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Preserving history When a 1962 fire left much of the Highlands High School in ruins, the community came together to clean up the mess, including Fort Thomas resident Harry Lukens, a 1947 Highlands graduate.His actions proved to have a lasting impact on Highlands High School and the preservation of the school’s history. Life, B1

No primary for local races No primary will be necessary for any city or county-level elected offices for Campbell County this year. The elections of candidates seeking the Newport mayor or commission spots and council spots in Bellevue, Dayton and Fort Thomas will wait until Nov. 6. News, A2

Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary School in Alexandria was a piece of cake and a lot of fun for students Thursday, Feb. 2. During the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5, schools across the U.S., including St. Mary, celebrated “Catholic Schools Week: Faith. Academics. Service.” School, A4

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ALEXANDRIA — Northern Kentucky University senior Jeffrey Weckbach of Alexandria is a double-double major. Weckbach, 21, who will graduate in May with four different majors after four years at NKU, said he has no idle time. That’s why weekends are mostly for studying, he said. “I just try to budget my time between work and student organizations, I really just don’t sit around and watch TV much,” he said. “The weekends are when I get a lot of my work done.” He studies political science, economics, criminal justice and philosophy, and takes at least six and sometimes seven classes each semester. Weckbach, who now lives on campus in Highland Heights, is also president of Phi Beta Lambda, vice president of

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Golden Key International Honor Society and vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Pretty much every semester he’s been in school he’s made the NKU Dean’s or Scholars list, Weckbach said. And now he can add being a “king” to his resume.

and fourth degree using some of the same classes without spending more than four years in school. Classmates and people he meets are usually surprised at his answer to what his major is, Weckbach said. “Usually they're just shocked because a lot of people have a hard enough time doing one or two let alone three or four,” he said. Weckbach is the son of Jeff and Brenda Weckbach. Hall, NKU’s 2012 Homecoming queen, is an organizational leadership major and criminal justice minor. She was crowned 2010 Homecoming Princess at NKU and is president of Delta Gamma sorority, 2011 Head Orientation Leader, a member of the Student Alumni Association. She participates in many other campus and external activities. She is the daughter of Greg and Vicki Hall.


By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Mayor Bill Rachford has organized a daylong retreat for Alexandria area community leaders to discuss the outlook and ideas for the city's future development and direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Rachford said he invited stakeholders in the city's future not employed by the city, including Alexandria Fire District chairman, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery and a community business leader to the retreat in order to have a broad range of opinions. Pendery has indicated he plans to attend, Rachford said. All city council members, the city clerk, police chief and public works director, city planning and zoning chairman and park and recreation board member have also been invited, Rachford said. "The reason I wanted to do that is the council and management staff and boards operate independently, and we never have any chance to get everybody together," he said. For instance, planning and Zoning Commission members and City Council, although both part of the city, don't get to sit down in the same place and talk together often, Rachford said. Bobbie Bryant, the community development advisor for The Kentucky League of Cities will moderate the retreat, he said. Rachford said he is looking for dialogue on how the city can develop and how to make it the best it can be in the future.

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Lawsuits moved to federal court By Chris Mayhew

The class action lawsuits filed against Campbell and Kenton public libraries concerning property tax rates have been moved to federal court at the library systems’ request. Cold Spring-based attorney Brandon Voelker filed a class action suit against the Campbell County Public Library on behalf of three property owners living in the county Jan. 19 in Campbell Circuit Court. The suit seeks to invalidate previous library property tax rate in-

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Weckbach and Hall were named 2012 NKU Homecoming king and queen. THANKS TO CHRIS COLE

Weckbach and Brittany Jo Hall of Owensboro were crowned Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the NKU men’s basketball game versus Lewis University Jan. 21. Graduate school and an additional degree in public administration specializing in city management and urban administration are the next step after graduation, he said. “Ideally, I would like to become a city manager or city administrator,” Weckbach said. Weckbach said he sat down and planned out each of his four undergraduate years when he was a freshman so none of his time would be “wasteful.” His first two majors were political science and economics. "And I really fell in love with those," he said. Cross-referencing his classes, Weckbach said he kept figuring out ways to keep adding a third

creases. Voelker filed a similar suit against the Kenton County Public Library the following day. Voelker declined to comment about the lawsuits being moved to federal court. Campbell County Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward moved the suit against the Campbell County Public Library to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Wednesday, Feb. 1. The suit filed against the Kenton County Public Library was moved to federal court Thursday, Feb. 2. No reason for why the move to federal court was requested was giv-

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en by the library systems. “Yes, the library’s attorney requested the move to federal court,” said Campbell County Public Library Public Relations Manager Kiki Dreyer Burke in an email statement on behalf of the library system Feb. 2. “We are not able to comment further at this time.” Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder said in an email the library filed to remove the case to federal court on Feb. 2. “I can make no other comment at this time,” Schroeder said in the email.

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No primary needed for Campbell County races By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT — No primary will be necessary for any city or county-level elected offices for Campbell County this year. The elections of candidates seeking the Newport mayor or commission spots and council spots in Bellevue, Dayton and Fort Thomas will wait until Nov. 6. None of the four cities subject to the Jan. 31 filing deadline met the required number of candidates re-

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quired to trigger a primary election. To cause a primary, enough candidates must file to total double the number of seats up for election plus one. Bellevue, Dayton and Fort Thomas each have six council spots, and Newport has four council spots. The only mayoral spot up for election in 2012, Newport’s, will feature a ballot of one. Incumbent Jerry Rex Peluso filed for re-election as Newport mayor without anyone filing as a challenger.

Candidates for the Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney and circuit court clerk offices were also subject to the primary filing deadline. Candidates for all other local offices that will be up for the November election, including all other city councils and commissions and spots on local school boards, have until Aug. 14 to file a bid for office. The following is a list of people who filed as candidates for all the local and county offices in Campbell

County subject to the Jan. 31 filing deadline. An asterisk (*) indicates the candidate is an incumbent seeking reelection. All city council and mayor races are nonpartisan. Commonwealth Attorney » Michelle Snodgrass of Cold Spring (Democrat)* Circuit Court Clerk » Taunya Nolan Jack of California (Republican)* » Mary Ann Mader Jones of Alexandria (Democrat) Bellevue City Council

» Bill Helton » Stephen R. Guidugli* » John Griess » Carol J. Rich* » Kathy Almoslechner* » Matthew D. Olliges* » James Rodney Poynter Dayton City Council » Joe Neary » Jerry Gifford* » Robert “Bobby” Allen » Virgil L. Boruske* » Penny Mastruserio Hurtt* » Cathy Lenz Volter* » William Bill Burns* Fort Thomas City Coun-

» Ken Bowman » Roger L Peterman* » Thomas R. Lampe* » Lisa Kelly* » Jay Fossett » Eric Haas* Newport City Commissioner » Beth Fennell* » John C. Hayden* » Jack Stoecklin » Robert “Rob” Rummel » Thomas L. Guidugli* » Frank Peluso* » Bob McCray Newport Mayor » Jerry Rex Peluso*

Lawyer offering two scholarships By Stephanie Salmons

Erlanger lawyer Ron Adams is again offering two scholarships to high school seniors.


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The third annual Lady Ruth Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund scholarship, named after Adams’ mother, is offered to a graduating senior who is the child of a fire fighter currently serving in Kenton, Boone, Campbell and Grant counties. The second annual W. Ron Adams Success with Disabilities Scholarship Fund scholarship is of-

fered to a 2012 graduating senior with a disability. Each scholarship is worth $500. Applicants for both scholarships must: » Be a U.S. citizen. Include a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate with the application. » Be graduating from an accredited high school in Kenton, Boone, Campbell or Grant counties.

» Have a felony free, drug free conviction record. » Submit an official sealed high school transcript. » Submit a recent photo which will not be returned. » Provide three reference letters with two forms of contact information for each reference no letters from family members will be accepted.

