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The Party Source in Bellevue has started a multimillion dollar construction project to expand the store and its offerings.



Campbell Teacher of the Week Grants Lick Elementary School first-grade teacher Kristina Sheehy is known for her homework help sessions, but her goal is to be a principal. The Northern Kentucky Association of School Administrators has picked Sheehy for an “Aspiring Administrator Scholarship.”

Kristina Sheehwas selected as a recipient of the "Aspiring Administrators Scholarship." CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Watchdog Dogs spend time in school Fathers are spending time in class at Campbell Ridge Elementary School in Alexandria as part of a national Watchdog Dads program. The point of Watchdog Dads is for each father to spend time in the classroom interacting with students, making sure kids who don’t have a father figure in their life get one. Schools, A4

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ith a new year kicking off, here is a look back at some of the big stories in Campbell County in 2011.

Repeal of county smoking ban

Opponents of a law banning smoking in indoor workplaces were victorious when Campbell County Fiscal Court voted to repeal the law by a 3-1 vote on Feb. 16. The law was passed by a 3-1 margin in December 2010 with two commissioners voting for it in their final month in office. The two new commissioners, Brian Painter of Alexandria and Pete Garrett of California, voted to repeal the ban at the Feb. 16 meeting along with Commissioner Ken Rechtin – leaving Judge-executive Steve Pendery as the lone supporter. Don Hilker, owner of Southern Lanes Sports Center in Alexandria, spoke for a group of businesses opposed to the indoor smoking ban at multiple meetings including on Feb.16. Many of the businesses opposed to the ban eventually were founding members in 2011 of the new group “The Independent Business Association of Campbell County.” Hilker, chairman of the association, said they were obviously glad for the repeal, and he personally felt the repeal prevented a loss of business for his and other businesses in the county. Ken Moellman Sr., spokesperson for the business association, said the repeal couldn’t have happened without Garrett and Painter. Many association members don’t smoke, and some businesses already dictate no-smoking policies in their establishments, he said. “Smoking itself was not the issue,” Moellman said. “What was the issue was county government was stepping beyond their bounds.”

Tates Creek QB Martrell Berry is sacked by a host of Campbell County defenders during the Camel's 22-20 victory in the Nov. 4 game. It was the first Campbell County home playoff game in more than 13 years. MATTHEW BECK/CONTRIBUTOR

Alexandria condemned building sold

A resolution to the city of Alexandria’s ongoing oversight of a long-vacant building at 8339 E. Main St. came with the sale of the building to new owners on Sept. 22. The building was boarded up and condemned by the city in August 2010 after the front and side windows were broken out. The building, in the center of the city’s Old Town center and across the street from the Alexandria Courthouse, had sat vacant for more than five years. Raymond and Tina Pfeiffer purchased the vacant property and are in the process of refurbishing the building. They announced their intent to move their consignment shop there eventually. “I am elated that the building is finally sold,” said Mayor Bill Rachford in an Oct. 10 article in The Alexandria Recorder. “I’m just tickled pink that we’ve got somebody that is going to turn that into a viable property and a business is interested in working with the city unlike the pevious owner.”

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VA homes in Tower Park

The city of Fort Thomas spent a lot of time this past year on a project to find a developer to commit to buying and fixing up several historic military homes in Tower Park. Due to a federal bill, only the city can purchase the homes. But the city decided to do so only if they have a developer lined up to buy them. While they received no bids meeting their minimum of about $1.6 million in July, staff has gone back to the drawing board to look for ways to move the project forward, including getting a new appraisal of the property and more flexibility in the Secretary of the Interior’s standard for rehabilitation of historic structures. Assistant City Adminstrator Jay Treft said while they haven’t heard the official number, he doesn’t expect the appraisal to be much lower than the last one, which was completed in 2009. As far as the rehabilitation guidelines, the city has been informed of some flexibility that may reduce the cost to developers. “We are just looking at how we’re going to move forward from here,” Treft said. “We’re probably going to be putting the project out to bid again and seeing what kind of interest there is out there.”

Highlands wins fifth straight state championship

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In a game against FranklinSimpson High School on Dec. 3, the Highlands High School Bluebirds won their fifth straight state championship in the Class 4A state football final. The game, which was held in

Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University, ended with a score of 42-14. During the season, the Highlands offense broke several state records, including total points with 849, total touchdowns with 121 and total point-after kicks with 104. Highlands remains tied with Trinity for total titles at 21 and became the second team to win five in a row. The team extended its state record for undefeated seasons to 13 and all-time team wins to 828.

Progress at the Newport Pavilion

The Newport Pavilion saw a lot of progress during 2011 with the opening of several new businesses. From the New China Buffet and Monmouth Jewelers, the pavilion added several new small businesses throughout the year. In March, the new Target store opened its doors. One of the most anticipated openings was the Kroger gas station. While the store opened in December 2009, the gas station opening was postponed because of a problem with a collapsed culvert pipe underground. The problem was addressed and the gas station opened for business in October.

Campbell County hosts home playoff game

Campbell County High School hosted its first home playoff game in at least 13 years by being district champions. Campbell County defeated Tates Creek by a score of 22-20 in the first-round of the 6A playoffs Nov. 4 at Bob Miller Stadium in Alexandria.



CARE Mission’s need goes on after holidays By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The giving spirit doesn’t end after the holidays at the Alexandria-based CARE Mission and local efforts are under way to bolster the food pantry’s supplies. In an effort to help, two local high schools and Alexandria businesses have plans for food and donation drives in January to help the CARE Mission support families through the cold winter months ahead. The CARE (Caring And Reaching with Encourage-

ment) Mission is based on the campus of Main Street Baptist Church south of Alexandria. The mission is supported by volunteers and donations from multiple area churches, and serves people from across Northern Kentucky with regular hours each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information visit the website connected/care.aspx. A food drive competition between schools will be the centerpiece of this year’s annual Cross-town


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Shootout between Bishop Brossart High School and Campbell County High School basketball teams Jan. 6-7. The “Cross-town Food-out” is a competitive drive where players, coaches, students and fans from both schools will all be asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate, according to a news release from Campbell County Schools. The donations will be weighed and the schools will receive one point for each pound collected. On Saturday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. local busi-

nesses have organized a “Cabin Fever” night of games, music and food at the Alexandria Community Center as a fundraiser for the CARE Mission. The event will feature live music from the band “Counter Culture” and an indoor cornhole tournament and Euchre tournament. There will be door prizes and first-place prizes for each tournament. The cost is $15 per person, and people are asked to bring a snack or appetizer to share. All proceeds will benefit the CARE Mission. Events like the basket-

ball game food drive and Cabin Fever help the CARE Mission meet the challenges of winter, said Kevin Sell, director of the CARE Mission’s board. “The CARE Mission was able to help a lot of families this Christmas season, but the needs of the new year are even greater,” Sell said. As the months get colder, the struggling families of the region have to pay more for utilities, he said. That leaves less in family budgets for food, clothing and hygiene products including shampoo and toothpaste, Sell said.

“We welcome any assistance that comes our way whether it is food, winter coats, shoes or cash donations,” he said. The CARE Mission has a few extra needs in 2012 including a computer and reliable copier/printer – so every little donation helps, Sell said. “I also want to encourage more churches and individuals to get involved by volunteering their time to help those in need,” he said.

Fender appointed, plans to seek election By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Newly appointed Campbell County School District Board of Education member Kimber L. Fender intends to pursue election to the Dis-

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trict 3 seat in November 2012. Fender, of Melbourne, will serve out the remaining year of a four-year term left vacant by the Sept. 15 resignation of board member Gary Combs. Combs served eight years on the board. Fender took her seat as a board member for the first time at the Dec. 12 meeting after a 30-minute reception for members of the community to meet with her. Board chairperson Janis Winbigler listed many of Fender’s work experiences and other boards she has served on to introduce the district’s newest board member. Fender has served as executive director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County since 1999, and received a masters degree in library science from the University of Kentucky in 1983. In addition to the school board, Fender is also serving on the Success by 6 Steering Council, the Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center Advisory Board, the Ohio Library Council’s Nominating Committee and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council Board among other Ohio li-

brary committees and boards. “So, you can see Mrs. Fender brings a wealth of experience to the Campbell County Board (of Education),” WinFender bigler said. Fender said both she and her husband and their children are all graduates of Campbell County High School. Fender said her husband’s grandfather, Victor Fender, served on the school board when Campbell County Middle School was first built as the district’s high school. Seeing the vacant board position advertised, Fender said she saw a chance to work on behalf of education. “I think education is so important to our community, and I work a lot on educational things in my job,” she said. “And I saw a chance to do it in my neighborhood, so I volunteered.” Fender said unless something changes to keep her from seeking election to serve out a four-year term as the District 3 rep-

resentative, she will put her name on the ballot for election in November 2012. “I think I probably will run,” she said. District 3 includes portions of Cold Spring, Alexandria, Silver Grove, Camp Springs, Melbourne and Ross. Fender said she doesn’t have any specific areas or ideas she wants to focus on immediately now that she’s joined the board. “I was really pleased to see how well the district was doing, and so it is always great to be part of something that’s really successful,” she said. The most surprising thing is that many people in the community are not very aware of what a great school district Campbell County is, Fender said. “And I hope that we can get more people to really know what a wonderful education their kids are getting here,” she said. Board member Rich Mason said he was glad to have Fender joining the board. “I think she’s very qualified,” Mason said. “With her background with the library and her history with the county, I think it’s a great fit.”

