We already know that our Middletown-Hamilton Small Business Development Center has won numerous awards due to their outstanding work, but we’re not mad about congratulating another!

Associate Director Mark Lankford of Butler County SBDC has been awarded the 2017 State Star honor. This is given to 1 Counselor each year, voted on by the center directors. He was 1 of 3 candidates and was a unanimous choice taking 14 1st place votes with next closest receiving 6 1st place votes. He will receive his award at our ASBDC National Conference in Nashville the 1st week of September.

Thank you to our SBDC for all of the hard work that they do in Middletown, Hamilton, and the region. Keep up the great work – we’re sure we’ll see plenty more awards in the future!

“I am very humbled by this award. Our state network is filled with high quality counselors and to be recognized in this manner is truly a high honor. I am grateful to those who have given me the opportunity to serve my clients, namely our host the Hamilton Mill, our  other major funding partners including the city of Middletown Economic Development Department, the SBA and the state of Ohio DSA. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my Director David Riggs who has put his complete trust in me and turned our center around since his arrival.”



Thank you Group Work Camps and SELF

I had the privilege of attending the opening session for Group Work Camps last week.  Sponsored by Supports to Encourage Low Income Families, Group Work Camps made their third trip to Middletown with 364 campers from 9 states.

During their week in Middletown, 61 crews of teens worked on 43 homes of low income families, completing needed maintenance repairs, returning homes to code compliance and building 10 handicap ramps to assist disabled residents with transportation in and out of their homes.

This is always a special group of people who give selflessly of their time and energy to help those less fortunate.   Thank you to SELF for sponsoring this great event and to Group Work Camps for their continued support of Middletown residents.   We appreciate everything  you do.




The Power of Social Media

This blog page has been around for about two years now.  As we have recently seen, the things that go viral are not always what we expect.   Social Media has, for better or for worse, changed how we communicate around the world.

I pulled up the stats on this blog page and was astounded.  Since it’s inception, I have had 60,033 visitors making 119,059 views of my 323 posts.

And it’s not just a local thing.  I’ve had visitors register from Canada, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Philippines, Spain, Mexico, France, Japan, New Zealand, Columbia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sweden, Greece, Taiwan, Ireland, Honduras, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, Austria, Norway, Ecuador, Aruba, Czech Republic, Morocco, Singapore, Malta, Estonia, Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, and Sri lanka.

What an interesting world we live in.

Nice Job Chief Muterspaw

The Middletown Police Department recently hosted a two-day course in Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE).

The goal is to de-escalate situations, build better community engagement and prevent deadly encounters. Officers from nine Ohio departments participated.

Chief Muterspaw, Lieutenant Dave Birk and Officer Sheoki Reece took part in a radio interview explaining the training and the benefits for all participating police departments.

Hats off to Chief Muterspaw for a great interview and for having the foresight to bring this training to Middletown!  To listen to the interview, click on the link below:

Schedule A Screening Mammography

Schedule a screening mammography near you in July!

Premier Health is making it easier for busy women to get their annual mammogram screening with its mobile mammography coach that travels to businesses, public venues and events throughout Southwest Ohio. Equipped with advanced imaging equipment, the coach offers traditional 2D and Genius™ 3D Mammography™ technology to detect breast cancer.

I can tell you from personal experience that a very good friend of mine stopped by the screening coach last year and found out that she had breast cancer as a result.  The mammogram through Premier Health almost certainly saved her life with early detection of the cancer.   Please take advantage of this great opportunity to protect your health.

Schedule a mobile mammogram by calling 844-453-4199. For more information about the process and locations, visit

The following dates and times are open for appointments:

  • July 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SureCare Medical Center, 360 W. Central Ave., Springboro, OH 45066;
  • July 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Trenton Family Medicine, 3590 Busenbark Rd., Trenton, OH 45067;
  • July 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MidPointe Library, 9363 Centre Pointe Dr., West Chester Twp., OH 45069;
  • July 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dixon/McKinley Community Festival and Health Fair,196 Hawthorn St., Dayton OH 45402;
  • July 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coffman Family YMCA, 88 Remick Blvd., Springboro, OH 45066;
  • July 13, Noon to 2 p.m. at Terrace Ridge Apartments, 1312 McKaig Ave., Troy, OH 45373;
  • July 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CVS Health, 710 N. Main St., Springboro, OH 45066;
  • July 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital Medical Imaging- Springboro, 630 N. Main St., Springboro, OH 45066;
  • July 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MidPointe Library, 200 Edgewood Dr., Trenton OH 45067;
  • July 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waynesville Pharmacy, 415 S. Main St., Waynesville, OH 45068;
  • July 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Monroe Medical Center, 20 Overbrook Dr., Monroe, OH 45050;
  • July 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital Jamestown Emergency Center, 4940 Cottonville Rd., Jamestown, OH 45335;
  • July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Countryside YMCA Landen, 2894 U.S. Route 22/3, Maineville, OH 45039;
  • July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dorothy Lane Market Washington Square, 6177 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp., OH 45459;
  • July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for The Glover Foundation Inc.’s Football 101 for Women at West Carrollton High School football stadium, 5833 Student St., West Carrollton, OH 45449; and
  • Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SureCare Medical Center, 360 W. Central Ave., Springboro, OH 45066.

