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FLORENCE RECORDER Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Florence and Union 75¢ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012 BEATING THE ODDS A6 Hebron’s Finck overcame childhood illness to become a college football player. BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Who cares? They do. Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Florence Recorder has a tradition. Every year we salute local people who show us every day what it means to be a good neighbor. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we want you to meet them. Six-year-old wants to stay with babysitter By Justin B. Duke Lindsey Teufel, right, and her babysitter Judy Shockley spend several hours going through Shockley’s packed bookshelves. FLORENCE — Judy Shockley has been watching her neighbor, 6-year-old Lindsey Teufel, before and after school for a few months. Lindsey has enjoyed her time with Shockley so much she nominated her for Neighbors Who Care. “I get to play with her dog. Her dog’s name is Jasmine,” Lindsey said. Lindsey enjoys her time at Shockley’s so much, sometimes she asks if she can stay – even after her parents come to pick her up. “I like it there because there is a lot of books, and I like reading with Judy,” Lindsey said. THANKS TO DOUG TEUFEL Shockley, who has helped teach for home school co-ops, is excited to have someone in the house to share her books. “I’ve got floor-to-ceiling From babysitting to sugar, she gives it all By Justin B. Duke Walton mom helps coordinate tornado relief By Stephanie Salmons WALTON — When she learned of the tornado that hit Piner in March, Susette Reinhart of Walton asked God, “Lord, what would you have me do?” The nudge she got? Take to Facebook. “And I was like, ‘are you sure?’” Reinhart took the reins and FLORENCE — Susan Dynes doesn’t see her home as a castle. “I don’t believe in driving in the garage and closing out the world,” the Florence resident said. Her neighbors know that Dynes is always there to help in a pinch, said Emily Kasselmann. “Susan is a stay-at-home mom that’s usually outside with her dog talking with neighbors and always makes herself available for anything that anyone needs,” Kasselmann said. No matter the need, Dynes always is willing to help, Kasselmann said. books,” Shockley said. The two of them are quickly going through Shockley’s collection, and going through all of the books is definitely paying off for Lindsey, Shockley said. “She’s a very bright, wellrounded girl,” she said. Shockley enjoys having children in her home again and looks forward to the time she gets to spend with Lindsey. “I just love her,” Shockley said. Shockley’s care for Lindsey and her family extends beyond just watching her before and after school. “She brought us food when we got home from the hospital with my two baby sisters,” Lindsey said. Dynes See TORNADO, Page A2 “Susan is there on the street if someone is in need of an urgent babysitter or just a cup of sugar,” she said. For Dynes, this is all just a way to make her street more than just a collection of houses. “I want not just a neighSee SUGAR, Page A2 Hours after the March 2 tornado struck Northern Kentucky, Susette Reinhart created a Facebook group to coordinate help for victims. It had 500 followers by day’s end and ultimately had thousands, serving as a clearinghouse for tornado relief efforts. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Union volunteer essential to Kindervelt By Stephanie Salmons UNION — It’s easy to see the passion Tammy Booth of Union has about Kindervelt, an auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, when she begins to tear up talking about Tammy Booth of Union has been a member of the Kindervelt 55 - Triple Crown group since it began in 1999. the organization. Booth is the last original member of Kindervelt 55-Triple Crown group, founded in 1999. Kindervelt, which began in 1971, raises restricted funds for Children’s, which means monies STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY See UNION, Page A2 FRIENDSHIP BREAD A HOLIDAY TRADITION Reader wants to send huge batch to grandson in Afghanistan. B3 The Steinford Toy Foundation has made Christmas special for more than 80 years. A4 RECORDER Contact us News ........................283-0404 Retail advertising ......513-768-8338 Classified advertising .......283-7290 Delivery ......................781-4421 See page A2 for additional information Whether it’s lending a tool or watching a pet, neighbors know Tim Atkins is always willing to help. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER ‘Tim the Tool Man’ looks out for Lloyd Ave. By Justin B. Duke FLORENCE — Over the years, Tim Atkins has gained a few nicknames from his neighbors. Whether he’s called “The Mayor of Lloyd Avenue” or “Tim the Tool Man,” he earns the titles because he is willing to lend a hand or a tool. “In the past 10-plus years that I have lived on Lloyd Avenue in Florence and have had the pleasure of knowing Tim, he has helped me in so many ways,” said Atkins’s neighbor Jill Lamb. “By being a female ‘home owner’ for the first time, there were so many things I didn’t know regarding home upkeep. I also didn’t have the tools to do most of these projects on my own. Tim Atkins not only let me borrow the needed work tools but also taught me how to do things to keep my costs to a minimum.” For Atkins, helping a neighbor is just part of who he was raised to be. “I’m kind of old fashioned,” he said. “I grew up with parents who demanded respect, helpfulness and thoughtfulness for your neighbors. It was something that kind of rubbed off.” Atkins is also known as the “go to guy” for looking after pets while residents are away, Lamb said. “Having someone we trust to look after our pets and watch our homes while away is priceless,” she said. Vol. 18 No. 17 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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