Day-long river trip commemorates 1937 flood By Stephanie Salmons

January marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 flood, during which the Ohio River swelled out of its banks and hit a record 80 feet – more than 27 feet above flood stage. Local residents and history buffs alike can take a winter cruise down the river while learning about the worst flood in area history. The all-day cruise on the Belle of Cincinnati boards at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 21 and sails from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Departing from Newport Landing, the boat will stop in Rabbit Hash and Rising Sun, Ind., before


heading back to Newport. Breakfast and an evening meal will be provided. The cruise will feature activities on all three decks of the Belle of Cincinnati including lectures by historians, videos, oral history, photos, river music, recollections of the flood’s destruction and stories of community heroism. BB Riverboats did a cruise put together by Don Clare, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flood, said Alan Bernstein, owner and captain of BB Riverboats. “The idea really happened 25 years ago,” he

said. “This is going to be a great cruise.” Bernstein said he expects this cruise to sell out –which means about 350 people. “There’s not a whole lot of people left alive today that survived the 1937 flood,” he said. What came from the flood, though, are things we still live with today, Bernstein said, like flood protection. But that may not be enough to stop the water from rising again. “If Mother Nature wants the ’37 flood to happen again, it could,” he said. “There’s nothing man is going to do about it.” Clare said the 1937 flood remains the “worst natural disaster of all times along the Ohio River Valley.” “It was deservedly entitled the thousand year flood,” Clare said. Organizers are encouraging anyone interested in regional history, river history or natural disasters to join the cruise, he said. Cost is $120 for adults, $110 for seniors and $65 for children ages 4-12. Kids under the age of 4 are free. For tickets visit or call 859-261-8500.



Regional 9/11 project sets $150,000 goal By Nancy Daly

With the new year, the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Project is launching a $150,000 capital campaign. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was obtained last February by the Crescent Springs Villa Hills Fire/EMS. At first plans were to construct a Kenton County 9/11 Memorial next to the Kenton County Veterans Memorial at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. But after meeting with local officials including state Sen. John Schickel, RUnion, state Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, and Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, the committee was urged to broaden its scope to involve all of Northern Kentucky, while keeping the memorial in Crescent Springs. The Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Project was launched last March to incorporate the piece of history to memorialize those

An artist's rendering of the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. THANKS TO LOU HARTFIEL who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to represent all Northern Kentucky communities. “We want to involve the citizens of Northern Kentucky. We need to keep this out before the public,” said committee member Lou Hartfiel of Crescent

Springs. The granite monument will be pentagonal in shape and include renderings of the Twin Towers. It will be created by Nancy Holian of Holian Granite and Bronze of Florence. “It’s going to represent five different groups of

people: The first reponders affected on that day, the police, the airlines that were involved (including the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pa.), the Pentagon and the civilians killed that day in all three places,” Hartfiel said. Thus far the committee has raised $8,000, Hartfiel said, so there is a long way to go to reach the $150,000 goal. “There’s resources in our community that make that an attainable goal,” said Lou Praball of Crescent Springs, chair of the fundraising committee. “I'd like to think those people would step up and some of the leaders will step up and start the donation process and encourage their families and friends to do the same.” A series of fundraisers will include a Standup Comedy Night on March 23 at Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University. Hartfiel hopes to get members from all three counties to help spearhead the drive. Those interested may call Hartfiel at 859-

Classes help seniors avoid falls By Chris Mayhew


Falling is a common fear for the elderly, and classes in January and February through the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service will help people learn to maintain their balance. The “Matter of Balance” class has openings for 15 people, and is free, said Kate Vaught, extension agent for family and consumer science. “The thing I like about Matter of Balance is not only do the exercises strengthen muscles, it also addresses the psycholog-

ical aspect to help reduce the fear of falling,” Vaught said. About a third of adults 65 and older fall each year, she said. And falls are the leading cause of injury in adults, Vaught said. “The fear of falling is a very big concern for older adults,” she said. Registration is required for the eight-week program that meets once a week for a session lasting 1.5 hours. The classes are designed to benefit adults ages 60 and older concerned about falling and interested in improving their flexibility, balance and strength.

Some of the learning goals include: » View falls and fear of falling as controllable. » Set realistic goals for increasing activity. » Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors. » Exercise to increase strength and balance. People often reduce their mobility as they age, and that’s a mistake, she said. “When they’re not mobile that actually increases their vulnerability to falling,” Vaught said. Previous rounds of the Matter of Balance courses have shown participants benefit from being able to

share ideas with other people their own age, she said. Everyone is fearful of the ice, and a woman at a recent class shared how she bought shoe coverings that had spikes which she used when walking outside in the winter, she said. People often put in hand railings, and do simple things like training their pets to stay away from their feet to avoid a common cause of falling, Vaught said. “Even something as simple as moving things to a different shelf to make it easier to get to helps reduce the chance of falling,” she said.

816-1516. Donations may be sent to NKY 9/11 Memorial, Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs KY 41017. Make checks payable to NKY 9/11 Memorial. The group’s website is Hartfiel is also looking for businesses interested in including the 9/11 Memorial in their marketing plans. The committee hopes to dedicate the new memorial in September 2012. “It’s such a huge event that took place in the United States,” Praball said. “To honor the people that died and the people that went into the building knowing they were probably not going to come out – nothing’s been done of this magnitude in this area.” “We don’t want people to ever forget 9/11,” Hartfiel said. “Most people know where they were when it happened. It’ll be something for history and education of our children,” Hartfiel said. The memorial will have historical de-

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 9/11 MEMORIAL Committee members are Crescent Springs Mayor Jim Collett, Patrick Crowley, Lou Hartfiel, Nancy Holian, Jeff Klump, Susan Laws, Villa Hills Mayor Mike Martin, Sgt. Greg Pohlman, Lou Prabell, Amy Prasinos, George Ripberger, Steve Schenkel, Jim Simkonis and Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire Chief Jeff Wendt. “Friends of the Memorial” include Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, Boone County Judgeexecutive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judgeexecutive Steve Pendery, State Rep. Sal Santoro, State Sen. John Schickel, State Sen. Jack Westwood and State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington.

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Walch contributes to genetic database

Gatton Academy student Erin Walch of Alexandria contributed genomic research to the national DNA sequence database. Students in the Western Kentucky University Biology Department’s Genome Discovery and Exploration class they isolated viruses from soil, purified the viral DNA, then sequenced and annotated the viral genome. Through their efforts in this yearlong research experience, the participating students ultimately contributed new information to the scientific community. Three newly discovered genomes characterized and annotated by the Genome Discovery and Exploration students were recently released by Gen-

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New leadership team gets students involved By Amanda Joering Alley

BELLEVUE — Students at Bellevue High School are getting involved more than ever before with the creation of a new student leadership team. Jessica Groene, the school’s new counselor who is spearheading the project, said the team is forming in conjunction with the Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Council, a pro-

ject started by Tim Hanner, former superintendent of Kenton County Schools. “The council is meant to promote the voices of students in Northern Kentucky,” Groene said. “Through this group, students from different schools can meet and bounce ideas off each other about ways to improve their school.” Groene said Bellevue’s leadership team will meet weekly at the school, then four representa-

tives from Bellevue and each of the other districts involved will meet about once a month. Groene said the team allows students to really get involved in their school and making it better for everyone. In the past, student-led efforts have been able to accomplish several things, like getting the school’s lunch menu changed and changing the dress code to allow flip flops and hoodies.

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Dads: acting watchdogs

ALEXANDRIA — Fathers are regularly spending the entire day in class at Campbell Ridge Elementary School as part of a national Watchdog Dads program. Since Watchdog Dads was started at Campbell Ridge this fall, 16 fathers have donated their time, and an additional 24 fathers have signed up to spend at least one day at the school, said Amber Evans, coordinator of Campbell Ridge’s Family Resource Center. Grants Lick Elementary School and Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria are in the process of starting their own Watchdog Dads programs, Evans said. The program encourages each father to spend time in the classroom interacting with students, she said. “We want to make sure that the kids who don’t have a father figure anywhere in their life – that they get that,” Evans said. Watchdog Dads have to go through a basic background check, she said. Aaron Cox, of Alexandria,

earlier this month was helping students in teacher Sarah Diesel’s second-grade class with a math exercise to find the line of symmetry using pieces of construction paper. Cox said being able to see the advanced curriculum in place at the school, especially in math and science, was a learning experience for him. Some of what the science students learned was impressive, including students in first and second grades learning in detail how photosynthesis works, he said. Cox, a software engineer for a bank, has a daughter attending fourth grade at Campbell Ridge. Volunteering is about helping the students, and it’s been a fun experience, he said. “They really look up to you as kind of a role model,” Cox said. Diesel said she loves having the Watchdog Dads volunteering in her classes. The dads are there sometimes as much as twice or three times a week, she said. It’s nice for the students to see a male role model in the classroom on a regular basis, Diesel said. The dads are a big help when students are broken

NKU's Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrates 104 years of service HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — The Northern Kentucky University Sigma Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will celebrate the sorority’s104th year of service on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Student Union Ballroom from 1:08-3:08 p.m. Alpha Kappa Alpha is America’s first Greek-letter organization established by and for African American women on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The sorority has grown from 20 young women to more than 200,000 college-trained women in more than 900 chapters in the United States and around the world.

getting things going, but I think this will be really good for the school,” Riehl said. Bellevue Principal Dave Eckstein said he’s excited that Bellevue is involved in this project and is looking forward to the students having more of a voice in the school. “The kids are the reason we’re all here,” Eckstein said. “This is their school, and we want and need their input on ways to make it better.”

