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Clermont DD Donates Rosebush in Honor of Kern Family

For six years, the Loveland American Legion Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary have held a picnic for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) in honor of two long-time members.  This year, the picnic was a celebration and memorial for one additional family member who recently passed away.

Bill and Carol Kern (known affectionately as Momma and Poppa Kern to all who knew them) were members of Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary respectively and became volunteers of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) in the 1990s. Over the years, they helped the Legion host yearly social activities for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities that included summer dances, cornhole tournaments, and other fun activities.  There were lots of friendships made between the participants from CCDD and the Legion members, some of which continue to this day.  When the Kerns passed away, their son Mike and daughter-in-law Emily decided to continue the tradition of yearly CCDD activities by adding a spring picnic to the list of activities they host each year, as a way of remembering Momma and Poppa Kern.

In February of this year, their family suffered another loss when Mike passed away.  It seemed only fitting that, at this year’s picnic on May 16, CCDD honor Mike and his parents with something that would be a lasting memory for them.   During the picnic, CCDD presented a rosebush to honor the Kerns.  The bush will be planted on the Legion grounds.

CCDD presented a rosebush and plaque in honor of Mike Kern and his parents at the May 16 All American Picnic, sponosored by the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary. The rosebush was donated as a way to remember the Kerns and the Legion for all they’ve done for those served by the CCDD agency. Pictured from left: Nancy Kern, Lydia Kern, Shelly Stafford, Bill Kern, Tom Kern, Emily Kern and Carolyn Miracle representing the Kern Family and Loveland Legion Auxiliary; Angie Stanton and Dan Ottke of CCDD; Dave Casteel, Pat Mornaroth, Margie Hominy, Bev Hudson, Bud McKinley, Sarge, Jack Hominy, and Jim Hudson of the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary.

“Today, we donate this rosebush, as a symbol of our appreciation to Mike and his family for continuing to host our activities over the years,” said Superintendent Dan Ottke.  “We chose a red rosebush, so we can remember the love Mike and his parents shared with us over the years.”

For more information about the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, visit their Facebook page @AmericanLegionPost256.  For CCDD info, visit

Loveland Legion Donates to Clermont DD

Members of the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donated a combined total of $1,100 to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD).  These funds will be used for community activities for teenagers and adults who receive services from CCDD.  This year’s donation will be used to fund activities that have been scheduled for the rest of 2018; leftover funds will help purchase bowling trophies for the CCDD spring and fall bowling leagues.

“Our thanks to the Legion and Auxiliary for these donations,” said CCDD Superintendent Dan Ottke.  “We would not be able to host as many community activities without their support and generosity.”

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Loveland American Legion Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary presented a total of $1,100 to CCDD for 2018 activities that will be held at the Legion Hall.  Pictured from left:  Emily Kern, Ladies Auxiliary; Dave Casteel, Post 256; Angie Stanton, CCDD Activity Coordinator; Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent.


CCDD Board Meeting, Ethics Committee, and Graduation Ceremonies

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Conference Room.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Ethics Council will meet at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., CCDD will join with Milford, West Clermont, Batavia, and Williamsburg Local School Districts to honor the Wildey School Class of 2018 at their graduation ceremony.  The event will take place in the Wildey School Gym and will recognize Madison Cooper, Molly Cooper, Jacob Friedman, Joshua Fox, Brandon Gray, Andrew Johnson, and Catherine May.  A reception for families and guests will immediately follow the graduation ceremony.

Please contact or (513) 732-4921 for more information.


Clermont DD Board Meeting

The regular meeting of the Clermont DD Board will be on Thursday, April 26.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Intervention Conference Room, located at the Wildey Center, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia, OH 45103 (one mile west of Owensville).

Prior to the meeting, the Ethics Committee will meet at 5 p.m. in the same room.  For more information, contact or call (513) 732-4921.


Board Members Take the Oath of Office

Ed Humphrey, President of the Clermont County Commissioners, administered the Oath of Office at the January 25 meeting of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD).

The Board uses its January meeting to reorganize by accepting nominations for officers and to determine the date, time, and location of future meetings. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the following members were elected as officers: Robert Grant, President; Kim Pellington, Vice President; and Emily Chesnut, Secretary. Additional Board members are Dr. Kim Brady, Michael Chapman, David Thamann, and Mary Jane West.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Grant made committee appointments. Chapman, Thamann, and West will serve on the Ethics Committee. Grant, Brady, and Pellington will serve on the Finance Committee.

It was approved that 2018 Board meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas A. Wildey Center in Owensville. Exceptions to this will be announced as they arise.

For more information about upcoming Board meetings, contact or call (513) 732-4921.