Thecalendar,notto mentionthethermometer,has movedtheCollegeHillFarm Marketindoors.Vendorssetup theirproduce,bakedgoods andhoneyinsideevery Thursday. –F ULLSTORY ,A2 ThankstothreeMount HealthyHighSchoolfootball players,threechildrenwillhave aChristmasthat’salittle merrier. –F ULLSTORY ,A5 WrightGwyn ForestParkenvironmental awarenessdirector E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ByHeidiFallon ByHeidiFallon JuliaBrissie OwenLarkins ElainaWilliams Volume73Number46 Harmon Gwyn Gellert
IN YOUR FACE B1 Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township E-mail: email@example.com We d n e s d a y, D e c e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 1 0 B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Levy delay in NCH Mount Healthy Elementary School collected food items for the school district’s giving tree. Volume 73 Number 46 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Lights, camera … Here are a few display of Christmas lights you can drive by to enjoy – all within a half mile of each other: • The Zapfs at 2032 West Galbraith Road; • The Simpsons 2076 West Galbraith Road; and • The Dixons 2431 West Galbraith Road. By Heidi Fallon firstname.lastname@example.org HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Adopting sports Thanks to three Mount Healthy High School football players, three children will have a Christmas that’s a little merrier. – FULL STORY, A5 Let’s rock The Hugh Watson American Legion Post 530, 11100 Winton Road in Greenhills, is planning to party New Year’s Eve. It will have a dinner and dance Friday, Dec. 31, starting at 6 p.m. with entertainment by the Cincy Rockers starting at 8 p.m. The buffet begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and reservations are required by Dec. 27. Call 728-5335 or 825-3099 for tickets or more information. Proceeds benefit Post programs and projects. Last chance for a tree Jacob Miller, 13, a member of Boy Scout Troop 393, provides service with a smile and snowflakes as he sells a Christmas tree to Kevin and Janice Redmond of College Hill. There are plenty more trees to be had at the scout’s annual tree lot on West Galbraith Road in North College Hill. Twp. kindergartners solve Santa mystery By Heidi Fallon email@example.com It’s established that Santa spends Christmas Eve flying around the globe delivering toys. But, curious minds wonder what the Jolly Elf does after returning to the North Pole. Darla Barge’s Brent Elementary School kindergarten class pondered that very question and here are their answers. “He goes back to the North Pole and gets ready for next Christmas,” said Hunter Hartley, 5. “He doesn’t get any rest at all.” Mallory Sedgwick, 5, concurred. “He goes right back to looking at the toy list and seeing who is good and naughty, and just keeps working,” she said. Apparently, the consensus continues to be no rest for the weary. “Nope, he doesn’t even take a nap,” said Derek Edie, 5. “He has to go right back to work to be ready for Christmas.” Julia Brissie said she thinks before heading back to the workshop, Santa does take a brief respite. Hunter Hartley “I think he and the reindeer, who are full of carrots and oats people sprinkle on the ground, have a little party to celebrate all the toys they made,” she said. “Then, they Julia Brissie go back to work.” Owen Larkins, 5, thinks differently. “He goes to Pizza Hut,” Larkins said after giving the question much thought. Elaina Williams, 5, said she thinks Santa returns to the North Pole and his favorite lounge chair. Mallory Sedgwick Derek Edie Owen Larkins Elaina Williams “He goes and sits and relaxes,” she said. “He has a big massage chair and he’s all comfortable and nice. “When he’s delivering toys,” she added, “Mrs. Claus and the elves have a party and sing songs.” For more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/springfieldtownship. Environmental head lauded for service By Rob Dowdy firstname.lastname@example.org Indoor goods The calendar, not to mention the thermometer, has moved the College Hill Farm Market indoors. Vendors set up their produce, baked goods and honey inside every Thursday. – FULL STORY, A2 To place an ad, call 242-4000. Forest Park Environmental Awareness Director Wright Gwyn has instituted numerous programs. During a recent Forest Park City Council meeting, Gwyn was presented with a plaque and certificate for his two-decade commitment. After accepting the plaque, Gwyn said he was thankful but also surprised the years have gone by so quickly. “It’s hard to believe 20 years has come and gone,” he said. Gwyn has created several recycling programs for the city. He’s also organized the Winton Woods clean-up, rain gardens at local “It’s hard to believe 20 years has come and gone.” Wright Gwyn Forest Park environmental awareness director schools and various environmental projects for the community and Winton Woods City Schools. Mayor Charles Johnson said while the recycling programs and community events Gwyn has created make Forest Park a better place to live, it’s the Environmental High IQ Bowl, a school program that turns environmental knowledge into a game show, that has made its mark on the city. “I think that is one of the great- Gwyn est things we do in the city,” Johnson said. Gwyn noted when he was hired in 1990, he planned to stay three years and move on to the next oppor- tunity. “We’ve changed offices, and that’s pretty much it,” he said. Councilman Wynndel Burns said while he doesn’t expect Gwynn to remain the environmental awareness director for another 20 years, he suggested Gwynn stick with it “for another 10 years.” To read more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/forestpark. North College Hill City School District residents won’t be asked for more money in May. After two operating levy defeats, the school board has been debating whether to go back on the ballot in May, August or November. Members also have been d e b a t i n g whether to ask for another operating levy or try for an earned income tax. Superinten- Gellert dent Gary Gellert said the unknown factor in the discussions continues to be what his district will see in state funding cuts. He said speculation is that funding could be reduced 10 percent to 15 percent. North College Hill gets about 60 percent of its operating money from the state, which, Gellert said, is about $7.4 million. “Residents are telling us to make do with what we have,” Gellert said. “We will be able to make it through this school year, but next year we will be very vulnerable. “It all hinges on what the Harmon state is going to do.” What the state includes in its budget for schools won’t be known for certain until this spring. “We should have a better sense of the state funding in April,” said Board Member Carolyn Jones. Board Member Ron Harmon has a less than optimistic hope for state assistance. “I don’t know how we can maintain the programs we have next year,” Harmon said. “When you have to cut people, you cut programs. “Public schools are getting left behind and we’re not the only district in big trouble here.” The district has made nearly $2 million in cuts, the majority of which has been in staffing. If the board opts to go back to voters on the August ballot, it would have to decide by April 22. “Voters have asked us to work with the resources we have,” Gellert said. “We’ll continue doing that as long as we can.” For more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/northcollegehill. A2 Hilltop Press News December 22, 2010 Police academy starts Jan. 10 The Springfield Township Police Department will have its next Citizens Police Academy starting Jan. 10. The department began its first citizen police academy in 1997 and has graduated more than 100 residents. The purpose of the program is to build a better understanding between citizens and the police through education and cooperation. The academy is a 10week program, meeting three hours a week on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ranging from classroomstyle learning with guest speakers to hands-on activities, academy members are exposed to all aspects of police work taught by law enforcement professionals. Topics include presentations and information regarding police special operations, criminal investigations, basic law, narcotics and accident investigations, domestic violence, police ethics, K-9 operations and more. Except for field trips, the classes are at the Springfield Township Police Department, 1130 Compton Road. Applications are available on the Springfield Township website at or at the police department. Applicants must be a township resident and at least 21. Call Lt. Rick Bley at 7291300 with any questions. For more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ springfieldtownship. College Hill Farm Market moves indoors By Heidi Fallon email@example.com CARA OWSLEY/STAFF Snow fight Peyton Forman, 3, throws snow outside his home on Kenn Drive in Forest Park Dec. 16. Peyton who is in preschool, and his sister Hailie got a snow day from school and helped their mother Shandra Forman shovel snow. 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The calendar, not to mention the thermometer, has moved the College Hill Farm Market indoors. Vendors set up their produce, baked goods and honey inside the College Hill Coffee Co., 6128 Hamilton Ave., every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. “It’s just part of our continuing partnership with the community,” said Tina Stoeberl, owner of the gourmet coffee shop, restaurant and gift store at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road. “This is our second year for the indoor market and there are usually three to four regular vendors.” Betty Schuermann, College Hill, said she’s a regular of both the indoor and the summer outdoor market. “You just can’t beat the fresh produce,” Schuermann said, while picking out tomatoes. “It’s wonderful of Tina to allow the market in here every week.” It was the first time for Nikki Maxwell and her 7year-old daughter Meyani McDonald to stop by the market. “We were on our way home from school and just stopped in to see,” Maxwell said, while watching her daughter pick out the juiciest apple. “I’ll be a regular customer from now on because the things here are organically grown and I know that’s so much healthier for her.” For more information about the weekly market, go to CollegeHillFarmMarket@gmail.com. For more about your community, visit www.cincinnati.com/collegehill. HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Megan Hill, Milford, puts out fresh greens to sell at the College Hill Farm Market. The market has moved indoors for the winter to the College Hill Coffee Co., 6128 Hamilton Ave. HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Artia Mahaley, College Hill, arranges the fresh greens she’s brought from the urban farming project to the indoor College Hill Farm Market. RECEIVE UP TO HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Betty Schuermann, College Hill, checks out the tomatoes while her husband, Tom, in the background, looks over the cheese selections at the College Hill Farm Market. $1750 IN TAX CREDITS • Receive up to a $1500 Federal Tax Credit! • Receive up to a $250 Kentucky Tax Credit! CALL TODAY TO FIND OUT HOW. PROUDLY SERVING YOU FOR OVER 40 YEARS. 261-8269 www.tomrechtin.com KY Master HVAC M00135 CE-0000432288 Nikki Maxwell and her daughter, Meyani McDonald, pick out the juiciest apples on sale at the College Hill Farm Market. HEIDI FALLON/STAFF News Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 A3 Twp. plans mini-park at former restaurant site email@example.com Springfield Township officials are finalizing an agreement with the owner of the retail shopping strip at West Galbraith and Winton roads. Trustees gave Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp authority to wrap up the land use agreement at their Dec. 14 session. The township recently bought the Taco Bell restaurant property that had been located there for $275,000, using tax increment finance fund money. The building has been razed. Hinnenkamp said the township had looked into buying the fast food site several years ago, but the asking price then was more than $1 million. The township plans to use the less than half-acre site for streetscape improvements, green space and enhanced landscaping. “It’s essentially going to be one of the pocket parks we’ve been wanting to establish throughout the township and was a part of the original corridor improvement plan,” Hinnenkamp said. The widening of Winton Road at that intersection meant the retail strip lost some parking spaces, Hinnenkamp said. CVCC, the retail strip owner but not the owner of the Taco Bell business, is now wanting to ensure it retains the two existing entrance and exit curb cuts. Mt. Healthy students tour new digs Gannett News Service Armed with maps, Mount Healthy High’s freshmen and seniors recently visited freshly furnished classrooms, science labs, their first auditorium, and their new cafeteria, gym and library/media center, all part of the newly constructed Mount Healthy Junior-Senior High School. The new junior-senior high is the last part of Mount Healthy school district’s transformation. Last year, Mount Healthy operated five elementary schools, a junior high and a senior high, as well as its preschool building. Using funds from the state and a locally funded bond issue, the district built two big elementaries to replace its five elementaries and a new junior-senior high to replace both those buildings. The two elementaries opened in August. The junior-senior high opens Jan. 10. For the first time, the junior/senior high students will have an auditorium, instead of gathering in the gym or cafeteria for school events and plays. Until now, wrestling had to share the gym with other sports teams. Now wrestling gets its own room. Also, the old Hoop Elementary site is a baseball field now. Eventually