Program offers Newport students education, outdoor fun

Alexandria resident Aaron Cox, left, a "Watchdog Dad" volunteer, hands a piece of paper to Eric Wachter, far right, in a class at Campbell Ridge Elementary School in Alexandria Dec. 7. CHRIS

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“We have a lot of students showing interest in the leadership team,” Groene said. “It means a lot to the students to be part of this and be heard.” Senior Lauren Riehl said she wanted to get involved to improve the school for students who come after her. For Riehl, a higher focus on ACT scores and college prep are the most important things she wants to see changed. “We’re still in the process of

It has become Alpha Kappa Alpha’s tradition to honor those 20 members, known as “The 20 Pearls” as founders during our Founders’ Day observances. On this day of celebration, the Sigma Eta chapter will honor these illustrious women. Joi Johnson, a past member of Sigma Eta, will be the guest speaker for the afternoon. Johnson’s talk will focus on one of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s initiatives: Emerging Young Leaders. The goal is to empower women, and help them realize their full potential. The Founders’ Day event is open to the public, and admission is $3 for everyone.

into small groups to accomplish a specific learning task, she said. Henry Coronado, a graphic designer and father of a second-grade student at Campbell Ridge, said being a Watchdog Dad is phenomenal. “We are actually out there in the parking lot greeting the kids in the morning, making sure they get out of the car and greeting them with a beautiful smile and saying ‘How are you doing?’” Coronado said. Coronado volunteered three different days in the fall, and said if he could be there more than once a month he would. “It’s very uplifting for me,” Coronado said. “I work from home, so my interaction is usually through a webcam with my clients.” Coronado said there is no way a teacher can always communicate every single thing to a room of 24 students, and he can sometimes be there to back the teacher up and remind students to listen more closely. “It feels good,” he said. “They see you as a dad and they say ‘yes Mr. Coronado,’ and they respect you.”

NEWPORT — Some of the students at Newport Primary School are getting to experience new, outdoor adventures thanks to a program initiated by a parent volunteer. Last year, parent Lara Guttadauro contacted the school about starting a Sierra Club Inner City Outings program for children in her daughter’s first-grade class. Guttadauro, who has been a member of the Sierra Club for about 20 years, said she has been active with the Inner City Outings program in other cities in the past and wanted to see it brought to Newport. “I wanted my daughter to be able to have these experiences and share them with her classmates,” Guttadauro said. “This program offers environmental education and a chance to play outdoors, which is something a lot of students in Newport don’t get to do as often as they should.” From visits to local parks and farms to going on hikes, the students get a chance to experience and learn about new things, Guttadauro said. Thanks to additional parent volunteers and funding from the Cincinnati Sierra Club, the program was expanded to include

first- and second-graders this year, said Molly Wesley-Chevalier, coordinator of the school’s Family Resource Center. Wesley-Chevalier said using teacher referrals, about 20 students representing diverse backgrounds and parts of the city were selected to participate in this year’s program. The outings are held twice a month on the district’s early release days, when students get out of school at 1:30 p.m. Wesley-Chevalier said through the club’s funding, students receive backpacks, water bottles, transportation and more for their trips, which have included the Fort Thomas Tree Trail in Tower Park and Sunrock Farm in Wilder. Guttadauro said through these trips, students are learning about everything from why they shouldn’t litter to how to use public transportation like the bus as well as other lessons important to the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club, a national organization, works to protect nature, practice and promote reasonable use of natural resources and educate others about the environment and the importance of protecting it. For more information about the Sierra Club or Inner City Outings, visit

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Catching up News on local college athletes By James Weber

The Recorder asked for submissions from readers on how local high school alumni are doing in college athletics. Here are the responses we received. » Will Bardo posted careerhighs in nearly every passing category in just three quarters of action in Dayton's 49-10 PFL victory at Valparaiso. He completed 15of-21passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, posting careerbests in completions, completion percentage (71.4 percent) and passing yards. Bardo also ran eight times for 58 yards and a

Bishop Brossart senior Zach Fardo dribbles against NewCath's Andy Miller. Brossart won 65-61 Dec. 28. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tournament Dec. 27-30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Bishop Brossart senior Joe Jennings scores a layup. Brossart won 65-61 Dec. 28. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tournament Dec. 27-30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Several Campbell County basketball teams stayed in town last week for holiday hoops tournaments. Here is a New Year’s appetizer of images from those tourneys. For more information on how teams did, check out the Press Preps column in this issue.

NewCath senior Aubrey Muench goes to the hoop. NCC lost to Owen County in the Conner State Farm Holiday Classic Dec. 29, 2011. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bishop Brossart's Alex Trentman, 34, blocks NCC's Michael Bueter. Brossart won 65-61 Dec. 28. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tournament Dec. 27-30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Schreiver PROVIDED touchdown. He is the son of John and Carolyn Bardo and a graduate of Highlands. » Zach Hurtt started all four years as linebacker for Wittenberg University, and was elected captain his senior year. He received First-Team All-Conference three of the four years. The team won two conference championships with a run to the Elite 8 his sophomore year. As a Wittenberg Tiger he finished 46-8, contributing to Wittenberg being the most winningest program in D3 football history. » Northern Kentucky University's Jenna Schreiver has earned third team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Schreiver, a junior setter from Edgewood, Ky., and Notre Dame Academy standout, was selected to the NCAA Division II All-America third team. She led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in assists (11.69 per set) this season and directed the NKU offense to a league-best .290 hitting percentage. Schreiver will enter her senior season with 3,770 career assists, which is third in Norse history. The Notre Dame Academy graduate earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors earlier this fall. Schreiver was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first team for volleyball. She carries a 3.55 cumulative grade point average and is a middle grades education major. Schreiver helped NKU post a 26-6 record this season and advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament. It marked the 19th consecutive year that NKU has reached the 20-win plateau.


Boys basketball

» Campbell County went 1-2 at the Montgomery County tourney. Campbell and Brossart meet Jan. 6 at Campbell County Middle School. » Highlands went 1-2 at the Sayre tourney, Lexington, beating Sayre Dec. 30. » Newport went 3-0 to win the Heritage Academy holiday tourney Dec. 27-39. Newport beat Bellevue, Dayton and Williamstown. Bellevue was 2-1, Dayton 2-1 and Silver Grove 1-2.

Newport is 10-5. » NewCath went 3-1 in the Lloyd tourney, beating Central Hardin, East Jessamine and Mason County. Brossart went 2-2, beating Ludlow and NewCath.

Girls basketball

» Bellevue went 1-2 at its Stephanie Wilson Memorial tourney Dec. 28-30. Dayton went 2-1, Newport 2-1 and Silver Grove 1-2. » Campbell County went 2-2 in the Bourbon County tourney, beating Madisonville and Pendleton County. Campbell is 9-4. Brossart went 3-1 in a tourney in Owensboro, beating

home teams Owensboro Catholic, Daviess County and Apollo. Brossart is 10-3. Brossart and Campbell meet in their rivalry seeding battle 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Campbell County Middle School. » Highlands went 2-2 in the Conner holiday tourney Dec. 27-30, beating Lewis County and Ashland Blazer, finishing fifth in the eight-team field. » NCC went 2-2 in the same tourney, finishing second. NCC beat Blazer and Cooper.

All “A” basketball

» The three area All ‘A’

Classic boys’ and girls’ regional basketball tournaments are only a couple of weeks away. The girls’ tournaments will be played Jan. 9-14: Eighth Region – Williamstown; Ninth Region – Newport; 10th Region – Nicholas County. The boys’ tournaments are being played Jan. 16-21: Eighth Region – Trimble County; Ninth Region – Beechwood (two quarterfinal games will be played at Villa Madonna); 10th Region – Bracken County High School. The state tourney is Jan. 25-29 in Frankfort.


» There will be some key local action in the first weeks of the New Year. Conner and Simon Kenton will both host invitationals Saturday, Jan. 7. The Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference championships moves to January from its previous December slot. It will be Jan. 10-11 with action split between Scott and Campbell County. CC finished third out of 53 teams at the Greater Miami Valley tourney in Dayton, Ohio. Garth Yenter won the 120-pound weight class,

winning 7-6 in the final. Sean Fausz went third at 126, and Corbin Woods fourth at 132. Kent Bachman was sixth at 152.


