Montessori school expands program offerings

by Bonnie McNett

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School (CMH) is pleased to launch a new preschool program for three and four year olds. This new program is specially designed for young children who are not ready for a full week of pre-school.  The students would attend school Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and would receive guidance and instruction from highly trained, certified Montessori teacher.


Caleb Tyler (Left) and Jayden Thozhal work together and explore magnetism at Children’s Meeting House Montessori School, located just minutes east of downtown Loveland, Ohio. The school offers programs for children age three through sixth grade and is currently accepting new student applications.

Parents can choose either half day or full day options.  Interim Director Casey Reed says, “The program is unique in that we will be able to provide an authentic Montessori education for these younger children during a less intensive school week, while still preparing them socially, academically and emotionally.  The three day a week program is in response to the demand of quality preschool education and today’s busy schedules and allows greater family flexibility.”

CMH Montessori is founded on the education principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, who considered the child’s intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual development.  Young children thrive in the thoughtfully prepared classrooms that have hands on materials that facilitate student curiosity, investigation, and independence. CMH Montessori is situated on eight acres with woods, a pond, and flower and vegetable gardens. 

Offering programs for children age three through sixth grade, CMH is a non-profit institution that provides a rigorous academic curriculum, focuses on the development of the whole child, and fosters a lifelong love of learning.  Children’s Meeting House has been providing excellent, authentic Montessori education for over 40 years.  Montessori students attain a deep understanding of core academic subjects and acquire real-world life skills tailored to fit each child’s educational needs.  CMH is conveniently located less than a mile from downtown Loveland.  To set up a tour or get more detailed information, please call CMH admissions at (513) 683-4757 or visit:


Events at Symmes and Loveland Library

Adult Programs/Music & Dance
Chill out with an evening of impromptu jazz music with the Blue Night Jazz Band.
Symmes Township Branch Meeting Room
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Music & Dance/Adult Programs
Enjoy a performance of Renaissance music by The Catacoustic Consort.
Adults, 55+, All Ages
Symmes Township Branch
Monday, February 02, 2015 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Childrens Programs/Bilingual Storytime
Share the joys, customs, and traditions of raising children in a multicultural home. Socialize with other parents while the children play. Educational materials and toys provided.
18 – 36 months, Ages 3 – 6, Families
Loveland Branch
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Teen Programs/Holiday/Arts & Crafts
“Teens! Make a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate rose for your sweetie. This sweet craft is cute AND yummy, and will surely delight your favorite Valentine! For ages 12 – 17. For more information, call the Loveland Branch at 513.369.4476.
Loveland Branch
Thursday, February 05, 2015 6:00 PM – 6:00 PM



Poetry in the Garden Contest


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From January 1 to February 28, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is looking to discover new and talented poets from the Cincinnati Region. Adults, ages 18 and up, are invited to enter. The Poetry Contest is co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League. Entries will be judged in March by a committee comprised of local literary professionals. Judging will be anonymous and decisions are final. Up to four winners will have their poem published on our website and will be given the opportunity to read their poem at the Main Library’s Poetry in the Garden Series, which will be held Tuesday evenings in April.

Contest Rules

  • Each poet may submit no more than one poem
  • Poems must be original content and unpublished in any public medium
  • Poems must be suitable for a general audience
  • Poems must be submitted in a Word document, no longer than 40 lines, at least 12-point font, on one 8.5-by-11 page; prose poems no longer than 300 words.
  • Entries must be submitted using our online form by Feb. 28 at
  • Entries that are not in compliance with these rules are subject to disqualification.
  • The Library is not responsible for entries that were not received.
  • By entering this contest, you give the Library permission to publish your name and poem, should your entry win.




The Maegly Music Scholarship Winners are Mr. David Guzior and Mr. James (Matt) Truesdell



David Guzior, Bruce Maegly, and James (Matt) Truesdell


Loveland, Ohio – “It meant the world to me. It was a big shock that it was going to me. I was just astounded that I had the honor of getting this award,” said David Guzior talking about the announcement that he would receive the first award made by the Maegly Music Scholarship committee. David, a sophomore at Loveland High School (LHS), was awarded the scholarship on December 4 at the Band/Jazz Concert. He is a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and Encore, the Loveland Show Choir Band.

The Loveland Music Boosters established the Maegly Music Scholarship Award to honor Mr. Bruce Maegly and: “Recognize his thirty-five year contribution to developing the musical talents and enthusiasm of generations of Loveland students.”

The intent of the scholarship is to foster musical development of current students in grades 9-12. “Just like Mr. Maegly did while teaching, we will be awarding funds to offset skill building expenses,” said Booster president, Traci Scarpa.

Matt Truesdell a junior at LHS, was presented the scholarship on January 10 at the Show Choir Preview. He is a member of the Loveland Show Choir “By Request” and is also taking an in-school guitar class to broaden his musical skills.

Maegly-quoteMatt was also one of Maegly’s student in the Middle School Stage Band and he said he pushed him to do all types of music which led him to become part of the show choir and playing guitar. Matt said, “He laid the basis for my education in the musical field.” Matt will use the award money for a show choir camp this summer.

David, who received the first award, money to buy a new baritone saxophone mouth piece, agreed it was a “big deal” to receive his award. It’s used to advance your musical adventure, which could be continuing music lessons, educational trips

David was also in Maegly’s Middle School Stage Band. He said of Maegly, “He has meant the world to me and was actually the one that kept me into music.” Maegly gave David a chance by asking him if I waned to play the ‘bari sax’. “I said, ‘Of course’ and I absolutely fell in love right away. He just made me keep loving the music ever since, and kept pushing me and making me do greater things, so he means a lot to me.”