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NEWPORT — Add the occasional bark to the list of regular sounds at the Campbell County Detention Center in Newport. Bruce Markus, a deputy jailer,andhiscanineBelgian Shepherd partner “Layco” are the first in-house K-9

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team the jail has had, said Jailer Greg Buckler. The hiring of Markus, who spent the previous 20 years of his career with the NewportPoliceDepartment asaK-9unitofficer,resulted in the Campbell County Fiscal Court approving a newly created canine use policy in January, Buckler said. In addition to his duties as a K-9 unit officer at the jail, Markus’ duties include scheduling the103 members of the jail’s staff, Buckler said. Markus, hired on July 1, 2011, took over all the duties of a position left vacant by a retirement, Buckler said. “We're using him as investigator anytime we have an internal investigation to go on, or a criminal investigation where an inmate might have assaulted a staff member or a criminal mischief or an attempt to escape,” he said. “All those things he would be the lead investigator on those.” Working the dog doesn’t require 40 hours a week, Buckler said. Buckler said he has looked into adding a K-9 unit to the jail previously, but buying a new dog and sending an employee away for training can cost upwards of $18,000. "Getting the dog in here has always been a goal for me to do to use as a deterrent

Deputy jailer Bruce Markus, left, stands next to his canine partner "Layco" and Jailer Greg Buckler, right, inside the Campbell County Detention Center's passive intake area for inmates classified as non-violent Tuesday, Jan. 17. Layco and Markus have become the jail's first K-9 unit. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

against the inmates and to cut down on the contraband,” he said. Contraband is anything including drugs that an inmate isn’t supposed to have, Buckler said. It’s a bonus to have someonewithadogthatisalready certified and trained, plus Markus worked in a jail in Florida for four years before joining Newport, he said. Buckler said when he heard Markus was retiring from Newport, he saw it as a chance to get a dog into the jail. Markus said he used to come to the jail upon Buck-

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BRIEFLY Valentine's dance Feb. 10

The Alexandria Fire Explorer Post 100 and the Alexandria Police Explorers will be hosting their monthly Youth Dance Friday, Feb. 10. For area students in grades 4 through 8. The theme for this month’s dance is a Valentines Dance. The dance will be held at The Alexandria Firehouse Hall at 7951 Alexandria Pike, Friday, Feb.10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and concessions are available for $1 each at the dance. Since this is a “Lock-in style dance” once a child is dropped off, the only way they can leave is if a parent, guardian or adult representative comes to the Hall door. All proceeds from this

event benefit the Alexandria Fire Explorer Post 100 and the Alexandria Police Explorer Post. The Alexandria and Community Volunteer Fire Department Inc. will be holding a Sweetheart’s Valentine’s Ball for adults on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the same location from 6 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $60 a couple and includes a pork tenderloin or roast beef dinner, cocktails, and music provided by Mike Young DJ Service. RSVP with Sandy by calling 859-635-5991 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tajci performs in Southgate

St. Therese Church, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Southgate, is bringing an

internationally known singer/songwriter that has been inspiring audiences across America on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The church is bringing in Tatiana Cameron, live in concert. Tajci will perform "I Thirst" The Crucifixion Story. This concert event is a musical experience of Christ's walk on Calvary. This spiritual concert event is free to the public. For more information on Tajci, visit:

Businesses’ chemical reports due March 1

Campbell County's Office of Emergency Management is reminding businesses either manufacturing, using or storing hazardous chemicals of their

requirement to file annual chemical inventory reports by March 1. The document, called The Emergency Planning and Community Right-toKnow Report includes a facility information page, inventory page or pages, and map page or pages. Business will not be receiving an instructional reporting packet from the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission this year, according to a news release from William Ray Turner, director of Campbell County's Office of Emergency Management. Kentucky prefers the use of the EPA Tier 2 submit program, and businesses are being asked to file electronically, according to the news release. Hard copy reports will also be accepted. The EPA program is available at the website content/epcra/tier2.htm. For additional information including reporting forms and contacts for assistance are available at the website After the report is submitted to the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission, businesses are also required to submit a hard copy report to the Northern Kentucky Emergency Planning Committee, 3000 Conrad Lane, Burlington, KY 41005 and to the fire department that serves the facility. For businesses with additional questions or assistance call the emergency management office at 859635-1111 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emerald Miles 5K Run/Walk March 10

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will host the 12th annual Emerald Miles 5K Run/ Walk at Newport on the Levee on Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. The race takes participants over the Purple People Bridge, through Sawyer and Friendship Parks and back to the Levee for food, drinks, awards and music. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under and includes a long-sleeve event T-shirt. Register online at or call 513-721-2905. Proceeds from the event will help fund the numerous programs offered by the Epilepsy Foundation.

Keene’s bill passes house committee an outside financial audit in 10 years and lacked a clear understanding of its role. HB 308 would abolish the current State Board for Proprietary Education (BPE) and Keene establish the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, an independent agency of the Commonwealth attached to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet for

administrative purposes. The commission will be fully funded by the schools and will not cost Kentucky taxpayers one dime. The legislation would require the new Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education to establish membership of commission reducing the number of proprietary school representatives so that they don't comprise a majority of the commission's membership (6 to 4) and decrease appointed members’ terms to two consecutive terms. “I am encouraged by

the swift passage of HB 308 because it underscores the commitment of our legislators to protect Kentuckians who have been harmed by misleading or misguided practices in the for-profit school industry,” said Keene. “Folks trying to better their lives through education should have full confidence in the promises made by these institutions. While most proprietary schools do an admirable job preparing students for the workforce, unfortunately there are some who need more stringent oversight.”








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St. Mary School fourth-grader Maggie Comer stacks chocolate "Ding Dong" cakes on her forehead as teacher Michelle Ridder hands her another cake during a speed balancing competition in the gym during Student Appreciation Day of Catholic Schools Week at the Alexandria school Thursday, Feb. 2. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Catholic School Week ‘sweet’ at St. Mary’s By Chris Mayhew

At front right, third-grade students Brayden Case and Angelina Wagner clap and cheer at the start of a Catholic Schools Week rally in the St. Mary School gym in Alexandria Thursday, Feb. 2. At far right in the back row is third-grader Jacob Hansen. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY


ALEXANDRIA — Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary School in Alexandria was a piece of cake and a lot of fun for students Thursday, Feb. 2. During the week of Jan. 29Feb. 5, schools across the U.S., including St. Mary, celebrated “Catholic Schools Week: Faith. Academics. Service.” Select students in all grades at St. Mary competed in "Minute to Win It" games in the gym Feb. 2. For the first event, two fourth-graders stacked chocolate Hostess "Ding Dongs" on their foreheads in a balancing contest. Later, eighth-grade students balanced mini marshmallows on a Popsicle stick held between their teeth. In between the student competitions, teachers competed in "Commercial Breaks." Teachers hobbled across the gym in a three-legged race and competed in games including one where they each placed a cookie on their foreheads to see who could maneuver into their mouth first without using their hands. The games are a special time because students and teachers participate in fun activities together, said teacher Amy Robinson, a member of the St. Mary Catholic Schools Week committee. “It’s a little bonding,” she said. The week is a nice way to stop and appreciate faith and allow the students to do some silly stuff, said Principal Matt Grosser. St. Mary features different appreciation days for parents, teachers and students, Grosser said. Thursday, Feb. 2, was student appreciation day, and the

St. Mary School teachers run in a three-legged race across the gym floor as students cheer them on during Catholic Schools Week festivities Thursday, Feb. 2. From left are Emily Clift, Karen Steffen, librarian Rebecca Phirman and teacher Paula Losure. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Mary School teacher Katie Heister, left, uses a straw to transfer marshmallows into a bucket held by eighth-grader Tanner Verst of Alexandria during a race with other teachers as part of Catholic Schools Week festivities in the gym Thursday, Feb. 2. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

focus, as with the rest of the week, was on having fun, he said. Teachers all had to wear the school’s theme shirts “Anchored in Christ” or dress like a student, Grosser said. “That’s the main emphasis, to celebrate who we are and what we believe in,” he said of Catholic Schools Week. Grosser said all the students made cards, and some made baskets with gifts for all the people in the parish as a way of acknowledging everything it takes to make a school successful. “It’s a nice way to kind of stop and appreciate what our school is,” he said.

St. Mary School Principal Matt Grosser, left, plants his face into a pan filled with whipped cream and one Gummy Worm he is working to find as junior high social studies teacher Adam Kremer, right, emerges with a face full of whipped cream during the final Catholic Schools Week game of the day Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Alexandria school. Kremer won the contest by being the first to find the Gummy Worm. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER St. Mary School second-grader Cameron Halpin of Alexandria twirls rolls of toilet paper around her arms during a Student Appreciation Day contest in the gym Thursday, Feb. 2. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

NCC starts mulch sale

Contest focuses on missing children

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Newport Central Catholic High School’s 2012 Spring Mulch Sale is under way. Black Platinum, Premium Cyprus and Baled Pine Straw can be purchased from any NCC student, by calling the school office at 859-292-0001 or online at www.nccmulch-

.com. Order forms are available in the school office and at Pickup and delivery will begin Saturday March 26. For more information, contact Ed Rawe at 513-520-7034 or

Kentucky State Police is looking for fifth-grade artists to compete in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest sponsored by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. KSP will select a nominee from Kentucky and forward it to DOJ, where one poster from all state nominated entries will be

selected as a winner. The artist of the national winning poster will win a free trip to Washington, D.C., and participate in the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony The Kentucky nominee will receive an Award of Excellence from KSP . The theme for the contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home” and Jude advised that the

contest is open to fifth-graders across the country. Lt. Dave Jude, KSP public affairs branch commander, hopes that this contest will remind parents to talk with their children about safety awareness. Entries should be mailed to Kentucky State Police by March 2 to the KSP Public Affairs Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.