» Four Highlands players were honored by the Louisville Courier-Journal‘s all-state team. Patrick Towles was first-team offense, Drake Bruns was first-team defense. Austin Sheehan was third-team offense and Devin Bruns third-team defense. NCC’s Brady Hightchew was honorable mention offense.




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The politics of immigration Standing 6 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds, singer/songwriter Kenny Price was known to country and western fans as the “Round Mound of Sound.” He was from Florence and in 1971 he recorded a tongue-in-cheek lyrical look at getting pulled over for speeding in his birthplace entitled, “The Sheriff of Boone County.” When Price would perform it on “Hee Haw” or “Pop Goes the Country,” he’d wear a real Boone County Sheriff’s hat. I don’t take no lip, and this cannon on my hip, Let me tell ya, it ain’t no toy, I wear a hat just like a Mountie, I’m the Sheriff of Boone County, By the way, you in a heap of trouble, boy. A lot has changed in Boone County over the three decades since Kenny Price recorded his ode to Kentucky’s rural law enforcement. National and international corporations have moved their headquarters to the county and the population has more than doubled. The quaint rural county has become largely suburban. The change in the nature of Boone County prompted the county government to modernize many of its services, including law enforcement. The criminal justice system in the county is an


efficient and professional structure built to deal with a growing and diverse population – which is why a national news story last week grabbed my attention. Boone County jail called

worst in nation. That was the headline in the paper after two immigrant rights organizations released a joint report calling for President Obama to reform the manner in which the government deals with illegal immigrants. The story was based upon a report entitled “Not Too Late for Reform” issued by the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights. Both groups advocate for rights for illegal immigrants. As a lawyer, I have the opportunity to visit the Boone County jail on occasion. Following each visit, my only lasting impression of the relatively new $14 million detention facility was how clean they kept it. I’ve been to jails where the standard was “two hots and a cot.” The label being placed on the Boone County jail as “worst in the nation” certainly

didn’t fit my recollection. So, I read the report. It was really not much help. Using anonymous names, attaching no accompanying supporting documents and making broad brush statements, the report lists no single fact that could possibly be confirmed under customary reporting standards. Still, being a libertarian by nature, I was concerned. If the Boone County jail can mess with illegals, they can certainly mess with me. I decided to pay a visit to the jail. When I started my walk through, I made a mental note to tell my kids about the Boone County jail the next time they cleaned their rooms. The floors were so shiny I could literally see my reflection. French toast, tater tots and fresh fruit were being served for breakfast. The medical facilities were well equipped and available for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees at no cost (a contradiction to what was incorrectly stated in the report). The facilities are available for sick calls four times a day. My doctor is next door to my office. He isn’t free and I can’t get in to see him nearly that fast. While walking down a corridor of cells, I asked to speak to a prisoner being detained for im-

migration reasons. I quickly found one, a young Hispanic male that had been detained in the Boone County jail for a couple of weeks. It didn’t surprise me that the young man knew his rights. The Boone County jail has a channel on its internal cable television system where immigration rights are posted and the jail gets visits from a legal resource group for immigrants on a regularly scheduled basis. And therein is the rub of the report. The report complains that the closest immigration lawyers to Boone County are located in Chicago. George Free disagrees. Mr. Free practices immigration law from his office in Cincinnati (apparently, the legal world doesn’t revolve around Chicago, but I digress). Mr. Free was quoted in a television news report on this story as saying Boone County jail was actually one of the best facilities he has seen. If you have a problem with President Obama’s policy, call the White House, but don’t disparage the reputation of a facility or its personnel. Rick Robinson, a Fort Mitchell attorney, is the author of “Manifest Destiny.” This column first appeared in Kentucky Forward.


The Campbell County Rotary Club recently recognized the sixth grade students at St. Joseph Cold Spring for a service project they completed at the end of the last school year. For their service learning project, the students sold peace rocks to their families and members of the business community. In return for their donations, sponsors received a painted peace rock to help spread the message of being a world united in peace. The $3,100 the students raised was used to purchase various items such as lunch programs, health kits, furniture, textbooks, trees, and goats for the Free the Children Organization. Pictured here with members of the Campbell County Rotary Club are (front left to right), teacher, Nicole Guidugli, Madison Ervin, Eric Klear, and Principal Melissa Holzmacher. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Brady Hicks presents Principal Melissa Holzmacher with the peace rock he painted. The St. Joseph, Cold Spring sixth grade students were recently recognized by the Campbell County for their service project which raised $3,100 for the Free the Children Organization. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Church has to be ‘voice of the present’ John XXIII was a transitional pope. Before he died, he accomplished marvelous things: the encyclical Peace on Earth and opening Vatican Council II, which changed the way Catholics evangelized their faith and worshiped their God. Before Vatican II, being Catholic was to be an outsider. We had a leader who was a foreigner, a service that was foreign, and were not trusted with leadership. John XXIII opened more than windows. The “laity” became important “people of God.” The most startling changes, and not the most welcomed, were changes in the Mass. Complicating the changes were physical changes. The priests faced people. Altars were uprooted. Beautiful sacristies were destroyed. One lady didn’t see the need for the Mass to be in English. When I asked her what “Hoc est Corpus Meum” meant, she re-

plied, “Is that in the Mass?” Another said, “I could believe when it was in Latin, but now that I understand what is Jack Lundy being said, I am not so sure.” COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Today, a new COLUMNIST translation of the liturgy is as divisive as ever. Pope Benedict called for and got a closer rendering of the English translation to the Roman (Latin) version. Sameness in the Latin Church means unity. The changes aren’t as massive as before, but some are very problematic. Excessively long words like “consubstantial” as opposed to the simpler, “one with the Father” and “incarnate” rather than “born of the Virgin Mary” raise questions as to the motive for the



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change. Somehow, the gospel wording just didn’t get the job done. As a transliteration of a Latin text, the new English version violates the concept that language should be simple and straightforward. Catholics recognize the new text for what it is; a throwback to a time when we bowed our heads, “mea culped,” and the priest said the Creed by himself with his back to the people. Particularly troubling is the implication of selective salvation wording at the moments of consecration. The saddest aspects are that the church leadership missed opportunities to engage people “before” changes were made and didn’t consider changes that would have progressively renewed the liturgy. Language always changes. It rarely retreats. Greater freedom should have been urged whether it is in the

prayers of the priest or the people. I am an unabashed progressive. We cannot sanctimoniously cling to a long passed Latin culture. It is a remnant, and not even wishful thinking makes it the culture of the English speaking world. The Church has to be the vibrant voice of the present. This translation is obedient to the wishes of the pope, but languishes in failed prose and renders the Mass wordy, awkward and possibly erroneous. Catholics are among the most conservative of Christian cultures. We don’t change very much and when we do, we cover change as quickly as possible by unthinking repetition. Almost never do we acknowledge that our bishops made a mistake. This time they did. Jack Lundy is a retired English professor of literature in community colleges in Kentucky.

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How to determine when child is too ill for school

“Mommy, I don’t feel good,” says the little voice. Those five words are tough for any parent to hear, not only because we don’t want our kids to be sick, but also because we know how illness can disrupt our family life. Every child reacts differently when he or she is ill, so it can be hard to determine just how poorly he or she feels—particularly if the child is too young to talk. Certain symptoms in Lynne Saddler children, such as fever, vomitCOMMUNITY ing, or diarrhea RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST are indicators of a communicable disease. When those are present, it’s best for the child to stay home to reduce the risk of the illness spreading to others. Public health experts say that if the child has a temperature above 100°F when taken in the armpit, 101°F when taken in the mouth or 102°F when taken rectally, keep the child at home until he or she is fever free for at least 24 hours. Fever is usually not serious, but is a sign of infection or other inflammatory process. A high fever that is not controlled by fever-reducing medicines, fever for several days or fever in a child younger than four months old are all reasons to contact a health care provider. Children with stomach ailments, including vomiting and diarrhea, should be kept home. If the child has diarrhea that lasts several days, he or she should stay home until a medical provider indicates that he/she can return to school or child care. Gastrointestinal illnesses, including Shigella and Cryptosporidiosis, spread easily in schools and child cares. Keeping children with diarrhea or vomiting home can help limit this. The last category is the most subjective—when the child just isn’t acting right. Symptoms include unusual fatigue, controlled coughing, irritability, persistent crying or wheezing. If any of these are severe, you not only want to keep the child home, but also contact a health care provider. If your child has a rash, persistent sore throat or pink eye you should keep him/her out until cleared by a health care provider. When your child is in that gray area, perhaps with a common cold, use common sense in deciding whether your child is acting “normal enough” to send him or her to school or child care. Think about it this way: Would you want your child’s classmate coming to school with a communicable illness, potentially infecting your child? One sick child in a class can infect more than 20 others, who then infect siblings and then…well, we have an outbreak on our hands. At the Health Department, we are always promoting ways to prevent the spread of illness, like proper hand washing and food safety. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Alexandria Recorder Editor Michelle Shaw, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Bulldozers are in place to move land as part of the Party Source's relocation of the Newport levee which will make way for the store's expansion. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Party Source to expand, create campus of activity By Amanda Joering Alley