Matt said it was almost bittersweet to know that Mr. Maegly is no longer teaching because he wants more and more students that have a love for music or don’t even know they have a love for music to have that same type of connection that he had with Mr. Maegly. “Well, I was greatly honored when the Boosters surprised me with this last spring and I’m really excited about the good it’s going to do for a lot of students and their musical endeavors,” Matt said.

Maegly said that now that he has retired he has opened “A little business on the side where I repair and service – primarily brass musical instruments.” He is also restoring a lot of old tools in a new shop in his garage and just enjoying life. “I am reading a lot of books and enjoying Facebook, connecting with a lot of people from my past that I haven’t spoken to in years. It’s great. I am hearing from former students that now live in California that I haven’t been in contact with in a long, long time,” Maegly said.

The Stage Band started the first year Maegly taught in Loveland when he was approached by then, principal, Jack Wood about playing for a basketball tournament they were hosting at the old middle school. “So, I put up a sign on the bulletin board inviting people to come in,” Maegly said. They started by learning three pieces of music for the tournament and played three pieces over and over all day long. “The night of our performance someone came up and said, ‘Hey. What’s this group called.” Maegly’s answer was, “Uh… I don’t know…. Uh… The Stage Band.” He explained it was because that is where they were playing, “On a stage. And, that’s how it started thirty-five years ago and it’s still going on.” About twelve years later, former Loveland High School principal, Tom Hausterman invited Maegly to start what would become the Jazz Band. Two years later there were two jazz bands at the high school.

In 2012, Maegly was honored by the Hamilton County Education Foundation as a Teacher of the Year. At the time of the award, Loveland Middle School Principal, Chris Burke said, “Very few teachers have the ability to impact as many lives as Bruce Maegly does on a regular basis. Bruce leads hundreds of students on a daily basis to grow and achieve success. Teaching multiple periods of large group bands, in two different buildings, Mr. Maegly has the ability to reach more students on a daily basis than just about anyone in our district. When you add the fact that he expertly and skillfully engages these groups every day it not only makes him deserving of this reward, but invaluable to Loveland.

Scarpa said her own children had Maegly for a teacher and she said he instilled a love of music in her kids that continues throughout their lives.”

“This endowed scholarship begins, and the legacy of Mr. Bruce Maegly continues, with these first two winners. The Boosters wish David and Matt every success as they continue to develop their musical skills and look forward to seeing the results of their hard work in the coming years. Congratulations, David and Matt,” said Scarpa.




Watch this LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV VIDEO that was shot last Spring in the waning days of Maegly’s career – as Maegly and the Stage Band entertain the youngsters at the Loveland Early Childhood Center. Watch as the youngsters sing their thanks to the master.



Read about Helping Endow the Maegly Music Scholarship


Donations may be made to the Loveland Music Boosters directly via credit card or Paypal HERE.

Donations may also be mailed to the Loveland Music Boosters at:

Loveland Music Boosters

Attn:  Maegly Scholarship Fund

PO Box 453

Loveland, Ohio 45140



Help Endow the Maegly Music Scholarship


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New class for 2 – 3 years old at ballet tech of ohio

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Musical Movement with Mommy or Daddy


Musical Movement with Mommy or Daddy offers a great way for 2 – 3 years old to begin using gross motor and socialization skills with their favorite songs and melodies. 
Classes begins next Thursday, Feb 7th, 10:00 – 10:30 AM.
Call 513-319-3624 or 513-683-6860 to register.


Women Tigers 38-34 win at home over Goshen



Tori Ferguson led the Tigers tonight with 9 points in their 38-34 win at home over Goshen. Read full stats:




Loveland grad Brian Wozniak grabs Oregon State position

Oregon State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday the addition of on the field graduate assistants for the 2015 season. Working on the offensive side of the ball will be Keegan Andersen and Brian Wozniak, while Cory Hall and former Beaver football student-athlete Andrew Seumalo will be on defense.

Wozniak was a four-year letterman tight end at Wisconsin, finishing his eligibility with the 2013 season. He played in 47 career games, starting 21. He signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons prior to the 2014 season. The Loveland, Ohio native graduated from UW with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and life sciences.

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Athletic Boosters grateful for your help to the Norton family with expenses

Your help is still encouraged


After two of our Loveland Tigers Senior student/athletes, Tara and Dylan Norton, lost their father last week, the Loveland Athletic Boosters started collecting money for the family for any upcoming expenses.

If you want to help, please make checks payable to the Loveland Athletic Boosters with “Norton family” on the memo line.  Checks can be sent to :

Loveland Athletic Boosters
Loveland HS
1 Tiger Trail Dr.
Loveland, Ohio 45140

You can also drop off your donation to Julie Renner, the Loveland High school Athletic Director.

Two of our Loveland Tigers Senior student/athletes, Tara and Dylan Norton, lost their father last week.

The Loveland Athletic Boosters will be collecting money for the family for any upcoming expenses.

Please make checks payable to the Loveland Athletic Boosters with Norton family on the memo line.  Checks can be sent to :

Loveland HS
1 Tiger Trail Dr.
Loveland, Ohio 45140

You can also drop off donations to Julie Renner, the Loveland High school Athletic Director.

Please keep the Norton family in your thoughts and prayers.

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1. 100% of the money donated to the Boosters for Dylan and Tara, will be given to them.

2. The money will be used for funeral expenses and any other financial needs that arise.

Jeff Williams, president of the Boosters said, “We are already grateful for how the Loveland family has surrounded Dylan and Tara in this time, both financially and as family.”



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