EKU DEAN’S LIST The following students from Campbell County were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University: Alexandria: Patricia Bode, Mackenzie Heuer, Andrew Hogg and Jessica White. California: Kelsey Cravens, Travis Turner and Hannah Uthe. Cold Spring: Amy Frommeyer. Fort Thomas: Danielle Hagedorn, Joshua Lang, Nicholas Martin, Bennett Parker, Elizabeth Pelgen, Katherine Reynolds and Jenna Theisen. Highland Heights: Logan Hardt and Alyssa Will. Melbourne: Brittany Wagner and Natalie Woeste. Newport: Kyle Dorriere, Emilie Gibson, Sarah Kaufman and Brittany Lawrence. Wilder: Joseph Vance. To achieve dean’s list honors, students attempting 14 or more credit hours must earn a 3.5 grade point average; students with 13 credit hours must earn 3.65; and students with 12 credit hours must earn 3.75.

EKU PRESIDENT’S LIST The following students from Campbell County were named to the president's list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University: Alexandria: Andrew Hogg. California: Kelsey Cravens Cold Spring: Amy Frommeyer Fort Thomas: Bennett Parker, Elizabeth Pelgen, Katherine Reynolds, Jenna Theisen and Joshua Lang. Highland Heights: Alyssa Will. Newport: Kyle Dorriere, Emilie Gibson and Sarah Kaufman. Wilder: Joseph Vance. To be named to the president's list, full-time undergraduate students must attain a 4.0 grade point average for a semester.



Gabrielle Lause, front and center, of Alexandria and a kindergarten student at Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria sings the song "I Think You're Wonderful" at the start of the Dec. 12 Campbell County Schools Board of Education meeting. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Parents complete leadership training Seven parents from Campbell County took part in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The new CIPL graduates, listed with the school district they’ll implement their CIPL project with, include Rhonda Bezold, Meg Crail, Jennifer Hedger and Sherry White, Campbell County; Kelly Kelso, Fort Thomas; and Lara Guttadauro and Jennifer Wiley, Newport Independent.

The parents participated in three two-day training sessions designed to increase their understanding of school performance and how to improve it. They will be responsible for conducting a follow-up project designed to accelerate the academic achievement of students at their child’s school and to involve more parents in the effort. For more information about CIPL, visit or call 859-2339849 ext. 231.

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Campbell HS upgrades weight room Community Recorder staff reports

ALEXANDRIA — Athletes at Campbell County High School are putting on weight. Seven weight rack systems with adjustable benches and a lat pull down machine were recently added to the school’s weight room giving the athletes more and safer options for working out. The systems were purchased with a $7,000 donation to the athletic department by the Camel Athletic Boosters, a group of parents, students, alumni and community members who support all school athletics by raising funds and promoting pride. Throughout the year, the group organizes fundraisers and athletic programs to promote the sports pro-

grams at CCHS. “The Boosters’ sole directive is to assist our teams, coaches and student athletes,” CAB President Chuck Heilman said. “It was obvious that improving the weight room was the best way to help Campbell County athletes improve their performances and help prevent injuries. The funds we donated for this cause were generated by the commitment and hard work of our parents and community volunteers. (CCHS Athletic Director) Steve Hensley did a great job of turning our cash into iron.” Over the past decade CAB has provided tremendous resources for the students of CCHS including the purchase of work out equipment, lockers, and various supplies. In addition, members of

the group spend a day each August preparing Bob Miller stadium for use during the upcoming school year. The group has raised an impressive amount of funding in the past several years through several programs including the annual mulch sale, community dances, golf outings, and a Christmas tree sale. “Having CAB focus on improving the CCHS weight room has an impact on every athlete at CCHS. The weight room is the only athletic facility that can be used by every athlete. Having a first-class weight room will impact the overall success of our entire athletic program and thanks to CAB we are on the path to having that facility in place,” said Hensley. A reception was held earlier

for the CAB members to thank them for their generous gift and ongoing support of the athletic programs.

Campbell County parents and staffers check out the new weight room during a reception. THANKS TO JULI HALE

Defense leads NCC to rivalry win By James Weber

NEWPORT — Grant Brannen may not be around for every moment of his team’s postseason run. But the head boys basketball coach at Newport Central Catholic is getting his team primed to make that bid for district and regional titles. The Thoroughbreds are 15-6 after outlasting county rival Bishop Brossart 48-32 Feb. 4 at NewCath. It was NCC’s fourth win in five games and ninth of 11. NCC avenged a 65-61 loss to its rival during the Lloyd holiday tournament and a regularseason overtime loss last season. “It’s a good win for us,” Brannen said. “Hopefully we can get on a roll after this.” Brannen and his wife are expecting their second child, who

NCC freshman Drew McDonald, left, and Brossart senior Austin Trentman battle for a rebound. NCC beat Brossart 48-32 Feb. 4 at Newport Central Catholic High School. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

NCC senior Brady Hightchew shoots against Brossart junior Justin Saunders Feb. 4 at Newport Central Catholic High School. JAMES

NCC senior Zach Ryan shoots against Brossart sophomore Alex Trentman Feb. 4 at Newport Central Catholic High School.



is due during the 36th District Tournament. Brannen won’t know his team’s opponent until the district coaches gather for the blind draw Feb. 7. His Thoroughbreds clamped down on defense against the Mustangs, who fell to 16-6. NCC led 16-10 at halftime and gradually increased the lead in the second half. Both teams played tough, physical defense, with each rebound causing a battle appropriate for the football-like halftime score. NewCath grabbed the majority of those rebounds, including most of their defensive board opportunities. Brannen said defense has been a problem for the Thoroughbreds all year. “We inspired ourselves on defense,” said junior guard Michael Bueter. “Our offense is good, but we know in order to win we have to have defense. We showed tonight we can do that. It’s very emotional. Both teams played hard and we expected a low-scoring game. It’s a good rivalry and a lot of fun.” The physical struggle claimed NewCath freshman center Drew McDonald, who sprained his left ankle early in the first quarter during a scramble for a rebound. He was set to have an X-ray this week and his availability for the postseason is uncertain. McDonald has had a standout debut season, leading the team in scoring at about 14 per contest and making 58 percent of his field goals. His parents are both basketball coaches, mother, Christie, being the former NCC girls coach. “He has been a surprise, no question about it,” Brannen said. “A freshman stepping in and being one of our top scorers and rebounders. He’s done a

great job, and hopefully the injury doesn’t hinder him.” Sophomore 6-foot-5 forward Jake Schulte and senior Evan Morse, a lineman in football, took turns in the post guarding Brossart’s 6-foot-9, 255-pound center Joe Jennings. They limited Jennings to seven points. “I haven’t got a whole lot of playing time this year, but I got a chance to step up tonight,” Morse said. “Joe is a big boy, he doesn’t let you push him around much, but I tried to get under his skin a little. I was happy with my performance. We beat a very good team.” Brannen was also proud of Brady Hightchew’s defense on Brossart’s top perimeter scorer, Justin Saunders, who had 16 points. On offense, four Thoroughbreds hit double digits despite the low score. Bueter had 12 points, Zach Ryan 11, Brady Hightchew 10 and Nick Seibert 10. Seibert had the first basket of the fourth quarter, a threepointer, to give NCC an imposing nine-point lead at 30-21. Ryan had three treys. “That’s what we’ve done all year,” Brannen said. “We’ve had four guys averaging double figures and each one has stepped up to the plate.” NewCath will host Holmes Feb. 10 in a key contest with conference and regional implications. Brossart has a big game that night as well, playing at Scott for the top seed in the 37th District. A Brossart win forces a three-way blind draw for No. 1 with Scott and Campbell County. Brossart’s next home game is Feb. 13 against Lloyd. ‘We’re playing very well,” Bueter said. “It gets our spirits up and now we’re going to take it into districts.”



» The Region 4 meet will be this week at Scott High School. Boys swimming preliminaries were Wednesday, Feb. 8. The girls swimming preliminaries will be 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The entire diving meet will start 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and the swimming finals 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. » The Northern Kentucky Clippers won the Mid-Winter Swim

Meet at Silverlake. The team swam 73 percent lifetime bests. Other highlights of the meet include: Sophie Skinner broke three 1112 girls team records: 100 free 54.41; 200 free - 2:00.12; 100 IM 1:02.48; as well as four 11-12 meet records including:100 back - 58.79; 50 back - 28.21; 100 free - 54.41; and 100 IM 1:02.48. Hanna Gillcrist broke the 15-16 girls 100 breast team record in 1:05.75. Annie Davies broke her own team record in the 15-16 girls 200 breast 2:22.34. The Clippers’ success in this

meet has propelled them up in the Toyota Virtual Club Championship National Club Rankings to No. 33. Most teams ranked in the top 50 are much larger than the Clippers. The Clippers currently have 218 swimmers.


» The Region 6 meet will be at Boone County High School. Action begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and picks up at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, with the second round of consolation. Weight-class finals are expected to start at

around 3 p.m. Saturday.

