13 things to know today about coronavirus changes in Butler and Warren counties

Things to know today about the impact of coronavirus in Butler and Warren counties.


Easter egg hunt planned for downtown

Downtown Middletown will hold a Social Distancing Easter Egg Hunt through Saturday.

Try to spot all 25 hidden eggs in the windows of downtown business this week. All eggs are visible from the safety of a car. Snap a selfie when you have finished for a chance at three prize packs from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop.

Locations are Rolling Mill Brewing Co., The Swine Inn, Connections Day Spa, The Windamere, Mockingbirds, Haute Fusion, My Favorite Things, Triple Moon Coffee Co., Design 2 Wear 2, Gold Beret Boutique, West Central Wine, Don’s Pizza, Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, The Slice, Pudgy Pony Equine Thrift, Central Pastry Shop, Daubenmires Printing, Jazzercise, The White Dog Distilling Co., Digital Visuals, Cool Comics & Collectibles, Spoken Bicycles, Gracies, MC Hair, and Pendleton Art Center.

For more information, go to www.downtownmiddletown.org. STAFF REPORT


City council to hold meeting

The Hamilton City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today. This council meeting will be digital. To get the link to join the webinar, go to www.hamilton-oh.gov.

If citizens wish to have an issue addressed by city council or city administration, they should email those questions or comments to the city clerk at nick.garuckas@hamilton-oh.gov. The city clerk may read the comments into the record during the appropriate council meeting. If comments are submitted far enough in advance of an upcoming meeting, an official city response may also be read into the record. Citizens must still provide their name and address for the record. Be concise with potential comments.

Residents and other interested parties are highly encouraged to watch the live stream on TvHamilton’s Facebook or when TvHamilton posts the recording to their website or Facebook. Additionally, the meeting will air in its entirety also on TvHamilton. CONTRIBUTED


Arts center update

The Fitton Center will be cancelling or rescheduling all events for remainder of the 2019-2020 season. The center is following the guidance of the City of Hamilton Health Department and the State of Ohio during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and have continued to strictly follow the advice and instruction of the Health Commissioner during this time.

With that, the center is postponing the following events to dates to be announced at a later time:

  • Shades of Bublé performance on March 14
  • Two Sketchy Dames performance on March 28
  • Celebrating Self: 80 Acres, April 1
  • Jason Farnham & Friends Piano performance on April 18
  • The Drag Show 2 performance on May 2

The following event has been put on hold with intentions to keep it as scheduled: Just Strange Brothers’ performance of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on May 16.

Additionally, for the safety of their performers and team, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has cancelled their tour of Dragons Love Tacos, which was scheduled at Fitton Center on April 17.



Festival canceled due to virus

The Shandon Congregational Church and the Shandon Civic Association announced that there will be no Shandon Strawberry Festival this year. Due to uncertainty concerning how long restrictions will be in place for the coronavirus, the decision had to be made. CONTRIBUTED


Board to change trustee meeting

The Fairfield Twp. Board of Trustees regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today as scheduled at the Administration Building, 6032 Morris Road.

The public can watch the meeting via Live stream on Facebook.

Due to safety concerns, the public should not attend this meeting in person. Comments can be email to jvonderhaar@fairfieldtwp.org before or after the meeting. CONTRIBUTED


Crisis hotline to help residents during crisis

Staying at home under Ohio’s stay-at-home order may have its perks, like waking up later, not having to change out of your pajamas, or getting home tasks done faster.

But for some, the time can feel like it’s never going to end, and that may create feelings of isolation that affect a person’s mental health.

“During this time, our crisis hotline is more important than ever,” said Colleen Chamberlain, executive director of Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties. “Even though they are trained to handle crisis calls, the hotline staff can also be a listening ear for people who are feeling concerned and having trouble easing their anxiety around coronavirus.”

Chamberlain said right now, the hotline hasn’t seen a surge in calls, but “we are certainly anticipating an uptick in the coming weeks as the stay-at-home order continues. That’s why the hotline is prepared right now to take all types of calls, not just crisis concerns.”

Warren and Clinton County residents can reach the hotline anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 877-695-6333. CONTRIBUTED


Historic area to hold walking egg hunt

Dayton Lane Historic Area Inc. will hold the 2020 Walking Egg Hunt of Dayton Lane. Look outside and at windows for all 30 hidden eggs. Eggs are on display now through Easter.