the old high school site will become a softball field and tennis courts. Mount Healthy senior Kris Shegokar, left, and John Stebbins look at a map of the new Mount Healthy Junior-Senior High School. CARA OWSLEY/STAFF Mount Healthy seniors take a tour of the media center at the new junior-senior high school. Seniors and freshmen got a chance to see the new building. Students’ first day there is Jan. 10. The College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, is housing a winter farm market from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at 6128 Hamilton Ave. Offerings include farm fresh eggs, produce and baked goods from Vernon Yoder, Shadeau Bread and honey from Bee Haven on Grey Road from Gary Stitt, David Rosenberg’s organic micro-greens, local seasonal produce and greens from Billy Davis and Mazie Booth, Urban Farmers and more. The market is presented by College Hill Gardeners. Call 542-2739 for information. The $90 million project will save the district about $1.8 million a year, said Superintendent David Horine, who is retiring Jan. 31 after 32 years as an educator, including 13 as superintendent. Horine said that although junior high and high school students will have separate educational wings and separate lunch times, they will share some common areas. Also, the advanced junior high students will be able to take more high school courses. Senior Brittany Lochel of Colerain Township was Report: NCH great place to raise kids Gannett News Service Bloomberg News has named North College Hill one of the best places to raise kids in 2011. With 9,778 residents with a median family income of $57,399, North College Hill ranks 36th on a list of 50 communities. “I’m excited, pleased and very proud of our city and everyone in it,” said Mayor Dan Brooks. “It’s a lot like being a parent and striving to give your kids all the tools they need. Then, it’s up to the kids. This honor means we’ve provided the tools for families to raise their children to be the best. After 28 years as mayor, I’m one happy camper.” Brooks added that this is the second national award for his city in the past several years. North College Hill was named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live with affordable housing opportunities. Using 2010 data from Onboard Informatics, a real estate information and technology company in New York, Bloomberg News evaluated a total of 5,418 locations nationwide with populations larger than the Let’s rock Winter Farm Market Mount Healthy seniors take a tour of the media center at the new junior-senior high school. charmed by the sparkling bathrooms, large library, high ceilings, and spiffy locker rooms. Wi-Fi throughout means she won’t have to take her online Advanced Placement Biology class in a corner of the computer lab anymore, she said. She can take it in any classroom in the building. “I’m going to miss my old school,” she said. “It’s not a run-down school. But … the new school here puts it to shame.” culation in and out of the strip’s parking lot should be much improved. Hinnenkamp said the land use agreement does not grant CVC any easements, just the continued curb cuts. For more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ springfieldtownship. BRIEFS The Hugh Watson American Legion Post 530, 11100 Winton Road in Greenhills, is planning to party New Year’s Eve. It will have a dinner and dance Friday, Dec. 31, starting at 6 p.m. with entertainment by the Cincy Rockers starting at 8 p.m. The buffet begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and reservations are required by Dec. 27. Call 728-5335 or 825-3099 for tickets or more information. Proceeds benefit Post programs and projects. CARA OWSLEY/STAFF CARA OWSLEY/STAFF There is one on Winton Road and one on West Galbraith Road. Hinnenkamp said the firm also is looking to increase its parking, due to the lost spots. “They will be paying for all the improvements to the parking lot,” Hinnenkamp said. With Taco Bell gone, Hinnenkamp said traffic cir- ue to take advantage of the Resident Reward Program by completing and returning a form to receive a $5 gift certificate redeemable for park activities. Permits are available at all visitor centers, ranger stations, golf courses, boathouses, park entrance booths and online at www.greatparks.org. For more information, call 521-7275. Top alumnus The Mount Healthy Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for Alumnus of the Year. Information regarding the qualifications, and the nomination form, can be obtained at www.mthalumni.org under the “Alumnus of the Year” heading; from Rose Kahsar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Harness at sharness@ cinci.rr.com. Nominations must be received by Feb. 14 and should be sent to: Rose Kahsar, c/o Mount Healthy City School District, 1310 Adams Road, Cincinnati 45231. Ugly Tub? Open house in January The Mount Healthy Alumni Association will host open houses of both the old high school on Adams Road, and the new on Hamilton Avenue on Jan 15. The open houses will run from noon until 5 p.m. More info and updates can be found at www.mthalumni.org. Park permits The Hamilton County Park District 2011 annual motor vehicle permits are now on sale. The annual permit costs $10 and includes $30 worth of coupons. In addition, Hamilton County residents can contin- R e g la z e It! * TUB, TILE, and SINKS * Great Prices & Service * Choice of Colors * Friendly Sales Staff * Insured Local Crews * Serving You Since 1993 Ask for our Eco-Friendly 4 Hour Cure Coating! CE-0000436282 By Heidi Fallon $175 5 1 3 -7 7 1 -8 8 2 7 Uglytub.com Happy Holidays from state median but no larger than 50,000. According to the Bloomberg website, the rankings put the most weight on school performance and the number of schools, crime statistics, and cost of living. Other factors included job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to recreational within the county, such as parks, zoos, theaters, and museums. Heidi Fallon contributed to this story. 5670 Cheviot Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 (513) 521-8590 www.huesmanschmid.com For more on your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ northcollegehill. CE-0000438681 SCHOOLS A4 Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 ACHIEVEMENTS Editor Marc Emral | email@example.com | 853-6264 | NEWS | ACTIVITIES | HONORS Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township communitypress.com HONOR ROLLS Winton Woods High School The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. Freshmen 4.0 honor roll: Eric Behrendt, Rebecca Day, Tyra James, Jordan Leary, Lewis Parker, Grishma Patel, Ayana Phelps and Anthony Thompson. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Brittney Crumpton, Deshonna Douglas, Kayla Fields, Antonio Galan, Allison Holtman, Sharon Jarmusik, Brianna Meinzer, Tabitha Myrick, Sanjay Nelson, Ernest Ofori, Devin Richard, Ciarra Rucker, Kirby Simpson, Ronald Surber, Kayla Upthegrove and Tecora Yisrael. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Kailah Andrade, Alexis Bernal, Anttarch Brandy, Courtney Carr, Larry Davis, Cameron Day-Suggs, Jazmin Edwards, Jordann Edwards, Cortez Elliott, Miguel Garcia, Taylor Hagens, Selina Hairston, Antonia Hinkston, Cameron Hopkins, Sahara Horne, Jasiah Hubbard, Iyanla Irby, Danielle James, Dana Jetter, Gabrielle Johnson, Martin Jones, Samantha Landis, Janelle Lee, Andrew Lipp, Jada Lowe, Emily Mannira, Casey Marlar, Zeajiah Mooney, Devon Parker, Georlysa Parker, Jacob Rengers, Myah Revis, Ray Satterwhite, Cierra Scott, Demetria Sears, Aaron Smith, Martin Stallworth, Dasia Suesberry, Courtney Vaughn, D’Zrae Wakefield, Bri’ana Williams and Kendiel Young. Sophomores 4.0 honor roll: Taylor Baird, Sarah Harig, Jourdan Johnson, Jasmine Jones, Ahou Koala, Sabrina Mercer, Tosha Oliver, Kenya Reaves, Katherine Schmittou and Shanice Wiechman. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Braylyn Bell, Emily Capal, Brianna Chenault, Terrell Cooper, Rebecca Costa, Darnell Dees, Sarah Drees, Christopher Frisby, Rodney Glaze, Ruhi Gulati, Stacia Hackmann, Zachary Hammons, Dominique Harper, Blake Howard, Emeral Lyles, Dorion Marshall, Elise Mills, Olivia Nightingale, Regina Pande, Zachary Purdin, Peter Rideout, Shelbi Swan-Thrower, Jalen Walker and Cassandra Yery. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Maurice Allen, Michael Beckum, Tiasia Cockrell, Makayla Conners, Jasmine Daniels, Luis Miguel De Jesus, Jessica Esparza, Meybelline Flores Lobos, Jenaye Gerald-Lawrence, Nicholas Grissom, Neisha Hamm, Demjanjuk Harriel, Malik Hill, Taylor Johnson, Taylor Kinley, Robert Lewis, Po Hsiang Liu, Shannon Lynch, Errienna McKenzie, Dorian Moore, Samuel Moore, April Otto, Jakoi Owens, Liliana Ramirez, Donisha Ramsey, Douglas Reynolds, Lascottsha Rice, Caleb Riffle, Jazmine Samano, Aleithea Sims, Ashley Smith, Keianna Springer, Alexandria Strupe, Rashad Sylvester, Semhar Tsegay, Tanner Varney, Xavier Vines, Mikayla Whalen, Alexis White and Du Jour Wills. Juniors 4.0 honor roll: Nele Feldkamp, Kayla Rogers and Justin Taylor. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Alexus Allen, Paige Allen, Adam Anthony, Brittany Armstrong, Anthony Boateng, Jaleshia Brown, Chivorn Chap, Emily Cleary, Kevana Cross, David Crutcher, Maria Diaz, Jason Dudley, Diego Garcia, Naudia Gorden, Makeyla Henderson, Haleigh Holtman, Kayla Hunley, Ketsirin Leelakajornjit, Ashley McKenzie, Annaclara Mezzopera, Mary Moore, Suniti Nelson, Edwin Nieto, Miriam Nyomela, Karina Ramirez, Kelsey Randall, Abigail Robinson, Caleb Simpson and Andrew Topits. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Kamari Barnes-Cobb, Katelyn Budke, Dorian Campbell, Tyrone Capell, Latreasure Davis, Princess Dean, Samantha Fishwick, Sydni Grimes, Leslie Harvey, Emil Howard, Courtney Irby, Adrianna Ivory, Mychael Jefferson, Kariah Jones, Taehoon Kim, Christopher Knott, Shayla Ledford, Patrick Lett, Rajon McCall, Ashley McCaster, Zachary McCorkle, Johnson Mensah, Aarin Miller, James Phelps, Samuel Rocklin, Imani Rugless, Aisjah Sears, Gary Underwood and Mariah Vaughan. Seniors 4.0 honor roll: Renee Chandler, Christina Ingle and Jazmin Layne. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Chante Baker, Lachelle Brooks, Alyssa Brown, Arica Burke, Chhayly Chea, Victoria Clark, Stacia Gentry, Jordyn Hagens, Kendra Harvey, Johnniece Hitchcock, James Hunter, Jennifer Jordan, Daniel Kelly, Joy McGee, Shalana Mullins, Chintan Patel, Aaron Patton, Antonio Poole, Katelyn Sherman, Kevin Steele, Corey Stewart, Shanita Stewart, Malcolm Thompson, E’monni Thompkins and Robert White. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Jay Barnes, Julian Barnett, Fatima Bell, Demetrius Boswell, Harrison Butler, Semaj Christon, Jamal Crews, Kenya Daniels, Christopher Davis, Christina De La Crus, Lawrence Dearmond, Zauntre Dyer, Meshelle Edmonds, Shauna Ellis, Brittany Fields, Amber Glaze, Brendan Gordon, Christopher Hopster, Wondra Hudson, Keynan Johnson, Destiny Joiner, Dominique Jones, Karesha Jones, Alexius Lewis, Rebekah Lowery, Louisa Marfo, Felecia Mixon, Rachel Ndjeka, Ohio Nguyen, Esther Ofori, Brandi Oliver, Austin Ottaway, Kaitlin Otto, Thomas Owens, Tiffany Peterson, Racquel Phillips, Cindy Pineda, Alaina Platt, Walter Richardson, Darrell Sawyer, Alexis Simpson, Janae Sneed, Staci Sneed, Denzel Tapplar, Thomas Whalen, Deja White and Charles Wynn. Vocational 4.0 honor roll: Kellsey Campbell, Stephon Crossty, Jessica Perry, Tamara Stewart and Amisha Walton. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Nyisha Avery, London Chiles, Taqueisha Evans, Keyra Highlander, Robyn Martin, Brittany Reid, Ricardo Scott, Ashley Tate, Heather Thompson and Joy Woodall. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Brandon Brock, Lindsay Burnett, Tara Conroy, Daneshia Craddock, Montae Hackney, Nicholas Hawkins, Sanyae Herron, Allyson Highlander, Harold McIntyre, Aubriana McNeil, Andrew Meeks, Aleah Mims, Alexis Murdock, Kertessa Ponder, Jakena Shurn, Alexius Taylor, Sterling Walker, LaDerek Warren and Wynta White. PROVIDED Student of the Week Winton Woods High School senior Christina Ingle was named the Channel 9 Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 18. Ingle was recognized for her academic achievement and school involvement. She is ranked first in her class with a 4.75 grade-point average. Ingle is a member of National Honor Society and was Winton Woods High School’s representative for the HOBY leadership conference her sophomore year. She is a member of the girls’ soccer team, runs cross country and serves as a student ambassador at the school. PROVIDED Spartan honored PROVIDED Roger Bacon High School senior Melaina Dressing of Springfield Township recently received the FOX Sports Ohio/Farmer’s Insurance Student Athlete Citizen of the Week Award at the FOX-televised Roger Bacon/McNicholas High School football game. Dressing was chosen as being “a well-rounded student who has a good mix of academic, athletic and community involvement achievements.” Dressing has a 3.9 grade-point average, is a triple-sport athlete, serves on various school service organizations and has participated in five churchsponsored mission trips. She is pictured with Mark Rendleman, a representative of Farmer’s Insurance. Welcome Guatemalan students Guillermo Sanchez and Alicia Sanchez perform “El Son,” a dance that represents courting in one of the Mayan communities of Guatemala. The dance was part of the welcome ceremony the student visitors put on for their host families in the Winton Woods and Oak Hills school districts. The schools are participating in an exchange program that brought a group of student from Antigua, Guatemala, to Cincinnati. Also pictured is Patty Ruiz, director of the Guatemalan delegation. PROVIDED Speed racers There was drag racing at Winton Woods Middle School as students in Heather Edler’s Gateway to Technology class, an engineering course offered