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» Bellevue beat Beechwood 7063 Feb. 3. Brandon Hoffmann scored 26 points. Jordan Fogelman had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. » Campbell County beat Walton-Verona 76-73 in overtime and Cooper 57-42 to improve to 14-10. Nate McGovney scored 33 points for the Camels against Walton. » Dayton beat rival Bellevue 78-66 Jan. 31. » Newport beat Dayton 69-62

» In a game against Bourbon County Jan. 26, Campbell County junior center Kaitlin Siegmundt scored 29 points while pulling down15 rebounds. It was her sixth double/double of the season. » Dayton beat Silver Grove 5937 Feb. 4. Hannah Deaton had 14 points. » Newport Central Catholic beat Lloyd 65-28 Feb. 3. Senior guard Olivia Huber scored a career high 17 points.



Newport Central 'That’s My Boy’ nominees announced Catholic to induct » Evan Talkers, Covington Catholic » Patrick Towles, Highlands High School The finalists for Ohio’s award are: » Joe Burger, LaSalle » Sean Horan, Kings » Spencer Howard, Western Brown » Max Kadish, Wyoming » Brandon Kamp, Oak Hills » Sha’Khil Kelly, Withrow » Cody Lotton, Ross » Josh Thiel, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy » Luke Wurzelbacher, Badin High School. Bernie Barre, former head football at Beechwood and Wyoming high schools, will receive the NFF Chapter’s “Lifetime

Butch Jones, University of Cincinnati head football coach, will be the keynote speaker at the 45th National Football Foundation’s “That’s My Boy” Award banquet. The award is based upon the accumulation of points in three areas: football achievement, academic achievement, and extracurricular and community activities. The award will be announced at the Scholar-Athlete Dinner, which will be 7 p.m., Feb. 28, in the Presidential Ballroom at the Westin Cincinnati. Cash bar begins prior to the dinner at 6 p.m. The finalists for Northern Kentucky include: » Adam Kozerski, Holy Cross » Ryan Smith, Ryle

Achievement” award. The Anthony Munoz Foundation will present their Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman of the Year and the Marvin Lewis Community Fund will present their Coach of the Year Award. Four scholar athletes, one from each of the local colleges - Drew Frey, University of Cincinnati; Tyler Hopperton, College Of Mount St. Joseph; Anthony Kokal, Miami University and Jay Volker, Thomas More - will be honored also. Shawn Roberts from Newport High School will receive the Tom Potter Memorial Award of Courage. Contact Pat Mouch at 936-0999, Julia Gandert at 619-1645 (day) or Ron Woyan at 382-3173 (night).

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Newport Central Catholic High School will host an induction ceremony for its 12th class of inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the school's gym. The class of inductees includes: Dick Ziegler, 1946; Phil Popp, 1963; Mike Crusham, 1968; Mark Camm, 1978; Jamey Neltner, 1990; and Shanna Ziegler Rauen, 1995. The 1984 girls state champion softball team

Foundation, which works with almost 100 partner agencies to provide bus tokens to lowincome individuals who need help getting to jobs and jobs training. A portion of the proceeds will also go to Project RAMP, a new community foundation created to give financial assistance to registered Regional Area Mobility

Program (RAMP) users that find it difficult to personally fund their transportation on RAMP. Admission to the game is a $2 suggested donation at the door. Donations and sponsorships for teams or individual players are also available, call 513-6329246.

students. Social hour will be at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the school office prior to Feb. 10. Sponsorships for the event are $250 and include 10 tickets with the sponsors name in the program. All proceeds from the event support the athletic programs at NCC. For more information, call 859-292-0001.

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will be honored as the “Team of Distinction.” NCC will award the Coach Jim Connor Award to Paul Devoto, 1970, for exemplifying the ideals and traditions of the school and for the excellence he has achieved in his work and personal life. The Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award will be given to Father Robert Urlage for his commitment to the school and family values NCC strives to impart to its

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Residents need to be a part of police merger talks We have before us a potential major city policy change that everyone needs to be made aware. This is the most important decision of policy change that I’ve seen in my 14 years on Alexandria City Council. This decision will forever change the way your city and the city police department operates. Recently, the county approached the city of Alexandria’s Mayor Bill Rachford, with the idea of a potential merger of the Campbell County Police and the Alexandria Police departments. The original idea presented to the Alexandria City Council was – “It would save the city money,”

which was later changed to, “It would increase service and efficiency.” A smaller police department gives better personal Barbara connection and Weber creates a better COMMUNITY interpersonal RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST relationship with the citizens. It also allows for more local control and accountability. The cities of Highland Heights and Southgate merged their police departments about

three years ago. This merger agreement was recently dissolved and both parties went back to their respective individual police departments - the merger didn't work. Although, they had a positive result on their consolidation, their merger went very badly and I am sure was costly. This CCPD/APD merger consolidation study needs to "clearly" show a substantial revenue savings and an increase in the quality and efficiency in police service for the City of Alexandria. At the present time, Alexandria has a model police department. They are well

Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, signs a pledge during Kentucky Call to Prayer Day, which was held in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. The pledge was to reaffirm the commitment by legislators to uphold the values that the Commonwealth was founded upon. THANKS TO KENTUCKY HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Transparency vs. watching out for the best interest of children pers has argued that no information whatsoever should be kept confidential, and that the public should have unfetSteve tered access to Beshear these records. COMMUNITY The judge RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST disagreed. He said the Cabinet for Health and Family Services can black out certain information, such as names of children seriously injured in cases of abuse; Social Security numbers and other financial information; the names of other children in the family who weren’t involved; and the names of private citizens who report abuse – but the names of relatives, police officers and school officials who report abuse will be made public. But we don’t think the judge’s ruling was protective enough, and so the Cabinet recently filed notice that it would appeal. Newspapers will criticize the state for this decision. After all, they get to write the headlines. To date, the Cabinet has been accused of “operating under a veil of secrecy” in a supposed attempt to protect inept workers and a poorly designed system. But this is not about shielding the system from scrutiny.



of Alexandria to get involved, be pro-active. Take time to attend the town hall discussions. Research the issue, voice your opinions, ask your questions. Everyone's opinions and questions are important to a wellrounded discussion and ultimately a city council decision. I, as a member of city council, will keep an open mind until after I review the results of the consolidation study. Please get involved. The results of this important decision affect all of us. Barbara Weber is an Alexandria City Council member.

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You teach in a small community and suspect a student is being abused. You want to report it, but you fear retaliation. Can you come forward without the newspaper naming you as the accuser? Or maybe you’re a grandmother. You worry about the man your daughter is living with, in fact you’re afraid of him. But you love your grandchildren, and you think they’re being neglected. Will you be able to report your suspicion without alerting your daughter’s volatile and unstable boyfriend and jeopardizing your own safety? The answer to both scenarios, unfortunately, is “no.” If a case of suspected child abuse and/or neglect which later results in death or serious injury, and you reported it, your name and your concerns likely will be released to anybody who asks, whether that’s a TV reporter, a blogger or even the accused. That’s one of the real-life consequences of a new judicial ruling related to state records on investigations of child abuse and neglect. The ruling, issued Jan. 19 in Franklin Circuit Court, stems from litigation involving Kentucky newspapers’ attempts to access records involving cases that resulted in a child’s death or serious injury. An attorney for the newspa-

trained, and have quality leadership in the Police Chief Mike Ward. The are provided with the best equipment, they are efficient, courteous and provide a quality level of service second to none. I am proud of our police department! I am not opposed to change - If it is positive change. City governments should never make major police changes on "might" or "may." We must deal in "shall" or "will." The City of Alexandria is going to hold a town hall meeting on the Merger Consolidation Study. When the schedule of these town hall meetings is announced, I urge every citizen

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We understand the need to be more transparent than in years past – in fact, I ordered such a paradigm shift in the Cabinet’s treatment of child abuse records as early as last fall. We are not arguing for the right to camouflage the actions of the Cabinet or its workers. That information is already being provided and we will continue to do so. But increased openness has to be implemented in a consistent and thoughtful way that holds the best interests of the child as its paramount priority. That is our top and only concern. The ability of social workers and others to gather information has a direct impact on their ability to make critical decisions regarding the safety of vulnerable children and their families. In the aftermath of my directive requiring more transparency, I have asked the General Assembly to give these issues a public airing. The legislature should amend state law in a way that ensures our child welfare system is effective and eliminates the ambiguities that led to recent court rulings. The General Assembly should set the policy on this issue, not the courts. Steve Beshear is the governor of Kentucky.

