that will pay his entire costs of attendance along with providing him a stipend,” Berg said. “This was quite an accomplishment!”

Most of the research in Dr. Berg’s lab is funded by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for the work they do on endangered species in the Chihuahuan Desert. Consequently, his students have the opportunity to travel to a different part of the world while working closely with agency biologists.

“I have a student right now who is out on an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Michigan,” Dr. Berg said. “When he gets his degree he will have preferential hiring status with the agency, which is very likely to lead to a permanent position as a biologist.”

Dr. Berg teaches ecology, biodiversity, and conservation courses for majors and environmental biology for non-majors at the Hamilton campus. Undergraduate and graduate researchers work out of the Pearson Hall lab, so the Regional students also get a sneak peek at what life is like on the bigger campus and also what their life as a graduate student might be like.

“Typically, when a student first enters the lab, they will be assigned general lab duties, then they’ll be paired up with a graduate student, but as they demonstrate interest and competence, they eventually become more independent,” Dr. Berg said. “The goal is by junior or senior year to have them working on their own projects.

“The students who have published papers, part of the reasons they are authors is because their efforts merited authorship, which means they contributed a creative element,” he said.

Furthermore, they have demonstrated persistence when faced with the unpredictable nature of scientific investigations.

The success of Miami Hamilton students in the world of academic publishing, Dr. Berg said, is evidence that the regional campuses are maintaining Miami standards of excellence.

“You cannot predict a student’s productivity based on which campus they originated from,” he said.

“In my 20-plus years at Miami, I’ve always maintained that our best students from the regional campuses are as good as the best students at Oxford.”

Dr. Berg said that the quality of research done in his lab greatly increases the likelihood that any student who completes a research project and goes on to graduate school will get free tuition, and a salary to boot, at a school where they can further their studies.

“I have three doctoral students in my lab and they pay zero dollars for tuition,” he said. “It’s all covered by the university, and their salaries are also covered by the university or by research grants.  The same is true for most of the undergraduate researchers from my lab who go on to graduate school at other institutions.”

“There aren’t many regional campus systems where students can pursue scientific research at the main campus with the same faculty who are teaching their regional campus classes,” he said.

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The Lane Libraries Present a Summer Reading Extravaganza  

The Lane Libraries announce our first Summer Reading Extravaganza on Saturday, August 8, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Lane Administration Center. Bring the Dewey Dollars you earned all summer to play games and win books. Enjoy magic, face painting, technology toys and a visit to the Bookmobile. This program is for ages 11 and under.

Registration is not required. The Lane Administration Center is located at 1396 University Boulevard in Hamilton.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.

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Lane Summer Programs continue with book reviews and afternoon jazz

The Hamilton Lane Library continues the 19th season of Reading & All That Jazz with:

  • A Brown Bag Book Review on Tuesday, July 28 at noon as reviewer Virginia Osborne discusses Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress By Dai Sijie.
  • The Summer Time Jazz Program featuring the The Rob Allgeyer/Eric Sayer Duo (piano and acoustic bass) on August 4 at noon.

This popular series of alternating weekly book reviews and jazz performances will entertain you all summer long, June through August. All programs, free and open to the public, are on Tuesdays at noon at the Hamilton Lane Library, 300 N. Third St.

For more information about these and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.


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Miami University Regional Campuses join the HEY! Hamilton! team

We would like to welcome the Miami University Regional Campuses as the newest HEY! Hamilton! Community Partner and thank them for their support.

Please visit their website and tell them HEY! Hamilton! sent you…


As Hamilton Campus alumni, this partnership means a lot to both Director of Development Alicia Wellinghoff and me. We are looking forward to a long and happy relationship.

Here are some of the recent stories we’ve published regarding the Hamilton Campus:

VISIT THIS PAGE to see a Roll Call of all of our Community Partners and find out how you can be part of the next wave of community news and information….

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Editor & Publisher

Do you have news you’d like to share with your hometown neighbors? Email hey@heyhamilton.com.

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U.S. Paralympics creates partnership with RowAmerica Hamilton

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and GMRC/RowAmerica Hamilton have partnered to create Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) – Southwest OH.

USRowing Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Merry came to Hamilton to tour the facility and meet some of the current Para-Rowers earlier this week along with representatives from the community and the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Paralympic Sport Club – Southwest OH is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults (age 12+), including active duty service members and veterans, with physical and visual disabilities in ongoing sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level.  All programs and activities are based in Hamilton OH and run by RowAmerica Hamilton. There is a scholarship fund for program participants who need financial assistance to participate thanks to a generous endowment from the Anne and Elizabeth Anderson Foundation.

“U.S. Paralympics is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active in their own communities.  Participation in physical activity enhances not only self-esteem and peer relationships, but also results in greater achievement, better overall health and higher quality of life,” said Mike Mushett, U.S. Paralympics Director of Community Programs. With 21 million Americans living with a physical or visual disability, including thousands of military personnel who’ve been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.

In July 2014 there were twelve rowing specific PSC in the country. The addition of RowAmerica Hamilton now brings that number to twenty-eight. “We are excited that more clubs each year are dedicating themselves to support Para-rowers interested in pursuing the national pipeline to the Paralympics,” said Tom Darling, Director of Para-Rowing for USRowing. Paralympic Sport Clubs will soon be located in all 50 states in the U.S. and the network continues to grow.

This USOC distinction comes at the same time as Five Rivers MetroParks’s Dayton Regional Rowing receiving the USOC designation as a Community Olympic Development Program (COPD) and immediately following USRowing Club Nationals hosted in Cincinnati’s Harsha Lake. “It is great to have such an active rowing community in the area that is bringing such positive attention to Southwest Ohio. We are glad we can bring a high level of programming and performance opportunities to the area for adaptive athletes,” said Joy Nix, Director of Rowing for RowAmerica Hamilton.

Hamilton’s rowing center was part of the Vision 2020 plan created by the Vision Commission, which was established by Hamilton City Council, and has a long-standing history of being supported by the Vision Commission, Hamilton Community Foundation, and the City of Hamilton.

For more information about GMRC/RowAmerica Hamilton, please contact Joy Nix at (513) 642-9569 or jnix@rowhamilton.com.

For more information about U.S. Paralympics, please contact Beth Bourgeois at (719) 866-2039 or beth.bourgeois@usoc.org.

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