October 20, 2014

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Postal service investigates missing mail
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:22 PM

en identified as the suspect of an investigation connected to mail theft from the Harrison Post Office.
The employee, whose name federal authorities would not release, was suspended from his position as the investigation continues. No charges have been filed, according to Special Agent Scott Balfour, Public Information Officer of the United States Postal Service.
“Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General have been conducting an investigation into mail theft complaints at the Harrison, Ohio, post office,” said Balfour Wednesday, Oct. 8.
“Today, USPS OIG special agents identified the individual they believe to be responsible for those complaints.”
The young carrier was confronted Oct. 8, according to a credible source. The carrier allegedly had been stealing cards and other parcels likely to contain money.
On Oct. 8, three letters were planted in his delivery to bait him. When he was confronted in his truck at about 10 a.m., three letters had been opened and an open can of beer was found. His mail from the previous day had not yet been delivered.
Meanwhile on social media, complaints about lost or stolen mail have surfaced. Ruth Bernhard posted to Harrison Happenings Facebook page on Tuesday, Oct. 7, saying: “Has anyone in the Harrison area experienced problems with the Post Office/mail delivery? Several people I know have had checks missing, and I wonder if these are isolated incidents. Most of these have occurred when sending/receiving envelopes that look like greeting cards.”
Her post started a flurry of comments about mail delivery.
If anyone in the 45030 zip code believes they have been a victim of mail theft, they should contact USPS OIG special agents at www.uspsoig.cov or 888-USPS-OIG, said Balfour.  
The Postal Service condemns, in “the strongest possible sense, behavior that jeopardizes the security and sanctity of the U.S mail or threatens to tarnish the reputation and high level of trust that the vast majority of our employees work so hard to uphold,” said David Van Allen, USPS Corporate Communications.  
The investigation continues and the suspect has not yet been charged.

Cincinnati Inc. creates car body 'out of thin air'
Written by Joe Awad   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:13 AM | Updated ( Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:24 AM )

The 116-year-old Cincinnati Incorporated, Harrison Township, recently debuts its industrial-sized 3D printing technology, to rave reviews at North America’s largest machine tool trade show.
Cincinnati Inc. looks to revolutionize large-part manufacturing, as it did laser cutting more than 30 years ago,  when it introduced the first machine with flying optics and dual pallets in 1986, followed by its high-speed linear motors in 1996.
Today, the company is writing history with the rollout of the first Big Area Additive Manufacturing system, taking 3D printing to a large, industrial scale.
With a historic demonstration of never-before-seen capability, the new BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine created a car body, as if out of thin air, within hours, at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Click HERE to see the video of its creation.
Cincinnati Inc., in conjunction with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Local Motors, printed and assembled the world’s first 3D-printed car during the trade show.
The large-scale additive machine uses the chassis, drives and control of Cincinnati’s laser cutting system as the base. It extrudes hot thermoplastic to build parts, layer by layer, said Andy Jamison, CEO of Cincinnati Inc.
The machine introduces significant manufacturing capabilities to a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, appliance and robotics, he said.
“We seem to have a knack for developing game-changing innovations,” said Jamison.
“We’ve already sold our first BAAM machine, and we have other prospects in the pipeline as a result of the demonstration at IMTS, so the machine and technology have been very well-received.”
One word: plastics
The first BAAM sale was to SABIC Innovative Plastics, which provided the carbon fiber ABS plastic for the IMTS car.
The BAAM extruder uses thermoplastics and fiber reinforced thermoplastics to test a number of materials that will meet the needs of several commercial applications, including furniture and tooling.
The BAAM machine is linear motor-driven, like the laser cutting system before it, allowing it to maintain a perfectly level bed required for proper 3D printing.

It’s a car, it’s a bike, it’s an ELF
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:03 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:01 PM )

Many Harrison residents have spotted a strange looking vehicle roaming the streets.

One wheel in back, two in front, the green, one-person “bike” somewhat resembles a large Easter egg as it glides down the road. The explanation is simple: Barbara Mohr, Lawrenceburg, bought herself an ELF.

All about freedom
Meaning Electric Light Fun, an ELF is a tricycle equipped with a solar-fueled motor that can be easily initiated for pedal-free riding.

Forum on tax levy next Wednesday
Written by Joe Awad   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:02 PM | Updated ( Friday, October 17, 2014 4:08 PM )

The Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce will host a Community Forum Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the public service tax levy appearing on the Harrison ballot Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The city’s Public Safety Services Committee first sought an endorsement from the chamber, but after several conversations and meetings, the chamber’s executive board and political action committee decided the fledgling organization was not ready to make a call on the proposed levy.

The city wants voters to pass 4.8 mills to raise $1 million a year for five years to help fund the fire and police departments.


Downtown celebrates October
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:57 PM

Shakerfarms Garden Club has initiated an event in downtown Harrison that members are hoping will flourish into an annual, community-lifting, fall festival.

The Downtown Scarecrow Festival, as it’s been named, is underway with many downtown businesses involved.

Participating businesses must display a scarecrow in the window or some place where customers can easily view him/her.