Addresses are:

  • 1 - 644 Dayton St.
  • 2 - 643 Dayton St.
  • 3 - 816 Dayton St.
  • 4 - 901 Dayton St.
  • 5 - 724 Dayton St.
  • 6 - 228 N. 7th St.
  • 7 - Campbell Avenue Park
  • 8 - 316 N 7th St.
  • 9 - 644 Dayton St.
  • 10 - 947 Campbell Ave.
  • 11 - 125 N. 10th St.
  • 12 - 102 N. 7th St.
  • 13 - 843 Dayton St.
  • 14 - 807 Dayton St.
  • 15 - 937 Dayton St.
  • 16 - 917 Dayton St.
  • 17 - 942 Campbell Ave.
  • 18 - 712 Dayton St.
  • 19 - 712 Dayton St.
  • 20 - 712 Dayton St.
  • 21 - 806 Dayton St.
  • 22 - 643 Dayton St., Carriage House
  • 23 - 942 Campbell Ave.
  • 24 - 102 N. 7th St.
  • 25 - 730 Dayton St.
  • 26 - 723 Dayton St.
  • 27 - 901 Dayton St.
  • 28 - 724 Dayton St.
  • 29 - 819 Dayton St.
  • 30 - 843 Dayton St.

All eggs are visible from the sidewalk. Be courteous of the neighbors as citizens enjoy this outdoor activity from a safe distance from others. If a person would like to sharetheir experience with the families who volunteered to make the eggs on this walk, post them at Dayton Lane Historic Area Inc. CONTRIBUTED


Annual spring plant sale canceled

Due to Ohio State University and State of Ohio policies and for the safety of the customers and members, Ohio State University Extension, Butler County will not have the annual plant sale this year.

For more information, go to www.butler.osu.edu. STAFF REPORT


Lodge to postpone homemade donut event

Glen Lodge #459 of Knights of Pythias Seven Mile, Ohio has postponed the making Homemade Donuts Thursday and Friday.

Plans are to make them at a later date. CONTRIBUTED


Community meals planned for this week

The following meals will be served to the Franklin community.

  • Today, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hope UMC at Franklin UMC, 303 S. Main St., bagged meal
  • Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Vineyard Downtown, bagged lunch
  • Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Mary's K of C, at Franklin UMC, 303 S. Main St., bagged meal
  • Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., 4Life Worship, 215 S. Main St., hot carryout meal pick up
  • Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., 4Life Worship, 215 S. Main St., hot carryout meal pick up

Call ahead to schedule pick up time and number of meals needed. Call 937-430-1601.

There is a need for food and supplies to all of the meals that are being supplied, so contact 937-572-9027 if a person is aware of any store or restaurant that has food they no longer have a need for. For more information, email dhollingsworth77.dh@gmail.com. CONTRIBUTED


Edgewood City Schools meal plan during school closure

Edgewood City Schools announced plans for providing breakfast and lunches to students while school is closed due to COVID-19.

Edgewood City Schools breakfast and lunch pick up times are from 11 a.m. to noon today and April 15.

Pick up locations:

  • Babeck Early Childhood Center, 100 Maple Avenue, Trenton. For Babeck families
  • Edgewood Elementary School, 3440 Busenbark Road, Trenton. For Edgewood Elementary School, Edgewood Middle School, Edgewood High School, and Seven Mile Elementary families

Meals picked up today will include breakfast and lunch for five days. Meals picked up April 15 will include breakfast and lunch for three days.

Meals are free of charge. Meals include lunch and breakfast for two days. Free meals are eligible for children ages 1-18. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will only be given based on the number of children present at the time of pickup. If a household has students at multiple buildings, parents can pick-up at a single location for convenience.

For more information, call 513-867-3400, ext 1017 or David Jewell, Food Service Supervisor at 513-867-3418. CONTRIBUTED


Historical society canceled meeting

The April meeting of the Liberty Twp. Historical Society has been cancelled in accordance with the Ohio social distancing directive. CONTRIBUTED


Donation drop off announced

The Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) in collaboration with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) announced the institution of a weekly Donation Drop Off for Butler County from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at 1810 Princeton Road, Hamilton.

BCGHD is encouraging community members, businesses, and organizations to donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, N95s, surgical masks, gowns, face shields and sanitizing supplies such as hand sanitizer, and cleansing sprays/wipes.

BCGHD has also received a substantial amount of calls and emails from community members asking where they can donate homemade masks and are pleased to announce that the Butler County EOC will be accepting those donations as well.

The Butler County EOC has been functioning as the main PPE distribution point for Butler County and to date has distributed several thousand pieces of PPE to community partners on the frontline such as Fire, Police, EMS, Hospital, Long Term Care, and many others. Donations will be given to first responders, healthcare workers, and other frontline organizations active in this COVID19 response.

Individuals with questions about what can be donated can call the Butler County EOC at 513-785-5100. CONTRIBUTED

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