Every February during Black History Month we honor outstanding African-American inventors, activists and trailblazers who have made a significant impact on society. But not everyone who has made a difference will find their names in a textbook. There are thousands of unsung heroes in every Kentucky community who deserve recognition. They are people like Kathryn H. Hunt, a 1989 graduate of Lexington Community College (now Bluegrass Community and Technical College). After completing an associate degree she transferred to the University of Louisville and became the first AfricanAmerican to graduate from the physical therapy program. Now with 20 years of success in her field, Hunt mentors high school and college students considering careers in physical therapy. A primary mission of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System – which includes Gateway Community & Technical College – is to encourage more students like Kathryn Hunt to earn a college degree and to assist them in achieving their dreams. To this end, on Feb. 12 KCTCS is sponsoring an annual community outreach initiative called Super Sunday that is designed to reach out to prospective students like Kathryn and their families. Super Sunday targets the African-American community through one of its most prominent outreach networks: the church. This year, Super Sunday events will take place at 34 lead churches and include college fairs at 25 locations. College faculty and staff will join pastors and worship leaders to spread the education gospel, that “Yes You Can Go to College … Yes You Can Get a College Degree ... and Yes You Can Have a High Paying job!” At each location, KCTCS teams will offer college information and encourage mentor relationships to help students and parents make a fully informed college plan. KCTCS is perfectly positioned to take the lead in ensuring every citizen receives the education needed

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to achieve a successful career. And we are proud minority enrollment is growing at our colleges. In fact, since 2005 KCTCS Michael has seen an McCall 88.8 percent COMMUNITY increase in RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST total minority enrollment with a 60.2 percent increase among African-American students. However, our work is not finished. The Council on Postsecondary Education reports that while Kentucky’s graduation rates have improved by 6 percent since 2000, the gap between minority students and white students with college degrees has widened by 3 percent, a clear indication some African-American students are still getting lost in the higher education pipeline. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” When a student succeeds our community improves. College graduates earn more money, have more spending dollars and create a stronger economy. Communities with higher graduation rates have lower unemployment, greater community engagement and improved quality of life. The next generation of students will build the foundation we depend on for a stronger Kentucky. Kathryn Hunt is hard at work to mentor the classes of 2012 and beyond, will you join her in those efforts? College administrators, educators, parents, policymakers and the general public all must play a role in our higher education village to put all students on the right path to earn a college degree, be successful members of society and contribute their skills and talents to our great commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Michael B. McCall is president of Kentucky Community & Technical College System.

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Pressure cookers save time, money Many people are afraid of a very handy kitchen appliance. It might make noise. Or, there might be family stories of the item “blowing up.” The days of noisy pressure cookers or the risk of them exploding are gone. Today’s pressure cookers are safe and can save both time and money in the kitchen. Pressure cookers, or pressure saucepans as they are sometimes called, are designed to cook food in 30 to 70 perDiane cent less time Mason than the same item would EXTENSION NOTES take on the stovetop or in the oven. A pot roast that might be in the oven for two hours will cook in 45 minutes to an hour in a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are ideal for tougher cuts of meat. Those cuts are often less expensive. Using a pressure cooker will result in more tender meat in less time. Pressure cookers are available in a range of sizes. Typical ones range from 4 to 8 quarts. They are available in aluminum or stainless steel. There also are electric models available. Some models feature a jiggler valve that many are familiar with. These models make noise as the steam escapes from the pan through the vent pipe. Other models do not have jigglers, but have a system where a small stream of steam escapes during the cooking process. These models are quieter than the jiggler types. Electric models make very little sound at all. Many kinds of foods can be easily prepared in a pressure cooker. Appetizers, soups, entrees, salads and even desserts like cheesecake turn out beautifully in a pressure cooker. Most cookers come with a beginning recipe book and operating instructions. Pressure cookers range in price from $50 to more than $200. You might also find one in good working order at a thrift shop or yard sale. Features vary with brands. However, all operate on the same principle – capturing steam in a closed system to allow foods to cook at a higher temperature than normal in a moist environment. If you have a pressure cooker you may want to get it out and rediscover the joy of cooking foods faster in a more healthful manner.


Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.




Highlands school history saved in terra cotta letters Lukens took letters from 1962 fire ruins By Amanda Joering Alley

The terra cotta "Highlands High School" letters are shown in their original location on the school building in this 1942 class picture. PROVIDED

The letters are pictured here, in their current location, in a marquee in front of the school. PROVIDED

FORT THOMAS — One man’s actions proved to have a lasting impact on Highlands High School and the preservation of the school’s history. When a 1962 fire left much of the school building in ruins, the community came together to clean up the mess, including Fort Thomas resident Harry Lukens, a 1947 Highlands graduate. While volunteers were cleaning up the destroyed building, taking away truckloads of rubble, Lukens saw terra cotta letters that read “Highlands High School,” which were formerly located above the entrance to the 1914 building, among the debris. “He could not allow the terra cotta letters to be destroyed,” said Jackie Nulsen Thompson, a friend of Lukens. “Harry put them in his truck, took them to his home, cleaned them and stored them on his garage floor.” Thompson said Lukens housed the brick in his garage, waiting for an opportunity to return them to the school. That opportunity came 10 years later in 1972, when the school’s parent teacher association decided to build a large marquee at the entrance of the school, Thompson said. Thompson said at that time,

parent teacher association member Marge Luecke Fuldner contacted the local Lion’s Club for financial assistance with the project, and was directed to speak to the club’s president, who happened to be Harry Lukens. “This was the one man who had salvaged the letters and was waiting for an opportunity such as this,” Thompson said. “(He) enthusiastically donated the letters to support the base of the board, thus ending their 10 year residence in his garage, as well as fulfilling his dream that they would, some day, again welcome all to our beloved Highlands High School.” Lukens’ sister, Betty Lukens Drake, said Lukens, who passed away in 1989, was very happy when the letters were placed in their new home. Drake, who still lives in Fort Thomas, said it’s nice to be reminded of Lukens and what he did each time she passes Highlands. “I’m just so happy that he had the forethought to save those letters and that they are still there today,” Drake said. John Williamson, the superintendent for Fort Thomas Schools, said Lukens’ legacy lives on through the letters, which have been incorporated into the architecture and design of the school’s current renovation project. “His heroic act allowed us to preserve history, something that is so valuable to all citizens in Fort Thomas,” Williamson said.


Friendships keep Schadler, 85, working By Chris Mayhew

EDGEWOOD — For 65 years Alexandria resident Ed Schadler has worked as a State Farm Insurance agent – and retiring isn't in his plans. Schadler, 85, spends his days at his Edgewood office where he calls many of the longstanding policyholders he's worked with for decades by the name "friend." "He just keeps going, and he's here every day," said Lisa Michele Pulaski, a multiple line representative in Schadler's office. Schadler has has customers from all over Campbell and Kenton counties, Pulaski said. "He still has a couple of customers that were with him when he started in 1948 from Campbell County," she said. Schadler said he received his first license Feb. 1, 1948, and that he is the longest-serving State Farm agent in Kentucky. Prior to becoming a State Farm agent, Schadler served as member of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II aboard ships crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Ed Schadler of Alexandria holds a copy of the first insurance agent license he obtained in 1948 as he stands with his son and office manager Larry of California inside the Edward C. Schadler State Farm Insurance office in Edgewood Wednesday, Feb. 1. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Schadler said he came back to Northern Kentucky and made about $500 "gross" in 1948 minus office and travel expenses. Among the about 18,000 working State Farm agents, Schadler said he is either the second or third longest-serving. Schadler is one of nine people working at his of-

fice at 998 Dudley Road. There are three people, including his son Larry, who have worked for him for more than 25 years, Schadler said. Larry, Schadler’s office manager, has been working with his father for 37 years. The Edgewood office, open since 1980, is only Schadler's sec-

ond location. "I moved the office location one time from downtown Covington in the Coppin's Building," he said. "It was in room 608." The Coppin's Building, 638 Madison Ave., was operated as a store of the same name from1909 to 1977 and is Covington’s city hall today. "I still make house calls," Schadler said on the day of his 65th anniversary as an agent Feb. 1. "I'm going almost down to Falmouth on one tonight." Schadler said he wants to stay active and has no interest in retiring. Many of the friends he once fished and golfed with aren't around to do that anymore, he said. Schadler said he couldn’t bear the thought of not spending time with the people he's worked with and gotten to know for 65 years. "I could take something up as a hobby, but I've got so many friends," he said. "I could tell my staff to call 500 people say I wanted to have a cup of coffee with them and they'd likely say 'yes.’"


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, FEB. 10 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Brian Harmon, McCrystle Wood and Billy Renkl. Curator: Katie Rentzke. Through March 2. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 7-10 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Works of local artists C. Pic Michel, Louise Aug, Kevin McQuade and Kyle Carpenter. Each brings a unique style and approach to their work that challenges the traditional constructs of the paint and canvas. Free. Through March 3. 859-379-5143. Florence.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Two children ages 2-12 admitted for $2 with each adult paying full admission price of $22. Children under 2 always free. Strollers welcome. Through Feb. 29. 859-261-7444; Newport.

Community Dance Salsa Night, 9-11:59 p.m., StepN-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Free bachata lesson 9-930 p.m. Dancing to DJ’d salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha, and reggaeton music. Family friendly. $5. 502-751-1110; Covington.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Dinner Special, 5 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Choose from Surf and Turf (Filet Mignon and Lobster) or Frog Legs Provencal. Add a bottle of wine or Champagne. Dress to impress. Reservations required. 859-360-0840; Covington.