Jay Erisman, a wine and spirits consultant at Party Source, arranges bottles in the store's bourbon aisle. Plans are in the works to build a distillery on the store's campus, and owners hope to join the ranks of other world-known bourbon brands. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Work is under way on a project that is meant to create a campus of activity along the property lines of Bellevue and Newport. The Party Source in Bellevue has recently started a multimillion dollar construction project to expand the store and its offerings. “My goal is to create a whole campus of activities as opposed to a single island retail store,” said Ken Lewis, president of the store. “I plan to have a lot of tasting, education and one-on-one opportunities, all in one location.” The project, which will create an acre behind the store and acreand-a-half on the side of the store, will add approximately 30,000 square feet to the store between its two levels. Since the store is landlocked, the project creates usable property that doesn’t currently exist by removing the earthen levee located along the west side of the store, Lewis said. That property will be replaced with a more space-efficient concrete flood wall, opening up that property for construction of the addition. Externally, the additional space provided by this project will allow the store to add more than 100 employee parking spots

behind the store and a new service road off of Riviera Drive that will improve circulation, Lewis said. Inside the store, the top floor of the addition will be used to expand the store’s warehouse, which supplies the store and its new online sales business. Lewis said the additional space on the bottom floor will allow them to add a nano-brewery and craft beer bar with 40 taps as well as a “library bar” of more than 400 bourbons and ryes that will be used for tastings and to educate the public. While the current store is located in Bellevue, the addition will sit on the Newport side of the property line. Along with the addition, construction will begin in spring on a new micro-distillery that will be located on the Newport side of the campus. The distillery, which is owned by Lewis’s daughter Mollie Lewis, is going to be a world-class project, Lewis said. “The goal is, being in Kentucky, to be one of the top distilleries in the world someday and to join the distilleries currently on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” Lewis said. “This distillery is being built with tourism in mind, so we’re expecting it to bring in a lot of people for visits and tours.”

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso said he is excited about the addition and distillery and thinks it will make the area even more of a one-stop location for entertainment. “I think this project will fit in well with the Hofbrauhaus and Newport on the Levee,” Peluso said. “It will obviously bring in lots of tourists, not just to Newport, but to the whole region, benefiting everyone.” Along with being a distillery, the building will also include a full catering kitchen and indoor/ outdoor roof garden that can be used for events. Lewis said while the distillery is for profit, the event center will be run by a nonprofit board which will rent it out and use the money they earn to help organizations in the Northern Kentucky region. Between the store, the addition and the distillery, Lewis said he hopes to create something new and special for the area. “Instead of just building more Party Source stores in other places, I wanted to expand this one into something great,” Lewis said. “This is about engaging the palates and minds of customers and having some fun.” The addition is expected to be complete in late fall and the distillery should be open and functional in the first quarter of 2013.


Sheehy a leader at Grants Lick Elementary By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Grants Lick Elementary School first-grade teacher Kristina Sheehy is known for her homework help sessions, but her goal is to be a principal. The Northern Kentucky Association of School Administrators has picked Sheehy for an “Aspiring Administrator Scholarship.” Sheehy, a national board certified teacher, is probably best known by many people as the “Homework Helper” on the Fox 19 television morning show where she provides tips for par-

ents and students, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. The scholarship will pay for Sheehy to go back to school for school administrator certification. Sheehy said she wants to become a principal one day, and is working toward her goal. Grants Lick Principal Amity Kukla said she nominated Sheehy for the scholarship because she is already a leader within the school. Sheehy has worked with district staff to build the curriculum for first grade and is on the

Grants Lick School Based Decision Making Council as a teacher representative, Kukla said. Sheehy has also planned a professional development day for other staff members in August 2011 to learn about using test assessment learning targets, Kukla said. Sheehy has led the school’s professional development committee for two years. And communicating expectations to the parents well is a specialty of Sheehy, Kukla said. “She’s a phenomenal teacher,” Kukla said. “She really is. She’s very innovative, and has very high expectations for students.”

Juli Hale, left, director of community relations for Campbell County Schools, shakes hands with Grants Lick Elementary School first-grade teacher Kristina Sheehy for being selected as a recipient of the "Aspiring Administrators Scholarship" from the Northern Kentucky Association of School Administrators. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JAN. 6 Art & Craft Classes Snowy Days Project, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Start with story about What Snowmen Do At Night, then make two different crafts. Ends with hot chocolate. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Serving fish, steak or shrimp. Beer and soft drinks also available. $5.50 and up. 859-4411273. Cold Spring.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville.More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Rock Fathead Davis Trio, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

Music - World Alpen Echos, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-471-7200; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy

wood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211. Newport.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 7-8:30 p.m. Music by Kenzie Grubbs., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Family friendly. Free. 859-371-8356; Florence.

Art Centers & Art Museums

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Free. 859-344-1413. Crescent Springs.

Music - Rock Ben Walz Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

Music - World Alpen Echos, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hofbrauhaus, 859-471-7200; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Carlos Mencia, 7:30 p.m. $30., 10 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Auditions

Holiday - Christmas

Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2-5 p.m., Katalyst, LLC, 3037 Dixie Highway, Suite 214, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at website. Family friendly. Free. 859-581-4555. Edgewood.

Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Art Exhibits

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Belle-

Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.


Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. Through Dec. 21. 859-391-8639; Florence.



Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 6-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.


An Inspector Calls, 7-9 p.m., Village Players, Free. 513-8410205; Fort Thomas.

Music - Jazz

An Inspector Calls, 7-9 p.m., Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Classic mystery presented in intimate 3/4 theater. Cast requirements: 4 men and 3 women, 20s-60s. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. British accents required; coach will work with cast. Show dates: April 20-28. Ages 18 and up. Free. 513-841-0205; Fort Thomas. A Light in the Piazza, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a lyrical Broadway ballad. Call 513-7027297 for additional information and to schedule an audition appointment. Those without an appointment will be taken in order as they sign in. Callbacks, if needed, will take place on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30PM. Free. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. 513-702-7297; Newport.

Carlos Mencia, 8 p.m. $30., 10:30 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, A Honduran-born American comedian, writer and actor. 859-957-2000; Newport.


On Stage - Comedy Carlos Mencia, 7:30 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 7-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Auditions A Light in the Piazza, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, Free. 513-702-7297; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Literary - Book Clubs Bookaholics Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Great Green Room. Teachers, librarians, writers and Blue Marble staff gather once a month to share and discuss books they’ve read. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-781-0602. Fort Thomas.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 Art & Craft Classes Crafters’ Corner, 10 a.m.-noon, Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Bring supplies to work on own project. All mediums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.


Art Exhibits

Art Centers & Art Museums

Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 7-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Game Room, 4-6 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Studio Building. Teens hang out and game with gaming consoles or board games. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4068; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Ben Walz Band, pictured, will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at JerZees Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St. in Newport. For more information, call 859-491-3500. THANKS TO MARK BYRON

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859-

Carlos Mencia will perform at Jan. 6-8 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee. Mencia is a Honduran-born American comedian, writer and actor. Call 859-957-2000. THANKS TO COMEDY CENTRAL 342-2665. Florence. Facebook, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Information on most popular social networking site in the world. Learn to find friends, share information and protect privacy. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. NAMI NKY Mental Illness Education Series, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Classes help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.

Mom’s Clubs Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Family friendly. Free. 859-384-3065; Florence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

Recreation Yu-Gi-Oh, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Bring cards and duel for prizes. Pizza and drinks provided. Ages 4-10. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-10:45 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slowpaced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. For seniors. $1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

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Education Internet, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Find out how to connect to the Internet from home, what you can find online and how to get to a website. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitnessparty. $40 for 10 classes, $5 drop-in. 859-371-8255. Florence.

Health / Wellness Exploring Health Benefits of Tea, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Experts from Yesterday’s Cafe and Tea Room explore health benefits of different types of tea and teach preparation secrets for the perfect cup. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Union.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4

ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Birk’s Bar, 912 Monmouth St., Drink specials include: $2 bottles, $2 wells and $2 shots. With Jay and DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-0007. Newport.

Literary - Book Clubs American Girl Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Talk about favorite characters, create crafts and snack with friends. Ages 7-10. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Magic the Gathering, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Meet local players or learn how to get started. Bring own deck. No trading. English cards only. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Jackie Kashian, 8 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Touring comedian. 859-957-2000; Newport.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 7-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Business Meetings Pre-Business Orientation, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., With Northern Kentucky University’s Small Business Development Center and NKCAC’s Rekindle Micro-Enterprise Development program. Ages 18 and up. Free.

The work of artist Emily L. Figueroa-Wolfe opens at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Florence. Titled "Universal Vision from a Local Perspective," the show is her first and uses her unique style paired with classic techniques. THANKS TO GARY BLEVINS



Trendy food items for 2012 onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real punch to foods, and their health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown!

Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr. Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave enough to wear a short sweater dress over Rita tights with Heikenfeld boots), but I RITA’S KITCHEN can say that I’m pretty much at the top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess

substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and

Sample Baker Hunt classes

Keep the home fire burning

The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center will conduct its second annual Arts Mart, a free art sampler, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Arts Mart will showcase the instructors, classes and workshops available during the winter session that begins Jan. 23. There will be drawings for free classes. For a detailed Arts Mart schedule, call Baker Hunt at 859-431-0020. To view the winter class schedule, visit

Question: I want to buy some good firewood for my fireplace. What is the best wood for burning? How important is it to buy “seasoned” firewood, and how can I tell if the wood is thoroughly dried before I buy it? Answer: The best wood is the driest wood. It produces the hottest fire because little heat is wasted drying the wood as it burns. When you buy firewood this time of year, pay attention to the dryness, density, species and price per volume of wood. Inspect the ends of logs for deep cracks and splits,


two indicators of dry wood. A gray “weathered” color to the bark and wood indicates dryness and sufficient seasoning. Some wood species are Mike hard to Klahr split beHORTICULTURE cause of CONCERNS their growth patterns. Species of elm, sycamore and sweet gum are extremely difficult to split, as are logs with

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend

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numerous knots. Even if these types of wood are offered “free,” it’s best not to take them because they’re so hard to split. Wood density is an important consideration when buying seasoned firewood. Low-density woods such as tuliptree (“yellow-poplar”), silver and red maples and buckeye have much more air space between the cells than species such as oak, black locust, hickory, ash and beech. These highdensity species produce more heat per unit volume because they contain less air, thus more wood.


2 tablespoons thyme 3 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons savory 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled 8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained: Cannellini, kidney, chick peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc.

The price you pay for firewood can be confusing because wood units of measure aren’t like those for a gallon of milk or loaf of bread. A large volume of firewood is sold by the cord, the amount of wood stacked in a space of 8x4x4 feet. Unless you’re buying a large truckload of wood, you’ll hear terms like “short cord, face cord and rick.” These terms are open for interpretation. The best buy is a comfortable agreement you reach with the seller. The price you pay probably includes availability, splitting, delivery to the door, and stacking. Firewood bought at a convenience store is more expensive, so it’s best to

Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling, heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

leave this purchase for very special occasions. If you’re buying large quantities of firewood now, examine the ends for splitting to determine that it’s dry; ask for high-density species with a high heat potential; avoid low-density species and very knotty logs, and agree on all these characteristics and the purchase price before the seller unloads your firewood. Remember, the best firewood produces the greatest heat value at the lowest cost. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension agent for horticulture.



Gold and Silver Coins Selling for Highest Prices in Over 30 Years Due to Weak Economy and It’s Happening Right Here in Erlanger! By DAVID MORGAN STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If you’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM CE-0000491309

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Any and all coins made before 1970, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


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January programs at Campbell County libraries One-stop women’s Cold Spring, 3920 Alexandria Pike After Hours Game Night 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Compete with other teens for prizes in the after-hours game tournament. Participants can play video and board games. Ages 11 to 18. Game rating: T for Teen. Registration required. Snacks provided.

Cold Spring Book Club 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Participants will discuss this month’s book selection, "Angels & Ages" by Adam Gopnik. Adults.

Teen Advisory Group 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Add ideas to future library programming. Ages 11 to 18. Registration required.

Cold Spring Book Club 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Participants will discuss this month’s book selection, "Angels & Ages" by Adam Gopnik. Adults.

Adventure Club: Candy Bingo 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Play bingo and win fun prizes. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Adventure Club: What's the Big Idea? 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 Come to the Library for afternoon of fun with reading, math, science and social studies. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Beginning Photoshop Elements 8 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Learn how to enhance digital photographs using Photoshop Elements 8 in the first class of this three-part series. Teens and Adults. Registration required. Space is limited.

Real Men Read Book Club 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers will be discussed at the Real Men Read Book Club. New members and women are welcome. Adults. Snacks provided.

popular BBC America show. Take part in a Don’t Blink Contest and win an iTunes gift card. Ages 12 to 18. Movie rating: PG-13 or lower. Snacks provided, included fish fingers and custard.

Adventure Club: Cupcake Wars

Family Fun Night: LEGOS!

4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 Show off decorating skills at this tasty program. The best-looking cupcakes will win prizes. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Legos aren't just for kids. Bring the whole family and see what masterpiece you can create together. Families. Registration required.

Teen Writer's Club

Adventure Club: Make Your Own Toys

4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 Join the teen writer’s club and share ideas with other budding authors and learn creative writing exercises. Ages 11 to 18. Registration required. Snacks provided.

Intermediate Photoshop Elements 8 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 The second session of this threepart Photoshop series will focus on understanding and using the selection tools. Learn how to whiten eyes and teeth, convert photos to black and white, change colors, and more. Participants are encouraged to attend Beginning Photoshop Elements 8. Teens and Adults. Registration required. Space is limited.

Carric-Fort Thomas, 1000 Highland Ave. Brown Bag Book Club 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 Bring a bag lunch (optional) and discuss this month’s book selection, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" by Tom Franklin. Adults.

Adventure Club: Bingo! 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 Come to the library and play Bingo. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Silence in the Library 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Watch the best episodes of a

4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 Have fun making toys today and playing with them later. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Cake Decorating for Beginners 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 Learn how to level a cake, ice it and create simple borders and flowers with Jennifer Capano of Cakes by Capano. Adults. Registration required.

Build It Yourself: Home Depot Workshop 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 Spend the afternoon learning basic building skills and making a fun craft to take home. Families. Registration required.

Adventure Club: Celebrate Chinese New Year 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Library’s Chinese New Year party. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required. Snacks provided.

Minute to Win It! 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Join for a program based on the popular game show. Ages 8 to 18. Registration required. Snacks provided.

Adventure Club: Puzzle Day 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 Puzzle-lovers will love solving the library’s riddles and brain

teasers. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Newport, 901 E. Sixth St. Adventure Club: Popcorn & a Movie 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Enjoy a treat while watching a movie on a cold afternoon. Movie TBD. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Friends Book Sale 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Great selection of used books at incredible prices. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friends Book Sale 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Great selection of used books at incredible prices. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friends Book Sale 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Great selection of used books at incredible prices! Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adventure Club: Chinese New Year Celebration 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Library’s Chinese New Year party. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Adventure Club: Paper Airplane Contest 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Make a paper airplane and enter it in the Adventure Club contest. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

Kentucky Pulled Cream Candy 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 Fantasy in Frosting returns to teach their ever- popular class in the art of making Kentucky pulled cream candy. Adults. Registration required.

Adventure Club: Jumanji 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Jumanji at the library. Ages 6 to 11. Registration required.

cancer screening for eligible Northern Kentucky residents

Eligible Kentucky residents can save time by getting a mammogram and annual exam on the same day with the Prevention Pays women’s cancer screening program. Screenings are scheduled at each of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s county health centers. The program is coordinated by the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. On the designated screening days, eligible women will be able to have an annual exam, including a pap smear, pelvic exam and clinical breast exam performed by a nurse practitioner, as well as receive a mammogram in the mobile mammography unit from St. Elizabeth Health Care, which will be parked outside the health center. To be eligible for the screening, women must be between the ages of 40 and 64, have an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (currently $27,225 annually for a single-person household and $55,875 annually for a four-person household), and not be enrolled in a private health insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid. Appointments are required should be scheduled in advance. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27, at the Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madi-

son Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-431-3345. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, at the Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky., 859363-2060. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky., 859-824-5074. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-1704. Besides the designated screening days, the Health Department offers daily appointments for annual women’s health exams at each of its county health centers. The Health Department provided cancer screening services to more than 730 women last year. Through the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program, the Health Department has been offering subsidized cancer screening services since 2002. For more information on the Prevention Pays screening days or other women’s health programs , call 859-341-4264 or visit For more information on the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition, call 859-898-4909 or visit

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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Joshua M. Wilder, 23, 22 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., leaving scene of an accident - failure to render aid or assistance, first degree criminal trespass, second degree fleeing or evading police - on foot at 8161 Riley Rd., Dec. 13. Jeffrey V. Martin, 44, 201 Taylor St., Unit 1, warrant at 6707 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 13. Jeffrey V. Martin, 44, 201 Taylor St., Unit 1, warrant at 6707 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 16. Destiny Lewallen, 21, 5 Lakeside Dr., warrant, fourth degree assault at 5 Lakeside Dr., Dec. 16. Joseph M. Ginter, 28, 1088 Brayden Ct., warrant at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 20. Michael W. Sester, 23, 232 Clay Ridge Rd., warrant at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 20. Demitrius L. Walker, 19, 920 Baker St., warrant at 22 Viewpoint Dr., Dec. 21. Courtney G. Jett, 21, 745 Vincent Dr., warrant at 22 Viewpoint Dr., Dec. 21. Chamel M. Walker, 21, 920 Baker St., warrant at 22 Viewpoint Dr., Dec. 21.

Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary Report of door forced open and items taken including jewelry check books at 8225 Riley Rd., Dec. 19. Second degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief Report of glass door to building broken and office ransacked and envelope of cash taken at 7500 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 23. Theft by unlawful taking Report of tool belt and hand tools taken from unlocked vehicle overnight at 8251 Main St. E, Dec. 16. Report of cell phone on counter taken by unknown male subject from shopper at 6711 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 16. Report of vehicle taken from auto sales lot at 8220 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 22. Third degree criminal

mischief Report of mail box found damaged and on ground and neighbor's mail box was missing at 61 Viewpoint Dr., Dec. 25.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Joshua McClanahan, 24, 614 Hallan Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 145 Fairfield Ave., Dec. 14. Kyle Moulden, 23, 1120 Maureen Lane, reckless driving, DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 100 block of Riviera, Dec. 16. Kevin Holtz, 49, 96 19th St., theft by unlawful taking at 53 Donnermeyer Dr., Dec. 16. Tony Morris, 39, 209 Division, warrant at 209 Division, Dec. 17. Tadd Lankford, 29, 1864 Clearbrook Dr., theft by unlawful taking at 145 Fairfield Ave., Dec. 22. Billy Dowell, 30, 108 Ward Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place at Lafayette at Union, Dec. 25.

COLD SPRING Arrests/citations Brittani N. McElfresh, 25, 1489 Clermont Ct., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, first degree possession of a controlled substance - heroin, prescription controlled substance not in proper container first offense at 395 CrossRoads Blvd., Dec. 2. Edward A. Stamper, 49, 101 Elm St., DUI - aggravated circumstances - first offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at exit ramp from SB AA Hwy. to U.S. 27, Dec. 4. Jason T. Short, 37, 12061 Woodwind Lane, reckless driving, DUI - first offense, second degree possession of controlled substance - drug unspecified at Alexandria Pike, Dec. 5. Cherrie L. Marteney, 40, 2351 Royal Oak Dr. Unit 64, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 395 CrossRoads Blvd., Dec. 6.

Aleic N. Thompson, 21, 24 Woodland Hills Dr. Unit 11, theft of motor vehicle registration plate, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 471 at Highland Heights, Dec. 14. James L. Denny, 40, 631 6th St., Unit 2, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, no operators license at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 15.


Incidents/investigations Fraudulent use of credit cared over $500 Report of debit card previously taken from vehicle used to make unauthorized monetary withdraws at 400 Crossroads Blvd., Dec. 2. Recovery of stolen property Report of vehicle in an accident was previously reported stolen at 627 Pooles Creek Rd., Dec. 4. Theft by unlawful taking Report of cash taken from two unlocked vehicles at 5 Locust Pk., Dec. 1. Report of tools taken from truck at 5400 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 1. Report of jewelry taken from residence at 571 Pooles Creek Rd., Dec. 5. Report of delivered package left outside apartment found opened and items taken at 677 Valley Terrace unit B, Dec. 12. Report of aluminum concrete forms taken from behind building at 1073 Industrial Rd., Dec. 20. Third degree burglary Report of television taken from storage unit at 3601 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 2. Third degree terroristic threatening Report of rock with note attached threatening to hurt women and children thrown through bedroom Window at 1088 Low Gap East Rd., Dec. 11.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Derek Simms, 19, 2215 New Linden, warrant at Mary Ingles Hwy., Dec. 22. James Klette, 23, 1016 Eastern Ave., DUI at Highland Ave. at

The Yearlings, a Northern Kentucky women's philanthropic group, held its 25th anniversary gala Nov. 11 at the Triple Crown Country Club. From left are: Wendy McSwain-Ryan, event chairperson of the gala; Lisa A. Martin, president of The Yearlings; and Brenda J. Sparks, event chairperson of the gala. THANKS TO BRENDA SPARKS Washington, Dec. 22. Joseph Batule, 28, 816 Rossford Run, DUI at Memorial Parkway, Dec. 22. James Riley, 30, 5186 Mary Ingles Hwy., fourth degree assault, careless driving, fleeing or evading police, endangering the welfare of a minor at 500 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 20. Clinton Crawford, 21, 625 Mary Ingles Hwy., DUI, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 725 South Grand Ave., Dec. 22. Joey Ellis, 25,, criminal possession of a forged instrument, fourth degree assault, fraudulent use of a credit card, warrants at 1175 South Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 22. Kaitlin Ryan, 23, 30 Fox Chase Dr. Apt. 9, warrant at 200 block of Clover Ridge, Dec. 23. Rachel Coleman, 22, 11 Veterans Dr., warrant at Alexandria Pike, Dec. 23.

Incidents/investigations First degree robbery At 90 Alexandria Pk., Dec. 19. Theft by unlawful taking At 62 Grandview Ave., Dec. 19. Third degree criminal mischief At 831 South Grand Ave., Dec. 13.

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Meals on Wheels driver Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, Covington; 859-2927953. Donate a few hours a day to help feed hungry seniors. Meals On Wheels program needs drivers and backup "on call" drivers.

Student seeking 2-3 hours of Community Service Children Inc., Covington; 859431-2075. Children, Inc. Growing Sound is research based children’s music promoting social emotional health. The Growing Sound program is in need of a volunteer to unwrap approximately 700 manuals and individually label each cover. The task can be divided into multiple days if needed.

Dog Walkers & Transporters Pawzitive Petz Rescue Ltd., Verona; 859-803-8428. Transport dogs to adoption events throughout the Tristate. Volunteers are also needed to walk the dogs during events.

Dog Foster Homes Pawzitive Petz Rescue Ltd., Verona; 859-803-8428. Provide safe, temporary care and transport to adoption events for dog/puppies. Pawzitive Petz Rescue provides pre-screened dogs/puppies any equipment (leash, crate, bowls, collar, etc.) and food.

Homework Club Tutor Washington United Church of Christ, Cincinnati; 513-541-7757. The Homework Club offers the opportunity to tutor a child (grades K-6) in need of help. Pair up with a student one afternoon each week to build a trusting relationship and help them with their homework. The Homework Club is 4:15-5:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Volunteers are asked to select one day each week to attend.

Clothes Sorting

Master Provisions, Florence; 513-205-7785. Volunteers sort clothes for quality and pack them into plastic bags for shipping to international countries.

Volunteer Income Assistance Program Brighton Center Inc., Newport; 859-491-8303. Provide free tax help for low to moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns in Campbell, Boone and Grant Counties.

Grant Writer Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence; 859-7951506. Opportunity for individual with proven grant writing talent to work on a volunteer basis developing funding requests on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, most often focused on education and youth services. Work from home, desired hours on an agreed timeline for each grant.

Tutor Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; 513-7213380. Help a child succeed through education by tutoring your best subject. Tutors may volunteer at BHGH residential homes in Walnut Hills or Finneytown or BHGH's afterschool program in Walnut Hills. Scholars are tutored for a minimum of 90 minutes per week for one academic year. Grades range from 3rd-12th in a variety of subjects. The afterschool program is 4-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Residential home tutors are more flexible on weekdays.

Mentor Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; 513-7213380. Friend a child in need to mold and encourage him or her to reach full potential. Mentors meet with scholars face-to-face, bi-monthly and maintain communication between visits for at least a year. Scholars range from ages 8-18 and matches are based on gender. Volunteer training is provided.

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Weekly Volunteer Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, Cincinnati; 513-771-3262. Help receive, sort, test and clean equipment from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Excludes national holidays.

Golf Outing Volunteers Kicks For Kids, Covington; 859331-8484. Celebrity Drivers: drive a golf cart for a celebrity participant for the day and take score for the foursome you are paired with. Hole Spotters: Monitor a hole on the course and spot balls that are hit there. Other: Clean up, work registration table, serve food, etc.




DEATHS Robert Cashman Robert Harry Cashman, 86, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 24, 2011, at Fort Thomas. He was an active member of St. Thomas Parish for more than 50 years and served as a U.S. Merchant Marine (Coast Guard) during World War II. He was a tool and die maker with American Feintool Co. in Cincinnati. After retiring in 1988, he traveled with his wife and worked in his wood shop. Survivors include his wife, Anna Heringer Cashman; daughters, Judy Harkey and Jill Loerich; sisters, Joan Hein and Penny Thoburn; brother, Fred Barrett; and two grandchildren. He donated his remains to the University of Cincinnati Medical Program. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Franklin Clair Franklin Delane Clair, 78, Cold Spring, died Dec. 26, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of the Alexandria Church of God, a Kentucky Colonel, retiree from General Motors in Norwood, Ohio, and member of the Retirees Union of the UAW 674. His siblings Solomon Clair, Ona Burton, Martha Clair and Mary Lou Burton died previously. Survivors include his wife, Helen Osborne Clair; children Vicky Horn of California, Ky., Elaine Kinney of Wilder and Tim Clair of Alexandria; siblings Bryant Clair of Irvine, Ky., Roscoe Clair of Pendleton County, Roberta Clair Caudill of Wylie, Texas, Leander Clair of South Lyons, Mich., Lillie Mae Noble of Jackson, Ky., Charles Cecil Claire of Jackson, Ky., Irene Russell of Emlenton, Pa., Shirley Clair Johnson of Lebanon, Ohio, and Mitchell Clair of Jackson, Ky.; two grandsons; three stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 or The National Kidney Foundation 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Marilyn Dietz Marilyn M. Woodward Dietz, 72, of Melbourne, died Dec. 25, 2011, at home. She was a retired secretary for Procter & Gamble and the Internal Revenue Service. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Alexandria. Survivors include her husband, Edward Dietz Jr.; daughter, Brenda Elkins; son, Michael Dietz; sister, Maxine Loze; and four grandchildren. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

Florence Etter Florence Elaine Miller Etter, 87, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 21, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a homemaker and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Highland Heights. She was the pianist at the church for 25 years and taught Sunday school. Two sisters, Jane Soderberg and Mart Bowman; and her brother, Winston Miller, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Etter II; daughters, Marilyn Stoffregen and Linda Owsley, both of Fort Thomas; son, Edward L. Etter III of Fort Thomas; sisters, Ann Cunningham of York, Pa., and Helen Cretors of Indianapolis; five grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. Entombment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Asbury United Methodist Church, 2916 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY 41076.