through Great Oaks, raced the dragsters they had created for a class project. Students used the Inventor program to design race cars and then used the classroom’s drill press, scroll saw and band saw to make the actual cars. A car show was also held so students could vote for the coolest car in each class. Pictured from left are Matt Smith, Malik Jeffries, Rodney Parks and teacher Heather Edler. PROVIDED Spanish students Twenty-three Ursuline Academy students recently were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society. Members must have at least an A- average after four semesters of Spanish, continuing interest in the language and attendance at SHS meetings, which consist of such activities as Spanish-speaking guest speakers, study of Spanish-speaking cultures and games that require use of the language. Pictured from front left are Lindsay Krammes of Loveland, Corinne Havey of Wilmington, Abigail Wulf of West Chester, Lisa Green of Montgomery, Emily Duderstadt of Deer Park, Kelly Kopchak of Sycamore Township, Lauren Tassone of Hyde Park, Brynne Naylor of Montgomery and Meredith Myers of Sharonville; second row, Kelly Martin of Maineville, Christine Jaun of Loveland, Iris Brewer of West Chester, Danielle Dailey of Loveland, Emily Lotterer of West Chester, Rachel Kim of Springfield Township, Meghan Stifel of Springfield Township, Ellen Hinkley of Indian Hill, Patrice Graziani of West Chester, Stephanie Lang of Montgomery and Jennifer Holbrook of Symmes Township. Not pictured are Megan Fleming and Kathleen Smith. PROVIDED School carnival Winton Woods Middle School art teacher Patty New paints a warrior on the face of student Cecelia Rideout during the school’s Homecoming Carnival. The money raised will be used by the staff for positive behavior incentives for students throughout the school year. Brought to you by: SHARE STORIES. SWAP ADVICE. MAKE FRIENDS. where Cincy moms meet SPORTS Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 | YOUTH | Editor Melanie Laughman | firstname.lastname@example.org | 248-7573 HIGH SCHOOL A5 Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township RECREATIONAL communitypress.com Owl football players, coach adopt family Madison Elementary, said he wanted to bring this holiday tradition to Mount Healthy. “I wanted to do it here By Tony Meale email@example.com Thanks to three Mount Healthy High School football players, three children will have a Christmas that’s a little merrier. Freshman Tyree Elliot, sophomore Greg Green and junior T.J. Green – along with Fighting Owls head football coach Arvie Crouch – adopted a family for Christmas. “It’s a great tool to help our players be humble and grateful for what they’ve got,” Crouch said. “I’m taking some players that are not very fortunate themselves, but I wanted them to see that even though they don’t have everything they want, there are still kids out and felt it would be a good experience for these guys to be involved in,” Crouch said. “I plan on making it a tradition.” TONY JONES/CONTRIBUTOR Tyree Elliot of the Mount Healthy football team shows coach Arvie Crouch what he had picked out Dec. 15. Some members of the football team went to the Toy ‘R’ Us in Colerain Township to do a little toy shopping for some kids in the Mt. Healthy City School District. there worse off.” The team raised about $100 at the Mount Healthy football banquet for this TONY JONES/STAFF Mount Healthy football player T.J. Green finds some action robots as part of the football team’s effort to shop for kids in need. endeavor. Crouch took his players to the Toys “R” Us on Colerain Avenue Dec. 15 to buy toys for three children ages 5, 6 and 10 who live in Mount Healthy. The adopted family received its presents Tuesday, Dec. 21. Crouch, who adopted families when he taught at TONY JONES/STAFF Greg Green, a player on the Mount Healthy football team, came to the Toy ‘R’ Us in Colerain Township Dec. 15 to do a little toy shopping for some kids in the Mt. Healthy City School District. Player of the Week Winton Woods High School football player Aaron Kemper was recognized as the Bengals-Ohio National Guard Player of the Week for Sept. 27. Pictured from left are Athletic Director Dwight Campbell, Aaron Kemper, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Debord and assistant principal David Lumpkin. PROVIDED BRIEFLY The week at Winton Woods • The Winton Woods girls basketball team beat Mount Healthy 53-47, Dec. 11. Winton’s Shaqeia Stokes was the team’s top-scorer with 14 points. Mount Healthy’s Jonessa Moore was the team’s top-scorer with 15 points. Ursuline beat Winton Woods 43-34, Dec. 14. Winton Woods’ top-scorer was Shaqeia Stokes with 12 points. On Dec. 15, Winton Woods beat Talawanda 44-31. Winton Woods’ leading scorer was Racquel Philliips with 12 points. • In wrestling, Winton Woods placed 12th with a score of 103 in the Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 11. • In boys basketball, Winton Woods lost 71-50 to Mason, Dec. 14. Winton Woods’ top-scorer was Dion Dearmond with 15 points. The week at Finneytown • The Finneytown girls basketball team beat Mariemont 54-53, Dec. 11. Finneytown’s top-scorer was Lela Colvin with 21 points. On Dec. 14, Finneytown beat Taylor 47-34. Finneytown’s top-scorer was Inez Stewart with 18 points. • In girls swimming, Wyoming scored a 63 to beat Madeira’s 30 and Finneytown’s 8, Dec. 13. • In boys basketball, Finneytown beat Taylor 73-49, Dec. 15. Finneytown’s topscorer was Chris Bryant with 27 points. The week at Mount Healthy • In wrestling, Mount Healthy placed 13th with a score of 83 in the Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 11. Mount Healthy’s Keonte Williams beat Simon Kenton’s Ryan Stevens in a 13-7 decision. • The Mount Healthy boys basketball team lost 63-41 to Shroder, Dec. 14. Mount Healthy’s top-scorers were Demond Jackson and Brent Gray with 10 points each. • In girls basketball, Mount Healthy beat Norwood 48-38, Dec. 15. Mount Healthy’s topscorer was Quisia Dockery with 12 points. • In boys bowling, Mount Healthy beat Norwood 2,0922,036, Dec. 15. Mount Healthy’s D.J. Wade bowled a 351. • In girls bowling, Mount Healthy beat Norwood 2,0871,405, Dec. 15. Mount Healthy’s Nevoteni Daniels bowled a 393. The week at McAuley • The McAuley bowling team placed 13th with a score of 3,393 Dec. 11 in the Holiday Classic. Warriors wrestle to first The Winton Woods Warriors wrestling team tied for first place with Withrow High School in the Bishop Fenwick Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 4, out of 18 teams competing. “I believe this is the first invitational wrestling championship in recent Winton Woods school history,” wrestling coach Chris Willertz said. “We started our season off with a bang. From top to bottom, beginning to end, they wrestled hard.” First-place winners were: Sophomore Caleb Riffle at 112 pounds; senior Moges Tsegay at 125 pounds; junior Rod Lattimore at 135 pounds; and sophomore Devon Graves at 145 pounds. The week at Roger Bacon • The Roger Bacon girls basketball team lost 34-14 to Fenwick, Dec. 11. Bacon’s top-scorer was Malika Ashe with six points. • In boys bowling, Roger Bacon placed 21st with a score if 3,808, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 14, Moeller scored 2,579 to beat Roger Bacon’s 2,540 and Carroll’s 2,170. Bacon’s Kyle Koester bowled a 380. • In girls bowling, Roger Bacon placed 16th with a score of 3,333 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. Bacon’s Katlin Kallmeyer bowled a 624 and made the All-Tournament team. On Dec. 13, Ursuline beat Roger Bacon 1,998-1,821. Bacon’s Kallmeyer bowled a 327. On Dec. 15, Roger Bacon beat Seton 2,267-2,250. Bacon’s Darci Meiners bowled a 389. • The Roger Bacon boys basketball team beat Fenwick 47-38, Dec. 14. Bacon’s Jabriel Coaston was the team’s top-scorer with 20 points. The week at NCH • The North College Hill girls basketball team beat St. Bernard 59-31, Dec. 11. NCH’s Williams was the team’s top-scorer with 19 points. • In boys bowling, North College Hill placed 32nd with a score of 2,754, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 14, North College Hill lost 2,080-1,645 to Woodward. NCH’s Mosby bowled a 314. On Dec. 25, NCH lost 2,465-1,735 to St. Xavier “Blue.” NCH’s Mosby bowled a 318. • In girls bowling, NCH placed 31st with a score of 2,030 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. The week at La Salle • The La Salle boys bowling team placed 29th with a score of 3,465, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 14, La Salle beat McNicholas 2,556-2,081. La Salle’s Matt Nichols bowled a 389. • In wrestling, La Salle beat St. Xavier 39-27, Dec. 11. La Salle’s Cole pinned Geopinger in 1 minute, 10 seconds; Milolo beat R. Gordon in a 5-4 decision; Byrd pinned Arnold in 2 minutes, 58 seconds; Dalton beat J. Dillon in an 8-1 decision; Thiemann pinned Jones in 5 minutes, 21 seconds; Samad pinned Smith in 4 minutes, 52 seconds; Weber pinned McCurren in 3 minutes, 29 seconds; and McBee beat Gerbus in a 3-1 decision. St. Xavier’s Joe Heyob beat Flick in an 11-4 decision; Tanner Huskey pinned McGleason in 3 minutes, 31 seconds; Neil Schmidt pinned Murray in 1 minute, 50 seconds; Kevin Reilly pinned Weyer in 2 minutes, 39 seconds; Kuhlmann beat Weusterfeld in a 6-2 decision; and Max Danenhauer beat Herth in a 9-4 decision. Sycamore beat La Salle 35-27, Dec. 11. La Salle’s Cole beat Frankel in a 5-3 decision; Millano beat Lynch in an 8-7 decision; Byrd won by forfeit; Walton beat Pangallo in a 137 decision; Hearth pinned Hester in 3 minutes; and McBee pinned Love in 3 minutes, 51 seconds. • In boys swimming, La Salle lost 87-83 to Lakota East, Dec. 15. La Salle’s Colton Sayers won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.81 seconds; Ben Schneider won the 50 meter freestyle in 24.21 seconds; Brauning won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, 2.58 seconds; and Schneider won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.23 seconds. The week at Aiken • The Sycamore boys basketball team beat Aiken 5149, Dec. 14. Aiken’s top-scorer was Willie Moore with 13 points. • The Aiken girls basketball team lost 67-30 to Hughes, Dec. 14. Aiken’s top-scorer was Cheyenne Gray with eight points. The week at St. Xavier • The St. Xavier boys bowling team placed 11th with a score of 3,967, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. • In wrestling, St. Xavier beat Milford 65-15, Dec. 11. St. X’s Ryan Gordon beat Roll 17-0; Arnold won by forfeit; Kevin Jones won by forfeit; Kevin Reilly and Conner McCurren also won by forfeit; Max Danenhauer pinned Wallice in 2 minutes, 48 seconds; and Nate Gerbus pinned Villareal in 1 minute, 18 seconds. Winton Woods grad profiled Winton Woods High School alumnus Jonathan Davis, a 2007 graduate, a junior cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy and defensive back for the USAFA Falcon football team, was recently profiled in a video on the CBS College Sports/Armed Forces website. The video can be seen at www.cbscollegesports.com. While at Winton Woods, Davis was an outstanding student and football and basketball player. He works hard to excel at the Academy in his academic studies and in his training to become an F-15 fighter pilot. Jonathan served as a counselor at the USAFA Falcon Sports Camp and was directly in charge of a group of 2500 students athletes ages 12-17. Upon graduation in two years, Jonathan will be a second lieutenant in the Air Force and a certified fighter pilot. Fall sports awards The annual Fall Sports Awards ceremony at Winton Woods Middle School honored those athletes participating in cross country, volleyball, and football. Specials awards given out that evening include: • Cross Country: Most Valuable Runners Hayley Perkins and Chris Riffle Student Athlete - Autumn Adams and Jared Beiersdorfer Warrior Award - Irene Onianwa and Jordan Randolf • Football: Most Valuable Player Christian Lumpkin Most Improved - Anthony Phillips Warrior Award - Chaz Lumpkin • Volleyball: Most Valuable Player Ciara Cheatham Most Improved - Jada Turner Top in state Winton Woods High School football coach Andre Parker was recently named the AP Division II All-State Co-Coach of the Year as well as the AP Division II Southwest All-District Coach of the Year. Junior running back Aaron Kemper was chosen as the Top Offensive Player in Ohio. Winton Woods HIgh School football players making Division II All-State AllStar First Team are Aaron Kemper (offense) and Cory Webber (defense). Making Division II All-State All-Star Third Team is Walter Richardson (defense) All State All-Star Special Mentions are Brendon Gordon and Aaron Patton. Gibler racks up points St. Xavier High School graduate Walt Gibler tallied 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and two steals per game to help Loyola University Chicago to a pair of wins the week of Nov. 22. The 2009-2010 Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, Gibler has started all seven games this season and in a 74-46 victory over Alabama State Nov. 22, chipped in 12 points, two boards and a pair of steals before posting 10 points, nine caroms and two steals in a thrilling 63-62 decision over San Francisco Nov. 27. Gibler has converted 16 of his last 17 attempts from the free-throw line. For the season, Gibler is averaging 12.6 points to go along with 4.6 rebounds, .4 assists, 1 block and 1 steal per game, while shooting .404 (23 for 57 from the field), .273 from three-point range and .886 (39 for 44) from the foul line. VIEWPOINTS A6 Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 EDITORIALS LETTERS Editor Marc Emral | firstname.lastname@example.org | 853-6264 PROVIDED Young musicians Three Winton Woods High School musicians have been accepted into local youth orchestras. Senior Patrick Kelly, a viola player in the WWHS orchestra, auditioned for and has been selected to be part of the Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra for the fourth year in a row. Junior Sam Rocklin, also a member of the school’s orchestra, auditioned for and was accepted into the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra on double bass. He was also accepted in the group’s smaller chamber orchestra. Freshman Ciarra Rucker, a member of the WWHS band, auditioned for and has been selected as a flutist for the Middletown Youth Symphony. Pictured from left are Patrick Kelly, Ciarra Rucker and Sam Rocklin. Christmas celebrations across the world Today most countries celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25. But no one really knows the exact date Christ was born. Peasants were busy worshiping their own pagan gods, and never bother with Christ’s birth. Finally 350 years later Sextus Julius Africanus in his reference book set the date as Dec. 25. Since it took nine months from conception to birth, he speculated it had to be nine months after March 25. Each country celebrates in its own way. In Belgium both Dec. 6 and 25 are celebrated with presents and a tree. Christmas breakfast is a special meal of sweet bread made in the shape of baby Jesus. In Brazil, Papai Noel brings presents and the family sits down to a special meal of chicken, turkey, ham, rice, salad, pork, fresh, dried fruits and beer. The Finnish celebrate three days; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. On Christmas Eve people eat rice porridge and a sweet soup, and children receive presents. At noon a live trees is turned on by the mayor. That night families feast on liver casserole, liver pate, rutabaga, carrot, potato, and ham or turkey. Raw pickled slightly salted salmon and herrings are served along with rosolli and mushroom salad. The next day everyone visits their local church and decorates the graves with candles. Winter-grandfather comes on the Dec. 6 in Hungry. Children set their shoes outside at night, and are surprised with them filled with candy and small toys. A birch twig appears next to the sweets, for spanking, if you have been bad. On Christmas Eve children visit their local movie theater while parents decorate the tree and arrange presents. The tree has golden wrapped assorted chocolates and meringues next to glass ornaments and candles. After the movie, the family dines on fresh fish, rice, potatoes and home made pastries. And finally they unwrap presents, while singing carols. The Latvians celebrate for 12 days. Father Christmas starts bringing presents on Christmas | Eve. After eating brown peas with bacon sauce, small pies, cabbage and sausage, presents are unwrapped. In Portugal, Betty Kamuf Father Christmas brings presCommunity ents on ChristPress guest mas Eve under columnist the tree, in shoes, or by the fireplace. The family eats a special Christmas meal of salted dry codfish with boiled potatoes at midnight. The Romanians eat stuffed cabbage on Christmas Eve, and attend church services. In New Zealand, presents start the celebration and then families eat Christmas lunch with relatives. They dine on turkey or chicken and at tea time they get out the Bar-B-Q wine and beer. Even Russia celebrates Christmas. The Russian Orthodox Church uses the old Julian calendar and Christmas can either be on Dec. 25, but usually on Jan. 7. They eat cakes, pies and meat dumplings. For Noël in France, everyone decorates a Christmas tree, with red ribbons and real white wax candles inside and outside fir trees are lighted and left on all night. Father Christmas or Père Noël delivers presents, and families dine on good meat and the best wine. Germans decorate everything. They hang colored pictures of Christmas in their windows and light them up with electric candles. Every house has an advent wreath, and a small model of the Bethlehem stable. On Christmas Eve families go to a church meeting. Then someone rings a bell inviting everyone into a room where they find presents. On Christmas Day they feast on fish (carp) or goose. What ever way you celebrate Christmas, I hope it will be a very happy day. Betty Kamuf is a winner of Griffin Yeatman Award for Historical Preservation. She lives in Sayler Park. You can reach her at email@example.com. | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM communitypress.com Historical society holds party One thing about history is that it is all inclusive. Since nature abhors a vacuum, you cannot have history without a lot of other people contributing. Thus, it was appropriate that the annual Mount Healthy Historical Society’s Christmas Party welcomed people from Evelyn diverse locaPerkins tions and backCommunity grounds. I didn’t Press expect to find columnist Sue Wilson and her husband, Chuck, there, but shouldn’t have been surprised that they would attend. In 2008, I wrote that Sue and Kathleen Tamarkin (both from Wyoming) wrote “Images of America, Mount Healthy,” a pictorial history of the city. Marian Blum, curator of the Mount Healthy Historical Society, and her husband, Vierling, are from Finneytown. They were instrumental in obtaining Bennie Butler, the guest speaker for the evening. In the spacious fellowship hall of the Mount Healthy United Methodist Church, we were treated to good food and home-baked desserts before Bennie made his presentation. Costumed in authentic attire, Butler took us on a journey through 19th Cincinnati local history, some of which you may not know. It was a lovely night of historical information. A resident of Forest Park, Butler was born in Kentucky and worked for Ford Motor Co. until his retirement in 1996. His interest in African American genealogy led him to spend much time documenting the cemeteries of 13 Kentucky counties. He joined the Museum Center to perform re-enactments from when Cincinnati was the largest provider of pork in the world. EVELYN PERKINS/CONTRIBUTOR Sue and Chuck Wilson, Bennie Butler, and Marian and Vierling Blum pose with a camera and photographs from the era when James Presley Ball had a thriving photographic studio in Cincinnati. Then, pigs were herded through Main Street and residents threw their garbage into the streets. In 1862, 65 percent of Kentucky’s population was pro-slavery until the firing upon Fort Sumter. Fort Mitchell and Fort Wright, Ky., were erected in response to possible Confederate invasion. When Morgan’s Raiders came through Kentucky, all began to arm. Butler portrayed James Presley Ball, a prominent African-American photographer and abolitionist of the time, who asked John A. Roebling when he was going to finish the bridge. He conversed with Frederick Douglass about what newly-freed slaves would do. A freeborn man of color from Virginia, Ball learned his craft from another freeman of color from Boston. Settling in Cincinnati because it was an abolitionist hot spot, Ball was successful because he had something uncommon that others wanted. Daguerreotype photography was the sensation of the day, even though people would have to sit still for a full minute. Ever wonder why poses of the era were looked so stiff? Often the subjects were in so-called “third man” braces so that only their eyes would move. Ball took photographs of babies between noon and 2 p.m. when the sun was brightest and the babies didn’t have to be still as long. Despite being uncomfortable, this was the first time the common person could afford an exact likeness. The bereaved often called Ball before they called the undertaker. The family would wash and dress the deceased person, all in readiness for the photographer. Photography of this type comprised one-third of Ball’s business. Even the renowned painter Robert Scott Duncanson worked for Ball in his studio. Ball opened a gallery with his brother-in-law Alexander Thomas, and Ball and Thomas became known as the finest photo gallery west of the Alleghenies. Butler did a fine job of enlightening us about one small snapshot of Cincinnati history. He is currently appearing at the Cincinnati History Museum, portraying William Turner, a Pullman Porter. Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the Tri-County Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379. Job resource assistance a way to clear employment hurdle Few of us have lived during a time when our community has suffered so much. At Jewish Vocational Service, we hear about it every day: • People who once donated to food pantries are now going to the same food pantries for groceries. • People who once lived comfortable lives are now losing their homes to foreclosure. • People who once wore fashionable clothing have had to accept donations of business attire just to look presentable during job interviews. Many are experiencing these problems for the first time. Some must cobble together several jobs to pay their heating bills or put gas in their car. It can take more than a year to find a job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, especially if you’re older than 45. Getting help finding a job is important, but the seemingly simple act of acknowledging the need for that assistance can be painful. The effort to reach out for help is made more difficult by a lack of knowledge about where to turn. A professional career consultant – someone who can enhance an individual’s job search skills – can be the answer. Yes, it’s important to have impressive work skills and a strong employment Peter Bloch history. Here’s Community s o m e t h i n g just as Press guest that’s important: columnist learning how to write an effective resume and cover letter, sharpening interviewing skills and polishing professional networking techniques. Many come to Jewish Vocational Service for that help. Our Cincinnati Career Network coaches people in job search skills. We’re committed to helping people rebuild their lives whether they’re unemployed or underemployed, entry-level workers or top executives. We’re not the only ones offering such assistance. Other nonprofit and government agencies in Greater Cincinnati that can help are the SuperJob Center in Cincinnati, the Job Search Focus Group A publication of Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township Hilltop Press Editor . . . . . . . . . .Marc Emral firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . . .853-6264 To find help Cincinnati Career Network – www.cincinnaticareer.net/ SuperJobs Center – www.superjobs.com Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – jfs.ohio.gov/ Job Search Focus Group – www.jobsearchfocusgroup.com/ United Way – www.referweb.net/uwgc in Hyde Park and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Many colleges have career advisors for their students and graduates. In addition, private placement firms provide similar services for a fee. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati has a telephone referral service (2-1-1) that can help with many needs, including finding a job. Landing a job can be difficult at any time. With unemployment soaring, it’s even more difficult now. Seeking professional advice can make a big difference. Peter M. Bloch is president and chief executive officer of Jewish Vocational Service in Blue Ash. Cincinnati Career Network is a JVS service. s Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday | See page A2 for additional contact information. 923-3111 | Fax 853-6220 | 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 | e-mail email@example.com | Web site: www.communitypress.com Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We d n e s d a y, D e c e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 1 0 PEOPLE | IDEAS | Mount Healthy North Elementary teacher Cheryl Wilson's class fifth-grade class won the challenge with 244 food items collected. RECIPES TONY JONES/STAFF Students challenge leads to pie throwing TONY JONES/STAFF Sixth-grade teacher Mindy Victor kept a smile even after being pied. Students at Mount Healthy Elementary School took on a 172 item during the two-week drive at the school. challenge to collect food items for the school district’s Since Victor’s class lost the challenge she got pied. giving tree. Last year, through the giving tree, the district was able Fifth-graders in Cheryl Wilson’s class collected 244 to give bags of food and other items to 130 families in the food items. The sixth-grade class of Mindy Victor collected Mount Healthy School District TONY JONES/STAFF Cheryl Wilson's fifth-graders cheer as they learn they have won the canned good challenge. TONY JONES/STAFF Cheryl Wilson’s fifth-graders cheered as classmate Kieri Williams hit sixth-grade teacher Mindy Victor with a whipped cream pie. TONY JONES/STAFF Cheryl Wilson's fifth-grader cheer as classmate Kieri Williams hits sixth-grade teacher Mindy Victor with a whipped cream pie. TONY JONES/STAFF Fifth-grade teacher Cheryl Wilson talks to the students about giving back and helping kids in their own school at an assembly. Her class collected 244 food items in a contest with Mindy Victor's sixth-grade class, winning the right to throw pies at the losing class teacher. B2 Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 2 3 ART & CRAFT CLASSES Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Participants must have completed beginner classes. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. SENIOR CITIZENS Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Total body workout for active older adult featuring Latin dance movements of salsa, cha cha, meringue and more. Help improve strength and flexibility. Mary Beth Nishime, instructor. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802. Colerain Township. F R I D A Y, D E C . 2 4 ART & CRAFT CLASSES Piecemakers, 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Quilters and sewers create projects to benefit the community. Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. CIVIC CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 6460 Harrison Ave., Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits treatments for children at Shriners Hospital. 