Premier Health welcomes partnerships with area businesses and event organizers to bring the mobile mammography coach to their locations in the community. For more information, call 513-974-4794 or visit



Wear Your Helmet for Free Ice Cream!

Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Program and Middletown Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services—both members of the Warren County Safe Communities Coalition—are urging Middletown children to wear their bicycle helmets this summer to help prevent injury. As part of its safety outreach throughout the city, the Middletown Division of Fire will be looking for whether children are wearing their helmets or not during summer months. Children who are wearing their helmets will be rewarded with a voucher for a free small ice cream cone!

Those seen not wearing their helmets will receive a voucher to pick up a free bicycle helmet while supplies last from Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center, located at One Medical Center Drive, Middletown, Ohio, 45005. Helmets will be available for pick-up at the hospital between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays by calling (513) 974-4713 to reach Ann Brock, Atrium’s trauma outreach coordinator and Warren County Safe Communities coordinator.

“The Middletown Division of Fire sees this as a very important program because we often respond to children who are injured in accidents where they were not wearing helmets, particularly in the summer months. Any way we can help encourage children to wear their helmets, the Middletown Division of Fire paramedics are extremely interested in assuring this occurs,” said Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli.

The helmet safety program will kick-off Friday, June 30, at Atrium Family YMCA. The YMCA is hosting an Atrium Medical Center campus block party open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Y, located at 5750 Innovation Drive, Middletown, Ohio, 45005. There will be a free cookout for YMCA members, a YMCA open house for current and new members, and campus vendors with family-friendly activities. Middletown’s fire department and Atrium Medical Center’s trauma program will be at the block party conducting a bicycle helmet giveaway for block party attendees. Bicycle helmets were generously donated to Warren County Safe Communities for this safety awareness effort.

A safer bicycle ride starts with a properly fitted helmet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to a helmet, those who receive vouchers and pick up helmets from Atrium Medical Center as part of this program in summer 2017 will also receive information from the Traffic Safety Administration about how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Some bicycle crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and pay close attention on roadways to each other, according to the federal traffic safety agency.



City Revenues Year to Date

I try to keep a close eye on what is going on around the state and how we are comparing to other communities in our successes and challenges.   Our revenues are up over a half million dollars year to date through May vs. last year the same period.  If we hold this pace, we’ll have the strongest revenues in the past 20 years.

Ohio made changes to the income tax laws last year and a survey was put out requesting changes in income tax collection from municipalities Jan-May 2017 vs  Jan-May 2016.   It was a volunteer survey and not everyone responded to the request.  That being said, the numbers reported suggest we are doing better than many parts of the state.

Middletown revenues are up 5.8% through the end of May.  Congrats to our friends in Monroe for their strong performance.  Of the communities that chose to respond, here is where some other Ohio cities are year to date:

Municipality May YTD Increase or Decrease
Ashland 2.00%
Cambridge -20.00%
Carrollton 2.84%
Columbus 2.36%
Findlay -7.48%
Grandview Hts 31.10%
Granville -5.10%
Kettering 4.64%
Lincoln Heights Even
Lisbon -6.70%
London -1.00%
Loveland -1.13%
Mariemont -0.28%
Monroe 11.00%
Montgomery -0.20%
New Philadelphia -13.00%
Newark -3.31%
Port Clinton -6.00%
Powell 6.81%
Reynoldsburg -0.93%
Riverside -3.66%
Sharonville 4.67%
Springboro -0.26%
Springfield -1.58%
Springfield -3.26%
St. Bernard -10.00%
Tipp City -1.29%
West Jefferson -6.00%
Westerville 1.84%
Windham -17.50%
Worthington 11.14%