Music - Concerts Pure Prairie League, 7:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Grand Ballroom. Countryrock band. Includes dinner buffet at 6 p.m. $75 stage front, $65 premium, $55 VIP, $45 reserved, $40; plus fees. 859781-7700; Newport.

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

On Stage - Comedy Owen Benjamin, 8 p.m. $17. Ages 21 and up., 10:30 p.m. $17. Ages 18 and up., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater The 39 Steps, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Parody of great Hitchcock thrillers. $17, $14 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Feb. 25. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Saturday, Feb. 11 Art Exhibits Color Passions, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-

5800. Crestview Hills. Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143. Florence.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Drink Tastings Pre-Valentine’s Day Bourbon and Chocolate Food Tasting, noon-6 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, Newport on the Levee, With Kentucky Proud bourbon and chocolate food items from Applecreek Orchards, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Ruth Hunt Candies and Weisenberger Mills. Free. 859-261-4287; Newport.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Gala, 6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Cocktails, three-course dinner, silent auction, dancing and entertainment. Orchestra plays "one-hitwonders" of the pop music world. Black-tie attire optional. Tables for eight or 10 available. Benefits Fund for free education and summer park concerts. $125 per person. Advance reservations required by Feb. 3. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Covington. Swingtime Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Dance. $10., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., 859-261-9675; Newport. Sweetheart’s Valentine’s Dance, 6 p.m.-midnight, Alexandria Firehouse, 7951 Alexandria Pike, Cocktails served at 6 p.m. Roast beef or pork tenderloin dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing 8 p.m.-midnight. Music by Mike Young. Semi-formal. Benefits Alexandria Fire Department. Family friendly. $30. Reservations required. 859-635-5991. Alexandria. Valentine’s Day Dinner Special, 5 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, Reservations required. 859-3600840; Covington. Cupids Envy: A Valentines Dinner/Dance, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Choose between NY Strip Steak, Italian Chicken, Glazed Salmon or Portabella Alfredo as entree of four-course meal. Wines from Elk Creek Vineyards. Includes music. Followed by cocktails and dancing. Ages 21 and up. $99 per couple. Reservations required. 859-379-5143; Florence. Maker’s Mark Wax Dipping, 1-3 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Mobile dipping station on-site to handdip select non-whisky Maker’s Mark merchandise in Maker’s Red Wax (or Silver, for the Ambassador’s Line). Items to be dipped must be purchased at Joseph-Beth. Free. 859-9127860; Crestview Hills.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 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 - Concerts The Van-Dells, 7:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Grand Ballroom. Includes dinner

buffet 6 p.m., non-alcoholic beverages and show. Rock and Roll Review. $75 stage front, $65 premium, $55 VIP, $45 reserved, $40; plus fees. Reservations required. 859-491-8000; Newport.

Music - Rock Spin Cycle, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-491-3500. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Owen Benjamin, 7:30 p.m. $17. Ages 21 and up., 10 p.m. $17. Ages 21 and up., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater The 39 Steps, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Pets My Furry Valentine, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Pet adoption event. Boone County Animal Shelter participating. Free. 859-586-5285. Burlington.

Recreation Open Paintball Games, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Diehard Paintball, 4936 Mary Ingles Highway, Play on a total of four fields, plus target range. All ages and levels during open games and groups according to skill set. Includes field pass, paint, rental equipment and unlimited CO2. Experienced players can bring their own gear and play on the PSP Air Ball field. Rain or shine. $39 per player. 859-781-7486; Campbell County.

Sunday, Feb. 12 Art Exhibits Color Passions, 2-8 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Dining Events St. Philip Ladies' Stagette, 2-6 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m., 1403 Mary Ingles Hwy., Includes beer and soft drinks, snacks, bingo, raffles and prizes, homemade dinner and dessert. Must be 18. $15. Pre-paid tickets only. 859635-6080. Melbourne.

Holiday - Black History Month Super Sunday Family Programming: Celebration of Black Roots, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate Black History Month with storyteller, music and crafts. Notable African American first-person interrupters, stories of hardship and escape on the Underground Railroad and gospel music. Free. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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Education FutherMore Classes, 1-2 p.m. Bed Bug Bedlam! Receive answers regarding the orgin, avoidance and treatment of bed bugs. With Jon Bowling, instructor. Free., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Center for Adult and Professional Education. Series of non-credit courses and events designed to expand on a hobby or skill to enrich your talents. 859-344-3304; Crestview Hills.

Literary - Crafts Valentine Story, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Make a valentine. Ages 2-5. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 6-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859379-5143. Florence.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Brown Mackie College, 309 Buttermilk Pike, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300; Fort Mitchell.

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Valentine Event, 2-4 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Valentine’s Day Adventure with Goldie the Clown for Erlanger residents and library patrons. Balloon sculpting, glimmer tattoos and Valentine crafts. Ages 5-12. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger. Rainbow Valentine Dinner/ Dance, 6-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, LGBT dinner/ dance. Choose between NY Strip Steak, Italian Chicken, Glazed Salmon or Portabella Alfredo as entree of four-course meal. Wines from Elk Creek Vineyards. Includes music. Followed by cocktails and dancing. Ages 21 and up. $99 per couple. Reservations required. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Valentine’s Day at Keystone, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., $2.22 Stoli drinks 9 p.m.-close and half-price bottles of wine all day. 859-261-6777. Covington. Tie the Knot at the Library, 11 a.m.-7p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Kenton County Magistrates/ Justices of the Peace Mary Lou Blount and Katie Shumate invite you to tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year. Obtain a marriage license at any Kentucky courthouse. $80. 859-3806147 or 859-391-7483. Erlanger. Valentine’s Day Dinner Special, 5 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, Reservations required. 859-3600840; Covington.

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The Kentucky Haus Artisan Center will host a Pre-Valentine's Day Bourbon & Chocolate Food Tasting from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The free tasting will feature Kentucky Proud bourbon and chocolate items. Kentucky Haus is located inside Kentucky Pickens at Newport on the Levee. THANKS TO BEV HOLIDAY

Thomas More College will host a "Night of Irish Music" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Steigerwald Hall, located inside the Student Center on campus in Crestview Hills. The annual concert will include regionally-recognized musical groups Ceol Mohr, Silver Arm, pictured, and Murphy's Law. THOMAS E. SMITH FOR THE ENQUIRER

Owen Benjamin, 7:30 p.m. $15. Ages 21 and up., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

Monday, Feb. 13 Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium,

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Art Exhibits Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 6-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859379-5143. Florence.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Clubs & Organizations Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame Meeting, 1 p.m. Guest speaker, Richard Murgatroyd., Villa Hills Civic Club, 729 Rogers Road, Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. 859-525-0333; http:// Villa Hills.

Health / Wellness Bones for Life, 6-7:15 p.m. Introductory Class. Free., Kula Center for Movement Arts, 110 E. Eighth St., Learn safe, weightbearing movements that challenge bones to be strong and sturdy while improving balance and coordination. Ages 18 and up. $85 series, $20 drop-in. Presented by Future Life Now. 513-541-5720; Newport.

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. Wayne Static, 7 p.m. With Polkadot Cadaver, the Agonist, Lazy Ass Destroyer, Tower of Silence and Scarangella., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott

Blvd., $15, $12 advance. 513-4603815; Covington.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Films Re: Generation Music Project, 8 p.m., AMC Newport On The Levee 20, One Levee Way, Suite 4100, Not Rated. Documentary on DJs as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. Starring Skillrex, DJ Premier, the Crystal Methon, Pretty Lights and Mark Ronson. $10.50, $9.50 ages 60 and up, $7.50 ages 2-12; plus fees. 859-261-6795. Newport.

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.

On Stage - Comedy The Big Reveal, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Storytelling show featuring comedians, authors and regular people telling stories that have shaped their lives. With a musical performance. $5. 859-261-9675. Newport.

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.

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St. Paul School will host its annual Children's Carnival from 1-5 p.m. at the school, 7303 Dixie Hwy. in Florence. The free carnival will include games, prizes, raffles and food. Proceeds will benefit St. Paul School. Pictured is Charlie Erwin of Florence at last year's carnival. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Special meal, treat for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day brings back memories of my first real box of candy. My boyfriend, Jim, came with two velvet heartRita shaped Heikenfeld boxes of RITA’S KITCHEN Brach’s candy from the corner drug store. One was for me and the other for my mom. Pretty cool. I learned a valuable lesson: Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts!