5742300; www.huff.com. Green Township. DANCE CLASSES Line Dance Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smoothsoled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Springfield Township. EXERCISE CLASSES Spintensity, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Paramount Fitness, 5130 Crookshank Road, Aerobics Room. Intense cycling class with boot camp intervals throughout. First class free. Ages 13 and up. $6-$10 per class. Reservations recommended. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4516509; www.spinfitcincinnati.com. Westwood. Aerobics Class, 7:30 p.m., Westside Boxing and Fitness Club Inc., 3428 Warsaw Ave., Bring own mat. Ages 18 and up. $20 for five classes; $5 per class. 314-7315. East Price Hill. FARMERS MARKET College Hill Winter Farm Market, 3-5:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 6128 Hamilton Ave., Includes farm fresh eggs, produce and baked goods from Vernon Yoder, Shadeau Bread and honey from Bee Haven on Grey Road from Gary Stitt, David Rosenberg’s organic micro-greens, local seasonal produce and greens from Billy Davis and Mazie Booth, Urban Farmers and more. Presented by College Hill Gardeners. 542-2739; collegehillfarmmarket.org. College Hill. Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. FOOD & DRINK Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, 5872 Cheviot Road, Includes light hors d’oeuvres. $10. 923-1300; www.piazzadiscepoli.com. White Oak. MUSIC - RELIGIOUS Festival of Carols, 11 p.m.-midnight, St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., David F. Allen, music director. Music by 30-member St. William choir, accompanied by ensemble from Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. Followed by midnight Mass. Free. 921-0247; www.saintwilliam.com. West Price Hill. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 6 MUSIC - BENEFITS CYPT Reunion Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Songs performed by alumni and current members. Optional happy hour 5:30-7 p.m., $10 add-on. After hours cast party 9 p.m.- midnight includes raffle. Benefits Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. $15. Reservations recommended. Presented by Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. 241-6550. West Price Hill. MUSIC - RELIGIOUS HIStory, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bridgetown Church of Christ, 3854 Race Road, Church Sanctuary. Dr. Ken Read, from Cincinnati Christian University, leads interactive musical he has written and directs. Nursery provided for children ages 23 months and under. Free. 5741111. Bridgetown. MUSIC - LATIN Hot and Spicy Latin Thursdays, 9 p.m., Metropolis, 125 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Reggaeton, merengue, salsa and more. Music by DJ Tavo and DJ Chalino. Dress code enforced. Ages 18 and up. After midnight: $7 ages 21 and under, $5 ages 21 and up; women free until midnight. 671-2881; www.cincymetropolis.com. Forest Park. RECREATION Senior Fit Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, With Kiyoshi Nishime, martial arts teacher. Wear workout clothes and bring water. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802; www.coleraintwp.org. Colerain Township. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 8 ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginner Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Continentals Round Dance Club, 7-9:30 p.m., Hilltop United Methodist Church, 1930 W. Galbraith Road, Phase III-V level round dance club. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. North College Hill. DANCE CLASSES Line Dance Class, 10-11 a.m., Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane, Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill. EXERCISE CLASSES Women and Weights, 3-4 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training in a supportive environment. Bring own mat, pair of light dumbbells and water bottle. Ages 18 and up. $6$8 per class. Presented by Oak Hills Community Education. 451-3595. Green Township. MUSIC - OLDIES Bop Club Dance, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., except last Tuesday of month. $3, free members. Presented by Cincinnati Bop Club. 251-7977; www.cincibop.com. Riverside. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Karaoke with Mean Jean, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio Lounge, 5744 Springdale Road, Karaoke and dance music. Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township. For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com. NATURE NATURE Predators in the Sky, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 7 CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside. DANCE CLASSES RECREATION EXERCISE CLASSES CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. Movers and Shakers, 10:30 a.m., Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave., Music and movement for toddlers. Ages 12-36 months. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4474. Westwood. Aerobics Class, 7:30 p.m., Westside Boxing and Fitness Club Inc., $20 for five classes; $5 per class. 314-7315. East Price Hill. Power & Pump, 6-7 p.m., Oak Hills Community Education, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Simple, yet challenging, cardiovascular and muscular conditioning exercises combined for total body workout. Bring own mat and pair of light dumbbells. $7-$10 per class. 4513595. Bridgetown. SENIOR CITIZENS Morning Mindfulness, 8-9 a.m., Queen City Spine & Rehab Inc., 3557 Springdale Road, Suite B, Information on health benefits of mindfulness-based meditation and yoga practice. Includes guided practice and alternate between sitting meditation and yoga. Free. 407-3453; www.qcspine.com. Colerain Township. North College Hill Senior Center Membership Council Meeting, 11 a.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., 521-3462. North College Hill. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 2 9 Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. About calendar To submit calendar items, go to “www.cincinnati.com” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “email@example.com” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “www.cincinnati.com” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Square Dance Class, 10-11:30 a.m., Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane, Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill. Winter Break Camp: Give a Cheer for Winter, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Hike, games, crafts and stories. Pack lunch and drink. Dress for weather. For kindergarteners through third-graders. $20, $15 city residents. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 542-2909. College Hill. RT & CRAFT CLASSES CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS A Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 810 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. 929-2427; www.sonkysdf.com. Mount Healthy. TONY JONES/STAFF LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, will host Winter Break Camp: Give a Cheer for Winter from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, for students in kindergarten through third grade. The day will include hiking, games, crafts and stories. Participants should dress for the weather, and pack a lunch and drink. The cost is $20, $15 for city residents and reservations are required. Call 542-2909. Naturalists Erin McMahan and Pat Agnew are pictured at last year’s Give a Cheer for Winter camp working with a group of children on a mouse puppet craft. HEALTH / WELLNESS T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 3 0 ART & CRAFT CLASSES Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Free. Registration required. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. Senior Fit Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $5. 741-8802; www.coleraintwp.org. Colerain Township. F R I D A Y, D E C . 3 1 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS River Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance and round dance club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Miamitown. FOOD & DRINK Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, $10. 923-1300; www.piazzadiscepoli.com. White Oak. New Year’s Eve Dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Our Lady of the Visitation, 3172 South Road, Auditorium. Catered dinner with appetizers, snacks and dessert, beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, Champagne toast and music by Saffire Express. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required by Dec. 23. 941-3230. Green Township. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, 7 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Doors open at 6 p.m. Buffet, 7 p.m. The Cincy Rockers perform 8 p.m. Benefits American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530. Ages 21 and up. $20 per person. Reservations required by Dec. 27. Presented by Hugh Watson Event Center. 728-5335; www.hughwatson.tk. Greenhills. CincySwing New Year’s Eve Swing Dance Party, 9 p.m.-midnight, College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave., Music by Pete Wagner Band. Includes food, drinks, snacks, decorations, dancing and midnight toast. Swing lesson at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $35, $25 advance by Dec. 26. 290-9022; www.cincyswing.com. College Hill. Mike Davis New Year’s Eve Show, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mariner’s Inn, 7391 Forbes Road, Las Vegas-style entertainer and tribute artist. Includes buffet dinner with salad, entree, dessert, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. Benefits Alzheimer’s Research and Catholic Charities. $50. Reservations required. 4659037. Sayler Park. MUSIC - BLUES Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Free. 574-6333. Green Township. HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR’S New Year’s Eve Dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Hot buffet, beer, wine, setups, snacks and music by DJ Larry Robers. Attendees may also BYOB. $37.50. Reservations required. 521-1112. Colerain Township. ON STAGE - THEATER The Mask, 9:30 p.m., Light of the World Ministries, 5915 Colerain Ave., Thought-provoking play, breakfast, games and entertainment for the whole family. Family friendly. $10. 385-5448; www.lowcincy.org. Green Township. CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Western Hills, 574-2300; www.huff.com. Green Township. DANCE CLASSES Line Dance Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, $4. 321-6776. Springfield Township. EXERCISE CLASSES Spintensity, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Paramount Fitness, $6-$10 per class. Reservations recommended. 451-6509; www.spinfitcincinnati.com. Westwood. Aerobics Class, 7:30 p.m., Westside Boxing and Fitness Club Inc., $20 for five classes; $5 per class. 314-7315. East Price Hill. FARMERS MARKET PROVIDED A roaring, juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex imitates the movement of a real dinosaur in a new 3,000-square-foot exhibit, “Dinosaur Bones: Titans of the Ruyang.” At the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum of Natural History and Science through Jan. 2, the exhibition highlights the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in a small rural village in China and includes 12 real fossils on display for the first time in North America. It also includes three animatronic dinosaurs, including the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, a Tyrannosaurus rex moving head and a juvenile Ruyangosaurus giganteus, the newly discovered species. Admission is free for members. Admission to the museum is $8.50; $7.50 ages 60 and up; and $6.50 ages 3-12. Visit www.cincymuseum.org or call 800-733-2077. College Hill Winter Farm Market, 3-5:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 542-2739; collegehillfarmmarket.org. College Hill. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Karaoke with Mean Jean, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio Lounge, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township. PROVIDED The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)!” It is a holiday romp through everybody’s favorite Christmas stories. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27-28, at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., downtown. An extra performance has been added for New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. Tickets are $22. Visit www.cincyshakes.com or call 513-381-2273. Life December 22, 2010 Christmas reminds us of the home beyond our address We’re either pushed or drawn. The November 2010 issue of “National Geographic” and its recent TV special dealt with the power of being drawn. They depicted the great movements in nature called migrations. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, cranes, monarch butterflies, sea turtles and other species make long-distance journeys across the earth to get somewhere. “One biologist noted the ‘undistractibility’ of migrating animals,’ ” says the NatGeo article. “A nonscientist might say they have a sense of a larger purpose.” These travelers of nature are homeless. The road is their home. Their instincts lead them into occasional tempo- rary homes for food, mating, and birthing, but then they eventually move on. Are humans homeless? Our hearts are. We may remain at one address most of our years; we may have a wonderful family, spouse, children and friends, and express ourselves in a fulfilling job. Yet, in the deepest sense of all we are homeless. The happiest person occasionally has the shadow of loneliness and homelessness cast a dimness over their life. We have an inner realization that there’s more love and satisfaction than we are experiencing. Some of us “migrate” to other spouses, jobs, friends, towns, etc. where we expect to find the “more” we feel we’re missing. But our yearning never ends. “We have no lasting home here,” writes Paul, “but we’re looking for the home that is to come.” (Hebrews 11:14) What’s he talking about? He’s talking about the real goal of our existence and all our traveling – our eternal home with the God who created us. We’re inexorably drawn to return there. St. Augustine became aware of the same thing. After oat-sowing in the first half of his life, he changed drastically when he became aware of the reality of God. With affection he wrote, “Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, O Beauty ever new.” He came to understand why this world never fully satisfied him or any of us. He admitted, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” We’re about to celebrate Christmas. Inevitably, among the songs and emotions that color this feast, comes the remembrance and celebration of home, family, love. It’s either our home of the past, present, or the one we hope to have. Underneath it all is that spiritual dimension of our personhood, that archetypal desire of all of us to live everlastingly in our ultimate home that leaves no residue of want in our hearts. If we consider Christmas only from the point of view of a secular mindset, only an exercise in robust consumerism, or merely a “holiday” with no spiritual or psychological meaning – then the inbred emotions we experience are unexplainable. If Christmas has no eternal significance for us, then Santa just won’t do and the Grinch was right. We humans long for a permanent home of unallayed contentment, love, and life. Former professor of divinity at Harvard, Harvey Cox, acknowledges our yearning for a place, a home or city, in which to live joyously forever: “Christian hope suggests that man is destined for a City. It is not just any city, however. “If we take the Gospel Hilltop Press B3 images as well as the symbols of the book of Revelation into consideration, it is not only a City Father Lou w h e r e Guntzelman injustice is abolished Perspectives and there is no more crying. It is a city which a delightful wedding feast is in progress, where laughter rings out, the dance has just begun, and the best wine is still to be served.” To my readers, I wish you and those you love, a Merry Christmas! Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ communitypress.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You may have free extended warranties available Although a lot of stores push extended service warranties when you buy electronics items, such warranties are generally not good investments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get such a warranty for free. That’s what a Milford man learned after having problems with a robot vacuum cleaner he bought more than a year ago. “It’s supposed to vacuum the floor, hardwood and carpet, and it’s a remote robot,” said Andy Holcomb. “It automatically vacuums and then returns to its base after it’s gone through its cycle.” Holcomb said it worked Howard Ain Hey Howard! great until just before the one year warr a n t y expired. He called the company and received replacem e n t parts. But, he said, after installing the new parts it still didn’t work right. “A little time went by and I realized it was not going to be fixed. I contacted the company again and that’s when they told me it was out of warranty,” Holcomb said. “It was now something they could no longer fix,” Holcomb said the robot vacuum had done a good job picking up dog hair, but it never did deep cleaning of the carpet. Nevertheless, he said, “I was obviously hoping to get at least three years out of the $400 purchase, which is what we spent on it when we bought it for my wife as a birthday gift.” The manufacturer has offered him a new robot vacuum for $117. That’s when I told him he may have an extended warranty on the unit and not even realize it. “I bought it directly from the manufacturer on a credit card,” Holcomb said. But, he said, he never thought to check whether the credit card will extend the warranty for the items he buys using the card. Holcomb then checked and found he bought it with a Citibank MasterCard and it does, in fact, double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year. He’s now contacting the bank to use that warranty. MasterCard, Visa and American Express all offer extended warranties automatically – depending on the bank that issues the card. They will double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to a maximum of one additional year. Terms and conditions vary by credit card, but you don’t have to register to qualify for the protection. Not all banks offer this protection with their credit cards. For instance, Fifth Third Bank said it doesn’t offer it on most of its credit cards, but does have it with its debit card. Bottom line, check to make sure you have such protection with the credit or debit card you have – and then always use that card when buying electronics. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219. No Credit Check Furniture Financing Mary is 34 years old. d. 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B4 Hilltop Press Community | Life December 22, 2010 Enjoy easy pot roast during hard days of winter The thermometer read 2 degrees this morning but it’s sunny and the sky is a brilliant blue. The air couldn’t be more fresh. We were up early filling the truck with wood to store in the garage. That way it’s dry for carrying into the house to fuel the woodstove. It’s also a pot roast kind of day. I made one of my favorites in the pressure cooker – 40 minutes and it was falling-off-the-bone done. I’ll be taking it to a neighbor who needs a bit of cheering up, as there’s nothing like the aroma of an oldfashioned roast that says, “I care,” especially on a frigid day. It’s a good one for this busy holiday season. Easy pot roast, veggies I have taught gourmet roasts and stews for years. Two of my favorites are French boeuf bourguignon and veal ragout, but you know what my “go to” pot roast/stew is when time and budget are both a bit lean? It’s this one, and it never fails to please. A good supper for this busy holiday season, too. Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen 1 c h u c k roast, 2-3 l b s . approxi- mately 1 clove garlic, minced (opt.) 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 pouch dry onion soup mix 1 ⁄2 cup dry red wine (opt.) or 1 cup water 3-4 potatoes, chunked up 3-4 carrots, chunked up Spray crockpot. Trim roast and put in crockpot. Mix soups, garlic and wine. Pour over roast. Total cooking time is seven to 10 hours on low or four to five hours on high. I add veggies the last two hours of cooking time, or cook separately and stir in when roast is done. Ash, who was born in 1885 and lived to be 99 years old. I have fond childhood memories of this dessert at family gatherings.” This would be nice served alongside the holiday meal. COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD Winter is the perfect time for easy pot roast and veggies. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Instead of potatoes and carrots, microwave a box of frozen peas and carrots and stir in the cooked roast. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. To cook in pressure cooker: Cook for 40 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and cook five to 10 minutes more. Jell-O dessert Ruth Ann Parchman, a Symmes Township reader, shares this heirloom “broken glass” Jell-O dessert. Ruth Ann’s traditions mean a lot to her. “The recipe came from my grandmother, Laura 24 single graham crackers, processed into crumbs 1 ⁄2 cup butter melted 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 small package each of lime, orange and cherry Jell-O 1 envelope of Knox gelatin 1 ⁄4 cup cold water 8 oz. pineapple juice heated 1 pint whipping cream 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Make the Jell-O using 11⁄2 cups of boiling water for each package. When hard cut into small cubes. Dissolve Knox into 1⁄4 cup of water, add hot pineapple juice and chill. Add in butter and sugar to cracker crumbs. Reserve 2 ⁄3 cup for topping and pat remaining mixture into 9by-13 pan. Whip cream with 1⁄2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD Lifesavers candy can make fun, and edible, ornaments. Add pineapple mixture and then stir in Jell-O cubes. Pour over crust and top with the remaining graham mixture. Chill at least eight hours. Cut into squares. Serves 12 Edible ornaments I used to make these, but forgot about them until my sister, Madelyn, wanted the recipe. She loved the way they turned out so I thought it’s worth sharing with you. Use your creativity to make any kind of shape you want – candy canes, trees, wreaths, etc. The basics are: Foil a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Candy canes: Use 7 to 8 hard lifesavers to make candy cane shape. Lay next to each other. Check after 3 to 4 minutes. As soon as candy has melted remove from oven. Spray the bottom of a straw or skewer and poke a hole in the top of the candy right after it comes out of the oven. It will harden in minutes. Maraschino cherries This is one recipe I never thought could be made at home. But leave it to Julie Niesen, the popular “Wine me, Dine me” blogger whose blog is always fun and informative to read, to share a recipe. Log onto Julie’s blog at www.Cincinnati.com for the recipe and photos. And check out my blog for a recipe for chocolate-covered cherries, along with photos, too. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356. HOLIDAY GIVING Help Shriners kids CE-0000438411 JOIN TODAY! FEEL BETTER TOMORROW. New you! Join the Y and become members of a community that’s committed to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. New Feature! ActivTrax-A new, revolutionary web-based training program that will create a customized workout for you each time you visit the Y-and it’s free to members! Offered at the following branches: Blue Ash, Campbell County, Central Parkway, Clermont Family, Clippard Family, Powel Crosley, Gamble Nippert, M.E. Lyons and R.C. Durr. If you join by January 31st, you pay NO joining fee! Your family membership works at all YMCA branches. Close to home and where you work. Visit myY.org or call us at your closest YMCA Clippard Family 513. 923.4466 Powel Crosley, Jr. 513. 521.7112 Gamble-Nippert 513.661.1105 CE-0000438782 This holiday season, help Huff Realty bring much needed smiles to the faces of the young patients at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. For the 11th year in a row, Huff Realty is conducting a toy drive to benefit the children at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Through Dec. 31, new toy donations will be accepted at each of the 11 Huff Realty office locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. The Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati is a 30-bed pediatric burn hospital providing comprehensive acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care to children who are recovering from burns and burn-related injuries. Upon admission, the hospital gives every child several toys that provide entertainment and therapeutic comfort during their treatment. Through the annual toy drive, Huff Realty has become the hospital's largest toy donor delivering more than 3,000 items and $2,500 last year. No payment is ever sought or received from the family, the U.S. government or any third-party payer for services rendered in the hospitals. For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children please visit www.shrinershq.org. Text a gift ’Tis the season of giving and the American Red Cross made it easier for people to make a donation-text to give. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through Dec. 31 and a $25 donation will be made to the American Red Cross. A gift of $25 can provide blankets, hot meals, a cleanup kit for hurricane and flood victims, phone cards for soldiers, vaccinate children or provide life saving training. Mobile giving has proven to be a success while raising money to provide relief to those victims in Haiti, raising nearly $33 million through your text donations. Those who make a $25 text donation will be sent a link to download a badge for their Facebook pages. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or will be debited from prepaid account balances. Message and data rates may apply. The Red Cross is working with Give to process and facilitate the mobile donations. The text donation program is another part of the Red Cross holiday giving campaign, which also features an online holiday giving catalog, www.cincinnatiredcross.org/g ifts. The purchase of each gift item through the online catalog is a tax-deductible contribution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross. On the rare occasion when donations exceed the need in a particular area, the Red Cross will use the contribution to help others where the need is greatest. Adopt a family Volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati are working hard to ensure Santa is able to visit every local family this year, but more last minute help is still needed, especially as many local families seek holiday assistance for the first time. To make a gift and help celebrate the holidays, call 562-8841 ext. 237 or visit www.SVDPcincinnati.org. Adopt an entire family with a gift of $150 or make a smaller contribution that helps provide a bike, baby doll, or video game along with warm clothes to a local child in need this Christmas. Y looking for teens with character values Through Jan. 15 the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is looking for stories of youth who are wonderful examples of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. Forty YMCA Character Awards will be presented in April to local teens who, through volunteerism, men- toring, advocacy, leadership and selfless giving are making a positive difference in the world around them. YMCA Character Award nominees must be between 12 and 18 years of age; be enrolled in an elementary, junior or senior high school; reside within the Greater Cincinnati Tristate area. They also must agree to participate in the honoree orientation event in March and the YMCA Character Awards Event during the week of April 11. To nominate a teen, go to www.myy.org or call the Community Services YMCA at 513-961-3200. Children may be eligible for free or low-cost vaccinations Today’s tough economy is affecting us all, and many families are being forced to choose between health care and other critical needs. For families who do not have medical insurance, Hamilton County Public Health operates 13 immunization clinics across the county. Children through 18 years of age may be eligible to receive recommended vaccines, which help prevent serious diseases like meningitis, whooping cough and influenza at no cost or low cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Children can be eligible for VFC, even if they don’t have medical insurance and regardless of their immigration status. VFC is a federal program designed to help ease the financial burden many families are facing. Hamilton County Public Health operates 13 immunization clinics throughout Hamilton County. For chil- dren age 18 and younger, there is a $15 administrative fee per person, not per vaccine. Some vaccines are available for adults as well, but there may be a cost for the vaccine in addition to the $15 administrative fee. No one is turned away based on ability to pay. For dates and times of immunization clinics, visit w w w. h a m i l t o n c o u n t y health.org. For additional assistance, call 513-946-7882. Community Hilltop Press December 22, 2010 B5 Bakers raise money for children event. The size and price of these cookies very from bakery to bakery, but the spirit prevails in all as no one wants to see a child hurting. Bakers in the Cincinnati Area divide the proceeds from their cookie sale between Kindervelt who provides state of the art equipment for Children’s Hospital, and to Fernside who has groups all over the city, to help children cope with the loss of a loved one or another classmate. You can go into any of the participating stores and purchase the decorated Gingerbread Kids, or you can order them specially decorated with your child or grandchildren’s name written on them. “I believe it is important that we donate some of our resources to charity, and there is not better way than to help hurting children,” said Mike Vanfleet from Midwest Culinary Institute president of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association. These bakeries will have the Gingerbread Kids on sale to Dec. 31: • Graeter’s Bakeries – all locations • Little Dutch Bakery – Mount Healthy • Regina Bakery – North Bend and Cheviot • Servatii Pastry Shop – all locations For more information contact maryanngcrba@ insightbb.com or call 859727-4146 INDEPENDENT BAPTIST BAPTIST Creek Road Baptist Church 3906 Creek Rd., Sharonville, Cincinnati, OH 513-563-2410 email@example.com Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:45am, 6:00pm Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Pastor, Rev. David B Smith Mt. Healthy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 7717 Harrison Ave Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 Rev. Michael Doerr, Pastor 513-521-6029 Sunday 9:00 a.m...... Contemporary Service 9:45a.m...... Sunday School 10:45 a.m........ Traditional Worship Nursery Staff Provided “A Caring Community of Faith” Welcomes You Earl Padgett has retired after 10 years of service with Neidhard Gillen Funeral Home. Andy Mullen, funeral director, left, and Stuart Snow, managing partner, presents Padgett with a clock and plaque. All staff stated, “Earl will be missed!” Monfort Heights United Methodist Church 3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. mhumc.org Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry www.friendshipbaptistcincinnati.org CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES Retired UNITED METHODIST Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday Evening Services 6:30pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation! Mt Healthy United Methodist Church Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Worship 11:30 - 12:30 Healing Service, last Sunday of the month at 5 pm "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend". Sharonville United Methodist 8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services 3751 Creek Rd. NON-DENOMINATIONAL EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 firstname.lastname@example.org www.christchurchglendale.org The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon PROVIDED. 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services Hike series offers walk in five parks soup Registration is required at GreatParks.org by Wednesday, Dec. 29. The Winter Hike Series is $5 per person, per hike. Children 12 and under may hike for free and must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited and hikes are available until full. Pets are prohibited and drop-ins are not accepted. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, please visit GreatParks.org or call 513-521PARK (7275). Free square dancing at Parky’s Farm Square dancing is a good way to work off those holiday pounds while having fun. Team Hayloft is offering free square dancing lessons every Tuesday at Parky's Farm beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4. These free two-hour classes will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the first three weeks (through Jan. 18) are open to the public. Beginner dancers will progress from the basic level, to mainstream and then on to plus level. Team Hayloft is a social organization dedicated to the enjoyment of teaching square dancing. Team members have up to 20 years of dancing experience and have served as officers of local square dancing clubs and positions in the Southwestern OhioNorthern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Team callers are members of Cincinnati Callers and Teachers Association and serve as instructors. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Parky's Farm is located in Winton Woods at 10073 Daly Road in Springfield Township. For more information, please contact Dick Davis with Team Hayloft at 513863-0612 or visit GreatParks.org. PROVIDED Colonial fellowship Vernon and Joan Corbin of Mount Airy enjoyed the company of others interested in America’s colonial era at the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio’s annual Thanksgiving weekend reception. Society members must document an ancestor serving in the military or in a responsible government office during the colonial era. Vernon Corbin is a descendant of John Taylor of Virginia. Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has announced its 2010 Annual Awards of Excellence winners and a number of local agencies have been recognized. Locally, the Hamilton County Park District’s Winton Woods Riding Center won a first place award in the Special Populations Programming category for their Special Olympics Ohio Equestrian Competition. The Winton Woods Riding Center has hosted the first state recognized Special Olympics Ohio Equestrian Competition for the past two years. The event gives those with disabilities a new confidence through horseback riding and helps them apply that confidence to everyday life. The Winton Woods Riding Center provides the venue for Special Olympics events and the opportunity for special needs riders to achieve. The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) 3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) 513-385-8342 www.christ-lcms.org Dec. 24 5:00 German Service, 7:00 Lessons & Carols Dec. 25 10:00am Holy Communion Dec. 26 8:30 & 11am Holy Communion Dec. 31 7:00 New Years Eve VINEYARD CHURCH NORTHWEST COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall) 513-385-4888 Faith Lutheran LCMC www.vcnw.org 8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown www.faithcinci.org Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am Sunday School 10:15 HOPE LUTHERAN NEW TIMES AS WE WELCOME Pastor Lisa Arrington 9:00 am Contemporary Worship 10:00 am Welcome Hour/ Sun School 11:00 am Traditional Worship EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday School Hour (for all ages) 9:15 - 10:15am Worship Service - 10:30 to 11:45am (Childcare provided for infants/ toddlers) Pastor: Rich Lanning Church: 2191 Struble Rd Ofﬁce: 2192 Springdale Rd 4695 Blue Rock Road Colerain Twp. South of Ronald Reagan and I-275 www.hopeonbluerock.org 923-3370 Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) “Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor” 542-9025 www. trinitymthealthy.org 513-522-3026 Visitors Welcome www.eccfellowship.org Worship: 8:30 am traditional - 10:45 am contemporary Sunday School: 9:45 am Nursery provided Church By The Woods PC(USA) 1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy PRESBYTERIAN 5921 Springdale Rd 1mi west of Blue Rock Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 www.ChurchByTheWoods.org ............................................ Worship 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:20 am Traditional Service and Hymnbook Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 385-7024 Northminster Presbyterian Church Pastor Todd A. Cutter Special Olympics gets 1st place Plaza. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2010 Governor’s Award for Parks and Recreation, a “best-in-show” award which includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the agency winner. The awards are judged in a two-tiered process, which includes a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as, the association’s Board of Directors. Incorporated in 1963, the OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 1300 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens. Ohio has become known as a trendsetter in the nation with parks and recreation often singled out for national test markets and pilot programs. Let’s Do Life Together “Life on Purpose in Community” 2651 Adams Rd. (near Pippin) Worship Assembly-Sunday 10:45am Phone 825-9553 www.highviewchristianchurch.com Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev Lyle Rasch, Pastor www.lutheransonline.com/joinus UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Meghan Howard, Pastor Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available www.cpopumc.com “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care” CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org Guest Speaker Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor FOREST CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240 513-825-3040 Traditional Service: 9:30 AM ConneXion Contemporary Service: 11:30 AM Sunday School: 10:30 AM JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST 1927 W. K emper Rd. (Between Mill & Hamilton) 513-825-0733 Traditional Sunday Services 9:00am & 10:15am Contemporary Service 11:30am www.jwumc.net 2:00pm 3:30pm 703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Transforming Lives for Jesus Christ Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors Northwest Community Church 8735 Cheviot Rd, by Colerain HS Rev. Kevin Murphy, Pastor 513-385-8973 Worship and Sunday School 10AM Handicap Accessible/Nursery Available Salem White Oak Presbyterian UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ 691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am Nursery Provided St. Paul United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale Phone: 385-9077 Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access www.stpaulucccolerain.org CE-1001557974-01 nature trails. Each hike will pay off with a hot bowl of soup at the end of the journey. The following are the dates and locations for the hikes: Jan. 29 – Woodland Mound, chicken wild rice soup Feb. 5 – Shawnee Lookout, vegetable beef barley (Ofﬁce) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor www.bretwoodcommunitychurch.com We meet Sundays at 10:30am at 9158 Winton Rd. – Springﬁeld Township Childcare provided HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH LUTHERAN The Winter Hike Series offers challenging hikes along trails in five different parks. These hikes are an opportunity to kick that cabin fever and enjoy the great outdoors with friends. Hikes will be held on consecutive Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and will cover 4 to 5.5 miles of 513-563-0117 www.sharonville-umc.org CE-1001555143-01 Members of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association make Gingerbread Men cookies and donate a portion of the sales from these seasonal specialties to help children who have physical problems or emotional concerns due to the loss of someone in their family “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding,” is the slogan chosen by Tom Davis, of Regina Bakery in North Bend, chairman of this B6 ON RECORD Hilltop Press THE December 22, 2010 | DEATHS | Editor Marc Emral | email@example.com | 853-6264 BIRTHS DEATHS Margaret Geising Margaret Geising, 85, Springfield Township, died Dec. 16. Survived by children Joan, Ronald. Preceded in death by three siblings. Arrangements by Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Christine Wilson Christine Eilson, 95, died Dec. 11. Survived by children Charles (Susan), Robert Wilson, Carol (Larry) Bolin; grandchildren Rod, Becky, Greg, Kevin, Scott, Bonny; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Roy Wilson, son Don Wilson, sister Evelyn (Irv) Kautz. Arrangements by Hodapp Funeral Home. Memorials to Mount Healthy United Methodist Church. Penny Worthington Penny Sterwerf Worthington, 52, CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 About obituaries Springfield Township, died Dec. 14. Survived by parents Elmer Sterwerf, Janice (Dave) Adams; siblings Jean (Bart) Wilson, Amy (Jim) Karle, Michael (Linda), Daniel (Cindy), Bobby (Lorrie) Sterwerf ; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 18 at Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Memorials to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alee Foster, born 1956, possession of drugs and possession of open flask, 5758 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 10. Andamo Jarrell, born 1960, felonious assault, 1909 Savannah Way, Dec. 6. Terry Davis, born 1989, breaking and entering, 5805 Saranac Ave., Dec. 11. Marquez Wilks, born 1991, breaking and entering and criminal trespass, 951 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 11. Justin Wrenn, born 1990, possession of drug paraphernalia, having weapon with drug conviction, carrying concealed weapon and possession of drugs, 5371 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 9. Michael Dudley, born 1991, city or local ordinance violation, 5550 Colerain Ave., Dec. 7. Michael Burks, born 1975, possession of drugs, 4726 Colerain Ave., Dec. 10. Richard C Allen, born 1978, disorderly conduct, 5030 Colerain Ave., Dec. 7. 