New community center dedicated

The Batavia Township Board of Trustees dedicated the new community center July 16.

“This beautiful new community center, with office and meeting space, was the result of a good set of contractors, a good architect, a good township, and a lot of good people who really wanted to make a difference,” said Batavia Township Trustee Archie Wilson.

The dedication ceremony began with a ribbon cutting ceremony, with introductory remarks by Clermont County Historian Richard Crawford.

Despite the heat, the open house and ceremony attracted about 75 people. Attendees were invited to tour the new $1.4 million, 6,000 square foot building before enjoying ice cream, cake and other refreshments.

Unveiling the dedication plaque were Batavia Township employees Rex Parsons, Administrator, Denise Kelly, Zoning Administrator, Ken Embry, Service Director, Deborah Clepper, Trustee, Jennifer Haley, Trustee, and Archie Wilson, Trustee.

“We hope that this new center will provide many great memories for families,” said Trustee and Chairperson Deborah Clepper. “The greatest thing that we can have here is memories for and of our children playing.”

Clepper also announced a brand new logo for the Batavia Township Board of Trustees.

“During the past year and a half, we have developed a new Batavia Township logo,” she said. “Since we are the center of Clermont County, our new logo is ‘the heart of it all.’ We have a lot to offer the county, and we are all very proud to be here celebrating this center tonight. We hope it serves the community for many, many years to come.”

Clermont County Honor Guard members Sgt. Jeff Sellars, Cpl. Chris Baarlaer, and Cpl. Chris Stratton raised the flag in front of the community center and the Batavia Township Marine Corps Leatherneck Detachment #393 posted the colors.

The dedication ceremony concluded with a surprise flyover from Batavia Township pilots of the Cincinnati Warbirds Museum and a concert by the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra.

Flying lead in a 1940’s T-6 plane, which has 600 hp and was the advanced trainer in WWII, was Blanchester farmer and Batavia native Todd Winemiller.

Flying wing in 1950’s T-28 planes, which have 1450 hp and were jet trainers in Korea, were electrical engineer Jim Stitt and Batavia native and farmer Doug Auxier.

Also flying wing in a 1940’s T-6 plane was Warbird Museum President and Batavia resident Paul Redlich.

“It was a very successful ceremony,” said Clepper. “We are excited about the way that Batavia Township is constantly growing. Like the township, this building will develop into the hub of our community, and we hope that the citizens of Batavia Township and the Clermont County community are as proud of this as we are.”