Scott Bien’s Valentine’s Day city chicken and special smashed potatoes I enjoy meeting young people who are cooking simply for the love of it. Scott Bien, a West-side reader, does just that. As Scott told me: “While my education is in law, my passion lies in cooking.” I asked Scott to create an easy, but elegant, Valentine’s dinner. Scott’s philosophy is if you love the person you are cooking for and love what you are doing, you are already half way to a delicious Valentine’s Day dish. (He also shared a fabulous recipe for a mango chicken curry on my blog, Cooking with Rita, on

City chicken/pork Made from pork loin. The story goes that it was created years ago since pork was cheaper than chicken (Cincinnati being Porkopolis and all). The skewered meat is supposed to resemble a chicken leg. Scott gets his made at Humbert’s Meats on Winton Road. Humbert’s puts five one-inch cubes of pork on each skewer. Scott buys six skewers of pork and here’s how he makes them: Roll each in flour seasoned to taste with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and curry powder. Sauté in extra-virgin olive oil until all sides are golden but not cooked through. Wrap each with raw bacon and bake at 350 until bacon is crispy. Scott’s took about 60 minutes. I would check after 30 minutes because ovens vary.

Smashed potatoes 3 lbs. red (new) potatoes, quartered, boiled and kept warm ½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled (save some for garnish) ½ medium yellow onion, diced 4 green onions, sliced (save some for garnish) 8 oz. sour cream 8 oz. chive and onion cream cheese 6 tablespoons butter 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese

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Scott Bien's Valentine's dinner features bacon-wrapped city chicken and smashed potatoes. THANKS TO SCOTT BIEN. Drain potatoes. Add everything and smash. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and curry powder.

Cakery Bakery’s filled strawberry cream cheese cupcakes I met Susan Smith of Cakery Bakery at, of all places, my eye doctor’s office. Susan and best friend Danielle Forrester have a specialty pastry and cake business. (Check out their interesting journey on my blog). Susan’s mom

made fancy aprons by hand for the girls. Susan and Danielle are sure to be successful since they bring glitz and a homespun touch to their unique creations. Check them out at or by calling Danielle at 513-2597756. Cake Makes 24 very moist cupcakes. 2 sticks slightly softened unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 8 oz. softened cream cheese 3 cups sifted cake flour

Preheat oven to 350. In mixer, cream butter until smooth. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and blend. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add whites to butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each. Add milk and vanilla and alternate with flour mixture. Blend. (Don’t over beat – can cause dryness.) Fill foil-lined cupcake pans ¾ full. Bake 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool before filling and frosting.

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Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly, add sugar, 2 cups at a time, until all is incorporated. Chill icing slightly before filling pastry bag and frosting cupcakes. Cover and store in refrigerator. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Quenching fire blight in trees Question: My apple and pear trees died back at the tips of the branches last year. Should I cut off the dead tips now? What else can I do to keep the trees from getting the same disMike ease again? Klahr Will it HORTICULTURE spread to CONCERNS other kinds of trees? Answer: Wait until late February or early March to prune out the dead branches, since we will surely have some more cold weather in the next few weeks. It’s good you did not prune the trees last summer, since doing so during the growing season can easily spread this disease, called fire blight, to other parts of the tree and even to other trees that are pruned the same day. Fire blight, caused by a bacteria, attacks apple, pear, flowering crabapple, callery pears such as Bradford and Aristocrat, cotoneaster, hawthorn, mountain ash, firethorn (Pyracantha), serviceberry, floweringquince, flowering plum, spirea, rose, red and black raspberry and thornless blackberry. Generally, the disease is favored by long frost-free periods before bloom, humid weather with 65 to 70 degree temperatures during and after bloom, and occasional rains during those periods. These conditions affect bacterial multiplication, bacterial spread, and host susceptibility. Windy, stormy weather, especially hailstorms, after first infections have occurred, favors second-

ary spread of fire blight. Control measures are outlined below: 1. Take extra care during the dormant season (late February/early March) to prune trees correctly. Trees properly thinned and shaped are generally less susceptible to fire blight. In addition, while trees are dormant, blighted twigs should be pruned just below the infected areas and destroyed. This should be done every year. The pruning must be done carefully, so that all infected branches are removed. This is important to keep the disease from killing young trees. It is not necessary to sterilize pruning tools for dormant pruning. Remove badly infected trees and old, neglected pear trees that could be sources of the bacteria. 2. While trees are breaking dormancy, just at first green tip, apply fixed copper to the twigs and branches to help reduce overwintering bacteria. Avoid spraying copper after ½-inch green tip so that fruits do not become russetted. Thoroughly wash the spray tank following use, since the chemical can be corrosive. 3. Apply insecticides as needed just after petal fall to reduce levels of leafhoppers, plant bugs, and psylla insects, which have all been implicated as vectors of fire blight. 4. Avoid any cultural practices that stimulate rapid tree growth and excess branch proliferation. These conditions (often brought on by excess nitrogen fertilization, abnormally low fruit load, and/or poor pruning techniques) increase a tree’s susceptibility to fire blight.

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Campbell County is StormReady The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Wilmington, Ohio, has informed the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management of its “Renewal” as a StormReady Community. Campbell County is one of less than 2,000 Storm Ready Communities nationwide. During the past six months, the National Weather Service has worked with Campbell County officials on earning the continued recognition. “Campbell County has every reason to be proud of this accomplishment” said Kenneth J. Haydu the Meteorologist In Charge at the Wilmington NWS Office. StormReady is a community preparedness program that encourages government entities and commercial gathering sites to prepare for severe storms. The program is sponsored by the National Weather Service and issues recognition

to locations nationwide that demonstrate severe weather readiness. The voluntary program provides communities with advice from a partnership with the National Weather Service and state and local emergency managers. Weather radios, at a minimum, must be located at four sites within StormReady communities, including emergency operations centers, 24-hour warning points, city hall, and all school superintendent offices. In Campbell County that has been expanded to include two weather radios in each school, radios in nursing homes, county office buildings and daycare centers. The National Weather Service trains emergency managers, dispatchers and other first responders . Campbell County will be hosting Weather Spotters training for first responders and the public on March 26.

Yearlings to host Fabulous Faux Furs show Community Recorder The Yearlings will host the seventh annual Fabulous Faux Fur Style Show from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Donna Salyers' showroom, 20 W. 11th St. in Covington. A Fabulous Faux Fur throw, valued at $349, will be raffled at $5 a ticket. Admission is $20 and benefits The Yearlings. Price includes cocktails and appetizers. The event is held during the Fabulous Furs warehouse sale and tickets can be used for an additional 15 percent discount. Co-chairs of the event are Julie King, Karen Keenan and Brenda J. Sparks. For tickets or more information, call 859-3718718 or 859-384-0854, or email

The Yearlings' seventh annual Fabulous Faux Fur Style Show will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Donna Salyers' showroom in Covington. Pictured, top row: Melanie Cunningham, model and Yearlings treasurer; front, from left: Julie King, co-chair and parliamentarian; Barbara Moran Johnson, model; and Brenda J. Sparks, president and co-chair. THANKS TO BRENDA J. SPARKS

Local chefs to have live demos, contests Community Recorder Live cooking demonstrations and competitions with local area chefs will be Friday-Sunday, Feb. 10-12, as part of the Home and Remodeling Showcase at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. The demos and contests will be at the Legacy Kitchens Hagedorn Appliances live cooking stage. On Friday, Feb. 10, Remke bigg's chef Amy Griffin will make pork molé and spiced peach cobbler from 5-7 p.m. From 4-8 p.m., Remke's will have homemade dips and spreads and Dietz & Watson's will focus on premium meats and artisanal cheeses. On Saturday, Feb. 11, Busken Bakery will have a cake and cookies decor demonstration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Keurig will focus on premium coffee and tea from 10 a.m. to noon. Griffin and Larry Anderson will duel induction vs. electric from

1-3 p.m. Servatii Bakery will make pretzel sticks and cheese sauces from 3-5 p.m. along with the Sweet Tooth Candy Co. making homemade candies. From 5-7 p.m. Dee Felice Café's Jennifer Smallwood will make etouffeé with chicken. Intermittently, Dietz & Watson will have premium meats and artisanal cheeses demonstrations. On Sunday, Feb. 12, Servatii Bakery will make mini pastries and decorate cookies and cakes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Keurig will have premium coffee and tea from 10 a.m. to noon. The Sweet Tooth Candy Co. will be back with homemade candies from noon to 2 p.m. Oriental Wok's Susanna Wong Burgess and Chef Guy Burgess will make General Wong's chicken form 1-3 p.m. Intermittent demonstrations for the day will include Remke bigg's with homemade dips and spreads and Dietz & Watson with premium meats and artisanal cheeses.