5887 Monfort Hills Ave., No. 4, Dec. 4. 5887 Monfort Hills Ave., No. 4, Dec. 4. Breaking and entering 1722 W. North Bend Road Building, No. A, Dec. 4. 5920 Saranac Ave., Dec. 9. Burglary 5317 Eastknoll Court, No. 314, Dec. 6. 5739 Wintrop Ave., Dec. 5. 6301 Savannah Ave., Dec. 9. Felonious assault 1905 Savannah Way, Dec. 6. 2568 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 3. Theft, 877 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 3. MT. 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Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699. smokymtncrossrdrentals.com SHARE your stories, photos and events at cincinnati.com/share Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township communitypress.com NORTH COLLEGE HILL Arrests/citations Place, Nov. 30. Residence entered at 11633 Elkwood , Dec. 2. Residence entered and jewelry of unknown value removed at 857 Cascade, Dec. 3. Residence entered and gift cards and firearms of unknown value removed at 11397 Genvea, Dec. 7. Criminal damaging Window damaged at 502 Waycross, Dec. 2. Felonious assault Victim struck at Harkin and Geneva, Dec. 1. Identity theft Victim reported at 11477 Gresham Drive, Nov. 30. Theft License plate removed from vehicle at Dec. 2. Items valued at $310.30 removed at 1143 Smiley, Dec. 7. Vehicle removed at 11651 Norbourne, Dec. 4. Theft, misuse of credit card Credit card removed and used without consent at 1143 Smiley, Dec. 1. Credit cards removed at 11020 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 3. Vandalism Building spray painted at 11540 Winton Road, Nov. 30. FOREST PARK Blake Black, 21, 11565 Regency Square Court, drug paraphernalia at Farragut Road, Nov. 14. Jonathan Burket, 54, 21 Imbler Drive, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business at 21 Imbler Drive, Nov. 18. Raheen Brown, 32, 7240 Reading Road, operating vehicle under the influence at Winton and Andover roads, Nov. 28. Thomas Carroll, 23, 1 Chalmers Lane, open container at Farragut Road and Falcon Lane, Dec. 4. Arrests/citations Daniel Andrews, 31, 9969 Chester Road, theft at 1266 Omniplex, Dec. 2. Derek McNutt, 24, 3738 Apple Gate, assault at 2290 Reliance Drive, Dec. 3. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 1231 W. Kemper, Dec. 3. Antonio Glover, 27, 11476 Newgate, weapons under disability at 645 Northland Blvd., Dec. 5. Juvenile male, 17, disorderly conduct at 1203 W. Kemper Road, Dec. 5. Carlos Rowland, 16, 11469 Fitchburg Lane, theft at 1231 W. Kemper, Dec. 3. Juvenile female, 12, disorderly conduct at 1203 W. Kemper, Dec. 1. Juvenile female, 14, disorderly conduct at 1203 W. Kemper Road, Dec. 1. Juvenile female, 17, disorderly conduct at 1203 W. Kemper Road, Dec. 1. Leslie Canter, 23, 4136 River Road, theft at 1266 Omniplex, Dec. 2. Incidents Breaking and entering Reported at 2260 Waycross, Dec. 3. Burglary Attempt made at 11689 Raphael Incidents Man reported computer stolen at 7726 Clovernook Ave., Dec. 12. GREENHILLS Victim struck at Brunswick, Dec. 4. Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387 www.garrettbeachrentals.com ESTATE Burglary 1500 Groesbeck Road, Dec. 5. Assault FLORIDA REAL Lane, drug possession at 7600 block of Harrison Avenue, Dec. 9. Arrests/citations Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 for pricing details. Save the Animals Foundation BINGO | POLICE REPORTS Incidents Aggravated robbery RINKS BINGO R POLICE Arrests/citations Theft Incidents/reports Purse taken from vehicle at 65 Gambier Circle, Dec. 2. Cell phone taken at Farragut Road, Nov. 10. MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Dominque Chapman, 19, 2933 Westnolls Lane, drug possession at 7200 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 12. Matthew Barwick, 21, 5522 Montgomery Road, drug possession at 7200 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 12. Dominque Griffin, 20, 7118 Eastlawn Drive, drug possession at 7200 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 12. Arthur Cooper, 26, 8705 Mockingbird Travis Gentry, 22, theft at 8500 block of Daly Road, Dec. 11. Marquez Wilks, 19, 6365 Savannah Ave., breaking and entering at 2000 block of West Galbraith Road, Dec. 11. Kimberly Albaness, 52, 6104 Rose Petal Drive, operating vehicle under the influence at West Galbraith Road, Dec. 10. Vanessa Blue, 52, 2517 Flanigan Court, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 10. Larry Manago, 55, 2527 Melrose Ave., theft at 6918 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 8. Kimberly Duffy, 43, 1700 Joseph Court, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 2. Incidents Breaking and entering Tom's Drive Thru reported money stolen at 1906 W. Galbraith Road, Dec. 8. Burglary Woman reported TV, jewelry stolen at 1610 Marvin Ave., Dec. 8. Theft Walgreens reported cash stolen at 6918 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 8. Walgreens reported $120 in cigarettes stolen at 6918 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 9. United Dairy Farmers reported $23 in gas stolen at 6813 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 11. SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Rachitte Freeman, 19, 2310 Nottingham Road, felonious assault at 8600 block of Desoto Drive, Dec. 11. William Palmer, 23, 3078 Regal Lane, receiving stolen property at 1400 block of Covered Bridge Road, Dec. 9. Terrigela Jones, 37, 9687 Woodmill Drive, child endangering at 9687 Woodmill Drive, Dec. 8. Paul Hamblin, 56, 8895 Balboa Drive, drug possession at 8500 block of Winton Road, Dec. 8. Roberta Howard-Williams, 42, 12056 Cedarcreek Drive, obstructing official business, resisting arrest at 12056 Cedarcreek Drive, Dec. 8. Sean Warner, 31, 9803 Allegheny Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, drug possession at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 8. Danyelle Mitchell, 32, receiving stolen property at Hamilton Avenue and Kemper Road, Dec. 6. Sherman Smith, 53, 9380 Bluegate Court, domestic violence at 9380 Bluegate Court, Dec. 7. Kelly Viar, 42, 10725 Baronwood Court, drug paraphernalia at 10724 Baronwood Court, Dec. 5. James Washington, 69, 8651 About police reports The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 7291300. • Mount Healthy: Chief Al Schaefer, 728-3183. • Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 5698500. • North College Hill: Chief Paul Toth, 521-7171. • Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101. • Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220. Bobolink Drive, assault at 8651 Bobolink Drive, Dec. 4. David Carter, 23, criminal trespassing at 9400 block of Sherborn Drive, Nov. 30. Two Juveniles, 110, drug possession at 2046 Adams Road, Dec. 3. Valencia McBurrows, 35, 11981 Blackhawk Drive, domestic violence at 11981 Blackhawk Drive, Dec. 6. Incidents Aggravated menacing Woman reported being threatened at 9086 Millcliff Drive, Dec. 6. Attempted burglary Woman reported break-in attempt at 8588 Neptune Drive, Dec. 9. Man reported break-in attempt at 9387 Montoro Drive, Dec. 8. Burglary Woman reported TV stolen at 1570 Pleasant Run Drive, Dec. 8. 1556 Meredith Drive woman reported TV stolen at 1556 Meredith Drive, Dec. 4. Woman reported TV stolen at 9675 Helmsley Way, Dec. 7. Criminal damaging Crescent City Customs reported gate damaged at 941 North Bend Road, Dec. 8. Criminal simulation Pizza Hut reported receiving counterfeit $100 bill at 914 W. Galbraith Road, Dec. 4. Felonious assault 1274 Prospect Place man reported being beaten with handgun at 8600 block of Desoto Drive, Dec. 8. Theft 8934 Woodview Drive man reported vehicle stolen at 8500 block of Winton Road, Dec. 11. 9350 Roundtop Road man reported license plate stolen at 8500 block of Winton Road, Dec. 11. United Dairy Farmers reported $53 in gas stolen at 11886 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 9. Man reported medicine stolen at 713 Ashford Court, Dec. 4. Man reported estimated $360 in items stolen at 8831 Daly Road, Dec. 4. REAL ESTATE COLLEGE HILL 6080 Belleair Place: Dapper, Marilyn W. to Lynch, Mary Louise; $20,870. 1718 Cedar Ave.: Bowling, William R. Jr. and William G. Stiehl to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $420,000. 1301 Cedar Ave.: Quadrant Residential Capital II LLC to Working In Neighborhoods; $14,000. 1098 Loiska Lane: Jones, Carla R. to Everbank; $50,000. 6350 Savannah Ave.: Brown, Angela and Ashley Gardner to Brown, Angela and Angela M. Brown; $33,850. 1012 Venetian Terrace: Goode, Lenard to Bank of New York Mellon The; $66,000. 7677 Bitteroot Lane: Nix, Ira A. to HSBC Bank USA NA Tr.; $42,000. 1167 Hollywood Ave.: Justice, Robert C. and Hazel P. to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $80,000. 7940 Knollwood Lane: Horn, Deborah to Peoples, Loretta; $86,950. FOREST PARK 710 Carlsbad Road: Clarke, Lissa M. to Toft, Thomas E. II; $105,000. 958 Goodhue Circle: Ryan, Gail M. to Davis, Jerry D. and Lillie M.; $91,000. 11134 Hanover Road: Miller, Elissa K. Tr. to George, Teruko R.; $128,000. 1468 Kingsbury Drive: Real Estate Solutions Unlimited Inc. to 1468 Kingsbury Drive LLC; $52,000. 929 Glasgow Drive: Rosser, Gary to Wells Fargo Bank NA; $52,000. 995 Havensport Drive: Miranda, Emma Tr. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $132,113. 11713 Holgate Drive: Home CPR LLC to Smith, Richard and Hazel Amador Smith; $96,000. 11855 Kenn Road: Couch, James Tr. and Phyllis A. Tr. to Brown, Hocie M.; $119,750. 11249 Logenberry Circle: Durrette, Mildred A. to Sherrod, Herbert L.; $72,500. 11451 Oxfordshire Lane: K. and T. Homes Ltd. to Howard, David and Donna; $140,400. 1292 Waycross Road: Haynes, Joseph P. and Joan D. to Wagoner, Jennifer Rebecca; $74,500. GREENHILLS 66 Cromwell Road: Pfenninger, Carol A. to Breen-Fisher LLC; $25,000. 38 Hamlin Drive: Disalvo, Lynda Bennett to Sutorius, John C.; $90,000. 64 Junefield Ave.: Teuschler, Kelly A. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $84,000. MOUNT AIRY 2762 North Bend Road: Dye, Michael C. to LNV Corp.; $300,000. 5838 Shadymist Lane: Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. The to Abraha, Ghermai A.; $40,000. 2509 Flanigan Court: Roto Properties LLC to Wilson, Carolyn A.; $71,000. 5707 Kiplingwood Drive: Edmondson, William and Brenda W. to Beneficial Ohio Inc.; $122,000. 2240 Sweetbriar Lane: Pitchford, Beverly A. to Jackson, Edward R. and Rhonda J.; $182,777. MOUNT HEALTHY 1308 Compton Road: Wells Fargo Bank NA to Gronholz, Michelle L.; $78,400. 7336 Forest Ave.: Kotter, Bryan E. to Mueller, Christina; $88,000. NORTH COLLEGE HILL 2030 Catalpa Ave.: World Seven LLC to Rebound Properties LLC; $15,400. 1520 Clovernoll Drive: Triad Holdings LLC to Jasper, Sharena N.; $87,000. 7143 Dodgeon Court: Penklor Properties LLC to Weingartner, Jeffrey T.; $30,000. 1520 Northridge Drive: Equity Trust Co. to Smith, Heather D.; $110,000. 1632 Sundale Ave.: Bank of New York Tr. The to End Ira Inc. [Fbo David Jacobs Ira]; $31,300. SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP 2143 Deer Meadow Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Garg, Pratima; $135,000. 2191 Deer Meadow Drive: Dickey, Ernest H. and Janice R. to Dibbini, Widad E.; $193,000. 8972 Ebro Court: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Miller, Elissa K. Tr.; $13,000. 1915 Lotushill Drive: Warsaw Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cincinnati to Boenning, Richard A.; $13,500. 6989 Somerset Drive: Sach, Emily C. Anson to Thomas, Andrew; $110,500. 759 Viewcrest Court: Penklor Properties LLC to Winbush, Cedric A. and Renee D.; $182,000. 1549 Bermuda Place: Griffin, Jennifer to Grubbs, Rodney; $32,100. 1909 Centerbrook Court: Schuler, Frederick A. to Hawkins, Rachel; $172,500. 8639 Elmtree Ave.: Christman, Nadine to U.S. Bank NA; $54,000. 7785 Fancycab Court: Campbell, About real estate transfers Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Pamela A. to Rawlings, Oliver and Betty R.; $170,000. 7785 Fancycab Court: Campbell, Pamela A. to Campbell, Pamela A.; $170,000. 9627 Helmsley Wy: Keybank NA to Jo Mat Properties LLC; $33,200. 8090 Kirkland Drive: Penklor Properties LLC to NZHM Enterprises LLC; $44,000. 1014 Lakeshore Drive: Sullivan, Diane M. Tr. to Hock, Larry and Karen; $560,000. 1327 Meredith Drive: Allen, Christopher G. to Wells Fargo Bank NA; $62,000. 2093 Miles Woods Drive: Zapf, Mark A. and Allison to Kohl, Walter F. Jr.; $128,000. 8365 Mockingbird Lane: Merritt, Thomas A. to Fannie Mae; $58,200. 7867 Ramble View: Finke, Carol J. and Janice Connelly to Connelly, Janice; $69,305. 625 Reynard Ave.: Rettig, Philip and Jeanne to Auffrey, Christopher and Ann; $195,000. 9631 Wildbrook Lane: Moeun, Vannak to Sun, Thourn; $40,000. 9039 Winton Road: Crawford, Beverly B. to Stein Espel, Linda A. R.; $86,000. 8639 Zodiac Drive: Vertical Business Developments LLC to Grubbs, Rodney; $50,900.