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James P. Hampton, 87, of Newport, died Dec. 22, 2011, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a World War II Army veteran, receiving the Bronze Star, Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a retired bottler with the former Wiedemann Brewery in Newport. He was a member of Lawler Hanlon VFW and the American Legion, both in Newport. His brothers Carl and George Hampton and sister Lucy Willoughby died previously. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Sexton; and sisters, Martha Hawkins and Mary Deaton. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Melvin “Mel” Meyers, 75, Elsmere, died Dec. 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. An avid hunter, he was a member of the 30-13ers CB Club and the National Rifle Association. He worked as a truck dispatcher for many years and upon retirement worked as a cashier at Meijer in Florence. Survivors include his wife Margaret Meyers of Elsmere; children, Patty Dixon of Loveland, Ohio, Joyce Coots of Elsmere and Tom Meyers of Alexandria; brothers, Dale Meyers of Florence and Kenny Meyers of Burlington; sister, Sally Ann Williams of Crestview Hills; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Life Center, 2925 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or the American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Charles Hodge Charles H. Hodge, 51, of Edgewood, died Dec. 22, 2011, at his residence. He was a member of Central Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wright and was an artist. Survivors include his wife, Traci Stout Hodge of Edgewood; son Nick Martin of Independence; daughter, Kayla Martin of Independence; brothers, Homer Hodge of Cincinnati and Nick Vanderberg of Muskegon, Mich.; sister, Charlotte Ramos of Muskegon, Mich.; and two granddaughters. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or The National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

William ‘Denny’ Hoskins William "Denny" Hoskins, 32, of Butler, died Dec. 21, 2011. His father, Jack W. Hoskins, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Mary Jane Hoskins of Cold Spring; wife, Morgan Bailey Hoskins of Butler; daughter, Savana Hoskins of Butler; sister, Jackie Huff of Alexandria; and grandfather, William Brennan of Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Denny Hoskins Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank.

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Vincent Kovacik, 89, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 24, 2011. His wife, Emma, died previously. He is survived by his sister, Rose Niklas and his niece Gail Roderick. Burial was in St. Stephens Cemetery. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans.


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Rev. Joseph Moore The Rev. Joseph Randal Moore, 61, Newport, died Dec. 26, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. The owner of J&M Contractors, he served in the Air Force . He attended the Newport Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Mae Moore; daughter, Amber Richmond; brothers, Thomas Moore and Michael Moore; sisters, Delores Collins, Carol Shirley, Mary Flynn and Margaret Loyd; and a granddaughter. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Patricia Santini Owens, 62, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 26,


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Bonnie Miley, 69, of Ludlow, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was an I.C.U. coordinator at St. Luke Hospital, a member of Asbury Methodist Church in Highland Heights and a Girl Scout troop leader. Her husband, Robert Miley; two sons, Terry and Joseph Miley; her brother, Jack Henry; and a sister, Betty Henn, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Todd Miley and Stephen Miley, both of Ludlow, David Miley and Robert E. Miley, both of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Janet MileyMoore and Lynda White, both of Florence, and Jayne Stoeckle of Fort Mitchell; sister, Mary Hurst of Butler; sister-in-law, Jeanne Breen of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Lupus Foundation of America Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter, 12930 Chippewa Road, Cleveland, OH 44141.

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ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at 2011. at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Fort Thomas. She worked in the kitchen at Lakeside Nursing Home in Highland Heights and The Point in Covington. Her husband, Jerry Owens, died in 1998. Survivors include her brothers, Salvatore Santini of Bellevue, Pasquale Santini Sr. of Dayton, Ohio, Frank Santini of Erlanger and John Santini of Newport; and sisters, Frances Roach of Cold Spring, Joyce Mardis of Newport, Angela Menninger of Newport, Theresa Santini of Highland Heights and Antoinette Howard of Port Charlotte, Fla. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Eric Roberts Eric Roberts, 76, of Newport, died Dec. 19, 2011, at Bridge Point Care and Rehabilitation Center in Florence. His wife, Eva Norman Roberts, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Frank, Anthony Wayne and Ronnie Roberts; daughters, Erica Dowell and Suddie Roberts Cook; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

Rosella Searp Rosella Mae Searp, 82, Dayton, died Dec. 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a teletype operator with Schenling Distilleries and was an Air Force veteran. Her husband, Raymond F. Searp, sister Fern Menzermer, stepson Kenny Searp and stepson Dennis Searp died previously. Survivors include daughters, Trolla Boles of Dayton and Tammy Ingram of Erlanger; son, Kevin Searp of Florence; stepson, Jerry Searp of Florence; five grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

Samuel Spencer Samuel Spencer,78, of Newport, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Rosedale Manor, Covington. He was a siding installer with All Side Siding Co., Cincinnati. His daughter Patricia Wilson died previously. Survivors include daughters, Madeline Butts of Erlanger,

Jennie Gibson of Elsmere and Susie Snider of Highland, Mich.; sons, Sammy Spencer of Newport, Samuel Spencer Jr. of Milford, Mich., and Charles Spencer of Taylor Mill; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald Spencer of Mount Orab, Ohio. Burial was in the Brown Chapel Cemetery, Mount Orab, Ohio.

Reuben ‘Tom’ Vickers II Reuben "Tom" Vickers II, 63, of Dayton, died Dec. 21, 2011, at his home. He was a retired self-employed carpenter for several construction companies. Survivors include his partner, Barbara Coffey; son, Tommy Vickers; brothers, Sherwood Jenkins, Tim, Rick, David, Dennis, Jeff, Danny and Doug Vickers; and six grandchildren. Memorials: Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, 241 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073.

Bernice Vossmeyer Bernice F. Borden Vossmeyer, 78, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Charles Care Center in Covington. She was a retired secretary for the Chaplain's Office at Christ Hospital and loved to sing in the choir at St. John's United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Harry F. Vossmeyer; daughter, Karen Groeschen; son, David Vossmeyer; sister, Corinne White; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Jean Wilcox Jean B. Wilcox, 94, of Ludlow, died Dec. 22, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a homemaker, member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Ludlow and an avid bowler. Her husband, William Wilcox, died in 2008. Survivors include her son, Michael Wilcox of Florence; and two grandchildren. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

KHS announces newly elected board members The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has appointed new officers and elected five new members to its 2011 Executive Committee. The appointments were approved by KHS members at the annual meeting in November. Constance Alexander of Murray, Laurie Risch of California, Ky., Thomas (Tommy) G. Turner of Magnolia, and Sharon Kay Mayne Withers of Lexington will each serve a fouryear term expiring in 2015, and Dorothy (Gerry) Montgomery of Paducah will be completing a term expiring in 2013. Officers are Sheila Mason Burton of Frankfort, president; J. McCauley Brown of Harrods Creek, first vice president;

John Edward Kleber of Louisville, second vice president; and Brian Mefford of Bowling Green, third vice president. The Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee serves as the policysetting body for the Society. The Executive Committee consists of the governor of Kentucky as Chancellor, four officers, 16 members and one person designated by the State Archives and Records Commission. Members of the Executive Committee are nominated through the nomination process of the committee and elected by the membership of the Society. The Executive Committee meets quarterly at the Thomas D. Clark Cen-

The Newport Central Catholic High School PABO Group (formerly named Boosters) will hold their annual STAG on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-6 p.m. in the school gymnasium, with the doors opening at 1

p.m. The proceeds will benefit NCC athletics and extracurricular activities. The admission price of $20 will include beer, soft drinks, dinner, snacks, as well as a Grand Prize raffle

ter for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. In addition to these continuing officers and new directors, the Kentucky Historical Society welcomes returning board members J. William "Bill" Bartleman, Paducah; Dawn Browning, Maysville; retired Maj. Gen. Verna D. Fairchild, Frankfort; Marion C. Forcht, Whitley County; Michael J. Hammons, Park Hills; Derrick Hord, Lexington; David D. Lee, Bowling Green; Mike Mullins, Hindman; Patti Mullins, Corbin; Nancy O'Malley, Paris; Wayne Onkst, London; Renee Shaw, Lexington; Nancy Smith, Paris; Sue Speed, Louisville; and Louis Stout, Lexington.

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ticket for a 32-inch HDTV. In addition, there will be football on the big screen television, Split-the Pot, and several raffles for great prizes such as University of Kentucky basketball tickets and Notre Dame football tickets.


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