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gallery season. Regional Photo Competition, part of FOTOFOCUS: The Carnegie will host a regional photo competition in October 2012 as part of FOTOFOCUS, a biennial, monthlong celebration of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art happening in museums, galleries and universities across the Tristate. Artists interested in applying are asked to submit five representative images created within the past three years as well as a completed application. Applications will be reviewed by an anonymous, independent panel of jurors, and cash and purchase awards will be given out. Approximately 50 photographers will be selected for the show. Cost to apply for the October 2012 Regional Photo Competition is $20 Carnegie member/ $25 non-member. All entries must be postmarked by March 16. Finalists will be notified by May 30. 2013 Exhibition Season: Artists interested in applying

for a solo show are asked to submit 10 images of a consistent body of work as well as a completed application. Those interested in applying for a group show may submit up to 20 imagesrepresentativeoftheirproposed show and have the option of including a one-page summary outlining their concept. All applications for solo and group shows will be reviewed by a panel of independent, anonymous jurors and top scoring artists will be awarded shows. Cost to apply for a show during the 2013 Exhibition Season is $20 Carnegie member/$25 nonmember for solo shows and $35 Carnegie member/$40 nonmember for group shows. All entries must be postmarked by April 16. Results will be mailed by May 30. For an application, visit the gallery page of The Carnegie’s website, , or call 859-491-2030. For more information or questions concerning the application process, contact Bill Seitz, gallery director at 859-957-1944 or email

HBA installs officers, directors

The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky announced its 2012 officers and directors at a ceremony on Jan. 13.

Officers President: Bill Butt, Bill's Remodeling & Electric Inc. Vice President: Adam Chaney, Terrace Holdings LLC. Treasurer: James Kegley, B.O.L.D. Homes Inc. Secretary: Jason Yeager, Ashley Building. Immediate Past President: Bob Schroder, Arlinghaus Builders. Board of Directors: Marty Grosser, Grosser & Co. Remodeling; Dan Martin, Dan Martin Construction; RJ Bruner, RJ’s Construction; Rob Adams, SL Williams Homes; Tom Spille, Spille Builders and

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POLICE REPORTS ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence.

ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Tony D. Simpson, 40, 206 S. Watchtower Drive, Unit 202, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, third-degree criminal trespass at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 16. Bradley M. Coleman, 47, 11 Veterans Drive, theft by unlawful taking, warrant at 1234 Poplar Ridge Road, Jan. 18. Floyd Smith, 20, 3968 Race Road, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, warrant at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 20. Sasha E. Naegele, 24, 2997 Westwood Northern Blvd., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 20. Christopher B. Howard, 20, 3698 Race Road, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 20.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking Report of front loader bucket for Bobcat taken from Dollar General construction site at 9809

Alexandria Pike, Jan. 17. Report of bicycles taken from store without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 23. Report of equipment taken from company tow truck at 46 Pete Neiser Drive, Jan. 24. Third-degree criminal mischief Report of lamp post in front yard damaged by BB gun at 13 Laurel Ridge Drive, Jan. 16. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle - first offense Report of car taken and used without permission at 128 Brookwood Drive, Jan. 23.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Bradley Reed, 31, 223 Robin Drive, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, suspended license at I-471 south, Jan. 28. Elisha Hudepohl, 21, 110 College Ave., DUI, failure to produce insurance card at Alexandria Pike at Nunn Drive, Jan. 29. Nicholas Barker, 22, 550 Sonny Lane, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 1025 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 30. Mark Hervey Jr., 31, 231 West Fourth, DUI at I-471 north, Jan. 29. Richard Scanlon, 38, 707 South Fort Thomas Ave., warrant at South Grand Avenue at Wilbers Lane, Jan. 26. Rhonda Burke, 28, 2427 Robertson Ave. Apt. 1, DUI, possession of marijuana, thirddegree possession of a con-

trolled substance at 63 Kentucky Drive, Jan. 29.

Incidents/investigations Fraudulent use of a credit card At 333 Newman Ave., Jan. 31. Second-degree burglary At 1011 South Fort Thomas Ave., Jan. 26. Theft by unlawful taking At 848 Covert Run Pike, Jan. 30. At 64 Stacy Lane, Jan. 31. At 1881 Memorial Parkway, Jan. 29. At Army Reserve Road, Jan. 26. Third-degree criminal mischief At 15 Sterling Ave., Jan. 27.

NEWPORT Arrests/citations Michael Carter, 33, 1554 Linn St., first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana at 401 Central Ave., Jan. 30. Decima King, 46, 512 Wallace Apt. 18, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance at Ninth and Ann, Jan. 30. Brandon Smith, 26, 680 Manor Drive, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance at Ninth and Ann streets, Jan. 30. Nicholas Pavey, 29, 1736 Harrison St., first-degree possession of a controlled substance at 75 Carothers Road, Jan. 30. Ronnie Gordon, 32, 3250 Rammerlsberg St., possession of a marijuana, tampering with physical evidence at 300 block of Saratoga St., Jan. 29.

Kirsten Lynn Heinrich, 21, 1760 Culver Court, theft of identity, possession of drug paraphernalia at Fourth and Isabella, Jan. 27.

Incidents/investigations First-degree robbery At 613 Monmouth St., Jan. 30. Theft by unlawful taking

At Ninth and Central, Jan. 30. Third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking At 232 Clifton, Jan. 26.

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Patricia Brooks Patricia Lee Brooks, 67, of Wilder, died Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a phone operator for Walmart in Alexandria. Her husband, Charles Brooks, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Timothy and Thomas Brooks; daughter, Tracie Amato; brother, Sam Campbell; sisters, Barbara Clasgens and Cathy Richardson; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery.

Davis and Ken Rath, both of Alexandria; daughters, Lisa Singleton of Cincinnati and Melissa LaGana of Amelia, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Pendleton County. Memorials: Main Street Baptist CARE Mission,11093 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001.

Melissa Fahlbusch Melissa Oates Fahlbusch, 32, of Cold Spring, died Jan. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a cashier at Kroger in Highland Heights and a student at Cincinnati State. A sister, Ruschell Oates, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Chris Fahlbusch; children, Christopher Fahlbusch and Zynobia Fahlbusch; parents, Bobby and Christine Oates; brother, Michael Oates; and sister, Danielle Oates.

Patrick Hartig Patrick Steve “Caveman” Hartig, 63, of Melbourne, died Jan. 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a mechanic. Survivors include his brothers, Harold, Dennis, James and Douglas Hartig, all of Melbourne; and sisters, Anita Hartig of Melbourne, Mary Jo Burkhardt of Bellevue, Joyce “Corky” Pauly of Fort Thomas and Ruth Cavanaugh of Middletown.

Vernon McNew Vernon Victor McNew, 73, of Cold Spring, died Feb.1, 2012, in Butler. He was the owner and operating plumber of McNew Plumbing and served in the U.S. Army. He was one of the first three experimental patients to receive the pacemaker in the1970’s.

His wife, Joan Elizabeth McKinney McNew, died previously. Survivors include his brother, Clyde McNew; sisters, Edna Clark, Doris Meyer and Myrtle Halcomb; and godchildren, MaryAnn and PeggyAnn. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.

Amanda Myers Amanda Martha Myers, 89, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Kingsport, Tenn., died Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked at McAlpin’s and retired in1988 after 33 years with the Copper Kettle Restaurant on Fourth Street in Cincinnati. She was a member of the Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle in Fort Thomas. A son, Claiborne Eugene Myers; and two sisters, Virginia Taylor and Ida Hall, died previously. Survivors include her son, Larry C. Myers; sister, Ann Fletcher; three grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren.

Danny Owen Danny H. Owen, 62, of Newport, died Jan. 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a graduate of Newport High School and a parts clerk for Cummins Diesel in Sharonville, Ohio. His parents, Howard Owen and Frances Hill Owen, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Denise Abels of Crestwood; and brother, Don Owen of Newport.

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Brittany Carmack, 23, of Cincinnati and Robert Stumpf, 23, of Maysville, issued Jan. 25. Musama Chinyanta, 37, of Zambia and David Johnson, 26, of Charleston, issued Jan. 26. Whitney Stacy, 31, of Bethel and Gregory Hitt, 60, of Covington, issued Jan. 26. Tracy Newman, 26, of Fort Thomas and Robert Guy, 25, of Cincinnati, issued Jan. 27. Amalia Combs, 32, and Galen Harris, 40, both of Fort Thomas, issued Jan. 27. Rachel Diedenhofen, 25, and David Goldman, 26, both of Louisville, issued Jan. 27. Rachel Gateley, 21, and Matthew Wolfinbarger, 24, both of Fort Thomas, issued Jan. 27.

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James F. Brandhorst Jr., 70, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 23, 2012, at The Davis Center in Wilmington, N.C., after suffering a debilitating stroke in October 2011. He was a longtime advertising and marketing industry executive. He held senior positions with The Coca-Cola Co. where he served as a corporate officer and vice president of worldwide marketing. He began his working career at Drackett Co. in Cincinnati as a brand manager. His first wife, Carol Gelbke Brandhorst of Atlanta, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Delaney Holaday Brandhorst; sister, Barbara Meng of Tampa, Fla.; children, Anne B. Knieper of Cumming, Ga., Molly B. McMahon of Orlando, Fla., and James F. Brandhorst III of Charlotte, N.C.; stepdaughter, Julie H. Stover of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; six grandchildren; and two step grandchildren. Memorials: Highlands High School, James F. Brandhorst Jr. Student/Athlete College Scholarship Fund, c/o Principal Brian Robinson, 2400 Memorial Parkway, Fort Thomas, KY 41075, 859-781-5900; or The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, darrellgwynn


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